Smile Makeover by Dr. Sam Saleh of ORA Dentistry Spa

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Why go to the dentist a second and a third time when you don’t have to?  At the ORA Dentistry Spa in Beverly Hills, you can actually have a full dental reconstruction in one visit! Same-day dentistry has revolutionized the concept of dental restoration, no more impressions or temporaries. You can transform your teeth and grant a smile as beautiful as a celebrity’s in one day.

Using advanced CAD-CAM technology, renowned cosmetic dentist Dr. Sam Saleh was able to completely transform a smile severely damaged by years of unhealthy habits.

Dr. Saleh appeared on the TV show ‘The Doctors’ and offered Mindi (a patient) a complete smile makeover. Mindi’s teeth had been snapping off after years of grinding and tooth decay caused by acidic drinks. It was difficult for her to think she can ever have a normal smile again. However, using advanced CAD-CAM technology to mill a set of restorations designed to match the aesthetics of Mindi’s facial features, Dr. Saleh was able to give Mindi a new, attractive smile that shocked even ‘The Doctors’ themselves.

Dr. Saleh used the advanced laser scanning technology of PlanScan CAD-CAM to take a precise, 3-D snapshot of Mindi’s mouth that would later be used as the canvas for creating a new smile. Once the Planscan gave Dr. Saleh a clear digital model of Mindi’s teeth, he was able to begin designing a smile to fit her existing dental structure and her facial aesthetics, instead of using the same “perfect smile” template that most dentists use on their patients. Dr. Saleh takes the time to accommodate the new teeth to the patient’s facial aesthetics to create a smile that truly flatters the appearance of each individual. After Dr. Saleh finished designing the necessary restorations for Mindi’s smile makeover, he was able to craft each individual restoration with his in-office PlanMill machine. And, instead of having to insert a dental implant into Mindi’s mouth for each tooth, Dr. Saleh was able to turn the roots of many of the teeth into implants so that they would be ready for full restoration. This made the procedure much more low-impact and less invasive.

The end result was a vibrant, beautiful new smile for Mindi, done in one day. It is this attention to detail and commitment to excellence that granted Dr. Saleh a reputation of being one of the best dentists in Beverly Hills according to his colleagues and patients.

For more information about the truly ground-breaking cosmetic work done by Dr. Sam Saleh at ORA Dentistry Spa, you can call them at 310-273-0848, or visit them online at today.


Live it Up in Mykonos This Summer


Mykonos is not just a regular island gracing the sea, but it is one cosmopolitan piece of land that offers all that is young, hip and trending. The infamous Greek island is the place to see and be seen, the place where happiness and freedom are found around every other corner, and where modern life is enveloped by ancient Greek Mythology and fantastic legends!

This cosmopolitan island is one of the top summer destinations. It has been the place to go to for years, hosting the most insane beach parties, and welcoming world-renowned celebrities and icons for their memorable summer vacations.

This year, Mykonos is hassle free and convenient thanks to Travco Holidays. For the first time in Egypt, weekly direct flights to the island will be available as of July 17th to August 28th. Seven weekly flights scheduled every Friday will take you from Cairo to Mykonos in less than one hour and forty minutes! And now that flights are more accessible, the hotels are too. Seven hotels across the island are all prepared to welcome and pamper you during your week of choice.

To sum up: 7 flights, 7 hotels, and 7 packages all for you to choose from.

But there is still room for a cherry on top. All May bookings have their choice of a special offer: either enjoy an exceptional air ticket discount, from LE 4000 to LE 2999, or choose to receive a 15% discount on the package of choice!

