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Chairman Ahmed Hassan Bilal Editor-in-Chief Nasser Ahmed Hassan Bilal Executive Director Moona Masri-Whitice Associate Editor Nitya Shukla Editorial Coordinator Marlynne Mallari - Dela Pena Copyeditor Caroline Veldhuis Graphic Designer Paola Santin Zahi Srour Finalizer/ Production Manager Srimani Welagedara Photographer Jessie Palanca Sales & Marketing Manager Deliah Furcoi Communications Manager Jorge Granda Marketing Coordinator Jeniffer Daclan – Ruiz Web Coordinator Imran Khan Distribution Lanie Fillo-Pana Contributors Gloria Duran-Renderos Elsbeth Blekkenhorst Willemina Mansell-van Eeghen Asma Ashimi F. Webb Suzy Q Lisa Canning Lynn Maristela Francesca Moser Allan Lloyd Martinez Laura Prior Francesca Cruz Perla Lichi Patrese Essel Danielle Duttenhofer Christina Maria Paschyn Wissam Assaf Marzena Hallam-MibX Charmel Delos Santos- High Heeled Traders Owner & Licensee Print Communications An Associate of Ahmed Hassan Bilal Group of Companies. Printers Gulf Publishing & Printing Co. Printers Gulf Publishing & Printing Co. ENQUIRIES ON THE ABOVE SECTIONS PLEASE CONTACT: TEL: +974 4443-2224 FAX: +974 4443-2225 ADVERTISING INFORMATION Qatar: +974 4443-2224 LEGAL NOTICE ABODE is owned and published monthly by Print Communications, P.O. Box 7848, Doha, Qatar. An Associate of Ahmed Hassan Bilal Group of Companies. This publication follows Canadian Press Style and is written in Canadian English. No part of this publication may be reproduced or copied without the written permission of the publisher under the copyright laws of the State of Qatar. All rights reserved. No responsibility taken for unintentional errors or unsolicited material. Use of trademark is strictly prohibited.

On the Cover: Aisha Fonte, Head of VIP and Visitor Relations at the Aspire Zone Foundation Photography: Jorell Legaspi; Make Up: Darin Fares @ Guerlain Alfardan Spa; Location: Kempinski Residences & Suites Doha; Clothing & Accessories: Suite Blanco

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114 20 FASHION 14 16 18 20 28 34 37 38

ABODE Loves Dress Yourself Slimmer Figure Flatterers Aisha Fonte’s Casual Summer Flair Ready, Set, Go Choose The Right Sunglasses The Humble Basket Fashion Notebook: Get The Look

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FOOD,

LIFESTYLE & TRAVEL 90 94

Kitchen Confidential What Really Makes Women Happy?

96 The 7 Day Fitness Plan 99 A Nutritionist’s Point Of View 102 Get Ready To ZUMBA! 104 Should You Say Yes To Liposuction?

50 HOME 46 48 50 53 58 62

10 FUN Updates To Make This Year Transforming An Outdated Room Floral Furniture Safari & Aqua From Kare Qatar Palaces: Fit For A King European Renaissance At Vizcaya Museum And Gardens

PEOPLE 68 70 72 74 75 76

Espousal Progress The Victoria Scott Story Family Ties Jazz On Demand A Moment In Pictures Investing Gets Extreme Makeover

105 Is There Any Cure For Cellulite? 106 The Cellulite Crusher 107 Be Your Best Shape 108 The Fit Reader’s Corner 110 The Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel

Bahrain City Centre

114 ABODE Travel Beijing 118 Ecotourism In Tulum, México 122 Auto Review Porsche Carrera S 124 Auto Round Up 126 Horoscope 9


EDITOR’S

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IN THIS ISSUE...

behind the scenes

Dear Readers: Your health and wellness was on our mind when we started this month's issue. You will find in our Lifestyle pages a special health section that includes a wealth of information on helping you to feel fit and equipping you with the knowledge to enhance your well being. The Seven Day Workout plan has been designed by experts and is coupled with a complimentary meal plan that will lead to a healthier you. In the Fashion Section, we speak with Aisha Fonte, Head of VIP and Visitor Relations at Aspire Zone Foundation who lends her unique insight on merging sports and fashion. We also highlight the UK based retailer Mamas and Papas as they introduce a special limited edition of summer apparel for your toddlers. And lest you forget, we urge you to protect your eyes from the blazing sun with the latest edition of eyewear from world renowned designer Louis Vuitton.

How to get the perfect shot

In our Home Section, Forum Design shows you how to transform outdated interiors while maintaining your home's character. We then have a wonderful conversation with world renowned interior designer Perla Lichi on how one goes about decorating lavish and dramatic palaces. For a bit of European Renaissance we derive inspiration from Vizcaya Museum and Gardens of Spain. Our People Section begins with a candid interview with Charge d'Affaires and Head of Mission of Singapore to Qatar Mr Syed Noureddin, who praises Qatar for its efforts in human development. We also introduce you to renowned Peruvian artist Ana Maria Garcia Montero, whose spectacular photography captures the elegant Peruvian Paso, known as the horse with the smoothest gait in the world.

Test shoot stand in

ABODE takes a special trip to the Kempinski Grand and Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre to see how business hospitality merges with entertainment. We also travel to Beijing where we explore the historical marvels blended with the modern. And, while in Qatar, do not miss the chance to stop by and check out the Porsche Carrera S, the latest edition of the famous 911, which is known in many circles as the greatest car of all time. We hope you enjoy our issue as we hope to inspire you to live well, travel and experience life. The summer sun is harsh, remember to hydrate.

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Our Favorite Picks Omnia Coral From Bvlgari

Pivoine Delicate From L'Occitane

Scent Surround Diffuser From Jo Malone


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With an ever discerning audience ABODE is pulling up its socks this issue!

As the whole look and feel of the magazine has

advanced. It was decided to define our sections to bring an even more amazing issue of ABODE. FASHION leads the start of the magazine,

defined

illustrating

QATAR

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best of the

best in fashion trends, newest collections for every season. ABODE talks to international top INTERIORS designers to inspire and create the best home away from home.

What makes ABODE

unique are its stories about real PEOPLE that shape the city we call home.

Every month ABODE has a conversation with people

making a difference in our community highlighting their role and the fabulous things they are doing. Last but not least ABODE takes a bow with LIFESTYLE highlighting Food – world renowned Chefs, recipe cards, Entertainment – new talent, Travel & Globe trotting, Wellness & health, Community, Arts, Culture and Autos!


personal shopper

style guide

Dress Yourself Sl im m er!

Follow our quick and easy tips and you will look and feel great instantly, whatever your size... By Francesca Moser

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Skirt with Belt: Show off your waist whenever you can. Simply belt it!

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Shirt + Trouser: A boxy airy shirt is very on trend and also doesn’t cling to your body, so it keeps those lumps and bumps hidden, genious.

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Maxi Skirt: Maxi lengths are very useful for extra coverage, but be careful not to disappear in them. Therefore opt for fitted styles in order to show your original curves.


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Tops & Jackets Oversized blazer Miss Selfridge. Block coloured jackets are perfect to add some colour to any of your outfits. {QR 230}

style guide

We found the most flattering shapes and styles around, so get ready to shop. Dresses

Pink Peplum top Awear. Peplum shapes are great to hide bigger hips. {QR 160}

Maxi dress. Wallis. Balance out your proportions thanks to this interesting and romantic maxi dress. {QR 488}

Silk printed trouser. River Island. Silky trousers are airy, super chic and very comfy indeed! {QR 259}

Shirt dress.House of Fraser. An effortless piece that emphasize your waist. {QR 690}

Bottoms Skinny Jeans. JBrand. Splash out on these super flattering jeans. {QR 1,178}

Yellow bag. Lk Bennett. An oversized bag is a must for this season. {QR 1,408}

Wedges.Dorothy Perkins. Wedges and heels are always a must to elongate any figure. {QR 259}

Accessories

Belt.M&S. Show off your curves simply by adding a skinny belt. {QR 112}

Necklace. Diva at Miss Selfridge. A statement necklace is always a wow factor and it draws attention to your top half, so great for bottom heavy figures. {QR 95}

Shift dress. Miss Selfridge. Shift dresses are very forgiving especially in the tummy area. {QR 374}

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ask ABODE

Swim suit

FIGURE Flatterers

Choose The Right

If finding the right swimsuit is a matter of concern, rest assured that with these 5 different body shape categories, you will find a suit that flatters your figure no matter your shape or size.

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ARLENE Provocateur Bra { QR 825} Bottom { QR 640}

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Shoulders: narrow chest: small Waist: long Bottom: full Hips: wide, curved Thighs: full

Goal To balance out, emphasising your top half and drawing the attention away from your hips. Advice • Wear higher cut plain briefs to elongate the legs. • Wear dark colours on your bottom half to minimise the hip area. • Wear bright attractive colours and accessories on your top half, such as beads, ruffles and buckles. • A padded bikini with cups will make your bust seem bigger. • Choose a ‘Princess’ cut for your bikini top or a halter style tops to broaden the shoulders. • A Tankini style top with square neck will also draw the attention away from your hips.

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Underwired Padded Bandeau Yamamay Bra { QR 170}

3 CM-SIDE BOTTOM Yamamay {QR 105}

triangle bikini Yamamay Bra { QR 131} Bottom { QR 78}


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Hour Glass Shoulders: narrow chest: full Waist: well defined Hips: narrow Thighs: slender

Goal: Showing your feminine curves Advice • Push-up tops with underwire and cups enhance your bust. • To draw the attention: choose the latest prints and embellishments on both top and bottom. • Any type of leg cut or neckline will suit you. • Go for attractive colours. • If you wear your bikini for extended periods of time, get thicker straps for ultimate lift and support. • Avoid large garments: accentuate your body shape by wearing tight-fitting swimwear.

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Yamamay PUSH UP BIKINI BRA {QR 170} SWIM SHORTS {QR 131}

Shoulders: broad chest: medium to full Waist: less defined Belly: flat Hips: narrow Thighs: slim Goal: Focus on the hips and legs to balance proportions. Advice • Low-leg styles for briefs, like boy legs and hot pants, to broaden the hips. • Look out for a swimsuit or bikini that accentuates the waist. • Use accessories on the hips: like a belt, strings, beads, bows, rings, buckles, or ruffles. • Wear tops with thin over-the-shoulder straps or high-cut neckline, which draw attention to the hips. • Create the illusion of an hourglass figure by wearing a high-cut one piece swimsuit.

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PADDED ONE-PIECE Yamamay {QR 390}

ZANDY Provocateur Bra { QR 1,015} Bottom { QR 825}

Yamamay SLIDING TRIANGLE BIKINI BRA {QR 131} SKIRT {QR 170}

Goal: Emphasise on the chest, drawing the attention away from the belly Advice • Elongate the body with vertical or diagonal lines. • Use V-necklines that enhance your bust area. • Contrast neckline binding and neckline embellishments to draw attention upwards. • Steer clear of busy prints and colours. • Wear a long Tankini top or one-piece bathing suit with over-the-shoulder straps. • Choose solid colours on a neutral dark background.

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casual summer flair by Nitya Shukla photography Jorell legaspi styling ghaza al faisel clothes and accessories by suite blanco location kempinski residences & suites doha Feature Coordinator Deliah Furcoi Support Jessie PalancA & Jenny Daclan-Ruiz

ABODE gets inspired by Suite Blanco's summer casual wear which Aisha Fonte, Head of VIP and Visitor Relations at the Aspire Zone Foundation, showcases how easy it is to look refreshingly put together.

Mini Vestido Dress - QR 189 Earrings - QR 25 Bangler - QR 45

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Mini Vestido Dress - QR 169 Bag - QR 179 Necklace - QR 89 Shoes - QR 99

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his month's cover personality is Aisha Fonte, who works as Head of VIP and Visitor Relations at the prestigious Aspire Zone Foundation. We choose Aisha as she is on the top of her game, both in her career and physical fitness. Her confident personality and positive attitude is both energetic and infectious. We were amazed that despite leading a hectic work life she has time to follow her passions and follow her fitness mantra. When asked to her to tell us how she keeps herself in such good shape and what are her favourite sports, she said “Sports have always been an important part of my life. My mother was a ballet dancer and she was known to be one of the best dancers in Barcelona. However, she had a punishing schedule for us as kids.� Thanks to her mother Aisha learnt to swim every day, was a keen gymnast, an accomplished flamenco dancer and cannot live without going to the gym at least twice per week. It shows! Aisha is a global citizen with an interesting and incredible background and therefore a perfect fit for our cover. She was born in Chelsea, United Kingdom, raised in Ben Gazi, Libya finished her schooling in Barcelona, Spain. She has worked in Berlin, London, Brussels and now in Doha. She also speaks five languages and has worked in variety of roles throughout her career, she also owned a Flamenco school for 11 years, and now aspires to start her own fashion label in the future.

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Vest Denim - QR 149 Falda Largo - QR 179 Necklace - QR 49 Bangles - QR 59

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Camiseta Top - QR 189 Necklace - QR 69

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Mini Vestido Dress - QR 209 Shoes - QR 189 Small Bag - QR 99 Earrings - QR 19

It’s true, 24 hours are probably not enough to do all that she wants, yet she agreed graciously to be a part of ABODE June’s fashion feature to show us how to look refreshingly cool in Suite Blanco designer casual wear. Describing her experience in Doha, she says that sometimes she feels that living here is like living inside a luxurious fashion magazine. “I see Qatar to be the most fashionable city in the world in the future.” Her own style sense comes from asking herself everyday how she wants to look. “When it comes to style, you can create a wardrobe where you don’t repeat an outfit. Each woman has her own style. In fact, all women have this fashion gene in them. All they need to do is to inspect carefully what they have.” She regards Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser as an inspirational icon who has defined the way women are perceived in the Middle East. “The way she represents herself in the Western and the Arab world is truly amazing. In Doha and GCC, it’s exciting to see that women to follow her example.” Having worked here for the last five years, Aisha added that the women here, Qatari and expats allike are as fashion conscious as they are into their careers.

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Mini Vestido Dress - QR 189 Shoes - QR 189 Necklace - QR 99 Earrings - QR 19

Elaborating about her current role at the Aspire Zone Foundation, as the Head of VIP and Visitor Relations Aisha said that it is her responsibility to organise and managing the visits of important dignitaries and sport icons who visit Qatar. This means she has had the privilege of meeting famous icons like Sir Alex Vergeson Manchester Uni. Manager and Barcelona football team, Canavaro and the likes. When it comes to Qatari sports icons, she is quick to point out that Nasser al Attiyah and Nada Zedan are both local important personalities who have undoubtedly left an important mark on the sports’ landscape in Qatar. You can always identify strong women not just by her own initiatives but also by her actions to empower others. Aisha is no different. Though she harbours a dream of opening her own fashion label in the future, she is equally inspired to help other women with discovering their own strengths. “Every day for me is a new experience. The dream of my life is to have my own fashion label and to help people look and feel their best.” Her partner in this future venture is stylist Ghaza Al Faisel, who served as the stylist in ABODE’s fashion shoot. It is impossible not to be walk away from a conversation with Aisha without feeling energetic and passionate, and we hope her dream comes true soon. •

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Ready, Set, Go... Let little ones shine this Summer!

There is so much to choose from this season to ensure that little tots are looking super cute, just in time for sunny days out or with mom and dad on vacation. Mamas and Papas special limited edition, Flamingo Drive is truly unique and offers something different... the collection is full of bright and eye-catching pieces, perfect for layering! All Collection Available at Mamas and Papas.

S12 2pc dress set FD QR 259.00

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Flamingo Drive! Little ladies will look simply adorable in this 50s and 60s American themed collection! Cool retro shapes are mixed with bright florals and summery colours to create a fun summer look.

Top: S12 Short Sleeve tee FD QR 119.00 Skirt: S12 Frill skirt FD QR 159.00

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S12 2 pc dress set FD QR 259.00

1st Girl: S12 smock & pant FD QR 219.00 S12  Sunhat FD   QR 79.00 Boy: Top: SS12 2pc shirt set DC QR 219.00 Bottom: SS12 surf sorts DC QR 139.00 2nd Girl: S12 sunhat FD QR 79.00 Top: S12 Sleeve less Blouse FD QR 139.00 Bottom: S12 2pk Legging FD QR 129.00

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Flamingo Drive Collection Three Piece Tank Set Approximately QR 230

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SS12 bucket hat DC QR 79.00 Top: SS12 Check skirt DC  QR 129.00 Bottom: SS12 Rib Jean DC QR 139.00

Top: S12 Short Sleeve tee FD QR 119.00 Skirt: S12 Frill skirt FD QR 159.00

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Flamingo Drive Collection Multi Coloured Dress Approximately QR 166 Blue Leggings Approximately QR 101

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S12 sunhat  FD QR 79.00 Top: S12 Sleeve less Blouse FD QR 139.00 Bottom:S12 2pk Legging FD QR 129.00

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Fashion

style

how to choose the right

SUNglasses The right pair of sunglasses will balance your face and compliment its natural shape.

Square face Sharp features and square lines call for a break in the angularity of your features and demand round or oval, soft- lined glasses. Your best bet is larger, rounded glasses. Jackie O’s and other rounded bug-eye glasses are especially good for this and the triangle shaped face. More modern styles call for drawing attention away from the jaw line in an attempt to make your shape look more triangular. This can be achieved by putting more weight on the top half with larger glasses. If you insist on smaller frames, choose horizontal oval styles in simple browns and blacks.

Attiarance Black Louis Vuitton {QR 2,530}

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Sunglasses in leather and metal frames Louis Vuitton {Price upon Request}

Round face If your features are predominantly rounded, ielarger forehead, curved jaw line and rounded chin and cheeks, the best eyeglasses shape for your face would be something that breaks up the softness and creates contrast. Go for square or rectangle frames and do not shy away from absurd colors and designs. The round face best suits creativity and variety, though avoid round and oval frames at all costs.

Flore Oversize Louis Vuitton {QR 1,820}


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Heart shaped face This is the classic shape, and especially supports larger square frames or bizarre shaped frames like star or heart cut-outs. The cuteness of this shape can support most frames, but looks best with light colored, soft-edged square shapes, which act to enhance the cuteness of the outline. Stick to pastels and other light, almost child-like designs.

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Oval face

Conspiration Louis Vuitton {QR 1,820}

Sunglasses Louis Vuitton {Price upon Request }

If your features are oval, ie- longer than round but proportionately sophisticated, your shape is best suited to rounded or angled glasses that extenuate your cheekbones and draw attention to your eyes and other horizontal features like your lips and eyebrows. Oval features are, of course, the easiest to fit to glasses, and can handle most shapes and colors. Consider trying horn-rimmed glasses, or modern derivatives of the horn-rimmed style, which will dray attention to the sharp contours of your features for a more glamorous, 1920's Hollywood look.

Orange Sunglasses Louis Vuitton {QR 2,250}

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Triangle face This shape is all the rage in Hollywood in 2008, as Mary Kate and Ashley have demonstrated. If you are lucky enough to have this shape, follow the same advice for square shapes, trying to make the chin look even more pointed and frail and almost doll-like by wearing large round glasses and sunglasses, especially Jackie O’s and bright, bold colors that instantly draw attention upwards.

