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A New Chapter

“You can get excited about the future. The past won’t mind.” - Hillary DePiano


’m pretty confident when I say that most of us won’t give saying goodbye to 2020 a second thought. We started with a wildfire in California and ended the

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year with a global pandemic. And begin the new year with hope that it will bring in some light and positivity, as well as the faith to return to some sense of normality, after a 366-day test of endurance - no pressure. For those of us

whose glass is half full, we’re ending 2020, with a chance to revaluate our goals, align thoughts and connect with family, even if it was via zoom, and the first deliveries of the vaccine. And whether we like it or not we’re bringing quite a chunk of the past year into our future, whether we like it or not. Much of what we’ll see in 2021 is a direct consequence of the what 2020 brought about. Many of us are taking action and are making substantial changes to factors that have an impact on our life; from the food we eat, the clothes we buy, to our homes. These are all influenced by valuable lessons the world has learnt along the way, and we delve deep into what’s trending in the new year in our cover story (p24). Elsewhere in the issue we also take a leap of faith as we add travel to our 2021 itinerary with all that the beautiful country of Scotland has to offer. From nature expeditions to stargazing, we’ve got a series of COVID-19 friendly activities you can indulge in our travel feature (p42). Speaking of beauty, we believe that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, and what better way to capture that beauty than with a camera. This issue we sit down with up and coming photographer Isabella Palma López and her journey behind the lens (p38). Be sure to take a peek! This issue is full of hope and trends for the future as I wish everyone a wonderful 2021!


Anzish Mirza Editor anzish@fact-magazine.com All Rights Reserved. Opinion expressed within does not necessarily represent the opinion of the publisher. All efforts have been made to ensure accuracy of the information within this publication. However, FACT M.E. Publishing cannot accept legal responsibility for any erroneous content or omissions.


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TROPICOOL FLAVOURS Healthy eating is trending in 2021, and we’re here with a burst of fruity flavours for the new year with Tropicool.


f you’re looking for a fruity snack to bring some colour and flavour into your snacking hour, then look no further – enter Tropicool. Tropicool is the first açaí brand to market nonfrozen super fruits, ensuring the consistency and texture of its products. This açaí is nothing like you’ve ever tasted before, travelling from the depths of the Amazon to Doha, this delicious treat has an extreme sense of adventure, like its founders. The concept for Tropicool as non-frozen açaí came about in a business class at Harvard by Caio Nabuco, Mauricio Esteves, Sheikh Ahmed Al Thani, and Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulla Al Thani (commonly known as Moe Al Thani); a group of friends with a sense of adventure, flavour, and business. Moe Al Thani in particular, is an adventure seeker, having conquered Mount Everest, the 7 Summits, skied to the South Pole, and most recently the Nepal Himalayas, there is nothing this businessman can’t overcome. “We are passionate about sharing the rich and refreshing flavours of the Amazon fruits with the world, particularly at a time where everyone is being more conscious about what they eat,” says Caio Nabuco, one of the co-founders of Tropicool. Keeping in mind the value and the freshness of the fruit, Tropicool was able to re-invent the whole process of storing fruits through their innovative technology. By creating product packaging that protects the quality and flavour of fruits without ever freezing them, Tropicool’s goal is to give you the same delicious taste 8

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wherever you are in the world. The miracle açaí berry is known to have multiple health benefits and is commonly recognised as a very delicious and dynamic superfruit. Loaded with powerful plant compounds that act as antioxidants, the açaí berry has multiple benefits for your brain, heart, skin, and overall health, along with boosting your energy and immunity levels! And what’s better is that Tropicool is partnered with NGO SOS Amazonia where they donate a portion of their revenue towards planting trees in the Amazon. Good for you and the environment. The product comes to Doha in its most natural form, without sugar or any preservatives. The FACT team personally loves to make our own smoothies for a mid-day snack. It’s the perfect energy booster – fresh, cool, and bursting with goodness. Whether it’s a post-gym reward, a mid-afternoon snack, or a dessert, Tropicool is a nutritious treat for anyone looking to add a little fruity flavour to their meals. Customers can get refreshed by choosing a DIY bowl, a smoothie or simply choosing the Tropicool specials at Twisted Olive, or purchase this fruity goodness for your home at Loft Qatar. And be sure to keep a lookout on the Tropicool Instagram channels for eyes on the Tropicool cart. ✤


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The Katara Suite

The Ivory Suite

The Quartz Suite

The Cobalt Suite


Striking harmony between heritage and modernity, The Ritz-Carlton, Doha unveils the beautifully redesigned Grand Amiri Suites. The Ritz-Carlton, Doha is an epitome of hospitality and elegance,

centuries with oysters that produced pearls of intense beauty. The

bringing its guests classic and sophisticated living spaces and

creamy white colors used throughout the suite are accented in

recreational areas. Located in the secluded and scenic corner

black and gold, providing a contemporary touch of European flair.

of Doha, the hotel captures stunning views of the area and the Persian Gulf. And the renovation of the Grand Amiri Suites marks


the final stage of extensive renovations as the Hotel embarks on a

The design spirit of the Quartz Suite is inspired by the intensity of

new era of legendary hospitality.

quartz that reflects throughout the suite. Providing a continuous

“The transformation of our hotel over these past five years has

soft glow to the space from dawn through dusk are subtle globe

truly redefined luxury in Doha,” says Carlo Javakhia, Acting General

lights and walls that are accented with Italian gold. The colour

Manager at The Ritz-Carlton, Doha. “With the exquisite Grand

palette of the suite evokes earthy minerals such as translucent

Amiri Suites now complete, we look forward to continuing to be

quartz and black onyx accented with metallic brass, bronze, and

the unmatched luxury destination of choice for travellers in Doha.”

silver tones.

The reimagined suites tell an architectural story, which honours the city of Doha, its local artists, inspired by the city’s own natural


and visual surroundings.

Qatar’s unbridled passion for cars and motorsports inspired the aerodynamic, masculine look of the Cobalt Suite. The suite’s


leather wall panels pay homage to luxury automobile interiors

Located on the third floor, the redesigned Katara Suite takes

with cobalt blue from the curtains to the carpet, serving as a fitting

inspiration from Qatari history, since the year 150 AD, “Catara”

tribute to race cars.

was the first and most ancient name designated for the Qatar

The four Ritz-Carlton, Doha suites offer contemporary technology

Peninsula in geographic and historical maps. The suite’s design

and furniture from Giorgetti and Christopher Guy. The suite’s

reflects the movement of the sea and sand, where historically

design palettes are highlighted by vibrant pops of colour and

inhabitants used to dive for pearls in the Persian Gulf using boats

custom-curated collections from famed local artists. ✤

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TWO IS BETTER Two artists team up to bring the residents of Doha a newly curated shopping space at the Hilton the Pearl. For its retail space at the Lobby Café, the Hilton Doha the Pearl Residences decided to focus on two Qatar-based designers and makers: Reema Abu Hassan of Clay Encounters, and Paula Bouffard of Touche textile. The creative duo collaborates to create joint collections that are showcased at the Hilton the Pearl retail space. As collaborators, Reema, and Paula share ideas about functional objects, home rituals, and visual language. Their handcrafted collection features a range of traditional and experimental practices combining quilting, block-printing, silk screening, and natural dyeing for the textile pieces, in addition to wheel throwing, hand building, slip casting, and glazing for the ceramics. A selection of superior-quality art prints made from Paula’s paintings completes the collection. Expect a shopping experience in which handmade authenticity, originality and quality prevail, a hub to find one-of-a-kind decorative and functional objects. The shop is located at the Lobby Café at The Hilton the Pearl located at Abraj Quartier Pearl Boulevard Tower AQ-07. It is open from 7am to 11pm every day. Reema and Paula’s art journey, a bit like life itself, is always shifting and evolving and the shop at Hilton the Pearl is a space to watch in the coming months. ✤


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SUSTAINABLE LIVING It’s time to bring economical, sustainable and environmentally conscious practices to light, and what better place to start than with our homes. The art sphere is no stranger to sustainable practices, be it

The artistic platform is also showcasing new emerging

inspirations from recycled materials, galleries supporting their

artists that specialise in sustainability in Artelier’s Artist Walls

local artistic community or using sustainably sourced materials.

Collection. Each artist brings a new angle in materials, displays

It’s a movement that has become increasingly popular, more so

and inspirations; bringing something for every luxury home-

over this past year. And as international art consultants, Artelier


are industry leaders in sourcing sustainable art, collaborating

“As art consultants, Artelier have discovered first-hand how art

with worldwide artists.

can enhance a project’s focus on sustainability and convey it

With sustainability becoming a global movement, an increasing

to a wider audience. Here, Artelier’s curators offer their insight

numbers of homeowners are seeking eco-conscious artworks;

into the dilemmas faced by luxury industries, and explore how

Artelier has curated sustainable art collections for luxury

inventive artists can create sustainable artworks by transforming

hospitality, residential, yacht and aviation projects. The most

humble materials into stunning installations.” ✤

significant trend in interior design being on sustainability. Artworks that have been created from natural, responsibly-sourced materials are key to sustainable design, and Artelier’s growing collection of innovative artists exemplify the refined aesthetic


that can be achieved with sustainable materials.



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CONCRETE JUNGLE Doha’s changing faster than we change our clothes, and these days we’ve got our sights set on the city of Lusail. Lusail is rapidly becoming the place to be, with its high rise

Tawle Lebanese Eatery is the latest addition to the commercial

residential and commercial buildings, beautiful streets, and

destination, setting the table for your culinary gateway to Lebanon.

undeniable views of the Persian Gulf. It’s got everything from

“Tawle”, which means ‘table’ in Arabic, is the main theme of the

beauty outlets, eateries, and much more. And Staybridge Suites

restaurant; showcasing a long table surrounded by comfortable

Doha Lusail, a brand of InterContinental Hotels Group and owned

lounge chairs designed to give off the feel of a cosy dining

by Al Sraiya Hotels & Hospitality, has recently created a boom in

experience at home.

the area as it closes on its second year of operations. As the first

The commercial area of Staybridge Suites Doha Lusail has already

hotel in Lusail, housing 119 fully furnished apartments for short and

gathered crowds and visitors daily. “We have big plans for the

long stays, Staybridge Suites Doha Lusail has been an integral part

commercial area of our hotel so expect to see more developments

of the constantly progressing business district of Lusail City.

in the near future. We aim to be the ultimate destination in Lusail

The biggest success of the hotel in 2020 is the expansion of the

and we are currently working on many things, particularly we are

commercial area located on the ground floor of the establishment.

focused on a special and unique project that we’re excited to

A total of three commercial outlets have recently opened their

introduce to Qatar very soon,” says Soha Zahar, General Manager

doors in the area namely: Beauty Formula Lounge, North Café,

of Staybridge Suites Doha Lusail.

and Tawle Lebanese Eatery.

It is now easier than ever to visit Staybridge Suites Doha Lusail

Beauty Formula Lounge opened in late 2019 offering luxury and

as the Legtaifiya Red Line Metro Station opened this year which

state-of-the-art beauty services. They are the first in Qatar to

currently allows visitors to use the complementary pilot ride-

specialize in microblading, micro pigmentation, brows, and lash lift.

sharing feeder service, Metro Express, that can travel directly to

North Café started serving specialty coffees for the Qatari taste

the hotel. The Marina Tram Station is also expected to open soon

with a Japanese touch at Staybridge Suites Doha Lusail in mid-

which is just a crossing road distance from the establishment and

2020. Jabor Almannai, owner of North Café, expresses that the

is connected to the Red Line Metro Rail. ✤

inspiration for the brand comes from the art of coffee making and coffee shop atmospheres he experienced in his many travels to Japan. The best-sellers are the North Signature Latte, Filtered Coffee, and their Matcha that they source directly from Japan and


is guaranteed to be organic and all-natural.

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LIVING SKY HIGH Birds-eye views, luxurious facilities, and home-to-be aspirations – enter Aleph Doha Residences, Curio Collection by Hilton.