Giannoulaki HotelStars: 3+

Area: Glastros

Beach: 1.6km

Starts from: LE 8499

Anamar Boutique HotelStars: 4

Area: Ftelia

Beach: 800m

Starts from: LE 9999

Paradision HotelStars: 4

Area: Tourlos

Beach: 200m

Starts from: LE 10499

Mykonos PalaceStars: 4

Area: Platis Gialos

Beach: Beachfront

Starts from: LE 10499

San MarcoStars: 4

Area: Houlakia

Beach: 70m

Starts from: LE 10999

Aphrodite HotelStars: 4

Area: Kalafti

Beach: Beachfront

Starts from: LE 11199

Petinos HotelStars: 4

Area: Platis Gialos

Beach: 30m

Starts from: LE 11999





















Packages include: Flights | Hotels | Airport Transfers (Prices before discount)

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Women in the World Summit 2015


Women in the World’s annual summit was held at the Lincoln Center in New York City this year from April 22-24. The summit is a platform for women from different countries to get together and discuss healthcare, social, political, and economical issues that affect them on a personal level. Participants range from actresses, to entrepreneurs, to activists in a variety of sectors. This year’s celebrity participants included Hilary Clinton, Meryl Streep, Barbara Streisand, Bassem Yousef, and Jon Stewart. 

Women in the World founder Tina Brown kicked off the summit by leading the welcome session, before CNN correspondent Christiane Amanpour moderated the session ‘Girls As a Weapon of War’. The session featured a woman whose daughter ran away to Syria to meet a man she claims to have fallen in love with, despite evidence that he’s an ISIS recruiter who works to convince females of becoming “jihadi brides”. The session talked about ways mothers are fighting this phenomenon.

Another session that was moderated by Brown herself brought together two mothers, an Israeli and a Palestinian, who had both lost a son in conflict. In the session titled ‘The Sons We Share’, the two women told their stories regarding their loss and how they’re transforming it into an opportunity for reconciliation and forgiveness.

Yousef moderated ‘The Muslim Woman’s Dilemma’ session that discussed the struggle for many Muslim women between what’s considered modern and traditional, where the lines are often blurred. The session featured the best-selling Turkish author Elif Shafak.

Other topics discussed included: a North Korean human rights activist’s dangerous escape from his country, a Ugandan nun’s efforts to save thousands of girls who survived enslavement from African warlord Joseph Kony and other rebels, the fight against online harassment, how to decrease rising levels of maternal mortality in the US, the inequity of heart disease research for women, the thousands of missing girls sold by ISIS during their siege on Mt. Sinjar in Iraq, and Indian cultural taboos.


The first Women in the World summit took place in 2010. Since then, thousands of women have attended the summit and participants included many celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Bill Clinton, Queen Rania of Jordan, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks, and many others.


The Milken Institute Global Conference: The Power of Ideas


It’s inspiring when big institutes like Milken take the initiative and consistently set a yearly solid conference to improve lives.

Milken is a non-profit institute and an objective think tank that believes in the power of capital markets to solve urgent social and economic challenges. Its mission is to increase global prosperity by enhancing collaborative solutions that widen access to capital, create jobs, and improve health. The Milken Institute global conference is unique in the sense of its determination to drive change.

For the 18th year, the Global Conference will unite leading thinkers, decision makers, and visionaries to find solutions to common problems.  From April the 26th till the 29th more than 3,500 people from 55 countries and 41 states will gather at the Beverly Hilton for discussions on 11 content tracks. Some of these topics include, rebuilding housing finance, the future of higher education, building a global workforce, and more. In addition, the conference will focus on bringing the spotlight on issues that promote greater equality of opportunity for women.

“Our Global Conference builds relationships that turn powerful ideas into transformative action, especially in our core issues of access to capital, improving health care, and spurring job creation,” says Institute CEO Mike Klowden. “Our ability to bridge the worlds of business, finance, science, and policy has never been more in demand,” he adds.

Moreover, more than 650 speakers, including chief investors, CEOs, senior government officials, scientists, educators, philanthropists, and journalists will take part in more than 170 sessions at the conference.

There are many ways to experience the Global Conference without being there. For the first time, several Global Conference panels will be live-streamed. Videos of all panels will be posted on the Institute’s website. In addition to blog posts and videos, nearly all Global Conference panels will be live-tweeted. Follow and take part in the conversation with #MIGlobal and #better4women.

By: Alyaa Sadek 


Palestine on a Plate



Palestine on a Plate, a cooking phone application by Joudie Kalla, is all about the secret Palestinian recipes that have been passed down through generations and across a variety of tastes.

Palestine on a Plate takes a look at how food from previous Palestinian generations has been passed down from the women in the family of Kalla, the author of the application. In a recent press release, Kalla talks in-depth about her passion and experience and what drove her to take such an interesting step.

