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The month of May also sees Mother’s Day celebrations in America (and in some European countries too), so in honour of this we secured a candid interview with Mrs. Michelle Obama. Our exclusive interview will give our readers insight into one of the most powerful women on the globe as she discusses with us her role as First Lady of the United States, on being the wife of the President, and above all the mother of two wonderful daughters. Mrs. Obama shares with us how she balances time for her daughters, stories of her youth, and some of the projects she endorses for local communities and underprivileged children. A great story not to be missed! After reading this inspiring interview with Mrs. Obama, let’s get lost in our travel pages. Holiday season is upon us, so why not starting planning exotic adventures and some classic retreats for the months ahead? We put a varied selection of interesting destinations together to keep everyone satisfied: from cultural Rome to hippie Goa. Our fashion pages are entirely dedicated to a stylish but comfortable travel wardrobe and our health and beauty sections will provide loads of great tips on what to pack away with you, how to avoid unpleasant holiday illnesses while away and how to battle the annoying jet-lag sensation when returning from your glorious break. Get inspired by travel, whatever your destination or flavour will be. Enjoy this month’s pages of ABODE!

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ABODE special

A Candid Interview with America’s First Lady,



by Ana Connery / Bonnier / The Interview People Images Bonnier / The Interview People

This woman is a big deal (she's the first African American First Lady, after all), but she's also extremely likable and down-to-earth. I dare you to name one other First Lady who would have even considered hula-hooping or double-Dutching across the White House lawn.


t's no surprise her approval rating is a staggering 69 percent, according to the Pew Research Center. Her relatability may have something to do with the fact that she's raising young girls, Sasha, 11, and Malia, 14, and that she brought her own mom, Marian Robinson, to Washington to help her raise them. I grew up in a crowded home filled with four generations of Cuban-Americans. I shared a room with my greatgrandmother, my grandfather was the weeknight cook, and my grandmother took the reins when it came to getting my brother and me to do our homework. When news broke that the First Grandma was also moving to DC, I totally got it, and apparently, so did a lot of other people. We enter through a lower level into a foyer with blackand-white checkerboard marble floors. Bo, the First Family's Portuguese water dog, comes bouncing down the hall, barking. It's lunchtime and the place is busy, with folks bustling back and forth, carrying sandwiches on cardboard trays. We're ushered into the Bookseller's Room, which has a wall of glass that leads out to the

garden, where beautiful blooms flank stone pathways that lead to a gazebo. It's a gloomy day, so the First Lady's staff has requested we move our outdoor shoot here. The crew begins to set up an indoor garden party for Mrs. O and a group of kids recruited from a nearby elementary school. A rotating cast of Secret Service agents keeps a watchful eye. They ask the children repeatedly not to touch the paintings. Or the furniture. Or the walls filled with historic images of past presidents… We were told the First Lady tends to run early, and that's the case today. Just as she's about to enter the room, though, 5-year-old Pedro, already meticulously placed into the garden-party scheme, announces he has to go potty. The jumpy way he delivers the news makes it clear: This. Cannot. Wait. The First Lady's entourage holds her back a few minutes. Once Pedro returns, she enters the room and our crop of kindergartners run toward her. “Hey, everybody, who's ready to have some fun?” she asks. She bends down, opens her arms wide, and greets the kids one by one.


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Mrs. Obama in 2010 launched Let’s Move!, a campaign to bring communities together to tackle the challenge of childhood obesity. Let’s Move! THE goal is to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation.

a host of other things if they sit down at the dinner table on a regular basis. This is a challenge for any modern family, especially single moms like me. We're the same folks who hesitate to let our kids play outside for fear of predators, speeding cars, killer mosquitoes… “A lot of people are afraid to let their kids run around outside today,” I say. “Absolutely,” she replies. “Things have changed. We also didn't have 24-hour kids' TV. If you remember, we had seven channels and a limited amount that was even interesting to kids, like on Saturday morning.” My parents never monitored my TV viewing. They were happy my brother and I were quiet. Today my relationship with my son, Javier's, viewing habits is entirely more complicated. When I let him watch more than an hour or so, a heavy weight settles onto my shoulders. It goes by the name Guilt. Perhaps she's heard of it? “Barack and I tell our girls that you can be smart and beautiful, but if you don't know how to treat people…if you're not looking out for the girl who's sitting alone by herself, then who are you?”

She then turns to the photo crew and does the same. Hula-hoops, balls, and ribbon wands make the rounds as Mrs. Obama steps into a role she seems born to play: everyone's favourite playmate. She's teasing the kids, the photographer (“Make me look good!”), even poking fun at herself as she makes funny faces for the kids, trying to get them to laugh along with her. The First Lady finally sits down for an interview in the old family dining room on the second floor of the White House. She's eager to discuss the child-obesity epidemic and Let's Move. I bring up my own childhood: It was many wonderful things, but healthy was not one of them. When asked about her own upbringing, she tells me about her mom's kitchen prowess. “She cooked almost every night, and she sort of followed the traditional plan of having a meat, a starch, and a vegetable,” says Mrs. Obama. “We couldn't afford to go out, so we had fast food maybe once a week. We used to get pizza on report-card day as a reward, and that was like once a quarter! There were things that I don't think they were intentionally doing [like sitting around the dinner table], but looking back, it's where we're trying to get parents and families today.” Ah, yes, the “family table” thing. Research shows that kids are smarter, more secure, do better in school, and

For a moment I wonder if she has similar regrets. With that, I turn to the First Lady and ask, “What's the number one thing you wish parents did more of today?” “I think it's the simple things that hold true regardless of income or location: eliminating sugary drinks, cooking a little bit more,” she says. “It's hard to do. I struggled with it as a working mom myself. But thinking about it once or twice a week even, sitting around a table, getting to know our kids more, is a good thing.” How does the President and the First Lady make time for this? Sure, there are at least two White House chefs that I know of, but she is married to the leader of the free world. They're, like, pretty busy. How involved is President Obama—really? “You know, we go to all the important school functions,” she says matter-of-factly. “At least one of us is there. It's important to get to know their friends and teachers and to understand what they're going through on a daily basis.” Note to self: You may be a single mother, but if the President can do this stuff, what the heck are you stressing about? As if that's not enough to humble me: It turns out the President has even found time to help Coach Sasha's basketball team. “We set the expectation that sports are as important as homework and friends. It's important to learn how to compete, to develop a skill…”


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Michelle Obama, Malia Obama, Barack Obama, and Sasha Obama.

“And to learn how to lose,” I chime in. “Exactly. And how to work as a team. I want them to learn how to sweat, how to win gracefully and lose with dignity. I want them to learn what it feels like to get better at something that you didn't think you were good at.” For a second it sounds like she's talking about motherhood. And maybe she is, in her own First Lady sort of way. Surely her life can't be that easy. If it were, why would she have brought the First Grandma, Marian Robinson, to Washington with her to help with the girls? I soon learn Mrs. Robinson's place in this family was firmly cemented long before the White House dream even took shape. “We led busy lives [in Chicago] with two careers and travel, and family was critical to our survival. People pitched in to help,” she says. It turns out the First Family (and mine) may have been ahead of the times. The number of Americans living in a multi generational household has ballooned to 49 million, the highest number since 1940. It's likely that more families connected to the Obamas than they even realize, simply for bringing Grams to DC. “My mom already helped with pick-ups [from school] and everything. I prayed that she would be open to this move if it happened, and so did Barack, for that matter.”

Barack and I tell our girls that “ you can be smart and beautiful, but if you don't know how to treat people…if you're not looking out for the girl who's sitting alone by herself, then who are you?

Multi generational living certainly has its advantages. Today Mrs. Robinson is there to greet the girls when they come home from school; she even takes them to birthday parties. The best part of having her so involved? “Consistent values,” Mrs. Obama says. “She's got the grandma thing where they get away with a lot more than we did, but ultimately she cares about their development into good people as much as I do.” The bonus: “The downloads I get from her [about how the girls are doing] are real.” The First Lady's press secretary interrupts: Our time is almost up. I hop to the question I'm most curious to have her answer.


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students spend time doing some form of community service. At home, “we've done everything from work at a soup kitchen to box up packages for military families,” says the First Lady. But beyond those seemingly presidential duties, the Obamas have their own family traditions. “Every Thanksgiving, my family comes over for dinner, and we do a day of service somewhere. Last year my brother, who's a basketball coach, brought his team, so we had six-foot-nine basketball players passing out food to people in the community, and you know, for all the young people in our family, they found that was the best part of the visit. It's not just coming to the White House, it's serving and giving back.” With two young girls with staffs at their beck and call, how does the American President and the First Lady keep everyone so…normal? “Barack and I always tell our girls that you can be smart, you can be beautiful, but if you don't know how to treat people, if you don't walk into a room and say hello, if you don't say thank you, if you're not looking out for the girl who's sitting alone by herself, then who are you?”

I tell my kids that you have “to practice who you want to be

every day. You won't wake up in twenty years and become a compassionate person if you're not practicing that along the way.

What, I ask Mrs. Obama, is the biggest challenge of being a parent today? Her response: teaching the value and benefit of service in a world that seems increasingly dehumanized. “I tell my kids that you have to practice who you want to be every day,” replies the First Lady. “You won't wake up in twenty years and become a compassionate person if you're not practicing that along the way.”

Our time is up, so I do what any modern woman would if given the chance: I ask her to sign my shoe. Under my seat is a pair of red, white, and blue pumps I've had forever that were just so darn perfect for a visit to the White House, I had to bring them along with me, even if they weren't on my feet. “Have you signed a shoe before?” asks a White House staff photographer standing nearby. “You know what? I think I may have,” she says. That's OK. Coming in second for this First Lady is just fine by me. How’d she get those chiseled arms? Here’s what we got: She works out in the morning. “At the end of the day, the last thing I want to do is put on my sneakers.” Lately her workouts are three-pronged: cardio, flexibility, strength. Right now that means running, kickboxing, yoga, and weights (duh).

This isn't a new concept for the Obamas; the President ran on a record of community service. At one point during his campaign, he even suggested that college


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Trends-shopping-style tips and news


Escape in style wherever you are travelling this season.


Holiday time is right around the corner, so plan your easy-chic wardrobe for your destination. From boho-chic stylish traveller's gear. to airport-friendly essential pieces that will make you fresh as a daisy right from departure to arrival. We’ve got you covered!

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Style News

The latest dish from the fashion world

Etam and Women: 100 Years Of Love Porsche Design TwinBag: Finest Craftsmanship The luxury brand’s first women’s handbag is now available in all Porsche Design Stores around the world and in the official online store. The TwinBag is distinguished by its unique design and exclusive leather materials, expertly crafted by workers in Florence. The main highlight is the bag’s clever carrying concept: its adjustable handles allow the TwinBag to be worn as either a handbag or a shoulder bag. The German luxury brand’s first handbag rounds off its fashion and lifestyle range for women. Italian craftsmanship shines through in every detail of the TwinBag, making it a true masterpiece. The Porsche Boutique is located in Lagoona Mall.

Who says comfortable lingerie and sleepwear can’t be chic and sexy? Etam lingerie brings out your best through its innovative and sophisticated designs. Its signature French prettiness features delicate lace and intricate tailoring, perfect for any mood and occasion. From the launch of Etam in France in the early 1900s till today, Etam remains every girl’s best friend. Every piece from Etam exudes pleasure, seduction, spontaneity and femininity… you will be spoilt for choice! Etam will open in Dar Al Salam mall next month.

SERGENT MAJOR Celebrates 25 Years Sergent Major dresses children aged from 0 to 14 with cleverly designed, cheerful garments that are colourful and easy to wear, in highly trendy style. Their designs boast comfort, functionality, and modernity, while offering excellent value for money. Located in Landmark Mall.

Uterque Opens Its Doors Trendy fashion brand Uterque, in conjunction with its partner Azadea Group, recently opened its latest boutique at Doha’s popular shopping destination, Landmark Mall. Present in six countries in the Middle East, Uterque’s newest boutique became the brand’s 12th store in the region. Oozing charm and elegance, the new boutique combines a pleasant ambiance with impeccable customer service, the new store features a host of ready to wear garments, bags, shoes, accessories, scarves, hats and jewellery. Check it out!


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catwalk show

Photography Jessie Palanca

Qatar saw the largest fashion event of the season at the St Regis' ballroom. The Luxury Network and Debaj staged the latest SS13 collections of some of the best designers from the Middle East. Dar Naseem Alandalos

Maysa Maghrebi and Fares Ghattas of the Qatar Luxury Network opened the runway show

M. Jay designs

Fouad Sarkis


forum design Created a unique media tent for the Luxos event in order for media to interview VIP guests and designers who attended and participated in the show. The tent was covered in rose petals and beautiful glass flower vases filled with long stem roses.


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fashion insider

luxurious and unique Abayas for the modern Islamic Ladies We had the pleasure to catch up with the designer of this local fashion brand Turbans by Debaj

them was to express myself through my creativity and my love for fashion pulled me into becoming a designer. I have had an amazing past few months with Debaj and I am definitely here to stay.

all of our customers are elegant and stylish women, that is the feeling an abaya from Debaj will give you while being worn. So actually customizing our abayas has never been necessary.

How big is your entourage? A: More than an entourage -- I

You are very active in promoting your collections. Do you have any big projects in the pipeline? A: As I mentioned, Design Creationz

consider them 14 people whom I am proud of having with me. We have worked together from the beginning with the addition of an excellent international master cutter who has experience working with big brands from the US and Europe.

How did Debaj come about? A: I started designing abayas in 2008, more as a hobby than anything else. After exhibiting my designs I received amazing feedback. In mid2012 I was approached by a marketing company called Design Creationz, who started branding Debaj. Debaj relaunched in November 2012 with great success. In December 2012 we were approached by The Luxury Network, it has proven another great decision to have joined as a member.

Did you always want to be a designer? A: Growing up I was always very artistic, drawing was and is my passion, however I cannot say I knew that I would become a designer. I believe that life has so many opportunities and I have always had many dreams, one of

Each season Debaj offers luxurious Abayas with unique artistic designs. Can your customers customize their pieces? A: Our very first was the Islamic Line Collection, each Islamic design on the abayas was drawn by me and that is what made them very unique and special, not only to my customers but to myself as well. After joining The Luxury Network Debaj will showcase seven of the most luxurious abayas in each event. Our first luxurious line showcased in March was named after HH Princess Sahab bint Abdullah, to whom I send a special thanks for allowing us to dedicate this amazing line to her. Each abaya is made by order and distinctly for that special customer, our cut is made so that each abaya fits her owner like a glove. Knowing that

and The Luxury Network have been a support in promoting Debaj. I love what I do so definitely expect many more projects in the near future.

Abayas are most common in the Muslim countries, but your designs are so modern and fashionable that could be easily worn by every woman as a fashion statement. Was that one of your plans? A: Definitely, I have many international friends who actually love wearing Debaj and we have already been approached by international companies to showcase our designs with them. Not only the abayas but as well as our turbans, inspired by our icon for elegance, HH Sheikha Moza.

You are the first Qatari designer for turbans, which again are very fashionable lately, all over the world. Are these your best sellers? A: I started designing turbans back in 2010, and I have to say they have always been a best seller among many nationalities.