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Nestled in the outskirts of the upscale business and diplomatic district of West Bay, lies a towering luxury destination. The Aleph Doha Residences is the first of its kind in the Middle East under the Curio Collection brand - Hilton’s upper-upscale global portfolio of one-of-a-kind hotels and resorts. It comprises of 240 one, two, and three-bedroom apartments in a skyscraper residential tower of 52 storeys. And when we say 52 storeys, we mean stunning views of the city’s skyline and shimmering blue Persian Gulf from every room. FACT’s Anzish Mirza went to scour the property and views herself, along with a five-star experience. The lobby’s high ceilings give you an elated entrance, as you walk in under a cascading crystal ball chandelier. Stunning from every angle, it’s perfectly reminiscent of falling snow, the ideal glittering winter vibes this time of year. This is contrasted and set against warm wooden wall panels, giving you a perfect play of warm and cool tones. Before we take a peek into the rooms, we walk over to the Mondo Café, for some treats and drinks. The café boasts minimalist décor with vibrant splashes of colour, both in furniture and the food. The menu displays sumptuous vegetarian, vegan and free-range offerings and a 24/7 pantry; allowing guests to grab-and-go, work, or relax at any time of the day. Before heading sky-high in the elevators, we make sure to indulge in some delectable quick bites and a drink that can only be described as the perfect summer day. We’ll let you go and figure this one out for yourselves. As we’re taken on a tour of the residences, we’re left star-struck as we move from the one-bedroom to two, to three, each more luxurious than the next. The rooms boast colour, life, class, and

sophisticated designs; perfect for the lone professional and families alike. The residences are created by keeping the comfort and luxury of guests in mind. The expansive floor-to-ceiling windows provide access to endless daylight or night skies, from every room in the apartments. There’s something about them that makes you want to sleep less and dream more. Especially as you lay or sit under the absorbing and aesthetic replicas of treasures from the Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum, giving each room a distinct personality. The art enthusiast in us is thrilled at this addition. The residences also host the highest indoor swimming pool in Doha on the 52nd floor, as well as a complete state-of-the-art gym and sauna. We were told that guests can swim with the sunrise and gym with the sunset. We’re sold! The recreational facilities give you the feeling of being on top of the world, well at least the city’s twinkling lights, and that’s good enough for us. We’ll see you at check-in. ✤




DISCOVER WELLNESS Al Messila Resort & Spa brings wellness plans and fitness packages to ring in the new year. As this last year increases our appreciation for physical and mental

sessions for any water activity in the Therapy Pools, and enjoy 2

wellbeing and wellness practices, so do the packages and plans

additional trainings with compliments together with 10 healthy

for wellness at Al Messila Resort & Spa. Wellness is not just about

juices, 3 afternoon teas and 3 day passes for your next visit.

eating well and working out - it is a way to pay attention to your

Package priced at QR8,000 including private use of therapy pools

body and mind and adopt practices that make you feel healthy,

during the session.

more confident, stronger and happier. Indulge in a variety of offers by the resort as you begin your journey to wellness in 2021.

A DAY FOR RELAXATION Disconnect from your daily routine and dedicate time to yourself.


Take advantage of the Spa Day passes to relax and enjoy

Pamper your body with any 90 min body or facial treatment and

outstanding facilities. Priced at QR150 (Sunday to Thursday) and

then treat your palate to a delightful afternoon tea served in the Al

QR200 (Friday to Saturday).


Upgrade your spa journey to a grand Treatment Suite and treat

Ignite your fitness routine! Purchase 10 personal training sessions

yourself to a private steam room, liquid healing pool, experience

and receive 2 for free or purchase 20 personal training sessions

showers and cocoon bed. Truly serene and relaxing. ✤

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MAXUS MAXIMISED The streets are getting an upgrade with the launch of the all-new Maxus vehicles. We’re getting in gear for the new and you should too.

The new decade calls for new resolutions, habits, and new wheels. The FACT team attended the auto class cars launch for all-new Maxus vehicles for individual and transport use, at the Auto Class Cars showroom at Salwa Road, which was also attended by HE Sheikh Faleh Bin Nawaf Al Thani, Managing Director- Auto at Nasser Bin Khaled group, Mr. Hesham Al-Sahn, General Manager of Auto Class Cars, Mr. Karim Monir, Head of Marketing and Communications, Mr. Tamer Abdallah, Maxus Brand manager in Qatar, along with media representatives. This launch will add great value to the company’s portfolio in Qatar, meeting the increasing demand for reliable and ecofriendly transport solutions. The vehicles include the Maxus V90, the G50 MPV, D60 SUV and Maxus V80. HE Sheikh Faleh Bin Nawaf Al Thani, Managing Director- Auto, Nasser Bin Khaled group said: “Auto Class Cars is proud today to launch four new vehicles from the renowned brand Maxus. The brand is globally known for its reliability and sustainability, and its response to customers’ needs whether for individual use, family use, or transportation.” Hesham Al-Sahn, General Manager of Auto Class Cars stated: “With the new vehicles, Maxus enters a new era of production, and together with Auto Class Cars, we are confident that this brand will maintain its top position as one of the favourite brands in Qatar”. 20

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The all-new Maxus V90 (Deliver 9) The all-new Maxus V90 (Deliver 9) is a completely new minivan that employs cutting-edge design with its large, octagonal, and chrome-laden grille and smaller and more defined LED lights. The 16-seat bus is an ideal transport solution. From the inside, it is similarly stylish with its ‘panoramic’ and curved dashboard which employs a mix of hard and soft-touch plastics. V 90 has been furnished with all the latest tech. Comfort and convenience features include keyless entry and ignition, adaptive cruise control, dual-zone AC, and a 10-inch touchscreen display. Propulsion comes in the form of a brand-spanking 2.0-litre Turbo Diesel Direct injection engine producing 148hp and 375Nm for European customers, with torque peaking as low as 1,500rpm. Interestingly, a lot of work has gone into improving the NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness) with rubber-moulded and foam covers surrounding the engine. The engine is hooked to a new 6-speed manual transmission with rear-wheel drive. The all-new Maxus G50 MPV The all-new Maxus G50 is a compact MPV with 7 seats for executive luxury transportation. The G50 is equipped with a 12inch infotainment system, panoramic sunroof, LED headlamps, automatic air-conditioning, and power tailgate.


Powering and motivating the G50 is a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine that produces 159hp and 250 Nm of torque, making for decent performance over naturally aspirated rivals. The engine is mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission that courses the power to the front wheels. The G50 comes with electronic power steering, which allows this MPV to be piloted with absolute ease. The technology also includes USB, AUX, and Bluetooth connectivity options, rear parking sensors, automatic climate control, a keyless entry system with push-start, steering wheel audio controls, and cruise control among other features. The G50 is also equipped with power-adjustable seats for select variants. The all-new Maxus D60 The Maxus D60 is an all-new SUV launched by SAIC-MAXUS. The new car is positioned in a medium-sized SUV and offers a 7-seat layout. The D60 made its global debut with a 1.5-litre turbocharged engine mated to a seven-speed DCT under its hood. This setup generates a decent 159hp and 250Nm of torque. Its massive octagonal grille up front features a honeycomb-like design. This is flanked by aggressive-looking swept-back headlamps as well as a pair of sporty fog lamps The D60 also gets a gigantic 8-inch infotainment display up front, complemented by a 12.3-inch full LCD digital instrument panel.

The new Maxus V80 The new Maxus V80 has now a shorter wheelbase that accommodates 12 seats. It is equipped with standard headlamps that come with tilt adjustability and LED Daytime Running Light. In terms of Interior design, the Maxus V80 is distinguished with its Humanized Design Interior. From front to back, Maxus V80 gives you efficiency and comfort. With its Various Space Arrangement, the incredible boot space, and various styles of seat arrangement, allows V80 in providing various settings possible for different occasions. The Centre Console is simple that facilitates the ease of usage in a modern way. Its surging power comes from an advanced, economical 2.5-litre turbo-diesel engine that generates 134hp of power and 330Nm of torque. Besides, the new version is equipped with AMT Automated Mechanical Transmission, a computercontrolled automatic system based on the dry clutch and manual transmission. ✤




BREATHING CLEAN Breathe in, breathe out. In a time when even taking a breather outside can raise caution, LG brings us a Wearable Air Purifier. And it’s as easy as breathing. Wearing a mask in public has become the new norm, and the LG

respiratory system. LG’s patented Respiratory Sensor detects the

PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier employs high-performance filters and

cycle and volume of the user’s breathing, automatically adjusting

sensor-controlled fans for clean air and optimal breathing comfort for

the PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier’s DUAL Fans accordingly via three

everyday use. While the importance of maintaining healthy air quality

speed settings. The dynamic fans can also speed up when the wearer

is a topic receiving more widespread attention now, discussions

is inhaling, and slow down to reduce resistance upon exhaling.

around air quality have been a major concern for nations and individuals around the world for several years. LG’s PuriCare Wearable

A Practical Solution

Air Purifier has been in development since 2017 – undergoing three

The LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier comes with a built-in,

years of extensive R&D and product testing; ensuring that clean air

rechargeable 820MaH battery which can deliver up to eight hours

and optimal breathing comfort are maintained from wherever the

of operation at low speed and four hours on the highest setting.

user may be.

To recharge, users simply need to connect the device to a power source using the provided USB C cable. For added convenience, key

Ensuring Comfort

components such as the filters, inner cover, face guard, ear straps

The PuriCare Wearable has been ergonomically designed, based

and strap extenders are also easy to remove and replace – extending

on extensive facial shape analysis. The device fits snugly around the


user’s face, minimising air leakage around the nose and chin area.

The LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier is now available in Qatar at LG

The face guard also features a silicone pad which seeks to promote

Brand shops, leading hypermarkets and electronics stores for the

comfortable fit for hours on end and reduce the fogging up of

retail price of QR699. Two H13 HEPA Filters are also provided in the

glasses, while the inner cover prevents internal contamination.

box, with additional filters available for the retail price of QR79. So, let’s start breathing. ✤

Maintaining Hygiene To deliver a new level of personal protection, the LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier harnesses two H13 HEPA filters, which work to prevent up to 99.95 percent of harmful airborne matter, such as


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To borrow a page from Pantone’s book, “We need to feel that everything is going to get brighter” – but more on that later. On the heels of a truly harrowing year comes a handful of trends across fields like fashion, travel, wellness that wouldn’t have existed if it weren’t for the ongoing pandemic. Sure, we still have more questions than answers, but as the world soldiers on, the pages ahead offer a peek into what 2021 will look like.


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olour is a visual language that people process without being consciously aware of it, allowing different hues the power to alter our moods, impact how an item is perceived, and even brand our own identity. They shape a place or support a visual with warmth, coolness, darkness, brightness, similarity, or contrast. Colours add emotions to your objects and, once again, Pantone is setting the emotional tone for the coming months with its colours of the year: Ultimate Grey and Illuminating, which has been described as a “cheerful yellow”. This is the second time in Pantone’s history that it has broken tradition by presenting us with not one, but two colours. This marriage of hues conveys a message of vigour and optimism that is both enduring and enriching. We think we speak for most of our readers when we say that we couldn’t wait for 2020 to end and, while there’s no guarantee that 2021 will be any brighter, it’s imperative to hold onto hope for a better future. "Practical and rock-solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, this is a colour combination that gives us resilience and hope," is how Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Colour Institute, explains the union of grey and yellow.

exact feeling this illuminating yellow aims to evoke – happiness – so keep looking for that ray of sunshine as you incorporate this lively colour into your everyday life, knowing there’s always light at the end of the tunnel.

This or That “As society continues to recognise colour as a critical form of communication, and a way to symbolise thoughts and ideas, many designers and brands are embracing the language of colour to engage and connect,” adds Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Colour Institute. There are countless ways to incorporate these trending colours into your life. Add a bright-yellow sweater to your wardrobe, add an industrial-chic accent in shades of grey to your home, or simply change your phone cover. The two colours don’t always have to be used in unison, and one can always be favoured over the other depending on your mood. ✤

17-5104 Ultimate Grey This subtle grey hue heeds caution as we enter the new year. It was elected for its qualities of fortitude and reliability. It’s strong, sturdy, and neutral – just like the average pebble. It’s not exactly fancy, but it’s also not modest. The colour is usually linked to demise, sadness, and gloom, and this shade of grey isn’t too far off. 2020 was an ongoing series of unexpected events, economic downfall, and a near-collapse of the global healthcare system, and Ultimate Grey reminds us to be grateful for what we have. Simple and a little reminiscent of a clean slate, it can also be characterised as the calm after the storm, emphasising peace and balance – something we’re all seeking in 2021.

13-0647 Illuminating If you’re looking for an easy way to cheer yourself up this year, look no further than the colour yellow. It evokes feelings of joy, positivity, and enthusiasm. If you want a visual representation of those emotions just think back to the Minions, those goofy yellow cylindrical characters that dominate the Despicable Me series. Didn’t just thinking of them put a smile on your face? This is the fact magazine



2020 was a year that called for athleisure – and lots of it – alongside DIY beauty treatments, dressing from the waist up, and focusing on eye makeup as lipsticks everywhere sat neglected for obvious reasons. But between the prevalence of working remotely and seemingly endless days of wearing face masks in our future, don't expect 2021 to look drastically different when it comes to fashion and beauty. Here's a peek into what's ahead. 28

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All by Myself A collective cheer was heard across the country when salons reopened, but the likes of DIY waxing and at-home hair colour will continue to prevail across the globe. The reason? People are still cautious about exposing themselves to situations where getting up close and personal is required. That means (even) more views for DIY beauty tutorials on YouTube and TikTok – using socks for soft hair curls is surprisingly effective. And along those same lines, spending more time at home will translate to wearing less makeup, and focusing on skincare instead. Heavy coverage, overcontouring, and permanent eyebrow tattoos will be replaced with lightweight foundation and more natural beauty looks.