First of all, Kalla is a Palestinian chef; and a lover of Middle Eastern food. Kalla made Palestine on a Plate as a tribute to her family and her heritage. She explains that she couldn’t speak her own language fluently until the age of 21. “Everything changed for me; I became more interested in the food, the culture, and lifestyle and I developed a real curiosity about my Palestinian history and culture,” she says. Kalla became more aware of her westernized Arabic friends. The more she dug, the more it became clear to her that food was the main connection between them and what brought them together. It ignited a journey that she’s still embarking on.

Kalla clarifies that the recipes which will be represented will take classical Palestinian cooking to a new dimension, changing the methods, and most importantly, cutting the time it takes to cook the food.  She adds, “with today’s rushed lifestyle, I am trying to reconnect with our past but be mindful of our busy lives with that precious commodity, time, being ever shorter.”

Furthermore, from how she talks about food, it seems that cooking is more than just a passion for Kalla; it’s representative of a deep connection with her history and her childhood. This became even clearer when Kalla continues discussing the memory she has of her mother’s cooking. “I remember my mother cooking approximately five dishes a night for us all, which included some sort of salad or starter like Jarjir, Fattoush or Shakshoukeh, and two or four main courses like Maftoul and Daoud Basha, that she made seem so easy to recreate, as she did them with flair, love, and comfort.” She says that this memory-evoking home cooked food creates a wonderful sensation and automatically puts her in a good place.

The recipes were all created by her mother and she adjusted them to make them less fatty, less fussy, and less time-consuming.


Ron Bruder & Education for Employment give hope to a new generation



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Ron Bruder, a former successful real estate developer, has dedicated the past 13 years of his life to establishing the Education for Employment (EFE) project. It aims to increase the opportunities for unemployed youth in the Middle East and North Africa region by providing them with the skills, knowledge, and opportunities needed to succeed in today’s workplace.

Created in 2002, EFE now operates in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia, and Yemen. Bruder chose Arab youth in particular because their region suffers from the highest levels of youth unemployment in the world. He cites that the needs of the labour market are not in sync with what’s taught in local educational institutions. As a capacity building initiative, it offers professional and technical training to assist Arab youth in landing a job.

EFE teams up with local nonprofit organisations from the different countries to provide the training to the students. One of their programs includes the Job Placement Training Program, which trains the candidates in the specific skills that are in demand by the local labour market. This program also assists the candidates to get hired once they’ve completed the training. Examples of professions that EFE graduates have gone to work in include construction management, teaching, and banking.

Another program that EFE offers is called Pathways to a Job. In this program, students are taught how to write resumes, cover letters, and gain interviewing skills. Students are also taught how to effectively search for jobs, and can end up getting internships at local organisations.

Entrepreneurship is EFE’s final program, which as suggested, prepares its students with the skills needed in starting and running small businesses. EFE provides its students with connections to financing and mentoring services, among others. Some of the skills taught include time management, leadership, communication, and goal setting.

All of the programs are run by nationals of the country they’re operating in, which have been trained professionally themselves. Despite the region’s tumultuousness, EFE has continued to grow, bringing the total number of trained students to 26,000 in the region.



Supporting Gaza with Arab Idol







In a private glamorous reception in London hosted by Mr and Mrs. Ayman and Sawsan Asfari, friends and guests gathered to listen to the live tunes of the talented Mohamed Assaf. The reception was held for Assaf and in support of Gaza.

Mohamed Assaf is a Palestinian singer who won the second season of Arab Idol. His success gave hope to many Palestinians and the Arab world. Throughout the airing of the show, Assaf won the hearts of the public with his bright personality and gentle voice. People who watched Assaf compared his voice and appearance to the famous Egyptian singer Abdel Halim Hafez, which definitely gained him more popularity.

Two years ago, The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) named Assaf as a goodwill ambassador for peace. He is their first ever regional youth ambassador. The UNRWA was created in 1949 and was originally intended for providing jobs to Palestinians who fled or were expelled from their homes during. Now, it also provides Palestinian refugees with services such as education, healthcare, and relief. UNRWA is the only agency committed to helping refugees from a specific region or conflict. According to the UNRWA website,  “we [UNRWA] are proud to work with individuals who can add their voice to ours, spreading the word about Palestine refugees and reminding people who may be far away that they are not just a regional concern or a relic of the past.”



