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August 23, 2013

*KHALEEJI HOME DECOR* EXCLUSIVE: MEET A PRIVATE ROYAL INTERIOR DESIGNER OF DUBAI



Khaleejia said: Khaleeji home interiors are considered to be ones of the most luxurious, eclectic mix of classic, traditional and contemporary styles in the Middle East and the World.  

Superb examples are to be seen in the UAE, The Grand Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi, Burj Al Arab in Dubai and many fabulous hotels that could easily each be palaces in their own right.


Amongst all this luxury it is rare to see the interiors of homes of the Khaleeji community. They are extremely particular about their privacy and in spite of being truly hospitable are unwilling to share the images of their homes with the public.

Today we have an amazing opportunity to discuss the tastes and preferences of the Khaleejis and what makes for a genuine Emirati house through the eyes of Ratna Dutta, an Interior Designer who has designed palaces for the Royal families of Dubai, Abu dhabi, Sharjah and  many VIP Clients in the UAE and Middle east.

  


Ratna is the Director / owner of the Élan Interior Design Studio and  two factories manufacturing  Furniture and  Curtains.  She and her team design create one of a kind Home Interiors, Furniture, Bed, Bath and Table linen, custom made in the UAE under the brand name CASA - ELAN.

Ratna invited us to her studio, to share stories of her projects and to provide tips and little secrets with Khaleejia's Life readers and everyone who is interested in classic & modern khaleeji Interior design.

We were deeply impressed by Ratna’s work and happy to share with you her story.

The story of Casa -Elan

As a young girl, Ratna was very passionate about art and crafts. A qualified Textile Designer she started her career as a Carpet Designer for retailers in Paris, UK and Germany. She then moved to Russia where she researched old weaving techniques and use of gold and silver threads to create reproduction antique fabrics for cathedrals in Russia and Rome.
Working on a hotel project, she became involved with the building process and her interior design career began.

 She came to Dubai in 1994.

With no knowledge of the Emarati culture, her talent was recognized by the director of the leading UAE group “Al Aqili'. who offered her a break. A few months later seeing her passion, extensive knowledge of textile & interior design advised her to work for herself !

She was fortunate enough to be part of the team that worked on the Design of the Emirates Towers hotel, The Dusit Thani Hotel both property of HH Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, now the Ruler of Dubai. 



Ratna has stories of times when HH would visit the site and check everything himself!

She became a prominent member of the Private Office of HH working on many of his personal projects, in the Middle East and around the world.

Creating interiors for VVIPs where budget is unlimited is an incredible experience. The library at her Design Studio is filled with treasures from around the world of luxury fabrics, wall papers, lighting, carpets and every other item that goes into making of a beautiful home.
 “I have worked with the most beautiful, expensive pieces from around  the world in my projects. This country has given me the opportunity to work on more palaces and yachts  in one year than most Designers would do in a lifetime  and I am truly blessed for it! "




Despite such big projects, it is Ratna’s clients that  have been instrumental in her success. Her popularity has grown by "word of mouth” as a Designer of Elegant Interiors who uses the best of the international trends with an understanding of the Traditional needs of the Emiratis.

The coming of the Arab spring has brought about big changes in the thinking of the Emiratis.  The younger generation of Emiratis need change frequently and want trendy looks in fashion for their homes every FEW years!

The young Emarati is well travelled and hence aware of the latest trends in decor and has a deep appreciation of beautiful things. With numerous products to choose from this gets confusing and often times people end up bringing home things that do not look as good as they did in the shop!
With a lot of money spent, the homes still do not impress!



This prompted Ratna and her team to bring in the concept of 'House Doctoring' to the UAE. They take normal homes and give them the 'WOW' factor!

Casa - Élan now offers House Doctoring/ Home Styling/  Interior Design for people that want their homes to reflect their personal tastes without breaking the bank!

An Exclusive service to Style your homes on a budget.

With support from professional Design team and the use of special one of a kind furniture and other items, Élan gives a normal home an expensive 5 star look.
Ratna sais: “I am a simple person with a big dream and hope that I can help people with the gift of design that God has given me.”

Some of the CASA -ELAN collections are displayed at Le Paon Blanc, Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai, where Italian classic is displayed along with Islamic and French antiques with Vintage style furniture and furnishings.

