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Dear Readers, Welcome to ABODE’s Best Kept Secrets! This summer special edition is a collection of some our best features that have been praised by you, our readers, over the past year along with several super creative, updated features. ABODE’s Best Kept Secret is a quick guide that gives you information on living and working in Qatar and includes tips on health, lifestyle, relaxation, fashion and real estate! Our home section focuses on finding the best accommodation in Qatar, online resources available, best sites to shop online and deliver to Qatar and a handpicked selection of the best accommodations you will find in Qatar. In Fashion, we spoke to Qatar’s fashion icon of the year, Mona Al Ansari, who caused ripples recently when she won big at the VCU-Q fashion awards and was chosen as an icon by W Doha. We also draw inspiration from this season’s latest trends and how you can incorporate them in your wardrobe before the new fall season starts. This month, we recreate our version of the Moroccon Menagerie for your home and in your style! We find simple glam picks and DIY (do it yourself) projects with which you can update your interiors. Our health and diet section mirrors the concept of sharing and togetherness as seen during the Holy Month of Ramadan, and we bring you ideas to create family meals and desserts. Your wellness is on our mind as we find more ways to ensure you maintain your health.

We hope you find your best self within the pages of ABODE's Best Kept Secrets.

Chairman Ahmed Hassan Bilal Editor-in-Chief Nasser Ahmed Hassan Bilal Executive Director Moona Masri-Whitice Associate Editor Nitya Shukla Editorial Coordinator Marlynne Mallari - Dela Pena Fashion Director Francesca Moser Graphic Designer Paola Santin Zahi Srour Finalizer/ Production Manager Srimani Welagedara Photographer Jessie Palanca Sales & Marketing Manager Deliah Furcoi Communications Manager Jorge Granda Marketing Coordinator Jeniffer Daclan – Ruiz Distribution Lanie Fillo-Pana IT Coordinator Imran Khan Contributors Gloria Duran – Renderos Tarn Carstens Jacqueline Bodar Lisa Canning Owner & Licensee Print Communications An Associate of Ahmed Hassan Bilal Group of Companies. Printers

Gulf Publishing & Printing Co.

ENQUIRIES ON THE ABOVE SECTIONS PLEASE CONTACT: TEL: +974 4443-2224 FAX: +974 4443-2225 ADVERTISING INFORMATION Qatar: +974 4443-2224 LEGAL NOTICE ABODE is owned and published monthly by Print Communications, P.O. Box 7848, Doha, Qatar. An Associate of Ahmed Hassan Bilal Group of Companies. This publication follows Canadian Press Style and is written in Canadian English. No part of this publication may be reproduced or copied without the written permission of the publisher under the copyright laws of the State of Qatar. All rights reserved. No responsibility taken for unintentional errors or unsolicited material. Use of trademark is strictly prohibited. Retraction: ABODE July August 2012: Page 68 Kempinski Kids Club is called Kempinski Playroom.

NASSER AHMED HASSAN BILAL Editor In Chief

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I bought a zoo This month I saw a ver y touching movie about a family man who, setting aside his personal tragedy finds the courage to bring d financially broken life back to an unkept an ry touched my heart down zoo. This simple sto myself led to playback and made me cry. I found its inspirational ending. the end over and over for ually bought a zoo, I While I might not have act struggles. It seems, find my life mirrored in his reinventing myself and like him, I am constantly over or done until I am believing that nothing is enough faith, I pursue done with it. That if with I ask why, the answer is this, I will find. And when why not! ODE issue is the This month's Best of AB reinvention. It's all compilation of the spirit of you will love too. We the things I love and hope the same anticipation have put it together with a zoo. While we might and struggle as opening n, we envision your not get you to see in perso we know you will like satisfaction and somehow it too.

Moon a

31 3 Day Diet 32 Keep It Off 34 Delivery Guide To Doha 36 Go Nuts For Nuts 38 Summer Berries 40 My Favorite Cookies 42 Just Landed 44 The Single Gal’s Guide to

Your Life Your Style Your Home

6 Mona Al Ansari Design's 7 Beauty Inspiration 8 Summery Bags 10 How To Wear Florals! 12 How To Wear Pastels! 13 Bring Summer Indoors... 14 Moroccan Style Rules... 16 Cooking Help From Lakeland 18 Best of Summer Online

House Hunting, in Qatar

46 ABODE Living 51 Welcome EID in Your home 52 Ask A Designer 54 Staying Close With Grandparents

Shopping

56 All New Infinity JX 58 Cruising With Kids 59 Your Pet And The Sun 60 Ideas To Make Life Easier 62 Staying In? What To Do? 64 App Junkie

20 Chic Outlet Shopping 22 ABODE Must: Summery Beauty Buys

24 Life's Little Luxuries 26 Pamper Me Days 28 Summer Cold: Stop It Early 30 Top Diet Centers

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BOOK ALLIE FINKLE’S RULES FOR GIRLS; MOVING DAY

House hunting

is NEVER an easy task, especially as an expat when you’re away from your own country. Qatar is my home yet I have become accustomed to the lifestyle of a nomad, when it comes to housing. With the ever changing economic climate and transforming faces of circumstance s my previous cosy one bedroom dwelling (equipped with a midget sized gym, white goods and located five minutes away from my workplace) proved to be not big b Kempinski Sky Villas enough for Mr. Max s and I. Sadly, there b Souq Waqif Residence wasn’t enough air, light and space for a budding flower like b Porta Arabia – Alfardan me. And so, despite to open) having lived in the yellow b Crowne Plaza (yet sandbox for close to eight years and having stayed b Fourty Four Tower in four different homes (yet to open) . . . it was time for b Msherireb Properties me to ‘move’ again.

BY MEG CABOT It all started when Allie came home from her play-date with her best friend Mary-Kay [well, it was more like she just walked across the street to her house]. Then, her parent told her they were moving. So Allie does everything she can think of to stop her parents from moving.

ss.’ ‘Live like a prince wish List Deliah’s property

But

it wasn’t just about finding an apartment with ample space, because now the smaller details mattered more. Details like whether it fit in my budget, whether electricity & water was inclusive in rent, security and accessibility to city and my work place. I’m never the one to compromise on any of these factors, so armed with my wishlist and requirements I set out on this arduous task which required many hours in the sun. My task was made more difficult by the fact that I had only two months left in my lease! To begin with I laid down my priorities in a checklist that I carried in my purse, always!

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But I will say that I really love this book and this series, and that I think Allie can be really funny.

Deliah’s Checklist

Budget: QAR 4,000 to 10,000 for a Villa or apartment. Priorities

4 Must be dog friendly 4Needs lots of light 4Space 4A beautiful view 4 Minimum requirements 4 ONE bedroom, plus

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4 Dog friendly community 4 All white goods included 4 Own parking 4 Must have gym 4 Must have pool 4 Must have security 4 Must be clean

Next

I contacted a few real estate companies and asked them to help me shortlist properties based on my checklist. Besides the real estate agents doing their bit I went online on local websites in Qatar and noted down properties and areas I liked which had accommoda tion available. Afterwards, came the hardest aspect of House Hunting.. ie ‘actual’ visits to the property which swallowed all my free time between

work and home commitment

s.

T he disappointment phase started when

I’d register or call for an enquiry and the real estate agents wouldn’t answer or return my calls. Few agents would even ask ‘Why I was looking at properties so early?’ During the house visits, many properties were not even cleaned and stand of utter staleness! Yet another mood dampener was practicing the art of sign language with the ‘Naturs’ (Security man in Arabic) who thought I was going to steal the building and wouldn’t even let me enter despite a scheduled visit appointment! During my search, I found beautiful apartments, but one step outside and I was falling in potholes. The others couldn’t be accessed by a car or had no parking space. Some apartment buildings could accommoda te only pygmy tribes and I even found apartments with no windows!

Disheartened

by the dismal state of affairs, my task was made worse when I visited the Kempinski Hotel’s Sky Villa (located on the 61st floor) for a meeting. The breathtaking views just made me want to cry and retreat in a cave in a far away mountain.

I visited at least 15-20 places and every time I found a flaw, I would take a picture, and make a note against its name... just so that I wouldn’t give in to compromise. However, my search bore fruit, finally. I was contacted by a real estate agent, who suggested the perfect place that has now become my personal haven. I wasted no time in taking it up and the shifting was done in one day flat! My search taught me one thing. You have to be patient and practical. These will have to be in your emotional backbone if you want to find a great accommoda tion. Now Mr. Max has plenty of space to run around and I get to enjoy a great view of the green gardens at the Msheirib area. To make your task simpler I have included resources and help that proved to be useful in house hunting.

Real Estate Companies to contact

b Alfarda n Proper ties b Alasm akh Real Estate b Ezdan b Homes to Rent b Engel Volkers b Coreo

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ABODE fa shion How do you stay happy and healthy? I carry and drink water wherever I go, I love playing with my kids and I don’t go to the gym, but chasing my kids around the house keeps me fit and healthy.

Favourite scent? Oil of Oud (Dehn la oud) is my base and then I mix with either Opium YSL or Armani Rose (she demonstrates on me and I fall in love with the French/Arabic potion)

Mona Al Ansari

Design

MAC Lipstick

Mona Al Ansari is our Qatari fashion icon of the moment. 2012’s W Doha and VCU fashion award winner. ABODE’s Rachel Petero asks her how she looks so cool, calm, collective and more... I What is your secret to balancing work, family and life? Patience, patience and more patience! I have two children and a husband to fit into my hectic lifestyle. I What inspires you to create a new collection? To create new collections I am inspired by many things like buildings, animals, fruit... you name it! I have a great imagination and can create a collection from anything. I am working on my next collection for W Hotel and looking at the hotel I can see the rooms are not all the same so my collection will reflect this. The consistent element will be the patterns which I have already sourced (shows me the Jaber design). I What do you wear at home? Laughs...obviously in public as a Qatari woman I wear my own-label Abaya. At home I am completely different. I try on all my own clothes first before I show anyone else and take pictures. I have worn the purple one-shoulder dress from my latest collection to a wedding. I like weird clothes.

