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


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editor in chief's letter

Dear Readers


elcome to the exciting and fun-packed month of June. Doha’s summer season is finally here with its scorching temperatures, but don’t despair. Our gorgeous city has a unique event in the cards to keep you entertained, so make sure you don’t miss it! We are in fact pleased to announce the arrival of one of the most entertaining, exciting and fun theatre shows in Qatar: STOMP, courtesy of the Art of Business/AHB and Premium Projects.



The phenomenal show is all about rhythm, using everyday percussion instruments such as brooms, barrel and garbage cans. This act will simply blow you, friends and family away. It will exhibit at the National Convention Center from the 6th till 8th of June, for three nights only, so make sure you secure a ticket on After experiencing this thrilling event, get your summer started by planning a short or long break away to recharge yourself. We have put together a great list of appealing holiday destinations and the perfect holiday wardrobe edits for the whole family to make sure you’ll look stylish wherever you head. Also in a summer issue, we couldn’t not include some healthy tips and diets to help you get rid of those few extra kilos before you reach the beach.

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WIN A MAKEOVER FROM JEAN LOUIS DAVID. Tell us where are Jean Louis David salons located in Qatar?

June 2nd will also see the celebration of Cancer Survivors’ Day, a wonderful celebration of life. For this occasion we met with local cancer survivors to hear their inspiring stories. Through sharing their experiences, they’re creating awareness and hope for others, too. Enjoy the read!

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Trends-shopping-style tips and news

SHEIKHA MOZAH attended the Netherlands King and Queen coronation.

On the 30th of April the world welcomed Willem-Alexander as the first Dutch King in 120 years. Our very own style icon, Sheikha Mozah represented Qatar at the investiture ceremony. Her Highness stood out among royal attendees from all over the world for her warm smile and immaculate attire. King Willem-Alexander is Europe's youngest ruling royal after the abdication of his mother Queen Beatrix, who reigned for 33 years.

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Style News

The latest dish from the fashion world


JEAN-LOUIS DAVID SALON Expansion Creates More Space And ‘Privacy Areas’ The Jean-Louis David beauty salon at Doha’s Renaissance Hotel has undergone an expansion and enhancement, offering more space and ‘privacy areas’ for its customers. The location of the salon, adjacent to the City Center Mall, gives shoppers the ability to simply drop into the Jean-Louis David salon for an express hair or nail treatment if time is at a premium. The mall, of course, is situated right at the heart of Doha’s commercial area, so the option of having beauty treatments during your lunch hour or immediately after work becomes a reality.

NET-A-PORTER.COM, the world's premier online luxury fashion retailer, recently introduced beauty as a new category on its website. Its customers in over 75 countries will be able to purchase a highly edited assortment of beauty brands and products in addition to shopping the hottest fashion looks of the season. “We are delighted to continue the expansion of the NET-A-PORTER brand with the addition of beauty. The move is a natural evolution of our business. We have already established ourselves as a truly global fashion destination and have a super sophisticated, discerning customer with an appetite for newness and the latest trends that extends beyond fashion,” says Alison Loehnis, Managing Director, NET-A-PORTER.COM.

Make Shopping a Breeze with Fashion’s Hottest App! Flipshion is the hottest fashion app on iTunes that has revolutionized the online shopping experience for women. The app acts as an online shopping catalogue that recreates identical designer runway looks for less, saving you thousands of dollars this spring. All products featured are available online, so you can save time and money by shopping each outfit instantly from the Flipshion application. If you like the look, buy it right away or save it to your wish list and purchase it later – all without leaving your iPad or iPhone. Visit to start saving now!

Doha & VCUQatar’s Fashion Award Winner 2013 Rabab Abdulla was announced winner of the W Doha and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Fashion Award 2013. This is the third year running that the W Doha has partnered with VCUQatar to select a winner from the university’s senior year, to provide them with a platform to showcase their designs within the hotel in a number of several happenings. Created as a launch pad for rising visionaries to share their passion for fashion, the W Doha has offered Rabab Abdulla an opportunity to elevate exposure of her award-winning collection, by presenting it to guests. Furthermore, the budding designer has also been asked to create a new collection inspired by the hotel to be revealed at a design happening in Q4 2013.


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news Designer Michael Kors Named to the 2013 TIME 100 The annual compilation, which lists 100 most influential people in the world, recognizes people who are, according to TIME Managing Editor Richard Stengel, “using their ideas, their visions, their actions to transform the world and have an effect on a multitude of people.” “I’m deeply honored to be named to the TIME 100,” says Kors. “The people who make up this list each year include artists, leaders and visionaries whom I greatly admire. To be in such company is incredible.” The full list can be found at

Escada Fragrances Signs Lebanese Singer Yara as Regional Brand Ambassador for Especially Escada Especially Escada – the fragrance from the House of Escada – has appointed renowned Lebanese Pop singer Yara as its new Brand Ambassador for the Middle East. Yara, a powerhouse artist with a slew of number one hits across the Arab world, will be Escada’s first ever Regional Brand Ambassador. As an ultra-successful woman who radiates inner beauty and elegance, Yara epitomizes the essence of Especially Escada. The much-coveted fragrance boasts a luxurious and feminine scent inspired by the spirit of today’s joyful, spontaneous and glamorous woman. Indeed, Especially Escada is a truly refined and sophisticated perfume that aims to enhance a woman’s soft femininity. “I am so honored to be the first ever regional face of Especially Escada – a fragrance that captures the beautiful aroma of rose petals,” said Yara.

Rediscover Your Senses with Amouage’ Library Collection and Opus VII Fragrances Amouage’s Library Collection is a celebration of integrity, creativity and virtuosity. Inspired by the knowledge and experience drawn from the art of living, each of the seven fragrances reveal the many facets of discovery. Amouage Creative Director, Christopher Chong, says, “I have always been fascinated by the struggle of the critical nature of mankind with the long winding journey which leads to the domination of the mind in the pursuit and interpretation of knowledge. No matter how tumultuous, once knowledge is obtained, we submit ourselves to a powerful sensation of liberation and euphoria.” He explains that this act is seen in its fullest splendour of the Galbanum and warm woods set against the violent reincarnation of the resin notes. Available at 51 East and Paris Gallery in Doha.

Salam Stores opens Temperley London at The Gate Mall Doha’s fashion elite gathered at The Gate Mall last month to celebrate the official opening of Temperley London. The reception was personally hosted by Alice Temperley MBE and took the form of a playful ‘English Tea Party’, referencing the brand’s British roots and complete with a quaint grass garden where guests mingled, sipping tea and savouring delicate canapés. Qatar’s first Temperley London store is the personal vision of Alice Temperley, one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary British fashion. Alice Temperley's timeless, feminine designs combine meticulous detail and embellishments with an English eccentricity and personality drawing on everything British; Temperley is the modern day 'Cool Britannia'. The Doha store acts as perfect setting for an array of exquisite seasonal collections from Temperley London including the latest SS13 garments. We advise you to plan a visit to this stunning boutique soon!


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Proenza Schouler designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez designed the collection based on some of their favourite pieces from past pre-spring collections.


The collection comprising of nine pieces including a mini dress and skirt, a jacket, sweater and shorts gives customers in 170 countries the chance to own a unique, limited-edition ready-to-wear item by one of America’s top designers. Log on to and get shopping before these amazing creations sell out!


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The collection boasts surf-inspired classics like the board short and the Baja pullover, but reinterpreted in luxe fabrics.

The exclusive collections is perfect for summer: fun, wearable and effortless chic!

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shopping Mini luggage bag Fyunka at

Wedges Kurt Geiger Scarf Gap

Hat River island

Sunglasses Fendi

Beach playsuit Missoni at


Make the most of summer, sun and the beach with these key pieces you should pack away with you!

Necklace H&M

Travel wallet Anya Hindmarch exclusive for Museum of Islamic Art Doha

Visor Rag&Bone at

Flat sandals Kurt Geiger


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Clutch bag Zara

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fashion insider

DIA-STYLE.COM By Rasha Khouri

This month ABODE interviewed Rasha Khouri, founder of, a new e-commerce fashion site for the Middle East in English and Arabic, offering a uniquely comprehensive shopping experience for the luxury consumer in the Middle East. Necklace Shourouk Heels Valentino

Bag Burberry

Blazer Balmain

You launched your career as an investment banker at JP Morgan in New York, how come you decided to venture in the fashion world instead? A: I always had a passion for fashion, business, technology as well as the Middle East and have been fortunate to be able to bring all of these elements together in I always had in mind that I wanted to be able to shape and create my own business so being an entrepreneur was a natural progression from the corporate world.

E-commerce is getting bigger and bigger. How is your new business responding to the demand? A: E-commerce has increased worldwide and reports from VISA and Interactive Media in Retail Group (IMRG) predict that by 2015 the online retail market in GCC countries will have

grown to $15 billion, compared to $3.3 billion in 2010. I saw that no one was focusing on the online luxury market for the Middle East in Arabic and English and that there were no websites purely catering to the region for on-season, on-trend luxury fashion. Not even the global brands have websites in Arabic.

Are residents in the Gulf Peninsula shopping online regularly or do they still prefer a more personal service in boutiques? A: There is a place both for online and as well as physical stores. Since our launch we have seen an increasing amount of customers buying from our site. We offer a very personal customer service via our stylists who are available online and over the phone. We have heard that


you may not be able to get hold of in boutiques or stores where you live! Sign up for newsletters and Facebook and Twitter to make sure you know about special offers.

some of our customers enjoy the online shopping experience more because they can shop without sales assistants hovering around them. We're launching an online live chat service in a few weeks to further enhance the customer experience.

How do you make your website stand out from the myriad of other e-outlets? A: We offer the largest selection of luxury designers and products that ship quickly to the Middle East. We put together the products from the top luxury e-tailers worldwide, including NET-APORTER, Harrods, my-wardrobe, matchesfashion, brownsfashion, mytheresa, Boutique1 and Stylebop. You'll find all their products in one place on our site so that you can easily see the latest deliveries from all of them, or see everything available from a particular designer or sort the product by type of garment or accessory. All of the products on come direct from the designers, so we can 100 per cent guarantee that everything on the site is authentic.


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BEACH CHIC ESSENTIALS Make a fashionable splash in these investment pieces, which look simply fabulous!

Sarong Matthew Williamson at


Master the art of tying a sarong and you'll hardly need to pack anything else for your holiday

Turban Anna Sui at


Clutch Dolce&Gabbana at

This super cute nautical clutch will do the job by the pool and for your night out too.


Ditch your trilby hat and opt instead for a stylish fashion statement with a gorgeous turban.



Sandals Kurt Geiger

They are a must for summer. Go for gold to give that extra luxurious touch to any of your outfits.


This studded pair of sunglasses will keep you cool and stylish on and off the beach.

Sunglasses Valentino


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FASHION for Less Refresh your summer attire by bagging some serious bargains this month at two of our favourites stores in town, Splash and Steve Madden.

White blouse SPLASH

QR 70

Red top SPLASH

QR 50


QR 105

All Under

QR 250

Printed tunic dress SPLASH

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ABODE loves wedges! This pair will be a great buy as they will look great in the office during the week and very stylish at the wknd with your favourite skinny jeans and t-shirt. Get them before they go...

Floral trousers SPLASH

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Flat pumps

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fashion shoot

Jumpsuit Catherine Malandrino at The Gate Sequined waistcoat R.Ghandi+ R.Khanna at Salam Necklace Matthew Williamson at The Gate Neon heels Versace at Villaggio


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fashion shoot

Bright Now! Neon shades and vibrant colours light up the fashion horizon this summer. Wear it loud and proud and you are ready to go...



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fashion shoot

Shirt Elie Tahari at The Gate Trousers Matthew Williamson at the Gate Heels Schutz at Salam Gold ring Faybjoux at Salam


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fashion shoot Maxi dress Matthew Williamson at The Gate Necklace Salam Gold cuff Faybjoux at Salam


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fashion shoot

Top BCBG Max Azria at Villaggio Jeans Karen Millen at Villaggio Necklace Matthew Williamson at The Gate Ring BCBG Max Azria at Villaggio


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MEN’S AGENDA What's new-What to wear and buy- Style tips for Him

TOBY BATEMAN Buying Director at MRPORTER.COM shows ABODE's readers how to dress stylish on a cruise liner this summer.


Foldable headphones Bauers&Wilkins

Shorts Saturdays Surf NYC


Espadrilles Castaner Pablo All available at


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men's agenda Borsalino panama hat

Impeccably constructed from traditional woven-straw and punctuated with a black grosgrain band, this timeless Panama piece will make a sophisticated choice for gentlemen who appreciate classic design.

J.Crew's washed-pink shorts have a sun-faded look that captures the brand's East Coast sensibility. Constructed from relaxed and robust cotton-twill, this straight-fit pair will make a stylish addition to your on-board attire.

Sunspel T-shirt

J.Crew cotton twill shorts

Sunspel sources its fabrics with acute attention to strength and softness, and this Egyptian cotton mixed with jersey T-shirt achieves both. Striped in a lively combination of navy, white and orange hues, this is essential cruise attire. Sunspel striped T-shirt


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men's agenda Boglioli unstructured blazer

Cutler & Gross Sunglasses

Cutler and Gross designs focus on superb quality and understated detailing. These amber acetate sunglasses feature a golden metal bridge and studs at the temples, making them both flattering and very chic.

A lightweight blazer is an essential component of a good cruise wardrobe, ideal for dressing up relaxed chinos. Boglioli's unstructured blazers are hugely popular thanks to their easy fit and sharp appearance. This version is tailored in Italy from a fine, breathable cotton and linenblend fabric for a luxurious feel and impeccable finish.

Incotex chinos

For an easy way to work texture and colour into your look, opt for Lanvin's suede and nubuck boat shoes. This Italianmade pair will lend a dapper touch to a classic off-duty look, and the performance rubber sole is ideal when on deck. Woven from a crisp yet breathable blend of linen and cotton, Incotex's chinos are dyed a soft ivory hue - a subtle departure from bright-white shades. Wear yours with a mariner-stripe shirt for a timeless take on nautical style.

Lanvin boat shoes


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SUN TIME T-shirt H&M

Summer means fun, so stock up on these gorgeous bright pieces for him and her.

Shorts H&M



Hoodie M&S

Sunglasses M&S Swimming shorts Ted by Ted Baker

T-shirt Zara

Hat Next Trousers Debenhams Espadrilles M&S

Playsuit Debenhams


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Camera Urban Outfitters

Rucksack Urban Outfitters Playsuit Next

Blouse Mamas&Papas

Playsuit River Island


Printed jeans Zara Hat River Island

Sandals Mothercare

Dress H&M

Sunglasses Debenhams

Shorts River Island


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The latest beauty and exercise tips to keep you looking your best

Bring out the beauty of your eyes with MAKE UP FOR EVER! Dress you eyes in few simple steps and be in the spotlight. From the most natural to the most surreal, these fabulous looks adapt your eyes to every fashion trend, occasion and mood.


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beauty Paint Those Nails Dramatic Lashes Who says you cannot have beautiful eyes during humid weather? Not anymore! This waterproof formula is ideal for active women. It has a water repellent film, providing an even coating that helps fend off moisture. You do not need to worry about sweat and tears: this special formula helps maintain a fresh lash look throughout the day. Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara

Isn’t it nice to pair the colour of your clothes with the colour of your nails? Well why not, Bourjois created these mini varnis to easily hoard as many shades as you can! If you feel like being creative, you can do your own nail art. Bourjois Mini Vernis

A Hint of Japanese Issey Miyake’s latest fragrance Pleats Please draws its inspiration from the brand's most iconic line of clothing. Pleats Please translates a woman to be joyous, resolute and cheerful. The sweetness of vanilla and addictive scent of floral bouquet layered with woody notes ascends to a distinctive fragrance enveloping femininity. Issey Miyake Pleats Please available in 30, 50 and 100 ml spray.

