GQ Lab Takes Centre Stage At Gate Avenue

19 March 2019
GQ Lab
ITP Media Group
Experts in fields of fitness, health and grooming give their tips for a better style of living

For three days, GQ's invited panel of experts imparted their knowledge on a life of wellbeing and success to an appreciative audience at Gate Avenue in DIFC.

The Gate Avenue project is a seamless walk-way connecting all buildings in the DIFC. Open for use by the DIFC community as well as the public, there is currently access from Marble Walk at the Gate District, to the Ritz Carlton Hotel and Al Fattan Currency House. Other connections will be announced shortly.


Between March 12 and 14, Gate Avenue was home for the first ever GQ Lab, which was supported by the retailers 1847, Arabian Oud, Black Amber, Collars and Cuffs, Hattrick, Suit Supply, The Gentleman’s community, Y-12 Salon, and some external brands including, Aesop, Bose, Dior, Dyson, Gucci, Nike, and Tom Ford.

Kicking off proceedings on Tuesday, March 12 was a session on “Hygiene and Aesthetics”, with Dr Michael Apa showing the way to a perfect smile – and how to maintain dental hygiene at all times.

The second session, “The Power of Sleep”, saw Dr Sobia Farooq (Cleveland Clinic Sleep Medicine Program), Dr Harry Horgan (German Neuroscience Center) and Anish Bhatt (watch expert and frequent flyer) reveal the habits and tips that will lead to better, longer and more restful sleep.

On Wednesday, Dr Shawana Vali, Founder of LMS Wellness, tackled the concept of “Biohacking” and how to hack your body into a smarter, healthier and better looking you.

That was followed by a grooming session with Barish El Rekabi, Group Marketing Director at 1847, and musician and producer DJ Bliss discussing instant upgrades every man should add to his routine in this day and age.

The final day’s first session “Fitness: Strength, Flexibility and Power”, welcomed three expert panellists to the stage - Nic St Maurice, Managing Partner at Transform Altitude Performance, Essa Al Ansari, founder of Fitness with Essa, and Karen Mattar, yoga instructor and fitness advocate - to share their views on the latest gym, tech and nutrition trends to build the ultimate healthy body.

GQ Lab wrapped on Thursday with the enthusiastically received session “The Mindful Playbook: Techniques to action every day”, with the audience warming to some endearing personal tales from the returning  Dr Vali; author of Just Read It Omar Al Busaidy; Anas Bukhash, Founder of Bukhash Brothers, and Hassan Hamza.

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