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this month


Chairman Ahmed Hassan Bilal Editor-in-Chief Nasser Ahmed Hassan Bilal Executive Director Moona Masri-Whitice Editor Francesca Moser Editorial Coordinator Marlynne Mallari - Dela Pena Copy Editor Victoria Scott Senior Designer Paola Santin Brand Manager Zahi Srour Finalizer/ Production Manager Srimani Welagedara Photographer Jessie Palanca Sales & Marketing Manager Deliah Furcoi Communications Manager Jorge Granda Marketing Coordinator Princess “Chet” Norlie Joy Tibayan Web Coordinator Imran Khan Distribution Lanie Fillo-Pana


CATWALK REPORT ABODE brings you a first-class guide to the essential new season trends

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Contributors Gloria Duran-Renderos Danielle Duttenhofer Betsy Richman Elsbeth Blekkenhorst Victoria Scott Alessandra Bell Suzy Q Jay Koodagoda

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QATAR NATIONAL SPORT DAY Let’s celebrate this important event and kick off an active lifestyle with our workout round-up


ENERGY BARS SPECIAL ABODE’s guide to how energy bars stack up plus a recipe to make your own


HOME DÉCOR Stunning ideas and products to transform your home

On The Cover: Styling: Francesca Moser Photographers: Valantis Arsenios Lamprianidis AND Alexandra Panagiotidou Model: Visnja at Bareface Dubai Hair & Make up: Darin at Guerlain Alfardan Spa Westbay Art Director: Alessandra Bell Fashion Coordinator: Aprille Balbin Set Stylist: Kari Bradberry Many Thanks to Mövenpick Tower & Suites Doha AND B/Attitude Spa


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Get your sugar rush. With a snazzy new look, Biscotti has reopened in the epicenter of the lobby reclaiming its position as the best patisserie in town. Pass by and get your favorite homemade cakes, pastries and chocolates. For More Information call : +974 4448 1285 Hyatt. You’re More Than Welcome.


West Bay Lagoon P.O. Box 24010 Doha , State of Qatar

HYATT name, design and related marks are trademarks of HYATT Corporation. Š 2013 HYATT International Corporation.All rights reserved.

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editor in chief's letter

Dear Readers


his month sees the celebration of QATAR’S NATIONAL SPORT DAY, a pioneering initiative adopted by HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Deputy Emir and Heir Apparent to promote sport and demonstrate how it can build a healthy community both physically and psychologically. With this in mind, we have come up with our very own ABODE SPORTS ISSUE.

An active lifestyle is key to keep everyone in great shape, so we hope you’ll find some useful tips in this issue about how to improve your daily routine. ABODE introduces you to the super stylish new collection by Stella McCartney for Adidas and we also give you a round-up of the best parks, gym facilities and classes on offer in Doha. You’ll have no excuse to stay glued to your sofa! February is also an important month as it marks the start of a new season. We’re saying goodbye to Winter 2012 and welcome Spring 2013. It’s a time to discover new trends, so we have compiled a catwalk report to let you know what’s hot and what isn't this season. There’s also lots to be excited about food-wise in Doha lately, with the opening of both the french brasserie, La Varenne, in the Tornado Tower and Hakkasan, the world renowned gourmet Chinese restaurant, which recently opened its doors at the magnificent St Regis Hotel. Doha really proves month after month that it has it all. We just need to make the most of it and here at Abode, we are trying our best to keep you on the radar. We’re already looking forward to our next juicy issue. So, see you next month! Enjoy!

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Trends-shopping-style tips and news

Hello New Season!

H&M SS13

Spring is already upon us, so refresh your wardrobe with a few key pieces thanks to our trend report on page 28 and then head to your favourite high street retailers and shop for their fabulous new creations. Isn't this H&M look to die for? Get it before it goes...

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Style News

The latest dish from the fashion world

Anya Hindmarch arrives in the Middle East Founded in 1987, the Anya Hindmarch brand currently boasts 57 stores globally and she's finally opened her first Boutique in Kuwait. To commemorate this launch she has created a Limited Edition of the Ebury bags in 3 different colours: emerald, satsuma and plum. Beautiful craftsmanship, exceptional quality and attention to detail epitomize the Anya brand, which is worn by celebrities around the world, from Kate Moss to Angelina Jolie.

Grande Reverso Lady Ultra Thin Watch dressed by Valextra for St. Valentine’s day Keeping pace with trends, JaegerLeCoultre dresses its Grande Reverso Lady Ultra-Thin watch with a double-tour strap by Valextra in three new season colours red “ribes, green “muschio” and beige “cannetè” straps. These cool colours will accentuate the Reverso’s unique and elegant look, turning it into a trendy accessory. You will also be able to create your very own design with some personal touches thanks to an infinite variety of motifs that may be used to personalize your Reverso, including initials, drawings, a lucky number or a portrait. For further information, please visit

Victoria Beckham launches an online shop This month the British style icon and fashion designer joins the e-commerce revolution by launching her very own online shop. This means it will be very easy from now on to get our hands on her gorgeous creations: from her denim range to super stylish bags and sunglasses, personally edited by Victoria herself. The website will feature a newsfeed giving the latest updates on the brand and video content too. Victoria has been working on this project for three years as she wanted it to be extremely user-friendly. Victoria Beckham


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Gift Guide It's all Cupid's Make this day one to remember for both him and her d re t u o ab this month

Heart shaped diamond pendant, Pure Gold Jewellers

Earrings, Bina Goenka

Paul Smith

Charms ring Swarovski

Watch Versace

Bracelet Swarovski

Valentina perfume, Valentino available at Salam

Leather Travel Bag Set for Him Lanvin

For the Boys Leather Belt for HIm Lanvin

Wild Blue Fragrance For Him Banana Republic available at Salam

Styling Francesca Moser

Bag House of Fraser


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fashion insider


Kellie silva by Francesca Moser

How did FASHION ROCKS QATAR come about? A: I launched FRQ as a Fashion Page on Facebook, a page for me and my friends to share our thoughts and reviews on fashion & beauty. People then started to take an interest, and after 4 months we hit the 9000 fan mark. It was completely unexpected. I decided after two months of the page being open to incorporate my handmade jewellery and the work of two other designers. We then opened an online store through Facebook called FRQ Boutique, which caught the attention of Common Thread Qatar, who invited us to show and sell at their pop up boutique during the DTFF at Katara, which was a huge success.

How do you select products to sell on your website? A: 90% of the jewellery is handmade and they are one-off pieces. A lot of the rings are made from vintage pieces that

A British expat who has transformed her passion for fashion into a successful career. Read her story below and get inspired!

I buy online, which are then revamped and made into wonderful rings. The other 10% is a mix of what you cannot find in Doha, or pieces which are completely unusual and rarely seen.

What is the best perk of working in fashion? A: The best perk and I have to be honest here, are the amazing freebies from brands and designers. It is so nice to receive a package with something beautiful inside.

How do you keep up with all the latest trends? A: Luckily I receive all the latest news from designers and high-street stores, so I can stay up to date with the latest trends. I also need this info to update the Facebook page for the fans. My favourite trend at the moment is spikes, from jackets to shoes to jewellery. This is definitely a trend which I believe is staying put for now.

Do you have a favorite Designer? A: Yes, I love Dame Vivienne Westwood, such an eccentric yet talented designer. I have a weakness for her shoes and bags.

If you had to save only one piece from your wardrobe from a fire, what would it be? A: This is a very hard question! I would have to say it would be my vintage Chanel bag, which was produced in the same year I was born - a very special piece.

How would you describe the fashion scene in Doha? A: I have been here in Qatar now for 8 years, and it has been very interesting to see the changes and developments. Locals & expatriates alike are now more aware and focused on fashion - some like to stay within their culture, and some like to mix it up. There are so many brilliant local designers & bloggers, and new fashion events are always popping up. Qatar is definitely moving forward.


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ABODE presents the latest Adidas by Stella McCartney activewear The British designer and sportswear giant Adidas has been creating performance clothing that is both functional and luxurious for a few seasons. The collaborative activewear collection for SS13 between Adidas and Stella McCartney proves that you can work out without losing your cool, from tennis wear to jogging outfits.

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TENNIS ADIDAS by Stella McCartney launched the Barricade range at the Australian Open last month, the first Grand Slam of the year. Caroline Wozniacki, Andrea Petkovic and Laura Robson are a few of the players who will wear this gorgeous and technical new range on court during all 2013 Grand Slams.


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FASHIONABLE FITNESS Exercise in style thanks to the latest technical but super-cool creations around. Working out is fun and fashionable!

Cap H&M

Bottega Veneta Long sleeved top H&M

Socks H&M

Trainers Stella MCCartney for Adidas

Sleeveless Jacket H&M

Music player strap H&M

Sports bag Lacoste

Wear It Well

Styling Francesca Moser

Top Stella MCCartney for Adidas

1 Neon coloured apparels are a must for working out. 2 Opt for a monochrome look and add a bright accessory, but don't go too overboard. 3 Opt for breathable materials when buying your gym garments, breathability is key when exercising. 4 Always choose the right trainers for different sports, whether it's running, tennis or volleyball.


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fashion special


Tory Burch



Carolina Herrera

Marc Jacobs

Michael Kors

Look no further to find out how and what to wear next season! After Fall’s opulence Spring collections bring us back-to-basics. Black and whites are key, but don’t worry there are plenty more colours, patterns and textures to fall in love with!


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Ruffles proved to be very popular. Applied as a peplum waist, on sleeves, as bibs or simply as a style statement, the ruffle was protagonist from Paris to New York. So feminine and pretty, what’s not too love?


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Michael Kors



Michael Kors

fashion special

Stripes are a big statement this season. Horizontal, vertical and oblique, stripes adorn coats, dresses, shirts and trousers. It’s all about graphic art!

Marc Jacobs


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Stella McCartney

fashion special

With light fabrics, and light colours transparency is inevitable and the Spring Summer 2013 collections embraced this trend hugely. Demure, lady-like expressions of sheer graced the catwalk. These styles will fly off the racks thanks to their effortless but chic design.




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Bottega Veneta




Stylised florals dominate this trend. Quite feminine and romantic, the appliquĂŠ details represent the wow factor!


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Tuxedo inspired eveningwear are the talk of the season. The Power Suit is the piece to be seen in: white or black, it simply screams timeless style.


Paul Smith



fashion special


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BRIGHT SHADES are the NEW BLACK! We show you how to add a pop of colour to your style...

Bag Alli Capellino at Mr Porter

Pink t-shirt Orleban brown at Mr Porter

Shoes Tod's No Code at Mr Porter

e catwalks for SS13 th n o en se e er w s ur Vibrant colo few fun pieces. a in g in st ve in y b d en so channel the tr MR PORTER PUBLISHES ITS FIRST PAPERBACK BOOK MR PORTER announced the publication of THE MR PORTER PAPERBACK: The Manual for a Stylish Life, Volume One. A beautifully designed, 240-page style compendium featuring advice on fashion, cars, interiors, design and music, plus insider style tips, interviews and profiles with well-known men from across the globe. Available for 120 QR on and in selected retailers globally. 37

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men's agenda Bright colours are no longer reserved for use on catwalk models only. They are becoming favourites on the high street too!

Jacket House of Fraser

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Jacket H&M

Shoes Urban Outfitters

Pair of socks M&S

Scarf Urban Outfitters


Styling Francesca Moser

Swimming shorts House of Fraser


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men's agenda Add some colour to your winter wardrobe with these bright fashion suggestions. It will not only lift your mood, you'll also stand out in the sea of blacks and greys.

Coat Nautica at Debenhams

Short chinos House of Fraser



1 Clashing colours are very in at the moment so don't be afraid to mix and match! 2 You don't have to go colour top-to-toe, the key is adding little accents 3 Bright trousers+white shirt is always a winning combo!

Chino trousers H&M


T-shirt OverThrow

Pink shirt M&S

Gilet Fat Face


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For Him



Mamas & Papas baby grow

Baby wear doesn't have to be plain and boring! Make them feel extra special in these cozy and super-cute pieces.

For Her All in one baby grow Mamas & Papas

Dress Mamas & Papas


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Outfit Boden

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For Her

Outfit + wellies Boden

Massimo Dutti

Outfit Massimo Dutti

Mini-me dressing used to be a fashion taboo, but lately children’s clothes reflect a grown-up look


For Him

Shirt Mamas & Papas Hooded shirt H&M

Shirt+Jacket Boden

Massimo Dutti

Outfit Massimo Dutti

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beauty And wellness

The latest beauty and exercise tips to keep you looking your best Discover what Parisian women have known for 150 years...

