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On the Cover: Model: Jackie Stalley Photography: Jorell Legaspi Make Up & Hairstyle: Carla Tabet and Nelia Dela Cruz, Salam Studios and Stores Clothing and Accessories: Salam Studios and Stores, The Gate-West Bay Location: Rizon Jet Hanger Feature Coordinator: Deliah Furcoi Support: Jessie Palanca, Jenny Daclan-Ruiz, Nitya Shukla & Charles Aube

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Summer Scents

Catwalk Get The Look It's Ramadan Time Jet Set Go Travelling Tips The Art of Packing For Her & For Him Chic Outlets Update Your Look: The Pencil Skirt Makeover: Mission Not Impossible! Game On Shielding Beauty

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ENTERTAINMENT &LIFESTYLE 82 It's Ramadan Time 83 The Spirit of Ramadan 84 Ramadan Table Setting 85 Easy To Prepare Recipes 86 Celebrating Ramadan With Friends

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Forever Summer Get The Look: Magic Makeover Get The Look: Blissful Comfort Get The Look: Cheery Kids’ Room Dream Destination: Harrod’s New Toy Kingdom

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Partners In Growth A World of Hospitality Stocks & Shoes Opening New Doors Christina’s Ring of Pearls Bollywood & Fashion: Salman Khan Women in Leadership Doha 360

87 A Time For prayer 88 Gift Ideas 94 Super Summer Salads 96 Meet Parsley 98 Organic Foods 102 The Bikini Challenge! 104 Hard Rock Abs 106 Cooking At Home 108 Travel plans? What To Do With Your Pet

112 Tips To Cruising with Kids 114 ABODE Travel: Sofia, Bulgaria 116 Around Sicily 118 Destination Orlando 122 Amazing Dubai 128 Glamour Loaded 5


EDITOR’S

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IN THIS ISSUE... Dear Readers, Welcome to our annual double issue for July and August. This double issue will focus on the Holy Month of Ramadan, its meaning and observance in Qatar, vacation possibilities and style ideas to keep you looking smart and fresh. Keeping that in mind, we decided to inspire you with Ramadan looks that will ensure you dress stylishly and appropriately during this time. If you are planning your vacation, we have the latest jet setting looks and fashion trends to get you on your way. In our Lifestyle section, we bring you a selection of activities to do with your family and we have included smart and easy salad and Iftar recipes to make at home.

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Our interior designer correspondent, Suzy Q, showcases her home to bring you her favorite decorating ideas so that you can learn how to transform your home into a personal haven that you can relax in. Additionally, the Home Centre’s decorating team transform the lives of three families by helping them solve their decorating dilemmas in anticipation on the upcoming holidays. Plus, guest writer Timothy Corrigan’s feature Forever Summer discusses stylish outdoor living spaces, which have come a long way from the standard aluminum lawn furniture popular in the 1970s. This month, we had the privilege and pleasure of speaking to the Turkish Ambassador to Qatar, His Excellency, H. Emre Yunt, and invite him to share his perspective on the growing relations between Turkey and Qatar. Another interesting socialite is Christina Zini. Mrs. Zini, the former leader of the Qatar Professional Women’s Network speaks to us about the importance of empowering professional women in Qatar and her impending departure from the network she formed two years ago. Mr. Marie Vasseur, General Manager, Grand Heritage Hotel shares his take on the hospitality industry in Qatar and how he is building his brand.

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To ensure you have the best ideas and family destination vacations, we offer you a variety of places to choose from in Europe, the USA and a cruise on the high seas; places like Sicily (Italy), Sofia(Bulgaria), Orlando (Florida) and our neighbor Dubai. Each feature comes with handy travel tips and will undoubtedly inspire you too to plan summer’s big adventure. We hope you enjoy our issue as we hope to inspire you to live well, travel and experience life. Ramadan Kareem

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For The Romantic Woman - Petales

a deliciously fresh and feminine scent. This unique formula of gardenia, balsam, Jasmin, tuberose, cedar,ambergris and last but not least sandalwood is the perfect fragrance for a warm summer evening. Team with these dreamy crochet shoe boots, simply divine! Retails for QR 650/75ml

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For The Confident Woman - Frangipane

This uniquely sweet and full bodied scent was inspired by the gardens of a 12th century palace. This eye-catching rubber clutch has written your name all over it! Retails for QR 650/75ml

For The Independent Woman- Vetyver

Is best suited for a woman with an active lifestyle thanks to its fresh and clean scents with citron, pepper, nutmeg, bergamot, vetiver, musk and sandalwood. A stylish and bright shoulder bag is a must to keep all your everyday essentials close to hand. Retails for QR 650/75ml Ralph Lauren Purse

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Ramadan It's Keep it simple and cool: the latest “maxi” shapes, peg trousers, tunic dresses and airy shirts will keep you covered and fresh at the same time. Job done!

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The Maxi Dress Gold Cuff - Freedom Topshop www.topshop.com {57 QR}

Cardigan Roksanda Debenhams www.debenhams.com {314 QR}

Floppy Hat Next www.next.co.uk {91 QR}

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Neutral Maxi Dress Awear www.awear.com {314 QR}

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Embellished Pouch Topshop www.topshop.com {57 QR}

Jewelled Sandals Steve Madden www.stevemadden.com {565 QR}

T his doesn't mean you have to compromise on style and we show you how!


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T IP: A linen white shirt is a life saver: It works with everything and never lets you down!

Printed scarf American Vintage www.am-vintage.com {300 QR}

White shirt H&M www.hm.com {161 QR}

The Trousers Shirt Combo

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Ring - Freedom Topshop www.topshop.com {143 QR}

Orange Trousers H&M www.hm.com {184 QR}

Pink Heels Miss Selfridge www.missselfridge.com {370 QR} Clutch Bag Accessorize www.accessorize.com {101 QR}

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Statement Necklace - Freedom Topshop www.topshop.com {171 QR}

The Maxi Skirt

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Orange T-shirt American Vintage www.am-vintage.com {314 QR}

Linen Biker Jacket Dorothy Perkins www.dorothyperkins.com {217 QR}

Jewelled Clutch Bag Asos www.asos.com {117 QR}

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Green Maxi Skirt New Look www.newlook.com {85 QR}

T IP: Dress your maxi skirt up or down with heels or flats depending on the occasion


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Lime Tunic Dress H&M www.hm.com {171 QR}

Neutral Blazer Dorothy Perkins www.dorothyperkins.com {314 QR}

Ring - Freedom Topshop www.topshop.com {48 QR}

By Malene Birger

T IP: Tunic dresses will look good over trousers or leggings. Great for extra lower back coverage !

get the look

The Tunic Dress White Trousers H&M www.hm.com {285 QR}

Clutch Bag M&S www.marksandspencer.com {143 QR} Wedges Miss Selfridge www.missselfridge.com {331 QR}

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Dress: Versus by Versace | Price: QR 2,495 Bag:Versus by Versace | Price: QR 2,350 Shoes: Versus by Versace | Price: QR 1,350

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JET SET GO! Models: Jackie Stalley and Greg Smith Photography: Jorell Legaspi Make Up & Hairstyle: Carla Tabet and Nelia Dela Cruz, Salam Studios and Stores Clothing and Accessories: Salam Studios and Stores, West bay Location: Rizon Jet Hanger Feature Coordinator: Deliah Furcoi Support: Jessie Palanca, Jenny Daclan-Ruiz, Nitya Shukla & Charles Aube

Travel-chic attire is all you need this summer. We show you how to travel in style around the globe: from Dubai to Seychelles, look and feel the part‌ 19


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Dress: Versus by Versace | Price: QR 3,095 Bag: La Martina | Price: QR 1,995

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Jumper: Paul Smith Jeans | Price: QR 550 Pants: Paul Smith Jeans | Price: QR 850 Shoes: La Martina | Price: QR 1,750 Watch: Paul Smith | Price: QR 1,725 Bag: Louis Vuitton

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editorial Greg: Polo: La Martina | Price: QR 1,150 Watch: Paul Smith | Price: QR 1,725 Jackie:

Dress: Versus by Versace | Price: QR 3,095

Comfort while travelling is key, so opt for a classic but relaxed look. Let your accessories take centre stage: invest in a designer holdall, an oversized watch and gorgeous sunglasses.

The Bombardier Challenger 605 This outstanding aircraft boasts an impressive intercontinental flying range, allowing you to be transported swiftly to many destinations across the globe. The challenger combines the widest and quietest cabins in the industry with the capacity for nine passengers to travel in comfort and style. With the very best fleet of aircraft and the most experienced staff in private aviation, Rizon Jet elevates flying to a fine art. For information: 974-4499-1862 or sales@rizonjet.com.

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TRAVELLING TIPS! Arrive in Style

Let’s face it, traveling can be stressful but looking good should still be a priority. Achieve chic jet setter style easily by following few easy steps: BY Allan Lloyd C. Martinez and francesca Moser

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Coping with Jet Lag:

Useful tips and tricks Daytime fatigue, difficulty concentrating and functioning, disturbed sleep, lightheadedness, irritability, and even stomach problems are all symptoms of jet lag. This is our body's way of telling us that our normal sleeping pattern was altered. It can occur when we travel quickly across two or more time zone. The more time zones we cross, the more likely we are to be sleepy and sluggish. Jet lag is a temporary sleeping disorder. It happens because the fast travel throws off our circadian rhythm which is the biological clock that helps control our wake and sleep pattern. Factors such as light exposure, meal times, and activities of daily living influence the biological symptoms of jet lag. What your body needs is to get on the rhythm of the new time zone Tips that will help you: 1. Simulate activities such as eating and sleeping for the time zone where you are going. Example, if you are going east, start sleeping earlier than usual and adjust by half-hour earlier each night for 3-5 nights before you leave. If you are going west, do the opposite. Try to move your meals closer to the time you will be having them at your destination.

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2. Refrain from drinking diuretics such as caffeinated and alcoholic beverages days before your flight, during your flight, and two days after your flight. These beverages cause dehydration, and disrupt your sleeping pattern.

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3. Drink plenty of water especially during the flight.

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4. Exercise, eat right, and get a lot of rest at least 1-2 days before you travel. If you are in good physical condition, your body can adapt quickly in the new time zone.

eep it 5. Hair do -K Simple a simple Pulling hair into on is an and chic chign ok tidy after easy way to lo a long flight.

4. Obscure Tired Eyes with Sunglasses Throw on a pair of oversized sunglasses. They instantly add a touch of glamour and hide tired eyes too.

5. Move periodically during the flight even in a small way. If you happen to have the space when you go to the toilet.

What to do before landing Ear aches happen when the pressure changes quickly in the cabin upon ascending and more especially during descending or landing. We can alleviate this by swallowing, chewing gum, sucking a candy and yawning. Allan Lloyd Martinez, R.N. Personal Trainer at Diplomatic Club Telephone Number: 44847444 Email: info@dclub.com.qa

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These amazing shopping villages are all within easy reach of some of Europe’s and China’s favourite gateway cities – London, Dublin, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Milan, Bologna, Brussels, Antwerp, Cologne, Frankfurt, Munich and, in 2013, Shanghai. Chic Outlet Villages have become synonymous with high fashion, superior service, hospitality, a calendar of celebrated events, and exceptional value for money. Additionally, because they are located in regions renown for cultural and historic value. They have become international tourist destinations in their own right.

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Las Rozas Village is located only slightly more than half an hour from

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Bicester Village Oxfordshire, England

Located in the heart of Oxfordshire, just 60 minutes from both London and Birmingham the Village is easily accessible by car and train. Address: Bicester Village Visitor Centre 50 Pingle Drive » Bicester » Oxfordshire » OX26 6WD » Phone: +44 (0) 1869 366 266 Hours of Operation Monday - Friday: 10am - 9pm Saturday: 9am - 9pm Sunday: 10am - 7pm

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Kildare Village Kildare, Ireland

The Kildare Village is located at exit 13 off the M7 highway, less than an hour's drive from Dublin Airport. Address: Nurney Road » Kildare town, County Kildare » Ireland » Phone: +353 45 520501 Hours of Operation Monday to Wednesday 10.00 - 19.00 Thursday - Friday 10.00 - 20.00 Saturday - Sunday 10.00 - 19.00

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La Vallée Village Paris, France

Just 35 minutes from Paris and five minutes from Disney® parks, La Vallée Village is easy to find by car, train, plane or shuttle. Address: 3 Cours de la Garonne » 77700 Serris France » Phone: +33 (0)1 60 42 35 01 Hours of Operation: June - July - August From Monday to Sunday: 10am - 8pm

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La Roca Village Barcelona, Spain

La Roca Village is located only slightly more than half an hour from Barcelona and is very close to Girona and the Costa Brava. Address: La Roca Village » 08430 Santa Agnès de Malanyanes » (La Roca del Vallès) Barcelona, Spain » Phone: +34 93 842 39 39 Hours of Operation: Open from Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 10pm.

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Fidenza Village

Parma, Italy

Situated midway between Milan and Bologna, the village is just off the A1 motorway. Address: Exit at Fidenza/Salsomaggiore, pass the tollbooth and the Village is only 100 metres to your left. » Via San Michele Campagna » Località Chiusa Ferranda » 43036 Fidenza (Parma) » Italy » Phone: + 39 0524 33 551 Hours of Operation: From Monday To Sunday: 10.00 – 20.00 Every Thursday From 21 June To 30 August: 10.00 - 23.00

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Maasmechelen Village Massmechelen, Belguim

Less than an hour's drive away Brussels, Antwerp, Düsseldorf, Cologne and Maastricht.Address: Maasmechelen Village » Zetellaan 100 » 3630 Maasmechelen » Belgium » Phone: Belgium: 0800 40236 - Netherlands: 0800 0204651 Germany: 0800 1011771 Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 10 am - 6 pm Saturday and Sunday: 10 am - 7 pm

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Wertheim Village Outlet Wertheim, Germany

Wertheim Village is situated directly near the motorway A3 and only 50 minutes away from Frankfurt and Nuremberg. Address: Almosenberg » 97877 Wertheim, Germany » Phone: +49(0)9342-91 99 100 Hours of Operation: From 1pm - 6pm 07 October 2012 04 November 2012 Late Night Shopping From 10am - 10pm 15 August 2012 02 November 2012

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Ingolstadt Village Ingolstadt, Germany

Ingolstadt Village is ideally located just off the A9 motorway in Germany. Address: Otto-Hahn-Str. » I 85055 Ingolstadt, Germany » Tel. +49 (0)841-88 63 100 Hours of Operation: Monday - Saturday 10am - 8pm Sunday & Public Holidays closed•

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Clutch bag Asos www.asos.com {QR 142}

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Impossible! Easy make-up tricks to look your best this summer By Marck Angeles, Salam Studios & Stores Make Up Artist: Carla Tabet Hairstylist: Nelia Dela Cruz Feature coordinator marlynne dela-pena photography jessie palanca

This season spells fun in the sun—be it a trip to the ice cream shop with friends, to beach days with the family, backyard grill parties , which means major make up dilemma to suit the occasion. Make way first for the most basic rule of thumb when it comes to summer cosmetics and make up: ‘when the sun burns bright, keep your make up light!’ To demonstrate this simple rule ABODE enlisted two unsuspecting ‘models to be’ who visited Salam Studios & Stores and returned with a new look for the summer.

A Five Minute Make-Up in a Rush!

Paola, 38 Graphic Designer “I have NO time (or patience) to put on make-up!”

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For on-the-go moms, whether you’re going for work or other fun-filled activities with family and friends, try these easy steps for a quick makeover in just few minutes. 1. Smooth on a primer. A primer is designed for smoothing fine lines and prepares the canvas of the face for cosmetics. This product is incredibly light, helps to hold make up in place and provides a smooth base. Apply primer after you moisturize.

2. Go sheer.

Just as you switch to breezy skirts and tank tops, swap foundation for a tinted moisturizer. This sheer formula evens out your skin without leaving you looking cakey or dolled up excessively or worse plastic!

3. Try standout shades.

Summer is the perfect time to get a modern and easy summer look with a vibrant color. Lively colors brighten the face and bring a youthful glow to your skin. Consider the season’s beautiful aquamarine and green shadows for your eyes (these shades look good on everyone as well). If you tend to stick with neutrals, highlight just one area of your face. A punchy blush on the apples of the cheeks is a good place to start.

4. Keep lips moist and fresh. With Mr. Sun high and everywhere hot and dry, say buh-bye to matte formulas and opt for a swipe and go choice. Tinted lip balm gives your lips whisper-light color while also moisturizing and protecting.

5. Prevent raccoon eyes. Today’s waterproof mascara has staying power, as their formulas are much better. But you can harm your lashes trying to remove it. To get just its benefit, apply a coat of your favourite mascara then use a waterproof variety for a second coat.

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Five Easy Steps to Light & Bright Make-Up

“I love make-up but I can’t stop adding more and more layers of colour to my eyes. Help, I’m addicted!”

This is a big No-No for every self confessed fashionista. Our make-up guru showed her How easy it is to tame the make up beast. (Summer make up should be lighter than winter!)

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"I love the way she mixed the bronzer with the foundation, it leaves my skin looking flawless & fresh." Jenny 1. Concealer.

A must-have for every woman, an undercover for your skin. Apply concealer to hide skin flaws like under-eyes dark circles, redness and blemishes all over face. Find the perfect shade and blend it well during application – nobody can tell it’s even there.

2. Bronzer.

Get that sun-kissed look with a touch of the bronzer. Besides adding an eyecatching color to your face it also infuses a “wow” with a healthy, radiant look.

3. Highlighter.

Lifting the brows, slimming the nose or sculpting the cheeks,a highlighter does wonders to perfecting your look with added glow that emphasizes the contours of your face.

4. Eye shadow and mascara.

Let your eyes come alive and speak! With the right eye shadow complimenting your wardrobe, you can never go wrong with the air of luminosity that will even brighten up your look. Complete the do with a dash of mascara.

5. Lipstick and lip liner. Use a creamy lipstick that glides and fills up the lines of the lips for an all-natural look. Let your beauty shine with the right color and finish that will define your look for the season.

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Silky trousers H&M www.hm.com {QR 230}

Words and styling Francesca Moser

The Olympics are finally here and even the fashion world is celebrating its passion for sports and athletic silhouettes: bomber jackets, silky track pants and high tops are back into the spotlight. Sometimes techy, always functional and unquestionably chic, it works 24/7 Saturday to Friday.

