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NOW MORE THAN EVER, THERE IS A FLUORESCENT LIGHT BEING SHED ON THE FASHION INDUSTRY AND ITS THUMBSDOWN IMPACT IT HAS ON OUR BELOVED PLANET AND PEOPLE. WHILE OIL STILL REMAINS THE MOST POLLUTING INDUSTRY IN THE WORLD, THE FASHION INDUSTRY COMES IN AT A CLOSE SECOND. THE REASON FOR THIS COMES DOWN TO TWO CRIPPLING WORDS: FAST FASHION. SURE, THE LOW PRICE POINTS ASSOCIATED WITH FAST FASHION CAN BE TEMPTING FOR ANY CONSUMER, BUT THE OVERALL PRICE OF FAST FASHION IS WREAKING HAVOC ON OUR WORLD, IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE.ACCORDING TO A RECENT STUDY CONDUCTED BY GREENPEACE, AROUND 400 BILLION SQUARE METERS OF TEXTILES ARE PRODUCED EVERY YEAR, OF WHICH 60 BILLION METERS ARE LEFT AS WASTE ON THE CUTTING ROOM FLOOR. 80 BILLION PIECES OF CLOTHING ARE PRODUCED WORLDWIDE, AND 3 OUT OF 4 OF THOSE PIECES WILL END UP IN LANDFILL OR BE INCARCERATED. UNFORTUNATELY, ONLY ONE QUARTER WILL BE RECYCLED. AND WHAT ABOUT WATER POLLUTION? BEYOND A GARMENT’S VIBRANT PRINT, STATEMENT EMBELLISHMENTS AND GLISTENING FINISH LIES COUNTLESS TOXIC CHEMICALS. AFTER AGRICULTURE, TEXTILE DYEING IS THE WORLD’S SECOND BIGGEST POLLUTER OF CLEAN WATER. 1.7 MILLION TONNES OF MIXED CHEMICALS ARE USED IN GARMENT PRODUCTION – MOST NOTABLY, DANGEROUS CHEMICALS LEAVING A DETRIMENTAL AND LASTING IMPACT ON OUR ENVIRONMENT. NEW, INFORMED AND SUSTAINABLE FASHION LABELS ARE EMERGING EVERY DAY AND ETHICAL FASHION IS STARTING TO THRIVE. PRE-EXISTING BRANDS ARE JOINING THE SUSTAINABLE WAGON TO REDUCE THEIR CARBON FOOTPRINT AND IMPROVE SOCIAL CONDITIONS, AND MORE PEOPLE ARE DONATING THEIR CLOTHING. THERE ARE SIMPLE STEPS YOU CAN ALSO TAKE TO HELP MAKE A POSITIVE CHANGE TO THE FASHION INDUSTRY, AND I FOR ONE? WELL, I’M ALL FOR IT!
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This season Ted has stitched a touch of mystic charm through his collection, blending inspiration from the enchanting blooms and entrancing shapes that have bewitched him, with a little of his signature magic.
ed’s florals are inspired by handpicked flowers with a dark side. Vibrant hues of red, orange and turquoise are clashed on his bold Fantasia print, while light meets dark on his Oracle print. He’s also woven geometric prints throughout the season, with bright greens and flashes of fuchsia creating ‘70s inspired patterns, romanticised with Ted’s signature individuality. Ted’s a charmer, and his unparalleled eye for detail continues to create pieces that captivate, from individually placed embroideries to pops of bright red trim. Modern hemlines feature throughout the collection, from structured jumpsuits to trans-seasonal outerwear. Ted has fallen in love with glamorous georgette, adding his modern take to dropwaist dresses, shirts and skirts with delicate gathered, frilled and pleated details.
Tedâ€™s also added his magic touch to laid-back luxe pieces; denim is introduced on jumpsuits, logo tees take centre stage, and wide-leg trousers feature sporty side stripes. Ted has also revitalised his tailoring, with striped suiting in shorts and trouser options standing ready to take you from day to night effortlessly. Shop Ted Bakerâ€™s SS19 collection in stores now. @Ted_Baker
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PROTAGONIST RENÉ CAOVILLA takes its hyper feminine and sophisticated vision to the next level by tapping iconic supermodel Elsa Hosk as the new face of the brand.
osk, who perfectly embodies the Italian luxury footwear label’s values and stylistic codes, will represent René Caovilla in the world for two seasons, until 2020. In particular, the Swedish supermodel will be the protagonist of the brand’s worldwide campaigns for the Spring/Summer 2019 and Fall/ Winter 2019 seasons. Armed with her glamorous and luxurious aesthetic, Elizabeth Sulcer styled the spring campaign, shot by Norwegian photographer Hanna Tveite. Making their official debut this month, the intense, sophisticated images portrays Hosk as a timeless and iconic beauty, exuding both classy sensuality and a chic, modern attitude. Portrayed in bold, feminine poses, she is captured by the lens wearing some of René Caovilla’s “Icons” revisited iconic designs, including the precious and sexy Cleo Maxi Strass satin sandals showing the brand’s signature spiral anklet encrusted with sparkling crystals and the Veneziana slingback style, featuring the pointed toe enriched with embellishments paying homage
to the brand’s Venetian roots. In addition, the pictures put the focus on some of the brand’s Spring 2019 constructions, such as the Ellabrita minimal-chic sandals, the Cleo Borchia pumps featuring a studded spiral anklet and the best selling Galaxia sandals showing the built-in mesh socks punctuated by crystals. The Celebrita Clutch covered by a cascade of crystals also make a bold statement in the René Caovilla Spring 2019 collection. @renecaovilla
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SHOE LOVE CHARLES & KEITH SHOWCASE AT NYFW AND WE’RE OFFICIALLY HEAD OVER HEELS.
CHARLES & KEITH made a return to Fashion Week – in New York City this time – to sponsor the Kim Shui Fall 2019 runway show with its Spring/ Summer 2019 collection. Although the Spring/Summer 2019 collection, characterised by playful shapes and vibrant colours, is one of their boldest yet, the up-and-coming fashion talent stuck to a selection of neutral-toned shoes to complement her visionary designs, which feature a riot of psychedelic tie-dye and a striking snakeskin print that left the front row entranced. New York-based designer Kim Shui handpicked this to send down the runway.
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XTI HAS UNLEASHED THEIR ILLUSTRIOUS CREATIVITY TO THE LOCAL MARKET IN QATAR AND WEâ€™RE QUITE LITERALLY, CLICKING OUR HEELS!
ti is a Spanish footwear and accessories brand covering women, men and kids alike - something for all the family. The brand was established in 2003 and it exports to 60 countries. Since 2011 it also retails through 40 mono-brand stores in the main capital cities of Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Germany, Ukraine, Costa Rica,Paraguay, Guatemala, Colombia, Mexico, Mauritius Islands, Tunisia, Morocco and, since last summer, it is also here in Qatar. As an international expansion strategy, Xti attends the major international footwear exhibitions such as the prestigious Micam in Milan and Momad in Madrid. It markets each season by partnering with supermodels like Sara Sampaio, Alexandra Ambrosio and Irina Shayk, further elongating the versatility and grace of the designs. www.ohlala-magazine.com
At Ohlala, we wanted to know more about what makes this brand stand out from other footwear players and we are glad to witness the commitment the brand is showcasing, in order to adjust its assortment to the local market and the khaleeji in particular. Catering for a wide audience, the offer ranges from comfy flats, slip on, sneakers to dressy heels, boots, clutches and handbags. Not only does Xti offer a special line for the market but this particular line is designed and produced especially for Qatar. Meaning, the styles, colours, materials, heels’ height and the size assortment, are all brainstormed and put into practice at factory level. And still one can customize it’s own pair, all at a very commercial price point - definite bonus points! So, we dare to say that Xti, through this “made to Qatar” line, is an affordable made-to-measure (or made-to-feet) every woman’s dream! Speaking about their decision to open their first store at Doha Festival City, Xti exclaimed “We know the market has a wide range of offerings and residents are well aware of it. We are shoe lovers and it came as a natural evolution for us to fill the gap of customisation and quality in this market by offering to Qatar an aspect that is not easy to find,” Xti continued that they “combined a footwear range that covers different lifestyles, different priorities and that is customised ahead, at the same price point. This is to say that one does not need to overspend to get an occasion pair of shoes customised. One gets her favourite styles, for the same price, already tailored to her.” @xtishoes
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Keys to the Botanical Garden SHATHA ESSA’s Ramadan 2019 Collection is an ode to unravelling the majestic beauty of what lies behind the gates of a botanical garden. Through Story, Shatha Essa unlocks the gates of the royal Kew Gardens, aptly titled as ‘Keys to the Botanical Garden’. Inspired by the elements of these grand gates, the collection unveils geometric patterns, flowing silhouettes and feminine details. The serene colour palette boasts soft hues of pastel pink and blue, highlighted with metallic shades and pops of yellow. A romantic aesthetic is brought to life in luxurious fabrics of lace and silk, bound together in a variety of silhouettes emphasising the significance of the finer details. Embellished patterns of keys and structure of the gates are artistically depicted through SHATHA ESSA’S signature of classic embroidery. An oversized embroidered key depicts the inspiration of a grand entry into the botanical garden, acting as a teaser on what lies behind the gates. While staying true to SHATHA ESSA’S trademark embroidery, a new style of embroidery with yarn is introduced on brocade and metallic fabrics; highlighting the charm and essence of every design. Taking centre stage in Story 1, familiar styles in the form of kaftans and shirt dresses are revisited with a modern twist. As the gates of Kew Gardens allow the visitors to discover an enchanting universe, Story 1 offers SHATHA ESSA woman with a chance to discover a refined world of exquisite style and beauty. www.shathaessa.com / @shathaessaofficial
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THE HEAVENLY® SPA BY WESTIN allows one to replenish one’s mind and body with a personal sensory experience. Staying true to its commitment to wellness, The Heavenly® Spa by Westin has recently launched the new line of products by THE ORGANIC PHARMACY. ANUSHAY KHAN got the opportunity to talk with the Managing Director of The Organic Pharmacy MR. DANIEL WHITE & their Brand Ambassador LAILA ASID.
