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Gulf Glam

Gulf Glam

Middle-East fashion designer Hatem Alakeel shares his international insight and travel tips.

By: Mélanie Roy

Fondest travel memory Reuniting with some of my best friends from university on a trip to Barcelona, Spain. The city’s Art Nouveau architecture is breathtaking.

Next vacation — London. It’s my favorite destination for both business and pleasure. I spent my childhood there, so it evokes plenty of nostalgia.

When traveling, I wear — Pants that are comfortable but not too casual. Comfort does not have to be sloppy!

Best thing about traveling — Staying in hotels. I am a big fan of being pampered and going to spas. The older I get, the more I yearn to have spiritual and relaxing experiences.

Best way to get to know a city — To mix with the locals and access the non-touristy areas.

I never leave home without — My sunglasses.

What’s in my carry-on — Clarins sunscreen. Having worked in the skin-care industry, I know the importance of good SPF.

Favorite city in the world — Rome. The city has so much character and sense of history.

Best shopping cities — New York and Milan have mastered the art of variety and selection. It’s all about finding those items that you can’t find everywhere else.

My idea of travel happiness — Nice scenery, great company and good music.

I’m always searching for the perfect — Peace of mind. It’s always nice to be able to do something relaxing that distracts me from my daily work.

The ultimate fashion icon — A trendsetter who goes by the beat of his or her own drum. From my point of view, it’s not about trends – it’s all about style.





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