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I Who are your favourite designers? Galliano, because I recognise he has patience like me. He took a design and a model and completed the whole dress on the model, this takes patience. Alexander McQueen, because he had some real weird designs like the skeleton head in his collection which then everyone followed. I Do you cook? Every Thursday I create mini sweets for my family, all of my sisters bring something but I do all the mini sweets. Cupcakes, chocolate mousse, tiramisu, crème caramel. All fresh ready to take to the family lunch, it has to be fresh and made on the day. I am better at sweets than savouries. I What five items of Make-Up must you have in your handbag? Eyeliner, Lipstick, Lip liner, Handcream (because I am always working with my hands and creating), eyebrow liner and all MAC products. This make-up stays on 24/7. I Tell us something people won’t know about Mona Al Ansari? I chew gum when I am nervous.

MAC Powder Blush

My favourite color... Apple green

My favourite designer Alexander McQueen

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Try it

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Make-up Magnet Board Laura shares her amazing idea to help us organize our makeup so we can actually use it.

manahair.blogspot.com

» I started by making a magnet board, (nothing original here), I used a super ugly frame I found.

If you have not surfed www.pinterest.com, here is the inspiration to do so. These were our favourite beauty pics; Braids, Nails and Brushes. •

Beauty inspiration style www.pinterest.com

» I painted it (The hard way, with a brush instead of spray paint and then glazed it.) » I went to the hardware store and picked up some metal and had them cut to fit inside my frame. Then I used spray adhesive to stick some fabric to the metal. I put it all back together and it looked like the above picture.

manahair.blogspot.com

» I went to the dollar store and picked up magnets and hot glued one to the back of each shadow (I actually needed 3 magnets for my bronzer). I considered using a stronger glue, but when the makeup is empty I want to be able to peel the magnet off, hot glue lets me do that and it's held up really well. » Next, I wanted a place to store my brushes and liners though. An orange pill container with some oil rubbed bronze spray paint made it beautiful and 3 extra strong magnets glued on the back holds nice and secure.

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» Now this amazing make board hangs in my bathroom wall and every morning I'm excited to play with my different make-up. It feels sort of like art and an expression of me.

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How To Wear Florals!

The fashion world is bursting with florals, but depending on your style, age and attitude, prints can go horribly wrong so check out our tips on how to look good in them.

FLORAL

the perfect summery blouse

Feminine, colorful and fresh‌.what's not to love about this huge trend? Dress M&Co www.mandco.com {249 QR}

Sleveless shirt Urban Outfitters www.urbanoutfitters.com {200 QR}

TIPS

a If your wardrobe is filled with mostly solids, especially in dark colors, adding a burst of summer with a floral print is what you need.

a Switch your solid pencil skirt for a floral patterned one. Pair with a solid tee and blazer for a chic summery look.

an Oute Dries V

Peplum dress Asos www.asos.com {274 QR}

n SS12

Zip skirt H&M www.hm.com {85 QR}

Trousers Asos www.asos.com {257 QR}

Pencil Skirt

a Go for a pair of fancy floral pants. Opt for a softer palette and tuck your top in. Finish off with an open sandal in a nude or soft metallic. The only wow factor should be the pants, so keep the rest simple.

a Add a little bit of "edge" to your look: top a floral dress with a cool biker jacket. a A large floral pattern can overwhelm a petite woman. A miniature pattern can look too dainty on a woman with a larger frame. Keep this in mind while shopping this trend!

Pencil skirt M&S www.marksandspencer.com {280 QR}

T he sleek trousers

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How To Wear Pastels!

ABODE fa shion

We swooned over cupcakes shades on the runways, but when it comes to real life, incorporating these soft hues into our spring wardrobe requires some extra care. We show you how.

T he wow factor piece

Sleeveless top New Look www.newlook.com {114 QR}

T he flirty skirt

Statement necklace Asos www.asos.com {114 QR}

Sleveless dress PerUna at M&S www.marksandspencer.com {257 QR}

Pleated skirt Littlewoods www.littlewoods.com {171 QR}

TIPS

Star scarf Plumo www.plumo.com {160 QR}

a Invest in some key

SS12 Versus

T he skinny jeans

Words and styling Francesca Moser

pastels pieces, which can be teamed with a simple tee or a pair of jeans.

a Balance your pastels with sleek neutrals and hip accessories.

Skinny jeans H&M www.hm.com {114 QR}

PASTELS

Candy colors are ladylike, chic and timeless, so get involved! Wedges New Look www.newlook.com {143 QR}

Shopper bag Boohoo.com {103 QR}

a Never wear more than 2 pastels together or if you have to, add a pretty print to the look.

a Get the right combination of sporty/ girly and neutral/pastels and you nailed the trend!

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bunting Marks & Spencer {QR113}

Bring Summer Indoors...

floral collection Moisturising lotion gift set Marks & Spencer {QR42}

Tea Cup - China Marks & Spencer {QR50}

Candles Carol Lake at Debenhams {QR56} Indigo Tumbler, ZARA Homes {QR25-35}

Glam it up

Online shopping

Bouquet Tray, ZARA Homes {QR 99-150}

Nostalgia Ice –Cream Maker, Amazon.com {150 QR}

with our Floral Hot Picks for the season! Eating in on a pretty table makes for a fun time with family and friends.

plate Aurora Napkins, ZARA Homes {20 QR}

Kare Qatar

{Price on request}

Canisters Debenhams {42 QR}

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ABODE fa shion Ceramic jar Oriental Carpet {1,595 QR}

POuffe Marks & Spencer {423 QR}

Linen fabrics will keep you fresh and cool during the heat! POuffe City Center {200 QR}

Moroccan

Style Rules..

We simply love this effortless and timeless trend. It applies perfectly to your wardrobes and homes too: ethnic chic is the way forward!

Scarf Carolina Herrera {724 QR}

Linen trousers Nicole Farhi at www.my-wardrobe.com {174 QR}

CARLO PIGNATELLI

Lantern Debenhams {67 QR}

Black sandals Acne at www.my-wardrobe.com {765 QR}

Hartford white grandad collar shirt www. Hartford@mrporter.com {QAR 518}

Ornamental jug Oriental Carpet {2,275 QR}

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Necklace Oriental Carpet {1,425 QR}

Ornament box Oriental Carpet {75 QR}

candles holders Set of 3 Debenhams {67 QR}

Take centre stage in a romantic design with eye-catching embellishment

Window Oriental Carpet {1,500 QR}

Silk jacket Winter Kate at www.my-wardrobe.com {1,321 QR}

Green silk trousers By Malene Birger {469 QR}

MARCHESA

cushions Marks and Spencer Red:{222 QR} White:{140 QR}

Bracelet Aamaya Priyanka at www.my-wardrobe.com {545 QR}

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Cooking help from Lakeland Tagine Cook book {69 QR}

Traditional tagine Cooking Pot {155 QR}

Moroccan Bazaar, 6 Tea glasses {170 QR}

Tagine Cook book {49 QR}

WOW your guests this summer and during EID by throwing an Amy Atlas Moroccan themed dinner party. This kind of relaxed yet exotic setting is all the rage this year. In order to host a traditional Moroccan feast it is important to pick up a few accessories to help set the mood and cook up a meal. Here are a few ideas for inspiration from www.cocodot.com!

Moroccan Ceramic Plates {200 QR}

Dessert

The dessert table is your last chance to impress your guests. Make your dessert table extraordinary with the help of Amy Atlas' new book available on www.amazon.com!

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Moroccan Cookies & cake inspiration www.justcallmemarthaa.blogspot.com

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ABODE fa shion Malls Closed. No Problem. Your summer capsule wardrobe is only a few clicks away... THE POCKET SQUARE Etro

www.mrporter.com

{299 QR}

Best

Shopping Online, Ship To Qatar!

of summer

Shipping packages made easy...

Online Shopping

Shop and Ship Aramex

HIM

http://www.shopandship.com

This program allows you to shop from any website online (US, UK & China) and get it delivered to an address within their country after which Shop and Ship will deliver it to your home in Qatar. Start by creating a new account at shopandship. com where you will be given personal account numbers, aka your new ‘physical’ delivery addresses in the US, UK and China.

THE SLIM-FIT LINEN BLAZER Oliver Spencer www.mrporter.com

THE CHINO SHORTS Knowledge cotton apparel www.my-wardrobe.com

{1,554 QR}

A COOL TEE

{262 QR}

Saturdays Surf NYC www.mrporter.com

{197 QR}

SOCK FREE SUMMER SHOES Castaner

www.mrporter.com

{418 QR}

HER The Lux Silky T-Shirt

Kain Www.Net-A-Porter.Com

{401 QR}

A ROOMY (and eye-catching) BAG

Mary Katrantzou for Longchamp www.longchamp.com

{966 QR}

MyUS.com www.myus.com MyUS.com has been helping shoppers and business owners alike shop without borders since 1997. They are the first, largest and most trusted leader today in package forwarding, servicing over 100,000 customers in over 200 countries. Customers rely on experts to ensure their items are shipped quickly, safely and in the most cost-effective manner possible.

