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THE FW20 ISSUE

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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Obaid Humaid Al Tayer MANAGING PARTNER AND GROUP EDITOR Ian Fairservice EDITOR/ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Amy Sessions amy.sessions@motivate.ae SENIOR EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Cecilia D’Souza SENIOR ART DIRECTOR Olga Petroff DIGITAL STYLE EDITOR Diana Bell-Heather DIGITAL EDITOR Olivia Morris DIGITAL FEATURES WRITER EMIRATES WOMAN ARABIYA Diyana Hakmi WEB DEVELOPER Firoz Kaladi DIGITAL DIRECTOR Sabir Khodabux GROUP MARKETING MANAGER - DIGITAL Anusha Azees GENERAL MANAGER PRODUCTION Sunil Kumar ASSISTANT PRODUCTION MANAGER Binu Purandaran PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR Venita Pinto CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER Anthony Milne GROUP DIRECTOR Andrew Wingrove GROUP SALES MANAGER Bindu Gupta bindu@motivate.ae SENIOR SALES MANAGER Neha Kannoth neha.kannoth@motivate.ae GROUP CREATIVE SOLUTIONS MANAGER Kelli Maddock kelli@motivate.ae

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elcome to EW Mini, the luxury parenting magazine. In this issue we curate the best FW20 edits from Tommy Hilfiger on page 22, Givenchy on page 12 and more to keep your little ones looking chic this season. The Baby Shower on page 42 is the essential gift guide for all soon-to-be mums, while The Newborn Edit on page 17 has all the essentials whether you’re investing in pieces for your own latest addition or looking for the ideal gift. Skin Deep on page 28 takes a closer look at healing products to prevent hormonal breakouts and we deliver you the

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beauty products that should be your new go-to in The Timesavers on page 30. With exclusive interviews with Zeynab El-Helw (aka @fashion_pirate) on page 18 and Dana Ahmed on page 40, as well as a look at how the region’s super mums make it all work in The Balancing Act on page 36, you’re all set for a super productive season ahead. If you’re looking for a little respite, we’ve also compiled the best familyfriendly resorts in the UAE so you can plan your staycation. Enjoy the Issue, The Emirates Woman Mini team

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T H E D E F I N I T I V E HOM E OF LU X U RY


CONTENTS

Monitor News p.08 Social Listings p.10 The Team Players – Givenchy FW20 p.12

FASHION

The Edit – FW20 p.16 The Newborn Edit p.17 Exclusive Interview – Zeynab El-Helw (@fashionpirate) p.18 Best Foot Forward – Tommy Hilfiger FW20 p.22 All The Gear p.26

BEAUTY

Hot New Buys p.27 Skin Deep – Healing products for skin p.28 The Timesavers – For self-care beauty routines p.30

FEATURES

Bedtime Stories – Tales to end the day p.32 Fantasia – Make playtime magical p.34 The Balancing Act – Wisdom from working mums p.36 The Supermum – Dana Ahmed p.40

ZARA KIDS

LIFESTYLE

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The Baby Shower – Gift guide p.42 Family Time – The best family resorts in UAE p.44 Safe & Sound p.50

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THE DUBAI MALL, LEVEL 2 – THE AVENUES, KUWAIT CITY


Tiny Feet Crafted from breathable lightweight and genuine leather these Baho Shoes will have your little ones skipping along with you. They are available for kids from six months to six-years-old. bahoshoes.com

THE CONCIERGE

This bespoke global concierge service offers a wide range of unique services. From personal shopping, party planning, travel services to VIP family experiences and staff recruitment, they can take care of it all for you. For more information email: info@minimeandluxury.co.uk

SLEEPING B E AU T Y

The edit of the latest must-buys

New Wheels

Dior’s new stroller is as practical as it is stylish. Designed in collaboration with Inglesina, it’s the ideal investment for your new addition. 8

S TAY S A F E

Keep your little ones safe with the Sunveno disposable child facemasks. The fourlayer protection masks are available in an array of prints and colours which your children will love.

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The Hero Buys

Tuck your baby into the delightful handmade blankets from Malabar Baby. Available at Eco Souk, each bag has a right shoulder snap making it easy for your little one to snuggle into.

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PA R T N E R S H I P

Viva España

ALL INFORMATION CORRECT AT THE TIME OF PRINTING

J U S T B E C A U S E T R A V E L I S L A R G E LY O N H O L D , I T D O E S N ’ T M E A N YO U H AV E TO STO P P L A N N I N G YO U R B U C K E T L I ST COVID-19 turned the travel and tourism industry on its head, imposing lockdowns across the globe. While isolation continues for many countries, that doesn’t have to stop you awakening the inner-traveller in you to plan out your travel bucket list. We can’t think of a better place to be than Spain, whatever the season may be, so add Spain to your travel list – #SpainAwaitsYou. Boasting majestic views of everything from rugged mountains and wild meadows in the North of Spain, also known as Green Spain, to coastal towns, fishing ports and picturesque beaches, Spain has something to suit everyone. Enjoy wandering through villages of timeless beauty perched on hilltops, narrow winding lanes in valleys, vibrant life and magnificent sunsets. Art aficionados should definitely add in a visit to cultural landmarks. On the must-visit list are the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Alhambra Palace in Granada, the Great Mosque of Cordoba, the Royal Alcázar of Seville, the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, the famous Prado Museum in Madrid and the Guggenheim in Bilbao. The landmarks are endless. In fact, the art and culture scene boasts over 1,500 museums and has the third most UNESCO World Heritage assets in the world.

