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Of Life & Love

rom the time the world began there have been stories of love and romance, but of course, also heartache, betrayal and sacrifice. If we look at the tales told throughout history, mythology and literature, “love” has always been a complicated affair. Many have heard the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, for many, the first “couple” to inhabit the earth, who were cast out of paradise to live in sin for disobedience. Then remember Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, a tragedy about two young starcrossed lovers who fell in love at first sight and took their own lives rather than live without each other; although a very romantic notion, it also rings of obsession and pain. The story of Antony and Cleopatra is also about love surviving against all odds, but again, it ends in sorrow. Literature often tells stories of love blossoming between two people, one of whom is already betrothed or married, “the love triangle” which leads to disastrous consequences. Perhaps Karma plays its part here, if you believe in such notions. In Roman mythology, Cupid is the God of desire and affection, but is portrayed as fickle and mischievous, shooting people with his golden arrow to make them fall in love, often with heartrending results. Even Venus, the Goddess of Love, is famous for her bouts of jealous rage. Then we have the modern day, famous relationship of Prince Charles and Diana, which ended in tragedy, and that of Brad and Angelina Jolie, “a love triangle” affair. These stories can be likened to real life, so it is no surprise that relationships struggle, and with over 50 percent of marriages around the world ending in divorce, one wonders if there really is such a thing as true love. Nowadays, the Western world is obsessed with the notion of romantic love, often finding no real meaning in life until sourcing “the one”. Then, perhaps, settling for second best out of disillusionment. However, all is not lost, lessons can be learned from traditional Eastern traditions of tolerance, acceptance and forgiveness, of love being used as a tool for spiritual growth, the importance of all types of love, not just romantic ones, including that of family and friends, of the world itself, love towards all beings, and what many often forget, learning to love yourself, and celebrating it… Yes! You are an amazing woman, now believe it! Love, in its truest form, really does make the world go round.

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ll you need is love… or is that just a myth we tell ourselves? At the end of the day, no matter how rubbish, stressful or tiring that day is, sometimes a hug or a kiss from someone makes it that whole lot better. Yes, this month is Valentine’s Season — for some it is represents that dreaded day when you feel obliged to buy your other half a bunch of roses, or that Hallmark card that everyone else in Bahrain is probably receiving… for others however, it could be that one day you have been saving up for — that one day you have been waiting for to prove how much that special someone really means to you. I, however, am a Valentine’s cynic. Every year “the most romantic day of the year” has got receptively worse, and I have a strange feeling this pattern will continue throughout the duration of my life. Don’t get me wrong though, I know a large volume of people who LOVE this day, and in Bahrain there are plenty of options where you can go to celebrate it. Valentine’s means that all the restaurants in Bahrain are pulling out all the stops to make the day extra special; whether you want to book into Boudoir at Kempinski, indulge at Dessange, or indulge in the delights of Paul’s treats — just make sure that you have a great evening. This February is another example of how events and parties are starting to take 12

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off in Bahrain in 2012. We had the Airshow last month, which was a HUGE success (perhaps not for our poor eardrums!) but what’s lined up for the next few weeks? The BKS Photography Club have lined up a new competition called Beautiful Bahrain; the DHL Bahrain Netball league are raising money for a fantastic cause and Coral Bay are hosting some cracking parties: all worth getting involved with. And — it is never too late to make a change. For once in my life, I have managed to stick to mine for a WHOLE MONTH! I have kicked the smokers’ habit, remained T-total and my Paleo challenge has gone so well that I have decided to adopt it full-time! Well done me! H A P P Y F E B R U A R Y LOVERS! That’s me for now.

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For Valentine’s Day, Louis Vuitton dresses up its leather goods and accessories in stripes. A pattern taken directly from the legendary striped canvas, now reinterpreted in sweet and luscious blushing bonbon colours for this season. We’re loving the Monogram Vernis Rayures Alma BB in Pomme d’amour — want it, gotta have it!


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Red is a vibrant, passionate colour that is sure to turn heads. This Bulgari Monete Bag in red karung leather and decorated with metal coins is the epitome of opulence, and will be the talking point of every stylish soiree. Available from Bulgari

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Killer Heels

What better way to complete your Valentine look than with these stunning killer heels by Emilio Pucci? With the eye-catching combination of hot red and black, any lady will make a statement in these gorgeous heels. Available from Emilio Pucci

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Celebrating Tiffany as the jeweller of love and romance, these vibrant pink spinel and diamond, earrings will dazzle onlookers and promise to bring about the intense joy of giving and receiving something so rare. Want woman wouldn’t want to add these to her Wish List? Available from Tiffany & Co.





Celebrities dressed to impress on the red carpet at the 69th Golden Globe Awards ceremony held in Los Angeles. Actress, Emily Deschanel looks stunning in this custom BCBGMaxazria Grecian style wrap gown with ruching in deep blue — an excellent choice for her amazing, post-baby figure. She adorns herself with luxurious jewels from the Bulgari High Jewellery Collection.

Kate Beckinsale wows onlookers by wearing this stunning, cream Roberto Cavalli gown, which accentuates her lovely figure. She completes the look with Lorraine Schwartz jewels and a silver mirror Ferragamo clutch, which compliment her dress perfectly.

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Academy Award Winner, Angelina Jolie owns the red carpet in this stunning white, one shoulder Atelier Versace gown composed of silk cadis with a folded red detail at the left shoulder and combined with white Versace shoes. She cleverly matches her clutch and hot red lipstick to the red detail of the dress, which makes the look “pop�. The up-style of her hair shows off the design of the dress and her earrings are a great choice for this look. Getty images

Viola Davis rocks in this stylish, rich toned ensemble. She wears a sexy, cranberry one-shouldered, custom Emilio Pucci gown, which flatters her curvaceous yet toned physique. The Jimmy Choo Louisa platform sandals are an excellent choice of footwear, and she completes the look with gold and ruby red Fred Leighton jewels and a gold box clutch.

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The island of Bahrain is full of funky fashionista’s who love to flaunt their style — Ohlala! heads out and about town to discover the trendsetters amongst you.

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Razan Al Arayedh is a creative woman who views fashion as a natural way to express herself. Currently studying Fashion Design at the Royal University for Women, she is also an active volunteer worker.

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Art & Culture

Celebrating Women A dynamic woman with many talents, Marwa Rashid Al Khalifa is an artist taking part in the Bahrain Annual Fine Art Exhibition, entitled ‘Woman’. Mobeena Inam sits down with her to discuss her inspirational work.

“Most women agree that they are sensitive and like to be ‘handled with care’.”


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“We — Bahraini women — can dispel the myths through knowledge and confidence.”

ynamic, diverse, eloquent, elegant, articulate and artistic are all words, which can describe Marwa Rashid Al Khalifa, a Bahraini female artist. This young mother of three finds time to be involved in the family business, do volunteer work and be an accomplished artist. Marwa serves as the Vice Chair of the Raja School Board, an institution she attended as a young girl. She went on to do Communication Studies at Emerson College, Boston (USA), after which she returned home to Bahrain and worked in Advertising. She is one of the artists participating in the currently ongoing Thirtyeighth Bahrain Annual Fine Art Exhibition at the Bahrain National Museum. The theme for this exhibition is WOMAN and Marwa submitted three pieces of work from which one was selected for display. Her passion for working with mixed media led her to create this piece from a wooden cargo box she collected from a cargo depot. She gave it a high gloss finish to represent glamour and femininity in women and humorously compares it to “a hundred layers of lip gloss”. The words ‘Glass’, ‘Handle with Care’, ‘Up’ and ‘Fragile’ were all already imprinted on the box. “They reminded me of the various aspects of a woman. Also, for me, they resonated the essence of the Hadeeth in which Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) advised to handle a woman with gentle care lest she breaks under pressure.” The message Marwa wants to convey is that women are sensitive and emotional but very strong at the same time. “This strength is represented by the wooden media I have used. Also, the word ‘Up’ imprinted on the box represents a woman’s confidence, strength and the presence she holds when in company.” Initially, Marwa was not sure how women would respond to the message conveyed in this piece of work, but she has been getting extensive positive feedback from female audiences at the exhibition.

