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THE FINER THINGS ISSUE

Attention to Detail

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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 ART DIRECTOR Olga Petroff DIGITAL EDITOR Olivia Morris JUNIOR DIGITAL STYLE EDITOR Sarah Joseph GENERAL MANAGER PRODUCTION Sunil Kumar ASSISTANT PRODUCTION MANAGER Binu Purandaran PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR Venita Pinto CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER Anthony Milne GROUP DIRECTOR Andrew Wingrove DIGITAL SALES DIRECTOR Sabir Khodabux GROUP SALES MANAGER Chaitali Khimji chaitali.khimji@motivate.ae SENIOR SALES MANAGER Anna Chipala anna.chipala@motivate.ae GROUP MARKETING MANAGER Joelle Albeaino WEB DEVELOPER Firoz Kaladi

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is precious, how you spend your time is something Welcome to The Finer Things Issue. you can drill down to a fine art. With this in mind, This issue focuses on precision and attention to we speak to Negin Baradari on the finer details of detail, from the most refined fragrances to carefully human design and energy management crafted fine jewellery and those taking in Energy Management on page 70 and meticulous care in their own industries Aisha Alzouebi on how to time check to elevate and optimize. MEASURE your body in Precious Time on page 72. For our cover shoot Fine Attention TWICE, CUT Beauty and lifestyle wise, we curate to Detail on page 18 we partnered with ONCE. the finest Oud-based perfumes in Refined David Yurman, a timeless example and on page 68, spend time in the office a model of inspiration, innovation and with Faiza Bouguessa, Founder of BOUGUESSA in consummate craftsmanship. Our cover star is Emirati Personal Space on page 82 and highlight the work of content creator Wdeema Almheiri, whose intellect Dubai Culture & Arts Authority in An Artistic Vision matches her fine beauty. on page 88. Finally, The Wanderlust enchants us with We have an exclusive interview with worldglobal bolt holes that deliver unparalleled attention to renowned jeweller Fawaz Gruosi in True Decadence detail on page 100. on page 30, Emirati fine jewellery designer Salama If we learned anything in preparing this issue, it’s Khalfan in A Detailed Approach on page 42 and we to measure twice, cut once. Preparation is everything look at the latest novelties in watchmaking in The if you want a superlative outcome. Passage of Time on page 56. When it comes to what

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THE MONITOR

Monitor News p.16 Social Listings p.17 Fine Attention to Detail – Cover Shoot with David Yurman p.18

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An Eye for Detail – Hanna Fiedler is dedicated to precision craftsmanship and the finer details of design p.50

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True Decadence – Exclusive interview with world-renowned jeweller Fawaz Gruosi p.30

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Energy Management – Negin Baradari on energy management p.70

FASHION

The Edit – Silk p.28 Exotic – Tactile Textures for SS22 p.36 Fine Heritage – Exclusive interview with Van Cleef & Arpels’ CEO Nicolas Bos p.38 A Detailed Approach – Interview with Ladan and Tania Shayan, founders of SHAY p.40 Creative Vision – Interview with Emirati fine jewellery designer Salama Khalfan p.42

Quality Over Quantity – Brésac is conscious and considered p.44 The Passage of Time – The latest novelties in watchmaking p.56 The Perfect Blend – Pallavi Puri creates a heady mix of heritage and modern design p.64

Precious Time – Dr Aisha Alzouebi on how to time check your body p.72 The Energy Gamechanger – The healing power of energy p.74 Beauty Shelf – Sustainable fashion designer Hanna Fiedler p.78 AM to PM Beauty – Aya Ahmad p.80

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Fine Tuned Wellness – Interview with energy powerhouse Zakia Kazi p.76

Refined – The finest Oud-based perfumes p.68

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LIFESTYLE

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Personal Space – In the office with Faiza Bouguessa, Founder of BOUGUESSA p.82 An Artistic Vision – Noor Khalfan AlRoumi,

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LOOK SMART, LIVE SMARTER

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The Luxury Capital of Europe

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With a history that dates back multiple centuries, the Spanish capital has an incredible story to tell. Lose yourself in the culture and heritage of Madrid at the Paseo del Prado and El Retiro Park, which has just been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Coined the ‘Landscape of Light’ combining culture, science and nature, this vast area is 75 per cent green space. In this area alone you can truly immerse yourself in the heritage of Madrid with many galleries and museums all amongst this 190-hectare space. This includes the iconic

‘Madrid Golden Triangle’ which consists of the Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and Reina Sofía Museum. There’s also the Decorative Arts Museum, the Royal Astronomical Observatory and the Botanical Gardens which await you. The Gastronomy

Madrid’s gastronomy alone will take you on a historical journey. The Spanish capital holds the Guinness World Record for being the home to the world’s oldest restaurant. Dating back to 1725, Botín is one of the city’s most authentic dining experiences. As well as taking you on a historical culinary journey, Madrid is a city that’s an expert in haute cuisine. Home to 21 Michelin-starred restaurants including the three-starred DiverXo, run by innovative chef David Muñoz, there’s no shortage of culinary offerings in this pulsating capital. The Fashion Spa The Beauty Concept in Mandarin Oriental Ritz

Experience the quality, design and detail of Madrid’s local artisans in the areas of Las Salesas, Lavapiés, Barrio de Las Le-

tras (Literary Quarter), Chueca, Malasaña, Conde Duque, La Latina, Madrid de los Austrias, some of which are centuries old, to invest in timeless and authentic pieces. For a newer shopping experience, explore Galería Canalejas, set amongst the famous Calle Serrano and Calle Ortega y Gasset in Barrio de Salamanca. The avantgarde shopping area is set across 15,000 metres and is home to some of the top luxury houses including Hermès and Cartier, with many more set to open in 2022. The Stay

No stay in Madrid is complete without experiencing the many luxurious hotels the Spanish capital is home to. For those seeking a truly opulent stay, the Mandarin Oriental, Rosewood Villa Magna and the newly opened Four Seasons Madrid are all ideal or perhaps a more contemporary hotel like the Madrid EDITION Hotel would suit. Whatever your criteria, you’ll be sure to find it in the heart of Spain. For more information visit esmadrid.com

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Emirati content creator Wdeema Almheiri is the definition of precision and polish in David Yurman. From fine tuning her content to interacting with her audience on a deeper level, she discusses with us how she hopes to inspire other women and how she implements a detailed approach to her daily life

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David Yurman’s Angelika Collection incorporates many of the technical refinements explored through the brand’s high jewellery creations. Angelika was a year in development and what makes it unique are the individual sculptural filaments radiating from a central point in the collection’s designs. Each piece is assembled in multiple sections with the smooth surfaces created through a Lapping machine designed to enhance the pieces’ construction; each filament refracts light as it moves. The collection is available in both 18K gold and sterling silver. Each metal ray is hand finished and the diamonds are handset. The sterling silver pieces are finished in white rhodium, enhancing their brightness and adding a lasting brilliance.

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“I am a huge advocate of being 100 per cent true to yourself and doing what you love.” You have a fine-tuned approach to creating your content. How do you find brands to work with, with similar values? When a brand approaches me, I try to envision beforehand how I would be able to represent them. I feel it’s best to work with a brand if I find that their product or service would align with my own identity online and style. When it comes to interacting with your audience, what are you most passionate to talk about? I find interactive posts and stories to be really fun! A lot of people reach out to me for styling tips and advice and I love helping people discover and find confidence in their own style. I also love sharing products that work for me and brands that I believe in. I’ve previously talked about my own experience with starting a business (Mdesigns) and salon (The Beauty Society) with my sisters and as a result, I’ve had people ask me to share advice on starting a business. I’ve learned a lot in my own journey and love to pass on the knowledge I’ve gained. You’re inspiring many people from this region. How do you hope to pave the way for future generations? I am a huge advocate of being 100 per cent true to yourself and doing what you love. I wholeheartedly believe that being modest and stylish can coexist; you don’t have to sacrifice one for the other. I encourage women to find the confidence to explore and embrace their style. What are your hopes for the future of women in this region? I hope the stigma surrounding women go-

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ing after what they want dies down. It takes a lot of courage to be able to stand up for yourself, but I urge all women to take a leap of faith and fight for what you trust is right. Don’t be afraid of doing what you believe in. Who are your biggest inspirations? My parents are my biggest inspirations. I am a family-oriented person and my parents have always pushed me to be the best version of myself. My mum allowed me to explore the way I express myself freely without any restrictions and this helped me create my own style. Throughout your career, what have been some of the hurdles you have had to overcome? Navigating societal pressures and traditional values have been some of the biggest hurdles I’ve had to overcome. Despite that, my family has always supported my decisions and have been my backbone through it all. I am incredibly lucky and grateful to have them. This is The Finer Things Issue – how have you implemented a detailed approach in your daily life? I am very meticulous about the way I style myself. I carry pride in the way I present myself. This extends to other aspects of my life like my workspace and bedroom. I always love to see the details in things. Seeing the finer things is what pushed me to want to open my own salon (The Beauty Society). I want to be able to host a choreographed and thoughtful experience for other women who can appreciate the finer things.

