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STEREO LOVE’S DJ VIKA JIGULINA “Trust yourself, no matter what.”

Bespoke Gems Be dazzled with exquisite pieces & illustrious jewels

Think Pink True story

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Making History hlala! was part of history in the making this month, as we witnessed the grand debut of the one of the world’s longest established and best known jazz clubs, the Jazz at the Lincoln Center JALC, open at the St Regis Hotel. The very first venue for the center, outside of its home in New York, it promises to provide a rich, cultural program, and a way of bringing people together, as well as quite possibly placing Doha on the map as the Jazz Capital of the Middle East! It has been a beautiful month in Qatar, the cooler temperatures allowing us to enjoy the open air, and begin to contemplate our new wardrobes for the autumn winter season. What better way to satisfy all your style needs than your favourite monthly fashion and lifestyle magazine — Ohlala! Our signature fashion shoot takes you on a journey of chic elegance — from day to night — with the unique collections from United Fashion Company at The Pearl-Qatar. We also feature lustworthy items as well as covetable gems and timepieces — fine additions to every classy lady’s jewellery box. For elaborate but timeless designs, embrace the exquisite creations of luxury jewellery designer, Bina Goenka — we explore her art in our Fashion interview. We catch up with two stunning celebrities in this issue, vocalist and producer DJ Vika Jigulina and French film star Julie Delpy, both carving a name for themselves, and offering inspiration to all women across the globe.

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Creations Covetable

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Days in New York, has just been released on Blu Ray and DVD. Ben Whittaker caught up with the Oscarnominated actress to discover how she fared as director, co-writer and one of the leads in this comedy sequel.






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Chairman Mubarak Bin Rashid Al Khalifa Editor-in-Chief Kirsty Edwards-Harris

General Manager Hussein Zreik

Deputy Editor Zara de Haldevang

Publishing Director Edward Smith

Editor-at-Large Ben Whittaker

Sales & Marketing Director Leslie Garduque

Art Director Syed Muhammed Raihan

Sales & Marketing Managers Sari Mabire Ibis Perea

Graphic & Web Designer Rashed Bindaina

Sales Executive Pauline Marcombe

Website Developer Binu

Sales & Distribution Coordinator Sheree Lou Cabonce

Feature Contributors Giovanni Josie Hill Lisa Travell Rozan Ahmed Sari Mabire

Accountants Gigimon Thankachen Praveen Alexander Distribution Team Jayapragash Ganesan Rajesh

Fashion Contributors Rony Nacouzi Trajce Boinov

Office Personnel Abdul Kadar

Photography Contributors Abshar PK @ Creative Design Fritsche ‘Chai’ Bautista @ Creative Design George Mathew Jerome @ Creative Design

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What a fine selection of lust after items we have this month—yes please!


Feminine Glamour

An extraordinary mix of style and femininity inspired by the atmosphere of a dreamy and glamorous Russia. The beauty of decorative elements is combined with craftsmanship in its purest form; the seductiveness of the high yet solid heel, make this lavish footwear by Salvatore Ferragamo a must-have.


Tainted Love

Tory Burch’s collection is inspired by the idea of a prim girl who’s under the spell of the wrong kind of guy. She’s an innocent, unaware of her own sex appeal. We are lusting after this boxy look bag with a tortoise frame and printed silk.

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Every elegant lady who loves chic and luxurious accessories will be adding these exquisite rings with beautiful detailing by Hermes to their wish list — we have!


Chic Seduction

Exuding femininity, Carolina Herrera’s new collection plays with bold colour and rich texture, accentuating natural curves and movement with stunning detailing. Fitted pencil skirts are a key look.



Avant-garde Opulence

Embrace opulence and turn heads this season in Lanvin’s ornate, gold brocade thigh-high boots.

Made in Italy, these bi-material thigh boots with the front in an ornate gold, flower jacquard and black back are designed in an easy to pull-on style.

The five and a half inch, chunky heel comes with a chic metallic embellishment. One of the chicest pieces on the catwalk, these elaborate boots offer a statementmaking silhouette in lavish material — perfect for a lavish affair.


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Covetable Creations

With the uniqueness found in each piece, the widths and depths as innate to the grooves of each creation, these jewellery collections are no doubt items to treasure. A Journey to Dreams

Gilan’s new collection, Journey to Dreams, introduces intricate and ancient Eastern traditions to the Western world. The creations include: Grand Pheasants, Mystery of Silk, Love Fairy and Magical Spices.

An Infinity of Happiness

Chopard’s Happy Diamonds collection explores the symbolism of the lucky number eight, creating a collection where the infinity of the lines is echoed in a freespirited play of precious gems in watches, pendants, rings and earrings.

Carving a Winning Future in Jewellery Roberto Coin’s mindful perception of people's different styles preferences, opens the way towards a winning future for the brand. A perfect example is their Limited Edition Dragons Collection — set with colourless diamonds and emeralds.


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Arabian Mystique

The Al Manthourah 2012 Collection by Damas is designed as a tribute to the beauty and heritage of Arabian women, featuring geometric designs and inspirations from Middle Eastern culture.

Bedazzling Beauty

Al Zain Jewellery’s stunning new collection feature traditional and yellow diamonds, as well as rubies and emeralds such as this ruby ring surrounded by briolette diamonds and emerald earrings set with pear and marquise diamonds.

Simply... De Beers

De Beers are revered for their mystical diamonds. This platinum-set Marie Antoinette necklace is designed to impress with the countless diamonds punctuate by an oval one in the centre. Going for understated luxury? The enchanted Lotus Collection links the diamond with the pure and serene lotus flower. 21



Once Upon a

Enchanting, dazzling and exquisite, these classic masterpieces are just some of the latest collections to feature in the horlogerie industry.

A Sparkling Treatise to Time

With the dazzling Coronet watch collection, Aaron Shum unfurls exquisitely feminine Swiss-made timepieces featuring six-petal coronet charms sparkling with diamonds.

Guaranteed to Enchant

Colourful, light, fun, happy and feminine, Hublot presents the ‘Happy Tutti Frutti Tourbillon’, elegantly set with diamonds and stones in fashionable, on-trend colours.


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A Timeless Appeal

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendezvous watch set with diamonds and elaborately decorated dials fuses contemporary chic and retro appeal, creating a timeless appeal.

Utterly Sublime

Graceful, refined and elegant, the Royal Coloseo watch is Saint Honore’s latest innovation. Wonderfully feminine, diamonds enclose its delicately decorated mother-ofpearl dial centre, its case completed with a signature black onlyx crown.


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he rich splendour and lush abundance of autumn is portrayed in a collection caressed by intricate, feminine details to capture memories that will stay long after the wind blows away the falling leaves. Like a living notebook, treasure your special moments with sparkling gemstones, honour your life stories with sterling silver and gold charms, or simply make a style statement with stackable rings. Let your creativity tell your story through your design. Welcome to Pandora.


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ell there’s been plenty going on in Doha to distract those dealing with post holiday blues as suddenly the city is awash with events and openings. The ever popular Jones the Grocer hosted its first master class demonstration last month. Australian Group Head Chefs Jonathan Alston and Keiran McKay flew in specially to create some mouth-watering truffle dishes and guests were then invited to share a delicious three-course meal at the Chef’s table. September saw some new additions to the dining scene in Doha, two new restaurants opened at InterContinental Doha the City: Prime, a steakhouse and grill, which we sampled this month, and Nai, a Lebanese eatery. Astor Grill at St. Regis also opened on September 4, the anniversary of the opening of the legendary St. Regis New York. It’s dilemma time for Doha’s diners as many long to shed those extra pounds that crept on over the summer, but also yearn to try these new offerings. My advice — go along and indulge, just make sure you hit the gym to compensate! The much-anticipated Jazz at Lincoln Center Doha at St. Regis will formally open this month, with opening performances by the renowned jazz musician Wynton Marsalis Quintet. Set to feature live performances six nights a week and offering spectacular views of the Arabian Gulf this jazz venue is sure to be a hit, not only with Qatar’s jazz aficionados but anyone loving quality live entertainment. As the weather cools we see live entertainment light up Katara as opera comes to the Amphitheatre this month. Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida is the most exotic of his operas. Its debut in Qatar will be 30

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conducted by Verdi specialist Pier Giorgio Morandi and will include over 80 choristers, 35 actors, 12 ballet dancers and eight world famous singers, all accompanied by Qatar’s talented Philharmonic Orchestra. A spectacular venue this is certain to be a sell out, so book your tickets now. Jones the Gr ocer n With the cooler climate comes ow ha ve ma stercla a whole new season of fashion. sses It’s the ideal time to revamp your autumn wardrobe. If accessories are your thing then you are in for a treat this month as the legendary Anna Dello Russo launches her eagerly anticipated accessories collection at H&M. Bound to be coveted by Doha’s fashionistas, it’s a combination of colourful, flamboyant and extravagant. e City ha Th tal Do n Personally, I have my eye on the e n i t Con t Inter over-the-knee leather boots! Nai a Sadly, this will be my last column for Ohlala! and I want to thank the magazine and all the readers for giving me the opportunity to share my comings and goings in the wonderful city of Doha. Life has become so full that I’ve decided it’s time to take some time out. I’ll still be in Doha on and off so be sure to say hi if you The n ew Ja zz Clu pass me by; keep smiling, b at S t. Reg is keep shopping and enjoy autumn!

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Think About Pink

As October marks Breast Cancer Awareness month, we highlight the institutions that are doing their utmost to help combat the disease. We also bring you the story of Abbie, a young woman who is currently undergoing breast cancer treatment. Her ordeal has taught her to find meaning in the little things and through her story, plans to bring hope to thousands.


eing diagnosed with breast cancer is fraught with challenges for any woman. All of a sudden, one is faced with a number of decisions to make — about treatment, follow-up care, and probably the most difficult — the management of side effects. All of these can be daunting, and coping with the emotional and psychological stress accompanying a potentially life-threatening disease can be very difficult. Although a diagnosis of breast cancer is less frequent in younger women, even teenagers are now being reported as sufferers of the disease. Abbie, whom we interviewed, is only in her mid-30s — proof that the misconception that breast cancer is an old person’s disease is simply untrue.