French women, who rank among the world's leading purchasers of cosmetic products, know that makeup, like clothing, enhances one's beauty. Bourjois is one of their favourite brands. So have more fun with your make up and try Bourjois. After all, it's a joy being a woman!

Bourjois Paris make-up celebrates its 150th anniversary this year!


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Beauty BOX As the season kicks into high gear, ABODE gets first dibs on the latest beauty products you’ll be coveting this year. A New Fragrance FLASH, the second perfume by Jimmy Choo launches this month to greet the new season. A solar floral fragrance, based around a bouquet of white flowers. The result is effervescent and sensual. Encased in a luxurious, shimmering faced bottle, it characterizes a charming and audacious women. Available at Salam.

Forever Spring Coinciding with the latest trends, this palette is this season’s must-have accessory, offering a mix of bright & softer shades of eye shadow in a variety of matte, satiny, and iridescent textures. 5 basic shades, the mainstay of the timeless MAKE UP FOR EVER collection, ensure that there is something for everyone: Lilac, Black, Matte White, Espresso, and Iridescent Yellow Beige. These are complemented by 3 radiant shades that concentrate on the vitality of spring: Turquoise, Apple Green, and a limited edition of this spring’s flagship colour, Yellow. Yellow is the “It” shade of the season as its joyful vitality will electrify the eyes and your overall look with its radiance.

Turning the pages of time Introducing the all NEW Advanced Time Zone Age Reversing Line/ Wrinkle Collection. These powerful moisturisers rewind the skin’s visible signs of aging. It helps strengthen the skin’s natural cellular communication, with visible results for your skin in just three days. Skin looks dramatically smoother, fresher and less lined fast. ESTEE LAUDER NEW ADVANCED TIME ZONE AGE REVERSING LINE/WRINKLE COLLECTION available at 4U at City Center and Royal Plaza

Bourjois So Laque TRIO Ultra Shine Nail Varnish gives twice as much vinyl for twice as much shine, lasting up to 7 days. Try out these gorgeous hues of purple and grey. Top it off with a matte finish to match. Dare to be different! available at Lifestyle and Boots.


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Instantly protected A proclaimed ‘miracle product’ that everyone is banging on about. An all in one product which promises oil control, all day coverage and sun protection. BOBBI BROWN BB Cream SPF 35 available at 4U at City Center and Royal Plaza


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Guerlain, Alfardan Spa Get back into optimal work mode after the indulgence of vacation What’s the only problem with a nice, relaxing holiday? Well, it’s the fact that it will end one day and you’ll be back to the grind of normal life. A long, eventful vacation is usually a season of extravagance and overindulgence in the things we crave most or are most passionate about, and this could involve a food binge, parties and other leisure and social activities. The downside to all these wonderful things is that, sooner or later, they come to an end. And when they do, saying goodbye to an unforgettable holiday, as most people can attest, isn’t a nice thing to do. One begins to feel the "blues" and you can experience a lack of focus, inexplicable discomfort or stress while trying to settle back into a normal daily routine. In severe cases, this can lead to depression or a feeling of persistent sadness. Some call it post-holiday syndrome, others refer to it as holiday depression. Regardless of its name and its effect on each individual, settling back into your regular work and daily routine after a well-deserved vacation doesn’t need to cause you pain and psychological torment, as long as you know what to do to psych yourself up and get into optimal work mode.

1) Create a buffer period between holiday and work This means that you shouldn't go straight back to work immediately after the holiday. Try to schedule your vacation to give you two or three days to readapt to your regular routine before returning to the office. 2) Maintain your exercise habit Exercising is an excellent way to fight stress because it helps our body produce endorphins, the chemical that gives us a feeling of well-being. It is best to incorporate regular exercise during your holiday so exercising will feel like a natural thing to do once you return from vacation. 4) Get a special spa treatment If you haven't found out yet, there are special spa therapies that are tailored to your specific needs. Spas help you relax and nurture your skin, body and wellbeing. Treat yourself to a massage and a full spa treatment regularly. 5) Adopt a healthy sleeping pattern A good amount of sleep gets you off to

a fresh start every morning. Having a good night's sleep helps reduce stress and prevents mood swings that might characterise your post holiday syndrome. 6) Gently ease your way back to work It's best to take it easy during the first few days back at work. Have a more sensible, practical schedule and take time to catch up on what you might have missed. 7) List the things you want to do but haven't been able to do You'll be amazed to learn how many things are waiting for you to explore and experience. Plan on engaging in these activities now! 8) Try to get excited about a future event There are more holidays and special occasions to look forward to. So, start planning for the next Eid, birthdays, anniversaries, weekend outings with friends and families, and other social gatherings. There are plenty of opportunities to turn an ordinary day into a holiday experience.

Here are a few practical ways to get rid of the blues.

Guerlain, Alfardan Spa Level 39, Alfardan Towers, 61, Al Funuq Street, West Bay P.O.Box: 24081 Doha-Qatar Tel: 44 20 86 60 e-mail:

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Every girl’s guide to brushology! Bassam Fattouh reveals the truth about brush basics.


How often should I change my brushes?


Cleaning your makeup brushes is essential to keep them lasting for years. Makeup brushes should be cleaned using a cleaner specially designed for brushes. Apply the cleaner from the end to the tip. Rinse and repeat until your brushes are completely clean. Lie the brushes on a clean paper towel, and dry them completely before using. In addition, when applying the makeup with a brush, keep the hair tips joined so you don’t ruin them. Personal and unique usage of brushes can keep them in good condition for years.

‘No matter what the make-up brand is, good quality tools are vital for good make-up application. Invest in some great make up brushes!’


When it comes to application, what is the best method, circular or upward?



For a better look, always sweep the blush smoothly and

in one direction, going over and around can ruin the brush and causes streaks. There’s no best method when it comes to



I have heard that natural hairbrushes are better for application. How natural are these brushes- are they made from horse hair? Which do you recommend?


An important factor when choosing your makeup brushes is the material with which the brushes are made. I recommend brushes with real natural hair for all uses. The best ones are made from horse hair, goat hair, squirrel hair and raccoon hair.

Q. Does size matter? I have noticed that powder brushes come in different sizes - how do I measure what is perfect for me?

A. Brushes come in many different sizes and shapes. You should choose brushes that are comfortable on your face. For a powder brush, use a soft, large, round brush.

application, it all depends on the wanted effect. For glowing cheeks apply the brush by tapping in a circular way, whereas for a determination of your cheekbones apply the brush in an upward or downward direction.

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For a blush brush, use a medium sized brush. For contouring, use a medium sized angled brush.


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BRUSHOLOGY must have essentials

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About the Makeup Artist: Bassam Fattouh

Renowned make-up artist Bassam Fattouh has made a name for himself by helping royalty, celebrities and discerning clients discover their inner beauty with his tasteful range of BFC cosmetic products. His expertise in cosmetology and aesthetics has resulted in an approach that accentuates rather than disguises uniqueness and character. His passion took him from his hometown in Lebanon to the fashion capital of Paris early in his career, where he honed his skills at the renowned Paris Carita Beauty Institute. He opened the first Bassam Fattouh Institute in 1997, and has since gone from strength to strength, and is currently recognized as an acclaimed beauty consultant. All of Bassam’s experience and expertise were eventually embodied in his own exclusive cosmetics line derived from the desire to share his expert advice with women around the world. His range of beauty products allows women everywhere to feel his exclusive personalized attention to bring out their inner radiance.


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LET’S GET PAMPERED! BY francesca moser & Marlynne Mallari - Dela Pena

ABODE seeks out the best and latest treatments in town to make you feel and look fabulous

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Skinny day package at Bliss SPA W Hotel


unch time is one of the high points of the working day, as it's the time to switch off and do whatever your heart desires. So why not take a half day off and escape to one of the best spas in town and enjoy the special package the W Hotel is offering this month? The SKINNY DAY deal is simply genius: it includes a light but super tasty meal at W cafe, a delicious salad+drink+muffin followed by a super relaxing and very promising new treatment called FATGIRLSLIM. This detoxifying, circulationstimulating and body-toning treatment will work wonders on you right from the very beginning. It all starts with a quadruple thigh

pass practice, a vacuum-assisted massage. This machine will suck away all (or at least part of ) your unwanted fat and clear out your lymph nodes. After this not-sopleasant but bearable session, you will enjoy an all-over dimpledashing and skin-smoothing scrub with FATGIRLSCRUB, boosted with Himalayan pink salt and seaweed extract. All this is followed by a firming seaweed task mask wrap to target cellulite, stubborn fat and sluggish cells, which will last for around 30 minutes. A gentle Vichy shower will wash it all off and reveal your brand new smooth and toned skin. A layering of Love Handler and a finishing coat of FATGIRLSLIM or FATGIRLSLEEP (depending on the time of the day) will bring this heavenly treatment to an end.

Step into this ultra-feminine SPA and indulge in a treatment for your hands this month and get sandal ready too! Your feet are bound to be in need of an in-depth pedicure after a winter hidden under socks and tights. So what better time to revamp your hands and feet at the same time? Cuticle tidying, nail shaping and an application of nourishing treatments, followed by a choice of nail polish or buffing is all you need. Enjoy some relaxation while your previously ignored toes transform themselves into well pampered feet. And now simply enjoy showing off your newly pampered digits thanks to the friendly and super professional staff at Dados.

You will walk out feeling lighter and regenerated after this 3-hour magical session. We can’t recommend this treatment too highly. For more information visit 5000 or call 4453 QR Fatgirlslim Skinny Lunch costs 1,500 ty For more information ‘dados’ Beau Al Seal Residents Ground Floor Tel: +974 44980033


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ABODE Celebrates Qatar's National Sport Day!

Get off the sofa, put on your jogging shoes on February 12th and join the rest of Doha as they get into shape all over Qatar. It will make you feel good about yourself.

Places To Exercise


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Registration for all activities is open to all so that every one in the family can get involved. In fact, more than 700 applications for volunteers were registered on the National Sport Day website. There has been a huge buzz on Facebook and Twitter too. The whole country has joined hands in this unique countrywide event. Qatar’s elite athletes are also rallying behind the National Sport Day: The country’s top Paralympian, Abdulrahman Abdulqader Abdulrahman, has been recently announced as the first official National Sport Day Ambassador.

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Events to look forward to are at the Corniche, Aspire, the Museum of Islamic Art and the Olympic Parks . Additionally, a Sport Zone, featuring all-day sport and recreational activities open for all, will be open from February 12 to 16. r National To find out more Information on Qata Sport Day go to their official website:


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a list of workout classes to keep you going all year. Th a i

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Oriental Dance

Circuit Training

Pilates Workout


Kangaroo Jumps


For information: call 4484 4852.


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According to Mayo Staff, fitness doesn't have to be drudgery. Here is their advice on how to stay motivated by setting goals and choosing activities you enjoy. 1 Set goals, start with simple goals and then progress to longer range goals. 2 Make it fun, find sports or activities that you enjoy, then vary the routine to keep you on your toes. If you're not enjoying your workouts, try something different. Don’t quit. 3 Make physical activity part of your daily routine. if it's hard to find time for exercise, don't fall back on excuses. Schedule workouts as you would any other important activity. 4 Put it on paper, write it down! Keep an exercise diary. Seeing the benefits of regular exercise on paper may help you stay motivated and track your progress. 5 Join forces with friends, neighbours or others, you should try to invite friends or co-workers to join you when you exercise. 6 Reward yourself, when you reach a goal, treat yourself to something like a new pair of walking shoes or new tunes to enjoy while you exercise. 7 Be flexible, if you're too busy to work out or simply don't feel up to it, take a day or two off. Be gentle with yourself if you need a break. The important thing is to get back on track as soon as you can. Now that you're enthusiastic again, get moving! Set your goals, make it fun and pat yourself on the back from time to time. Remember, physical activity is for life. Review these tips whenever you feel your motivation sliding.

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Biceps and Shoulder Sweep ‘n Tone Stand with your legs wider than your shoulder and with your knees slightly bent. Hold dumbbells next to waist and perform a bicep curl, and at the end of the curl twist the biceps and do a shoulder press as shown. Push the arms straight up overhead. As you lower down, curl the arms in a bicep curl. Repeat for 3 sets of 12-15 repetitions, with a 20 second rest between sets.

Triceps Kick Back The kickback is a common triceps exercise which involves extending the arm while the torso is in a bent position. For this exercise, you can do one arm at a time and use heavier weights or you can extend both arms at the same time, which involves lower back stabilization. Hold a moderate weight (a dumbbell is good) in both hands and bend over until your torso is at a 45-degree angle or parallel to the floor. Bend the knees and keep the abs engaged to protect your lower back.

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Perform the action by bending your arms and pulling the elbows up to torso level. Holding that position, straighten the arms out behind you, squeezing the tricep muscles. Bend the arms back to starting position. Perform 12-15 repetitions of 3 sets. Do not swing your arms to get the weight up.