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“Every day I aim to make the impossible possible,” says legendary jeweller Fawaz Gruosi. With an eye for detail like no other, Gruosi discusses with us his impressive career which spans over five decades

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Can you talk us through your career? My career started at a very young age, I was born in Beirut and raised in Florence and started working at the age of 17 at a renowned Florentine jeweller: Torrini. I then had the wonderful opportunity to work at Harry Winston in 1979, first in London and then in Saudi Arabia as the store’s general manager for three years. At the time, the Middle Eastern jewellery market was rising rapidly. In 1982, I was spotted by Gianni Bulgari who brought me back to Europe and a decade later I founded De Grisogono in Geneva. Af-

ter a lifetime of lessons, I was craving a new challenge in 2018 and it was time to plan my new creative adventure. What were your formative years working with Bulgari like? In 1982, Gianni Bulgari created a new role for me and I joined the team in Rome. I had the opportunity to work with global VIPs and the most exclusive clientele who travelled from all around the world including the Middle East. Rome is an exceptionally beautiful city and working for such a special Italian brand was very unique. This experience sparked my creativity and forged

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my artistic style. Working in Rome allowed me to penetrate with my Italian heritage what was one of the most iconic brands. And then to founding De Grisogono – what did this chapter of your career entail? It was a very important moment in my career, I opened my first boutique on Geneva’s Rue du Rhone in 1993. The boutique was richly furnished with art and the atmosphere was one-of-a-kind, decadent. I was on a mission to inject a newstyle glamour into the traditional high jewellery world. I wanted to innovate and disrupt the high jewellery industry by incorporating my modern touch into each piece. Your chapter with De Grisogono came to a close in 2018. What has the four years since been like for you finding a new path for yourself in your career and following your creative instincts? It’s been a journey of reflection and growth. This new creative adventure was simply waiting for me. We’ve worked very hard the past few years with my talented team, family and friends. They’ve all helped me make this dream come true and I’m so grateful for the support and encouragement I’ve received to finally launch my namesake brand in 2019. Now, you’ve entered into a new era. Talk us through this. Launching a brand during uncertain times immediately followed by a global pandemic is not an easy one. We’ve sourced the most exclusive and top-notch materials and put together very unique high jewellery pieces. Each jewel has a meaning and has been inspired by my roots, origins, and surroundings; the beautiful Mediterranean colours, sounds and scents have all contributed to the creation of my pieces. What does this region mean to you when it comes to the jewellery space? My father was Lebanese and so my heritage partly comes

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from this region, plus I worked 3 years in Saudi Arabia for Harry Winston in my young career, so I’ve always been very attached to this region. In what ways do you take inspiration from both your Lebanese and Italian heritage in your designs? I consider it an eternal source of inspiration, from the incredible architecture, to the rich culture and the artistic history, the landscapes that make us dream and escape, both Italy and Lebanon share the most beautiful sea: The Mediterranean. The waters, the food, the history, the culture and the colours are simply unique. The energy from this region and its people is translated into the jewels I design, their movement tells a story just like my creations, and I’m very

blessed to be able to share the memories I have in this region of the world. You’re a specialist in black diamonds. What goes into being an expert in these gems? A lot of hard work and passion. I was the first ever jeweller to use black diamonds in my creations and disrupted the jewellery market and I will continue to do so. Under Fawaz Gruosi, I was the first to use Amber, the primordial, organic, and fossilised resin of conifer trees, a natural treasure. Every day, I aim to make the impossible possible and I believe this is the mindset you need to create something that never existed before. You’ve had celebrities and notable figures the globe-over wear your designs throughout the years – what have been highlights

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for you? Every woman I’ve dressed has been special and unique. I’m very grateful to have seen my jewellery dazzle on the most beautiful women in the world. I’m humbled by the recognition we’ve achieved, and I would like to thank each of them for embracing and loving the pieces as much as I do. What have you learned through the bespoke creation process? To incorporate energy and feelings into each piece of jewellery. We want our jewels to have character and a soul. Throughout your career what has been your most memorable project? All of my previous work experiences have forged who I am as a person today and have all been so different and unique. If I had to choose one, I would say that launching my namesake brand during a global pandemic has been the most challenging but rewarding project I ever undertook. In business, what is a philosophy you live by? Expect the unexpected. What are some of the key lessons you have learned throughout your career? Every opportunity and experience is rich and unique, I’ve taken the best of each of my career opportunities and learned along the way. I’ve never been afraid to embrace the silver linings and stay hopeful whilst true to myself. Believe in your ideas and creativity is the most important lesson I’ve learned. What have been the hurdles you’ve had to overcome throughout your career? Meanwhile, what have been the milestones? As previously mentioned, it was a challenge to launch my namesake brand during a global pandemic but with hard work and dedication we’ve made it work. This has been both the biggest hurdle and milestone in my career as a jeweller.

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Fine Heritage

With over 126 years of history, French jewellery house Van Cleef & Arpels knows everything there is about impeccable craftsmanship and the finer details. Here, CEO Nicolas Bos discusses the rich heritage of Van Cleef & Arpels and exactly how the Maison fine-tunes details when it comes to its iconic pieces What does the Van Cleef & Arpels brand represent? To me, Van Cleef & Arpels represents enchantment in the field of High Jewellery and Watchmaking. Our sources of inspiration also helps us suffuse a sense of poetry into jewellery or even in the Extraordinary Objects we create. In the past and until today, nature, couture, dance, imaginary worlds and travels inspire us for our creations. Each collection is a new chapter in the Maison’s long story. To continue to nurture creativity, the Maison’s philosophy is to always keep the balance between the respect for our traditions and identity and the introduction of a contemporary approach. To do so, we strongly believe in making bridges with other artistic fields – such as dance, photography, but also design, drawings, publishing – through collaborations: for instance, we collaborated with AlexandreBenjamin Navet around our flower celebration. In the field of dance, our partnership with the L.A. Dance Project goes on and in 2020, we even launched an initiative around contemporary dance with the project Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels. All of these create a unique blend proper to Van Cleef & Arpels and allow us to deliver the Maison’s vision of a timeless universe filled with beauty and harmony – two words that probably represent the best of what we are aiming to express. Van Cleef & Arpels is all about the finer details when it comes to its pieces. Talk us through this process. Techniques and know-how are being

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transmitted every day in the Maison’s workshops and finding new ones or adapting the original ones in order to express our creativity. For instance, the Mystery Set was a technique developed and patented by Van Cleef & Arpels in 1933 in order to hide the setting and give pride of place to the stones. Today, two other techniques have been developed, each enabling new designs to be imagined. The Vitrail Mystery Set allows the setting to disappear on the back as well as on the front of the jewel, highlighting the translucent quality of the stones, while the Navette Mystery Set endows creations with a striking impression of relief thanks to marquise-cut stones. Another Van Cleef & Arpels tradition is the transformable pieces that offer multiple wearing possibilities. The workshops are constantly working on new intricate, secured and discreet mechanisms while ensuring the creations’ suppleness. Our signature motifs and techniques are really part of our creative

identity and are often very sought-after by High Jewellery collectors. Couture is also one of the Maison’s key sources of inspiration: fabric movements such as pleats, drapery or ribbons are reinterpreted through precious metal and gems in several creations. How do you ensure you continue the legacy of such a historic Maison? The Maison has been perpetuating its historical sources of inspiration such as nature, couture, imaginary worlds and dance, while nurturing it with a contemporary vision. Twenty years ago, Van Cleef & Arpels started to launch thematic High Jewellery collections and we carry on down the same path. It means pushing the technical boundaries further with innovations to enrich the creativity. For instance, the Mystery Set, which is a signature of the Maison, was patented in 1933, which we continue to develop. Today, we master the Vitrail and the Navette Mystery Set techniques. In watchmaking, it means constantly innovating to tell new stories that enchant and invite to dream. This is the exact goal of our Poetic Complications and Extraordinary Objects collections. They are an invitation to see time as a story-maker, thanks to expert craftsmanship and virtuoso mechanisms. How do you choose the gems for the high jewellery pieces you create? We always want to spark emotion, this is why coloured stones have been at the core of the Maison’s creative process. Selected according to the most demanding criteria when choosing raw minerals, we cannot but be humble and admire what nature can create. The stones’ journey from the depth of the Earth into the craftsmen’s hand reveals beauty, it is also with great pride that we can see what we are able to accomplish today with these treasures through our know-how. Not only does High Jewellery evoke exceptional gems, it also suggests renowned and expert craftsmanship perpetuated by our craftsmen that we call Mains d’Or (Golden Hands). These techniques are at the service of the Maison’s creativity and style which all contribute to give birth to timeless creations. Van Cleef & Arpels has its very own approach of High Jewellery: benevolence, poetry and vitality are the keywords leading our designs while movement, asymmetry, figurative or abstract representations characterise their aesthetics. The Extraordinary Objects or Heures Florales recently debuted at Watches & Wonders. Talk us through this release. The Lady Arpels Heures Florales and Lady Arpels Heures Florales Cerisier watches are inspired by the idea of a garden that would be able to tell the time. This very specific inspiration – l’horloge de Linné – was born from Carl von Linné’s works, a Swedish scientist and naturalist of the 18th century. He came up with the idea of a floral clock that would be a garden where

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you would be able to tell exactly the time depending on the number and the nature of the flowers that are open and/or closed. Of course, this idea was really a dream and nobody could actually ever create that garden. But we thought that the story was so beautiful that we could try to use the possibilities of mechanical watchmaking to give it life. And this is what we managed to do with a watch where you don’t see any indications of time, you don’t see hands, you don’t see traditional watchmaking elements. You see very delicate three-dimensional flowers that, hour after hour, open and close their petals and tell you the time in a very accurate manner. The three Extraordinary Objects are true feats for our partners and Watchmaking Workshops in Geneva. It took all the expertise and savoir-faire of our teams, several

