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THE ESSENCE OF STYLE

The Ultimate

ESCAPISM STAYCAY OR VACAY?

Glow Up WAYS TO

WINNING BEAUTY

DARE to be DIFFERENT Movers and Shakers of Style WWW.OHLALA-MAGAZINE.COM JUNE 2019 | ISSUE 96 QATAR | QR20

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JUNE 2019 ISSUE 96

CHAIRMAN Khalifa Bin Mubarak Al Khalifa CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Greg Hughes EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Jayne Green LOCAL EDITOR Anushay Khan CONTRIBUTORS Craig Ferriman Shabana Adam Helen Houghton Anahi Brown Pooja Adam Lucas Raven

PUBLISHERS Edward Smith Rami Khalil

GENERAL MANAGER

PUBLISHING DIRECTORS Marisela Paesano Chirine Halabi

BEAUTY EDITOR

SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER

WEBSITE DESIGNER & DEVELOPER Ammar Ali

Jyoti Rawat

Hussein Zreik

Angela Beitz

PHOTOGRAPHY CONTRIBUTOR Sudheesh Kollaroth

WEBSITE Melek Yildirimtekin

PRODUCTION MANAGER Neil Mahmood

CREDITS IMAGE Van Cleef & Arpels’ ACCOUNTANTS

DISTRIBUTION MANAGER Ajit Kumar DISTRIBUTION TEAM Jayapragash Ganesan Rajesh Abdul Kadar

COVER IMAGE Net-a-Porter PRINTING PRESS Al Anan Printing Press, Oman

Gigimon Thankachen Praveen Alexander

DISTRIBUTION Qatar – Dar Al Sharq

ENQUIRIES Editorial: jayne@ohlala-magazine.com | Publisher: edward@ohlala-magazine.com | Publishing Director: chirine@fact-magazine.com Office: +974 4421 3089 | Mobile: +974 3303 3475 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, Ohlala 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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H RT ter EA ’s Let s itor ocu els Ed tyle F Arp S ef & le nC Va

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ND o WI s Bass i o nn er De Carti geenk r e aS an y l U

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E FIR rives cape o D Es curi va Di imate tón A s lt e U by Ga h T ar M La

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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. 8

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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


MARINE SERRE

STELLA MCCARTNEY

PRADA

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SALVATORE FERRAGAMO

CALVIN KLEIN

MSGM

GIORGIO ARMANI

Taking you from the ocean to the

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

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STYLE

TIBI JIL SANDER

FENDI

BE MORE BEIGE Calling all colour-averse dwellers:

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TOM FORD

SALVATORE FERRAGAMO

CHRISTIAN DIOR

TOM FORD

MAX MARA

ERMANNO SCERVINO

BURBERRY

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ADEAM

SIES MARJAN

ETRO

ESCADA

ROKSANDA

EMPORIO ARMANI

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

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

NO.21

GIVENCHY

Focus

ALL THE TRIMMINGS Looking for the perfect HUISHAN ZHANG

way to finalise the perfect

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ensemble? Just add feathers and fringe.


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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 16

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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, located at Villagio Mall. @vancleefarpels / @alibinali_luxury


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

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DESIGNER

Focus

SIGNATURE VERVE

Qatar based stylist POOJA ADAM (@lesrebellesquad) sashayed her way to 21 High st to interview the internationally acclaimed designer DENNIS BASSO, talking all things fashion and why he’s chosen to open up his boutique at this exquisite outdoor shopping destination.

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ow would you describe the female that wears Dennis Basso collections? I always say that the world is her shopping avenue. She is international. She is in Doha, Paris, London and New York. She has a wide range of what she likes to see so I feel that this is what is extremely important; to make sure that we always stay current and right on target of what’s happening in the world of fashion because she is seeing

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everything today. Now she sees everything online. It’s on the runway and immediately it’s online. She’s a modern woman. 21 High st is poised to be ‘ The ultimate outdoor shopping destination’, so it is no surprise that you’re opening up your first boutique in Doha. Tell us how this partnership with Ali Bin Ali Fashion came to fruition. This is an amazing team. We have a large boutique in Harrods in London which Ali Bin Ali are also part of. Their director worked at Harrods and saw how successful Dennis Basso is over there and one thing led to another, and here we are in this magnificent store! People are more aware of what they are wearing now-adays and where their clothing is sourced. Do you follow a particular ethical approach throughout your portfolio? I have an open mind, I mix it up a bit. I don’t try to stay rigid in one way and I think that’s what’s kept the brand current and modern. I try to be free and young in my thought process. I am from

New York and we are producing our collection in New York in my factory which I am in every day which exemplifies my creative flair. Tell us about the inspiration behind your collections. So I used the inspiration of Lucy Douglas (C.Z Guest), actresses and some of the great women of fashion and style, including the late Grace Kelly and the fabulous Sheikha Moza. Iconic women with great taste. Sheikha Moza is somebody I would love to dress. I have dressed a lot of famous international women and it would be a great pleasure to design something for her one day. These are women who put together fashion effortlessly. Besides making you look good, fashion has to make you feel good. That’s really what I’ve tried to embody. To create that feeling when you put something on you say “Yes! That’s the one!”

“So I used the inspiration of Lucy Douglas (C.Z Guest), actresses and some of the great women of fashion and style, including the late Grace Kelly and the fabulous Sheikha Moza. Iconic women with great taste.”


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DESIGNER

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“I’ve always loved dressing women, but, it wasn’t until I dressed celebrities that compounded my name out there. We designed the coats for Meryl Streep in ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ and we dressed Jennifer Lopez for her latest album cover ‘Dinero’.” You’ve been hailed by both celebrity and private clients for three decades. Inspired by pure glamour, your collections – from fur and evening wear to bridal and accessories – are consistently featured in the media and at red carpet gatherings worldwide. How do you feel about your success? How do you remain grounded? I am very grounded because I take every day like it is a new day. I don’t take anything for granted. I was so excited to come here to Qatar for example. I have this amazing desire to achieve and go further and to constantly be more creative. Either it’s within you or it’s not. I am just as happy having the most delicious snack from a food cart on the street as I can be dining at a five star restaurant. I have a very optimistic approach - the glass is half full not half empty. I think that this has helped me in my whole career. You know, just forging ahead. What has been your biggest challenge since launching your first business back in 1983? To get noticed. I had my very first fashion show and it was at The Regency Hotel, I was a kid back then, trying to figure it all out. I think that was a challenge, getting people to come to my show. We had invited The New York Times thinking that they would never come. The show was about to begin and they had already closed the doors. Suddenly there was a woman who wanted to come in. At this point, the lights were going down, and they said that her name was Angela Teller, and at that time she was the Editor-inChief of fashion at The New York Times. She gave us half a page of editorial. It was such an amazing thing to have

happened. I still think about that and her coming to see the show 36 years later! I’ve always loved dressing women, but, it wasn’t until I dressed celebrities that compounded my name out there. We designed the coats for Meryl Streep in ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ and we dressed Jennifer Lopez for her latest album cover ‘Dinero’. Dressing celebrities always helps to get the brand out there. However, the real credibility is when a woman goes out to an event and her friend says to her “What are you wearing?” and then she comes and buys something and someone else comes and buys something … that domino effect is really magic. Why should our lovely readers visit your boutique? What should they expect? I think the best part is that anyone who loves fashion should have no other choice but to come. The collections are new and current and they don’t have to go to Paris or London or New York as it’s right in their own backyard, and how great is that? We’ve brought them the most exciting pieces in the collection. 21 High street is amazing and it will motivate you to shop with us for that special occasion. We are also willing to do special orders and that is something particularly unusual yet unique - A lot of big design houses won’t do that, but we will!

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ARTISANAL RAPPORT

Cartier opens new boutique in Doha to offer local clients bespoke experiences

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oused in 21 High st. - Katara, Cartier’s new boutique in Doha joins the Maison’s local offering with a focus on tradition, privacy and exclusivity. The 460 square metre boutique displays an impressive architecture with high ceilings yet provides a private atmosphere with two main entrances and three VIP salons boasting luxurious boudoir furnishings. The space also features an elevated area that will host animations around art and craftsmanship.

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The boutique’s majestic design intertwines Cartier codes with local touch visuals—a powerful blend that underlines both the Maison’s and the city’s shared commitment to preserving and cultivating heritage, hospitality traditions and personal relationships. “We value our partnership with Cartier, and are delighted to see this new boutique integrate local traditions and values that will undoubtedly lead to strengthened relationships with the city,” said Mr. Nabeel Ali Bin Ali, Vice Chairman and Executive Vice President of Ali Bin Ali Holding.


ABOUT MAISON CARTIER Adjacent to Katara Cultural Village, which stands as the city’s beacon of the arts, the location of Cartier’s new boutique highlights long-standing ties with arts and culture. “We are thrilled to become part of this avantgarde development, with a brand new space that celebrates Cartier’s history, style and craftsmanship while also paying tribute to local heritage and traditions,” said Christophe Massoni, CEO Cartier Middle East, India and Africa on the occasion of the boutique’s opening. “We look forward to welcoming our clients here, and providing them with exceptional Cartier experiences,” he added.

