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    The ultimate guide to female fertility: why your lifestyle matters

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    by Sarah Joseph
    1 hour ago

    As more women are looking to conceive in the Middle East at and older age, knowing the key factors that affect fertility are of utmost importance.
    A newly launched at home testing kit Ovasave has done all the research and partnered with the best fertility clinics to create all-inclusive egg freezing packages for incredible women like you who want to keep their options open.
    Co-founder of Ovasave, Torkia Mahloul, is passionate about fertility preservation, educating women about their bodies and using tech to empower women to achieve their goals.
    To delve into the topic of fertility, Emirates Woman spoke to Mahloul, who is a tech expert with over a decade of experience in banking, technology and fintech.
    What inspired you to launch Ovasave?
    My journey to launching Ovasave is deeply personal, rooted in my own struggles with fertility. It began at age 34, when I came face to face with the need to preserve my eggs. Like many women, I was initially unaware of where to start or how to navigate the complex world of fertility care. The pivotal moment came when I took an AMH test, which highlighted the importance of fertility testing and understanding our bodies. During this journey, I met Majd Abu Zant, who would later become my co-founder. Together, we recognized a gap in women’s healthcare and were driven by a common belief that women deserve access to information, support, and affordable care. Our mission at Ovasave is to empower women to proactively manage their fertility and hormonal health — not reactively, which can often be “too late” — ensuring every woman has the chance to make informed decisions about her reproductive future.

    Talk us through the product and how does it work?
    Our platform is designed to simplify the fertility journey for women, covering everything from initial hormone testing to accessing fertility healthcare. Women can order our AMH test kit from our website and have it delivered directly to their door. The process involves a simple finger prick to collect a few drops of blood (which can also be done by a phlebotomist if someone is uncomfortable doing it herself) . A courier then collects the sample and delivers it to our accredited lab for analysis. It’s important to highlight that the convenience of our at-home sample collection doesn’t come with any tradeoff in quality or reliability. Our lab tests maintain the same level of accuracy as those conducted in clinics. Within just a few days, women can securely access their results through their Ovasave dashboard. They also have the option to schedule a free tele-consultation with a fertility expert to discuss their results and consider their options. Going beyond convenience, we also want to make fertility care more affordable. Our AMH test and teleconsultation services are priced at a fraction of the cost of traditional clinic visits. Similarly, for women considering egg freezing, we are partnering with leading fertility clinics in the UAE to offer comprehensive egg freezing packages along with payment plans to help ease the financial burden.
    What are the key factors that can affect fertility?
    One of the primary determinants is age. As women age, their fertility declines, particularly after the age of 35— mainly due to a decrease in both the quantity and quality of eggs in the ovaries. By educating women about the impact of age on fertility and promoting early testing, we empower them to make informed decisions about family planning and reproductive health. In addition to age, certain medical conditions can also affect fertility. For instance, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and endometriosis can disrupt ovulation and interfere with conception. By raising awareness about these conditions and their impact on fertility, we hope to provide women with the knowledge they need to seek timely medical intervention and support. Lifestyle factors can also play a significant role in fertility. Smoking, consuming a lot of alcohol, poor diet, and high levels of stress can all contribute to infertility. By encouraging healthy lifestyle choices and providing resources for stress management, nutrition, and overall well-being, we empower women to optimize their fertility potential.
    What are your key tips to maintain a healthy lifestyle?
    I’ll explain this through the lens of reproductive health. You can think of your ovaries and your eggs as any other part of your body in terms of how they age, but unfortunately they age even faster than the rest of your body. That’s why leading a healthy lifestyle at all levels is key to slowing down the aging process. It starts with the obvious things like nutrition,maintaining a clean, balanced diet and regular physical activity. With our busy schedules it is sometimes difficult to make time for exercise but I would recommend just choosing an activity that you enjoy and try to incorporate it in your routine several days a week. The things that are often overlooked, however, are sleep and stress management — and these two things are super important. Stress is especially critical because too much cortisol (the stress hormone) in your body can disrupt other hormones and create imbalances that directly affect your reproductive health. I know first-hand that going through any fertility treatment can affect you mentally and emotionally. This is normal and this is why it is also critical to look after yourself, ensure that you are getting enough sleep and a good support system around you. And if you are struggling with this, I believe that you should not hesitate to get the help of a professional therapist.

