A Journey of Luxury and Excellence: Roger Saad, The Visionary Behind Park Hyatt Doha
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The Power of Positive Energy and Optimism
In a world often filled with challenges and uncertainties, the significance of positive energy and optimism cannot be overstated. These two qualities serve as guiding lights, illuminating our paths and inspiring us to navigate even the darkest of tunnels with unwavering hope.
Positive energy is like a magnetic force that draws people together. It radiates from individuals who exude confidence, enthusiasm, and a can-do attitude. It has the remarkable ability to uplift those around them, creating a ripple effect of positivity that can transform communities and societies.
Optimism, on the other hand, is the unwavering belief that better days lie ahead. It’s the fuel that keeps us moving forward, even in the face of adversity. Optimistic individuals see challenges as opportunities, setbacks as lessons, and setbacks as temporary roadblocks on the journey to success.
The beauty of positive energy and optimism lies in their accessibility. They are not limited by age, background, or circumstance. Anyone can cultivate these qualities within themselves and share them with others.
Research has shown that maintaining a positive outlook on life can lead to numerous physical and mental health benefits. It can reduce stress, boost immunity, and enhance overall well-being. Similarly, optimistic individuals tend to persevere in the pursuit of their goals, often achieving remarkable success.
At LLQ Lifestyle, we celebrate and encourage the cultivation of positive energy and optimism. We believe that by embracing these qualities, we can collectively create a brighter, more harmonious world. In the pages of our magazine, you’ll find stories of individuals and communities who exemplify these values, inspiring us all to nurture our inner optimist and radiate positive energy.
As you embark on your journey through these pages, we invite you to reflect on the power of positive energy and optimism in your own life. May these stories serve as a reminder that no matter the challenges we face, a hopeful heart and a positive spirit can light the way to a brighter tomorrow.
With optimism and positive energy
FACIAL Swelling Swelling
Conditions Associated with Facial Swelling:
1. Allergic Conjunctivitis
4. Drug Allergy
6. Broken Nose
For instances involving swelling resulting from an injury, applying cold compresses can effectively alleviate the swelling.
The initial step in addressing facial swelling is to identify its underlying cause.
• Application of cold compresses to the affected area
• Administration of antiinflammatories
• Use of epinephrine
• Pain relief measures
as part of
In instances where facial swelling is linked to abscesses or tooth infections, treatment options may include:
• Root canal procedures
• Pain management medications
• Saltwater mouth rinses
It is crucial to consult a healthcare professional to determine the most appropriate course of action for addressing facial swelling based on the underlying condition.
By Dr. Nour Zourob
In some cases, when deemed necessary, radiation therapy and chemotherapy may be prescribed
DUET STYLE LAUNCHING EVENT
Marked a remarkable fusion of elegance and innovation as Nazih
Beauty Experts, in collaboration with ghd (good hair day), unveiled their highly-anticipated new product, the Duet Style, at the prestigious Fairmont Hotel.
This event showcased groundbreaking technology in the hairstyling industry, introducing the world to the first-ever
2-in-1 hot air styler featuring Air-fusion™ technology. This revolutionary technology combines the power of hot air with heated styling plates, allowing for simultaneous drying and styling without causing any damage to the hair. The ghd Duet Style 2-in-1 Hot Air Styler ushers in a new era of hairstyling, offering a game-changing solution for those seeking effortless professional-looking hairstyles. With its sleek design, intuitive user-friendly features, and exceptional performance, it’s poised to become an essential tool in the hairstyling world.
Hosting the event was the renowned Image Consultant of Glam Your Image, Elizabeth Reis, who introduced the esteemed ghd team, led by Jono Mclean, the Geographical Expansion Manager for the EMEA Region. The highlight of the evening featured live demonstrations by Grant Williams, ghd’s Global Session Educator, and Liana Galstyan, ghd educator for Nazih Group. Their presence and expertise illuminated the stage, making the entire session an unforgettable experience.
Salon professionals, premium retailers, influential bloggers, and media partners, were treated to captivating tutorials, insider tips, and an in-depth exploration of the cutting-edge technology behind this revolutionary styler.
The Duet Style Launch event was made possible through the partnership of ghd and Nazih Group, brilliantly represented by Gaelle Andraos, District Sales Manager of Nazih Qatar.
As we continue to adapt to the demands of our fast-paced lives, the ghd Duet Style 2-in-1 Hot Air Styler reaffirms ghd’s commitment to making hairstyling accessible, efficient, and exhilarating. Its sleek design, user-friendly features, and exceptional performance promise to revolutionize hairstyling, setting a new standard for effortless and professional haircare.
Br ken T oth Br ken T oth
By Dr. Mahmoud Abu Zainah
You’re crunching ice or a piece of hard candy when you notice something hard in your mouth that doesn’t melt or dissolve. You get a sick feeling as you realize what it is—a piece of broken tooth.
Although the enamel that covers your teeth is the hardest, most mineralized tissue in the body, its strength has limits. Falling, receiving a blow to the face, or biting down on something hard—particularly if a tooth already has some decay—can cause a tooth to chip or break. If you discover you have broken or chipped a tooth, don’t panic. There are many things your dentist can do to fix it.
How to Care for a Chipped or Broken Tooth
If your tooth is broken, chipped, or fractured, see your dentist as soon as possible. Otherwise, your tooth could be damaged further or become infected, possibly causing you to end up losing it.
Treatment for a broken or chipped tooth will depend on how severely it is damaged.
Dental Filling or Bonding
If you have chipped off just a small piece of tooth enamel, your dentist may repair the damage with a filling. If the repair is to a front tooth or can be seen when you smile, your dentist will likely use a procedure called bonding, which uses a tooth-colored composite resin.
Dental Cap or Crown
If a large piece of tooth breaks off or the tooth has a lot of decay, the dentist may grind or file away part of the remaining tooth and cover it with a crown, or tooth-shaped cap, made to protect the tooth and improve its appearance. Permanent crowns can be made from metal, porcelain fused to metal, all resin, or all ceramic.
If the entire top of the tooth is broken off but the root is still intact, the dentist or an endodontist (a dentist who specializes in root canals) may perform root canal therapy and place a pin or a post in the canal, and then build up enough of a structure onto which a crown can be made. Later, the dentist can cement the crown over the pin or post-retained restoration.
If a front tooth is broken or chipped, a dental veneer can make it look whole and healthy again. A dental veneer is a thin shell of tooth-colored porcelain or resin composite material that covers the whole front of the tooth (much like a false nail covers a fingernail) with a thicker section to replace the broken part of the tooth.
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HOW TO FOLLOW HEALTHY AND BALANCED DIET PLAN
Meerna Muhanna Clinical Dietitian Marble Medical Center
A healthy diet is all about feeling great, having more energy, improving your health, and boosting your mood. Good nutrition, physical activity, and healthy body weight are essential parts of a person’s overall health and well-being.
A balanced diet includes some specific healthy food groups under it:
• Vegetables such as leafy greens, starchy vegetables, legumes like beans and peas, red and orange vegetables, and others like eggplant
• Fruits that include whole fruits, fresh or frozen fruits but not canned ones dipped in syrup.
• Grains such as whole grains and refined grains. For example, quinoa, oats, brown rice, barley, and buckwheat
• Protein such as lean beef and pork, chicken, fish, beans, peas, and legumes
• Dairy products such as low-fat milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, and soy milk
A healthy eating plan gives your body the nutrients it needs every day while staying within your daily calorie goal for weight loss. The importance of a balanced diet can’t be emphasized enough for a healthy lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle can be attained by maintaining a balanced diet and keeping into consideration to meet all the essential nutrients required by the body. A proper meal plan helps to attain ideal body weight and reduce the risk of chronic diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular and other types of cancer.
Calories are an indicator of the energy content in the food. Once your intake the food, the calories are consumed when you walk, think, or breathe. On average, a person may require about 2000 calories a day to maintain their body weight. Generally, a person’s calories may depend on their gender, age, and physical activity. Moreover, men need more calories than women. Again, people who are more into exercising require more calories in comparison to people who don’t. It’s also important to remember that the source of calories is equally important as the amount. Stuffing your food with empty calories. Those that don’t contain any nutritional value, don’t help in any way. Empty calories can be found in foods such as:
• Energy drinks
• Ice cream
A balanced diet includes some specific healthy food groups under it:
• Vegetables such as leafy greens, starchy vegetables, legumes like beans and peas, red and orange vegetables, and others like eggplant
• Fruits that include whole fruits, fresh or frozen fruits but not canned ones dipped in syrup.