For the foodies, Spain offers the best in terms of home-grown, fresh produce. Whether you are seated at an exclusive table or having a standand-go be sure to enjoy the tapas and pintxos in San Sebastián or savour the sumptuous seafood in Galicia. Alternatively, sports fans can catch a football game at Santiago Bernabéu or be aweinspired by some Messi magic at Camp Nou. There’s also The Balearic Islands, Majorca, Minorca and Ibiza to explore… so many beautiful locations, so little time! While the country now is not admitting tourists, only some exceptions are made, as soon as it is possible tourism will resume with the utmost safety. Spain has adopted many hygiene measures to give you peace of mind while travelling. Twentyone guidelines with specifications to prevent any spread of the coronavirus have been meticulously put together. The government has also introduced a series of protective mandatory measures such as the use of face masks in public spaces, maintaining a social distance of at least 1.5 metres, sanitising your hands, automated check-in procedures and much more to ensure you are safe at all times and have an incredible break in Spain, hopefully in the very near future. Spain.info/gcc Emirates Woman mini

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SOCIAL LISTINGS

@ariellecharnas

@babydior_official

@bonpoint

Arielle Charnas is a super mommy with multi-talents, including managing her brand, Something Navy, while sharing tricks and tips about parenting.

The luxurious brand that dresses children in the very best of French fashion offers trendy pieces from high-quality materials such as silk, cotton, or cashmere.

Sparkling designs with charming details aiming to make the young ones happy through delicate stitches.

@honest

@mothercould

@petitbateau

Founded by beautiful mama actress Jessica Alba, the brand makes sure all products are safe and effective for your family, home, and yourself.

Teaching the little ones that helping the environment and simple activities can be fun. Follow Myriam Sandler for inspiration on skillful kids’ activities and healthy quick recipes.

“Standing by Future Generations,” Petit Bateau creates a joyful universe for its little fans with designs knitted and crafted with safety measures.

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A curated list of who to #follow this month

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@clareholbrook_

@fashion_pirate

@fendikids

PR by day, mama by night to cute toddler Porter, Clare is the best of both worlds.

We love baby Luca and his on-trend mama Zeynab El-Helw. We can learn a thing or two from her about walking in style with a happy baby.

Coming from the same artistic DNA of Fendi mainline, Fendi Kids ensures the little ones are enjoying every occasion with timeless designs.

@readingisourthing

@sollybaby

@threemoms

A new bedtime story every day. This account shares fun book suggestions for both young children and middle grades.

Makes all mommies look modern! Solly Baby wraps have been worn by some of Hollywood’s mamas, including Anne Hathaway, Pink, and Serena Williams.

Designing rooms we’ve all dreamt of as kids. Founders Alara Kocibey, Tuvana Buyukcinar Demir, and Emine Kutuk make sure all the magical fantasies are brought to life.

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The Team Players

Graphic detailing and sports-luxe separates

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Cosy & Cool Baby Brown Cotton & Cashmere Logo Coverall Dhs2,099 Fendi available at Childsplay clothing

Grey Marl Cotton-Cashmere Hooded Jacket Dhs400 Tartine et Chocolat avaliable at Ounass

Fur-Trimmed Puffer Overalls Dhs2,500 Moncler

Opt for shearling detailing and the softest cashmere knits for kids this FW20 Faux shearling jacket Dhs59 H&M

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Faux shearling backpack Dhs89 H&M

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The Newborn Edit

Perfect pieces for your new addition

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Rabbit soft toy Dhs342 Bonpoint

Printed Jersey Booties - Safari Dhs49 available at mamasandpapas.ae

Baby fleece onesie Dhs1,367 Bonpoint

Baby faux-fur slippers Dhs363 Bonpoint

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New horizons

Zeynab El-Helw, aka @fashion_pirate, has sailed into motherhood with confidence and style C O M P I L E D B Y: D I A N A B E L L- H E AT H E R

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alf Egyptian half Turkish influencer Zeynab El-Helw has been adjusting to a new life rhythm. If previously she spent much of her time on set or travelling the world to sit front row at fashion shows, she now has someone else demanding her attention, her son Luca who recently turned one. Regularly sharing her motherhood journey with her 1.4 million Instagram followers, she looks back on her own childhood, shares her experience of pregnancy and birth, the support network she created around herself and what she has learnt from the first year of being a parent. What was your childhood like? I grew up in London, a family of five; my twin brother, my older brother and myself. We spent a lot of time outdoors and our parents indulged us with sports and music. We travelled a lot too; therefore, we would spend long summers away in Egypt and Turkey with our extended families. Looking back, these were my favourite memories of all time.

