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Qatar's lifestyle magazine

Issue 9


March-April 2017








CONTENTS March-April, Issue 9

FASHION & BEAUTY Qatar's lifestyle magazine



Make-up & Hairstyle Icons Get the Right Fit for Your Inner Wear Spring-Summer 2017 Looks Know Your Brand Pushing Boundaries in Jewelry Design Launch – Charming Charlie

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Women Support Groups Teaching Children Importance of Money How to Take the Perfect Selfie Mother’s Day Event Listings Zomato’s All About Girl Power Never Giving Up Fruits for Diabetics

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COVER STORY Meet Multi-Talented Dana Al Fardan




Staycations in Qatar Road Trip Across Jordan How to Boost your Phone’s Battery

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ART & HOME Qatari Artist Dia Azzawi Exhibition Essential Gardening Tools


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ENTERTAINMENT An Oscars Roundup All About Music


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AUTO How to Save Petrol Costs Nissan 2017 GT-R

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COMMUNITY Mother’s Day Special Qatar Through Your Lens Newsbites Events BQ Plus

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In this issue of BQ Plus Hello readers! With International Women’s Day and Mother’s Day happening this month, this March issue of BQ Plus is dedicated to all women. While personally I feel that all the wonderful women in our lives need to be honored and celebrated every day, dedicating a day just for ‘her’ works as a reminder of the amazing things she does and is capable of, which often get overlooked. In our beauty section this month, we look at some iconic women who have left their mark with signature make-up and hair looks. We also take this opportunity to answer some questions about women’s innerwear. There is no better friend for a woman than another and proving this point are the many women’s support groups in Qatar, so whether you are new to the country or just wanting to make a friend, we tell you where to look. We also have an exclusive interview with an inspiring young jewelry designer who turned entrepreneur in her teens. Even Zomato Qatar believes in girl power and has listed some of the best eats in town that are run by women. Featured on our cover this month is entrepreneur, businesswoman, musician and super-mom, Dana Al Fardan. She has the distinction of being the first Qatari English singer and went on to present two widely popular albums, launch her own music company and has now joined the family jewelry business. Read on to know more about this girl with the golden voice. And while Women’s Day is huge, a day dedicated to the most important woman in our lives is even bigger. Mother’s Day, celebrated in the Middle East on 21 March, is a great opportunity to show your mom what she means to you. We have put together a list of ways that will help you make the day special. Also don’t miss some of the special Mother’s Day dedications sent in by our readers. We also would like to thank you readers for the great response to our “Qatar Through your Lens” section and this month, we bring you a photography special that gives tips on how to take that perfect selfie. Fuel prices have gone up and high. We bring you some tips on how to reduce your fuel consumption and save big. And talking about fuel, batteries are the fuel for our phones which are surely one of our most important possessions. Check out some cool tips to make sure you never run out of phone battery charge. For the movie and music buffs, we have a recap of the awards season. And for those in the holiday mood, check our travel section that will transport you to the beauty of Jordan. All this and a lot more are in store for you in these pages. And for all you mothers out there, a very Happy Mother’s Day from the BQ Plus team. Cheers

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earing make-up has come under intense scrutiny and criticism, implying that women don’t need make-up to look beautiful and should celebrate their natural beauty without trying to create a false sense of flawlessness. While there is nobility in the idea of seeking acceptance of your truest form, and as humbling as it is, cosmetics are not exactly our enemy. Make-up is more than just giving a fabricated perception of dramatic eyelashes or fuller lips; it is a form of art and the creation of something that was not there. Everyone likes to decorate their workspaces, homes, wardrobes – so, why is there so much prejudice surrounding the decoration of our faces? Throughout history, strong and powerful women have been remembered for all they’ve done and the mark they have left on the cosmetic industry. Make-up is a tool that can be used to turn a seemingly plain face into that of a diva and vice versa. It is an instrument to experiment and set yourself apart from the rest, celebrating your individual sense of style. Following is a list of iconic women who were remembered not only for what they have done but also for their unique aesthetics that have contributed to the beauty industry.

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Cleopatra: Known as the Egyptian queen who ruled over five thousand years ago, Cleopatra is renowned for more than just her reign. Her iconic blue/ green eye shadow with a classic triangular shape above the eye is inspiring make-up artists to this day for a modern smokey eye.

Marie Antoinette: Known as the reveler of her monarchy, Marie Antoinette also left her signature on the beauty industry in the 18th century. She was famed for her porcelain skin and prominent rosy cheeks and lips.



Jackie Kennedy: Wife of the 35th US President, John F. Kennedy and the First Lady of the US from 1961 until his assassination in 1963, Jackie Kennedy is a celebrated style icon with her varying hair styles, especially the crisp bouffant. Though her signature hairdo kept evolving over the years, what remained constant was her everlasting pale pink, glossy pout.

Twiggy: The British model/ actress shot to fame during the roaring 60’s. The only thing as famous as her was her over-the-top “Raggedy-Ann” doll like eye make-up. The prominent cut crease, nude waterline and thick lashes have paved the way for countless eye make-up looks over the years.

Elizabeth Arden: The wellknown brand was started off by a woman who had great foresight to bring make-up from the stage to daily life. Elizabeth Arden was the pioneer of eye make-up in America and created a global brand out of it.

Benazir Bhutto: The first woman to ever lead a Muslim majority nation, Benazir was the 11th Prime Minister of Pakistan. Besides being a part of one of the most politically powerful and tumultuous families in the country, Benazir Bhutto also played a hand by leaving her mark on the beauty industry by rarely being seen without her statement red lipstick.

Sophia Loren: Besides her Academy award-winning worthy acting chops, and her insane Italian good looks, Sophia Loren was also equally known for her iconic cat eye eyeliner.

Kylie Jenner: Before you gasp at the name of Kylie at the end of this list, just think for a second, she will definitely go down as an influential beauty icon of her time. Not only does she have a multimillion dollar beauty empire under her belt before she turned 21, she generated more clones than any of the above mentioned. The overdrawn matte lip, thick stenciled brows and sharply contoured face - as much as we are over that look now, it did become a sensation and shake the beauty industry. March 2017





allowed to experiment with their hair as they please without pigeon holing themselves. In the past, hair has spoken for more than just fashion and was a strong way to convey a message of sorts. Take Angela Davis, she didn’t just don the afro as a fashion statement; it was a very important part of the Civil Rights Movement and used it to restore pride to the African ancestry. She made such a strong political statement that even today; the afro on females is mostly referred to as the Angela Davis look. Another important figure in transformative and progressive hair trends is Mia Farrow. The acclaimed actress and social activist introduced us to the now highly popular and Hollywood favorite, pixie cut. She carried this hairstyle during the time when big hair was all the rage and exhibited a sense Marilyn Monroe of freedom which

air plays a very integral part in the expression of oneself and is taken more seriously than makeup considering it is more permanent. It has the power to wield bigger issues regarding gender, religion, sexuality and ageing. There are many preconceived notions as to how certain women should wear their own hair and those standards can be very restrictive and go against the idea of wanting to be who you are. Everyone should be

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has been carried by the likes of Emma Watson, Anne Hathaway, Charlize Theron and more. Over the years, several celebrities and people in power used their own freedom of expression to create a look that inspired thousands of people. Audrey Hepburn became an emblem of effeminate elegance and carried the swept up top bun with such style that 50 years later, it is one of the most sought-after looks. Marilyn Monroe’s short, blonde curls have become such a signature part of her look that it might as well be trademarked. Much like Angela Davis, Nina Simone who was a highly acclaimed American musician and civil rights activist, also helped push the cornrows into popularity in the fashion and music industry by embracing



her natural hairstyle that was a reflection of her heritage. Carrie Fisher who played Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise had every young boy’s heart aflutter with her gold dress and those iconic side buns. That hairstyle became closely associated with the Princess Leia look and eventually became an unforgettable part of the Star Wars movies. Michelle Pfieffer in Scarface was so chic that almost thirty three years later we find ourselves in awe of her effortless style. She may not have been the pioneer of the mid-length bob but she took it and made it her own. Princess Diana’s layered shag with a short fringe defined an era for her and became so popular that everyone wanted it and went down as one of the most sought after looks of the last few decades. Actresses like Jennifer Aniston in the mid 90’s had all the Friends’ fanatics scurrying to the hairdresser for the ‘Rachel’ haircut. The mid 90’s were fortunate enough to also witness the birth of the ‘Brenda’ which was Shannon Doherty’s hairstyle in the hit sitcom, ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’, consisting of long hair with blunt bangs. Keri Russel’s character in Felicity made an empowering move to become a different and a more independent person, and to do that she chopped

Keri Russel

off her voluminous, gorgeous curls for a style that was more than just a fashion statement. Gisele Bundchen is known as the last true supermodel and made waves with her soft, beach-y waves and gave easy going a new meaning with her breezy hairstyle.

Audrey Hepburn

Giesele Bundchen

Princess Diana

Nina Simone

Shannon Doherty

Jennifer Aniston

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ny woman can tell you how important the right fit is when it comes to innerwear. And yet, seven out of ten women wear the wrong size as they have not been properly fitted. “This is because a woman’s body changes during her lifetime but not many women change their bra sizes,” says Kay Lyn Karam, who with her husband, Sami Karam, founded K-Linn Lingerie in 1988 in Beirut, Lebanon. Today K-Lynn Lingerie offers a complete line of women’s intimate apparel and represents a variety of brands like Wacoal, Aubade, Empreinte, Oscar de La Renta, Flora Nikrooz, DKNY, Betsey Johnson, SPANX, Esbelt Brazilian Waist Trainer and their own K-Lynn brand. Karam, who has a background in marketing management, claims to be an expert fitter, buyer, salesperson, trainer and marketing personnel for her company. “I wear many hats,” she says. “Back in Lebanon, I help with everything from the marketing, to customer relations, to in store management, and to the training of the new sales personnel.” One of the first brands that K-Lynn Lingerie launched was Wacoal, which celebrated its 30th anniversary last year.

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The brand is available at Fifty One East in Doha. Karam believes that lingerie plays a very important role in building a woman’s confidence. “Confidence comes from within. When a woman wears the right innerwear, not just in terms of design but also in terms of fitting and quality, her whole allure and posture changes making her stand out from the crowd,” she says. K-Linn considers that a bra is an essential beauty product. Just as important as make-up,

hair-do or high heels are for a woman, so should be her innerwear and so she must ensure that she is properly fitted. But having an improperly fit innerwear is not just a fashion faux pas which looks unattractive but can also cause various health problems like back pain, neck and shoulder pain, skin abrasions, lymph node blockages, affect posture and, in extreme cases can, even trigger breast cancer. “The main reason so many women wear the wrong sized innerwear is because a women’s size changes at least seven times during her life and her size will also vary depending on the type of bra she chooses to wear. Our sales team at K-Lynn are highly trained



to understand a customer’s needs and give her the proper type of bra for the occasion,” says Karam. Karam feels that material of the innerwear is subjective to a person’s individual comfort. While the new generation may have a penchant for lace or guipure, purists may stick to cotton. Karam says that the age of the woman, her body structure and type of clothes she will be wearing will help in deciding the type of inner apparel she must wear. For bottom wear, she suggests selecting those with a cotton gusset and soft elastics which will not dig into the skin and cause visible panty lines under clothes. Just like there is no one allpurpose dress, there is no allpurpose bra. The number one bra that every woman should own is an everyday T-shirt bra – seamless, with a smooth cup and in skin-color. Don’t make the mistake of pairing a white bra with a white T-shirt. Only a skin-toned one gives an invisible look. Another must-have innerwear is a sports bra, one that locks your bosom in place and prevents movement. You can actually do a lot of damage to the ligaments if they are moving uncontrollably during workouts. If you want to get the most life out of your lingerie, purchase one that feels snug on the loosest hook. The elastic in the band stretches with use, and as it ages, you can move to the tighter hooks.

Certain types of bras work better with certain tops. Here are the best bras for different types of clothing: • T-shirt: As the name says, this type of bra is ideal for T-shirts. It doesn’t have any frills that would be visible under a T-shirt. • Push-up: If you’re wearing an outfit with a lower cut in the front and you want to show skin, try a push-up bra. The combination of the padding and the cut of the bra gives you lift without showing the bra underneath your top. • Sports: You’re probably familiar with sports bras already. Consider a racer back design since it offers more support. Make sure to match the level of support to your activity—walking needs lighter support than running. • Strapless: Made especially for tops or dresses that don’t have standard straps. • Plunge: Best for tops or dresses that have a deep neckline. • Convertible Bra: A mustown owing to its versatility, this bra has modifiable straps that can be changed into a halter, racer-back, one-shoulder, or strapless. It’s the ultimate, all-in-one quick fix! Buy it in a neutral color, preferably nude, to increase its utility. You don’t need to own every single one of these, of course— but depending on the tops in your closet; you may want to have a few of these around.