FedX http://www.fedex.com FedEx is represented in Qatar by a nominated Service Contractor. The customer representative we spoke to said that rates are issued according to the size of the package. For more information about the FedEx services available from Qatar you can contact Falcon Express. Phone: +974 44 55 41 91

THE NEW LOAFERS aka SLIPPERS Pretty Ballerinas www.prettyballerinas.com

{1,011 QR}

THE CROPPED GET ME NOTICED PANTS

M Missoni www.outnet.com

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STATEMENT RING

moon and sun ring Lara Bohinc www.larabohinc.com

{2,487 QR}

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ABODE fa shion

More than

900 Boutiques ACROSS 9 Villages

G

et ready to bag some serious bargains this summer thanks to Chic Outlet Shopping Villages. These small market towns with designers labels at high street prices are a dream come true! Located in 9 different locations throughout Europe, they are home to more than 900 boutiques (from Missoni to Paul Smith and YSL to name a few), that offer the authentic previous seasons’ collections of leading luxury fashion and lifestyle brands with savings of up to 60%, and sometimes more, on the recommended retail price, all year round.

To find out more visit www.chicoutletshopping.com. Stay connected, blog, download the app or simply plan your shopping holiday.

TAX FREE

Download App for iphone and ipod touch

Customers who come from outside the European Union can benefit from Tax Free shopping. To request your VAT return and benefit from even cheaper shopping, simply follow these steps 1. When you buy in Tax Free shops, ask for your Tax Free receipt showing the full cost of your Shopping. 2. When leaving any European Community country, show your receipt at customs to validate your Tax Free Shopping. 3. Show your valid receipts and your passport at the Reimbursement Office so that they can return the amount in cash or to your credit card.

These amazing shopping villages are all within easy reach of some of Europe’s and China’s favourite gateway cities – London, Dublin, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Milan, Bologna, Brussels, Antwerp, Cologne, Frankfurt, Munich and, in 2013, Shanghai. Chic Outlet Villages have

become synonymous with high fashion, superior service, hospitality, a calendar of celebrated events, and exceptional value for money. Additionally, they are located in regions renowned for cultural and historic value. They have become international tourist destinations in their own right. •

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Kildare Village DUBLIN

Bicester Village Maasmechelen Village

LONDON

La Vallée Village

Wertheim Village BRUSSELS

FRANKFURT

Ingolstadt Village

PARIS MUNICH

Fidenza Village

MILAN

La Roca Village

Las Rozas Village MADRID

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Bicester Village Oxfordshire, England Located in the heart of Oxfordshire, just 60 minutes

from both London and Birmingham the Village is easily accessible by car and

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Las Rozas Village Madrid, Spain Las Rozas Village is located only slightly more than half an

hour from Madrid. Address: Las Rozas Village » C/ Juan

it ww w.chicoutletshoppin

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Maasmechelen Village Massmechelen, Belguim Less than an hour's drive away Brussels, Antwerp, Düsseldorf,

Cologne and Maastricht.Address: Maasmechelen Village » Zetellaan 100 »

train.

Ramón Jiménez, 3 » 28232 Las Rozas

3630 Maasmechelen » Belgium » Phone:

Address: Bicester Village Visitor Centre

Madrid, Spain » Phone: +34 91 640 49 00

Belgium: 0800 40236 - Netherlands:

50 Pingle Drive » Bicester » Oxfordshire »

Hours of Operation:

0800 0204651 - Germany: 0800 1011771

OX26 6WD » Phone: +44 (0) 1869 366 266

Open from Monday to Saturday,

Hours of Operation:

Hours of Operation

from 10am to 10pm

Monday - Friday: 10 am - 6 pm

Monday - Friday: 10am - 9pm Saturday: 9am - 9pm Sunday: 10am - 7pm

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Kildare Village Kildare, Ireland The Kildare Village is located at exit 13 off the M7 highway, less

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La Roca Village Barcelona, Spain La Roca Village is located only slightly more than half an hour

from Barcelona and is very close to Girona and the Costa Brava. Address: La Roca Village » 08430 Santa

Saturday and Sunday: 10 am - 7 pm

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Wertheim Village Outlet Wertheim, Germany Wertheim Village is situated directly near the motorway A3

and only 50 minutes away from Frankfurt

than an hour's drive from Dublin Airport.

Agnès de Malanyanes » (La Roca del

Address: Nurney Road » Kildare town,

Vallès). Barcelona, Spain » Phone: +34

Address: Almosenberg » 97877

County Kildare » Ireland » Phone: +353

93 842 39 39

Wertheim, Germany » Phone:

45 520501

Hours of Operation:

+49(0)9342-91 99 100

Hours of Operation

Open from Monday to Saturday,

Hours of Operation:

Monday to Wednesday 10.00 - 19.00

from 10am to 10pm.

From 1pm - 6pm

Thursday - Friday 10.00 - 20.00 Saturday - Sunday 10.00 - 19.00

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La Vallée Village Paris, France Just 35 minutes from Paris and five minutes from Disney®

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Fidenza Village Parma, Italy Situated midway between Milan and Bologna, the village

is just off the A1 motorway. Address: Exit at Fidenza/Salsomaggiore,

and Nuremberg.

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Ingolstadt Village Ingolstadt, Germany Ingolstadt Village is ideally located just off the A9

parks, La Vallée Village is easy to find by

pass the tollbooth and the Village is only

car, train, plane or shuttle.

100 metres to your left. » Via San Michele

Address: 3 Cours de la Garonne » 77700

Campagna » Località Chiusa Ferranda »

Ingolstadt, Germany » Tel. +49 (0)841-88

Serris France » Phone: +33 (0)1 60 42

43036 Fidenza (Parma) » Italy » Phone: +

63 100

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FLAWLESS FOUNDATION WITH SPF 15 It keeps you ageless. You will look beautifully radiant and exceptionally hydrated all day long. Estee Lauder, Resilience Lift Extreme Radiant Lifting Foundation

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RED NAIL VARNISH You just can't go wrong with this vibrant red shade. Never flat or boring, simply a winner all year round! Chanel, 617 Holiday {Qr 94}

We shortlisted 10 top beauty products you should invest in to look and feel fresh during the hottest season around!

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EYE CREAM WITH SPF 20 Superdefense SPF 20 Age Defense Eye Cream features Titanium Dioxide, a super-gentle physical sunscreen that helps provide protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Clinique, Superdefense Eye cream {QR 204}

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LIP BALM WITH SPF 20 Your lips can burn too! Keep it fun and playful with MAC’s new limited edition of sun tints lip balms with SPF 20. Different shades available. MAC, Hey Sailor Lip Balms {Qr 76}

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EYE PENCIL for SMOKY EYES Creamy and dreamy. These velvety textured eye pencils will glide on smoothly for the ultimate smoky eyes effect! Or use it as an eyeliner: it draws a clean, precise, matt line, which emphasizes and enlarges the eyes. Chanel, Le Crayon Yeux

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LIFT INSTANT SKIN ENHANCER Wear it alone for a fresh-looking natural make-up result or under your favorite foundation for a truly flawless complexion. More than a BB cream, Rénergie Éclat Multi-Lift delivers instant lifting and color correction, restoring the contour and color of youthful skin. Lancome Rénergie Éclat {QR 420}

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Brighten up your summer look with the MAC Iris Apfel (one of fashion’s most beloved icon) lipsticks collection. It boasts a mixture of eye-popping colours to suit your mood and neutral tones to blend with whatever you are wearing. We love the red one in particular! MAC Red Lipstick {QR 52}

FLIRTATIOUS MASCARA

Get your lashes ready for high definition and a new flirty look. The brand new mascara by Bourjois combines intense volume with high definition for maximum lashes and professional result! All at an amazing price. Bourjois, Volume Glamour Max Definition Mascara

NATURAL EYE SHADOWS The limited edition Pure Color Five Color Eye Shadow Palette in Topaz Mosaic is a sublime mix of five sundrenched neutral desert tones with a refreshingly unexpected pop of citron yellow at the center. Get luminous! Estee Lauder, Pure Colour 5 Eye Shadow Palette. {QR 169}

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Best n e e r c s Sun tips Look For: Active IngredientsZinc Oxide, Titanium dioxide,mexoryl sx or avobenzone 3% SPF 15 to 50 -depends on your skin tone and sun intensity Water Resistant for beach and pool

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THE ULTIMATE HYDRATING CREAM and GEL The perfect synergy of ultimate hydration and protection has finally been created. The HYDRA line is rich of vital antioxidant. The Crème, with added shea butter and canola oil derivatives, will quench the driest, thirstiest skin. Ideal for normal-todry skin. The gel instead, is ideal to normal skin thanks to its light, fresh and cooling texture. Chanel, Hydra Beauty Cream And Gel {316 Qr Each}

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ABODE b eauty Take time out of your busy life to de-stress and spend some time pampering yourself. Indulge in quite reflection, candlelight and a good book while treating yourself to homemade luxuries.

Life's little Luxuries “ Beauty: the adjustment of all parts proportionally so that

one can not add or subtract or change without impairing the harmony of the whole Anonymous

Spa Detox

(hydrating): Mix 2 tablespoons honey with 4 tablespoons coconut oil. Warm slightly and apply thoroughly to hair. Cover hair with plastic wrap or a shower cap. After 15 minutes shampoo and rinse well.