Conspiration Ovale Louis Vuitton {QR 2,120}

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Rectangle face Audace Red Louis Vuitton {QR 1,540}

If you have a longer, but more chiseled rectangle shaped face, try to avoid rectangle frames. Instead, lean towards larger round frames that will make the shape of your face appear softer and more squared and proportionate. Men, especially, can enhance their chiseled look with Aviators or other, similarly rounded frames.

Sunglasses Louis Vuitton {Price upon Request}


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The Humble “Basket” Bag from Louis Vuitton

Who would have thought that a mere shopping bag would be seen as a fashion must-have! However, under the artistic direction of Marc Jacobs, this luxurious reinterpretation has made Louis Vuitton's sweetly naive "Basket Bag" this season's perfect arm-candy. , we decided Vuitton collection "For SS 2012 Louis ty, and very et something very pr we wanted to do th pretty wi it loving, and just fill gentle, and very ures, xt te l light, luminous colors and beautifu rent”, said pa ns nslucent and tra tra re we at th s thing uis Vuitton. tistic Director of Lo Marc Jacobs, Ar

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Celebrity And Catwalk

Get The Look...

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By Francesca Moser

We show you how to look and feel good by recreating some key looks from the Spring Summer 2012 catwalks and how to copy your favourites celebs outfits without spending a fortune‌

red dress Isme www.isme.com {QR 171}

yellow dress Littlewoods www.Littlewoods.com {QR 266}

black stilettos Tu at Sainsburys www.sainsburys.com {QR 71}

A vibrant red dress is key in any women' s wardrobe. This super-sleek figure hugging number will be great for the boardroom and any event in the evening too. So hurry up and get the Eva Longoria's look thanks to this exact match before it goes! 38

Recreate Kate Middleton's classic look by investing in a bright prom dress and finish the look off with neutral accessories, tres chic! nude clutch bag Internacionale www.internacionale.com {QR 77}


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Boho-chic never goes out of fashion, so slip on a printed maxi dress, flat sandals and oversized clutch bag for the perfect night (or day) ahead. As seen on ETRO SS12.

M&S clutch www.marksandspencer.com {QR 115}

Matalan dress www.matalan.co.uk {QR 71}

white blazer Awear www.awear.com {QR 325}

office sandals www.Office.com {QR 236}

Pastel hues are major this season, so get inspired by this winning combo of coloured trousers and blazer from Phillip Lim catwalk show. So easy to emulate on a budget too, so no excuses ladies!

pink top Pilot www.pilotfashion.com {QR 65}

lilac trousers Matalan www.matalan.co.uk {QR 86}

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Chanel seduction

Chanel 2012 • Photography Jacques Giral

Be seduced by the gold bronze and coral shades of summer. Chanel makes your summer extra luxurious. Try this scintillating collection and look naturally beautiful.

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Hint: Blend these shades together and embrace the skin for a natural result

A cloud of bronzer on the cheeks is the most delicious way to enhance the complexion! Harmonie Poudre De Soleil is available in two colours intensities, dominated by either pink or peach!

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Ultimate Hydration by PATRESE ESSEL

Protecting the skin is important all year round and understanding what your skin needs at different times of the year can often be a juggling game. Therefore your skin needs to be accessed on a regular basis in order to tackle any new skin changes. Depending on the weather, different products should be applied, to work both internally and externally. But little benefit is seen, if not used correctly. In the summer months, when the sun is at its hottest, the main skin issue is not just maintaining its hydration but keeping the moisture locked in… A selection of the worlds top skin care brands, claim to have found new skin care formulas, to create the right balance, to healthy looking skin this summer!

HYDRA BEAUTY by Chanel Turned to one of the most beautiful sources of inspiration: the camellia. It also pulled out a trump card: blue ginger from Madagascar.

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Chanel Hydra Beauty

The camellia was Coco Chanel’s favorite flower. A symbol of elegance and perseverance, it helps skin to replenish and retain moisture. Blue ginger from Madagascar acts as a sentinel and helps skin to protect its hydration against damage cause by multiple external and internal stresses. Blue ginger is the guardian of water. Every day, the HYDRA BEAUTY formulas give skin the means to quench its thirst and defend itself. Every day, skin delights in a feeling of absolute softness and wellbeing.

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Pro-Youth Sorbet Crème by Dior Has stunning, sensational and rich texture. It opens to reveal a translucent creme with celadon reflections. When applied, it melts into liquid for ultra-fresh and delicately re-plumping hydration. Ideal in hot seasons, it’s a favourite amongst normal to combination skin.

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You can reduced the chances of unnecessary damage to your skin by using certain skin care products.

Hydra life BB cream by Dior BB. These already famous initials are now on the cutting edge of beauty trends. This abbreviation of the expression “Blemish Balm” refers to new multi-function creams on the border of skin care and makeup.

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Hydra Life BB Creme pairs the high standards of a skin care product with the perfecting effect of a foundation. Its exclusive and innovative formulation plays the triple role of enhancing skin care for a sheer colour effect, foundation for even-toning and perfecting action, as well as an authentic and highly protective moisturizer with SPF 30 to combat UV rays with the technology of a powerful filter. BB Creme successfully combines hydration, beauty and long-lasting hydration.

clinique: A cocktail of powerful ingredients also helps reduce discolouration caused by hyperpigmentation. Provides photostable, 3:1 broad spectrum UVB/UVA protection; Repairs, builds and strengthens skin’s barrier to better resist against external irritants; Delivers instant hydration and all-day moisturizing.

clinique: This repairwear uplifting cream is formulated with ingredients specially selected to help visibly firm, volumize and restore skin texture.

Repairwear Uplifting Cream

extra benefit: SPF 30

Shiseido Intensive Whitening Serum

“most powerful whitening serum ever” It counter spots in four ways - prevent melanin, target root of spot formation, reduces melanin and remove signs of melanin.

Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Lotion SPF 20

Hydralife BB Creme

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Ask A Designer: 10 FUN

Updates To Make This Year by Lisa Canning

In this economy, the trend is for “use what you have” decorating, so reusing and recycling are the big buzz words to take a hint from. Here are a few suggestions from other designers to help you keep your home décor fresh and updated without breaking the bank.

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Do up-cycle. “2012 is about re-using, recycling and up-cycling,” says Yanic.

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Do use layers upon layers. “Spaces that look like they have evolved over decades vs. styled and contrived in the moment are very 2012,” says Meredith.

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Do use vintage chairs. “Get rid of your faux leather brown Parsons dining chair and think about introducing vintage or mid-century second hand dining chairs,” says Yanic Simard, Principal Designer of Toronto Interior Design Group.

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Do redefine value. “Value doesn’t mean quantity. It means buying things for the home that you enjoy looking at and using,” say Juli and John.

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Do declutter with style. “But be sure to keep everything accessible with decorative hooks, stylish storage boxes, intricate jewellery trees and countertop organizers,” says Sebastien.

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“They may seem expensive but you use them every day,” says Juli Daoust and John Baker of the shop Mjölk. Invest in a cluster of clear glass globes or a sculptural pendant.

Do reflect your personality. “Let your home be a reflection of your tastes, inspirations and aspirations. Pull your decor style from places you’ve travelled, your hobbies, interests or values,” says Sebastien.

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Forum Design’s lead designer, Gihan Abdel shares her artistic and practical ideas for mixing classic antiques with transitional style with us in part one of her client's project.

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what to do... 1. Update: After 14 years of living in their semi-detached house, this young couple decided it is time to "step it up" in their home’s interiors. Now is the moment to update their entrance and Majlis look, while retaining the house’s traditional character. 2. use what you have: “Utilizing the existing accessories and living room set, I worked with the colour scheme of golds, browns and light creams to create a little magic by using a metallic twist to the paint finish.” On the wall, she chose to use French-style frames with champagne antique finish. “This two-tone paint on the wall gives it some kind of movement without it being busy.” 3. add a few pieces: Two additional armchairs upholstered in brown with gold fabric will provide extra seating and add glamour to the room. The three coffee tables colour was changed from dark brown to champagne with antique finish to blend with the surroundings. 4. Update your ligthing: Good lighting plays a very important role in an interior setting. To achieve this, we selected an elegant chandelier with a rustic look. It has six bulbs to provide an adequate amount of illumination to the room.

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Gold glitter for a bit of sparkle with accent tassels.

How to accessorize it rich: natural materials such as rustic wood accent tables, glass vase with metallic finish.

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3 TIPS FOR A FRENCH STYLE Choose Calm Colours soft shades of beige, gray, champagne and gold epitomize the French look. Go for Louis 15th style accessories. Add metallic paint to your walls to make your space more glamorous.

Contrast deep brown with shimmering metallic wall finish.

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Anything floral is a great way to start off this fabulous season, so why not go all out and purchase a statement-making floral sofa? If you haven’t got the guts, pick up some oversized pillows in exotic floral patterns for an instant spring welcoming.

IDEA Avoid mixing tiny prints with oversized fabrics to maintain a consistent and balanced look!

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

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It really makes a great way to start off spring! Balance is key when approaching this colourful trend, so choose your wall colour and accessories wisely. Pick two or three similar hues from your floral print and use it for area rugs, curtains, and bedding. Your main objective should be to draw as little attention away from your floral statement piece. Don’t let accessories steal the show! If you plan on mixing floral patterns, make sure they are within the same scale and color palette.


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DIY Floral Fabric Pots Give plain terracotta pots a spin with this easy DIY project you can finish up this weekend. Just about anyone can do this project, even those that aren’t so craft savvy. A little glue and fabric can really go a long way! Materials: » Terracotta pots » Mod Podge » Brush » Floral Fabric. Instructions:

» Cut a length of fabric that will wrap once around your pot. Leave extra room for folding it over the top and bottom. Cut slits in your fabric around the top to avoid puckering. » Coat a section of the pot with Mod Podge and stick the beginning of your fabric to the pot, coating the fabric as well. Do this all the way around and trim the fabric less than an inch so it hangs over the top and bottom. » Fold the fabric at the top and bottom in pleats and coat it with Mod Podge. Let it dry and… voila!

BDB Tip: For indoor use only! If these get wet the glue will most likely wash off!

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Bernardaud Rivage Collection, {£ 155} for a set of four 26cm dinner plates

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Harrods Home is in bloom this spring with an explosion of floral prints and pretty colours. If you are in London this month you will find these beautiful items at Harrods luxury department store. If not all products are available at www.harrods.com

Mackenzie Childs Green Flower Market charger, {£ 54,95} SPODE Nectar Collection, from { £ 30}

MACKENZIE CHILDS White Flower Market Kettle, {£ 149}

BLUEBELL GRAY Harbelle cushion, {£ 74,95}

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THE RUG COMPANY Birdie Blossom cushion by Paul Smith 56cm x 56cm, {£ 325}


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With the Safari look being one of the biggest trends to hit all markets this season, turn to your wild side and add a touch of exotic and glamorous style to your home with the help of Kare Qatar's latest summer collection.

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Relaxe Chair Snak

Cabinet Mens World

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This is the colour you need to know, as few colours calm the soul as Aquamarine. Add these beautiful Aquamarine home accessories from Kare Qatar to make peace and tranquility part of your dĂŠcor.

Cushion Lace

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For Your Pet By Moona Masri-whitice

As an avid pet owner, I find that decorating and remodeling living spaces with pets’ needs in mind is quite important. The key is choosing the right materials and being sure to accommodate the animals’ needs. Here are a few pet-friendly decorating tips when considering your four legged companions.

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s around • One possibility is to allocate area bowls. the kitchen island for water and food and leashes. • Drawers can be used for treats • Roll out garbage bins can be used bulk food.

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Multiple Pet Feeding: Getting the dog not to eat out of the cat’s dish can be a challenge! Here is a creative solution which involves re purposing furniture. Take an old secretary; remove the hatched door, the bottom drawers and a shelf inside, cut out three holes large enough to set stainless dog dishes in; one hole on the top shelf for cats, two holes on the bottom shelf (one for dog food and the other for a shared water bowl).

• Ultra-suede is a great forgiving fabric that can be made into stylish slip covers and is an easy-to-maintain alternative. “Its beautiful, and it always stays cool and comfortable no matter the climate which is important for animal comfort. • Crypton, a nearly indestructible, synthetic fabric that’s resistant to stains, smells, and bacteria and muddy paws. • Leather is also a good choice, easy to clean and durable.


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Bedding: Buy pet bedding made of Matelasse’ fabrics as it is both durable and decorative; the tight quilting resists pet paw prints and claw snags and repeated washings. Make sure your pet has a landing pad (pillow, box, cushion) in every room of the house where they are allowed to sleep or sit. This will make them feel welcomed and loved.

Flooring CHOICE:

Cat Friendly Upholstery: • Use slip covers made of acyclic outdoor fabric. It’s soft to the touch, but this cloth is so tightly woven that cats can’t get their claws in it. • Find a carpet remnant and cut it into a 15” x 4” rectangle. Make a hole at the top and hang it from a door knob for a scratching post. • Door mats made of coir, fiber from coconut husks, to attract cats.

• Bare floors are the best solution for keeping the house clean. Painted concrete is lovely and durable, as are terrazzo and brick. Hardwood floors are simple to mop or vacuum and add a warm glow to a room. • The best floor is ceramic tile, because it’s easy to clean and resistant to pet stains. Tile is resistant to dog nail tracks, it makes a room look sleek and elegant, and it gives furry animals a cool place to nap during hot weather. • Choose area rugs and instead of wall to wall carpeting.You can always dry clean an area rug or shampoo out stains.

have fun with COLOUR: • Your pet can be a source of inspiration when choosing paint and accessory colours for your room. • Paint a concrete floor the same shade of gray as your cat. • Cover your sofa in a honey microfiber that matches your dog’s coat. This is a practical choice because the hair they leave behind won’t be as visible.

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Perla Lichi Palaces: Fit for a King BY perla lichi Photography Barry Grossman

Interior Designer Perla Lichi’s new book, Palaces, is filled with page after page of lavish and exquisitely beautiful interior photography featuring her latest work. There are nine palaces in rich, ornate classic style plus one ultra contemporary “21st Century Palace.”

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The “21st Century Palace” client wanted a contemporary ambiance with high drama. The designer combined soothing whites, off-whites with wenge exotic tropical wood and white lacquered wood cabinetry, resulting in an ambiance that flows throughout the home. A sense of high drama is definitely achieved as one arrives at a raised grand foyer at the center of the great room. One is captivated by the soaring 24foot coffered ceilings supported with floor-to-ceiling contemporary columns finished in glossy white.

Nine of the palaces featured in Palaces showcase Perla Lichi’s signature neo-classical style. Note the rich detailing, for example, in the Summer Palace master bedroom.

Custom iron railing separates the raised grand foyer from main living areas in this 21st Century Palace.

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In the ultra-contemporary powder room, a unique, hand made, raised, pearlized wall adds texture to the white marble vanity.

including sports. For more information about Perla Lichi visit her website at www.perlalichi.com “Palaces” by Perla Lichi is available as a beautiful trade paperback [$39.95US] from Amazon.com. Readers in Qatar or anywhere in the Middle East should order from Amazon.co.uk or to save on shipping, arrange for Aramex Shop and Ship service (www.aramex.com) which gives you a US postal address to use when ordering. When your Amazon package arrives at Aramex in the States, they will ship them to you at a very reasonable rate. “Palaces” by Perla Lichi is also available immediately as an eBook [$9.99] at Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com •

“Palaces” is Ms. Lichi’s fourth book featuring in colour, single page and double-page spreads of ten magnificent “palaces,” ranging from neoclassical to eclectic to contemporary chic. Eight of them are residences in the United Arab Emirates. Two of the featured installations are in Florida, USA, where the designer founded her interior design business in 1990. In recent years she founded Perla Lichi International in Dubai which currently has showrooms in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Her U.S. affiliate is LichiZelman Style Interiors in Pompano Beach, Florida. “This book is dedicated to showing readers the gamut of possibilities for their own personal palace, and to help them visualize the magic and grandeur that is within their reach. Design is in the details, and I love to layer on more and more

sumptuous detailing. Readers will able to see this detailing now, close up and personal, in every page of this book and in each of the palaces that are featured,” says the designer. Perla Lichi is constantly sought out by the world’s most successful people who seek her unique design talents to enhance their homes and lifestyles. Since founding her namesake firm in Florida in 1990, Perla Lichi has enjoyed great success in high-end residential design. She also creates award-winning interiors that ensure quick sale of spec homes and investment properties. Her clients include royalty, successful entrepreneurs, business executives and professionals from various fields

You can reach Perla Lichi in Dubai +971 50 534-2002 Al-Joud Center Showroom 10 Shk. Zayed Road – Exit 42

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By Francesca Cruz Photos courtesy of Bill Sumner Vizcaya Museum And Gardens

Entrance of Vizcaya

A meandering narrow road ensconced in lush greenery and native tropical rockland hammocks leads to a South Florida gem and National Historic Landmark: Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.

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favoured, and although engineered to have all the vanguard modern conveniences of the early 20th century—including central heating, an automatic electric telephone switchboard, two elevators, and the first refrigerator of its time—Deering wanted the estate’s appearance to be that of a centuries old Baroque villa. He christened the residence after the northern province of Vizcaya, located in

the Basque region of Spain. While the main structure only took two years to build, Suarez did not complete the formal gardens until 1922, due to the outbreak of World War I. The two-story home has the Biscayne Bay as its backdrop and its 34 main rooms contain Deering’s vast collection of 16th19th-century European art—including antique furnishings, lighting fixtures, doors and fireplaces purchased by the family on shopping expeditions throughout Europe.


