Author archives: Oasis

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For Khalid Mezaina, lightning struck at university while learning the art of screen-printing. This new skill coupled with his love for collecting t-shirts transformed this Emirati graphic designer, illustrator and artist into an entrepreneur with the launch of his very own line of designer products which range from t-shirts, wallpapers and prints to bags and[...]

DANEH Fashion Collection

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Rekindling the passion for design came naturally to Daneh Buahmad, who fell in love with fashion at an early age. In 2009, Buahmad’s official line, named DANEH, launched with a collection of oversized t-shirts, kaftans and simple but edgy designs. Now on her fourth collection, Buahmad’s designs evolved into more sophisticated and experimental cuts; working w[...]

Bois Blanc | Alexa Rodulfo

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Oasis travels to New York for the launch of three new captivating scents... "I wanted to create something beautiful. Once you become captivated by a scent, it will remind you of and take you to places that you have been before: you may not quite know where, but you know it's a place of calm and pleasure." -- Alexa Rodulfo This winter, Alexa Rodulfo introdu[...]

On a Higher Note | Mashrou’ Leila | LEBANON’S MUSICAL REVELATION

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When you first hear them, you think they have been at it for six million decades. It is hard to believe that they only joined forces a handful of years ago with the sole goal of having some serious fun, and accidentally cranked up the Lebanese indie music scene. For Mashrou’ Leila, it was a jam, bam, thank you ma’am kind of affair. Without even trying, they [...]

Climbing the Stairway to Heaven with Salman Ahmad

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Imagine. “Nothing to kill or die for. All the people living life in peace.” The legendary Lennon’s words live on as believers adopt Lennonism in their daily lives. Salman Ahmad follows that example. He fights to be the agent of change desired to change the world. Salman is an oxymoronic component to most, an element hard to decipher, beyond common comprehens[...]

Tomorrow Bokra

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We cannot help but think of the Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times”, every time we watch the news these days. The future to many of us has become a scary and bleak thought. In come two of our modern-day heroes, multi-Grammy winning producer and multi-media entrepreneur Quicy Jones and Emirati social entrepreneur Badr Jafar. The duo created [...]

A Spiritual Journey Through Sound

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Against the illuminated arch and within the forbidding stone walls, the frantic qawwali rhythms of Farid Ayyaz & Party bring Bab al Makina to life. The straight-backed party clothed in sleek black salwars are headed by Farid Ayyaz with a side singer flanking him. The harmoniums lay the chorus as the tabla and percussion build up the tempo paving the way[...]

Ya Salam Cooking with Noor Al Qahtani

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“It all started because I fell in love. I think most great stories stem from love, right? I was just an American girl who had never even tried Saudi food let alone cook it.” Noor Al Qahtani, a resident of a small-town in eastern Tennessee fell in love with her now husband and was adamant to learn how to cook his favorite dishes. Although she wasn’t known fo[...]

elBulli Foundation | A Culinary Think Tank

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It isn’t easy being a real Willy Wonka. With his innovative insight and provocative productions, Ferran Adrià enjoys conducting new culinary experiments as much as our beloved Wonka adores the creative creations of his chocolate factory. The main difference, however, is that Adrià has yet to open his factory, but that will not remain a hindrance for long. A[...]

Sugarpova

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“I’ve always had a sweet tooth. And I am not exaggerating one bit. My earliest memory of candy is being a little girl back in Russia and asking my parents for a lollipop after a good practice on the tennis court. It was that little treat I looked forward to. And here I am many years later hoping to get a sweet treat after a good practice,” says tennis star M[...]