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Issue 128, October 2017

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Editor’s Note

As 2017 trundles into the last quarter of the year and puts you in a pensive mood, take a break and discern the finer nuances of life through men who have taken on the onus of making life and living fun and exciting, with their talents and acquired skills.

Founder / Essa Bin Mohammed Al Zedjali Chairman & Editor-in-Chief / Mohammed Issa Al Zedjali

This Men’s Special issue is packed with a big dose of laughter and all things fun. The Cover Story and the In Conversation segments present men who have flavoured their lives and that of the society with hues of comedy, creating a platform to indulge life’s little pleasures with some joie de vivre. It is a tribute to men who have learnt to press the pause button and enjoy life from close quarters.

Chief Executive Officer / Ahmed Essa Al Zedjali Business Director / Sophia Raman Editorial Consultant / Suzy Fontes Art Director / Pushpender K. Sharma Operations / M.V.V. Sagar

Come along and be a part of this promising edition, as it traverses from the comical to the typical male issues, to bring home stories that are designed to pamper the male whims and fancies – whether it is grooming products and accessories or fashion and modern elements of lifestyle. In keeping with the interests of the young and trendy men, our pages capture what best appeals to masculine needs, including the metrosexual urge for personal care and grooming. Published By / Muscat Media Group

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FACES Features 12 Cover Story

With global media hailing this as the golden age of comedy, is it any wonder that Oman is fast finding its weekend groove in the comic acts of stand up comedians ruling the entertainment roost?

18 In Conversation

Joseph Sims, General Manager of Titan Events and Entertainment and Founder of Oman Comedy Central, has his finger on the entertainment pulse of Oman with comedy and corporate events that have seen him initiating the production of video mapping and a new beach party facility, similar to Ibiza

20 In The Spotlight

Maimunah Shebani, Managing Director of The Retail Agency, shares her perspectives on the growing retail sector and the need to raise awareness on the employment opportunities spiralling from the sector

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Oman Desert Marathon 2017 Formula Kite World Championships in Oman

24 Feast On

Muscat’s newest landmark, Centara Muscat Hotel Oman, is fast turning into a gourmet destination, with its Akdeniz Restaurant offering a whirlwind culinary tour of Turkey

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Learn the fine art of cooking tender bites of beef kebab, from Centara Muscat Hotel’s Executive Chef Kadrianta Sinulingga Two easy dishes to help bad-at-cooking men hone their cooking skills

FACES Travel

32 Explore Oman

Explore Oman’s clear underwater and the wondrous marine life, as the whale shark season gets underway

34 Just Travel

As the winter breeze shimmies across the summer parched land in this part of the world, plan a cruise to Antarctica, which will be basking in its summer glory during this season


FACES SPECIAL 44 Fashion Special What does it mean to be a man?

FACES Razzmatazz

30 In The Luxe Metaphorically speaking, cufflinks do not

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qualify as aces up, rather bottom of the sleeve; but if you have one of these statement pieces to hold the sleeves together, you would have well aced your look for the day

With winter set to knock summer out from this year, it is time to shun that apathy for all things skin care and shop for products that are designed for the season

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Endemage’s Autumn Winter Collection


Mango presents the latest trend in men’s suits: the Slim-fit Travel range


Malabar Gold & Diamonds festive collection

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48 At Home Give your bedroom a fresh new look with easy to make DIY headboard projects

50 Relatively Speaking Has modernisation brought about a shift in the endearing father-son relationship?

52 Mandate Non verbal communication can be

confusing if you are not alert to the subtle differences in the body languages of men and women

Sam Steiner’s play ‘Kanye the First’ may have been described as the second coming of the rapper, as it shows him reborn as a woman; but in no way does it caricature the star who continues to hog limelight every day Latest celebrity gossip from the world of Hollywood

11 Tittle Tattle

Heard through the grapevine...

FACES Digest

58 Movies & Books Reviews of upcoming movies and books

60 Gadget Notes Roundup of new gadgets in the market

Oman Air Awarded ‘Best Airline in Europe,Middle East & Africa’ Oman Air is the ‘Best Airline in Europe, Middle East and Africa’ for the second time in a row. The airline’s won the award at the Seven Stars Luxury Lifestyle and Hospitality Awards 2017. The ceremony took place at an official event at ‘The Ecali Club’ in Athens, Greece and was attended by Senior Management from the Global Travel Industry; Oman Air was represented by Rogier De Jager, their Regional Vice President Europe. For 2017, the nominees in the category were Emirates, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, Gulf Air, Saudia, Oman Air, South African Airways, Swiss Air and Turkish Airlines. Speaking on the occasion, Paul Gregorowitsch, Chief Executive Officer of Oman Air, said, “Winning this prestigious award for the second time in a row is a significant recognition of the outstanding product, service and Omani hospitality that Oman Air is offering its guests. Oman Air is a successful, sustainable company of the highest quality and is seen to be setting standards when it comes to product and on board experience.”

URU spa at Atana Musandam

Enjoy personal peace and well-being with a relaxing session at the newly appointed URU spa in Atana Musandam. Omani hotel chain, Atana Hotels, has partnered with URU - the wellness and spa arm of Al Nahda Hotels and Resorts – to manage its wellness and spa operations at Atana Musandam. Owned by Oman Tourism Development Company (OMRAN), Atana Musandam is a 4-star boutique hotel, located in the northern tip of the Musandam peninsula. With spectacular views of the fjord of the Strait of Hormuz, its location continues to attract both regional and international travellers. Rooted in heritage, URU draws inspiration from the oldest civilization known to man. The spa offers a spectrum of massages, facials and holistic treatments developed to provide complete relaxation, while using anti-aging and healing botanical resources that promise optimal results.

The 2017 Spartan Race Jebel Sifah is bringing back the mega-popular XDubai Spartan Race on November 24th. Open to adventure seekers, the event will once again put competitors against a series of daunting and adrenaline-pumping obstacles throughout what has quickly become the world’s fastest growing sport. Set to attract athletes with different capabilities from across the region, the one-of-a-kind race confirms the destination’s growing status as the venue of choice for the Sultanate’s biggest sporting events. This year’s event will feature the Spartan Sprint, a 5+KM race with more than 20 thrilling obstacles that represent a perfect introduction to the Spartan lifestyle for all first timers; and new for this year, the Spartan Super, where racers that have completed their Spartan Sprint or racers that want to test their self against a tougher race, will be able to do so using their grit and determination in more than 12+KMwith over 25 obstacles, pushing all their limits.


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‘Feel the Beat’ As a part of a wellness initiative in partnership with Sultan Qaboos University Hospital and Sobeh Medical Center, City Centre Muscat, Al Mouj Muscat and City Centre Qurum have launched ‘Feel the Beat’ to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease. Now in its third year, the initiative aims to raise awareness about cardiovascular health, with a special focus on women in the Sultanate. City Centre Muscat, Al Mouj Muscat and City Centre Qurum will have allocated areas to host medical professionals who will administer complimentary heart health tests and conduct check-ups for women. At each designated location, visitors will be able to check their blood pressure, blood sugar and Body Mass Index (BMI) to determine if they are at risk of heart diseases and if they would require a follow-up consultation for further analysis. Medical experts will be at Al Mouj Muscat, the Walk, on September 29 -30, City Centre Muscat on October 5 - 6 and City Centre Qurum on October 13 - 14 to administer these tests.

Microsoft Oman launches the new Surface Pro Surface Pro, which has been described as a multifunctional hybrid device capable of running the most demanding business applications, was launched by Microsoft Oman, recently, bringing the full power of Windows 10 creativity and productivity to consumers and professionals. With longer battery life, enhanced performance and a superior display, the new Surface Pro has been re-engineered to suit the needs of everyone. From artists and designers to media and marketing professionals; from engineers and architects to teachers and doctors – the Surface Pro, through the innovation of Windows 10, can help bring ideas to life. Built for the most demanding professionals, the new Surface Pro has been re-engineered to run the most resource-hungry applications. Its 7th-generation Intel® Core™ m3, Core™ i5, and Core™ i7 processors work to bring the highest standards of performance.

Big Cheese Box offer from Pizza Hut Utterly delicious cheese is the overarching theme of a scrumptious new offering unveiled recently by Pizza Hut. The Big Cheese Box, available until October 31, is simply an opportunity for family and friends to come together and tuck into some of Pizza Hut’s choicest cheese-based delights. Taking centre stage in the outsized box is a large cheesy-bites pizza – a signature offering from Pizza Hut, complete with its distinctive outer ring of cheese filled rolls. The stuffed crust pizza is a huge favourite with Pizza Hut’s local clientele, as well as with expatriate customers. Adding to the excitement are sizable helpings of parmesan fries and cheddar pops, suitably rounded off with two dips. Available on dine-in, takeaway and home delivery options, the Big Cheese Box, priced at RO 6 per box (excluding taxes), represents value for money. For an additional 500bzs, the Big Cheese Box comes with a 2.25lt bottle of Pepsi for delivery and takeaway options, while dine-in patrons enjoy four glasses of the refreshing beverage instead.

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Demi Lovato’s collaboration with Lil Wayne

Kate Winslet wanted to be a hairdresser

If Winslet’s initial experiment with hairdressing had turned out right, she would have, probably, pursued that as a career. She told Jimmy Fallon on ‘The Tonight Show’, recently, that if it wasn’t for an incident that saw her actually snipping a piece of a family friend’s ear, she would have become a hairdresser. As a young girl she was driven by the idea of becoming a hairdresser, even cutting her own hair. But things went completely wrong when a family friend allowed her to cut his hair and she, accidentally, cut off a piece of his ear.

For Demi Lovato, working with Lil Wayne was ‘a dream come true’. Gushing over the collaboration, which sees the rapper performing in Demi’s sixth studio album, ‘Tell Me You Love Me’, she told fans at a private album launch that she always wanted to collaborate with him. “My album has Lil Wayne on it, and the inner-hip-hop wannabe star that I am is freaking out. My inner-rapper is going crazy.”

Jim Carrey’s cup of allegations

Following accusations from his former girlfriend’s mother and lawyer that he was responsible for the death of Cathriona White, Carrey has unleashed allegations of extortion. He is fighting back against accusations that he was responsible for the death by suicide of his former girlfriend Cathriona. Carrey’s attorney has filed a cross-complaint against White’s mother, Brigid Sweetman, and husband, Mark Burton, who blame Carrey for her 2015 death. Carrey’s lawyer has claimed that the lawsuit is nothing more than an attempt to exploit the public vulnerability of a famous actor.

Katrina Kaif wants to star in Game Of Thrones

Bollywood star Katrina Kaif has expressed her desire to be a part of the cast of much-talked about television series, Game Of Thrones. She is a Jon Snow fan and wants to be a part of the global blockbuster, according to her post on her social media account. Sharing a picture of her photo shoot for the brand Vogue, Katrina wrote, “Can I be in #gameofthrones pleeeeeasseee... #ilovejonsnow #pleasetakemeintheshow #moodyandbroodingismything @luismonteirophotography @anaitashroffadajania @vogueindia.” Now her fans want to see her play the role of Khaleesi aka Danaerys Targaryen.

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel to divorce? According to an entertainment magazine, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are on the verge of a $300 million divorce. The report speculates that the couple’s marriage is in jeopardy, as they are fighting over the kids and their career priorities. The rumours came about following the Emmys, as Timberlake decided to perform at Rock in Rio, instead of accompanying Biel, who was a presenter at the Emmys. This was seen as a sure sign of trouble in the marriage. But the two have since been seen together at other concerts, and sources have pushed the rumours aside saying Timberlake had committed to the performance at Rock much before Biel was asked to play a role at the Emmys.


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“I’ve always looked for things that I think challenged me… It’s not for everybody, but if you have an interest and you are good at it, why not? So a lot of it just came out of my own curiosity and things that definitely pushed the envelope.” - Demi Moore, who is on a promo trail for season four of ‘Empire’, responds to the backlash she’s received for her powerful, feministthemed roles of the past. “sooooo glad my bestie since I was a littttttle BB made it to my #spotifyfansfirst #YoungerNow release party! Life is sooooo full circle!” - Miley Cyrus’ post on Instagram with photos of her best friend Lesley.

“Let me just say this… People who supposedly work with us (confirming) details they know nothing about! Especially when we haven’t even communicated with them SMH.” - Kim Kardashian hits out at a producer of ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ on Twitter, after he ‘confirms’ news of Khloe Kardashian’s pregnancy on his Instagram.

“You said the magazine was about a girl like me. That I embody the spirit you fantasised about. I was the one. You said… You had a piece of paper in your pocket you showed me – with my name Pamela with a heart around it.” - Pamela Anderson pays a tearful video tribute to Hugh Hefner.

“I told my crew, I said lord people r going to start throwing shoes at me after @nbcthevoice and yal that just what happened tonight! I got my first shoe thrown at me tonight! lol I could barely finish my song after this guy got done! I love it!! #boston,” - Jennifer Hudson, who has been throwing shoes at contestants she likes on ‘The Voice’, had a shoe thrown atOctober her July while 2017 performing in Boston.