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The Estate Upon arrival a massive marble statue of the Roman god of wine, Bacchus, stands over a 2nd century marble basin that welcomes guests entering the main loggia. The design of this section of the home ranges from Neoclassical to Rococo with hand coloured wallpaper panels made in 1814 in the Parisian workshop of Joseph Dufour. The ceremonial 2,000year old Roman marble tripod, and the Hispano-Moresque rug depicting Hercules slaying the Nemean Lion—one of the few remaining 15th-century Spanish heraldic carpets in the world—once owned by the grandfather of King Ferdinand of Spain gallantly sits in the largest room in the home, the living room. In the Rococo decorated music room you will find a harpsichord signed and dated, 1619, by its maker Giovanni Battista Boni of Cortona, Italy. Displayed in the dining room are tapestries that once belonged to English poet Robert Browning. A reoccurring theme that appears in a variety of forms throughout the home, and considered symbols of Vizcaya, are the caravel (voyage ships used by explorers) and the seahorse. Historical and fanciful names along with different design periods were used to incorporate the décor of the second floor guest rooms. The Pantaloon room named after characters of the Commedia

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dell’Arte incorporates Venetian influences. The Manin room, named after the AustroHungarian politician, Ludovico Manin, is decorated in the simple Biedermeier style. Antique silks and 19th-century oil paintings cover the walls of the Belgioioso room named in honour of the beautiful Countess of Belgioioso. The Lady Hamilton room, with its Neoclassical design, is named after prominent ancient art collector and wife of the English ambassador to Naples. The Cathay room, the medieval anglicized name for China, incorporates Chinoiserie—a reinterpretation of Chinese themes in European art made popular in the 17th-century that had resurgence in the early 20th-century. The Espagnolette, an opulent room with Rococo décor, refers

to the French taste for Spanish fashion in the 1700s. The Galleon, Caraval, Goyesca (named after Spanish painter Francisco de Goya) and the Giudecca rooms all with French, Spanish and Italian Neoclassical influences allowed Deering’s guest to indulge in European luxury while looking out onto tropical frondescence to the west and a sun-swept bay to the east. Sadly, Deering only lived in his beloved home nine years; he passed away in 1925, leaving the estate to two nieces, who by 1952 had sold part of it off. The 50 acres that were left, including the villa and gardens, were sold to Miami Dade County under the condition that the estate would be kept as a museum in perpetuity. Today,

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Vizcaya plays lady host to countless galas; she is the setting for many a Hollywood movie; is an ideal place for blushing brides to celebrate nuptials, but most importantly is a key destination for the worldly tourist to take in the beauty of the estate and gardens, appreciating the dream home of an art connoisseur and early conservationist of South Florida’s native eco-region. The Gardens While the design of the gardens is based on French and Italian principals, native plants such as Live Oak, Jasmine, Philodendron and Palms were incorporated into the layout. The main garden features Italian inspired architecture with fountain basins, ornamental urns and obelisks carved from Cuban limestone and Florida Coral. Semi circular lily pools and ornate vine-clad gazebos adorn the landscape; the walkways are beset with Italian sculptures depicting Greek and Roman mythical characters. The Fountain Garden, originally named the Rose Garden leads to the Maze—a familiar feature in European Renaissance gardens providing a delightful diversion for guests. Traveling past the lily pool, and through the small vine-covered gazebo, visitors come upon the Secret Garden, a place to rest and meditate. An arched doorway leads guests to the bay front where the commanding Stone Barge, a breakwater for small boats, stands erect with sculptures by A. Stirling Calder outlining its borders; a place that held many a roaring dinner party, al fresco, during Deering’s time. •

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For small countries surrounded by larger neighbours, partnership and understanding is everything in today’s globalized world. ABODE hears all about the common, forward-thinking bond between two such countries—Qatar and Singapore— from the gentleman in charge of steering the ship: Charge d’Affaires and Head of Mission Syed Noureddin. We sit comfortably as he rationalizes the glue that holds it all together in an admirably personable fashion.

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ust 7 months into his time here as Head of Mission to Singapore Mr. Noureddin speaks candidly of his transition into a career of diplomacy; one that has continually sewn a common, energizing thread though his life – people! He also unveils the similar values and aspirations of his home country and his parallel home for now, Qatar. ABODE: What drew you to diplomacy? SN: Actually, I was in real estate before! When I applied to join the Service – they asked me ‘’Why? You are in real estate.’’ I answered, ‘’Well, at the end of the day it’s about people. You are still trying to work together towards one common goal.’’ This prospect of meeting new people and travelling the world doing so was what truly drew me to it. ABODE: A few months in, what is your impression of life in Qatar? SN: Qatar is a very progressive nation and I am excited to be here at this time. There is always so much going on. I am very interested in the history and geopolitics of the region and am reading up on it whenever I get some free time, too. ABODE: There seems to be some healthy commonalities between Qatar and Singapore. Why so?

SN: We have had to be innovative in the way we have developed as nations. We are both small countries with large neighbours and our governments seem to take a straight down the line approach to things. Like Qatar, in Singapore the government is very good at human development and we have considered what human potential can add to our societies whilst embracing the march of progress. Our relationship has been very open but that said, even though it is healthy now, like any good relationship we have to keep working on it. We can always refine, improve and build upon what we have for the common betterment. ABODE: What are some of the ways you are promoting your country here in Qatar? SN: Right now on the table we are focusing on environment, culture and infocomms but there are many opportunities here, especially with the World Cup coming up in 2022. Our strengths lie in the more niche areas such as IT, telecoms and waste and water management. In Singapore we are quite close to self-sufficiency in water, for example, which we can perhaps help Qatar with going forward. Currently we only have about 500 nationals working in Qatar but we are keen to expand on that.

ABODE: How would you describe your personality? Do you rule with your heart or your head? SN: I can be easygoing but I can also be intense. I have mellowed over the years. If I had to split it, I would say 60% heart, 40% head. The heart part is all about trying to relate to people and appeal to them. You reach some sort of resolve to be persuasive and find a balance, trying not to turn people off. Once you’ve turned someone off, it’s hard to win their confidence back! It’s like that in the Foreign Service. In a way you have to be a bit of an all-rounder. You have to be versatile, often finding yourself in many different situations. ABODE: What do you think is our greatest strength is in today’s age? SN: I would say the human intellect. This is a very powerful asset that we can be thankful for, today. To have a rationale and ability to resolve things is a great strength. I always maintain it’s better to talk things out first than to take action. Hopefully that rational thinking will prevail and we won’t do something we regret later. Humans are so adaptable and somehow we are able to make the impossible, possible. •

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Reinventing Your Life in Doha: The Victoria Scott Story by Christina Maria Paschyn Photography Jessie Palanca

When I introduced myself to Victoria Scott in December last year, I had butterflies in my stomach. New to Qatar and just beginning to dip my toes into the country’s freelance writing scene, I was worried she might think I was wasting her time.

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host of the popular show “Meet the Philharmonic,” which airs daily on Qatar Foundation Radio; and let’s not forget she was once a broadcast producer for Al Jazeera English and the BBC. Who was I to demand time out of this seasoned journalist’s busy schedule? Surely she

would find my questions about expat life and reporting challenges in Doha too naïve and embarrassing to answer. So when the poised 33 year old walked into Caribou Coffee that day to meet with me, I was feeling less than confident. But as her interview subjects can attest, Scott


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“Initially it was, ‘Oh, nice day out for you, Tory; you can just do a bit of coverage, see the new terminal and come home.’ But as we know now, it was a complete disaster and the baggage system broke, the toilets overflowed and staff couldn’t get into the car park,” she recounted. “I was doing things for every BBC outlet that they found. It was the only time I was the source of breaking news; it was a huge story and it was basically mine.” She says her success at the BBC can be partially attributed to her husband, Teil.

Scott, or Tory to friends, gave up a lot to move to Doha, such as her accomplished reporting career in London. After graduating in 2001 from City University London with a postgraduate diploma in broadcast journalism, Scott quickly established herself as a diligent journalist. She worked for a year as a radio presenter for Reuters and was then picked up by the BBC where she began honing her impressive interviewing skills on her first day on the job.

“While I was at the BBC News website, I met a man who turned out to be the love of my life and who it turned out was actually training to be an airline pilot. I learned an awful lot about aviation along the way, and it was fascinating,” Scott said. “It had always been an interest of mine, and whenever there was a story I would pick up the copy that had been written and I would be in there correcting it. It’s actually one of those areas where journalists make the most glaring, awful errors. I would sort of go through and sub things, and I got a name for it.”

“My first day was the London bombings on July 7th [2005] and I hadn’t had any training yet on how to do anything…I never felt so useless for such an enormous story,” Scott recalled. “But I did discover the joy of meeting the guests; in fact, it was one of the things I loved, and at that time I met paramedics who pulled people out of the wreckage and survivors who came in to talk with us. For me the wonderful thing about it was to meet all the people who were involved in these amazing stories.” Scott would stay at the BBC for eight years and she tried her hand at nearly every task, from editing video clips for the web and writing the scrolling ticker to anchoring nightly news streams. She got her big break when she was assigned to cover the opening of Heathrow Terminal 5.

But later, in a bittersweet turn of events, Scott landed her dream job as the BBC’s transport producer just as her husband’s own career in transportation nose-dived. “My husband’s airline [XL.com] went bust. It was just so ironic. My husband lost his job and there I was getting the job I always wanted…I got [to do reporting] that I was really passionate about,” she said. Working alongside Transport Correspondent Tom Symonds, Scott covered a variety of stories from railways accidents to laser attacks on pilots. Nevertheless, when Qatar Airways offered her husband a position in Doha as a first officer with the airline, she didn’t hesitate to pack her bags. “I loved my job but I loved my husband more. I knew that he had to come here because it was a great opportunity for him. And we couldn’t function as a couple if we lived on different continents. Beyond that it was going to be an adventure,” Scott said. Within months of arriving, she ended up landing a gig as a freelance output producer for AJE.

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Scott’s life may be one replete with adventure, but it is one also complicated by the unique challenges that a wife of a pilot often encounters. The birth of her now two-year-old son Raphael brought much joy to Scott and her husband, albeit more stress to their lives as well. “It’s a real challenge juggling the demands of motherhood and the demands of being the wife of a guy who is away three-quarters of the time. When he’s home, he’s often asleep or trying to rest. It’s a difficult, demanding career for him, and I feel like I’m married to the airline as well,” she explained. To better manage their lives, Scott decided to place her broadcast journalism career and its 24/7 demands on hold. But that doesn’t mean this ambitious woman has been content to sit at home; indeed, she realized early on she needed to reinvent her career and freelance writing proved a perfect new trajectory. “Getting back a freelance career, which actually is the perfect thing because it fits around my husband and my son, has been a revelation,” she said. “Although it’s not the sort of high-powered stuff I used to do, it has its considerable charms. I meet really interesting people, I get to go to amazing events, and I get to do lots of different things, which I’m enjoying because I get bored easily.” Today Scott says she feels professionally fulfilled, but she remains committed to advancing her career and even expanding her comfort zone. Her motto is to do something every day that frightens her so that she is always raising her potential. She hopes her story will prove inspirational to trailing spouses in Qatar who may be unsure of their career prospects. “I was quite nervous at the beginning to put myself out there, but people want to talk to you and they want to know what skills you have and what you can bring to this country,” she said. “There are lots of opportunities here, and I think if you just go out and ask you’d be surprised at what answers you get.” • » Read Victoria Scott’s reporting at her website, http://toryscott.wordpress.com/. Scott’s radio show, “Meet the Philharmonic,” airs daily at 10am and 10pm on QF Radio 93.7 FM.

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Mr. Dipak Paul

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Like something out of a story book, the now General Manager of Doha’s newest business address, Concorde Hotel Doha, came from very humble beginnings to where he is today. As a wide-eyed boy, Mr Dipak Paul sat in his small, city cinema in India and watched the lead character command a hotel. The character wore a tie to work. From that moment on, the tie symbolized everything Mr Paul aspired to and now stands for. ABODE was captivated by the story of this grounded and philosophical GM. ABODE: You have always dreamed of being an hotelier, tell us about that. DP: When I was a boy I watched a movie about a manager of hotel. He wore a tie to work. This symbolized everything I wanted to be – smart, well turned out, a leader. This was not a normal career choice for families like mine though, and my mother and father were sceptical at first, but I was adamant it was for me.

I WOULD wear a tie to work each day! So, I studied a degree in hospitality and worked my way up from being a waiter. 37 years later and I’ve never looked back. ABODE: Concorde Hotel is in its soft opening phase, congratulations! How has the journey been so far and what are your hopes for the future? DP: I have to thank every person

that has supported us in bringing this project to light. I came to Doha with a dream to fill a much needed gap in the business hospitality market and was supported 110%. This has been refreshing and empowering. We hope to set an excellent standard in business hospitality through service, cleanliness, attention to detail and efficiency. We want business travellers to come to

Mr Paul’s Favourite Things: Music – Classical, Jazz; Author – Arthur Hailey, anything on faith especially Buddhism and meditation; Colour – Blue; Destination – Dubai

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Concorde again and again, not only to experience our hospitality, but [to] have had experienced Qatar and its culture. ABODE: That’s an interesting point because Qatar is such a multicultural and diverse place to visit, so as a business hotel, how do you get Qatar’s local identity across? DP: It is a challenge to convey Qatar’s hospitality culture because the hotel experience is something completely different to the local, traditional aspects of Qatari culture but we encourage our guests to get out there and see the country and enjoy what it has to offer, even if they are just staying for a couple of days. I also support the Qatarisation process in our industry, as this will add authenticity to the guest experience and create a local hospitality culture within the hotel environment. As it stands

though, we embrace all diversity and the value that brings to everyday learning and human interaction to your staff and guests. Every day is a lesson. ABODE: What defines a great hotelier? DP: You have to be naturally hospitable. In India we are innately so. For example if we have a guest in our home we will not allow them to cook for at least one week when they arrive. We take them in with care and love and this is the fundamental which I strongly believe and practice in family and work life. ABODE: You seem very focused and dedicated. Would you consider yourself a workaholic?

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a single day off in nearly ten years! BUT, I don’t consider myself to be a workaholic as this is the path I’ve chosen and I have a great passion for what I do. My work is my life and this industry is definitely a lifestyle, not just a job. ABODE: If you could live your life all over again, what career path would you choose and why? DP: I would definitely come back as an hotelier again. I have learned so much and enjoyed every second of it, so much so I’m sure I will need another life all over again to learn even more! From that boy all those years ago to now – I now have 180 + ties – that says it all. •

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Doha Jazz Orchestra is a home of real live music in Qatar. For many years, Doha Jazz has built up a reputation in Qatar for delivering the best and top quality music for many high profile events. No matter the type of event, whether it’s for a gig in a lounge or a sophisticated cocktail evening, Doha Jazz delivers every time. Comprising qualified and well groomed musicians, the reputation of Doha Jazz repute is one of flexibility, punctuality and professionally crafted music.

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he group was formed by British musician Chris Coull in 2001, as a provider of jazz bands, the company quickly grew to accommodate several genres of jazz and subsequently branched out into other areas such as blues, salsa and classical music. ABODE had the pleasure of interviewing the founder of Doha Jazz, Mr. Chris Coull. ABODE: Can you tell us more about Doha Jazz and any upcoming projects? Chris: We have provided live music for corporate events since 2001 and we’ve got a lot of projects we are working on. One of them is the CD coming out later this year for cancer research and sponsored by CBQ Bank.

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Other projects coming up this year are the collaboration with Doha Jazz Orchestra and the Jazz Arabesque, where we team up with Arabic musicians for the fusion of east meets west. ABODE: Is Doha Jazz normally involved in charity or this is the first charity project? Chris: No not really, this is one of the project s we have been wanting to do and I’m very pleased and excited about the CD launch. ABODE: When did you discover your love for jazz music? Chris: Ever since I was young and in my teens. I was hoping to start something with it and formed Doha Jazz in 2001. ABODE: Why Doha? What made you create the Jazz company here in Doha? Chris: I originally came down here doing something else but with time I thought, why not, things got better and bigger opportunities came along and I thought to start Doha Jazz.

ABODE: What is the CD coming out called and what should we expect to hear from it? Chris: The CD is called Blues on the Corniche. The CD features different kind of music from jazz to classical, pop, many more and also features the jazz Arabesque. ABODE: Where you do you want to see Doha Jazz years from now? What are your future goals for Doha Jazz? Chris: Well, not necessarily really looking to go to different countries but with Doha diversity we looking to expand and get bigger. We looking to offering radio and TV stations our services and many more projects to come along. ABODE: With all the jazz bands you provide for, what kind of bands do you really enjoy or what makes so unique? Chris: In Doha we have a lot of musicians: people don’t realize the talent we have here. I have a band of my own called Chris Coull Jazz Quartet, we do a lot of gigs in general and you can find out more about us on our website. •


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nviting an artist out to review their own work leads to the most interesting conversations and unexpected answers. I discovered this while interviewing Peruvian photographer Ana Maria Garcia Montero, photographer extraordinaire who had flown in from Peru armed with her work on the Peruvian Paso Horse. When I pointed at a particular photograph, Ana called the picture a surprise, almost like a revelation she wasn’t expecting. Explaining the picture she said, It’s all about unique moments that will not come again and you just have to be there. As it turns out, Ana has found herself in many ‘moments’ like these. Ana said, “I don’t know sometimes I just get lucky!” this from a lady whose photograph “Efímero Susto,” (taken in Isla Grande-Ancón from the photographic exhibition “VOCES del MAR”) was nominated by National Geographic in March 2010. We were speaking during her exhibition Andares: Peruvian Paso Horse, which was displayed at the Qatar Photographic Society Exhibition Hall in Katara, The Cultural

ABODE meets renowned Peruvian artist Ana Maria Garcia Montero, whose spectacular photography captures the elegant Peruvian Paso Horse, an internationally recognized symbol of Peru’s national cultural heritage.

Village, May 1 to 19. It was held under the patronage of the Embassy of the Republic of Peru in Qatar and sponsored by IBQ. Commenting on the event, ambassador of the Republic of Peru to Qatar, His Excellency Mr Julio Florian said, “I believe that through organizing such cultural events we can build bridges between countries that are geographically far (Qatar and Peru), but in reality are very close since these horses have Arab origins.” It took Ana two years, hundreds of photographs and a lot of travel during the time to finish the entire collection. Forty-eight images from those hundreds were chosen to be shown in Qatar at this exhibition, along with the traditional riding gear created by saddlers, carpenters, braiders, engravers, silversmiths and pellón (saddle blanket) makers. Ana Maria Garcia says she was drawn to these horses because “they are beautiful animals, firm and loyal and they have a great relationship with their caretakers, and they are not just about showbiz.” She added that their proud and elegant, in

fact arrogant stance was just a few of the cardinal characteristics that drew her to them. But capturing the horses in a candid moment did present a tricky problem, which is why Ana ensured that she photographed them when they were in the company of their caretakers. “I never went alone to photograph these horses. I would normally ask for someone who takes care of the horse to be present and when the horse and the caretaker trust me, I start taking pictures.” A beautiful opportunity presented itself when she was able to capture the image of a lady who dances with her horse, Mystico, by the beachside. Ana Maria Garcia, born in Peru, has always had the passion to promote and preserve the Peruvian culture. In her own, she is a photographer, period. Ana emphasized that she wanted her photographs to present a positive image. “My point of view has to say something positive. If I have to tell you something, then I want you to be strong, happy, just like these horses in the photos. If it doesn’t say something, then my photo has failed.” •


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Are you good in budgeting and saving? How about making money grow? Women are good money managers but not a lot is said about us being good investors.

