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THE ESSENCE OF STYLE BAHRAIN

Glow Up WAYS TO

WINNING

The Ultimate

BEAUTY

ESCAPISM VACAY MODE ON

DARE to be DIFFERENT Movers and Shakers of Style WWW.OHLALA-MAGAZINE.COM JUNE 2019 | ISSUE 172 BAHRAIN BD2 | KSA SR10

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JUNE 2019 ISSUE 172

PUBLISHER & CHAIRMAN John Hughes

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Greg Hughes

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Jayne Green

SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER

PUBLISHERS Edward Smith

Jyoti Rawat

Rami Khalil

PHOTOGRAPHER Shobin Joseph

BEAUTY EDITOR Angela Beitz

COVER IMAGE Net-a-Porter

Melek Yildirimtekin

ASSISTANT EDITOR Aanchal Duggal CONTRIBUTORS Helen Houghton Lucas Raven Shabana Adam PRODUCTION MANAGER Neil Mahmood

CREDITS IMAGE Van Cleef & Arpels’

DISTRIBUTION MANAGER Ajit Kumar

WEBSITE

ACCOUNTANTS Gigimon Thankachen Praveen Alexander

PRINTING PRESS Akhbar Al Khaleej

DISTRIBUTION TEAM

DISTRIBUTION

Jayapragash Ganesan

Bahrain – Al Hilal Qatar – Dar Al Sharq

Rajesh Abdul Kadar

UAE – GLS, Tawseel Distribution & Logistics ENQUIRIES

Editorial: jayne@ohlala-magazine.com | Advertising: rami@nansgroup.com Telephone: (Bahrain) +973 1721 6099 | Postal Address: Ohlala Magazine, The Nans Group, P O BOX 30378, Budaiya, Kingdom of Bahrain. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written permission of the publisher. All Rights Reserved. The views expressed in this magazine are not necessarily the views of the publisher. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this publication. However, FACT M.E. Publishing and all of its publications cannot accept legal responsibility for any error, content or omissions.

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CONTENTS Ohlala

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IAM MAI

EDITOR’S LETTER

Jay ne G reen

Ed ito r-i nCh ief

The Met Gala 2019 was quite the fashion showcase, wasn’t it? “One should always be a little improbable,” Oscar Wilde once wrote, and indeed delightful flights of fancy were very much present at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This beautiful spectacle led me to digress and mull over the current fashion state we’ve been exposed to over the past years. For the past few summers, it has felt like the same tired trends have kept on resurfacing: Crop tops. Mules. More floral prints. It’s boring enough to make even a lapsed fashion disciple want to seek solace in airconditioned premises until September brings its harvest of crisp button-downs and dreary shades. No more. This season, step out of your comfort zone by making a few quick upgrades to your summer wardrobe. You can be as minimal or as extra as you’d like: Layer a few delicate gold necklaces, or go all-out in bold colours from head-to-toe. Our Style Focus pages this month will make sure that you’re looking your best no matter what the occasion. Try one, try them all - you do you. We have a round-up of destinations for you to glance over and experience too, so, what better excuse do you have to test out that new wardrobe of yours than your ultimate palatial getaway? Exactly.

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BREAK T BE CUTE. BE SASSY. BE BOLD. 10

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HE MOLD

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STEFAN BECKMAN


STYLE

HEDONISTIC HATS This statement detail instantly makes any

look more interesting and it’s also a quick and

PRADA

MOSCHINO

simple addition to your outfit.

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MARC JACOBS

EMILIA WICKSTEAD

MAX MARA

GIORGIO ARMANI

CHANEL

SIMONE ROCHA

MOSCHINO

Focus


Your urban retreat at the heart of Bahrain Ideally located in the heart of Manama, The Westin City Centre Bahrain is the first-ever Westin Hotel to grace the island. Thoughtfully devised with a host of novel and innovative facilities that include the city’s first HeavenlyŽ Spa, guests are afforded the opportunity to sample the unique Westin feel-good promise when staying for business or leisure. The Westin is attached to City Centre Bahrain, one of the most popular retail and leisure destinations in the nation with over 340 retail stores. One of the two entrances leads directly to the mall's ground floor, and is a few steps away from the luxurious Saks Fifth Avenue department store. Whether celebrating, looking for a quick healthy bite or casual evening with friends, the hotel's restaurants are sure to impress. Westin's Food and Beverage outlets includes Furn Bistro. A new restaurant concept at the Westin Hotel situated in City Centre Bahrain is a unique experience at the heart and soul of pure Khaleeji cuisine. Furn Bakery is a mesmerising display of the true art of the oven demonstrated by the hotel's skilled artisan bakers. Nasmat Lounge offers distinctive ambience of al fresco dining by the pool. Known for art deco furnishings, Budoir's high quality beverages lend an aura of panache to this upscale Parisian-inspired venue and Mezzanine Lounge, comfortable atmosphere and indulge in sumptuous salads, sandwiches and sweet treats. Private pods make for an ideal escape or an intimate gathering. For more information, visit www.westinbahraincitycentre.com or call +973 1717 1000

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STYLE

SURF’S UP Taking you from the ocean to the

after-party, this look is sure to cause a fashion wave.

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CHRISTIAN DIOR

PRADA

NO.21

SALVATORE FERRAGAMO

CALVIN KLEIN

MSGM

GIORGIO ARMANI

STELLA MCCARTNEY

MARINE SERRE

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STYLE

TIBI JIL SANDER

FENDI

BE MORE BEIGE Calling all colour-averse dwellers:

You don’t need to go all white to avoid colour, try out these natural tones. 16

TOM FORD

SALVATORE FERRAGAMO

CHRISTIAN DIOR

TOM FORD

MAX MARA

ERMANNO SCERVINO

BURBERRY

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RENE CAOVILLA


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ROKSANDA

EMPORIO ARMANI

SIES MARJAN

ETRO

ESCADA

Focus

ADEAM

STYLE

TUTTI FRUTTI SHADES Energise your wardrobe with these vibrant shades that will have you

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DAVID KOMA

BOSS

GABRIELA HEARST

looking sweet yet femme fatale.


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STYLE

GUCCI

VALENTINO

MARC JACOBS

ROCHAS

PHILIPP PLEIN

MARC JACOBS

CHANEL

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GIVENCHY

Focus

ALL THE TRIMMINGS Looking for the perfect way to finalise the perfect HUISHAN ZHANG

ensemble? Just add feathers

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BALLERINA COUTURE

IAM MAI


COMPLEMENT YOUR EID LOOK WITH THESE MUST-HAVES

Lanvin

Givenchy Saint Laurent Paris Aquazzura

Rosantica Stella McCartney Carolina Herrera

Chloé

Givenchy Jimmy Choo

1- SAINT LAURENT PARIS Chain bag BD 801, 2- LANVIN Mules BD 401, 3- ROSANTICA Set of 2 necklaces BD 198, 4- CHLOÉ Bag BD 753, 5- GIVENCHY Mules BD 386, 6- AQUAZZURA Kitten heels BD 279, 7- GIVENCHY Bag BD 723, 8- STELLA McCARTNEY Sunglasses BD 152, 9- JIMMY CHOO Slingback BD 275, 10- CAROLINA HERRERA Perfume BD 101.4

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COUTURE CREATIVE Discover the exclusive RAMI AL ALI x CHARLES & KEITH collection, featuring exquisite details perfect for special occasions.

Each shoe boasts an elegant and feminine embellished ribbon over the toe, but come in three different styles: a stiletto slingback, platform sandals and an on-trend mule with a kitten heel. True to sartorial form, the footwear are available in a range of uber romantic hues, from soft and blush pink colourways to silvery greys and a timeless black. The two clutches on offer range from a boxy detail bag with an embellished fastener at the top, to a softer silhouette with the collection’s signature embellished ribbon. @charleskeithofficial

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DESIGNER

Focus

CLASH DE CARTIER CLASH DE CARTIER, jewellery that simultaneously champions and eschews classic forms, that balances clean design with an excess of energy, and a serious spiritwith original charm.

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lash de Cartier shakes up the Maison’s aesthetic heritage of studs, beads and clous carrés. Together, they form a singular, ribbed mesh which becomes Cartier’s new jewellery signature as imagined by the design studios. Clash de Cartier is a chic balancing act, a mix and match of aristocratic codes. This jewellery takes a swipe at protocol, tradition and liberty. A clash of attitudes.

CLASH DE CARTIER, A TWO-SIDED JEWEL

Jewellery that’s sharp? Yes, but soft to the touch. Geometric? Yes, but generously sized and feminine. Mechanical? Yes, as all of the pieces are assembled yet free to move. Clash de Cartier is fixed yet moveable. At its essence is opposition: bright, feminine curves and soft contours are contrasted with the nervous tension of a taut structure.