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The mechanics of laughter With global media hailing this as the golden age of comedy, is it any wonder that Oman is fast finding its weekend groove in the comic acts of stand up comedians ruling the entertainment roost?


verything, seemingly everything, is a laughing matter these days. And it is thanks, in no small measure, to instant messaging platforms like WhatsApp that have given comedy an unprecedented edge over everything else. Whether it is a superfluous good morning message, a new joke or a funny gif video, WhatsApp has made laughter a ritual and has, to some extent, shifted people’s appetite for humour to a binge phase. It is, perhaps, this demand for humour that has helped widen the berth for stand up comedians in this part of the world too. The apparent growth in numbers and strength of home grown comedians is a case in point. With hotels, and even stand alone restaurants opening up their doors for entertainment of the comedy kind, the tribe is set to grow further. Everyone, it appears, wants to laugh, and those in the audience are relentless in their demands for ha-ha. As one laughter guru observed, it probably stems from the growing restlessness from all things digital and


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the strong desire to talk and be talked to by people who have mastered the art of injecting comic flavours into embarrassing situations, which most people have experienced or can relate to. But then, comedy is a serious business, more so with digital media saturating the laughter industry with unending streams of innuendos, one-liners and jokes. For a stand-up comedian, facing the audience and instigating a laugh riot, every time, is a serious business; turning everyday issues into comedies that are original in their content and presentation requires talent and perseverance. For, the public, especially the ones grown on daily doses of laughter, are a fastidious lot. In the following cover story, we present two of Oman’s noted stand up comedians, Abbas Al Lawati and Sami Al Asmi, who share their journey in this industry, which is witnessing a bright and promising growth with several local youth finding their bearing in comedy.

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Business of Laughter Oman’s well known comedian Abbas Al Lawati takes stock of his laughter business to share his passion for the craft and his belief in his talent to make comedy a full time career


rom a structured life in the world of finance to an uncharted foray in the business of laughter, Abbas Al Lawati’s stake in the latter is by dint of sheer determination. A banker and an auditor by profession, he made an unprecedented career move when he quit his lucrative job, three years ago, to take up comedy as a full time career. Having broken the norms and having raised the eyebrows of many naysayers, he decided to stop moonlighting and concentrate solely on comedy. It was ironical, in some ways, as people do not associate humour with finance. “It is pretty opposite of what I did,” quips Abbas, who has been doing comedy for close to 10 years now. The comic bug first bit him when he started travelling to Dubai to compete in the comedy fests. “One was the Dubai Comedy Festival where there were over 40 comedians who came in from all over the Gulf - I was the runner up,” he recalls, hastening to add that the guy who won the top slot deserved it completely. “We comedians do not feel jealous of each other,” he adds as an aside. Following that, he partook in the ‘Beat the Gong’ contest, which is described as the most brutal comedy nights of Dubai. This was during his banking stint and that meant giving up weekends and sleep to manage the strict schedules. He won the contest – decided by audience clap-out – twice, and that, alongside a complement he received from a producer of ‘Axis of Evil’ about his performance at the Dubai Comedy Festival, in a way, sealed his fate for a future in comedy. He was gaining

recognition back home too, more so in the corporate sector, having opened for Maz Jobrani twice. But Abbas’ full time entry was not a random move. “When I quit my job, I had my savings – it was all planned. I didn’t do this blindly. Before I quit my job, for about 3 years or more, I was constantly thinking of doing comedy full time,” he says, adding that he did have to make several adjustments. He knew he’d have to tone down his lifestyle and, as he puts it, “survive on shawarmas and stop eating pastas… But I was ready to make those compromises. It’s the price you have to pay for your passion, and I was ready to pay.”

Humor Infection

His commitment to his craft soon materialised in a comic brand called Humor Infection, which is operational on all social media platforms, including YouTube. It was the niggling desire to take his art to another level that saw him putting together videos to reach out to the corporate sector and clients who want to check out the fare. Since the conceptualisation of the brand, he is on a talent hunt, 24/7, to pick the best Oman has to offer and groom them to stand up and play comedy. “The principle behind Humor Infection is ‘keep it original; do not steal jokes’. That’s the golden rule of comedy. There is only so much you can do after stealing someone’s joke or style. I tell my comedians to watch other comedians, learn from the best, but don’t copy the best. There’s a difference - a thin line between learning and copying. In comedy you cannot survive if you are not original,” he notes.

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Humor Infection Team

But comedy is not easy. It is so much more than reeling out jokes. It is about body language, punctuation, the tone and that attitude. There is a lot of work that goes behind writing a 15-minute routine. “When I just started comedy, to polish a 15-minute routine, were I would be confident that everyone is going to laugh at every joke, would take me at least 4 months… Comedy is a very potent form of poetry, so every word that goes in has to be calculated. You need to understand what people want to hear, and also don’t want to hear. They usually want you to rush to the punch line. They are selfish folks who just want to laugh,” he muses.

Seasoning the Audience

With instant feedback, unlike other forms of entertainment, it is the audience that plays a big role in making or marring a show. It is not always easy. “I tell my comics that there is a very thin line between trying too hard and not giving a damn about your audience. You are bound to have


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one member in the audience who is not there to laugh – some people are just so sad in life - nothing can make them laugh,” opines Abbas. Fortunately, heckling is not a common trend in Oman. The audience is very supportive and receptive, he notes, but believes that they need to be seasoned, just like comedians. “They need to learn how to behave in a comedy show,” he adds, pointing out that people who sit down for the show after partying hard, tend to talk loudly when the comedian is performing. To ease such situations, the team has found ways to quietly approach the ones who are disturbing and ask them to tone it down.

The Shows

Humor Infection comprises of a diverse mix of talented comedians. Currently, there are 11 comedians, including Abbas, in addition to a graphic designer and a DJ (Teddy). The shows are mainly in English, but

plans are on to introduce Arabic as well as Hinglish – a blend of Hindi and English – shows and incorporate ‘roasts’, one of which was successfully presented, recently. For Abbas, personally, it is English that works. He calls his style ‘observational humour’ and explains it thus: “You see me throw a boomerang, but don’t see it come back and hit you in the back of the head. Now, that is the punch line that I am going to crack…” Of course, there is a lot of practice that is called for to keep those preshow jitters at bay. Abbas rehearses in front of the mirror and even studies his hand gestures to perfect the routine. And that is because practice makes his performance look relaxed and spontaneous and helps blur the line between his onstage and offstage personality. “The biggest complement a comic can get, which I got too, is Abbas, what you are on stage you are off stage too… As a comic, it is very important that you are transparent with the audience. Do not

hesitate to embarrass yourself. They are spending their money, giving you their time; leaving their families and sitting over there watching you just talk. You have to make sure it works, and how do you make it work…you open yourself like a book. There are some comics who hesitate to be stupid on the stage and may attribute an embarrassing situation to a friend or relative. Why do that? Put it on yourself. The more truth you have in your joke the more validation you have. Audience relate to such incidents,” he explains. The market is very competitive and every comic has spoken about everything there is to say. And that calls for writing down ideas and finetuning them to ensure at least some will

click. That also means understanding the sensitivities of the audience and refraining from jokes that might not go down well. Jokes on politics and religion are avoided, and so are jokes that are said to draw cheap laughs. “As a comic, there are these ethics you have to follow. Comics are ethical people, we present comedies based on reality,” points out Abbas. The jokes are also dependent on the venue, as cuss words, which are common in pubs and clubs, are not encouraged at corporate events. “We have to toe the line, as ultimately we are entertainers. If you believe that without cuss words you can’t make anyone laugh, then you are not an entertainer,” he stresses.

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With Oman’s comic scene growing from clubs and pubs to the corporate sector, things are looking bright and happening for the tribe of comedians in the country. Companies today are opting to hire comedians to come and cheer up the staff at their annual meetings or dos. This has provided the perfect boost for comedians seeking to make a career out of their skill. According to Abbas, to survive as a comic you need such corporate shows.

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Viral Comedy

The growing popularity of comedians in Oman has made the venues, pubs and restaurants, sought after weekend destinations. The restaurants charge a nominal cover fee, which are redeemable on food and drinks, making it convenient for everyone. “People are coming out to support and are ready to spend,” states Abbas, who headlines Humor Infection shows. As he explains, “Stand up comedy is growing. Earlier, when I used to say I do stand-up comedy, people would be like, is it drama…? But now, when I say I am doing stand-up, they are like, really. They are awed. People today are aware of the format called stand up comedy.”

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Comedy,an antidote for stress Sami Al Salmi of Oman Comedy Central fame, has several comic aces up his sleeve, as he presents some here with his quick repartee to a FACES questionnaire

perform every night at a wretched club, get regular gigs at an established comedy club and then have big shows or specials. I started performing with Oman Comedy Central in 2010, but it wasn’t until 2015, with recurring shows, that I was able to establish a good thirty minute set.

Tell us about yourself, how do you like to be known – as a comedian, radio host, corporate executive…? As Sami Al Asmi. I wear multiple hats all the time, one of them is running Oman’s first standup comedy group, Oman Comedy Central. I’m a man of many talents so I need to keep busy. What was the spur that made you consider comedy as a line of work? I first saw an Oman Comedy Central performance at a 2010 show in Al Falaj Hotel - by coincidence. I became a heckler during the show, and then decided I could become a comedian myself, to give me the license to throw shade at other comedians in the future. How did you initiate your journey into the world of standup comedy? A colleague from work, who was a member of Oman Comedy Central, had been performing for some time. He used to buy all the DVD specials online and we would discuss who our favorite standup comedians were and which of their latest performances to watch. It quickly inspired me to want to perform my own material. What has been your winning act? Talking about Oman’s ‘Beauty has an address’ slogan – because, we still use the PO Box system and don’t have any addresses! How long did it take to establish your credentials as a stand-up comedian? I still wouldn’t call myself an established standup comedian. That would need me to


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Our monthly show at Radisson Blu, Muscat helps me and other comedians of Oman Comedy Central to develop our material, polish our delivery and intensify our stage presence on a regular basis. What is your personal definition of comedy? Comedy is the source of laughter; but more so standup comedy is an antidote to society’s daily stress and pressure. Would you say Oman’s environment is upbeat for stand-up comedians? If no, what would you say is the need of the hour? Honestly, we need more standup comedy. Most people in Oman haven’t experienced standup comedy yet, either watching online or live. We need to increase the demand through awareness and more shows. What are the challenges you faced on your way? The main challenge is finding time to write new jokes and rehearse. Not only do I work a full-time job and recently co-founded a new business, but I also help organise the comedy shows by arranging for a new international comedian to fly to Oman every month for our show at Radisson Blu, Muscat. The biggest challenge I faced, and continue to face, is carving out time to dedicate to my

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personal comedy writing. However, a lot of things I experience while being busy tend to make its way into my comedy as observational humour. Have you had to face hecklers? People heckle for a reason; I try to find out what that reason is. Either they don’t understand what is being joked about, or rather misunderstand. Or, perhaps, they didn’t plan on attending a comedy show in the first place. The best case scenario is to tease the heckler kindly; but if things escalate then I get to play the bouncer of the show, as well as a comedian. How big is the market for stand-up comedians in Oman? Do you think it could become a full time career? Oman is definitely too small of a market, at the moment, to be a full-time stand-up comedian - unless I find a wife that will pay me an allowance. Is there scope for new Omani entrants? We are looking for new faces all the time. Anyone who is interested can join our meetings on Mondays at 7pm at Radisson

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Blu. The only requirement is that you have to perform a three minute set to the group and a decision is made whether you make the cut or not. What do you think are the prerequisites to carve your niche in this budding industry? Sense of humour - everything else can be taught. With television channels churning out comedy serials and the social media presenting an easy platform for sharing jokes and funny videos round the clock, do you think you have to raise the comedy bar every time to meet the demands of the audience? Oman is unique in the diversity of the crowd. Comedians have a challenge here to find topics that everyone can relate to – men, women, long time expatriates, fresh expatriates, tourists and Omanis. Of course, you have to keep things fresh and not copy from other comedy shows, but you also have to focus on who the audience is and how to relate to them. Personally, what kind of jokes makes you laugh? Witty observational humour. How do you deal with people who expect you to crack a joke or two even when you are not performing? I purposely tell lame jokes to disappoint them.

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A Flash of ‘Titan’ Joseph Sims, General Manager of Titan Events and Entertainment and Founder of Oman Comedy Central, has his finger on the entertainment pulse of Oman with comedy and corporate events that have seen him initiating the production of video mapping and a new beach party facility, similar to Ibiza


oseph Sims has the creative license as a stand-up comedian and he knows how to use it… As the founder of Oman Comedy Central (OCC) he has taken the comedy benchmark in the country to an all new level, hosting international comedians and staging monthly performances that have flavoured the city’s comic sense. OCC has helped spawn a strong team of local comedians, and Joseph, who is popularly known as Joe in the entertainment industry, has helped shape talented folks and created avenues to test their skills. Curiously though, it wasn’t comedy that brought Joe to Oman in 2003; it was a posting as an IT contractor. But, as he points out, he got ‘tired of it’ after some time. “So I put my money where my mouth was and set up this event (Titan Events & Entertainment) management company,” he quips. The early years were tough,

but, over the years, things have moved in the right direction. 2016 was a tough year, admits Joe, pointing out that the hospitality industry bore the biggest brunt of the economic slowdown, behind the oil and gas industry. “But this year we started out very strong. Our business is up 200 percent over 2016, and we are actually looking to hire – that’s an indication of a strong base,” he observes. Besides comedy, he also has a strong background as a DJ, having begun DJing at the age of 15, as DJ G.I. Joe. His father was a DJ, his two brothers, and his son, are DJs! A family man, Joe has three grown kids living in Seattle, Washington and New Orleans, Louisiana. His flair for music and a natural trait for comedy have helped forge his event company ahead, with exciting options for the public to experience entertainment at newer levels. As Joe points out, “Event management can be pretty competitive… But if everyone is offering the exact same thing, how competitive is it?” Titan’s focus is on offering creative solutions to clients; one such has been the introduction of the technology of video mapping to Oman. “We offer video mapping services from a world champion design house. We did a birthday party last month, where we did video mapping of a birthday cake. Soon, we will take it to another level with building mapping (80m x 40m screen), which will make the public stand up and take notice,” he adds. Another plan on the agenda, which is all set to become a reality soon, is the introduction of a new Ibiza style beach club


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facility, which will raise the standard of partying in Oman, with DJs from countries around the world. In addition, comedy lovers will be treated to shows produced by Titan in the first quarter of 2018, featuring regional comedians. Plans are on to put together a comedy festival, which will have comedians from around the world, where the winners will be voted by the audience. This will require sponsorships from companies here, but Joe is willing to take the risk, as the agenda of Titan is to present new entertainment options to the community. He also hopes to augment the success of their last show at Salalah, with regular gigs in the coming year. For fans of OCC, Joe’s comedy may come across as a spontaneous act, but there is a lot of work, in addition to continuous improvisations while on stage. His fun-guy-to-be-around tag helped set his comedy career, but comedy, says Joe, has made him see things differently. “Now I see things that are potential jokes or potential punch lines and then it goes down in my joke book. As comedians, we have creative license to say whatever we want… This is one of the few occupations were we get paid to lie,” he quips.