Mayonnaise & avocado hair pack

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(hydrating): 1 ripe avocado, peeled and pitted, 1 cup mayonnaise. In a small bowl, mash avocado and blend in mayonnaise. Gently massage into scalp and hair. Cover hair with a shower cap or plastic wrap and leave treatment for 20 minutes. Shampoo as usual.

Bananas ‘n’ Honey Espresso Facial Mask Moisturizing cleansing Mix equal quantities of finely ground espresso roast coffee Mask moisturizing & hydrating Mash a banana with some honey and apply onto face. Bananas are great for moisturizing and honey acts as a humectant — it draws water into the skin, plus has anti-microbial, healing and soothing properties.

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and cocoa powder; mix with milk into a paste and apply to the face. (Dry mix can be kept in an airtight container for future use.) Milk and coffee contain naturally occurring acids that help rid the skin of dead skin cells, while cocoa powder helps soften and condition your complexion. This mask is quite strong as it is chock-full of detoxing agents: use in small areas such as the nose/chin.

For Body

oatmeal, almond & avocado BODY SCRUB

1/2 cup Almonds 1 cup dry oatmeal 1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted and mashed Place almonds in a blender or coffee grinder and grind until coarse and not too fine. Mix almonds and oatmeal and place in glove or muslin mitt. Scoop up avocado and rub on body with mitt. Rinse off with warm water, pat dry and moisturize.

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Through the years ABODE tried and tested the best spas that provide you with the best service.

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Thai Massage Atmosphere: Rich with tradition, this spa creates an authentic Thai experience, which promotes rejuvenation and full body relaxation. The mood is mellow and the people are welcoming. Being experts in their trade, these therapists will leave you feeling healed and euphoric. Speciality: Foot Massage.

This treatment entails massaging different points of the feet and lower legs to relieve stress, aches and pains and promotes a sense of general well-being. Cost: QR 130 for 60 minutes Contact: +974 4435-0143

Women Style Centre Atmosphere: This fast paced, Lebanese owned beauty salon bustles daily with clients strutting in and out of its frosted glass doors. Beauty treatments include hair, nails, waxing and facials. They are quick and thorough and offer great styling tips. Book an appointment to avoid disappointment. Speciality: Sugar Wax. Sugar waxing is a unique hair-removal technique which uses a sticky fusion of heated sugar and lemon to pull the hair out from the root. Hair re-growth can be expected after three to four weeks and the procedure is considerably less painful than strip or hot wax. Cost: QR 100 for full leg or arm, QR 70 for bikini. It should take 20-30 minutes. Contact: +974 4455-2084

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Inner Peace

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Atmosphere: Using Chinese medicinal methods, Inner Peace focuses on restoring balance to your health through various techniques including acupuncture and acupressure, massage and aromatherapy. The tone is serene and healing, offering clients an inward-focused escape to ground you before you head outdoors. Speciality: Hot Stone Massage. Flat, smooth, and heated rocks are placed on certain areas of the body. As the heat is applied, the corresponding muscles loosen up, causing full-body relaxation and allowing muscles to become more susceptible to manipulation during massage. The technique was originated by Native Americans who used hot, sunbaked stones to ease muscle aches. It is also a great way to warm the body during the winter months. Contact: +974 4411-5728

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Glow Diva Lounge Atmosphere: A pale green and white interior complemented by shiny-clean surfaces, smiling faces and lavender aromas creates a fresh, calming haven where your body, face, hair and nails will be excellently cared for. Speciality: Hammam Damashqi. This is a truly purifying full-body exfoliation treatment and is highly recommended. It involves a series of secret soaks and scrubs all performed in a blissful bath of steam. Honey, sea-salt and olive-extract enchant your being, transporting it to a place of fragrant peace. An additional softening hair mask may be applied during the treatment. Sips of chilled mineral water are offered during intervals, followed by a selection of teas and coffee after a hot shower to end off. Each client will receive a gift of exfoliation sponges to maintain the soft-skin result at home. Hammam Damashqi helps to ease insomnia .

prides itself on creating a multinational environment in which women from all

walks of life meet with one common goal; to get gorgeously glamourfied! Kick off your heels, sip on something soothing, relax, chit-chat and allow these leading ladies to transform you into your super-

Mashata

self.

Atmosphere: Sliding glass doors open into a wide chandelier-centered

Speciality: Brazilian Blowout. This is

a Brazilian pioneered technique which relaxes all types of chemically treated hair (coloured, bleached, high-lighted, straightened, permed). The Keratin Treatment is sealed into the hair using a flat iron. The treatment does not completely straighten the hair follicle, but rather soothes it, eliminating frizz

and unruly curls. This treatment is very effective and a perfect groomingsolution for Qatar’s humid climate. It lasts up to 4 months. Cost: Depending on hair length and texture, the Brazilian blowout ranges between QR 1400 and QR 2100, special shampoo is also recommended. Contact:+974 4411-7652

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Cost: QR 300; additional hair-mask, QR 60-80. Contact: +974 4413-0672

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Atmosphere: This sophisticated salon oozes style and professionalism. Glow

entrance hall, where therapists are called via microphone to greet

their clients. Manicures, pedicures, hairstyling, facials, body treatments, gym and sauna are all available here. You’ll feel pampered and adored and leave feeling on top of your game! Speciality: Slimming Treatment. This is a quick solution for ladies who seek to drop a few centimetres around the body. It involves massaging and wrapping the body, which releases water retention, thereby creating the effective “inch-loss” effect. Cost: QR 350 for 90 minutes Contact: +974 4466-2377

Barbie Salon

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Lady Siam Atmosphere: Having been in operation for ten years, this Thai owned parlour guarantees quality. The vibe is laid-back yet professional. Heavenly aromatic massages as well as nail and eyelash extensions are available here. Speciality: Plastic/gel nail extensions.

These ladies are expert nail technicians; they work meticulously and the result is perfection. Though they are generally long-lasting (about three weeks before re-filling is needed), should you encounter any hitches — they’ll be happy to fix you up in no time. Cost: QR 250; takes roughly 120 minutes. Contact: +974 4435-4115

Atmosphere: When asking Douhouk, the manager of this salon “Why the name Barbie?” She beamed and answered, “We have everything needed to make you look as perfect as a Barbie.” With twenty years of experience, I believe her. The interior feels like home with comfy sofas and a flat-screen television screening local soaps so you may relax and zone-out while the masters take over.

Speciality: Whitening Facial. This treatment lightens one’s complexion and helps with the removal of dark patches. Esthederm products (which are well-trusted by the salon) are used. The effects can last over one month.

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Cost: QR 350 for 90 minutes. Note: Bring this article along with you to Barbie Salon and get 25% off any treatment valued at QR 200 or more! Contact: +974 4436-9393

Foot Care Centre

Atmosphere: The Foot Care Centre specializes in the health and well-being of your feet. A large amount of pressure is put on our feet daily, as they support the weight of our entire bodies while being squashed into stilettos, strappy-sandals, wedges or whatever your preferred choice of fashionable shoes. It is therefore vital that we take good care of our feet, beyond simply making them look pretty. Book an appointment at one of their three centres in Doha (City Centre, The Centre or Lulu Gharafa) and get the spring back into your step.

Speciality: Pedicure. This procedure, also known as a ‘medicure’, cares for your feet by

removing dead skin cells, corns and calluses. It is not your regular buff and polish pedicure, but rather a health care treatment that leaves your feet looking naturally beautiful. Cost: QR 150 for 45 minutes Contact: +974 4493-0394

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Summer Cold Stop it Early! n er is not a m m u s in A cold er ure howev t a e f n o m uncom e eal with th d o t is k ic the tr develops it e r o f e b symptoms kness. ic s d e g d e into a full-fl

Here are a few tips to stop your summer cold

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START BY TAKING A BREAK NOW. If

infection. Also change your toothbrush

you start feeling sick, wind up

and keep it away from other peoples’

your work and head home for rest. Continuing to do what you

are doing, whether it is work, exercise, play will tire your body and therefore more

vulnerable to illness. TAKE A BATH. The steam will clear up the congestion and will help relax your body. An alternate is soaking your feet

in hot water then wrapping up in a warm

wool blanket. Place a cold cloth on

your head and relax while you sit in a comfortable position for 10-15 minutes.

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toothbrushes.

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LIE DOWN & GET AS MUCH SLEEP AS POSSIBLE. If you can’t , grab a book or watch tv while lying down. The key here is to

conserve your energy so your body can focus on boosting your immune system.

WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN. This might be the reason why you got sick in the first place, for cold germs hide in your hands.

By cleaning your hands on a regular basis you avoid the possibility of a repeat

EAT, EAT, EAT. Combat your

illness by eating the right

food as your body craves for

nutrients to fight off the cold.

Eat foods that are high in protein but easy

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to digest. Mom was right and so was your grandma. Chicken soup is one of the best

get rid Natural way to : of t he cold

foods for getting rid of a cold fast. Avoid fried food, sweets, and fatty foods. These

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are difficult for the body to digest. DRINK WATER. Water prevents dehydration which happens when you’re sick. Remember that your body requires

minimum amount of water each day to function normally and flush out the toxins but it needs more liquid especially when

you are sick. Avoid caffeinated drinks for it causes water loss through the kidney.

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Honey make a Honey can edy natural rem convenient s it consists for colds a d bacterial an of both anti o ents and als antiviral ag tioxidants includes an ur engthen yo tr s n a c t a th tem. immune sys il water and Recipe: Bo y tbsps hone blend with 2 e mix. and drink th

Echinacea Echinacea is a herb that is often use d for both th e prevention a nd managing of colds, infe ctions and influenza. To get rid of yo ur cold quicker and painless ly, take echinac ea in either te a or liquid extr act form.

