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May 20, 2013

Interview "IN CONVERSATION WITH KHALEEJIA" by Lemuda.com

Khaleejia said: Well a little shy  to present you Interview with me by Lemuda.com a popular online luxury fashion store in the Middle East http://blog.lemuda.com/2013/05/20/in-conversation-with-khaleejia/

May 17, 2013

List of Western Brands creating Arabian OUD perfumes–2013. Dubai edition. Review.


Khaleejia said: It is well known that every perfume has its owner. In multinational Dubai you  can even recognize nationality by the smell of perfume that is used by an individual.  It’s noted that for example American prefer perfumes with  fresh and clean notes, European gives preferences to citrus&cold, Saudis like spicy attars, those who are from South Asia seem like being addicted to pure smells of flowers jasmine and roses, but about  Emiratis’ choice, mainly it will be traditional arabian fragrant such as dahn el-oud, Amber and Musk with a very old history and secret technic of mixing  that is still kept and shared from mouth to mouth as an inheritance.  Therefore khaleeji and specially Emirati attars are considered to be one of the best in the Arab World. 

European perfume designers who are oriented to the GCC market probably decided  to conquer oud lovers by training  their perfumers  to reach the level of perfection mixing the same ingredients that in fact come out still  little far from the original perfumes made by using secret home made and purely amazing khaltat (mixes).Probably the main mix starts when the West mix with the East... 

 So lets see. We went around the shops in Dubai to find out which famous Western brand perfume has got its own Oud & Amber attar. How pure they are and close to the original ones. We also checked if it is popular or not in the local market. Must say, some perfumes are really caught our attention and made us fall in love with their fragrant…

So here we go:
1. BY ARABIAN ATTARS (YELLOW) 790 drh
(nice local-look design though smell is not that great as expected from the price & the bottle)

2. BY ARABIAN ATTARS (BROWN) 790drh
(same, see above)

3. BY ARABIAN ATTARS (WHITE) 790drh
(same, see above)



4.BY MANCERA “BLACK INTENSIVE AOUD” 445 drh
(nice and long lasting )

5. BY MIEL SAUVAGE “OUD” 385drh
(that is ok but not a long lasting one)

6. BY TIZIANA TERENZI 660 drh
(yes it is light oud but smell disappeared in couple of hours)

7. BY ROBERTO CAVALLI " OUD EDITION"
One of the best in the market. Deserve to be among your home perfume collection. The bottle is a very attractive as well.

8. BY LANCOME “LAUTRE OUD” 660 drh
(beautiful high notes with that earth oud)


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9. BY VERSACE '”OUD” 490 drh
(good but nothing special)

10. BY SAKS FIFTH AVENUE “KHALTAT”
(another good mix)

11.BY ARAMIS “CALLIGRAPHY”
(one of the most popular here)


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12. BY CHOPARD “OUD MALIKI” 550 drh
(beautiful notes of the oud, long lasting and my favorite)


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13.BY TOM FORD “BLACK ORCHID”
(smells expensive, high quality fragrance everybody love and respect TOM FORD for his “TUSCAN LEATER”& “WOOD OUD”)

14. BY DUETO PARFUMS '” CITY OUD”
(new in the market and promise to be popular)
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15. NOIR DE NOUR 850 drh-50 ml
(expensive & mild)

16. BY OPULENT (BAHRAINI) “SHAIK BLUE” 1500 drh – 80 ml.
(Another exclusive and expensive perfume with attractive design though not our favorite)
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17. BY ESTEE LAUDER “AMBER MYSTIQUE”
(one of the best in the list, loved it)

18. BY ESTEE LAUDER “WOOD MYSTIQUE”
(less likes then to “Amber Mystique” but still –a very good one)


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19. BY ST.DUPONT “OUD ORIENTAL”
(well, its ok, but seems like it was made in a hurry)


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20. BY MONTALE “BLACK AOUD”
(enough deep to be oud)

21. BY YVES SAIN LAURAN “OUD ABSOLU”
(probably many can say oud but less absolute)




 
22. BY ALEXANDER J. “OSCENT”
(yes, they try and went not bad )

24. BY TOM FORD “SAHARA NOIR”
(a little different from that oud but still a beautiful fragrance in all means)


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25.   BY JULIETTE HAS A GUN “MIDNIGHT OUD” (made us feel that “oud “ is written on the bottle just to attract oud fans.)


