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Living . Luxury . LifeStyle August 2013

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Journey To Dreams


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Editor’s Letter Inspiration exists, but it must find you working. –Pablo Picasso August is finally here and just as most flee the rude summer heat, here I am flying back in. Spending a few weeks away in an Amazonian paradise always has surprises, but this time they were nestled in the heart of Ecuador’s capital: Quito – my home. The trip was unique; a combination of meet ups, experiences and eye-openers all came together by chance, or maybe fate. Personally, I don’t believe in accidents, and getting to know two of the most inspiring people I’ve met to date was no coincidence. Andrea – my outrageously fun childhood friend – took me along to a fantastic Fondue evening at her friend Scott’s. The food? Delicious. The company? Life changing. For dessert, we got a taste of Andrea’s curiosity as she questioned Ahmad on his Inca’s Treasure project; what came from it was the proverbial cherry on top of the cake. She ignited an enthusiastic fever that lit up the room as he explained “Ahdieh and I wanted people to understand that the real Inca’s treasure is not in the gold and possessions they buried, but rather in the mountains and nature that hold them” he smiled. “The page shows everyone just how much beauty this country has to offer.” We all want to move and be moved and their photography sways and stirs.

Photo Credits: Ahmad Ashrafi

Photo Credits: Ahmad Ashrafi

When you direct your next Facebook like to the Inca’s Treasure page, you’ll strip yourself from the conventional meaning of gems and discover Ecuador’s true treasures and maybe even your own. Just as Ahdieh and Ahmad fill their hobby with purpose and inspire others through photography, we in the UAE can find motivation in a world of possibilities that lie within. So, where do your real riches lie? Inside you. In what you stand for, what you feel and how you express that unique beauty. In this distractions issue of Eveningz, remember that it’s not just about entertaining yourself but also about personal growth and evolution. Channel, explore, and express. Whether you’re making art your means of expression like my two favorite A’s, you’re taking a drama class like Andrea, or finding meaning in Cross Fit like Scott, make this August inspiring. Opt for connecting yourself to profound joy. Turn the heat up on the true you.

All Other Photo Credits: Ahdieh M. Ashrafi

Cristina Maag

Peaceful Sophistication

By: Sidra Surmed

Patrizia Pepe FW 13/14 is this season’s pick-me-up. Its distinctive palette dives into the glamour pool and makes you standout.

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mix match of Japanese and British style in a metropolitan glamour pool, the FW 13/14 collection from Patrizia Pepe is designed to give you a serene look. It shadows your inner tranquility, created for the most exclusive events in the city and beyond.

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he luxurious fabrics are playing an important role in many of this season’s trend. Japanese prints stand out with floral designs. Pictorial bouquets and petals in lively tones on optical-effect geometrical backgrounds. Combined with exquisite quilted details and tartan motifs along with English tailoring tradition, these looks create an exotic effect on the runway. The season’s urban-chic feel is echoed in an astonishing graphic of the hound’s tooth, reinterpreted in micro sequin decorations in golden and shadowy tones.

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avish materials for the season are exalted by an equally unique pallet. Ginger beige with rising red and deep black along with intense murky purple and Nori green. Mirror your inner serenity. White and gold touches of light give it the deluxe guise expressing the calm sophistication within.

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t’s all vivacious, utterly svelte and graceful. Walk every day in rendered grace and style and add a sense of luxe to your feel. An accessory range that deliberately echoes the season’s graphic designs completes the collection. Metallic shoes, sparkling jewels and studded clutches do the talking.

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Lust Haves Celebrity GlamBox: your definite lust haves for the season. Now, it’s your time to shine like superstars.

By: Sidra Surmed

Celebrity lifestyle is a heady mix of beauty and glamour. One minute stepping out in style for a premiere, the next posing for a photo shoot and always managing to look flawless. It does leave us wondering how on earth they do it. Well, the secret is out. Glamistas, it’s your time to shine like celebs. The secret is unveiled and has been endorsed by M.E beauty queens. GlamBox has proudly collaborated with five of Dubai’s most influential beauty and fashion celebrities to curate a special edition for summer 2013. These exciting and inspiring divas are now revealing their favorite beauty products just for you.

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Celebrate beauty with 5 beauty Divas. Let’s see what hides inside their Glambox.

Huda Kattan is an award-winning blogger and Hollywood-trained celebrity make-up artist. Inside Huda’s Glambox you will find: Huda Beauty Lashes A beauty creation from Huda herself, these lashes go to great lengths and unbelievable volume.

Lush Lip Scrub Enriched with a blend of exfoliating fair trade sugar and jojoba oil, leaving your lips super soft.

Vaseline Cocoa Body Lotion Smoothes away rough skin and the appearance of dark spots, igniting the skin’s natural glow.

Vaseline Petroleum Jelly Especially effective in healing dry skin and minor cuts and reducing the appearance of fine lines.

Ciaté Nail Polish Famous for its caviar nail collection, this is the trendiest nail polish in town.

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Former Miss Lebanon, media doyenne and digital stylist of, Zoya Sakr and a few of her beauty secrets: Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Usage Dry Oil Spray Nourishes, repairs and softens face, body and hair in a single step without a greasy residue.

Uniq One All in One Hair Treatment Award-winning professional hair mask spray that offers 10 real benefits.

Middle Eastern Rosewater blend 100% natural toner, with mineralizing, pore minimizing astringent and anti-inflammatory properties.

Dr. Organic Aloe Vera Body Butter Richly hydrating and soothing natural butter that regenerates the epidermis and combats dry skin.

The Cure Gift Voucher Dubai Media City’s spa sanctuary to get away from it all and be preened, pampered and polished to perfection.

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Actress Tamara Al Gabbani is also a TV presenter and a talented fashion designer. Her beauty must-haves for you to try are: Syoss Professional Shine Boost Mask An intensive, 1-minute mask that provides radiant shine and smoothes your hair like never before.

Bioderma Sensibio H20 A gentle solution that cleanses the face and removes even water-resistant make-up.

Hypnôse Doll Eyes Mascara Coats every single lash without weighting them down, for a wide-eyed look.

La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Eye Lift Cream Luxurious treatment that targets fine lines, wrinkles, dark under-eye circles and much more.

L’Oreal Color Riche Balm Provides a hint of luscious kissable color, full 8 hours of continuous hydration and smoothes lips instantly.

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Award-winning TV and radio presenter, Simone Heng, is delighted to bring you her GlamBox, featuring: Ponds Gold Radiance Serum Diminishes early signs of ageing and boosts your skin’s youthful radiance.

Ponds Gold Radiance Day Cream Infused with the goodness of real gold and clinically proven to lift away skin dullness.

Dove Hair Therapy Damage Solutions Targeted root action for superior hair fall protection and stronger hair.

Herbline Essentials Cucumber & Rose Skin Tonic A beautiful and natural skin toner from the popular organic range.

Lipstick Queen founded by Poppy King The result of a lifetime devoted to finding the perfect lipstick.

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Tala Samman is a celebrity blogger, stylist, editor and consultant who knows the beauty world inside out. Her GlamBox is filled with: Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel An exfoliating cream that smoothes, brightens and clarifies the complexion.

Bioderma Sensibio H20 A gentle solution that cleanses the face, and removes even water-resistant make-up.

MAC Lipstick The lipstick that made MAC famous: color plus texture for the lips.

Bio Oil Multi-award-winning specialist skincare oil that helps improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks and uneven skin tone.

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The monthly-delivered box filled with the very best and most sought-after treats and treasures from the beauty world continues to delight subscribers. Enjoy the GlamBox universe and all it has to offer, including the recently revamped and much-loved GlamBox website!

How do you get your hands on these GlamBoxes full of celebrity beauty secrets? Simply spend AED 500 on to either purchase a subscription or a product from the GlamShop in August to receive a Celebrity GlamBox of your choice. And keep following the GlamBox Facebook page for further chances to win them, too. Remember, these GlamBoxes are limited edition and the offer will only be available while stocks last... A selection of the full size celebrity beauty picks will also be available to purchase on the GlamShop throughout July and August too. Hurry now to avoid disappointment and ensure that you shine like the stars.

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Sleeping in Style Your guide to Posh Sleepwear Natori It doesn’t get more classy or sophisticated than Natori; Natori sleepwear is sold at all the biggies in the US including Saks, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s. And now, select items can be found at Bloomingdale’s in the Dubai Mall! These items include luxurious jersey caftans, kitschy printed knit robes and plush PJ sets. There’s something for every taste! Available at Notori @ Bloomingdale’s, Dubai Mall

By: Varsha Phulwani

Agent Provocateur If you’re feeling a little naughty and want to spice up your sleepwear, Agent Provocateur’s Spring 2013 collection is just for you! Agent Provocateur was founded in Britain in 1994 with the belief that sexy does not equal sleazy. From stylish kimonos to cute baby doll style gowns in vivid colors and playful silhouettes, this collection has it all. Perfect for a girl looking for some kinky sleepwear that is comfortable and fashionable at the same time. Available at Agent Provocateur, Dubai Mall.

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By: Cristina Maag

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EDITOR’S PICK Elegant Statement Pieces From dusk to dawn, brings chic sparkle to your summer with the Silver Lining Collection.

Owl/Leaf Charm Bracelet

AED 482

Coral/925 Silver Charm Necklace

AED 852.31

Silver Ottoman Earrings

AED 1,076

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AED 2,500

AED 1,995

AED 2,500

All-in-one glamour Sophisticated and sublimely simple with Valley Dez’ fashionable extravaganza.

The Ahlis

AED 4,250

AED 3,500

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Zelia Horsley Jewellery

By: Sidra Surmed

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New Era Trailblazers Classic and Staple silhouettes from bowlers to fedoras and newsboy to military hats. New Era’s Ž EK Collection is designed for the fashion trailblazers of our time. Drawing inspiration from the same design elements founder Ehrhardt Koch used, this collection blends the distinction of key fashion eras with the hottest styles of today. Whether hanging out or stepping out, the New Era EK Collection is handcrafted to fit your life. Every hat is crafted with timeless and unparalleled quality in mine. New Era went back to its roots and launched its EK collection, returning to the fashion Ehrhardt Koch introduced in 1920. EK headwear focuses on incorporating both classic interpretations and newer takes on traditional hats and caps.

