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Dubai Design District, d3, signs exciting new F&B concept Harper’s Bazaar Café

Original new offering will be a unique synergy of food, fashion and art

Dubai Design District, d3, the destination dedicated to design, has announced the signing of an agreement with Marka Hospitality, the dedicated F&B division of Marka PJSC, the UAE’s first publicly traded retail operator, to launch an exciting new F&B concept, Harper’s Bazaar Café at d3, which is scheduled to open in Q1 of 2016.

The signing signifies the commencement of many new retail and hospitality agreements for d3, as it looks to introduce many business partners to the design district throughout 2016. With a focus on originality, d3 has chosen to partner with bespoke and distinctive brands, with many choosing d3 as their first location and launch pad in the Middle East.

Harper’s Bazaar Café will be the perfect synergy of fashion, culture and dining. The café will feature a total dining capacity of 140, with 74 interior seats and 66 across the 166m2 terrace. It will be a socially aware space that enables Harper’s Bazaar to direct and tell inspiring ‘stories’ to its audience. Classic French inspired attitude and styling informs the design – a luxurious, sophisticated, feminine and – most importantly – timeless character, with a direct relation to the Harper’s Bazaar Brand.

The Harper’s Bazaar Café will offer an elegant Café dining experience with a refined attention to detail, reflected by the use of classically luxurious motifs and materials, whilst the adaptable open plan layout uses loose furniture items for easy reconfiguration to suit a variety of events.

Acting as a meeting place for fashion forward creatives that nurture both local and international talent alike, the Harper’s Bazaar Café will include a variety of activation events and activities that encourage social and cultural interaction – creating a destination venue and offering must-see opportunities to explore and sample the best in food, fashion and art.

Mohammad Saeed Al Shehhi, the Chief Operating Officer of d3, said, “Through our partnership with Marka Hospitality we are proud to welcome this exciting and original F&B concept to d3, which will add a further lifestyle dimension to our already thriving community. We have designed d3 to become a dynamic ecosystem and by introducing the Harper’s Bazaar Café as its latest offering we are taking another step in our journey to position d3 as an emerging, self-sufficient district of creativity.”

Khaled Almheiri, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Marka, said “Harper’s Bazaar is a globally renowned title and leading fashion publication that is the epitome of glamour, sophistication and upmarket couture. Marka Hospitality is delighted to have partnered with d3 to bring the first ever Harper’s Bazaar Café to Dubai – a new offering that is set to become a firm favourite with the UAE’s discerning, on-the-scene fashionistas. Harper’s Bazaar Café will stand out from the crowd with its stylish, intimate ambience and its extensive menu of firm favourites, as well as its more exotic fare that highlights the magazine’s cosmopolitan traditions.”