    How can one boost their fertility?
    We just mentioned that leading a healthy lifestyle is a good way to look after your fertility and overall health. If you are trying to conceive or preparing for an egg freezing / IVF cycle, there are a number of supplements that you can take to support your fertility. You can take folic acid, which plays a crucial role in cell division and DNA synthesis, which are both important for egg health. Omega-3 fatty acids are another important nutrient for fertility. These healthy fats can help regulate reproductive hormones and improve egg quality. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is another supplement that is known to support fertility, particularly for women over 35. CoQ10 has powerful antioxidant properties that can help protect eggs from damage. Some studies suggest that CoQ10 supplementation may improve egg quality and increase the chances of conception, especially for women undergoing fertility treatments such as egg freezing and IVF. Lastly, getting enough vitamin D has been linked to improved reproductive outcomes, while deficiency has been associated with infertility. Simply spending time in the sun and eating vitamin D-rich foods can help. However, people who don’t get enough sun exposure or lack vitamin D in their diet might need to resort to supplements.
    At what age would you recommend freezing your eggs?
    The younger the better — and this is indisputable. The ideal age to freeze eggs is typically between the late 20s and early 30s. This is when the eggs are of the highest quality and quantity, which means better chances of successful future pregnancies. While many women don’t even consider egg freezing until their mid to late 30s, starting earlier can provide more flexibility and potentially higher success rates when the eggs are put to use in future fertility treatments.
    How can female infertility be treated?
    Infertility comes in many forms and can have different root causes so it is difficult to provide a one-size-fits-all solution or treatment.That’s why testing is critical for every woman to understand her own unique situation and plan accordingly with the help of fertility experts. Egg freezing is a way to preserve your fertility especially if you have a low ovarian reserve (i.e. fewer eggs than you should have for your age). IVF is another solution for couples who are struggling to conceive. The key takeaway is that the more proactive you are about understanding and preserving your fertility (before issues arise), the better your chances are for a positive outcome. Every situation is unique and we highly recommend discussing it with a fertility expert.
    What are the best tests to have done for women below 35 years?
    If you are not trying to conceive now and are not experiencing any specific hormonal symptoms, then the must-do test is AMH, which stands for anti-Mullerian hormone. It is a simple blood test that gives you a read on how many eggs you have left. If your concern is more related to your overall hormone health, we are soon launching our fertility and hormonal panel test which covers 7 hormones (AMH, LH, FSH, TSH, Estradiol, FT4, Prolactin) and provides insights into conditions like PCOS, thyroid disorders, diminished ovarian reserve and peri-menopause.
    What are some of the key concerns that women in the Middle East face when it comes to conceiving?
    When we look at the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, one of the pressing issues is a significantly higher infertility rate, which stands at about 50 percent higher than other parts of the world. It’s a complex issue with several factors at play, but one glaring aspect is the lack of education and awareness surrounding fertility and women’s health in general. Unfortunately, this lack of awareness often leads to a reactive approach, where women only seek help after they encounter difficulties conceiving or face complications along the way. Instead of this, we should adopt a proactive approach — and this is where Ovasave comes into play. By taking proactive measures such as early fertility testing, women can get crucial insights about their reproductive health. We’re also striving to normalize conversations about fertility, creating a supportive community where women can openly share their concerns and experiences. This early awareness empowers them to explore various options and make informed decisions about their fertility journey. It’s about providing women with the freedom to choose their path moving forward.
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    16 global restaurants that have made their mark in Dubai

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    by Sarah Joseph
    2 hours ago

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    For a myriad of culinary options, Dubai is the place to be. With a host of global restaurants opening in the emirate, diners can choose for a variety of concepts to dine at.
    As Dubai is home to 200 nationalities, so it’s no surprise there are great global dining options and restaurants from all over the world here – there’s something for everyone. So, if you’re heading home for the holidays or just a jet setter, you can enjoy a taste of Dubai around the world in the most luxurious fine-dining setting.
    From Cipriani to Fouquet’s, there’s a myriad of captivating dining concepts that have made their mark internationally and now being loved by both tourists and residents in Dubai. Overall, the emirate has also seen a complete transformation in the food scene as they are finally starting to have its moment in the spotlight, with the Michelin Guide launching in the city in 2022.
    With more international chefs setting their base here and making their mark in this part of the world, Dubai is becoming the center of attraction when it comes to fine-dining options. Over the years, this part of the world has also seen a number of exceptional homegrown restaurants and cafés that have impressed diners in the city.
    As the emirate is well-known for offering an unparalleled fine-dining experience no matter what the cuisine, Emirates Woman takes a closer look at all the global culinary havens that have made their mark in the city.
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    7 fabulous activities to try in the UAE this weekend