HEALTH Files “To begin with, we had to take in the weather, we had to take in the stance, reputation and expectations that The Westin has in Doha so, we chose products that will enhance the wellness experience of the guests of the hotel.”
ongratulations on launching at The Organic Pharmacy in Heavenly® Spa! Since your introduction in the market 2002, how difficult has it been to maintain the view that organic products can be effective? Daniel White: As a brand, we are different, as we are very conscious that there is a perception that organic products do not work. However, because our product comes from a pharmacy background, you can visit any of our boutiques, a pharmacist will always be there to assist you. It’s nature and science all together so, all of our formulations are science-based. Laila Asid: In addition, we have our stores where we have our customers who vouch for the product. We have made it through word-of-mouth which is the best feedback that we have received. When our regular customers bring in their friends and family, that’s when we know we have the right mix. Were people open to the idea of an Organic Pharmacy when you launched? Daniel: The company is 22 years old now and it was well ahead of its time. So, we have the credibility of being in the market for that long. Heavenly® Spa by Westin was very important to us as the ideal platform. It is such a great synergy, we are very pleased to be here. Which products did the Heavenly® Spa at The Westin choose from The Organic Pharmacy for Doha? Laila: When we created a selection for The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa, we had to take a lot of things into consideration. To begin with, we had to take
in the weather, we had to take in the stance, reputation and expectations that The Westin has in Doha so, we chose products that will enhance the wellness experience of the guests of the hotel. We included treatments for detoxification, various facials that aid in whitening, antiageing and of course, hydration! What do you want the Qatari market to know about The Organic Pharmacy? Daniel: They need to know everything! This is such a special, niche brand. For 22 years we have been producing organic, toxin-free products, and our line has all the active ingredients needed for skincare but without the chemicals. This was all handmade from batch to batch with love from London. Laila: We want everyone to know that we have a 360-degree approach and we see the body as a whole. So, we treat our customers from the inside and the outside. This is why this is such a great match with The Westin Heavenly Spa. We have skincare, supplements, makeup and we vouch that if you use our products once, you will always keep coming back, because you will love the effect it has on your skin. What are your expectations from the market in Doha? Daniel: There is a new awareness that is building in Doha. Everyone is now making it a choice to go for healthy products and they choose not
treatments, which are toxic free and clean – we find that amazing! It is all about nature and science coming together, which is what we are all about. Laila: I want everyone to give us a chance and try our treatments at the Heavenly Spa. Use our product, wear it well on their skin and ultimately, love your skin! @westindoha / @heavenlyspadoha / @theorganicpharmacy
to use chemicals. Organic is a concept that is now introduced here, and the credibility is building with the celebrity endorsements, such as Victoria Beckham, also coming in. Laila: We want our customers to know that this is not just a clean product. This product gives a good solution and results to your skincare issues. So, we take care of any problematic skin issues you have while being organic all at the same time. Which product is your favourite and you swear by it? Daniel: I can’t live without the Rose Diamond collection. Laila: I travel a lot for my work so I need my skin hydrated! So, my choice would be from the Hydration range and also the Anti-Oxygen Serum with the gel because I spend a lot of time under the sun. As for the pigmentation, I can vouch for Rose Plus brightening complex. Anything you want our readers to know about The Organic Pharmacy & the collaboration with Heavenly Spa? Daniel White: Westin’s Heavenly Spa has been about complete health benefits, it pillars through the food and now to the 52
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SAVE YOUR SKIN AS THE HOT TEMPERATURES START TO RISE, ANGELA BEITZ DISCUSSES THE IMPORTANCE OF SHIELDING OUR SKIN FROM THE SUN
he weather is unfortunately heating up after a long and lovely winter which is why now is the time to get yourself sorted with my favourite topic - Sun protection. You can’t talk to any beauty editor worth their salt without them mentioning about how important it is to protect your skin from the sun. We are all well aware of how attractive tanned skin is. You only need to take a quick scroll through your Instagram feed to see several beautifully bronzed people lying on the beach in the Maldives or the Greek Islands. But the hard truth is that spending time out in the sun can be very harmful, so it’s important to keep your skin protected and healthy all-year round instead of baking yourself silly. The common skin problems which result from over exposure to sunlight are melasma, freckles, darkening of existing freckles and darkening of uneven skin tone. Sunlight can cause harmful effects on the skin such as premature ageing, pigmentation and the worst of them all…skin cancer. These issues are seen more frequently and in a more severe way with fairer skins but people with olive complexions still need be careful, particularly with melanoma who can affect anyone. Using a high SPF factor is crucial here in the UAE. SPF doesn’t refer to the strength of your protection it refers to the time. So, if you’re using SPF 10, you will get 10 times the amount of time in the sun it would usually take for you to burn. If you use SPF 40, you will get 40 times. So, assuming it takes your skin 10 minutes to burn with no protection, using SPF 40 you have 400 minutes protection from that application. If you are sweating a lot or doing a lot of swimming, you need to constantly reapply. SPF 30 should be used an absolute minimum and I would strongly recommend SPF 50 and even SPF 100 if you are very fair and it’s great to use on your face. Sunscreen and beauty products have come a long way over the years and it’s great to see a lot of foundations along with CC & BB creams that now have SPF. In saying this, these products aren’t high enough in SPF for a day outside or by the beach or pool. Save them for office days when you won’t be outside in the sun as they don’t have the same long-lasting effects that sunscreen does. If the worst should happen and do get sunburnt you need to get as many antioxidants into your skin as quickly as possible. Products with Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Aloe Vera, Green Tea will help to stop the free radicals that have harmed your skin and help to prevent premature ageing. 62
HAIR GENIUS Tell us about how you started your career as a hairdresser? I was born and raised in Brazil by my mother and three sisters, and I always loved making them feel beautiful by doing their hair. I was born to do it! It was my passion from a young age. I then moved to London and worked in top salons such as Vidal Sassoon and Neville Hair Salon. How did you develop your brand? Moving to London earned me the opportunity to become a hair stylist to the rich and famous. But that’s not the only thing, I came to perfect sensational colouring techniques which combine high levels of technical skill and after cementing my reputation among prestigious client circles from all over the world, I launched my own salon in Chelsea. What does ‘good haircare’ mean to you? It’s quite simple – using the right combination of shampoo and conditioner. Explain to us what balayage is and why you think it’s become so popular? Balayage is a technique for highlighting hair in sweeps of colour to create a gradual, natural effect, which originated in France. There’s this freshness about balayage it makes women look so happy and confident – simply fabulous. There’s a sun-kissed look to it, which I think is the main thing with a healthy, bouncy sheen. How did you become the ‘balayage master’? I’m not sure where that came from! I am fully dedicated to my clients and
work with passion to make their hair look at its absolute best. My goal is to be ‘a’ master of Balayage. “The” master? – that’s not for me to decide! What are your tops tips for ladies who want to drastically change their hair colour? It needs to be subtle – too much colour destroys the effect; and gradual – lines look awful. This region is known for its harsh environmental factors - what advice would you give for looking after your hair under these circumstances? The heat and sun does cause issues, of course, but these are quite easy to guard against. I recommend to my clients, the first is that they carry a heat protection for their hair in their handbags, to apply when they are out in the sun; and two is that twice a week at home they apply moisturisers and masks to their hair, after shampooing. What to do you enjoy about coming to this region to do hair? I love the people here – they are very warm and welcoming – a little bit I think like Brazilians! I also love working with their hair, which is so strong and dark and full of potential. What’s next for the PS brand? My focus is on growing London and the Middle East; I am working also in Sao Paulo and in Miami. The aim of my brand is to be at the forefront of global hair fashion and to help to make my clients absolutely stunning.
