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    10 activities to do over the long Eid Al-Fitr weekend in the UAE

    The ultimate weekend guide in the UAE, April 19 to April 24, 2023.
    Put self-care first

    Experience a host of relaxing treatments at the newly opened Saray Spa at Marriott Resort Palm Jumeirah. The resort’s opulent Middle Eastern-inspired spa welcomes visitors and residents to seek relaxation and refuge within its stunning surrounds, transporting them worlds away from the lively Palm West Beach. Reflective of Dubai, this haven seamlessly offers timeless remedies alongside technologically advanced treatments, each designed to nourish, relax, and revive. The extensive facilities include dry saunas, steamrooms, Jacuzzis and an elegant hammam, with three individual tables crafted from traditional Carrara marble; perfect as an individual treatment, or enjoying as an exceptional communal space to share with friends, family or loved ones. To unwind prior to any treatment, the relaxation room offers plush sofas, low lighting, and a warm colour palette of earth tones for pre-treatment meditation. From Theragun Recovery Massage to the Desert Sand Hammam treatment.
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    For the art connoisseurs

    The famous Opera Gallery has now opened a new location at Atlantis The Royal. Showcasing a series of contemporary artists, each of them pay homage to the Middle East and visitors and residents will have access to this. The gallery will have its own dedicated exhibition programming, featuring works by artists such as Georges Braque, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Marc Chagall, Joan Miró, Bernard Buffet, Pablo Picasso, Yayoi Kusama, Niki de Saint Phalle, Georg Baselitz, Pierre Soulages, and more. In addition to its exhibitions and upscale activations, Opera Gallery will curate public areas of the resort. As its 16th location, this gallery promises an unforgettable experience for art lovers.
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    Indulge in some sweet treats

    Dubai’s highly acclaimed homegrown concept Parker’s has revealed a dramatic rebrand in Dubai Mall. The enchanting new restaurant is a tranquil retreat from the bustling city, inspired by a charming Parisian Park but with touches of Mr. Parker’s playfulness. The whimsical interior infuses the space with a sense of wonder and imagination, creating a dreamlike ambiance. The exquisite hand-painted cloudscape ceiling is a breathtaking feature, accompanied by murals of lush green forest, colorful blooms, and elegant birds. Upside down, mushroom-shaped wicker pendants hang suspended as though floating toward the art deco, jade floor tiles. From the truffle sando to the iconic Matilda cake, guests can savour a myriad of mouth-watering desserts crafted to perfection. Open daily from 10am to 1am, this beautiful bakery is most-definitely worth a visit this weekend.
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    Book a quick cityscape

    If you’re looking for an escape without the hassle of a long-haul flight, the newly opened Côte d’azur situated on the World Islands at The Heart of Europe is the perfect option. The high-end suites offer stunning ocean views and unparalleled services. Guests can indulge in the resort’s innovative offerings, including the world’s first underwater hotel, the first dedicated wedding hotel, the first floating and underwater living experience, the first coral institute in the region, the first dedicated 5-star family hotel, the world’s first artificial rainy streets, and world’s first outdoor snow plaza. Inspired by the vibrant playground of the rich and famous South of France, this exclusive beachfront resort features four exquisite boutique hotels, each with unique architecture and design named after famous locations on the French Riviera. With watersports and recreational activities, there’s plenty to do on the resort.
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    Unwind at this beachside brunch

    During an elevated family-friendly brunch, guests will indulge on a buffet of delectable dishes including fresh seafood platters, crisp salads, a selection of sushi rolls, meats and fish served sharing style straight from the grill. Café Nikki prepared a delectable array of desserts to ensure that the meal ended on a sweet note. Resident DJ along with soothing sounds of sax will provide the chilled soundtrack to a super-relaxing afternoon in the sun followed by complimentary pool and beach access for guests who are looking to enjoy pristine white sands and the sun setting over the Arabian Gulf. Taking place every Saturday from 1pm to 4pm, packages start at Dhs350 per person and this brunch is ready to take Nikki Beach by storm once again this weekend.
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    Savour an exquisite lunch

    This Eid, Suq Restaurant at Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach promises a feast unlike any other. All set to take place on April 22 and 23, guests can enjoy the lush green terrace with family and friends, while savoring the mouth-watering traditional hot and cold mezzeh, lamb ouzi, sharwarma, homemade pasta, live BBQ grills and more. To top it off, Gault & Millau UAEs pastry chef of the year 2022, Nicolas Lambert, will showcase his exceptional desserts. Taking place from 1pm to 4pm, the prices starts at Dhs455 including soft beverages and Dhs225.
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    Celebrate art and sound 
    Experience the build-up to Eid Al Fitr 2023 with Tranquillity at 360 degrees with exceptional calligraphy artist Dia Allam, accompanied by the musical brilliance of Anas Al Halabi’s Handpan Orchestra. Surround yourself with beautiful Arabic calligraphy that defines life’s different “Layers” while listening to the harmonious sounds produced by the orchestra, on April 21,2023. Guests will have the chance to walk out of the performance feeling relaxed; with a refreshed perspective on the beauty of Arabic art and a newfound appreciation for the distinctive sounds of the Handpan. Ticket prices start at Dhs180 at the the Theatre of Digital Art at Souk Madinat in Jumeirah.
    Live like a Royal
    Book a royal Suite at The H Hotel over the long weekend. Regal, decadent, and stately – the Royal Suite is the epitome of luxury in Dubai. This suite is indeed an urban palace, taking up the entire penthouse level of the hotel and spread across 1,130 sq m over two floors. Upon entering the suite via a private elevator, the first striking feature is the Royal Majlis – a decadent space centred by a giant circular sofa – large enough for 30 people to sit comfortably – and a beautiful contemporary chandelier that dominates the ceiling. The breath-taking feature of this royal penthouse suite is the double-story floor-to-ceiling corner windows that offer unparalleled panoramic views of Dubai’s old town and Sheikh Zayed Road, featuring its own private cinema.
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    Savour a Greek feast

