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CONTENTS Ohlala


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OCTOBER 2018 ISSUE 88

CHAIRMAN Khalifa Bin Mubarak Al Khalifa

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Greg Hughes GENERAL MANAGER

REGIONAL EDITOR Jayne Green

CONTRIBUTORS Pooja Adam Helen Houghton Anahi Brown

PUBLISHING DIRECTORS Edward Smith Angela Beitz SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER

SALES DIRECTOR Marisela Paesano

Jyoti Rawat

PRODUCTION MANAGER

PHOTOGRAPHY CONTRIBUTORS

Neil Mahmood

Abshar Kader

DISTRIBUTION MANAGER

Faras Ghani

Ajit Kumar COVER IMAGE

Hussein Zreik

WEBSITE DESIGNER & DEVELOPER Ammar Ali WEBSITE Melek Yildirimtekin

CREDITS IMAGE Giorgio Armani

Ferrari, Alfardan Sports Motors

ACCOUNTANTS Gigimon Thankachen

DISTRIBUTION TEAM

PRINTING PRESS Al Anan Printing Press, Oman

Jayapragash Ganesan

Praveen Alexander

DISTRIBUTION

Rajesh Abdul Kadar

Qatar – Dar Al Sharq

ENQUIRIES Editorial: jayne@ohlala-magazine.comm | Advertising: edward@ohlala-magazine.com | General: admin@ohlala-magazine.com Telephone: Qatar +974 4441 8415/+974 4421 3089 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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EDITOR’S LETTER

HOUSE OF HOLLAND

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n today’s youth-obsessed world, just walking out the door, flicking on the TV, or checking your Instagram feed can be a veritable minefield for your self-esteem. Even when you know deep down that you’re scrolling through someone’s highlight reel, it still impacts you in real life. Thankfully, a slew of insanely stylish and savvy femmes in their 60s are breaking the mold with authenticity, honesty, and a zero-face-lift policy. These women are proud of their unconventional looks, disregard trends for personal style, eschew gender conformity for feminism, and exercise their sharp wits, all while they perfect the art of aging gracefully. Their punk-rock attitude is catching on, and luxury brands have taken notice, tapping women in their 60s, 70s, and even 90s for major campaigns over the latest ‘It’ girl and looking at them for inspiration on the catwalks (Glance over to our Style Focus pages!). This made me think about their persona as modelling isn’t the only arena where these women shine. There’s something liberating about ageing, ditching your demons, and accepting the body you’ve been given once and for all and we can all learn a lot from respecting our elders. Allow yourself to be in a sunny disposition, allow your positive personality to shine through, and allow the ageless philosophy of ‘it’s what’s on the inside that counts’ to flow over you... as it is the only thing that truly counts, isn’t it?

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C I T T C N E E L C M E R E W O P M E OMEN W F RO E S, T N C A A G R HA SLO C H D T I N SW TH A N G O N I E T LEC STR L E O H C T Y OF ING NTS. I T S E R A I P C R VA ND A A S H OW S T R U LOU GHO O U C O R TH

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WISH List

IN THE KNOW Fashionista POOJA ADAM provides a round-up of some of her favourite FW18 and SS19 designers straight from the catwalk at London Fashion Week 2018. @lesrebellesquad

AMANDA WAKELEY

PALMER HARDING

FOREVER ROSE

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DOLCE & GABANNA

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MOSCHINO

Eye-catching rainbow colours guaranteed to gain fashionista prowess. Warning! Positive vibes will ensue.


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TEATUM JONES

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This hot colour was predominant throughout the catwalk encouraging the women who wear it to be strong, confident and fearless.


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MARY KATRANTZOU

VERSACE

OSCAR DE LA RENTA

Be bold and wear this print with no uncertainty and you can carry off any style. SACAI

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RICK OWENS

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OHLALA Advertorial

NAILING THE SEASON AND Trading strives to exceed the expectations of the fashion-conscious women of Qatar and they’ve certainly succeeded with Nails to meet your beauty needs, from your tips to your toes.

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Behind the SCENE

Showcasing over 300 designers and brands under one roof only means one thing... The 14th edition of Heya Arabian Fashion Exhibition is back with its Autumn/Winter 2018 collection. Celebrate an unparallelled platform for designers from Qatar, the GCC and beyond between 26th to 30th October at Doha Exhibition and Convention Center. Ohlala spotlights two designers to reveal their brand and what the exhibition means to them. www.heya.qa / www.dczqtr.com / @dczstyle

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ODISH is showcasing at the upcoming 14th HEYA Arabian Fashion Exhibition and we reveal an added dimension behind the brand founded by Qatari designer, Noor Alsulaiti. When was your concept of creating this brand first ignited? After seeking a new contemporary style for local traditional abayas MODISH design journey began in 2014. What is your inspiration behind each piece? As an interior designer with a strong fascination towards the Art Deco era, the brand seamlessly reflects those details in all of its collections. All of my inspiration comes from contrast of colours, abstract shapes and patterns as I seek to find the differences and dissimilarity and stitch it into a piece of beauty that one can own and keep. How far has the abaya come in terms of being a fashion rather than a cultural statement? Abayas will always remain a cultural statement that symbolises tradition and modesty. Abayas are a statement that is very much appreciated by the community, for every women that seeks ultimate beauty in fashion there is nothing more successful than combining it in a piece of traditional wear. Why is your participation at the 14th Edition of Heya important and beneficial for the Modish brand? Heya exhibition is considered one of the biggest fashion events within this region that is mainly specialised in women’s fashion, it is a great opportunity to drastically expand MODISH customer base; it is our third participation. It is also a great platform to showcase our recent handiwork as our loyal customers have been very keen to view our FW18/19 collection. What is the key to a cutting-edge, unique and versatile abaya? 36

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Our brand is very well known in creating elegant, sophisticated, and feminine abayas yet respectful to the tradition. Focusing on unique details and material ensure for the ultimate quality and finishing. Is there a particular country that has influenced your most successful collection of abayas? There is no country in particular MODISH is influenced by as the brand seeks exceptional beauty everywhere and anywhere. Name some themes that might inspire upcoming collections? Simplicity X Complexity. @modish.doha


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ntroducing Soleil Abaya, a homegrown Qatari brand revealing why they love making one-of-a-kind designs and showcasing at HEYA Exhibition. When was your concept of creating this brand first ignited? I have always had a great passion in designing my own abayas and implementing such ideas with local tailors. I used to get a lot of compliments and I was pushed towards enhancing my abilities and starting up a business. I finally decided to take the plunge and started working on my concept in 2014. What is your inspiration behind each piece? There is nothing specific that my designs are based upon nor a specific inspiration. My creative vision always happens spontaneously especially once I am under pressure or obliged to work with a specific material; tilting the situation to the benefit of the design. I definitely work on a deadline! How far has the abaya come in terms of being a fashion rather than a cultural statement? Personally I still strongly believe that religiously and culturally the abaya will forever maintain its unique value, however, I work very hard on my designs to always feature the cultural preservative value with a beautiful fashionable twist. Why is your participation at the 14th Edition of Heya important and beneficial for the Soleil Abaya brand? Heya exhibition is considered to be the strongest platform for any designer as there is a lot of foot traffic. You’re able to meet new customers and introduce yourself to such a competitive market. Heya’s management and organisers are already aware of my customer base from their knowledge of the market and the turnout at my booth. On the other hand, I still benefit from meeting new clients and interacting with more local designers which allows us to be unanimously proud of this great accomplishment that we

are all contributing towards from a fashion point of view. What is the key to a cutting-edge, unique and versatile abaya? The key point of the best design is the actual implementation of the design itself. There are three main factors that contribute in the success or failure of said design process; material, cut and the quality of finishing. What is the future vision for evolving your brand? Our goal at Soleil Abaya is to reach the highest level in the fashion industry for our particular market. We are aiming towards the honour of reaching every local house in Qatar and seeing our designs adorned by all types of clientele. @soleil_abayaa www.ohlala-magazine.com

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PERFECTED SKIN, CHIC PONYTAILS AND CURLED LASHES ARE YOUR GO-TO’S FOR AW18

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OHLALA Spotlight

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS 2018 Diva Lounge Spa, a leading ladies only boutique day spa in Qatar, takes a social responsibility in raising awareness about breast cancer and educating women on the importance of regular screening, adopting a healthy lifestyle and pursuing wellness for a better life.