Most women agree that they are sensitive and like to be ‘handled with care’. Marwa believes Bahraini women play a critical role in the contemporary social world. “Bahraini society allows women to flourish to their maximum potential. It’s really up to the woman what she wants to achieve,” she proudly declares from her own experience. “Our women also contribute at a global level,” she goes on to say, and illustrates the example of Sheikha Haya, a lawyer with her own law firm who has also been involved in the UN, as well as being Bahrain’s ambassador to France earlier on. Such accomplished Bahraini women challenge stereotypical notions largely created by the international media that often portrays very negative stereotypes of Arab women. Marwa believes that, “We — Bahraini women — can dispel the myths through knowledge and confidence.” From a childhood hobby, Art became Marwa’s passion and she studied it at International Baccalaureate level, working specifically with mixed media. She visits many art exhibitions and finds inspiration in various art forms. “I’m keen to attend the David Hockney exhibition in London this month. He paints huge landscapes, which inspire me. I’d also love to go to an Art Biennale — that’s my next venture,” she declares passionately. Marwa loves incorporating paper in her art to create diverse textures. A board member of the Mother & Child Welfare Society, she describes their Recycling Palm Paper project, which involves Bahraini women creating paper from date palm leaves. “I’d like to modernise this project by creating embossed stationery and give it international exposure,” she says. In addition to mixed media, Marwa is a keen photographer. Her last project involved photographing Muharraq in the twenty-first century and the exhibition was held at Bin Mattar House in December 2011. Her advice to budding artists is to, “Pursue your passion despite the challenges, keep up your skills and don’t ever let them stagnate. Enjoy your work and don’t be afraid to explore new mediums.” 27

Woman in Power

Embracing Life’s Events

It’s no exaggeration to say Claudia Hardt, Director of Public Relations for The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Hotel & Spa is an extraordinary woman. Her achievements are vast. An eventful career has taken her to all corners of the globe as Judith Jones found out during an immensely inspiring chat. Images by George Mathew

hilst at the helm of promoting a prestigious, international hotel brand, every minute of every day has an appointed task, yet Claudia Hardt is always willing to share a moment with anyone who crosses her path. With such a warm, endearing personality and radiant smile, it’s clear that Claudia is ideally appointed in the role of Director of Public Relations. In 2008 she was awarded the title of ‘Marketing/PR person of the Year’ by Hotelier Middle East. Despite having a few alternative career options upon leaving high school in her native country, Germany, her instincts led her to pursue her passion for the Hospitality industry, and she happily admits she has never regretted a day since she made that decision. You were previously working at the Ritz Carlton in Bahrain. What brings you back to the island? Claudia Hardt. I was offered the great opportunity to take on new projects for the company, which brought me back to Bahrain. We have many exciting developments coming up this year here at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Hotel & Spa, which I am proud of being part of it. It's a pleasure being back and taking on new tasks having the chance from a PR perspective to contribute meaningfully. What does your new role involve? C.H. My role involves all press, communications and public relations efforts of the hotel, for the local, regional, and of course, for the international market. Travelling plays an important part as well and to represent the brand and the hotel at trade shows or international public relations meetings. I will also have the opportunity to interact with other Ritz-Carlton hotels within the region. Being a team player it's key to support wherever requested in order to maximise brand awareness. 28

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Woman in Power What career path did you have in mind when starting out? C.H. I was raised within a family who took pleasure in travel and who enjoyed culinary experiences, therefore I developed a taste for both at an early age. During my A levels, I already had a clear idea that I wanted to work either in the hospitality industry or as an architect. I also had a passion for writing. In my teens I was Managing Editor of the school magazine which won an award to visit the publishing hub of Hamburg and experienced a two day trip there, which included spending time at one of Germany's most respected business magazines, ‘Der Spiegel’ and also at 'DPA' the German news Agency. It was a great experience. I also wrote articles on events for a specialist sports magazine. How did you qualify to specialise in your field? C.H. I began my career straight from high school by serving an apprenticeship at a 5-star resort in Bavaria, where I gained experience in each sector of the industry. I also studied part time and qualified as a certified PR Consultant awarded by the German Academy of Public Relations in Frankfurt. After qualifying I was employed as the Banqueting Manager, whereby I assisted the Hotel Manager coordinating events and banqueting; wedding arrangements became my speciality at that time. What kind of work experience did you gain after? C.H. I was offered a great opportunity to work aboard a major 5-star plus, European Cruise liner as a Purser, carrying out a series of administrative responsibilities. Within a team of seven I had a rotating role as cashier, information officer, official dispatch, immigration/visa duties and even IT amongst other things. Such a position allowed me to travel worldwide; to areas such as Kenya, Singapore, Panama, Venezuela and so many more. Upon completing my time on the Cruise liner, my plan was to work in Spain, which I did for a period of time before applying to enrol at the popular Heidelberg Hotel School, where I graduated with a degree in Hotel Business Management. It is usual in the hospitality industry in Germany to take an apprenticeship and work for four years before applying to a College of Higher Education. Whilst there, I was appointed as Press Person to run the Hotel magazine. I took every opportunity to engage in as many social events as I could which allowed me to meet many people within the industry. Whatever experience I was offered I took it. I involved myself in all social aspects and I produced the school Year Book. I graduated in 1999 and I’m pleased to say they still use me as a role model for the Heidelberg School. What originally led to your arrival in the Gulf ? C.H. After graduating in 1999, I was employed by The RitzCarlton Schlosshotel in Berlin. By that time I was certain I wanted to work in the area of Hotel PR and I accepted a great opportunity to work as PR Coordinator within a beautiful historical location, which had been transformed into a RitzCarlton hotel. This fuelled my passion for history too, as I love palaces, castles and historical buildings. From the Schlosshotel Berlin I went to Istanbul to assist in the building of a new PR department for the new Ritz-Carlton development there. After my time in Istanbul, I worked as Director of National and International PR for one year pre-opening and a year after opening at The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin at Potsdamer Platz which was my first assignment to be responsible for Public Relations for a hotel opening - an exciting period in my life. 30

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From there I moved to Hong Kong as Director of Communications for two and a half years. I had so far only travelled to the Middle East for pleasure, but hadn’t thought about working here until an opportunity arose in 2007 to work in Bahrain. I decided to take it and stayed here as Director of PR for four years. I have a particular passion for this part of the world and when another opportunity came along to oversee two properties in Qatar, Sharq Village & Spa and The Ritz-Carlton, Doha, I thought “Why not?” Are there any major differences between the hospitality industry in the Gulf region and Europe, regarding women in major roles? C.H. From the first moment I stepped into the Gulf region I felt very welcomed. I have faced no gender issues whatsoever concerning my position. In fact, as a woman, I have been given a lot of respect, possibly more respect here than elsewhere. I feel as long as you give respect to others, respect will come back to you. I have a personal interest in the Middle Eastern culture and I have the feeling that I will be able to achieve something good while I am here with so many opportunities on offer. Who or what motivates and inspires you? C.H. The ladies and gentlemen that I am surrounded by each day inspire and motivate me. I love to communicate with people and my job now allows combining my passion for the hotel industry with writing. This PR role allows my passions to come together. I really enjoy learning about different cultures and meeting people from various countries. I regard each of the hotels that I work in as ‘my babies’; they mean a great deal to me and I really enjoy what I do. How do you relax in your spare time? C.H. When I get the chance of some leisure time, I love to travel. I also enjoy the arts and visiting exhibitions and several of my friends are artists. Plus I have two boating licences; an offshore yacht licence and a power boat licence, so I enjoy boating as a way to relax. What five words would you use to describe yourself ? C.H. Passionate, loyal, reliable, honest, genial. Any future aspirations? C.H. I believe my strengths are in PR. I love working with media people. They motivate me. Who knows what’s next? I’m always ready to take on new challenges. For the past twenty years in my professional experience I can say I don’t regret a single day of it. I have learned lessons from it. The best you can expect is to be confident and happy and take the next step. What advice would you give other women who want to pursue a similar career? C.H. Believe in yourself and never give up, although you may need to be patient. When you truly focus on something the results will come. Passion is the most important thing and having that you will succeed. Which motto do you adhere to? C.H. Embrace experiences. Live life to the fullest and be grateful for what you have.

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Year of The Wolf

Nerina Pallot remains one of the most talented and also most underrated artists currently writing and performing today. Ben Whittaker met up with the singer/songwriter to discuss her latest album release, Year of The Wolf.


