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I ♥ QATAR

FOOD, ARTS, CULTURE, SHOPPING AND ALL THE GREAT THINGS WE LOVE ABOUT DOHA! fact magazine

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Doha’s favourite rooftop for those who love a sophisticated social atmosphere. Richly planted with exotic plants, it’s also graced with 360˚ views of the Pearl waterfront. As the sun sets, Secret Garden comes alive with bumping vibes around an enclosed bar and lounge. It’s a place to come together, be inspired and be part of Doha’s coolest, fun-loving rooftop community. Open Monday to Saturday from 6pm to 2am. Friday Brunch from 5pm to 8pm. Closed on Sundays. fact magazine

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NIGHTLIFE FOCUS

SPA & WELLNES


CELEBRATE THE BEST OF OUR COUNTRY AND CULTURE - I LOVE QATAR BRUNCH. Every Friday from 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm at Azraq Restaurant Discover a passionate brunch concept that supports the best local farmers. Dine on the finest indigenous produce, crafted into a gourmet buffet journey of traditional Qatari cuisine. Create your own local gastro experience from vibrant cooking stations. Select seafood delicacies, flavourful appetisers, cheeses, freshly baked breads and garden greens. Mix and match hot and cold mezzeh. Relish BBQ marinated meats with herb infused vegetables. Indulge in a long, sweet ending of Qatari desserts. Outside guest prices: QAR 300 per person including luxury boat transfer QAR 175 per child including luxury boat transfer In-house guest prices: QAR 250 per person / QAR125 per child

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Home Sweet Home

I am all the places in which I’ve left my heart. - Marina Sofia

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t’s truly a special thing when you can settle as an expat in a country that gives you ALL the feels. Many of our readers call Qatar their home for various reasons; work, family, frequent visits - whatever your reason may be for being in Qatar, one thing’s for sure; this place has grown close to many hearts, and it’s not hard to see why. In 2018 especially, Qatar seems to have taken on a new lease of life and continues to thrive as a place for jobs, investment and global events. So, we thought it only right to dedicate this issue to all the things we know and love about this beautiful country. That includes everything from its luxurious hotels to its casual dining joints, its wellness offerings and even the best places for sports, shopping and experiencing a piece of local culture. Turn to p35 and tell us if your favourite picks match ours. And feel free to share your I <3 Qatar hotspots with us on twitter (@FACTMagazineME) and instagram (@factmagazine). This is also the month that you’ve all been waiting for - we’ll be hosting the 4th annual FACT Dining Awards Doha in early April with hundreds of hospitality and food and beverage players in attendance. Here’s a final reminder of all the nominees (p51) and we’ll be revealing the winners online in April, and in the next issue of FACT too! As always, we love learning more about the cool and creative projects and initiatives in Qatar and this month we sit down for a chat with the founders of the country’s first ever Indian radio stations - Radio Olive - for an insight into how they made history (p60). If you pick up FACT for your monthly fix of food, fashion, tech and dining, you won’t be dissapointed. Check out our Culinary Spotlight at Jamie’s Italian (p81); the Fashion Focus on American Eagle Outfitters (p71); a look at the trendiest pair of headphones on the market right now (p69) and, of course, our Foodie Corner at the mesmerising Secret Garden (p89). There’s something for everyone! I hope you all had a chance to pull your favourite (and funniest) April Fools’ jokes. Now, before the month slips away - get planning and happy reading! ☺

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FACT Magazine Qatar Edition • APRIL 2018 VOLUME 04, ISSUE 11

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Small Lie by Kaws HAMAD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (HIA), AN ACTIVE SUPPORTER OF ARTS AND CULTURE, HAS REVEALED A NEW 32-FOOT ARTWORK, SMALL LIE BY AMERICAN ARTIST KAWS.

DELIVERED AS PART OF Qatar Museums’ commitment to make art available to all beyond the confines of a gallery, SMALL LIE is the latest addition to the airport’s fine art collection of more than 20 permanent pieces created by local and international artists. Reminicent of a wooden marionette, the sculpture is made from Afrormosia wood, weighing in at 15 tonnes and standing 32 feet tall. The artist flew in to Qatar to unveil and present his artwork, saying: “I hope SMALL LIE can transport passengers into another realm. The inspiration behind SMALL LIE comes from my relationship to wooden toys growing up and the warm sensation of wood grain,” Kaws explains. “Expanding on this, I created an oversize sculpture that plays with an emotional tension of strength and kindness. SMALL LIE makes the viewer feel small but also want to protect it and console it. It is the first time that one of my pieces is exhibited in an airport, the space allows a dialogue with both travellers and the other artworks showcased at HIA,” he added. A painter, sculptor, product designer and collector, KAWS is considered one of the most distinctive artists of our time. His influential work connects people across generations with contemporary art and opens up the world of popular culture to young and diverse audiences across the globe. 10

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HIA being strategically located at the crossroads of the Eastern and the Western part of the world, the selection of art installations displayed at the airport transcends all cultures and beliefs. KAWS is the fourth American artist joining HIA’s Art Programme. Most recently installed at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in the UK, the newly inaugurated SMALL LIE is now located in the North node of HIA, near Concourse E, a strategic location for the benefit of the 30 million passengers transiting through HIA on a yearly basis. Engr. Badr Mohammed Al Meer, Chief Operating Officer at HIA, said: “HIA’s space for public art is truly redefining the passenger experience. As we are gearing up to welcome more than 50 million passengers by 2022, the airport is thriving to give transit travellers a memorable journey through the arts and culture,” he continued. “We are proud to welcome a leading world-class artist like KAWS at HIA. I would like to thank Qatar Museums and KAWS for their precious partnership in enriching our current art collection.” ✤

GO: VISIT WWW.DOHAHAMADAIRPORT.COM FOR MORE INFORMATION.


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APERITIVO LUNGO AT PORCINI As part of its commitment to diversify Qatar’s entertainment scene, The Ritz-Carlton, Doha has announced the launch of Aperitivo Lungo, a new after-work experience available at the awardwinning Italian restaurant, Porcini. THE APERITIVO CONCEPT INITIALLY started in Turin, in the Northern part of Italy in 1786 when a young distiller created a bitter drink boasting dozens of botanicals and then cleverly marketed it as the perfect before-dinner drink for ladies. Throughout the years, it has taken on a meaning of its own, beyond the drinks and nibbles; it’s now an ingrained part of the Italian culture. Inspired by the old-age tradition, aperitivo has been developed at The Ritz-Carlton Doha by Paride Noviello, Head Chef at Porcini Restaurant, who wanted to bring this Italian trend to Qatar. Along with the head mixologist, they created a list of popular Italian signature drinks complimented with authentic Italian delights. To make the evening even more memorable, attendees will socialise while enjoying live music performances featuring Italian-inspired songs in a warm, cosy and classic atmosphere. 12

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Aaron Martin, Executive Assistant Manager of Food & Beverage, said: “At The Ritz-Carlton Doha, we are committed to continuously reviewing our concepts in order to ensure creating unique culinary experiences for our guests. “This new implementation is an important pillar within our strategy to expand our offerings in Doha. In order to ensure an authentic journey, all our products are outsourced in Italy,” he added. If you live for good food, drinks, company and a lively setting – aperitivo lungo at Porcini has your name written all over it! ✤

GO: APERITIVO LUNGO IS AVAILABLE DAILY FROM 6PM TO 8PM AT PORCINI RESTAURANT. CALL 4484 8000 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.


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CULINARY POWERHOUSE Ready to take the beautiful Sabai Thai restaurant to a whole new level, The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa has appointed Pawichada Thanaphibun as Chef de Cuisine, a lady with a wealth of experience from some of the top Thai restaurants in five-star hotels around the world.

CHEF PAWICHADA DISCOVERED HER passion for food and cooking at a young age and was inspired by her grandmother, from whom she learnt all the techniques of authentic Thai cuisine. Starting her career in 1999 in Thailand, she then moved to several restaurants in the GCC gaining significant experience before moving to join The Westin Doha Hotel and Spa in early 2018. The restaurant offers a wide variety of authentic tastes of Royal Thai cuisine focusing on textures and flavours from the four grand regions of Thailand. The menu consists of an assortment of salads, soups, appetisers, meat, seafood, and deserts. The 125-seat outlet has been superbly designed and all details reflect elegant Asian themes from the carved door, to the handmade Thai artifacts along with the comfortable and relaxed seating which makes it ideal to create a perfect Thai dining experience. Rui Eduardo, Director of Food & Beverage at The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Pawichada to the team and we are so happy with the new innovative concepts that have been introduced since her arrival. “We have recently launched the Phuket BBQ nights every Thursday at Waves pool, the Royal Thai brunch every Saturday and lastly the three-course Express Thai lunch available from Sunday to Thursday in a great value of 65 QAR,” he added. Sabai Thai restaurant is located in the outside area of The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa, next to the gardens, and is open daily from 12noon to 3pm for lunch – and until 4pm on Saturdays for brunch. For dinner you can visit the Thai restaurant from 7pm to 11pm. ✤

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TORO TORO: THE TRUE LATIN EXPERIENCE Toro Toro Doha is not only known for its creative blend of Pan Latin styles and flavours but also its innovative events. The restaurant showcases the most authentic recipes from Brazil to Peru in a vibrant atmosphere, giving only the best to its eclectic guests who crave a full Latin experience. Here are some of our favourite April happenings at the 5-star venue…

FRIDAY NIGHT FEVER – LOUNGE Fridays are made for this! Relax with a free flow of Latin cocktails and continue your party with a Happy hour until end of the night! QR150, every Friday from 9pm to 11pm. Happy hour runs from 11pm to 2am.

COPACABANA WEDNESDAY – LOUNGE Strike a pose, Wednesday is the city-favourite Copacabana ladies night out in Toro Toro Lounge! Happy Hour is the whole night, plus two complimentary sips for the ladies. Nos vemos! Every Wednesday from 7pm to 2am.

FRIDAY BRUNCH – RESTAURANT Toro Toro offers a wonderful interpretation of the art of Latin American cuisine and transports diners on an original and flavorful culinary expedition whilst the live music by the Bossa Nova band sets the lively mood. QR350 with soft beverages; QR390 with house beverages; served every Friday from 12.30pm to 4pm.

