Fitness, Healthy Living, Online Magazine

Mohammed Basheer “Crymba” Alshenqiti, 27

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Dominance in sport goes beyond the physical; consistent, dedicated training requires mental discipline.


Sport: Calisthenics
No. of years in sport: 5 years bodybuilding, 3 years calisthenics
Stats: 1st Place at GACC and 2nd Place at ACCS

27-year-old Mohammed had been involved in the world of bodybuilding for five straight years when he decided to change gears and pursue pure calisthenics 3 years ago, a sport featuring a variety of movements that include jumping, bending, grasping, pushing, and pulling, while focusing mostly on the athlete’s body weight. Calisthenics, which nurtures health, flexibility, and body strength, is the “street” version of gymnastics, with which it shares similarities.

Mohammed’s journey began in November 2015 when he attended The Calisthenics World Cup in Bahrain. Seeing how involved, enthusiastic, and euphoric the competitors were, especially when completing, so inspired Mohammed that he decided to pursue it and reach their level. “I thought, if they could do it, so could I; it’s all about discipline,” he says.

In 2017, he achieved his ultimate goal of participating in the GACC (Gulf Amateur Calisthenics Championship) Kuwait, in which he succeeded and won 1st place. The following year, won 2nd place in Australia at the ACCS (Australian Calisthenics Championship).

Also a physiotherapist, Mohammed aspires to find a lifestyle he truly enjoys, and it includes doing calisthenics, improving himself day by day and working out mostly on weekdays. “My weekends are my days off, which I admit is sometimes the reason I dislike weekends!” On the weekends that he does decide to work out, he keeps it moderate and gives his body some time to recover. “Resting is, in itself, a big part of the training.”

Instagram: crymba
YouTube:
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Fitness, Healthy Living, Online Magazine

Dina Al Tayeb: Ironwoman

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Dina is a dentist, and an owner of a clinic. But her love for sports lead her to be Ironman Athlete of 2017 and 2018.


Dina’s love for being active started at a young age, from taking on swimming, bicycling, tennis playing, and even martial arts. Growing up, her dream was to finish medical school, and so after graduating from Dental School at Tufts University, while juggling her studies and her marriage, Dina went back to her hometown Jeddah to open her clinic Dentalia with 3 other partners. She’s a consultant periodontist – a gum specialist.

Aside from running her own dental clinic, she serves on the Dental Advisory Board and as a trustee at Tufts University. Yet her passion for sports never waned. In 2002, she entered the world of triathlons, and in 2005 was invited to participate in the Ironman Marathon in Canada, what Dina calls the crème de la crème of sports.

With 14 Ironman races and 100 triathlons under her belt, she has also won the title of Ironman Athlete of the Year in 2017 and 2018.

Dina goes through serious preparations for all her Ironman triathlons, which may require up to a year, from physical, to mental, and nutritional preparations. Doing daily activities to prepare for a race while having discipline is Dina’s method and lifestyle. Her activities in include core and strength training, mobility, yoga, and meditation.

Between having short and long-term goals, a proper plan, and with the right time management skills, Dina was able to stay motivated throughout the process of having her own business, and being an athlete as well. Dina also enrolled in Ironman Coaching University, and she’s currently a certified Ironman Coach. She wants to help other athletes, to go after their dreams.

Instagram: arabiantrieagle

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Business, Interview, Online Magazine

Dania Nassief & Danya Alhamrani

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Dania had the planning skills while Danya had the creativity. Toegther they started Eggdancer, a production company that produced their passion project, A Silent Revolution.


Dania Nassief
Film producer

After getting a degree in Math, Dania obtained her Master’s in Management Information System and then started working at Dar Al Hekma University, which led her to discover her passion for project management. As she was planning to start her own event management company, Danya reached out to her about starting a production company. The two had known each other since 10th grade.

“We complemented each other’s personalities, and it worked for us – Danya has the creativity it takes to be a director, and I had the planning skills to be a producer. It made sense to join forces,” Dania says.

While they have  accomplished a lot in the past decade, Dania admits it’s easy to be frustrated and demotivated when necessary support in their industry is lacking, especially when they strive to produce important films, such as their documentary A Silent Revolution/Rise.