• Grains such as whole grains and refined grains. For example, quinoa, oats, brown rice, barley, and buckwheat
• Protein such as lean beef and pork, chicken, fish, beans, peas, and legumes
• Dairy products such as low-fat milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, and soy milk
There are so many types of food you can eat each day and you have to make the right choices to stay well nourished. There is no one food that can provide all the nutrients your body needs. You have to eat a wide variety of food, all in moderation and in the right balance.
My Healthy Plate serves as a guide to help you plan a healthy diet meal plan. Follow these dietary guidelines and you will achieve a well-balanced diet that provides the nutrients you need, in the right amounts, each day.
After we defined the healthy lifestyle as well as healthy and balanced, we need to make sure we are eating the following macros in our diet:
1. Whole grains:
such as brown rice, whole grain bread and rolled oats contain vitamins (vitamins B and E), minerals (iron, zinc, and magnesium), phytochemicals (lignans, phytosterols) and inulin (a type of dietary fiber) which are good for you. Refined grains such as white rice or white bread have gone through processing which removes the valuable nutrients that wholegrains have to offer. Consuming wholegrains over refined grains can reduce the risk of developing heart disease and diabetes and helps you manage your weight as you get hungry less easily.
such as meat, fish, poultry, eggs, milk, yoghurt, cheese, lentils, legumes, nuts, and seeds. Vary your protein routine from both animal-based and plant-based sources for their mix of nutrients. To make a healthier choice, select items lower in fats and saturated fats.
Focus on calcium.
Calcium strengthens bones and teeth. Adequate intake throughout life reduces the risk of osteoporosis. The best sources of calcium are dairy food milk, yoghurt, and cheese. For those who cannot stomach milk and milk products, eat small fish with edible bones, tofu, and green leafy vegetables.
3. Healthy fats:
Pay particular attention to selecting healthier unsaturated fats and oils and minimize intake of saturated and trans fats.
4. Fruits and vegetables:
Naturally low in fat and rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber, fruit and vegetables add color, texture and flavor to your diet. With so many fruits and vegetables in the market, mix and match your choices to get maximum benefit. Remember not to overcook vegetables and go for whole fruit rather than juices.
DON’T FORGET THE WATER:
Drinking 2-3 L of Water Helps Maintain the Balance of Body Fluids also it helps in energize the muscles, glowing skin, healthier kidneys, and bowl function as well as control calories.
Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Being physically active can improve your brain health, help manage weight, reduce the risk of disease, strengthen bones and muscles it’s important to protect your bones, joints, and muscles – they support your body and help you move. Keeping bones, joints, and muscles healthy can help ensure that you’re able to do your daily activities and be physically active , and improve your ability to do everyday activities.
Its preferable to check your vitamins and minerals my doing a regular every 6 months blood test so you can be able to take the correct type and dose of vitamins and minerals that your body will benefit from such as Iron, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, Magnesium, zinc and calcium since taking supplements without doing blood tests or your Dr consult may have the following side effects like stomach pain, stomach cramps & burning sensation, digestive issues, sudden weight gain or weight loss, vomiting, loss of appetite, feeling of nausea, diarrhea and swelling that may also affect your kidneys.
OF MONACO “L’ÉCUME DE DIAMANTS” TIARA TO BE EXHIBITED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN PRINTEMPS DOHA
The exceptional white gold tiara is the result of 400 hours of painstaking and meticulous work and demonstrates an impressive technical know-how fit for royal nuptials. A unique jewel fashioned in the image of the elegant princess, it is composed of 16.57 cts of round diamonds, 14.46 cts of baguette diamonds, 28 carats of pear-shaped diamonds, and polished white gold for a mirror effect that will capture the light and recalls the movement of the waves, a common passion of the Princess and Lorenz Bäume.
In addition, the creativity of Lorenz Bäumer, an engineer by training, was pushed to its climax by making this modern tiara a versatile ornament that can be worn as a tiara, but also as a hair jewel or broach for everyday wear, thanks to a clever mechanism.
This September, Printemps Doha will host the Tiara of Princess Charlene of Monaco, in collaboration with Maison Bäumer Vendôme, during a month-long exclusive display open to the public.
It is the first time ever that the Palace of Monaco agrees to lend Princess Charlene’s spectacular Écume de Diamants tiara, worn during her celebrated wedding to Prince Albert II de Monaco in July 2011.
That same year, Lorenz Bäumer, the last independent fine jewelry designer in Paris’ Place Vendôme (France), had the honor of being chosen as the personal jeweler of Princess Charlene of Monaco for her wedding to to Prince Albert II. Among several proposals, the tiara, named “Écume de Diamants”, was the one to win the Princess’ heart.
Although “l’ Écume de Diamants” is more difficult to fix than a classic tiara, Lorenz Bäumer knew how to take up the challenge with his audacious choice which was greatly appreciated by the royal family of Monaco and received rare reviews beyond European borders.
“L’ Écume de Diamants” exhibition will run throughout the month of September in the boutique of Bäumer Vendôme, located on the ground floor of Printemps Doha’s Fine Jewelry & Watches department.
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ISLANDS OF COLOR IN A SEA OF STYLE : THE REVEAL OF THE SPRING SUMMER 2024 COLLECTION
AT MILAN FASHION WEEK
The Casadei universe is constantly expanding, an area wherein each creation reveals itself as a poetic chronicle of historical evolution and intertwining cultures: a story unfolds that anticipates and almost predicts times, establishing an empathetic dialogue with women, dancing between coolness and comfort.
‘The mood has changed, the desire to dream gives way to optimistic pragmatism: and so we offer all types of low and flat heels’, says Cesare Casadei, owner and creative director of the brand. ‘From mules to sandals, from court shoes to reinterpreted Furlane slippers, which we have enhanced in terms of materials and details and Join a collection marked by pluralism and a taste for research, with models gathered together as Islands of colour in a sea of style.
This season’s must-have is the geometric clutch bag with a metal frame that echoes the razor-sharp silhouette of the iconic Blade heel. The C-Chain symbol in thickened leather becomes a hand strap, a symbol of craftsmanship and style.
Each has a name that is a chromatic odyssey, encompassing Earth: the seraphic rose hues of Minou, the golden shades of amber, the calm whispers of panama, the passionate enticement of pink, the freshness of Bohemian Blue, the serenity of Etruscan Brown or Rum, the invigorating presence of topaz yellow, but also the flame red of corals, the matte gold of ancient jewels, the optical white of salt flats, the velvety black of summer nights. The Casadei collection aspires to be a symphony of inspiration, an ode to art and craftsmanship, an embrace of beauty that is constantly evolving, enchanting and unique, as it follows the rhythm of a world that needs new codes of conduct.
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THE INSPIRING JOURNEY OF
PARK HYATT DOHA’S GENERAL MANAGER
In the world of luxury hospitality, few individuals embody the essence of success and leadership as passionately as Roger Saad, the General Manager of Park Hyatt Doha. His remarkable journey to the pinnacle of the hospitality industry serves as a testament to dedication, perseverance, and an unwavering commitment to excellence.
LLQ Lifestyle engages in an enriching dialogue with Roger Saad, the General Manager of Park Hyatt Doha - Here’s the insider scoop!
A Multinational Origin
Born of Lebanese and Romanian heritage, Roger commenced his foray into the realm of hospitality upon obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in Lebanon. Fortified by fluency in four languages and an unwavering love for globetrotting, Roger’s decision to pursue an MBA in Hospitality Management in France was an organic and apt progression.
The Early Years: A Foundation of becoming a Seasoned Hotelier
Internships: Roger’s journey begins with a passion for the hospitality industry ignited during an internship at the prestigious Sofitel Beirut Le Gabriel. This marked the inception of an inspiring adventure. Roger’s expertise in his craft led him to Hilton in Paris, where internships at Hilton Cannes and the City of Lights cultivated his skills.
Sales and Marketing Professional: Eventually, he found himself in Sales and Marketing with Hilton Paris, a testament to his determination. In 2004-2005, Roger ventured to Qatar, orchestrating grand events at the Diplomatic Club. His journey continued with Hyatt Regency Dubai in 2006 , where he served as Assistant Director of Sales, solidifying his connection to the hotel world. A captivating offer from the Concorde Group in Paris elevated him to Director of Sales at the corporate office, overseeing esteemed properties amongst Le Crillon , Martinez In Cannes. Then, a serendipitous encounter led to his role as Director of Sales & Marketing at Four Seasons Hotel Beirut , blending his GCC and Parisian expertise seamlessly.