Your lingerie is going to be on your body all day long. You want to invest in one that is comfortable, that makes you look good, and is going to last. A well fitted bra can be expensive and you must take care of them to get the maximum wear possible. Do not bleach, iron or throw them in the dryer. Hand-wash, when you can. But remember even the highest quality of elastics and microfibers wear out over time and lose their elasticity. Do not wear the same bra two days in a row. They need time to rest between wears. According to Karam, there are five basic steps for a woman to be assured she is wearing properly fitted innerwear. These are as follows: 1. The back band of the bra should fit comfortably around the body without riding up the back. 2. The bosom tissue should not bulge or spill over the bra, if this is the case, the bra is not the right size. 3. The cups should not pucker or gap and the center of the bra should lie flat against the chest. 4. Straps should sit well on the body without slipping or pulling too tight. 5. The underwire should not cause any discomfort. Women desiring to get proper fitted innerwear by an expert fitter can visit Fifty One East to get a proper fitting and advice on your best individual style. March 2017





his year, NEXT celebrates its new season collection with new permanently reduced prices across its women’s, men’s and children’s range. With fresh pops of pastels, beautiful prints and transitional styles, NEXT presents the SS17 collection that’s sure to take your look to a new level in the new season.

WOMEN’S WEAR This season’s women’s wear unveils a distinct collection that mixes sports luxe, key florals and feminine romance - straight from the catwalk to the high street. Sports Club takes athleisure to the next level by incorporating luxe detailing into everyday wearable pieces. Sporty stripes are seen on trousers and teamed with on-trend voluminous sleeved tops. Balance and Dance Studio offers a softer lounge-inspired BQ Plus

range in languid fabrics. Stunning water color floral prints are placed on pretty blouses and jackets, adding a sense of romance and femininity to the collection. MEN’S WEAR For SS17, men’s wear pushes the boundaries with a collection full of texture, color and forward thinking styles. This season sees an emphasis on mixing casual retrosports with formal pieces to achieve an effortlessly comfortable, yet edgy everyday wardrobe. The key to casualwear this season is authenticity reminiscent of the iconic 90s. One look sees classic fit jeans as an essential, paired with retro sport shell jackets and bombers on a mix of fabrics. Alternatively for the Californian skater look, opt for bleached denim with washed long sleeved tees in pastel candy stripes.

CHILDREN’S WEAR Spring has officially sprung with Buttercup, a collection for both older and younger girls. Pretty daywear with a tomboy twist, this trend is made up of soft monochromes with khaki and yellow accents that add a real outdoorsy feel. Harper is a chic nautical story with a touch of French heritage. Girls will have their head in the clouds with Cloud 9, a youthful take on sports luxe. For the boys, San Fran is a chilled story full of everyday pieces in a fresh palette of denim blues, laundered greens and sunshine yellows. A modern take on retro classics, cool slogan T-shirts are paired with washed denims for perfect modern styling. Utility is a casual laundered trend featuring military influences for both older and younger boys. Vintage-style badges adorn denims and outerwear and are worn with over dyed check shirts.



Ted Baker Spring-Summer 2017 Collection Ted’s women’s wear causes a stir this Spring-Summer with brazen femininity and unabashed romanticism. Exquisitely designed with a pleated front and waist belt detail, this pretty piece will make a beautiful accompaniment to any soiree. Printed with an exquisite floral and jewel print, this precious piece is sure to be treasured in your wardrobe season after season. You can ruffle up your evening attire with Ted’s lace top with delicate draped detailing - pair it with the textured trousers for the perfect ensemble. Finally, choose your pick from Ted’s accessories versatile enough to be hand held or thrown across the shoulder.

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Brand Name: Dolce & Gabbana Pronunciation: Dol-chay and Gah-BAH-nah Founder: Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana Founded: 1985 in Legnano Headquarters: Milan, Italy About: Dolce & Gabbana is a relatively new name in fashion. After a brief period working as assistant designers, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, founded the Dolce & Gabbana label, which had its first runway show in Milan in 1985. Dolce & Gabbana are considered the inventors of a Mediterranean style. The brand is one of the best examples of the explosion in Italian ready-towear that occurred during the mid-1980s. Dolce & Gabbana had two central lines (D&G and Dolce & Gabbana) until 2012, when the lines merged under the label, Dolce & Gabbana. Dolce&Gabbana (spelled without spaces, unlike the name of the

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company) specializes in luxury items influenced more by designers and is more formal and ‘timeless’, responding to long-term trends as well as seasonal changes. They sold eyewear, purses and watches. D & G was the younger, more flamboyant diffusion line of the brand and sold clothing and watches. Logo: The Dolce & Gabbana logo is an ideal example of a minimalist design, and is among the most recognizable typographic logos ever created. Unique Selling Point: Dolce&Gabbana is known for its exceptional tailoring, original styling, luxury, innovation and Mediterranean imprint. They sell everything from clothes, watches, eyewear, and jewelry to cosmetics. Target Group: The target group includes men and women from 15-30, who are innovators, trendsetters and those who enjoy freedom and an irony in fashion. Available in Qatar: Villagio Mall, The Gate Mall




alent knows no age and proving that is Jude Benhalim who turned entrepreneur at the tender age of 17. This Cairo-based youngster took her first steps into the world of jewelry design after a successful creative design project in high school. Today, her namesake brand and its handmade jewelry are available at select concept stores in Egypt, UAE and Bahrain, and online at www. with world-wide delivery options. The brand brings a fusion of tradition and modernity, combining materials – 925 sterling silver and gold-plated brass – with colorful, custom-made resin stones and fluid Arabic calligraphy. BQ Plus spoke to the talented designer about her foray into the world of designer jewelry, her inspiration and latest collection. Tell us how you got into designing jewelry. I founded my jewelry brand six years ago, at the age of 17. It was actually a school project that drew me into jewelry designing. As part of the IB program in high school, I had to complete a creative design project of my choice. Since I was always interested in jewelry, I chose


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how much I enjoyed designing and how much I was willing to put into it. That’s when I knew I had to give jewelry designing my full attention. However, whenever I get a chance I use my filming skills to do short clips or behindthe-scenes videos for my brand.

I DO BELIEVE THOUGH, THAT DESIGNING REQUIRES TALENT, AND TALENT IS NOT ACQUIRED THROUGH EDUCATION; I BELIEVE IT IS IN ONE’S NATURE AND IT IS ENHANCED THROUGH PRACTICE. to make beaded jewelry and sold it at a bazar exhibition for charity. The event was a big success and everyone was impressed by the fact that I was so young. I found that I really enjoyed the design process, and seeing my sketches come to life was very rewarding. It was a big shift in my career plans, but that’s when I knew I should turn this project into a start-up business. Have you professionally trained in jewelry design? I haven’t had any professional

training in jewelry making, although I would love to find the time to do that. I do believe though, that designing requires talent, and talent is not acquired through education; I believe it is in one’s nature and it is enhanced through practice. I studied filmmaking at the American University in Cairo. It was always my dream to become a film director, and until this day, I am very passionate about it. Although studying film was completely unrelated to jewelry design, it opened up my eyes to many gender-related ideologies that became a major conceptual force behind my brand. It led me to create pieces that encourage women to powerfully embrace and express their individuality. What made you pursue designing as a fulltime profession? When I was studying I thought I would pursue a film career and maintain jewelry design as a side business but after graduation, I realized that my jewelry brand had a lot of potential to grow. I realized

Tell us about your design style. I aim to create unique designs that mix traditional Arabian art with modern-day trends, and that is what essentially gives my brand its uniqueness. The modernization of Arabic calligraphy in jewelry is what made my work stand out among other designers. My designs are aesthetically inspired by modern art and architecture, sharp edges and abstract constructions.

What inspires you? I find inspiration in almost everything around me. I design each piece of jewelry with a fearless female spirit in mind. Inspired by her journey, each design is an expression of this muse and each collection moves with her, reflecting a specific sequence from her on-going story. Beginning with her curiosity, she starts to explore spaces outside of her comfort zone and through these experiences she grows; discovering new and exciting ways to feed her soul. Conceptually, each collection builds on the one before it, creating a pattern; a journey towards ultimate individuality. March 2017



How would you describe the women who wear your jewelry? I think that the women who wear my designs are bold with an edgy and daring sense of style. I target women that are self-confident and value their individuality, which I realize when I see them relate to the empowering Arabic calligraphy engraved in the jewelry; it speaks to them automatically. Your designs have a unique look. What materials do you work with? The materials I work with are a combination that gives my work its uniqueness. I mix sterling silver and gold-plated brass with custommade resin stones. The colored stones are each custom-designed and handmade from a special resin material particularly for my jewelry. It is also the signature element that defines my designs and makes them instantly recognizable. What is your process in creating these pieces? Creating a collection usually it takes up to five months, from the design process to the production. The process starts with a lot of research and a big detailed mood-board. I then create my sketches and hand them over to the workshop, where our talented team of craftsmen begin hand- piercing the silver/

brass to create the piece. The resin stones are manufactured in another workshop. The stone setting is then done at our studio, where the final piece is then polished and packaged. What do you think is the most vital quality to be a successful jewelry designer? I think it is in knowing how to introduce new designs without losing the identity of the jewelry. Consistency in design is key to being a successful designer. Any advice to aspiring designers? Always accept suggestions and jump into whatever opportunities you get. Believe in your talent and that failure will only push you forward. Tell us something about your current collection? The Urban Rebel collection is my latest one and is another stop in the journey of female spirit. After ‘Spectrum’,

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she finds herself overwhelmed by the city and the system that cages her. Basically, the collection is about breaking away from

the limitations of the urban life. Aesthetically, pieces from Urban Rebel are inspired by the city and urban structures, featuring cubes, hoops, and cut-out patterns. What are your plans for the coming future? I am working to penetrate new markets and to introduce Urban Rebel on a global level. I hope that my brand will compete among international brands one day.




he contemporary jewelry and accessory store for women, Charming Charlie, opened its new branch at the Mall of Qatar. Charlie Chanaratsopon, the founder of the brand, officially inaugurated the store along with the US Ambassador to Qatar, Dana Shell Smith. Charming Charlie is known for its wide range of fashion accessories including jewelry, handbags, watches, scarves, clothes, small leather goods and eyewear, with special attention to color. The accessories range from cool and creative to classic and refined and are arranged as per color. Charming Charlie is managed by their international licensing partner Apparel Group and they currently have 14 outlets in the Middle East. The first store in Qatar was opened at Ezdan Mall. The store at the Mall of Qatar showcases the brand’s signature look with bright pink being the chief color of choice. The interiors are laid out in a luxurious feminine, inviting style with different color tables for different color ensembles. The layout of the store is such that if you go to the red ‘table’ you would find all accessories in the color red, easing out the shopping experience. The collections are dedicated to helping find the one-of-a-kind style – from cool and creative to classic and refined, the jewelry, handbags and accessories are made to personalize one’s entire look. The others newly added to the collection are the Purple Perfection to Nautical Charm collections, made with classic colors and effortless style. Moreover, the Girl on the Go features laidback looks and

CHARMING CHARLIE OPENS AT MALL OF QATAR all the accessories – ready for workouts, play or just relaxing, while the Sea Life collection is characterized by a “hint of coral, a splash of mint, beachy details.” Charlie Chanaratsopon, who is number 27 on the Forbes list of

America’s Richest Entrepreneurs Under 40, started Charming Charlie in 2004 which is now a $550 million international accessory chain. Charming Charlie is now set to open its next and third store at the Doha Festival City in April. March 2017




Ladies who are looking for sisterhood and women empowerment, Qatar is a great place to be. The country is bursting with women who support each other, with a variety of support groups for new arrivals, mothers, business women, expats and more. Women from all walks of life and backgrounds can find a women’s support group in Qatar. by Ola Diab

Qatar Expat Women (QEW) QEW is one of the largest women’s multicultural networks in Qatar. QEW is an informal community group and non-profit organization run by volunteers, with a mission to help as many women as possible in the transition from their homeland to life as an expat, and to make it a positive and empowering experience. QEW organizes monthly meetups and events as well as café chats, volunteering and cultural events to help women with the transition of moving from

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their homelands to expat life. All ladies are welcome to join and make new friends, share information and volunteer in this community of women. (Facebook, Twitter) Doha Mums Founded in 2008, Doha Mums is an international community of over 1,100 passionate women from over 100 countries. Their public website and private forum are great sources of advice and support for life in Doha. The public website serves as a portal for new members and the community at large to learn about Doha Mums. The private website is accessible to members once they have attended one official Doha

Doha Mums

Mums event. On this website, they have a members-only forum, classified ads, full events listing and more. They host 90 events per month, thriving upon making all mums feel welcome in Doha. Their calendar is bursting with fun activities. Join them for a playgroup, spa day, cooking class, Mums Night Out or meet up for a coffee, a chat and a giggle.