Joseph Sims

The home I grew up in... I grew up in many homes as we moved quite a bit. I went to 13 schools before graduating high school. But it made me a better traveller. I have no problems making friends. When I was a child I wanted to... I wanted to be an architect, but life offered me other things along the way. The moment that changed me forever... Serving in the military is the thing that changed me the most. The way I think, the way I attack challenges, even the way I walk, can be traced back to my military service. My greatest inspiration... This is probably my mother. As a kid I watched her struggle as a single parent with two boys. I think this is the basis of my drive in life to achieve my goals. Sharp focus and do what needs to be done. If I could change one thing about myself... When you are past 50 years of life there are many things people would want to change. But those are all cosmetic. At this point in my life I am happy in my own skin. Not many people can say that. I dream of... My next travel destination. I love to discover new countries. So I get pretty excited when a travel opportunity comes up. My greatest regret... Is the time I spent away from my kids. They are so important, yet most people barely notice they are there. You may not know it but I’m no good at... Basketball! In my travels people always assume that I must be good at basketball. I know that the ball is round. But that is about the extent of my knowledge. So it really cracks me up when they finish fighting over what team will get me, and then discover that I can’t play.

You may not know it but I’m very good at… DJ’ing. This has been passion since I was a teen. I had my own radio show at 17 in the San Francisco area. If I have time to myself... Go to the movies. It sounds like a simple thing, but I feel like the movies is a two-hour vacation from your life where you can be whisked away to another place. No phone, no meeting, no talking. My Dream holiday destination... As a diver, my dream destination is to dive in Truk Lagoon, Micronesia. The story is too long to tell here. But the short version is, it is the reverse of Pearl Harbour from World War II. It provides some of the best wreck diving in the world. I invite all divers to look it up. My favourite weekend camping spot in Oman… Camping on Mashirah Island. This is one of the few places left in Oman where you can have to whole beach to yourself for the weekend.

I will not leave my house without… Cellphone, wallet, keys, notebook (the paper type). Five things I like about Oman… The people - unique to all of the Middle East; the geography - a nice variety for a desert country; the culture - exactly the opposite to the world’s perception of the Middle East; it’s neutral stance in world politics - no one hates Oman; the way our community mixes together. My success mantra is... Baby steps will still get you there. Most people don’t have the patience for success. Success comes from looking at what you have achieved, not how far you have to go. In 10 years’ time, I hope to be... Semi-retired travelling the world


Up Close & Personal With

Joe with his daughters

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Retail, the next big thing! Maimunah Shebani*, Managing Director of The Retail Agency, shares her perspectives on the growing retail sector and the need to raise awareness on the employment opportunities spiralling from the sector for local youth

What is The Retail Agency all about? The Retail Agency is an Oman based boutique firm specialised in shopping centre and retail education. It was born to fulfil a need that exists in the job market for skilled retail professionals. The Retail Agency will provide the retail sector education programmes through expert retail courses engineered and powered by the Global Retail Academy. The Retail Agency and Global Retail Academy have developed a strategic partnership with the goal to provide Oman with a readily available pool of local skilled retail industry professionals prepared with employment prospects. The Retail Agency is the first of its kind in Oman and is fully backed by the Middle East Council of Shopping Centers (MECSC) headquartered in Dubai, and the International Council of Shopping Centers, with headquarters in New York. How would you describe Oman’s retail industry? We are in a transformative time, for retail, as an industry, is going through a massive change; it is expected to experience a significant growth in the next couple of years. There are several major new projects underway and shopping centre space is expected to increase by 63 percent by 2020. Oman has a number of factors fuelling the sector. The demographics of the country being the foremost among them – Oman has a young population, with over 20 percent of the population between the ages of 20 to 30. Secondly, shopping centres have become an essential part of everyday family life and are embedded in the DNA of the social fabric of Oman. Lastly, the growing trend of doubleincome households and increase in disposable income in Oman plays a vital role. The Retail sector in Oman is evolving and will play a major role in the Oman economy. On the career front, what are the avenues open in the retail industry? Retail is an industry that allows you to pick any passion and pursue it down an exciting career path, filled with endless opportunities for professional development and career advancement. No other industry offers more job


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opportunities for people with limited education than the retail industry does today, as a lot of progression can be earned on the job and all you need are specific retail skills which can be gained through specialised training programmes. The retail industry offers a variety of career paths, such as security, store management, leasing, marketing, operations, traffic management, loss prevention, visual merchandising, tenant coordination, construction, pop-up-retail, negotiation, logistics and understanding how the retail industry ticks. (The Retail sector also includes kiosks and online e-commerce businesses. As of 2017, online retail represents 12 percent of the retail industry in Oman.) Why is Retail a smart career choice? There are many benefits to be gained from a career in retail. Retail provides a variety of career paths to choose from and the chance to learn valuable skills. It’s a sector where you can start at

the bottom and work your way up to the top. With Omanisation as high as 60+ percent in the retail sector, retail jobs offer almost immediate accountability for talented Omanis so they can reach key management positions in a few years, as competition is very minimal. Compensation of top management ranks among the highest in any industry. Key management positions are within the reach of any Omani prepared to learn and take on challenges. There is no other industry with as many opportunities in which you can, with the right training, excel in so many fields.

The following steps are a guideline for Omanis interested in becoming retail professionals and discover how vibrant and rewarding a career in retail can be: l Understand the size, potential and opportunities in the Oman retail industry l Counter the myths about retail careers – i.e. limited career growth prospects in retail and that all retail jobs are low paying l Understand that retail jobs go beyond sales associate and cashier jobs l Identify a retail career pathway and pursue it by gaining the right skills l Acquire new skills and build a foundation for a successful career through specialised retail training programmes l Find full time employment opportunities with your new set of retail skills by targeting retail development companies, shopping malls, and retailers.


What needs to be done to equip young Omanis to find a foothold in the retail job market? With a 63 percent increase in prime retail space by 2020, which is projected to create more than 54,000 jobs, the opportunities for young Omani’s seeking their first job or a long-term career in retail are immense.

What are the retail trends to watch out for? Technology will be one of the biggest drivers behind future trends in retail, particularly mobile technology. Shopping by mobile phone is still a new thing in Oman, but with technology advancements and with smart phone penetration rates on the rise, the trend to shop on the move using your mobile will increase. Retailers are already using social media to drive sales to their shops. The next step would be to drive sales through mobile commerce. Virtual reality in retail is also a trend that will quickly develop in the next 5 to 10 years.

* Maimunah Shebani is the board member of the Middle East Council of Shopping Centers (MECSC) and the founder of The Retail Agency in Oman. She was the regional MECSC representative of Oman from 2012-2016. For more information on the MECSC, please visit

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From the oasis of Bidiyah to the Arabian Sea…

Get set for a spectacular footrace across the desert, covering 165 kilometres along the highest dunes and the most remote and untouched sands

That’s the course the Oman Desert Marathon will follow, as 150 runners from 16 different countries partake in this unique adventure, from 17 to 25 November.

Arabian Sea. There is a night stage when the runners will be inspired by the silence, solitude and mysticism of the desert, illuminated only by the twinkling of millions of stars.

Described as the most uncompromising and merciless footrace on the planet, the marathon will cover 165kms, over six days, requiring each runner to be completely self-sufficient. The runners will embody the essence and essential part of a real ‘desert experience’.

Self Sufficiency

The six stages of the race will take the runners through miles of astonishing shapes and sizes of sand dunes, palm groves, hamlets and villages. They will pass seminomadic tribes who still follow the Silk Route through the Oman Desert, wildlife and stunning sunsets and finish the race with an explosion of emotion when they arrive at the shores of the

All runners are completely selfsufficient, requiring them to carry all of their own equipment, except for water, which is provided at checkpoints, at approximately every 10km intervals. Carrying all they need for five days is an enormous challenge, more so than running 165km, and this is fundamental to the experience of the authentic desert life.


The Oman Desert Marathon offers maximum safety and personal attention to all runners, by monitoring the runners and the race from vantage points that will not interfere with the sense of vastness and loneliness of the desert, but making sure that

nobody gets lost and that everybody can call or be spotted for help promptly. The race is organised by an Omani team, with the full support of the Government and the local communities, making the runners feel safe and welcome throughout this odyssey.

Course Design

The Oman Desert Marathon course is designed to embrace the desert experience. Six stages of 21kms, 25kms, 28kms, 29kms, 42kms and 20kms take the runners into the Oman Desert with a variety of landscapes and sand conditions, giving the runner a complete desert experience, including a night stage that will take the runners through the magic of the desert illuminated by the stars, from the desert to the beautiful beaches of the Arabian Sea. For more information, visit www.


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man is set to become an international kiteboarding destination, following the successful Kite Speed World Championship held in August on Masirah Island and the forthcoming prestigious Formula Kite World Championships in November. A championship fleet of up to 105 male and female competitors are expected at the championship, which features the high-performance hydrofoiling Formula Kite boards. The class is the newest discipline in kiteboarding and the International Kiteboarding Association is campaigning for it to be included as an Olympic showcase event at Tokyo 2020 with full medal inclusion in the 2024 Games. Earlier on, Oman was hailed as a ‘kiteboarding paradise’ by

competitors at the Kite Speed World Championship held at the Masirah Island. That event attracted some of the world’s best known kite boarders who gave the Masirah Beach Camp venue and ideal kiteboarding conditions in the flat and shallow lagoon, an unconditional vote of approval. Following the event, Alex Caizergues, the winner and new Kite Speed World Champion, said, “The feeling of speed is amazing because here you have very flat water and no chop – we can go 100 percent without risking ourselves. I was ready and super motivated and this place just makes you want to go faster.” He set a new championship record of 48.5 knots, almost 90 kilometres an hour. Organised and run by Oman Sail, the Masirah Island test event is now set to become an annual fixture in the kiteboarding calendar, catering to one of the fastest growing sports around the globe. The rapidly growing sport of kiteboarding has an estimated 1.5 million participants worldwide.

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A championship fleet of 105 competitors will be a part of the Formula Kite World Championships in Oman, to be held from November 19 to 24

The forthcoming Formula Kite World Championships in November, to be held for the first time in the Sultanate, is expected to include some of the biggest names in the fast-growing sport. These are likely to include Germany’s Florian Gruber and French speedster Nico Parlier, who top the world Formula Kite rankings just behind Britain’s Olly Bridge. Meanwhile, Bridge’s mother Steph, a multiple kiteboarding world champion, leads the women’s rankings ahead of USA rider Daniela Moroz and Russia’s Elena Kalinina. Oman has been the venue of choice for several international sailing events in recent years, including the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series and the Extreme Sailing Series, as well as the Laser, Laser Radial and RSX World Championships. All have been organised by Oman Sail, the national initiative to highlight the maritime heritage of Oman and promote the country through top level sports events.

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feast ON

Akdeniz at the Centara Muscat Hotel

Muscat’s newest landmark, Centara Muscat Hotel Oman, is fast turning into a gourmet destination, with its Akdeniz Restaurant offering a whirlwind culinary tour of Turkey


ith Ghala Heights going on an overdrive to earn mileage in the capital turf as the next happening place to hang out, Centara Muscat Hotel Oman is beckoning, both residents as well as visitors seeking a slice of its plush 4-star facility. Standing tall and striking in the otherwise staid locality, the Hotel is set to endorse Ghala’s plans of fast becoming the next bustling destination, alongside several new eateries and shopping outlets springing up in the Baushar Wilayat. Despite Ghala’s endless road intersections and bylanes, the Hotel, occupying a prime spot on way 5003, is easy to locate. It is a mere 15 minutes away from the airport and


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is in close proximity to several of the landmarks in the area; it shines amidst the construction activity booming in the area. We made our way to the Hotel with ease, despite the endless traffic on the Azaiba road. Parking was a breeze and we read that as a good omen for our tryst with Turkish fare. As we made our way inside the Hotel, we patted the rumble in our tummies, assuring it of a scrumptious meal with some Turkish delights. And we were not disappointed.

a cocoon crafted in a woody ambience. There is warmth that emanates from all corners of the restaurant, with the metallic touch on one wall adding to the cosy mood. Whirling dervishes occupy the picture frames on the walls and quaint Arabic lamps infuse the air with taste and panache. The glass panel on one end of the restaurant opens to the courtyard, which has been converted into outdoor dining

The Akdeniz Restaurant, which adjoins the Hotel lobby, strikes you as

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area for guests wanting to tuck into their Turkish fare in the open. There is a distinct fine dining look about the restaurant, despite its casual mood. But the former doesn’t reflect on the pricing, and for foodies seeking to appease their palates with culinary masterpieces, this is a big lure. With the open grill dishing out delicious meat and seafood items and the oven, installed alongside, cooking up fresh bread, dining at Akdeniz could prove to be a sensorial experience. As we sipped freshly squeezed lime juice, our host Alexis Tostain, Executive Assistant Manager and Food & Beverage Manager, pointed out that the Hotel would soon open the rooftop restaurant, in time with the new season, to give foodies in the capital an all new reason to frequent Centara. With Tiptara restaurant offering international fare, beginning with breakfast buffet to a la carte menu, the Hotel is well structured to cater to the diverse nationalities that make up the capital.

