Emirates Woman January 2022

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The New Reset

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Editor’s Letter In this issue you will find everything to enable Welcome to The Confidence Issue. you to kick off the New Year with confidence from I would like to thank an incredible team for body, mindset and goal setting. With a laser focus digging deep in 2021 and supporting us to achieve on all things wellness and fitness related as you all we have – championing incredible women and might expect for January, we look at game-changing with the successful launch of Emirates Man – their activewear in No Sweat on page 28, the male counterparts too. Thank you for best tools for wellness in Equip on page always choosing the uncrowded extra 84 and take advice from the experts in mile to demonstrate your strengths TURN UP Tone on page 86. We look at the benefits and retaining a focus on quality over YOUR MAGIC of supplements in The New Regime on quantity in all aspects, it is truly FOR 2022 page 60 and deliver a curated edit of appreciated. the best resurfacing products for new For January’s cover we partnered skin in Renew on page 58. with Technogym, who deliver fitness Finally, some of the most incredible women excellence though their design forward Personal we know tell us what they will be investing in to Line. Our cover star is Diala Makki beautiful, optimize their 2022 in Life 2.0 on page 66. confident and full of drive and determination, we Turn up your magic for 2022 – Happy New Year! love her spirit in The Pioneer on page 16.



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Monitor News p.14 Social Listings p.15 The Pioneer – Championing commitment, drive and focus for 2022 with Diala Makki & Technogym p.16



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No Sweat – The game-changing activewear set to refresh your workout-kit p.28

The Experimentalist – Yuzefi is celebrated for its experimental, modernist approach to design p.32





Purity – Sportmax SS22 p.40 Transparency. Legitimacy. Integrity. – Gemfields puts responsible sourcing of gemstones at the forefront, always. p.50

The New Regime – Supplements to optimize your beauty p.60

Positive Luxury – Interview with Khulood Al Nakhi, Founder & Creative Director of .BEYOND p.54


Hot New Buys p.56 Renew – The best skin resurfacing products for new skin p.58 Beauty Shelf – Salama Mohamed p.62 AM to PM Beauty – Khulood Al Nakhi p.64


LIFE 2.0 – The most inspiring women we know tell us how they’re optimizing their lives for 2022 p.66


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Winning Streak – Brunello Cucinelli SS22 p.44

The Wanderlust – An edit of exceptional resorts ideal for après-ski p.94

Equip – Tools for wellness p.84


Tone – Fitness experts on what it takes to tweak, transform and stay committed in terms of fitness p.86 Clear & Clean – Interview with Emma Sawko, Co-Founder of Wild & The Moon p.90


Plant Based – Your guide to the best vegan dishes in Dubai p.92

The Cover

Hidden Gems – An edit of bespoke hotels in the UAE you’ll want to discover p.98 Authentic – Gohan Dubai is the new Japanese speakeasy by the team at La Cantine du Faubourg p.102

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A Fresh Start


The launches, must-haves and hero buys S U S TA I N A B L E S E L F - C A R E This soy-based wax blend has a velvety-rich rose fragrance with notes of bergamot, lychee, cedarwood and white musk. Melrose Place Candle Dhs150 Ouai

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Kate ribbed cotton-blend sweater Dhs728 Skin


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Super Anti-Aging Eye Cream Dhs716 Dr. Barbara Sturm

Kennedy ribbed cotton-blend pants Dhs770 Skin


Ceramide Skin Rescue Moisture Barrier Balm 65ml for Dhs132 Scientia

Arne woven leather slides Dhs717 St. Agni available at NET-A-PORTER




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Social Listings

A curated guide of all the inspiring accounts to #follow this month







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A state-of-the-art space that promotes fitness through world-class facilities and expert trainers.

The ethical skincare brand launched by Salama Mohamed consists of healing properties for all skin types.

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An art-loving, plastic-free fitness space offering the signature Reform Method.

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Words & Creative Direction: AMY SESSIONS

Photography: GREG ADAMSKI

W E C H A M P I O N C O M M I T M E N T, D R I V E A N D F O C U S F O R 2 0 2 2 W I T H T E C H N O GY M

The Pioneer

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Run Personal, Technogym

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The Wellness Guide – Diala Makki cal and mental state. Being healthy reflects on your overall choices and this should be our goal. There is no such thing as an ideal body. It’s all about what makes you feel more confident, strong and empowered. I look for inspiration within myself and accept my flaws and celebrate them and this is the best approach for all women who tend to stress themselves with comparison due to all the impact of the content and misinformation social media brings along. How do you reboot/detox? In the New Year/for a special event? Before special events, I have a routine with my dermatologist that revolves around a serious of treatments from PRP, mesotherapy, profhilo and other procedures that aim at celebrating my natural beauty and the quality of my skin rather than going for easy fixes like fillers. Having a healthy lifestyle is a long process that I commit to alongside having meals that give me enough nutrients and energy for my appearance. Sleep is an important factor as well in keeping everything in balance that we all need to shine and glow. I want to emphasize the importance of mental focus and wellbeing here and knowing when to reach out to professionals when needed and this is something that I genuinely believe in and try to make less of a taboo. Reach out and ask for help when it tends to be overwhelming. What daily wellness and training practices are non-negotiable for you – ie. They make you feel at your best and which pieces of Technogym do you invest in? What I like about Technogym, as a brand is that it promotes the importance of a well-balanced lifestyle and being part of a community that helps you optimize the expertise of their professionals through dedicated software, from home. I was lucky enough to meet the FoundHow do you start and finish your day for optimal er, Mr. Nerio Alessandri, who helped me unhealth? I start my day usually with warm water and derstand further the mission of the brand that lemon to detox before having breakfast, which is goes beyond using the machines only, and the most important meal of the day. I make sure I have my green juice and multi vitamins to start the this of course is highly valuable. During the day. I have cut out red meat and dairy lately, which pandemic I used the “Cross Personal” from has left an impeccable impact on my skin and has the home collection and took online classes in given me more energy to keep up with my very the comfort of my house. In the past two years heavy work schedule. I try to maintain a specific this has proven to be needed more than ever. I routine during my trips. I also follow a strict skalso love and use the Bike Personal, The Wellness Ball, and The Technogym bench. I feel incare routine which starts with a detox mask folmy best when I go for long walks to manage lowed by a regime that cleanses, tones and hydrates my stress levels and workout during the day along with sunscreen before I leave home. alongside having well balanced meals withDo you take supplements and if so which? I take Bioniq supplements which are personalised accordout eating in-between. I avoid eating outside ing to my needs and are recalculated after having the house and at events, as I believe quality regular blood work every two months. ingredients and how they are cooked are crucial for me. A lot of people ask me for tricks What is the best combination of exercise to stay or tips before attending these events, I always strong yet still look feminine? I work closely most tell them eat something healthy at home parof the year with my trainer to make sure I exercise ticularly before heading out to dinners! properly and it’s usually a combination of 10,000 steps a day, cardio and a personalised programme This is The Confidence Issue – what makes designed by Ivan Djordjevic, to build muscle mass you feel confident? Confidence is a state of but in a feminine way. I want to take this opportunimind and you only reach it when you appreciate your flows and listen to your needs ty to say that like most of us we sometimes get overphysically, mentally and spiritually. Don’t whelmed with the stress of our schedules so that we tend to ignore our workouts, and this is something compare yourself to others, work constantly on becoming a better version of yourself. that I tried to take into consideration particularly Embrace your natural beauty and be a source during Covid to protect my immunity and overall of inspiration for others by being a good exwellbeing. It’s important to note that anxiety and stress leaves a major impact on our mental and ample for yourself first. I have achieved this physical wellbeing and it should not be taken lightly. level that is needed for my work as a journalist, host and producer for years through Have you found you’ve needed to change your apreading, experience, and furthering my eduproach to wellness at each stage of your life? My apcation. I recently did my second Masters, proach to wellness revolves around making choices and this is something I am very proud of. It that fit my lifestyle and make me a better version of has reflected in the quality of content I put myself. Social media and unrealistic expectations out and during my interviews with key influare something I try to raise awareness of using my platforms and it’s crucial for a well-balanced physiential personalities from the industry.


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“There is no such thing as an ideal body. It’s all about what makes you feel more confident, strong and empowered.”

Technogym Bench, Technogym

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Year of Ours

Year of Ours is female-owned and operated, so the Los Angeles-based label understands that today’s women have unique and ever-changing lifestyles – that’s why the brand is on a mission to create 90’s inspired activewear that flatters and supports.

Terrain Shorts Dhs450 Year of Ours

One-shoulder sports bra Dhs278 Year of Ours


Stadium printed recycled sports bra Dhs220 P.E Nation


The game-changing activewear set to refresh your workout-kit Sporty & Rich

Exclusive at NET-A-PORTER, this simple yet thoughtfully designed brand creates pieces that are produced at some of the top activewear factories in the world. The pieces are made from opaque stretch fabric and printed with the label’s ‘Stay Active’ logo.

Dynamic printed recycled stretch leggings Dhs330 P.E Nation PE Nation

Created for multi-faceted women who lead busy lives, P.E NATION is an activewear brand from stylist and designer Pip Edwards and designer Claire Tregoning. The collections have a tomboyish attitude, nostalgic feel and focus strongly on functionality, fit and fabric.

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Sports bra Dhs450 Sporty & Rich

Leggings Dhs642 Sporty & Rich


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Set of two bangles Dhs220 Bala

Sutro sunglasses Dhs634 Oakley available at FARFETCH

Insulated bottle Dhs100 Squatwolf

TechLoom Tracer sneakers Dhs845 APL Athletic Propulsion Labs available at NET-A-PORTER


Printed leather boxing gloves Dhs1,010 Diane Kordas available at NET-A-PORTER


Earle ribbed recycled stretch leggings Dhs551 Abysse

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Sunn ribbed recycled stretch sports bra Dhs449 Abysse

Surf and swimwear brand Abysse is inspired by founder Hanalei RepontyGudauskas’ Tahitian upbringing. The brand’s motto is “produce less, produce well” – each piece is made locally using recycled materials and conscious practices.


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A powerhouse producer of highperformance pieces that will guide you through to the most rigorous workouts. The brand is founded by fitness coaches who understand the importance of performanceenhancing activewear.

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Chelsea two-tone stretch leggings Dhs716 Aarmy available on NET-A-PORTER

T-shirt Dhs249 The Giving Movement

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Ethically designed using sustainable fabrics, the UAE-based brand adopts a zero-waste policy for a low carbon footprint.