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veryone knows October is PINKTOBER! The Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A month dedicated to Breast Cancer initiatives that focus on supporting research and educating women about prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. Cancer is one of the most feared diseases characterised by uncontrolled growth and the spread of abnormal cells. Apart from skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women, affecting 1 in 8 females in developed countries and accounting to 12% of all cancer cases. Life is all about choices. The lifestyle you choose to adopt can greatly affect your chances of developing cancer. Small changes in your lifestyle will make a difference in cancer prevention. Eating a well-balanced diet based on veggies, fruits and whole grains, regular exercise, limiting alcohol intake and avoiding tobacco are all the right steps to minimise the risk of developing cancer. Early detection increases the chances of survival hence regular mammogram screening is extremely important to detect breast cancer in women. Stress, referred to as the silent killer, is another risk factor for developing cancer. Studies indicate that stress lowers the immunity system and allows for tumour growth and fast progression of cancer cells. Also, when people are under pressure they tend to make poor choices in their lifestyles like smoking, compulsive eating, consuming alcohol, no exercising, all of which are linked to developing cancer. It is therefore imperative that stress is well managed at all times. Many undermine the importance of spa treatments in managing stress. Regular spa treatments have proven to boost physical immunity and to positively impact psychological health. Massage is a great way to relieve stress as it not only increases blood circulation and reduces blood pressure but also boosts serotonin levels which help to regulate mood, appetite and sleep. Treatments such as facials and hammam rituals contribute to mood enhancement whilst ancient Chinese complementary therapies such as reflexology is a great way to promote healing and improve well-being and vitality. To mark the World Breast Cancer Awareness month this year, Diva Lounge Spa in association with the Primary Health Corporation’s (PHCC) National Breast and Bowel Cancer Program ‘Screen for Life’ will host a workshop on Prevention and Early Detection of Cancer which will focus on the different symptoms of cancer and the importance of regular screening for the early detection of breast cancer. The workshop will also include a presentation by Sandra Hope, a Cancer Survivor who will talk about her journey with cancer and share insights about the importance of living a healthy, balanced and active lifestyle as a preventive measure against cancer. Diva Lounge Spa will also provide a Mobile Mammography Screening Unit to enable professional ladies the opportunity to have a mammogram. The Mobile Screening Unit will be parked at the Gate Mall on Sunday 28 October 2018 from 9am to 9pm. To register for the workshop and the mammogram screening kindly send an email to info@divaspaqatar.com or call Grace on 70303198. @diva_lounge_spa

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Power of Pink We’re powerful together..

PINK SPA & WELLNESS MENU - EXCLUSIVE FOR OCTOBER De-stress, detoxify and take extra care this month. It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so join us at Anantara Spa for a range of special treatments to promote good health, and get a little extra. Book any of our PINK Spa and Wellness offerings, including restorative lymphatic massage and anti-aging therapies, and get a 15-minute upper body treatment with our compliments. Available from 1 – 31 October 2018 For reservations, please call: +974 4040 5158 or email: spa.adoh@anantara.com

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HEALTH Files

HOMEGROWN Your daily dose of healthy, nutritious and delicious meals is now unlocked with AKLY app. Our stomachs have never been so content...

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re you into meal planning and living a healthy lifestyle? Well, we certainly try to be, but, working in a fast-paced environment always seems to provide us with an excuse to say that “We don’t have time to eat nutritional based meals” and, like many of our peers we find ourselves running to the nearest garage or drivethru for something quick and ‘on-the-go’ to satisfy our hunger pangs, but, thankfully AKLY are our chefs in shining armour who offer up bountiful dishes to our door. AKLY is a homegrown company that places great emphasis on health and nutrition for its customers. 48

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It was founded in 2016, with the aim to provide people with healthy, gourmet, and fresh cooked food, which could be delivered straight to their doorstep. With AKLY, people will be able to reach their health goals, whether it’s weight loss, weight gain, or just a convenient and robust lifestyle. Founded by Mohamad Abdelaziz Al Saad and Ahmad Al Saad, you can even choose from an unlimited number of meal varieties on the AKLY app (that change every season), all sourced and made from the finest ingredients, prepared by quality chefs and delivered to your door fresh, delicious, and ready to eat. “We have an amazing nutritionist with years of experience who ensures that every item is properly prepared and labelled,” said Mohamad Abdelaziz Al Saad. “Our chef spends time sourcing the freshest seasonal ingredients and latest cooking techniques to ensure the preservation of taste and nutrition. Our delivery team is highly skilled and armed with the latest technology to ensure your meals reach you as fresh as possible.” The AKLY app is simple to use and user-friendly. People are able to choose from a number of different options and can even view the nutritional value and ingredients of each meal. Currently, the app is only available for iOS and can be downloaded from the Apple app store - simply type in ‘Akly’ and let your gastronomic journey begin. www.akly.co @aklyofficial


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RAPUNZEL’S PROTOCOL

ANAHI BROWN gives us the 411 on amping up our lacklustre locks with some nutrients and habits for unbeatable results.

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h, Rapunzel, let down your hair! Who hasn’t encountered this story and wished to also have Rapunzel’s shiny, strong and abundantly beautiful hair? I mean, I don’t know about you, but I would love to be able to use my hair as a rope, and only she has accomplished this so far. Fortunately, this wish doesn’t have to stay in the land of Happily Ever After. Beautiful hair is an inside job that depends as much on our genetics as it does on our diet and the care we give it. However, in a market saturated by pills, gummies, masks and even potions that promise beautiful hair, sometimes it feels like we’re asking one of the seven dwarfs instead of relying on science. So, let’s talk hair care with facts so we can create our own Rapunzel Protocol to recover, heal, nourish and protect our hair. Furthermore, so that we can achieve its optimal expression and health. These are the best nutrients you can bring into your diet right away:

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• Protein: When you think beautiful hair you rarely think about eating a steak; however, proteins are the building blocks for our body, so focusing on consuming good quality options will help your body in creating healthy cells to grow hair from. My favourite source for hair (and nails) health? Collagen, which is an amazing amino acid that we rarely consume and lack terribly. • Iron and Zinc: These minerals are involved in the health and performance of hair follicles (aka where our hair comes from) as well as in tissue oxygenation, growth and repair. How to tackle them? Indulge in Zinc and Iron rich foods like spinach, shellfish, mushrooms and meat. • B Complex: This group of water soluble vitamins play a huge role in cell metabolism. They are all important for our general health, nonetheless Biotin (known as B7, Vitamin H or Coenzyme R) and B5 are particularly relevant in supporting our adrenals, which stimulates hair growth, as well as thickening hair fibres and increasing its pliability, helping it better withstand the wear and tear of life. Want a way to up their intake? Start with eggs, avocados, nuts, dark leafy greens, meat and poultry. • Vitamins C and D: These two fight cell ageing as well as support hormonal balance, so consuming them supports with healthier looking hair that grows healthily thanks to our happy hormones. To get your daily doses, make sure to add bell peppers, citric fruits, kiwis, fatty fish like salmon and mackerel, as well as safely expose yourself to the sun. It’s true that not everyone is genetically coded to have huge amounts of thick Coachella-worthy hair as much of our hair’s texture, quantity and pattern will depend on genetics. However, if you nail your diet and use some of these hacks, you too can have a luscious and healthy mane within your own biology… who knows, you could redefine your own Rapunzel story! @anahibrown.coach


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VIRTUAL VANITY Beauty Anywhere & Anytime’ is the tagline for innovative app Venita and we are already thankful for how it has transitioned into our overall beauty regime. Co-Founder ALI ALMOHANNADI reveals all.