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ast time I spoke to Nerina Pallot she was preparing for the launch of her third album and full of positive notes surrounding her recent marriage to husband, Andy Chatterley. Two years later and with her latest release, Year of the Wolf, a lot has changed for this Ivor Novello and Brit Award nominated artist, with one episode in September 2010 proving to be what she says is the most significant development in her life. “I have a child. A baby boy named Wolfgang!” The title of the album becomes immediately apparent. “He was born in September 2010 and this album was really inspired by him. I was pregnant as I was writing it and I just about finished it before going into labour.” So was there significance to the name? “Andy and I were sat watching the movie Amadeus about the life of Mozart, who is one of my favourite classical composers — the day we found out I was pregnant and decided on Wolfgang Amadeus there and then. “Eighteen months on and I never envisioned how much your life changes — not just from the moment you realise you’re pregnant — but right up to the birth itself and beyond. It’s an instantaneous transition from being responsible for just you, to being suddenly responsible for another life and knowing that from thereon, it will always be the case. “I got used to him being inside me and as he grew, so did the substance of my album. It was almost as if they developed together! “I certainly noticed my voice change over the term of the pregnancy. A few weeks after he was born I returned to the studio and suddenly realised that a little more power had returned to my voice. “It also changed the way I thought about and wrote my songs and there are several tracks such as History Boys and If I Lost You Now accurately reflect this. Having a child makes it very difficult to leave him. I’ve only spent one night away from Wolfie since he was born, and all I kept thinking about was getting back home to him. It makes one of the key components of my career — doing concerts

and gigs — a little harder.” Does that mean she is thinking about scaling down her output? “Quite the opposite. Wolfie has given me fresh impetus and a new sense of direction that I have never known before. I feel that now I have more of a reason than ever to focus on my future.” Produced by Bernard Butler — formerly of Suede — Year of the Wolf has a much more defined and edgy style to it when compared to the out and out pop feel of The Graduate but is filled with some instantly accessible tunes, especially the first single Put Your Hands Up and Turn Me On Again. Turn Me On Again is all about the courtship; the early stages of the chase. In many ways that’s the best part of the whole dating experience. I always seem to find time to write about the intimate side of things,” she reflects with a mischievous smile. Nerina also enjoys a successful career as a writer for other artists and her most recent collaboration with Kylie Minogue on her album Aphrodite, where she co-wrote the title track, is just the latest in a series of works that she hopes to continue. It is at this point that she also confesses to an ambition that she would like to envisage before she hangs up her guitar, stating, “I would love to write a piano concerto before I make my halfcentury, although I don’t think that is likely to happen any time soon. Still, it’s something to aim for if I ever decide to take a step back from the pop world.” With four albums and over a decade in the limelight, she could be considered a veteran in many circles, so I pressed her on her thoughts over how she saw the industry developing. “There are still a great number of hugely talented young artists out there and I think that will always be the case, with a select group of megastars still jostling for the top spots. However, I think making a long term career is going to be more difficult.” With Year of The Wolf, Nerina Pallot has produced possibly her most accomplished album to date and Bernard Butler’s influence on the production is clearly evident, as she tells me, “Bernard lives close by and he helped return that element of rock to my music that was perhaps missing on The Graduate. I couldn’t be happier with the outcome.” Nerina’s latest single, All Bets Are Off is out on iTunes now and you can catch a look at her new video on her website.

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Celebrate the month of love in style at Moda Mall with luxuriously chic fashion and high-end hot spots.

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Dana wears a jumpsuit, shoes, beret, scarf & flower pin by Armani. Farzan wears a jacket, jumper, trousers, shoes, watch & hat by Armani.Available at Moda Mall.



Dana wears a dress, shoes, bag & sunglasses by Versace. Farzan wears jeans, jumper, shirt, shoes, watch & sunglasses by Versace. Available at Moda Mall.


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Dana wears a dress, scarf, watch & hat by Hermes. Farzan wears trousers, jumper, scarf & bracelet by Hermes. Available at Moda Mall. Location I Hermes, Moda Mall.




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Dana wears a skirt, jumper, shoes, & bracelet by Max Mara. Farzan wears a suit, shirt, tie & shoe by Pal Zileri. Available at Moda Mall. Location I Maki, Moda Mall.




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Dana wears a dress, bag & sunglasses by Dolce&Gabbana. Farzan wears a jacket & shirt by Dolce&Gabbana. Available at Moda Mall. Location I Abd El Wahab, Moda Mall.




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Opening February 2012 Following the great success of Esquires Coffee first outlet on Budaiya Road, which opened in June last year, the second of 11 planned stores for Bahrain will open at the prestigious Nakheel Centre, conveniently located directly opposite St Christophers school in Saar. For further enquiries regarding Esquires Coffee locations, call 77 177-660



Beauty Buzz

Healing from within

A staggering 52 percent of women say their primary concern is the wrinkling of the skin surrounding their eye contours, but this worry will become a thing of the past with Guerlain’s Abeille Royale Up-Lifting Eye Care — a serum that helps to provide a firming lift and help with wrinkle correction. The deliciously fresh product melts away as soon as it touches the skin, immediately smoothing and re-shaping the skin.

Stress be gone Flawless Foundation

Clarins is now giving you the chance to have 15 hours of perfect skin. Adored by women who are constantly on-the-go, this Everlasting Compact Foundation with SPF 15, combines the lasting hold of a liquid version as well as the softness of a powder. Small and compact to fit into any sized handbag or clutch, this truly gives you hours of non-stop hold and natural looking skin.

Nuxe’s newest line, Crème Prodigieuse meets the fundamental needs of women of all ages. Enrichie is an anti-oxidant, anti-stress and anti-fatigue moisturising cream designed to prevent skin dehydration — one of our skin’s biggest enemies. With the hidden ingredient of Plant Glycerin helping to retain water in the skin, this is a gem of a face cream. Every woman should protect their skin from life’s wear and tear; Nuxe is a brilliant remedy.

So, so, so Scandalous

We have all been through the pain of trying to find the perfect mascara but now the search is over. Rimmel has brought out Scandaleyes; a mascara that can make even the teeniest of lashes stand out. This product ensures volume without the clumps; voluptuous lashes in a bright orange case so it is never out of sight. Available in Black, Brown and Extreme Black — once you use this, you will never go back.

Luscious Lips

“Shea Butter has always been a special beauty secret” Beauty Rule 1: Never forget your lips. With L’Occitane’s Ultra Rich Lip Balm, stay constantly kissable and super soft with the natural ingredient of Shea Butter.



Sexy Scents and Flirty Fragrances Everyone should try something new this Valentine’s Day — so why not start with your perfume? Here is a pick of the sexiest scents, sure to whisk that man right off his feet. Seductive Senses

Estée Lauder’s Sensuous Nude is one for the more provocatively inclined of you lovely ladies. Woody musk to its core, the bergamot and mandarin contrast perfectly with rose and invigorating black pepper. One to be sure to get you noticed.

Love Potion

Nina, by Nina Ricci, will be sure to enchant all those romantic buds in your body. The combination of fruity notes, toffee apple, praline and vanilla will stir up your inner temptations and seductive self.

Love & Light

Designed by celebrity goddess J-Lo, this new signature scent is a sparkling floral, woody fragrance, designed to wrap you in a sensual aroma of luscious fruits and woody musks. The bottle is inspired by the curves of a woman; a work of art in itself.

Sensual Sephora One in a Million

Paco Rabanne never fails to impress with its ultra feminine and glossy fragrances. This Valentine's, enjoy Lady Million with a special edition mini speaker, attachable to any MP3 or musical device. 54

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Jennifer Aniston is one who instantly emulates sexiness. Her fragrance is no exception. With top notes of citrus grove and rose water, the jasmine, violet and lily all float through taking you back to those romantic evenings in the sunshine.

Just like a star

Thierry Mugler is known for his innovative and unique scents; Angel is like another song to his fragrance album. In this magical bottle, red berries meet pepper, childhood candy meets praline and a kiss of patchouli-vanilla secretly feeds the perfume’s base.

Captivating Elegance

Following Mauboussin’s previous success, Pour Elle Coffret is an enchanting and powerful scent enriched with rhubarb, rose, red fruits, jasmine, amber and sandalwood. Accompanied with a perfumed body cream, this truly is elegance in a bottle.

Love is in the air

Floral Bomb

Victoria’s Secret’s new scent In Love is one that you will fall head over heels with. With succulent fruits and vibrant florals, this just speaks romance. Romance in a cute pink bottle.

Viktor&Rolf ’s new Flowerbomb Love me Tight is packed full of bergamot and green tea, while secretly seeping notes of jasmine, rose and freesia. For those wanting a fresh new scent, you can’t go wrong with this.

Bold and Beautiful

Created to reminisce a woman’s inner beauty and sensuality, this is a refined, oriental, woody fragrance whose main features are jasmine and sandalwood. Samsara almost feels like it was created just for you. 55


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For gorgeous, luscious lips follow our step-by-step guide to achieving a sensuous, eyecatching pout.

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Apply a lip primer for longer-lasting colour and help prevent the shade from bleeding.





Four steps to glamour

To seal the colour and prevent feathering use a thin brush to apply a little concealer or powder around the edge of your lips to make them ‘pop’.