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Active world comfort meets pure craftsmanship at Brunello Cucinelli for SS22

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When it comes to mining gemstones, Gemfields holds three key values to the highest of standards: transparency, legitimacy and integrity. As the world-leading supplier of responsibly-sourced coloured gemstones, the group’s CEO Sean Gilbertson explains how Gemfields puts responsible sourcing at the forefront, always WORDS: OLIVIA MORRIS

LEGITIMACY. Gemfields was founded in 2005. How has the brand evolved since then? When Gemfields entered the coloured gemstone sector, the industry was fragmented, largely small-scale, unregulated and not delivering a reliable supply to downstream clients. For more than a decade now, Gemfields has implemented industry-leading policies and practices across our mining operations and played an active role in working groups to modernise the sector. We have created projects to improve health, education, and livelihoods for the communities around our mines and have supported conservation efforts to protect Africa’s wildlife. Our work has shown that responsible, large-scale mining and a transparent auction system can deliver a consistent supply of precious gems, vital to the sector’s future growth, and bring about significant contributions to host communities and governments. Over the last 10 years, Zambia and Mozambique have become the world’s number one exporters of emeralds and rubies respectively.

Is it true Gemfields produces around 25 per cent of the world’s emerald supply and around 50 per cent of the world’s ruby supply? How do you ensure your stakeholders and consumers have confidence in what you’re producing? We estimate the figures are actually higher! Both mines today are the largest in the world delivering some 60 per cent of mined rubies and 30 per cent of emeralds worldwide. As pioneers of responsible gemstone mining, we have institutionalised the grading and auction of rough emeralds and rubies. We invite government officials from host nations to attend and supervise the entire process and we publish all data. All of our auction customers are vetted and our gemstones are sold via an auction platform with a transparent, repeatable and consistent point of sale. This platform is also very important as it reduces risk in the supply chain for the jewellery brands that buy from our auction partners. We see ourselves as the custodians of our host countries’ gems with the duty of


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achieving the best possible price and repatriating the full proceeds to the country of origin to ensure maximum benefit for hostcountry citizens and local communities. To that end, we recently launched ‘The G-Factor for Natural Resources’, an indicator of the share of natural resource wealth paid to a host country’s government. Through this announcement and by publishing our own five-year revenue contributions of 30 per cent to Mozambique and 24 per cent to Zambia, we invited other mining entities and organisations like The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) to collaborate in further increasing transparency in the sector. In 2015, we were the first to promote the embedding of nanoparticles (Gübelin Provenance Proof) in our rough emeralds and have since partnered again on blockchain for emeralds and rubies, pioneering fool-proof mine-to-market traceability. At the heart of Gemfields is providing ‘responsibly sourced’ stones. What does this mean? Responsible sourcing for Gemfields means implementing industry-leading policies and practices across operations, transparency in our auction sales process, playing an active role in working groups to modernise the sector, creating projects to improve health, education and livelihoods for the communities around our mines and supporting conservation efforts to protect Africa’s iconic wildlife. In January this year, we also established the Gemfields Foundation, our charitable



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“Gemfields believes that coloured gemstones should be mined and marketed by championing three key values: transparency, legitimacy and integrity.” arm, through which donors can contribute funding to directly support community and conservation projects in Africa, magnifying the scale of the work already carried out by Gemfields itself. What is the environmental effect of mining gemstones – how is Gemfields combating this? Before starting full-scale mining operations, we carry out environmental and biodiversity studies and involve the local communities, to ensure that their needs are always accounted for within our plans. We go beyond just adhering to national regulations. To ensure that we operate with the highest possible standards, we align our approach to the broader strategic aims of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as well as the management of environmental risks through international management systems. We are realistic and open about the impact of mining on the environment because what we do, does have an environmental impact. Using environmental and biodiversity studies to guide us, we aim to meet and exceed international best practices to mitigate the effects of our operations and incorporate the subsequent management plans into our mining operations long-term. We limit our impact by back-filling our open-pit mines, collecting seeds of indigenous plants and trees from the topsoil and creating plant nurseries for replanting vegetation in order to return the land to its original state at the earliest opportunity. There are no hazardous chemicals used in our processes and we recycle the water used in our wash plants. When did the focus shift for Gemfields to ensure gems are responsibly sourced? Since launching, Gemfields has championed responsibility across the coloured gemstone sector. Our goal has always been to operate in a way that contributes positively to national economies, takes a leading role in modernising the coloured gemstone sector and builds lasting livelihoods for the communities around our mines. We believe that coloured gemstones should be mined and marketed by championing three key values: transparency, legitimacy and integrity. Environmental, social and good governance (ESG) practices lie at the heart of

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our business: these back up our brand statement and support our efforts to play a pivotal role in improving the credibility of the entire coloured gemstone industry. We both lead with our own standards and initiatives through the downstream supply chain and work with brands and other industry partners to standardise strong, transparent practices across the sector. Initiatives include the Coloured Gemstone Working Group, of which we are a founding member, and we aim to join and be Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) certificated. In terms of shifting your focus, did this affect client retention at first? Or have you found jewellery houses – both well-known and upand-coming – are responding to this ‘responsibly sourced’ message? Responsible sourcing is increasingly important these days as many consumers want to know where their products and materials have come from and coloured gemstones are no different. Leading jewellery brands are increasingly, and rightly, focused on responsible sourcing and much work remains to be done. Our core values of transparency, integrity and legitimacy speak directly to these concerns. Mozambican rubies and Zambian emeralds from Gemfields give back to the local communities, ensuring a positive impact at the place of origin. Our ability to demonstrate our responsible practices and provide gemstone provenance is a key differentiator when it comes to purchasing coloured gemstones and as responsible sourcing receives ever-increasing attention and becomes progressively more important to consumers, gemstone provenance may become a key driving factor.

What trends in stones, gems and jewellery do you see when it comes to the Middle Eastern market? As well as supplying the majority of the world’s rough rubies and emeralds, Gemfields initiates activations to build a desire for coloured gemstones. As a result of our marketing efforts, we are seeing increased awareness and demand for coloured gems, in addition to a growing consumer understanding of a gemstone’s origin and how gems can be responsibly mined to have a positive impact on the countries of source. We’re also seeing an increasing awareness of African gemstones and appreciation of their quality, resulting in stronger demand. African gems are just as rare, unique and captivating as the more established provenances such as Burma or Colombia. Which jewellery houses do you work within this region? Gemfields’ owned Fabergé has a retail presence in the market and a number of other brand partners also sell privately in the region including Bina Goenka and Fehmida Lakhany. We partner with jewellery brands that have a like-minded approach to responsible sourcing, and our plans for this year are still under wraps but we very much look forward to sharing these with you when we can. Often surprising, unexpected and unique, our collaborations are chosen to promote consumer awareness and increase the appeal of coloured gemstones, raising their profile, and, in turn, providing greater benefit to their place of origin in Africa. Beyond just mining the gemstones, how do you ensure the entire process of Gemfields is producing a positive impact on the environment and society? As primarily a mining company (though we also own Fabergé), our principal focus when it comes to responsible sourcing lies at the heart of the business: the mining operations in Mozambique and Zambia. This encompasses environmental management, health & safety, community engagement, fair labour and employment standards and human rights. But beyond this, how transparently we export and sell the rough gemstones and support wider industry best practices also play a pivotal role. At our mines, this means following best practices wherever possible. We champion organised, large scale and controlled mining operations, the sensitive and appropriate use of security to protect our people and hostnation gemstones, working practically in partnership with communities to create livelihoods projects and managing the impact on the environment on a continuous basis. We typically invest up to USD2 million (depending on auction results) into our local communities each year in education, agriculture, health and conservation projects. During Gemfields’ journey to ‘responsibly sourcing’ – what have been the hurdles the


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business has experienced? The jewellery industry is ancient and therefore traditionally opaque without a consistent way of valuing gemstones. We’re trying to change this by being open about our revenues and taxes and selling our gemstones via an auction platform to provide authorised auction partners and government officials with a transparent, repeatable and consistent point of sale. This platform is important for the jewellery brands who buy from our auction partners in order to close the gap of uncertainty in the supply chain and minimise this opaqueness. What’s next for Gemfields? At the heart of all of Gemfields’ operations is a desire to return significant value to a gemstone’s country of origin, in addition to funding projects that benefit both local communities and conservation efforts. The search is now underway for an appropriate blue sapphire deposit for Gemfields to put its name to, and which would complete the “big three” trio of operations in Africa. This is The Confidence Issue – how do you ensure people have confidence in Gemfields? Gemfields believes that coloured gemstones should be mined and marketed by championing three key values: transparency, legitimacy and integrity. We are proud of our leadership position in this field. In practice, this means contributing to national economies, creating projects to benefit local communities in the areas of health, education and livelihoods, undertaking conservation efforts and implementing industry-leading policies and practices across operations. The combination of increasing awareness, setting standards within the industry, operating transparently across the supply chain, pioneering traceability initiatives, and providing a consistent, reliable supply will help combat obstacles and challenges and thereby provide confidence in Gemfields. Finally, we always encourage people to ask questions. There is much information online and on social media about the coloured gemstone sector and about companies in it. So, when in doubt, ask! More trust should be put in those people and companies who transparently answer the questions, and less in those who don’t!