The Scent You’ll Love Sniff your way through L’Occitane’s wide range of perfumes and one is bound to be your best friend for life. Try these lovelies, the more they stay, the more they smell good. Oh we can’t get enough of these, so grab one (or two) ladies! L’Occitane En Provence

BEAUTY BOX SUMMER BEAUTY BASICS Healthy Hair Beware, a hot climate calls for extra hair care. That’s why we trust Schwarzkopf Bonacure Repair Rescue, it totally helps the hair to look smooth and healthy. After washing your hair, towel dry and apply the cream on your hair as you would your conditioner. Leave for five minutes, then rinse (others let it stay for longer) and style as usual. If we say it works, trust us… it does work! Schwarzkopf Bonacure Hairtherapy Repair Rescue

Sun, beaches, swimsuits, sunglasses, slippers are a few words to describe summertime in Doha but ABODE describes it as a fashionable, flawless you! See Perfect Skin Do you want to wear make-up without it looking fake? The latest from Bobbi Brown’s cosmetics is all about looking natural and not cakey. Its compact finish foundation will do the trick; fine powders will absorb excess oil and provide a lightweight feel. Powerful anti-oxidants and vitamins C & E help protect against future damage on the skin. The outcome? Your skin looking fresh and polished wherever you go. Bobbi Brown Compact Finish Foundation

Moisturize, Moisturize Moisturize not just your face but also your hands and neck, these areas are the most overlooked parts of the body so give them some TLC. Miracle worker helps to firm and hydrate the skin while addressing the signs of aging. Packed with vitamin C, glutathione and the highest levels of antioxidants to make sure your skin is simply fabulous! Miracle Worker Miraculous AntiAging Hand and Neck Cream


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KATE DOES IT AGAIN… THE SUPER MODEL IS THE NEW FACE OF KÉRASTASE The most prestigious universal fashion icon, KATE MOSS, is starring this season as the face of Kérastase’s very first Styling range. The British top model, ambassador to many fashion and beauty brands, represents for the first time the image of a luxury hair-care brand. The alliance of Kérastase’s high expertise and Kate’s audacious glamour is aimed to change the way styling is perceived, celebrating hair moving freely and the

pleasure of sensual textures. This K Manifeste signed by Kérastase and Kate Moss announces the creation of a new era in styling: the era of «Couture Styling». The realization of this campaign saw Kate in the hands of her friend Luigi Murenu, studio hairdresser and Artistic Director of this new range. He made sure the long hair of Kate was sculpted, wavy or curly, with oversized volume or free flowing energy. Simply divine…


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Sylvaine Delacorte said, “It is not the perfume that perfumes the woman but it is the woman who perfumes the perfume.” What to do when you have a dilemma in finding your own scent? Guerlain perfumer Sylvaine Delacorte will show you how to discover the fragrance you’ll love.


What’s the difference between perfume, eau de parfum and parfum de toilette?


At Guerlain, the orchestration of the notes are often different, we have more top notes (extraverted) like citrus, aromatic, and less amount of middle notes and base notes (alcohol 80°) concentration of essential oils from 6% to 20%. In the EDP (Eau de Parfum), there are less top notes and more middle notes and base notes for more tenacity (concentration from 13% to 30%); sometimes EDP is enriched by some added raw materials.

Q. Where shall I apply my perfume? A. On the 10 pulse


Can I mix two different fragrances?


Freedom is key when perfuming yourself! Personally, I don’t like blending different perfumes, because it is a long process of creation to obtain THE symphony. You don’t mix Beethoven and Mozart… The only perfume that I like to mix with is Spiritueuse Double Vanille from the range The Exclusives, because it doesn’t have a lot of facets, so it can be mixed with many other perfumes containing vanilla.

points, behind the birth of the hair, on the neck, the wrists, behind the elbows, belly button, behind the knees, and after EDP or EDT (Eau De Toilette) on clothes and hair.

Q. I’m taking medication, will it affect the scent of my perfume? A. Yes, with some

medication, food, hormones, weather, air conditioning, etc. it affects the scent of your perfume.

Q. How often should I put on perfume in a day? A. If you wear it from the morning, use body products, plus the

pure perfume (extract) on the skin on the pulse points - it is the more refined, sexy and intimate product - plus after EDP, normally you don’t need to put on more perfume during the day! But if you need some more, don’t hesitate to spray again when you want.


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It is better to keep your fragrance in a cool place, away from the light so it does not get altered. Once

you do that, it is the same to have small or big bottles.

TIPS FOR SYLVAINE DELACORTE CHOOSING Sylvaine joined Guerlain in 1983 and was in 2002 Director of Fragrance A NEW FRAGRANCE nominated Evaluation and Development. Since then, (THAT YOU'LL TRULY ENJOY) A)

Make your choice in the morning to have a “fresh” nose, test it on the skin, not a blotter, take your time, and sleep with it.


Do not try more than three new perfumes on the skin per day.


Validate it with your friend and relatives, you have to get compliments!

she has participated in the development of numerous perfumes that have enriched Guerlain’s olfactory patrimony: L’Instant de Guerlain, Insolence, the exclusive and tailor made fragrances of La Maison Guerlain. Since 2008, she has worked with the creator Thierry Wasser. She fulfilled different roles at Guerlain, each of them serving to communicate her vast knowledge of Guerlain’s heritage to others, along with her passion for fragrances.


If it makes you happy and gives “One of my life’s ambitions is to convey you a comfortable feeling – it is my passion for the world of perfume like when you find true love – and my deep attachment to the you’ve got it! And you’ll never prestigious House of Guerlain and change; it will become your its legendary heritage." Guerlain ilable s are ava signature, your identity. Perfume ntre ity Ce at 4U C l Plaza ya o R d n a


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ABODE travelled to Grasse, the world capital of perfume-making in the south of France, and delved into the essences of the perfumes we so love.


Karine Dubreuil


rriving into the region of Provence you have an overwhelming feeling of what it would be like to walk into a bouquet. Your senses are awakened and the air is filled with sweet scents of flowers in bloom, freshly cut grass, and the sea. ABODE’s route to discovery began in the region of Grasse. We learned upon a visit to a citrus garden in the Musée International de la Parfumerie (MIP) that in 1614 this area was a seat of leather production, particularly gloves. Prompting a unique idea to scent the gloves, the cultivation of fragrant plants


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beauty ABODE was invited to create our very own original scent. It was explained that creating a perfume is made of three major notes: Head, heart and base. This experience was not easy and involved measurements and meticulous calculations – here D’Elegance was born, made by yours truly! Sweet, fresh and filled with springtime goodness, made with grapefruit, cut grass, cinnamon, cyprus and white musk.

was born. Local growers planted orange blossom, jasmine, rose, orange trees and violets, which quickly flourished in the area’s sunny microclimate. ABODE had the opportunity to meet the nose of L’Occitane and creator of the newly launched La Collection De Grasse. A local of Provence, Karine Dubreuil spent her childhood amidst the colourful fields of flowers and is the first perfumer in her family. Trained at the Roure Betrand Dupont Perfumery school in Grasse, she explains that her inspiration is from her travels especially to Asia, her encounters, cooking, raw materials or even forgotten fragrances – a scent memory discovered once again. Karine spoke candidly of her experiences. In 2004, she created ‘Envy me,’ for Gucci, then with Guerlain in 2005 concocted ‘Aqua Allegora Groselina.’ Thereafter, in 2012 she worked with Lanvin with ‘Eclat d’Arpege Gourmandise.’

Parfumerie Fragonard

Karine Dubreuil teaching Perfume class Today Karine has made a commitment to develop the olfactory signature of the L’Occitane brand. She is a woman of fragrance creativity and simplicity who will no doubt continue to offer new possibilities to the perfumer palette.

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ABODE met Olivier Baussan, founder of L'OCCITANE, one of the world's top beauty brands.


he story of L’Occitane began 37 years ago in 1976, in Masouq, France, when a young, 23 year old, enthusiastic entrepreneur, Olivier Baussan, distilled wild rosemary and lavender to produce essential oil, using his own steam distiller. The products he produced were sold in the in the local markets of Baussan’s native Provence. The young countryside enthusiast saw that his products were increasingly popular with the local community and this spurred his interest in creating additional lines of skincare products.

In 1978, Baussan founded L’Occitane, a name he chose as a homage to “the Women from Occitania,” an area that existed in the Middle Ages and spanned southern France, northern Spain and northern Italy. He opened his first store in Volx, France, an area in southeastern France . In 1981, luck shined on Baussan when he discovered an old closed soap factory in Manosque, France and stopped to chat with the retired owner. The elderly gentleman was so impressed by Baussan



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beauty Inside laboratory at the L'Occitane factory

First steam distiller used by Mr. Baussan

and the twinkle in this young man’s eye, that he decided to hand over his factory equipment and his know how to Baussan’s dreams. The factory was soon producing vegetable based soaps. All the while Baussan felt the weight of disappearing traditions and heritage, so he insisted the soaps be made using traditional methods and with products found in the area. In early 1990, in order to expand the business, Baussan invited in a venture capitalist firm to help finance the expansion of the company. In 1994, Austrian businessman Reinold Geiger became an additional investor in the company and the fortunes of the company exploded; soon becoming a world-wide phenomenon, with stores in over 90 countries. The

company changed its name to L’Occitane en Provence to strengthen the companies links to its roots. However, no matter how large the company becomes, it remains tied to tradition; insisting that it gather the majority of its ingredients from local producers. The company is also is active in the preservation of resources, and has entered into partnerships with organizations that utilize traditional methods of cultivation. Baussan remained with the company throughout its expansion and success. But, his creative eye was always looking for new products and opportunities. Recently, Baussan was invited to Burkina Faso, in Africa to help create and produce soaps for a less fortunate community. Here he discovered the unique properties of Shea

butter, which is made from the fallen fruit of the Shea tree. Baussan incorporated the fruit into his creations, forming a cooperative with 12 women. Today this North-South exchange with L’Occitane has 15,000 women on staff making Shea butter in a jar one of their most sold products. Baussan, still resides in Provence, France and lives his life with a simple motto, “If you know how to give, you give properly and they always come back.”


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Holistic therapies can help overcome loads of problems such as stress and depression in our chaotic lives, as they help to achieve good physical and emotional health. The Six Senses Spa located at the Sharq Village Hotel, offers a wide range of holistic and wellness packages on a daily basis, however, this month it has a special visiting practitioner who add to their repertoire of spa offerings. Special Visiting Practitioners Every month, the Six Sense Spa offers sessions with visiting practitioners, who come from all over the world allowing spa guest the opportunity to indulge is spa experiences they would have to travel far and wide to find. Shivani is one of them, and her specialties are life alignment, meditations and aura readings. Both disciplines are aimed to build awareness of your senses and help create the right state of mind to overcome any kind of problem in health. She is regarded as a leading new-age wellness consultant in the Gulf region and visits guests in Doha regularly. Shivani was born with the ability to see colours, aura and energy fields. She lived in the Himalayan foothills for two years to define and sharpen her spiritual skills and now she travels around the globe helping thousands of people through her personal growth workshops, feng shui classes, and private consultations. So what is an aura? An aura is the luminous radiation that surrounds each person or object.


Shivani Believe it or not, your personality is defined by the colours of the layers of your aura, which can also be described as a map of energies, thoughts and feelings that surround you. Shivani will instantly assess your aura colours with naked eyes and will describe you, your emotional-energetic state, your personality type and wellness. Through her accurate analysis you'll be able to identify possible energy blockages and the causes to any of your doubts and problems. How she can help you. Whether you need some help in solving a specific issue or you are simply curious to discover yourself, Shivani may be the answer. Her soulful observations will be followed and confirmed through a biofeedback machine, which visually captures a representation of both your aura and chakras on a screen. You will receive a report to take home and Shivani will guide you through some powerful meditation techniques to protect and strengthen your aura.

The Six Senses Spa at Sharq Village features several spa facilities which include saunas, steam rooms, plunge pools, fully equipped fitness club and dedicated areas for yoga,meditation, taichi and other eastern practices.


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

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Grand Heritage Doha, Hotel and Spa


With the summer holidays just around the corner, it is on everybody’s mind to get into shape. Getting skinny while staying fit is a top priority! Droves of people (including us) hit the gym for much needed toning. But too many people end up pushing it a bit too far. Fuelled by an exaggerated determination, people tend to neglect the wear and tear of their bodies.

If you are a new mom and worried about your sagging tummy, have no fear – Amoaras Relaxation Spa is ready to help. After nine months of carrying the baby, what’s next for you? Having been through the strain of recent childbirth and days without sleep, a massage and scrub is a definite must for any new mom! Try Balinese Massage and Coconut Scrub. The senior therapist, Kusni, is very rounded when it comes to post- natal massage, she will start by asking questions about the recent delivery and from there she knows what to do. The therapist will start by massaging the lower area of the body, working her way to the top and then she will gently massage the stomach, pressing some points to relieve tension. Next comes the coconut scrub, it is cold when applied to the body but it will make the skin supple and smooth, just like your baby’s. The outcome is a revived mom and renewed inner strength! And to top it all off, the tummy is instantly lifted, just a few more exercises and the baby weight will soon say goodbye.

To aid your mission this summer, it is recommended to combine your exercise routine with a regular sports massage. This revitalizing treatment with a vigorous yet comfortable massage is the answer to muscle fatigue and chronic pain. The Grand Heritage Doha Hotel and Spa uses unique essential oils of juniper and rosemary to energize, balance, and invigorate, while dissolving all your aches and pains. Their therapists carefully identify each individual specific need using a variety of techniques to unwind the muscle tension and restore restricted moment, making you brand spanking new!

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Have you ever wished for a machine that could burn extra body fat within two weeks without surgery, pain, or stretch marks? Well Wish not more. FDA approved, the ZERONA laser is the latest, best and safest device for breaking down body fat without surgical intervention and you can find it right here in Doha. How It Works. The cold laser technology behind the Zerona procedure has been shown to exclusively release the cellular contents of fat cells, while leaving the capillaries and other cells intact. The release of the fat cell contents is the result of the disruption of the fat cell’s membrane. Once the contents of the fat cells have been emptied they are passed through the body and disposed of by the lymphatic system. Safe and Pain Free. Is it safe to use ZERONA? Yes, the FDA cleared ZERONA as both a safe and an effective way to reduce extra body fat and take inches off your hips, waist, and thighs. In fact, Zerona technology is a revolutionary way to definite results without the risks associated with surgical intervention. Unlike other noninvasive approaches, its low-level lasers do not rely on heating the tissue, which can cause discomfort. Therefore, it allows patients to resume their normal activities immediately. This lowlevel laser therapy is approved for best use on the abdomen, hips and thighs; it can also be used on arms. The patient lies on a comfortable table for 20 minutes on each side while the five lasers are applied to the target areas simultaneously. The sessions are pain free and simple. Results That Work Thousands of patients in Doha have already tried this procedure. Six treatments over two to three weeks resulted in an average of 7- 20 cm reduction in circumferences around the waist, hips and thighs. So

imagine going from a large to a medium, or a medium to a small, just by relaxing for forty minutes, a few times a week. Tips For Starting: While using ZERONA and after each session: • Patients should drink a lot of water • Practice 20-30 minutes of physical activity • Decrease intake of carbohydrates on the days of your sessions • Follow a healthy diet with an adequate quantity of fat Where to get your Treatments: You can only find ZERONA in AMAZON DIET CENTER in Doha, which offers you a complementary plan starting with diet programs (diet paper or food delivery), ending with different machines and sessions for free to help you accelerate fat burning mechanisms. Amazon Diet Center will not only help you lose inches from your body, but can also help you tighten every single area of it, creating amazing results. Our complementary plan helps you to burn extra fat using ZERONA from any part of your body, and to accelerate fat removing from targeted areas using free, fat burning massage, plus free sessions of BODYTEK, the device that helps you tighten every single area in your body.

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Perfectly polished by B/ATTITUDE Presenting the new range of Executive Services by B/ATTITUDE Spa Doha. For business women whose job demands picture perfect presentation at all times, B/ATTITUDE experts have created a service especially for you. Service includes beauty, fitness and spa treatments. Inquire now for further details on ‘Polish Packages’.

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beauty special


MAKE UP AND STYLE LOOKS Summer is all about bright colours, great makeup, flowing hair and breezy fashionable clothes. But how do you pull it all together for the season’s hottest looks? ABODE invited two lovely ladies to be our “IT Girls” for a summer makeover.


Nurina Anuar Profession: Public Relation Manager Doha has been her home for almost four years and she’ll soon say goodbye to return to her hometown, Malaysia. But before she leaves we want her to experience how it feels to be a model for a day and at the same time update her look as she sets off for new endeavours.

Gorgeous lipstick shades by Guerlain

These Guerlain eye shadows and eye liner are a winning combo for everyone!

Blusher always provides a great final touch!

Make Up Tips for a summer glowing look: 1 For a charming tan, use Guerlain Foundation (Parure Gold No 5) as a base. 2 For a fresh look use a mixture of Rose Aux Joues, and Red Hot Guerlain blushers. 3 To complement your beautiful smile, use Rouge G De Guerlain, L'extrat No 2 Rol Matte color.


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beauty special Angela Marongiu Profession: Student The 23-year old Master’s student had her internship in the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Qatar for three months. In a few days’ time, she’ll be packing her bags for graduation. As a parting gift we want to update her style to prepare her for the world of professionals.

