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This month, we’ve teamed up with Ali Bin Ali Watches and Jewelry and are showcasing the best of what they have to offer. Messika’s exquisite sapphires and fine cut diamonds, Graff’s glittering rubies and Van Cleef’s iconic clovers are all taking center stage this November.






Collection exclusively available at Ali Bin Ali Watches and Jewelry.


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Each month here at ABODE, it takes a lot of work from our team of journalists, editors and designers to put together an issue you, our readers, will love. We scour the region for fresh content geared to keep you in the know of what’s happening here and now. Who you need to watch out for, where you need to be on the weekend and most importantly, what you need to be wearing. Jacquard is a trend that has swept through the fall season and not far behind it trails the perhaps one of the biggest trends of the yearminiature designer bags. See our top picks from Dior, Gucci and Dolce and Gabbana. We’ve also spotlighted one of Doha’s trendiest fashionistas, Emna El Hedi. She trailblazed her way through Paris’ top design school and now finds herself dressing some of the most high-profile Qatari women of the moment. Don’t miss her insightful advice and tips on how to dress for the contemporary woman of today. Our international travel correspondent Francesca Cruz discovers the classic city of Las Vegas, touring the outback in Nevada’s Mojave Desert, walking the Vegas strip and kicking back in the most luxurious hotel in the city, the Bellagio Resort. It’s been yet another interesting month, and as winter in Qatar approaches so should you prepare for nights spent out in the desert camping with friends, dinners set on the terrace at home and cool winter days having fun with your children. I sincerely wish you all a happy November.



Ahmed Hassan Bilal

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Nasser Ahmed Hassan Bilal


Annabel Rooney









Hairiya Santos

Jessie Palanca

Lindsey Steenkamp

Luciana Cunha Franca


John Lee

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JENNY PACKHAM'S FALL COLLECTION Fall trends are taking over as we see the seasonal change now upon us. Check out Packham's latest offering on page 13


EXCLUSIVE: GUO PEI TALKS TO ABODE Read our interview with designer Guo Pei and learn about the intricacies of Chinese heritage


STYLE & CO TAKES OVER DOHA Read about Emna Hedi's slow takeover of the Qatari fashion industry



JENNY REI'S FESTIVE COLLECTION STUNS IN INDIA Check out the exclusive collection only in ABODE


FOREVER ROSE COMES TO DOHA The master florist Ebraheem Al Samadi talks flowers and home decor


Chiara Amodeo Sharice Tan Laura Prior Ghazal Shooshtarian Bianca Angelo Rachel Ann Morris Francesca Cruz

LEGAL NOTICE ABODE is owned and published monthly by Print Communications, P.O. Box 7848, Doha, Qatar. An Associate of Ahmed Hassan Bilal Group of Companies. No part of this publication may be reproduced or copied without the written permission of the publisher. All rights reserved. No responsibility taken for unintentional errors or unsolicited material. Use of trademark is strictly prohibited.

PRINTERS Aspire Printing Press


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enny Packham’s Fall collection comes packed with a glitzy punch. Our aesthetic here at ABODE is more on the muted yet eye-catching side, however, seeing this collection sets the ground for a little bit of a shake-up in the office. Drawing inspiration from the vibe of Ross Whitaker’s party photos from Paris in the 80s, Packham infused her collection with a newfound enthusiasm for society women. The colour palette abides by no rules - incorporating eclectic shades of lemon, blush, jade, and poppy. Endless layers of sequins and lavish silks presented themselves on the runway in the form of an opulently put together silhouette. Hemlines were raised, much like the stakes, which brought a naughtier, more youthful feel to the collection as a whole.

Explore the latest fall collection online at or visit a local stockist Bloomingdales in the Dubai Mall or Thuraya Mall, Kuwait.


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Inspired by vintage men's neckwear and the season's sumptuous brocade jackets, this floral jacquard version of our iconic bag exudes rockand-roll decadence while continuing our commitment to craftsmanship. It is handmade in Italy from pure mulberry silk, one of the finest types of silk in the world, and finished with calfskin trim. Ralph Lauren’s Ricky Bag QR 8,789

Shop the new A/W collection at Ralph Lauren in Villaggio Mall, Al Waab Street, Al Aziziya, Qatar +974 4 4135655


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Jacquard has had its many moments in the spotlight at fashion week throughout the years; however, the opulent print has never quite been as popular as it is for Fall 2016. Dolce and Gabbana, Ralph Lauren and Gucci have all adopted jacquard as the statement print of the season so shop our top picks for Fall/Winter and help make jacquard happen again!




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Handbags have been a staple part of our wardrobes for over 700 years and with each season, designer and trend, bags just keep getting smaller. Dolce and Gabbana, Dior and Fendi are just a few of the household names that have downsized this Fall. So before you invest in some haute arm candy, take stock of our top 10 miniatures of the season.

1. DIOR QR 10,500 2. MANU ATELIER QR 1,599 3. H&M (FAUX FUR) QR 179 4. DOLCE & GABBANA QR 12,500 5. H&M QR 249 6. 3.1 PHILLIP LIM QR 2,600 7. ALEXANDER WANG QR 2,629 8. MARINA HOERMANSEDER QR 2,059 9. GUCCI QR 5,000 10. M2MALLETIER QR 3,500



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GUCCI SPRING/SUMMER 2017 Gucci’s Spring/Summer 2017 collection this season was an eclectic fusion of pop-cultural references, Renaissance China and the 70s and the 80s punk movement. The atmosphere inside the show in Milan was eerily romantic yet the designs coming out were rebellious and threw caution to the wind. This new collection also brought with it heavily embroidered bags, this one being ABODE’s favourite.



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Over-the-top glam has never been as popular as it is now, understated just doesn’t cut it anymore. We are a woman revolutionised, emancipated from the chains of simple clothing. So, with Olivier Rousteing at Balmain, Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy and Jenny Packham egging us on, let’s take the leap into the relatively uncharted territory of high-octane glam for naughty November!

Jenny Packham AW '16

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Jenny Packham AW '16



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“A plus-size collection doesn't need to be made totally different, it just needs to be made to fit.” – plus-size model Candice Huffine.


iver Island has announced that it will extend the size offering of selected core and main fashion styles with an autumnal 75-piece range in UK sizes 18-28, available in most Middle East stores. This collection will finally make fashion-forward, trend-lead clothing available to more women. The carefully curated collection will offer customers everything from fabulous party dresses to workwear classics and is interspersed with cult core basics such as the Molly stretch skinny jeans and our staple black leather biker jacket. For AW16, print is key, with stripes and florals featuring throughout whilst slices of bold colour break up a palette of neutrals, blacks and earthy tones. Dresses take on a more feminine


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approach with mesh and lace panelling, whilst shoulder detailing prevails, with off-shoulder and cold shoulder styles. Sculpted styles can be seen in the form of lace-up bodies and suedette wrap skirts whilst wardrobe staples can be found in an array of colours and washes across our basics: vests, camis and jeans. For the launch of RI Plus, River Island tapped plussize model Candice Huffine, a first for the UK High Street. Huffine made history when she became the first plus-size model to feature in the latest Pirelli calendar and has featured in W magazine and graced the covers of i-D and Italian Vogue, to name a few. “The fact that River Island is extending their sizing while staying true to their brand is perfection. It's clear they have thought about a curvy woman's body and designed accordingly while giving her exactly what can be found on the high street in any other size. A plus-size collection doesn't need to be made totally different, it just needs to be made to fit,� said Candice Huffine.

Find the collection now at River Island in Villaggio Mall.


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By Laura Prior



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ABODE: Hearing your story, it feels as though fashion was your destiny. Would you agree?

Designer Guo Pei

It is true that fashion is my fate. I grew up with and witnessed the birth and development of Chinese fashion. The journey is long as China's first generation of designers and recognised works in haute couture is just emerging. Luckily, my career has moved along with the progress and development of Chinese society.

ABODE: Tell us about your ‘Rose Studio’ project. I founded ‘Rose Studio’ in 1997. It was China's first haute couture company. We have worked with hand made customization now for 20 years, with traditional Chinese clothing as a form of art at the core. Our team is young, vibrant and dynamic. As for me, the studio is a realm where I can achieve all of my design dreams.

ABODE: You are very passionate about carrying on your Chinese heritage. Why is it so important to you?


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ABODE: The incredible gown that you designed for Rihanna made headlines all around the world, creating a moment in fashion culture. What was your reaction to the reactions? Honestly it surprised me that it grabbed the attention of the world in such a way. I didn't have any expectations when I dressed Rihanna. She is incredible and has a unique temperament and confidence. She wore the piece like a queen and gave the dress new life. This makes me truly happy.

A l l throughout my childhood I grew up surrounded by arts and crafts therefore I have always had a very strong and emotional connection to them. Embroidery is the most representative aesthetic of Chinese traditional cultures and that is why it has been such an integral part of my creative work. Conveying China’s national culture within the traditional craftsmanship can awaken people's love for Chinese tradition. It shows the goodness of our national culture and is a way of expressing emotion.

ABODE: Haute couture is the utopia of fashion. Where do you fit in that world and what fascinates you about it? I think I was born to do haute couture. When I first had a taste of this world, I didn’t want to be involved simply because it is ‘haute couture’, I did it because I like communicating with people. I wanted to influence others with good design. I chose to work face-to-face with a single client or person and I love it when they really understand my idea and design. That’s why I love the craft of customization. I consider myself a good

communicator and a very sincere person and I think that is a perfect fit for this realm of fashion.

ABODE: How do you see fashion evolving in the coming years? Design will edge more towards Eastern and Oriental cultures. Chinese elements have really been emerging in the world of fashion in recent years. This to me indicates the future of fashion and I think that in the next two years, in particular, we will see a more Oriental design on the international stage.

ABODE: What’s next for Guo Pei? I have two strands of the business that I am focusing on. The first is Chinese brides wearing Chinese wedding clothes. I think this is important to integrate fashion, culture and history into creating the perfect Chinese bride. I feel it’s important to develop this in China. The other area is international development. I want to bring more awareness of Chinese fashion to the world by introducing my designs to more avenues. Not only in haute couture in Paris but even to the Middle East and to the rest of the world. I want to let the world appreciate Chinese style and culture.

See all of Pei’s designs on her website

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Shopping with

Mrs B. November in Doha brings with it a cool breeze, outside terraces, heavier clothing and more than a few fancy evening outings with my fabulous friends. What will I wear to all of these social soirees you may ask? Why velvet of course - with a dash of fall colours. Shop my top looks below and may you have a marvellous winter! Follow Mrs. B on Instagram @Bonjour_MrsB for daily inspiration!



