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Lady Glamour Stylish Looks For The New Season

In Pursuit Of Beauty


Joelle Mardinian

The Exotic Touch

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In Pursuit of Beauty

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Arabia, a group of new generation Qatari designers will be presenting their latest designs at the Gate mall’s first ever fashion show, Dress to Impress, this month.


As lovers of fashion, makeup

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Ohlala! was given the opportunity to speak with one of the Arab world’s most knowledgeable ladies in this field, beauty and makeup expert, Joelle Mardinian. She talks about memories of her beginnings, her philosophy on life and what’s in store for the future.

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Miraculous Cuba

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Younis Shanaah, is the creative genius behind the Arabic inspired designer label aennis eunis. Kirsty EdwardsHarris catches up with him at Saks Fifth Avenue, Bahrain, to explore his unique and eccentric creations.


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To say that Cuba is unique is

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of life here is different from most other parts of the world. To see such an alternative perspective is not only intriguing, but educational, entertaining and thought provoking. However, to better understand how Cuba is right now, it is necessary to take a brief glimpse at its relatively recent history., new collection at: the avenues, tel +965 22597642 - arraya centre, tel +965 22997679


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Editor-in-Chief Kirsty Edwards-Harris

Jet-setting he Middle East is fast becoming a fantastic destination for all things sophisticatedly stylish and culturally chic, with many up and coming fashion designers, celebrity visits and artistic pursuits. The Ohlala! team has been jet-setting across the Gulf, and other hotspots, to bring you the very best of what Arabia has to offer. Our November issue features signature fashion shoots from not only Kuwait at the Hotel Missoni, our very first shoot in the State, but also in Qatar at The Gate — both super chic, high-end venues that are not-to-bemissed on your travels. Browse our fashion pages for inspiration on what to wear to the country’s very best soirees, which you’ll find out all about in our Society section — the places to see, and be seen. Off to Bahrain and we sit down in Celebrity Scoop with one of the Arab world’s most famous and knowledgeable ladies on beauty, Joelle Mardinian. Catching up with her at the luxurious Moda Mall’s Fashion Lounge, she talks about memories of her beginnings, her philosophy on life and what’s in store for the future. We then met up at Saks Fifth Avenue with Architect turned shoe designer, Anas Younis Shanaah, the creative genius behind the Arabic inspired designer label aennis eunis. Explore his unique and eccentric creations in our Fashion interview. What more could you want?  Happy reading!

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Publisher & Chairman John Hughes Chief Operations Officer Rami Khalil

Publishing Director Edward Smith

Editor-in-Chief Kirsty Edwards-Harris

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Publishing Consultant Jameel Arif

Art Director Syed Muhammed Raihan

Sales & Marketing Director Leslie Garduque

Graphic Designer Rashed Bindaina

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Website Designer & Developer Ammar Ali

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Photography Contributors Abdulaziz AlSuraya George Mathew

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STYLE Don’t just drool over the chic new collections — grab your credit card, call some girlfriends, and hit the boutiques!


Girlish Allure


This cute, transparent Syble Gown by Agent Provocateur with feminine detailing portrays girlish innocence with underlying seductive powers — Ohlala!

Free-spirited Wardrobe

Expressing a summer mood, the iconic new bamboo from the Gucci Cruise 2013 Collections has been described as the calling card of unmistakable style. Lady-like chic with a modern edge, it combines Gucci heritage with contemporary élan, and Ohlala! just has to agree.

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Rosy Hues

Miriam Salat is known for her gypsy inspired jewellery designs. We just adore her pink faceted stone ring ornately decorated with sterling silver and white cubic zirconias — the shade is on-trend this season.


Distinctive Style

Fur is always a big hit on the autumn winter catwalks, and this year is no exception. Loewe adds a unique take on the trend with a black and navy Arctic fox and fake fur vest, paired with waxed suede trousers, Paseo 35 bag and Baroque crystal earrings.



A Stylish Exception Make a statement for autumn winter with Prada’s exotic and luxurious limited edition doctor’s bag.

The quickest way to make a fashion statement, a woman’s ultimate accessory is an exquisite designer handbag. Prada is renowned for stylish quality, and this exceptional, sleek piece is the perfect status symbol.

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This stunning, exotic purple crocodile skin doctor’s bag by Prada, with gold frame and clasp, is one of only three being exclusively produced worldwide, one of which will be available at Harrods. Other colours are available by special order only.


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Structured doctor's bags are a wardrobe staple and one of the hottest trends on the Autumn Winter catwalks. Elegant and tasteful, they are an ideal investment-buy to complement ladylike glamour this season.




Watch Get inspiration from the red carpet with eyecatching looks that are sure to get you noticed.

Choosing an opulent and unique red carpet look that embodies style, Actress Zhang Ziyi wows onlookers in an eye-catching Fendi dress with Bulgari jewels: a bracelet, Serpenti white gold ring and Save The Children Ring, at the Dangerous Liaisons Premiere during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, Canada.


Sharon Stone, the American actress, film producer and former fashion model definitely knows how to turn heads in this leather and lace Cavalli dress, with plunging neckline and fringed side panels, which shows off her curvaceous figure. She chose to accessorise with a pair of Salvatore Ferragamo black satin peep toe shoes (from the Red Carpet collection) and a double facet stingray clutch with black suede and gold details to the Amfar charity dinner gala in Milan. You really need to exude a lot of confidence to pull off this look.

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British Burberry model, Cara Delevingne, chose to wear a stunning, metallic Burberry Spring Summer 2013 Pre Collection dress with a gold and black clutch and shoes, which sets off the look perfectly, as well as Burberry Beauty to the premiere of her first movie Anna Karenina in London. This is one hot look, sure to have you standing out from the crowd.


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American actress and producer, Sarah Jessica Parker has an air of chic elegance in shades of grey and black, an outfit from the new collection of Maison Martin Margiela with H&M. She was among many celebrities at a party in New York to celebrate the collaboration. The unique event was held across many floors of 5 Beekman Street, a historical building in the city’s financial district. The Maison Martin Margiela with H&M collection will be launched on November 15 in around 230 H&M stores worldwide.




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Pushing the Limits of Fashion Noor Khraibet is a combination of great talent and stony willpower. She chose her path with intention and determination, and is on her way to creating an internationally known fashion brand.


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uwaiti Noor Khraibet studied Spanish literature for eight years at the University of Salamanca (Universidad de Salamanca), the second oldest university established in Europe. Her inspiration to become a fashion designer stemmed whilst studying, after seeing many of her fellow students wearing their national costumes, which she describes as attractive and rich in culture. Noor was intrigued by the diverse nationalities she connected with, and realised just how much beauty inspired her. After completing her degree in Spanish Literature, she enrolled in the Instituto di Moda Burgo in Milan, Italy to begin a second degree in Fashion Design. Her education at the Institute is one she highly appreciates, because it taught her the art of Fashion Design. She claims that as a fashion designer one must know things, such as cut, material and techniques. Without them, one won’t have an appreciation for fabric and its cutting techniques, which are everything in fashion design. “My family insists a person learns their trade from scratch, and that’s what I did. I wholeheartedly agree with them, even more so now,” explains Sarah. Noor’s label Lab 8 has been in the making for ten years now. When she first started designing, she went by her own name, until she decided that she wanted to take her creations abroad. The concept behind Lab 8 stems from the idea that a lab behind the scenes makes the creations for the female figure represented by the number eight. It is ready to be launched internationally very shortly. Noor states that her workshop is not a typical atelier, she has exclusively invested in some of the most modern machinery, including cutting and embroidery machines, allowing her greater freedom to produce garments exactly as she imagines them to be. Her workshop has produced everything from ready-towear to custom-made designs, including bridal wear, which she has been designing since she first opened her workshop. Coincidentally, one of her first requests was to design a wedding dress for a young local — a project that Noor took great care creating. “I’ve been designing for ten years and can honestly say that everything is possible and nothing is impossible.” It took Noor a while to grasp the mentality of the Kuwaiti market, having been abroad for a good number of years. Understanding client tastes and expectations was a obstacle which she successfully overcame. “It was a challenge to understand the market, to ‘speak smart’, to learn how to marry the experience and the knowledge, but I eventually got a sense of things,” she states. “I was eventually able to read my clients and their tastes from the first sit-down.” Another test that gave Noor even more reason to dig in her heels was that of making a name for herself in the market. She now boasts clients from China, the USA and the GCC, indicating that there is an appreciation for her designs beyond Kuwait. What moves her to carry on is her ability to lead herself. She sets herself goals, constantly pushing the limits further, each step of the way. One of Noor’s joys is the mentoring program that she set up for students from various universities. She tells them to never give up their dreams — that if they want something that bad, then by all means they must do whatever it takes to achieve their goals. This is something Noor herself practices. “When I graduated from Milan and came back to Kuwait, I knew nothing was capable of stopping me.” And, nothing has prevented this determined woman from pursuing her dreams. Consequently, Noor was recently was one of the winners of the Layalina Stars award; presented to her for being the most creative in her field. And what of Noor’s message to fashion hopefuls? "Take complete advantage of this day and age, which allows so much more freedom to create and express than it did in the past. If only it was then, the way it is now."

“I’ve been designing for ten years and can honestly say that nothing is impossible.”