Easy Does It But first, comfort – there, you've just discovered the dress code of 2021. Athleisure will continue to dominate fashion as several parts of the world continue to live in partial or complete lockdowns circa now. But we're unlikely to spend the months ahead in sweatpants. Instead, a relaxed sensibility will take over, so expect to see the likes of quality loungewear, sweater vests, less structured suits, and wide-leg trousers on the runways and in high-street stores. Our sartorial choices will be more practical, too. No one knows when life will return to normal – if ever – so think classics, wardrobe staples, and seasonless items that you won't regret later.

Him, Her, Them Unsurprisingly, unisex jewellery will continue to gain traction in 2021, as celebrities like Shawn Mendes and Harry Styles prove that restrictive mindsets towards gender are changing. And major fashion labels are keeping up. Bvlgari’s B.Zero1 Rock collection is edgy, cool, and glamorous, while Louis Vuitton's LV Volt pieces feature sharp lines contrasted by soft, smooth contours in order to

offer infinite combinations for seamless mixing and matching. The key to pulling off gender-fluid jewellery? Keep it simple. This is not the time nor place to pile it on, and a slightly industrial finish works best.

Nip/Tuck Just like maskne, covidiot, and quaranteam entered our everyday vernacular in 2020, so did 'Zoom face' – or an acute awareness of all the little imperfections on our faces that we were previously oblivious to, courtesy of all those video-conference calls. But it wasn't just women opting for cosmetic procedures like Botox, fillers, neck liposuctions, and tightening facelifts. Men got on the bandwagon, too. Experts predict that the trend will carry over into 2021 as not only will meetings and social celebrations continue to occur virtually, but Zoom face sufferers will also want to exploit the downtime to recover at home without having to disclose what they've had done.

Opposites Attract "Of course," is how jaded people responded when Pantone announced grey – Ultimate Grey 17-1504 to be exact – as 2021's colour of the year. After all, a colour associated with gloom and doom felt like an apt choice after the year we've just survived. However, it has paired grey with Illuminating 13-0647, a shade of yellow selected as the two together represent "strength and positivity". What this means for your wardrobe is that more appearances by these hues as the fashion industry looks to Pantone as the global authority on colour trend forecasting. In fact, some fashion houses are way ahead of the curve. Several shades of grey were spotted on Balmain's Spring 2021 runway, while Prada's Spring 2021 collection was set against an allyellow backdrop. ✤ fact magazine




The pandemic has transformed our relationship with food in more ways than one. Who could’ve predicted that we would spend 2020 learning how to cook, stress-baking, and making dalgona coffee instead of running to Starbucks? Let’s also take a second to bid farewell to last year’s bizarre food trends (yes, pancake cereal) and usher in these ones instead.


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homebodies now find comfort in recreating their favourite dishes at home – and what better way to do that than with a virtual cooking class? Even fine dining and celebrity chefs are evolving, embracing the likes of Zoom and Instagram in order to connect with foodies on a more personal level.

Spice Makes Nice According to annual trend forecast Pinterest Predicts, “bland is banned”. Professional and home chefs are bringing the heat to the kitchen with spiced-up recipes and zesty creations because salt and pepper are just not enough anymore. Last year was full of spicy noodle challenges and the growing popularity of YouTube web series Hot Ones, and it looks like we’re not satiated yet. Adding a sense to adventure to our everyday meals with be the likes of habanero, chipotle, pasilla, and jalapeño – and the Carolina Reaper if you’re truly daring. Can you handle the heat?

Veggie Vibes Global lockdowns gave Mother Nature a much-needed breather – carbon emissions plunged, the waters of Venice were clearer than ever, and nitrogen dioxide air pollution dropped in China. But the ongoing climate crisis is not to be ignored in 2021. More people will see the need to think sustainably in their eating habits as a way to bring the planet to its former glory, especially as meat alternatives such as tofu and soy milk become more accessible to the masses. Fast food chains are also jumping on the bandwagon, so expect to dine on the McPlant Burger and Beyond Italian Sausage Pizza in the months ahead. ✤

Get On Board The term “charcuterie board” may not roll right off the tongue, but households around the world have developed a palate for it – and they’re only getting hungrier. Customarily hosting an assortment of meats and cheeses, these boards are getting an upgrade. In 2021, you’ll see everything from breakfast items, chocolates, fruits, and fast food transformed into charcuterie platters as it’s a fun, easy, and easily customisable way to serve a small group of people.

Middle Ground Put 'flexible' and 'vegetarian' together, and you have one of 2021's most popular diets: flexitarian. The idea behind this way of life is to take a less rigid approach to eating, focusing on plantbased meals, but not giving up animal products entirely. Easy to maintain, a flexitarian diet advocates reducing one's consumption of meat through global movements like Meatless Monday and adding more plant-based ingredients when cooking. Good for your health, good for the environment.

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Au Naturel Speaking of inserting a slice of nature into your home, 2021 will see the rise of natural elements in furniture as well – rattan and cane pieces have skyrocketed in demand and continue to be the anchor of many brands' new collections. “Modern whites and shimmering silvers have a become a thing of the past. Now, it’s all about bringing in earthy textures with bio design furniture,” says interior designer Manahil Mirza. Bio design, to put it simply, is furniture made out of living materials such as fungi, algae, or yeast. Furniture or this sort, teak wood end tables and rustic dining tables included, layers beautifully and is only enhanced by the addition of indoor plants. Incorporating wooden elements also fosters a connection with nature whilst promoting sustainability.

Change of Scenery A home needs to be able to adapt as the family changes and grows, and new homes will now be designed with this in mind. Making the most out of spaces can be done through non-permanent walls that can be shifted or rooms that can be opened up and shut off as needed. “Not everyone has the space to convert areas into fullblown offices or playrooms in their homes, so most clients want multifunctional spaces as a solution,” adds Manahil. These trends can also be seen in shows like Tiny House Nation through the use of sectionals and carpets, both simple and comfortable ways to divide a space into two without comprising on the look and feel of the room. Other options include adding loft beds or placing a small office desk in the corner.

Go Green Those of us who made it through lockdown without a garden have come to appreciate the value of all things green. Outdoor areas are becoming increasingly popular, and people are making sure to make any backyard or balcony into a liveable environment, especially as connecting with nature can help one’s mental health. And if you’re an urban dweller living in small apartment, then there’s always options such as indoor plants, growing your own

herbs, and design elements like large windows to connect your home with the outside world.

Think Rural The Cottagecore aesthetic – think: doilies, floral prints, and leather-bound books – will continue to gain popularity in 2021. It’s essentially the design trend equivalent of your grandma’s living room. Brought about by nostalgia and a need for comfort, this style pairs printed wallpapers and quaint throw pillows with touches of glamour, like statement gold accessories, to create a lavish living space. Looking for add a touch of cottagecore to your home? Invest in an antique or two, drape your dining table with a patterned tablecloth, and pretend that you’re out foraging with a wicker basket in tow.

Work and Play Working from home became the norm in 2020, and it looks like this lifestyle will follow us in 2021. Many companies have already announced permanent remote working situations, and ping-pong tables and second family rooms are now being converted into home offices of sorts. We discussed the proper way to feng shui your workspace in our November issue, so be sure to look to those tips as we enter the new year. Not only will a dedicated workspace promote higher productivity, but it will also allow you to separate your work life from your personal life, making sure one doesn’t overpower the other. ✤ fact magazine




Not-so-breaking news: the travel industry suffered tremendously due to the pandemic so, naturally, most of 2021's travel trends have been shaped accordingly. While many of us are still debating how far we'll go to board a flight – to vaccinate or not to vaccinate? – we say now is the time to keep hope alive and start planning your next adventure.


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High Time Countless people found themselves frustrated in their attempts to change or cancel their travel plans without incurring fees in 2020, giving rise to a whole new trend for 2021. With uncertainty still very much a part of our everyday lives, hotels and airlines have no choice but to offer a lot more flexibility – something expected to (thankfully) continue in a post-pandemic world. Customerfriendly practices like clear cancellation policies and refundable accommodation will inevitably give travellers the confidence to book last-minute trips, so expect to be more spontaneous in the months ahead.

Home Sweet Home Staycations and domestic travel soared in popularity across the globe in 2020 as borders were closed, flights were cancelled, and travel bans were implemented. These restrictions gave us a newfound appreciation for our immediate surroundings, and experts predict the trend will continue into 2021 as international travel will take time to rebound. This 'think local' mindset will benefit not only local economies, but also the environment. Sure, the beaches of Bali, Phuket, and the Maldives are postcardperfect, but compare the carbon footprint if you visit your local beach instead.

Keep It Quiet When it comes to travelling in 2021, think rural – not urban. Nature tourism will be big in the coming months as most of us will bypass big cities (read: crowds of people) in favour of hiking, camping, stargazing, fishing, and even forest bathing. Cabin

rentals will be popular, as will beaches and ski spots in remote areas. People worldwide connected with nature in order to cope with the stresses of 2020, so it's no surprise that our appreciation for the great outdoors is only set to increase.

Safety First Not one day goes by without updates on 'that' vaccine, but the one that got frequent flyers talking was a recent move by Qantas – international air travellers will need to prove they've been vaccinated against coronavirus in order to board its flights, and other major airlines are expected to follow suit, making vaccine passports a reality in 2021. Travel will become (even) more complicated as a result of new health screenings and safety measures – think: temperature checks and pre-departure Covid-19 testing leading to longer wait times at airports. The upside of all this? More hygienic conditions in hotels, airports, and airplanes.

Slow But Sure With travel – like life itself – becoming more complicated, holidaymakers will want their escapades to be more meaningful. This means that we'll seek travel experiences that entail giving back in some way, be it through doing volunteer work or choosing sustainable accommodation and/or activities. Slow travel will also continue to dominate. Instead of rushing from one destination to another in a desperate scramble to update our bucket lists, we'll take the time to really connect with the culture, food, music, nature, and people of one. This, again, will translate to longer and fewer trips per year, thereby reducing our carbon footprint. ✤

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Yoga, spa visits, spiritual retreats, weight loss – the term 'wellness' is a broad one, with different people defining it differently. But one thing's certain: as the pandemic continues to wreak havoc across the globe, our desire – and need – for all wellness tools, techniques, and practices is higher than ever before. Hence the following trends. 36

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Back to Basics Life may have gotten more complicated thanks to a little thing called coronavirus, but wellness is headed in a refreshingly simple direction. In 2021, we'll continue to find joys in the simple things like baking, bubble baths, and DIY skincare – just about anything that can be executed at home. More of us will also do less. That means bootcamp sessions will be replaced with yin yoga sessions, flexitarian diets will overtake restrictive diets, and we'll turn our homes into our wellness sanctuaries as opposed to shelling out for pricey vacations and retreats. Long story short, wellness won't feel as elitist as it did before.

Digital Detox The pandemic practically wiped out any hope for work-life balance, with many reporting that they were not only working longer hours at home, but also attending more (virtual) meetings and logging in at odd hours. Pair that with extended periods in the company of Netflix – yes, I'm still watching – out of sheer boredom, and we collectively suffered from dry eyes, prematurely ageing skin, headaches, and insomnia. The year ahead, however, will see us be more savvy about screen fatigue, setting healthy boundaries with technology in order to reduce screen time. But you don't have to go in search of fancy wellness retreats that enforce tech detox days. Start small by turning your cell phone off at the dinner table and ask your family to do the same.

Small Picture Gone are the days when all we tracked was our steps. In 2021 and beyond, we'll be micro-tracking, keeping a closer eye on things like pulse oximetry, heart rate variability, skin temperature, glucose monitoring, body composition, and more as technology in this area advances. It's no surprise that the latest generation of wearables will track stress and anxiety levels. Case in point? The Apple Watch Series 6. Not only does this nifty timepiece monitor your blood oxygen level, but with the help of the ECG app, it's capable of generating an ECG similar to a single-lead electrocardiogram. Cove, meanwhile, is a neckband that activates the part of your brain that regulates anxiety by using gentle vibrations behind the ears to trigger your body’s response to affective touch. What will they think of next?

