Amber Lounge Qatar
Jeannette recently came on board as Group Managing Director of Amber X / Amber Lounge in May 2022. Formerly an Intellectual Property and Technology lawyer for over 13 years, Jeannette pivoted in October 2014 to start her own luxe lifestyle events management company, Imaginoire, based in Singapore. With over 8 years of experience in producing and managing luxury events, Jeannette’s passion lies in creating glamorous, sophisticated event and entertainment concepts with an edge, transforming spaces and bringing people and communities together through boldly creative and unique memorable experiences. Imaginoire events, whether large-scale or intimate, are for major global corporations, luxury brands and HNW private clients alike.
Jeannette has produced numerous large scale events for big tech companies including Facebook, Google and Zilingo. She also created and produced "Boudoir Noire", Singapore’s first ultra luxe Formula 1 race VIP afterparty experience to feature a fully licensed pop-up of New York and London's famed theatre of varieties “The Box” and other world-class burlesque/cabaret–themed entertainment acts. She also organised “Boudoir Blanc”, a subsequent edition of the flagship F1 weekend VIP afterparty experience, in 2017. Other event highlights include the launch of global luxe nightlife brand 1Oak's Maldives outpost at Finolhu Maldives resort in Baa Atoll, as well as the Ferrari Owners' Club Singapore 16th year anniversary party and SG50 SEA Games celebration.
Before becoming a successful events entrepreneur, Jeannette was previously senior legal counsel at Walt Disney in Singapore, and prior to that had held the position of senior legal manager at Philips in Singapore, with over 11 years of post-qualified experience and expertise in the specialised fields of intellectual property, technology and media. From 2009 to 2013, she was regional legal manager for South East Asia at Atos and Atos Worldline. Jeannette attained her Bachelor of Laws, LL.B (Hons) degree from the University of Bristol and her Master of Laws, LL.M (Hons) in Intellectual Property Law from the University of London. She is dually qualified as a Barrister-at-Law (Lincoln’s Inn) in England and Wales and as an Advocate and Solicitor in Malaysia, and has had the benefit of both private practice and in-house legal experience in London, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. She is also a qualified Patent Agent in Malaysia.
About Amber Lounge
Amber Lounge is the original and world’s most exclusive VIP Lifestyle events and hospitality business that follows the world’s most prestigious sporting and high-profile social events around the globe. From Europe to Asia, from Latin America to the Middle East this is where the international jet-set, royalty, film stars and the Formula One fraternity enjoy exquisite cuisine, heart-racing live immersive entertainment performances and electrifying DJ sets.
Amber Lounge was created in 2003 by Sonia Irvine, sister of former F1 driver Eddie Irvine. The first event featured Maxi Jazz from Faithless playing to F1 drivers, HSH Prince Albert of Monaco and a host of other guests from Music, Film and Sport. 
Amber Lounge is now venturing beyond the Grand Prix circuit for the very first time with its inaugural, ultra-luxe, pop-up party in Doha, Qatar, alongside FIFA World Cup 2022.
Amber Lounge will make a month-long debut appearance from 27 November to 18 December taking over the palatial Le Royal Meridien hotel. Guests will be transported on a multi-sensorial journey, featuring international artistes, and exhilarating world-class entertainment including theatrical cabaret and cirque-themed performances while being immersed in another level of indulgence.
Q: Welcome to Doha! How has been your experience in the city?
A: It's such an impressive city. The infrastructure is so modern and the people are so friendly and warm. It's just incredible to see how the city has been transformed in anticipation of this event.
Q: When was the last time you were here?
A: Just a few weeks or a month ago. I wanted to get a sense of the space because we're going to be here for five weeks.
Q: How did you select the Le Royal Meridien hotel or did the hotel select you?
A: We selected the hotel, the Le Royal Meridien have been an incredible venue with its beautiful and luxurious setting, and world-class service. And the best part is its an amazing location, it’s only five minutes away from the finals stadium. We couldn't be better positioned. It's central and accessible. It's not completely closed off like certain areas.
Q: What are your plans for the future? Are you planning to open a branch here in Qatar?