FOUNDED IN 1847 BY LOUIS FRANCOIS CARTIER, THE FAMILY-RUN CARTIER FIRM HAS EXPANDED TO BECOME AN INTERNATIONAL JEWELLERY HOUSE WITH A REPUTATION SECOND TO NONE. FROM THE VERY BEGINNING, CARTIER HAS BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH THE MAGIC OF FINE JEWELLERY MAKING, HIGH WATCH MAKING AND EXTRAVAGANT LUXURY ITEMS, BRINGING NEW HORIZONS TO THE WORLD OF ART AND JEWELLERY AND DISTINGUISHING ITS CLIENTS BY THE UNIQUE DESIGNS AND THE STRONG SIGNATURE OF ALL ITS CREATIONS. THE ART OF FINE CRAFTSMANSHIP AND THE SEARCH FOR EXQUISITE MATERIALS HAS SET CARTIER APART FOR CENTURIES. @alibinali_luxury / alibinali.com

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DESTINATION: FASHION

Ulyana Sergeenko couture designs and Faidee’s finest rubies mark the opening of the new Galeries Lafayette in Doha

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he first ever Russian “couturier” Ulyana Sergeenko took part in the opening night of the Galeries Lafayette in Doha, in collaboration with the renowned high jewellery house Faidee. Ulyana Sergeenko brings to Qatar her Spring/Summer 19 Couture collection as well as her latest designs inspired by Qatari heritage to be featured exclusively at the new Galeries Lafayette Doha, the latest destination for fashion lovers in Qatar. Each Ulyana Sergeenko model wore on the runway unique high jewellery pieces by Faidee, in a shared tribute by both houses to craftsmanship, beautiful materials and Couture’s unique philosophy. The Couture collection and its partner jewellery designs were exhibited in the exclusive setting of La Suite – Galeries Lafayette Doha’s spacious penthouse for a personalised shopping service, catering to the world’s most discerning clientele. Ulyana Sergeenko and Faidee recreated in Doha the decor and feel of private salons to offer each client a personalised and dedicated welcome, in the great tradition of Couture and Place Vendôme. Visitors were treated to a privileged presentation of the much acclaimed SS19 collection as well as Ulyana’s Qatar inspired pieces, along with a private exhibition of Faidee’s stunning jewellery set with the world’s rarest Burmese rubies, including the ‘Mogok Sunrise’ ring featuring a 24-carat pigeon’s blood ruby and named after the legendary valley of Mogok that is home to the world’s best Burmese rubies The ready-to-wear collection of the designer is available all year round at the Galeries Lafayette Doha, on the first floor. @galerieslafayettedoha

ULYANA SERGEENKO Ulyana Sergeenko is Russian designer and collector. Ulyana Sergeenko launched her eponymous fashion house in Moscow in 2011. One year later, after the brand’s first ever Couture show in Paris, Ulyana Sergeenko became the first Russian couturier who has an honor to be the official invited member of the Federation of Haute Couture. As a storyteller at heart, Ulyana Sergeenko builds her collections around narratives that weave the personal with the fantastic, history with folklore and invention. Known for her meticulous attention to detail and handcrafted design elements, Ulyana Sergeenko believes that traditional handwork gives clothes a ‘unique soul’. The designer has a great passion for craftsmanship and fine fabrics, uses the old russian traditional techniques (such are Vologda and Yelets laces, Kostetskaya stitch, carvings on wood and many others) and combines them with modern and sophisticated designs. Over the years, Ulyana Sergeenko gowns were chosen by a variety of clients and world famous celebrities such as Beyonce, Nicole Kidman, Madonna, Rihanna, Emma Stone, Lady Gaga, Angelina Jolie, Natalia Vodianova, Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser and many others. www.ulyanasergeenko.com

FAIDEE Faidee is a high jewellery house founded in the early 20th century and renowned for its exceptional Burmese rubies. Faidee’s savoir-faire has been enhanced generation after generation, combining a rich family tradition, the timeless heritage of Burmese, Indian and Thai jewellery, and a deep personal expertise in gemology. Faidee takes part in exclusive events and fairs around the world all year round. It has also entered in an exclusive distribution partnership with Stardust Montecarlo, in the new Hotel de Paris shopping gallery in Monaco. www.faidee.com

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A to ZENDAYA We get the 411 on ZENDAYA as she is announced as TOMMY HILFIGER’S new global women’s ambassador and co-designer for the TOMMYXZENDAYA collaborative collection

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How would you describe your style? I think the best thing about my style is I don’t have one. There’s freedom in allowing it to just be undefined. Who is your style icon? There are too many to count. I’m just inspired by the ones you can tell dress for themselves and no one else. What’s your go-to fashion advice? Do YOU like it? Do YOU feel good? Then wear it! What did you learn throughout the design process with Tommy Hilfiger? I’ve learned about what it really takes to make a garment. Even something as simple as a plain white tee takes so much more time, people and energy then you’d think, and every job is crucial. How involved were you in the design process? Every step of the way. I really appreciate how Tommy and his entire team really allowed Law and I to have complete creative freedom. They gave us the support we needed to create our vision, and they executed it perfectly. In designing this collaborative capsule, what was important to you? The most important thing to me is that these clothes feel timeless and whoever puts it on feels powerful and confident. What is a key piece of advice that Tommy gave to you? He didn’t even have to say it, he’s a leader by example. He shows how to have longevity in your career by always staying true to your brand and sharing your knowledge but also never being afraid to reinvent or embrace young voices and creatives to always stay relevant. What was it like shooting the campaign? A dream. Literally, I’ve been dreaming about it and have had the pleasure of watching it come to fruition. What is your first memory of TOMMY HILFIGER? I think Tommy has always been a major iconic figure in pop culture.


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OHLALA Boutiques It’s always been there, plus, I’m a 90’s baby. Why did you want to become an actress and singer? I just had a love for it. It brought me joy and became my outlet as a shy kid. If you weren’t an actress and singer, what would you be? A Teacher. What does a typical day in your life look like? That’s the thing, it changes every day. What accomplishment are you most proud of to date? I would say I’m most proud of the positive impact I’ve been able to have on so many people’s lives. What drives you every day? My love for what I do, but also knowing that I’ve built a platform that I know I can use to really make the changes I want to see in the world. How do you express your individuality? Through the Arts and through what I wear. It’s all an extension of myself. What makes you feel empowered? A certain outfit? A motto? Working. I love working and like anybody, I need breaks. But doing what I love every day, that’s empowering. Who inspires you and why? It may sound corny, but my family. Having little nieces and nephews and knowing they are watching is all the inspiration I need. One thing that people are surprised to know about you? I’m still a very shy person. Even though I guess I live a very different life. I’m super introverted and it takes a lot for me to even start small talk with people at parties (that I normally don’t even go to).

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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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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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Beat the heat! Feel cool & refreshed this season by taking a sip from our newest range of Summer Smoothies. Introducing energy-boosting blends of fresh fruits for that perfect tropical vibe. Available flavors: Toxins Out, Energy Booster, Sour Smoothie, Wake Up Call, Arabian Dreams, Indian Lassi Open 24/7 to serve you.

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OHLALA Spotlight

VACATION WARDROBE

HACKS

A stylist who found her calling when her strict dress code at work was cancelled, NATALIA SEIVERINA has a natural gift for pinning down the most stylish looks. A fashion journalist and enthusiast, she has been working as a style consultant in Ukraine and Qatar for two years now. She is the curator for various workshops and style sessions over town, making use of the knowledge she gained from Stylish School of Dasha Trofimova. 40

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Isn’t it always annoying to stay within the 30kg limit when you’re packing your bags for vacation? One always feels the need to bring the entire closet at these times and moreoften than not, we just end up wearing a limited selectio of clothes for the entire week!

LESS CLOTHES – MORE LOOKS

This is the time when you need capsule - it’s when each piece can be mixed and matched with the rest of them. If you take 10-15 pieces of clothes with you, you can create different looks out of the same number of outfits and even more! Once you know how to prepare this capsule, you will release half of the space in your luggage for “newcomers” and souvenirs from the trip. There are just 3 main things you need to keep in your mind:

WEATHER

Different countries experience a different summer. You can’t always pack up cotton and get going so you can always fit in a silk dress and sometimes even a woolen jacket for chilly evenings.

OCCASIONS

You need to prepare yourself for all your vacations outings; from your beach trips to your hiking plans. It will stop you from packing 10 dresses and heels/sandals if you go to climb the mountains.

TRENDS

Keeping up with the trends can be the final cherry on the cake. You can always use the fashion industry to create your own style.

SELECT IDEAS FROM THE LIST BELOW AND ROCK THIS SUMMER! • SUITS WITH SHORTS OR CYCLING SHORTS - SPORT IS DIGGING DEEPLY INTO OUR LIFESTYLE • CARGO TROUSERS & JUMPSUITS – MILITARY STYLE IS ALWAYS IN FASHION • NEON – FROM TOTAL LOOK AND/OR ACCESSORIES UP TO YOUR COMFORT ZONE • LIVING CORAL SHADES - AN ABSOLUTE MUST AND THEY ARE APPROVED BY PANTONE COLOR INSTITUTE • PLISSÉ – INSTEAD OF A SKIRT, GET YOURSELF SOME BLOUSES AND TROUSERS TO ROCK THOSE PLEATS. • LEATHER AND FABRIC CORSET BELTS - GUARANTEED TO ADD STRUCTURE TO ANY OUTFIT • DON’T FORGET TO GET YOU COOL BUCKET HAT OR TURBAN TO ELEVATE THEMSELVES AS TRENDY ACCESSORIES

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EAT

CLEAN, TRAIN

MEAN, GET

LEAN

FROM THE WORLD’S BEST SUPERFOODS TO GRUELLING AND FUN EXERCISE WORKOUTS, HERE IS THE ULTIMATE A TO Z GUIDE TO ACHIEVING YOUR SUMMER BODY THE HEALTHY WAY – IT’S TIME TO GET FIT, BE HAPPY AND FEEL STRONG FOR THE SUN-FILLED DAYS AHEAD…

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HEALTH Files

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– ANTIGRAVITY YOGA Working out doesn’t always mean getting out of breath, and one of the best yoga crazes to hit Doha will prove that! Try AntiGravity (aerial) Yoga for inner body regeneration and to relieve stress. This highly specialised sport began in the US by Christopher Harrison, the founder and pioneer of this type of yoga which is a calm and tranquil activity, that also helps to shed the pounds if practiced regularly. AntiGravity/Aerial Yoga classes are available at Anytime Fitness. Visit www.anytimefitness.qa for more info.