TAKE SUPPLEMENTS/VITAMINS. Increasing your vitamin intake can help reduce the amount of time you suffer. If you are not

sure what vitamins to take it is still best to

consult with your doctor. •

Chicken Sou p Chicken sou p is a comfo rt food that is linked with helping the c ommon cold due to its ab ility to reduc e inflammation caused by th e bronchial tu bes, which in turn decrea ses the seve rity of cold sym ptoms like stuffy nose and coughin g.

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ion Vitamin C atural opt n a is C ou Vitamin colds. If y g in t a in for elim table uncomfor notice the g ld beginnin o c a f o signs r e throat o r o s s a h (suc king rs), try ta a e d e g g plu nts suppleme C nge in m a it v ss of ora la g l o o c ha and (along wit e morning h t in g in h tt ight. juice) firs o bed at n t g in o g e r right befo For more information see www.ehow.com

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Top Diet Centres

Wanting to lose that last 10 pounds and cannot handle the plateau? What has gone wrong? Here are a few Diet Centres that can help you.

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How about you are dining out but on a strict diet? Fear no more Diet Shop is your refuge their restaurant café offers a variety of tasteful menus and you’ll know exactly how many calories you are consuming. Have a guilt free eating! Al Mutthana Complex, Salwa Road, Doha, Qatar Tel: +974 4466 4996 / 4466 4995 Timings: Saturday – Thursday 8:00 am – 11:00 pm; Friday 12:00 pm

Wanting to switch to organic food? Ideal Diet is the place to be and not only that they have really good chocolates which diabetics and weight watchers can actually eat! It is located in Bin Omran, opposite Al Ahli Hospital, Doha Tel: +974 4488 7745. Timings: Monday – Sunday, 9:00 am – 10:00 pm

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After you workout, in the middle of the day, or before bedtime you might want to splurge on a small snack. Here are a few ideas. 10 baby Carrots with 2 tsp of salsa 14 Frozen Grapes 3/4 cups of fresh rasberries 1/2 cup Applesauce 1/2 Pretzels - 55 calories. 5 gram of fat

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VLCC

They don’t just focus on the food you eat, they have an holistic approach to total wellness, weight and beauty management. Not sure if you want to try their service, hop on for they have a free trial! All you have to do is sign up to their website: www. vlccwellness.com/Qatar House no 5, Next to Al Waeb Petrol Station, Al Waeb, Doha, Qatar Phone: +974 4447 8682 Timings: Saturday – Friday 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

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The 3 day diet plan is designed to give you a quick-start to Weight Loss. We've used it, and find it to be successful! Day

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Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

• 1/2 cup tuna

• 3 ounces any lean meat or chicken

packets Sweet & Low or Equal

• 1 piece toast

• 1 cup green beans

• 1/2 grapefruit or juice

• Black coffee or tea, with 1-2

• 1 cup carrots

• 1 piece toast with 1 tablespoon

packets Sweet & Low or Equal

• Black coffee or tea, with 1-2

peanut butter.

• 1 apple • 1 cup regular vanilla ice cream

Day

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Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

• Black coffee or tea, with 1-2

• 1 cup cottage cheese or tuna

• 2 beef franks

packets Sweet & Low or Equal

• 8 regular saltine crackers

• 1 cup broccoli or cabbage

• 1 egg

• 1/2 cup carrots

• 1/2 banana

• 1/2 banana

• 1 piece toast

• 1/2 cup regular vanilla ice cream

Day

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Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

• Black coffee or tea, with 1-2

• Black coffee or tea, with 1-2

• 1 cup tuna

packets Sweet & Low or Equal

packets Sweet & Low or Equal

• 5 regular saltine crackers

• 1 boiled egg

• 1 ounce cheddar cheese

• 1 piece toast

• 1 apple

NOTE: In addition to its strict daily food prescription, dieters drink 4 cups of water or noncaloric drinks daily.

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• 1 cup cauliflower • 1 cup melon

• 1/2 cup regular vanilla ice cream

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Helpful tips to keep your weight down!

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Eat more peanut butter. Kill

sweet tooth cravings with peanut butter. If you are not allergic to these

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Blue plate portion control. Color studies reveal that

we eat less when we use blue dishes as the colour stimulates the brain’s appetite control center.

amazing proteins, have

Downsizing to the salad plate also

a spoonful of peanut

helps with portion control. To buy

butter on a celery stick, a bran cracker

The Diet Plate – try giftshop.bhf. org.uk

or slice of bread. PB

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can reduce your sweet cravings

Lose liquid calories.

and stabilize your blood sugar.

Say no to loads of empty

Researchers at Purdue

calories in all sodas, sport drinks,

University say that women who eat

fruit juices and other sugary

nuts every day eat 300 calories less

beverages. If you do this you could

per day.

lose half a kilo per week. Choose: water with lemon, sugar-free sodas or unsweetened tea or coffee.

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Make one meal automatic. Limiting the variety of foods to

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Move it. Jump.

Tap your feet. Squirm. Anything to keep your

body in motion, even while you are sitting. These extra movements will burn up to an extra 20 calories per

choose from every day makes

hour (moving fingers from blackberry

dieting easier and cuts calories

to laptop does not count).

and hunger pangs. Choose a meal replacement protein shake or a fast and healthy meal to have each day

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Drink more water.

One recent diet study revealed that dieters who sipped two

cups of water before eating a meal lost five pounds more than those who did not drink water.

at the same time.

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Eat Often. Five to six meals a day of 250 – 450 calories will allow you to have better blood

Three causes of Food Cravings

sugar control and fewer cravings. Good things to always have handy: apples, dried fruit, 12-15 nuts (almonds or peanuts) and protein bars.

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Sleep longer. Research

shows that people who sleep less than six hours a night are

heavier than those who sleep eight hours per night. Even an extra 30 minutes of sleep per night will help control appetite and prevent late night snacking.

• Candida Albicans – (yeast). A yeast that lives in all of us, normally kept under control by our immune system and other good bacteria in the body, will sometimes multiply out of control and cause havoc. It has been known to trigger insatiable food cravingsparticularly for sugary foods and carbohydrates, including bread, cakes, fruit juice and vinegar. • Hypoglycaemia – or low blood sugar. When your blood sugars are too low, this is potentially life threatening and your body will force you to eat. Hypoglycaemia can cause cravings for only carbohydrates including fruit.

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Take a bath. Enjoying

to break down fat. A bath raises your core temperature, dilates your blood vessels, aids blood circulation, lowers blood pressure and draws

three 20 minutes baths

contaminants out through your

weekly – scented with drops

pores.

Gloria Duran - Renderos

• Food Intolerance – Food intolerance should not be confused with a genuine food allergy. A food intolerance is when your body simply cannot cope anymore with metabolising that food any longer. It can make you feel sick. The irony is that food intolerances cause you to crave the very same food you can’t tolerate. You are most likely intolerant of anything you have daily and feel you can’t live without – example: sugar, wheat and dairy. Consult with a nutritionist or your physician if you think you suffer from one of these common medical conditions.

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Jot it down.

Every bite counts – studies show that

keeping a log of everything you eat can help you stay motivated, put you more in tune with your body’s needs,

of lemongrass, orange and peppermint

and thus help you drop more pounds.

essential oils – can kick start weight

Give these handy online food journals

loss. Essential oils boost the livers ability

a try: fitday.com, myfitnesspal.com or myfooddiary.com •

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Ar abic Food Al Khaima Res tau ran t Location: Al Sadd Tel: 4444-69 62 Open 24 hours

DELIVERY

GUIDE TO

Al Ma jiles Al-Arabi Res tau ran t Location: Al Sadd Str eet/ Behind Landmark Tel: 4444-7417 Open 7:0 0 a.m. to 2:0 0 a.m.

DOHA The summer heat often leads to an all-too-familiar dilemma – not wanting to cook but not wanting to leave the house to grab food either. In order to enjoy a lovely meal without dirtying a single pot or pan and without stepping outside, simply order a fabulous, cooked-just-for-you meal to your door. Use QH’s handy guide, courtesy of the Qatar Happening Restaurant and Dining Guide 2011, to find out which of your favourite places in Doha deliver.

Lebanese Food

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Aasha Lebanese Village Location: Grand Hamad St. Tel: 4435-5353/5559-2534 Open 8:0 0 a.m. to 12:00 a.m .

French Fo

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Eli Fran ce Location: Salwa Road/City Centre Tel: 4435 -7111/4483-9331 ); 9:00 a.m. Open 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. (Salwa Road er) Cent to 11:30 p.m. (City

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Assaha Location: Grand Hama d St. Tel: 4435 -5353 Open 9:0 0 a.m. to 12: 00 a.m. Bey t Shami Location: C Ring Road Tel: 4443-3666 Open 7:0 0 a.m. to 1:0 0 a.m. Mana kish Al Basha Location: Ramada Ju nction Tel: 4431- 0378/6655 -74 61 Open 6:0 0 a.m. to 1:0 0 a.m. Saba w Masa Location: Salwa Road Tel: 4466 -60 01 Open Saturday to Tue sday, 7:0 0 a.m. to 1:0 0 a.m.