    As the holy month of Ramadan comes to an end, celebrate Eid Al Fitr in true Greek fashion at OPA Dubai, for an evening filled with vibrant hospitality, delicious food, and traditional celebration rituals. As the holy month of Ramadan comes to an end, celebrate Eid Al Fitr in true Greek fashion at OPA Dubai, for an evening filled with vibrant hospitality, delicious food, and traditional celebration rituals. In addition to the food, guests will be entertained by traditional Greek dancing. The performers will showcase the rich cultural heritage of Greece and its influence on other Mediterranean cultures, calling for the perfect evening filled with a lively atmosphere. Located at Fairmont Dubai, this restaurant is open from 7pm until 3am.
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    Dine under the stars

    Sonara Camp is the first-ever eco-conscious desert dining destination on the outskirts of the Gold City, a bespoke dining experience to go down in the books. Select between the signature Oasis barbeque or Oasis Mexican fusion menu or opt for our other private event menu propositions- Japanese fusion, Gastronomic dinner, Oriental or vegan with menus that can be created together with the resident chef. For a magical night under the stars , guests can pay a memorable visit with their loved ones. Priced at Dhs860 per adult, this experience includes a gentle desert drive from the gate to the camp, a seasonal menu prepared by the Resident Chef , sand boarding, volleyball, soft archery, and more, a falcon show, a camel ride at the camp, a fire show and unlimited entertainment.
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    10 fabulous activities to do in Dubai this weekend

    The ultimate weekend guide in Dubai – February 17 to February 19, 2023.
    Put skincare first

    With science-backed treatments, AEON has recently opened its doors in the new Atlantis The Royal. Customers can choose from a host of treatments such as the Aquagold Facial, Morpheus8, Dermal Fillers, Botox, Profhilo, Mesotherapy, Stem Cell Facials and PRP. The clinic also offers FaceArt by Dr. Jaffer Khan himself, which is custom-designed for each patient through a detailed consultation, with a combination of both dermal Fillers and Botox. This treatment allows patients to restore volume in the under-eyes, cheeks, lips, chin and jawline. It also reduces wrinkles and restricts the overactivity of some facial muscles in order to create a lifting effect. So, book your treatment for an overall skin wellness experience.
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    Brunch alfresco

    If you’re looking for an outdoor venue to unwind, Cleo is the place this weekend. Situated at The Hyde Hotel, this Levantine-inspired restaurant has unveiled its terrace, providing guests with an immersive brunch experience with Levantine beats and cuisine that evokes crisp summer mornings on the coast by drawing inspiration from Lebanon, Syria, Greece, and Italy in a bright and airy ambiance with a view of the city. Guests can indulge in Cleo’s carefully curated grape and let the cocktail menu transport them back to the era of Cleopatra. The brunch is priced at Dhs299 per person and will be available every Saturday from 1pm to 5pm.
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    Try a luxe afternoon tea

    Head to Ladurée for a quintessential afternoon tea experience, one that promises to delight all your senses. Gather your loved ones for a laid-back afternoon and soak in the charming ambience and timeless elegance of Ladurée. Explore a tasteful selection of sumptuous beverages including Ladurée Coffee, Ladurée Tea or Ladurée Hot Chocolate. Guest can choose any two types of finger sandwiches and Mini Viennoiseries from the menu. Savour the pastries such Ispahan, Passion Raspberry and Plaisir Sucres, and don’t forget to try the coward favourite Macarons from the selections. The afternoon tea experience will be available all day in all locations except for Nakheel Mall and DFC. It takes place every day from 12 noon onwards and is priced at Dhs204 for two persons.
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    Enjoy a delectable breakfast

    Catch up with your loved ones over breakfast at the new Maison Mathais situated at West Beach’s voco Dubai The Palm. Visitors can admire views of the Arabian Gulf while being treated to the smells of the on-site bakery, with traditional baguettes, homemade sourdough, and fluffy brioche burger buns. The haven also boasts traditional croissants filled with chocolate and almonds, reminiscent of those found in charming Parisian cafés. The Daily Breakfast Menu is available from 7am to 2pm Saturday and Sunday and offers a wide selection of benedicts bursting with flavours including a collection of dishes. Diners looking to satisfy their sweet tooth can try Le Moelleux Au Chocolat, a hot, soft-centered chocolate cake served with vanilla ice cream.
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    Book a VIP beach club experience