Exclusive tips from the royal interior designer Ratna Dutta "Casa Elan" on  Emirati / khaleeji home interior.
Tip 1: What do Modern Emiratis want in their homes?
1. Luxury - should look expensive
2. Should be comfortable - is not just for show but for family to use and enjoy
3. Must have a majlis for sitting and eating in the Traditional style (on the floor)

Tip 2:
What are the latest colour trends used in khaleeji home interiors?
1.    Men  - beige , brown , grey -
2.    Women - beige, white, cream
3.    Light wood colours with silver and pale gold

However the older generation of Emiratis still prefer bright colors like red, purple, blue with gold and dark wood tones.
Photo: Men's majlis colors

Ladies' Majlis:
 
Tip 3:Massive decoration of the ceiling:



Tip 4: Beautiful designs on the floors:






To see the range of Luxury Furniture, Curtains, Bed and Bath Linen designed by the Royal Designer, Please visit :website elandubai.wordpress.com
For Interior Design,  all consultancy or meeting has to be 'BY APPOINTMENT ONLY' through email  info@casaelan.com or calling the office Tel: +971 4 3466419.


August 22, 2013

Summer Breaks – Summer means fun, and the best kind of fun in UAE is with JUMEIRAH.


Khaleejia said: In the all Khaleej/GCC - UAE is known for Dubai and Dubai is known for Jumeriah.  Being just a name of a district in Dubai on the coast of the Gulf sea this word also became a brand name for the most famous Group of Hotels  & Resorts in the Emirates – Jumeirah Group.


22 hotels are managed by the group from 1997 and we have no doubt it is one of the UAE’s great achievement in the industry that proudly represents Arabian hospitality.

Fary tale of The Arabian Gulf - Burj Al Arab, one of the world's luxurious  & now World's Most Photographed Hotel that offers unbelievable, royal standard services to all their guests.


Madinat Jumeirah – It is a City of heritage, from majestic, intricate architecture to the distinct scent of sweet Arabic perfume, the exotic sights and sounds of Arabia. Inter-connected complex entwined with private waterways where we can just take an Abra (traditional boat) through the winding passages around Madinat Jumeirah & experience local culture and shopping in Souk Madinat.



 Iconic for Dubai  Jumeirah Emirates Tower business, shopping and city life destination.

Traditional and royal Jumeirah Zabeel Saray.


Family friendly Jumeirah Creekside Hotel.


 Jumeirah Beach Hotel for those who love fun, sea and sun.


 In Abu Dhabi Jumeirah at famous Etihad Towers.


We used to that Jumeirah group offers always only the best.  We come here for stay, fun, dining out, meetings or just for a visit and of cause to do amazing photo shots in the fabulous interior for those who love Dubai Life-style.  



Wild-Wadi the world famous aqua park brings to our holidays even more fun especially with their ladies only days where women can relax far from prying male eyes. 

Totally lucky Jumeirah group hotel guests in Dubai get their FREE access to Wild Wadi along with the complimentary breakfast buffet, access to kids club, private beaches and Free Internet.

Once we try services of Jumeriah Group, we getting so spoiled after :p and  we love it.  It is place where you in deed STAY DIFFERENT™.

If you want to get more info about the hotels and services or book please see the info below:


Or call:

Dubai 800 JUMEIRAH (800 5863 4724) ** | Saudi Arabia 800 897 1439 | Bahrain 800

00555 | Qatar +971 4 364 7541** | Kuwait +971 4 364 7540**

**IDD rates apply


Price varies from property – prices can be found online. It is 10% off Best Available Rate.

Burj Al Arab offers 25% off Best Available Rate.


August 21, 2013

استعرضوا تجاربهم الشخصية وتطوير الذات وخدمة المجتمع (سفراء التطوع) يشاركون في ندوة الطاقة الإيجابية //"Seminar by RTA , Red Crescent, Tender Ambassadors and Khaleejia: “The Power of Positive Energy”

Khaleejia said: 