Parka Mint Velvet www.mintvelvet.com {QR 850}

Shorts Hobbs Unlimited www.hobbs.co.uk {QR 630}

Sports watch Nixon www.net-a-porter.com {QR 400} Marc Jacobs SS12

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Embrace this massive trend by investing in one or two Designer pieces!

1. Tennis racket www.chanel.com {price on request} 3. Shopper bag Alexander Wang www.net-a-porter.com {QR 2,770} 4. Headphones www.molami.com {QR1,380} 5. Studded hi-tops www.giuseppe Zanotti.com {QR 2,161}

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nurture your skin. To mark the occasion Nuxe has launched the Huile Prodigieuse in a new limited-edition packaging featuring the logo and brand nestled in a heart to celebrate 20 years of love. And since the summer is already here, it’s time you re-discovered just what made the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse such a legendary product to begin with. The Huile Prodigieuse has had a secret success story. Even before it was officially launched, the Huile was already garnering a fan base via word of mouth. Reminiscing about this, Aliza Jabès, founder of Nuxe said “In 1991 when Huile Prodigieuse was first launched, it was already a cult product. No one had ever heard of dry oil and didn’t even understand how effective it can be.” She further added that the phenomenal growth in the product sales

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Clinique Superdefense SPF 20 The eye area is the most vulnerable to aging and the most sensitive to sun protection. Superdefense SPF 20 Age Defense Eye Cream features Titanium Dioxide, a super-gentle physical sunscreen that helps provide protection from both UVA and UVB rays. This silky, soft cream absorbs quickly and easily into skin and has a sheer, luminous tint that instantly brightens eyes.

MAC Hey Sailor! Suntints SPF 20 Your lips can burn too! Keep it fun and playful with M.A.C’s new limited edition, HEY, SAILOR! SUNTINTS SPF 20, LIQUID LIP BALM. Available in: SEA MIST- a peachy nude with multidimensional pearl. AU ROSÉ - a poppy coraly pink with gold pearl.ABALONE - see through hot pink with no pearl.

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This Super City Block Oil Free Daily Face Protector SPF 25 is created for the woman that wants: • Daily sun protection • A light finish • Primer benefits “Protects the appearance of the skin from the drying effect of the sun and external aggressors”. {QR 120}

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CLINIQUE Long-Lasting Glosswear Keep your pucker kissable with Clinique’s new wide range of colours. With an SPF of 15, this long-lasting glosswear will stay gorgeous while you take a dip to cool off!

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MAC, Hey Sailor! Maintain that polished glow with M.A.C’s new limited edition, HEY, SAILOR! To the beach body oil. Its fusion of three botanical oils helps soften, smooth and moisturize the skin. Leaving your body with a shimmering sheer sheen.

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YSL Forever Youth Liberator {480 QR} "The word ‘Refreshed’ encapsulates what I feel about the product. I have ‘felt’ my skin and complexion gaining a satiny smooth texture and go softer. I have applied this amazing concoction while rushing to the office. In the market of anti ageing products, its safe to say the Youth Liberator is a game changer. With such a rockstar product I wonder why YSL would even feel the need to advertise much, this product would go viral via just word of mouth." Nitya, Beauty Critic

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At Home with Suzy Q By Suzy Q

Think glamorous when designing your home this season. By mixing in key essentials like fur throws, luxurious fabrics, and fantastic art, you can create a combination of modern and old world extravagance, right at home. Here are my favorite and coziest rooms in my home!

As a frequent traveler, this cozy room was designed to be nonpermanent and easy to move around. With a day bed that’s practical and super functional, making a multi-purpose room was a breeze. The day bed doubles as a couch during the day, and my grandfather’s antique piano bench doubles as a mini coffee table. Everyone needs a design mentor, and Tony Duquette is the perfect decorating guru. As a famous American design legend, I draw inspiration from his priceless works of art seen mostly in theatre and film.

SUzY Q – Canadian Interior Design Writer at www.betterdecoratingbible.com

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Surround your home with things that have meaning and make you feel good. It could be passed down treasures, or luxurious fabrics like the ones I used that make you feel cozy, and wonderful.

As a lover of uniqueness, and individuality, monograms and personally embellished décor is a must. This antique director’s chair was reupholstered in a snake skin fabric, and custom designed to have my name on the back. A gold chair rail was installed throughout the room adding French regency style flair, while a blue ceiling complements the gold molding and cream colored walls.

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» The secret to a glamorous space? It’s all in the accessories! These handcrafted decorative cushions are from Suzy’s own limited edition collection from Better Decorating Boutique. Gold tassels, metallic details, and jewel encrusted embellishments are what transform spaces from lackluster to stunning. Throw them on your bed or sofa for an instant pick me up!

Every space needs an expensive investment that makes it pop! This sumptuous fur throw makes all the difference!

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DO IT YOURSELF! » A Greek key makes a hot trend this season so why not do an easy DIY that’s budget friendly, and elegant? To get the look at home, get your Greek keys cut to your desired size with all edges at 40 degree angles. Spray paint all your pieces a metallic gold and use a good wood glue to secure them in place on your dresser. Voila!

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FOREVER SUMMER by Timothy Corrigan Photographed by Lee Manning

International design icon Timothy Corrigan shares tips on stylish outdoor living spaces, which have come a long way from the standard aluminum lawn furniture popular in the 1970s. Now people are creating outdoor spaces that rival indoor living rooms and kitchens! Here are some tips to creating comfortably elegant outdoor living spaces that will provide years of enjoyment and recreation for your family.

Wicker, Wrought or Wood? There are many types of outdoor furniture available in a variety of materials. Each has its own benefits and drawbacks, so you’ll have to consider what will best meet your needs. Because of the limited rainfall in Qatar, wicker, wrought iron/aluminum and wood are all viable options. Whatever you choose, the key is to add “indoor” elements such as weatherproof outdoor rugs, lamps, pillows and accessories to create real “living” spaces, not just a place to sit when you are outside.

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Creature Comforts: One of my favourite ways to ensure ultimate comfort outdoors is to slipcover upholstered chairs with outdoor fabric. The chairs are designed with outdoor materials such as teakwood and waterproof fillers. They are unexpected and exceptionally comfortable. To further enhance the feeling of an outdoor living room, we often use drapes, made with outdoor fabric, to soften the space, add colour, and offer protection from the elements. Because the strong sun and high temperatures in Qatar can be a real issue, make sure to use colour-fast outdoor fabrics. Lighter colours tend to be cooler and its best to stay away from fabrics that have too much texture because of Qatar’s occasional sand-storms.

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Raise the Roof: Another thing to consider is whether your outdoor living area will be covered or not. Some people choose to enclose their outdoor area, while others have only solid roofs or open pergola type coverings. Here we planted climbing vines, which will eventually create a lacy “roof” on this pergola. Hanging a crystal chandelier adds a touch of elegance and surprise to any outdoor living area. All you need to do is use low-voltage light bulbs in any outdoor fixture.

Fountain of Youth:

Studies have shown that a water fountain’s benefits may extend beyond the purely aesthetic. Running water minimizes air pollution, and increases serotonin levels, which can relive stress and increase one’s sense of well-being. The sound of running water creates a calming effect to any outdoor environment. If you are unable to build one into your existing space, consider purchasing a small fountain that can simply be plugged into an electrical outlet. Encourage guests to toss in a coin and make a wish!

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Wish Upon a Star: If you plan to use your outdoor living area at night, you will need to consider outdoor lighting. Candles lend a romantic mood to any setting, but it’s best to play it safe by placing them in hurricane  lamps to avoid flames being blow out by the wind. Battery-operated flameless candles are another great option. I love these classic wrought iron & glass lanterns that mimic the stars in the sky.

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Outdoor kitchens are on fire in terms of popularity. Equipped with grills, cooktops, refrigerators and even dishwashers, they make outdoor entertaining a breeze. Gaining in popularity are wood-burning ovens that produce perfect pizzas and more. With some planning, an outdoor kitchen can be designed to coordinate with your existing home’s exterior and enhance your backyard and landscaping.

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Resin d’être: Resin furniture is low maintenance and extremely durable under the hot summer sun, and is available in many stylish options and colors. Adorned with colourful cushions with contrasting piping, or a great print, it’s a great way to add pizazz to your outdoor space.

Quiet Reflection: Don’t underestimate the importance of creating a focal point in your yard. Here a stone bench provides a place to reflect on the lovely garden, decorative mirror backed trellis and marble bust. Adding any one of these elements transforms your garden into a magical space. •

You can reach TIMOTHY CORRIGAN, INC. www.timothy-corrigan.com USA Office: 1.323.525.1802 info@Timothy-Corrigan.com Paris Office: 33. 01. 45. 26. 04. 52 amaury@timothy-corrigan.com


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The Colley two-seater couch was used as a statement piece in the living area along with Prowood coffee and end tables, a Zante TV unit, Alton buffet counter and Cosma 1+6 Dining Set. Over-sized floor cushions with Revive covers, Kellsey throw, a neutral Sapphire shaggy rug, an 84 in mangrove-style artificial potted plant, Mocha vase with artificial flowers, Juncy table lamp, Hammered photo frames, Laura framed mirror and assorted framed artwork added to the atmospheric look and feel.

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IDEA Add extra seating with a pair of large throw cushions

Magic Makeover Three families bring their design dilemmas to the decorating stylists of the Home Center who specialize in helping people solve their home decor projects by finding creative solutions that work for everyone.

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Mirrors... If you have a small living space, mirrors can be a great tool for making it seem bigger.

IDEA Throw pillows add interest to the new sofa.

IDEA A new sofa gives the room new personality and a more modern twist.

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Chitra Chaturvedi from Doha, Qatar

Chitra’s living-and-dining room received a chic makeover, inspired by her preferred theme - nature. “Our living-and-dining room is where we spend the most time together as a family. I love how Home Centre revived the heart of my home and reached out to us to make my family life even more beautiful,� shared Chitra while talking about her new room.

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Blissful comfort Your bedroom should be more than just the place where you sleep, it should be your personal retreat, a place for you to hang out, relax and listen to music or unwind by reading a good book.

The Makeover Plan Home Centre helped transform the space into a haven of blissful comfort with pastel walls. The room features the luxurious 4-poster Mansion bed dressed with Reign sheer drapes, the Bailey Biab comforter set and assorted pillows, cushions and bolsters; matching Mansion nightstands, Victorian plaques as wall embellishments; Pierre glass bottom table lamps; an Ebony rug, Ciar beige chair; a dark walnut-coloured shoe cabinet dressed with a Saddle vase, Amaryllis artificial flowers and assorted Jardin candle jars.

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Hang a tie back on the bed post to add an element of the far East and compliment the wall decor.

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Add a few modular pieces of furniture to give the room a more modern feeling

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Farah Zaidi

from Doha, Qatar Dentist Farah Zaidi’s room is her haven – a place where she comes to relax after a hard day’s work. Her dream for her private space was a “special treat that provides her so much comfort.” Home Centre stylists used on-trend colour combinations of creams, beiges and blues against dark wood furniture that give the room the touch of tranquillity.

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Cheery Kids’ Room It's important to make your children feel that they have a special place when they come back home from school. The solution is simple and creative. You can use paint schemes that match the bedding, add stickers to the walls for whimsey and have extra storage places for all their toys.

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Matching curtains finish the look. make sure you add curtains that can easily be washed to keep dust out of the room.

Matching Bedding

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Omar Zareed from Doha, Qatar

Omar Zareed is a thoughtful father who wanted to provide his young son and daughter with a colourful room to play, study and space to sleep. Home Centre’s stylists had the challenge of putting together a makeover in their small room which was cheerful yet safe and had sufficient storage. Meeting the young occupants of this room provided all the inspiration one could ask for!

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The sheets make the room. Find a theme the kids love and follow the color scheme all over the room.


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Add impact with an accent Its a great idea to add these fun wall decals so the room looks like it was custom painted. They are safe, non-toxic and easily removed.

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A mosquito net adds impact to the bed and makes the child feel special.

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IDEA Its a good idea to ensure your kids have a place to do homework and study in their room.

The Makeover Plan

The cosy Sergio bunk bed with ample storage facilities, pull-out study desk and safety rails were the perfect space solution for the family’s practical needs. The matching 3-door Sergio wardrobe was included for added storage. The room got a vibrant uplift with a tangerine coating of paint and bright wall stickers, painted bamboo toy chests, assorted cushions and the Gadget Monster duvet set and curtains from Home Centre Kids Collection, Alphabet floor mat, Cyan striped rug, Circus bed canopy for the little lady, a multi-colored write-board, washable colouring books and Shenga table lamps in red and cream.

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Harrods Presents

The New Toy Kingdom Experience An enchanted forest, an intergalactic science lab, a curious sweet emporium and a toy ‘grand canyon’ are all waiting to be explored this summer at Harrods’ new Toy Kingdom 4D experience – which will open its doors in July 2012. London’s latest destination

for children’s toys and books, the 26,000-squarefoot department features a spectacular collection of summer must-haves and product exclusives, and takes shoppers on an extraordinary adventure through six individual multi-sensory worlds, including:

candy und of circus acts and The Big Top: A fairgro stage a on g min for per rs and juggle ses, floss, with magicians hou lls do dress costumes, surrounded by fancy t toys sof and ses hor g kin roc

(Below) Wonderland: A colourful ‘grand canyon’ of Harrods’ most exclusive and jaw-dropping toys – presided over by a giant dragon – is filled with Hornby train sets, remote-controlled helicopters and Scalextric

(Below) The Odyssey: A gigantic space rocket crashes through the floor and a huge sun bursts through the wall in front of an Area 51-inspired space and gadget zone, complete with alien space pods and limited-edition pieces

The Reading Room: Choose from favourite children’s stories at the rotunda of books, climb into one of the special cubby holes to hear famous voices reciting extracts, have fun with electronic gaming pods or explore the world of Harry Potter

The Enchanted Forest: Fairies whisper from tree trunks while climbing up into the forest canopy, while wigwams on the forest floor house the latest collections from Sylvanian Families and Flitter Fairies, alongside arts and crafts

» For more information visit www.harrods.com

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Partners In Growth by Nitya Shukla Photography Jessie Palanca

This month ABODE interviewed the Turkish Ambassador to Qatar, Mr H. Emre Yunt and invited him to share his perspective on the growing relations between Turkey and Qatar.

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aving been here for the last 2.5 years, Mr Yunt’s perspective on Qatar is that of a seasoned diplomat who believes that the close relationship both countries share has been a mutually beneficial one. Qatar also holds a special

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place in his heart as this is his first posting as an ambassador after a long career in diplomacy which has taken him to countries like United States of America, Tehran (Iran), Ankara, Beijing (China) in a variety of important roles. And while it is said that the presence of Turkish citizens is

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limited in Qatar, he has been undertaking important initiatives to promote awareness and knowledge exchange which includes the construction of the first Turkish school in Doha, a move that will undoubtedly encourage more Turks to live and work here. His ambition to promote awareness and contribute to Qatar’s progress spans multiple fields and in a candid chat, he reveals his passion as a diplomat and why Qatar is the ‘rising star of the GCC.’ ABODE: What makes Qatar special for Turkey? EY: Qatar is special as it is my first deputing as an ambassador. Secondly Qatar is an important country not just to Turkey but for everybody. Qatar is the rising star of the region and has a very good economic potential and is definitely a power (to reckon with) in the region. It’s a business hub with business communities who are working on infrastructural projects even as Doha prepares for the World Cup 2022. A lot of Turkish companies are active here, they have already undertaken a lot of projects successfully. These include companies which are working on Salwa road and the new Doha International Airport main terminal among other and they are now looking for more projects. ABODE: Both countries enjoy a close friendship, what has been the catalyst of this? EY: Turkey and Qatar are very good friends and we talk and consult each other in many fields. Moreover our leaders are very good friends, our President and Prime Minister are good friends with His Highness the Emir of Qatar and His Excellency the Prime Minister. Also, our Foreign Minister enjoys a good friendship with Qatari counterpart. In this way, both sides are talking about a lot of issues and subjects including the Arab Spring, Libya and Syria where we have been cooperating. We are improving our relations in every field, not just business and political but also cultural and we are hoping to enlarge the scope of our relationship and include more areas like education,

tourism and trade. ABODE: Can you enumerate these cultural projects? EY: We’ve brought a string of singers, performers, fashion shows from Turkey in the recent years in several places. Recently, there was a successful concert by Turkish string quartet in Katara. We brought important artifacts from Istanbul and other Turkish museums for the Gifts of Sultan exhibition and last year there was an Orientalists Exhibition. In 2010 Turkey was the guest of honor at the International Book Fair of Doha amongst others.

is the rising star “ofQatar the region and has a very good economic potential, definitely a power in the region. Mr H. Emre Yunt

ABODE: What are some of the most important projects that you have been involved in? EY: We have three major projects; firstly we are about to complete the (construction) of the new compound of the Turkish Embassy in Doha and expect to move to the new premises by November. Secondly, our biggest project is the Turkish community school, we have the land (in West Bay), and are about to sign on the project with the government of Qatar. This will be the first school project that will be built as a school building. Lastly we are trying to open a year round exhibition of Turkish products in order to increase our trade volume. We are also negotiating with Qatar on oil and gas purchases. We have six or seven companies who are qualified to build the metro rail project for the 2022 FIFA. We are waiting for the tenders to happen. ABODE: What draws the two countries together?

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EY: Turkey and Qatar have a history that goes back and we are Muslims so we understand each other. We don't speak the same language but we understand each other due to common culture. Turkey has a very good image here in Qatar and in the Arab world. So Turkish citizens feel at home in Qatar, they are treated very well and they are happy to come to Qatar and work here. The Qatari citizens are like friends and so as an ambassador I feel comfortable here, work wise and personally. Qatar is a small, peaceful and comfortable country with a high standard of living. When you want to go to any country to work, these are always the considerations you look for. ABODE: We hear your wife is equally involved as you when it comes to working within the community and outside. EY: My wife is very active with the Turkish Women’s Association here, they have more than 100 members and they are participating in all kinds of charity and cultural activities promoting Turkey and organizing bazaars. Also, she is active in all over she has a lot of friends with expats from all walks of life and she actively promotes our country. ABODE: What keeps you going? EY: My citizens here and I am attaching great importance to the consular work that I have. Since I arrived here in Qatar I have worked hard to make life easier for my citizens. I think I have achieved quite a lot and have been able to improve the consular services like for example we’ve made the application requirements easier and simpler. ABODE: What do you like to do in your spare time? I like to read books but mostly history, politics and non-fiction. I try to go to the gym when I can and of course if there is a good movie I like to watch them and soccer games. I like sitcoms the Turkish dramas are very popular here but I like comedies which are harder to translate. I like jazz music. •

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I love what I do ABODE: What is it about the hospitality industry that has captivated you all these years?