CABALLEROS STEAK NIGHT – RESTAURANT Have you already tried the best meat in Doha? If not, Caballeros Steak Night on Wednesday is the perfect opportunity! Unlimited Picanha, choice of two cold and two hot starters with sharing dessert and a bottle of Argentinian vino – what more could you ask for? It’s the perfect spot for a date night or catch up with friends! QR375 per person; every Wednesday from 7pm to 11.30pm. ✤

GO: VISIT TORO TORO DOHA AT MARSA MALAZ KEMPINSKI, THE PEARL. CALL 4035 5101 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION. 16

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BACK TO BAREFOOT! Four Seasons Hotel Doha ignites the grill to Doha’s Thursday night playground, with live DJ entertainment and a smokin’ feast alongside thirst-quenching sips, to enjoy family and friends! FOUR SEASONS HOTEL DOHA has welcomed back the return of its signature Barefoot Thursday, one of the city’s most popular Thursday night shindigs and culinary destinations. Barefoot Thursday combines an energetic mix of live entertainment by the resident DJ, creative beverages, and flavorful BBQ cuisine, all matched by a stylish setting located directly on the hotel’s private beach along the Arabian Gulf. The concept was the first of its kind to launch the innovative beachfront BBQ in Doha, and quickly established itself as the most sought-after place to dine, sip and dance last spring. Now, with the highly anticipated return, Barefoot Thursday once again delivers extraordinary evenings featuring a bountiful BBQ menu showcasing an array of culinary styling, including freshly cooked seafood and steaks, a stylish Beach Bar and an alluring backdrop overlooking the water. The open-air, casual yet chic atmosphere, offers an idyllic setting to gather with family and friends for a night out. With a heavy emphasis on the finest steaks and seafood, the flavourful menu includes rib eye steaks, beef tenderloin, ‘live from the grill’ stations featuring lobster tail, shrimp, 18

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razor clams, king prawn crabs, salmon, mussels, and grilled vegetable. Menu highlights also include seafood ceviche, tomato carpaccio and grilled chicken breast with gazpacho sauce. The barbeque dinner menu is offered every Thursday night from 7pm to 11pm and starts at QR250 per person with soft drinks; and QR360 per person with selected house beverages. As part of Barefoot Thursday, The Beach Bar is open from 7pm to 12.30am every Thursday and features a happy hour special from 7pm to 9pm. Entrance to the Beach Bar is complimentary, on a first-com-e, first-served basis. Feast, sip and sink your toes into the sand as Four Seasons once again fires up the grill at Doha’s original beachfront BBQ dinner venue and lounge. ✤

GO: CALL 4494 8600 OR EMAIL DINING.DOH@ FOURSEASONS.COM FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.


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CROATIAN CUISINE AT QAVANNA The newly-opened Qavanna is a café-bistro idea born from the love for Croatian and Adriatic tradition, and the desire to transfer that atmosphere and emotions to Qatar. WITH ITS UNIQUE DESIGN, beautiful hues of the sea, light-colored wood and lots of plants that will soothe your senses, Qavanna offers delightful traditional Adriatic food with a twist by the famous Croatian chef Andrei Barbieri, premium Croatian coffee, healthy handcrafted bites and drinks, and an Oxygen bar. The mix of Croatian know-how which is already present in the country thru various companies and aim to showcase other elements of Croatia such as cuisine, entertainment and interior design to the local market, led to the opening of the first Croatian restaurant in Doha. Apart of proudly presenting their master chef, the restaurant management teamed up with a leading Croatian coffee company, “Franck”, and their trained baristas to introduce Franck coffee and its combinations to Qavanna’s guests. Hand-made pasta baked with homemade basil and zucchini pesto, pumpkin gnocchi, squid ink risotto, slowly roasted beef ribs, lamb chops with pistachio crust are just some of the tastiest Croatian recipes that Chef Andrei Barbieri selected from the healthy Adriatic cuisine and prepared with his own distinct interpretation and taste. A master chef in his own right, Chef Andrei’s creative culinary renditions are evident from his extensive tenures gained from working in the most important destinations in the Mediterranean, such as Croatia, Sicily, Sardinia, Crete, Spain. Fresh vegetables, fish and meat, and the use of Mediterranean herbs and Croatian olive oil are essential to his bistro-style healthy food concept. Guests can also enjoy Croatian homemade pastries and cakes, healthy bar menu with fresh juices and smoothies. Additionally, for the first time in Qatar, an Oxygen bar with O2 inhalation that combined with all natural green garden plants offers fresh air oasis in the middle of a busiest West Bay area is introduced. Aiming to support business people who regularly need to de-stress, relax and refresh themselves, the Oxygen bar after a light meal proves to be the perfect combination for the usual lunch break - “A completely new and exciting experience” is just one of the comments of Qavanna guests. Qavanna’s interior design was inspired by the relaxing ambient of a Croatian green veranda (or garden terrace), highlighting some of the usual furniture such as “outdoor swings” or private cocoons, all promoting relaxation and socializing as part of the Croatian tradition that all in all is making Qavanna a much-needed serene spot in Doha’s business district. ✤

GO: VISIT QAVANNA ON THE 1ST FLOOR OF THE GATE MALL. CALL 4407 7130 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION. 20

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RAMADAN KAREEM The Ritz-Carlton, Doha embraces the Holy Month of Ramadan with a variety of exceptional experiences. Ideal for celebrating together with families and loved ones, Iftar and Suhour available daily in the Ballroom showcase the true Arabic hospitality paired with renowned Ritz-Carlton service. Price starting from QAR 220 per person for Iftar or Suhour. Children up to 4 years old dine for free, and those aged from 5-12 years old can avail 50% savings. Reserve before May 1st and receive 10% savings for any booking for up to 50 guests and 20% savings for 50 and above. For more information, please contact us at +974 4484 8000 or visit ritzcarlton.com/doha

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THE LAND OF SMILES Ongoing collaborations with the local tourism board and leading airline carriers launching hassle-free direct flights, including the recently launched Doha-Chiang Mai direct route, Thailand entices the Qatar market by offering a quality destination for those seeking leisure and relaxation. Sumptuous accommodation

Triangle, where bare luxury meets nature’s goodness.

Be it a villa tucked away for privacy, a luxury tent surrounded by bamboo jungles or accommodation to soak in the lush greenery, Four Seasons Resorts Thailand delivers it with personalised service. Suited for family travel, our plush Residences at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai and Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui come with two-five bedrooms, living and dining areas, private pools as well as the service of a mae baan (butler) round-the-clock. Offering both privacy and space for interaction with an infinity pool, the two-bedroom Explorer’s Lodge at Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle is the last word in luxury.

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Spa indulgence Four Seasons Resorts Thailand presents signature experiences that are inspired by nature and the Resorts’ surroundings. At Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai, the spa helps guests discover the social harmony of Thailand through its menu with the Royal Lanna Signature experience being a highlight of the Royalty Collection. Taking inspiration from its tropical surroundings, The Secret Garden Spa at Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui incorporates ingredients grown within the resort into the therapies. The Kala Coconut Massage, incorporating freshly pressed warm coconut oil and kala or young coconut shells, is a true tribute to the ‘coconut paradise’ that is Koh Samui. The song of nature plays an important role in bringing alive the experiences at the outdoor spa at Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden 22

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Nestled in a verdant valley of rice fields with beautiful mountain views, Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai is naturally blessed with botanical abundance and serene residents – friendly farmers, gentle buffalo keepers, and wise monks. Guided by two decades of insight and local knowledge, the Four Seasons team of experts has now unlocked the full transformative potential of this destination, with a carefully curated menu of wellbeing experiences designed to clear the mind, energize the body and refresh the soul. Guests can choose their preferred path to fulfilment– be it engaging with nature, immersing in local traditions, unleashing their inner daredevil, reconnecting with their inner voice…or a little bit of everything.

Extraordinary experience Be it a cruise in a private yacht off the beach of Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui, a private yoga lesson with our in-house yogi at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai, or an educative walk with our camp hosts to learn more about the gentle giants, our team of experts at Four Seasons Resorts Thailand add their personal touch to make an ordinary experience truly extraordinary. ✤

GO: VISIT WWW.FOURSEASONS.COM/THAILAND FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.


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SPECIAL MENU ALERT Paper Moon Doha has launched a special seasonal menu featuring tantalising dishes handpicked by Chef Diego De Rosa in collaboration with one of Qatar’s most popular social media influencers and restaurant connoisseurs Abdulaziz al-Ajail. THE SUMPTUOUS MENU IS inspired by the travels of Abdulaziz al-Ajail to Italy and across the globe, inviting guests on a one-of-akind culinary journey packed with knockout flavours. Abdulaziz is a savvy travel and lifestyle blogger, and a food connoisseur, who has artistically chronicled his myriad voyages around the world on Instagram. His epicurean tastes have garnered an escalating army of followers delighting in the culinary stories that Abdulaziz narrates through his montage of posts. Following his successful collaboration with W Café last year, the young food connoisseur has teamed up with Chef Diego to explore a blend of Italian and international flavours at the restaurant. The new, exciting menu infuses the invigorating freshness of spring into classic staples. With a scattering of seasonal ingredients comprising Mediterranean herbs and rich, creamy relishes, every dish has been carefully prepared to indulge guests in a unique gastronomic experience. The specially curated menu offers a selection of exotic dishes – be it the luscious spaghetti carbonara with black truffle and pistachio or the all-time favourite pizza topped with beetroot pesto, burrata and crispy kale. From the dolce kitchen comes the decadent cannoli filled with caramel ice cream and almonds, satiating dessert lovers’ bite after bite. The legendary Paper Moon Doha restaurant brand delivers fashionable, relaxed ambience and luscious, authentic Italian fare by using the freshest seasonal ingredients by Chef Diego. The renowned culinary master has been enthralling the restaurant’s discerning patrons bringing a selection of signature dishes to the table. Paper Moon Doha invites guests to savour the trendy menu, available for lunch and dinner until April 18. ✤

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Songkran Thai water festival Get ready to get soaked with Grand Hyatt Doha’s very own Songkran celebrations this April. Songkran –Thai Water Festival—is the most anticipated and delightful Thai celebration of the year which marks the new year according to the lunar calendar. Our award-winning Thai restaurant, Isaan will be commemorating Songkran with a Songkran Chatuchak Brunch on 13 April and closing with a celebratory New Year Garden Dinner on 15 April. QAR 299 with soft beverage QAR 399 with special beverage GRAND HYATT DOHA HOTEL & VILLAS West Bay Lagoon, P.O. Box 24010, Doha, State of Qatar Tel: 4448 1250 | Facebook: IsaanDoha | Instagram: isaandoha

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HEALTHY FOOD SEASON WARM BREEZES, TREES IN bud, the ground carpeted in flowers – In Italy, spring is a time when the world suddenly seems fresh and exciting after the long haul of winter. It’s also an important period in the Italian culinary calendar, and a great opportunity for some healthy seasonal eating. The ancient farms of Puglia and Tuscany kick into action, serving up leafy salads, peas, beans, leeks, asparagus and the first crops of strawberries and cherries. At Eataly, you’ll get all this abundance! Bringing spring to your table via the stores and restaurants located at Mall of Qatar and Doha Festival City, you can tuck into Eataly’s spring menu which showcases the best the season has to offer with a range of flavoursome dishes. To begin, you might want to try the vellutata di piselli e carote (pea and carrot velouté). This refreshing chilled soup is the perfect palate cleanser. Or go for the insalata primavera, a salad of quinoa, pomegranate and tangy lamb lettuce, finished with cranberry yoghurt dressing. Adding to their selection of delicious pizzas, try the pizza leggera. The base is made with rye flour for a full, nutty taste, and the topping features authentic ricotta and mozzarella along with two of the season’s star ingredients, spinach and artichoke. Meanwhile, the lasagnetta all’ortolana is a must for vegetarians. And seafood lovers won’t want to miss the filetto di orata, a fillet of sea bream steamed to perfection and served with an aromatic ensemble of boiled new potatoes, fruity Taggiasca olives and fresh basil. When you’re not dining at Eataly, don’t forget to check out the stores for olive oil, pesto, pasta, flour and other genuine key ingredients, all sourced from the Belpaese. With these, you’ll have everything you need to rustle up your own springtime feast, bringing your favourite Italian recipes to life in your very own kitchen. ✤

GO: VISIT WWW.EATALYARABIA.COM FOR MORE INFORMATION.