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Interview by Laura Prior


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of Styling


he wonderful thing about fashion is often not the clothes, the catwalks or the glamour (well, maybe the glamour!) but inevitably it’s about the people. Their passion and stories never cease to amaze us here at ABODE. Case in point: this month's fashion heroine, Emna Hedi, stylist, buyer and blogger. Just a few years ago Emna was working a 9-5 job as a biologist. Trained as an engineer and seemingly destined to don her white lab coat for eternity, she had an idea late one night that would turn her world upside down. That idea was fuelled by her love of fashion and came in the form of a style blog: Style & Co. Naturally, Paris beckoned. After graduating from Paris International School of Image Consultancy she then earned her style stripes as a PR consultant and stylist for Darz Design. A move to Doha 9 years ago has seen her talent and ambition soar. She currently calls the shots as a fashion buyer for and is a respected personal stylist. We are sure this upbeat, aspirational and creative lady would agree, there is no science to styling, sure, but it’s a magical, exhilarating search for that ‘je ne sais quoi'.

ABODE: Your life changed when you decided to study fashion in Paris. How has that influenced your career path? It taught me so much and not just in terms of education. The Parisian streets, metro, cafés and restaurants really taught me even more. Being there made me realise that you should only do what speaks to your soul, what you are passionate about and what makes you happy. It’s here that I realised fashion was my path.

ABODE: What makes a great stylist? A great stylist should firstly be a great observer. They must be someone with a strong sense of style. This will really be the defining factor in their success.

ABODE: Sum up your own personal style. I would say a nonchalant teenager with attitude! I honestly just dress the way I feel, though.


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ABODE: Is styling objective or subjective? And does your own style influence your clients? I think a good stylist has to achieve the right balance. A client approaches a particular stylist because of their unique and personal touch, yes, but the stylist should know where to draw the line between their own influence and the client’s needs. At the end of the day, the client should reach their own personal style potential with the help of the stylist along the journey.

ABODE: If you could dress anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why? Oh, it would have to be Rihanna. She’s daring, has a strong personality and ceaseless charisma.

ABODE: Tell us about your role in buying at How does that work and what do you enjoy about it? Buying for this platform is such a pleasure. It’s like a treasure hunt! Every day I’m looking for a new designer, a new talent or that special collection that will be THE one. I love this part of what I do because it’s about trend forecasting. I love communicating with like-minded people on this side of the industry too and collaborating with creative minds.

ABODE: What inspires you about fashion in this region and in Qatar in particular? It’s the interesting mix of culture which opens up some amazing styling opportunities. Back home in Turkey, or even in Paris for that matter, I would not have the chance to style such a diverse range of nationalities. I‘m also obsessed with abayas! I find them extremely beautiful. That’s been a real discovery for me as for many years I presumed they were all the same, but they are so not!

ABODE: And what’s next for you? My website is launching soon. I also have some interesting collaborations, a lot of styling and some very exciting projects in the pipeline but my ultimate dream is to one day start a fashion styling academy. I don’t want to be just a personal stylist, I honestly want to share my vision and knowledge to help people be their own stylist.

Follow Emna and her journey on Instagram: @stylendco


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Rei is a made to wear high-end, demi-couture line by Jenny Rei where every piece is handmade and beautifully embroidered, using a high level of craftsmanship and great attention detail. The timeless garments and delicately embroidered accessories are devoted to quality and design with a strong sense of beauty and style. Silhouettes are aware of the female body, which compliments a woman in a classy but confident and sexy way to make them feel extraordinary and empowered. In addition to the Western line, there are embroidered accessories and a modern approach to an abaya collection. Rei is a combination of fashion and art. Rei collaborates with artists from various parts of the world and cultural regions who hand paint unique fabrics and create partly limited edition pieces that seduce it’s exclusive clientele into a world of sophisticated elegance and adventurous bohemian travels. Explore the exclusive collection at or contact for further enquiries


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Shot on location in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India Photographer: Taras Taraporvala Production: JT Studio Model: Rei Couture founder Jenny Rei Image Retoucher: The Fat Retoucher


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Selected images by JESSIE PALANCA


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FURSAN Qatar is a unique destination that is steeped in culture with an eye on the future and it’s local inhabitants are no different. Qatari women with impeccable style are flocking to malls and glamorous boutiques in search of the next IT bag. Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior just don’t cut it anymore. Cue luxury brand Fursan; a newcomer to the scene, this high-end brand is situated in the The Pearl-Qatar in an exquisite space. It features a deep, sensual ‘Oud Wood’ colour to mirror their own deeply-rooted traditional way of designing and creating beautiful pieces and offers plenty of heritage references. The beautiful, eye-catching center piece is the “Golden Rain” sculpture, and in conjunction with the brilliant natural light of the sun’s rays, a contemporary space is created. Representing the sentiment of generosity, the sculpture signifies a compelling attitude of kindness and bounty, a distinguishing feature of the Arabic people. This taste and style is a tradition brought down from generation to generation. FURSAN is a Qatari brand name that is specialized in making leather accessories such as handbags, clutches, wallets and Silk Twill scarves. Each accessory is hand-crafted by Italian artisans whom all have their own traditional way of curating. The material for each piece has also been handpicked for a more refined accessory. Fuse this with the opulent Qatari aesthetic and you have a match made in designer heaven. Fursan’s exclusive line of colourful handbags and scarves are made from grained calf and exotic skins such as python, lizard, ostrich and alligator, all in limited pieces to ensure the individuality of each piece. Buyers can purchase a Fursan creation safe in the knowledge that it is a unique accessory, with only the buyer being in possession of such a covetable collectors item. The collection is a distinctive blend of modernity and elegance and is impeccable for all occasions. THE DAZZAH COLLECTION The collection has been inspired by the concept of Dazzah. Traditionally, gifts are held in an ‘Embayyat’ which is a wooden trunk decorated with intricate wood carvings and inlaid with brass or gold and given as a gift symbolizing the prosperity the new bride brings to her husband's home. It is from this rich history that the designs of the Dazzah Collection is born.

Visit La Croisette 18, Parcel 10, Porto Arabia, The Pearl-Qatar or for more information:

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10tArabian h Heya

F ashion Exhibition One of the biggest platforms to celebrate Arabian fashion is back!


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The exhibition showcased an array of exquisite abaya collections including jalabiyas, gowns, capes, bags and accessories, all intricately designed and created by well-known and up and coming designers from Qatar and other countries in the GCC. Parallel to the exhibition was a series of roadshows, forums and beauty and trends workshop. A WINNER’S PRIDE Alongside the exhibition was a competition by Qatar Chamber, in association with Qatar Business Women Forum. This competition was directed towards the local designers across the country, aimed at supporting local entrepreneurs and private sectors in Qatar, in particular, businesswomen.

KIZLAR DESIGN “Our designs for this exhibition were directed towards modern, confident, and unique women. Our full season collection is all about glamour. We were very keen on the fabric, using an assortment from all over the world. Whichever unique types we could find from our travels, we wanted to bring a touch of the world to Qatar. Catering to the Arab women in Qatar and across the GCC countries, we want our creations to be special and stand out amongst the others. We aim to please them and cater to every women’s individuality.”

– Fakhira brand spokesperson, winner of the competition.

Design by FAKHIRA

Design by NASEEM

“I can be inspired by anything I set my mind to. I can be inspired by nature, architecture, geometric shapes, and fashion designers/icons, among others.”

Design by KIZLAR

Design by FAKHIRA

Design by FAKHIRA

The winner, ‘Fakhira’ was announced during the Heya Mall Tour at the Jo la Mode boutique in Royal Plaza Mall. A free shell scheme booth at the exhibition was one of the prizes that came along with this distinct recognition.

PALAIS DES ARGANO “For this exhibition, my couture Kaftan collection was Moroccan inspired; and making it more unique and interesting is my idea of incorporating the brides’ picture on the design printed on the creation itself, like memorabilia. I see a woman like a princess when she wears my collection. Thus, my designs may be a bit pricey, but I believe cost corresponds with the quality and attention I give to my creations. Watch out, as very soon I will be expanding here in Qatar”

Design by KIZLAR


hannelling the trendiest showcase of the traditional Arabic attire fused with the most fashionable contemporary creations, the 10th Heya Arabian Fashion Exhibition gathered more than 250 designers and various top brands under one roof.

The 10th HEYA ARABIAN FASHION EXHIBITION's success is attributed to the unrelenting support of brands and designers like Soghat Al Khaleej , Jolly Luxury, Palais Des Argano, Jo Lamode Boutique, Al Motahajiba, Sckali Design, among others. The unyielding support of strategic partners Qatar Tourism Authority, Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Qatari Business Women Forum; and the strong passion of existing and emerging fashion-driven entrepreneurs.

For more information and other details:


Heya Arabian Fashion Exhibition

Heya Exhibition

Official Media Partner


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FW 2016-17 Men’s Collection


For next winter, Lacoste’s creative director Felipe Oliveira Baptista envisioned a clever and streamlined collection.



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Lacoste has a great history in making stylish and technical sport outfits for the French ski team in the late 1960s, and Baptista took the fundamental elements of this heritage to modernize it. Doing so, pull-overs with "un crocodile" or "une crocodelle" logos show a play on words with Lacoste’s symbolic animal.




Fabrics are mixed in a youthful way: vinyl with wool, velvet with nylon.

The overall result is a deconstructed silhouette, a young and free spirit that now represent Lacoste. It’s all about taking this sport heritage and keeping it modern, elegant, and always non-conformist.

CO A T Check out the latest collection in Lacoste stores in Landmark and Villaggio.


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NAIL TRENDS The Blonds celebrated their 10th year anniversary this season with a futuristic metallic collection that extended to their nail look. Morgan Taylor lead nail artist Mei Kawajiri chose a chromatic color scheme and embellished the look with crystals, sequins, and more.


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Visions Of The Veneto

Tomas Maier, Creative Director of Bottega Veneta, unveils the house’s newest fragrance, Eau Sensuelle: a youthful and sensual adaptation of the signature Bottega Veneta eau de parfum. Now available at Sephora in Landmark Mall and Villaggio Mall


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BURBERRY Festive Complete Eye Palette


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Soleil Blanc Body Oil

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NARS Velvet Lip Glide

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BeautyBOX The sweater weather has finally arrived and this season is the best time to make more effort than usual with our looks. There's no extreme heat to melt our makeup so, to aid in the enjoyment of this month's glorious days and glamorous nights, we've curated the best products for you to try and love.

HOURGLASS N° 28 Lip Treatment Oil

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HERMÈS 24 Faubourg Eau de Parfum

Beauty Le Marc Lip Crème Gold Edition Lipstick

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By Sharice Tan

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GUERLAIN Météorites Illuminating Powder Pearls

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SUNDAY RILEY Luna Sleeping Night Oil

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BECCA EverMatte Poreless Priming Perfector

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BEAUTYREGIME Integrating some kind of beauty regime into the madness of the morning school runs, meetings and schedules is always a challenge, but stepping out without a perfectly primed face is a no-no. We are constantly multi-tasking in our daily lives so why not apply the same idea to our beauty regimes? So, if you're trying to cut down your prep time but still want to look your best, embrace these nifty beauty products that have multiple uses- all in one!


THE BUSINESS OF MULTI-TASKING When we say multi-tasking, we're serious about the word 'multi.' The Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector and Cover Fx Custom Enhancer Drops have endless possibilities.