CLASH DE CARTIER, LIBERATED JEWELLERY WITH A GOOD HERITAGE

Clash de Cartier possesses an innate sense of proportion that draws on pure Cartier style. In volumes and reliefs, circles and squares, the collection honours the Maison’s penchant for geometry which dates back to the 1930s. A classic style? No! It’s neo-classical, singular, unisex, whimsical. Bright, flowing, pulsating, Clash de Cartier breaks up the conventional architecture of shapes. The studs are held in place but free to move. This subtle motion entices light to flit and flicker; the metal seems softer. Crafted in 4N pink gold, the rings can be stacked and layered in all versions. Male. Female. No judgment.

CLASH DE CARTIER, DECEPTIVELY SIMPLE LINES

Behind the clean lines and even spacing, Clash de Cartier is a highly complex feat of craftsmanship. How are the studs interconnected yet mobile? The ingenious articulated mechanism was entirely developed by the jewellery workshops. Each element is mounted and polished. Each step calls for a new technique, just the right tool. The Clash de Cartier piece is precisely calibrated to magnetise the forces, to hold the studs in place. The buff-top domed clous carrés are finished with a bright polish that is produced over a series of operations. In a final sophisticated Cartier jewellery touch, the inside of each piece is delicately scalloped for comfortable wear. 24

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Cartier boutique is located at Gate 5 Jewellery Court, Moda Mall. For more information please call +973 1753333

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DESIGNER

Focus

WHIMSICAL & REFINED Wearing the right jewellery this Eid will be effortless thanks to Van Cleef & Arpels’ timeless Perlée collection. Embedded in a long history of elegance and poise,Van Cleef & Arpels’ Perlée creations are nothing short than the perfect gift this Eid Al Fitr. Born in 2008, the collection translates in true fashion Van Cleef & Arpels’ jewellery tradition, which pays careful attention to each detail, hand-crafted to bring out each piece’s uniqueness and shimmer. As many women await to look their best at the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan, the jewellery line is the ideal way to elevate their look in a humble yet outstanding manner. Not only does the collection ensure to be a hit with clients across the Middle East thanks to its related colours and designs, but it will guarantee to tick all the boxes of that special gift women look for and rejoice in. Eid is known to be a time of giving, a feeling Van Cleef & Arpels has genuinely understood

“From refined curves and bright colours, to intense sparkles and poetic crafts, the Perlée creations bring with them a tradition of a hundred years of excellence.” and translated through its statement pieces, ensuring to complete any outfit with its unique features. From refined curves and bright colours, to intense sparkles and poetic crafts, the Perlée creations bring with them a tradition of a hundred years of excellence. Onyx, malachite and turquoise are just some of the colours associated with its rings, while golden beads and a glittering ribbon of yellow gold adorn its carefully-polished bracelets. With the collection’s aesthetics based on a pure design of gold beads, a theme present throughout Van Cleef & Arpels’ history, women will be able to make a bold yet elegant statement this Eid. As diamonds are symbolically known to bring long life and are often associated with protection, purity and immortality, their message of heroism, fending off danger and a token of undying love will ensure to transmit a truly meaningful message on this special occasion. Jewellery has always been a vital part of Middle Eastern culture. As such, Van Cleef & Arpels has made sure to meet the demands needed during these days of gifting and family gatherings, with styles and colors that remind us all of generosity, sincerity and affection as well as good luck, love, success and security. The Maison’s unparalleled quality, with meticulous attention to detail and precision, also guarantees outstanding quality control and durability of each of its pieces. Not only does the Perlée collection encompass the Maison’s exceptional 26

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craftsmanship, including manual work on the metal, up-to-date techniques, engraving and hand-polishing, but it also calls on the various skills of diamond cutters, jewellers, stone-setters and polishers, creating extremely detailed and refined pieces, in true Van Cleef & Arpels fashion. Such a collection, with its unique shapes, patterns and colours, is set to suit any elegant woman’s style of dressing this Eid. Van Cleef & Arpels’ collections are exclusively available at Van Cleef & Arpels Boutique, Moda Mall. @vancleefarpels


“Jewellery has always been a vital part of Middle Eastern culture.”

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BOLD

BEA UTY SET SUMMER ON FIRE WITH POPS OF ELECTRIC PINK, FLECKS OF GOLDEN GLITTER, AND METALLIC FOILED LIPS.

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BEAUTY Buzz

LIPSTICK, GIVENCHY

3D BLACK LASH, M.A.C COSMETICS

METAL EYE SHADOW, SEPHORA

FACE ILLUMINATOR, LAURA MERCIER

HEALTHY GLOW POWDER, GIVENCHY BEAUTY HYPER REAL GLOW PALETTE, M.A.C COSMETICS LE VERNIS, GIVENCHY

CREAM LIP SHINE, SEPHORA

POWERFUL BEAUTY

MATTE LIPSTICK, M.A.C COSMETICS

STUDIO FIX FLUID FOUNDATION, M.A.C COSMETICS

LIPSTICK, GUCCI

THIS SEASON THINK POWERFUL LOOKS WITH GLOWING AND DEWY SKIN, BRONZED CHEEKS, AND SHADES OF PRETTY PASTELS AND BOLD COLOUR

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LIPSTICK, GUCCI

ROUGE SATIN LIPSTICK, SEPHORA

FOUNDCEALER SKINCARE FOUNDATION, TARTE


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BEAUTY Focus

The Ultimate Glow

MAKE-UP GENIUS, CHARLOTTE TILBURY HAS JUST INTRODUCED HER NEW RANGE, GLOWGASM, A SUPERNATURAL RANGE; A EUPHORIC WASH OF CRYSTAL GLOW FOR THE CHEEKS, LIPS AND EYES THAT MIMICS THE BEAUTIFYING EFFECTS OF JOY. THE COLLECTION INCLUDES TWO GLOWGASM FACE PALETTES IN LOVEGASM AND LIGHTGASM, THREE GLOWGASM BEAUTY LIGHT WANDS IN GOLDGASM, PEACHGASM AND PINKGASM, AND THE PERMANENT RETURN OF EYES TO MESMERISE IN STAR GOLD AND ROSE GOLD. TAKING HER “TILBURY GLOW” TO NEW LEVELS, THE MAKEUP-ARTIST-TO-THE-STARS PRESENTS HER NEW ERA OF GLOW TO MAKE YOU BLUSH, BRONZE AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN…A CRESCENDO OF CRYSTAL GLOW FOR EVERYONE FROM 18-80!

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BEAUTY Focus

The Power of Water GUERLAIN HAS GONE ONE STEP FURTHER WITH THEIR SKINCARE RESEARCH TO INTRODUCE SUPER AQUA-SERUM. THE COLLECTION TAKES HYDRATION TO A NEW DIMENSION: THAT OF CELLULAR SELF-REHYDRATION. SKIN IS INSTANTLY STEEPED IN MOISTURE AND PLUMPED UP WITH A HEALTHY GLOW. DAY AFTER DAY, ITS RESISTANCE TO DEHYDRATION FACTORS IS BOLSTERED. ITS FRESHNESS AND YOUTHFULNESS SEEM PRESERVED.SUPER AQUA-SERUM AND SUPER AQUALOTION, ICONIC PRODUCTS WHOSE CULT TEXTURES HAVE DELIGHTED LOYAL CUSTOMERS FOR OVER 30 YEARS, NOW BENEFIT FROM NEW PERFORMANCE. PERFECTLY HYDRATED, SKIN APPEARS YOUNGER AND SMOOTHER; WRINKLES LOOK FILLED AND THE COMPLEXION IS FRESH AND RADIANT.

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BEAUTY Column MAKE TINT YOUR BEST FRIEND Due to environmental factors in this region such as super strong sun, exposure to AC and lots of humidity its easy for skin to become clogged and congested. For natural looking skin, less is more. Swapping out your regular foundation for a tinted moisturiser is a simple way to warm up the complexion without heavy layers of foundation. Your skin will thank you for it.

BUFF AWAY Winter leaves lots of dry skin thanks to long showers and heave creams so to remove dead cells and buff away dry winter skin, you’re going to need an effective facial and body exfoliant. For your body, coffee scrubs and sugar scrubs work well to deeply exfoliate and to nourish your skin at the same time while for your face you’ll want something more gentle yet still something that will remove the top level of dead skin.

FRESHEN UP THROUGHOUT THE DAY Whether you’re out and about or sitting behind a desk, we all get a little fatigued throughout the day. When it’s hot outside, a great way to refresh is with a few spritzes of toning mist. Hydrating, refreshing and radiance boosting, hydrating mists can be used throughout the day to revitalise tired skin and will give your skin a the boost it needs.

PERFECT YOUR SKIN To ensure your limbs are looking hydrated and silky smooth, it’s all about hydration from head to toe a decent body moisturiser or body butter will do wonders for your skin. Go for natural ingredients to really hydrate and soften skin and to to reduce cellulite and firm the skin while improving hydration. For velvety soft skin, apply both morning and night after showering.

