FACT Qatar February 2023

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Feel The Love

It’s February, which, of course, means our thoughts turn to love – whether that be significant others, objects of, as yet, unrequited affection, friends, family or, in my case, my four-legged best mate. Yes, we should be good, kind and thoughtful all year round – polish up that halo folks – but February is a time when we make a special effort to do something nice for those we hold dear. From gifts to dates, we’ve given it some serious thought and we’ve got you covered in our main feature.

Our second feature takes a look at some of the great gadgets we spotted at the Consumer Electronics Show which happens every year in Las Vegas and attracts some outlandishly cookie ideas – that we’ll all be clamouring for in a couple of years (or even months).

This month, we also announce the nominations for the Fact Dining Awards and we’ve been eating our way around the country in preparation – I must say, this is one of my favourite times of the year, except that all that delicious food leading up to a ceremony that requires a posh dress does lead to a bit of a conflict!

For our motoring feature this month, one of my lucky colleagues headed off to the UAE to check out the latest offering from Jeep. Another hopped on a plane to the Maldives for our travel feature – nope, not jealous at all. They both had great fun, so make sure you check out those pages.

Elsewhere we’ve got our usual roundups of news from the worlds of fashion and entertainment as well as lots of good stuff happening around Qatar. Happy reading all, with love from us to you.



































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CHI Al Shaqab is to showcase an exciting mix of equestrian sport and entertainment in Doha.

Top-ranking local and international equestrian athletes will be competing at the 10th edition of the Commercial Bank CHI Al Shaqab Presented by Longines. The event, which is one of five annual CHI (Concours Hippique International) competitions around the world, will take place from February 23 to 25, at the world-famous Al Shaqab Equestrian Center. It will be supported by Commercial Bank as its title sponsor, Longines as the presenting partner and main sponsor ExxonMobil. The equestrian athletes will contend in the Olympic disciplines of show jumping, dressage and para-dressage, which will showcase the special bond that develops between a horse and a rider and the exceptional performances it can produce at such an elite level.

This year’s event has noted a growing number of participants of both horses and riders from across the Middle East, which has been an encouraging sign for the organisers since the exciting competition at CHI Al Shaqab can only be enhanced by added local interest in the fortunes of top equestrians from around the Arab world.

Speaking on this year’s competition, Al Shaqab Executive Director Khalifa Al Attiya, said: “We at Al Shaqab, and indeed the entire

Qatari nation, are proud and honoured to host this big event which is now established as a highlight of the global equestrian sports calendar.

“As the most celebrated competition of its kind in the Middle East and Asia regions, CHI Al Shaqab brings together those riders and horses who stand at the pinnacle of their disciplines. This year, once again we will deliver a festival of extraordinarily high-quality sport, as well as cultural, educational, and family entertainment activities for guests of all ages. We look forward to welcoming everyone.”

Joseph Abraham, Group Chief Executive Officer, Commercial Bank, said: “We are pleased to be the title sponsor for the fourth consecutive year of this premier equestrian event.

“We are dedicated to supporting Qatar's aspirations of becoming a premier international sports hub and we recognise the significance of sports in shaping Qatar's economy and international presence.” ✤ GO:

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Explore a world of delights at the iconic Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl – Doha.

From contemporary Japanese fine dining, Latin-American flavours or a retro-American diner, to authentic Levantine aromas or a stunning rooftop venue, this amazing property caters to every possible taste.

Al Sufra

This is the hotel’s award-wining Levantine and Middle Eastern restaurant offering a unique blend of authentic recipes from the region alongside a resident singer, a variety of hookah and a range of themed nights, including Ottoman, Seafood and Family Barbecue.

Bohemia Lounge

Evoking golden-age glamour, Bohemia Lounge is the ultimate setting for social meet-ups, offering premium beverages and assorted bites, making it the perfect choice for business meetings or friends’ gatherings.

Café Murano

An elegant combination of style, art and views, Café Murano is a popular destination for lovers of hand-made chocolate and petite culinary creations. Meet for a leisurely breakfast, a gourmet Afternoon Tea experience or choose from the wide range of delicate pastries.

El Faro

El Faro uses traditional recipes from culinary hotspots across the Latin-American peninsula. The restaurant has an indoor seating area with a unique graffiti wall as well as an outdoor terrace for al-fresco dining. Look out for daily activations, from Barra Libre – the daily happy hour – to Hola Chicas –the fabulous Latin ladies’ night every Wednesday.

Public House

Located in a beachside setting, Public House is a retro American diner and sports bar featuring a unique blend of diner favourites and competitive sports. The bright vintage interiors feature retro neon signs and a digital jukebox. From the longest happy hour in town to business lunch and weekend brunch, there is something for everyone.

The Secret Garden

As the sun sets, Doha’s best-loved rooftop, the Secret Garden, comes to life with pumping vibes around a stunning lounge with eclectic offerings for everyone. Social Hour runs nightly with sips starting at QR35 from 6pm to 9pm. Gossip Night on Mondays means three free drinks for the girls with their first food order, while Trio 101 offers three sips for QR101 every Tuesday. Wednesdays are for Pop and Pizza – three glasses of bubbles and a pizza for QR150 – and on Saturdays, guests pay half price on all bottle orders.

The Stage

An intimate venue with an upscale music lounge ambiance featuring live jazz, pop and bilingual musical performances by leading musicians and a resident band. Sensational mixologists create signature sips alongside a set menu of carefully curated gourmet bites.


This contemporary restaurant’s culinary style is best described as modern Japanese infused with European subtleties including a selection of sushi, tender Wagyu beef, world-class lobster tempura and vegetarian dishes.

Toro Toro

Enjoy authentic recipes from Brazil to Peru in a vibrant atmosphere, offering a full Latin experience from minutely prepared small dishes to share, combining flavours from the lesser-known parts of Latin America, to an enormous selection of Latin beverages.

Lobito de Mar

A casual beachside restaurant that brings the freshness of the sea to the urban jungle. Created by internationally known Chef Dani Garcia, discover the maritime gastronomy that is so typical in southern Spain.

Antika Qatar

Serving delectable modern Levantine cuisine with an exclusive lounge experience, the Antika Brand is inspired by the hidden theatres of 1950s’ Lebanon.✤


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Qatar Tourism and Qatar Airways have come together to organise exciting events throughout the winter season. attended by some of the sport's top-ranking players. The tournament is being held at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex from February 20 to 25.

Following the major success of recent events, Qatar Tourism’s mission is to further establish the country as a place where cultural authenticity meets modernity.

A lineup of festivals and family-friendly activities has been announced as part of the ‘Feel Winter in Qatar’ campaign, which aims to make the most of our fabulous winter weather.

Qatar Live

A dynamic lineup of live performances from acclaimed local, regional and international artists will be organised through the flagship activation, Qatar Live, which kicked off on January 26 and will be ongoing throughout the season.

GKA Kitesurfing Tournament

Kicking off the new year with thrilling sporting events, Fuwairit Kite Beach will host the Qatar GKA Freestyle Kite World Cup 2023. The event will run until February 4.

Qatar TotalEnergies Open

The 21st edition of the Qatar TotalEnergies Open is a professional women’s tennis tournament that will be held at the outdoor hard courts of the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex from February 13 to 18.

Qatar ExxonMobil Open

The Qatar ExxonMobil Open is the annual men's tennis tournament and is part of the ATP 250 tour. The first edition was held in 1993 and it has since become an event regularly

Qatar International Food Festival

Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF) is a Qatar Tourism initiative that celebrates the country's diverse food, beverage and hospitality offerings.

Previous editions included special culinary experiences at scenic outdoor locations, a host of globally renowned chefs, live cooking shows, cooking competitions, masterclasses and other activities for both families and friends. The 12th edition of the festival will take place from March 1 to 11.

Qatar Tourism’s Shop Qatar

Shop Qatar celebrates the country’s wide range of retail, beauty and entertainment options and unfolds around popular Doha shopping malls. Taking place annually the event aims to enhance Qatar's fashion and lifestyle scene and showcase its hospitality. At the same time, Shop Qatar introduces various compelling workshops and masterclasses and presents exciting surprises. This year’s edition is set to take place from March 1 to 18.✤ GO:

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Top jewellery and watch brands will go on display at a major Doha exhibition.

More than 30,000 visitors from over 175 countries are expected to attend the Doha Jewellery & Watches Exhibition (DJWE), an event showcasing exclusive jewellery and exquisite timepieces from the most famous and reputed international brands as well as homegrown Qatari designers. Now in its 19th edition, DJWE is organised by Qatar Tourism (QT) and Qatar Business Events Corporation (QBEC), under the patronage of HE Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior. It will take place from February 20 to 25 at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre (DECC).

DJWE is a global platform for luxury products – with more than 500 international leading watch and jewellery brands, as well as Qatari designers, participating. The muchanticipated annual event brings together aficionados of luxurious jewellery and timepieces in a unique exhibition of exclusive and exquisite craftsmanship, giving visitors the

opportunity to explore the latest trends from well-known brands from Qatar and around the world.

With close to two decades of being the epitome of luxury and elegance in Qatar, the exhibition is set to feature luxury watches, necklaces, rings, earrings, diamonds, gold and silverware, along with much more.

DJWE will display over 500 brands including huge names such as DeBeers, Chanel, Rolex, Patek Philippe, Hublot, Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Bulgari and more.

Amid the crowd of luxury-seekers will be jewellery aficionados, top designers, billionaire aesthetes and a who’s-who of acting stars from Bollywood and Turkey. ✤ GO:

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Qatar is preparing to host another major global event – Expo 2023 Doha.

Following the major success of the recent FIFA World Cup, Qatar has already set its sights on hosting another significant global event, as preparations are on track to invite the world once again to its shores. This time to experience Expo 2023 Doha, the first International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH)-approved A1 World Horticultural Expo in the Middle East.

An international delegation of AIPH officials visited multiple locations over a few days as they toured the capital to assess its readiness to host the Expo 2023 Doha, which is to be held later this year from October 2 to March 28, 2024. The event will occupy 1.7 million square metres and will be divided into three zones – International, Family and Cultural. It is expected to attract around three million visitors. More than 50 countries have already signed up to participate and organisers hope that number will reach 80 before the official launch.

Held under the theme Green Desert, Better Environment, it aims to encourage sustainable innovation and reduce desertification. It will inspire visitors to take part in the change through four sub-themes: Modern Agriculture; Technology and Innovation; Environmental Awareness; and Sustainability.

There will be myriad activities, entertainment and edutainment for all visitors, including ministers and official delegations, as well as business visitors, horticulture

aficionados, tourists, families and children.

The visiting AIPH delegation checked on the progress made by the Ministry of Municipality, which included the first-ever tour of Expo House, the unique legacy building for Expo 2023 Doha. The delegation was also able to evaluate the development of infrastructure elsewhere in Al Bidda Park, which will be the home of Expo 2023 Doha. Ambassador Bader Al Dafa, Expo 2023 Doha Commissioner General, said: “It has been an honour to welcome the President of AIPH and his delegation to Qatar. We have successfully demonstrated that we are ready to host this prestigious event with more than 50 countries already signed up to participate.”

Tim Briercliffe, AIPH Secretary General, said “With the theme of Green Desert, Better Environment, this Expo will lead the way in bringing the countries of the world together to showcase ideas and solutions for the future while at the same time creating an unmissable visitor experience. It has been encouraging to see all the preparation work completed and underway and I know that Expo 2023 Doha Qatar will become an event for Qatar to be proud of long into the future.” ✤

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It’s that time of year when our thoughts turn to love and, whether you’re just starting out as a couple or in a long-term partnership, it’s the perfect excuse to plan a really amazing date to show that special someone just how much you care. We’ve come up with our Fantastic Five ideas for dates with a difference.

The Way To The Heart

There’s an old saying that the way to a man’s (or woman’s) heart is through his stomach. And how better to discover that route than with a cooking class, learning to prepare fabulous food and then eating it? The Cooking Academy offers both group and individual classes and, if you fancy learning to cook celeb-style, Nobu also has regular classes as does Al Messila Resort & Spa.

Can’t Escape That Loving Feeling

There’s nothing like sharing a difficult task to encourage bonding. So how about an escape room, where you have to work together to solve puzzles to unlock the door. We’ve previously tried, and loved, Virtuocity, which has a range of experiences – be warned, some of them are pretty scary. We also hear good things about Escape Rooms Qatar.

Moving In Rhythm

Couples are rarely closer than when they dance together and, if the success of dance-based TV shows is anything to go by, it’s

a popular pastime. Even if you’ve got two left feet, your partner will definitely appreciate the effort if you suggest taking a dance class together. Who knows, you might surprise yourself. Salsa N Candela can help you get moving, with the added bonus of Latin rhythms.

Desert By Night

There can be few things more romantic than an evening under the wide, starlit, desert skies. Take a desert safari: visit a camel camp and ride a ship of the desert; go dune bashing and sandboarding and visit the Khor Al Udaid inland sea. There are numerous companies offering evening trips and it’s an experience not to be missed.

Get Away

Head to Qatar’s northeast coast Bin Ghannam or Purple Island. Famous for its natural beauty and exotic flora and fauna. Take a picnic and enjoy the peace and quiet. it’s the perfect place to get away from it all for a few hours of alone time… do we sense a proposal coming on?

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Looking for somewhere to spend that very special evening? We’ve got you covered with some of the best deals around. All offers take place on Valentine’s Day, February 14, unless otherwise specified.



Lovebirds can enjoy a candlelit five-course set menu comprising modern Indian dishes with a twist and a beautiful red rose to take home. The offer runs from 6pm to 11.30pm, priced QR299 per couple with soft drinks and QR499 per couple with a bottle of bubbly.

GO: Call 4009 5520 or WhatsApp 3001 5360 for more information or to make a reservation.



Love will be in the air for an entire week bookended around Valentine’s Day at Dôme. Share your appreciation for loved ones and impress with an Afternoon Tea served in a chic Parisian-style setting. Listen to the pianist as you enjoy an irresistible assortment of delicacies perfectly paired with the finest tea blends, premium

infusions and single-brewed coffees. Guests will also take away a special Dôme gift of chocolate flowers. The offer runs from February 10 to 18 from 2pm to 6pm and is priced QR320 per set (dine in). Valentine’s cakes are available to take away.

GO: Call 4030 7200 or email dining.doha@fairmont.com for more information or to make a reservation.

Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra

This is a dinner to impress. Masala Library will serve a sevencourse Royal Indian menu on a table resplendent in scattered red rose petals that would be fit for any Raj palace. Courses will be individually portioned, with each couple sharing a ‘love dessert'. Guests leave with a Muhabbat ki Sulaimani giveaway of rose cookies and a red rose. The offer runs from 7pm to 11pm, priced QR650, including beverages.

GO: Call 4030 7200 or email dining.doha@fairmont.com for more information or to make a booking.

