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    A day in the life of skin guru Tata Harper

    Founder of the eponymous skincare brand, Tata Harper is a champion of natural, green beauty.
    She takes us through her day and tells us what she gets to from AM to PM.

    5am: I like to wake up early and get a headstart on the day. It sounds cliche, but living on the farm and hearing the roosters crowing in the morning really makes the wake up so much easier and feels much more natural. I used to have the habit of checking my email first thing in the morning, but now I am making an effort to meditate for about 15 minutes before I fully plug-in. I’ve found that practising breathing exercises has really helped me feel more centred and focused throughout the day. After that, I quickly scan through my emails and respond to anything that is super urgent.
    5:30am: While the kids are still sleeping, I always try to get outside and walk the dogs. It’s so peaceful on the farm in the morning and it’s before everyone arrives so it’s the only time where it’s truly quiet. I’ll say hi to the animals and sometimes pick fresh fruits and veggies from the garden. It’s a nice way to get my body moving in the morning before I head to the gym. Right now I see a personal trainer virtually and focus on core strengthening exercises. Working out in the morning has tons of health benefits like lowering blood pressure and helping you to feel balanced and level headed. I don’t exercise to be fit, but to feel both mentally and physically strong. For me, it’s really the most effective stress reducer.

    6:30am: I will hop in the shower right after my workout to refresh my skin and body before I do my skincare routine. I believe that more is more when it comes to my skincare and I use a multitude of our products every day, twice a day. I always start by exfoliating with Regenerating Cleanser – exfoliating daily really lets my skin breath and glow since it gets rid of any build-up that accumulates overnight, it also helps products absorb better. I follow with Hydrating Floral Essence to help prep my skin for treatment and help my serums penetrate deeper. Then it’s all about layering — I use Elixir Vitae on my whole face, next I’ll use Elixir Vitae Eye Serum, and then Repairative Moisturizer.
    7:30am: By the time I wake up the kids, I’m dressed and ready to go for the day. I make them breakfast, organize their activities, and spend some time with them outside. In the summer months, we love to walk down to the berry bushes and pick fresh fruit off the trees for their oats or yoghurt.

    8:30am: My meetings typically start at 8:30am and I am in them back-to-back most of the day. I’ve been living on the farm this summer and I’ve loved being able to work outside on my porch to get fresh air throughout the day. The porch wraps around the house and overlooks the fields with the cows and gardens. When I have breaks in between calls, I love to check in on what’s cooking in our batch room or I’ll try some of the new products our chemists are formulating in the lab.
    10:30am: I do intermittent fasting until around 10:30 when I will have a celery juice. I find that it really helps with digestion and is best on an empty stomach. It is packed with vitamins and minerals and is filled with phytonutrients that have anti-inflammatory properties. Celery juice is certainly not enough to hold me over until lunch, so I’ll wash and cut up some of my favourite raw fruits and veggies. I love mangoes, blackberries, peaches, and whatever else is in season. I’ll typically have a tulsi tea with ginger along with my fruit – it’s a lot of liquids, but hydration is so important for your body and skin!
    1pm: By 1pm, I am always starving for lunch! I try to have lunch with my kids whenever they aren’t in school, doing their activities, or in camp. My typical lunch is a bed of greens with a piece of fish or plant-based protein. I like to fill my salad with veggies and seeds for the extra vitamins and nutrients because they keep me full for longer.
    Also read: The luxe skincare brand that was championing natural beauty before anyone else
    1:30pm: After lunch, it’s back to meetings for the rest of the day. My calls typically wrap up at around 6pm and I’ll help the kids with their homework before we sit down for dinner. They have been loving this healthy pasta recipe made with chickpea pasta and loaded with veggies from our garden. I sneak in spinach and kale that wilts down and they don’t even know they are getting all those extra greens! We almost always have Colombian chocolate for dessert – I bring some back every time we visit – it’s such a special treat and it reminds me of home.
    3pm: In the afternoons, I spend an hour or so with our photographer shooting on the farm. I am a creative person, so I find this time to be super calming in between meetings and calls. We try to source a lot of our props on the farm and we use our natural backdrop for the photos – it’s authentic and organic and embodies our brand ethos.

