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Watch What You Eat! Our shocking discovery…

Spirit of Ecstasy The Prestigious Rolls-Royce Ghost

Summer Scents The most covetable fragrances unveiled

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rabia is the birthplace of some of the most beautiful women in the world, and the breeding ground for gifted designers, making their mark in the fashion industry. This month the Ohlala! signature fashion shoot, in collaboration with Blue Salon, features the unique and exquisite creations by the latest Qatari prodigy, Waad Mohamed. From opulent abayas and exotic evening dresses to distinctive daywear, WAAD Designs has cross-cultural appeal, and donning one of her looks is sure to have you standing out from the crowd. To further satiate your fashion fix, turn to our exclusive interview with the Rosa Clará, whose name is synonymous with luxurious bridal gowns, high-end quality and exciting collaborations with haute couture designers, such as Christian Lacroix and Karl Lagerfield. With a strong presence already in the Middle East, being based in countries like Bahrain, we catch up with Rosa Clará before her next boutique opening in Qatar, where the brand's bespoke tailoring services are set to be a great hit. As we are now fully immersed in the Holy month of Ramadan, it’s a good time for inner reflection and giving back to the society in which we live. As Muslims fast throughout the day, what could also be on our minds is our general wellbeing and nutritional standards. Are you really fully aware of what you eat? Grabbing food “on-therun” can be worse for you than you think — read about our shocking discovery in the Ohlala! Beauty section — it really is food for thought! Eid Mubarak in advance to you all you lovely readers.

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Boasting experience in business development, market research, PR and event planning for a wealth of international fashion companies, she now runs her own company and works with the Qatari market. Lisa Travell meets up with this female entrepreneur to discuss the business of fashion.

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General Manager Hussein Zreik

Deputy Editors Lisa Travell Zara de Haldevang

Publishing Director Edward Smith

Editor-at-Large Ben Whittaker

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Art Director Syed Muhammed Raihan

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Graphic & Web Designer Rashed Bindaina

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Sales Executive Pauline Marcombe

Editorial Intern Alex MacDonald

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Our favourite buys this month, style of the stars, bespoke & opulent designs from a fresh Arabian designer, chic shades & keeping you in the know with our fashion news.

Ohlala!’s favourites this August...



Does your wardrobe need a little kick? Rolling into stores are Marc Jacobs's Pre-Fall 2012 accessories which suits all age groups and signature styles — think structured shapes, minimalistic detailing, crisp hues, and loads of texture. We’re in love with this single bluette bag for instance…



It might be a little early (and a little hot) to bring up fall collections, but Tory Burch's Pre-Fall must-haves of corals, oranges, navy, and whites are bright cheery colours that transition well; and many of the pieces like this gorgeous necklace can be worn in warm weather.

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This Josephine tomato silk crepe draped gown from Carolina Herrera’s Pre-Fall line is part of a collection with nuances of intricately draped motifs for a more informal and urban chic line. The autumnal hues of reds, browns, wheats and cobalt blue make for a pure autumn palette.



Looking towards the Old West for inspiration, Michael Kors previews sweeping skirts, plaid patterns and leather outerwear. Be sure to check out accessories like satchel bags, cowboy hats and boots and oversized belts — perfect for the collection’s streamlined silhouettes and graphic prints.



Flamboyant Flourish A show stopping signature piece, this stunning Artemis Plumes python shoulder bag by Christian Louboutin is from the capsule collection celebrating 20 years of his iconic designs.

The trend-setting designer, who has always been inspired by Parisian dancers — likening them to birds of paradise, sends his already iconic 'Artemis' bag to fabulous new heights by adorning the detachable gold chain shoulder strap with an exuberant rainbow feather epaulette created from hand-dyed goose and hen feathers.


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Stylish celebrities step out and about town dressed to impress.

The singer, Florence Welch looks stunning attending the The Bulgari Hotel London opening party in Knightsbridge. She chose to wear a gorgeous, burgundy silk georgette gown by Gucci with a slashed neckline and cascading ruffles. She kept her accessories simple carrying a Bulgari Serpenti Minaudiere with light gold, black and white enamel dÊcor and wearing a yellow gold and mother of pearl Serpenti ring and a pink gold, diamond and onyx Serpenti ring from Bulgari’s High Jewelry Collection. Image by Gettyimages


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Joining a host of young stars, Actress Miranda Cosgrove chose to wear Versus on the occasion of the Fourteenth Annual Young Hollywood Awards held at the Hollywood Athletic Club. The young actress chose a look from the Versus Fall 2012 Collection: she wore a chic, navy blue mini-dress accented with black cord lace-up straps.

Actress, Jessica Alba chose to wear Salvatore Ferragamo to the opening ceremony of the Fourty-Second Giffoni Film Festival, in Giffoni Valle Piana. She elegantly dons a white silk cocktail dress, with beige details and belt on the waist, combined with a pair of brown reptile wedges with ankle strap from the Spring Summer 2012 collection.


On the occasion of the Alliance For Children's Rights Third Annual Right To Laugh Event held at the Avalon Theater, actress Selena Gomez chose to wear Versace. The gorgeous young actress chose a look from Versace Spring/Summer 2012 — she wore a sea-foam green neopreen cocktail dress with pleated draping at the left, gathered at the waist with a gold studded belt.

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Young female talent is very much at the forefront in the world of business. With success ringing true throughout her family, Sofia Al Asfoor talks to Zara de Haldevang about her incredibly unique designs, paving her own way, and her aspirations for the future. Images by George Mathew 24

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“The collections are an expression of their true sense of style and prestige status. Bold and courageous in appearance and colour, they leave an indelible impression while embracing today’s empowered woman.” ust turning 24 with a wealth of experience already under her belt, Bahraini Sofia Al Asfoor is a genuine, determined successful designer and entrepreneur. “While growing up in Bahrain there were very little opportunities for creativity, but I was inspired by my father Mohamed Al Asfoor, who is my idol, and the brand he created Designer Shaik. He also gave me the opportunity to travel and attend universities around the world until I found my true passion.” Having completed an Art and Design Foundation course at Kingston University in the United Kingdom, Sofia then travelled onto Milan, where she studied Womenswear and Textiles. Her third port of call was Parsons in New York, where she completed a semester of Design and Management, before completing her studies at the London College of Fashion, where her concentration fell on the design and production of leather goods and handbags. “I have been working on my creations since my year at LCF in 2009. I decided to move forward on this exciting journey by opening my company last November when I attended the entrepreneurship program with UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organisation). It has been a rollercoaster ride ever since!” Sofia’s company, simply named Sofia Al Asfoor, is a unique find on the island. The bags, which are set to be launched at Saks Fifth Avenue in Bahrain after Ramadan, are all Arabian inspired and stem from her ambition to create art using leather. She tells us, “The collections allow the consumer to enhance the statement of one’s self with distinctiveness as an expression of their true sense of style and prestige status. The bags are designed to satisfy one’s needs and made to exceed clients’ expectations with their quality manufacturing and premium leathers. Bold and courageous in appearance and colour, they leave an indelible impression while embracing today’s empowered woman.”

This young lady, who definitely seems to understand the many intricacies of the luxury market, says, “I am constantly reaching for new opportunities whilst bridging the gap between the old and the new. I strive to keep tradition close to heart but the future even closer.” With an ever-increasing demand for fashion in the Gulf, it is refreshing to meet a member of the younger generation, so determined to leave her mark. “My primary goal is to offer products with the cultural values they embody; blending tradition with innovation as well as kindling dream and fantasy.” The bags, which are all distinctly recognisable by the trademark 3D pyramid design, “act as a shield of protection in today’s high-pressure world.” The idea was actually born after a trip to Selfridges in London, where a piece of artwork in the window display created a spark of genius in Sofia’s mind. The Exotic Shield Collection is strictly bespoke designs with certified exotic leathers ostrich and croco lined with lamb leather. And Sofia’s personal style? “Forward with appreciation for the past; I like to channel what most would describe as 'edgy' but for me it represents originality. I suppose that's why I love vintage and heritage too, for its detail and authenticity. Power is how a woman chooses to present herself and her style ultimately defines that power.” With a host of ideas for the future, there is no stopping Sofia. “I am all for female empowerment, especially in this part of the globe. My decision to try and build something for myself, strong and ready like my bags, shows my determination to take on the world.” Keep an eye out for Sofia’s opulent creations across the Middle East this summer — in the meantime visit her website for the chance to look at her collection and order bespoke pieces.



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Sometimes it’s hard to get hold of that “must-have” fashion accessory, as stocks can be limited. Well now Pink Fudge has the answer to all our style fantasies. Operated by appointment only, this new on-line store stocks timeless and vintage pieces — so in demand — that they can’t be found on shop shelves anywhere. Using their long established contacts the ladies behind this brand source the season’s latest ‘it’ bags and accessories just for you, and the best part is there’s no waiting list. Pieces available include the iconic Hermes Birkin bag plus vintage Chanel accessories and much, much more. Log on and treat yourself — you know you’re worth it!

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H&M are renowned for their dynamic collaborations with truly unique fashion designers, and their latest is no exception. We’re buzzing with excitement about their most recent revelation on teaming up with the unconventional French fashion house, Maison Martin Margiela, which derails classic notions of fashion with a conceptual and timeless style. Its philosophy is one of valuing the importance of the collaborative nature of its team rather than the individual designer. From what Maison Martin Margiela says on the collaboration, avant-garde fashionistas are in for a real treat come this November. “We are very happy to present Maison Martin Margiela pieces with H&M, offering a new interpretation of our vision. The democracy of our fashion has always been at the centre of our creativity, and the collaboration with H&M allows us to push this instinct further. We will bring together the contrasting universes of the two houses in ways that will surprise all.” Margareta van den Bosch, Creative Advisor at H&M, is as animated about the alliance as the Ohlala! team. “Maison Martin Margiela is one of the most important and influential fashion houses of the past three decades. I am so excited by this radical collaboration, which will give fashion lovers around the world the chance to wear special pieces by Maison Martin Margiela. This collaboration will be a great and memorable fashion moment.”

“We will bring together the contrasting universes of the two houses in ways that will surprise all.”

Alexander McQueen Exclusives @ NET-A-PORTER.COM

Securing exciting partnerships with some of the globe’s most sought after designers, the world’s premier online luxury retailer, NET-A-PORTER.COM, is well-known for stocking both Alexander McQueen, and McQ Alexander McQueen lines. What you might not know, however, is that NET-A-PORTER. COM collaborates with the brand on various projects that you really can’t afford to miss out on! Not only was Pippa Middleton’s dress to the Royal Wedding available online earlier this year, but NET-A-PORTER.COM also exclusively offered customers a bespoke private order service in which to shop nine looks from the Fall Winter 2012 collection in celebration of Sarah Burton’s first and much lauded runway collection for McQ Alexander McQueen. Customers had the opportunity to reserve these special pieces, which were then made-to-order, and will be delivered in time for the fall winter season. McQ reveals a collection designed to complement the Alexander McQueen mainline while remaining loyal to the house’s instantly recognisable signature. With Creative Director Sarah Burton at the helm, the collection offered aspirational pieces to define the trends and silhouette of the season. Highlights include a broderie anglaise embroidered oxblood velvet dress, a traditional blanket wool coat in Black Watch tartan, a black leather jacket with shearling sleeves and a hand dyed silk and wool dark military green dress. Holli Rogers, Fashion Director at NET-A-PORTER says, “We are excited that in our exclusive partnership we can offer our customers around the globe this unique opportunity to own a piece of fashion history.” Look out for amazing opportunities in the future as Ohlala! has it on good authority that there are more in the pipeline…

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his month, I’m not so much “out and about in Qatar”, but more “out of Qatar”! By the time you read this I will be in South Africa on a safari. The excitement is tangible in our household, as the kids discuss exactly which of the “big five” we’ll see — all, and at very close range according to them — let’s hope not too close! The change to a winter climate will see us don jeans and jumpers, so different from our usual Qatar attire, that it prompted one of my kids to attempt to remove his new socks from the case. Born here, and only ever having visited the UK in the summer, he has an aversion to socks and a devotion to crocs. Only threats of spiders creeping through the gaps persuaded him to gingerly place them back in. Now all I need to do before I leave is try to talk my husband out of making me cage dive with sharks, and we’re good to go! For those staying in Qatar there is still plenty to do this month — the Holy month of Ramadan. Check out our Ramadan Hotspots and make sure you visit a Ramadan tent, as there are some fabulous ones in the majority of hotels here. There are also some great happenings at Katara; exhibitions, a Ramadan souq and lots of family activities — see Qatar Hotspots for more details. Ramadan is traditionally a month of spiritual reflection and of giving and abstaining; a time to gather family and friends around you and give thanks for all you have, even if you aren’t Muslim, you can still join in with these worthy traditions. 30

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Last month I attended a wonderful concert at St. Regis and caught up with the star of the show, talented pianist Amira Fouad, for our Art and Culture feature. I also met the famous makeup artist Joelle Mardinian who provided Ohlala! readers with some essential tips to keep our makeup looking beautiful, and intact, this summer. With some of the main malls closed for fire safety checks and improvements, we’ve all been struggling to get our fashion fix. Luckily the Doha Trade Fair came to the rescue, and this year it was bigger and better with over 550 exhibitors from 31 countries. I spied some amazing mirrored shoes but at the last minute decided against them. It was only when I tried them on and saw the reflections that I hastily returned them to the shelf — mirrored shoes are wrong on so many levels! Of course I consoled myself with several other equally sparkling purchases! Ramadan Kareem to one and all, and (lions and sharks permitting), I’ll be back in Qatar next month with tales of my adventures abroad and ready to embrace the cooler times ahead!