Returning to Hyatt in 2014, Roger’s career evolved, taking on leadership roles at Park Hyatt Dubai, including Acting General Manager during the transition of a new appointed GM. His ambition of becoming a successful hospitality leader led him to Park Hyatt Paris, where he played a pivotal role in the hotel’s renovation. The apex of his journey unfolded as the General Manager of Hyatt Regency in Algeria, broadening his horizons and enriching his professional repertoire.
The Turning Point: Park Hyatt Doha
In December 2021, Roger embarked in his latest endeavor, joining Park Hyatt Doha, where he continue to contribute to the success of this splendid property.
Upon his arrival, he faced the formidable challenge as the competition in the hospitality sector in Qatar was fierce due to COVID-19 and FIFA World Cup, with numerous high-end hotels vying for attention. However, he was undaunted, and knew that he would set Park Hyatt Doha apart with his strong leadership team .
ROGER SAAD’S SUCCESS STRATEGY FOR PARK HYATT DOHA
Nurturing Team Potential
For Roger Saad, teamwork is pivotal. Finding balance within the team and unleashing their full potential is his key focus. He aims to foster an environment where every team member can flourish, contribute in his/ her unique talents and skills to create exceptional guest experiences.
Roger’s Success Recipe: Balancing Work and Life for Excellence
A typical day in the life of a General Manager at a luxury five-star hotel is structured and demanding, filled with a mix of professional responsibilities and personal commitments.
HERE’S WHAT ROGER TOLD US ABOUT A NORMAL DAY OF HIS LIFE.
“My day kicks off with a meeting with my team. This is a crucial forum where we discuss key operational matters, address any concerns, and chart the course for the day ahead. Following this, I dive into a series department tours, fostering effective communication and ensuring that everyone is on the same page.
In the midst of my managerial duties, I actively participate in a series of meetings, given my background in Sales and Marketing. These meetings might involve brainstorming marketing strategies, setting sales targets, or tending to client relationships. It’s a dynamic part of the job that keeps me engaged and allows me to contribute to the growth of our hotel.
Despite the demands of my role, I am a firm believer in the importance of family. Ensuring a healthy work-life balance is a priority, so I make it a point to have quality time with my family.
On weekends, when the workload eases, I relish the opportunity to spend time with my loved ones. Doha’s delightful weather provides the perfect backdrop for outdoor activities and exploring new places together. Striking this balance between my dedication to my profession and my personal fulfillment is at the core of my approach as the General Manager of a luxury five-star hotel.”
The Legacy of Hospitality Leader
Roger Saad’s ability to inspire and lead his team toward achieving exceptional results was a testament to his vision, dedication, and leadership prowess. His commitment to the highest standards of hospitality and unwavering pursuit of guest satisfaction ensured that Park Hyatt Doha remained a cherished destination for luxury travelers from around the world.
In the new world of fashion, this Fall season, the “Boss Lady” suit isn’t just about business—it’s an all-encompassing outfit exuding confidence from boardroom to post-work soirees; as an all rounder, the “Boss Lady” suited look emerges as a total embodiment of versatility.
From dawn to dusk, she adorns herself in suits tailored for every occasion.
By day commanding the corporate corridors in tailored structured suits in warm shades; and as afternoon turns to evening, transitioning effortlessly into more casual chic suits, making her presence felt at social events with vibrant blazers and relaxed pants.
But as the night sets in, oversized and luxe textured blazers effortlessly takes her ensemble to the next level chicness, ready to take on the city’s most elite nightlife vibe.
So, think prints with a subtle shimmer or pops of colour that catches the evening light, paired with statement heels and bold jewelry, sundown looks can be both powerful and playful, ready to own the night!
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ENCHANTING ARABIAN NIGHTS: A GUIDE TO ARABIC EYE MAKEUP AND STYLING PERFECTION
By Emilia Subaih
As the sun dips below the horizon and the velvety night sky unfolds, a world of enchantment and mystery awakens. Arabian nights, with their tales of magic and romance, have long been a source of inspiration, not only for storytelling but also for fashion and beauty.
There’s something undeniably captivating about the allure of Arabian nights, and it’s a charm that can be harnessed to transform your beauty and style.
In the ever-evolving world of cosmetics, makeup trends come and go, but some timeless styles have the power to revolutionize the way we perceive beauty. Arabic eye makeup, with its intricate and alluring techniques, has emerged as a true game-changer in the realm of nude makeup. It not only enhances natural beauty but also adds a touch of drama and sophistication that has captured the hearts of makeup enthusiasts worldwide.
The Perfect Fusion –Arabic Eye
Makeup with Nude Makeup
The synergy between Arabic eye makeup and nude makeup is where true beauty innovation lies. Arabic eye makeup provides the ideal opportunity to add a touch of drama and glamour to a nude makeup look. Here’s how this fusion works.
Eyes That Speak: Arabic eye makeup allows you to create mesmerizing eyes that captivate attention. The winged eyeliner, blended eyeshadows, and smudged kohl create an alluring, sultry gaze.
Balance and Harmony: While Arabic eye makeup adds drama to the eyes, nude makeup ensures that the rest of the face remains fresh and natural. The soft, neutral tones of nude makeup complement the boldness of the eye makeup, striking a perfect balance.
Confidence and Elegance: The combination of these two makeup styles exudes confidence and elegance. You can confidently wear this look for various occasions, from daytime outings to evening events, with a touch of Arabian allure.
Versatile Expression: Arabic eye makeup with nude makeup allows for versatile expression. It can be adapted to suit different moods and styles, making it suitable for both casual and formal settings.
Embrace the Fusion of Elegance and Simplicity
Creating the perfect Arabic eye makeup look with nude lips is a harmonious combination that exudes elegance and sophistication. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to achieve this stunning look.
Step 2: Create a Neutral Base
Using a neutral eyeshadow palette, apply a matte beige or light taupe shade all over your eyelids, from lash line to brow bone. This serves as your base color and brightens your eyes.
» Eye primer
» Neutral eyeshadow palette with shades of beige, taupe, and brown
» Gel or pencil eyeliner in black or dark brown
» False eyelashes (optional)
» Eyebrow pencil or powder
» Nude lip liner
» Nude lipstick or lip gloss
» Makeup brushes and applicators
Step 1: Prep Your Eyes
Start by applying an eye primer to your eyelids. This will create a smooth base for your eyeshadow, help it last longer, and enhance the color payoff.
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Step 3: Define the Crease
Choose a slightly darker matte brown eyeshadow and apply it to your crease. Blend it well to create depth and dimension in your eye area. Make sure the color is well blended for a seamless transition.
Step 4: Intensify the Outer Corner
Using a deeper brown shade, focus on the outer corner of your eyelids and blend inward. This step will create a subtle gradient effect, making your eyes appear larger and more defined.
Step 5: Conceal and Clean
Apply a concealer under your eyes to cover any dark circles and create a clean, sharp edge for your eye makeup.
Step 6: Winged Eyeliner –the Game Changer
Arabic eye makeup is known for its dramatic winged eyeliner. Use a gel or pencil eyeliner in black to create a bold winged line along your upper lash line. Extend the wing slightly from both sides for a sultry effect. You can make the line as thick or as thin as you prefer. Adding white eyeliner to your waterline will enhance the eyes to another level. Outline it with dark brown pencil to enrich the look.
Step 7: Highlight the Inner Corner
Apply a shimmery or light, iridescent eyeshadow to the inner corners of your eyes. This will brighten your eyes and add a touch of glamour.
Step 8: Enhance Your Lashes
Enhance the allure of your lashes by using an eyelash curler to curl them before applying mascara to both your upper
and lower lashes. For those seeking extra drama, consider the option of false eyelashes, perfect for special occasions and intensified glamour.
Step 9: Perfect Your Brows
Fill in your eyebrows with an eyebrow pencil or powder. Well-groomed brows frame your eyes beautifully and complete the look.
Step 10: Nude Lips
Outline your lips with a nude lip liner that closely matches your natural lip color. Then, fill in your lips with a nude lipstick or lip gloss. The nude lip color should complement your eye makeup without overpowering it.