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Asian Food Caravan a Junction Location: Ramad 65 -7722 44 1/ 71 Tel: 4465 -7 d . to 3:00 p.m. an Open 11:30 a.m . m p. 0 5:30 p.m. to 11:3 Chow kin g dd/Salwa Road Location: Al Sa 4434-3225 Tel: 4434-3333/ to Thursday Open Saturday a.m. and Friday 00 1: to . 10:0 0 a.m 0 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. to 11:0 00 a.m. 12:30 p.m. to 1: ina Gr eat Wa ll of Ch e Centre Th r ea N n: Locatio Tel: 4431-2812 d . to 3:00 p.m. an Open 11:0 0 a.m . 0 p.m 6:00 p.m. to 11:0 Ko rean Garden Road Location: Salwa 3 85 -1 Tel: 4442 . to 11:0 0 p.m. Open 11:0 0 a.m Le Cigalon le Location: La Ciga 8 88 -8 28 44 Tel: to 12:0 0 a.m. Open 6:00 a.m. e The No odle Ho us nter/The Pearl/ Ce ty Ci n: tio Loca Landmark 4495 -3876 ex t Tel: 4411-5063/ 2531 Shan ghai Garden nter Location: City Ce 8 18 -3 93 Tel: 44 . to 12:0 0 a.m. Open 11:0 0 a.m Sr i Kebaya Waqif Location: Souq Tel: 4434-0 838 . to 11:30 p.m. Open 11:0 0 a.m

Chinese Food otel a l k mond H W n a . Wo k ion: Di 0 a.m t 6 Loca 431- 622 . to 12:0 m 4 Tel: 6:0 0 a. n e Op

Italian Food Biella Location: The Mall/City Centre/Landmark Tel: 4467-7731/4493-3838/4493-4515 Open 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. La Dolce Vita Location Souq Waqif Tel: 4436-7991/5573-4809 Open 12:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Indian Food Asiana Curry House Location: Airport Road Tel: 4462-660 0/4462-6774 Open 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Aryaas Location: B-ring Road, Muntazahy and Al Meera Complex, Mansoura Tel: 4443-9555/4436-0 057/4441-9668 Open 7:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Bismillah Royal Tandoor Location: Souq Waqif Tel: 4432-3255 Open: 12:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. Chet tinad Curry House Location: B Ring Road Tel: 4443-0951 Open Saturday to Thursday 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.; Friday 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Mumbai Chaats Location: Al Meera Complex, Mansoura Tel: 4441-9668 Open 4:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Japanese Food Sa ku r a Location: R am a d a Plaza-We Wing st Tel: 4428 -1428/442 8 -1555 Open 6:0 0 p.m. to 11:0 0 p.m . Sushi Min t o Location: Sa Tel: 4467 lwa Road -5577 Open 12:0 0 p.m. to 11:30 p.m .

Star of India Location: Al Markhiya Tel: 4486-370 8/4486-4440 Open 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sukh Sagar Location: Diamond Hotel 2 Tel: 4431-9172 Open 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. The Garden Royal Location: The Mall Tel: 4466-6876 Open 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

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Research shows that nuts are a great way to fight heart disease. This is due to the healthy type of fat found in the nuts (mono and polyunsaturated). Try eating a handful of nuts every day.

Date Nut Snacks In a rush to find healthy snacks for you to try, I remembered this amazing nut and date recipe a colleague once shared with me. Try them, they are delicious.

Table: Nutrients in 1 Ounce / 28 grams of Shelled Nuts and Peanuts Name

QTY

TYPE OF FAT

Calories Protein Total Sat(3) Mono(4) Poly(5)

per 1 oz./

28 grams

Almonds

20 - 24

160

6

14

1

9

3

6 - 8

190

4

19

5

7

7

Cashews

16 - 18

160

4

13

3

8

2

Hazelnuts

18 - 20

180

4

17

1.5

13

2

Macadamias 10 - 12

200

2

22

3

17

0.5

Peanuts 28 170

7

14 2 7 4

Pecans

3

20 2 12 6

Brazil nuts

(6)

18 - 20 halves

200

coconut

Preparation: g Blend all nuts and pour into bowl. Next blend dates and coconut oil and add to nut mixture.

g Finally add cocoa powder, coffee and shredded coconut. Add more of the last three to taste. You

Pine nuts (pignolias)

150 -157

160

7

14

2

5

6

Pistachios

45 - 47

160

6

13

1.5

7

4

mixture. Form your mixture into

14 halves

190

4

18

1.5

2.5

13

balls and roll in left over coconut.

Walnuts

will have formed a paste with your

Source: Adapted from the International Tree Nut Council Research and Education Foundation publications, Nutrients in 1 Ounce of Tree Nuts and Peanuts, January 2003<www.nuthealth.org/nutrition/

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Ingredients: Finely chop 1/2 cup portion of each of the following ingredients: g Almonds g Walnuts g Pecan nuts g Hazel nuts g 6 large dates g 2-4 tablespoons virgin coconut oil. g 2 tsp. Unsweetened cocoa powder g 1 tsp Freshly ground coffee g 1/2 cup Shredded

nutrient1oz.html> and Nutrition in Every Handful, August 2002, <www.nuthealth.org/inside.pdf>.

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By Gloria Duran - Renderos B.SC,M.P.H

A recent Harvard study followed 16,010 women over the age of 70, finding those who ate berries slowed memory loss by almost three years. Researchers cite the plethora of antioxidants packed into these small fruits as being the reason. If preventing memory loss weren't enough, they taste amazing. Here are five great ideas on how to eat more of them.

1) Jello Berry Cups:

Place jello in a pitcher. Pour boiling water over jello and stir until completely dissolved. Stir in 1 cup cold water. Place jello into four 1 cup capacity glasses. Spoon half the fruit into the glasses. Cover with plastic and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or until set. Top cups with remaining berries and custard. Serve.

2) Berry Merry Summer Salad:

Toss all ingredients in a bowl and enjoy. Serve chilled.  1 container of blueberries  1 container of strawberries, sliced  Juice of one lemon  4 tbs honey  Fresh mint, chopped cool on a cookie rack. Makes 2 dozen.

 1 box of regular raspberry jello  1 cup boiling water  1/2 cup (250g) strawberries, hulled, sliced  1/4 cup (150g) blueberries  1/4 cup (150g) raspberries  1 1/2 cups low-fat vanilla custard

3) Berry Breakfast Smoothie: Blend the following ingredients in an electric blender till smooth. Enjoy.  150g strawberries, hulled, roughly chopped  1/4 cup fresh or frozen raspberries  1/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries  2/3 cup thick vanilla yoghurt  1/3 cup milk  1 tbs maple syrup  4 ice cubes

4) Berry Frappe:

Place half the berries, cranberry juice and honey in the blender and blend until smooth. Transfer to a large serving jug. Repeat with the remaining berries, cranberry juice and honey. Garnish each glass with mint and a blueberry. Serve immediately.  2 x 500g pkts frozen mixed berries  1L (4 cups) cranberry juice  2 tbs honey.

5) Berries with White Chocolate Sauce:

Place soy milk, vanilla and white chocolate in a saucepan and stir over low heat until chocolate melts. Let it stand until slightly cool. Serve berries on a plate or in individual cups and top with the warm sauce. Garnish with cool whip or mascarpone cheese and Mint leaves. Serve.  300ml ( 11/4 cups)white-chocolate or coconut-flavoured soy milk  1 tsp vanilla extract  175g white chocolate  450g mixed fresh summer berries  250g mascarpone cheese or whipped topping  Fresh Mint leaves . •

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My Favorite

Cookies! By Moona Masri Whitice

Baking has always been a part of my family. My grandmother started her own chain of bakeries in the 1940's and my mother continues her tradition to this day. Cookies are my favorite thing to make on a sunny afternoon. Here are my favorite recipes.

Tip: Using a cookie scoop makes perfect sized cookies.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Try it

INGREDIENTS:  1 3/4 cup all purpose flour,  1/2 tsp. Baking powder,  1/4 tsp. Baking soda,  3 cup old fashioned oatmeal,  2 large eggs,  3/4 tsp. salt  1 tsp. Vanilla extract  1 3/4 sticks unsalted, butter, melted » 2 tsp vegetable oil,  1 cup granulated sugar  1 cup packed light brown sugar,  1 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon,  1 1/2 cups raisins. PREPARATION:  Heat oven to 350 oF or 177oC. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.  Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and oatmeal in a medium bowl. Beat eggs, salt and vanilla in a small bowl. Mix butter, oil, and sugars in a large bowl. Stir in egg mixture until smooth. Stir in flour mixture, then stir in raisins.  Using a spoon drop mixture on the cookie sheet. (You might want to press them down just a tad.) Bake until golden brown, 12 – 15 minutes. (Don’t let cookies get too brown — I like to remove mine when they still look a bit under-cooked in the center.) Let cool on cookie sheets, 2 – 3 minutes, then transfer to wire racks.

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e t a l o c o Ch Chip ! s e i k o o C This is my absolutely favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe! They say this recipe is a copy of the original Mrs. Fields Cookie chocolate chip. They may be right because they are amazingly good.

Try it

Garden In A Cup A fun project and dessert for the summer with the kids.

Chocolate Chip Cookie

INGREDIENTS:

INGREDIENTS:

 1 15oz. box of vanilla

» 1 12oz bag of semi sweet chocolate chips, » 1 cup of butter, » 1 cup of brown sugar, » 1 cup of white sugar, » 2 eggs, » 1 tsp of vanilla, » 2 cups of flour, » 2 1/2 cups of Oatmeal, » 1/2 tsp. salt, » 1tsp. baking powder, » 1tsp. baking soda, » 1 1/2 cup of chopped nuts, »

pudding,prepared as directed with whip,  8 plastic cups,  8 pieces of

1/2 of an 8 oz. hershey bar.

ribbon ( 12" each),  hot glue gun,  8

PREPARATION:

artificial flowers and gummy worms.

milk.  A bag of Oreo cookies, cool

» Cream butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Add Flour to the mixture slowly. Stir in salt and baking soda. Stir again.