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Migato - Just Landed Since its establishment in Greece in 1893, Migato has dedicated itself to creating fashionable shoes and accessories. Season after season the company which is headquartered in Athens, works endlessly to provide a wide variety of styles to satisfy the fashion demands of its loyal customers. From shoes to bags, belts, and other accessories Migato continues to extend its product line, covering all aspects of the footwear and accessory spectrum. After Migato’s success in Europe, it reached out to the MENA region through Al Siddiqi Retail, with branches in Qatar and Egypt. Soon to open branches in Kuwait and Oman. More than 120 retail shops have been established in various prime. Locations that are all found in the heart of commercial traffic. Each Migato outlet promises unparalleled service, absolute customer satisfaction, and a true fashion shopping experience.


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shopping How To Achieve The Look:

bohemian chic

1 Mix busy print skirts and trousers with a plain blouse 2 Chunky necklaces fit the boho-chic look perfectly 3 Embellished pieces are great statements to jazz up any simple outfit 4 Gladiator sandals are comfy and trendy too!

Go for a gorgeous freespirit look full of boho and hippie influences!

Scarf Accessorize

Hat River island

Earring Parfois Monsoon

Beaded Waistcoat Zara

Feathers Necklace Zara

Blouse H&M

Bag River Island

Maxi skirt Monsoon

Sandals Uterque

Trousers Zara


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GLOBETROTTER'S MUST HAVE ESSENTIALS Keep it classy while travelling by investing in few key pieces that make long haul flights look effortless.


Are a must! They are very fashionable and will hide your dark circles after a long journey


Sunglasses Pucci


A glamourous pair of gold wedges will add those extra inches and keep you comfy while strolling around

Bag Victoria Beckam

Wedges Kurt Geiger


oversized BAG. A big bag is all you need while travelling: it will keep all you need at hand and safe.


TRAVEL WALLET. A leather folder is a sophisticated way to protect your documents on the move. You could even use this as a clutch bag in the evening, genius!

Wallet Burberry at


Wrap yourself warm on the plane in a cozy and stylish cashmere scarf. Great to keep the air condition at bay!

Scarf Diane Von Furstenberg at


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fashion shoot

Top Anne Fountaine at Salam Maxi skirt Francesco Scognamiglio at Salam Necklace Stylist own Suitcase Globetrotters at Salam


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fashion shoot


Be perfectly polished whatever your destination: from The Seychelles to Paris via Doha, dramatic kaftans and stylish airport attire are the perfect choice for you. Your vacation starts here...

Photography: Andrea Ceccarelli Styling: Francesca Moser Model: Yazzi from Trinity Model Hair: David Martinez at Blue Brush Hair Studio Doha Make-up: Alexandra Rouger at Blue Brush Hair Studio Photographer's assistant: Jessie Palanca Many Thanks to The Torch Hotel Doha in Aspire Zone


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fashion shoot

Maxi dress Matthew Williamson at The Gate Suitcase Globetrotters at Salam Bracelet Swarovski at Landamark and Villaggio


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fashion shoot

Shirt Rohit Gandih + Rahul Khann Trousers PF Paula Frani Bracelet Faybjoux All at Salam


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fashion shoot

Jumpsuit/Kaftan Catherine Malandrino at The Gate Umbrella Stylist own


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Jumpsuit Catherine Malandrino at The Gate Cuff stylist own Cosmetic box Globetrotters at Salam


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fashion shoot

Dress Alice by Alice Temperly Necklace Matthew Williamson Hat


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Dress Matthew Williamson at The Gate Cuff stylist own


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Let the adventure begin...

Sunglasses Marks&Spencer

Espadrilles Debenhams

Rucksack Debenhams

Bag and hat Debenhams

What's new-What to wear and buy- Style tips for him

Whether you are jetting off to chic Saint Tropez, an African jungle or you chose the relaxed beaches of Sri Lanka as your next holiday destination, we have picked the right pieces you should pack away. Bon Voyage!


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Shirt Burberry at

men's agenda

LUXE TRAVELLER Trousers Paul Smith at

Keep it simple: neutral colours are timeless and chic. Therefore invest in these Designer piece, which will get you an instant upgrade on your next flight! Four wheels trolleys Ferragamo Travel

Trainers Tod's Diary Smythson at


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Polo shirt Massimo Dutti

men's agenda

These days you don't have to compromise your style even if you are on a budget. The high street offers plenty of choices: go for a bright outfit to keep it fun and on trend at the same time. Holdall Massimo Dutti

Trousers H&M


Selection of loafers Boden


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denim stars Jeans are a must in any wardrobe, kids included! So update their wardrobes with these genius finds on the high-street.

Chino shorts Next

Jeans (and whole outfit) Massimo Dutti

Rolled up jeans M&S Jeans Zara

Denim shirt Zara


Shorts Next

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shopping Dress Zara Shirt (and whole outfit) Massimo Dutti


Bomber jacket Zara


Pink and printed denim pieces are great options for the girls: they are girly and absolutely fabulous!

Waistcoat H&M

Jeans Hat Next

Espadrilles M&S

Printed jeans Zara

Embellished jeans River Island

DIANE VON FURSTENBERG for GAP Gap announced its second collection by Diane von Furstenberg for GapKids and babyGap for spring 2013, for girls from newborn to age 14. ABODE loves this denim dress and matching shirt! Trousers H&M

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beauty Picture Perfect You’re travelling and need a quick lift to plump up your skin and reduce those lines on your forehead? Lancôme has the answer. Rénergie Multi-Lift Reviva Plasma provides visible results even after your first application. That’s because the revitalizing concentrate boasts a reverseemulsion formula with millions of active droplets, a dipeptide technology. You’ll soon be on your way to picture- perfect, flawless skin!

Scent & Sensual Never leave home without bringing this new Nina L’Eau perfume, a fresh, fruity and floral scent created by master perfumer Olivier Cresp. Its light and sensual feel makes it every girl’s must-have!

Sheer Lips Take some colour for your lips before crowding your cosmetic bag with unnecessary knick-knacks. Forget lipstick and gloss – bring YSL’s Volupté Sheer Candy, which will hydrate and moisturize your lips for a full eight hours, while nourishing with vitamins and anti-oxidants. They’re available in three delicious shades, each sinfully sweet and tempting.

NO to Sun Damage ‘Mother Knows Best’ is a cliché we need to follow, your mother is right in telling you to put on your sunblock to keep your skin healthy and radiant. That’s why Shiseido created a product that combats the sun’s effect with a quick and easy application. Perfect Hydrating BB Cream SPF 30 offers optimal protection for your face it also minimizes the appearance of skin unevenness to attain a bright healthful glow. What are you waiting for? Pack this beauty!

Beauty Box Travel Basics Packing has never been easier: just follow our shopping list for the ultimate travel beauty bag Perfect Skin! Be armed with pressed powder before heading to your destination, it’s a definite must for every fashionista. Guerlain’s meteorite pressed powder doesn’t just combat UV rays and pollution, it goes further by boosting radiance and ensures you achieve a matte finish. No more oily face, just the pure bliss of pearly skin!

Fragrance Divine on the go! Don’t you just love it when you find the perfect fragrance for any occasion? Chloe’s limited edition mini-fragrances do just that. The classic scents of love, chloé and l’eau de chloé define spontaneous femininity, sparkling personality and romantic elegance.


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Beauty Q&A FAB Skin Anytime!

Tinseltown cannot get enough of Natura Bissé's magic! This sought after product will remedy all your face woes, revealing youthful and beautiful skin, just like your favourite Hollywood star.


I always travel and I’m afraid my face shows some dryness. How can I prevent this?


To prevent dryness: Use serum like NB Cure Serum (am/pm) and applied NB Cure Cream to create a protective seal on the skin to help prevent moisture loss. Drink plenty of water before during and after flights to help keep your system hydrated. Post-flight, use a peeling or scrub like NB Glyco Peel (up to twice a week) to exfoliate and remove surface skin cells that have dried out from flying.


My face is quite sensitive and I do not know what kind of products to use, what shall I look for that will not make my face red all over?


Sensitive skin is prone to redness. The most important way to care for your skin is to choose products designed for sensitive skin. Choose products that are free of alcohol, soap and parabens and without additional ingredients that can irritate or stimulate more sensitivity and redness on the skin. The Natura Bissé NBCEUTICAL line is a hypoallergenic collection designed for sensitive or sensitized skin. It is alcohol-free, soap-free and paraben-free. The line consists of a cleanser, toner, serum, eye balm, lip balm, moisturizer, enzymatic peel & SPF 30 & 50.

Q. Help, I still get pimples, how do I avoid getting them ?

A. Pimples are basically oil that simply got trapped in the pores,

which then interacted with the air and oxidized, turning them into blackheads. To stop these pimples from happening, you want to choose the right facial cleanser that will minimize the amount of oil your pores produce. You’ll also need to use a toner that will minimize open pores to prevent oil from filling up the pore. A range of products from Natura Bissé can help to clear up pimples. Try: • Stabilizing Toner • Facial Cleansing Gel + AHA • Stabilizing Cleansing Mask • Additional products to stabilize the excess oil such as the Oil Free Stabilizing Complex & Stabilizing Gel Cream

Q. How can I prevent blackheads? A. You can prevent blackheads through proper cleansing morning

and evening using a cleanser and toner for oily skin. Use a facial scrub twice a week to aid in the removal of excess sebum and dead skin cells, a deep cleansing mask twice a week to regulate excess sebum and prevent blackheads, and oil-free moisturizers and sun protection. The Oily Skin Regime is the perfect program to prevent blackheads as well!


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Q. A.

Do skin brightening products work? They seem to be too good to be true.

Absolutely they work, once you decide to have a fairer complexion it is necessary to use products that brighten

your complexion and protect from the sun such as Natura Bissé C+C Vitamin line – C+C Vitamin Serum, Day Fluid SPF10 (for Combination/ Oily skin), Day Cream (Normal to Dry skin) SPF10. There are also other things that you can do to obtain a brighter, lighter complexion by using peeling like Glyco Peeling (2 X a week) or C+C Vitamin Facial Scrub from Natura Bissé.

What’s the best beauty regime for MY oily skin? The OILY SKIN REGIMEN (TO REGULATE OIL – AND/OR BREAKOUTS)

STEP 1: CLEANSE Stabilizing Cleansing Mask (Can be used 1 – 2 times a week for deep cleansing)

STEP 2: TONE Stabilizing Toner

STEP 3: EXFOLIATE Glyco Peeling (25%) or C+C Vitamin Scrub (2 x per week) Oxygen mask (2 X per week)

STEP 4: COMPLEX/SERUM (Intensive Treatment) Stabilizing Complex use am/pm (Oily- Regulates overproduction of Sebum)

STEP 5: TREATMENT CREAM Stabilizing Gel Cream use am/pm (Oily-Regulates overproduction of Oil/Antibacterial)

STEP 6: SUN PROTECTION NBCeutical SPF 30 (Oil Free)


I had a couple of trips to my dermatologist to treat dark spots on my face but the treatment is quite tingly and I do not want to do it again. Are there over-the-counter products to lessen these dark spots?


Natura Bissé C+C Vitamin line – C+C Vitamin Serum, Day Fluid SPF10 (for Combination/Oily skin), Day Cream (Normal to Dry skin) SPF10. There are also other things that you can do to obtain a brighter, lighter complexion by using peeling like Glyco Peeling (2 X a week) or C+C Vitamin Facial Scrub from Natura Bisse.


From the very beginning, in 1979, Ricardo Fisas Mulleras researched and developed facial and body cosmetics whose formulations are able to allow the maximum concentrations of highly efficient ingredients and new textures. Throughout the years, Natura Bissé has been working to guarantee maximum quality, research into new formulas, the best customer service, the most qualified professionals and the most selective and exclusive products. The skincare line has been featured at many Hollywood events, including the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards and the 2010 Oscars. Even today, Natura Bissé is run by the Fisas family. Patricia Fisas is the Director of Marketing of the group.

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Facial Awakening By Francesca Moser

Beauty aficionados in Doha get insider access this month to a one-to-one session with the woman who has redefined the art of the Facial and won a legion of celebrity followers.

SU -MAN: Facial

ist to the Celebr


Su-Man’s signature techniques focus on the ancient art of shiatsu to re-awaken the face, resulting in a more youthful, even ethereal, complexion. Su-Man, a former dancer and expert in pilates and shiatsu, incorporates her knowledge of holistic practices into a unique facial technique: after a thorough personal and individual skin analysis, she will open your channels by massaging scalp, neck, shoulder and possibly your feet too, followed by skin cleansing and a meticulous extraction. Next comes a soothing botanical mask, combined with a thorough massage on your arms and lower legs to keep the energy flowing. Su-Man finishes her treatment by applying her gorgeous tonic and moisturizing lotion –all the products she uses are her own: a blissfully scented product range sourced from her native Taiwan. The results are visible instantly: the skin is brighter, tighter and more relaxed. It’s no surprise that A-list celebrities including Anne Hathaway, Frieda Pinto and Juliette Binoche are Su-man’s regular customers. Golden Globe winner Anne Hathaway went as far as to describe Su-Man’s innovative facial as “a life-changing experience” and we can’t agree more.


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Don’t miss the opportunity to experience this five-star treatment yourself. Book a consultation at the Bliss Spa, W Hotel Doha: Su-Man will be in town for her second visit from the 25th of May till the 30th. For more information visit


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LET’S GET PAMPERED! by Francesca Moser and Nitya Shukla

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


Six Senses Spa


Fight the jet lag with an Energizer Massage Holidays are great but jetting off on long flights means stiff neck and back, muscles ache and fatigue. So what’s the best way to overcome all these symptoms? A nice relaxing massage in one of our favorite Spas in Doha will do the trick, trust us! Six Senses Spa at Sharq Village is renowned for their signature Energizer massage. Pilots and all local jetsetters swear by it, so give it a go yourself. This rejuvenating treatment using physical manipulation will transport you quickly into the right time zone: an uplifting, light to medium compressions (as you desire), accompanied by brisk massage techniques stimulate circulation will clear the mind, leaving you feeling

invigorated and refreshed instantly. The Energizer Massage, known as well as jet-lag massage, focuses on the full body, but you will be able to personalize the treatment to suit your requirements, so the therapist can concentrate on any problematic areas. Using a combination of different signature moves developed by Six Senses Spa, combined with the use of aromatic oils, this heavenly massage will lift your body and spirit, getting rid of any jet-lag in the system and get your body back in business. Re-setting your body clock couldn’t sound any better than this, right? For more information Six Senses Spa at Sharq Village Tel. 4425 6999 8o mins Energizer massage QR 680

Summer time is the perfect opportunity to let your inner diva loose with a big bold statement haircut. The ladies at Snips salon (Holiday Villa Hotel & Residences, Doha) is an excitable team who is all about helping you find a newer version of yourself this summer. Chop away those heavy tresses and try the ‘Long Angel Bob’ as suggested by lead stylist Mika. With the summer sun hovering, it proved to be a relief as it is a light, highly stylish asymmetrical look. The colour chosen to accent this new style is Red/ Orange Vibrant highlights with a darker base. Once cut and coloured, O2 Revival 6 Collagen Treatment is a recommended finishing touch so that the new colouring is protected.

ay Villa For more information SNIPS at Holid Tel: 4408 4888 Cost: QR 1,160.00 Base (Note : Cost includes Highlight QR 400; 0; Revival colour QR 350.00; Hair cut QR 160.0 6 QR 250.00)


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beauty special

Good for Two! Styling by Francesca Moser, Photography Jessie Palanca

Make Up by Carla Tabet, Hair by Hair & Snips, Shoot Location Café Ole, Holiday Villa

ABODE met with mother and daughter duo, Nauf and Hala Kassab for our makeover. When asked why Hala wanted to have a special pampering with her mom she said, “My mom raised us all by herself, I am so proud of her.” To thank her mom, Hala hooked up with ABODE to surprise Nauf with something special. Our team worked their magic and made sure that Nauf and Hala were treated like Queens!