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hat motivated you to create Venita and make the decision to launch the app? In the 21st century, people have busy lives and when they want to get their haircut or have their nails done etc, they don’t have time to ask their friends where to go and then call around to book appointments - this is where Venita really showcases itself. Clients get frustrated that there isn’t an easy way to find and book an appointment; scrolling mindlessly through different instagram accounts and websites. When I looked into it I realised that stylists and salons aren’t empowered either and it seemed like an exciting opportunity to share with Qatar. There are a lot of people out there who have certain needs when it comes to a stylist. It might be someone that specialises in a certain hair texture or service. Some want a place in their district or a particular price range. We are making it easy to find that service so they’re more likely to keep using Venita. Tell us how you were able to develop the app from concept to commercialisation? It started as an idea that aimed to tackle the problem with the lengthy process of booking salons. Venita has commercialised itself as an integral app that copes with the era of technology and speed required today. The Venita team initially was just my friend and I who is the Chief of Technology in the company, utilising his degree in Software Engineer and Development whilst also his impressive work experience in building technological solutions for hospitality and financial sectors in Qatar. We then grew our Venita family with members from the Qatari community that have diversified skills who can always bring something to the table. With a team with diversified skills, we were able to build our business model from different perspectives to achieve success with the booking process of salons. Most professionals in the industry are really talented and just want to make people feel great. They’re artists and many of them are really good at what they do, but, they don’t have any tools to help them manage the business side of their world. We wanted to create something 52

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that grows their business for them, and lets them spend more time building relationships and doing what they do best, whilst also allowing their business to develop through our application. We’re officially hooked on Venita’s app accessibility, but, in your own words, why should people download Venita? We are an online beauty booking platform which connects people with salons, spa, wellness and everything to do with beauty. This also includes beauty venues, makeup artists and also stylists - including a constant rotation of offers and which girl doesn’t like a promotional bargain? There are optimised services to allow everything to be your ‘onestop-shop’ app and maximise your day. Furthermore, we have beauty navigation too which allows you to get directions to the premises or book an uber directly through the app. Basically, we try to make life easier for you - including new trends and beauty advice incorporated through our beauty blogs on social media. We are proud to say that we are the largest online platform to discover, book and experience beauty and wellness services online in Qatar. Also, we have the best in-house team to ensure that the security is unparalleled when it comes to paying online so you know that your transactions are completely secure.


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Why do you feel that there is a heightened demand for beauty and wellness services? We are not just a beauty booking platform, we are a beauty community platform. Mini blogs have been integrated into our social media to allow for tips and tricks to be shared amongst our users. These days, now more than ever, people are wanting to optimise their time as we live in the era of technology and speed. People are expecting a booking process to be easy and fast as possible and anything that doesn’t fall into this criteria is considered as a bad process. Venita is here to help you utilise your ‘me time’ at a time and place that suits you. As the creator of this app, how often do you use it yourself ? This was originally launched as a female-only platform, but, we have already signed Male Spas, therefore in the next few months this will be rolled out for full accessibility to everyone in Qatar. The salons are continuously updated and it provides you with both a ‘Salon/Home’ feature to heighten your customer experience. What is the most rewarding part of your job working in this field? When we launched our app, it was rewarding to see local beauty businesses very excited that this application had emerged to enhance their business processes and make them more accessible to their customers. Our business model was developed to assess beauty salons needs to better promote their services and it was always fundamentally based on a win-win basis and that is what I find truly rewarding. You can download Venita via the Apple App Store and Google Play. Follow their IG @venita_bw

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YOUR MOMENT When looking for something out of the ordinary you shouldn’t settle for anything less than the best. We interview leading wedding and events organiser MOMENTS’ Managing Partner, ELIAS MEKHAEL, revealing why they’re unparalleled with bespoke extraordinary celebrations.

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ow long have you been in the Events business? Over 15 years - it’s been eventful and adventurous to say the least. Why and When was Moment’s Wedding and Events started? Having been in the industry for some time, I observed a gap where clients would have difficulties organising their wedding. It ranged from the right venue, a creative design and alignment of the wedding theme to wedding dress design, jewellery, accessories, etc… Also many brides are stressed and fatigued on their wedding day and definitely no bride should feel that way, thus the idea of solving all this issue brought the birth of Moments. As to when, the idea was baking for a few years and only in February did I start to lay the ground for Moments Wedding and Events. What factors do you consider when choosing an event venue? The Capacity based on expected guests, The Design concept and possibility of implementation, Venue location and accessibility, Venue logistics , Catering quality that’s being served just to mention a few, however there’s more to be considered for the right venue based on specific requirements of a wedding. What are your strategies for dealing with irate clients? In my opinion the client doesn’t get upset unless there’s a reason. What we try to do is ensure we fulfill our agreement to deliver an amazing event and exceed their expectation whenever possible. Every wedding contract lays the ground rules ensuring no loopholes for any misunderstanding thus avoiding any angry clientele. Tell us about a time you had to deal with a last-minute change or unexpected situation when planning an event. The unexpected is always expected in this industry. - utilising past experience and a professional team is key. For example, we were in a venue at 4th floor and we were taking materials up in the elevator, but, there was a technical issue and the elevator stopped. We had a monumental panic but we had to improvise and hired 40 extra manpower to carry the materials from ground to the 4th floor - it’s a miracle all was completed in time. What are some of the ways you measure event success? The brides smile; her facial reaction as she comes to the ballroom for rehearsal checking on the venue décor and placement. Her glowing face shows that we have made her dreams come to reality and some brides have shed tears of joy as they were checking out the venue. After all of the long hours the brides gratitude and joy becomes the moment of all moments for 64

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a wedding planner. Have you ever planned multiple events at the same time? How did you prioritise your time and resources to meet critical deadlines? No.I do not believe multiple events should be happening at the same time, We always have 14 days break between our events. It’s the most important day of one’s life so full attention and dedication is key as they’ve entrusted us to fulfill their dream. How many weddings have you participated in? A lot. In my early years we were doing a lot of weddings but with Moment’s wedding and events, our focus is quality in large scale wedding which needs more preparation and attention to detail. Do you have a portfolio of weddings that you’ve recently done that Bridesto-be can browse? Yes. We schedule private viewing upon clients enquiry for wedding décor and our creative themes. We do it in the showroom only, not on social media platforms for privacy purposes.

How would you describe your design style? (e.g. traditional, modern, rustic, organic) Futuristic actually. We like to play creatively with something old, something modern and something new - unexpected to ensure every brides fantasy is executed in an amazing way. We design their moments. Which flowers would you recommend based on the time of year/season and colour palette? For Autumn, Asiatic Lily , Carnation and Dahlia for bountiful bloom full of life. Winter I would recommend Amaryllis, Narcissus paperwhite and Calla Lily in burgundy is forever appealing. Peonies and Ranunculus are the go-to for Spring. For summer, Veronica and Freesia combo,but also Hydrangea is beautiful. However, mainly the flowers go with preferences and are aligned to the desired theme. If I gave you a picture of a bouquet and/or centerpiece that I like, can you recreate it? Our goal is always to create a beautiful colourful floral arrangement that will complement clients’ style uniquely and based on the theme therefore we curate rather than duplicate. What other décor elements can you provide? We do not provide décor elements as we actually build the wedding from scratch. Everything is customised and selected in exquisite detail covering everything from the Stage, Kosha, table, chairs, floral décor, hanging elements, lighting and sounds etc.. all of this has to be as per the wedding theme. Do you create sample arrangements before signing a contract? We create a mood board presentation with samples for every single element that will be used during the wedding. Can you assist with the preservation of the bouquet after the wedding? If not, can you recommend someone? This is not something we do and it’s not available in Qatar. What happens is if there’s a request of preservation we get the bouquet preserved from Holland before the wedding. This can last for a minimum of 5 years to 15 years depending on storage condition. www.momentsweddings.events @momentseventsco

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VIVA LA DAYCAY OHLALA’S relaxation mode was well and truly switched on when we visited KATARA BEACH Club undoubtedly unveiling itself as the hostess with undoubtedly the ‘mostess’…

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atara Beach Club is synonymous with luxury, quality, indulgence and consistently delivering service at the very highest level. This is exemplified throughout its 4600m2 club which has separated gender floors and boasts incredible views of the Doha skyline. It was with a sense of great excitement and anticipation that we arrived at the resort eager to be tempted by all manner of indulgences and the very finest in spa facilities. The manicured grounds lead down to the pool area and the stunning beach and lagoon beyond. The white sand and glistening sea will certainly entice you to take a stroll along the private beach area or indeed discover the surrounding area via their various water sports. Their trainer was highly professional and had us feeling like pros with the kayaks in next to no time, whilst also ensuring that my friend and I were appropriately hydrated with ice cold refreshments and adorned with fluffy robes and slippers. After indulging in the overall Beach Club facilities we enjoyed Yin Yoga that is geared around providing guests with the opportunity to detox, refresh their body and mind and most importantly centre oneself, achieving Zen. The mini head massage at the end was also a nice touch! The club’s vast array of facilities, treatment rooms, saunas and salt rooms ensured that we were well sustained throughout our visit. One can not attend Katara Beach Club and not mention their incredible signature snow room; the feeling of crunching snow beneath my feet not only heightened the effects of my previous sauna session, but, hugged me in waves of nostalgia from my childhood. We further indulged ourselves with Elemis facials that were delivered expertly by their senior UK therapist. After our consultation, we delved into each of our own bespoke treatments that ensured that every stroke and product used was to optimise and complement our specific skin type, whilst their