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    by Sarah Joseph
    3 hours ago

    Your ultimate weekend guide in the UAE, May 17 to 19 2024.
    Try a new brunch experience

    Bull & Bear, the luxury steakhouse at Waldorf Astoria DIFC is officially introducing the four-course Saturday brunch. Transport yourself to the Big Apple and experience the true essence of New York glamour with the launch Waldorf Astoria Dubai International Financial Centre’s new Saturday brunch at Bull & Bear, commencing this weekend. Prices start at Dhs355, the latest four-course Saturday brunch pays homage to 1920s New York – blending the pulsating energy of Wall Street with smooth sounds of live Jazz. This experience is definitely worth a visit with your friends and family.
    For more information visit bullandbeardifc.com
    Watch live comedic on-stage performances
    Get ready for a weekend full of rib-tickling hilarity at the first-ever Abu Dhabi Comedy Week. Between May18-26,2024, an incredible line-up will grace the Etihad Arena – Yas Island stage for live performances including legendary names and rising stars such as Bassem Youssef, Maz Jobrani, Aziz Ansari, Tom Segura, Andrew Schulz, Jokoy, Chris Tucker, Dave Chapelle and more.
    For for more information visit livenation.me
    Transport yourself to Spain

    La Niña unveils its newest culinary journey, La Comida. Paying homage to the Spanish tradition of brunch, La Comida invites guests to celebrate life and togetherness with fantastic food, lively music and an unmatched ambiance. With an expertly crafted, sharing-style set menu, La Niña is here to ensure that there is something for everyone to enjoy. Start your adventure in the streets of Spain with authentic tapas that include Salpicon de Pulpo, Croquetas with wild mushroom and truffle aioli and Gambas al Ajillo. Venture onto the exquisite Paella de Langosta, bomba rice with lobster and octopus. The set menu comes with three drink packages, Dhs325 for the Soft Drinks, Dhs450 for the House Drinks and Dhs550 for the House Drinks and Bubbles. Each sip and bite is accompanied by sensational live music from Cubache and DJ Aitor Glez. The xperience the lively fiesta at La Comida, where the spirit of Spain comes alive with laughter, music and great food. Join the celebrations every Saturday at La Niña in ICD Brookfield between 12:30pm to 4pm.
    Shop ‘til you drop

    If you’re looking to upgrade your summer closet, you’re in the right place. Dubai’s premier boutique Chic LeFrique showcases a curated selection of dresses, sheer robes, jumpsuits, co-ord sets, and more, the Spring Edit embodies the essence of timeless elegance and feminine sophistication. Founded in 2019 in the vibrant heart of Dubai, the home-grown brand embodies the spirit of local creativity and global influence. It’s all about expressing yourself through fashion while still keeping in mind to use great fabrics like airy Linens, Cottons and many more.
    Pamper yourself

    Give yourself the ultimate break and visit Sisters Beauty Lounge for a myriad of services ranging from blow dries to mani/pedis by a team of experts. Aditionally, For the salon’s 20th anniversary, Sisters Beauty Lounge is giving away a 24k gold bar worth Dhs3,000 at the end of this month. To enter the draw, customers simply have to book a service in the month of May and they stand a chance to be part of this exciting prize. The salon can be found in 8 desirable locations across the UAE including City Walk, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai Mall, JBR, Al Bateen and more.
    For more information visit sistersbeautylounge.com
    Unwind at a minimal café