Pierre-Marie Vasseur

PMV: It is hard to explain in words. It’s the little things. I am a perfectionist so I always want to keep learning and improving. But truthfully, it’s all about the people around me. Teamwork is an important part of being in the hospitality industry; it’s never a solo effort. It’s a joy for me to wake up and come to work every day. Each day is different. I am also grateful to have had the support of my family. ABODE: How did you achieve your career goals? How would you advise our readers to achieve their goals?

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PMV: Over time, I have learnt to adapt myself to various situations in my career and now adhere to a straight-forward principle; popularly called the ‘SMART’ principle. Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-Bound. My professional conduct and work style adhere to this which has helped me remain successful in meeting my professional goals so far. This is my simple recipe for success. ABODE: In such a fast paced world in which we live, how do you keep connected to your clientele?

PMV: I like to be innovative in everything I do. To get ahead, you have to think outside the box. The market here in Qatar is a good example. There are certain subtle nuances of the Qatari market that are endemic to this culture. I invest a lot of By Laura Prior Photography Jessie Palanca time and care to study this uniqueness and come up with solutions related to ABODE interviews Pierre-Marie Vasseur, General Manager, Grand Heritage Hotel. my work that respect and complement the local culture. For example we are aving been around hotels ABODE: What were you like growing active through our social media platforms from the age of just five, and up? What did you want to be? such as facebook and twitter which having visited almost every local people are extremely engaged in. PMV: I was a travelling baby as my father continent on the globe since, was in the airline industry. I’m a French ABODE: You were destined to be in it’s fair to say Mr. Pierre-Marie Vasseur National but was born in Morocco. I have this industry it seems, how can young caught the hospitality bug young… and lived all over the world but never more people today embrace it and get ahead? bad! His journey has now brought him than three years in any one country. I here to Qatar as the General Manager of PMV: Always be passionate about what love animals so I remember wanting to the Grand Heritage Hotel. you do. Try a few internships to make sure be a vet when I was young but when that this is indeed the profession you want One year after the hotel’s opening ABODE we lived in the South Pacific, Tahiti (to to commit yourself to. It’s an incredibly joins this determined, positive GM to hear be specific), we used to go to the Sofitel exciting profession to be in and there are all about his love for what he does. Hotel every weekend. This was at the age opportunities galore for those who are truly of just 5. I loved the hotel environment committed to furthering their careers. • so much, I caught the bug right then.

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omen have gotten respect for doing well in budgeting and saving, but how about making money grow? With women living longer than men, taking time off to look after children, and rising costs, you may have been thinking “it’s time to step up!” So how would you like to know more about investing or trading stocks – by shopping for shoes! 1. We should know what we are after: “Oh I really need strappy sandals for a wedding”. Same as in investing, start by having an objective. Say you want to “consistently achieve 3% of capital per month (total of 36% per year!). If you don’t know what you want, where you want to go, you can’t get it right. 2. We buy what is a good fit: Usually, you wouldn’t buy a shoe of a smaller size. Like so in investing, if a trade does not feel right for you but you went ahead being influenced by someone else, this tends to be a loser. So invest only in what fits you, your time frame, invest only in the stock/ industry you know. Start with what you buy, or use. They already make money from you; so why not make money from them! 3. We buy a lot for all “Shoe Situations”: Formal shoes, running shoes, many styles of sandals, boots, according to color, material etc. You have to have a range of shoe options. Point is you have got to budget for all this kinds of “shoe situations” for your lifestyle. You shouldn’t spend too much on one shoe. So this important lesson in investing is that you have to keep how much you

risk at an amount that does not blow out your budget and be able to fund next opportunities. 4. We buy and wear shoes according to the conditions: In winter, we would usually wear closed shoes so we don’t get cold, in the summer, sandals are popular to keep cool. So in investing, you have to have an idea of what the market is doing. Are people optimistic and buying things in the hope of rising prices (bull Market), or are people scared and dumping their assets before the prices go down more (bear Market)? Or are people not sure where things are going and there is a tug of war between the people who are optimistic against those who are not (sideways market). You need to determine what is going on in the market before deciding on action or strategy, or choose not to trade when market is too choppy. 5. We buy it when we look and feel good: Easy when deciding for shoes but was a surprise for me it also applies to investing. No matter how much the investment looks positive from your analysis, but when you don’t feel good about that it won’t turn out right, worrying could make you cut short a profitable run, this is the worst you can do in investing! So before opening an investment, you need to feel good about it. If not, don’t buy it. I can probably go on, but the other important thing is, just like there will always be another shoe…. likewise in investing, there is always another opportunity. Be patient and you will find the right fit. •

Charmel Delos Santos

has been investing for over ten years and is the author of a new book on investing for women “High Heeled Traders”. You can get the free preview eBook “High Heeled Traders” at http://highheeledtraders. com/Trade profitably like only a woman can!

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Opening New Doors ABODE interviews Wissam Suleiman to find out his secret to balancing professional and personal life. by nitya shukla Photography Jessie Palanca

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is recent appointment as the General Manager of Kempinski Residences & Suites, Doha arrived simultaneously with his becoming a new dad to his less than a year old son. And so it was befitting that we ask Wissam Suleiman his secret to balancing his professional obligations and responsibilities towards his young family; his wife Suzanna and his son. Excerpts from the interview. ABODE: As a new GM, what will be your vision and focus? WS: I am excited to be in Doha for the first time in my career. I am proud to be the new General Manager of this property that has been successful since its opening. In fact, this is my vision and one of my key achievements to be accomplished; to remain the best residence in Doha and strengthen our position in the city. We are constantly reviewing our product and services through our quality assurance standards. My team and I are always in search of new innovative ways to enrich the experience and the benefits that our guests perceive daily in Kempinski, making them feel at home from the first moment they arrive. I am putting strong focus and efforts on building strong relationships with our guests, long-term residents and valued partners here in Doha. As I am a people oriented person, I also put absolute priority in developing the talents in my team, motivating them and making them comfortable and confident to shoot for the stars.

ABODE: Your perspective on the growth of the hospitality industry in Qatar? WS: I believe that due to the forthcoming World Cup 2022, Qatar will be set as a new luxury destination on the world

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map. Due to the vast development that is happening in the country, we are expecting tourism and the number of expatriates to increase till the end of the year and of course continue increasing in the coming years. With all this development, the competition is getting tighter and of course its up to us to keep up our great work and remain the best. ABODE: How has that translated to Kempinski’s performance in 2012? WS: As for us, we started 2012 with great success. Kempinski Residences & Suites, Doha benefited from the high occupancy levels in the city and by hosting numerous events such as the TEDxSummit Doha 2012. Even though our core target is to focus on long term residential leases, we are proud to witness our hotel business reaching the peak of the maximum occupancy due to the major events taking place throughout the year in Doha. We have reasons to expect to keep this growing trend in the second quarter of the year. ABODE: Now that you're a new dad, what are some of the things that have changed now in your schedule? WS: As I am sure you expect, my schedule is tight; being a General Manager is always busy and exciting of course. One thing that hasn’t changed is the newspapers reading in the morning, something essential for me in order to know what’s going on in Qatar, the Middle East and the world. Apart of my professional life, I always have time for my family. One fact helping is that we are living in Kempinski so it’s easy for me to pass by and say hi to my wife and play with my son. Since we are living here, we are taking advantage of the beautiful facilities. My wife enjoys going to PURE for her daily morning fitness and

then play with Victor in the Kempinski Kids Club. Victor seems to enjoy this place and I highly recommend it to other parents as a dad. Our weekends are usually relaxed, taking walks in shopping malls, watching movies or visiting Katara or the Museum of Islamic Arts. ABODE: How do you incorporate the demands of a young family with a job that almost doesn’t stop? WS: I am the happiest person on earth at the moment! I am really fortunate to have my beautiful family here in Doha. It is something that gives me passion and encourages me to start my days with energy. As I mentioned before I am lucky since my family lives in Kempinski and I get to spend fairly more time with them. From the first moment we arrived everybody took great care of my wife and my son making sure that they don’t miss anything. (And I don’t think that they do all this because I am the General Manager.) They do it for everybody and I am really pleased I have such a dedicated team. ABODE: Having started with humble beginnings in Amman and rising to the top, what has success taught you? WS: The secret of success is basically the passion for my job. My engagement with the brand, the enthusiasm and the devotion for what I’m doing gives me the everyday inspiration to lead my team and achieve together great results in delivering positive feelings to those who decide to move in, making them feel comfortable and at home. So far, I have always been creative and innovative and never rested with the success of the properties I was before. When you are reaching a goal, this means that you have to aim for the next higher one. Success taught me to never give up and believe in your dreams, always keeping your feet to the ground. •


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Christina’s Ring of Pearls By Nitya Shukla Photography Jessie Palanca

ABODE asks what made Christina Zini to create and lead the Qatar Professional Women’s Network two years ago and the importance of creating and mentoring women through a common platform to facilitate their career growth, even as she gets ready for a new chapter in her life.

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women’s leadership coach. It was only natural we ask her ‘why women?’ as our first question. Excerpts from the interview.

ABODE: What inspired you to work with women? CZ: It’s something that I felt for a long time and it has to do with the environment that I was raised in. My mother, a teacher raised us to be independent. She was active in many women’s groups, and took a special interest development of women. Growing up and seeing examples of how women are treated in all over the world, I knew how important it is for women to have equal rights, to be empowered, educated and that it is important invest in girl’s education as a key to their future and their economic success.

ABODE: What did you do about it? CZ: Over the years, I have volunteered for different women’s groups and different causes. In high school and university I was quite active in working with women with eating disorders and

body image issues. I volunteered in a shelter for women who were victims of domestic abuse. In my professional life I was heavily involved in the development and mentoring of women both as a consultant and professional development. I was involved in the gender diversity initiatives at IBM having played leadership roles both formally and informally. ABODE: Is that what lead you to establish the QPWN here? CZ: Well, all of this just added to my passion and so when I came to Qatar I asked myself what’s next for me when it came to empowering women in a different part of the world. It was because I was mentoring women in a corporate environment I wanted to get involved in a program in the community and what a great opportunity it was to do here in Qatar. That desire expanded into a larger vision of creating a professional women’s network which was open to all women and provide a platform for networking and development and create a strong sense of community. ABODE: But there were none


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when you came here? At what moment did QPWN come to being more than just an idea? CZ: When I came to Qatar I was looking for a professional women’s network to join and was interested in getting involved in mentoring young women however, I quickly discovered there wasn’t any professional network. In February 2010 I invited ten other professional women to my home and we discussed an idea of establishing a professional women’s network. I pitched the idea of a QPWN to them who were all enthusiastic about it. So we formed the initial core planning team and started with a newsletter and raising awareness about the group and our intention to start offering events. Our first networking event happened two years ago in the May 2010 and we have continued with monthly networking events every month at different venues around Doha. In addition to this we offer workshops to mentor women personally and professionally, we offer panel discussions, keynote speaker events like for instance our International women’s day

celebrations which we have hosted. ABODE: What has been the highlight of this platform? CZ: In November 2011 we launched our ‘Circle of Pearl’ mentoring ring which was a part of my dream to mentor young women in Qatar. This program pairs university students with working professional women for the purpose of their learning and development. It’s been going on for six months and recently concluded and garnered much success. We intend to expand the program in the next cycle, the first being we plan to include entrepreneurs at any age and we would like to help new graduates who have just become part of the workforce and would like to plan their career. ABODE: What was the biggest highlight in leading QPWN? CZ: The biggest highlight is the women themselves, who are doing such amazing things in this country, it’s powerful to see the things they are capable of. Meeting these women and building a community together and being part of a country that is going through a tremendous change and be part of the National Vision

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knowing that the 2030 vision incorporates the development of women as part of the workforce and knowing that we are contributing to that movement and helping Qatar make a great place to work. ABODE: What are your expectations from the next leader, Melissa Mitchell, the HR Director for the American School of Doha? CZ: My successor is here to make sure that the group is around in ten years! Well future goals would be to focus on formalizing QPWN as an organization to ensure its longevity and that will also include formalizing membership, and building via strategic alliances with other companies to strengthen QPWN. Building up our brand and making people aware of what we do and what we stand for and of course continuing to do what we do which is offering fabulous events to keep women engaged, developing and networking into the future.

For more information you can visit the website of Qatar Professional Women's Network: www.qpwn.org. Email: info@qpwn.org

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Indian superstar Salman Khan launched his “Being Human” brand collection in Splash & Iconic stores throughout GCC. ABODE got an exclusive interview with the charismatic star.

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o put it simply, Indian film superstar Salman Khan is the George Clooney of Hollywood. In 2004, he was voted as the seventh best looking man in the world by People Magazine, USA and he is the fourth Indian actor to have been honored with a wax replica of himself at the Madame Tussauds wax museum in London. For the otherwise uninitiated, Salman Khan is one of India’s most popular leading film stars, with a career spanning over 20 years in Bollywood film industry (India) that is dotted frequently with blockbuster films. That he landed in Dubai in the second week of June was enough to send the local and international media in a frenzy. And was it not for tight security at the malls he visited, a stampede would have ensued of fans who wanted a glimpse of the star ‘live!’But Salman’s Dubai visit was with a purpose, and that was to launch his brand ‘Being Human’ across fashion labels Splash & ICONIC stores, in the GCC region. Yours truly were present, taking furious notes and pictures to get you the big story although trying our best not to look disgustingly starry eyed. (ABODE facebook is testimony to that!) Blame it on the ‘frog’ eyes (one description overhead from an foreign press reporter), his super fit physique, his impeccable comic timing or his repute as the original bad boy of Bollywood or that like George Clooney, he is the eternal bachelor. So when such a man says have a heart, one would of course, listen to him.

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“Everything is so inhuman, and selfish about us. We end up caring for only one’s own self and one’s own family and we forget the love the respect and it is just about the money, the bag and who is going to make it bigger. You know it just doesn’t make sense to me at all, ” said Salman during the interview at The Address, Downtown, Dubai. For once, the icon was more than happy to direct the spotlight away from his cinematic achievements and talk about the importance of charity as we inch closer to Ramadan. “There is importance of charity but one

does it because one believes in it and one wants to do it,” he said when asked his belief about charity. Initially launched in France a few years back, the Being Human collection has already garnered much acclaim for the tremendous goodwill it has generated and the countless number of celebrities who have come forward to support his brand. In Dubai & GCC though, the brand will offer apparel for men in the initial stages. Impressive on screen yet daunting in person but talk to him about the experience of visiting the Sheikh Rashid Foundation to meet disabled children and


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his eyes flickered with excitement, “The experience was beautiful. You want to go to a place where people have faith, have a heart. You can tell that the students are really happy about their teachers and with the whole institution.” Perhaps this is what inspired him back in 2007, when he had envisioned a concept that would support the underprivileged. The Foundation has a unique model wherein it is a lifestyle brand at the frontend and a registered charitable trust at the back-end, all royalties from the lifestyle brand go to support the twin causes of Education and Health care for the needy.

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When quizzed about who designs his clothing line, he threw his hands up in air, saying, “We work with different designers and my work is to reject whatever is not good. If I don’t wear it, quality wise or design wise, then why should my fan wear it.” According to Salman, “Being Human means you ‘look good, do good’ because you help people by the simple act of slipping on your clothes every day.” On the day of the big press conference held at The Address, Dubai Mall, Raza Beig, the charming CEO of Splash & Iconic stores (owned by the Landmark group) said “Being Human is an integral part of Salman’s life as he is personally involved in building the brand and extending it to a collection that is hip, cool and funky – and one where the message stands out loud and clear.” To begin with, the collection will offer 29 styles in T-shirts for men which will carry the signature Being Human tagline along with Semi-formal trousers, denims, shorts

and shirts in various styles. A collection for women, children and accessories is to follow, according to Manish Mandhana, Managing Director, Mandhana Industries. In Salman, we met a celebrity who embodied charity, wants to cause awareness and through his passion for fashion contribute to society genuinely. We came away with his message and through the power given to us by you our readers. Note: Being Human collection is available at Splash store, Qatar.

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in Leadership By Elsbeth Blekkenhorst, Co-Founder and Director of Global Women Qatar

The contribution of women leaders in history and modern times has been significant. A notable number of leaders in historical times were women, from Queen Cleopatra of Egypt, Empress Wu Zetian of China, Queen Elizabeth I of England to Catherine the Great of Russia. This has continued in the modern times with women leaders on the rise in the world and GCC despite encountering what has been called ‘The Cement Ceiling’ phenomena.

Elsbeth Blekkenhorst and Danielle Duttenhofer founders of Global Women Qatar Global Women Qatar was established in January 2012 as Qatar’s first employment agency to focus exclusively on the recruitment of women who already reside in Qatar. We are a very dynamic, rapidly growing employment agency with both local and expatriate women in our database. Our candidates come from different educational backgrounds with a variety of qualifications and skills.

To more information please contact Danielle Duttenhofer or Elsbeth Blekkenhorst at info@globalwomenqatar.com

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n 2012, women will hold 21 percent of senior management positions globally. Women in the Middle East share the common struggle of their counterparts across the globe when it comes to rising to the top levels of their respective industries and careers. However, the Middle Eastern women are additionally hampered by what is termed a “cement ceiling”—a heavy and seemingly impenetrable matrix of cultural, social and legal impediments that challenge the upward mobility of women. That said, women have acknowledged that a change will come slowly in these Middle Eastern countries, which have already marched through decades of great change. Today’s successful Middle East women leaders are working in different fields and sectors such as Finance, Government, Engineering, and some in true entrepreneurial style have started their own businesses and achieved much success. Women leaders in the Middle East are becoming more visible and their influence is felt across multiple sectors. These women leaders act as role models for change in the Middle East.