Lab 8 is located in Jabriya, Kuwait. Tel: +965 2531 9713



K’s PATH: Protecting Kuwait’s Biodiversity

Read about one woman’s mission and consequently her organisation’s bid to save and protect helpless and abandoned animals…


’S PATH (Kuwait Society for the Protection of Animals and Their Habitat) was established in 2005 by Ayeshah Al Humaidhi, who upon returning to Kuwait after higher studies, was deeply disturbed by the deplorable and inhumane plight of animals amidst low enforcement of animal protection laws. What initially began as a shelter for homeless and abandoned cats and dogs, soon grew into a full-fledged animal welfare organisation with an unrelenting resolve to improve the quality of life for animals and conserving their natural habitat. Today, K’S PATH provides care, food and shelter for a wide species of animals, including horses, donkeys, goats, eagles, falcons, vultures, baboons, tortoises, rabbits and a fox. As a non-profit organisation, it engages the community and its over 700-strong volunteer base to do their bit for Kuwait’s biodiversity and ecology through a series of programs, such as marine conservation, migratory bird protection, humane animal control, environment and humane animal education, farm animals and food source awareness.


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Migratory Bird Protection Kuwait is a flyway for up to 250 species of birds migrating between Eurasia and Africa each spring and fall. A number of these magnificent winged creatures fall victim to poaching, disorientation from severe dust storms, long-haul fatigue, and death upon ingestion of pollutants in natural habitats and nesting grounds. From 2011 to 2012, K’S PATH rescued over 18 raptors, including a rare Egyptian Vulture that is now an old-world species, several Steppe Eagles, falcons and four Scops Owls. While some rescued birds are released following recovery, most suffer indelible injuries and trauma and are confined to sanctuary. Expanding their current capacity of large, specialised avian enclosures to house more birds in distress, each migratory season is an ongoing challenge for the shelter’s management. Responsible Pet Ownership As a strong advocate of responsible pet ownership, K’S PATH educates schools, universities and community groups about compassion towards animals and basic animal care, often coupled with visits

“What initially began as a shelter for homeless and abandoned cats and dogs, soon grew into a full-fledged animal welfare organisation.” by shelter dogs, cats and tortoises. It also encourages spaying and neutering as an effective, long-term measure to address animal overpopulation. Through a pilot animal control program contracted by the Kuwait Oil Company for its Ahmadi township in 2011, K’S PATH successfully demonstrated the advantages of humane animal control practices as a plausible, sustainable and humane alternative to the government’s long-standing method of administering rat poison. Pairing awareness and education at the point of adoption at the shelter, and conducting animal behaviour assessments as a pre-requisite for adoptability, has enabled the shelter to continually rehome socialised, balanced and well-tempered dogs and cats into responsible families. Wildlife Protection Amongst its newer programs, K’S PATH’s wildlife protection service offers solutions to protect natural habitat and track wildlife species. A highlight of current work is monitoring a pack of desert foxes and providing sanctuary for a female adolescent fox, brutally maimed in a dog attack. The fox, named Cleopatra, is recuperating at the shelter’s specially designed fox enclosure built over the summer by staff and volunteers. Furthermore, K’S PATH’s marine conservation program has cleared ecologically rich marine habitats — home to mangroves, mudskipper, flamingos and many species of migratory birds and crabs — of over 17 tonnes terrestrial waste since April 2011, through over 80 weekly clean-ups. K’S PATH also works to stop the smuggling in of wildlife and exotic species into Kuwait, as per CITES guidelines.

Serving the Community In rendering a supremely invaluable service to Kuwait’s community, K’S PATH often finds itself strapped of much needed resources to continue making a difference in the lives of animals and the environment they call home. With no government support to fall back on, its operations are entirely funded through private donations, corporate sponsorship and community goodwill. There are several ways members of the wider public can facilitate K’S PATH’s work in Kuwait, either through donations, volunteering and sponsoring an animal, or through participation in K’S PATH’s yearround fundraising events. Visit or call +965 6700 1622.


Art & Culture

A Twenty-First Century Sage “If you think it, feel it, then ink it. My life is my practice arena, and my artwork is evolving. When there are no more discoveries to make, that is when I’m finished.”

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areed Abdal is a genuine modern day sage, whose abundant wisdom has the power to change lives. More than an artist and an architect, he is a visionary who views the world from a more unique vantage than most. Renowned as a calligraphy artist, Fareed’s work is very highly regarded. His serried collections are inspired by his readings, experiences, different sounds and emotions, by poetry and his unique vantage point and the Holy Quran — all channelled through Arabic script and leaning towards a modern abstract form. The graphic visual dimension of his work sustains the observer’s interest. A professor of architectural studies at Kuwait University, Fareed was born in Kuwait and studied Architecture at the University of Wisconsin as part of a government scholarship awarded to a core group of talented Kuwaiti youth on the condition that upon their return, they would apply their acquired knowledge to the development of their home country. Upon completing his MA in Architecture, he came back to Kuwait with his wife and set up a joint architectural firm, taking on various commercial and residential contracts. After various projects, Fareed found that his calling had changed. He decided to give up architecture in favour of expressing his creativity via calligraphy. Calligraphy was taught extensively in schools during his childhood, and he had always harboured a passion for the art form. This inner directive — a personal shift for the artist — stemmed from the disillusionment he faced during his career as an architect. “Architects with an artistic background don’t survive in this field, only the rigid, corporate-minded ones do. There were many instances where the intended message, or functionality of my projects was diminished due to the tampering of the aesthetic aspect of my designs. “Working with calligraphy frees me to interpret and express. Aesthetics are a cousin to ethics. People worship words without depth of meaning, without interpretation or reflection; words are taken as purely literal. Words become rigid. And words became my weapon to break this conception,” shares Fareed. So how is he inspired to create art? “If you think it and feel it, then ink it. My life is my practice arena, and my artwork is ever evolving. When there are no more discoveries to make, that is when I’m finished.” When asked that existentialist question, which fuels our everyday lives and pushes humankind to search for answers, taking him to the far ends of the earth and even beyond, he sums it up quite simply: “We need answers to cope with our preoccupation with the ego. This preoccupation has us asking unnecessary questions, leaving us in a perpetually anxious state. “However, if we were to observe nature, we’d realise that the rose is simply there to add beauty, and the bee exists to provide us with honey. We ought to simply slow down and enjoy the riddle of life, and express ourselves with purpose, instead of being driven by the need to control. “If we were to live as simply as the bees do for the short six weeks that they are granted life, following our intuitive calling as they produce their honey, we wouldn’t be asking the classic existential questions, but would rather would be busy just being.” Fareed prefers the ego taking a back seat to other more positive sentiments of the psyche, where if societies followed, they would be more able to lean towards a greater, peaceful existence. He believes deeply in the concept of nature, and refers to it time and time again. Unwavering in his faith, he hopes to live his life with the sole aim of staying unconditionally content. To view Fareed Abdal’s art, visit


Woman in Power

An Architect Wi a Conscience Sarah Sadeq is a Kuwaiti architect who set up her own firm a year ago providing architectural, interior and landscaping services. Today, her business is far more successful than she could ever have imagined.


t all started when Sarah realised that it was time to start her own architectural firm — incorporating her vision of architectural perfection, so she decided to resign from the real estate company she was working with to answer her calling of becoming the architect she dreamed of being. After resigning, Sarah travelled to the USA and whilst there, realised how inspired she had again become. She returned to Kuwait with a renewed vigour and decided to start her own firm. Sarah shares, “My husband was my biggest supporter, financially, mentally and emotionally. He ensured to clear the way for me. No matter what it was that was required, he was always there. I push myself to succeed even further for him. I thank him for all he has done.” A graduate of Roger Williams University in Rhode Island, USA, Sarah worked conscientiously for her company, while seeking ways to learn and grow. “I was fighting not to be a regular Kuwaiti employee, or a regular architect with paperwork tasks behind a desk. I constantly asked for certain tasks in order to build my knowledge,” Sarah says. The opportunity to make her mark came when her company gave her the chance to design the interior of one of Kuwait’s landmark towers — the Al Tijaria Tower located in downtown Kuwait City. The experience was instrumental in helping her realise that she was actually more than capable of branching out on her own. Unlike the practices of traditional Kuwaiti architectural firms, who do not necessarily reflect on the structure’s potential inhabitants’ psychology, Sarah tells us that she designs plans to incorporate a host of functionalities based on behaviour, needs and function — a very new concept in Kuwait. “Architecture and interior design can affect people’s moods, and behaviour, so I always ensure to take that into account when creating spaces. I get into the psychology of the user, and design with their habits and lifestyle in mind.” Sarah takes into consideration the things that will add value to living in that space, such as parking, facilities, roof gardens, temperature control, energy consumption, the list goes on. She adds that, “Taking these elements into consideration teaches people later on how to appreciate and respect their surroundings.” Sarah’s main concern is the legacy she wants to leave behind for her daughter, who is now just two years of age. Down the line, she wants to create an empire built on trust, integrity and quality. “My mentors showed me that I should always see things through the eyes of my clients, to provide them with a service based on honesty, which should be at the forefront of anything. I learned everything practically that I need to know, and no matter how much I thank them, it’ll never be enough.” Sarah’s greatest lesson of all was one about humility — with all those that she deals with, as she firmly believes that trust is earned on a certain level with most people, and that level is where she works from. Sarah shares with us that, “Humility is lacking in Kuwait, unlike before.” This is clearly a key trait that has helped in her success. “I have had my share of competitors, who were eager to sabotage my attempts 26

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at building a client base, but on the flip side, I was also surprised at the level of support I received from my Kuwaiti clients, who believed in me wholeheartedly to provide them with designs that I knew they would appreciate, because they valued that I listened intently to what they wanted. I also provide tasteful, quality designs and I usually go above and beyond my clients’ expectations.” The first year was Sarah’s biggest challenge. Starting her firm, the Design Boutique for engineering consultancy was a difficult task: “Being a Kuwaiti woman in this field wasn’t easy,” for that meant dealing with all sorts of personalities. Also, she was newly married and had a baby to look after. Yet, that didn’t stop her, instead she went on to establish the company from A to Z. Sarah did it all: client visits, design, municipality permits and meetings.