Was pregnancy what you expected? Didn’t know what to expect! I never could imagine myself pregnant. Let’s just say it’s even better than expected, an eventful year filled with many new chapters. Everything was new to me, which made it even more exciting. I did continue my life in the same manner, just slowed down and rested when I was tired. Strangely enough, I had boosts of energy, which enabled me to enjoy the journey. How did you feel about your body changing? I found it fascinating as the idea of a foetus developing inside me into a baby and the fact my body was making space for it and a safe zone was incredible and bizarre at the same time. I read a lot over this period and can only say once the kicks started that’s when it started to hit me that there was a living soul all cuddled up inside. I was very eager to embrace motherhood and Luca. Eventually, I did revert to wearing loose and comfortable clothing as my bump grew and always tried to make it as stylish as possible. I launched a maternity line at that time as I found it quite difficult to

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find pretty clothing that are flattering and fit well. Any baby books/apps/films/podcasts you’d recommend? ‘What To Expect When Not Expecting’, ‘Back Up Plan’ and ‘Knocked Up’ were humorous movies I related to and I did use the time to read and learn as much as I could. Books I found very useful were ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting’, ‘Your Baby Week By Week’ and ‘The First Year’ were words I lived by and still refer to now and then amongst others, of course, the list is endless. Also, there are some fantastic apps I would refer to numerous times a day such as the ‘Baby Centre’, ‘Baby +’ that share the development and allow you to document the journey day by day. Moreover, ‘Little Ones’ got me prepared for birth and introducing the sleeping routine. Till today I refer to it occasionally for tips when Luca goes through a sleep regression. Talk us through your birth plan, did you know exactly how you wanted it to go or did you approach it with an open mind? I had an open mind about it all, as I know that you can’t expect your plan to be exactly what you desire and you just want the safest method as you can imagine. I did seek a natural birth, which turned out to be quite successful and luckily I had a smooth birth. My water broke outside of Starbucks in front of the hospital a week before my due date! How important do you think it is for women to share their pregnancy journeys and birth experiences? Talking with other women about my pregnancy journey helped me so much as mentally and physically there are so many elements to learn and pick up along the way, which you would naturally miss in a book for example. Otherwise, mental support is so valuable to know you’re not alone in this and it’s okay not to know it all. I realise looking back that no matter how much you prepare in advance; it’s completely different going through it. 20

How did the name Luca come about? There were two solid reasons the name came about, as we wanted to choose a name that was sentimental to us. Most importantly my husband proposed to me in Italy on the Amalfi coast near a small town named Lucca so at the time I didn’t think anything of it yet later it came to my attention that it subconsciously was hovering in my mind. Moreover, my husband’s favourite basketball player is called Luka, therefore, we found a midpoint with the spelling ‘Luca’ which is a name we’re very fond with. How did those first few weeks of being parents feel? Was it what you expected? It was surreal and very emotional – it took a very long time to sink in and realise that we are parents and that we had a new bundle of joy! It was exciting and nervewracking at the same time, as we wanted to be and do the best for him. We didn’t sleep much for weeks on end but it was worth every minute and we were lucky enough to have support from our families to help through those sleepless nights. Newborn weeks are extremely challenging, how did you divide up the tasks? My husband and I were very aligned in having a system in place and were lucky to have our parents take turns to ease the challenge when necessary. I believe the closeness of the parents is essential to maintain the necessary support. It is a difficult period and sleep is underrated therefore it is significant to squeeze in those naps as much as possible. The best advice was to nap when the baby naps which we found quite challenging, as we were too excited and overwhelmed to sleep. In a way, we were running on reserve fuel and naturally were worried about the baby. Who else did you turn to for support? We did introduce a sleep consultant on board for a short period to help Luca learn to sleep in his cot and set him into a rhythm as with breastfeeding, as much as I love it, it also becomes a form of com-