» Add oatmeal and nuts. Stir. Then add chocolate chips and hershey bar in chunks. Spoon on to a cookie sheet. Bake at 375 for 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from pan and cool on a cookie rack. Makes 2 dozen.

Gluten Free - Chocolate Chip Cookie

PREPARATION:  To begin, tie your ribbons to the

cups and secure them with a dap of hot glue. Set aside. Crush Oreo cookies in a bowl until

INGREDIENTS:

they look like dirt. Layer, oreos first

» 2 1/4 cups Gluten-Free Flour, »1 tsp. GF baking powder, »1 tsp baking soda, »1/2 tsp salt, »1/4 tsp xanthan gum, »3/4 cup butter, softened »3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar, »1/2 cup sugar, »2 Organic Eggs, »2 tsp GF vanilla, »1 (12-oz) package, »2 cups gluten-free semi-sweet chocolate chunks or chips.

inside each cup, then pudding, then

PREPARATION:

»Heat oven to 375°F. Combine flour blend, baking powder, baking soda, salt and xanthan

oreos, then cool whip, and finally oreos again.  Decorate with flower and gummy

worms and serve your little ones!

gum in medium bowl. Set aside. Combine butter, brown sugar and sugar in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla. Continue beating, scraping bowl often, until well mixed.

»Reduce speed to low. Beat, gradually adding flour mixture, until well mixed. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls, 2 inches apart, onto un-greased cookie sheets. Bake for 9 to 12 minutes. (DO NOT OVERBAKE.) Let stand 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from cookie sheets.

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to House Hunting, in Qatar Here’s what to do, and what to avoid By Deliah Furcoi

House hunting

is NEVER an easy task, especially as an expat when you’re away from your own country. Qatar is my home yet I have become accustomed to the lifestyle of a nomad, when it comes to housing. With the ever changing economic climate and transforming faces of circumstances my previous cosy one bedroom dwelling (equipped b Bilal Pearl Suites with a midget sized gym, white goods and located five minutes away from b Kempinski Sk y Villas s my workplace) proved to be not big b Souq Waqif Residence enough for Mr. Max and I. Sadly, there an b Porto Arabia – Alfard wasn’t enough air, light and space for a open) b Crowne Plaza (yet to budding flower like me. And so, despite having lived in the yellow sandbox for b Forty Four Tower t to open) close to eight years and having stayed in b Msheireb Proper ties (ye four different homes . . . it was time for me to ‘move’ again.

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Deliah’s Checklist

Budget: QR 4,000 to QR 10,000 for a Villa or apartment. Priorities

4Must be dog friendly 4Needs lots of light 4Space and a beautiful view 4 Minimum requirements 4 ONE bedroom, two would be a plus

4 Dog friendly community 4 All white goods included 4 Clean & own parking 4 Must have gym, pool and security

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estate companies and asked them to help me shortlist properties based on my checklist. Besides the real estate agents doing their bit, I went online on local websites in Qatar and noted down properties and areas I liked which had accommodation available. Afterwards, came the hardest aspect of house hunting... ie ‘actual’ visits to the property which swallowed all my free time between work and home commitments.

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register for an enquiry and the real estate agents wouldn’t answer my query or return my calls. Few agents would even ask ‘Why I was looking at properties so early?’ During the house visits, many properties were not even cleaned and smelled utterly stale, or had no parking space! Yet another mood dampener was practicing the art of sign language with the ‘Naturs’ (Security man in Arabic) who thought I was going to steal the building and wouldn’t even let me enter despite a scheduled visit appointment!

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The Pearl-Qatar

Bilal Pearl suites

Al Sadd

Bilal complex

Location: The Pearl Island in Viva Bahriyah

Location: Central Al Saad Area. ( Behind Toys R us )

Type: Residential

Type: Residential Building,

What’s available: 1/ 2/ 3 & 4 bedroom apartments and penthouses.

What’s available: 2 bedroom, fully furnished luxury apartments

Amenities: Gym, conference room, coffee shop/ restaurant, children’s play area, basement parking, spa & conference room. Apartment amenities include Italian cabinetry and stainless steel kitchen appliances, contemporary, high quality furnishings and open floor plans.

Amenities: Fully Furnished, modern furniture, rooftop jacuzzi and barbeque area and gym. Features include contemporary amenities, rooftop, jacuzzi, barbeque area, a gym. Contact: +974 4442 8877 Website : www.ahbqatar.com

Contact: +974 4442 8877 Website : www.ahbqatar.com

Lagoona

West Bay

Zig Zag Towers

Kempinski Residences & Suites

Location: Lagoona, A landmark by itself!

Location: West Bay

Type: Apartment units

Type: Hotel & Suites

What’s available: 1/2/3 bedroom units for rent or buy.

What’s available: 1-6 bedroom units

Amenities: Gym, pool, spa in house café, furnishing available if needed.

Features: In-residence dining and catering, Daily housekeeping, PURE Leisure & Wellness center for tenants & Kempinski Kids’ Club

Contact: Dar Investment & Development : 44289888

Amenities: Business Centre with workstations, dining rooms and a boardroom, Exclusive concierge and porter services, Car rental, limousine and taxi service and Highspeed broadband wireless Internet access. Website: www.kempinski.com

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where lifestyle and comfort go hand in hand!! The Pearl Qatar

Al Sadd

One Porto Arabia

Al Nada Complex, Al Sadd

Location: The Pearl Qatar

Location: Al Merqab Area Behind Q-tel building

Type: Residential Building

Type: Residential units

What’s available: 1-4 bedroom apartment and penthouse

What’s available: 104 units in total, 1/2/3 bedroom, fully furnished.

Amenities: Fully Furnished, District Cooling System, Top of the range modern furniture, High speed broadband wireless Internet access, Temperature controlled swimming pool and Jacuzzis, Kids’ play area, Elegant café and restaurant to name a few!

Amenities: Spa, swimming pool, club, basement parking, equipped kitchens, maintenance, security.

An exclusive address, beautiful vistas of the Arabian gulf and proximity to restaurants within the area, the Lagoona mall and Katara.

This property is available from August 1, 2012.

Contact: +974 4493344 Website : www.alnadacomplex.com

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AL SADD

West bay

Doha Downtown Address

Forty Four Tower

Location: Al Kenana Street , Al Sadd Area

Location: West Bay, Diplomat Street

Type: 1/2 and studio apartments

Type: Residential long/short term / compound / commercial Serviced Apartment for long term (3 months and above).

What’s available: Apartments. Short and long stay Amenities: 24-Hour front desk, newspapers, elevator, safety deposit box, luggage storage, air conditioning, restaurant (à la carte), sauna, fitness centre, spa & wellness centre, massage, outdoor swimming pool (all year), room service. Contact: Tel: +974 4438 0444 Website : www.dohadowntown.com

What’s available: 2 Types of Apartments 2&3 bedroom. Amenities: Swimming pool, recreation center including gym, sauna and steam room, 24 hours reception and maintenance and security, HK services including deep cleaning, changing towels and sheets and amenities. Contact: Tel: +974 4448 4444. (PO Box 200538)

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West Bay

WESTBAY LAGOON VILLAS

Location: West Bay Lagoon Compound Type: Residential Villas What’s available: 6 five bedroom villas on the beach in the Lagoon. Features: Fully Furnished and contain 5 bedrooms each with its own en-suite bathroom, several balconies and a spacious maid’s room. Amenities: Swimming pool, private beach Contact: +974 4442 8877

The Pearl-Qatar

BILAL TOWNHOUSES Location: The Pearl Island in Porto Arabia. Type: Residential villas What’s available: 1/ 2/ 3 and 4 bedroom units with private balcony or terrace Features: Fully fitted kitchen with modern appliances, spacious Amenities: Swimming pool, Gym, Jacuzzi, Leisure room, Banquet room,Children’s play area, Car parking. Contact: +974 4442 8877 Website : www.ahbqatar.com

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Al Rayyan

Riviera Garden

Al Rayyan Village

Location: Residential villas

Location: Al Rayyan

Type: Single and double storey villas

Type: Residential villas

What’s available: 3-4 bedrooms with option of private swimming pool

What’s available: 380 villas of mainly 4 bedrooms villas and a 13,000 sq.m club house

Amenities: Club house facilities include three swimming pools, sauna, steam, Jacuzzi, techno-gym with qualified instructor, 3 qualified instructors, basketball court and multi-purpose outdoor lit playing field, toddler’s playground. 24 hours security

Features: Swimming pool and children's mini pool, high quality gym, tennis and squash courts, playground, fully equipped nursery, on-site supermarket, dry cleaners, secure and gated community.