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accompanying shoulder and decolletage massage ensured that any tension that had been built-up over the working week was deliciously unravelled over the course of the next hour. The dimmed lighting throughout Katara Beach Club adds furthermore to the overriding sense of relaxation and serenity heightening the benefits of our overall visit. Guests are encouraged to linger for infinite amounts of time by the variety of facilities and lounge areas. Nevertheless, the prospect of lunch at Croft Alley was enough to draw us away, albeit reluctantly. The atmosphere is intimate and very relaxed but the opulence and elegance of this bistro makes dining here an experience which will set a benchmark for all the other health clubs that you may visit. The Pan Seared salmon was accompanied by a yuzu jalapeno sauce and creamed spinach. The crisp outer layer was perfectly complemented by the moist moreish flesh inside and every bite was an explosion of flavour and texture. My companion devoured the tender slices of Ribeye Steak that were promptly served which were accompanied by the most beautifully honey gingered carrots. Everything here is fresh and wholesome, and, definitely mouthwatering. I’d come back for my soy milk cappuccino alone! With heavy hearts we had to leave, but, whether you are in need of an afternoon to unwind or recharge or perhaps you want to explore the culinary treats on offer you will undoubtedly be wowed at every inch of Katara Beach Club. For more information please call +974 4408 1580 @katarabeachclub

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#RCMEMORIES Ritz-Carlton’s luxury Sharq Village & Spa is a self-proclaimed ‘beachside resort celebrating the fusion of modern and traditional values in the heart of Doha’, and we were thrilled to experience that such words were amplified meticulously throughout our staycation. As I approached Sharq Village and Spa I actually felt a little giddy with anticipation. The nature of the resort is that of a traditional Qatari desert village with the elegant modern accommodation spread across 14 traditional style villas. 174 rooms and suites are set amidst these whitewashed residences each around tranquil courtyards with rooms overlooking the vast pool areas, the stunning water front of the Arabian Gulf or the lush manicured gardens which surround the resort. The ability to marry contemporary, cutting edge service and facilities with traditional architecture and surroundings is no mean feat but Sharq Village and Spa has succeeded in this - effortlessly. The Ocean View King suite combines decadence and traditional Arabian elegance. The vast veranda style balcony with its mahogany, trellised balustrade is perfect for couples, families or businessmen wishing to enjoy the balmy evening air whilst enjoying a sense of seclusion and privacy. Whether standing looking over the pool and gardens, speckled with large lanterns illuminating the walkways or gazing at the Gulf meeting the sun as it sets on the horizon, one is immediately drawn into the sense of luxury and peacefulness. Rooms and suites, including Beit Al Shyoukh – The Royal Villa- boast rainforest showers and deep soaking baths with amenities supplied by iconic British luxury brand, Asprey. The fusion of state-of-the-art technology and luxuriant décor may make it very difficult to venture beyond the walls of your accommodation. Throughout the lobby the elegant tones of a Grand Piano lingered in the air as I made my way to dinner, admiring the stunning Chandelier suspended high above me. The molten glass globules, descending from the ceiling, glowing and illuminating the Pianist seated below highlighted the clever way in which contemporary features make every space unique. My final destination of the evening was Parisa, meaning Angel, the sea-view restaurant with enviable views across the landscaped grounds and Sea beyond. After ascending up a staircase whose curves 68

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hug yet another stunning piece of suspended illumination, I discovered that the tone of Parisa is that of understated elegance and the stonetopped tables and wrought iron furniture adorned with blue and white crockery gave a fresh feel to the dining area. The food was far from predictable or mundane. The appetisers included an array of salads such as Mast-O-Artisho comprising Labneh, artichoke and walnuts delicately seasoned with mint and lime juice as well as meat based dishes such as Dolma Mix with minced lamb, rice, eggplant and peppers in a tomato sauce. More Persian delights were cooked and presented in traditional clay pots , the highlight of which was definitely the Slow Cooked Lamb and Spinach with Red Beans. All of the food is so refreshingly authentic and brilliantly executed, however, the show-stopping dishes certainly come from the Charcoal Grill. Beef, lamb, prawns and fish are given a vibrant kiss of both colour and flavour with a blend of saffron and onions. Dessert was dominated by staples such as halva and crème brulee infused subtly with rose water and saffron, once again to further infuse the palate. Following such an indulgent dinner, breakfast in bed or rather on the terrace of my suite was a very welcome start to the day. Fresh fruit, pastries and western staples such as hash browns, eggs and sausages set me up nicely for my Spa experience which followed. The large, heavy wooden doors open into a series of rooms around a central courtyard with a calming water feature, which to all intents and purposes looks like a typical Qatari Village dwelling. The 50 minute signature massage treatment was further evidence of the importance of bespoke experiences for every guest and the quest for excellence in every area of the resort. After a light, lazy lunch in Al Seef and further idling by the vast, glistening pool I ventured to Al Liwan – roughly translated as The Terrace – which is the hotel’s buffet style restaurant for their Seafood Themed Buffet Night. The décor is mesmerising and decadent with the centrepiece being a series of central archways below which are planters containing miniature topiary. In addition, traditional carvings are illuminated from below giving a further sense of grandeur. There was no way that I could fail to be impressed by the surroundings or the food on offer. Large ice filled chillers displayed bountiful amounts of crustacea and freshly prepared fish. Lobster, oysters and delicately crafted, colourful sushi and sashimi combined with a plentiful plethora of salads and freshly baked breads. The live cooking stations were as much a treat for the eyes as the palate and allowed diners to tailor dishes to their own exacting standards. Truly an oceanic odyssey. Sad to be departing after feeling refreshed and thoroughly spoiled

“Whether standing looking over the pool and gardens, speckled with large lanterns illuminating the walkways or gazing at the Gulf meeting the sun as it sets on the horizon, one is immediately drawn into the sense of luxury and peacefulness.” my experience was topped off on the final morning by breakfast, this time back in Al Liwan. All of the continental staples such as cold meats, cheeses and salads were there in abundance along with the crustiest warm breads, fresh fruit taking in every colour of the rainbow and delicious flaky pastries. The stations which housed every imaginable type of grain, seeds and dried fruit was a first for me and the live omelette station was fabulous. Sharq Village and Spa is the kind of resort that will leave you feeling that you will run out of fitting adjectives to describe it before your visit is over. Breathtaking, decadent, stunning, resplendent - I could go on and on. Truly an experience not to be missed when visiting Doha! @sharqvillageandspa www.ohlala-magazine.com

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start my day...

My alarm goes off at 6am…..I try when possible to start my day with an early swim or workout to energize and wake up first thing. I find breakfast really important so like to have a really wholesome and filling dish to fuel the day ahead. Usually scrambled eggs on toast or home-made bircher muesli. I get to the office at 8am and have a coffee whilst I catch-up on e-mails.

My role is…

My role at The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa is the Director of Marketing. Together with my fantastic marketing & PR team, we work very closely with the other departments to create exciting and unique experiences for our guests and the community of Doha. From weekend yoga sessions to Thai-style barbeques, wellness retreats or Feel Well Friday Brunches; as a department we strive to bring to life the Westin brand within everything we offer. I love yoga and all things wellness, so, I was naturally drawn to the Westin brand and really enjoy organising the amazing events that we host here at the hotel.

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in Doha followed by 18 months working across several five star brands in London. I feel very lucky to have worked with such fantastic brands within the Marriott International group.

I have lived in Doha since…

I have lived in Doha on and off for 6 years now. I love working within the hospitality industry in Qatar, there are so many opportunities to be creative, unique and really produce something new and exciting for our guests and the people living in Doha. The opportunities are endless and I find that really exciting. Service and quality within the hospitality industry here in the Middle East is second to none and nothing like I have experienced elsewhere.