Primer, Guerlain



Lipstick, YSL Mascara, YSL

Make Up Tips for a Youthful Look: 1 The key to a long lasting makeup is the primer, it keeps you looking fresh, not greasy. 2 Add a touch of soft eye shadow colour to widen the eyes. 3 Apply four coats of mascara to elongate short lashes. 4 To plump the cheeks use the blusher and highlighter together. 5 For thin lips like Hala’s, using the right colour is key. Use pink flashy lip-gloss for a plumping effect!


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beauty special

“I found the entire experience simply wonderful!� Make Up Tips for Mature Skin:



1 Don't overdo your make up; less is more when it comes to make up as you age. 2 Enhance your eye colour with eye shadow shades that will make your eyes pop. 3 Get your brows professionally done. Nothing opens eyes up like curled lashes and neat brows. 4 A pop of blush on the apples of your cheeks can brighten a dull complexion. But the trick is to blend it well so it's not obvious you're wearing blush. 5 Blend, blend, blend. Avoid matte lipstick as they tend to settle into your lip lines. Instead, try creamier lipsticks or glosses. Orange colour is perfect for Nauf. Tints, Bassam Fattouh

Blush, In Love Lancome

Shine Control, Guerlain

BEHIND THE SCENES Hala and Nouf were pampered for a whole day thanks to the ABODE and SALAM TEAMS. Many thanks to SNIPS Hair studio and Cafe Ole' at Holiday Villa, Karen Millen and BCBG Max Azria at Villaggio.

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Stay Fit While Travelling By Bayview 26 Wellness Centre Photography Jessie Palanca Clothes By Bench and Nike

Staying fit while on the road will not only help your health, but can also boost your business's health. No matter where your business travel takes you, this guide will help you stay fit in transit and beyond. Exercising during business travel doesn't have to feel like work. Use these tips to be at your best mentally and physically while on the go.

Good Mornings Stand with feet about hip-width apart holding a phone book (or medium weight) straight up overhead. Keeping abs contracted and knees slightly bent, tip from the hips and lower the torso until it is parallel to the floor, keeping the arms in line with ears. Lift up and repeat. Keep the abs controlled throughout the move. Beginners: 1 set, 12-16 reps.

This workout targets the entire body and is great for travellers or those who don't have a lot of equipment. All you need is a thick phone book or any other thick, heavy book.

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Lunge with Arms Overhead Stand in split stance with feet about 3 feet apart. Hold phone book or weight straight up overhead. Bend the knees and lower into a lunge, bringing both legs to form 90 degree angles, front knee behind toe. Keeping weight overhead, push back up and repeat before switching legs. 1 set, 12-16 reps for each leg.


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Single Leg Lift and Squat Place hands behind the back and tip forward until back is parallel to the floor and flat, abs contracted. Take right leg out to the side, resting on toe. Squat down with the left leg while lifting the right leg a few inches off the ground and out to the side, leg straight. Straighten left leg and repeat for all reps before switching sides. 1 set, 12 to 16 reps for each leg.

Oblique Abs Sit with legs bent, back straight, arms extended straight out in front of you. Contract the abs and sweep right arm down and behind you in a half-circle motion, leaning the torso back a few inches. Sit back up and repeat on other side. 1 set, 12-16 reps for each side.

Skiing Wall Squat Lean against a wall, with your feet 18 to 24 inches away from it and shoulder-width apart. Bend your knees slightly and hold that position for 5 to 10 seconds. Bend deeper and hold. Repeat until you've hit five different positions; go as low as you can. 1 to 2 sets, 12-16 reps with short rest in between.

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Build Strong Legs for Summer by Meran El Sheikh, JAULA CLUB Grand Hyatt Photography Jessie Palanca

With leg muscles weighing in at approximately half your body’s muscle mass, your legs are the pillars of support for your entire body. Fortunately strengthening them is as easy as 1-2-3.

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Squats with barbell on shoulders Stand with your feet slightly apart and place a barbell on your shoulder. Contracting your abs to protect your back, and keeping your torso straight, inhale as you begin to squat. Stop the motion when your glutes are slightly below your knees. Exhale as you return to a standing position. Be sure to look straight ahead to keep you in balance during the exercise. Bonus: This move also improves your heart muscle.

The midget Walk Squat with dumbbells over head exercise strengthens all the muscles of lower limb

Lunges with dumbbells Stand with weights in your hands. Take a large step forward with one leg and bend to create a 90 degree angle with your knee. Alternate your legs with these lunging steps. The exercise will strengthen your quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings. To maximize the benefits of these workout, be sure to get adequate nutrition and rest and avoid stress. Have patience and have FUN with these exercises!

Model Robert Morosan, Clothes & Shoes By Sports Corner at City Centre

Walk until fatigue appears in your muscles


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Holiday Illness

You know the dreaded feeling: you’re on holiday, enjoying two precious weeks away from the office when a sudden, disquieting rumble in your tummy stops you short. Disaster! Holiday illness has struck…

With travellers becoming more adventurous and competitive airfares making far-flung, exotic destinations more accessible, taking care of your health while abroad has never been more crucial. In the worst cases, illnesses picked up abroad can be life threatening and the health services in your chosen destination might be poorly developed or hideously expensive if you haven’t got proper insurance. Fortunately, there are precautions you can take to give you and your family the best chance of enjoying your holiday without getting sick, explains global health expert Dr. Ravinder Mamtani of Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar. Dr. Mamtani, Professor of Public Health and Associate Dean for Global and Public Health at the college, advises seeing your family doctor before travelling to find out what vaccinations you need. Those traveling to Africa, South America or Asia may need to be protected against Hepatitis A and B, malaria and yellow fever and should also be aware of the threat posed by mosquitoes and other parasites. But by far the most frequent complaint when travelling is the dreaded upset stomach. This perennial traveller’s curse can be avoided by taking a few simple measures, explained Dr. Mamtani. “One of the most common illnesses contracted by travellers is diarrhea,” he

said, “but there are some fundamental steps that can prevent this. Avoid eating in places of questionable quality. Drink only safe water (for example, bottled water) and don’t buy food from street vendors. Ensure your food is thoroughly cooked and served hot, and carry hand wipes with you.” Before you embark on your trip, check you have adequate travel medical insurance and take a list of local doctors and hospitals in your destination. Remember to pack an emergency medical kit and see your doctor before you go if you need to order more prescription drugs to take with you. Holidaymakers must also be aware that health risks can occur before you even touch down in your destination, warns Dr. Mamtani. To reduce the risk of developing deep vein thrombosis on long haul flights, avoid drinking alcohol, drink plenty of water and perform light stretching exercises. Wear compression stockings if you have poor circulation or a condition such as diabetes. Another typical holiday health risk is sunburn. Pack plenty of sunscreen lotion with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) appropriate for your skin tone and avoid the sun in the middle of the day. By following this simple advice you should be able to get down to the real business of being on holiday – having fun with friends and family. Enjoy!

Holiday Tips

Take preventive measures including vaccinations: Travellers to Africa, Asia and South America may need vaccinations against Hepatitis A and B and yellow fever. Additionally, malaria pills should be considered if travelling to countries where the disease is prevalent. Buzz off: Watch out for diseasecarrying mosquitoes and other insects. Take insect repellant and sleep under a treated net if insects are prevalent Be prepared: Take a medical kit containing antibiotics, band aids, antiseptic cream, painkillers, and antihistamine medicines for treating allergic reactions Eat smart: Avoid restaurants that look unclean, ensure food is well cooked and drink only safe water (for example, bottled water) Get covered: Check your travel insurance policy is adequate before you leave Cover up: Avoid sunburn by wearing hats and sunscreen with a high SPF Fly safe: Banish the risk of deep vein thrombosis on long-haul flights by performing exercises and staying hydrated


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wellness Jet lag can take its toll on our bodies, minds and spirits in our fast-paced, travel-happy world, but luckily Haitham Khalid owner of Fitness With Food wants to help! Haitham has given us key tips to keeping yourself well while travelling.


Hydrate Yourself! Haitham’s top tip is ensuring hydration and he says that it should be your top priority when dealing with jet lag. This means drinking lots of water and electrolyte drinks like coconut water during, before and after your flight. Also while on the flight, avoid those salty snacks; though the chips may look tempting the sodium contained in those chips will only add to your dehydration.


TRAVEL By Haitham Khalid, Combination Trainer at Fitness with Food


We all know how it goes with jet lag. You’re somewhere new and exciting, somewhere worth all of the hours and stress of travelling and… you’re exhausted. Or perhaps you’ve finally arrived home after a long vacation and instead of being able to dive back into your real life, your energy is sapped by fatigue or dehydration.

Feed Your Body & Your Skin Well

What goes into your body is obviously an important element in how you feel. Haitham suggests consuming nutrient-rich foods and drinks when fighting jet lag to help your body recover. Proteinrich food can often give you that extra kick you need to feel better. As a quick protein-rich meal try cooking chickpeas and dress with some lemon, garlic, olive oil and mint and serve with some grilled chicken breast that have been marinated in a little bit of saffron, chopped black olives and chili if you want to spice things up a bit. He also says concocting your own special “anti-jet lag juice” is helpful. Try a combination of kale, carrots, apples and pumpkin seeds - these ingredients are universally considered excellent jet lag fighters - for a super juice!


Sleep Enough Most of us know that getting our “beauty sleep” is essential for feeling bright-eyed and bushy-tailed in the morning, but quality of sleep is also crucial for recovering from jet lag. Getting enough sleep (at least eight hours every night and slightly more when you have been deprived) will help you avoid the sluggishness and irritable feeling that you may have after travelling as a result of lack of sleep.


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Adjust your Internal Clock It’s also

important to get your internal clock on track for your destination (or after you arrive back home). Try these useful methods to assist: 1) weeks before your trip, begin adjusting your schedule depending on the time zone you’re heading for - this will give your body time to adjust little by little to the timing at your destination; 2) once you’ve boarded the plane, try to just snack lightly until you can get on track with whatever the normal meal time is wherever you’re going; and 3) sleep on the plane if it’s night time at your destination, but try your best to stay awake if it’s daytime.


Stretching and Waking up Your Muscles If you are one of these people that cannot sleep on a flight, like Haitham, make sure you have a stretching interval in between the movies or books that you are reading. Haitham showed me his top tips on how he stretches while on a flight. Haitham told me stretching is a must for him during long flights and he uses the same stretches that he uses when he teaches functional fitness and Muay Thai (Thai Boxing which also requires use of leg muscles) classes. Haitham says the best place to stretch is by the toilets and has provided us with stretches that cover the parts of the body that will feel the most stress when on a long flight:

1) Spine - loosen it up by keeping your hips still and rotating your upper body at 90 degree angles to the right and then to the left through your back;

2) Upper back - put your hands together tuck your chin to your chest and push hands as far away from you as possible;

3) Hamstrings - slowly bend down trying to touch your toes and stay there for about 30 seconds, make sure you relax your head as your neck is a part of your spine and come up slowly; and

Massages are one of the best ways to unwind after a long trip, and many spas offer jet lag-centric massages. Thai massages are a great one to have. Having a massage will help stimulate paralyzed muscles by improving the blood circulation through, and consequently the functioning of, the muscles. Applying direct pressure on muscles over most of the body, combined with stretching to further stimulate the musculoskeletal system (including joints, bones, nerves, ligaments and the lymphatic system), benefits all five physiological body systems.

4) Neck - you can have your hands on your head to support you whilst you tuck your chin down and roll your head to one side then the other.

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HOME Decor Decorating ideas-shopping-interior designers' tips AL FRESCO DINING

Soak up the last enjoyable summer rays before the big heat hit us by enjoying Al Fresco dining, whether it is in your garden, at a friend's or in a park. Just stock up on fun table linens, cushions and tableware and enjoy!



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Home News

Home trends and interior decor news in and out of Doha

Say ‘I Do’ to THE One’s wedding registry Make sure you say “I DO” in style by taking advantage of THE One's Wedding Registry - a service designed to save newlyweds from a world of unwanted gifts and give them more time to focus on all the other arrangements for their big day. If you’re about to tie the knot soon, simply make an appointment with a consultant at THE One Theatre who will explain how their Wedding Registry works and help you put together your wish list from their inspiring home fashion range. They will contact your guests to inform them of your choices, keep you updated on purchases and deliver them gift-wrapped to a location of your choice, free of charge. As a special wedding gift to you, THE One will even throw in a Gift Card to the value of 10% of the total spent on your register to help you live happily ever after!

BoConcept and smart car collaboration THE HAAS BROTHERS presents “The Donatella Chair” for VERSACE HOME A strong, bold and stunning piece of furniture expressing the blonde and rock 'n roll glamour of Donatella Versace. This is the inspiration behind the new Donatella Chair designed by the Haas Brothers for Versace Home. A one-of-a-kind piece, like a futuristic throne made of an innovative honeycomb brass which was presented at Salone del Mobile in Milan last month. Look out for the new collection, which will be available starting from September 2013.

The Danish Homeware brand recently collaborated with Smart car recently and the result is a brand new car, the Smart “ForTwo”. Its interior features all the tactile luxury and attention to detail you’d find with a piece of BoConcept upholstery. Sophisticated grey and tobacco browns are teamed with bright splashes of yellow in the mirror and rims for a playful touch, whilst the exterior has been given a matt white finish, echoing the trends currently happening in homeware. The aim of the design process was to combine the best of both product worlds: the inviting comfort and the warm personal touch of your own home with the vitality and speed of city life. Claus Ditlev Jensen, Visual Director of BoConcept, adds: “It is of course a new experience for us to work with a car designer. The creative expression within the limits but also within the options of car design was extremely inspiring for us.”


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SPOIL YOUR MUM Timothy Corrigan, one of the world’s top interior designers, gives ABODE his unique home gift ideas to make her smile. Bowl You’ll be golden when you gift your mother with this handsome bowl. Perfect on its own or filled with her favourite whole fruits or balls of colored yarn.

Plant pot These clean white pots have just the right amount of individual detail to look great as a grouping or stand on their own. Fill them with orchids for a lasting reminder of your good taste and thoughtfulness.

Bicycle For the sporty mom who has everything, nothing beats this Hermès leather clad bicycle. She’ll be the chicest gal in town, thanks to you!


toleware mirror Assure your mother that she is the fairest in the land with this elegant toleware mirror. She’ll be surrounded by leaves, flowers and your love whenever she gazes at herself! USA Office: 1.323.525.1802 Paris Office:

HERMÈS candle Apprentices used to hold a candle to light the work of the master so they could learn his techniques. Let your mom know that no one can hold a candle to her, unless of course it’s designed by Hermes! The colorful Fleurs d’Indienne pattern would add a bright spot anywhere it goes, just like mom!


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at CHOWKING Mamoura!

Mhairi Murphy, Design Director at Forum Design and Mr. Ahmed Hassan Bilal, Chairman of AHB Group at the opening of Chowking Mamoura

Photography Jessie Palanca

The Chinese restaurant’s brand new outlet in Dar Al Salam Mall boasts a great new design, courtesy of FORUM DESIGN. We hooked up with Mhairi, who is responsible for this amazing new design concept.