Lip and cheek tint products reign as the queens of multi-tasking makeup but did you know you can use it for colour correction too? Red and pink tints can be applied under the eyes to neutralise dark circles.

Investing in a good contour palette (try Anastasia Beverley Hills, QR 170 at Sephora) is one of the best things for a quick and easy application. You can use the lighter shades to blot shine, prime, highlight, and conceal. While for the darker shades, you can use it for your brows, as a contour, a bronzer and an eyeshadow. All hail the contour palette!

• Use it to highlight your cheeks, temples and nose bridge. • You can mix it with your foundation to achieve a natural dewy finish. • It can be used as a base for a metallic or shimmer eyeshadow. • Apply it to the centre of your lips for a glossy and high-shine look. • Use it as a body glow to highlight your collarbone and shoulders.


Don't limit a translucent powder's potential by just using it to blot shine. Create sharp edges by cleaning it with powder. If you've applied too much bronzer or blush, you can tone it down using powder as well. Blend a smokey eye better by using a powder as your base. Make any lipstick matte by lightly brushing it on top of your lips. Oily hair? Brush the powder with a light hand on your roots to eliminate the oil.


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Become the ultimate contourtionist, with M.A.C’s new All The Right Angles Face Palette- three M·A·C sculpting icons, packaged in one easy, on-the-go palette. Featuring velvety Cream Colour Base, and powerful Sculpting and Shaping Powders, four distinctive kits­—Light, Medium, Medium-Dark and Dark­—to highlight, sculpt and contour your way to impeccably enhanced bone structure. For best results, apply with the new 164 Duo Fibre Curved Sculpting Brush. M.A.C’s ‘All The Right Angles Face Palette’, QR 230. Available in stores now at M.A.C Villaggio, Landmark, Dar Al Salam Mall, City Centre and Gulf Mall.

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Makeup Musings Models are the framework of the fashion and beauty industry. They are the chiselled bone structured, highcheeked and rosy-lipped muses of many a beauty brand who bring life to a dream envisioned by said designers and artists. Regardless of their high profile beauty, these models of the moment still live ordinary lives, and just like us, they too have lazy days. This month we get a few model's take on makeup used by some of the highest paid models in the world.


Being the highest paid model in the world, Gisele takes her off-work days very seriously. "On some days, I love to spend time and effort on doing my own makeup." she said, in a behind-the-scenes interview.


The first African model to be listed on Forbes' highest-paid models in the world, Jourdan focuses on her brows and skin the most. She is one of the many models who invest in the best skincare regime available.



Always carry makeup remover wipes to easily remove your makeup or freshen up your skin anytime, anywhere. Keep a lip balm handy to avoid drying out your lips. Your favourite concealer is a great item of makeup to keep close in order to retouch and hide any little blemishes that may pop up unexpectedly during the day.

• To avoid any possible breakouts, stay away from oil-based cleansers. Opt for purifying ones to protect your skin from any acne. • Use a thick moisturiser to help your skin maintain the hydration needed despite the heavy makeup that is often applied to your face. • On a busy day, sunscreen is going to be your best friend. Never leave the house without protecting your skin from the sun. The higher the SPF, the better. Your skin will thank you later.


Jumping from shoot to shoot, Kate maintains a minimal yet fresh approach to makeup. Her makeup must-have? Mascara. Almost every no-makeup look of Kate Moss' has one thing in common - defined yet natural long lashes.

"For a natural look,the idea is to not cover all the blemishes or dark circles—at least not excessively. It’s natural to have a few marks on your skin." -British model, CHARLI HOWARD


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roviding the perfect antidote to the sometimes chaotic Doha city life lies the discreetly located Spa by Clarins in the picturesque grounds of the Marsa Malaz Kempinski. Upon my arrival into the grand entrance to the spa, I was first requested to let my therapist know more about myself, my health history, and my likes and dislikes to ensure a truly personalised experience. I was then whisked away, deep into the romantically lit labyrinthine hallways of the spa. Within 15 minutes of my arrival, I had changed into a comfy robe and had made my way into my otherworldly treatment room. Warm and welcoming, the lighting and setup immediately encouraged me to enter into a relaxed state of mind. Prior to my Rebalancing Massage with Essential Oils, I was offered a health drink- cucumber, lemon, mint and a dash of honey – from the Vitamine Café located in the spa. Before long I was being ensconced in hot towels on a bed and being murmured to about the pressure I would prefer, in hushed tones by my therapist. I refused to believe I was anywhere but in some faraway idyllic island with nothing to worry about except whether or not I would win the fight with sleep. For me, the highlight of this treatment was the assortment of heavenly smelling hot treatment oils that were gently massaged into my body. This massage uses enveloping movements for an incomparable feeling of well-being. I was

given two choices of oil- Relax Oil that revives the long lost feelings of relaxation and Tonic Oil that galvanises the body and mind. The massage was deep and comprehensive, with emphasis spent on the areas that were particularly stiff (namely my neck, shoulders and legs), ensuring that all kinks were well and truly ironed out. In the end, sleep won the day and I was awoken by the soft tones of my therapist informing me that my pampering session had all come to an end after which I was encouraged to take some time to finish my health drink in the pretty relaxation area or take a dip in their warm pool. You can make use of the Spa by Clarins’ facilities – they are fully equipped with a pool, 23 treatment rooms, separate female and male spa wet areas, Hammam and relaxation lounges, spa suites, a Vitamine Café and a Clarins Boutique, fully open to the public as well. The afternoon's events were wonderful and I could not leave without the burning question of when I could relive it all again. Spa by Clarins is conveniently located in Marsa Malaz Kempinski on The Pearl so if you're timepoor but reluctant to skimp on quality, fitting a treatment into your schedule, especially if you live on the man-made island, is a breeze. Feel like a princess for the day and treat yourself to a few hours at one of Doha's most luxurious spas. The Spa by Clarins is open daily from 9am to 10pm.

by Annabel Rooney



For appointment and inquiries:

+974 4035 5555



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Blue Brush Studio’s David Martinez tries it out on ABODE editor Annabel Rooney.


Silver hair is incredibly popular at the hand lady, master moment and women all around the world colourist Roslyn are stripping their hair and attempting Sepagan. “For to achieve the fantasy-esque look. But, silver, the hair must it’s harder than it seems, as I found out be stripped of all when I went to renowned hairstylist David colour to achieve Martinez’s Blue Brush Studio. David hails the initial white and from the south of France and was 19 years old then we apply a silver when he made a brave move to Paris. After on top,” David explained. a successful 15 years in the French capital “I use Olaplex, a protective and featuring in countless international additive to the bleach that ensures magazines and shows such as Dior, Lanvin your hair quality is not compromised during and Louis Vuitton, David pursued his dreams the process.” To achieve great results, David and delved head first into an exciting, albeit tells me he uses a special technique only unknown, journey and came to Doha. available at Blue Brush.


Silver hair, David advised me, takes time and a lot of careful planning. “The way I do silver hair is with a thought-out plan that is tailored to each individual according to the history of their hair. Silver is a colour often done by inexperienced hairdressers who use very harsh bleach on the hair and many women come to me in the hopes that I may be able to correct the colour and reverse the damage done by the bleach.” When I arrived at Blue Brush, David took one look at my hair and said, “Lets get to work dear!” and that was it. The process begun by bleaching my hair with a high-performing yet gentle bleach to avoid damage. I use hair extensions as I have thin hair texture and so colouring my hair all the way to silver may be quite a task for David and his right-


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After 4 hours of fun with David, my hair was a beautiful shade of blonde but due to my extension colour, it was too risky to go for the silver. David opted for a very soft balayage with my root colour softened to a light brown and gradually faded into a bright blonde. David puts his customer's hair heath first, though, saying “I was very disappointed to not have been able to reach the silver hair today but it is achievable after 2-3 bleach process’s. It takes time to make such a drastic change to the hair but with a stylist who knows what he/she is doing, nothing is impossible.”

If you’re looking for master colorists in Doha, Blue Brush is the place to find them. Blue Brush Studio is located on the ground floor of the Hilton Doha, Qatar.

For inquiries and reservations: +974 4423 3022 / 974 55684761




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Diset v yle t s e f i L If you stop and think about it, we're always trying and failing to stick to fad diets. Shedding those pesky pounds is now harder than ever, with food chains lining the streets in droves. Saying a simple "no" seems like a daily struggle we often lose causing us to turn to quick fixes. Though, what we fail to realise is that these "fixes" never last, and in fact, they could have adverse effects on our body in the long term and often lead to weight gain.

What does this mean exactly? To change your ‘dietary lifestyle’ means to adopt permanent healthy habits which will, in turn, promote long-term weight control, better health, and of course happier days! If we simply punish ourselves with the ‘no more of this’ kind of diet we subconsciously trigger a depressive state in our minds that we are at a loss whereas the healthy lifestyle approach means we are choosing an alternative path in which we are now going to fuel our bodies with goodness in order to not just achieve a particular goal but to live a healthier lifestyle and enjoy the many benefits that come with it.

Simple tips on how to do this? 1. Be thoughtful about what you put into your body: is it natural, do they contain additives and artificial colours? 2. Learn to substitute: • Swap the soda/packaged drinks with freshly squeezed fruit juices or water. • Instead of bread, rice and heavy foods replace with salad, fruit and slow digesting grains. • If you work at a desk all day, replace your coffees with some nuts, smoothies and fresh juices. +974 5040 3234

3. Maintain consistent eating habits: eat every 2-3 hours. Avoid those big gluttonous meals that slow down your metabolism. 4. Never skip breakfast: have proteins and fibre to ensure you have long lasting energy throughout the day. 5. Break a sweat for at least 30 minutes three times a week: love yoga? Attend a class. No gym membership? No problem, jog along the Corniche now that the weather is cooling down. Ask yourself a question each day, "Did I build up a sweat today?". If the answer is no, get moving! 6. Aim for 8 hours of sleep every night: It is the only time your body gets to repair and rejuvenate cells. 7. Know that balance is key: it is okay to have a cheat day and not feel guilty afterwards! You are seeking betterment and good health which is a positive action, don’t punish yourself for that with negative thoughts.

by Ghazal Shooshtarian - Evolve


he first step in considering a new diet plan is to come to the realisation that it is a lifestyle change which is needed and not a padlock on the sweets draw.

Once we change our dietary lifestyle we will soon notice that this will increase our energy levels, lift our mood, improve our metabolism, boost our self-confidence, and most importantly we will feel good overall. There will no longer be a need to step on the scales every week whilst peeking through your palms in despair. Once you feel good on the inside, you will look great on the outside. So stop "dieting" and start living!