    The city’s original and most iconic beach club, Nikki Beach Dubai is set to elevate its guest experience even further this winter with the addition of nine brand-new VIP Pool Cabanas. The private cabanas come with their temperature-controlled pools, relaxing daybed and green partition for a sophisticated beach club experience. Guests have the option to dine on an eclectic menu of light and fresh salads, sushi, ceviche, and grilled seafood either in the privacy of their cabana or in the elegant bar and lounge area. VIPs can also enjoy their own private area or easily venture down to the beach club pool. Renowned for its heady mix of live entertainment and energetic vibes, and set against a backdrop of Pearl Jumeira’s stunning pristine coastline. The weekend cabanas start at Dhs6,000 for up to seven guests with Dhs3,000 towards a bottle service and Dhs3,000 towards F&B.
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    Take a look at this sculpture park

    DIFC’s open-air Sculpture Park returns with an immersive art experience titled ‘Tales Under the Gate’and the park will remain open to the public until September 30, 2023. During the event, well-established galleries, such as Firetti Contemporary, AWC Gallery, Leila Heller Gallery, Opera Gallery, Oblong Gallery, Belvedere Art Space and Zieta Studio, as well as independent artists will showcase their works.
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    Give your hair the love it deserves

    Those looking for an effective treatment for smooth hair need to look no further. We Nails is now offering the hair treatment, Arknvie for silky soft texture. The product is tailored for different types of hair and can be used to straighten, or to enhance curls by eliminating frizz – it can even be used on hair extensions. The treatment penetrates the hair at a deep level, which is why it takes about 2-3 hours depending on the hair length and thickness. The original price starts from Dhs1000, depending on length & thickness with 20 percent off throughout the month of February. Hair detox is a tailormade treatment and a short consultation will be required before treatment begins to find out the desired outcome of each client. It’s located in Grand Trident Building, JBR.
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    Go for a fine-dining meal

    Josette is the latest Parisian fine-dining haven on the block. With show-stopping interiors and a selection of carefully curated dishes. The artistic director has brought together an array of burlesque stars, tap dancers, singers and more to surprise and delight guests for a 360-degree dining experience. After dark, the space transforms into Josette’s private dining room, setting the perfect scene for glamorous soirées and fabulous affairs. The menu includes Parisian classics. You can slice into tune tartare, foie gras terrine, escargot, ratatouille, soup a l’oignon, and plateau de Josette, a signature seafood platter.When it comes to the interiors, expect marble floors, mustard sofas, and mirrored columns. The restaurant is located in ICD Brookfield Place, DIFC and is open from 12pm to 3am.
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    Get your hands on the latest Emirates Woman issue

    For our cover, we are very proud to have partnered with MOUAWAD, a brand delivering a cool, innovative and exciting new take on how we visualise fine jewellery. We discuss starting cutting-edge technology with industry heavyweights Carol Hilsum, Senior Director of Product Innovation and Kelly Kowal, Chief Platform Officer at FARFETCH in An Innovative Market, we interview the Founder of DREST, Lucy Yeomans in Innovating the Luxury Fashion Space and discover what it takes to grow your TikTok account in Digital Innovation.
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    8 fabulous things to do in the UAE this weekend


    by Sarah Joseph
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    Your ultimate weekend guide in the UAE – January 27 to January 29, 2023.
    Put self-care first

    Stretch it out at Dubai’s popular beach haven Koko Bay, with an hour-long yoga session, in partnership with lululemon, led by expert practitioner Wellness with Dina, a local specialist in yoga, meditation, and reiki and Pure Cure Yoga, lululemon ambassador. Taking place on Saturday, January 28 at 8.30am, this yoga session will include a sumptuous breakfast at the popular restaurant for all guests attending the class. Priced at Dhs100, this all-inclusive wellness session will promise tranquil views of Dubai’s skyline, making it the perfect way to start the weekend.
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    Shop at this skincare haven

    Welcome to the future of skincare at Aēsop’s latest store at Dubai Mall. With space-age experimentation, visitors can embark on a new beauty journey and explore a complete range of skin, hair and body care products displayed in its sci-fi spacecraft interiors. The store’s trained consultants are able to offer complimentary advice about products best suited to individual needs. A concealed Fragrance Library adds to the sense of mystery: here, guests can imbue a piece of clothing with their aroma of choice, taking it with them on their imagined journey. So get ready to enjoy this one-of-a-kind skincare experience in Dubai.
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    Enjoy this delectable Greek haven

    The award-winning Greek restaurant Mythos Kouzina and Grill has officially opened its second branch at The Square in City Walk. With authentic dishes crafted to perfection and natural aesthetics, the restaurant offers a host of crave-worthy dishes such as Fava, Feta in Filo, succulent grills and more. With fresh ingredients re-imagines through a Greek lens, this venue will transport guests to the timeless charm of the country. The interiors are deep rooted in natural materials, earthy colors, raw and unfinished textures. Attaining a laid-back modern space that draws guests in effortlessly with its charming beautifully-crafted pottery, handwoven rattan chairs and artistic tableware. Located in the heart of City Walk, it’s open daily from 12:30pm until midnight and until 1am on weekends.
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    Visit this new winter pop us

    This season is all about spending it outdoors. By adding to the list of chic desert cafés in Dubai, Cactus Grove is the latest winter pop up in Alfaya Desert to be added to your list. Open daily from 4pm to 12am, this luxe hotspot promises delicious coffee and the perfect Instagram-worthy shot in the middle of nature. Designed with cactus and other botanical elements, this venue is definitely a must-visit this weekend. The location can be found here.
    Book a fine-dining experience