Mind Over Matter Talking about mental health is no longer taboo as a result of the pandemic – high time, too. In fact, it now ranks high on our list of priorities as people worldwide have tackled stress and anxiety caused by unemployment, financial issues, loneliness, and ailing loved ones. As a result, awareness around practices such as meditation and journaling will rise, support groups and mindfulness apps will gain popularity, and turning to therapy will become the norm. And speaking of which: expect an upward trend in the likes of virtual therapy as the pandemic has proved that you no longer need to lie on a couch in a therapist's office to seek help.

The Great Outdoors Whether due to government-imposed lockdowns or just plain caution, we spent most of 2020 indoors, giving us a greater appreciation of the great outdoors. Fitness enthusiasts turned to al fresco sweat sessions, many skipping online exercise classes in favour of cycling, walking, running, and even stretching outside. And because necessity is not the mother of invention, gyms and other fitness studios will continue to offer socially distanced activities like yoga sessions on the beach or HIIT workouts in the park in 2021, thereby expanding their operations and keeping their clients safe in the open air. Win-win. ✤

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CAPTURE THIS Photo credit: Aisha Al-Mohannadi.

View the world through the eyes of a budding photographer, as she creates stunning visuals that leave us gazing. Tell us about the inspiration behind your photos? I believe I have multiple sources of inspiration, and they’re constantly revolving, and readjusting themselves - but I can definitely say that human behaviour and how unpredictable people can be is one of them. There is always an element of surprise when you walk down a crowded street. What photographers influenced you, and how did they influence your thinking, photography, and career path? Ed van der Elsken, Vivian Maier, Elizaveta Porodina, Dora Maar, Lula Hyers, Daniel Arnold, the list is never-ending. I really like how raw their work is. I also like when artists dare to experiment with their work which is something I have been trying to incorporate in my pieces as well. What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos? How you will never stop learning and perfecting the craft. Having technical knowledge is not as important as knowing how to translate a given emotion when you’re capturing a moment. Sometimes people won’t understand the emotion you’re trying to display and that can be frustrating. Do you have formal training as a photographer, and have you worked in a professional studio before? I was lucky to study in a place where I got constant exposure to cameras and equipment, but everything I know about analogue photography I’ve mostly learned by myself through trial and error. What’s your favourite camera to use? Whichever I am in the mood to use that day.


ou might’ve heard the saying that a pictures’ worth a thousand words. And Isabella Palma López’s photography captures moments in time and depict stories with an alternate view through her lens, giving us much more than just words. Her images capture splendour in the mundane and reflect an alternate reality in the most beautiful edits and forms through her perspective. As she often breaks away from traditional photography, her portfolio captures a range of genres, delighting all eyes. Her relationship with film photography began 20 years ago amidst her grandmother’s albums and her great grandfather’s passion for the visual arts. She’s come a long way from her grandparent’s darkroom and is currently exhibiting at multiple venues in Qatar. 38

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Is there a particular photo that you wish you had photographed? Looking back, I’ve had many moments that I would’ve loved to capture. I think it’s a thought that plagues any photographer’s mind. For me, it’s the period of time when I was living in South Korea. What motivates you to continue taking pictures? Economics, politics, intellect, or emotion? Emotionally, what drives me to continue taking photos is the connection you have with people and places while doing so. Analogue photography in contrast with digital photography helps you slow down since you only have a limited amount of shots. I love the intimacy it gives me to what I am photographing.


What is your favourite subject to photograph? I love taking pictures of strangers and friends alike. How do you approach photographing strangers? How do you make a connection with people? I try to approach them in a way that will make people feel comfortable being photographed. I’ve gotten rejected many times, but that’s part of the process. Your images encompass a range of genres, and we’re particularly fond of your neon prints. What prompted that inspiration? Growing up my parents would listen to 80’s music religiously and I have always felt a strong connection to music and what it makes me feel. The colours are my interpretation of that music and what it makes me feel while listening to it. What exhibitions have you done so far and where can we find your work? I am currently showing my work in an exhibition organised by the Latin American Artists in Qatar and the Mexican Embassy in Katara. The exhibition is an experimental series of my home (Honduras) reimagined. I also like to sporadically post my work on social media. What do you see in your future, or what do you hope to see? Hopefully, more experiences that can help me become a better photographer, as well as more opportunities to put my work out there. Doha is a great place to be for an upcoming artist. This place has introduced me to many possibilities and memories that I will cherish forever. ✤




Shop Till We Drop We did more than just shop at Doha Festival City. We sat down with Robert Hall, General Manager of Doha Festival City and spoke about the ups and downs of the retail industry as well as its future. January usually offers an opportunity to draw conclusions from the previous year. How would you describe 2020 and its outcomes for Doha Festival City and the Qatar retail community? Increased safety and hygiene measures, importance of supporting tenants and building long-standing relations with visitors are the main takeaways of the year. This year more than ever, Doha Festvial City – and the retail community worldwide – could not rest on their laurels, but had to rebuild the attractiveness, the trust, and the relevance to ensure the postpandemic success. What are the main priorities for Doha Festival City as a brand? Doha Festival City focuses on the experiential side of the brand – our main priority is to offer memorable moments to our guests through various activities, in addition to featuring the most diverse retail, dining, and entertainment offers. How do you make sure the Doha Festival City brand remains strong even during these challenging times? In October, we relaunched our brand and announced its new ethos, focused on guest experiences, memories, and feelings. The relaunch allowed us to communicate on our updates and future plans, reinstate our brand goals and start our journey towards achieving them: despite the remaining restrictions, we managed to host several events, maximising our engagement with Qatar community. What are the most important 2020 highlights you would like to share with our readers? We managed to make the last quarter of 2020 rather eventful: we relaunched our brand, continued our CSR engagement by partnering with The Teal Society in the framework of Pink October, ran the first in-mall Radio Show in partnership with Mazaji FM, held our Fashion Month and hosted the European Drive-In Cinema Festival. This was a very special year! What were the main challenges in introducing and applying Covid-19 safety measures? Which ones are still in place in the mall? And which ones do you envisage for continue post COVID? Doha Festival City applies rigorous safety measures, following all the authorities’ guidelines as advised. We continue a thorough mall disinfection on a weekly basis, as well as daily cleaning and sanitisation during the opening hours, social distancing 40

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enforcement, Ehteraz and temperature checks. It is likely that most of the safety guidelines will remain in place including regular hand sanitising and enhanced disinfection, as people have become more aware on safety and hygiene in public places. Despite this year’s pandemic, several brands have continued to open at Doha Festival City this year – what are these brands and how did they diversify Mall‘s offer? Yes, we are extremely satisfied to be able to host new retailers and boost our offers even in such a difficult year. We added new outlets to our gourmet, health and wellness, mobile and telecommunications, home accessories, fashion, and jewellery offer. In total, 26 new tenancies opened in 2020, and 23 more are set to open by early 2021. Last November, you held a series of fashion shows – can you tell us more about these events? Was it challenging to run them in the context of continued restrictions, and are more fashion shows or similar events planned this year? We indeed had to adjust our shows in line with the government’s guidelines: they hosted a limited number of VIP guests; however, all of Doha Festival City’ customers were able to watch the shows through live streaming on our YouTube channel and see recaps on the screens available throughout the Mall. Despite a more intimate setting, we are glad that we were able to hold these first big events of 2020, bringing back Doha Festival City’s upbeat and fashionable spirit to Qatar. Doha Festival City positions itself as a community player. How did you fulfill this role in 2020? Engagemet in CSR activities is an integral part of our corporate

strategy. In 2020, we supported our retailers affected by the pandemic-induced crisis by granting them a three-months’ rent waiver; ran the #FestivalCares campaign spreading a message about the importance of safety measures. We also partnered with Education Above All to help underprivileged children, and raised awareness about Women’ Health in Qatar together with the Teal Society, our 2020 Pink Month partner. You also hosted a European Drive-In Film Festival last year – how did the festival go, and are you planning to hold similar cultural events in the future? European Drive-in Cinema Festival showcased the diversity of cultures in Qatar, and strengthened our bonds with European partners. It was an honour for us to host the festival, partnering with nine European Embassies. The drive-in setting was a very convenient solution to enjoy the cinema experience in the safest and comfortable way. What’s the feeling you hope to convey to your visitors when they shop at Doha Festival City in 2021? Feelings are at the heart of Doha Festival City’s identity; we want our customers to feel 100 percent safe while shopping in Doha Festival City, but – more importantly – feel excited and welcome, as our goal is to remain Qatar’s one and only choice for fashion, dining and entertainment. To conclude, can you share your wishes for 2021 with our readers and broader Qatar community? I would like to wish for 2021 to be a year of health and happiness, and to be relevant to each of our visitors’ lifestyle and create precious moments for you and your loved ones at Doha Festival City, making it your one and only choice. ✤ fact magazine






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ravel is coming back in 2021, but with caution of course, and we’re scouring the globe for safe and stunning destinations as we plan our travel itinerary for the new year. And Scotland makes the cut with how their Scottish tourism businesses are embracing life as we know it for their guests and the communities they belong to, whilst continuing to offer the warm welcome Scotland is renowned for. Hotels and travel agencies across the country are expanding their personal touches, to give travellers a luxurious and seamless experience as you board onto the countries splendorous accommodations. As travel trends arise that enable visitors to feel relaxed, safe, and comfortable, VisitScotland identified that convenience, reassurance, value, inspiration, and connection will be key to travel recovery, with responsible and sustainable tourism at its core. Here are many ways these trends can be enjoyed across Scotland.

Back to Nature Clean air, stunning vistas, and magical moments in nature – travellers are appreciating the health benefits of spending time in the Great Outdoors more than ever before. For some extra assurance take a peek at the trends for 2021 we’ve laid out. In Scotland, it could not be easier to follow the call of the wild... l Wild swimming – Why not take the plunge in Scotland? For a small country, Scotland boasts some of the wildest places to swim, from deep lochs to roaring waterfalls and vast sandy beaches. For beginners, guided wild swimming adventures can be a great option to get started (offered by a number of providers across the country, for example, Soak Up Skye on the Isle of Skye, SwimWild in the Highlands, and Immerse Hebrides in the Outer Hebrides). l Foraging – Scotland’s natural larder is truly bountiful and delicious. From berries to wild mushrooms and coastal delights – visitors can find for themselves the ingredients that inspire the menus at some of Scotland’s top restaurants by joining foraging experts for an unforgettable culinary adventure. Workshops can be booked with several providers, for example, Galloway Wild Foods in Dumfries & Galloway and Wildwood Bushcraft in the Highlands. l Stargazing - While Scotland waits for its famous nightlife to return when the time is right, it’s time to look to the skies as they put on a spectacular nightly show (weather permitting). Scotland boasts some of the darkest places in Europe, which makes it perfect for stargazing – wrap up warm, look up and enjoy!

Live Like a Local 2020 brought about massive changes that can be defined as people embracing a new way of living. Perhaps 2021 is the year to embrace a new style of holiday and live like a local – either in Scotland’s cities or the more rural parts of the country. Agritourism has gone from strength to strength with holidaymakers looking to get their hands dirty down on the farm. Guests at Arnprior Farm near Stirling or Newton Farm Holidays fact magazine


• REGIONAL TRAVEL accommodation, visiting off-season, and committing to one simple rule: “Leave no trace.” All those who actively seek to make a positive contribution to the environment while on holiday should consider a range of volunteering opportunities in Scotland. Trees for Life offer Conservation Weeks which allow participants to play their part in restoring the ancient Caledonian Forest. And working holidays with The National Trust for Scotland offer the chance to live and work in some of the most remote places of Scotland while making a real difference to the country’s natural heritage. Even if you’re not planning on any travel as you enter the new year, Scotland should definitely be on your travel bucket list. The rolling landscapes, lively cities, icy mountain peaks, and enchanting villages all combine to provide an exceptional holiday destination, whether you’re looking for an action-packed break, a cultural escapade, or a relaxing refuge. ✤

in Angus can enjoy the freshest produce, from field to fork, experience farming life first-hand and, during lambing season, and even help welcome the new arrivals – all while staying in luxurious, modern accommodation. Equally, in cities, 2021 is the year to discover the local favourites from quirky neighbourhoods like Stockbridge in Edinburgh and Finnieston in Glasgow, to stand-alone eateries and independently-owned boutiques in Dundee and Inverness. Now is the time to see the city from a local’s perspective, be it the gardens perfect for a picnic in Aberdeen, the family-run record store in Perth, or the go-to coffee shop for a morning flat white in Stirling. 2021 is also the year to discover new stories; from the BLM Mural Trail to the Invisible Cities Walking tours, Scotland’s cities are showcasing voices that for too long have gone unheard. With art, history, culture, green spaces, and mouth-watering food and drink, Scotland’s seven cities offer the perfect city break package.