A local example The Role of H.H. Sheikha Moza: Her Highness has given prominence to the role of Qatari women and created an environment that encourages them to meet their social obligations and participate in public life. H.H. Sheikha Moza endorses women’s conferences, which discuss women’s issues and recommend solutions for the problems and challenges that confront women who work outside the home. Qatari Women in the Field of Education The appointment of H E Mrs. Sheikha Al Mahmoud as Minister of Education on May 6, 2003, to be the first lady ever from Qatar and the gulf region to occupy this important ministerial post, (having served since 12 November, 1996 as the undersecretary of the Ministry of Education) came as a reaffirmation of the will of HH Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani to activate the Qatari woman’s role in the country’s educational renaissance. Similarly, Dr Sheikha Al-Misnad has been appointed to the post of President


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HE Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Minister for Foreign Trade and previously Minister of Economic and Planning of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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in leadership roles show better financial performance. To get more women leaders, organizations may implement programs and policies that can support diversity and inclusion, women’s leadership, and work-life integration. Through the Qatar National Development Strategy (2011-2016) this is being supported such as flexible working hours and an increasing number of nurseries. For women, a key aspect is the ability to have more control and freedom over their schedules and their lives.

of Qatar University; thus being the first Qatari woman to assume this post. The Arab Spring has also put women in the spotlight. Women played an essential role in the Arab uprisings and were involved at every stage, including leadership. For example in Ms. Magazine there was the story of Asmaa Mahfouz (Egypt). On January 18 she uploaded a short video to YouTube and Facebook in which she announced, “Whoever says women shouldn’t go to protests because they will get beaten, let him have some honor and come with me on January 25.” The video went viral. The planned one-day demonstration became a popular revolution. Additionally the transitions to electoral democracy in several Arab countries like Tunisia and Egypt, present an opportunity not just to tackle disproportional political representation for women, but also harmful traditional practices. A Focus on Change Through Forums in Qatar Throughout the GCC region there are many women in leadership initiatives where key topics are discussed, such as the changing face of leadership in the Middle East. Women in this region are now bypassing barriers and entering “men-only” environments and impacting innovation in company competitiveness. In Qatar, there are initiatives to develop

and promote women professionals in the workplace such as ‘women in management’ programs offered by oil & gas companies and Qatar women’s forums, to develop the full potential of Qatari women, in alignment with the Qatar National Vision 2030 and National Development Strategy 2011–16 and the annual How Women Work conference which offers women to participate in a variety of workshops to explore their potentials and to network with different women from Qatar community, both local and expatriate women. Other forums/ platforms are for example the Qatari Businesswomen Forum and Qatar Women Association. Women in leadership continue to be an important topic for CEOs, HR managers and women themselves. Why do companies recruit a balance of men and women into junior jobs and yet, by the time people move up the leadership ladder, fewer and fewer women make it to the top? Research has shown that women leaders are good for business. Companies with the highest representations of women

The history of women’s social roles has always been full of struggles but now it is being translated into opportunities. Gaining more flexibility is a major motivating factor to an improved work and life balance. In the Middle East, this would include educational initiatives; work-life balances that are sustainable in the region’s family-centric culture; active mentorship among professional women; and the cultivation of family support for professional achievement beyond heavy domestic demands placed upon wives and mothers. For companies to develop women leaders here are some of the essential principles: • Communicate the commitment to diversity. It needs to be obvious throughout the organization, starting with the top leadership team and cascading outward. • Find placements for women on boards. CEOs can recommend women candidates to their boards of directors and recommend women candidates for other companies’ boards. • Sponsor women’s networks and leadership forums. Women need to learn more about how other women were successful in achieving their professional goals. •

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QATAR AIRWAYS CELEBRATES GRADUATING AEROSPACE STUDENTS Qatar Airways honoured 38 aerospace students who recently graduated from the Qatar Aeronautical College. Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker presided over the graduation ceremony honouring the students at the Oryx Rotana Hotel in Doha, where senior management from Qatar Aeronautical College, including director general Ali Al Malki, were among the guests. The students comprising 22 aircraft maintenance engineers and 16 cadet pilots – will now embark on a full-time career at the award-winning carrier.

Mona Al Ansari showcases her Collection at W Doha Qatari designer, Mona Al-Ansari, the winner of the second edition of the W Doha and VCUQ Fashion Award, showcased her winning collection: “Edifice” at the signature W Doha’s Living Room on June 12. For the second year in a row, W Doha sponsored the ‘W Doha & VCUQ Fashion Award’, which was given to the most outstanding and innovative VCUQ fashion design student of the year, Mona Al Ansari. The award was presented to the winner during the Virginia Commonwealth University annual fashion show, under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser on April 19.

rOTA Launches Ramadan 2012 Project In preparation of the Holy month of Ramadan, Reach Out To Asia (ROTA) was inviting volunteers to discover more about its Ramadan 2012 Project by taking part in the 3rd ROTA Volunteer Marketplace. The ROTA Ramadan 2012 Project is organising a number of special activities including distribution of groceries to families in need, two house ‘makeover’ renovations and delivering Iftars to a number of community-based institutions.

Qatar National Cancer Society is now “Qatar Cancer Society” The Qatar National Cancer Society recently announced its new brand identity to be “Qatar Cancer Society.” The society also announced its vision and strategy to support the fight against cancer worldwide. QCS will collaborate with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), a leading pharmaceutical company, to work on initiatives aimed at reducing the risk of cancer worldwide. This collaboration symbolizes the organization’s new global outlook and international outreach.

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Ebn Sina Medical Health presents campaign for health Ebn Sina Medical recently presented an initiative designed for Spring and Summer Health campaign conducted by Qatar Foundation. Their campaign included advice and health instructions regarding healthy eating and regular physical activity, information for people who have chronic diseases as diabetes or high blood pressure and suggestions for addicted to tobacco among others.

BRITISH AIRWAYS CELEBRATES THE QUEEN’S DIAMOND JUBILEE In celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in June 2012, British Airways has been participating at events both in the UK and across the world alike. In Windsor, UK, British Airways invited guests to attend the prestigious Diamond Jubilee Pageant and in Shanghai, China, British Airways organised a ‘pop-up’ tea party with a special ‘guest’ looka-like Queen.

Gulf Air Rewards Undertakes new Staff appreciation initiative Gulf Air recently held an official awards ceremony honoring six Gulf Air employees awarded for their high level of service, as a result of the airline’s recently launched 2012 staff appreciation programme. The unique program encourages the airline’s Falconflyers to recognize customer service excellence by nominating Gulf Air team members who demonstrate exceptional customer service at any stage of their journey.

Salam Stores debuts Maison Lancôme Salam Studio & Stores announced the launch of Maison Lancôme, a trio of Haute-Perfumerie essences (‘1001 Roses’, ‘Peut-être’ and ‘Balafre’) at Salam the Gate. This collection of perfumes pays homage to the Lancôme’s triumphant 76-year old legacy and magically revives some of its forgotten fragrances.

Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels debut at Arabian Travel Market Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels – the first set of luxury boutique hotels across the GCC – recently made their first appearance at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM). By participating in a premier regional event Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels marked its footprint in the hotel industry in the Middle East.

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Eversheds donates care packages for Qatar’s construction workers The Qatar office of international law firm Eversheds has donated everyday essential items for construction workers across Qatar, as part of a launch Box Appeal campaign launched by Msheireb Properties and Qatar Charity. The donation is part of a national campaign to collect donations for construction workers in recognition of their contribution to the construction of Qatar’s infrastructure. The Box Appeal is the first campaign of its kind in Qatar that involves the public collecting and donating new items of clothing and toiletries, which many take for granted but are often luxuries for the less affluent.

Fourth Qatar Japanese Speech Contest held The Embassy of Japan and the Japanese Language Teachers’ Association in Qatar in cooperation with the Qatar Museums Authority and Museum of Islamic Art organized the 4th Qatar Japanese Speech Contest for those who are studying Japanese language in Qatar on June 16. Attending the event was H.E. Mr. Kenjiro Monji, Ambassador of Japan and officials from the government as well as a number of students and members of Japanese Community in Qatar.

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First joint Northwestern graduation held in US More than two-dozen graduating seniors from Northwestern University in Qatar traveled from Doha to Evanston, Illinois recently to participate in commencement festivities and share their attitudes, talents, achievements, and cultures with the home campus. It was the first time that the over-150-year-old institution included graduating students and faculty from it's Doha campus in commencement week activities.

The Magic Cube at iSpace! The store iSpace under the aegis of Darwish Technology, at Lagoona Mall, recently announced the launch of its latest innovative product, The Magic Cube. The Magic Cube is a projection keyboard and a multi-touch capable mouse, known also as the “virtual keyboard” or “Laser Keyboard. An all-in-one easy to use product, this magic cube connects easily via Bluetooth to your tablets and smart-phones, including iPads and iPhones.


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Canon Middle East unveils the new EOS 650D Canon Middle East today launches the EOS 650D – a new, easyto-use Digital SLR (DSLR) that offers high image quality and simple touch-screen operation, allowing anyone to capture beautiful images and Full HD movies.

INJAZ Al-Arab gets top ranking by The Global Journal INJAZ Al-Arab has been acknowledged as one of the world’s most influential NGOs by The Global Journal. As the first international ranking of its kind, the list recognizes the dynamics and innovations of the non-profit world and the level of impact its key players have on a social, economic, and humanitarian level. The accolade places the organization on par with world-leading NGOs including, Oxfam, Doctors without Borders, TEDx Talks and the Wikimedia Foundation amongst others.

ROTA inaugurates new Girls High School in Pakistan Three years after the Government Girls High School Chamtalai in Pakistan’s Swat district was destroyed by militants, Reach Out To Asia (ROTA) and Save The Children have inaugurated a new school bringing hope of a better future for the children of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.

Mövenpick Hotel Doha Honours Clients In an effort to express its appreciation to clients, Mövenpick Hotel Doha Hotel hosted its 2012 “Thank You Dinner” on June 12th. The recently renovated hotel, invited more than 150 corporate clients and media partners to the event. The casual gathering was held in the lively Seasons where the invitees were welcomed to the party by the hotel's Executive team who conveyed their gratitude to the guests for their business and support.

Tse Yang and MEGU Welcomes guests once again Iconic restaurants MEGU and Tse Yang at The Pearl-Qatar have re-opened after a short hiatus.

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Highly acclaimed photographer Oly Ruiz of Metroman Hothouse (from Philippines) holds exclusive wedding photography workshop in Qatar for photography enthusiasts from all over Middle East. This June, 30 photographers from all over Middle East (Kuwait, Dubai & Doha) had an exclusive opportunity when they participated in Wedding Photography Workshop “Hothouse” held in Qatar and learnt from world famous wedding photographer Oly Ruiz. Hothouse came to Qatar as a result of the collaboration of Fritsche Bautista of Chaiful Ideas who worked with Team Creation and Concepts. Hothouse is the workshop series of Metrophoto on wedding photography. The workshop covered how to’s in shooting and post processing techniques from Engagement to Wedding Photography. The actual photo shoot was done in one of the 5-star hotels in Doha, reflecting the connection between the models (Angel and Fame Mallari) showcased the beauty of famous landmarks from Doha to Zikreet. As part of the workshop Oly Ruiz, also shared how to build one’s brand and his story becoming a highly sought after photographer in Philippines and around the world, having shot weddings in parts of Asia, Europe and the United States. The workshop was intense and electrifying experience for everyone. Speaking about the workshop, the participants and the organizers mentioned their gratitude to ABODE, Qatar Happening, iloveqatar.net, Farasha, La Vedette Image & Fashion Consulting, Beats & Bytes production, Filipino Community Center & Click Printing for sponsoring this event.

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Arabian Lanterns -Fanous also spelled Fanos, Phanos and Fanoos) is a Greek word, that literally means 'light' or 'lantern', and was historically used in reference to 'light of the world' and as a symbol of hope as 'light in darkness'. These lanterns are used to herald the fasting month of Ramadan. 82


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The Spirit of Ramadan by nitya sHukla

In a few weeks’ time, our Muslim friends and colleagues will begin an arduous journey during the Holy Month of Ramadan to pause, to reflect, cleanse and purify their words and actions. We may do well to not just celebrate this time with them, but also learn from their experience.

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s expats, our experience of Ramadan is only a through a small window through our friends who observe Ramadan, and as outsiders, we can only observe their time of reflection but perhaps we will not truly understand what this means for them. No matter how much we research and or ask questions, since this journey is an inward one. As a first time expat one of our writers Tessa best summarized her understanding of the Holy Month of Ramadan when she wrote the following: “Just as the moon has its cycles, so do our lives, our bodies and even our faith. The beginning of the Holy Month of Ramadan depends on the moon and the sighting of the crescent moon. The observance of Ramadan can be a mystery for those who have never experienced it. Its significance in the Islamic religion comes from the belief that the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad in the

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ninth month of the Islamic religion. The beauty of the Ramadan practice lies in the concentration, discipline and devotion to one’s spirituality. Fasting by the day culminates in the communal breaking of the fast by the night. Actions are deliberate services to Allah.” As is widely known, every Muslim has the duty to perform the five pillars of Islam during the Holy Month of Ramadan. These pillars being Declaration of Faith (Shahadah), Prayer (Salah), Charity (Zakah), Fasting (Sawm) and Pilgrimage (Hajj). Besides abstaining from food and drink from dawn to dusk, Muslims focus on a purification of negative emotions away anger, envy, greed, violence among others while keeping a focus on the spiritual cleansing and goodwill towards others. Evenings are spent praying and breaking this fast with friends and family as Ramadan is also a time of elaborate socializing.

In light of this occasion, ABODE has put together a small section of things you can do. In the following page you see the prayer time table which can help you to organize your schedule better. If you would like to host a night for your friends, you can see our Ramadan Listing page which offers a selection for the best activities. From our Ramadan Table Setting you can learn on how to host a great Iftar, Sohour night for your colleagues. And since the tradition of gifting is a big practice, we offer you a host of ideas to pick from Oriental Carpets.

We wish you a very happy Ramadan Kareem.

How to Make a Fanoos Lantern for Ramadan One of our favorite websites, eHow.com, explains how you can make a special lantern for Ramadan at home with the kids. A Fanoos lantern is traditionally used by children to welcome in the Islamic month of fasting. Follow these easy instructions to create a simple Fanoos lit with a battery-powered tea light. All you need is a milk carton, glue, scissors, colored tissue paper and black paint. Instructions: » Cut the top off of a milk carton using a sharp pair of scissors. The result is a five-sided box with an open top. » Paint the outside of the milk carton with acrylic black paint and allow it to dry. Make sure you cover the surface completely with old newspapers where you are working. » Cut rectangles out of each of the four sides of the milk carton. The rectangles should be small enough that there is roughly ½ inch of cardboard around each empty window. » Cut out 4 rectangles of colored tissue paper that are ½ inch larger on all sides than the rectangles you removed from the milk carton. » Apply a line of glue around the edges of window on the inside of the milk carton. » Place one of the rectangles of colored tissue paper on top of the glue, creating a window in the milk carton covered with "colored glass." » Cover all of the remaining windows with squares of tissue paper, attached with glue. » Place a battery-powered tea light inside the lantern and turn it on.

Watch this video to make lantern: http://eco-friendly.wonderhowto.com/how-to/recycle-milk-carton-into-tabletop-lantern-328491/

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Ramadan is a time to spend with family and friends the fast is broken by the family coming together to share an evening meal, and ABODE tries to capture the essence of what you could do to make your home reflect the thought of the month. Oryx Rotana’s new executive chef Nada Whaibe shows us how to present a beautiful table and scrumptious feast. 84


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Easy to Prepare Recipes Lentil soup INGREDIENTS: » 200 g yellow lentil » 2 g garlic » 2 g onion » 2 g carrots » 3 g potato » Salt and pepper » 2 g Fresh cream » ½ litre of water » Puff pastry bread (small pieces) PREPARATION: » Boil lentils with whole garlic, onion (hashed), carrots and potato for half hour on low fire. » Once the veggie's and lentils are cooked, blend both. Serve with fresh cream and bread.

Snow salad INGREDIENTS: » 5 g tomato » 5 g cucumber » 5 g red radish petit » 3 g Olive » Heart of Romaine lettuce »White Baladi cheese » 2 g Crispy rice PREPARATION: » Dice tomatoes and cucumbers in small cube size. Mix these together in a bowl. Add chopped red radish, olives and place in layers on top of the heart of Romaine lettuce. Cut and dice the white Baladi cheese and add to this. Top with crispy rice. Add Oriental sauce. You can make this using lemon juice, sumac ,salt and olive oil.

Chicken stuffed oriental rice on grilled beef INGREDIENTS: » 120 g chicken breast » 20 g of oriental rice (semi cooked)

» Pistachio oil PREPARATION: » Make Oriental brown sauce using beef stock, garlic (1), flour (5g), butter (4g), salt and sweet pepper. » Cook oriental rice for ten minutes. Roll chicken in a ball, place rice inside and then cover all with aluminium foil. Roast this chicken ball in oven temperature at 150 C.

» For the Sauce: Put butter, garlic and flour in a container and cook over low fire. When the sauce gains a brown color you can add beef stock, salt and pepper.

Chocolate and Amardine Dessert INGREDIENTS: For chocolate Cups » 200g Chocolate balls. (Create chocolate cups by halving the chocolate balls). For Amardine » 100g pure dates » 1 cup apricot juice » 1 cup cherry juice To make Mix » 200g of sugar » 10g glucose » 1 cup water » 1 spoon orange zest » 2g pectin/or vegetable gelatine PREPARATION: » To start first mix the date with sugar, glucose, water, orange zest, pectin or vegetable gelatin, in the quantities outlined. Similarly, follow the same direction for apricot juice and cherry juice. (As in use the sugar, glucose, water, orange zest, pectin or vegetable gelatin with each main ingredient). Boil and place in flat tray in fridge for an hour. Cut in small square like the picture and add sugar on top of each. Place this “trio halawa” inside chocolate cup 6 pieces for 1 person.

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Celebrating

Ramadan With friends

During this time almost all hotels host a variety of festivities in elaborate tents along with fabulous delicacies served during Iftar (at Sunset) and Suhour (9pm till midnight). Here are a few places that top our list!

Up for Traditional Arabic Live Music?

Contact: 4428 8803/20

Going Corporate in Ramadan At Kempinski Residences & Suites

Timings: For Iftar, 5:30 p.m. time, till 8pm,

Timing: Sunday-Thursday

QR 195 per person.

12 noon to 3 pm.

For Sohour, 9 pm to 2 am,

Pricing: QR 90 per person.

QR 260 per person.

Contact: 4405 3325.

Reservations: 4453 5000

SKY VILLA: When planning a staff party, hosting a social event or an exclusive Ramadan Iftar dinner for friends, the exclusive Sky Villa is a warm private place and offers breathtaking views of Doha’s skyline. Ask for our seasonal buffet menus.

Special: Travel around the world. During the month of sharing, W Hotel Doha will be offering two economy class tickets ever y weekend to any Qatar Airways destination and two vacations s including Qatar Airways Busines k class tickets during the last wee of Ramadan at the W Doha Tent.