    If you’re on the lookout for Dubai’s best kept secrets, you’re in the right place. This emirate is home to a myriad of minimal cafés known for its calming interiors which allow you to take a break from in the city. With a host of cultural enclaves, this emirate has a plethora of hidden coffee shops and cafés waiting to be discovered. Infused with boho-chic elements, each of the minimal cafés is a zen-inspired oasis for guests to unplug and reset during the weekend or weekend. From concrete interiors to a minimalist palette, Scandinavian interiors have gained huge traction over the years as spaces have sheltered away from the overcomplicated design. Be it a conscious eatery or a hidden villa in the heart of Jumeirah, Dubai is never short of minimal cafés where you can work from or simply catch up with friends. For a complete guide on the unique hidden cafés in Dubai, swipe through our editor-approved guide.
    Experience this spac-taco-lar event
    Looking for something different to do in Dubai this weekend than just the usual mall and restaurant? Calling all foodies, car enthusiasts, and social butterflies! Rev your appetite engines and cruise over to Ramy Automotive for a turbo-charged cookout experience with Don Bueno and Tacos Los Hermanos. From tantalizing tacos to fabulous flans, we’ve got the flavors to fuel your night and make this weekend unforgettable. Join us on May 18, 2024, from 6 PM to 12 AM at Ramy Automotive. Plus, bring along your furry friends because yes, it’s pet-friendly too! Whether you’re craving Latin American flavors, looking to connect with the car community, or simply eager to socialize, this event is tailor-made for you. It takes place at Ramy Automotive, Al Quoz 3 on 18th of May, 6 pm to 12 am.
    Eat healthy
    Introducing Go Organic’s detox and weight-loss meal resets—the perfect way to kickstart your healthy eating habits and reach your weight loss goals. Featuring an array of nourishing meals designed specifically for detoxification and weight loss, Go Organic is committed to helping individuals achieve their holistic wellness goals. The menu is packed with delicious options that cater to a wider audience seeking to cleanse, nourish, and rejuvenate their bodies.The Meal Resets offer curated options to help optimise health and well-being, including Gut Cleanse, Liver Detox, Alkaline Reset, Protein Reset, and Skinny Cleanse. From salads and bowls to gluten-free noodles, pastas, ravioli, gnocchi, wraps, and gourmet snacks, there’s something for everyone. Customers can choose from various durations, including 3-day, 6-day, 2-week, 1-month, and 3-month plans, tailored to individual goals and lifestyles.
    For more information visit goorganic.me
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    Here’s how to make your floral arrangements last longer

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    by Sarah Joseph
    4 hours ago

    A bouquet of big, beautiful floral arrangements always brightens up a room. We love to place a vase of them where we can admire the flowers’, however, learning how to make these floral arrangements last longer is an art.
    With same-day delivery across the UAE, Darcey Flowers is always growing with their bespoke collections ranging from peonies to chrysanthemums, the options to create your own bespoke floral arrangements are endless.
    Founded by Albert Tranquilino, Darcey Flowers has grown over the years in Dubai with two brick and mortar stores in City Walk and Al Quoz, where customers can create their own custom arrangements with fresh flowers. Darcey Flowers meticulously select the perfect combination of flowers, considering factors like color palette, texture, and seasonality.
    These tips on how to keep arrangements fresh longer will help extend the life of your cut flowers by at least a few days.
    To understand how to make any gorgeous arrangement last longer, we spoke to Tranquilino himself to tell us how to help delay the dreaded dropping of petals and make your flowers last longer.
    What inspired you to launch Darcey Flowers?
    Darcey Flowers began as a childhood dream of mine. I’ve always loved flowers and wanted to share their beauty with others. I truly believe that flowers have the power to bring joy to people’s lives. It’s also an opportunity to support other florists and like-minded individuals by helping them find success doing what they love.
    Where are the flowers sourced from?
    Sourcing the finest blooms for Darcey Flowers is a top priority hence we carefully select our flowers from the most reputable farms across the globe. We procure our blooms from regions renowned for their exceptional floral quality including The Netherlands, Kenya, South America, Taiwan, Thailand and New Zealand.