ties of mechanisms, we can create that movement in an unexpected and magical manner. When the animations start, you either see the ballet of the planets or the full beauty of love in nature. With these unique pieces, we aim to arouse a deep sense of surprise and wonder. Throughout its lengthy history, Van Cleef & Arpels designs have adorned many notable figures. How is this seen within the timepieces, especially the ones displayed at Watches & Wonders? It is true that, over the decades, the Maison’s creations have found success with notable personalities. This is a part of our history in which we take great pride. But I am not sure that it is embodied in the new creations presented at Watches & Wonders. The watches and Extraordinary Objects that we introduced this year pay tribute to Van Cleef & Arpels’ cherished sources of inspiration, notably nature and astronomy. They offer an enchanted stroll into the Maison’s creative and poetic universe, instilling a sense of wonder to the measurement of time. In terms of craftsmanship that was and is still a very important pillar for the brand, how do you maintain this balance in keeping particular handcrafts alive while adopting technical evolutions that can speed up the production process? In the luxury business, creation prevails, but if you don’t associate that with a business sense, you can’t perpetuate a legacy. At the end of the day, good business comes from good creation. The more creative, the better the quality, the more expertise used, the more chances you have of being successful. With that comes a strong research on innovation, to improve the way we make our pieces. We strive to keep rare skills and craftsmanship alive, notably in our watchmaking collections. But, at the same time, we constantly think of new ways to improve our processes, not especially to speed them up – because good creation takes time – but to ever improve the quality of our pieces, so that they keep on enduring the test of time. Throughout your career what has been your most memorable project? This is not an easy question, there are a great number of projects that are memorable to me. But, if I must choose one, I would think of the Fée Ondine automaton, because it gave us the privilege to revive the very old tradition of automatons, which gathered 13 different workshops around the same goal. It opened up a lot of possibilities for the Maison. We wanted to find out what we could create if we weren’t constrained to a wristwatch, and the Fée Ondine automaton years and countless hours of work to come up paved the way to the Extraordinary Objects with such complex creations, imbued with that we continue to create today. These exthe magic of the cosmos or the wonders of nature. The sense of magic associated with ceptional pieces are not made with a comautomatons fascinates us because, as jewelmercial purpose, they offer a way to show that Van Cleef & Arpels’ spirit of storytelllers, what we try to render through the stilling is still very much alive. They evoke a life that a brooch or a necklace can be, is a sense of wonder, like reading a fairy tale. sense of movement, and with the possibili-

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What do your first 30 minutes of the day look like, your morning routine? TS: Well things have certainly changed a little for me since my baby boy arrived four weeks ago. But my general routine would consist of reviewing my overnight international emails and texts for importance, a simple skincare routine, grab a coffee and out the door. LS: I like to start my day with some fresh air and a nice brisk walk before heading to the office to meet with the team. How did you know it was the right time to launch your brand and what inspired you to do so? TS: SHAY evolved from a hobby, I had in high school. I designed and created a simple link bracelet for myself which I began gifting to friends and family. The demand was so great that it was soon after that my mom suggested we approach a couple of stores. Originally, we began creating costume pieces however we had so many inquiries regarding natural gems, that the transition was very organic. When SHAY began there were limited fine jewellery brands offering such custom services. Your pieces are so well researched. Tell us about this intelligent approach to the creative process. TS: I’m a little more conservative than my mum, but also drive the brand in a contemporary direction. My mum has this elegance about her, but she is definitely of a modern mindset. The combination of our personalities means we are always seeking inspiration from different sources. SHAY is known for the art of stacking. How can one exude that laid-back elegance through this? TS: Starting with diamonds as the base allows you to have fun with building in other gemstones or different shades of gold. Leaving negative space in your stack will also provide room for each piece to been seen and not overcrowded. Which piece of SHAY would you suggest for a first-time buy that suits everyone? TS: The diamond pave essential link is one of our best-selling styles in both the necklace and bracelet. It’s an everyday piece that can be dressed up or down or you can wear it on its own or layer it with other styles. It’s an ageless piece perfect for handing down through the generations. LS: For me, it’s the classic tennis necklace. We design them in a variety of shaped diamonds, and a range of prices to suit your style or personality. How do you balance your signature as a designer and the aesthetic preferences of a client? Most of our private clients come to SHAY because of our aesthetic. Usually, they already have a piece in their collection and are fans. We don’t generally accept projects that we feel we don’t have a synergy with. How has social media affected the fine jewellery business and which platform has been

“When SHAY began there were limited fine jewelley brands offering such custom services.” most useful? Instagram and WhatsApp have been our most successful platforms. With social media banned in some countries, WhatsApp allows us to provide a more personal service while Instagram is a creative outlet to inspire our followers and expand on the brand’s ethos. What advice would you give when it comes to investing in jewellery? First of all, make sure it’s piece that you love and would enjoy wearing, because what’s the point if you’re not going to enjoy it? The beauty of jewellery is that you can enjoy the piece, yet at the same time it is an investment that only increases in value. The second advice is to do

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your research and always look at the quality and colour of the stones. It’s also important to look at the level of craftsmanship on the piece and to know that there is value in both gold and diamonds. This is The Finer Things Issue – how have you implemented a detailed approach in your daily life? TS: Being a business owner has taught me the importance of forward thinking and planning; as Benjamin Franklin said, “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.” I’m an early riser, even before my son was born, which gives me the time to clear my thoughts and email inbox to ensure when I arrive at the office, I am prepared for the day ahead.

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What do your first 30 mins of the day look like, your morning routine? Typically what I do as soon as I wake up is I rehydrate and start the day by drinking plenty of water. Then I take a quick shower and get ready either for yoga or a run. I do yoga three times a week and run three times a week, I usually have one day off in between. After all of this, I then go on to have a big breakfast. How did your journey into jewellery design begin? I was in a transitional phase in my life that required me to take a step back. Upon reflection and careful planning, I pivoted to a line of work that would give me room to be creative which was something I always had inside me. Jewellery has always been a big part of my life, from the admiring eyes of a child to the appreciative heart of a woman, I wanted to capitalise on my love for creation. It was a natural outcome and conclusion. The Starflake – can you introduce us to your new collection? The Starflake collection is easy to wear, easy to layer and is lots of fun. With many of the earrings sold in singles – you can add stars, play with asymmetrical designs, connect chains and more. It’s all about adding your own individual taste and style. From equestrian-themed bracelets to fan shaped pieces, everything is unique. Where do you take your inspiration from? There’s always a source of inspiration and every collection has its own story. I have a sheer sense and thirst for discovery and I love exploring new things – whether it’s an experience, a place, or meeting new people. I feel very much inspired by everything that discovery reveals around me. Travel also serves as a great form of inspiration. You also create bespoke pieces – is this something you’ve done from the outset? Yes, we always aim to give clients a high quality product with a personal touch or connection. We love getting involved in their special occasions and making them feel that we are there for them whenever they need us. Are there any precious stones you particularly enjoy working with? I love diamonds to start with, but I also believe in the energy of natural stones. Right now, I am doing a lot of work with natural citrines imported from Brazil. Your pieces are quite intricate and often colourful. How would you recommend they should be worn? My pieces are created in a way that does not impose a specific style on the wearer. I like to leave that to the person wearing it. It’s important to me that my pieces are perceived as a tool of expression rather than a tool of direction. How do you ensure you maintain a clear vision, despite the challenges? I just stay focused on the end result, what I aspire to achieve and remind myself that a little effort continuously everyday is better than no effort at all. The secret lies in recognizing small wins, discipline, and habit.

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Hanna Fiedler is dedicated to precision craftsmanship and the finer details of design WORDS: SARAH JOSEPH


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What do your first 30 mins of the day look like, your morning routine? My alarm rings at 7:30 am, but I am not a quick riser so I usually stay in bed for another 20 minutes and cuddle with my dog, I then proceed to check my schedule for the day. I take a quick shower and wake up over a cup of cappuccino. I love good coffee and I am still improving my Barista skills on our rocket espresso machine as I love to start my day with a good caffeine boost. How did you know it was the right time to launch your brand and what inspired you to do so? I had dreamed of starting my own line since I was a teenager, so it was always in the back of my mind. I finished my studies at London College of Fashion and the Berlin Opera Foundation and was set on gaining experience in the industry, which led me to work for a short while with Gabriela Hearst in New York. Gabriela and I very much aligned on our values and she was the one who encouraged me to go out on my own. That was an incredible motivation and it gave me the courage to leave any doubts and fears behind and take the leap of faith. The inspiration for the brand’s identity is deeply routed in my values and training as a bespoke tailor. I wanted to bring the consideration and attention to details of a custom-made garment into ready to wear. I have a great passion for uncompromising quality as well as craftsmanship and I increasingly saw the need for a vision like mine in the industry. You only use the most superlative of materials. How challenging was it to define where to source these and maintain consistency season after season? The challenges were somewhat twofold as on the one hand I only wanted the best of the best for my clients so I approached some wonderful traditional mills who have been honing their skills over decades. But as a new designer without a known brand name behind you, not everyone welcomes you with open arms as there are so many brands that launch and are unable to sustain their business. On the other hand, I decided to not actively produce fabrics for us, but rather work with stock supported material, in an effort to not contribute to the creation of dead stock, which is a huge issue

in the industry. We have wonderful suppliers like Loro Piana and Alumo who not only create the most luxurious and high quality fabrics but who are due to their work with bespoke tailors happy to work with us on small quantities for our limited production runs. They also tend to work less towards seasonal fabric collections but thrive just like us to create for longevity. As we grow we are expanding the range of materials we use, however I like to make sure I take my time to find the right partners. Your pieces can make the women who wear them feel powerful. Tell us about this intelligent approach to the creative process. I strongly believe in the haptic magic of fashion. To me the visual is only part of the experience and it always needs to be in harmony with the feel of fabric, the fit, the cut of the garment and its versatility. The clothes we wear impact how we feel and perceive ourselves. I often feel that I create clothes for the woman who I aspire to become and whenever I wear one of my designs I do feel one step closer to her. It is an incredibly powerful feeling and I hope that my clients feel the same way. The pieces you create are timeless in form – was this part of the brand DNA from the outset? Absolutely. I always strived to create pieces that matter within a larger time frame. I am greatly inspired by furniture design classics and set out to create garments which are similarly unique yet understated and can last a lifetime. I try to stay away from trends as much as I can, as I think great style doesn’t have a sell by date. Some

of my personal style icons are women like Katherine Hepburn or Grace Kelly who have created such iconic looks for themselves, which are still incredibly relevant today. Tell us about the made to order experience you offer, and do you see any similarities in the clients who choose this option? It’s been such an interesting journey for us to get to know our clients, especially those who choose to have a piece exclusively made for them. I noticed that the women choosing to purchase made to order are very self assured, knowledgeable about good design and know exactly what they are looking for. They love the ability to add curated pieces to their wardrobe with exclusivity that goes far beyond the mass-produced luxury of big conglomerate brands. They appreciate the sophistication that comes with the hidden details, such as the lining materials we use or the hidden elastic in the waistband of our tailored trousers. We create each of our designs with attention to detail and care, it’s wonderful to see our clients appreciation for the quality of our product. What’s one piece of advice that you’d give to your younger self? That it is ok to be different and to be you. As a child I noticed that my interests were different to other girls. I was more of a tomboy and wanted to become an archeologist. I read all the books on ancient cultures I could find and once even visited a dig in our area which I absolutely loved. However, I didn’t feel fully comfortable to share my interests and be outspoken about them, as they felt so out of the ordinary. Today I understand that it is not only ok to be unapologetically you but it also a privilege to know your passions and what drives you. I would love to tell my younger self that. This is The Finer Things Issue – how have you implemented a detailed approach in your daily life? Since starting a business I have become a lot more selective in how I spend my time but also with the objects I surround myself with. The attention to detail I bring to my design has absolutely found its way into all areas of my life and I love to surround myself with curated, well designed things. Finer things to me are objects or experiences which hold personal value and meaning and bring joy to you every day. I absolutely love to explore restaurants and experiencing the creative work of chefs all around the world. Understanding how some chefs create their dishes, compose a tasting menu and create a dining experience is incredibly inspiring to my design work.

