Villa 88 - - Editors Letter -

Re­flect­ing on all of the pre­vi­ous edi­tions of Villa 88, there is a re­cur­ring theme of women in the com­mu­nity pur­su­ing their dreams and achiev­ing great­ness – this lat­est edi­tion once again brings that to my at­ten­tion. On the cover, we are thrilled to present Dr Shayma Fawwaz. In ad­di­tion to be­ing sig­nif­i­cantly qual­i­fied and ex­pe­ri­enced in the field of bi­ol­ogy, Shayma founded an im­mensely suc­cess­ful busi­ness em­pire, which fast ex­panded into nine brands and count­ing. It is worth not­ing that Shayma’s mother, Dr Aye­sha Bin Ali Al Say­yar, is a UAE pi­o­neer in her own right; it’s no won­der the women of the na­tion are so mo­ti­vated, we have in­cred­i­ble role mod­els to look up to. Find out more about Shayma and her jour­ney on page 44. This De­cem­ber 2018 edi­tion pro­files more note­wor­thy women mak­ing waves, in­clud­ing: Noora Shawqi, who pur­sued and suc­ceeded in her dream of en­ter­ing the world of jew­elry de­sign af­ter hav­ing her first child (pg 32); Maha Bin Hendi, who has opened her own bou­tique law firm, of­fer­ing a dy­namic le­gal bou­quet of ser­vices (pg 50); Ah­lam Bolooki, the re­cently ap­pointed new Fes­ti­val Direc­tor of the Emi­rates Lit­er­a­ture Fes­ti­val (pg 52); and sis­ters Alia, Afra and Ahad Bin Haidar, who col­lec­tively re­al­ized their child­hood am­bi­tion to cre­ate fairy­tale fash­ion (pg 58). We also have the plea­sure of en­ter­ing the vivid worlds of Kholoud Sharafi, a multi-dis­ci­plinary de­signer who has man­aged to find fas­ci­nat­ing ways to ex­press her unique vi­sion (pg 120); pho­tog­ra­pher Fa­tima Ab­dul­rah­man, who re­veals how she par­layed her pas­sion into a busi­ness (pg 122); Butheina Kazim, the wo­man be­hind the must-ex­pe­ri­ence art­house cin­ema plat­form, Cin­ema Akil (pg 126); Nooran Al Ban­nay, the cre­ative force be­hind Cof­fee Ar­chi­tec­ture (pg 140); and, fi­nally, we get a peek into the hob­bies, in­ter­ests and life of Shar­i­han Al Mashary, Dubai’s first fe­male Emi­rati gen­eral man­ager at Emaar Hos­pi­tal­ity Group (pg 146). Ad­di­tion­ally, Diana Ha­madé Al Ghu­rair, our Legally Stylish con­trib­u­tor, gives us an in­sight into the emerg­ing world of fash­ion law on page 54. This edi­tion also ex­plores in­trigu­ing in­ter­na­tional tal­ent in the worlds of jew­elry de­sign, fash­ion, art and beauty. At Villa 88, we take pride in cre­at­ing pages that not only in­spire, but also of­fer you a mo­ment to es­cape into the world of lux­ury. In this is­sue, we fea­ture stun­ning jew­elry col­lec­tions from big and small brands, high­light no­table trends from the Cou­ture and Re­sort cat­walks, re­veal not-to-be-missed art show­cases and events, en­rich your self-care through a mix of beauty and well­ness fea­tures, take you into the time­lessly chic Penin­sula Paris ho­tel, and in­tro­duce you to an un­par­al­leled new din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. En­joy the re­spite!

Wish­ing you hap­pi­ness and suc­cess for the New Year ahead…

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