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Qatar Animal Welfare Shelter (QAWS) is well known for their amazing work across the country in rescuing animals and arranging onward adoptions. This month Ohlala! catches up with founder Janet Berry at the Images by Abshar @ Creative Designs busy shelter.

anet Berry didn’t intend to start an animal rescue centre when she arrived ten years ago in Qatar; she had plans for a boarding kennel but events just hours within opening changed the scope of her kennels forever. “It started purely by accident. I set up a boarding kennel because I saw that there was a need for one. The first weekend we opened, somebody drove past and threw a couple of puppies over the fence, then one of my customers that came to pick up a cat adopted both of them. We thought that if we got the odd animal dumped on us that it wouldn’t be a problem,” Janet states with a wry smile. This was just the beginning; Qatar is relatively small and word spread quickly. “Once someone knows you have helped an abandoned animal, then the floodgates are opened and the requests keep coming. So it just grew from there. We created a monster!” Janet adds laughingly. QAWS has inherited a variety of animals over the years and a wander round the premises sees ducks, donkeys and even a bull grazing away. However, it’s predominantly dogs that reside there and Janet now has 40 kennels, but even that is not enough to house the ever-growing number of abandoned or stray animals in Qatar. Janet explains that although it’s hard you have to know where to draw the line. “At some point you have to say no as we are totally funded by the community and we have a duty of care to every animal here; the more you cram in the less attention you can give.” 32

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“You see an animal that you have pulled out from under a car and you get a photograph of it lying on the sofa with the kids; it’s just really nice.” The idea is that QAWS proves to be a temporary home for most of these animals before they are rehomed. There are many success stories and Janet smiles as she recalls past memories. “The best thing is seeing them go out of the gate with a smile on the face of the family. You see an animal that you have pulled out from under a car and later you get a photograph of it lying on the sofa with the kids; it’s just really nice.” However, Janet is keen to add that there’s actually a heavy vetting process before animals are adopted. “We are quite strict; we won’t let you have the dog or cat if we’re not happy with you. All of these animals have already been abandoned for one reason or another and the last thing they need is for it to happen again.” Of course, it’s not all ‘happily ever after’, and Janet has seen unimaginable things during her time at QAWS. “The worse thing is when we get there too late and we really can’t do anything — you have to draw the line. It’s tough and we would love to save every animal but sometimes you turn up and there isn’t anything you can do apart from literally scrape the poor thing into the car and then take it to be put it out of its misery because it’s so beyond help,” she says sadly. QAWS is still battling for charity status and it’s a campaign this brave woman will not relinquish. “We have been trying for years but they have never done it before here. Recently a group of people came along and they seem to have the right contacts and they have taken us under their wing — because everything’s in Arabic and the wording for pets and animals just isn’t there. We need to work out what we are missing. We will not give up.” Support the cause — volunteers are welcome at QAWS 7.30am to 9.30am and 4pm to 6pm, as are donations of food, and fans in the summer. Visit, follow them on Facebook, or call 5539 6074.

QAWS advice on pet care this summer: • Don’t leave your animals in the car — even with the airconditioning running — your engine may fail. • Do not leave your dog outside for any length of time. • Walk your dog early morning or late evening. • Ensure they have plenty of water available. • Keep an eye on them — if your dog is not recovering from a walk call the vet for advice. Use towels with tepid water to cool them down. Do not use cold water, as this will shock them. 33

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A Musical Marvel Amira Fouad’s talent is well known in Doha’s musical circles, and indeed across the world. Playing the piano since she was five years old, her international career to date has seen her perform in North America, Europe, the Far East and the Middle East. Lisa Travell watches her in concert then meets with this accomplished pianist. Images courtesy of St.Regis 34

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“Our first concert was completely sold out and we expect the same enthusiasm from our Doha audience for our upcoming musical events.”


wo years ago Amira Fouad brought to Qatar not only her passion for music but also a dream to create a musical platform to reach out and touch the audiences here. A successful musician in her own right, she then founded Qatar Music and Arts — Qanas Productions — an organisation aimed at giving the residents of Doha and the Middle East rare access to illustrious world-leading artists and events. The latest of a host of upcoming events by Qatar Music and Arts is a series of concerts at the prestigious St. Regis. Amira explains how this came about, “I believe in initiatives that will live beyond our time in Doha so I wanted to create something that would last, hence Encore! a new series of glamorous concerts combining wonderful music with fine dining in an elegant setting.” The concert, which was attended by several ambassadors, saw part of The St. Regis transformed into an intimate venue in which Amira inaugurated the new Steinway Model D piano. Speaking highly of the hotel she says, “As I expected, it turned out to be a wonderful location for music. The acoustic is truly magical and the people I am working with at The St. Regis are committed to making our events together successful. Our first concert was completely sold out and we expect the same enthusiasm from our Doha audience for our upcoming musical events.” Dazzling in a full-length, sea-green gown Amira captivated the audience from the first note, as they were swept along on the tide of emotion created solely by this gifted pianist. Amira elaborates on the

chosen programme and comments on the raw emotion she conveys through her music, “It varied in terms of composers, as well as styles and mood of the music, ranging from the light sounds of Domenico Scarlatti, the fantasy world of Amadeus Mozart, the moody, romantic sounds of Frédéric Chopin, the Latin dances of Ernesto Lecuona and the rhapsodic virtuosity of Franz Liszt. The music required a great range of piano techniques, as well as emotional output, which I believe is vital to the success of every performance.” The fact that the entire concert was performed without musical score highlights Amira’s incredible talent — a feat many musicians would shy away from, but not Amira. “It takes dedication, commitment and nerve to perform without the music score. The response from the public was very positive, with many comments about the diversity of the music,” she states. Amira remarks that, like Chopin, she also prefers a more intimate setting. “On stage, I feel extremely sensitive to my audience and a sort of chemistry happens between us. The St. Regis and I managed to re-create the Paris salon feel and clearly, from the overwhelmingly positive response from the audience members, this made people feel very comfortable.” If you missed the first in this series then do not despair — Amira is already arranging the next concert. “We are planning several concerts at The St. Regis in the coming year and we will be including some fabulous international performers. I’m going to be busy inviting artists, programming exciting concerts and also liaising with schools for outreach work,” Amira explains animatedly. It’s definitely set to be a busy year ahead for this self-motivated lady, who is also about to launch her next CD with the English Chamber Orchestra and perform in concerts in London, Canada, France and Turkey. With such an avid ambassador for music and arts in its midst, one wonders if Qatar is set to become the musical hub of the Middle East. 35

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The Business Behind Fashion

Aida Masdeu is an event designer and fashion specialist. Boasting experience in business development, market research, PR and event planning for a wealth of international fashion companies, she now runs her own company and works with the Qatari market. Lisa Travell meets up with this female entrepreneur to discuss the business of fashion.

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“With our services, if women here want something really exclusive then they will have it!”


ida Masdeu is definitely in the right place at the right time. Fashion in Qatar is a rapidly growing industry and Aida intends to fuel that growth. This multi-talented lady was born in Barcelona and studied fashion at the Instituto Marangoni in Milan. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Translation and Interpretation and an Associate´s degree in Foreign Languages, Public Relations and International Studies. Added to this impressive list of achievements is the fact that she is fluent in six languages, a distinct advantage in the international world of fashion. Her company, Ladies and the City by Poise Productions Limited, is essentially a service provider to fashion companies willing to expand to Qatar and establish their brands here. Her foresight in the fashion industry enabled her to establish her company before she even arrived in Qatar two years ago. “I knew I was going to come here and this is a great market with many non-existent products and women looking for exclusivity. Here they have the money and the resources but they don’t have many products, so it’s the perfect market for us,” she says knowledgably. Although Qatar is most definitely in the market for expansion on the fashion front, Aida points out that entering the Qatari market is not as easy as it looks. “The problem can be that some Western companies have a vision of this market that doesn’t correspond to reality, so we help them get into it. It’s a very interesting market but it’s also a very complex one. The way people do business here is different; we try to ease the way for them.” The proof that Aida understands both the fashion industry and fashion business is evident by her latest client: world-renowned Rosa Clará, the second biggest bridal company in the world, is set to open a store in Qatar in the autumn, and future brides across Qatar have Aida to thank for this. This is not the only service that Aida’s company offers. “We also offer luxury shopping tours to Spain and Italy. This is mainly catered to Qatari women who want to have an amazing shopping experience. They land in Barcelona or Milan and we get them a stylist and, depending on what they are looking for, we take them direct to the designer’s atelier.” Aida has thought of everything and you can even arrange a ‘couples’ trip. She elucidates, “In Barcelona the husband can go to see a match and the wife can go shopping, we can arrange that too! It depends on what kind of experience you are looking for.” Lastly there’s also a ‘Before the I Do’ service, which includes a fairy tale dress fitting experience for the bride-to-be in Europe. “Our experienced stylist will take you by chauffeur to carefully chosen bridal designer showrooms, or ateliers, for a private fitting upon request, along with a privileged appointment to pick the perfect heels or have a custom made exclusive design,” Aida explains. We are excited to find out just who from the ‘who’s who’ of Qatari glitterati have taken advantage of these amazing exclusive services, but Aida reveals nothing. “We cannot tell you. Of course we sign very strict confidentiality agreements with the designers and the stylists. They take their privacy very seriously here.”

Aida has numerous projects afoot and gives us a glimpse into future fashions in Qatar. “Some designers are willing to do limited edition lines or unique collections for this market. We even have a designer with a collection, which will hopefully be selling here soon, and the designer is inspired by Her Highness Sheikha Moza.” Aida speaks highly of HH Sheikha Moza’s fashion sense. “I think she has an enormous sense of style — she’s very classy and elegant and, in terms of what she is doing for this country, it’s a real marvel.” In fact the women of Qatar as a whole are Aida’s motivation. “Qatari women are my true inspiration; their intelligence, poise, style, class, wishes and dreams.” With this fashionista who has a flare for business now residing in Qatar, the future looks bright for both the fashion scene and of course Aida herself. She has high hopes and aspirations: “I am just enjoying the ride now and the market. I feel I am in the best place I can be and taking advantage of the moment. The dream right now is to bring more and more brands here and to help designers get into this market, and then others like Dubai, Kuwait and Bahrain.” Sounding like Qatar’s very own fashion fairy Godmother she concludes, “With our services, if women here want something really exclusive then they will have it!”