Recently, they had the opportunity to screen the film for a limited time at the King Abdullah Economic City, and the feedback they received from the audience inspired Dania and reminded her of the reasons she is doing this work. “Any work that affects people positively, even adding a bit of knowledge they didn’t know about, or giving them motivation to continue what they’re doing, makes me happy,” she says. “I want the film community to come together, work as a team; we have to create our own umbrella, and support each other.”

Instagram: eggdancer

Danya Alhamrani
Film director

Danya graduated with a degree in English literature and linguistics, but has always wanted to be in the film industry from a very young age. It was a different time back then – she was told that film could be a hobby but one that doesn’t have a real future. But she pursued her Masters in Counseling Psychology at the University of San Diego, California, and then eventually got a graduate degree in filmmaking from San Diego State University in 2004.

In 2006, she started Eggdancer Productions with Dania Nassief, and together, they produced Khosh Al Matbakh, a cooking show, in the hopes of selling it to a broadcaster, but that didn’t pan out. Soon after, they started working with international companies on commission, like the BBC and The Travel Channel. They also took on corporate work, including documentaries and TV shows such as Akla W Hekaya on Saudi TV, and Fattabeouni on Iqra.

“One of our challenges with filmmaking is financing,” says Danya. “We like to do documentaries that tell authentic stories of real people, but those aren’t seen as valuable or sellable as other film genres.”

One of their passion projects was A Silent Revolution/Rise, a groundbreaking documentary film they worked on for five years, that tells the story of women pioneers in Saudi Arabia. The film not only sheds light on the plight of Saudi women in the past few decades, it is also an important historical record, especially as there isn’t much that exists in archives of Saudi women. “We have to start telling and documenting our stories now – these will be reference points for future generations,” Danya explains.

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Dar Al Hekma’s Dukkan Supports Their Own!

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Dukkan DAH, a concept store started by Dar Al Hekma (DAH) University’s Visual Communication Department, aims to promote the startup young designers of the DAH community to get recognition in the marketplace.


At the store, graphic designers, fashion designers, interior designers, and different artists at the university have the opportunity to showcase their creations.

Instagram: Shaima Qadi

Instagram: Shaima Qadi

You can shop books, planners, fashionable pieces, jewelry, and stationery items – all created by the university’s students and alumni. Some notable designers include Dalia Chawany (owner of Hijaz), Alaa Balkhy (owner of Fyunka), and Sara Reyess (owner of Foulard).

Instagram: Lina Kurdi

Instagram: Lina Kurdi

After its successful launch at the Westbay event in February 2018, Dukkan opened its first official shop on campus along with its online store.

The concept store gives visitors more reasons to spend time shopping there, with new artistic pieces regularly added to both the online and in-person stores, from emerging designers who are just starting out, or want to build more on their careers.

Designed by Wegdan Ba Sondawah

Designed by Wegdan Ba Sondawah

The shop also aims to raise funds to help support the Dar Al Hekma University scholarship fund. This past year, Dukkan DAH managed to sponsor one student through the sales of their items.

Editor’s Pick

Instagram: N. Merve Goknil

Instagram: N. Merve Goknil

We fell in love with this beach-themed cheese/bread service platter from Dukkan Dar Al Hekma! Designed by N. Merve Goknil, Dar Al Hekma University graduate and faculty member in the Interior Design department, this plate is coated with resin and topped with micro glitter – it will definitely add a touch of glam to your gatherings.

Location: Dar Al Hekma University, Fayhaa Dist., Jeddah
Instagram: dukkan_dah
Web: dukkandah.com

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Beverage Corner

From the Heart of Paris, a limited Edition Flavors in Saudi Arabia

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Nespresso releases Parisian Gourmandise Limited Edition festive coffee collection.


As it does every year, Nespresso is celebrating the festive season with the launch of its limited edition coffee variations, Parisian Gourmandise. Designed in partnership with the renowned interior designer, India Mahdavi, and inspired by traditional Parisian sweets, the range features coffees that add a touch of European glamour to the holiday season.