    Indulge in contemporary Anatolian cuisine at the newly opened Rüya at The St. Regis Dubai. With flavors from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea, signature stylish beverages, and music by the resident DJ for a vibrant night to remember. With an array of unmatched dishes such as wild mushroom ragout, grilled seabream, pulled lamb and more, guests can indulge in a sharing-style menu for a wholesome experience. For the complete experience, dishes are curated from the theatrical open kitchen with inventive cocktails. To embrace the outdoor seasons, visitors can dine on the terrace to take in the exquisite views of the Arabian Gulf. Byzantine architecture-inspired dome-shaped chandeliers and intricately designed Turkish carpets are reminiscent of a bygone era through the restaurant’s interiors. The restaurant is open daily for dinner from 6pm onwards and will most definitely promise a memorable evening.
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    Take your culinary skills to the next level

    If you want to become a sushi expert, Katsuya at Hyde Dubai has launched an exclusive masterclass to learn from the specialist, Chef Pavel. Priced at Dhs299 per person, visitors can learn how to add innovative twists to any classic dish and work with Truffle to give all creations a decadent touch. As it’s limited to 10 guests per class, do ensure all bookings are made in advance prior to the session. The class takes place every Sunday between 12pm to 8pm. To make any reservation, visit here.
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    It’s brunch time

    Need Saturday night plans on The Palm Jumeirah? Look no further as Barfly set to launch their evening Barfly Soiree Brunch. The evening’s atmosphere will be charged with live entertainment and delectable Asian-inspired dishes, which promise to take the soiree brunch to new heights Packages for the brunch start from Dhs385 for soft beverages, Dhs445 for house pouring and Dhs545 for premium beverages with their own menu of signature cocktails included and a delicious range of mocktails. The evening’s atmosphere will be charged with live entertainment, from energetic dancers to live DJ, which promises to take the soiree brunch to new heights. Every Saturday from 7 to 11pm come and take in the stunning view, delicious menu, and live entertainment at the Hilton’s liveliest venue.
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    Attend this K-pop concert in Abu Dhabi

    By making their way to the UAE, BLACKPINK World is set to perform live in Abu Dhabi this weekend at Etihad Park, Yas Island. Along with the BLACKPINK Abu Dhabi concert, the group will perform in Riyadh, Manila, Singapore, Melbourne, Sydney and more. So, mark your calendars as this K-pop group will hit the stage in the UAE capital.
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    Desk Essentials That Will Help You Survive the Gloomiest Season of the Year

    It’s dark out by 4:00, temperatures are plummeting, and we’re spending more time indoors—the gloomiest time of the year is officially here. This time can be challenging for everyone, but it can be especially difficult when you work from home. After all, when the workday’s done and it’s pitch-black and freezing outside, no one really wants to leave their house. And when you’re staring at the same four walls day in and day out, you’re more likely to go stir-crazy and feel the effects of SAD (seasonal affective disorder).
    That said, one of the easiest ways to combat this is to fill your space with items that make you feel excited and inspired. So, give your office a winter upgrade with these 20 desk essentials. These items will help you stay productive and survive the gloomiest time of the year without feeling like you’re losing your mind. Keep scrolling to learn more.

    Light Therapy Lamp
    The sun may only come out for a few hours each day (if at all), but this light therapy lamp can give you a little dose of sunshine right at your desk. If you find yourself tired, sluggish, or just not feeling it, turning on your light therapy lamp can give you the boost you’re looking for.

    The Everygirl x Day Designer
    30-Day Challenge Planner
    Life will test you sometimes, but our 30-Day Challenge Planner can help you set yourself up for success in spite of it all. With guided challenges pertaining to wellness, career, and more, even the gloomiest time of the year will be no match for you.

    Lulu’s Garden
    Love Rosé Garden
    Contrast the gloomy weather outside and infuse some brightness into your office with this adorable succulent plant box that’ll fit perfectly in the corner of your desk.

    Makeup by Mario
    MoistureGlow™ Plumping Lip Balm
    This multitasking lip balm is perfect for winter. With a formula designed to soothe, hydrate and plump, and a hint of dewy, glossy color, swipe on before your next Zoom meeting or throughout the day and take the world by storm.
    Available in 14 colors.

    Wireless Charging Stone
    If you’re on your phone a lot for work, then you need a good, reliable charger, and Einova has just the thing for you. This wireless charging stone is made with genuine Italian marble, so it looks chic AF, and charges your phone lightning-fast.
    Available in 7 colors.

    “Vacation” Eau de Toilette
    Dreaming of a tropical vacation? Same. If you can’t get away, bring the tropical vibes to you with Vacation’s signature scent: the smell of sunscreen and summer.

    Aroma Om® Cool Mist Diffuser
    Even the gloomiest of days will be no match for this cool mist diffuser. Fill with your favorite essential oil blend and bring natural, healing, and calming vibes into your space and breathe life back into your office once again.
    Available in white and grey.

    Pottery Barn
    Acrylic Memo Tablet with Pens
    Your to-do tasks, grocery lists, and words of affirmation have never looked so sleek. This customizable acrylic memo tablet will help you personalize your workspace and maximize productivity and creativity during the cold winter months.

