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Take your passion for football to the next level and support your team in a dynamic atmosphere from 14th of June until 15th of July. Open from 2PM – 2AM with special prices on beverages and live streaming of the games Level 1, Mix Lounge FOR MORE INFORMATION: +974 3359 8514 dining.doha@westin.com mixbardoha.com

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Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” - Gustave Flaubert

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t’s no secret at all that this is my favourite issue of the year. Just speak the word “travel” around me and I’ll happily sit with you for hours to talk about why taking off to see the world is high up on my list of priorities. And it seems that travel is also of huge importance to the people of the Gulf. Be it the local or expat community, the chances are that some of your best conversations in Doha have revolved around a mutual love of travelling. There’s just something beautifully liberating about being plucked out of your everyday comfort zone and landing in a completely foreign place to see how different cultures live. With undiscovered destinations now opening up for tourism, we’ve rounded up some of the world’s best destinations that are seeing a travel revival and others that are newbies on the bucket list. Turn to p39 for #Hashtag# Travel Inspo and start your adventure today - be it solo, with family or a group of friends - there’s plenty of leisure, food, activities, beaches and more waiting! Of course, there’s just as much intrepid inspiration to awaken the travel bug as there is luxury vacays that blend the best of both worlds, seamlessly. If it’s this perfect balance of exploration and relaxation that you’re looking for, take note of our Eid Escapes (p52) where everything from island living to UNESCO sites and safari vibes can make for the perfect getaway during the Eid Al Fitr break. June is also the start of the most-anticipated sporting event of the year - the 2018 FIFA World Cup - and you can believe that Doha’s venues are going all out to make sure that you catch all the action live from Russia on the biggest screens, accompanied with the best food and beverages. Turn to World Cup Watch on p39 where we round up some of the social spots to get your footie fix. We’ve got your monthly dose of fashion, tech, dining and all the need-to-know events, openings and foodie deals for the next 30 days. Whilst planning my own summer abroad, I was constantly reminded that the freedom to hop on a plane and venture to somewhere new is a privilege that many people around the world still don’t have. So, let’s be cultural ambassadors and share travel stories as often as possible! As the meme says: catch flights, not feelings - and I’m all about that life. Happy wanderlusting!☺

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FACT Magazine Qatar Edition • JUNE 2018 VOLUME 05, ISSUE 01

CHAIRMAN KHALIFA BIN MUBARAK AL KHALIFA CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER GREG HUGHES GENERAL MANAGER HUSSEIN A. ZREIK EDITOR-IN-CHIEF SHABANA ADAM (shabana@fact-magazine.com) ASSISTANT EDITOR AANCHAL DUGGAL SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNERS SYED MUHAMMED RAIHAN JYOTI RAWAT PHOTOGRAPHY SUDHI KOLLAROTH CONTRIBUTORS CRAIG FERRIMAN PRODUCTION & DISTRIBUTION AJIT KUMAR NEIL MAHMOOD SALES DIRECTOR MARISELA PAESANO (marisela@fact-magazine.com) OFFICE ADMIN PRADEEP KUMAR ADVERTISING ENQUIRIES marisela@fact-magazine.com PRINTED BY AL ANAN PRINTING PRESS , OMAN

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EXPERIENCE THE WORLDCUP THRILL AT AL SHURFA Al Shurfa Arabic Lounge offers a tranquil view of the Doha city skyline and an outdoor terrace. It is the perfect place to support your favorite football team with a memorable Arabesque experience. Don’t miss out on all the action, hurry and book your space to experience what it feels like to cheer from the rooftop while savoring a delightful set menu for only QR100. *Terms and conditions apply.