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fort to a baby as they sometimes can heavily rely ed to get back into it and only worked a few scaton nursing to settle and I wanted to break that tered hours here and there. Over the next months, I jumped back into a few travel trips but would shortpattern which I still struggle with now and then. How do you approach travelling with Luca? Any en them to day or one night trips instead of longer in-flight essentials? We’ve had a few trips with trips which I was used to simply because I was still Luca and overall babies are excited to see new sur- breastfeeding and very excited to run back to Luca. roundings, which keeps them occupied. The first It’s always important to switch off from being a trip was in the first few months of his life which mummy for an hour or two. What is your ideal “me was much easier as he slept most of the time and time”? Funnily enough, work is something that the others were more challenging as he was much makes me switch off, as I’m very passionate more aware. The key is to keep them occupied as about spending time in creating content. This much as possible. Most importantly, they need a allows me to switch off and divert my attention dummy/bottle upon take-off and landing to avoid and when we reach the result I always get a buzz any pressure on their ears that could make them and a sense of energy from it all cry. The great news is, the sound in an aircraft and What advice would you share with new mothers? airport relates to the white noise that is a positive There is no right or wrong with how you want to sleep and soothing association, bring up your baby. Looking back, which works in your favour. Let’s I remember people advising and just say that you need to be handssharing so many different points THE on, as creative and patient as posof view and sometimes it got quite ESSENTIALS tiring but I do believe every mothsible to be ready to entertain your PRAM: Anex, Yo-Yo and baby on the plane. er is different and it’s up to you just got the Bentley to to do what you feel works for you How do you look after your mental transition to as Luca doesn’t and not necessarily listen or feel wellbeing during those challenging like sitting down. obliged to do what others assume moments? I take a timeout. That COT: Pottery Barn and Three is correct. is essential even if I’m not in the Moms art piece over the cot. mood. It could be anything from What changes have you noticed in BABY BAG: Gucci going for a long walk, work out, yourself since becoming a mothCAR SEAT: Maxicosi swim, even a facial or a coffee with I’ve become more confident er? BREAST PUMP: friends who have been through with myself and situations as Medela and Elvie similar experiences. Your wellbenaturally being a mum there are LUCA’S FAVOURITE TOY quick decisions and circumstancing is so important as the baby (S): Basketball, football does feel it when you’re stressed es that you face where you are the and everything else that’s one to deal with whether it’s from How soon did you go back to work lying around gut feelings or your research or and how did it feel? Surprisingly BABY BOTTLES: asking around. You are in charge. quite early as I was in London durComotomo and Avent ing fashion week and my parents Complete this sentence, being a NAPPIES: Pampers pure were able to assist. For me, it didn’t mother means… Everything to me, WIPES: Pampers pure wipes even feel like work, as I was excitit’s my world. Emirates Woman mini

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Best Foot Forward

FW20 brights for outerwear at Tommy Hilfiger Emirates Woman mini

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All the Gear

The best edit of the chicest baby bags, perfect for all the essentials 01. Made of cotton poplin with waterproof lining, this versatile bag will ensure your baby’s essentials are dry at all times. Dhs890 Tartine Et Chocolat at Tryano 02. This spacious bag has the perfect amount of room to fit all the essentials. The adjustable leather shoulder strap and internal zip pocket ensure you can keep your

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valuables safe on the go. Dhs1,655 Fendi at Tryano 03. Everything you need for easy changing, with multiple pockets for the ultimate organisation. Its fashionable straps and the embossed signature logo add to its on-the-go style. Dhs6,244 Gucci 04. This is our ultimate go-to if you want instant yummy-

mummy credentials. Complete with foldout padded changing mat, you’ll feel fully prepped wherever you are. Dhs5,450 Gucci 05. This bag makes an on-thego lifestyle with your little one easier. The compartmentalised interior, detachable strap and removable wash bag and changing mat make this ideal for travelling. Dhs2,057 Chloé

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Skin Saviours

Products that will nourish, clean and soften your baby’s skin

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Burt’s Bees Nourishing lotion contains a mix of ingredients that are super kind to new skin. Blended with pure apricot oil, rich in vitamins A and E and wheat germ oil it works to keep sensitive skin naturally soft. Dhs108 Burt’s Bees available at Lookfantastic.ae

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Face and Body Cream

Nurturing Baby Cream for Face & Body from Kiehl’s is formulated with shea butter, apricot kernel oil and olive fruit oil to nurture and hydrate your little oneʼs skin, leaving it soft, smooth and supple. And it is gentle enough to be massaged onto your baby’s face. Dhs159 Kiehl’s available at Ounass 03.

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Intense Repair Mositurising Cream

Specially formulated with aqua posae filiformis, which works to restore the skin’s natural barrier, and thermal spring water to treat itch-prone skin, the Lipikar Baume AP+ provides instant hydration to the skin and reduces dryness. Suitable for both

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mother and baby, apply once a day for the best results. Dhs97 La Roche Posay available at Lookfantastic.ae 04.

Baby and Kids Body Cream

Gently massage this nourishing concoction of marigold extract to protect, chamomile extract to soothe and jojoba oil to hydrate from Dr Barbara Sturm into your baby’s skin in a circular motion until it is completely absorbed for naturally soft and completely nourished skin. Dhs192 Dr Barbara Sturm at NET-A-PORTER

Imbued with calming chamomile, almond flower, calendula and jojoba oil this formulated bathing milk from Dr Barbara Sturm is free from harmful elements leaving skin clean and soft. Add drops into the bath water and gently massage the bathing milk into skin to nourish and hydrate. Dhs129 Dr Barbara Sturm available at NET-A-PORTER 06.