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At Akdeniz, Executive Chef Kadrianta Sinulingga took us on a gastronomic tour of Turkey, beginning with an array of wholesome cold mezzeh. It was preceded by a basket of pita bread, accompanied by fresh vegetables and pickles, which, the chef tells us, is a complementary offering on every table. It is just what you need to work up an appetite for your grilled fare. Our Middle Eastern mezzeh featured Hummus, Mutable and Tabbouleh, with vine leaves giving it a distinguishing flavour. We tucked our pita bread into the mezzeh ensemble, along with the popular Pide. For the uninitiated, Pide is a Turkish flatbread baked with toppings in a stone oven. At Akdeniz, the most popular Pide is the one with labneh and honey. It is divine! We tucked into two varieties of Pide; the other was topped with zatar, which made for a savoury starter. The Pide is a meal by itself; but the chef was keen on cultivating our palates with popular Turkish cuisines to understand the country’s reputation in the global culinary horizon. The next item on our meal agenda was chicken shawarma, which is one item that every resident in the country will easily relate to. Tender chicken pieces, wrapped in the bread and presented along with fries is unlike the shawarmas we have tucked into at the shawarma joints in the capital. For the mains, the chef put together a feast, no less. There was ‘Half Grilled Chicken’, which is marinated overnight with yoghurt, lemon and garlic, and ‘Mixed Seafood Platter’, comprising of squid, hamour, king fish and jumbo prawns. The grilled chicken is served on a bed of roasted vegetables and bread; it is perfect if you have a large appetite. Seafood lovers are better off with the platter packed with all the nice cuts and pieces. And then there was the dessert… As we have always maintained, we can never say no to any dessert. With chef picking on ‘Um Ali Crème Brule’, we went ahead and had a second helping! This dessert, created with puff pastry soaked in milk and flavoured with crème brule, is what magic would taste if it came in food form.

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let’s COOK

Kebabs for Dinner Learn the fine art of cooking tender bites of beef kebab, as Executive Chef Kadrianta Sinulingga takes a pause from his busy schedule at Akdeniz Restaurant, Centara Hotel Muscat, to present this tried and tested recipe

Beef Kabab Recipe Ingredients: l l l l l l l l l l l l

300gms beef sirloin without fat or striploin if preferred with little fat 50 ml olive oil 40 ml white vinegar 10gms cumin powder 5gms coriander powder 10gms paprika powder 5gms chili powder (can be adjusted if you prefer it spicy) 5gms garlic, minced 20gms yoghurt, plain Fresh coriander leaves for garnish Salt and pepper to taste 3pcs bamboo skewer

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1medium sized tomato 1 large onion 1 red capsicum 1 medium eggplant

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Dipping sauce l l l l l l

50gms mayonnaise 5gms garlic, roasted till brown and minced 5 ml olive oil Lemon juice, to taste 5gms tahini sauce Salt and pepper to taste

Method 1.

Chef Kadrianta Sinulingga

In a mixing bowl, add olive oil, white vinegar, cumin powder, coriander powder, paprika powder, chili powder, minced garlic and yoghurt and mix well. 2. Cut the beef into cubes about 1cm x 1cm, or bigger if preferred. 3. Add the beef into the marination and let it sit in the marination for minimum of two hours (overnight is better). 4. Cut all the vegetables in half. Cut half of them into cube size (same size as the beef) and leave the other half keep as it is. 5. Marinate the vegetables with salt, pepper, olive oil and chili powder. 6. Prepare the bamboo skewer and arrange the beef and the vegetables cube as per the picture. 7. Grill them in charcoal fire or any gas stove, along with the halved vegetables. 8. You could also cook it in a big flat surface pan, if you do not have a griller. 9. For dipping sauce, just mix all ingredients and set aside. 10. Serve as per the picture with fresh coriander leave or any style you preferr. 11. Enjoy delicious homemade beef kabab. (Chef Kadrianta Instagram: Kadrianta_s)

Of course, the best chefs in the country are men; but how about whipping up an easy dish at home? Here are two that can help make a cook out of even those who have no culinary skills.

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Men Can Cook

Sticky Chicken

Make easy lettuce cups, packed with chicken, for your family’s dinner or even as an appetiser for the party over the weekend.

Ingredients: l l l l l

1kg chicken breast, cut into strips ¼ cup cornstarch 2 tablespoons canola oil 1 tablespoon re soy sauce ¼ cup honey

Method: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Place chicken strips and cornstarch in a large re-sealable bag, close it and toss around to coat the pieces in cornstarch. Heat oil in a large wok or skillet over high heat. Add chicken pieces and allow it to brown on both sides. Now add soy sauce and cook for a minute. Follow that by adding honey and sesame seeds. Continue to cook by moving the pieces around until sauce is thickened and chicken is cooked through. This might take about 10 minutes. Serve the chicken strips lettuce leaves, topped with desired toppings - shredded carrot, sliced cucumber and lime wedges.

Hawaiian Omelet

Eggs can be eaten any time and are, perhaps, the easiest ones to prepare in a variety of dishes.

Ingredients: l l l l l l l l

2 eggs 1 tablespoon water 2 slices turkey bacon diced 1/4 cup pineapple mango salsa or diced pineapple 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese Vegetable oil 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt Pinch of black pepper

Instructions: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, and add the water, salt and pepper. Whisk it all together until light and fluffy. Heat a small saucepan over medium high heat until it›s hot, but not scorching. Spray it with non-stick vegetable spray on all sides and add the eggs. Swirl the eggs around in the pan sto coat the bottom and go half way up the sides. Continue until the eggs have mostly set and are not runny. Sprinkle the bacon onto one half of the eggs and add the cheese over the bacon. Now top it with salsa or pineapple. Using a reliable spatula, carefully fold the omelette over on itself and lightly press with the spatula. Continue to cook for 30 seconds or so, holding the top of the omelette in place. Remove from heat and move the omelette onto a plate to serve.

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Start journaling, stop worrying Anxious about an upcoming event or worried about some situation in your life? Start journaling your thoughts. For, studies have now found that expressive writing could help you get those fears out of your head and may even increase your chances of success. Researchers studying the impact of journaling asked the experimental group in the study of chronically anxious female college students to write down their deepest thoughts and concerns before completing a computer task that measured their accuracy and reaction time. Although the controlled group also performed at about the same level for speed and accuracy, those who had written about the task used fewer brain resources. The key, however, is to write about the task and what is worrying you about it.

The Rapunzel Syndrome Following the death of a British teen, who is believed to have had an infected hairball in her digestive system, media attention is focused on a rare condition called ‘Rapunzel Syndrome’. An autopsy revealed that the teen had an infected hairball in her stomach, which became inflamed and caused an ulcer, leading to her death. Speculations in the media suggest that the teen suffered from a condition called ‘Rapunzel Syndrome’, in which a mass of hair forms in the stomach and part of it passes into the intestine. Only about 30 cases have come to light since it was first identified, but medical research has found that it is seen among teenage girls who have a condition called trichophagia, which is compulsive eating of one’s own hair. Treatment for hair-pulling and hair-eating usually involves behavioral therapies.

Salt increases diabetes risk

Too much salt in the food could increase the risk of type 2 diabetes and also latent autoimmune diabetes (LADA) in adults, say researchers. Type 2 diabetes, which accounts for up to 95 percent of all cases, is, often, diagnosed in middle-aged and senior people. LADA is a more slowly progressing disease, and does not require insulin treatment initially. The study looked at the impact of sodium intake on the risk of type 2 diabetes and LADA. While existing research had already demonstrated that sodium absorbed from the daily intake of salt may significantly increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, the current research found that this happens because sodium impacts insulin resistance and also that excess salt could lead to hypertension and weight gain. Researchers found that each extra gram of sodium (or 2.5 grams of salt) per day was linked to a 43 percent higher risk of type 2 diabetes; for LADA, each extra gram of sodium led to a 73 percent increase in developing the condition.

Schizophrenia increases death risk

A study,spanning over two decades,has found that people with schizophrenia not only have lower life expectancy, they are also three times more likely to die than people without it. Schizophrenia is a severe, long-term, disabling mental disorder that typically starts in late adolescence or early adulthood. The team of researchers examined records of more than 1.6 million deaths that occurred in Ontario in the 20-year period between 1993 and 2012. Their analysis showed that, over the 20-year period, ‘individuals with schizophrenia experienced three times greater mortality rates, compared with the general population, even after adjustment for sociodemographic factors. Those with schizophrenia also died younger and lost more potential years of life.’


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patients with diet and exercise, according to a new research on the subject. Although majority of patients are wary of exercise, as they fear it might induce symptoms, new research suggests that exercise, combined with a healthy diet, could help patients gain better control of symptoms, more so wheezing, chest pain and shortness of breath. On an average, patients who took part in the exercise and followed the diet, rated their asthma symptom score 50 percent better in comparison to the control group. And those patients who only followed either the exercise programme or the diet programme, rated, on average, their asthma symptom score 30 percent better than the control group.

healthy TIDINGS

Diet and exercise for asthma Asthma symptoms can be considerably improved in non-obese

Waistline check A new study has found that widening waistline, after menopause, may increase the risk of lung, gastrointestinal cancers, among women. Researchers followed nearly 5,900 postmenopausal women for up to 12 years and found that abdominal fat was a bigger factor than body weight when it came to the risk of lung and gastrointestinal cancers. This is more of a concern for older women who are prone to abdominal weight. On an average, the menopause transition is known to initiate a shift in body fat towards the central trunk area. Women should be aware of their lifestyle when they approach the pre-menopause age, advice researchers.

Pet store puppies could cause infections Medical experts have found a link between bacterial infections and puppies sold through a national pet store chain in the U.S. Campylobacter is a bacterium that causes people to develop diarrhea, cramping, abdominal pain, and fever within two to five days of exposure to the organism. Most cases in humans occur from eating raw or undercooked chicken or eating foods that have been cross contaminated by infected poultry products. But people could also get infected from contact with the stool of an infected puppy, note studies. To prevent catching campylobacter from dogs, people are advised to wash hands thoroughly after touching dogs, their poop, or their food.

Diagnosing food allergy If you want to diagnose a food allergy, opt for an oral food challenge, suggest researchers, as they have been found to be safe, rarely resulting in a serious reaction. In an oral food challenge, patients are asked to eat a very small amount of a suspected allergen while under the close supervision of an allergist, who will evaluate the person for signs of an allergic reaction. Researchers who analyzed more than 6,300 oral food challenges found these tests were safe and caused very few people to have a serious allergic reaction. Most of these tests involved children and teens younger than 18.

October 2017


in the luxe

Cuffed and Linked

Metaphorically speaking, cufflinks do not qualify as aces up, rather bottom of the sleeve; but if you have one of these statement pieces to hold the sleeves together, you would have well aced your look for the day.


n a fashion scale, the choice of accessories for men may be limited to, say, a watch, a statement bracelet or a tie-clip, but the ones who have nurtured refined tastes for all things style would know that the expressive cufflinks enjoy an elevated status on the dressing table. It is what a gentleman makes…

It is possibly the smallest item in the accessory box, unless you have opted for the grandiose ones that grip the sleeves in a large clamp. Unlike the tie clip or the bracelet that easily draws others’ attention, cufflinks may hardly be visible unless you steeple your fingers on the table. But it’s a classic rendition of the gentlemanly look that has endeared through the times, with modern man finding his style quotient in designer links that spell money, prestige and, of course, style. Interestingly, cufflinks have not been made for the formal wear alone; style gurus have turned them into versatile items to up your style quotient with ease. While the readymade shirts are, commonly, designed with buttons to hold the sleeves together, you could get it tailored with the cuff holes or shop in an exclusive men’s fashion boutique, which houses formal shirts with the requisite stops for cufflinks.

