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Creative Direction: Amy Sessions

Photography: Greg Adamski

Production: Olivia Morris

Fashion Assistant: Sarah Joseph

 

Makeup & Hair: Ania Poniatowska at MMG Artists

Welcome to The Gratitude Issue.

As a personal note of gratitude, I would like to thank His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai for creating a city full of opportunity and drive, a city I’m extremely proud to call home and to champion the incredible women who reside within it. Never before has it been more evident of how efficient, supportive and resilient UAE is than in the last 12 months.

I would also like to thank Her Highness Sheikha Sana Al Maktoum for the honour of allowing us to present her as our cover star for this prestigious edition. Shooting the cover at sunrise with a backdrop of the outstanding Burj Khalifa was a moment that allowed us to capture a beautiful shoot Soft Power, but that also allowed us to share time with one of the most hard-working, inspiring and brave young women we’ve worked with to date.

With special thanks to K, who supported to make this happen – your energy and intuition are incredible.

This cover shoot was conducted prior to the passing of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance. The thoughts and respect of all involved are extended to his family.

Sana Al Maktoum

We partnered with Rolls -Royce in an exceptional shoot, Post Opulence where the small details are what creates perfection in the form of the new Rolls-Royce Ghost.

We also have exclusive interviews with prominent Emirati businesswoman Muna Al Gurg in The Philanthropist, Alserkel Avenue’s Executive Director Vilma Jurkute in A Conscious Vision, Founder of Odeem, Fatma Al Otaiba in The Measure of Quality and Maryam & Muna Saeed, Co-Founders of Al Mraikn in Sister Act.

Some of the most incredible women we know share how they practice gratitude in Stay Grateful and we interview Skin Laundry on their new tech approach to beauty in Grateful for Good Skin. Finally, The Wanderlust features an exceptional edit best spiritual retreats around the world.

I’m reminded looking at this issue of one of my favourite quotes: “Small things make perfection, but perfection is not a small thing.” – Henry Royce, Founder of Rolls-Royce.

I am grateful for a team that upholds this belief and strives to make the small things perfect on a daily basis.

We as a team would also like to take this opportunity to wish all those practising – Ramadan Kareem for the month ahead.

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