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Dining Delights THERE ARE PLENTY OF FOOD FIESTAS TO LOOK FORWARD TO LATER THIS MONTH AND WE’VE PICKED SOME OF OUR FAVOURITES…

ZENGO WHAT: Zengo Afternoon Tea WHERE: Zengo, Kempinski Residences & Suites WHEN: Sunday to Thursday, 3pm to 6pm (after Eid) PRICE: OCHA: QR95 including selection of bites and unlimited tea; MOKUTERUTI: QR120 including selection of bites, tea and tea mocktails; KAGAYAKI: QR270 including bubbles. Zengo brings its sophistication to a maximum level with the launch of its Afternoon Tea. An exquisite selection of sweet and savory Asian delights, follow with the most wide and traditional Asian teas. CALL 4405 3560 FOR MORE INFO. THE WESTIN DOHA HOTEL & SPA WHAT: Seafood Night WHERE: Seasonal Tastes WHEN: Thursday, 6.30pm to 11pm (after Eid) PRICE: QR250 with soft beverages; add QR110 for two hours unlimited pairing Every Thursday evening at Seasonal Tastes, bring the ocean breeze closer to you with an extensive seafood buffet featuring all your freshwater favourites. On ice, cooked to order or in Chef’s Special, you will leave fully satisfied. CALL 3359 8514 FOR MORE INFO. MARSA MALAZ KEMPINSKI, THE PEARL-DOHA WHAT: Tapas Locas WHERE: El Faro WHEN: Wednesdays, 5pm to 12.30am (after Eid) PRICE: QR175 for unlimited tapas Ever dream of having unlimited Spanish tapas to your heart’s 8

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desire? Wait no longer, come to El Faro every Wednesday and don`t miss the chance to savor as many tasty tapas as you can while spending an enjoyable evening in a vibrant Spanish settings with live music. CALL 4035 5555 FOR MORE INFO. TORO TORO DOHA WHAT: Caballeros Steak Night WHERE: Toro Toro Doha WHEN: Wednesday, 7pm to 11.30pm (after Eid) PRICE: QR375 per person Have you already tried the best meat in Doha? If not, Caballeros Steak Night on Wednesday is the perfect opportunity! Unlimited Picanha, choice of two cold and two hot starters with sharing dessert and bottle of Argentinian vino! CALL 4035 5101 FOR MORE INFO. INTERCONTINENTAL DOHA THE CITY WHAT: International Dinner Nights WHERE: The Square WHEN: Friday to Tuesday, 6pm to 11pm (after Eid) PRICE: QR140 inclusive of food buffet only Choose from an exciting array of International dishes every night at The Square. Indulge in flavours from around the world starting from Asia, the Mediterranean Coast, Europe, the Gulf, and India. Don’t forget to enjoy our divine dessert bar and the live corners from around the world. CALL 4015 8888 FOR MORE INFO. ✤ GO: FOLLOW @FACTMAGAZINE ON INSTAGRAM FOR MORE DINING DEALS!


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13 YEARS OF LUXURY Four Seasons Hotel Doha is an award-winning property with a pristine private beach in the heart of Doha’s cosmopolitan West Bay. The hotel celebrates 13 years of innovation, luxurious guest experiences, and unforgettable moments, so here we share 13 reasons why we love it! 1. A resort-like hotel that features a private white sand beach and seven distinct pools, including a state-of-the-art indoor hydro pool, all anchored by world-class luxury service. 2. An epicurean epicentre, the hotel features nine stunning restaurants and lounges to tempt the palate, including authentic Italian cuisine to new-style Japanese food, Arabic and Asian, not to mention, al fresco dining is offered in almost all of the venues. 3. Nobu Doha: the world’s largest Nobu by acclaimed chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa and recognised as the hottest rooftop lounge and nightlife setting in Doha. 4. Two award-winning brunches to choose from: Four Seasons Brunch and Nobu Brunch. 5. A remarkable shisha experience – indoor at Shisha Terrace and outdoor at The Pier and Arabica – to experience local excellence. 6. Lavish Spa, Doha’s most comprehensive spa and wellness centre, is a three-storey holistic destination for healing, renewal and rejuvenation, featuring 11 treatment rooms. Doha residents may enjoy exclusive membership privileges. 7. Great programmess for families: Kids For All Seasons is a place for kids to be kids, encouraging the Hotel’s youngest guests to get involved in educational, interactive learning through arts, culture and athletics, such as the Gymboree program exclusively during Friday Brunch. 8. The Suite Life: luxurious rooms and suites, offering panoramic views of the tranquil Arabian Gulf and the cosmopolitan skyline, and unique amenities such as the Bath Butler, allowing guests 10