What inspired your décor ideas for the new restaurant? A: When creating the concept design

project, with this project there were the usual technical issues verses the design requirements, but at Forum Design we work closely as a team to overcome these challenges and ensure that our client is always satisfied.

for this new Chowking restaurant I purposefully did not look at the existing local outlets, I wanted this restaurant to stand out from the rest. To introduce a new style of restaurant dining into Qatar; a décor to catch the eye and enliven the potential Chowking customer palates.

How would you describe the style at the new Chowking outlet? A: The brief given to Forum Design by

What were the challenges you encountered during the project? A: There are always challenges in any

our client was “Make it Fresh & Lively”, we therefore worked with a stronger colour palette to inspire emotions, such as happiness and hunger. The design


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dècor that they particularly enjoy the new colour and design element in the restaurant as it is so bright and fresh, our younger customers are drawn to the larger-than-life noodles on the windows.

How does it differ from all the other branches? A: This new branch of Chowking is the second to be located in a communal food court, it was of course important to ensure that our restaurant stood out from the surrounding food outlets. Therefore we used bright colours and a bold, eye catching design. However there are now plans in the pipeline to apply a similar bold design concept to the existing Qatar Chowking restaurants.

Are you looking into expanding in retail interior design? A: At Forum Design we are fortunate to have the professional capability and inhouse man-power to successfully execute retail outlets, actually this new restaurant is the latest in a long line of retail projects successfully designed and executed by our hardworking team of international professionals.

How does retail interior design differ from home design? A: The design process involved in

concept applied is clean and slightly urban in its nature, we have played with the food element, from the oversized noodles on the windows or the custom created art work that adorns the internal walls, a visual feast to inspire our customers to come inside and try the NEW Chowking.

Have you received any feedback yet from the customers? A: Yes actually we have and it’s been wonderful to hear such positive comments from our customers. Many customers state

residential interiors is extremely different to the design process applied to commercial or retail interiors. Residential interior design is usually focused on meeting a client’s personal need for a home that reflects self-expression. Whereas commercial or retail design strives to integrate the project premises successfully into the surrounding shopping mall and community as well as provide services and interiors to the client for specific business purposes.

Have you got any interesting projects ahead? A: As you know Qatar is developing at a phenomenal pace and as such we are currently involved in several new residential, commercial and retail projects. But we always have room for another … next time that project could be one of your readers that have been inspired to get creative with Forum Design.

to schedule a consultation, please call Forum Design 4456-8716


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Live the Mediterranean Dream Right at Home – Here’s how!

By: Suzy Q Cacic, Photos By: DIY Network, Tony Chambers, and Wendi Young Design

Open your doors this season to a wave of Mediterranean style décor straight from the coastline! This style is warm, comfortable, and super easy to mimic especially in regions that have warm weather all year around. Mediterranean style is hugely influenced by the southern European and African cultures that border with the Mediterranean Sea like Italy, Greece and Morocco. The style and architecture typically suggests sunbaked colours, lots of natural light, terra cotta, heavy woods, black iron and carved detailing.

Furnishing – Furnish your rooms with heavy, sturdy furniture that looks like it’s built to last. Choose couches and tables that have shorter legs than you would typically buy, and make sure they have intricate carvings throughout. For a more genuine Mediterranean look, pick furniture in hardwood and wrought iron and finish off with a stained glass or tile accent piece.

Walls – Paint your walls in warm colours such as sea green, sand, and earthy orange. The Mediterranean lifestyle is all about being connected with the sun, water, and nature. Colours inspired by the sea and sky are used in the same room and even sometimes on the same wall with textures added using techniques like sponge-painting and glazed plaster. You can even add colour with contrasting borders using a stencil and some basic stenciling techniques.

SUzY Q – Canadian Interior Design Writer


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home Tiles - Mosaic or terra cotta tiles are a huge aspect of Mediterranean decorating. You can use them on floors or even on your kitchen backsplash. Sometimes ceramic or wroughtiron tiles with detailed designs are displayed on shelves rather than being attached to walls. You can do this to showcase a unique or delicate tile you may come across. Accessories – Don’t forget to complement your earthy coloured walls and furniture with accent pillows to throw onto your couches, arm chairs, and beds. Choose fine fabrics like silk with beadwork, fringe, or embroidery. For your lighting, make sure to choose heavy wrought-iron light fixtures and table lamps accompanied by bronze urns, Persian carpets, and iron fireplace screens.

Easy Mosaic Table DIY! Give your home some Mediterranean glam with this easy weekend project. • Break some old tiles into small pieces with a hammer. Make sure to smash the underside to avoid scratching the surface. • Sort and arrange your tiles into your preferred design. Try circular or flower motifs to give your table a theme that is connected with nature. • Using a trowel spread mastic on the table in small sections to prevent drying. Start arranging the tiles while applying a little pressure to set them. • After allowing the tiles to dry, spread grout between them and wipe of any excess with a wet sponge. Allow 24 hours to dry and then pour epoxy over the entire table and let it dry for another 24 hours.


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get the look

Basket Home Centre

Cooler Bag Debenhams

Lantern Home Centre


LOVE your


BBQ Littlewoods

Colourful Tumblers M&S

Personalize your garden by choosing some cool and bright pieces, which will make it very unique and your very own indeed!

Pic-nic Basket Debenhams

Basket and Table Cloth Home Centre

Chair+table Set M&S


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get the look


Lamp Next


Home accessories such as knitted blankets, woven rattan and wooden pieces are an easy way to bring some ethnical harmony into your home.

Bowl Debenhams


Woven Lamp Home Centre

Buddah Headpiece

Throw Home Centre

Lantern Next


Food Cover Next

Wooden Cooking Tools Home Centre

Basket with Wooden Rim Home Centre


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Fuchsia According to the psychology of color, Fuchsia, which is a blend of deep pink and blue, inspires both the confidence of pink and the peaceful assurance of blue.

Fuchsia interiors are exciting, theatrical and playful. This wonderful hue is attention getting! If you don't want to paint the walls then add accessories to your heart's content.

Choose captivating accessories that match your decor Be Trendy: Use modern furniture accent pieces. Dramatic Lighting

For The Love Of Pink • Dare to embrace the this wonderfully feminine hue boldly to add new sophistication to your rooms. Pink is both exciting and relaxing! • Add different shades of pink, magenta and purple to your fuchsia inspired room to create subtle and alluring drama.

Light Pink The colour of Romance. Add this colour where you want a soft feminine touch.

Fuchsia This is an empowering colour. Mix fuchsia accessories with black furniture for enhanced sophistication

Bold Cushions and Pillow covers

Silk or Cashmere Throw

Magenta This hue works well in a cozy and dark room. The colour will give the room warmth, especially if combined with yellow or blue.

Dramatic Wallpaper

By Moona Masri Whitice Dewey Colour Consultant And Spokesperson for Forum Design

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

Accents Light Pink

Accents Fushia

Accents Magenta


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Do it Yourself

Each month we search the internet for do it yourself ideas to share with you. This month we have three options for Mother's Day If you have ideas or projects to share with us write to us at


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Sunburst Mirror

Censational Girl did a fabulous sunburst mirror out of free paint stir sticks. Her project turned out great, not to mention it was pretty much FREE! Free, because she just collected a handful of paint sticks whenever she went to the paint store. Genius! And free is for me!


So, I got to thinking...uh, I go again with that "thinking" stuff I told you about before... We had a lot of extra wood from the fireplace redo. A few pieces of lattice, and some thinner cuts from when Justin had a couple of 1x4's ripped at the Home Depot. Maybe, I could use some of that extra wood and make my own version of a sunburst mirror?

What you'll need • Wood sticks • Acrylic paint colour of your choice • Hot glue • Heavy glue • Brush • Mirror

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First, I cut all the extra lattice wood and the extra trim pieces into different lengths. I used our miter saw, but you could use a miter box if you aren't down with power tools. The back layer are alternating 16 and 14 inch pieces. The thinner pieces for the top layer are alternating 10 and 8 inch pieces. I laid them out on cardboard to stain. While I waited for the stain to dry, I screwed a picture hanger on a 7x7 inch square of wood. Then, I glued the mirror on the other side of the square. With a hot glue gun, I glued the embroidery hoop that I had already painted.

4. Then, I just laid out my wood to make sure everything fit. 5. Once I got the position of the wood where I wanted it, I glued them down. I used Liquid Nails for the lower layer, and Heavy Glue for the upper layer. As you can see, I cleaned out my pantry to weigh them down so the glue could adhere!

The results? I thought it turned out pretty fantastic! What a wonderful thing to look at when you wake up in the morning...a happy, cheerful addition to our bedroom. I think it looks like a smile on the wall...and smiles are for me!


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Do yourself gifts for your Mum! lilly




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Vintage Paper Flower Ideas

Wall art

After using all my shoeboxes for that project, I was left with a bunch of shoebox lids and the crafted in me knew I couldn't just throw them out! I realized that shoebox lids are similar in depth to canvas boxes, and so this DIY project emerged!

Just cut 'em up, add your favourite decorative paper (or cut out graphics from old magazines like I did) and you've got custom wall art for your home. Imagine an entire wall of these! Follow the steps below to create your very own.

What you'll need • Shoebox lids (1 regular size shoebox lid makes 2 pieces of wall art) • Decorative paper (I repurposed mine from old magazines and shopping catalogs) • Scissors (not pictured) • Ruler • Pen • Tape • Glossy decoupage medium • Foam brush • Thumb tacks

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Cut two 4" x 4" squares from the corner of the shoebox lid (see image above). Use a ruler and pen to mark before cutting. Slide both of the square pieces into each other so that they form a box with four walls. Attach them together by applying tape to the corners. Cut your decorative paper so that it is a few inches larger than the box on all sides so that it will cover the box entirely. Starting with one side at a time, apply a thin coat of decoupage medium to the box, and lay the paper on top. Make sure there are no air bubbles. Repeat until the entire box is covered with your paper. Once completely dry, add a thin coat of decoupage medium on top of the box to give it a glossy, finished look. Once dry, punch in the thumb tacks as desired.

The great thing about paper flower crafts, is that with a little bit of resourcefulness and creativity, you can incorporate them into your Mother's Day, using newspaper, vintage books, paper bags, and scrap paper. You can also use things like buttons or pieces from old jewelry to add a little pizzaz. You can even mix them in with your fresh flowers to add a splash of color and texture. We give you only an idea but you can see other websites for other flowers style.

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Draw a spiral on a 4x4" square sheet of paper. Cut out spiral along the lines you have draw. Begin rolling the spiral from the outside. Done!


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Food & Entertainment Recipes, healthy tips and new restaurant openings

Photography Jessie Palanca


This month we met with the newly opened Salad Boutique's Chef in Aspire Zone. Get inspired by his healthy creations, which are very satisfying meals on their own!

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Food News The latest update in the culinary scene!

Anima Lounge opens on The Pearl Anima Lounge opens its doors to all food enthusiasts, offering an international cuisine. Here you’ll be able to enjoy special low carb treats including gluten free pasta, light dessert, and most of all a healthy heartwarming meal in a trendy arty atmosphere! Anima Lounge is in fact connected to the renowned Anima Gallery, a contemporary art gallery showcasing paintings, installations, and sculptures from international, regional, and local artists. For Reservation call +974 4002 7554

Tasty meals at HAKKASAN, St Regis Last month one of the most fashionable restaurants in town, Hakkasan, has launched a special new deal, not to be missed: Ladies only special lunch, available every 2nd Tuesday of the month for only 199QR. The lunch is available for ladies and children only - a great opportunity to enjoy lunch with relatives and friends. Children not only welcome but expected! If you prefer to enjoy a family lunch instead after your busy week at work, we can recommend you easing into the weekend with the sophisticated and tasty Tan Cha Friday lunch at Hakkasan. Enjoy the freshly made Dim Sum platter to start with before dining on tender Wagyu Beef, a Hakkasan signature dish. After eating you can choose from one of the many teas on offer, Tan Cha means 'Enjoy Tea' and is the perfect way to finish off this delectable menu. Every Friday, 12.00 to 14.30, last orders 14.45.

Jones the grocer Doha launches exciting takeaway breakfast and lunch boxes Food lovers on the go in Doha will be excited to learn that Jones the grocer, the Australian gourmet food emporium has introduced a selection of well-balanced, healthy breakfast and lunch boxes. Perfect for customers who are short of time, and in need of an appetizing meal, the delectable boxes are ideal for guests to take back to the office, school lunches or even on a desert safari trip! The breakfast box contains a freshly made croissant with a choice of fillings, accompanied by a yoghurt and tea or coffee 29QR. In a lunchbox instead, customers will find a freshly made sandwich, crisps or a small salad, two macaroons and a bottled drink all just for 50QR. True to its origins, the food is fresh, uncomplicated and delicious using natural ingredients, with products sourced and selected from around the globe.

Fresh Bread at your doorstep from THE Ritz-Carlton, Doha The Ritz-Carlton, Doha rolls out a new ground-breaking program called “Pastry to Go” to cater the needs of an early sumptuous breakfast during the weekend at home. The pastry team will be strolling down Doha every Friday and Saturday starting at 7 o’clock in the morning to deliver the fresh baked loaves, rolls, fruit Danish, muffins and donuts. Pastry to Go was initiated by Executive Chef Richard Green with the single goal of making great bread broadly available to consumers across Doha. The Ritz-Carlton, Doha freshly bakes bread using the best ingredients to ensure the highest quality breads. The culinary team understands that great bread makes great meals, a nice kick-off to start a great weekend. All orders can be placed via email to


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Strawberry Samosas Ingredients: • 200 grams fresh strawberries • 30 grams mint leaves • 2 pieces lemon • Whipping cream • Phyllo pastry • 100 grams sugar • Butter for frying

globetrotter's cuisine Photography Jessie Palanca

ABODE interviewed Chef de Cuisine Ahmed Bounaji of Hotel Gokulam Park, who introduced us to one of his signature dishes, Strawberry Samosas and four of his favourite dishes from around the world. Growing up in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, Chef Ahmed has a rich traditional background of cooking food from scratch. He remembers visiting the souq’s small make-shift kitchens and was fascinated by how the chefs cooked their food. They grow their own organic food from their own backyards and cooked their meals, to be served to their families,

in clay pots over the wood fire. With that experience it propelled his passion to enter school and he studied Culinary Arts. For him, being a chef is amazing, for it requires talent, experience and a constant love for what he’s doing. He exemplifies his style in this simple dish, making it extraordinary by trusting his gut and ensuring a delightful harmony of flavours.


• Prepare your caramel, cut the strawberries into dices, add it the caramel and stir for 3 to 4 minutes. • Then add chopped mint and lemon zests, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and let the mixture cool down for 5 to 10 minutes . • Cut your Phyllo pastry to a long rectangular shape, brush it with bit of butter, stuff with strawberry mixture, add a teaspoon of whipped cream and fold it to a triangle shape. • Fry your samosas until they are a light golden brown, place on paper towel to absorb excess oil and serve hot.

For more information Tel : +974 4470 8822, 4470 8833, 4470 8855


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Prepare a feast serving these delectable foods and travel the globe without leaving your table! GO LATINO!


Classic Caesar Salad Ingredients:

Did you know that... Caesar Salad originated in Mexico? An Italian immigrant in Mexico, Caesar Cardini concocted the dish in 1924.