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OPERATIC Lesley Garrett has been at the forefront of British music for the last 20 years. As she celebrates the release of her new album, A North Country Lass, she talks to Ben Whittaker about why this latest collection of songs is particularly personal.


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esley Garrett is one of Britain’s most accomplished classical artists, having carved a successful career in television and theatre. With an engaging personality to match her beautiful voice, she is one of the finest, most respected A-list singers performing in the UK and around the world. But that isn’t to say it has been an easy path for this charismatic personality. She tells us, “Opera still has an element of snobbery about it and because I performed in conventional musicals, doors were abruptly closed to me by many opera houses. It’s a ridiculous situation but I guess there is a belief in certain circles that any step away from the operatic route somehow devalues the art.” Lesley’s new release A North Country Lass is a delightful collection of folk-inspired, classical traditions of the likes of Vaughan Williams, Gustav Holst and Benjamin Britten. “This album is the perfect template of my early upbringing as folk music was very much a part of what I used to listen to as a child and, in fact, still listen to today. “A North Country Lass is a collection of British and Irish songs, some of which go back six centuries, and each one has a special meaning for me and was chosen for that specific reason. “The album was almost three years in the making and it was a really significant project for me. I was involved in all stages of the process and one of the highlights was the week we spent in Czechoslovakia with the Prague Philharmonic. The folk tradition associated with the country meant this was a very appropriate marriage of styles. “There are absolutely no electronic instruments on this album, everything is acoustic. It’s a bit like having a baby. It grows and develops and suddenly you give birth to this wonderful creation that is very much part of you. Every album is special. The fact that this is my fourteenth doesn’t make it any less important than every one of the rest. A bit like every baby in a family!” Music has been part of Lesley’s life for as long as she can remember. “I think I was singing before I started walking,” she smiles. “Many of

my family worked in the mines or steel industry as I grew up, and music is very much a tradition in these industries, so a lot of my relatives were particularly musical.” Although with her obvious talent there were many music career options open to her, Lesley eventually chose the classical route because of the challenges it offered. “Opera is a demanding form of music and the most difficult kind of singing. I wanted to meet the demand and it has always appealed to me. Folk has similarities to opera and a personality that I love. It really engages you.” Although a thoroughly modern performer, Lesley says, “Much as I embrace music delivery through the web and via the likes of iTunes, I wanted to create something with this CD that was physical and more than just about the songs. “When I was growing up, buying an album was a real event. Special attention was paid to the booklet and the photos and I wanted to recreate that feeling. I think when you put so much of yourself into a product you want it to reflect that intimacy.” Lesley’s passion for her music is as real as ever and she cares as much now about the quality of her work as she ever did. “I strive to keep myself in peak condition and I still have singing lessons every week to keep my voice in shape. After all, the muscles involved in singing need to be exercised just like any other muscles in the body.” For all the enjoyment she gets from the recording process, singing live is still a particular pleasure and because no two shows are ever the same it provides a unique environment every time as Lesley tells us, “I’ve performed at some of the greatest stadiums around the world and whilst that is an enormous pleasure, the audiences are what make it. Wherever you are singing, when you connect with your fans, it’s the most fantastic feeling.” As far as the Middle East goes, Lesley has yet to perform in the region, although it remains an opportunity she would relish. “Although I’ve not performed there, I’d love the chance to. I’m just waiting for the invite! I’ve always found the Arab culture fascinating and as an artist, part of the enjoyment is being able to share your music with as many people as possible. Music is a global thing and because of the wonderful heritage and history between Britain and that region, I’d see it as a privilege as well as a tremendously exciting prospect. New experiences are what help keep us fresh and the Gulf is certainly one part of the world I have yet to sample.” Visit


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“I’ve always found the Arab culture fascinating and as an artist, part of the enjoyment is being able to share your music with as many people as possible.”


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Bridal Brilliance An innovative fashion designer and entrepreneur, Rosa Clarรก has become known worldwide for luxurious bridal gowns. Kirsty Edwards-Harris chats with her about her stunning creations.


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aptivating ladies across the globe with her elegant bridal gowns, Rosa Clará’s passion for making women look beautiful is successfully driving her to achieve her dreams of having a Rosa Clará boutique in every country in the world. As each dress is specially tailored to suit the bride’s individual needs for the “perfect dress”, you can be assured of wowing onlookers with a unique creation on your very special day to be remembered ever after. The brand’s high standards of quality, in terms of fabrics, design and tailoring, have led to exciting collaborations with haute couture fashion designers, such as Christian Lacroix, Karl Lagerfield and Jesús del Pozo — a true mark of achievement.

Where does your interest in designing bridal gowns originate from? Rosa Clará. Travelling around the world, I met brides from many different cultures and I realised that I could offer them something different, special and new. From where do you draw your inspiration? RC. From brides and international fashion trends.

What type of fabrics do you use and where are they sourced from? RC. We only work with high quality fabrics coming from Paris, Italy, and most importantly, European fairs. Where does the beading and embroidery take place? RC. Normally from small ateliers in the south of France for the embroidery and Italy for beading.

What is the most important element when designing bridal gowns? RC. Think about the bride and what will make feel her beautiful, comfortable and modern. This concerns good patterns, the best fabrics and exclusive designs.


FASHION Can you explain more about your collaboration with haute couture fashion designers such as Christian Lacroix, Karl Lagerfield and Jesús del Pozo? RC. These collaborations have been a luxury for us. They trust us to produce their bridal collections, which means that we have the high quality standards that they require in all their products. What has been your greatest achievement? RC. Starting a company from zero and taking it to the international market in only 15 years.

What is unique about Rosa Clará bridal gowns? RC. They are elegant but modern and created with the best fabrics, with plenty of details coming from haute couture, like bows, delicate embroideries, etc. Are there any special pieces for Autumn Winter 2012/13? RC. White with pastel shades are the hallmarks of the new Rosa Clará 2013 and flowers embroidered on organza will be the season's great surprise element. Who is your favourite fashion designer? RC. I don’t really have only one but I think Alexander McQueen was a big loss for the fashion world.

Who would you regard as the most influential fashion icon, past or present? RC. Audrey Hepburn — her look is still modern. From the present, I love Kate Middleton’s style. Which celebrities have worn a Rosa Clara gown? RC. International singers such as Paulina Rubio and Shaila Durcal, model Esther Cañadas, and actress Mischa Barton as well as celebrities Paris Hilton and Amanda Hearst have worn our dresses.

If you were to choose one dress from your designs to get married in, which one would it be and why? RC. We create special dresses for each bride as they can change some elements on the gowns in order to create the perfect dress, so I would have one specially designed for me. What are your top tips for women when choosing a bridal gown? RC. Only one: do not disguise yourself. The bridal gown must be comfortable and make the bride feel just beautiful.

Why did you decide to expand into the Middle East? RC. We would love to open a shop in every country, so the Middle East is part of this dream. We already have a boutique in Bahrain and we’re very excited to open a Rosa Clará store in Qatar in the autumn, and thanks to LATC it is a dream come true! Why do you think Rosa Clara will appeal to women in this region? RC. I believe that Arabian ladies, being extremely refined and elegant, are especially receptive to Spanish influences and the Rosa Clará style meets their needs and high expectations. The women in this region appreciate the high quality of the fabrics and they understand fashion, they will appreciate our collections for sure. Will you have a special collection specifically tailored to Arabian women? RC. Our dresses are tailored to every bride, in every part of the world. What type of women do you design for? RC. Elegant and demanding brides. 56

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The best beauty finds, summer scents, a superfruit secret, the arrival of Maison de Joelle & watching what you eat — our shocking discovery.


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Irresistibly Refreshing

Thierry Mugler has brought out two new glorious refreshing fragrances, Angel and Alien Aqua Chic. These light, new limited edition variations are fresh and stylish filling the senses with emotions. They will leave you sparkling and quintessentially chic.

Oh, Honey, Honey…

Nuxe Paris introduces Rêve de Miel Face Cleansing and Make-Up Removing Gel, a rich cleansing gel for your face and body. Enjoy a moment of pampering in the shower every day by treating your skin to this excellent soap-free formula with its plant-origin cleansing agent. The honey fragranced gel leaves your skin smooth and soft and will not dry out your pores. It also acts as a make-up remover, which, luckily for you, means that you can use this product at least twice a day.

Lavish Lashes

Increased eyelash volume is the dream for so many women; however, it can be difficult to find the right product. With the new Lash Plumber by Sephora your eyelashes will increase in volume from root to tip and really show off your eyes. The brush has slightly tapered edges, which allow you to reach further around the eyelash than most other mascaras.

Summertime Hues

Harmonie Poudre De Soleil from Chanel comes in two colour intensities, Sable Rose and Sable Beige. Both come with seven thin bands of sensual tones, which blend together and embrace your skin for a natural result. Sable Rose brightens your skin with strong yet flirty pink colours, whilst Sable Beige uses a universal colour foundation of beiges and browns for a peach-like tone. From using the softest to the most intense colours, each strip can have dramatic results on your skin.

Scented Chic

The new Scented Nail Enamel from Revlon uses its exclusive silk-protein shield to instantly help even out the surface of the nail. The vivid colours automatically smooth away bubbles, streaks and brush marks, leaving you with beautiful nails. The UV absorbers in the formula protect colour during wear — ensuring it won’t fade. This product is available in 16 different shades and once dry will give off a lovely scent.


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“Summer is not complete without a cloud of bronzer on the cheeks to enhance the complexion.”




Dueto Parfums launches Lady Cool, a fragrance that’s built around the cosmopolitan woman of today: active, connected, fresh and feminine. It opens with a fresh floral and sweet scent and evolves into tenacious warm woody notes that are enriched with a musky aroma. Lady Cool is for the lady who creates her own unique hip style.


Sephora introduces their exclusive Oriental-inspired Khayali fragrance collection. Tuscan Lady has distinctive floral and fruity top notes that reveal a gourmet heart with layers of intense caramel, enriched by essence of candied apple, praline and vanilla. Wrapped around sweet peony and moonflower elements, and the freshness of frangipani, its lasting base notes develop as you wear it, making it the ideal day to night fragrance.


Summer has inspired the new Splash Seduction limited edition for women by Antonio Banderas: a vibrant fragrance that is full of pure dynamism and spontaneity. It has the fresh, citrus aroma of mandarin, peach and sweet pear. Its middle notes of gardenias and freesias, along with the sweetness of jasmine and the sparkling note of red fruit symbolise femininity. This aspect is enriched by the woody notes of cedar, patchouli and musk, making it even more sensual.

Scents of Summer

Luxurious, enticing and feminine… Ohlala! previews some of the season’s most covetable fragrances that are sure to get you in the mood for any occasion. MYSTERIOUS & IRRESISTIBLE

Dreaming of being a rock star? The dream may be far from reality — but fret not as Paco Rabanne’s Black XS L’EXCÈS For Her is powerful, rhythmic, glamorous, impetuous, sensual and vibrant. It’s the expression of a sophisticated, creative and excessive rock world. It’s an excessively sensual oriental floral, so be prepared for an intoxicating ride to stardom with this intense fragrance.


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Vibrant and feminine, and bursting with confidence, Calvin Klein Sheer Beauty evokes the sensuality and delicacy of bare skin with its luminous floral and skin-like warmth. Top notes sparkle with a peach bellini accord, red berry extract and bergamot. At its heart are pink lily accord, jasmine and peony, whilst enveloping musks, sandalwood and vanilla blossom are revealed underneath.

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Tommy Hilfiger launch their new fragrance, Eau de Prep Tommy Girl. Inspired by preppy classics with a twist, the fragrance captures a classic yet cheeky spirit, delivering the perfect accompaniment to today’s updated preppy ensembles.