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– BELLY DANCING This exotic eastern dance provides an opportunity for ladies to explore a more sensual side to exercise whilst learning an ancient art form. Both men and women have been captivated for centuries and here is a chance for ladies to join a class that breaks down each tantalising movement to create a full routine. It’s a great calorie burner; a superb work-out for the abdominals and you will have a fantastic time! At Fitness First, dance classes will help sculpt and tone your core muscles by working your hips and stomach. A workout that keeps your body constantly moving, improving hip flexibility and rotation, whilst elevating your heart rate. The best thing? You can try out the belly dancing class with a free trial. Visit www.qatar.fitnessfirstme.com for more info.

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– Detox Looking to recharge and rejuvenate? Start by making small changes to your daily diet and mix things up with the addition of natural, organic products, or, simply, change out your daily cups of coffee for a detox juice. If you want to get a quick fix, head over to W Café at W Doha Hotel & Residences for one of their wonderful vitamin-packed detox drinks – try the Ultimate Green; celery, kale leaves, green apple, and lime and ginger - just the power boost needed! Call 4453 5000 for more info.

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– Exercise Simples! Just 20 minutes of intense exercise a day can really start to make a difference in your body and mind! That can be anything from a quick run on the treadmill, taking the stairs up and down at home and the office, or following a fitness DVD for motivation. Head to CrossFit t23 for innovative classes including gymnastics, barbell, endurance and more. There are separate options for men and women as well as a well-equipped open gym (www.cft23.com). Alternatively, Youtube has thousands of free and quick exercise videos to get you going, so no excuses now!

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– Flax Seeds They’re super popular in this region, and for good reason. Flax seeds have some seriously good health benefits. This little seed is a quality source of both important dietary staples; protein and fibre, which can be taken through supplement tablets, as well as in ground and oil form. A regular dose of flax seeds can help to reduce the risk of such health issues such as liver disease, depression, and high cholesterol to name but a few.

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– Greens By greens, we mean leafy salads and delicious veggies like asparagus, broccoli, okra and spinach. It’s no secret, that even though Doha is a dry and dusty place, we are really spoiled for choice when it comes to fresh salads and healthy food options. Try the food over at Evergreen Organics, known to many as the first 100 per cent vegan café in Qatar. Its menu is packed with fresh salads, nutritious bowls, cold pressed juices and everything in between. Visit www.evergreenorganics. qa for more info.

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– CARDIO Your face is dripping. Your fight-or-flight response has kicked in. These are all the body benefits when you push hard and kick it up with cardio exercise in your daily routine. Cardio boosts productivity, revs energy levels, works out your whole body and even has the power to improve your mental mojo and lower stress levels. Just 30-minutes a day can make a massive difference – go on, give it a go and start reaping the benefits of cardio now! There is a sizeable gym with plenty of equipment from cardiovascular machines to TRX units and weights and abs tools at The Diplomatic Club – which we would highly recommend. Spend an hour with a personal trainer who will put you through your paces with a high intensity workout. You’ll feel the positive effects within just 60 minutes. Call 4484 7444 for reservations and more info. www.ohlala-magazine.com

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– Hula Hooping Hoop yourself to your body best in time for summer! Hula hooping is so much fun, and helps to burn mega calories as well as sculpting your body and blasting off belly fat! The great thing about hula hooping is that you can do it alone to your favourite tunes or you can get together with friends for a workout with a difference that will certainly keep you on your toes. Maybe even start your own hula movement – that’ll be a first for Doha!

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– Insanity Workout It’s been dubbed ‘the hardest workout ever put on DVD’ and, trust us, we tried it for 20 minutes and can vouch for whoever said that! Insanity (www.beachbody.com) has become THE workout to get you beach body ready in 60 days. Forget regular high intensity training, because this workout programme turns old-school interval exercising on its head. If you’re serious about getting in shape for the summer and up for the challenge, we say, go for it!

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– Juicing It seems that nowadays just about everyone is jumping on the juice bandwagon; from Hollywood celebrities to the busy housewife next door, juicing, whether that’s for a diet cleanse, an energy boost, or to adopt a healthier lifestyle, has become a fitness staple, juicers being the new athome fitness accessories. There are plenty of great local diet and nutrition planners that can help with juicing; check out Raw Simply Nourishing who provide different meal plans and cleansing options, delivered straight to your door. Visit www.raw-me. com for more info.

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– Kilos Let’s be honest – the last few kilos are always the toughest to shift, and that’s where combat sports like boxing and boot camp come in. Get down to Qatar MMA and join in their extensive schedule of Muay Thai, Taekwondo, functional fitness, and even MMA. There’s a weekly schedule for men, women and children. Here, you’ll be put through your paces and helped to reach your fitness goals. Visit ww.qatarmma. com for more info. 44

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“True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.” William Penn

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– Laser Tag Ok, let’s get real. Laser Tag is fun, like loads of fun. But it’s also a physically demanding activity, but because of all the fun you’ll be having, you won’t even feel like it’s a workout. This popular pastime is not only one of the best ways to spend time with family and friends, but it can be a totally different way of getting in some exercise too. Get your dose of laser tag at Gondolania Theme Park in Villagio Mall. Visit www.gondolania.com for more info.


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– Organic Organic is trending; expensive but a clear-cut healthy choice to make. Organic food has more of the antioxidant compounds linked to better health than regular food and contains qualitatively higher levels of essential minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, iron and chromium that are major components in our daily diet. For a quick-pro-intro, get down to any major supermarket like Mega Mart or Carrefour, with an organic section or check out Mustafawi Organic Vegetable Farm (www. mustafawiorganicvegetable.com) and say hello to natural produce.

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– Push-ups It might not be your instant exercise of choice but the push-up is a complex compound move that works your chest, biceps and core – basically, if you’re serious about rockin’ that summer swimwear then doing a good set of push-ups will help you get there. Push-ups come in lots of different variations and you can make use of other gym equipment, like a fitness weight ball, to help you get to grips with your preferred push-up style!

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– Meditation A healthy body always starts with a healthy mind, so exercising your soul and learning to de-stress is essential to getting ready for the summer days. Most spas and health centres in town offer meditation classes, but this is something that you can ‘DIY’ at home as well. Get yourself into a good routine of exercisemeditation-healthy eating, and you’re on your way to happy days in the sun. Niya Yoga Studio would be a great place to start (www.niyayoga.qa).

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– Nutribullet Don’t juice, don’t blend – only extract; that’s Nutribullet for you! A coveted machine that continues to make waves around the world for its healthy extracting technique. Prepare juices with fruits or vegetables, Nutribullet will give you a healthy, fibrerich and nutritious juice. With easy steps to follow, this machine breaks down and crushes stem, seeds and skins of food, releasing the nutrients to make it a super food. No chunks, unbroken seeds or mess to clean up; this multi-tasking tool deserves a thumbs-up.

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– Quinoa Quinoa went through a time of food awakening (much like kale) and is now one of the most popular super foods, loaded with protein, fibre and minerals. It’s light, delicious and comes with a wealth of health benefits. If you’re a quinoa-savvy, you will know that the nutty taste and delicate texture make it a perfect ingredient for fresh salads. Try the delicious Quinoa Chicken Salad at Café DeLord and enjoy a twist with dates and apples in the mix – yummy! www.ohlala-magazine.com

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– Running Not only is running good for the lungs and heart but hitting the pavement releases those happy endorphins that will leave you on a high after a workout. Running is one of the top ways to burn off extra calories and the second most effective exercise in terms of calories burned per minute. On that note we definitely recommend running to be added into your fitness schedule. Yes, running on the treadmill definitely counts!

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– Spinning The workout employs a stationary bike, which has various tension levels. The bike will also track your progress, so that you are motivated to continue and accomplish your fitness goals. There are numerous benefits to a spinning workout; to burn calories, build muscle tone, increase cardio endurance, and relieve stress. Available at Ride Tribe – Doha’s first dedicated indoor cycling studio. Visit www.ridetribe.qa for more info.

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– Tai-chi Try some slow, soft and graceful moves with the martial art form of Tai-Chi. Learning to do Tai-chi correctly is the key, without which you wouldn’t experience the calmness and relaxation that it can provide. This exercise can prevent or ease many ills and could be the perfect activity to spice up your regular workout routine. Join Tai-Chi classes today for a healthy body, mind and soul. Visit www.taichiqatar. com to get started!

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– Unwind With the stress and grind that comes with everyday life and having an intense and hectic work schedule, it’s necessary to take your health seriously. Without doubt, exercise and good foods are the key, but along with that the body needs to relax too. Take a trip to the spa or join a retreat programme for some rejuvenation and let loose. Check out our monthly spa and wellness pick for some inspiration - your body needs some pampering too!

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– Vegan Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it! Some of the health and physical benefits of going vegan include increased energy, younger looking skin, allergy reduction, healthy weight loss, and a diet rich in protein, iron, calcium and other essential vitamins and minerals. It’s not all-boring plant-based food either. A great place to start for inspiration is www.onearabvegan.com - a local vegan blogger who has some seriously yummy recipes to share. If you love Indian and South Asian food, Bharath Vasanta Bhavan is the place to go! 46

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- Water Sports Enjoy the privacy of the beachfront and great leisure time at InterContinental Doha. The hotel’s Water Sports Activity counter offers an array of options. Try out the jet skis and towables. Enjoy the five-metre water trampoline in the lagoon. Glide on a wakeboard or learn to sail with the assistance of the Blue Marine Team. Just let go and have a great splash with friends and family. All the equipment, a private beach, and beautiful water awaits, all in the name of keeping fit! Call the Bay Club Reception on 4484 4828 for more info.

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– X-treme Sports Take the Xtreme path for some life-changing experiences. Activities involving speed, height and a high level of physical exertion are the xtreme sports we’re talking about. These fun activities include Base Jumping, Skydiving, Canoeing, Climbing, Skiing, Kite Surfing and lots more. Some things can be found locally, and other activities just further afield like The Rock Wall at Anantara Jabal Al Akhdar in Oman (www.anantara. com/en/jabal-akhdar). Taking a little risk and enjoying a sport that is fun and adventurous for your body will release all the adrenalin and happy hormones!