Step 11: Define your Face with Bronze, Blush, and Highlighting technique
Define your facial features with bronzer and powder highlighter on all the high points of your cheeks. To add a healthy flush to your cheeks, apply a natural-looking blush to the apples of your cheeks and blend it towards your temples.
Step 12: Final Touches
Take a moment to ensure that all your makeup is well blended and that there are no harsh lines. Check your winged eyeliner to make sure both sides are symmetrical.
Style with Chokers for Perfect Arabian Nightingale Look
To complete the Arabian Nightinspired look, styling plays a pivotal role in elevating its allure. A gleaming metallic headband, adorned with intricate designs, rests regally upon the crown, reflecting the starry elegance of the desert night. This golden halo frames the face, adding a touch of opulence while paying homage to Arabian traditions.
To complement this, a choker necklace, embellished with dazzling gemstones and delicate filigree work, drapes gracefully around the neck, evoking the luxuriousness of Arabian palaces. Together, these accessories infuse the ensemble with an air of enchantment, turning a mere look into a captivating story told beneath the resplendent Arabian stars.
Now, you’ve successfully created a stunning Arabic fusion look. This balanced and elegant combination allows your eyes to take center stage while maintaining a soft and sophisticated overall appearance. Enjoy your glamorous yet understated look for any occasion!
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ABESQ DOHA HOTEL & RESIDENCES:
Our Perfect Staycation
Our family recently embarked on an unforgettable staycation at Abesq Doha Hotel & Residences, and it exceeded our wildest expectations. From the moment we stepped through the doors of this magnificent establishment, we were enveloped in an atmosphere that seamlessly fused modern design with the rich cultural heritage of Qatar.
A Cultural Fusion of Design
Abesq’s design is a captivating blend of modernity and tradition. Inspired by the crafts of nomadic desert tribes, the hotel’s vibrant woven fabrics and intricate wood lattice work transport you to the heart of Qatari heritage. The earthy tones and golden hues used throughout the decor evoke the vast desert landscapes and rolling sand dunes, all beneath a celestial night sky reminiscent of the stars that guided Bedouins for generations.
Perfectly Located for Families
Nestled in the heart of Doha, Abesq is strategically located, making it an ideal choice for families seeking both adventure and relaxation. The hotel is conveniently situated just moments away from Doha’s major tourist attractions and the bustling business district, ensuring that there’s something for every member of the family to enjoy.
Spacious and Luxurious Accommodations
Our family of four was delighted to discover that Abesq offers 283 luxurious guest rooms, spacious suites, and stylish serviced apartments. No matter the size of your family, you’re sure to find the perfect accommodation to suit your needs. Each room is meticulously designed with family comfort in mind, from sumptuous linens to opulent bath accessories. The inclusion of high-quality coffee and teas and even yoga mats added a thoughtful touch to make us feel at home.
Exceptional Family Services
Abesq goes above and beyond to cater to families. The 24-hour front desk warmly welcomed us with complimentary coffee in the lobby. Our kids were thrilled to find a Chromecast in the room, allowing them to seamlessly mirror their screens onto the room’s smart TV. For parents who value both relaxation and education, access to PressReader, a digital newsstand featuring international newspapers and magazines, was a delightful bonus.
satisfied. August Zang, named after the croissant’s inventor, delighted our taste buds with modern Viennoise single-origin coffees and scrumptious pastries. Sprezzi, the spritz pool bar, served bold and authentic fare from the streets of Naples, while The Surry, a modern gastropub, offered specialty cocktails and bites for the adults.
Wellness and Fun for All
For families, wellness and recreation are top priorities. Although the Sandscapes spa is scheduled to open later this summer, the 24hour gym, equipped with the latest TechnoGym equipment, offered us a chance to stay active and healthy. We also enjoyed the hotel’s outdoor pool, and our kids had a blast swimming while we marveled at the panoramic views of Doha’s iconic skyline.
Culinary Delights for All Ages
Abesq Hotel & Residences is a culinary haven for families. With five dining destinations to choose from, even the pickiest eaters will find something to savor. Asilah, an upscale and elegant restaurant, offered us exotic Moroccan cuisine, complete with mezze, grills, and fragrant plates. The Oat House reimagined family favorites with a wellness focus and irresistible flavors, ensuring even our health-conscious family members were
Meetings and Celebrations for Families
Abesq Doha Hotel & Residences is not just a place for leisure; it’s also a versatile destination for family celebrations. The hotel’s six beautifully designed meeting rooms and spacious ballroom are ideal for hosting intimate gatherings, family reunions, or birthday parties. These versatile spaces provide a stunning backdrop for creating cherished family memories.
In conclusion, our family staycation at Abesq Doha Hotel & Residences was nothing short of magical. The hotel’s ability to seamlessly blend modern design with Qatar’s cultural heritage made our stay both enriching and relaxing. Whether you’re a local family seeking a weekend escape or a traveler exploring the wonders of Qatar with your loved ones, Abesq is the perfect choice for an unforgettable family staycation. It’s a place where you can immerse your family in the vibrant energy of Doha while enjoying warm hospitality and a rich cultural tapestry. Our staycation here was a dream come true, and we can’t wait to return for more family adventures and cherished memories.
JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha
Marriott International announces Orhun Denizoglu as General Manager for J
W Marriott Marquis City Center Doha is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr. Orhun Denizoglu as its new General Manager. In his new role, Mr. Denizoglu will be responsible for overseeing the operations and strategic direction of this prestigious 314key luxury hotel, while ensuring an unparalleled guest experience infused with distinctive luxury.
Hailing from Turkey, Mr. Denizoglu brings with him over 26 years of experience in the luxury hospitality industry, having worked with renowned brands such as Ritz Carlton Istanbul & Bahrain, Bangkok Marriott, Ayada Maldives, and Fairmont Abu Dhabi. His illustrious career includes significant positions such as Director of Banquets, Director of Food & Beverage, and Director of Operations, which have paved the way for his success as a General Manager.
In addition to his wealth of experience, Mr. Denizoglu holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and an Associate Degree in Tourism and Hotel Management, further complementing his expertise in the field. Under his exceptional leadership, his previous team achieved a remarkable milestone by securing the top position in RGI growth. He has consistently demonstrated his ability to drive Rev-Par Index and GOP, establishing a proven track record of success.
‘Orhun’s wealth of experience and proven track record in delivering outstanding guest experiences
makes him the ideal candidate for this prestigious role. I have full confidence in his ability to lead the team at JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha to new heights of success and excellence.” Safak Guvenc, Area Vice President – Gulf, Levant & Turkiye and Managing Director, All Inclusive EMEA.
JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha, the first JW branded hotel in Qatar launched in 2019, is ideally located within a fiveminute walk from the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center and connected to the City
Center Mall. The hotel boasts six dining venues offering a diverse range of culinary experiences, from Pan Asian to Latin American flavors. Its luxuriously furnished rooms and suites provide breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf and Doha City’s skyline. Additionally, the Quan Spa and wellness facilities offer a haven of relaxation and well-being. For those planning events in downtown Doha, the hotel features an 840-squaremeter ballroom, along with 500 square meters of pre-function area and a separate entrance.
“I am thrilled to join the JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha family and embark on this exciting journey. Qatar is a remarkable country with a vibrant culture, rich heritage, and a flourishing reputation as a hub for sports and business.
As this nation reaches historic milestones, I eagerly look forward to contributing to the success of both the hotel and the destination. My goal is to create extraordinary guest experiences that exceed expectations and establish new standards of excellence.” Orhun Denizoglu, General Manager of JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha.
We are delighted to introduce Mr. Motasem Madani as the newly appointed Director of Sales & Marketing of JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha. In his new capacity, Motasem will play a pivotal role in shaping and executing the hotel’s sales and marketing strategies, seamlessly blending creativity and effectiveness. With his extensive experience in the hospitality industry, we are confident that Motasem will bring fresh and innovative approaches to elevate our brand presence and enhance guest experiences at our luxurious establishment. We extend a warm welcome to Motasem and eagerly anticipate his valuable contributions in driving the success of JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha.
Originally from Jordan, Mr. Motasem brings with him over 16 years of luxury hospitality experience. He enjoyed two successful years as Multi-Property Deputy Director of Sales and Marketing at Marriott International, overseeing a portfolio of exceptional properties, including Le Royal Meridien Hotel and Residences, Agora Autograph Collection Residences, Qabila Autograph Collection Hotel, Palais Vendôme, and a Luxury Collection Hotel, Doha. His diverse background and skill set have positioned him as a prominent figure in the hospitality and tourism industry. Over the past decade, Motasem has demonstrated his expertise in various Marriott International hotels, from Amman, Jordan, to the Sheraton Grand Doha Resort and Convention Hotel for the last ten years. He has been instrumental in achieving numerous sales goals and driving business growth initiatives.