فيإطار حرص برنامج سفراء التطوّع على المشاركة في الأنشطة والفعاليات التي تعزز مفهوم الطاقة الإيجابية لدى مختلف فئات المجتمع
وفي مقدمتها فئة موظفي المؤسسات والشركات المختلفة في القطاعين الحكومي والخاص ، حرص البرنامج على المساهمة الفاعلة في فقرات ندوة تفاعلية حول ( الطاقة الإيجابية في العمل التطوعي وخدمة المجتمع ) وهي مستوحاة من كتاب ومضات من فكر لصاحب السمو الشيخ محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم والتي نظمتها إدارة المرور في مؤسسة المرور والطرق بالتعاون والتنسيق مع الهلال الأحمر الإماراتي  يوم أمس في قاعة الممزر بالمقر الرئيسي لهيئة طرق ومواصلات دبي .
قال عباس فرض الله ...  : " إن متطوعي ومتطوعات برنامج  سفراء  التطوع في دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة  يتمتعون بقدر من الطاقة الإيجابية تدفع بهم دفعا  لخدمة الوطن ، عبر التواصل الإيجابي والحضاري مع عدد من الهيئات والمؤسسات التي تشاركهم الأهداف ذاتها كما بين محمد إبراهيم على سبيل المثال لا الحصر نشر مفهوم الطاقة الإيجابية بين صفوف أفراد المجتمع بشكل عام ، والموظفين على تباين مهامهم الوظيفية في القطاعين الحكومي والخاص دونما استثناء" .

وشارك كلا من في المحاضرة التفاعلية الأستاذة لولوة ثاني في الفترة الأولى والأخوان عباس فرض الله ومحمد ابراهيم أعضاء فريق سفراء للعطاء في الفترة الثانية إلى جانب عدد من المتطوعات ضمن الندوة التفاعلية التي  شهدها ما يزيد على 45 مشارك من موظفي هيئة الطرق والمواصلات ، وذلك من خلال استعراض تجاربهم الشخصية والمواقف التي مروا بها أثناء تطوعهم في برنامج سفراء التطوع داخل وخارج الدولة ، وأثر العمل التطوعي في تطوير الذات بالنسبة للمتطوع نفسه  بما يتماشى وخدمة المجتمع  .

Volunteers from group “Tender Ambassadors” and Khaleejia’s Life in coordination with RTA (Road and Transport Authority of Dubai) and Red Crescent organized yesterday morning interactive seminar “The power of positive Energy”. 

Journalist Lulua gave a beneficial lecture inspired by a new book of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum “Flashes of Inspiration'” where HH documented his life, experiences, successful & most important ideas .

Presenters of the group Tender Ambassadors Abbas Fardullah and Mohammad Ibrahim shared their experience of the value of volunteering and activities supporting different social events in the United Arab Emirates during the year with more than 45 participants who attended the seminar.

Abbas mentioned that a degree of positive energy bring us impulse to serve the nation, by promoting interest to the cultural heritage through positive communication with a number of people and institutions that share the same objectives.






August 8, 2013

EID MUBARAK! عيد مبارك




Khaleejia said: Eid Mubarak to all from Khaleejia's Life! 

May all the blessings light up your path and lead to your Happiness, Success and Peace! All what you have been praying for during Ramadan will be rewarded and your fasting and good deeds are accepted.


The word Eid means “festivity” or “celebration,* Mubarak means "Blessed."
Muslims celebrate Eid-al-Fitr after the holy month of Ramadan, wishing each other Eid Mubarak after performing the Eid prayer. The celebration continues a further three days by visiting families with exchanging greetings such as "Eid Mubarak" giving gifts to their near and dear ones, wear new cloths, and donate to the needy and poor. All Muslims in this auspicious day greet and hug each other in the spirit of peace and love.
In different languages...
Eid Mubarak ঈদ মুবারকعيد مبارك, عید مُبارکഈദ്‌ മുബാറക്‌ Благословенного праздника!





August 6, 2013

Join Today Dubai Police campaign "Fireworks are dangerous for your life".

Khaleejia said: Dubai Police invited us to participate in a campaign "Fireworks are dangerous for your life" as during the Eid fireworks are considered to be fun, General said illegal selling and store of the fireworks caused hundreds of injuries and even death around the country. We hope that by educating people to avoid using fireworks during the Eid can save someones life and keep families far from sorrow. Please support our cause and welcome to Arabian Center, Dubai. Today at 9 pm where we prepared a fun program for adults and kids with lots of entertainment, competitions and gifts.



بعد النجاح الذي حققته حمله التوعيه بمخاطر الالعاب الناريه خلال شهر رمضان المبارك لهذا العام .
تدعوا القياده العامه لشرطة دبي الجمهور الكريم للحضور والمشاركه في فعاليات حملتها الرمضانية التي ستقام في عربي سنتر وذلك من الساعه 9:00مساءا وحتى 11:00من مساء يوم الثلاثاء الموافق 06/08/2013


EID Collections by Khaleeji designers

Khaleejia said: High-end Pret-a-Porte EID collection by Emirati designer Halima Seemba.