The Six: Common scents you can find across the Middle East

Middle Eastern Perfume brands that are changing the industry. (Shutterstock)
Updated 12 November 2018
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The Six: Common scents you can find across the Middle East

DUBAI:These Middle Eastern perfume brands are changing the face of the fragrance industry in the region.

Kayali
Huda and Mona Kattan, the Iraqi-American moguls behind cosmetics brand Huda Beauty, are launching their first-ever fragrance collection on Nov. 16. Called Kayali, the collection features four scents — Elixir, Vanilla, Musk and Citrus.

Anfas
Anfas was launched by Emirati perfumer Asim Al-Qassim, who trained under master perfumer Rosendo Mateu in Spain.

Arcadia
Founded by Emirati perfumer Amna Al-Habtoor after she studied at The Cotswolds Perfumery in the UK, this brand offers unizex perfumes that are, according to the company, paraben-free, chemical-free and cruelty-free.

Odict
The name of this Kuwaiti-Saudi brand, founded by Omar Al-Houli and Abdullah Al-Dossari, combines the words “oud” and “addict.” It is made in France and mixes traditional Eastern notes, such as frankincense, with contemporary notes like bergamot.

The Fragrance Kitchen
Founded by the nephew of the emir of Kuwait, TFK combines familiar Middle Eastern scents with laboratory expertise. Expect notes such as oud, saffron and cedar wood in this delicious-smelling collection.

Lootah
Named after scent connoisseur Saleh bin Nasser bin Lootah, this UAE-based brand creates Eastern and French perfumes, incenses, oud and luxury perfumed oils.


Nora Attal has her day in the sun in Marrakesh

Updated 19 March 2019
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Nora Attal has her day in the sun in Marrakesh

DUBAI: British-Moroccan model Nora Attal posed up a storm in Marrakesh’s golden sunlight for a new campaign by fashion brand Zara.

The in-demand model shared snaps from the campaign, photographed by Christian Macdonald, on her Instagram account.

The collection of photographs show Attal modelling looks from Zara’s laid-back Spring/Summer 2019 collection against a backdrop of rippling sand dunes. Her featured ensembled include kaftans and long-length cardigans with hefty stripes in a clay-and-beige color palette.

Attal is no stranger to fronting campaigns — in January, the model was chosen as one of seven rising stars to feature in British fashion house Alexander McQueen’s latest campaign.

The Spring/Summer 2019 collection photoshoot was shot by British fashion and documentary photographer Jamie Hawkesworth and featured Attal wearing a number of cowboy-inspired looks.

The year has gotten off to a busy start for Attal, who was similarly in demand in 2018, when she took to the catwalk for Elie Saab, Loewe and Dior during Paris Fashion Week in September and starred in Italian fashion label Versace’s summer advert campaign.

In May, luxury e-retailer Farfetch launched in the Middle East with a little help from the young model.

She starred in a photoshoot wearing pieces from collections on sale on the platform. The colorful photographs were accompanied by a snappy, chatty interview with the young model.
Readers got the chance to gain insight into her earliest fashion memories and learn some off-the-cuff facts about the star.

“Recently I’ve been obsessed with noughties trends. Everyone was so cool and effortless back then. Now I go out in a full Juicy Couture tracksuit with no shame,” she told Farfetch at the time.

“If I wasn’t a model, I’d probably be at university, studying to get into something like criminal investigations, profiling or law,” she added.

Attal finished off 2018 by hitting the sand dunes in the UAE — however, this time it wasn’t part of a high-end photoshoot, but rather a day of fun.

The model enjoyed an afternoon of sandboarding in the emirate of Sharjah and even posted a snap on Instagram at the time.

“Apparently sandboarding is a thing,” she captioned the sunset shot.