• 1/2 cup high quality extra virgin olive oil • 4 cloves fresh garlic, peeled, smashed, then minced • 1 baguette, preferably a day old, sliced thin • 1/4 cup freshly juiced lemon juice (plus more to taste) • 4 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated • 1 tsp anchovy paste, or 1-2 anchovies, smashed and minced • 2 eggs • Freshly ground black pepper (1/4 teaspoon or to taste) • 1/2 tsp salt • 4-6 small heads of romaine lettuce, rinsed, patted dry, wilted outer leaves discarded

Gratinated Pike Perch Quenelle Ingredients:


• In saucepan prepare your fish broth, adding some aroma and bouquet garni (flavour or aroma made of bay leaf, garlic and leeks) optional. In the bowl that the perch fillets cut to small cubes to make its easy to blend, season it all with the rest of ingredients and blend until you will have nice and smooth paste. • Make nice quenelle and poach then in the fish stock that we prepared before, cook it for 5 to 6 minutes, and with the rest of your broth you need to add some cream and cheese to make it thick and creamy. • Place your quenelle in to the plate. • Cover half of it with your creamy sauce, add some cheese on the top and gratinate for 2 to 3 minutes.

• In a very large bowl, whisk together the olive oil and garlic. • While the oil is sitting, make the croutons. Spread the baguette slices out over a baking sheet (may need to do in batches) lined with parchment paper. Brush or spray with olive oil (or melted butter, or if you want garlicky croutons, dip pastry brush in the garlic infused oil you have sitting in step 1). Broil for a couple of minutes until the tops are lightly browned. Remove and let cool. • Add anchovies and eggs to the oil garlic mixture. Whisk until creamy. Add salt and pepper and 1/4 cup of lemon juice. Whisk in half of the parmesan cheese. Taste, add more lemon juice to taste. The lemon should give an edge to the dressing, but not overwhelm it. • Using your hands, tear off chunks of lettuce from the heads of lettuce (do not use a knife to cut). Add to the oil mixture and toss until coated. Add the rest of the parmesan cheese, toss. • Coarsely chop the toasted bread and add (with the crumbs from the chopping) to the salad. Toss. Serve immediately. • You can add either grilled chicken or shrimp on the top.

• 2 pike perch fillets (500 g each ) • 1.5 tsp table salt • 0.5 tsp lemon pepper seasoning • one small leek • a bunch of dill • 2 dl of sour cream • one can of champignons • 2 dl cream • butter • 2 eggs


NOTE from the CHEF Pike is not a popular fish so is not widely available – it’s most likely to be sourced from good fishmongers. It’s sold fresh and frozen, and is available year round because it’s farmed.


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Monkfish Tagine, Preserved Lemon and Artichoke Ingredients:

• 700 g monkfish • 12 artichokes • 2 white onions, peeled • 1 lemon confit (marinated lemon) • 1 lemon untreated • 10 green olives • 1 bunch fresh coriander • 20 g fresh ginger • 20 cloves of garlic • 3 tbsp olive oil • 1 glass lemon juice • salt and freshly ground pepper


• Clean the monkfish and cut into chunks. Rinse, wipe and put it in a baking dish. • Take the lemon in hot water and brush the fish. Grate the lemon zest over this, using the fine grid. • Peel the ginger and grate it also using the fine grid. Peel the garlic cloves. Cut two in half and set aside, crush the other 18, adding them to the monkfish. Add a few turns of pepper and olive oil and mix well. • Cover the dish and set aside in refrigerator to absorb the marinade. • Cut and peel the artichoke tails at about 3 cm. Remove the stringy part of the artichoke and turn them gently with a small knife. Remove grass (hair inside the artichoke and cut the bottom of the artichoke into half. • Dip them progressively in a bowl of lemon water so they do not oxidize. Heat a pan and pour in the monkfish and marinade. • Cut the preserved lemon into 6 wedges. • Fry on all sides then add the sliced onions, whole cloves of garlic, artichokes and lemon confit (marinated lemon). • Salt and pepper lightly. • Mix, pour the sour grapes and a glass of water, cover and simmer 35 minutes over low heat. • Add the olives 5 minutes before end of cooking and sprinkle with coriander before serving.

Chinese Duck with Almonds Ingredients:

• 500 gr duck meat • 2 tbsp oil • 1 tsp salt • 2 tbsp soy sauce • 2 sticks celery • 60 gr fresh mushrooms • 120 gr frozen peas • 1 cup stock • 2 tsp cornstarch • 80gr split, toasted almonds


• Cut the duck meat into paper-thin slices. Heat the oil, add the salt and duck and fry for about 5 minutes or until the meat is tender. • Add the soy sauce and mix well. Wash and chop the celery; wash and thinly slice the mushrooms; add both to the pan with the peas, mix well and cook for 1 minute. • Add the stock, bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Mix the cornstarch to a smooth paste with a little cold water, stir into the pan, bring to a boil, stirring all the time until slightly thickened. • Add the almonds, and serve alongside bok choy sautéed in soy sauce and steamed rice.

Did You know that... Peking Duck is considered a national dish of China and it was served since the imperial era.


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Guerlain, Alfardan Spa I Love My Breakfast! What’s the best way to stay energized through the morning and concentrate better on your daily activities? The answer is simple. Just Have A Breakfast!!! Jump starting the day with breakfast benefits everyone -- children, teens and adults. Eating breakfast is very important for the brain and the body first thing in the morning, which is why it isn’t surprising that breakfast skippers often feel tired, restless or irritable in the morning. Breakfast is the first chance the body has to refuel its glucose levels, also known as blood sugar, after 8 to 12 hours without a meal or snack. Glucose is essential for the brain and is the main energy source. Blood glucose also helps fuel the muscles needed for physical activity throughout the day.

What’s your excuse for not eating breakfast? 1. “No time?” How much time does it take to eat a bowl of cereal? Make toast and eat it on your way to work. Make your breakfast the night before. Making time for breakfast is making time to be healthy. 2. “Not hungry?” To get started, don’t eat anything after an early supper. Finish supper by 7:30 -8:00pm. 3. “Might gain weight?” Eating breakfast will

actually help you reach and maintain your healthy weight. Your appetite will be satisfied longer. You’ll be eating food when you can best burn the calories. You’ll feel great. Eat breakfast.

Simple, easy ways to add items to your Breakfast: 1. The water you drink first thing in the morning will kick up your metabolism right away and the coldness seems to be a bit invigorating. 2. Start Small. If you’re not a breakfast eater, begin with whole wheat toast and/ or a piece of fruit. In a few days, add more food. 3. Choose Fruit for Breakfast. Fruit gives you fiber. Fresh fruit is the best choice. There are many to choose from: oranges, grapefruits, apples, bananas, grapes, kiwis, mangos, melons, berries, among others. Eat two servings of fruit

every morning. Canned fruit packed in juice is also a good choice. Add dried fruit to your cereal. 4. Eat High Fiber Hot Cereal. Hot cereal is the best choice, but there are several brands of cold cereal on the market that are high in fiber and low in sugar. 5. Choose Whole Grain Bread. Eat two slices of toast in the morning or a whole grain bagel. Spread with fruit spread or applesauce or your favorite nut butter.

CHOOSE: High fiber, ready to eat cereals and whole grain breads. - Choose a cereal with at least 3-5 grams of fiber per serving. - Choose cereals that have 5 grams or less of sugar per serving. Remember 4 grams of sugar = 1 teaspoon. - Choose bread with at least 2 grams of dietary fiber per slice. A good breakfast is one that provides at least one third of the day’s calories.

Health is by Choice... not by chance!

The choice is yours. You don’t have to be a statistic. By adopting a better diet and wiser lifestyle habits, you can live longer, feel better, and enjoy a healthier, more productive life. Yours in Health and Fitness, Guerlain Alfardan Spa Team.

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

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A Cuppa Tea

Photography Jessie Palanca

Location Grand Heritage Doha

We know you’re a tea lover and so are we! ABODE recently had the chance to sample four different teas (there’s a vast array to choose from) at Grand Heritage, accompanied by scrumptious pastries freshly made by Chef Mohamed Baz.


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entertainment No matter how you name it, Tea, Shai, Cha, Te, Tsaa, Teo and Lé Thé… the one thing in common is this drink is celebrated around the world. Etched with a variety of health benefits, good taste and traditions, tea is also regarded as your alchemy, a way to uplift your mood, share time with your friends and indulge in a special treat, in this case simply choose your favourite dessert!

Pastry Chef Mohamed Baz

The Des Concubines with Cheesecake Ingredients:

• 205 gr cream cheese • 63 gr sugar • 35 gr eggs • 2 tablespoon milk • 1 tablespoon corn flour • 46 gr sour cream • 1 teaspoon lemon zest • Base • 85 gr Marie biscuits crumbs • 20 gr butter • 15 gr sugar

Perles De Jasmin with Pistachio Crème Brulee Ingredients:

• 400 gr fresh cream • 200 gr milk • 120 gr sugar • 240 gr egg yolk • 250 gr pistachio paste • 1 teaspoon vanilla essance


• Bring cream to a boil • Mix egg yolks and sugar together • Add the boiled cream to the egg mixture • Add pistachio paste • Fill ramekins with the mixture and bake at 130 degrees Celsius for about 20 minutes • Cool down and top with custard sugar • Use a blow torch to caramelize the sugar on top

Procedure: For the base • Mix the biscuits crumb with the sugar • Melt the butter and mix with crumb mix • Cover the bottom of the cake ring with aluminum foil to make sure the liquid will not run out • Fill 1 cm of the cake ring with the base mix and press it to stick together and bake at 180 C for 8 min For the cheese cake mix • Mix the cream cheese with the sugar until blended and softened • Slowly add the eggs one by one • Mix milk with corn flour and add to the cream cheese mixture • Add the sour cream together with the lemon zest • Fill up in the ring on top of the baked base, bake in a bain-marie at 160 c. For about 1 hour • Let cool down and top with fresh berries


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Blue of London with Tiramisù Ingredients:

For the cream: • 1500 gr mascarpone cheese • 345 gr sugar • 1000 gr whipped cream • 14 pcs gelatine leaves • 200 gr egg yolks • 70 gr water For Chocolate sauce for filing • 37 gr water • 37 gr sugar • 125 gr dark chocolate • 125 g cocoa powder For Lady Fingers • 600 gr egg white • 500 gr sugar • 400 gr egg yolk • 500 gr flour


For the cream • Soak the gelatine leaves in cold water • Semi -whip the cream • Mix the water and sugar and bring to a boil, until the temperature reaches 121 degrees Celsius • Beat up the egg yolk and slowly add the boiled sugar • Stir in the mascarpone • Add the gelatine into the mascarpone filling, then whipped cream For Chocolate sauce for filing • Bring the water and sugar to boil • Add the melted chocolate and cocoa powder and mix well • Pour in a spheres mold and freeze. For Lady Fingers • Whip the egg white with sugar to a meringue • Sieve the flour • When the egg white is beaten to a soften peak fold in the egg yolk and mix slowly • Fold the flour in slowly • Using a plain nozzle, pipe lady fingers on baking trays (layered with silicon sheets) • Dust with icing sugar and bake at 180 degrees Celsius for about 12 minutes, until golden brown Assembling • Fill up half of the cupcake mold with the tiramisu cream. • In the center of the mold put one of the frozen chocolate sauce • Fill up again with the tiramisu cream and make sure to cover the frozen chocolate sauce totally. • Keep in the freezer to get set • Soak the lady finger in the coffee syrup and arrange on a baking sheet next to each other. And freeze. • Using a ring cutter (same size of the cupcake )cut the frozen lady finger and place on top of the tiramisu • While the tiramisu is frozen remove the mold and keep in the fridge to defrost • When defrosted dust with cocoa powder and top with vanilla ice cream.

Bai Mu Dan with Panna Cotta Fruit Breton Ingredients:

For panna cotta • 320 gr cream • 80 gr milk • 30 gr sugar • 6 gr gelatine leaves • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence For Breton • 140 kg • butter • 50 kg icing sugar • 50 kg castor sugar • 10 gr eggs • 15 ml water • 225 kg flour • 1 g salt • 1 g vanilla

Procedure: For panna cotta • Soak the gelatine in cold water • Place milk, cream, and sugar in a saucepan, bring all to a boil • When is boiling, take away from the stove • Add the gelatine and vanilla essence and put the cream mixture on ice. • Make the mixture so cold until the gelatine begins to work ,then start to fill up in the molds For Breton • Knead butter, salt and sugar together • Mix in eggs one by one • Add water and vanilla to the mixture • Add sieved flour into and knead just for another 20 seconds • Allow to cool down for about 30 minutes • Divide into 500 gram pieces and make rolls out of it • Let rest again in the refrigerator for at least two hours • Cut the dough in 1 cm thickness and put on baking tray • Bake at 170 degrees Celsius for about 10 - 12 minutes • Allow to cool Assembling Place the panna cotta on top of the Breton in a side On the other side spread little of custard cream and top with the fresh fruit


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Tossed To Perfection By Moona Masri-Whitice Photography Jessie Palanca

Having just arrived in Doha with a mission to change what we all eat for lunch, Salad Boutique's Executive Chef, Mr. Ahmad Qasim, has put together six incredibly tantalizing salad combinations to keep your waistline slim and get you tossing

Chicken Avocado Salad • Iceberg lettuce, rocca leaves, avocado, grilled chicken, cherry tomato, mix greens, pine nuts. Served with vinaigrette dressing.

Greek Salad • Iceberg lettuce, feta cheese, cherry tomato, black olives, cucumber. Served with honey lemon herbs dressing.

Shrimp Caesar Salad • Romaine lettuce, shrimp, Parmesan cheese, garlic flavored croutons. Served with Caesar salad dressing.


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food Did you know? • Rocca leaves (also known as arugula, rucola or rocket) are immensely beneficial for your health. 100 g of fresh leaves provide just 25 calories. Nonetheless, it has many vital phytochemicals, anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals. • Regular inclusion of lettuce in salads is known to prevent osteoporosis, irondeficiency anemia and believed to protect from cardiovascular diseases, agerelated macular degeneration, Alzheimer's disease and cancers. • When buying your lettuce take note that all lettuces should feature crispy, fresh leaves that are free of dark or slimy spots. Varieties such as romaine and butter-head should have compact heads with no brown stems. • Try adding spinach and alfalfa sprouts to your homemade pomegranate salad.

Pomegranate Salad • Iceberg lettuce, Rocca leaves, Parmesan cheese, fresh pomegranate, cherry tomato, roasted pine nuts. Served with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

Steak & Rocca Salad • Grilled stirloin steak, rocca leaves, pine nuts, cherry tomato, iceberg lettuce. Served with balsamic vinegar dressing.

Love You by Ghadeer • Spicy buffalo chicken, potato wedges, corn, hard boiled eggs, mixed greens, cheddar cheese, iceberg lettuce.


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Salad Shooping List Find below the essential ingredients for a sensational salad. Mix them with your favourites green leaves and the job is done. Be creative and use extra ingredients to make it a special meal: feta and parmesan cheese are great to add extra flavour, nuts and seeds will add nutritional values and seasonal fruit will make your salad extra fresh and modern indeed. Bon appetit!






By eating a side salad you have a better chance of eating the needed good fats (like the monounsaturated fat found in olive oil, avocado and nuts). These are easily mixed into to add texture and flavour to your side dish.