You can never go wrong with a touch of glow on your skin and defined long lashes! Achieve these with these Guerlain products.

Make Up and Styling Tips for an effortless look: 1 For an expressive warm black shadow eyes, use Guerlain Eye Liner & Kohl 2 To achieve a natural young look use Guerlain Pearl or Gold Long lasting eye shadow and Guerlain Maxi lash mascara 3 Styling wise, team a white t-shirt with some statement trousers and jewellery for a striking but simple look

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BEHIND THE SCENES Darin and Geri, our wonderful make-up artist and hair stylist, gave Nurina and Angela the summer’s trendiest looks! Many thanks to Guerlain Spa, Jean Louis David, Oryx Rotana and Karen Millen and BCBG Max Azria at Villaggio Mall for providing the clothes.


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Long hours of daylight, warm temperatures and the opportunity to get outside‌spring has finally arrived. Now it's time to start thinking about the lean, toned look you want for summer. Getting regular exercise can help prevent heart disease and it can keep your bones strong, relieves stress and helps you sleep better, giving you more energy to go out and have fun in the warm months. Being fit means having a healthy body that can participate in the activities that summer matter what your age. Stretching Is important for people of all ages. When you incorporate correct stretching techniques, you will see numerous benefits: your body will become more flexible; you will increase the mobility of your joints; it improves your circulation, posture and the range of movements of your limbs and joints, and it prevents injuries that usually occur while weight training or performing other exercises.

Side Neck Stretching Begin by facing forward. Drop your head toward your left shoulder, stretching the right side of the neck. Reach your left hand up and over your head, and bring it to the right ear, gently deepening the stretch. Hold that position for 15 seconds. Lift your head back to its normal upright position. Relax and repeat three times on each side.

Cardio Is one of the most important things you can do for your body. There's no 'right' cardio exercise and the best choice is the one you enjoy and the one you'll work hardest at, but there are some that work best if your goal is to blast calories and get in great shape. Jumping Rope Jumping rope is another caloriescorcher and, as an added bonus, a jump rope packs easily in your suitcase, making it an excellent portable exercise. Start by jumping for 1-2 minutes at a time, taking breaks by marching in place and swinging your rope in a figure eight motion. Continue alternating for 1020 minutes and, over time, gradually increase the amount of time you jump while decreasing your rests. You can add variety by trying different foot patterns (jumping on one foot, scissors, etc.)

Standing Leg Stretch Stand with good posture, contracting your abdominals. Place your right ankle onto your left knee, bend the knee of your standing left leg and push your bottom back. Keep your back flat and hold this stretch for 15 30 seconds, repeat on the other side.


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fitness Crunches Are a lot like sit-ups, except that instead of lifting your entire back off the floor, you only lift your upper back. This isolates ("crunches") the ab muscles without engaging muscles in your hips. Crunches are also safer than sit-ups because they don't compress your spine as much. When paired with adequate weight loss, doing crunches regularly can lead to six-pack abs.

Raised Knee Crunches Lie on your back on the floor. Using a mat or carpeted surface is more comfortable. Place your hands behind your head, interlacing your fingers together. Raise your knees upwards towards your chest until they are in an upside down L-shape position in front of you and start the exercise once you have found your balance. Exhale as you crunch your upper body and inhale as you lower your upper body down back to the starting position in a slow, controlled manner maintaining your leg position and balance. Do not allow any longer than one count before starting the next rep to maintain pressure on the ab muscles.

The Single Leg Bridge Exercise Lay on your back with your knees bent and your feet under your knees. Tighten your abdominal and buttock muscles and slowly lift your hips up to create a straight line from your knees to shoulders. Slowly raise and extend one leg while keeping your pelvis raised and level. If your hips sag or drop, place the leg back on the floor and do a double-leg bridge until you become stronger. Hold the position for 10 seconds and lower. Repeat with the opposite leg. Make sure to maintain level hips throughout the exercise. It's better to hold the correct position for a shorter time than to go longer in the incorrect position.


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Side Lunges Stand with your feet parallel, hip-width apart. Your hands are in a comfortable position to help you maintain your balance. Keep your head over your shoulders and your chin tipped and slightly upward. Inhale and slowly step to the right while keeping your weight into your left heel. Both feet are still facing forward. Once your right foot is firmly placed on the floor, begin to shift your weight toward the right foot, bending the right knee and pushing the hips back. Continue to lunge until your shinbone is vertical to the floor and your right knee is aligned with the second toe of your right foot. Your left leg should be as straight as possible and your body weight should be distributed into the right hip. The heels of both feet should stay flat on the floor. Your arms can be positioned where necessary to help maintain your balance. Exhale and push off firmly with your right foot, returning to starting position. Repeat the movement for the opposite sides for a total of 20 lunges.


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From the moment a baby is born and his mother holds him close to nurse him, an emotional connection between being fed and being loved is created. This relationship gets reinforced every time parents use a sweet treat to comfort their sad child. Year after year, the child grows into an adult who is brought up on the idea that any void, any emotion can be “fed”. Driven by our Epicurean impulses, urged by our yawning belief that treats are mandatory; we have all, at times, experienced eating for reasons other than hunger. Whether to celebrate a success, reward ourselves or just as a pick-me up for our stress, fear, boredom or loneliness; food might serve for something bigger than just easing our physical hunger. But when this happens often or when food becomes the only mechanism a person uses to manage his emotions; then there’s a problem…this problem is called: Emotional Eating.

The physiological trigger for emotional eating:

Although most of the incentive behind emotional eating is acquired, the natural physiological chemistry explains the comfort the body finds in certain foods. First, when stress is chronic, as it is often in our hectic modern lives, it leads to high levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. Cortisol triggers cravings toward salty, sweet and high fat foods and even encourages weight gain through physiological processes. On the other hand, certain foods – especially those high in carbohydrates – increase serotonin release, the mood-lifting neurotransmitter that makes us feel soothed and calm.

Overcome emotional eating by recognizing it… 1- Emotional eating comes out suddenly; physical hunger occurs gradually 2- You crave a specific food unlike when you’re physically hungry, when you’re open to options 3- You don’t stop eating when you’re full 4- Emotional eating will leave

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Diets are not the answer. If you go for fad diets that leave your body starved for eating, you may be more likely to give in to your emotional eating. It’s a vicious cycle where your emotions trigger you to overeat, you beat yourself for getting off your weight loss track; you feel bad and you overeat again. Breaking the cycle will start by putting your emotional eating in control!

overeat, learn from your mistakes and start fresh again and again. Be kind to yourself. • Keep a food journal Jot down when and what you eat and score how hungry you feel when you ate it. This way you can track “if” and “when” you are eating for reasons other than hunger. Describe how you were feeling before and after eating, what or who was on your mind. Put a percentage for the food you ate out of physiological hunger and out of emotional hunger. • Fill the emotional void If it’s the stress that is pushing you to overeat, try stress management techniques like yoga, meditation and relaxation or even talk to a friend. If it’s boredom, try to keep yourself busy with other enjoyable activities like painting or dancing…find a new hobby! Make exercise a daily routine and get eight hours of sleep.

How to cope with your emotional eating?

When to seek professional advice?

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Dieting is not the answer:

• Become your own therapist Self-talk is the best talk. Be indulgent and patient with the emotional eater inside you. Don’t tell yourself you can’t give in the craving –remember, the forbidden is extremely tempting. Just tell yourself to wait…and to give in to your craving moderately. Forgive yourself if you

If you’ve tried self-help options but you still can’t get control of your emotional eating, consider therapy with a professional mental health provider. Therapy will help you understand the motivation behind your emotional eating and help you learn new coping skills.


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How many diets that end in failure are blamed on the mythical ‘slow metabolism’? Anyone who has ever struggled to shift a few pounds will be familiar with the problem – you’ve spent hours at the gym, virtually starved yourself and made yourself unpopular by refusing to eat your friend’s birthday cake, but that stubborn spare tire around your waist simply will not disappear. Time to point the finger at your metabolism, which seems incredibly reluctant to burn off even an ounce of fat. But is your metabolism the real culprit? Well, yes and no. Dr. Mohamud Verjee, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, explained: "While your metabolism does play a significant role in weight loss, the most important factor is a calorie deficit maintained over a prolonged amount of time. There is no way that your metabolism can make you gain or stay at the same weight if you consume less calories than you expend for several weeks – it’s simply a physical impossibility". While it’s true that some people do indeed have slower metabolisms than others, there are ways to boost the rate at which the body burns calories that will work for everyone. By understanding a few crucial facts about the way your body uses and stores energy, you can exploit your metabolism to speed up weight loss and give you the killer body you crave, while improving your all-round health and well-being at the same time.

Your Metabolism – the facts • Your metabolism is a series of complex chemical processes by which your body breaks down food and converts it into usable energy. It does this by combining oxygen from the air you breathe with calories consumed as food and drink. • Your body actually needs quite a lot of calories just to keep you alive, so the majority of the energy it produces is used for basic functions like breathing, circulating blood and repairing cells. This amount of energy – known as the basal metabolic rate – accounts for about 60 to 75 percent of the calories you burn each day, without you taking any physical activity at all. • The other two things your body uses energy for are processing food and physical activity. By altering the types and portion sizes of the food you eat and the amount of physical activity you take, you can increase the amount of calories you burn. • What’s more, by altering your body composition you can increase your basal metabolic rate, because people with more muscle mass burn more energy, even when they are resting.


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EAT SMALL, FREQUENT MEALS: The frequent supply of calories stimulates your metabolism to keep working at a steady rate throughout the day. Aim for six small meals consumed at regular intervals through the day. Leaving long gaps between meals prompts your body to convert energy to fat for storage. Don’t skip breakfast! Eating early kick-starts your metabolism for the day. AVOID STARVATION DIETS: As well as

potentially depriving you of essential vitamins and minerals, starvation diets cause your metabolism to slow dramatically as your body tries to conserve energy. When you break your fast, your body will store fat at a faster rate than if you were eating regularly, so the effect is counterproductive. Furthermore, starvation diets are exhausting, difficult to maintain and cause muscle loss, which slows your metabolism further.


WATCH YOUR CARBS: Cutting carbs completely

from your diet is not recommended, but reducing the amount you eat as part of a general reducedcalorie diet is. Carbohydrates come in the form of starchy foods such as rice, potatoes, bread and pasta, and as sugars and fibre. They are the body’s primary source of energy and are therefore a very important food group, but eat too many and your body converts them into fat very quickly. Avoid refined sugars that are found in sweets, cakes, soft drinks and chocolate, and eat small portions of starchy foods, no bigger than your fist, with your meals. That huge plate of french fries is a definite no-no!

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EAT MORE PROTEIN: Your body needs protein to build muscle and for repairing cells. Good sources of proteins are nuts, lean meats, the white flesh of poultry, fish, vegetables, beans, eggs and milk. Protein also takes more energy to digest and so gives your metabolism a natural boost. SLEEP WELL: Getting less than seven-anda-half hours sleep each night impairs the production of hormones that regulate appetite and metabolism, making weight gain more likely. Get plenty of rest to keep your metabolism ticking.

Following these tips, along with a caloriecontrolled diet and an exercise regime, will get your metabolism motoring and have you shedding the pounds slowly but surely. There are no short-cuts to weight loss…it’s all about patience, persistence and hard work. Boring, we know, but it’ll be worth it when you get to rock your new beach body this summer!


EXERCISE SMART, NOT JUST HARD: Pounding the treadmill for hours or cycling for miles on the static bike will burn plenty of calories and speed up your metabolism, but it will quickly return to normal after your workout. Incorporating some weight sessions into your fitness regime will keep your metabolism working at an elevated level for several hours after a workout, as your body uses energy to repair tired muscles. In addition, gaining muscle will make your metabolism work harder while you are resting, as muscles require more energy to maintain than fat and other tissues.


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Designers Guild has teamed up with Christian Lacroix this season to produce an exclusive home dĂŠcor collection. The stunning line boasts designs with a French motif and luxurious feel, including pillows, rugs, wallpapers as well as a collection of fabrics. All featuring fabulous prints, luxurious velvets, and stunning satins evoking the rich European heritage and creative edge of the French designer. We want them all! 59

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Home trends and interior decor news in and out of Doha

Paul Smith for Swifty Scooter Who said scooters are for kids only? Swifty Scooters aim is simply to produce the best adult kick scooters in the world. Through the power of design and engineering Swifty Scooters demonstrates a 21st century relevance to urban mobility, answering the need to save time and have fun. Swifty Scooters takes pride in its local sourcing policy, and is designed and manufactured in Manchester, UK. By using local manufacturing, Swifty keeps the carbon footprint to a minimum and supports the local economy, while upholding Britain's heritage for quality manufacturing and innovation. The SwiftyONE is designed for life. Its innovative design embodies a blend of timeless British elegance with contemporary relevance. The premium British quality, the pleasing slim line aesthetic and unique folding mechanism creates both a desirable and practical product.

DAMAC Properties to Develop Championship Trump International Golf Course in Dubai DAMAC Properties, the largest private developer of luxury real estate in the Middle East, has announced plans to develop an 18-hole PGA Championship Golf Course, to be named Trump International Golf Club, Dubai. The 7,205-yard, 71 course will be located just ten minutes from Sheikh Zayed Road and will sit at the heart of the 28 million square foot ‘Akoya by DAMAC’ master plan development. Construction is already underway and the course will be ready for play next year. Visit for more information.









Interior Design Gurus Share Insight and Expertise at INDEX 2013 and The Office Exhibition

MALL OF QATAR: A Vibrant New Regional Shopping Destination

The region’s largest exhibitions for the architecture and design trade took Construction on the project has been underway since place last month at the Dubai World Trade Centre. Design Talks provided 2012. The opening is planned for the third quarter visitors with incredible opportunities to network, to gain knowledge and of 2015, with an estimated 20 million customers inspiration and to network with industry’s movers and shakers. anticipated annually. Located at the intersection Two different programmes have been developed for Design Talks, the of Al Rayyan Highway and Celebration Road, the free-to-attend seminars and workshops held by industry experts. The project is adjacent to Al Rayyan Sports Club and a INDEX Design Talks covered four topics -Project Management, Interior future FIFA 2022 World Cup Stadium. Over 162,000 Design, Architecture and Hospitality square metres of retail leasable space will make it Design & Retail – with each day of one of Qatar’s largest shopping and entertainment the show dedicated to one area. destinations. In addition to a dedicated Metro station The Office Design Talks, on the integrated into the mall, the project will provide fine other hand, was focused around dining premises, 400 stores, world class entertainment, commercial interior design’s four spacious parking and lushly landscaped surface. main sectors: Office & Commercial, Mall of Qatar will become “The Place To Be” for local Retail, Healthcare Facilities, and residents and visitors alike, as its developers UrbaCon Education Facilities. Trading & Contracting [UCC] stated.


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get the look

Gold Fish Tanagra

Bamboo Stand Tanagra

Bird Cage Display Tanagra

Photo Frame Home Centre Gold Bowl Ikea

Mirror Ikea

Gold Lamp Lampe Berger at 4U Royal Plaza

Gold Tissue Box Home Centre

Candles Home Centre

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GOLD Unique and super-chic golden homeware will add that extra touch of glam to any of your rooms. Home Centre Decorative Bowl Home Centre


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Beach towel House of Fraser Cushion Next

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Bath sheet La Redoute


Recipes book holder Debenhams Sailing boat House of Fraser

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Bring calming whites and cool blues into your home to recreate the perfect nautical-inspired decor.


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With the weather getting hotter than ever this time of season, make sure you make the most of it with a comfortable, fun, and entertaining backyard patio. A patio gives your family and guests a place to relax, unwind, and enjoy a mini vacation away from the busy city. Here are our top tips to get your outdoor space ready for summer parties and relaxing in the sun!


POOL PREP – If you aren’t looking to go on vacation this year, why not create a VIP resort in the comfort of your own backyard? Prepare your pool for lots of lounging and fun in the sun with pool loungers and comfy striped cushions. Mini gazebos prepped over your loungers also serve as great protection from the scorching sun. Keep towels ready to go and roll them up hotel style at the foot of each lounger.


HIGH TECH – Bring movie night outdoors for a change with an outdoor television. Outdoor TVs are expanding in popularity and there is a reason they are so expensive. Don’t try using an indoor one outdoors – chances are it will break. Outdoor TVs are specially made to seal out moisture, keep out the sun’s rays, and withstand sizzling temperatures.


INVEST IN A PATIO HEATER – Also called mushrooms or umbrella heaters, you can generate radiant heat outdoors to extend the time you sit on your patio. There are lots of options to choose from like burners that burn petroleum gas or propane, and even electrically powered radioactive heaters that emit infrared energy. The choice is yours; just make sure you don’t go running inside when the evenings get chilly!