2015 BRIT Awards Highlights


By Alyaa Sadek 

The 2015 BRIT Awards took place in the 02 Arena in London on the 25th of February 2015. Taylor Swift opened the show with an incredible, energy-filled performance of her single “Blank Space”. Followed by Sam Smith’s performance, which was very emotional and strong as usual. Another heartfelt and moving performance was “Only Love Can Hurt Like This” by Paloma Faith. We loved the upbeat and uplifting performances by George Ezra and Take That. Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith bagged the most important trophies of the night. However the grand dame of pop music, Madonna, who performed at the ceremony for the first time in two decades, almost stole the show despite tripping off the stage in the middle of her new single “Living for Love”. English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran was the biggest winner of the night, walking away with two of the four Brit Awards he was nominated for. The pop-heavy ceremony also saw performances from Royal Blood and Kanye West. Also, West was repeatedly muted by ITV during his performance for swearing. Finally Kim Kardashian gladly presented the BRITs Global Success award to Sam Smith.



British Male Solo Artist – Ed Sheeran

British Female Solo Artist –  Paloma Faith

British Group –  Royal Blood

International Group –  Foo Fighters

British Breakthrough Act – Sam Smith

Critics Choice –  James Bay

MasterCard British Album of the Year –  Ed Sheeran

British Single of the Year –  Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk”

International Male Solo Artist –  Pharrell Williams

International Female Solo Artist –  Taylor Swift h

British Producer of the Year –  Paul Epworth

British Video- One Direction –  “You & I”

BRITs Global Success –  Sam Smith



Taylor Swift – Blank Space

Sam Smith –  Lay Me Down

Royal Blood –  Figure It Out

Ed Sheeran –  Bloodstream

Kanye West – All Day

Take That –  Let in the Sun

George Ezra –  Budapest

Paloma Faith –  Only Love Can Hurt Like This

Madonna –  Living for Love



Le Tarbouche at Saatchi Gallery


The Saatchi Gallery is a London Art Gallery for contemporary art opened by Charles Saatchi in 1985 for exhibiting his collection to the public. The gallery attracts more than one million visitors a year, and has become one of the best galleries of contemporary art in Europe. It is the only free-entry contemporary art museum of its size in the world. In 2010, Saatchi announced that the gallery would be donated to the state, becoming the Museum of Contemporary Art for London.

We were excited to learn that Mouna Rebeiz, a French-Lebanese artist and painter, will be displaying her work at the Saatchi Gallery from 27 February to 3 March, 2015. She will be presenting what is guaranteed to be an exciting and stimulating exhibition entitled Le Tarbouche. In support of Innocence in Danger, a worldwide movement for the protection of children against abuse, Le Tarbouche is a development of Rebeiz’s current work with the female form, utilising the tarbouche as a traditional male symbol of strength and manliness in the Levant and across the Middle East, in order to express the complex role of women by combining nudes with the tarbouche as a complicated combination of the dominant and submissive, the sophisticated and the vulnerable.

Mouna was born into a family of artists and demonstrated creativity in abundance from an early age; she grew up between musicians, artists, and poets, which later influenced her work. The human being and its psych also intrigued her and so she went on to study psychology at the Sorbonne in Paris and Saint Joseph’s University in Beirut. She perfected her technique in 1995 at the Cepiade Studio where she met Alix De La Source, speaker at the Louvre and specialist of 17th and 18th century painting techniques. La Source introduced Mouna to the techniques of the Grand Masters and helped her to develop her style. As of today, Mouna mainly exhibits her work in Paris, with work shown in places like Salon des Independants, Gallerie Pierre Allain Challier and Foundation Paul Ricard. The Saatchi Gallery will be her first solo exhibition in London.