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Abbayas with an edge By: Varsha Phulwani

Who says abayyas can’t be fashionable? Maha Al Qattan, Founder and Creative Director of Roselle - an Emirati luxury fashion label, has redefined the cultural piece of clothing into a fashion statement.

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From couture to prêt-à-porter, each piece designed by Roselle is an expression of subtle luxury and elegant culture, made from exclusive high-end fabric with specific attention to detail using time-consuming, hand-executed techniques. Roselle is an Emirati luxury fashion label founded by Emirati couturier Maha Al Qattan in 2011. Qattan, born and raised in Dubai, is the Creative Director of Roselle. With a BBA degree from the University of WisconsinMadison and a master’s degree from Cornell University, her personal fashion values of simplicity and practicality reflect in her designs. From a very young age, she was extremely passionate about exclusive materials and haute couture. Her first encounter with the world of fashion was when she bought an Indian sari fabric and made a dress. She states, “I grew up developing a very deep passion for exclusive fabrics and haute couture, and always preferred personally designing chic abayyas and dresses for myself and my sisters, especially for festive seasons and special events.” Her pieces received many compliments and generated a high interest for orders, and that is when she decided to launch her personal line. “After returning from the US, I attended professional courses at ESMOD Dubai and went on to establish Roselle with my partner Abeer Al Darwish.” Qattan says that “statement jewelry, laces and pastel colors” will be the hottest trends this season. And it sure reflects in her latest Summer 2013 collection. It consists of beautiful abayyas in soft pastel colors like baby blue and pink in addition to the conventional blacks giving the collection its haute couture edge. Qattan’s favorite pieces are the Roselle signature cuts as she believes them to be the perfect substitutes for dresses that are worn to special events and weddings. She believes that the abayya has evolved from a plain black piece of fabric to a piece of clothing through which Emirati women express their unique selves. This is done through the various details colors, fabrics and cuts that make an abayya what it is. Qattan, through Roselle, has transformed the abayya from a piece of black fabric to a fashion item that can be individualized and used as a statement of self-expression. She does so by incorporating bold prints such as polka dots, unconventional abayya colors like hot pinks and electric blues, tradition defying abayya fabrics such as lace and innovative appliques. She does all of this while still retaining the beauty and modesty of a traditional abayya and this is what makes Qattan a successful abayya couturier. Even though the label has been established for short span of 2 years, Qattan has big hopes for its growth. She aims to include high fashion readyto-wear pieces and limited edition accessories to the brand in the future. Her goal is to keep the brand Roselle evolving and delivering the best in abayya haute couture by taking inspiration from the continuously evolving, ever changing, dazzling country that she belongs to – the UAE.

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Eveningz for him

Stefano Pilati: Reinventing the World of Clothes By: Fasseeha Athar

A Man’s Magnificence Lies In a Tailored Suit

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Ladies gear yourselves up to revamp your loved ones wardrobes; it’s time to take a closer look at Zegna. As Stefano Pilati continues to take the fashion world by storm – joining hands with famous Italian men’s wear fashion giant Ermenegildo Zegna – Pilati, previously owned the title of creative director for YSL. He showcased his first collection using various fabrics, colors and cuts during Milan Menswear Fashion Week under the patronage of Ermenegildo Zegna. This sophisticated collection of Pilati was inspired by the sounds of machinery, which was later composed and performed by pianist Maxence Cyrin at the fashion show. Pilati’s marks his debut for spring /summer 2014 collection as chief designer for the brand. It was packed with muted yet rich shades in the form of double-breasted jackets with trousers, coats, long coats, silk scarves, sweaters and shirts.

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Suits are the timeless, ever adaptable, basic building blocks for looking good. Check out this selfprinted navy blue fitted suit with a four button jacket and flap pockets. Look closer and you will see that Pilati has paid attention to every stich of this suit by elaborating its details with elegance. It perfectly portrays modern day contemporary looks by highlighting the masterful expertise of Zegna in tailoring of menswear.

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Grey suits are a man’s version of the little black dress. It works wonders for them, both- during the day and at night. This outfit boasts a silvery grey jacket with self-embossed slim fit pants and presents a very smart, chic and confident attire for men. The white shirt rolled back over the cuffs with solid black color tie adds a dash of spicy edge.

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When temperatures are surging high in summers, it’s time to put on your light clothes. Zegna’s new collection is all about khakis, cottons and linens for summer. A guy wearing somber charcoal trousers with a light blue jacket will always capture the limelight. Trying to modernize his suits by keeping the base colors subtle and breaking those up with contrasting patterns. The collection is a positive and confident move towards Pilati’s ultimate brand direction. So ladies, now that you’re fully aware of this new addition in the world of menswear for spring /summer - surprise your man or bff by showing him the wonderful world in Pilati’s collection.

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By: Fasseeha Athar

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Rejuvenate yourself With Signature Style Routinely going about finding and using the various beauty treatments out there has usually been a woman’s domain but as you know, EveningZ breaks the rules with Media City’s very own Signature Longue. The new place just for HIM, where he can to get special pampering treatments, in a modern, stylish spa come salon. The silver grey interiors with red create a perfect contemporary and masculine ambience. It offers a wide range of services for Him from haircuts to shaves, massages, manicures/pedicures, facials and they also customize your special treatments and services according to his needs. Their highly trained and professional team will pour all their expertise into making your visit an exceptional one. So, spare a little time from your busy and hectic routine by booking an appointment and indulging yourself with the pampering of Signature Longue to get that ultra-you look.

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Girly Distraction Tip: Had enough of the heat? Amuse the vibrant you indoors with a sassy nail polish party.

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Photo by: Ahdieh M. Ashrafi

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Beauty Secrets By: Sidra Surmed

Rebellious Dark Elbows: the taming tools in your kitchen. Are you afraid of going sleeveless in public? Maybe it’s your dark elbows tainting your insecurities in the bare arms department. Longing for free arms? Just follow these steps and bring light to the darkness.

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Homemade Scrub 1: Sour Sweetness. You will need: Lemon Sugar

Beautify: • Squeeze the juice of one lemon and add a tablespoon sugar.

Homemade Scrub 2: Tangy Soda. You will need: Bakin Soda or salt Lemon Juice

Beautify: • Take ¼ cup of baking soda or salt and add a good amount of lemon juice. • Mix it well until it forms a paste.

• Mix it well until it forms a thick paste. • Apply the paste to your elbows, and scrub, scrub, scrub! • Apply this mixture on your elbow for five to ten minutes every day. Fact: Lemon is a natural bleaching agent that will aid the fading of dark elbows. Fact: Sugar acts as a natural exfoliator and clears dead skin.

• Let it sit for 20 minutes. • Rinse it off with warm water.

Fact: The gritty texture of baking soda will make your skin soft and supple.

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More Beauty Diy’s


3 Steps to perfect pouty Ombré Lips

Step1: First, apply the darker, opaque lipstick. Using dark lip liner, make an outline on your lips. Slightly bring the color down. Step2: Apply the lighter lipstick (or concealer). In the middle of your pout, apply the lighter shade lipstick or concealer.

Ombré is an effect with a gradual color changeover from light to dark.

You will need: Dark lipstick or liner Light lipstick (or concealer)

Step3: Now blend. Blend the lighter color inwards and try to merge it with the darker one. Make sure you leave the ends darker than the middle.

Optional Step: Transparent gloss. Smooth out your lips with the transparent gloss to add that sexy lush touch.

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If you thought tea was just your daily booster, think again. Here’s the magic tea potion to add that much needed shine to your locks.

Brighten Your Locks Soak your strands for high-wattage shine and rich color, whatever your hue is. Once a week or whenever you feel you could use a shine boost.

You Will Need: 2 tea bags Chamomile: a golden mix for blondes Rooibo:, a rich orange for redheads Black tea: dark for brunettes 2 cups of water

Beautify: • Steep tea bags in boiling water for 10 minutes. • Let the liquid cool to room temperature (In a rush? Refrigerate it). • Pour the mixture over wet, just-washed hair, rubbing it through (the way you would shampoo).

Fact: Tea lowers the pH of hair, closing the cuticle for extra shine, softness, and manageability. Tea’s natural pigments can also neutralize brassiness for a more flattering color.

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By: Varsha Phulwani

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Bringing Inner Beauty Out : Wajih Abou Hassan Renowned supermodel Tyra Banks once said, “I love the confidence that makeup gives me.” Bringing the same confidence to women across the Middle East, through his makeup skills, is Wajih Abou Hassan – Regional Makeup Artist for Bassam Fatouh. When we asked Wajih Abou Hassan what his career’s biggest highlight is, he said, “There is no specific highlight - every time I finish working on a woman’s face, I look at her, and how I brought out her beauty. The joy I bring to women through makeup is my every day highlight.”

successes. When asked about his signature style, Wajih stated, “Simplicity works best for me. I also like to accentuate the beauty of the eye and skin complexion. I adapt the appropriate makeup for every client, according to her taste and expectations. Makeup should be discreet and flattering.”

Wajih started his dream career in 2004 and is a qualified certified make up artist from Beirut, Lebanon, where he worked as a freelancer for Main Caline. He then refocused working for Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent and later moved on to a contract on board with Bassam Fattouh. This dynamic learning curve sets the stage for a life of travel and many events that Wajih works to bring out our inner beauty.

His current role as Regional Makeup Artist with Bassam Fattouh provides the perfect environment; he’s in a position to pass on his years of experience to new up and coming events alike. Drawing and fashion designing, being a passion for the latest trends and fashion, Wajih aims to spend any free time reading and designing new looks for the Bassam Fattouh collection in Dubai. He recognizes the Lebanese renowned makeup artist Bassam Fattouh as one of his greatest inspirations. He elaborates, “Fattouh is an expert in the world of beauty and I truly improved my skills as a makeup artist under his wing.”