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Curiosa By Jean-Georges

The ultimate romantic experience awaits you and your loved one at Curiosa by Jean-Georges. Celebrate love by sharing their Latin-inspired, five-course set menu and bubbly, while the romantic atmosphere and live band set the mood for a memorable evening. The offer is priced QR700, including two glasses of sparkling, or QR1,300 with a bottle of sparkling. GO: Call 4494 8600 or email res.doha@fourseasons.com for more information or to make a reservation.


Toast to love at Elements. Indulge in a special five-course set menu dinner surrounded by rose petals, perfectly accompanied by bubbly, signature sips and a red rose for the ladies. Offer runs from 7pm to 10.30pm and is priced QR580, with sparkling pairing. A special beverage package is available at QR770. GO: Call 4494 8600 or email res.doha@fourseasons.com for more information or to make a reservation.



Celebrate your love at Choices over a gorgeous selection of international dinner buffets and live cooking stations in an airy yet atmospheric ambience. You can also choose to dine al fresco overlooking the pool. The offer is priced QR320 per couple, inclusive of a welcome beverage and a rose for the lady or QR180 per person. Special prices are available for children.

GO: Call 4141 1234, WhatsApp 6608 5806 or visit hyattrestaurants.com for more information or to make a reservation.

The Cellar

Toast to an evening of love with a three-course set menu. Transport your date to Spain without leaving Doha! The offer is priced at QR380 per couple, inclusive of a welcome beverage and a rose for the lady. Wine pairing is available at QR180 per couple. QR220 per person with wine pairing top up at QR120 per person.

GO: Call 4141 1234, WhatsApp 6608 5806 or visit hyattrestaurants. com for more information or to make a reservation.


La Mar Beach

Dine under the stars on the beach with vibrant and colourful dishes sure to tantalise the taste buds. Enjoy exclusive seating on your (limited availability) private deck while listening to the waves of the ocean. The offer is priced QR1,150 per couple including one welcome drink. Beverage pairing available at QR450 per couple. GO: Call 4484 4098 for more information or to make a reservation.


Enjoy a romantic night with an authentic Greek, five-course set menu accompanied by live entertainment and plate smashing. Offer is priced at QR495 per couple including two glasses of French bubbly. GO: Call 4484 4919 for more information or to make a reservation.


Shanghai Club

Celebrate with your other half at Shanghai Club with a unique set menu for QR450 per couple, inclusive of two enhanced beverages while you sway to the tunes of the new resident DJ. Offer runs from 7pm to 10pm.

GO: Call or WhatsApp 5506 2798 for more information or to make a reservation.

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Discover honest Italian food by Michelin star-rated celebrity chef David Myers, and its creative presentations that transform our carefully curated fare into a sensorial spectacular.


Sunday – Thursday, 12:30 -15:30

Starting from QAR 85 per person


Tuesday, February 14 QAR 220 per person

For more information or to make a reservation, call +974 4141 6000 or visit leroyalmeridiendoha.com.

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Expect an unparalleled romantic dining experience at Fuego and enjoy a six-course sharing set menu, inspired by Latin American cuisine for QR380 per couple. Offer runs from 7pm to 10pm.

GO: Call or WhatsApp 5506 2798 for more information or to make a reservation.


Bar Rouge

Share a special dining experience with your loved one and enjoy our three-course set menu, inclusive of a glass of grape. The offer runs from 8pm to 12am, priced QR220 per person. GO Call 4041 3333 or email Dining.lmdoha@lemeridien.com for more information or to make a reservation.


New York Steakhouse

Say it with steak! Toast your love with a limited-edition, meatilicious, five-course menu guaranteed to set the mood and impress your partner. Offer runs from 6pm to 11pm and is priced QR695 per couple, including a special welcome drink. GO: Call 4419 5510 or WhatsApp 6643 6890 for more information or to make a reservation.

Heli-pad, Level 50

You can really up your Valentine’s game above Doha from the helipad, with the most mesmerising view of West Bay and make your experience a memorable with your loved one with a whole day of pampering. Offer includes: a rejuvenating spa experience with your partner at Saray Spa; sun downer drinks with breathtaking skyline views at Aqua Lounge; and dinner with a personalised menu served at the helipad. The price is QR10,000 inclusive. call 4419 5510 or WhatsApp 6643 6890.


Raffles Pool

Savour unforgettably romantic moments this Valentine’s day with Al fresco dining at Raffles Doha. Couples will be welcomed with a romantic cocktail reception before taking their reserved seats to indulge in a stellar special four-course menu by the

poolside. Subtle live entertainment will complete the intimate and romantic atmosphere. Offer runs from 7pm to 12pm, priced QR800 per person.

GO: Call 4030 7100 for more information or to make a reservation.

Alba by Enrico Crippa

Embark on Romeo and Juliet’s Journey Through Verona with the creativity of culinary maestro, Enrico Crippa. Guests will be transported to the hidden courtyards and richly carved stone balconies of Verona for a culinary tribute to enduring love. Diners will enjoy a five-course menu of Shakespearean proportions with each dish enhanced by quotes attributed to the lovestruck couple. Couples wanting to stay overnight can book into a themed suite with a Juliet balcony, dine on a degustation menu with the finest of grape pairings and be serenaded by live performers. Offer runs February 13, 14 and 15 from 7pm to 11pm and is priced QR490 per person including welcome drink. Overnight price on request.

GO: Call 4030 7100 or email dining.doha@raffles.com for more information or to make a reservation.



Enjoy a romantic evening to remember with your loved one as Jamavar promises a fantastically indulgent meal. The special five-course tasting menu experience showcases sumptuous Indian cuisine set to make your mouth water. The offer runs from 6pm to 11pm, priced QR245 per person, including a glass of bubbly, or QR445 per couple, including a glass of bubbly.

GO: Call 5594 9701 for more information or to make a reservation.

Pool Café

At the Sheraton Grand Doha, they’re ready to help you make the most of your magical time together with specially curated packages and services that can be tailor-made to your needs. Running from 7pm, prices for the bespoke packages vary and can include international or Arabic cuisines and flower arrangements.

GO: Call 5594 9701 for more information or to make a reservation.


The Lobby Lounge

Treat your beloved one to a romantic afternoon tea featuring themed scones, handcrafted pastries and fine teas. The offer runs from 3pm to 7pm, priced QR220 per stand.

GO: Call 5599 0916 for more information or to make a reservation.

Sel & Miel

Visit Paris in the heart of Doha. The elegant Sel & Miel dresses up its most romantic attire and welcomes you to the most elegant atmosphere. The offer runs from 7pm to 11pm, priced QR500 per couple with soft drinks or QR650 per couple for the enhanced package.

GO: Call 5599 0916 or email dining.doha@ritzcarlton.com for more information or to make a reservation.

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New experiences await you at IDAM by Alain Ducasse, Jiwan Restaurant, and Café #999. Steeped in the highest culinary standards, accompanied by stunning interiors, charming seasonal menus, and excellent service, discover what makes our restaurants a culinary destination.

Vote for us at FACT Dining Awards 2023: Café #999: Al Fresco Dining|

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As our lives become ever more tech heavy, it’s very easy to suffer from gadget FOMO (fear of missing out). Spotted your pal with the latest contraption, fed up with everyone else’s life seeming so much easier than yours thanks to their tech-savvy attitudes? That’s where the Consumer Electronics Show, held in Las Vegas, Nevada, comes in. Each year, big names and small inventors from across the world of tech come together to show their wares, from the outrageous and extreme to the long-awaited and supremely helpful. We’ve rounded up some of the products that caught our eye at this year’s event.


A smart robotic wearable suit that helps create safer workplaces.

Sony has revealed a highly customisable accessibility controller for players with disabilities

German Bionic, a robotics firm and the world’s first company to deliver connected exoskeletons for the workplace, showcased the sixth generation of its exoskeleton development with the Apogee. The Apogee is a strikingly designed next-generation smart robotic wearable tool that’s AI-supported and built for long-term use at the workplace. It provides support during lifting and walking, for up to 30kg when handling heavy loads.

The Apogee is best utilised in tasks involving lifting, unloading, static holds and walking, resulting in added energy and relief to its wearers.

Designed to be lighter and more comfortable than its predecessors, the Apogee broadens the areas of its application at the workplace and protects the health and wellbeing of workers by providing additional tools to add relief, support and safety to frequent, labour-intensive tasks.

The device works by being attached onto the back and thighs and is easy to use and unobtrusive, while allowing for no disruption to natural movements or workflows.

The exoskeleton suits are fully connected and provide users and businesses access to real-time data in order to aid in safety management and further optimise functional capabilities. Businesses can monitor device usage and safety practices through German Bionic’s IO insight platform.

The Apogee can also be customised with accessories tailored to cater to a specific team’s requirements. ✤


With the aim of making the PlayStation 5 an accessible platform to everyone, Sony unveiled the much-awaited adaptable controller codenamed Project Leonardo for gamers with limited motor control.

It is Sony’s first foray into accessible gaming equipment and has been developed with key contributions from accessibility experts, community members and game developers.

Project Leonardo is a highly customisable controller kit that works ‘out of the box’ to help players with disabilities play games more easily, comfortably and for longer periods.

Accessibility experts and charities such as AbleGamers, Special Effect and Stack Up, that are dedicated towards inclusion and support of gamers with disabilities, were consulted in the design process of this highly configurable controller. It works in tandem with many third-party accessibility accessories and integrates with the PS5 console to open up new ways of gaming.

Project Leonardo’s design choices address common challenges faced by many players with limited motor control, including difficulty holding a controller for long periods, accurately pressing small clusters of buttons or triggers or positioning thumbs and fingers optimally on a standard controller.

The controller includes a robust kit of swappable components, including a variety of analogue stick caps and buttons in different shapes and sizes. Players can use these components to craft a wide array of control layouts to suit their preference. These components allow players to find a configuration that works best for their strength, range of motion and specific physical needs. ✤


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An AI-powered intelligent baby stroller offers support to new parents.


Lenovo has launched Yoga Book 9i, an impressive, feature-packed dual-screen OLED laptop.

GlüxKind Ella provides advanced safety and convenience features. With safety being one of the stroller’s main focuses, there is a selfdriving function which only works when a child isn’t on board. In situations when a crying baby needs calming or a toddler wants to walk for a bit, parents can activate Ella’s intelligent hands-free strolling and focus their attention on their child. This function blends safety, comfort and convenience and ensures babies’ and parents’ wellbeing.

The smart baby stroller is powered with a dual-motor system that allows parents and caregivers alike an effortless walk regardless of terrain – be it uphill or downhill thanks to an intelligent adaptive braking system.

Glüxkind Ella offers additional support, whether on-the-go or at home, with baby soothing features such as Rock-My-Baby mode – an automatic rocking function. A built-in white noise playback helps to relax and soothe the infant by creating a comfortable womb-like environment that calms them.

With the help of the companion app, parents can check on their baby when they are not accompanying them by using the FindMy-Baby feature, which shows the stroller’s exact location. Additionally, Ella continuously monitors the surroundings and alerts parents of potential dangers such as proximity of cars, bikes and scooters. ✤


The Yoga Book 9i is a convertible laptop with dual 13.3-inch OLED touchscreen displays that can function as a tablet too and can be used in a number of different useful configurations.

It has been built on the Intel Evo platform that offers dualscreen versatility, multi-mode functionality and superior entertainment options.

The laptop comes with a folio stand, a Lenovo-designed Smart Pen stylus and a detachable Bluetooth keyboard that can be positioned in several different ways: attached to the front of the laptop with the two screens stacked vertically, attached in front of the two screens to have a dual-monitor experience, and placed on top of the lower screen for use like a regular laptop.

The Yoga Book 9i features two 13.3-inch 2.8K OLED PureSight displays with 100% DCI-P3 colour accuracy and Dolby Vision HDR, showcasing ultra-vivid colours, sharper contrast and richer visual details.

The 9i is well-equipped with a 13th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU, up to 16GB of DDR5 RAM, 512GB of storage and three USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 4.

The laptop includes Dolby Atmos spatial audio and a 360-degree rotating sound bar featuring Bowers & Wilkins speakers and is available in a modern Tidal Teal colour.

The packaging is eco-conscious, with the cushion materials, gift box and outer box, all containing 100% recycled paper. ✤


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GE Profile’s new smart mixer brings top-of-theline innovation to baking.

A futuristic health tracker from the comfort of your home's bathroom.

Are you a serious baker? Then the new GE Profile Smart Stand Mixer deserves your attention. Launched at CES 2023, the mixer comes with the latest technology to deliver smart solutions and efficiency in the kitchen.

The mixer includes features such as a ‘Built-in Smart Scale’ to precisely weigh ingredients directly in the mixing bowl, so users can ensure exact measurements without the need for additional equipment.

The Auto Sense Technology works with built-in recipes in the SmartHQ app. It actively monitors changes in texture and viscosity through motor torque feedback to optimise mixing, whipping and emulsifying performance. There’s an automatic shutoff feature when the timer ends, for extra convenience and perfectly executed recipes.

The advanced digital brushless motor has been engineered to run at low temperatures and generates consistent high power to mix through the toughest batches without stalling.

The mixer can be voice-activated to connect to Alexa or Google Home and use voice commands for hands-free operation. Further, users can read every detail at a glance with a unique front-facing digital display that shows the speed, time and weight of ingredients. Included with the GE Profile Smart Mixer, the SmartHQ app has more than a dozen guided recipes that offer step-by-step instructions connected to the mixer to take users through the entire process seamlessly. ✤

Ever wondered if it was possible to get health data by carrying out a basic bodily function multiple times a day? U-Scan, a new product category at technology company Withings, helps unlock a wealth of health information via a regular at-home urine analysis.

The U-Scan is a versatile cartridge-based platform that has to be placed inside users’ toilets. It then detects, measures and analyses multiple biomarkers in urine, and sends the results to their phone on the company’s accompanying mobile app via wi-fi.

The device is splash and water resistant and urine or toilet pollutants cannot penetrate to the inside. Additionally, the product’s surface has been designed to be rinsed with each toilet flush, just like the ceramic of the toilet bowl.

The technologically advanced pebble-shaped reader has interchangeable analysis cartridges that are designed to assess specific biomarkers without the need for external sample capture or strips.

The data capture is non-invasive, effortless, hands-free and automatic. Each cartridge lasts three months and can easily be changed to meet the users’ needs.

U-Scan has a Cycle Sync cartridge, which is an automatic hormonal-based cycle tracking solution, that provides accurate and hygienic urine testing for women. Giving them personalised insights to help build a cycle-adapted health routine without the mental load that accompanies most menstrual tracking.

With the Nutri Balance cartridge, it evaluates the impact nutrition and water intake has on users’ metabolism and accordingly suggests improvements and actionable insights like workouts, recipes and tips to help achieve users’goals. ✤


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LG reveals the world’s first wireless TV.

Sony and Honda have revealed a new prototype EV for their joint venture car brand.

The new LG Signature OLED M3 comes with Zero Connect technology. This allows for superior picture and sound quality transmission wirelessly; a separate Zero Connect box can send real-time audio and video up to 4K HDR 120Hz from up to 10 metres away. Further, it provides greater flexibility when installing and connecting – the 97-inch panel requires only a regular power cable connection.