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omen should invest - have money work for them right here right now. We tend to miss out on “paid work” to raise children, financial security no matter what happens to our marriages, and generally having indulgent expenses (treats, holidays, makeup, clothes, bling and shoes). But what is it really? The idea is to have more than what we start with. So we all want to actively invest, which is called trading by the way. The problem is, it’s not as easy as it sounds. There is a ton of material out there, which more often than not confuses and discourages women who want to step up. Recognizing this, Charmel Delos Santos, an IT professional, investor and mother of three from Australia, wrote a book on investing for women called “High Heeled Traders”. It is written with humor and storytelling style and encompasses more than ten years of her experiences, lessons and triumphs in learning to invest in the stock market. With this book, she gives investing an extreme makeover explaining investing concepts with girlie analogies in shopping,

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fashion, and shoes. This unique approach got women around the world, in different cultures, intrigued, wanting to find out more, while totally understanding the concepts she talks about (shopping seems to be a universal language among women.) In Doha, a lady named Marzena Hallam from MibX, fascinated by the Qatari National Vision 2030 and inspired by Her Highness Sheikha Mozah’s mission to empower women established the Women Investing in Stock market Programme in association with Thomson Reuters and Bedaya Center– a world-first -- and have invited Charmel to mentor the eager group of women stepping up to the challenge. This puts women in Qatar the enviable position of leading women empowerment in investing where 90% of participants are men. In case you are wondering if you have what it takes, Charmel shares why women will be successful in investing with the

skills, attitudes and knowledge we already possess.

1} Women do not like to take big risks and keep losses small. There are always risks in any business. The winning trades are often low-risk, and women are known to be risk-averse, not taking big risks and better at keeping losses small. So this trait serves women well. She says when you lose, just say to yourself, “I could have been shopping!” That lesson should keep the losses to a minimum.


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2} Women are natural traders.

4} Women - Are the Mother of All

We have the skills. Do you know of a woman who does NOT do any shopping? It’s a secret. Investing is like shopping. True, shopping is more on the buying part but that’s where money in investing is made. Buying low, selling high - which is basically what trading is about. Trading is just a more active way of investing.

Investors Mothers know when to protect and when to nurture growth. You might have heard about ROI or Return on Investment, but really, “investing” is useless when we don’t get back the money we originally have. So it is important to know how to preserve and protect, starting with avoiding anything high-risk. Mothers instincts put to good use don’t you think? Then of course, the mark of mothers is love and nurturing. As when children and investments are doing well, we let them grow. We watch out for signs or encourage when that growth is continuing and we take action when performance is falling.

In fact, this could be you: a} You search high and low, visiting malls or shops, looking for an item selling below value. You’re a bargain hunter. In investing, this is called value investing. b} You like to buy what is in fashion. Buying Blue? That is so last year! You would only go for new styles. You’re in with the trend. In trading, this is called trend following where things in high demand are priced sky-high. c} You buy when you see a “window of opportunity”, to get the most value at the least cost, in shopping we call this “Sales”– in trading this is called arbitrage.

3}Women can appreciate and execute the complexity of a trading business, much like dressing up to be fashionable or well-puttogether. Women get dressed for work or party – combining many things and have to do so with absolute care and consideration. In her book, Charmel discusses how women can get “Dressed to Trade” – discussing parallels of items used for dressing up to trading. The need for cleanliness, appropriate hair length, foundation and makeup, dress, shoes, accessories, perfume and knowing the tools to use. Trading requires clear mind, understanding of yourself so you know what fits you, your tolerance for risk, your skills, timeframe, position sizing, strategy to use, knowing market type, system components of entry, stop, exit strategies, having confidence etc. Women dress up all the time, women can get dressed to trade.

Admittedly, unless you put time and effort to study investing, it’s hard to be successful. (Well, this is true for all legal ways of earning money!). •

Footnote: The ‘Women Investing in the Stock Market’ programme has been initiated by Marzena Hallam, Founder & CEO of MibX, a firm that seeks to create a favourable environment fostering and facilitating the emerging entrepreneurs to establish and grow small and medium businesses. The programme, a first of many, has been designed for women in Qatar (expats and Qataris) will cover trading techniques (with real time practical examples) that will take away the fear and risk, help to find and place successful trades by being able to ‘read the market’. If the programme interests you contact Marzena on 300-44721 or mhallam@mibx.com.au to find out more.

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Wise In Qatar By Danielle Duttenhofer, Co-Founder and Director of Global Women Qatar

enhofer Elsbeth Blekkenhorst and Danielle Dutt

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

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

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According to the BCG Global Wealth report, women in the Arab region are poised to control 22 per cent of the region’s investments, growing at eight per cent a year. But when it comes to investment related decisions, women tend to be more detail oriented than their male counter parts. Read more to find out how.

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oday's women are taking control of their financial future by investingor starting a commercial business they believe in. In the US women now own half of all private wealth, which means they control or influence at least $16 trillion in assets. In addition, about a third of all US households are headed by women. In the Arab region women are estimated to control 22 percent, or about $500 billion, of the region’s investments, growing at eight percent a year, according to a recent BCG Global Wealth report. Given those statistics, one can see why women now represent the greatest potential market, as well as a great recruiting opportunity for the financial services industry. Who are these wealthy women? The majority of these ultra-wealthy women live in the oil-and-gas-rich nations surrounding the Arabian Gulf: countries like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and the UAE where women hold more than US$40 billion in personal wealth. Last year’s GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) Federal report showed Saudi women alone held US$15 billion, mostly in cash accounts and trust units, while women in the less populated countries of Kuwait, Qatar and the UAE had amassed a total of US$18 billion.

Change in Generations Wealth in the Gulf countries came into being, for women in particular, about 20 to 25 years ago when women started inheriting cash and real estate from their families. At the time, they were neither well educated nor well informed unlike the men of their generation who taught in financial matters. However, this changed in the next generation of women who now speak openly about money, investment and financial opportunities and the need to secure their financial future. Topics that were once considered immensely private are now discussed freely over coffee. Women are using their newfound inheritance and education to find their own way. They are successful entrepreneurs, hold high positions in government and private companies and are taking over control of the wealth in family companies. Qatar The Qatari government is investing significant resources in training women and supporting their rise in business and recognizing their inputs. The Financial Industry sees the opportunity to attract local and expat women to invest. The Qatar Exchange held a special introductory meeting for Qatari Business Women Association (QBWA) as part of a strategy to unleash the potential of women


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in the investment sector. Seeing this international banks have started to add Women Funds to their portfolios as well. Qatar Ladies Investment Company, the first of its kind in the whole region, was established in 1998. It is equally shared by a group of Qatari ladies and Qatar National Bank. Qatar’s first lady Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser AlMisned is looking at women’s contribution to the long-term economic and social development of this nation and creating organizations such as the Qatar Business Women Forum and drafting policies to pave the way for more widespread social acceptance of women’s equality. In November 2000, the Business Women Forum was set up after securing the approval of Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which decided that the forum would serve as one of the Chamber’s committees. By doing so, the Chamber is trying to provide an encouraging social atmosphere for women to play their role in the development process, increase their contribution in small trades and industrial projects and enhance their potential to take economic decisions.

Strategy of investing Conventional wisdom says that men are interested in investment performance, while women are more concerned about security and having enough so as not to become a shopping bag lady when they’re older. A lot of what I read says that women are not as concerned about performance as men and are more concerned about feeling secure. Women tend to be more diligently than men. Men are quicker to make a decision and just trust that it’s going to work. However, women want to know that they made the right decision to begin with. They are also less apt than men to want to make changes in their portfolio at the drop of a hat. A Barclays Wealth survey in the Middle East states that women prefer to make their investments close to home and look for an advisor who can help them make empowered decisions. Women investors typically study the product more thoroughly before investing; and go into details of the product and seek clarifications. Women like to take a balanced portfolio of different types of stocks and diversify their investment options. They prefer investing in reputable financial institutions and banks or firms with whom they have developed a trustful and faithful relationship.

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Women also want to feel special. They like to come into a room that is calm and don’t like to enter a room that is too crowded. They like to have a personal relationship with their managers so they can sit down and discuss their financial situation and how they want to go about it. It’s not always easy for women especially the older women, to share this kind of information. It takes a lot of relationship building. •

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Surveys show women now expect more and genuinely want to understand and have input into how their money is being invested. They attend regular seminars educating themselves on investment and business opportunities. Financial institutions hire women relationship managers to target and meet their growing needs. As their wealth grows so does the need for information about financial products. For unbiased information please visit informative websites such as: • Bloomberg: www.bloomberg.com • Financial Times: www.ft.com • Morningstar: www. morningstar.com • Standard & Poor: www. standardandpoors.com At last 6 tips for well considered investments: 1. Diversify. 2. Do your research. 3. Run the “stars” and sell the “dogs”. 4. Reinvest dividends. 5. Be contrarian. 6. Take the long view.

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lfardan Properties has announced the launch of a new website www.mydohahome. com, an innovative e-concept that facilitates people from anywhere in the world to browse through all the available Alfardan Properties-managed residential and commercial properties in Qatar. The ‘mydohahome.com’ initiative enables those seeking to lease high quality units in any of Alfardan Properties’ developments get a comprehensive overview of the property, especially its main features, amenities and services.

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Muhiballah Mani, COO, Alfardan Properties, said, “The ‘mydohahome.com’ concept is yet another innovation from Alfardan Properties, in line with our relentless efforts to identify market requirements and respond with appropriate solutions that exceed the expectations of our target audience. This website is being launched at a time when Qatar is increasingly gaining global attention and is emerging as a major Middle Eastern hub. We believe that this web solution, which features unique residential and commercial real estate options, will benefit people from across the region planning to live and work in

Qatar. The concept and object of the website is to facilitate searching for real-estate options in Doha and to present all those who plan to move to Doha or change their current residences unique luxury options provided by Alfardan and Alfardan Properties.” Visitors to the website can easily screen through the available properties looking for their requirements by just filling out the desired location, unit type, size, facilities, leisure and recreation amenities according to which the selections would be filtered. A complete property description would then be


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highlighted taking the users to the official website or registering them with a leasing agent who would then contact the user immediately. “Over the years, Alfardan Properties has built an excellent reputation for developing high quality, luxurious residential and commercial properties in prime locations across Qatar. The new website will provide all the required information regarding the available properties in a user-friendly format so that the potential tenant can make an informed choice,” he added. The ‘mydohahome.com’ website, which is developed and managed by Alfardan Properties, offers site visitors who register their inquiry, an instant 360-degree solution for their requirement, covering availability of units, specific services and facilities, for both residential and commercial properties of the company.

The website will feature units from some of Alfardan Properties’ renowned developments such as Alfardan Towers, a fusion of residential and commercial amenities in a luxurious development; One Porto Arabia, the first property available for lease on ‘The Pearl Qatar’; Laguna Beach, the exclusive villa compound in the West Bay Lagoon; Kempinski Residences

& Suites, which has been credited for establishing new national benchmarks for luxury residences; the Alfardan Gardens; and the recently opened Al Gassar Resort, owned by RDC and managed by Alfardan Group, the exclusive residential complex that offers high-net worth individuals the opportunity to live in a luxurious waterfront community in Doha. •

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Al Rayyan wins Heir Apparent Cup Qatar Airways Voted BEST Business Class at ATM

The Heir Apparent Cup Trophy was paraded around the Corniche near Al Diwan, in preparation for the final of the 18th Heir Apparent Cup 2012! In the finale, Al Rayyan edged Al Sadd on penalties to win the Heir Apparent Cup for the fourth time at Gharafa Sports Club.

Qatar Airways was honoured in Dubai for the second consecutive year with the Best Business Class in the World award by readers of the Middle East edition of the prestigious industry magazine Business Traveller. The Doha-based airline beat off stiff competition from neighbouring regional airlines to take home the coveted award, presented at a lavish ceremony held at the Emirates Towers hotel.

Qatar Coral launches twin towers at The Pearl-Qatar Qatar Coral for Real Estate Development (Qatar Coral), a subsidiary of MAK Holdings, announced the launch of its twin towers, VB22 and VB23, at The Pearl-Qatar. Seen here is executive director and deputy CEO at Qatar Coral Ziad El-Khalil (2nd right) along with dignitaries like Sallam Ayache, Albert Kittaneh and Ali El-Hajj.

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Q.NBN and Qtel sign milestone agreement to bring broadband fibre benefits to Qatar Qatar National Broadband Network (Q.NBN) and Qtel have signed a milestone Infrastructure Access Agreement (IAA) that marks another major step forward in bringing high speed communications to Qatar. The agreement was signed by H E Sheikh Saud bin Nasser Al Thani, Chief Executive Officer, Qtel Qatar and Mohamad AlMannai, Q.NBN’s Chief Executive Officer. The signing ceremony was attended by Dr Hessa Al-Jaber, ictQATAR Secretary General.


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20 years of Huile Prodigieuse from Nuxe Nuxe celebrated 20 years of their first multi-purpose dry oil, Huile Prodigieuse with the launch of a new limited-edition packaging featuring the logo and brand nestled in a heart to celebrate 20 years of love.

Wyndham Named Qatar’s Leading Meetings & Conference Hotel Wyndham Grand Regency Doha, was named as one of the region’s leading hotels at the annual World Travel Awards in Dubai. Receiving an award for the second year running, the property was named Qatar’s Leading Meetings & Conference Hotel, reflecting the extensive meetings and events facilities offered at the property.

Samsung Market Leader in Qatar Smartphone Market With 34.3 Percent Share Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a leading global mobile phone provider, announced recently that it is now leading the Qatar smartphone market with a 34.3 percent market share. Samsung has achieved solid growth by posting a strong 64.7 percent growth from fourth quarter of 2011 to the first quarter of 2012.

Two GORDON RAMSAY RESTAURANTS Launched at The St. Regis The St. Regis Doha, Qatar’s newest luxury destination, welcomed two Gordon Ramsay restaurants in May. Gordon Ramsay Doha was launched on May 1 and will offer fine-dining experiences, Opal by Gordon Ramsay Doha commenced services from May 15 and will serve western classics in a relaxed bistro-style environment. Headed by Michelin-starred Chef Gilles Bosquet, both restaurants will provide food enthusiasts with culinary delights inspired by Gordon Ramsay, one of the world’s most famed chefs

The Gate, Doha now home to jones the grocer The Australian, gourmet food emporium jones the grocer, recently opened its first store at The Gate on May 15. This move underlines the success of the jones the grocer brand in the GCC over the past three years, and is the seventh venue in the Gulf region.

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Legendary Cirque du Soleil comes to Qatar in july Cirque du Soleil, the world famous, Montreal Canada based organization providing highquality artistic entertainment, will present its vibrant signature production, Saltimbanco, in Qatar for the first time this summer. The colorful, action-packed performance is scheduled to run from July 4 – 7, at Aspire Dome in Doha.

Qatar University’s Photography Exhibition hosted by 51 East and Sony Qatar University’s third photography exhibition titled “Qatar Through My Eyes” sponsored by Sony and 51 East for the first time was held between may 7 to 9th at the Qatar University campus. A high level-prize giving ceremony was organized on May 10 at the Sony Showroom at Fifty One East in Lagoona Mall.

“How Women Succeed” Book Signing At Virgin

The signing of the book “How Women Succeed – Inspiring women to create their own success”, an energetic and forwardthinking CSR project sponsored by IBQ, attracted an enthusiastic crowd at Virgin Megastore in Villaggio Mall on April 29. The signing included a short programme, where some of the contributors spoke about their motivation for being part of this women's empowerment project.

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Mövenpick celebrates 'taste of thai' A festive night was held at Mövenpick Tower & Suites in April as they celebrated ‘Taste of Thai New Year 2012 Festival’ at Wok Mee Noodle House. Seen here, Thai Ambassador His Excellence Mr. Panyarak Poolthup (left) with Mr. Jan Kaiser, General Manager of Mövenpick Tower & Suites.

UDC Celebrates Completion of Language Bridges Program In collaboration with Language Bridges and Carnegie Mellon University, United Development Company (UDC) recently celebrated the graduation of its second batch of English language students.


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VCUQatar Unveils the ‘Design Entrepreneurship Network’ Virginia Commonwealth University launched the ‘Design Entrepreneurship Network’ for aspiring design entrepreneurs in Qatar’s Design Entrepreneurship and Industry Affiliations Office onMay 1, 2012 at VCUQatar in the presence of VCUQatar students, alumni and partners from the industry.

Holiday Villa Celebrates MalaYsian Food Festival

Al-Gharafa Sports Club crowned 2012 Volkswagen Junior Masters Middle East Champion Volkswagen Middle East crowned Al-Gharafa Sports Club as Volkswagen Junior Masters Middle East Champions at the third annual soccer competition, which took place in Dubai and was sponsored by Lufthansa German Airlines and PUMA.

Holiday Villa’s officials and guests including His Royal Highness The Crown Prince of Perlis, (Malaysia) Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail, inaugurated a Malasian food festival where patrons were able to enjoy many dishes including the famous Nasi Goreng.

Embassy of Japan donates books to QU Marking the occasion of the Concluding Ceremony of World Book Day held at Qatar University on May 15 May, H E Mr Kenjiro Monji, Ambassador of Japan to Qatar presented 176 Japan-related books to the University in the presence of H E Dr Sheikha Bint Abdulla Al-Misned, President of the Qatar University and Mr Abdullah Nasser Al-Ansari, Director of the Department of Public Libraries, Ministry of Culture, Arts & Heritage.

Two New ROTA Community Schools Inaugurated in Afghanistan Reach Out to Asia (ROTA), Qatar’s leading educational non-profit organization, is celebrating the inauguration of two new community schools serving 344 primary and secondary students in Khost Province of eastern Afghanistan.

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NU-Q Congratulates Aspiring Media Graduates Qatar Foundation Welcomes Class of 2012 With a spring in their step and a broad smile on their faces, hundreds of graduates proudly donned their traditional caps and robes as they walked side by side during Hamad bin Khalifa University’s (HBKU) Convocation 2012 on May 8. This was the fifth such event to be held at Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) ,and the first to be held under the auspices of HBKU, which brings together all of the higher education and related research at QF.

Northwestern University in Qatar celebrated its inaugural graduation in a commencement ceremony at the Qatar National Convention Centre, welcoming a new generation of aspiring media professionals to the field. Graduation speaker Rami Khouri, the prolific Middle East author, columnist and commentator, charged the 36 graduating journalism and communication students to use the power of knowledge and storytelling for good in these transformative times.

VCUQatar Hosts 2012 Commencement Ceremony Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar held its 2012 Commencement Ceremony on May 7 at the Education City Student Center, conferring 43 Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in fashion, graphic and interior design and two Master of Fine Arts degrees in Design Studies. The 11th Commencement - which also celebrated the first class of designers of the first graduate program in design in the region - brings the number of VCUQatar alumni to 365.

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WCMC-Q honoUrs the graduating Class of 2012 The hard work and success of Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar’s (WCMC-Q) Class of 2012 was celebrated as the college’s latest graduates earned the right to call themselves ‘doctors’ for the first time. The 32 graduating students – WCMC-Q’s largest ever graduating class - crossed the stage in front of proud family, friends and faculty members to receive their U.S. medical degrees at a ceremony held at Qatar National Convention Center.

Qatar Foundation Honours Benevolent Student Sponsor A celebration was held on the sidelines of ongoing graduation ceremonies to honour Mr Bader Abdullah Al-Darwish, whose generosity has transformed the academic dreams of eight students from Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) into a reality. Boasting exceptional records, these talented young academics have earned the ‘Abdullah AlDarwish Scholarship’ to help finance their tuition. The congratulatory dinner took place in the Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU) Student Center at Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF).