    8:30pm: I get the kids ready for bed and then draw myself a bath to wind down. I love to use a body scrub in the bath and I’ll read – I am loving Becoming Supernatural by Joe Dispenza. It’s all about how the mind-body connection can transform and change your life.
    9:30pm: I’ll get in bed at around 9:30 and end the day with some meditation. I find that visual meditation helps with sleep, especially if after looking at a screen all day. I always keep my phone across the room at night to help with this – I try my best to disconnect and relax my mind… before I wake up and do it all over again in the morning!
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    Flights between Qatar and Dubai, Abu Dhabi set to resume next week

    Earlier this month it was announced that the UAE had reopened its borders with Qatar. This came after the signing of the Al-Ula Agreement.
    Now, flights between Qatar and Dubai and Abu Dhabi will resume next week. The country’s national airline Qatar Airways now has flights available to book to Dubai from January 27 and to the UAE capital from January 28.

    Dubai-based airline flydubai has also announced it will resume the operation of flights from the emirate to Qatar from January 26, 2021.
    “Flights to Doha will start from January 26 and to meet expected demand we are pleased to launch operations with a double daily service,” the airline’s CEO, Ghaith AlG Ghaith said. “We hope to be able to continue to grow the service.”

    This now brings flydubai’s full flight network to 64 destinations.
    The signing of the Al-Ula Agreement
    Earlier this month, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, flew to Saudi Arabia to meet with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, the Crown Prince of Bahrain Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa and Oman’s Deputy Prime Minister Fahad Al Said.
    The Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani was also in attendance – the first time he attended a summit since 2017.
    All of the leaders and heads of delegations of the GCC signed the Final Communique and Al-Ula Declaration, which is a “renewal of faith in the progress of countries of the GCC”, Sheikh Mohammed said of the meeting.
    Sheikh Mohammed added that there is a renewed “optimism that the coming years will bring stability and security and achievements that serve our people… and contributes to the stability of those around us”.
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    7 romantic Dubai hotels to book for Valentine’s Day

    With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, why not book a romantic staycation to relax and recharge as a couple?
    If you’re in the need of some inspiration, Emirates Woman has collated a list a of hotels to have a wonderful experience with the ones you love.
    Anantara, The Palm

    Immerse yourself in island bliss as you soak up the sun and sand at this world-class accommodation with an exclusive Dubai escape including luxurious spa treatments, a stylish resort and an exclusive beach escape to unwind all day at the Palm Jumeirah hotel’s spa with views of the Arabian Gulf.
    For more information visit
    One&Only Royal Mirage

    Indulge in abundant space, luxurious rooms and suites, nine inspiring restaurants, and dramatic, Arabesque architecture at One&Only Royal Mirage with immaculate gardens, for you to instantly feel at home while you lead down to the one-kilometre sweep of Jumeirah Beach and dream of a magical glamorous evening.
    For more information visit
    Burj Al Arab

    As one of Dubai’s most glamorous hotels, you can unwind in true luxury. Enjoy the private pool 150m above the ground with views of the scintillating skyline as you relax in awe of the luxurious views. While being a global icon of Arabian luxury, you’re sure to have a romantic getaway.
    For more information visit
    Palace Downtown

    Adding a dose of Arabian heritage, this tastefully decorated hotel is fully-equipped with luxurious rooms and suites, allowing the hotel to stand out for its individualistic architecture and commitment to offering the highest service standard.
    For more information visit
    Atlantis, The Palm

    Nestled on the calm turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf, overlooking Dubai’s magnificent skyline at this world-famous Palm island in Dubai. This world-renowned resort has an array of award-winning celebrity chefs with one-of-a-kind signature suites and 360-degree views for you to stay in style.
    For more information visit
    Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa

    Inspired by the Bedouin setup from back in the day, amidst the dunes lies one of Dubai’s most romantic hotels with its sumptuous tents complete with their own private pools, handcrafted furnishing and its very own butler service. With all the privacy you need, this luxurious getaway is definitely a romantic staycation for all.
    For more information visit
    Jumeirah Zabeel Saray

    This Ottoman-inspired elegance on the West Crescent of Palm Jumeirah has an elegant design with club lounge access with a dedicated to awakening your senses among the calm of Talise Spa at Jumeirah Al Qasr definitely making it a stay to remember.
    For more information visit
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    Live entertainment in Dubai hotels and restaurants suspended

    As coronavirus case numbers have been rising in the UAE, the emirate of Dubai has issued instructions for live entertainment in Dubai hotels and restaurants to halt until further notice.
    As of Thursday, January 21, 2021, live entertainment, including bands, DJs, singers and more, will come into effect.