Abbie’s Story Speaking to us with approachable candour, Abbie relays that on the evening of March 28 this year, she started feeling sharp pains on her right breast. She examined herself, felt a hard lump, so she immediately booked an appointment to see a doctor the very next day. On April 12, after a series of check-ups and a biopsy, the doctor

delivered the news — she had Stage Two breast cancer. Abbie was understandably shocked and left questioning how such a diagnosis could occur. Even more difficult, she wasn’t sure how she would break the news to her family. That day, when the doctor asked the nurse to leave the room and shut the door so he could tell her the news in private, Abbie said she felt the world around her collapse. “I felt my soul leave my body. I was extremely shaken and terrified. My family and I were shocked, scared and very sad, but they quickly showed a lot of support and encouragement to get through this nightmare.” The diagnosis led to a string of decisions. First, she was given two treatment options to remove the tumour found on her right breast: a lumpectomy or a mastectomy. “I decided to have a lumpectomy as it was in the early stage. I thank God that it hasn’t spread,” she tells us. She underwent surgery followed by six sessions of chemotherapy. Losing her mother to cervical cancer ten years prior, Abbie says that one will never fully understand cancer unless you personally experience it. So we ask her how she coped during her treatments: “It has been extremely exhausting and difficult. It just sucks the life 33

THE CAUSE “When it comes to breast cancer you are not alone, and scary though it is, there’s a network of amazing women who are willing to help you through it.” out of you. But with the love and support of my family and friends I am making it through. There are times when I even forget that I am sick.” Throughout everything that she has so far experienced, Abbie says that apart from the unending support that friends and family provide, she stresses that it’s extremely important to have an open and honest doctor-patient communication. Getting in contact with support groups also meant that Abbie was guided in the right direction as far as understanding her condition was concerned. Her faith in God, and a positive outlook has let Abbie weather through the most turbulent times in her life. “I definitely appreciate life more now. To anyone who’s going through breast cancer, or any cancer for that matter, I say ‘Fight the disease, don’t let it fight you’. Ask questions and ask for help. Surround yourself with positive people and laugh, laugh, laugh,” she advises. Abbie continues to follow a healthy lifestyle — eating a wellbalanced and nutritious diet and exercising regularly. Now one month after her very last chemotherapy treatment, she may still need to go for some more tests, but Abbie says she is definitely feeling stronger every day. It is worthwhile to note that when it comes to breast cancer you are not alone, and scary though it is, there’s a network of amazing women who are willing to help you through it. Rethinking Breast Cancer

Think Pink Qatar Founded in 2006 by Karen and Shadi Al Kharouf and currently supported by local sponsors and over 2,000 volunteers, Think Pink Qatar is a Charity dedicated to raising awareness about breast cancer in the State of Qatar. Forming partnerships with other organisations, both from the government and non-government sectors, they help promote and encourage healthy living and provide support to organisations through events planning, educational resources and financial support to registered charities within Qatar. They also partner with those who share their vision to help those in the fight against Breast Cancer through funding of cancer treatments, awareness campaigns and research. Dedicated to meeting the needs of the general public in Qatar and help raise awareness about the disease, TPQ aims that with this awareness they can aid in the prevention, early detection, and treatment of breast cancer; acting as a liaison providing resources and support to women throughout the country by connecting them with essential resources that will lead to proper medical treatment, support, and humanitarian services — ensuring each woman is treated with the utmost respect and dignity regardless of race, creed, nationality, or position. Think Pink Qatar Events this October: 11 - Decorate your Bra Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness; starts 8pm Email: 12 - ‘Tour de Pink’ Think Pink Qatar Bicycle Ride; starts 6pm From Doha Golf Club Qatar to Al Khor Community Centre; Registration Fee - QR100 Email:

Helpful Information Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) HMC is the premier non-profit healthcare provider in Qatar. With state-of-the-art medical facilities, HMC currently manages several specialised hospitals: Hamad General Hospital, Rumailah Hospital, National Centre for Cancer Care & Research, Al Khor Hospital, Heart Hospital, Al Wakra Hospital and Cuban Hospital. A new cutting edge 34

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Women’s Hospital is being developed in Hamad Medical City and is scheduled to open in 2013. Tel. +974 4439 4444

National Centre for Cancer Care & Research (NCCCR) NCCCR provides first class diagnostic and treatment services for cancer patients. Established in 2004, the 46-bed facility offers the most advanced medical oncology, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, pain management and specialist laboratory services. With the installation of two linear accelerators, cancer patients in Qatar now have access to the latest and most technologically advanced radiotherapy treatments. Tel. (+974) 4439 7800; 01 & 02 or visit Al Ahli Hospital The 250-bed private general hospital provides five-star healthcare services in a relaxing environment, a hospital that would make you feel like you are in a luxurious hotel. Al Ahli Hospital's adheres to the highest international standards for the provision of health and medical services. Tel. +974 489 8426

Doha Clinic Hospital Doha Clinic Hospital, the first fully-integrated private hospital to open in Qatar, offers first-class medical care. The 80-bed multispeciality private medical centre has well qualified and experienced medical staff. Their out-patient facilities are highly recommended, whilst their new inpatient department contains the most up-to-date equipment with five-star facilities. Tel. +974 438 4333

Hayat Cancer Support Group (HCSG) HCSG is a non-government organisation that provides cancer support to communities in Qatar. Their mission is to support cancer patients (past, present and future); to raise awareness, remove stigmas, and give hope; and encourage regular screening tests for early detection and treatment. The organisation is made up of cancer survivors and their relatives — who are not only Qatari but of different nationalities as well. Tel. +974 6653 7872 or email: Carolina Herrera and Faces Join Forces with Think Pink Carolina Herrera and Faces have partnered with Breast Cancer charities throughout the region and locally, they have linked up with Qatar National Cancer Society on behalf of Think Pink Qatar. To raise funds against Breast Cancer, Carolina Herrera has created a Limited Edition fragrance, CH Pink LOVE, which will be sold from October 2012, and for each fragrance sold, Faces and Carolina Herrera will be donating ten per cent to the chosen charity. CH Pink LOVE takes inspiration from one of most powerful drivers in life: Universal love. As every year, the fragrance will include an informational pamphlet that shows how to do preventive self-exam.

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Jazz Capital of the Middle East?

Ten years ago it would have been unthinkable, but with one of the world’s longest established and best known jazz clubs opening its second home in Doha, the title ‘jazz capital of the Middle East’ is now a real possibility. Josie Hill explores… 36

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“Jazz music is born from a mix of cultures, and comes from the rhythm and experiences of people from all around the globe. Every performance creates a community, the musicians with each other and the audience sharing something unique.”

“We are going to play our hearts out and see what happens.”


op class jazz performers will be heading to Doha over the coming months as the St Regis Hotel’s brand new Jazz at the Lincoln Center JALC venue is now open for business, with a rich and varied program of jazz delights for aficionados and newcomers alike. It is a first on many counts — for the hotel which itself only opened in March this year; for the music club, which has hosted nights in other big cities but never set up home anywhere outside New York before; and for the musicians whose task it is to launch the venue and sow the seeds for a new tradition of jazz music in Qatar. Paving the way for the first performance by the Afro-Cuban jazz duo the Rodriguez Brothers, vice president of JALC Amy Knapp tells us, “This is the first Lincoln Center venue outside of the original one in New York. Opening this center enables us to extend the message of jazz further. Music is a way to bring people together. “Jazz music is born from a mix of cultures, and comes from the rhythm and experiences of people from all around the globe. Every performance creates a community, the musicians with each other and the audience sharing something unique. “It may seem strange that we have chosen Doha as our second home, but that answer is, we came here because we were asked. We could not have done it without the support of (St Regis Doha’s owner) Mr Alfardan, who shares a love of jazz and our vision of music as a common ground.” The relationship between the New York St Regis and JALC in the hotel’s rooftop ballroom goes back over a century. Great names like Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck and Dizzy Gillespie made a name for themselves at the club and created a jazz legacy, which brought the new sound to new audiences. A century on and it looks like the JALC brand is about to go global, with the move to Doha representing the first of several JALC’s in St Regis hotels globally. Half Cuban, half Ecuadorian and brought up in Miami, Florida the Rodriguez Brothers had the honour of entertaining the new club’s first guests on September 24, for the start of two week-long shows: ‘What is Jazz?’ followed by ‘What is Afro-Cuban Jazz?’. Pianist Robert Rodriguez says, “We are going to be playing many things from the three records and we are going to try out some new compositions. It will be interesting, as we don’t know what to expect from audiences (in the Middle East). So we are going to play our hearts out and see what happens.” Hot on the Rodriguez Brothers heels, star performer and ninetime Grammy Award winner Wynton Marsalis with the Wynton Marsalis Quintet will be wowing audiences at the official grand opening on October 4, ahead of other international artists including Myron Walden Momentum, the Eric Reed Quintet and the Aaron Diehl Quintet. Alongside the program of two-week long shows there will be bi-weekly jazz talks on topics such as ‘How to Listen to Jazz’, ‘Global Influences on Jazz’ and ‘Melodies of Miles Davis’. As jazz clubs are relatively thin on the ground in the region, such high profile musicians are expected to generate interest from audiences not just in Doha but further afield.


