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Athari Khalfan and Omar Khoory oozed enthusiasm and a sense of gratitude in equal measure at the ‘Moments of Smart luxury’ event by Gc. Held at the Voda Lounge in Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah, this was one event I did not regret making the long trip to. Athari and Omar are two of the four lucky recipients of this worldwide photographic concept which was unveiled at the Baselworld 2011 and has now traveled to the UAE, courtesy Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons. Smart Luxury by Gc is a concept that focuses on emerging creative personalities that embody the Gc brand.

Lovely Athari, all of only twenty-seven, says, ‘life is her inspiration.’ An undergraduate of Science in Visual Communication from AUS (American University in Sharjah), this Emirati painter has participated in several exhibitions and credits her father with the inspiration she gets for her work and her life.

Omar Khoory, a show jumper, started riding at the age of seven. In 2001, at fifteen years, he entered his first show jumping competition and a year later was selected to be part of the Dubai Show Jumping team. He said to me, ‘For any athlete, it is his/ her dream to compete at the Olympics or a World Cup.’ We hope and wish that he achieves his goal.

Watch the A/V from the event that day and interviews with Athari and Omar:

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