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to surrender to an indulgent bath experience to relax and renew, in the comfort of their room. 9. Perfect staycation retreat for couples and families, offering remarkable value packages. 10. The people: Four Seasons, renowned globally for its warm and friendly team, features employees from 47 countries, with more than 60 languages spoken, and all led by the Golden Rule – to treat others as you wish to be treated. 11. The heart of the city: located in the heart of Doha, Four Seasons offers luxurious amenities and services, and is also just minutes away from the city’s most coveted spots for dining, shopping and entertainment. 12. Art in bloom: the hotel’s stunning floral centrepiece in the lobby is one of the most Instagram-worthy “selfie spots” in Doha. 13. Pets welcome: pets are like family members, therefore the hotel team is delighted to welcome pets under 27 kilograms (60 pounds). Furry friends also receive a welcome amenity, along with complimentary add-ons, from plush bedding to food bowls – SO cute! ✤

GO: TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE STAY LONGER – FOURTH NIGHT FREE PROMOTION WHICH PROVIDES ONE COMPLIMENTARY NIGHT TO GUESTS WHO BOOK THREE CONSECUTIVE NIGHTS AT FOUR SEASONS HOTEL DOHA, WITH RATES STARTING AT QR1,050 PER NIGHT. CALL 4494 8888 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.


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QATARI GASTRONOMY Msheireb Downtown Doha welcomes its first restaurant at the acclaimed Msheireb Museums. Al Fai Restaurant serves up authentic Qatari cuisine with a modern twist, delivered by renowned Qatari and Omani chefs who will offer a taste of culture and history on every visit. AL FAI RESTAURANT, CREATED BY Savy Hospitality, opened its doors today for guests to experience true Qatari food, ambience and hospitality. Located at Company House, one of the four acclaimed Msheireb Museums, the new dining destination is the first restaurant to open at the project, as part of Msheireb Downtown Doha’s exciting programme of activations for 2018. The menu at Al Fai specialises in highlighting authentic Qatari cuisine presented in a modern style – a Qatari fusion of food using a contemporary design. Every dish served at Al Fai has an artistic flair, including a selection of continental dishes made with exciting techniques served in an elegant setting. Al Fai is not just a restaurant, it is also a representation of culture, offering food for a variety of occasions, through a great dining experience that tells stories with its setting. Mr. Ali Al Kuwari A/CEO at Msheireb Properties, said: “The opening of Al Fai Restaurant is a landmark for Msheireb Downtown Doha, as the first of many fine-dining options to open soon at Qatar’s new regeneration project in the heart of Doha. This year we will be announcing a programme of new openings and milestones as new retail, residential and commercial opportunities become available. Our staff is pressing ahead to complete the final works of construction on the way to the completion of the project. We encourage everyone to come and see for themselves the acclaimed Msheireb Museums and taste authentic Qatari cuisine at Al Fai.” A fine dining restaurant set at the heart of Msheireb Downtown Doha, Al Fai stands exactly where the headquarters of Qatar’s first oil company stood in the early 1950s. This historic space retains many memories of the remarkable efforts of the Qatari pioneers of those times. Al Fai is an attempt in paying tribute to a bygone era by offering its guests the taste of authentic, traditional Qatari cuisine, in a contemporary setting. Where 12

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the menu is inspired by hundreds of stories from the golden period that ushered in a new beginning for the people of Qatar, curated by leading gastronomy experts from Qatar and Oman. Savy Hospitality and Mshiereb Museums welcomes its guest to explore the gastronomy of Qatari cuisine and an immersion of Qatari culture. ✤

GO: AL FAI RESTAURANT IS OPEN SATURDAY – THURSDAY FROM 11AM TO 11.30PM AND FRIDAY FROM 12.30PM TO 11.30PM AT COMPANY HOUSE, MSHEIREB MUSEUMS AT MSHEIREB DOWNTOWN DOHA.