Bubble Bath

The Honest bubble bath enriched with lavender makes bath-time with your little one safe and loads of fun while working to leave skin feeling soft, soothed, moisturised and clean. Dhs44 available at The Honest Company Emirates Woman mini

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Skin Deep

Sooth problem skin with these healing products WORDS: D I A N A B E L L- H E AT H E R

From left: Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% Dhs27 The Ordinary; Blemish Treatment Gel Dhs152 Grown Alchemist; Sea Aster & Wild Oat Instant Calm Redness Serum Dhs240 Pai Skincare; Illuminate Face Polish Dhs135 Shirley Conlon Organics; Tea Tree Oil Dhs64 The Body Shop; ClearCalm Non Drying Spot Treatment Dhs74 REN

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reakouts can show during the first and second trimesters of your pregnancy when hormones start to fluctuate and produce excess oil and clog up pores. It can really knock your confidence and even push you to extreme treatments. Those bumps might be hard to look at, but trust us when we say you’re not the only one who is struggling with the change in the oil chemistry that causes your skin to bloom. Throw in a dramatic lifestyle shift and

sleepless nights and you have yourself a perfect cocktail for breakouts. There are numerous ways to start treating your complexion from the inside in, but while you’re breastfeeding it’s best to start with addressing the top layers of the skin. Our edit consists of ingredients that are gentle on your complexion and nothing that contain salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide and vitamin A and are made of natural ingredients, so you can be sure they are safe to use during and post-pregnancy. Emirates Woman mini

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C O M P I L E D BY: D I A N A B E L L- H E AT H E R

The Timesavers Transform your

self-care routine with these time-saving essentials 01.

Cellreturn by Angela Caglia LED Wireless

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Angela Caglia has used some out of this world technology – NASA technology to be precise – to create the LED wireless mask. Not only does it effectively tackle blemishes, boost collagen production and reduce pigmentation, but it also targets the neck and ears. Mask Dhs7,287 Angela Caglia available at NET-A-PORTER

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UpLift Body Massage Beauty Roller

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stones and high frequency sonic vibration, it improves the appearance and texture of the skin while also bringing you a sense of calm, even during the most testing times. Dhs610 Nurse Jamie 03.

Pro Pore

Similar to the suction device used when you’re having a HydraFacial, the device uses ultraadvanced thermo-therapy and ionic cleansing along with ultrasonic vibrations which loosen congested pores. Dhs583 Sarah Chapman

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Mid-Frequency Body Massager

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Ideal for on-the-go sculpting, the device works to increase blood circulation and cell metabolism across two modes – gym and slim. With six different intensity levels, simply apply a cream to your target and let it do all the work while you look after the little one. Dhs1,825 LeBody

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and efficient. The cord-free technology means that you can have perfect hair anywhere you go – so long adaptors. Dhs1,948 Dyson

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Clean International Facial Cleansing Device

With a dual brush – silicone bristles on one end and heated rigid surface on another – it provides a complete cleanse. One side shifts impurities, while the other help your serums absorb better leaving you with a refreshed complexion. Dhs435 PMD

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Corrale Straighteners

Using less heat than the average straightener, Dyson Corrale uses flexing manganese copper alloy plates to make styling easy

UFO is not only equipped with light therapy but it also has a heating and cooling element that helps ingredients in a mask absorb efficiently so you can enjoy the benefits of a 20-minute sheet mask in just 90 seconds. Dhs1000 FOREO Emirates Woman mini

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Bedtime Stories

Tales to end the day and help your little one sleep soundly WORDS: CECILIA D’SOUZA

Charlie and The Great Glass Elevator

by Roald Dahl Roald Dahl has kept kids enraptured with the adventurous world of Charlie Bucket and his family for decades. In this book, Willy Wonka, Charlie Bucket and his family are trapped Inside the Great Glass Elevator which has accidently been pushed into orbit. Mr Wonka successsfully docks them at the US Space Hotel. Once inside they find themselves faced with the deadly Knids, who are the most vicious beasts in the universe. Will 32

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By A A Milne This is one classic that can be passed down through generations with just as much joy. All the adventures of loveable teddy Winnie-the-Pooh and his group of friends are now featured in this gorgeous new collectible edition. Winnie-the-Pooh, Piglet, Owl, Tigger and Eeyore are out on their adventures to entertain.

By Eric Carle This classic story of a caterpillar who hatched out of a tiny egg and ate and ate until he was full and fell asleep, only to wake up a few weeks later as a beautiful butterfly is endearing at best. Your little one is going to love this one especially the bright collages and turning the

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The Going to Bed Book

By Sandra Boynton The sun has set and all the animals are ready to retire for the night. They start preparing for bed: taking a bath with soap all over the place, donning their pyjamas, exercising and then rocking themselves to sleep. On top of being an absolutely fun read, this book also draws attention to the before bed routine for your child. 05.

Dear Zoo

By Rod Campbell Children love stories, especially

when a parent reads it to them. Your young one will enjoy turning the flaps on this one to find out which animal joins the zoo next. Will it be a lion, a monkey, an elephant or is it the one you chose as your perfect pet? This delightful book is a must-have. 06.

Kind

By Alison Green The world’s best illustrators have joined hands to give this book one inspiring picture after another. You will be teaching your little one a valuable lesson in kindness as well. It illustrates the many ways they can be kind to their friends and other kids. Even the ones who come from other countries.