Woman in Power “My mother is American and my father is Qatari, and I married a Qatari, so I am Qatari whether you like it or not. I consider myself best of both worlds.�

Taken aback? You should be Taking off her long, elegant and above all modest abaya, Eman Amnah Al-Mushiri reveals that appearances are not always what they seem, as Josie Hill finds out when she steps inside this fashion and beauty entrepreneur's brand new business in Doha. 38

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porting lilac hair, hot pink lips, and jeans, the 31-year-old owner of the newly opened Lucia's Fashion Lounge admits: "People are taken aback some times by my appearance. People come here looking for a Qatari looking woman. And then they find me, "says the 31-year-old founder and owner of Lucia Fashion Lounge. "My mother is American and my father is Qatari, and I married a Qatari, so I am Qatari whether you like it or not," she adds, "I consider myself best of both worlds." And being the best of both worlds, Eman certainly brings a different perspective and fresh approach to doing business in Qatar, which she hopes will encourage other Qatari women to go out and make their mark on the world. With a clear flair for design and fashion, Eman admits that she actually didn't have a clue what she wanted to do when she left school, which is perhaps also part of her raison d'etre now. She explains: "Did you know that 98 percent of people graduate high school not knowing what they want to do, that's globally... I applied to Weill Cornell Medical College to become a doctor but my dad stopped me and said, ‘Is that what you really want to do, study for your whole life?’ And I knew I had an artistic side, I was always fixing things in my parent’s house, so I got into interior design and I loved it." Eman went on to graduate with a degree in Interior Design at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, then went on to study Nutrition and Health at Phoenix University in the US, before returning to Qatar where she became the first Qatari to graduate with a diploma in hair dressing from the newly established Qatar International Beauty Academy, Tajmeel. Although it may seem a circuitous approach to opening up a fashion business in Qatar, Eman is clearly now drawing on her knowledge, her multi-disciplined education, her multicultural upbringing and her life experiences, and injecting them with passion into her business. "Lucia is not just a beauty salon," she says. "Lucia Fashion Lounge is just the HQ, so as well as the hair and beauty side of it, we have a photography studio, so you can come and get made up, get your hair done, have a treatment and try on a new abaya, then get your photos taken, and make a day of it. "We also have a talent agency, to help young Qataris follow their dreams. We gather the gifted and we try to grow their talent. For example, we have one boy who joined the agency and he wants to be a chef, and I told him you need to be a waiter first, to learn how to serve the food, then work in the kitchen, washing up, then chopping onions and its only when you have worked your way through all those jobs that you can learn to cook the food properly." Together with the talent agency Eman has also started a model agency, the first of its kind in Qatar, to teach young women about the industry and explain that it takes more than just a pretty face to

make it to the top. Reflecting on some of the social and cultural barriers to getting young Qataris into the work force, and into jobs they wouldn’t have dreamed of doing a few years ago, Eman says, “I try to break down traditions and remould them into something else. How people viewed hair dressing was that it was a low-class job.” Eman also has a lot of praise for His Excellency Shaikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani and Her Excellency Shaikha Moza bint Nasr Al-Misnad for helping to open up education, bringing in foreign universities and opening institutions like Tajmeel. "They’ve tried to rewrite what people consider to be low class or unacceptable professions," she says. “They’ve also attempted to inspire women to be part of this country. “And I am proud to break tradition also. I want to show that as a woman and a citizen you can do whatever you want and still be powerful and respected. In Qatar the male has always been classed as the dominant person in society. But a man cannot be successful without a woman behind him.” At just 31, and as mother of three children, it is amazing Eman has found the time to set up the business, but she has, and in just one year, she has turned it from a hair salon into what it is today. Lucia Fashion Lounge itself, sits in a spacious, specially adapted villa in the vegetable market area of Doha, and features no fewer than seven rooms for all your needs: hair, makeup, photography studio, coffee lounge, manicure and pedicure, massage, and a changing room. The building is also currently home to a collection of abayas by two independent designers, and soon to be home to Eman’s own collection of fashion conscious travel-wear for the modern Muslim woman to cover up in style. As for future? Expect to see Lucia’s own range of health drinks coming soon, more fashion, and much more talent emerge through these doors.


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French film star Julie Delpy’s new film, Two Days in New York, has just been released on Blu Ray and DVD. Ben Whittaker caught up with the Oscar-nominated actress to discover how she fared as director, co-writer and one of the leads in this comedy sequel. Ohlala! I October 2012 I

ulie Delpy has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in cinema. Now 42, she has worked with some of the leading lights in both Europe and the US, including her acclaimed collaborations with Ethan Hawke and director Richard Linklater. The only child of a theatre director father and an actress mother, Delpy was exposed to the business from a very early age. “My parents have been really s u p p o r t i v e throughout my career and they raised me to appreciate and love art and museums. I was exposed to the works of great filmmakers such as Ingmar Bergman as a child and it provided me with an essential grounding and a great platform for my later involvement with film. It was a great childhood and one I still look back on fondly.” However, it hasn’t always been easy for the Parisian girl who has been plagued by health problems since her childhood although this is not something she talks about openly. An accomplished actress, she is also a talented musician, writer (she was nominated for an Oscar as co-writer on Before Sunset) and director. Her latest film Two Days in New York, is a sequel to her 2007 film Two Days in Paris and is a project which she is intimately involved with. “I co-wrote the script with Alexia Landeau as well as directing and starring in it so it was a very important project for me. Not that I subscribe to the blame game but if you’re an actor and a film doesn’t turn out the way you expected you can blame the director. Equally, if you’re a director and the film doesn’t work out well you can blame the stars and if you’re a writer you can probably blame them both for not translating your vision to the screen! I was all three so there was nowhere to hide,” Delpy explains. In the film she plays Parisian Marion, living in New York with her son to be closer to Jack, the boy’s father (Marion’s ex-boyfriend from Two Days in Paris. She and her new boyfriend Mingus have a comfortable relationship until Marion’s father, sister and sister’s boyfriend arrive on vacation. The two days they spend together as a group form the basis of the movie and open the door to “unwitting racism and sexual frankness”, with no one left unscathed. Her co-star on the movie was American comedian Chris Rock who was someone she always had in mind for the role. “I wrote the script with Chris in mind but I wasn’t sure he would accept. I had met him only once — at the Oscars the year I was

nominated when he was hosting — but I approached his agent with the idea and eventually he agreed. “It was a pretty hectic period for me because I had a young baby (her son Leo is now three and half) and like a lot of women after pregnancy, you often run the risk of post natal depression. In fact my choice was very clear: depression or production. Fortunately, I chose production but it was certainly not a forgone conclusion to start with. “When you are involved in any aspect of a film you become intimately attached, you can’t help it. Movie-making is all about the creative process so it is difficult to detach. I try to separate myself from it afterwards — partly because you need to keep moving and evolving in this business and partly because if you dwell too long on something it can become an obsession.” As you might imagine from its title, Two Days in New York was filmed completely in the Big Apple but even this wasn’t without its complications. “I love New York. It’s vibrant and busy and there is always something going on. But for a filmmaker, this can be a curse as well as a blessing. We filmed every element of the movie there — even down to the interiors — and the thing that stood out most for me was just how noisy the place is! That was one of my biggest challenges.” The film has been well received by critics so how important is their reaction to her?

“When you are involved in any aspect of a film you become intimately attached, you can’t help it. Moviemaking is all about the creative process so it is difficult to detach.” “Of course, it’s important because what they say can have a financial impact on a film and no matter how much we want to talk up the virtues of the creative process, let’s not forget the movie business is just that — a business. I generally expect the worst and that way I limit the disappointment. “However, as an artist, when you invest so much of yourself into a project you can’t help but be a little hurt if people react badly to what you have done. Plus, when you are an actor you complete your scenes and then walk away from a film when, for the director, the real hard work begins as you try to piece everything together. You are with the film more often and for much longer so it is a very intimate experience.” And does she feel she has achieved what she set out to do? “I think so…I hope so,” she smiles. “I wanted to make a film that mixes very real characters in a comedic situation, to highlight the cultural differences. I like humour that mixes politics and sex and gets under the skin of a subject. “Comedy is a difficult medium to work in — perhaps the hardest of all genres because it isn’t easy making people laugh.” So how does she feel the industry has changed while she has been directly involved with it? “A lot has changed — especially in America. There is certainly less money in Hollywood these days. The real funding, for Indie films at least, is in Europe now. Trying to make an independent film in the US — unless you can get it done for under $500,000 — is pretty much impossible. “The competition from quality television as well as the internet and video on demand have all helped to reshape the industry. But then if we didn’t have challenges like these we’d still be making silent movies!” Two Days in New York is out now on Blu Ray, DVD and iTunes.


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Waves Music

Best known for her musical collaborations with Edward Maya, DJ Vika Jigulina has been making waves of her own in the Middle East with her recent tour. Ohlala! catches up with her for a Q&A session.


omanian beauty DJ Vika Jigulina is a talented singer, DJ and music producer, whose enchanting voice can be heard on Stereo Love, which won the Billboard Music Awards 2011 for the Top Dance Song. With many musical mixes under her belt, it’s her drive and ambition, which has brought her success. With a passion for fashion as well as music, DJ Vika is somewhat of style icon in the industry, known for her casual chic looks, and as such, has also featured in official music videos. With such determination and an enchanting voice to match, we’re looking forward to her next big hit. What did you aspire to be as a little girl and why? Vika Jigulina. It was always my dream to become an international artist. What attracted you to this type of career? VJ. Music, which is my love. Finish this sentence. Music is… VJ. My life.

How did you manage to break into a predominately male industry? VJ. Determination. It was my ambition to succeed.

What messages do you want your music to convey? VJ. All my songs and the lyrics convey messages related to love, family and constructive life values. I create music to make the world better.

What was it like collaborating with Edward Maya? Can you tell us more about the inspiration behind Stereo Love. VJ. Edward Maya is the best producer/singer/DJ in the world! It was an exceptional collaboration — a moment of inspiration. We composed Stereo Love in the studio stepby-step, being inspired by our love for music and people.

What instruments do you play? VJ. I graduated from the National Music High School where I learnt to play the guitar and piano. Any time for love in your life? VJ. At all times I know how to manage my life in such a way that love doesn’t interfere with my career. 42

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Who is your favourite fashion designer and why? VJ. Laura Lazar, who is Romanian, is my favorite fashion designer.

What is your favourite trend this season? VJ. My style is to always feel comfortable and chic. I like to blend casual with classy. What’s the best piece of advice you have ever been given? VJ. To follow my heart. What’s the best piece of advice you can offer to women? VJ. To trust themselves no matter what. What are your aspirations for the future? VJ. To achieve another Billboard Music Award.


Sibilla wears a dress by Alberta Ferretti & shoes by Rene Caovilla. Ali wears trousers, shirt & jacket by Etro with shoes & belt by Salvatore Ferragamo


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Make a statement this season in bold, chic looks from the stunning Autumn Winter collections of United Fashion Company, The Pearl-Qatar.

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The 'Brigitte Bardot' by Lancel.


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Backstage We take you behind-the-scenes of our signature fashion shoot with United Fashion Company at Megu, The Pearl-Qatar.