The Zero Connect box comes with multiple ports for plugging in commonly used HDMI devices, such as cable/satellite set-top boxes and gaming consoles. It can also connect wirelessly with compatible soundbars for additional cable-free convenience. To ensure the seamless transfer of data from the box to the TV, LG has developed an algorithm that instantly identifies the optimal transmission path. The algorithm also helps to minimise transmission errors or disruptions as it can recognise changes in the immediate environment, such as people or pets moving around the room, and switch paths accordingly.

Additionally, for maximum signal strength, the Zero Connect box’s antenna can be easily rotated and/or tilted to align with the TV’s location.

For maximum usability, the box is voice-recognition enabled, allowing users to turn on and manage the M3 and connected devices using simple, spoken commands. ✤


Sony and Honda, combined under a new joint venture – Sony Honda Mobility (SHM), have revealed the name of their new car brand Afeela, showcasing a prototype of their new electric saloon. SHM is a mobility tech company that aims to revolutionise the mobility space and create new experiences by combining cuttingedge technology and passion.

The electric vehicle (EV) will present safety and driver assistance systems from Honda along with entertainment and interactive features developed by Sony.

The prototype has 45 cameras and sensors placed in the interior and exterior of the vehicle to improve its safety and security functions. It also features 800 TOPS (Trillions or Tera Operations per Second) of maximum computing power for the ECU (Engine Control Unit), which will be powered by Qualcomm Technologies’ Snapdragon chips that have been specialised for these vehicles. The Snapdragon Digital Chassis will serve as the foundation for these next-generation, software-defined vehicles and will enable new mobility experiences and services.

SHM also revealed that the prototype has converted the mobility space into an entertainment space by seamlessly integrating real and virtual worlds. To begin with, SHM has started to build new values and concepts for mobility with Epic Games.

The company will develop the production model based on this prototype. Pre-orders are planned to begin in the first half of 2025 and sales by the end of 2025. ✤


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FACT attended the launch of the 2023 Grand Wagoneer, cruising all the way to Fujairah City, UAE, in this iconic American SUV.

This month, we were fortunate enough to be invited by the multinational automotive manufacturing corporation, Stellantis, to attend the launch of the legendary Grand Wagoneer, at Ceasars Palace Dubai, on Bluewater Island. We would like to thank Stellantis and United Cars Almana for their wonderful hospitality and for the opportunity to experience the new Grand Wagoneer in such a comfortable and welcoming environment.


The moment the full-sized SUV was unveiled, we could see that the 2023 Grand Wagoneer is a modern interpretation of an American-made icon. The exceptional craftsmanship that has gone into the design of this striking vehicle was immediately obvious to all in attendance.

The Grand Wagoneer’s bold new exterior design has been crafted with a wide stance and features a classic yet refined silhouette. At the imposing front end sits a distinctive hood and prominent front grille combination, the latter featuring knurled finishes on the rings. Complementing these grand features is the unique LED lighting, including premium LED headlamps and foglamps. Shifting to the flanks, we could see that, like the windscreen, large windows have been incorporated into the design, greatly enhancing outward visibility. Paying homage to the original

Grand Wagoneer are the clean roofline and A-line that run around the vehicle in its entirety. A panoramic tri-pane sunroof allows an abundance of natural light inside the vehicle and offers greenhouse-like views. Chunky, 22-inch aluminium wheels add to the SUV’s rugged appearance and hint at its off-road capabilities. At the rear, LED taillamps complete the full suite of exterior LED lights, stretching from the rear quarter panels to the hands-free power liftgate.


On entering the SUV, we were immediately taken by the abundance of space on offer. In fact, the 2023 Grand Wagoneer boasts the best-in-class overall passenger volume, amongst many other bragging rights.

The fully digital cockpit is jam packed with cutting-edge tech, is immaculately laid out and features comfortable captain’s chairs. The second-row seating also features captain’s chairs, access to which is made simple by the power release Tip ‘n Slide function that creates more space for passengers to get to their seats. The third row can recline and fold flat, making it easy to configure for either passengers or luggage.

This convenient internal setup, coupled with the four-zone HVAC system, ensured we were completely relaxed, cool and comfortable as we set off on the three-hour test drive to Fujairah City.

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As we effortlessly cruised en-route to our destination, we had time to take in the seemingly endless cutting-edge tech, housed in the interior of this remarkable SUV.

The 2023 Grand Wagoneer is equipped with next-generation innovations including the new advanced Uconnect 5 system. Other notable features include a frameless digital cluster, a rear seat monitoring camera and a premium McIntosh audio system. Additionally, we were informed that this new model is available with up to 75 inches of total digital display screen area, including nearly 45 inches of total screens along the front dashboard. We found the 12-inch reconfigurable touchscreen display with split-screen capabilities to be most impressive. This setup features the before mentioned, all-new Uconnect 5 system and includes wi-fi capability, full smartphone connectivity, Alexa, access to hundreds of thousands of apps, TV shows and movies, amongst many other great options. In addition 11 USB ports, and multiple passenger screens are located in both the front and the rear.


The artisans responsible for the Grand Wagoneer’s design have included an extensive range of leading-edge safety technologies and driver assistance systems. These include a head-up display (HUD), hands free active driving assist, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, intersection collision assist and drowsy driver detection, along with turn-by-turn navigation and much, much more. The fully digital rear view mirror provides an unobstructed view of the road behind and can revert to a traditional reflective mirror by toggling the switch underneath.


The 2023 model is powered by a new 3.0-litre Hurricane twinturbo, incline, six-cylinder engine, combined with a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission. Cruising along, the abundance of power and acceleration on offer was made obvious, as we witnessed the SUV effortlessly eat up the freeway all the way to Fujairah City.

Although we couldn’t fully test the vehicle’s 4x4 capabilities on this excursion, we were informed that this model has three available 4x4 systems, along with an available Quadra-Lift air suspension and Selec-Terrain traction management system. This means there is almost no off-road terrain that this premium SUV cannot conquer. Any other SUV in this segment would have a tough time keeping up with it in the rough. ✤

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The Grand Wagoneer’s bold new exterior design has been crafted with a wide stance and features a classic yet refined silhouette.”

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Launched by Alfardan Premier Motors Co, official retailer of the brands in Qatar, the new Jaguar Land Rover Sales, Service, and Spare Parts facility at Lusail Boulevard replaces the closed Quick Service Centre at Al Markhiya and marks the group’s continued expansion in the country.

The modern, new facility houses the expanded lineup of both brands with ample space for future additions and it has been built to the new Jaguar Land Rover global ARCH standard. The facility caters to the complete needs of customers, with Servicing and Parts divisions under one roof. Customers can expect striking architecture and a stunning interior design concept — a reflection of the supreme design applied to every vehicle under the facility’s roof. What’s more, those looking for car customisation services will find a high-end Personalisation Studio and the facility also provides drop-off services and an online booking service.

The state-of-the-art facility provides customers with the latest in car repairing technologies and services allowing the team of certified specialists to better support the brands’ loyal customer base.

Omar Hussain Alfardan, President and CEO of Alfardan Group, said: “This state-of-the-art facility underlines our commitment to leading forward the Jaguar and Land Rover brands in Qatar. Here, with access to exceptional facilities and the support of

Alfardan Premier Motors’ passionate team, customers can enjoy an unparalleled opportunity to experience the brands. The customers’ trust and satisfaction are the key and cornerstone to unlocking future-proof growth avenues and prosperity. This facility is built around our customers’ needs and expectations.” The showroom itself will house the all-new and flagship Jaguar Land Rover product lineup, which includes Jaguar XF, XE, F-PACE, E-PACE, F-TYPE and I-PACE. Under the Land Rover lineup will be featured the Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Velar, Range Rover Evoque, Land Rover Defender, Land Rover Discovery and Land Rover Discovery Sport. The facility also includes Approved pre-owned vehicles from Jaguar and Land Rover that meet the rigorous quality standards in servicing and maintenance expected from the two brands. Complementing the facility’s core features, customers will enjoy a shaded parking area including parking and entrance assistance for people with disabilities. Along with dedicated spaces for a wide collection of accessories, the facility also houses a relaxing lounge area for customers and a range of Jaguar Land Rover premium lifestyle branded goods and merchandise. When the time comes to receive the vehicle, the facility has dedicated private bays for the vehicles’ handover to customers. ✤


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BMW i Vision Dee is the futuristic mid-size sedan with a new and pared-down design language. The name Dee stands for Digital Emotional Experience – and that is precisely its aim: to create an even stronger bond between people and their cars.

The BMW Head-Up-Display extends across the full width of the windscreen, providing a glimpse of the next vehicle generation. From 2025 onwards, this innovation will be available in the models of the NEUE KLASSE.

The BMW Group has also refined its use of colour-change technology. Having unveiled the BMW iX Flow Featuring E Ink, with the ability to change from black to white. BMW i Vision Dee can now curate its exterior in up to 32 colours.

The BMW Mixed Reality Slider, in combination with the advanced Head-up Display, is the digital highlight and central operating control of BMW i Vision Dee. Using shy-tech sensors on the instrument panel, drivers can decide for themselves how much digital content they want to see on the advanced Head-Up Display in a five-step selection range from analogue to virtual worlds. Dimmable windows can also be used to gradually fade out reality Projection across the entire width of the windscreen allows information to be displayed on the largest possible surface –which only becomes recognisable as a display once it is activated. In this way, the BMW Group demonstrates the huge potential of projection technology and BMW i Vision Dee visualises how an advanced Head-Up-Display could also be utilised in the future for the display and operating concept. The standard-production version of the BMW Head-up-Display extending across the full width of the windscreen will be used in the models of the NEUE

KLASSE from 2025 onwards.

The digital experience begins outside the vehicle, with a personalised welcome scenario that combines graphical elements, light and sound effects. The headlights and the closed BMW kidney grille also form a common phygital (fusion of physical and digital) icon on a uniform surface, allowing the vehicle to produce different facial expressions! This means BMW i Vision Dee can talk to people and, at the same time, express moods such as joy, astonishment or approval visually. BMW i Vision Dee can also project an image of the driver’s avatar onto the side window to further personalise the welcome scenario.

The design of BMW i Vision Dee has been deliberately pared down to focus attention on the digital experience. The exterior is defined by the classic three-box saloon design that forms the core of the BMW brand. Traditional design elements are reimagined, with phygital icons replacing analogue elements.

Inside, digitalisation goes hand in hand with reductive use of materials, operating controls and displays to ensure nothing distracts from the digital experience. The unconventional design of the steering wheel, with its central vertical spoke, creates touchpoints that come to life when approached or touched and can be operated by moving the thumb. These phygital touchpoints control selection of the content projected onto the windscreen and, together with the Head-Up Display, thus support the principle of ‘hands on the wheel, eyes on the road’. ✤


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BMW revealed its vision for the future at the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
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What’s on the smartphone agenda for February?

LiveOne Cookpad: Find & Share Recipes

Bored of cooking the same thing week in, week out? Or maybe looking for new variations of your family’s favourite dishes? Cookpad, a global recipe-sharing platform and cooking community, helps make cooking fun and not just a daily chore. Users share their recipes with a huge community of culinary aficionados as well as with beginners just entering the kitchen. Cookpad allows users access to more than 60,000 home recipes shared by over 10,000 different cooks from across the world. Whether it’s figuring out the best way to use up the ingredients in your fridge or just looking up or/and sharing simple cooking tips and recipes, this app covers it all.

It also provides users with useful filters that help them find recipes that account for intolerances, whether vegetarian, vegan, dairyfree, gluten-free, keto and much more. Cookpad is strictly advert-free and allows its users to browse and search recipes without any interruptions.

LiveOne, formerly LiveXLive powered by Slacker, is a totally reimagined music streaming app that lets users listen to their favourite music, tune into podcasts and watch video and live streaming performances all in one place.

It combines Slacker's DJs and curated radio stations with LiveXLive's live performances, providing users access to a massive collection of music and hundreds of interactive and handcrafted music stations.

Users can create custom radio stations built around songs and artists they like and then the app will mix in related content to deliver them their preferred music as well as content it thinks they might enjoy.

LiveOne also has the ability to provide live video streams of festivals and concerts from around the world.

Users can take advantage of features such as offline data-free listening on mobile, unlimited skips, no ads, HQ audio and more, through a paid subscription.

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In Conversation with… Fabian Amici

What first attracted you to the hospitality and food and beverage sector?

I always had a drive to be with people and make them feel good around me in whatever situation. I would describe myself as a highenergy guy. After school, I didn’t see myself working in a closed space. I read an article about a famous GM from Kempinski Hotels and that was it. I wanted to achieve the same goals: travel, run restaurants, be involved with entertainment, to feel that pressure and thrill at the same time, live within different cultures and lead people to success. Food and beverage (F&B) was an easy choice for me. Being Italian, we have always had a close relationship with

food and drinks. I needed a dynamic, fast-paced environment that differs every day, depending on the guests or the situation. This is what, for me, is the thrilling part of the F&B industry.

You have come to Qatar as the opening GM for Roberto’s Doha. What were the challenges in the pre-opening period and how have you dealt with these?

Challenges are found everywhere, no matter what your new assignment is. However, this pre-opening was special. The World Cup around the corner, the restaurant yet to be completed, the unknown impact the biggest event in the world would have on

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The Restaurant General Manager of Roberto’s Doha talks transmitting his passion and people-oriented leadership.

the restaurant. I had to adapt very fast to learn how things are dealt with here in Qatar, especially when you are moving from a hotel career to a stand-alone concept. Everything, all my tasks were multiplied by double in terms of planning, executing and finding the right solutions or alternatives. Empowering and trusting people around me as much as possible was how I overcame the pre-opening stage – with stress but very proud to have opened such a beautiful venue as Roberto’s. Finally, I have the luck to be surrounded by people working within the brand that always supported me and believed in me.

How have you gone about building your team and what do you think is the most important message/training that you can impart to them?

People are the most important asset for any business. They are the stars of the show and without them you cannot run it. Considering myself as a very people-oriented leader, I like to be with them in the daily operations, giving feedback and transmitting my passion to them. I think the most important thing is to keep them motivated and try to unleash their knowledge. Also, sharing my knowledge with the team and actively listening to their thoughts and feedback is the key to having a well synchronised and powerful team.

What would you say makes Roberto’s unique in the truly diverse Qatar dining scene?

Roberto’s is a unique and breathtaking venue, in terms of interior design and diversity of experiences that we can offer to our guests. Each area of the venue has been custom made. From a

classic setting for a fine-dining environment to our lounge and bar area with a décor style reminiscent of the roaring ‘20s, yet with a modern touch.

For any type of occasion, Roberto’s has the answer. When you pair our mixologist programme with our quality of products chosen with care for our traditional, yet contemporary Italian cuisine, you are in the right place. Roberto’s represents a unique lifestyle venue, guaranteeing exceptional cuisine, tunes, drinks and unmatched attention to detail. This place gives me goosebumps and at the same time it also gives me lots of energy.

As a fairly recent arrival in the country, what are three things you have discovered about Qatar that you would share with visitors?

