International Sister’s Day prompts sibling pampering offers, and a look at the UAE’s sister acts
A sisterly bond is the secret foundation to building a successful business here in the UAE. Rasha, Sara and Hind Abdulrazak are a prime example of this as the powerhouse behind Sisters Beauty Lounge, an elegant and characteristic one-stop shop for hair and beauty treatments, with branches in The Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates, among others.
In fact, the Abdulrazak women boast an impressive portfolio of creative companies in the capital. Together with mother Shirin, the family also run fashion outlet Candella Boutique, children’s pamper and play zone Caboodle, and furniture store The Living Zone.
This month’s International Sister’s Day, celebrated worldwide on August 2, was especially poignant for the triowho rely on each other’s brains, creative nous and friendship to keep business booming.
And in order to celebrate, Sister’s Beauty Lounge has launched its #XOSISTERS campaign with special offers on classic manicures, pedicures and blow dries until August 31. Sisters visiting the salon together can purchase any of this trio of treatments to receive the second one free, and women are encouraged to upload the results on social media using the hashtag. Offer available until Aug 31. Appointments must be made at the same time and redeemed on the same day. Sisters Beauty Lounge, The Dubai Mall, www.sistersbeautylounge.com (04 339 8500).
Sibling success stories
Carla’s Closet Tired of the corporate life, and inspired by her fashion-savvy siblings regularly raiding her carefully curated wardrobe for goodies, Carla Douss decided to launch Carla’s Closet. The chic online boutique, co-managed with her business-savvy sisters, stocks serious fashion such as Sass and Bide and Mara Hoffman, but also highlights little-known emerging designers such as Maurie & Eve. www.carlas-closet.com. Follow on Twitter @carlasclosetcom.
Chari Cycles An inexperienced eye might see jutting spokes, flat tyres and limp inner tubes. But Palestinian sisters Rania and Zaina Kanaan, who grew up in Montreal, see an ethical business model. Chari Cycles upcycles vintage bicycle frames from scrapyards and turns them into functioning, affordable new rides. As well as inspiring people to rediscover the freedom of cycling, the sisters donate one bicycle for every ten purchased to a child refugee. www.charicycles.com Follow Chari Cycles on Instagram @charicycles.
The Exposed House Discovering this artisan online boutique feels like stumbling over an eclectic clutch of artistic, fashionable treasures in the attic. The colourful collection of headwear, frocks, paintings, jewels and cosmetics is curated by visual artist Shamsa Al Omaira, her sister and brother, and unearths exciting design talent, while also featuring well-established luxury goods from labels such as Christian Lacroix. www.theexposedhouse.com