TIME FOR LOLS SAVE THE DATE for some laughter with one of India’s most successful standup comedians, Atul Khatri takes to the stage at Giwana Ballroom in Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha on April 20. Rated as one of India’s top comedians by CNNiBN and part of the East India Comedy Company, Atul is a former businessman who got into comedy late in life so that he could tick it off his bucket list. He is also the winner of the ‘CEO’s got Talent award by FremantleMedia! Opening acts by Doha’s local Comedians Saad Khan, Chandrashekar Angadi, and Subeer Josh will get the crowd hyped and ready for the main show! Prices: Silver – QR100 per person, Gold – QR200 per person, Platinum - QR300 per person. Minimum age for entry is 16-years-old. Refreshments and special beverages can be purchased at the venue. Special beverages restricted to over 21s and served in a separate area. Doors open at 7pm and showtime is 8pm to 10pm.. ✤

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MIX IT UP AT DOHA’S NIGHTLIFE VENUE Mix Bar, Lounge, and Terrace is a lively, soulful affair that gives a new heart to Doha’s social scene. Watch our mixologists work their magic while you find a corner and fill it with friends; this is where Doha comes to play.

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FOODIE FAVOURITE: CLAW If you live for new restaurant openings and delicious concepts, you’ll be pleased to hear that DoubleTree by Hilton Doha is soon to welcome a brand new eatery dubbed CLAW… COMING SOON TO DOUBLETREE by Hilton Doha is CLAW - the perfect location to try the most appetising American barbecue, and the most enticing seafood dishes. Visitors won’t be able to resist the chance to eat messy, delicious and addictive grills and seafood, while they enjoy the CLAWsome cocktail menu! The menu features - in true CLAW style - a host of sizeable challenges for diners to take in including humongous burgers and gut-busting inferno wings… definitely not for the faint hearted. For lovers of all things sweet, CLAW has plenty of treats and a mouth-watering range of shakes to cater to your cravings. The drinks menu is an experience by itself with an unrivalled selection of traditional and signature beverages all served in moonshine jars and pitchers. Not only does CLAW dish up some pretty awesome grub, it also has a belting playlist. For sports fanatics CLAW never 28

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misses a goal, punch, kick or game for that matter with its wide screens around the bar and venue so diners can keep up-to-date with every glory-filled sporting moment. Also a huge hit, the CLAW Barn – a private games room dedicated to F.U.N. - featuring retro arcade games, a pool table, and juke boxes – is sure to bring out the inner teen in every diner! Stay tuned for CLAW’s opening date, and treat yourself to a world of outstanding adventures and dining experiences! ✤

GO: VISIT CLAW AT DOUBLETREE BY HILTON DOHA. OPENING DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON. CALL 4034 3333 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.


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T +974 4437 8437, M +974 5000 1334 Medina Centrale, Andalucia way, Building B12

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THAI TRADITIONS White Oryx continues to blow away Doha’s diners who go out in search of delicious tastes and traditional Thai flavours… WHITE ORYX RESTAURANT FEATURES ethnic cuisine and stands proudly in the corner of Porto Arabia Tower 30. The venue instantly sets a relaxed atmosphere with a cool sea breeze and friendly staff, making it a perfect place for dining out. The venue is quaint and the decor has a purple and gold theme. Purple chairs and gold walls. It feels modern and not at all stuffy. In fact, the menus appear on ipads which makes the place feel contemporary and fresh. Guests are welcome to savour Thai specialties such as curry, seafood, and pad Thai with a cosy atmosphere to accompany. The set-up is intended to contribute to a sense of wellbeing and health and promote the benefits of fresh, organic ingredients for the body. Exotic flavours and fragrances make Thai food amongst the most coveted of international cuisines. We have to give you one tip though. If you’re getting something to drink, get the Butterfly Pea. It’s an insanely addictive beverage that will have you wishing the supermarkets stocked it. It’s a drink made from imported dry butterfly pea, pandan leaf, sugar syrup and lime. They also make mean ice teas too! Whether it’s your first time eating traditional Thai food, or you’re a seasoned taster, White Oryx will both surprise and delight you with fantastic dishes. During the hot summer months, White Oryx will offer a special summer menu, featuring lighter fare. They also have home delivery and take away options for customers, and pride themselves on going that extra mile to keep you satisfied. ✤

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MAKING DREAMS COME TRUE Dream Machine is the leading photo booth company in Doha and has been adding exciting and fun memories to events since 2012. We take a closer look…

THE COMPANY’S DREAM IS to help clients have a unique experience at their events, create extra foot traffic on their activations and promote brand retention by having something that is worth keeping. Dream Machine also provides services for weddings, bridal and social parties and sports events. You can’t get better than having a photo with your friends and family at very special occasion as a free souvenir! Dream Machine specialise in providing a photo booth service; currently they offer 12 customised services such us photo booth with green screen and mirror booth that is truly perfect at weddings and luxurious events. If you want to increase social media presence, no problem! There’s even a hashtag booth to help you, and whether it’s a large or small venue, Dream Machine has got you covered – they have photowalkers to capture great moments with friends or guest, a video booth, the funny GIF booth and so much more. On each booking the company includes on-spot printing, unlimited printing of photos, customised artworks and standard props that will surely hype up every guest at your event. The company offers it at fair price and at the same 32

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time ensures the best quality and service in the market. Don’t take our word for it, ask their growing clients! The business started six years ago when there was no photo booth service in Qatar, a fashion photographer came to the rescue and built the first real, fun, cute, glamorous and instant photo booth machine. The company is under new management since late 2016 and still lives by the its original mission – to provide engaging marketing concepts, and exhilarating, unforgettable and one-of-a-kind experiences to its clients. At Dream Machine, they always strive to achieve the satisfaction and smiles of each client and their guest. So just strike a pose, smile, enjoy, they’ll snap in a flash and get your photo in an instant. ✤

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LAFERRARI BRONZE SCULPTURE Intricately detailed and sculpted with defined lines to give the impression of movement, LaFerrari Bronze Sculpture took seven months to complete and is a real scale replica of world-famous LaFerrari Car.

THE ST. REGIS DOHA welcomed an exclusive installation in its lobby of LaFerrari Bronze Sculpture, designed by Doha-based Iraqi artist, Ahmed Al-Bahrani, as a real scale replica of world celebrated LaFerrari car. Combining quintessential technical innovation, style and performance, the bronze installation was designed by the artist to honour the distinct craftsmanship associated with the Ferrari brand, whilst celebrating the Arab spirit. Inspired by the generosity of Arabic people, it depicts a very famous Arabic proverb engraved on its rooftop saying: “Love is an attitude of generosity”. It is the artist’s tribute to the region’s traditions and values, with the accent on hospitality and generosity. The LaFerrari car has been widely celebrated as one of the finest expressions of Ferrari’s constant desire to innovate and provide the ultimate in performance. The car’s distinctive artistry and stunning lines have been re-created in a life-size sculpture, realised in bronze by the artist. Artist, Ahmed Al-Bahrani, said: “I was passionate about Ferrari design at a very young age. Through my work I aim to inject a dynamic quality, to instill a certain level of movement that engages audiences,” he explained. “I have integrated the ancient craft of etching and it has been a prominent part of my development as an artist, as it fuses traditional practice with modern art. The main challenge with this piece was to create

something that effectively captures the sophistication and elegance that Ferrari embodies as a world-class brand while paying homage to the generous Arabic spirit.” After creating a number of prototypes, the sculpture was finalised with the help of the original design team at Maranello. Ahmed used clay and wax, which was then transformed into bronze, using state-of the-art technology. Weighing two tons and measuring 4,702mm in length, 1,703mm in width and 1,116mm high, the final artwork took seven months to complete. The LaFerrari sculpture now sits in the lobby of The St. Regis Doha for guests to revel. It is temporarily taken from Letbelah, the private museum of Mr. Omar Alfardan, which houses the most exclusive, vintage, modern and luxurious collection of cars, motorcycles and boats. Along with LaFerrari, guests can also enjoy two other permanent installations made by Al-Bahrani including The Big Metal Tree, and the Two Bronze Horses in the lobby, honouring the tradition of Arabian horses. ✤

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# Q ATA R # I N T E R N AT I O N A L # F O O D # F E S T I VA L #2018 Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF) offered visitors and residents tantalising experiences from local and internationally-renowned chefs. In attendance was the Turkish celebrity chef, Murat Bozok who prepared a special beef dish as well as India’s famous TV chef Ranveer Barar, alongside Kuwait’s celebrity chefs Fawaz Al Omaim and Asma Al Bahar, world-renowned Chef Wolfgang Puck and Japanese Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, amongst many other big names in the culinary world. With Cooking Classes, exclusive tastings and so much yummy fare to savour, thousands of visitors enjoyed the best in the world’s gastronomy scene!

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IF THERE’S ONE THING 2018 HAS BROUGHT WITH IT, IT’S A NEW LEVEL OF APPRECIATION FOR THIS GREAT COUNTRY! QATAR HAS EVERYTHING YOU COULD WISH FOR; CULTURE, ATTRACTIONS, ARTS, HOTELS, BEACHES, GOOD FOOD AND LOTS OF COOL THINGS TO SEE AND DO. FACT’S AANCHAL DUGGAL ROUNDS UP EVERYTHING THAT WE ADORE ABOUT OUR HOME AWAY FROM HOME…

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5-STAR HANGOUTS Four Seasons Hotel Doha

The epitome of palatial Arabic luxury, Four Seasons Hotel Doha brings together the very best of the city all under one roof. With ten restaurants and lounges, a three-storey Spa and Wellness Centre, comprehensive business facilities and a private beach, the hotel promises a tranquil retreat from all the hustle and bustle. Home to the world’s largest Nobu, this slice of paradise is a haven for business travelers and pleasure seekers alike. Offering an unparalleled blend of modern luxury and classical charm, your stay at Four Seasons Hotel Doha is something you won’t be forgetting anytime soon! GO: Call 4494 8888 for more info.