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THE ART OF WATCHMAKING Understated yet distinctive, there’s a fine line that watchmakers tread in order to create seemingly unassuming pieces that on closer inspection reveal technical wizardry and mesmerizing design flourishes. These watchmakers have made it a habit to make a bold statement without screaming for attention – yet always commanding it.

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SPARKLING GEMS Diamonds are the surest way of making sure your wristbound wonder doesn’t escape the attention of anyone in the room. These watchmakers have masterfully linked fine watchmaking with an artisanal jewellery approach to give rise to timepieces that look as good as they perform. Clearly, these watches show that diamonds can be everyone’s best friend.

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SERIOUSLY COMPLICATED There’s a peculiar moment when the impossible in watchmaking is made possible through technical brilliance. It’s watchmaking at the highest levels that combine skills passed down generations and a knowhow that is exclusive only to a handful of individuals in the world. These timepieces are outstanding examples of craftsmanship and pedigree coming together to create some of the most complicated luxury watches ever.

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Pallavi Puri creates a heady mix of heritage and modern design. We spoke to Puri on what brought her to launch her brand and how she plans to scale without compromising on quality What do the first 30 minutes of your day look like, your morning routine? I have always believed that one cannot pour from an empty cup and hence I attempt to keep mine always full. My day starts with a small prayer of gratitude followed by various forms of self-care. I do yoga, have some green tea (or my first shot of caffeine), listen to motivational podcasts, and sometimes I walk barefoot on the grass to feel grounded for the day ahead. This first half hour of the day is only for Pallavi the person, not the designer, not the mother, not the businesswoman and this time basically fortifies me to face the day with optimism and strength. What is at the heart of Pallavi Puri, the DNA? We celebrate beauty in all forms. Beauty means many things to many people; to us as a brand it represents the omnipresent. We believe every woman has the agency to define her own beauty, to have the courage to fall outside the archetypical definitions and redefine the mould. Tell us how your past experiences led you to co-found your own brand? Looking back, I feel that all of this was rather pre-ordained. My intrinsic sense of style was honed through my degree in fashion. I was lucky enough to work with some of the greatest brands and designers at that time and gained an immense amount of knowledge and experience but eventually, after a lot of contemplation, I realized I needed more creative freedom of my own and to launch my own brand. How did you know you were ready to make the leap and launch your own brand? To maximise my abilities, it was imperative to work in complete creative freedom, where I was allowed to make mistakes and well as celebrate the wins. I finally took the plunge and moved out of my comfort zone to launch Pallavi Puri. Have you had any mentors along the way and if so, what has been the best advice they have imparted to you? In this journey of life, you meet many people who leave a lasting impression on you and help shape your personality. My mentors gave me many valuable lessons that I implement in my day-to-day business still now. One thing that has stayed with me always is about staying true to your core belief. I started my venture with a certain set

ments near completion because of one small error. For me it is about being true to what I conceived and believe in, so whether or not my client recognizes the flaw, what matters is that I do. I am here to create a legacy. How important is honing in on the finer details to building a business? Building a business takes a lot of planning, research, execution, people management, supply chain management and so on. It is a constant process of evolving, where course correction happens from time to time. With all due respect to designers, creation is a critical but very small part of the whole plan, the real work begins post that. So yes honing your finer skills in building a business, is very important and an ongoing mechanism which has to keep improving every day. Micromanagement in this kind of a business is imperative because one needs to be cued into what is happening at the ground level, at all times. What has been the biggest challenge since launching the brand and how did you overcome of ideas which I held very close to my heart. it? Anything which is external and involves There have been chances to deviate from those people management will always be a challenge, values for the sake of making more money or from sourcing raw material to finding worthy being more accepted in the industry, but I vendors. From managing the ground level have turned these down every time. I made a craftsmen to logistics and ensuring that safety promise to myself that I would deliver superstandards, compliances and protocols are being maintained. To sum it up, I would say lative quality and design with each creation of nothing about running a multinational busimine and I would never compromise on that ness is easy but that is the beauty of it. Every because that is what my core is all about. day brings with it new hurdles but also hope, How do the creative and commercial sides of new challenges but also certitude. I would the business work together and do you feel not have it any other way because this is what particularly drawn to one side of the busikeeps me going, this is what keeps me alive. ness? Well, it is the eternal challenge for any person in the creative field but luckily for me, How has social media affected the business and I come from a business family and have been which platform has been most useful? While I exposed to that facet since my childhood. completely respect the growing importance of For me to create this fine balance was not social media platforms in today’s world, our a very daunting task, as I paid attention to line of business is very niche and bespoke. The both aspects in equal parts. We have sadly social media gives us a window to showcase witnessed talented artists and designers our collections but the real connect happens suffer due to a lack of good business sense. when a client walks in to touch and feel what I certainly cherish the designer in me a lot we have created. Having said that we receive more but I acknowledge and accept the immany queries via these social media platforms. portance of the business woman in me. This is The Finer Things Issue – how do you imThe brand is well-known for its beautiful emplement the finer details into your own life? To be alive is a fine thing, life needs to be celebratbellishment. How challenging is it to maintain ed each living day, and one cannot go through this level of detail across all pieces? I invest this journey at a superficial level. I strongly admyself very heavily in each and every piece I create. In today’s world there is no dearth vocate for the genuine and intrinsically truthof good designs at very competitive prices ful approach towards everything I pursue – be but what sets Pallavi Puri apart is the attenit my health and well-being, the upkeep of my household or my professional endeavours. tion to detail. At times I have discarded gar-

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Oud Palao Eau de Parfum 75ml Dhs560 Diptyque Royal Oud Dhs1,910 Creed

Fit for royalty, this exceptional fragrance is inspired by the luxurious elements of a Persian palace – wood, leather, marble, and gold.

Oud and Bergamot Cologne Intense Dhs760 Jo Malone available at bloomingdales.ae

Divine Oud Eau De Parfum, 100ml Dhs1,040 Roberto Cavalli Perfumes available at OUNASS

Combining the precious elements of oud with bergamot, this fragrance is like no other.

This fragrance elegantly blends animal, fruity and woody facets, creating an intense yet hypnotic scent.

Oud Satin Mood Dhs1,087 Maison Francis Kurkdjian available at sephora.ae

Accord Oud Eau de Parfum, 100ml Dhs990 Byredo available at bloomingdales.ae

Accord Oud from Byredo is a decadent fragrance with a unique character and undeniable elegance.

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Combining oud, rose and vanilla, this Diptyque fragrance takes you on a sensory journey.

This scent was created by Francis Kurkdjian in 2016 and has continued to be a best-seller for the fragrance house. This eau de parfum perfectly embodies the intensity of oud, conveying a shimmering and desirable Oriental mood.

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We discuss the finer details of human design and energy management with Negin Baradari and how an understanding of your unique energetic profile can help you fine-tune your life to drive success WORDS: AMY SESSIONS

What is Human Design, how did it originate and how does it work? My practice combines ancient wisdom modalities with a special focus on a more recent modality called Human Design. Human Design is a self-discovery modality that combines ancient wisdom (elements of astrology, the i ching, the chakra system, the kabbalah tree of life) and modern science (quantum physics, genomics) to create clarity on how we are programmed. It provides a highly-customised roadmap of your energetic operating system based on your strengths, weaknesses, and avenues of potential. Imagine getting access to your energetic user manual. Human Design is an MRI of your energy flows/a scan of your energy. What first brought you to this practice and do you see similarities in those who are drawn to this in your clients? My spiritual journey started early on with my grandmothers being my first teachers in this multidimensional arena. Looking back now, I realize that different ancient modalities came into my energetic field at various pivotal moments/intersections in my life. The clients drawn to my practice are spiritually curious in nature yet diligent (analytical and due diligence) and are striving for optimal living across all avenues of their lives – they are overachievers with a sense of social responsibility/compassion. They appreciate the fact that my practice offers a synergy between science and holistic wisdom. They are also willing to show up FULLY, even through the discomfort. They are ready to face what’s in the way of their massive upleveling. Above all they have made a powerful choice to invest into themselves.