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Located in Illusion at Marsa Malaz Kempinski The Pearl Doha, The Secret Garden is poised to be the most beautiful garden party of the season, this awe-inspiring rooftop spread across one large terrace, is the perfect start to the weekend with casual, fresh, delicious fusion cuisine and chilled sounds. The Secret Garden experience features a mix of some of the world’s greatest sharing plates from a variety of different cuisines – Asian, Spanish, American and French, and promised to curb your hunger With eclectic music and delicious delights, The Secret Garden is the ultimate place to relax and unwind as you watch the sun go down and the stars come alive under the Doha skies. Opens daily from 4pm to 2am, with Sunset Sessions between 4pm to 9pm. For enquiries and reservation, call +97440355757 or +97450700362 or email

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Living on

The Wedge Fueling a Shopping Binge

Let’s be honest, most of us spend far more time in this country’s myriad of shopping malls than we like to admit. We tend to associate mall food options to a furtive fast food fix or a chain café. But I’m pleased to say in Doha the options are no longer limited to underwhelming food courts. Here are two places that allow you to combine your love of a good meal with that of an even better bargain.

Ra che l Ann Morris

Kababs & Kurries Sometimes I like to keep my favourite eateries a secret. But this outpost of a well-known UAE brand is frankly too good not to share. Tucked away in an obscure and bijoux mall in Ain Khaled, it serves up some of the most authentic North Indian food I have had in Qatar. From the huge basket of poppadoms and dips you are given on arrival to their tender chicken and lamb kebabs, the food here is freshly cooked with pride. Their richly spiced, earthy brown and moreish butter chicken will make you forget the over-sugared bright red concoctions we all have eaten. They also have a weekday lunchtime thali – a selection of small dishes selected by the chef for QR55 (QR45 for vegetarian options) with unlimited garlic naan. Set the GPS, do not pass go and head there now. First floor at 01 Mall Ain Khaled Phone: 44440133

Lili Café My usual method of operation when it comes to malls is a 'get in and get out' one- as quickly as possible without hurting anyone. But on a recent visit to Ezdan Mall, this cute café adjoining Paris Gallery caught my eye. Lili Café has been closed for several months while it underwent a renovation and a menu makeover, and it was worth the wait. Open early from breakfast through to midnight, the menu runs from the simple plain and filled croissants (everything including baked items are handmade on the premises) through to burgers, pasta and over-the-top waffles swathed in caramel. Their duo of sliders/mini burgers (often an afterthought on many Qatar menus) with Emmenthal cheese manages to be both juicy and packed with flavour. A favourite of mine is their baked spaghetti and meatballs, which is served in individual ramekins – oozing layers of cheese and meat. I refused to share it – that’s high praise in my world. With a funky design (white furniture and colourful umbrellas hang from the ceiling) there is even a selection of books you can read while you sip your “Luxury Karak Tea” or decadent chocolate milkshake. Next to Paris Gallery, Ezdan Mall Al Gharafa Phone: 44997195

I eat. I write. I write about eating. Each month I will be bringing you the very best of what Doha’s foodie scene has to offer here in between the pages of ABODE magazine. You can also follow my daily foodie adventures at:






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Photography by Jessie Palanca Feature coordinated by Hairiya Santos Location: La Cucina Restaurant, Hotel Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Food prepared by Chef Marco Matteucci

Aside from it being a delectable fruit, Avocado's are one of the healthy ones – they help you lose weight, are packed with healthy fibre and are a booster of nutrients in your body. To celebrate this super fruit, Chef Marco Matteucci, Chef de Cuisine of La Cucina Restaurant in the Marriott Marquis City Center Doha accepted the challenge of presenting three extraordinary dishes using one main ingredient- the avo!


“Allora, my philosophy on food is always to respect the flavour of the product, always respect the fundamentals of food preparation. This is the basis of my cooking”

Marco Matteucci

Chef de Cuisine


Chilled Avocado Soup with Buratta Cheese and Tomato Crostino INGREDIENTS:

• 1 avocado •1 large cucumber • 1 chili • ½ cup of baby spinach • 1 garlic cloves • ¼ red onions • 2 cups of water • 1 lemon • 1/2 burrata cheese • ¼ cup cherry tomato • 1 slice of French baguette per person • Olive oil • Salt


1. Remove skin of the avocado, cucumber, garlic and onion 2. Remove the seed inside the chilli 3. Cut all into cubes and place in a blender 4. Add the lemon juice, water, baby spinach and salt. Blend. 5. Place the soup in the fridge for 2 hours 8. Make the crostino with the bread and the tomato diced and season with olive oil 9. Place the soup in a bowl with half burrata cheese and garnish with the crostino bread


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Avocado and Baby Vegetables Risotto INGREDIENTS

• ½ cup of avocado • ½ cup of cream, 45 % fat • ½ grated parmesan cheese • 2 tbsps. of butter • 1 tbsp. of white leek, finely sliced • 1 ½ cup Carnaroli rice • 3 cups of vegetable broth • 4 points of green asparagus • 4 pcs. mild chili • 4 baby beet roots • 4 baby eggplants • Olive oil • Salt and pepper


1. Peel the vegetables and grill, marinate in olive oil until ready 2. Peal the avocado and place in a blender with the cream; mix and set aside

3. Place a large pot over medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons of butter. Once the butter has melted, add the finely sliced white leek 4. When the leek is golden, add the rice and toast it for a couple of minutes until transparent. Then add the vegetable broth, stir and let it cook. 5. Add the broth, a little at a time, and cook the risotto over low heat for 15 minutes or until it is cooked. 6. When done, remove the pot from the heat, add salt to taste. Then add the mix of cream and the avocado plus the grated parmesan. 7. Place on a plate and garnish with the grill vegetables on the top


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Chocolate Cake with Avocado and Pistachio INGREDIENTS 1 cup of dark chocolate • ½ cup of finely crushed avocado • ½ cup of pistachio • 4 tbsp. cornstarch • 1 cup of ice sugar • 1 tbsp. of bitter cocoa powder • 1 tbsp. almond powder • 4 eggs • 1 bag of baking powder • ½ cup of liquid cream 45% fat • ¼ cup honey


1. Preheat the oven at 180ºC 2. Mix the cornstarch, baking powder, ice sugar and almond powder in a bowl 3. Melt the dark chocolate

4. Add the eggs, melted chocolate and the crushed avocado in the bowl to the dry ingredients and mix until smooth 5. Place the butter on the cake mould of your choice and add in the cake mix 6. Bake for 30 minutes or until properly cooked 7. When done, rest the cake a moment until cool before removing from the cake mould 8. Brush the baked cake with the honey and add the pistachio on the top 9. For the sauce, whip the cream with a teaspoon of ice sugar and crush avocado


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Steak Lovers Rejoice!



t PRIME we don’t simply offer the finest cuts of meat from around the world, we strive to deliver one of the finest steakhouse dining experiences, and take pride in all the details that make a visit to PRIME memorable. Bon Appetit!

That was the first thing I read when browsing the menu of such a unique steakhouse; every word stated was true. When I first stepped out of the elevator, the staff extended a warm welcome and showed me the way to my table facing the open kitchen, a perfect location from which you can see the whole journey.

The meat was cooked just the way I like it, with every component on the plate complimenting each other. The fries were delicious and the fried shiitake mushrooms were crispy and now one of my favourite starters of a restaurant in Doha!

There is a wide selection of starters from which I selected the Prime shrimp cocktail, which was very tasty.

Talking about the restaurant manager, I will say that if you don't know what to order simply place your dining experience in the expert hands of Ally Hossenbux. He was successful in creating an enjoyable environment through out our dining experience.

For the starter, I had a 36 hour slow-cooked short rib served with a wasabi sauce that just melted away on my palate. With every bite, the meat dissolved and left behind a beautiful lingering taste in my mouth. The waiters are attentive and make sure our drinks were refilled, plates cleared, giving us enough time between meals. I had the luxury of watching my main course being prepared in the open kitchen and was handed a tiny ice-cream bowl with lemon sorbet, which makes you feel you are ready to have the Wagyu Tenderloin steak as recommended by Ally Hosseunbux, Prime's manager. It was served along with confit of tomato, beetroot coulis, roast garlic, and steamed egg yolk. The sides ordered to share were truffle mashed potato, creamed spinach, crispy fried shiitake mushrooms and truffle parmesan fries. For the steak sauces I requested roquefort sauce, peppercorn sauce, and veal jus sauce.

The decoration its simply elegant with beautiful wood a star feature. Prime’s relaxed and comfortable setting combined with its exquisite cuisine will surely make for a memorable dining experience. Actually, Doha offers a good selection of steakhouses, but PRIME is definitely one name which comes up as our top ranked. Every time I have eaten in Prime I have been pleased with the food and the service. And with the perfect ending of the dinner comes the delicious treat of dessert. A tray full of sweet treats and a selection of little brownies, popcorn pannacotta with caramel sauce, thyme crème brulée, and a sweet and sour melting sphere. A must-try for steak lovers, Prime restaurant in InterContinental Doha The City will leave you wanting more each time you pay them a visit. Don't miss out, make your reservation now!

Words by Marian Nagy Photography by Jessie Palanca

As I waited for my starters, I was offered a basket of bread accompanied by three different flavours of butter- plain, herb, and a rich tomato.

For booking and reservations, please call +974 4015 8888 or visit their website at


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A Love Story

By Annabel Rooney



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Al Samadi


A rose is the only thing that can change a woman’s mood in 60 seconds - Ebraheem Al Samadi From a very young age, it was clear that Forever Rose founder Ebraheem Al Samadi was destined for success in the world of business. An entrepreneur from the age of 14, Ebraheem launched his very first business out of his mother’s Florida apartment selling off-season clothing and items on eBay. ABODE's Annabel Rooney shares Ebraheem’s love for flowers and the beautiful way in which, if handled with care and expertise, flowers are assembled. Ebraheem sat down with her in the beautiful lobby of the St. Regis over cappuccino and a big bouquet of Forever Rose flowers.

ABODE: Hi Ebraheem, thank you for chatting with me. We clearly share a love for flowers and the art of floristry but what is it about the job that is so alluring for you? For me, the message that flowers bring to the receiver is the most important part of what I do and it is why I am so passionate about my work. When received, flowers make people feel loved, appreciated and leave a lasting feeling of happiness and joy. I am also proud of the jobs that are created from this business and the circle of life that takes place. We harvest the flowers from the earth and create jobs and allow people to spread love through the act of giving.


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ABODE: Which arrangement styles are most popular in the gulf?

ABODE: Where can we expect to find Forever Rose in Doha?

In the Middle East, bigger is always better so our big bouquets are most popular but our ‘Bella’ rose design closely follows in popularity. It is a single rose that retains it’s striking natural beauty forever when protected in the glass dome without the need for water or sunlight. The rose is based on the idea from the Disney movie ‘The Beauty and the Beast’ and comes in 29 different colours. They are completely handmade with love and symbolize the love for one person.

Qatar’s very first Forever Rose boutique has officially opened in the luxurious Al Hazm Mall in Doha, cementing the notion of everlasting love for those passionate about romance and luxury. We’ll look forward to welcoming you to our store!

ABODE: In which places around the home do you think flowers look best? Our ‘Bella’ rose should be in the bedroom to be admired in a personal setting and the handpicked, bigger bunches of fresh flowers can be placed in an area popular in the home, preferably near to a window, to be admired by guests too.