    Snarky Pen Set
    This collection of pens comes personally recommended to you by our Chief of Sales, Ally. Sure, you can write with any old pen you have lying around, but if you’re looking to brighten your day, nothing will do that like a pen that reminds you just how badass you are.

    Smart Mug Warmer
    Whether you’re a coffee addict, tea drinker, or fan of hot water and lemon, this smart mug warmer will conveniently fit in the corner of your desk, keep your beverages hot, and warm you up from the inside out.

    Mark & Graham
    Lips Ceramic Catchall Tray
    Nothing’s more annoying than accidentally banging your jewelry on your desk. Preserve your pieces and place them in this adorable catchall tray while you’re working. The lip shape is feminine and stylish, and comes in blush and red.

    Project 62™
    Acrylic Round Desktop Organizer
    A cluttered desk when you’re already feeling trapped in one space isn’t going to do you any favors. Get organized with this round acrylic desktop organizer. With 4 compartments and a clear design, you won’t waste time picking out random objects until you find the right one, and will be able to fit everything you need inside.

    Finance Planner
    Take advantage of the cold weather and refresh your money mindset and work towards your financial goals with this planner. With money mentor articles, clarity pages, savings and debt reviews, and more, this planner will help you hold yourself accountable and keep track of your money moves and progress.
    Available in 3 colors.

    Amazon | Coolfor
    Electric Desktop Space Heater
    If you’re perpetually cold, you need this electric desktop space heater in your life. It’s tiny but mighty, and will have no trouble heating things up.
    Available in green and brown.

    Talking Out of Turn
    The Future Is Female Mug
    If you wake up feeling a bit “blah,” sip a hot beverage out of this empowering, motivational mug.

    Bright Ideas Mini Highlighters
    We’re all liable to become extra forgetful during this time of year, but with these mini highlighters you’ll be able to color-code important notes, tasks, and documents accordingly.

    Amazon | Ulefi
    Under-Desk Heated Slippers
    Getting warm and staying warm is practically impossible when your feet are cold, and I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time working when I’m freezing. Keep these heated slippers underneath your desk, and slip your feet in whenever you’re cold or want to feel warm, safe, and cozy.

    Mind & Body Reset Kit
    This kit comes with 3 roll-on essential oil blends that can revive, refresh, and renew. Whenever you’re feeling sluggish, uninspired, anxious or overwhelmed, roll on one of these blends to get yourself up and running again and get back to work.

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    Our Managing Editor Reveals: The Tech Products She Would Sell Her Soul For

    Every so often I get the urge to turn off my phone, unplug my wifi, and run away to the mountains with nothing but my books to keep me company. This tech-free life sounds wonderful and I’d be halfway out the door if it wasn’t for the fact that my Kindle, a device that requires wifi, is essentially my security blanket, and my weekly screen report from Apple is proof that going internet-free isn’t in the cards for me. So instead of galavanting off to a cabin in the woods, I lean into the tech products that make my life a thousand times easier. 
    I literally cannot sleep without my sound machine, am emotionally attached to my standing desk, and can’t fathom drying my hair without my trusty Dyson. This self-awareness is freeing. If you’re ready to fully embrace our tech overlords, join me in adding the tech products I would absolutely sell my soul for (even though no one asked) to your life—I promise you won’t regret it.

    In this article

    My Tech Favorite Products
    Many of the items here aren’t the most “fun” things to buy — they’re no Sephora haul or brand new bag — but when I say they’ve revolutionized my life, I’m really not exaggerating. My favorites listed here range from smaller gadgets that are easy to tack onto any Amazon purchase to bigger ticket items I’m begging you to finally pull the trigger on.

    Sunrise Alarm Clock
    I can no longer sleep well if I don’t have my Hatch Restore routine going. It allows you to create a custom sleep routine that gently guides you to sleep and to wake up with soothing sounds and light that mimics a sunset and sunrise, respectively. It sounds out there, I know, but I literally sleep like a baby when I use it and the slow-building morning alarm is so much more pleasant to wake up to than my phone blaring in my ear.

    Wireless Phone Charger & Accessory Tray
    The Courant wireless charging products are the perfect blend of form and function. I keep the Catch:3 on my nightstand to charge my phone overnight and hold my other bedside essentials. It looks great beside my bed and an added bonus: because my phone has to lay on the charger, I can’t stay up well into the night scrolling through TikTok with my phone plugged in. I can already feel my eyes becoming less strained.

    All-in-One Standing Desk
    My love for my Flexispot standing desk came as a complete shock to my system. However, after searching high and low for a standing desk that was semi-affordable and not horrendous to look at, I landed on this one and now I can’t imagine life without it. When combined with an under desk treadmill, it’s a combination that really can’t be beat.

    Ergonomic Laptop Stand
    I’ve dedicated so much time to finding aesthetically pleasing desk accessories and have truly never seen a prettier laptop stand that doesn’t cost a billion dollars. Yes, this one is a step-up from the $20 ones you’ll find all over Amazon, but it’s so worth it for an ergonomic solution that looks beautiful, too.

    Apple Pencil Charging Stand
    Before I got this charging stand for my Apple pencil, it was always dead, which meant I never really used it and therefore never really used my iPad. As soon as I got this little stand and placed it on my desk, my iPad became my lifeblood and my Apple pencil is always ready right when I need it.