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FOCUS ON LIGHTING – Paying attention to the right type of lighting can not only create a cozy mood and ambience, but it can also extend the life of your patio from a daily living space to one that can be enjoyed at night. String lights, lanterns, and even garden lights are become more environmentally friendly with the options of solar powered lights. With the popularity of eco-lights growing by the minute, there are lots of colours and styles to choose from.


SHINE IT UP - Give your patio a good scrub down! Throughout the year lots of dust, dirt, and even mold can build up on patio stones or on your wooden deck, so make sure you take the time to give everything a good clean. Patio stones can be cleaned easily with a broom and a mixture of water and bleach. To further get off dirt and grime, hose everything down with a powerful power wash and you should be good to go!


BRING IT TO LIFE – Wake up your patio with a colourful table runner and a bouquet of flowers from your own garden. Even a few bright pillows thrown on your sofa can work miracles, as do new seat cushions to replace your old, weathered down set from last year. Make sure to opt for outdoor rugs and fabrics that are UV resistant to get the most of your buck.



If you don’t already have a barbeque, you may want to seriously consider investing in one. Next to the fire pit, barbeques are usually the center of attention at any outdoor party. Make sure you buy a quality one with a heavy-duty stainless steal burner for durability, and cast-iron cooking grids to hold heat and provide great searing power.


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OUTDOOR FURNITURE: For a real wow factor this summer, why not invest in a fully integrated outdoor kitchen? With a number of different components it can be designed and installed to suit your individual requirements and tailored to fit your outdoor space. This fantastic system is available from Indian Ocean at Harrods and will be sure to impress when used for a family barbeque or a social dinner party.



At The Studio we have used a collection of pieces from Westminster Furniture for the stunning terrace and balcony of a luxury Penthouse apartment in London’s Chelsea.

The warm sun on your face, the longer days and that relaxed feeling you get when summer finally arrives can awaken the desire to search for something new to refresh your interior. With the changing seasons we should treat ourselves to something extravagant, bringing an element of luxury into our homes or just simply injecting a little colour and texture.

FOR MORE INFORMATION SARA COSGROVE Head of Interior Design at The Studio Harrods Tel: +44 (0)207 225 5926

FOR THE BEDROOM: The Lalique Maison range by Lady Tina Green introduces a collection of cushions, decorative throws and beautifully embellished luxury bed linens. The collection has been created with vintage-inspired pieces in elegant ivory with contrasting embroidery and intricate crystal beading, perfect for layering into a scheme to create a romantic mood within a master bedroom suite. The Lalique Maison collection also includes larger furniture pieces and accessories such as chests of drawers, occasional seating, ottomans and accessories like jewellery boxes, all with that signature Lalique look.


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décor FOR THE LIVING ROOM: The Rug Company have included a number of one-off “Susanis” in their summer collection - traditional Indian wedding gifts made from highly decorated, embellished pieces of vintage fabric that can be used to dress a bed or sofa or a hung on a wall. A little piece of history for the beginning of a whole new life story…I love their silk cushions made with colourful ikat inspired patterns. They are a great way to add a splash of colour to dress casual summer furniture pieces in a conservatory or sun room. Also available are lightweight flat weave rugs in playful patterns including the Puzzle Multi, which would brighten up an informal living room or a child’s bedroom.

LUXURY DINING: The Silver by Aston Martin Quantum and Nexus collections include modern dinner services featuring fine bone china plates with decostyle motifs. Their sterling silver and gold plated pieces include a contemporary champagne cooler and champagne flutes, which can be purchased individually or in a case. Also available is an elegant silver cocktail shaker with martini style glasses and a new crystal collection of wine glasses with solid silver stems. Their candle sticks and decorative flatware look wonderful when used together with the china collection to dress a table for a glamorous special occasion, such as a dinner party or a summer wedding.

DECORATIVE LIGHTING & ACCESSORIES: The Candy Light lamp by Jaime Hayon from Baccarat is made from a combination of ceramic and crystal and can be used to dress a sideboard or occasional table. This piece is equally beautiful whether illuminated or not and is available in platinum, copper or white, which will blend into many existing schemes. The trademark Baccarat ruby octagon has been incorporated as a dimmer switch made from red crystal.

For decorating the dining table, a gorgeous new collection from Italian brand Claudia Barbari introduces stunning table linens incorporating detail such as beading, metal studding and delicate embroidery in styles to suit many different tastes, from deco-inspired designs to contemporary crystal borders.


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ABODE met Therese Groffen, the wife of His Excellency John Groffen, Netherlands Ambassador in Qatar, to hear her amazing story about decorating their house from scratch when they first moved to Doha.

When did you move to Qatar? A: I moved to Qatar in the beginning of August 2009. It was during Ramadan and I remember stepping out of the plane in this very humid and very hot weather. Our previous base was Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, a part of former Yugoslavia, where the weather is very different.

Being an Ambassador’s wife must be very challenging as you are relocating in a new country every four years. What are the main challenges? A: The main challenges of an ambassador's wife are the challenges that every expat women has. You must be very social and avoid being depressive by going to meet people and try to make the best of it. My main challenge coming here was to settle my daughter, who was very sad to leave her friends, and to find a good school for her where she could start her IB (International Baccalaureate). Fortunately she was accepted at the ASD (American School of Doha) where she was very happy. One of the challenges of this life is to let your children go back home, and

after two years she joined her sister in the Netherlands to go to college, and we started our new life without children, and missing them. The next challenge was to furnish the residence, which was completely empty. I remember entering the house, coming straight from the airport, and thinking: I will never be able to make something nice from this place. The place sounded hollow, and coming from a lovely house in Ljubljana, that had won a prize for architecture and was beautifully decorated by designers, this was very depressing. The ministry gave me a sum of money to furnish the house under one condition: the decoration must be neutral, because the next ambassador will also have to live with this furniture.

Where did you source your new furniture? A: One week after our arrival my husband had to leave Doha for two weeks, leaving me with the task of furnishing the residence and I confess I really doubted to succeed. The next day I went to visit a lot of furniture shops. As soon as I founded Ka International on Salwa road, I knew

Therese Groffen

I would succeed, because it was completely my taste. I like green, and my husband likes blue, so I made a mix of those colours. I went to Bo Concept for my husband’s study and also to Apollo. The furniture for the garden I ordered from England. The ministry provides us with dining tables, because it is very difficult to find tables that can be changed to seat up to 24 people. At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs we have a room with art of Dutch artists that we can choose to decorate our residences. My husband chose some art, but it was very difficult for him to choose the paintings, because he had no clue what I was buying. Coming home he realized the colour scheme didn't fit with the colours I


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had chosen in the living room, so we put these paintings in the dining room and upstairs, and we put our own stuff in the living room. It was the first time I had to furnish a house in such a short time. Luckily the consul, who was a woman, also liked very much to decorate houses, so we often went to shops together, and I could discuss the colour schemes with her. In two weeks everything was ordered, and in November/ December everything was ready.

Are you pleased with the outcome? A: I am very happy with the outcome. I had my doubts with this new rule of the ministry that the embassies (so mostly the wives of ambassadors)

have to choose the decoration of the residence themselves, but once I started the decoration and finished it I was very happy to live in furniture that I had chosen and that I like.

Your husband’s mandate here in Qatar is coming to an end next month. Probably you’ll have to do the same in your new house, how do you feel about that? A: I don't know yet if I have to furnish the new residence in Abuja, Nigeria, where we are moving in September. I will find out when I get there.

What makes any room feel homey? A: I think nice furniture, nice paintings on the wall, good soft lighting on side tables and nice flowers make a house feels homey. Here in Doha we are very happy to be able to buy flowers at Plaza Al Hollandi, a Dutch flower shop. The owner, Hans Steeneveld, helps the embassy tremendously when we have a party, so that we, coming from a country of flowers, can act as ambassadors of a flower country.


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Mix and match your cushions and pillows in luxurious silks and taffetas

Mirrors Use bold and dramatic mirrors to add glamour to the decor.

Choose dramatic and luxurious accessories that make the room extravagant

Traditional and Luxurious Wallpaper

FOR THE LOVE OF PURPLE • Purple is determined, dramatic and empowering. If you love purple you have the ability to see new possibilities, ideas and strategies. Combining this powerful colour with gold only adds to the intensity of the feeling of luxury and extravagance. • You deserve a luxurious room that says you are worth your weight in gold – so don’t be afraid to paint and accessorize with the darkest shade of the colour spectrum! • Mix these colours to playfully create a great feeling in any room:

Walls Purple

Accessories and Carpets Gold

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

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Who knew these cute tins had past lives as evaporated milk, corn kernel and tuna cans! If you have ideas or projects to share with us write to us at


Transform basic food tins into cute and functional desk organisers. This is one of our favourite craft activities - there is recycling, everything used is (mostly) 'free' and there is a wow 'before and after' factor! All great elements for crafting.


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Spray paint your empty tin cans. Don't be too concerned with coverage where the paper is going to go – just make sure the exposed edges are well covered.

2. Measure the circumference

and height with either tape & ruler or…. just wrap the paper with the right side facing in and make a pencil mark.

What you'll need

3. Cut paper to correct size and • Empty, clean food cans • Spray paint • Decorative paper • White glue and spray varnish • Pencils • Scissors or guillotine

coat wrong side with Mod Podge or glue (use one suitable for paper so your paper doesn’t wrinkle).

4. Wrap around can carefully,

aligning paper evenly with the top lip and press to smooth it around.

5. Apply Mod Podge to the

outside liberally and smooth with the brush (a foam brush might give a smoother result). Let dry.

6. For the shortest can, cut out a

circle of felt for the bottom for a neater finish because you can see it. Glue them all together (if you want) and Voila!

TIP: You can also do with fabrics or leather... CREATED BY GINGHAMCHERRY.BLOGSPOT.COM


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FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT Recipes, healthy tips and new restaurant openings


Photography Jessie Palanca

Enjoy this gorgeous Spiced Crusted Tuna Loin on Marinated Fennel and Red Radish, created by Chef Rateesh at Hilton Doha for our flat belly meals special on page 78. Getting a flat stomach this summer doesn’t sound that bad after all: no starvation or tasteless meals involved, trust us!


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Food News The latest updates on the culinary scene!

Peter Lloyd, Executive Chef of Spice Market London Visits Doha Last month Peter Lloyd presented his signature “Taste of Malaysia” menu during his special visit in Doha. The sensational five-course meal included nasi goreng, chicken satay, vegetable popiah, butter tiger prawns finished off by durian ice cream… all to die for! Peter’s life-long love of food has always remained firmly at the heart of his career. He joined Spice Market in London in November 2011 as Executive Chef, responsible for all food operations across the restaurant and the W London. Extremely well versed in Thai, Malaysian, British, and French cuisines, Peter consistently delivers the signature dishes on which Spice Market has built its reputation. "Malaysian food is not one particular distinction of food but a culinary diversity originating from its multi-ethnic population of Malay, Indian, Eurasian, Chinese, Nyonya and the indigenous peoples of Borneo”, he added.

California Tortilla Opens its First International Store in Qatar The popular Tex-Mex brand known for its award winning burritos opened its first international store in Qatar. Located on C-Ring Road, a prime location for food and beverage outlets in Doha, California Tortilla serves fresh burritos, quesadillas, salads as well as their famous specialty burritos such as signature Blackened Chicken Caesar Burrito and other 'Cal-Mex' favorites. “We are excited to bring the unique flavors of California Tortilla to all Tex-Mex lovers in Doha. Our emphasis is always on the food and freshness while still maintaining the standard of quality and fresh ingredients that all our clients have come to expect and enjoy”, said Simon Nehme, Managing Partner, Roots for Hospitality & Services.

The Grand Heritage Doha Opens Agora: A Premium Turkish Restaurant Grand Heritage Doha Hotel and spa opened the doors of Agora, a delightful Turkish Restaurant built on a concept of bringing regional recipes rich in local traditions, accented with a modern Mediterranean approach. The restaurant incorporates healthful grains, vegetables, lean meats and crowned it all with a vast array of favourite, local, fresh sea food among the ingredients that make up the fanciful selection of dishes on Agora’s menu. Speaking on this latest addition, Mr. Pierre-Marie Vasseur, the General Manager of Grand Heritage Doha said “The artisan ambience and atmosphere at Agora has been created with the needs of our guests in mind and our goal is to offer them a trendy fun place to enjoy the best Turkish cuisine in a family-oriented, social environment. We are thrilled with how Agora has been received by our guests and look forward to introducing it to many more.”







Patagonia, the First Argentinean Restaurant Revealed at the Pearl, Qatar Located at 31 La Croisette Porto Arabia, Patagonia aspires to become a favorite dining destination offering quality traditional Argentinean food with a high level of service at an affordable price. Signature dishes include empanadas, premium meat cuts and the well-known dulce de leche with special menus for all the fans of Argentinean pizzas and beverages. Commenting on the unveiling of the new restaurant, Saeed bin Abdulla Al Misnad, Chairman of Dolphin Holding said, “Patagonia is one of the initiatives of Dolphin Catering Services a subsidiary of Dolphin Holding. Patagonia is a home born concept, not a franchise. I have always been impressed with the diversity of the Argentinean cuisine and the distinctive taste of its grass fed beef. This is what inspired us to create this novel culinary concept which will set new standards in fine dining. We are positive that Patagonia will create an imprint for serving the authentic Argentinean cuisine.”




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Dad deserves something delicious! ABODE caught up with our good friends and Shakespeare and Co. to prepare a few dishes to celebrate dad. This year, treat dad to a special feast. Cook something special for Father's Day by making any of these three delicious recipes, perfect for an extra special lunch or dinner, prepared by Shakespeare and Co. restaurant Chef Edgar Ayala. These amazing yet simple dishes, will certainly please the whole family and they can be prepared and ready to go in less than 20 minutes. Happy Father's Day! And please make sure Dad gets a break from doing the dishes!

Restaurant at Dar Salam Mall

Chef Edgar Ayala

Feast fit for a king


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Fettucini Alfredo Ingredients:

• 1 cup fettucini •1 cup mushroom sauce • parmesan For Garnish: • fried cherry tomato • basil • tomato sauce • pesto sauce. Mushroom Sauce: 2 cups mushroom • 2 tbps mushroom porcini • 1 tbsp. onion chopped • 1 clove garlic chopped • olive oil and corn oil for sauté • 2 bay leaves • salt and pepper • 1 cup fresh cream • 1 cube chicken magi powder


• cook pasta for seven minutes and drain. • mix with the mushroom sauce, salt and pepper to taste. • garnish with fried tomato and basil. Mushroom Sauce: • Slice fresh mushroom and wash them in deep cool water, strain and cook them in boiling water for few minutes. • After boiling the mushroom, strain them very well. • In a sauce pan sauté onion and garlic till golden brown, add magi chicken powder then keep whisking. • Then add the porcini powder, sliced mushroom, bay leaves, salt and pepper. • Lastly add the cream, cook in a very low fire until it thickens.

Tomato Soup Flavoured with Fresh Ginger Ingredients: • 1/3 cup fresh peeled tomato • ¼ cup tomato in can • 1 tbps. chopped onion • 1 ½ tbsp. chopped ginger • olive oil and corn oil for sauté • 1 tbsp brown sugar • 1 cube vegetable base • salt and pepper to taste

Piri Piri Prawns Ingredients: • 2 cups prawns • 2 pcs chili • 2 tbps. cilantro • 2 cloves garlic • 7 tbsp. lemon juice • 7 tbps. butter • Olive oil


• In a pan sauté onions and garlic, chili until golden brown. • Add prawns and lemon juice let it simmer ‘til the shrimp are cooked. • Remove from flame and add the butter, keep stirring until the butter. melts then add the chopped cilantro for garnish. • Add this to your favourite salad.


• In a sauce pan, sauté onion and ginger until golden brown. • Add fresh peeled tomato and tomato in can, salt and pepper, whisk until boiling. • Add water or vegetable stock (optional) keep cooking under a low fire until smooth. • Remove from heat and puree and serve.

FOR MORE INFORMATION Shakespeare and Co. at Dar Al Salam Mall Tel: 6676 8812 Opens from 8:00 am to 11:30 pm


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Exercising is not enough to achieve a flat belly, one must incorporate a healthy diet as well. We sought the help of Chef Rateesh from Hilton Doha to prepare a healthy and tasteful threeday plan. Each day has a different dish, you can mix and match according to your mood and it’s all below 1200 calories per day!