Here are some exclusive (read expensive) cufflinks from around the world:

Emerald cut

A little bling never hurt anyone…but the price just might. These $4,195,000 Emerald Cut Canary Diamond Octagon cufflinks from Jacob & Co have earned the tag of one of the most expensive links in the world. The cufflinks are crafted from 18-carat white gold, with canary yellow diamonds (20 and 21 carat) making up the centrepiece. Additionally, they are surrounded by 10.76 carats of white diamond baguettes and also feature a diamond encrusted whale flip-back closure. Price: $4,195,000

Rifle it up

Givenchy’s Phoenix is a metallic jewel, featuring steel bits extracted from firearms. Launched by the jewellery company ‘Foundrie 47’, which later collaborated with Givenchy to produce the Phoenix Collection, the cufflinks are designed to reflect, as the designer notes, ‘budding possibilities’. The look and feel of the cufflinks is masculine, with the jaded metal tint enhancing the exclusivity. The rose pedestal base of each cufflink is sourced from the steel of AK47 rifles; it is adorned with 47 diamonds and inlaid with an 18-carat gold coating. Price: $70,000


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in the luxe

Diamond buttons

If you are a Harry Winston man you would understand the importance of incorporating diamonds in your accessories, like the Diamond Button cufflinks. Designed by Thom Browne, the cufflinks have as many as 220 round diamonds of about 1.37 carats, which are placed in an 18-carat white gold setting. Price: $33,976

Panther cuffs

Exotic panthers are a part of the Panthère de Cartier cufflinks. Although Cartier’s cufflinks range from minimalist designs to sparkling decorative ones, it is the figurative motifs like this panther one that make it such a coveted choice. The Panthère de Cartier cufflinks are in 18-carat yellow gold, with diamond pave (the precious stones are placed so closely that no metal shows), emerald eyes and onyx nose. Price: $30,440

A Fabergé

If you have heard of the great Peter Carl Fabergé, who was the goldsmith to the Russian Imperial Court, you would know why these cufflinks are so very exclusive. The Fabergé Stanislav cufflinks are made with white round diamonds that are set in 18-carat rose gold. Inspired by the cufflinks, dress-sets and famous cigarette cases created by Fabergé in the early 20th century, the Stanislav design is crafted to redefine the age of opulence. Price: $16,043

Sapphire & Sterling

This is a limited edition offer from Tateossian, which feature cabochon sapphire insets in star-shaped links. Described as timely yet timeless, it is unique in more ways than one, as it pairs sterling silver with semi-precious stones, Swarovski Elements, in addition to fibre optic glass. Designed by Robert Tateossian, who is known as the ‘King of Cuff Links’, this collection features only 25 sets. Price: 2,424

October 2017


explore OMAN

Whale Shark Expedition

Explore Oman’s clear underwater and the wondrous marine life, as the whale shark season gets underway


ith the gradual onset of winter coinciding with the ongoing Whale Shark Expedition, organised by SeaOman, the focus of water sport lovers is bound to shift to diving and all things underwater. The presence of Pierre Frolla, freediving world record holder and renowned environmental educator, is expected to heighten this interest. While Oman’s 1700km pristine coastline has its own attractions, it is the wealth of underwater life that is beckoning serious and responsible travellers. Oman’s waters are home to a host of marine life, including Sting, Eagle and Torpedo Rays, some species of reef sharks, a variety of Moray eels, Green and Hawksbill turtles, Spiny lobster, Snake eels, Nudibranchs, Squid


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and Cuttlefish, Porcupine, Lion and Scorpion fish. It also fosters a healthy growth of corals and boasts a variety of regular reef and schooling fish, like Batfish, Parrot fish, Angel fish, Trevalli, Snapper and Barracuda. Tourists from the region and around the world are known to visit Oman during this season to experience a memorable diving holiday, as Muscat and Salalah present diverse diving conditions for those seeking adventure. In fact, off the coast of Muscat alone there are over 40 dive sites, including the picturesque Daymaniyat Islands, Bandar Khairan and Fahal Islands. They feature deep drop offs and coral flanked walls that add to the colourful visuals of reef fish.

These sites are accessible from Muscat and most are easily approachable by divers of different experience levels. In fact, what makes these spots convenient for even amateur divers is that there are few currents and dives range in depth from ten to thirty metres, along coral flanked stony walls. Seasoned divers and even amateurs, who have booked a diving session with Pierre Frolla can expect to encounter whale sharks as a part of

explore OMAN SeaOman’s whale shark expeditions. Although they look intimidating, whale Sharks are the gentlest giants and classified as the most vulnerable marine animals in the world. During his visit, from September 29th to October 7th, Pierre is leading six days of ocean expeditions with members of the public. These expeditions aim to offer the ultimate encounter with whale sharks, as they make their annual journey along the Omani coast. Talking on the sidelines of the expeditions, Pierre said, “Whale sharks are magnificent creatures, a true wonder of the submarine world.

I believe the wonderful underwater conditions that the Sultanate can offer will provide the perfect conditions to observe these gentle giants in their natural habitat - a very rare and special opportunity!” The whale shark season in Oman runs from September to November (while the diving season continues up to May) and is a highlight of the country’s diving calendar. Pods of the giant whale sharks – usually consisting of 10 to 15 individuals – can be found as they make their way towards the Daymaniyat Islands, a nature reserve 16 miles off the coast of Oman, northwest of Muscat. On any given day in the season there

is an average 90 percent chance of encountering the creatures. 43-year old Pierre, who hails from Monaco, promises an experience of a lifetime through the expeditions, which is open to all participants aged 8 and above. Since his retirement from competitive diving, he has subsequently become involved in numerous educational, environmental and charitable projects. Pierre is also a Champion for Peace ambassador within the Monaco-based Peace and Sport organisation, which uses sport as a unifying force in crisis areas around the world

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Cruise Call Just TRAVEL

As the winter breeze shimmies across the summer parched land in this part of the world, plan a cruise to Antarctica, which will be basking in its summer glory during this season


ummer in the Antarctic, which begins in November and lasts until March, is the only time you could consider cruising to this ice-laden land. The best time is, of course, in December and January, when the temperatures reach their most comfortable and there is enough daylight to fulfil your travel dreams. It is in December that the first penguin chicks make their appearance and the whales start to arrive. The ice begins to recede in January, making way for whales everywhere and opening up avenues for exploration further south. Antarctica is a destination that is not chalked for every traveller. Although money is a deciding factor, it is also


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about fitness, endurance, mental agility and the spirit of adventure. As far as cruises are concerned, most expedition ship itineraries stretch anywhere from nine to 12 days, and include visits to the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. There are, of course, options to fly to and from the South Shetlands, but sailing across the Drake Passage has been described as an experience that makes Antarctic all the more special. But, if your sole cruise objective is to witness penguins basking on land, no inconvenience will seem difficult to manage. The penguins thrive in raucous colonies, creating a sight that is like no other you would have

ever been privy to. If king penguins are on your cruise agenda, you may have to go to South Georgia where they are found in large colonies. Antarctica also has its share of marine wildlife, including seals and whales. While seals are commonly seen on the beaches, lazing on floes, the summer, apparently, beckons humpback whales as well as killer whales, which you could catch sight of easily. So, if the prospect of witnessing ice everywhere, alongside tabular icebergs that break off from frozen ice shelves, and glaciers, as well as penguins and whales, is fascinating, check out the options for being on an Antarctic cruise this season.

Just TRAVEL There are several cruises tailored by tour and travel agencies, who have well assimilated the requirements of the market, alongside dedicated ones like the ‘National Geographic Explorer’ or ‘National Geographic Orion’ that are designed on an educational level with teams of biologists, geologists, and undersea specialists, who offer insights and in-depth presentations throughout the trip. Closer home, Omani travel enthusiasts can look forward to exploring Antarctica, as a part of the 11-day curated trip for GCC travellers, by the India based ‘The Q Experiences’. As The Q Experiences observe, Antarctica is slowly emerging as one of the most sought after destinations for Oman’s cruise travellers, who are always on the search for something exotic and different. As per the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), 38,478 visitors travelled to Antarctica with IAATO members during the 2015-2016 season. That is a 4.6 percent increase over the

previous season. Furthermore, 43,885 visitors are expected to visit the continent in the 2016-2017 season. To address the needs of the Omani travellers, ‘The Q Experiences’ has announced a trip to Antarctica on a luxury cruise. Starting on 9th of December 2017, this will be an 11-day curated trip to the exotic ice crowned continent – Antarctica, also rightly known as The White Continent. Starting off from Ushuaia, the capital of Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the luxury cruise trip promises to create an experience of a lifetime and will take travellers across ‘Drake Passage’ into the Land of Ice. The travellers would be on board ‘The Great Majestic Explorer’ – a sleek, gorgeous yacht, which would have 132 elegant staterooms and suites. Travellers will be cruising through some of the most breathtaking glaciers of Neko Bay and Paradise bay, anchoring at Port Lockroy, finally sailing to the largest colony

of Chinstrap Penguins at Deception Island and visit the quietest place on earth, the majestic Weddell Sea, and at every step of the way, there would be experts to guide the travellers and show the sights one had only dreamt of

Travel enthusiasts can also watch the mysterious stories unfold at

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look GOOD

Skin care products for MEN With winter set to knock summer out from this year, it is time to shun that apathy for all things skin care and shop for products that are designed for the season


lthough winter doesn’t bring with it the chills in this part of the world, your skin, which has been bearing the onslaught of summer heat and humidity all these months, will need a soothing balm to perk up for the new season. And that, specifically, means shopping for products that are designed to keep the seasonal skin problems at bay. Presuming you are apathetic towards your skin care needs and all things shopping, we have put together a little product guideline to help you pick the ones that your skin will be thankful for. Most items are available in hypermarkets around the city or stores dealing with branded products. If not, you could buy some online‌

Body Wash

Your body requires the luxury of a good bath, which bar soaps rarely, if ever, provide. Described as a high-end product, Molton Brown Black Peppercorn Body Wash is designed to provide a deep clean that eliminates skin toxins and other impurities. What most men like about this product is its bold and spicy aroma - it is blended with Madagascan black peppercorn oil, coriander, and basil. It also has hydrating qualities that can soften even rough skin.

Hair Wash

You probably have your own favourite brand of shampoo and may have no reason to change it. However, if you do believe in the old saying that switching shampoos in between helps breathe freshness on to your scalp and hair, you may want to consider a change in shampoo. Besides, hair experts recommend switching to meet the requirements of the season and the process of ageing, in addition to any lifestyle changes that might require a new hair product. Now, if that makes sense, look out for Paul Mitchell Special Tea Tree Shampoo, which is said to be good for all hair types. It is an invigorating cleanser that can leave your strands smelling and looking refreshingly clean. Also, its natural tea tree oil and peppermint are designed to soothe the scalp.


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lifestyle mantra

grooMiNg tipS for MEN By Sophia Raman

MakE SElf grooMiNg a part of your daily routiNE, advicES Sophia raMaN


hether you like to rock the metrosexual tag or not, that you need cosmetics and grooming products, just like women, is a given. Your face is as vulnerable to the effects of environment; you too have the so-called bad hair days. So there…

Hand Wash

Nah, you cannot ignore your hands, even if your job only requires you to work on the computer all through the day. Your hands require some tender loving care, which only a hand wash that is produced to protect and nourish can impart. Check out the Clarins Active Hand Care. The product manufacturers claim that it nourishes the skin on your hands and instantly eradicates any signs of dryness, leaving the skin plumped and with a healthy shine.

Face Wash

There is no escaping from buying a face wash, and your best bet, for a normal skin, is the Nivea Men Active Energy Fresh Look Face Wash Gel, which comes in a 100ml pack. Infused with exfoliating particles, in addition to other enriching properties, it claims to remove impurities and dead skin cells, while clearing blocked pores.

Lip Care

For obvious reasons, have feminine

most men believe that all lip products overtures. Unless the lips become chapped, the lip balm may hardly be seen as a handy product. But with winter set to make merry, shopping for a lip balm is in order. Try the Chapstick Dual-Ended Hydration Lock for a 24-hour lip care. It has two sides and two distinct formulas, catering to your day needs as well as the night. The day end of the Chap Stick contains SPFF12 protection, while the night side is made from antioxidants and botanical oils to replenish and nourish the lips overnight.

To begin, identify your grooming needs - no, the reference is not to your shaving needs alone. Take help from a friend or do a quick online search to learn about your skin type and the products that are right for you. Let’s begin from your scalp. Use a shampoo and a conditioner that is right for your hair. Remember, hair loss is a common problem in this part of the world and needs to be addressed at the earliest. If you are faced with receding hairline or thinning scalp, you might want to consult a dermatologist to halt the hair fall. Avoid combing wet hair and adding to your woes. Moisturiser is a must to keep your skin hydrated, especially after using those aftershaves and colognes. Ideally, your face requires to be moisturised at least twice a day – opt for a moisturiser that contains sun block formula. Like women in your household, you too need a face scrub to exfoliate the dead skin. If not a scrub, pick a mild face wash. Refrain from using soap on your face. Even though your skin feels rough to the touch, owing to the constant shaving, your face is also sensitive to chemicals. Follow the wash with a moisturiser to keep your face looking and feeling good. Start with these basic steps and your skin will soon start glowing.

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style FILe

Mango Man The New Travel Suit Mango presents the latest trend in men’s suits: the Slim-fit Travel range Here is a perfect option for the modern man who is looking for a comfortable two-piece suit for a business trip. Its slim-fit cut enhances the male silhouette. Its wool fabric is stretchy and water and crease resistant, making it possible to maintain your suit impeccable throughout the day. The suits are made of 100 percent wool, enhancing its naturally elastic and breathable nature.

Stretch Fabric: High adaptability to movement

The lightweight fabrics in the range have at their core an advanced internal structure to allow for the body’s increased movement and an incredible flexibility.


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Style FILe Functional: Passport and mobile inside pockets

This suit gives you autonomy, as it has pockets to store your belongings and have them located at all times.

Water-Resistant: Rubber-coated buttons & waterproof coating fabric

It also makes the fabric less susceptible to visible staining due to perspiration, its water-resistant technology will keep you looking fresh all day long.

No Creases: High-twist yarn

Its quality wool fabric and its careful yarn has crease-free technology, this allows you to keep your suit impeccable throughout the day.