Wajih has been in the industry for the past 10 years and still the love and passion for it continues to drive him forward to new

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By: Jana Vasil

10 Beauty Myths Revealed

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Not sure if that beauty tip’s getting the trick done? Read on and get the lowdown. 1) Rinsing after brushing your teeth – The protective fluoride coating that the toothpaste leaves on is washed away, which otherwise would add hours of protection to your teeth. Brushing right after a meal is also a no-no. Food acids and sugars that condense in your mouth weaken the protective enamel on the teeth. By brushing immediately after a meal, we brush away the weakened enamel; and hence it’s always recommended to wait for at least half an hour before you pick up your toothbrush.

2) Sleeping eight hours a day – Scholars argue that sleeping for eight hours a day could leave you feeling more tired. A more flexible sleeping

schedule, with sleep patterns that involve fragmented rest and daytime napping, could prove to be far more beneficial. To all the students who often pull an all-nighter, power naps of 15 to a half hour minute sleep are also just as effective as sleeping for an extra hour at night.

3) Showering every day Personal hygiene has perhaps been overdone. Dermatologists argue that using hot water and harsh soaps could strip the skin of its natural oils, leaving it drier, which makes it more prone to cracking and infections. Everyday showers are also bad for the hair, and increase the chances of developing split ends and hair cracks! To avoid looking like a withered old woman, use cooler water, and a cucumber soap, which would moisturize your skin for hours after your shower.

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4) Cutting your hair will make it grow faster – 6) Shaving against the direction of the hair growth – In reality, trimming your hair will help prevent it from splitting at the ends, but it does not speed up its growth. An occasional “refreshing” is mandatory, and this keeps it from forming a “Y” at the ends, which if not taken care of immediately, will spread upwards, weakening the hair. The broken ends ought to be taken off, but not for the purpose of making the hair grow faster.

5) Plucking one gray hair will lead to multiple gray hairs growing back in its place– Each follicle of the scalp allows for only one hair to come out, regardless of the color. The grayness is due to the melanin slowly withering away from the follicle, which contains pigment cells called melanocytes. As the graying of the hair color progresses, the melanocytes become less active, and eventually die off, leaving no cells left to produce the natural hair color. And the moral of the story is? Pluck away!

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Although it is the fastest way to a cleaner shave, shaving “against the grain” is also the route to razor burns, damaging of the hair follicles and the unwanted occurrence of ingrown hairs. Hairs tend to grow in all directions, and dragging a razor against the natural direction of hair growth results in you pulling the hair back on itself. Rather, try using short, gentle strokes without applying too much pressure to obtain a more comfortable shave.

7) Waxing leads to more hair growing back – The color and the texture of the hair directly correlate to the gene pool, and hence, results concerning the consequences of epilation vary with each individual. In most cases, waxing leads to finer and thinner hair growing back for most people. To be on the safer side, take the following advice: hairs on your arms, legs, eyebrows, bikini line and underarms could be waxed off. On the other hand, hairs on your top lip, chin and breasts, which are related to hormonal changes, should not be waxed or plucked, as they are more likely to grow back thicker.

8) Changing shampoos will cause dandruff – It isn’t what you use, but rather how often you use it. Washing your hair on a daily basis is likely to increase the dryness of the scalp. Specialized shampoos can help reduce dandruff, and effectively soothe and nourish your skin. The severity of the flaky woes is also related to seasonal changes, and many scientists argue that dandruff tends to worsen during winter.

9) The more you wash your face, the fewer breakouts – Even though washing your face helps remove dirt and oil from the pores, overdoing it is very likely to lead to dryness and irritation of the skin, which in turn will cause even more breakouts. The general rule is: find an exfoliating facial wash that suits your skin, usually with apricot or aloe vera extracts,

use circular motions to spread it across with your fingertips and apply it every morning, and before you go to bed. Wash it off with lukewarm water, and pat dry when you are done. For best results, do not leave your make up on overnight, but rather, allow your pores to breathe a little!

10) Always comb your hair from top to bottom No Sir! Combing wet hair from top to bottom can actually lead to breakage. Rather, brush it in the opposite direction to avoid snapping strands. If you have knots, starting at the ends and working your way up puts less stress on your hair. To detangle massive knots, try holding the hair above the knot while you untie it. The pressure exerted from top to bottom causes the hair to be pulled from its roots, which could result in an increase of hair loss.

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Heartfelt Vanity Lush brings love to the beauty world.

By: Jana Vasil

Ladies, all of us have drawers filled with all sorts of cosmetics. Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Maybeline; the list goes on. However, if either one of you reaches into that drawer and picks an item at random, try flipping it around and reading its ingredients. You are bound to realize that most of those items that form your make up set are actually mixtures of chemical compounds. Some may be derived from natural sources, but most of your products are most likely to be synthetic. So what difference does the composition of the beauty products matter if it promotes attractiveness either way? Well, in reality, it is the effect that those chemical compounds have on your skin. For products that are far more synthetic than they are natural, the consequences are adverse – and it is your skin that suffers the most.

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The solution? LUSH Cosmetics! Ladies, it’s the latest fashion, and its finally here, in the UAE. So you better begin refilling that drawer of yours. Handmade, natural, and fresh – these innovative products are all made from natural ingredients. LUSH produces products that range from soaps and shampoos to lotions, moisturizers, scrubs and cosmetics for the face, hair and body. That isn’t even the best part. All their products carry fancy names: “Shower Jellies” is a semi-solid jelly hair and body wash, “Toothy Tabs” is made up of semi-solid toothpaste tablets, and their famous “Bath Ballistics” is composed of solid balls that fizz with different scents and colors when dropped in the bathtub. All their products are made in small batches, to ensure the freshness of the product. LUSH’s products have a shelf lifespan of approximately fourteen months, but their stores do not sell products that are older than four months and some only stay for no longer than eight weeks. Their dedication to their belief in the words like “Fresh” and “Organic” goes a long way. Their products are 100% vegetarian, 83% vegan, and 60% preservative-free! These numbers fluctuate depending upon the product range. However, think of supermarket fruit, and indulge in those smells – vanilla beans, avocado butter, grapefruit juice, rosemary oil, fresh papaya and coconut! LUSH’s products are solid, and unpreserved alternatives to products such as facial moisturizers, hair dye, deodorants, scalp treatments, face masks and so on. Concerning their ethos, LUSH does not mingle with companies that carry out, fund, or in any way commission animal testing. LUSH uses human volunteers to test its products before they are sold. They use little to no preservative or packaging, making their own products fresh by hand. The company also prefers natural ingredients with a long history of cosmetic use – and synthetic ingredients, when required, are only chosen when they have a proven safety record. Not only was the company founded on very strict No Animal Testing policies, but it has also campaigned widely on animal issues throughout its existence.

LUSH also has a strong Green Policy: they pay attention to how the products they manufacture interact with the environment. They have invented a solid shampoo bar, and use almond and olive oil; rather than using mineral oil. Sustainability is one of their key growth goals. They use as little packaging as possible, and about half of their products can be taken home with no packaging. However, when they cannot avoid packaging, they turn to recycled material, with the aims of promoting reusable packaging. The company also offers a free facial mask to those who return five of more of their used Lush containers to the store. The total recycled content in all of the LUSH packaging is about 89%. LUSH uses sustainable raw materials, and for example - rather than using palm oil, they’ve begun using more earth-friendly oils in their soap base. Greenwash is not only a pine-scented soap, but it is also the first soap to be made using palm-free soap noodles. Being a supporter of direct action, LUSH has campaigned in animal rights operations to protect whales and seals, amongst other aquatic animals. They have also supported campaigning groups in 2007; that dealt with road protests, such as Road Block; anti-aviation groups, and they also battled an incinerator, or what was known as operation Dump the Dump. To help charity, the company has introduced the “Charity Pot” body lotion, where each pot promotes a different small charity on the lid – and the full purchase price, minus the VAT – is sent to charitable organizations. In 2011, LUSH had also promoted the initiative to support OneWorld’s Freedom for Palestine. These are just a few things that a big company like LUSH, with an even bigger heart, has managed to achieve. So it isn’t just about the products that fill up your drawer. You now know that when you pick up a LUSH product, you are holding on to a carefully handcrafted, fresh, organic product that will not only benefit you, but also the world.

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By: Varsha Phulwani

A Breath of Fresh Hair

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Your guide to the sexiest summer hair-dos


corching and sweltering cannot begin to describe how hot it is in the UAE. With the heat and humidity, your hair can blow up Lion King style which is never a good look. Don’t let the summer get the best of your hair. Read on to find how you can avoid bad hair days during the summer with the following four sexy hair dos:

Beachy Waves Sundresses and beachy waves are a killer summer combo. For voluminous beachy waves, the trick is to find the natural wave of your hair. To do so, you first have to separate your hair into sections. Next, work a texturizing gel or moose into them starting from the ends and scrunching your hair up to the scalp. Wait for the hair to dry before finishing by spritzing light hold hair spray to set the waves.

The Side Knot Separate your hair into 2-3 inch sections and curl them with a large barrel curling iron. Spray your hair with light holding the spray to secure the curls. Next, pull all the hair to one side and secure with elastic at the nape of the neck. Twist the hair into a knot and secure with bobby pins. You can transform your side knot from day to night by adding a sophisticated headband. So versatile!

The Romantic Braid Braids are a big summer trend because of their relaxed bohemian feel. The romantic braid is particularly good if you want to go for the ultra-feminine ‘girly-girl ‘look. Begin by parting your hair on the more flattering side of your face and exaggerating the part to look deeper than usual. Then take a section of your hair and loosely braid the section from your part towards your ear. Secure the braid with an elastic and voila! You’re ready!

The Messy Ponytail A perfect look for those with shoulder-length hair that is layered near the crown, the messy ponytail works perfectly for a casual brunch or a day at the beach. Start by pulling your hair into a ponytail. Then, slightly tug on a few hair strands to create a soft fringe around the face. Finish with hairspray to keep the look intact.

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Chilled Skin No more HOT! HOT! HOT! It’s time to let go of the summer dehydration fear and enjoy ice-cold facials to rejuvenate your skin.