Use a lip liner as the base, applying outwards to cover your lips.

Keeping within the lines of your base, apply your favourite red lipstick with a lip brush. Blot the excess with a tissue and reapply.

Colour Me Beautiful Choosing the right shade for your skin tone is essential to being able to work this look. If your skin undertones are cool, pick cooler shades of red. If you have warmer undertones, pick reds with warm undertones.

Fair Skin: Pick a classic red shade without hints of pink.

Medium Skin: Choose a darker red to match the undertones of your skin colour.

Dark Skin: Red shades with hints of orange are perfect for your skin tone. 59


Prepare your skin by using a perfecting base after moisturising and under foundation for a perfect complexion and a natural glow.

The Crimson Pout Although Angelina Jolie is a natural beauty, this stunning makeup look certainly adds to her star appeal. Take a tip from Angelina and wear eye-catching red lipstick, while keeping the rest of your makeup simple but elegant with neutral shades.


Get the Look

Be ready to turn heads with this seriously glamorous look, which can be dressed up or down for day or night.


Look for foundation that recreates flawless bare skin and offers a strikingly natural makeup result.


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Apply gorgeous red lippy for an ultra-glam look.

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High Heels:

Friend or Enemy? There are a thousand and one questions to be asked within the minefield of health and fitness issues. Why this? Why that? How can we prevent it? To put your mind and body at rest and ease some of those aches and pains, Ohlala! takes advice from certified strength and conditioning specialist and rehabilitation expert, Craig Bunting, Head Tutor at LIA-Qatar, the first full time Fitness Certification Academy in the Middle East.


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o doubt stepping into a glorious pair of louboutins, Manolos and Choos gives us an instant feel good factor. We look and feel fabulous! However, could it be possible that while our high heels are a marvellous contribution to our wardrobe, they are in fact a catastrophe for body biomechanics? C.B. It’s a problem that many of my clients suffer from. In my experience more often than not women suffer from sore knees due to the design of their pelvis. Basically, women have a wider pelvis than men to allow for an easier birthing process. This can place more stress down the outside of the thigh, and lead to tightness and pain at the knee when it moves. The correct name for this condition is ‘Patellofemoral Syndrome’ (PFS) but it’s not as serious as it sounds. Wearing high heels causes an even bigger tilt to the pelvis as well as a forward shift in the centre of gravity, which places the knees under more stress. Realistically, it’s unlikely most women will stop wearing high heels. Therefore, the focus should be maintaining a proper balance of the muscles in the legs to ensure that they are strong enough to support everyday activities, such as picking up small children and walking around in a pair of four-inch heels. The kneecap must follow a particular path when we move; if it deviates from this path it causes pain. Sitting down, bending down to pick something up, walking up or down stairs are common causes of pain.

Unless something is structurally wrong with the knee, it could be a simple case of loosening off the outside of the thigh through Massage or Self Myofascial Release (foam rolling). Although initially quite tender, this should ease with practice. Another important factor in correcting this imbalance is static stretching, which should be held for 20 to 30 seconds. Consistency is key. Attempt to work through any initial discomfort and as the tightness decreases so will the pain. This can be done with a progressive exercise programme that is easy and comfortable. Follow on by working on your inner Quad (front thigh) muscle. Example: Sit on the floor legs out in front of you. Place your first two fingers on your VMO (above and to the inside of your knee cap). Tighten quad muscles and imagine pulling your knee cap upward towards your hip. Hold the contraction for up to 10 seconds and make sure you feel VMO working (aim to contract that muscle first). It’s important to keep the muscle switched on and working to prevent the knee cap from moving all around. Focus on breathing and remind yourself “This will get better.” For a step-by-step guide visit, a four part series called “Cure Your Knee Pain in Less Than a Week”, which offers details about this condition and a step-bystep guide on how to alleviate the problem. Taking advice from a qualified professional, such as a physiotherapist, will help guide you towards recovery. You should stop if your knee starts to feel worse and contact your specialist for advice and to discuss future treatment. For more information on your health and fitness needs visit Craig’s website:


Health Promotion

Surviving a Stroke

Dr Qusai Solaiman Alhaddad

A staggering 15 million people worldwide suffer from a stroke every year. Of these, five million cases result in death and another five million are left permanently disabled. Dr Qusai Solaiman Alhaddad, a Specialist Neurologist at Bahrain Specialist Hospital, gives us the ins and outs of the life threatening condition.


stroke, also known as a cerebrovascular accident (CVA), is the rapid loss of brain functions due to disturbance in the blood supply to the brain. A stroke can either be due to ischemia, the lack of blood flow normally caused by a blockage, for example a blood clot, or by a hemorrhage — a leakage of the blood. The latter type therefore causes blood to leak into the brain causing it to malfunction. The signs of the malfunctioning can consist of an inability to move one or more limbs on one side of the body, inability to understand or


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formulate speech, or an inability to see one side of the visual field. A CVA can be the result of a variety of factors more commonly associated with smokers, drug users and alcoholics. You are also at more of a risk of suffering a stroke if you are diabetic or if a member of your family has experienced a stroke before. The risk of a stroke is also heightened by more medically related factors — it could be a result of atherosclerosis (the hardening of the arteries) or when fatty cholesterol deposits are found on the artery walls. It could also result from heart disease, high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure,

gout and postural hypotension, or if an individual has a history of transient ischemic attacks. The symptoms of a stroke very much depend on which area of the brain is affected. The most common symptom is weakness or paralysis to one side of the body with partial or complete loss of voluntary movement or sensation in an arm or a leg. There can also be speech problems and the weakening of facial muscles sometimes resulting in drooling. Numbness or tingling is also very common. A stroke involving the base of the brain can affect balance, vision,

swallowing, breathing and even result in unconsciousness. Diagnosing a CVA involves examining a patient’s medical history and carrying out a medical check up. Tests are carried out in order to search for treatable causes of a stroke and help prevent further brain damage. A CAT scan of the brain is often carried out to highlight the bleeding into the brain. The scan can also rule out some other conditions that often mimic the characteristics of stroke. An echocardiogram (testing the heart’s soundwave) may be done to test for the source of blood clots or a carotid ultrasound can be used to narrow the carotid artery. One of the most important tests is a blood test as certain blood proteins can increase the chance of a stroke. As well as the mentioned tests, rehabilitation and surgical procedures are available if patients require further medical assistance. Suffering from a stroke does not necessarily mean that life comes to a grinding halt. It is imperative that every individual should reduce, if not delete, the high risk factors in their lives — with such alterations the chances of suffering from a CVA can be significantly reduced.



The way to your loved one’s heart is surely via a fabulous Valentine’s dinner. Even better if it’s created by your own fair hand… with a little help from a Five Star Chef of course. Ohlala! invites you to join Chef Konstantinos Panou, the brand new Chef de Cuisine at Mykonos restaurant, InterContinental Doha, whose new menu based on the concept of ‘Good Mood Food’ will add fabulous flavour to your St Valentine’s celebration.

Create The Ultimate Valentine’s Dinner


riginating from Athens, Greece, Chef Konstantinos knows a thing or two about fabulous Mediterranean cuisine. At an early age he spent his summer seasons in the Greek countryside enjoying the spoils of his grandfather’s home-grown vegetables and his grandmother’s cooking. At 18 he joined the Culinary Institute and four years later perfected his culinary skills in various hotels and trendy restaurants around Athens. Forward to 2006, Chef Konstantinos began working at Jumeirah Company’s Pisces Restaurant, which was voted best Mediterranean French Seafood restaurant in

Dubai two years running. After returning back to his roots for a short break working in a traditional Greek trattoria, the Middle East called out again, fortunately for us, we can delight in Chef Konstantinos’ innovative new ideas at Mykonos. “Certain ingredients contribute to our feeling of wellbeing, which is my inspiration behind the Good Mood Food concept,” explains Chef Konstantinos. He believes that fresh, healthy ingredients are a major factor as to how a meal can affect our mood. To elevate the mood of your Valentine, recreate three flavourful dishes from Chef ’s Good Mood Food menu soon to be introduced at Mykonos restaurant.