    In an announcement made by the Dubai Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing via the Dubai Media Office, it was stated that more 200 violations were found in establishments and 20 venues were closed down.
    “To ensure the public health and safety, all entertainment permits will be on be on hold effective immediately,” the DTCM said in a statement. “Dubai Tourism will continue to evaluate the progress with the health authorities.”

    To ensure public health and safety, all entertainment permits issued will be on hold effective immediately. @dubaitourism will continue to evaluate the progress with the health authorities.
    — Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) January 21, 2021

    As of late, there has been a large increase in the daily number of COVID-19 cases.
    Furthermore, the nationwide vaccination programme is well underway. With the aim of vaccinating half of the population by March, the nation now ranks first across the globe in the daily distribution of doses of coronavirus vaccines.
    According to the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA), the rate for vaccinations over the last seven days in the UAE has been 1.16 per 100 people.
    Reaching another milestone, the UAE has also now administered over two million doses of COVID-19 vaccines.
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    Inside Kylie Jenner’s luxury holiday mansion in Mexico

    Kylie Jenner, along with her sister Kendall and some of their friends, is currently on holiday in Mexico and has been posting plenty of Instagram-worthy snaps showing off the incredible views and sunsets from their villa.
    It appears the Jenner is staying in the area of Jalisco, Mexico on the super-private estate of Costa Careyes.

    While the resort has its own hotel, it also boasts some uber private villas and Jenner opted for the Ocean Castle Sol de Oriente.
    The villa can accommodate up to 16 guests. In Sol de Oriente, there’s three-bedroom suites in the castle wing off the property – the master suite which has a king bed, private living area and in-suite bathroom and two one-bedroom suites with king beds and in-suite bathrooms.

    Then there’s the tower wing which has a one-bedroom suite which features a king bed, private living area and an in-suite bathroom. Finally, as a part of the property, there’s two one-bedroom bungalows.
    The property has panoramic ocean views, as well as a huge 360-degree infinity pool where Kylie has shared a series of incredible photos from.
    And, to add top it off, the luxurious stay comes complete with a personal butler, chef and maids.
    However, a luxury stay with all of this included and more comes at a price, with the Sol de Orient costing upwards of Dhs20,000 per night.
    Take a look inside the glorious property below.

    Ocean Castle Sol de Oriente

    Ocean Castle Sol de Oriente

    Ocean Castle Sol de Oriente

    Ocean Castle Sol de Oriente

    Ocean Castle Sol de Oriente

    Ocean Castle Sol de Oriente

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    Sheikh Hamdan recreates iconic photo of his late grandfather Sheikh Rashid

    His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai, has recreated an iconic photo of his late grandfather.
    The Crown Prince of Dubai took to Twitter to share a side-by-side photo of himself and the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum at the Dubai Al Fahidid Fort.

    It’s part of a new rehabilitation project which he is spearheading under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Ruler of Dubai, to preserve and promote the heritage of Al Fahidi Fort as a cultural landmark.
    “We aim to realise the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum’s vision to establish the historical fort as a cultural landmark,” Sheikh Hamdan said.

    Al Fahidi Fort witnessed key phases of Dubai’s transformation over the past 200 years and carries special significance to the city’s history. Preserving the cultural heritage of the emirate is an integral part of our approach, as it represents values ​​that we strongly cherish.”

    Al Fahidi Fort witnessed key phases of Dubai’s transformation over the past 200 years and carries special significance to the city’s history. Preserving the cultural heritage of the emirate is an integral part of our approach, as it represents values ​​that we strongly cherish.
    — Hamdan bin Mohammed (@HamdanMohammed) January 20, 2021

    The fort was built back in 1787 and was where the emirate’s leader’s headquarters was based.
    Back in 1971, under the directives of Sheikh Rashid, the landmark was restored. Now, the landmark is set to be temporarily closed in order to undergo a facelift to preserve its heritage.
    It’s part of a wider plan to protect and rehabilitate many historical landmarks across Dubai.
    “We have a duty towards our future generations to rehabilitate iconic landmarks,” His Highness added.
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    Want to get away from it all? This luxury sanctuary is the perfect Dubai escape

    IN PARTNERSHIP: Looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of Dubai? Well, this luxury hotel is the perfect escape.
    Just under an hours drive from the city of Dubai is Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort and Spa. This luxury hotel. which resembles a luxurious Bedouin encampment, is the perfect escape for a weekend recharge and would even make the ideal place for a romantic getaway.
    The setting

    Offering complete tranquillity and peace in its secluded setting, this exclusive resort offers some of the most stunning desert views of dunes and the Hajar Mountain massif.