What can you expect from a session and how is this useful in everyday life? A session increases awareness and enhances clarity. I share pearls of inner wisdom about you that you are not conscious about and reframe them as your natural strengths or superpowers. I articulate your inner strength so you may mirror this on your trailblazing journey. My sessions are more about practical takeaways rather than preaching on holistic best practices. You’ll leave the first session with an in-depth understanding of how to enhance your personal life interactions, how to optimise your work life approach and what self development avenues to embark upon. You’ll be offered practical insights and tools to manage your energy, such as how you are designed to make decisions, interact with others, and operate in terms of work and life balance. Think of it as an energy management manual, every action in life has an energetic component so the more conscious we are with our actions the more flow we create in our lives, the more flow we create the less blocks we have in our way. What are mental and emotional blockages and how do they affect us? Our energetic circuitry when optimal is akin to a welloiled machine. You can feel in a blissful space and engage with life in a state of flow. Blockages on multiple layers occur when stress and fear create a node that feels uncomfortable and like a burden. We have the power to clear mental and emotional blockages and the first step is enhancing clarity and then increasing awareness, the second is using that insight and acting upon it. Do these blockages compound over time to

affect the body and mind if left unremoved? Absolutely. Imagine you are holding onto emotions that are no longer yours, or other people’s thoughts that have conditioned you. These irrelevant thoughts and feelings feel like accumulating pebbles that make a smooth road rough, taking up space in your energetic field, i.e. your aura – the energetic bubble holding your energetic exchanges. What results can you expect afterward and how long will they last for? Human Design gives us access to our energetic user manual. It’s up to us how we use that, how we apply the insight and how long we enable change with it. It can also give voice to our energetic exchanges so that we hear them louder and clearer, but we need to be open minded to listen, otherwise the journey doesn’t continue. This is The Finer Things Issue – how have you fine tuned your business? I became my own curator and started living my purpose, I practiced what I preached by incorporating human design coaching in to my day job. I knew I wanted to do something that was niche and not widely talked about, without loosing my qualifications and credentials. So I looked at how my corporate career could evolve and grow, rather than change, and combine these two worlds. I encourage people to talk more about human design and encourage them to share their knowledge - this should be a common subject and conversation in people’s daily lives. I look forward to the day corporations seek the benefits of this knowledge when hiring staff and structuring teams, or families use it to understand each other better when living under the same roof.

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Precious Time WORDS: AMY SESSIONS

How long have you been practicing medicine and how have you seen approaches to this subject change since you started? I have been practicing since 2005. We were taught at medical school by the famous Professor Bill Ledger; he recommended that if we wanted to have children, we needed to start planning it right away. That was when I was 21 years old looking forward to an intensive medical career. The reality is that the best time for a woman to have a child is in her twentys. The approach has changed more over the last 20 years as more women have become the main bread winner for the households, more time away from the family home due to work travel, as well as meeting a partner later on in life. In the last ten years as more companies offer to pay for women to “preserve their fertility by using assisted reproductive techniques” it has created a false reassurance to women that delaying childbearing to whenever one is ready, is very easy, do-able and has a guaranteed outcome of pregnancy. I see many women who are in the late 30s to 40s who are pregnant with their first child. Ten years ago, this was far less common. The trend is that advanced maternal age pregnancies are very common in the Western world.

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How do you check the fertility of a woman and how accurate is it? Checking fertility is based on what causes infertility. There are five main reasons for infertility: 1. One is that a woman may have blocked fallopian tubes, this may be due to adhesions from previous surgeries, pelvic infections or previous pelvic infections. This can be tested by a Hysterosalpingogram or by Hysterosalpingo Contrast Sonography (HyCoSy). This is very accurate. 2. Anovulation, (for example PCOS) or low egg count – this is more difficult to monitor however ensuring that one has regular periods, and hormones which can be tested are AMH (antimuellerian hormone, FSH, LH, testosterone) 3. Endometriosis – this is diagnosed based on clinical symptoms and if there are ovarian cysts – can also be detected during a transvaginal ultrasound 4. Male factor – poor quality semen 5. Unexplained – all the tests are normal, but no pregnancy is achieved These tests are fairly accurate however they are a snapshot in time. Even if a woman undergoes these tests one year prior to attempting to conceive, this does not imply that she will be able to conceive when she wishes.

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What is the average age of women you work with and does this differ depending on nationality? My patient population is very mixed, 60% European and 40% from the Levant area. My European populations are mainly late 30s into 40s and the Levant are usually early to mid 30s. Middle Eastern culture is more driven towards earlier marriage and starting a family at a younger age, with European culture, usually my women have met their partners at a later stage in their lives. What are the risks of having a family later on in life? There are several and these can include an increased risk of miscarriage or stillbirth, diabetes, hypertension, deep vein thrombosis, pre-eclampsia and for the baby: chromosomal and genetic disorders. What are the main areas of lifestyle that impact a woman’s fertility and how should we be supporting living a healthy lifestyle? Stopping

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smoking is key, exercising, losing weight if overweight and reducing stress where possible. What is the approach to egg freezing at different ages and at what stage would you advise to do this? The ideal time is between 30-35 years old. Ideally book an appointment with a recognized fertility centre. The success rates are between 5-10%. Approximately thirty eggs need to be retrieved and stored to have a good chance of achieving success. The cost of this can vary but is usually around the Dhs75,000 mark. If your older than 35, and wish to perform egg freezing, it is still possible, but the chances are reduced, and I would suggest instead to plan to start a family more immediately. At what stage is egg freezing no longer the most viable route and what should be the course of action in this case? Egg freezing isn’t viable if very few eggs are retrieved

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during egg collection. Or having a very low AMH level. At this stage your fertility Doctor may advise if you plan on having a child, to consider egg donation. What are the most outdated myths you’ve heard surrounding this subject? The most outdated myths: the main one is that women lose hope after 40. This should not be the case. The rate of IVF pregnancies increases with age, however it’s not impossible at all. Also, the hype surrounding social egg freezing is a false reassurance to all career women who believe that there is a way to “pause” their biological clock when there isn’t. How important is it for a woman or couple to get an unbiased opinion? An unbiased opinion is very important especially if there is a difference in the ages of the couple, and when each believes that they will be ready to start trying for a family. Men and women are led to believe that it’s very easy to get pregnant – so many years of contraception is factored in life to avoid unwanted pregnancy so that many couples believe that once no contraception is used, they will conceive immediately. In reality the process can take years, and those are crucial years for a woman’s egg reserves to decline. For anyone who would like more information on this subject what is the first step? I would suggest looking at: www.nhs.uk/conditions/infertility www.nice.org.uk/guidance/CG156/ifp/ chapter/Unexplained-infertility The Lister London Clinic patient leaflet – listerfertility.co.uk/treatments/fertilitypreservation-program/egg-freezing. This is The Finer Things Issue – how do you implement the finer details into your life/ work? The truth is that most women with a career are not spending enough time on focusing on themselves, or on their health or relationships. Therefore, by the time they come up for air, we have reached 40 and can’t believe where the time has gone. The only way of helping those that are younger than us, or the younger generation, is not by promising egg freezing as guarantee.

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The Energy Gamechanger We discuss facial contouring with Miracles, by harnessing the healing power of energy

What is The Access Energetic Facelift and how does it work? Access Energetic Facelift is a gentle, hands-on body process that is both healing and relaxing. This form of energy healing activates the natural healing capacities the body has on a cellular level. It dissipates and clears all the thoughts, feelings, emotions, beliefs, judgements and energies that we hold on to in our skin and body, creating space for renewal and restoration, which improves the quality of skin and overall health. Is this a replacement for more invasive therapies and how often should you have it? It can be a replacement if people are looking at alternative options. It is recommended for maximum effect to be done at least once a week, but you will see a difference even if used less regularly. What are mental and emotional blockages and how do they affect the face? A great example of this is feeling upset or tension. When you are upset you can feel the muscles in your face tense and become contracted. Those feelings and thoughts of stress or upset are actually being physically experienced by the body. These feelings if not processed or released in a healthy way can get locked into the cells on an energetic and sub-conscious level. As more of these energies get accumulated over long periods of time it starts to affect and impact the structure of the skin, face and body. The Access Energetic Facelift is designed to clear these energies, not only improving the skin and face but also instilling a deep sense of calm and inner

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peace as old, outdated feelings and energies are released and cleared. Do these blockages compound over time to affect body and mind if left unremoved? Blockages do compound over time and affect the mind and body in various ways depending on the emotion, experience, and person. It is important to process and deal with life experiences in a healthy way in order to have emotional stability, mental clarity and physical health. What results can you expect afterward and how long will they last for? When experiencing an Access Energetic Facelift people have claimed to have clearer skin, glowing texture, lifted appearance, while they have also noticed weight loss, hormonal balance, disappearance of body aches and pains and many other benefits to their body. This all unfolds while the individual is left looking and feeling good from the inside and out. It has also helped people overcome stress and anxiety and has cleared any other mental or emotional challenges they may have had. The Access Energetic Facelift appears to be permanent when done at least 20 times, however people have reported to feel and see a difference after the first session. This is The Finer Things Issue – how have you fine-tuned your business? At Miracles the priority is always to create the best experience for our clients. We strive to make our techniques more accessible and relatable to heal and balance their mind, body and energy and in turn their overall quality of life.