“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” Mahatma Gandhi

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– Yogurt Yogurt is a favourite among all ages, thanks to the tantalising flavours available in stores now. The calcium in yogurt signals the fat cells to pump out less cortisol, making it easier for you to drop pounds, while the amino acids help to burn fat; are you ready for flat abs? Pinkberry is a fun place to try out some healthy yogurts with your desired flavour and toppings.

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– Zumba It was all the rage a few years ago and still continues to be one of the most active and super fun ways to get in shape! Zumba is known for its total workout qualities which combine all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility, and a serious energy boost – not to mention, you’ll pick up some great moves and avoid the same repetitive moves of a traditional workout! Zumba classes are available at various fitness facilities across Doha, but we recommend the dance classes at IAID Performing Arts (www.iaidonline.org). www.ohlala-magazine.com

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EMBRACING JOMO Self Care and Keto Coach ANAHI BROWN talks about her journey embracing ‘JOMO’ and how choosing to miss out can help with full on living.

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o. Go. Make. Achieve. Finish. Accomplish. Strive. Start. End… and do it all again. For many of us, this is life as we know it. We wake up and automatically shift from Human Beings to Human Doings as soon as our feet touch the ground, repeating the same process the next day and the next. No wonder so many of us end up burnt out, exhausted and feeling like life is a blur, passing us by. With my own awareness on my overdoing tendencies and inspired by the advice I was dispensing to my clients whenever I see them wither and crash on their own fast-paced and demanding lives, I decided to commit 21 days to JOMO’ing as much as I could to see if this new tendency was as magical as it seemed. The term JOMO ( Joy of Missing Out) started as a response to the infamous Fear of Missing Out or FOMO, which people on Social Media were experiencing when scrolling through and comparing their realities to the highly edited and curated shots they saw. Where FOMO was about self-judgement, comparison and stress, JOMO is about celebrating your choices, authenticity and investing in yourself. As you can imagine, as a Self-Care Coach working on nourishing women back to greatness, I was sold. Now, as a busy mom of two, moving houses and developing her business without extra support with housework, I was sceptical. This was going to be an interesting project for sure. I decided that, in order to truly embrace the spirit of JOMO, I was committing to: • Saying NO whenever I hesitated with a YES. • Decreasing my Social Media consumption, including NOT letting numbers of likes or followers affect me. • Being present with my family. Basically, from skipping some events (and NOT agonising about it) to limiting my time online to only 15 minute intervals four times per day, everything felt quite doable and inoffensive. For some of my clients and friends, who joined my JOMO vibes, their commitments were more about booking a babysitter so they could go out for a date with their partners, leaving the office on time regardless of the pending tasks, and even using a short holiday to re-organise the whole house. Each did JOMO their way. This showed me that, when it came to missing out, we all had our favourite choices. In fact, someone told me how JOMO was precisely what she used to cut her carb-addiction from the root (something I myself have also used) and go back into her ideal nutrition. The lesson was clear: JOMO wasn’t about not deserving to have big, bold and flashy lives (or not being cool enough for them contrary to what you might think at times!), but about choosing the Self-Care and nourishment that can best replenish your needs each time. JOMO is about Self-Awareness and Compassion, about daring to be you and choose the best for you every step of the way. In the end, JOMO was how many of us went back to basics and could finally bring ourselves back to greatness. Ready to give it a go? @anahibrown.coach

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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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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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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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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.

CARE FOR YOUR HAIR

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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: www.ohlala-magazine.com

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TERRIFIC TALONS

The Middle East’s first brand for dedicated nail bars and award winner N.Bar has introduced the illustrious Russian Manicure to their fleet of services. There is no wonder why they remain the pioneer of fast, hygienic and high quality professional nail treatments in Doha.

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he worst part about any gel manicure is sitting with your fingertips wrapped like baked potatoes. After the foil and acetone come off, the polish is then scraped away, which can leave your nail beds helpless and weak. Russian girls, however, leave the tin foil for baking pierogies. N.Bar, who are always at the forefront of the latest trends have in-house professionals specialising in the elitist Russian Manicure. Have you heard of it? It’s only the number one coveted nail treatment in the beauty industry right now and you absolutely HAVE to try it. You will not leave disappointed - pinky promise! As N.Bar continue to set industry benchmarks in every element of nail care and grooming, you can see their passionate dedication to creating a truly unique experience within each of its branches DNA. Working with worldfamous brands and offering a host of treatments and therapies, N.Bar’s clients are women who demand efficient, high-end services and treatments in contemporary surroundings. The perfect escapism from that hectic day. Now, as I sank into their deeply cushioned chair I was witness to why this particular Russian technique is indeed special, since it only refers to the method used to treat the cuticle area. And, instead of using a manual tool to push them, the Russian Manicure consists of the use of an electric winch… or, as I like to call it a ‘magic wand’. Different forms of ‘strawberries’ are used for each section of the nail, but the goal is to clean the region between the skin and the nail so that the enamel is as close to it as it can possibly get to elongate the life of your manicure. During a “Russian Manicure,” an electric-powered rubber file is used to safely take off polish without harming any bit of nail real estate - finally the truth is out there and we’re telling all of our girlfriends! Afterwards, a flame-shaped tool levels the nail plate and lifts the cuticle for the most effective removal technique. The result: a flawless, pain-free, healthy, and lasting manicure perfect for an event or everyday glam. 58

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Not to forget their famous Nail Enhancement treatments that can also be enjoyed post-prepping service. The good times don’t stop there as N.Bar also offers Flexi Gel, which self-levels fast and is easily shaped and buffed to name but only a few of its amazing properties. These pieces of art stay pristine for up to three weeks, depending on how much of a keyboard warrior you are, or rather how you look after them post pamper session. Daily cuticle oil and hand cream will swiftly become your best friends for maintenance when you’re back home, to maintain hydration and moisture. The lovely ladies maintain your acrylic and hard gel tips by refilling the natural enhancement, or re-balancing the surface for french nails so you don’t always have to be sitting down for two hours to achieve, or indeed to elongate that manicure.

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“And, instead of using a manual tool to push them, the Russian Manicure consists of the use of an electric winch… or, as I like to call it a ‘magic wand’.”

ABOUT N.BAR LOCATIONS: THE GATE MALL (SECOND FLOOR ACROSS FROM MAIN ESCALATORS) TEL: 44662702 TIMINGS: 9AM - 10PM DOHA FESTIVAL CITY (FIRST FLOOR NEXT TO ACCESS DOOR 1B) TEL: 4431 6697 TIMINGS: 10AM - 10PM

Now, for those of you who have steered clear of nail enhancement for fear of it ruining your nail beds, well, all you need to know is that it isn’t damaging if you get it done professionally. The damage occurs when the nail isn’t prepped or removed correctly. N.Bar routinely enrol their staff on intense training programmes and refresher sessions to maintain their excellent standard. This is across the board for all of their technicians, who also are advocates for the utmost in hygiene. All of their technicians uses sterilisation packs with a one-time use procedure - which unfortunately haven’t always been the case in beauty premises elsewhere. My inner germaphobe and OCD is truly at peace in whichever location of N.Bar that I visit. Whatever your talon request, these ladies really do have it all to ensure that you look nothing short of preened perfection. Always. www.ohlala-magazine.com

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ean-Louis David salon, a brand of AND Trading – the leading beauty experts in Qatar – offers innovative beauty experience for any lady looking to have the perfect look. They specialise in everything from hair to make-up and also nails. Jean-Louis David has two branches in Qatar, one is located at the Marriott Marquis Hotel and the second branch is located at the Crowne Plaza, The Business Park. Jean-Louis David Crowne Plaza branch is conveniently located at the ground floor of the Crowne Plaza Hotel – The Business Park. The 80 m² facility offers a full range of beauty products and services through a fashionably dominant and neat white interior finishing with colourful design accents that goes in hand-in-hand with state-of-the-art beauty treatment apparatus and furniture. Jean-Louis David salon provides an extensive range of top class beauty treatments, including: hair (cutting, colouring, Kérastase treatments, perming and straightening, extensions); make-up (eyes, day make-up, night make-up and bridal make-up), Russian eyelashes extension, and a full range of nail treatments including manicures and pedicures. The fully-trained and professional staff also provide a whole host of beauty tips and suggestions from their extensive experience in beauty matters.

LOCATIONS THE JLD SALON CHAIN IS CURRENTLY OPERATING FROM TWO LOCATIONS IN DOHA. MARRIOTT MARQUIS DOHA CITY CENTER HOTEL, WEST BAY. TEL: +974 44175771, +974 33158936

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Jean-Louis David salon in Qatar offers innovative beauty experiences in convenient locations for us girls on-the-go.