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he harshness of Dubai summers can turn into your worst heated nightmare. Breakouts, pimples, dryness and rough textured skin with a loss of your beautiful tone. Lately I was having the same problem, my colleague and I were discussing and crying over the same challengs. Loss of moisture from my skin was making it look pale and dry. Ironically enough, half way through our complaint session, my phone rang; a lady with beautiful voice invited me to try and test my freshness plan at Kaya Skin Clinic. Kaya-UAE is part of an international chain of skin clinics that administers a unique and personalized series of skin treatments that visibly improve the way your skin looks, acts and feels. This tech-savvy beauty haven delivers splendor to the Middle East consumers in a serene and Zen-like ambience, while maintaining international standards of hygiene and service. Each package is a seamless blend of science, aesthetics and cosmetology designed to improve the overall functioning of your skin. Being the largest international skincare clinic chain in the Middle East, it announced its Aqua Radiance skin maintenance solution that has taken the market completely by storm with its ability to provide the purest skin care ingredients, to make skin glow during the hot summer months.

The Aqua Radiance service, with the usage of nature’s purest skin care ingredients of air and water, completely rejuvenates the skin. It helps to regain your natural glow. The exfoliation and detoxification is been done with the chilled air and water. It also eradicates the harmful effects on the skin caused due to the frequent use of air conditioners during summer. The new technique uses cool and soothing supersonic jet streams, which penetrate the deepest layers of skin, removing the layers of dead cells and then restore the lost luster back. As part of the hydration process, the jet streams infuse therapeutic elements to revitalize the skin cells. Then sit back through a customized nourishment process where vital vitamins are infused to nurture the skin. This is a revolutionary skin care service, especially in the region, considering that a whopping 80 per cent of skin damage is caused due to the sun, with air conditioners sucking away moisture from the skin. This, coupled with unhealthy diet, dehydrates the skin leaving it wanting of vital nutrients. The experience was truly worth it. My skin feels refreshing and revitalized. Do I recommend it? Absolutely. It can be done every 15 days and is superior to any salon facial or remedy I’ve experienced so far.

Before starting my session, I was asked to fill out a form to check out my skin type. As soon as I entered the serene bleached room with heavy equipment placed on one side of the facial bed, I was intimidated not knowing what to expect. The Clinic’s facial expert, Shalita Pizto, entered the room with a glass of water and a smile on her face, and just as she put me to ease she began explaining the aqua radiance facial therapy procedure `.

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Skincare At your Fingertips BasharaCare paves way for Middle East’s first online Professional Skincare Store.


arlier this year marked the launch of Middle East’s first online skincare shopping store, showcasing a premium array of skincare products for men and women. It boasts a wide range of international brands known for their innovative products such as Glo-therapeutics, SkinMedica, Bliss, Dr. Dennis Gross, Elemis, Clinicians Complex, ViDerm, Neostrata, Reviderm, Exuviance, Murad, Eve Lom, SachaJuan and many more. BasharaCare was founded based on an unwavering commitment to its beauty conscious consumer, making online shopping easy and stress free with free delivery anywhere in the UAE within two to three working days. Orders can be purchased using cash on delivery or credit card and each order is complemented with free miniature samples. All products sold on the website are registered and approved. is also guided under the expertise of a regional skincare expert, Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the UAE University and the Chief Advisor of the board, Dr. Hassan Galadari. Galadari has provided extensive knowledge regarding treatments, ingredients and professional products that caters to troublesome skin conditions; prevents aging and supports the general requirements of healthy skin. “BasharaCare provides its consumers access to highly advanced and effective skin care products”.Apart from online retail, BasharaCare’s philosophy is also to educate the consumer on routine skincare regimes, treatments and tips to maintain the skin.” said Galadari. Specially Recommended for Summers: • Exuviance Hydrating Hand and Body Lotion AED 120 (This treatment-rich body lotion with Polyhydroxy Acids and botanicals to moisturize the skin, enhance cell turnover and reveal skin’s luminosity) • SachaJuan Hydrating Haircare Conditioner AED 130 (This daily conditioner features rhodophycea, an algae extract, to hydrate and nourish as moisturizers work to soften, promote body and add beautiful luster) • SkinMedica Hydrating Daily Moisturizer AED 312 (This daily moisturizer offers the ultimate combination of hydration and anti-ageing protection) All these products are available to purchase on with free delivery in two days.

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By: Cristina Maag

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EMERGENCY SLIM DOWN SECRETS REVEALED: DROP 10 LBS IN 3 DAYS Are you panicked about fitting into your party dresses? Take a deep breath, follow these tips and get ready to stun. DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that according the World Health Organization, the United Arab Emirates stands at 18th place on the list of countries that have the most elevated proportion of people who are overweight and obese?

THE CRUCIAL 3 DAY DIET PLAN You don’t have to be a runway model to want to fit into that spectacular outfit for your gala dinner or Friday brunch, let’s face it, when the world is your runway there are more than enough occasions to play dress up for. Just like models, we all have our own skimpy outfits we like to be able to squeeze into and “strut our stuff” in but sometimes the squeezing into part can be a bit of a challenge in a foodie city like Dubai. Have a special something you need an emergency slim down for? Try this and torch an excess 10 pounds (most of them WILL be water weight ladies, but it’ll help you fit into that tight fit dress for the weekend).

How it Works






Green Tea or Coffee 1 Slice of Brown Toast 2 Egg Whites ½ Grapefruit 100g Non Fat Sugar Free Yogurt 100g Grilled Chicken Breast 1 Cup of Green Beans 1 Cup of Carrots 1 Apple 2 Carrots

Green Tea or Coffee 1 Slice of Brown Toast 2 Egg Whites 100g Blueberries

½ Cup of Tuna 1 Slice of Brown Toast Lettuce (no limit) Green Tea

DAY 3 2

Green Tea or Coffee 100g Non Fat Sugar Free Yogurt 100g of Cherries

100g Non Fat Sugar Free Yogurt

1 Slice of Brown Toast

2 Light Turkey Sausages 6 Saltine Crackers 1 Cup of Broccoli ½ Cup of Carrots 1 Apricot ½ Grapefruit

100g Seabass or Nile Perch Fillet 1 Cup of Cauliflower Lettuce (no limit) 1 Cup of Melom

100g Seabass or Nile Perch Fillet Lettuce (no limit) Green Tea

1 boiled egg 1 piece toast Cup of Broccoli Green Tea

2 Carrots 1

NOTE: This is not a lifestyle diet, it’s use is meant for emergency weight loss only.

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By: Fasseeha Athar

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Light Up the Mood It’s about time you added mood, drama and style to that special space – home.


ight. From campfires to kindling torches of oil to lamps and lanterns, it has come a long way. The way we use it is no longer just about the ability to see in the darkness but also about balance and ambiance. Incorporating proper lighting adds character and sets the mood. Think and choose well. The lighting scheme of your home is one of the spiciest design elements, and how wonderfully it works with different materials, finishes and furniture. Were you in the mood to make your apartment look light and lively? We’ve got the basics. Decorative lighting is divided into three parts: general, task and accent lighting. There are a number of ways to use it for interiors and exteriors. Decorative lights generally create the mood by bringing out the shape of the object, the feel of the texture or important keynotes. While, fixtures on the walls and ceilings illuminating the entire space are known as general or ambient lights. Whereas, spotlights give plentiful light just where you need it; from your favorite countertop to your classy paintings. Down lighting is yet another most commonly used method for illuminating large places or floors. You can add an extra luxurious oomph to a room by choosing from any of these lighting styles that compete with your favorite hotel rooms. Lighting is a form of art that plays a key role along with colors, furniture, room size and availability of natural light. If used correctly you can add or subtract from the overall colors of a room. Light -colored walls will make the room look bright and spacious while darker colors will make the room feel smaller and cramped. The illusion of space can also be created with the reflection of light on the walls, further illuminating them. If these features come together with the right lighting, transform a room into a seamless combination of functionality and style.

Get lighting.

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Style Chambers By: Fasseeha Athar

Elegant from head to floor.

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ecorating styles have evolved over the years in response to the ever-changing moods and tastes of people. Classical décor is ever green. Rooted deeply into the elegance, richness and tradition …..It is all about endless charm. It creates perfect order, balance and harmony. A classically, designed room creates a perfect sense of symmetry- everything from lighting to pictures to furniture pieces are immaculate. The idea behind a classically designed room is to create a sense of perfect symmetry. If a classic interior design were to be sliced down the middle, one side of a room would perfectly reflect the other side of a room. Everything from the lighting to the way that pictures are placed inside of a classic room should be immaculate. Colors used in the classical décor are always inspired by the Mother Nature. Browns, deep blues, yellow; green and earth tones such as are terracotta are frequently used in classical interior designing .Whereas, linen, cotton, silk and velvet are the favorites of classical designers as a fabric. And when it comes to flooring, designer ideal choices are to use Ancient Greeks and Romans flooring materials incorporating with wood, marble, slate and stone. Many styles are born out of previous styles and have evolved into a distinct type of decoration expressing a taste of a specific era.

Classical with Contemporary Twists: Classic modern interior? These two different schools of thoughts in designing, if join hands together; will create a cool classic home interior look. It is all about softer colors with contrasting highlights or putting big art pieces on the walls for creating visual emphasis. Dark color leather sofas are used with carpets, adding Italian style

statues in a corner of a room to give your living room a classic yet contemporary look. A mini wooden cupboard for the accessories with a classic candle frame will complete the appearance.

The Exotic Arab Vibe: The taste and style of Arabica world is much more intricate and complex as compare to the classic European style, which is more linear and refined. Arabic style is a blend of color, pattern and personality encompassing the rich, vibrant tones found in the desert with complex designs. The designs are much more luxurious and are extremely pleasing to the eyes. The modern traditional types of interior styles include usually neutral color palette with hints of metallic, gold, silver and bronze giving a magical touch to your space.

Creating Harmony: Whether you are looking for harmony in your house, office, or diet, Feng Shui is new X factor. Centered on the concept of Chi, the energy that Feng Shui strives to balance is based on Chinese philosophy developed over centuries. According to Chinese mythology, Chi is a power beyond the physical world. The Fend Shui school of thought believes that it can improve everything from harmony in the home to wealth and well- being. It’s an art of arranging and rearranging objects, buildings, space and life to bring balance and harmony. If you want to go Feng Shui, follow these tips: de-clutter, leave space for good quality air and light, define the map – Bagua – and flow of each room, be mindful of the feel of your home, and use color to express the five Feng Shui elements wood, fire, earth, metal and water).