    Could you talk us through what each colour and arrangement means for any specific occasion?
    Each hue carries its unique significance. At Darcey Flowers, we love to play around with different colors to create bouquets that are full of emotion and personality. For instance, we use red to capture love and passion, which is perfect for those romantic moments. White represents purity and elegance, which makes it a great choice for weddings or remembering loved ones. Pink expresses sweetness and gratitude, ideal for occasions like Mother’s Day or birthdays. We also use yellow to bring joy and optimism to our bouquets, making them perfect for celebrations or sending cheerful messages. Purple is our go-to color for luxury and creativity, making it perfect for special occasions or to show admiration.
    What are some of the aftercare hacks that people should practice for their arrangements?
    A general tip for maintaining the freshness of your floral arrangements is to provide them with clean water and a suitable environment. To keep your flowers looking fresh, change the water every few days, trim the stems, and remove any leaves in the water. Now, when it comes to choosing a spot for your flowers, think cool and shaded. Keeping your flowers away from direct sunlight will help prevent wilting and fading, which can make them look less attractive. And if you really want to give your flowers an extra boost, consider adding some flower food to the water.
    What are some of the most popular flowers in the Middle East?
    Peonies, phalaenopsis orchids, and roses of all colors are among the most popular choices.
    What are your favourite flowers personally?
    Two of my personal favorites are peonies and vanda orchids. Oh! How I adore them! There’s just something about peonies and their romantic allure and voluminous blooms that captivates me. And vandas? Well, their striking colors and unique personalities always intrigue me. I think each flower is beautiful in its own way and never fails to inspire me.
    How do Darcey Flowers implement sustainable practices?
    We’ve made some great strides in embracing eco-conscious practices, including introducing eco-friendly bags for our beautiful bouquet arrangements. We’re also encouraging the use of plain water instead of floral foam whenever possible, so our flowers can stay fresh while being gentle on the environment. We believe that even small steps can make a big impact, and we’re committed to doing our part to create a more sustainable future. We will continue to explore eco-friendly practices throughout our operations.
    You’ve also recently started a workshop for floral arrangements? What inspired you to launch this and how is it therapeutic?
    Our main goal was to create a space where people could connect with their inner creative selves, let their creativity run wild, and discover the beauty of flowers in a meaningful way and the therapeutic benefits it bring. As the founder, I’m a firm believer in the ability of flowers to transform moods and promote overall well-being. Engaging in hands-on floral arranging can be a relaxing experience, promoting mindfulness and reducing stress. The workshop aims to empower participants to express themselves artistically, learn new skills, and find pure joy in creating something beautiful.

    Are there any new bouquets that have recently been gaining popularity?
    Monochromatic solid flower bouquets are a growing trend in floral design. These minimalist arrangements showcase the natural beauty of each bloom, creating visually striking compositions that exude sophistication and elegance.
    Which flowers can we preserve once dried and are there any tips on how to do so?
    Several types of flowers can be successfully preserved once dried, allowing you to enjoy their beauty for an extended time. The most common are roses, lavender, and hydrangeas. To preserve flowers, trim stems and remove foliage. Tie upside down with twine and hang in a place with good air circulation away from direct sunlight. Wait for complete drying, which can take a few days to weeks. Store in a cool, dry place away from moisture and sunlight.
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    6 minimal cafés with calming interiors in Dubai

    Lifeby Sarah Joseph4 hours ago VIEW GALLERY/ 6 IMAGESIf you’re on the lookout for Dubai’s best kept secrets, you’re in the right place. This emirate is home to a myriad of minimal cafés known for its calming interiors which allow you to take a break from in the city.With a host of cultural enclaves, this emirate has a plethora of hidden coffee shops and cafés waiting to be discovered. Infused with boho-chic elements, each of the minimal cafés is a zen-inspired oasis for guests to unplug and reset during the weekend or weekend.From concrete interiors to a minimalist palette, Scandinavian interiors have gained huge traction over the years as spaces have sheltered away from the overcomplicated design. Overall, the use of raw materials to meticulously curated spaces that exude a sense of pristine simplicity, allowing each café to be adorned with intricate wallpapers and carefully arranged furnishings and décor.Be it a conscious eatery or a hidden villa in the heart of Jumeirah, Dubai is never short of minimal cafés where you can work from or simply catch up with friends.For a complete guide on the unique hidden cafés in Dubai, swipe through our editor-approved guide.– For more on luxury lifestyle, news, fashion and beauty follow Emirates Woman on Facebook and InstagramImages: Instagram & Feature Image: Instagram @chiclebelle More

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    8 luxurious wedding venues to tie the knot in Dubai