In the first place, Doha is a vibrant capital, with the Souq Waqif where you discover tradition. Doha by night reveals its beauty and the stunning architecture, such as the National Museum, shows that architecture does not know any boundaries. The whole city is breath-taking, it captures you. I like the overall concept in terms of architecture and facilities.

Second, you have the sea, which is always a great asset for a city and a country. You can explore the coastline on a dhow, take trips or choose a nice place for snorkelling, diving, swimming and fishing. The third thing to share with visitors is the great nature, for example the reserve Khor Al-Adaid which is on UNESCO’s world heritage list. The desert with the dunes is always something special. Watching the sunset on a camel’s back, taking part in a dune walk, these are things I have put on my list to do and I’d like to share them with as many visitors possible. ✤

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Thierry Motsch, Head Chef at L’Artisan, Raffles Doha, explains his culinary inspirations and aspirations for this unique venue.

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You have worked with some of the best in the business, Michelin-starred culinary heroes from Alain Ducasse to Yannick Alleno. You also apprenticed with Chef Christian Moine. How will you translate all this top-level experience to the kitchens at L’Artisan while also stamping your own style and authority? Working with Michelin-starred chefs gave me, early on, the will to succeed by discipline, motivation and the desire to push myself further, to be totally responsive and a team leader and those are certainly attributes that I hope I bring to L’Artisan. To achieve the standard of excellence that comes with a Michelin star, kitchens have to run like well-oiled machinery with everyone working as part of a tightly-knit team and totally in-sync with each other and that’s the type of operation we have at L’Artisan. But one thing all Michelin-star mentors encourage is signature creativity – those famous chefs have all developed their own styles, borne out of a love of their craft and a curiosity to push the boundaries further. That’s what I endeavour to achieve at L'Artisan and what I also wish to encourage within my team.

What is it about L’Artisan that made you want to come to Doha?

Initially, the Raffles brand, an iconic hotel opening, and the opportunity to experience the Middle East attracted me. But I was also thrilled by the freedom to create menus which could appeal to a culture new to me. L’Artisan is a celebration of modern dining for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It was a blank canvas. I introduced dishes which are delicately finished off at the table in front of diners, by adding a swirl of sauce or jus. I have combined classics, such as sole meuniere, with modern signatures, like veal tomahawk enlivened with a sweet orange harissa and a crispy olive pastilla. We’ve even refined breakfasts. Our breakfast menu is bursting with sweet and savoury temptations. Eggs, for

instance, are served with asparagus soldiers and our French toast is enriched with apples, cinnamon and gingerbread ice-cream. Our name suggests what we are: artisanal culinary creatives who push artistic boundaries.

Still in your 30s, you have come a long way in a short time. To what do you attribute your early and ongoing success?

I have a strong desire for adventure and am endlessly curious. That is what led me to becoming a head chef on cruise ships, which brought its own rewards in that it changed my management style and opened my eyes to the importance of team well-being. It also taught me how to work within a very diverse team in terms of nationality spread – which again brings a lot of different culinary influences into play. That spirit of adventure also led me here to the Middle East, where I hope to pass on some knowledge but also learn some of the culinary delights of the region which could influence my future creations. From a very young age, I wanted to be a successful chef and that made me push to secure positions where I could learn from the best. My determination to keep on learning and growing continues until today.

What is your signature dish and what makes it popular?

Lamb and Foie Gras became my signature dish and emerged from my own cultural immersion in the Middle East, which loves lamb, and my national exposure to French and European tastes and aesthetics. The dish is a delicious taste pairing which combines culinary techniques I have learned over the years working with some of the best chefs in Europe with the tastes and requirements of the local clientele here in Doha. I suppose in a way this dish has come home to the region of its birth after all Foie Gras is a delicacy which originated in Ancient Egypt and the region’s love for lamb needs no further explanation from me. ✤

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Gaurav Prakash Executive Pastry Chef JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha talks inspirations and beautiful creations.

What first drew you to the pastry side of the culinary profession?

Becoming a chef runs in the family as two of my family members are already in the same profession and are settled successfully abroad. The story of turning my passion into a profession started during my first interview with Chef Ranveer Brar, one of the world’s most renowned celebrity chefs. During this interview, even though my initial preference was Indian cuisine, he suggested that I joined the pastry department, Chocolate Section. From that moment onwards, and to my surprise, it all felt right, my creativity was unlocked and I was on a clear path to pursuing a career I always dreamed of. It was the best of both worlds for me.

What or who inspires you in creating beautiful new confectioneries?

In order to grow into something amazing or to achieve something meaningful in life, the foundation that you lay has to be strong. For me this foundation was laid right after this first interview, with me joining the pastry team headed by Chef Saurabh Shahi, who became my mentor. He taught me how to give more than 100% to everything that I do, always to push the boundaries of my capabilities and how perseverance always pays off. These initial values that were imparted to me at the very beginning of my career have inspired me and my creativity in the best possible way.

You’ve mentioned involvement in developing gluten-free, diabetic and healthy desserts. Please explain how you go about this, particularly when items such as gluten can have very serious health consequences if taken in error.

I have been gathering knowledge and working on making desserts suitable for all, so that people who have dietary restrictions such as gluten-free, sugar-free or just target a healthier lifestyle, can still enjoy and satisfy their sweet tooth without compromising their health or taste at any given time. I have been diligent in making a dessert that does not contain any white sugar, which means substituting it with the healthier option such as agave syrup which is safe to be consumed by everyone. For the past two years at JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha, we have managed to successfully launch a healthy food programme with guilt-free options that helps guests with dietary restrictions to enjoy more, being able to create over 1,000 recipes.

What is your signature dish and what makes it popular?

Golden Chocolate Soufflé! Yes, that’s the name of my signature dessert which is served in La Maison Martinez at JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha. It’s a mesmerising combination of hot and cold, a pure hit. The dish is a 72% cocoa soufflé with edible gold on top, served with homemade rose ice cream. The uniqueness of the dessert is that it is served with the liquid nitrogen-dipped young pink rose which is fascinating to the eyes and gives an illusion-like effect. A true must try!! ✤

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Amica Sicilia got a taste of the Silk Road at the new BBQ Lunch which is taking place every Friday at Mosaic restaurant, Mandarin Oriental, Doha.

Some two millennia ago envoys of China’s powerful Han emperor ventured west until they reached the borders of the wealthy Parthian empire, which stretched from what is now Afghanistan right to the edge of the Mediterranean. The meeting unleashed an explosion of trade: in spices, porcelain, horses and camels, gold and, above all, silk. The Silk Roads spun their web of economic and cultural exchange from Shanghai and Osaka to Constantinople and Rome. Today a traveller could spend a lifetime retracing those silken threads – or you could do what we did, and let your taste buds make the journey through the flavours of the continents in the course of one wonderful afternoon. This is the concept behind the newest dining offering from the masters of luxury hospitality at the Mandarin Oriental, Doha, with the Silk Road-inspired Friday BBQ lunch at Mosaic. The restaurant itself is simultaneously calmly elegant and quietly bustling with activity. To our right, floor to ceiling windows and a bright terrace offer views over the cream marble of central Msheireb. Our table is shaded by geometric screens in light wood and intricately worked metal, creating privacy while preserving the airy lightness, while furnishings in cream and sea blue recall woven palm leaves and the interlock of traditional pearling nets. To our left is a hive of energy, where delicious aromas plume from nine open kitchens manned by chefs who are experts in specialist cuisines from Yakitori to Rotisserie via the Tandoor. We are welcomed by manager Suhrob Hojiev, with a cool ruby-red glass of pomegranate and hibiscus tea, sweetened with strawberry and playfully finished with baby mint leaves. We dip squares of crisp and fluffy focaccia, the dough fragrant with thyme and rosemary, into salty black olive tapenade as we prepare ourselves for our culinary voyage.

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We decide that like the legendary silk itself, we should start in the east and move westwards. All of Mosaic’s sushi is freshly assembled on the spot. We are particularly impressed by the freshness and tenderness of the deep red tuna sashimi, which melts in the mouth. And their culinary creativity is on full display with a roll of Wagyu beef, crispy fried shitake mushroom and teriyaki – an umami explosion.

We move on. The steam issuing from fragrant dim sum baskets is too inviting to ignore. Inside, like treasure chests, they reveal puffy bao buns full of sweet char siu chicken, translucent green vegetable dumplings and seafood siu mai. Beside these, the noodle station boasts everything from thick satisfying udon to thin glass vermicelli. We admire the chef’s wok skills as he combines fresh greens, rice noodles and tiny red shrimp with aromatic tamarind and fish sauce. With each mouthful the flavours go from sweet, to sour, to salty, balanced with bright lime juice. In front of the bakery are towers of fresh bread of every shape and size, flavoured with sesame, with gruyere cheese or dried fruit. Beside them, cheeses and cold cuts are as abundant as they are immaculately presented: rosettes of bresaola cradled with sprigs of rosemary and black olives; smoked mackerel framed by the complementary flavours of orange and dill. But as we’re sizing these up a showstopping surprise arrives at our table. “Anyone for caviar?” asks Chef de Cuisine Mervan Tekin, with a huge smile. How could we say no?

It’s a precision performance. Before our eyes the lightest, crispest melba toast is topped with a slice of Norwegian smoked salmon cured with orange juice, lime zest, salt and sugar. A small spoon of snowy sour cream is carefully positioned. Over that are sprinkled chopped shallots, salty sour capers, bright chives and finely diced egg. And all this is crowned by a spoon of tiny black

pearls, the caviar of the white sturgeon, which burst against the roofs of our mouths. It’s a sensory explosion. After cleansing our palates it’s time to face the fires of the grilling stations. Again, the choice is staggering. My companion opts for seafood, choosing beautiful fat king prawns and baby white squid, individually cleaned and prepared before hissing onto the grill. I’m seduced by miniature skewers of perfectly marbled Wagyu beef and – at the other end of the scale – a magnificent whole leg of veal, roasted with rosemary and garlic and expertly carved in front of my eyes, before being bathed in a mushroom jus and served with fresh leafy greens. We feel like the emperors of old at a feast. The final stop on our journey is the dessert station that glitters with jewel colours and gold leaf, surmounted by a towering chocolate fountain pouring liquid luxury between gold cups, one side white, one dark. The chef helps us to choose a few highlights: a fragrant lavender and orange blossom almond financier cake; a darkly indulgent whipped tiramisu; macarons stuffed with fresh raspberries, perfumed with rose; and miniature Umm Ali baked milk pudding, scented with orange blossom. Our strong black espressos, paired with handmade gianduja truffles, seal the deal. As each traveller knows, every voyage must end. But it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey.

The BBQ Lunch is priced at QR425 per person. Children aged seven to 12 years pay half the price at QR213 and those aged six and under go free. ✤

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To reserve your table or for inquiries, please contact us on dining.lmdoha@lemeridien.com or call (974) 4041 3333 FRIDAY BRUNCH


East meets West in a theatrical fine-dining experience as Amica Sicilia visits the new home of Twiga Doha

If any city can claim to be at the centre of the world, Doha has as good a claim as any. It’s at the heart of Arabia, an oasis and stopping-off place on journeys linking six continents. For evidence, look no further than what’s on your plate. This is a city where you can sample the flavours of practically any cuisine, at practically any hour of the day or night and where the flavours of those cultures meet, embrace and blend into brand-new delights before your very eyes. For a taste of this magic in action, look no further than the new Doha home of Twiga.

The restaurant and club made its name with elite locations in Monte Carlo, at Forte dei Marmi in Tuscany and in collaboration with Sumosan in London’s Knightsbridge. Now Twiga has opened its elegant doors at the heart of a new jewel in Doha’s crown, Printemps, the largest luxury department store in the Middle East. You could spend days wandering its swooping elliptical floors stacked with all that glitters. But we are here on serious business. We’re here to eat.

The corridor opens into a gently curving avenue of silk flowers, beckoning us towards our destination. Wisteria hangs garlanded from the ceiling, white and pink. Climbing wild roses curl above banks of lavender and hydrangea. Pouting tulips and delicate columbine blossom before our eyes. Inside, the restaurant is gently lit from concealed lights behind blue glass, with smoked mirrors and a ceiling in chestnut wood and pink copper. The owning company, Majestas, Luxury Hospitality Global Company led by Flavio Briatore, entrepreneur and F1 legend, was inspired by the colours and welcome of Malindi, a cosmopolitan tropical paradise on the Kenyan coast. But the menu looks even further afield, drawing from the best of both East and West in a novel and intriguing combination of the heritage of his native Italy with the nuances of New Asian cuisine.

We’re welcomed warmly by manager Johann Greef with two of Twiga’s signature mocktails. My Volare!, named for the 1958 smash-hit song by Puglian crooner Domenico Modugno, is a twist on a classic kir with sour cherry cordial blushing through the bubbles of zero-percent champagne. Sorrento meanwhile is a citrusy summer night in a glass, blending lemon, pineapple and vanilla alongside aromatic dry sage, spritzed with soda water. To show off Twiga’s strengths, head chef Murat Yilmaz has selected a trio of starters for us to sample. First up are their own handmade bao buns, the dough light and pale, sliced down the middle to be filled with a sliver of Wagyu short rib. The meat has been cooked low and slow for 24 hours in a sweet chilli soy marinade which turns it tender as caramel. Next to these are their complement, delicately pleated gyoza dumplings, filled with prawn and miso black cod, garnished with threads of red chilli. The flavours unfold in the mouth to reveal the taste of the sea. A love of seafood is something shared by the culinary traditions which inspire Twiga’s chefs, particularly Japan and Italy with their long coastlines, and the third dish drives this connection home. Octopus, gaspingly fresh, is blanched to ensure tenderness, marinated with citrus and peppers and then roasted over the hot coals of the robata or robatayaki, a Japanese barbecue developed over centuries by the fishermen of Hokkaido. The white and lilac flesh melts like butter in the mouth. I can honestly say it was the

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best I have ever tasted (even better than my mother-in-law’s back in Italy, though I won’t be telling her that).

Turning back to Italy, we choose Tagliolini All’astice – a pasta cooked with cherry tomatoes, garlic, basil and the sweet indulgence of a half lobster tail. Twiga can make the rare boast in Doha of making all their pasta in-house, and their tagliolini are a square-edged ribbon pasta, vanishingly thin at less than 2mm per strand. Like angel hair, such fine noodles, especially when fresh, are fiendishly difficult to cook well, but these retain just the perfect amount of al dente bite. Funnily enough, the history of pasta is itself the ultimate fusion-food story, as most food historians agree it can trace its roots back to ancient China. Our attention is caught by a steaming, sizzling plate. Wagyu beef entrecote, generously marbled with flavourful fat and grilled to precision on the Josper, a high-tech grill which the chefs play like a piano. It’s accompanied by a contrasting duo from East and West: creamy, pungent truffle mayonnaise, next to the bright citrus and salt of Japanese ponzu sauce.