ABODE: Are there any ideas you can give our readers on how to compile a complimentary floral arrangement for their home according to their current colour scheme? Yes, I would ask them to consider the colours that they put together when they get up in the morning. How do you match your own colours in the way that reflects who you are? I would suggest keeping this in mind when selecting the right colours for their own flowers. Forever Rose is available to order online at or by emailing Client’s will enjoy free delivery within 24 hours across Qatar.


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e have all walked into a room and, knowingly or not, experienced an emotional or physical reaction to our surroundings. Warm, cold, inviting, isolating — interior decor and design can have a powerful effect on the room’s ambience and, more importantly, the way you feel. I believe creating a healthy, restorative, feel-good space starts with understanding your lifestyle, your needs and the things in life that are most important to you. After all, your home is your oasis and should be designed to inspire a sense of comfort and wellbeing, while reflecting your unique personality and style



Indonesian Craftsmanship Get the island look, without the airfare! Bali, an idyllic Indonesian retreat located in the westernmost end of the Lesser Sunda Islands, is loaded with rich culture, stunning scenery and ever-present spirituality. It has provided artistic inspiration for countless creatives versed in dealing with buildings bearing strong historical values and traditions. As I have a love for all things different and foreign, when I travel I find myself hunting for unique pieces of furniture that represent the country's aesthetic. Scouring the markets and hidden yards, I always find unique interior elements. Developing my own personal knowledge encourages me to incorporate these items into my new designs. In today’s current design period, with interiors projecting a minimal feel, there is increasing evidence that a new direction of design is emerging. Designs that reflect a personality, a story, warmth, a human's touch. Designs that fulfill a need, yet tell a story. In our globalised society where everything tends towards sameness, I find there is a huge demand for ones “uniqueness" hence the word ‘bespoke’ is so often used in my latest designs. On one of my most recent trips to Bali, the abundance of local tactile materials, such as Indonesian teak wood, excited my inner designer! With a society constantly on the go, I feel we are always in search of some down time and implementing these natural elements of timbers from nature into our environments creates a harmonised feel within our spaces. The simplistic design does not have to reflect cold and hard surroundings but rather celebrate the human touch. Good luck designing!

Design Manager at Quanto Bello Qatar


Let your interior be an outward expression of your inward creativity 3 2 5

1. Tribal feather necklace 2. Carved timber panels 3. Custom printed wallpaper 4. Bird cage 5. Indoor palms 6. Shells



For inquiries and more details, please contact:


Bianca: +974 3373 6311


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Words by Francesca Cruz

Neon flashing lights, opulent resort hotels, over-the-top restaurants with spectacular views, incredible concerts & shows---you have arrived in the desert mirage that is Las Vegas, Nevada! Las Vegas has retained the swagger the desert oasis was so glorified for in its commencement and is now a destination for foodies, spa connoisseurs, music lovers, and of course those travellers that know how to indulge in luxury. Brightly lit in all its pageantry with opulent hotels and a glistening that seems to cascade onto the city, its legendary 4-mile stretch referred to as the strip, is visited by over 40 million people every year. This is the place to travel to for show-stopping spectacles, over-the-top pool parties, and the most elaborate buffets and A-list restaurants.


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The Globetrotters Guide Las Vegas

Aria Resort THE LOWDOWN: Aria Resort is the jewel that makes up the illustrious CityCenter in Las Vegas. Sustainable in its design, it is built with reclaimed wood and native stone. It redefined the skyline with its curvilinear glass tower housing and it offers the most technologically advanced guest rooms not only in Nevada but also in the country. Innovative water features designed by WET Design greet guests. Recognised for its impeccable hospitality and personalised service, this resort also offers 15 restaurants serving a variety of cuisines, a premier salon and spa, and Liquid Pool Lounge, its 215,000-square-foot pool and deck area. WHO’S IT FOR? Single travellers, couples and families. TRAVELLER TIP: You are at the heart of all the action in CityCenter. It’s one of the most luxurious places to shop. Makes sure to go for a walk and take in the sights.

Valley of Fire THE LOWDOWN: Valley of Fire is one of the most spectacular places you can visit if you are a nature enthusiast. It’s a 50-minute drive from Las Vegas to the Mojave Desert—just northeast of the famed Las Vegas Strip. Dedicated in 1935, Valley of Fire is a state park that covers 35,000 acres of land. The park takes its name from the red sandstone formations that came about over 150 million years ago, during the Mesozoic Era, from the great shifting sand dunes. When the sun’s rays reflect the sandstone formations they appear to be as if on fire, dusk here is certainly a site to behold. Go for a hike, or set up a picnic spot with your family and enjoy the setting sun. It’s a great way to witness the majesty of the west coast of the United States. TRAVELLER TIP: There are several great places close to Las Vegas to enjoy nature and the outdoors: The Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, the Historic Railroad Hiking Trail—make a day of it.


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The Neon Museum Las Vegas THE LOWDOWN: The Neon Museum Las Vegas is an outdoor collection of boneyard neon signs that once adorned the Vegas skyline. The museum is a non-profit organisation dedicated to preserving the city of Las Vegas’ most iconic art form—of course, its retired neon signs. Opened in 2012, it is a two-acre lot and exhibition space featuring more than 200 signs—seven of them fully restored. Tours are available seven days a week and the tours run for an hour, but you need to reserve in advance and online. Ticket prices for day tours are $19 for general admission; seniors 65+, students, active military, veterans and Nevada residents are $15 (valid ID required). There is the option for night tours but children under 12 years old are not permitted and tickets run at $25, visit WHO’S IT FOR? Everyone, but no children are allowed under 12 during the night tour.

Lago, Bellagio Resort THE LOWDOWN: Lago by award-winning chef Julian Serrano is nestled in the Bellagio resort. The dinning room delights in floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows of the resort’s impressive fountains. With a creative Italian menu and a new take on social dining that is designed for sharing while bonding over a meal—the menu offers meat, seafood, vegetarian platters as well as classic Italian fare: focaccia and pizzettes. One of the best things on the menu guest rave about is the four-cheese lasagna, as well as the shrimp mascarpone ravioli. WHO’S IT FOR? Business travellers, couples & families


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Idyllic Destinations

Banana Island

Words by Marian Nagy


Three Bedroom Anantara Over Water Villa Exterior


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elcome to paradise! This was the greeting we had when we stepped off of the luxury catamaran ferry which took us on a 25-minute journey across the crystal clear waters of the Arabian Gulf to reach the breathtaking Banana Island. It is a real paradise sanctuary where you can find what you are looking for, with world class facilities and limitless activities providing relaxation and adventure, wellness and pure indulgence. Where you will receive the VIP treatment from the moment you arrive until the moment you leave. One of the resort team will be assigned to be your villa host, who will take care of all your needs throughout your journey. Our villa hosts of the stay were Ali and Kunal, a very special thanks to them both who took care of us and paid special attention to our every need in a very professional way. They were very committed whenever we need to go any place on the island, they gave us extraordinary service and hospitality.

Our Villa had a sea view with a private pool. It was very spacious, super clean and tidy and fully equipped with exceptional decoration. The bathroom has Anantara signature amenities, a bathtub and a shower.


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After a while, we headed over to have lunch and here I have to say that the resort is presenting guests a taste of traditional Qatari hospitality and a unique resort experience with access to some of the most enticing culinary experiences from across the world. The resort offers eight dining options with a mouthwatering choice of Middle Eastern, Italian and international cuisines, to be savoured at spectacular locations all around the island with tranquil views of the stunning seas. So our first lunch was in Riva, the perfect Italian restaurant with the perfect company, The first thing that strikes you about it is the sleek design and the perfect ambience and the high point was the level of service we received. Treza and the whole staff who served us possessed a level of professionalism that’s rarely found, their presence at the table, their knowledge and general demeanor and all topped off by excellent food. After lunch, we went for a tour in the Island exploring the resort and all the facilities presented by Banana Island to its guests, and by then we were totally surprised, everything you can dream of you will find it in this wonderful place. I was impressed with every single detail and with the over water villas, with the wide range of activities like scuba diving, snorkelling, cycling, tennis and much more. Nothing was forgotten, but what was the most surprising for me was the Unique Balance Wellness Centre, a one of a kind in a resort in Qatar and the Middle East. The unique centre features stunning surroundings and a wide range of services designed to complement the grandeur of the island. Spanning more than 342 sqm for both male and female sections, this health and wellness destination offers guests a collection of unique treatments and personalized services, which can take their wellbeing to a whole new level at the resort’s dedicated Wellness Centre with expert guidance and state of the art facilities, offering the ultimate sanctuary to escape the hectic pace of everyday life. With a tailored holistic approach, which assesses lifestyle factors, as well as guests' physical, mental and emotional state, the fully qualified team, will devise a results-driven programme that is personally prescribed to meet individual goals, A programme that suits every need, it's worth mentioning the weight loss program which has a different concept and process you can`t find it anywhere else. Guests are guided on sustainable healthy habits which are easily integrated into daily life, for long lasting success even after leaving the resort The Wellness Centre’s team oversees each guest’s journey to encourage optimal health and wellness and to help them meet their goals Talking about my experience in the Wellness centre, I tried the Floatation Therapy which promises to alleviate stress, with deep relaxation, speeds rehabilitation and recovery, improves circulation of oxygen and Three Bedroom Seaview Pool Villa Terrace

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Then it was the time for the baby to have fun in the water park where even the adults enjoyed it to the maximum, it’s a place where the whole family can have fun together and build memories.

nutrients, in addition to stimulating left/right brain synchronisation. My therapist directed me to the facial room, where I got an intensive cleansing and nourishing facial with all natural ingredients, accompanied by a relaxing head and face massagean experience that is one of a kind. Then we had our dinner in Al Nahham Resturant, where the atmosphere and the sea view and the quality of the food are unforgettable. I can`t forget the most delicious and tasty lamb chops I have ever tasted. The next day we enjoyed the privacy of our room pool where my 1 and half years old daughter enjoyed playing in the water where it's very safe for kids. Then we went to have breakfast in Al Azraq Restaurant where you can enjoy a wide range of buffet options for you and your family members and kids are not forgotten, where they can enjoy a lovely well-designed buffet for them.

Then it was the time to get pampered with a special Spa treatment, an experience that changed my life. Thanks to Yosita my therapist- she checked my body and knew exactly what I needed and immediately she assigned to me the perfect treatment which was the stretching massage, it's very useful to stretch your muscles and release the tension and stress. She educated me how to take care of myself and my whole life because being successful in life starts from wellbeing, Anantara motivates each guest to pursue their personal passions and goals through bespoke and inspirational experiences. ‘Balance’ – an innovative new wellness concept available at Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara - is a natural extension of this philosophy which harnesses Anantara Spa’s award-winning expertise I experienced brilliant service throughout the whole stay, from the valet service upon arriving at Al Shyoukh Terminal till departure at the same place. Everyone was kind and caring and all were skilled professionals who went to great lengths to make sure my stay was a great one.

For booking and reservations, please call Banana Island, Qatar, Tel: +974 4040 5050 or check

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"The Midnight Blossom" Ellie Victoria Gale, UK, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

"Soar in the blue" Zuorong Li, China, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards


steemed experts from across the photographic industry will come together to uncover and celebrate the best images shot in 2016 across the awards’ Professional, Open, Youth, National Award, and Student Focus competitions.