Known for his amazing hair colouring techniques and effervescent personality, PAOLLO SAGERAH has made a name for himself as the Master Of Balayage and is now visiting the Middle East throughout the year to lend his talents to the ladies of the region. Words, ANGELA BEITZ
“There’s this freshness about balayage it makes women look so happy and confident – simply fabulous.”
PREGNANCY PAMPERING ESPA at MONDRIAN DOHA is the only spa in Qatar to specialise in pre and post-natal treatments. Here, we reveal all the available treatments for you or a loved one to enjoy during this precious time.
ouch in its many forms brings solace, relief of aches, pain and stiffness, and gives emotional support and reassurance. With a knowledgeable and well-guided hand, treatments during pregnancy add to the enjoyment of the pregnancy and the birthing experience. Hydrotherm offers a unique system that provides the most comfortable pre and post pregnancy treatments in the spa world. Warm water filled pillows fully support the body and enable you to lie comfortably on your back for the duration of the treatment. Paying attention to the changes the body goes through during the different stages of pregnancy and post pregnancy, Espa at Mondrian Doha have created a unique and thoughtful range of treatments to support and care for you during this wonderful time.
PRE AND POST PREGNANCY TREATMENTS TRIMESTER SPECIFIC MASSAGE Studies have found that moms-to-be can gain both mental and physical benefits from prenatal massage. Massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, give you better sleep and reduce swelling. Our massages have been created to address the specific changes that occur in the body during the different trimesters, ensuring you feel refreshed and cared for whenever you visit us. LIGHTER LEGS TREATMENT During pregnancy it is common for legs and ankles to swell, this treatment helps reduce swelling and water retention as well as relieve symptoms of restless legs syndrome. Lie back and leave lighter than air! BELLY FACIAL This gentle treatment helps to soften the skin of the belly, to ensure supple skin and to assist in the prevention of stretch
marks. During the treatment you will be able to choose from a hand, foot or head massage, all in all your baby will be soothed and you will be relaxed. PRENATAL FACIAL Pregnancy brings elevated hormone levels and can cause a variety of skin changes, which makes acne and pigmentation during pregnancy a common complaint. This facial addresses specific concerns and helps to regulate the skin during this time of change. POST-NATAL MASSAGE Post-natal massage can be as important and beneficial as massage during pregnancy. Often the upper back, neck, and arms are the first to feel sore as you get used to holding and feeding your baby. A massage is very essential to help you have a more peaceful and pain-free experience with your little one. Post-natal bodywork is an effective and holistic approach for the many adjustments to motherhood. POST-NATAL TONING WRAP This midsection specific wrap is focussed on toning of the stomach and reducing stretch marks, making the skin supple and aiding in rejuvenation and repair. POST-NATAL FACIAL Post-pregnancy hormones can be just as challenging as during pregnancy, but thankfully, this facial is specifically designed to help regulate the skin and give you a fresh radiant complexion. @mondrian_doha
PAMPER TIME Hereâ€™s a round-up of our favourite treatments this April in Doha because, after all, you deserve it.
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ANANTARA SPA Treat yourself to the Amra Gold Rejuvenating Hammam for the ultimate luxury spa ritual. Spoil the senses with a traditional hammam experience using 24-carat gold. Clean and purify the skin with gold hammam soap. Hydrate and regenerate the skin with a gold rhassoul body wrap then sink into a relaxing gold-infused oil massage and gold mini facial. Drift out of the spa feeling like pure gold. Amra 24 carat Gold Rejuvenating Hammam + Gold Signature Massage is priced at QAR 1,888 (120 minutes), Gold Hammam Ritual QAR 1,188 (60 minutes) or the Gold Signature Massage QAR 888 (60 minutes). For reservations call: +974 4040 5050
EFOREA SPA Take your time and escape from the everyday hassle with a relaxing massage for QAR 580 (60min) and QAR 750 (90min) at Eforea spa. For reservations call +974 4423 3441
THE WESTIN DOHA HOTEL & SPA
HEAVENLY SPA Discover the new private and cosiest nail room in town. Reward yourself to a luxurious treatment and let the expert technicians provide a unique experience for the tips and toes! For reservations call +974 4492 1682
THE SPA Heated black stones are used to massage your whole body, releasing deep seated tension over a 50 minute duration. The treatment relieves stress at the deepest level using your bodyâ€™s energy channels. This is a holistic, very energising therapy for body, mind and spirit. Price: Members QR 325 and QR 425 for Non-members. For reservations call +974 4484 7444 68
MARRIOT MARQUIS, CITY CENTRE
SARAY SPA Saray Spa is on full bloom with their Swing into Spring treatment that will leave you glowing from head-to-toe in April. Saray Spa brings the wonderful fruits of date and pomegranate together for a truly unique experience. Starting with a 30 minute gentle exfoliation of date and sugar extract over the entire body, the treatment makes you to feel soft and supple combined with a 60 minute back massage using olive leaves. You will feel refreshed and ready for spring. Priced at QAR 650 For reservations call +974 4419 6090
Songkran Thai water festival Get ready for a soaking with Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel & Villas very own Songkran celebrations this April. Songkran â€“Thai Water Festivalâ€”is the most anticipated and delightful Thai celebration of the year which marks the new year according to the lunar calendar. Isaan will be commemorating Songkran with a fun packed celebration in the hotel gardens, with live food stations and the sounds of resident DJ, Santiago. Join in the party from 3.00pm on 13 April 2019. QAR 150 with soft beverages QAR 299 with special beverages GRAND HYATT DOHA HOTEL & VILLAS West Bay Lagoon, P.O. Box 24010, Doha, State of Qatar Tel: 4448 1250 | Facebook: IsaanDoha | Instagram: isaandoha
THE PHILOSOPHY OF LOVE FAISAL AL HAJRI is a global and local artist from Doha, who is also the Director of Literation, Athletics & Arts at the UNESCO Club of Piraeus & Islands. ANUSHAY TAIMUR KHAN had the opportunity to visit his studio at the Fire Station and learn more about his thoughts on work and lifeâ€Ś Hi Faisal! I am in absolute awe of your work. Can you explain your concept to us? I am all about unlimited limits. I know that limits are limits but I am trying to be a bit stubborn and push boundaries here. I speak about the infinite perspective in life. I believe we can trigger this life to examine the idea; why just one of everything? Why one job, one family, one relationship? Personally, I believe we shouldnâ€™t identify ourselves with any concept or idea. All we have to do is jump from minute to minute and be fully present. The advantage is that you channel a high, creative force which can always give you the urgent need of the present moment to evolve. That is the basic concept that I work with. 70
What is your idea of merging philosophy and art? I am someone driven with the life purpose of erasing consciousness and this is how I live from morning to night. When I wake up, I am all about lifting the energy up, expanding consciousness, because I feel like this is the nature of the universe; the universe is expanding, rising and it is all about growth. The beautiful purpose of life is a great way to be examined through art. It is my platform so I am using all different stories to examine different ideas of consciousness. I believe my country is pushing people to be better now and that is exactly what I believe Qatar deserves as well. Therefore, my philosophy is in balance with what is needed right now.