HEC Paris celebrates the success of the first graduates of its EMBA programme HEC Paris in Qatar held a convocation celebration for the first class of participants in its international Executive MBA (EMBA) programme. The event, held under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, who was also present, honoured the 31 participants in HEC Paris in Qatar’s EMBA ‘class of 2012’, who will be graduating later this year.

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Kitchen Confidential By Nitya Shukla

Stefanos Melianos, Executive Sous Chef at Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre shares his best recipes this month that will be the highlight of any meal.

Working as a chef in a big hotel isn’t just about plating the perfect meal; it is also about how that meal comes together, the camaraderie of the staff behind closed kitchen doors that ensure that the guest savors the experience of dining and not just a meal alone. This is the summation of the conversation I shared with Chef Stefanos Melianos, Executive Sous Chef at Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre. Many reasons led to this talk, beginning possibly with the fantastic aromas that caught my attention as I passed by Saveur, en-route to the adjoining T-Spoon Café. And as much I savored the legendary Gerbeaud confectionary shipped directly from Budapest at boutique café… the foodie in me couldn’t wait for supper times to come fast enough to try a menu that features European cuisine with Asian flavors. In addition to this, Saveur’s culinary portfolio includes a creatively designed selection of ‘art’ desserts, a salad bar serving organic vegetables and an Asian station serving Oriental delicacies from China, Japan, South East Asia. As we settled for an interview, Chef Stefanos, was quick to credit travel experience around the world. “I was born in Greece, and then I moved to Germany, followed by work stints in France, Italy Africa, Middle East, Jordan. I’m trained in the German French cuisine (actually European cuisine).” His choice of career came from having literally been born into a hotel environment since his parents own a hotel in Greece. His global outlook is reflected in the menu of Saveur that presents international buffet lunches, whilst the ala carte dining menu features European cuisine with Asian flavours, open cooking stations and private dining pods; a place where you

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can catch up with your family and friends or colleagues. Having joined this hotel as part of the pre-opening team since the last year, Chef Stefanos is enjoying his stint since he feels creativity is given its due credit when it comes to putting together fabulous menus. “At Kempinski here, as a chef you’re not placed in a box or handed a book with recipes that are cooked in the same style as the other 73 Kempinski brands. Structure is not always great for creativity,” he remarked. Recounting the challenges of being a chef in Bahrain, he said, “I think the major problem we have here in Bahrain is the supplies. Unlike Dubai where you get everything, here we don’t have many companies so we have to get them via Europe ie Jordan, Holland, Europe and Germany mostly. As a chef, you have to plan to be flexible.” The menu selection focuses on fresh ingredients and dishes are added or changed as produce comes into season. “We use the freshest product, cooked simply to perfection.” The ambience of Saveur features a family friendly environment with seating designed to encourage conversation. As a weekend special, the restaurant has created a 5-star Friday international Family Brunch Buffet which features fresh ingredients and timeless classics of their award-winning Executive Chef Holger Jackisch’s specialties. Elaborating on this, Chef Stefanos said “The Friday brunches focuses on the family, kids’ family brunch menu and you can use the pool afterwards. It’s great for family day.” As we reached towards the end of the interview I asked if there was something he still couldn’t cook and out popped the answer, “My mother’s bolognaise! It’s difficult and I have cooked it for years but I still don’t make it like her. Mama’s cooking is different, no matter how good a chef you are!” •


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Starter Tuna and Scallop Carpaccio, Cured fennel salad with coriander and ginger, Soja Shiitake mushroom. Serves 10

For Carpaccio

INGREDIENTS: » Fresh yellow fin tuna cleaned 200 g; »Fresh scallops (Shell off) 100 g; »Black pepper Pinch Preparation: » Cut the yellow fin tuna into equal sized square piece, place it between two pieces of cling film and then flatten it with a heavy meat mace or a rolling pin to a thinness of 3 mm and remove the upper film for the next step. » With a sharp knife, cut the scallops as thin as possible and place them side by side on the flattened tuna, then, sprinkle with some crushed black pepper from the mill and start to roll up tightly the piece of tuna and sliced scallop into a long bon bon shape. » Use cling film to wrap around the outside of the rolled tuna and use some force to make the contents firm inside the film, while twisting both ends clock and counter clock wise at the same time, until the entire roll feels stiff. » Tie up the ends and store it in the freezer to chill.

For the Fennel Salad

Ingredients: » Fresh Fennel 300 g ( 2 pcs); » Fresh Coriander leafs small bunch; » Salt pinch; » Saffron powder Small pinch; » Ginger fresh 10 g; » Olive oil 10 ml Preparation: » Wash the fennel, with a vegetable peeler, clean up the first layer of the fennel. » Cut the fennel into half and remove the stalk, green leaves and the root. » Now cut the fennel length wise into as small slices as possible, and store it in a bowl. » Add the salt into the bowl of sliced fennel and start kneading the mix for 5 min. » Then keep it aside. » Clean the ginger, after removing the skin chop it fine with a knife and add it into the bowl of fennel. » Finish it with some olive oil, saffron powder and the fresh coriander leaves.

For Shiitake mushroom

Ingredients: » Fresh Shiitake mushroom 100 g; » Soja sauce sweet 50 ml; » Sesame seeds white pinch; » Sesame oil 10 ml; Preparation: » Wash the mushroom in rinsing water and dry them afterwards on paper cloth. » Heat up a small sauce pan and add the sesame oil, when hot add the mushrooms and sauté them gently. » Pour slowly the sweet soya sauce into the pan and add the sesame seeds, toss it quickly on a high heat. » Then place it in a container and allow to cool.

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Veal Tenderloin, Stuffed with pine nuts and honey Morel mushroom sauce, caramelized beetroot and pumpkin. Serves 10

For Pine nuts and honey stuffing

Potato Ravioli, Goat cheese, sun dried tomato, grilled Mediterranean vegetables. Serves 10

For Potato Ravioli dough

INGREDIENTS: » Big starchy potatoes 500 g; » All purpose flour 125 g; » Salt, » Pepper, » Nutmeg For taste; » Water 60-70 ml; » Egg yolk 1 Preparation: » Wash the potatoes under rinsing water, place them on a oven tray and sprinkle with salt. » Bake the potatoes in the oven by 180 C for one hour, when ready remove the tray and keep in on the side for to cool. » Cut in half and remove the cooked potato middles with the help of a soup spoon - without scratching the skin. » Smash the potato with a press into a bowl, add the flour, egg yolk some salt, pepper and nutmeg up to taste. » Start kneading it to a firm dough, add some water if too dry and keep covered in cling film on the side.

For Goat cheese & sun dried tomato (Filling)

Ingredients: » Goat cheese 100 g; » Sun dried tomato 50 g; » Fresh chopped thyme 10 g; Preparation: » Mash the goat cheese into a bowl, add the thyme and the sun dried tomatoes. » Mix all together and put on one side.

For Potato Ravioli

Preparation: » Flat the potato dough with the help of a rolling pin and flour to a 3mm think square sheet. » Use a water glass upside down to cut out round equal pieces of the dough, then with each piece, spread some egg yolk, drop some goat cheese stuffing in the middle and close it from the top with one more round piece. » Press with your fingertips over the edge of the ravioli, to ensure it is closed properly. » Now cook the in boiling water with some salt for 2 min, remove from the water and pan fry it in butter until a light golden brown color.

For Grilled Mediterranean Vegetables

Ingredients: » Zucchini 200 g; » Eggplant 200 g; » Red Bell Peppers 200 g; Preparation: » Wash and cut all vegetables into small sizes. » Marinate with some olive oil, salt, and garlic. » Heat the grill and place all vegetables on the grill, if no grill is available, sautée in a very hot sauce pan. » Add salt and pepper to taste.

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INGREDIENTS: » Pine nuts100 g; » Honey50 g; » Butter (fresh) 30 g; » Olive oil50 ml Preparation: » Roast the pine nuts with olive oil in a sauce pan. » When the nuts change color to golden brown, place them into a bowl and add the honey. » With a spoon start smashing the nuts into a thick/chunky paste. » Finally, to smooth the mix, add some butter, mix all together and keep it on the side.

For Veal tenderloin

Ingredients: » Veal tenderloin cleaned1200 g Preparation: » Cut the fillet into 10 equal pieces, with the end of a cooking spoon press into the middle of the meat and now fill the canal with the pine nut stuffing, repeat this with all other pieces and season with salt and pepper to taste. » Pan fry all the steaks and place them in the oven for 10 min by 160 C.

For Morel mushroom sauce

Ingredients: » Morel fresh100 g; » Cream whipping 150 ml; » Salt and pepper pinch; » Onion fine chopped 150 g; » Olive oil50 ml Preparation: » Cut the morels into half and wash in clear rinsing water, dry on a paper cloth. » Sautée the morels in olive oil, add the fine chopped onions and cream. » Let the cream reduce until you have a thick consistency, salt and pepper to taste.

For Beetroot and pumpkin

Ingredients: » Beetroot250 g; » Butter100 g; » Pumpkin250 g; » Sugar white 100 g. Preparation: » Wash the beetroot and boil it in water until soft. » Peel the cooked beetroot and cut into wedges. » Peel the pumpkin, cut in equal dices and boil it al dente in slightly salted water. » Add the butter into a flat pan and heat up, add the sugar and toss the beetroot and pumpkin.

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What Really Makes

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Women Happy? By Nitya Shukla

A Reebok Satisfaction Survey taken this year revealed that feeling healthy (71%) and fit (71%) is at the heart of what really makes women feel most satisfied.

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hanks to Reebok’s Satisfaction Survey, we know now that keeping in shape and laughing with friends are more important then attending parties or receiving expensive jewellery (two items that dominate the popular clichéd rhetoric). Over 3,000 women from five European countries (UK, Germany, France, Russia, Italy and Spain) ages 18 to 39 participated in this two week quantitative online survey conducted by Reebok, January 2012. HERE are the Results: Keeping Fit Leads to Being Satisfied When questioned on body image, (66%) of women revealed that they thought that having a fit body is important. The women surveyed said that they would prefer to have a small derriere (80%) than a big derriere (20%), a flat stomach (64%). Walking was found to be the most popular form of exercise (19%), ahead of swimming (17%), dance classes (11%) and running (7%). What’s more, 7 out of 10 European women said that they were most satisfied when they were feeling healthy and overall 83 per cent women from the survey voted that being fitter would make them feel more satisfied. This issue is all about being healthy and fit and preparing for summer vacation by dieting and exercising. In the following pages we have included a 7 day diet and exercise workout plan to help you get to

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a point where you feel healthier, fitter and more satisfied with your self image! Reebok’s EasyTone ambassadors, Hollywood superstar Eva Mendes and supermodel Helena Christensen are a testament that being healthy and fit is essential to feeling satisfied with one's body. For Eva Mendes, working out

and looking good is at the top of her list. Eva says,”What I like about exercise and keeping in shape is the feeling of satisfaction that it gives you. Knowing that you are looking after your body and mind, keeping healthy and looking your best is a great feeling. I’ve been wearing the Reebok EasyTone since it launched and I love them!”


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Bonus: The Simple Pleasures Are Important Too This fascinating survey also revealed that women find more satisfaction from simple pleasures than leading a lavish lifestyle; having a clean house (65%), listening to music (58%) and receiving flowers (59%) were all found to be more satisfying than receiving an expensive piece of jewellery (39%) or having a string of parties to go to (27%). Supermodel Helena Christensen said she found her personal satisfaction in the simple things in life including spending time with her son, helping him with his math homework, reading a good book, travelling, photography, collecting antiques, watching the sun set over the ocean, and eating—balancing her love for food with a genuine love of working out to stay in enviable shape.

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“I travel a lot with my work, so spending time with my family and friend’s is important to me. It’s interesting to see that I’m not alone - 64% of women questioned in the Reebok Satisfaction Survey feel most satisfied when they’re simply spending time with family.”

WORK OUT equipment:

The ABODE team couldn’t agree more with the Reebok’s survey, and inspired from our swimwear page, we are dedicating the month of June to reclaiming that beach body you (and we) have always longed for. It’s time ladies that you feel fit, that you feel great, not just chug along. Strap your shoes on, rescue yourself from boring workout clothes and lose those last few pounds, and who knows, you might just find the ABODE team on the Corniche! •

Ball and Jump Rope

If you prefer to do things at home as opposed to going to the gym, try a yoga exercise ball, a jump rope, a treadmill or use a Reebok step. These items and more can be found at Go Sport in the Villaggio Mall. Start working out today! Even if you only do 20 minutes per day. Be consistent! Be purposeful!

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The

7 Day Fitness Plan Recommended by: Allan Lloyd C. Martinez R.N., Fitness Trainer

Incorporating quick fix in our fitness routine is one of the most challenging parts in our journey towards a healthy lifestyle. We need to get results in a short span of time. And we also need to balance it with erratic eating habits and busy work schedules.

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iven this kind of predicament, I have designed a seven days cross training program that involves a variety of activities. One major function of cross training is to promote fitness for the whole body. Which is why, I created a meal plan to compliment our quick fix fitness plan. The serving portion of each meal should be adjusted in accordance with your body mass. In order to accomplish the exercises properly, your fitness level should be intermediate to advance. An ideal rest interval between exercises is 30 seconds to 45 seconds. Beginners may modify the exercises by increasing your rest interval and lessening the number of sets and repetitions. It is highly recommended to drink plenty of water while exercising. Your Heart rate is an excellent monitoring of intensity. An elevated heart rate is not necessarily an indication of an effective aerobic training pace. However, if increased heart rate is accomplished by the correct type of activity, then the cardiovascular training potential is substantial. To get your Maximum heart rate here’s the formula: 206.9-(.67xAge) =MHR

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The Four Aerobic Training Zones • 90% of your MHR – Peak aerobic performance zone • 80% of your MHR – Aerobic Fitness (Endurance) • 70% of your MHR – Aerobic weight management (Fat burning zone) • 60% of your MHR – Moderate Aerobic Zone – Untrained

So in order for us to have a substantial result we need to sustain at least the 70% to 90% of our Maximum Heart rate.

Workout Plan:

Cardiovascular cross training- Do more than one form of aerobic activities for 30 minutes. (Examples: rowing (5min), then cycling (5min),

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jogging (5min), elliptical (5min), then choose swimming or kickboxing for 10 minutes.

Meal Plan:

Breakfast • 1-2 pcs. Whole wheat toast • 2-4 Organic Egg whites • 1 cup black coffee • 1-2 glasses of water Lunch • Steamed broccoli cauliflower carrots • Grilled Organic Chicken breast • 1 glass of fresh orange juice Dinner • Baby spinach with smoked wild salmon and cottage cheese salad (lemon and olive oil dressing) • 1-2 glasses of water


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Resistance cross training – provides resistance overload to all major muscle groups (Quadriceps, Pectorals, Hamstrings etc.) as well as cardio overload. A circuit of 10 exercises is divided between resistance and aerobic stations. The exercises are either performed to time (10-30 seconds) or repetitions (10-20) lasting a total of 20 minutes.

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Resistance cross training – provides resistance overload to all major muscle groups (Quadriceps, Pectorals, Hamstrings etc.) as well as cardio overload. A circuit of 10 exercises is divided between resistance and aerobic stations. The exercises are either performed to time (10-30 seconds) or repetitions (10-20) lasting a total of 20 minutes.

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Exercise Set-up Sets Reps Push-ups (or modified)

Mat/ Body weight

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Body weight

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Mat/

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Squats Supine bridge Hip Raises

Exercise Set-up Sets Reps Squatras*

Mat

2-4

Leg Raises Mat 2-4 Mat/ clockwise, counter clockwise

Abdominal Crunches

Mat

Body weight

2-4

Side Plank Mat/ Both sides 2-4

(Seven seconds hold)

Sit ups

Abdominal Circles

Resistance cross-training

2-4

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Lunges with dumbbell triceps extension

10-20 each leg 10-20

2-4 10-20

Wide grip Lat. Pull down

Cable Machine

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Dumbbell Row

Dumbbell

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10-20

30 seconds to 1 minute

Dumbbell

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Mid. Crunch

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Heel Touches

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Prone skydiver

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Dumbbells

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10-20

Arm raises on the mat

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10-20 pairs

Bicycle crunches

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Barbell

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Squats to dumbbell front raise

Dumbbell Dumbbell 2-4 10-20 Pickup pairs

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Bicep curls

* Check you tube for demo. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-e8cjM3Qto&feature=related

Meal Plan:

Breakfast • ½ cup oatmeal with non fat milk • 2-4 pcs. Organic Egg whites • 1 cup green tea Lunch • Tuna sandwich • 1 pc. Apple • 1 glass grapefruit juice • 1-2 glasses water Dinner • Roccoi leaves with trout and artichoke salad • 1-2 glasses of water

Workout Plan:

Cardiovascular cross training- Do more than one form of aerobic activities for 30 minutes. (Examples: rowing (5min), then cycling (5min), jogging (5min),

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Breakfast • Organic European (Greek) yogurt and honey • 3-4 Organic Egg whites • 1 cup green tea Lunch • Lettuce with rocket (Jarjeer), cucumbers and tomatoes with olive oil and lemon juice dressing • Quarter hand portion of Tenderloin steak • 1 glass pineapple juice Dinner • Lentil salad with sautéed leek and dry beef (grassfed) • 1 cup green tea

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elliptical (5min), then choose Swimming 10-20 lapses

Meal Plan:

Breakfast • 1 Boiled sweet potatoes • 2-4 pcs. Organic Egg whites • 1 cup black coffee Lunch • Organic Chicken sandwich • 1 pc. Pear • 1 glass pineapple juice • 1-2 glasses water Dinner • Green leaves with stir fry beef (grass-fed) with sesame oil and lemon juice • 1-2 glasses water

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Workout Plan:

Cardiovascular cross training- Do more than one form of aerobic activities for 30 minutes. (Examples: rowing (5min), then cycling (5min), jogging (5min), elliptical (5min), then choose kickboxing for 20 minutes.

Meal Plan:

Breakfast • Organic Egg white sandwich on a whole wheat bread • 1 cup coffee Lunch • Grilled Organic chicken Fajitas • 1 cup of fresh strawberries Dinner • Green salad with honey and mustard baked organic turkey breast • 1-2 glasses of water

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Workout Plan:

Resistance cross training – provides resistance overload to all major muscle groups (Quadriceps, Pectorals, Hamstrings etc.) as well as cardio overload. A circuit of 10 exercises is divided between resistance and aerobic stations. The exercises are either performed to time (10-30 seconds) or repetitions (10-20) lasting a total of 20 minutes.

Exercise Set-up Sets Reps Walking plank with Mat 2-4 hand and elbow

10-20 pairs

Cross over lateral step up

10-20 pairs

Bird Dog Mat/ Body weight 2-4 10-20 pairs Squats with dumbbell upright row Dips Front lunge to side twist

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Hands holding 2-4 a light plates

10-20 pairs

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Cable wood-chop Machine/ Cable

2-4

10-20

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Standing dumbbell Dumbbell 2-4 10-20 side crunch pairs Biceps hammer Dumbbells 2-4 curls

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Cardiovascular cross training- Do more than one form of aerobic activities for 40 minutes. (Examples: rowing (5min), then cycling (5min), jogging (5min), treadmill (5min) , then choose elliptical for 20 minutes.