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Pamper Time

Here’s a round-up of our favourite treatments this June in Doha because, after all, you deserve to treat yourself or a loved one. The Westin Hotel

HEAVENLY SPA Reward yourself with a luxurious treatment and let the expert technicians provide a unique experience for the tips and toes with the newly launched Suite Nails by Heavenly Spa. For reservations call 4492 1682 or e-mail: heavenlyspa.doha@westin.com

Doha Marriott Hotel

THE SPA Nothing quite says decadence as much as a Saray Massage This full body massage is performed with special and unique Saray oils, and also detoxifying Dead Sea products from Jordan. Guests can choose between three fragrances – Orange, Oud and Rose which allows for a truly sensory experience. For reservations call 4429 8520

Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara

SWEET TEMPTATION CHOCOLATE SPA Spoil yourself with a rich pampering treatment that stimulates all the senses. Nourish your skin with a 30-minute chocolate scrub that moisturises and exfoliates, then relax as a 60-minute massage releases tension and encourages therapeutic blood flow. Price: QAR 599 per person / QAR 1100 per couple For reservations call 4040 5050

Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel & Villas

JAULA SPA Invest in your wellbeing and enjoy a carefully crafted package that includes a refreshing scrub followed by a one-hour massage, and a specialist facial, designed to give you that youthful glow. This refreshing treatment will leave you feeling brand-new as it regulates, purifies and rebalances the skin by using the newest technology for QR 850. For reservations call 4448 1064

Marriott Marquis City Center Doha

SARAY SPA Feel pampered with the Turkish Hammam treatment. Allow the cleansing steam bath, gentle exfoliation and luxurious massage lead the way for natural rejuvenation for QR 750 for 75 minutes. Afterwards, enjoy a delicious Turkish delight to brighten up your day. For reservations call 4419 5517

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BODYLINES FITNESS & WELLNESS CLUB Leave your skin fresh and moisturised for a beautiful sun-kissed skin this summer with Bodylines’ Summer Fruity Scrub from Charme D’Orient Paris with alum stone scrubs, honey and royal jelly in Summer Fruit Fragrance for just QR 250 for 30mins For reservations call: +974 4402 3486 or email bodylines.oryx@rotana.com 62

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REFLEXOLOGY MASSAGE AT THE SPA Rebalance the harmony to your body by cleaning congested reflexes. Reflexology helps boost the immune system recovery from illness, boosts circulation, increases energy levels, and improves mental and emotional processes. Very relaxing, the treatment creates a feeling of well-being for QR 175 for 30 mins. Price: Members: QR 150 Non-Members: QR 175 For reservations call 4484 7444 or e-mail: info@dclub.com.qa

Four Seasons, Doha

THE SPA AND WELLNESS CENTRE A sensory experience, the Crystalus Oud Body Massage is designed to influence the mind, body and spirit using warm stones and healing crystals. Through the power of the Arabian oud oil and the intention of the crystals this treatment will resonate deeply with your wellbeing, bringing about total relaxation, rejuvenation and harmony whilst relieving tension in the muscles. QR 1, 050 for 90 mins. For reservations call 4494 8888

AlWadi Hotel Doha McGallery

M|SPA At M|SPA your wellbeing is a complete experience, focused on self-care. Providing inspiration to nourish the mind, body and soul so you can become the most authentic version of yourself. Enjoy the summer as you enjoy a free 3rd pass on the purchase of 2 treatments whilst also enjoying the temperature controlled pool access.

The Ritz-Carlton, Doha

The Ritz-Carlton, Doha Spa is pleased to announce that it has brought the first cryosauna to Qatar, available for Doha’s residents and luxury travellers alike. This innovative treatment is based on Dr. Yamaguchi’s method, which was to create a treatment to chill the skin’s surface to relieve pain. It will take place in a sauna style, walk-in chamber, with sessions lasting from 90 seconds to 3 minutes, where temperatures drop to an average of – 180 degrees Celsius. Cryotherapy is widely used by professional athletes and football clubs around the world. They are known to utilise cryotherapy sessions to speed recovery, reduce injuries, increase energy and improve sleep. Cryotherapy is also beneficial for those seeking to improve skin tone and skin texture. Additionally, it is also used as a method to assist with weight loss as it is reported to burn between 500 to 1500 calories per session and individuals often use cryotherapy for cosmetic purposes such as anti-ageing. For reservations call 4484 8173/8174 or email rc.dohrz.spa@ritzcarlton.com


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The 2020 G90 is available in the flagship Skyline Automotive showroom on Salwa Road. Episodes from The Path programme can be viewed through thepathqatar.com For further details please call: +974 4489 1111/ 00 www.genesis.com

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utomotive W.L.L., a Jaidah Group company and the official distributor of Genesis in the State of Qatar, launched its flagship 2020 Genesis G90 in an exclusive unveiling ceremony at the world’s smartest and most sustainable fully-built city district, Msheireb Downtown. The 2020 G90 incorporates exterior and interior design changes, which further enhances the sedan’s presence as the brand’s flagship vehicle.The new “Quad Lamp” styling theme, featuring prominent horizontal architecture seen throughout the sedan, signals design cues that will be incorporated in all future Genesis models. The 2020 G90 introduces multiple technology enhancements and firsts for the Genesis brand. For example, the 12.3-inch central display is re-engineered to incorporate a new Graphic User Interface that features the signature Genesis black and copper color scheme. Furthermore, the car’s interior design includes a parallel layout and exquisite new details in the quilted Nappa leather seating and additional leather rapping on the center console. The interior atmosphere of the new G90 also features an Active Noise Cancelation technology to reduce exterior noises and allow the driver to fully concentrate and embrace the experience of driving a Genesis vehicle. During the event Skyline Automotive and Jaidah Group also announced the launch of a new programme titled ‘The Path”, established in partnership with prominent media personality and entrepreneur, Mr. Mohammed Saadoun Al Kuwari. ‘The Path’ comprises monthly episodes featuring some of the most successful Qatari members in various fields including sports, arts, health and sciences, among others. The programme celebrates individual contributions to Qatar’s success story to inspire the country’s youth to follow suit. Speaking in his welcoming remarks at the event, Jaidah Group Executive Director Mr. Mohamed Jaidah, said, “In a few short years, Genesis has become an icon of luxury, the Korean way. It has developed three separate models. And now we unveiled the updated flagship Genesis G90 model with its futuristic design which evolves the brand’s signature Athletic Elegance design language. The updated flagship Genesis G90 adds to our portfolio, in line with our commitment to offer the people in Qatar the best products and customer service available.” Addressing Mr. Mohammed Saadoun Al Kuwari and Mr. Hassan Al Haydous, Al Jaidah added: “It is a pleasure to collaborate with Mr. Mohammed Sadoon Al Kuwari on “The Path.” The programme will no doubt inspire our young generation to pursue their dreams by shedding light on the journeys of our national success stories. I would also like to thank our national team captain Hassan Al Haydous for taking part in the first episode.” Al Jaidah concluded his remarks by extending his gratitude to emerging Qatari artist, Ms. Bouthayna Al Muftah, for her incredible artwork featuring the new Genesis G90, which was also displayed at the event.

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To the City and BEYOND. NEXT-GENERATION RANGE ROVER EVOQUE ARRIVES AT ALFARDAN PREMIER MOTORS SHOWROOMS IN QATAR

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lfardan Premier Motors Co., the official retailer for Jaguar Land Rover in the state of Qatar has announced the arrival of the nextgeneration Range Rover Evoque at its showrooms. The local arrival of the highly anticipated SUV follows its unveiling during a glittering global launch in London in November 2018. The new model combines Range Rover’s unrivalled heritage with cutting-edge technology, and was designed, engineered and manufactured in Britain. Having pioneered the luxury compact SUV market, earning global sales of over 772,096 and more than 217 international awards, the new Range Rover Evoque marks a sophisticated evolution of the original. “When the Range Rover Evoque made its debut back in 2010 it transformed the Middle East’s compact SUV market. Today, as the model grows

more intelligent and stylish, it is set to continue its remarkable journey in Qatar, capturing the attention and desire of even more customers. Today‘s launch marks a bright new chapter in Jaguar Land Rover’s success in Qatar, and I’m thrilled to introduce our customers to this pioneering feat of engineering,” commented Samer Bou Dargham, General Manager for Alfardan Premier Motors. “The Range Rover Evoque has been fundamental to our global success, and the next iteration of this award-winning vehicle adds to its predecessor’s distinct refinement and confident off-road capabilities,” commented Rob Preston, Sales Director, Jaguar Land Rover MENA. “This launch comes at a pivotal time in Jaguar Land Rover history as we push on with our commitment to manufacture cleaner and smarter vehicles. The latest Evoque, which is built upon our all-new Premium Transverse Architecture, will therefore have the option of electrification, which is a first for the compact luxury SUV segment. By combining the brand’s unrivalled heritage with advancements such as this, we’re meeting the needs of discerning motorists in the Middle East who enjoy the exceptional on and off-road experience the Evoque offers,” he added.

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create a strong and dynamic attitude. The introduction of jewel-like elements such as super-slim Matrix LED headlamps provide a more sophisticated front and rear lamp graphic. Meanwhile, flush door handles add to the smooth, sculpted aesthetic, while sweeping directional indicators create a purposeful signature. Optional R-Dynamic details and burnished copper accents add to the unique appeal.

SPECIFICATIONS BRITAIN’S GAME-CHANGING SUV: THE ORIGINAL LUXURY CITY SUV BRINGS NEVER BEFORE SEEN STANDARDS OF DESIGN, CAPABILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY TO THE SEGMENT REDUCTIONISM: A PRECISE EXTERIOR DESIGN WILL TURN HEADS, WHILE THE LUXURIOUSLY CRAFTED INTERIOR OFFERS A CALMING SENSE OF WELL BEING ECO CHIC: SUMPTUOUS, SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS FUSED WITH EFFICIENT HYBRID-ELECTRIC POWER – 48-VOLT MHEV; 3-CYLINDER PHEV; THREE-AND FOUR-CYLINDER INGENIUM PETROL AND DIESEL ENGINES EFFORTLESS: NEW ARCHITECTURE DELIVERS QUIET, SMOOTH, RELAXED PROGRESS AND SURPASSES THE MOST STRINGENT GLOBAL SAFETY REQUIREMENTS SPACE RACE: MORE KNEE ROOM FOR REAR PASSENGERS, GREATER LUGGAGE SPACE AND AN INCREASE IN SMALL ITEM STORAGE THE ALL-SEEING SUV: WORLD’S FIRST GROUND VIEW TECHNOLOGY MAKES THE BONNET INVISIBLE WHILE A HIGH-DEFINITION VIDEO SCREEN REVOLUTIONISES REAR VIEW MIRROR VISIBILITY FROM THE DRIVER’S SEAT HIDDEN DEPTHS: INNOVATIVE TERRAIN RESPONSE 2 TECHNOLOGY MEETS YOUR NEEDS FROM CITY STREETS TO THE MOUNTAIN TOPS, ENSURING YOUR DESTINATION IS REACHED NO MATTER THE CONDITIONS CONNECTED EVERYWHERE: 4G WIFI HOTSPOT CONNECTS YOU TO THE INTERNET


Every bit a Range Rover, the compact SUV combines all-terrain capability with all-weather assurance. The new Evoque features All-Wheel Drive, as well as a second-generation Active Driveline with Driveline Disconnect to enhance efficiency and Adaptive Dynamics to deliver the optimum balance of comfort and agility. Terrain Response 2 – technology first found on the fullsize Range Rover – automatically detects the surface being driven on and adjusts the set-up accordingly, while Evoque can now wade through water up to 600mm (previously 500mm).