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DIVINE SUMMER DISTRACTIONS Have fun, learn and make that summer heat breeze by. As the mercury level is already rising up, Dubai is turning into a one hot sandbox. Enjoying the early hours on the white sandy beaches while for the midday one should probably go for indoor activities. Since, it is very difficult for both children and parents to sit inside for such long, one can’t help but ask: where to go and what to do.

By: Fasseeha Athar

Well, EveningZ will give you the solution for a perfect summer. There is no place like Dubai where you can indulge yourselves in exciting festivities and events, cultural activities and fabulous promotions.

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Dubai Dolphinarium: This summer treat yourself with an unforgettable experience by spending time with bottlenose dancing dolphins and fur seals. These magnificent creatures will delight you by performing their gorgeous little tricks and stunts in a form of indoor shows. It’s a fantastic opportunity to observe and swim with these aquatic mammals. You are even allowed to mingle with them during the swimming sessions such as hugging, touching the skin and lovely dolphin kiss. It is the first fully air conditioned indoor Dolphinarium of the Middle East with a temperature ranging from 21°c – 25°c. Teaching us about an exciting life in the underwater world with pure entertainment, this summer make sure you take your learning curve to the Dolphinarium.

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Dubai Community Theatre & Art Centre: Dubai Community Theatre & Art Centre, also known as DUCTAC, is an excellent addition in the art scene of Dubai. Located in the Mall Of The Emirates, this art school is offering a wide range of creative workshops to learn and experience for all age groups. It not only host classes and courses with top class trainers but also manages events and shows for Dubai’s multicultural communities.

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Bowling City: Bowling is becoming an extremely popular game with today’s generation, filled with lots of excitement and competition. BOWLING CITY is yet another exciting hot spot with the largest number of bowling lanes and billiard tables in the country. With branches throughout UAE, it presents a cosmic bowling arena concept; twelve bowling lanes, non-stop music and good food, make this baby a summer keeper.

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Ice Rink, Dubai: Ice skating lovers and enthusiasts can dive into a magical world of ice skating on a frozen body of ice-celebrating winters – even in summer – on Dubai’s new sensational Olympic-sized ice rink located in the heart of Dubai mall. This iconic ice rink boasts world class facilities all year round from skating lessons to Penguin pals for children, lessons for ladies, birthday parties, playing ice hockey, hanging out with friends or just having a fun time. This indoor playful, luxurious atmosphere comes together to

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create the most original winter retreat in Dubai where ice-skating lovers and enthusiasts can experience endless cool fun. These were the only a few of the fun Dubai highlights, but there’s room for much more. Your precious time this summer can be both fun and an opportunity for growth. Why not focus on grooming yourself or refining your hobbies; maybe exploring and learning some new skills and talents by enrolling yourself in various summer schools of music, photography, painting, cooking or baking classes will make this summer a usefully fun one.

Ski Dubai: How about skiing in the desert? Well, once again Dubai is making headlines by creating a unique man-made snow park‌ Ski Dubai. This is the first and only ski chalet in the region covering an area of 3000 square meters of snow all year round. This indoor snow park is a perfect antidote to overcoming the desert heat. With an amazing alpine themed wintery park, where you can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, riding on cable cars, rolling down from a giant snow balls, and playing with penguins. Finally after having all the snow fun in the world, having hot chocolate or coffee in Avalanche cafÊ under minus 4 degrees is your ultimate kick back for the day.

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Art Dubai: Dubai International Art Centre is yet another worthwhile place to visit, aiming to contribute to the creative and cultural development of Dubai. With a wonderful art gallery on Jumeirah Beach Road – this art center is offering amazing courses from sculpture, pottery, sewing, music to art classes with some other creative surprises. It has become the most influential community-based organization where you can learn about various arts and crafts while making new friends as well.

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Pink Pepper Photography: If you like clicking pictures, why not start knowing your camera and its composition in a more professional manner. Dubai’s renowned photography studio, Pink Pepper, is providing a fantastic opportunity to all those junior photographers out there to take their skills of photography to new heights altogether. Lucky for us, famous wedding and portrait photographer Ian Haidie is offering summer photography workshops. The course outline focuses on how to use the camera with basic and different composition techniques with white balancing. Moreover, it will also emphasize on studio photography and shed some light on the post production of art work. The 5 day work shop sessions will run both in the morning and during the evenings focusing on the particular needs of the photographers. Start clicking!

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Aston Martin global Centenary celebrations arrive to Kensington Gardens, London

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By: Sidra Surmed

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Routine Silvery Eccentric imagination in your daily life will style every edge of your existence. Patrick Mavros, a fifth generation Zimbabwean, a man with a unique vision who draws inspiration from the landscape, flora and fauna of his native Africa. After crafting a pair of earrings for his wife, her friends’ flattery and admiration for his work was relentless. The question of where this talent came from is inevitable. The Mavros family ranch was always surrounded by the wildlife that is so often depicted in his work and began playfully tickling inspiration in Patrick as a child. From then to now, Mavros has established his idiosyncratic aesthetic and has created a number of signature pieces, among them his sterling silver ‘crocodile’ belt buckles, his sterling silver ‘elephant hair’ bangles, and his whimsical ‘elephant and tortoise’ cigar ashtrays. In addition to creating what he calls ‘everyday silver’ items, he has undertaken numerous private commissions, fashioning everything from Giraffe and Acacia Tree Candelabra to a magnificent set of flying grouse Double magnum Wine Coasters. His work is to be seen everywhere from royal palaces to remote African ranch homesteads.

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Teamwork of Expressions

By: Sidra Surmed

Pro Art Gallery welcomed a unique collaboration of fashion and art “Full Spectrum”.

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“Full Spectrum” showcased the collaboration of the works of Hong Kong-based handbag designer, Piecco Pang and New York-based painter, Antoinette Wysocki. The exhibition showed the two artists coming together to not only reveal their art but also create ready to wear art pieces in the form of evening clutches. Their love for fashion, function and art, created a one of a kind collection with pieces just like in the painting they were inspired by. After years of collaborations, they created limited edition handbags, designed by Pang, that feature abstract paintings created by Wysocki which debuted at Pro Art Gallery here in Dubai. The artist has developed a process of combining various materials, chance, control and analysis in her pieces. Each work starts with gestures and washes, and then moves into controlled brush strokes with detail. When the painting reaches a comfortable finished point, it is then time to indulge in the materials. The goal is to balance raw, sometimes untouched surfaces – in some areas with highly saturated color – in others sometimes consciously or by chance.

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Into the Dunes By: Jana Vasil

An endless list of sandy fun.

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hether you’re a tourist or a resident, you haven’t done UAE the honors unless you have visited its deserts. What makes the UAE worthy of awe and appreciation? even though globalization is omnipresent and has taken over the infrastructure in the big cities, the peoples’ original traditions still remain prominent throughout their sandy areas. Back in the day, the desert was where people found a living. It was inhabited with Bedouins, who owned tents and camels, and camped in the desert. With the boom of urbanization and the shifting of nationals away from their traditional desert huts, the desert has spun into a renowned, recreational site. It is a place to run off to from the hot weather as soon as the sun sets, a place to test your driving skills, or simply, a place for your family to reconnect over some barbeque, some tabbouleh, and some hummus. Do not forget the Arabic pita bread! A temptation to the tourist as well as the resident, the desert offers a number of opportunities, such as getting in touch with nature, by camping out in the open; maybe even experiencing its wilderness, through driving quad bikes through the dunes. For those who have a calmer nature, grabbing some meat, cold mezze, and Arabic bread, will go very well with a desert barbeque. Regardless of whether it is friends or family, the desert welcomes everyone, with its cold wind and its golden sands that allow for all sorts of reconnections. One can also take part in a desert safari, one of the UAE’s most popular pass times. The scenery allows for a truly exceptional experience for all. A desert campsite usually welcomes visitors with a traditional cup of Arabic coffee, alongside a flavored sheesha. One can sit in the widespread tents – often offering air-conditioning. However, during the later hours of the night, the weather cools off, and the swift breeze calms the heat. One of the most cherished moments one can experience is getting on top of a dune to watch the sun set as it casts its orange luminosity over the vastly spread horizon. Desert driving and dune bashing in a four-wheeled drive, or on a number of quad bikes is a must for every safari trip. Getting into a Patrol or a Land Cruiser is the way to go, while the driver does all kinds of twists and turns that make your head spin, as your stomach turns upside down. It truly is as thrilling as a rollercoaster ride for all the adrenaline addicts! Certain safari camps offer exciting rides on a camel, the one or two-humped animal that could go for days with water it hasstored in the fatty deposits on its back. Do not fear for your safety, you are in the hands of a trained guide who uses the reigns to direct the camel, while you rest on its back. It’s a soothing ride, and the best part of it is experiencing the camel rock itself to and fro in an attempt to stand up or sit down, for you to get on or when you’re getting off! Other activities that could be enjoyed include dressing up in local costumes, usually accompanied with the delights of getting a henna tattoo drawing that beautifully decorates the hands and arms. Sand boarding can prove to be far more entertaining and thrilling of an experience, surpassing the joys of snow boarding. Finally, the perfect night out in the desert would come to an end with an enchanting belly dance entertainment, performed to the tunes of typical Arabic music, where you can shake your belly with the performer, or if you are the shy type, relax back and watch the show while you puff on a sheesha. The UAE offers a variety of fancy, exotic hubbly bubbly flavors: cherry, melon, double apple, and if you really want that refreshing taste in your mouth, make sure to try the watermelon sheesha with a slight hint of mint! Desert safaris could take place in the morning or at night, or for the nature fanatics, you could signup for an overnight stay at the camp. Enjoy a private safari as a couple, or if you are with a bigger group, sign up for one of the numerous group packages. The Knight Tours are one of Dubai’s most famous safari organizers, and they provide tours all across the UAE: Al Ain, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi; as well as in the smaller cities of Hatta and Fujairah. For a late night out, or for an early morning adventure - do not miss the shakes and styles of the superb golden sands. A fun-filled, magical evening in the desert awaits.