“Eating salads is a super-convenient way to work in a couple of servings of vegetables and/or fruit. Green salads are on the menu of almost every restaurant. You can even buy a side salad (with Romaine lettuce, carrots and tomatoes, available with fat-free or reducedcalorie salad dressing) for a dollar or less at many fast food chains these days. And you can make a green salad at home in five minutes, armed with a bag of pre-washed salad greens, a few carrots or other veggies, and a bottle of light salad dressing, “ states Magee., a website that specializes on all things salad, addresses the powerful link between health and eating salads on a regular basis. In fact they advise that “studies have been carried out to investigate the link between the amount of salad and raw vegetables eaten by both men and women and the nutrients present in the blood stream after this. From this it has been shown that those who eat these foods on a regular basis have a higher level of vitamin C and E, folic acid and beta carotene in their bloodstream. Before this there had been concerns about the body's ability to absorb nutrients from salad, but the levels present in those tested proved that regular salad eaters were benefiting from the nutrients and were obviously able to utilise them in the body.”


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These amazing benefits include:

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According to WebMD, Elaine Magee, MPH, RD and Dr. Louise Chang, MD., simply adding a salad to your day can pay off with plenty of health benefits. 1. Roughage – Increased fiber in your diet can help prevent digestive disorders. 2. Anti-oxidants – Nutrient rich salad greens and vegetables provide you with cancer fighting anti-oxidants such as vitamin C and E, folic acid, lycopene, and alpha- and beta-carotene. 3. Maintaining a healthy body weight – Eating salads not only adds variety to your diet but also helps you fill up your plate and stomach without adding too many calories (watch the dressings!) 4. Adding healthy fats to your diet.



eat a salad today

Foods found to be particularly protective in lowering the risk of cancers include beans and peas, string beans, peppers, tomatoes, carrots, apples, nectarines, peaches, plums, pears, and strawberries.



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DIMSUM How to Make:

Start with fresh ingredients and condiments

By Marlynne Mallari – Dela Peña Photography Jessie Palanca

Feature Coordinated by Aprille Balbin Chef Somsak Janthakthon, Wok Mee at Movenpick Tower & Suites


Mix in Soy sauce

The culinary art of Dim sum started in southern China. It’s related to the older tradition of yum cha (tea tasting) and it is enjoyed by the entire family. The wide variety of tea snacks is served in small steamer baskets and can be cooked by steaming and frying. ABODE asked Chef Somsak to share his ‘secret’ in creating these little delights. Here he guides us to make one of his signature dishes: Shitake Mushroom Dim Sum.

DIMSUM By Chef Somsak Janthakthon Ingredients:


Knead together gently by hand

• 12-15 pcs fresh shitake mushroom (remove stem) • 300 g shrimp (peeled and de-veined) • 50 g white fish meat • 1 tbsp spring onion, chopped • 1 tsp ginger, chopped • 1 tbsp shitake mushroom, chopped • 1 tbsp shallot, chopped • 2 tbsp tapioca flour or corn flour • 1 tbsp light soy sauce • 1 tbsp sesame oil • 1 tbsp egg white • 1 tsp sugar • ½ tsp salt • 12-15 pcs slice carrot for the base • White pepper



Arrange the carrots

step 1 Measure, dice and cut all the ingredients needed to make Dimsum. step 2 Mix the shrimp and fish. step 3 Add the spring onion, ginger, shallot and shitake mushroom, mix well. step 4 Then add the tapioca flour, light soy sauce, sesame oil, egg white, sugar, salt and pepper. Knead for 10 minutes or until firm and refrigerate for an hour. step 5 Arrange carrot into bamboo basket or steam plate. step 6 To make the balls, place one hand into mixture and form a ball by pressing firmly (as shown). step 7 Then place the ball on the carrot. step 8 Place a whole shitake mushroom on top of the balls and steam for 10 minutes. Serve immediately!


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food There's nothing too difficult about ordering and dining at WOK MEE restaurant, but here are a few tips to make it easy for you:


Form small rounded balls with the mixture


Place gently inside the steamer


Add the mushroom on top of the shrimp balls

1 When eating dim sum, tea is an appropriate partner or complement. Check the tea before you pour to make sure it's steeped enough, Green tea – two to three minutes and White tea – five to seven minutes. When you empty the pot, turn the lid upside down or leave it ajar to let the waiter know you want a refill. To be extra polite, make sure to fill up other people's glasses before your own, and tap the table to thank someone for filling yours. You can ask for an extra pot of water if needed. 2 Share. As with most small plates dining, the more people you have and the more dishes you order, the better the experience will be for everyone. Bring people, and be prepared to share.

3 Utensils. Chopsticks are the norm, but don't feel bad about asking for a fork if you need one. The basic rules of chopsticks apply: don't spear your food with them, and don't leave them sticking straight up in a bowl of rice when you're not using them. Instead, lay them horizontally on the edge of the plate.

4 Want rice with that? Steamed white rice can be ordered upon request, and it's a good way to cleanse your palate between bites of strongly seasoned dim sum fare. Oh, and you can pour sauce on your rice if you want, but it's intended to be a plain, bland accompaniment.


Remove and serve


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No trip to Thailand would be complete without a visit to the birthplace of the Thai nation and the country’s first capital, Sukhothai. It boasts 100 historical sites, and it's here that the magical candlelit floating annual Loi Krathong Festival originated many centuries ago.

WHERE IT IS: Sukhothai is one of the northern provinces of Thailand. ATHMOSPHERE: enjoy a surreal setting amidst beautiful countryside fringed with paddy-fields and mountains WHERE TO STAY: Ananda Museum Gallery Hotel Sukhothai, 12 Km away from the historical park WHO GOES THERE: travellers from all over the world BEST FEATURE: the must-see temple ruins Wat Mahathat and the giant seated Buddha at Wat Si Chum


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Travel News

Stay in tune with news from the hotel and travel industry

Discover beautiful Italian summer at Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf This summer season, the legendary Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf in Cortina d’Ampezzo in the north of Italy is promising an unmissable holiday in the Alps for travelers from the GCC with an unbeatable summer package. Launching the promotion, Mr Giorgio Borgonovo, General Manager, Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf said, “Our hotel is ideal for families, couples, golf lovers and is gaining in popularity with travelers from UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and other parts of the Arab world. Hence we have created a very special offer this season for those who enjoy good life and are passionate about golf, Italian cuisine and beauty. For further information and reservation please contact

QATAR AIRWAYS Launches New Flight to Chicago Qatar Airways marked yet another route milestone last month with the official launch of scheduled passenger flights to Chicago – its fifth North American destination. Initially starting as a thrice-weekly service, the Doha-based airline will enhance capacity on the non-stop Chicago route to a daily operation from June 15.The addition of Chicago takes the airline’s global network to 126 diverse destinations spanning six continents, covering a wide range of destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America. “Qatar Airways has been voted the best airline for two years running and we are eager to introduce this city to our award-winning business, actively engaging with local leaders and deserving community projects, strengthening relationships and the bond between Chicago and Doha.” Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer, commented.

Kempinski Bahrain hosted media dinner in Doha to boost tourism to Bahrain Media representatives from various Qatari publications attended a dinner hosted by Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre at Kempinski Residences & Suites, Doha for an informative evening about Bahrain and its Kempinski property, in a bid to encourage coverage of Bahrain as a destination for Qatari business and leisure travellers. “As Manama was awarded the title of ‘Capital of Arab Tourism 2013’ by the Arab Tourism Ministers, Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre is focused on doing our part to promote the Kingdom of Bahrain as a destination for business and tourism this year. Qatar represents the second largest nationality of guests who visit our hotel, and we hope to continue to encourage this flow of business and leisure travellers from Qatar into Bahrain,” said Puneet Singh, General Manager, Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre.

Etihad Airways launches ‘Holidays Connect’ booking system in Qatar Etihad Airways, the national airline in the United Arab Emirates, unveiled its new travel agent booking system called EYHolidaysConnect. Working as a one-stop shop, the EYHolidaysConnect system allows travel agents to offer guests complete tailored packages, including flights, accommodation in more than 30,000 hotels across the globe, and a range of other services such as tours, excursions, transfers and cruises. Houssam Weiss, Etihad Airways’ General Manager in Doha said: “The launch of the new EYHolidaysConnect is a big step forward for the airline here in Qatar and across the GCC. It makes the job of the travel agent easier in that they are better able to match the holidaymaker to their ideal holiday package.


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PRECIOUS RELAXATION TIME… Mandarin Oriental, Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai is the place to be!

Main entrance

This crafty and cultural city in the North of Thailand is possibly one of the best kept secrets in Asia. This enchanting town embodies Thailand’s cultural heritage: even though it has become commercialized in the last decade it still offers an authentic slice of Thai life. In particular during festival season, Chiang Mai and the ancient old traditions and peaceful past come to life. Tourists come here to visit its famous night bazaar, the enchanting Burmesestyle temples and the famous Elephants at Maesa Elephant Camp to enjoy elephant rides and shows. To experience the charm of this historic town at its best, don’t look any further than Mandarin Oriental, Dhara Dhevi. Rest your head and unwind in the magical setting of serene paddy fields and outstanding architecture of this stunning heritage haven. This five-star hotel, designed to reflect the architectural


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history of the Lanna’s history region, spreads out over 52 acres: the 123-unit Dhara Dhevi boasts one of the world’s top spas, four superb dining outlets, a stunning pool, a cultural centre, a library with 4,000 books, a convention centre, fashionable boutique, cooking school, an outdoor field for concerts and weddings, a shopping centre with jewelry and gift shops...everything you possibly can dream of can be found here! The accommodation options are mindblowing too: luxurious villas, colonial suites and residences to suit the most

The attention to “detail at Mandarin

Oriental is impressive, nothing can go wrong in this piece of heaven

discerning traveller are up for grabs. The dining experiences are superb and the activities portfolio won’t let you fall short on choice either: umbrella painting, Thai boxing, Thai dance, yoga, meditation, or Thai cooking classes perhaps? Or why not make the most of this peaceful setting and chill out by the idyllic pool? The attention to detail at Mandarin Oriental is impressive, nothing can go wrong in this piece of heaven. Enjoy the sense of peace in one of the most stunning settings on earth and get ready to experience the holiday of a life time!

For more information MANDARIN ORIENTAL DHARA DHEVI CHIANG MAI Tel +66 (53) 888 888

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Visiting Chiang Mai during these dates will make your visit extra special:

April Chiang Mai is the place to enjoy the Thai New Year’s water-throwing festival for Songkran.

May A candlelit night procession to the summit of temple-topped Doi Suthep mountain celebrates the life, enlightenment and death of Buddha. November Loi Krathong sees the

The SPA Meditation in the park

Villa Private garden and pool

locals crowd the riverside to launch illuminated floating offerings to the water goddess.

December Chiang Mai Food Festival is always a tasty time to visit town.


• Night safari, Thailand’s first night zoo and the worldwide largest ( • Mae Sa Elephant Camp & Riding, for a safe ride on an elephant ( • Tiger Kingdom, meet and play with the tigers ( • Dinner at Good View Restaurant, enjoy an authentic Thai dinner by the Mae Ping river (


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travel Via Condotti and Piazza di Spagna in background

ROMAN HOLIDAY Enjoy a romantic break in the Italian capital

by Francesca moser

Rome wasn’t built in a day…and certainly nobody can argue this after seeing all the beauties this city has to offer! Visitors and pilgrims flock to the city all year round to adore its Colosseo, Piazza Navona, The Vatican, Raphael and Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes and many, many more historic sites. The list is simply endless. WHERE TO STAY Experience the dolce vita yourself as

the locals do: delicious food, fashion and fun will be on your doorstep if you are staying at the outstanding boutique hotel in the heart of the city, CROSSING CONDOTTI, which will make your holiday just perfect and even more enjoyable. This 17th-century townhouse located two minutes away from the famous Spanish Steps, has only six bedrooms (including three suites) with canopied beds, original beamed ceilings and

stylish marble and mosaic bathrooms. The property doesn’t offer breakfast, but every room is equipped with a courtesy tray with biscuits and brioches as well as all the necessities to prepare hot drinks such as coffee, tea, cappuccino and hot chocolate. Furthermore, a kitchenette, at Guests’ complete disposal, is provided with Nespresso coffee machine, ice-machine and refrigerator offering free soft drinks throughout the day.


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For an extra comfortable and luxurious stay opt for the Junior suite, which offers loads of extras: Hamman with LED lights for chromo therapy, CD-DVD Player with docking station for iPod/iPhone, walk-in wardrobe and even a small sitting-room furnished with armchairs, side-tables and sofa in an alcove. WHAT TO DO The city’s galleries on Via Margutta, shops of Via Del Corso and other

Modern bathroom

key sights such as the Pantheon, Via Condotti e Piazza Navona are also just a short walk away from your little Roman pad. You will really feel like a Roman by staying at CROSSING CONDOTTI; a visit to this historic city is a must for everyone, therefore plan your Italian break sooner rather than later this summer holiday season. The eternal city will enchant you!

For more information e-mail: CROSSING CONDOTTI Via Mario de’ Fiori 28 – 00187 Rome – Italy Tel: +39 06 6992 0633


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travel Main entrance at SIOLIM HOUSE

A Little Oasis of Luxury GOA’s unspoilt beaches and 75 mile long coast are heaven! by Susanna Wolfe

I have wanted to visit India for some time but was dubious to do so travelling alone with my four-year-old daughter; however, I decided to take the plunge to Goa, as I thought it would be the "beginners guide to India". You need a visa, which you obtain at the Indian Embassy in Doha, and it costs nearly QR 500 per passport. Qatar Airways now does a direct flight of only three and a half hours, however, it means travelling in the middle of the night both ways. ARRIVAL IN GOA When we arrived at the airport we were met by a car from Siolim House where we are going to reside during our stay. We go north and it takes one hour to arrive at our destination in the countryside away from the touristy areas. We have to cross the small village road and dodge a cow before entering into our grand old seventeen century heritage villa hotel.

WHERE TO STAY The Casa Palacio house is of beautiful Portuguese design and was built in 1675. It has been lovingly restored, creating seven bedrooms with enormous bathrooms including three suites. There is an open air courtyard and lawn in the middle of the building next to the breakfast area overlooking the tropical green garden with trees and plants and the gorgeous grand old swimming pool. There is also a wooden tree house in the garden with a massage area on the ground floor and a yoga retreat upstairs. This is an example of luxury living in the middle of Goa. It is incredible to see "the before restoration" photos; the house was literally falling down and totally inhabitable with cows living in it! We stayed in the Macassar Suite, which is very light and has lovely antique furniture including a four-poster bed and wonderful old wooden floor boards.

The bathroom has a romantic little Juliet balcony overlooking the pool and garden. The staff are all very friendly and treated us with a personal service like all the other guests; who incidentally are from Germany, France and England. They even amuse my daughter when I need a break. Luckily, there is an upstairs sitting room with a huge plasma TV, DVDs and library - enough to keep anyone occupied! Blacky, the friendly pet dog is also on hand for petting. Breakfast is included in the price and consists of fresh juice, cereal, fruit, toast and eggs or Goan potato curry with dosa (a sort of thin crispy pancake). Afternoon tea is also served daily; I loved the masala tea and homemade French pastries. Once inside the property, it is very relaxing and the feeling is tranquil with birds tweeting and wind chimes swaying


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Spacious room at Siolim House

For more information Siolim House

Goa has definitely “awakened all my senses and Siolim House is an exquisite hidden gem. �

Goa's sunset Tel: +91 832 227 2138

in the trees. Outside, however, is very different altogether. Most people hire scooters so the roads seem to be full of them dodging bumps and cows; it's not an easy ride. WHAT TO DO Siolim House is perfectly located for day trips. It takes about fifteen minutes to visit beaches north and south. Morgim and Asvem beaches are both incredibly beautiful; long and unspoilt with shaded beds to hire and beach shacks for refreshing fresh fruit juices. You are offered everything from a massage, tattoo, sarong, jewellery and even threading.