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Bespoke Elaborate and luxurious Bina Goenka jewellery designs are born from a desire to craft unique and timeless pieces. Ohlala! sits down with the talented woman behind the exquisite creations. 58

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In what ways are you a creative person? Bina Goenka. It took me a long time to embrace my creative talent and realise that I could make a profession out of it. Initially, my skills and talents were similar to those of my parents and other family members — all of whom are lawyers, and so it seemed natural for me to pursue law as a profession. It was only post wedlock that my creativity had a chance to materialise, even in the smallest ways. For instance, I started designing clothes, even small pieces of jewellery from home. My family would ask me to host festivals and events on our behalf, as they knew that my eyes were trained to put something beautiful together. After my children left India to pursue their education, I started thinking about my professional ambitions, and found myself excited and eager to design and create, as opposed to practice law. As a result, I tried my hand at jewellery designing, and before long, I was designing for a luxury brand, and then my own — Bina Goenka. Creativity is a flexible talent, with many applications. If you are creative, you are creative in every possible way; it’s simply the degree of creativity that varies. I can apply my creativity to any field, whether it’s jewellery, designing houses, buildings, or even writing a book. Why choose jewellery design? BG. While growing up, I always had an eye for objects that stood out of the ordinary. This applied to anything from jewellery to clothes and even to food. However, I constantly noticed a deficit for jewellery that was any different to what was being sold in the shop next door. I also found that the jewellery that was available was very two-dimensional, created to quantify gold usage and to complement the Indian garment, as opposed to being a piece of its own. This set me on a path to create something original, beautifully artistic and yet easily wearable. How has your culture influenced your designs? BG. Culture plays a key part in structuring my designs, as from my experience of wearing jewellery, I knew the aspects that worked and the ones that didn’t. For instance, Indian women are tagged as wearers of heavy jewellery, and yet I knew that while pieces must look elaborate, they should be a pleasure to adorn rather than a palpable pain. As a result, I knew that my pieces needed to be feather-light, however ‘heavy’ they may look, and accordingly I use the latest technology in order to ensure this.


FASHION From where do you draw your inspiration? BG. Everything inspires me. I could walk out of my house today, and find an abundance of inspiration by the time I have reached the end of my street. Random images, which cross my mind are captured and integrated into designs. My inspiration has always been the magnanimous glory of nature in sync with the abstract renditions of geometry, and the wonder created by the amalgamation of the two. Historically renowned craftsmen and designers such as Coco Chanel, Alexander McQueen and Graff have always been market leaders in their field, and thus will always be an inspiration for me. It is what you learn from the grand masters trade that you must treasure the most. Their stories, their work — I research it all! For the majority of the masters, their designs rise from their need of diversity, which is common to my work. The brand is said to be synonymous with luxury, beauty, exquisite craftsmanship and quality, can you explain why? BG. Every Bina Goenka piece is bespoke, with a signature trademark of being synonymous with luxury, timelessness and authenticity. My jewellery is eclectic, beautifully artistic and yet easily wearable. It’s the master of luxury, and yet the essence of contemporary elegance. The only rule that I maintain is to continually raise the bar in terms of the superlative best in the quality of raw materials, finish and design detail. Where design is concerned — the sky is the limit — we allow our imagination to take wings to an infinite extent. Can you explain how your designs can be considered timeless, enabling them to be passed down from generation to generation? BG. All Bina Goenka designs are timeless, as they are created to be so. Each piece is born to forever complement a woman’s closet, regardless of seasonal trends. It is the perfect partner for the versatile woman who herself evolves with time, while retaining a classic feel. My challenge is to anticipate her next desire and to cater to it, therefore carrying my own creations forward into timelessness. Do you have a favourite piece? BG. Each and every piece of jewellery that I design and create is like an offspring of my passion. I render all my creations with the same amount of passion and love. Hence, each and every piece, however big or small is special to me.

Which celebrities wear your pieces? BG. Bina Goenka is worn by everyone, from politicians to socialites to celebrities and even cricketers! The brand has found its niche in each customer base, and strives to grow this niche with each upcoming range of designs. My list of high profile clients starts from Bollywood stars such as Sonali Bendre to designers such as Suzanne Roshan. I have designed for cricketers such as Yuvraj Singh and Kevin Pietersen, and ultra high net worth individuals and Indian industrialists such as Rajashree Birla.


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Who do you design for? BG. Initially, I started with the incentive of putting my modern vision onto the typical woman who was able to see this vision through my eyes. My first sale conquered this, eliminating the need to see my designs on a specific persona as this had been achieved. I now design to cater to a larger sphere of the market, creating a ‘by appointment’ service for those seeking further exclusivity, and a more affordable range for those who would still like to be a part of the Bina Goenka family. What type of woman buys Bina Goenka? BG. My client is a particular woman with a specific kind of personality. She is supremely confident, she is a trendsetter. She exudes the essence of contemporary elegance whilst retaining a timeless and classic feel. She is my muse and hence an inspiration.

How do you set about making each piece unique? BG. Bina Goenka pieces use 18-karat gold and precious stones. The factor that distinguishes me from other designers that utilise the same products is my experimentation with these materials. It is an absolute challenge to constantly revamp the same metal, but a challenge that has become a pleasure for me. The stones I choose are sourced from all over the world, and the ones I pick for each piece are completely dependent on what I feel will work for that particular design. As for design, that in itself makes my pieces interesting and unique. Each design tells its own story that can be followed through from consumer to connoisseur alike. Further, the Indian market boasted uniformity and lacked flamboyance. This set me on a path to bring complete flamboyance to a very classic state of making jewellery.

Why will your designs appeal to women in the Middle Eastern region? BG. The Middle East is characterised by a classical culture juxtaposed against an increasingly modern environment. This contrast is mirrored by the design and modern technique that characterise my pieces. The appeal for Bina Goenka pieces is particularly high amongst Middle Eastern consumers due to our basic philosophy of exclusivity, bespoke design, and a contemporary, futuristic look, all of which are the epitome of what the Middle Eastern woman is seeking. Furthermore, the pristine quality of gold and diamonds utilised bridge the gap between fashion and investment, making Bina Goenka jewellery art to be invested in. Today, with fashion standing as a prominent factor within the Middle Eastern woman’s psyche, the Bina Goenka brand has mastered the art of catering to these needs, while making pieces a lucrative investment. My jewellery is as abstract as art, incorporating the understanding of size, weight, design and texture, while being the ultimate compliment to any outfit one may choose to wear.

What are you plans for the region? BG. As part of our expansion plans, Bina Goenka envisions a 2013 launch in the Middle East, where we would like to set up a combination of concession and stand alone boutiques. Currently, Bina Goenka pieces are available at the flagship store, located in the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Mumbai. Additionally, we will soon be launching in the UK. Can you explain more about you 'by appointment only services'? BG. Up to this stage, there has been a dual process in place wherein we have a vast patronage of clients from the Middle East who have visited our flagship store in Mumbai and consequently on the back of this, the demand for private viewings and exhibitions has excelled in these regions. My designs have always been characterised by exclusivity, and my ‘by appointment’ service only furthers this trait. Every client is important to me and I want to design the perfect piece for each one’s requirements. I therefore decided that I would personally extend my gratitude for their respect for my work by offering these services in their region, as a prelude to my permanent presence in the Middle Eastern market. Is there anything you would like to add? BG. I am achieving and yet to achieve more. I’m still a learner and I will learn till the day I go.


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Beauty Buzz Au Naturel

No-one will know you’re wearing it. Yes, it’s the best thing about Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation SPF 15. Unlike most long-wearing foundations that look cakey or mask-like, this unique formula looks completely natural. Perfect for the region’s warm, humid climate, you can pair it with any of their oil-free moisturisers for fresh and flawless looking skin from morning to night.

Unravel the magic of the desert with this exciting new fragrance.

Sensual Harmonies

As part of its Mille et Une Nuits collection, Giorgio Armani presents its new limited edition haute couture fragrance, Rose d’Arabie L’Or du Désert. With Damascus rose, saffron, patchouli and dark woods at its heart, the sensual harmonies of golden amber leave a delicious trail on the skin, like a mist of fine gold reminiscent of the bewitching and beguiling lament of the desert.

The Poutess

Want fabulous-looking lips? No, we’re not talking Botox here! We’re raving about Clinique’s new multitasking, moisturising, colourful lip crayons. With eight new mouthwatering hues, the Lip Colour Balms contain a highly moisturising formula of decadent butters, oils and antioxidants to help protect and pamper lips.

Crowning Glory

The Gulf ’s weather may spell trouble for your otherwise healthy-looking locks. Fret not as Molton Brown has unveiled its brand new haircare collection. The eleven-piece range is the answer to all common hair issues: from flat, lacklustre hair to chemically-coloured, or over heat-styled, straw-like tresses — each formula targets a specific problem and helps to make bad hair days a thing of the past.


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Let’s Do the Black Tango

Bold, confident and sophisticated are what best embodies this fall’s makeup range from MAKE UP FOR EVER — the Black Tango collection. Inspired by Tango dancers known for their femininity and artistic elegance, the collection includes four new Aqua Creams in a stylish and feminine limited edition eyeshadow palette, three limited edition matching sensual nail polishes, and a waterproof lipstick with an incredible and glamorous shine.



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Ohlala! goes behindthe-scenes at the Chanel Fall-Winter Ready-toWear Show as Creative Director of Chanel Makeup, Peter Philips shares his inspiration.

Creative Director of Chanel Makeup Peter Philips: The inspiration for the makeup look came from a few key words and a sketch that Karl Lagerfeld provided: minerals, shading and eyebrows were the key words and the sketch showed a face with stone-lined eyebrows. So the focus is on the eyebrows, which led me to interpret Karl's drawing and the "mineral" emphasis by creating straight, graphic eyebrows. I worked with the Maison Lesage to create sets of embroidered eyebrows. Each eyebrow consists of an anthracite gray sequins and pearl base, embroidered with several sorts and shades of mineral stones and crystals. For the makeup in general, I wanted a matte finished skin and used Chanel’s Mat Lumière foundation. The shading and sculpting of the face was achieved with Ombre Contraste, a compact specially created for this show. The compact powder is a lavender/taupe coloured shade called Notorious that I applied to the eyelids and then straight down on the side of the face, in a contouring style. The rest of the face I kept nude, so as to keep the focus on the eyebrows. For the nails I chose the new shade of Le Vernis called Frenzy (2012 Fall Collection), which is totally colour coordinated with Notorious.