INTELLIGENT TECHNOLOGY The Range Rover Evoque is now available for viewing, test drives and to order, at Alfardan Premier Motors showrooms in Qatar with prices starting at QAR 148,200. @alfardan_bh

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Inside, the finely crafted design integrates uncluttered surfaces and simple lines with carefully curated premium materials to create a luxurious, minimalist, digital cabin. Technical textiles utilising recycled plastics are offered as premium alternatives to leather, such as a Kvadrat wool blend and Dinamica® suedecloth, as well as Eucalyptus and Ultrafabrics™ options. The cabin is designed to be a calm and serene space, ensuring comfortable, healthy and happy occupants, with technologies such as the twin touchscreen Touch Pro Duo system featuring new, faster software, 16-way seat controls, and cabin air ionisation that complement the increased interior space. The footprint is almost identical yet built on Land Rover’s new mixed-material Premium Transverse Architecture, which offers more interior space than before. A longer wheelbase yields 20mm extra rear knee room and an increase in small item stowage – the larger glove box and centre cubby can now fit tablets, handbags and bottles with ease. The luggage space is 10 percent larger (591 litres) as well as much wider, with space increasing to 1,383 litres when the flexible 40:20:40 second-row seats are folded.

The new architecture has been developed for electrification with a 48-volt mild-hybrid available at launch. The mild hybrid powertrain is a first for Land Rover and works by harvesting energy normally lost during deceleration thanks to the engine-mounted belt-integrated starter generator, storing it in the under-floor battery. At speeds below 17km/h (11mph), the engine will shut off while the driver applies the brakes. When pulling away, the stored energy is redeployed to assist the engine under acceleration and reduce fuel consumption. The result is a refined, quiet and efficient drive in built-up traffic heavy areas, in addition to efficiency savings. Available across the range of four-cylinder Ingenium petrol, the mild hybrid delivers CO2 emissions from as low as 149g/km and fuel economy from 50.4mpg (5.6l/100km) (based on NEDC Equivalent test procedure).

The famed Range Rover command driving position has jumped into the digital age, with a segment-first ‘Clear Sight rear-view mirror’ that transforms into an HD video screen. If rear visibility is compromised by passengers or bulky items, the driver simply flicks a switch on the underside of the mirror and a camera feed from the top of the car displays what is behind the vehicle in crisp high definition. The screen provides a wider (50-degree) field of vision and superior visibility in low light. The new Range Rover Evoque is also the first in the world to feature Ground View technology, which effectively makes the bonnet invisible by projecting camera imagery onto the upper touchscreen to show the driver a 180-degree view under the front of the vehicle. This is useful when negotiating difficult parking spaces, navigating high city centre kerbs or tackling rough terrain, and is the realisation of the Transparent Bonnet technology previewed by Land Rover in 2014. The Evoque is the first Land Rover vehicle with ‘Smart Settings’, which uses artificial intelligence algorithms to learn the driver’s preference and acts as an on-board butler. In addition to seat position, music and climate settings, Evoque can also control steering column preferences to maximise comfort.

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THE ULTIMATE ESCAPE With Eid al-Fitr upon us it’s the perfect time to have a little adventure, be that a staycation or indeed travelling abroad to experience a different culture. 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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RIGHT HERE, RIGHT WOW! When one speaks of the epitome of luxury in Doha, there is one place that will always be prominent: W Doha Hotels & Residences. One of the luxury lifestyle hotels that has always been hyped about, a staycation from W Doha had Anushay Khan’s name written all over it.

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“W Doha, for me, takes the award home due to their attention to detail. From the little things from a nail kit to the essentials like a hairbrush, I found everything ready for me, with the cheekiest packaging that I loved, right in this suite.�

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REGIONAL Escapes The iconic hanging blue lanterns of W Doha,

that serve as the hotel’s trademark, have always been my favourite. From the majestic décor of the lobby to the welcoming sofa themes, it’s a treat to walk into this hotel at any given hour of the day! The comfortable feeling of having a luxury home sets right in when you’re here to spend a night. I was received at the reception and checked-in within minutes (who doesn’t like some a swift check-in?) and then, the real journey began.

THE WOW SUITE For the weekend, I was the glorious Queen of the Wow Suite. With a lounge big enough to have a party, I was absolutely thrilled at the jackpot that I had hit with this place. I had my very own study table (where I’m actually typing this!) with the most magnificent view of the sea – a treat to actually work from here. The lounge had a hanging cane swing chair facing towards the view and I do not remember being at peace this way, while I read a book, for such a long time; a picturesque moment I believe all of us book worms dream about. The living room was decorated with a fringe ceiling canopy, giving it a very lavish look to the interior of the suite. The floor-to-ceiling windows, the amenities, every little thing counts. The bedroom is nothing short of regal with a touch of modernity. Honestly, it is like one walked into a movie where you were headlining the best show ever. W Doha, for me, takes the award home due to their attention to detail. From the little things from a nail kit to the essentials like a hairbrush, I found everything ready for me, with the cheekiest packaging that I loved, right in this suite. Even though the location of the hotel is prime and right in the middle of West Bay, I never felt the need to run out and grab the necessities for the stay. All in all, my suite was a sweet little package from a match made in staycation heaven! ‘WOW’ is indeed the appropriate word for this masterpiece.

THE RESIDENCES As I was taking a tour of the hotel, I absolutely loved the different options they have for their Residences at the hotel. The choices of property vary from ‘Witty’, ‘Warm’ and ‘Wonderful’, further embodying the cheeky concept that W Doha is home too. This certainly looks like the ideal option for someone who is looking for exemplary luxury that W Doha Hotel & Residences are known for.

DINING OPTIONS

“La Spiga by Paper Moon, Market, Spice Market, WeTox, W Café – I don’t think there is a single name in this list which is not popular in the city.”

La Spiga by Paper Moon, Market, Spice Market, WeTox, W Café – I don’t think there is a single name in this list which is not popular in the city. I enjoyed my breakfast at the Market, which displayed an array of delicacies and also had the option for A la carte. I devoured my eggs benedict right away and particularly wolfed down the pancakes that were served. The service was impeccable from the second I walked in and there is nothing else that sets you up for the day as an experience as good as this. For me, the prices of the Express Lunch at the restaurants blew me away. It is like having couture for a high street price! La Spiga by Paper Moon and Spice market hosted me for their express lunch over the weekend. My experience at La Spiga was thoroughly www.ohlala-magazine.com

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joyful – not only is the manager the best conversationalist out there, but, I dined there twice on account of the food being THAT good! Their unique ‘lemony’ twist to Ravioli is something that I would recommend to everyone! In addition to that, I tried La Spiga’s express lunch and never knew that some splendid food could be bought at this price. The fact that their menu keeps rotating makes it all the better. Whether it is the refreshing Millefoglie alle fragole e crema Chantilly in this hot weather or the chicken skewers & Japanese cheesecake from Spice Market, you cannot go wrong with your food at W Doha. Attentive staff, quick service and immediate refills of your drinks; it’s an experience that you must try!

“My skin came out glowing, smoother than ever and absolutely bacteria free. Since my skin needed hydration, Samia infused a selection of vitamins to balance my skin followed by another mask for brightening and nourishment.” BLISS SPA The Bliss Spa has made its name over the years due to the various treatments that they have introduced. From the slimming packages to treatments that are catered specifically for your skin type, the shellac manicures to the hot massage, the Bliss Spa is aptly named: to give you a blissful time. I indulged myself with the Oxycryo Facial and I finally got to experience the worldly popular phrase ‘glow up!’. I was managed by Samia who talked me through what to expect during my upcoming one-hour session. The treatment started with Samia analyzing my skin and telling me about the points that needed to be looked after. We spoke of hydration, the elasticity of the skin and the type of treatment that would be suitable for me at that time. My exfoliating treatment included cleansing with milk, enzyme peel, a pore mask, and scaling through the Oxycryo machine. The machine basically blows cold oxygen on your face which encourages collagen regrowth. My skin came out glowing, smoother than ever and absolutely bacteria free. Since my skin needed hydration, Samia infused a selection of vitamins to balance my skin followed by another mask for brightening and nourishment. She used the oxygen mask to penetrate the skin which helps to boost collagen and cell renewal. The real-life glow up was so fantastic, you can imagine how I felt the rest of the day! My entire experience at W Doha was other-worldly. Living up to their reputation as a luxury boutique hotel, my weekend was a display of the magnificent qualities of W Doha. For me, this memorable stay had been compete due to attention to detail and their thoughtful rapport showcased at every level. The service is not just restricted to the restaurants here, I was welcomed back every time that I went out, kudos to the staff at the entrance of the hotel, and it really makes the guest feel like they truly belong. I cannot help but recommend this to you all; whether you are coming to Qatar or live here – W Doha Residences and Suites is your place to be. @wdoha

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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 Qatar, 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 bathroom a huge shower and soaker 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.

TWO BEDROOM GARDEN VIEW POOL VILLA

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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

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.

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! 78

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Qatar Airways operate direct flights to/from Salalah. Visit Qatarairways.com to book your flights today. Call +968 2322 8222 or visit www.salalah.anantara.com for reservations and more information.


LET IT RAIN 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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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. Breakfast is served www.ohlala-magazine.com

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TRAVEL Escapes 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.