The weekly market at Anjuna is also very close-by and is a must for barter addicts who want to buy all things Indian (hippie style of course).


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hotel of the month

CROWNE PLAZA DOHA The Business Park A hotel that means much more than business…

Travelling for work can sound glamorous and fun, but the reality is quite different: long hours spent on flights and running around town for important meetings, so choosing the right hotel is key to make you feel good and rested for all your commitments, no matter where you are. Here in Doha, we found just the right hotel for this purpose: CROWNE PLAZA DOHA-The Business Park is the perfect choice for any traveller on the go. Conveniently located at The Business Park

complex adjacent to Doha International Airport, the stylish Crowne Plaza Doha – The Business Park rises up with its magnificent glass-and-steel buildings. Its premier location, set in the heart of the city’s banking and business districts, will allow anyone to do business efficiently and effectively. INTERIORS The rooms are very modern and airy: a 39 square metre stylish air conditioned bedroom offers all the amenities you

need for a relaxing stay including work desk, complimentary tea and coffeemaker, satellite channel, 40 inch lcd tv. A luxurious marble bathroom adds a touch of elegance and comfortable bedding ensures a great night sleep. For more demanding customers suites are available too: they boast contemporary artwork and furnishings in the separate lounge, which create an elegant atmosphere for informal meetings during your stay. Main entrance


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Spacious and comfy room at Crowne Plaza

hotel of the month

Enjoy the signature "Jewel in the Crowne 90 minutes massage" to reawake your senses

ARAMEDE all day dining restaurant

Twelve meeting rooms, including the iconic daylight globe meeting The Event center are available for bookings too, so whatever your requirements are, Crowne Plaza Doha will be able to assist. When business is done, why not wind down at one of the restaurants and bars in-house: RODIZIO, a delicious fine Churrasqueira offering all types of meat, camel included, or MISTURADO - the Brazilian lounge, ARAMEDE - a Mediterranean all day dining theatre, and LIQUIDITY - a lively pool bar on the rooftop. SPA A visit to the holistic Spa&Wellness Centre located on the top floor, isn’t to be missed as they offer great fitness and relaxation packages to keep everyone refreshed or energized. Doing business in Doha couldn't be more luxurious than this, thanks to this great hotel. Obviously usual holiday makers can make the most of the property too, so book your stay at Crowne Plaza Doha, the Business Park, whatever your plans may be!

Meat at Rodizio restaurant

Rooftop pool

For more information visit


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People & Society Events & individuals who make a difference in the Middle East

Renee Neufville performs at Jazz Lincoln Centre in ST Regis Doha.

The statuesque co-founder of the platinum selling duo ZHANE, which rocketed to stardom over a decade ago with a string of Top 5 pop gems (“Hey Mr. D.J., “Groove Thing,” “Sending My Love,”) visited for the first time the Gulf Peninsula and performed at the renowned St Regis's Jazz Club. The crowd was entertained by her musical pedigree, which has no boundaries and includes fuse of a myriad of musical genres, from R & B, pop, jazz, hip hop, and dance hall, into a homogenous and intoxicating blend. We can't wait to have her and her fabulous band, including the famous Willie Jones III on Drums, Jeremy Pelt on Trumpet, Dezron Douglas on Bass and Myron Walden on Saxophone back in Doha performing!


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&Society News

STOMP comes to town! A Glynis Henderson Production in association with AOB and AHB Group.

43 E-services from Metrash2’ Only 3 Steps to Subscribe in ‘Metrash2’ Service and you can complete 43 E-services of the Ministry of Interior from anywhere and anytime via your smart phone. Step 1: Registering in the ‘Metrash’ service through the website of the Ministry ( Step 2: Obtaining smart ID card from Emigration Dept. or from any one of the 15 service centers of the Ministry of interior. Step 3: Activation of “Metrash2” Service through any one of the 10 self-service kiosks of MOI.

Crowne Plaza Doha - The Business Park appoints its new director of sales and marketing: Adam Harvey

STOMP will be in town for only three nights from June 06 - 08 at the THEATRE of QATAR NATIONAL CONVENTION CENTRE. So make sure you secure your tickets in time. Ticket sales start May 02. For information on ticket sales points, show details and much more please visit

5th annual ASDA’A BursonMarsteller Arab Youth Survey Representing a resounding vote of confidence in the Middle East and North Africa’s future outlook, three-quarters of Arab youth, the region’s largest demographic, say their best days are ahead of them in the fifth annual ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller Arab Youth Survey, released. An overwhelming 74% of all Arab youth surveyed in 15 countries across MENA agree with the statement: “Our best days are ahead of us”. Sunil John, Chief Executive Officer of ASDA’A BursonMarsteller, added: “We hope the findings of the latest Arab Youth Survey will contribute to further constructive dialogue on realising the hopes and aspirations of young people across the Arab World.”

Adam Harvey holds more than 10 years of experience in the hospitality business with a focus on Sales & Marketing, with his last position as Director of Sales & Marketing at the Grand Millenium Al Wahda Hotel in Abu Dhabi. Adam Harvey says “Having spent the past 6 years in the UAE, I am delighted to be relocating to Qatar and re-joining IHG as Director of Sales & Marketing at The Crowne Plaza Hotel Doha The Business Park."


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news Weekend festival backs high schoolers making a difference through film

IBQ welcomes aspiring Qataris at Qatar Career Fair 2013 International Bank of Qatar (ibq) welcomed aspiring Qataris willing to join its workforce in line with the Qatar Career Fair (QCF) activities inaugurated last April at the Qatar National Convention Centre. Ibq’s participation in the Fair is a strong testament to the bank’s steadfast commitment to attract, develop and retain talented Qatari personnel whose ambitions are to build a promising career in the banking and finance industry.

Young filmmakers from six different countries competed for recognition at the 2013 THIMUN Qatar Northwestern Film Festival last April. The three-day annual festival was sponsored by Northwestern University in Qatar and THIMUN Qatar, a partnership between Qatar Academy and The Hague International Model United Nations Foundation. The event was created to encourage high school students to use film as a tool to advocate for social change and development. The 15 films that were featured at the 2013 THIMUN Qatar Northwestern Film Festival are posted on the THIMUN Qatar YouTube channel: THIMUNQatarFilmFest.

THE ST. REGIS DOHA celebrates first anniversary The St. Regis Doha welcomed its first guest on Saturday, 31 March 2012, when the hotel opened its doors to the public. Since its official opening, the hotel has welcomed thousands of guests, including government diplomats for international conferences, celebrities, business executives and professional athletes. As part of the luxury-themed Al Gassar Resort member of Alfardan Group, The St. Regis Doha is now considered one of the best hotels in the country and is setting new benchmarks in the hospitality sector. The St Regis Doha is all about luxury and excellence, offering an extensive range of leisure and business facilities.

Qatar National Research Fund awards three “exceptional” research projects worth $ 10.4 million Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) has awarded funding to three major research projects that will expand the Qatar Exoplanet Survey, improve solar power conversion systems and evaluate a novel weight management programme for Qatari school children. The projects were selected under the second wave of the National Priorities Research Program Exceptional Proposal (NPRP-EP), an extension of QNRF’s flagship National Priorities Research Program (NPRP). It offers a maximum budget of $5 million, for a period of up to five years, to proposals of exceptional scientific merit requiring resources in excess of the normal level of funding available under the NPRP.


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The ‘Real’ Qatar BY Nitya Shukla Photography Jessie Palanca

In a candid conversation, His Excellency Nudzeim Recica, Ambassador of BosniaHerzegovina to Qatar, draws his own picture of a country that is now his home away from home. A sentimentalist, he treasures how Qatar preserves and honours its traditions despite a fast-paced march towards progress and development.


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people What’s your take on the rapid changes Qatar has undertaken since you first came here? A: I had visited Qatar first in 1995 as a minister and then returned in September 2010. I see a huge positive difference emerging in just a little over 15 years. Back then only the Sheraton hotel dominated the West Bay skyline and the Al Jazeera channel office had just opened. I believe Qatar is progressing at a fast pace but (for me) development is more than a growing skyline; I prefer the more traditional aspects of Qatar which emerges through its people and certain places like the Katara and Souq Waqif.

How do you now envision the relationship between Qatar & Bosnia to be? A: We opened the Bosnian embassy in 1995 and we weren’t the first, but at that time, the number of embassies present was a handful as compared to now. Traditionally speaking, Bosnia-Herzegovina shares a very warm and friendly relationship. Qatar was there to help us during difficult times but this support didn’t stop at the end of the war, in fact we have just shifted to a higher level.

The Qatar-Bosnia and Herzegovina Business Forum was held in March 2013, can you share the outcome of this event? A: The outcome was great because the business forum was part of the visit by our deputy prime minister and our foreign minister. More than 70 Bosnian companies visited Qatar as part of the delegation. My intention to do so was to establish contacts between the business community of Bosnia and their Qatari counterparts and promote better understanding of the business environment and how it all works here. The Bosnia delegation met Qatari companies, especially in the field of construction, and it was a successful event.

Please highlight some important events in the past that have boosted the relationship between the two countries? A: The visit of His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar to BosniaHerzegovina two years ago was an important one, and we have continued to welcome important diplomats from Qatar to Bosnia. Another one is the Sarajevo Business Forum, which is an economically and politically important event in the region. In the last four

years, we have had one of the highest representations from Qatar from the business community, investment funds, banks and ministries.

Bosnia-Herzegovina is famous for its Sarajevo Film Festival. Do you think one can get a glimpse of your enriching culture here in Qatar? A: In a short time, Sarajevo film festival has become one of the biggest cultural events in southeast Europe. Just like the Doha Film Festival, it’s a celebration of culture and people; the mingling that happens makes the atmosphere special. Now how can we introduce [ourselves] to Qatar? Firstly, we are supporting the Doha Film Festival. Since I’ve been here, we’ve had Bosnian film makers attend the Doha Film Festival, like Academy Award winning Danis Tanovic, who was a jury member in 2010. We also had 2006 Berlinale Golden Bear winning director Jasmila Zbanic’s film On the Path screened at last year’s fare. This year we plan to invite important people from the culture segment for the festival and we are planning to establish closer cooperation between Doha Film Institute and Sarajevo. Bosnia has amazing musicians, painters and we plan to do something at Katara later this year.

For more information Embassy of bosnia in Qatar Tel: +974 467 0194


Bosnia and Herzegovina, sometimes called BosniaHerzegovina or simply Bosnia, is a country in Southeastern Europe, on the Balkan Peninsula. Its capital and largest city is Sarajevo with an estimated urban population of 430,000 people.

Capital: Sarajevo Currency: Bosnia and Herzegovina convertible mark President: Nebojša Radmanovic Official language: Bosnian language, Croatian language, Serbian language Population: 3.752 million (2011) World Bank Points of interesting: Bosnian pyramids, Stari Most, Jahorina and Bjelašnica mountain, Sutjeska National Park


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people A: I don’t consider myself as a

Mr Abela and his team

workaholic; however I love my job and that is why I spend a couple of extra hours at work. For me, work is a passion and I always look forward to grow in my career, as it makes me always looking forward for my future.

If you could live your life all over again, what career path would you choose and why? A: We all know this will never happen. But I will not change one single thing from what I did in my past, as this is exactly what I always wanted. When I got my first job in a 5 star hotel I was interviews by the Food and Beverage Director and he asked me a very direct question, “Where you want to be in 12 years’ time?” My reply was “Kick you out and take your chair” and that is exactly what happened.

Do you have any ‘words of wisdom’ you could share with our readers? A: The hospitality industry is an amazing

Eman Abela,

Mr Eman Abela (right) at work

General Manager, Regency Halls Photography Jessie Palanca

On top of it all – what is it like to be the General Manager of Regency Halls? A: It is an amazing experience. It is my first time in such position and I was granted with the best place ever to manage, it is like running a mini hotel having exactly the same departments like a hotel but with no rooms, so the full concentration for sales is always on food and beverage — something that is my real strength. Having several ladies and gentlemen from different cultures it gives me the opportunity to learn, learn and always learn more.

Does your unique venue only focus on weddings, or is it looking to expand in other areas? A: We are very popular for weddings; however in the past two years I managed

to take these halls a step forward and we do several outdoor caterings and a lot of corporate events for several high profile companies and also governmental identities.

Tell us about what were you doing before you arrived to Qatar. A: My last position was a Director of Catering and Conference services with Ritz Carlton Hotel and Spa in Bahrain, I had there an amazing two years experience. Prior to that I was a Director of Banquets in Libya with Corinthia Hotels International. During these years I was also was in charge of all catering related matters to Muammar Gaddafi, which was also an amazing and very hectic experience.

You seem very intense and dedicated. Would you consider yourself a workaholic?

career. Some of you out there use this line to get some pocket money starting as a waiter or waitress; however, the best General Managers are always those that starts as a waiter, waitress, housekeeping attendant or cleaner so I always tell my employees, take your career seriously as we all have to move forward in our careers and one day it will be your turn.

When a on vacation When you first arrive at a hotel, what is the first thing you notice as a guest? Cleanliness and the efficiency of the concierge team is the most important as this the face of the hotel. If the face is not good, God only know what can happen inside. When you book your trips – what service do you use – call a travel agent, surf the net, mobile app? My secretary or my wife. I always go through the net and then finalize via travel agency. What would fail your quality test in a hotel or resort? Spelling mistakes on menus, delays in room service and [lack of] cleanliness. Do you roll, back pack or lug luggage? I always do my best to use hand luggage, as I hate being stuck waiting for luggage.


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people saffron, marinated bonito from the Arabian Gulf, lemon and gold caviar, roasted blue lobster, ‘zaalouk’ squash with stuffed squash blossom; souffléed potatoes, pastille milk dessert, tea and mint granita. The Ducasse kitchen only looks simple, according to Meder. Just like the salad he created for the photo shoot describing it as a combination of fresh, colourful ingredients with a spicy sauce on the side for that X-factor. “It may look simple but it has a lot of elements going on, just like our kitchens.”

Challenge, Accepted by Nitya Shukla | Photography Jessie Palanca

Romain Meder, Executive Chef at IDAM, speaks to ABODE about what it takes to work with the universally applauded chef extraordinaire Alain Ducasse, creating a world class restaurant right here in Qatar. “You don’t just come to the country and present a French fine-dining restaurant in Qatar. You study the region, you note the culinary influences, research the local palette.” So said Chef Meder who spent 18 months travelling and researching before creating a menu that was a perfect confluence of two vastly distinct culinary styles. Thus “contemporary French cuisine with an Arabic twist” really comes alive in the signature IDAM dish: camel calf and foie gras with truffles. “Our camel is cooked for six days and you can eat it with a spoon! It is a great combination of Qatari and French style,” he added.