SPF IS A MUST

THE SWITCH UP

Wearing SPF every day of the year in this region is super important as UV rays can creep through at anytime and they sun here is brutal. However, if you don’t wear daily SPF, summer is definitely the time to start thinking about it. Its so important to apply an SPF that is 50+ and don’t forget your ears and chest and back of hands. There are plenty of noncomogenic options too for those with oily skin so no excuses for anyone - SPF is a must. To set your make-up, using primers that include SPF means your skin is protected from UV rays and you’re still able to apply your make-up flawlessly.

Now that summer is here it’s the perfect time to overhaul your skincare routine. With the weather warming up and sun exposure becoming more of a concern, it’s just as important to switch up your skincare habits as ANGELA BEITZ explains.

If you’re taking the time to protect your skin, it would make no sense to forget about your hair as increased exposure to sun and chlorine can dry out your hair, causing it to become damaged. You should be using a treatment mask or conditioner to hydrate your locks twice a week and in this region an aftersun recovery spray is an excellent option to put some moisture back into your locks.

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CARE FOR YOUR HAIR


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BEAUTY Insight

THE EYES HAVE IT For 2019, LUCIA PICA – Chanel Global Creative Makeup and Color Designer – has created a collection inspired by female individuality and designed to encourage self-expression.

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BEAUTY Insight

LES 4 OMBRES

Four palettes designed to offer infinite results. Silky concentrated pigments gently glide over the eyelid, their emblematic shades universally appealing, their diffusive, blurry textures seamlessly blendable. These are universal combinations, endlessly adaptable to suit mood. On application, effects can range from natural definition to intense drama. Now, there are no rules, only an invitation to experiment with the utmost ease.

STYLO YEUX WATERPROOF

A waterproof eye pencil created to enhance the eyes with intensity and depth. A retractable tip and integrated sharpener encourage easy and spontaneous use. Whether tracing the contour of the upper lash line for a natural effect, or thickening its application for sophisticated drama, the smooth, gentle formula offers profound impact.

LE VOLUME RÉVOLUTION DE CHANEL

The first ever 3D-printed mascara brush, Le Volume Revolution De Chanel offers a revolution through its unprecedented precision and immediate, extreme volume. This uniquely high-tech innovation ensures perfect, even application with every stroke – and with no clumps in sight.

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yes make the first impression: they need to reflect a woman’s character and convey her nuances, to amplify her personality rather than mask it. “It is not about covering them; it is about beautifying them,” reflects Lucia Pica. “I am very attracted to style and character. I feel like women should still look polished, just not too overly done and oldfashioned.” Accordingly, this new eye product collection allows women to express their own style and encourages spontaneous application. Inspired by the “blurry” effect, and based on the three pillars of Chanel eye products (Les 4 Ombres, Style Yeux Waterproof, Le Volume Revolution De Chanel), Lucia Pica has created four universal harmonies with a distinctive colour signature for all women, regardless of their level of makeup expertise. Four ways to dress a look in the most personal and intuitive way, with ease and freedom. Each palette’s elegant colour combinations can be endlessly mixed and layered, by varying and blending shades and finishes. Their blurry effect creates a foolproof “second skin smoky” look. These are your must-have products for SS19:

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A PHILOSOPHY OF

WELLBEING

PUREGRAY SPA located at THE MERCHANT HOUSE, Manama is the ultimate escapism from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. With the latest on-trend treatments and products adorning their menu pampering has never felt so indulgent.

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he moment I walked into PureGray Spa, I felt an overwhelming sense of relief. Blame it on their knack for setting the mood at every corner or intricate cove of The Merchant house, but, from the low lighting, amazing decor and gentle instrumental background music, to the pleasant scent of essential oils, I knew I was in good hands. Before beginning the treatment, my therapist Kitty sat me down to discuss the issues I was experiencing as she indulged me in their welcoming foot ritual with himalyan and citrus sea salt.. I

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walked her through the lifestyle changes I made, including how I spend most of my day hunched over a desk. After assessing my body she asked if I’d like to try ‘Gua Sha’, one of their signature treatments for muscle pain and tightening. Before I agreed to the therapy, she warned me that while it wouldn’t be painful, per se, it certainly wouldn’t be of the same ilk as lets say, their relaxing aromatherapy massage. Desperate for relief, I enthusiastically authorised the treatment - especially since I suffer from bad circulation. Since this technique has become a cult favourite in the industry due to its lymphatic drainage properties I didn’t


HEALTH Files

hesitate for a second at trying out this particular Signature Ritual, aptly named ‘Awaken Facial & Body Guasha’. This was without a doubt, one of the best treatments of my life. I consider myself to have a fairly high pain tolerance, so I prefer a very deep massage, and this did not disappoint. I could actually feel her working the knots out of my back with her hands. But that was just the beginning. She retreated for a moment, returning with a tool that she began scraping up and down my back. ‘Gua’ means to scrape or scratch and ‘Sha’ means sand, because of the sha rash that can come up is like a sand-like texture right on the skin - although, it’s important to note that this is not invasive. The sensation was unlike anything I have ever experienced before. I wouldn’t call it painful, but it was definitely intense, but productively so. I don’t think it’s a treatment that everyone will enjoy, but, hey, as a seasoned spa-goer I’m indeed hardcore. Kitty dug the tool into the muscles of my back, moving it around my shoulder blades and along my spine, applying pressure until the knots that built up over the past months dissolved. I felt better instantly. As she finished the body treatment, I asked to see this “magical” tool that offered so much relief. My therapist showed me a selection of smoothed quartz and I was amazed.

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HEALTH Files

It’s an extremely effective, ancient technique that rivals injections and cosmetic surgery such as face lifts. For thousands of years, ‘Gua Sha’ — which is performed using a flat hand-held tool has been used in traditional Chinese medicine as a treatment for the body that relieves pain and provides an instant release of blocked energy, or ‘qi’ as it translates in Chinese culture. Following the Body Gua Sha, my therapist performed a Gua Sha Facial Massage to further lift and sculpt the skin, along with scalp work to melt tension and continue the lymphatic drainage. ‘Wow!’... The Facial Gua Sha is such a luxurious experience, performed using natural stones like jade stone and smoky quartz. The face requires a softer approach to the body follows the ‘meridians’ of the body - the foundation of traditional Chinese medicine. When performed correctly, puffiness is instantly reduced and stagnation is dissolved, while the gentle glide and pull on the face tones muscles and firms the skin. Facial Gua Sha also repairs the skin’s natural hydration, sculpts the jawline and cheekbones, lifts facial contours, softens the forehead, brow and nasal labial lines, and carries away toxins that can lead to acne and blackheads. Plus, it releases tension around the eyes to lift and smooth lines, and stimulates the skin’s natural ability to heal. It’s also able to treat just about any skin condition, from cystic acne to rosacea and chronic dryness. This facial has now swiftly became my best friend for skin maintenance. Who wants their skin to be at its optimum state and looking several years younger? Me. You. Ahem...Everyone! My therapist spent the first half of the facial relaxing my neck and shoulders and opening the lymphatic pathways with light massage and acupressure, 44

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focusing on removing blocked energy along the meridians. This is an essential component for healthy skin - it aids in the natural transportation of nutrients, igniting the skin’s innate healing ability. The Gua Sha ritual is gentle, focusing on softening muscle hardness and the movement of lymph. The secret is working from the neck up to the forehead, freeing fluids to drain downward. Each stroke is done with intention and skill using multiple stones - using cold white jade stones to close the pores on my face. This marriage of technique is splendidly relaxing—our skin and nervous system are intricately connected, which is why stress has a huge influence on our skin. This treatment hosted a vast selection of wonderfully scented botanical serums and moisturisers to aid hydration using products from Bahraini brand Green Bar. The lady behind Green Bar is Reem al Khalifa who personally sources the best in luxury botanical oils for Green Bar. In fact, there’s an array of beautifully adventurous stories behind every Green Bar ingredient. She maintains a personal fascination with the origin of her ingredients, and works tirelessly to source them directly from the historical areas in which they grow, directly from the specialised natives who live and breathe growing them, to enable Green Bar users to embrace and relate to the product. Rich in history, precious oils have stood the test of time across a number of ancient cultures from around the world, from Morocco’s argan and Sudan’s sesame, to India’s coconut. Green Bar’s oils have taken a step back into history, creatively revamping, rebottling, and minimally refining what is the natural simplicity of traditional beauty, which complements the very ethos of The Merchant House and its homage to tradition. It is no wonder PureGray Spa has chosen this particular range, as well as Natura Bissé to adorn their treatment menu with all of the advantageous and natural properties that they both embody. It’s important to add that they also offer up some of Natura Bissé’s award-winning treatments from its Diamond Collection where they take beauty and skincare to thrilling new levels of luxury. I must say that I was sad when the treatment was over, but all good things must come to an end. I left feeling like a new person—well, more like the same person but in a new body. Now, if only there were an ancient technique that could inspire me to hit the gym every day…

“Facial Gua Sha also repairs the skin’s natural hydration, sculpts the jawline and cheekbones, lifts facial contours, softens the forehead, brow and nasal labial lines, and carries away toxins that can lead to acne and blackheads.”