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Arabic 101

By: Varsha Phulwani

Your own cheat sheet to the most commonly used Arabic words and phrases.

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rabic is known to be one of the most difficult and complicated languages to be written and spoken in the world. So much, that there is a large number of expats in the UAE who have managed to live in the country without knowing basic Arabic and they cannot be blamed! The UAE is the epitome of globalization in the Middle East and you can get just about anything done in English. However, knowing Arabic is a huge advantage. It gives you an edge over the non-Arabic speakers and also makes the local people of the country show that you’re making an effort. It’s never too late to begin which is why we bring you a beginner’s guide to the must know Arabic words and phrases:

Basics: Hi/Hello: Marhaba Pleased to meet you: Tasharafna How are you? Male: kayfa halak and Female: kayfa halik. There are two versions of this phrase: as with many Arabic phrases this phrase is dependent on the gender of the person you are speaking to. Goodbye: Ma’asalama Good morning: Sabah el kheir Good evening: Masa’ el kheir My name is : Ana ismi Ana min : I’m fromThank you: Shukran You’re welcome: Afwan I’m hungry : Joo’an(male)/joo’ana(female) I’m thirsty: ‘Atshan(male)/’atshana(female) No: La Yes: Na’am

Numbers: 1. Wahed 2. Etnein 3. Talata 4. Arba’a 5. Khamsa 6. Sitta 7. Sab’a 8. Tamaniya 9. Tisa’a 10. ‘Ashra

Directions: Where: Ayna Right: Yimeen Left: Yesaar Straight on: Al’a tuul

When in Doubt: Sorry: Male - asif/ female - asifa I don’t understand: La afham Can you speak English?: Hal tatakallum al-lughah al-engleezia?

Arabic slang phrases:




Yallah: let’s go Yaa’ni: equivalent to the American slang word ‘like’ as a filler word in sentences. Khalas: that’s it/done There are thousands of other Arabic words and phrases that are not on this list. However, it can be a starting point for you to start learning one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. To continue become proficient communicate in Arabic with your Arab colleagues or better yet, join an Arabic training class. The country is filled with them!

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UAE: The real land of opportunity The UAE’s liberal and open-minded society compared to its neighbors has resulted in mass immigration from all over the world. The country gives a chance at success to whoever is willing to take it.

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t is known that almost 90% of the UAE’s population is made up of expatriates, and with good reason. It is a country that welcomes people from all over the world and gives them a chance to make a life. We bring you the stories of four extremely successful expatriates who found success in this welcoming and liberal country:

Mukesh Jagtiani, Indian

exploration of contemporary Arab identity with various photography exhibitions in Dubai and abroad and the expansion of Bil Arabi across the region. Nadine has also seen her work sold at various auctions including Christie’s Dubai, with a specially commissioned piece during their Jewels and Watches: The Dubai Sale in April 2010. Today, she is repeatedly featured as one of the most powerful Arab women on many lists.

Mukesh Jagtiani is the richest and most influential Indian expatriate in the Middle-East and one of the most powerful leaders in the retail industry. He is the founder of the ‘Landmark Group’, one of the largest retail conglomerates in the region. However, success didn’t come easily to Jagtiani. He didn’t finish his accounting school in London and then cleaned hotel rooms and drove a taxi to earn money, before eventually returning to his family in Kuwait in 1972 .By the time he turned 21, he lost his brother and mother to cancer, and his father to diabetes, all in a span of two years. This left him without a concrete education, a job or a family. Nevertheless, he persisted to overcome his grief and addiction and set out to make a name for himself, using his business acumen. With only $6000 in his pocket, he established the first ‘Babyshop’ in Bahrain with one employee. Eventually, he saw the opportunity in the UAE and moved to Dubai where he established yet another ‘Babyshop’. This was just the beginning for the Landmark Group. Today, under Jagtiani’s leadership, the Landmark Group operates over 900 stores, with over 35000 employees in a total of 15 countries.

Nadine Kanso, Lebanese Having spent her entire childhood in Beirut, Nadine, a photographer and jewelry designer, came to the UAE with a clear passion for Arab culture and in particular, expressing it through a contemporary visual framework. In 2006, Nadine rose to prominence when she came to Dubai to exhibit a solo show at the B21 Gallery, with a collection that included a series of portraits depicting Arabs from across the region with an eclectic mix of artistic, creative and cultural milieus entitled, ‘Who I Am’ or ‘Meen Ana’ in Arabic. In the same year, Nadine created her jewelry line, a complementary offshoot to her exploration of Arab identity, ‘Bil Arabi’, taking inspiration from the Arabic alphabet to craft rings, bracelets, pendants and earrings. Since then, Nadine has further developed her work on both fronts with a continued

Gerald Lawless, Irish Often ranked as the most powerful hotelier in the Middle East, Gerald Lawless left the UK in 1978 to come to Dubai as he wanted to work abroad. He describes moving to Dubai as “pretty exotic”, but “one of the defining” moments of his career. Lawless, who hails from Ireland, is one of the key people responsible for the development of the Jumeirah Group (of which he is now the CEO). This included the establishment of the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Burj Al Arab, Wild Wadi, Emirates Towers and then Madinat Jumeirah. “I was invited to have a look at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel which was under construction and afterwards, I said to my wife ‘there’s no doubt, there’s no question this is what I want’. Lawless has taken the Jumeirah Group from strength to strength and it is under his leadership that this home grown hotel brand has now become a globally recognized one.

Nashwa Al Ruwaini, Egyptian Dubbed as the Oprah Winfrey of the Middle East, Nashwa Al Ruwaini, Egyptian, worked in Qatar on the radio at the age of 15. She later worked for MBC in London before finally moving to Dubai, UAE. Today, she is the CEO of one of the most prominent production companies in the Middle East – Pyramedia, which is based in the UAE. Even though she established Pyramedia in 1998, it wasn’t until the launch of The Nashwa Show on Dubai TV in 2006 that Al Ruwaini became a household name. Through her show, she chose to discuss topics anchored on social reform that few would dare to. As a result of the show she launced ‘The Nashwa Foundation’ to support women and children who have suffered from abuse and violence. If that isn’t enough, she is also the director of the Middle East International Film Festival. Al Ruwaini has had a successful 20 years in the media industry and it is likely that another 20 years of success lie ahead of her.

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A Pearlific Journey to Perfection The untold story of an innovative adventurer; it all started in search of a Perfect Pearl.


lusive beauty and subtle splendor, to give her a name, lets call her pearl. She’s a natural-born beauty that patiently arises from an artful merger’s depth. The success of each and every pearl remains hypothetical until the moment of harvesting. After 4-5 years of implantation, the oyster shell can be opened for the first time, revealing the jewel within. There are countless aspects swaying in the process of creating a Perfect Pearl. To name a few fundamentals: the location of the cultivation, the quality of the hosting oyster, and the dedication and skill of the pearl farmers.

By: Sidra Surmed

“As coal pressured into pearls by our weighty existence. Beauty that arose out of pain.”

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Whereabouts: Jewels of the Southern Seas

Quietude: Serene and Calm Personality

From the deep soaks of French Polynesia, abysmal in the Southern Pacific ocean, the exquisite pearls are harvested. Robert Wan pearls are Tahitian. The magnificent landscape with turquoise lagoons, volcanoes veiled with lush vegetation, coral reefs and palm-lined beaches makes this island a perfect picture of mythical magnificence. Within this atoll of islands, Robert Wan favors the island of Marutea for his harvest, selected for its optimum water quality and its rich and verdant ecosystem. It is here that Wan cultivates his unique Tahitian pearls, which are among the largest and most striking in the world. One of the secrets of the harvest lies in the quality of the hosting oyster. Robert uses the Pinctada Margaritifera, an oyster indigenous to French Polynesia that dawns pearls of great beauty and rarity.

Moreover the extraordinary serenity of Wan comes from a strong bond with his work. His gentle and authentic way of living is based on Asian Zen philosophy. Whilst his success can partly be attributed to his great determination and instinct, his incredible peaceful personality and love for pearls has also helped him marvel us with these bizarre jewels. The creation of a pearl cannot be rushed, and once a tiny donor graft has been placed inside the oyster shell, Mother Nature takes her course.

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Taxonomy: Emblem of ceaseless glory. It is true that the beauty of each gem is certainly idiosyncratic. Numerous factors are considered to determine the worth and quality of the pearl. The rating has been done from A+ to TOP/AAA1. Tahitian pearls are considered to be amongst the finest gems in the world due to their big size and exclusive continuum of shades. Their exceptional quality, enthralling gleam and their incredible color makes Robert Wan pearls highly coveted. Transiting from peacock green to grey right through to flushed red and their remarkable size of more than 13mm are the most alluring key points. Robert Wan and his team have developed an entire collection that showcases jewelry as a dream, a desire achievable by a few yet coveted by all. Through his collection, Robert Wan exemplifies the versatility of the Tahitian pearl and proves that depending on the creator’s inspiration, a pearl can become a gem for the most classic, chic, fashionable and the most original jewels. The Robert Wan lines are carried in the world’s most prestigious retail destinations, including Harvey Nichols and Bloomingdales in the UAE. What are you waiting for? It’s time to pearlify.

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A Tale of Time

By: Varsha Phulwani

A quality watch goes beyond being a timepiece. It is a status symbol, an investment, a legacy.

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A good watch is nothing short of an engineering marvel. Made of hundreds of miniscule parts, watches became prominent during the First World War. Soldiers used simple, easy to maintain watches as an asset in the battlegrounds. When the war ended, men wanted to emulate the war heroes and thus wristwatches found prominence. Today, with smartphones overtaking the proliferation of watches as timepieces, the obsolescence of watches is definitely debatable. A quality watch, however, goes beyond being a timepiece – it is a status symbol, an investment, a legacy. Here are seven things to look for when spending mucho dinero on a quality watch:

1. Precious Metal Construction It goes without saying that a luxury watch should be constructed from precious, quality materials. It is wise to ensure that the materials are going to be inherently valuable. Investigate how much of the watch make is from precious metals, for instance: are the hands and hour markers gold? Platinum and gold are the most commonly used precious metals for luxury watches.