I experienced challenges with…

It is always challenging living away from my friends and family who live back in Scotland and the UK. However I love to bring them here to Qatar and show them where I work and live as it’s a completely new experience for them.

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My most memorable work moment was…

In celebration of ‘Global Running Day’ this June we worked with The best thing about working Olympic Athlete and Scottish in Marketing is the variety legend Liz McColgen on a of your work life. From early community running event in morning photoshoots, afternoon the local area. We had a fantastic brainstorming sessions to turnout and such great feedback evenings hosting events; every from the attendees. It was a day can be different which I love. huge sense of achievement and Each week I am sure to meet gratification that we can put on with my colleagues from other Ohlala looks into a day in the life of events that really make us stand out departments to look at what SOPHIE EVANS who is the Director as a pillar of the local community, exciting things we have coming whilst communicating the Westin up that we will be promoting. of Marketing at the eponymous THE brand passions and values. I am Between emails I work with my WESTIN DOHA HOTEL & SPA and is looking forward to organizing team on the future marketing happily married. similar events in the future. plans for the hotel, our social media content and our graphic Here’s what I’m looking Words by POOJA ADAM design for collaterals. I am forward to this year… lucky to have such a fantastic, The rest of 2018 looks exciting hardworking and supportive team to work alongside me. When I get the with lots of great events planned with a revamp of our Thai Phuket BBQ in chance I like to have a quick lunch in our Thai restaurant Sabai Thai. I love October and the much loved and award winning Bubbalicious Brunch. A Thai food; the Pad Thai and Panang curry are my favourite! After I finish busy season ahead with more to come! work I always try to do some form of exercise. If it’s not the gym then a After work... walk, swim or some yoga really helps to switch me off. Then comes dinner Working with the values of the Westin which focuses on maintaining a which will usually be a BBQ at home or a home-made curry! I love to cook balance of eat well and play well, I try to incorporate that practice into and often spend the weekend cooking to make it easier during the week. my personal life too. During the week I tend to focus on factoring in Pinterest is my best friend when it comes to recipe ideas! some exercise, eating well and getting an early night. I always try and have a book on the go as I love to read and get a rest from looking at the How I got into the hospitality industry... computer screen! At the weekend I will relax, have a BBQ at home with I have been working in the hospitality industry for my whole career, from friends or treat myself to dinner at one of my favourite restaurants here in serving freshly baked rolls at a local bakery from when I was 14, working Doha. I love pizza, asian food, greek and steak, so, it just depends on what as a Chef and studying hospitality at University, to being accepted onto I am craving that day! Starwood’s graduate program and moving here to Doha. I have always been passionate about all things food and love the concept of giving the best @westindoha service and experiences to people. I began my career in luxury hotels here

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OUR ANNUAL AWARDS RECOGNISES THE BEST IN LUXURY SPAS AND WELLNESS. WE PRESENT OUR FINAL 2018 NOMINEES IN AN ARRAY OF CATEGORIES FOR YOU TO SUPPORT AND CAST YOUR VOTES. ENJOY AND GET PAMPERING!

HOW IT WORKS

ONLINE VOTING BEGINS

ONLINE VOTING CLOSES

THE AWARDS CEREMONY

Through a mix of Print, Social, Web & Direct media channels, we will announce nominees and drive traffic to the Online Voting Page. Check it out on: www. ohlala-magazine.com

Voting decides the Favourite winners in their categories. A panel of bloggers, influencers and our editorial team decide the Best winners in their categories.

All participants are invited to attend a luxury evening soiree at City Centre Rotana in November 2018.

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NEW SPA ROYAL EMERALDS SPA AND WELLNESS, EZDAN PALACE HOTEL SPA, SOUQ AL WAKRA HOTEL QATAR VICHY CÉLESTINS SPA, VICHY CÉLESTINS SPA HÔTEL BY RETAJ L’EAU DE VIE SPA, BOARDWALK LEVEL, QANAT QUARTIER

HOTEL SPA ESPA, MONDRIAN DOHA BLISS® SPA, W DOHA HOTEL CHI, THE SPA, SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, DOHA HEAVENLY SPA BY WESTIN, THE WESTIN DOHA HOTEL & SPA SARAY SPA, MARRIOTT MARQUIS CITY CENTER DOHA HOTEL BODYLINES FITNESS & WELLNESS CLUB, CITY CENTRE ROTANA DOHA EFOREA SPA, HILTON DOHA 76

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INDEPENDENT SPA

SPA INTERCONTINENTAL, INTERCONTINENTAL DOHA

DIVA LOUNGE SPA, VARIOUS LOCATIONS

JAULA SPA & CLUB, GRAND HYATT DOHA HOTEL & VILLAS ANANTARA SPA, BANANA ISLAND RESORT DOHA BY ANANTARA

THE DIPLOMATIC CLUB SPA, THE DIPLOMATIC CLUB, WEST BAY GHOSON SPA AND WELLNESS CENTER, AL WAKRAH B/ATTITUDE, BEVERLY HILLS TOWER

THE SPA AND WELLNESS CENTRE, FOUR SEASONS HOTEL DOHA

KATARA BEACH CLUB, KATARA CULTURAL VILLAGE

REMÈDE SPA, THE ST.REGIS DOHA

GUERLAIN SPA, ALFARDAN, ALFARDAN TOWERS, WEST BAY

THE RITZ-CARLTON SPA, THE RITZ-CARLTON, DOHA SPA BY CLARINS, MARSA MALAZ KEMPINSKI, THE PEARL - DOHA

MAISON DE JOELLE, VARIOUS LOCATIONS LUXURY SPA & FITNESS, DOHA FESTIVAL CITY

BOUTIQUE SPA AIRADA SPA, THE PEARL THE SPA, DOHA MARRIOTT HOTEL DIVA LOUNGE, VARIOUS LOCATIONS THE SPA, CROWNE PLAZA DOHA - THE BUSINESS PARK AL MASHATA BEAUTY CENTER & SPA, AHMED BIN HANBAL STREET BIOSKINSPA, VARIOUS LOCATIONS SPA, EZDAN HOTEL, WEST BAY THE SPA, AL AZIZIYAH BOUTIQUE HOTEL 78

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THE BUBBALICIOUS BRUNCH EXTRAVAGANZA Get ready to brunch like you’ve never before. Be part of the stylish, funkiest, and more vibrant Bubbalicious brunch this October. Packages start from QR 340 Call 3359 8514 or email dining.doha@westin.com for more information

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MALE SPA KATARA BEACH CLUB, KATARA CULTURAL VILLAGE THE SPA AND WELLNESS CENTRE, FOUR SEASONS HOTEL DOHA B/ATTITUDE, BEVERLY HILLS TOWER ESPA, MONDRIAN DOHA CHI, THE SPA, SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, DOHA THE RITZ-CARLTON SPA, THE RITZ-CARLTON, DOHA

HAMMAM TREATMENT THE SPA AT AL JASRA BOUTIQUE HOTEL, SOUQ WAQIF BOUTIQUE HOTELS BY TIVOLI SPA BY CLARINS, MARSA MALAZ KEMPINSKI, THE PEARL - DOHA ANANTARA SPA, BANANA ISLAND RESORT DOHA BY ANANTARA ESPA, MONDRIAN DOHA HEAVENLY SPA BY WESTIN, THE WESTIN DOHA HOTEL & SPA THE RITZ-CARLTON SPA, THE RITZ-CARLTON, DOHA 80

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Unwind from the tiredness of your long travelling or working hours. Our signature treatment includes foot scrub and full body healing massage with energy balancing forehead massage. This instant body relief will help you to recover and have a good rest. This includes luxury foot soak/scrub and energy balancing forehead massage. T. +974 4408 7777 | D. +974 4408 7621 | E. recreation.cpdoha@ihg.com www.ohlala-magazine.com Airport Road, P.O. Box 22080, Doha, State of Qatar

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SIGNATURE TREATMENT FIVE ELEMENTS BEING IN HARMONY , THE SPA AND WELLNESS CENTRE, FOUR SEASONS HOTEL DOHA SOUND THERAPY, REMÈDE SPA, THE ST.REGIS DOHA SARAY MASSAGE, THE SPA, DOHA MARRIOTT HOTEL SIMPLY DIVINE, JAULA SPA & CLUB, GRAND HYATT DOHA HOTEL & VILLAS