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The Blue Giant

By Katie Cottle The story begins by the seaside where Coral and her mum are enjoying a fun day. Suddenly a huge blue giant emerges from the waves. It is made up of water, fish and sea plants and has a big favour to ask of Coral and her mom. He wants them to help clean the ocean, so he and his friends can live. A heartwarming tale with beautiful pictures conveying a simple and important message to your little one. Emirates Woman mini

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e have come a long way since the day where new mothers had to stay home as their sole role, yet now there can be the challenge to try and balance it all. It’s not easy, and at times you can feel the “mum guilt” but putting yourself first on occasion can do wonders for your home life, and inspire the little ones to see no boundaries in what they can achieve themselves. We speak to three high-powered mothers from the region and beyond who have made it their career to make the balance tip in their favour.

VALERIE MESSIKA

Founder and Artistic Director of Messika Jewelry, living in Paris

How has your career mindset changed since having children?

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My happiness in my career has come from the perfect balance between my family and work life, managing the time for both is extremely important to me. I’m a full-time businesswoman but also a mum. Each day is completely different. I multitask on so many things, both work and personal life at the same time. How did it feel going back to work? As a CEO and artistic director I never really left my job for time off as I continued to remain updated with all things Messika. I love my job and feel honoured to have the career that I do, but I also make sure to enjoy every moment of my children. There are momentous career moments that are missed, for example, I couldn’t be at the opening of my flagship store on rue Saint-Honoré because I was giving birth to my second daughter that day. However, I am so lucky I have the career and family life that I do.

What do you do to set boundaries between work and family? Messika Paris is at foremost a family business, so work and family are closely linked. My job is about my family story and Messika showcases the origins of how my family created the brand. We are an extremely strong and close family unit, that gets involved in all things work. I couldn’t imagine my everyday-life without them. During those moments of madness, how do you find calm and balance? I am lucky to be well surrounded by my family, which is very important for me. Taking a moment to spend some time outdoors, relaxing in fresh air either by myself or with my daughters is the perfect way to find calm. Do you have any rituals or mindfulness practices for personal wellbeing? I have a personal fitness coach and I do yoga. I also use an app for meditation.

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sion will make my daughters want to succeed themselves and find their own passion. They will be guided by the same inner flame and drive when they grow up. It is important to have an amazing balance of both, but it is also good to never put pressure on yourself to have this perfect balance constantly – doing your best and putting your passion and love into your family and career is key.

CLARE HOLBROOK

Communications Manager at Estée Lauder, living in Dubai

VALERIE MESSIKA

Individual wellbeing, as well as the wellbeing of everyone working within Messika Paris, is extremely important to me. What do you hope your children will take away from seeing their mum build a career? As a woman and CEO, I want to pass down this competence, drive, and feeling of empowerment. You need to work hard to

fulfil your dream. I try to pass down my passion to my girls. My daughters are still young, they don’t know exactly what we do but they understand that we work on amazing creations. What have you learnt about yourself as a mother and a career woman since having children? I have learnt that being a mum who has made her work her pas-

How has your career mindset changed since having children? I work to provide for my baby but also to give myself some sanity. Once I got this into my head I went back to enjoying my work because I felt the purpose again. My life had changed, every tiny particle of it and that scared me initially, there was so much to juggle, the working mum guilt mixed with the desire to still be on my A-game. I had to rejig what that meant to survive! What I figured out was once I accepted that things weren’t going to go back to what they were I was more comfortable with what it was. My life is different, not completely unrecognisable, but different. Ambition and motherhood can go hand in hand you just need to learn to give yourself a break, you’re doing the best you can.

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How did it feel going back to work? Bone-shaking anxiety! What do you do to set boundaries between work and family? I’m not sure how good I am at this but when I leave work my full attention is on my son and the family time we have before it’s bedtime. Whatever comes in from work after I leave office I hop back online after he’s asleep. It can wait but those precious little moments at bath time or quiet time reading his favourite book won’t. I tell myself to

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always be present in whatever situation I am in so I get the most out of it. When I work I give it my all, when I’m with my son I give him everything I can. How do you tackle “mum guilt”? I won’t lie, it is hard. I think if I’m going to leave my son every day then I want to have an impact and ensure the work I do really matters, that one day he’ll be proud of what his mum achieved. During those moments of madness, how do you find calm and balance? I honestly just tell

myself I can do it. If my mum could bring up 3 children alone and still hold down a career then goodness, I’ve got this too. Self-belief, being your own cheerleader, taking it one day at a time. I can only do so much and I know that now. Do you have any rituals or mindfulness practices for personal wellbeing? Not straight off the back but I realised that a happy mother is what my child needs so I do take time to focus on me too. I don’t have space in the day to go to classes so I love the Melissa Wood Health app; I can do a quick Pilates or meditation session in 20 minutes and feel great afterwards. What do you hope your son will take away from seeing their mum build a career? I hope he’s proud. I hope it teaches him to aim high, that he can achieve anything he sets his mind on. I hope he understands that he won’t win at everything and that’s okay, there will be setbacks and that’s okay too. But set goals, work hard, be a dreamer, enjoy life to its fullest. What have you learnt about yourself as a mother and a career woman since having children? I can honestly say that having my son is the best thing that has ever happened to me but it also terrified me at the beginning. Life won’t be the same but that’s growth and that’s the beauty of it.