Spinach salad with fresh berries, cucumber, walnut, feta and balsamic dressing

Ingredients 80 g baby spinach 30 g sliced cucumber 25 g roughly chopped walnuts 40 g roughly crushed feta cheese 30 ml olive oil 15 ml balsamic vinegar 40 g berries (blackberry, raspberry) Salt and pepper

Method With a hand blender mix the olive oil, balsamic and half of the berries, season and blend till smooth. In a mixing bowl place the spinach, cucumber and some of the dressing and toss well, serve on a plate and add the feta then the walnut. Finish with some dressing on top. 66

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Battered fried fish with marinated beetroot salad and saffron aioli

Ingredients 220 g cod fillet or other white fish fillet 125 ml soda water 150 g flour ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon sugar 120 g beetroot 60 g potatoes 40 ml mayonnaise 30 ml olive oil 15 ml red wine vinegar 20 g fresh watercress 5 g garlic Salt, pepper

Method Mix the flour with the soda water, salt and sugar until smooth and keep refrigerated. Boil the beetroot then peel cut to desirable size and marinate with oil, balsamic, salt and pepper. Peel the potato and boil. When completely cooked, drain and mash, leave to cool. Then mix with saffron, finely chopped garlic, mayonnaise and olive oil until smooth. Season and flour the fish deep in batter, then immerse in the deep fryer, cook till crispy and brown. Mix the beetroot salad with the watercress. Serve the fish on a plate with the salad on the side and a good dollop of the aioli.

Tropical fruit tartar with lime sorbet, chilled basil and lavender consommĂŠ,

Ingredients 30 g dragon fruit 30 g mango ripe 25 g strawberry 30 g kiwi 25 g pineapple 40 ml water 50 g sugar 1 g lavender flowers 3 basil leaves 1 scoop of lime sorbet 40 ml tonic water

Method Boil the water with the sugar and add the lavender; leave to infuse and strain, add the basil. Cut all the fruits in small cubes. Serve the fruit on a plate; mix the syrup with the tonic water and pour around the fruit, add the sorbet on the top. 67


Romantic Retreats Cupid is calling all sweethearts this month as Valentine’s day looms ahead. Venture beyond the realms of flowers and chocolates and take a trip with Ohlala! to magical destinations that are certain to set hearts a flutter and woo your loved one.


here is no better excuse for a change of scenery than whisking your Valentine away for a few loved up days of pure romance. This year stretch your imagination and experience the passion of a masquerade ball, a paradise isle or learn to Tango; the sensual dance for lovers where two’s company and three’s a crowd.


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EXPERIENCE CARNIVAL IN VENICE: ITALY “Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go,” quotes Truman Capote, writer and in his heyday an avid visitor to Venice. In other words, it’s a treat to indulge in, and indulge you will if you head to this fabulous floating city with its maze of canals and wondrous architecture; a wealth of historical landmarks and centuries old cultural drama await you. A subject of countless paintings, films, literature and scandal; it’s a challenge for anyone not to submerge themselves into the magical ambience that surrounds one of the world’s most romantic, artistic and theatrical destinations. Located in Northern Italy, the enchanting city of Venice is situated along the Adriatic Sea and is made up of over 100 islands linked together by exquisite bridges and incorporates six districts positioned amidst a central lagoon. No surprise then that water travel is the main mode of transport. Arrive at Marco Polo Airport on the mainland and a shuttle bus will take you to the Alilaguna water-bus jetty where you choose which route to travel to San Marco, the hub of popular Venetian attractions. With a labyrinth of charming alleyways intertwining with canals, walking from one treasured attraction to the next is a pleasant way to appreciate the wealth of Venetian art and rich architecture. Souvenir shops laden with carnival masks, ornaments created from renowned Murano glass, designer outlets and unique boutiques, you’ll discover along the way. February is carnival season so combine your Valentine celebration with flamboyant, masquerade festivities, which include gala dinners, grand balls and theatrical events. Dress up and party whilst savouring Carnival atmosphere as you snuggle up on a scenic gondola ride along the Grand Canal.

A plethora of unique restaurants nestle within cobbled walkways where an intimate candlelit supper will enhance your Valentine’s theme. Relish iconic landmarks by strolling along the main square, Piazza San Marco. Enjoy magnificent views from Venice’s oldest and most prestigious bridge the ‘Rialto’. If palaces, galleries and museums delight your senses there are countless. The impressive Doge’s Palace, the Bridge of Sighs and the Basilica San Marco perfectly symbolise Venetian culture. No visit to Venice is complete without stopping off at the illustrious Harry’s Bar, which for decades has been a preferred destination of European Aristocracy and a legendary haunt for artists and celebrities who sip Harry’s signature cocktail ‘The Bellini’. There you can toast Venice, St Valentine, carnival and romance. Although an expensive destination to visit, accommodation is available to suit all budgets. 69


DESERT ISLAND PARADISE: MALDIVES Imagine you and your Valentine castaway on a desert island for days of unbridled romance. A cocktail of sundrenched sandy beaches, sparkling turquoise waters and tranquil palm tree hideaways is what you’ll be awarded if you hot foot it to the ultimate desert island paradise, the Maldives. Set in the heart of the equatorial Indian ocean this archipelago of coral reefs is the setting for an unforgettable romantic retreat for lovers who ‘want to be alone’ basking amidst natural beauty and incredible picture-postcard scenery. Having arrived by speedboat or seaplane, which is the only mode of transport connecting these lush inhabited and uninhabited isles, you’ll endure little effort to enjoy the stunning backdrop of the best that Mother Nature can offer whatever month of the year you visit, as the climate is visitor friendly all year round. The aquatic life is second to none with a breathtaking underwater landscape boasting high visibility of the myriad fish species and underwater creatures where divers and snorkelers will find true paradise. Sweep your Valentine away to one of the many uninhabited desert islands and savour the solitude and the scenery. The appropriately heart shaped Addu Atoll lies in the southernmost area of the country; central Malé the ‘capital’ promotes the modern face of the Maldives, while the Southern Atolls is an up and coming, pristine and less commercial area, which nevertheless boasts three regional airports with links to Malé. Accommodation ranges across high brand resorts, boutique abodes, guesthouses and ecologically sound hotels. Vacationing in the Maldives is expensive, so be prepared to splash out in more ways than just frolicking in the lagoons. However, while you romance beneath a holhuashi (an island gazebo) you’ll no doubt treasure the experience as priceless. 70

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TANGO IN BUENOS AIRES: ARGENTINA Labelled the ‘Paris of South America’ and the birthplace of the most sensual dance, the Tango, Buenos Aires in Argentina is one of the most romantic destinations in which to wine, dine and dance with your Valentine. As a capital city with a multicultural history, Buenos Aires caters to the vacation needs of all, and Valentines are no exception. Prime tourist attractions are found downtown at Plaza de Mayo in the heart of Buenos Aires and feature iconic landmarks. Enjoy Puerto Madero’s waterfront views and open boulevards plus a wealth of cuisine. Steal a romantic moment on the Puente del Mujer (Woman’s Bridge). Ordinarily, a cemetery is an unlikely spot for a romantic stroll and a photo opportunity, nevertheless the Cementerio de Recoleta is popular with tourists who saunter along this famous burial ground to view impressive statues and tombstones of the elite and famous including the grave of ‘Evita’ Peron. Alive and kicking is the vibrant cultural heritage, which Buenos Aires showers upon its visitors. A metropolis for shopping, activities and nightlife is all very well, but Tango (also known as the three minute love affair) takes priority. Tango shows are in abundance across the city; alternatively seek out an authentic Milonga (a place or event where Tango is danced) and learn the art of lustful dancing from the locals. Buenos Aires has a range of accommodation to suit all Valentine budgets and is easily accessible via Ezeiza International airport. Travel Tips  Check visa requirements; a valid entry and stay visa may be required by foreign citizens.  Buy comprehensive travel/medical insurance before departing for your holiday.  Certain areas of the Maldives are alcohol-free plus some resorts are adult-only.  Check electricity voltage; take an adaptor and transformer for appliances.  Drink only bottled water not tap water.  Currencies: Venice – Euro (€). Maldives –Rufiyaa (MRF). Buenos Aires – Argentine Pesos (ARS).