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Positive Luxury

.BEYOND instills confidence in its clients. Founder of UAE-based brand, Khulood Al Nakhi, explains how the label is embodying the concept of ‘Positive Luxury’, putting sustainability at the forefront of her brand Can you talk us through your career? For the last 20 years, I have been working in corporate banking and gained the knowledge and experience that I found fundamental to my own company, which I started two years ago. Corporate and entrepreneur careers are two different worlds. The moment you start your own business, there are no “working hours” and weekends, on top of it you have to manage everything by yourself, but I truly enjoy this journey. What inspired you to go into the fashion industry? Over the years, I have considered exploring business opportunities and fashion was always dear to me. After a careful market overview, I found the niche in the market for modest fashion and this is how .BEYOND started. Can you talk us through the concept that is .BEYOND? Founded in 2019, it’s a luxury, sustainable niche fashion brand which offers limited editions of unique abayas and kaftans. We offer a modern twist to garments and guarantee a long-lasting impression with an eye for detail and uncompromised attention to fabric quality. The team selects fabrics from sustainable international suppliers and hand pick the most exclusive from the best manufacturers. Next year, we are going to launch a ready to wear collection as a part of the brand strategy expansion. The brand is committed to keeping no stock. Can you talk us through the process in order for consumers to purchase from .BEYOND? This is one of our main pillars in terms of sustainability which .BEYOND is committed to. The concept of .BEYOND is to produce quality over quantity which enables us to keep no stock. When we launch the new collection, it consists of only a few pieces of each style. We build strong relations with our suppliers and they understand and support our concept which allows us to offer pre-orders. That concept works well when it comes to distribution as buyers placed the orders in advance. As a first Middle East brand, you signed a commitment with ‘Positive Luxury’ alongside luxury brands like Dior, Givenchy and Louis Vuitton.

fashion”. A woman with a vision as a designer and an impressive understanding of the business side of the fashion industry. How do you feel the fashion space in this region differs from other parts of the world? I consider our region as an emerging market that is still in the development stage. We can observe many new brands across GCC but only several with a vision, strategy and business knowledge. Establishing a luxury fashion brand is a journey, not a destination. One of the crucial aspects are the customers who understand and appreciate luxury, which is a strong feature of Arab culture. As a UAE brand owner, I observe that one of the biggest challenges is to build clients’ loyalty and trust in local brands. Customers know how to celebrate luxury fashion and that’s why the UAE has become an important shopping destination. Where does your motivation come from? I am driven by my passion which is to establish the first Emirati modest Luxury fashion brand with international exposure. It’s still a long journey, but I am here to enjoy the ride, where I have the opportunity to meet many inspiring people from the fashion industry. What advice do you wish you had received at the beginning of your journey to success? Can you explain to us what this means? One of Let me share the sentence from Sophia the main pillars of my brand is sustainability Amoruso which might inspire those who which means that signing the commitment consider starting their own business: “Don’t with Positive Luxury was a natural next step. give up, don’t take anything personally, and Sustainability awareness in our region is still don’t take no for an answer.” at an early stage, so as the brand owner it is Looking back over your career and since my duty to share the knowledge and commitlaunching the brand, can you tell us about ment. Nowadays, it’s not a choice anymore but some major hurdles you’ve had to overcome? a must when it comes to the fashion industry, Running your own business is a commitwhich is the second most polluting field. ment within itself, I am a mother, wife and a full-time employee in the financial secHow has .BEYOND evolved since you tor. One of the biggest challenges is finding launched? When I started .BEYOND was work-life balance, and that’s where I found a brand offering classic abayas and kaftans made of the finest Italian fabrics. Since my family to be very supportive. then, each collection was different and On the opposite end of the spectrum, what shifted more into fashionable pieces. We lishave been the key milestones? As an Emirati woman, my career milestones are linked to ten to our customers’ needs and our expanmy country’s development and how supportsion with under abaya pieces will be a part ive our system is for women. My biggest mileof our ready to wear collection, which will stone was launching the .BEYOND brand allow us to build a total look by .BEYOND. and then establishing international business Our team has great experience in the luxury industry and a mix of nationalities brings relations with my suppliers with exclusive different angles to each collection. access to the finest Italian fabrics. The same companies which provide fabrics for brands Who would you say your mentors in the like Chanel, Ermenegildo Zegna or Dior. fashion space are? There are several names Last but not least is the trust and appreciawhich I truly adore and learn from their cation from Royal Family clients across GCC reers and expertise. One of them is Miuccia where we provide bespoke service. Prada, pegged by the press as “oracle of high


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A curated edit of clean beauty products

The Blemish Control This acne treatment synthesises ten per cent active sulphur and salicylic acid to effectively medicate and treat blemishes. Balanced with camphor to calm skin while fighting impurities, the formula incorporates zinc oxide to help prevent signs of scarring. It is suitable for all skin types, with a natural fragrance and colour. Dhs108 Malin + Goetz available at projectbyouty.com

THE SKIN REBOOT For some serious prepping and a whole lot of hydration, Tired Faace has added caffeine to soothe inflammation, aloe vera to help retain moisture and speed up healing, as well as vegetable glycerin to draw in water from the air and protect your skin’s outer layer. 100ml Dhs145 Faace

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Enriched with hyaluronic acid, this skincare formula delivers a glow as light or as dark as you prefer. Achieve that even tan and natural-looking bronze, as glycerin leaves the surface soft, supple and moisturised with a seamless radiance. 30ml Dhs215 Pestle & Mortar


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The Brightening Solution This high-performance Vitamin C serum brightens and firms any skin type. It helps to dramatically reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles through advanced ingredients. 30ml Dhs471 Dermalogica

THE HYDRATION NIOD’s ‘Low-Viscosity Cleaning Ester’ is fortified with isolated sugar and avocado compounds called esters that gently purify the skin of all traces of makeup and dirt. It’s blended with Fatty Alcohol Ethylhexanoic Acid Ester – not to be confused with alcohol or acids – that dissolves within moments of application to eliminate even the most stubborn forms of silicone, oil and pigment. Your complexion is left feeling smooth and hydrated, and oil production levels are controlled so you’re less likely to breakout. Dhs157 NIOD

The Refresh This natural deodorant includes refreshing eucalyptus oil and odour-neutralising citronellyl for all-day effectiveness. Dhs108 Malin + Goetz

The Radiant Complexion

The Plant Power This oil instantly soaks into and softens the skin. The active ingredients can penetrate and get to work quickly. The 2% salicylic acid dissolves compacted skin cells and penetrates deep into the pores. Tamanu tackles redness, inflammation, and calms infection. 30ml Dhs195 Votary


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This product is enriched with natural bio-actives that work together to improve skin while asleep. It is powered with lactic acid to remove dead skin cells and nourishing sodium lactate for a smoother texture. 40ml Dhs145 REN Clean Skincare



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The best skin resurfacing products for new skin WORDS & STYLING: AMY SESSIONS

From left: Clinical Exfoliator, 100ml Dhs405 111SKIN; Exfoliating Mask, 75ml Dhs184 Anne Semonin; Deep Exfoliating Mask, 50ml Dhs246 Dr Sebagh; Soft Clay Rubber Exfoliant and Mask, 60ml Dhs134 Lixirskin available at NET-A-PORTER; Exfoliating Mask, 50ml Dhs270 Joanna Vargas; Polishing Facial Exfoliant, 75ml Dhs193 Grown Alchemist; Facial Scrub, 100ml Dhs247 Dr. Barbara Sturm; Exfoliating Hand Wash, 350ml Dhs202 Diptyque; The Radiance Microdermabrasion Glow Treatment, 50ml Dhs273 Seed to Skin


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The New Regime Supplements to optimize your beauty

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THE PROTECTOR SuperBeauty by Moon Juice is the master antioxidant formula that works to protect from accelerated aging while promoting collagen production, elasticity, and cell vitality. Key Ingredients: Glutathione: Works inside the mitochondria to help maintain healthy cellular function and structure and potentiates Vitamin C & E. N-Acetyl-Cysteine: An antioxidant that’s the precursor of glutathione. Vitamin C & E: Regenerative antioxidants that work on the lipid layer and inside the cell to protect protein, lipids, and DNA from oxidative damage. Astaxanthin: A powerful antioxidant derived from microalgae to help improve elasticity and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Schisandra: An adaptogen traditionally used for hydration and skin clarity. SuperBeauty Dhs238 Moonjuice



Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Brightening Food helps even out skin tone resulting in a more radiant complexion. The oral supplement contains potent antioxidative compounds to nourish the skin and help reduce the visible signs of aging. Olive Leaf Extract provides a brightening effect, diminishing the appearance of uneven skin, while Vitamin C and Vitamin E have antioxidant effects and support the skin’s natural barrier function. Brightening Food, 60 Capsules Dhs360 DR. BARBARA STURM

This 111Skin Reparative Beauty Dose is a fullspectrum antioxidant supplement that is formulated to fortify the overall health and vitality of the skin. The potent blend of synthetic and botanical ingredients work to strengthen the barrier function, increase skin’s collagen synthesis, fight against environmental damage and calms inflammation. The result is healthy, beautiful skin from the inside out. Reparative Beauty Dose, 90 capsules Dhs475 111SKIN available at bloomingdales.me


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The Beauty Shelf Salama Mohamed, Founder & Creative Director of the clean skincare brand Peacefull, talks us through her hero beauty products C O M P I L E D BY: S A R A H J O S E P H

Hya Centella! Peptide Eye Cream 15ml Dhs349 Peacefull

It has a formulation that quickly absorbs into the skin, giving it extra hydration without sticky, greasy or oily residue. The finish is silky and butter like, delivering advanced moisturising benefits and instant brightening and lifting. Good Apple Skin-Perfect Foundation Balm Dhs165 KVD Beauty

This is my go-to, as it’s super hydrating and lightweight, so it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin and matches my natural skin shade perfectly. Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Concealer Dhs115 Fenty Beauty

This concealer is always part of my makeup routine. It doesn’t crease up and I’m in love with the smooth texture when applied to the face, leaving it with a seamless finish.

It’s the superhero cleanser that washes off all the buildup from day to night. It’s a multi-purpose mask that can be used as a cleanser while giving all the benefits and effects of a clay mask in under a minute. Powderkiss Liquid Lipstick in the shade ‘Impulsive’ Dhs110 MAC Cosmetics

I love this lipstick. It gives a natural look and doesn’t dry out my lips. It also has the perfect amount of pigmentation for lasting colour. Go Big Or Go Home Volumizing Mascara Dhs120 KVD Beauty

When I use it, it looks like I’m wearing false lashes with only one

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layer applied. It leaves no clumps behind and washes off easily – the holy grail of mascaras. Hya, Centella! Ever Glow Moisturizer Dhs196 Peacefull

Mixed Emotions Eau de Parfum 100ml for Dhs964 Byredo

This promising and unique formula is fast-absorbing and packed with daily nutrition for your skin to keep up with your fast-paced life or lazy weekends. It gives extra hydration and serves as a perfect base for your makeup too.

I love the Middle Eastern notes that flow through this scent, it gives me a sense of nostalgia.

Hya, Centella! Endless Purifying Toner Dhs256 Peacefull

This is not your typical toner, it’s a hybrid essence enriched toner that seamlessly absorbs into the skin, so I’m getting maximum hydration on the deepest level.

Anthelios Anti-Shin Sun Protection Invisible SPF50+ Face Mist 75ml Dhs100 La Roche-Posay

I have been using this particular sunblock for years and I’m still so obsessed. It’s very easy to put on the face and the last step in my skincare routine and even after makeup, it doesn’t leave a cast or residue, even on my abaya and shayla.