The St. Regis Doha

Intricately designed rooms and suites, stunning décor and lavish interiors, The St. Regis Doha will have you entranced from the get-go. Offering an unbeatable hotel experience along with breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf, the hotel makes sure that your stay is a truly amazing one. Nestled in the heart of West Bay, adjacent to the Pearl Island, The St. Regis Doha boasts 336 rooms and suites as well as a collection of carefully selected restaurants, bars and lounges. When you’re done admiring the gorgeous aesthetics, head over to the rejuvenating signature Remede Spa for a spot of relaxation! GO: Call 4446 0000 for more info.

The Ritz-Carlton Doha

Offering a unique and exquisite experience of living just like royalty, The Ritz-Carlton Doha will truly take your breath away. Set amidst the shimmering shores of the Persian Gulf, the hotel fuses the modern with the traditional to provide you with an authentic multicultural experience. Redefining dining and hospitality, The Ritz-Carlton Doha’s award-winning restaurants, tranquil spa, deluxe accommodation and stirring views combine contemporary opulence with the warmth of an authentic Arabian welcome. It is the dazzling abode you need in your life! GO: Call 4484 8000 for more info.

Mondrian Doha

A sublime fusion of colours, flamboyance, creativity and unending luxury, the spectacular Mondrian Doha is love at first sight! Boasting fantasy-like Alice In Wonderland themed interiors, the hotel redefines lifestyle in the city. Designed by Marcel Wanders, Mondrian Doha brings guests to a world where anything can happen, a delightful surprise around each corner. Featuring 211 bedrooms and 59 suites over 24 floors, the region’s very first ESPA, 24K gold elevator and top-notch dining options, you’ll never want to go home! GO: Call 4045 5555 for more info. 36

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REFINED DINING Spice Market, W Doha Hotel & Residences

Enveloped in the magic of Eastern exotic tastes, Spice Market is indulgent pleasure at its best. Titillating Manhattan’s Meatpacking District with Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s mouthwatering elevations of the region’s street cuisine, the restaurant offers truly authentic flavours along with the additional delight of family-style dining. Spice Market explores the colourful street cuisines and spices of the region like never before. A communal dining experience that is relaxed yet immersive, it makes for the perfect epicurean retreat and continues to remain one of Doha’s most popular dining hotspots. GO: Call 4453 5000 for more info.

Toro Toro Doha, Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Doha

A delectable blend of Pan Latin flavours, Toro Toro delivers the most authentic recipes from Brazil to Peru. A concept by Celebrity Chef Richard Sandoval, the restaurant provides its guests the full Latin experience in a vibrant and eclectic atmosphere. Combining flavours from the most unknown parts of Latin America, Toro Toro’s amazing location and rich cuisine have made it a great success. From its minutely prepared small dishes to the enormous selection of Latin spirits and cocktails, there’s something for everyone! GO: Call 4035 5101 for more info.

Three Sixty, The Torch Doha

Offering magnificent panoramic views of the city, Three Sixty at The Torch Doha should be at the top of your eating out itinerary. The only revolving restaurant in Doha, Three Sixty offers delicious Mediterranean cuisine in a setting that will truly take your breath away. Located on the 47th floor, the restaurant revolves slowly to reveal gorgeous views as you indulge on exceptional fresh and tasty cuisine. Combining modern design with international food choices, Three Sixty offers one of the most spectacular and unique dining experiences, especially in the evening when the city lights up! GO: Call 4446 5600 for more info.

Morimoto, Mondrian Doha

A sublime showcase of the world-renowned Chef Morimoto’s native cuisine, Morimoto is the gold standard for contemporary Japanese cuisine in the city. Inspired by ancient Japan and of-the-moment culinary technique, the restaurant offers an unexpected and inventive spin on a variety of your traditional favourites. Adorned with energetic and graceful artworks by Japanese painter, Hiroshi Senju, the restaurant is both cutting-edge and comfortable at the same time with a luxurious sushi bar and main dining area. GO: Call 4045 5555 for more info. 38

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CASUAL EATS Jwala, The Pearl-Qatar

Bringing traditional Indian vibes right to the heart of Doha, Jwala at The Pearl-Qatar will leave your taste buds pining for more! Full to the brim with a number of retro Bollywood references as well as stunning street art displays, Jwala offers a fresh new twist to modern Indian cuisine. With great attention to detail, the restaurant transports you to the vibrant streets of India with every bite. From the amazing live band to the delicious food and straight up Bollywood nostalgia, Jwala is Indian cuisine done just right. Make sure you snap the perfect picture for the ‘gram! GO: Call 4437 8437 for more info.

TWG Tea, Mall of Qatar

A tea lover’s haven, TWG at the Mall of Qatar turns your favourite brewed beverage into binge-worthy culinary masterpieces. Taking tea gastronomy to a whole new level, TWG Tea draws from its vast collection of fine harvest teas and exclusive blends, integrating them into savoury and sweet recipes. Introducing a whole new world of flavours to gourmands and tea lovers alike, TWG Tea weaves the beverage into every aspect of the meal to truly enliven your senses. From breakfast and dinner specialties to tea-infused patisseries and chocolates, TWG Tea takes you on a satisfying culinary discovery! GO: Call 4017 4877 for more info.

Al Jalsa Garden, InterContinental Doha The City

The perfect Arabesque experience under the stars, Al Jalsa Garden is the perfect spot to unwind with friends and indulge in some amazing Middle Eastern and Arabic food. A stunning Oriental lounge with a beautiful garden, guests can relax and unwind on plush cushions as they take in the soothing melodies and enjoy aromatic shishas and delectable dishes. Al Jalsa Garden lets you dig into the very best of contemporary Arabic cuisine whilst embracing a lively hospitality culture! GO: Call 4015 8888 for more info.

Al Shurfa Arabic Lounge, Al Jomrok Boutique Hotel

Al Shurfa Arabic Lounge is the perfect location for dining outdoors as you take in the exquisite sights and sounds around. Soak in the vibrant atmosphere of Doha’s legendary Souq Waqif and enjoy everything from delicious traditional mezze and juicy Wagyu beef burgers to luscious Arabic desserts and cheesecakes. Overlooking Doha’s one-of-a-kind skyline, Al Shurfa offers the ultimate serene dining experience in an Arabian ambience. GO: Call 4433 6666 for more info. 40

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Featuring an endless made-to-order menu, free flowing bubbly and more at the award-winning New York Steakhouse! Live Entertainment. Every Friday, 12.30pm - 4pm QAR 350 Brunch & Soft Beverages QAR 500 Brunch, Bubbly & More For reservations call +974 4419 5000 or Visit marriottmarquisdohadining.com

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CULTURE VULTURE East Meets West Art Installation by Richard Serra

Taking sculpture art off the pedestal and on to the street, Richard Serra adds a whole new dimension to Qatar’s art scene. Derived from the interaction with the viewer, Serra’s art has always been for the people and about the people. The breathtaking East-West/ West-East sculpture in Brouq nature reserve spans over a kilometre and comprises four steel plates, each over 14 metres in height. Built in accordance to the local topography, the sculpture beautifully enhances the space in the heart of the desert. GO: www.qm.org.qa/en for more info.

Museum of Islamic Art

Is there a building more iconic and culturally significant in Qatar than the MIA? With the aim of opening minds and shaping the future, the Museum of Islamic Art uses the power of art to bring the story of Islamic culture to life. Home to a collection of artistic objects gathered from around the Islamic world, MIA truly cements Qatar’s position as the cultural capital of the Middle East. Representing Islamic art from three continents and over 1,400 years, MIA is the place to fuel your cultural, artistic and social curiosity. Visiting exhibitions keep things exciting and interesting! GO: www.mia.org.qa/ for more info.

Al Wakra Souq

A hotbed of cultural and social activity for locals and tourists alike, Al Wakra Souq will keep you entertained for hours on end. Boasting historic value, an array of culinary delights and a serene ambience, Al Wakra Souq is a popular spot for a retreat from the city and for visitors looking for genuine Qatari life. From gorging on a variety of cuisines to taking a relaxing walk along the Corniche’s 3 km stretch and shopping to your heart’s content, Al Wakra Souq is your one-stop destination for all things culture, entertainment and dining! GO: www. www.visitqatar.qa for more info.

Katara Cultural Village

Katara Cultural Village is the largest and the most multidimensional cultural project of Qatar. With beautiful theatres, concert halls, exhibition galleries and cutting-edge facilities, it aims to spread awareness about every culture and civilisation. Bringing together culture and recreation, the area is a representation of what Qatar stands for. From a number of international, regional and local festivals to workshops, performances and exhibitions, Katara Cultural Village is sure to make the art buff in you very happy! GO: www.katara.net/en for more info. 42

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SPORTS AND LEISURE Doha Golf Club

Designed by Peter Harradine, Doha Golf Club aims to provide its guests an unparalleled golf, recreation and social experience in a beautiful natural setting. An exciting learning environment for golfers of all ages and abilities, it boasts an 18-hole Championship Course, a 9-hole Academy Course, an enormous driving range and putting green, 8 artificial lakes, graceful landscaping and a beautiful clubhouse designed in traditional Arabic style. From delectable culinary delicacies to state-of-the-art golf facilities, Doha Gulf Club will give you the ultimate golfing experience. GO: Call 4496 0777 for more info.

Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex

Taking Qatar’s tennis scene to a whole new level, Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex aims to develop the next generation of Qatari players. Providing state of the art facilities, high performances coaches and cutting edge teaching and coaching methods, it is fully committed to turn tennis into the preferred sport in Qatar. With loads of fun activities and food options available for the entire family as well as well-documented games, this is an experience you certainly do not want to miss! GO: Call 4440 9666 for more info.

Bounce at Tawar Mall

Featuring 100 interconnected trampolines housed within huge, colourful spaces, BOUNCE is bound to be your newest obsession. The largest trampoline park in the Middle East, it is packed with never seen before Ninja Warrior style obstacle course, dodge ball competitions, zip-line and so much more. From running up The Wall or launching into the Big Bag to loosening up in the Free Jump arena, the rush of BOUNCE is addictive. Make it as easy or as challenging as you like and watch your dreams of getting airborne come true. You’re never too old or too young to have this much fun! GO: Call 4408 6500 for more info.

Aspire Zone

Built to host the Asian Games Doha 2006, the Aspire Zone sports complex offers a one-of-a-kind venue for all things sports. With the aim of developing young sports talent and encouraging an active and healthy lifestyle in Qatar, it offers one of the finest sporting venues in the world. From top-notch training and research facilities to sports education and hospitality, Aspire Zone has all the facilities under one roof. Apart from some amazing sports facilities, guests can also enjoy various activities and entertainment events at Aspire Park! GO: Call 4413 8188 for more info. 44

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SPA AND WELLNESS Al Jasra Boutique Hotel, The Spa

Among the best luxury hotels in Doha, Al Jasra Boutique Hotel’s exotic and sophisticated design is truly a sight to behold. Combining Arabian ambience with modern flair, the hotel’s 26 designer spaces provide privileged views of Souq Waqif and Arabian horse stables. At The Spa, coax your senses into a state of complete serenity with unique pampering treatments. Refresh and become unburdened from stress at the magical Moroccan hammam or try one of the relaxing signature massages or transformative herbal facials. Complete bliss! GO: Call 4433 6666 for more info.

Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel & Villas, Jaula Spa

Boasting 249 guestrooms and suites as well as 91 villas featuring terraces and balconies, Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel is hospitality done just right. The hotel is one of the best choices for business and pleasure travellers alike. Echoing the symmetry and splendor of a royal palace, Jaula Spa is your path to true wellness. Combining local essences of rose, lavender, jasmine and ginger with the most advanced European spa techniques, their expert therapists provide attentive service for the most exquisite experience! GO: Call 4448 1234 for more info.

InterContinental Doha, Spa InterContinental

Immerse yourself in true relaxation at the Spa InterContinental, InterContinental Doha! A luxurious haven located at Doha’s iconic landmark hotel, the Spa InterContinental provides truly mesmerising spa treatments and genuine tranquility like you’ve never experienced before. With over 16 lavish treatment rooms and couple’s suites, private indoor pool, relaxation rooms, juice bar, sauna and Jacuzzi as well as the unique Spa Wave Bed and Quartz Bed, you’re in very good hands from start to finish. GO: Call 4484 4444 for more info.

Sharq Village & Spa, The Spa

A tranquil retreat, The Spa at Sharq Village & Spa takes pampering to another grade of bliss. With four spa villages aimed at creating a sense of inner peace and well-being, the award-winning luxury spa is the largest in Doha. As soon as you step into the stunning interiors of the Six Senses Spa, you are instantly transported to a totally new realm. With over 250 unique and exotic spa treatments and rituals that reflect the spirits and traditions of the Far East and Arabic times, it is your one-way ticket to ultimate relaxation! GO: Call 4425 6999 for more info. 46

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SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP Mall of Qatar

Your ultimate destination for shopping, dining, hospitality and entertainment service, Mall of Qatar takes you on a journey that will capture your senses. Offering a multitude of delectable culinary offerings, best in live performances and family entertainment as well as unlimited shopping outlets, Mall of Qatar is a go-to for tourists and locals alike. The world’s first mall to recruit an in-house theatre crew, the mall also includes live entertainment as part of ‘MOQ Live’. From 360 degree acts and shows performed on the multi-lift rotating Festival Stage - the options are truly endless! GO: www.mallofqatar.com.qa for more info.

Doha Festival City

Providing an array of exciting experiences for the entire family, Doha Festival City satisfies your every need. Over 100 restaurants for every culinary taste and the world’s largest Monoprix Hypermarket will ensure that your home is stocked with everything you need. From VOX Cinemas to awe-inspiring theme parks and Angry Birds World to Snow Dunes, Juniverse, Virtuocity and IKEA, Doha Festival City has something for everyone. With ample parking and an easy zoning system, it lets you experience the most comfortable shopping, leisure and business experience! GO: www.dohafestivalcity.com for more info.

Al Hazm Mall

So much more than just a shopping destination, Al Hazm Mall combines art, culture and luxury in a truly unique commercial development. A hand crafted architectural marvel, the mall pays tribute to Italy’s timeless classism and Arabia’s finest hospitality while catering to the region’s enlightened and affluent. Home to the world’s finest restaurants, trendiest cafes and selected fashion labels; it embodies a new luxurious lifestyle. If you’re someone who appreciates the finer things in life, Al Hazm Mall’s spectacular social scene and classical European style is the place to be! GO: www.alhazm.com for more info.

Tawar Mall

Offering something for every taste and budget, Tawar Mall is one the most iconic malls in the nation. From luxury and your favourite national and international brand retailers to a delectable selection of worldly dining options at food courts and in casual and contemporary restaurants, the mall offers a truly revolutionary shopping experience. Featuring a diverse mix of over 300+ stores and a collection of luxury retailers unsurpassed in the region, Tawar Mall ensures the excitement of all its customers. GO: www.tawarmall.qa for more info. 48

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RETURNING FOR ITS 4TH EDITION, THE ANNUAL FACT DINING AWARDS DOHA TAKES PLACE THIS MONTH AT A 5-STAR VENUE. YOU’VE VOTED IN YOUR THOUSANDS ONLINE AND WE JUST WANTED TO GIVE YOU A QUICK REMINDER OF ALL THE NOMINEES ONE MORE TIME AHEAD OF THE BIG REVEAL...

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•CHOICES - Oryx Rotana Doha •ELEMENTS RESTAURANT & •LOUNGE - Four Seasons Hotel Doha •TEATRO - City Centre Rotana Doha •VINE - The St. Regis Doha •FLYING CARPET - The Torch Hotel •THE SQUARE – InterContinental Doha The City •URBAN JAZZ KITCHEN – The Pearl Qatar

•AL SUFRA - Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl - Doha •PARISA - Souq Waqif •AL JALSA GARDEN LOUNGE InterContinental Doha The City •AL NAHHAM - Banana Island Resort Doha By Anantara •DAMASCA ONE - Souq Waqif •ARD CANAAN - Katara Village •ARGUELINA LOUNGE - Crowne Plaza Doha, The Business Park •MAJLIS - Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel & Villas •TAKHT-E-JAMSHID - AlHazm Mall •MAMIG - Katara Cultural Village

Italian •LA VERANDA - Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel •PORCINI - The Ritz-Carlton Doha •ROCCA - Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel & Villas •THE ITALIAN JOB - Radisson Blu Hotel Doha •LA SPIGA BY PAPER MOON - W Doha Hotel & Residences •RIVA - Banana Island Resort by Anantara •LA PIAZZA - Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli •ANTICA PESA - Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Doha •DI CAPRI - La Cigale Hotel •PAPER MOON DOHA - Jaidah Square CUCINA - Marriott Marquis City Centre Doha 52

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Mediterranean •IDAM - Museum of Islamic Art •SAWA - Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Doha •MYKONOS - InterContinental Doha Hotel & Residences •THREE SIXTY - The Torch Doha •GORDON RAMSAY MEDITERRANEAN DOHA - The St. Regis Doha •LA CASA TWENTY EIGHT - The Pearl Qatar •SANTORINI - Shangri-La Hotel Doha

European •MARKET BY JEAN-GEORGES - W Doha Hotel & Residences

•OPAL BY GORDON RAMSAY - The St. Regis Doha •AROMA – Kempinski Residences & Suites •BELGIAN CAFE – InterContinental Doha Hotel & Residences •LA VARENNE - Tornado Tower •THE FRENCH OLIVE - Various Locations •EL FARO - Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Doha •THE CELLAR - Oryx Rotana Doha

Lebanese •AL MOURJAN – Corniche •LEILA - The Gate Mall •AL SULTAN BRAHIM - The St. Regis Doha •BURJ AL HAMAM - The Pearl Qatar •DEBS W REMMAN - Medina Centrale, The Pearl Qatar •LAYALI - Various Locations •ZAHR EL LAYMOUN- Shoumoukh Towers

Latin American •IPANEMA - Marriott Marquis City Center Doha •PALOMA - InterContinental Doha •SALSA - Doha Marriott Hotel •TORO TORO - Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl Doha •RODIZIO - Crowne Plaza Doha, The Business Park •FUEGO - Shangri-La Hotel Doha


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•SAFFRON LOUNGE - Katara Cultural Village •CHINGARI - Radisson Blu Hotel Doha •ROYAL TANDOOR - Souq Waqif •GYMKHANA - Al Jomrok Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli •AL MATBAKH - Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli •ZAFFRAN DINING EXPERIENCE - Al Emadi Financial Square •TAJ RAJOI - Doha Marriott Hotel

•JW’S STEAKHOUSE - Doha Marriott Hotel •PRIME - InterContinental Doha The City •NEW YORK STEAKHOUSE Marriott Marquis City Center Doha •ASTOR GRILL - The St. Regis Doha •BENTLEY’S GRILL - Radisson Blu Hotel Doha •THE ANVIL ROOMS - Tornado Tower •HUNTERS ROOM & GRILL - The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa

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Moroccan •ARGAN - Al Jasra Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli •MARRAKECH - Lagoona Mall •TAJINE - Souq Waqif •MSSAMEN & ATAI - Qanat Quartier

Chinese •HAKKASAN - The St. Regis Doha •CHI’ZEN - Oryx Rotana Doha •RUBY WU’S - Radisson Blu Hotel Doha •SHANGHAI CLUB - Shangri-La Hotel Doha •D’CHOSPTIK - Holiday Villa Hotel

South East Asian •SPICE MARKET - W Doha Hotel & Residences •ISAAN - Grand Hyatt Doha •HWANG - Intercontinental Doha The City •SABAI THAI - The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa •ZENGO - Kempinski Residences & Suites •THE RICE AND THE NOODLE Souq Waqif •ASIA LIVE! - Doha Marriott Hotel •WHITE ORYX - The Pearl-Qatar

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•SANTA MONICA BREAKFAST CLUB - Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel & Villas •THE CHEESECAKE FACTORY Various Locations •DINER STATION - The Pearl Qatar •TEXAS ROADHOUSE - Various Locations •TED’S - Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara

•AZRAQ - Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara •CORAL - InterContinental Doha Hotel & Residences •OLIVE OIL - City Centre Rotana Doha •THE LAGOON - The Ritz-Carlton Doha •CIRCLE - Millenium Plaza Hotel •ARAMEDE - Crowne Plaza Doha, The Business Park •C. TASTE - Centro Capital Doha •SRIDAN - Shangri-La Hotel Doha •AL LIWAN- Sharq Village & Spa

Patisserie •ANGELINA PARIS - The Gate Mall •FAUCHON - Various Locations •BRIOCHE DOREE - The Gulf Mall •PAUL CAFÉ - Various Locations •LA PATISSERIE - Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli •LA CIGALE TRAITEUR - La Cigale Hotel

Casual Dining •LO SPAGHETTO DOHA - Al Saad •SUMO SUSHI & BENTO - Doha Festival City •OCEAN BASKET - Mall of Qatar •EMIRGAN SUTIS - C Ring Road •NANDO’S - Various Locations •VAPIANO - The Gate Mall


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Al Fresco Dining •Q-LOUNGE - Banana Island Resort Doha By Anantara •AL TERRACE - Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli •ADMIRAL’S CLUB - The Ritz-Carlton Doha •LA CASA TWENTY EIGHT - The Pearl Qatar •ROCCA - Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel & Villas •SECRET GARDEN - Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Doha •L’ETO CAFFE - AlHazm Mall •POOL GRILL – Four Seasons Hotel Doha