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Flat Chest Fly-Floor This is great for working both sides of the body, and the dumbbell chest press makes a nice balance to the barbell exercise. Lie down on a floor mat and begin with the weights in each hand straight up over the chest, palms facing out. Bend the elbows and lower the arms down until they are almost touching the floor. Press the weights back up without locking the elbows and bring them close together. Repeat for 3 sets of 12-15 repetitions. Keep the abs contracted throughout the movement to protect your back. Perform slowly and control the weight.

Whether you've got a winter vacation planned to someplace tropical or you're eager to get a head start on toned arms for summer, these 4 moves will banish the upper-body jiggle fast.

Dumbbell Row and Hip Squat Two armed dumbbell row and hip squats are a great way to work the middle back muscles and hip squats are ideal to reduce and tone hips. This is a great combined functional exercise. Hold dumbbells in your left and right hands, bend over at the waist, and keep your back flat and abs engaged, until the torso is parallel to the floor. Pull the dumbbell up as shown, bringing the elbow up to torso level. Lower the weight and do a hip squat as shown. Perform slowly and control the weight. Repeat 8-12 times before switching sides. 3 sets recommended.


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committed to the core By Betsy Richman Photography Jessie Palanca

September 9, 2012. Nada Al-Ansari will never forget the day she decided to take back her life and become a healthier person, “a woman with a future,” she explains.

I was so depressed,” says Nada. ““I felt that my weight and poor health were insurmountable – I felt like I was going to die. I could not stop thinking that I would not live to see my youngest daughter’s wedding. ”


he mother of four daughters ranging in age from 23 to 12, Nada reached out for help – to a person who is like a fifth daughter, Kauthar Ahen. Coco, as she’s known to her nearest and dearest, is obsessed with good health habits, for herself and for anyone who wants to shape up. The 24-year-old Qatari is a researcher at the Museum of Islamic Art and recently married, but in her spare time she’s studying to become a personal trainer with the goal of working to make a difference in Qatar’s fat-saturated, fast-foodproliferating landscape.

Coco has overhauled her own nutrition and exercise habits, shedding kilos and building muscle, so she’s walked the walk and empathizes with others who share the same goals. “Most of the time,” she says, “it’s not that people are lazy or thoughtless about food or exercise. They just don’t have the tools they need to change lifelong bad habits.” Coco told Nada that if she would commit, then she’d help her get to her goal. “Coco took me in hand,” says Nada, “teaching me about good foods and

bad foods and the need for daily exercise.” First on the agenda was a visit to the grocery store, where Nada was introduced to the fruit and vegetable sections, new brands of yogurt, whole grains, fish and beans. This was a new experience for a woman who says that she previously limited her grocery-buying to cookies, candy, ice-cream and diet and regular soda. Then came the exercise. “That first week, I could hardly walk to the front gate from the house, it exhausted me,” says Nada, who can laugh now


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fitness at her former exercise-avoidant self. “I hated every minute of the first two weeks with Coco.” She made a trip to Dairy Queen, sneaking an ice cream cone, but confessed to Coco and her daughters. Coco’s response was to grab a book and read aloud to her about the debilitating effect of diabetes on the human body. “This really came home to me, because I’m diabetic,” says Nada. “She was striking at my primal fear of dropping dead if I couldn’t learn to control my eating and exercise.” Coco admits that while this approach was somewhat harsh, it worked. “I learned just as much from this process as Nada,” she says. At the two-week point, when Nada was at the breaking point, this confrontation steered Coco in a different direction. “I was being too hard on Nada, and not being accommodating of her need for smaller as well as larger steps. I was trying to bring her along too fast, and when this happened, I realized that I needed to dial her program back,” Coco explains. Reinvigorated by a newly instituted weekly “cheat day,” and an allowance of one diet Pepsi a week, Nada kept going. Coco spoke with her daily, and took her measurements every ten days. Even during the first week, Nada began to experience immediate results, with her insulin needs decreasing. As a family, the Al Ansaris were no strangers to weight loss and exercise programs. Summer, 23, went from a size 14 to a 10 in 2010, motivated by her upcoming wedding to shed kilos. Sahar, 18, was next, reducing from a size 14 to a 4 in the course of the past two years. They cheered their mother’s efforts and shared their wealth of calorie- and step-counting knowledge. That left Sana, 15, and Ayah, 12. Inspired by their mother’s progress and the information she shared with them daily (the number of calories in

a KFC Twister, the amount of sugar in a Pepsi, the treadmill time it takes to burn off a cookie), the youngest Al-Ansari sisters began gravitating to Nada’s new world. The girls stopped going to the "dukan" after school, where they were accustomed to loading up on candy, soda and ice cream every day. “We used to order almost every day from Kentucky Fried Chicken” says Sana. Coco chimes in “this is common practice with Qatari families – the typical Qatari diet is so heavy in saturated fats and empty calories. This is what I am trying to change.” The sisters laugh as they acknowledge that Ayah was the fast starter in losing weight and adopting daily exercise, with Sana gearing up once Ayah’s weight loss became evident. “A little competition can be very motivating,” comments Nada. Sana is now a size 12, down from size 16, with Ayah going from extra-large to medium-size clothing. Says Ayah, “We don’t think about fast food anymore –it’s a turn-off. We hate the smell, the grease, everything about it.” While acknowledging that the Pepsi habit remains hard to break, the sisters are enjoying their newfound ability to fit into each other’s outfits, their newly toned muscles, and their family’s success. Nada’s doctor is also pleased with the family’s results. Nada reduced her insulin by 20 milligrams, almost half of what she used to take, and is gone from a size 22 to an 18. She continues to take daily walks, while the Al-Ansari girls prefer the treadmill and exercising at home to DVDs. They’ve even come to a happy trade-off: one day it’s a DVD, the next day a walk outdoors. Coco is focusing on her goals to become a Certified Personal Trainer by the International Sports Sciences Association and her work at the Museum of Islamic Art. The budding entrepreneur has big plans to create

Nada on the right with Coco, the personal trainer

Shaping a New Life: 1 If you’re diabetic, be sure to see your doctor before you embark on a lifestyle change. 2 Substitute brown bread, pasta and grains for white bread, pasta and rice. 3 Cook with Canola oil and substitute olive oil for salad dressing. 4 Control your portions. Coco taught Nada to measure out a cup of rice for one serving, until she could “eyeball” the right amount. 5 Learn new cooking approaches and recipes. Coco conducted Cooking Classes for the Al Ansaris, passing along tested techniques for making whole wheat pizza crust and a chocolate cake made with applesauce that is a dead ringer for molten chocolate, gazillioncalorie cake. 6 Keep a food diary. “Writing down everything I eat, every day, keeps me honest,” says Nada. Her food diary also helped Nada to notice when specific foods were elevating her blood sugar – for some reason, white pita bread and mini-muffins send it soaring immediately, so she now avoids these foods. 7 Track your calorie intake and output. Coco brought Nada a Fitbit from the United States, a device and iPhone app that function as a pedometer, calorie counter and health tracker.

a business focusing on health, nutrition and exercise in Qatar, saying “it’s an six-week process, to permanently change your response to food and exercise. People need the tools to get started, and then, they need to get on with living a healthy life.”


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Energy BARS How DO they stack up? by DELIAH FURCOI AND Gloria Duran de Renderos Nutrition Consultant, B.SC, M.P.H. Photography Jessie PALANCA

Just a ‘supplement’ - not a meal. Don’t think if you reach for one of these you are done with eating for the day. Energy or Power bars are for those who need a quick energy boost only. ABODE clears the air of all the myths and shares some quick tips to keep in mind.

Nutrition Information What to look for? Choose bars with the least amount of sugar, have whole-food ingredients, are low in fat and carbohydrates and have protein. Buyers beware, look for 5 ingredients or less. If you can’t pronounce an ingredient, don’t eat it.


calories or less: Healthy snacking is the key to a speedy metabolism, weight loss and sustained energy. A satisfying (and nutritionist-approved) snack option is always best under 200 calories.


Protein: 15 -20 grams of protein is ideal in a protein bar eaten while participating in a high intensity sport activity such as golf or swimming, but as a breakfast replacement or a snack you can have less protein, but not no less 4 grams.


grams of Carbohydrates: If you’re looking for a bar that will support a race or hard workout, choose a bar that contains more like 40 g (or more) of carbohydrates. Save the 15-20 g carbohydrate bars for mid-day snacking.


grams of Fat: When the saturated fat content inches up much more than 1-2 g, it’s time to look for another bar.

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grams of sugar: Try to keep sugar grams to no more than 5% of the bars total calories and find bars that have less than 12 grams or the equivalent of a whole apple.


grams of fiber: Look for bars that have at least 5 grams of fiber.


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To snack or not to snack? It’s convenient. It's individually packaged, it’s relatively affordable, and you can easily eat it in the car while you’re driving, – in essence, it’s the ultimate grab-and-go food. However, there is a downside to this friendly "energy" bar. In many cases, these bars contain ingredients and chemicals that very few people can pronounce and still fewer would actually want to ingest, so here are a few tips to decide whether to snack or not to snack.

Our Top Picks Bar : Made from Larabar Energy ts. Larabar is ien exactly 3 ingred real food. to ng thi the closest fat (0.5 g 190 calories 8 g protein 21 g saturated fat) 4 g er sugars 4 g fib Peanut Butter Atkins Advantage to have as a od Go . Granola Bar spinning class. pick me up after fat (1 g 200 calories 7 g protein 1 g g saturated fat) 17 sugar 6 g fiber

Energy Bar Tips 1 Truly effective energy bars need to provide fast-acting carbohydrates to facilitate ultra-quick energy delivery. They also need a generous glycemic content to help ensure that a body is properly fuelled when it needs it most. This is a particularly important point for diabetics. 2 Always read the nutritional info at the back of the wrapper 3 Look for ‘Protein Isolates’ Whey and soy proteins, which are first extracted from a food and then added to bars to boost protein content. Hydrolyzed proteins undergo further processing that removes vitamins but makes the protein more digestible. 4 Watch out for too many calories—energy bars can pack 350 or more. And pay attention to unrecognizable ingredients, especially sugar alcohols like xylitol or maltitol, which are hard to digest and can cause stomach discomfort. 5 When used in sports situations, energy bars can be handy and provide necessary fuel for exercise. But for day to day snacking and meals, choose real foods for more nutrients and variety. 6 Some really good nutritious bars are meant for endurance athletes and are packed with needed calories, so don't use them for snacking if you are trying to lose weight.

Procedure: • On a cookie sheet, toast nuts and shredded coconut

Homemade Energy Bars

Adapted from Ingredients:

• 1/2 cup slivered almonds • 1/2 cup cashews • 1/4 cup almond or sesame seed meal • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut • 1/4 cup almond, sesame or peanut butter • 1/4 cup coconut oil • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract • 1/2 tsp of raw honey • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt • 1/2 cup dried cranberries, dates or blueberries • 1/2 cup dried apricots (soaked over night)

until golden brown (you may need to shake the tray once or twice to make sure they cook evenly). • Once toasted, pour mixture into a food processor and pulse until nuts are chopped and the mixture becomes coarsely ground. • In a mixing bowl, melt coconut oil and almond butter (about 20 seconds). Remove from microwave and stir until smooth. • Add vanilla extract, honey and sea salt. Mix thoroughly. • Fold in nut mixture and almond (or sesame seed) meal until mixed thoroughly. Fold in blueberries/cranberries. and apricots • Press mixture into an 8 by 4 loaf pan. • Refrigerate for 20 minutes or until firm. • Cut “loaf” width wise. Should make 6 good-sized bars. • Enjoy! (Or, if you don’t plan to eat immediately, you can store the bars in the refrigerator, covered loosely with a paper towel and plastic wrap.


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COMFORT FOODS Why we love TO EAT them

by Gloria Duran-Renderos, Nutrition Consultant, B.SC, M.P.H.


Are they healthy to eat? Should we avoid them? How often do we need them and if so, do we eat them in excessive amounts? Here is our take on how to enjoy comfort foods and how to manage their effects on our bodies. There are some foods we love to eat and not necessarily because we are hungry. We eat them because we are bored, lonely, hurting, stressed or because of special holidays, special friends or favourite family gatherings. Those foods bring good memories, happy moments and are known to us as comfort foods. When we eat these foods we feel happy again, even if it is just for a moment. Each society has fabricated a culture of food and food patterns that not only has satisfied hunger and hunger pangs but also meant love, care and security. Sharing these foods with others has always been important to communicate and build friendship. So, the meaning of food as providing psychological comfort goes way back.