Turning Negative Experiences into Positive Actions Staying focused on achieving your fitness goals can be more of a battle of wills. Craig Bunting shares his tips on how to get fit and keep stress at bay.


or most people, the levels of frustration that they feel and complain about can get the better of them. It doesn’t matter if it’s the amount of traffic on the roads, the pressures at work, or the inability of the multi-cultural population to communicate effectively; these things can stress you out. But instead of letting the situation get the better of you, why don’t you turn that negative into something positive: Do some exercise. For example, last night, I was letting a lot of stressful situations frustrate me, and I was getting no further ahead. But instead of letting it get me down, I decided to go for a swim, clear my head, and get a bit of exercise at the same time. It was the perfect cure. I felt much more relaxed after my swim, I accomplished more in the half hour before bed, than I did in the two hours before the exercise. Many people can relate to that kind of day, most of whom have access to swimming pools and fitness facilities where they can go and do something productive; decreasing stress and improving their health at the same time. 68

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“If you want to be a happier healthier person, don’t let a bad day put you off.” Here are our Top Three things to help you on your way: 1. Never, ever EVER give up

2. Do something productive every day. It doesn’t matter if you do 15 minutes of stretching on your bedroom floor, or a bodyweight circuit in your living room. It will help enormously.

3. Get up 20 minutes earlier, or go to bed 20 minutes later to do some form of stretching or yoga. It will aid relaxation, enabling you to focus and also sleep more peacefully; and we all know how important sleep is to staying happy and healthy. Don’t let a bad day put you off your exercise, and avoid overindulging to make yourself feel better. Instead, take yourself to a place where you’re happy, switch your iPod on and hit the gym. Sit on the bike, walk on the treadmill, or do some resistance training. You’ll feel better for it, and you’ll get that endorphin release, which will give you a bit of a buzz. Most importantly, it will help you burn off excess adrenaline from stress and help you unwind. So take our advice and turn your negative experiences into positive actions. Follow our Top Three Tips on how to get things done whilst helping you relax, and we guarantee that it will make a world of difference.





Considered as the food centre of the house, it also serves as a focal point in many a family’s memorable moments. Interior designer expert, Georges Karam offers some tips on how to transform an integral part of your home — the Co-written by Jenda Dagami, GK&Partners kitchen.


he kitchen can be one of the most technical home projects to undertake and usually requires qualified, professional advice. It is and always will be the heart of the home. It is often part of the family's activities and has to endure the most traffic, as family members come and go to cook and eat. It is a place for all the senses — the food centre of the house. Designing a kitchen well means making the area look pleasant and work efficiently. Bear in mind that in the Gulf region there is often an 70

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outside kitchen for the heavy cooking, so the inner kitchen becomes more of a meeting point for the whole family, especially if there is a dining table, or a dedicated space for breakfast, lunch and dinner. When choosing a design that’s right for you, consider your needs first. Do you own lots of cooking utensils and high tech machines and need a place to store all your goodies? Would an island become a catch all, or would it be a great place to prepare a meal? Would a window be pleasant for extra light, or the serenity it would provide?

“The kitchen is, and always will be, the heart of the home.”

Since the kitchen is the most functional area in the house, it requires excellent lighting. The most effective of which involves two layers blended together: task and ambient, or decorative lighting. The end result: a warm and inviting environment that works with other design elements. As a hub for any home, the flooring has much to endure and needs to withstand constant traffic. Make a style statement by using either wood, ceramic tiles, or stone. For a more striking effect, why not try the raw, polished tinted concrete? The cabinet style can also make a big impact. If you want to have a contemporary look, try the simple smooth white cabinets that lean towards a loft appearance in glossy or satin finish, or with wood shaker style doors. If you want a traditional look, raised panel doors will achieve it in oak, cherry, or walnut. Wood cabinets are reminiscent of old country homes. Many kitchen companies have a large variety of models you can choose from. The colour scheme in the kitchen keeps the room alive. It’s best to avoid using bold colours since the bright lights and bustle of activity already provides ample energy in the room. More often a neutral base colour is best used with bold accents. All of the colours will need to work in harmony — from the cabinetry and counters, to the flooring, trim and wall shades. The very best kitchen designs offer efficiency and function along with visual appeal and spaciousness. When all these elements work together, you’ll find the end result satisfying and you’ll be able to truly enjoy your kitchen for years to come.

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



Diva Drives

A fantastic family car with plenty of technologically advanced features and enough kick and punch to keep the adventurous drivers excited too! Images by George Mathew

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BMW X3 xDrive35i


smaller sibling of the popular X6 and X5, the 2013 model of the X3 has been totally redesigned — with great results! The exterior is sporty and at the same elegant, reflecting the X-series’ modern urban design language. Of course the X3 comes packed with the latest in automotive innovations and technological developments, which BMW are known for. On entering the car you are greeted with contemporary high quality interiors. The X3 has been ergonomically designed to guarantee maximum comfort for both the driver and four passengers in an aesthetically pleasant driving environment. Technology dominates the styling of the console and the BMW’s ConnectedDrive interface with the 8.8 inch high-resolution monitor (largest in it’s segment) works well for controlling all of the X3’s systems. Among the many safety systems the standard equipment inside the new BMW X3 include front, side and curtain head airbags that protect both the driver and the passengers from injury. Also standard are belt latch tensioners and belt force limiters for the front seats. The ISOFIX child seat attachment system, as well as the option of deactivating the front passenger airbag allowing you to put the child seat at the front, make the X3 a great choice for families with small children. The restraint systems are controlled by the central safety electronics, which take into account the type and severity of an accident to trigger the most effective protective features in each case. Very practical also is the reverse camera with the top view — making parking the car a dream in the often cramped car parks of the malls. The drive is wonderful as the car is delightfully nimble and responsive with excellent road grip. Powered by the BMW TwinPower Turbo technology direct injection six-cylinder engine with 306 horsepower, capable of sprinting the car from zero to 100 kilometres per hour in just 5.7 seconds. Precise steering and handling allow drivers to enjoy themselves regardless of road conditions and the X3 is not just a convenient city car but manages just fine in shifty sands of the desert too! The car comes with the Auto Start and Stop technology, which if you’re not used to it, might feel a bit strange at first but you get used to it very quickly and it doesn’t hinder the driving pleasure in any way. Actually it makes you feel good since you are saving petrol (and money!) and contributing towards greener environment as well. As it is, the X3 is definitely one of the most appealing smaller size luxury crossover cars in the market at the moment. And despite being considered “small”, the current model is actually more or less the same size as the previous generation X5. It is very sporty with poised handling and smooth drive that you would expect from a sporty BMW sedan rather than a SUV. The X3 is a superb car for a family, with ample space in the cabin as well as the boot, plenty of advanced features and the efficient engine making it enjoyable ride for everyone. We like!



Eid Breaks Longing for a short break? The Eid al-Adha festival may be your best opportunity for a quick escape this month. These easy-to-reach travel destinations have so much to see and do that you might even think twice about leaving!

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hlala! will arm you with enough knowledge to take advantage of every minute of your holiday, so you can fully discover the country’s best

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Oman has become the Middle East’s adventure hub. Authentic, wild and brimming with mountain and desert activities, Oman has so much to offer travellers. The country is endowed with many natural wonders and attractions including nature reserves, mountains and caves, beaches, water springs, lagoons and so much more.

What to do & where Muscat: There is plenty to see in the capital but you can start with a visit to the Grand Mosque or stroll along Mutrah harbour. You can also head to the Bait al-Zubair Museum, or The Royal Opera House. Musandam Peninsula: A beautiful enclave separated from the rest of Oman. Dhow cruises along its coast are popular; it’s also a renowned diving spot. Salalah: With a sub-tropical and more laid-back feel, explore the deserted beaches to truly feel that you’re on an exotic holiday.


Good To Know Most travellers can get a tourist visa upon arrival at the airport but do check this against a list on the Oman Tourism website below. Also, some holders of residence/ work permits from within the GCC can obtain a visa when entering from one of the land ports; otherwise, all visitors to Oman must obtain a visitor visa prior to arrival. Apart from the national carrier,

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Oman Air, many airlines operate direct flights to Muscat International Airport.; www.omanair. com


It’s where the West shakes hands with the East. Turkey is a richly historical land with some of the best cuisine you will ever taste. Be sure to take in its magnificent scenery — from stunning architecture to whitesand beaches and soaring mountains. Istanbul Be at the heart of the Ottoman Empire and visit the lavishly decorated Topkapi Palace, explore Byzantine wonders at the Church of St Saviour in Chora, or go for a shopping expedition where you can haggle for carpets, as well as almost anything else you can imagine, at the Grand Bazaar. Bodrum Quite the paradise with its climate, sea, natural beauty, magnificent coves and history, Bodrum is also known for its modern nightlife where the show goes on ‘til the sun comes up!

Cappadocia Stones & Houses Located in Nevşehir Province, central Turkey, a trip to Cappadocia gives you the chance for a unique lodging experience — staying in a cave. Enjoy one of the hotels that are in fact fashioned out of soft volcanic rock formations that have been around for at least two millennia.

GOOD TO KNOW For valuable gifts and souvenirs, such as a carpet, proof of purchase is necessary, together with receipts showing that any currency used in its purchase has been legally exchanged. Also, it is strictly forbidden to export antiques from Turkey. For visa concerns:

Copenhagen, Denmark

A friendly and stylish city with gorgeous food and architecture, Copenhagen is also very compact enabling you to see it in a long weekend. Beyond clichéd tourist sites, top-notch contemporary art is proliferating, and its fashion scene is also making waves. After dark, a myriad of innovative restaurants are simply a must-try, most notably Noma, one of the world’s best restaurants.

What to Do & Where Kids A very kid-friendly city, Copenhagen offers free places reserved on buses and trains for prams and pushchairs, children's menus in restaurants, and discounts at all museums, galleries and entertainments. Copenhagen's 100-year-old Tivoli Gardens is a fairytale for kids. There’s also a state-of-the-art Zoo as well as clean harbour baths with children pools and life-guards.