Hya, Centella! Mugwort Clay Mask Dhs141 Peacefull


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Khulood Al Nakhi, Founder of BEYOND, talks us through her beauty routine Talk us through your morning routine. I always start my day with water and fresh lemon juice which benefits my skin from the inside. I like to use toner and moisturizer cream with SPF from Dr. Barbara Sturm, which is a perfect base for my everyday makeup. How does your evening routine differ? I always start with deep cleaning my skin, the gentle cleaning gel by Sisley is one of my favourites. Depending on the day I like to use face masks which are like a booster for the skin. Depending on my

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skin needs I decide between night oil or cream altogether with eye cream. What are your go-to skincare products? I truly adore Sisley and Dr. Barbara Sturm beauty products. In addition, a few months ago, I visited and became a client of the Chanel beauty salon and I was truly impressed by the selection of facials and new line of the beauty products, Chanel No 5. Are you a fan of masks? Yes, I am a big fan, it’s the best way to quickly glow and moisturise your skin.


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Clockwise from top left: Balancing Toner 150ml Dhs235 Dr. Barbara Sturm available at OUNASS; Gentle Cleansing Gel with Tropical Resins Dhs360 Sisley Paris available at bloomingdales.ae; Les 4 Ombres N°5 Limited-Edition Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow Dhs280 Chanel; N°5 Eau De Parfum Spray 100ml Dhs665 Chanel available at bloomingdales.ae; Face Cream 50ml Dhs635 Dr. Barbara Sturm available at OUNASS; Black Rose Precious Face Oil Dhs833 Sisley Paris

How do you approach makeup? I prefer a natural look – a “no makeup, makeup” look for every day. For special occasions I like to experiment and sometimes I decide to book a makeup artist but still it’s a classy and elegant look. What can always be found in your makeup bag? Lipstick, powder and mascara, that’s my must-have. Which fragrance do you currently love? I am classic when it comes to fragrances, and I always have a few around me like

Chanel No 5, Estee Lauder or Dior. During the wintertime, I like to use an intense version of my favourite fragrances or I add an oud oil on my skin before I use perfumes. How do you choose your evening fragrance? I have my routine with bakhoor and intense candles as the fragrance around my house; it’s a part of a relaxing evening ritual. For special occasions, I appreciate my husband’s suggestions as he is a fragrance collector and I can always get something very unique from his collection.


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SHEIKHA AL MHEIRI FOUNDER, MAD (MAKING A DIFFERENCE) HOSPITALITY GROUP What will you be investing in for 2022 to optimise your life? Invest more in freeing my time and working with stronger talents. Research and spend more time reading books. This is The Confidence Issue – what makes you feel confident? Knowledge and experience are the intangible assets of personal success and confidence. How can we support others to feel confident? By openly sharing experiences and challenges to show them their journey is no different than others’.

ASMA HILAL LOOTAH FOUNDER, HUNDRED WELLNESS CENTRE What will you be investing in for 2022 to optimize your life? My main goal for 2022 is to slow down. Dubai is a very fastpaced city and my continuous focus is to avoid the rush, to say no and to prioritise my wellbeing and that of my family,

friends and loved ones. When we slow down, we are mindful, we have the ability to be more conscious when we are with people and we can give them the value of our time. I want to enjoy each moment without worrying about the next thing, and invest my time in the people and experiences that bring me joy. This is The Confidence Issue – what makes you feel confident? Over time, I have learned how to celebrate myself and my achievements. I believe it is important to take the time to look back at the things I have done, the moments that went well and enjoy the feeling of pride they give me. It does come with age, as we get older, we get a little wiser and gain more confidence in ourselves. How can we support others to feel confident? By having compassion and empathy for others. We all have our own stories and circumstances, if we remember that everyone is just doing their best, this perspective allows us to show everyone the kindness and understanding they need. Compliment people; find the positive aspects of their personality and remind them in a subtle yet honest way. Encourage people to do what is right for them, and support their unique goals and dreams.

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OUMAYMA EL BOUMESHOULI FASHION CONTENT CREATOR What will you be investing in for 2022 to optimize your life? A good pair of headphones for exercising; a brand new MacBook for a fresh new start; my dream Saint Laurent gym bag; Jil Sander yoga mat because why not? Manifestation mindset workbook and planner. This is The Confidence Issue – what makes you feel confident? Feeling good in my skin gives me confidence. I try to exercise every morning at least for one hour as it gives me a boost for the day ahead and I always feel so good in my skin. The feeling after an intense workout is just what I need on a daily basis and is quite addictive. How can we support others to feel confident? I love to give compliments to random people on the street, you can really make someone’s day and that makes me happy. I wish that more people step out their comfort zone and compliment each other.

Right: NUXX Nylon holdall Dhs4,150 Saint Laurent; 16-Inch Liquid Retina XDR Display MacBook Pro Dhs11,439 Apple; Black Beoplay H4 2nd Gen Headphones Dhs1,102 Bang & Olufsen

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This is The Confidence Issue – what makes you feel confident? For me, it’s important to invest in self-care and expand my knowledge on a daily basis. By adopting a positive mindset, I’m able to look at the brighter side of things and I always ensure I take a look at what I’ve achieved and how far I’ve come over the years, to build my confidence. How can we support others to feel confident? In this fastpaced world, it’s important to take a step back and appreciate the people around us. I try and be a support system for the loved ones in my life and compliment them on a daily basis.

HAYA JARRAR FOUNDER, ROMANI What will you be investing in for 2022 to optimize your life? With travelling back on the radar again, I shall be investing in a Rimowa suitcase. I’m keen to read Emily Ratajkwoski’s new book, My Body and can’t wait to get my hands on it. As I love jewellery, another investment I shall be making is an Oura ring. In regard to staying on top of it with my health, I shall be enrolling in more Pilates classes.

Right: My Body Dhs89 Emily Ratajkowski; Original Cabin aluminium suitcase Dhs4,290 Rimowa available on NET-A-PORTER

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ZOYA SAKR FOUNDER, THE FLOWER SOCIETY What will you be investing in for 2022 to optimize your life? I would love to invest in a Dior x Technogym bench, its such an amazing tool to have at home. It gives a full body training, especially since starting I have been training with the help of the Zoom workout sessions. This piece of equipment is a special collaboration which I saw is launching in January 2022.

I would also love to invest in a few Alo Yoga outfits, as wearing luxe activewear always pushes me to exercise more. In addition, I’d love to travel more and also invest in a yoga retreat trip, as that’s what I need to kickstart my year on a positive note. This is The Confidence Issue – what makes you feel confident? There are a host of things which play a part in boosting my confidence. Be it exercising five days a week or taking care of my skin. The people I surround myself with including my friends and family, also gives me confidence and being around them makes me feel great. How can we support others to feel confident? Surround yourself by friends that love you and push you more. Give time to your wellbeing as a priority, it definitely pays back.

Left: Balance Dome Dhs1,400 Technogym; Awaken & Center Essential Oil 15ml Dhs66 Alo Yoga; Above: Chakra Warrior Mat Dhs495 Alo Yoga


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MIRIAM ABADI FOUNDER, TRU & BEYOND What will you be investing in for 2022 to optimize your life? Currently, I am spending way too much time on the phone, scrolling through various social media accounts. I love catching up on the world through social media, but at a certain point is gets repetitive and a little bit toxic. What I want to invest in is a bit more self-discipline, less of the internet and more on inspiring convos, books, spending time with my boys, and simply focus more on the things that make me feel better. This is The Confidence Issue –

what makes you feel confident? Discovering how to be self-confident is not an overnight process, it takes a lot of time and self-awareness – it’s an ongoing journey. I believe happiness is a critical element of confidence because in order to be confident in what you do, you have to be happy with who you are. What helps me to feel confident are the following tips: Positive self-talk – no one is me, and being my authentic self is my superpower, perfection does not exist, and instead of comparing myself to others, I try (as much as I can) to be the best version of me. Also genuinely celebrating my successes with other like-minded people genuinely makes me more confident. How can we support others to feel confident? I genuinely believe that if your tribe grows, you grow with them, and by authentically supporting and celebrating other people’s, especially women’s successes, you help them feel confident, any victory big or small is a victory.

AMY WILKINSON-LOUGH FOUNDER, PROJECT BYOUTY What will you be investing in for 2022 to optimize your life? Some structure! At almost 40 I’ve spent years and years trying to avoid it, the idea of not having what I’ve told myself was/is freedom used to send my blood pressure through the roof! I’ve now finally realized that in fact, the only way to have that freedom is to indeed set a structure and follow it – so my first investment will be a giant physical calendar that I can’t escape from. As basic as it sounds I’ve got a feeling it will be pretty game-changing.


This is The Confidence Issue – what makes you feel confident? Music, played very loud first thing in the morning – to which I sing at the top of my lungs. It’s good for the soul and leaves me feeling like I can take on the world; confidently. How can we support others to feel confident? I’d like to see people supporting and encouraging the idea of happiness more than I would confidence. We’re all trying to chase something. We’re being told we should have a side hustle, we should be married, starting a family, buying houses, travelling the world so on and so on and in turn we’ve created a society that has mental illness at an all-time high. If we can all just give each other permission to be happy, and acknowledge that that looks different for absolutely everyone then confidence will follow. Celebrate the wins, all of them irrespective of the size, remember no one’s cheer will ever be as loud as the one you give yourself.


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ness, I’d like to buy a jump rope, as one of my goals this year is to get better at skipping. As I’m a lover of anything vintage, the SMEG fridge seems like a great investment as it’s one of those items I’d love to have in my workspace. The book Talking To My Daughter About The Economy: Or How Capitalism Works – and How It Fails, seems like an insightful read especially when it comes to teaching my children the value of money. This is The Confidence Issue – what makes you feel confident? As cliché as this may sound, doing what I love most on a daily basis, makes me feel confident, as I know I’m good at what I do. But not just that, I know it’s a space where I can continue to evolve and when I make mistakes, grow from them. With that being said, my family is a huge part of why I’m so confident. I always know that no matter what the day brings, in the end, my family will always be there to pick me back up. How can we support others to feel confident? In my opinion, the first step to feeling confident and being at peace is all about perspective. Switching the outlook on yourself, be it with skin or otherwise, and accepting your unique qualities and ultimately making those your superpower. By doing this, you will automatically inspire others by being true to yourself and radiating authenticity, it’s a domino effect.

SALAMA MOHAMED FOUNDER AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR, PEACEFULL What will you be investing in for 2022 to optimize your life? This year I want to invest in a farm. It might seem a bit out of the blue, but I would love to have a space away from the hustle and bustle of the city, where I can disconnect from the world and appreciate the scenery in the countryside. A Herman Miller chair would also be great, as I spend most of my time at Peacefull’s HQ, so I need a comfortable chair whilst I work. For my fit-

Left: Embody adjustable chair Dhs5,475 Herman Miller available on noon.com; Swoosh skipping rope Dhs96 Nike

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HANEEN ODEH FOUNDER, SNOB SALON What will you be investing in for 2022 to optimize your life? Definitely a productivity planner, I just ordered mine for 2022! You can also track your sleep, health and diet as well as organize your day. This is The Confidence Issue – what makes you feel confident? Anytime I’m feeling less than confident, a good blow-dry and a tailored black blazer make me feel amazing. How can we support others to feel confident? I think you should always keep your critical opinions about other people’s appearances to yourself. There’s nothing worse than unsolicited weight advice. However, if there’s something you admire about that person, definitely do share that as a small compliment can sometimes turn someone’s day around.