Chef Rateesh


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NUTRITION INFO: Amount per Serving Calories: 337 Kcal Total Fat: 21.97g Cholesterol: 108mg Sodium: 377mg Total Carbohydrates: 16.58g Protein: 21.06g Dietary Fibre: 4.09g

Steamed or Roasted Sea Bass on Cucumber and Tomato Tartare Yields: 1 Portion


• 160 Gr Sea Bass Fillet, With Skin On • 1/3 Cup Diced Cucumber, Peeled And Seedless • 1/3 Cup Diced Tomatoes, Peeled And Seedless • 1 Tbsp Shallot, Finely Chopped • 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil • 1 Tsp Herb Oil • Fresh Mint • Freshly Ground Salt And Pepper


• Poach or steam the sea bass fillet in fish stock or steamer for few minutes. • Mix diced tomatoes and cucumber with extra virgin olive oil and mint, then season to taste. • Arrange the vegetable tartare onto a plate and top it with sea bass. • Drizzle with a little extra virgin and herb oil.




Shrimps, Cottage Cheese & Pink Grapefruit Salad Yields: 1 Portion


• 1.5 Cups Mesclun Lettuce • 0.3 Cup Peeled, Cooked Shrimps • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil • 0.15 Cup Cottage Cheese • 0.25 Cup Grapefruit Segments • 0.2 Cup Diced Avocado Pulp • 1 Tsp Lemon Juice • Freshly Ground Salt & Pepper

Amount per Serving Calories: 359 Kcal Total Fat: 18.096g Cholesterol: 2.24mg Sodium: 174.7mg Total Carbohydrates: 8.81g Protein: 38.96g Dietary Fibre: 35.71g


• Mix together the grapefruit, avocado and shrimps in a bowl; season to taste and toss well. • In a deep plate or salad bowl, arrange mesclun leaves and put the grapefruit mix on top; garnish with cottage cheese and drizzle with the dressing made of olive oil and lemon juice.


NUTRITION INFO: Amount per Serving Calories: 396.1 Kcal Total Fat: 36.36g Cholesterol: 16mg Sodium: 410mg Total Carbohydrates: 9.1g Protein: 11.39g Dietary Fibre: 3.21g

Rucola, Artichokes and Parmesan Salad Yields: 1 Portion


• 1 Cup Gr Rucola Leaves • ¼ Cup Fresh Artichoke Hearts • Thinly Sliced And Grilled • 1 Tbsp Parmesan Flakes • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice • 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil • Freshly Ground Salt & Pepper


• In a bowl, toss the rucola together with the grilled artichokes, lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil; season to taste. • Place the salad in a serving plate or bowl and garnish with parmesan flakes.


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Feta Cheese, Cucumber, Tomatoes and Olives Yields: 1 Portion


• 100 Gr Feta Cheese • 25 Gr Cucumber • 80 Gr Cherry Tomatoes • 50 Gr Marinated Olives (Green/ Black) • 5 Gr Chives

NUTRITION INFO: Amount per Serving Calories: 191 Kcal Total Fat: 6.1g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 1.585mg Total Carbohydrates: 12.4g Protein: 22.3g Dietary Fibre: 0.1g


• Cut feta cheese into cubes, peel cucumber and remove seeds, cut into fine batonettes and slice cherry tomatoes into halves. • Arrange ingredients onto a plate as shown in the photo and garnish with marinated green/ black olives.

Did you know? 1. Japanese sushi chefs made sure that these fresh tuna are frozen immediately to kill any bacteria before preparing and serving it to customers. 2. Tuna are not coldblooded as most fish. 3. In a report about tuna sandwich around 83% of adults do this tasty snack.

Spiced Crusted Tuna Loin on Marinated Fennel and Red Radish Yields: 1 Portion


• 1 Tuna Loin, Trimmed To Shape • 1.5 Tbsp Mix Peppercorn (Green, Black, Pink) Crushed • 2 Tbsp Mix Herbs, Finely Chopped • (Parsley, Coriander, Basil, Rosemary) • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil • 5 Tsp Tomato Oil • Salt Fennel and Radish salad • 0.5 Cup Fennel, Thinly Sliced • 0.2 Red Radish, Thinly Sliced • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice • 2 Tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil • Salt & Pepper Wasabi Cream dressing • 2 Tbsp Low Fat Mayonnaise • 1 Tsp Wasabi Paste • 2 Tbsp Low Fat Cream • Freshly Ground Salt & Pepper


• Season the tuna loin and cover with the crushed pepper and chopped herbs, then drizzle with olive oil. • Sear tuna on all sides on a hot grill, rare inside, then set aside. • Combine fennel with red radish, lemon juice and olive oil in a bowl, season and toss well. • To make wasabi mayonnaise, mix all the ingredients together and season. • Arrange the fennel salad on a plate, top it with the sliced tuna then drizzle with the wasabi dressing and tomato oil.


NUTRITION INFO: Amount per Serving Calories: 390.4 Kcal Total Fat: 19.04g Cholesterol: 47mg Sodium: 387.7mg Total Carbohydrates: 26.03g Protein: 24.83g Dietary Fibre: 5.19g


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food NUTRITION INFO: Amount per Serving Calories: 399.8 Kcal Total Fat: 19.08g Cholesterol: 136mg Sodium: 121.5mg Total Carbohydrates: 4.12g Protein: 50.61g Dietary Fibre: 1.05g


Grilled Chicken Breast with Eggplant & Roasted Pepper Caviar

Did you know? 1. Chicken has more polyunsaturated fat than other red meats, meaning this is ‘good fat’ safe to your heart. 2. All fats are concentrated on the skin, remove the skin and you’re on your way to healthier living. 3. This is a staple meat around the world, just in America alone eight billion is consumed yearly.


Your free day, you can choose meals from Day 1 and Day 2, just mix and match. Don’t cheat, make sure you check on the calories.

Yields: 1 Portion


• 1 Chicken Breast • 0.6 Cup Eggplant And Roasted Pepper Caviar • 1 Tsp Basil Oil • 1 Tsp Tomato Oil • Salt & Pepper • Rosemary And Thyme Eggplant And Roasted Pepper Caviar • 0.4 Cup Roasted Eggplant Pulp • 0.25 Roasted Yellow/Red Peppers • 1 Tsp Thinly Sliced Garlic • 1 Tbsp Chopped Shallots • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil • 1 Tsp Lemon Juice • 1 Tbsp Chopped Coriander • Chopped Fresh Red Chili • Freshly Ground Salt & Pepper

Procedure: Chicken • Season the chicken breast with salt and pepper, chopped rosemary and thyme. • Mark the chicken on a grill and bake it in the oven for 12 min. Meanwhile heat up the eggplant caviar. • Place eggplant caviar in the middle of the plate and top it with grilled chicken. • Drizzle with basil and tomato oil. Eggplant caviar • Roast the eggplant until soft and remove pulp. • Roast yellow and red pepper until golden brown, remove skin and seeds and cut into strips. • Mix the eggplant and roasted pepper mixture, shallots, garlic, olive oil, red chili, coriander and lemon juice. Season to taste.

Ensure that you exercise three times a week for 30 minutes to achieve the result you want: A flat belly ready for the beach!

Tips on Staying on Track: 1 Drink plenty of water or non-calorie beverages. 2 Eat several mini meals. 3 Add spices to your food, this keeps you feeling satiated. 4 Never skip your breakfast, eat healthy fibre-filled foods. 5 Do not be in a hurry to lose weight. Slow, steady weight loss is the key: about two pounds a week is realistic.


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“Puffed up and fluffy” are the best words to describe soufflé. It is one of France’s poshest desserts and is considered a fine dining export. The main ingredients are egg yolks and egg whites and when beaten perfectly and baked impeccably you will melt in awe and wonder why you didn’t try doing this at home sooner. Blame it on the long running campaign that these breathtaking beauties are too complex for mere home -cook. But ABODE stepped out of this fear and asked Pastry Chef Reza Fahlevi of Gourmet House at Kempinski Residences & Suites, Doha to show us a no-fail, step by step process in doing this heavenly dessert. Waste no time and let’s start whisking!

More tips in making soufflé:





1 Do not open the oven while soufflé is cooking or you might prevent it from puffing up perfectly. 2 Make sure all ingredients are at room temperature. 3 Have fun!


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food CARDAMOM SOUFFLÉ By Pastry Chef Reza Fahlevi Ingredients: For basic soufflé (custard) • 1 cup milk • 1 ½ tbsp sugar • 1/3 cup cardamom • 4 egg yolks • 1 tbsp & 1tsp flour • 1 tbsp corn flour For meringue • 3 egg whites • 1 and 1/2tbsp sugar









Pastry Chef Reza Fahlevi


STEP 1 Brush 5 ramekins with soft butter, then coat with sugar. Put the prepared ramekins in the fridge. Set an oven rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat to 180C. STEP 2 Place cardamom in a hot pan, till there is scent coming out and crush it. STEP 3 In a saucepan place the milk, sugar, and the crushed cardamom. Stir while heating and remove from the heat. STEP 4 In small bowl combine sifted flour, corn flour and add the egg yolk. Whisk until smooth and add a small amount of warm milk. Then pour the egg mixture slowly to the saucepan with the remaining warm milk. STEP 5 Cook custard over medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened, but do not boil. Remove from heat. Let it cool down. STEP 6 Scale 50 grams of cardamom base (custard) in stainless bowl. STEP 7 Put the egg whites in the bowl of a standing mixer, or large non-reactive bowl. Beat on medium until frothy; then gradually add the sugar and increase speed to high. Beat until the whites hold a stiff but not dry peak. STEP 8 Working quickly, fold about a 1/4 meringue into the cardamom base then fold in remaining whites until blended. STEP 9 Gently ladle or spoon the soufflé mixture into the ramekins, and place on a baking tray. STEP 10 Immediately bake until the soufflé rises about 1 1/2 inches from the ramekins and the tops are touched with brown, about 5 to 6 minutes. Remove from oven, dust with confectioners' sugar and serve immediately.


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Great Idea:

Hosting your child’s party at home is supposed to be fun, but organizing it can turn into a stressful and challenging process if you do not plan ahead. Here are my tips for getting a handle on the whole event.

Step 1

Add a special touch to your party with a homemade birthday banner. Banner can be made with 8x11 paper stapled to ribbon.


A party theme simplifies decision making

Before you buy one thing, the first step is to sit down and plan out your theme for the party. Why? 1. It simplifies decision making. 2. It helps keeps everything coordinated 3. It gets your child more involved, as it highlights their interests. If your child is old enough to have a say in the process, then make sure they get excited with the theme you both choose. My daughter wanted a night owl sleepover!


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Step 2


Coordinate your décor in both colour and feel


Things you can use for serving:

Choose a main colour for the party. Your child might love purple so make sure you keep that in mind. Decorate the party with unique decorations, favours, and personalized party products you can find online on websites like ( or You can download name tags, labels and birthday tags. Think out of the box when decorating. I printed owls I found at Etsy and put them everywhere.

• Don’t be afraid to mix and match colours • Decorate tables with small boxes filled with cookies, fruit and candy • Make customized water bottles with your child’s name • Have bowls filled with popcorn, Cheetos, small crackers or pretzels in matching colours • Use Cereal boxes cut and covered in colored paper to match décor Places to buy party things: • Hallmark at The center, Villaggio and Landmark • Royal Events in Royal Plaza • Crazy Party • Tazmeen in The Centre

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Make your own gift boxes:


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Make your own artwork to cover up pictures:

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Step 3


Make the food fun and easy to eat

The Cake:

Once you have decided on your theme then you can choose the menu. Pay close attention to sales and stock up on crackers, cookies, chips, fruits and vegetables, and juice in the weeks leading up to the party. Some fun ideas the main course are tacos, shawarmas and hamburgers. Keep treats simple, but decorate and package them creatively; the snacks should be fun, but safe to eat. Serve fresh fruits like grapes, apple wedges and bananas and make them fun with chocolate fondue!

The dessert table is the highlight of the party. Make sure the cake is served and displayed on its own table à la Martha Stewart. Have various other matching treats on the table. This will make the whole party look like it was done professionally. I used white shoe boxes filled with owl cookies next to the cake.

Set the table to match your theme. If you can’t find a table cloth in the right colour, buy a set of sheets or kitchen towels! Cut kitchen towels to make the individual place settings.

"Use your imagination and make your party as creative as possible" Moona Whitice

Step 4

CREATE THE GUEST LIST Ask your child who they wish to invite, then plan for the number of people you can easily and comfortably fit in your home. Pick the party date and time. (Parties are generally 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours long) unless they are a sleepover. Decide on the activities and prizes for games. Great DVDs and music are all teenagers need to enjoy an evening in. Stay organized by following these simple and time saving steps: • Download a checklist from or on‎ • Send out your invitations – either hand deliver through the child’s school or use to send them via email. • Games. Look for ways to entertain the kids. Go to for suggestions.


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ESCAPES Adventurous-fun-luxurious-unique travel experiences

ISTANBUL SIMPLY HAS IT ALL... Here is where truly east meets west. Here is where history, culture and glamour mix together, so no surprise it has been described as the world's hippest city.

WHEN TO GO: From the 8th till the 30th of June is the perfect time to visit Istanbul as its shopping festival takes place...loads of discounts and activities on offer. ATMOSPHERE: Mysterious but fun, glamorous, hip and colourful HOW TO GET THERE: Turkish Airlines flies 10 times a week from Doha to Istanbul and offers great rates. In only over three hours you'll be wandering around the former Ottoman capital. BEST FEATURE: Open air historical sites, Mosques, new art galleries and stylish bar and restaurant by the Bosphorus Read more on page 90.


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Travel News

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GULF AIR’S SKY Nanny Service Traveling with kids isn’t an easy task, that’s why GULF AIR is offering their special free SKY NANNY SERVICE to help families travelling - and those passengers who aren't – simply genius! Every Gulf Air Sky Nanny is specially trained for inflight childcare services so parents can be assured that children will receive the best care and attention every step of the way. Working on board all wide-bodied aircraft flying long haul routes, Sky Nannies offer help with boarding and disembarking, organizing drinks for children and do their meal service without interrupting your own meal. They'll also find lots of things to keep your children occupied throughout the journey, giving parents that much needed break during a long flight and generally provide a watchful eye on the little ones. A smooth journey is assured thanks to this incredible service!

Turkish Airlines Recognizes Regency Travel & Tours Turkish Airlines, the national carrier of Turkey and Europe’s best airline, honoured Regency Travel & Tours, “Qatar, Middle East and World’s Leading Travel Agency” for their outstanding contribution to Turkish Airlines. Mehmed Kursad Caymaz, General Manager of Turkish Airlines in Qatar, awarded a memento to Regency Travel & Tours, CEO, Mr. Tareq Abdullatif Taha for being the highest seller for Turkish Airlines in Qatar. “We’re honoured to be a Regency Travel and Tours (RTT) preferred partner as a leading travel operator with impeccable credentials and the preferred travel management company in Qatar. Today, Turkish Airlines flies to over 223 destinations worldwide, led by award-winning services and some of the most competitively priced flights. “The success of our relationship with Turkish Airlines continues to be reflected in a positive response and satisfaction from our clients. We look forward to the future as this partnership continues to mature”, Said Tareq Abdullatif Taha, CEO, Regency Travel and Tours.

HOLIDAY INN To Make its Doha Debut InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), the world’s largest hotel group by number of rooms, is to open Holiday Inn Doha – The Business Park by 2015, following a deal signed last month with Trans Orient Establishment. The new-build hotel will be located just two kilometres from Doha International Airport in The Business Park precinct, the heart of the capital’s business district. It will sit next to another IHG hotel, Crowne Plaza Doha – The Business Park, which is also owned by Trans Orient Establishment. The 347-room hotel will feature a 1200m² ballroom and supporting meeting rooms, as well as three food and beverage outlets, including an all-day dining restaurant and lobby lounge. The new hotel continues a strong growth trajectory for the brand in the region, with 25 Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express hotels currently open in the Middle East.

Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche awarded Abu Dhabi’s Leading Business Hotel Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche picked Abu Dhabi’s Leading Business Hotel Award at the 20th Annual World Travel Awards in Dubai. The prestigious award signifies the strong positioning of Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche as one of the most desired business and leisure destinations in Abu Dhabi, enriched with a genuine touch of the French “art de vivre”. The award was received by Mr. Nael ElWaary, Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche’s General Manager who commented: “This is an immense achievement for Sofitel and for the entire team of Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, who, since the opening of the hotel, strived to excel providing exceptional service. We look forward to welcoming many more guests and offering them a magnifique experience.”


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SHOP TIL YOU DROP IN STUNNING ISTANBUL This month the third Istanbul Shopping Fest kicks off, so what better time to visit this historic city?