Doha Family Brought to you by Doha Mums, the Doha Family website is a resource for parents who live in or are moving to Qatar. The website is full of information related to families— articles about moving to and getting settled in Doha, a calendar full of mum and family-friendly events and directories for easy-tofind information on the nurseries, shopping options, medical services, birthday party resources, parks (and more) that are available here in Doha.

minds, breaking down barriers and promoting understanding across cultures and genders. It brings women with aspirations and ambitions together to share knowledge, ideas, and ambitions, enabling them to find sustainable ways to success. Empowering women to grow and succeed, HWW thrives to identify selfstarters with diverse experience and skill sets to produce not just an effective workforce, but a well-rounded, talented and

How Women Work (HWW) HWW was founded in 2009 by Caroline Zeitler with the aim of empowering women to grow and succeed; reaching hearts and

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complementary team. If you’re an employee, entrepreneur, executive, or jobseeker, HWW will provide you with a platform to develop or reinvent yourself. www. (Facebook, Twitter)

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They host an informal afterwork networking event every 4th Monday of the month (except December), at various locations around Doha. Only women are permitted to attend QPWN events, unless otherwise specified. Participation in QPWN events is on a pay-by-event basis (no membership fees) and is supported purely by volunteers’ time and contributions. QPWN also sponsors Circle of Pearl, a mentoring program which pairs

Qatar Professional Women’s Network (QPWN) Established in 2010 by several professional women living in Doha, QPWN is an informal women’s network for both Qatari and expatriate women. QPWN offers regular events, which include networking, keynote speakers and panel discussions.

more seasoned women with young women who are just entering the workforce or studying in one of the local universities. (Facebook, Twitter) Qatar Mom and Women Only Meetups This group is for women and moms in Qatar who are looking for social activities with other ladies. This is a closed Facebook group of over 3,700 members, meaning only members see the discussions and events that are posted. Interested in joining the group, go to qatarmomandwomen. March 2017




eaching your kids the value of money is an important lesson that can be taught in various ways. You can teach them the importance of saving at an early age to shape them up for adulthood where these lessons will come in handy. It is important to learn the principle of responsibly handling money which is why these tips and tricks will surely be fruitful in their future. Get a piggy bank The first and foremost thing to do when you want to teach them about saving is get them a piggy bank. This simple action teaches your children to save from a very young age, ultimately giving your child the responsibility of handling money. Either give them a time frame where they could save or start making them save the extra coins or cash that they have left, you can make this process quite interesting for them as well. Then, decide on a date and count their savings and let them spend it on whatever they want. This way, they will learn the basics of simple recordkeeping.




Use math for money saving Once your child has learnt the basics of math, start giving them the responsibility of spending. Whether you take them out with you or give them a chore they need to complete, include small amounts of money where they will need to subtract and add. In addition, games like Monopoly will be of great use here. Let a little practicality come in at this point. Take them to the bank Nowadays, a lot of banks have schemes where they allow children to open savings accounts. Take your child to the bank and with

them some money to spend on their own. This is the easiest way to observe their spending habits and their general attitude towards money. If your kid wants to spend more than their allowance, there is a strict no for that. Advise them to be patient and save up for whatever they want instead and educate them on sensible spending. Remind them to stay within a limited budget to get whatever they want.

a little help, let them deal with the teller themselves so that they learn the terms and conditions of their account. Suggest to them to deposit an amount on a monthly basis as this encourages them to look forward to saving as well. Turn on your online banking and let your kids view their activity online so that they are motivated to run their own personal account. Spending savings Well, they are kids after all! The

main aim for them to save is ultimately spend it all – but wisely. Let them have their own spending goals and encourage them to save more so that they can get whatever they dream of. Some aims can be to get a certain gaming console or a bike they really want. This creates a sense of responsibility in a child and helps them save more efficiently. Let them shop It’s time to get practical! When you’re taking your kids out, give

Carry cash In our world today, credit cards are a blessing and most of us use them. However, they are a temptation to spend money that you don’t have and then pay more for that privilege. It is the best thing to set an example by carrying cash in your pocket instead as it encourages the use of money responsibly. It is the easiest way your kids will learn to handle money sensibly. Give them their allowance and encourage them to save in different ways. Make sure they are familiar with recordkeeping and how saving accounts work, and then they’re set for life. These simple effective measures are a good way to impart some wisdom and equip your child for his/her adult life. March 2017



HOW TO TAKE THE PERFECT SELFIE Score tons of likes (and followers) with these easy tricks for snapping amazing selfies every time.


elfies have become the mainstay of every social media gallery with everyone getting in on the game. While we’ve moved from trends like the duck face and fish gape to the current “finger mouthing” phase in the Selfie scrapbook, the craze for selfies is far from dying down. Globally, over a million selfie’s are taken each day by people in 18-25 age range and a search for #selfie on Instagram reveals over 122 million photos. Forty-eight percent of all selfies are shared via Facebook and the platform is now evolving to allow fans to take video selfies as status updates for friends. Dialing in to this mind-set, Honor 6X, the latest device from Huawei’s smartphone e-brand, Honor, is creating a storm amongst selfie-loving millennials. Follow these rules brought to you by

4. Neck forward – To completely remove any double chin in your photo, and to accentuate your jawline, extend your neck forward. This may feel funny, but it will dramatically improve how you look in the photo. 5. Shoot from above – Raise the camera slightly above you and then look up to even further accentuate the jaw. 6. Strike your signature pose – Find a stance that works for you.

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the Honor 6X to create the perfect 2017 selfie: 1. Tilt your head at an angle – This is great for girls as this look highlights the eyes and cheekbones. 2. Lighting is key – This can do wonders for the appearance of your skin and hair. Pose in an area with beautiful lighting – either inside near a window or outside. Gorgeous lighting = a more flattering selfie. 3. Add a pop of color – A bright lip shade of accessory will draw instant attention to your winning selfie.

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7. Filter away – Experiment with filters and use the one that works best for the occasion and look you’re trying to achieve.



TREATS FOR MUM As a child, your mother pampered you, here are some ways to pamper her back.


others should be honored every day because as they say, “Mothers do the work of twenty every day for free.” Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring mothers and celebrating motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, yet most commonly in March, April, or May. Most countries celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May. The Arab world celebrates Mother’s Day on 21 March. UK and Ireland celebrate Mother’s Day on the fourth Sunday in Lent. Most East European countries celebrate Mother’s Day on 8 March. Here’s how you can celebrate your mother and motherhood in Doha! St. Regis Doha Al Sultan Ibrahim A rose will be given to each mother dining at Al Sultan Ibrahim. 21 March | 6:30 pm - 11:30 pm Price: On consumption For more information or reservations, call 4446 0105 or email doha. Remede spa Love Mom at Remede Spa Invites your mom to treat herself at Remede Spa, the perfect Sanctuary of indulge and relaxation. This

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special package includes a relaxing hydrotherapy for 30 mins, 30 mins Remede customized body polish or 30 mins customized facial and finish with the 60 mins Remede Customized massage. Extra benefits: experience the legendary St. Regis Afternoon tea at Sarab Lounge or Remede Spa 9 am – 10 pm QR 825 for her; QR 1,650 for mom and you For more information or reservations, call 4446 0300 or email Astor Grill 3 course set menu 21 March | 6 pm – 11 pm QR 275 per person; drinks on consumption For more information or reservations, call 4446 0000 or email Gordon Ramsay The Mediterranean 3 course set menu 21 March | 6 pm – 11 pm QR 275 per person; drinks on consumption For more information or reservations, call 4446 0000 or e-mail Opal 3 course set menu 21 March | 6 pm – 11 pm QR 275 per person; drinks

on consumption For more information or reservations, call 4446 0000 or e-mail Sarab Lounge The St. Regis Doha Afternoon tea with special mother’s day set up. 21 March | 2:30 pm - 8 pm Caroline Astor Afternoon Tea QR 149; Arabian Heritage - QR 189; and The St. Regis Doha Afternoon Tea - QR 399 (for two) For more information or reservations, call 4446 0105 or email doha. W Doha Hotel & Residences Spice Market Mother’s Day Dinner Treat your mother to a special dinner that she truly deserves. Make it memorable with delightful delicacies. 26 March | 6 pm – 10:30 pm QR 250 For more information or reservations, call 4453 5135 or email bnfreservations. W Cafe This Mother’s Day escape from your daily routine and enjoy a unique cupcake baking session with Chef Narendra. Indulge in the fun of experience of baking devilish cupcakes! The best part? You don’t even have to clean up after! 26 March | 2 pm – 4 pm



QR 200 – including one main course of your choice For more information or reservations, call 4453 5385 or email bnfreservations. La Spiga by Paper Moon Spoil your mother rotten by treating her to an indulgent four course set menu. 26 March | 7 pm – 11:30 pm QR 250 For more information or reservations, call 4453 5135 or email bnfreservations. The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa Mother’s day Cream tea Cream Tea and 90 (min) treatment • 25 min facial (mini facial) • 50 min full body massage Full use of facilities for the day including robe and slippers Scones, with cream and jam, served in the Spa area with tea or coffee. QR 700 per person Mother’s day spa and gift package • 25 min scrub • 50 in full body massage (Total time 90 min) QR 850 per person Full use of facilities for the day including robe and slippers A gift of a 9ml bath and shower oil (from aromatherapy associates) and an Essie polish of your choice. All products in the spa will be 50% off on Mother’s Day. Movenpick Hotel Doha Seasons Restaurant Dine with Your Mom Invite your Mom to a tempting themed buffet and get one dinner for free. 6:30 pm - 11 pm QR 165 per person *International Women Day Offer Seasons Restaurant Be their guest on this very special day and savor the delicious selection of food at Seasons restaurant. Dine with pleasure and get 30%

discount on the total bill. 6:30 pm - 11 pm Jazz Up – Iron Lady night Jazz Up at Mövenpick Hotel Doha welcomes all Ladies for a very special night to celebrate International Women Day. Enjoy the party among your fellow girls and get 30% discount on the final bill. All ladies will get a welcome drink. 5 pm - 1 am For more information or reservations, call 4429 1111. Shangri-La Hotel Doha Arabic’s Mother Day at Sridan For the whole day, bring your mother to any of their buffet offerings and one of your guests’ buffet check will be offered by Shangri-La Hotel Doha. In addition, they’ll have their amazing 10 live cooking stations to delight you. Plus, your mother will get a giveaway surprise! Lunch: 12 pm - 3 pm; QR 109 Dinner: 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm; QR 139 For more information or reservations, email sridan@shangri-la. com or call 4429 5295. Grand Hyatt Doha Jaula Club Celebrate Women Because all women should be celebrated, Jaula Spa is dedicating

March to women and will celebrate Women’s day and Mother’s Day for the whole month! Women get a discount for Beach and Pool access for at QR 125 (free entry for up to two children under 12). Available on weekdays only. Jaula Spa Women’s Month Pampering women all though March! Book a Jaula Haute facial and get a complimentary eye treatment worth QR 250. Book on 8 March (Women’s International Day) or on 21 March (Mother’s Day) and receive a gift from Jaula Spa. For more information or reservations, call 4448 1056 or 7069 5188. The Ritz-Carlton Doha Lagoon Restaurant and Garden MOTHER’S DAY SPECIAL PICNIC BRUNCH Celebrate this special queenly day, The Ritz-Carlton way. Let them pamper the fabulous mothers with the luscious delicacies. Get indulge in a royalty treat with a majestic lunch buffet all served family-style to share. 24 March | 12:30 pm – 4 pm For more information or reservations, call 4484 8512 or 4484 8000. InterContinental Doha The City Mother’s Day At The Square Your mom is always taking care of you. This Mother’s Day, make sure you show her how much you appreciate her! Treat your mother out to lunch at The Square for a fabulous spread of dishes and guilty desserts. All mom’s get a chance to win a weekend stay for two people, as well as a complimentary one month pass to their Health & Fitness Club. Mother’s dine for free when they come as a group of four and above. 21 March | 12 pm – 3 pm QR 99 - lunch buffet exclusive of beverages For more information or reservations, call 4015 8888 or email March 2017



A POEM FOR MOM Poetry is one of the most powerful forms of expression. On the occasion of Mother’s Day, Words & Strings, a Qatar-based platform for live performances of poetry, spoken word and music, shares poems from daughters to their mothers.

Fatima Latif She told me we water our grieving hearts with patience, silent prayers, yearning in trust of closeness with the Creator She told me love is devoted, not the bookstore tales type, love peels the courage off his back, arching you to sustain him with both hands She told me love is hope awaken at 4 am blessing the ground, with wept whispers of his names, wet in the palm of your hands She told me love is reciting the Quran, holding your breath in his precious hand, knowing it’s the last time She told me behind the mist of sadness, there’s a river flow, a home all souls long for, there I’ll greet my companion once more - My mother

Shahd Fadlamoula Little soul made of fire and longing, She is magic. She will know When your wings are ready to come off. And when you are ready to tumble out of heaven, She will be there, Always, Ready to catch you. She is love, Unconditional and radiant. Sculpted in the image of God’s grace. The hum of His breath, Mapping you way home, on rainy days. She is miracle, And the stories on her palms, Of the way she carries oceans of forgiveness in her bones, For the days you cannot forgive yourself, Are proof. #Mother

Words & Strings is a non-profit entity, founded by a group of five members who are passionate about arts and culture in all its forms, and specifically poetry. Words & Strings attempts to fill the gap between the existence of artistic talent in Qatar and the lack of a consistent platform to share it.