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Tell us a bit about your journey as an artist… I used to be a yogi back in the day and I studied a lot of religions and I also studied the new era of philosophy. What opened my eyes was when I studied the evolution of human psychology because I saw a pattern in front of my eyes. The whole nature of our life is just an on-going story and we don’t need to identify any pattern. But, when you identify a perspective by putting them into groups, I feel like that is a form of attachment. From relationships to willpower, the human has identified itself to the role of being a master. The idea of love has been distorted because of this identification. I want to examine this idea in my art and have meaningful work. Everyone can take a bunch of paints and throw something on canvas to give it meaning, I wanted to have more a conversation. If art doesn’t help people to make them better, it has no meaning. I have always been interested in culture my entire life. My journey started when I was very young and when the age of the internet was introduced, I was thrown into a world where I could learn so much. My research started online, and trickled down to meeting people who would teach me so much more. From the Qatar Airways cabin crew to the British friends I made, I just wanted to be a curtain of knowledge for culture. Therefore, it made sense to be a part of UNESCO. What message do you aim to get across with your art? My boss gave me the title The Prince of Culture and calls me the 72
rainstorm of ideas. My art is about connecting people to their art, society, and their dreams. I believe I have a lot of things to say and do, so I am just dreaming of creating a cultural empire which is based on the idea of love and beauty. I need people to be awakened to their inner self and do beautiful things. What does the future hold for you? I’m building a module that is similar to Fire Station. I have a vision which is inspired by my art world where I have taken velvet fabric, and I have embellished it with glitter and crystals and I call it, One million stars. It represents my dream to inspire and empower one million people around the world who will in return inspire another million. Art is a safer place to explore, to understand life. I am grateful for Fire Station to give me this platform and I want to create the same for others out there. My people at UNESCO have really believed in me and I feel like this vision will come to life because of the trust they have put in me. What is your message for aspiring artists? I want them to be fully present. Be there and let the energy take over without judgment clouding their mind. The validation is stopping people from expressing themselves so all the artists just need to let their dreams take over. @princeofculture_
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THE ISLAND BLISS
After an exotic experience at the Moroccon Hammam a few weeks ago, no one could keep ANUSHAY KHAN away from trying further services at the ANANTARA SPA AT BANANA ISLAND RESORT. She booked herself another quick getaway to the island to get pampered on a Sunday afternoon.
hen one speaks of experiencing the niche of luxury, you cannot help but mention Banana Island Resort by Anantara. A short boat ride of 25 minutes away from Doha, I managed to escape the city for a blissful few hours for my appointment at Anantara Spa. Even when youâ€™re just at the reception of the resort, you can feel the pampering vibes set in well. I am not one to complain so I always arrive a good half an hour early at the reception anytime I am set to go to the 74
â€œDeep blue water reflecting the sunlight welcomes you from this room as you stand there, right next to the water villas, in a trance of the serene beauty that Anantara offers.â€?
HEALTH Files breath; deep blue water reflecting the sunlight welcomes you from this room as you stand there, right next to the water villas, in a trance of the serene beauty that Anantara offers. The room was filled with a sweet scent that complemented the soft music in the background. I chose to keep the blinds open because, ‘Hello!?’ Who wouldn’t want this view?’ My treatment started immediately with an indulgent foot massage with sea salt which rids the feet of impurities. I loved the fact that Mimi was guiding me throughout my journey, which made it easier to understand what my skin was experiencing. After my heavenly foot massage, my Anantara Special massage began. Now, you need to understand the intensity of the following three words: ‘Cloud Nine’ bliss! Making sure that I was comfortable with the pressure, Mimi gave attention to every muscle in a different way. Her hand movements and intensity adjusted according to the muscle tension and it was an ideal match made in massage heaven. From my right shoulder to my calves, she made sure that the stress knots were ironed out. The oat oil that she was using served the purpose of relieving any muscle pain that I had and moisturised my skin perfectly, something that lasted the entire day. As an extension of my massage, upon my request, I had an argan oil head massage too! I am not kidding when I say that more than my hair, my soul needed this. I was advised to keep the oil on for a couple of hours and I completely understand why. Not only was I refreshed for the week, but, my skin was also smooth as butter. Anantara Spa is the epitome of luxury and their impeccable service always leaves me wanting to come back. The tranquility of the island and the unmatched Spa services are everything you need! This island paradise is the one you only dream about and Banana Island and Resort by Anantara has made it a reality. Until next time… @bananaislandresort
island, and since you get served some delicious dates as someone is checking you in for a sweet sailing to the Island, why not? The island, as always, was a sweet break that I always welcome in my life. Excited guests were ushered to their rooms after the checkin and I found a cart already waiting for me to take me to the overwater spa suites. As soon as I arrived, I was offered some refreshments and handed the service menu to select my dose of the day. Within minutes, I was introduced to Mimi, my masseuse who assisted me with information to the services that were best for me on account of my consultation. Once decided, she escorted me to the changing area. As soon as I was ready, I was ushered to my sea view treatment room. Okay, so this is where you take a deep 76
Building # 26, Katara Cultural Village, Doha, Qatar
Building # 26, Katara Cultural Village, Doha, Qatar
International awarded wellness clinic, Sha Wellness clinic has more than 5000 m2 of natural park surrounding it by cliffs on the edge of the mediterranean sea in spain. this amidst its amazing staff and facilities allowed for the perfect wellness getaway for this bride-to-be.
NATURAL THERAPIES The search for balance At SHA they offer you the most effective natural therapies that aim to enhance the healing power of your body, providing the tools and knowledge necessary to transform you into managers of your own health. RE-EDUCATION OF HABITS A journey of ten thousand kilometers begins with a single step Their goal is to ensure that you maintain indefinitely the state of health you achieve in SHA. For this they have created SHA Academy, a selection of conferences, healthy cooking classes, relaxation, meditation, yoga, breathing, mindfulness sessions and other group activities that will provide you with the tools and knowledge to enjoy optimum physical, mental and Long-term. INNER BALANCE Disconnect to connect with yourself Meditation, mindfulness, yoga, pilates, tai chi, stress management and coaching are some of the therapies that allow you to achieve a perfect inner balance to enjoy good emotional health, which directly affects the general well-being of the human being. HEALTHY-AGEING, REGENERATIVE MEDICINE, PREVENTIVE MEDICINE AND GENETICS How to live more and better Their goal is not only to prevent or reverse premature ageing after diagnosing its causes, but also to stimulate and recreate the natural processes and metabolic systems. The anti-ageing therapies of SHA are oriented to allow the enjoyment of life with health and vitality, regardless of the stage in which we are in.
AESTHETIC MEDICINE Natural beauty In SHA it is possible to delay the signs of ageing by providing a healthy, youthful and natural shine to your skin, improving not only the physical aspect, but also the confidence in yourself. All the methods used share the philosophy of SHA: minimally invasive with excellent results, allowing the patient an immediate return to the daily routine. In addition to manual techniques, SHA uses the most modern, innovative and effective latest generation of devices for body, facial and capillary treatments.
Change begins here. International Lifestyle and nutrition condition, together with genetics, our health and well-being. The SHA method integrates the most effective natural therapies with highly therapeutic nutrition, without neglecting the latest advances in Western medicine, especially in preventive medicine, genetics and anti-ageing. The coordinated and supervised fusion of these therapies significantly enhances the positive impact that these therapies would have on an individual basis.
FITNESS “We must cultivate the vigor of the body, to conserve the spirit” Luc de Clapiers. Physical activity is essential for the maintenance and improvement of health as it contributes to prolonging life and improving its quality. At SHA we have assembled an outstanding human team composed of professionals specialized in physiotherapy, osteopathy and personal training, with whom you can perform trainings according to your needs.
HEALTHY NUTRITION “Let food be your medicine, and medicine your food” - Hippocrates. SHA Nutrition is a healthy, natural, energetic and balanced nutrition inspired by millenary principles, adapted to modern life, with a flexible, practical and attractive approach, respecting what nature offers at every moment of the year and in each place, personalising it depending on the needs of each person.
COGNITIVE STIMULATION “Mens Sana in Corpore Sano” / A healthy mind in a healthy body. Their goal is that you enjoy your full potential not only physically but also at the mental level. They concern themselves with using the most valid current scientific knowledge that, together with new technologies, allow them to enhance the cognitive capacities of their guests .