ESPA Life at Corinthia London is one of the largest and most exclusive in central London and has been quoted to be one of the best in the city. Offering a holistic approach to wellbeing with an unrivalled choice of spa, alternative therapies, fitness, beauty treatments and a Daniel Galvin Hair Salon, the expert team of leading naturopaths, traditional Chinese medicine acupuncturists, and herbalists, osteopaths, personal trainers and spa professionals, promote optimal health and wellbeing through personal lifestyle programmes. The spa is stunningly designed in cream and black marble with several modern fireplaces adding to the serene atmosphere. This grand historic property turned opulent hotel, is not to be missed. Visit The Corinthia London (@CorinthiaLondon), Whitehall Place, London. Call +44 207 930 8181 for reservations and more information. 82

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PICTURE PERFECT:

ATMOSPHERE KANIFUSHI

It’s hard to resist the charms of an awardwinning, all-inclusive Maldivian resort, with its rustic-chic style beach villas, its serene ambience and impeccable service. The island is lush with tropical vegetation, spreading idyllically along a hypnotic 2km-long turquoise lagoon. If you’re looking for a total hassle-free, five-star experience, Kanifushi Island is pretty much your proverbial paradise isle, as Marisela Paesano discovers… LOCATION The Maldives is situated in the Indian Ocean some 400 miles southwest of the southern tip of the Indian subcontinent, making it relatively short flight of less than five hours from Doha. Qatar Airways has two daily non-stop flights from Doha to Male; a red-eye departing shortly after midnight and a daylight flight departing early morning. We were greeted by Atmosphere Kanifushi Island staff at Male airport and taken for light refreshments at the property’s arrival lounge, while you wait for your sea plane ride. The coral atolls of the Maldives are scattered across the Indian Ocean, just north of the equator. The Kanifushi Island is just 30-minutes scenic flight from the Malé International Airport via Sea Plane with Trans Maldivian Airlines (a return transfer is US$490, including taxes). On arrival to the Island, we had a very warm welcome filled with music and lots of smiles by Atmosphere Kanifushi’s staff members.

BEACHFRONT VILLAS Imagine rustic-chic style Beach Villas with a direct access to the silky white-sand blue lagoon and surrounded by coconut trees and lush tropical vegetation. The entire resort is built with natural materials, timber, granite and stone, the resort style is the perfect fusion between traditional and modern architecture. We checked into the lavish Sunset Junior Suite with direct beach access and sunrise views. There’s too much to take in, but we were specially blown away by the open-air bathroom which takes up the space of an entire garden, the 84

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huge whirlpool bathtub was stunning and tropical plants line the walls of this heavenly space. Our next favourite area is the private deck which leads right onto the beach. Sun loungers have got our names written all over them – we spent so much time here relaxing and topping up the tan. Inside, it’s very spacious, you have plenty of storage room, a comfortable king size bed as well as a beautiful sofa to lounge on. However, the standouts of this room were in the little details. These included an array of high-tech toys and gourmet treats. The mini bar is replenishing twice a day and you have your own personal room boy that will make sure you get everything you need to make your experience even better.

SERVICE AND FACILITIES The service is faultless. Guests have their own room boy to look after them throughout their stay, and the rest of the staff will soon feel like old friends. Facilities include the Akiri Spa by Mandara, Dive and Sail center, Kids Club, Club House and five amazing restaurants to dine in! Daily snorkeling trips, excursions and adventures are also available upon request.

FOOD AND DRINK Just because you are in the Maldives, at a 5-star resort in one of the most secluded spots in the Indian Ocean, doesn’t mean that the gastronomy is slacking. Its very much the opposite at Atmosphere Kanifushi, where the food game is so STRONG. World cuisine is represented through the resort’s five dining outlets. THE SPICE The main restaurant on the island serves a wide variety of international cuisine, buffet style and live cooking stations are available here. The spectacular beach-side breakfast buffet caters to all tastes with American, Asian Continental and local Maldivian specialties include ‘Mas huni’ (tuna with onion, coconut and chilli), or ‘Faro Mas Riha’ (a spicy reef-fish curry). The breakfast is a delectable spread. Flaky pastries, tantalizing egg dishes, cereal bar, fresh fruit counter, healthy juices and so much more. They also serve lunch and various themed evenings such us Indian Ocean Night; a Culinary Journey featuring virtuoso cooking displays from around the Indian Ocean. The Passage to India soirée is a fabulously exotic buffet-banquet of curries, tandoors and dosai, with steamy cooking stations. The restaurant has a beautiful terrace that overlooks the beach. From the extensive breakfast buffet for lunch and dinner, The Spice is infinitely beachside indulgence at its best.


TEPPANYAKI GRILL At the resort’s Japanese restaurant, by the sea, chefs conjure up outstanding sushi, sashimi and Japanese fusion dishes. The show of Teppanyaki griddle cooking in the open kitchen is pure theatre. An authentic Teppanyaki experience, where you can enjoy a delectable dinner.

ACTIVITIES & RECREATION The resort has a plethora of activities on both land and sea, for all ages – enough to keep even the fussiest of travelers entertained. Here are just some of the best excursions and pastime that we’d recommend:

SNORKELING TRIPS What lies beneath the surface? Go deeper into the mysteries and secrets of the Indian Ocean. Immerse yourself in the house reef and speedboat to spectacular sites. On our morning ride out to sea, our instructor and the boat’s captain go over safety procedures and reassure us that this is going to be one of the most amazing experiences of our lives. Little did we know how true this was until hopping over the edge of the boat and starting our soothing snorkel session. We spot intricate bouquet of coral and groups of colourful fish.

THE LIQUID The main bar of the resort serves an array of exotic mocktails and cocktails. Strategically located next to the pool, it is probably one of the most favored locations on the island, to unwind and absorb the stress-free Maldivian environment.

THE SUNSET One of our favourite spots on the island, the bar - restaurant has an infinity pool that offers a stunning view of the turquoise lagoon. You can enjoy a la carte lunch or dinner, the menu offers a specialty fusion cuisine, showcasing Asian and Mediterranean dishes. The bar has a relaxed atmosphere where you can definitely feel you landed in paradise.

SUNSET CRUISE Possibly one of the best excursions we embarked on at Atmosphere Kanifushi. Get ready for and unforgettable evening. They attentive staff had some canapes ready for the trip alongside with expert staff who will keep an eye out for the dolphins at sea. You will sail the blue water all while watching the dramatic sunset and how the Maldives does day to night. It’s a spectacular view that you will definitely want to capture on camera.

WATER SPORTS Now, when we say that Atmosphere Kanifushi is a haven for on-water activities, we are not exaggerating. You name it and they have got it! The resort has an array of water sports: jet skiing, water skiing, wakeboarding, catamarans, windsurfing, paddle board and much more. The choice is yours!

JUST VEG Our absolute favourite food experience at Atmosphere Kanifushi had to be the venue that whipped up the most exotic flavours and unusual dishes. A masterpiece crafted vegetarian menu specifically for Jain Cuisine capable to convert the most committed carnivorous guests. A pure vegetarian restaurant, a Qatar Airways FIRST in the Maldives, serving outstanding operates direct and delightful vegetarian cuisine from the flights to Male. Visit Mediterranean, Arabic and Indian regions. www.atmosphereJust Veg redefines vegetarian cuisine by kanifushi.com or call experimenting with original flavours +960 3339 992 for combinations, a truly vegetarian gem in reservations and more information. the island. www.ohlala-magazine.com

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LASTING MEMORIES

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. 86

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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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UNFORGETTABLE FOOD. Derived from Peruvian roots, LA MAR by Gastón Acurio introduces Tarde Chévere every Friday at the beachfront of INTERCONTINENTAL DOHA. Craig Ferriman indulged in their special set lunch, featuring off-the-menu specials by none other than Chef Tomás De La Paz and we have complete food envy.

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“Diners have the choice of sitting inside or out and while neither is necessarily better than the other, the option to dine al fresco definitely got our vote especially because the temperature permitted when we visited. Their acoustic band further provided an additional atmospheric backdrop alongside the tranquil beach view.”


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Peruvian cuisine is fast developing a niche chic in the food world but there is no other competitor for it in Qatar offering an exclusively Peruvian menu. The brunch we went to was an excellent way to explore much of what they have to offer as a chef ’s set menu is presented with a kind of ‘greatest hits’ of the main a-la-carte menu sent out. We had a selection of appetizers and a couple of hot starters, a couple of entrees and a couple of desserts to share. The Nikkei ceviche is incredibly fresh and tastes divine. It’s a tuna tartare with avocado mousse, nori seaweed, wasabi tobiko and rocoto cream. Another cold starter allows a pallet gorge. Called mixto, it comprises the combination of the catch of the day with calamari, shrimp and octopus in rocoto leche de tigre. The back of the mouth is singing in flavour. Sensational seafood sushi rolls also add to the smorgasbord. Indeed, it is that sharing mentality that is the Latin American way and I rather liked the table brimming with a multitude of different things to dip in and try. My favourite appetizer awakened the pallet from any slumber it had been in. The chalaco is such an excellent slider of sumptuousness; fresh catch of the day, shrimp in rocoto leche de tigre with crispy calamari, choclo and sweet potatoes which reappear in numerous dishes across the menu. There are things at this brunch that are just not offered on the daily a-la-carte menu so we really ‘lucked out’ with this. The sushi is a brunch special and so are the miniature fish burger sliders and empanadas. Two mains are then placed on the table. The pollo which translates as chicken. On the dish are two anticuchera chicken thighs, sweet potatoes, buttered corn and chalaca. There is a bit of a kick to the chicken that gives it some spice and heat. The other main dish on the table is the meat eaters dream. It’s called Carne which quite literally means meat. We’re talking anticuchera tenderloin with chimichurri potatoes, buttered corn, carretillero sauce and chalaca.