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TO MOM, WITH L VE The Arab world celebrates Mother’s Day on 21 March every year. We asked our readers to tell us and their mothers, what they mean to them. Here’s what they’ve had to say!

Reza Marielle Lat “A mother is a gift from God; considering the amount of love and sacrifices she has given and done for us. Words can’t express how deeply we appreciate for having her in our lives. She exudes such a strong positive aura, smart, has the unconditional love for her children, benevolent to lend her helping hand to others in her own little way, warm-hearted and the one who wears the sweetest smile – that’s my mom. She is truly a living angel, I love you Mama. Happy Mother’s Day!” Pauline Renchelle Lat “One of the greatest blessings God has given me in the world is to have a mother like you. Your strength and compassion makes you beautiful both in and out. If love is sweet as a flower, then you are that sweet flower of love.Thank you for sharing your big and and kind heart that inspires us to live the way you look at life positively. I love you Mama, Happy Mother’s day to all mothers.”

Queen Len To my very precious mom, Being the youngest in the family, we have been together all my life. Six years ago, one of the hardest decisions that I’ve made was leaving you to move to the Middle East. I still miss you. I miss the times when even though I put my best smile on my face, you know that I’m going through rough times, and you embrace me and begin to tell me stories of how I make you happy and proud. You just know what to say when I need it most. Growing up, you are the only person who will always forgive no matter how great or small the mistakes are, then remind me to always carry the lessons learned. You have always been the backbone and search engine in our lives regarding what life has to offer, and I just cannot thank you enough for that. You always know what is good for us, and we will never go wrong as long as we listen to you. No matter how old I get, I’ll always walk into your arms. Every time I look at you and hold your hands, I feel I am truly beyond blessed for having you in my life as you are the living proof and reflection of God’s unconditional love. For this, I am forever grateful. I love you so much, mom! Ma. Elena G. Libay-Cardoza

Mohamed Ibrahim Wonderful mother, we think this the least word to express our appreciation for those years sacrifice she underwent for us. No words can express how we feel. But we are sure that she will feel our love when we say I LOVE YOU MAMA.

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This mirror-like reflection of the Sheraton Hotel was captured at sunrise. A pond (front element) was used to create this - Victor Jabbour, Lebanese


Y UR LENS I saw wild dangerous beauty, I saw devotion, I saw you - Shalome Pinto, Indian

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To reach the sky with a positive mind, you have to build your career around your passions without fear of failure. - Abdallah Ahmad Darabseh, Jordanian

“There is always hope as long as your journey is not yet complete, so why don’t you sprinkle your life with some colors...”– Zeyad Tarek Hassan, Egyptian

“Dear soul, Don’t set a high value on someone before they deserve it, you either lose them or ruin yourself”– Samrah Shahid, Pakistani

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iving in Qatar, you cannot but know one of the biggest family-owned conglomerates in the region, the Al Fardan Group. Dana Al Fardan, a progeny of the family, is a renowned artist whose passion lies in music. She is a composer and songwriter, and CEO of DNA Sounds, a homegrown label that she launched to build the musical infrastructure in Qatar, and also to nurture the local talent. She pursued a degree in International Relations and Gemology (a study of gemstones), after which she briefly joined the family jewelry business. But life took a surprising turn when she got pregnant. “It was actually while I was pregnant with my daughter, Layla that I was inspired to write my first piece of music which is called ‘Layla’; a musical ode to my daughter. While listening to music, I had a realization and thought that I wanted to essentially make music. I began to write a story and began to explore different themes, ideologies and concepts. And I ended up writing a musical piece that was set in the American Civil War, and it ended up evolving from there. That was a turning point for me and it was in that moment that I decided to make music my career,” says Dana Al Fardan. She went on to launch her debut album ‘Paint’ four years back, making her the first Qatari English

singer. Her second album ‘Sandstorm’, contains 11 songs composed by her and can be considered as a crossover album with a number of different genres including jazz, swing and Latino. Last year, she also partnered with Hamad International Airport (HIA) and had her song ‘The Beginning’ selected as the theme song for the entire airport. But though music has always been a passion for Dana, as one of the heirs to the Alfardan Jewellery empire, she has also always had a keen interest in the jewelry industry. She recently has joined Alfardan Jewellery as its newly appointed Vice President but she says that she hasn’t switched careers. “I have not shifted from music to jewelry,” she says. “I’m a composer and I have spent the past four years trying to build a repertoire of my music and improve my skills and create more awareness of what is it that I do as a composer and musician. It’s been an exciting journey but at the end of the day, my family business is my business. So it is great that I had some time to pursue my career as a composer, which I’m still doing but at the same time, I’m dedicating some time to looking after our business.” Dana says that this was always part of the plan and what she wanted to do was to establish her music company so she could come back to running the jewelry business. “It was always part of the plan to take some time off and pursue my




ONE OF THE MAIN CHANGES THAT I’M GOING TO MAKE, STEPPING INTO THE COMPANY, IS TO TAKE A MORE PERSONALIZED APPROACH WITH EVERY SINGLE ONE OF OUR BRANDS. passion. Otherwise my mind was always going to be there and I would never have been 100% invested in my job. In the past four years, I was trying to build a team which I now have set up to run the business side of things. The only thing I want to do related to music is to compose and not organize anything.” Dana says that she has now someone managing DNA Sounds and though she is completely involved and will still look at everything and approve the overall aspect of it, she will not be following the detail-oriented, micro-managing approach that she had for the last four years. “Ofcourse, you have to build the platform and the infrastructure and now that the structure is built, I’m happy and confident enough to take a step back,” she said. Dana also disclosed details about BQ Plus

another new branch of DNA Sounds that she has opened called DNA Heritage, the chief aim of which is to take Qatari culture out to the world. “What DNA Heritage does is that it exports facets of Qatari arts, which are packaged up with my music, to different cultural centers around the world. This is done through the foreign embassies here. The first of these is going to two cultural centers in Vienna and so it is going through the Austrian ambassador here. It is a form of cultural exchange that I want to encourage.” The past year has been challenging for Dana as she was working on many musical projects. “It’s been a pretty taxing year as I had to create the bulk of the musical content for many projects. Unfortunately, I’m not at liberty to reveal more about

these upcoming projects as they haven’t been officially announced as yet. I spent most of my time putting together all this and it is finally done and recorded. So now, I can focus on my job here and in my spare time compose which is what I do anyway,” she said. Dana, whose instrument of choice is the piano says that she spends most of her time around a piano, writing songs. “Music is my passion, I am literally living and breathing music pretty much all of the time. It is something that inspires me, in a way I hope I can inspire others. Music allows me to be able to create something that I am proud of, it gives me a unique voice.” With her new role as Vice President of the jewelry business Dana wants to bring on a more personalized approach to a corporate approach that most businesses employ. “Jewelry has been at the forefront of my family business for generations and I am excited to build on its existing outstanding collections with new fine pieces where women will feel empowered while wearing



them. One of the main changes that I’m going to make, stepping into the company, is to take a more personalized approach with every single one of our brands to communicate the identity more and the character, rather than just the visuals. So everything is going to have a narrative from now on.” With her new appointment, Dana envisions to launch new and inspirational campaigns for women in Qatar starting with the ‘Stay Active and Shine’ campaign which is set to launch soon. With this campaign, she aspires to raise awareness of the importance of leading a healthy and active lifestyle for the women of Qatar, while confidently incorporating into every day wear and use, the beauty of the finest jewelry of world renowned designers. “I’m personally invested in promoting and healthy and balanced lifestyle. This is something my whole family feels very strongly about. Especially for my sister, Jawahar Al Fardan, who is a yogi and has set up Evergreen Organics, the first 100% vegan café in Qatar. For us, fitness is not just a lifestyle, its not one hour in

the gym. It is what you do the second you wake up until the second you go to bed and jewelry is a part of that. It’s a part of that self expression. “Stay Active and Shine campaign basically will bring jewelry into the sphere of everyday life. It will give jewelry a voice, an identity and a culture rather than just an aesthetic quality that is reserved for only special occasions. The visuals and ad campaign is going to be about women wearing active and sportswear with diamonds that don’t weigh you down. It’s all about being feminine and to shine while exerting ourselves and to sparkle while breaking a sweat. By doing this somewhere I feel I’m taking a more personalized approach to things and giving them a greater meaning.” Dana wears many hats, yet she seamlessly manages her home and family. Her daughter, now three and a half years old, can often be spotted with her during events and even at her workplace. “It’s challenging when you have a child,” she says. “But as much as possible, I try to incorporate her into my daily life. She is always a part of my music, if I’m in the studio,

she’s often with me and she loves it. She grew up with this and so for her, it’s the most natural thing in the world to be around music. I also take her to the office from time-to-time where she has got her own space. In the morning she’s in school anyway, so this year has been a lot easier that last year and I can plan my mornings. I feel spending time with your child is the most important thing. One thing that we, both me and my husband, make sure is about bedtime. She has a time when she goes to bed and we have to be there at the time that is very important for us.” Layla takes after her mother and loves music just as much. “She loves to sing, she started piano and violin lessons and she really likes the piano. I’m very proud of her. This is a great age to start teaching them. They are so observant right now that they don’t have to make the slightest effort to figure anything out. So now that she is absorbing, we are just throwing everything at her. She teaches me something new everyday, I just hope that I can give her the same amount of support. For me, she is my inspiration every moment.” March 2017



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ALL ABOUT THAT GIRL POWER! by Hala Abdoun for Zomato Qatar


arch is the month we celebrate Girl Power! We take the time to appreciate the fantastic women in our lives, starting with our mothers of course. We remember her hugs, kisses and cooking, which was really hugs and kisses in a bowl, right? Zomato Qatar would like to take this opportunity to showcase the top eateries that are either owned and/or cheffed by women. With over 3,500 restaurants in Doha alone, these nine eateris truly shine with the unique and awesome power of the women in charge! 9. La Creme Where: Royal Plaza Mall, Al Sadd Rating: 3.4 / 5 Sweet Power: Considered a hidden gem by many foodies, this sweet

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spot is all about fulfilling your sweet tooth. Owned by the classically trained Chef Nicole, she has spent years perfecting each bakeable recipe, from the popular goodie jars to customized tiered cakes.

back the hands of time. Lucky for us, we’ve got Maryam running the cafe that gives us all the feels from back in the day. This place serves up a simple menu of waffle bubbles to go with your favorite drink of the day.

8. Nineties Cafe Where: Souq Al Wakra, Al Wakrah Rating: 3.4 / 5 Nostalgia Power: Anyone else nostalgic for the good days of the 1990’s? We sure wish we could turn

7. Shay Al Shoomos Where: Al Jasra Street, Souq Waqif Rating: 3.4 / 5 Mama Power: Remember when mama worked her magic over a small kitchen stove to produce a feast? Qatari Chef Shams does exactly that! She’s cooking up her famous rogag with all kinds of fixings, brewing up pots of shay and treating her customers like they were all her own children. Thanks mama!

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6. Italia Mia Where: Behind Souq Waqif Art Center, Souq Waqif Rating: 3.6 / 5



Pasta Power: Want to eat like a true Italian without leaving Doha? Try out what the dedicated following this hidden gem has amassed are raving about. In the heart of Souq Waqif are dishes upon dishes of homemade pastas and everything in between to make you feel like you’re in Italy. Mamma mia! 5. Korean Garden Where: C Ring Road, Fereej Bin Mahmoud Rating: 3.7 / 5 Fusion Power: Many think Asian fusion dishes are a new trend in Doha but that’s far from the truth. Owner Yun Hee Lee is the Asian fusion trendsetter, serving up Korean and Japanese fusion dishes in one of the oldest Asian restaurants in Doha. So much the trendsetter,

3. Mamig Where: Katara Cultural Village Rating: 3.8 / 5 Star Power: Chef Zarmig is a celebrity here in the Qatar food scene and rightfully so! She’s the power behind the only high Nistantasi Bakose end Armenian Lebanese restaurant around. She’s tapped into everything we truly love perfectly: good food, smooth sheeshas and live music overseeing the Doha skyline from the heart of Katara.

BQ Plus deemed it one of the Best Asian Restaurants back in the September 2016 issue. You Go Girl!

2. Three Peppers Restaurant Where: Old Airport Road Rating: 4.1 / 5 Pepper Power: Just like a small pepper packs a big punch, this small place packs three big punches! Chef Mary’s take on authentic Chinese eats is probably the reason behind why the Old Airport area is always so jam packed. This hidden gem fills up faster than you can say “Szechuan chicken please!”

4. Thai Cuisine Where: Al Jazira Street, Fereej Bin Mahmoud Rating: 3.7 / 5 Delivery Power: Any place that makes sure you are eating at the comfort of your home will almost always have a place in our hearts. Owner and Chef Korn Kanok Penglong has made sure you get your favorite Thai dishes ready to pick up or delivered to your comfortable couch (or bed, we don’t judge) in time for your TV binging.