SHA Wellness Clinic’s healthy nutrition aims to introduce their guests into a healthy nutrition capable of rebalancing the body and boosting its ability to restore itself. SHA nutrition follows the principles of an energetic and healthy diet, adapting to the needs of each individual, without losing the essence of the haute cuisine their restaurant SHAMADI offers, where you can enjoy both a modern and warm surroundings, in a space dedicated to experiencing all the senses, where healthy nutrition is at the centre of high quality gastronomy. The products they use to create their dishes are carefully selected, considering the season, quality and combination of ingredients to create an energetic, healing, healthy dish as well as advocating a truly incredibly delicious experience. SHA DIETS SHA offers three different types of healthy eating menus (SHA, Biolight and Kushi) in order to meet all of their guests’ needs and goals. These menus are different every day at lunch and dinner. With the help of their expert consultants in healthy nutrition, they are adapted to suit each of their guests’ particular needs. 1. Sha Menu Their gastronomic menu is very comprehensive. It is intended for those who are visiting SHA and who wish to learn about a healthier diet without
compromising on the amount of food nor their gourmet tastes. Although it also follows the principles of the SHA diet and healthy nutrition, the menu is noteworthy for how well all of the dishes in it are prepared and the attention to detail in them. Lunch and dinner both include a starter, a choice between two main courses (usually one with fish and the other with whole-grain pasta) and a dessert. 2. Biolight Menu This is an intermediate version of the SHA healthy nutrition diet, designed for those who wish to use their time in SHA to take a bit more care of themselves than usual and learn about healthy eating and the benefits it brings, without setting themselves detox or weight control goals that are too strict. It is the gastronomic menu they normally recommend for their guests who come with other health programmes such as for anti-stress, anti-tobacco or rejuvenation. Lunch includes a starter, a main course and a dessert (if desired), whereas dinner only includes the first and second courses. This menu is part of a healthier diet and its ingredients usually include fish three times a week and pasta twice a week, while allowing for a sparing use of oil and nuts. 3. Kushi Menu This is their strictest and most restrictive gastronomic diet, but this does not mean it is less healthy. It is recommended for those who aim to control their weight or intensively detoxify their body, being
a perfect complement to their weight loss program. It has smaller portions and also does not include certain healthy ingredients like oil, baked flour, nuts, pasta or oats. A little salt is also added. Fish is only included once a week and the diet is characteristic for including a lot of algae and hearty soups like miso that help cleanse the body and provide energy and vitality. Healthy Teas and Drinks Let their professionals guide you through the exciting world of teas and natural juices so you can savour the health drink most suited to you as an individual at any given time. In SHA they offer a wide selection of health drinks specifically tailored by their professionals to help you achieve your health and wellness goals: apple juice with kuzu, sweet vegetable tea, Mu tea, Kukicha or 3-year tea, bancha tea, agar agar tea, azuki bean tea, kombu tea, daikon tea, mugicha tea, shiitake tea, ume-sho kuzu teaâ€ŚThey really do have an extensive list of natural, healthy teas to suit all tastes and needs. Healthy Living Academy At SHA they have a treasure trove of additional workshops and facilities. This is the complementing key to achieve overall health, and their vocation is to share it with their guests. For this they have created SHA Academy, a daily programme of talks, exercises, walks and conferences, that you can enjoy in a group or privately, so that after your stay in SHA, you can retain the knowledge that will allow you to pursue a healthier life. www.ohlala-magazine.com
ACCOMODATION AND FACILITIES
“A deluxe room in a suite with a superb environment”. The Deluxe Suite (70m2) is equipped with the latest technology and the best services. A 70 m2 room carefully designed so that their guests enjoy a pleasant and ideal stay. Their Deluxe Suite has numerous services available that adapt to the requirements of each and every person. Every night I enjoyed a ‘turn-down’ service that witnessed my room transformed to my specific needs, including the TV location, mattress and pillow - not to forget the amazing in-house fragrances of lavender and lemongrass. I had some of the best sleep in a long while, which I attributed to the excellent spring mattress, 700 thread count sheets, black-out curtains, and excellent noise insulation. Large single-pane glass windows in the room are designed to utilise natural light and immerse you into nature’s proximity. Every day I had an incredible sea and mountain view villa assisting me in developing a deeper sense of appreciation for nature. I was impressed with the quality of room servicing; every time I went back to my room after a day of fitness and spa, my belongings were always reordered in thoughtful places, with my personal preferences considered. WELLNESS & CLINIC The Wellness & Clinic area is expansive and spacious, with a décor that evokes calm across its 6000m2. With a comprehensive selection of spa therapies ranging from traditional ayurvedic treatments and oriental acupressure, to holistic anti-ageing facials and aromatherapy. Treatments here are an exceptional experience and the therapists and rooms are some of the best around. My personal favourite was their HydroEnergetic Detox Cure which is a treatment recommended for those who want to lose weight, eliminate accumulated toxins, improve blood circulation, reduce stress and recover their body balance, all of which I was in desperate need of! It consisted of a bespoke oil bath, followed by a seaweed wrap which
you enjoy as you become more relaxed as you are literally floating on water before you are ‘blasted’ with water to increase circulation. I enjoyed many aspects of Sha’s focus on wellness, from the body composition analysis at the beginning and end of stay which is such a fundamental part of a modern wellness programme, to pranayama breathing sessions being transported into a zen-inducing meditative state. All the therapists and teachers are informed of your personal goals or interests and tailor their sessions accordingly. You’ll find they really want to see you transform your life into a healthy one as they guide you into and through your own personal journey of wellness in luxurious surroundings with a five-star service.
A unique and exclusive residential destination featuring 11 residences within SHA Wellness Clinic, whereby guests are able to enjoy the Clinic’s lifestyle, calibre of services and optimum state of health & wellbeing, all within the privacy of SHA Residences. The perfect luxury wellness destination for those seeking a modern and exclusive healthy travel lifestyle experience. SHA Residences stimulate the senses and is built to improve one’s general state of health, all while being in line with an elegant housing concept associated with the ancient philosophy of Feng Shui, to preserve the impact of each element on your body, and to enhance the positive effects of living in one of the world’s best microclimates. HEALTHY SPACES These pioneering and luxurious wellness residences, designed by the prestigious Spanish architect Carlos Giraldi and the renowned Spanish interior designer Elvira Blanco, are the first of its kind in the world in a luxurious wellbeing clinic. A reference for those seeking to live part of the year in an exceptional climate with all the benefits of the world’s leading wellness clinic where health, innovation and nutrition always come first. SHA Residences features 11 luxurious residences, starting at 300m2, all built in compliance with the highest design and comfort standards, sourced with state-of-the-art sophisticated home automation, as well as environmentally friendly, sustainable materials. Choose the Residence that best suits your lifestyle: the Garden Residence, the Premier Residence or the Penthouse Residence. The Penthouse residences feature a private Hammam, a cinema room and a spacious wellness room for those seeking exclusive in-house residence wellbeing services. During your stay in SHA Residences, you can enjoy a wide selection of health and wellness experiences in the comfort of your own residence too. Although SHA Wellness Clinic does not admit children, they offer guests the unique opportunity to experience its new unit with family, offering them a unique menu of children curated activities within the Residence, such as Healthy Cooking classes, yoga for children, meditation for children, amongst others, so they are educated early on about the importance of living and practicing a holistic mind & body. For more information please visit shawellnessclinic.com / @shawellness www.ohlala-magazine.com
Celebrating the rich culture and heritage of Oman, Kempinski Hotel Muscat is nestled within the community of Al Mouj, encompassing over six kilometres of stunning coastline, and bringing unparalleled luxury to this booming destination.
ATTENTION TO DETAIL
Designed with a variety of local Omani influences, the modern urban resort Kempinski Hotel Muscat has officially opened its doors and we had to check in to experience it for ourselves. The property blends traditional Omani hospitality with the timeless European elegance of Kempinski. Designed by Woods Bagot, Kempinski Hotel Muscat is a modern interpretation of Muscat and the Sultanate of Oman, with stand-out elements that are truly Omani in nature.The hotel’s buildings, with a façade inspired by the landscape of Old Muscat – such as the Muttrah Corniche – are a matrix of building structures, outlining what was once a commercial centre.The design of the lobby originates from the nature of lilies in a pond, and is inspired by the Al Alam Palace, the ceremonial palace of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos. The prominent location of the ballroom – wherein the Muscat Ballroom is situated – establishes a strong first impression, with an architectural design inspired by Arabic lanterns, illuminated in the evening to reinforce the hotel as a landmark in the Al Mouj Muscat community.There are 77 residences ranging from Studio apartments to 1, 2, 3 bedroom residences and an expansive 2 and 3 bedroom villa. In laments terms, this is THE place to see and be seen with plenty of beautiful spots to take pictures for the ‘gram.
HEART OF MUSCAT
With 310 rooms and suites, state-of-the-art meeting facilities, 10 authentic restaurants and lounges, a fully equipped fitness centre and an authentic spa experience, Kempinski Hotel Muscat is a gateway to an authentic Omani adventure, where guests can experience a melange of local traditions and world-class European luxury guaranteed to create unforgettable memories. Al Mouj Muscat offers unparalleled lifestyle and leisure experiences within the new heart of Muscat. Located within this newly developed premium community, the hotel guests will have access to exciting retail and dining facilities, a 400-berth marina, a signature PGA-standard 18-hole links golf course and so much more.