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Beauty AND Brains With 10.2 million followers on Instagram, Beauty Entrepreneur JOELLE MARDINIAN is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to business. Jayne Green talks exclusively about her recent opening of MAISON DE JOELLE in Bahrain, to her love of mimicking and everything else in between.

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our salon has just opened up at Bliss Lab by Nasser Pharmacy in Seef Mall. Tell us about the inspiration behind Maison De Joelle and how it first came into

fruition. Honestly, I had never envisaged myself owning beauty salons as it was something that I felt was outside the remit of my experience. I grew up in London and worked as a freelance makeup artist. At this point I just wanted to be at the top of my game and be the favourite artist of the beauty editor or the TV channels.I was completely focused on becoming the best of the best and to be in demand within my industry. However, things changed a little after my show took off in 2004. I love to meet fans wherever I am in the world and the question that I found they asked more than any other was ‘Where is your salon?’ Obviously they would see the salons on the show and assumed they were mine. Over time as more and more asked this question I thought ‘Why don’t I have one? I should have my own salon!’ and that is when the brand was born. I can’t stress enough how hard I worked during this period when the salon was being designed and when it was in its infancy. After filming I would spend every minute I could overseeing the finer details. My audience was spread across the region and although my first salon was in Dubai,

almost as soon as I opened, I realised that I needed to create a franchise and find people to help me expand. I now have 13 salons and I’m incredibly proud. Proud for two reasons, one because of the self- sacrifice and commitment it took for this all to happen. I have had to give up precious time with my family and friends and put my own needs aside in place of the needs of the business. The second reason is the fact that I have worked so hard and achieved a lot as a woman. Growing up I had very few female role models who were businesswomen and I hope that I’m inspiring my staff and fans to be the very best that they can, always. How to you implement services into Maison De Joelle? How do you maintain quality control throughout your franchise? I think the fact that we place our image and the quality of our service above profit every time is the key to our success. My partners take the brand because they want to be seen as number one in their country and bringing a brand such as this to their country makes them stand out from the rest. We only hire professionals who have reached a certain level because they are so good at what they do and they don’t have egos or an air of arrogance about them. They are confident in their own abilities but are friendly, warm and kind. I also love to see how happy my staff are working for the brand. It feels incredibly good to come to Bahrain and see the fruits of my labour. What words of advice would you give to our readers who are trying to reach their goals? My unfailing faith in God and the fact that he is controlling my destiny is central to my success. Before I reached the pinnacle of my career as a make-up artist I had nothing, I was working freelance and had hit rock bottom. When I secured the contract with Sony records I knew that God had allowed this to happen for me. It’s undoubtedly that my faith makes me a better version of myself and I want to make those


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around me the best they can possibly be. I get beautiful messages from my employees saying how much they enjoy working for me. Even past employees still say how much they gained from working for me. I expect a lot from my employees, but people always say that they are beautiful people inside and out. We love how down-to-earth you are. Tell us something that people wouldn’t necessarily know about you. I am a really good mimic, I love to imitate people especially when they are about to get really crazy. I love to make people happy and this usually makes them laugh a lot. I love to entertain my friends and when I’m telling a story I play out each detail. Regardless of where I am I act out every part with gestures and make my stories really animated. I’m also quite a forgiving person. When I arrived in Bahrain a friend had really upset me with their words. I was so upset because they had made personal comments which I didn’t agree with or care to hear. I confided in my staff but even then I couldn’t get rid of the internal turmoil. Nevertheless, I went to the opening

and no one would have guessed what was going on with me. I’m able to conceal things well. Afterwards, I was so emotionally and physically exhausted that I went back to my hotel and fell asleep with my phone in my hand and I slept and slept. As soon as I woke up I felt an overwhelming sense of peace. Not just with the success of the previous day but with the person who had affronted me before I left for Bahrain. I am able to ‘medicine’ my mind so that I can stay happy and focused and I don’t allow things to poison relationships. The thing I feel I do need to get a grip of is my fear of flying. It’s completely irrational but at no point during a flight do I feel relaxed. I would rather drive for hours rather than take a flight. For example, tomorrow I’m driving all the way to Riyadh as opposed to taking a 30 minute flight. With demand increasing with Maison De Joelle I must try to overcome my fears as I need to fly to maximise my time.

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The Eid Edit.

NET-A-PORTER la unched a dedicated campaig n and a curation of 17 exclus ive capsule collections. The exclusive capsul es comprise of flowing fils coupè silks in vibrant colours and prints from Dundas, elaborately ornate jewel-tone gowns from Oscar de la Renta and dist inctively glamourous jumpsui ts and embellished gowns fr om Rasario. Reem Acra’ s collection features luxurious fa brics elegant draping, em bodying modern refinement. Ralph & Russo presents fu rther eveningwear options including beautiful craftmansh ip and detail, while Jenny Pa ckham’s intricate embroidery provides the ultimate after da rk glamour. Naeem Kha n delivers a capsule of flowing, delicate pieces which stand ou t for their unique artistry and Carolina Herrera, Galvan, Lou isa Parris, Marchesa, Marches a Notte, Safiyaa, Talbot Run hof, Mary Katrantzou, Haider Ackermann and Etro complete th e selection. The campaign is shot by Alex Franco in Marrakech and stars model Saffron Vadh er, reflecting NET-A-PORTER’s elegant, yet contemporary perspe ctive on eveningwear and is completed with elevated finishi ng touches from fine jewellery br ands Buccellati, Selim M ouzannar and Anissa Kermiche .

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THE ULTIMATE ESCAPE With Eid al-Fitr upon us it’s the perfect time to have a little adventure. We’ve rounded up some amazing escapes for you to make the most of the long weekend. Go forth and enjoy!

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SEASONS CHANGE For those of you eager to explore the Southern Oman Dhofar region this summer, you’ll be thrilled to learn that the Khareef season from mid-June to mid-September in Salalah is one of the most breathtaking in The Middle East. So, deciding where to stay during your visit is imperative to making the most of your holiday; enter Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara, a 5-star luxury resort with every comfort and convenience you could ask for. KHAREEF SEASON “Khareef,” a colloquial term meaning ‘autumn’ in Arabic, is when the rainy season comes to Salalah from June to September – bringing with it a beautiful blanket of green across the region. The fascinating weather pattern is not to be missed, and one of the best places from which to appreciate the beautiful scenery and intrepid activities is Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara. An award-winning resort with five-star services that include the only private pool villas in Salalah, it’s the perfect choice as a base when visiting during the Khareef season. Not only is it one of the most luxurious hotels to stay at, but in comparison to the hot and humid summer days in Bahrain, a visit to Salalah is the perfect antidote with its pleasant climate and varied landscape of emerald green coastal plains and mountains. Led by the resort’s Salalah Guru, nature enthusiasts can venture into the verdant mountains and watch the region come to life with cascading waterfalls creating clear freshwater pools along with lush foliage and colourful wild flowers. Various wildlife, even camels, usually spotted near the sea can be found lazing in Salalah’s mountains – making the most of the cooler temperature.

LOCAL MEETS LUXURY There are many reasons why Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara should be your choice of accommodation. The property draws on its local elements and surroundings, weaving Omani culture and Thai hospitality into its many soothing services, its remarkable décor and, of course, its rooms and villas. The resort has villas with or without pools, but our favourite would have to be the resort’s One-Bedroom Garden View Pool Villa. Here are just some of the great options, made to be enjoyed by couples, families, groups of friends and solo travellers all in search of an unforgettable Khareef adventure mixed with a little relaxation.

ONE BEDROOM VILLAS No matter your preference of luxury, Anantara villas truly have it all. One can enjoy various views: the beach, lagoon, or a charming garden, which allows for complete privacy. Your spacious villa boasts unique comforts unrivalled amongst resorts in Oman. Lounge in tranquility, with your personal Villa Host on hand to take care of everything for you, including dining reservations and local excursions. Your villa interior features a large bedroom and separate majlis lounge. The grand bathroom features a huge shower and soaking tub. You can even access your outdoor private pool from the bathroom. Your villa exterior is without a doubt a secluded haven of indulgence and you cannot help but enjoy the refreshing climate that this season has to bring. Slip into your plunge pool and unwind, completely unseen, or drift into sleep on a poolside cabana. After a day out exploring all that the Khareef season has to offer, retreat to your villa for an al fresco meal on your private pool terrace. Then head indoors for a movie and a bubble bath drawn by your Villa Host. This stunning villa - perfect for a family of four - will make your Khareef holiday an unforgettable experience.