But the pièce de resistance is dessert. A wide tray arrives beside our table with a theatrical flourish. On it are a stack of savoiardi biscuits, a pillowy cloud of whipped mascarpone and two steaming moka pots. These iconic Bialetti stove-top coffee machines are found in practically every Italian kitchen and take their name from the city of Mokha on Yemen’s Red Sea coast, from where, until the 18th century, most of the world got

most of its coffee. Before our eyes, layer by layer, the delicate biscuits are rolled and soaked in espresso and placed between generous cushions of mascarpone, powdered with dark cocoa. It’s a perfect tiramisù, and the perfect end to a meeting of distant culinary worlds that perhaps only makes full sense in the cultural crossroads of Doha but here has found a natural home. ✤

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Luke Bennett discovered bursting flavours and an authentic setting for a sub-continental journey.

Jwala’s vision is to offer guests a casual and enjoyable dining experience by creating the illusion of wandering the streets of India. The décor is a true reflection of this with vibrantly painted walls being adorned with murals of iconic, Indian images and a collection of street-themed items carefully displayed throughout the restaurant. To immerse diners even further into Indian culture, Jwala is currently hosting live music from 7pm daily (except Sundays). The band that played during our visit certainly added energy and authenticity to the evening.

Upon arrival, we were warmly greeted and encouraged to select our seating preference. The tables with lounge seating were an obvious choice. However, there is the option of siting outside or in coved, semi-private areas near the back of the restaurant if dining in larger groups.

While we perused the diverse and innovative menu, a bowl of light, crispy papadums alongside an assortment of dips was delivered by our friendly and attentive waiter, Swapnil. Jwala’s menu encompasses many symbolic, authentic Indian dishes with added creative theatre and a fusion with many international cuisines. From OMG Butter Chicken Lasagne to Jwala Bunny Chow, the eclectic mix of courses certainly evokes curiosity and excitement.

With a little guidance from our waiter, we opted for a range of different dishes to start our evening. Firstly, displayed in an inverted, transparent glass was a colourful and intriguing Raita Salad. As Swapnil lifted the glass, matchsticks of cucumber spilled elegantly onto the plate, mixing with the crunchy bed of boondi and pomegranate seeds all smothered in a fresh, creamy

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raita sauce. Not your average salad, this dish proved to be a palate-pleasing harmony of freshness and crunch.

Served in a bronze teapot emitting steam, Rangoli Chicken Lollipops were next to arrive and, as the name suggests, four wooden sticks were wrapped in chicken breast, each coated differently with crispy Indian flakes that complemented the juicy fibres of meat. Accompanying the lollipops, were three alluring, golden samosas. Slicing through the first, perfectly fried pastry revealed a very generous serving of minced lamb that excelled on both texture and taste – only to be outdone by a warming, gooey concoction of cheddar and mozzarella that oozed from the middle of the next samosa.

Dining out with your partner or friends provides an opportunity to share and enjoy food and 65 Pizza appears to be the perfect dish for this type of occasion; however, it is so delicious that you wish you weren’t sharing it. This innovative take on a pizza starts with a soft, tearable naan base blanketed with a layer of rich tomato sauce and stringy mozzarella. Plentiful amounts of Chicken 65 and crunchy pine nuts along with drizzles of raita and mango dressings all make for delectable toppings. Each flavoursome bite of pizza just keeps bringing you back for more!

Jwala aren’t just exciting their diners with spectacular food options, they are also serving up a range of fascinating speciality drinks from Bollywood Lassi to Sholay Mojito. We opted for the latter which was a pleasurable blend of lemongrass, ginger and lime all unusually served inside a plastic bag and providing a punchy sharpness that complemented the main courses perfectly. The first of which was of course a curry, Prawn Masala Jar. Plump, juicy prawns were smothered in a creamy coconut milk and tomato gravy that had both a wonderful depth of flavour and popping freshness from the addition of peas. A light and flaky Pashawi naan filled with a substantial, crumbly spread of almonds, dried fruit and coconut, was perfect for dipping into the curry or to tear and savour alone.

Having tried the delicious Bermuda Chicken Biryani on a previous visit, I decided upon sampling the Gamla Jhad Paya Biryani, and I was not disappointed with my choice. Gamla means pot in Hindi which explains why the food arrived in a garden pot with the bone of the lamb shank protruding from the ‘soil’, a bed of black paya basmati rice. The fibres of the lamb were unbelievably tender; the rice was flavoursome with layers of soft and crispy grains permeated with a crunchy concoction of cashews, pomegranate seeds and peas. All of which made for mouthfuls of full-bodied, moreish food.

A metal stake carrying hearty chunks of succulent chicken breast announced the arrival of our final main course, Kutubminar Shawarma. Despite their impressive size, each piece of meat retained satisfying levels of moisture and they were marinated in a tantalising tikka sauce – yet another display of expertly prepared meat from Jwala’s chefs. A surrounding selection of katoris housing onions, chapati, mango pickle and tahina raita made this outstanding dish perfect for sharing.

Given the extremely generous portions of food, we didn’t really have an appetite for a dessert. Thankfully, Bubbly Papadum provided the ideal, lighter option with savoury, crisp papadums carefully stacked and layered with a combination of sweet

vanilla custard, sugary strawberry jam, and a plentiful scattering of fresh fruit. If you have a greater appetite for desserts, Jwala offers an impressive variety from traditional Gulab Jamun Bites to Rasmalai Tres Leches (a saffron infused cake which Swapnil mentioned was a top choice).

Looking for a relaxed yet memorable restaurant with outstanding food and excellent service? Then, look no further than Jwala – a contemporary, Indian establishment, ideally situated in the lively district of Medina Centrale, The Pearl. ✤

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Luke Bennett discovered that Farmore Thn Burger (FTB) is a fitting name for this relaxing, stylish restaurant where they aren’t just relying on high-quality meat patties to entice diners.

Situated on the ground floor of The Marriot Executive Apartments City Center Doha, this newly opened establishment will certainly add an indulgent yet refined option to the ever-growing gastronomic scene here in Doha. The décor creates a sleek, modern diner-like ambiance that caters for all. From booth seating for a sociable, larger group to more private tables with both high-top stalls and curved, longue seats. An elongated, licensed bar adorned with cinematic and illuminated signage takes centre stage - offering guests a further option of sitting at the bar with some sharable snacks.

As we took our seats, the newly appointed manager, Rodel, spoke enthusiastically about their signature dishes and offered suggestions from the intriguing and exciting menu. From the snacking section, we opted for the Lobster and Prawn Popcorn which proved to be a great choice. Hearty, succulent pieces of meat that melted under each bite were perfectly coated in double, crispy tempura batter and lightly brushed with a punchy, tobico mayo. (Who said popcorn was only for the cinema?)

Accompanying the balls of fried deliciousness was a fresh, vibrant bowl of frisée lettuce, seaweed shards, crunchy edamame beans and a delightful mix of crab, lobster, prawn and calamari rings. The sweet, thick coriander tasuma dressing significantly heightened the pleasurable taste of the Seafood Salad. Bringing a tantalising aroma to the table was a warming pot of Lobster Bisque. Removing the lid revealed a rich, colourful tomatobased sauce submerging generous portions of lobster meat that delivered on both texture and taste. The layers of flavour within the sauce were enhanced with the addition of lobster stock and coriander and cubes of crispy croutons added both crunch and a touch of saltiness.

For the main course, they offer a range of skilfully crafted, homemade burgers and a selection of dishes that utilise the opulent ingredient, lobster. Two focus points of an outstanding burger must be the quality of both the meat patty and the bread. Our Avo Burger delivered on both fronts: the Wagyu beef patty provided a thicker grain of tasteful meat that oozed delightful levels of moisture, and the parmesan-coated brioche bun (also freshly made) held its firm shape, adding a different textural element. Topping the delectable meat were strands of crispy, salty bacon; smooth, plump wedges of avocado; and a velvety smothering of mimolette cheese.

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Another example of their impressive use of bread was our Spicy Brioche Roll. An expertly toasted brioche finger roll encased a creamy blend of shredded lobster and prawn, whipped with a spicy yet enjoyable chipotle mayo. Rings of sliced jalapenos and scallions added some welcome crunch and tang. A standout dish for sure! For our final main course, we were served Thermidor, a perfectly baked lobster sliced into halves. The firm yet juicy fibres of meat slid easily from the shell and were elegantly displayed upon a creamy edamame emulsion that complemented the meat perfectly. Each main course arrived with homemade, triple-cooked fries that had a satisfying, crispy exterior yet remained fluffy and light inside. If you wish, you can opt for a portion of slightly thinner and crispier sweet potato fries sprinkled with lime salt. Both options were highly enjoyable, not overly oily and supremely well-seasoned. As an additional side, I would highly recommend the Mac & Cheese. The macaroni was prepared al dente with a lightly, crisped top layer – an essential component in any mouth-watering Mac & Cheese! The considered use of parmesan and fontina resulted in a dish that had the desired, creamy texture but was not too stodgy, meaning you could keep coming back for more. Like any great diner, the dessert choices celebrate all things ice cream. The Brownie Sundae was a substantial offering of smooth, luscious vanilla ice cream with chunks of crumbly, delectable brownie and a lavish drizzling of salted caramel and Valrhona chocolate sauce that hardened to offer a pleasurable ‘snap’. Alongside the sundae sat an alternative take on a banana split.

A trio of delicious chocolate, vanilla and pistachio spheres were topped with thin slices of fresh banana and a dusting of crushed corn flakes that added a desirable crunch to the dish. As mentioned, Farmore Thn Burger are fully licensed and offer a wide range of beverages. During our evening, we sampled a couple of their skilfully curated mocktails. Firstly, Mallow Sunset gifted a vividly coloured blend of hibiscus tea, strawberry juice and homemade honey, topped with fresh sprigs of mint. The next mocktail, Basil Smash, presented a fresh mixture of basil, apple and lemon juice, soda and sugar syrup. Both beverages were highly enjoyable, not excessively sweet and complemented the food nicely.

Despite gorging on a vast range of appetizing dishes, we left without the nauseating feeling of overindulgence, and I’d attribute this to the refined nature of FTB’s dishes. Couple this with the exceptional, attentive service from Rodel and his team and you should definitely add Farmore Thn Burger to your ‘must try’ list. If these weren’t already enough reasons, they also offer multiple, impressive deals: a generous ‘Power Hour’ lasting from 12-8pm every day except Fridays; a business lunch with a twoor three-course option; and a newly launched, BBQ-style Friday brunch that I am sure will be a hit. ✤

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There are plenty of new offers and new venues around Qatar to enjoy this month –we’ve rounded up our favourites.



Experience ‘La Côte d’Azur à Doha’ with live entertainment as you sample the richness of local and international recipes while your favourite mixed grills are delivered to your table by exceptional chefs. The Saturday Mediterranean Brunch runs from 12pm to 4pm and costs QR250 per person with soft drinks and QR299 with enhanced beverages.

GO: Call 4009 9666 or WhatsApp 3075 8211 for further information or to make a reservation.

CAFÉ #999

Celebrate good health and well-being at Café #999 as you savour fresh ingredients and rich Italian flavours. The venue is ideally suited for dining or a quick bite during a visit to the Fire Station Galleries or a walk at Bidda Park with your loved ones and pets. Open daily from 9am to 9pm, Thursday to Saturday, and from 1pm to 9pm on Sundays, prices range from QR35-40 for breakfast, QR85-100 for the Business Lunch and QR350 for the ‘must-try’ five-course menu.

GO: Call 4452 5650 or email café#999restaurant@qm.org.qa for more information or to make a reservation.



Gather your crew for the Dalchini Social Brunch where you can tuck into a tabletop buffet of Indian progressive dishes and live Patta Chat! Brunch runs on Fridays from 12pm to 4.30pm and is priced

at QR149 per person, including soft drinks. Enjoy an enhanced beverages package at QR149 per person for two hours or a premium beverages package at QR249 per person for two hours. GO: Call 4009 5520 or WhatsApp 3001 5360 for more information or to make a reservation.



Spend your Saturdays in style at Provok's Uruma Saturday Lunch. At the cutting edge of modern Asian gastronomy, the daring and inventive menu elevates delicate miso soups and generous sharing-style platters — from freshly-caught sashimi to sumptuous dishes starring lobster, Wagyu beef or King crab legs — with a masterfully creative spin. The offer runs from 12pm to 4pm and is priced at QR320 per person for Set 1 and QR620 per person for Set 2.

GO: Call 4030 7200 or email dining.doha@fairmont.com for more information or to make a reservation.



The world-famous eatery offers an elite brunch with a wide selection of Nobu’s speciality dishes. The offer runs each Friday from 1pm to 4pm and is priced at QR345 for the regular brunch, QR525 for the sparkling option and QR650 for the enhanced sparkling brunch.

GO: Call 4494 8500 for more information or to make a reservation.

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Candela Entertainment

Candela Entertainment & Events provides event management and entertainment services for hospitality and tourism industry in Qatar, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Jordan, and parts of Asia and Europe. They offer services such as concept creation, planning, designing, coordinating, and execution, as well as a variety of entertainment including dance performances, live bands, singers, DJs, kids shows, roaming acts, parades, musical theatrical shows, spectacle shows, presenters, and cultural shows.

www.candelaentertainment.com Email: info@candelaentertainment.com +974 77118850



Your search for the ultimate modern and contemporary Friday Brunch stops at Choices, as they’ve kicked off the New Year with the newly made-over Cosmopolitan Brunch. There’s a huge variety of starters, main courses with a special emphasis on seafood, as well as plenty of sweet options. The brunch runs on Fridays from 12.30pm to 4pm and is priced at QR300 per person, including soft drinks for those aged 12 and over. Kids from six to 11 pay QR150 and it’s QR75 for three to fives. Unlimited house pours are available at QR150 per person.

GO: Call 4141 1234, WhatsApp 6608 5806 or visit hyattrestaurants.com for more information or to make a reservation.


The Ducasse kitchen team works to create an inspirational cuisine, respectful of the environment that transforms the fine-dining experience in the region. This respect for nature with an eye to progression is evidenced by Ducasse’s decision to use Qatar’s own farms for fresh organic supply, supporting both the notions of sustainability and local agriculture. The restaurant is open daily from Saturday to Thursday from 12.30pm to 2pm and from 7pm to 9pm. A five-course meal costs QR550 plus QR40 for guest pairing. A seven-course feast is priced at QR650 plus QR60 for guest pairing.

GO: Call 4422 4488 or visit idam.com/home for more information or to make a reservation.



One of Doha’s most popular Greek and Mediterranean restaurants, where you can enjoy sun, sea and fine food to the sound of a bouzouki player, who performs daily from 7.30p to 11.30pm except Sundays. There’s also traditional Greek plate smashing on Thursdays and Fridays from 9pm to 9.30pm. Enjoy a Greek Business Lunch from Sunday to Wednesday from 12pm to 4pm, priced at QR115 per person. Or head down at the weekend for brunch on Friday or Saturday from 12pm to 4pm, priced QR385 for two or QR565 for three. you can also sample traditional Greek Nistisima (Lentern) fare from February 27 to April 15.

GO: Call 4484 4919 for further information or to make a reservation.