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Fine Tuned Wellness Zakia Kazi is the energy powerhouse that will help fine tune your wellness through Reiki

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What do the first 30 minutes of your day look like, your morning routine? Mornings provide the perfect canvas to be able to set the tone for the day. I wake up at 6.00am and immediately get into a 30-minute meditation session which consists of transcendental meditation techniques of 15 minutes followed by visualization meditation. I am able to set my intentions for the day in the meditation as I find a space of stillness. I also take a few minutes to ask for protection for my day ahead. I alternate my meditations between desire visualizations, Buddhist healing meditations and sometimes just a simple breathing meditation. Invoking Reiki is a must as healing is activated for the day. After that, I’m prepared for a fabulous day ahead. What initially brought you towards Reiki and how long have you been practicing? I have been practicing Reiki for over seven years now and I cannot emphasise enough how beautiful this healing technique is. With Reiki, it’s always a calling. Mine came from a Reiki Healing session that I personally had done for myself. After the session, I could immediately feel the onset of the healing process with changes in my emotional wellbeing. I felt calmer and slowly realized that the emotional pains were dissipating. I felt I needed to learn more and pursued a Master Teacher Training with the International Centre for Reiki Training. It has been my goal ever since that as many people learn Reiki so that they can self-heal and change their lives for the better. What are the key short and long-term benefits of Reiki? The short-term benefits of Reiki include easing stress, help with sleep disorders, helps to clear chakras, relieves physical pains, promotes harmony from within and accelerated recovery, be it physical or mental hurt. The long-term benefits of Reiki include cleansing the body of toxins, it aids manifestation, helps in spiritual growth, helps in relieving emotional stress, pain, anxiety and fatigue, dissolved energy blocks in chakras, helps to live an emotionally well-balanced life, helps to control low lying emotions such as anger and fear and increases patience and love for self and others. In today’s fast-paced environment, how important is it to implement these rebalancing techniques and how often should you do them? There is no better time than now to balance, heal and meditate. The consciousness of the world is rising and there are many more people who are veering towards finding joy and happiness. This can be

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achieved when we find the stillness within us and allow ourselves to give up the illusion of control. Yes, the world is moving fast and with the heavy influences of social media, one does tend to place unnecessary pressure on fitting in. Stress, anxiety and insecurity of constantly fitting in can be self-destructive. When we find Reiki, meditation and healing, we are able to deal with our inner emotions, live a well-balanced life and are much kinder to ourselves and the people around us. In the end all that we want is joy and peace, and Reiki allows you to get there. How can Reiki and meditation go handin-hand for ones’ overall wellbeing? Reiki means universal life energy that works with its own consciousness to heal the mental and physical blocks of a sentient being. Reiki is a healing technique and once activated (Through symbols that are taught to you by a master), can simply change your life and help you to better achieve reprieve from physical and emotional pain. If not learnt, two Reiki sessions a month can help too. Meditation allows you to find the stillness within you. Once our consciousness is calm, we are able to implement intentions, manifestations and therefore create the life that we want. A loving and kindness meditation can fill you with a beautiful light and help dispel all the low lying energies within you. Recently I spent over a week in a monastery up in the hills of Kathmandu and it is there that I learned meditation is nothing but familiarizing the mind. It isn’t about making your mind blank, but allowing yourself to reach that stillness within you by retraining your attention which will help you focus better and change your reaction to the circumstances that you face. Once you are able to let go, you will be happy. The Ritz-Carlton DIFC launched the #RCDIFCWellness programme earlier this year. Tell us why this was a key focus? The new holistic healing programme comes after 2022 was declared the year of wellness and self-care globally. The new series of holistic energy healing therapies at the hotel’s luxurious spa, help to unwind both business travellers and leisure guests from the hustle and bustle of the Dubai International Financial Centre. Which chakras are most commonly blocked? Usually the chakras that are most commonly blocked are the Root Chakra, Third Eye and Solar Plexus Chakra. The Root Chakra is our centre of security. When we have a sense of lack, this chakra is blocked. Due to the commercialization of the world we live in,

wants never stop. Thus this chakra creates an imbalance and plunges us into a “never being satisfied” phase. An attitude of gratitude for all that you have and knowing that all your needs will be fulfilled, helps to heal this chakra. The Solar Plexus chakra is the centre of our emotions. Fear, pain, anger, neglect, all thrive in the solar plexus. These emotions need to be healed at the root cause to allow us to be free of these chains, much of this can be associated with trauma that we may have faced in our childhood. The Third Eye Chakra needs regular meditation to be opened. The Third Eye is “all seeing and all

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knowing” and it is the seat of our intuition. Once opened, the Third Eye allows us to be more intuitive and look past the haze and make decisions with more precision. This is The Finer Things Issue – how do you fine tune your own life? The first step to fine tuning your life is meditation. Make meditation a habit, just the way you bathe or brush your teeth. Meditation will help you get the clarity you need, will calm the anxiety within you and help you to lead a fulfilled life. The next step is gratitude and giving. Remember, the more you give, the more you shall receive. State the things you are grateful for, either in meditation or in a journal. The next step is a vision board, as it allows you to beautifully create the life that you want, be it health, wealth, family or love. Place your vision board and look at it first thing every morning. You will notice a sense of sheer happiness and fulfilment as manifestation begins here. The final step is to heal. Everyone needs healing. A Reiki session will support this healing and for optimized effect try once to twice per month. Healing is like a massage for your soul. As the outer, so the inner.

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The Beauty Shelf Hanna Fiedler, founder of her namesake brand, shares her favourite skincare and makeup staples Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant Dhs130 Paula’s Choice

As I still struggle with breakouts and acne, this BHA exfoliant has made a huge difference to my skin confidence. Especially since wearing masks has become the new norm, this has been an absolute life saver. Secret Camouflage Concealer Duo Dhs140 Laura Mercier Secret

This concealer works well on my skin for occasional coverage and can easily blend. En-Root Scalp Treatment Dhs180 Centred.

The overuse of dry shampoo can lead to build up and affect hair

plied before my make-up gives a blurring affect and a natural glow without the need for any heavy coverage.

Hydrance Rich Hydrating Cream Dhs117 Avène

Lash Slick Dhs59 Glossier.

Moisturising my skin is of utmost priority, as it becomes quite dry. This fragrance-free formula has delivered effective results and it can be used both day and night.

This mascara is perfect for sensitive eyes, as it’s water resistant and doesn’t smudge when wear-

First Fix 30ml for Dhs646 de Mamiel

By combining hydration with aromatherapy, this two-in-one formula makes my skin feel relaxed after a busy day. I inhale the calming scents before applying it to my face. Luminescent Base Dhs335 Lisa Franklin

As I love to show off my freckles, this luminescent base ap-

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ing a heavy moisturiser because of its water-resistant formula. Without gathering excessive amount of product on the wand, it’s designed to give my lashes length and definition. Anthelios Invisible Fluid SPF50+ 50ml for Dhs137 La Roche Posay

SPF is a daily essential for me as I have very light skin, that burns easily. I love how this particular one doesn’t leave a greasy or sticky feel to the skin, but just blends in perfectly while giving me the protection I need. Eco Friendly Dry Shampoo with Oat milk Dhs48 KLORANE

Whether travelling or in between washes, this dry shampoo helps keep my fine hair refreshed when needed. I love that it doesn’t leave a grey film on my roots as well as being unscented.

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growth, hence I’ve started using this scalp treatment. It refreshes my hair and exfoliates my scalp to rebalance its moisture levels.

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Aya Ahmad, Founder of Fyne Jewellery, talks us through her daily beauty routine Talk us through your morning routine. I start my morning with a large glass of cold water followed by a homemade iced black coffee. Cold water is known to have many benefits like aiding in the release of toxins and increasing your metabolism. In terms of my beauty routine, I start with La Roche-Posay’s Cleansing Micellar Foaming Water for Sensitive Skin. I then apply Skin Laundry’s Balancing Antioxidant Toner with reusable cotton rounds by the Last Object. I finish off with the Calm Water Gel Moisturiser and Active Clearing Oil Free Matte SPF 30 by Dermalogica.

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And how about your evening routine? At least once a week, I drink warm water and turmeric for its antioxidant and antiinflammatory benefits. After following my usual cleansing routine, I add a few drops of oil to my moisturiser. My two favourite oils are Dermalogica’s Retinol Clearing Oil and Phyto Replenish Oil. I’ll then unwind and relax with my jade facial massage roller from Salt by Hendrix. What are your go-to skincare products? My go-to skincare brand is definitely Dermalogica! They have so many ranges for all skin types and do not use any artificial co-

lours or fragrances and are certified vegan and cruelty-free. Are you a fan of masks? Yes! I love sheet masks but I try to avoid them because of their environmental impacts. I recently found the Hydrating Facial Sheet Mask by Skin Laundry which is also biodegradable – you can also pop them in the fridge so they’re nice and cool before use. How would you describe your relationship with makeup? I am a true minimalist! I feel most confident when I have simple, lightweight makeup on. Since I was a teenager, I struggled with hormonal acne – and so I

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avoid wearing full coverage foundation as it clogs my pores. Bare Minerals Original Loose Powder Foundation is perfect for my skin as it provides breathable coverage, while also promoting healthier-looking skin. What can always be found in your makeup bag? I can’t leave the house without mascara and eyeliner! I have been using Diorshow Waterproof Mascara and the Diorshow On Stage Waterproof Eyeliner for over a decade now. Let’s talk fragrance. What are you loving at the moment? I recently started wearing Gucci’s Flora Gorgeous Gardenia perfume and

I love the floral, delicate playfulness to it. How do you choose your evening fragrance? Flowerbomb by Victor & Rolf is one of my signature scents and perfect for an evening fragrance. I think the power of scent is remarkable – if you stick with one scent for many years, people start to associate that specific fragrance with your presence. Many perfumes remind me of my dearest friends, and it brings back beautiful memories. Talk us through your hair routine. My hair has always been very frizzy so it’s very difficult to manage in hot and humid countries. I recently started doing collagen treatments

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to remove the frizz which has helped a great deal. My go-to shampoo and mask is Kérastase Chronologiste Bain Régénérant (Black). This shampoo is a dream and can be used on coloured and treated hair because it’s also sulphate-free. I also apply the Kérastase Oléo-Curl leave-in cream before I use my Dyson Airwrap for styling. What is the most unusual item in your makeup bag? My brow shaver – which I use to remove any excess facial hair more than for my brows! I love how it also helps gently exfoliate my skin and remove any excess oil or debris.