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TRAVEL Escapes DINING DEFINED Another great reason to make Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara your home during a trip to Salalah is down to one simple thing: food. A simple thing that this resort does exceptionally well. Indigenous ingredients, harvested from tropical plantations and the Arabian Sea allow visitors to explore exotic local specialities. And sample delights from East to West. Take a seat at one of these fabulous venues…

SAKALAN Translating as ‘The Land of Frankincense’, Sakalan’s open kitchens and culinary stations dish up cuisines from near and far – served in the stylish dining room, or on the outside terrace beside the infinity pool. Breakfast is a brimming buffet of international favourites, healthy and exotic treats, live stations and bakery temptations. A la carte lunch dishes inspire a world of choice – from authentic Arabic dishes, to fiery Indian specials and contemporary western classics. New surprises excite at themed buffet dinners, as the resort’s chefs get creative with unique gourmet journeys.

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A generous retreat at this lush Salalah resort that blends the best of both worlds – quality time together and quiet spaces to cherish alone. Rise to a morning swim in your pool. Bask in your surroundings in the privacy of your courtyard. Gather for drinks served by your Villa Host in your lounge, then retire to en-suite havens. Accommodating up to four adults and two children, privacy is key as you get to pamper yourself with a private courtyard, private pool, two cabanas, sundeck and loungers, separate indoor lounge and two bedrooms, each with a luxurious bathroom.

The countries that border the Mekong River are renowned for their distinctive cuisines. Enjoy a voyage of discovery through Thailand, China and Vietnam – savouring age-old recipes and regional surprises. This is one of Anantara’s signature dining concepts that has grown popular at sister properties around the region too. We would highly recommend trying the Tom Yum Soup and tucking into the Mekong Sharing Platter!

THREE BEDROOM ROYAL BEACH VILLA The royal villa boasts a prime position overlooking the Arabian Sea and lagoon. Step straight from your terrace on to a private white sand beach. Soak up the view of the mesmorising monsoon waves crashing ashore from your spacious terrace complete with 40sqm private pool. Share elegant meals together, taking full advantage of your beach villa’s indoor and outdoor dining areas, mini-kitchen and Villa Host service. Think ultimate sanctuary vibes and then times it by 100, as this 630sqm space comfortably accommodates six adults and three children.

THE SPA Enter a world of indulgence at Anantara Spa, with Oman’s ancient beauty rituals, traditional Thai massage and the 5,000-year-old techniques of Ayurveda on offer. Discover hammam rituals that detoxify and soothe in the only luxury hammam in the region. Explore the healing properties of frankincense and pomegranate amongst other signature treatments that specialise in indegiounous ingredients, including coconut and banana. Talk about being at one with nature… it’s never smelled so yummy! 62

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AL MINA Al Mina captures the vibrant Mediterranean in a relaxed ambience. Lunch on Italian, Greek and Spanish classics – each crafted from the finest seasonal ingredients and seafood catches. Choose your preferred spot – dining at a shoreline table, or lounging poolside. Evenings here feel fresh and sophisticated. Pair barbecue delights with a fine grape vintage. Unwind with shisha on a terrace under a blanket of stars. There’s also the famous Anantara tailored private service: Dining by Design, alongside cooking classes to tantalise your taste buds and teach you a few tips and tricks in the kitchen! Not to forget the resort’s Khareef Gourmet Picnics that they offer to guests who are spending the day looking at the many sites Oman has to offer. This comes with a choice of salads, sandwiches, mains and desserts. along with rental chairs, shades and carpets chairs, shades and carpets … and that is only the beginning. There truly is nothing Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara hasn’t thought of to amplify the experience of drinking in the spectacular scenery of Oman. Gulf Air will operate direct flights to and from Salalah starting from June 15th until September 14th. Visit www.gulfair.com to book your flights today. Call +968 2322 8222 or visit www.salalah.anantara.com for reservations and more information.


LET IT RAIN KHAREEF SPECIAL ESCAPE THE SUMMER HEAT FOR A LUXURIOUS KHAREEF AT AL BALEED RESORT SALALAH BY ANANTARA WITH 25% SAVINGS ON PRIVATE POOL VILLAS AND SPA TREATMENTS. DINE ON LAVISH BUFFET BREAKFASTS AND DAILY BUFFET OR A LA CARTE DINNER AT ONE OF THE RESTAURANTS OF YOUR CHOICE DURING YOUR STAY. LOUNGE IN YOUR SPACIOUS PRIVATE POOL VILLA. EXPERIENCE PURE RELAXATION IN OUR ANANTARA SPA COMPLETE WITH LUXURY HAMMAM. MARVEL AT THE MAGNIFICENT SCENERY OF LUSH, GREEN MOUNTAINS AND CASCADING WATERFALLS IN SALALAH – THE ULTIMATE SUMMER DESTINATION. PACKAGE INCLUDES: • 25% SAVINGS ON VILLA ACCOMMODATION • DAILY BUFFET BREAKFAST FOR TWO PERSONS • DAILY BUFFET OR À LA CARTE FOR DINNER FOR TWO PERSONS AT THE RESTAURANT OF YOUR CHOICE • 25% SAVINGS ON SPA TREATMENTS VALID FOR STAYS BETWEEN 26 JULY AND 7 SEPTEMBER 2019

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Lucas Raven unveils the unexpected from the highly anticipated Turkish Airlines route directing us to the magical Finnish Lapland through Rovaniemi. Rovaniemi, the capital of the Finnish Lapland is an urban oasis amidst the Arctic wilderness, where culture, wild activities and fairy tales come together. Home to an eclectic – and unusual – array of museums. Some offer the opportunity to belt out a karaoke tune, others to shoot a digitised moose. Culture thrives in many mediums in the city; they even have their own chamber orchestra. The Arctic Circle runs through the southern end of Lapland; I journeyed along its axis, to the city of Rovaniemi with a population of 60,000, reindeer not included, making it the largest population hub near the Arctic Circle. It’s no wonder that Santa himself has chosen the city as the location of his post office. Beyond Mr. Claus and Rudolf, Rovaniemi contains several other noteworthy cultural treasures. Along the river and around the city are 70 lean-to shelters that can be freely used by those who want to roast sausages and marshmallows over an open fire or enjoy other outdoor snacks. Firewood is even state-provided. Yep, for real. The river landscape is dominated by Jätkänkynttilä Bridge; it’s an impressive sight, especially when illuminated at night. The route will be operated three times weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Turkish Airlines will be the first airline to offer seats on business class to Rovaniemi. Flight tickets will be available soon. Turkish Airlines’ direct flight route from Istanbul to Rovaniemi, Finland, is now confirmed for the season 2019-2020. The first flight will depart from Istanbul on 5th December 2019. They will be the first airline to fly travellers to Rovaniemi in business class. This means new travel segments as luxury seeking travellers are expected to use the connection. The Finnish Lapland is filled with one “pinch-me-now-moment” after the next. I’m not talking about the kind of moments that linger in your mind for a while only to fade into a larger collection of travel experiences. No, I mean moments which combine surreal, grateful, and mind-blowing into never to be forgotten memories. Simply put, Finnish Lapland is an awesome place to discover. The flights will be available on both, travel companies and individual travellers. Turkish Airlines is the national flag carrier airline of Turkey and one of the biggest airlines in the world. With the connection, Rovaniemi will be connected to 122 countries and a total of 304 destinations. 64

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“They will be the first airline to fly travellers to Rovaniemi in business class. This means new travel segments as luxury seeking travellers are expected to use the connection.”

“Istanbul brings great opportunities to Rovaniemi. A total of 80 destinations can now be reached in three hours time from Istanbul.” says Sanna Kärkkäinen, CEO of Visit Rovaniemi. Being the Official Hometown of Santa Claus and a famous winter destination; truth is, global travellers come to Rovaniemi to experience its unique winter that comes with activities like reindeer sleigh rides, dog sledding, the chance to see the Northern lights and meeting with the city’s most famous character, Santa Claus! It is as close as reality gets to those who dream of a fantastic winter wonderland. Contrasts are a key factor in the allure of Lapland where 24-hour sunlight in the summer replaces the dark winter days. The hustle and bustle of towns and ski resorts is just minutes away from the peace and quiet of the wild wilderness. Flights between Istanbul and Rovaniemi to commence on 5.12.2019 @TurkishAirlines / @VisitRovaniemi www.ohlala-magazine.com

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LONDON CALLING Angela Beitz discovers true grand luxury right in the heart of the British capital at the renowned Corinthia London…

