Morning Swimming Session with Olympic Athlete Stephanie Proud

Coming from a family who loves swimming, Stephanie couldn’t run away from this. 

She started swimming at the early age of 3 although she thinks that she should have started even earlier. 

Olympic Swimmer, beautiful girl full of life and Speedo’s International Brand Ambassador are some of the phrases someone would use to describe her. 

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She started competing when she was 9 years old. Her first major competition was for the Great Britain junior team when she was 12, this lead to many international meets and 9 medals at the European Junior championships. Stephanie’s senior team accomplishments include 2010 Commonwealth Games finalist and 2011 World Championships semifinalist. Stephanie also competed in the 2009 World University Games in Belgrade where she won the gold medal.

At the age of 18, Stephanie moved to the United States where she trained at the University of Florida for the 2012 London Olympics, at which she proudly achieved 9th place in front of a home crowd.

Somewhere between her preparations for Rio’s Olympic Games for 2016 she made a quick stop to Dubai and gave a swimming session to a number of Editors and Bloggers who love sports. 

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Her guidance and patience made us all glad for waking up so early to go meet her! 

The swimming session ended with an amazing and super healthy breakfast at Talise Fitness Center Coffee Shop. Highly recommended!

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About Speedo®

The world’s leading swimwear brand, Speedo is passionate about life in and around the water, creating revolutionary new technologies, designs and innovations and supporting swimming from grass-roots through to elite level. In the 1920s Speedo made history with the Racerback: the world’s first non-wool suit. In 2008 Speedo redefined swimwear again with Fastskin LZR RACER – the fastest and most technologically advanced swimsuit ever created. 2011 saw Speedo unveil another world first with the Fastskin Racing System – a cap, goggle and suit designed to work together as one. Speedo is owned by Speedo Holdings B.V and distributed in over 170 countries around the world; to find out more visit: www.speedo.com.


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Dubai Watch Week

A week ago, Dubai Watch Week event open its doors to the public. DubaiCat was kind enough to secure us a place for the watchmaking session by Peter Speake-Marin (www.speake-marin.com).

Under the supervision of top-class watchmakers, we were introduced to mechanical watches, and we’ve gained hands-on experience in assembling mechanisms.

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As part of the event there was also an exhibition with some of the most creative, independent watch manufactures such as MB&F, Hautlence, Cabestan and Bovet, to name a few. During our time there, we met watch enthusiasts, collectors, famous bloggers and we engaged with key contributors of the watch industry.

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MB&F, HM6 ‘Space Pirate’ inspired by the unknown environment of space.
MB&F, HM5 ‘on the road again’ inspired by supercars of 1970’s.
Cabestan, ‘Luna Nera’ inspired by the moon phases.

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Luckily enough, we had the opportunity to try on our wrists some of the most expensive and rare watches on the market, and experience the results of complexity combined with creativity.

Dubai watch week has come to an end, and we hope to see more events like this in the future.


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10 things we love about Bahrain

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DubaiCat traveled to Bahrain and she sums up the reasons she loved it:

1. Food. Bahrain is all about fresh, quality and cheap street food. You place the order (yes the typical Arab way: you stay in the car and just honk, you get your food and you enjoy it on the way to your destination). Make sure you’ll try Malghoum Samara, Malghoum Mahmood and Jan Burger and of course the ultimate ice-cream with the super fresh cone from Atlanta. Bahrain is famous for the traditional breakfast also. My personal favorite breakfast was the Khobez Joben (bread with cheese) which you combine with Oman chips (lol). On top of the list of the restaurants: Coco’s ! Most probably you’ll have to wait but it’s so worth waiting! Try the salad with the strawberry sauce and the chicken mushroom dish! Also, don’t forget to try the traditional halwa and bring me some on the way back to Dubai.

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Making some bread
@ Coco's . Try the homemade Ice Tea
@ Coco’s . Try the homemade Ice Tea
Traditional Bahraini Halwa
Traditional Bahraini Halwa

2. People. For some interesting demographic information, there are about twice as many men as women currently living in Bahrain. There are also more expats living in Bahrain than national citizens. In any case people are nice and smiley, they’re always willing to assist you and they have a positive attitude for life which cheers you up.

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3. Tree of Life. The Tree of Life is a 400-year-old tree that grows in the middle of the desert. Scientists say that its source of sustenance still remains a mystery event now. The tree is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Bahrain and it’s simply gorgeous.

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Tree of Life
Tree of Life
Tree of Life
Tree of Life
Tree of Life

4. Sea. Bahrain is not only one island, but an archipelago of 33 small islands. Each island is connected by bridges, and each region within the country is technically a separate island. Make sure you’ll spend one day at Al Dar Islands where you can spend the day chilling, having shisha by the sea, jet skiing or just sunbathing.

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@Dar Islands
@Dar Islands
@Dar Islands
Shisha by the sea
Shisha by the sea

5. Bahrain Word Trade Center. The Bahrain World Trade Center is the world’s first skyscraper that uses wind turbines for clean energy. It is currently one of the most famous buildings in the country because of its unique architecture. It is also the second tallest building in Bahrain (Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay is the third!)

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World Trade Center
World Trade Center by night
World Trade Center by night

6. Adliya, Manama. What I call the “downtown Manama” with the several art pieces spread all over the small streets and the art galleries which promote the local contemporary artists will make your day!

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7. National Museum. The museum is very well done and is housed in a beautiful building on the water. This is the only place you can see a re-created traditional burial mound, complete with skeleton! I found it very nice and informative and it addresses Bahrain ancient and contemporary history. There is also a small gift shop with some historical books and interesting pieces of clothing and jewelery.

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@National Museum Bahrain

8. Bahrain is the most open-minded country within the GCC area. There are minimal restrictions on alcohol, people can receive massages from the opposite sex and clothing standards are more liberal.

9. Souk. Impressively rich souk for such a small country. The market is located in Central Manama. Here you will basically find anything you are looking for. This includes clothes, food (multicultural food), electronics, spices & nuts, souvenirs. Friendly people but very good at bargaining.

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@Manama Souk

10. It’s only 1 hour away from Dubai, it’s a super cheap destination with plenty of flights within the day and it’s a great wake up call to realize that real life is not as perfect and sterilized as Dubai is making us feel. It’s like you’re visiting a big big village with all the cons and pros! Plus it’s they invented the “shisha in the car” activity and it’s definitely a reason to visit them!

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Shisha in the Car

It’s just worth visiting. Khalas.

PS: Don’t forget my Halwa on the way back!


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4 Days in Bahrain with AIESEC

I have so many reasons to consider myself as the luckiest person in Dubai. One of the most important is that I’m surrounded by nice and ambitious young people who happen to conduct AIESEC UAE. 🙂

AIESEC members organized a 4 days trip to Bahrain and this video is just my way to thank them for the hospitality, the effort they put, the energy and the happy attitude throughout the whole trip.

I’ve been around them the past year and I had the chance to get to know what exactly this organization is about, but I’m not gonna go in details, you can find everything here: http://www.aiesec.ae/

What I feel it’s worth sharing, is that I actually saw people’s lives changing with the internship opportunities AIESEC provided them with.

I knew Arabs are very hospitable but that was more than I could imagine. Thank you all guys. Keep us the great work. AIESEC is lucky to have you Sara, Samara & Mahmood.


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