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LA CIGALE TRAITEUR: Entertaining for Iftar or Sohour at home? let La Cigale Hotel organize an informal celebration for your friends. La Cigale’s catering team will prepare a custom traditional meal for you or you can simply order their unique 4-course Iftar box for take away. You also have the option of gifting Arabic sweets, flavoured chocolates, cakes or gift hampers from their gourmet house. Pricing: Available on Request

AROMA: For Business Lunch, Kempinski’s Aroma will be open for lunch throughout the holy month of Ramadan. You can select from the gourmet ‘Rushed for Time’ menu, a choice of starter, main course and dessert.

Contact: 4453 5000

La Cigale Hotel

Timing: 8 am to 1 am.

W Hotel Doha W DOHA RAMADAN TENT: Great Arabian sounds, modern Ottoman inspired interiors and a host of international flavors will be highlight of the Ramadan tent by W Doha. This is a great option if you are interested to go experience Iftar for the first time in this country. It will feature live food stations, extended Arabic buffet, live Ramadan band from Lebanon (traditional Arabic instrumental music), and shisha service.

No Time to Cook for Iftar, Call for Iftar take away!

The Shisha Butler and the Coffee Butlers Ritz Carlton, Doha THE LAGOON: This fabulous destination will open its Iftar during Ramadan time and will unleash a feast fit for the royalty. Definitely an option if you want to impress your friends who are in Qatar for the first time. The foyer buffet will saj bread stations and live cooking stations and serve traditional Arabic and Ramadan special delicacies. The foyer buffet will feature live cooking stations serving both traditional Arabic and Ramadan special dishes. The hotel has also assigned a special Shisha butler to ensure an unparalleled Shisha experience. Their entertainment program will include live oriental music performers, Hennah artists and Arabic and Turkish coffee butlers

Craving for Oriental and International Delights? Sheraton Doha Resort & Convention AL HUBARA: You can take your colleagues for a Iftar Buffet featuring Oriental and International Ramadan delights at the Al Hubara Restaurant. Additionally, all SPG members get 20% discount for Iftar Buffet reservations of up to 8 people. Pricing: QR 200 (adults) QR100 (children below 12 years old) and on complimentary basis for

For timings contact 4484 8308

kids below 6 years old.

Contact 4405 3333.

Iftar per person QR 180

Contact: 44854073 or

Pricing: Available on request.

Suhour Tent QR 220 per person.

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Gift Ideas

Lantern {PRICES may vary }

The tradition of gifting gains even more importance during the Month of Ramadan, as it is a time of elaborate socializing. Here are a few ideas from Oriental Carpets which are simple yet elegant.

Candle Holder {QR 55}

Thai Box (wooden) {QR 125}

Aftaba (medium size) {QR 425}

Bone made Handbag {QR 500}

Candle Stand (wooden) {QR 112}

Candle Stand (small) {QR 45}

Oriental Carpet is located in Bin Mahmoud. You can call them on 44479794

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Turqoise Necklace {QR 1295}

Lantern {PRICES may vary } Desk Lamp {QR 265}

Aftaba (Small) {QR 975}

Iran Qum Silk Handmade Carpet {QR 3275}

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Wooden Table {QR 295} Incense Burner {QR 50}

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at Al Gassar Resort Offers Exclusive Customized Corporate and Family Event Packages During The Month of Ramadan Outside Catering Services is yet another facility offered by Al Gassar Ballroom providing all banqueting needs to clients’ door steps

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l Gassar Ballroom located at the iconic luxury waterfront destination of AlGassar Resort, offers attractive packages for corporate and social gatherings during July and the month of Ramadan. The columnless, circularly designed Al Gassar Ballroom – one of the finest ballrooms in Doha presents the ideal location for any type of events in addition to the numerous function areas which provide the flexibility of holding any event from 65 people all the way up to 1,000 individuals. All through the month of Ramadan, Al Gassar Ballroom presents a unique traditional Ramadan ambience that is suitable for private family functions or company gatherings. Clients can enjoy custom-made function and event packages themed especially for Ramadan with a selection of amazing succulent buffet menus for both Iftar and Suhour. Outside Catering Services is another exclusive facility offered by Al Gassar Ballroom, simply providing all social or corporate catering solutions and logistics right at the client's doorstep.

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Clients are able to host exclusive events without hassle due to the professional operations of Al Gassar Outside Catering which handle all requirements from service logistics, manpower, equipment transportation and preparation. A team of specialized professionals are on call to assist clients and recommend a range of preparations which suit the type of event required. "We at Al Gassar Ballroom understand the requirements of both corporate and individual clients whatever the necessity or season celebration. Clients can enjoy a family environment or corporate needs at any of the function rooms catered to a variety of usages. During the month of Ramadan, specially themed menus with traditional beverages, international cuisine and mouthwatering Ramadan sweets can be ordered at the premises

or for outside catering facilities which is another service of Al Gassar Ballroom. Our chefs can cater to any taste and prepare traditional delicacies of any type of cuisine", commented Nader Samaan, Head of Operations at Al Gassar Ballroom. A team of exper ienced chefs specializing in a wide range of local and international cuisines and delicacies are on hand preparing traditional Ramadan themed lavish Iftar or Sohur menus, depending on the specific needs of the host. Arabian sweets and delights along with popular Ramadan beverages are served to provide a unique Oriental dining experience. To ensure a truly memorable culinary experience, event planning professionals and specialists are on call at Al Gassar Ballroom to assist guests in choosing the right cuisine, seating


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arrangements and decorations to suit each gathering. “Through its comprehensive range of amenities and highly skilled, courteous and dedicated staff, Al Gassar Ballroom promises our patrons a unique experience during the Holy Month of Ramadan with a range of packages which are custom designed to suit each client requirement. Our venues are designed to meet every demand and exceed all expectations. We invite families, groups and individuals to explore the many pleasures and treats Al Gassar Resort and Al Gassar Ballroom have to offer during this special season,” said Mohamed Sleiman, Assistant COO, Resorts Development Company. The 1,300 square meter Ballroom and smaller function areas are the ideal venues for clients due to the unique

design, opulent furnishing, exquisite finishing and elegant lighting scheme which transport guests into a world of royalty and magnificence. For more information on exclusive and custom-made packages at Al Gassar Ballroom during the month of Ramadan clients may contact the Sales Executives at Al Gassar Ballroom or visit at www.algassarresort.com. ALGASSAR RESORT Al Gassar Resort ideally located at the waterfront of the Arabian Gulf overlooking the Doha skyline of the Westbay area; adjacent to Katara and the Doha Exhibition Centre boasts

luxury components of 3 luxury residential towers from 1-3 bedrooms and suites, Al Gassar Ballroom and the bespoke St Regis Doha presents the ideal residential, tourism and hospitality destination in Doha creating the ideal address of luxury living and service. Owned by Resorts Development Company (RDC) and managed & developed by Alfardan Group, Each of the Al Gassar Resort’s fully furnished apartments and suites, have been created to offer the convenience and service of a hotel with all the luxury and comfort of a home. •

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ver since its opening in 2010, the Kempinski Residences & Suites, Doha, located in the heart of West bay, continues to live up to its positioning as a premier home living destination. Located at the heart of West bay, this property is the

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tallest tower in Qatar, where guests can enjoy watching the glamorous city lights at night and the panoramic view of The Pearl & Arabian Gulf. The contemporary-design building with stylish interiors embodies

elegance and serenity in every square inch. Kempinski Residences & Suites, Doha is an ideal luxury home for relocating executives and their families seeking a hassle-free lifestyle complete with all the modern comforts.


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The spacious suites, with one to six-bedroom configurations, can comfortably accommodate guests traveling on their own, as well as couples and large families seeking a tranquil and private ambiance. Chic, cozy and comfortable, the residence option offers the privilege of living in a prestigious and private atmosphere, where excellent service starts with fulfilling the simplest requests.

Arabic and European delicacies from its award-winning team of Chefs.

Kempinski Residences & Suites, Doha introduced a special concept of living which allows our guests to simply move in with only their suitcase, and start living/working from the very next day. All amenities, facilities and services needed are provided, to ensure that the resident's stay is completely hassle-free.

Family membership for only QAR 1,800 per month will be offered by Kempinski Residences & Suites’ PURE Leisure & Wellness Centre.

The Sky Villas, the highest suites in Doha located at the Kempinski Residences & Suites’ 58th to 62nd floors, will accommodate staff parties, social events and exclusive Iftar dinners with friends where guests will be afforded breathtaking views of the Doha skyline.

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The Kids Club will also offer a 50 per cent discount for siblings aged 4 to 12 for patrons that pay for a one-day pass or monthly membership for their child. Aroma will celebrate the day of Eid with a buffet that includes a 4-course family lunch menu including live carving and dessert station. Kempinski Residences & Suites, Doha is operated and managed by Kempinski Hotels. The property is owned by Alfardan Properties, a leader in Qatar’s luxury market. •

New GM Appointed

Kempinski Residences & Suites, Doha recently announced the appointment of Wissam Suleiman as its General Manager. Wissam, whose career in the hospitality industry began in Amman, Jordan, sixteen years ago, has worked at some of Kempinski's most high-profile properties in the region, including the Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea, and Kempinski Hotel Aqaba.

Ramadan & Eid Offers

Kempinski Residences & Suites has unveiled various dining and leisure packages prepared especially for the upcoming Ramadan and Eid season. The premier leisure property’s Gourmet House, a fine foods boutique and cafe, will serve new signature Ramadan delicacies, including oriental, sweets, Arabic savory bites and a selection of Ramadan juices every day after Iftar. The award-winning fine-dining Aroma restaurant, on the other hand, will transform itself for the Holy Month as it offers a 4-course selection of

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Super Summer Salads Tired of tasteless cucumbers and wilted lettuce? So are we. These greens are healthy, flavourful-and anything but bland. Get your chopping board ready! THAI PAPAYA SALAD,

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Mövenpick Tower & Suites DOHA, CHEF SOMSAK JANTHAKHON INGREDIENTS: » 2 cups shredded green papaya » 1/2 cup shredded carrot » 1/2 cup string beans (1” long) » 2 tablespoons fish sauce » 1 1/2 tbs palm/regular sugar » 3 tbs lime juice » 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes (cut in half) » 1/3 cup dried shrimps (optional) » 3 pcs cooked shrimp » 1/4 cup peanuts » 3 red or green chilies (optional) » 5 cloves fresh garlic. PREPARATION:

» Use mortar and pestle to crush chili and garlic then add the cooked shrimps and sugar. Set it aside. In a large bowl add papaya, carrot, string beans, cherry tomato and peanuts. Mix well. Then add the crushed shrimps mixture. Drizzle it with lime or lemon juice, fish sauce and a pinch of sugar then serve. (Optional you can also add cabbage if you want more vegetables.)

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BEETROOT & GOAT'S CHEESE SALAD, Mövenpick Tower & Suites DOHA, CHEF SAJU MATHEW INGREDIENTS: » 2 beets » 2 sprigs chervil » 3 sprigs tarragon » 120 gm goat cheese (Cypress Grove Chevre) » Good quality olive oil (Terre Bromine Riviera Liguria) » Salt and Pepper

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PREPARATION: » Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. For the beets: Remove leafy tops, wash beats, season with olive oil, salt and pepper, and place in a shallow casserole dish with 3 ounces of water. Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes until tender. Remove the beets from the oven and place on a rack to cool. Once at room temperature, use a kitchen towel to rub off the skin of the beets. For the herbs: Tarragon, chervil affilia and roccola. Pick the leaves from the tarragon and chervil. Place in ice water for 2 minutes, then remove, dry and wrap in a damp paper towel, keeping them cool in the refrigerator until serving (but not more than an hour before serving). For goat cheese, remove from the package and crumble. Set aside. Mix all ingredients and drizzle it with your favourite dressing.


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Mediterranean Grilled Chicken Salad The Ritz-Carlton, Doha Chef Mohammed Ali Abuaisheh INGREDIENTS: » 6 tablespoons Olive Oil » 2 tablespoons » 2 teaspoons Tarragon Vinegar » 1 tablespoon Chopped Fresh Tarragon » 1/2 tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice » 1/2 tablespoon Dijon Mustard » 3 cups Diced Cooked Chicken (from one 3-pound purchased cooked chicken) » 1/2 cup Orzo (rice-shaped pasta; about 3 ounces) » 1 cup halved Cherry Tomatoes (about 10 ounces) » 16 ounce Jar Marinated Artichoke Hearts, drained » 1/2 cup Coarsely Chopped Pitted Kalamata Olives » 1/3 cup Dried Currants » 1 1/2 tablespoons Drained Capers PREPARATION: » Combine oil, vinegar, tarragon, lemon juice, and mustard in small bowl; whisk to blend. » Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper. » Place chicken in medium bowl. Mix in 1/4 cup dressing. » Cook orzo in large pot of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite. Drain and rinse under cold water to cool; drain well. » Transfer orzo to large bowl. Stir in remaining dressing and toss to coat.

» Add chicken mixture, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, olives, currants, and capers. » Season salad to taste with salt and pepper and serve.

So Easy to Prepare!

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Crabmeat Salad With Avocado Dressing The Ritz-Carlton, Doha Chef Mohammed Ali Abuaisheh INGREDIENTS: » 3 medium sized Avocados » 2/3 cup Milk » 2 tablespoon Lemon Juice » 2 tablespoon Light Mayonnaise » 1 tablespoon Prepared White Horseradish, drained » 1 teaspoon Salt » 1/2 teaspoon Dried Dill Weed » 1/4 teaspoon Hot Pepper Sauce » 2 large Celery Stalks » 200 gram Grapes » 200 gram Peach, sliced » 1 1/2 pounds Salad-style Imitation Crabmeat » Lemon Slice for garnish

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PREPARATION: » Remove peel and discard pit from 1 avocado; cut avocado into chunks. Place ingredients in blender at medium speed or in food processor with knife blade attached, blend avocado chunks, milk, lemon juice, mayonnaise, horseradish, salt, dried dill weed, and hot pepper sauce until smooth. » Cut celery into 1/4 inch thick slices. Remove peel and pit from remaining 2 avocados; cut into large chunks. » In large bowl, combine imitation crabmeat, celery, grapes and peach chunks of avocado; gently toss with avocado dressing. » Spoon crabmeat salad onto platter. Garnish with lemon slices. Then serve. •

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Parsley By Gloria Duran-Renderos B.Sc, MPH, Nutrition Consultant

Your friendly daily herb that is not just a garnishing agent but also a storehouse of nutrients.

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Nutritional Profile of Parsley % of RDA per 2 TB (10 g) of parsley 3.8% of folate 22% of vitamin C 28% of vitamin A 137% of vitamin K 1.4% of calcium 8% of iron 556 mcg of zeaxanthin. 505 mcg of beta-carotene Source: Nutritive Value of Foods, Hand Book 72, Gebhardt, Susan E., and Robin G. Thomas. 2002.

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ince childhood I have seen the green leaves of parsley adorning all kinds of food platters. In fact, I did not like the taste and before eating the food I would take the garnish off, because parsley has a strong flavour that is difficult to describe. And this might just be attributed to the wonderful array of minerals and vitamins it contains. Parsley is not just a garnish but has also been used as medicine since the beginning of time. I can say now that the bush– like herb is a giant among other herbs and spices, due to its nutritional content and health benefits. REASONS TO USE IT EVERY DAY IN YOUR FAMILY MEALS:

1} Cancer prevention

It contains the substance myristicin. Studies have shown that myristicin inhibits tumour formation, especially in the lungs, neutralizes carcinogens in heavy cigarette smoking and activates glutathione, a powerful antioxidant that fights against free radicals.

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2 Antioxidant – anti-inflammatory action Parsley is rich in anti-oxidants that include luteolin. Luteolin is a flavonoid that assists in the eradication of free radicals, promotes

carbohydrate metabolism and acts also as an anti-inflammatory agent. If consumed regularly, parsley can combat against the onset of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It has been rated, among plant sources of foods, with the highest antioxidant activities.

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3 Bone and nerve health Parsley is very rich in Vitamin K. Vitamin K is necessary in the synthesis of osteocalcin, a protein that provides strength to our bones. Vitamin K also prevents calcium build – up in the tissues, and is also essential for the synthesis of sphingolipids, a fat needed to maintain the health of myelin sheaths that surround our neural pathways. Research has also shown the role of vitamin K in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease by limiting neuronal damage in the brain. 4} Oral health

Traditionally, eugenol, an essential oil found in parsley has been used in dentistry as an anaesthetic and antiseptic agent for teeth and gum disease. Also, like mint, parsley is used as a mouth – freshener after a meal.

5} Eye health

Parsley contains zea – xanthin, which protects eye health and visual acuity by preventing age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) in the retina of the eye.

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6 Metabolic health The fresh herb leaves of parsley are rich in vitamins of the B complex group such as pantothenic acid (Vitamin B-5), riboflavin (Vitamin B-2), niacin (vitamin B-3) and pyridoxine (Vitamin B-6). All of them act as co-enzymes essential in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. SELECTION AND STORAGE Parsley is widely available all year–round. It can be purchased fresh or dried. It is most advisable to buy fresh parsley to take advantage of its many health benefits. Fresh parsley should be stored in the refrigerator, kept in a zip pouch or wrapped in a damp paper towel. If available, buy organic to make sure it does not have pesticide residues. If you buy dried parsley, you will still enjoy some flavour, the minerals and the liposoluble vitamins, but you will no longer have any of the water-soluble vitamins such as Vitamin C and the B complex vitamins. Dried parsley should be stored in a tightly sealed preferably glass container and kept in a cool, dark, and dry place. Try to buy organic to avoid pesticide contaminates. •

Powerful Tabouleh Servings: 6-8 Units: US | Metric INGREDIENTS: » 1/2 cup fine bulgur wheat (cracked wheat) » 2 -3 large ripe tomatoes, finely diced » 4 bunches of chopped parsley » 1 bunch of chopped green onion » 1/2 bunch of chopped fresh mint or 3 tablespoons dried mint » 1/2 cup olive oil or 1/2 cup vegetable oil » 3 lemons, juice of » 1 tablespoon salt » 1/2 teaspoon black pepper (optional) PREPARATION: » Soak bulgur (cracked wheat) in water and drain. » Place bulgur in a large bowl, add juice of one lemon and mix. » Leave bulgur sitting until water and lemon juice is absorbed (around 45 minutes). » Add all remaining ingredients and mix well. Add more lemon juice or salt if desired. » Serve over fresh lettuce leaves.