DAYANA TERTYSHANYA CEO & FOUNDER, DIALIGHT STUDIO What will you be investing in for 2022 to optimize your life? I will be investing in my mental health. The last year of my life was all about the development of my businesses and now (thankfully) I have a bit more time to invest in practices that contribute positively to my overall mental health. While I’ve always been a firm believer in having a balanced work/personal life sometimes even the most disciplined of individuals need to firmly seek out/adopt methods and activities that contribute positively to our mental wellbeing.


This is The Confidence Issue – what makes you feel confident? Confidence is a state of mind and whenever I find myself questioning that, I list down all the things that I’ve achieved on my own; it provides an instant confidence boost and helps me stay aligned with my highest self. I would also stress that while there is still a stigma surrounding therapy in many cultures, the ability to discuss your work stresses/personal life and current/past occurrences with a highly-qualified professional provides one with the kind of mental clarity that is much needed. Not only when you’re operating from the level of a business owner but for anyone seeking to operate at their highest frequency and thereby their most confident selves. Business coaching and therapy both contribute to my optimized levels of confidence. How can we support others to feel confident? I’ve found that most people are quick to offer advice without truly hearing what the other person is saying be it an employee, friend or family member. Therefore, I find the way to truly support anyone is to listen to them without being judgmental, appreciate them and their contributions (be it to your business or your personal life) and do not project your outlook on someone else. It is important to remember that all most people really need is the space, time and right environment to thrive. Be the person that allows them to do that.


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NADINE KANSO FOUNDER OF BIL ARABI What will you be investing in for 2022 to optimize your life? Health is by far the most important aspect of our lives, being active and healthy is not a secondary factor but a primary one. At one point I have let this go and felt the consequences of not prioritizing this. Therefore, exercising on a regular basis has to always come first. As for food, I love to eat, but I’m conscious about my daily food intake and have realised that moderation is key to feeling optimal. This is The Confidence Issue – what makes you feel confident? My confidence comes after years of experiences and travelling so many roads. It’s always important to follow your heart and instinct, as by doing so you are being true to yourself and the other people on your path, so only you can give yourself this confidence. How can we support others to feel confident? Our support to others feeling confident is trying to guide them in the right way, the way that is theirs to travel, so always being honest without giving them false feedback is key.

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DONNA BARTOLI SKINCARE CONTENT CREATOR @DONNA. BARTOLI What will you be investing in for 2022 to optimize your life? This year, I’ll be investing in certain essentials to start the new year on a positive note. The items include a book entitled ‘Mental Fitness’ by Ant Middleton, the Holiface Yoga set, the MiHigh Sauna blanket, Adanola ultimate leggings and Wild Nutrition daily essentials. This is The Confidence Issue – what makes you feel confident? When I look my best, I feel my best. It’s such a cliché quote but for me, it’s a fact. When I’m eating well, working out and keeping work stress at work, I feel my most confident. How can we support others to feel confident? Life can be difficult, especially right now extending my good feelings and confidence is important. I like to champion others, especially women that need an extra boost. Giving someone a compliment or wishing them a good day can boost a person’s confidence. Sometimes it’s the smallest gestures that make the biggest difference.

Left: Daily Essentials for women Dhs384 Wild Nutrition; Right: HoliFace Yoga Set Dhs875 Holidermie

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AMANDA RUSHFORTH SUSTAINABLE FASHION CONTENT CREATOR @AMANDARUSFORTH What will you be investing in for 2022 to optimize your life? I will make sure I’m investing only in sustainable and long-lasting items such as the Girlfriend recycled-fabric activewear from Bloomingdales. For weekends spent on the water, I’ll be making sure my swimwear is one hundred per cent sustainably made too from Sal Sister. One thing that’s important is that I

make sure I use a laundry aid such as a Cora ball, every time I wash my swim and sportswear, to help collect all the plastic micro-fibres that are released in the wash. The new Cora ball from Aqraq does the job. For the rest of the day, I’m living in Pangaia’ s unique Ocean Collection activewear for the utmost comfort. I believe that health starts from within too, so making sure more cold press juices are on my weekly shopping lists from Essentially. This is The Confidence Issue – what makes you feel confident?

Above left: High-Rise Pocket Bike Shorts Dhs275 Girlfriend Collective available on bloomingdales.ae; Cocoa Cashew 250ml for Dhs13.50 Essentially;Tommy Bra Dhs225 Girlfriend Collective available on bloomingdales.ae

I think confidence is just a state of mind, whether it’s completing a great workout, or wearing those heels that make you feel strong. Confidence isn’t about what others give to you. My confidence can come from making a great tasting smoothie in the morning to clearing my inbox the night before. How can we support others to feel confident? Support small businesses, even if it’s just a like, comment or share on their page for example. You never know who’s behind them and who needs your support.


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KHULOOD AL NAKHI FOUNDER OF BEYOND What will you be investing in for 2022 to optimise your life? Balancing my business life with quality family time which is extremely important for me. Travelling to the places with meaning and learning new things. This is The Confidence Issue – what makes you feel confident? The university of life which we call experience, surrounded by the right people, and a peaceful mind. How can we support others to feel confident? I believe sharing is caring, supporting others with our knowledge and experience and giving them the chance to explore new opportunities. The latest collection of my brand BEYOND Capsule 50 highlights wellbeing as a part of luxury expressions, which also represent a new and important narrative of confidence for all women.

NORA AL RAMADHAN FOUNDER & CEO, APOTHECA BEAUTY What will you be investing in for 2022 to optimize your life? In 2022 I will be investing in aspects of life that contribute to my overall mental and physical wellbeing, such as exercise and travel. I plan to travel to visit family frequently, along with discovering new places and experiences in the world.

This is The Confidence Issue – what makes you feel confident? I feel most confident when I am at peace with my environment and my personal fitness. Exercising regularly, eating and sleeping well allow me to feel my best and reduce my overall stress levels, which in turn reflects in the condition of my skin. I have started taking Magnesium every night to assist in muscle recovery and to help me sleep soundly through the night. How can we support others to feel confident? I believe we can support others to feel confident by encouraging them to take time for themselves; to engage in activities and behaviours which contribute to their wellbeing and personal development.

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NINA UBHI MAKEUP ARTIST What will you be investing in for 2022 to optimize your life? With the hectic lifestyle and schedule I have, I’ve realised I need to focus more on my health and mind so some of the things I’ll be investing in are a cycle as I’ve been pursuing this for the last six months. An hour every morning gets me started for the day ahead. With reading on my to-do list this year, I would like to educate myself with books that keep me motivated. Cleaner eating has become a priority for me and this new restaurant SLD is where I shall be mostly eating from. Ultimately, I’ll be allocating monthly sessions at Snob to keep my nails in check but also my mind by de-stress-

NISA TIWANA DIGITAL CONTENT CREATOR, @NISA_ TIWANA What will you be investing in for 2022 to optimize your life? This year, I’ll definitely be investing in an Apple Watch as I’m looking to limit my screen time and that would also help me get away from my phone. As I want to focus more on fitness, I shall be investing in a personal trainer as I need the motivation and the dedication in order to stay consistent. I’m also looking into investing in a Chanel bag, it’s one of those pieces that are timeless. This is The Confidence Issue – what makes you feel confident? I feel like confidence is something within you and comes from what you carry in your mind. Growing up I struggled with insecurities, as I became older, I started to become more comfortable in my own skin and this has given me confidence. How can we support others to feel confident? We should com-

ing with the relaxing massages. It’s so important to take time out from work to look after yourself. It makes me feel and look better so I can work whilst feel polished. What makes you feel confident? A combination of at least eight hours of sleep, clean eating, surrounding myself with motivating and inspiring people and cycling makes me feel much more confident. It’s amazing how good you can feel if you look after your mind, body and soul. How can we support others to feel confident? It’s such a simple act but being nicer human beings makes all the difference. Being critical and picking out peoples’ flaws doesn’t help anyone other than making the person it’s directed at feel insecure. It’s amazing what a few inspiring words or compliments can do for a person. Try complimenting the next person you speak to by saying a minimum of two things nice about them and as well as giving them confidence, it will make you feel good too.

pliment each other more when we appreciate something. I used to shy away and avoid doing that in the past but now I make sure I stop and compliment even if I don’t know the person. I feel like spreading positive energy this way would support and make others feel more confident. Below: Gold Aluminium Case watch Dhs1,149 Apple

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GHIZLAN GUENEZ FOUNDER, THE MODIST What will you be investing in for 2022 to optimize your life? One of the things that I don’t compromise on is my sleep and working out, they’re both crucial for anyone leading a busy life and dealing with pressure. So, I’m all about the gadgets that help you track those important activities and this year I’ll be investing in the new Ora ring to track my sleep and fitness as optimising my physical and mental health all starts from there. This year I’d love to also go to Merano Palace hotel in Italy, to embrace their holistic approach to health and detox that truly appeals to me as they combine Chinese practices and conventional medicine and its a great place to be surrounded by nature and greenery. Sleep is the most important time for me to regain my energy, hence, this year I shall be investing in blue light blockers which help make a difference in giving me a full night of rest. This is The Confidence Issue – what makes you feel confident? Confidence is such a broad spectrum and ranges depending on what area one is talking about, be it career, personal relations, physical looks and so on. I think it’s a journey and we make progress in different areas of our lives at different times. Ultimately my confidence stems from continuing to explore and understand who I am, by knowing my values and living them, I end up focusing less on my insecurities and more on the gratifying aspect of giving.

Above: Ring Generation 3 Dhs1,098 Oura; Blue Light Blocking Glasses Dhs533 Nate Sleep

How can we support others to feel confident? People often think that to support you need to do a big deed. Sometimes something as simple as paying a sincere compliment to a stranger is sufficient to change their day and their perspective. I also believe that being

authentic especially with social media is relevant. Yes people want to see beautiful images and stylish looks, but the element of authenticity is crucial not only to reduce the amount of social media-educed insecurities, but also to make people more relatable.