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“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is to London all that life can afford.” Apart from the great city itself, London offers so much in the way of hotels that it’s hard to make a choice that you know is going to be just right. There are just so many options to choose from and so many great areas to pick that it ,can be quite the dilemma in knowing where to stay. The Corinthia London in Whitehall Place is the perfect choice and captures both style and substance for its guests. Built in the late nineteenth century and situated at the end of Northumberland Avenue directly across the Thames and from the London Eye, this hotel is the perfect location to discover all of this vibrant city. Everything is well within reach with Oxford and Regent Streets just a short walk away and and even shorter walk to Trafalgar Square and The National Gallery. Whilst staying here, all the must-visit spots are literally on your doorstep yet inside the hotel you feel relaxed and a world away from all the hustle and bustle of the busy city. While the hotel is truly opulent, it also manages to mix elegance and character giving off the vibe of a stylish boutique hotel with both warmth and history. You won’t be able to avoid the stunning Baccarat chandelier in the lobby lounge with its 1,001 crystals sparkling overhead in the Crystal Moon Lounge where traditional afternoon tea is served. This area is buzzing with both hotel guests and people here for meetings and high tea and it boasts a great atmosphere. This is a truly beautiful part of the

hotel with a quaint florist off to one side of the entrance selling the exact floral arrangements that are dotted around the hotel. Staff are sophisticated and welcoming and nothing seems too much trouble; our check in and baggage was handled brilliantly and they were very helpful in giving us any directions or help necessary. The Corinthia’s 294 rooms, including 40 suites and seven two-storey penthouses, are decorated in gorgeous, contemporary hues with high ceilings and large windows and are simply some of the smartest looking hotel rooms we’ve seen. There is so much attention to detail put into the rooms and the décor; we especially love the small touches. The rooms are tastefully styled in warm tones mixed with bold hints and provide the perfect balance between the history of the hotel and the modern feel of today. Space is abundant in even the smallest room which is a novelty for a London hotel. The marble bathrooms are a real feature of the hotel and are spacious and luxurious with a built-in TV at the foot of the bath and high-end ESPA branded toiletries are replenished daily. There is also a huge rain shower, and heated floor and towel rack for the chillier months. This is the perfect place to rejuvenate and to take a long hot bath after walking around the city all day. The hotel has many great dining venues and there are four bars and two restaurants in total. The Northall celebrates the Great British kitchen showcasing the breadth of Britain’s culinary strengths. www.ohlala-magazine.com

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Breakfast is served here also and it is a real treat with excellent service. The menu focuses on seasonality, sustainability and traceability through close relationships with artisan producers. The breathtaking dining room is adorned with glittering mirrored panels and expansive picture windows, while two private dining areas offer ultimate seclusion for special celebrations and corporate events. The Northall Bar is the home of chic socialising in London. It’s the ideal place to meet for a glass of bubbly or classic cocktail, and it offers a lunch and dinner menu for casual occasions. Bassoon Bar is also an excellent venue, designed by David Collins Studio, Bassoon is a London destination bar with attitude. Combining a relaxed and intimate ambience with a stimulating dash of theatre, Bassoon pays homage to the arts of the finest bartenders in the capital. The absolute must-try is the high tea at Crystal Moon Lounge; illuminated by the spectacular Baccarat chandelier and decorated with effortless flair, the Crystal Moon Lounge is the perfect venue for afternoon tea. Tantalising cakes and fancies are inspired by each season, served alongside a selection of teas and the finest bubbly. Eclectic seating teamed with bespoke Richard Brandon’s fine china tea sets and Baccarat crystal glasses set the scene for what’s bound to be a delightful afternoon. This is a really lovely experience and something you will remember as a decadent treat.

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FAR EAST MOVEMENT

Based in the luxury of FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY one expects the unexpected. Well, experience fine dining like never before at re/Asian Cuisine by WOLFGANG PUCK as it dispels any previous notion of Asian fusion cuisine.

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t is no surprise that Chef Wolfgang Puck chose Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay as the destination for his re/Asian Cuisine restaurant. Wolfgang’s signature modern approach to traditional Asian cuisine, this culinary delight offers a “re”-evolution of contemporary and classic cooking styles, techniques and flavours of China, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam and other far eastern destinations. It is a triumph of both style and spectacle with unprecedented service. Customers ordering can expect the unexpected as Sous Chef Josh Wetshtein showcased on our visit. The dishes were both innovative and surprising, and the meal can be likened to that of an artistic performance. We genuinely tingled with anticipation. Executive Chef Brian Becher and co all employ the very best of local produce and ingredients to create a one-of-a-kind culinary journey, that is indicative of Wolfgang Puck’s very ethos. The décor is Asian in origin but contemporary in its delivery with varnished wooden tables, a vast oversized chandelier suspended from the ceiling and leather booths which create a convivial dining experience. re/Asian Cuisine by Wolfgang Puck can cater for any occasion, event or whim. This new menu is launched at Eid alongside its renowned Dim Sum Brunch which introduces diners to the skillfully crafted selection of Asian bonne bouche without feeling overwhelmed by overflowing platters and countless stations. The brunch showcases the way in which the team employ top notch ingredients and extant technique to produce a variety of steamed buns, pan fried oriental classics and noodle dishes - perfect for diners wanting to sample an array of delights for an impeccable day out. The sublime surroundings and breathtaking view sets the tone for what is about to follow. As we sipped on our handcrafted muddled mocktails we were presented with Stir Fried Chicken Lettuce Cups that danced alongside Thai chilli and Cilantro shavings to provide the perfect unity. I couldn’t help but quite literally ‘digin’ with both hands to the moreish spectacle that befell me. The table-service presentation of this particular dish is both interesting and entertaining; a must-share on social media using ‘Boomerang’ 70

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I must say. Crispy Rice Salad with Jumbo Lump Crab seasoned with Thai Basil, Roasted peanuts and a splash of Nam Pla vinaigrette was served and it proved itself as nothing short of exceptional! Known for its sweet taste and hearty texture, the meat from the blue crab is a true taste sensation. The premium grade crabmeat is indeed ‘Jumbo Lump’ which consist of whole lumps of white meat from the body of the crab with absolutely no shell or cartilage. The Mr and I devoured every final morsel as we smacked our lips and refrained from licking the dishes further. There is nothing ‘typical’ when it comes to this gastronomic hub - you’re forever guaranteed a fabulous meal no matter the occasion. There’s a real delight in the honest and unpretentious dishes that are served by their knowledgeable staff.

“This new menu is launched at Eid alongside its renowned Dim Sum Brunch which introduces diners to the skillfully crafted selection of Asian bonne bouche without feeling overwhelmed by overflowing platters and countless stations.”

tenderness. The jasmine rice, cucumber and spring onion looked on as it allowed for a perfect balance and acceleration of flavour. Those with a sweet tooth are not neglected either. The Khanfaroosh with almond cake, saffron syrup and arabic coffee ice cream once again highlighted the skill and vision of the Chefs and the scope of their continuously elevated ‘performance’. Are their dishes instagrammable? Yes. Is this my favourite restaurant in Bahrain? Undoubtedly. Should you go? Yes, yes AND absolutely...YES! Truly, re/Asian Cuisine is not just a statement but the very exclamation mark! It sets the standard not just for restaurants in the Middle East but globally and we admonish you to treat your taste buds, and your loved ones, at once. @reasiancuisine / @fsbahrain

A fusion of flavours further met with my taste buds as we were introduced to the Steamed Local Sea Bream. A banana leaf acted as a hammock to this marvel bathing the fleshy morsels amidst pickled onion and mint chutney. Growing-up with a Mother who is a chef has definitely allowed for an appreciation to high quality ingredients and fresh produce over the years; something that unfortunately is a bit, well, hit-and-miss across the culinary scene in Bahrain… especially when it comes to meat. Alas, the search for the perfect lamb is over and with a mouthwatering Malaysian Curry massaging and marinating the lamb shank, well, my dreams have been answered. This vessel literally fell apart due to its www.ohlala-magazine.com

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Here’s a round-up of dining grandeur spread across the Kingdom for you to enjoy. Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa Eid Gala Dinner & Celebrations @ Pashawat Restaurant


First three days of Eid 7pm to 11pm Celebrate Eid extravagantly this year at the iconic 5-star Lebanese restaurant, Pashawat, and indulge in a wide selection of Mediterranean and Arabic fare paired with grandiose live entertainment from One Man Show, Robert, supported by international Arabic singing sensation, Suzanne, and the very charming, Kristelle, the exotic belly dancer during the three Eid nights. Relish, feast & revel like royalty with an extensive gala dinner starting from BD30 net per person inclusive of soft beverages.

Grand Friday Eid Brunch @ Saraya, Fiamma and Rivaaj Restaurants

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delights with artful cooking stations, live entertainment and much more! Your little ones will indulge in a thrilling day, full of exciting activities that will keep them entertained throughout the day. BD30net per person inclusive of soft beverages;
 BD35net per person inclusive of selected beverages; 50% off for children aged six to 12; and children aged under six dine for free. Call 1763 6363 for reservations and more information.

Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay

Eid Al-Fitr Brunch @ Bahrain Bay Kitchen First three days of Eid 1pm to 4pm Festivities will commence in Bahrain Bay Kitchen with a three-day brunch buffet, live cooking stations and a vibrant family atmosphere. BD30 net per person (including soft beverages), BD43 net per person (including house beverages), children aged under five eat for free and kids aged between six and 12 receive a 50% discount. Call 1711 5000 for reservations and more information.