    While the resort’s location already ensures maximum privacy for guests, Al Maha’s 42 suites take luxury and privacy to the next level. When you arrive at the resort, you can even opt for a private, in-suite check-in as not to be disturbed.
    Each suite boasts a private temperature-controlled pool overlooking the infinite desert views, alongside opulent interiors which pay tribute to Arabian heritage with handcrafted furnishings, antiques and artefacts.
    As for dining, there’s a plethora of choices as to what guests feel like. For continued privacy, opt for the private in-suite dining experience Al Maha offers which can be set up on the suite’s private terrace complete with desert views or in the comfort of the suite.

    For a signature fine-dining experience, Al Maha’s restaurant Al Diwaan is the ideal place to dine in style and relaxation.
    But for those who want to make the most of the panoramic desert views, Al Maha has to offer, opt for the ‘Dune Dining Experience’ complete with signature dishes and dining under the stars.
    What to do

    For those seeking a bit of desert adventure, Al Maha offers a wide range of activities including camel treks, horse riding, falconry displays, archery, dune driving and wildlife drives.
    However, those looking for rejuvenation and relaxation the Timeless Spa at Al Maha is the ideal place to unwind. With therapeutic, deep tissue and body massages, and couples treatments available, guests can completely relax and revitalise.
    Right now guests can book a full board say at Al Maha including spa treatments for two adults for Dhs4,950 per night. It’s the perfect getaway for couples.
    To book, visit or call +971 4 832 9900.
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    7 Kuwaiti women who are having a big impact on the world

    While not only contributing to society and the economy, these women in Kuwait have made significant progress towards impacting the generations ahead.
    Also read: 9 inspiring Saudi women who have made an impact on the world
    From female-led startups to being successful entrepreneurs, these seven Kuwaiti women are inspirational figures to look up to.
    Her Highness Sheikha Intisar AlSabah

    A member of the royal family, Her Highness Sheikha Intisar Salem Al Ali AlSabah is a philanthropist, entrepreneur, author, film producer, columnist and more. She’s an inspiration to many while empowering Arab women who’s at the forefront of her decision-making. She’s also the founder of Alnowair which is a positivity initiative and a non-profit initiative considered to be her biggest contribution to date to her beloved country.
    Montaha Al-Ajeel

    The Kuwaiti fashion designer made her first break-through in Paris Fashion week leading her to international acclaim. Within a few years of creating high quality haute couture dresses, she’s won a number of prestigious awards in the Arab world and has become a role model in her own unique way.
    HRH Sheikha Bashayer Al Sabah-Arab

    Her Highness is a successful businesswoman and the honorary president of the Arab Fashion Council in Kuwait while also being passionate about charities of all kinds. Known for her entrepreneurial flair, she’s become a social media success and a lifestyle icon for many.
    Ghosson Al Khaled

    Working her way up the ladder throughout her career, Ghosson Al Khaled is now the deputy CEO of ACICO industries company. While believing in charity work as well as being a role model to many, she currently directs a $1.3 billion asset company with a turnover of $300 million.
    Noor Al Qatami

    Having lived in the USA for a number of years, Noor Al-Qatami is the founder of Saveco which opened its first grand store in 2014, becoming a hit in the Kuwaiti market. With a high quality mega market that mimics grocery shopping experiences that she had in the USA, the concept was born. Over the years the concept has expanded across Kuwait.
    Rana Al-Nibari

    Rana Al-Nibari is the managing director of The Scientific Center in Kuwait an institution that communicates STEM to the general public. She’s also the founder of Socialobby which provides businesses and individuals with social media campaigns and solutions, consultation and online marketing services. It also facilitates training programs and events that focus on social media marketing strategies, building relationships with online influencers, email marketing, blogging, search engine optimisation and more.
    Sheikha Majda Al Sabah

    Born in Kuwait, Sheikha Majda Al Sabah was raised with the mindset to chase her dreams, work hard and achieve them. While establishing herself as a beauty entrepreneur and philanthropist in 2007, she also set up the ASAP initiative, which is a private campaign committed to increasing mental health awareness and to destigmatise mental health in the region.
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