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MAYA CHANTOUT CREATIVE DIRECTOR & IMAGE CONSULTANT What will you be investing in for 2022 to optimize your life? This year I would like to focus more on my health, a wellness ritual set created through the joined forces of Polite Worldwide and Colekt, a trip to Cuixmala in Mexico, Matchta suited Uji tea powder, the book ‘Many Lives, Many Masters’ by Dr Brian Weiss and the Music Hall MMF 11.3 Noyer.

This is The Confidence Issue – what makes you feel confident? I’m most confident when I’m at peace with myself, especially when I’m healthy and feeling good from the inside. When I eat and sleep well, my productivity increases, and I feel confident. While growing up, we’re all taught to work on our weaknesses and for me nothing makes me feel more confident when I’ve accomplished something in my career. How can we support others to feel confident? I try my best to encourage people around me to respect their uniqueness and be true to themselves. I think you’re most confident when you love yourself and who you truly are. Don’t try to copy or be like anyone else. The most you, you can be is the best version of yourself.

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FATMA ALMHEIRI FOUNDER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF VENUS THE LABEL, COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER AT MUSEUM OF THE FUTURE What will you be investing in for 2022 to optimize your life? If anything, I actually want to invest in time for myself. Time is priceless yet extremely valuable since time wasted is something that we can never get back. I want to dedicate my time to reading the books I bought over the past two years, to learning new skills as well as practising and perhaps teaching yoga. Something I’ve learnt growing up is that time really is precious. Personally, investing in time also means that I’ll get to enjoy the little things in life like the unrolling of my yoga mat and the smell of freshlypicked blueberries. It’s these simple things that add value to one’s life. Additionally, I want to respect time by turning off unnecessary distractions, taking breaks to clear my mind and most importantly, I want to take the time to care for my body and listen to it. By acknowledging time, I can pause, take a minute to myself and then I can properly continue to grow and thrive. Aside from time, I want to invest in my own life. I want to be able to set my own path and to live by design rather than the default, to not react to whatever comes my way and instead try to take charge of my life and its direction. This is The Confidence Issue – what makes you feel confident? My achievements throughout the years, looking back and realizing all that I have already accomplished excites me to move on and go even further. Confidence for me also comes

in the shape of acceptance. Not seeking validation from others and surrounding myself with people who have ambitions and goals is key. You are easily affected by your surroundings and it’s important to have the right group of people around you. This is something I have struggled with in the past year and at times, I did feel a major setback in my confidence, but now I know that I’m starting the year with the right people by my side. At the end of the day, I am my own cheerleader. I’m beyond proud of myself for reaching

“Confidence for me also comes in the shape of acceptance.”

where I am now and I’m ready to take on 2022 with all that it might have in store for me! How can we support others to feel confident? Breaking barriers, encouraging people to speak up and to ask questions. I always tell my peers that no question is a silly question, it only means that you want to learn. Another way that I find crucial is by celebrating all wins whether big or small, taking the time to listen and help in identifying each other’s goals as well as showing support throughout a process.

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FOUNDER – WORKSHOP GYMNASIUM Led by founder Lee Mullins and his team of expert performance specialists, Workshop is the antidote to fast fitness fads, instead taking a unique and completely customised approach to training.


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What do your first 30 mins of the day look like, your morning routine? My mornings always begin with 2 huge glasses of water, whilst I’m working my way through these, I’m preparing my first batch of coffee for myself and my wife. Whilst the coffee is brewing, I take my dachshund Teddy outside, which also gives me the opportunity to get exposed to some natural light, which has been shown to be one of the best ways to naturally energize the body first thing in the morning and maintain a healthy circadian rhythm. Whilst preparing Teddy’s breakfast I’ll work through a cup of coffee, before jumping in the shower, which over the last couple of years always ends with 15 – 30 seconds of coldwater exposure to help naturally boost energy and alertness further. What are the pillars of the brand and how did you define why these were important? Workshop is a brand that is trusted, has personality, is empathetic, and has purpose behind everything we do. These brand pillars have become identified as the brand has evolved, and our identity has been formed. Our services and products are designed to build trust in our process straight away, whether that’s by taking every customer through our Framework Assessment (series of body assessments) which helps build trust immediately by showing that we aren’t just guessing as to what a client should be doing training on the gym floor, and the same with our nutritional supplements, each product and ingredient was chosen because there is sufficient research behind each product as to their effectiveness and results.


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There is also trust gained in that we now have a global network of gyms, having the ability to have a client’s programme, likes/dislikes, injury history etc. seamlessly shared amongst all of our coaches around the world. A client doesn’t have to worry when they are travelling about their workouts, if they train at one of our facilities they know that the trainer they will be working with will know their programme and personal preferences just as much as their regular trainer does. Understanding early on that we’re working with humans and not robots it became very clear that we need a team of different personality types to match our customers’ personality types, which enables our coaches to connect and build strong bonds with our customers, which perfectly leads into the next brand pillar of being empathetic. This is such an essential trait required to pull the best out of someone, the ability to read a customer, know when they need some tough love and when a little more compassion needs to be shown, this is the art of what I believe our coaches do best. And finally, having purpose behind everything we do, whether that’s purpose and reasoning behind how a customer’s training programme is designed, purpose behind the products we bring to market and that they will actually add value and benefit to a customer instead of just making a quick buck. How did you know it was the right time to make the leap and launch something for yourself? I had worked for another company for just over 7 years and having gone as far as I could within that business, I left them to work full time with one client, which I knew at the time wasn’t a longterm solution, but it was what I needed at the time. After about 6 months the Bulgari Hotel in London knew me and wanted to have a training concept that they trusted and that would enhance their offering to guests, which is when they approached me to launch what has become Workshop. How did your previous roles prepare you for this leap and is there ever a right time? What my experience has taught me is that there is never a right time to launch a business, we all have to start somewhere, and the reality is there will be parts of launching a business that we’re completely inexperienced in, but that’s when most of your evolution as a business owner comes from. My previous role taught me a lot of lessons as I started with the business when it was relatively small, so I got to see some of the mistakes to avoid, but at the same time got experience at helping a business grow in every aspect, from marketing, PR and more. How does being able to think outside the box equip you to build a strategy that scales the business? I think it’s very easy to fall into the trap of replicating what other successful businesses do, and without a doubt success definitely leaves clues which can be useful to incorporate into your own business, but at the same time developing your own strategy helps. That being said when we launched our second location in Milan, I thought that we would just replicate the template of the business model in London, but Italy had different regulations, which meant we had to adapt the business model slightly, and the same when we launched in Dubai and China.

Do you feel more drawn to the creative or the business side of the brand? Ironically this has been something I have mentioned more and more recently, that as the business has grown the aesthetic and creative part of the business has been something I have come to care more and more about, so much so over the last year I have actually begun learning photography. I figured in this day and age the ability to showcase a brand through imagery and video is becoming everything, so if I can capture this in an aesthetic that I feel best showcases the brand then it can be a benefit. What has been the biggest challenge since launching and how did you navigate it? The biggest challenge undoubtedly which I still struggle with even today is having the discipline to step away from the gym to work on developing the business. I love being in the gym training clients and I love being in the gym with our team of coaches when I should be in our office working on all of the other components of the business. This is slowly changing but without a doubt this has been the biggest challenge. You’ve also branched out into supplements – how did this come about? Honestly this was born out of the demand from our clients, we developed our supplement line back in 2018 to be used just within the gyms, and as customers would experience them more and more the demand to bring them to the general public grew. It really is a product range developed from demand and the level of purity in the products is unrivalled. Do you have any mentors or guides and how does this help navigate the right path? My business partner Hani Farsi has been an incredible calming presence during times when I think everything is falling apart, his experience and confidence at times have been invaluable. I’m also fortunate to be surrounded by incredible clients who are some of the smartest, most successful people in the world, and over the years I’ve always picked their brains on some of our business ventures. I’ve always enjoyed talking business with Anthony and David de Rothschild, who have been friends and clients of mine for over ten years. Patrice Cohen and Jordan Cook have always given me great business advice and Nassef Sawiris has always taken the time to allow me to pick his brains when needed. The one common theme all these super smart people share is they are able to ask me 1 or 2 questions which straight away helps me figure out the answer. What advice would you give to your younger self starting out? Don’t be scared to ask for help, it isn’t a sign of weakness, always go with your gut feeling, it will likely lead you to the right decision, and always sleep on a tough decision, it will likely always appear better by sleeping on it. You have global locations – tell us more about how you scaled this and how you retain consistency on a wider scale? We established the business within the Bulgari Hotel in London in 2014 and following a successful year where our customers were happier than ever, our trainers were happy and the hotel was happy with the level of guest satisfaction, media coverage and revenue, the hotel group was watching what we were creating in London and wanted to have

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us as a part of their global portfolio of properties. Fortunately for us this coincided at a time the hotel group was expanding quickly, so from 2016 – 2018 we expanded from 1 location to 6 locations globally. We managed to retain the quality of each location by creating a strong management team when launching and the majority of our management team had been an experienced member of our London team, so they were able to instill the culture and oversee the training quality amongst the local coaches that we work with. On top of that all training sessions are recorded and tracked, so we are able to help oversee the quality of the training sessions being delivered from any of our locations. How important is selecting the right brand ambassadors in this? Our ambassadors have played a really important role, particularly in regard to our exposure within the media and marketing. The likes of Zara Martin and Gala Gordon are always trying to help the brand awareness in whatever way possible, which is something I’ll forever be grateful for. This is The Confidence Issue – what makes you feel confident? Easily my wife, the fact that she married me fills me with the most confidence possible, but in all seriousness at certain times, such as when I wasn’t sure about launching the business and the times when I’ve doubted myself, she has always said the right thing to help me get over the line in whatever thing I’m struggling with. She worked within the business when we launched and 100% the business would not be where it is today without her initial involvement when we launched. At the same time, she is also my toughest critic and will call me out if I’m dropping the ball on something.

“Everything that is happening is leading you to your calling and your alignment so just be you, work hard and take lessons from every challenge and experience.”