1. Nistantasi Bakose Where: Melia Doha Hotel Rating: 4.3 / 5 Gold Power: And topping the list is the one restaurant garnishing the ever popular Turkish kebab with gold. That’s right, GOLD! Fonda and her husband Ahmet have brought the finest dishes from their main Istanbul restaurant to Doha to become an overnight sensation. She oversees all the ingredients coming into Qatar straight from Turkey and keeps the chefs on their toes to serve

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up what foodies have deemed the best Turkish restaurant in town. We’ve run out of space but we can’t end this powerful list without some honorable mentions. The Pearl is now complete with the opening of its first Thai restaurant, White Oryx. Raved for baking up the best cookies in town is the perfectly named, Sweet Moments The Boutique. And in the third floor of Marriott Marquis is Aziza, serving up levantine favorites. We’ve run out of space but we can’t end this powerful list without some honorable mentions. The Pearl-Qatar is now complete with the opening of its first Thai restaurant, White Oryx. Raved for baking up the best cookies in town is the perfectly named, Sweet Moments The Boutique. And in the third floor of Marriott Marquis is Aziza, serving up levantine favorites.

Don’t miss out! Download the Zomato app, bookmark these restaurants and celebrate these women today and every day! LINKS for web version of article: Best Asian Restaurants by BQ Plus: Zomato App:

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DO YOU KNOW HER? Who is she? She’s the famous chef. The most watched TV personality. The restaurateur. Gather up your friends and test your wits to see how well do you know her.

Answers: Here are the answers to th eprevious Foodie Trivia, ‘Are You A Healthy Foodie’ 1. 10,000 steps 2. False, it contains less than half 3. 5 portions (sounds like a lot but if you think of how you eat breakfast, snack, brunch, lunch, snack and supper, you’re pretty much covered.) 4. Fish (oily fish such as salmon and sardines) 5. 30 minutes 6. 15 7. 6-8 cups (EVERYDAY!) 8. Breakfast (if you got this wrong, don’t tell anyone, it’s embarrassing) 9. Sugar 10. Body Mass Index BQ Plus

1. What year did chef Julia Child air her first cooking show, The French Chef? 2. Award winning chef Lanshu Chen focuses on what two cuisines in her restaurant, La Mout? 3. What’s the name of the restaurant owned and run by Chef Shams in Qatar? 4. How many restaurants does TV’s famous chef Lidia Bastianich own in New York City? 5. Name the Brazilian born chef that won the Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef in 2014. 6. True or False: Chef Julia El Bardai became the first female chef to lead the kitchen during the popular Food Fusion Nights at the Cairo Capital Club in 2015. 7. What did Shahena Ali do for a living before becoming the celebrity chef she is today? 8. Name the chef that became the first female executive chef of the White House in August 2005. 9. Focusing on the Jordanian recipes she learned from her mother, what’s the name of chef Daad Abu Jaber’s first (Arabic) cookbook? 10. Who said, “If you’re not in a good mood, the only thing you should make is a reservation”? Win with BQ Plus and Zomato Qatar! Share your trivia answers on Twitter and Instagram, tag @ ZomatoQA and @BQPlus_Doha, using the hashtag #FoodieTrivia, for a chance to win brunch for two at The Square at InterContinental Doha The City.





NEVER GIVING UP One Shine Moment with Juliette Dumas where she explains how to cultivate one’s inner strength to weather life’s little storms, overcome obstacles and live better.

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ne of my oldest friends had been working on a great book project for months. She gave her best self to achieve a wonderful idea that she had had for a long time. She worked very hard, did her best to make it just perfect. And then, one day, she read in a magazine that a dream team of sprite, young people had already published almost the exact same book. She called me to say how mad she was, how sad and furious too. I let her cry, scream and express her discouragement. She felt as if all her efforts and her true belief in this book had been in vain. The next day, I suggested a coffee and this is what I told her. There are three kinds of days in life: The days you don’t stop until you are proud of yourself. The days you just want to give up everything and disappear far away to a deserted island. And then, there are days when you think like Beyoncé, “it’s not about perfection, it’s about purpose.” Beyoncé is right. Let’s stop pressuring ourselves every day about every little thing. Let’s be gentler with ourselves. And press the pause button once in a while to think about what we really want. Especially, what we really want today.

Today? Yes, Today! Today is the only moment that counts. Always keep in mind the quote, “don’t look back, you are not going that way.” Write it on the fridge, bathroom mirror, everywhere… and yes, forget yesterday. Have you noticed that every time we want to give up, we always think about yesterday? We think about all that we haven’t done, we should have done, and we were supposed to do, instead of congratulating ourselves on everything we have already accomplished. Instead, let’s look at how far we have come. And, forget tomorrow as well! I mean, of course, don’t forget your goals, wishes and dreams but keep in mind that you cannot predict what will happen tomorrow. So

enjoy what you have achieved right now–today–and be proud. And never forget to ask yourself what you really want. Is it exactly this that you wanted, not really more or less than that? Self-ref lection is a very important thing to do regularly. It won’t prevent a small, or even huge, give-up episode but it helps to keep us on the right track. Last but not least, you will find the strength to never give up. I am sure you will. Because you are strong. As Mahatma Gandhi said, “strength does not come from physical capacity, it comes from indomitable will.” So repeat after me. I can and I will. And for those who are still wondering, my friend’s book project will be edited next month. Shine on ! Founder of the Shine Academy, author and speaker, Juliette Dumas offers conferences and workshops to learn how to adopt a Shine state of mind. This mindset that she imagined is based on her own story can be incorporated into your daily attitude and way of life. It rests upon a winning trio : common sense, kindness and respect. For more information about her, visit

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ating fruit is a delicious way to satisfy hunger and meet daily nutritional needs. However, most fruits contain sugar, which raises questions about whether they are healthy for people who have diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), fruits are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and fiber and should be a part of a diabetes-friendly diet — just keep track of them as you do with all carbs. The key is to keep an eye on portion sizes and to stay away from fruits canned in syrups or contained in other types of added sugar. If you’re using the glycemic index (GI) — a measure of how foods affect your blood sugar levels — to manage your diabetes, most fruits are a good choice because they rate low on the ranking. You should aim to have at least five servings of fruits and vegetables per day. Here are a few ideas for help with menu planning:



Citrus fruits are versatile and easy to add to meals. Lemons and limes can be added to seafood, sauces, and to a glass of iced tea or water on a hot summer day. People can make their own fruit water by adding citrus slices to a pitcher of water. Let the water steep overnight to create a refreshing drink.

Berries are tasty raw but easily cooked down into a compote to spoon on top of oatmeal or meat. Put whole fresh or frozen berries into a saucepan with a tablespoon or two of water. Cook on medium or low heat until the berries have broken down into a thick sauce. One serving is half a cup.

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(GI less than 55)

AVOCADO Avocados are high in fat, but they contain the good kind of fat monounsaturated fat. Research suggests that avocados may be heart healthy by keeping good cholesterol levels high. Avocados are eaten raw and can be served sliced, in salsas, or as guacamole. Avocados are easy to prepare by slicing them in half around the pit. Discard the pit and mash the avocado. Add herbs and vegetables to taste. Lime or lemon can also be added to avocado for a citrus boost.

Apples Avocados Bananas Berries Cherries Grapefruit Grapes Kiwi fruit Nectarines Orange Peaches Pears Plums Strawberries

MEDIUM-GI FRUITS (GI of 56 to 69)

Honeydew melon Figs Papayas Pineapples

APPLES Apples are a popular fruit and are delicious eaten raw for a snack or dessert. When cooked, apples have a deeper flavor, making them a favorite in cooked desserts spiced with cinnamon or ginger. A recipe by the ADA suggests marinating apples in a bit of honey and spices and then cooking them on a grill. To finish, roll the apples in crushed walnuts or pecans.


(GI Index of 70 or greater) Dates Watermelon

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atar’s first leisure destination, Sealine Beach, recently revealed the five-star resort’s fully renovated facilities, introducing a multitude of world-class recreational and entertainment venues. Sealine Beach Resort’s 77 refurbished guest units, all of which boast fully redesigned interiors including installations of bathrooms, vanity and kitchen amenities, as well as a private balcony or terrace, perfect for travelers and groups of friends aiming to spend a joyful vacation getaway from the city’s busy life. The luxury resort’s new extensions will host 18 additional villas, each featuring three or four bedrooms with private swimming pools and a 24-hour in-room dining service. These facilities will cater to the preferences of families and travelers who value the element of privacy, in a reclusive-style accommodation. Nawaf Ali Al Obaidly, General Manager at Sealine Beach Resort, said: “Our newly revamped resort

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brings vacationers and habitués everything they’re looking for in a seaside luxury resort. Sealine Beach’s tranquil surroundings and breathtaking panoramic sea views are enriched by the resort’s contemporary design aesthetic, exceptional service standards and renovated facilities, making for a truly five-star escapade.” He added: “While the entire lobby area now features naturalstyle furnishing and fixtures, in perfect harmony with a new interior design that celebrates the resort’s roots by blending rustic qualities of wood and marble accents with lighter finishes and Qatari-themed details, the resort’s first-class facilities offer leisure enthusiasts a chance to engage in a plethora of recreational activities that include several exclusive beachsport adventures for the first time. Following the recent completion of a full-scale renovation, Sealine Beach now offers local vacationers and international tourists a oneof-a-kind leisure experience at one of the country’s most exclusive seaside locations.” In addition to Sealine Beach Resort’s panoramic views of the

sea and pure natural surroundings, guests can enjoy an expansive collection of culinary specialties on offer at the luxury resort’s fivestar beachside dining venues. From a sumptuous selection of buffet menus, authentic Qatari and international selection all-day dining at Al Odaid restaurant, La Merenda’s Italian signature dishes, to the extravaganza of an on-display seafood and five-star burgers at the resort’s ‘Reef & Burger’ and The Edge’s assortment of lounge drinks and Shisha menu, visitors can encounter of Sealine Beach Resort’s diverse range of palette-pleasing creations. Owned by Qatar’s leading hotel operator Katara Hospitality and managed by Murwab Hotel Group, Sealine Beach Resort is located in the southern part of Qatar, a mere 30-minute drive from Doha’s city center. The resort’s unique location is complimented by a diverse array of world-class recreational and entertainment facilities on the backdrop of scenic views of the Arabian Desert’s pristine beaches, building up to the resort’s status as Qatar’s premier leisure destination for local and international tourists.






imaisma Resort, Qatar’s undiscovered modern day amenities; a unique experience made oceanfront oasis, recently celebrated its complete with a selection of dining options and first anniversary, since the 5-star hotel a multitude of indoor and outdoor facilities. welcomed its first guest in February 2016. The enchanting resort, which offers visitors a In celebration of their first anniversary, great deal of lavish suites and 52-spacious villas that Tarek Nour, General Manager of Simaisma, said: feature a spectacular array of custom furnishings and “At Simaisma, we offer families in Qatar a chance to personalized amenities, access to swimming pools, go on a private escape, designed a basketball court, a tennis gym, to mesmerize both the heart and fitness gym, kids playground, and the soul and reinvigorate them an outdoor Water Sports Center, with grandeur and glamor. Having brings the concept of ‘five-Star successfully set a benchmark for resort living’ to Qatar’s hotel ‘five-star resort living’ in the landscape for the first time. country, we have no plans to To make for a truly blissful stop here, as we intend to raise escape away from city life, the bar of service excellence to Simaisma indoor and outdoor exceed the expectations of today’s dining venues offer visitors an sophisticated local vacationers and exciting gastronomic adventure international travelers alike. Which designed to cater to ‘everything is why, as a special ‘thank you’ to palette’. From sophisticated fine our guests, whose endorsement dining to casual poolside fare, each and avid reviews helped us earn and every dish is prepared fresh such a sought-after reputation, with local ingredients, cultivating we have in view a few surprises the diners’ senses with f lavor. Tarek Nour, General Manager of Simaism and a wide range of amazing new Simaisma Resort offers a tranquil offers and competitive prices environment and its unique blend of for Simaisma visitors and clients in 2017.” luxury and privacy have been met with great acclaim In just one year, Simaisma Resort, has emerged from guests and business partners. The luxury resort as the destination of choice for an uninterrupted took home the coveted title of ‘Qatar’s Leading Villa time with the family away from the city’s bustling Resort 2016’ at the World Travel Awards. Likewise, chatter, thanks to the resort’s elegant blend of the the resort achieved an outstanding ‘8.2 out of 10’ oceanfront oasis’s natural habitat with locally-inspired rating at’s 2016 Guest Review Awards. March 2017




ACROSS JORDAN by Ann Maureen Cruz BQ Plus




ver four days, I got to explore Jordan on a captivating road trip from ancient history, to World heritage site, to significant Biblical sites, Muslims Arts and endless desert landscape along the way. Jordan is well-fitted for tourism as it is a safe country and they have a very modern infrastructure. You can find good hotels and tours arrangements. Traveling in a group is the most popular option which I took advantage of, because of limited time and wanting to have access to all the places that I wanted to see in this country. Our trip began with a tour at Jerash, it’s in the northern part about around 48 km from the capital city of Amman. This Ancient city, now a best preserved Roman Archaeological site, provides an excellent chance for tourist to experience a small slice of Roman lifestyle that once ruled the Middle East. The Jerash Ruins can be explored in a couple of hours - you can find impressive temple ruins dedicated to the Ancient Greek celestials, a long colonnaded street running the length of the city and the Oval Plaza, an asymmetrical plaza is surrounded by 160 Ionic

columns, which for me was the main attraction. You can find old amphitheaters that are still used now for special concerts. The tour of the ancient city of Jerash makes a great day trip from the capital. The group then headed to another historical place in the downtown area of Amman. The Amman Citadel is a ruins complex on a hill where you can find the towering Temple of Hercules, a remnant of a huge statue of Hercules and his huge white knuckles and hand that are made of marble. Inside the complex, you can also find the Jordan National Archeological Museum where you can see impressive artifacts and old statues. Take a look also at the gorgeous panoramic city view surrounding this ancient hill of Citadel.