In addition to his professional achievements, Mr. Motasem has exhibited exceptional leadership, earning him the title of “Top Sales Performer in the Middle East &
JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Welcomes Motasem Madani as Director of Sales & Marketing: Strengthening Our Team for Success
Africa” by Marriott International. We are confident that Motasem’s profound understanding of the GCC market, coupled with his skills, extensive experience, unwavering determination, and commitment to our company’s culture and brand loyalty, make him an invaluable asset to our team.
Orhun Denizoglu, the General Manager of JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha, shared his enthusiasm, stating, “I am absolutely delighted to extend a warm welcome to Motasem Madani as he joins our JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha family. Given his expertise and background, I am confident that he will make a significant and valuable contribution to our team.”
JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha was the first JW branded hotel in Qatar launched in 2019. This luxury Hotel is five minutes from the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center and connected to the City Center Mall. Six dining venues offer a variety of dining, from Cantonese cuisine to Latin American flavors. Luxuriously furnished rooms and suites provide stunning views of the Arabian Gulf and Doha City’s skyline. Quan Spa and wellness facilities offer the ultimate in relaxation and well-being. For those planning an event in downtown Doha, the hotel offers an 840 square meter ballroom with 500 square meters of pre-function area with a separate entrance.
We are pleased to introduce Naureen Youssef as the newly appointed Director of Marketing for JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha. In her role, Naureen will play a vital role in shaping and executing the hotel's marketing strategies, ensuring a seamless blend of creativity and effectiveness. With her extensive experience in the hospitality industry, we are confident that Naureen will bring fresh ideas and innovative approaches to enhance the brand presence and guest experiences at our luxurious establishment. We warmly welcome Naureen to the team and look forward to her valuable contributions in driving the success of JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha.
Ms. Naureen is half Egyptian & half Danish. She was born in Denmark and brings over 17 years of luxury hospitality experience with her.
She is joining us from The Westin Cairo Golf Resort & Spa, Katameya Dunes, where she spent three successful years. Ms. Naureen has amassed a wealth of experience across various industries. Her diverse background and skill set have paved the way for her to become a leading figure in the industry. She has played a significant role in the success of various marketing campaigns and has been instrumental in driving business growth. Naureen holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and possesses an entrepreneurial spirit and a captivating personality as a motivational speaker. She is a published author, a Mother blessed with a 10 year old lovable daughter, Talia, and was a fashion model too.
Ms. Naureen is an accomplished beauty pageant winner, having earned the distinguished title of Miss Planet Egypt 2019. We believe that Naureen will be a valuable addition to our team, providing her skills, knowledge, and experience,
along with her unwavering perseverance and respect for our company’s culture.
“Naureen brings a fresh perspective to the Marketing team, her innovative strategies and deep understanding of the consumer behavior will position JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha for continued success in the competitive hospitality market. I look forward to her contributions in delivering compelling campaigns and engaging experiences that resonate with our valued customers” said - Orhun Denizoglu, General Manager of JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha.
JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha was the first JW branded hotel in Qatar launched in 2019. This luxury Hotel is a five-minute walk from the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center and connected to the City Center Mall. JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha, offers six dining venues offer a variety of dining from Pan Asian to Latin American flavors. Luxuriously furnished rooms and suites provide stunning views of the Arabian Gulf and Doha City’s skyline. Quan Spa and wellness facilities offer the ultimate in relaxation and well-being and for those planning an event in downtown Doha, the hotel offers an 840 square meter ballroom, with 500 square meters of pre-function area with a separate entrance.
"I am excited to be a part of the JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha family. It is great to be in Qatar, a country rich in its culture and heritage and an amazing destination for tourism, sports and business. This country is very unique and I can't wait to contribute to the success of the hotel in this beautiful city by providing guest experiences that goes above and beyond the norms"- Said Naureen
Youssef, Director of Marketing, JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha.
JW Marriott Marquis City Center
Doha announces the appointment of Naureen Youssef as the new Director of Marketing
Fuwairit Kite Beach, Tapestry Collection by Hilton and DoubleTree by Hilton Doha – Old Town Appoints Diana Mansour as New Cluster Commercial Director
Diana Mansour brings more than seventeen years of industry experience to the position.
Diana Mansour has been named as the new Cluster Commercial Director at the 50-room Fuwairit Kite Beach, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, which has been open since October, 2022 and at the 186-room DoubleTree by Hilton Doha – Old Town, which was in operation since January, 2016. Mansour will lead all strategic commercial endeavors while supporting the hotel’s mission to provide outstanding service to guests. Fuwairit Kite Beach, Tapestry Collection by Hilton is located in Fuwairit, Al Shamal, while DoubleTree by Hilton Doha – Old Town is strategically located in the Doha Business District.
“Diana’s passion for Tapestry Collection by Hilton and DoubleTree by Hilton brands and extensive sales and marketing knowledge make her the perfect fit to lead both properties in achieving its business goals,” said Krishanta Damunupola, General Manager of Fuwairit Kite Beach, Tapestry Collection by Hilton.
“Diana has an unparalleled understanding of customer needs and the Qatari market, and as a leader, she has driven our Sales and Marketing team to new heights of commercial excellence. I have the utmost confidence in her abilities and know that with Diana at the helm as Cluster Commercial Director, both hotels will continue to see new heights of prosperity and growth,” said Mahmoud
“I am honored to join the Fuwairit Kite Beach, Tapestry Collection by Hilton team and to rejoin the DoubleTree by Hilton Doha – Old Town team,” said Mansour. “My position here in Doha allows us to unlock new business opportunities and ensure both hotels are the top choice for guests traveling to the area, for business and leisure alike.”
Prior to assuming her new role as Cluster Commercial Director, Mansour joined Fuwairit Kite Beach, Tapestry Collection by Hilton as the Commercial Manager. Preceding, she was Director of Sales at DoubleTree by Hilton Doha – Old Town.
Hegazy, General Manager of DoubleTree by Hilton Doha – Old Town.
INTERNATIONAL CUISINE WITH A JAPANESE TWIST
64 Introducing NEW
SORA SKY BRUNCH:
located at Park Hyatt Doha has launched the New Sora Sky Brunch every Friday from 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM. This long-awaited revamp promises an enchanting fusion of international buffet with a Japanese twist.
Perched on the 21st floor of Park Hyatt Doha, in Msheireb Downtown, the restaurant also offers a panoramic view of Doha Corniche for guests to enjoy their brunch with a view.
It includes a wide variety of International dishes, such as food stations featuring an array of seafood, oysters, sushi, etc. One of the main attractions of the brunch includes a Robata Live station featuring a rotating selection of meats and delectable sauces. It also serves tantalizing dishes like Beef with pepper and oyster sauce, Steamed Sea bream, Yaki Soba Chicken, and Vegetable Yakimeshi.
The brunch’s exceptional ambience includes live entertainment and photobooth services which provide a very engaging environment for guests and staff alike. A powerful duo of a live DJ and a saxophone player, that makes guests sweep off of their feet and hit the dance floor of Sora.
Sora Sky Brunch is available every Friday from 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM with three different packages:
QAR 329 inclusive of Soft Beverages
QAR 449 inclusive of Grapes & Brew
QAR 489 inclusive of Bubbles
For reservations or more information,
From his side, Franck Detrait, the Director Food & Beverages and Culinary, commented: “It is truly a rewarding feeling to have our ideas come to life and have our guests experience it. We wanted to please all palates, this is why we have introduced an international buffet while keeping Sora’s twist.”
ALONG THE AL CORNICHE WATERFRONT
Soho House & Co Inc. expands The Ned to the Middle East in one of the most historically significant buildings in Qatar’s vibrant capital.
clubHOTEL AND PRIVATE MEMBERS’ CLUB, THE NED, OPENS
This third Ned location is set over five floors in the former site of the Ministry of Interior, overlooking the Arabian Gulf and Doha’s skyline, and features 90 bedrooms and suites, seven public restaurants, a pool and club lounge, a health club with spa, and fitness center, and an event space for large scale events and receptions.