A: We're only a pop-up event but after this first foray here in Qatar, we would love to be able to explore future opportunities. The F1 coming up next year in Qatar, is our speciality.
Q: What will be difference between the World Cup and F1 in terms of the Amber Lounge experience?
A: This is definitely our biggest and longest because, for F1, we usually do two to three nights and this will be for 22 nights.
Q: How are you planning to differentiate each night? Because each night is meant to be a special experience at the Amber Lounge.
A: So, we've got performance artists that we have flying in and it's not just DJs. We also have different DJ talents, three Grammy award winners, namely, Lil Jon, Jazzy Jeff and Basement Jaxx. They're performing on different nights. But we also have performance artists who will be part of these beautiful shows we curate, that consist of things like a little bit of cabaret, a little bit of acrobatics and so on. It's something that we call an immersive entertainment concept. It's something that I'm bringing to the brand. In the past, parties have been very heavily focused on DJ music, so now we're focusing more on curating an experience. Every night, we'll have a different theme and a different feel. It's not going to be the same.
Q: How can you book a visit to the Amber Lounge?
A: You can book directly on the website www.amber-lounge.com/qatar If you are looking for one of our exclusive suite experiences, we have private suites that can be curtained. For the local market especially that is great. However, if you want to make a booking you can do so directly through the website or email us. Our email is firstname.lastname@example.org or Qatar@amber-lounge.com .
Q: They can also contact the hotel?
A: Yes, and they will refer it to us.
Q: Tell us about the NFT membership?
A: Yes, we have launched an NFT membership scheme for Amber Lounge because we have such loyal fans around the world who've come to so many Amber Lounges around the world. So, that is the next chapter for us and since everyone's jumping on the NFT bandwagon so it makes sense for us.
Q: How do you choose the artist? Is it based on their nationality or the Qatari taste or any other factors?
A: Those are of course factors we consider. We also consider the availability of an artist at any given time. There are some artists that we have worked with before, for example, Fatman Scoop who was with us in Singapore. Another example is DJ Ono has actually been a regular DJ for us. He's a part of the Bangkok invaders and we've worked with them for quite a few events, so it depends.
Q: : How did the artist duo Le Twins get associated with Amber Lounge?
A: The twins just came to party at the Amber Lounge along with Will.i.am from the Black-Eyed Peas. We just asked them if they would like to DJ at our next event and they said, "sure." It's very organic. We kind of become the home where F1 drivers and team members, celebrity guests, etc. they find their way to Amber Lounge because they know they can feel at home here.
Q: This is your first World Cup experience?
A: Yes and hopefully not our last. We want to be one of the world's most exclusive after-parties and we want to link ourselves to premier sporting events. F1 has been our core till now but now we are foraying into the World Cup and hopefully will be able to build long-lasting relationships and experiences.
Q: Are you from Singapore?
A: I'm actually from Malaysia but I live in Singapore. Singapore is where we're headquartered now, previously it was in Monaco.
Q: How has your experience been with Singapore F1?
A: Singapore has one of the most incredible F1 scenes in the world and I think Qatar will be fantastic. We hope to be able to be involved in Qatar F1 as well. The people are very welcoming here and we're very excited for the future.
Q: Do you have any ticketing partners?
A: You can book directly on the website. Except for the Suites, for which you have to inquire about the pricing.
Also, the Amber lounge is unique because I don't think there is another VIP lounge concept. This is the first and the biggest in this region. So, as I said, we attract F1 drivers after the races, we have a girls night out and so on. So, we're going to set up something similar for the World Cup.
Q: Do you face any difficulties due to restrictions on dress code and so on here?
A: We are taking into consideration the culture of Qatar. However, it is up to the people attending to come as they wish.
Q: Are Qatari ladies allowed to attend the parties or only the men?
A: We don't have any set gender restrictions. We will keep it open and as long as we are in keeping with the local regulations and laws, we shouldn't have a problem.
Event Details: Amber Lounge
Venue: Le Royal Meridien hotel
Dates: 27 November to 18 December
Timing: 9pm onwards
For more details or book tickets please visit: Amber Lounge Qatar - Doha 2022 | Amber Lounge (amber-lounge.com)
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