Known to be passionate and proud people, Jordanians welcomes visitors with open arms. For most, Jordan begins and ends with the magical ancient Nabataean city of Petra. Yet there's so much more to see — ruined Roman cities, Crusader castles, desert citadels and ancient sites beckon the avid traveller. What to Do & Where

Amman To get a real feel for the country, dig into the jumbled markets and the flow of its capital, Amman. Discover old and new souks, visit the ancient Citadel overlooking the city and not to forget, The Roman Theatre, an impressive remnant of Roman Philadelphia and the highlight of Amman for most foreign visitors.

For the Young & Old Alike Some of the city’s most famous attractions are the statue of The Little Mermaid, and the freetown of Christiania. You can also visit Amalienborg Palace; home to the royal family, or do a guided canal tour on the harbour and walk down the shopping street Strøget.

Nightlife The bar scene in Copenhagen is large and varied. Professional bartenders are ready to serve cold and creative cocktails. A musttry is the city’s very own signature drink — what else but the ‘Copenhagen’!

Good to Know Kastrup, Copenhagen’s modern international airport is located nine kilometers southeast of Copenhagen city centre. You have to note that this is a ‘silent’ airport and there are no boarding calls, although there are numerous monitor screens throughout the terminal. So keep your eyes peeled, if you don’t want to miss your flight!

Jordan Valley & the Dead Sea Conveniently located just an hour from Amman, the Jordan Rift Valley is without a doubt one of the world’s most amazing places. A dramatic, beautiful landscape, which at the Dead Sea is over 400-metres below sea level, it is the lowest point on earth. Besides floating (which you’ll effortlessly do because the Dead Sea is nine to ten times saltier than most bodies of water, a therapeutic mud bath is the other must-do. From pots of oily black mud gathered from the sea floor, dig in and start slathering mud all over your wet body, including your face (avoiding the mouth and eyes). Just across the Dead Sea Highway you can also experience donkey and camel rides. Petra A world wonder, Petra is considered Jordan’s most valuable treasure and greatest tourist attraction. Entrance to the city is through the Siq, a narrow gorge over one-kilometre in length, at the end of which you’ll catch your first glimpse of Al-Khazneh (Treasury). As you enter the Petra valley, you’ll find the massive Nabataean-built, Roman-style theatre, which could seat 3,000 people. Within the site there are also two excellent museums; the Petra Archaeological Park, and the Petra Nabataean Museum. Good to Know Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and a hat to protect you from the sun, and always carry plenty of drinking water. Medical services are excellent in Jordan and most doctors are bilingual in Arabic and English. Larger hotels have a doctor on call and embassies can also suggest doctors and hospitals.



AvantGarde Japanese Cuisine A concept brought to Qatar all the way from New York City, Megu Restaurant is most definitely a stunning venue on the dining scene in Doha. Ohlala! brings you their secret recipe for Asparagus Okaki. Images by George Mathew


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amed of course for its Japanese food, the restaurant’s innovative menu continues to surprise. With genuine and personalised hospitality, Megu offers a delectable range of signature dishes. The venue prides itself on providing outstanding food and first class service — a harmony of all the finest and rarest ingredients found from around the world. Fusing the traditional with modern, authentic and avant-garde ingredients are combined to suit every palate. We feature one of their famous recipes: Megu Original Crispy Asparagus, which is fresh asparagus rolled in spicy Japanese ‘Kakino tane’ rice crackers, flash-fried and sprinkled with Yuzu Shichimi-salt.

ASPARAGUS OKAKI Ingredients 4pcs Good quality green asparagus Crushed Japanese rice crackers (Okaki) Tempura Batter (flour & cold water) Japanese seven-mix spices (Hichimi) Salt (Yuzu Shichimi)

METHOD Carefully peel the asparagus and afterwards, dust with white flower. Make the tempura batter by mixing flour with cold water. Then dip the asparagus in the tempura batter, except for the top of the vegetable. Put the Japanese crackers in a plastic bag and seal; crush the crackers with a rolling pin or mallet. Sprinkle across a plate, or clean surface. Roll the asparagus over the crushed crackers, covering the entire surface. Deep fry for one minute making sure the oil is hot. Sprinkle with salt and seven spices. Pierce the asparagus with a bamboo skewer from the bottom. Serve with a lemon wedge. MEGU Restaurant is located at The Pearl-Qatar.





A myriad of offers to choose from...

An array of culinary delights…

Celebrate happiness and good fortune Oriental style at the Wok Mee Noodle House ‘Crazy 88’ Dim Sum Brunch available Fridays and Saturdays. For only QR88, you can enjoy up to four baskets of delicious steamed dumplings filled with your favourite meat, vegetables and seafood. Weekends can mean a Family Brunch too (available Fridays and Saturdays) where you can savour an array of international cuisine for QR199 such as seafood, carvery meats and Arabic delights, whilst the a children’s area offers kids their favourite food, along with Playstation, movies and games plus complimentary pool access. Animato restaurant on the other hand serves lunch and dinner (except Wednesdays). Here you can feast on tables laden with international cuisine created with local and imported ingredients executed to visual perfection. Average cost is QR300 for two persons.

If you’re looking for something original to spice up your usual culinary fare, then Aroma has the answer to your dilemmas. Their awardwinning chefs offer an array of culinary delights prepared with the finest ingredients that are just perfect for sharing with family and friends. The new a la Carte menu is served not only on Fridays, but daily in this stylish restaurant which prides itself on admirable service. Partake in a showcase between classic recipes and fine dining, and let yourself be taken on a journey of culinary indulgence, where sharing is a pleasure. The open kitchen enables you to watch the gastronomic artistry in progress and the homemade desserts from the patisserie are not to be missed!

RESERVATIONS: ✆ 4496 6600,

RESERVATIONS: ✆ 4015 8888,


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World-Class Jazz WHERE? Jazz at Lincoln Centre and The St Regis Doha

A unique global event debuts… St Regis Hotels & Resorts and Jazz at Lincoln Centre (JALC) proudly unveils Jazz at Lincoln Centre Doha at The St. Regis Doha on October 4 with opening performances by the Wynton Marsalis Quintet, featuring members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. The debut of Jazz at Lincoln Center Doha marks the first in a series of jazz clubs that St Regis and JALC aim to create together as part of a unique global partnership announced last year. Leading up to the club’s grand opening, Jazz at Lincoln Center Doha will be hosting the world renowned Latin jazz duo The Rodriguez Brothers for the first performances, which started end of last month and continues through to October 3, with the Wynton Marsalis Quintet playing at the grand opening on October 4. In line with the St Regis Hotels’ reputation for offering bespoke service, the St Regis Doha features ten restaurants and lounges to no less than world-class standards, including Opal by Gordon Ramsay as well as Hakkasan, which brings authentic yet contemporary Cantonese cuisine to Doha. RESERVATIONS: and doha. 79


Shopping Autumn Winter… Come Hither Fashion’s favourite season is finally here and our top picks for Autumn Winter are chock-a-block with the latest trends in clothes and accessories. We also picked out some amazing gift finds that we’re sure you’ll love us for. Lagoona Mall Revs Up the McLaren Not just a hip destination for high fashion, Lagoona Mall is shifting gears this season to make way for the debut of… none other than the McLaren MP4-12C. This October right up to the end of next month, the Mall will be hosting a display of one of the world’s top high performance sports cars. The 12C Coupe is built in the McLaren Production Centre (MPC), next door to the McLaren Technology Centre (MTC) where the race cars of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button are prepared by the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 team in Woking, UK. The display is being organised by McLaren Doha’s retail partner, Al Wajba Motors. Fancy a test drive? That can easily be arranged the next time you stop by at the Lagoona.

Fifty One East Take First Prize Fifty One East, the largest multi-brand luxury store in the Middle East, has been recognized once again as the Best Retail Company of the Year by the Arabian Business 82

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Achievement Awards-Qatar for 2012.This award is one in a series of accolades that reflects Darwish Holding’s outstanding business achievements stemming, particularly, from the innovative retail concepts that Chairman, Mr. Bader Abdullah Al Darwish, introduced to Qatar. Mr. Saoud Abdullah Al Darwish says: “We’re very happy to be honoured for the second year running with this coveted title. Fifty One East is the result of long years of steadfast hard work and commitment by every single person in our organisation who all share the firm belief in the role we are playing to raise the bar in the industry. Fifty One East is today the most influential industry player and a destination for many in Qatar. This is owing to its innovative retail concept and portfolio, which brings international standards in lifestyle, shopping and entertainment. Moreover this award assures our commitment to the vision of His Highness The Emir and our profound work to contribute to the achievement of 2030 Vision”


Superdry is a British urban outerwear and denim brand born out of an inspirational trip to Tokyo, fusing Japanese graphics, vintage Americana and the finest tailoring. The result - unique premium clothing, with incredible branding and an unrivalled level of detailing. Such distinctiveness has gained the brand exclusive appeal, as well as an international celebrity following.






Focus on Quality Massimo Dutti’s collection is composed of neutral colours — white and sand, intensified by various shades of grey and strong colour notes such as coral and lime, without forgetting the black. With a focus on quality and richness of materials, the very feminine collection, are complemented by handbags with metal nozzles and skins.

Tailored Inspiration Bershka’s Fall Winter Collection follows a tailored inspiration of style and glamour. The cosy, comfortable and high quality collections feature studded denim jackets, ankle boots, faux fur, skirts, printed leggings, shorts, tees and warm knits with matching accessories — designs surely meant for the fashionista with a rock chic attitude.

Chic Design & Functionality The colder weather spells chic sportswear for Oysho as they launch their new range of functional but carefully designed garments. It is the perfect balance between technology and trend offering two lines for yoga and fitness.


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Doha’s No.1 Fish & Seafood Restaurant


The exquisite signature cuisine is based on -but not limited to- four cooking styles: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Far Eastern, and Japanese. Feast on mouthwatering plates from the seafood menu, shellfish specialties, smoked fish, salad and seafood starters.

KATARA CULTURAL VILLAGE Building 27, Doha, Qatar Tel: +974 44080710 / 11 Fax: +974 44080722

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OPENING HOURS Lunch: 12:00 to 14:30 (Sun - Wed) 12:00 to 15:30 (Thu, Fri & Sat)

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Decidedly Spirited Lacoste L!ve features two new collections for women. ‘Polar Pop’ is clad in pastel tops and soft denim colours for a youthful, girlish look; whilst the ‘Library Lovestory’ sports bookish printed tops and prim, short-pleated skirts. The looks leave you with no regrets for summer!