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the world’s largest photography competition, the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards, created by the World Photography Organisation, will include new categories, pushing photographers’ creative boundaries, and invites photographers from all the corners of "The Majestic Dance" Satvik Bhatt, the world, of all abilities and styles, to enter their best images for India, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards free via By participating in any of the ten open categories of the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards, a participant’s images are automatically entered into the UAE National Award, increasing the chances to win. Countries in the Middle East and Africa taking part in the National Awards are Egypt, Kenya, Pakistan, COMPETITION DEADLINES: Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. · 5 December 2016: Student Focus competition closes Registration for the Middle East & Africa National awards can · 5 January 2017: Open, National Award and Youth competitions close be completed through swpa/index.html. · 10 January 2017: Professional competition closes


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"Equilibrium" JosÈ MarÌa PÈrez, Argentina, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards


"Disciplinant" China, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

world's largest photography competition, the Sony World Photography Awards has been announced:

from top left; Allegra Cordero di Montezemolo, Russ O'Connell, Denis Curti, Françoise Callier, Zelda Cheatle, Dan Rubin, Andrea Kurland, Aida Muluneh, Jennifer Shaw, Damien Demolder

The judges of the Professional competition are: Zelda Cheatle (Chair) Curator (UK); Allegra Cordero di Montezemolo, Curator and Head of Exhibitions, Centro de la Imagen (Mexico); Russ O'Connell, Picture Editor, The Sunday Times Magazine (UK); Aida Muluneh, Photographer and Cultural Entrepreneur (Ethiopia); Denis Curti, Creative Director, Tre Oci Foundation (Italy) and Francoise Callier, Program Director at Angkor Photo Festival & Workshops (France). The Open and Youth competitions will be chaired by journalist and photographer Damien Demolder (UK), who will also judge the National Awards competition which runs across 61 countries worldwide. The Student Focus competition will be judged by a selection of judges including Andrea Kurland, Editor-in-Chief, Huck (UK), Dan Rubin, photographer and Creative Director (UK) and Jennifer Shaw, founder and Creative Director, PhotoNOLA (US). Zelda Cheatle, Chair of the Professional competition, said, "I will be looking for originality of thought and execution, clarity

Exhibition Shot

of vision – a clear concept that translates well into pictures on the wall or on the screen. Simplicity, good craftsmanship and sometimes its wit, or compassion, ingenuity, luck or good judgement – but a good picture always stops you in your tracks." KEY DATES · 28 February 2017: Shortlist for Professional, Open, Youth

and Student Focus competitions revealed

· 28 March 2017: Open, Youth and National Award winners revealed · 20 April 2017: Photographer of the Year plus Professional category winners and Open, Youth and Student competition winners revealed at ceremony held in London · 21 April to 7 May 2017: Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London


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The latest on people, fashion, beauty and more...

HER EXCELLENCY SHEIKHA HIND BINT HAMAD ALTHANI APPOINTED CHAIRPERSON OF BOARD OF TRUSTEES AT HAMAD BIN KHALIFA UNIVERSITY Her Excellency Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani has been appointed Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU). H.E. Sheikha Hind will assume the position in addition to her role as Vice Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF). As Chairperson, Her Excellency will lead HBKU’s Board of Trustees, ensuring the success of the University and its vision and mission. Commenting on her new role and responsibilities, H.E. Sheikha Hind said: “HBKU has witnessed tremendous growth with the development of both its integrated academic programs and its national research capabilities. The University’s new Board of Trustees will offer their invaluable insight and expertise to the research university as it continues to target its strategic objectives and tackle critical challenges facing Qatar and the region. The Board will also play a leading role as the University endeavours to create new and innovative learning opportunities that help build human capacity and further support Qatar as it moves towards building a diverse and sustainable economy.


L’Occitane En Provence releases the Rose Originelle collection to celebrate 40 years of passion for beauty

Inspired by the flower of love, the Rose Originelle collection by L’Occitane En Provence marks 40 years of beauty, tradition and craftsmanship. Paying tribute to the centuries-old skill of embroidery handed down from generation to generation in Provence, the new collection has been embellished with packaging featuring roses cleverly executed through stitches. Stunning yet simple, the collection has been adorned with an alluring wall of flowers representing the new heights of finesse and fervour. The roses designed by Olivier Baussan underpins four remarkable beauty essentials – the Eau de Toilette, Gentle Shower Gel, Body Veil and Hand Balm.

The Master Maserati Driving Courses return this year, offering a roster of training sessions that are specifically tailored to showcase the ultimate performance of the Trident. The courses are dedicated to acquainting owners and enthusiasts with the true spirit of the brand, in a fun, exciting and completely safe environment. Alfardan Sports Motors, the official dealer of Maserati in Qatar, are inviting clients to enrol in this one-of-a-kind program to experience the true power of the iconic brand – right in the heart of Italy. With a rich legacy of motoring excellence, Maserati continuously aims to provide its clients with a first-hand experience of Italian heritage and innovation. The elite driving courses are a further testament to the brand’s commitment to building lasting customer relationships by instilling a passion for luxury and sporty performance. For more information on the Maserati Master Driving Courses, please visit:

DOMASCO LAUNCHES TOP CASIO G-SHOCK LINE UP MRG AT PARI GALLERY, LAGOONA MALL DOMASCO, the exclusive distributor of Casio in Qatar, is proud to announce the launch of the latest addition to the flagship MR-G Series in the G-SHOCK line in Pari Gallery store at Lagoona Mall. The MR-G series offer the ultimate in tough watch design. It combines a sense of quality evoked by finely finished metallic elements with the distinctively solid feel of G-SHOCK, which conveys its shock-resistant performance. MR-G has gained popularity among adults who want to enjoy a G-SHOCK watch for many years to come. During the launch event Faisal Sharif, Managing Director of DOMASCO, s a i d : “ D OMA SCO ’s w a t c h e s division works vigorously to present our customers with aweinspiring timepieces. The MRG is distinguished by its sporty design, finest materials and innovative functions. For the first time, the legendary G-SHOCK shock resistance will be guaranteed in a watch with a pure titanium case. In addition, the MR-G is protected with “diamond-like coating”, a particularly high-quality coating process, for a unique texture and superior abrasion resistance. It’s the ultimate watch for tough men on the go.”


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NEWLY REVAMPED FITNESS FIRST DOHA FACILITY COMPLEMENTS NEW-AGE FITNESS GOALS Located in City Centre Doha, the refurbished club is among the 2 clubs in Qatar and boasts of superior fitness solutions and state-of-art fitness equipment for both men and women. Staying true to its commitment of going further and beyond fitness, Fitness First Middle East; one of world’s leading fitness brands, announced the grand re-launch of its premium fitness facility at City Centre Doha. Sprawling across 2548 sq. meter of well-equipped fitness space, the club has been relaunched to accommodate specialised fitness solutions which will help fitness enthusiasts go further in their fitness goals. Offering exclusive and separate facilities for men and women, the club has best-in-class exercise equipment and a great environment to work out and unwind. The expansive facility features group exercise and spinning studios, freestyle, free weights and strength area with the latest functional training equipment. The club also features an extensive range of Life Cardio Equipment such as treadmills, bikes, elliptical machines, Power Mill and New Flex Striders and brand new Octagon equipment. Separate fitness spaces for both men and women have been designed keeping in mind convenience to make fitness a habit and discipline.


PLENTY OF FISH IN THE SEA AND THE SPA DOCTOR FISH SPA TREATMENT ARRIVES IN QATAR Doctor fish have tremendous healing and aesthetic attributes. They gingerly remove rough skin from the feet of spa customers and also provide a rejuvenating effect. “It doesn’t hurt at all, and in fact, many people describe it as receiving delicate kisses on the feet and toes,” said Nazley Mohamed, Director of Spa and Wellness at the Anantara Spa and the Balance Wellness Centre at Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara. The Anantara Spa and the Balance Wellness Centre recently began offering this natural therapy and it has met with rave reviews from clients. It’s the first time it’s being offered in Qatar and is available exclusively at Anantara Spa and at the Balance Wellness Centre. Not surprisingly, it is already receiving tremendous buzz among the regular and new clientele.

With the summer months slowly coming to an end, it’s time to break out those winter coats, trendy boots & warm blankets! If you’re like most people, one of your biggest challenges with preparing for the change of season is storage & the dreaded act of de-cluttering. But fear not, IKEA to the rescue! With simple, stylish & functional storage solutions, IKEA makes reorganising your home easier so you have more time to do the things that really matter…

“We always strive to do something not only different but to always provide our guests with the most relaxing and effective treatments available. We are delighted at the response we have been receiving and now our Full Journey package that includes the doctor fish is one of our most requested spa menu offerings. Visitors tell us they leave feeling recharged and with skin that feels fresh and silky,” added Nazley Mohamed, Director of Spa and Wellness.

ELEVATED PERFORMANCE AND DESIRABILITY FOR 2017 RANGE ROVER Alfardan Premier Motors Now Accepting Orders for New Svautobiography Dynamic in Qatar Land Rover has reinforced Range Rover’s status as the world’s finest SUV with the introduction of an all-new model from Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) – the Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic. Since it redefined the luxury SUV sector more than 46 years ago, Range Rover has achieved more than one million sales and sits at the pinnacle of the Land Rover family. The SVAutobiography Dynamic is the most powerful production Range Rover ever and is powered by a 550PS V8 supercharged engine which is shared with the acclaimed Range Rover Sports SVR. Building on the successful launch of the long-wheelbase Range Rover SVAutobiography, the Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic is available exclusively in standard wheelbase specification and comes fitted with a specially configured suspension designed to optimise agility without compromising Range Rover’s trademark refinement and comfort. Orders for the new Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic are now accepted exclusively at Alfardan Premier Motors showrooms in Qatar.


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FERRARI QATAR OFFERS EXCLUSIVE TEST DRIVES FOR CAR AFICIONADOS AT MAWATER CENTRE Ferrari Qatar and Mawater Centre have organised an exclusive two-day event for the Centre’s motoring enthusiasts. As part of the event, attendees were provided with a first-hand experience of the California T and 488 Spider models under the supervision of Ferrari’s Corso Pilota drivers. Renowned for their remarkable driving skills, Corso Pilota drivers represent the world famous team of Italian driving trainers from Maranello. During the Ferrari test drives, the experts demonstrated skilful sports driving techniques to participants while exposing the full potential of the car. Established in 2014, Mawater Centre is an initiative of the Ministry of Youth & Sport in Qatar to unite car aficionados under one roof, to exchange ideas and interests while engaging the youth in professional events and activities. The Ferrari test drive session served to ignite the motoring passion of the centre’s members, by highlighting the automotive excellence of the two models. Under the premium dealership of Alfardan Sports Motors, Ferrari Qatar continuously endeavours to support car enthusiasts by engaging them in exciting sports events and activities.