Mahdavi’s influence on the Nespresso variations is evident in the range’s pastel hues and playful designs. With two unique flavored coffees and one non-flavored coffee, Mahdavi has created collection fit for the most discerning of coffee connoisseurs.

“I sought to bring a oneiric dimension to Nespresso, in which the new capsules appear as imaginary delights, floating like sweet clouds in the sky. Reminiscent of childhood memories, the capsules suggest a fantasized gourmandize; celebrating taste from sight, to touch, with subtly sweet aromas,” shared Mahdavi.

This year’s limited edition variations bring French flavors to coffee lovers around the world, transporting them to a Parisian patisserie through unique flavor creations, with an India Mahdavi designed aluminum capsule.

Each of the variations has been based on Nespresso’s Livanto coffee blend, consisting of pure Arabica from Southern and Central America, well-balanced with a roasted caramelized note, providing roundness and balance in the finished coffee. 4

Nespresso Variations, Macaroon

A harmonious combination of Livanto’s cereal notes and a subtle, sweet almond flavor, emblematic of the macaroon pastry.

Intensity: 6

Serving size: Espresso (40ml)

Nespresso Variations, Praline
A blend reminiscent of a praline dessert, pairing the roundness of Livanto’s base with a delicate roasted hazelnut flavor, and a touch of caramel sweetness.

Intensity: 6

Serving size: Espresso (40ml)

Nespresso Paris Black

An aromatic blend of Arabica’s emboldened by Robusta, with notes of cereal and nuts in a syrupy texture, combined with spicy and woody tones.

Intensity: 9

Serving size: Espresso (40ml)

It’s time to get ready to celebrate in style and add a touch of indulgence to your coffee moments.

Web: buynespresso.com


 

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From the Heart of Paris, a limited Edition Flavours in Saudi Arabia

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Nespresso releases Parisian Gourmandise Limited Edition festive coffee collection.


As it does every year, Nespresso is celebrating the festive season with the launch of its limited edition coffee variations, Parisian Gourmandise.
Designed in partnership with renowned interior designer, India Mahdavi, and inspired by traditional Parisian sweets, the range features coffees that add a touch of European glamour to the holiday season.5

Mahdavi’s influence on the Nespresso variations is evident in the range’s pastel hues and playful designs. With two unique flavoured coffees, and one non-flavoured coffee, Mahdavi has created collection fit for the most discerning of coffee connoisseurs.

“I sought to bring an oneiric dimension to Nespresso, in which the new capsules appear as imaginary delights, floating like sweet clouds in the sky. Reminiscent of childhood memories, the capsules suggest a fantasised gourmandise; celebrating taste from sight, to touch, with subtly sweet aromas” Shared Mahdavi.4

This year’s limited edition variations bring French flavours to coffee lovers around the world, transporting them to a Parisian patisserie through unique flavour creations, with an India Mahdavi designed aluminium capsule.

Each of the variations has been based on Nespresso’s Livanto coffee blend, consisting of pure Arabica from Southern and Central America, well-balanced with a roasted caramelised note, providing roundness and balance in the finished coffee.2

Nespresso Variations, Macaroon
A harmonious combination of Livanto’s cereal notes and a subtle, sweet almond flavour, emblematic of the macaroon pastry.
Intensity: 6
Serving size: Espresso (40ml)

Nespresso Variations, Praline
A blend reminiscent of a praline dessert, pairing the roundness of Livanto’s base with a delicate roasted hazelnut flavour, and a touch of caramel sweetness.
Intensity: 6
Serving size: Espresso (40ml)

Nespresso Paris Black
An aromatic blend of Arabica’s emboldened by Robusta, with notes of cereal and nuts in a syrupy texture, combined with spicy and woody tones.Intensity: 9
Serving size: Espresso (40ml)

3It’s time to get ready to celebrate in style, and add a touch of indulgence to your coffee moments.

Web: sa.buynespresso.com

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Offbeat

Gateway KSA

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Inviting the world’s best and brightest international students to experience the real Saudi Arabia.