Responsible Tourism 2021 is the year of renewed tourism, as travellers embrace a new world view. Both visitors and locals love Scotland’s stunning natural environments and want to preserve its beauty for generations to come. Everyone can enjoy Scotland responsibly, by spending more time in one destination, using public transport where possible, choosing to stay in environmentally friendly 44

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e’re always up for a test drive here at FACT, but every now and then, we’re gifted with the opportunity to get behind the wheel of an exceptional brand. This month, compliments of the great team at Al Boraq Automobile Co w.l.l., we were handed the keys to the new Cayenne Coupé GTS. Having already experienced Porsche offerings in the past – the Panamera, the Macan, and the 718 Boxster included – we knew we were in for a real treat. When taking in the front of the new Cayenne Coupé GTS, you can see it is characterised by its standard Sport Design front apron with black air-intake grilles. The standard dark-tinted LED headlights with Porsche Dynamic Light System are also in black and blend effortlessly into the car’s front end. At the flanks, Sport Design side skirts in high-gloss black are painted to match the rest of the exterior, as are the side window trims. The GTS logo – also in black – is present on the front door sills, whilst the 21-inch RS Spyder Design wheels in satin-gloss black add to the car’s powerful appearance, complemented by the red callipers of the standard braking system. The sharply slanting roofline with flow-through rear spoiler highlights the refined nature of the exterior design. This model features an adaptively extending roof spoiler, complete with spoiler lip that adds to its sporty nature. At the rear, the Porsche dark-tinted light bar runs across the width of the car and the model logo on the boot lid is finished in matt black. A unique Sport Design rear apron and diffuser add to this Cayenne’s muscular appearance, as do the black tailpipes of the new sport exhaust system. To finish off this impressive exterior, the roof of this Coupé is made from carbon fibre. Turning our attention to the interior, it was obvious that the same care put into the exterior design continued inside the cabin. The model’s black logo is featured on the stainless-steel door entry sills whilst the standard black-brushed aluminium package provides a black leather and Alcantara-trimmed interior that gives the GTS an exclusive feel. The eight-way adjustable front seats are comfortable, deliver the perfect driving position, and offer optimal lateral support during cornering thanks to the additionally raised height of the side bolsters. The multifunction sports steering wheel is rather large, but comfortable in hand, and comes complete with shift paddles. The analogue rev counter is also in black and features the GTS logo. Also sporting this logo are the headrests on the outer rear seats, where there’s plenty of leg, head, and shoulder room on offer for all those travelling in the back. The boot, meanwhile, provides 22 cubic feet of cargo volume that can be increased to 54.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded flat. The Coupé GTS houses an intuitive display and operating concept called the Porsche Advanced Cockpit. The instrument cluster features the central counter flanked by two seven-inch HD displays. All key functions can be controlled by the driver via three core components, namely the 12.3-inch HD touchscreen of the Porsche Communication Management system, the touchsensitive Direct Touch Control function in the centre console to interact with selected functions, and the multifunction steering wheel to control the onboard computer. There are plenty of 46

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Type-C USB sockets located in the front that are illuminated to ensure you can easily find them at night. Wireless use of Apple CarPlay is also available. Performance-wise, we were thoroughly impressed with the 2021 Coupé GTS. This beast of a motor vehicle boasts a 4.0 litre, biturbo V8 engine that produces 453hp and 620Nm of torque. This, coupled with a Tiptronic eight-speed automatic transmission, translates to a machine capable of surging from 0-100km/h in just 4.5 seconds and 0-200km/h in 17.6 seconds. Thanks to the Coupé coming standard with the Sport Chrono Package, it has an impressive top speed of 270km/h. We spent the day effortlessly tearing up the tarmac and were struck by the excellent handling, cornering, braking, and sheer responsiveness of this superior vehicle. And, yes, it wasn’t easy when we had to hand back the keys. ✤


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This beast of a motor vehicle boasts a 4.0 litre, biturbo V8 engine that produces 453hp and 620Nm of torque.”


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atthew Williams was a name that came up time and time again in 2020 – first for replacing Clare Waight Keller as Creative Director of Givenchy in June, then for presenting his first collection for the Parisian house in September. But it didn't end there. Just as the complicated year was drawing to a close, Givenchy dropped a ‘Teaser’ capsule collection at the start of December, making a slice of its Spring/Summer 2021 collection – the designer's first for the label – shoppable. “You find the pieces of the puzzle for a collection, building it from symbols and signs, but never forgetting the reality of the person who will wear it and bring it to life,” he said. At his version of Givenchy, hardware is key, uniting men and women and eschewing gendered notions of jewellery and accessories in the process. The Lover’s Lock, for example, is a unisex object of utility, decoration, commitment, and emotion. It's a sincere yet playful symbol of Paris, a nod to the lost locks of Le Pont des Arts. It's an object punctuated throughout this initial collection as both decoration and fastenings. Elsewhere, detailing continues to take centre stage amongst the playful, slightly subversive pieces for both genders. From the Tryp-Toe shoe and stockings to the Horn heel and a further examination of the Antigona bag, each is a play on – and development of – existing objects in the archive. These are joined by the new unisex Cut-Out bag in its many iterations, as well as the G chains, objects that are destined to add to the maison's history and interspersed throughout the new Creative Director's signature experimentation with technical materials. And balancing them? The traditional, the natural, the opulent. From the use of a cotton Ottoman in outerwear, technical taffeta in tailoring, and structured Punto di Milano jersey to evoke more pure forms in dressmaking, tradition is respected yet recontextualised. At the same time, an experiment in different densities of injected foam leads to an evolution of the slide – the ultra-comfortable Marshmallow slide is the footwear that underpins much of the collection, quite literally providing a casual foundation for many of the more formal looks. The study of casual archetypes continues throughout the SS21 collection, including new technical coatings of denim in both paint and resin, work that is as labour-intensive as the collection’s more traditional embroideries. It is a sign of Matthew Williams' Californian sensibility transplanted to Europe, him approaching the two sides with equal aplomb and rigour. ✤ fact magazine




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Love Chopard Chopard is a regular presence at the Cannes Film Festival, so just think of the new Love Chopard eau de parfum as the olfactory equivalent of all that red carpet glamour. A tribute to roses, this flamboyant and seductive scent was crafted by Master Perfumer Alberto Morillas around a whirl of the world’s most gorgeous roses intertwined with a superb parade of sustainably sourced natural ingredients. Six different rose notes – among them some of perfumery’s most precious natural rose essences including the finest Bulgarian rose oil – unfold from top to trail to reinvent the queen of flowers in a modern, utterly feminine fragrance.

Cosmedix Opti Crystal At the intersection of luxury and cosmeceuticals, Cosmedix is now available online at Beauty Solutions ME, which means this entirely clean skincare brand founded by aestheticians and nurse practitioners is now a mere click away. Start with the best-selling Opti Crystal, a highly emollient eye serum designed to provide deep hydration to the eye area while radically reducing the look of dark circles, fine lines, and crow’s feet. The soothing coconut and liquid crystal technology provide needed hydration to tired-looking eyes, while copper complex helps improve the look of lines, wrinkles, and sagging around the eye area.

Dolce&Gabbana Beauty Passionlips From a whisper to a kiss, the lips represent life’s most passionate moments, and along for the ride is Dolce&Gabbana Beauty's Passionlips, a captivating new lip pen with an ultra-innovative matte formula. Combining intense colour, exceptional comfort, and two alluring new finishes – ultra matte and sparkling matte – its lightweight cream-to-powder texture combines a light, weightless feel with the deep comfort of a cream. Just one quick glide of one of the 16 enticing shades across the lips, and you're set with intense colour that lasts all day. The delicate vanilla scent is just the proverbial cherry on top.

Huda Beauty Gold Obsessions Strike gold with the Gold Obsessions eyeshadow palette by Huda Beauty, available exclusively at Cult Beauty. Dedicated to rich and sultry gold hues, the limited-edition launch is loaded with five textures in sumptuous honey onyx hues, with a gold mine of butterscotch, pink champagne, and peach quartz as well as a lustful edit of dazzling metallics infused with rich chocolate and praline mattes. Bonus: Gold Obsessions introduces a never-seen-before texture, a gold flake metallicshimmer that is blended with a light pink shimmer base and sprinkled with decadent gold flakes, reminding us why Huda Kattan is the queen of makeup textures.

Salvatore Ferragamo Amo Ferragamo Per Lei After the seductiveness of Amo Ferragamo and the optimism of Amo Ferragamo Flowerful comes this sensory new perfume that expresses a woman’s desire to reconnect with her inner self through simple acts. Self-awareness translated into a scent, Amo Ferragamo Per Lei is designed to create a captivating secondskin effect that suspends time and evokes the image of an empowered woman who chooses to focus on herself, her dreams, and her joie de vivre. It's radiant and sophisticated, exploring all the facets of modern, mindful femininity through a blend of fruity accents, green accords and woody nuances. 54

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NOW Scents, skincare, grooming musthaves – check. Dapper Dan Matt Paste Mini The Matt Paste is Dapper Dan's flagship product

Ex Nihilo

– the British brand promises that you will not

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find a better or more versatile matt styler. And

Adorning the traditions of the Orient with a bold

whether you're opting for a parting, a quiff, or

haute couture touch is Gold Immortals, a mystical

the messy look, this product allows for a strong

elixir designed to evoke a dreamlike paradise.

yet flexible hold, so it was only a matter of time

Created by Spanish perfumer Jordi Fernández,

until Dapper Dan released a mini version (50ml)

the unisex fragrance opens with sophisticated

that's more travel-friendly. Even better? Both the

notes of pear and bergamot. Like an invitation to

Deluxe Pomade and Ultra Matte are also available

immortality, a floral heart reveals an enchanting

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The X1 may not be new, but it was voted best

been imagined as an allegory of the Sicilian spring,

Shea promises complete skin hydration with its

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the mild temperatures awakening the island’s

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accords and milky, sensual woods in a glass flacon

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crowned with a gold-trimmed velvet cap.

festive season, we're partial to peppermint.

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The Crown

BIG SCREEN The Midnight Sky Need to Know:

A tale across the Arctic to warn a group of astronauts from returning home to a world amidst a mysterious post-apocalyptic catastrophe.

Creator: George Clooney Cast: George Clooney, Ethan Peck, Felicity Jones, David Oyelowo

Why Is It Worth Watching?

George Clooney directs himself as a leading man, as the world is silenced in this post-apocalyptic tale. The Midnight Sky follows Augustine, probably the last man on earth, in a mission to send a message across to a space shuttle in orbit and warn them not to return home. Seen wallowing with regret, he gains the courage to make the journey towards a stronger transmitter upon the appearance of a small but silent and mysterious girl. Based on the book by Lily Brooks-Dalton, this movie is more than a flashy apocalyptic thriller. It’s a redemptive note of hope and faith as the characters race through the Arctic Circle, overcoming horrific natural obstacles. The storyline piles on crisis upon crisis, from a fire in the observatory kitchen to spectacular restoration efforts in space – you’ll be left holding on to the edge of your seat. Although the film fails to follow through on some plotlines, the set design alone makes it worth watching. The glistening beauty of space is intoxicating, while the vast snowy terrains will give you chills.


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Need to Know:

It’s a redemptive note of hope and faith as the characters race through the Arctic Circle, overcoming horrific natural obstacles.

A history lesson riddled with drama, scandal, and politics as we follow Lady Diana’s foray into public life.

Director: Peter Morgan Cast: Olivia Colman, Tobias Menzies, Helena

Bonham Carter, Gillian Anderson

Why Is It Worth Watching?

The highly awaited fourth season of Netflix's historical drama is all we can talk about – after all, this is where history gets interesting. The British royal family needs no introduction; they’ve lived in the public eye for as long as we can remember and, at this point, countless shows and films have documented life within the walls of Buckingham Palace. The Crown started off with season one in November 2016 and, like the series itself, its cast and storylines get better with time. Season four is a tale of three powerful women: Queen Elizabeth II, Margaret Thatcher, and Princess Diana. The Queen takes the backseat as these new additions rise to their platforms, with Princess Diana (played by up-and-comer Emma Corrin) remaining front and centre of both the season and history itself. Audiences journey from her 1981 engagement to Prince Charles to their whirlwind romance and an extravagant wedding that ends in marital misery. However, we’d be remiss not to commend Gillian Anderson’s role as prime minister Margaret Thatcher. Her voice, those mannerisms, that trademark bouffant – the depiction is spot on.





