Summer surprises: Shanina Shaik goes on a shopping spree in Dubai

Model Shanina Shaik enjoyed a spot of shopping in Dubai over the weekend. (AFP)
Updated 26 August 2019

Summer surprises: Shanina Shaik goes on a shopping spree in Dubai

DUBAI: Model Shanina Shaik enjoyed a spot of shopping at The Dubai Mall over the weekend and was also seen at the city’s swanky Mandarin Oriental hotel.

The Victoria’s Secret beauty, whose father is Saudi-Pakistani and mother is Lithuanian-Australian, took to Instagram to share snapshots from her trip to the shopping destination and showed off one photo taken in a changing room — with a rail full of items ready to be tried on.

“Retail therapy,” she captioned the shot.



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She took to the social media platform a while later with another cheeky post — a sun-lit close up which she captioned, “Only six hours of shopping.”



Only six hours of shopping ...

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After being spotted at the luxurious Mandarin Oriental hotel on Saturday afternoon, the model enjoyed a night out on the town wearing a striking ensemble, complete with a long-sleeved beige top — complete with a daring peekaboo cutout — and fitted black trousers worn with a gold-buckled belt.

It’s not clear whether Shaik was in town for business or simply to enjoy the best of what The Dubai Mall has to offer, but a spot of retail therapy could be exactly what the runway model needs after a difficult year.



OOTN - peaches n cream

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Shaik made headlines earlier this summer after she filed for divorce just over a year after she married her longtime beau Greg “DJ Ruckus” Andrews.

Shaik filed the paperwork in the Los Angeles County Court in July, citing irreconcilable differences, according to TMZ.

News of the split first surfaced in June, with the pair releasing a statement saying they wish to “move forward with much mutual respect and love for each other and ask to please respect their privacy during this time (sic).”

According to TMZ, 28-year-old Melbourne native Shaik asked for spousal support from Andrews.

News of their split came as a shock to fans as, earlier this year, Shaik spoke to British model Rosie Huntington-Whitely about starting a family.

“Personally, I’m thinking about a family and when to settle down and have all that as well,” she told the website Rose Inc.

“But there are so many things on my dream board that I need to tick off and want to do, and hopefully I’ll do some more movies as well. If I can do all of that, I’ll be very happy,” she added.

The model married Andrews on musician Lenny Kravitz’s private island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas in May 2018.

Startup of the Week: Protein Laboratory: Making healthy eating fun and easy

Updated 17 September 2019

Startup of the Week: Protein Laboratory: Making healthy eating fun and easy

  • And with growing health awareness, many Saudis are switching over to more nutritious dietary habits

JEDDAH: An enterprising Saudi family is aiming to take the world by storm with its scientific approach to healthy eating.

The Bogari’s newly opened Protein Laboratory restaurant in Jeddah is the brainchild of brothers Ahmed, Hussain and Hassan.

The three doctors got the inspiration for their startup from hospital laboratories while studying in medical school, and with the help of their parents set about establishing their innovative culinary venture.

In recent years the health and fitness fad has become a flourishing business sector in the Kingdom, which has witnessed a dramatic rise in the number of gyms and fitness centers.

And with growing health awareness, many Saudis are switching over to more nutritious dietary habits. However, eating clean can be a challenge for those with busy, modern lifestyles who do not have the time to prepare meals.

Enter the Protein Laboratory, opened to add fun to the idea of healthy food. “We wanted to reintroduce the concept of healthy food to the Saudi health and fitness community,” Ahmed, 27, told Arab News.

“We believe that healthy food does not have to be boring and achieving your goal of fat loss can actually satisfy your taste buds and leave you happily full at the same time.

“We are planning to expand in Jeddah and Makkah to help more people achieve their fitness targets while enjoying tasty food, and we are aiming to be recognized globally,” he said.

The trio started planning their enterprise while studying at medical college but credit their parents’ support for helping turn their vision into a successful business launch.

Their father guided them in setting up the company and their mother took responsibility for the restaurant’s kitchen, playing a major role in developing recipes and supervising operations.

The brothers’ association with the field of medicine also helped them in their efforts. Ahmed was first inspired by hospital laboratories and the way researchers worked on minor details to get the best possible results.

“The long counters, glass walls, and test tubes are what I liked the most, in addition to the complete transparency of the place. It is exactly how I wanted our restaurant to be. Everything to be prepared and cooked just in front of the customer with a high level of attention to detail,” he added.

The idea behind the name Protein Laboratory was to ensure customers had the option to select, mix and create ingredients according to their taste or preference.

“Customers can order their meals according to their nutritional needs and preferences, starting with selecting the protein base, cooking method, side dishes, the sauce and portion of the meal’s components in grams.”

Ahmed said: “We use the healthiest cooking methods possible. We don’t use frozen meat; we blend our own spices and make sure everything is always made in the healthiest way.”

The brothers and their mother work like scientists. “We spent one year testing ingredients and creating healthy recipes. We had only one goal in mind: High protein in a healthy meal and a portion that could help us and others to stay healthy while still eating the food we desired with higher quality and better taste,” Ahmed added.

Their lab salad dish includes more than 20 organic ingredients high in protein, fiber and antioxidants. The restaurant’s burger has only 396 calories, and one of their best-selling desserts is a sugar-free banana pancake.

“We aim to make our prices within everyone’s reach,” Ahmed said.

One of the services offered by the restaurant is subscription to a meal plan drawn up according to the nutritional needs of the customer and delivered to their workplace or home.

Protein Laboratory is located in Helmi Kutbi Street, in Jeddah’s Al-Zahra district and can be followed on Instagram @proteinlabsa.