Ahlan! Live’s Eid Gift Guide

During Ramadan and the annual Eid festivals, the focus is on giving – here are some of our favourite Eid gifts of the season
Saturday , 16 July 2011
Ahlan! Live’s Eid Gift Guide
Ahlan! Live’s Eid Gift Guide
Hermitage phone cover with Swarovski crystals
Hermitage phone cover with Swarovski crystals
Ush collection at Bloomingdale's
© Ush collection
Ush collection at Bloomingdale's
Aquiesse Luxury Cherimoya Candle
Aquiesse Luxury Cherimoya Candle
Tateossian Worry Beads
Tateossian Worry Beads
ChoCo’a Treats
ChoCo’a Treats

The end of the Ramadan is marked by the first of two Eid festivals in the Islamic calendar, Eid ul Fitr. The second, Eid al Adha, follows a little over two months later. This year’s the expected holiday dates are Tuesday 30 August to Thursday 1 September for Eid ul Fitr, and Saturday 5 to Wednesday 9 November for Eid al Adha. Confirmed dates will be announced closer to the time. The word ‘eid’ means ‘solemn festival’ and these celebrations are a time for sharing. It’s customary to give to friends, family and the needy, and for inspiration we’ve compiled an Eid gift guide. Eid Mubarak!

Islamic-inspired Swarovski Phones

For Eid, Hermitage, a UAE based company specialising in hand-crafted bespoke covers for mobile phones, has launched limited edition Islamic designs embedded with more than 3000 Swarovski crystals. Available in different colours, the designs can be customized according to individual preferences.

Currently retailing at Sharaf DG, iPhones, the Blackberry Bold and Blackberry Torch can be customised with Hermitage covers featuring a picture of a Mosque under the moonlight. The cover also comes with a phone charm engraved ‘Allah’ in Arabic. We love!

INFO: Dhs5,999. Available from Sharaf DG, Dubai Mall.

New Abaya Collections For Eid

This fall, Bloomingdale's Dubai, brings you the most coveted abaya designers and brands including Effa, USH, and Mauzan. The trendy new styles and fashion forward concepts are making a splash this Eid so make sure you get your hands on the new collections now.

Coined by some as the ‘little black dress’ of the Middle East, there is an Effa abaya to take you from work to play with effortless style. While USH Designs provide you with comfortable styles that embody modern elegance, femininity and power reminiscent of the modern Arab woman. As for Mauzan abayas, they display a graceful femininity and comfort that empower the woman with inner confidence.

INFO: Bloomingdale’s Dubai, The Dubai Mall, phone 04 350 5333.

Aquiesse Luxury Cherimoya Candle
Ramadan is a time for entertaining guests and a candle-scented home provides the ultimate a warm welcome, and a chic gift for any host too. Aquiesse luxury candles are top of our shopping list. They exude fragrances made with the highest-grade essential oils and natural ingredients, perfectly concentrated to quickly scent your space without overpowering it. Using True-Scent technology, Aquiesse compounds fragrances with the optimum combination of top, middle and bottom notes to ensure that the “warm throw” (scent while burning) matches the “cold throw” (scent while cold). Each candle features a carefully selected lead-free, cotton-based wick for a clean and even burn and this one goes for more than 100 hours!

INFO: Cherimoya Candle, Dhs190, Symphony, The Dubai Mall.

Tateossian Worry Beads
Worry beads, also known as prayer beads, are used in various religious cultures to count prayers or chants. Renowned luxury jewellery company Tateossian has designed this stunning set as the ultimate gift for religious festivals, crafted from semi-precious stones.

INFO: Tateossian Worry Beads, Dhs1,060, Saks Fifth Avenue, Burjuman, Dubai.

ChoCo’a Treats
ChoCo’a was established in the UAE in 2004 by husband and wife team Assem and Dina Hamzeh, offering a wide range of custom-made, creative collections featuring chocolate products, cakes and pastries to suit the UAE’s diverse tastes and occasions. Their exclusive Ramadan collection will be available in ChoCo’a boutiques in Dubai and Abu Dhabi from mid-July and features these delish desserts, as well as bespoke date gift boxes. WARNING: The following descriptions could make you feel seriously hungry.

Aish al-saraya: means “the bread of royal palace”; a rose-water scented bread pudding for very special occasions. ChoCo’a’s Aish al-saraya consists of layers of caramelised bread flavoured with rose and orange blossom waters and rich creamy filling made with a blend of milk, cream, butter, bread and sugar.

Knafeh: a warm desert baked with rich filling of cheese, with a blend of semolina, sugar and milk, covered by the layers of knafeh dough enriched with butter and embellished with roasted almonds and syrup. Mmmm.

Othmalliyeh: crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, made of kashta (Lebanese cream) sandwiched between two layers of thin stringy dough. Served with sugar syrup and garnished roasted nuts and snow sugar.

Mafroukeh: made from caramelised sugar and semolina dough flavoured with rose and orange blossom waters and filled with kashta, this desert is topped with roasted nuts.

INFO: ChoCo’a, 04 3409013, reem.bsat@chocoa.ae.