In my own experience, apple pie topped with ice cream and hot cinnamon sauce, french fries and popcorn are part of my own personal list of comfort foods. In Qatar, Hummus and flat bread, olive oil and zaatar are also important foods that I have enjoy when I want a special treat. Each of you will have your own list which makes you feel happy, reminisce your childhood and smile with “gusto” and provide you comfort. Once in a while, these foods are well tolerated by our metabolism without having disastrous effects on our waistline, but unfortunately, after a hard day’s work, most of us frequently reach for our comfort foods when we are stressed and feel we deserve a reward, or if we are lonely with no one to talk to and share feelings with. This is the time we over eat the foods we enjoy most. For many of us, this happens day in and day out when we are upset. Comfort

foods are subconsciously a way we communicate emotionally with ourselves when we are stressed. To add insult to injury, these foods are addictive. The sugar,fat and high carb content in these foods increase our desire for them each time we eat them, and like a drug our cravings for them get worse. We can’t stop and we overindulge. Comfort foods have lots of empty calories and they are not the “best choices” we can make. It becomes a vicious cycle.


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What can YOU do? 1) Don’t allow yourself to become too hungry, thirsty, or tired as the urgency for comfort foods are triggered when we feel down. Stop and think, why you feel like you need to eat them often. If you need them every day, then, you must be lonely or stressed. You should clarify your feelings and circumstances... and take action. Get out and walk, take a relaxing bath or call a friend. 2) Find good quality carbohydrate sources that you enjoy and keep them handy, like whole grains, sweet root vegetables i.e. sweet potatoes, or fruits. 3) For snacks, think apples and nuts. These will help you satisfy your sweet tooth and your desire for carbohydrates in a more substantial and nourishing way. 4) Use smaller portions and master food exchanges to be able to manage your comfort food cravings. For example, 10 medium size french fries equals 2 slices of bread, 5 teaspoons of oil, and approximately 200 calories. Read labels. Make good choices. 5) Finally, if you choose to indulge in your comfort food of choice, have less food the next day. Don’t let the empty calories add up. Remember, a pound of fat is equal to 3,500 calories. And whatever excess calories we take in becomes fat and extra pounds if we do not exercise regularly.



CARBH. PROTEIN FAT (g) (g) (g)



1. APPLE PIE 1 piece = 117 g + VANILLA ICE CREAM ½ cup = 66 g

40 16

2 2

13 7

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3 slices = 213 g 1 coke = 16 fl oz

60 51

30 0

21 0

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1 piece = 64 g







1 piece = 60 g 1 cup = 6 fl oz 2 tsps = 18 g

27 1 18

4 Tr 0

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1 slice = 98 g 1 medium = 147 g

18 57

10 6

15 22

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6. STRAWBERRY SHAKE 1 small = 414 ml + SNICKERS BAR 1 bar = 57 g

60 34

11 5

9 14

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15 12

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1 large = 16 fl oz 6 regular = 42 g

These are only a few examples of comfort foods and their food exchange. Remember: All foods have calories. The foods with the least amount of calories are vegetables and are the most unlikely choices for comfort foods.


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3 starchy foods, 3 tsps of fats,


1 starchy food, 2 tsps of fats

PEPPERONI PIZZA, 2 SLICES 3 oz of protein food, 3 tsps of fats, 3 starchy foods. LARGE COKE, 16 fl oz

14 tsps of sugar


7 tsps sugar, 1 starchy food, 2 tsps of fat


2 starchy foods, 3 tsps of fats, 2 tsps of sugar

1 SMALL HOT DOG 1 starchy food, 1 oz protein (hot dog bun and small link) food, 3 tsps of fats STRAWBERRY SHAKE 12 oz

2 starchy food, 2 tsps of fat, 5 tsps of sugar


8 oz of milk, 2 tsps of fat, 1 starchy food


1 starchy food

*The values on the above table are approximate values.

Change your eating habits!

BOOK REVIEW A new beginning. Feel better. Live longer. Lose weight. Gain health. These are the promises made by Dean Ornish, M.D. in his book titled THE SPECTRUM.

If eating a few bites of favourite comfort foods is still too tempting and you need to take control of your eating habits to lose weight then give a new dietary plan a try and leave all your comfort foods out of it.

Dr. Ornish describes a scientifically proven program which defines the principles of a healthier living through a healthier way of eating. The program also includes and promotes meditation, exercise, and stress management.

In summary, some of these principles are:

1) Consume some Omega 3 Fatty Acids every day. 2) Eat more complex carbohydrates and limit sugar consumption. In his diet program Dr. Ornish does not 3) Avoid Trans Fats (partially hydrogenated exclude foods; rather his advice is to fats) and saturated fats. eat the same foods, but choose better 4) Adjust your daily calories to your activity to cooking practices, become a cautious prevent becoming overweight. shopper by reading and evaluating 5) What you include in your diet is as the ingredients in the food label, and important as what you exclude. be more knowledgeable of nutrients, 6) Choose foods that are nutrient dense. calories, and body composition. In other words, learn to eat nutrients more The program is well known around than food. the world to save the lives of those 7) Look for quality instead of quantity when with cardiovascular disease, cancer, you decide to eat. hyperlipidemias and hypertension. Anyone interested in having better health 8) Eat less salt. should find in this book lots of good, 9) Avoid caffeine and drink more herbal tea. new and updated knowledge about a 10) Increase water consumption. new way to live longer and more healthily 11) Be motivated in every routine of your life.


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HOME Decor Decorating ideas-shopping-interior designers' tips

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As the weather heats up sunshine and warmth are on their way. Get ready to welcome the new season into your home: add some colour with flowers and invite nature into your home. 63

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Home News

Home trends and interior decor news in and out of Doha

Lampe Berger Limited Edition lamps Jean-Baptiste Sibertin-Blanc, the French designer who has worked with top brands such as Hermès and Christofle, has launched a range of 2 Limited Edition lamps (250 pieces only, all numbered). They are made of real pewter and manufactured in France. “With this design, I wanted to bring together the name of an iconic brand, which had never sold lamps, and the images that hide behind this interior design House”, he added.

BINA BAITEL WINS PRIZE FOR CREATIVITY Bina Baitel, a young Israeli-FrenchSwedish artist, has been awarded the 2012 PRIZE FOR CREATIVITY by the city of Paris, for her PLAID lights made for ROCHE BOBOIS.







Al Ghurair Rayhaan & Al Ghurair Arjaan by Rotana opens in Dubai



Rotana announced the official opening of Al Ghurair Rayhaan & Al Ghurair Arjaan by Rotana in the heart of Deira, one of Dubai’s busiest tourist and commercial districts, taking the company’s total number of properties in Dubai to 15 - the highest of any operator in the city. The two new hotels also represent Rotana’s largest ever room inventory in a single project and will add 620 rooms to Rotana’s Dubai portfolio – 428 rooms at Al Ghurair Rayhaan by Rotana and 192 apartments at Al Ghurair Arjaan by Rotana.

Roche Bobois’ BONHEUR pedestal tables The French Design House presents an original gift idea for Valentine’s day! Their new Bonheur pedestal tables represent either a 3 or 4-leaf clover, designed by Fabrice Berrux. Available in red, yellow, grey or black.


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FRIENDSHIP DECOR Why not throw a special party this month to celebrate friendship? we got together some creative ideas to decorate your home and have some fun with friends and family.

Set of 2 tins Ashley Thomas

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Ceramic jars Ashley Thomas

Heart shaped Cushion Julien McDonald

Scented bath fizzers Le Maison de Santeurs

Casserole dish Ashley Thomas Cushion John Rocha


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get the look Cushion and vase H&M

Back to basics Basics are the new priorities in decorating a house. Opt for raw and neutral materials to add some character and mix them with simple white pieces for a striking result.

House of Fraser

Picture frame M&S Apron H&M

Crochet throw H&M Table cloth H&M

Jar H&M

Chop board Debenhams

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Family CLOSE UP Open Layout DECOR By Suzy Q Photography Maegan Tintari

If you enjoy preparing meals without being separated from family or guests, an open concept is the ideal choice for your home. But no matter how much you love an open layout be prepared for some tricky décor challenges! This room designed by Caitlin Wilson is a great example to show how choosing the right furniture, colours, and patterns can be a little complex. Here are my tips on how to make it work.

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These 5 Tips will make sure your choice of coloUrs complement each other and don't clash:

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lighting can define each space open concept layout and help visually separate them. Floor or table lamps in the living room work well while a pendant lamp or chandelier in the kitchen blends in effortlessly.

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room. accessories from your kitchen to your living pop If you have brown hued granite counter tops, your onto family r colou same a fuzzy throw in the couch. If you have a set of red hot kitchen aid red appliances on your counters, use the same table pink bright of pair A pillows on your couches. up match essly effortl room dining lamps in this You with the cotton candy sofa in the living room. a red with decor bath can even connect your guest to tie s flower red of et bouqu a even towel or rug, or er. togeth look the

Tip 5: Furniture. If you have a country-style oak

dining table, try to choose the same style furniture in your living room. Avoid anything that is too different, like ultramodern minimalism in the living room and a country theme in the kitchen. Try choosing the same wood, material, and style for each section of your open concept room. The designer gave this bohemian home a mix of everything but kept the same concept throughout mixing and matching furniture pieces which helped link the spaces together.

The open concept is an excellent layout for making a small home feel larger, and for a close-knit family that loves to entertain. 69

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Her interior life ABODE gets up close and personal with world renowned international celebrity interior designer Roberta Marino

is about love “andIf poetry art is about love, if

music, theatre, opera are all about love… then why should design be about functionality?

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Tell us how your career began… A: After obtaining my Master’s training in interior and architectural design in Milan, I was working for Tito D’Emilio doing interior design for several years. In 1997, I came to America. I was approached and hired to develop a new high-end workshop specializing in contemporary European design in Los Angeles. While there, I accidentally bumped into Michael Wincott, who was shopping there, and our personalities clicked. After a short time, he began hanging out there. We got to know each other better and became good friends. He asked me to design the interiors for his house. From there, I began getting referrals to many high-profile Hollywood and corporate clientele, and my business expanded.

You seem to love your job… How do you approach A: So many designers that I know or have each project? observed, seem to prioritize functionality. A: We work with people on a very If poetry is about love and art is about love, if music, theatre, opera are all about love… then why should design be about functionality? Design is a love for me, it’s my passion. When I am breathing life into a client’s vision and creating a space, my passion overflows and I cannot help but share this openly with all of the people I work with. To this, I apply my practical experience. 20 + years in the industry has afforded us a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of all aspects of design from concept to move-in. This helps to add finesse to the “process.”

personal and even intimate level. For us to be invited into someone’s space, whether it be for business or their own home, requires utmost care. Over the years, we have been able to hone our ability to provide the greatest level of customer service and make every project a masterpiece, tailored to our clients' desires through constant communication, hands-on participation in the field, and face time with each and every client.

Tell us about your most challenging project. A: So far, my most challenging project was actually doing multiple projects simultaneously for one client. For four and a half years, I worked for Brad Pitt designing three separate residences while researching, brainstorming, and realizing several side projects all at once. It was crazy and chaotic. My brain was constantly working, perpetually roused. I loved every second of it!

How will you adapt your style to Qatar? A: I have read many articles and watched many videos illustrating design and architecture in Qatar. What stands out to me are two things: a penchant for nostalgia, and pride in the ability to create magnificence.

What’s your secret? A: I don’t think that there’s some great and priceless secret to be revealed about interior design. It is important to understand what sort of environment brings you peace and comfort, and that there is a balance to be found between the past, present, and future. It’s all relevant and will help guide you if you are open to it.

for more information ROBERTA MARINO INTERIORS


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Colour Scope

Enhance and rejuvenate your surroundings with accents and accessories in Emerald green. This jewel - like hue is the inspiration for Pantone's colour of the year and a much needed colour to re-energize and bring the balance of nature inside.

By Moona Masri Whitice Dewey Colour Consultant

Small accesories do wonders to add this lushous colour on tables and nooks around the house.

Graphic Patterns are here to stay – add them to your décor

Ideas: Adding Emerald Green to your décor • Incorporate smaller accessories such as toss pillows, drinking glasses, or vases before buying more expensive investment pieces. • Add house plants to your décor and add a pop of emerald green to every room • Invest in luxurious pieces that add a glamorous feel like mirrors, chandelier, rugs, painted high-gloss lacquer furniture in Emerald Green.

Metallics are absolutely everywhere right now from lampshades, to toss pillows, to furniture.

Jamie Drake Design

Ideas: for decorating with Metallics: • Brass and golds are hot! Mix them together • Light fixtures and hardware do not always have to be the same finish and can look fantastic when mixed.