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Grand Eid Brunch @ Masaya Pavilion

Second day of Eid 12.30pm to 4.30pm Embark on a culinary journey with family and friends to celebrate Eid Al Fitr at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain. The sumptuous feast excites with brunch favorites, alongside fresh artisan-made bread, braised meats, seafood dishes, traditional Arabic fares, mezzes and specialties from the resort’s awardwinning restaurants. BD30 per person includes soft beverages and BD38 per person includes select beverages. Call 1758 6499 for reservations and more information.

Jumeirah Royal Saray

Eid Brunch the Brasserie Way @ Brasserie Royale

Second and third day of Eid 1pm to 5pm Visit Jumeirah Royal Saray this Eid and treat your family and friends to a delicious brunch at Brasserie Royale. Enjoy an array of delectable offerings from seafood and sushi to a carving station and delicious pastries while the DJ keeps the beat flowing all afternoon. The little guests will love their dedicated buffet providing a child-friendly selection and the special activities organised by the Bulbul Kids Club team exclusively for them! BD27 net per person inclusive of soft drinks and BD35 net per person inclusive of selected beverages.

Layali Al Saraya @ Al Saraya Tent

Second day of Eid 8pm to 2am Join Jumeirah Royal Saray on the 2nd day of Eid and experience the magic of an oriental night under the stars at Al Saraya Tent. Delight your senses with a sumptuous buffet offering a wide range of traditional Arabic mezze and main courses or visit one of the live cooking stations for freshly prepared sushi or grills cooked to perfection. Let the live Arabic singer and belly dancer set the mood for a magical night you won’t forget. BD32 net, shisha available at additional cost. Call 7770 7070 for reservations and more information.

The Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention & Spa Zahle Lebanese Restaurant

Three days of Eid The icon of Lebanese entertainment is back with the launch of its all-new performers, featuring belly dancer Kamillah, accompanied by new Arabic singers and musicians, with a special set menu at BD26 +++ per person.

Takht Jamsheed Persian Restaurant

Three days of Eid Celebrate Eid the Royal Way at Persia’s royal palace of Takht Jamsheed, serving up a royal buffet at BD19+++ per person.

Rasoi By Vineet Indian Restaurant

Come and celebrate with a special Eid Set menu crafted by Michelin Star Chef Vineet Bhatia. Set Menu Price: BD22+++ per person. A la carte - minimum spend of BD15 per person. Call 1771 3000 for reservations and more information.

Sheraton Bahrain Hotel

Celebrate Eid Al Fitr @ Al Safir Restaurant

Three days of Eid 12.30pm to 4pm (lunch) 7.30pm to 11.30pm (dinner) There will be fun-filled activities for children including giveaways, games, candy-floss, popcorn and more at Al Iwan during lunch plus Arabic Entertainment during lunch and dinner, as you savour an exquisite buffet. BD19.5+++ per adult and BD8.5+++ per child. Dinner is an International buffet with emphasis on Arabic cuisine for BD14.9+++ per person. Call 1753 3533 for reservations and more information.

Art Rotana Amwaj Islands Eid Brunch @ Choices

Three days of Eid 12.30pm to 4.30pm ART Rotana is taking Eid celebrations to the next level by offering an extravagant feast serving dishes from all over the world and catering for every taste, whether it’s the rich Arabic Ouzi with braised lamb over a bed of spiced rice or freshly smoked short ribs. The various live cooking stations will provide many of your favourites, while the amazing dessert area will surely satisfy all your sweet tooth cravings. There’s special Eid entertainment and a kid’s area is available for the little ones to enjoy numerous activities. BD25 net with juice and soft drinks; BD36 net with house beverages. Kids aged below six dine for free and kids aged six to 12 dine for BD12.5 net. Call 1600 0111 for reservations and more information.

The Westin City Centre Bahrain Eid Dinner @ Furn Bistro

Three days of Eid ( June 5, 6 & 7) 7pm to 11pm Enjoy a selection of Middle Eastern and Khaleeji cuisine. The Arabic chefs prepare menu selections in an open kitchen. Buffet concept will have Middle Eastern, Khaleeji dishes including Ouzi. BD10 net, beverages are charged as per consumption. Kids aged six to12 dine at half price. Call 1717 1441 for reservations and more information.

Reef Resort Bahrain

Seafood BBQ Night @ Pool Delight

Second and third day of Eid Indulge in rich and vibrant flavours of Oriental and International cuisine from the lavish buffet this Eid. Enjoy live BBQ cooking stations for a truly tantalising dining experience! Live musical entertainment awaits. BD18+++ per person.

Art on your plate @ Tokyo Reef

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Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa BBQ De La Plage @ Le Bar De La Plage

Every Thursday 7pm onwards Kick off the weekend with an elegant affair by the beach on Thursday evenings from 7pm for the weekly BBQ De La Plage, as the delightful aromas from Le Bar De La Plage fill up the air. Savour a delicious selection of tenderly grilled meats and thirst-quenching cocktails paired with live music by DJ, Dr. Sal. Call 1763 6363 for reservations and more information.

Reef Resort & Spa

Ladies Night @ Shisha Lounge

Every Wednesday You not only get a contemporary twist on traditional oriental cuisine, but you’re provided with the rich tastes and aromas of the finest shishas at Shisha Lounge. The vibe is relaxing with a female-friendly atmosphere for you and your friends – plus, the best part – it’s 40% off menu items. Call 1311 0110 for reservations and more information.

Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay Afternoon Tea @ Bay View Lounge

JUNE DINING Our round up of the best chic eats venues

Daily, 12noon to 9pm A cup of quality tea along with gourmet bites is the perfect excuse for a little break during a busy day. BD14.6 net for one or BD26.7 net for two guests. Call 1711 5000 for reservations and more information.

Le Meridien City Centre Bahrain Business Lunch @ Baharat

Sunday to Thursday 12noon to 3pm Enjoy a selection of International and Middle Eastern cuisine inspired by the restaurant name Baharat (spices). It’s a buffet concept featuring a tandoor oven and indoor grill, and dishes are prepared in an open kitchen. Lunch buffet at BD16 net. Soup and salad buffet for BD7 net. Kids aged six to 12 dine at half price. Call 1717 1441 for reservations and more information.

The Westin City Centre Bahrain

Burger and Hops Combo @ Mezzanine Bar & Lounge

Sunday to Wednesday, 2pm to 1am Thursday to Saturday, 12noon to 1am Hungry and thirsty? Try the mouth-watering homemade Cheese Burger plus an ice-cold pint of your choice. This is for all the carnivores out there who enjoy a nice juicy feast with their favourite sip – a hearty yet classy choice. Call 1717 1441 for reservations and more information. 78

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Art Rotana Amwaj Islands One Arabic Night @ Cellar 59

June 28 9pm to 2pm If you’re a fan of Arabic Music then this Night is for you! Cellar 59 is planning a phenomenal Arabic themed party; grab your dancing shoes and join DJ Boudi while he spins the night away with an amazing mix of Arabic and English House music or you can enjoy a marvellous show by a renowned belly dancer and singer alphonso. Free entrance for ladies and BD10 net for gents. Call 1600 0111 for reservations and more information.

Jumeirah Royal Saray

Chocolatea Time @ The Palm Lounge

Daily, 2pm to 6pm If you have a particularly sweet tooth for chocolate then this is the perfect Afternoon Tea for you. From the dark, milk or white chocolate fondue to the beautifully handcrafted chocolate pastries, your chocaholic’s dream is about to come true. BD25 net for two people. Call 7770 7070 for reservations and more information.

The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain

Chef ’s Table Experience @ Primavera

Daily, 12noon to 3pm and 7pm to 11pm Enjoy a sumptuous five-course Chef ’s Table menu especially prepared by Chef Vincenzo Nigro. The indulgent set menu includes fried eggplant with cherry tomato and smoked ricotta cheese, homemade Bolognese tortellini, hammour with Sicilian eggplant caponata, lamb fillets with herb crust, green peas, sautéed mushrooms and fondant potato and fruit and vegetable minestrone with yogurt sorbet. BD29 per person. Call 1758 6499 for reservations and more information.

Downtown Rotana

Natak Experience @ Teatro Downtown

Every Thursday 6pm to 10pm Visit Teatro every Thursday and indulge in a rich multi course menu designed by the speciality chefs representing the finest of Indian Cuisine. The new Natak experience, a theatrical culinary journey through the tastes and textures of India, is a multi course menu which will immerse you in exciting Indian flavours from all over the region presented in a unique and different way. Every dish from the six course Natak menu will tell you a story about the culinary features of India. Spoil yourself with an exciting Natak experience and tempt your senses while chilling with live entertainment and the mesmerising tunes of our lovely Saxophonist for only BD16 net. Call 1311 9999 for reservations and more information. 80

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Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention & Spa Art of Cooking

Every Saturday 10.30am to 12noon The Art of Cooking Class is designed for home cooks with busy lifestyles who have a passion for food. The hotel offers intimate handson and demonstration classes, from the building blocks of cooking to their delicious and exclusive mouth-watering menus, led by professional chef instructors. Special Aprons with the logo and Chef hats will be provided for guests alongside completion certificates to be awarded to all guests at the end of the class. Prices for Cooking Classes will be at BD18 net per person including lunch. Limited seats - 8-10 guests only, so booking in advance is recommended. Call 1771 3000 for reservations and more information.