Breakfast •SANTA MONICA BREAKFAST CLUB Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel & Villas •SEASONAL TASTES - The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa •THE BREAKFAST CLUB - Qanat Quartier •LA PIAZZA - Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli •W CAFE - W Doha Hotel & Residences •SHAKESPEARE & CO - Various Locations •EGGSPECTATION - The Pearl-Qatar •POOL GRILL – Four Seasons Hotel Doha

Bar •TRADER VIC’S - Hilton Doha •SHERAZAD - Radisson Blu Hotel Doha •HABANOS - The Ritz-Carlton Doha •THE DEN - Shangri-La Hotel Doha •JAZZ CLUB - Oryx Rotana Doha •PURE - DoubleTree by Hilton •DUNES - Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel & Villas

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•WAHM LOUNGE - W Doha Hotel & Residences •MIX BAR, LOUNGE & TERRACE - The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa •Z LOUNGE - Kempinski Residences & Suites •LIQUIDITY - Crowne Plaza Doha, The Business Park

Pub •BELGIAN CAFE - Intercontinental Doha •IRISH HARP - Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel •CHAMPIONS SPORT BAR - Marriott Marquis City Center Doha •BOSTON’S - City Centre Rotana •STOCK BURGER & CO. - Holiday Inn Doha, The Business Park

Shisha Terrace •AL JALSA SHISHA GARDEN LOUNGE - InterContinental Doha The City •SHISHA TERRACE - Four Seasons Hotel Doha •AL NAFOURAH GARDEN - Oryx Rotana Doha •MAJLIS - Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel & Villas •AQUA LOUNGE - Marriott Marquis City Centre Doha •ARGUELINA LOUNGE - Crowne Plaza Doha, The Business Park •AL SHURFA ARABIC LOUNGE - Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli

Café •CARAMEL - City Centre Rotana Doha •CAFÉ MURANO - Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl Doha •GOURMET HOUSE - Kempinski Residences & Suites •W CAFÉ - W Doha Hotel & Residences •MEESH - Crowne Plaza Doha, The Business Park •MOKARABIA - The Pearl •LIFE WITH CACAO - Various Locations •AL JALSA - Sharq Village & Spa


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Club •X LOUNGE - InterContinental Doha •SOCIETY LOUNGE - Hilton Doha •ILLUSION - Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl Doha •CLUB 7 - La Cigale Hotel •CRYSTAL LOUNGE - W Doha Hotel & Residences •STRATA - InterContinental Doha The City •OYSTER BAY - The St. Regis Doha

Family-Friendly Restaurant •CARLUCCIO’S - Various Locations •NANDO’S - Various Locations •ORIENT PEARL - Corniche •TED’S - Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara •THE ITALIAN JOB - Radisson Blu Hotel Doha •EATALY - Various Locations •ISLA – The Pearl-Doha

Tea Room •TEA LOUNGE - InterContinental Doha Hotel & Residences •LOBBY LOUNGE - The Ritz-Carlton Doha •SARAB LOUNGE - The St. Regis Doha •TWG TEA - Mall of Qatar •TEA GARDEN - The Torch Doha •SEASONS TEA LOUNGE - Four Seasons Hotel Doha •ATRIUM LOUNGE - Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel •L’APREM - AlHazm Mall •LOBBY LOUNGE – InterContinental Doha The City

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•SUMO SUSHI & BENTO - Doha Festival City •THE BUTCHER SHOP & GRILL Various Locations •NANDO’S – Various Locations

Friday Brunch •CHATUCHAK WEEKEND MARKET BRUNCH AT ISSAN - Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel & Villas •THE ST. REGIS GRAND BRUNCH The St. Regis Doha •FRIDAY BRUNCH AT SPICE MARKET - W Doha Hotel & Residences •BUBBALICIOUS BRUNCH - The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa •FRIDAY BRUNCH – Four Seasons Hotel Doha •URBAN BRUNCH - Doha Marriott Hotel •FRIDAY BRUNCH AT TORO TORO - Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl Doha •FRIDAY BRUNCH AT ZENGO Kempinski Residences & Suites •FRIDAY BRUNCH AT CHOICES Oryx Rotana Doha •BIG APPLE BRUNCH AT NEW YORK STEAKHOUSE - Marriott Marquis City Centre Doha •SHANGTASTIC BRUNCH - ShangriLa Hotel Doha •FRIDAY BRUNCH - City Centre Rotana Doha

Family-Friendly Brunch •FARMER’S BRUNCH AT LAGOON The Ritz-Carlton Doha •CORAL - InterContinental Doha Hotel & Residences •THE SQUARE - Intercontinental Doha The City •FRIDAY BRUNCH AT FLYING CARPET - The Torch Doha •GARDEN BRUNCH AT LA VARANDA - Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel •CIRCLE FRIDAY BRUNCH Millenium Plaza Hotel

•FRIDAY CARVERY BRUNCH Radisson Blu Hotel Doha •FRIDAY BRUNCH AT SANTA MONICA BREAKFAST CLUB - Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel & Villas •FRIDAY BRUNCH AT SAWA - Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl Doha

Saturday Brunch •ROYAL THAI BRUNCH AT SABAI THAI - The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa •DIM SUM BRUNCH AT SHANGHAI CLUB - Shangri-La Hotel Doha •SATURDAY BRUNCH A LA ESPANOLA AT EL FARO - Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl Doha Dim Sum •BRUNCH AT NOZOMI - Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl Doha •LAZY SATURDAY BRUNCH - Opal, The St. Regis Doha

Newcomer - Fine Dining •MORIMOTO DOHA - Mondrian Doha •CUT BY WOLFGANG PUCK Mondrian Doha •GEMMAYZE - InterContinental Doha Hotel & Residences •ZEITUNA - City Centre Rotana •NUSR-ET STEAKHOUSE - Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel •BELGRAVIA - AlHazm Mall

Newcomer – Casual Dining •JWALA - The Pearl Qatar •LA LIGA LOUNGE - Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel •JAMIE’S ITALIAN - Doha Festival City •KATSUYA - Villagio Mall •GAHWETNA - The Pearl Qatar •BIG SMOKE BURGER - Al Hazm Mall •THE PIER - Four Seasons Hotel Doha •VIVA MEXICO - Qanat Quartier •HUDSON TAVERN- Mondrian Doha •QAVANNA - The Gate Mall


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• EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

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It was four-and-a-half-years in the making, yet the founders of 106.3 FM Radio Olive and Suno 91.7 FM followed through on their vision to deliver the first Indianlanguage radio stations in Qatar. Providing an infotainment service in both Hindi and Malayalam, the country’s newest on-air sound has slowly but surely come to fruition. FACT caught up with Managing Directors Krish and Ameer Ali to learn more about how their passion project became a success...

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ou can immediately feel the creativity when you walk into the offices of Radio Olive and Suno FM. The walls are adorned in pop-art style motivational quotes, retro Bollywood memorabilia and cool, colourful art that reflects the vibrant and diverse culture of India. We take a seat in a meeting room that boasts a detailed timeline of the radio – all the way from Tesla to the era of the Great Depression and through to the Digital Age of Internet Radio. As a visitor, this already sets the scene – these guys really know what they’re doing. And, by the looks of it, they’re not afraid to have some fun along the way! First and foremost, what is Radio Olive and Suno FM? The first is a Hindi FM station and the latter is broadcast in Malayalam. However, what makes them above average is the fact that both have created a milestone in the history of Qatar by being the first private Indian-language stations to be aired in and from the country. This milestone is thanks to three gentlemen who had a vision and followed through on the plan; Ameer, Krish and Satish. “We are very passionate about radio,” Krish says. “The people that we work with here are extremely passionate too – it makes us doubly proud and we love to be in the office. What we believe in is not ‘I’ but ‘we’ – that’s the entire concept that we’ve created here,” he adds. “So, nobody is the boss here, we’re all working hard.” Seeing that Qatar presented a big opportunity to conquer a new, exciting and growing market, both Radio Olive and Suno FM cater to a huge vacuum of the Indian community; 1.6million listeners

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to be precise. This accounts for around 68 to 73 per cent of the population - a large proportion of Qatar’s residents. “We’re thankful to the government and His Highness for giving us this opportunity,” Krish tells us. “We see a lot of potential here where we can create awareness of the country, its events, the culture, and the products that are here. We see that it has a very positive market,” he continues. “Our local partners are very supportive and so are the ministries who reach out to us and want to work on different initiatives to reach our audience.” With the best of On-Air talents and production teams on board, Radio Olive aims to provide the most interesting, up-to-date and relevant information, music, and entertainment to the diaspora from the Indian Sub-Continent.


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“The power of the radio amongst Asian expats is very strong,” Ameer says. “They are a community that is very close to the culture of listening to the radio.” “That’s right,” Krish adds. “People who are maybe living alone in Qatar, here for work, they listen to the radio and they pick up the phone to call the RJ, because they feel like there is somebody they can talk to, there’s an emotional connection,” he explains. The beauty of Radio Olive and Suno FM is that neither touches on any religious or political matters. Instead, what they concentrate on is the concept of infotainment. With everything from safety reminders on wearing your seatbelt when driving, not to speed or talk on the phone, to details about what’s happening in Qatar and where and when to get involved in activities and events, and even creating opportunities for listeners – Radio Olive and Suno FM’s audience is one that craves accurate information and thought-provoking entertainment. Being just four-months-old, both stations have been very quickly accepted by Qatar listeners but also people as far as Hong Kong and the USA calling in to talk with the RJs. As a result of its fast-growing popularity, the team has invested greatly on the three “O” model – On Air, Online and On the Ground. “So most of the events that we create on air, we try to culminate them with a ground event,” Krish says. “We give it exposure on social media – for example we now have an exciting concept “Fly with the RJs to Turkey” – we’ve associated with some airlines and we’re taking around 65 to 70 people along with our RJs to spend around five days in Turkey.” One of the team’s biggest signs of acceptance came when they signed a deal with Ooredoo to become the first radio station in the Gulf that is now available for streaming on the TV. They also have a mobile app for those who want to listen on-the-go. By tapping into all mediums, Radio Olive and Suno FM make sure that there is a continuity for listeners – from the car, to work, at home and even when they travel. One thing’s for sure, with an incredibly dedicated team that knows how to balance work and play, Radio Olive and Suno FM are fantastic ambassadors for bridging cultural gaps and representing the diverse Indian community in Qatar. Watch out for them in 2018… the only way is up! ✤ fact magazine

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• ENTERTAINMENT

BIG SCREEN Avengers: Infinity War WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, the powerful Thanos challenges the fate of the planet and existence itself. The Avengers and their allies need to sacrifice their all in an attempt to defeat Thanos before his conniving plan of devastation leads to the end of the universe.

DIRECTOR: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo CAST: Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo

WHY IT’S WORTH WATCHING?