MAGNIFYING FEMININITY Like his fashion pieces, Elie Saab’s creations glorify a dazzling femininity through the magnificence of noble materials and impeccable cuts. The luxurious codes of the couturier translate into a fragrance of dual nature that is so dear to the designer: “the light of the Middle East and the modernity of the West”.


Mauboussin Rose Pour Elle is a new fragrance for women — one that is floral, fresh and fruity. Blackcurrant buds are brightened by a cocktail of natural citrus fruits, Sicilian tangerine, Calabrian bergamot, Guinean orange, and Pitaya, with an apple-pear-caramel trio that chimes out its gourmand notes. With depth and sensuality, this chic and modern fragrance is one to be coveted.


Marc Jacobs transports you to a warm island oasis this summer with its Splash Tropical collection. Experience the lush feeling of Rain — a fan favourite from summer’s past plus two new coastal creations: the juicy and sunny Kumquat and the subtle, sensual Hibiscus. The newly packaged fragrances come in simple, clean, elegant glass bottles; perfect for traveling to summer seaside escapes.


Narciso Rodriguez introduces the For Her eau délicate fragrances. Veiled sensuality in two versions: for her eau de toilette délicate and for her eau de parfum délicate are exclusive limited editions, each reinterprets the singular femininity of the for her line with an elusive air that’s intoxicating. Disarming. Enigmatic. Entrancing. This is a fragrance duo that’s deliciously seductive.



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Created by renowned perfumer Anne Flipo, Paco Rabanne’s Lady Million Eau de Toilette evokes strength, femininity and sensuality but with a more luminous, fresher signature. Like a diamond, the Lady Million fragrance offers a multitude of facets, allowing you to experience it differently every time.

Presenting a new summer limited edition, Carolina Herrera 212 launches 212 GLAM, a vibrant and modern fragrance. 212 represents the energy of New York, the city that never sleeps, with intense colours and neon lights. Original fragrance tones like toffee, lollipop, crystallised rose petals, cotton candy and electric fluorescent wood, chocolate, cacao beans, tobacco leafs, tonka beans and musk make this an unforgettable fragrance.



Beauty From Within Kiwifruit beauty benefits are more than skin deep. This super-fruit from New Zealand helps with our looks as well as our health.

“The kiwifruit is a genuine superfruit, brimming with essential vitamins, minerals and Omega 3 oils. It contains more potassium than a banana, more Vitamin C than an orange, more nutrients than five apples and is abundant in Vitamin E, often known as ‘the vitamin of youth’.”


very now and then you come across some new lotion or potion that is said to enhance your looks, improve your skin or overcome the effects of aging. Some have fancy names and are outrageously expensive, others are a fraction invasive such as collagen and Botox, and some are simply quite disgusting — the British actress Sarah Miles has drunk her own urine for the past 30 years! But one proven beauty aid is readily and cheaply available at the local supermarket: the humble kiwifruit from New Zealand. The kiwifruit is a genuine super-fruit, brimming with essential vitamins, minerals and Omega 3 oils. It contains more potassium than a banana, more Vitamin C than an orange, more nutrients than five apples and is abundant in Vitamin E, often known as “the vitamin of youth”. Vitamin E plays an important role in the regeneration of healthy skin cells and assists in keeping the skin supple and maintaining its


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elasticity. And good old Vitamin C is becoming increasingly common in anti-aging creams and serums. This is because it is a very powerful antioxidant, protecting the skin against free radicals, which come from everyday environmental factors such as sunlight and pollution and have been clinically recognised to cause many skin disorders and exacerbate the aging process. Vitamin C also scores because it aids in skin renewal, rejuvenating and hydrating skin cells. Omega 3 oils are a group of essential fatty acids which aren't produced naturally by the body alone, though these are a vital element in good health and healthy skin. Kiwifruit is also a source of Alfa Linoleic Acid, which is essential for the maintenance and production of healthy cell membranes and for the prevention and treatment of many skin disorders. This oil is derived from the kiwifruit’s small black pips, which are crushed to extract kiwifruit oil. That’s how kiwifruit helps from the inside out — but it can also be

Ohlala! Recipes Kiwi Summer Cooler Benefits This delicious, fresh juice is bursting full of the powerful antioxidant Vitamin C to promote health, and boost your energy levels and immune system. Ingredients: (Serves 4) 8 large orange 12 kiwifruit applied externally as a skincare treatment. At least one New Zealand company uses a blend of kiwifruit extracts in an extensive range of beauty, including body lotion, soap, shampoo, hand cream, eye gel, body butter and a whole lot more. The kiwifruit actually originated in China and was known initially as the Chinese gooseberry when seeds were first transported to New Zealand. However, New Zealand growers became the world’s largest source for the fruit, which became known globally as the kiwifruit after New Zealand’s national symbol: the flightless kiwi bird. Hala Barghout, a leading nutritionist and licensed clinical dietician in the Middle East, is a big kiwifruit supporter. “Everyone knows that citrus fruit contains vitamin C, but a kiwifruit actually contains twice as much vitamin C as an orange of the same size, and three times as much as a lemon,” she says. “Vitamin C helps strengthen the body’s defences and promotes healthy bones, teeth and blood vessels. Kiwifruit is also a good source of the antioxidant Vitamin E. It provides twice the level of Vitamin E as an apple and is five times more nutritious.” Kiwifruit has a particular benefit in the Middle East, where diabetes is a common problem with as many as one in four suffering from the condition. Because people with diabetes cannot process a high and rapid rise in blood glucose levels, low to moderate GI foods are recommended. A glycemic index measures how fast blood glucose levels rise after consuming food. Food with a high GI index (above 70) results in a rapid increase in blood glucose levels after they are eaten, while foods with a low GI (less than 55) result in only moderate increases. “The total level of sugar in a kiwifruit is typical of most fruit,” says Megan Unsworth, a Zespri kiwifruit grower who lives in the region. “However, what is interesting is the fact that a kiwifruit has low levels of sucrose as well as its relatively equal balance of fructose and glucose levels. These factors are believed to contribute to the low GI value of a kiwifruit.” The high fibre content also helps here, as a high-fibre diet is also recommended in the management of diabetes. Several research studies have shown that fibre in kiwifruit has a significant effect on the viscosity of stomach contents and slows glucose diffusion and absorption from the gut. As such, this may be one of the contributing factors to the low GI scores of a kiwifruit. A balanced diet rich in foods with a low GI can help lower the risk of diabetes and cardiac problems. “What’s more, a healthy digestive system ensures faster metabolism and the speedy removal of toxins from the body,”Megan says. “And the low calorie content of kiwifruit allows you to enjoy its sweet, mouth-watering taste without having to worry about gaining weight.” So put some kiwifruit in your shopping trolley. The whole family will enjoy the sweet taste and the “cut, scoop and enjoy” ease of eating — and at the same time they’ll be benefiting from its many hidden nutritional benefits and giving themselves a free beauty treatment with every serving.

Method: Peel the oranges leaving as much pith (the white) as possible and then juice along with the whole kiwifruits. Place in a blender with ice-cubes, or serve over ice/crushed ice.

Moisturising Kiwi Facemask Benefits: Strawberries and kiwifruit are both rich in alpha-hydroxy acid, which lightly cleanses the skin, reduces oil and shine, and prevents dark eye circles and blackheads. The kiwifruit seeds will gently exfoliate the skin, leaving it soft and smooth. As cucumbers are the same pH as your skin, they will gently cleanse, nourish and hydrate your face, without removing the natural, protective acid layers. They can also lessen dark circles under the eyes. Kelp is a natural sea-vegetable, which protects and restores damaged skin. It is also a light moisturiser that reduces sebum production, preventing acne and reducing wrinkles. Ingredients: (serves 2) 10 large strawberries 2 kiwifruit 1 peeled cucumber 2 slices cucumber sea kelp

Method: Place the strawberries, kiwifruit and the peeled cucumber in a blender and mix well. Then slowly add one teaspoon of sea kelp at a time until a paste-like consistency is achieved. Next wash your face with warm water and pat dry. Apply the kiwi facemask to your skin, avoiding the eye area, with a gentle massaging motion. Place the sliced cucumbers on your eyes and leave the mask for five to ten minutes while you relax. Afterwards, rinse with cool water and pat dry.



Maison de Joelle Mardinian is a makeup artist, television personality, and owner of a chain of beauty salons. She’s also the official Regional Creative Director for Max Factor. Ohlala! caught up with Joelle on a recent trip to Qatar to find out more about her salon opening in Doha.


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How did you become a makeup artist? Joelle Mardinian. My mum is a makeup artist, so all of my life I’ve had makeup around the house. She’s really gorgeous and when I was growing up I was obsessed with her. I was amazed at how she was my mum all day long, cooking and looking after us, then when she went out with my Dad she would go up to her bedroom and be transformed into the Goddesses you see on the cover of magazines. I loved just watching her put makeup on — I think the fascination started back then. I studied makeup in London then I worked for Sony records for four years doing makeup for their artists. I worked with Jamiroquai, The Ketchup Girls, Crazy Town and I did all their makeup, it was fun! Tell me about your weekly television show on MBC. JM. I presented MBC with the idea of doing an Arab version of What Not To Wear and that’s how the show was born. I signed for 26 episodes and now I’ve done over 400. It’s very successful and a number one show in the Arabic world and seen by about 90 million people worldwide. I still cry when I transform women — I can’t help it! Tell me about your beauty salon — Maison de Joelle. JM. After my show was on people kept approaching me and asking where my salon was, so I thought, why not open one! The demand was there. Maison de Joelle has everything you need, all under one roof — makeup, permanent makeup, extensions, colouring, cutting, nails, waxing and henna. We also only work with top brands like Max Factor, L’Oreal, Guinot, Kerastase, Decleor and Yves Saint Laurent. The salon is set to open here in the next six months and for now the location is a secret — we like the element of surprise! What do you think of Qatar and the makeup market here? JM. I love Qatar; it’s so free and fashionable. This is the right time to come and I’m very excited about opening here. I have friends that live here, so we visit often. An opportunity came up to open in Qatar, I knew people wanted me to open here and I didn’t want to disappoint them. I want to do my very best to give everyone here something new and fresh, and I hope and pray that it will be a success. Joelle’s Summer Makeup Tips Wear minimal makeup. Keep well moisturised — if you want to wear foundation then mix it with a moisturiser, so that it becomes a tinted moisturiser, or buy a tinted sun block. Wear light eye makeup, especially for the day. Use just a touch of mascara and waterproof kohl; Max Factor have one that doesn’t run called Liquid Effect Pencil. Wear gloss or lip colour in fresh summer colours like watermelon, peach, strawberry and cherry. Putting something fresh on the lips is enough of a statement in the summer.



Watch What You Eat Summer holidays are fast approaching and people are slowly departing the shores of the Middle East. A likely common goal would be that they want to look good wherever their destination is. But, if there is one thing that is going to get in their way of making that vision a reality, it is their diet and nutritional habits — every time. Craig Bunting gets real.


eople say how much they want to lose weight, improve their fitness and tone their bodies, but sometimes the reality is that it’s just words. They simply don’t take enough personal accountability for their actions. They eat the wrong foods or too much food, and the same with drinks. They don’t know, or don’t care about, how many calories they consume over the course of the day. This is the number one thing that you must keep track of if you want to lose body fat. You can’t guess it as this simply doesn’t work. You’d be amazed at how many calories you can pack into something you can eat in a matter of minutes.


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Case study Earlier in the week, I had a client who defended her breakfast choice before our session because she was running late. It was a blueberry muffin and a medium skinny café latte from a well-known coffee chain. “Most people rely on caffeine in the mornings, and a muffin isn’t that big, so that’s not going to do much harm.” Wrong. It’s a legal requirement that a company discloses the nutritional value of all its products. So we looked it up. The client had consumed nearly her whole days calorie and fat allowance in one seating. Blueberry Muffin Serving Size: 100g Calories: 1500 Total Fat: 20.5g Carbs: 40.9g Protein: 17.8g

Medium Skinny Latte Serving Size: 264 ml Calories: 71 Total Fat: 0.3g Carbs: 10g Protein: 7g Top Tips By following simple yet effective guidelines you can drastically change the way your body looks and feels. It will take time, practice and perseverance but the results will be amazing. Don’t be lazy: Educate yourself Look at the labels and keep an eye on the amount of calories you’re taking in. It’s also a good idea to read the ingredients to make sure that you’re not taking in too much sugar or trans fats.