Resistance cross-training

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Breakfast • ½ cup Oatmeal with raisins and nonfat milk • ½ cup raspberries Lunch • Whole wheat pasta salad with broccoli and sun dried tomatoes with tuna. • 1 glass apple juice Dinner • Beet root salad with Organic yogurt and dill • 1 cup green tea

Meal Plan:

Breakfast • 1-2 Whole wheat Toast • 2-4 Organic Egg whites • 1 cup green tea Lunch • Spelt salad with white beans and Artichokes • ½ cup grapes • 1-2 glasses water Dinner • Curried Chicken salad with apples and raisins • 1-2 glasses

snacks For snacks in between meals I highly recommend to take what I call survival foods like Trail mix which is a combination of dried fruit and variety of unsalted and unroasted nuts. It was developed as a snack food to be taken along outdoor hikes. It is considered an ideal snack food because it is tasty, lightweight, easy to store and high in nutritional value. Overall, the program will work out if the nutrition and exercise program followed up accordingly as they are linked one another. For booking and inquiries please don’t hesitate to call: The Diplomatic Club Tel: +974 44847450 www.thediplomaticclub.com

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A Nutritionist’s Point of View the 7 days fitness plan By Gloria Duran-Renderos B.Sc.,M.P.H. When someone is trying to lose weight, the big question that comes to their mind is ‘how to start’. The person must fight against the thoughts of diets followed with no results, the feeling that they are going to fail again, or giving up the very first day of a program, reassuring themselves that they are fat from birth and that always, instead of losing, they will gain weight. Being thinner for some is like domesticating the beast inside. We have eaten for pleasure so many years and it is difficult for the brain to learn to eat for fitness and health. For those, like me, 200 lbs. young woman to a 130 lbs senior, I can say DO NOT GIVE UP, EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE IF YOU WORK AT IT, WITH PERSISTENCE CONSISTENCY AND A POSITIVE ATTITUDE.

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Try these Alternative Diets if you are Vegetarian or Gluten Intolerant If you are interested in following the diet plan but have allergies to gluten or are a vegetarian, we have included alternate food menus that you can follow for all the seven days.

The seven day Fitness Plan written by R.N. Allan Lloyd Martinez, Fitness Trainer of the Diplomatic Club, seem to be an excellent program for someone who wants to start. Both the physical training and the meal plans are very good. The menus are inviting to eat and very healthy. I have added for information a plan for vegetarians and for gluten free sensitivity. I would encourage anyone to look for a fitness trainer with a good knowledge of nutrition to accompany them though a fitness plan. They will be there to encourage, motivate, and coach for at least the first three months of re - educating the brain, which are the toughest.

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VEGETARIAN menu

Breakfast • 1-2 pcs. Whole wheat toast • 2-4 Organic Egg whites • 1 cup black coffee • 1-2 glasses of water Lunch • Steamed broccoli cauliflower carrots • ¾ cup cottage cheese • 8 oz fresh orange juice Dinner • Baby spinach salad with lemon and olive oil dressing • 1 cup of garbanzo/bean salad • 1-2 glasses of water

GLUTEN FREE menu

Breakfast • 1-2 pcs.GF toast • 2-4 Organic Egg whites • 1 cup black coffee • 1-2 glasses of water Lunch • Steamed broccoli cauliflower carrots • ¾ cup gluten free cottage cheese • 8 oz fresh orange juice Dinner • Baby spinach salad with lemon and olive oil dressing • 1 cup of garbanzo/bean salad • 1-2 glasses of water

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VEGETARIAN menu Breakfast • ½ cup oatmeal with non fat milk • 2-4 pcs. Organic Egg whites • 1 cup green tea Lunch • Egg salad sandwich • 1 pc. Apple • 1 glass grapefruit juice • 1-2 glasses water Dinner • Vegetarian soup • 1-2 glasses of water

GLUTEN FREE menu

Breakfast • ½ cup of cream of rice cereal whit nonfat milk • 2-4 pcs. Organic Egg whites • 1 cup green tea Lunch • Tuna salad • ¾ cup of steamed rice • 1 pc. Apple • 1 glass grapefruit juice • 1-2 glasses water Dinner • Roccoi leaves with trout and artichoke salad • 1-2 glasses of water

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VEGETARIAN menu

GLUTEN FREE menu

Breakfast • 1 Boiled sweet potatoes • 2-4 pcs. Organic Egg whites • 1 cup black coffee Lunch • Green and yellow vegetables salad with cheese • 1 pc. Pear • 1 glass pineapple juice • 1-2 glasses water Dinner • Green leaves with stir fry Tofu with sesame oil and lemon juice • 1-2 glasses water

Breakfast • 1 Boiled sweet potatoes • 2-4 pcs. Organic Egg whites • 1 cup black coffee Lunch • Organic Chicken breast • Green and yellow vegetables salad • 1 pc. Pear • 1 glass pineapple juice • 1-2 glasses water Dinner • Green leaves with stir fry beef with sesame oil and lemon juice • 1-2 glasses water

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Breakfast • Organic European (Greek) yogurt and honey • Egg whites omelet • 1 cup green tea Lunch • Romaine Lettuce Greek salad with olive oil and lemon juice dressing • Vegetarian soup with Tofu • 1 glass pineapple juice Dinner • Lentil salad with sautéed leek • 3 pieces Melba toast • 1 cup green tea

Breakfast • Organic European (Greek) yogurt and honey • Egg whites omelet • 1 cup green tea Lunch • Romaine Lettuce Greek salad with olive oil and lemon juice dressing • Quarter hand portion of Tenderloin steak • 1 glass pineapple juice Dinner • Lentil salad with sautéed leek • GF crackers • 1 cup green tea


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VEGETARIAN menu

GLUTEN FREE menu

Breakfast • Organic Egg white sandwich on a whole wheat bread • 1 cup coffee Lunch • Grilled cheese Fajitas • 1 cup of fresh strawberries Dinner • Green salad with honey and mustard • ½ cup cottage cheese • 1-2 glasses of water

Breakfast • Organic Egg white sandwich on GF bread • 1 cup coffee Lunch • Grilled Organic chicken Fajitas with corn tortillas • 1 cup of fresh strawberries Dinner • Green salad with honey and mustard baked organic turkey breast • 1-2 glasses of water

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Breakfast • ½ cup Oatmeal with raisins and nonfat milk • ½ cup raspberries Lunch • Whole wheat pasta salad with broccoli and sun dried tomatoes with mozzarella cheese • 1 glass apple juice Dinner • Beet root salad with Organic yogurt and dill • 1 cup green tea

VEGETARIAN menu

Breakfast • 1-2 Whole wheat Toast • 2-4 Organic Egg whites • 1 cup green tea Lunch • Spelt salad with white beans and Artichokes • ½ cup grapes • 1-2 glasses water Dinner • Carrot salad with apples and raisins • Half pita with cheese • 1-2 glasses of water

Note: Snack: trail mix

Breakfast • ½ cup of GF cereal and nonfat milk • ½ cup raspberries Lunch • Gluten free pasta salad with broccoli and sun dried tomatoes with tuna. • 1 glass apple juice Dinner • Beet root salad with Organic yogurt and dill • 1 cup green tea

GLUTEN FREE menu

Breakfast • 1-2 GF Toast 2-4 Organic Egg whites 1 cup green tea Lunch Green salad with Artichokes, olive oil and lemon Baked salmon filet ½ cup grapes 1-2 glasses water Dinner GF Curried Chicken salad with apples and raisins 1-2 glasses of water

Note: Snack: GF trail mix

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Get Ready

to ZUMBA! By Nitya Shukla

Workouts should be fun and social. Thank heavens for Zumba!

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ever the one to sign up for new kinds of workouts, I have my friend Layal to thank for getting me hooked on to the Zumba wave in Qatar. Of course, I had heard about it before, since the Zumba phenomenon has been quite popular here— I just didn’t think I had the moves, balance, dexterity or the energy to last in any kind of workout. Add to that the extraordinary coordination required to keep up with the Latin dance moves (I had lasted but four classes of salsa a few years back). Which is why I ensured Layal knew my doubts, apart from the fact that it was a Thursday night, when

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everybody else was in weekend mode. As we approached the class, I could hear loud Latin rhythms pulsing where the class had already begun. I peered inside and I saw a group of hardly ten making the effort to swivel, pivot, and shake their way to fitness. I joined them, nervous, yet keenly intent on busting a few impressive moves. I didn’t get around to much, but by the end, inspired from the dance and music, I had understood the beauty of this workout. All you do is follow the instructor and dance to the rhythm. Now missing a Zumba class feels like missing the real party every Thursday night.

Health benefits: Zumba is a dance fitness method based on salsa and other Latin dance moves, performed to Latin and world music beats, and choreographed to allow people of any fitness or dance experience level to enjoy a fantastic workout. If you think you’d like an exhilarating class filled with good feelings and party-like fun, Zumba makes an excellent choice of a group fitness method to support your fitness goals. Dance features: Zumba features commonly performed dance steps from the salsa and Latin dance culture. Salsa dance steps feature


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a 1-2-3 count with a good amount of hip action, and feet that press along the floor. Merengue is a step that is a Zumba regular, favored for its simple 1-2 marching rhythm. Cumbia is an easy to learn Colombian folk dance that features one-sided movements, and Reggaeton is a tougher, more urban style of modern Latin dance.

A Few Places To Zumba

Sheraton Hotel and Convention Centre Instructor: Imad on Sunday & Tuesday at 7:30pm Friday at 10:00 am Instructor: Sana on Thursday at 7:30pm Saturday at 11:30am Price for members: QR 30. Price for non-members: QR 40 For booking Zumba Class, please call +974 4485-4600

The ritz-carlton doha On Sunday at 8:30am and Friday at 11:30am Free for members. Price for non-members: QR 50. For details call +974 4484-8173

Intercontinental doha On Monday at 7:00pm Price for members: QR 30. Price for non-members: QR 40 For details call +974 4484-4444

George V Spa Beverly Hills Tower Female Instructor: on Sunday at 7:00pm. Male Instructor: on Wednesday and Thursday at 4:00pm. Saturday at 7:00pm. All classes are QR 50 except Wednesday the class is QR 60 For details call +974 4412-2046

Aspire Academy for sports excellence For details call

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ZUMBA FITNESS DVD If your latest fitness love affair is Zumba, here’s another hip wriggling, belly firming, calorie blasting workout DVD! If you love a good cardio workout this one is for you.

Special Zumba Event ZUMBA CHARITY EVENT FOR QATAR ANIMAL WELFARE SOCIETY The Ritz-Carlton, Doha is conducting big Zumba launch on June 8, 2012 to support the Qatar Animal Welfare Society! In one exciting hour you can participate in a high energy calorie-burning, bodyenergizing workout and give in to the foot tapping music. FRIDAY JUNE 8, 2012 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at The Ritz-Carlton, Doha (Registration start at 5:00 pm). Entrance ticket: QAR 75 inclusive of snacks, drinks, and raffle prizes. Tickets are available at The Ritz-Carlton, Doha Spa reception.

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By Marlynne Mallari – Dela Pena Photography Jessie Palanca

As the summer season kicks in and everybody’s off to the beach, the stress falls on the shoulders of those who have failed to get the beach body they desire. Is Liposuction then the answer?

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any believe it to be an extreme measure, since the risks of undergoing this procedure must be considered, yet there are those who find it to be an easier alternative than exercising. I decided the facts straightened out by the most sought-after plastic surgeon in town, Dr Ahmed Seif Makki at the Plastic Surgicentre (149 Najma St, Al-Hilal) who has over 20 years of experience in the field of general and cosmetic surgery. He discussed liposuction with full conviction to what he believes is right and safe for all his patients. According to him, liposuction is a procedure for fat cells removal but not an alternative to dieting and exercise.

time, by the right surgeon and by the right facility in a hospital prepared for such cases.” Having performed many such procedures to better improve his patient’s life, his philosophy on the matter of beauty is that ‘it should look natural and not look fake.’

Originally from Egypt, Dr. Makki initially practiced general surgery gaining experience in trauma, emergency and orthopedic before specializing in plastic surgery. Most recently, the Plastic Surgicentre celebrated its 12th anniversary this year.

For him the right way to perform Lipo is to administer it in limited areas, which is why he cautions against removing too much fat in one session. Lipo also helps with body contouring, and in a way he calls himself as a sculptor. “When you do sculpture, you remove a little bit from some parts of the body to make it balanced, this way is very safe, that is why we now call it Lipo-Sculpture,” he quipped. Dr Makki also specified that he does liposuction for patients who have stubborn pockets of fat. It’s so safe that the patient can go back to work on the same day after the procedure.

Addressing whether liposuction is an extreme measure, Dr Makki clarified that this procedure suffers from misconceptions as accidents in these surgeries got publicized and generated negative publicity. He said that it is lamentable that there are inexperienced plastic surgeons who have performed and sold the concept of lipo as a way to reduce excessive fat in one operation, something that is highly unsafe and may jeopardize the patient’s life. Dr Makki said, “The success of liposuction depends on the right patient and doing it at the right

He also stressed that when selecting patients for any type of plastic surgery, he inspects the different aspects of the person’s health ie psychological, physical and their medical history. Upon inquiry as to what was the the percentage of men and women requiring his service he said , “If you asked the question ten years back I would say 80% ladies, [but] today 65% ladies and 35% men.” Dr Makki added that nowadays men are more conscious about their selves and follow a healthy lifestyle which they see as parallel of their success. The most common procedure

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for men is tummy tuck, nose job and facelifts. He categorized for surgery for women in two groups, the first Mommy Make-Up, a procedure for mothers to correct the changed contours affected with pregnancy and the second one Post Pariatric Surgery, which is good for patients who achieved dramatic weight loss and were left with excess skin all over the body. With many women resorting to slimming and firming creams to get rid of cellulite, I asked Dr Makki, whether they matter, he said “Personally, I do not believe in creams. They won’t do any good apart for spending too much money.” Instead he suggested procedures like endomologie and liposuction to combat the cellulite presence. As the interview concluded, I realized that Dr Makki’s outlook for plastic surgery is not only about performing just any procedure but something that can facilitate a healthy lifestyle, one that incorporates following the principle of moderation, sleeping enough, staying away from the sun, avoiding smoking and getting some exercise. All this might surely sound like a cliché, but it’s what the doctor still said. •


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Cellulite

Is there any cure for cellulite? Can anyone prevent it? What causes it?

By Marlynne Mallari – Dela Pena

As much as we’d like to avoid it, cellulite is a generous affliction, crossing every continent, every race and affecting women of every age— not even Hollywood has escaped it. I mustered all my resources to try to understand more about it.

What causes cellulite? The fact that this is more common in women results from several factors. First, it’s hormones that play a dominant role in the formation of cellulite, and it’s thought estrogen might be the important hormone to kick off and ignite cellulite, though there is no reliable clinical evidence to support such a claim. The second culprit is diet.

How can we prevent it? There are some suggested steps to combat the occurrence of cellulite but it will require patience and discipline, as Health Guidance shares (www. healthguidance.org). Getting rid of the toxins in our body will protect the skin from cellulite and we do this through proper exercise. We always hear that drinking eight glasses of water a day is good for the health; apparently it is also good for warding off cellulite, so drink up ladies! Some doctors suggested the regular use of a sauna or steam room

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ccording to Medical News Today, Cellulite is a term used to describe the dimpled appearance of skin caused by fat deposits that are just below the surface of the skin. It generally appears on skin in the abdomen, lower limbs, and pelvic region, and it usually occurs after puberty. There is no shortage of names for it: with medical terms ranging from adiposis edematosa to dermopanniculosis deformans, along with less elegant, colloquial terms such as orange peel syndrome, cottage cheese skin or the ‘mattress phenomenon’.

According to Dr Lionel Bissoon, author of The Cellulite Cure, “changing our diets from organic foods to nutrient poor toxic food has added to the cellulite epidemic.” He also added that eliminating harmful foods can prevent cellulite from forming. The last one is lack of exercise and my, oh my, why am not surprised, because as our culture depends heavily on technology our lifestyle has become increasingly sedentary.

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supports in preventing the building of cellulite to some of their patients. Lastly, eating healthfully safeguards you from cellulite, with more vegetables and fish added to your dietary routine. Is there any treatment? As I compile all the necessary information about cellulite, a couple statements surfaced, indicating there’s no treatment to this epidemic! But it seems technology has been advancing and treatment for cellulite has been developed. I had an interview with a plastic surgeon recently and he suggested Endomologie that combines very firm massaging, rolling and sucking at the skin’s surface in an attempt to break up the fat cells that cause cellulite dimpling. Another option is Liposuction, a fat reduction procedure. Yet another alternative is to try slimming/cellulite creams which are available in the market like L’Occitane Amande, Murad Firm and Tone and Shiseido Body Creator. And lastly, watch what you eat! •

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The Cellulite Crusher By Nitya Shukla

As ABODE tackles cellulite this month Guerlain Alfardan Spa, helps us understand how and why slimming treatments can be beneficial for your body’s health.

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ost of us are haunted with dreams of slimming down, shaping up, getting rid of fat rolls and the cellulite in our bodies and hope of finding a miracle cure for the perfect body shape. In our fight against cellulite, this month ABODE dove headfirst into researching and finding out all avenues possible which would help this uphill battle in our health section. While research and technology has made available many treatments which may reduce the appearance of cellulite, improve skin tone and possibly slim down as well. Thanks to Guerlain Alfardan Spa, ABODE had the chance to try their Slim and Firm Silhouette treatment which uses exclusive products from the Guerlain Skin Care range and can facilitate slimming down measures.

Guerlain Slim and Firm Silhouette Treatment According to the spa manager, Victory Assaf, this treatment is intended to redefine the figure along with refining and smoothening the body contours. For optimized results it can be customized to the body type of the customer. Benefits The primary benefit of this therapy is that it identifies and unblocks cellulite accumulation areas in the body. The accompanying massage is geared to actively drain and purify the body tissue to combat excess fat and improve the oxygenation of the tissues. Working simultaneously on the skin, the therapy contributes to the progressive re-vascularization of the superficial layers of the epidermis and prevents the

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apparition of stretch marks by improving skin elasticity. The seaweeds body wrap used towards the end of the treatment drains, smooths and refines the body. The Procedure Before the application of this treatment, a pre-consultation is set up to know the pace and status of the client’s lifestyle. As per the therapist, this treatment is aimed at facilitating the slimming goals of the clients. The treatment is divided into three major steps: 1. Exfoliation: Eliminates dead skin cells and eases the penetration of active ingredients. 2. Specific slimming and firming massage: Makes the skin more supple and unlocks the fiber tissue with a specific Draining and Firming Concentrate. 3. Body Wrap: A selection amongst two wraps is done, to allow the remineralization of the tissue and eliminate toxins or to firm and tone. A Personal Take Showing up for a slimming treatment is in many ways humbling experience especially at the time when they fling the measuring tape around one’s waist. However it’s always nice when your therapist reminds you that you just need to ‘shave off only a few pounds.’ Getting rid is cellulite is by no means an easy experience and when you have a therapist manually unblocking and breaking down

these accumulations; the experience can be a bit painful. The treatment lasts between 90 minutes to two hours (recommended time) and the therapist focused on the problematic areas of the body. The session ends with a relaxing massage and a rejuvenating scalp massage. Recommendation for the treatment 1. Attack Phase: Twice per week for the first four weeks. 2. Vigilance phase: One session per week 3. Consolidation phase: One session every two weeks. It is recommended that a total of eight weeks to be dedicated to this. This treatment is best suited for people who are already on the weight loss track and want to consolidate the process with a slimmer and firmer body. In addition to this, Guerlain Alfardan Spa also offers, Weight loss and fitness customized packages, male and female salon, couple packages, half and full day relaxation and exclusive ladies hours and events.