“My mentors showed me that I should always see things through the eyes of my clients, to provide them with a service based on honesty, which should be at the forefront of everything.”

Speaking of her professional journey Sarah says, “Most of the people who crossed my path were amazing clients to deal with, and I was lucky and very blessed. In the end I received positive feedback and ended up being awarded projects, which were initially granted to other firms with 20 years of market experience ahead of mine.” This was when Sarah knew that she would be alright. Today, Sarah’s firm has currently managed to beat market leaders for tenders that she has bid for with her bespoke functional design solutions addressing retail spaces, office interiors, beach houses, a tower and even healthcare provider. This is clearly why she has managed to succeed where the larger firms have not. Sarah’s drive for success comes from wanting to see Kuwait with a more beautiful skyline, and its people happier in their environment.


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Pursuit ofBeauty


As lovers of fashion, makeup and all things beauty related, Ohlala! was given the opportunity to speak with one of the Arab world’s most knowledgeable ladies in this field, beauty and makeup expert, Joelle Mardinian. She talks about memories of her beginnings, her philosophy on life and what’s in store for the future. 28

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hlala! caught up with Joelle whilst appearing as a guest celebrity beauty expert in last month’s ‘All Eyes on You’ fashion lounge event organised by Moda Mall at the Bahrain World Trade Centre and co-sponsored by Ohlala! It’s easy to see why throngs of fans flocked to the mall and queued up to get their picture taken with Joelle. She exuded not only beauty and class, but an aura that tells you she is a woman who is determined to succeed. Moda Mall’s ‘All Eyes on You’ event in Bahrain saw Joelle offering her beauty tips and advice to an enthusiastic audience. A live makeover was done with two of her Maison de Joelle beauty specialists — revealing two of the season’s most stylish hair and makeup looks. The ultra-fashionable event paved the way for Joelle’s second visit to the island and she was more than pleased: “The reason why I love Bahrain so much is that its people are so warm and so genuine and they’re very approachable. I feel really at home and I have a great time when I’m in Bahrain, I think people truly welcome me and I would love to open a salon in Bahrain. There isn’t a plan to open one immediately, but I think next year, a project for Maison de Joelle will start in the kingdom.” Joelle’s beginnings as a top beauty expert wasn’t a walk in the park. Starting her career as a professional makeup artist in London meant she had to work extremely hard — almost always for free, so she could make a name for herself. Competition is really high in the British capital, and Joelle says, “It was the most difficult part of my career. In London no one will take you seriously if you don’t have a portfolio, and to get one, you’ve got to actually convince a photographer to hire you for a job; you’ve got to convince a model to hire you to do her makeup. So the best thing I did was to actually collaborate with photographers who didn’t have a budget and did the same thing with models, who didn't want to pay for their makeup to be done.” By the time she had built up enough projects to showcase in her portfolio, Joelle had a chance meeting with a lady on The Tube (the London underground transport system). This would later spell the massive success that later followed her in life. She recounts: “I was very lucky to have met the right person — this lady asked me if I would be interested to do a photoshoot for Sony Music Records. So I did my first job with Sony for an American band called ‘Signature’. After that, they loved my work, they loved my attitude, and they kept on hiring me to do other jobs. And that’s how my career started in London. But I have to say that it was very tough for about two years, not making any money, just offering my services for free, so I could actually have the opportunity to build a portfolio.” From a challenging start but eventually successful career path in the British capital all those years ago, Joelle is now a renowned TV personality on MBC’s weekly reality show entitled, Joelle, as well as a prominent makeup artist and a leading beauty expert in the Middle East. Her determination has clearly paid off and currently Joelle is also the official regional creative director for Max Factor. Her very own chain of salons, Maison de Joelle, now has branches

in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Riyadh, and most recently, in Doha. Joelle has revealed that plans to open one in Bahrain next year maybe in the offing. Apart from running a successful business, another fascinating side to Joelle is her involvement with women’s and other causes. In 2010, she was given the Arab Woman of the Year award for her success and accomplishments throughout the Middle East. Joelle says of the accolade: “It was a really nice award to receive. I think I was the only non-Gulf lady during the event. Most of the ladies were from the Gulf region. So I really appreciated the award. I was shocked, I was happy, I was excited and I think I would love to earn more awards like that in the future. "What I want to do is to start projects that I really believe in, and then turn them into a success story. I work very hard to make sure that my show, my salons, any other projects that I’m doing are actually successful. I really care about my work and all I want is for people to actually praise what I do and to enjoy the services that I’m offering.” So what motivates her to do what she does? “I really have no idea,” came her quick response, adding, “all I know is that deep inside, every time I accomplish something, a new project arises and I start to want more. I really cannot explain it. But what I can explain is that I look at people who have achieved so much more than I have, and I feel that until now I have really achieved nothing, and this tells me that there is so much more that I can do. “As long as God gives me the health and the willingness to work, I will keep on coming up with projects, and I will make sure that it will turn into a success story. I simply want to achieve something in life. I don’t know how to sit back, I’m not good at relaxing even though I crave holidays and to be able to relax, but I can’t have such a life because I’m always coming up with new projects, which need a lot of my attention. I think I will probably relax when there are no more ideas in my head and no more projects to be done.” Coming towards the end of our chat, we asked Joelle about her philosophy on beauty. Joelle shares with us that, “For sure it is to look after what God’s given you, which is your skin, your hair, your nails, your body, your health, your nutrition. It’s looking after the essentials. I really encourage women to follow a good skincare regime, to get facials on a regular basis, to do hair treatments on a regular basis, to eat well, drink lots of water and get enough rest and sleep.” Of course, we couldn’t let her go without giving you our beloved readers her take on the hottest trends for the autumn winter season. “A lot of leather is fashionable, whether it’s a skirt, trousers or a jacket. High gloves right up to the shoulder are also in, and the dark, seaweed green colour is really trendy, as well as feathers and black. “I think people should just go to the stores, try on as many items as possible to really find out what suits them and what they feel good in, and that’s what they should purchase. "People should not be too obsessed with fashion. Of course, it’s nice to be trendy at all times, but we don’t have to copy the catwalk because that’s not necessarily what designers intend for the ordinary woman. We have to take pieces from the catwalk and then apply them to our original wardrobe choices.”

“It was very tough for about two years, not making any money, just offering my services for free, so I could actually have the opportunity to build a portfolio.”


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“Look after what God’s given you, which is your skin, your hair, your nails, your body, your health, your nutrition. It’s looking after the essentials.”


Lady Glamour

Embrace the trendy styles of the new season with BCBGMAXAZRIA, Class Roberto Cavalli and Versace Collection in Kuwait City Hotel Missoni.

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BEHIND-THE-SCENES Join the Ohlala! shoot team backstage on their signature fashion shoot at Hotel Missoni, Kuwait with Remza Fashion Company.


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Luxe Living Ohlala! showcases gorgeous, on-trend styles from The Gate mall at the opulent showroom of TEC Interior Design / Mis en Demeure.

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Ohlala! gives you a backstage pass to their unique fashion shoot in the stylish Misendemeure furniture showroom with catwalk looks from the high-end boutiques at the Gate Mall.


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AN Exotic Touch

Architect turned shoe designer, Anas Younis Shanaah, is the creative genius behind the Arabic inspired designer label aennis eunis. Kirsty Edwards-Harris catches up with him at Saks Fifth Avenue, Bahrain, to explore his unique and eccentric creations.


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etermined to parade to the fashion world Arabian creativity, Anas Shannah is taking the region by storm, bringing a unique and exotic touch to his “must-have” designer shoes and accessories — aennis eunnis. His stylish and exquisite flavour is already far-reaching; popular amongst celebrities and royals, including Queen Rania of Jordan, who adore the fresh and trendy brand. Playing with rich colours, fabrics and techniques, aennis eunnis offers a breathtaking collection for the new autumn winter season. By adding special touches and unique detailing, Anas Shannah ensures each creation is a work of art in its own right. He blends fluidly influences from the East and West combining Arabian creative flair with Italian expertise.

“I first was known as the designer who introduced calligraphy to leatherwear. That remains my signature approach.”

Why did you decide to turn your hand from architecture to shoe design? Anas Younis Shanaah. I’ve always wanted to design smaller objects that I have full control over. This is why I did my masters degree in product design. Shoes and bags, in a way, fall under the same category to me. I look at each design as an object, with complex structures, materials, textures and visual appeal. In what ways does your architectural background influence you as a shoe designer? AYS. Architecture is a great base for any design field. It teaches basic design ingredients and focuses on a conceptual approach and pure composition. I take pride in the way we work with fashion, because none of my team members are fashion designers. We all have a totally different approach to fashion accessories, which comes from architecture. Which celebrities wear your creations? AYS. Her Majesty Queen Rania has always been my ultimate example of elegance. We were honoured when she held our ‘signature’ clutch bag on Jordan’s Independence Day this past May. We design one-off pieces as we did for Her Majesty.



“I am proud to show the richness of my Middle Eastern heritage in trendy pieces of fashion.”

What are the trends throughout your collection for autumn winter? AYS. We have used Damascus fabrics in this Fall Winter Collection. However, we chose a ‘playful’ approach in the way we portrayed it. Sometimes through a pinch, or a twist… or any other form of manipulation we applied to the upper part of the shoe. From where did you draw your inspiration for this season? AYS. We always have our ‘signature’ line that is based on Arabic calligraphy. You will find a couple of new styles, or new colours, always in every new collection. This season we wanted to add colour through fabrics.