Don’t be lazy: Be prepared If you want any chance at succeeding in losing fat and toning your body you must follow this tip. Plan your meals and go to the supermarket on a regular basis. Buying and preparing the foods for your nutrition plan will help keep you on track. For the novice this can be time consuming and quite off-putting. More often than not, people revert to counterproductive eating habits, which stops the body from burning fat. A lot of this is just practice and once you get into a routine you’ll find it getting easier and easier to do this with little disruption to your life. Don’t be lazy: Eat at home This is a tough one for people living in the Middle East, as eating out is very popular. Long working hours and high-pressure jobs only serve to increase the risk of eating meals you haven’t prepared yourself. Prepacked sandwiches, fast food options and high calorie restaurant foods are far from ideal and will lead to consuming too many calories. Craig Bunting is the Head Tutor at LIA-Qatar, the first full-time Fitness Academy in the Middle East. Visit




Haven Tranquillity Designed with care and attention, a bathroom can be more than just functional, it can become a place to relax and unwind. Georges Karam invites you to create a serene space in your home.

Images by Loredana Mantello & Carlos Villaroel Design & Rendering by GK & Partners


hen designing a bathroom take into account practicality and neatness. Each one of us is bound to spend at least half-an-hour every day in the bathroom, especially here in the Middle East, where the bathing and ablution rituals are culturally very

important. Bathrooms should exude the feeling of peace and calmness. Focusing on the proportions, give the impression of space by working on simple lines with sophisticated detailing. Use luxury materials in order to enhance the sense of serenity, which will create the right atmosphere for relaxation. Bathroom lighting, direct and indirect, should be uniformed and flattering and must minimise glare. Even lighting across the entire bathroom space is recommended. Simplicity in lines and quality of materials are a must. Showers have to be generously sized, and if possible, not shut off by a door. It’s more pleasant if it is an integrated part of the entire space, using every little corner to create built in niches for soaps and bathing products.


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A steam shower/sauna could also be considered for extra relaxation. Thermostats, rain showerheads, body jets, heated towel rods — there is a world of a choice for you to build your dream bathroom and a refuge from the stress of a busy lifestyle. Use the bathtub when possible as a display piece and focal point where all the other elements orbit around it. Even if you prefer to take a shower, place a bathtub in at least the main/master bathroom, which can be the centre of attention when it is in carved marble, moulded resin or simply in acrylic. There is a definite feeling of quietude to see an imposing, solid piece anchoring the whole design concept. When it comes to the wall and floor finishes, opt for natural materials like stone or marble in big cut slabs. Ceramic tiles and mosaics combined with stucco are also interesting to work with and can be used with either material. The final result has to evoke serenity and comfort; the ultimate outcome is the one that gives the feeling of discreet sophistication and whispering luxury, this is when a bathroom will become a haven of tranquillity.

GK & Partners is an interior design practice operating for both private and contract sectors throughout the Middle East with an international portfolio and a solid, experienced team trained to achieve the highest standards in conceptual design and project management. The philosophy of the design is mainly initiated by Georges Karam, privileged to have collaborated with some of the most successful international firms in the design industry in Paris and London. GK & Partners Interior Design : PO Box 10462, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain: +973 17251697 : 71


Ramadan Hotspots FIVE — STAR SUMMER OFFERS WHERE? Boutique Hotels


SYNONYMOUS WITH LUXURY… TRADITIONAL AND MODERN… Take advantage of this special summertime offer at the newly unveiled Arumalia and Musheireb Boutique Hotels. Until mid August they are offering fabulous summer specials. Experience a life of luxury for less in the midst of Doha’s vibrant Souq Waqif by staying in traditional fivestar comfort. There’s even a ‘Choose Your Own Flavour’ concept so you can identify just the right boutique retreat for you. Experience Ramadan the traditional way at the majlis-style haven of Musheireb in one of their ten deluxe rooms, or choose from one of four suites. Traditional Arab hospitality is combined with modernity at Arumaila in their 17 standard rooms and two suites. Both hotels also offer impressive restaurants, which cater to a variety of tastes and preferences. Whatever your needs — there’s a boutique hotel to meet them. If you want to experience Iftar at one these boutique hotels then go along to The Terrace Lounge at Al Mirqab, The Courtyard at Al Najada or Al Canteen at Arumalia — all of which offer Iftar until 8.30pm and then revert to their à la carte menus. RESERVATIONS: ✆ 4433 6663, @ WHEN: Offer on rooms valid until August 19/ Iftar to 8.30pm PRICE: Rooms from QR500 per night / Iftar QR120 72

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There’s an array of Ramadan offers at Hilton Doha this month. Break your fast at Mawasem; serving traditional Ramadan favourites from Ouzzi to Shawarma stations, Jallab and Qamareddine, this Iftar buffet has something for everyone. Alternatively you can book a private gathering, or a family function, for Iftar or Suhoor in the exquisitely decorated Nashira Ballroom and immerse yourself in the ambience of Ramadan with lavish traditional specialties and live oud performances. Or why not stay at this luxury waterfront hotel and enjoy the hospitality synonymous with the Hilton brand? Book two nights this summer and stay a third for free. With 309 rooms and suites with stunning views of the Arabian Gulf you won’t want to leave, and with six restaurants and lounges, a beach, pool, gym and the famous eforea spa — you won’t have to. You can also celebrate Eid Al Fitr in Mawasem with a sumptuous brunch served to live music.

RESERVATIONS: ✆ 4423 3333, @ WHEN: Iftar at Mawasem to 10.30pm / Summer offer valid until August 15 / Eid Brunch hosted during the three days of Eid Al Fitr PRICE: Iftar at Mawasem QR200 per person / Iftar or Suhoor in Nashira Ballroom QR275 / Summer offer QR980 per room per night / Eid Brunch price varies

THE MORE YOU GO THE MORE YOU SAVE WHERE? Intercontinental Doha The City


HOTEL-WIDE PROMOTIONS… Celebrate InterContinental Doha The City’s first Holy month of Ramadan with special food and beverage promotions throughout the hotel, which boasts Arabic, Mediterranean, South American and international cuisine across its unique dining venues. The Square, Lobby Lounge, Criollo and Hive will be issuing vouchers entitling each patron to a 50 percent reduction from their total bill on a return visit. You can also break your fast at the highest point in Doha. Strata is located on the 55th floor and affords guests panoramic views of the city at sunset. Creating a unique Ramadan atmosphere it offers a more contemporary take on Iftar and includes both Arabic and international flavours. Alternatively visit The Square where a bountiful Iftar buffet awaits you. Choose from traditional food from the region as well as Asian cuisine plus a range of healthy choices including fresh salad and soup options. With four interactive kitchens specialising in cuisines from Japan, China, India, Thailand, Europe and the Middle East you can be sure there’s something to tempt you, and of course there’s also an extensive selection of Arabic desserts. RESERVATIONS: ✆ 4015 8888, @ dohathecity WHEN: Voucher offer valid until August 31/ Iftar Timings PRICE: 50 percent off voucher to use on your next visit / Iftar at Strata QR250 / Iftar at The Square QR180


WHERE? Kempinski Residences And Suites OPULENT BUFFET SPREADS… The majestic Al Wosail ballroom plays host to the Ritz-Carlton’s Ramadan tent this year. Lavishly decorated with authentic lanterns, fine drapes and stylish Arabic carpets it comes alive at night offering up a feast for all your senses. Listen to the wonderful live Oriental music, smell the sweet aromas of shisha, courtesy of Ritz-Carlton’s dedicated Shisha Butler, then taste the 45 mouthwatering different cuisines. The opulent buffet features saj bread stations plus eight live cooking stations and showcases popular traditional dishes including Mezzeh, Shawarma, Ouzi, Falafel, Shrimps Harra, Chicken Mograbia, Okra Stew, Seafood Tajein, and Grilled Lamb Kofta. Complementing this feast of favourites are international dishes such as Lamb Navarin, Tandori Murgh Tikka, Kung Pao Chicken and Nasi Goreng. Save room for dessert, as there’s an array of delights such as Umm Ali, Mochabak and Baklava, and Western classics such as Vanilla Crème Brûlée, Strawberry Tarts and Macaroons. This really is a banquet to behold. RESERVATIONS: ✆ 4484 8000, @ WHEN: Iftar in The Lagoon 5.30pm to 8pm / Suhoor in the tent 8pm to 1am PRICE: Iftar QR180/ Suhoor QR220

A MEMORABLE RAMADAN… Experience the traditional ambience of Aroma restaurant during Ramadan but with a transformed Iftar menu. There’s a four-course selection of both Arabic and European delicacies from Aroma’s award winning team of chefs available during Iftar, with à la Carte menu available as soon as the Iftar meal has concluded. Gourmet House also has new signature Ramadan dishes to showcase, plus a tempting selection of Oriental sweets, Arabic savoury bites and thirst quenching fresh juices, which are available every day after Iftar. Alternatively take advantage of the takeaway option from


Dining 11am to Iftar. If you are looking for a corporate event with a difference this Ramadan then take advantage of the Sky Villa at Kempinski. This exclusive villa overlooks the breathtaking skyline of Doha and will guarantee a memorable event for your guests. You can even order special seasonal buffet menus to enjoy as you watch the sun set over the ever-expanding Doha skyline. RESERVATIONS: ✆ 4405 3325, @ WHEN: Iftar at Aroma to 7pm then à la Carte to 11pm / Iftar at Gourmet House to 11pm PRICE: Iftar at Aroma QR200 per person for a four-course menu / Gourmet House prices vary / Price on request for rental of Sky Villa


WHERE? Oryx Rotana

THE FINEST INDIGENOUS RECIPES… The Al Areen Ballroom at The Renaissance has been transformed to reflect the colours, sounds and flavours of Ancient Arabia this Ramadan. Lavish carpets, Arabic lanterns and velvet chairs complete this Arabesque design with Executive Chef Christian Jean offering an array of international delicacies and exquisite Arabic favourites. The buffet comprises of the finest indigenous recipes whilst interactive cooking stations and live Arabic music top off the festivities in a backdrop of style and sophistication. Guests can expect a tantalising selection of fresh salads, rich main courses and decadent desserts, as well as legendary dishes of Macheboos, and sweet Um-ali — not forgetting a fine selection of shisha at both Iftar and Suhoor. This is the perfect location to capture the excitement and elegance of Ramadan. RESERVATIONS: ✆ 4419 6100, @ WHEN: Iftar to 8pm / Suhoor 9pm to 2am PRICE: Iftar QR190 / Suhoor QR225


A FEAST FOR THE SENSES… Relax in the comfortable ambience of Choices this Holy month of Ramadan. Under the glow of lanterns the evening celebrations will include a sumptuous Mediterranean buffet and authentic live oud music. Chef Nada Whaibe promises that Ramadan at Choices will be a ‘feast for the senses’. You can also book a private intimate gathering with friends or family for Iftar or Suhoor and enjoy this exclusive event with a minimum of 50 people. Outside catering is also available. Throughout Ramadan Al Nafourah will also be open and you can order from the à la carte menu. If you are tempted by tea then celebrate Iftar at Sky Lounge this Ramadan. Sip on a selection of traditional beverages at the Moroccan tea station and treat yourself to a delightful plate of Arabic sweets. RESERVATIONS: ✆ 4402 3333, @ WHEN: Iftar at Choices to 11.30pm PRICE: Iftar at Choices QR185 / Private Iftar QR175, Private Suhoor QR 200 / Al Nafourah prices vary / Sky Lounge tea and sweets QR45


WHERE? The Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel

The glamorous Al Mirqab Ballroom is the venue for the Ramadan tent in Four Seasons tent this year. With high ceilings draped in rich jewel-toned silk and coloured glass lanterns it's set to evoke the ambiance of a lavish Moroccan tent. There’s a lavish buffet featuring an array of Moroccan inspired cuisine for both Iftar and Suhoor, plus a live four-piece traditional Moroccan band. RESERVATIONS: ✆ 4494 8888, @ WHEN: Iftar to 7pm / Suhoor 9pm to 1am PRICE: Iftar QR225 / Suhoor QR285

WITH THE TUNES OF EASTERN OUD WHERE? Grand Heritage Doha EXQUISITE CUISINE… Enjoy a variety of Arabic cuisine for both Iftar and Suhoor in this lavish Ramadan tent, located on the terrace of Blue restaurant. There’s room for up to 200 people so you can bring a host of family and friends and enjoy a variety of delectable dishes, including a selection of exquisite desserts. RESERVATIONS: ✆ 4445 5555, @ WHEN: Iftar to 9pm / Suhoor 10pm to 2am PRICE: Iftar QR160/ Suhoor QR180

RAMANDANAK — A TENT WITH A DIFFERENCE WHERE? Grand Hyatt AUTHENTIC AND CONTEMPORARY… Go beyond tradition this Ramadan at Grand Hyatt’s “Ramadanak” tent. Located in the Al Maha Lobby Lounge and extending to the Grill restaurant it combines the authentic with the contemporary and offers the very best of Middle Eastern and Arabian cuisines. There’s also a live band to entertain you during Suhoor.