Originally designed in the 1970s by Lebanese architect William Sednaoui, the unique brutalist style building has been redesigned by David Chipperfield Architects Berlin with interiors by Soho House Design. Since the property is one of the most historically important in the destination, all renovations and design touch points were implemented in line with Qatar’s noble mission to preserve, modernize, and repurpose in significant buildings.
Guests arrive to contemporary sculptures, a water feature, and a striking concrete pergola, and enter to the building’s interiors, which are inspired by 1970s glamour with terrazzo flooring, and marble furniture. Drawing ingenuity from The Ned’s original address in London, there is a live performance stage beneath an atrium surrounded by a collection of restaurants and rich green marble sourced from the Greek island of Tinos. There are also plenty of indoor-outdoor spaces for guests to meet, work and have a good time.
The 70s-inspired bedrooms range from Cosy to Large, and Park View to Corniche View suites each with balconies offering expansive views of the city or Arabian
Gulf, and many of which feature original coffered concrete ceilings that have been thoughtfully restored.
Guest bathrooms are marble-clad, with walk-in rainforest showers in Cosy and Medium bedrooms, plus freestanding bathtubs in Large bedrooms. We worked with local artist to create bespoke tapestry fabric for the rooms, inspired by the building 70s era and local influence.
With 12 suites, ideal for lengthier stays and larger parties. They include antique mirror headboards, reflective surfaces, walk-in wardrobes with dressing tables, mirrored coffee tables and wingback armchairs, bathrooms with free-standing bathtubs and walk-in rainforest showers, and vanities all uniquely designed by Soho House.
Food & Beverage
The Ned Doha offers seven restaurants open to all. Situated in the centre of the hotel, Cecconi’s serves Northern Italian classics from handmade pastas and wood-fired pizzas to Venetian-inspired
seafood dishes. Kaia serves Pan-Asian cuisine, with signature dishes from Southeast Asia and Hawaii. Electric Diner serving American staples and deli favourites. Nickel Lounge offers a menu of classic drinks, with seating centered around the live performance stage. Also on the ground floor is Millie’s Grill, an European brasserie with vintagestyle interiors that also serves afternoon tea.
Hadika, serves Levantine cuisine al fresco in a garden setting, shaded by umbrellas and foliage. Three private dining rooms within Hadika offer air-conditioned spaces for guests to book and enjoy in privacy. Adjacent to the pool, Malibu Kitchen brings an entirely new culinary concept to the destination, offering a menu of California-inspired favourites. The outdoor restaurant is air conditioned for year-round comfort.
The members’ club experience plays out in two settings at The Ned Doha. On the ground floor, sits Ned’s Club Pool, an area with private cabanas.
On the rooftop, Ned’s Club Upstairs is a lounge with a warm wood palette, statement vintage furniture, and unparalleled views of the West Bay and the Amiri Diwan, the seat of rule of Qatar.
Ned’s Club members also get access to all members-only spaces in The Ned London and The Ned NoMad, as well as invitations to exclusive parties and creative events worldwide.
Everybody needs a little pick-me-up now and then, and there’s no better way to expand your horizons than by stepping out of your comfort zone.” This sentiment has been the driving force behind my journey of exploration and adventure, which began in March 2016 when I embarked on a remarkable road trip from my home in Abu Dhabi to the Ras Al Jinz turtle reserve in Oman. A 10-hour solo drive opened my eyes to the breathtaking beauty of nature’s highways, and the nights spent camping under the starlit sky instilled in me a profound sense of solitude and serenity. This newfound confidence in myself marked the beginning of a transformative adventure.
My initial trek was nothing short of exhilarating, and it left me yearning for more. Oman, with its sprawling canyons and majestic mountains, became my playground, each new discovery rekindling my appreciation for the raw, unspoiled beauty of this remarkable country. For eight years, I continued to explore, venturing into the unknown and challenging myself to tackle adventures I once thought impossible, such as rappelling from dizzying heights and diving into the depths with sharks. These experiences brought forth a better, more fearless version of myself, proving that I could conquer my deepest fears.
Embracing Adventure with
LINA ASSAD LINA ASSAD
As a media professional, I had long yearned to witness the true beauty of our planet beyond the confines of my job. Venturing into uncharted territory became my thrilling compensation. Today, there’s nothing I cherish more than embarking on adventures, whether it’s hiking in the rugged mountains, chasing enchanting waterfalls, or plunging into the depths of the sea. Oman offers a treasure trove of incredible landscapes to explore, fascinating people to meet, and awe-inspiring activities to experience. My
recent two-month sojourn in Salalah, with its stunning blue waterfalls and lush green mountains, further solidified my love for adventure and exploration. These transformative journeys have led me to assemble a group of like-minded adventurers, united by the desire to guide others along the same path of self-discovery. Thus, OTrekker (Oman trekker) was born, with a mission to inspire, motivate, and transform lives. I firmly believe that the closer we get to Mother Nature, the greater the doses of tranquility and happiness we receive. OTrekkers is an open invitation to all those who are determined to embark on a journey of personal growth and to uncover the many miracles that Mother Nature has to offer.
In the end, my adventure is about more than just exploration; it’s about embracing life to the fullest, experiencing the beauty of our world, and sharing those remarkable moments with others. It’s about helping individuals find their own path, just as I found mine, in the breathtaking landscapes and untamed wilderness of Oman.
UNLOCK UNFORGETTABLE FESTIVE CELEBRATIONS AT MARRIOTT BONVOY’S PORTFOLIO OF RESORTS IN THE MALDIVES
Escape to paradise this holiday season and celebrate in style at Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of resorts in the Maldives. With pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and unparalleled luxury, these luxurious resorts offer the perfect backdrop for your festive getaway. Guests can also avail exclusive Festive Early Bird offers available on bookings until September 30, 2023, featuring special benefits, bonus points for Marriott Bonvoy members, and an array of exciting inclusions.
Whether it is a romantic couple getaway or a multigenerational resort vacation, a holiday wellness weekend with friends or a special treat from Santa for the kids, Maldives as a destination lends itself perfectly to suit all types of travelers. Guests can choose between the curated holiday packages at The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands, The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa, W Maldives, Le Meridien Maldives Resort & Spa, Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa and The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort as they step into a wonderful world of festive delight on this secluded haven, surrounded by the endless blue of the Indian Ocean. A variety of inspiring dining events, entertainment and an out-of-the-ordinary New Year’s Eve celebration, set against a gentle sea breeze and swaying palm trees, will ensure an unforgettable revelry.
minute journey by speedboat or a 10-minute seaplane flight from Malé International Airport featuring 100 villas. With white sandy beaches, turquoise lagoons and coral reefs the destination is abundant with marine life. Guest villas at The Ritz Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands range in size from one to three bedrooms, with legendary service refined by an Aris Meeha, butler. The property offers a choice of outstanding culinary venues serving an array of international and local cuisines, in addition to a full suite of fitness and recreational facilities including Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment program, and a signature Ritz-Carlton Spa introducing Bamford to the region.
This festive season, The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands invites guests to immerse themselves in the captivating beauty of Maldivian sunsets and sunrises. Holiday traditions and signature island experiences await you, complete with lavish gala dinners, a special Ritz Kids program, exclusive Bamford spa and wellness journeys, and immersive nature experiences with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the sea.
The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli
Resort: An Exquisite End to the Year
Explore what’s on offer and prepare to make these fivestar luxury Maldives resorts a home for the holidays, where one can relish culinary delights on the shores of pristine beaches overlooking the azure Indian Ocean, clink the glass during midnight and partake in festive celebrations and activities with loved ones. Discover the magic of the Maldives with Marriott Bonvoy and create unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime.
The Ritz-Carlton Maldives Fari Islands: Embrace The Festive Glow
Located at Fari Islands, in the North Malé Atoll of the Maldives, The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands is a 45-
Nestled in a private island in Dhaalu Atoll, a scenic 40-minute seaplane ride away from Velana International Airport, The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort boasts island-inspired design in each of their 33 on-land and 44 over-water villas promising picturesque ocean or garden views from private terraces and pools. The signature St. Regis Butlers deliver bespoke service day or night. There are seven distinct dining venues, including two Asian specialty restaurants featuring Eastern haute cuisine and modern Japanese Kaiseki-style gourmet cuisine, an international restaurant that offers dishes crafted from locally sourced ingredients, an underground wine cellar, a shack style restaurant, a signature overwater bar that rolls out stunning views of dramatic sunsets including Champagne sabrage, and a restaurant located inland amongst the tropical gardens featuring middle-eastern
cuisine. For complete relaxation, guests can also enjoy the Iridium Spa, which presents six overwater treatment rooms, including two that are dedicated to healing Ayurvedic treatments. A highlight at the spa is the Blue Hole pool, which contains seawater with different water jets – a system with proven benefits to the body.