ANANTARA SIGNATURE MASSAGE, ANANTARA SPA, BANANA ISLAND RESORT DOHA BY ANANTARA GINGER LILY OIL MASSAGE, BODYLINES FITNESS & WELLNESS CLUB, CITY CENTRE ROTANA DOHA

COUPLES TREATMENT

ROMANTIC INDULGENCE, CHI, THE SPA, SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, DOHA COUPLES’ SPA RETREAT, THE SPA AT AL JASRA BOUTIQUE HOTEL, SOUQ WAQIF BOUTIQUE HOTELS BY TIVOLI COUPLES MASSAGE, BODYLINES FITNESS & WELLNESS CLUB, CITY CENTRE ROTANA DOHA

SIGNATURE SPA INTERCONTINENTAL MASSAGE, SPA INTERCONTINENTAL, INTERCONTINENTAL DOHA

COUPLE MASSAGE, THE SPA, DOHA MARRIOTT HOTEL

COUPLES SUITE, THE RITZ-CARLTON SPA, THE RITZ-CARLTON, DOHA

VITALITY RITUAL, ESPA, MONDRIAN DOHA

LOVE INDULGENCE, SPA INTERCONTINENTAL, INTERCONTINENTAL DOHA

COUPLES RETREAT, REMÈDE SPA, THE ST.REGIS DOHA

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ELEGANT OCCASIONS, MEMORABLE EVENTS They will ask you how you made it happen.

Call 4429 8888 and let us take care of the details. DOHA MARRIOTT HOTEL RAS ABU ABOUD STREET, BUILDING 2, STREET 920, ZONE 28 P.O. BOX 1911, DOHA, QATAR www.dohamarriott.com www.ohlala-magazine.com

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OHLALA Awards FACIAL TREATMENT INTENSIVE LIFT FACIAL, THE RITZ-CARLTON SPA, THE RITZ-CARLTON, DOHA TRIPLE OXYGEN TREATMENT, BLISS® SPA, W DOHA HOTEL

SARAY SIGNATURE FACIAL, SARAY SPA, MARRIOTT MARQUIS CITY CENTER DOHA HOTEL

SPA BRAND ESPA, MONDRIAN DOHA

SILKPEEL DIAMOND YOUTH PEEL, REMÈDE SPA, THE ST.REGIS DOHA

BLISS® SPA, W DOHA HOTEL

LIFTING REPLENISHER, SPA BY CLARINS, MARSA MALAZ KEMPINSKI, THE PEARL - DOHA

SPA BY CLARINS, MARSA MALAZ KEMPINSKI, THE PEARL - DOHA

ULTIMATE POWER LIFT, HEAVENLY SPA BY WESTIN, THE WESTIN DOHA HOTEL & SPA

HEAVENLY SPA BY WESTIN, THE WESTIN DOHA HOTEL & SPA

GUERLAIN SPA, ALFARDAN EFOREA SPA, HILTON DOHA

SPA PRODUCTS ESPA, MONDRIAN DOHA THE ORGANIC PHARMACY, KATARA BEACH CLUB, KATARA CULTURAL VILLAGE BLISS®, BLISS® SPA, W DOHA HOTEL THE ORGANIC PHARMACY, KATARA BEACH CLUB, KATARA CULTURAL VILLAGE NATURA BISSÉ, SPA INTERCONTINENTAL, INTERCONTINENTAL DOHA ELEMIS, JAULA SPA & CLUB, GRAND HYATT DOHA HOTEL & VILLAS

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OHLALA Awards

HEALTH CLUB KATARA BEACH CLUB, KATARA CULTURAL VILLAGE GHOSON SPA AND WELLNESS CENTER, AL WAKRAH SHERATON FITNESS CENTER, SHERATON GRAND DOHA RESORT & CONVENTION HOTEL THE RITZ-CARLTON SPA, THE RITZ-CARLTON, DOHA

FITNESS STUDIO CLASS

SPA INTERCONTINENTAL, INTERCONTINENTAL DOHA

NIYA YOGA, THE PEARL

JAULA SPA & CLUB, GRAND HYATT DOHA HOTEL & VILLAS

YAMA YOGA STUDIOS, VARIOUS LOCATIONS

THE VENUE, ABRAJ QUARTIER, THE PEARL

FITNESS CENTRE OXFITNESS LAB, THE GATE MALL GYMMITO FITNESS CLUB, THE PEARL

ENCORE PILATES, VARIOUS LOCATIONS

PREMIUM NASEEM AL RABEEH MEDICAL CENTRE, ABU HAMOUR

F45, THE PEARL

T23, THE PEARL

PATRICE ALEXANDER SALON,THE GATE MALL

COSMETIC MEDICAL CENTRE

JADE QATAR, MADINAT KHALIFA

NÜYÜ MEDICAL CENTER, AL JEBAILAT

MTM ACTIVE LADIES, AL DUHAIL SOUTH

LEADERS SKIN GROUP & CLINIC, ONAIZA

ANYTIME FITNESS, VARIOUS LOCATIONS

SILKOR, VARIOUS LOCATIONS

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VLCC, VARIOUS LOCATIONS

RIDE TRIBE, VARIOUS LOCATIONS

DYNAMIK GYM, THE PEARL

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THE PEARL DERMATOLOGY AND LASER CENTRE, AL WAAB

MALE GROOMING

INFINITY BARBER SHOP, DOHA FESTIVAL CITY THE BARBER SHOP DOHA, VARIOUS LOCATIONS LOOKS BARBER SHOP, THE PEARL THE ART OF SHAVING BARBER SPA, MARSA MALAZ KEMPINSKI, THE PEARL - DOHA


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OHLALA Awards BEAUTY SALON AFRABEAUTY CENTER, AL DUHAILAT THE F BEAUTY, ONAIZA CHIC AND POSH BEAUTY SALON, SOUTH DUHAIL FRANCK PROVOST, FOUR SEASONS HOTEL DOHA ALDO COPPOLA, AL HAZM MALL LUCE GIOVANI BEAUTY SALON, INTERCONTINENTAL DOHA - THE CITY DOT BEAUTY, VARIOUS LOCATIONS GLOW - VARIOUS LOCATIONS ROOTS HAIR AND BEAUTY, AL DUHAIL

HAIR SALON FRANCK PROVOST, FOUR SEASONS HOTEL DOHA ALDO COPPOLA, AL HAZM MALL

NAIL STUDIO NAILS QATAR, VARIOUS LOCATIONS LA MANO BELLA, VARIOUS LOCATIONS MARGARET DABBS LONDON, AL HAZM MALL BEAUTY BOX, CITY CENTER DOHA MALL 18TH AVENUE, THE TORCH DOHA CHIC & POSH BEAUTY LOUNGE, SOUTH DUHAIL

ORGANIQUE BEAUTY CENTER & SPA, WEST BAY BLUE BRUSH HAIR STUDIO, HILTON DOHA SNIPS, HOLIDAY VILLA HOTEL ELEGANCE, MONDRIAN DOHA REN BEAUTY SALON, DOUBLETREE BY HILTON DOHA 88

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WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM

DIETURE, AD DAWHAH

VLCC, VARIOUS LOCATIONS

DIET DELIGHTS NUTRITION CENTER, AL HILAL WEST

*AKLY, DOHA*

SLIM N LIGHT HEALTH AND DIET FOOD CENTER. AL MAAMOURA

BALANCE WELLNESS BY ANANTARA, BANANA ISLAND RESORT DOHA BY ANANTARA

AMAZON DIET CENTER, VARIOUS LOCATIONS


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OHLALA Spotlight

NATURAL BEAUTY Organic Qatari brand for hair and skin care has been unleashed under the umbrella of SA BY SAMIA and we cannot get enough of their amazing smelling products. Thankyou for our latest obsession SAMIA ALSALEH!