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LATIFA AL GURG

Founder of Twisted Roots, living in Dubai

How has your career mindset changed since having children? I had my first child straight out of university and so I have only

had the experience of having both a career and raising children at the same time. However, I think this has made me always think of both as parts of a whole package and that you need to design your life in a way with the proper support system to be able to make sure that it’s mostly manageable. How did it feel going back to work? I took a break from working outside my home from

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between having my 2nd child to when my 3rd child went to school. I was going into a brand new industry, so it was a large leap of faith and I was nervous. However, my family was always there to provide me with the support needed and I think that gave me the confidence to stick it through. What do you do to set boundaries between work and family? I don’t set hard boundaries. It’s all about communication, and that’s in all directions. Be it if I have to miss a school pick up once in a while, then I support my kids with their work or set aside some time to just be with them. During those moments of madness, how do you find calm and balance? I tend to fall back on systematic problem-solving in most situations. So, taking the time to identify what is creating the madness, and then breaking down the tasks into achievable ones to get through it. Do you have any rituals or mindfulness practices for personal wellbeing? I practice yoga regularly, and I also enjoy guided meditations. What do you hope your children will take away from seeing their mum build a career? Dedication and drawing your path, no matter what it looks like. What have you learnt about yourself as a mother and a career woman since having children? That I love systemising everything, but more importantly that reflection and taking time to actively be in the present always provide endless inspiration and renewed energy. Emirates Woman mini

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opular Abu Dhabi-based fashion blogger Dana Ahmed may seem like she has the perfect life from her fabulous Instagram feed – and she definitely does. However, that doesn’t mean she won’t go through the same guilt many other mothers can feel, particularly when it involves leaving your children to go to work. Luckily, Dana has found a wonderfully supportive community after starting her blog – which has seen her collaborate with some superlative brands including NET-A-PORTER, Dior and Max Mara. She talks to us about balancing work and parenting, what her life was like before becoming a mum to two-year-old Adnan and what her biggest take away she has learnt becoming a mother. Life and career before becoming a mother. I used to work at an insurance company full time and had my fashion blog as well. How life changed once she became a mother. First, I quit my job at the insurance company – I wanted to spend time with my first born kid more than anything. But at the same time, I kept my social media accounts and I tried to share my journey as a mum with my followers. I’ve noticed that I gained so many wonderful mum followers who loved reading and following my journey. To be honest, I couldn’t give more to my office job anymore. I wanted to do something I love, whilst having my baby next to me.

How quickly she returned to work after having her son. As a fashion blogger, I took a very short break when I first delivered as I was so overwhelmed with everything happening. Then I went back to sharing my diaries with my followers, but this time as a new mum. The hardest thing about being a working mum. I think the hardest thing is when I have to leave my baby for a whole day shoot, or travel without him. How her style has changed since becoming a mum. I don’t think my style changed, now I just like to go more with casual or street style looks – and thankfully it’s so trendy at this moment. It’s more comfortable especially I will be running around with my kid, carrying his bag, my bag and sometimes carrying him. How her beauty routine changed since becoming a mum. I’m focusing more now on skin care routines, because the better your skin is, the less makeup you need and as a mum, and now I have less time for makeup than before! Her top parenting tips. Be you, follow your instincts and don’t compare yourself to any other parent. Yes, take advice, but sometimes what works for others might not work for you. The biggest thing she’s learnt since becoming a mum. The biggest take away since becoming a mum is how my priorities have changed, material items means less to me.

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and six pools – two of which are for families and two more are just for children. To get some alone time away from children, drop the kids off at the Ritz Kids club which offers a programme with four concepts – water, land, environmental responsibility and culture – for guests aged four to 12. Meanwhile, parents can spend some relaxation time in the spa or enjoy a leisurely lunch together. THE DETAILS

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Atlantis The Palm

WHERE: Dubai As the crown of Dubai’s famous The Palm, this hotel is also the crowning jewel for families to enjoy quality time together. With the Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark, Dubai’s largest aquarium and the chance to swim with some friendly marine mammals, there’s no shortage of activities for the kids. Foodwise there’s plenty of familyfriendly choices including Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen & Bar, Ronda Locatelli or the Seafire Steakhouse & Bar. For parents to have a night away from the children enjoy a meal at Nobu, Hakkasan or Ossiano. To make the most of your stay, opt for one of the Atlantis’ luxurious Club Suites – there are both one and two bed options – to ensure you have space for the whole family. 46

Situated at the top of the Palm Jumeirah, the resort is just a 30-minute drive from Dubai International Airport. Suite rates begin at Dhs980 per night. For reservations call +971 4 426 2000.