Which fabrics do you choose to work with and why? AYS. This season we chose to use Damascus fabrics in a subtle way to give that richness we want to explore. Fabrics from Damascus are embodied with an intense and opulent pattern. We wanted to focus on it because it adds even more of a luxury feel to plain leather. Historically, these patterns have been part of our culture. It is easy to relate to them. It is also interesting to see the same fabric once used on a ‘jallabeyah’, now in footwear, treated and applied to skillful Italian-made pieces. I like that we actually shipped the original fabrics to Italy for them to work with. What is unique about your designs? AYS. I was first known as the designer who introduced calligraphy to leatherwear. That remains my signature approach. I believe, however, that with every collection you will always see references from my background, even if not in calligraphy. I am proud to show the richness of my Middle Eastern heritage in trendy pieces of fashion. I will stick to this as my main direction going forward.

Tell us more about your new folding technique. AYS. I don’t think I have reinvented the wheel here. I just chose to explore many tricks, to play with leather and fabrics 58

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to serve the point of ‘now you see it, now you don’t’. But when most pieces in the collection have that same spirit, I guess it seems like it is something new. Why do your creations appeal to the Gulf region? AYS. Out of all Middle Eastern nations, I believe that people in the Gulf are proud to be Arabs and don’t mind showing it. You see it in their outfits, their architecture, and in their homes. They probably responded to the message that I am delivering better than others.

In what ways has your eclectic mix of cultural experiences influenced your designs? AYS. I would like to believe that I see the larger picture. I have lived in both East and West cultures, and have seen how the best of both is a great balance. I know what is expected in the West, and what can be delivered from the East. I lived the richness in our culture (the music, the spices, the details, etc.) and I can pick and choose what works best for a larger platform of audience.

What is your favourite design for this season? AYS. They all come from the same source, so it is hard sometimes to pick. However, the Calligraphy collection is always my preferred line. It is truly what the brand stands for! What are your aspirations for the future? AYS. I have many fans/customers in Europe and the USA. I know that my designs work everywhere. I am aiming to expand further into those markets as I already have begun to do. Hopefully soon our designs will be found in all major cities in the world ‘inshallah’.

Will we be seeing other accessories being added to you repertoire? AYS. Handbags are already always part of our collections. I would like to venture into other accessories soon (I would probably start with perfume, sunglasses, belts, etc.). I think I will wait until we are in second gear before I spread myself too thin though. How would you describe your style? AYS. Sophisticated, trendy, with a story behind it.

Tell us something not many people know about you AYS. I can easily shed a tear… (I’m on the emotional side).

Is there anything that you would like to add? AYS. My main link to design in my studio has always been music. We start discussions about the collection by choosing musical pieces that represent the concept clearly. It is almost like homework every designer on the team goes through.

“Out of all Middle Eastern nations, I believe that people in the Gulf are proud to be Arabs and don’t mind showing it. You see it in their outfits, their architecture, and in their homes.”



Beauty Buzz

“Comfort is key, the trick to looking great is to feel great.” – Kate Moss



With serious wow factor, Kate Moss returns to her collaboration with Rimmel and introduces the new winter lipstick collection — the Kate Moss Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick. Infused with Ruby Powder, it gives maximum colour intensity with an ultra-comfortable, cushiony feel.

A tempting, sexy scent, created in collaboration with notable perfumer Olivier Gillotin of Givaudan.


Clarins’ Ombre Mineral Autumn Makeup Collection delivers a naturally chic, intensely feminine look. The face palette is a compact comprised of luminous, ultrafine powders that warm and illuminate the complexion, whilst the Three-Dot Liquid Liner’s innovative triple-point design makes it easy to fill in spaces between each lash, for a fuller looking lash line.


It’s the ultimate evening scent — sultry, sensual, with just a hint of mystery. Midnight Heat, is the third addition to Beyoncé’s iconic fragrance collection and features the exotic Purple Mokara Orchid at its heart. A long time symbol of love, beauty and strength, it emits a rich, velvety aroma that continually reveals itself on the skin.


Downright gorgeous and ever so luxurious, Chanel’s autumn makeup collection, Les Essentiels de Chanel, gives a twist to the brand’s iconic codes with a new intensity for the face and a variety of looks for the eyes. It features classic pinks and natural beiges softening the face and lips whilst lilac, fuschia and modern black dress the nails.


Revlon goes up close and personal, with PhotoReady Airbrush Mousse Makeup — an air-infused mousse makeup that goes on ‘light-as-air’ whilst also perfecting the look of the skin. It contains photochromatic pigments, which bend, reflect and diffuse light for perfectly airbrushed skin in any light.



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Dark vampy lips are a big hit this fall. Giving you a warm sexy feel for the colder months ahead, this one is definitely the next ‘go to’ lip trend for the season.


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In colours like mauve, burgundy and deep scarlet red, showing off a bold colour and almost no eye-makeup is edgy, trendy and easy to recreate at the same time. And if you pick the right shade, this look suits any complexion.



Celebs’ Best-Kept Beauty Secrets

Some of tinsel town’s most famous faces share with Ohlala! their favourite products and their secrets to looking beautiful… all of the time.

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Ivanka Trump "Apply all over your face at night — the arnica oil in it can help reduce puffiness while you sleep."


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If you love Jessica's pretty and polished air, be inspired by her multi-dimensional sheen and make it your own by using some of her makeup must-haves.

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Blessed with naturally full lips, flawless skin and large wide-set eyes, Jessica Alba doesn't need much enhancement. This mother-of-two, actress and entrepreneur keeps her everyday look light and natural, using neutrals and sheer colours to highlight her prominent features.


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SHAPE UP Getting in tip-top shape takes a lot of hard work. But with perseverance, and just a little bit of research, your efforts will surely pay off. Craig Bunting gives advice on two areas of the body that most women find problematic.


ne of the most common complaints that women have when it comes to their bodies is the area on the back of the arms, otherwise known as the ‘Bingo Wings’. Another problem area on the upper body is the chest, specifically when it starts to drop. Unfortunately, women are at a disadvantage when it comes to both areas, and what it really comes down to is the hormone, testosterone. Typically, most women don’t put on muscle like men do, and testosterone is the main reason why they can’t. When you compare the two genders, women are much more similar to men on the lower limbs, but differ on the upper parts of the body. So how do you fix this problem? The answer: resistance training. Simply put, women have to work more on the muscles under the flab. This is often a Catch 22, as a lot of women are fearful that by using resistance training, they will become big, bulky and unfeminine. Nothing could be further from the truth. 68

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“A lot of women are fearful that by using resistance training, they will become big, bulky and unfeminine. Nothing could be further from the truth.”

A lot of this comes down to a person’s genetics. Just look at how many guys lift weights, and how many of them fail in their quest to be the next cover model for Men’s Health, or the new Arnold Schwarzenegger. By working on the muscles, you will minimise their wastage and keep all areas ‘toned’. By working your chest muscles, you will help prevent the area from ‘dropping’. If your programme is wellbalanced, you will also be paying attention to the muscles of the upper back, which will give you better posture, and also aid in the ‘lifting’ of the chest area. The same thing applies to the areas of the lower limbs and hip areas. If you don’t use them, you lose them! Making sure that you have a well-balanced resistance training programme to help keep all areas strong and toned, will help keep those flabby areas at bay, as well as keep you strong and injury-free.

“By working on the muscles, you will minimise their wastage and keep all areas toned.”

The top five tips to stop the drop, & get rid of bingo wings 1. Nutrition — this is paramount. If you promote fat storage, then these two areas are going to suffer. 2. Perform your back/chest exercises in a ratio of 2:1. Especially work on postural muscles such as your upper back and glutes. 3. Back exercises — working on the large back muscles will help with good posture, burn a lot of calories and help tone the arms at the same time. 4. Use free weight and bodyweight exercises when working your chest muscles. Exercises such as barbell, or dumbbell chest press, press ups, or DB Flyes are a great start. (Change the angle of the bench to provide a different stimulus to the areas.) 5. Do your isolation exercises last. Exercises like bicep curls, hammer curls (front of the arm), tricep (back of the arm) pushdowns, or lateral raises (side of the shoulders) should be done last in your workout, but are still an essential element to consider.



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Nowadays, sofas and chairs have become a lifestyle expression. From fabulously elegant and modern, to the flippantly humorous and unique and everything in between, you can find them anywhere. We spend much of our lives occupying them, whether we are at work, or just taking a rest. Luckily, there are clever and talented designers willing to renegotiate our relationship with sofas and chairs. Georges Karam reveals all. Co-written by Jenda Dagami, GK&Partners


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hrough the ages, sofas and chairs have emerged as an important symbol of life. Some magnificent seats were considered very luxurious and were made especially for royalty. In fact, the word ‘sofa’ originates from the Arabic word ‘Suffah’ or bench. But as communities moved away from a nomadic existence where they often pack up and move at short notice, it has come to represent a settled life of permanence, safety and comfort. The sofa is usually a focal point, the seating area most often used, and, if the wrong choice is made, the source of the most complaint. A sofa that will be used for relaxation can be deep and cushy with loose pillows. A sofa with arms lower than the back is a versatile choice for both formal and informal settings. A rolled arm sofa is also a good choice. A camelback sofa has a curvilinear shape, shallow seating and a tight back. It is better for a formal and traditional setting. Chairs can have many different uses, usually depending on the room. Before chair shopping, get a feel for what you’re looking for. Are you trying to round out your living room set-up? A plush modern leather chair may do the trick. Want to fill that empty corner in the dining room? Maybe a refurbished antique wingback will complete the space. What about the kitchen? Mostly, a high chair that is slender and shapely coordinates the kitchen's centre island, or the breakfast area. Want to dress up a space lounge? An armless upholstered slipper chair with short legs that lets it sit closer to the ground makes it a comfortable choice for many. Hoping to score a comfortable office chair? A chair that’s easily movable and ergonomically correct will work the best. Each of these situations fulfills a different need, and therefore requires a different chair. What makes up a sofa or a chair is whether we define it physically or mentally — but ultimately, it will be defined by the individual. The more important people feel, the more elaborate it tends to become. It is an important investment which often sets the tone and atmosphere of your space and perhaps more importantly it can be your retreat, your nest and even your consolation, therefore pay attention to the quality of the design, the source and the manufacturing — not everything that shines is gold! Often a cheap price means poor quality; in this area the 'quality over quantity' philosophy is very important.