FOUNDER – PILATES BY BRYONY What do your first 30 mins of the day look like, your morning routine? The mornings are really sacred to me and set the tone for my day. I wake up between 5:30 and 6 am during the week as I like to have a slow and calm start, with an hour to myself, before my first client. Every morning I take my time and make a Matcha using my favourite Enso Matcha powder, its a ritual for me and I climb back into bed to drink it. I always have my morning playlist on too, it lifts my mood and gives me a burst of energy first thing. What are the pillars of the brand and how did you define why these were important? My brand and ethos is about movement that serves the mind and body and challenges without breaking it down and putting it through stress. I also believe in the power of live classes, I’m passionate about form and the precision behind each movement that I put my clients’ bodies through. I want my sessions to create transformative long lasting and sustainable results. If a client tells me I have given them confidence in their own skin again, it truly is the most amazing feeling. The strength of the relationships I have built up with my clients is at the heart of my brand. How did you know it was the right time to make the leap and launch something for yourself? I have always been entrepreneurial since a young age so it was never a question that I wouldn’t work for myself and build a brand. I have developed two other businesses in the past and have learnt a lot along the way. I have always been extremely mindful of health and wellbeing and the importance of truly treating your body like a temple, for me Pilates encapsulates all of this. It felt so natural for me to be doing Pilates, I feel so grateful to have found my calling and purpose, doing something I love.

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Bryony Deery

How did your previous roles prepare you for this leap and is there ever a right time? I have worked for the most amazing and inspiring brands such as The New York Times, Cosmopolitan magazine and Bare Minerals in various roles. I then went on to launch a swimwear and a corporate wellbeing company. The common thread was that I loved making people feel good and the best possible version of themselves. To be able to learn from every experience and challenge is a real opportunity for growth. There is never a right time and you’re never “ready” but I am a believer in just going for it whole heartedly and figuring it out along the way! You train clients both 1:1 and over digital – do you feel a combined approach works best or is it possible to see results from digital classes only? I have clients who solely do digital as this fits their busy lifestyles and others that prefer a mixture. During lockdown we realised that we can use technology to achieve great results. Using digital platforms has meant that people from all over the world can join my weekly live group classes and train with me and my team. I give guidance on form and demonstrate different options so that everyone can participate fully, based on their level of experience. Do you feel more drawn to the creative or the business side of the brand? To be honest both, I studied for a degree in fashion business and have always been excited by the business side but equally enjoy seeing a concept come together visually. What has been the biggest challenge since launching and how did you navigate it? I have been extremely lucky to have the most kind and supportive clients who have helped my business to grow at a speed that feels almost overnight. Managing growth whilst maintaining balance in my own personal life is something I have had to navigate. Routine and structure is where I thrive, so giving myself boundaries has helped and knowing when to say no, and that actually saying no is sometimes the best thing you can do. How often do you need to commit per week to Pilates practice to really see a transformation? I work with my clients on a minimum of 10 sessions per month, 2-3 hours per week is an achievable and realistic amount for people to see real progress and stay consistent. Consistency is what achieves the results. I share my energy and passion for Pilates with everyone that I train and in turn they become devotees of the practice. I’ve never had a client take more than a week off! Do you have any mentors or guides and how does this help navigate the right path? I don’t have one single mentor but I am incredibly keen to learn and develop, so I try to soak up everything I can from as many experiences and people as possible. I am lucky to have been raised by two amazing parents and have a tight knit group of very supportive and inspiring friends. What advice would you give to your younger self starting out? Have more confidence in yourself, trust the process and don’t sweat the small stuff. Everything that is happening is leading you to your calling and your alignment so just be you, work hard and take lessons from every challenge and experience. This is The Confidence Issue – what makes you feel confident? Prioritising health and wellbeing makes me feel calm, in control, happy and in turn confident. I then feel clear headed and energised to wake up with a purpose every day. I read a lot of self development books and I love to journal. It’s the daily small rituals and practices that make me feel my best.


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Clear & Clean

Emma Sawko, Co-Founder of Wild & The Moon on creating a plant-based haven

What do the first 30 minutes of your day look like, your morning routine? I start the day with some herbal tea, to rehydrate after the night and then incorporate some yoga into my morning routine or go for a boxing session with my trainer before a shower and

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breakfast on some days. Sport has always played a crucial part of my routine and it allows me to start the day with a full battery. What inspired you to start Wild & The Moon and how did you scale the brand globally? When I moved to Dubai, there was clearly



a lack of healthy restaurants and awareness around good food. As I opened my concept store, Comptoir 102, I realized I would have to open a healthy café with it, even if it would be only for my friends and me. Unexpectedly, it was a huge and immediate success, and I soon had the choice to develop the Comptoir 102 cafés, or to push the concept a little further and create something new entirely. I went with the latter. With Wild & the Moon, I wanted to create the first global brand of super healthy, plant-based food gathering a community of mindful eaters around it. We started with one restaurant in Dubai, and a few years later, we have 10 restaurants in 4 different cities, with more coming up. What is your own personal approach to wellness? Wellness is about feeling good, eating healthy food in good company, sharing life’s pleasures, having fun and doing the sport you like. I see too many people forcing themselves into eating healthy bland food or following a boring exercise programme, because they have to. Wellness is inhabiting your body and treating it well, not punishing yourself. Do you take supplements or add protein on a daily basis? I believe in real food to provide your body with all the nutrients it needs. A well-thought out plant-based diet is loaded with vitamins and nutrients and gives you more than enough complete protein. Rather than supplements, for add-ons, I like to use superfoods, which are whole plant powders such as spirulina. I love to use it as a spread or with one of our home-made mixes with pure plant power. You have an effective detox programme – can you tell us more about it? I strongly believe in the power of fasting as a way of regenerating the body. Not just because of the science behind it, but because I experienced it many times myself. Each time I do a detox, I feel much better, lighter, my skin clears up and brightens, my digestion improves, my mind is sharper, and I feel completely re-energized. It is magical. For our detox programme, I didn’t want people to feel hungry, frustrated or deprived. With a team of experts, we developed a tasty detox programme with a massive boost of vitamins, nutrients, antioxidants, and joyful colours, which, I think, is the reason of its success. How do the Middle Eastern preferences for vegan food differ to those in Europe? French people tend to be a little conservative when it comes to food, while Middle Easterners are more adventurous. But maybe it is just an impression and the fact that the Middle East has a younger demographic profile. The vegan movement is spreading globally, and for


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many, it is not necessarily dogmatic, nor is it about giving up anything, but simply about eating more consciously, being aware of the choices we make, and re-introducing more whole, plant-based food onto our plates. What piece of advice would you give to your younger self? I wouldn’t go back and give my younger self advice. Life is also about embracing your own experiences, and with it, its fair share of mistakes, for we only succeed by trial and error. I prefer being grateful for my imperfect youth because it took me to where I am now. I am happy with the choices I made and lucky my parents taught me to believe in myself and go for it. What recommendations would you make for anyone thinking of adopting a vegan or partvegan lifestyle? It’s important to realise you can keep on eating the things you love. Being plant-based does not mean renouncing your favourite dish and replacing it with seed porridge and purple dragon fruit. You could start by replacing just one of your weekly meat-based meals with a plant-based one that you love. Be it pasta with a rich tomato and basil sauce, a steaming bowl of soup

“Wellness is about feeling good, eating healthy food in good company, sharing life’s pleasures, having fun and doing the sport you like.”

with crispy bread or a warm pita and falafel sandwich. The more conscious you become about the food you’re eating, the easier it will be for you to experiment, have fun, without giving up on the pleasure of food. This is The Confidence Issue – what makes you feel confident? I have a lot of feedback


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from people who tell me I helped them change the way they feel about healthy food. Women who hated cooking and started writing cookbooks. Men who had told me they hate bird food and now organise all their business lunches in my restaurants. People who were sick and recovered with the healing power of food. Along with the clients who discovered healthy food through my restaurants and came to me to hug and thank me, I think I might have done something right.

THE HERO SMOOTHIES Drive Me Mango, Skin Glow, Blue Moon.


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This low-key haven offers a wide range of delicious organic, glutenfree and vegan options to promote one’s overall wellbeing.

THE HERO DISH Beetroot Hummus

THE LOCATION Le Meridian Mina Seyahi SEVA Experience

This creative destination was born with a mission to promote wellness and real food, all set in a garden that feels like a true escape. With an emphasis on organic living and seasonal ingredients, the dishes are designed to nourish from the inside out.

THE HERO DISH Tropical Ceviche

THE LOCATION Jumeirah Beach Road Comptoir 102

This award-winning ethical concept offers conscious choices with ingredients sourced from local organic farms, serving delicious food while promoting sustainability. From home-made nut milks to its famous smoothies, there’s enough and more for everyone who visits.


Plant-Based Bunless Burger



The Lime Tree Café

From their eggless omelette to a variety of gluten-free meals, here you won’t need to compromise on taste.

This local homegrown neighbourhood haven has a bountiful selection of vegan-friendly treats. From beetroot salad to Lime Tree’s vegan version of the legendary carrot cake with coconut frosting this is a destination everyone can enjoy.

Eggless Omelette

Legendary Carrot Cake

Dubai Marina

Jumeirah 1, Town Square, Al Quoz, Motor City, Nakheel Mall, Sheikh Zayed Road and The Springs Souk.

Jumeirah Beach Road Soul Sante Café


Wild & The Moon

Inspired by the seasons, this chic café has an alchemy of flavours all bursting with vital energy making it a healthy alternative to the urban crowd. From cold-pressed juices to dishes prepped with the best superfoods, each ingredient is ethically sourced.

THE HERO DISH Rawliflower Salad

THE LOCATION Alserkal Avenue, Emaar Boulevard and DIFC (and Paris if you’re traveling)


Brunch & Cake

This weekend favourite has curated a new-plant-based menu of widely loved dishes. From the Impossible Burger to a delicious Impossible Bolognese, there’s an iconic array of vegan dishes to try.


Impossible Bolognese


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The Wanderlust An edit of exceptional resorts ideal for Après-Ski


and suites, a three-bedroom penthouse and the three-bedroom Chalet Zeno, as well as four unique dining venues, meaning there’s something to suit everyone. Best of all, Rosa Alpina is on the doorstep of the slopes of San Cassiano with access to 1,200km of slopes and 450 lifts.

This luxury oasis is hidden in the quaint mountain village of San Cassiano, Italy. Rosa Alpina is the ultimate skiing destination of the Dolomites, located between the peaks of Lavarella and Conturines. This family-run hotel delivers nothing but luxury and comfort making for the ideal getaway for skiing. Described as a home-away-from-home, the resort features 52 spacious rooms

Whilst being the go-to place to visit for skiing season, Rosa Alpina also has a key focus on wellness. The resort’s spa is the perfect oasis to escape to after a long day on the slopes. With a number of treatments on offer, each is tailored to suit the needs of the individual allowing for complete immersion and relaxation. aman.com/resorts/rosa-alpina

Aman Rosa Alpina – San Cassiano, Italy


Gstaad Palace – Gstaad, Switzerland


As one of the only family-run hotels in Switzerland, it’s been a hub for celebrities and notable figures during peak ski season throughout its 108-year history. Vintage glamour is at the heart of this hotel and even highlights its notable guests through the years including Roger Moore and Louis Armstrong. The expansive hotel has 104 rooms including 25 suites and one penthouse with 125 miles of Gstaad’s slopes just steps away from the resort.