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RESERVATIONS: ✆ 4448 1285, @ WHEN: Iftar & Suhoor timings PRICE: Iftar & Suhoor QR230



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WHERE? St. Regis



Choose from a wide variety of traditional Arabic dishes, international favourites and superb sweets at this Ramadan tent. There’s also flavoursome shishas and traditional live Arabic entertainment. If you fancy venturing outside then go along to ‘Shisha Garden’ with its peaceful atmosphere, cooling air conditioning and Oriental classical music.

Boasting one of the biggest ballrooms in Doha, St. Regis is set to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan in style with a spectacular Ramadan tent. Private cabanas are available, each with an exclusive butler and a television. There’s a grand buffet with five food stations and live entertainment is courtesy of Lebanese band, Nahawand.

RESERVATIONS: ✆ 4428 8709/10, @ WHEN: 9pm to 2am PRICE: QR250 per person for the buffet, minimum spend QR80 at Shisha Garden

GET ANIMATED AT ANIMATO WHERE? Movenpick Tower And Suites A SHOWCASE OF CULINARY HERITAGE… Animato at Movenpick promises an extravagant Iftar and an eclectic Suhoor as they showcase the rich culinary heritage of the Middle East — featuring hot and cold appetisers, salads and main courses such as Ouzi and the traditional shawarma complemented with thirst quenching juices such as Qamar El Din and Jallab. RESERVATIONS: ✆ 4496 6600, @ doha-tower-suites WHEN: Iftar to 8pm / Suhoor 8pm to 10.30pm PRICE: Iftar QR175/ Suhoor QR175

SERVED AT THE SOUND OF THE CANNON WHERE? Radisson Blu Hotel Doha CELEBRATING TRADITIONS… Every day during the Holy month of Ramadan, on the sound of the traditional evening cannon, Iftar will be served in the Hyde Park Coffee Shop. Guests can choose from an array of special Ramadan dishes and a huge selection of desserts and sweets, all specially prepared by the team of renowned Arabic Chefs. RESERVATIONS: ✆ 4425 1555, @ WHEN: Iftar until late PRICE: Varies on dishes selected

AL HUBARA AWAITS WHERE? Sheraton Doha xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx… Enjoy a lavish Iftar buffet featuring Oriental and international Ramadan delights at Al Hubara, with traditional soups to succulent desserts and fresh juices. There’s an authentic ambiance with fabulous food for family and friends at Sheraton this Ramadan. RESERVATIONS: ✆ 4485 4073, @ WHEN: Iftar to 8pm / à la Carte menu from 8pm to 11pm PRICE: Iftar QR200 / à la Carte menu prices vary

RESERVATIONS: ✆ 4446 0105, @ WHEN: Iftar to 7.30pm / Suhoor 9pm to 2am PRICE: Iftar QR250 / Suhoor QR290


WHERE? The Torch Doha MARVELOUS DELIGHTS... Celebrate Iftar and Suhoor in the delightful ‘Flying Carpet’ restaurant housed within the iconic Torch Hotel. Break your fast beneath an array of colourful carpets and get swept up in the celebration this Ramadan as you enjoy an authentic atmosphere and marvelous food prepared by multiskilled chefs. There’s even fresh Turkish delight available courtesy of the Turkish Executive Chef. RESERVATIONS: ✆ 4446 5600, @ WHEN: Iftar to 8pm / Suhoor 11pm to 2am PRICE: Iftar QR230 / Suhoor QR180

OTToMAN INSPIRED TENT WHERE? W Hotel Doha PRIZES AWAIT THE LUCKY… Discover a variety of international flavours at live food stations coupled with excellent traditional live music in W Doha’s modern Ottoman inspired Ramadan tent. In this month of sharing W Hotel are also offering two economy class tickets every weekend to any Qatar Airways destination and two vacations including Qatar Airways Business class tickets on the last week of Ramadan. RESERVATIONS: ✆ 4453 5354, @ WHEN: Iftar to 8pm / Suhoor 9pm to 2am PRICE: Iftar QR195/ Suhoor QR260


WHERE? Wyndham Grand Regency Doha SUMPTUOUS SPECIALTIES… Book an Iftar gathering at Al Qasr Ballroom during the first ten days of Ramadan and enjoy a lavish buffet at very special rates. Iftar is also served daily in the Grand Gourmet restaurant with a diverse selection of hot and cold Mezzeh and sumptuous hot specialties.  RESERVATIONS: ✆ 4434 3205 or 4434 3203, @ WHEN: Iftar timings PRICE: Iftar in Al Qasr Ballroom QR99 (minimum booking for 100) / Iftar at Grand Gourmet QR149



Diva Drives

Nothing spells luxury like Rolls-Royce — it has a presence totally unique to the marque and lacks absolutely nothing in terms of prestige, engineering and fittings.

“It is difficult to truly match the presence and prestige afforded to Rolls-Royce.”


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Rolls-Royce Ghost A smaller sibling of the Phantom, the Ghost is considered by many to be the “baby” Rolls-Royce, and what a baby it is! From the moment you unlock the car with the remote key and that iconic lady Spirit of Ecstasy rises up on the radiator grille you cannot help but smile at the beauty of the car. The design of the Ghost is blissfully understated, pure and sublimely elegant. It definitely turns heads wherever you drive it and the level of excitement it aroused in the Ohlala! office was unprecedented in comparison to other cars, with practically everyone wanting to take a peek and some lucky few even getting to ride in it! On entering the car you are greeted by contemporary interior with absolutely flawless expanses of soft, full-grain leather, natural wood veneers and plush carpets. What will also strike you, is that even though the Ghost is the most technologically advanced Rolls-Royce ever produced, you are not confronted by a myriad of rows of buttons and control switches, instead the simplicity and the uncluttered design of the dashboard and console is refreshing. However, all the modern high-tech luxury features are there, it’s just that designers at Rolls-Royce have discreetly hidden them until required, for example, the Control Centre Display, which controls the navigation system, Bluetooth and music system, among others, remains out of sight behind a veneered panel until required. Apart from the chassis, the Ghost is essentially handassembled in England where each car takes 20 days to complete and in the process passes by 60 pairs of skilled hands. The result is a finely crafted, ultra-luxury carriage, more reminiscent of a custom-built ship than a mass production car, respecting the traditions of a century-old pedigree vehicle. Under the bonnet you have a really beautiful engine — and I mean that literally. I have not seen another car engine that looks so good, and not only that, but the amazing performance you get out of the 6.6 litre twin-turbo V12 with 563 hp is just magnificent. Despite being a very large and heavy vehicle, the engine can hurtle the Ghost from zero to 100 kilometres-perhour in just 4.9 seconds.

The driving is unbelievably smooth and the cabin stays incredibly quiet at all times, even when the head-up display climbs to larger and larger digits… Regardless of speed, road or load conditions, the adaptive air suspension evens out surface imperfections in a very impressive manner. The Ghost does feel very large to start off with but once you get used to the dimensions, the light and precise steering makes driving it an absolute pleasure and you feel almost regal rolling down the highway in a stately style. The Ghost comes packed with the luxurious standard features expected of a Rolls-Royce, some of which are front and rear parking sensors, park assist camera (which even has a top view of the car and is very practical when maneuvering the car around parking slots), power closing “coach” back doors, massaging front seats and even a pair of umbrellas stored within the front doors. Optional features include, for example, multi-adjustable rear seats with massage functions, rear DVD players and even drop down picnic tables. If the regular selection of additional options is not enough for you, the company’s Bespoke Commission programme will enable you to have even more choices, and the only limit is your imagination and finances! Lavish ladies can even have a specially installed make-up case and matching set of luggage. You can even choose the colour of your car to match your favourite nail polish! Safety-wise the Ghost comes with a multitude of features, some of which are stability and traction controls, antilock brakes, active head restraints, airbags, child seat anchors and many more. The Driver’s Assistance Systems package adds lane-departure warning, automatic high beams, a colour headup display and a night vision camera with pedestrian detection warning. Overall the Ghost delivers everything that the name RollsRoyce promises. Definitely a car that is well suited for day-to-day use where both the driver and the passengers are cosseted in opulence and ultimate comfort. There are many luxury cars out on the market but it is difficult to truly match the presence and prestige afforded to Rolls-Royce. Let the Spirit of Ecstasy soar!



Diva Drives

The legendary Jaguar has come up with the fastest and most powerful production Jaguar ever — high performance balanced with comfort and luxury.

“The XKR-S is a wonderful expression of the quintessentially British sports car.”


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Jaguar XKR-S Coupe The XKR-S spells sportiness, performance, fluid aerodynamic lines and fun at the very first glimpse. And it’s not just about good looks — it is the most powerful Jaguar ever built and pays tribute to Jaguar's sporting heritage beautifully. The car that we had came in the French Racing Blue colour, which is unique to the XKR-S. The same sporty theme continues inside the car. Luxurious carbon leather seats with contrasting colour micro-piping and stitching cocoon you comfortably, creating the perfect atmosphere in anticipation of the ride to come. Once you press the start button you awaken the 550 horsepower engine bellowing under the bonnet and the excitement level starts to build up. The engine is a supercharged 5.0 litre V8, capable of taking you from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour in an amazing 4.2 seconds. You have to constantly reign in the urge to put the accelerator to the floor and let it rocket down the road! Although in all honesty, we did let it rocket… Driving it is a delight, the steering is at all times very responsive and the car is very agile with a fantastic grip. For a sports car the XKR-S is not the lightest one even with its aluminium body, but it feels very light to drive. The gearbox is controlled from a centrally placed drive selector knob, although you can also control it from the paddle shifters. There are different driving modes to choose from, with all automatic to sports mode.