When it comes to accommodation, rest assured that this hotel has a room or suite suited to every traveller’s needs. Featuring 310 rooms and suites with spectacular sea and garden views. Guests can choose from 85 Superior Rooms, 125 Deluxe Rooms, 60 Grand Deluxe Rooms, 20 Junior Suites, 13 Deluxe Suites, five Grand Deluxe Suites and two Royal Suites. No matter which room category is selected, guests can look forward to an exceptional accommodation experience. We can vouch for the impeccable first impressions of the Deluxe Sea View Room: it’s clean, very spacious, has all the amenities you could want including a Nespresso machine and the most beautiful thing of all, the sea view is absolutely breathtaking, especially as it combines the ocean and the mountains.
DINE LIKE ROYALTY
A dining destination where guests can experience live interactive cuisines at The Kitchen Restaurant or choose to indulge in a delightful Northern Indian experience at Bukhara. 84
LADIES IN RED ONE OF THE NICEST AND MOST UNIQUE TOUCHES TO THIS PROPERTY IS THEIR UNIQUE LADY IN RED. THE LADY IN RED IS AN ICONIC KEMPINSKI BRAND AMBASSADOR AND ENDURING FEATURE OF THE COMPANY’S HOTELS WORLDWIDE. PRESENT AT EVERY KEMPINSKI DESTINATION ACROSS THE WORLD, THE LADY IN RED IS INSTANTLY RECOGNISABLE IN HER RED ATTIRE, LIGHTLY INTERPRETED TO REFLECT THE LOCAL CULTURE AND TRADITIONS. KEMPINSKI CREATED AND LAUNCHED THE UNIQUE LADY IN RED CONCEPT IN 2009, IN EXPRESSION OF THE COMPANY’S INNOVATIVE SPIRIT AS A PIONEERING EUROPEAN LUXURY HOTELIER, OFFERING A TRULY PERSONALISED LUXURY GUEST EXPERIENCE. THIS RENOWNED AMBASSADOR EMBODIES A DEDICATION TO IMPECCABLE PERSONAL SERVICE AND SUPERB HOSPITALITY, REPRESENTING THE EPITOME OF TIMELESS EUROPEAN ELEGANCE.
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For light snacks and meals during the day, the Pool Bar team will take care of each guest’s appetite, while relaxing and enjoying the sun. For fans of Thai street food, Soi Soi is the place to be; a lively restaurant reminiscent of Bangkok’s bustling street-food scene. For authentic Indian teas, Boulevard Tea House provides that and more in a cosy setting. Fresh coffee, dainty desserts and pastries can be found at Café One, the hotel’s deli. Amwaj Lounge, the hotel’s luxury living room, sets the scene with a selection of French pastries and afternoon tea prepared by the hotel’s team of French chefs, Executive Chef Guillaume Joly and Executive Pastry Chef Gregory Legros. Breakfast is located in The Kitchen Restaurant with a HUGE selection of savoury and sweet options, it’s one of the largest in Muscat and one of the best we’ve encountered at a 5-star hotel. We enjoyed a fabulous dinner in Bukhara Restaurant with very tasty North Indian cuisine and a great atmosphere. The quality of the food was top-notch and we’d highly recommend trying the Omani lobster – delicious. Lunch at Soi Soi is a gorgeous reminder of our time in Thailand – where we indulged in Thai Street Food – it’s casual and full of favours, but also very well-priced. Our last visit was Zale and let us tell you this – it’s like heaven on earth. With a lush outdoor ambiance, a local band playing hits by Pink Floyd and Gary Moore to name but a few, and, of course, stunning cuisine to whet our appetites.
separate function rooms all offering natural daylight and conveniently equipped with state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment, ultra-highdefinition displays and Wi- Fi, are available as well.
Kempinski The Spa provides complete rejuvenation in a world of Europeaninspired luxury and breath-taking experiences. Kempinski The Spa features a cascading waterfall at its entrance and includes separate male and female areas with five beautiful designed treatment rooms and one couple suite with private shower. The rest of the facilities include a relaxation area, steam bath, sauna, whirlpool and bucket shower. Vibrant and energetic, the Health Club is a state-of-the-art gym with dedicated personal training and assessment room, a female only gym, fitness class studio and a juice bar where guests and members can enjoy healthy infusions & vitamin boosters. From the privacy of the Female Gym, to the serenity of the Studio, visitors and members will know that their health and wellbeing is of utmost importance to Kempinski.
Kempinski Hotel Muscat is the exclusive new venue in town that has a dedicated Events centre perfect for meetings, conferences, weddings and events. The striking diamond-shaped building is where Muscat Ballroom is located – a 1,100 sq m pillarless ballroom with a private entrance which can accommodate up to 700 guests and can be divided into three sections. In addition, 11 www.ohlala-magazine.com
APRIL DINING Our round up of the best chic eats venues
Enjoy unlimited drinks for QAR 195 and/or a choice of 3 food items for QAR 95 from 6:00 PM â€“ 8:00 PM daily.(Closed on Sundays) FOR RESERVATIONS CALL: +974 4045 5999 OR EMAIL WINEANDDINEMONDRIANDOHA@SBE.COM
Grand Hyatt Monkey Tale
Monkey Tale, the only place where you can #UnleashTheMonkeyInYou. Every Saturday, ladies can catch some rays and enjoy three complimentary sips as the sounds of the resident DJ transport you to a tropical oasis. FOR RESERVATIONS CALL: +974 5077 7533
Kempinski Residences & Suites Zengo
When it comes to weekend and spoiling yourself, Zengo has a proposal for you every Friday. Kick off with some creative sushi from the live 88
CHIC Eats station followed by section of starters. Save the space for a choice of main course and dessert selection. Price starts from QR 350. FOR RESERVATIONS CALL: +974 4405 3333
Marsa Malaz Kempinski Toro Toro
Caballeros Steak Night on Wednesday is the perfect opportunity to try the best steak in town! Unlimited beverages, choice of two cold and two hot starters with sharing dessert and bottle of Argentinian grape at QR 375 per person, every Wednesday from 7:00 PM – 11:30 PM FOR RESERVATIONS CALL: +974 4035 5101
Shangri La Hotel Fuego
What better way to spend your Monday Night than having a rich and hearty unlimited tapas with beverages at QR 160? Fuego brings you TAPAS NIGHT every Monday. With live entertainment of our Cuban Band, Samantha and McPherson Jr. FOR RESERVATIONS CALL: +974 4429 5000 OR E-MAIL: DOHA.DINING@SHANGRI-LA.COM
Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels Al Matbakh
Stylish contemporary dining reaches new heights at Al Matbakh, the rooftop restaurant overlooking the Corniche. Experience progressive Indian dishes and discerning shisha selections during the skyscraper sundown. An open kitchen reveals all the action daily from 6:00 PM – 12:00 AM. FOR RESERVATIONS CALL: +974 4433 6712
Crowne Plaza, The Business Park Misturado
Wind down at Misturado with a tipple of your choice. There’s a real buzz during happy hours when trendy locals mix with hotel residents over signature beverages and newly launched food & snacks at the sleek and backlit bar. For a more relaxed ambience, an outside sitting terrace with a separate entrance is also available. FOR RESERVATIONS CALL: +974 4408 7777
Holiday Inn Stock Burger
Enjoy a vibrant new concept sports Bar & Restaurant offering specialty burgers, on-trend flatbread, freshly crafted salads, amazing appetizers & wide selection of hops. Open daily from 12:00 PM to 2:00 AM Happy Hours from 12 PM - 7 PM. FOR RESERVATIONS CALL: +974 4031 3631
Intercontinental Doha Manko
Manko Doha is the newest bar lounge in Qatar, with impressive Doha skyline view, top DJs from Paris and unique cocktails, open at InterContinental Doha as the perfect venue to socialize from sunset through to wee hours of the night. With master mixologists, amazing DJ line ups all the way from Paris, and an uplifting ultra lounge concept, Manko Doha is the perfect place to enjoy delicious bites and magnificent views of the Arabian Gulf. FOR RESERVATIONS CALL: +974 4480 4099
Intercontinental, The City The Square
adies, it’s time to make coffee mornings and breakfast meetings part of your daily routine! Fill up and fuel up for only QAR 75 and enjoy our delicious buffet breakfast daily at The Square between 6:30 AM – 10:30 AM FOR RESERVATIONS CALL: +974 7021 8803
Radisson Blu Inginuity