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Wonder By Shawn Mendes

Plastic Hearts By Miley Cyrus

The Mendes Army has come alive with

The ever-evolving Miley Cyrus confidently

the release of Wonder, the fourth studio

steps into her “rock era”, serving up a

album by Shawn Mendes. The music is a

beautifully dark and twisted album. The

reflection of how the artist has evolved


as a person, peeking into his life from the

sound since the start of her career, and

looking glass and the world to see things

she’s found one she owns. Plastic Hearts

outside the realm of his stardom. It’s a

is, in many ways, a surprisingly grown-

glittering exhale of the psychological side

up affair and a statement to her coming

effects of fame, giving fans a glance inside

into her skin. The album is creation of a

the singer’s mind. His telling lyrics, which

combination of all the genres coursing

he wrote and co-wrote, about fame and

through her veins: rock, country, blues,

falling in love are prominent throughout

pop – and she makes it work. We

the record. His words are authentic,

thought we were getting a rock album,



but in reality, it’s a versatile collection of

instrumentals to sweet whispers of love

emotions. The seventh full-length studio

escorted upon soothing piano keys. The

album from Miley Cyrus, Plastic Hearts

lead track “Wonder” surrounds the thought

also features guest appearances by Dua

of what his presence means to other

Lipa, Joan Jett, Stevie Nicks, and Billy Idol.

people, societal norms, and the pressures

It’s truly a masterpiece on sound waves.

of saying the wrong thing through words

Her voice is hypnotic in the harmonies

like, “I wonder why I'm so afraid, of saying

she favours in her tracks alongside

something wrong.” The album also hosts

exhilarating guitar and bass solos. The last

the collaboration we didn’t know we

two tracks on the album – “Never Be Me”

needed on “Monster” with fellow Canadian

and “Golden G String” – cite the liabilities

pop crooner, Justin Bieber. Both artists

of fame and the duplicity of the industry.

sing about the downside of fame and

Pouring out her heart in rocking melodies,

people building them up, only to tear them

Miley Cyrus gives us the tour of her life.

down – and the lyrics gave us chills. The

Clearly, artists all around are speaking out

album reminds us that Shawn Mendes is

for their rights through their music, and

just a 22-year-old trying to figure it all out.

we’re all ears.








By Darby Kane Lila Ridgefield lives in an idyllic college town, but not everything is what it seems. The town is riddled with disappearances, and everyone is vexed with concern. Well, everyone but Lila – she’s somewhat confused about her missing husband, but not for the same reasons as everyone else. She’s panicked because a dead body just doesn’t go missing on its own (hint, hint). Each page is intricately woven in a web of questions about marriage, disgrace, and the dominance that bring our most dysfunctional relationships to life, with a chilling premise that keeps you guessing till the last page.


Layla By Colleen Hoover Explore the power of love and tragedy in this charming, modern-day romance with a paranormal twist. Leeds meets Layla, and it’s love at first sight. A whirlwind romance commences, but soon comes to a halt, courtesy of a horrific encounter from Leeds’ past, leaving Layla mentally and physically distraught. Eager to salvage their relationship, Leeds takes Layla back to the bed and breakfast where they first met, only to enter into a world of paranormal occurrences and encounter a mysterious fellow guest who is more than she appears. The character development may lack depth, but the book makes up for it with a pageturning storyline that will send shivers down your spine. fact magazine



APP-LICIOUS What’s on the smartphone agenda for January?


Think Dirty

1 Second Everyday

An awareness of clean eating rapidly led to us questioning just how clean our beauty, skincare, and household products are – enter: Think Dirty. This app is the easiest way to discover the potentially toxic ingredients lurking in your makeup and personal care products and find safer alternatives. Its dirty meter ranges from 0 to 10, with 0 being the cleanest. The rating also provides comprehensive details and easy-to-understand information on ingredients, certifications, and health impacts – virtually everything you need to know about your favourite sunscreen, lotion, and more. The app hosts over a million products, all categorised into sub-sections for easy browsing. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Simply submit your product on the app and the creators will get back to you with a rating and description. Admittedly, the accuracy of Think Dirty’s insights has been questioned lately, but it’s a start for those of us new to the clean skincare game.

Create a timeline of your life, starting with 1 Second Everyday. We’re serious – this is literally how the app works. Its calendar automatically imports snippets from your camera or allows you to record clips yourself daily. These tiny slices of your life are then compiled together with all the beautiful, funny, and tragic moments you’ve experienced into one single continuous video. The memorable collection brings about moments that are long forgotten and evoke a ray of emotions once you view them again, reminiscing about the good old days and reflecting over the bad. It’s a great way to create timelines of the important moments in your life such as pregnancies, new homes, and baby’s first year to make sure that you capture each and every moment. You become the star of your movie, but without the stress of editing and complicated equipment. This app's beauty lies in its simplicity. It’s fun and it only takes – you guessed it – one second.

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GOOD CALL So you’re in the market for a new smartphone, but with so many brands and models to choose from, where do you even start? Hint: here.


hen selecting a new device, you have to balance all of the features you desire from a smartphone with the limitations of your budget. We at FACT were recently introduced to the new OPPO Reno4 and felt the need to share our findings in order to hopefully enlighten you on what this impressive smartphone has to offer. The new design-led OPPO Reno4 series includes three variants: Reno4, Reno Pro, and the top-of-the-range Reno Pro 5G. For this review, we went with Reno4 to see what this smartphone delivers, even at an accessible level. Upon opening the box, you will find the Quick Start Guide, a Safety Guide (including warranty card), a transparent protective case, and a tool to eject the sim card. One layer of packaging down and you’ll find the phone itself, along with a USB Type-C Data cable and earphones. Priced at BD 149.9, the Reno4 smartphone comes in a choice of two colours: a Galactic Blue (that was developed together with Pantone Color Institute) and Space Black (with a specially designed OPPO monogram that appears translucent under light). The one we have for review in Galactic Blue colour. The front of the phone is made from Corning Gorilla Glass 5, ensuring its 6.4-inch AMOLED screen is well-protected. The back is made of plastic, while the frame is made from metal. With a height of 160.3mm, a width of 73.9mm, a thickness of 7.7mm, and a weight of 165g, this lightweight device is not on the small side, but feels comfortable in hand. Also noteworthy is the size of its screen, which is perfect for scrolling through social media, watching videos, or playing games. Now for the technical stuff. This classy piece has a display resolution of 1080x2400 pixels, with a pixel density of 409ppi. The


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screen-to-body ratio is 90.7 percent, and the aspect ratio is 20:9. As for the Dual Punch Hole display features? OPPO is introducing on Reno4 an AI-enhanced Smart Sensor, located at the top left of the screen, which helps users on privacy protection and provides innovative and touch-free ways for users to control their devices. Platform-wise, the operating system is Android 10 and the user interface is Colour OS 7.2. Other features include a 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G processor and a RAM storage of 8 GB plus 128 GB ROM. An expandable storage of up to 256 GB is available via a Micro SD Card. As far as the camera is concerned, this phone boasts truly unique features thanks to its 48MP High-definition Quad Camera that includes a 48MP main camera, an 8MP ultra-wide camera, a 2MP mono camera, and a 2MP macro camera. The front camera is a 32 MP primary camera. We’d be remiss not to mention the following feature: with just one tap, AI Color Portrait on Reno4 makes the person in the shot highlighted in natural colour, and mutes the background colours into black and white. With additional features including Smart Spying Prevention and Gesture Control amongst others, we were thoroughly impressed after only a few days spent with the OPPO Reno4. With a decent 4015mAh battery that takes 20 minutes for a half charge – thanks to OPPO’s 30W VOOC 4.0 flash charging technology – and a price tag that won’t break the bank, you simply can’t go wrong with this one. ✤



BREATHE EASY A life lived indoors is the reality for many at the start of 2021, so we explore an appliance that promises to improve its quality altogether.


t’s hardly news that the Swedes are renowned for their ingenuity, practicality, and mechanical prowess. Responsible for brands such as IKEA and Volvo, Sweden is also the birthplace of Electrolux. This multinational appliance manufacturer’s mission has been to shape a better living for people as well as to reinvent the taste, care, and well-being experiences for millions across the planet. Did we mention it has been around for over 100 years? The new Pure A9 Air Purifier is one of Electrolux’s latest offerings – and its purpose? Ensure your home is a healthy living environment. It has been designed to provide perfect air purification for any household, creating a powerful yet smooth spiral movement of air that effectively circulates and cleans the air content in every corner. Its PureSense system continuously measures the indoor pollution levels and responds to any changes in air quality by adjusting the air flow accordingly, ensuring you always return to a healthy indoor setting. With a five-stage purification solution, up to 99.99 percent of all bacteria and viruses are removed from the home or office. The Pure A9 releases silver nanoparticles that eliminate bacteria,

providing an antibacterial coating that protects all inhabitants. In fact, the ioniser releases 4.5 million ions in every cubic centimetre of air to deactivate bacteria and viruses. The Pure A9 is not only equipped with a touchscreen display, child lock function, and filter life indicator, but also boasts a WiFi module that enables remote control, as well as access to the full functionality of the system, via the Pure A9 smartphone app. The purifier offers two modes – Manual and Smart – and you can select your preference by simply tapping the Mode button. In Manual mode, the fan speed can be changed by touching the fan speed slider, whilst in Smart mode, the appliance will automatically adjust the fan speed based on the air quality level. Adding to the home-friendly nature of this device is how exceptionally quiet it is, producing such little noise that you’ll practically forget it’s there. ✤




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MEDITERRANEAN TASTES AND GULF VIEWS After a long day of meetings and calls, FACT’s Anzish and Chirine receive some culinary pampering at the Pearl Social.

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e’re always on the lookout for the perfect open-air eateries as winter rolls around, and our team places the Pearl Social high up on that list. Nestled in the grand grounds of Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl – Doha, the newly reopened Mediterranean restaurant and lounge brings you a classy, elegant and tasteful dining experience. This stunning restaurant provides the luxury of a private members’ club with their modern art deco interior, prompt service and offers picturesque moments of the glittering Persian Gulf in the background of its floor to ceiling windows - making this dining experience memorable. The restaurant’s menu offers a selection of fresh seafood, grilled meats, and beautiful small plates from the countries that surround the Mediterranean Sea - Greece, Italy, France, Spain, Morocco, Tunisia, and more. It’s contemporary and innovative menu can be enjoyed within the walls of this elegant establishment or from the beautiful terrace. And don’t worry about getting too cold on those rare chilly nights in Doha, the terrace is abundant with high-standing heaters, which also double as the perfect mood lighting. We begin our evening on the terrace with some drinks before making our way inside for the main meal. We sip to the flavours of the Star Mojito, a tantalising concoction of mixed berries, starfruits, and ginger ale. As we make our way indoors, we’re greeted with warm house-made bread and an array of delectable spreads. For the cold appetisers we highly recommend the Goat Cheese Fig Cranberry Salad, it’s beauty lies in the simplicity of its ingredients and is the perfect start to any meal; light and crisp, with the perfect tang of the fig chutney and warmth of the goat cheese. If you prefer a warmer dish to start your night then the Baked Spanakopita will fulfil your desires with its crisp pastry, stuffed with warm spinach and feta cheese. This is our definition of comfort food! Speaking of comfort food, our mains are the perfect companion for any winter night in Doha, or otherwise. The Tunisian Lamb Couscous is a hearty meal - full of flavour, tender meat and set against a lightly spiced couscous. Then comes the Lamb Shank Mediterranean Style, this tender, fall off the bone lamb shank is braised and slow-cooked in a rich gravy; hitting our carnivore sweet-spot, every time. And we’re saving the best for last with the Greek Orzo Pasta with Grilled Tiger Prawns. The orzo pasta


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is infused with a rich seafood broth and tomato sauce, creating a leisurely and creamy hug on a plate. We are left content and full of warm flavours. Then arrives our favourite part – the dessert! Although our hearts and stomachs are satisfied, we can’t resist the tempting treats that arrive. The Mixed Berry Pannacotta, although denser than most, offers a burst of fruity flavours, a tantalising ice cream, and fresh berries; creating the prettiest and tastiest panna cotta in the city. Then arrives the most sinful and decadent Chocolate Soufflé with Duo Raspberry and Vanilla Ice Cream. The soufflé is rich, warm and oozes with chocolate syrup. We’re not joking when we say we licked the spoons clean. And now for the most instagrammable because if you didn’t post it on Instagram, did you even really go? – dessert of the evening. The Mille-feuille With Red Berries Compote and Vanilla Chocolate Sauce. This creamy, flaky French dessert can be translated as a thousand leaves of thin layers of pastry, the literal cherry on top of the evening. The flaky pastry is complemented with the softness of its filling, and is enough to share for two. We would come here for the dessert alone! We end this culinary escapade through the Mediterranean back on the scenic terrace as we let the night pass by while we sip our tea and coffee. And we’d like to give a special shout out to our host of the night, Llorendaisy – goes by Daisy - for making sure to make this night perfect and memorable. We’ll be sure to sit in her corner when we visit again. ✤



For the culture-savvy in Qatar

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CHEF’S KISS A new menu and chef at Rocca called, and FACT answered, indulging in creations from the North of Italy. Join us?