Walls and accents Emerald Green

Walls or accents Gold

Base and Trim White

For interior design questions or to schedule a consultation, please call Forum Design 4456-8716


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Do it Yourself

Ideas from habitofart .com

http://habit-of-ar t.b


Silhouette portraits Are timeless and

Each month we search the web for fun projects for you to do at home. Enjoy this month's discovery. If you have ideas or projects to share with us write to us at

treasured additions to any home and they are all the rage right now. You can find an abundance of options for custom silhouettes on or you can follow the ideas we gathered from habit of art blogspot. Here's how you can do it.

What you'll need • Digital camera • computer with photo editing application • fabric in natural (9" square for each portrait) and black (4" square for each portrait • embroidery hoops (7" diameter) • sharp fabric scissors • fine tip felt pen • tracing paper • pins • fabric adhesive (or a sticker machine) • hot glue gun

1. 2. 3.

Using a digital camera, take a picture of each of your family members in profile. (Pull long hair back for the best results) A white wall is a perfect backdrop. Import the images into a photo editing program like Photoshop and increase the contrast of the photo.


Loosen an embroidery hoop and center the image in the hoop. Pull gently along the edge to create some tautness. Tighten the hoop to secure the fabric, and then trim the extra fabric to 1/2" (or at least shorter than the width of the hoop). Glue the fabric edge to the frame using a hot glue gun. If you want to create a more finished look, you can glue a ribbon over the fabric edge.


In about an hour, you can create five custom silhouettes. You can find felt in different colours at Jarir bookstore on Salwa Road. The pack of 12 pieces costs QR15. They also stock the embroidery loops in various sizes. Have fun!

Before tracing an image, make sure it is about 3.5" - 4" in diameter. Tape a sheet of tracing paper over the computer screen, carefully trace the outline of each profile with a felt tip pen or print the images in lieu of tracing. Iron your fabric, and then pin the traced image to a piece of the black fabric. Cut out the image with sharp fabric scissors. Next, adhere the centered silhouette onto a 9" fabric background using iron-on adhesive.

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Ahmed Hassan Bilal

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February 2013



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Location: Qanat Quartier, The Pearl Amenities: Balcony, canal views, parking, beach access

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For a new home or to book a visit contact us: 4442 8877 j 4442 1188 j 4441 7001 j

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Food & Entertainment Recipes, healthy tips and new restaurant openings

The PearL Dessert


Enjoy the heavenly flavours of this signature dessert. White chocolate orb bathed in delicate sauce of pineapple prepared by Michelin Star Chef Guy Savoy at Quisine Restaurant.

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Food News The latest update in the culinary scene!

HAKKASAN opens its doors at ST. Regis Doha

MAGNOLIA BAKERY New York City is finally here Magnolia first opened on a quiet street corner in New York, the West Village in 1996 and currently boasts locations in Chicago, LA, Beirut, Kuwait, Dubai and finally Doha too! From now on we will be able to enjoy more than 120 varieties of baked goods, including pies, cakes, cheesecakes, banana pudding, brownies, muffins, crumb cakes and, of course, cupcakes at their branch in Dar Al Salam Mall, which is in Abu Hamour. Magnolia is cherished for its vintage, nostalgic decor, sumptuous smells when you walk in the door and fun soundtrack. So take a walk down the sweet side of New York and indulge in this unique sensory experience.

January saw the grand opening of another top restaurant in Doha. Hakkasan, the high-class modern Chinese restaurant with branches in London, Miami, New York, Mumbai, Dubai and Abu Dhabi has a new home in town in the luxurious setting of the St Regis Hotel. Head Chef Lai Min Wei will please the demanding palates of Doha’s residents with his strong Chinese and Cantonese ethnic menu surrounded by glamorous dark wood décor. Another authentic and unforgettable dining experience not to be missed! For more information visit

Tornado Tower Welcomes La Varenne La Varenne, a traditional French brasserie offering classic French cuisine in a contemporary setting, has officially opened on the 28th floor of Tornado Tower in West Bay. Headed up by executive chef Stuart Collins, who trained under Gordon Ramsay and Michael Caines, the menu at La Varenne includes chicken liver and foie gras parfait, bouillabaisse, steak frites, duck a l’orange and pot-au-feu to name a few. Initially opened for breakfast and lunch only, the brasserie offers special two- and three-course business lunch menus from Sunday through Thursday. This is the perfect place to experience a real taste of France in Doha. For further information, or to book, please visit or call +974 4499 0680.


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food Daniel Smeenk, Chef at The Dining Room – a fine dining restaurant – at Al Najada Boutique Hotel shows us how to cook one of his quick but tasty recipes.


Soup Photography Jessie PALANCA


he Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels might be fairly new to Doha, but they already have impressive restaurants and talented Head Chefs. This month we had the pleasure of visiting the gorgeous and secluded Al Najada Boutique Hotel, located in the heart of the Souq, to experience one of the tasty creations on offer on its menu. Chef Daniel, originally from Holland, has been working here for a year and he loves the environment and the different cultures that inspire his cuisine. The plate he presented to ABODE is a very easy recipe to reproduce at home and the taste is simply incredible. This Soto Ayam recipe comes from his Indonesian Sous Chef, and it's her own house recipe, so it's a very authentic creation. This dish is currently served in the hotel courtyard during breakfast, but it is perfect for any time of the day.

Chef Daniel at Najada Boutique

Soto Ayam Soup

Best eaten hot, this filling and nutritious soup is a popular dish in the Far East. Here are the quick steps you need to cook your very own Soto Ayam.

SOTO AYAM Soup Ingredients:

• Chicken stock 2Ltr • Shallot, 20 g • Laos, 20 g • Konjit, 20 g • Garlic, 20 g • Coriander seed, 10 g • Lime leaves, 6 leaves • Lemon grass, 4 sticks • Indonesian Bay Leaf (Daum Salam), 6 leaves • Candle nuts, 20 g


• Blend the candle nuts and coriander seeds to a powder in a mixer. • Add the rest of the ingredients except the chicken stock and blend to a smooth paste. Add some water if needed. • In a separate hot pan add some corn oil and sauté the Soto paste you created in the mixer. • Add the chicken stock and let it simmer for 30 minutes. • Serve your soup in bowls with some noodles, sliced boiled eggs, and beansprouts accompanied by prawn crackers and Sambal sauce, a typical Indonesian mix of sautéd onions, red chilli and tomato. Enjoy!

For more information SOUQ WAQIF BOUTIQUE HOTELS The Dining Room Restaurant Al Najada Boutique Hotel Tel.: 44336666

Always use fresh “ ingredients, they really

make the difference and Discover, experiment with Indonesian spices and ingredients, they are amazing!

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try amazing FRENCH CUISINE Experience the heavenly menu of awardwinning Chef Guy Savoy, the youngest of the French legends credited with pioneering 'Nouvelle Cuisine', at QUISINE restaurant.


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re you looking for a top table in Doha to celebrate a special occasion? Or are you simply looking for a unique dining experience? We can certainly recommend one of the newest restaurants in town, QUISINE by Guy Savoy. Located in the luxurious setting of the Pearl, this modern and sleek new restaurant will blow you away. The Michelin starred Chef’s first venture in the Middle East, presents an entirely unique gastronomic menu, which should not be missed.

Chef Guy Savoy at work

seemed “likeQatar a natural

choice for my next restaurant and my first in the Middle East. The Country is booming and I'm truly delighted to be here. Guy Savoy

The Parisian Chef, known for his passion and dedication to French gastronomy which has earned him three Michelin stars and three highly successful international restaurants in Paris, Las Vegas and Singapore, will be working in Qatar regularly alongside his team of talented chefs to ensure guests receive the high standard of service he is known for worldwide. Using only the finest ingredients, Guy Savoy prepares and serves a number of his signature dishes, including the Soupe D’artichaut à la Truffe Noire, a heavenly velvety artichoke and black truffle soup complimented by warm layered mushroom brioche spread with black truffle butter and another renowned creation of his, the crispy sea bass and the line-caught whiting with caviar. All simply to die-for!

“From the minute our guests enter the restaurant they will be transported on a multi-hour journey of food, service, and decor unlike anything they have experienced before. The most important thing for me and my team, is that they have the very best time possible” Savoy says. For an even more unforgettable and personal experience, guests can book the chef’s table, situated in the heart of Monsieur Savoy. Here you will be able to soak up the atmosphere of a busy kitchen while gaining a remarkable insight into the hard work behind a wonderful dinner! And after an amazing starter, or an even better main course, what to expect for the desserts? Certainly a grand finale, nothing you have ever experienced before: a cheese trolley first followed by the dessert trolley which will be wheeled to your own table offering you the tastes of childhood, including chocolate mousse, an assortment of small cookies, and rice pudding. With superb food, the professionalism of its staff and the authenticity and quality of its produce, this place offers one of the top dining experiences in the region. "Cuisine is an art" as Guy Savoy says and he is certainly proving it in each of his courses!


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From The Heart Entertaining Ideas ABODE reader Gaby Ubidia, shares her personal recipes and entertaining ideas with us this month as she whips out an elegant and delicious spread for a few choice friends.

Don't Forget!


nstead of making reservations for any ordinary meal, Gaby likes to play hostess for her friends at home and puts her heart into doing just that. "I like to make my friends feel really special when they come to dinner. I add little details to the table settings, decor and the menu that let them know I really care for them."

This month Gaby held a special "Friendship Celebration" and invited a few of her best girlfriends over for dinner and tea.

Add a special touch to your place settings with linen napkins, napkin rings, feathers or flowers on each one. Name cards are also a nice touch.

The ladies were not surprised to see the beauty of her table as they enjoyed each other's company as they know Gaby to be a superb cook and a wonderful host.


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entertaining Things To Use On Your Table:

• Silver candlesticks • White Table cloth and red table runner • Use red chargers or silver ones to display your plates • Set your place-setting with a charger, dinner plate and salad plate • Incorporate your "theme" in to the feel of your table by fresh flowers, little truffles and chocolates, in the same colour, around the center of the table. • Don’t be afraid to mix and match! Use glass votive holders and silver candlesticks. • Fill apothecary jars with pink and red hearts and place them in the centre of your table • have a "Dessert Table" and highlight your homemade baked goods a la Martha Stewart!

Red Velvet Cake: Ingredients:

• 2 1/2 cups (250 gms) All Purpose Flour or cake flour. • 1/2 tsp salt. • 2 TB (15 gms) regular or dutch processed cocoa powder. • 1/2 cup (113 gms) unsalted butter, at room temperature. • 1 1/2 cups (300 gms) granulated, white sugar. • 2 large eggs. • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract. • 1 cups (240 ml) butter milk. (if not available, mic one TB vinegar or lemon juice with each cup of milk and let stand for 5 minutes before use) • 1 tsp white vinegar • 1 tsp baking soda.


• Preheat oven to 175°C and place rack in the center of the oven. Butter two - 9 inch (23 cms) round cake pans and line the bottoms of the pans with parchment paper, set aside. • In a mixing bowl, sift together the flour, salt, and cocoa powder, set aside. • In the bowl of the electric mixer, beat the butter until soft (1-2 minutes), add the sugar, and beat until light and fluffy (2-3 minutes). add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, add the vanilla extract and beat until combined. • In a measuring cup mix the butter milk with the red food colouring, with the mixer on low speed, alternately add the flour mixture and the buttermilk to the butter mixture, in three additions, beginning and ending with the flour. • Combine the vinegar and baking soda, allow the mixture to fizz and then quickly fold into the cake. Working quickly, divide the butter evenly between the two prepared pans and smooth the tops with an offset spatula, or the back of a spoon. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 - 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the pans comes out clean. • Cool the cakes in their pans on a wire rack for ten minutes, then place the wire rack on top of the cake, and invert, lifting the pan. Once the cakes have completely cooled, wrap in plastic cling, and place in the refrigerator for at least an hour, or over night . • Fill with cream cheese filling, then frost.

Cream Cheese Frosting: Ingredients: • One 8 ounce (227 gms) cream cheese at room temperature.

• One 8 ounce (227) gms tub of mascarpone cheese at room temperature. • 1 tsp vanilla extract. • 1 cup (115) gms of confectioners' (icing) sugar, sifted. • 1 1/2 (360 ml) cups of cold, heavy whipping cream (double cream) (35 - 40% butterfat)

Procedure: • Beat the cream cheese and mascarpone until smooth, add the

vanilla and confectioners' sugar and beat until smooth. Using the whisk attachment, gradually add the heavy cream, and whip until frosting is thick enough to spread. Add more sugar or cream as needed to get the right consistency. • With a bread knife, cut each cake layer in half horizontally (optional), and spread frosting in between each layer (bottom and top layers' face should face down.) Frost the top sides of the cake, can garnish the cake with sweetened or unsweetened coconut - optional).