Of course the XKR-S comes with an infotainment system with a touch screen from which you can control, for example, the navigation, Bluetooth and audio systems and you also have the rear view camera. Talking of the audio and sound — the Bower and Wilkins system is excellent. You can really blast it, but if you want to hear the lovely engine noises when you’re driving, keep the volume at a moderate level… The XKR-S comes with Jaguar's unique and highly advanced Adaptive Restraint Technology System, which can help to protect front seat occupants in the event of a collision. Within a fraction of a second, it is designed to assess the severity of any impact and, using weight sensors in the front seats plus sensors to detect the seat position and the seat belt status, deploy the dual-stage airbags in the most appropriate way. Some of the other safety systems are: pedestrian contact sensing system, emergency brake assist, electronic brake force distribution, anti-lock braking system, traction control (through engine and brake intervention) and dynamic stability control. Child seat anchor points are also available for the rear seats. Overall the XKR-S is a wonderful expression of the quintessentially British sports car — love it, and would be very happy to have one parked in my garage! Although it wouldn’t stay there much…


Educational Promotion


A Family Affair

When it comes to making a decision on a career you naturally turn to your family for advice. John Gulka, Communications Specialist at University of Calgary — Qatar, talks to some students that followed in their families’ footsteps to become nurses.


electing a career is often a challenge for many young people, especially when employment trends are changing rapidly. However, if the University of Calgary, Qatar (UCQ) is any indication — nursing may well be the exception. At this five-year-old Canadian university there are several students whose parents, grandparents or siblings played a significant role in their decision to pursue the nursing profession.

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Of course we all know that diamonds are a girl’s best friend but not every girl can afford the collection she dreams of. Now Damas have solved our diamond dilemmas with their new brand ‘OneSixEight’. Designed to be worn every day of the week ‘OneSixEight’ represents the number of hours in a week. The collection showcases a single solitaire diamond accented by individually matched stones — giving the illusion of a far larger carat. Available in earrings, pendants, necklaces, bracelets, bangles and rings in white gold — now you really can have the diamonds of your dreams for a fraction of the price.


Who doesn’t love a bit of bling? Developed specifically for the Middle Eastern market ‘Bling’ by Ajmal blends both French and oriental scents in a spicy floral and woody note with a core of cinnamon, rose, patchouli and musk. Living up to its dazzling name it comes encased in a beautiful bottle encrusted in crystals. This premium French perfume is available now at all leading perfume retailers priced QR 250; bling up your perfume collection and your dressing table simultaneously!


Colección Un Paseo Por Madrid is an exclusive collection of fragrances specially created by Loewe’s in-house perfumer, Emilio Valeros, for the Middle Eastern market. The four fragrances in the collection pay homage to Loewe’s Spanish origins and also evoke the richest aromas and essences embodied in Eastern culture. Each wonderful fragrance is captured in a handcrafted jewelled bottle, a design inspired by Vicente Vela. Indulge in the scintillating scents of Spain this summer. The collection is availably exclusively at Paris Gallery, Lagoona Mall.


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Criollo is a boutique chocolatier located at InterContinental Doha The City. To mark the hotel’s first Ramadan they are creating bespoke, handmade hampers filled with a delicious assortment of chocolates and other delicacies. These are ideal gifts during a time when giving is encouraged and practiced all across the country. Orders can be placed now and prices range from QR260 to QR850. Here’s hoping for a hamper!


If, in the heat of the summer, you dread carrying around your weighty laptop, but know you can’t leave home without it, then look no further than Sony’s new VAIO T-series Ultrabook. Thin, light and portable its size doesn’t mean it compromises on performance, as it’s loaded with all the latest technology from Sony and Intel. Available in 11 inch or 13 inch screen sizes the new VAIO Notebooks also feature new Rapid Wake technology, which means you actually don’t need to shut down your laptop, and the long battery life means you can wake it from sleep mode even after 30 days. An essential purchase for the constant traveller it’s available from Fifty One East at Al Maha Centre, City Centre Mall and Lagoona Mall, plus Virgin Megastore at Landmark mall.


GROHE, the world’s leading premium brand for bathroom fittings, have just won two prestigious projects on the Pearl-Qatar. The Moroccan-styled town houses and apartments, Viva Bahriya and sections of Porto Arabia are set to be equipped with the latest GROHE products, which are renowned for their distinctive design and style. We love the new GROHE Rainshower WaterColours Natural Collection, which sports an array of natural colours to complement any bathroom. The halo-shaped showerhead provides a full rain spray pattern and pampers the skin with soft droplets courtesy of GROHE DreamSpray technology. You can even help the environment by using the Ecobutton on the handle, which cuts water consumption by up to 40 percent without compromising your shower experience. Now that’s a product worth buying and a button worth pressing. 86

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Perfect Eid Gifts

Eid al-Fitr is an auspicious occasion for warm family gatherings, communal bonding, festive merriment and of course, an opportunity to go shopping for family, friends and loved ones. OHLALA! bring you these fabulous marvels for this festive gift-giving time.


Bath & Body Works’ Perfect Signature Collection has a range of perfectly packaged gift sets, available in different sizes from travel minis to Signature Collection box sets. The fragrance collection includes Japanese Cherry Blossom and Dark Kiss, Twilight Woods and Midnight Pomegranate.


Ajmal Perfumes have just launched their newest fragrance for Ramadan: Dahn Al Oudh Rabia Al Omr, a name which means ‘Spring of Youth’; created using premium quality Indian Agarwood oil blended with the finest oudh from Laos and Cambodia. The fragrance is exclusively crafted for those who value a premium Oudh.


Fashionable necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings feature in Folli Follie’s latest season jewellery designs. The ‘4F’ jewellery are a display of round-shaped delights and you can choose from either silver or rosegold plated designs. Crystal stones in an array of colours, such as orange, white, black and purple crystal stones, provide the perfect accessory to any outfit. 88

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Victoria’s Secret now offers a collection of accessories including cosmetic cases, wallets, totes, bags and luggage — all available in a variety of fabrics and prints, including genuine calfskin leather in silver embossed coloured python print and nylon.



Juicy Couture takes on a London vibe this fall as they inject California cool with hints of punk British influence. Pieces are peppered with menswear tailoring, tongue-in-cheek nods to status and elements of 1970’s Sunset Strip.

Extra resistant, elastic and doesn’t wrinkle, Salsa’s versatile Top Feel can be transformed in more ways than one: as a top, a dress, a T-shirt, or a skirt. An essential item to bring to your favourite Eid holiday destination; it’s available in green, black, red, pink and blue.


Start making your Eid wish list, and whilst you do make sure to check out Warehouse’s Fall collection — this lovely blue dress spells understated chic and is a must-have addition to any trendy gal’s wardrobe.


A fashionable and eco-friendly way to shop, Mallberri is a chic alternative to using multiple shopping bags, whilst also saving your back and wrists from prolonged strain of carrying heavy bags. You can rent one from the Mallberi stand at Bahrain City Centre.

Alluring, functional and attractive, Lacoste Creative Director Felipe Oliveira Baptista introduces summer-friendly urban sportswear from the Fall/ Winter collection. Make sure to check out their trendy light coats, ultra light silk crepe, boy’s blazers made from Milano jersey — all completely suited to wearing during the warmer days.



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ISLAMIC ARTS EXHIBITION July 19 to September 1, 10am to 12am

WHY GO? Be inspired by this exhibition of Islamic artifacts and artworks from Sheikh Faissal bin Qassim Al Thani’s personal museum. On loan to Katara these exhibits form part of some of the finest examples of Arabic manuscripts, decorative and fine arts and are an invaluable resource in understanding Islamic civilisation and Qatari heritage.

Katara Gallery 1, Building 19

THE GARDEN OF CONTEMPLATION July 19 to September 8, 10am to 12am WHY GO? This exhibition by Simon Heijdens is aptly named ‘Lightweeds’ and uses light technology to project digital organisms onto the walls and floors of the gallery. These projected plant silhouettes appear alive and grow and move, pollinating from wall to wall as they travel along with the direction of passing people. A fascinating exhibition well worth a visit if you are feeling starved of nature in the height of summer!

Katara Gallery, Building 22

CALLIGRAPHY ART EXHIBITION July 19 to September 8, 10am to 12am WHY GO? Nja Mahdaui’s work is internationally renowned and he is one of the most celebrated calligraphers in Tunisia. This exhibition features some of his Arabic Calligraphic works based on shapes associated with Kufic and Arabic letterforms. His work is colourful with beautifully stylised letters, minute inscriptions and intricate patterns — forming stunning artworks with meaning.

Katara Gallery 2, Building 19


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There are a variety of exhibitions and shopping events at Katara this month to celebrate the Holy month of Ramadan. With everything in one place you get the chance to participate in cultural events whilst also partaking of some obligatory retail therapy. For more details on any of the events listed below contact: @ 4408 0000

A MATTER OF TIME July 19 to September 8, 10am to 12am

WHY GO? Multi talented Daniel Weil is an Architect, an Industrial Designer and an Art Director and has previously exhibited work in Sotheby’s in London. This exhibition at Katara showcases brand-new time pieces by Daniel Weil and illustrate Daniel’s fascination with technology and conceptual notions of time. Take the time this month to go along.

Katara Gallery 2, Building 18

ITLALET RAMADAN July 19 to August 30, 10am to 3pm & 8pm to 12am WHY GO? Celebrate Ramadan at Katara Art Centre this month as they will be featuring a variety of activities and art exhibitions relating to Ramadan. Visit the Art Bookshop and buy an Islamic kids book or a game and take part in the story telling activities. If fashion is your thing then go along to the Fashion Boutique and browse the latest collections from Qatari designers. If you are looking for home ware then visit Design Space as they will be selling handcrafted goods with Islamic designs. There’s something for everyone here!

Katara Art Centre, Building 5

RAMADAN SOUQ AND BOOK BAZAAR July 21 to August 17, 8.30pm to 11pm WHY GO? Join in the daily activities for adults, children and families at this Ramadan souq. There will be daily exhibitions, traditional coffee shops and every weekend you can take part in competitions, shows and family workshops. Don’t forget to visit the book bazaar open every weekend in Ramadan — browse, buy and exchange books and magazines for adults and kids in both English and Arabic.

Visit the Souq in building 13 and the Book Bazaar in building 18 (Thursday to Saturday during Ramadan)




Alfardan Automobiles achieved an impressive 21 percent sales growth in Qatar alone during the first half of 2012. This increase in BMW and MINI sales is compared to the same period last year, with the BMW 7 Series and BMW 5 Series being the best-selling models. Qatar ranks amongst the top-performing Middle East markets and it looks like being another successful year. Mohammed Kandeel, General Manager of Alfardan Automobiles, has high expectations of the second half of 2012. “We have had a fruitful first six months with the launch of three new models — the first BMW four-door coupé, the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé, the BMW 3 Series and the sixth MINI family member, the MINI Roadster,” he says. “It is evident from our impressive first half year sales increase that continued opportunities lie ahead in Qatar and we will continue to do our utmost to ensure we can build upon this success for the remainder of the year.”


Lucky winners of Fifty One East’s summer raffle walked away with an array of impressive gifts as a part of their exclusive summer promotion. Three lucky winners netted a white gold H.Moser & Cie watch, a Diamanti necklace and matching earrings in white gold with sapphires and a 65-inch Sony LED 3D TV. Fifty One East is a retail chain with the longest-standing heritage in Qatar with three branches in Doha and the draw took place in the Lagoona Mall branch. A representative from Darwish Retail, the retail arm of Darwish Holding said, "This is yet another successful promotion that perfectly ties in with our aim to turn every customer’s visit into an exciting experience. Our choice of gift giveaways from this raffle were made to deliver the ultimate in luxury and leisure, and from the look on each of the winners’ faces, we can successfully say we fulfilled that duty. We are very happy for the three winners and look forward to more exhilarating promotions and events to come in the near future.”


Geoffrey Briscoe has joined Rolls-Royce Motor Cars as the new Regional Director for Middle East, Africa and Latin America. Previously Geoffrey worked as President for BMW Group in Malaysia and brings a wealth of experience to Rolls Royce, having been in the business for over 25 years. Jolyon Nash, Director of Sales and Marketing is pleased with the new appointment, “I am delighted to welcome Geoff to Rolls-Royce and to his new position heading the regional office for the Middle East, Africa and Latin America,” he commented. “With his extensive experience, I am confident that he is ideally suited to further develop on the impressive results that have been achieved by James Crichton over the past two years.”