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rand Hyatt Doha Hotel & Villas announced the comeback of the Italian sensation of Rocca to the local culinary scene in Doha, and of course, we were thrilled at the invitation. The reopened Rocca also brings with it new recipes inspired by the heritage and culture of Italy; curated by Michelin-star Chef Ivan Musoni. The new menu and trendy takeout concepts have evolved and were reconstructed during isolation, focusing on healthy eating and sustainable sourcing, and we’re here to see it for ourselves. Winter nights in Doha are made for al-fresco dining - and with views of the Arabian sea, landscaped gardens, and West Bay Lagoon, Rocca makes the cut. We’re seated in what we like to call their indooroutdoor terrace. Tall glass windows and transparent doors surround the dining area, with an open ceiling, which is partially covered with long canopies. Giving us outdoor vibes whilst keeping winds and the occasional dust at bay, truly the best of both worlds. The sprawling space has an airy feel with views of the Persian Gulf, and is complemented by wooden tables and chairs perfectly balance its ambience. The menu is well-executed, casual, traditionally Italian, and comes with a few delightful surprises. For our starters we indulge in the Tagliere Aperi-Time, an enticing platter to try out all the starter delicacies on the new menu. The appetisers are presented to us on a beautiful black marble slab; Olive Ascolane, Bruschetta Toscana, Gnocco Fritto, Pane Burro e Acciughe, and the Arancini di Roso. Our favourite pick is Olive Ascolane – Cerignola olives and feta cheese are breaded and fried to create the most scrumptious finger food, oozing with flavour inside its crunchy shell; this appetiser makes it to the top of our list. The Bruschetta Toscana is also a table favourite with its grilled sourdough bread, fresh tomatoes, basil, olive oil, and garlic. This dish’s beauty lies within its simplicity, as it does with most Italian meals. Even the relatively straightforward toasted ciabatta bread are remarkable in their fresh minimalism; crispy and a mouth full of flavour. For the mains, we highly recommend the Risotto Funghi & Taleggio and Sophia pizza. The risotto is a beautifully creamy, and aromatic dish of carnaroli rice, mixed mushrooms, parmesan, taleggio, and truffle oil. The mushrooms give the dish its rich, earthy flavour, with the rice grains adding bite to the slick smoothness of the soft mushrooms. The pizza, however, outshines everything on the table. An abundance of mozzarella, burrata, arugula, cherry warm freshly baked sourdough, giving us authentic Italian vibes. Within the crust lies the characteristic flavour and exceptional texture found solely in Italian pizzas, by Italian chefs’, and now at Rocca. 68

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For dessert, we take a bite into the delectable Torta Caprese, a chocolate and almond cake with a raspberry sorbet on the side. The cake is rich, moist, and paired with a tangy sorbet to awaken your taste buds with a kick of flavour. The bright pink sorbet is energising, creamy, and a blast of pure and distinct flavours. The perfect end to a simple, yet beautiful, meal. Rocca’s atmosphere is low-key, with the service alone being c’est Magnifique and a menu that would make anyone drool. This restaurant is a must-go for a relaxing night out with friends, and for an evening accompanied by Italian culture and heritage. ✤




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As our mindfulness surrounding sustainability grows, so does the desire to understand and appreciate where our food is coming from – enter Baladna. fact magazine




he word Baladna literally translates to ‘our country’; and the Baladna restaurant is an anthem to Qatari cuisine and hospitality. The restaurants’ menu brings innovative local dishes, directly from the farm to your table. As the rise for sustainably sourced produce and meats continues to increase, Baladna is at the forefront with its traditional and unexpected Arabic dishes created with love, passion, and simplicity. Healthy and fresh food is important now more than ever, in a time when we need to take care of bodies and boost our immune system with good food. Located at Medina Centrale - the Pearl, customers are greeted with an ambience that is bright, airy, and floating on an aroma of warm freshly baked bread from the brick oven. The panelled and brick walls transport us straight to a barn we think would appear in the ever-famous nursery rhyme, “Old McDonald.” Straight out of a storybook, Baladna is the perfect place for picturesque winter afternoons in Doha. We start the afternoon with freshly squeezed orange and pomegranate juices, serving as the perfect way to make the most of nature’s sweet offerings. Sweet, tangy, and bursting with energy, an ideal way to start an afternoon meal. For appetisers we highly recommend all the salads on the menu, the greens are crisp, perfectly drizzled with dressing and a mouthful full of freshness – but there’s always a favourite. For us, it’s the Rocca Salad, a simple yet beautiful combination of beautiful ingredients mother earth has to offer. Another table favourite is the Hummos Agar Mango, definitely something out of the norm for our palate, but a good one. It’s our first encounter


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with such a unique spin on Hummos; enchanting our taste buds with a flavour that no words on paper can describe. The mains bring with them a feast. A table adorned with beautiful meats, pies, and bread. We begin our meal by biting into the hot and steamy pies from the oven; warm, flavourful and quite a selection to choose from on the menu; the variety is seemingly endless. Next up is the flavourful Grilled Chicken, crispy on the outside, and soft and juicy on the inside. Each bite has us admiring the mix of spices and soft texture of the meal. For a lighter version, we recommend the chicken Shish Tawook, equally appetising but lighter on the calories. And don’t disregard the light, soft, minty, and garlic-y bread that these poultry delights are served under. The pull of the bread erupts an aromatic steam of zest that will engulf your senses. The Mixed Grill is also on our must-order list, with the succulent kebabs being a favourite from the platter. A traditional dish for almost every restaurant in Doha, but what sets this apart besides their tender meat and flavour is the warm toasted flatbread, adorned with fresh tomatoes and parsley – absolutely mouth-watering. To sweeten up this farm-fresh experience we indulge in the renowned Baladna Baghagea. This crispy pastry is engulfed in warm cheese, honey and sprinkled with a scrumptious pistachio crumble. We can’t get enough, and you won’t either. After wiping down the platter we move on to the delectable bites of Halawet El Jeben, these finger-licking cushioned desserts melt in our mouth, and come with a sweet sugar dip on the side if you like things on the sweeter side of life. The final dessert we indulge in is the White Spring. This hard jelly-like dessert is a first for us, but mouth-watering all the same. The Baladna restaurants are located in three locations around Doha; Medina Centrale - the Pearl, Mall of Qatar, and at the farm in Al Khor. Sure, many restaurants claim that the food is coming from some farm to the table, but here, you can taste the quality of produce in every bite. The restaurants also offer a unique experience every Thursday with a new dish that is derived from Oriental cuisine with the Chef’s special touch. The Pearl-Qatar branch adds on to that with special Friday offerings as well with

its statement Baladna’s Sojouk Shawarma. Overall, Baladna is the epitome of all things Qatar, both in taste and hospitably, as its ever-evolving menu celebrates simplicity and seasonality. ✤

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TASTE OF LIFE One of the major food trends for 2021 is food that is good for the body and environment, and Chef’s Garden has been bringing us the definition of sustainably-sourced meat and produce to our tables with Chef Eslam Ibrahim. fact magazine



Why did you decide to become a chef? Could you tell us about your inspiration? I have a genuine passion for food, and love the process of cooking and creating a plate of art which induces feelings of pleasure and joy when customers try my creations. And when I add those bits of happy moments in people’s lives, I remember why I became a chef. It’s a journey to reach the position you have today. What other back-of-the-house positions have you previously held and how did they prepare you for your role today? Becoming a chef is not an easy journey. I had to start by learning the basics before even entering the kitchen. I started in the kitchen by cutting fruits and vegetables, mopping floors, cleaning kitchen equipment, and even taking out the trash. These basics are important for any head chef so that they can guide their team members on the correct path as you pave the way for future chefs to come. We need to be careful, now more than ever, when handling food. What are some must-do’s for you and your staff when serving your customers? Yes, the important thing is to follow proper safe food handling guidelines and procedures from the time the food is cooked to the second it is served. Do you remember the first dish you ever made? What was it and how does it compare to the creations that come out of your kitchen today? The first dish I made was home-made pasta. Definitely, by experience, my plates have become much different when it comes to taste and creativeness. Chef’s Garden is a beautiful venue, with its large windows and scenic gardens. What is your favourite part of the restaurant? My favourite part of the restaurant is the atmosphere that people experience. And once accompanied with our healthy eating options, the food takes over the spotlight. How does Chef’s Garden stand apart from other restaurants you have previously worked at? The difference is the concept. At Chefs Garden we serve all organic and healthy food, added on with a range of gluten-free and vegan options. How would you describe your food? A combination of taste, smell, and creativeness where three elements produce emotions, feelings of happiness, and satisfaction. Sourcing ingredients can be a challenge in this part of the world due to climate factors and our dependence on imports. How do you tackle this problem? We have local suppliers who support us with fresh and organic products, which are carefully handpicked by my team. 76

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What city would you travel to for the food alone? I would like to try the food in France and Italy because I think they have mastered the culinary arts. What four ingredients are absolutely necessary for your kitchen? I stick to my basics; salt, olive oil, vegetables, and meat. In your opinion, what is the most underrated kitchen equipment or gadget? Stainless steel locking tongs - When you need to flip something fresh out of the oven, but don’t want to burn your hands, or turn a sizzling steak without accidentally getting scalded by your skillet, tongs will be your best friend. What’s your go-to guilty pleasure, in terms of food? Eating dessert before dinner. We’ve noticed that chefs tend to cook simple meals when at home, what is your go-to dish to prepare on your night at home? For me, making pasta or noodle dishes are the easiest or if I don’t have time to cook, I just fix myself a bowl of salad. When you’re not in the kitchen where can you be found? You can find me at one of our catering events or one of our other outlets. In my spare time, I like to spend time at the beach or drive around the Doha Corniche and enjoy the view. ✤ fact magazine



DINING DELIGHTS Start off your year with best food deals and meals in town.



Deli Kitchen It’s time to dunk your chopsticks into some of the choicest cuisines of Asia. Taste the charming flavours of the unexpected dim sums, steamed buns and mouth-watering baos, paired with your preferred choice of Iced Tea. Priced at QR150 per person, every Saturday from 12:30pm to 4pm. GO: Call 4445 0000 or Whatsapp 5505 9901 for reservations and more information.

O’Glacée Indulge in a playful experience with a wide array of seafood served in buckets, better enjoyed with friends and family. Enjoy the interactive buffet, priced at QR249 per person, every Thursday from 7pm to 10pm. GO: Call 4009 9666 or Whatsapp 3075 8211 for reservations and more information.

ALWADI HOTEL DOHA – MGALLERY AL MESSILA RESORT & SPA Wa’ha Pool Restaurant Start your weekend by grilling and chilling at the poolside. Experience live BBQ, mezze selections, desserts and much more paired with good music for your mood. Priced at QR250 per person, every Thursday from 7pm to 10:30pm. GO: Call 4445 0000 or Whatsapp 5505 9901 for reservations and more information. 78

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Sofra Indulge in the traditional tastes of delectable shawarma’s at Sofra. Take your pick of turkey, lamb, or fish and create your curb side memories in an elegant and stunning setting. Priced at QR120 per person, from 7pm to 10pm, daily from January 5. GO: Call 4009 9666 or Whatsapp 3075 8211 for reservations and more information.


with authentic Asian Peking duck all-you-can-eat offer of QR129 per person, including unlimited soft beverages, or QR189 per person, including three special beverages. Every Sunday from 12:30pm to 10pm. GO: Call, Whatsapp 5002 6386 or e-mail indo_chin_alsadd@ hilton.com for reservations and more information.


CROWNE PLAZA DOHA - THE BUSINESS PARK Savor Savor offers traditional lighter meal options, pastries, and a bakery for those looking to simply soak up the atmosphere of the hotel lobby, conduct an impromptu meeting, or socialise with friends. In the evenings, Savor transforms into a sophisticated lounge with the provision of a range of beverages and cheese selections available. Open daily from 6am to 5pm. GO: Call 4408 7777 for reservations and more information.