Diva Drives Beautiful styling, generous luxury features and engine power to match — what is there not to love about this car? Hyundai Genesis 2012

Hyundai is not a brand traditionally associated with opulence, but what the Korean carmakers have done with this car is just that. The Genesis has everything that any luxury-loving lady could desire, from the sculpted and fluid exterior to the spacious and quiet cabin. High-quality leather covers the dash, doors, consoles and most other points that you'll come in contact with. Soft and snug seats keep the driver and passengers alike cradled in comfort. The Genesis comes standard filled with a host of upscale lavish features, such as keyless entry and ignition, rear view camera, car parking sensors, auto-dimming rear view mirror, dual zone automatic climate control, navigation system, Bluetooth hands-free mobile phone system, auxiliary audio jack and an iPod/USB interface, touch-screen interface, excellent surround sound stereo system, cooling and heating systems on the seats, and more. Under the bonnet you have a 3.8 litre V6 engine producing a whopping 333 horsepower, which delivers a wonderfully strong and effortless acceleration. And it is fast; from 0-100 kilometres per hour in 6.2 seconds,

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which is really good considering that the Genesis is actually quite a large sedan car. Driving is thoroughly enjoyable with smooth handling and the car is very responsive and steady, while still having a sporty feel. The 2012 Hyundai Genesis has a five-star safety rating. It comes standard with antilock brakes with brake assist, traction and stability controls, active front head restraints, front and rear side airbags and side curtain airbags, as well as smart cruise control to help maintain safe driving distance while the feature is engaged. There is even more good news for all serious fashionistas out there; it is possible to order a limited edition Prada Hyundai Genesis! Si, si, si, the super fashionable Italian label has collaborated with Hyundai to create an even more opulent car. Now I am just waiting for Prada to produce a Genesis handbag, which would be cute arm candy to carry around‌ In the Genesis, Hyundai has created a car in which luxury, comfort, performance and power exist in equilibrium with exceptional value. Simply put, I cannot think of another car that offers so much for so little. Sounds too good to be true? Go and check it out for yourself !




Zara de Hal devang Gadget afic ionado

All you need is love… apparently so anyway. What better way to spend Valentine’s this year than trying out the new gadgets of 2012 TOGETHER? Here is a pick of some of our favorites… best for — stopping a domestic

The iDapt i3

“I need to use the charger first…” “No but you lost yours so I’m using it…” Do these ring any bells? Well now you never have to worry about this again! The iDapt i3 is a universal one-stop-shop desktop charger. Not only can you charge three gadgets at once, including iPhones, iPods, digital cameras and sat navs to name a few, the iDapt comes with six adapters all without the extra hassle of jumbled up wires. Save the bickering and pick up one of these to solve all your charging problems at the same time.


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best for — keeping warm

The Towel SPA Towel and Robe Warmer What may seem as a rather extravagant gift at first, ultimately changes into a necessity when you’re the one left with the cold towel. This transportable device is easily plugged into the wall and heats two large towels, so when you have indulged enough with your romantic soak, you both get to snuggle up in your cosy, heated towels. What is better is that you can even put your bathrobe or your PJs in instead! Trust me, you will regret not making an investment in a gadget like this, simple yet totally effective!


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The Crosley Memory Master II It is funny how songs can take you back to certain points of your life. Every one of us has treasured memories all associated with music so what could be better than a gadget that helps to commemorate them all in the same place? The Crosley Memory Master is a sleek recorder designed to copy tracks from cassettes and LPS and transforms them into CDs at the touch of a button. There is also a USB cord so you can rip the music straight to your computer. With full range stereo speakers, AM/ FM radio, auxiliary input and output, and a remote control, this is perfect gift where you can laugh over old songs and help create new memories.





Gifts for HER

Every lady deserves to feel special on Valentine’s Day. Tod’s Perfect Valentine These must-have D bags are the iconic shoulder piece.

Delicate beauty Farfasha’s ultimate elegant statement piece.

Statement piece Kenneth Jay Lane’s necklace with the wow-factor.

Put a ring on it Who wouldn’t like a 18 karat rose gold dipped ring by Aurélie Bidermann.

Lady in red This leather glitter Anya Hindmarch piece is a brilliant edition to your bag wardrobe.


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Spruce up your outfit This Jonathan Saunders’ scarf is a perfect blend of warm and vibrant colours

Va-va-voom Simple yet gorgeous; this bag is perfect for the LBD.

Gifts for Him

TLC for the guy in your life As hot as Brad Pitt ersace looks hot — especially when a certain Brad Pitt is wearing it. Get your man in this!

My hunk in trunks Loud and Lucky by Lovebrand are the perfect words for these trunks.

An iconic timepiece Meticulously handcrafted, the Lange 1 is gorgeous — just like that man of yours.

Fine craftsmanship An Hermès watch — the sign of success.

The Sophisticated Man The Valextra leather case protects iPads while being trendy at the same time.

Limited edition S T Dupont’s 1001 night lighter adds some serious class. I think he will say yes please!

Mmmm mmmm Sophisticated yet cool, this is one for every man. Thanks Ralph Lauren. Luxury in a phone This Tag Heur Link Smartphone is bold and beautiful. 79

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February Happenings

The best of the best — events that are really worth a look. To get your event featured in Ohlala! email Memories at the Moevenpick February

WHY GO? True to its reputation this hotel always knows how to host events that appeal to everyone’s preference. Swiss bliss is a Fondue night held in Silks restaurant every Tuesday, Saturday and the weekends. From 7pm onwards you can sample the varied delights of the cheese classics — a definite for the taste buds. If you are looking for live music, cigars, sheeshas and cognacs, then check out the Flamingo Bar and Lounge. As well as listening to the live European band, happy hour gives you a 20 percent discount as well! For those lucky ladies who are planning their big day, the Moevenpick is offering the chance to grab up the wedding package. With the use of the Al Murjan ballroom, the happy couple also get to stay in the deluxe suite with full hotel access. / 1746 0000

Arab Capital of Culture 2012 February WHY GO? The Ministry of Culture is happy to announce its year long programme to celebrate arts and culture in Bahrain. February looks to see the thirty-eighth Annual Fine Arts exhibition and fifth Sculpture Symposium as well as the theme of architecture, designed to focus around the notion of public space and its contemporary practices in Arab cities. February will also play host to two conservation projects inaugurated by the Ministry of Culture. The first is the conservation of the historic Sh. Salman Bin Abdullah House and the second, the Suq Al Qaisariyah. On Tuesday 28, Pritzker-Prize winner Rem Koolhaas will give a talk at the Bab Al Bahrain pavilion. 1729 8750

Hucclecote Charity Netball League February 15 to 18 WHY GO? Following on from two successful years of Intergulf Netball Championships in 2008 and 2009, Hucclecote Netball are back but this time to raise money for a very sad but worthy cause. Carly Taylor, one of Huccleclote’s most promising players, suffered a horrendous accident leaving her paralysed and in need of constant medical care. Highly talented top coaches and ex England players, Gilly Salter and Sue Wainwright, are coming back to offer their skills to the players of the DHL Bahrain Netball league. All the proceeds will go towards helping Carly through her traumatic experience and thanks to DHL and the Elite Groups Seef Residence, the Huccleclote members will be supported throughout their stay on the island. Follow Bahrain Netball on Facebook. / 3606 1009 82

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Happenings Party on down at Coral Bay February 23

WHY GO? It is this time of year when you can truly have a massive grin on your face; the sun is shining, you can work on your tan and Coral Bay is open again. The weekend of February 23 features DJ Shane Kehoe with Housexy; a world recognised brand introduced in 2005 by the Ministry of Sound. Housexy immerses music lovers with chart topping hits and funky electro music to waken the taste buds. DJ Shane Kehoe is one of six resident DJs that proudly represent Housexy. Tickets are just BD5 for the guys and ladies get to drink all night for free! What could be better?

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Beautiful Bahrain Competition March 8 to 10 WHY GO? The BKS Photography Club is giving all budding photographers the chance to enter their Beautiful Bahrain competition; where an eminent panel of judges will select the top 50 received entries and exhibit the winners in the BKS Centenary Hall. The exhibition is free to enter and will run from March 8 to 10. Anil Kumar, a professional photographer, is also running a techniques workshop Trial & Error that will help photographers develop their skills. The fee will be BD25 for BKS members and BD40 for the general public. Be sure to book your place as there are only 50 slots! 3969 1959

Al Riwaq’s Unique Exhibition March 13

WHY GO? Al Riwaq Art Space is always exhibiting some fabulous work and the I am no Other exhibition is no exception. Mo Reda, an artist who is taking on an adventure across the Middle East to discover ‘otherness’, will begin his journey in Bahrain. By collaborating with other artists based on the island, the project is occupying Bohemia, an abandoned building in the heart of modern Block 338 in Adliya. The project is designed to highlight the importance of transferring knowledge and experience onto the younger generation of establishing artists. Older artists are also hoping to gain experience in coaching, while the younger artists learn from their mentors’ experience.