    Wrist Support Keyboard Rest & Mouse Pad
    Are you tired of seeing this set on every desk essentials article we put out? I will not apologize for that because it is absolutely imperative you have this keyboard rest and mouse pad set. Your wrists will love you for using these and you won’t even have to sacrifice your desk aesthetic.

    Kindle Paperwhite
    The relationship I have with my Kindle could be described as unhealthy. But if it is, I don’t care. I have never read so much in my life than I do with my Kindle. It is the first thing I reach for every morning to accompany my morning coffee and the first thing I pack in my personal item when traveling. If anything ever happened to my Kindle, I’d have to replace it immediately. If you’re a reader who’s been waffling over whether or not to take the plunge, please do it. You won’t regret it.

    Desktop Webcam
    If you are still using your MacBook’s potato of a camera, please add this to your Amazon cart right now and click purchase. It is a massive and necessary upgrade for your WFH setup. It features a built-in ring light to keep the quality of your calls top-tier, even if the lighting everywhere else on your home is abominable.

    Keyboard Cleaner Kit
    I file this under nifty, cheap products that I will 100% delete from my cart before I actually place my Amazon order. However, when this all-in-one tech cleaner did finally survive my Amazon cart purge, it became a holy grail in my desk essential arsenal. I love that I can clean all the nooks and crannies in my various devices with just one simple tool.

    Roomba Vacuum
    I hate vacuuming almost as much as I hate doing dishes, so this robot vacuum is a true lifesaver. We have it set to go off twice a week (there are three dogs in this house so that frequency is 100% necessary), and I don’t even have to think about vacuuming unless I’m doing a deep clean in the nooks and crannies.

    Portable Label Maker
    A label maker is the kind of thing you only wish you had once in a blue moon, but when you do need one, you kick yourself for not having one. This is your sign to finally take the plunge. This one is cute, small, and connects to your phone for easy labeling.

    Red Light Therapy Wand & Serum Kit
    Beauty tech is a category I didn’t see myself buying into, but my experience with products like the Nuface and now the SolaWave have made me a true convert. This skincare wand combines several different beauty treatments in one—microcurrent, red light therapy, facial massage, and therapeutic warmth—for the ultimate self-care experience. Immediately after using, my skin is less puffy and glowing, and long term use targets fine lines, wrinkles, and blemishes. So it’s a win now and a win later.

    Laptop Carry Sleeve & Stand
    This laptop sleeve tops the list of things I didn’t even realize I needed until I had it. This sleek leather sleeve protects my laptop when traveling and doubles as an ergonomic stand when I reach my destination, whether it’s a coffee shop or a company trip. I love that I no longer have to sacrifice my beloved ergonomics when I’m working away from home. If you travel for work or really lean into that “work from anywhere” lifestyle, this is the laptop sleeve for you.

    Tech Products On My Wishlist
    Sure, this is a not-so-subtle hint to my family when I send them my “latest article to check out,” but it’s also an inside scoop for you, dear readers, at the items I’ve pre-deemed worth every single penny.

    Wi-Fi Connected Jet Mop
    I’ve already spoken about the undying love I have for my Roomba, and I am very close to taking the plunge on the mop version as well. The vacuum has made my life so much easier, especially with having pets, so I know the mop would be just as game-changing.

    4K Smart Monitor
    I do not need an iMac, and definitely don’t want to spend $2,000 for what is essentially a pretty monitor (nothing I do for work requires that kind of computing power). But, I still want a beautiful monitor to complete my desk. So, what’s a girl to do? When I first saw this Samsung monitor my jaw dropped at how perfectly it solved my dilemma. It’s the perfect upgrade to my setup and while still an investment, is much more affordable than the iMac.

    Desktop Vacuum
    This desktop vacuum cleaner has yet to survive one of my pre-checkout Amazon cart purges, but it’s only a matter of time before I take the plunge on this. I’ve seen countless videos about it on TikTok and know it’ll be such a useful addition to my desk.

    Light Therapy Lamp
    As a recent transplant to the Pacific Northwest, I don’t think I’m fully prepared for the gloomiest time of the year, even though I love the rain. This light therapy lamp would be the perfect device to have on my desk to help me get through the cold, dark, and rainy days when all I really want is to curl up on the couch.

    Compact Electric Heater
    The battle between my husband and I over the thermostat is constantly raging on, but this beautiful space heater might be just the thing to get me to back off. I’ve truly never seen a space heater like this before, and as someone who is always cold, I know I’d get my money’s worth.

    Lap Desk
    I love a work-from-the-couch moment, but my current lap desk has had its day in the sun and I’m in desperate need of an upgrade. This lap desk from Arlo Skye is a definite splurge, but I use my current one so much I know it will be well worth the cost. This one comes complete with a storage tray and a stand to prop up your phone or iPad—it’s truly perfect for all of my needs.

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    The 15 apps women living in the UAE need to have on their phones


    by Sarah Joseph
    5 hours ago

    With our lives condensed into the palm of our hands on our phones nowadays, it’s essential to have all the necessary apps you need.
    From getting quick grocery deliveries to staying up-to-date with the latest trends, to ensuring you can get the best deals to experience life in Dubai, here’s 15 apps every woman living in the UAE needs to have on their phone.

    As the ‘definitive home of luxury’ for the Middle East, you can find the best local and international brands on the Ounass app. In Dubai there’s two-hour delivery available, meaning you can get that new outfit for a weekend brunch in the blink of an eye.
    You can download the app on both the iOS and Android stores.