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RESORT WINS! Four more in its kitty of awards, Banana Island Resort by Anantara has been recognised with international honuors for its super luxurious services. BANANA ISLAND RESORT DOHA BY ANANTARA has not only gained local and regional appreciation but has also emerged victorious on the global stage. The resort’s team received two prestigious awards at the World Travel Awards ceremony. The first award was for “Qatar’s Leading Villa Resort 2018” award, while the second was for “Qatar’s Leading Luxury Hotel Villa 2018” award for the resort’s ‘Three Bedroom Anantara Over Water Villa. The two awards reflect the prestigious position of Banana Island resort by Anantara on the global tourism map. On a different occasion, the resort’s team also received the ‘2018 Experts’ Choice Award’ from Trip Expert. The award is based on over one million reviews from 85 specialised publications and is awarded to only the very best hotels. The Experts’ Choice award is received by less than two per cent of hotels worldwide. It is unique in the sense that it takes into account only professional reviews from travel guides, magazines, newspapers and other respected sources. Elated with the big win, Mr. Thomas Fehlbier, Area General Manager - Qatar at Minor Hotels Group, owners of Anantara 14

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brands, the operators of the Banana Island Resort, said: “We are extremely delighted to receive four international awards, reflecting our ongoing efforts to achieve excellence and fineness in all our facility, outlets and services. “These awards add to the resort’s extensive track record, which it has been able to achieve since its inception, thanks to its outstanding team and upscale services,” he continued. “Although we are still a young resort and only operating for the past three years, we are always working within the international standards of Minor Hotels group to provide the highest level of service, which characterizes this brand name.” The new awards complemented the team’s ongoing efforts to achieve excellence and transform the resort into the first destination for a relaxing and comforting, peaceful and tranquil holiday for family members from Qatar and abroad. Congrats team! ✤

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

THE COMPANY’S DREAM IS to help clients have a unique experience at their events, create extra foot traffic on their activations and promote brand retention by having something that is worth keeping. Dream Machine also provides services for weddings, bridal and social parties and sports events. You can’t get better than having a photo with your friends and family at very special occasion as a free souvenir! Dream Machine specialise in providing a photo booth service; currently they offer 12 customised services such us photo booth with green screen and mirror booth that is truly perfect at weddings and luxurious events. If you want to increase social media presence, no problem! There’s even a hashtag booth to help you, and whether it’s a large or small venue, Dream Machine has got you covered – they have photowalkers to capture great moments with friends or guest, a video booth, the funny GIF booth and so much more. On each booking the company includes on-spot printing, unlimited printing of photos, customised artworks and standard props that will surely hype up every guest at your event. The company offers it at fair price and at the same 16

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

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EID CELEBRATIONS Yummy happenings for Eid…

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL DOHA Nobu Brunch Depending on which day Eid Al Fitr falls, the Nobu Friday Brunch is a fab option for those who have had their fair share of Arabic and International food throughout Ramadan, and want to mix it up with delicious Japanese fare. The famous Nobu Doha offers an elite brunch with a wide selection of Nobu’s speciality dishes. Start the weekend with sumptuous sushi stations to foie gras and oysters then delight in the best new-style Japanese dishes. Regular brunch is priced at QR355, and sparkling brunch is priced at QR510. Every Friday from 12.30pm to 4pm. GO: Call 4494 8600 for more info.