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Romance at the K Hotel

WHY GO? Everyone deserves that special moment on Valentine’s Day, so why not book in at the K Hotel for a special set menu dinner. The choice is up to you: settle in at Klouds Restaurant for just BD24 per couple including a bottle of sparkling wine, or perhaps the Asian concept Mo Kan restaurant is more your thing. For just BD28 you and your other half can indulge into some delicious food and enjoy a bottle on the house. / 1736 0000

Indulge at Dessange WHY GO? Already renowned as one of the top spas on the island, Dessange is offering us lucky ladies the chance to be pampered with the special offer of the Bamboo Zest treatment. Starting with a crystal salt scrub to cleanse the skin, the body is then wrapped in Cryo-Contouring anti-orange-peel-ice. You then receive a Bamboo Draining Massage to eliminate toxins and refine the body. Come on — everyone deserves a treat. / 1771 3999

Enjoy “Secret Love” at JJs WHY GO? If you are looking for a spot of live music and good music at that, JJs is the place to go for this February 14. With a fantastic George Michael Tribute singer, spend time with your loved one enjoying a chilled out evening, great songs and some even better drink deals. Although not candlelit and secluded, this night is for those who are looking for a more musical, laidback Valentine’s Day.

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Happenings Candlelit Romance at the Sofitel

WHY GO? Love is truly in the air this year at the Sofitel; if you are looking to really unwind and spend some intimate moments together, the hotel is offering you the chance to stay in their gorgeous accommodation, savour the taste of a free bottle of bubbly, smell the scent of beautiful flowers and even enjoy the luxury of a late 4pm check out with breakfast in bed — all this for just BD85. This is a treat that should not be missed out on. You can even book yourself into the spa to get that true pampered feeling. The Sofitel really knows how to do Valentine’s Day. 1763 6342

Romance at the Ritz WHY GO? The Ritz is already one of the classiest hotels on the island and this Valentine’s Day, the choice of restaurants is impressive. If international cuisine is more to your taste, then La Med is offering an Arabic and a worldwide buffet for BD22 per person. Or perhaps the Indian Chef, Mahipal Singh of Nirvana, can tempt you with the exciting spices of India. Each meal comes with a glass of champagne or Mimosa cocktail. Plums is offering you a four course meal for BD32 per person and Primavera is putting on a romantic spread for BD33. 1758 6499

Buon Appetito at Cucina Italiana

WHY GO? When you hear there’s a new Italian in town, it would be a shame to pass the opportunity by to try it out. Located next to Bennigans in Juffair, this bistro brings class and style to casual dining. The dedication to the interior décor, the extra touches to bring you straight back into the typical Italian ambience. With the best pastas, wood fired pizzas, desserts and beverages on offer, take your other half back to the middle of Rome this Valentine's, and enjoy the true romantic essence of Italy. 1700 1317





AMAIS Bahrain holds seminar by leading engineer

The world famous Italian engineer, Daniele Benedettelli, conducted a seminar on “Learning Robotics in the Open Source Era” at the AMA International School Bahrain. The seminar marked the launch of the new AMA’s robotics learning programme, where the school is the first of its kind to integrate robotics into its curriculum. Selected in 2006 as a member for the Mindstorms Developer programme and in 2007 as a partner of the Lego Mindstorm Community, Daniele exhibited to the students his new One-Armed Wonder Rubik’s Cube Solver Robot, which can walk, detect people presence and gestures and also understand speech and sit by itself.

Moevenpick Hotel Bahrain celebrates National Day

The Moevenpick Hotel Bahrain celebrated the Kingdom of Bahrain’s National Day with more than 50 of its employees at the Al Sofra restaurant. Along with Bahraini management from the hotel, the employees were treated to a traditional meal, specially cooked by the restaurant’s Chefs. The restaurant was also brilliantly decorated with Bahraini flags and throughout the course of the meal there was a wide selection of activities provided for the staff to enjoy. Songs were also sung; all paying tribute to Bahrain and wishing peace and wealth under the King Hamad bin Salman Al Khalifa. This hotel’s event is just one example of how the island’s establishments have been showing their continuing support for the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Al Hayrat announces 15 winners from monthly draw

Fifteen lucky BBK customers have each won $5,000 after the Al Hayrat savings account draw took place in the bank’s main branch. The concept of Al Hayrat is to provide customers with an abundance of opportunities to win cash prizes and simultaneously save at the same time. With just a minimum of BD50 needed to open an account, for one winner, it was the best decision he ever made. Ahmed Mahfood, who was in the midst of planning a trip abroad to afford cheaper medical treatment, said it was a miracle that his name was picked as a winner. The draw is held monthly where new and existing customers are all given the chance to win.

BMI expands branch network

In an attempt to maintain its reputation as one of Bahrain’s top retail and commercial banking institutions, BMI Bank announced the launch of two new branches on the island: Airport Avenue in Muharraq and the VIP branch at the World Trade Centre. The bank’s CEO, Jamal Al-Hazeem said, “Besides being one of our oldest towns, Muharraq is also the third largest city within Bahrain and with the launch of our latest branch there, we strengthen the Bank’s presence. We remain committed to the Bahraini market and will continue to expand our local presence to make it easier and convenient for our customers to access our wide range of retail products and services.”

German Orthopaedic Hospital wins international awards

Bahraini agency bCentral’s film has won three international OMNI awards. The German Orthopaedic Hospital’s corporate film created by bCentral picked up awards for three categories at the OMNI Intermedia Awards, an event that recognises outstanding media productions that engage, empower and enlighten. The film picked up recognition in the Medical, Corporate Film and Direction and Television Commercial categories. The Managing Director of bCentral, Karoline Immanuel said, “The film has done very well, following on from a Platinum MarCom Award by the AMCP in Texas, USA and an INTERCOM award in Chicago. We are overjoyed with the OMNI awards where we’ve taken not one but three Omnis, which gives us yet another feather in our caps.” 86

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Netreat Market 338 Local handicraft makers joined together to create the Netreat Market outside Al Riwaq gallery. The public explored all the little nik-naks and artwork on offer.

Bahrain Boat Show International After a third successful year, the Bahrain Boat Show resulted in yet another fantastic weekend. Despite the heavy winds and the show being postponed by one day, thousands of island residents gathered to check out the best of Bahrain.


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BSH Ninth Anniversary Bahrain Specialist Hospital celebrated its ninth anniversary by hosting a raffle draw and a mini ceremony to congratulate the staff on their achievements and continuous support for the hospital.

Documenting Muharraq An innovative and interesting exhibiton was held at Bin Mattar House entitled “Documenting Muharraq�. Ten photographers completed a workshop where their artwork was put on display for the whole of Bahrain to see.



Chaine Des Rotisseurs Gala Dinner The Chaine Des Rotisseurs celebrated the end of year Gala Dinner Amical at Bushido, where a fabulous Asian Fusion cuisine feast was offered to the 60 attending members and guests. The dinner was hosted by Chairman Khalid Almoayed and amongst the guests were Ambassadors and VIPs.

Dilmun Netball Christmas

Members of the Dilmun Netball Club gathered together for some last minute games of Netball before Christmas. DJ Ollie played some great songs while everyone indulged in a spot of festive food and friendly matches.


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Golden Tulip Management Dinner The management of the Golden Tulip hosted a great dinner at the Pomodoro for a selection of employees of the hotel. They enjoyed an intimate meal with good food and drink fresh from the hotel.

Golden Tulip 2012 Celebrations Many headed to the Golden Tulip to party along to some amazing music all kitted out in their red and black themed evening wear. Drinks were flowing all night and everyone had a fantastic time helping themselves to the delicious buffet on offer.



Gulf Hotel Celebrates National Day The Gulf Hotel held a special day, sponsored by DHL, to celebrate Bahrain’s National Day. Many esteemed guests and Bahraini residents came together to show their continuing support of the Kingdom.

Award Ceremony at the K Hotel The K Hotel celebrated being named in the first-ever Arabia Fast Growth 500. With the winners being announced during the second Global Summit on Entrepreneurship in Istanbul, top entrepreneurs gathered to check out their competition. The K Hotel were extremely proud to be one of the winners!


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Boudoir Opening at the Kempinski The Kempinski marked the opening of the new Boudoir lounge; an exquisite new hot spot to grab a bite to eat with a remarkable food and beverage designed for the true foodies to come and indulge.

Maserati Reception at the Sofitel The Pashawat Lounge and Bar hosted an exclusive cocktail reception on behalf of Euro Motors and Maserati Middle East & Africa. The Maserati team plus drivers from the Trofeo JBF RAK shared their insights into the weekend of races held at the BIC.



Middle East Santa Stumble The annual Middle East Santa Stumble started at the Kempinski, where a large group of locals grouped together to ‘stumble’ around Bahrain stopping off at popular joints along the way all dressed up in their Christmas gear!

Moevenpick Celebrates the New Year The Moevenpick held a brilliant party to celebrate the countdown to 2012. Guests of the hotel and people from all over the island came together to indulge in a delicious meal and dance away into the New Year.