The Treasury

The next day, we started early morning and drove for almost three hours through the modern desert highway to reach the southern part of Jordan to the main tourist gate of the ‘Rose-Red City’. The Lost City of Petra is a UNESCO World Heritage site that captivates visitors from all parts of the world. In the year 2007, it was marked as one of the new Seven

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Wonders of the World and for sure must be on everyone’s bucket list. The moment I put my first step on the bouldered ancient entryway called The Siq, the dramatic beauty of it overwhelmed me. The rock-carved architecture is very welcoming. Even though it was raining at the time we visited, we all opted to walk. You have also the choice to take a horse-drawn carriage in the Siq. It’s around 1km to reach the famous Treasury. The first view of the Treasury is breathtaking, there is something about finally seeing it with

St.John the Baptist Church

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can find some of the most interesting ancient mosaics of Jordan. After Mount Nebo, we headed to another Holy Site just a short drive down the hill. The Baptism Site is believed to be the location where Jesus of Nazareth was baptized by John the Baptist. A few minutes’ walk from the tourist entrance will take you to the Jordan River and on the opposite bank of the river is Israel. One thing I was really looking forward to in this Jordan trip was to float in The Dead Sea. Our last day was already off to a good start, we headed early to the beach area so we could enjoy the sun. The high salt content in the water allows you to float without any effort and also because of this

your own eyes, it’s a wonderful feeling. I stood in the front of the massive Ancient Carvings and told myself that it really is one of the wonders of the world. The next day, we got up early on a bright and snowy morning. This time we headed to the famous Dead Sea. En View from Mount Nebo route to our

destination, we went to the small city of Madaba where we visited a holy site for both Muslims and Christians. Mount Nebo, the mountain is said to be a place where Prophet Moses viewed the Promised Land. There is also a modern church here as a Memorial for Moses and inside, you

there is no marine life in the sea. I was able to read a magazine while floating in the Dead Sea, it was an amazing experience. After floating make sure you cover up your whole body with Dead Sea mud. It has a lot of nutrients and minerals and will do wonders for your skin. Ann Maureen Cruz is a Qatar-based IT Administrator, photographer and travel blogger, with a passion for travel and photography, sharing and capturing the beauty of life and places in every corner of the globe. Follow her on Instagram at @amcrux11 and Facebook at Mauvelous Captures.



Qatar hosts the largest ever solo exhibition of an Arab artist


ia Azzawi is one of the Arab world’s most inf luential and versatile artists and is currently being celebrated with a landmark retrospective exhibition of his work in Doha. This month, to coincide with this 500-piece exhibition, CNN’s ‘Inside the Middle East’ has special access to Azzawi, his collaborators and his admirers. The show films with Azzawi

in London, where he has lived since the 1970s, and speaks to British Museum curator Venetia Porter who tells CNN that he is “very important as an artist and he’s become completely an international artist now”. The show also follows Azzawi to Jordan, where he is preparing an exhibition and attending a book launch. Sultan al Qassemi, the founder of the Barjeel Art Foundaton, says: “Azzawi is a very politicized artist. You have to know the history of the Middle East to appreciate his art. When I look at his art I feel a bit of sorrow because I know what is ref lecting in his work. Dia Azzawi is an artist that is able to transcend time with his arts in the past 50 years and still look contemporary.” This episode of ‘Inside the Middle East’ culminates with extensive filming with Azzawi in Doha, where the huge retrospective exhibition, entitled ‘Dia Al-Azzawi: A Retrospective (From 1963 until tomorrow)’, is taking place. Talking about his relationship with Qatar and its commitment

to celebrating art, Azzawi says: “I have relations with Doha from the mid-90s. I helped a lot in building their collection of modern Arab art. I like their commitment to art and culture. The most important space is the Islamic museum. This is the jewel and a very important project.” Filming at the Qatar Art Center, established by Sheikh Hassan al Thani, Azzawi says: “It’s become my home, real home, actually. So, always when I’m here, I do my work.” On the 500-piece retrospective exhibition, Azzawi said: “For me, it’s the first time to see my work in 50-60 years and it is an opportunity for me to see where my success lies and where I have my failed. I feel privileged to have such space.” Azzawi says that he is working on an artistic reaction to the retrospective exhibition. It will be his largest ever painting. He says: “This one will be huge, I won’t be able to move it. It’s a reality, sort of a celebration of my exhibition, and the opportunity which I got from Doha.” March 2017




ast issue, BQ Plus gave you the list of the best films of 2016 - all Oscar nominated. The Oscars is one of the biggest events of the year. The 89th Academy Awards (Oscars 2017) took place on 26 February 2017. And this year’s Oscars will never be forgotten. As it’s wrapping up with the biggest award of the night, Best Picture, La La Land was mistakenly named Best Picture when the real winner was Moonlight - dubbing the Oscars 2017 as an epic and historic fail. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway confusingly announced La La Land as the winner of Best Picture, which resulted from an error by a PricewaterhouseCoopers manager overseeing the envelopes containing winner names. However, La La Land was the biggest winner, taking home six awards, while Moonlight followed with three. Lion (six nominations), Hidden Figures (three nominations) and Hell or High Water (eight nominations) ended the night empty-handed. Other highlights of the Oscars 2017 include ABC’s late-night talk show host, Jimmy Kimmel, who was a first-time host of the big awards night. Like many speeches this awards season, his opening monologue was politically charged where he took an explicit jab at US President Donald Trump. “I want to say thank you to President Trump. I mean remember last year when it seemed like the Oscars were racist?” he said, in reference to the #OscarsSowhite controversy. This year, the Oscars made history with most black wins with Moonlight taking away three awards including Best Picture, Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) won ‘Actor in a Supporting Role’, making him the first Muslim to win an Oscar, and Viola Davis (Fences) won ‘Actress in a Supporting Role’, making her the first black woman to have won an Oscar, Emmy, Golden Globe and a Tony.

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OSCARS 2017 RECAP by Ola Diab

Oscars 2017 Winners (Summary) Best Picture • “Arrival” • “Fences” • “Hacksaw Ridge” • “Hell or High Water” • “Hidden Figures” • “La La Land” • “Lion” • “Manchester by the Sea” • WINNER: “Moonlight” Directing • Denis Villeneuve, “Arrival” • Mel Gibson, “Hacksaw Ridge” • WINNER: Damien Chazelle, “La La Land” • Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight” • Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea” Actor in a leading role • WINNER: Casey Affleck,

“Manchester by the Sea” • Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge” • Ryan Gosling, “La La Land” • Viggo Mortensen, “Captain Fantastic” • Denzel Washington, “Fences” Actor in a supporting role • WINNER: Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight” • Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water” • Lucas Hedges, “Manchester by the Sea” • Dev Patel, “Lion” • Michael Shannon, “Nocturnal Animals” Actress in a leading role: • WINNER: Emma Stone, “La La Land” • Natalie Portman, “Jackie” • Ruth Negga, “Loving” • Meryl Streep, “Florence Foster



Jenkins” • Isabelle Huppert, “Elle”

• WINNER: “The White Helmets”

Actress in a supporting role • WINNER: Viola Davis, “Fences” • Naomie Harris, “Moonlight” • Nicole Kidman, “Lion” • Octavia Spencer, “Hidden Figures” • Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea”

Foreign language film: • “Toni Erdmann,” Germany • WINNER: “The Salesman,” Iran • “A Man Called Ove,” Sweden • “Tanna,” Australia • “Land of Mine,” Denmark

Adapted screenplay • “Lion,” by Luke Davies • “Arrival,” by Eric Heisserer • WINNER: “Moonlight,” by Barry Jenkins • “Hidden Figures,” by Theodore Melfi and Allison Schroeder • “Fences,” by August Wilson Original screenplay • WINNER: “Manchester by the Sea,” by Kenneth Lonergan • “Hell or High Water,” by Taylor Sheridan • “La La Land,” by Damien Chazelle • “20th Century Women,” Mike Mills • “The Lobster,” by Efthymis Filippou and Yorgos Lanthimos Cinematography • Bradford Young, “Arrival” • WINNER: Linus Sandgren,“La La Land” • Greig Fraser, “Lion” • James Laxton, “Moonlight” • Rodrigo Prieto, “Silence” Documentary feature • “Fire at Sea” • “I am Not Your Negro” • “Life, Animated” • WINNER: “OJ: Made in America” • “13th” Documentary short: • “Extremis” • “4.1 miles” • “Joe’s Violins” • “Watani: My Homeland”

Sound editing • WINNER: Sylvain Bellemare, “Arrival” • Wylie Stateman and Renée Tondelli, “Deepwater Horizon” • Robert Mackenzie and Andy Wright, “Hacksaw Ridge” • Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan, “La La Land” • Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman, “Sully”

Oscar awards vs Oscar nominations La La Land: 6 wins (14 nominations) Moonlight: 3 wins (8 nominations) Hacksaw Ridge: 2 wins (6 nominations) Manchester by the Sea: 2 wins (6 nominations) Fences: 1 win (4 nominations) Arrival: 1 win (8 Oscar nominations)

Sound mixing • Bernard Gariépy Strobl and Claude La Haye, “Arrival” • WINNER: Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace, “Hacksaw Ridge” • Andy Nelson, Ai-Ling Lee and Steve A. Morrow, “La La Land” • David Parker, Christopher

Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” • Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Mac Ruth, “13 Hours” Original score • WINNER: Justin Hurwitz, “La La Land” • Mica Levi, “Jackie” • Nicholas Britell, “Moonlight” • Volker Bertelmann and Dustin O’Halloran, “Lion” • Thomas Newman, “Passengers” Original song • WINNER: “City of Stars” (“La La Land”) • “How Far I’ll Go” (“Moana”) • “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” (“La La Land”) • “The Empty Chair” (“Jim: The James Foley Story”) • “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” (“Trolls”) Production design • Patrice Vermette, Paul Hotte, “Arrival” • Stuart Craig, Anna Pinnock, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” • Jess Gonchor, Nancy Haigh, “Hail, Caesar!” • WINNER: David Wasco, Sandy Reynolds-Wasco, “La La Land” • Guy Hendrix Dyas, Gene Serdena, “Passengers” Film editing • Joe Walker, “Arrival” • WINNER: John Gilbert, “Hacksaw Ridge” • Jake Roberts, “Hell or High Water” • Tom Cross, “La La Land” • Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon, “Moonlight” Animated feature film • “Kubo and the Two Strings” • “Moana” • “My Life as a Zucchini” • “The Red Turtle” • WINNER: “Zootopia” March 2017




ebruary was a big awards month for the music industry, with the Grammy Awards on 12 February followed by the BRIT Awards on 22 February. Paying tribute to great musical losses of 2016 and denoting the current political climate in the US were the highlights of the award nights this year. The Grammys Adele was the big winner of the 2017 Grammy Awards with backto-back wins for album of the year and record of the year, but used her final moments on stage to salute Beyoncé and her monumental album, Lemonade. Beyoncé stunned with the night’s most talked-about performance with a spiritual performance of “Love Drought” and “Sandcastles”, dressed as a golden goddess surrounded with female dancers, dressed in white with golden tiaras. Her Grammy appearance was much-anticipated as she announced being pregnant with twins two weeks before the big night. Although Beyoncé stayed relatively still during her

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performance, she pulled a stunt where she sat on a chair that tilted back precariously, defying gravity. Beyoncé, the most Grammynominated artist, walked away with only one award - Best Urban Contemporary Album. A number of prominent musicians skipped this year’s Grammy Awards in protest over a lack of diversity among its nominees and awardees including Kanye West, Frank Ocean, Drake, and Justin Bieber – who were all nominated for this year’s awards except Franc Ocean who didn’t even submit his 2016 albums


for Grammy consideration. However, viewership for this year’s Grammy Awards rose with an average of about 26 million viewers, about a million more than last year’s ceremony. This is attributed to the performances of Beyoncé, Adele and Bruno Mars. The BRIT Awards At the BRIT Awards, Adele and Beyoncé relegated to smaller roles. The late David Bowie’s final album, Blackstar, took home the highest honor for the top British Album of the Year as well as British Male Solo Artist. English singer, songwriter and actor, David Bowie, died on 10 January 2016. His son, Duncan Jones, accepted the award and dedicated it to “all the kooks and all the people who make the kooks.” David Bowie also took two awards at the Grammy Awards 2017 - Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance. Adele won the prestigious Global Success Award for her successful album 25 - which sold over 20 million copies worldwide. Since she didn’t attend the BRIT Awards, she sent a video acceptance