Begin your day with serenity and breakfast at Jiwan as you take a seat on the terrace and enjoy the views of the Corniche and the Doha skyline. Open throughout the day, there are a range of set menus, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free, for which prices start at QR180 for the lunch deal, without drinks.

GO: Call 4452 5725 or visit jiwan.qa/ for more information or to make a reservation.


Shanghai Club

Indulge in an elevated KOI brunch curated by world-renowned chef Peter Lloyd, including live entertainment and interactive dining experiences, every Friday from 1pm to 4pm. The offer is priced at QR320 with soft drinks or QR480 for the enhanced beverages package.

GO: Call or WhatsApp 5506 2798 for more information or to make a reservation.


La Gourmandise

Pick a seat and leave the rest to them as you indulge in a dinner experience that will nurture your body, mind and soul through a selection of menu items made to impress. The offer runs daily from 7pm to 10pm and is priced at QR106 for a two-course menu and QR119 for three courses.

GO: Call 4041 3333 for more information and to make a reservation.



Relish in the flavours of the signature whole baby goat churrasco curated for sharing between friends and family while enjoying live music from a Brazilian band. Booking is required 48 hours in advance and the offer is priced at QR1,200 serving four to six people.

GO: Call 4419 5510 or WhatsApp 6643 6890 for more information or to make a reservation.

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Need a quick lunch every day? Then they’re ready for you. Enjoy a two-course set menu including starter and main course or main course and dessert for QR75 or three courses, including starter, main course and dessert, The offer runs Sunday to Friday from 12.30pm to 3.30pm and is priced from QR95.

GO: Call 4041 6911, WhatsApp 5083 7102 or email toshi. doha@millenniumhotels.com for more information or to make a reservation.


Hudson Tavern

What could be better than a traditional Saturday roast with friends or family in great surroundings. That’s what you’ll find at Hudson Tavern every Saturday from 12.30pm to 4pm. The offer is priced QR125 for a three-course menu with an additional package at QR250 for two hours.

GO: Call 4045 5999 for further information or to make a reservation.


Shehrazad Lounge Bar & Terrace

Look out for great deals on Combo Wednesdays ranging from bangers and mash with a glass of hops for QR80 to a mixed grill with hops at QR120. A seafood platter and chicken wings are also available. The offer runs from 5pm to 11pm every Wednesday.

GO: Call 4428 1555 or email fbreservations.doha@ radissonblu.com for more information or to make a reservation.

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l 52 Categories with 580-plus nominations.

l Each category has two winners – a BEST and a FAVOURITE.

l The BEST is decided by a panel of anonymous judges made up of industry experts, reputed bloggers and the FACT Qatar team.

l The FAVOURITE is chosen through online public voting.

l A gala awards ceremony is set to take place in May 2023 in Doha, where we will announce the winners.

l 104 category awards will be given out on the night, chosen from hundreds of nominated venues, as well as the overall BEST and FAVOURITE.

l FACT Dining Awards is part of a wider initiative by FACT M.E. with annual ceremonies across the region.

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Al Fresco Dining

• Al Nafourah Garden – Hyatt Regency

Oryx Doha

• Bagatelle Doha – Le Royal Méridien


• Café #999 – Fire Station, Doha

• Carbone Doha – Al Maha Island

• La Mar Beach – InterContinental

Doha Beach & Spa

• Makani Beach Club – Four Seasons Hotel Doha

• Nammos Qatar – Al Maha Island

• Orient Pearl – The Corniche, Doha

• Patio by Walima – Mondrian Doha

• Q-ONE Floating Lounge – Banana Island Resort Doha

• Tatel Doha – Al Maha Island

• The Highmore – Waldorf Astoria

Lusail, Doha

• Twisted Olive – Burj Doha Tower

All-Day Dining

• Al Liwan – The Ritz-Carlton Sharq

Village, Doha

• Al Mandaloun Waterfront – The St. Regis Marsa Arabia Island, The PearlQatar

• Avenue CuisInMotion – Pullman

Doha West Bay

• Café #999 – Fire Station, Doha

• Choices – Hyatt Regency Oryx Doha

• Crossroads Kitchen – Marriott

Marquis City Center Doha Hotel

• Glass House – Al Aziziyah Boutique Hotel, Doha

• Mawasem – Hilton Doha

• Mosaic – Mandarin Oriental, Doha

• Orient Pearl – The Corniche, Doha

• Qinwan Cafe – Msheireb Downtown, Doha

• Remman Cafe – West Bay, Doha

• Seasonal Tastes – The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa

• Souk Kitchen – Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas

• Thai Kitchen Restaurant & Bar

– Centara West Bay Hotel & Residences Doha

• The Square – InterContinental Doha - The City


• Campagnia Caffe – Marriott Executive Apartments City Center Doha

• Deli Kitchen – Al Messila, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Doha

• IZU – Mandarin Oriental, Doha

• La Parisienne – InterContinental Doha - The City

• Le Colonial Restaurant – Alwadi Hotel Doha - MGallery

• Mawasem – Hilton Doha

• Mezzo – AlRayyan Hotel Doha, Curio Collection by Hilton

• Pure Vida Qatar – Al Maha Island

• Qinwan Cafe – Msheireb Downtown, Doha

• Quick Bites – Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel

• Shay Al Shoomos – Souq Waqif, Qatar

• Souk Kitchen – Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas

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• Sridan – JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha

• Twisted Olive — Burj Doha Tower

• Yedi by Chef Esat – Le Royal Méridien Doha

Casual Dining

• Boho Social – Katara Cultural Village, Doha

• Broadway Brasserie – DoubleTree by Hilton Doha – Al Sadd

• Crossroads Kitchen – Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel

• Farmhouse – Rixos Gulf Hotel Doha

• Go Home – Msheireb, Doha

• Jwala – Mall of Qatar

• LaCasa Twenty Eight – The PearlQatar

• Maia Lounge – Mall of Qatar

• Nakhchivan – Souq Waqif, Doha

• Sirocco – Holiday Inn Doha - The Business Park

• The Square – InterContinental Doha - The City

• Twisted Olive — Burj Doha Tower

• Vapiano — Various Locations, Qatar

• Volume Café — Qanat Quartier, The Pearl-Qatar

Green & Clean

• AVOCA Restaurant – Doha Tower

• Evergreen Organics – Various Locations

• Malibu Kitchen – The Ned Doha

• Pura Vida Qatar – Al Maha Island

• Quick Bites – Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel

• Wyld Erth – Waldorf Astoria Lusail, Doha

In Mall

• Baladna – Mall of Qatar

• Debs W Remman – Mall of Qatar

• Eataly – Doha Festival City, Qatar

• Jamie’s Italian – Doha Festival City

• Jwala – Mall of Qatar

• Maia Lounge – Mall of Qatar

• Mezzo – AlRayyan Hotel Doha, Curio Collection by Hilton Mall of Qatar

• Sazeli – Mall of Qatar

• Vapiano – Various Locations – The Gate Mall

New In Town – Casual Dining

• Beefbar – Lusail, Doha

• Crazy Pizza – Printemps Doha

• Hadika – The Ned Doha

• Hoppers Doha – Msheireb, Doha

• La Gourmandise – Le Méridien City Center, Doha

• Medios Restaurant – Delta Hotels City Center Doha

• Millie's Grill – The Ned Doha

• MNKY HSE— Al Hazm, Qatar

• Rossopomodoro – Al Maha Island

• The Rider – Fuwairit Kite Beach Tapestry Collection by Hilton

New In Town – Fine Dining

• Akte Pier 51 – Rixos Gulf Hotel Doha

• Belhambar – Al Shyoukh Port, Doha

• Billionaire Doha – Al Maha Island

• Carbone Doha – Al Maha Island

• CAZA – Le Méridien City Center, Doha

• Chotto Matte Doha – St. Regis Marsa Arabia Island, The Pearl-Qatar

• The Restaurant – The Chedi Katara Hotel & Resort Doha, Qatar


Afternoon Tea

• Al Jalza Lounge – The Ritz-Carlton Sharq Village, Doha

• AtTEAtude Lounge – Alwadi Hotel Doha - MGallery

• Baraha Lounge – Mandarin Oriental, Doha

• Café Murano – Marza Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Doha

• EllaMia – Mondrian Doha

• Karaki Lounge – Al Maha Island

• La Maison Martinez – JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha

• Loleya Café – Le Royal Méridien Doha

• Maia Lounge – Mall of Qatar

• Malaki – Raffles Doha

• Members Lounge – The Diplomatic Club, Doha

• Moda Lounge – AlRayyan Hotel

Doha, Curio Collection by Hilton

• Novecento – InterContinental Doha Beach & Spa

• Peacock Alley – Waldorf Astoria

Lusail, Doha

• Sarab Lounge – The St. Regis Doha

• Seasons Tea Lounge – Four Seasons

Hotel Doha

Business Lunch

• Astor Grill – The St. Regis Doha

• Baladna – The Pearl-Qatar

• ByWater – Waldorf Astoria Lusail, Doha

• Cucina – Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel

• Fuego – JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha

• IKA - South American – Aleph Doha Residences, Curio Collection by Hilton

• Market by Jean-Georges – W Doha

• Mykonos – InterContinental Doha Beach & Spa

• Nakhchivan – Souq Waqif, Doha

• Sabai Thai – The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa

• Saffron – Banyan Tree Doha

• Shirvan Metisse Doha – Porto Arabia, Doha

• Smat – The Corniche, Doha

• Sushi On – Hilton Doha

• The Cellar – Hyatt Regency Oryx Doha

• Toshi – Millennium Plaza Doha

Family-Friendly Brunch

• Al Hubara Restaurant – Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel

• Aramede – Crowne Plaza Doha - The Business Park

• Avenue – Pullman Doha West Bay

• Bazaar Brunch at Al Liwan – The Ritz-Carlton Sharq Village, Doha

• Beach House Brunch at Q Lounge –Banana Island Resort Doha

• Elements – Four Seasons Hotel Doha

• Gahwetna – The Pearl-Qatar

• Il Galante – Banyan Tree Doha

• La Sagra Paesana Brunch at Cucina –Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel

• More Than Friday Brunch – Rixos Gulf Hotel Doha

• Q Lounge- Banana Island Resort Doha

• Twisted Olive — Burj Doha Tower

Friday Brunch

• Beach House Brunch at Q Lounge –Banana Island Resort Doha

• Beefbar – Lusail, Doha

• Choices – Hyatt Regency Oryx Doha

• Coral – InterContinental Doha Beach & Spa

• IKA - South American – Aleph Doha Residences, Curio Collection by Hilton

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• Nobu – Four Seasons Hotel Doha

• Papagayo Brunch at Fuego – JW

Marriott Marquis City Center Doha

• Sora Sky Brunch – Park Hyatt Doha

• The Big Apple Brunch at New York

Steakhouse – Marriott Marquis City

Center Doha Hotel

• Trader Vic’s – Hilton Doha

• TUK TUK Brunch, Spice Market – W


• Vaya! Latin Mercado – Fairmont


• Vine – The St. Regis Doha

Saturday Brunch

• BICE Restaurant – Pullman Doha

West Bay

• Elements – Four Seasons Hotel Doha

• Jamavar Doha – Sheraton Grand

Doha Resort & Convention Hotel

• Liquid Brunch, Streat Culture –

DoubleTree by Hilton Doha – Al Sadd

• NEW Asian Brunch - Sabai Thai –

The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa

• O’Glacée Restaurant – Alwadi Doha

- MGallery

• Provok Asian Project – Fairmont


• Public House - Marza Malaz

Kempinski, The Pearl-Doha

• Sabadao Brunch at Ipanema –Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel

• STK – The Ritz-Carlton, Doha

• Stock Burger Doha – Holiday Inn

Doha - The Business Park

• The Cellar – Hyatt Regency Oryx


• Yum Cha at Deli Kitchen – Al

Messila, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Doha

Social Brunch

• Coya Doha – W Doha

• Curiosa by Jean-Georges – Four

Seasons Hotel Doha

• Dalchini Restaurant & Bar – Centara

West Bay Hotel & Residences

• Iris Brunch – The Ritz-Carlton Sharq

Village, Doha

• La Mar – InterContinental Doha

Beach & Spa

• La Serre – DoubleTree by Hilton


• La Vista 55 – InterContinental Doha

- The City

• Nashville Brunch, Broadway Brasserie – DoubleTree by Hilton

Doha – Al Sadd

• Provok Asian Project – Fairmont Doha

• Rio Carnival Brunch at Ipanema –Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel

• Seasonal Tastes, Bubbalicious Brunch

– The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa

• SeñorRitas Tex Mex – Cielo Hotel, Lusail, Doha

• Shanghai Club – JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha



• Hakkasan Doha – The St. Regis Doha

• Liang – Mandarin Oriental, Doha

• Miss Wong – Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas

• Ruby Wu's – Radisson Blu Hotel Doha

• Shanghai Me – Al Dafna, Doha

• The Asian Kitchen – InterContinental Doha - The City


• Bentley's Grill – Radisson Blu Hotel Doha

• Bibo Doha – The St. Regis Doha

• IDAM – Museum of Islamic Art, Doha

• IZU – Mandarin Oriental, Doha

• L’Artisan – Raffles Doha

• LaCasa Twenty Eight – The PearlQatar

• La Serre – DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown

• Le Train Bleu – Al Hazm, Qatar

• Market by Jean-Georges – W Doha

• Novecento – InterContinental Doha Beach & Spa


•& Deli – City Center Doha Mall

• ERGON Qatar – Al Abraj Park, Fasht Al Hool

• GAIA - West Bay/Al Dafna

• HELLAS – Katara Cultural Village, Qatar

• Manos – The St.Regis Marsa Arabia Island, The Pearl-Qatar

• Mykonos – InterContinental Doha Beach & Spa

• Nammos Qatar – Al Maha Island

• OPA Doha – The St. Regis Doha

Indian Casual Dining

• Bombay Balti – Radisson Blu Hotel Doha

• Chingari – Radisson Blu Hotel Doha

• Desi Dhaba – Al Sadd, Qatar

• Jwala – Various Locations

• Q Lounge – Banana Island Beach Resort Doha

• Royal Tandoor – Various Locations

• Saffron Lounge – Katara Cultural Village, Qatar

Indian Fine Dining

• Dalchini Restaurant & Bar – Centara West Bay Hotel & Residences

• Gymkhana – Katara Hills, Doha

• Iksha 360 Restaurant – The PearlQatar

• Jamavar Doha – Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel

• Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra –Fairmont Doha

• Qalamkarri – Banyan Tree Doha

• Rasa Doha – Rixos Gulf Hotel Doha

• Riyasat – The St. Regis Doha


• Al Hubara Restaurant – Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel

• Avenue - CuisInMotion – Pullman

Doha West Bay

• ByWater – Waldorf Astoria Lusail, Doha

• Coral – InterContinental Doha Beach & Spa

• Crossroads Kitchen – Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel

• Inginuity – Radisson Blu Hotel


• O’Glacée Restaurant – Alwadi Doha - MGallery

• Q Lounge – Banana Island Resort


• Seasonal Tastes – The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa

• Shirvan Metisse Doha – Porto Arabia, Doha

• SUSHISAMBA Doha – Waldorf

Astoria Lusail, Doha

• Thai Kitchen Restaurant & Bar

– Centara West Bay Hotel & Residences

• The Square – InterContinental Doha

- The City

• Timeless Restaurant – Lusail, Doha

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Italian Casual Dining

• BICE Restaurant – Pullman Doha

West Bay

• Café #999 – Fire Station, Doha

• Cicchetti — Shoumoukh Towers, Qatar

• Cucina – Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel

• Dante Cucina Italiana – Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas

• Paper Moon – Jaidah Square, Qatar

• Pasta Fresca – Element City Center


• Rossopomodoro – Al Maha Island

• Spontini – The Pearl-Qatar

• The Italian Job – Radisson Blu Hotel


• Trapani Restaurant – Msheireb, Doha

• Vapiano – Various Locations

Italian Fine Dining

• ADRIFT Anda by David Myers – Le Royal Méridien Doha

• Alba by Enrico Crippa – Raffles Doha

• Cecconi's – The Ned Doha

• Corinthia Yacht Club Member’s Lounge & Restaurant – The PearlQatar

• Il Galante – Banyan Tree Doha

• La Spiga by Paper Moon – W Doha

• Roberto's – The St. Regis Marsa

Arabia Island, The Pearl-Qatar

• Sasso – Al Hazm, Qatar

• Scalini – Al Gassar Resort, Qatar

• Scarpetta – Waldorf Astoria Lusail,


• Signor Sassi – Al Hazm, Qatar

• Veritas – Al Messila, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Doha


• Anime Café – The Pearl-Qatar

• Morimoto – Mondrian Doha

• Neo – Various Locations, Qatar

• Ninja Ramen Restaurant – Al Mana Hotel, Doha

• Nobu – Four Seasons Hotel Doha

• Nozomi – Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Doha

• Sakura Teppanyaki & Sushi Bar –Radisson Blu Hotel Doha

• Sora – Park Hyatt Doha

• Sumosan – Msheireb, Doha

• Sushi On – Hilton Doha

• Toshi – Millennium Plaza Doha

• Zuma – Al Maha Island

Latin American

• Chotto Matte Doha – The St. Regis Marsa Arabia Island, The Pearl-Qatar

• Coya Doha – W Doha

• Curiosa by Jean-Georges – Four Seasons Hotel Doha

• El Faro – Marza Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Doha

• Fuego – JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha

• IKA - South American – Aleph Doha Residences, Curio Collection by Hilton

• Ipanema – Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel

• Isla – The Pearl-Qatar

• La Mar – InterContinental Doha Beach & Spa

• Rodizio Churrascaria – Crowne Plaza Doha

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

• Vaya! Latin Mercado – Fairmont Doha

• Viva Mexico – Qanat Quartier, The Pearl-Qatar

Lebanese Casual Dining

• Al Jalsa Garden Lounge –InterContinental Doha - The City

• Al Nafourah Garden – Hyatt Regency Oryx Doha

• Antika – Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Doha

• Arabesque – The Pearl-Qatar

• Arguelina Lounge – Crowne Plaza Doha - The Business Park

• Bab al Bahr – Hilton Doha

• Bayt El Talleh Restaurant – Katara Cultural Village, Qatar

• Bebabel Qatar – The St. Regis Doha

• Dar Al Karan – Al Hazm, Qatar

• Debs W Remman – The Pearl-Qatar

• Layali — Various Locations

• Mezzo – AlRayyan Hotel Doha, Curio Collection by Hilton

• The Mezze House – Centara West Bay Hotel & Residences

Lebanese Fine Dining

• Al Nahham – Banana Island Resort Doha

• Al Sultan Brahim – Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel

• Aziza – Marriott Marquis City Center


• Burj Al-Hamam – The Pearl-Qatar

• Babel Qatar – The St. Regis Marsa Arabia Island, The Pearl-Qatar

• Em Sherif – Al Maha Island

• Levantine Doha – Hilton Doha The Pearl Hotel & Residences

• Zoufra Restaurant – Al Samriya, Doha, Autograph Collection


• Aqua Lounge – Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel

• Bagatelle Doha – Le Royal Méridien Doha

• Corinthia Yacht Club Member’s Lounge & Restaurant – The PearlQatar

• IZU – Mandarin Oriental, Doha

• L’Artisan – Raffles Doha

• LaCasa Twenty Eight – The PearlQatar

• Levantine – Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas

• Lobito de Mar Doha – Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Doha

• Makani Beach Club – Four Seasons Hotel Doha

• Patio by Walima – Mondrian, Doha

• Riva – Banana Island Resort Doha

• Tatel Doha – Al Maha Island


• Brewskis and Grub – Crowne Plaza Doha West Bay

• Isla Mexican Kitchen – The PearlQatar

• La Bodega Negra – The St. Regis Doha

• Maya Doha – Kempinski Residences and Suites, Doha

• Misturado Lounge – Crowne Plaza Doha - The Business Park

• SeñorRitas Tex Mex – Cielo Hotel, Lusail, Doha

• Viva Mexico – The Pearl-Qatar

Middle Eastern

• Al Bisana Restaurant – Katara Cultural Village, Qatar

• Al Liwan – The Ritz-Carlton Sharq Village, Doha

• Al Nahham – Banana Island Resort Doha

• Al Sufra – Marza Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Doha

• Basta Qatar – The Pearl-Qatar

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• Cila Restaurant – Alwadi Hotel Doha

- MGallery

• Damasca One Restaurant – Souq Waqif, Doha

• Divan – Mall of Qatar

• Jiwan – National Museum of Qatar, Doha

• Levantine – Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas

• Orient Pearl – The Corniche, Doha

• Smat – The Corniche, Doha


• B-Lounge – The Ritz-Carlton, Doha

• Kaia – The Ned Doha

• Novikov Doha — Katara Cultural Village, Qatar

• Provok Asian Project – Fairmont Doha

• Ridge La Cuisine — Al Hazm, Qatar

• Shanghai Club – JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha

• Shanghai Me – Al Dafna, Doha

• Spice Market – W Doha

• Streetery Qatar – Lusail, Doha

• Timeless Restaurant – Lusail, Doha

• Toshi – Millennium Plaza Doha

• Zengo Doha – Kempinski Residences and Suites, Doha


• Benjarong – Dusit Doha Hotel

• Busaba Bangkok Thai – Mirqab Mall, Qatar

• Jasmine Thai Restaurant – Souq Waqif, Qatar

• Sabai Thai – The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa

• Saffron – Banyan Tree Doha

• Thai Kitchen Restaurant & Bar

– Centara West Bay Hotel & Residences

• The Asian Kitchen – InterContinental Doha - The City

• White Oryx Thai Restaurant – Porto Arabia, The Pearl-Qatar

Turkish Casual Dining

• Agora – Aspire Zone, Qatar

• Bosphorus Turkish Cuisine and Grill Room – Souq Waqif, Qatar

• Hasan Kolcuoglu Restaurant –Various Locations

• Kunefe House – Porto Arabia, The Pearl-Qatar

• Nar – St. Regis Marsa Arabia Island,

The Pearl-Qatar

• Sazeli Lounge – Various Locations

• Sukar Pasha – Katara Cultural Village, Qatar

• Usta Turkish Kebap & Doner –Various Locations

Turkish Fine Dining

• Fiko – Msheireb, Doha

• Ruya – W Doha

• Sazeli – Various Locations

• Yedi by Chef Esat – Le Royal Méridien Doha



• Ambar – Mandarin Oriental, Doha

• Belgian Café – InterContinental Doha Beach & Spa

• Blue Cigar – Raffles Doha

• Brewskis and Grub – Crowne Plaza Doha West Bay

• Bund Lounge, Shanghai Me – Al Dafna, Doha

• Hang Loose – Fuwairit Kite Beach. Tapestry Collection by Hilton

• Infinity – Alwadi Hotel DohaMGallery

• Library Lounge – Four Seasons Hotel


• Medios Bar – Delta Hotels City Center Doha

• Mix Bar – The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa

• Mood Lounge – DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown

• SeñorRitas Tex Mex – Cielo Hotel, Lusail, Doha

• Smoke & Mirrors – Mondrian, Doha

• Tahitian Village – Hilton Doha

• The Barn – The St. Regis Doha

• The Den – JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha

• Vintage Lounge – The St. Regis Doha

Sports Bar

• Champions Sports Bar – Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel

• LaLiga TwentyNine’s – Kempinski Residences & Suites, Doha

• Public House – Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Doha

• Shehrazad Lounge Bar & Terrace –Radisson Blu Hotel Doha

• Shots – Hilton Doha

• Streat Culture – DoubleTree by Hilton Doha – Al Sadd

• The G.O.A.T Sports Bar – Le Royal Méridien Doha

• The Irish Harp – Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel

• The Score – Pulman Doha West Bay


• AtTEAtude Lounge – Alwadi Hotel

Doha - MGallery

• Café Murano – Marza Malaz

Kempinski, The Pearl-Qatar

• Café Rouge – Le Méridien City Center Doha

• Campagnia Caffe – Marriott Executive Apartments City Center Doha

• Creme & Butter – Lusail, Qatar

• Gahwetna – The Pearl-Qatar

• Karaki – The Pearl-Qatar

• La Maison Martinez – JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha

• La Parisienne – InterContinental

Doha - The City

• Maia Lounge – Mall of Qatar

• Qinwan Cafe – Msheireb Downtown, Doha

• Walter's — Various Locations

• W Café – W Doha

Coffee House

• Campagnia Caffe – Marriott

Executive Apartments City Center


• EL&N London – Msheireb, Doha

• Flat White Specialty Coffee – Various Locations

• Junction – Pullman Doha West Bay

• Maia Lounge – Mall of Qatar

• Moka Caffe – Various Locations

• Profiles by Roastado – Msheireb, Doha

• White Coffee Spot – Palm Tower, Doha


• Acoustic – Raffles Doha

• Atrium Lounge – Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel

• El Cedro Lounge – The Ritz-Carlton Sharq Village, Doha

• Glo Bar – Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel

• Isle Lounge – Four Seasons Hotel Doha

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• Junction – Pullman Doha West Bay

• La Pergola Lounge – Hilton Doha The Pearl Hotel & Residences

• Manko – InternContinental Doha Beach & Spa

• Mix Bar – The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa

• Mood Lounge – DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown

• Orion – Radisson Blu Hotel Doha

• Q-ONE Floating Lounge – Banana Island Beach Resort Doha

• Sax Qatar – The St. Regis Doha

• The Stage – Marza Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Doha

Outdoor Bar

• Antika – Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Doha

• Aqua Lounge – Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel

• Belgian Café – InterContinental

Doha Beach & Spa

• Iris Lounge – The Ritz-Carlton Sharq Village, Doha

• Mulberry Tavern Doha – Hilton Doha

The Pearl Hotel & Residences

• Nammos Qatar – Al Maha Island

• Shehrazad Lounge Bar & Terrace –Radisson Blu Hotel Doha

• Sky View – La Cigale Hotel, Doha

• SUSHISAMBA Doha – Waldorf

Astoria Lusail, Doha

• The Secret Garden – Marza Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Qatar

Pool Side

• Al Borj – The Diplomatic Club, Doha

• Echo Lounge – Pullman Doha West Bay

• Grill & Chill by Wa’ha – Al Messila, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Doha

• La Mar Beach – InterContinental

Doha Beach & Spa

• Nammos Qatar – Al Maha Island

• O’Glacée Restaurant – Alwadi Doha

- MGallery

• Pool Café – Sheraton Grand Doha

Resort & Convention Hotel

• Pool Deck – JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha

• Pool Terrace – InterContinental Doha Beach & Spa

• Poolside, Makani Beach Club – Four Seasons Hotel Doha

• Oyster Bay & Bar – The St. Regis Doha

• South Bay – Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas

• WAHM – W Doha

• Waves Pool Café – The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa

• Zoh Lifestyle Deck – Rixos Gulf Hotel Doha


• Belgian Café – InterContinental

Doha Beach & Spa

• Brewskis and Grub – Crowne Plaza

Doha West Bay

• Champions Sports Bar – Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel

• Hudson Tavern – Mondrian, Doha

• La Vista 55 – InterContinental Doha

- The City

• Public House – Marza Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Doha

• Shehrazad Lounge Bar & Terrace –Radisson Blu Hotel Doha

• Streat Culture – DoubleTree by Hilton Doha – Al Sadd

• The Irish Harp – Sheraton Grand

Doha Resort & Convention Hotel

• The League – Hilton Salwa Beach

Resort & Villas

• Wise Bar – Element City Center


Tea Room

• Al Jalsa Lounge – The Ritz-Carlton

Sharq Village, Doha

• Atrium Lounge – Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel

• AtTEAtude Lounge – Alwadi Hotel

Doha - MGallery

• Café Murano – Marza Malaz

Kempinski, The Pearl-Doha

• Dôme Fairmont Lounge – Fairmont


• Eau De Rose – Various Locations

• Iksha 360 Restaurant – The PearlQatar

• Karaki Lounge – Al Maha Island

• La Maison Martinez – JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha

• Maia Lounge – Mall of Qatar

• Peacock Alley – Waldord Astoria

Lusail, Doha

• Rosemary Café – Al Hazm, Qatar

• Seasons Tea Lounge – Four Seasons Hotel Doha

• Sukar – Pullman Doha West Bay

• The Junction – Pullman Doha West Bay

• Torch Tea Garden – The Torch Doha

Sheesha Lounge

• Al Jalsa Garden Lounge –InterContinental Doha - The City

• Al Shurfa – Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels, Doha

• Aqua Lounge – Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel

• Bab al Bahr – Hilton Doha

• HUQQA – Al Gassar, Doha

• Pool Deck – JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha

• Sahara Garden – AlRayyan Hotel Doha, Curio Collection by Hilton

• Sazeli Lounge – Various Locations

• Shisha Terrace – Four Seasons Hotel Doha

• Smooka – The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa

• The Mezze House – Centara West Bay Hotel & Residences

• WAKA Terrace – Aleph Doha Residences, Curio Collection by Hilton

• Zoh Lifestyle Deck – Rixos Gulf Hotel Doha


• ADRIFT Anda by David Myers – Le Royal Méridien Doha

• Bab al Bahr – Hilton Doha

• Bagatelle Doha – Le Royal Méridien, Doha

• Infinity – Alwadi Hotel DohaMGallery

• Patio by Walima – Mondrian, Doha

• Pool Deck – JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha

• Provok Asian Project – Fairmont Doha

• Q-ONE Floating Lounge – Banana Island Resort Doha

• South Bay – Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas

• Tatel – Al Maha Island

• The Highmore – Waldorf Astoria Lusail, Doha

• The Secret Garden – Marza Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Doha

She's Out

• Antika – Marsa Malaz Kempinski –The Pearl-Doha

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• Jazz Club – Hyatt Regency Oryx