INTERCONTINENTAL DOHA THE CITY Eid Brunch On the first two days of Eid, enjoy a spectacular brunch at The Square. Celebrate Eid with family and friends as a delicious feast is prepared by the hotel’s award-winning culinary team. Your little ones will enjoy fun activities while you indulge in sumptuous starters, mains and desserts. QR165 food only, QR205 with soft drinks and QR345 with premium beverages. From 12.30pm to 4pm. Children under 12-years-old enjoy 50% off and children under six-years-old dine complimentary. GO: Call 4015 8888 for more info.

MARSA MALAZ KEMPINKSI, THE PEARL DOHA Eid Al Fitr Brunch Live cooking stations around the restaurant and the terraces, showcasing signature delicacies from around the world? Yes, please! Head to Sawa for a large selection of appetisers, main courses, grilled meat and seafood, and more. Outstanding live entertainment, authentic service and a mini-corner is available for the younger guests to enjoy. QR350 per person, including soft beverages , QR450 per person including bubbles, grain, cocktails, white and red vino. Kids age six to 12 get 50% discount , and kids below age six enjoy the brunch free of charge. First day of Eid from 12.30pm to 4pm. ✤ GO: Call 4035 5555 for more info.

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SHERATON GRAND DOHA MOVENPICK HOTEL DOHA Eid Buffet RESORT & CONVENTION HOTEL Bahary Eid Brunch Al Hubara will open its doors for a lavish Bahary Eid Brunch on the first three days of Eid Al Fitr. Come together with family and friends to make this a memorable celebration. Tuck into a most sumptuous buffet spread featuring a wide variety of Middle Eastern favourites, live cooking counters and seafood specialities that Al Hubara is known for. Live kanoun player and plenty of activities for the little ones too. QR315 with soft beverages; QR415 with premium beverages; 50% discount for kids aged six to 12 and kids under the age of 6 dine for free. From 12.30pm to 4pm. GO: CALL 4485 4444 FOR MORE INFO.

THE ST. REGIS DOHA Eid Breakfast Buffet Take your mornings to the next level and enjoy the lavish Eid breakfast buffet at Vine Restaurant. An extensive selection of International and Arabic cuisine to commence your journey at the Finest address in Doha. QR150 inclusive of soft beverages. Available the first 10 days of Eid Al Fitr from 6am to 11am. Eid Opal Brunch Gather with family and friends and experience a lavish Eid buffet with treats for everyone to enjoy. QR250 including soft drinks and QR350 including enhanced beverages. First three days of Eid from 12.30pm to 4pm. GO: CALL 4446 0105 FOR MORE INFO.

RADISSON BLU HOTEL DOHA Eid Al Fitr Lunch Gather your family and friends and celebrate a blessed Eid Al Fitr at the Hyde Park Coffee Shop. Offering traditional Arabic dishes, hot and cold mezze, International delights, live cooking and carving stations and an array of tempting desserts. Available on June 15 and 16 for QR175 per person. 50% off for children aged between six and12. From 12noon to 3pm. GO: CALL 4428 1555 FOR MORE INFO. 20

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Come to the Seasons restaurant and indulge in the festive atmosphere of Eid Al Fitr. Lavish buffet and live cooking stations with traditional Arabic dishes and sweets is served up. Price upon request. From 12noon to 3.30pm. ✤ GO: CALL 4429 1111 FOR MORE INFO.


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DINING UNDER THE STARS Led by the huge success of previous years - Fawanees Ramadan tent at Hilton Doha, has once again transformed the ballroom into a traditional venue that offers a peaceful ambience with private majlis and dining tables boasting stylish décor. THE FAWANEES TENT HAS BEEN constructed at the Nashira Grand Ballroom, ornamented with dazzling sky-alike ceiling and oriental fawanees lamps, across the large dining area and private majlis, altogether oozing Arabesque charm. Imposing interior gives the impression of the traditional well-known setting that matches the spirit of the Holy Month adding up to the comfortable and homely feeling, while a fully-supervised and spacious playgroup area for children promises endless fun followed by various activities. The unique quality of the food that includes buffet spread with over 100 authentic Arabic and international dishes, 14 live cooking stations, 22 main hot dishes and a huge dessert station along with the freshly made Turkish ice-cream and the state of the art decoration, has continued to generate many visitors. Food is the greatest highlight with a menu designed and executed by our oriental-cuisine-skilled Chefs, Sous Chef Karim Shaaban and Chef Mohamed El Sayed, featuring specialties from different Middle-Eastern and Western culinary cultures. Signature dishes from Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Lebanon, Turkey, with an addition of Asian and European specialties, such as lamb fattah, beef jelbana, lamb shakriya, mixed grill, traditional street food corners, and a 22