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s of late I’ve felt that I have become more aware of the products that I use as a health and environmentally conscious individual, especially when it comes to enjoying beauty treatments. Luckily Sa by Samia has unleashed its natural products for hair and skin care and, what’s more, is that they are an organic homegrown Qatari brand. Samia unveiled this brand of products from beauty secrets passed down from generations including the benefits of organic food and ingredients. Again, it comes back to that personal social responsibility that you always feel better spending your well earned money with an independent boutique as opposed to a mainstream business - especially when there is no exchange on quality either. Everything here at Sa by Samia is sulfate, cruelty and paraben free, and, of course, naturally delicious meaning that you and your concious can leave here smiling… don’t worry your body will thank you later! @sa.by.samia Sa by Samia is available at @organiqueqa and @addoony.beauty

PARABEN-FREE

PARABENS ARE FOUND IN MANY EVERYDAY PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS, INCLUDING SOAPS, CONDITIONERS, MOISTURISERS, SHAMPOOS AND DEODORANTS, AND ARE INTENDED TO EXTEND THE SHELF LIFE OF THE PRODUCT. CHEMICALLY SPEAKING, PARABEN IS AN ESTER, A COMPOUND MOLECULE FORMED FROM A COMBINATION OF ACID AND ALCOHOL. SINCE IT MIMICS ESTROGEN IN THE BODY, WHICH HAS BEEN LINKED TO BREAST CANCER AND REPRODUCTIVE ISSUES, IT IS CONSIDERED HARMFUL. SO IF YOU’RE ON THE HUNT FOR HAIR CARE THAT WILL ENSURE A HEALTHY SHINE, WHILE KEEPING YOUR SCALP IRRITATION-FREE, GIVE SA BY SAMIA A TRY BECAUSE IF THERE’S A NATURAL ALTERNATIVE TO AVOIDING SYNTHETIC PRESERVATIVES, WHY NOT?

SULFATE-FREE

SULFATES ARE CLEANSERS THAT CUT THROUGH OIL AND DIRT. BECAUSE THEY HAVE THE ABILITY TO ATTRACT WATER AND OIL, THEY CAN LIFT DIRT AND OIL FROM THE BODY AND RINSE IT DOWN THE DRAIN WHEN MIXED WITH WATER. BUT, PRODUCTS THAT CONTAIN SULFATES ARE OFTEN TOO GOOD AT THEIR JOB. THEY CAN WASH AWAY THE BENEFICIAL LAYER OUR SCALP CREATES AND NEEDS, WHICH LEADS TO LOSS OF MOISTURE. SULFATES CAN BE ESPECIALLY DAMAGING FOR CURLY HAIR TYPES. THIS IS BECAUSE IT TAKES LONGER FOR NATURAL OILS TO REACH THE TIPS OF CURLY STRANDS. IF YOUR HAIR IS ALREADY FRAGILE AND DAMAGED, OR YOU JUST WANT TO PREVENT GOING THERE, TREAT YOURSELF TO A GENTLE, SULFATE FREE HAIR CARE. MOISTURE IS YOUR HAIR’S BFF AFTER ALL, SO DON’T TRY TO BREAK THEM UP!

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CHIC Eats Doha Marriott Hotel

Find yourself in a relaxing atmosphere at the Lobby Cafe, whether it is a business meeting, a gathering with friends or a simple treat, their professional baristas have you covered on the daily. Sit back and enjoy, from speciality coffees to the mouthwatering selection of cakes on offer. Call 4429 8888

Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel

Wherever you go in this prestigious hotel, experience a gastronomic journey throughout one of their 10 acclaimed restaurants and lounges! Crossroads Kitchen for example offers a journey for your taste buds. This international restaurant boasts all-day dining, buffet, brunch and live cooking demonstrations. It’s an interactive dining experience for everyone in your party. Call 4419 5000

Radisson Blu Hotel Doha

Join Radisson Blu Hotel in two special “Pink” brunches (October 12th and 19th) to help increase breast cancer awareness. Their chefs will prepare a pink dessert buffet, pink drinks and some pink surprises. Brunch is carvery style! Either way, they are also welcoming females to their Ladies Night at Sakura every Tuesday where all ladies dining will receive one special beverage and appetiser. Call 44281555

Four Seasons Hotel Doha

Barefoot Thursday is back! The Thursday Night destination with something for everyone at Four Seasons Beach.Feast on a BBQ Dinner or hang out at the Beach Bar while enjoying the tunes of their DJ with breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf from 7pm onwards. Call 4494 8600

Ezdan Hotel

OCTOBER

DINING Our round up of the best chic eats venues

The Torch Doha

New surprises have been unveiled at The Torch’s Flying Carpet restaurant; a fun set of Friday brunches with a different theme every week, ranging from Tex Mex and Asian to Arabic and Smoked BBQ. Apart from the extensive buffet, a specially dedicated section to each theme is added, along with special decorations at the entire venue. Call 4446 5600 92

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Indulge yourself at Al Thouraya Restaurant where you can unwind and indulge your taste buds with a whole host of international and contemporary dishes - ideal for all the family and perfect to satisfy everyone’s appetite. Call 4496 9600

Mondrian Doha

Making a dramatic entrance that reflects the Qatari sunset is CUT by Wolfgang Puck at the Mondrian Hotel in Doha. Bringing his classic, American steak restaurant, CUT s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and delivers innovation at every level through its unique culinary, service and design combination. Find your way across the “floating staircase” and indulge in a menu that showcases Wolfgang’s philosophy of offering on the finest selection of beef, produce and locally-sourced ingredients cooked simply and presented beautifully. Call 4045 5999

Maya Doha, Kempinski Suites & Residences

Opening soon - great, bold and authentic flavors of Mexico! Carefully crafted, yet bold flavored. Rooted in tradition, yet adventuring into contemporary tastes. Chef Richard Sandoval blends the earthy flavors of his native Mexico with worldly ingredients and creative cooking techniques to create the Modern Mexican Cuisine at Maya. Our hospitality is warm and Latin. We welcome you to linger over drinks, rediscover Mexican classics; mouth-watering guacamole, tacos with authentic fillings and fresh-made tortillas amidst savouring the Chef ’s signature dishes. Call 4405 3560


When Tradition meets Luxury A COLLECTION OF EXQUISITE BOUTIQUE HOTELS IN ONE ICONIC DESTINATION

AL JOMROK

AL JASRA

MUSHEIREB

AL MIRQAB

BOUTIQUE HOTEL

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BOUTIQUE HOTEL

BOUTIQUE HOTEL

AL BIDDA

AL NAJADA

ARUMAILA

NAJD

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BOUTIQUE HOTEL

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BOUTIQUE HOTEL

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CHIC Eats Zengo, Kempinski Suites & Residences

Inspired by the Celebrity Chef Richard Sandoval, Zengo situated on the 61st and 62nd floor offers a unique spin on authentic Pan-Asian cuisine.The menu ranges from sushi, sashimi to curry dishes, grilled entrees, and wok dishes. Hand-muddled sips, with a focus on Asian flavours, complement the diverse menu. Zengo does not only stand out for its marvellous flavours; but also for its artfully presented dishes and original beverage creations. From the Omakase Sushi Zen to the Akai Ichigo, everything is a perfect gift for the palette and view. Call 4405 3560

Shangri-La Hotel Doha

Shanghai Club is the first of its kind and the highest Chinese restaurant in Doha. This new-age of chic restaurant with a 100% Chinese brigade is the new venue to savour authentic Cantonese, Sichuan and Shanghainese cuisines while admiring the Doha skyline from the 43rd and 44th floors. Open for dinner from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Lounge bar & Balcony: 5:30 p.m. until late with live entertainment by their international resident DJ Nana. Call: 4429 5295

deliciously different dining affair. Their Chef ’s show kitchen is perfect for those wanting to experience the true taste of Thailand. Sabai Thai seduces with its luxe décor, private bar and genuine warm Thai welcome. Call 3359 8514

Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl

Inspired by the colours and patterns of the fashion world, this assortment of handmade unique delicacies brings you a fashionista twist, created with elegance. Enjoy an afternoon out as you indulge in the sweet treats, sip on a dreamily brewed cup of tea and overlook the turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf. Call 4035 5555

Toro Toro (Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl) 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. From the minutely prepared small dishes to share to the acclaimed “Rodizio Experience”, Toro Toro has been a great success and the infamous Toro Toro Latin Brunch is well and truly back. Call 4035 5101

City Centre Rotana Doha

The St. Regis Doha

Westin Doha Hotel & Spa

Sheraton Grand Doha

City Centre Rotana Doha offers a feast of culinary options in a variety of exquisite settings. Each restaurant shines with its own character and cuisine, and all are defined by signature bespoke service. Revel in the cuisine of their talented chefs, whose interpretations of contemporary Western and Eastern, inventive authentic, classical and modern to evoke all five senses, each with its own distinctive ambiance.Call 4445 8888 The textures and flavours of Sabai Thai’s authentic cooking make for a