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PERSONAL SPACE In the office with Founder of BOUGUESSA, Faiza Bouguessa P H OTO G R A P H Y: A H M E D A B D E L-WA H A B WORDS: AMY SESSIONS

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ART DIRECTION: OLGA PETROFF

How long have you lived/worked in this space? We moved into the space in March 2018. Did you have a clear concept from the outset and which key pieces are your favourite? I did, I started with a moodboard for the fit out and for the space and I spent months gathering the key pieces ahead of moving in. The key pieces are the Serge Mouille Wall mounted lamp, the Edra “on the rocks” sofa, vintage pieces such as the Marcel Breuer Wassili chairs in the showroom and the Marcel Breuer Cane Chairs in our meeting room, the Cleopatra daybed by Cordmeyer in the lounge sitting area and one of my

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favourites, the Latifa Saeed daybed in my office from her breaded series. Have you custom built any bespoke pieces? Yes the two marble consoles which are in the showroom and in my office. How do you think your interior reflects you/your brand? The intensely classic furniture pieces blending with the modern aspect of the space. I tried to merge these two different eras effortlessly to create a unique space that feels comfortable and sophisticated. It is very much what I try to do with my designs. Describe your taste in 3 words. Classic, timeless, minimal.

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An Artistic Vision Noor Khalfan AlRoumi, Project Manager for the Sikka Art & Design Festival 2022, on contributing to Dubai’s burgeoning art scene

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s an annual celebration of creativity in Dubai, the 10th edition of Sikka Art & Design Festival was held at the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood to champion several UAE based artists. As part of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, the theme ‘Celebrating Art, Celebrating Growth’ was a key focus. What do the first 30 minutes of your day look like, your morning routine? I always start my day with gratitude and by taking a few minutes to be mindful through meditation. I then enjoy having a large cup of coffee before heading to work. How has your career to date helped you in the role you have now? I worked in different fields before joining the creative sector. Having a skillful background with an eagle eye view always came in handy when dealing with different types of people, from many nationalities in the country and abroad. When moving into projects over the past couple of years, my background has prepared me to deal with almost everything with an open mindset and a growing wide knowledge. I didn’t face any challenges as I am a person who learns as I go, and I have kept my passion for different topics, which is essential when working on several projects. What is the key focus of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, and has this evolved since the outset? Dubai Culture’s key strategy is to maintain Dubai’s rich heritage, nurture creative talent and support cultural diversity toward transforming the emirate into the world’s creative economic capital. Since its establishment in 2008, Dubai Culture has continuously ensured that culture and heritage are made accessible to everyone, and over the years, it has taken up the role of a cultural custodian, promoting the creative economy and consolidating Dubai’s position in the global art space. This year was the 10th edition of Sikka Arts Festival; tell us more about the theme ’Celebrating Art, Celebrating Growth’. Sikka Art & Design Festival is an initiative by Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) and a pillar event of Dubai Art Season taking place annually in February and March, both of which are held under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairperson of Dubai Culture and Member of the Dubai Council. Sikka is the first annual initiative of its kind, focusing on supporting and showcasing the works of Emirati, UAE & GCC-based artists and aligning with Dubai Culture’s mission to encourage participation and make art and culture accessible to everyone and everywhere. The festival aims to support emerging lo-

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cal talents from Emiratis and residents in the country and the region, inspire them to progress in creativity, and help them grow and thrive professionally. This contributes to stimulating the creative industries in the emirate, leading to the achievement of Dubai Culture’s vision of cementing the emirate’s position as a global centre for culture, an incubator for creativity, and a thriving hub for talent as well as the global capital of the creative economy. The festival’s 10th edition celebrated the achievements of the past nine editions by selecting artworks that formed an interesting narrative of the festival’s story. This year’s edition exemplified the growing vibrance of Dubai’s art scene that has emerged as a force to be reckoned with on the global cultural map. The city’s arts sector has seen new creative energy driven by intense investment and support for cultural development in the emirate. Guided by the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the city has transformed itself into a global art and cultural destination. As part of its new direction, the Sikka Art and Design Festival fostered an integrated ecosystem that supports emerging creatives and provides a platform for them to embark on their journey to become professional artists through several initiatives, which also include the pillar of the Sikka Art & Design Festival, among others. The artworks

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featured this year were chosen to create a compelling narrative about the festival’s journey over the past decade. With NFTs gaining newfound traction, how did that impact this year’s exhibition? The festival hosted a number of workshops on new media, covering topics such as augmented reality in art, virtual designs within virtual reality, and NFTs, including unique artistic experiences that allowed visitors to experience an immersive technological journey by designing their own virtual environments, experiment with artworks in different phases, install interactive spaces, and explore the metaverse world. Sikka 2022 also featured the launch of the Metaverse Biennale 2022 in House 28, which aims to integrate NFT and blockchain technology to become closer to the art community around the world. This exhibition was designed to be one of the largest virtual art exhibitions, spread over 101 halls connected with teleportation portals, instantly and seamlessly allowing visitors to move from one hall to another. The addition of the new media elements including NFTs, VR and metaverse helped gain more traction for Sikka Art & Design Festival as this is the first time Sikka included design and new media elements. Visitors to Sikka enjoyed the various new media installations that were showcased across the festival, and we are proud to have seen such results. Recently, Dubai Culture also collaborated with MORROW collective, the UAE’s leading NFT curatorial initiative, to host an NFT exhibition celebrating the UAE. The exhibition, titled 50/50, comprised 50 NFTs made by UAE-based artists, including Emirati artists Khalid Al Banna, Alia AlGaoud, and Dalal Ahmed, to mark the UAE’s 50th anniversary. This is The Finer Things Issue – how have you implemented a detailed approach in your daily life? It’s the small details that constitute the elements of the greater picture. Having great taste is definitely key to enjoying the finer things in life while having a focused mindset, a curious spirit, passion and a hunger for inspiration keeps me motivated to be focused and alert as I pay attention to the details around me.

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he Bicester Collection offers all-encompassing curated luxury shopping experiences, bespoke dining offers and tailored guest services, less than an hour away from some of Europe’s most visited big cities. Bicester Village is the flagship of The Bicester Collection, set in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside and a must-visit for past season pieces you’ve missed, and a VIP appointment curated to save you time sourcing the perfect pieces. The Hero Brands

Bicester Village is home to a wide number of luxury brands, we suggest aiming for Balmain, Off White, Ermenegildo Zegna, Jil Sander, Soho Home, Isabel Marant, Elemis, 111 Skin, New Balance and Bang & Olufsen. The Smart Approach

Book a personal shopping consultation in the newly renovated personal shopping suites. The suites are private spaces that allow for discreet, bespoke, and personalized interaction during the personal shopping experience and are available as a service free of charge to all guests. If you’d like to upgrade your experience to the most superlative level, available by invitation only, is the luxury Apartment in Bicester Village. The Apartment is a private space to unwind, enjoy refreshments, revel in purchases, or take part in a personal shopping consultation. Five-star hospitality, courtesy of expert teams comes as standard, but it’s where these services meet style that the concept really comes together. The spaces in The Apartment capture the magic of the surrounding region, taking influences from local culture in the form of colour, flowers, art and interiors. The Hands-free Shopping allows you to shop till you drop & relax while the team collects and packs all your purchases ready for you to collect at the end of the day. The Epicurean

Café Wolseley is an all-day café-restaurant, which offers halal options, inspired by the iconic London flagship. Combining British heritage with European grandeur, The Wolseley is one of London’s most admired restaurants in the heart of Mayfair. If you prefer pasta, visit the newly opened La Tua Pasta who make their fresh pasta nightly in the outskirts of London, before being delivered to your plate.

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If you feel like one day isn’t enough or you’d like to sleep on your new investment decisions overnight, the nearby The Old Parsonage Hotel is ideal. Oxford’s 17th century Old Parsonage combines original charm and character with all the luxury, amenities and technology available to an independently owned 5-star hotel. Best known by locals and visitors alike for its eclectic country house charm, chic modern interiors and striking 20th century portraits, the Old Parsonage is a luxury home-from-home with impeccable hospitality.

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Located at the newly opened Dubai EDITION Hotel, INTI is a fine-dining restaurant specialising in an authentic Nikkei experience, combining Peruvian and Japanese cuisine. From the venue to the interiors, the ambiance and the food, every aspect of INTI encompasses dining at its finest. The restaurant’s Head of Operations, Jean Marc Petrus, tells us what sets this concept apart from the crowd

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Talk us through your career. I have been part of the opening teams for two fivestar hotels, both the Park Hyatt Johannesburg and the One and Only Royal Mirage as well as internationally renowned standalone brands including Zuma, Coya, Lima, Mamo-Michelangelo, Nammos and homegrown concepts – Play restaurant, Twiggy by La Cantine and recently INTI Dubai, a Nikkei restaurant at Dubai EDITION Hotel. Throughout the years, I’ve been tried and tested in a range of skills, a pastry chef, bar manager, nightclub manager, general manager and head of operations in standalone venues. What initially inspired you to enter the hospitality realm? Both my parents come from this industry, so I have grown up around hospitality. I took a gap year after school, working in hotel bars trying to find my place in life. I am a people person, with a genuine love to make those around me feel appreciated. What I found was an industry where my personality was valued and where entertaining people and being able to make them feel welcome was considered a strength. The job became a career, made me happy and I kept on going, never looking back.