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Diva Drives

Guaranteed German goodness, the Panamera delivers the best of both worlds — a fancy sports car and a luxurious sedan in one silky package. Images by George Mathew


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orsche — the name that makes any sports car enthusiast’s heart beat faster — first introduced the four-seater Panamera in 2009. Initially, it might have upset some purist Porsche aficionados, a number of them thinking that Porsche was selling out its sports car soul by producing the Panamera, especially the same people who already thought that with the making of the Cayenne back in 2002 (well, how wrong were they... The Cayenne has become the best selling model of all Porsches.) However, many Porsche fans were very happy to receive the four-seater sports sedan — hey, a real sports car where you can fit two friends PROPERLY at the back. So how is it to drive? Of the Panamera’s line-up of seven models Ohlala! had the pleasure of trying out the base model V6, which although not as exciting as some of the other models, still delivers everything that the iconic sports car brand name promises — ultra performance in ultra luxury. Once you enter the car you are welcomed by vast expanses of lush leather. All four well-formed seats are similar in appearance and comfort, and even long legged occupants at the rear have ample space to stretch their legs. The reason why Porsche designed two individual seats at the rear instead of the regular three seats found in most sedans is that they wanted the passengers at the back to enjoy the same level of performance oriented comfort as the driver and the front seat occupant. Indeed the seats are very snug, providing superb level of support and comfort. The elevated centre console hosts a myriad of buttons from where you can control, for example, the auto start/stop function and the driving mode (Sport or Normal), as well as the cabin temperature. The model that Ohlala! had came fitted with the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system — the central control unit for audio, navigation and communications systems, which of course are top notch as expected of a car in this category. The PCM is easily operated either by the 7-inch high-resolution touch screen, or by the conventional button controls; it’s your choice. Among others, the standard safety equipment includes antilock brakes, stability and traction controls, front and rear side airbags, side curtain airbags and front knee airbags. For those with small offspring, child seat anchors and child locks at the rear are also standard. The model we tried came with a rearview camera, which of course makes parking and pulling out of cramped car spaces so much easier. This model of Panamera is powered by a 3.6-litre Direct Fuel Injection V6 engine, delivering 300 hp, enabling acceleration from zero to 100-kilometres per hour in 6.3-seconds. The seven-speed PDK gearbox has both a manual gearshift and an automatic mode. The gear changes are smooth both in the Normal and Sport modes. When the Sport mode is engaged the drive sharpens up, the suspension stiffens and the driving becomes more fun! The Normal mode is practical for city driving with the steering feeling lighter and easier to manoeuvre. Overall, we’re told, the Panamera is more popular with ladies than men in the Gulf and we’re not surprised. It’s a perfect car for women, single, or with small family, as it’s a comfortable cruiser as well as sports car. Very nice. Very nice indeed!





To say that Cuba is unique is an understatement. The way of life here is different from most other parts of the world. To see such an alternative perspective is not only intriguing, but educational, entertaining and thought provoking. However, to better understand how Cuba is right now, it is necessary to take a brief glimpse at its relatively recent history. Words and images by Aqeel Al-Mosawi and Hussain Al-Sairafi 74

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ince Columbus landed on the island in 1492, the Spaniards rushed to the new world — including Cuba — carrying with them guns to build an empire, the Cross to civilise the locals, and later on, guitars for fun. In Cuba they soon needed manpower to run the vast sugarcane plantations. So, Africans came to the island, not voluntarily, but in chains. However, they too brought with them a few things; ancient religion and drums. When slavery and medieval racist attitudes — barriers to the integration of the two cultures fell apart, following the abolition of slavery, the two cultures met on a human level. From that point on, the Spanish guitar followed the African rhythm. The love story soon produced Cha-cha, Rumba, and Salsa whose spirit still shines brightly today. On the political front, the conflict of interest started between the Criollo (Spaniards born in the Americas) and Peninsulares (Spaniards born in Spain but living in Cuba). Tainos (the locals) and African slaves sided with those like them who were not in power. Two revolutions in 1868 and 1892 failed to get rid of the Spanish. The intervention of the new colonial power in 1898 forced the Spanish to an unconditional surrender. Following a four-year US occupation, the Republic was formed in 1902 and elections were held. In the fifties, Batista opened Cuba for US investments in hotels, casinos and cabarets. The country's economy boomed but with the elections around the corner, Castro was viewed as a national hero and was sure to win the elections. Cancelling the elections and arresting Castro later led to the third Cuban revolution by Castro himself and the famous Argentine hero, Che Ernest Guevara in 1959. It was a struggle against all odds but when Batista left the island, Castro took over and survived several assassination attempts. Castro adopted Socialism and rushed to ally with the Soviet Union. When he allowed the Russian nuclear missiles on Cuba, it almost triggered WWIII. The two countries came to their senses and the crisis was resolved peacefully. What remains is the harsh US embargo that crippled the Cuban economy to this day. With this background in mind, the culture, the economy, the way of life, development, technology, music, architecture, education and global awareness — Cuba is like no other place on earth. A walk around Havana would seem like a trip to a Universal Studio stage. Most cars are classics from the fifties. The architecture in many parts seems to have been untouched for decades.


Travel “It is truly a miracle that Cuba has managed to survive the economic hardship for so long whilst its splendid culture has thrived and flourished not only in the country but has spread across the globe.”

While a visitor may feel the time warp, the locals are in complete sync with the hustle and bustle of daily life. Here the pace of life is relaxed. Wherever you look, there are people sitting outside their doorsteps, or on the sidewalks, chatting, playing, singing, dancing, reading, or just simply looking. Also, starting from late afternoon, many locals in Havana, congregate around the Malecon Avenue by the sea and fish, dance, sing, or shower in the splashing and thunderous waves. Cigars are such a daily and normal part of life as well. You’ll see men and women alike, with either a cigar in hand, or having one dangling in between their lips, with a half bitten tip by the teeth. It is evidently a well-ingrained part of the culture. Around the Malecon and other squares around the city, a diva’s voice can be heard singing — almost opera-like with her deep tones, perfect harmony and beautiful grace. The people are so friendly and very interested in visitors’ stories and points of view. Language can be a barrier, as many don’t speak English or any language other than Spanish. While conversing with the locals, pride in their homeland, revolution, culture, art, nature, and even food is very apparent with both the young and old in all parts of the country. For most Cubans, the revolution never ended. What they have is an ongoing ‘revolution’ that has become in itself their very identity. This is one of the reasons why Cuba has stood as a nation in solidarity with most of the revolutions that it has gone through in the second half of the twentieth century. A clear example are the banknotes of the Cuban Republic used since 1902, which until now, attests to the revolutionary nature of the country.


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Pictures of Cuban revolutionaries from all the past wars are on display. Céspedes, Goméz and Maceo are heroes of the first war, while José Marti is their ‘Bolivar’ of the second war. The trio of the 1959 revolution: Castro, Che and Cienfuegos, dominate the small denominations and many of the walls and murals as well. In recent years, tourism has become an important source of foreign currency and tours operate in the country on a regular basis. Currently, the country has two currencies, one for locals and another for visitors. This astonishing fact may surprise many but it is necessary due to the socialist rations in place, and to ensure that more foreign currency flows into the country. The main destinations are Havana, Santa Clara, Trinidad, Pinar Del Rio, Cienfuegos, Camaguey, and Santiago de Cuba. The motto ‘Authentic Cuba’ is a bulls-eye description of all the cities visited. The monuments are so numerous, detailed, symbolic and stunning — from the apartment buildings in the streets of Havana, to the sixteenth century Trinidad, through to the amazing national tropical reserves and all along the way as you travel in between cities, are incredible aspects of this beautiful land and culture. Most national reserves offer guided horseback tours to rivers and waterfalls, which is an activity not be missed, especially if it is raining! All throughout the country, local arts and crafts on sale, as well as those you see displayed on walls, are very colourful, striking, vivid and reflect the uniqueness of Cuba. The strong African influence can be seen on murals and art studios, while the Spanish footprint is more evident in the architecture of the country. A few shows are available in the major cities and the famous Tropicana show in Havana is well known for its lavish costumes, exceptional dancers and explosive energy. The famous Havana Club Rum is by far the dominating beverage and it is mixed by locals with fresh juice from sugarcane and topped by a splash of lemon. It is truly a miracle that Cuba has managed to survive economic hardship for so long, whilst its splendid culture has thrived and flourished not only in the country but has spread across the world. As the wheels of time keep turning, this gem of a place will not remain the same. So, as the tide of change move closer, it is highly recommended that the best time to visit is now.