    Lifeby Sarah Joseph2 hours ago Wedding season in Dubai is already and here and this destination continues to remain at the helm of all marital celebrations, where you can tie the knot with your friends and family.From beachfront destinations to ballrooms that exude elegance, the emirate is home to an array of venues that are beyond sophisticated.For immaculate attention to detail, each property creates a bespoke proposal as per the bride and groom’s requirements.So, for those currently looking for the perfect place for their wedding vows, we’ve gathered a list of all the sophisticate venues for a potential wedding.Four Seasons Resort, Jumeirah BeachCombining the city’s modernity and old-time charm, this expansive venue includes the grand Dana ballroom and a plush garden for any outdoor festivities. Whether you wish to exchange your vows on the sand or in the lush seaside garden, this hotel makes any dream a reality. No matter the size, this exquisite property welcomes every guest in style. With incredible backdrops and on-side wedding experts working with them at every step makes the entire process easier.To find out about the packages visit here.Mandarin OrientalWith world-class service and impeccable catering standards, the property will ensure any event is truly unforgettable. From flowers to venue decorations, Mandarin Oriental has relationships with external suppliers to ensure each detail is taken care of. For the bride to feel special on her wedding day, the property offers a magnificent suite with showcases expansive views of the Arabian Sea featuring a make-up station, a private lift, for bridal parties, and a spacious living space.To find out about the packages visit here.One & Only Royal Mirage, The PalmThis exceptional romantic beachfront resort promises a one-of-a-kind celebration with gourmet menus, serene spa treatments, and a timeless backdrop to enjoy with up to 50 guests. From catering to Moorish-style gardens to beginning a memorable journey, this venue caters to every request. Surrounded by nature, this property caters to refined pre-wedding photoshoots with pictures to capture those happy moments.To find out about the packages visit here.Nikki Beach Resort & SpaCouples can exchange their vows at this resort with views looking over the magnificent Arabian Gulf. Whether a small or grand occasion, the property caters to each client with world-class food, beverages menu, spa, and beauty services combined with an unending list of live entertainment. From a beach villa with a private pool for an intimate gathering to spacious ballrooms, the resort provides an exclusive service to assist customers in planning their special day.To find out about the packages visit here.Jumeirah Zabeel SarayTo ensure each wedding is different from the other, the team of in-house experts has a keen eye for an ethereal setting. From overlooking the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf to preparing a plethora of delicious canapes, every bride and groom is made to feel special Whether custom lanterns or a bespoke culinary request, the property will do its best to cater to every need.To find out about the packages visit here.Fairmont, The PalmWhen starting your life together, a wedding becomes an important decision in any couple’s life and the wedding planners at Fairmont bring each dream to life with bespoke celebrations. By bringing a wow factor to the venue, the Sea View Garden is ideal for an al fresco experience allowing couples to celebrate with around 500 guests. To ensure the guests’ taste is carefully considered, each chef will create a gourmet dining experience for a successful wedding for a stress-free experience.To find out about the packages visit here.Bulgari ResortWith Italian luxury at its heart, this exclusive property exudes an unmatched love for luxury. This beautiful venue features a 360sq metre ballroom located in the Yacht Club overlooking romantic seaside views and a welcoming space with earthy tones. With a birch walkway and candles subtly lit across the walkway, the hotel provides seamless service to make every minute count. With bespoke packages for each guest, the space can be rented for both daytime and evening events.To find out about the packages visit here.Raffles, The PalmMona Kattan and Hassan Elamin recently exchanged their vows at Raffles The Palm and celebrated one of their occasions with all their special guests prior to their wedding. Whether intimate ceremonies or lavish celebrations, each setup can be designed according to the guests’ needs. With its palatial structure and vibrancy in every corner, this property has a host of facilities to offer for guests including spa facilities and other fine-dining restaurants.For more on luxury lifestyle, news, fashion and beauty follow Emirates Woman on Facebook and InstagramImages: Supplied & Feature Image: Instagram @haileybieber  More

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    9 luxurious restaurants in Dubai with spacious private dining areas