Innovative Fashion Comfort is on top of the agenda for Geox’s innovative and fashionable new collection. The designs have the modern woman in mind, so she can feel at ease, chic and attractive — making daily routine and commitments less stressful.


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Shopping Lightness & Strength Alberta Ferretti’s Fall Winter collection uses new style codes for the season. Think soft pinstripe flannel coats, with a sharp cut and volume, light chiffon dresses with feathers and bead embroideries; or long-sleeved leather coats with flannel panels that reveal see-through chiffon dresses overlapping with severe lines.

Engineered Elegance BCBG features a very covered-up and loose look emphasising vertical lines with piping and solid colours. With variations on layering for blouses, dresses, loose sheer tops and boxy wool jackets — lightweight, supple fabrics dominate the collection.


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Shopping Be a Fashion Icon This dynamic footwear brand will transform any woman’s style with sexy stacked heels and fabulous flats. The use of embellishments, aggressive platforms, bright pinks and treated leathers make each pair a fashion icon this season.

To the PointBCBG Strut your way with Nine West’s Point-toe Pump from the Love Fury collection. Designed with a woman's obsession for shoes in mind it’s the perfect combination of style and confidence — a staple for any professional diva!


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Shopping Dress to Impress The exquisite detailing on this flowing maxi dress by Ranna Gill is simply a work of art. Sufana’s collection for the season features designers whose creations offer everything from day to evening wear — so you can impress your friends or your beau at dinner.

Contemporary Glamour You’re sure to make an entrance with Coast’s unrivalled collection. Gatsby-glamour gowns and sharp cocktail numbers steal the show with an abundance of clashing textures — feathers, structured ruching, metallic tweeds and jacquards make for an opulent and playful aesthetic.


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Gift Inspirations Perfect as a giveaway for friends and loved ones, these amazing finds are sure to inspire the generous streak in you.

Wild Creations From the Wild Garden Signature Collection of Bath & Body Works, the alluring Wild Berry Tulips offer a dynamic blend of red raspberry, sheer honeysuckle and pink tulips. It is available in full and travel sizes so you are fresh even when on the go!

Nature Reigns With wild rose extract from Provence, L’Occitane unveils its new limited edition fragrance, Rose des Champs. Like a living memory of wild and fragrant fields, the collection captures the heady sensation of freedom in a floral and colourful scent.

Efffortlessly Sensual Feminine and effortlessly sensual, Burberry introduces Body Eau de Toilette. With its attractive original notes, it offers sparkling new flavours of green apple, peach and absinthe. Rose absolute and sandalwood are in the heart, whilst its base retains the original musk, cashmere, amber and vanilla. 93

Dine with the stars. Strata, Doha’s nest new lounge & restaurant, is now open at the new InterContinental Doha The City. 55 oors up, Doha takes on a new perspective. Welcome to Strata – sophisticated company and a stylish setting above the glittering city skyline. It’s Doha’s hottest new destination.

For reservations or for further information, please call +974 4015 8888 email or visit




QATAR Hotspots


Platform for Creativity October 4

WHY GO? It’s a unique and one-of-a-kind platform for those wishing to get their talents noticed. Created by Klein Dytham architecture in 2003 and taking place in more than 560 cities, Pecha Kucha is the place for creative people and artists to come together and show their work in public in a patented system of informal presentation happening at Katara Centre, Building 5 on October 4. Presenters will be exhibiting 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds, within a six-minute and 40-second timeframe before the next presenter is up. If you’re one with creative flair, or have an eye for design, you are welcome to show off your talents and present them in fields that include Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior/Furniture/Product Design, Web/Graphic Design, Fashion Design, Illustration/Animation, Arts and Photography. To present at Pecha Kucha Night Doha Volume Six, email the following to your name and age, gender, your profession and affiliation, a short brief of your presentation, three images of your work and your contact number.

A Ride That Changes Lives October 11 to 14 WHY GO? Well, just to prove that of course women can ride a Harley, plus being of this charity event saves and changes lives. Be part of HarleyDavidson’s ‘Join the Ride, Change Lives’ Open Day from October 11 to 14 and help support the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) to feed schoolchildren in the region. The Open House Day will not only be a venue to unveil the newest 2013 Harley-Davidson models, but it will also raise funds for the UN’S WFP), the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting global hunger and feeding over 90 million people in over 70 countries on average each year. All riders will be invited to buy Harley Davidson pins, with each pin sold generating sufficient funds to feed over thirty underprivileged school children a day.

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Get Your Groove On October 11 WHY GO? It’s dubbed as the biggest beach party of the year. In association with Intercontinental Doha and, Global DJs present Example + DJ Wire with DJ Fresh, and BeardyMan along with local DJs in Doha’s much-anticipated event at a venue to be announced at a later date. Open to those 21 years and older, tickets are on sale at Virgin Megastores, Intercontinental Doha Lobby and Crepaway. VIP tickets cost QR350 and regular ones go for QR200 (plus QR50 at the door). VIP tables will also be available for bookings. Dress code is strictly night time beachwear! 3029 1561


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QMA Presents Yan Pei-Ming Exhibit October 12 to January 12, 2013

WHY GO? The exhibition aims to enable the public to focus more deeply on history. As his first major exhibition in Doha, and under the patronage of HE Sheikha Al Mayassa Bint Hamad Al Thani, Qatar Museums Authority is staging an exhibition by Chinese artist Yan Pei-Ming entitled, ‘Painting the History’. It will be on view from October 12 until January 12, 2013 at the QMA Gallery, Building 10, in Katara. Curated by Francesco Bonami, the exhibition will profile three types of history-makers and highlights the power of painting as a medium for recording historical events and portraying iconic figures. Yan Pei-Ming is a world-renowned artist known for his ‘epic-sized’ portraits of Chinese communist leader Mao Zedong and actor Bruce Lee.

Japan Music Project October 12 WHY GO? It’s a chance to witness some of the world’s greatest musicians in a one-night only performance. The Qatar National Theatre will be the venue for the ‘Japan Music Project’, a group composed of several musicians headed by YAS-KAZ (Percussionist, Composer), which has performed at numerous national and international events in and outside Japan with their respective instruments, such as Japanese large hand drums, Japanese traditional flute, Shakuhachi (bamboo flute) and Koto (Japanese traditional harp). The musicians will perform a number of unique pieces a combination of Japanese sounds and Arabic tunes. There will also be a short session with the members of the Qatar Music Academy. Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, the “Japan Music Project” will be visiting not only Qatar but also Oman and the United Arab Emirates on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of their respective diplomatic relations with Japan.

Embassy of Japan in Qatar, Cultural and PR Section, 4484 0888.

Basic Photography Workshop From October 14 WHY GO? If you’re serious about honing your photography skills, then take advantage of Anima Art Education Centre’s Basic Photography Workshop. It will discuss and explain basic photography concepts such as ISO, shutterspeed and aperture, as well as key camera features, such as shooting modes and White Balance settings in order for participants to familiarise themselves with the camera as a tool to create pictures. The workshop will also teach you how to achieve proper exposure, elements of design, posing, basic studio lighting and more. There will be eight sessions for a month every Sunday and Tuesday. For ladies, the workshop is on from 10.30am to 12noon whilst the mixed classes will be from 6am to 7.30pm.

For venue and other workshop details, call 4496 3536.



DJ Adrien Wows Doha DJ Adrien Caller, resident DJ of Zuma Dubai played for a one-night stop to the delight of fans at the Wahm poolside lounge in W Doha Hotel and Residences, which was packed full of revellers.


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DJ Vika Rocks the Crystal Party goers at the Crystal Lounge in W Doha Hotel and Residences got a taste of DJ Vika’s music as she dished out tracks that sent everyone rocking the dance floor at the uber-chic event.



Rocca Launch Party at Grand Hyatt Coco LattĂŠ launched the sophisticated weekly Friday night dance party at the Grand Hyatt last month, which saw new resident DJ Santiago Vittorelli aka Audiovek from Argentina headlining the event alongside DJs Passant Refaat (Egypt), Sam World (South Africa), Luigi Rosi (Italy), Mark Bambach (Australia) and DJ Legacy (UK).


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Zai Boutique’s Newest Opening ZAI Boutique inaugurated its newest opening at The PearlQatar at Parcel 4, Porto Arabia. Held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Nawaf and NBK fashion management, the event was a success and was graced by some of Doha’s most glamorous belles.



Women Leading Change Qatar Conference Buthaina Al Ansari launched the ‘Women Leading Change Qatar’ Conference in association with GENVIVA and host sponsor Grand Hyatt Doha. The conference served as a platform that seeks to ‘Develop, Nurture and Promote the emerging talent of Qatari women in line with the National Vision’.


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Business VCUQatar Awards Two Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser Scholarships for Creativity

Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar recently held its annual Awards Ceremony to celebrate the achievements and accomplishments of VCUQatar current and incoming students. Every year, the university awards two Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser Scholarships for Creativity to the best incoming freshmen. The scholarship covers four years of tuition, housing, books and supplies to attend Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar and obtain a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. This year, the two full four-year Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser Scholarships for Creativity were awarded to Malak Elzahed from Doha College and Dana Chua from the Middle East International School.

Third Qatar International Businesswomen Forum Returns

The Qatar International Businesswomen Forum (QIBF) has announced its return for a third successive year, following the huge successes of the previous couple of years. Hosted by the Qatari Businesswomen Association (QBWA) in collaboration with Interactive Business Network at the newly-opened St. Regis Hotel Doha, the announcement came as the Forum gained recognition as one of the most successful events in the region focusing on issues of Arab women in business and economic life in general. The Forum attracted wide participation and interest from senior government officials, business leaders, financiers, economists, specialists, representatives of civil society, NGOs, women leaders in business and other professions and activities, and sponsors from many other areas of activity.