Combining a cultural break away with one of the world’s biggest shopping festivals sounds like the perfect holiday to us…what about you? All you need to do is plan your getaway to Turkey between June 8th and 30th and get your credit card ready for some serious shopping! Istanbul Shopping Fest is a unique blend of fashion, entertainment, art and culture, not to be missed. Shopping fans from all over the world will be welcomed with incredible offers, discounts and fun events for everyone. DJ performances, artists’ exhibitions and prolonged shopping hours till 2 am are just few of the exciting initiatives that will take place in Istanbul for 23 days in a row. Istanbul’s historical heritage and cultural richness are the perfect backdrop for this great event and will complement this initiative perfectly by integrating the pleasure of shopping with the natural beauties of the historical town.

To make you experience Istanbul and its shopping life to the fullest, the 92 shopping malls in town will offer up to 50% discounts, a real paradise for consumers and all the fashionistas out there! A special ISF traveler prepaid card will make your shopping easier and secure, while also providing extra discounts and promotions at selected stores. The card will be on sale at the airport and in the shopping centres, so look out for it. Last year 939,508 people visited Istanbul for its Fashion Fest and this year 1.1 million tourists are expected, so join the crowd and enjoy all Istanbul has to offer…let the shopping extravaganza begin!

Turkish Airlines, the national carrier, flies directly from Doha to Istanbul 10 times per week. Prices start from QR 2,000 economy and QR 7,500 business. Turkish Airlines boasts the largest airline country network, connecting travellers to 223 destinations in 99 countries. You’ll enjoy a pleasant flight, while being served the freshest and tastiest catering around. The airline offers its customers delicious cuisine provided by their own gourmet catering company, the Do&Co, which recently won the best economy class catering in the world. Business class passengers on selected flights will be able to taste the unique Flying Chef service, which offers a real gourmet experience. They can also take advantage of the stunning CIP Lounge at Ataturk airport, one of the largest in Europe. It spreads across 3000 square metres with unlimited Turkish and international cuisine, refreshing showers and suite facilities, wi-fi connections, a library, kids’ corner and storage room. This is what we call pure luxury! Visit for further information


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travel MUST-VISITS Istinye Park, located in the Istinye area, Istinye Park mall is a modern shopping centre with 291 stores and a sleek high-end section, with all the top designers’ boutiques and fashionable cafes and restaurants. Borsa restaurant deserves a visit. The centre also includes an authentic Turkish food bazaar.

WHERE TO STAY Opt for an historical and characteristic Turkish hotel for your stay in Istanbul. The Legacy Ottoman hotel located in the central area of Eminönü District is a lovely choice: a charming Byzantine-style building boasting original grand décor and charm. Galata Bridge and the famous Egyptian bazaar are within walking distance. You’ll also be able to enjoy your breakfast overlooking the Bosphorus, the perfect way to start your day!

Sapphire Shopping mall, located in the centre of Levent. This 261 metre high ecological skyscraper with 66 floors provides amazing shopping opportunities and great views over the city. The 4D helicopter ride simulation offers a particularly memorable experience!

Grand Bazaar, one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, has over 3,000 shops and attracts up to 4,000 visitors daily. You can’t leave Istanbul without experiencing the buzz of shopping in its signature market. Located in the Fatih district.

Visit for more information

SPECIAL EVENTS DURING SHOPPING FESTIVAL 8th of June: Kickoff parade on Istiklal Caddesi Hadise inaugurates the festival at Akbati shopping centre 12th- 16th June: Galata Moda Festival at Nisantasi Art Park, organized by the Association of Fashion Designers (MTD). Thirty-two local designers present their limited editions of summer designs, all about neon colours! 16th June: Patricia Kaas concert with Edith Piaf at Life-Park



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Stars, Food and Art at SOFITEL


An exotic venue for a glamorous event BY FRANCESCA MOSER

Exterior - Sofitel Casablanca

STARS, FOOD and ART GALAS by Sofitel First launched in 2007 at the Sofitel Legend Amsterdam The Grand, and drawing on Sofitel’s “Art de Vivre” concept, the SFA galas have become sought after events worldwide. These unique gastronomical events offer unforgettable culinary experiences while highlighting culture and art. The next confirmed galas this year will take place on 17th June in Vienna and 1st and 2nd November in Amsterdam. For more information visit

The newly opened hotel in the magical Moroccan city hosted the latest SFA (Stars, Food and Art) gala dinner last month. ABODE was lucky enough to attend the fabulous event: a glorious evening filled with food, inspiring art and great company. Four talented chefs were the highlight of the gala: Meryem Cherkaoui from Rabat, the Parisienne Fabrice Brunet , Diego Guerrero from Madrid and Onno Kokmeijer, Michelin star Chef from Netherlands, each prepared one of the four gourmet dishes for the evening. They worked together in the kitchen and presented their succulent and outstanding signature dishes to the guests. The event was an absolute success, thanks to their culinary skills and the perfect mélange of food, art and culture under one roof. We also had the pleasure to discover one of the latest additions to the Sofitel Luxury Hotels portfolio: Sofitel Casablanca Tour


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L'Atelier Oriental

FOR MORE INFORMATION Blanche. The new hotel was inaugurated at the beginning of this year and within a few short months had already positioned itself as one of the top iconic properties in Morocco. Its strategic location in the centre of the business district, within walking distance of the picturesque Souq, overlooks the magnificent Hassan II Mosque. Its distinctive architecture are two key characteristics of this modern and charismatic hotel. Its window façades and stylish décor, realized by Belgian architect Patrick Genard and French interior Designers Marc Hertrich and Nicolas Adnet, blend in perfectly creating a sophisticated and welcoming setting. VISIT

The 24-story building with 141 elegant guest rooms and 30 magnificent suites will enchant you with its stunning views

over the white city skyline and the Atlantic Ocean while offering outstanding facilities: a 600 square metre wellness centre, SoSPA where you’ll be able to get pampered (we still dream about the exquisite Moroccan Hammam!), an indoor pool, its renowned So FIT gym with qualified coaches on request, two in-house restaurants, Arabesque and L’Atelier D’Orient, where you’ll be able to taste the authentic local flavours mixed with French influences in a luxurious atmosphere and a night&day bar lounge by the lobby, Casart – an arty setting ideal to keep you entertained before and after dinner with spectacular drinks and live music. Another unique facility at Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche is its unique meetings area, Galerie 01 which combines art and business by exhibiting the works of local artists through two

of the most famous galleries in town. Thanks to this artistic flair and magical ambiance, the stunning room is used as a ball room too for exceptional evening’s events. We can’t wait to visit Casablanca and Morocco again and enjoy another pleasant stay at Sofitel. In the meantime secure yourself tickets for this month Star, Food and Art Gala, taking place in Vienna at Stephansdom Sofitel on the 17th of June. Get your taste buds ready for the fabulous creations of another gathering of unique chefs, art and glamour from around the world. Bon Appetit!


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hotel of the month




Bustling Bur Dubai, the historical district of Dubai, can boast the one and only Spanish 5-star hotel in the Middle East. The recently inaugurated Melia Dubai is a great new addition for the hospitality scene in the characteristic old town of Dubai, home of various touristic attractions, including several mosques. The Grand Mosque and the blue Iranian one are must-see with its gorgeous blue tiles and shopping streets and souqs. The New Gold Souq is within walking distance from the hotel itself, as is the Dubai museum and the famous Dubai creek with its typical boat ports. The airport is very close by, so you won’t waste time stuck in traffic when jetting in,

whether you’re arriving for business or pleasure. This brand new hotel is really a great choice for an enjoyable and luxurious stay. Its welcoming Mediterranean flair is visible throughout the property: from the elegant and cool reception with dark wooden features and comfortable sofas that resemble your cozy living room at home, to the classic elegant rooms with super sleek finishing. All the 164 rooms and suites are spacious and feature designer bathrooms with gorgeous bathtub and rain shower, in-room business facilities and complimentary high-speed internet. If you are looking

for that extra touch of exclusivity and comfort, don’t look any further than The Level suites and rooms, which come with a set of privileges at very competitive prices. Enjoy bigger rooms, private check-in and check-out services at the Level lounge, an all-day access club room where you’ll be able to work, relax or simply enjoy the complimentary bar and chef’s selection. Welcomed extras include a pillow and aroma menu, newspaper and magazine delivery to the room, free ironing, limousine airport transfers and much more. On top of all these outstanding services, to meet all its customers’ expectations Melia caters to your culinary tastes with various in-house restaurants, from a gorgeous Indian fusion restaurant to a more relaxed but super tasty Sushi bar, to a 24-hour international restaurant. The Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor restaurant is the latest for the celebrated Indian


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hotel of the month Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor restaurant

celebrity chef, which serves his best traditional and authentic Indian dishes. Here you’ll be able to enjoy a fine dining Indian dinner and if you are up for a new experience, opt for the interactive table where you’ll indulge in a succulent fixed menu, cooked right in front of you. The combination of entertainment, gorgeous food and insightful tips from the chef himself definitely deserves a go! After dinner, head upstairs for a refreshing drink by the pool on the hotel’s

rooftop, taking in the near- aerial view of Dubai’s downtown. Estrella bar and lounge is definitely one of the town’s best kept secrets, thanks to its menu of drinks and shishas; it provides a great spot to unwind in the evening and an oasis for daytime relaxation. Keeping you entertained to the max, Melia also boasts two fabulous options: its very own sports bar, Quantum and a dance club, Mansion…what else could you ask for? Simply check-in into Melia Dubai and enjoy everything it has to offer! Melia Exterior

Rooftop pool

YHI SPA Obviously an hotel like this wouldn’t be complete without an idyllic wellness retreat. YHI Spa is situated on the top floor of Melia and its harmonious settings will instantly stimulate your senses. Its clean and refreshing décor welcome you into a new dimension. This is the perfect place to nourish and revitalize the body, soul and mind. Get pampered in their signature single or double treatment rooms, where you can experience the most divine indulgences, from Turkish baths to colour therapy to the spectacular water bed massage. The only hard part here is making your choice!



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PEOPLE & SOCIETY Events & individuals who make a difference in the Middle East


For the first time in Doha, courtesy of The Art of Business (an associate of AHB Group) and Premium Projects, this unique high-energy theatre performance isn't to be missed. Shows will take place for three nights only, from June 6th till the 8th at Qatar National Convention Center. Get your tickets on


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&Society News Magnolia Bakery Announces Brand Ambassadors

QTA Participates at the 37th Meeting of the UNWTO Commission for the Middle East As an official member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Qatar Tourism Authority, (QTA), has recently participated at “The thirty-seventh meeting of UNWTO Commission for the Middle East”, held at the Sheraton Hotel in Manama, Bahrain. The Qatar delegation was headed by Eng. Issa Al-Mohannadi, Chairman of QTA. Eng. Issa Al-Mohannadi, Chairman of QTA : “As QTA steers Qatar to become a leading world-class hub for the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions’ sector (MICE), the country continues to garner strong momentum for quality and excellence in staging and developing sustainable events on the account of its firstrate infrastructure. The thirty-seventh meeting of UNWTO Commission for the Middle East is a vital platform that fosters productive dialogue that is an essential requisite to devise proper forward-looking and tangible industry solutions.” He added.

Four loyal and passionate customers of Magnolia Bakery have been rewarded by their favourite bakery shop. Sandy Prabhu, Babs@livingindoha, Mohamad Shawash@moeys and Yasser Masood Khan@yasserM86 were in fact announced as the bakery local ambassadors in Doha. Magnolia carefully selected them by monitoring their messages and posts on social media platforms about their new opening. All of them boast good online presence across various social and professional networking sites such as vizify , aboutme. com, tumblr and wordpress and are also very prompt with location based social media such as foursquare, Facebook check-ins and 3rd party applications such as Instagram. Therefore a valuable asset in conveying Magnolia messaging. Follow them to be updated on all the latest news on Magnolia!

STOMP Press Conference at Grand Hyatt The Art of Business, as associate of Ahmed Hassan Bilal Group, presented the Doha debut of STOMP, in association with Premium Projects, STOMP Productions, Glynis Henderson Productions, The Qatar Tourism Authority and Qatar/U.K. 2013, at a press conference at Grand Hyatt. STOMP, one of the world's most renowned stage shows, is set to thrill audiences at the QNCC Theatre with three days of powerhouse performances from June 6th till 8th. Tickets are on sale, so get yours now at!


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news Children of the Dutch Community Celebrate Their National Day in Qatar On April 30th, the Dutch community in Qatar celebrated the National Day of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, which this year was extra special because of the Investiture of King WillemAlexander. The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in collaboration with the Compass school organized festivities for all the Dutch children living in Qatar in the St. Regis hotel. The festivities included traditional food, drinks and games. The children decorated cupcakes with orange icing, the national color of the Netherlands, and made their own orange crowns. By the end of the day the children were given orange balloons and a small national flag.

Qatar Foundation Encourages Community to Show Its Support for FC Barcelona at Fan Zone Event

QNB Tops the World’s Strongest Banks on Bloomberg’s Markets’ List Bloomberg Markets, the leading provider of Business, Financial and Economic news has released its 2012 ranking of the World’s Strongest Banks, in which QNB has ranked as Number 1. The 2012 ranking included 78 banks worldwide, with QNB being the only bank in the MENA Region. Commenting on the 2012 ranking Mr. Ali Shareef Al Emadi, QNB’s GCEO stated “we are very pleased with QNB being ranked on the top of the list of the strongest banks in the world by Bloomberg. This is a clear indication of the strengths of the bank”. The 78 banks included in Bloomberg’s ranking included some of the largest and most renowned financial institutions in the world. QNB Group has witnessed a strong growth in the past five years across the range of business activities with an expanded presence in the region and in select markets; all part of its 2017 Strategy of being the Top Bank in the Middle East and Africa region.

The local community was once again invited to participate in the Qatar Foundation − FC Barcelona (FCB) Fan Zone last 1st May, where they watched the crucial second leg match of the UEFA Champions League semi-final between FCB and Bayern Munich. Hundreds of supporters attended the Fan Zone to watch the electrifying contest between the two European giants. The game ended in disaster for FCB, going down 4-0 to their German rivals. However, despite this setback, one of Qatar Foundation and FCB’s mutual strengths is their steadfast commitment to teamwork in the face of any challenge.

Disney On Ice Comes To Doha This year one of the world’s most popular and beloved live family entertainment shows will make its first-ever appearance in the Middle East. Doha will host in fact Disney on Ice, which is also celebrating 100 years of magic this year. Produced by Feld Entertainment, the fantastic ice extravaganza will be held at the Qatar National Convention centre from 13th till 16th June. Ali Haidary, Sport&Entertainment Solutions Founder&CEO, who made this deal possible added: Our partnership with Feld Entertainment signals the beginning of a longterm commitment to bringing live family entertainment productions to the Middle East.” Tickets available at and


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Let’s Celebrate

Cancer Survivors Day On June 2nd 2013!


To celebrate life, ABODE met with two local cancer survivors who shared their stories with us and provided inspiration for all…. Sameer Ahmed,

28 years old, two-year Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor Sameer is a young, fit and healthy looking guy. You would never think he was affected by cancer. He fought his disease and is now doing well, working full-time here in Doha as an administrative manager. He is committed to create more awareness about cancer and its cure! Here is his touching story.

“I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma – a cancer of the lymphatic system, kind of a blood disorder – twice. The first time I had it I didn’t really realize the gravity of it and wasn’t really worrying about all its symptoms, like night sweats, loss of appetite, constant fever and loss of weight, like 30 pounds. All this happened over a period of three to four months, so you don’t really put it all together. Until I had a swelling in my neck, so I went to the doctor and even though I was feeling better through the medications, I was starting to get progressively worse.

I always tried to be positive. I was in university in Canada then and during a vacation here in Doha to visit my parents I decided to have further checks at a private clinic. Even here in Doha I would have had to wait few months for a biopsy, so me and my family decided to go and do it in India , as we have relatives there. Afterwards I had my stem-cell transplant in Canada and then two years ago I relocated here in Qatar. I’ve been here doing follow-up at Al Amal and it’s all good. Al Amal is a really good hospital, but I really feel there isn’t enough

SAMEER’S NEW OUTLOOK ON LIFE “I don’t waste time. In the past I was thinking I’ll do them when I’m older but you can’t do that anymore, so if you feel like it, go and do it. I’m very grateful and full of respect for people like Margarita [and the Ladies of Harley], because they are very active and have a positive influence towards cancer. I actually feel the need to build more awareness in men regarding cancer. So I’d like to start something about this. I play sports, I joined a basketball team here, I play in a men’s league so I’m trying to inform guys as much as I can. Young people especially need to understand that everybody is at risk, but above all they need to know that if they develop it, there’s life out there after cancer!”