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wide variety of Arabic delights, will please the extensive audience of Qatar. As a well-recognized destination, exceptionally known for being the business hotel by the beach and ideally located in the heart of West Bay area, Hilton Doha is expected to proudly welcome our beloved numerous guests and share the bliss during the holy month of Ramadan. Moreover, along with constantly proven innovation and implementation of new food and beverage concepts, Hilton Doha will be introducing the Fan Zone and broadcasting the upcoming World Football Cup. ✤

GO: IFTAR IS PRICED AT QR205 AND SOHOUR IS QR175; GROUP AND SPECIAL OFFERS AVAILABLE. CALL 4423 3333 / 3106, EMAIL DOHA.EVENTS@HILTON.COM OR VISIT WWW. DOHA.HILTON.COM FOR RESERVATIOSN AND MORE INFORMATION.


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Eid Gifts Treat the leading ladies in your life to something special this Eid…

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Eid Gifts Spoil the men in the family this Eid with a very special treat‌

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#M C M #C E L E B R AT E S #D O H A #S TO R E #O P E N I N G The German luxury brand MCM celebrated the opening of its first store in Doha. The opening was attended by Chairman, Mr. Ashraf Abuissa, vice chairmain Mr. Nabil Abuissa and CEO, Mr. Fawaz Al Idrissi of Abuissa Holding, MCM longtime Franchise partner in the market. The store located at The Pearl is part of MCM’s Middle East expansion, which already resulted in seven MCM Boutiques and four MCM Corners in leading Malls and Department stores of GCC region. The store is located in the luxury section of The Pearl Mall, where it covers a 100sqm sales floor and is situated next to other prestigious brands. Emphasising the Middle Eastern environment and lifestyle the space features an extraordinary architectural dynamic using authentic and deluxe interior fabrication resulting in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

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MARRIOTT MARQUIS CITY CENTRE DOHA

Follow the FIFA World Cup live on over 47 LCD and two giant screens at Champions Sports Bar. With sips and bites inspired from all over the world, celebrating the summer of football from June 14 to July 15. Free entry to what will be the #CupHeadquarters in the heart of Doha. Call 4419 5000 for reservations and more information.

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL DOHA As the world prepares to cheer on their favourite team, take a seat at either the Cigar Lounge or Library to marvel the sporting festivities. Enjoy the game with a wide array of special world cup bar bites and sips at hand – you won’t be disappointed. Call 4494 8600 for reservations and more information.

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As the summer heats up, so does the World Cup! Join in at Santa Monica Breakfast Club and if you show up wearing your national team’s football shirt you will receive a FREE pint of draught hop with you meal. From 12noon to 11pm, daily during the FIFA World Cup. Call 4448 1240 for reservations and more information. 30

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THE RITZ-CARLTON DOHA Admiral’s Club is bringing you all the coverage live from Russia, daily from 5pm to 12midnight. With daily matches on the screens, world-class international cuisine and marina views, Admiral’s Club is the ultimate spot in Doha to witness the most awaited football championship of the year. A vibrant international menu offering signature dishes and drinks from Spain, Germany, France, Brazil and Mexico among other big nations will be available for those who work up an appetite watching their favourite team score. Fans supporting their team by wearing the national jersey on the day of the game will receive a special discount on the total bill. Score the best seats indoors, where multiple screens will provide ample entertainment, or enjoy the games on the outdoor patio, where additional screens will be placed. Starting June 14. Call 4484 8663 for reservations and more information.