Qatar’s Popular Schools Olympic Program Kicks Off

20,000 people geared up for the kick-off of its 6th edition on October 8th. The Steering Committee met at the Qatar Olympic Committee headquarters to finalise arrangements for its 2012-2013 season, themed ‘Sports and Investment’, and delivered in partnership with Enterprise Qatar. It also discussed a number of new sports that are under consideration, and selected tennis as 2012’s newest addition. Khalil Al Jaber, Qatar Olympic Committee Sports Affairs Director, says: “SOP plays an important role in the social and sporting life of the participating schools as it promotes community spirit, a balanced healthy lifestyle and for this edition, emphasises the role that business plays in sports.” This year’s Schools Olympic Program, which will run from October 2012 to April 2013, begins on a high note as Qatar celebrates this summer’s historical achievements at the London Olympics, where it won two bronze medals for Naser Al Attiyah and Moataz Barsham. Barsham was one of the participants in the SOP first season.

How Women Work & IBQ Announce Strategic Partnership

The How Women Work Community is proud to announce its strategic partnership with the International Bank of Qatar (IBQ). The bank is supporting the How Women Work conference for the third consecutive years, and has also been sponsoring the How Women Success book, which was launched in the fall of last year in Qatar. The HWW Community aims to empower women to grow and succeed. To that end, HWW hosts a variety of events throughout the year that include workshops, coaching and Mastermind sessions. “There is always something valuable and relevant going on in the How Women Work Community, which is why I enjoy being part of it so much. I particularly appreciate that there are no barriers in this community, Qataris and expatriates, high-powered business women and mid-level employees, speakers and delegates all interact and exchange as equals.” says Moira Stuart, a How Women Work enthusiast. For more information and to sign up for the mailing list, please go to

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The Arab Woman of the Year Awards Qatar were held for the first time in Qatar at a glittering lunchtime ceremony in the ballroom of the W Doha Hotel & Residences. The ultimate award for the L’Officiel Most Inspirational Arab Woman of Dubai was presented to Buthaina Al Ansari for being a born leader who is paving the way for Qatari women to play an active role in Qatar’s vision for 2030. She was voted 19th most powerful woman in the Arab Nations 2012 and founded and manages Qatariat, a company that specialises in helping Qatari women advance in the workforce. Recently appointed to HR Director for Q-Tel in January 2012 and become the Ambassador of Women Leading Change Qatar in April 2012. Of her award, Buthina Al Ansari commented, “This award has given me such motivation and with it an added sense of responsibility. I now feel that is my duty to give back to my country Qatar, which has provided me with such great opportunities and a springboard for my success and whose leaders have provided me with daily inspiration. I encourage the women of Qatar to think big, aim high and believe in themselves.”

Ohlala! Stars Giovanni unveils your future for October… Happy Birthday Ms Libra! This month sees you going through a series of life-altering events that, whilst leaving you temporarily anxious, will eventually turn out to be rewarding in many different ways. There will also be time for reflection and regret. On the relationship front, a communicative collapse with a parent is unlikely to be repaired in the short-term and whilst you maintain a calm front on the outside, within you are clearly hurting. A friend may provide you with the resolution and strength to overcome the challenges ahead.

September 23 – October 22

Libras — at a glance

Libras love to be the centre of attention and gravitate towards anyone or anything that satisfies that desire. This can sometimes push their ego to the fore and present them in poor light, when in truth they are quite nice people to be around. Although they appear very confident, this is often just a façade but inside they can be fragile and uncertain. Lovers of art, Libras also take pride in their appearance. With an acute attention to detail and often perfectionists in everything they do, they can sometimes frustrate as much as satisfy but overall, Libras make fascinating company and are never boring to be around.

Famous Librans Monica Bellucci Silvio Berlusconi David Cameron Simon Cowell Michael Douglas

TS Elliott Gwyneth Paltrow Sting Kate Winslet Catherine Zeta Jones

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21) This month you will receive good news by post, bringing with it the opportunity for a great increase in financial fortunes. Those of you with children will be celebrating an academic success and since it was never expected, it will feel like a double bonus. A partner with recent health issues will continue to cause you some concern and you may have to take the initiative where treatment is required. Aquarius (January 20 – February 18) October promises to be a difficult month, as your plans are thrown into confusion by the illness of a child or family matter, directly impacting on your day to day routines. How you go about dealing with this determines the level of uncertainty you experience so try to remain practical and balanced in your outlook. On the work side, career changes are proving satisfying and you are feeling better appreciated for all your efforts. This in turn is firing your creativity, helping you to produce some of your best work so far.

Aries (March 20 – April 19) After what seems an age of trials and challenges, you finally enter October with a sense of purpose to your life again — invigorating your creativity and desire to succeed. Moving home, a change of career and a better overall balance are all leading to much better rewards — opening up even more opportunities. The key area of improvement will be in your finances, as you return a little order to monetary affairs and begin to save more than you spend. The good times are back so make the most of them.

GEMINI (May 21 – June 20) Some of you may have bitten off a lot more than you can chew this month but, before you start looking for someone else to blame, take responsibility and analyse the best way you can get out of the financial mess you’re in. Trying to unearth a quick-fix, short-term solution isn’t the way forward either. This needs careful thought and sensible planning, so you don’t find yourself back in the same mess again. LEO (July 23 – August 22) Opportunities have come your way over the last few months but you appear to have wasted them all in one way or another. You now have reached a crisis point and you could be down to your last chance so think wisely before making any kind of commitment! Free yourself of the past, especially romantic attachments that are clearly over and move on to the next phase in your life. If you live in yesterday’s shadow then you will never move on to where you really want to be. 106

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Scorpio (October 23 – November 21) Your life right now has lost an element of direction and as such, you find yourself drifting, without a real plan. You need to put aside all the distractions and map out where you want to go and what you want to do — at least for the immediate future. There’s no point labouring on under a cloud of uncertainty and equally, this sense of dissatisfaction will never be removed unless you address it. Others are there to help you but firstly you need to display a desire for change. Feeling sorry for yourself won’t get you anywhere.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19) You’ve come a long way in recent months and a year that began with confusion and uncertainty is slowly moving towards balance and solidity. Financially you feel optimistic with certain investments you have made. You may also find yourselves one step further up the property ladder and in these uncertain times it’s quite a favourable move. Your relationship with work colleagues has also improved of late, although the one area where there is still a fairly gaping hole is romance. Mr Right is still waiting!

Pisces (February 19 – March 19) The recent arrival of a family member is set to liven up your home life, at least in the short term, as you host a young visitor for October. Although you may have been initially wary of the proposition, this will be a rewarding experience for all the family and by the end of their stay you will be genuinely sorry to see them leave. On the relationship front, a partner’s stressful outlook is likely to impact you negatively. Try to talk matters through. October 17 could be a key date in this regard so be aware! Taurus (April 20 – May 20) October will offer a number of opportunities and if you invest the time you will reap many rewards before the year is out. A recent purchase of some significance will turn out to have been a wise investment and after a few hurdles are overcome, you will feel vindicated by a choice that many others may have considered risky. A long-term project will enable you to sign a contract and once done, you need to ensure you are not distracted from your purpose because this could prove the big winner for you in 2012. Cancer (June 21 – July 22) Love is the number one issue on your mind this month. A chance encounter whilst travelling will prove the catalyst for something very special in your life and heralds the start of exciting times ahead for you. But think carefully about rushing into anything too quickly — it is in your nature to fall in love. If you have questions, don’t bottle them up inside. Find out everything you can in advance so there is less room for surprises later!

Virgo (August 23 — September 22) Travel is high on the agenda and those of you who have embarked on journeys further afield are set for some interesting and rewarding experiences. Take some time to remember and appreciate the people who have got you to where you are. No man is an island and without the commitment of others, you certainly would not be where you are today. On the work front you could be presented with a fantastic opportunity on October 19, so consider it seriously before making a decision.

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“So far, 2012 really has been a year of pinnacles ... hasn't it? And on so many levels — personally, socially, politically, culturally. There are of course both positive and negative ‘peaks’ within this global observation. Good thing is however, most of mine, are GREAT. Praise Him moment.”


irst of all (and finally) is LIVE. Have a wander through the online home and do let me know your thoughts on the general interior. We continue to upgrade and play, shift and excel, but for introductory purposes, all is thankfully set. Second, I do declare that Emmanuel Jal's We Want Peace campaign set a new level of peace-building excellence in South Sudan on September 20 and 21. The world-renowned campaign, focused on championing and building all necessary facets of peace, saw two epic events take place in the superstar's hometown of Juba, highlighting International Peace Day. Emmanuel successfully managed to merge the business, humanitarian, government and diplomatic sectors under one necessary purpose of developing an agenda in social responsibility. On September 20, His Excellency Vice President of South Sudan, Dr Riek Machar, hosted the high profile ‘We Want Peace’ Business Gala dinner at Juba's Independence Hall. The anticipated affair saw many of South Sudan's senior government ministers, UN representatives, international dignitaries as well as the country's established and growing businesses come together on a pledge towards ‘responsible investment’ — longterm development and self-sustainability in South Sudan. On September 21, International Peace Day, Emmanuel headlined a celebratory concert alongside friend and special guest Darryl ‘DMC’ McDaniels. A historical moment in music, this was the first time the legendary artist visited and performed on African soil.

In what has already been labelled as "the best music show Juba's ever seen" (Voice of America) the ‘Go Peace’ crowd of fans witnessed a string of hits from both hip hop greats, including an encore to end all encores, where Emmanuel and DMC duetted live (again, d for the first time) with ‘WWP RELOADED’, nks an ig tha B . s e n o Emmanuel’s newly released international ainted and-p peace anthem featuring other notable an: H big love. p a J from friends such as Alicia Keys, George Clooney, Gifts Kofi Annan and more. Success, would be a yes. And from one historic milestone to another, I'm now in Bahrain. Resting a little in my cherished abode before going on to Abu Dhabi. This year's film festival will open with Arbitrage, Mohammed Al Turki's latest production starring none other than Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon. The Saudi producer, who's firmly secured his position at the top of Hollywood's best, is coming to his Emm anuel home region to celebrate the opening Jal, D MC & premiere with Richard Gere ... (calm th SudaenVice Presi down ladies). So, as we prepare, dent o . f Sou th know this: Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2012 will be that moment in Arab film-making history. Be sure to visit for all the inside updates! On a final note, I really must take a moment to thank the lovely Yumi, a painter all the way from Japan, who surprised me with the most thoughtful nt. brillia of gifts via Twitter recently. A painting, things ll a o me t of me (?!?!). Gestures of sweet, I love Welco them. Until next month, stay smiling.

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