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We know there are much more are left behind, and if you have something to share,we would only feel happy to know what else among Arabian oud and Amber fragrant that mixed by Western brands  we can find in the markets around the world. Here we shared situation in the local UAE market and hope this post will give you some useful tips. Would appreciate your feedback. New special exclusive posts about perfume await you. What means homemade perfume in khaleej, what is that special way to use perfume in houses and for clothes, that you always can say “This is a house of an Arab family”. We will keep posting and hope you will keep reading and thank you all for following our Facebook page and support!

May 8, 2013

Hot discussion: Pro & Con for Arranged Marriages, Half Emirati, Double Standards or Wearing khaleeji dress by non locals..

Khaleejia said: Dear all, we just opened a Hot Topics Poll on our Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/khaleejiaslife, You also can participate! Get your topic to be discussed with Emiratis. We are planning to raise the questions across the UAE and see what people will say...

Arranged Marriges

Double standards

Half Emirati

Wearing khaleeji dress by non locals.

May 5, 2013

Handsome Emiratis

Khaleejia said: Last month we see more and more articles in the news starting from Handsome Emirati..or even Too Handsome Emirati... I got messages from different countries asking me if they are really so handsome or not? Well some of them are truly are and some are not so..though it is not to be commented.. unless you come and see by yourself :)

Sheikh Hamdan, Fazzaa, one of the most adorable Emirati man by people from all over the world though not only for the face features but for his activities.

ٍSheikh Majed
 

The National has published an interesting article about handsome animated Emirati character. The cartoon is a part of a continuing campaign by Seha, the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company. The headline of the article is  "The handsome Emirati capturing the hearts of UAE viewers" and tells about the idea behind it.  It was good to know that basic idea for choosing the proper type of the character  was to use handsomeness as attraction to the healthy life style which remembers us the famous quote " Beauty will save the world".
Click to read the article: link
And watch all parts of the cartoon here: link
 

May 3, 2013

HERITAGE OF THE NATION ONLINE GCC - UAE PAVILION

Khaleejia said: April was full of the festivals, exhibitions, concerts, fairs, etc all over the UAE and we hardly managed to attend 10% of them. Choosing the most significant events to feature them later on Khaleejia's life pages.
Here is one of those places we have successfully visited.
Sharjah had its annual Heritage Village Festival that collected all GCC countries in one place. Every country presented their customs & traditions through different cultural items and performances such as national outfits, dances, food etc.
Despite that all mainly were strolling around the area, me and my friends gathered in this pavilion where was settled a nice traditional majlis perfectly suited to sit by big groups of people and discuss social and other problems without bothering others. Around the sitting area there were nicely decorated rooms with demonstration of multiple fields of traditional life in the region. I was happy to see families were vising this pavilion and reading all this beautifully made posters for their kids that may sounded for the little ones as another life they may not have anymore. Somehow i got a chance to back to this place before we left the village and took pictures of the every room and corner which were already empty but still  meaningful. Every If you are  interested  to read what is written on the picture, please click it.
Majlis 

Arabian horses:
Tracking: 
Pearl diving: 

Restoration:
 This works personally impressed us. Appreciating  Sharjah Government efforts to restore and preserve heritage buildings.
 After: Before:

Camels: 



Medicine: 


Ground water 

Headwater:


More about pearl diving in GCC and UAE these pictures i took from another Heritage village so called "Sea Village" in Jumeirah  that was open for one week and all kinds of traditional sea "fun" we could experience there.
 Real shell with plenty of pearls inside:





 Amazing moment: passing the secrets the shell reading to the young generation
Mother shows her children the traditional to local cuisine spices:




Products that includes different spices and oils which is popular in use here for nutrition or as beauty products. 

Traditional sail boat.
 Sea Village look in the evening :