    Bloomingdale’s Middle East recently launched a new iOS app for the region, meaning you can shop right on your phone for all the latest new buys. Not only will shoppers have access to the most sought-after brands at their fingertips, but the delivery time for pieces will be minimal. For those based in the UAE, same-day delivery will be available and for Kuwait and Saudi, express shipping is available.
    You can download the app on the iOS store.

    This hassle-free app is your one-stop-shop solution for all provides all your needs as you ride, order food and more around the UAE.
    You can download the app on both the iOS and Android stores.
    Microsoft Teams

    With the world adapting to the new work-from-home measures, the best way to stay connected to your team is through this all-encompassing app where members can chat, collaborate, share documents professionally and video call. Designed for hybrid working, this app lets company members connect from any part of the world making it easier to coordinate any upcoming project or assignment.
    You can download the app on both the iOS and Android stores.

    This online food ordering company ensures prompt service for all your needs, From restaurant deals to medicine delivered to your doorstep, this app connects customers to hundreds of restaurants and shops nearby making each service accessible without any added hassle. With the T-mart service on the app, customers are guaranteed fresh grocery deliveries in under 20 minutes without the need to physically visit any grocery store.
    You can download the app on both the iOS and Android stores.

    This award-winning app allows residents to top up their metro Nol card, renew their license, top up for parking and renew any car service. This smart app is designed to allow users to chat with RTA agents for any questions pertaining to safe driving measures. Users can also calculate their Green points according to the public transportation services used to keep an eye on the money, time and carbon dioxide emissions saved.
    You can download the app on both the iOS and Android stores.

    After paving its way in Dubai, the British food delivery company seamlessly delivers groceries, takeaways and event floral arrangements right to your doorstep. With an integrated delivery network, meets all your food needs with a plethora of restaurants including fine-dining options.
    You can download the app on both the iOS and Android stores.

    To enjoy the best of what Dubai has to offer you need to ensure you download the UAE rewards app Viya. Think of the platform as your VIP access to around 100 city’s top restaurants and bars as well as sporting experiences, exclusive spa days and rounds of golf on Dubai’s leading courses. Sunseekers will love exclusive access to hotel pools and beaches by booking day pass via the app. The format is simple and works on a two-way loyalty system. For every Dhs10 you spend at a Viya partner, the app will reward you with Dhs1 that can eventually add up and go towards an unforgettable experience. In addition, you will enjoy savings on every purchase via the app. Your five-star access awaits from only Dhs1,375 for three months.

    Get your groceries from your trusted local supermarkets on InstaShop at the same in-store prices with a 45 minute average delivery depending on your location. You need to simply download the app, sit back and the experts on this platform will handle the rest.
    You can download the app on both the iOS and Android stores.
    The Entertainer

    This money-saving app is packed with numerous one for two offers along with 25 per cent off at some major outlets, be it restaurants, spas, shops, hotels or even activities as you experience more and pay less.
    You can download the app on both the iOS and Android stores.

    As the Middle East’s largest online fashion site, the Namshi app is a must-have to get all the best and latest pieces at a reasonable price. With over 500 brands and 10,000 items of clothes, shoes and accessories you’ll sit there browsing for hours.
    You can download the app on both the iOS and Android stores.

    What better way to listen to all the songs and podcasts you love than on one consolidated app, giving you access on any gadget whether a phone, computer or tablet. Always ready at your fingertips, you can even let Spotify surprise you with their personalised playlists which are curated especially according to your taste as you sit back and relax with the premium subscription also available for uninterrupted learning.
    You can download the app on both the iOS and Android stores.
    The Dubai Mall

    As the largest shopping centre in the world, getting around The Dubai Mall can prove to be difficult if you’re new to the UAE. However, the app is your ultimate guide to helping you get around the mall to find the best shops and restaurants Dubai Mall has to offer.
    You can download the app on both the iOS and Android stores.

    With strict worldwide travelling measures, keeping in touch with your friends can be quite the task. The Zoom app has made staying up-to-date with your loved ones easy, as with a click of a button you can all connect as frequently catch up with each other.
    You can download the app on both the iOS and Android stores.

    For those on a busy schedule or just want an app that can take care of your washing, Washmen will be a godsend. Washmen is a simple app that takes care of your laundry with wash & fold and clean & press services. The usual turnaround time for garments is 48 to 72 hours.
    You can download the app on both the iOS and Android stores.
    – For more on luxury lifestyle, news, fashion and beauty follow Emirates Woman on Facebook and Instagram
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    Workout Clothes So Trendy, You’ll Want to Wear Them 24/7

    Lacking motivation to work out? The fix might be as simple as a wardrobe upgrade with some new cute workout clothes. When you feel like your best self, you’ll be more likely to treat your body better. Whether you’re looking for motivation to get sweaty or you plan on living in activewear all year long (same), we’ve rounded up the cutest activewear that 2022 has to offer (because you deserve to look as good as a workout makes you feel).
    Between “it” colors (give me all the neon and pastel shades!), more luxe fabrics, and trendy new details, your activewear is about to be the chicest section of your wardrobe (watch your back, blazers!). 