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Yes, it’s the perfect time to look around your favourite shopping jaunts and reinvent your wardrobe. This season, take inspiration from our picks on the latest trends, or be in the know with the latest in what’s happening in the beauty and fashion world. Tory Burch Boutique Opens Tory Burch has made many of its loyal fans in Kuwait very happy as it announced the opening its first boutique at The Avenues. The Bahrain branch has also recently opened. The store openings follow the successful launch of the brand in the Middle East with the debut of its Dubai store last year. The store will stock ready-to-wear, handbags, shoes, small leather goods, eyewear and accessories. As with all Tory Burch stores, the boutique has been custom-designed with signature décor elements include mirrored walls, white-washed oak floors and brass details, as well as silk curtains and velvet sofas, reflecting its Madison Avenue flagship VIP room in New York.

Topshop Launches Personal Shopper Service Now shopping will be a breeze as Topshop has just introduced their Personal Shopper service in its Marina Mall store. The service is free and customers will have their own changing room and a personal shopper from a team of handpicked advisors, who each have a wealth of experience to fulfil their client’s fashion wishes, regardless of age or style. Bespoke group appointments are also available for a party of two or more. Specific appointments range from a complete wardrobe overhaul to a perfect outfit for a special occasion.

Stylish Essentials Go sparkly and bold with Victoria’s Secret’s new accessories for the season. With pops of colour and metallic hues and embellishments, you can show off with stunning totes and clutches, wallets and many other gorgeous essentials every stylish gal should have. 80

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Outrageously Chic Tommy Hilfiger’s fall winter collection works with an array of fabulous textures in the season’s hottest colours, from hunter greens to canary yellows. The pieces are charmingly upscale, from tweed blazers to striped cardigans, the brand brings high drama to its outrageously chic outfits.

Golden Age Inspired by the extravagant and lavish Baroque period, Dune lets you inject your outfit with a stylish edge with the season’s accessories collection. Dive into a treasure trove of elaborate detailing and fabrications — from multi cluster sequins, diamante, gold studs and molten metalics.


Shopping Parfois Fall Winter Collection 2012 The new fall winter collection from Parfois is inspired by three major trends: the Victorian, Wild West and Army looks. Cloak yourself in sophisticated Victorian influence found in brocaded scarves, turbans and metal belts. The Wild West collection is young with colours dominated by brown tones, pink and red, whilst the army look brings camouflage khaki and blue tones to jewellery, printed scarves and handbags.

Wake Up It’s Autumn! Autumn is definitely here, and after an intense summer, you’ll be grateful for the soft tones of the Ashley collection from women’s Secret. Blues, greys and ochres, with red and crimson tones, combined with sweet prints of flowers, stripes and polka dots — the collection is inspired by fields of autumn flowers in cotton fabrics.


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Sophisticated Inspirations Vincci sets the bar high this fall with its ultra chic fall collection. Dive into the season with great gusto — mustard yellow and red pop against quiet solids and toned down styling; whilst the classic black and dark brown hues allow for a polished look. Playing with contrasting textures, colours and design elements, Vincci sets you on the right track to sophistication.

Colour Me Happy Desigual’s take on their women’s collection for the season takes inspiration from the rainbow’s exuberance, colour and beauty. The garments and accessories comprise three lines: Etnic, Galactic and Night, whilst its collection of bags and accessories grows in a rainbow of new colourful designs for those who want to add a dash of craziness and fun to their everyday wardrobe.



A Cut Above The Rest Arguably one of the finest steak houses in Kuwait, The Meat Co. serves up superbly cooked steak and ribs for meat lovers to enjoy.


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“At The Meat Co., whatever cut you choose will most definitely melt in your mouth, and delightfully so.”


he Meat Co. is the collaborative effort of two of South Africa’s widely recognised restaurateurs, Bradley Michael and Costa Tomazos. It made its foray into the Middle East and has had a joyous welcome where meat lovers abound. Located in Australia, Dubai, Bahrain and Abu Dhabi, among other destinations, the Kuwait branch is situated in the Gardens Zone at Kuwait’s 360 Mall. Its décor is notable, featuring wood and marble wall panelling, a warm inviting colour scheme, thick specially imported carpeting, and a display of the most beautiful ceiling lights. This is a successful example of a very well rendered combination of expansive space and modern décor, which manages to provide an inviting and cosy ambiance. Being that there are a scarce number of authentic steak houses in Kuwait, The Meat Co. has little competition against their high standards with a mission to “provide a unique and exceptionally enjoyable steakhouse dining experience that caters for meat lovers in a sophisticated yet relaxed environment.” It is no wonder that this venue was awarded the Industry Achievement in Hospitality and Tourism Award 2010 given by the Middle East Stars of Business Awards. Aside from the excellent variety of choice cuts, the extremely diverse menu, the modern décor and cosy environment, we were highly impressed by the superb cooking of the meats. At The Meat Co., whatever cut you choose will most definitely melt in your mouth and delightfully, a medium-rare fillet is served exactly so. A fine attribute of the restaurant is that the meat is aged and cooked to extremely high standards. After all, that is what one seeks when choosing fine dining and The Meat Co. definitely delivers on this claim. We began with a Greek Salad and a Mezze Platter consisting of Salt and Pepper Calamari, Grilled Halloumi cheese, Riblets and Red Chili Prawns, among other things; each dish with its own unique flavours is sure to excite your taste buds. Desmond, the friendly and über hospitable Floor Manager who accompanied us during our meal, promised to bring out the big guns with the most exquisitely cooked beef ribs; arguably available in any restaurant in Kuwait, and he was right, they were amazing. Our mains consisted of 200-gram prime Australian Beef fillets cooked medium and medium rare, served with chili peri peri, mushroom and peppercorn sauces and mashed potatoes. Again, the fillets were as tender and juicy as promised; there was no need for condiments. The dessert tasting platter was then brought out featuring a spectacular Malva pudding, a traditional South African apricot dessert, which Ohlala! recommends everyone taste when visiting. Also full of fantastic flavours were the Apple Crumble and Crème Brulee. For the enjoyment of all, South African songs on drums serenaded our team. The Meat Co. is not just a fine dining experience, but rather an all-around great night out.



Hotspots Flavoursome Oriental Feasts

Appetising Treats

WHERE? The Radisson Blu Hotel

WHERE? Al-Bida’a

A culinary journey across the Orient…

Savour the food of the world…

Radisson Blu Hotel Kuwait has just started a theme night, ‘Oriental Wednesday’, which is a festive appreciation of cuisines imbued with the wondrous, rich Oriental flavours and spices from Kuwait, China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, India and Japan. At the fantastically diverse dinner buffet at Rangoli restaurant, you will find abundant seafood dishes, home-cooked and traditional meals. The menu is comprised of numerous starters. There’s also a station reserved for roasted duck and small pancakes, as well as a section for dumplings and full-flavoured soups, such as sweet sour ‘Assam Laksa of Malaysia’. Dessert is a delightful selection of fresh cut fruits. The authentic, colourful surroundings provide a unique setting and the impressive buffet is complimented by cooking stations and live music performers. Visit Rangoli restaurant every Wednesday from 6.30pm to 11pm to set your senses on fire! 

Make reservations at The Regency Hotel for its very popular barbeque, featuring an amazing selection of mouth-watering exotic dishes. The hotel’s expert Syrian Butcher, Meydan has specially marinated and seasoned meats, which are accompanied by a rich variety of seafood, with selections that change every Wednesday. Cooking on the grill is a wide array of Middle Eastern and international choices, from Iranian kebabs and koftas to the irresistible Lebanese shawarma. You will also find a delectable mix of Latin, Asian and European favourites. Vegetarian foodies will be thrilled by the hotel’s signature meat-free dishes, a delicious salad bar and a wonderful assortment of bread. For the grand finale, over a dozen kinds of appetising desserts made by Italian-born Executive Pastry Chef, Raffaele will satisfy your sweet tooth. Children below six years of age enjoy complimentary fare.

RESERVATIONS: ✆ 2567 3000

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Zest of Korea


WHERE? Arirang, Swiss-Belhotel Plaza Kuwait

WHERE? Al-Fanar Mall in Salmiya

Culturally beautiful cuisine…

Coffee lovers rejoice…

Named after a very popular folk song in Korea, Arirang creates a beautiful representation of Korean culture and heritage. Revel in the artistry of Korea that is captured in the décor, even in the finest details, particularly strong when you choose the floor seating. Diners are treated to complimentary starters, which include Kimchi (a popular Korean dish made of fermented vegetables with a variety of seasonings) and fried pancake vegetables. Also, the Sewu Buttered Shrimp and Sewu Sizzling Garlic Shrimp are said to be amazing. By special order, sample the delectable Kalbi Gui-Beef Tenderloin arranged with a wonderful sauce. Other popular Korean dishes include Bibim Guksu, Kimchi Chigae and Bulgogi (favoured Korean dishes among foreigners). Bulgogi is succulent with hints of sweetness. For dessert try the signature jello contained in Patbingsu, which also has ice cream and beans. Also try the recommended Dolsot Bibimbap, a delicious mix of rice, vegetables and greens.

A popular spot for Arabica and Robusta coffee, Segafredo Zanetti! Espresso’s special blend ensures customers return for more, though another reason is their delicious offering of fine salads and seafood. A crowd pleaser is the Ceasar Segafredo Chicken Salad, a combination of crispy fresh lettuce and chicken breast. For a complete immersion into Italian flavours, choose Gamberi Parmigiano, which are breaded jumbo shrimps served with tatter sauce and sautéed vegetables. Only the prime ingredients go into the dishes, which are cooked to reflect Segafredo Zanetti! Espresso’s quality standards. For a lighter fare, try their flavoursome Beef Steak or Cicciolina sandwiches, both with a side order of French Fries. Also try authentic pasta dishes like the Quattro Formaggi Pasta and Pasta Bolognese. For dessert, taste their famous Apple Pie, filled with fresh apple pieces and traces of cinnamon, or their moist cheesecake or Chocolate Fudge Cake. This venue is open from 9am to 11pm and offers free home deliveries. 