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people awareness about cancer in general, people don’t know about the hospital itself either. I got to know about it and about support groups thanks to my Mum as she met Margarita Zuniga, from the Ladies of Harley, and Suzanne (the fellow survivor) who gave her advice and support. It’s actually thanks to people

like them, that cancer patients and their family actually cope with the disease. I’m feeling really good these days and I feel very lucky. I go to Toronto once every six months for my follow-ups, and do some follow-ups here too. My biggest piece of advice for any cancer patient would be to be positive. I know it sounds

cliché but I can only speak for my experience, because when I first found out, my first thought was ‘Oh, why me?’ but I kept thinking ‘I have so much left to do! This can’t be the end of it.’ So I kept driving myself out of it and I did it!”

Suzanne Kanaan,

54 years old, 5-year ovarian cancer survivor Suzanne is a radiant and gorgeous woman. She has three stunning daughters. They are originally from Jordan and have lived here in Doha for the last 20 years.

“I was leading a very busy life, I was working and juggling life with a busy family of five. I had few symptoms and was moving offices at the time, but I just didn’t take them seriously and simply thought ‘Oh I’m going to be 50’ so I ignored them. I used to go out every night. I had a very, very busy social life, but always thought I conducted a healthy lifestyle. Then I actually realized I had missed two checkups that I used to do every year. Those two years I missed were actually key.

I was browsing to try to understand but it was actually scaring me more, so I decided to stop worrying and just do whatever I have to do from the doctors. Shortly [thereafter] I started the chemo and because of it I haven’t seen my daughters getting married, graduating. It was so heartbreaking, but I had to do it!

I was in very good hands at Al Amal hospital; I was looked after by a very good Qatari doctor. He was always very calm, supportive and always assured me I was going to survive. He and his I went to the medical centre and the team really made the difference with doctor noticed straightaway that there their professionalism and kindness. And was an ovarian cyst, so she referred me looking back in the years I can really see to go to Al Ahli and I went immediately. how everything is improving year after year. I still go there to do my routine Those days were very difficult. The check-up: my MRIs, mammograms most worrying part was when I started and everything runs so smoothly, in 20 checking the internet about my diagnosis. minutes max and I’m done with it all.

SUSANNE’S NEW OUTLOOK ON LIFE “I feel great. I feel really good. I try to maintain my health. I watch what I eat and I ask advice of the doctors. I try to balance my diet. This illness has been a life experience and as a Saudi friend told me (a fellow survivor too), this experience enriched us and made us stronger and we learned a lot from it! Now nothing upsets me. Nothing. And I feel sorry for people who are nervous, uptight, who make their life miserable, it’s not worth it. Just be positive, move on, and love the people that you’re with. Life is too short. Just live it and live it positively!”

In my case it was vital to have a doctor I trusted, and always felt I had a safe place I could go. Also Hyad cancer support group and Al Hibba cancer fundraisers were key for me. The programs at Al Hyad in particular are great, here is where you speak and you see patients and you share your experiences. I think


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awareness is very important. People from all nationalities can be found there and everybody can ask anything, there are no silly questions. They do chemo sessions with new patients, holding their hands, staying with them, spending quality time with them. I like to go and see them myself. To see people like me who have made it gives [them] hope.”

LADIES OF HARLEYS • The Ladies of Harley® (L.O.H.®) continue on their mission to save lives by spreading cancer awareness in a collaborative partnership with Supreme Council of Health and Qatar Cancer Society. • National Cancer Survivors Day marks a day where people all over the world honour people with a history of cancer. Ladies of Harley® (L.O.H.®) want to acknowledge everyone who supports survivors in their fight for life. • Thank you to all the families, friends, Supreme Council of Health, Hamad Medical Corporation, Primary Health Care, and Qatar National Cancer Care and Research. • We also like to thank Harley-Davidson® Qatar, Harley Owners Group MENA and all the H.O.G members for their continuous support in our efforts to raise cancer awareness.

USEFUL INFORMATIONS from SUPREME COUNCIL OF HEALTH What new methods of cancer treatment and prevention are being implemented at Hamad Medical Corporation? A: Over the past two years HMC has embarked on a journey to transform how we deliver cancer services to the people of Qatar. HMC is focusing on early detection, rapid and definitive diagnosis, comprehensive treatment and ongoing care (including secondary prevention). One significant change has been the creation of Cancer Multidisciplinary Teams (known as MDTs), that are specific to each major tumor group. To date, HMC has established MDT groups for the following cancers: Breast, GI, Urology, Neurosurgery, Hepatabillary, Head and Neck, Thoracic, Gynecology, Dermatology, Hematology, Lymphoma, Pediatrics and Palliative Care. These teams bring together a variety of specialists and clinicians, which ensures the right care and treatment at the right time for our patients.

What are the average wait-times for patients diagnosed with cancer for biopsies and chemotherapy? A: The Qatar National Cancer Strategy gives clear indication that all suspected cancer referrals should be seen in a specialist clinic within 48 hours of referral. The urgent referral process has been introduced, with all suspected cancers being processed through a fast track system.

How can people who are living with the disease and their families contact or access new programs for treatment? A: HMC has created a new role called Patient Pathway Coordinator which guides cancer patients through the emotional and clinical journey of their diagnosis and treatment. These specialists will play a crucial role in coordinating a cancer patient’s care. They work with the cancer patient on every step of their journey, right from the point of diagnosis, with the goal of ensuring a seamless care pathway and take into consideration a patient’s nonmedical and support needs as well as their medical needs.


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This month ABODE met His Excellency Guido De Sanctis, the new Italian Ambassador in Qatar.


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people You recently joined the Italian Embassy here in Doha. Where was your last assignment and how is your new life in Qatar? A: My last assignment was in Benghazi, Libya, where I spent two years during and after the 2011 revolution. This assignment to Doha is my first posting as a Head of Mission and it looks like a tough challenge. I am sure it will be made easier by the hospitality of Qatari people, by the leisure facilities offered in this growing country. Thanks to the diplomatic and expatriate community in Doha which is highly motivated and cooperative.

How would you describe the relationship between Italy and Qatar? There is a well-rooted mutual knowledge, which makes everything easier, but there is also a huge potential to be exploited in many fields. Italy and Qatar share a very important general approach to a constructive foreign policy and towards international economic integration. As I said, all Qatari circles have a profound knowledge of our country and they know very well what we can offer as a political,


commercial and cultural partner and we must try to respond to their high expectations. The signs of an Italian presence in Doha grow every day.

Have you got any upcoming projects to promote business between the two Countries? As you know, Qatar is engaged on a daily basis in modernizing the country and in opening it to the world. I can recall that the main Italian companies in the construction sector have taken part in the tenders connected with the realization of rail public transport in Doha; many Italian retailers are present in all commercial malls around the Capital and in The Pearl. Several Italian architects are engaged in the realization of public buildings and private residences around Doha. As for future projects, we are going to launch the Trade Development Section of the Embassy in the next weeks and this will ensure a closer assistance to small and medium enterprises, especially when they need to introduce themselves to the Qatari market.

Last November The Italian Strategic Fund (ISF), controlled by the CDP and Qatar Holding (QH), signed an agreement for the establishment of a joint venture called ‘IQ Made in Italy’, including

food production, fashion, design, tourism and lifestyle. How is this cooperation developing? There are many initiatives, like for instance the takeover by Qatar of tourist premises in a beautiful and famous place like Costa Smeralda in Sardinia or the participation in renowned hotels like the “Four Seasons” in Florence. These are important steps, aimed at supporting the tourism industry in Italy. The joint-venture “IQ”, however, has been conceived as a wider and long-term project that can benefit many companies. The joint venture is commencing its work now under positive auspices and I am sure we will soon hear good news about it!

How do you plan to interact with the local Italian residents? How many are registered in the country? We have almost 700 Italian citizens registered here, plus a number of frequent visitors. Not only it is our duty to support our community here, but it is also very pleasant to have the occasion to exchange views on Qatar and on opportunities of cooperation. I already met a large number of our citizens living in Doha and I have the impression that my fellow citizens here represent Italy in a most significant way.

ITALIAN EMBASSY IN DOHA Tel: +974 4483 1802


Italy, officially the Italian Republic, is a unitary parliamentary republic in Southern Europe. To the north, it borders France, Switzerland, Austria, and Slovenia along the Alps. Capital: Rome Prime minister: Enrico Letta President: Giorgio Napolitano Government: Constitutional

republic, Unitary state, Parliamentary republic Official language: Italian Language Population: 60.77 million (2011) World Bank Points of interest Portofino, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Colosseum, Lake Como


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woman of the month


What’s the mark of success? Many will say it’s defined by how many properties you have, how many people you handle or how much money you have but is that really the best summation of this word? In pursuit of a deeper meaning, ABODE sought this answer from our interview with the newest General Manager of Mövenpick Tower and Suites, Doha, Ghada Sadek.


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woman of the month

What you see is what you get,” exclaimed the first female General Manager at Mövenpick Tower and Suites, Doha. Enthused with generosity and a strong focus, Ghada Sadek is the new muse of leadership in the country’s emerging hospitality market. As we settled in for the interview, we were immediately drawn to her charismatic aura, her warm hospitality and honesty. At the beginning of her career she said it was difficult for her to balance work and family but as she matured and grew wise over her 22 years of industry experience, juggling two ‘jobs’ at the same time has poised her to embark on her new role as the captain of 275 employees.

WE ARE ALREADY IN THE 21ST CENTURY When asked about taking over a male dominated position she replied, “We are already in the 21st century. The number of women in leadership positions is escalating. This is due, in part, to women's increased educational opportunities. We are seeing positive results, not to mention the occasional pressure from customers and other constituents. The real challenge is that GMs are no longer typical representatives for guests and department managers, they are serving outside stakeholders and this will be enforced in the future.” For Ghada, the wave of opportunities for women has started to rise and we are seeing this happening right this moment.

pollution caused by countries’ industrial emissions. As well, the development of sustainable building regulations underlines Qatar’s awareness and commitment to sustainable construction as the country prepares to invest over $70 billion in essential infrastructure by 2022.” She continued to describe Qatar’s vital position in saving the environment. For her part, she continuously prepares her staff to be educated and knowledgeable about ecological practices. “Mövenpick Tower & Suites Doha is a certified green globe hotel. A yearly audit is conducted to check and evaluate green practices in the hotel through a professional team on all hotel operational aspects such as water, energy consumption and the employees’ awareness of the hotel’s role to increase green thinking.”



These words had been her siren song when she started her career and the same tune applies to this day. Ghada doesn’t just sit on her office, she keeps on working on many projects, making sure that each has a set deadline so as not to overlook every detail. And when she’s in the car, she still works, answering the phone and closing her deals. “I am not advocating to be on the phone while driving, still be safe,” she cautions with a smile. “When working, give everything you have, pour your heart out and maintain a positive outlook, because it will show in all that you do. Some people will take advantage of you, however a clear conscience is still my haven.”

Qatar is pushing green and sustainable projects, as a Green LEED Associate she made sure her initiatives are linked to Qatar’s projects and her hotel. “Qatar played a major role in sustainable projects by hosting the largest conference COP 18 in its history last November. This is the 18th year the world’s nations gathered to discuss climate change and how to deal with environmental issues like

As we concluded our interview with Ghada, we found our answer. Riches are secondary. The mark of success is your character: maintaining a solid honesty, respect and love toward your family and people around you, discounting any position you may have.



1. When visiting hotels what is the first thing you notice? Staff smiles 2. What do you like to drink when welcomed in a hotel? Green tea 3. When sitting in hotel lobbies, what do you like to read, magazine or newspaper? Magazine 4. If you weren't working in hospitality, what would you be? An advocate 5. If you had to choose, where would you spend a free afternoon, Souq or Museum of Islamic Art? Museum of Islamic Art


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journalism, her second passion is art, so she moved to New York and took a one-to-one course at Christie’s. She says “art was always a passion, but a hobby not a profession. My husband and I are art collectors”. She opened Anima Gallery a year ago with the help of her sister, Baria Abdel Rahim, who is the Administration Manager. Baria studied at Business School in Lebanon and then worked in the human resources division of a large corporation. Baria looks after the administrative side of the business and Ghada concentrates on the art itself.


The gallery has an art exhibition every two months and includes local, regional and international artists, as Ghada chooses artists from all over world. They also get invited to tender to provide artwork for new sites, such as hotels. Ghada tells me, “The clientele of the gallery is growing very well. Art in Qatar is booming. Qatar is now the art centre as there are so many museums and galleries. We are just part of new wave. Sotheby’s just had an auction in Qatar and they sold the most art ever, outside of London! There are art investors here, not a huge number but an effective number.” The other part of the business is an art education centre. Schools send their children to the gallery to see the new exhibitions. They also provide art lessons and photography lessons. Three mornings a week, oil painting classes take place for ladies and mixed classes in the afternoons. There are also children’s art classes on Saturdays. The teachers are from VCU Qatar and other art education establishments.

"The clientele of the gallery is growing. Art in Qatar is booming" Ghada Sholy Nabil Asfar and Baria Abdu

When We meet Ghada Sholy we notice that she is beautifully put together, like a piece of art herself. She is Lebanese, of Palestinian origin and was raised in Lebanon where she attended boarding school. She then studied journalism in the US. After graduating, she came to Qatar,

l Rahim

where her father was living, and worked for Qatar TV and radio, resigning to devote more time to family after the birth of her second child. A few years ago Ghada decided that she wanted to open a business. After

Last month saw the exciting opening of their new venture, the Anima Lounge. The lounge expands on the gallery and the artwork by hosting art education seminars and talks. Speakers will talk about investment in art to encourage and educate people. There will also be presentations about the different aspects of art and health.


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people It is also an art café and a full-fledged restaurant offering a trendy environment and light food. The international staff complement the menu and the art displayed in the lounge comes from all over the world. You will feel comfortable going alone to the Anima Lounge, as you can learn more about art while enjoying a fresh juice or a well balanced meal. It’s an immersive experience, with art books everywhere, art on the TVs, and beautiful paintings and sculptures surrounding you. Nabil Asfar is the Lifestyle Specialist Consultant at the Anima Lounge. He advises on all the healthy food and drinks and supervises the chef to make sure the menu is well balanced. He is an Adonis of a man who is Lebanese Canadian and used to be a physical trainer at the Canadian Naval Base. He studied nutrition, then owned a gym and has been a personal trainer for thirty years. Nabil says, “The idea is to create a healthy balanced meal along with a relaxed atmosphere and to come and enjoy your time. We are giving people a healthy alternative, as around the city it’s hard to find a place that is healthy”.

FOR MORE INFORMATION Opening Hours: Breakfast & Lunch 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Dinner 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Closed on Mondays. Anima Lounge, 30 La Croisette,

Anima Lounge doesn’t add preservatives to the food and they use natural and organic produce, as much they can get in Doha. Nabil also monitors the recipes, eliminating butter where he can, substituting natural products such as olive oil and concentrating on herbs to use as seasoning. Some dishes come with sauce, but it is offered on the side. Anima Lounge aims to provide clean, consistent and tasty meals and it’s all about choice. Both regular and gluten free pasta are on offer. Sandwiches can be built on low carb bread, gluten free bread or regular bread – a choice for everyone’s taste. Instead of adding sugar to juice, they create fresh juices by Nabil, as healthy as they are refreshing, each packed with anti-oxidants. “Drink Your Salad” has cleverly been designed to match our fast paced lifestyle.

Porto Arabia, The Pearl-Qatar Tel. 4002-7554

It’s a whole meal in a filling refreshing drink that gives you the energy you need – and you can order it to go; healthy fast food here at last! Another juice you might be interested in is the “Anti-Wrinkle”, which includes the very important ingredient, kale. Kale contains anti-inflammatory properties, lowers blood sugar and is full of anti-oxidants. If you fancy a refreshing salad, The Quinoa Salad introduces the delicious quinoa seed from Peru, which has a low glycemic index, is high in amino acids, gluten free and high in protein which means it’s a great alternative for vegetarians. It’s the same idea as the soya bean. For those with a sweet tooth, the desserts at the Anima Lounge are all light (diet). For instance, they don’t use butter in the Anima Cheese Cake. Nabil cheekily says “the menu is to diet for!”

If you want to try something that’s exclusive to the Anima Lounge, go with friends and taste the Yerba Mate tea. It originates from Argentina and is drunk a lot in Lebanon, however, people drink it at home—it’s never available in restaurants. This tea has different amino acids and lots of vitamins to enhance your energy level as it gives alkaline to your system; it is not acidic. It also relaxes the muscles. Nabil is on hand if you want to ask advice about what to eat or drink to ensure a well-balanced meal. He adds, “The restaurant comes with the lifestyle – it is one part. How much are you eating… drinking…sleeping? [It’s about] educating the customer”.