    Lifeby Sarah Joseph3 hours ago When it comes to an exceptional dining experience, Dubai always knows how to deliver.However, to add an aura of intimacy and opulence to your next special occasion, why not opt for a private dining room?With five-star cuisine and service, these Dubai restaurants offer an outstanding experience with their decadent private dining rooms.From plush interiors to a bespoke menu, Emirates Woman has curated a list of all the luxe Dubai-based venues with a secluded space tailored to your needs.AmazonicoThis jungle-inspired venue gives guests a chance to dine in their private dining room for all types of special occasions. For larger groups, the restaurant offers a completely secluded dining space, where semi-private areas for smaller groups are also available upon request. Up to 20 guests can dine together in an intimate setting with access to the luxe rooftop and views of Dubai’s scintillating skyline. With Latin-American cuisine, diners can be taken on a sensory journey along the Amazon river with some eclectic tunes.For more information visit amazonicorestaurant.com.Shanghai MeInspired by the culinary traditions of East Asia, this haven encapsulates a rich heritage through a fusion of cocktails and dishes. This 1930s-inspired restaurant has a hidden luxe private dining area for bespoke events to meet any given requirements.For more information visit shanghame-restaurant.com. Le GuépardDesigned as a dedicated private dining space in the heart of Alserkal Avenue, this experiential venue can be tailored according to anyone’s personal preference. By cooking up a bespoke culinary menu, Chef Yanis Yahou takes guests on an unforgettable journey with each bite. Inspired by the French Riviera, guests can host birthday celebrations or corporate events with vintage décor, that’s sure to impress.For more information visit leguepard-est2021.com.Cé La ViWith out-of-this-world Burj Khalifa views and a fusion of fragrant ingredients, CÉ LA VI is the culinary hotspot is one that everyone needs to visit. The contemporary Asian menu curated by executive chef Howard Ko is second to none and the entire restaurant experience will leave you wanting to go back for more. For an event to remember, guests can host special occasions or corporate events that create a lasting impression. The private dining room, enclosed within a bamboo forest-themed interior, can host up to 10 guests and is ideal for gatherings, meetings to tastings.For more information visit celavi.com.RokaIf there’s one Japanese Robatayaki restaurant that you need to try is ROKA. Featuring a prominent red 3D brick wall, the restaurant offers a hidden dining space perfect for intimate gatherings. With dishes from the restaurant’s main menu and a long banquet hall, it’s surely a luxe option to add to your list.For more information visit rokarestaurant.com. GAIAThis award-winning Greek-Mediterranean restaurant is designed with a modern palate and a delectable menu created by Chef Izu Ani. With its captivating charm, there’s something for everyone to sit and dine for hours. With a private Chef’s Table situated on the outskirts of the kitchen at the lower level, guests can enjoy a 12-seater dining experience. Surrounded by white stone walls and intricate details with copper pans, the table and journey are designed for an intimate gathering.For more information visit gaia-restaurants.com.At.mosphereIn the world’s tallest building, this exquisite restaurant awaits. For a premium dining experience with a seating capacity of up to 16 guests, the restaurant’s culinary team brings the most meticulous creations to life while you dine sky-high.For more information visit atmosphereburjkhalifa.com. ZumaBy adding a sophisticated twist to the Japanese Izakaya style of cooking, Zuma offers authentic dishes that make people come back for more. The restaurant’s private dining area is the ideal place to host a social luncheon, brunch or corporate dinner in its unique space with a solid oak wood dining table that can seat up to 20 guests. Alternatively, the room can be divided into two separate spaces to accommodate 10 guests each.For more information visit zumarestaurant.comIl Borro Tuscan BistroIl Borro is the go-to restaurant in Dubai for five-star Italian cuisine. The fine-dining hotspot’s private dining area is the perfect place for an intimate gathering of 10 to 15 guests. Guests can experience a bespoke menu of three to four courses according to their dietary requirements.For more information visit ilborrotuscanbistro.ae– For more on luxury lifestyle, news, fashion and beauty follow Emirates Woman on Facebook and InstagramImages: Supplied & Feature image: @Indochinedxb More

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    9 nature-fuelled cafés to unwind in Dubai