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Endemage Autumn Winter 2017 Endemage’s Autumn Winter Collection combines neutral shades of white and nude with deep teal and regal aubergine, evoking a bohemian sensibility and calling to mind the first days of autumn

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Style FILe Endemage’s new collection is rich with juxtapositions: the feminine with the masculine; the ornamental with the functional; the light with the dark. The result is a Middle Eastcentric collection that exudes confidence and modernism. The womenswear brand captures the artisanal influence of Oman – inspired by the country’s craftsmanship and heritage, in particular by traditional menswear, such as the musar and dishdasha, which feature colourful hand embroidery. Edemage’s rich and eclectic spirit infuses high-neck ruffled tops, sleek trousers with pleated frills and tailored outerwear, which takes on a mannish appeal with its subtly oversized cut. Meanwhile, the label’s signature dresses feature sequins, metallic accents and peek-a-boo embroidery. A floor-skimming soft nude evening gown is reinvented with a detachable tulle overskirt, while a strapless velvet midi is styled over a billowing blouse.

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Diwali with Malabar Celebrate the upcoming Diwali festival with Malabar Gold & Diamonds› festive collection

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esque It wIth ALe


AlE Al ZAdjAlE prEsEnTs HIs TAkE On THE ubIquITOus TIgHTs… Maybe I’ve only recently started paying attention to them or maybe it’s because they have actually just started making an appearance again, but tights seem to be everywhere nowadays! Obviously, stoned tights are all the rage and have sort of been done to death; I mean it looks like everyone’s got a pair. luckily, there are other types and that’s why I think it’s wise for me to give advice on tights (sarcasm.) let’s start with fishnet tights – nO! Honestly, they do not look nice, they give people a certain image and it’s even worse when it’s paired with a short dress. Also this new hipster thing where it’s worn under jeans and paired with sneakers is also laughable. since I’m being negative, please stop pairing skin tone tights with open toe shoes, your toes won’t show and it looks awkward. now let’s talk about the classic, black tights. Those look good with everything and I believe they add a touch because you can get them plain or slightly sparkly and glam up! look at how rihanna wore them to the diamond ball and you’ll understand. Coloured tights are also great, especially for day looks. You can work a pop of color by investing in a bright pair.

Malabar Gold & Diamonds has a new festive collection, alongside an irresistible offer to celebrate the upcoming festive season in style. The jewellery retailer has announced an opportunity to win 100 kilogrammes of gold! What is more, with every purchase of gold and diamond jewellery worth RO50, customers get a chance to enter raffle draws to win 4/1kg of gold each in 12 raffle draws. Adding to the above, customers also get two gram gold coins on jewellery purchase of RO500 and a one gram gold coin on purchase of diamond jewellery worth RO300. This campaign will run at all Malabar Gold & Diamonds outlets until November 4.

lastly tights with designs on them - now, those can be a visual experience. so long as you don’t mind people staring at your legs trying to decipher the Van gogh recreation on your tights, then go for it! However, please know that tights aren’t a substitute for pants. Ale Al Zadjali is a 23 year-old award-winning fashion designer; he is the brain behind the ‘Esque By Ale’ line of clothing

October 2017


Men are Special

Be a Man! What does it mean to be a man?

Redefining masculinity Has the reference to masculinity changed over the years? Have men learnt to shrug off the demands of ‘toughness’ to adapt to the changing times where gender divide is continually broken?


hen boys are admonished with a ‘be a man’ order, the stress, generally, is on covering up the emotion or demonstrating the stereotypical masculine trait of being tough – emotionally and physically. Despite modernisation acting as a definition for equality, people are won’t to train little boys on the import of being manly to be successful in life. A quick survey of the employment sector will reveal that men, even today,are hesitant to take up jobs that have been previously seen as feminine. Even those who take up the traditional secretarial jobs want to label it as ‘personal assistant’ to tone down the feminine facets of the job. They rarely consider careers which have been traditionally seen as feminine. Although men have made entries in professions like teaching and nursing, the number is significantly less in comparison to women.


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It is apparent that, despite the growing belief in the importance of gender equality, it is masculinity that is seen as a normal trait in a man. Any show of feminine qualities would find raised eyebrows in the society. But, is masculinity the only expression of a real man…? The idea of a real man may be difficult to quantify, as it is dependent on individual interpretation, but there are certain commonly held beliefs that help understand the changing perceptions in our society.

Real man… -

Knows how to fix their mistakes, even asking for help when he is lost on the road. Doesn’t dwell on his insecurities, whether at work or home, but is open to speak about it, if needed. Is not shy about his feelings and is not apologetic about his desires.






Does worry about his mother and takes time out to keep in touch with her and express his love for her. Is a true gentleman. He is respectful with everyone and will automatically open the door for someone. Knows how to take care of himself and nourish his mind and soul. Is confident of himself and is aware of his emotions. Even if his confidence is shaken, he will keep his control until things really go out of hand. Can cook a couple of dishes really well and may even be famous for a dish or two among friends. Is not obsessed with diets to lose weight, but may opt to eat healthier foods. Has goals for which the work is ongoing. He has a clear purpose for what he is doing. Will not waste time looking for the best parking spot, he is comfortable parking in any reasonable spot without crossing the line. Needs to have a pet dog at home. Feels that his daughter has made him a complete man. Writes down the grocery list in a paper as he doesn’t prefer to pore

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over his phone in the supermarket. Is witty and his sense of humour is legendary. Knows just how to protect his family in case an intruder gets into the house. Does not shy away from demanding some tender loving care when he is feeling under the weather. Is not hesitant to cry and show his tears. Is completely involved in the affairs of his children’s school and social needs. Is true to himself and always listens to his gut and follows it through. He is also not afraid to consult others when he is in doubt.

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Men are Special

Style Guide for the Modern Man Whether real men wear pink or not, the fact that colours have erased their gender specifications is reflected in the style quotients rocked by men who know how to put their best foot forward

Modern man is adaptable and it is obvious in the myriad facets of the ‘manliness’ that have found newer expressions. Today, there is more to the hunter-gatherer concept, as men revel in their role as lovers and protectors. It is, perhaps the global cultural expressions and the technological advancements that have helped alter the perceptions. No more is the boastful machismo look and attitude encouraged. There is more humanisation of the traditional concept of masculinity, style included…

Here is a quick guide to help you understand the style requirements of the modern man:

Stay true to yourself

Fashion in men’s aisles is restricted by various factors, but there are trends that need one to be observant and follow accordingly. What makes things difficult to comprehend, though, is the fact that trends change constantly and, besides, what trend looks good on one may not look good on you. The obvious differences in the body structure and the personality requires, rather demands, one to stay true to oneself. This places the onus on you to understand your style requirements – find out what styles, what patterns and what colours suit your personality. This will help you when you have to get ready for office/party/ shopping. Your wardrobe will only have clothes that complement your personality and you can be assured that you will never go wrong with your style.


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Classic look works

When in doubt, go for the classics. Even when you are not in doubt, remember classics will never fade. Ensure that your wardrobe has classic fashion items like fitted blazers, sports jackets, slim-fitting jeans, and the like that will help you achieve elements of style perfection. This will never go out of style and you will never be in doubt of making a fashion mistake with these classics. What makes classic style rock is the fact that they have an element of universality about them. Most men look good in classics, and the ones who have learnt the art of mix and match could even turn into a new trend.

Have a fashion plan

If you have someone else doing your clothes shopping, put a quick stop to it, unless you are comfortable with the purchases. You need to understand that shopping for clothes is not a trivial pursuit; it requires proper planning to pick only those that fit you right and have the finish that you enjoy in your clothes. Your shopping objective ought to be to uplift your wardrobe with clothes that accentuate your personality.

Understand your style requirements

This calls for a careful understanding of your environment. Your personal style, often, is dependent on where you live and where you work. In this part of the world, you wardrobe might be more of summery nature, but that is not the only factor in getting a grip over your style quotient. Yes, you would, of course, look for clothes that are suitable for the summer months, as winter is more pleasant than extreme in this part of the world and you could do with a sweater or two. But what is more important is your work environment. If you are required to wear formal clothes, day in and day out, you would do yourself a whole deal of good by stocking your wardrobe with clothes that suit your work. But having said all that has to be said about style requirements, one must understand that men’s fashion

does seem restrictive, considering the style experiments are limited to trousers and shirts/tees. Fashion gurus have, however, found distinct style personalities that help categorise men on the fashion platform, from an adventurer to a corporate man.

So, what is your style type‌? The corporate man

You are a suit/blazer man. You rock the corporate sector with your style quotient.You have several sartorial suits and designer ties, with accessories that have helped you build your style. You dress for results and that is the style mantra you follow all the time.

The college dresser

You are observant and know that a prepster look is for you. You believe in sticking to the details and have a penchant for button-down shirts and sneakers. You know the ways of the world and are willing to take on anybody who questions your style quotient.

The street dresser

You love the idea of wearing clothes that can help you wear any style easily. You might be wearing distressed jeans or jogger pants; it is your comfort level that comes out starkly.

The athleisure style

You love all things sports, whether you play actively or simply follow it. You prefer the so-called athleisure or the functional fitness clothes. You are comfortable in all kinds of sports clothes.

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Go shop for your clothes. Try it on to see if it fits and, more importantly, if it is the one for you.

The rockstar look

This style is not necessarily for the guitar holding folks. You like to wear clothes that bikers adopt and you are open to ripped jeans and bomber coats.

The adventurer

Fashion and adventure may not share a synonymy, but you love the idea of wearing clothes that smack of adventure. Whether it is canvas jackets or khaki corduroy pants, you do know your adventure style.

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DIY Headboards

Give your bedroom a fresh new look with easy DIY headboard projects

Rustic Headboard

Creating a wooden headboard does require some carpentry skill, but it is not something that you need to get trained for. Simply get the main items from any of the local carpenters and do the final assembling at home. But if holding a hammer to a nail is definitely out of your league, give this idea to the carpenter and get your rustic wooden headboard to add that panache to your bedroom. Look for wood that has a rustic appeal or find out if the carpenter can give the wood the treatment you prefer. Ideally, you require boards that are straight but have cracks and knots that give it a natural flair; you also need to build two legs for the headboard. Once the boards are ready – cut depending on the size of your bed post – start attaching them on to the ‘legs’ of the headboard with nails or wood glue. Beginning at the top of the headboard, continue attaching the boards till you reach the required level.

Faux Cover

When budget does not permit a new bed, all that you need to do is give the headboard a simple slipcover to change the very look of your bedroom. The slipcover gives you the choice to select the design and colour to match the décor in the room. All that you need is sewing skill; but, again, you could overcome that with some assistance from your neighbourhood tailor. There are several online resources to find the DIY slipcover project that will meet your requirements and the style you have in mind. The idea is to give the headboard an all new look by covering it up like you would cover the pillows on your bed. You could even use glue to attach the seams together and adorn little ribbons or ties, depending on your fancy. To make it more special, add a monogram to the slipcover. Alternately, try using a curtain panel as a headboard. You only need a curtain rod on the wall above the bed to hang the curtain of your choice.


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Picture Frames


Personalise the headboard with old picture frames. You could use photographs or simply use the frames as canvases to write sweet messages or place decorative pictures. This could turn into an interesting project with some online help in creating a headboard with picture frames picked from the neighbourhood thrift shop, or home made with available material. If the headboard you are working on is for your child’s bed, you could use those frames to spell out words like ‘sweet dreams’, as one online DIY project demonstrates. It could simply be your child’s name or photographs from your album. To make it extra special, paint the frames or stick to a theme to add to the look of your headboard.

Dramatic Overture

A little drama never hurt anyone; but if you thrive in a dramatic ambience, it is best to seek out a headboard that upholds your penchant. Instead of confining the headboard only to the space behind your bed, go liberal and let the drama unfold on the entire wall behind. While a wooden or panelled headboard will never fail, especially on an extended wall; you could even explore the ceiling to add to the drama. Go ahead; give your headboard a facelift.

Shelves for Cover

A shelf for headboard is perfect if you are someone who spends a large amount of time in the bedroom, not necessarily to sleep. You could store your reading material, your electronic tablet or your notebook in the shelves to make your bed a handy place. You could structure a bookcase into the headboard or even use those easy to fix floating shelves to hold your little bedroom essentials, picture frames and decorative items.

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Father-Son Relationship Has modernisation brought about a shift in the endearing father-son relationship?


es, times they are a changing. But is this change reflected in the relationships we share with different members of our family? Has modernisation injected its scientific discoveries and technological advancements on to our everyday relationships? What about the most endearing bond between fathers and sons…? With the waning of the ‘disciplinarian father’ concept, which was a rule rather than an exception not so long ago, things have changed in the relationship quarters. Whether the signs are obvious or not, there is that underlying tug of love that is expressed without hesitation. In some ways, it has toned down the ‘respect your elders’ chant that was drilled into children born a few decades ago. There is, of course, respect, but it is a mutually shared one. This may be a city trend than a universal one, but the fact that modern day father has broken the staid breadwinner stereotype had had a role to play in the change. The disciplinarian tag has also received a beating in the stressriddled world, giving the father a wider berth to perform his duties and responsibilities. With psychologists drawing a strong connection between children who show positive social and emotional development and fathers who are demonstrative in their affection, overtly or otherwise, the father-son bond has found newer connotations. But that is not to say that the modern day fathers are more loving than the fathers in the past, who sought respect and were disciplinarians. Today it is about bridging the generation gap, rather the emotional gap that existed when there was a mix of fear and respect for the father. Academicians, who have studied the changing patterns of relationships, have found striking changes in the last couple of centuries. They maintain that each generation of fathers has passed on less power, less wisdom and even less love to their sons. It probably can be traced to the Industrial Revolution when fathers were out at work for most part of the day and even days at a stretch. It also altered


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the perception of masculinity, as it shifted from domestic involvement to family provider. Father then was the status symbol of the family. While some may opine that things have not changed much since, as fathers continue to take their role of providers over vigorously, at times, at the cost of family bonding and the much needed father-son relationship, there are several generations of sons who have thrived in a positive family ambience. The onus, of course, is on the fathers to take stock of the situation and build the bonds and ensure that their sons do not go through the ‘lost father’ syndrome, which is common among boys and men who have not enjoyed the protection or nurturing from their fathers. There is that yearning in them for a father who will make them feel that they are perfect to be considered as men.