The legendary house favourite Steak Diane is here to stay! For Only QR 99, enjoy a succulent and flavourful steak flambéed for your entertainment. Time: Open Daily from 12:00noon to 11:00pm FOR RESERVATIONS CALL: +974 4428 1555 OR E-MAIL: FBRESERVATIONS.DOHA@RADISSONBLU.COM
Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel La Veranda
Enjoy Italian feast, interactive food stations, amazing atmosphere and magnificent views of the Arabian Gulf all set in La Veranda’s seaside garden every Friday with the Garden Brunch from QR 295 – QR 445 FOR RESERVATIONS CALL: +974 4485 3000 OR E-MAIL: F&BRESERVATIONS.DOHA@SHERATION.COM
“IF MORE OF US VALUED FOOD AND CHEER AND SONG ABOVE HOARDED GOLD, IT WOULD BE A MERRIER WORLD.” - J.R.R. TOLKIEN Marriott Marquis, City Centre Doha Aqua Lounge
Need a mid-day pick-me-up!? Set your mood during your afternoon break under the blue skies at the terrace while enjoying unlimited savories with your favourite drinks by the pool from QR 79 – Qr 115 everyday from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM at Aqua Lounge FOR RESERVATIONS CALL: +974 4419 5000
Doha Marriott Restaurant Gallery
Restaurant Gallery Thursday nights just got even better at the Doha Marriott’s street food offering! For only QR335 per person including unlimited beverages, enjoy a selection of your favorite flavors from the streets of India, South East Asia, Mexico and more. Let the sizzle and aroma of our live cooking stations entice your senses and bring back memories of faraway places. FOR RESERVATIONS CALL: +974 4429 8888
The Torch Three Sixty
Enjoy delicious lunch in Doha’s revolving restaurant offering panoramic views of the city. Starting from QR 95(2-course), QR 135 (3course) with cold beverage. From Saturday to Thursday from12:00 PM - 3:00 PM. FOR RESERVATIONS CALL: +974 4446 5600 www.ohlala-magazine.com
CHIC Eats Al Aziziyah Boutique hotel Blue
Blue bringing back the legendary BBQ night! A perfect night out before the weekend, offering sizzling grills and culinary delights! From QR 195 every Thursday at 7:00 PM -10:30 PM. FOR RESERVATIONS CALL: +974 4445 5555
The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa Luxe Lounge
Luxe Lounge is offering you a unique and opulent Turkish Breakfast. Providing a peak into the enchanting beauty of the Turkish culture and its rich cuisine. Using only the freshest of ingredients, our chef ensures that each dish on our menu is a joy for our guest to experience. The breakfast is available every day from 7:00 AM – 12:00 PM from for QR 99 per person FOR RESERVATIONS CALL: +974 3359 8514 OR E-MAIL: DINING.DOHA@WESTIN.COM
Diplomatic Club Al Borj
Indulge in a refreshing Mocktails, while you let go of the stresses of the day. A lush outdoor pool with comfortable sun beds, and soothing lounge music, Al Borj has earned a spot among Doha’s best for its hearty breakfast, enticing lunch specialties and being the ideal location to hang out during weekends. Opening Hours: Open daily from 7AM to 9PM FOR RESERVATIONS CALL: +974 4484 7414 OR E-MAIL: F&B@DCLUB.COM.QA
Al Najada Hotel by Tivoli Missan
Missan is a unique culinary experience. An experimental journey to stimulate the senses. A time for guests to wonder, be amazed and sample something extra-ordinary. Diners can choose from a 3 or 5 course set menu featuring natural and fresh local ingredients. Dishes are expertly prepared and served, balancing colours, aromas, textures and flavours. Desserts, but unlike anything you will have seen or tasted before. FOR RESERVATIONS CALL: +974 4470 4444
City Centre Rotana Zeituna Business Lunch
Get inspired at Zeituna Lebanese Restaurant with their collection of a 3 course menu showcasing the finest and most beloved dishes that will spoil you with delicious flavours and tastes. Served every weekday from 1st of April until 31st of April. From 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm for QR 79 for a set menu FOR RESERVATIONS CALL: +974 4445 8888 OR E-MAIL: FB.CITYCENTRE@ROTANA.COM
Oryx Rotana, Doha Choices
Experience authentic Italian dishes in a fabulous setting. Indulge your taste buds with a range of flavours in their new themed buffet every Sunday night at Choices for QAR 179 per person inclusive of soft beverages. FOR RESERVATIONS CALL: +974 4402 3486
Four Seasons Apres Spa Cafe
Craving for a delicious but healthy meal option? Après Spa Cafe has put its own healthy twist on this Hawaiian dish giving you lots of different 90
options made from fresh produce. Creations with Tuna, Salmon, Crab and Tofu combined with a variety of delicious veggies topped with quinoa, soba noodles and more. Prices start from QAR 120. FOR RESERVATIONS CALL: +974 4494 8600
Marsa Malaz Kempinski Café Murano
Inspired by the colours and patterns of the fashion world, this assortment of handmade unique delicacies brings you a fashionista twist, created with elegance. Enjoy an afternoon out as you indulge in the sweet treats, sip on a dreamily brewed cup of tea and overlook the turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf. QAR 240 for 2 people, including coffee and tea daily from 2.00 PM - 6.00M FOR RESERVATIONS CALL: +974 4035 5011
St Regis, Doha The Club
Every Wednesday at the Club, “Voyage” with the two fantastic artists DJ Steve Paris playing the best House Music Classics and DJ Roger Choueiry taking the Club to the Rouge! FOR RESERVATIONS CALL +974 4446 0105
Crowne Plaza, West Bay Nidaaya
Bite into traditional, mesmerising flavours of the Tex-Mex cuisine. Enjoy your evening with live entertainment and Tex-Mex decoration featuring live fajita and burrito stations, chimichangas, tacos and nachos corners with unlimited salsas, sour cream and enough guacamole to sink a small ship. Join Crowne Plaza, West bay every first and third Wednesday night of the month. From: 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM for QR 120 – QR 250 FOR RESERVATIONS CALL +974 4019 9999
Banana Island Resort by Anantara Riva
Enhance your Italian gastronomic experience with an aperitivo - staple to the Italian dining tradition to stimulate the appetite. Choose from our delicious selection of mocktails and soft drink delights, from Summer cooler, Green sea, Riva delight and Italian cream soda. FOR RESERVATIONS CALL +974 4040 5108
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Located at the super swanky, Mondrian Doha, CUT sits perfectly with their brand of high class and elegance. Wolfgang Puck has made a lifelong reputation as a steak supremo and his restaurants have wowed diners the world over, including our very own Craig Ferriman. Since CUT arrived in Doha, it has definitely made waves here in
Qatar, raising the culinary game and lifting the already high standards of a dining experience. Executive Chef, Ben Small, has been with the Wolfgang Puck family for 12 years and heads up the CUT kitchen here, so you are definitely in good hands. The menu retains the quintessential elements that the brand is known for anywhere in the world with some small additions that reflect the region and local tastes. For examples, sharing bread on the table were quite sweet and there was Arabic bread presented too. I began my gastronomic journey with their Spicy Big Eye Tuna Tartare Sandwiches with Togarashi (not something you see everyday) and Wasabi Aioli. It tasted Japanese, but also it projected influence of India probably due to the tantalising kick from the curry powder. An excellent small bite from the CUT to the Chase menu that they serve daily from 5-8pm. A perfect post-office snack. Another of Chef Ben’s successful innovations are the Blue Crab Rolls served in a soft and sweet toasted bun with herb aioli and celery salt. The crab just melts in your mouth as you bite into the bun. As proof that local flavours have influenced the chef, we devoured a salad with roasted baby beets, pickled strawberries, dukkha and pistachio yoghurt. It felt a little Lebanese, maybe a little Turkish but certainly emanated a revered Mediterranean taste. A stand out starter that I’d sure go for next time, if not every time I come to CUT, is the handmade CUT Tagliatelle with wild mushrooms and confit tomato petals. It tasted truly Italian and authentic, which is rather rare in 92
“People have varied tastes and what one diner may want at the table could differ a lot from another. Here, everybody from vegans to carnivores can rest assured that they will be looked after.”