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Joz Salon’s Ramada Palace Hotel Party The first ever Joz Salon and Spa party was held at the Ramada Palace Hotel in honour of awarding staff with awards for their accomplishments. Every member of staff was invited to celebrate their hard work and to have a break from their busy hours.

Tim Hortons launch in Dubai The Canadian franchise, Tim Horton, launched the opening of two of their coffee shops in Dubai. The opening was held at Jumeirah Beach Residence where DJs played live music and Dubai residence came to check out the newest edition to Dubai.



February Happy Birthday Ms Aquarius February will see you feeling at the peak of good spirits as this month (which is traditionally the month of Aquarius) opens a whole host of emotional possibilities. An admirer seeking to attain more than just friendship is waiting in the shadows and may simply be biding their time before the decisive move. You need to think about how you might deal with the situation when matters come to a head. Towards the end of the month you may take a short break away — possibly just to think matters over or simply only for a deserved rest — and during this time you are likely to uncover a surprising secret, which you will find difficult to deal with at first.

January 20 – February 18

Aquarius — at a glance Aquarians are extremely open-minded, humanitarian, tolerant, extroverted and experimental. They are also artistic, independent and eccentric; full of brilliant ideas. On the negative side they can be emotionally detached, rebellious and rather unpredictable.

PISCES (February 19 – March 19)

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Jennifer Aniston John Travolta Lewis Carroll Oprah Winfrey Virginia Woolf Yoko Ono

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February means a change in romantic interests for you. There is a good chance that any existing relationship that has been struggling to continue will finally buckle under the strain, and it may very well see the situation end in tears. Although this event will be painful to come to terms with, the initial loss will give way to a renewed sense of determination to set your life back on track. Additionally, if you have been contemplating greener fields and different pastures then an unexpected opportunity to break free of your restrictions once and for all could present itself around the 15. Don’t be afraid to follow your instincts since they could well lead you to greater things.

ARIES (March 20 – April 19)

It’s the month of love, so it is no surprise that you have relationships on your mind this February. For some of you this could be painful as it could bring home the reality of a recent breakup. However, an offer to dinner with an admirer may provide you with a welcome boost, but beware of misleading a friend into believing you want something more. Your vulnerable state could leave you open as prey to some unscrupulous individuals, so be sure of people’s intentions ahead of any decision. On matters financial, you will receive a welcome boost this month that will set your mind to rest and allow you to focus on other more creative pursuits.

GEMINI (May 21 – June 20)

Beware this month of allowing your ego to get the better of you and perhaps even causing a major rift in a relationship. You may have good reason to feel proud of yourself because of a good decision at work, but don’t blow your own trumpet too hard as the sound may not suit everyone’s ears. If you have been concerned over the direction in which a relationship happens to be moving, take the time to sit down with your partner and talk the matter through. Hiding the problems is not going to make them go away. If you want this Valentine’s Day to be a good one then deal with the outstanding issues now rather than later.

LEO (July 23 – August 22)

The seeds of financial success are yours to plant in February with rich rewards set to come in the middle part of the year. A young child is proving particularly loving and may lead you to reflect on your good fortune where family members are concerned. A surprise piece of good news will reach you around the 17. Concerning a matter which has proven to be a particular worry over recent months. It is the starting point for a consolidation of your efforts to achieve the goals that you seek to attain. You may feel slightly low over a sick relative or friend around the 6 and any support you can give will be warmly appreciated.

LIBRA (September 23 – October 22)

Relationships are at the top of your agenda in February — both romantically and where certain relatives are involved — as you try to juggle two discontented individuals’ needs. Perhaps the answer is to stop trying to please everyone and instead forcing those concerned to put up or shut up! The influence of Venus on your sign may point towards you being a little more careful where health is concerned and it could be that illness plays a major factor in why there is so much friction flying about you presently. A gift given out of unrequited love could also cause a dispute around February third, so if you don’t want certain people to know — keep the secret to yourself.

Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Sacrifice is a big feature of your reading this month. However, the sacrifice does not come from you, but a partner whose generous spirit opens the way for you to take advantage of a situation you would have otherwise never been able to consider. Don’t be too quick to forget what has been done for you here as not many would have done the same in similar circumstances. The best way to show your appreciation would be to perhaps be a little more affectionate and loving than usual. On the work front, you might find yourself involved in a minor accident as a practical joke backfires and you end up nursing a bruised ankle. Watch your step on February 21.

TAURUS (April 20 – May 20)

Love is never far from the mind of most Taureans and that isn’t surprising when one considers Venus has such an influence on your sign. This Valentine’s Day is likely to offer up a mixed bag of emotional results, depending on whether you are already in a longstanding relationship or on the cusp of something new. Things are likely to work better for those in more established partnerships, so if you are embarking on something new then just take it slowly. Work wise you could be offered a new position completely out of the blue and you should give it some serious consideration because there is great potential if you are ready to embrace the challenge.

CANCER (June 21 – July 22)

For the last few weeks you may have been feeling under the weather and the strain of family matters may be wearing heavily upon you. You need to reassess your role and ignore the guilt others are trying to impress upon you. If the need arises, a break away from your environment — even for a few days — will do you a great deal of good. Take time out with a partner or loved one just to refresh your perspective and put a little investment in the things that really count. Matters financial will see you applying for a loan, perhaps to purchase a new car, but shop around because the first thing you come across will not be the one to go for.

VIRGO (August 23 — September 22)

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Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

Yours is a passionate and very physical sign and as such, you are usually very affected by this time of the year, with Valentine’s Day being something you generally enjoy celebrating. However, this year it could be a case of mixed results in the romance stakes, due to the fact that other issues have come to the fore that have diverted your attention a little. Chiefly health matters could prove to be more prominent and it may mean a few of you could even be looking at a brief stay in hospital. It’s nothing serious but it just might mean you will need to put the relationship celebrations on hold for a few weeks. Anyone for Valentine’s Day in March?!

Capricorn (Dec 22 – January 19)

There is a face in the crowd that has an interested eye on certain Capricorn’s out there and it could point towards relationships and a major change in how your love life may develop in 2012. Of primary importance are your own character and the need for you to assert your authority on the situations that exist around you. At the moment there is a degree of hesitation and insecurity about you — both flaws that you should seek to eradicate from your make-up if you stand any hope of making a success of matters emotional this year. On other matters, the signs are good for an interview on February fifth, so think positive, believe in yourself and that new job could be yours.


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ahlings. I greet you from Los Angeles. Home of Hollywood. Lights. Celebrities. E! Entertainment. And dogs. So many dogs. My previous visits were manically brief, two days here, three days there. Never got the chance to really "be" in LA. Until now. Ten days in, and I can safely say there's something quite eerie about this place. I know. Sounds crazy compared to the giant glamazon so forcibly projected across our TV screens. Those who regularly read this column already know, I'm not one to deliver the expected. So here's a more realistic breakdown: People seem to be closer to furry creatures, than other people. There's a lot of unjustified anxiety. Loneliness. Mistrust. Morbid material obsession. Far too many failed relationships and or single folk. A strange sense of misdirection. Talent everywhere, so many of them, so lost. Caught up in dreams that have morphed into nightmares. A Hollywood haven clearly run by few, while everyone else is trying to "make it". With that, comes a lot of sad stories. Especially from waiters — when all you want to do is order some food — which can irritate, a little bit. First class crackheads stood outside of 5-star hotels. Homeless people, sleeping on these star-studded boulevards. That's the majority perspective for you. For the few and fortunate among us, there are some fabulous shopping options. Not as eclectic as London, but cool all the same. I'm staying in West Hollywood, and Fairfax, Melrose and Robertson are all your best bets for scouring. Another plus in La La Land is the ample space available for really quite scenic walking. Spa services at your indulgence, and just a general lean toward a healthier way of life. The weather's disobediently cold at the moment — so unlike the "sunny LA" sell. I thank God for Q14, and the life-saving, stunning and super convenient bisht I've been wearing for both comfort and "please keep me warm" purposes. The custom made robe/jacket/abaya/ as you wish to call it, has been a bit of a show-stopper, with many asking where, what and how. Its vibrant tribal prints, arabesque flair and impressive detailing hails from Kuwait. Since style seems to be some kind of inborn gift over there, that comes as no surprise. Restaurant culture plays a massive role in LA lifestyle, which makes obvious sense considering nightlife comes to a strict two-am ending. Unfortunately though, the food is not that great. If you're a fan of flavour (you know, actually seasoning what you eat) then do as I did and stick to Katsuya, Koi, Phillipe Chow and a Thai local in West Hollywood which has the best peanut sauce I believe I've ever had. Forget the name. Tweet @iambougi if you really want to know. For the vegan types (not that I'm a vegetarian, but I do defer from meat when possible),


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