A Tribe Called Quest with Anderson Paak & Busta Rhymes




speech. Beyoncé won International Female Solo Artist but did not attend the ceremony or provide a video message accepting the honor.

record producer, who passed away on 21 April, 2016. The Time and Bruno Mars honored Prince with a thrilling and funky tribute at the Grammys. It started with Prince’s protégé band The Time playing two The George Michael of its own hits, “Jungle Love” and and Prince tributes “The Bird,” songs Prince wrote with English singer, songwriter and them and largely recorded himself. producer, George Michael, died Then Bruno Mars arrived to play at the age of 53 on Christmas Day, “Let’s Go Crazy” with Prince’s 25 December, 2016. Both the signature costume, the purple jacket Grammys and BRIT Awards paid and ruffled shirt, and equipment, a tribute to the pop superstar and white guitar with a long appendage. philanthropist who rose to fame as a At the Grammys, Adele member of the music duo, Wham. delivered an emotionally fraught At the BRIT Awards, the tribute to George Michael with a remaining three members of Wham cover of his 1996 song, “Fastlove.” took the stage and paid tribute to Backed by a full orchestra, Adele’s performance got off to a rocky start as the singer stopped a quarter of the way, swore, apologized and began again. On her second go, Adele delivered a stunning revamped Prince and George Michael version of “Fastlove”. the late Michael with a moving speech about their former bandmate. The speech was then followed by a musical tribute by Coldplay’s Chris Martin, who honored the late singer with a touching performance of Wham’s “A Different Corner”. The performance turned into a duet with Michael singing on a big stage screen behind Martin. Clips of Michael were displayed throughout the performance. We even get a glimpse of the late Prince in the stage’s screen. The music industry’s biggest losses in 2016 were the deaths of George Michael and Prince. Prince Rogers Nelson was an American singer-songwriter, multiinstrumentalist, philanthropist and

Politically-charged performances Katy Perry takes the lead on bringing politics to both the Grammys and BRIT Awards, debuting her new single, “Chained to the Rhythm”, featuring Skip Marley. At the Grammy, Hilary Clinton supporter, Katy Perry, appeared on stage with an armband that said “PERSIST”. The phrase has become common in the past few months from those opposed to President Donald Trump and his policies. Then right near the end of the performance, Perry and Skip Marley appeared with their hands raised in front of a backdrop with the words “We

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The People” and more from the US constitution. The singer yelled out to the audience, “No Hate!” At the Golden Globes, Katy Perry again performed “Chained To The Rhythm”, and mocking US President Donald Trump. She had two giant skeletons dressed as Trump and UK Prime Minster Theresa May, parading around on stage holding hands - a clear jab at their recent meeting at the White House. A Tribe Called Quest wasn’t nominated for a Grammy this year — its comeback album was released after the eligibility window closed. However, A Tribe Called Quest used their Grammy moment for a different call to action: “Resist! Resist! Resist! Resist!” Sharing the stage with Anderson Paak, Busta Rhymes and Consequence with contributing vocals of the late Phife Dawg, executed a strong and forceful performance of “We the People.” Busta called out Trump’s Muslim ban, bringing a hijabi female to the stage and referred to Trump as “President Agent Orange.” He then raised the black-power salute with everyone onstage. There are more music awards to come with one of the biggest of them all – the Billboard Music Awards on 21 May, 2017. Let’s see if a politically-charged atmosphere will carry on! March 2017



8 ESSENTIAL TOOLS FOR THE BEGINNER GARDENER Here is a list of basic tools that every gardener needs

Gardening gloves

Garden fork

While gardening can be a wonderful hobby, it can quickly turn into a thorny, splintery and messy hassle without the right pair of gloves. Ensure that you purchase a durable pair that is not too bulky. Keep them from too much sun, water, and insects while storing.

These are small, handheld rakestyle tools that usually feature two, three or four large, pointed prongs. The prongs are sharply bent at a right angle downward near the ends of the tines — to help pull up loose clods of dirt.

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Garden spade Small hand-held spades are wonderful for planting bulbs, digging holes for seeds, and removing those tougher weeds with aggressive root systems. If your gardening budget will allow, get a hand spade that was forged from stainless steel or at least a spade with a stainless steel head. This will ensure durability and longevity.




Garden shears

When leaves and debris fall, your sturdy inexpensive plastic rake is there to whisk them away. An essential tool indeed, you will not be disappointed with the cleanliness of your garden.

Shears are good for cutting back larger areas of plant growth. They’re typically used for cutting back or shaping shrubs and ornamental grasses, and cutting back flowering plants after blooming season.


Garden pruners Pruners work something like shears, in that they can cut back overgrowth or allow you to remove dying buds or twigs, make cuttings, or maintain the shape of your plants. Unlike shears, pruners are smaller, they feature hook-shaped cutting blades, and they’re designed for more selective cutting. They’re more like miniature loppers. BQ Plus

A hoe can be very useful for pushing or pulling soil, shaping soil around plants, weeding, dividing roots and digging trenches, especially in a bigsized garden. Your type of garden will dictate what type of hoe is best for you. A veggie garden may require a sturdy, wide hoe. If you have perennial gardens, a more delicate touch and a thinner hoe may be required.

Long hose with adjustable nozzle / watering can Water is the foundation of your garden’s life. It is imperative that your hose can spray every area. The adjustable nozzle puts you in control of the water pressure. A watering can is good for watering potted plants.



HOW TO BOOST YOUR PHONE’S BATTERY Whether you have an android or an apple phone, here are 10 tips to boost your smartphone’s battery life.


e are all so addicted to having a phone with us all the time that we live in mortal fear of our phone dying. Most smartphones need to be charged regularly because of those big, bright screens along with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and 4G. However, by following our advice and making a few changes to your phone’s settings you should be able to extend its battery life by a good chunk. 1. Dim screen brightness More than any other component of your phone, the display consumes battery life at a devastating pace. Most phones include an auto-brightness feature that automatically adjusts the screen’s brightness to suit ambient lighting levels. This mode uses less power than constantly running your screen at full brightness would, of course,

but you’ll get even better results by turning your screen’s brightness down to the lowest setting that you can tolerate and leaving it there. This one tip will extend the life of your battery dramatically.

more power than playing a ringtone does. If you don’t want to be disturbed audibly, consider turning off all notifications and leave the phone in view so you can see when a new call is coming in.

2. Keep the screen timeout short Under your phone’s display settings menu, you should find an option labeled ‘Screen Timeout’ or something similar. This setting controls how long your phone’s screen stays lit after receiving input, such as a tap. Every second counts here, so set your timeout to the shortest available time.

4. Turn off Bluetooth When you aren’t in your car, or when you aren’t playing music wirelessly, turn off the Bluetooth radio. This way, you can add an hour or more to your phone’s battery life.

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a lot of energy. By killing apps that you aren’t actually using, you can drastically reduce your CPU’s workload and cut down on its power consumption. Both iOS and Android have battery monitors, so you can check exactly 5. Turn off Wi-Fi As with Bluetooth, your phone’s Wi-Fi radio is a serious battery drainer. While you will need to use your home or office Wi-Fi connection there’s little point in leaving the Wi-Fi radio on when you’re out. Toggle it off when you go out the door, and turn it back on only when are within range of your Wi-Fi network. 6. Go easy on the location services, and GPS Another big battery sucker is apps using GPS for monitoring your location. As a user, you can revoke apps’ access to location services, or set levels to determine how much power they use. In Settings > Location, you can choose High accuracy when you need it, or Battery saving when you don’t.

how much each app is using and easily spot those which are using too much power. Then you can either uninstall them or simply make sure you quit them when you’re not actually using them.

8. Turn off unimportant notifications It seems as though almost every app now polls the internet in search of updates, news, messages, and other information. When it finds something, the app may chime, light up your screen and display a message, make your LED blink, or do all of the above. All of these things consume energy. Turning off superf luous notifications will help your battery last a little longer. 7. Close background apps Multitasking while being a powerful smartphone feature, can also burn BQ Plus

9. Push email Having your phone constantly check if there’s new email is a waste of power. Instead of allowing email

to be pushed to your phone at any time, why not change the setting to fetch mail every so often - maybe 15 or 30 minutes.

10. Power-saving modes Depending on your phone, you may find the manufacturer has provided power-saving features. Enabling a battery-saving mode manages the phone’s various power-sapping features for you. By default, this mode usually turns on when your battery level drops to 20%, but you can set it to kick in at 30% instead. And the sooner the phone switches to this power-saving mode, the longer its battery will last.





Petrol prices have gone up yet again. While there is nothing you can do about the rising costs, you can lower your fuel consumption by taking care of a few basic things. The way you drive and the condition of your car has an impact on the amount of petrol you consume. Here are a few tips to help you save fuel and money. Drive in the right gear Driving in a gear lower than you need wastes fuel, and letting the engine labor in top gear on hills and corners is also wasteful. In a manual vehicle, change up gears as soon as the car is comfortable with the higher gear but without

accelerating harder than necessary. Automatic transmissions will shift up more quickly and smoothly if you ease back slightly on the accelerator once the car gathers momentum. Avoid the use of power options which drop the car into a lower gear and therefore use more fuel. Drive smoothly Stop/start driving is much less efficient and more polluting than driving at a constant speed. Take it easy on the accelerator - more revs equals more petrol use. Drive at a good distance from the car in front so you can anticipate and travel with the flow of traffic. This

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avoids unnecessary acceleration and frequent repetitive braking that ends up wasting fuel. It’s also far safer. If you see traffic stoppages ahead, first take your foot off the accelerator and let the engine’s drop in power slow the vehicle, particularly by also changing to a lower gear. Don’t continue to drive at the same speed and applying the brakes at the last minute. Getting back to cruising speed while the car is still moving uses far less petrol than stopping and then starting again. Minimize vehicle idling Most cars don’t need to be “warmed up” by idling before setting off. This simply wastes fuel. Start your car when you are ready to go. Once on the road, minimize fuel wasted in idling by stopping the engine whenever your car is stopped or held up for an extended period of time. By having the engine switched off, even for a short period, you will save more fuel than is lost from the burst of fuel involved in restarting the engine. The net increased wear and tear from this practice is negligible.

Don’t drive aggressively Fuel consumption increases significantly over about 90 km/h. At 110 km/h your car uses up to 25% more fuel than it would cruising at 90 km/h. If your car is fitted with cruise control, using it during highway driving will help to maintain a steadier speed, which will save fuel. BQ Plus

Minimize aerodynamic drag Additional parts on the exterior of a vehicle such as roof racks and spoilers, or having the window open, increases air resistance and fuel consumption, in some cases by over 20% at higher speeds. Take off roof and bike racks when not in use. If you have to use roof racks, load them carefully to help minimize wind resistance or use a streamlined roof box. Look after tires Inflate your vehicle’s tires to the highest pressure recommended by the manufacture and make sure your wheels are properly aligned. Looking after your tires will not only reduce your fuel consumption it will also extend tire life and improve handling. Reduce air conditioner use Air conditioners can use about 10 per cent extra fuel when operating. However, at speeds of over 80 km/h, use of air conditioning is better for fuel consumption than an open window as this creates

aerodynamic drag. If it is hotter inside your car than outside when you start a trip, drive with the windows down for a few minutes to help cool the car before starting the air conditioning. Eliminate extra weight The more weight a vehicle carries, the more fuel it uses. Don’t use your car as a mobile store room. Leave heavy items like tools and sports equipment at home when you don’t need them on a trip. Keep your vehicle in good condition Keep your vehicle well-tuned and regularly maintained. Get your car serviced at the intervals specified in the manufacturer’s handbook. Use the petrol that is recommended for your vehicle by the manufacturer. If you use regular unleaded in a car designed to run on premium unleaded you can expect slightly less performance and fractionally higher consumption. Using premium unleaded petrol in a car designed for regular unleaded may give better fuel consumption in some newer vehicles but it is unlikely to offset the extra cost of the fuel.




t boasts a revised look both inside and out as well as major driving performance enhancements and more power. The 2017 models represent the most significant changes made to the GT-R since it was introduced in 2007, with Nissan also announcing the immediate availability of its GT-R NISMO in the region. The new GT-R’s exterior gets a complete makeover across the front end. The new chrome matte-finish `V-motion’ grille represents one of Nissan’s latest design signatures. Fresh features A new hood, which flows flawlessly from the grille, has been significantly reinforced, contributing to stability during high-speed driving. A freshly-designed front spoiler lip and front bumpers with finishers situated immediately below the headlamps give the new GT-R the look of a purebred racecar, while generating high levels of front down force. The GT-R’s familiar windcutting shape defines its profile, but the side sills have been pushed out to improve air flow. The rear of the car also received a thorough makeover. New bodywork While the GT-R’s hallmark fourring taillights remain, there is new bodywork to help improve air flow, as well as side air vents next to the quad exhaust tips. Also, the belt line that separates the lower black section from the body panel has