Set in the gardens of St. Regis’ hotel, Hakkasan Doha features an elegant main dining room, Ling Ling lounge, terrace and terrace lounge. Exclusive services such as private valet parking complement the award-winning food which include Hakkasan’s signature dishes as well as those created specifically for the restaurant. An elegant retreat of a restaurant and with the added benefit that Hakkasan Doha is open daily for dinner. Call: 4446 0170 Gardens Brunch is back at La Veranda. Brunch in style and bask in Doha’s beautiful weather with their new brunch concept at one of our favourite Italian homes in Doha. Set amongst the tranquil setting of the La Veranda garden, savour their mouthwatering food selection brought to you by their talented culinary team, whilst enjoying magnificent views of the Doha Corniche. Call: 4485 3000

Grand Hyatt

Your favourite brunch spot is staying put for the summer. Head to Santa Monica Breakfast Club for a whole host of culinary delights that will be sure to transport you from busy city life to the chilled environment of the West Coast. Children are welcome too! Call 4448 1240

Hilton Doha

Share a sawalif with your close friends over a tempting dessert or a refreshing drink. Sawalif Lounge is located at the pool area and features all glass, floorto-ceiling walls that give an impressive and wide view of the sea. With daily opening hours from 11:00 to 02:00 and a choice of à la carte snacks you just have to see the beautiful backdrop for yourself. Call 4423 3423

InterContinental Doha, The City

La Vista 55 is opening this October bringing you a zesty blend of spices, flavours, and vibrant beats from all over Cuba. Enjoy unbeatable panoramic views of West Bay and Doha on the 55th and 56th floor as we take you on a trip to vintage Havana and beyond. Take the plunge and indulge in authentic signature beverages and specialty Cuban tapas while you enjoy the beats and rhythm of la musica from their live band all the way from Cuba. Call: 4015 8888 94

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CHIC Eats

BRAZILIAN BEAUTY RODIZIO at CROWNE PLAZA DOHA - The Business Park knows the right way to shake a stick for an ultimate gourmet experience with bountiful helpings fit for royalty.

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hurrascaria which roughly translates from the Portuguese` as ‘Barbecue’ is the style of Brazilian dining which can be traced back to the Gauchos and their use of open fires to cook meats on skewers. Each gaucho would then be served from the skewer directly onto a plate or slice of bread. Therefore something which was first designed to be rustic and a convenient way to eat for hardworking horsemen as they tended to cattle and other livestock has since been refined and adapted so that the cooking techniques and service create a sophisticate, convivial dining experience. Rodizio at Crowne Plaza Doha - The Business Park has developed a reputation for delivering consistently high quality, juicy, tender cuts of meat along with an array of à la carte dishes to delight diners. As a fully certified carnivore the prospect of dining at Rodizio made it difficult to contain my state of excited anticipation. Upon entering Rodizio I was immediately struck by the choice of deep fiery tones which gained inspiration from the charcoal and vivid flames reminiscent of a Gaucho camp, but, also mirroring the views of the open kitchen area. Deep reds and dark mahogany dominate the colour scheme along with traditional Portuguese inspired lanterns and illuminated panelling also emblazoned with patterns replicating flames. The feeling of decadence and drama was very apparent and complemented the menu perfectly. The Brazilian salad bar was brimming with fresh, colourful, crisp appetisers which would suit every palate. The variety and quality was superb particularly the gargantuan mussels and thoughtful additional garnishes such as fat, briny capers, toasted pine nuts and every leaf and pulse imaginable. My palate was tantalised and cleansed and ready to indulge... As with most Churrascaria, diners require a means of indicating how much more they are able to accommodate. Often when the eyes are presented with yet more mouth watering cuts of meat they will persuade the brain that the stomach can accommodate it, so, Rodizio has crafted traffic light style cards which indicate whether hosts should

keep the meat flowing or halt whilst you rest for a little while. So with green indicating ‘Go!’ we embarked upon our Latin exploration. The choice and quality of cuts was evident immediately as we were served Beef Tenderloin, Leg of Veal and Chicken Drumsticks. The sides were carefully selected to complement the rich, unctuous rotisserie offerings and inject ‘zest’ and ‘zing’ with Brazilian Fried Rice and deep fried Cassava illustrating just how unique Rodizio actually is! And so it continued … Leg of lamb , Beef Rib-Eye, Cubed Chicken seared on the skewers and more traditional Brazilian cuts of meat such as Picanha. Each mouthful was as tasty and well cooked as the next and it was with a heavy heart - but a very full stomach - that we flipped over our cards to red. Our Rotisserie experience almost at an end. However, with such elegant desserts as Coconut Dacquoise, Flan de Leite and Caramelised Corn with Cinnamon Custard those with a sweet tooth or just a love of fine food will be equally happy to end their visit with one of these beautifully presented, delectable delights. In addition to the plethora of expertly charred and seared offerings, Rodizio also caters for those wishing to select dishes from an à la carte menu. This would also be an option for those who may be pescatarians accompanying their carnivorous friends or those simply wanting a lighter option such as Chili shrimp and Citrus Salad or Beautifully spiced Bahia Style Jumbo Prawns. Rodizio is an elegant spot equally well suited to couples, families or corporate get togethers. The knowledgeable , exuberant hosts and array of elixirs created by the resident mixologists will top off an evening of pure gastronomic indulgence. For more information, please call +974 4408 7788 @crowneplazadp

“Each mouthful was as tasty and well cooked as the next and it was with a heavy heart - but a very full stomach - that we flipped over our cards to red.”

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MISS Ohlala

HOUSE OF HOLLAND

FASHION FRENZY MISS OHLALA TALKS ABOUT THE CONTROVERSY OF FASHION IN THE MEDIA AS OF LATE AND WEIGHS UP SOCIETY’S LEVEL OF BODY SHAMING . “Strike a pose, there’s nothing to it!”... is there? The shockwaves that were caused recently when a 5ft 3 inches tall 300 lb model adorned the cover of a very famous fashion magazine were felt throughout the industry, social media and dinner tables around the world. Was this due to her size? Was it to do with the potential health issues associated and glamorizing this? Were people in awe of her ability to ooze sex appeal despite being over double the average weight for a woman? This peaked my interest to muse about the implications of the fashion world and society as a whole. Within every faith the general consensus is that God loves infinite variety and man emulates this in the different forms he takes. However, in some circumstances , such as fashion, there is a necessity for regularity and a standard form. Models must provide a blank canvas upon which ‘artists’ can adorn textures, shades, vibrant hues and styles according to trend and season. Voluptuousness or obesity have never been something which has played a part in the world of haute couture where Size 0 reigns supreme. This may be down more to designers and stylists requiring this uniform figure in order to make ranges and new season lines for shows. Is it therefore more to do with logistics and business rather than a statement about body type or size? Although it can be damaging to create such unattainable physical icons, such as those in the fashion world, it can also be equally unhealthy to suggest that someone who is at an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and stroke should be heralded as a role model. Words such as ‘acceptance’, ‘celebration’ and ‘embrace’ pin balled around social media and news programmes and the debate that ensued was a fascinating insight into sizeism and how different groups are perceived in society. Naturally the usual suspects wagged fingers in the direction 98

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of lifestyle and fashion magazines, suggesting that a variety of shapes and sizes was just as important as colour or ethnicity. Fashion will always be about striving for the ideal in terms of design and quality. Models must be chameleon-like and be able to change their skins according to the designer or range. It is also imperative that there is a consistency and ‘standard’ with which designers can work. There are parameters set which allows them to showcase their work to the very best of their ability. Although this does not mean that the industry is suggesting that everyone should adhere to these parameters. Just the professionals whose job it is to bring fabric to life! Should we embrace difference and variety? Of course ! The problem comes when people go a step too far and create an issue when they are actually trying to dispel one. In trying to highlight something positive, due to lack of thought it becomes something negative and causes outrage instead of celebration or acceptance. If only it was as uncomplicated as Madonna originally suggested …


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Ohlala Qatar October 2018  

For the Modern Middle Eastern Woman

Ohlala Qatar October 2018  

For the Modern Middle Eastern Woman

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