2. Natural, Quality Jewels Jewels on watches can be sourced naturally or manufactured. Natural stones are derived from the earth through mining before being cut, polished and used on the watch. There is an inherent romance to the fact that a stone used on your watch was naturally derived. The alternative to natural stones are manufactured stones – real stones grown in a lab. Sapphires and Nacre (mother-of-pearl) are the most common manufactured stones. Natural stones are considered to be more valuable. Look at the number and quality of stones. A few with good color are often worth more than a large number of cheaper stones.

3. The Movement (The Sweep) It’s commonly heard that quality watches don’t’ make the “tick-tock” sound. This does not mean that a Cartier or Chopard watch doesn’t tick-tock. Quality watches have an

internal mechanism, also known as the movement, that is so finely tuned and so well constructed that the ticks happen as often as nine times a second, producing a flawless, inaudible sweep. Quality watches don’t just have perfect mechanical movements; they have complex movements as well. A luxury watch can do more than tell time, should that be what you require. Common complex movements in quality luxury watches include: perpetual calendars, rattrapante chronographs (a type of chronograph that lets you time two intervals instead of only one), moon phases, and multiple time zones along with world timers. The best watch makers such as Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, Jaeger-LeCoultre design and construct their own movements in house.

4. Seal Of Geneva Swiss branding is not just a matter of reputation. The Seal of Geneva is an actual certification of quality and origin. The seal is handed only to a few watch makers whose watches meet the stringent requirements given by Swiss law. The watch must be created and assembled in the canton of Geneva, Switzerland. Additionally, the movement of the watch should comply with a myriad of technical and decoration requirements. A watch with the Seal of Geneva is at the apogee of luxury watches.

5. Exotic Materials Giving a break to the usual gold, diamond and platinum makes; renowned watch makers have forayed into making watches with unique and rare materials. These materials range from unique alloys to exotic compounds. Watchmakers may do this to differentiate themselves, or improve the functioning of a watch. For instance, an exotic material called Silicium is increasing being used by watch giants like Patek Philippe and Ulysse and Nardin. The material does not require lubrication, thus improving the longevity and accuracy of a watch. Other unique materials used in watches include forged carbon, composite resin, complex shaped sapphire crystals and ceramic compounds.

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Gift Craze with Cacharel Your glamorous gold-plated updates for gifts that stand out.

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There you are once again, excited and ready to give that special someone a unique something. Finding the ‘wow’ gift gets easier this year with Cacharel’s diverse goldplanet jewelry line. The grand success of Cacharel’s black-lacquered jewellery set has paved the way for this gold-plated collection that is bound to capture the fascination of every wearer. This collection contains cubic zirconia volutes played on perfect curves of medal-shaped jewellery. To complete the floral theme of the collection, Cacharel has developed a luxuriant line using an open-worked flower petals pattern. While you could still buy the iconic black lacquered set at Paris Gallery, you cannot afford to overlook this new jewellery collection; gold plated brass and cubic zirconia with patterns that plays around the brand identity, a mix of circular shaped medals engraved with the Cacharel logo.

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By: Sidra Surmed

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An Extravagant Flavor Burst An old guilty delicacy: the sumptuous foie gras bite. Luxury without controversy is not possible. So where does the polemic lie? Foie Gras. A special and luxurious delicacy which literally means ‘fat liver’. This deluxe bite is extremely fatty with a rich flavor and smooth texture. It’s making however, isn’t exactly what PETA applauds. The technique used to fatten the goose is highly controversial, as this delicious bite requires force-feeding ducks/geese until their livers burst. It is a well-known delicacy in French cuisine; the sumptuous bite is rich, buttery and delicate in flavor. Foie Gras is sold as a whole, prepared as a mousse or parfait. It may also be served as a delicious companion to another food item such as steak. Foie Gras melts very easily so it can be very tricky to cook it au point. The color ranges from cream to a pale café au lait. Hence, when it is sautéed quickly, the melting silky foie gras becomes amazingly crisp along with subtly sublime flavors. Foie Gras are of two types, one of them is foie gras d’oie which is considered to be the more refined one. Its milder flavor makes it more delicious. On contrary to foie gras de canard, which has tangier flavor and it is slightly fatty.

No matter what your views are on this delicacy, its everywhere in U.A.E. This celebrated French cuisine shares a strong story of wealth, luxury and refinement with caviar and oysters. Yet, it is as controversial as overfished sturgeon eggs.

Where in Dubai? Jumeirah Creekside Hotel is a perfect place to savor this luxury bite. Steakhouse Blue Flame has this sumptuous dish on their menu on special request of foie gras lovers but on a good note. As they call it Nivo foie gras, which means that an ethically sourced variety could be found on the market. Neos at The Address Downtown – 63rd floor with the panoramic 360-degree view of Dubai City can easily add the wow factor to your evening and on top of it guests can enjoy other delicacies such as Homemade Duck Prosciutto with Foie Gras terrine.

A palate of lush bites with a dash of guilt.

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A Whole New Perspective

By: Varsha Phulwani

Fun activities in the UAE that you didn’t know about!

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Many consider the UAE to be a place best for shopping and skyscrapers. It is not just about the Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Mall and the Burj Al Arab. In fact, the UAE is a place full of fun activities that go beyond a trip to the mall. We’ve compiled a list of the most fun unconventional activities in the country for you to try this summer!

1. Abu Dhabi A place known mostly for its grand mosques actually houses one of the best getaway islands in the country – the Sir Bani Yas Island. Cycling, snorkeling, kayaking, mountain biking, archery, sailing, watching the abundant exotic wildlife…the list of activities at this rugged island is endless! What makes this island unique is that it can only be accessed by either a boat or a plane. Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara, email:, telephone: +97126561399, website:

2. Dubai Your go to place for extreme sports! Yes, you read that right. Get that adrenaline rushing with Skydive Dubai – one of the world’s premier skydiving locations, neighboring the luxurious manmade island The Palm Jumeirah and the Dubai Marina. With the beautiful and breathtaking views of the city, Skydive Dubai will make for an unforgettable experience. Website:

3. Sharjah Did you know that the aquariums in the Dubai Mall and Atlantis aren’t the only ones in the country? Well now you do. Sharjah may not be an emirate one would gravitate to for fun, but a trip to the Sharjah Aquarium is an experience of its own. With over 250 species there is so much to see from the smallest clown fish and delicate seahorses to moray eels, rays and reef sharks. Tel:+ 971 6 528 5288, website:

4. Ajman The beaches near the Kempinski Hotel are perfect for a swim and tanning session. Go rejuvenate!

5. Ras Al Khaimah Forget the typical desert safari; this is the Emirate for the real deal with exciting mountain and desert adventures! About 25 kilometers from the city, a road runs up the Jebel Jais mountain cluster which rises to 5,700 feet. This mountainous area defied the typical UAE weather when it experiences snow in February 2012.

6. Umm Al Quwain Is one for the history, archeology and culture buffs! Visit the Umm alQuwain Fort and Museum to appreciate the beauty of the traditional houses in the country. The museum houses artifacts, weapons and jewelry. Al Lubna Road, Old Town (06 765 0888). Open daily 9am1pm and 5pm-8pm. Tue, ladies only.

7. Fujairah Visit the lovely little Al Bidyah Mosque – the oldest mosque in the UAE. The long-tomb behind the mosque is from the Bronze Age and was one of the first of its kind ever excavated in the UAE. Women must carry a scarf to cover their head.

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By: Jana Vasil

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RAK IS BACK As summer creeps up on our doorstep, those seeking to escape the unbearable heat and its rising temperatures can find serenity at a place far enough from the traffic and the busy streets of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Seeking to find the perfect getaway? Look no further than Ras Al Khaimah and its famous Iceland Waterpark! Paradise exists, and it’s no further than an hour drive from Emirates Road in Dubai. You and your husband could eat and drink, while your kids slide and swim. Apart from being the biggest water-themed park in the UAE, it has also been praised for being the first fun bubble in the UAE that’s certified for its safety. If you are looking for a place to cool off your hot pants during the peaks of summer, Ras Al Khaimah’s gem is the place for you!

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Looking for some thrill? Let us introduce you to the Penguin Falls. Many have said that it resembles an evolutionary extension of the Hajar Mountains. These are man-made waterfalls, and the world’s largest, standing at 120 feet tall and 540 feet wide. It is undeniably a high-thrilled ride, unsuitable for the weak hearted. However, for those looking for an adrenaline rush, this is just the place. Hold on, the adventure does not end there! Racing enthusiasts could also enjoy the Arctic Wave, Mount Cyclone or Mount Fury, where the rides are just as scary and thrilling as the names they carry. On the other hand, the calmer souls could visit the Snow River, where the mountain stream has been tamed into the Lazy River – 400m long – a perfect spot for you to lay back, sip on a freshly made cocktail, and enjoy the passive waterflow. Who doesn’t like those tuxedo-wearing animals we call penguins? If you say you don’t, visit the Penguin Bay and

we bet you will walk out with a new found love, wanting to adopt a penguin of your own. You could visit the Pengu Pool as well, where professionals train the penguins for exercised swimming, and you can prove you’re a better swimmer than penguins themselves. Send your kids off to the Kids Cove, and while they are safely swimming in the shallow waters of the extensive pool, pay the Coral Isle a visit – a man made coral reef with live fish. The Iceland Waterpark offers something for everyone. If you are looking for a step away from the fast paced life, drive off to Ras Al Khaimah. Packed with fun-filled rides, the whole of Iceland would be an experience your children would surely remember forever. Who wouldn’t want to be crowned parent of the year? So ladies and gents, pack your bags, grab your favorite things, and leave your worries behind – Ras Al Khaimah’s Iceland Waterpark awaits!

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Winding and Panoramic Spree

By: Sidra Surmed

Live your Swiss Alp experience with The Tschuggen Hotel Group. The extraordinary serene beauty of nature and super - lux life.