CHIC Eats Qatar. I would never have expected to see pasta, or pizza, for that matter on a menu in what I assumed to be a steakhouse by the name alone. Chef Ben explained to me that it can be limiting to people if all you offer is steak. People have varied tastes and what one diner may want at the table could differ a lot from another. Here, everybody from vegans to carnivores can rest assured that they will be looked after. The wide canvas of food even featured a whole roasted Peking Duck carved up and served with bao buns and accoutrements to add at our own discretion, including celery sticks and hoisin sauce. It was superb! I should probably say something about steak. There are lots of cuts to choose from. They are most satisfied if they can cook it rare for you but they’ll cook to order, of course. I had a USDA Prime Ribeye Steak which has a marbling texture and therefore more flavour. I also tested the small Japanese Wagyu Filet Mignon which melts in the mouth and you could literally eat it with a spoon. Desserts give Chef Ben and his team plenty to be creative about in the kitchen. Whichever CUT you visit in the world, you’ll probably always find a baked Alaska. The team keep things fresh by subtly switching up the ingredients that are incorporated from earthy wintry produce to spring fruits, now that the seasons have changed. The toasted Chocolate Brownie with chocolate mousse, caramel sauce and dulce de leche ice cream is an absolute hit. My favourite was actually the caramelized pear crumble. It was very fresh and not too heavy that I found it the perfect closer for my pallet. The thing about CUT is that you don’t have to eat the whole menu. I tried hard to and still failed, but they offer a lot! Whether a post-work snack and sip, a one dish that hits the spot, the carefully curated business lunch or indeed a dinner with friends. If you don’t find anything on the menu that you like, well, then, you don’t like food. CUT cares about food passionately and they serve it up with superb service, the freshest ingredients and plenty of imagination. @cutdoha / @mondrian_doha
LA PARISIENNE DOHA IS NOW OPEN AT INTERCONTINENTAL® DOHA THE CITY
ocated in InterContinental Doha The City in West Bay, La Parisienne Doha is a traditional Parisian Salon de Thé, Pâtisserie, and Boulangerie offering guests the quintessential French experience in Doha. Bringing the vintage spirit of La Belle Époque from Paris, guests have the chance to indulge in freshly baked breads, signature savouries and pastries developed by award-winning Executive Pastry Masterchef David Girard. The boulangerie at La Parisienne Doha brings the traditional art of baking bread from France to Doha, with freshly baked baguettes, breads, and pastries being served warm and crusty throughout the day. All creations are homemade from the best quality ingredients imported from France. La Parisienne Doha brings Paris to you in the middle of the hustle and bustle of West Bay. “Whether you’re searching for freshly baked baguettes and croissants to take home, or looking for a quaint space to relax and satisfy your cravings for authentic French pastries and savouries, La Parisienne Doha is the perfect place to immerse yourself in that much sought after Parisian atmosphere,” said Gilles Longuet, General Manager of InterContinental Doha The City. “A full experience from the moment you enter the doors, La Parisienne Doha offers everyone the quintessential Parisian experience.” At La Parisienne Doha you will find traditional French savouries including Pain Bagna, various quiches, sandwiches, and friends. Savour homemade 94
pastries by Chef David including the ever famous Macarons and ParisBrest and the unique Coffee-Date Éclair. Popular French desserts can be found alongside sweet treats that are usually hard to find outside of France, including “La Tropezienne” and “Succés Noisette”. Look forward to homemade ice creams and sorbets which will be launched very soon featuring unique local flavours. La Parisienne Doha is now open daily from 6am to 10pm and is located on the ground floor of InterContinental Doha The City, West Bay.
ABOUT INTERCONTINENTAL® DOHA THE CITY OPEN SINCE 2012, INTERCONTINENTAL® DOHA THE CITY IS LOCATED IN THE HEART OF THE CITY OFFERING LUXURY ACCOMMODATIONS WITH 349 GUEST ROOMS, STUDIOS AND SUITES, AS WELL AS 176 RESIDENT APARTMENTS. GUESTS ENJOY THE HOTEL’S SIX EXCITING AND INNOVATIVE DINING AND ENTERTAINMENT ESTABLISHMENTS. FROM THE AWARD-WINNING STEAKHOUSE PRIME AND THE SYRIAN RESTAURANT AL JALSA GARDEN LOUNGE TO ALL-DAY DINING AT THE SQUARE, INTERCONTINENTAL DOHA THE CITY OFFERS AN EXTENSIVE VARIETY OF INTERNATIONAL CUISINE. IN ADDITION, THE HOTEL IS HOME TO THREE VIBRANT LOUNGE BARS, INCLUDING LA VISTA 55 CUBAN BAR AND LOUNGE BOASTING STUNNING VIEWS OF THE AMAZING DOHA SKYLINE. ALSO OVERLOOKING MAGNIFICENT CITY VIEWS IS THE STATE-OF-THE-ART HEALTH AND FITNESS CLUB OFFERING A TEMPERATURE CONTROLLED OPEN-AIR ROOFTOP SWIMMING POOL, THE LATEST CARDIOVASCULAR EQUIPMENT AND FREE WEIGHTS, AS WELL AS STEAM AND SAUNA ROOMS, AND WHIRLPOOL. THE EXQUISITELY DESIGNED EVENTS CENTRE AT INTERCONTINENTAL DOHA THE CITY OFFERS UNRIVALLED FACILITIES IN A CONTEMPORARY SETTING WITH A WELL-ESTABLISHED REPUTATION FOR DELIVERING THE HIGHEST STANDARDS OF EXCELLENCE. THE SPECTACULAR MAIN BALLROOM HAS A CAPACITY OF UP TO 700 GUESTS WITH A SOARING CEILING 8 METRES HIGH AND MORE THAN 200 SQUARE METRES OF PRE-FUNCTION SPACE. AN ADDITIONAL FIVE MEETING ROOMS CAN BE DIVIDED INTO 10 BREAK-OUT ROOMS.
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SELF LOVE FASHION SHOW AT ROOTS HAIR & BEAUTY WOMEN FROM ACROSS DOHA CAME TOGETHER ON THE 18TH MARCH TO SUPPORT LOCAL TALENT AND DESIGNERS AT ONE OF DOHA’S LEADING SALONS, ROOTS HAIR & BEAUTY. POOJA ADAM (@ LESREBELLESQUAD) HOSTED AND CURATED THIS EVENT WHICH INCLUDED AN ARRAY OF STYLE TIPS AMONGST CELEBRATING LOCAL DESIGNERS AND THE DIVERSITY OF FEMALE SHAPES AND SIZES - EMBRACING BODY POSITIVITY IN ABUNDANCE. NATURAL CURVES AND NATURAL HAIR WERE SEEN, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THIS SEASON’S RUNWAY TRENDS OF NATURAL EARTH TONES FURTHER COMPLEMENTING THE ‘SELF LOVE’ THEME. @ROOTSQTR/ROOTSHAIR.NET
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MISS Ohlala For decades artists have recorded a social commentary in the form of hits, tracks and albums. We have all had that moment when getting into a car or walking into a room and one of our favourites tunes comes on and both our mind and body react. The lyrics awaken all manner of emotions and feelings whether that be romance, reflection or empowerment. When we react so positively to the lyrics of a song, as if in total agreement with the message offered by the artist or songwriter, why do we seem so reluctant to transpose these positive messages into our actions and everyday life? Particularly in terms of empowerment, tolerance and kindness. In 1985 two formidable females Aretha Franklin and Annie Lennox belted out the following lines, “Now this is a song to celebrate, the conscious liberation of the female state, mothers, daughters and their daughters too, woman to woman we’re singin’ with you.” You may very well have tapped your foot to this, hummed along or taken to the dancefloor, arms aloft celebrating every line. Sadly as a social demographic we have subconsciously added lines to the song such as ‘we’ll use social media to criticise, embarrass and shame you if you become too confident or too beautiful, or in some cases for absolutely no reason at all. We’ll criticise your size, your hair colour and your ethnicity’ . At some point, as women particularly, we lose the passion aroused in us by lyrics such as these and instead of celebrating strong, successful women we attack them and try to deflate their dreams as opposed to raising them up beyond expectation. I hold my hands up and admit somewhat shamefully that I know I have done this at some point, even if that means just chuckling in agreement. The same is true of quotes that we might read in novels, see displayed on posters or in our news feeds on Social Media. If you’re like me then you might ‘share’ or copy and paste these in a post, confirming your commitment to the message encapsulated in the words or phrase; almost like a personal mission statement for how you intend to conduct yourself in future. ‘If you can choose to be anything at all then choose to be kind’ - this is, and will always been one of my favourite quotes and I am certain that as you read this you are bringing your very own mantra to mind. After celebrating our agreement with the message on social media how often do we proactively act it out? In reality we should always choose to be kind, to lift up those around us and share our good fortune, but, in the modern world this is often lost or forgotten, sometimes as quickly as the time it took us to ‘share’. So the next time you sing along with impassioned commitment or hit ‘like’ and nod with agreement to the message on your screen, make sure that it stays with you and as Gandhi said, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world”... As opposed to just pinning it to your office or bedroom wall.
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