• Manko – InterContinental Doha

Beach & Spa

• Nobu – Four Seasons Hotel Doha

• Shanghai Club – JW Marriott

Marquis City Center Doha

• The Secret Garden – Marza Malaz

Kempinski, The Pearl-Doha

• The Score – Pulman Doha West


• Tuesday’s Divas White Party at Glo

Cocktail Bar – Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel

• Vertigo – Banyan Tree Doha


Dessert Parlour

• Atrium Lounge – Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel

• Café Bazza – Mall of Qatar

• Chocolate Jar – Porto Arabia, The


• Cova – Printemps Doha

• Dôme Fairmont Lounge – Fairmont


• EllaMia – Mondrian, Doha

• Gelato – Mandarin Oriental, Doha

• La Maison Martinez – JW Marriott

Marquis City Center Doha

• Le Deli Robuchon – Four Seasons Hotel Doha

• Maia Lounge – Mall of Qatar

• Mood Lounge – DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown

• Novecento – InterContinental Doha

Beach & Spa

• Panya Lounge – Banyan Tree Doha

• Santa Nata Doha – Msheireb, Doha

• Sukar – Pullman Doha West Bay

• Pate Sucree – Doha

• The Mandarin Cake Shop – Mandarin Oriental, Doha


Burger Joint

• Black Tap – Mall of Qatar

• Bondi Burgers – Centara West Bay Hotel & Residences

• Brewskis and Grub – Crowne Plaza

Doha West Bay

• Burger & Lobster – The Pearl-Qatar

• Dukkan Burger – Mall of Qatar

• Electric Diner – The Ned Doha

• Farmore Thn Burger – Marriott Executive Apartments City Center


• Hudson Tavern – Mondrian, Doha

• MeatSmith – The Pearl-Qatar

• Stock Burger Doha – Holiday Inn

Doha - The Business Park

• The Rider – Fuwairit Kite Beach

Tapestry Collection by Hilton


• 12 Chairs – Mondrian, Doha

• IDAM – Museum of Islamic Art, Doha

• Mamig – Katara Cultural Village, Qatar

• Shirvan Metisse Doha – Porto Arabia, Doha

• SUSHISAMBA Doha – Waldorf Astoria Lusail, Doha

• The Asian Kitchen – InterContinental Doha - The City

• Timeless Restaurant – Lusail, Doha

• Trader Vic’s – Hilton Doha


• Al Hubara Restaurant – Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel

• Al Nahham – Banana Island Resort


• Al Sayyad – The Diplomatic Club, Doha

• B-Lounge – The Ritz-Carlton, Doha

• Burger & Lobster – The Pearl-Qatar

• La Mar – InterContinental Doha Beach & Spa

• Lobito de Mar – Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Doha

• Lobster – Al Hazm, Qatar

• L’wzaar Seafood Market – Katara Cultural Village, Qatar

• Nammos Qatar – Al Maha Island

• The Manhattan Fish Market –Various Locations


• Bentley's Grill – Radisson Blu Hotel Doha

• Fuego – JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha

• Hunters Room & Grill – The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa

• Mr. Tailor Steakhouse – Rixos Gulf Hotel Doha

• MeatSmith – The Pearl-Qatar

• New York Steakhouse – Marriott Marquis City Center Hotel Doha

• Sazeli – Various Locations

• STK – The Ritz-Carlton, Doha


Iftar & Ghabga

• Al Messila a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Doha

• Alwadi Hotel Doha – Mgallery

• Burj Al-Hamam – The Pearl-Qatar

• Coral – InterContinental Doha Beach and Spa

• Mondrian, Doha

• Pool Deck – JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha

• Saasna – Msheireb, Doha

• The Lagoon – The Ritz-Carlton, Doha

• The Mezze House – Centara West Bay Hotel & Residences

• Wanassa – Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel

Ramadan Experience

• Damasca One Restaurant – Souq Waqif, Doha

• Four Seasons Hotel Doha

• Hilton Doha

• Marza Malaz Kempinski, The PearlDoha

• Raffles Doha

• Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel

• The Ritz-Carlton Sharq Village, Doha

• The St. Regis Doha

• The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa

• W Doha

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Renowned French luxury swimwear brand Vilebrequin teamed up with a group of regional Arab media personalities for the campaign in support of its Cruise 23 collection.

Dubai-based Iraqi, DimaSheikhly @dimasheikhly, Qatari Abdulla Al Abdulla @abdulla, and the Emirati Hadban Twins @twinshadban were in front of the camera with fellow talent Ahmed El Sayed @twistedcurlz producing, to spotlight gorgeous pieces from the new collection, inspired by a surrealistic voyage. Embodying the essence of summer, wardrobes can be expanded with unique colour combinations and graphic prints, mixing different techniques to create a new parallel between reality and imagination. As with all collections, Vilebrequin have reconnected to their DNA for Cruise 23 by reworking and modernising some of their best heritage prints. Most importantly, the company has a long-standing commitment to the earth: From 2018 to 2022, the brand went from four per cent to 99% of men’s swimwear collections made from sustainable materials. This new collection features an updated majority of recycled and recyclable fabrics in all categories —73% in total – coming even closer to their 2023 goal of 88%, that’s the sole reality possible.

The Cruise 23 collection is now available in Vilebrequin stores and online. ✤

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We visited Nova Maldives for a touch of winter warmth in a truly beautiful setting.


There are few locations on the planet that measure up to the breath-taking beauty of the Maldives. This ancient island nation is renowned for its sapphire blue waters, powdery, white beaches, green tropical forests and golden sunshine.

This month, thanks to Nova Maldives, FACT spent four magical days and nights in this extraordinary part of the world.


Positioned Southwest of Sri Lanka and India, about 750 kilometres from mainland Asia, the Maldives is an archipelagic country, formed by 26 natural atolls, consisting of 1,192 islands. Nova is located on South Ari Atoll, a mere 25-minute seaplane ride from Malé International Airport. This scenic flight, although very comfortable, was too short to take in the full splendour of the surrounding views. By the time we touched down on the clear waters alongside the wooden jetty, we were relaxed and ready for our refreshing island adventure.


To ensure the most comfortable and relaxing of experiences, Nova offers an assortment of accommodation types to suit all tastes. From cosy Beach Villas to a two-bedroom Beach Residence complete with private pool, the island resort has something for every requirement.

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We were happy to be housed in Beach Villas complete with Jacuzzies. These uber comfy and stylish locations provided home bases for us to kick back and unwind whenever we desired. Overlooking the open ocean, it was a pleasure to simply sit and absorb the view from our private decks or from the temperature controlled Jacuzzies. Complete with king-sized beds, plush bedding, in-room high speed internet, flatscreen HD televisions, along with Apple TV, we wanted for nothing over the four days in our lavish accommodations.


During our time on the island, we were thoroughly spoilt by our hosts, not least through the abundance of delicious dishes we were served throughout our stay.


Soul Kitchen’s wide-ranging, mouth-watering menu is rivalled only by the incredible views on offer and we thoroughly enjoyed every minute we spent in this friendly and relaxing environment. Open from morning to night, this superb eatery offers generous buffets for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Flames is another ‘must mention’ restaurant. This fine-dining location offers some of the freshest and most succulent ingredients you could hope to find on your plate. Featuring everything from local fish, seafood and meat to delectable vegetarian-based options, the talented chefs ensure every dish is grilled or prepared to absolute perfection.


Mizu is a picturesque overwater teppanyaki restaurant that offers a first-class menu of ocean delights. Pair this exceptional food with enchanting Indian Ocean views and you have an almost unrivalled dining location. Fortunate enough to experience the culinary magnificence this venue offers, we were taken by the delightful tropical flavours, created from fresh local ingredients and served by the most attentive and hospitable of staff members.


A little later in the evenings, the nights truly came alive. The vibrant Wink provided all guests the opportunity to meet their fellow visitors, to hold lively conversations while enjoying cold beverages or a late meal. At this venue, we experienced some of the very finest hookah we have ever sampled, as well as some foot-stomping local rhythms. As music lovers, we were truly impressed by the talent and energy exhibited by The Kabans. This local cabana band rocked the crowd with their lively music and spirited performances, often causing us to get to bed far later than originally intended.

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Thanks to its numerous natural atolls, the Maldives is one of the world’s primary destinations for ocean life experiences. The diverse local flora and fauna includes sea turtles, dolphins, whale sharks, manta rays and beautiful coral reefs that are home to thousands of species of fish. During our unforgettable stay, we were lucky enough to experience various ocean adventures in one of the most breath-taking aquatic environments.


There’re moments in your life when you must stop and appreciate the adventure of it all. This was certainly the case as we headed off on our Indian Ocean sunset trip. Along with the already spectacular nature of our surroundings, we were privileged to spot dolphins playing in the water less than 50 metres from our boat. Witnessing a flawlessly beautiful sunset whilst appreciating these magnificent creatures in their natural environment is a moment we won’t soon forget.

Nova is a natural island and the sea’s gentle giants such as whale sharks and manta rays reside in the surrounding waters all year round.

We had a further ocean-bound adventure in the form of a sunset fishing excursion. Golden trevally, red bass, coral trout, rainbow runners and reef fish along with a variety of tuna, are all sought after prizes in these waters. Whether you want to be actively involved in the fishing process or simply relax and enjoy the views from the water, the choice is yours.


Aquaholics is the name of Nova’s watersport centre. If you’re looking for excitement, relaxation, outstanding ocean views or the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local marine life, this is the place for you. Aquaholics offers snorkelling options along with an extensive range of scuba diving experiences. An array of beginner and advanced courses as well as private diving experiences, of various lengths and makeups, are available. A broad range of equipment is also on offer to rent. We got to experience two hours of snorkelling in the almost unbelievable underwater world around Nova. The vibrant colours combined with the warm waters and abundance of sea life, including whale sharks and manta rays, made the entire experience seem somewhat surreal and it was tough to leave this submerged Shangri-la at the end of the adventure.


One of our favourite moments at Nova was the Eskape Spa experience. On offer at this idyllic venue is an assortment of massages and treatments, specially designed to relax and rejuvenate the body and the senses. The Maldivian Ocean Dream Massage is the signature massage and it’s easy to understand why. As we indulged in this stress-stripping activity, on a tropical island, with the promise of more

luxury and adventure to come, we couldn’t help but wonder if travelling experiences could get any better than this.


As difficult as it was to leave Nova Maldives at the end of our stay, we took with us a wealth of unforgettable memories that we’ll always treasure. We would like to thank all Nova staff members for both their kindness and attentiveness. They were the heart and soul of this one-ofa-kind adventure. ✤


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Ever wondered how you become an ‘influencer’? We go some way to finding the answer.

With nearly 50,000 followers Taleb Jassim, the man behind @luxurydesign, has been creating compelling Instagram content for more than 10 years attracting collaborations with the likes of Dior, Hermès, Bulgari and more. In 2022 he took the big decision to quit his job to pursue his dream of working online full time as well as setting up his own café with a floral twist. FACT caught up with him to talk inspirations and aspirations.

When did you start @luxurydesign and why?

Literally the moment I knew about Instagram, around 2012. @luxurydesign was my handle in the blog era and it continued to be my handle across my socials. I started it out of a passion for content creation. I think I always had an eye for photography.

Did you always intend to become an ‘influencer’ and how did you build your following?

To be completely honest, it happened naturally and unintentionally. I loved taking pictures and I loved sharing them. I also used to make a lot of graphic designs and add to them a touch of fashion, this is basically how I built my Instagram profile. People loved my designs, photography and, I guess, my style.

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What inspires the non-partner content you create? Basically, everything I encounter in life inspires me to create. Whether it is an outfit I loved or a lyric I read from a song. The inspiration is limitless.

You’ve had collaborations with some very high-end brands, how did these come about?

As an influencer, to attract high-end brands you basically need two things working in your favour. First, a unique brand that you build online and an amazing manager/ agency! So, in my case it’s my Instagram profile and Aida Remach. You have to create a brand in order to attract one.

Which has been your favorite partnership so far? And do you have any new partnerships coming up?

I don’t have favourites, each and every partnership has a distinct place in my heart. Because each one has its own unique moments attached to its creative process.

Your bio mentions that you are an interior designer. Please tell us a bit about this side of your life – how did you qualify and can you tell us about any projects you’ve worked on?

I love design in general, whether it is interior design, graphic design or fashion design. I just have this tremendous love of creating things and making my ideas come to life. So, to answer the question I did not graduate with an interior design degree, it’s just a hobby of mine that falls under the same umbrella as the love of creating things. However, I’ve worked on some projects such as my coffeeshop Blooming Gate, my old coffee shop Vintage and some other private projects.

You gave up your job last year to pursue content creation full-time. How has that been working out? Were you worried at the time?

Definitely! I was extremely worried; I took a huge leap of faith! But whenever I think about it, you can’t put a price on freedom. I didn’t like the idea of a fixed routine and being bossed around doing things I did not enjoy. My mental health suffered because of my previous job but now I’m at peace and living my dream!

You have also now started Blooming Gate. Please tell us about this venture. What inspired it and are you the designer for the flowers? If yes, how did you learn to do this?

I have always dreamt of having my own little coffee place, and I had this weird obsession with flowers! So I decided to combine the two and to start my own little shop! So far it is doing great and I am thankful to everyone who has supported me in this journey.

What’s next for the future?

I will be focusing on creating content even more! Trying to achieve more high-end collaborations and engaging more with my followers. In addition to taking my business to the next phase. I’m really looking forward to this year.✤

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What We’re (Still) Talking About

Beauty’s In The Eye Winners Quit Message In A Bottle

They say beauty is skin deep. And rightly so. One look at the seven finalists of this year’s UK’s Ugliest Dog competition is proof; scanty fur, dangly tongues, bulging eyes, buck teeth… and strangely still adorable. The competition hopes to show that every dog is beautiful no matter how it looks. Kudos to the photography company that created this national competition, especially relevant today when pets are considered a status symbol or an object to own and show off. Competitions such as this one eliminate the stigma attached to owning a pet that’s not perfect. In other words: old, unwell or handicapped, not pedigreed, a stray… Let’s hope more of us open our hearts and homes to these beauties!

You heard us! The world was taken by surprise when former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, announced her resignation. She said she ‘doesn’t have enough in the tank’, implying that she was experiencing a burnout. While our initial reaction was ‘why?’, considering she had brought about a new and fresh approach to her

The Plastic Bag Store, a travelling art installation and immersive film experience, is spreading awareness about the harmful effects of singleuse plastic, this time in Ann Arbour, Michigan. The idea of Robin Frohardt, this specific version is part of a larger exhibit from the University of Michigan’s University Musical Society. As always, it stocks all the items you usually find at

role, we can now endorse her move. Jacinda has been a role model for women and leaders around the world and, even as she exited, she set an example by action. She is one of the reasons that many of us will now know that it’s okay to quit, even when you’re at your peak, because health and wellness matter the most.

a grocery store, only they’re all made from plastic. Frohardt maintains that the idea is not to shame the material but rather to highlight the culture of consumption and convenience. That’s what’s so right about the initiative because it shifts the responsibility onto the user. Further, it underpins the communal nature of the movement against single-use plastic.

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