Escape to the tropical paradise of St. Regis Maldives this festive season and indulge in the ultimate luxury experience. Guests booking their stays from now until September 30, 2023 can avail a special 10% early bird savings on the room rate, daily breakfast for two and more when staying for a minimum of five nights.
JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa: A Hub of Celebration
Located on Vagaru Island, Shaviyani Atoll, JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa presents everything one needs for a luxurious stress-free family vacation. The resort features 60 beach and overwater villas, all with private pools, spacious wooden decks and a wide array of amenities with personalized Thakuru (Butler) service. Eclectic dining experiences are offered throughout the resort’s five dining venues and three full service bars, while Spa by JW offers a journey to revitalize mind, body, and spirit.
From December 20, 2023, to January 10, 2024, JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa will transform into a hub of celebration. Guests can enjoy captivating live entertainment, sumptuous gastronomic events, and activities for all ages. This New Year’s Eve, guests are invited to step into the tales of 1001 Nights with spectacular performances, Middle Eastern rhythms, and culinary delights. The Treetop Kaashi Night, A Fisherman
Night with Lobster and Champagne, and Harvest Table by JW Garden are among the highlights guests can look forward to.
Guests can book their stays from now until September 30, 2023 and avail a special 10% early bird savings on the room rate, a onetime floating breakfast and additional benefits including the Christmas or New Year’s Eve Gala Dinners as part of the package if their minimum 4-night stay overlaps these special days.
W Maldives: Where the Festive Vibe Never Ends
Located on the heart-shaped Fesdu Island in North Ari Atoll, and surrounded by one of the best house reefs in the country, W Maldives is all geared up to set the stage for a festive season filled with fun and exhilarating activities. The luxury adult playground is the ideal destination for those seeking the perfect combination of relaxation, exclusivity and thrill featuring 77 private suites, six creative gourmet dining venues and lounge bars, overwater treatment rooms at AWAY ®️ Spa, and the world beneath the waves at DOWN UNDER. Guests can also indulge in countless activities including snorkeling, diving, and jet skiing, among others. For those who would like to get the best of both island and ocean life, the luxurious twocabin ESCAPE yacht is ready to sail for day-long adventures, private dive trips, sunset proposals, or even for exclusive airport transfers.
For the holiday season this year, from the Let It Shine Parade to enchanting Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve dinners, along with unique events like the New Year Swim and Smokin’ Hot Dinner, W Maldives ensures that the festive vibe never runs out.
Guests booking their festive season stays early until September 30, 2023 can indulge in exclusive inclusions including a Gala dinner over Christmas or New Years’ Eve, a daily buffet breakfast for two, daily threecourse lunch and dinner for two and more.
Le Meridien Maldives Resort & Spa: Glow in the Dark
Nestled amidst breathtaking natural beauty, Le Meridien Maldives Resort & Spa festures a range of stylish and spacious one and two-bedroom overwater or beach villas, allowing guests to immerse themselves in unparalleled luxury while enjoying stunning views of the tropical landscape, whitewashed beaches, and turquoise lagoon. Indulge in the resort’s exceptional dining experiences, starting with a delightful buffet breakfast at Turquoise Restaurant, where you can savor a variety of culinary delights. For a memorable evening, treat yourself to beachside dining at Velaa Bar & Grill, where you can relish a delectable three-course menu featuring grilled seafood, meats, and wood-fired delicacies.
Embrace the essence of savoring the good life this festive season at Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa, where European traditions meet holiday enchantment. Guests can look forward to indulge in daily buffet breakfasts, themed dinners, and 3-course set menus. Relax with an exclusive 25% savings at the Explore Spa and capture the essence of your moments with a complimentary 30-minute photoshoot. Adventure seekers can enjoy daily complimentary water sports, including kayaking, paddleboarding, and snorkeling.
Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa: A World of Wonder
Situated on a private island in North Male Atoll, Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa is accessible via a 15-minute speedboat ride from Velana International Airport, making it an attractive destination for those who prefer brief travel. Focusing on togetherness, the five-star resort features seven restaurants and bars, two freshwater pools, a tennis court, a 24-hour gym and ample of on-island activities including Sheraton’s signature Side-by-Side Family Program, the resort is the picturesque destination for honeymooners, families with young children or teens and solo travelers alike.
At Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa, festive celebrations cover family traditions, a Santa Claus BBQ Island, exciting family programs, a Festive Artisan Market,
Wine Master Class, and more. This year, guests can experience the magic of neon lights in the lush tropical garden, transforming the woods into a luminous wonderland. Count down to New Year’s Eve with magical fireworks and a symphony of cheers and laughter on the beach.
Guests booking their festive season stays by September 30, 2023 can indulge in exclusive inclusions including a 20% savings on the Gala dinner over Christmas or New Years’ Eve, a daily buffet breakfast for two, complimentary return speedboat transfers and more.
The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort: A Bohemian Escape!
Nestled on a beautiful coral island of the Baa Atoll, the first UNESCO Biosphere Reserve site in Maldives, guests of The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort can experience a tranquil wellness escape with uninterrupted ocean and pristine turquoise lagoon views. The idyllic setting for romance, family hideouts, gastronomy and well-being, the contemporary resort invites guests to immerse themselves in the spirit of the holiday season with completely private, standalone spacious villas offering discreet and personalized service, allowing one to reconnect with themselves and the people that they loved as 2023 draws to a close.
Guests can look forward to welcome the New Year in a whimsical oasis with bohemian vibes and beats at The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort. The festive season activities and offerings are thoughtfully crafted to make your stay truly extraordinary, ringing in 2024 in style with an exhilarating sensory experience at our New Year’s Eve party, featuring a spectacular fireworks display and beats by DJ and platinum-award producer Luca Shreiner from Germany that will keep you dancing till dawn.
Guests can book their stays from now until September 30, 2023 and avail a special 10% early bird savings on the room rate and additional benefits including the New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner for stays over December 31, 2023.
THE CONCEPT OF DRIVING THRILLS, INCLUDING TOP DOWN
» The 296 GTS sports the 830 cv Ferrari V6 hybrid powertrain that debuted in the 296 GTB
» Its plug-in hybrid system maximises usability and driving pleasure
» Thanks to Ferrari’s famous RHT, the 296 GTS adds an extra dimension to the thrill of driving
» The 296 GTS is also available with the more extreme Assetto Fiorano package
The 296 GTS uses the new 663 cv 120° V6, coupled with an electric motor capable of delivering a further 122 kW (167 cv), which debuted on the 296 GTB. This is the first 6-cylinder engine installed on a road-going spider sporting the Prancing Horse badge; it unleashes its class-leading 830 cv total power output to deliver previously unthinkable performance levels and an innovative, exhilarating and unique soundtrack, further enhanced by the fact that it can be relished with the top down.
The car’s name combines its total displacement (2992 l) and number of cylinders with the GTS (Gran Turismo Spider) acronym in finest Ferrari tradition, to underscore this new engine’s epoch-changing importance to Maranello. It is not simply the living, beating heart of the 296 GTS, but it also ushers in a new V6 era that has its roots deep in Ferrari’s unrivalled 75-year history.
The very first Ferrari V6 featured a 65° architecture and debuted on the 1957 1500 cc Dino 156 F2 single-seater. This was followed in 1958 by larger displacement versions on the front-engined sports prototypes - the 196 S and 296 S - and the 246 F1 car which powered Mike Hawthorn to the F1 Drivers’ Championship title the same year.
The 296 GTS’s plug-in hybrid (PHEV) system guarantees it is an incredibly usable car as well as cutting pedal response times to zero and delivering a 25km range in all-electric eDrive mode. The car’s compact dimensions and the introduction of innovative dynamic control systems as well as meticulously honed aero ensure that the driver will instantly be impressed by its astonishing agility and responsiveness to commands. Its sporty, sinuous design and extremely compact dimensions also visually underscore its unique and modern forms, while skilfully referencing the likes of the 1963 250 LM, the perfect marriage of simplicity and functionality.