NISSAN LAUNCHES THE HIGHPERFORMANCE 2017 GT-R Nissan has launched the new 2017 GT-R across the Middle East, the latest iteration of Nissan’s flagship performance vehicle.

been heightened to give the car a wider and more aggressive look from the rear. The entire dashboard and instrument panel are new and covered with high-quality leather artfully stitched together with TAKUMI precision. The center dashboard layout has also been improved and simplified. Integrated navigation and audio controls reduce the number of switches from 27 in the previous model to only 11 in the 2017 model. An enlarged eight-inch touch-panel monitor features large icons on the display screen to make it easy to operate. A new display command control

on the carbon-fiber center console allows easy operation. Engine The GT-R’s award-winning 3.8-liter V6 24-valve twin-turbocharged engine now delivers 565HP at 6,800 rpm and 467 lb-ft of torque. The improved output, which are the result of individual ignitiontiming control of the cylinders and extra boost from the turbochargers, allow the new GT-R to possess superior acceleration in the mid- to high-ranges (3,200 rpm and above). It comes mated to a thoroughly refined 6-speed dualclutch transmission that features smoother shifts and less noise. March 2017



NIVEA introduces the first oil in body milk moisturizer NIVEA introduces the first oil in body milk moisturizer, Skin Delight which not only soothes away dry skin but also deeply nourishes and locks in moisture to preserve the skin’s softness and radiance all day long. Studies show that 85% of women use a body lotion to indulge themselves and unwind from the stress of daily life, as tensions melt away while we give ourselves a gentle, pampering gesture. NIVEA Skin Delight caring treatment, infused with delicate scents of rose and lavender, offers women a divine experience as it delights all their senses and gives them a radiant glowing skin. According to NIVEA skincare experts,

to deeply nourish and moisturize, you need ingredients that boost the skin’s natural moisture and enhance its moisture-lock in capacity. The non-sticky innovative formula of Skin Delight combines new natural moisturizing ingredients of milk and oil with rose or lavender scents. Milk, a favored body care ingredient of women in the region, is an elixir by which to preserve youth and beauty. While rose and lavender oils are used for skincare and aroma. All of which gives women irresistibly long-lasting sof t skin and a natural healthy glow all day long. The NIVEA Skin Delight is available in Rose and Lavender scents in all leading supermarkets.

Drink yourself younger with beauty shots Our grandmothers swore by a tablespoon of cod liver oil, but the recent flood of futuristic beauty elixirs arriving on shelves takes looking after your looks to another level. Promising everything from glowing skin to glossy hair, not to mention wrinkle reduction and a clear complexion, do these beauty beverages really deliver? Globally, we spend a small fortune every year on potions and lotions promising us younger, plumper glowing skin. Now there is a new range of beauty products on the market designed to do just that. But these ones are to be drunk, proving that what you put in your mouth is just as important as the products you put on your skin. Beauty ‘shots’ — drinks high in vitamins, minerals and other potent ingredients, which purport to make you look and feel better — are the industry’s latest weapon in the anti-aging fight, Whether you use them to boost your cleanse or just enjoy them separately, over two or three days. DETOX DELIGHT Beauty Shots offer ideal support in the form of super foods, which now come as a clever set of 6 healthy and tasty Beauty Shots. The DETOX DELIGHT Beauty Shots are available in a range of six delicious combinations from: • •

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Ferrari 812 Superfast premiers at Geneva International Motor Show Ferrari has selected the 87th edition of the Geneva International Motor Show for the world premiere of the new 12-cylinder berlinetta, the 812 Superfast, the most powerful and fastest Ferrari in the marque’s history. This new car not only introduces a plethora of innovative features but is also particularly significant as the V12 series marked the official start of the glorious Prancing Horse story in 1947, 70 years ago this year. Powered by a new 6.5-litre V12 engine that unleashes 800 cv, the 812 Superfast is the new benchmark in the mid-frontengined sports car segment. The 812 Superfast is equipped with leading-edge control systems and components, resulting in unparalleled handling and road holding. It’s the first Ferrari to sport EPS (Electric Power Steering) which, in accordance with Ferrari’s uncompromising engineering approach, is used to fully exploit the potential of the car’s performance. Designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre, the new 812 Superfast redefines the formal language of front-engined V12 Ferraris, underlining the car’s exceptional performance with

very sporty lines and proportions. Seen in silhouette, the 812 Superfast has fastback sleekness: a two-box design with a high tail reminiscent of the glorious 365 GTB4 of 1969. The cabin has been given a sportier, more radical look with the main elements seeming to float, creating an effect of both thoroughbred racing eagerness and lean elegance.

Volkswagen Qatar offers world-class aftersales experience with new service centre Q -Auto, the of ficial impor ter of Volkswagen in Qatar, brings unparalleled automotive experiences for customers through a premium range of aftersales benefits and amenities. Located in the Industrial Area, the dealership’s new state-ofthe-art service facility offers an exclusive selection of servicing and maintenance options for its customers. Customers visiting the facility will be assisted by a team of dedicated professionals, specifically factory trained to deliver top-of-the-line diagnosis and repair services. The dealership has launched a pick-up and delivery service, exclusively for Volkswagen customers. As part of the service, the team at Q-Auto will collect vehicles either from home or place of work within the city of Doha, and bring them back to customers after servicing. For further convenience, complimentary replacement vehicles are provided to manage daily commute during the time that the car is at service. By tailoring all services according to Volkswagen standards, Q-Auto ensures all vehicles maintain their exceptional performance of day one, alongside passenger comfort and safety. In line with its offerings, customers can avail the Volkswagen Complete Service Package that provides regular BQ Plus

scheduled services and checks, including complimentary oil service as well as free replacement of oil filter, washer additive, pollen and air filters. Additional benefits are supplemented by the Volkswagen Complete Maintenance Package, which offers free replacement of essential wear and tear items such as wiper blades, brake discs, and front and rear brake pads. Furthermore, a range of discounts is available on spare parts, labour and repair shops, depending on the age of the vehicle.



Walk and Talk mentoring program held on Women’s Day Aspire Zone in association with Qatar Business Women Association (QBWA), organized the third Walk and Talk mentoring program in Aspire Park to mark International Women’s Day. The walk was a part of the Vital Voices Global Mentoring walk that took place in 80 countries around the world to mark the celebration of International Women’s Day, the Walk matched a group of

pioneer Qatari business and society women along with a new generation of women with the aim of providing professional advice and guidance to them. The ‘Walk and Talk’ event aimed at providing an opportunity for both budding and established women entrepreneurs to interact and learn from each other’s experiences while having a walk together and eliciting right guidance for the

Pink Caravan Riders promote Breast Cancer Awareness

Hundreds of riders and volunteers of all nationalities and from all parts of the UAE, along with specialized nursing and medical staff, and administrative and supervisory committees will travel across the UAE from coast to coast to promote awareness about breast cancer, help with early detection and offer free medical check-ups for the nation’s citizens and residents. Since its inception in 2011, the Pink Caravan Ride has made massive strides across the seven Emirates in terms of free screening, separating fact from fiction and giving advice on minimizing risks. And the Pink Caravan’s unsung heroes have dedicated a total of 202,790 volunteer hours in serving the campaign’s efforts – that’s the equivalent of working every hour for 23 solid years. Riders, doctors, nurses, administrative and support helpers and many more have proved that the spirit of giving knows no boundaries in generosity and self-sacrifice. The itinerary of the 10-day horseback journey includes the equine route, medical route, fundraising initiatives, and awareness events to continue its mission of promoting breast cancer awareness and expanding the message of early detection.

businesswomen of the future. Mentoring enables established women leaders to inspire, encourage and help others tackle the challenges in their professional and personal growth. Women who have gone before and succeeded are in a unique position to guide and facilitate others to successfully navigate through similar obstacles in their career paths.

Forsaty Campaign to find Next Female Vlogging Star

Unilever has launched Forsaty, a campaign that seeks to discover the next female vlogging star in the GCC region in partnership with YouTube. The two-month campaign will reward one up-and-coming vlogger with a cash prize of US$35,000 and a one-year contract as brand ambassador for Unilever, as well as mentorship and workshops from YouTube. Unilever will invite female online video enthusiasts to create a series of vlogs based around Dove, Pond’s, Sunsilk and Lipton – four much-loved brands from the company’s portfolio of over 400 established names. The campaign has enlisted four regional YouTube stars – Alanoud Badr (Lady Fozaza), UN Change Ambassador Hayla Ghazal (Hayla TV), Mimi (Eswara) and Haifa Beseisso (Fly With Haifa) – to help the budding online video stars in each stage of the Forsaty journey. The Forsaty campaign kicked off on International Women’s Day. The Forsaty campaign will test a wide variety of vlogging skills and showcase many different styles of vlog content while tapping into the region’s huge online audience and high levels of engagement with key social media stars. Register online at the Forsaty microsite: March 2017



THE LAUGHTER CLUB SHOWS Venue: Grand Hyatt Doha Dates: 10, 11 April Tickets: QR 140 - book now at The Laughter Factory will return in April with a new tour starring three very distinct voices: Phil Nichol, Imran Yusuf and Stephen Grant. Described as “like watching Eminem do stand-up”, Kenyan-born, London-raised Imran Yusuf has gained a sizeable reputation for his upbeat, rhythmic, rapinspired flow, which promoted Time Out London to hail “the birth of a new comedy star”. A very different approach is found in Canadian comic Phil Nichol, the manic stage-stealing stand-up who attacks the mic with the intensity of a shrink and the speed of an athlete – sprinting off into punchlines, observations and impressions with a crazed intensity. By contrast Stephen Grant has built his name by being calm and collected, the consummate compere who has set the tone for TV audiences for mainstream comedy shows including QI, Have I Got News For You, Mock The Week, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, and many more.



Venue: Katara Beach, South (Opposite The St. Regis Doha) Date: Till 30 April

Venue: The Torch Doha Dates: 18 March Registration fee: QR 150

Magical Festival Village is an all-new concept and iconic place of the family entertainment, providing an ambiance full of peppy colorful life and amusement for all the visitors. Located adjacent to Katara Cultural Village and St Regis Doha, it’s a beautiful open door village where guests will enjoy shopping from the retail boutiques from all over the world to meet different interests and attract visitors from all walks of life. Besides shopping, the village invites guests to enjoy an array of restaurants and cafes as well as entertainment which includes festivals and events. BQ Plus

For the Sixth time in a row, Aspire Zone Foundation is renewing the fantastic opportunity to race up the staircase of the Torch Doha This year, you can be the champion. The grueling route will consist of 1,304 steps as runners will have to make their way to the top of the 300 meter tower on the 51st floor. The race is open to all participants who are at least 16 years and older of all abilities. Participants are encouraged to undertake intensive training prior to the race. Register now to be one of the 300 legends. Places are limited! Cash Prizes to be Won



QATAR SUPERSTOCK 600 CHAMPIONSHIP Venue: Losail International Circuit, Doha Dates: 23, 24 March, 7, 8 April, 5, 6, 19, 20 May Tickets: Free Qatar SuperStock 600 (QSTK600) is a new road racing championship organized by Qatar Motor Motorcycle Federation and Losail Circuit Sports Club. The QSTK600 Championship will consist of 12 races

over 6 rounds held at the Losail International Circuit. ​ All riders will compete with the best of their racing skills using one-make bike that will be used for the rest of the season, a stocked 600cc bike , so it is a great chance for every competitor to test themselves and fight for the title in a fair racing conditions and in a professional environment. Grandstand and Paddock area will be open for free for all the spectators.

IMPERIAL THREADS: MOTIFS AND ARTISANS FROM TURKEY, IRAN AND INDIA Venue: Museum of Islamic Art Dates: 15 March to 4 November Imperial Threads: Motifs and Artisans from Turkey, Iran and India brings a new perspective to the Museum of Islamic Art’s collection by showing the connection between three major dynasties who mark the start of the early modern period in Islamic art. With this interaction between the Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal dynasties, an entirely new distinctive range of motifs emerged, referencing and building upon earlier Islamic tradition and foreign artistic influences. Through the high level of patronage and artistic craftsmanship, patrons and artists succeeded in shaping this cultural exchange. Focusing on carpets as the prominent medium, manuscripts, metalwork, ceramics, and other objects are also featured in this exhibition to illustrate the historical and artistic context of this time. BQ Plus

INDONESIAN FOOD FESTIVAL Venue: Hwang at InterContinental Doha The City Dates: Till 28 March Excite your palate with the tantalizing and vibrant flavors of Indonesia! Dine at Hwang and allow celebrity chef Haryo Pramoe to take you on an exciting culinary adventure around this country as he delights your taste buds with familiar favorites and new surprises. À la carte menu.

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