When it comes to apres-ski, the Gstaad Palace has you covered across all bases. With four dining concepts featuring Swiss specialities to international haute cuisine, there’s something for everyone. There are also two bars with live music for those who like to enjoy a casual nightcap and for others that like to keep the party going until the early hours of the morning head to the hotel’s very own nightclub, Greengo, which has been the go-to place in Gstaad since 1971. palace.ch/en Aman Le Mélézin – Courchevel, France


Located in the heart of Les Trois Vallées, in Courchevel, France, the Aman Le Mélézin offers one of the most exceptional ski experiences you can find. The hotel has just 31 rooms making it ultra-exclusive and luxurious. The resort is located right on the Bellecôte ski slope and to ensure you have the most luxurious experience there are ski butlers on-hand to ensure your ski equipment is handled with care and delivered directly to you.


Skiing isn’t the only snow activity to do at this resort. For those feeling adventurous, view the Alpine landscape via a helicopter or paraglider. The resort can also organize self-piloted dog sledging sessions to make you feel like you truly are in a winter wonderland. However, for those who prefer to relax apres-ski, the luxury Aman spa awaits you. aman.com/resorts/ aman-le-melezin

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the USA, The Little Nell in Aspen plays host to some of the best skiing you’ll find across the globe. Ensuring guests only experience five-star service, the resort has its very own ski concierge ready to cater for all skiing needs including boot warming, tune-ups and equipment storage to arranging adventures, lessons and tours. thelittlenell.com Carlton Hotel St. Moritz – St. Moritz, Switzerland


Experience the joie de vivre of Switzerland’s skiing during a stay at the Carlton Hotel St. Moritz. Embodying a true ski chalet vibe, the resort features 60 rooms making for an uberexclusive stay. Complete with two restaurants and one bar, the hotel offers nothing short of a luxurious experience.


Explore the wonders of the Engadine with the bespoke service the Carlton Hotel St. Moritz has to offer. From December to March the Carlton Outdoor Butler is there to cultivate an individual winter programme for guests, whether that be skiing, winter exploration, hiking and more. carlton-stmoritz.ch/en Fairmont Chateau Whistler – British Columbia, Canada


The Little Nell – Aspen, USA



The Little Nell is Aspen’s only five-star, five-diamond, ski-in/ ski-out hotel. Embodying true mountain luxury, the hotel features 92 rooms, all of which feature a unique floor plan and gas log fireplaces with views of Aspen Mountain, Red Mountain, the Continental Divide, Durant and Spring streets. There’s no shortage of dining options for guests either, with two restaurants and three bars at the resort.


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Located in Canada’s biggest ski resort, Whistler Blackcomb, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler boasts an impressive 519 rooms, but delivers only the best, particularly when it comes to an all-rounded ski experience featuring some of the best snow Canada has to offer.


Take a break from skiing and visit the resort’s health club. Bask in the views of snowy surroundings and relax in one of the three outdoor heated whirlpools. The health club also features a dry sauna, two eucalyptus steam rooms and two winter barrel saunas and a fire pit. All are there to reinvigorate and reenergize you ready to enjoy another day on the slopes. fairmont.com/whistler

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The Hidden An edit of bespoke hotels in the UAE you’ll want to discover



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Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island – Abu Dhabi

Boasting three different experiences on one exclusive island, you can escape from it all at Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island. The first of the three concepts is the Desert Islands Resort & Spa where you’ll experience a unique blend of desert, beach and wildlife. The second is the Al Sahel which features just 30 villas spread through the island’s lush savannah. You might even wake up to the sight of a wild gazelle. The final hotel concept on Sir Bani Yas Island by Anantara is the Al Yamm resort which is an all-villa sanctuary paying homage to an Emirati fishing village. Guests will be able to wake up to the incredible sight of the Arabian Gulf and overlook the luscious mangroves simultaneously. anantara.com/en/sir-bani-yas-abu-dhabi Oberoi Beach Resort Al Zorah – Ajman

The Oberoi Beach Resort Al Zorah in Ajman is truly an escape like no other in the UAE. Located just a 40-minute drive from Downtown Dubai, Al Zorah allows its guests to completely get away from city life. It first opened in 2017 as the second UAEbased property for the family-owned Oberoi group. Unlike its Dubai counterpart which is in the heart of the city, Al Zorah is a tranquil getaway and feels like a world of its own. Designed by Italian architect Piero Lissoni, the sophisticated contemporary resort encompasses an open-plan concept complete with earthy tones and seamlessly blends in with its natural surroundings. Reflected in the design of Al Zorah is the epitome of Oberoi as a brand – creating a bespoke experience for its guests. oberoihotels.com/hotels-in-al-zorah-ajman/


Al Wathba, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa – Abu Dhabi

Rooted deep within the desert landscape of Al Wathba, an intimate retreat with natural beauty is the hallmark of this hotel experience, with guests ready to embark on an individual wellness journey, immersed in privacy. With a secluded plunge pool, guests can take in serene views of the Arabian Desert from their spacious villa as they lie back and absorb the beauty of the property. marriott.com/hotels/travel/auhlc-alwathba-a-luxury-collection-desert-resortand-spa-abu-dhabi/

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Address Beach Resort Fujairah

Having only just opened this year, the Address Beach Resort Fujairah has already become an instant hit with tourists and residents alike. Blending into the mountains of Fujairah, the expansive property is the perfect place to get away from it all. With three restaurant concepts, an array of rooms and suites to choose from and a luxury spa, the resort is worth the three-hour drive to Fujairah. addresshotels.com/en/resorts/address-beachresort-fujairah


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The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert

Beyond the UAE’s gleaming metropolises lies this rustic retreat nestled between the dunes of RAK. With Bedouin-inspired villas taking guests back to the country’s roots, each staycation at the property is beyond the norm. To ensure visitors are entertained round the clock, equestrian activities, birdspotting, biking, archery and camel riding lessons amid the sand make the entire experience an exhilarating one. Brimming with nomadic heritage, this stunning destination ensures tranquility in every corner, while taking in the breathtaking views of nature. When it comes to fine-dining, the niche farm-to-table Farmhouse concept sets this experience apart. ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/uae/al-wadi-desert

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Where does your love for food come from? My father who worked in the Hospitality industry gave me the passion for this profession. What brought you to Dubai? My first job was in Dubai, for the opening of the One & Only Royal Mirage. For 3 years, I was mentored by Lew Kathreptis. Several years later and

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after some experiences around the world, I was back in Dubai, where it all began, for an exciting and challenging project: La Cantine du Faubourg. Talk us through the concept of Gohan. The main guideline when it comes to Gohan was to get as close as possible to authentic

Japanese food with a twist of modernity and street food. I wanted the concept to be straightforward in terms of taste but also accessible and not fine dining. What are the hero dishes at Gohan? Among the most popular dishes, there is the Miso soup with spicy crab and tofu, the Chawan mushi with caviar, the Shrimp okonomiyaki, Black Angus beef & cheese, Crispy Chilean sea bass and the Matcha sponge cake of course! What sets the F&B industry in Dubai apart from the rest of the world? The Dubai F&B industry is particularly interesting as it reflects the mix of cultures and nationalities we can find here. The spending power is also very high in Dubai, so it allows us to provide and work with good quality and high-end products. Describe the process that goes into curating new menus and new dish ideas. Personally, my main inspirations come from books. Travelling is also a great source of inspiration as it has been for Gohan with my travels to Japan. What have been the milestones throughout your career? My career choices have been guided by some chefs such as Lew Kathreptis and Gordon Ramsay. A big milestone was when I won a Michelin Star for the French restaurant L’Auberge à la Bonne Idée. The objective was loud and clear: I head the kitchen, I do whatever I want to do, but I had to get a Michelin star within two years. And so I did. Another milestone is when Gordon Ramsay called me to work in Qatar by his side to open two restaurants at the Saint-Regis and then two in Hong Kong. Finally, I am now back in Dubai where my career began. I chose to join La Cantine du Faubourg as the Executive Chef for the optimistic dynamic and I am now Corporate Chef of the Group. What’s next for Gohan in 2022? Among all the projects and ideas for Gohan, the goal for me is to maintain the consistency of the venue.


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Elevate your coffee table for 2022 with this exploration of collaboration between two icons; Azzedine Alaïa and Peter Lindbergh

Coffee Table Book – Peter Lindbergh. Azzedine Alaïa Dhs295 available at taschen.com

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Articles inside

The Wanderlust – An edit of exceptional resorts ideal for après-ski article cover image

The Wanderlust – An edit of exceptional resorts ideal for après-ski

pages 94-97
Authentic – Gohan Dubai is the new Japanese speakeasy by the team at La Cantine du Faubourg article cover image

Authentic – Gohan Dubai is the new Japanese speakeasy by the team at La Cantine du Faubourg

pages 102-108
Tone – Fitness experts on what it takes to tweak, transform and stay committed in terms of fitness article cover image

Tone – Fitness experts on what it takes to tweak, transform and stay committed in terms of fitness

pages 86-89
Equip – Tools for wellness article cover image

Equip – Tools for wellness

pages 84-85
Hot New Buys article cover image

Hot New Buys

pages 56-57
Renew – The best skin resurfacing products for new skin article cover image

Renew – The best skin resurfacing products for new skin

pages 58-59
The New Regime – Supplements to optimize your beauty article cover image

The New Regime – Supplements to optimize your beauty

pages 60-61
LIFE 2.0 – The most inspiring women we know tell us how they’re optimizing their lives for 2022 article cover image

LIFE 2.0 – The most inspiring women we know tell us how they’re optimizing their lives for 2022

pages 66-83
Beauty Shelf – Salama Mohamed article cover image

Beauty Shelf – Salama Mohamed

pages 62-63
Positive Luxury – Interview with Khulood Al Nakhi, Founder & Creative Director of BEYOND article cover image

Positive Luxury – Interview with Khulood Al Nakhi, Founder & Creative Director of BEYOND

pages 54-55
Transparency. Legitimacy. Integrity. – Gemfields puts responsible sourcing of gemstones at the forefront, always article cover image

Transparency. Legitimacy. Integrity. – Gemfields puts responsible sourcing of gemstones at the forefront, always

pages 50-53
AM to PM Beauty – Khulood Al Nakhi article cover image

AM to PM Beauty – Khulood Al Nakhi

pages 64-65