Ritz-Carlton Dubai

WHERE: Dubai With one of the most fabulous stretches of beaches in all of the emirate, The Ritz Carlton Dubai houses a total of eight restaurants

Located near Dubai Marina, the resort is a 30-minute drive from the airport. Room rates start from Dhs920 for a bed and breakfast rate. For reservations call +971 4 399 4000.

Anantara The Palm

WHERE: Dubai Immerse yourself in a fivestar resort experience at the Thai-themed Anantara resort in Dubai. There’s something for everyone of all ages with a whole host of in-resort activities including kayaking, waterskiing, paddleboarding, tennis and beach volleyball. In addition,

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there is also a teen and kids club. You can also embrace new adventures with your family with a world-class fishing trip or take an adventure underwater diving. Family-friendly in-resort dining options include Revo Café, The Beach House and Bushman’s Restaurant & Bar. THE DETAILS

Dubai airport, it’s the perfect place to go to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. For a onebedroom beachfront villa rates start from Dhs3,720 per night. For reservations call +971 7 204 8888.

Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas

WHERE: Abu Dhabi For families making a trip to Abu Dhabi, the luxurious Saadiyat

Thirty minutes from Dubai airport, the luxurious resort is located on the iconic Palm Jumeirah. Standard room rates including bed and breakfast start from Dhs757. For reservations call +971 4 567 8888.

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Four Seasons Dubai on Jumeirah Beach

WHERE: Dubai This Dubai resort likes to make their youngest guests feel just as special as the adults. The resort’s free-form outdoor pool makes it the perfect gathering for kids to make friends and it’s only meters away from the beach for children to enjoy fun in the sand. The five-star hotel’s concierge is also on-hand to help arrange any activities little ones may be interested in. The Four Seasons Jumeirah also has a complimentary kids’ programme which is for children aged four to 12 and is designed to both educate and entertain. For parents wanting a late-night out without children, the centre is open until 11pm on Thursdays and Fridays. THE DETAILS Just 20 minutes from Dubai International Airport, this resort ensures you’ll experience the best of Jumeirah Beach. For a deluxe city-view room rates start at Dhs1,300. For reservations call +971 4 270 7788.

Ritz-Carlton Al Hamra Beach

WHERE: Ras Al Khaimah Enjoy the secluded oasis of the Arabian Gulf at the RitzCarlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach. The resort’s kids programme perfectly immerses young travellers in the natural wonders and the cultural traditions of Ras Al Khaimah. One notable activity that the whole family can enjoy is the resort’s nature walk where guests can connect with Mother Nature. THE DETAILS Just under an hour’s drive from

Rotana Resort & Villas suits everyone. Young guests aged four to 16 can enjoy the fun at Aladdin’s Cave, the resort’s kids club. Activities include fun on the lazy river, splash pool, cinema zone, teen zone and a water slide. Meanwhile, parents can let their cares drift away at the resort’s inhouse spa aptly named Zen. THE DETAILS Located 30 minute from Abu Dhabi Airport, enjoy the tranquil surroundings of Saadiyat Island. Rates for a classic king room start from Dhs850 per night. For reservations call +971 2 697 0000.

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G Galeries Lafayette (04) 3399933 Gap (04) 3398784 Giordano (04) 3410117 Gingersnaps (04) 2328651 GlamOnYou (04) 3855486 Gucci (04) 3410669 Guess Kids (04) 3997655 Gymboree (04) 2840728 Gap Kids (04) 3398784

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Dubai Indoor Kartdrome (04) 806 2220 Hundred Pilates Studio (04) 429 8433 IFly (04) 231 6292 Jumble 800 586 253 Tee & Putt Minigolf (04) 357 3290 Trident Wellness Centre (04) 441 6287 Soccer Kids Dubai (055) 207 3168 The Little Gym (04) 445 6850 Urban Energy (055) 886 9158 Zen Yoga (04) 367 0435 Entertainment Aqua Play (04) 2316306 Cheeky Monkeys (04) 3850875 Dubai Parks and Resorts 800 2629464 Ferrari World 600 511 115 Hub Zero 800 637 227 IMG World 600 500 962 KidZania 800 3822 46255 Legoland (04) 820 3123 Magic Planet (04) 341 4000 Playnation (04) 231 6257 Ski Dubai (04) 800 386 Yas Waterworld (02) 414 2000 Party Organisers Frenzy Events (04) 340 0588 Funky Monkey Playland (04) 388 4114 Magic Phil (052) 865 0530 Rent a Party (055) 1194093 The Big Moo Events (04) 341 9935 Spas and Clubs Al Asalla Spa (04) 344 9445 Caboodle Pamper and Play (04) 325 3367 Hello Kitty Beauty Spa (04) 388 7525 Ritz Kids Club (04) 399 4000 Sindbad’s Kids Club (04) 406 8615 Toy Stores American Girl (04) 231 6324 Build A Bear (04) 325 3114 Hamleys (04) 339 8889 The Toy Store (04) 341 2473 Toys ‘R’ Us (04) 2066564

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