Relatively SPEAKING Often, the father-son relationship can be complex, more so during the adolescent stage. This is compounded further when feelings are not communicated with ease. While there is no single solution to help change this situation, there are little tasks and activities that could help build the relationship. l Begin by understanding the universal truth that sons are influenced by their fathers. The old dictum ‘like father, like son’ reflects it perfectly. l Find ways to develop common interests. When you do something together, anything that brings joy to both of you, you establish a platform for other things to share and do. l Make time to talk and listen what your son is saying. Show your interest in what he is saying by responding positively. l Throw ball or play some game in the backyard or in the neighbourhood park to assure your son that his fitness is important as is the bonding experience such play will provide. l Take up some DIY project with your son to boost his confidence in creating things on his own. l Dedicate time for a father-son talk. Make this a regular practice or save time during the weekends for that special bonding.

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Deciphering Body Language Non verbal communication can be confusing if you are not alert to the subtle differences in the body languages of men and women


aking the clichéd ‘men are from Mars and women from Venus’ line of thinking forward, we present the obvious, and the subtle, cues and signs that establish the fact that body language of men and women differ on several counts. From handshake to the eye contact, the way men and women project non verbal cues differ. While some may have honed their perceptive skills to decipher the difference, majority are unaware that the body can actually speak in languages that are easily understood.

Here is a quick guide, culled from the internet, to help you get there: l Nodding is a universal non-verbal behaviour and it is easy to assume that nodding means the same, whether the person in question is a man or a woman. But no, there are differences and they lie in the reasons that trigger nodding. Men nod to show agreement, whereas women to express their attentiveness. For women, nodding is a tool to demonstrate that they are listening and would like the speaker to continue. Men who see such nodding might misunderstand it as a sign of agreement. l Women prefer to be approached by others from the front, while men deem front approach as aggressive; they prefer the side. Women, for some reason feel threatened if they are approached from the back or someone taps them on the shoulder to draw attention. l Interpreting touch is a difficult task, as some people love to be touched and show affection while others don’t. Besides, culturally too touching might have their restrictions/limitations. The difference lies in the way men and women use touch. For women it is a show of camaraderie, while for men it is a signal of power. The reference of touch is to the one that happens after the initial handshake. Men rely on touch to tap the back to show dominance; women to show support and build connection by touching arm or forearm. l Men rarely, if ever, demonstrate they are listening with any non-verbal cues; women do it by leaning forward, nodding and tilting their head to show they are listening. l There is a difference in the way men and women keep their arms - women keep it close to their bodies and men away from their bodies. l Women cross their legs when seated and men sit with their legs apart. Cross legged women demonstrate that they are comfortable with you, cross it towards you to indicate that she feels connected with you. Conversely, if the legs are crossed away from you, it could to show that she feels a little distant.


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man date l While eye contact does seem like a universal behaviour that connects every single human being in this world, the difference in the gender lies in how the eye contact is interpreted. When a woman makes and eye contact and looks down or away abruptly, it may be her way of showing that she is interested in you but feels self-conscious about it. When a man does the same, it shows his insecurity.

There are similarities too‌ l

Like the hands-on-hip stance, which has its own interpretation. Both men and women use it to show defiance, but the way they project that defiance is different. Men have their fingers point down in front, while women point their fingers towards their back.


Again, men and women both touch their nose, repeatedly, when disgusted/stressed.


Men and women loop their hair with their fingers when they are stressed. The only difference is that women may also twirl their hair when they are talking to someone they are interested in.

Go ahead, give this list a quick try to see if it matches‌

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Al Mouj Muscat wins at the Arabian Property Awards 2017

Al Mouj Muscat bagged four awards at the Arabian Property Awards ceremony held recently at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel in Dubai. The Arabian Property Awards are part of the long established International Property Awards that celebrate the highest levels of achievement by companies operating in all sectors of real estate industry.Al Mouj Muscat won in multiple categories including Mixed-Use Development in Oman; Best Residential Property Single Unite in the region for Zunairah Villas and it’s nominated to compete internationally; Residential Development in Oman for Ghadeer Park Villas; and Retail Development in Oman for The Walk. Commenting on this achievement, Nasser bin Masoud Al Sheibani, CEO of Al Mouj Muscat said, “The awards are a strong affirmation of our commitment in making Al Mouj Muscat one of the region’s sought after mixed-use developments.”

Awasr and SAP to Launch Cloud Services in Oman

Oman’s Internet service provider Awasr and global digital transformation enabler SAP have announced plans to launch cloud services to drive business and economic growth, and job creation. Awasr will provide Oman’s organisations with business solutions running on the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud. Using these cloud-based business solutions, Oman’s organisations can easily adopt real-time analytics that will lead to better and faster decisionmaking. Underlining the benefits of the cloud, the vast majority (84 percent) of companies that say they are ‘ambitious’ and invest in technology deliver real business benefits, according to a recent report by Circle Research. Supporting Omani entrepreneurs, SAP launched the SMB Clinic, with over 40 entrepreneurs exchanging knowledge on digital business topics.

Bank Muscat najahi for micro and small businesses

Facilitating financial inclusion, Bank Muscat ‘najahi’ products and services have created a benchmark, helping micro and small businesses to overcome hurdles and chart successful ventures with proper planning, financial discipline and prudent management. The specially designed ‘najahi’ products mainly include credit facilities without collaterals to develop and grow micro and small businesses. With ‘najahi’, Bank Muscat fulfils the primary need of finance for the micro and small business segment. The ‘najahi’ suite of products include the value added najahi Current Account, najahi Flexi Loan to support working capital, business expansion and other business needs; najahi Business Credit Card; najahi Contractors Loan to help complete contracted jobs; najahi Contractors Bill Discounting to get immediate funds after completing contracted jobs and Najahi PoS Receivables financing for customers who use PoS machines for their sales.

MRM at MICE Middle East Forum 2017

Millennium Resort Mussanah participated in the 5th Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) Middle East Forum 2017 to share best practices and exchange know-how with some of the region’s most prominent hospitality organisations. The resort was represented by Syed Aftab, Assistant Director of Sales, who joined 300 leading organisations for a series of presentations, discussions, and networking opportunities designed to bolster collaboration within the MICE industry. Hosted by premier conference organisers Pinnacle Middle East at the Lapita Hotel Dubai, more than 22 thought leaders provided attendees with a wealth of knowledge during at total of 20 high powered sessions throughout the three day event.


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SalamAir appoints new CEO

SalamAir’s Board of Directors has appointed Captain Mohamed Ahmed as Chief Executive Officer, effective October 2nd 2017. Reputed for delivering operational, commercial and financial results in the aviation industry, Captain Mohamed Ahmed will be leading SalamAir through its next phase of development focusing on driving efficiency, performance and customer satisfaction. An industry veteran with over 30 years of experience, Captain Mohamed Ahmed joins SalamAir from Air Arabia where he occupied the post of Group Director of Operations & Maintenance and many other roles within the organisation. Eng. Khalid bin Hilal Al Yahmadi, Chairman of SalamAir, said, “As a young, homegrown airline, SalamAir has achieved many milestones in record time. We are confident that with Captain Mohamed Ahmed at the helm, SalamAir will claim its position as one of the region’s leading budget airlines.”

Muriya Launches Phase II of the Lagoons Residential Project

Muriya’s flagship destination, Hawana Salalah, and Dhofar’s only Integrated Tourism Complex (ITC) has launched Phase II of the Lagoons Project with a range of freehold properties starting at RO 28,000. The destination boasts the highest concentration of operating hotel rooms within a single ITC in Oman. Overlooking picturesque lagoons and offering remarkable views of the Dhofar mountains range in the backdrop, Hawana Salalah’s Lagoons Project is comprised of freehold studios, one and two bedroom apartments and twin-houses. Featuring an impressive range of amenities, residents can look forward to enjoying the waters of the lagoons, a 1.6 kilometre lagoon promenade, tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool, a women’s only swimming pool and a children’s playground. In addition, buyers will have access to the destination’s existing wide-ranging facilities.

Sabco Sports Launched

Sabco Group has announced the creation of a new company, Sabco Sports, which has been set up to lead the growing sports industry in Oman and to take advantage of the huge growth of sports in the region in the coming years. Sabco Sports will be Oman’s premier sports agency, focusing on sports marketing, sports events and sponsorship, as well as managing corporation’s interest in sports, players, clubs and associations. Sayyid Khalid al Busaidi, the Chairman of Sabco Group, was the Chairman of the Oman Football Association for 9 years and oversaw a revolution in the sport in Oman. Sabco Sports has partnered with a number of the organisations that Sayyid Khalid built relationships with in his time with the OFA, and has already agreed collaboration with some of Oman’s most forward thinking sports and personalities.

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Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Mercedes-Benz Oman revealed the new Mercedes-Benz S 560 4MATIC at a lavish event held at Muscat Bay recently. The top-of-the-range model takes another big step towards autonomous driving and elevates Intelligent Drive to the next level. Its precise attention to detail is seen within every corner of the car, from the wood-leather steering wheel to the crystal-look tail lamps. The new S-Class offers a new level of comfort for the driver and passengers. Thanks to the world-first Energizing comfort control feature, the driver and passengers can now link various comfort systems such as climate control and massage functions. The new feature also allows customers to configure specific wellness set-ups to suit their mood and enhance physical comfort and performance on the road.

Jaguar E-Type Zero

Jaguar Land Rover Classic has recently presented an electric-powered Jaguar E-type at the Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest that took place at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, recently. The car, known as E-type Zero, has been restored and converted at Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works in Coventry, not far from where the E-type was born. The Jaguar E-type Zero not only drives and looks like an E-type, it also offers outstanding performance. It’s quicker than an original E-type: 0-100km/h (62mph) takes only 5.5sec, about one second quicker than a Series 1 E-type. The E-type Zero vehicle, displayed at Tech Fest, is a restored Series 1.5 Roadster. It’s totally original in specification, apart from its 21st century state-of-the-art powertrain and modified instrumentation and facia – although these are also inspired by the original E-type

Ferrari Portofino

The Ferrari Portofino is the newV8 GT set to dominate its segment, thanks to a perfect combination of outright performance and versatility, in addition to a level of driving pleasure and on-board comfort unparalleled on the market. Capable of unleashing a massive 600 cv and sprinting from 0 to 200 km/h in just 10.8 seconds, the Ferrari Portofino is the most powerful convertible to combine the advantages of a retractable hard top, a roomy boot and generous cockpit space complete with two rear seats suitable for short trips. The new car, which takes its name, Portofino, from one of the most charming villages on the Italian Riviera, is the most versatile model in the range.


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BAIC makes a mark in the electric vehicles segment

As electric vehicles become more and more popular, BAIC, which produces some of the best-selling electric vehicles, is making a name for itself globally. BAIC’s electric vehicles, which was a leader in the segment in China till May 2017, continues to make a revolution in the EV market. BAIC electric vehicle business was spun off into a separate company, Beijing Electric Vehicle Company (BJEV) and produces electric cars like BAIC EC180, BAIC EU260 and BAIC EX200 models. A spokesperson for Gulf Great Sands LLC the exclusive importer of BAIC in Oman said, “The remarkable growth of the BAIC’s electric vehicles is a solid pointer that the industry will soon become market driven and experience even further rapid growth.”

Audi uses virtual reality to train Logistics employees

The training centre of the future fits in a suitcase: A computer, a pair of virtual reality glasses and two controllers are all it takes for the new interactive learning programme for Audi packing logistics. The programme makes it fun for employees to learn the packing process for CKD (completely knocked down) Logistics. The exercises are designed like a video game and the equipment is quick and easy to set up anywhere. When employees put on the VR glasses, they see a realistic and true-to-life simulation of their work station in Hall L of the Ingolstadt Logistics Centre. They hold a controller in each hand that is also used for video games. They use it to grasp and move the virtual images of their work equipment, such as containers or components.

Cash gifts on Mitsubishi Pajero

As part of its ongoing ‘Unbelievable Prices, Unbeatable Offers’ promotion, General Automotive Company (GAC) is offering cash gifts of up to RO3,600 on its Pajero models. Customers purchasing one during the promotion period will also benefit from unbeatable prices together with an assured buyback offer, free service packages, and roadside assistance. As part of the offer, customers who purchase a Mitsubishi Pajero before the offer comes to a close on October 23, will receive special offer pricing together with six years unlimited mileage warranty, and six years roadside assistance. Customers will also benefit from a free service package of 2 Years/30,000km, and cash gifts ranging from RO2,000 to RO3,600 depending on the model variant of choice.

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Cast Gerard Butler Jim Sturgess Ed Harris Abbie Cornish Katheryn Winnick Sterling Jerins





Despacito: Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee


That’s What I Like : Bruno Mars


I’m The One: DJ Khaled


Humble: Kendrick Lamar



Shape of You: Ed Sheeran


Mask Off: Future iSy: Lyle & Lil Yachty


Something Just Like This: Chainsmokers & Coldplay


Stay: Zedd & Alessia Cara


XO Tour Lif3: Lil Uzi Vert

10. Sign Of The Times: Harry Styles






Dean Devlin

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GEOSTORM Geostorm is an upcoming American environmental disaster science-fiction action film, co-written, produced and directed by Dean Devlin as his feature debut

‘Brave The Storm’, that’s the tagline of this sci-fi film, which follows a satellite designer who tries to save the world from a storm of epic proportions caused by malfunctioning climate-controlling satellites. It begins when an unprecedented series of natural disasters threaten the planet. The world’s leaders came together to create an intricate network of satellites to control the global climate and keep everyone safe. But something seems to have gone wrong… The system built to protect the Earth is attacking it! It is a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything...and everyone along with it.