A superhero saga spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Avengers: Infinity War brings together all your favourites for the showdown of a lifetime. Drawing inspiration from multiple eras of Marvel Universe history, the Russo brothers’ latest release is bound to be the most Cosmic Marvel movie of all time! After the events of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2, the Avengers have been torn apart following the events of Captain America: Civil War. As Thanos arrives on Earth to collect the Infinity Stones to inflict his evil will on all of reality, it’s up to the Avengers to save the world from eternal doom. A stunning union of incredible new characters, the most thrilling action sequences and a battle between some of the biggest superheroes ever will have you at the edge of your seats. Fresh off the success of Black Panther, this newest Marvel release definitely has some big shoes to fill.

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Highlights

A stunning union of incredible new characters, the most thrilling action sequences and a battle between some of the biggest superheroes ever will have you at the edge of your seats.” – Avengers: Infinity War

Kings WHAT’S IT ABOUT:

With the verdict of the Rodney King trial in 1992, racial tensions in Los Angeles are at an all time high. Millie, a strong and protective single foster mother of eight, must team up with Obie, her neighbour, to ensure the safety of her children.

DIRECTOR: Deniz Gamze Erguven CAST: Halle Berry, Daniel Craig

WHY IT’S WORTH WATCHING?

An enigmatic narrative of political unrest, vulnerability and family relationships, Kings starring Halle Berry and Daniel Craig is going to give you all the feels! Set against the troubling background of the notorious 1992 L.A. riots, the film’s themes of turmoil and tensions ring true even today. Following the acquittal of four of the officers accused of beating Rodney King, Millie, a single foster mother of eight and Obie, her neighbour and local loose cannon, must rely on each other to keep her children safe in these trying times. Merging political and social upheaval with family intimacy, Deniz Gamze offers an outsider’s perspective to a distinctly American event. Bold, inventive and ferociously unique, watch it for its compelling storyline and mesmerising performances.


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R&B lovers- get excited! The “original funky divas” are back and better than ever. After months of teasing, the reunited legendary group has finally graced us with another round of amazing music and mesmerising vocals. Their first album in 14 years, Electric Café marks a turning point in the illustrious vocal ensemble’s musical journey. Armed with their distinct fusion of music and style, En Vogue presents their fans with their most creative music yet. Rocket, written by Ne-Yo and produced by Curtis “Sauce” Wilson is the romantic ballad you need in your life. An effortless blend of smooth harmonies and sultry vocals, the signature En Vogue sound truly shines through. Featuring a throwback sound and melodious harmonies, Déjà vu captures a newer En Vogue sound. A mid-tempo groove of piano and drums, we’ll be belting it out for days to come! Giving the latest pop starlets a run for their money, En Vogue just proved why they will always be the queens of R&B. 66

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Steering away from gory headlines and prophecies of doom, Pinker presents a freshly positive take on human progress. With the help of 75 jaw dropping graphs, he shows how life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge and happiness are on the rise, globally. Armed with the gift of Enlightenment, Pinker believes reason and science can enhance human flourishing.

By George Ezra George Ezra has come a long way since breaking into the musical scene with his catchy single, Budapest. Backed up with his charming good looks and promising baritone, he has successfully managed to make his way into our playlists (and hearts!). Featuring themes of escapism, dreaming, anxieties and love, Staying At Tamara’s aims to be Ezra’s most honest record yet. Paradise, a breezy and carefree upbeat production is going to make you feel all warm and fuzzy. Staying At Tamara’s features improved vocals and a lot of experimentation. An anthemic display of Ezra’s musical genius, Don’t Matter Now gets too real about his battles with anxiety. Carrying a positive and upbeat message, the track is exactly what the world needs to hear right now! A deeply intimate and soul-stirring album with pure George Ezra magic.

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Census By Jesse Ball When a father receives news that he doesn’t have long left to live, he is faced with the question of who will care for his adult son - a boy with Down Syndrome and someone who means the world to him. With the desire to travel the country one last time, he decides to take up the job of a census taker and embarks on a bonding odyssey with his son. A tale about free will, grief, memory and the ferocity of parental love.


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CULINARY SPOTLIGHT •

Traditionally Italian For many Brits living in Doha, the name Jamie’s Italian may be a familiar restaurant franchise known for its super fresh, honest and tasty ingredients. Now, the worldfamous foodie favourite has opened its first venue in Doha Festival City mall. FACT’s Craig Ferriman went along to indulge in all the Italian goodness... fact magazine

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amie’s Italian promises to give diners an opportunity to devour some authentic Italian salads, grills, pizzas, pasta and desserts. It’s a rustic Italian casual dining concept from the British Chef Jamie Oliver who trained under the Italian chef, Gennaro Contaldo. The menu is simple and classic, celebrating fresh, sustainable and impeccably sourced ingredients. The restaurant serves fresh pasta made on site, every single day, hand-stretched pizzas, homely main courses and indulgent desserts, that the whole family can enjoy. The thing I really liked about Jamie’s Italian was how cosy and relaxed it felt. I also liked the way that it didn’t feel like I was in a mall. Whether that was down to good sound proofing, the design or its location, I’m still trying to fathom but the bottom line is that it works. The design follows the specifications set out for all of Jamie’s restaurants and the tables all feel neatly nestled away in corners rather than everybody being on top of each other. It’s an Italian restaurant in the traditional sense and that is firmly reflected in the menu. Antipastis include the beautifully crispy squid which was made further tasty with the chilli, garlic, parsley and mayo dipping sauce. Core ingredients at this restaurant are also run past Jamie’s headquarters in London so you can feel assured that the food you’re eating has been rigorously sourced. A case in point was the burrata cheese, which had to be just right, and it was perfect parts creamy and chewy. Pasta has become a global food item. How many of us cook it at home on a regular basis? If you go out to eat it, it has to be a bit different and extra special. The dishes at Jamie’s Italian are really personalised recipes that stay true to core Italian values. Carbonara is carbonara you might think but have you ever had it with meatballs before? I hadn’t and when I tried it here, I was mesmerised. The meatballs were not excessively large, but good quality, juicy meat that lay gorgeously on the spaghetti in a nottoo-thick carbonara sauce with a little lemon, parsley and some black pepper! D.R.O.O.L.I.N.G The risotto was delicious and the lamb chops were a 82

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surprising treat. The trick was that they were grilled under a brick to get a slightly smoked texture in homage to a tradition used by Italian labourers as a means to keep their food hot. The result was divine. Pizzas were imaginative in their toppings. I tried two - the truffle shuffle which was rather filling as you’d imagine and the funghi misti. The medium crust had roasted mushrooms with a porcini sauce and a little mozzarella. After encountering endless disappointing pizzas elsewhere, these were both very satisfying. Desserts were true to Italian standards too but get the ubiquitous Jamie’s treatment. His cheesecake is strong but not too filling but the number one for me is Jamie’s take on the classic tiramisu. A unique take on an old favourite which called for some fork fights at the table (you might not want to share this one!). And that sums up the place. It’s a one-of-a-kind dining take on an age-old theme and judging by what we ate, it’s well worth a visit. It won't dissapoint! ✤

GO: VISIT JAMIE’S ITALIAN AT DOHA FESTIVAL CITY. CALL 4455 4812 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.

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Menu Perfection at PRIME

Discover bold and distinctive flavours at Prime Steakhouse, InterContinental Doha The City as the award-winning venue introduces an exciting new menu of indulgent delights. FACT’s Craig Ferriman went to savour all the delicacies on offer…

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hen it comes to going out for steak, I often find myself in two minds. On the one hand I think; why bother? I can cook a mean cut myself at home and on the other hand I think, well, it is a rather classy way to spend an evening and a real dining treat. I say treat because it’s usually pricey paying for prime meat imported from Australia or America – well, that’s about to change! From the moment you arrive at Prime, in the 5-star InterContinental Doha The City, the quality is of a high standard. Excellent service is complimented by quality food and ingredients; gorgeous fresh bread adorned the table as we sunk into the glorious chairs and got comfortable. Our carby faves were accompanied by three butters; mixed herb, tomato and a salted butter respectively. Prime has recently overhauled its menu by stripping back the pages of options and de-cluttered it down to a simple one page board. It’s introduced some new items and optimised its classic signature pieces. It’s a kind of back-tobasics approach or put another way, trying to do what they do really well, even better! The appetisers were award-worthy and astonishingly impressive. The signature dish par excellence must surely be the braised short ribs which have been slow cooked for 36 hours! Yes, you could fly to London and back three times and they’d still be sitting in that oven! They were punctuated in a roasted butternut squash and wasabi spinach sauce. The end result was the tastiest ribs I have ever eaten – no exaggeration. One of their new dishes is the sous vide red chilli prawns from their appetisers list. The prawns are served with coconut infused butternut squash and carrot, and a not-too-hot but wholly complimentary Thai red chilli sauce. An old favourite - the five spice and coriander duck cooked at 50 degrees remains firmly on the menu (which makes our tummies very happy!). We could see the chef preparing the

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steaks in a glass box. They care deeply about their steak and are keen to convey that to you. They show you in the menu the degree to which you chosen cut can be prepared – and there’s six stages; from blue to well done via medium and medium rare. Sauces were also on point. To be different, I went for the Tennessee bourbon BBQ which added a smoky texture to my meat. They offer three excellent choices, striploin, tenderloin and rib eye. I rather liked that simplicity across the menu. You’re given a choice but not burdened by it. If the steak itself did not leave me speechless, then the sides definitely did. The truffle mash is superb and the crispy shiitake mushrooms were so more-ish that if Prime were to get a patent on this item, I’m quite sure

they could sell it in supermarkets as a delicious snack. Not like your average soggy mushroom, these were crisp, salty and had just a slight kick to get you addicted! In the end, a steak house has to really offer something extra to justify the cost and to avoid being, well, just another steak house. Prime is an example of somewhere that knows how to really bring it. It’s a definite special treat place where you can dine in elegant bliss in the safe knowledge that staff are wellversed on the menu and everything from starters to mains and even the delectable desserts – we’d highly recommend the light and zesty Velvet Lemon Tart – offer you more than just a prime-cooked steak. THIS is money and taste bud time well spent! ✤


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FOODIE CORNER •

Secretly Sensational

The Secret Garden recently turned two years old but may still remain a secret to many on the Doha scene. When you go to The Secret Garden, it’s not some empty, quiet, soulless venue, it’s happening, it’s popular and it’s vibrant. It’s also classy and chic, as Craig Ferriman finds out… fact magazine