Sheraton Bahrain Hotel

Soup & Main Promo @ Golestan Restaurant

Lunch, 12.30pm to 3.30pm, and dinner from 7.30pm to 11.30pm If you love Persian food, this is the award-winning eatery to visit and satisfy all your cravings. Try the special soups in Golestan Restaurant during lunch and dinner. Their menu includes Sorba Adas, Khorest-eQueema and Nana Koobideh. Available throughout June. Call 1753 3533 for reservations and more information.


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DIVA Drives

THE IMMACULATE 2019 MERCEDES-AMG GLE 43 COUPÉ THE GLE COUPÉ SECURES MERCEDES AS FRONTRUNNERS IN THE PREMIUM SUV SEGMENT. 82

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he name Mercedes-Benz is synonymous with class, style and performance. Having been marketed since 1901, this label has had over 115 years to refine its automobile offerings and to ensure they are a cut above most other vehicle manufacturers. We at Ohlala have had the privilege of test driving many different Mercedes models over the years and have yet to discover one that lets down the extremely high level of excellence that everyone has to come to expect from the brand. Thanks to the great team at Al Haddad Motors, we were able to add one more Mercedes model to our list, namely the 2019 Mercedes-AMG GLE 43 Coupé. Upon our initial exterior inspection, we were immediately impressed by the aggressive stance and muscular shape of this SUV. The expressionism of the vehicle is displayed through features such as powerfully modelled wheel arches and broad shoulders. In the GLE 43,

Mercedes have managed to combine the modern luxury of a MercedesBenz with both the agility of a coupé and the dominating presence of an SUV. The three-dimensionally modelled sports grille emphasises the front end and 21” light alloy wheels embody both power and vitality. Illuminated aluminium-look running boards assist in easy entry and exiting of the vehicle. The bonnet is highly contoured and perfectly framed by the finely designed LED High Performance headlamps whilst the flawless finish of the rear end is complemented by the AMG spoiler lip and two-pipe exhaust system. We found the overall design of the exterior to be sleek yet imposing and could not wait to see what the interior held. As expected, the inside of this vehicle speaks only of luxury and sophistication. The generous cabin area is elegantly tailored from the finest of quality materials and we were told that there are eleven upholstery options and six distinctive trim choices to select from. www.ohlala-magazine.com

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“In the GLE 43, Mercedes have managed to combine the modern luxury of a MercedesBenz with both the agility of a coupé and the dominating presence of an SUV.”

This will help to ensure your vehicle is an expression of your own personality. The seating is truly comfortable and provides one with 4-way lumbar support. The seats are electronically adjustable and come complete with memory function. The COMAND™ Infotainment system helps the driver to monitor and control the various features of the vehicle navigation, entertainment, driving systems and vehicle settings. Data is displayed in high resolution on the centrally positioned, fine glass, 20.3 cm screen (diagonal) display. The innovative touchpad facilitates intuitive operation using finger gestures, which we found to be most useful and easy to operate. Slipping into the back, we discovered the four-door coupé design allows for three passengers to sit comfortably in what is the widest rear seat in the GLE’s class. The split seat backs can be folded down to create up to 60.7 cubic feet of carpeted luggage space, the largest of any coupé in the world. The Panoramic sliding sunroof is yet another great feature that adds to the already impressive internal setup of the GLE 43. The entire interior is complimented by the ambient lighting provided throughout the vehicle. As we started the 3 L – V6 Cylinder Engine, we could not help but smile at the sound of this potent machine purring like a lion. The master technicians at Mercedes have developed an engine that offers 390 horsepower at 5500 to 6000 rpm with 520 Nm or torque at 1800 to 4000 rpm. The result is one powerful vehicle capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds and holding a top speed of 250 km/h. Not only does one have plenty of speed on offer with this Mercedes, but an incredibly smooth ride thanks to the automatic transmission, complimented by the sense of control provided by the grip and handling of this sturdy vehicle. The various driving modes on offer ensure maximum performance is available in a variety of environments. As one would assume, Mercedes-Benz have assured the occupants of the GLE 43 are kept safe at all times on the road with the inclusion of multiple advanced safety features. These include Collision Prevention Assist Plus, Pre-Safe™ Plus, Distronic Plus™ and an available Parking Assist Package complete with its Surround View System. After our experience, we had to conclude that as far as performance and technology are concerned, the visually stunning Mercedes-AMG GLE 43 Coupé is easily one of the finest motor vehicles we have had the pleasure of driving in quite some time. For more information or to book a test drive please contact Al Haddad Motors Showroom on +973 17785 454. @alhaddadmotors

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GRAND OPENING OF MAISON DE JOELLE, BLISS LAB, SEEF MALL

ZIDDY RAMADAN COLLECTION PREVIEW, SEEF MALL, BAHRAIN

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THE ORANGERY’S RAMADAN EXPERIENCE, THE ORANGERY, THE PALACE BOUTIQUE HOTEL

PRE-RAMADAN EXPERIENCE AT THE KHAIMAT AL KHALEEJ TENT, THE GULF HOTEL BAHRAIN CONVENTION & SPA

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VIP PRE-OPENING OF LAYALI AL ZALLAQ RAMADAN TENT, SOFITEL BAHRAIN ZALLAQ THALASSA SEA & SPA

GRAND LAUNCH OF AL QASR RAMADAN TENT, AL AREEN PALACE & SPA

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MEDIA IFTAR AT VIVA MASAYA PAVILION, THE RITZ-CARLTON BAHRAIN

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AL SARAYA TENT IFTAR, JUMEIRAH ROYAL SARAY BAHRAIN

MEDIA IFTAR, LE MÉRIDIEN CITY CENTRE BAHRAIN

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MISS Ohlala

It’s probably more difficult than ever to live in a simple meaningful way. There are so many distractions, temptations and high tech gadgets intended to make life easier, but, in actual fact probably cause more confusion and complication more often than not! We adorn ourselves with designer brands and endeavour to be voguish - which is not to say that this is wrong. However, I think people of a certain age hark back to times when life was more simple and more of our time was spent focused on relationships and activities which are all but lost in modern society. ‘Virtual Life’ which is found throughout social media has become more significant and influential than real life. Even the majority of news and literature is accessed through digital medium. There comes a point where we have to strip this down and focus our behaviour in a different way. For many people it’s far easier to be generous with money than time or affection. We neglect relationships or become too focussed on our own aspirations and needs. I and me take president over you and us. So perhaps it’s time we all did an audit of our conduct . Do you take time to listen to people that matter? Do you prefer to stare at a screen rather than your partner or loved ones ? Is checking Facebook your first thought as you wake up? What proportion of your life is spent helping someone else ? Has what you have become more important than who you are ? If any of these resonate with you perhaps it’s time to start a metaphorical ‘fast’ each day where you starve yourself of social media or abstain from everyday demands and focus completely on loved ones. Simplifying your life might allow you to focus more acutely on what is important and prioritise. Hopefully the outcome will see simple pleasures intensified , generosity will take over not just fiscally but spiritually and emotionally. Caring

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VIRTUAL REALITY MISS OHLALA DELVES INTO THE MATRIX OF TECHNOLOGY AND GIVES HERSELF AN EMOTIONAL RECONSTRUCTION.

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and sharing will become a habit and what you have and can achieve will take second place to help others be the best they can and live more comfortably regardless of their social standing or creed. Allow the beauty of this incredible holy month ignite new passions inside you which culture selflessness and unbridled hope

for the future. ‘We must master our egoism, and through this mastery, step outside ourselves and educate ourselves in giving. Fasting requires that we rediscover all that is alive around us, and reconcile ourselves with our environment.’ - Tariq Ramadan Regardless of faith or nationality this philosophy will undoubtedly detox our moral being and reset our priorities!


LUXUMPTUOUS / lux-ump-shu-us / noun

The luxurious setting and scrumptious variety of cuisine available at Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay. Some things are better understood once experienced. A truly unique indulgence every Friday at Bahrain Bay Kitchen where the aroma of flavour rich dishes blend perfectly with the melodical sounds of live entertainment at our themed brunches. Add complementary access to Kids For All Seasons and you’ll need a whole new word to describe your weekend. Experience it yourself Reservations: (973) 1711 5500 fourseasons.com/bahrain

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For the Modern Middle Eastern Woman

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