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Shakespeare’s Hamlet once said, "Sweets to the sweet, farewell!" Here is our rendition of our favourite delicious, easy treats from the internet, to make at home.

Cranberry Bars Adapted from Vegetarian Times Ingredients:

For the Crust: • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened • 1/4 cup sugar • 1 cup all-purpose flour • 1/4 teaspoon salt For the Filling: • 1 lb. fresh or frozen cranberries • 1/2 cup water• 3/4 cup fat-free or lowfat sweetened condensed milk • 3 large egg yolks

Procedure: • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8x8 pan with aluminum

Chef’s secret tips:

This recipe calls for cranberries, however, you can substitute them for raspberries if you prefer. Use frozen raspberries and let them thaw, puree in a blender. Strain mixture to remove seeds.

foil or parchment paper (this will help with removing the bars later). • In a medium bowl, mix together the softened butter, flour, sugar, and salt until combined (mixture will be crumbly). Press into the bottom of the prepared pan. • Bake for 15 minutes at 350°F, until crust is firm and starting to turn golden brown around the edges. Let cool on a wire rack. • Reduce oven temperature to 300°F. • Meanwhile, bring cranberries and water to a simmer in a medium saucepan. Reduce heat to medium and cook 10 minutes, or until berries have burst and are tender. Let cool, then blend in a blender until smooth. Strain mixture through a sieve. You should end up with about 1 cup of smooth cranberry purée. • Transfer purée to bowl, and whisk in condensed milk and egg yolks until smooth. • Pour mixture over cooked crust, and bake in 300°F oven for 2528 minutes, until filling is set. Cool at room temperature, then chill in refrigerator for at least one hour before cutting into bars or hearts, if desired.


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Baked Raspberry Breakfast Bars Ingredients:

• 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour • 1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar • 1 1/4 cups rolled oats • 3/4 teaspoon salt • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces • 1/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour • 1 pound raspberries, fresh or frozen • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled


• Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9-by-13-inch glass or light-coloured metal baking pan. Put a long piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan, letting the parchment extend up the two short sides of the pan and overhang slightly on both ends. Butter the parchment. • Put the flour, brown sugar, oats, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon in a food processor. Add the butter and pulse until loose crumbs form. • Reserve 1 cup of the mixture and set aside. Pour the rest of the mixture into the prepared pan and use your hands or the back of a large wooden spoon to push the crust into an even layer at the bottom of the pan. The crust should touch the sides of the pan. Bake until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let the crust cool. Keep the oven on while you make the raspberry filling. In a medium bowl, whisk the sugar, lemon zest, cinnamon and flour together. Add the raspberries, lemon juice and butter and use your hands to toss gently until the raspberries are evenly coated. Spread the raspberry filling evenly on top of the cooled crust. Sprinkle the reserved 1 cup crust mixture evenly on top of the filling. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, rotating the pan every 15 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the filling starts to bubble around the edges. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, then cut into squares and serve.

Chocolate Pot De Crème Adapted from Ingredients: • 5 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate • ¾ cup of cream • 11/4 cup whole milk • 2 tablespoons vanilla sugar* • 4 egg yolks • Whipped cream (optional) Procedure: • Preheat the oven to 325°. Place 6 to 8 small ramekins or cups into a large roasting pan. • Chop the chocolate into fine pieces and place in a mediumsized bowl. In a small pan, heat the milk and cream until they are just boiling. Pour the hot milk and cream mixture into the bowl with the chocolate, whisking constantly. Once the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth, stir in the sugar. • Place the egg yolks in a separate bowl and whisk in about ¼ cup of the chocolate mixture. Continue whisking the egg mixture and adding small amounts of the chocolate mixture until they are well incorporated. • Divide the mixture into the ramekins and add boiling water to the roasting pan until the water reaches halfway up the sides of the ramekins (be careful not to splash the water inside the ramekins). Cover the roasting pan with foil and carefully put it into the oven. • Bake the pots de crème for 25-30 minutes or until they are set, but still have a little bit of a jiggle to them. Remove the pots de crème from the roasting pan and place them on a cooling rack. Once they have cooled, cover them and chill them in the refrigerator for at least an hour or up to 2 days. Garnish with whipped cream and serve.


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Chocolate Peanut Butter – Rice Krispie Roll By: Makes about 25 pieces Ingredients: • 10 oz mini marshmallows • 1/4 cup unsalted butter • 3/4 cup peanut butter, divided • 6 cups Rice Krispies • 1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips Procedure: • Line a large jelly-roll pan (at least 18x13) with waxed paper, and spray the paper with non-stick spray. • Place marshmallows, butter, and 1/4 cup peanut butter in a large microwave-safe bowl. Heat on high in the microwave for 2 minutes, then stir until smooth. Add the Rice Krispies and stir until coated. • Spread mixture onto the greased wax paper. Coat hands in non-stick spray and pat down the Rice Krispie mixture until even and smooth (I left about a 1-inch border on one long edge of the pan because my mixture didn’t quite cover the whole pan). • Add chocolate chips and 1/2 cup peanut butter to a separate microwave-safe bowl. Heat on high in the microwave in 30 second intervals, for about 1 minute and 30 seconds total, until melted. Stir until smooth. • Pour chocolate mixture over the Rice Krispies and smooth to cover the surface. Don’t spread it quite to the edge on the long edges. • Roll the mixture jelly-roll style into a log, starting with one of the longer edges and rolling towards the opposite long edge. Pull the wax paper from under the log as you roll towards the opposite side to help it along. Place log in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, then slice into pieces about 1/2" thick.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries Ingredients:

• 1 dozen ripe, sweet strawberries with leaves • 1 cup chopped chocolate (preferable) or good-quality chocolate chips or baking chocolate bar ( white, milk or dark)


• Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with aluminum foil. • Wash the strawberries and dry them thoroughly. • Place the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave until it is melted, stirring after every 30 seconds. Overheated chocolate gets thick and hard to work with, so it's important to keep a careful eye on the chocolate. Remove it when some pieces are still not melted, and stir until they melt. If you are using low-quality chocolate chips, you might need to add a little vegetable shortening to thin it out and make it easy to dip. • Holding a strawberry by the stem, dip it in chocolate, twirling it in a circular motion to evenly cover most of the berry. As you lift it from the chocolate, twirl it so that any excess chocolate drips back into the bowl. • Place the berry on the prepared baking sheet and repeat with remaining berries and chocolate. • Once all of the berries are dipped, refrigerate them for 30 minutes to set the chocolate. These candies taste best when eaten the same day they are made.

Easy recipes !

Family friendly to make with the kids at any time after school or during the weekends.


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special promotion

Regency Halls Regency Halls offers an unlimited range of catering options, and serving up excellent food outdoors is no challenge at all. Here, they share great tips on what it actually takes to hold a great event outside under the stars.. Q: What are your top tips for planning an outdoor event? A: Plan beforehand, at least 3 to 4 days before; establish the venue; check the weather forecast, as it can be too hot sometimes in Qatar; always use a check list based on the particular event; have several meetings with the client before

the event; make sure only 1 person from the company deals with the clients to avoid mis-communication; let the chefs decide on the menu; live cooking is always recommended. Q: When considering entertainment for an event, what options are on offer? A: An oud player as background music is highly recommended, however it all depends on the kind of occasion, size of event and venue. I’ve done several outdoor events in my career with several well known entertainers attending such as Tamer Hosni, Amr Diab and many internationally famous singers.

Q: What’s the best food you’d recommend for outdoor dining? A: As mentioned earlier, live cooking stations are always a good idea, as this will avoid the possibility of food poisoning ,and besides this the client knows that the food is fresh. A nice salad bar to start with, together with a selection of fresh fruit and live cooking of pancakes served with vanilla ice cream always goes down well. My personal favourite is a nice piece of rack of lamb marinated for 24 hours in garlic, onions, mint, curry powder and mixed herbs and then grilled on a very hot BBQ. Yummy!!!

“All you have to do is tell us where and when and we will meet you there"

Ihab Zaghoul

Regency Halls

P.O. Box 22253 Hilal Area Doha, Qatar Tel: + 974 4465 7776 +974 4467 0670 Fax: +974 4465 2226 E-mail: Website:

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Whatever it is, we can do it! Q: How do you keep it simple when kids are at the table? A: The ideal options are beef and chicken burgers. You can never go wrong. Always set up a separate area for kids with some entertainment such as colouring books and a few toys, all this needs to be organized based on the age of the kids you’re catering for.

live cooking stations, and all you need for this are portable refrigerators, coolers filled up with ice, and if the event is large, a refrigerated truck parked near the location so that the food will be taken out at the last minute from the truck and taken straight to the grill. This is the healthiest and most efficient way of doing things.

Q: How do you keep food fresh? A: Hotels have access to lots of special equipment for this. I keep mentioning

Ihab Zaghoul, Operations Manager: "I have over 20 years of experience. I’ve worked with Ritz Carlton, Starwood, the Savoy, Rotana, the Abu Dhabi Armed Forces club and I’ve been with Regency Group for over five years managing events with Regency Halls. Regency Halls is one of the oldest properties in Doha providing excellent service for outdoor events. Although I have international experience, I’ve learned a lot here from our Arabic Executive Chef. This complements the European experience of my General Manager, together with a sales team and staff from all over the world. This gives us the edge in Doha. We offer the best service and product".

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ESCAPES Adventurous-fun-luxurious-unique travel experiences

Destination OMAN AL HUSN Shangrila - Muscat Al Husn "the castle" is one of the most exclusive retreats on the Arabian Peninsula. A private beach, outstanding service, exceptional amenities and breathtaking views crown this resort a must-see destination for 2013. Read more on page 88.

Where is it: 15 mins away from Muscat THE VIEW: Spectacular backdrop of the Gulf of Oman ATMOSPHERE: Indulgent luxury WHO GOES THERE: Travellers looking for relax BEST FEATURE: Royal Arabian decor with authentic Omani artwork 89

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OMANI HOSPITALITY AT ITS BEST AL HUSN, one of the most exclusive retreats on the Arabian Peninsula

Enjoy the Idyllic private 100-metre beach at al husn hotel.


xplore a country of undiscovered beauty. Oman is known for its beautiful beaches, soaring mountains and fascinating culture. This mystical and beautiful country, famous for the Queen of Sheba and the three wise men, offers yearround sunshine and a taste of the “real” Middle East, away from the sky scrapers galore of neighboring capitals. Muscat’s architecture reflects true arab traditions, and it’s an attractive, clean, enchanting city which will conquer you instantly. For an extra special and luxurious stay in the Omani capital, don’t

look any further than Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa. This five star resort complex comprises three hotels - Al Waha, Al Bandar and Al Husn with a total of 680 rooms. Just choose the best hotel to suit your holiday and enjoy! Located on the bay at Barr Al Jissah, the three exclusive hotels nestle against the dramatic backdrop of rugged mountains and the warm waters of the Gulf of Oman, the perfect gateway to discover this historic land of contrasts and culture. Leisure facilities on offer within the resort include 4 swimming pools, a lazy river

and 5 tennis courts, a fitness centre, the gorgeous Chi Spa, a children's club, an outdoor Amphitheatre and air-conditioned souk. There are lots of activities on offer, including boat excursion andscuba diving, which is excellent in this part of the world. Could you wish for more? Well the dining experiences certainly won’t let you down: be spoilt for choice as 19 restaurants and bars offer a sumptuous array of cuisines. If you still aren’t impressed enough and you are looking for an unparalleled experience and a level of service that reaches beyond expectations, AL HUSN


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Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa

Three Hotels in one. No matter which hotel is chosen, the experience and service will be unforgettable. All rooms in all three resorts are sea facing and have private balconies, terraces or patios.

Al Waha Hotel Oman's first dedicated family hotel is the largest of the three hotels at Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa, Muscat. The name Al Waha means "The Oasis", and has been designed in such a way that the hotel's several swimming pools form an oasis incorporating many date palm trees. Nestled at the foot of a mountain range, vehicular access has been made possible by a man-made tunnel.

For more information visit

Al Bandar Hotel

is your answer. Meaning The Castle in Arabic, this palatial hotel represents exclusive indulgence and offers the highest level of Shangri-La service, amenities and privileges to the most discerning of travelers. Located on a cliff top at the western edge of the resort, exclusively private and discreet, away from the remainder of the resort, Al Husn is the perfect idyllic destination. Here you will enjoy exclusive dining, have access to a private 100-metre beach and a 24-hour butler service on request. The rooms are among the largest and most luxurious in Oman, with an inviting decor

inspired by royal Arabian palaces. And if after all this relaxing and chilling out you wish to enjoy Muscat’s shopping and cultural attractions, you have nothing to worry about as the hotel provides daily shuttles to town. The Ruwi business district and Mutrah, the old city of Muscat, are only 15 minutes away.