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Excited with our experience at the Guerlin Alfardan Spa, ABODE decided to research slimming related treatments that you can get in Qatar. Here are our top finds.

Pure Spa (Millennium Hotel) Slimming treatment Pure Spa Slimming treatment helps to clean, exfoliate, tone, detoxify and moisturize your skin to get you a slimmer silhouette. This treatment cleanses you internally through the process of circulation in your lymphatic and digestive systems. You will feel invigorated and energized as your weight loss plan kicks off! To get the most effective result we recommend a course of four treatments at a rate of two per week, along with personal

Bay View 26 Spa: Green Coffee Anti-Cellulite Body Wrap This slimming and toning wrap stimulates your body’s ability to break down fat, increase metabolism and eliminate water retention. Pure 100% micronized green coffee, naturally rich in chlorogenic acid, polysaccharides, proteins, and essential oils that smooths and enhances your skin’s overall texture, visibly reducing spongy, dimply, cellulite areas. This treatment can also be performed locally on men as an abdominal shaping sports wrap.

During the wrap you will be having a soothing face and scalp massage, while the ingredients work to decongest, detoxify and stimulate body systems. Targeting cellulite, slimming, firming and detox.

trainer assistance for workouts. • Treatment price is QR 450 • Treatment time 1 hour Contact: Pure Spa –Millennium Hotel Doha, Jawaan Street, Al Sadd. +974 4424-7777 Ext. 1327.

Elemis Aroma Spa Cellutox Body Wrap: A seaweed and algae body wrap combines the richness of sea plant and marine algae with aromatherapy, this treatment is deep detoxifying at all levels. A warm seaweed body mask is applied to your body before you are cocooned.

• Treatment QR 950 • Treatment time 2.5 hours. Contact: Essence Spa, 55 South Muaither, Al Waab Mobile +974 3335-8783

and massages using action slimming techniques that enhance the elimination of unwanted fat deposits and body wraps applications.

Contact: Mövenpick Tower & Suites Doha West Bay Area, P.O. Box 22752 Doha, Qatar.

Essence Spa: Super Detox Salt and Pepper Body Scrub: Salt and Pepper Scrub is working firming and detoxing whilst removing dead and dry skin. Dead Sea Salt is mixed with black pepper and aromatic oils to give a warming, detoxifying exfoliation.

The package creates a winning combination for slimming, firming and detoxifying.

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Lymphatic Drainage Massage: A gentle type of massage that intends to encourage natural circulation of lymph flow throughout the body. With an increase of lymph flow immune functions are decreased, harmful substances are removed from the tissues and neutralized in the nodes. Body functions such as digestion and metabolism are also improved by increased lymph flow, making it an effective massage with slimming and detoxifying properties.

The Spa at Ritz Carlton, Doha: Slim and Trim Specialized Body Package The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Doha’s specialized body package is designed to help you regain a visibly smoother and firmer figure with this. This package starts with consultation with the therapist followed by series of full body exfoliation

• Specialized Body Package Summer Special is available for QR 1,950 for six treatments (Pay for five treatments, 45 minutes each and get one free). The package includes the usage of the steam rooms and sauna facilities in The Ritz-Carlton Spa. • Treatment time 5+1 treatments (each treatment is 45 min – total time 270 minutes) Contact: The Spa at the RC Doha, +974 4484 8173 or +974 4484 8183

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This easy-to-follow workout video integrates firming and toning techniques by instructors of jazz, modern dance, yoga and aerobic fitness classes.

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It’s a comprehensive workout series created to increase muscle tone and shape the lower body. A combination of cardio exercises to help increase metabolism and burn fat and at the same time strengthening and toning routines. Perfect combination to slim down fast!

A lot of pregnant ladies experience dramatic weight gain, but the myth that they shouldn’t exercise is just a myth. Buff Moms To Be shares effective exercises (approved by doctors) that ensures easier pregnancy, a smoother birth, and the fastest way back to that pre-baby body.

Drop Dead Healthy by A J Jacobs From the bestselling author of the The Year of Living Biblically and The Know-It-All comes the true and truly hilarious story of one person’s quest to become the healthiest man in the world. After being hospitalized because of tropical pneumonia and ashamed of being described as “a python that swallowed a goat,’ A.J. Jacobs felt compelled to finally step in to being healthy and not just an ambition of losing weight or to lower his cholesterol or run a triathlon rather he aims far greater: maximum health from head to toe. Jacobs chronicles the different sides of trying to attain the “perfect” health he listed the good, bad, and ugly on this ultimate health journey. His approach to writing is engaging, informational, and amusing.

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The Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre

When Business Is On Your Mind Don't Leave The Family Behind! By Nitya Shukla

The Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre is a great destination that gives you the best of both worlds, business and pleasure.

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he ‘Lady in Red’ was the first to catch my eye as I walked out into the arrival lounge of the Bahrain International Airport. Having never met before, my confusion would have surely reflected on my face, but she greeted me with the familiarity of an old friend, asking me about my flight and whether I was tired. Her elegant persona was my first hint of generous heart-warming hospitality that awaited my two- day sojourn at The Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre. The ‘Lady in Red’, being the most recognizable symbol, created to complement the

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prestigious role of concierge present in all Kempinski hotels, and described as ‘an embodiment of savoir vivre, cultural tradition, beauty and discernment elements that make the luxury brand of Kempinski recognizable to every guest.’ And so in accordance, I adjusted my hair (discreetly) and straightened out my hunch so that I could present myself as to be worthy of this attention. Soon we were speeding away to Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre, a fabulous property that was unveiled late last year and is credited with an envious location in the heart of Bahrain’s

fashionable Seef district. My knowledge of Bahrain prior to that had been woeful, so I looked out the window with the curiosity of a four-year old, and again, I had to adjust my wide eyed expression, as the ‘Lady in Red’ reminded me to drink some water, so the summer sun wouldn’t dehydrate me. Clearly she was going to be a friend I could count on! During the next two days I saw her frequently as she took the time to explain all the different things I could do while vacationing in Bahrain. Coming from the bustling life in Qatar, Bahrain seemed slightly quieter and relaxed and afforded great panoramic vistas of the ocean from every corner.


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A short drive later, and we had arrived at our destination. As I stepped into the fabulous property, I almost wished that I could trade my profession with one that would make me look exactly like the target audience of the Kempinski Bahrain: a hot-shot corporate business professional who travels frequently for business and would better appreciate the world-class conference centres and business-oriented facilities on offer. Never mind, I comforted myself, when I was introduced to the fabulous amenities that make this address

a perfect vacation spot—all these features, of course, bearing the stamp of luxury and sophistication that is exclusive to the Kempinski brand all over the world. Having previously visited Kempinski properties in Qatar (Doha) and India (New Delhi), and now Bahrain (Manama) I was immediately struck with a certain crispness, I don’t know if I was being affected by all the business suits in the lounge area or was it in the air or the simple elegant interiors that is a familiar sign with this European hospitality brand. The European flair, Arabic touch and crisp luxury are ubiquitous at this location. An

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added wow factor, the 5-star property is connected to the island’s premier leisure and entertainment destination, the Bahrain City Centre that boasts of 340 retail outlets showcasing high street and designer brands, and a wide range of entertainment facilities including an indoor Wahooo! Waterpark and a 20 screen Cineplex. What’s more, the Bahrain International Circuit is just a short drive away from this Kempinski! Here are some more features that I discovered as I made friends with this hotel and took time to see all its facilities.•

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Stylish Suites That any hotel will provide great accommodation is a given, but with Kempinski I observed a great amount of thoughtfulness and consideration that would have gone into designing the suites and the accompanying accessories. The unique lighting installations present throughout the hotel are also transferred into the individual suites. Located throughout Kempinski Grand Hotel and Kempinski Ixir Hotel, the stylish rooms are outfitted with the most elegant and sophisticated furnishings reflecting sheer indulgence. Crystal table lamps, walk in wardrobes and sculpted baths accentuate the décor and showcase Kempinski’s world class attention to detail. In total, the Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre has 460 luxurious guest rooms including 79 suites, and premium suites including the exclusive Royal Suite, to provide the comfort and luxury consistent with Kempinski’s philosophy. High tech Business Services The hotel encompasses an ultra-high-tech function space including 15 multi-purpose rooms outfitted with top tier amenities and complimentary wi-fi throughout the property, making this the perfect destination choice for discerning business travellers or leisure travellers wanting to stay in touch online.

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The Culinary Landscape Eight signature restaurants and lounges feature on the hotel’s culinary portfolio, from the stylish Mezzanine Lounge featuring private media pods, wireless internet and live music to the intimate dome-shaped Boudoir offering a premium menu of cuisine and beverages, Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre has a dining experience to suit every palette. Nasmat’s Mediterranean-style al-fresco café is the place to relish exotic beverages, tempting barbeques and grills. Saveur gives diners the opportunity to savour from Saturday to Thursday, the many flavours of an elaborate buffet lunch ‘Food Gallery’, plus a 5-star International Friday Family Brunch Buffet with complimentary pool access for all brunchers! T-spoon features the finest selection of teas and coffees from around the world, together with an array of savouries and handcrafted cakes and pastries, plus confectionary

from the legendary Gerbeaud House in Hungary. In addition to the eight international outlets, the 10th floor of the hotel hosts a stunning Grand Lounge, which comes with exclusive access for guests staying in stylish Senior, Diamond and Royal Suites. With Butler Service, selected reading materials, light bites, beverages, a business centre and upscale amenities, the Grand Lounge caters to your every wish. Award-winning Executive Chef Holger Jackisch has been brought in to oversee the operation of Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre’s restaurants and lounges, in room dining, banqueting and special events with his cooking style based on simplicity with a twist. With over 30 years of experience in the culinary industry with top international hotels in eight countries, Jackisch is sharing his magic of versatile cuisine in Bahrain.


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Wellness and Recreation Delights Inspecting the wellness facilities I again discovered that Kempinski had created a perfect solution for the weary traveller. From a terraced infinity swimming pool, to state-of-the-art gym and the recently opened luxurious PURE Spa with Turkish Hammam, the hotel has amenities that would aid a complete rejuvenation process. Offering indulgent contemporary treatments using fresh super-natural ingredients to nourish and replenish, the PURE Spa features 10 elegantly stylish treatment rooms plus a lavish Private Couples Spa Suite. Signature therapies offered at the Spa are created with European herbs and Arabic rose waters and oils including ‘Elemental Herbology’ and Bahrain’s own ‘Green Bar’ products. All this, together with grooming services provided by Bahrain’s top hair stylists, Elie& Jean; manicure and pedicure stations and a selection of beauty treatments to complement the comprehensive PURE Spa services on offer. While there, I was treated to a relaxing and enriching bio-harmonizing massage. I found this to be a delightful experience since the therapist took the time out to address and whip out the stress from my shoulders.

More on Location The hotel is situated within Bahrain City Centre, which features a cosmopolitan shoppers’ paradise All of this is combined with the convenience of a city centre location in Manama. The Kempinski Grand &Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre is just a one hour flight from Qatar, Dubai and Saudi Arabia while locally a 15-minute drive from Bahrain International Airport.

While I stayed there, the camaraderie of the staff and their friendly smiles was offered consistently and was truly a heart-warming experience. Whether it was the ‘Lady in Red’, or the doorman, at some point, everyone knew my name and they were able to anticipate what I might need, from the smallest expression I had on my face. That alone made my stay a memorable experience and I look forward to visiting this fantastic abode once more! •

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Ancient city and massive megalopolis

WORDS AND IMAGES By F. Webb

With all the media bustling about in anticipation of the upcoming London summer games, let’s take a moment, step back and look at the Olympic host city of 4 years ago - Beijing.

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eijing is an ancient city and massive megalopolis, full of history, but with a very modern face to the world. That face is largely the result of the 2008 Olympic preparation undertaken. The central focus was of course the Olympic venues, but like wavelets radiating outward from a stone dropped in still waters, the Olympic flame of renewal touched everything in and around Beijing. Obviously, one could spend months exploring such a unique and complex city, but if you only have a day or two, here are some top recommendations for places to see and things to do in Beijing: The Summer Palace The Summer Palace is my favorite spot in Beijing. You always come away with great photos and feeling better for having visited. Located in the northwest corner of the city, it is nestled in the foothills of a small mountain range and the higher elevation makes it a few degrees cooler than the low-lying city. In the late nineteenth century - just over 100 years ago - the Summer Palace complex was greatly expanded and renovated by the Empress Dowager Cixi, mother of the last Emperor of China. She diverted 1.2 million kilograms of silver from the Navy to pay the bill, resulting in China’s defeat, a few years later, in the

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first Sino-Japanese war. Some historians say this is one of the primary reasons why the last Emperor of China, was in fact the last Emperor of China. In any event, the Palace with its surrounding lakes and parks, makes a very pleasant place to spend a morning, Summer Palace or an entire day, but it may become a bit crowded on the weekends. The Great Wall It is said that no visit to Beijing is truly complete without a visit to the Great


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Wall. This is pretty much an all day outing as the closest, and bestpreserved section of the Great Wall is about a 3-hour drive from downtown. If you go very early, you can avoid the rush hour traffic - which often lasts all day in Beijing - and you will arrive before it starts getting crowded. A cable car (ski lift really) is available to take you up the mountain to the top of the Wall. To return, you can also use the cable car, or if you are a bit more adventurous, take the bobsled down the hill. The Temple of Heaven This is both a fun and scenic spot. You will find the local Beijingers picnicking, dancing, or performing Tai Chi on the surrounding well-groomed lawns. The Temple complex is where the Emperor would come to offer the annual prayers for a good harvest and another year of prosperity for the country. The buildings have been faithfully restored to their former

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glory and you will come away with some wonderful photos, and some great memories of Beijing. Tian’anmen Square and the Forbidden City. That sounds like a title for an Indiana Jones movie, but actually Tian’anmen Square and the Forbidden City are just across the street from each other. Tian’anmen Square (literally - Gate of Heavenly Peace) is the heart of Beijing and it is a big place – there are some airports that are not as big. The scale is intended to give one a sense of China’s greatness. Mao’s Tomb is at the center of the Square and the “Great Hall of the People” or seat of government, as well as other important buildings surround the Square. If you’re

a museum lover, the massive National Museum of China is on the west side of the square directly across from the Hall of the People. There is usually a long queue to view Chairman Mao in his glass sarcophagus and as you might well imagine, security is very tight. At the north end of the Square, across the street is a gigantic portrait of Mao. This iconic spot marks the entrance to the Forbidden City. The Forbidden City is a city within a city, within a city. It was the main residence of the Emperor and was termed “Forbidden” because most people were not allowed to enter - only the ruling Mandarin class would enter and many of them, in fact, lived there. Parts of the Forbidden City are still forbidden as some of the current ruling class lives or works there. The Forbidden City is a big place and it’s best to start at the south entrance, work your way to the north entrance, and take a taxi from there or have your driver meet you. As a note of interest, most of the Beijing Olympic venues were laid out on a northsouth line from Tian’anmen Square and the Forbidden City. Apparently this was a common city planning practice in ancient

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China when laying out important buildings and was used as a subtle method to emphasize the importance of the Olympics to the Chinese populous. Dining out. Dining in Beijing can be a delightful experience. Not far from Tian’anmen Square is the famous Quanjude Beijing Duck Restaurant. In operation since 1864, it is the signature spot for Beijing’s most famous entrée. If you prefer something more modern or western, try Beijing’s Hard Rock Café near the Lufthansa Center or the Irish Pub just around the corner. The live music and good food is unsurpassed.

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Getting there. Getting to Beijing couldn’t be easier. Qatar Airways offers daily nonstops to the Chinese capital. Of note, the route of flight usually crosses the Himalayas at the Pakistani-Sino border just after sunrise making for some great airborne photos of these majestic mountains. Tourist visas can be obtained at the Chinese Embassy in Doha, but allow a day or two for processing. A reliable travel agent can usually help expedite the process. A final tip: be sure to carry a card with the name and location of your hotel written in Chines with you. It can save you from untold frustrations when dealing with your taxi driver. Zhu ni lu tu yu kuai. (Have a nice trip!) •

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CESiak View By Laura Gonzalez Arriaga

Tulum, México Ecotourism at its Greenest

By Francesca Cruz

A place where Pre-Colombian ruins rest alongside the sea, one can understand why the Mayan Kings considered this destination a place of wonder and worship. The only way to truly understand the beauty of such a place is to venture to see it for yourself...

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estled in the Yucatan Peninsula and perched on a bluff that overlooks the aqua and emerald Caribbean Sea is the archeological paradise of Tulum, whose name derives from the Mayan word for ‘wall’. An unassuming walled city that stands in contrast to the majestic landscape that envelops it, and a bohemian fishing port known for its secluded beaches and alabaster white sand—here accommodations primarily consist of boutique hotels that offer thatched campestral cabañas on the beach.

When it comes to tourism, the ‘eco’ variety reflects an endeavour to conserve and enhance the bioculture diversity of an area while improving the welfare of the local people. One such place that has popped-up in Tulum—in every sense of the word—has taken that practice to the next level with the pop-up hotel, Papaya Playa Project (originally

It’s a place that combines an awareness of the environment with an appreciation for local culture and a continuing deep devotion for the ancient Mayan civilization and its ruins. The main sites are El Castillo, a watchtower of Toltec influence; The Temple of the Frescoes; and The Temple of the Descending God, all located in what is considered today one of the best beach destinations in the world: the Mayan Riviera. Praised by the international community for leading the way in sustainable ecotourism, Tulum has gone from sleepy port city to a thriving hub for ecological consciousness. “Sounds fancy”—you may be thinking to yourself—followed by, “what exactly does that mean?”