Rather than two hefty desserts to work through at the end of the afternoon, two delicate pots are presented with light sweets to perfectly polish off the set menu. One was a lime cream, lime mousse, almond crumble with meringue and lime sorbet. In the other pot was a dulce de leche foam, vanilla ice cream, berries and crispy meringue. It was impossible to fault anything on the menu and the food was just so different to anything you can eat anywhere else around. The staff are exceptionally well trained and at a far higher level than most others in the five-star restaurant category. They are knowledgeable about the food they serve, attentive to customers and friendly too. La Mar proved to exactly why it is multiple award winning. It’s a very special place to visit. For bookings, please call +974 4484 4919 or email fb.icdoha@ihg.com @lamardoha / @intercontinentaldoha

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CHIC Eats Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara Q Lounge

Q Lounge is the perfect spot for all-day relaxed dining, either indoor or alfresco by the poolside. Indian cuisine lovers will discover a mouth-watering collection and guests looking for international flavours will find a selection of comfort food and snacks. For reservations call 4040 5050 or e-mail: fbreservations. adoh@anantara.com

Crowne Plaza Doha West Bay Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor

Experience the traditional North Indian Thali made with a selection of various dishes comprising of six different flavours served on one platter with very special prices. This includes rice and bread served with 4 main curries, either vegetarian or non-vegetarian, along with raita, buttermilk and a sweet dish to top it off. For reservations call 4019 8877 or e-mail to rbr.cpdohawb@ihg.com

Doha Marriott Hotel Corniche Restaurant

Showcasing some of Doha’s most iconic features with a delectable selection of your all-time favourite breakfast delicacies, Corniche will definitely be a welcome addition to your bucket list when it comes to breakfast buffets. Full buffet for QR 119 includes water, fresh and chilled juices, regular coffee and tea. For reservations call 4429 8882

Al Najada Hotel Canela Café

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Marriott Marquis City Centre Doha Aqua Lounge

Relax with your family and friends over the perfect lunch or dinner at the air-conditioned cabanas or at the terrace with the breathtaking view of Doha’s skyline at Aqua Lounge. Enjoy a selection of hot and cold mezze, Arabic inspired mocktails and refreshing beverages at this ultimate spot. For reservations call 4419 5000 or visit www.marriottmarquisdohadining.com 92

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Located away from the bustling hotel lobby, Canela Café is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy a mid-morning coffee, chat over a business lunch or savour the Afternoon Tea created by the talented Pastry team. Canela, meaning cinnamon in Portuguese, is a key ingredient to their famous Portuguese custard tart, or “pastel de nata”, their signature pastry. Canela Café is specifically designed as a relaxed, social space where you can eat, meet and enjoy a work meeting that takes things to a whole new level. For reservations call 4470 4444

Four Seasons Nobu

The famous Nobu Doha offers up an elite brunch with a wide selection of Nobu’s speciality dishes. Start the weekend with everything from sumptuous sushi stations to foie gras and oysters that delight in the best new-style Japanese dishes. For reservations call 4494 8600 or e-mail: dining.doh@fourseasons.com

Grand Hyatt Doha

Santa Monica Breakfast Club

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? Well breakfast hotspot Santa Monica Breakfast Club is offering Doha residents a daily breakfast buffet for just QAR 100. Come and enjoy the delights on offer, whether it is before work or before a day packed full of activities. For reservations call 3029 3748

InterContinental Doha Mykonos

Meat me at Mykonos indulge in a succulent platter of juicy beef souvlaki, lamb chops, chicken souvlaki, beef sausages & beef patties, served with fried potatoes, pita bread, tzatziki. Available all day from Saturdays to Wednesdays. For reservations call 4484 4919 or email fb.icdoha@ihg.com


InterContinental Doha The City La Parisienne Doha

The Déjeuner Express lunch offer at La Parisienne Doha will have you coming back for more. Choose from a selection of sandwiches and quiches made fresh alongside a sweet pastry and a refreshingly cold soft drink - talk about a productive day! For reservations call 4015 8888 or email events.icdohatc@ihg.com

Centro Capital Doha C.taste

Kick start your day with a delicious breakfast buffet that will keep you energized throughout the day. The refreshing selection will include a healthy treat from fresh cut fruits to refreshing fresh juices and smoothies daily from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM for QR 50 per person. For reservations call: +974 44555000 or send an email at centro.capitaldoha@rotana.com

Radisson Blu Hotel 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. A definite show stopper for all of the family. For reservations call 44281555 or email at fbreservations.doha@radissonblu.com

Sharq Village & Spa Al Jalsa Lounge

Experience the quintessential ‘Royal Arabian High Tea’, with a delectable selection of fragrant herbal tea blends and coffee brews, paired with petit sandwiches, freshly made pastries and Arabic sweets and dates – a perfect amalgamation of flavours, enjoyed during the summer months. For reservations call 4425 6666 or email dining.sharq@ritzcarlton.com

Sheraton Grand Hotel & Convention Hotel Doha Al Hubara

As Sheraton Grand Doha is known for preserving the Qatari heritage, the beautifully decorated Al Hubara Restaurant lets you experience a truly Qatari ambience that attracts guests from far and wide; offering an extensive à la carte menu, live cooking stations, and a variety of buffet spreads. For reservations call 4485 3000 or email F&Breservations.doha@sheratonhotels.com

Mondrian Doha Rise

Bringing you the ultimate rooftop experience, elevate your Thursdays with the hottest African beats, delicious beverages and, of course, the best views in town. Inspired by Latin rhythms such as Salsa, Reggaeton and Bachata, in collaboration with Salsa in Candela, a professional dance and entertainment school based in Doha. For reservations call 4045 5999

The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa Hunters

Grab it while it’s cold! Enjoy a wide selection of brew this summer as Hunters launch a new pop up bar in their patio ready to serve you every day from 5PM till 12AM. For reservations call 3359 8514

Alwadi Hotel Doha McGallery Sofra

Serving varieties of kofta: 5 different kinds (1kg) served with french fries,

burghul, garlic sauce, kashkash sauce, spicy garlic sauce and salad for QR 200. For reservations call 4009 9999

St.Regis

Vine restaurant

Make the evenings special at Vine Restaurant with their exquisite dinner buffet. Gather all the loved ones and share the night with all your stories for the day as you indulge in a delicious dinner at The Finest Address in Qatar. QAR 150 inclusive of 1 soft drink from Saturday to Tuesday at 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM. For reservations call 4446 0105 or email Dining.Reservations@stregis.com

Oryx Rotana Choices

Inspired by the famous tale of Shahrazad and Shahryar, explore the authenticity of the new theme night offering a wide selection of specialties from the Middle East, Iran, Turkey and North Africa for QAR 199 per person including soft beverages. For reservations call 4402 3333

The Torch Kufic Lounge

Choose breakfast trays between continental, international or oriental options. All-day homemade goodie bags are also available. From QR 65 Daily 6:30am10:30am. For reservations call 4446 5600

Kempinski Residences & Suites Zengo

Inspired by the Celebrity Chef Richard Sandoval, Zengo offers a unique spin on authentic Pan-Asian cuisine. Zengo’s express lunch menu offers a complete spin on authentic Pan-Asian cuisine from Miso Soup, Sushi to curry dishes, grilled entrees, and wok dishes. Save some space for exotic fruits and sweet ends! For reservations call 4405 3560

W Doha La Spiga

Try the Express Lunch at La Spiga where you get to select from the menu 1 appetizer, 1 main and 1 dessert every day between 12pm to 4pm for QR 108 For reservations call 4453 5135

Marsa Malaz, Kempinski Toro Toro

Toro Toro is a creative blend of Pan Latin styles and flavours. The Restaurant showcases the most authentic recipes from Brazil to Peru in a vibrant atmosphere, giving to its eclectic and selected guests a full Latin experience. Have you already tried the best meat in Doha? If not, Caballeros Steak Night on Wednesday is the perfect opportunity. Unlimited Picanha, choice of two cold and two hot starters with sharing dessert and bottle of Argentinian grape! For reservations call +974 4035 5101

The Ritz-Carlton, Doha STK

An indulgent affair for those who dare to join the party brunch from the internationally acclaimed steakhouse, STK. With impeccable service, impressive views of the city and a lightning line-up of DJs and entertainment, and signature dishes and drinks to die for, STK Doha is the ultimate brunch in town, which launches on the 14th June. Not to be missed! For reservations call 4484 8588 www.ohlala-magazine.com

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LAHA PREMIER LAHA PREMIER IS A BUSINESS TO CONSUMER EXHIBITION (B2C) HELD AT DOHA FESTIVAL CITY, BETWEEN THE 21ST APRIL TO MAY 18TH 2019. THIS PLATFORM INVITES PREMIUM BRANDS WITH A TRADITIONAL ARABIAN FLAIR TO SHOWCASE THEIR LATEST COLLECTIONS OF FASHIONABLE ACCESSORIES, ABAYAS, ARTS, ANTIQUES, HOMEWARE, INTERIOR DECORATION, JEWELLERY, WATCHES AND FRAGRANCES. AS ITS NAME INDICATES (“LAHA” MEANS ‘FOR HER’ IN ARABIC), THE EXHIBITION IS PRIMARILY ADDRESSED TO QATARI LADIES. BUT THE FACT THAT THE EXHIBITION TAKES PLACE IN DOHA FESTIVAL CITY SHOPPING MALL PROVIDES AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXPAND THE TARGET MARKET TO ALL WOMEN INTERESTED IN ARABIC PRODUCTS. @dczstyle / dczqtr.com

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CHARLES & KEITH ON BEHALF OF APPAREL GROUP, OHLALA INVITED GUESTS TO VISIT CHARLES & KEITH AS THEY REVEALED THEIR RAMADAN COLLECTION AND THE EVENING CAPSULE COLLECTION BY RAMI AL ALI X CHARLES & KEITH ON SATURDAY 4TH MAY AT DOHA FESTIVAL CITY. STYLIST NATALIA (@PERFECT.LOOK.QA) STYLED THE COLLECTION AS GUESTS ENJOYED SOME EXPERT ADVICE WITH AN ARRAY OF DELIGHTS FOR ALL GUESTS. @charleskeithofficial

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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!


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Ohlala Qatar June 2019  

For the Modern Middle Eastern Woman

Ohlala Qatar June 2019  

For the Modern Middle Eastern Woman

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