The name Al Bandar means “The Town” and the architecture of the hotel is inspired by old Muscat, featuring buildings of varying heights and a variety of ornate balconies. Al Bandar hotel is the resort’s focal point, featuring eight food and beverage outlets and 11 meeting rooms, as well as the spectacular Barr Al Jissah Ballroom. This five-star deluxe property provides 198 sea-facing guestrooms, each offering a minimum of 45 square metres of space including a balcony or terrace.

Al Husn Hotel Your chance to experience all this and enjoy the spectacular Omani hospitality and scenery couldn’t be closer and easier, as it’s only a 1 hour flight away from Qatar. An unforgettable getaway is only a few clicks away!

Al Husn hotel, “the castle”, represents exclusive indulgence and offers the highest level of ShangriLa service, amenities and privileges. Guests of the Al Husn hotel enjoy exclusive dining, bar and beach areas and butler service.


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New York Milan Paris london FASHION CAPITALS of the WORLD It’s that time of the year again, when the new collections are presented in glamorous New York, London, Milan and Paris. Whether you are attending one of their fashion shows or simply jetting in for a quick visit, we have compiled a round-up on where to stay and where to go while visiting these must-see destinations!


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New York City embodies American style. In this city fashion ideas take root and trends are defined. New York City is where everything in fashion is happening–and happening first. There’s a buzz, a creative energy in New York City that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. It’s an extraordinarily stimulating place for fashion. Diane Von Furstenberg, Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren and Michael Kors are just a few key Designers based in the Big Apple.


Milan has a long history within the fashion, clothing and textile industries and it’s especially known for its role within the pret-a-porter. The Italian city is home to numerous major fashion designers, including Giorgio Armani, Valentino Garavani, Gianni Versace, Miuccia Prada, Moschino, Etro, Trussardi, Missoni, and Dolce & Gabbana to name a few. Other than fashion, Milan is also famous for its cuisine, opera and churches, and therefore shopping, eating and nightclubbing are a must here.

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Where to stay: 60 THOMPSON The front entrance of this contemporary 97-roomed boutique hotel in Soho glows with numerous shelves of backlit glass jars of orchids. The bar and restaurant of 60 Thompson are reason alone to stay here. Its rooftop bar, A60 is the talk of the town and definitely the place to be during the summer months. What to do: Times Square, Central Park, Statue of Liberty, Guggenheim and MOMA museums Where to shop: Fifth Avenue, Barneys, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Soho

Where to stay: Maison Moschino Hotel Maison Moschino hotel is a fashionable and historic hotel with haute-couture allure a deliciously avant-garde decor. Coming from mega-brand Moschino, style and surrealism are to be expected: rooms inspired by fairy tales and abstract concepts, and a restaurant manned by a dazzlingly creative chef. Nocturnal types will love this hotel's lively locale – expect buzzy weekends here.

What to do: visit Piazza del Duomo, Navigli and Teatro

della Scala

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Where to stay: SAINT JAMES PARIS

This high-flying flamboyant hotel has been in previous lives an intellectual boot-camp for budding French boffins, and site of the first ever hot-air balloon airfield. In its latest guise as colourful, cultured, country estate-style hotel and it’s still flying high. What to do: Torre Eiffel, Mon MaÎtre, Louvre, drinks at Hotel Costes, The French capital is renowned for its Parisian designs, regarded for their elegant, refined and chic formal nature. Paris' focus lies mostly in "Haute Couture" but a new generation of young designers is bringing a breath of new air season after season. Paris is known as the most romantic city in the world and is also the home of great food, from traditional bistros to smart, trendy restaurants and Michelin-starred establishments. Tres bien!

Where to shop:

Galeries Lefayette, Le Printemps (oldest department store in the city), Colette


Where to stay: SOHO HOTEL

London has been named global fashion capital of the world for the second consecutive time in the last two years. The Duchess of Cambridge and the Olympics have helped London to beat off stiff competition from the other three fashion capitals. Extravagant quirkiness rules in the streets of the British capital inspired by the unique designs of Madame Vivienne Westwood.

Centrally located but well secluded, the Sister to the Covent Garden Hotel, Soho hotel is a bubble of cool calm. A 10-foot porcelain Botero cat sculpture, oversized plant pots and a clash of driftwood and neon-tinted Perspex will greet you at the entry: a refreshing alternative to the marble and brass lobbies of most hotels in this postcode. What to do: Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, London Eye, National Portrait Gallery, Notting Hill flea market Where to shop: Harrods, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Liberty London, Browns and Kings Road


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People & Society

Events & individuals who make a difference in the Middle East

Natasha Bedingfield wows audiences at Doha Golf Club with her first ever performance in Qatar

Grammy nominated Natasha Bedingfield played a full concert for golf fans as part of the entertainment provided by Qatar Masters organizers the Qatar Golf Association (QGA), Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) and Commercial Bank of Qatar. 95

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INAUGURAL DOLPHIN ENERGY DOHA DASH TO SUPPORT REACH OUT TO ASIA On February 12th 2013 the first ever Dolphin Energy Doha Dash will take place at Lusail International Circuit, in celebration of Qatar National Sport Day, sponsored by Dolphin Energy Limited. Reinforcing the concept of the Dolphin Energy Doha Dash as a true community sports event, organisers will pledge 25% of all registration fees to ROTA. Reach Out To Asia (ROTA) operates as a non-governmental organisation within the framework of Qatar Foundation – a private non-profit organization founded by HH Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani - and seeks to extend its human development mission to an international arena by bringing high-quality primary and secondary education to the less fortunate across Asia. “We would like to invite the community of Doha to join us as we celebrate National Sport Day and help us to raise a significant donation for the charity.” Jamie Cunningham, CEO of Professional Sports Group, said.

Recorded in February and March last year, Doha Jazz will be launching their landmark CD at the W hotel on February 9th. All proceeds from the launch and CD sales will be going to the charity “Cancer Research UK”. Doha Jazz’s founder Chris Coull has been living in Qatar since 2001 and after his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier last year he was determined to raise awareness and funds for research fighting this disease. Tickets will be available at ASD or by visiting the Doha Jazz web site or calling 5571 0746.

THE RITZ-CARLTON, DOHA EMBRACES QATAR RED CRESCENT’S AS IT’S OFFICIAL HOSPITALITY PARTNER IN 2013 The Ritz-Carlton, Doha and Qatar Red Crescent proudly announced their partnership in 2013 to increase community awareness of local humanitarian initiatives. Building on Qatar Red Crescent's vision “To improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity", QRC reaches out to organizations which share its values and goals such as The Ritz-Carlton whose “Community Footprints" program focuses on hunger and poverty relief, wellbeing of children and environmental conservation. Through this unique partnership, The Ritz-Carlton, Doha will host a series of events with Qatar Red Crescent in 2013 focusing on education services and international relief and disaster management.


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news A new achievement by La Cigale Hotel: World’s Ultimate Service Award in Hospitality La Cigale Hotel was proudly awarded the “World’s Ultimate Service Award in Hospitality” in the World’s Travel Awards -WTA- final ceremony recently held in New Delhi- India to conclude the hospitality accomplishments of 2012. To celebrate this accomplishment, La Cigale Hotel invited a number of its special clientele and Media representatives to a Gala dinner under the supervision of Chef Aurelien Lagorsse at Le Central Restaurant, on Monday January 14, 2013 under the patronage of Qatar Tourism Authority and the presence of Mr Graham Cooke who came especially from UK to take part of the event and Mr Hatem Chater, the Regional Director of the Middle East of the Leading Hotels of the World.

Sofitel appoints Sami Nasser as Senior Vice President for Middle East and Africa Sofitel, the luxury brand of French Hotel Group Accor and a staple of French elegance in the luxury hospitality sector around the world, is further reinforcing its presence in the region through establishing a regional office dedicated to the Middle East and Africa (MEA). The newly appointed Senior Vice President, Mr. Sami Nasser will spearhead operations and oversee Sofitel’s dynamic growth in the region. “Our vision is to increase brand value and pursue targeted development in keys cities and major tourist destinations, ultimately attaining a total of 150 hotels by 2015 around the world.” states Mr. Nasser.

Farewell Garry Friend and Welcome Christoph K. Franzen to the legendary Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel On January 14th, Grand Hyatt Doha organized a special event to bid farewell to Mr. Garry Friend and welcome Mr. Christoph K. Franzen who took over the position of the General Manager at Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel. Friend is moving to Oman for a fresh challenge as the General Manager of Grand Hyatt Muscat. He added “I have immensely enjoyed my time in Qatar and it has been a great privilege to see the country blossom as it has over the last five years. I am particularly proud of the growth of the hospitality industry in the country, which sees new entrants in this dynamic and changing market every year.”


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40 YEARS OF FRIENDSHIP by marlynne mallari - dela peÑa Photography Jessie Palanca

2012 was a very busy and exciting year for Japanese culture in Qatar. ABODE met with its Ambassador to discuss the relationship between Qatar and Japan and celebrate the 41 years of friendships between the two countries. 98

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people Diplomatic relations with Qatar started in 1972. This year marks 41 years of friendship. What has changed in those years? A: Japan and Qatar have been enjoying excellent relations for more than four decades based mainly on energy cooperation. And Japan’s participation in the development of the LNG industry jointly with Qatar in the 1990s further strengthened our bilateral relations. After the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, the importance of Qatar as a major energy supplier to Japan has increased with the additional supply of a huge amount of LNG and LPG. The people and the Government of Japan are truly grateful to Qatar for supporting Japan in its most difficult times. And I am convinced that our relations have become stronger after the disaster.

2012 was an exciting year of Japanese cultural events in Qatar. Tell us about it. A: In 2012, more than thirty Japanrelated events were organized under the title “Qatar Japan 2012”. They were wide ranging from traditional culture such as music, dance, theater, kimono, etc. to the

contemporary arts including Murakami Takashi. I attended all the performances and exhibitions and found that people in Qatar enjoyed them enormously. I was so glad to know that there were so many fans of Japan in Qatar.

It’s been more than a year now since the devastating tsunami hit the northern part of Japan, how is the region these days? A: The recovery from the disaster is now on track, although its pace varies depending on the region, and much difficulty still remains due to the scale of devastation. The progress in reconstruction would not have been possible without the support from the international community. Qatar was one of the first countries to extend help to Japan and its support was among the largest in the world with the reconstruction assistance of US$ 100 million and the additional supply of a huge amount of LNG and LPG to meet Japan’s surge in energy demand. The people and the Government of Japan are very grateful to Qatar. I am pleased that Qatar now occupies a special place in the minds of Japanese people, especially those in the disaster stricken areas.

On the light side of things, what place would you recommend for a tourist wishing to visit Qatar? A: Qatar can offer the Japanese people a totally different environment to which they have not been exposed before. There are nice places worth visiting in Qatar such as beautiful sea-shores and sand-dunes for marine sports and adventurous desert tours, the traditional atmosphere of Souq Waqif, the Museum of Islamic Art and Mathaf for their valuable collections, KATARA Cultural Village, and top class luxury hotels for comfortable stays. Since Qatar is a host of world class conferences and events, visitors can always find something to discover throughout the year.

What’s the most exciting part of your job? A: I am proud of promoting Japan globally. I also enjoy being exposed to new countries, cultures and people. I try to enhance mutual understanding and friendship, and in order to fulfill that purpose, it is essential to extensively comprehend that country. Being curious about everything, it is always a pleasure to discover something new.


Japan is an island nation in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of the Sea of Japan, China, North Korea, South Korea and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south.

For more information Embassy of Japan in Qatar Tel: 44840888 e-mail: website:

Capital: Tokyo Currency: Japanese yen Population: 127,817,277 (2011) World Bank GDP: 5.867 trillion USD (2011) World Bank Points of interest: • Mount Fuji • Imperial Palace Tokyo • Universal Studios Japan • Harajuku • Tokyo Tower

Qatar can offer the Japanese people a totally different environment to which they have not been exposed before.


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long hours, “hardIt'swork but a lot of fun! ” Mr. Christoph K. Franzen

What will you miss the most about Oman? A: The genuine friendliness of the Omanis, the great outdoors and of course riding my motorbike up and around the Hajjar mountains. We will also miss our friends as we had so many colleagues in Muscat after living there for a total of eight years.

Have you got any exciting projects for Grand Hyatt Doha? A: Garry has done such a fantastic job opening the hotel. I will have to get to know the market and the city before the team and I make any concrete plans.