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RESERVATIONS: 1771 7745; 3997 7540


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KUWAIT Hotspots


BARCAMP KUWAIT 4 November 3 WHY GO? Barcamp 4 is your one-stop place to find interesting news on your favourite subject, Technology and IT. The event is dominated by speakers who give fascinating presentations outlining their remarkable insights with visual aids. To introduce a little competition, the organisers are giving out prizes for the best speakers — an Xbox 360, a Japanese metal puzzle, a Guide to Pirate Parenting and Z.E.O — A Zombie’s Guide to Business. Make plans to attend at The Regency Hotel, where you can revel in the technology-based talk among like-minded people.

Ibtisam Hall, The Regency Hotel

Japanese Animation Film Festival November 6 to 7

WHY GO? If you’re a fan of Japanese anime, you will not want to miss this special screening of popular movies that will take you on a fun ride. Showing will be the emotional drama, ‘Miyori no Mori’ with subtitles, which marked the directorial debut of Nizo Yamamoto. Another fan favourite anime is ‘The Castle of Cagliostro’, directed by Hayao Miyazaki and dubbed in English; it’s a tale of adventure and intrigue involving beloved anime character, Master Thief Arsène Lupin III. If you’re in the mood to revisit your childhood, or give your kids a treat, see ‘Crayon Shin-chan: The Storm Called: The Adult Empire Strikes Back’ in English subtitles. The final film is a mixture of romance, adventure and action, called ‘Children Who Chase Lost Voices’ and is created by Makoto Shinkai in Arabic subtitles. The event is open to everyone and there is no entry fee.

Laila Gallery, Salem AL-Mubarak Street, Salmiya

Kuwait Fashion 2012 November 8 to 9 WHY GO? Kuwait Fashion 2012 is a one-of-a-kind event, sponsored by Grandeur Events Kuwait, for designers interested in showcasing their work via exciting sponsorship opportunities. Specially invited are buyers, media representatives and agents from relevant companies, who desire to explore the creativity of Kuwait. This fashion show/exhibition has a varied collection of fashion-related and other miscellaneous items: cosmetics, beauty treatments, travel packages, art, fashion accessories and more. This is the best venue for designers to meet important people in the industry, potential key customers and build contacts.

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WHY GO? Show off how well you have maintained your body to be active and healthy by participating in the Kuwait Marathon Run, or just jump in for fun. The proceeds fund amazing charities in Kuwait, and this year your assistance will help the Pumps4Kids campaign. There are many ways you can contribute to the atmosphere of altruism, you can bake homemade goodies to sell at the venue for the charity, or exert your funny bone; people will donate more if you volunteer to run in a ridiculous costume. Depending on your abilities, you can challenge yourself to run the ten kilometres, or the 21 kilometres. Refer to the official site for more information, especially for the itinerary of the main day.

LADIES RACE NIGHT November 24 WHY GO? Ladies, can your stilettos put the pedal to the metal? Dovren Events is holding a Ladies only Race Night. Enter a team of six players (a manager, technician and four drivers) to compete in either the fourhour race, or the Mothers race, driving Go Karts to win prizes amounting to hundreds of dinars. If your team’s skills and teamwork are exemplary, you may receive a title. Your feats are captured by professional racing photographers and cameramen, which are supplied by the organisers along with the Go Kart Car, the supplementary accessories and refreshments. Participants only have to bring their fighting spirit and their own unique team name. Visit the Dovren Events page on Facebook for more information and the entry fee charges. 5059 3193

KUWAIT INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW 2012 November 29 to December 2 WHY GO? The number of cars with boat hook attachments hints at the love Kuwait has for boats. At the Souk Sharq Marina and Waterfront in Kuwait City, more than 100 marine companies have signed on to exhibit the latest products and newest gadgets — boats, yachts, engines, navigation equipments and systems, speed boats, super yachts, water sports clothing, water sports equipments and more. Boat enthusiasts will have a flood of amazing items to view from the best marine manufacturers. Go on to the main site for more details.

Souk Sharq Marina & Waterfront, Kuwait City



Saks Fifth Avenue, Bahrain Show Saks Fifth Avenue, Bahrain wowed audiences with the launch of its Autumn Winter Collection at a fashion show. With a stylish array of outfits, accessories and all the season’s must-haves, the invitation-only event was an amazing success. A fabulous after-party followed at the newly-opened Bizarre Lounge at the Kempinski Hotel where guests could chill-out to the soulful beats of the gorgeous DJ Monica.


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MODA Mall, Bahrain Fashion Campaign MODA Mall, Bahrain unveiled their unique fashion campaign, ‘All Eyes on You At MODA Mall’, with Ohlala! which offered fashion conscious shoppers and visitors the opportunity to be part of a stunning new experience in the world of fashion styling and makeup artistry. TV personality, beauty expert and professional makeup artist, Joelle Mardinian inaugurated the two-week long event, which saw distinguished guests, members of the press and a large number of Joelle's fans attend. Joelle held two exclusive live makeover sessions showing the latest fashion trends in makeup and hair styling. A Styling Lounge was also set up to provide advice on fashion, hair care and styling and beauty tips from the experts.



Eden Park Opens New Outlet Eden Park, a leading French luxury fashion brand with strong links to the world of rugby and a franchise owned by the Starco Internatiomal Company, opened its second Kuwait outlet at the Al Hamra Mall. Franck Mesnel, President of Eden Park, welcomed guests at the opening, which included Starco owner, Jamal AlHinnawi and French Ambassador Nada Yafi. There was also a Kuwait-based Rugby team present at the occasion.


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John Rocha Visits Kuwait John Rocha, one of Debenhams most successful and renowned ‘Designers at Debenhams’, visited the department store at The Avenues last month to showcase his Autumn Winter 2012 Collection. The event saw VIP guests enjoy John’s latest designs from his collaboration with Debenhams.

Elissa Khoury at Jewellery Arabia 2012 Lebanese singing superstar Elissa Khoury brought sparkle to an already dazzling event as she graced last month’s Jewellery Arabia 2012 exhibition in Bahrain, as the brand ambassador for Swiss watch brand, Corum.



Abeer Al-Yaseen at Missoni Famous beautician and makeup artist: Abeer Al-Yaseen, conducted a training session at Missoni Hotel. Abeer unveiled the latest looks and trends for the season and also dished out some expert beauty advice.

GIOIELI Design Exhibition The GIOIELI Design Exhibition opened under the patronage of Sheikh Fahad Jaber Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah. Inaugurated at Al-Tilal Complex, Shuwaikh, the exhibition saw VIP guests and lovers of jewellery attend the glittery event.


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Dar Al Shifa Hospital's Campaign With an aim to help patients fully understand breast cancer, Dar Al Shifa Hospital's Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign at the the 360 Mall last month. Throughout October, the hospital provided specialised medical screening tests, as well as advice at its booth, and a medical team educated interested female visitors about different methods of self-exams, while also providing them with educational leaflets and brochures.

ZAIN’s Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign October was a sea of pink in celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. ZAIN launched their very own Campaign at 360 Degree Mall with lots of fun and edutainment activities to raise awareness about the disease.





Hayatt, part of KidZania Kuwait, has announced Nissan as its latest partner at the edutainment centre. Nissan will be sponsoring both the Car Dealership and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Children will learn about traffic safety and regulations and explore being a car salesperson, or a customer. Through simulators at Nissan’s DMV establishment, children will be taught basic driving skills and regulations, while sitting in fun electric cars. After a driving test, they will receive a Nissan branded driver’s license, which permits them to drive in KidZania’s driving streets. Nissan’s sponsorship of the establishment within KidZania will encourage critical thinking skills through practical lessons on the various functions of auto design and sales, as well as promote traffic safety at an early age.

ALWANE-Kuwait, part of a regional coalition for the advancement of women leadership in the MENA region, concluded a series of activities, which seek to bolster the role of Kuwaiti women in business and provide opportunities for them to establish their own small projects. ALWANE Kuwait stressed the importance of inspiring women to take the first step in bringing about change under the motivational slogan, "My Life... Passion and Ambition". The committee held many free intensive courses at the National Library in Kuwait and effectively linked trainees with mentors who are successful women entrepreneurs. ALWANE-Kuwait also hosted a special exhibition last month for participants to showcase their projects and discuss their experience.


KidZania Kuwait has signed an agreement with Dar Al-Shifa for sponsorship of the Hospital establishment in the park. Located at the new extension of The Avenues, this new partnership will teach children about different medical occupations in a fun and interactive setting. Children will be able to role-play a number of exciting roles, such as a paramedic, surgeon, nurse or patient. To fully immerse children in a realistic medical environment, the establishment will incorporate hi-tech equipment, including a vital signs monitor, artificial lungs and laparoscopy equipment. Additionally, Dar Al Shifa will provide an electric ambulance to transport children role-playing as injured patients. Dar Al-Shifa perfectly complements the Kidzania Kuwait’s child-sized city, which already includes a bank, telecommunications centre, dental clinic and a university.