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An Issue Of Social Responsibility. Are they better for the planet and for us? By Gloria Duran-Renderos B.Sc, MPH, Nutrition Consultant

When we speak of global warming, many of us still do not realize exactly what it means for our future.

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he recent tsunamis, floods, climatic changes, snowing in the tropics, delayed rains, extreme weather and pollution have affected the outcomes of crops, harvests, and sustainable food sources. Global warming is already profoundly affecting the lives of those human and animal populations all over the world. One of the four main causes of global warming is the use of pesticides and herbicides residues. Ninety-nine per cent of pollution in water beds and air is generated by pesticides and herbicides used in conventional agriculture. Residues go into the atmosphere causing damage for the ozone layer. But taking a stand for the environment, the health of the planet and advocating the best for our health has become more difficult than ever. On one side we find the voices of progress and advanced

What is organic food?

land or a facility free It is food produced in a cide residues. Organic of pesticides and herbi t environment and is no farming looks after the cruel to farm animals.

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agricultural methods in the industrialized nations and on the other side, we hear the strong but often powerless voices of concerned environmental groups telling us to change the ways to cultivate and produce the food we eat. And in the middle we have big governments trying to “do best” for the people, but always submitting to the interest of big business proposals with “good intentions”. The use of pesticides and herbicides in the development of modern agriculture was not bad in its original intentions. The farmer needed to save the crops from plagues and diseases. With the increase of the population, the production of more food was necessary. The problem, small then, was that it was not realized that the global and excessive use of pesticides and herbicides could cause damage to the planet, by contaminating water, polluting the air, damaging the ozone layer and affecting animal and human lives. What did we see in the farmlands, as growing children in the 40’s or 50’s? Agriculture was not only a means to


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produce food, but also united the family to work together. We saw a farmer using the rotation of crops. People spoke confidently about the phases of the moon and its influence on the seasons to sow and to harvest. Agriculture was a wonderful activity! Farming was difficult and demanded great physical effort, but it preserved community and kept the values of families together. Everyone ate organic food. Mother and daughters knew how to bake bread, freeze fruits and vegetables, and prepared for the winter season with homemade jams and jellies. Looking back then and comparing with life today, many might, say “we have come a long way”. And I do not mean to regress to those times. We have modernized agriculture. Big chains of supermarkets conveniently sell the food we eat. We have grown accustom to a world of convenience. The question is: are we healthier now than then? People live longer but only a small percentage does so without taking drugs or medications. We now see so many food allergies and sensitivities. What could be the cause? The food in itself? Wrong genes? Or could it be the intensive use of pesticides herbicides, growth hormones, additives or preservatives added to our food supply? Pesticides affect the environment, such as air, water, bottom sediments and food. Some pesticides contribute to the global warming and the depletion of the ozone layer. In a study done by the US Geological Survey, was found that in the United States, pesticides were responsible for polluting every stream and over 90 per cent of wells sampled. Exposure to pesticides lead to a range of reactions from mild skin irritation, higher incidence of birth defects, tumours, genetic changes, blood and nerve disorders, endocrine disruption and even coma or death, as expressed by Eric Lorens in his article: “Potential Effects of Pesticides”, published in 2009. In trying to lessen the result of the use of these chemicals, maximum limits allowable for individual pesticides have

been set by US and UK Environmental Protection Agencies. These measures are excellent! But the work of the people is needed on the demand side of the market. Individuals must take social responsibility and initiate changes from within the basic unit of society: their family. Whoever is the gatekeeper of the family must take a stand and give the first step towards a healthier planet by switching to organic foods.

or herbicide residues. This reason alone is a big plus to our health.

Organic foods are expensive because family gatekeepers still do not understand their importance. The more families begin to switch to cleaner foods, the less expensive they will become.

• When you eat organic foods you lower the incidence of mistreatment to farm animals: battered chickens, pigs kept in farrowing pens, cows milked to death.

Benefits of eating “organic foods”: • The family eats foods without pesticides

• We don’t have the fear of eating, hydrogenated fats, artificial colours, artificial flavors, artificial sweeteners, preservatives or additives, residual antibiotics genetic modifications and hidden starches. An organic food is the” real thing”.

• Eating organic food gives you a feeling of being socially responsible towards your family and the environment. Here are some suggestions to get you started: • When you go shopping switch to a few

How to switch to organic foods: If you feel that you would like to contribute to the health of the planet and to the health of your loved ones you can do it by switching to organic foods. 99


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organic regulars such as tomatoes, lettuce, onions, apples. Probably you will find them at a higher cost but the health benefits in the long term outdo the higher prices. • Switch slowly… every time you shop buy something new to try. For instance I am a vegetarian but allergic to regular soy milk. I bought organic soy milk and I did not have an allergic reaction. Perhaps you have experienced bloating and discomfort with certain fresh vegetables. Try the organic version of the product and see if it is better for you. • Buy from small local farms. In order to meet demand, large organic companies are not following all of the required methods used in small farms.

Source: Environmental contamination with pesticides, March 2008, www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Env_contamination1.if.gif

Labels, labeling and organics. The USDA has an organic certification program and it requires that all organic foods sold at supermarkets must display a label of USDA approval. Products certified 95 per cent organic display the USDA seal. However, the seal is voluntary for organic producers. One of the problems is organic certifications have become more expensive, making it very difficult for small farmers to pay the annual fee and still make profits on their products. Hopefully with time and increased involvement of consumers this organic certification will be less costly. Remember: To eat organic food is not a matter of just flavour, nutrients or cost. To eat Organic Foods is a matter of social responsibility to the future generations of the world. •

Organic Food Available at Lulu Hypermarket and Mega Mart Stores.

Key differences between conventional and organic farming Conventional Organic Apply chemical fertilizers to promote plant growth. and plants.

Apply natural fertilizers, such as manure or compost, to feed soil

Spray insecticides to reduce pests and disease.

Use beneficial insects and birds, mating disruption or traps to reduce pests and disease.

Use herbicides to manage weeds.

Rotate crops, till, hand weed or mulch to manage weeds.

Give animals antibiotics, growth hormones and medications to prevent disease and spur growth.

Give animals organic feed and allow them access to the outdoors. Use preventive measures — such as rotational grazing, a balanced diet and clean housing — to help minimize disease.

Source: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/organic-food/NU00255, December 2011

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A month to lose 10 pounds, is it possible? by Gloria Duran renderos B.Sc, MPH, Nutrition Consultant

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he summer diet craze, swimsuit countdown, bikini challenge, whatever we want to call it, warm weather is coming closer and with its arrival, the need to submerge in wonderful cool water is one of our greatest desires. Wearing a stylish bathing suit is a must, but along with this fashion comes the secret wish to look thin, firm and flexible when we wear it. Perhaps at the first try-out, we realize that we have left behind several months of opportunities to adopt a few changes in our lifestyle! A stressful job, not sleeping correctly, eating a few more calories than we need, forgetting to drink water, taking uppers to wake up or downers to relax, and not keeping up with a regular exercise routine have left our bodies with excessive padding in our arms, legs, hips and waistline. Do not be dismayed, however, this is a great time to be positive…the summer is the easiest time to start a fitness program that could change both your lifestyle and your body.

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A fitness program, to be successful, should cover three very important aspects that can be incorporated in everyday life: physical activity, calorie counting and behaviour modification. These are the pillars of good health and weight management. Each has a routine of workouts which call for motivation, positive attitude, discipline and self control. Now is the perfect time to start, taking advantage of Mother Nature and the sun to bring about a new you:

1} Physical activity

This a great pillar to fitness and good looks. If it is hard for you to stay in a program, you might need a personal physical trainer to keep you on track. Buy a pedometer to see how much ground you cover in a day or a calorie and activities calculator. This is a must for you… • Start slowly. If you have been sedentary for six months or more, do not try to exercise all at once. If you have a fitness trainer, he must know your beginning limits

and set a suitable workout routine for you that is safe for your heart and metabolism. If you want fast results and you already follow a daily exercise routine, increase your physical training to two hours per session. • Exercise at night. Some research has shown that the best time to exercise is at night, when we can burn calories eaten during the day. Also, exercise at night can relax you and help induce a good sleep.

2} Calorie counting

If you want to maintain your weight, the calories you eat should be equal to the calories you expend. If you want to lose weight the calories you eat should be less than the calories you spend. Here are some suggestions: • Follow a 1250 calorie diet. Divide calories in five small meals of 250 calories each. • Eat two cups of green and yellow veggies a day, cooked or in salads. If


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possible buy them organic and do not worry about their calories. Be sure to dress your salad with an all-natural, “skinny” salad dressing (see below). • Avoid starchy vegetables such as corn, potatoes, yucca, plantains, fresh green peas, and beets, unless you use them as a replacement for breads and flours. • Use only fresh foods and avoid any commercially prepared food or canned food. Stay away if possible from foods that advertise as lite, low and less fat. GO NATURAL.

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• Do not use commercial salad dressings or sauces. Prepare them your own using olive oil or flax oil and lemon. • Avoid diet drinks and diet foods. Research has shown that although you cut calories, in the long run these foods will make you gain weight. • Limit alcohol or alcoholic drinks. Alcohol has seven calories per gram, 210 calories per ounce. And when you drink you follow into the temptation of chips or appetizers. • Avoid sugary drinks. Drink plenty of mineral water or seltzer water with lemon juice. • Drink two cups of water before meals. New research suggests drinking lots of water may have a positive effect on your metabolism.

3} Behaviour modification

This means you must have a great desire to initiate changes in your daily habits, not just for the summer but for the whole year long. Consider implementing the following changes: • Time your meals. You should take 20 minutes to eat any meal. Research has shown that eating too fast does not allow

Celebrate and treat yourself when you reach a goal! Some ideas to try:

• Yogurt shake: Mix six , ounces of natural yogurt and s ½ cup of strawberrie one Tbsp. of honey.

• Pedicure • Hairstyle • Manicure • Massage • Eat a small dessert you like • Buy yourself something new

• Two ounces of diced with chicken breast tossed ens gre ad sal of s two cup and one Tbsp. of flax oil and lemon. • One half-cup of garbanzos tossed in two cups chopped fresh tomatoes, basil and parsley, with one Tbsp. of olive oil and lemon to taste.

time for the brain to get satisfied; therefore this is very important if you want to lose or control weight. Buy a timer to control your eating speed. • Select a smaller sized plate to serve yourself. Large eaters choose large plates to serve large portions. A salad plate for a meal and a saucer for dessert are a good start. • Do not finish everything on your plate. Always leave something on the plate and try to eat only half of the portions you serve. The notion that we must clean the plate because there are so many hungry children in the world is a fallacy. Do not practice it with your children or yourself. • Go back in time and remember the size of the glasses we used for drinking: Four ounces glasses for juices, eight ounces for liquid foods, and twelve to sixteen ounces for drinking water. Check your pantry and start today. • Reduce stress. Not with a pill, which is an easy way out, but by taking time

a • Season ¾ cup of tun h wit yo) ma (no salad lemon and sesame oil and spread on six crackers.

Never think you are fat. You are beautiful!

An instant boost to self-confidence is good posture: stand tall, head and chin up, shoulders back, tummy and rear tucked in and you’ll look like a model. This alone will make you look five pounds thinner.

ad • Mix one cup of fruit sal in pla of s nce with four ou yoghurt.

during the day to do yoga, exercise, or meditation. If you do not have time to do any of these activities, reduce stress by learning to consciously breathe in and breathe out several times a day. When to do it? At a red traffic light when you’re on the road, before a meeting with your boss, before the office meeting or when you are putting your children to sleep. • Sleep an additional hour. A University of Michigan study showed that people who slept an extra hour at night lost upto 14 pounds per year. Sleeping less increases appetite. Sleeping more decreases idle activities and snacking. •

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Love Handle Melter Lie on the floor. Bend one knee while the other leg up. Place one arm behind the neck. Move one elbow by touching the knee and back to the start position. Repeat for 12 to 15 reps and hold last rep for 5 seconds.

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Blaster Lie down. Bend your body in a crunch position. Place both arms behind your neck parallel to the floor. Slowly raise your body up towards the knees and back to starting position for 12 to 15 reps and hold last rep for 5 seconds.

6 Bridge Pose Do the bridge position and maintain your body flat, parallel to the floor. Hold it for 15 to 20 seconds. Repeat it twice.

Oxygen Lie on the floor with head up and arms stretched forward, in line with the knee. Lift the hips up for 5 to 6 cm. Hold and stretch your arms slowly up and down. Repeat for 12 to 15 reps and hold last rep for 5 seconds.

Surf Fit Lie on your back. Get your body in a crunch position. Hold and freeze your abs for 10 to 15 seconds. Repeat this twice.

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Rock Climb Lie down. Raise both legs up with toes pointed. Arms position by the side of the knees, slowly raise-up and down for 3 to 5 cm up and down. Repeat the same on the other side and hold it again for 3 to 5 cm for 12 to 15 reps and hold last rep for 5 seconds.

Berlin Wall Lie on your chest. One arm up and one leg raised. Stretch your body and hold it for 10 seconds and do it on the opposite side. Repeat at the other side.


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Cuisinart Soup Maker

The impressive new Soup Maker from Cuisinart literally makes your soup from start to finish in around 30 minutes; all you have to worry about is chopping the vegetables and placing them in! With no pan to wash up, and no transferring to a blender, it’s a real time-saver for anyone who makes soup often. {QR 949}

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Lakeland Superchef

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What To Do With Your Pet

By Jacqueline Bodnar

As summer peeks over the horizon, many people’s thoughts are turning to vacation planning. If you are one of the millions of pet owners across the country, it’s important to determine the best care option for your furry friend as the family heads out for some summer fun. Read on for some options that are available to you so you can make the best decision for your pet. Taking them One of the more obvious options that come to mind is to simply take your pet with you when you travel. However, that may not be such a good idea, depending on where you are going and the temperament of your pet. Some pets are better left at home, especially if

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they don’t do well in unfamiliar places or have medical problems or any physical impairments. According to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), there are some safety precautions to keep in mind if you

take your pet with you. When traveling by car, the HSUS advises that your pet always be restrained in the vehicle. If your dog is familiar with using a pet safety harness you should use that while traveling. Hard-sided kennels that are well-ventilated are also a good choice.


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Although dogs seem to love sticking their head out of the car window, the HSUS points out that this should be avoided because the dog could be injured by flying debris. Pets should also never be transported in the back of a pickup truck. Be sure to give your pet frequent bathroom and exercise breaks and avoid leaving them in a car unattended, as temperatures can soar quickly and be deadly. HSUS recommends that pets only be transported by air if absolutely necessary. The Airline Transportation Association estimates that every year there are around 5,000 animals that are killed, lost or injured on airplanes. Most of these problems are due to the extreme cold or heat in the poorly ventilated cargo holds and by kennel damage. If you do fly with your pet, take small ones onboard with you in a carrier that fits under the seat. Contact your airline carrier for specifics on their pet restrictions. Most cruise ships and trains don’t accept pets, so you will need to contact them directly if you are considering this. Most lodging facilities also don’t take pets, but there are some hotels and motels that do. The key is to research and reserve well in advance. Be sure to take all the necessary supplies and an emergency first aid kit with you.

Boarding Options Pampered Pets Kennels & Cattery Contact: 5588 4132 Email: nicky@qatarpettravel.com Timings: Sunday - Thursday. 8 am to 4 pm Saturday 9 am to 12:00 nn The Veterinary Surgery Contact: 4436 7187 Email: contact@dohavets.com Timings: Saturday - Thursday 8am to 8pm Qatar Veterinary Centre Contact: 4421 6405/4450 3421 Email: info@qatarvet.com Timings: Saturday - Thursday 8 am to 8 pm Qatar Pet Relocators Contact: 5528 6335 - Janet Berry Email: contact@qatarpetrelocators.com

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usual routines as much as possible. They are not exposed to strange smells, noises, surroundings, or possible exposure to diseases and parasites.” Home Alone For many people, especially cat owners, leaving the pet home alone is an option. Cats can usually be left for a few days home alone with an adequate food and water supply. Fish can be taken care of by purchasing an automatic feeder. According to the SPCA of Texas, some dogs suffer from separation anxiety. This can happen after a vacation for those used to being around their owner frequently. Dogs that suffer from this may display inappropriate behavior when left alone, such as digging, chewing, howling, or urinating in the home. They recommend you gradually get your dog used to being without you by taking it to boarding or dog day care, or leaving it with a friend or relative. Plan Ahead Whatever option you choose, be sure to talk to your veterinarian and have all their vaccinations up to date. The key to a good summer vacation with or without the pet is to plan ahead. •

Pet Sitters A great option for those wanting to travel without their furry friends is to get a sitter. You can either find someone to watch the pet in their home so that your pet has more one-on-one attention, or you can opt to have a sitter visit your home, which allows your pet to stay in a familiar place. A pet sitter may visit your home as many times a day or week as you would like, and some will even stay the night in your home. “We come into the client’s home and walk the dog, take care of the litter box, feed the animals, administer medications, and do just about anything that would need to be done in the house,” says Gina Varias of Qatar Hospitality Services “With in-home pet care the animals are kept in their own familiar environments and kept to their

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family company with Mediterranean roots, family values lie firmly at the heart of MSC Cruises and the company prides itself in offering a warm and authentic Mediterranean experience to guests of all ages on board each of the 12 ships in its state-of-the-art fleet. In fact, more than 15 % of MSC Cruises’ guests throughout the year are children and this number rises to 30% for the summer season, so it’s no surprise that making sure that its youngest guests and their parents have an unforgettable experience is a top priority. ABODE gets a glimpse at the latest addition to the fleet and to MSC’s largest Fantasia-class ships. A close look at MSC Divina’s impressive facilities reveals exactly why children and teens love cruising. MSC Divina boasts four swimming pools, a 4D cinema and Formula 1, basketball, volleyball and tennis courts,

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as well as a five-aside football pitch. For the youngest guests, designers have conceived an enchanting Smurf-themed play area (I Puffi). In this bright and colourful world, complete with toadstool house and roof top slide, children can have fun all day long surrounded by the smiling blue and white paintings of their favourite Smurfs. As well as various fine-dining options for extravagant evening meals in opulent surroundings - a favourite with parentsMSC Divina also offers a great range of dining options that appeal to children. The delicious fajitas and signature burgers at the Sacramento Tex Mex and Sacramento Hamburger House are a definite hit with children and teens, while two fun food-themed features delight kids and teens alike: MSC Divina’s Nutella corner with its mouth-watering crêpes, and the Happy Puppy ice crystal drink stand, offering the perfect refreshment for

kids taking a break from fun in the sun. MSC Divina’s Pantheon Theatre caters for both adults and children and offers seven shows, three new for MSC Divina. For the first time, guests can watch the mysteries of the ancient pyramid of Egypt unfold in rich emotion in the Kingdom of the Pharaohs, pay homage to the biggest hits of all time in front of Planet Music, and witness the charm, mystery and workings of the most illustrious Italian mind in Italian Genius. MSC Divina also hosts the fabulous Kids Story on Ice, a magical representation of the finest children’s stories in the world. Across the MSC Cruises’ fleet, parents can leave their children in the safe hands of the kids’ club staff from 09:00- 23:00. From taking part in adventurous shore excursions to relaxing by the pool, from soothing body and mind in the oriental paradise of the MSC Aurea Spa to enjoying the last show at the theatre, there


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No charge for kids under 18! are countless ways for couples to make the most of this quality time together.

