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What’s in my travel bag: Julien Macdonald
British designer Julien Macdonald dresses the world’s most photographed women, and his exquisitely crafted red-carpet creations never fail to turn heads. His signature style favours dazzling embellishment, feminine silhouettes, and a generous dose of fun. Over the course of his career he’s worked for Chanel and Alexander McQueen, and in 2001 he became Creative Director of Givenchy.
TWG Tea: A new way to drink tea
When a Parisian tea blender decided to set up shop in Asia, he was warned about the challenges that lay ahead. Today, however, business is booming. Craig Butcher talks to TWG Tea founder Taha Bouqdib from his headquarters in Singapore.
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fine food - Vineet Bhatia
Qatar Airways First and Business Class passengers have been dining on Vineet Bhatia’s classic and original dishes ever since he was appointed as the airline’s Culinary Ambassador in 2012.
Five minutes with Faisal Alboinin
The first Qatari A350 XWB licensed engineer, Faisal Alboinin, is one of the lucky few who gets to work first-hand with the world’s newest wide-body passenger aircraft. Away from the inspection site, Alboinin is a high-achiever with endless ambition.
World-class jockey Frankie Dettori reflects on riding for Al Shaqab and the special atmosphere at the Qatar Goodwood Festival.
fine food - Chef Georges Zoghaib
Nestled at the end of Porto Arabia One, overlooking the aquamarine waters of The Pearl-Qatar’s marina, is Burj Al Hamam – a luxurious five-star restaurant that is well known for its high-end Lebanese cuisine.
Five minutes with Anum Bashir and Nadine Kanso
Best known for her androgynous approach to fashion and her artistic collaborations, Doha-based style curator Anum Bashir has established a major presence on the fashion scene with her blog Desert Mannequin. Inspired by the inherent beauty and calligraphic shape of the Arabic alphabet, Nadine Kanso’s jewellery line, Bil Arabi, began as a one-off experiment in 2006. Today, the Lebanese-born artist has garnered international fame for her one-of-a-kind pieces.
What’s in my travel bag: Philippe Starck
When Philippe Starck arrived on the world design stage, he was lauded for the groundbreaking hotel concepts he created with long-time friend and hotelier Ian Schrager. But what many may not know is that he was extremely prolific before this collaboration – so much so that he was asked by French president François Mitterrand to design the private apartments at the Élysée Palace.
fine food - Mustapha Haj Omar
As Executive Sous Chef of Oriental and Mediterranean cuisine at Metzo’s restaurant in the Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort, Thailand, Mustapha Haj Omar brings expertise and passion from a long line of restaurateurs.
Five minutes with Neal Fox
Restoring a revered brand to prominence is a tall order. But that’s just what Neal Fox has done since shouldering the load to bring the famed Mark Cross handbag back from extinction to Qatar. Available at Fifty One East and now at Per Lei Couture Boutique.
What’s in my travel bag: Georgina Chapman
Together with best friend Keren Craig, Georgina Chapman envisioned a brand that conjured up the nostalgia of a bygone era of glamour.