With recent and ongoing changes in the Kingdom, and in support of Saudi Arabia’s 2030 Vision, Gateway KSA is opening up the door to the best and brightest international students, to visit Saudi Arabia, and experience the evolving global powerhouse, from a unique perspective.

Gateway KSA’s Program is an approach to learning, driven by authentic, real word experiences. In collaboration with a number of carefully selected universities and organizations across the world, such as Harvard and Yale, amongst many others, Gateway will select candidates such as influencers, policy makers and leaders of tomorrow, to be a part of this program.

On Gateways KSA’s executive team is HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal Al Saud, the chairman of the King Faisal Center; in addition to Nelleke Van Zandvoort-Quispel, CEO and founder of Gateway KSA.static1-squarespace-com

Offering a true, one-of-a-kind, intensive 9-day experience to explore the county and its cities, including Al’ula, Jeddah, Riyadh, and Dammam. From old-archaeological sites, to cutting edge science and research facilities; combining open discussions from history, to literature and scientific progress, geopolitics, Islam, and the future of energy.

Gateway KSA offers a unique opportunity for next-generation leaders to engage firsthand with Saudis, uncovering a world of both tradition and transition, and challenging each other to learn more about themselves and this vibrant country’s ambitious young population.

Organizations behind Gateway KSA are IYADINE and King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies.

Web: gatewayksa.com
Instagram: gatewayksa
Email: info@gatewayksa.com

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Food, Food News, Offbeat

Italian Food Awareness in KSA

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The way of eating is a way of being.


We attended a talk at the Italian Business Group in Jeddah (IBG) titled Italian Food Awareness in KSA; where challenges, and opportunities for the future of Saudi quality food market were discussed.

The “Italian Food Brand” is globally recognized and appreciated. Based on a recent study conducted by Nomisma, “Italian food exports in 2017 increased by 7% compared to 2016, thanks the excellent performance of Made in Italy products: cheese (+11%), chocolate (+20%), and bakery products (+12%).

Italian Food’s DNA is linked to tradition and culture, where Man is bonded to and inspired by Nature. Currently, Italy ranks 15th among top countries exporting food in KSA, but there is a significant room for improvement.file-61

During the Italian Cuisine Week in the World (Nov. 18-26, 2018), IBG has promoted an online survey and interviews, to understand how Italian food is perceived.

The result confirmed that in Saudi, the Italian Food Brand enjoys a high reputation, linked with the quality of ingredients, culture, and tradition. Many of the interviewees plan trips to Italy to have an original experience of Italian cuisine, and once back home, they love to find the same ingredients experienced during the trip.file-71

The interviews largely confirmed the interest and demand of Saudi consumers, and suggested possible initiatives to help boost awareness and consumption, to fully monetize the Italian Food Brand and quality food in general.

IBG’s intent is to provide a discussion amongst guest speakers and the attending public, on how to fully grasp the opportunities and monetize the valuable “Italian Food” brand; benefiting both businesses and the social community.

“In the light of the intense government programs aimed at stimulating the growth of the SMEs in the country, IBG has involved in the initiative a significant number of young Saudi entrepreneurs who work or are interested in working in the Food sector”, said Dr. Bashar Jabban, IBG president.

Web: italianbusinessgroup.net

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Online Magazine, Travel News, Travel Trends

Relax, Unwind, Indulge

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Experience the best of Rome and Florence with Rocco Forte Hotels.


Hotel de Russie

Hotel de Russie, under The Rocco Forte Hotels, is a fascinating mix of old and new designs with a modern feel. Designed by world-famous architect Tommaso Ziffer and established in 1996 by Sir Rocco Forte and his sister Olga Polizzi, the hotel sits – with its 121 bedrooms – on Rome’s fashionable Via del Babuino, between the Spanish Steps and the Piazza del Popolo. Today, Hotel de Russie is the finest of all the 5-star hotels in Rome.