    In this article

    Sports Bras


    Bottoms & Dresses


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    All the Cool Girls on TikTok Are Obsessed with This Workout Clothing Brand, so I Tried It

    If you’ve spent any time on the Internet over the last few months, you’ve likely heard of Halara, the trendy new activewear brand that all the cool girls are wearing. Everyone swears their pieces are Lululemon quality without the Lululemon price tag, so I obviously had to try them out. I was nervous about buying without trying on since it’s an online-only company and I’m picky about the fit of my workout clothes, but the website had glowing product reviews and the TikTok girlies assured me the clothes lived up to the hype. With that in mind, I placed my order and eagerly awaited the arrival of my package (for about two long weeks). So without further ado, here are the best-selling items I tried from TikTok’s favorite inexpensive athleisurewear brand and my honest thoughts. 

    1. Everyday Dress
    This is one of the pieces I see all the cool girls wearing, and now I understand why. It combines all the things I love about some of their other pieces: It has a similar fit to the cropped tank, the comfortable fabric of the high-waisted shorts, and the form and function of the biker shorts. I don’t know that this would be a go-to gym fit, but it’s a great option for a hot girl walk, casual brunch, or quick game of tennis (or an attempt to play tennis, if you’re like me). It’s also an easy piece to dress up or down. I love that you can easily throw on a jacket or tie a flannel around your waist and swap your tennis shoes for sandals to completely change the look.  

    2. High-Waisted Pocket Shorts
    As someone who carries her weight in her legs and booty (I’m coming for your brand, Kim K), I’ve struggled with the way shorts fit me for as long as I can remember. With that in mind, I didn’t have high hopes for these, but they had plenty of five-star reviews from girls saying the shorts were comfortable and cinched their waists. They also looked great on the model, so I was interested to see if they’d work for me too. 
    While they were super comfortable and probably could have been worn as lounge shorts, they didn’t quite live up to my expectations. I prefer my shorts a bit longer so I feel covered while working out and to help avoid the dreaded inner thigh chaffing. The fabric is so thin and soft which feels amazing, but they do ride up and bunch easily. Also, the leg openings aren’t nearly as roomy as they look on the model. 5/10, would wear again, but not my #1 pick for tough workouts. 

    3. Ruffle Hem Shorts
    Let’s just say my relationship with these shorts is complicated. I actually liked the way these shorts fit better than the High-Waisted Pocket Shorts because they had a looser fit in the legs. But, dare I say… too loose? The baggier fit of these combined with the ruffle hem (which was originally the main selling point for me) made them feel more like sleepwear than workout wear. Halara does refer to these as “casual” shorts, which makes sense considering their fit, but since they weren’t included in their loungewear section, I hoped they could still be worn outside the house. This pair could definitely work for some people, but I’d stay away from them if you want to feel more covered up and put together while jumping around in your workouts. For lounge shorts, however, they are perfection. 

    4. Padded Tank Top
    I’ve never been one for the crop top life—even during my peak party girl days. But I’ve been loving the look of long-line sports bras lately, so I thought I’d finally give the trend a try. Lo and behold, I’ve found my new favorite workout top. It’s a little tight (I followed the size chart), but that just means it works well for more high-impact workouts and is supportive, despite not having adjustable straps. I find that the tighter fit also helps the top stay in place so you don’t have to worry about the hem rolling up while you’re moving around. 
    And the quality? Top-notch. I was fully expecting the removable pads to shift and fold like some of my cheaper workout tops, but they have stayed in place even after a few cycles in the wash. I was also impressed that the white fabric wasn’t see-through at all. Now I’m thinking I need one in every color. 

    5. High-Waisted Biker Shorts
    Call me Princess Diana because these shorts have become part of my everyday wardrobe. They’re as soft as the High-Waisted Pocket Shorts but are a little thicker, so they feel more substantial and can pass the squat test. What they don’t pass, unfortunately, is the roll test. I find that I have to pull them down frequently, but that could be because they’re a little tight and would be resolved if I sized up. For me, they’re tough to wear as workout gear for intense workouts like running or HIIT, but I’ve been loving them for walks, stretching, and on-the-go outfits. 

    6. Side Pocket Biker Shorts
    There’s something about these biker shorts that didn’t do it for me the way the traditional Biker Shorts did (but don’t get me wrong, I still liked them enough that I’ll be pairing all my oversized tees and sweatshirts with them). Even though I ordered both pairs in the same size, this pair fits much tighter, and they roll up more than the regular Biker Shorts. I also may or may not have ripped a seam or two pulling them over my legs and butt. What I do love about them, though, is Halara’s signature pet hair-resistant fabric. I wasn’t sure that it would make much of a difference, but as a cat mom, I’ll take all the help I can get. Since I’ll mostly be wearing these at home and for running errands, it’s nice that I don’t have to reach for a lint roller between cuddling my fur babies and getting groceries. 

    @arianalee99 I can’t take it off 😍 @halara_official #halaragirls #halaradress #halaraeveryday ♬ original sound – Samantha Clement

    The verdict
    I have to give it to the TikTok girls on this one. Halara’s quality, styles, and affordable price point make it a great alternative to Lululemon and Alo. My hope is that as the brand continues to grow, they show more diversity in body shapes and sizes in their models so mid-size and plus-size girls get a sense of how the pieces will fit. After some trial and error though, I was able to find some pieces that I feel good in and look forward to wearing during my next gym session or Target run. 

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