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n summers, many GCC residents wonder where to spend their summer to allow them to enjoy family values, comfort and traditions that accompany the holy month, but without being exposed to soaring temperatures. The search ends with The Tschuggen Hotel Group. Green valleys, peaceful environment, windy weather along with deluxe living; it doesn’t get much better than this. Switzerland makes it to the top of our goto alluring holiday destinations; a realm of senses and emotions full of warmth and splendor. Plunge into the exclusive world of fairy tale surroundings with enchanting mountain sceneries left, right and center. Tschuggen Grand Hotel is a world of its own kind with a lively living standard. Exceptional interiors specially created by interior designer Carlo Rampazzi bring out an extra oomph in both comfort and eye candy.

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Deluxe rooms, spas, and glamorous dining will be your ultimate summer pals. Climb aboard and travel up to enjoy the chicest and most happening evenings. In less than two and a half minutes the hotel’s very own Tschuggen Express takes you to the heart of Arosa’s hiking area. The award-winning Swiss hotel group is also offering a unique ‘Kids Go Free’ package in the form of a complimentary room for children when accompanied by adults at the Tschuggen Hotel, Arosa in summers. The package also features a range of children’s entertainment and large variety of leisure activities to be found on the property’s doorstep – there’s never a dull moment. Although the package is aimed to provide kids with hours of fun and their own space to retreat to at the end of a busy day, it also entitles parents to that all-important ‘Me Time’. Couples are entitled to full access to the Tschuggen Bergoase, the hotel’s world-renowned 5,000m2 spa facilities. In the heart of the quiet Swiss mountains you will find yourself. Celebrity architect, Mario Botta has created a haven of well-being and inner tranquility for you to make this experience a truly memorable one.

Your very own Tschuggen Escape. What are you waiting for?

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Eid Getaway By: Sidra Surmed

Qatar’s first lifestyle hotel provides the backdrop for an unforgettable holiday.

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Doha Hotel & Residences invites guests to escape to the vibrant destination of Doha and celebrate Eid-Al-Fitr in unique W style. The award-winning hotel, located right in the heart of one of the Gulf’s most exciting cities, sets the stage for a range of exclusive and extraordinary experiences with a unique blend of bold design, cutting-edge technology & impressive spaces. With stunning views of Doha’s glittering skyline and the Arabian Sea, W Doha is the ultimate hub for fashionable travellers from both within and outside of the GCC to celebrate this most important time of year.

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he fabulous Eid-Al-Fitr offer includes an early check in at 12pm, so that guests can revitalise in a stylish Spectacular Room or be amazed by one of the magnificent Suites such as the Cool Corner Suite, the W Suite and the WOW Suite. The iconic design of each room invites total relaxation, equipped with state-of-theart-in-room entertainment, floor-to-ceiling windows and the exclusive Whatever/Whenever service taking luxe living to new heights. From special moments to everyday occurrences, W Doha ensures that each stay is a memorable one. Throughout their stay, visitors will take advantage of the full array of the hotel’s award-winning restaurants with the 20% discount on all meals including in-room dining and a complimentary breakfast served in the VVIP lounge. Savour modern creations in Spice Market, a signature restaurant by three Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten inspired by the street life of South East Asia, or Market by JeanGeorges, a casual yet elegant dining venue where international cuisine meets local Arabian flavors. The cozy corner Living Room will also offer beverages and bites throughout the day, or grab a cup of coffee and pastry to go at the fashionable W Café.

Later, enjoy a day of exploring all that’s happening in Doha, shop at world-renowned stores or take in iconic cultural highlights at the Museum of Islamic Art. For those who want to take the art of relaxation to another level, wind down with a treatment at the Middle East’s only Bliss Spa located within the W, where a 15% discount will be included for the duration of the stay. Visitors are also encouraged to meet the hotel’s resident W Insiders, who are primed to offer a ‘access all areas’ passes to the most happening places in town. The five star package includes a 50% discount on selected rooms and suites for a limited period of time only. For larger bookings, a 25% discount will be given when a second interconnecting room is booked, or there is also the option to stay in one of the W Residences’ luxury serviced apartments. Book at or call +974 44535343. Offer valid for stays between the 6th of August and the 24th of August.

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The sparkling Friday brunch by celebrity Chef Richard Sandoval serving family style food to share with a selection of pan Latin favourites and Toro Toro’s signature mouth watering churrasco grill. Inclusive of selected beverages. Call 04 317 6000 or visit

Le Gourmet Cafe

By: Fasseeha Athar

Friendly with Casual Elegance

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onstant reinvention when you feel you’ve reached the top is a risk few will take. Leave this to Mr. Ahmed, a fearless soul to make this attempt. Recently, he decided to revamp his restaurant by introducing a new menu altogether in the shape of Café Le Gourmet. Le Gourmet Café is a new invention in the culinary world but located in the heart of Jumeriah Beach Road. Le Gourmet is an Italian word meaning at home. The focus? Café Le Gourmet’s team strives to serve people with good quality, fresh food and in a homely environment. As my friend and I entered the restaurant, I cloud not help noticing the unique décor surrounding us. Featuring big glass windows with white walls, light brown wooded tables and chairs covered with sky blue fabrics. Heavenly. It all danced beautifully into a silvery grey floor. This spacious, airy, multi-level restaurant offered an impressive range of dishes from five different cuisines: Lebanese, Italian, French, Japanese and Greek; the choice is vast. In addition, the upper floors of the café are available for private parties and exclusive events.

As I made myself comfortable on the corner table, sipping the freshly squeezed watermelon juice, I could see the afternoon hustle and bustle on the busy JBR road through a window. What a glee! As I was enjoying the gorgeous view, we were served with our first course. For starters - Mediterranean breeze salad, a mix of rocket leaves with fresh summery apricots, mangoes and strawberries sprinkled with their special secret salad dressing along with deep fried shrimps with tahini dip. Being the mushroom fan that I am, I ordered cream of mushroom soup out of the four options for my second course. The moment it landed on my taste buds, I could feel the light, velvety texture filled wit a bursting flavorful experience. Well, dear readers the journey is still on. We were served with Alfredo chicken pasta, grilled sea bream fish with pepper and lemon sauce and Lebanese mixed grilled platter as a main course. Looking at the perfection with which the dish was so beautifully garnished was enough to make me a Café Le Gourmet addict. As the mouthwatering dishes continued to make their way to us, I was getting restless to taste them. I immediately started with Alfredo chicken pasta. True to its claim! The very first bite reveals the flavors of the dish; the creaminess of white sauce and parmesan cheese mixed with freshly boiled pasta and grilled chicken was just delicio. Getting my hands on grilled sea bream with lemon and pepper sauce was simply put a summer delight bringing out all the flavors of a great fresh fish. It was firm and moist with an ever-so-slight touch of tangy lemon and pepper sauce to compliment the flavor. Last but not the least came an exotic mixed grilled platter serving tasteful lamb kebabs with barbequed mutton bites served with pita bread and hummus. Everything from the seasoning to the tenderness was an absolute culinary gem. Though almost full, we couldn’t skip out on the dessert. The pleasure of tasting the special red velvet mud chocolate cake covered in rich chocolate syrup was a pleasant chocolate-covered surprise. Though the food was out of this world delicious, that wasn’t the only highlight of our terrific meal. All dishes were prepared with fresh ingredients and spades of skill. The staff? Hospitality at its finest. Café Le Gourmet is adding to a genuinely welcoming experience in a bustling and exciting environment - an authentic feast for all the senses. Next time I’m in JBR, my first stop is no doubt this culinary gem. Address: Jumeirah Beach Road, 10 B street, Next to Spinneys and Lime Tree Cafe, Jumeirah 1 Phone:+97143444220 Hours:Daily : 12 noon till 11 pm

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Pasta Di Mare Ingredients: • 100 grms small shrimp, unshelled • 100grms very small squid (calamari), cleaned and cut into 1/2-inch rings • 100 grms mussels, unshelled • 100 grms small clams (littlenecks), unshelled • Coarse-grained salt • 2 cups cold water • 2 large cloves garlic, peeled • 3/4 cup olive oil • 200 grms canned tomatoes, • Salt and freshly ground black pepper • 500 grms linguini pasta • 20 large sprigs parsley leaves only

Preparation: Place shrimp, squid, mussels, and clams in 4 different bowls of cold water with a little coarse salt added to each, and soak for 30 minutes. Drain the shrimp and rinse under cold running water, then shell them. Place the shrimp in a small bowl; put the shells in a small saucepan. Pour the cups cold water over shells, place saucepan over medium heat, and simmer for 30 minutes. Strain the broth (it should yield about 1 cup), discard the shells, and set aside until needed.

Coarsely chop the garlic on a board. Place a small saucepan with 1/4 cup of the olive oil over medium heat. When the oil is warm, add the garlic, saute for 2 minutes, then add the tomatoes Simmer for 30 minutes, seasoning to taste with salt and pepper. Pass the contents of the saucepan through a food mill, using the disc with smallest holes, into a flameproof casserole. Set casserole over low heat to reduce liquid for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, drain the squid and rinse under cold running water. Place another medium-sized saucepan with 1/4 cup of oil over low heat. When the oil is warm, add the squid and saute for 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, and keep adding the shrimp broth until the squid is tender, for 10 to 20 minutes, depending on the size of the squid. Bring a large pot of cold water to a boil and add coarse salt to taste. Once the squid are cooked, add the pasta to the boiling water and cook for 8 to 11 minutes depending on the brand: that is, 1 minute less than for normal al dente. As the pasta cooks, drain the mussels and clams, scrub them under cold water, then place in a large skillet with the remaining 1/4 cup of olive oil. Place over high heat, cover, and cook for 10 minutes, by which time they should be opened. Add the shrimp to the pan with the squid and cook for 3 minutes. When the pasta is ready, drain it, transfer to the skillet with the mussels and clams, add the tomato sauce with the shrimp and squid, then mix very well and let cook for 1 minute more to all the pasta to absorb some of the sauce. Transfer to a warmed serving platter, sprinkle the whole parsley leaves over, and serve.

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August issue 2013  

Living - Luxury - Lifestyle