    Lifeby Sarah Joseph2 hours ago Immerse yourself in nature for a midweek city life escape.To take a break from the hustle and bustle, Dubai is home to a myriad of green cafes that will most definitely transport you to the suburbs.For a botanical-themed afternoon, the emirate is never short of nature-fuelled cafés to experience with your loved ones and go for a coffee break or even a refresh.If you’re in need of inspiration, scroll through our guide of idyllic cafés to visit ASAP.Seven SeedsWith an Instagram-worthy outdoor setting, this picturesque café promises a nature-driven experience as visitors can dine in the luscious expansive area. From fresh salads to a delectable array of desserts, this venue is one of the most popular cafés with a host of dishes to try. Located in the heart of Jumeirah 1, this café is open from Monday to Thursday 7am to 11pm and Friday to Sunday 7am to 12am.For more information visit 7seeds.aeSEVASEVA has been a trailblazer in the region as the first 100 percent plant-based, gluten-free, cane-sugar-free, and GMO-free venue. While you may come for the delicious, healthy and environmentally conscious food and beverage options, you’ll stay for the secluded and laid-back vibes. This place embodies a Sunday morning feeling with its casual, healthy, and holistic approach to dining. The spaces always make it a great place to decompress with a meal away from the hustle and bustle of Dubai. To fully immerse in nature, the venue promises other mindfulness sessions such as sound healing, yoga and more.For more information visit sevaexperience.comMaisan 15This secret oasis lies expands beyond a café with its hidden library perfect for a getaway. With impeccable customer service and a courtyard experience, this one-of-a-kind space lies in a secluded spot for visitors to unwind. With fresh foliage and a fountain inside a bath, this peaceful area, is exactly where to visit during the cooler months. From sakshouka to other classic dishes such as avocado on toast, this space promises a booth-style dining experience with an artistic touch. Located in Al Barsha South, it’s open daily from 8am to 11pm.The Farm/At this oasis of calm with a botanical waterside backdrop, guests can enjoy a range of culinary flavours from the Mediterranean to Middle Eastern as The Farm serves high-quality foods with an ambience for you to take in with friends and family, in a relaxed and tranquil setting making it the perfect place to enjoy breakfast amid nature. It’s open from Sunday to Thursday 8am to 10:30 pm and Friday and Saturday 7:30am to 10:30pm at Al Barari.For more information visit thefarmdubai.aeAmongst FewThis Dubai-based space echoes minimal hues and textures with both an outdoor area for relaxing and an indoor for working from. By using simple materials such as natural wood, steel counters and lots of plants, this café also serves organic fair-trade coffee and fresh seasonal dishes to match the standards. With refreshing raw finishes, one can’t help but notice how seamlessly the café blends with creative space. Located in Villa 3 on Al Wasl Road, Palm Strip and Jumeirah Beach Road, it’s open daily from 9am to 9pm.For more information visit amongstfewcafe.comRoseleaf CaféFor homemade goodness, this independent café ensures locally roasted coffee and other carefully prepared dishes in this sanctuary. With fresh quality ingredients and green space, guests can experience the warmth of the venue and feel at home. This café is located in two prime venues in Al Quoz and Emirates Golf Club and it’s open daily from 8am to 8pm.For more information visit roseleafcafe.comNETTESituated in the heart of Dubai’s premium boutique padel club, this urban sanctuary brings the perfect blend of Japanese with Parisian. Surrounded by a padel court and yoga studio, this culinary space is a home for must-try wellness activities. With a wholesome menu, the café serves both iced and hot matcha with an array of alternative milk choices to choose from. Located inside MATCHA Club, Al Quoz, it’s open daily 8am to 10pm.For more information visit matcha-club.aeThe 100 CaféFounded by Asma Hilal Lootah opened the first fully certified health clinic and wellness centre – The Hundred Wellness Centre – in the country in 2008. Surrounded by natural greenery, this lush destination promises a holistic approach to living. This tranquil space promises healthy dishes and nutritious comfort food in a serene location. Located in Jumeirah 1, the centre is open from Saturday through Thursday, 7am to 8pm.For more information visit thehundred.aeHarvest & Co.This farm-to-table concept is situated in the heart of Dubai Garden Centre giving visitors the ultimate botanical retreat. This rustic-meets-modern greenhouse restaurant ensures an urban retreat for all those who visit with its fresh produce and an industrial palette for the complete experience. With signature roast coffee and other wholesome dishes, this homegrown experience, promises a homely atmosphere. Located in Al Quoz, it’s open daily from 8am to 6:30pm.For more information visit eatx.com– For more on luxury lifestyle, news, fashion and beauty follow Emirates Woman on Facebook and InstagramImages: Instagram & Feature Image: Instagram @nette  More