Designers such as Lanvin, Twiggy, Bay Garnett, Helen McCrory, Elie Saab, and Sandra Choi of Jimmy Choo will be recreating a tarbouche in their own style to be auctioned by Sotheby’s following the exhibition. All proceeds from these pieces, as well as proceeds from the sale of Mouna’s paintings, will go towards the charity, a world movement for the protection of children against all forms of sexual abuse, a charity close to Mouna’s heart.



We always hear people talking about physical health; eat well, exercise regularly and get enough sleep, but why don’t we put as much importance on our mental health? Mental stress is associated with heightened levels of inflammatory chemicals in the blood that lead to disease. It is important to fix the mind in order to improve physical health.

In order to improve our mental health we first must address what it actually is, most of us suffer some sort of mental illness such as anxiety, depression, or stress. To be clear, being emotionally and mentally healthy doesn’t mean never going through bad times or experiencing emotional problems. We all go through disappointments, loss, and change. The difference is that people with a healthy mindset have the ability to bounce back from adversity, trauma, and stress. This ability is called resilience, people with this ability have a positive outlook and know how to look beyond negativity.

Being free of these problems and having peace of mind is achievable with some dedication, here are some of the ways you can achieve this:

1. Yoga

Yoga is known to lower stress and improve your mood. Some yoga methods use specific meditation techniques to focus the mind on your breathing that silences the constant ‘mind chatter’, it relieves stress and allows you to feel relaxed. Practicing yoga can also boost oxygen levels to the brain, leaving you feeling happier and more content with everyday life. In addition, research has shown that yoga helps you draw your focus away from the stresses of life and makes you focus on your movements and breathing.

2. Treat yourself with respect

Treating yourself with respect can be achieved by attempting to understand yourself, this will allow you to grow and understand how unique you really are. Discover your principles, personality, and talents. Don’t wait for people’s approval and develop your own standards.

3. Take breaks and don’t overload your mind

When you feel overwhelmed with too much information, take some time to clear your mind. Even a short break can relieve stress and give you a fresh perspective. If you can’t get away at all, simply turn aside from your work and do some mindful breathing. Overloading your mind with unnecessary worries is just as bad as an overworked body; neither will produce the desired end result. Try practicing letting go of the need to control and direct the outcome.

4. Keep in touch with your loved ones and care for others

Show your loved ones how much they mean to you, the results may surprise you. Whether you have problems with any of your family members or life has pulled you apart, keeping in touch with them every now and then will definitely make you feel better. “I love you” has become a common phrase, but keep on saying it anyway.

5. Laughter relieves stress

For some, laughing and smiling can boost their mood almost instantly. Even if you have to force yourself out of a bad mood by faking laughter it can help. In other words, just the act of smiling or laughing can lift your spirits.

6. Listen to inspiring music

The power of music is well documented. Not only is positive music enjoyable, but music with a fast tempo can really get us going when our energy is low. Music also engages one of our five senses. For a fun mental exercise, listen to your favourite music and then consciously take note of the various smells around you. Training your brain to be fully aware of two mental stimuli at the same time is a good way to exercise the brain.

7. Stay hydrated

In a study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, it was found that even mild dehydration is a reliable predictor of impaired cognitive status. Remember to get plenty of fluids throughout the day. If you consume a lot of  caffeine, make sure to drink extra fluids to counteract caffeine’s diuretic effect. Staying hydrated is another great way to keep your energy level up and you mental focus sharp.

8. Talk about your feelings

Talking about your feelings isn’t a sign of weakness. It’s part of taking charge of your well-being and doing what you can to stay healthy. Just being listened to can help you feel supported and less alone. And it works both ways. If you open up, it might encourage others to do the same. It’s not always easy to describe how you’re feeling. If you can’t think of one word, use lots.

9. Alternate nostril breathing

Press your right thumb to your right nostril to close it and then inhale through your left nostril. Using your ring finger on the same hand, close the left nostril, lift your thumb, and exhale through the right. Reverse the pattern and repeat several times to feel the calming and balancing effects. Something so simple can increase your productivity significantly, especially when you are working on something monotonous.

10. Be around positive people

Research and numerous studies have shown that people who are positive and associate themselves with positive people benefit from these interactions in so many ways. By being around positive people, you will be healthier, more successful financially and you will be involved in better relationships. Being around positive people lowers your stress level and it enables you to relax more.