Website: www.riviera-compound.com

Website: www.alrayyanvillage.net Contact: info@primelands.net

Contact: +974 4479 3804; +974 4479 3803

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Al Gassar

Jeleiah Compound

Al Gassar Resort

Location: Near College of North Atlantic

Location: Al Gassar

Type: Residential villas, 70 in total within compound

Type: Residential Towers

What’s available: Single/double storey villas, 3 bedrooms

What’s available: 1-5 bedroom apartments

Amenities: Close to Landmark, Lulu (Gharaffa), 20 minutes drive to city centre, club gym, swimming pool , 24 hour security and maintenance on call, well maintained gardens. Contact: Nasser +974 5555 6915

Features: Café lounge and restaurant, Full-service Business Centre, Pharmacy and grocery shopping services, Call centre & VIP concierge services Amenities: 24/7 maintenance, Laundry and dry cleaning services, Ample car parking and limousine services, Advanced security, On-call doctor available around the clock, High-speed wireless internet access – Fiber Optics Website: www.algassarresort.com

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Location: The Residences, Souq Waqif

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Type: Residential long/short term / compound / commercial for Short-term stay

What’s available: 378 modern rooms & suites, 1/2 bedroom resident suites Features: Club lounge featuring complimentary breakfast and canapés, spa and wellness centre, triple floored event centre, six restaurants and bars Website: www.crowneplaza.com

What’s available: 9 Residential units, including four 3-bedroom (330 sq. m) and 5 one bedroom residences (175 sq. m) Amenities: Complimentary wireless internet connection, complimentary access to swimming pool of Al Mirqab, Complimentary access to gymnasium facilities of Al Mirqab. Website: www.swbh.com

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

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

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

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

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

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coloured lampshades.

Swap the classic white drum for a custom shade in an unexpected colour. Use neon or saturated colour to add a fashion pop.

Do spend

money on statement light fixtures.

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

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

9 Do use Travertine. “Popular in the 80’s, travertine - to my great delight - is making a huge comeback,” says Yanic. “It looks stunning, is less expensive than marble and it is a renewable material.” •

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Today more than ever families are living with distances between them. Many times families are separated by grandparents deservingly retiring to a warmer climate or families making a move for career options. Grandparents are an important part of a child’s life and there are many great ways to grow a close relationship despite the miles between. Why are grandparents

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Technology. The Internet has become an incredible way of shrinking

important?

appropriate behavior, give time and

“Support and unconditional love

attention to the children and can help the miles and allowing for instant

without day to day responsibility,”

instill family values. Dr. Lawrence

low-cost communication. People of all

says Dr. Lawrence Weiss, Director

also points out that grandparents

ages are becoming Internet proficient

and Associate Professor at the

are an important way for children to

and those skills can help keep each

Sanford Center for Aging at the

learn the history and heritage of the

other close. The computer is a great

University of Nevada, Reno. Besides

family.

way to communicate by using e-mails,

just having fun with the kids then

video conferencing, live chats, sending

sending them home, there are many

Bridging the Gap

greeting cards and playing interactive

reasons that grandparents are

There are many creative ways to

games.

important in a child’s life and each

keep in touch and stay close to

participant gains something special

grandparents while living away from

Creativity. Some creative things

from the relationship.

one another.

to do to keep in touch include writing

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get a personal card or letter in the

for grandparents to see how the

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Whatever method you choose for keeping close relationships between grandparents and grandchildren isn’t important. The important thing is make sure that something is done to help build a happy healthy family relationship. What’s the best way to have a close relationship? “Communicate, communicate, communicate,” says Dr. Weiss. •

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ABODE's New family crossover this august The Infiniti JX is the latest in Infiniti’s GCC line up on offer this summer. The JX is credited with seductive styling, break-through world first technologies, comfortable accommodation for seven adults and an array of features which underline its position as a luxury vehicle. A formidable feature this car comes with is the Back-up Collision Intervention, a world-first in technology. From the time it debuted this elegant crossover vehicle is set to cause ripples in the Middle East’s Luxury Automotive Market. Praising the versatile car, Juergen Schmitz, general manager (Infiniti Middle East) said, “Infiniti JX’s innovative design gives it both luxurious versatility and visual appeal. Convention says these two elements are like ‘day and night’, representing polar opposites, but Infiniti has crafted them together. The result gives Infiniti JX two personalities: a comfortable, safe, versatile and feature-filled family vehicle by day and stylish luxury car by night.” As a stylish, luxury, three-row, seven seat Intelligent All-Wheel Drive crossover, the all-new model is designed to excel in the areas that crossover buyers desire most – interior flexibility and roominess, safety, and advanced hospitality features. The JX offers real three-row utility, plus all the premium features and innovations that Infiniti has become known for worldwide. An ABODE favourite! (For your priority test drive booking contact Infinite on 44283366)

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Your Pet And T he Sun Protect Your Pouch - order Suntan lotion for your Pet. Epi-Pet Sun protector spray is available on amazon.com. T his spray is non-greasy, water and sweat repellant and one of its kind for our lovable Rover!

It’s extremely important that you take heed of your pets health in the hot weather months. Experts from www.suntan.com list a few tips to help keep our loving companions healthy and safe. SOURCE: www.Suntan .com

Temperature above 40

pavement? Just like you feel at the

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salt from the fur and try to keep

be taken inside during any harsh

people like to walk their pets and

them from drinking pool water as

temperatures. If they are outside,

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very cold winter. It is no different for

preventative plus a flea and tick

and attention. Remember that the

them than it would be for you. Think

control program will help keep them

food and drink we ingest may be

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healthy.

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summer day. By the time you reach

grapes, onions, chocolate and

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swimmers, so introduce your pets

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Try it Used Cereal Box Drawer Organizer Turn your "hold all messy desk drawer" in to a colorful display of easy to find useful items by converting old cereal boxes into display trays. For more instructions on the project go to empty nester and DIY crafter Lori's blog at http:// www.thestonybrookhouse. com/2012/03/messy-desk. html. All you need are the following items: contact paper, measuring tape, scissors, drafting knife, tape, and patience.

Ideas To Make Life Easier

We have scoured www.pinterest.com to bring you simple and fun ideas to make your life more organized. Hope you have a chance to put them in practice.

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Use egg cartons to separate and store your Christmas decorations.

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An actress whose first big screen gig also proved to be her breakthrough, Hathaway became a familiar face to millions of moviegoers thanks to her starring role in 2001 hit The Princess Diaries followed by The Devil Wears Prada & Becoming Jane.

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Meryl Streep broke into films in the 1970s with a role in the drama Julia (1977). since then she has gone on to win the Academy Award three times. Famous movies include Mamma Mia!, Kramer vs Kramer!

An epic Turkish production that portrays the life of Sultan Sulieman with shades of love, betrayal, romance and intrigue. (From Saturday to Tuesday at 9 pm. KSA on OSN Ya Hala! HD)

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Nora Ephron Leaves behind a Legacy Nora Ephron, the inimitable screenwriter and director whose sharp, edgy romantic comedies featuring strong women took her to the top ranks of the Hollywood film industry passed away on June 26, 2012 at the age of 71. Ephron was nominated three times for the Academy Award for Best Writing (Original Screenplay): for Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle. She was an essayist, playwright, journalist, novelist, an Oscar-nominated screenwriter and a movie director. She once famously said “Be the heroine of your own life; not the victim!” Famous films: Julie & Julia, Charlie Rose, Silkwood & Lucky Number, Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry Met Sally. Famous works: Crazy salad, I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman, I Remember Nothing: And Other Reflections and Heartburn.

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How Does She Do It!

A definite "chick flick" to stay in and enjoy with all your girlfriends and a bowl of popcorn!

radio

Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol

The IMF is shut down when it's implicated in a global terrorist bombing plot. Ghost Protocol is initiated and Ethan Hunt and his rogue new team must go undercover to clear their organization's name. No help, no contact, off the grid. You have never seen a mission grittier and more intense than this.

If you want to switch from TV to radio dig in to QF Radio 93.7 FM and listen to “Meet the Philharmonic” hosted by Victoria Scott. The show is a mix of interviews with musicians and conductors, music from recent Qatar Philharmonic concerts, and chats with the audience. Airs daily at 10am and 10pm.

Captain America

If you are an Avengers fan, it will not hurt to watch how Captain America started. Chris Evans plays Steve Rogers a military who’s weak stature was considered unfit for military service but he volunteers for a top secret research project that turns him into Captain America, a superhero dedicated to defending USA.

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Iron Lady

The Iron Lady is a surprising and intimate portrait of Margaret Thatcher (Meryl Streep), the first and only female Prime Minister of The United Kingdom. One of the 20th century's most famous and influential women, Thatcher came from nowhere to smash through barriers of gender and class to be heard in a male dominated world..

The Best Exotic MArigold Hotel

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel follows a group of British retirees who decide to "outsource" their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India. Enticed by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and bolstered with visions of a life of leisure, they arrive to find the palace a shell of its former self. Though the new environment is less luxurious than imagined, they are forever transformed by their shared experiences.

Book

The Sins of The Father, Jeffrey Archer The Sins of the Father is the second in his five-book Clifton Chronicles saga. Harry's plan to erase his past and start a different life in America has unfortunate side effects, as the last page of the first volume indicated. Meanwhile Emma, the mother of his son, refuses to believe that he is dead, and sets out to find him. As addictive as its predecessor Available at Virgin Megastore

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SADE Bring Me Home / LIVE 2011 The British born singer, writer and producer takes a bold stance with her extraordinary album, with a powerful opening of her live performance of Soldier of Love. SADE ‘Live in concert’ in the comforts of your own living room, watch her on wide screen and high definition.

Tony Bennett Duets II

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To celebrate his 85th, Tony has put together a musical treasure trove of 17 of the greats all in one amazing album. The collection includes the last recorded performance by Amy Winehouse and a rainbow of vocalist like Norah Jones, Aretha Franklin, and Andrea Bocelli! Perfect, for quiet evening in.

A feel good album with a touch of country! I enjoyed the super upbeat “Drive By”, “Bruises”, “This'll Be My Year.” After a few listens, I’d say a good one, with a few misses “You Can Finally…” and “California 37. Overall, good music for a drive!

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