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ituated on the rooftop of the 5-star Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The PearlDoha there is something of a Romanesque garden with hanging baskets; flowerbeds and marble that gives a classically refined feel to the surroundings. It’s like an Italian garden, high up in the air with candlelit tables and cute compartments as well as a dance space when the DJ starts on the decks later on. This is The Secret Garden. Service comes with trademark Kempinski excellence. In other words, their staff really care, are trained to the highest standards and they know what they’re serving. They’re also friendly but not intrusive. We were served by Benjamin, a South African waiter, who knew the pace to serve, what items complimented each other and which of their deliciously fruity and originally made beverages would go with the dishes we chose. So let’s talk food then. You can just as easily enjoy early evening drinks and nibbles and many of their appetisers serve as tasty treats to accompany a post-work gathering or if you’re partying late on and need sustenance from dancing to the DJ’s cool garden beats, then their tasty snacks and starters certainly fill a hole. Take the chicken lollipops whose piece du resistance is the sauce you dunk the delicate, lightly coated chicken wings in - a pomegranate concoction - divine. There are also waygu beef tacos which just sing in the mouth. There’s the crab and avocado salad lightly laced in

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carrot julienne, the tuna tartare and the delicious patatas bravas that add to the Mediterranean vibes. Their main dishes are of a superb quality. Truffle lovers have to choose the porcini risotto with white truffle and carrot cream which offers such comfort and delight it’s like a warm bath on a cold day with extra scented bubbles. The tagliata di manza is a dish set up like a battlefield. Go with me on this one! Grilled slices of rib eye beef fillet face off against cheesy croquettes on the other side of a no man’s land of lovely zucchini puree! This place does have a reputation for pizzas based on a straw poll of people I’ve spoken to who’ve been to The Secret Garden and in my ignorance, I thought they only served pizzas. Actually, their pizzas deserve that recognition because they are incredible. Served in a clay oven in the corner of the garden, they come with thin crusts which is a plus point for me, and you can choose some rather daring toppings. Most popular is the crazy mushrooms pizza which features forest mushrooms. Even their four-cheese pizza is a little more interesting than your average with taleggio, Gorgonzola and pecorino to sit alongside your usual mozzarella. Absolutely lip licking! The desserts looked a little dull on paper but even that betrayed reality with a not-too-filling but very pleasant vanilla cheesecake or the lime that was scooped out of its shell and stuffed with gorgeous sorbet. We were taken by surprise and LOVED this sweet ending to a fabulous meal that left our palates impressed. How would I sum it up in five words? I will be going back! ✤


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GO: VISIT THE SECRET GARDEN AT MARSA MALAZ KEMPINSKI, THE PEARL-DOHA. CALL 4035 5757 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.

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Next Level Nightlife A vital hotbed of dance culture and diversity, a place to forget the commonplace and wake up to your dreams; welcome to a venue like no other in Doha, ILLUSION eclipses them all. Discover ILLUSION, Doha’s Pleasure Palace It’s a place of vibrant colour that pulsates with the city’s most fashionable set, and thunders with music from big name international and regional artists. From the moment you arrive at ILLUSION you know you’re in for a very special night out. Alluring interiors lead you to the main part of the venue, a breathtaking double volume expanse, glowing with sumptuous decor. From the futuristic dome that gleams under ingenious light production, to plush, grand design-pieces and soft furnishings. Mingling on the out-size dance floor, glamour meets the night, and giddy partygoers revel in the sounds, entertainment and intensely fresh and contemporary menu. Fascinating, Fanciful Shows ILLUSION means responding to the unbelievable, tasting the fantasy, and taking leave of reality. The atmosphere is electric and enchanting. Party away the night while lithe, sophisticated and talented artistes create an unforgettable extravaganza. An immersive experience of sets, stages and installations create an outrageous mood for a throng that never stops demanding something different and out of the ordinary. The Hottest Thursdays and Fridays The venue is Doha’s escape route for the weekend. On Thursday, leave your ordinary life behind and enter a spirited existence filled with the city’s young, hot and beautiful. It’s a place that says yes to the magic of the night with its formula of danceable music, stunning fruit mixers and show-stopping performances. The Cream of Doha’s Hip-Hop Scene When it comes to the hip-hop scene in Doha nowhere comes close. ILLUSION offers everything for lovers of beats, from grime to old-school ‘rhymes and riddims’. The artist scouts have their finger on the pulse, snapping up busy Djs who regularly 92

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play at big name clubs all over the world–From L’Arc (Paris) to Gotha (Cannes), Sass Café (Monaco), Billionaire Club (Monaco), Skybar (Beirut), Ushuaïa (Ibiza), 1oak (NYC), Bâoli (Miami)—just to name a few. This hip-hop goldmine has hosted the likes of Dj Magnum, OT Genasis, Dj Freestyle Steve, Donald Lauture and Dj Toni Vegas. Thursday nights are renowned for hosting legends for legendary party-people. They’re an opportunity to discover new international talent and absorb the sounds of some truly awesome artists. NEW! Retro Beirut on Fridays ILLUSION presents Retro Beirut. More than just a Friday night out, iconic late night Beirut has officially arrived in Doha. A whole new take on the after-dark social scene, it’s an indulgent lifestyle reflecting those glitzy, balmy nights in the Levant. The squad has lined up a wealth of live bands and international & Arabic performers to tempt your ear drums and tease your feet into dancing. All you need to do is RSVP, dress up and wait for the pace to build. Be prepared for a release of good energy as the lights, the music, the crowd wash over you in the Doha’s most exciting club experience. It’s for those who crave a more glamorous celebration of the city. And this is one night that sets the standard high with non-stop sounds, amazing routines and overindulgence — Beirut-style. ✤


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GO: FOLLOW @ILLUSIONDOHA ON INSTAGRAM. CALL 4035 5757 OR 5070 0362 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.

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PALATIAL WELLNESS WONDER The Ritz-Carlton Doha has had a recent overhaul of its recreational, fitness and spa facilities. With a great new offer starting April, we sent Craig Ferriman to try out the hotel’s refurbished services and stunning indoor and outdoor areas… fact magazine

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he vast and palatial lobby of The Ritz-Carlton Doha looks much the same as it always has but that’s about the only thing that hasn’t changed! I was greeted by a traditionally warm welcome and was escorted to my room where everything was explained to me about the facilities on offer. A beautiful amenities package lay on the coffee table in my room that included a lot of chocolate. The attention to detail and personalisation to the customer was evident from the way my amenities package was presented. Without further pondering, I made my way out to explore the grounds! The pool area is rather special. It’s like a cavernous oasis. The pool meanders around rockeries to give the impression of multiple pools although they all join up. Hidden in among these rocky outcrops are private spaces with sun lounges so the pool garden could actually be very full and you wouldn’t even know it. It lends itself to lazing around, enjoying a good book and cooling off from the heat. There is also a full-length indoor pool that has marked out lanes if you want to do laps and let out your inner Olympian. I decided on relaxing in the pool and burning off all my calories in the gym, which is the largest hotel gym in the country. It’s a huge space and a mixed gym although there is a large female-only gym right next to it so you’ll not be fighting for dumbbells. The hotel bought an entire line of products from the world-renowned Tech Gym line, allowing users to use state of the art equipment.

I loved the slick, simple and stylish equipment. You can really up your cardiovascular and strength training here with core conditioning, stretch, low impact, strengthening and toning, power walking, spinning and Zumba classes. There’s also a whole host of fitness classes including personal training, fitness assessments and counselling, circuit training, body pump, pilates and so much more. The aqua facilities are superb; aside from the indoor junior Olympic swimming pool and the outdoor freeform pool with swim-up bar, there are two whirlpools (hot and cold), sauna and steam room, and changing rooms with showers and lockers adjacent to the indoor pool. If you prefer to get your cardio and workout done in the form of sport, you’ll be pleased to know that the hotel is home to a lovely tennis court and a squash court too. The perfect place to play with your pals, this is where you can unleash that competitive side for a bit of fun in the sun! The whole place just felt new and I’m sure that made me run faster, swim with ease, and relax harder than usual on a sun lounger! When you’re done sweating it out, it’s time for some relaxation. The spa is a maze of different corridors leading off to various places; sauna, a Jacuzzi, hammam, showers and, of course, to large treatment rooms which are beautifully designed and very private. They even have showers inside the treatment rooms and the staff are the most friendly, professional people. The Ritz-Carlton Doha has a lot to offer and freshly refurbished, it is looking stylish and modern whilst preserving its hospitality values and its traditionally highest standards. ✤

WELLNESS SUMMER OFFER! Prioritise your wellness and stay in shape. Discover the summer offers at The Ritz-Carlton Doha: PLATINUM 12 MONTHS MEMBERSHIP Single – One Adult | QR12,000 Couple – Two Adults | QR17,500 Family – Two Adults and Two Children | QR20,400 Additional Child – Five to 12-years-old | QR2,000 Valid until August 31. Subject to availability. Not valid in conjunction with any other discount or offer.

GO: CALL 4484 8173/8174 OR EMAIL RC.DOHRZ. SPA@RITZCARLTON.COM FOR MORE INFORMATION.

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DOHA INSIDER

Carlo Scavone The Rooftop and The Club Manager, The St. Regis Doha

Hi Carlo! What makes working at The St. Regis Doha exciting... Working at The St. Regis is exciting because it really represents the ultimate luxurious hospitality experience, definitely one of the best in the Middle East. In my two years here we hosted some of the most prominent celebrities, royalties and jet-setters from all around the world and I am very happy to run The Rooftop and The Club at The St. Regis, two of the most preferred destinations for people living the nightlife of Doha. I am extremely proud to work with such a great team amidst some of the most amazing professionals I have ever worked with. Subsequently, because of the Alfardan Group that represents the quintessential entrepreneur spirit in the Middle East; it is an absolute honour to work with this group and this family.

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What are some of your favourite cultural and dining hotspots in Doha and why? For me, definitely the Museum of Islamic Art which represents the best cultural destination of Doha and I was very proud to bring there the numerous international artists we hosted to let them experience what I think is a perfect venue to discover the art of this region. I like many different kinds of culinary experiences, especially Japanese cuisine and Steakhouse restaurants but when I can, I try to stick to my Italian roots by organising private gatherings with all my friends for backyard barbecues and dinners based on our traditional dishes

Share with us some of your goals at The St. Regis Doha for the rest of 2018â&#x20AC;Ś My biggest goal for 2018 is to keep on surprising our clientele with unique concepts, international artists and quality entertainment. I am proud to lead the prestigious partnership with the CafĂŠ Mambo Ibiza, taking place at Oyster Bay Beach, bringing a piece of the unique atmosphere of this legendary destination to Doha. As another successful project, the Retrofusion Afterbrunch Party, every Friday at The Rooftop, for all 80s, 90s and 00s music lovers, with the music direction of DJ Roger Chouery, absolutely one of the greatest music designers in Qatar, will continue all season to please our numerous followers. Last but not least our new signature nights at The Club at St. Regis will pursue in bringing worldclass talents creating a sophisticated atmosphere surrounded by an opulent and classy environment.


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FACT Qatar April 2018  

Want to know all the reasons why we LOVE Qatar? Pick up our April issue and take a look inside - there's culture, shopping, dining, arts and...

FACT Qatar April 2018  

Want to know all the reasons why we LOVE Qatar? Pick up our April issue and take a look inside - there's culture, shopping, dining, arts and...

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