Activities for kids While mum and dad enjoy themselves, Kids’ Club programmes tailored to a specific age group will definitely keep the kids entertained. The Mini Club sends three to six year old sailors on a magical voyage of discovery and amazing adventures through enchanted oceans, while seven to 11 year olds join the pirate crew of the Junior Club and set off in search of buried treasure on an action-packed adventure towards uncharted islands. The Y-Team is the perfect choice for 12 to 14 year olds. Why? Because they’ll meet new friends, do exciting new things and have a great time every day, that’s why! Finally, MSC Generation teen club makes it easy for 15 to 17 year olds to get connected with the coolest crew on board

Basketball and football tournaments, table soccer, carnival parades, volley ball, crazy ping pong, karaoke, treasure hunts, dance competitions, SMS parties, and Miss and Mr Teen are just some of the dynamic activities on offer for those with bags of energy. Budding artists can also channel their creativity into drawing, painting and design, or even writing for the kids’ newspaper.

been specially tailored for teenage skin, teenage fashions and, most importantly, teenage wallets! Parents have not been left out, and a Magic Touch revitalizing body massage offers girls and their mums, or boys and their dads, the perfect opportunity to de-stress together. For those who prefer more strenuous ways of spending quality time together, a personal trainer can whip mother and daughter or father and son into shape with the fun 1-To-1 Workout.

For teenagers, a holiday on board one of MSC Cruise’s luxury ships is the perfect way to have fun and chill out. With X Box, Wii and various games, a musical docking station for iPods, iPhones, iPads and USB readers, and a social corner connected to Net TV and with Bluetooth keyboards, the teen area really is the place to be.

MSC Cruises is the perfect choice for a family holiday, and with kids under 18 cruising for free all year round, families can enjoy the impressive entertainment and facilities, savour delicious and varied dining options and discover numerous exciting destinations, without breaking the bank. •

A Teenage Kicks menu of treatments is also available at the MSC Aurea Spa, meaning that teenage guests on board can enjoy fabulous treatments which have

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Tips for

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Kids

When cruising with kids, there are a few things you should keep in mind to have a more enjoyable experience Be Flexible

While you may strive to keep to a routine similar to the one you use at home, it is not all that likely to be possible. While you strive to preserve some routines, such as bedtime rituals, realize that you will also need to be flexible about much of what is going on.

Take Back-up

Nobody plans on their kids getting sick, but sometimes it just happens. When you are packing your toiletries, throw in a bottle of Motrin or Tylenol. It is usually also available for purchase on the ship, but it will be expensive and your choices will be limited.

Pack extras

use care Most cruise ships offer some sort of kid care, kid camp, or something similar. Take advantage of using it for a few hours each day, so that you can focus on you. Use that time to go dancing, dine with adults, get a massage, take an island bike ride, etc. Most kids love spending tim e in the day camps because they offer so many fun activities. If your child is not used to being away from you, then you will need to ease into this type of arrangement and, again, have patience.

There is plenty of food on the ship, but it doesn’t hurt to take along some snacks that you can carry around and keep handy. They can be especially useful when getting off at ports or during days spent relaxing on the beach.

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Limit Privileges

Cruise ships give each child their own key card. You can make sure that they do not have charge privileges with it, which is a good idea. That way, there will be no unexpected charges on your account, either through the kids making unexpected purchases or from the key card being lost and used by someone else.

Have A View

Sure, the inside cabin may be cheaper on a cruise ship, but if you prefer not to sleep in a closet, spring for the balcony. It is well worth the extra expense. Not only do you get a view, but you have a place to sit and relax, read, chat, etc., after the kids have fallen asleep. Alternatively, if you have a climber, or a child who you don’t think will understand and obey balcony safety rules, then book a stateroom with a window. At least you will still have a view and some natural light to let you know what time of day it is.


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Sofia,Bulgaria...

BY Tarn Carstens Photography Paola Santin

Where to Explore

Whether you enjoy simple strolls or hardcore activity, Sofia offers plenty of outdoor adventures. The Free Sofia Tour (www.freesofiatour. com) is the perfect introduction to the city as it takes you past all the main tourist attractions while allowing your eyes to feast on the beauty of this historical gem and soak up its outdoor atmosphere. The tour is a non-profit organization led by volunteers and is available twice daily. It leaves from The Palace of Justice at 11 am and 6 pm every day. The guides are a group of fun-loving Sofia-enthusiasts who ensure that the trip is both educational and exciting (and good exercise too!) Places you will pass by include; Saint Sofia Statue, Saint Joseph Catholic Cathedral, Central Sofia Market Hall, Benya Bashi Mosque, Mineral Water Springs and many more. I recommend starting your visit to Sofia with the Free Sofia Tour as it is a great opportunity to meet fellow travellers and will better acquaint you with your surroundings; once you’ve done a full tour of the city, you may choose the spots you loved the best and

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go back to explore them in detail (possibly with some new friends!). For a family escapade, visit the Kokolandia Adventure Park where rock-climbing, rope-climbing and tree-top obstacles are just few of the activities on offer. During the winter months, skiing is hugely popular and can be enjoyed in many locations just outside the city. Most of the resorts have equipment for hire and offer packages to suit both beginner and advanced skiers. Visit www. bulgariaski.com for more information. Horse-back riding, bird-watching, hiking and wine-tours are other attractions to be enjoyed. Ask the concierge or reception at your accommodation for spots which are most convenient for you.

Where to Stay

The Bulgari Boutique Hotel is modern and ultra-cosy. Choose from twelve double-rooms (all named after Old Bulgarian cities) or one family apartment which can accommodate up to eight persons. If Bulgaria were a chocolate fondant pudding, staying at this wholesome hub would feel like tapping into its scrumptious gooey centre as it is situated right in the heart of the capital, Sofia oozes rich culture and endless entertainment.

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Each bedroom is uniquely decorated and cleverly designed to feel warm in the snowy winter months and energizing during the summer. With a large livingroom, fireplace and exaggerated bathtub, you may thaw out in luxury after a day on the slopes or simply relax to the max should you feel like staying in. Facilities include; free internet and cable TV, in-room massage, fitness centre and sauna, guided tours of the city, car-rentals and more. Email: bulgarihotel@yahoo.com

Where to Eat

There are numerous fabulous restaurants dotted around Sofia, and you will find all kinds

of cuisine from local delights to sushi... But I highly recommend one traditional Bulgarian restaurant in particular called BECENO CENO which I can only described as a dining extravaganza! After being welcomed and seated in this inviting log cabin-esque tavern located in the woods, expect a full-sensory experience. Enormous traditional meze platters mount the table consisting of gorgeous local cheeses, flat bread, dips and fresh vegetables as an appetizer. As for mains...Think meats galore! Throughout the evening you will be entertained by traditional Bulgarian folk music along with

performances from local Bulgarian folk dancers- who will encourage you to join them for jig on stage. By the end of the night (or perhaps just the beginning for some), half the guests may very well be dancing on their tables and chairs. I suggest going in a group as it is an evening you’ll want share (not to mention the portion sizes which you’ll also definitely want to share).

Where to Play

The Place: Chervilo The Vibe: Chervilo is, by reputation, Sofia’s it-club. Here you’ll find the city’s young and hip partying until all hours of the morning. Sip cocktails while snacking on something stylish in The Garden, then hit the dance floor for R&B, house and electro beats. If you’re in the mood to shmooze the night away- Chervilo is the place. The Dress Code: Dress to the nines. The Place: Sofia Live Club The Vibe: This black leather interior lounge houses soothing live jazz and tribute bands and creates a feeling of sophisticated nostalgia. Located in the Metropolitan Hotel Sofia. The Dress Code: Smart-casual. The Place: Back Stage The Vibe: Live Bulgarian music in a pubstyled venue creates a traditional yet laidback mood. •

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Capital of Sicily, founded by Phoenicians, it reached its

golden age during the Arab domination (IX-XI centuries A.C.) when it became one of the most prosperous cities in the Mediterranean and Europe, known as "city of delights" for its marvelous and lavish gardens, as well as for magnificent mosques and palaces. After being conquered by the Normans (1060-1080 A.C.), most of palaces and mosques were destroyed, but the new rulers exploited the cosmopolitan environment of Palermo and the artists, architects and masters from different cultural roots giving the birth to a unique architectural style, the so-called "Arab-Norman Style of Sicily", which is an original mixture of arabesque decorations, Romanesque architecture and Byzantine mosaics.

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Sicily is a rugged and attractive island on the southern tip of Italy, and is one of the country's 20 regions. It is separated from the mainland region of Calabria by the 5 km Straits of Messina. The Parks and the Nature Reserve are not very well organized but for this reason you'll have the opportunity to enjoy and discover the Sicilian Mountains and Nature. There are some wonderful trekking opportunities you enjoy while taking in the beauty of the most popular Sicilian tourist sites. Sicily has a long history of foreign domination, from the Greeks to the Romans, Arabs, Normans, Catalans resulting in a mixed culture where each occupation left something to see, to taste, and experience.


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Cities to see Cefalu

Is a fishing village and popular beach

resort on the north coast of Sicily, Italy. The attractive Cathedral (Duomo) dominates the centre of town. It is the site of Byzantine mosaics different from the Norman/Arab ones at Monreale. There are plenty of local restaurants around the old town.

Taormina

Catania

is a charming hillside town on the east coast of Sicily, is one of the island's main tourist resorts. Can be hot and busy during July and August. Teatro Greco - impressive open-air (mainly Roman(!)) theatre, with great views up and down the coast and across to Mount Etna.

On the eastern coast of Sicily at the foot of Mount Etna, the biggest

volcano in Europe. Catania is also well known for its particular baroque architecture and urban design (the downtown area is a World Heritage Site, along with all the Val di Noto), consequences of the great earthquake of 1693 after which the city had to be rebuilt, like most of eastern Sicily.

Syracuse is an amazing city of culture

and history ready to be explored and savored. With an interesting mixture of ancient and modern. Activities that can be organized include culture & language classes, Sicilian cooking classes & outdoor excursions (hiking, cycling, climbing, sailing, scuba diving), excursions all over the island, workshops (Sicilian puppet making, ceramics, photography, painting).

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ituated in the central region of Florida, Orlando, is a popular destination for travelers from within United States and from abroad. Thanks to its amazing theme parks it is considered to be the world’s top vacation spots for families, most famous being the Walt Disney World Resort. Orlando is a world class recreation and an entertainment epicenter with four theme parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot Center, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Besides these, Orlando features two water adventure parks, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Disney’s Blizzard Beach, 32 themed resort hotels and the entertainment, shopping & dining

complex: Downtown Disney, which is home to the Marketplace and Pleasure Island (the latter will be re-themed Hyperion Wharf in 2013). Universal Studios is also located in Orlando with its Universal Studios Florida; Universal’s Islands of Adventure featuring the Wizarding World of Harry Potter; and the Wet ‘n Wild Water Park. SeaWorld also calls Florida home with its theme park dedicated to the wonders of the underwater world; but aside from these, Orlando has also smaller parks and attractions worth taking the family to this summer. Here is a recap of theme parks you may want to visit with your family when planning your next vacation. 

Magic Kingdom

This theme park caters to the younger children in the family--capturing the fantasy of Disney’s classic fairytales. The park is distributed into six sections: Main Street U.S.A, Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. You will enjoy watching fantasy to come right out of the pages of a fairytale and turn into life. In the summer of 2012 Disney will unveil the largest expansion in the histor y of the Magic Kingdom with the New Fantasyland which includes a revamped Dumbo the Flying Elephant. www.disney.com Photo credit: Magic Kingdo

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Gatorland

Established in 1949 and initi ally named Snake Village, Gat orland is the oldest running theme park in Orlando and conside red the gator capital of the world. Its 110 acres are dedicated to the wild life preser ve combining daring entertainment and unique anim al encounters. There are thousa nds of alligators and crocod iles, a breading marsh, boardwalk, observation tower, reptilian sho ws exclusive to Gatorland, a pet ting zoo, and a splash area for chil dren. Opened just a year ago, one of the main attractions this yea r is Gatorland’s Screamin Gator Zip Line. Race at 30 miles per hour and 56 feet up in the air above gian t alligators and crocodiles on this oneof-a-kind ride! Soar over the Alligator Breeding Marsh as one hundred and fifty giant alligators wat ch your every move. This is fam ily fun but not for the faint of heart. http ://www.gatorland.com/

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Mövenpick Hotel Deira.

Dubai

By Jorge Granda

Dubai is a wonderful travel destination in the Middle East. So when we were heading for Madonna's concert in Abu Dhabi, we decided to make a short stop and visit this amazing Emirati city.

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hen we heard that the Queen of Pop, Madonna was coming to Abu Dhabi we knew we had to be there with front row tickets! We bought tickets, booked our flights and then thought it would be fun to visit Dubai first before heading to Abu Dhabi where the concert was being held. Whilst planning accommodation in Dubai, we wanted a hotel with a perfect location which would provide all the necessary ingredients to make this trip great. We soon discovered the Mövenpick Hotel Deira. The property is situated ten minutes from Dubai International Airport and the world-famous Gold Souk. It is close to magnificent malls, the impressive Burj Khalifa building and the Dubai Metro. Upon arriving at the hotel we were greeted by a charming and attractive staff who did everything they could to make us feel right at home. A premium stop for travellers, the Mövenpick features 216 comfortable rooms and suites, restaurants and meeting facilities along with a fullyequipped gym and a rooftop pool. For

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the ease of the travelers it also offers shuttle service to Mirdiff City Center, Deira City Center, Dubai Outlet Mall, Al Ghurair Mall and their spectacular sister property the Mövenpick, Jumeirah. Our first day in Dubai included a lunch at the Jigsaw, the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant, which features delicious a la carte menus or creative buffet choices. Absolutely starved, we chose to attack the buffet. The buffet was loaded with a variety of healthy and delicious dishes including Arabic and International cuisines. Adjacent to the Jigsaw we discovered the Wok, which offers modern Asian cuisine where your order is prepared in a live central show kitchen. For diners seeking a cool, refreshing drink prior to

their meal, one can visit the lounge which also showcased an extensive selection of signature Asian teas. If food is the way to one’s heart, Mövenpick Deira certainly knows how to keep their guests well fed and happy. Besides the usual fare, the hotel also offers complimentary breakfast and snacks throughout the day at the Executive Lounge on the 5th floor. After a great meal, we headed to the infinity pool which overlooks the most impressive part of Dubai city.


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the whole of Dubai city, which gives us the perfect reason to make another trip soon. The city is incredible and special. Note: A round-trip economy class ticket from Doha to Dubai on Qatar Airways was QR 820 as of June 1st, 2012. Entry visa fee not included.

Atlantis on the Palm

Soon, it was time for us to venture beyond the property and embrace what Dubai has to offer. On second day in the Arabian Emirate city we decided to spend time at the Atlantis on the Palm. It was by far one of the best decisions we took during the trip. The Atlantis hotel and the park are simply majestic. Next, we decided to treat ourselves to Gold Star package at the attached Aquaventure, marine and waterpark. While there are many packages, the Gold Star package (costing AED 315) gave us access to the park, locker rentals, free meal, drink vouchers and more. The attractions, ambiance, and slides, as well as the overall design will not disappoint anyone regardless of age. The Aquaventure resembles the spectacular Sun City park in South Africa and features an aquarium, slide rides including a 27.5 metre tall, 61 metre long ride appropriately named the ‘Leap of Faith’ along with

lazy rivers, shark tunnel, restaurants and kiosks, among other attractions.

Burj Khalifa

The Madonna concert in Abu Dhabi

Finally, the day to see the iconic Madonna arrived. We were very excited that we were going to have a special opportunity to see the ‘Queen of Pop’ live at the Yaz Island Arena along with 25,000 other screaming fans. (We had tickets for her second concert as the first was sold out in a matter of minutes.) Simply put, Madonna is beyond description. Suffice to say that the concert was truly a magnificent spectacle. After it concluded, we headed back to Dubai and fell asleep on luxurious beds and soft pillows. We spent the last day shopping and visiting the indomitable Burj Khalifa building. Although we were able to visit many places in Dubai, we felt we had very little time to truly explore and experience

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ABODE spoke to Sharaf Tours to get you the best of short visit stays in Dubai.

TOUR 01: DUBAI MALL & ICE BAR DAY 01 ARRIVAL, CHECK-IN & FREE TIME • Arrival at Dubai International Airport Transfer to Amwaj Rotana, a 5 star hotel in the midst of new Dubai, precisely located along the famous restaurant and shopping strip known as “The Walk”, a fashionable and youthful spot with perfect sea views. • Check in at the hotel. Check-in is at 2pm. Hotel is on Bed & Breakfast basis Afternoon & Evening at Leisure. Next to the hotel are different restaurants and nightlife spots that are a walking distance away. Nearby is also the Dubai Marina. The Metro Station (JLT and Dubai Marina stops) can be reached within 5-10 minutes by taxi. The Dubai Metro is very well connected with most of Dubai’s attraction. • Lunch and/or Dinner optional • Overnight in Amwaj Rotana or similar • Attractions: Jumeirah Beach Walk & Dubai Marina DAY 02 SHOPPING, CABLE CLIMB & ICE BAR • Breakfast at the Hotel • Morning at Leisure & Check-out

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(Check-out is at 12 noon) • After check-out you will be picked up for their tour This tour will take you from the hotel to Dubai Mall, the world’ largest shopping and entertainment destination. The Mall amazingly has 1200 retail outlets, two anchor department stores and over 160 food and beverage outlets. But the wonder is just starting, Dubai Mall also hosts an Aquarium, a Cineplex, gold & jewelry outlets, the Dubai famous fountain show and an ice rink. After the mall, proceed to Times Square, Dubai's newest community oriented shopping center, which hosts Adventure HQ, a dedicated outdoor adventure retail specialist offering an adventurous environment. Here you will experience the thrill of new heights on the Cable Climb. Afterwards, enjoy some freezing temperatures at Chill Out Bar, the first ice lounge in the Middle East. It is a place which is spell binding with its ice sculptures, seating arrangement and illuminated interiors, all at a temperature of minus six degrees. The tables, chairs, plates and even the glass in which mocktails are served are made up of ice.