Hayatt, part of Ruqayah Abdulwahab Alqatami Breast Cancer Foundation, partnered with Wataniya Telecom to host a fundraising gala dinner at the Sheraton Hotel. The money raised went towards the Breast Cancer Foundation to help expatriate breast cancer patients receive treatment and reinforce the importance of early detection. The funds will also help in assessing women wellness centres as well as encourage all Kuwaiti women to seek relevant information, particularly about the early diagnosis of breast cancer. Emad Al Samhan, the famous party planner, transformed The Sheraton Diamond Ballroom into a magnificent oriental place, a perfect palace setting for the ladies in beautiful kaftans or daraas. Laila Alghanim, President of Hayatt Breast Cancer Foundation, was joined by almost 550 guests, including prominent dignitaries, long-standing supporters, sponsors and friends.


Kuwait’s consumers will judge close to 400 companies in 17 industry categories, after the Service Hero Customer Satisfaction Index (SHCSI) kicked off a three-month national drive to collect 10,000 customer service experiences. Service Hero provides customers with an online voting platform to rank their satisfaction levels on services they are receiving from companies. The online voting began October 1 and is on until December 31 at and via Facebook at and smartphone apps. Service Hero President, Faten Abu-Ghazaleh, says that the Service Hero Index stands as a force of change for Kuwait’s service sector, and gives companies direct access to real unbiased consumer feedback. After the voting period ends in December, all submissions will be analysed for integrity and quality to uncover Kuwait’s true market leaders for 2012. 98

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Ohlala! Stars Giovanni unveils your future for November… Happy Birthday Ms Scorpio! You could be feeling out of the loop when it comes to family this month, believing that you’re being kept away from the hub of what is going on. Before you throw a tantrum, there could be nothing less sinister to their behaviour other than them trying to organise some kind of a surprise party! On the health front, an injury to your lower body could open up a few problems if not dealt with quickly.

October 23 – November 21

Scorpio — at a glance

Think Scorpio and you immediately think about extremes. Deep, intense people, they love a secret and there is always more about them than you first realise. With a cool and detached exterior, underneath they possess a deep inner strength and an intense passion that can often surprise people who are not familiar with them. Possessors of keen intellect, Scorpios often like to ask questions and delve deeper into a problem or situation and this makes them very good journalists or lawyers. If there is a story to be found or justice to be sought then Scorpio is the sign most likely to achieve it! On a negative side they can be too ambitious and controlling of others and they certainly have a jealous side which can make relationships a bit of a bumpy ride.

Famous Scorpios Bill Gates Bjork Calvin Klein Goldie Hawn Joni Mitchell

Jamie Lee Curtis Julia Roberts Leonardo DiCaprio Martin Scorsese Pablo Picasso Scarlett Johansson

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19) If you have ever considered moving abroad then this could be the time for you to give that decision serious thought after a colleague offers you the chance to change careers and consequently your living environment. Whilst the reality might seem scary, this could be just the experience you’re looking for. On the relationship front it has been a pretty quiet time for you but this might change around October 23 after a rather wild party introduces you to a feisty, freeloving personality. Prepare for fireworks! Pisces (February 19 – March 19) Although there is still some time to go until the holidays in December and New Year, this hasn’t stopped many of you contemplating the festive season. Generally you are quite excitable anyway when it comes to family and big gettogethers and this year is going to prove most rewarding in that respect. It might also be the last one under a certain theme so it is worth making the most of it. With that in mind, your thoughts are going to be directed completely on planning. Make sure you give everyone a voice in the process.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20) Your biggest focus this month and the driving factor behind your actions in 2012 has to be a career choice and the outcomes of a recent contract agreement that will begin to open significant doors for you in the next 18 months. In the future you will look back to this month and you view it as a defining moment in your life. You have a lot to look forward to in your life so resist the temptation to feel sorry for yourself and get those creative juices flowing! Cancer (June 21 – July 22) You don’t warm well to gossip and conjecture and you’re certainly not happy to hear that you’ve been made the scapegoat of someone’s ill-placed words and forced to defend your good name this month. This might be harder than you imagine and you’ll find it difficult to pinpoint the individual who’s ultimately to blame. On the financial front, things could be tight for you in the run-up to December so it’s wise to watch the pennies if you want to have a worry-free time over the festive season. Virgo (August 23 — September 22) November is going to be all about new discoveries and new friendships, something you’ve been enjoying over the last few months. You’ll find yourself far from home and the people who love you most but you can be reassured that in the background people are watching out for you in more ways than you realise. 100

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Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21) Absent friends or relationships that have been left to lapse are going to feature on your mind this month and you would do well to make the effort and rekindle these associations. Your life has been moving along at quite a pace recently and as things slow down this month, you may find yourself recollecting your past and the fond memories could have a profound impact upon you. Life can be brief so never forget the building blocks that have helped shape who you are as a person.

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18) Your world of late has been dominated by work and your career has certainly taken off thanks to promotion and greater responsibility. Whilst this is positive for your future and your finances, remember not to neglect family and loved ones. After all they are the ones who drive a lot of what you’re doing. Take a step back towards the end of the month and spend time with those closest to you and put a little back into your personal life.

Aries (March 20 – April 19) If there’s one word that sums up your overall experience of 2012 it would have to be ‘unpredictable’ as nothing over the last ten months has gone quite as you imagined it to. This has altered your perception of life a little and perhaps made you more cautious than you would ordinarily have been. Fortunately, you will enjoy an upturn in your situation for the latter part of the year, which is a good platform to take you into 2013.

GEMINI (May 21 – June 20) Often regarded as one of the more quick-witted, fast learners of the Zodiac, this month you might find yourself under a little pressure to deliver, mainly because your focus has been deflected elsewhere. A blossoming relationship has certainly occupied much of your time lately and whilst this is not a bad thing, you need to think about how you can marry this with your busy career, so take a step back and formulate a plan.

LEO (July 23 – August 22) After the excesses of last month you’ll be glad to discover that life is a little more fluid and a little less hectic throughout this month, which is just as well because you were heading down a precarious road last month. The kind words of a colleague or partner have instilled some wisdom into your thinking and fortunately you’ve been able to correct the situation. If you don’t want to end up in the same predicament, be a little more proactive and realistic.

Libra September 23 – October 22 You have proven yourself to be quite indecisive of late and since you are never one to commit to anything without careful thought this will come as a surprise to some people, including you! The problem could stem back to your lack of confidence and it might be wise to speak with someone about what’s on your mind. Bottling things up is not going to get you anywhere. On the financial front, an expensive purchase needs to be carefully considered, otherwise you might be out of pocket just when you need money the most.

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'm sure you've all seen the news lately. Richard Gere, Nate Parker, Nicholas Jarecki and Mohammed Al Turki all over the headlines as this year's Abu Dhabi Film Festival stars. We all visited my favourite Emirate to premiere ‘Arbitrage’, which stars the screen legend that is Richard Gere. It also stars a whole bunch of incredible talent including Susan Sarandon, Nate Parker and Brit Marling. Directed by Nicholas Jarecki and executively produced by Mohammed Al Turki, the film takes you on a serious trip of moral ethics, surging into your sense of value and inadvertently scrutinising the number of "greys" in life — with an astute timeliness, and yet, timelessness? Does that make sense? Anyway … It's solidly safe to say that a real turning point took place in Abu Dhabi this year. A cultural elevation in the art of filmmaking, where one no longer admires the other from afar, nor questions the possibilities and vast opportunities. Job, sincerely, and memorably, well done. Then, came New York City. Where I am right now. En route to Mercer's Kitchen actually, for a spot of lunch. Followed by some Soho strolls. Georgetown cupcakes. Things like that (more of a "me" day today). Kicking off the large fruit activity was Denise Rich's annual Angel Ball. A definitive highlight on the social calendar, this year's gala for Gabrielle's Angel foundation generously (and fabulously) raised USD3.7 million towards cancer research. Saudi's Prince Fahd Al Saud (or "Princetagram", as the media called him) impressed on many levels. First, his advocacy work on cancer awareness shone graciously on the Angel Ball red carpet. So too did his garments and unbelievable shoes. One even spotted Monsieur Kanye West having the enviable gander. Russell Simmons spent a good while chatting

to Saudi's ‘Prince of Elevation’ about his efforts in Palestine; we discussed works in dialogue, Muslim/Jewish relations, and a brand new film called ‘The Other Son’ which precisely tackles the religious and cultural differences of the Middle East's longest conflict — ever. There's lots ahead ... next month for more. Other Angel Ball attire wows included those on the bodies of Solange Knowles (that Badgley Mischka, was ALL), Gerard Butler (who cares what he wore), Ashanti's black dress and Crystal Renn — colour blocking ... so correctly. ere, ard G Mohammed Al Turki was fresh off h Rich t i w s ment ck Jarecki his Abu Dhabi success and inside the i pet mo ed car Turki & N R : e Cipriani Ballroom looking his usual m l i t A i b d e a h m Abu D Moham dapper. Russell Simmons pulled off the cap/full suit look as only he can and Estelle's cocktail Cavalli number = amaze. I donned another Orkalia piece of local charm, and matched its lacy, earthy demure with a touch of vintage, a glint of bedazzle and a lot of Chanel. After all, we are welcoming fall. Natalie Cole, Smokey Robinson and Nelly all gave smashing performances on what was a truly soulful and beautiful evening. Real family energy. Warm, celebratory, positive, R&R intimate and forward. : Roza n Ahm Congratulations to the always ed Film & Richard inspiring, ever loving, darling Festiv al 201Gere at Ab Denise...Thank you for highlighting the u Dha 2 bi power in music, the greatness in togetherness and the celebration, in life! 

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Issue 3 - Bringing you the latest from Kuwait

Ohlala! Kuwait November 2012  

Issue 3 - Bringing you the latest from Kuwait