The RHT (retractable hard top) guarantees exceptional occupant comfort. With the roof stowed it features a sleek, sporty design and with the roof up, the silhouette remains very similar to that of the 296 GTB. The lightweight RHT takes a mere 14 seconds to retract or deploy at speeds of up to 45km/h. The separation line between the car’s body and the roof is above the B post. As a result, the folding roof splits into two sections that fold flush over the front of the engine, thus maintaining the engine bay’s thermal dissipation characteristics and the balance of the overall design.
This also allowed the designers to introduce a window in the rear section of the engine cover through which the new V6 is clearly visible. When the top is retracted, the cabin and the rear deck are separated by a height-adjustable glass rear screen which guarantees optimal passenger comfort even at high speeds.
As was the case with the SF90 Stradale, for clients who want to exploit the car’s extreme power and performance to the utmost, particularly on the track, the 296 GTS is also available with the Assetto Fiorano package, which includes lightweight features and aero modifications.
DEFINING FUN TO DRIVE
» New Ferrari V6 hybrid architecture capable of delivering up to 830 cv
» The 296 GTB’s plug-in hybrid system maximises usability and driving pleasure
» The 296 GTB is also available with the extreme high-performance Assetto Fiorano package
The 296 GTB, is the latest evolution of Maranello’s mid-rear-engined two-seater berlinetta, The 296 GTB redefines the whole concept of fun behind the wheel, guaranteeing pure emotions not just when pushing the car to its limits, but also in dayto-day driving situations.
The 296 GTB ushers in an authentic revolution for Ferrari as it introduces a new engine type to flank the marque’s multi-award-winning 8- and 12-cylinder power units: a new 663 cv 120° V6 coupled with an electric motor capable of delivering a further 122 kW (167 cv). This is the first 6-cylinder engine installed on a road car sporting the Prancing Horse badge: it unleashes its massive 830 cv total power output to deliver previously unthinkable performance levels and an innovative, exhilarating and unique soundtrack.
The car’s name, which combines its total displacement (2.992 l) and number of cylinders with the GTB (Gran Turismo Berlinetta) acronym, in finest Ferrari tradition, was chosen to underscore this new engine’s epoch-changing importance to Maranello: it is not simply the living, beating heart of the 296 GTB but also ushers in a new V6 era that has its roots deep in Ferrari’s unparalleled 70-year-plus experience in motor sports.
The very first Ferrari V6, in fact, featured a 65° architecture and debuted on the 1957 1500 cc Dino 156 F2 single-seater. This was followed in 1958 by bigger displacement versions on the frontengined sport prototypes - the 196 S and 296 S - and F1 cars, such as the 246 F1 which powered Mike Hawthorn to the F1 Drivers’ Championship title the same year.
The very first Ferrari to sport a mid-rear-mounted V6 was the 246 SP in 1961, which won amongst others the Targa Florio both that same year and in 1962. Also in 1961, Ferrari secured its first Constructors’ title in the Formula 1 World Championship with the 156 F1, which was powered
by a 120° V6. Ferrari first installed turbos between an engine’s cylinder banks on the 126 CK in 1981 and subsequently on the 126 C2 in 1982, which became the first turbo-charged car to win the Formula 1 Constructors’ World Championship title. This was followed up with a second title in 1983 with the 126 C3. Lastly, V6 turbo hybrid architecture has been used on all Formula 1 single-seaters since 2014.
The 296 GTB’s plug-in hybrid (PHEV) system guarantees it is an incredibly usable car as well as cutting pedal response times to zero and delivering a 25km range in all-electric eDrive mode. The car’s compact dimensions and the introduction of innovative dynamic control systems as well as meticulously honed aero ensure that the driver will instantly experience its astonishing agility and responsiveness to commands. Its sporty, sinuous design and extremely compact dimensions also visually underscore its exceptional modernity, brilliantly referencing the likes of the 1963 250 LM, the perfect marriage of simplicity and functionality.
As was the case with the SF90 Stradale, for clients who want to exploit the car’s extreme power and performance to the utmost, particularly on the track, the 296 GTB is also available with the Assetto Fiorano package, which includes lightweight features and aero modifications.
Ultra-luxury British supercar makes first stop in Qatar as part of regional tour
Alfardan Luxury Motors Co., the official dealer for Aston Martin in the State of Qatar, has presented the Valhalla – the supercar’s first stop on its region-wide tour. The British marque’s sensational Formula 1 inspired hybrid model was unveiled during an exclusive showcase.
EXCLUSIVE SHOWCASE OF ASTON MARTIN VALHALLA IN QATAR BY ALFARDAN LUXURY MOTORS
The Valhalla concept car was brought to production reality as an extraordinary, truly driverfocused mid-engined hybrid supercar. It sets best-in-class standards for performance, dynamics and driving pleasure, and as Aston Martin’s first plugin hybridsports car, Valhalla drives the marques transition from internal combustion to hybrid to fully electrictrified powertrains.
Speaking of the reveal, Samir El Khabaz, Brand Manager of Alfardan Luxury Motors said: “We’re delighted to present the extraordinary Aston Martin Valhalla to our customers, and to be the first in the region to have this opportunity – the feedback we have received is phenomenal. The exclusivity of the model, plus the intense performance and unprecedented driving experience places the supercar at the absolute pinnacle of luxury motoring.”
Built with chassis, aerodynamic and electronics expertise forged in Formula 1®️ and a cutting edge hybrid powertrain
Supplementing this new V8 engine is a 150kW/400V battery hybrid system.The electric system contributes a further 200PS for a headline combined power output of 1,012PS. Running in EV only mode, Valhalla is capable of a maximum 130km/h and has a zero emission range of 15km. Unleashing all 1,012PS, the Valhalla reaches a top speed of 350 km/h and will complete the sprint from 0-100km/h in just 2.5 seconds.
Valhalla’s predominantly carbon fibre body blends function and beauty in a manner that befits a new generation of
technology at its heart, Valhalla is a formidable technological showcase. With a mid-engined ICE and battery electric powertrain, new carbon fibre structure and aerodynamics shaped by the pioneering philosophy first seen in the revolutionary Aston Martin Valkyrie, it brings the perfect balance of hypercar performance and advanced powertrain, driving dynamics and uniquely sophisticated design materials to redefine the supercar sector.
At the beating heart of Valhalla is an all new PHEV powertraina rear mid mounted 4.0 litre twin turbo bespoke V8 engine – the most advanced, responsive and highest performing V8 engine ever fitted to an Aston Martin. Revving to 7,200rpm and developing 812PS, it sends drive exclusively to the rear axle.
mid-engined supercar, including forward hinged dihedral doors. Cockpit room has been increased compared to the Aston Martin Valkyrie, though the F1TM derived heel-tohip ratio and apex ergonomics remain, ensuring complete driver alignment for the most engaging, connected driving experience.
The Valhalla is a new generation Aston Martin; it defines a new driver and driving experience - ‘the Mastery of Driving’, a true ultra luxury, exclusive, British supercar.
By: Mr. Mohamed Robin Rashed Elalami Business Consultant/Entrepreneur
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Ensuring a more inclusive role for the private sector will be key for job creation. The private sector generates more than 90 percent of jobs in developing economies. As the public sector works on delivering an enabling environment, private enterprise should take on the responsibility of increasing investment, productivity, and competitiveness while training the workforce to take advantage of a changing technological world. Hence, the private sector needs to be in the driver’s seat for expanding economic activity, supported by a strong and efficient public sector. In turn, governments’ role in developing institutions, correcting market failures, and providing public goods is key. Educational improvements will be essential to ensure the formalization of the labor force—improving people’s income security and access to social protections—and the development of adequate skills for people to perform.
In the private sector, removing legal barriers and discriminatory practices would help bolster female labor force participation. Currently, the region’s state-owned enterprises are sprinkled across the economic spectrum, ranging from healthcare, textiles, foodstuffs, and furniture manufacturing to communications and electricity production. This outsize presence of the public sector in commercial activities and as an employer of first resort creates inefficiencies and distortions, weighing heavily on overall productivity growth. Stronger economic governance and decisive anti-corruption policies are key to fostering faster and more inclusive growth while ensuring that everyone has a voice. Political and economic participation safeguards accountability in the use of public resources and the provision of services. It also strengthens social cohesion and trust and ensures that the benefits of growth can be spread across society. As reforms progress, it will be important that governments provide supporting evidence for decisions and outcomes and hold themselves accountable. Transparent institutions with strong accountability ensure that the rules of the game are fair and clear.
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