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Thatched Huts (Cabañas) on Papaya Playa

The ever-present street vendors at the pyramids are at the ready to sell you a Nefertiti paper weight or something else that you can’t possibly live without. Yucatan An endemic bird , the beautiful cus) tani Yuca Jay (Cyanacorax By: Jorge Machado

Cabañas Copal and Papaya Playa). Emilio Heredia, owner of the prior resort gave his thumbs up to Berlinbased A DESIGN HOTELS™, to initiate their first ‘pop-up camp’. DESIGN brought in its creative group and within six weeks had renovated the camp, integrating local material and building techniques, alongside Bauhaus-esque furnishings and rustic embellishments. The 90 restored cabañas feature elements such as high thread-count sheets, flowing mosquito nets and plush thick towels to combine simple pleasures with a light dose of contemporary luxury. A short stroll from the entrance guests will find the Beach Shack bar and lounge, serving up seasonal local

food from the grill and the Papaya Recording Studio, where international DJs spin in the open air. The final result is a revamped raw-luxe camp that integrates the components of a rustic and communal spirit with urban décor in a Caribbean setting. Next up for A DESIGN HOTELS™ is setting up in Mykonos where, just as in Tulum, they will arrive, assess, revamp and stay for six months until moving on to the next pop-up project. A thirty-minute drive south down a backwoods narrow road will bring you to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, 1.3 million acres of protected wetlands declared in 1986 as a World Heritage Site by the United Nations’ UNESCO program. Within the Sian Ka’an, Mayan for “where the sky is born”, is El Centro Ecologico Sian Ka’an (CESiak); an educational centre that operates using a rainwater collection system, composting, solar and wind technologies and serves as a model for a sustainable tropical ecosystem. Bare/throated Tiger-Heron (Trigrosoma Mexicanum) By: Jorge Machado

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CESiak by Jorge Machado

CESiak also provides accommodations for visiting ecotourists—integrating human activity without disrupting the natural reserve. It is the largest protected area in the Mexican Caribbean, boasting 103 known mammal species, 336 bird species, 23 known archeological sites, and an important nesting site for two endangered sea turtle species. CESiak is distributed into zones, the buffer zone being where the sustainable provisions and low-impact human activities take place while the core zones Cayo Culebras, Muyil, and Uaymil cover 700,000 acres of lush native flora and fauna and access is limited to scientific researchers. Tulum has become a hotbed for tourists with an inclination for environmental issues a truly magical place where you can enjoy the opportunity to immerse yourself in an exotic environment all the while contributing to conserve its natural beauty. •

As the sun falls on CESiak By: Jorge Machado

getting there: Qatar Airways to Houston connecting into Cancun. Just a 45 minute drive from Cancun to Tulum.

Staying there: There are a few beautiful resorts that we recommend, Villas Geminis, +52(984)116-6204/114-1286. E-mail: hernanarthur@gmail.com. Casa Violeta, +52(984)879-0294. www.casavioletatulum.com. Posada Margherita, +52(984)801-8493. E-mail:reservationa@posadamargherita.com. www.posadamargherita.com

CESiak By: Jorge Machado

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Auto Review Porsche Carrera S

By Wissam Assaf, Autopotenza Racing Photography Jessie Palanca

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he latest edition of the 911 (internally coded as the 991) is the, most advanced and smartest Carrera of all time. This car was born on the race track back in 1963 and aesthetically it hasn’t changed much since then, which emphasizes the brainwave behind creating this car: individuality, urban drivability and sheer sportiness. Nevertheless, the driving experience has undergone a quantum leap over the last six models that have been released to date. The engineers at Dr. Ing.h.c. F. Porsche AG have simply respected the heritage and for that, they deserve a standing ovation. For, which other car do you know has managed to maintain its lines and essence for a full 50 years and still sets the benchmark in its category and beyond? Ok fine, enough with the emotions, let’s get down to business‌ The car we have had the privilege of driving is the most powerful version of the new 911 in the market to date, the Carrera S. Its famous 3.8L boxer engine

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seemed at its limit in the previous version, (known as 997), but this time Porsche has managed to take it much closer to flawlessness. It generates 400hp instead of the earlier 385hp and so the car dashes from standstill to 100kph in just 4.1 seconds (with PDK 7-speed double clutch transmission & Sport+) vs. 4.3 seconds for the 997. The engine mapping can be altered with a touch of the Sport button for much better responsiveness. You can also go for the sporty suspension and exhaust settings. And why not, once you gain confidence in handling the car, you can move onto test your skills by switching the Sport Plus button on so that you can experience a new unending world of pleasure and thrill, guaranteed. The power delivery on the ground feels much more efficient as well, not only because of the superb engine, but the car handles quite better and suffers from less understeer thanks to a wider front track, the standard PTV Plus and the optional PDCC. PTV Plus (Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus) engages while cornering by applying the required amount of braking power

to the inner rear wheel, thereby making the car faster and more controllable. The PDCC (Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control) is an active system for reducing lateral body movement and decreasing the effect of the main enemy of any race driver, body roll. It is worth noting though that these performance enhancements have come from an aluminum rich car that is 60 kg lighter and surprisingly cleaner and more economical by up to 16% from the previous model (not that its owners will lose sleep over 16% more fuel consumption, but still). Aside from this supercar performance, the new Carrera S is a perfect choice for your daily ride. I drove it on the crowded


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Doha roads without any glitches. The 4-way electrically adjustable Sports seats and steering wheel give you a feeling of control, comfort and sportiness at the same time. Its longer wheelbase allows for an extra 25mm leg room in the front while the rear seating capacity remains as expected from a 2+2 but is slightly more roomy and comfortable. You start the brilliantly roaring engine with the same macho style (key to the outer side of the steering wheel), then indulge in choosing your favorite CD among the 6 you can fit in the player and enjoy the optional 445 watts BOSE sound system or even better the 821 watts Burmester High-End Surround Sound System. As an alternative, a universal USB audio interface is also available. In the immense heat of the gulf summer, you would need an efficient automatic climate control system which is standard on the Carrera and allows separate temperature control for the driver and passenger. Your phone can be hooked up via the Bluetooth capability or you can simply insert a SIM card into the built in reader. Besides the multipurpose 7-inch touchscreen in the center console which we don’t need to elaborate much on, the instrument panel (still composed of five circular indicators) features a new user friendly 4.6-inch TFT color screen that conveys useful on-

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board computer data, easily accessible from the multifunction steering wheel. One of the characteristics I was mostly amazed by is how silently and smoothly this car handled road bumpiness and cleared humps, even with the harder damping settings switched on and considering it is fitted with standard 20” low profile tires. On all other supercars you have to consult your family and friends before enjoying the launch control feature because your warranty would be annulled after a certain number of launches (usually around 20). With Porsche you can keep experiencing that adrenaline rush any day any minute without any restrictions. That’s how much the manufacturer has learned from his racing legacy and trusts the design of the car. The new Carrera S remains an excellent combination between luxury and sportiness. Its first major inspection is only due after 60,000 km; that’s how reliable the car is expected to be. The only thing it doesn’t have is a commonly affordable price tag, but maybe that’s in the essence of its exclusivity. For its lucky future owners I simply have to say, I hate you! •

Author’s Bio: Wissam Assaf is a Lebanese Racing Driver who has pursued his passion for cars determinately from the time he was 8 years-old and could drive. After participating in and winning several autocross and karting competitions in the Middle East region and Europe he started competing in Qatar’s national circuit and autocross championships from 2009, where he has proven to be a very strong competitor. He has established his own team Autopotenza Racing and you can follow this team on Facebook by liking the page “Wissam Assaf Autopotenza Racing.”

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auto roundup

Auto Roundup 918 Spyder Takes To The Road

Land Rover Unveils Limited Edition LR4 ‘Pursuit’ Land Rover announced its new HSE V8 Limited Edition LR4 ‘Pursuit’. Created exclusively for the MENA region, the Limited Edition LR4 'Pursuit' comes with expertly incorporated accessories for challenging desert driving and off-road terrain. From the front and rear lamp guards and front protection bar to a host of access innovations and underbody protection, the LR4 'Pursuit' will appeal to true off-road enthusiasts across the region.

Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, has taken the driving trials of the super sports car of the future a step further with completion of the initial prototypes. The 918 Spyder will go into production at the end of September 2013 as planned, with the first customers receiving their vehicles before the end of 2013 is out. “What we are doing with the 918 Spyder is redefining driving fun, efficiency and performance,” said Wolfgang Hatz, Member of the Executive Board Research and Development of Porsche AG.

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Coming soon to Doha!

Saleh Al Hamad Al Mana to bring the all new Nissan Micra to Qatar.

Ford Focus Rabaa Rally Teams Complete Doha Leg The competing teams in the Ford Focus Rabaa Rally reached Doha for the fourth leg of the first ever interactive inter-GCC rally on April 30 after successfully completing tasks in three other Gulf states. Hosted in Qatar by DJ, music producer and radio presenter Dany Neville, the Ford Focus Rabaa Rally [referring to a gang of friends in Khaleeji dialect] takes GCC teams to each of the Gulf countries to compete in a series of tasks and challenges.

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Scorpio (Oct 23th-Nov 21st)

Aries (March 21st-April 20th)

» On 24 June, the first of seven exact aspects between Uranus and Pluto will occur. Your need for freedom and personal expression are going to be tested. Don’t try to change things that are beyond your control, and stay focused on those that you can manage. Family and friends are important, but you have to make your own choices!

» Although you mistrust people who talk smoothly, you may be able to learn from them this month. It is a time for adjustment and letting go of rigid judgments. Trust your instincts in financial matters, and don’t rely too much on the opinions of friends or experts. Listen closely, but set your boundaries. Over-sensitivity to what other people say may lead to misunderstandings.

Taurus (April 21st-May 20th)

Sagittarius (Nov 22nd-Dec 21st)

» This month is a good time to de-clutter and make your life more streamlined and effective. Develop new skills and be more flexible in your way of thinking. There are alternative ways of earning money that you can explore. Your sense of self-worth will increase if you take some risks. Keep a cheerful and playful attitude and you will get things done.

Gemini (May 21st-June 20th)

» A relationship may bring some excitement into your life around the Full Moon Eclipse on 4 June. On 11 June Jupiter will enter your sign. Traditionally, this brings good luck, but be careful to keep your life in perspective. Too much dreaming and optimism may lead to disappointment. Around the Summer Solstice on 20 June, great changes are in the air.

Cancer (June 21st-July 20th)

» It is a good time to get rid of unfinished business this month. You will then be able to pursue new interests with more time and energy. You will be inclined to think about life’s meaning and it will be easier to grow spiritually. Around the New Moon in Gemini on 19 June you will feel like making a new start. Relationships and resources will be seen in a different light. It is vital to be flexible.

Leo (July 21st-August 22nd)

» Around the Sagittarius Full Moon Eclipse on 4 June relationships can feel both exciting and stressful. You may sense the need to leave the past behind you now. From the last week of June you become aware a process of transformation has started. Keep an open mind about your daily routine and make changes in your lifestyle. Watch your diet and do some exercise.

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Your June Stars

By Milina

With a Lunar Eclipse on 4 June, you may ask yourself which relationships need to be examined...

Virgo (August 23th-Sept 22nd)

» On 4 June there is a Full Moon Eclipse in your sign, and you will feel inspired by big ideas that you want to share with others. On 11 June Jupiter, your ruling planet, enters Gemini for a year. People that have something to teach you will come into your life, even if you don’t always immediately understand what it is. Around 19 June you may feel restless, so make sure you think before you jump!

Capricorn (Dec 22nd-Jan 19th)

» Old beliefs are beginning to make room for new ideas. At work there may be fresh opportunities, and it is important not to get overloaded by tasks and responsibilities. After 20 June a more nurturing time may arise, and help you to revive old relationships and create new ones. New insights may help you to overcome any sense of loss or betrayal, and lead to hope for the future.

Aquarius (Jan 20th-Feb 18th)

» It is a good time to end old habits and close the door to the past around 4 June. Invest time and energy in your public life in order to reach your goals. Be careful not to take on too much work and become irritable. Create a healthy home environment. Your mind is being opened to radically different ideas about the purpose of life.

» This month you may have to balance your desire for fun and planning for the future. After the Full Moon Eclipse on 4 June, your relationships may come under scrutiny. Your daily routine may seem frustrating, but the change you want will take time. Focus your energy and try to use your creativity in a productive way to get worthwhile results! A healthy lifestyle helps to overcome negativity.

Libra (Sept 23th-Oct 22nd)

Pisces (Feb 19th-March 20th)

» Change is happening all around you, and this month is a good time to reconsider your objectives. Around the Lunar Eclipse on 4 June you may feel like getting away from an uncomfortable confrontation, but it may lead to the action you need to take. Honesty and integrity are essential now. Relationships are being transformed and this leaves you with uneasy feelings, but keep focused!

» Maintain harmonious relationships and keep things light-hearted. Go with the flow. Life is changing fast, but it is important not to over-react to crises. Things will sort themselves out without you interfering too much. After 20 June it is a good time to work with children and do creative things. Open up your heart. Teamwork and money will be transformed in the coming years.


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4483-4535

Gucci

Villaggio Mall

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Villaggio Mall

4450-7189

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Villaggio Mall

4460-4279

Milennium Hotel

Landmark Mall

4487-9519

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Salwa Rd, Al Sadd

4444-2345

4478-0510

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Landmark Mall

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Foot Care Centre Lulu Gharafa

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4436-6275

Villaggio Mall

4450-7191

City Centre

City Centre

4493-0394

Lifetrons

Royal Plaza

4413-0000

Oryx Rotana

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Hyatt Plaza

4416-5130

Naturalizer

Hyatt Plaza

4416-5132

Airport Rd.

L’Occitane

Landmark Mall

4486-5149

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City Centre

4483-9543

Pampano

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Villaggio Mall

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Hyatt Plaza

4468-2919

Ramada Encore

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4459-2061

Landmark Mall

4486-4038

Ramada Plaza

C Ring Rd.

Max

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4415-4480

Ritz-Carlton

West Bay Lagoon

Make Up For Ever Hyatt Plaza

Cars ∕ Motoring

4428-1428 4484-8000

Al Boraq Auto Mobiles Al Matar St.

4459-9666

Pronovias

Villaggio Mall

4416-1856

Sealine Beach Resort Mesaieed Umm Said 4476-5299

Infinity

Salwa Showroom

4428-3333

Pull & Bear

Landmark Mall

4487-6856

Sizzling Hot Spot Holiday Villa Hotel

Mercedes Benz

Salwa Road

4462-4444

Ralph Lauren

Villaggio Mall VIP section 4413-5655

Sharq Village & Spa Ras Abu Abboud St.

4425-6666

Nissan

Salwa Showroom

4428-3333

Sketchers

City Centre

4483-9476

Sheraton Doha

4485-4444

Al Sadd

4444-1334

Spring

Villaggio Mall

4460-4963

Souq Waqif Boutique Souq Waqif

4433-6666

Yarmouk 4488-8618

Swarovski

Land Mark Mall

4483-8158

The St. Regis Doha Westbay

4483-1644

Tanagra

Villaggio Mall, VIP section

4413-4780

TSE YANG

Porto Arabia 4495-3876 ext. 2071 West Bay Lagoon

Mannai Industrial

4455-8709

Porsche Centre Doha Doha

4459-9666

The Athlete’s Foot Villaggio Mall

4450-7477

W Doha

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4428-3333

Hyatt Plaza

4416-5133

Medical

The Deal

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4442-4043

Doha Dental

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Clubs / Leisure

4411-5335

Corniche Road

4453-5353

Bilal Complex, Al Saad

Mourjan Marinas IGY Lusail Marina

5575-6389

Tod’s

Villaggio Mall

4413-4937

Pearl Lounge Club Doha Marriott Hotel

4429-8444

Virgin Megastore Villaggio Mall

4413-5823

Real Estate

4418-2245

Ahmed Hassan Bilal Trading & Construction Co.

Education Virginia Commonwealth

Landmark Mall

Furniture / Interior Design

Ahmed Bin Moh’d. Bin Thani St

4431-7766

4442-8877.

Articles

Royal Plaza, 2nd Floor 4413-1188

LS: Keep Moving Tornado Tower, Ground Floor

Entertainment

Bo Concept

City Centre

4411-5054

Ray’s Reef

Forum Design

Al Hilal

4456-8716

Spa and Wellbeing

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

Kare Doha

Lagoona Mall

4477-0909

Bader Chemist

Fashion / Retail

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

Ebn Sina Medical Westbay

4402-7400

University Qatar

Education City

4402-0555

Royal Plaza, 2nd floor 4413-1122

Salwa Road

4491-3222 4441-1888

Aida

Royal Plaza, 2nd Floor 4413-1188

The One

Landmark Mall

4488-8669

Goodlife Chemist City Centre

4483-9100

Aldo

Hyatt Plaza

4468-2920

Villaggio Mall

4450-7778

4495-3876

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City Centre

4483-9400

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4499 9250

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The Spa

4429-8520

Aldo Accessories City Centre

4411-5289

Al Bustan

Articles

Royal Plaza

4413-1188

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4424-4881

Bench

Hyatt Plaza

4469-0476

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Al Aaliya Street

4433-2222

Salwa Road

4437-1212

Al Saad St.

4431-4411

Berluti

Villaggio Mall, VIP section 4416-1860

Chowking

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The Mall

4455-0233

4444-8483

Royal Plaza

Change

Royal Plaza, 1st floor

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Villaggio Mall

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Royal Plaza, 1st floor

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Villaggio Mall, VIP section 4413-4767

Celine

Villaggio Mall, VIP section 4413-4763

4413-1177 4450-7068 4413-1144

Museum Park St.

Doha Marriott Hotel Ras Abu Aboud St.

4435-2227

The Pearl Doha Marriott Hotel

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

4429-8888

Fauchon

Salwa Road

4432-4888

Royal Plaza

4435-5588

Four Seasons

Corniche Road

4494-8888

Police & Fire Department

Grand Hyatt

West Bay Lagoon

4448-1234

Doha Clinic Hospital

Hospitals ∕ Emergency 999 4438-4333

Grand Regency

Al Sadd

4434-3333

Hotline 4435-5999

4413-4767

InterContinental

Al Istiqlal Rd,

4484-4444

Al Ahli Hospital

Centrepoint

4413-1927

West Bay Lagoon

Al Asmakh Mall

4431-7766

Hamad General Hospital

4439-2222

Rumailah Hospital

4439-2948

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

Kempinski Residences

Charles & Keith

City Centre

4493-4437

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Hyatt Plaza

4469-0413

La Cigale Hotel

60 Suhaim Bin Hamad St. 4428-8888

Pediatric Emergency Centre

Dune

Landmark Mall

4487-8158

Liza

Porto Arabia 4495-3876 ext:1721

Qatar Foundation for Child & Protection Hotline

West Bay Doha

4405-3333

Ermenegildo Zegna Villaggio Mall VIP section 4413-4765

Megu

Porto Arabia

7780-9513

Events

Royal Plaza, 1st floor

Marriott Hotel

Corniche

4429-8806

4413-1155

Garage

City Centre

4483-9324

Mövenpick Hotel Corniche Road

Geox

Villaggio Mall

4450-7194

Mövenpick Tower & Suites Westbay

4496-6600

Geox

Landmark Mall

4488-7531

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4446-2222

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4489-8000

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