You have been working with the Hyatt Corporation for 13 years. In which countries have you lived? A: With Hyatt I have been twice in the UAE, twice in the Sultanate of Oman and Russia. But I’ve also worked in Switzerland, Germany, the USA and Australia at various stages in my career.

A globe trotting career by FRANCESCA MOSER Photography Jessie Palanca

ABODE meets Mr. Christoph K. Franzen, the new General Manager at the Grand Hyatt Hotel Doha Grand Hyatt Hotel Doha

Starting the New Year with an exciting job in a new country must be exciting. How do you feel about it all? A: Myself and my family are excited to be in Qatar, such a thriving and dynamic city that has so much to offer. This is our third country in the GCC and we look forward to get to know the country and the city in the coming months.

You are moving to Doha from Muscat. Have you been in Doha before? A: My wife Rachel and I were in in Doha in 2001 - it was a completely different city then.

What has been the highlight of your career so far? A: There are too many positive moments in my career and it is difficult to decide on one single highlight. But becoming a General Manager of a Five Star hotel would rank very high on the scale.

Have you got any advice for anyone looking to make hospitality their career? A: Before you make the decision to move into the hospitality sector, go and work for a few months in a hotel. It is not as easy and glamorous as it looks at first sight. Once you are convinced you have the right character and skill set, see where your strengths and interests lie, and then start working on your career. It’s long hours, hard work but a lot of fun!


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Fashion Parade First ever seen in Doha, a real runway not to be missed

This March, Design Creationz and ABODE are collaborating to bring Doha an exceptional fashion show showcasing our favorite Middle Eastern designers. Tickets will be free of charge and available on from the end of February. To stay up to date on our information join us on instagram at DCzqtr and keep an eye for ABODE's next issue, where we will showcase all the designers' creations.

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IN the workplace By Elsbeth Blekkenhorst, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Global Women Qatar

Is it good or bad idea to foster friendships at work? Find out here.

What is friendship in general, and what does it mean in Islamic culture? Friendship is a relationship between two people who hold mutual affection for each other. The study of friendship is included in the fields of sociology, social psychology, anthropology, philosophy, and zoology. In Islamic culture, friendship, also known as companionship or ashab, is taken seriously and numerous important attributes of a worthwhile friend have emerged in Islamic media. These include, for both men ("brothers") and women ("sisters"): The notion of a righteous (or "Saalih") person, who can appropriately delineate between that which is "good" and that which is "evil", has appeared prominently; concordance with the perspectives and knowledge of other Islamic companions is considered to be important; forgiveness regarding mistakes and loyalty between friends is emphasized; and, a "love for the sake of Allah" is considered to be a relationship of the highest significance between two humans.

Workplace friendships We spend a lot of our time at the workplace. Employees in the hospitality industry in particular spend a large portion of their lives at work. Accordingly, friendships between employees are often formed at work. Give Studies have suggested that workplace friendship has a variety of positive


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advice functions for both individuals and organizations. Workplace friendship facilitates increased communication, respect, security and trust among employees. These rewarding benefits have meaningful implications for the employees’ job-related outcomes. But be aware of the following. Workplace friendships can be delicate. If you have a spat with a friend (who also happens to be your boss), the dispute may affect your work and the team vibe.

Here are 10 tips to help you enjoy spending time with your friends at work while still being efficient at your job: 1. Keep your business and personal lives separate. Keep your personal chat reserved for your breaks and after work. You want your other co-workers to still take you seriously as a professional, and getting too chummy on the job might get in the way. 2. Take your time. If you're just beginning to bond with a co-worker outside of the office, go slow. You never know if this will blossom into a long and trusting friendship, or if you'll go back to all business. 3. Remember why you're there. You go to the office each day to get a job done, not to take a break with your buddy every 10 minutes to gossip. 4. Don't be exclusive. Realize that if you're buddying up with coworkers others might feel left out. Be sure to include others in your lunch dates and conversations to avoid jealous feelings.

5. Don't complain about your boss. It's almost a natural instinct to complain about work to a friend, but realize that a workplace friend makes that a treacherous path to travel. 6. Maintain some space. Also socialize with non-work friends outside of work to balance out the time you spend with your work friends. 7. Handle friend breakups professionally. Should you have a falling out with your pal, don't let it affect your quality of work or your other professional relationships. 8. Use the friendship to your benefit. Sometimes having a friend on your work team can inspire and motivate you to new levels of creativity. 9. Don't be taken advantage of. While it's more likely that co-workers will start spending more time with you because of your natural wit and charm, be wary if they start asking you to take on some of their work. 10. Enjoy yourself. Sharing an interest in similar work and experiences at the same company can make for great bonding opportunities. Friends make us happy and being happy at work makes for productive workers. Just be aware of how your friendship may affect those you work with, and keep it professional in the office.

employees work together, office friendships are likely to occur. Understanding both the benefits and harm that workplace friendships can create will help your organization maintain a professional work environment while creating a friendly atmosphere that positively affects business performance. Overall workplace friendships have a positive impact on an

Advantages of office friendship to organizations are, for example: 1. Friendships create a more enjoyable workplace, which promotes greater employee engagement and increases individual productivity. 2. Work gets stressful and talking to friends who have similar responsibilities provides workers with positive outlets to release frustrations. 3. A friendly work environment yields creativity because employees feel comfortable being themselves and are able to think more freely.

employee's productivity. Workplace friendships lead to more cohesive work groups, more satisďŹ ed and committed employees, greater In terms of friendships formed at productivity, greater goal attainment, the workplace, companies should increased positive feelings about the reap the benefits and avoid the organization, can make both good negatives. Companies hire people and bad jobs better, and are a factor based on the skills and knowledge in preventing employee turnover they can offer to help achieve and employee desire to business goals. Forming leave the company. for more strong friendships with others is usually not a job requirement, but when considering the number of hours


Contact Elsbeth Blekkenhorst or Danielle Duttenhofer at or visit


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auto review

Through a looking glass

by deliah furcoi

ABODE met up with the renowned car-care genius Mr. Gideon King, to find out what he is doing to transform boring into amazing with talent and paint. Areas for improvement • Light swirls scratches • Faded paint • Loss of gloss • Foreig n particles on paint

What was done: • Surface decontaminated using barring process • Embedded foreign particles using liquid solution • Swirl and scratch removed. Made the paint even, using paint guage and Nano-P System • Applied lacquered sealants for protection on the mirror shine.

Recognized for pushing the boundaries of car-care in the UK, London’s Finest Detailing (LFD) has not disappointed clients in Qatar. The market for customization and bespoke services is growing in this region and Doha is ripe for this service with the growing market of super cars in Qatar. LFD operates through mobile services using high-end equipment and innovative products. You might catch them in your neck of the woods transforming a car from just fab to fabulous! The unique attention LFD gives to details guarantees exceptional results. That is why car owners are signing up to get the phenomenal service brought to their doorsteps.


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How It works: London's Finest Detailing works with the best surface-care products engineered in the UK. Regular automotive paint work leaves traces of dirt and grit particles behind. Using Nano Technology, LFD eliminates imperfections on painted surfaces leaving your car flawless and perfectly new.

details a process, degreasing, steaming, washing, leather restoration and applying protective sealants on affected areas.

For bookings or enquiries Please contact Mr. Gideon King Mobile: +974.6604.0822,

What Else do they do: LFD also specialize in interior reconditioning and wheel-care, checking each wheel for imperfections through a

Telephone: +974.4414.0829,, BBM: 26830485

What makes us unique and sets us “apart from our competitors is our

balanced approach to the art of achieving amazing car and yacht care results!

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the Latest Gadgets

Sony unveils the all new Full frame Alpha SLT-A99 with high speed shooting and quick auto-focus. It hosts a newly developed full-frame EXMOR CMOS sensor with 24.3 effective megapixels which is teamed with a highly advanced BIONZ image processing engine. This powerful sensor/processor combination guarantees ultimate image quality which never goes out of focus. Available at 51 East.

Right on track Garmin Forerunner 110 fitness watch heart. This beauty is no ordinary watch. It is a smart watch that is user friendly and is your guide to know how you are doing while you are working out. The watch monitors how far and how fast you have been. It has a heart rate monitor that tracks your calories burned. You can also upload your progress from a USB to a Garmin Connect to store. It keeps you on track towards your goals.


No Strings Attached TV The BOSE VideoWave II system is available in 55"and 46"screen sizes, featuring a 1080p LED backlit display for stunning images, a new, more refined industrial design, and an updated clickpad remote for the easiest, most intuitive control of home entertainment ever developed. VideoWave II is now showcased at the Bose flagship outlet at Lagoona Mall, level One in addition to all Fifty One East department stores at Al Maha Center,

Available in 46" and 55". The 46" starting price is at Qr 24,999 while the 55" is at Qr 28,999.


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As the country celebrates fitness and health with The National Sport Day, ABODE gets you equipped with all the right stuff for a much healthier YOU!

In the kitchen This cake platter will make you think twice while cutting those pieces of cake.

Wink – Wheel of Portion Cake Platter 149QR

Be inspired and research.

Have a little fun while cooking

Fred kitchen Equal measure light 55QR

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Make sure your food stays fresh.

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gym or home Workout regularly, but most importantly – enjoy it.

Zumba Fitness Exhilarate the Ultimate fitness DVD experience 549QR Get at least 6 hours of sleep a day.

Aroma home cooling eye mask with cooling Gel 69QR

Get some tunes to put a bounce into your step.

The Annual 2013 Ministry of Sound 115QR


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InterContinental, Al Istiqlal Rd, West Bay Kempinski Residences & Suites, West Bay Doha La Cigale Hotel, 60 Suhaim Bin Hamad St. Liza, Porto Arabia Megu, Porto Arabia Marriott Hotel, Corniche Mövenpick Hotel, Corniche Road Mövenpick Tower & Suites, Westbay Mercure Grand, Musherib Street Merweb Central Doha, Ras Abu Abboud St. Milennium Hotel, Jawaan Street, Al Sadd Nando’s, Hyatt Plaza City Centre Oryx Rotana, Airport Rd. Pampano, Porto Arabia Ramada Encore, Ahmed Bin Moh’d St. Ramada Plaza, C Ring Rd. Regency Halls, D'ring road Ritz-Carlton, West Bay Lagoon Sealine Beach Resort, Mesaieed Umm Said Sharq Village & Spa, Ras Abu Abboud St. Sheraton Doha, Corniche Road St. Regis Doha, Westbay Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels Musherib TSE YANG, Porto Arabia W Doha, West Bay Lagoon

Cars ∕ Motoring

Infinity, Salwa Showroom Mercedes Benz, Salwa Road Nissan, Salwa Showroom Al Sadd Yarmouk Mannai, Industrial Porsche Centre Doha, Airport road Renault, Salwa Showroom

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Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar, Education City


Ray’s Reef, Royal Plaza, 2nd floor The Cinema Palace, Royal Plaza, 2nd floor

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Home Decor/Accessories

Articles, Royal Plaza, 2nd Floor Bo Concept, City Centre George Jensen, The Pearl Qatar Porto Arabia Home Centre, City Centre Homes R Us, Hyatt Plaza IDdesign, The Mall,Airport KARE Doha, Lagoona Mall Lakeland, City Center Le Louvre, City Center Ligne Roset/ DEDON, Souq Najed, Salwa Road Living in Interiors, The Pearl Qatar Porto Arabia Maya Paris, The Pearl Qatar Porto Arabia Natuzzi, Al Mana Towers Bin Mahmoud Roche Bobois, Al Jasim Tower, Suhaim Bin Hamad Street, Al Sadd Singways, Villaggio Mall Muraikh The One, Villaggio Mall The White Company, LandmarkMall Zara Home, Villaggio Mall Muraikh

Art & Culture

Doha Players Katara, West Bay Mathaf: Arab Musrum of Modern Art, Al-Luqta Street Education City Museum of Islamic Art, Al Corniche street Souq QMA Gallery Cultural Village, West Bay VCUQ Gallery, Garafat Al Rayyan and Dukhan Highway Education City

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Hospitals ∕ Emergency Police & Fire Department Doha Clinic Hospital Hotline Al Ahli Hospital Doha Dental Hamad General Hospital Rumailah Hospital Pediatric Emergency Centre Qatar Foundation for Child & Protection Hotline

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Restaurant ChowkinghSalwa Road 4437 1212 h Al Saad St. 4431 4411 h Al Khor 4411 8816/ 4411 8817 (An Associate of Ahmed Hassan Bilal Group)


Sizzling Hot Pot 4411 5225 Ground Floor Entrance 7 Holiday Villa Hotel, Doha (An Associate of Ahmed Hassan Bilal Group)


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ABODE - February 2013  

Your Life • Your Style • Your Home

ABODE - February 2013  

Your Life • Your Style • Your Home