Elaborating on the IDAM concept he said, “You see this is the philosophy of Alain Ducasse each time he opens a restaurant. It is to be inspired by the local product.” Months were spent searching for a solid local supplier and the main work came when, together with his mentor, this culinary master dove headfirst into the world of spices, a culinary staple in the Middle East. As a chef who hadn’t worked with spices before, Meder became fascinated with cardamom, a spice that is omnipresent in cooking here. Amongst other jewels in the IDAM menu are tender octopus, potatoes infused with

Just the way Meder speaks one can see he has a tremendous respect for his mentor, even though he has worked with Ducasse for more than six years. It’s said Ducasse noticed his potential and placed him at the helm of the kitchen in his seasonal restaurant, La Cour Jardin, at the Hotel Plaza Athénée in Paris. After two years, Ducasse flew this adventurous chef to SPOON des Iles restaurant in the One & Only Hotel Saint Geran in Mauritius. With Ducasse, Meder found a mentor who focused continuously on improving every day. “When you think something is good, it’s lost!” Meder was 11 when he decided to work someday with Alain Ducasse, after seeing the latter on television. Yet when he arrived at the Ducasse kitchens he realized that step one was to unlearn everything and start again at zero. This now helps him even now as he continues to innovate at IDAM. Recounting his earlier styles, Meder says he’s happy at his own evolution of cooking style, and his only pet peeve is eating “a dish that hasn’t been quite been mastered by a chef”. It was clear that being a culinary artist was dear to him, for he believed that everyone can cook. “Of course! Cooking can be as simple as making a nice sandwich. Even a combination of bread and cheese, when done right has the potential to be ‘wow’. But the best chefs in the world are our mothers!” And in that simple concluding statement, Meder let us know the beauty of how the world is when you truly love what you do!


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s ’ r e Mothay D By Elizabeth Blekkenhorst, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Global Women Qatar

This month, on May 12th, the USA and many European Countries are celebrating Mother's Day. Let's learn something new about this important celebration day. What is Mother’s Day and when is it celebrated in Qatar? Mother's Day is a celebration that honours mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated in many parts of the world, most commonly in March, April, or May. It complements Father’s Day, a celebration honouring fathers. In most Arab countries - including Qatar - Mother’s Day is celebrated on the 21st of March, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere.

When was Mother’s Day founded? The earliest tributes to mothers date back to the annual spring festival the Greeks dedicated to Rhea,

the mother of many deities, and to the offerings ancient Romans made to their Great Mother of Gods, Cybele. Christians celebrated this festival on the fourth Sunday in Lent in honour of Mary, mother of Christ. In England this holiday was expanded to include all mothers and was called Mothering Sunday. The modern holiday of Mother's Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother in America. She then began a campaign to make "Mother's Day" a recognized holiday in the United States. Although she was successful in 1914, she was already disappointed with its commercialization by the 1920s. Jarvis' holiday was adopted by other countries and it is now celebrated all over the world, is sometimes associated with different events (religious, historical or legendary), and celebrated on a different date or dates. The Netherlands, Finland and Brazil honour their mothers on the second Sunday in May. On the last Sunday of May countries such as France, Morocco and Sweden celebrate Mother’s Day.


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people Despite Jarvis's misgivings, Mother's Day has flourished in the United States and all over the world. In fact, the second Sunday of May has become the most popular day of the year to dine out, and telephone lines record their highest traffic, as sons and daughters everywhere take advantage of this day to recognize and to express appreciation of their mothers. Each year many companies profit from Mother’s Day by marketing and selling specific gifts such as gift baskets, books, DVDs, perfumes, and more. At school children get very creative and make the most beautiful art and drawings for their moms.

Mother’s Day and the workplace

Commercialization of Mother’s Day Although Mother’s Day was not supposed to be a commercial activity it now pretty much is. At first, people observed the day by attending church, writing letters to their mothers, and eventually, by sending cards, presents, and flowers. With the increasing gift-giving activity associated with Mother's Day, Anna Jarvis became enraged. She believed that the day's sentiment was being sacrificed at the expense of greed and profit. In 1923 she filed a lawsuit to stop a Mother's Day festival, and was even arrested for disturbing the peace at a convention selling carnations for a war mother's group. Before her death in 1948, Jarvis is said to have confessed that she regretted ever starting the mother's day tradition.

Mother’s Day is also a day to focus on ways to improve conditions for working mothers. The problem still facing working women that usually receives the most attention is the absence of paid leave. But there are also needs for part-time professional positions, job shares and flextime that are not yet available at many organizations. Without these viable workplace solutions, it can be a struggle to reconcile mothers’ drive to participate fully in the workforce with the desire for time to raise their children. Without these solutions for parents, particularly of children elementary-school age and younger, there is no work/life balance. If more companies are to take advantage of the skills, energy and expertise of workers who also happen to be parents, job shares and other creative employment solutions are imperative. This Mother’s Day we also celebrate the fact that moms are now networked and engaged in ways unimaginable only a decade ago. By the end of this year, more than 90 percent of moms with kids under age eighteen are expected to be online. Increased Internet access, coupled with new communication technologies–like Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and even emails– allows women to reach dozens, hundreds, thousands, even millions of other women at one time with a quick press of a button. It’s an unbelievably fast-moving tool that significantly accelerates communication, education, organizing, and impact.

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 or who wish to relocate to 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 or for further information about us and current vacancies please visit our website


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Alfardan Properties Alfardan Properties sets a new benchmark of luxury in the realestate industry in Qatar, focusing on exceeding the expectations of its high-end clientele by creating a social interactive atmosphere amongst them. The company goes beyond fulfilling the tenants’ needs with attentiveness to the details of their luxurious stay, brought to life through their exceptional customer service team.

annual activities under Alfardan Properties’ social initiatives that encourage interaction and create a sense of belonging among the tenants where they can meet their neighbours and the

Over the years, Alfardan Properties have consistently exceeded the satisfaction level of tenants by ensuring comfort and wellbeing throughout their stay in all its properties. Its team actively engages with tenants and communicates with them through a range of interactive initiatives such as neighbourhood community gatherings, informative newsletters, and competitions. The customer service team is available round-theclock to cater to all tenant requirements, underlying the company’s customercentric approach. Muhibullah Mani, COO, Alfardan Properties, said: “The various private social events being organized are part of

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A focus on social networking and enhancing tenants’ experience Alfardan Properties team. We strive to create a homely atmosphere for the tenants, as we understand they are away from their families and friends and seek to have a familiar social experience at times. We therefore constantly strive to provide the best and unique experience for all residents, not only through

the wide range of luxurious amenities and value-added services, but also through the warm and hospitable environment that we cultivate in our residential communities. We believe that this is a very important initiative that distinguishes Alfardan Properties as a truly innovative company; setting the bar for high-level standards in Qatar’s luxury real estate industry, through a focus on the customeroriented experience.” Customers can communicate any requirement they have, whether feedback on the events or maintenance needs or any other request through the Alfardan Properties’ 24-hour customer service desk – who take every single customer service observation seriously

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and immediately push for the necessary satisfactory actions. Alfardan Properties has conducted a series of social activities for tenants, including the Festive Season Events held recently at One Porto Arabia, Alfardan Gardens and Alfardan Towers. As part of its overall efforts to boost tenant relations and create a favourable social setting for the tenants, Alfardan Properties prepared special buffets in addition to games for children and a host of other fun-filled activities during the year-end event. The unique and customized newsletter “The Signature” also adds value to the luxury lifestyle, as it shares the moments of joy and happiness the tenants experience, not to mention the exciting photos, articles and tips it provides. Established in 1990, Alfardan Properties has dominated Qatar's premium and luxury property segment for the past 20 years. Recognized as a brand synonymous with luxury and excellence, Alfardan Properties is part of the continuously expanding Alfardan Group of Companies, Qatar's most successful conglomerate over the past 50 years known for its unyielding commitment to provide the Qatari market with the finest products and services.

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auto review Salman Jassem Al Darwish added: “Our two-seater sports coupé is a genuinely new car featuring drastic changes in the design, but without losing its valuable Porsche identity. I am convinced that the Cayman will be a real sight on our roads.”

Into the light All grown-up and filled out in all the right places, the Cayman finally appears ready to step out from the 911’s shadow. Porsche enthusiasts beware, the Cayman is here to stay!

The third generation of the two-seater Featuring a new lighter design and has been completely redeveloped. It powered by a 2.7-litre flat-six cylinder is lower and longer; lighter and faster; engine, the sports coupé produces 275 more efficient and more powerful than horsepower. It accelerates from zero to ever. A longer wheelbase, wider track 100 km/hr in 5.4 seconds, depending on and larger wheels enhance the driving the equipment, and reaches a top speed performance of the mid-engine sports car of 266 km/hr. Its NEDC fuel consumption to an unparalleled level in its competitive is 7.7 l/100 km when equipped with class. The new Cayman is – after the Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK). 911 Carrera and Boxster – the third sports car model line from Porsche to Its bigger sibling, the Cayman S makes feature innovative lightweight body design. use of a 3.4-litre naturally aspirated Porsche’s latest model is up to 30 kg flat-six cylinder engine for an output lighter, depending on the specific model of 325 horsepower. Acceleration time and equipment, and consumes up to 15 from a standstill to 100 km/hr time is 4.7 per cent less fuel per 100 km than the seconds with a top speed of 283 km/hr. predecessor – despite higher engine and The NEDC fuel consumption value is 8.0 driving performance. l/100 km with PDK.

Salman Jassem Al Darwish, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Porsche Centre Doha, Al Boraq Automobile Co. wll., said: “The new Cayman is built for driving through bends like few other sports cars can: the mid-engined sports coupé sets new standards in its class for driving performance with a longer wheelbase, allround new chassis and lower weight.” Aesthetically, the sports coupé stays true to its heritage. It has been redesigned to become even more distinctive. The new model features an extended wheelbase with shorter overhangs. The standard 18- and 19-inch Cayman wheels give it not only a sportier appeal but also better lateral stability and handling properties.


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The car’s styling is marked by precise lines and razor-sharp sculpted edges. They emphasize the car’s low, extended silhouette with the windscreen shifted forward and the roof line that reaches far back. Typical of the more advanced styling is the shoulder line, which runs from the wings towards the rear side panels. The door mirrors are newly positioned near the top shoulder. Especially expressive and characteristic are the dynamic recesses in the doors, which guide induction air into the distinctive air scoops on the rear side panels and then directly to the engine. From the front end, the new Cayman is marked by its dominant cooling air

inlets, which increase in size towards the sides of the car. Integrated in them are the round front lights with four-point daytime running lights or position lights – an unmistakable identifying feature of the new Cayman. Just as unique to the new generation of the sport coupé are the large, low rear lid made of aluminium and the rear section with its wrap-around edges. At the upper end of the rear window, an LED brake light spanning the entire window width warns traffic behind. Mounted directly to the rear lid is the thin blade of the rear spoiler, which – in contrast to that of the Boxster – is higher and deploys at a steeper angle.

• VEHICLE TYPE: mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2-passenger, 3-door hatchback • ENGINES: DOHC 24-valve 2.7-liter flat-6, 275 hp, 213 lb-ft; DOHC 24-valve 3.4-liter flat-6, 325 hp, 272 lb-ft • TRANSMISSIONS: 6-speed manual, 7-speed dual-clutch automatic with manual shifting mode • DIMENSIONS: Wheelbase: 97.4 in Length: 172.4 in Width: 70.9 in Height: 50.9–51.0 Curb weight (C/D est): 3100 lb • PERFORMANCE (C/D EST): Zero to 60 mph: 4.1–5.4 sec Standing ¼-mile: 12.5–14.0 sec Top speed: 164–175 mph • FUEL ECONOMY (C/D EST): EPA city/highway driving: 20–22/28–32 mpg In a circular ball: Cayman 199,800 QAR Cayman S 226,200 QAR

For more information visit Porsche Centre Doha, Al Boraq Automobiles Co. wll, on Al Mattar Street


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auto review Hero of all terrains Nissan Middle East achieved the best year ever for sales of the popular last generation Nissan Patrol since its launch in 2010. In total, more than 14,000 Nissan Patrols were sold in 2012. There was a remarkable 66 per cent increase in sales – far outstripping the overall SUV segment’s growth of 24 per cent - and giving Nissan Patrol a record market share of 22 per cent in the Gulf market. Commenting on the exceptional sales performance, Samir Cherfan, Director, Sales & Marketing Nissan Middle East, said: “Nissan Patrol, known in this region as the Hero of All Terrains, continues to gain market share! Not only it retains the loyal Nissan Patrol fans whose base has been built up over the past 50 years on the established durability and reliability it offers, but it also attracts every day new customers who find in Nissan Patrol the perfect combination between luxury, on-road and off-road capabilities.”

Taking care of business Mercedes-Benz in Qatar recently announced the appointment of Can Karauc as the new Manager of the company’s vital After-Sales operations. The appointment is strongly in line with NBK Auto’s growth plans for 2013, which comprise strategic moves across the board with the aim to raise the bar of its automotive services. Karauc joined NBK Holding in 2010 and brings over 20 years of experience gained in automotive, having held key positions with global names such as Toyota, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz Australia and Cummins. Khaled Shaa’ban, General Manager of NBK Automobiles said: “Karauc is a top industry professional and we’re very pleased to see him lead one of our most significant business operations. Both our individual and corporate clients are increasingly looking for value, quality and reliability, which are the pillars that drive most of their purchasing decisions. It is to that effect that we continue to prioritize our after-sales proposition in order to excel in the way we cater to these demands.”

Driving forces Infiniti announced Sebastian Vettel, Infiniti Red Bull Racing driver and triple Formula One World Champion, as Director of Performance for the premium automotive brand. In this capacity, Vettel already has played a crucial role in developing Infiniti’s vehicle line-up, starting with the exclusive Infiniti FX Vettel Edition and most recently with the all-new Infiniti Q50. How many premium automotive brands can honestly say their vehicles have been developed alongside a triple World Champion? As our technical collaboration with Infiniti Red Bull Racing continues to deepen, so does our relationship with Sebastian, who will be crucial to the development of our future vehicle line-up, ensuring Infiniti stands for passion and performance in a brand that challenges the status quo,” said Infiniti President Johan de Nysschen.

Celebrating 50! The Ford Mustang will soon become the newest member of a very exclusive club – vehicles in continuous production for 50 years. To help mark this milestone, 50 companies will sell products including watches, T-shirts, model cars and more that celebrate the Mustang’s first 50 years. “During its first 49 years of production, Mustang has come to evoke a variety of emotions in its customers – freedom, independence and being true to one’s self – just to name a few,” said John Nens, Ford’s team lead for Global Brand Licensing. “We’re marking this Mustang milestone with a distinctive collection of licensed products from select manufacturers that will carry the unique Mustang 50 Years logo.”

Just superbikes Triumph has unleashed an all-new Daytona 675 and Daytona 675R, a new first for Qatar, with a brand new engine, new frame, fresh and sophisticated new bodywork and a host of other changes built on everything Triumph has learned from the enormously successful outgoing model. A few tweaks and modifications would have kept the 675 on the pace, but the 2013 Daytona is set to raise the bar once again. Both were unveiled for the first time in Qatar at the 2013 Commercial Bank MotoGP, the premier Grand Prix motorcycling racing event, which took place at Losail International Circuit from 4-7 April, 2013.


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

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Home Decor/Accessories

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

Art & Culture

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

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

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Restaurant Chowking (An Associate of Ahmed Hassan Bilal Group) h Salwa Road 4437 1212 h Al Khor 4411 8816/ 4411 8817 h Al Saad St. 4431 4411 h Mamoura 4486 6077


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


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