From the private apartment concepts of the Popolo and Picasso suites to the distinctive style that combines luxury and comfort, the hotel’s detail and elegant furnishings brings a sense of vibrancy and Roman flair to the rooms. It has four meeting rooms to host events, as well as the Nijinsky Suite with its extensive private terrace, ideal for al fresco dining and exclusive entertaining. rfh-hotel-de-russie-entrance

One of the highlights of Hotel de Russie is the Secret Garden; full of orange trees and antique roses, it features the Stravinskij Bar, offering delicious Mediterranean dishes created by Chef and Creative Director of Food, Fulvio Pierangelini. Le Jardin de Russie Restaurant, also located at the Secret Garden, is a gourmet culinary revolution, with superb Italian cuisine overseen by the illustrious Chef Fulvio.

Guests will enjoy the ultimate urban retreat in the heart of Rome at the de Russie Spa, an exclusive oasis of beauty and health, with a Hydrotherapy Pool area, sauna, and Turkish bath. The Spa offers lovers of well-being an escape into the unexplored beauty of Rome, giving them an option to jog or cycle through the capital with personal trainer Danilo Palmucci. Hotel de Russie also offers a state-of-the-art gym, with the most up-to-date fitness products from Technogym.

The experience at Hotel de Russie only keeps getting better and better. For the fashion enthusiasts, the hotel provides a VIP experience called ‘A Venue of Style,’ in partnership with 11 internationally renowned Italian brands, in which guests get a backstage pass to experience the history and secrets behind the fashion houses of Rome.

Hotel Savoy

To those visiting Florence, Hotel Savoy is the perfect place to absorb the exhilarating atmosphere of Florence. Inaugurated in 1893, it was known as one of the most modern and luxurious hotels of that period. Now, it has been modernly re-styled by Olga Polizzi.

Hotel de Russie and Hotel Savoy have been named Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Hotels in the official 2017 annual star rating list.

Hotel de Russie and Hotel Savoy have been named Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Hotels in the official 2017 annual star rating list.

Hotel Savoy has 102 luxury rooms, including 14 newly redesigned suites, with their charming views over Piazza della Repubblica and contemporary Italian-style rooms and suites, featuring carefully chosen ceramics and mosaics. Hotel guests can enjoy private steam rooms located in the Brunelleschi Suite and Signori Suite. The fitness center on the top floor has panoramic views over the Duomo. Better yet, within walking distance are elegant shopping streets and monuments.

When you’re at Hotel Savoy, you must stop by Irene Restaurant, which offers a great dining experience – a journey through flavor and tradition with simple, authentic flavors, and light and healthy reinventions of Tuscan classics. If you’re a passionate foodie, you’ll get to enjoy dishes like Lemon and Parmesan Stracciatella soup, and Tagliolini with fava bean and fresh Tillos sheep cheese.Interested in art and culture? Discover Florence, the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, from a different perspective – through the immersive experience created by Hotel Savoy. Guests can choose one of two newly launched exclusive destination experiences, “The Medici Experience” and “Art Hunt: Discover the Uffizi with Your Children.”

Web: roccofortehotels.com

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Style & Shopping

The Hottest Fashion Trends for Fall 2018

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Here are the trends that you need to know about.


Fashion trends are undeniably changing every season. But what we love most about fashion, is that it keeps recycling these trends every couple of years.

If you have pieces that you think are “out of style now”, don’t get rid of them just yet! Before you know it, they’ll be back in style; like these trends you’re about to see.

Leopard

The good old 90’s, where everyone must have owned a pair of leopard pants, shirt, or even a bag.

It’s making a major comeback this season, and you can find it easily at most stores.

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Our pick: The Leopard Print Mom Jeans From Pull & Bear – SAR 189

Hot Pink Everything

You can never go wrong with pink. You can match it with white, black, blue, and red (yes, red).

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Our pick: The Corduroy Trousers from Zara – SAR 199

Leather

Leather is always timeless!

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Our pick: The Zipper Leather Biker Jacket from Mango – SAR 649

Plaid Pattern

From runway models to street styles, we’re seeing plaid patterns everywhere!

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Our pick: Knee-length Skirt from H&M – SAR 149

Sequins

Sequins have made a comeback in 2010, yet it never went out of style ever since then (and we’re so glad!)

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Our pick: Sequinned mini dress from Bershka – SAR 299

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