What eventually brought you to Dubai? Patrick John, the then Corporate Chef for Sun International, found me, a young Pastry Chef on the Comoros islands near Madagascar and brought me to open the One and Only Royal Mirage in 1999, and I never left. I was fortunate to be mentored by some of the industry greats, all of whom had been in Dubai over the last few years, guiding me and giving me an unparalleled professional benchmark to reach and maintain. You’re now the Head of Operations for INTI which opened earlier this year. Talk us through the concept. INTI is a rooftop Nikkei restaurant with a lounge and bar that combines elements of Peruvian and Japanese food with distinct techniques to create something wonderful. We also feature what some would define as “the best view in town”, overlooking the Downtown area from the roof of the EDITION Hotel. A private lounge that can be turned into a private late-night venue should the atmosphere of the night require it. We are elegant, sophisticated yet homely at the same time, a place that envelopes you with good energy and genuine hospitality. It really seems like every fine and intimate detail of this concept has been thought of – from the interiors to the menu, to the service, to the setting. Would you agree and how do you feel INTI differs from other concepts in Dubai and the wider MENA region? We truly have a remarkable space with “postcard” views, sublime sunsets, and an outdoor terrace unrivalled in Downtown. Our guests from Dubai, the immediate region and abroad make the restaurant a destination to come and spend time absorbing the feeling, enjoy the dining and being part of the energy that defines INTI. In a city where a lot of money is spent on venue design and the perfect location, we wanted to set ourselves apart and add to the experience by focusing on the human touch, through every interaction so that the experience that each guest lives is memorable and makes our venue feel like your second home. We welcome back friends and make new friends all

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the time. We did not want to reinvent the wheel, we just focused on details and nonstop training to build confidence on the part of our team. What sets the concept of INTI apart? Our team of unique individuals who all believe in the product, who live and breathe the INTI story is our differentiating factor. Our unwavering focus is and always will be our core value, we are all about the people. I believe success comes from surrounding oneself with a team that drives you to excel and at the same time is better than you in certain talents and aspects, to create a balanced team that feels comfortable sharing ideas. This type of team can make mistakes but also learns from those mistakes and supports each other to rebuild and drive forward each time. I have two of the most talented humans that have been integral in the development of

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INTI. Bringing such talent together can only create magic. Chef Marques Tones, the master behind our culinary journey, has spent a long time in the city with many international brands and has now taken his own direction in creating a menu that can show off his individuality and unique style. Rupesh Shetty, a longtime Dubai restauranteur, takes attention to detail to the next level and his genuine hospitality is an asset to our brand. The three of us have been long-time builders in our trade in the city and we bring to the table many years of experience and guests trust us. Can you go into more depth behind the architecture and interiors of INTI? Designed by the visionary talent of Lázaro Rosa Violán, the restaurant boasts stylish signature panels, a multi-layered seating arrangement both indoor and outdoor, highlighting the theatricality at the heart of contemporary

dining. With unrivalled views of Downtown Dubai’s impressive skyline, INTI takes Peruvian artistic influences on to new heights. Lázaro is a self-proclaimed “creator of atmosphere” and he has outdone himself yet again in our space. In your opinion, what are the hero dishes at INTI? Some highlights that truly express our Nikkei menu: Prawn and black cod gyoza with chilly ponzu; Aubergine Tempura and ginger soy; Scallop Tiradito, wasabi and shiso leaf; Confit Duck, basil miso and chipotle; Josper roasted Lobster with red yuzu-koshu; Cauliflower steak, ocopa and aji panca. What sets the F&B industry in Dubai apart from the rest of the world? In the last 20 years that I have been part of this growth in F&B, we have progressed to being leaders. We used to import concepts, now we export concepts. F&B in this city is a show,

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its live theatre, Hollywood, Bollywood, and Broadway all rolled into one. The people of Dubai make the biggest difference, going out to restaurants, the people of our city make an effort. For us dining out is an affair, it’s a time to get dressed, to feel the part. We live for the moment and take every minute of the experience as a memory to be cherished. We have the topmost influential F&B brands in the world in Dubai and the competition to succeed and excel had driven us all to up our game and constantly look to change and always try to be better. I have seen international brands arrive in Dubai only to be reinvented and tweaked to become better in their countries of origin. What are the hurdles you’ve experienced throughout your career? We should never forget that people work for people; this makes the biggest impact on me and my

career as well as who I decide to work with. Respect is mutual. F&B is a passion; it is a labour of love and dedication. Finding people who share your views and vision on the operation or the brand and allow you to be the best you can be is always hard to find. What have been the milestones? Leaving the comfort of my home country to explore wider horizons abroad set me up to meet the right people and join the right brands and helped propel me further. Joining One and Only Royal Mirage in 1999 was a springboard onto the international platform and set me on a path to success. The fortunate step into the world of stand-alone venues cannot have been better than opening Zuma and being part of the most continuous multi award-winning venues in this city. The place I am today is largely due to my time in Zuma and the groundwork I learned while

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working there. I have been fortunate to be part of numerous award-winning venues in this city and over the years, attending award ceremonies and watching the same venues continue to win and excel with young talent keeping the passion alive feeds me. The years of effort and dedication to the F&B industry in Dubai culminated in my winning of the “Restaurant General Manager of the Year” award in 2021 and was a feather in my cap that made the last few years of hard work worth it. What are your hopes for INTI in 2022? For INTI to be recognized as a leader in homegrown concepts and keep making splendid memories and experiences for our guests, building loyalty, and growing our everexpanding network. Most importantly is nurturing the development of the INTI team and helping guide them to future successes.

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The Exploration Phuket’s colourful markets are a fascinating way to sample traditional Thai food, watch street performers, and browse local arts and handicrafts. Set in a charm-

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The Wellness Amanpuri has long been a sanctuary for those seeking a positive shift. Harnessing the ancient healing arts of Thailand as well as leading global therapeutic practices, the Holistic Wellness Centre offers tailored treatments, massages, immersions and personalised fitness programmes to enhance the body and enrich the spirit.

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The Adventure Teaching basic self defence and emphasising the importance of a healthy mind and body, Muay Thai is superb for building strength and agility while toning and conditioning muscles. Step into Amanpuri’s professional Muay Thai boxing ring for an authentic training experience.

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Previous pages: Nobu Hotel, Barcelona, Spain; Left: (from top) Equinox Hotel New York, Manhattan, New York, USA; JOALI Being, Maldives; Nobu Hotel, Barcelona, Spain

Equinox Hotel New York – Manhattan, New York, USA

This luxury haunt is the debut hotel for luxury fitness brand Equinox. While you may be familiar with the name for its ultra-chic fitness centres across the USA, Equinox’s first foray into hotels came about in 2019. Located in the up-and-coming development of Hudson Yards, it aims to “redefine luxury” by being a “temple to total regeneration”. With an all-encompassing approach to wellness and fitness, just as in the brand’s core DNA, no stone has been left unturned, so of course, the hotel has a 60,000-foot gym and 15,000-foot spa. Meanwhile, rooms feature a complete blackout window system, individual duvets and soundproof walls, all ensuring guests have the best night’s sleep. equinox-hotels.com/nyc Kalesma – Mykonos, Greece

Kalesma is perhaps the most exclusive resort you’ll find on the Greek island of Mykonos. The luxe hideaway features 12 onebedroom villas, 13 one-bedroom suites and two larger villas accommodating up to 8 guests, all of which have their own pools, giving optimum privacy on this bustling island. In fact, it’s the only hotel in Mykonos where this level of privacy is found. Blending seamlessly into the surroundings of the island, the look and feel of the hotel has been designed as a

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collection of houses to resemble a charming Mykonian village, tumbling down a slope to Ornos Bay, just a short walk from the beach. Created by the Greek owners, every aspect of this hotel not only provides a truly secluded stay, but also at its core ensures an authentic experience on one of the country's most popular island getaways. kalesmamykonos.com JOALI Being – Maldives

JOALI Maldives is described as the country’s “art immersive luxury island resort”. However, it’s the sister resort JOALI Being which has brought something


different to the popular getaway spot. Having opened at the end of 2021, JOALI Being is the first of its kind wellness retreat in the Maldives. Targeting four key pillars, mind, skin, microbiome and energy, a single stay at this haven aims to transcend and transform guests. With 39 treatment rooms and 68 guest villas, this ultraexclusive resort is committed to giving its guests the very best in what wellness has to offer. joali.com/joalibeing/ ÀNI Thailand – Koh Yao Noi Island, Thailand

Taking the meaning of bespoke to a whole new level, a stay at any ÀNI resort globally is a personalised one. The group’s Thailand property is located on the unspoiled island of Koh Yao Noi within two acres of lush, welltended gardens. The 10-suite oceanfront estate has a team of just 20 staff, is all-inclusive and is essentially a private resort for one group of guests alone, tailoring every detail of a stay to them, be it special dining experiences, cultural and wellness moments, exploration, fitness and more. aniprivateresorts.com/thailand

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Nobu Hotel – Barcelona, Spain

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This luxury lifestyle hotel in the coastal city of Barcelona is a cityscape like no other. The 259 rooms and suites are an urban sanctuary overlooking the breathtaking skyline of the city. Every aspect of this hotel is nothing short of spectacular, particularly when it comes to the design, blending Japanese minimalism with touches of inspiration from local artists including Gaudi. And, of course, as Nobu is known to do all over the world, guests can indulge in an exquisite meal on the 23rd floor of the property at its namesake restaurant with panoramic views of the city. barcelona.nobuhotels.com

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Articles inside

The Wanderlust – Global boltholes with unparalleled attention to detail

9min
pages 100-108

AM to PM Beauty – Aya Ahmad

3min
pages 80-81

The Finer Details – INTI Dubai encompasses dining at its finest

7min
pages 92-95

The Upgrade – Bicester Village; luxury level service set in the peace of the Oxfordshire countryside

3min
pages 90-91

A Fine Example of Paradise – AMANPURI Thailand

1min
pages 96-99

Project Manager of Sikka Art & Design Festival

5min
pages 88-89

Beauty Shelf – Sustainable fashion designer Hanna Fiedler

2min
pages 78-79

Fine Tuned Wellness – Interview with energy powerhouse Zakia Kazi

6min
pages 76-77

The Energy Gamechanger – The healing power of energy

2min
pages 74-75

Creative Vision – Interview with Emirati fine jewellery designer Salama Khalfan

2min
pages 42-43

Refined – The finest Oud-based perfumes

1min
pages 68-69

A Detailed Approach – Interview with Ladan and Tania Shayan, founders of SHAY

3min
pages 40-41

True Decadence – Exclusive interview with world-renowned jeweller Fawaz Gruosi

5min
pages 30-35

Bos

8min
pages 38-39

Precious Time – Dr Aisha Alzouebi on how to time check your body

5min
pages 72-73

The Passage of Time – The latest novelties in watchmaking

2min
pages 56-63

Hot New Buys

1min
pages 66-67
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