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A list of traditional beauty treatments used for centuries by women in the Middle East and where to find them in salons and spas around Abu Dhabi.
We can’t help but get excited about Middle Eastern beauty secrets that have been passed down by women for generations. Check out our roundup of Arabian beauty rituals that are ancient, natural-based and have withstood the test of time.
The traditional Hammam is not just an equivalent of a steam room as many people assume. This bath ritual is one that consists of a full body wash, a deep scrub with a special black soap and a deep tissue massage. Extremely indulgent it is also deeply therapeutic and a must-try. Our personal favorite is available at For more details click here.
Try it out at Chi, The Spa at Shangri-La Hotel, +971 2 509 89 00
Sugar wax locally known as ‘hawala’ is something that women in this region have been making at home and passing down the recipe. A simple sugar based liquid it is the most effective hair removal technique to reduce growth and to leave the skin looking smooth and silky.
Try Sugar wax at Nadreen in Bain Al Jesrain, Abu Dhabi, +971 2 55 84 048
Desert Sand Scrub
A Middle Eastern ritual that involves deep exfoliation it comprises of a body scrub made out of a blend of desert sand and salts infused in theraputiec ingredients including argan oil. The therapist combines a selection of sensual oils, warm herbal compresses and bamboo sticks to perform a unique massage. Ideal for stretch marks, sluggish circulatory systems, uneven skin tone and texture, dry, irritated and de-hydrated skin lacking in elasticity.
Try it out at Rosewood Abu Dhabi Sense Spa, +971 2 813 55 37
Also known as cupping, it is the ideal treatment for anyone suffering from severe back issues, headaches and digestion problems. The cups are moved to drain the excess fluids, stimulate the peripheral nervous system, increasing the blood flow to the back muscles and skin. It loosens stubborn knots and improves the flexibility
To try it out head over to Gulf Chinese Medical Centre, +971 2 634 35 38
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