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I love what I do


FOR MORE INFORMATION Grand Heritage Doha Hotel and Spa Tel. 44455555

Tea Infused with Passion


ABODE talks to Liu Wei the Tea Mistress of Victoria Tea Lounge When can you say a tea is perfectly prepared? at Grand Heritage Doha Hotel and Spa A: After three to five minutes in hot water, and when you can smell its flavour.

When and where did you learn the art of serving/making tea? A: My first experience with the art of serving and making tea was at my previous job at the Beijing Tea Lounge. I learned all about tea, about its history, its benefits toward our health, and even the process of transforming the tea leaves to loose tea. Serving tea is another matter, as there is a special way to serve it; or as we call it, a Tea Ceremony ; also there is a special manner when it comes to tea serving. Back in China, we really value the tea, as it is good for our health, and our digestion process. Teas play an important role in our life. To us, tea is not only a beverage but also a culture. We even compare it to human characteristics, for example

we say about its fragrance it is not aggressive; it is pleasant.

What are the most popular teas? A: In my opinion I would say jasmine tea is the most popular, at least in our hotel.

Why it’s best to use loose leaf rather than tea bags? A: There is a difference between loose

Tips in preparing the best tea A: If we are talking about Green tea, I

tea and tea bags, like the size of leaves: tea bags are filled with tiny pieces of dull, cracked leaves and usually it is added accidently. Loose tea on the other hand is made out of a fresh, whole leaf. Tea leaves contain essential oils, which gives it its delightful flavour that lasts for a long period. Tea bags can’t keep their flavour for that long. I mean, you can use the tea leaves twice and they will still give you a good flavour. Also, tea bags are made to be a convenient quick replacement, for tea leaves. But true tea lovers enjoy their tea loose and served in a pot and tea cup.

need you to put in consideration that there are several kinds of green tea, so according to the kind of tea, water temperature varies from 60 to 95 degrees. But for black tea it has to be from 85 to 95 degrees. • You need to soak the tea in the water for three minutes if it’s green tea and five minutes for black tea. • Brewing time can be approximately the same timing as the soaking for each tea type. • Once it is done, use a tea warmer to keep it fresh for refilling.


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ABODE chats to Joseph Rivera, the vivacious and charming Vice President of Sales at Megaworld, to find out why it’s the right time to invest in property in the Philippines.


Megaworld is different from other players in the property scene in the Philippines because it is owned by one of the wealthiest people in the Philippines, Andrew Tan. It has the largest market share in residential condo development in the country and has a great reputation. It is debt free and stable so there is no need to worry about investing your money with them. They are confident in selling to Filipinos globally because, similar to other countries such as India, the Philippines’ largest export is manpower. More than 70 per cent of buyers of Manila condos last year were Filipinos who work overseas. Doha was chosen as the regional hub for Middle East & Africa as 136,000 Filipinos live here (out of the total population 1.8 million) and so have a high spending power. Access to the country is very easy and it is very convenient to travel to other countries. The office space is affordable and of course, it almost goes without saying that Qatar is the richest country in the world!

Megaworld operates by appointing “an army” of agents; both Filipinos, who work in their spare time, as well as local property agents who sell on their behalf in the Middle East. They report to one Country Manager and Megaworld offers advertising support and funding for events. Megaworld in the Middle East is promoting the Philippines and the products; if people decide to purchase property, all paperwork and money is exchanged in the Philippines. At present, good sales investment is coming from the UK, Italy and Kuwait. Joseph was chosen for the position of Vice President of Sales because of his extensive real estate background and experience. He is a resident of Doha and is under the proud sponsorship of Direct Real Estate. He has also worked for Megaworld since 2000. His wife joined Qatar Airways and Joseph migrated to Doha too! Megaworld has a target revenue of at least 3 billion pesos this year. So far they have achieved 400 million, however,

Vice President of Sales, Megaworld International, 22F Tornado Tower, West Bay, Doha. Tel:+974.4429-2463.

Fact Box • You will gain an 8 per cent annual return on rental income. • Receive good capital appreciation - a 6 per cent increase in property price per year. • Pay only low taxes. • Residency is not needed to buy a property. • You are guaranteed 100% repatriation of capital if you decide to sell up. • If you spend from US $50,000 on property the government will give you a special retirement visa to enjoy your work-free days in the tropical sunshine. This is called The Filipino Retirement Act.

they are expecting good sales during Ramadan, as Filipinos return home so they have more time to sell to them.


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Auto News

We have a lot to look forward to this month and here are a couple of our top picks.

Service at your doorstep Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Doha, the official dealer of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in Qatar, has taken its unrivalled customer service to new heights with the introduction of a dedicated recovery truck for Rolls-Royce, which can deliver vehicles to new customers and pick up and drop off existing customers’ vehicles for servicing or maintenance. The new service reinforces the premium ownership experience that Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Doha provides to its customers, who can now fulfil their car’s servicing needs from the convenience and comfort of their homes. It also provides an additional dimension of privacy and exclusivity to customers as their new car can be delivered to their front door in a closed truck. The service can be accessed through our sales or after sales department by calling +974 5552 9943, from Saturday till Thursday, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Hatch Speedster The five-door Focus ST delivers the same driving attributes that makes all Ford ‘Sports Technologies’ (ST) models stand out. The chassis, engine, sound and comfort of the vehicle are tuned to deliver a truly sporty experience combined with a high level of refinement. The Ford Focus ST is powered by the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, which offers an uncompromising mix of performance and efficiency. The 248-Km/hour performance vehicle achieves a class-leading 7.35 L/100km highway, 10.23 L/100km city and 9.05 L/100km combined with 252 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque. New ST owners will be spending as much time behind the steering wheel as possible. With that in mind, Ford’s designers have worked hard to ensure the interior of the Focus ST is a great place to be, helping the driver to feel as connected to the vehicle as possible. The interior of the core Focus model is already designed with a “cockpit” feel. In the ST variant, that sporty feeling is heightened with everything the driver touches and feels reinforcing that it is unmistakably an ST.

Touring 3,000 miles across 13 countries It's the kind of road trip that performance car enthusiasts dream of: A week-long, 3,000 mile (5,000km) driving adventure through 13 countries in one of the most hotlyanticipated new cars of 2013. Nissan is teaming up with French publishing house L'Ecurie and INTERSECTION Magazine to participate in the 2013 Gumball 3000 Rally - a non-competitive, pan-European parade of the world's most exciting and desirable cars - starting in Copenhagen on 18th May 2013.The entry will be giving the millions of spectators expected to line the route a first glimpse of the exciting new Nissan 370Z Nismo in action. Gumball has a great heritage, providing a great platform to bring Nismo's digital age performance to the streets of Europe. Visit the Nissan Media Channel on


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auto review


Your head, your style, your personality, you’re A-Class BY DELIAH FURCOI

Nasser Bin Khaled Automobiles, the exclusive dealers of Mercedes-Benz in Qatar, launched the highly-awaited sporty A-Class 250 and 45 today during a spectacular event entitled the A-Class Lounge (#aclasslounge) at the company’s Salwa Road showroom.

A true stunner under the shade of the ever growing jungle of metal and steel structures, the all new Mercedes Benz A-Class 250 sport comes alive. First of all, it looks hot! With its diamond radiator grille flanked by large air scoops, the car needs no introduction. Its 18-inch fivespoke AMG light-alloy wheels go well with its sculptured low-slung body. Through the spokes peek red brake callipers, with perforated discs in front. It is a progressive styling that conveys speed, aggression and sophistication, with none of the baggage that often comes with heritage. This car literally marks a new beginning for the A-class. The cabin is modern, sporty and refreshingly different from all the rest. You see wide swathes of simulated carbonfibre trim on the fascia. This is lined with red-lined circular aircon vents that look

fit to compete with my new designer handbag. Bucket seats that are more intelligent than my lazy boy at home. This inconspicuous good looker can touch top speeds at a leisurely sprint from 0 to 100km/h in just 6.6 seconds! Its steering is confident and effortless, leaving onlookers speechless; its unique performance speaks volumes. This beauty is easily the most adventurous hot-hatch in town! Definitely an ABODE Hot Pick this month!

SPINT: From 0 to 100km/h is your best time Mercedes Benz A250 Sport Price tag: 155,000 QR / 42,466 USD

SPECIFICATIONS Engine Specifications Engine Type TURBO MPFI Engine Size: 2.0L Cylinders TURBO 4 Max. Torque 350Nm @1200rpm Max. Power 155kW @5500rpm Pwr:Wgt Ratio 5500kW/kg Standard Features Comfort Automatic Air Con / Climate Control Control & Handling 18 Inch Alloy Wheels, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Electronic Stability Program, Hill Holder Driver Cruise Control, Leather Steering Wheel, Multi Function Steering Wheel, Mobile Phone Connectivity, Parking Distance Control Entertainment CD with 6 CD Stacker Safety Dual Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking, Head Airbags Security Alarm System/Remote Anti Theft, Central Locking Remote Control, Engine Immobiliser


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Loads of cool


Gadgets we love this month! IN FOCUS

Most wanted travel companion

The GALAXY S 4 has the world’s first Full HD Super AMOLED display to showcase images at their very best. Its 5-inch large screen has 441ppi for stunning viewing quality. The Samsung GALAXY S 4 also utilizes Corning’s new Gorilla® Glass 3*, making it a durable travel companion for all of life’s adventures. Equipped with a 13 megapixel rear camera, The‘Dual Camera’ function allows simultaneous use of both front and rear cameras. Consumers will be able to buy the GALAXY S4 from all major retail outlets

Bigger and Better The new Samsung

Smart TV F7500 and F8000 LED TVs are set to simplify how consumers search for and discover their preferred content, while raising the bar in picture quality, allowing them to enjoy a seamless, integrated and immersive entertainment experience. Samsung’s redesigned Smart Hub makes it easier for consumers to discover content. Now available in all major electronics stores in Qatar.

A sound investment Built-in sound is

the ultimate luxury in homes across the country. The built-in speakers are an excellent alternative to free-standing speakers. Bang & Olufsen’s integrated solution comprises two speakers and a subwoofer, all connected to a separate hideaway amplifier, then tucked into walls or the ceiling. The circular design is discreet but distinct. When switched off, the speakers and subwoofer are flush with the wall. Available at the B&O store located on the first floor of Lagoona Mall.

Projecting Moments Experience the

ultimate theatre experience to the next level! The all new Sony Handycam HDR-PJ790 camcorder delivers Full HD video with enhanced projection capabilities. The compact, LED-based projector built into the flip-out LCD panel of the camcorder can project video and images up to 100-inch diagonal with upgraded resolution for an even clearer, sharper picture. All available at Fifty One East.


BLACKBERRY SUMMER APPS This month it is all about feeling and looking great this summer! BlackBerry has got you covered with three proactive Apps to get you into gear! BB Personal Coach Use your mobile as a free personal coach and training partner. Using the builtin GPS, it tracks your running, cycling, hiking, kayaking, skiing - you name it! As a bonus, you get audio feedback while working out. Download: Endomondo Sports trackerhttp://appworld. content/7593/?countrycode=QA

Calorie Counter by FatSecret Calorie Counter is the essential app to simply find nutritional info for the food you eat and to keep track of your meals, exercise and weight. Download: http://appworld. content/1565/?countrycode=QA

Diet my body (v1) Improve your diet program by learning up to date training program from our experienced instructor. For your comfort, Download: http:// webstore/content/17843708/?cou ntrycode=QA


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Summer Reads


On a Train, on the road, or in a jet plan, get into a good book or a DVD. We have picked a few of our favourites this month!



Last night at Chateau Marmont By Lauren Waisberger

Life of Pie Winner of 4 academy awards Including Best director Ang Lee Best Cinematography


MICRO By Michael Crichton and Richard Preston A terrifying thriller from the creator of Jurassic Park, which pits untamed nature against cutting edge science

The Words Actors featured Bradley Cooper Jeremy Irons Dennis Quaid Olivia Wilde Zoë Saldana A compelling, profound, and very moving romantic thriller.

Ruby Sparks From the directors of Little Miss Sunshine

Pomegranates and Roses By Arinana Bundy

Brooke and Julian live a happy life in New York – she's the breadwinner working two jobs and he's the struggling musician husband. Then Julian is discovered by a Sony exec and becomes an overnight success – and their life changes forever. Soon they are moving in exclusive circles, dining at the glitziest restaurants, attending the most outrageous parties in town and jetting off to the trendiest hotspots in LA. But Julian's newfound fame means that Brooke must face the savage attentions of the ruthless paparazzi. And when a scandalous picture hits the front pages, Brooke's world is turned upside down. Can her marriage survive the events of that fateful night at Chateau Marmont? It's time for Brooke to decide if she's going to sink or swim.

PLENTY By Yotam Ottolenghi


Azazeel By Yousef Zeidan Winner of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2009

Ariana Bundy is an American-Iranian chef. She was born in Iran, and raised in London, New York and Switzerland. Her father owned Iran's first French fine-dining restaurant. She trained at the Cordon Bleu school in Paris before becoming Head Pastry Chef for the Mondrian Hotel in LA. She has beautifully composed a cookbook filled with her very own Persian family recipes.


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Bilal Pearl Suites The Pearl Qatar

Real Estate

Interior Design

Ahmed Hassan Bilal Trading & Contracting Co. W.L.L. Bilal Tower, Al Asmakh Area, 10th Floor. Tel. 4442 8877

Forum Design, Bilal Tower, Al Asmakh, 11th Floor. Tel. 4456 8716 (An Associate of Ahmed Hassan Bilal Group)

Malls Al Asmakh Mall Hours: daily 10am-10pm, Al Jawaan Street, Sadd

4444 2401

Centrepoint Hours: daily 10am-10pm Plaza Mall, Barwa Village, Wakra Rd Al Asmakh Mall, Al Saad

4415 3586 4428 9201

City Centre Doha Hours 10am - 10pm, Conference Center St., West Bay 44289141

Hyatt Plaza Hours: Sat-Thu 10am-10pm: Fri 2pm-10pm, Al Waab Street, Muraikh

4469 4848

Landmark Mall Hours: Sat-Thu 10am-10pm: Fri 3pm-10pm, Al Shamal Road, Gharrafa 4487 5222

Lagoona Mall Hours: Sat-Thu 10am-10pm: Fri 2pm-10pm, West Bay, Zone 66, Ad Dawha


Royal Plaza Hours: Sat-Wed 9am-10pm: Thursday 10pm-10pm, Fri 3.30pm-11pm Al Saad Street, Al Saad 4413 0000

The Mall Hours: Sat-Thu 10am-10pm: Friday 3pm-10pm, D-ring Road

4467 8888

The Gate Hours: Sat-Thu 10am-10pm: Friday 3pm-10pm, Maysaloun Street - West Bay

4467 8888

Salam Stores Hours: Sat-Thu 10am-10pm: Friday 3pm-10pm West Bay 44672200

Villaggio Mall Hours: Sat-Thu 10am-10pm: Fri 2pm-10pm, Al Waab Street, Muraikh 4413 5444

Fashion / Retail Aida, Royal Plaza, 2nd Floor Aldo,The Mall Villaggio Mall Aldo Accessories,City Centre Bench, Hyatt Plaza Berluti, Villaggio Mall, VIP section Birkenstock, The Mall Change, Royal Plaza, 1st floor Titto Bluni,Royal Plaza, 1st floor Marc Jacobs, Villaggio Mall, VIP section Celine, Villaggio Mall, VIP section CH By Carolina Herrera, Villaggio Mall, VIP section

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Faces, Villaggio Mall Landmark Mall Frank Provost, Four Seasons Spa and Wellness Centre Inglot, Hyatt Plaza L’Occitane, Landmark Mall Villaggio Mall Make Up For Ever, Hyatt Plaza Nails, Royal Plaza 4U , City Center Guerlain Alfardan Spa, Westbay Habibs, Muntaza road, Al Hilal

Hotels & Restaurants

Al Bustan, Museum Park St. Al Seef, Al Aaliya Street Doha Marriott Hotel, Ras Abu Aboud St. Four Seasons, Corniche Road Grand Hyatt, West Bay Lagoon Grand Regency, Al Sadd Grand Heritage Doha, Aspire Zone Gokulam Park Hotel Doha, Corniche Hilton, Corniche Road

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

Cars ∕ Motoring

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

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Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar, Education City


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

4402 0555 4413 1122 4432 0938

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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ABODE - June 2013  

Your Life • Your Style • Your Home

ABODE - June 2013  

Your Life • Your Style • Your Home