Gerard Butler stars as Jake, a scientist who, along with his brother, Max, played by Sturgess, is tasked with solving the satellite program’s malfunction. Cornish stars as Secret Service agent Sarah Wilson; Lara as Ute Fassbinder, the ISS astronaut who runs the space station; Wu as Cheng, the Hong Kong-based supervisor for the Dutch Boy Program; with Garcia as U.S. President Andrew Palma; and Harris as Secretary of State Leonard Dekkom.


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My Little Pony: The Movie

Tabitha St. Germain (as Rarity), Cathy Weseluck (Spike), Emily Blunt (Tempest Shadow), Kristin Chenoweth (Princess Skystar), Zoe Saldana (Captain Celaeno) ‘My Little Pony: The Movie’ is a CGI animated musical fantasy film based on the television series ‘My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic’, which was developed as part of the 2010 re-launch of the My Little Pony franchise by Hasbro. The movie is about a new dark force that threatens Ponyville, and how the Mane 6 – Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, and Rarity – embark on an unforgettable journey beyond Equestria where they meet new friends and exciting challenges on a quest to use the magic of friendship and save their home.

Blade Runner 2049 The Mountain Between Us

Idris Elba, Kate Winslet, Dermot Mulroney, Beau Bridges Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow covered mountain. When they realise help is not coming, they embark on a perilous journey across hundreds of miles of wilderness, pushing one another to endure and discover strength they never knew possible. The film, based on the Charles Martin book, is directed by Academy Award nominee Hany Abu-Assad and stars Academy


Rich People Problems

Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto, Mackenzie Davis, Robin Wright, Sylvia Hoeks, Dave Bautista, David Dastmalchian Blade Runner 2049 is an upcoming American neo-noir science fiction film directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green. It is a sequel to the 1982 sci-fi film ‘Blade Runner’. The story takes off after the events of the first film, thirty years ago, as it follows a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K. He unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what is left of the society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard, a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

Author: Kevin Kwan This is the third book in Kwan’s trilogy that explores the rich and powerful families of Singapore. It follows Nicholas Young who rushes home when he hears that his grandmother, Su Yi, is on her deathbed. He soon realises that the entire Shang-Young clan has convened from all corners of the globe to stake claim on their matriarch’s massive fortune. With each family member vying to inherit Tyersall Park, a prime estate on 64 prime acres in the heart of Singapore, Nicholas’s childhood home turns into a hotbed of speculation and sabotage.

The World of Tomorrow

Author: Brendan Mathews On the cusp of World War II, three Irish brothers – Francis, Michael and Martin - arrive in New York City. Francis has been temporarily released to attend his father’s funeral from the prison where he was being held for distributing pornographic literature; Michael is on leave from the seminary for the same funeral; and their older brother, Martin, is already in New York, where he is trying to make a living as a jazz musician. The brothers are pursued by Cronin, a former IRA hit man, and his menacing boss Gavigan...

Sing, Unburied, Sing

Author: Jesmyn Ward Jojo and his baby sister, Kayla, are being raised in rural Mississippi by their grandparents, Pop and Mam. Things are not easy, as Pop is perpetually haunted by his time in prison; Mam is on the verge of dying from cancer; and their mom, Leonie, is in and out of their lives as she grieves her dead brother and battles drug addiction. When their father is released from the prison, Leonie sets out with Jojo, Kayla and a friend to the State Penitentiary and things change.

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Blue Whale Challenge As the Blue Whale Challenge continues to earn global media coverage, find out how you could incorporate safety measures and introduce steps to monitor your child’s online presence Why a game that has been labelled as a suicide game has grown into such a global phenomenon may be anyone’s guess, but what has taken over the imagination of the global media is the scare that it has injected into the psyche of parents whose children have free hand with their Internet usage. With WhatsApp messages circulating the steps involved and the consequence of indulging in the game, the fear factor is, obviously, on a high. It has,

however, brought to the fore the importance of monitoring your children’s online activities and introducing some security measures to ensure things that things do not go out of hand. There are, of course, innumerable resources to help you with the intended monitoring; here is one such that could help you get started. Log on to https://pumpic. com/security/ to not only check if the Blue Whale challenge is a hoax or a real threat, but also to keep a track of your child’s

Riddle Time

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What do you call a Bee who is having a bad hair day? What kind of shorts do clouds wear? What kind of shoes do all spies wear? Why was the math book sad? How do you communicate with a fish?

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online presence. The Kids Phone Safety Blog page has an interesting article on ‘Keeping Kids Safe Online with Family Digital Pact’, which shares the importance of introducing a digital contract with definitive online rules for children. There are many such suggestions and recommendations that are designed to help you stay ahead on the security platform.

Riddle Time Answers (September 2017)

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Do you know what happened to the calendar thief? Answer: He got 12 months; they say his days are numbered. What did one raindrop say to the other? Answer: Two’s company, three’s a cloud What did the triangle say to the circle? Answer: You are pointless! Why don’t you see giraffes in elementary school? Answer: Because they’re all in High School!


What stays on the ground but never gets dirty? Answer: Shadow.


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For all those who are constantly seeking sources to charge their mobile phones, LINQ has a very special deal. The LINQ Charger Bracelet not only keeps your Smartphone charged at all times, it also provides an option to transfer information or data to a computer so that you can free up more space. It can be worn around as bracelet and takes only an hour to recharge. To deliver additional connectivity, LINQ also has the Ultra Slim Power Bank, which is tiny enough to remain snugly in your pocket without adding any extra weight, while providing a full phone charge at the same time.

Bose SoundLink Micro Bluetooth

Want to take your music with you everywhere? Get your hands on the Bose SoundLink Micro Bluetooth speaker, which is designed to give you some really loud tunes. It is the smallest portable speaker from Bose, measuring a mere 3.75 inches wide and deep, with a height of 1.5 inches and weight of 0.64 pounds. You could also use the SoundLink Micro to receive and make calls, or talk to Siri or Google Assistant, regardless of where you are. It will also feature a new custom transducer, miniature dual-passive radiators, and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

Ear-buds to sharpen hearing

If hearing is a problem, especially in loud environments, you could do yourself a favour with Lizn’s Headpiece earbuds. The Danish startup, Lizn, has developed one solution with its Hearpieces wireless earbuds, which, although not designed to be hearing aid replacements, are ideal for people who have minor hearing impediments and want to boost their hearing ability in different environments. The discreet earbuds adjust the ratio of close speech to background noise, amplifying the former and deadening the latter.

Bites 7-year old Tim was sitting on the porch, talking to his Grandpa, when he innocently asked, “Grandpa, can you make any animal sounds?” “Of course, I can,” replied Grandpa. “What sort of animal sound would you like to hear?” “How about a toad…? Do you know how to croak like a toad?” asked Tim.

“Sure”, said Grandpa, cupping his hand to his mouth, “croaaak croaaak… How did you like that?!” “Yipee!” screamed Tim, “We are going to Miami!” “What? How come?” asked Grandpa. Tim looked at him and said, “Because Grandma said so. She said that after you croak we’ll all go to Miami.”

mama walked into the kitchen, she found him sitting in the middle of all the animal crackers on the floor. “What happened here?” she shouted. Bob looked up perplexed, and said: “It said on the box not to eat it if the seal is broken. I spilled out the whole box and looked through all of the animals, but I can’t find any seals…”

“Mama, can I have an animal cracker?” asked 3 year old Bob. “Sure. Open the box and take a few,” said his mother. About half an hour later, when Bob’s

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October 2017


(September 23 - October 22) Start making the changes that need to be made and create conditions as you desire them. You are in the driver’s seat. Accept responsibility for your own happiness. This is a great month and it promises to be a wonderful year ahead, more so for taking courses in subjects that interest you. You have a sharp mind and you will absorb knowledge well. You will soon begin a yearly financial peak. Enjoy!


For many of you this is the time to enjoy your lifetime love and social peak. Many marriages may be in the offing, but do not be in a hurry to jump into marriage, unless you are willing to put some limits on your freedom. Your health will need attention this month. Focus on the important things in your life.


This is a perfect month for love; it is a very active social month. Singles have interesting love opportunities all through the month, and even the existing relationships are more harmonious and romantic. There will be more socialising at home and with the family. Your social connections are bound to play an unusual role in finances.


Health and energy are much improved since the last month. However, avoid confrontations at work. You are still in a yearly personal pleasure peak and your personal creativity is on a high. You have an interest in dealing with children and children figures in your life, so go ahead and do what you do best.


This is your happy period. Home and family issues are resolved and things are looking bright. Health, however, needs watching. Make sure you get enough rest at home or fix a session of pampering at a spa. Remember, emotional wellness is always important for you, but now even more so. Keep the moods positive and constructive.


Leo, your month ahead is still prosperous, but the focus on finance is gradually waning. This is a great period for students at undergraduate level. Learning is, indeed, pleasurable and easy and many of you might prefer to study than go out on the town. Siblings and sibling figures in your life are having a prosperous year.



Expect pay rises, directly or indirectly, and elevation of your professional status, as more recognition comes your way for all your achievements. Get engaged in charities and good causes to further advance your career. Your excellent work ethic is also critical. Don’t hesitate to turn off the beaten track and enhance things in your surroundings.




This is a happy and successful month; you are in the place of maximum personal power and independence of your year.You could easily have things your way and, if conditions bother you, you could change them with ease to happier ones. This would also be a nice time to be involved in charitable activities. Interestingly, it may also boost your career.

(October 8, 1949)

Susan Alexandra Weaver, popularly known as Sigourney Weaver, is an American actress and film producer. Following her film debut in ‘Annie Hall’ in 1977, she quickly came to prominence in 1979 with her first lead role as Ellen Ripley in ‘Alien’. She reprised this role in the sequels ‘Aliens’, ‘Alien 3’ and ‘Alien: Resurrection’. She also earned recognition for her starring roles in the box-office hits ‘Ghostbusters’, ‘Ghostbusters II’ and ‘Avatar’. She has been nicknamed ‘Sci-Fi Queen’ for her numerous contributions to science-fiction film history

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Your personal power and personal independence are fast approaching their maximum strength; use it to your advantage. You are at the right phase of time to make the changes you need to make in your life. You have the power and the direction and the world will orient towards you. This is also a critical period for being engaged with groups and organisations.

Your finances have been on an upward curve this year and it promises to get better in the coming months. For many of you, this might prove to be a lifetime financial peak. There is also family financial support now, making it easy to draw money from home or through the home. The month ahead is economically active in other ways too.

Sigourney Weaver



Aquarian, look forward to an interesting and successful month ahead. You will count yourself as being prosperous and you could rely on the support of the spouse or partner. There are travel and educational opportunities, and it is still a very enjoyable period for students. Health needs watching though. Your social dimensions have been strong and your ability to move forward with others is still as important as your actual skills. Health is considerably improved this month, but detox regimes are suggested to get on the top of things. Your spouse or partner is in a yearly financial peak this month. Travel opportunities are also happening.


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WEIRD NEWS ‘Smart vests’ for stray dogs

An advertising agency in Thailand has developed a ‘smart vest’ that could turn stray dogs into street guardians. The vest is equipped with a hidden video camera and has sensors that transmit live streaming videos when the dog barks, showing what the dog sees via a mobile phone and computer application. The idea for the smart vest came about as there are many stray dogs on the city streets, most of who face cruelty from road users. However, the developers expect to introduce the vests only after stringent tests are undertaken.

Funny Tales Comedy, like everything else in life, has evolved over the years

A ‘Little Britain’ in Germany

53-year-old Gary Blackburn has transformed his German home into a homage to Britain to make his peace with Brexit. The tree surgeon told reporters that he decided to make his own little Britain in Germany after Britain voted for Brexit. He began assembling his ‘Little Britain’ exhibition in June last year and has incorporated it with red telephone boxes and a life-size model of Queen Elizabeth.

Guacamole, anyone?


Stand-up comedy is believed to have originated in classic Parrhesia in 400 BC.


The term stand-up first showed up in showbiz trade publications like ‘Variety’ and ‘Billboard’.


It was later used by talent bookers and club/theater owners as an easy way to describe a specific type of act.


In the United Kingdom, stand-up began in the music halls in the 18th century.


There was, however, heavy censorship during the regime of Lord Chamberlain, whose Office required all comedians to submit their acts for censorship.


Stand-up comedy in the United States has its roots in traditions of popular entertainment of the late 19th century. These included vaudeville, English music hall, burlesque, minstrel shows as well as humorist monologues by personalities such as Mark Twain, and circus clown antics.


But the idea of a comedian was very different back then - in vaudeville, comedians often wore costumes and had partners.

Mexico has broken the world record with 3 tonnes of guacamole, which was prepared using 25,000 avocados. More than 600 student chefs and 400 people from the rural town of Concepcion de Buenos Aires prepared the traditional dish for thousands people, many of whom came from the Jalisco state capital of Guadalajara. The state’s governor was on hand to receive recognition from a representative of the Guinness Book of World Records.

October 2017


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This Men’s Special issue is packed with a big dose of laughter and all things fun. The Cover Story and the In Conversation segments present...