For the fifth year ‘grow’ is running its summer internship programme with students from Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar (VCU Qatar). Grow is an award-winning branding and design company and run the internship each year to assist future Qatari designers with the hope that they will one day go on to set up their own businesses. Managing Director of grow, Anthony Ryman commented, "For the last five years, grow has opened its doors to VCU Qatar students during the summer, so that they can work with us and apply their academic learning to a real-time busy studio environment. It’s great for them and for us.” He added, "By giving back to the design industry in this way, we’re also helping Qatar on its path to ensure there is not only a transfer of knowledge to young Qataris, but helping to build a long term sustainable legacy of intellectual capital.”


Qatar Airways unveiled its brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner at the recent Farnborough International Air Show. This was the first time the 787 has been publically viewed and was one of the highlights of the world’s largest aerospace event. Qatar airways has ordered 60 of these aircrafts and is due to take delivery of five 787s this year. Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said, “As the Middle East launch customer, we’re very excited that a new era of air travel with an unrivalled passenger experience is imminent, further proving Qatar Airways’ commitment to expand with one of the youngest and technically advanced fleets in the industry.” The spacious seat configuration onboard Qatar Airways’ Boeing 787 makes it an industry leader and key features within the aircraft include an award-winning iTouch touch control unit, over 1,000 movies, programming and audio entertainment options, an iPort, USB port and a remote data outlet. 94

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Concert at The St. Regis Well-known and talented pianist, Amira Fouad performed in concert at The St. Regis hotel in the first of the Encore! concert series. The performance was a sell-out and attended by British, French and Swiss Ambassadors. The St. Regis was turned into a concert hall for the occasion and the new Steinway D Model piano was played to an audience for the first time. St. Regis Doha


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Doha Film Institute (DFI) and Women Leading Change Qatar (WLCQ) host Suhoor In honour of local women in leadership DFI, in conjunction with WLCQ, invited prominent women in Qatar to enjoy a private Suhoor at Sehr Al Sharq Ballroom in Sharq Village and Spa. There was also a silent art auction by Qatar’s award winning artist Amal Al-Aathem with proceeds going to a local charity in Doha. Chai @ Creative Design

Joelle Mardinian in Qatar

Make-up artist and TV personality Joelle Mardinian visited Qatar to announce the opening of Joelle de Maison in Doha in the second half of this year. Although the location of the beauty salon still remains a secret, fans of this beautiful make-up artist were excited by the launch and thrilled to meet the star of the MBC1 show, “Joelle”. Jerome @ Creative Design



Ramadan Moubarak At La Cigale Hotel As the last rays of light disappeared during the holy month of Ramadan, La Cigale Hotel welcomed all families, friends and colleagues to break their fast and savour a delectable souhour.

Katara With Love

Katara held a three-day fund raising event, Katara With Love. Promoting Qatari arts and crafts it featured an indoor bazaar and an art exhibition, with 50 percent of the funds raised going to Sanad Community Services. There was also a poetry night in the Opera House which saw budding Qatari poets take to the stage. The event celebrated and highlighted the talents of local Qataris. Abshar @ Creative Design


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Opening of Katara Art Studios Katara Art Studios and Educational Workshop hosted a grand opening attended by well-known professional artists in Qatar. Situated in the heart of the creative zone this fully equipped art studio, lounge library and workshop rooms will provide a platform for Qatari Artists to showcase their abilities. Abshar @ Creative Design


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Giovanni unveils your future for August Happy Birthday Ms Leo

Have you ever felt that the world is working against you? That may sum up your feelings this month and perhaps you should analyse just where you are and what you want from the future. If a relationship has been getting you down then now might be the time to reflect and take action. August could be the month when a change — whatever its nature — impacts upon your life for some time to come and sets you on a completely new road. If you don’t gamble on your instincts then you might just regret it. On a more positive note, the signs are good if you plan to change jobs, and an interview on the August 26 could bring rich rewards in a new career. Also, do not turn your back on the call for help from a close friend, who needs you now more than ever.

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Leo — at a glance

People born under the sign of Leo are often confident, ambitious, generous to a fault and incredibly loyal. Additionally they are a regular source of inspiration and encouragement to friends and colleagues. They are also very independent but need something to focus on in life and control, as well as someone to admire them. They are often at their best when someone shows them admiration.They are capable of great success on their own but again work much better to an audience or admirers, which makes them especially good candidates to follow a career in the performing arts or music. On the negative side they can sometimes be pretentious, domineering, melodramatic, stubborn, vain and a little out of touch with reality. Some Leos can get too caught up with themselves and this can lead to a very self-centered attitude that wins them few friends. They most often can come across as a spoilt, demanding child as they find it difficult to accept the opinions of others.

Famous Leos Amelia Earhart Karl Jung Mick Jagger Arnold Schwarzenegger Dustin Hoffman

Robert De Niro Robert Redford Whitney Houston Jacqueline Kennedy Bill Clinton

Libra (September 23 – October 22) Change is sweeping through your life this month and such movement inevitably means new opportunities as well as the permanent closure of doors that have, up till now, been so often open to you. The end of a long-term friendship could hit you harder than you first anticipated as someone close moves away. This departure may act as the catalyst for a new train of thought that forces you into serious analysis over your own existence and future. Do not be too hasty with any decisions you reach since you cannot trust your first instincts in these circumstances. Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21) It’s your money. You earn it so you can do what you want with it. If only certain members of your family could get their heads around that concept. August may see you having to defend your actions in areas of finance for no real reason whatsoever. Be quick to realise that where your money is concerned you have the final say so get others to grasp that point! If there is trouble at home with a partner, and their less than flattering remarks, then confront them rather than allow the matter to brew and the “cold shoulder” to prevail.

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18) Fortunes are high in August as the good turn of events in your life propel you into the latter quarter of the year with promise and renewed confidence. If you are contemplating, or indeed having any work done within the house, then make sure you get the best price for what you want. Hidden extras could leave a simple looking job carrying a hefty final price tag. On a more personal note, you should watch a child if travelling as one moment of absent thought could give you a brief but unnerving scare. Aries (March 20 – April 19) August is the month of reconciliation and a return to the attitudes and ideas of your past as you set about putting your emotional life in order. However, don’t fall into the trap of believing that things will be as they were because you will be disappointed. You have been a little selfish with your emotions and some people have moved on from where you left them. What you should aim for is a more generous and understanding attitude — one that many of the people around you are more likely to remember you for.


GEMINI (May 21 – June 20) How do you think you might feel if you were to walk in on a situation not meant for your eyes? Consider the question since August suggests you might very well intrude upon an incident, which will bring about a considerable measure of embarrassment, not just for you but also for those involved. If it alludes to a hidden romance then the circumstances may be doubly difficult since you could be more involved than you realise, through a connection with a friend or relative. You will have to think long about what to say and when to say it.

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VIRGO (August 23 — September 22) August is the month when many of you should finally wake up to the world you are living in and perhaps begin to take responsibility for your own actions — especially in the area of love. Although you could be blamed for being a little naïve when it comes to matters of romance, even the most sheltered of you must realise that if you have a partner, they need some attention now and again. Your biggest crime recently has been one of neglect and now could be the time when such selfishness backfires on you.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21) This month an incident from your recent past, which you have still not addressed, will come back to haunt you. The significance of this relates to something that happened four or five weeks ago so think carefully. It could involve money and as a consequence you are advised to reach a resolution quickly. There will be no second chances beyond August. On an alternative note, the snapping doubts over a relationship may become more frequent so be honest about your feelings.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19) The battle is on as you seek to stamp your authority on a project at work against some very stiff and competitive opposition. If doubts arise, stand strong, since you will be judged not just on your work but also your performance under pressure. Allowing your “opponent” the upper hand at any junction of this “fight” will seriously damage your longterm chances of success. If a child has been acting differently recently then a moment aside is advisable since you may well discover a worrying fact that leaves you shaken.

Pisces (February 19 – March 19) An unplanned monetary outlay could leave your finances seriously stretched this month as you are forced to come to terms with a lot more spending than you might at first realise. This is in part because others involved have not been entirely honest with you. Additionally, the shadow of a past indiscretion may rear its head in August, and explanations will have to be delivered quickly if they are to be believed. There’s a lot at stake here so don’t take this matter lightly. Taurus (April 20 – May 20) Money is the main concern for you this month but it will be more a case of managing the excess rather than the opposite. A problem many people would like to have. A recognition of your talents at work will lead to an increased pay rise or bonus and this will set your finances up well for the coming months. August may well see you organising improvements within the home and a trip abroad could also be on the cards. In matters of health, you may begin to feel your old self after a possible low point towards the end of July.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22) Keep your secrets safe and well hidden if you must keep them at all — especially where a loved one is involved. If you have an agenda totally outside your relationship with your partner, it is too late to reveal all, so the best advice would be to wind it down and then bury it in the past. If you leave it there then no one will get hurt. However, choosing to continue the pursuit suggests you should beware: you are on very dangerous ground. The omens are not good and a finger of light may point the way to a complete revelation with an uncomfortable outcome.

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reetings, from the city of London. One's hometown. I landed yesterday afternoon. It was raining. It's now past midnight. It is still raining. Bearing in mind this is supposed to be "summer time", I find this psychotic freak for weather so utterly depressing and look forward to leaving as soon as possible. Luckily, I'm only in town for four days, shooting for the upcoming TV show Making of a Mogul. The program follows successful men and women under the age of 35 making an impressive (and global) impact through their entrepreneurial endeavours. Links and so on will be available on the bougi blog next month! Indeed, all very exciting. So anyway, for almost a week I've had cameras follow my day-to-day working life, which by the way, is substantially awkward. I actually have a newfound respect for Kim Kardashian now. It's really draining, this whole exercise of "reality" filming when nothing feels "real" about having a camera shoved in your face, in the first place. I also found that in many ways the show helped me in my career definition. I never realised how hard it was to "break down" my many working lines. The business, the services, management and writing... campaigning, crisis dealing (way too often) and advocacy in social development... the spanning, so far and wide. An "Oprah" state of mind, if you will. That's the best I could do in terms of "defining" what I stand for... kind of. I guess. Making of a Mogul will uncover my and bougi's works in Bahrain, Dubai, London and East Africa; it is due to air on August 20, 2012. Hit for more information! Back to London, and the city's currently bustling with pre-Olympic fever. "London 2012" flags all over the West End, traffic buildup already reaching levels of unbearable, athletes getting lost due to drivers not

knowing their way. A hell-looking ted Addic am = r g Heathrow. Media accreditation madness. a t s In This unbelievable weather (they better have some indoor contingencies). But hey, either way, life goes on. Good luck with it all, England. Apartment 58. Poland Street. West End. Be sure to check it out. Fantastic Asian fusion, and for the members, a beautiful private space (resembling that of an apartment — hence the name) with a large sized bar and very impressive sound system. It was my first time visiting the place for a dear friend's birthday, and instantly fell in love with the This , intimacy of it all. You'll never by Sof ia Al find it on Poland Street unless Asfoor = Mi you've been told, by the way. ne Good thing you read this column. Two things I find myself slightly obsessing over this month... first, Instagram. What was my life like before thinking I was an AWESOME photographer thanks to this application? I don't know. Second, Sofia Al Asfoor, this Bahrain bombshell now has a line of exquisite handbags. I suggest you realise (and fully accept) that as soon as these IKE wonderful creations become available to gi = L m/bou o .c k o the public, the first one, in radiant blue, is facebo mine. Oh, and while my friends are currently lapping it up in St. Tropez, Greece, Italy and Monaco, I plan to spend the next couple of weeks in South Sudan. Not entirely excited about living in a tent with haphazard electricity and a barely running shower... but alas, all in the name of humanity. Plus nothing on this earth (well, except maybe Monte Carlo) can beat the stunning views of Sudan's nature. Makin Ciao for now...  g of a

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Ohlala! Qatar August 2012  
Ohlala! Qatar August 2012  

issue 14 - bringing you the latest of ladies fashion from the island of Bahrain, as well as celebrity interviews, beauty tips and special fe...