Once in the lobby, all visitors are given thermal gear to keep themselves warm. It comprises of a hooded park a (a heavy jacket), disposable woolen gloves and a pair of shoes. At the lounge you will be served hot chocolate or tea. After this chilling experience, you will be dropped to the airport. • Departure (Tour lasts approximately 4 h and 30 m and can be organized only in the afternoon) • Attractions: Dubai Mall, Cable Climb, Chill Out Bar


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Dubai Mosque Hotel: Amwaj Rotana www.Rotana.Com/Rotanahoteland Resorts/Unitedarabemirates/Dubai/Amw Ajrotana Category: 5 Star (*Rate Is Per Person, Sharing A Double Room, On Bb Basis) 02 Pax: USD 250

TOUR 02: LUXURY DIVING DAY 01 ARRIVAL, CHECK-IN & IFTAR AT BURJ AL ARAB • Arrival at Dubai International Airport Transfer to One&Only The Palm. Located on the peninsula of one of the world’s most spectacular landscapes, Palm Dubai, One&Only The Palm offers an exclusive and secluded enclave of impeccable style. Amidst lush manicured gardens, fountains and pools along the sparkling shore, guests can enjoy the beauty of the resort. On the horizon, view the wonder and excitement of the New Dubai Skyline. • Check in at the hotel. Check-in is at 2pm. Hotel is on Bed & Breakfast basis Slightly before Iftar time, a limousine will take you to Burj Al Arab, the most luxurious hotel in the world and iconic symbol of Dubai. Everyone has heard of the famous sail like shaped hotel rising on its own on an artificial island. You will have Iftar and then drive back to the hotel. • Dress Code: Smart • Lunch and/or Dinner optional • Overnight in One&Only the Palm or similar • Attractions: Iftar at Burj Al Arab, the Palm Jumeirah

• After check-out you will be picked up for your tour You will be driven along Sheikh Zayed Road, the longest road in the UAE characterized by beautiful skyscrapers on both sides, towards Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the whole world. Enter the record books by experiencing a journey through Dubai’s extraordinary story behind Burj Khalifa and by enjoying the spectacular 360 degree sweeping panorama from the observatory at the top, located at 124th floor of Burj Khalifa. As if this is not enough, you will reach the top at a high speed journey in one of the world’s fastest elevators, reaching the speed of up to 10 meters per second. After this you will visit the Dubai Mall, part of the 20-billion-dollar Burj Khalifa complex and the world’s largest shopping and entertainment destination. The Mall has an amazing 1200 retail outlets, two anchor department stores and over 160 food and beverage outlets. But the wonder doesn’t stop here! Indeed Dubai Mall also hosts an Aquarium, a cinemaplex, gold & jewelry outlets, the Dubai famous fountain show and an ice rink. At the end of the tour, you will be driven to the airport. (Tour lasts approximately 4 h and can be organized only in the morning or afternoon of DAY 02. Please note that

Burj Khalifa tickets are subject to availability and should be booked at least 48 hours in advance) • Attractions: Sheikh Zayed Road, At the Top (Burj Khalif ’s observatory), Dubai Mall. Hotel: One&Only The Palm www.thepalm.oneandonlyresorts.com/ Category: 5 Star (*Rate Is Per Person, Sharing A Double Room, On Bb Basis) 02 Pax: 655 USD

For additional information contact Sharaf Tour P O Box 21593, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Tel. +971.4.3976060 Fax: +971.4.3976527 www.sharaftours.com or www.sharaftravel.com

DAY 02 AT THE TOP OF THE WORLD • Breakfast at Hotel • Morning at Leisure & Check-out (Check-out is at 12 noon)

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The Magic of Thinking Big,

The Travel Book* The Travel Book is not your ordinary travel guide, it speaks more! Different contributors have put together their knowledge and experience to the Lonely Planet travel guide series. This is an A-Z series of profiles of each country featured in the book, a total of 230 in all. It is heavy but priced reasonably and the information is quite extensive from books to read beforehand when visiting a particular country; which music to listen before you go; food and drinks to try once there and few comments on what to buy and see for every tourist.

Great Journeys Lonely Planet continues to feature amazing places that everyone would like to visit. The book doesn’t just offer expert guidance, practical tips and amazing photography it also brings essential experiences and fine points on the ideal trip length and the best of the year to go to a specific place. If you have that serious passion for travel this book is your best bet!

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David Joseph Schwartz, Ph.D They say that mind is the battlefield of whether you will be victorious or be a failure! This truth materializes in this book for it shows and gives you useful methods that will help you sell better, manage better and earn more money, ultimately it helps you to find your contentment and peace of mind. It leads you how to learn and understand the habit of performing and believing to accomplish great success and happiness. Think Big, start now by grabbing your copy!

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Glamour Loaded BY Wissam Assaf Photography Jessie Palanca

We explored Mercedes Benz new GL’s capabilities on rough terrain as well as in the city, and the result were impressive, which is surprising for such a refined and elegant vehicle.

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he GL is a huge cross-country vehicle which not only imposes its domination on the roads but also grants you a feeling of security the moment you step into it. You feel overwhelmed by the high quality material and classy chrome finishing, which is a characteristic one is accustomed to in all of Mercedes-Benz cars. The GL is no exception. This GL500 is equipped with a 5.5L V8 engine that delivers 388hp and can get it to a 100kph in just 6.5 seconds, which is amazing for a 2.5ton vehicle. Seriously, the more you drive it, the more you get a grasp of how much the GL can do for you. When on the inside, you overlook a hood that is brilliantly designed, and has bulgy stripes and chrome filled grills giving it the sporty spirit, SLS style. The same is enhanced through paddle shifters behind

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the steering wheel. A ride in this GL500, despite its power and bumpy roads we drove on, was fairly silent. The seats are fully power-adjustable, comfortable and supported with air cushions for your wellbeing during long drives. I loved the fact that they are also electrically modifiable into a sort of bucket seats through the longitudinal air chambers on the seat sides providing lumbar support. Hence, being “race-blooded” does not anymore come as a hurdle for those moments in which you desire to drive in style and comfort. The driver’s seat comes with 3 memory settings and the steering wheel positioning control is electric thus rendering your luxury and control experience in the cockpit quite a favorable one. Aggressive suspension settings can be selected simply through a button in the center console thus enhancing that sporty experience as well.

Further regarding the specs of this vehicle, separate automatic climate control is available for the 7 passengers in addition to various entertainment options. Two 20.3cm screens are fitted in the headrests of the front seats and Mercedes-Benz supplies them with wireless headphones so that the rear car passengers may enjoy their favorite DVDs or games without distracting adjacent passengers, or more importantly the driver. The multimedia features are many and include MP3/iPod Connection, multi CD and a built in hard drive to name a few standard ones. We got the chance to explore the GL’s capabilities on rough terrain as well, and the result was as impressive as it was on paved ones, which is surprising for such a refined and elegant vehicle. It maintains a rigid feel off-road and it’s quite controllable thanks to 19-inch ventilated and perforated front brake discs (with the AMG


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The desire for rough driving is not a hurdle anymore for those who want to enjoy it in both style and comfort.

package we had) and a sharp steering. The standard Airmatic suspension, besides offering a high level of comfort, allows you to increase the ground clearance by up to 9 cm over 3 stages through the touch of a button. In case you forget to bring the vehicle back down after having some fun on bushy surfaces and hit the highway, it would automatically adjust its height thus lowering itself by 15 mm at speeds above 120 kph. Needless to mention, the GL class is an utterly spacious 7-seater… you don’t have to leave any of your beloved ones nor needed gadgets behind on long journeys. The rear car passengers get a decent legroom. Even the oft punished 6th and 7th passengers in the last row of seats are quite pampered as they get the roomiest accommodation without compromise. Moreover, all seats can be folded electrically so only if the two rear-most

ones are not needed you instantly create a massive boot space of 750 liters (which is 10% more than the 2013 ML class or good enough for 2,273 cans of soda, whichever you can relate to better) BlueEFFICIENCY, BlueTEC hybrid… We have been seeing these designations lately on nearly all Mercedes-Benz models (at your disposal on more than 140 models by end of 2012), so what do they stand for? In a nutshell, they are Mercedes-Benz’s way of minimizing emissions and consumption. Since BlueTEC is for Diesel engines which are not common in our Gulf market we will brief you only about BlueEFFICIENCY. This is a collection of vehicle optimizations from engine to aerodynamics and energy management resulting in a great fuel economy and very low emissions. The V8 engine on this GL500 we have tested delivers more power than conventional Mercedes V8s with 25% less fuel

consumption. Pretty impressive! Mercedes-Benz also offers you a long list of options for the individuality of your ride. Among them is a variety of combinations for the leather upholstery and trim, wood/ leather multifunction steering wheel, Aluminum side steps, crash responsive headrests, electric tailgate, bi-xenon headlamps, ski/snowboard racks and many more. But probably for me, the one indispensable option is the AMG package with its light alloy 5-spoke 21-inch rims. It is money well spent for the sake of enhancing the style of your GL and maximizing that unique compromise in this vehicle between the cross-country performance, sportiness, daily drivability and exclusiveness… it is a vehicle to get, and keep! •

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Auto Roundup Ford Expedition reports Growing Popularity in GCC All-New BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé Goes on Sale in Qatar The all-new BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé – the first four-door Coupé in the history of the BMW brand – has arrived in Qatar following its unveiling to global audiences at the 82nd Geneva International Motor Show earlier in March this year. The third model in the BMW 6 Series line up, the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé follows the successful debut of the next generation Convertible and Coupé models launched last year. The aim in the design process of the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé was to achieve a synergy between the aesthetics and dynamics typical of a BMW Coupé and functional versatility of a fourdoor sedan.

The Ford Expedition is increasingly becoming popular among families in the region as demand for Ford’s full-size SUV in the GCC has more than doubled in the first half of the year, especially as the summer holiday season nears. Sales in the GCC grew 130% while in Qatar, year to date Ford Expedition sales grew by seven folds.

Maserati GranCabrio Fendi arrives to Qatar

NISSAN POWER FOR A QUARTER OF LE MANS 24 HOURS FIELD Nissan will be the dominant force at this year's Le Mans 24 Hours, with a quarter of all entries running on Nismo-tuned Nissan power. Spearheading Nissan's dominant entry to the famous endurance race, on June 16/17, will be the hugely innovative, experimental racing car - the Nissan DeltaWing - which aims to change the face of motor racing by completing the Le Mans 24 Hours using half the fuel and half the tyre material of a conventional LMP racer.

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The Maserati GranCabrio Fendi, designed by Silvia Venturini Fendi, is born from the union of two iconic brands from Italy, which share common values such as craftsmanship and heritage. A masterpiece of technology and craftsmanship, the Maserati GranCabrio Fendi was displayed for the first time in the Middle East at the Dubai International Motor Show, and it has now arrived to Doha for the first time.


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Karen Millen

Villaggio Mall

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Faces

Villaggio Mall

4450-7189

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4487-5222

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Jawaan Street, Al Sadd 4424-7777 Salwa Rd, Al Sadd

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The Center

4436-6275

Lifetrons

Royal Plaza

4413-0000

Oryx Rotana

Al Nahda School St., 4402-3333

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4493-0394

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4416-5132

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Pampano

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4468-2919

Ramada Encore

Ahmed Bin Moh’d St. 4444-3444

Villaggio Mall

4450-7585

Landmark Mall

4486-4038

Radisson Blue

4459-2061

Max

Barwa Village

4415-4480

Hotel Doha

C Ring Rd.

Pronovias

Villaggio Mall

4416-1856

Ritz-Carlton

West Bay Lagoon

4487-6856

Make Up For Ever Hyatt Plaza

Cars ∕ Motoring

4428-1428 4484-8000

Al Boraq Auto Mobiles Al Matar St.

4459-9666

Pull & Bear

Landmark Mall

Infinity

Salwa Showroom

4428-3333

Ralph Lauren

Villaggio Mall VIP section 4413-5655

Mercedes Benz

Salwa Road

4462-4444

Sketchers

City Centre

4483-9476

Sharq Village & Spa Ras Abu Abboud St.

4425-6666

Nissan

Salwa Showroom

4428-3333

Spring

Villaggio Mall

4460-4963

Sheraton Doha

4485-4444

Al Sadd

4444-1334

Swarovski

Land Mark Mall

4483-8158

Souq Waqif Boutique Souq Waqif

4433-6666

Yarmouk 4488-8618

Tanagra

Villaggio Mall, VIP section

4413-4780

The St. Regis Doha Westbay

4483-1644

4450-7477

TSE YANG

Porto Arabia 4495-3876 ext. 2071 West Bay Lagoon

Sealine Beach Resort Mesaieed Umm Said 4476-5299 Sizzling Hot Spot Holiday Villa Hotel

Mannai Industrial

4455-8709

The Athlete’s Foot Villaggio Mall

Porsche Centre Doha Doha

4459-9666

Hyatt Plaza

4416-5133

W Doha

Renault

4428-3333

The Deal

Al Sadd, Main Road

4442-4043

Medical

Tod’s

Villaggio Mall

4413-4937

Doha Dental

Salwa Showroom

Clubs / Leisure

Corniche Road

5575-6389

Virgin Megastore Villaggio Mall

4413-5823

4431-7766

Pearl Lounge Club Doha Marriott Hotel

4429-8444

4418-2245

Ebn Sina Medical Westbay

Education

4453-5353

Bilal Complex, Al Saad

Mourjan Marinas IGY Lusail Marina

Landmark Mall

4411-5335

4402-7400

Furniture / Interior Design

4483-9100

toll free number

800-2288

Articles

Royal Plaza, 2nd Floor 4413-1188

Goodlife Chemist City Centre

Bo Concept

City Centre

4411-5054

The Pearl

4495-3876

Entertainment

Forum Design

Al Hilal

4456-8716

Bader Chemist

Salwa Road

4441-1888

Ray’s Reef

Kare Doha

Lagoona Mall

4477-0909

Real Estate

Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar

Education City

4402-0555

Royal Plaza, 2nd floor 4413-1122

The Cinema Palace Royal Plaza, 2nd floor 4432-0938

Ligne Roset/ DEDON Souq Najed, Salwa Road 4431-1843

Ahmed Hassan Bilal Trading & Contracting Co. WLL

Fashion / Retail

The One

Landmark Mall

4488-8669

Ahmed Bin Moh’d. Bin Thani St

Villaggio Mall

4450-7778

LS: Keep Moving Tornado Tower, Ground Floor

City Centre

4483-9400

4491-3222

Aida

Royal Plaza, 2nd Floor 4413-1188

Aldo

Hyatt Plaza

4468-2920

Home Centre

The Mall

4467-8896

Hotels & Restaurants

Villaggio Mall

4450-7391

Al Bustan

Aldo Accessories City Centre

4411-5289

Bench

4469-0476

Hyatt Plaza

Guerlain Alfardan Spa Westbay

4499 9250

Al Gassar Resort Westbay

4424-4881

The Spa

4429-8520

Al Seef

Al Aaliya Street

4433-2222

Plastic Surgicentre 149 Najma St., Al Hilal 4466-2260

Salwa Road

4437-1212

Foot Care Centre Lulu Gharafa

4478-0510

Al Saad St.

4431-4411

The Center

4436-6275

City Centre

4493-0394

Villaggio Mall, VIP section 4416-1860

Chowking

Birkenstock

The Mall

4455-0233

4444-8483

Royal Plaza

Change

Royal Plaza, 1st floor

Chicco

Villaggio Mall

Titto Bluni

Royal Plaza, 1st floor

4413-1177 4450-7068 4413-1144

Spa and Wellbeing 4435-2227

Berluti

Museum Park St.

4442-8877.

Doha Marriott Hotel Ras Abu Aboud St.

4429-8888

Fauchon

Salwa Road

4432-4888

Doha Marriott Hotel

Royal Plaza

4435-5588

Four Seasons

Corniche Road

4494-8888

West Bay Lagoon

4448-1234

Police & Fire Department

Hospitals ∕ Emergency

Marc Jacobs

Villaggio Mall, VIP section 4413-4767

Grand Hyatt

Celine

Villaggio Mall, VIP section 4413-4763

Grand Regency

Al Sadd

4434-3333

Doha Clinic Hospital

4484-4444

Hotline 4435-5999

4413-4767

InterContinental

Al Istiqlal Rd,

Centrepoint

4413-1927

West Bay Lagoon

Al Asmakh Mall

CH By Carolina Herrera Villaggio Mall, VIP section 4413-4748

Kempinski Residences

Charles & Keith

West Bay Doha

Al Ahli Hospital 4405-3333

4431-7766

Hamad General Hospital

4439-2222 4439-2948

4493-4437

& Suites

Hyatt Plaza

4469-0413

La Cigale Hotel

60 Suhaim Bin Hamad St. 4428-8888

Rumailah Hospital

Dune

Landmark Mall

4487-8158

Liza

Porto Arabia 4495-3876 ext:1721

Pediatric Emergency Centre

Porto Arabia

7780-9513

Qatar Foundation for Child

Corniche

4429-8806

& Protection Hotline

Ermenegildo Zegna Villaggio Mall VIP section 4413-4765 Events

Royal Plaza, 1st floor

Marriott Hotel

Garage

City Centre

Geox

Villaggio Mall

4450-7194

Mövenpick Tower & Suites Westbay

4496-6600

Geox

Landmark Mall

4488-7531

Mercure Grand

4446-2222

Gucci

Villaggio Mall

4413-5222

Merweb Central Doha Ras Abu Abboud St. 4409-4444

4413-1155 4483-9324

Mövenpick Hotel Corniche Road Musherib Street

4489-8000

Doha Dental

City Centre

Megu

999 4438-4333

4439-2948 4466-6671 to 73

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