ROGER&GALLET BOUTIQUE FROM RUE SAINT-HONORÉ, PARIS TO LAGOONA MALL, DOHA A New Address to Inspire and Delight; As Roger&Gallet Unveils Its First-Ever Store in The Middle East A venerable name, with a heritage that stretches back to over 150 years, Roger&Gallet, the master in creating perfumes with refined ingredients, notes and textures; and Darwish Holding, as exclusive partner of the brand, officially opened the first ever Roger&Gallet flagship boutique in the Middle East at the prestigious Lagoona Mall in Doha . The opening event was held under the patronage of His Excellency, Eric Chevallier, Ambassador of France to the State of Qatar in the presence of Mr Bader Al-Darwish, Chairman and Managing Director of Darwish Holding along with L’Oreal Middle East and Darwish Holding senior management, key guests and media representatives.

FIFTY ONE EAST NAMED “RETAILER OF THE YEAR” AT THE ARABIAN BUSINESS ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS QATAR 2016 Fifty One East, Qatar’s favourite department store, is proud to announce that they have been rewarded 2016’s ‘Retailer of the Year’ at the Arabian Business Achievement Awards Qatar. The Arabian Business Achievement Qatar Awards is a premier event in the regional business calendar, and consistently attracts and honours the biggest names in the Gulf business community. The awards recognise the most innovative companies and individuals in Qatar and regionally, and represent the benchmark of success. Fifty One East secured the award for ‘Retailer of the Year’ for the fifth time portraying a vibrant corporate vision and continuous growth marking its journey as a success story. The jury members awarded Fifty One East, acknowledging the retailer’s business successes, superlative hospitality and a vast portfolio of high-end brands. Fifty One East further emerged as ‘Retailer of the Year’, owing to delivering on its vision and mission of being the principal destination for connoisseurs of sophisticated style and offering the world’s most coveted and elegant global and regional brands. Additionally, the selection committee noted the expertly trained staff at Fifty One East continually engaging with customers to enhance the shopping experience and after sales commitment.

W DOHA HOTEL & RESIDENCES WINS FOUR WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS W Doha Hotel & Residences, the first luxury lifestyle hotel in Qatar, won four World Travel Awards, the most prestigious, comprehensive and sought after awards program in the global travel and tourism industry. The Middle East Gala Ceremony has held at The St. Regis Dubai and was attended by hundreds of hospitality leaders from across the region. For this year’s illustrious Awards, W Doha Hotel & Residences bagged the titles “Middle East’s Leading Hotel Residences”, “Middle East’s Leading Lifestyle Hotel”, “Qatar’s Leading Lifestyle Hotel” and finally, “Qatar’s Leading Hotel Residences”, an accolade they have held consistently for four consecutive years. The annual winners are determined through a stringent voting process open to the public as well as senior executives, travel buyers, tour operators and travel agents from around the world. For reservations or enquiries, please contact +974 4453 5000. For more information, please visit


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EXPERIENCE THE WONDERS OF IKARIAN CUISINE AT AL DANA RESTAURANT AND C-LOUNGE With its unique front-row seat to paradise on one of Doha’s most stunning natural beaches, Al Dana Restaurant & C-Lounge offers Qatar residents and international diners with one of the healthiest cuisines worldwide - the Ikarian diet - introduced by Chef de Cuisine Evangelos Liakouris since taking the helm of the Mediterranean casual brasserie in early 2016. Blue Zone Ikarian cuisine is renowned as the best-kept secret to longevity and is foundational to Chef Liakouris’ creative renditions that focus on the use of market-fresh ingredients as well as fresh fish and seafood.

Al Dana restaurant is open for dinner from 6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily except Sundays. C-Lounge is open from 4:00pm to 11:00 p.m. daily except Sundays. For more information or reservations, please call +974 4425 6666 or visit the website at

ALMANA MOTORS COMPANY’S WYNDHAM GRAND REGENCY DOHA NAMED“QATAR’S LEADING ALL-NEW FORD AND LINCOLN SHOWROOM PROMISES TO BUSINESS HOTEL” IN 2016 Wyndham Grand Regency Doha, part of the upper-upscale Wyndham Hotels and Resorts® brand, was recognised as “Qatar’s Leading Business Hotel” at the 23rd Annual World Travel Awards 2016, which held in Dubai. The World Travel Awards are acknowledged across the globe as the ultimate travel accolade and celebrate those brands that are pushing the boundaries of industry excellence. Thus, every year World Travel Awards nominates the hotels that fit their criteria.


“We are delighted and greatly honoured to have won this award,” said Ayman Lotfy, Wyndham Grand Regency Doha’s general manager. “I am very proud of my team for their commitment and dedication in providing best-in-class facilities and services which distinguish our hotel in a highly competitive marketplace. We are dedicated to offering our guests a truly five-star experience and, in doing so, have been able to remain one of the region’s leading hotels.”

Almana Motors Company (AMC), the Ford and Lincoln importerdealer in Qatar, marked the grand opening of its latest, state - of-the -ar t Ford and Lincoln Showroom at its new location on the Airport Road. The event was attended by a number of VIP guests, members of the local press, customers, as well as top executives from Almana Motors and Ford Middle East & Africa, who jointly dedicated the new 3,652 squarer-meter showroom that extends over two floors, featuring a dedicated area for the Lincoln luxury brand on the mezzanine level. Speaking to guests during the opening ceremony, Mr.Bader Almana, Managing Director of Almana Motors said: “This is yet another important milestone for Almana Motors for this year, adding to the numerous successes we have already achieved, and I would like to congratulate the entire team driving this accomplishment.

LACOSTE NEW CONCEPT STORE IN VILLAGGIO MALL LACOSTE NEW CONCEPT STORE IN VILLAGGIO MALL At the unveiling of refurbished new store, French premium casual wear brand introduced the Fall/Winter 2016-17 Collection in Doha LACOSTE celebrated the opening of its refurbished new store concept at Qatar’s Villaggio Mall on Wednesday, 21st of September 2016, bringing a whole new identity and a fresh new spirit to the brand. Doha’s most fashionable crowd was invited to the stylish event to explore the retro-futuristic Fall/Winter 2016-17 Collection at the new retail space that represents the brand’s “Life is a beautiful sport” creative trademark. Hosted by one of the hottest bloggers in Qatar, Kellie Silva –FASHSQUAD, guests browsed the Fall/Winter 2016-17 Collection which included menswear, womenswear, kidswear, footwear, leather goods, perfumes and accessories all while enjoying in-house blended mocktails and a selection of delicious canapés. From the clothing to the walls, and every nuanced element in between reflected LACOSTE’s brand DNA and rich heritage, ‘life really is a beautiful sport’.


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PHILIPP PLEIN AW16 CAMPAIGN #PLEINHERO Starring Chris Brown, Carmen Dell’Orefice, Soo Joo Park and Crystal Renn as the ultimate super team, the Autumn/Winter 2016 campaign features a cast of diverse characters. From a suave suit-wearing hero to levitating heroines in lace gowns and crystal catsuits, these are sophisticated warriors, always ready for action in their elegant leather sneakers. In each scenario, the characters appear to switch opposing sides, representing the potential for good and evil in all of us – the real war is an internal one – and the importance of embracing everyone’s differences in our quest for harmony. Iconic image maker Steven Klein once again collaborates with Philipp Plein for another blockbuster project. Inspired by vintage American comic books and today’s Dark Knight and Avengers sagas, this season’s campaign presents a vision of the modern superhero and, at the same time, acts as a symbolic rallying cry for self-empowerment. Shot on a Red Camera, the series of dynamic photographs are frozen moments from a short film coming to a screen near you soon.

PORSCHE CENTRE DOHA DEBUTS THREE NEW MODELS Porsche Centre Doha has welcomed a trifecta of new models with the latest arrivals of the all-new 718 Cayman, Macan with a fourcylinder engine and the Cayenne Platinum Edition. Representing the brand’s latest developments in performance, comfort and efficiency across a range of segments, the new models are now available in Qatar. Their arrival concludes an important year for Porsche in the country with continuous additions to the model range. As the latest mid-engine coupe from the Stuttgart-based manufacturer, the 718 Cayman is now stronger and sportier than ever before. The model range features newly turbocharged engines, reworked design and an improved chassis. Meanwhile, the newest addition to Porsche’s compact SUV range is the Macan with a four cylinder engine. As the entry-level model for Porsche in this segment, it boasts the brand’s typical sports car performance. The Cayenne Platinum Edition represents elegance and sophistication, featuring exclusive design elements and an enhanced sporty appearance. Speaking of the new arrivals, Porsche Centre Doha Chairman and CEO, Salman Al Darwish, said: “Porsche is always at the cutting edge of technological advancement and this instance is no different. We are pleased to be offering our customers the latest models in the Porsche sports car lineage with the addition of the new 718 Cayman, Macan and Cayenne Platinum Edition models. Each model showcases enhanced attributes embedded with the signature Porsche DNA to ensure the sportiest drive in its segment, whilst at the same time offering comfort and exclusivity.”

Q-AUTO PRESENTS THE ALL-NEW VOLKSWAGEN TIGUAN AT THE DOHA 2016 UCI ROAD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS Q-Auto, the sole distributer of Volkswagen in Qatar presented the sporty and powerful new Tiguan at the Doha 2016 UCI Road World Championships, where an estimated 30,000 fans were expected to follow the intense competition between 1000 athletes The new model is the first Volkswagen SUV built on the state-of-the-art MQB platform and features new technology, completely unique in the compact class; including Active Info Display, Adaptive Cruise Control and Head-Up Display. The all-new Tiguan is available in five model trims at the Volkswagen Qatar showroom: S 1.4L with 150 HP, SE 1.4L with 150 HP, SE 2.0L with 180 HP, SEL 2.0L with 180 HP, and Sport 2.0L with 220 HP. For more information, visit or their showroom on Salwa Road.

SHERATON GRAND DOHA RESORT & CONVENTION OMEGA IS THE OFFICIAL HOTEL AND QATAR CANCER TIMEKEEPER OF THE 2016 FINA SOCIETY ‘JOIN HANDS’ TO SWIMMING WORLD CUP IN DOHA FIGHT CHILDREN’S CANCER For the 6th meet of 2016 FINA Swimming World Cup in Doha, OMEGA has once again fulfilled its role as the event’s Official Timekeeper. The FINA Swimming World Cup is an international series and is scheduled at host cities around the world. The 2016 circuit has so far included Paris, Berlin, Moscow, Beijing, and Dubai. Along with its duties at the Swimming World Cup, OMEGA is an Official FINA Partner and is responsible for timing other key FINA competitions throughout the year. Following the event in Doha, the 2016 FINA Swimming World Cup will move on to Singapore, Tokyo and Hong Kong where the winners will be crowned. In 2014, the overall winner among the men participating in the World Cup was OMEGA brand ambassador Chad Le Clos of South Africa. Hungarian Katinka Hosszu was the top-ranked woman. In 2015, Cameron van der Burgh won the men’s competition while Katinka Hosszu was the women’s champion yet again.

Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel, the 5-star luxury hotel, joined forces with Qatar Cancer Society for the ‘Let Us Join Hands’ children’s event that was organised to empower the children of our community fighting cancer and to raise their spirits. The ‘Let Us Join Hands’ children’s cancer event was planned by Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel in collaboration with Qatar Cancer Society to raise awareness of pediatric cancer in support of a global corporate social responsibility initiative where employees at Sheraton Hotels and offices around the world volunteer throughout the year as a part of the Starwood ‘Together As One’ campaign. On a local level, Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel is committed to giving back to the community through in-kind giving and associate volunteerism.


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Private Opening Reception of Mövenpick Hotel Al Aziziyah Doha

H.E. Abdulla Al Fateh Al Khalifa, H.E. Mohammed Bin Jassim Al-Thani

Chief Operating Officer, Andreas Mattmüller, for the Middle East and South Asia, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts Ilyas Amor, Master of Ceremonies

H.E. Abdulla Al Fateh Al Khalifa, H.E. Mohammed Bin Jassim Al-Thani

Photography by Jessie Palanca

Olivier Chavy, President and CEO of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts


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Nasser Bin Khaled Automobiles’ All New E-Class Mercedes-Benz and V-Class Launch in Qatar


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Qatar’s First Ever Cioccolatitaliani Store Grand Opening

All About Pink

CK Product Launch


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City Centre Rotana, Doha Teatro Restaurant Grand Opening

Heavenly Spa Open Day Event at The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa

InterContinental Doha Oktoberfest


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This football helps you improve your deadball kicking technique by providing instant feedback on the power, trajectory, spin and strike accuracy of your kick. Featuring integrated sensors, the QR app-enabled miCoach SMART BALL tells you everything you need to know to improve your kick while maintaining the weight and feel of a regulation size 5 football. Its app provides instant feedback on and analysis of your kicking performance. Watch tutorials to help you master new techniques, challenge yourself to apply power with control, attempt to replicate the kicks of professional football players and save your best kicks each day.




Osmo is an award-winning game system that will change the way your child interacts with the iPad by opening it up to handson play. It has a QR groundbreaking system which encourages creative thinking and social interaction by expanding gameplay beyond the screen. Games can be played and even created by the whole family, anywhere, and on any surface. The set comes with reflector, base, and Words, Masterpiece, Tangram and Newton Games. It works with latest iPads: iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4 iPad Mini, iPad Mini Retina, iPad Air.



A fitness watch that’s as stylish as it is smart. Built with revolutionary features like PurePulse™ heart rate, GPS connection, on-screen workouts, smart notification tool display, SmartTrack™, and many others.



Brighten your space, even in the dark. With the help of infrared, the LIFX+ takes your smart home to another wavelength by enhancing the vision of your home security camera. Available in A19 and BR30 sizes, with the BR30 suitable for use outdoors. The perfect addition to you home security system.



Visit Virgin Megastore at Villaggio Mall, Landmark Mall, The Pearl – Medina Centrale, Hamad International Airport


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Al Asmakh Mall (Centrepoint) Hours: daily 10am-10pm

Al Jawaan Street, Sadd

4428 9141

Plaza Mall, Barwa Village, Wakra Rd

4415 3586

Centrepoint Hours: daily 10am-10pm

City Centre Doha Hours: 10am-10pm

Conference Center St., West Bay

4493 3355

Dar Al Salam Mall Hours: Sun-Wed 10am-10pm

Thu-Sat 10am-12am

Abu Hamour

4016 3573

Emporium Hours: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Suhaim Bin Hamad St.

Ezdan Mall Hours: Sun-Fri 8:00am - 12:00am

4437 5796

Al Gharafa

4433 4141

Hyatt Plaza Hours: Sat-Thu 10am-10pm, Fri 2pm-11pm

Al Waab Street, Al Aziziyah

4499 9666

Landmark Mall Hours: Sat-Wed 9am-10pm, Thur 9am-11pm

Friday 1.30pm-11pm Al Shamal Road, Gharrafa

4487 5222

Lagoona Mall Hours: Sat-Wed 10am-10pm, Thu 10am-12am,

Fri 2pm-12am West Bay, Zone 66, Ad Dawha


The Pearl Shops Hours: 10:00 am-10:00 pm

Porto Arabia on the Pearl, Westbay

Royal Plaza Hours: Sat-Thu 9am-10pm, Friday 3.30pm - 11pm

4495 3888

Al Saad Street, Al Saad

The Mall Hours: Sat-Thu 10am-10pm, Friday 4pm-10pm

D-ring Road

The Gate Hours: Sat-Thu 10am-10pm, Friday 1:30pm to 10pm

Maysaloun Street - West Bay

Salam Stores

Hours: Sat-Thu 10am-10pm: Friday 3pm-10pm

West Bay

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Villaggio Mall Hours: Sat-Thu 9am-10pm, Thu & Sat 9am-11pm

Fri 9am-11am & 12:30pm-11pm Al Waab Street, Muraikh


Aldo Aldo Accessories Bench Berluti Birkenstock Blue Salon Change Celine CH By Carolina Herrera Charles & Keith Debenhams D'NA Doha Boutique Dune Ermenegildo Zegna Eqllipse Boutique Events Fifty One East Garage Geox Gucci Impression Boutique Karen Millen Lacoste Marc Jacobs Marks & Spencer Naturalizer

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The Mall 4467 8896 Villaggio Mall 4450 7391 City Centre 4411 5289 Hyatt Plaza 4469 0476 Villaggio Mall, VIP section 4416 1860 The Mall 4455 0233 Al Sadd 4446 6111 Royal Plaza, 1st floor 4413 1177 Villaggio Mall, VIP section 4413 4763 Villaggio Mall, VIP section 4413 4748 City Centre 4493 4437 Hyatt Plaza 4469 0413 City Centre 4483 8913 The Pearl Qatar 4402 7911 Landmark Mall 4487 8158 Villaggio Mall VIP section 4413 4765 The Pearl Qatar 4414 4014 Royal Plaza, 1st floor 4413 1155 City Centre 4436 1111 City Centre 4483 9324 Landmark Mall 4488 7531 Villaggio Mall 4413 4612 Al Waab St. 4472 7705 Villaggio Mall 4413 5403 Landmark Mall 4486 7752 Landmark Mall 4488 7604 Villaggio Mall 4450 7191 Villaggio Mall, VIP section 4413 4767 Landmark 4413 4767 Hyatt Plaza 4416 5132

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Al Nazih Trading Salwa Road Amoaras Spa Holiday Villa Bath and Body Works Gulf Mall Villaggio Blue Brush Hair Studio Hilton Body Shop Villaggio City Centre Diva Lounge Spa Royal Plaza Mall Al Gharafa Faces Landmark Franck Provost Four Seasons Spa and Wellness Centre Guerlain Alfardan Spa Westbay Karisma Hyatt Plaza LPG EndermoSpa & Beauty Center Al Wabb L’Occitane Landmark Mall Villaggio Mall

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The Westin Doha Hotel and Spa Salwa Road, Fereej Bin Mahmoud Tse Yang Porto Arabia W Doha Hotel & Residences West Bay Lagoon Wyndham Grand Regency Al Sadd


BMW Infinity Mercedes Benz Mitsubishi Nissan Mannai Porsche Centre Doha Renault

Alfardan Towers Showroom Westbay Salwa Showroom Salwa Road Salwa Showroom Salwa Showroom Al Sadd Farij Bin Omran Industrial Airport road Salwa Showroom

EDUCATION M.A.C. Make Up For Ever Merch Nails Paris Gallery Sephora Snips Salon Wojooh 4U

City Centre Villaggio Royal Plaza Al Asiri Interchange, Salwa Road The Mall, D-ring Road Dar Al Salam Mall, Abu Hamour Royal Plaza Royal Plaza Landmark Villaggio Holiday Villa Villaggio Mall Landmark Mall City Center Royal Plaza


Al Bustan Museum Park St. Chowking Salwa Rd. Al Khor Mall Dar Al Salam Mall Holiday Villa Four Seasons Hotel Doha Corniche Road Doha Marriott Hotel Ras Abu Aboud St. Grand Hyatt Doha West Bay Lagoon Mövenpick Hotel Al Aziziyah Doha Aspire Zone Gokulam Park Hotel Doha Corniche Harry Ramsdem's World Famous Fish & Chips The Pearl-Qatar Hilton Doha Corniche Road Holiday Villa Hotel & Residence City Center InterContinental Doha Al Istiqlal Rd, West Bay Kempinski Residences & Suites, Doha West Bay Doha La Cigale Hotel 60 Suhaim Bin Hamad St. La Villa Boutique Hotel Doha Najma Liza Porto Arabia Megu Porto Arabia Marriott Marquis City Center Doha West Bay Marriott Marquis Residences West Bay Mövenpick Hotel Doha Corniche Road Mövenpick Hotel West Bay Doha Westbay Mercure Grand Hotel Doha City Centre Musherib Street Merweb Central Doha Ras Abu Abboud St. Milennium Hotel Jawaan Street, Al Sadd Nando’s Hyatt Plaza City Centre Oryx Rotana Airport Rd. Pampano Porto Arabia Ramada Encore Ahmed Bin Moh’d St. Radisson Blu Salwa Rd, C Ring Rd. Regency Halls D'ring road Sealine Beach Resort Mesaieed Umm Said Sharq Village & Spa Ras Abu Abboud St. Shangri-La Hotel Doha Westbay St. Regis Doha Westbay Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels Musherib The Ritz-Carlton Doha West Bay Lagoon

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Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar


Ray’s Reef The Cinema Palace

4492 1555 4495 3876 ext. 2071 4453 5343 4434 3333

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Education City

4402 0555

Royal Plaza, 2nd floor Royal Plaza, 2nd floor

4413 1122 4432 0938


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Doha Players Katara Cultural Centre West Bay Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art Al-Luqta Street, Education City Museum of Islamic Art Al Corniche street QMA Gallery Cultural Village West Bay

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HOSPITALS / EMERGENCY Police & Fire Department


Doha Clinic Hospital

4438 4333

Al Ahli Hospital

4489 8888

Hamad General Hospital

4439 2222

Rumailah Hospital

4439 2948

Pediatric Emergency Centre

4439 2948

Doha Dental

4431 7766

Qatar Foundation for Child

4466 6671 to 73

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he almond tree gave Mediterranean women one of their first beauty secrets. The L’OCCITANE laboratory has revealed its hidden talents in products that help to moisture, firm and smooth. Harnessing the exceptional beautifying power of almond from the south of France, L’OCCITANE has integrated it in body treatments and toiletries that are both deliciously tempting and wonderfully effective. Enter the competition and get the chance to win these beauty musthaves including delicious shower oil and mouth-watering cream as well as an irresistible body oil and an exfoliating scrub. Discover the Almond Collection, offering body moisturisers, skin firming treatments and indulgent shower products. For more details about L’OCCITANE products, check out their website, Check out the ABODE Facebook page to find out how to participate. Winners will be announced on November 14th through our social media channels.

This month, we are happy to be giving away beauty gift products from L'OCCITANE.

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