CROWNE PLAZA DOHA - THE BUSINESS PARK Rodrizo A destination for the carnivore connoisseur, Rodizio is about meat, prepared on live open flame grills in the heart of the outlet and served to the table on skewers that allow guests to choose how much or how little they want. Open from 6pm to 11pm, Tuesday until Saturday. Priced at QR270 per person, unlimited cuts plus QR189 for unlimited house beverages. Take advantage of the early diner offer before 7pm and receive a special price of QR195 on unlimited selected cuts. GO: Call 4408 7777 for reservations and more information.

OPEN Enjoy the saucy flame grilled OPEN Restaurant BBQ with wide options of beef kebab, lamb kofta, chicken wings and shish taouk. Daily, between 5pm and 10pm. Prices start from QR99 per person, including one special beverages and QR189 for two, including four special beverages. GO: Call, Whatsapp 5037 0026 or e-mail open_alsadd@hilton. com for reservations and more information.

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL DOHA Elements Join in at the Four Seasons Brunch every Friday for some of your favourite brunch dishes and table-side experiences. Enjoy unlimited a-la-carte dishes and food trolley experiences where you can sample the best oysters, dim sum, Peking duck, caviar, cold cuts and many more from 1pm to 4:30pm. Priced at QR350 inclusive of non-sparkling beverages and QR540 with the sparkling package. GO: Call 4494 8600 for reservations and more information.

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL DOHA Nobu Doha Gather your friends and family to experience impeccable service and signature dishes featuring delicious Nobu style sushi, fresh oysters, black cod and many more for an unforgettable family style brunch affair. Priced at QR345 for regular brunch and QR525 for the sparkling brunch. Every Friday 1pm to 4pm. GO: Call 4494 8600 for reservations and more information.



Indulge at a signature Syrian restaurant serving orient tastes with Syrian Heritage for your business lunches. Priced at QR65 including a five course set menu, from 12pm to 4pm. GO: Call 4475 9089 or 3333 3954 for reservations and more information.

Seasons Tea Lounge The award winning sophisticated afternoon tea offers beautifully presented cakes, dainty pastries, scones and delicate finger sandwiches served with exquisite blends of the finest teas.

DEBS W REMMAN The Ambassador of Lebanese cuisine in Qatar, is back with breakfast! Debs W Remman recreates the atmosphere of the old Beirut and snowy mountains of Lebanon, serving the ‘flavours of yesterday’ through a wide variety of traditional dishes that capture the essence of authentic Lebanese cuisine. Daily from 9am till 12pm. GO: Call 33334663 for reservations and more information.

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• DINING DEALS Available daily from 2pm to 7pm, priced at QR250 per person, inclusive of one hot or cold beverage. GO: Call 4494 8600 for reservations and more information.

HOLIDAY INN DOHA - THE BUSINESS PARK Stock Burger Co. Doha The first Stock Burger Co. restaurant in the Middle East is bringing us delicious treats with items of the month. Indulge in The Italian burger, Leche Frita dessery, Chicken & Waffle and Steak au Poivre at selected prices. GO: Call 5041 5309 for reservations and more information.

MANDARIN ORIENTAL, DOHA Liang Restaurant Mandarin Oriental, Doha introduces an unmatched journey of culinary discovery at Liang restaurant. Located adjacent to Mandarin Oriental, Doha in Barahat Msheireb at the heart of Msheireb Downtown, the exciting restaurant showcases distinct Chinese cuisine. Liang features authentic Cantonese recipes and selected traditional provincial dishes from across China. GO: Call 4008 8888 or email modoh-reservations@mohg.com for reservations and more information.

MARRIOTT MARQUIS CITY CENTER DOHA INTERCONTINENTAL DOHA Coral Experience a delectable Friday brunch at the Coral Restaurant. Enjoy a lavish selection of salad, sushi, delis and cold appetisers, as well as a wide selection of buffet mains. Pair it with an unlimited selection of our house beverages. Priced at QR260 with soft beverages, QR415 with unlimited bubbly, and QR80 for kids between 6 and 12. Every Friday from 12:30pm until 4pm. Call 4484 4919 or email fb.icdoha@ihg.com for reservations.

INTERCONTINENTAL DOHA Mykonos Do not forget to try the ever scrumptious “Greek Business Lunch” promotion from Sunday to Wednesday 12pm to 4pm. Priced at QR89 for starter and main course and QR99 for starter, main course and dessert. Call 4484 4919 or email fb.icdoha@ihg.com for reservations.

Crossroads Kitchen Savour the traditional and all-time favourite British classic, Fish ‘N’ Chips at your street food destination Crossroads Kitchen. Delicious fresh fish, chunky chips, mushy peas, chip shop curry sauce and prepared, of course, the traditional way – in beef dripping! Daily from 2pm to 10pm, priced at QR65 per person. GO: Call 6643 6890 for reservations and more information.

MARRIOTT MARQUIS CITY CENTER DOHA New York Steakhouse Indulge in a hearty Steak and Fries experience daily at New York Steakhouse for QR175 per person including a selected beverage. Nothing beats a flavourful and meaty US prime beef flank steak accompanied with legendary sauces, crispy homemade fries, and a side of garden salad to delight your evening. GO: Call 6643 6890 for reservations and more information.

MARRIOTT MARQUIS CITY CENTER DOHA MANDARIN ORIENTAL, DOHA Gelato Situated on Barahat Msherieb town square, Gelato is a vibrant and colourful outlet serving unique and surprising flavours of gelato, sorbet along with an array of creative desserts for dining in. Delightful combinations of flavours are featured with Arabic Coffee, Medjool Date, Malika Honey and the delicious Vegan options of Chocolate and Banana and Peanut Butter. GO: Call 4008 8888 or email modoh-reservations@mohg.com for reservations and more information.


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Quick Bites Take a mid-day break and head to Quick Bites to savour the new daily Chef’s signature dishes from around the world. From Moroccan favourites on Sundays and Wednesdays, Nepali specials on Mondays, Indian classics on Tuesdays, distinctive tastes of Africa on Thursdays, homemade Sri Lankan dishes on Fridays and appetising Filipino delicacies on Saturdays. Daily from 12pm to 9pm and priced at QR45 per signature dish and QR55 for the two-course combo. GO: Call 6643 6890 for reservations and more information.


MEATSMITH Newly opened in Doha, Meatsmith covers barbecue from all aspects, ideologies, cultures, and flavours, resulting in amazing tasty wood-fired barbecued food. Meatsmith offers American smokehouse barbecue with international flavours. GO: Call 5053 1111 for reservations and more information.

MUSEUM OF ISLAMIC ART IDAM Contemporary French Mediterranean cuisine designed with an Arabic twist. Innovative and flavoursome, IDAM recreates the timeless classics of local and regional cuisine, with most ingredients sourced here in Qatar. Nestled on the top floor of the I.M. Pei-envisioned Museum of Islamic Art. Open Tuesday to Thursday and Saturday to Sunday from 12:30pm to 09:30pm. GO: Call 4422 8844 or email contact@idam-restaurant.com for reservations and more information.

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF QATAR Jiwan Restaurant Jiwan, where the desert meets the sea, is an exciting new dining destination on Qatar’s culinary map. An immersive gastronomic concept that takes guests on a sensory journey through Qatar’s rich heritage and unique landscape. Open Monday to Thursday and Saturday, from 12:30pm to 9pm, and Friday, 1:30pm to 9pm. GO: Call 4452 5725 or email contact@jiwan.qa for reservations and more information.

Saturday Lunch adds a touch of glamour to the last day of your weekend. The brunch features a wide selection of cold appetisers, main courses prepared at live stations and desserts, all served to your table. Every Saturday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm, priced at QR250 per person (Inclusive of regular hops, grapes and beverages). GO: Call 5576 4278 or email reservations@selmieldoha.com for reservations and more information.

THE RITZ-CARLTON STK DOHA Gather with friends and family to enjoy a leisurely Saturday Roast. STK offers a family style British Roast with Spiced Brisket or USDA Prime Ribeye with all the trimmings and dessert, every Saturday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm. Priced at QR145 per person, and additional QR110 for unlimited inclusive of regular hops, grapes and beverages for two hours or QR60 unlimited soft beverages. GO: Call or Whatsapp 6655 2429 or email reservations@stkdoha.com for reservations and more information.

THE WESTIN DOHA HOTEL & SPA Hunters Room & Grill Brighten your Tuesday evenings at Hunters with a mouthwatering Signature Tomahawk Steak - Cote De Boeuf. Priced at QR600 inclusive of a bottle of grapes. GO: Call 3359 8514 for reservations and more information.



B-lounge Begin this new season with this year’s winter menu at B-Lounge. The restaurant is offering something for every taste and appetite. True to its brand values, this new menu offers simple and authentic cuisine that is playfully plated. Your favourite dishes will be included, such as; Alaskan King Crab Salad, Mango Maki roll, Misoyaki and the Black Cod. The newer additions include Duck Pancakes, Crab Bao, Aburi Sushi Selection and Oribu Grilled Octopus. GO: Call 5080 4421 or email reservations@bloungedoha. com for reservations and more information.

Sabai Thai The Royal Thai Brunch is back! Join in to explore authentic Thai dishes at your favourite Thai restaurant. Every Saturday from 12:30pm to 4pm. Priced at QR248 for soft beverages, QR325 with brews and grapes, and QR375 with enhanced beverages and bubbles. GO: Call 3359 8514 for reservations and more information.

THE RITZ-CARLTON B-lounge If you fancy a tasty brunch in an exceptional setting, experience Froze Brunch, a mix of Asian flavours served with select beverages. Every Friday, from 1pm to 4pm. Priced at QR350 per person (Inclusive of soft beverages), QR495 per person (Inclusive of regular hops, grapes and beverages) and QAR 595 per person (Inclusive of premium hops, grapes, beverages and more). Reservations are essential. GO: Call 5080 4421 or email reservations@bloungedoha. com for reservations and more information.

THE WESTIN DOHA HOTEL & SPA Seasonal Tastes Dive into the treasures of the sea as Seasonal Tastes bring your favourite Seafood Night back. Join in every Thursday from 6:30pm till 10:30pm. Priced at QR269 per person. GO: Call 3359 8514 for reservations and more information.

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What We’re (Still) Talking About Halima Aden

The Crown

Vaccine Passports

Somali-American model Halima Aden has made headlines for countless reasons over the years. She was the first hijab-wearing model to grace the cover of British Vogue, sign with IMG Models, and compete in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant. She also made history as the first Muslim model to wear a hijab and burkini in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit and has walked for the likes of Max Mara, Alberta Ferretti, and Yeezy. It's no wonder then that her recent decision to step away from the fashion industry has led to more eyes on her than ever before. The 23-year-old took to

The Crown is hardly new on the pop culture scene, but its fourth season has prompted all kinds of questions, conversations, and controversies. Opinions were fast formed about the miscasting of actress Erin Doherty (who plays Princess Anne as a bit of a tomboy), while the royal family is reportedly not pleased with the show's depiction of Princess Margaret's distant cousins – Katherine and Nerissa Bowes-Lyon – being abandoned by their family. Also making the news? UK culture secretary Oliver Dowden suggested that Netflix should add a disclaimer that the historical drama is a

A few months ago, Qantas divided opinions by launching a decently pricey "flight to nowhere" – which incidentally sold out in 10 minutes – and it's doing it again. Alan Joyce, CEO of the Australia airline, recently revealed that international air travellers will soon need to prove they have been vaccinated against Covid-19 in order to board Qantas flights, referring to the move as a "necessity". While Qantas is currently the only airline to require its passengers to be vaccinated before travel, industry insiders predict that others will follow suit. "I think that's going to be a

her Instagram account to reveal that the pandemic gave her time to reflect on her values as a Muslim woman – and how modelling often clashed with them. “I can only blame myself for caring more about the opportunity than what was actually at stake,” she said. “I blame myself for being naive and rebellious. What I do blame the industry for is the lack of muslim women stylists.” What the model will do next is anyone's guess, but we predict that the UNICEF Ambassador will focus more on her humanitarian efforts.

work of fiction. And the streaming giant's response? "We have always presented The Crown as a drama, and we have every confidence our members understand it's a work of fiction that's broadly based on historical events. As a result, we have no plans – and see no need – to add a disclaimer." However, the biggest question at this point remains: will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's story be told? The two recently signed a massive deal with Netflix, and some reports suggest their contract demands that the show end before Megxit is depicted.

common thing talking to my colleagues in other airlines around the globe," he said. The decision has led to the term 'vaccine passport' entering our everyday vernacular. According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), a digital health pass – which will likely include vaccine information alongside details about Covid-19 travel requirements and restrictions – is the key to opening borders. The IATA Travel Pass is currently in the final phase of development, and is set to launch in the first quarter of 2021.


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