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RADISSON BLU HOTEL DOHA

Head To Shehrazad Where The Fifa World Cup Matches Will Be Screened Live Starting The First Day Of Eid. A Special Pub Menu Has Been Created – And If You Can Guess The Winning Team During The Matches, You’re In With A Chance To Win Special Prizes. Free Entry, Over 21’S. Original Qatari Id/Passport Required For Entry. Call 4428 1645 for reservations and more information.

MOVENPICK HOTEL DOHA

Experience Live Screening And Much More At Jazz Up Bar & Sports Lounge This World Cup Season! Amazing Offers, A Special Menu And Crazy Deals On Food And Beverages Awaits You! So Which Team Are You Supporting? Call 4429 1111 for reservations and more information.

SHANGRI-LA HOTEL DOHA

The True Scorer At Santorini Sports Bar Is The Delicious Food That Will Accompany Every Match Day. Celebrate The Glory Of Your Favourite Team With Mouthwatering Fare And ThirstQuenching Drinks As You Enjoy All The Live Action Straight From Russia. Call 4429 5000 for reservations and more information.

SHERATON GRAND DOHA RESORT & CONVENTION HOTEL

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Screens While Indulging In A Special Menu Featuring The Juiciest Burgers, Scrumptious Comfort Food And Spanish Specialties. Call 4485 3000 for reservations and more information.

THE ST. REGIS DOHA

Indulge In A Wide Selection Of Delectable Traditional Arabic Dishes And An Array Of Tasty Burgers, Classic Sides And More While Watching Your Favourite World Cup Match On The Massive Screens! The St. Regis Doha Is Featuring Vine And Sarab Lounge Terraces As The Destination For The Football Lovers Out There. Vine And Sarab Lounge Will Be Offering The Finest Bar Snacks, Sports Bar Food, An Enormous Selection Of Refreshing Drinks And Shisha With Large Screens Broadcasting The Football Matches Live From 2Pm To 12Midnight. Begins On June 14. Call 4446 0000 for reservations and more information.


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EDUCATIONAL FUN! KidzMondo Doha is an interactive and educational park for children between the ages of two and 14, creating its very own miniature city including variations of all kinds of jobs, public spaces and restaurants. FACT’s Marisela Paesano explores with her little ones… THIS EDUTAINMENT PARK IS SURE to engage children into their dream occupation with over 80 activities of simulation. KidzMondo includes even the smallest of details to make sure your child has a fun, educational and interactive experience; they have their own currency, Kidlar, which you can gain when completing the simulations for jobs such as being a nurse or a cashier. Kidlar can also be spent in the leisure activities KidzMondo offers, such as rock climbing and going on a trip to the super market. During our visit to KidzMondo, the kids were involved in a variety of activities that KidzMondo has to offer. To start off our adventure, they began by exchanging their cheques at the QIIB bank, these cheques were given at the entrance when buying our tickets, and this would help them participate in any activity they wanted without worrying about not having enough money. First up was the nurse activity in the hospital where they had a detailed look into the human body and organs, their functions and how a nurse is helpful in a hospital. After this activity they wanted to try riding the go carts at the race competition, they later found out that much like in the real world they needed both a driving license and insurance before being able to participate. I think that this is a valuable lesson for children, as it is not only realistic but teaches them to make smarter choices in the future, for the sake of their health and safety. Unlike the real world, KidzMondo makes even the serious tasks fun and interactive for children, for example when getting your driving license, you have to play an arcade game which simulated driving, including red lights, stop signs, a steering wheel, and even pedals, making this experience not only incredibly entertaining but insightful for future drivers. After all the racing we were starting to get hungry, so we headed to the pizza restaurant located inside the park, even this was an interactive experience, and a personal favourite. In this establishment you are able to make your own pizza from scratch, preparing the dough and choosing your favourite toppings to create a delicious masterpiece which then supervisors would help put in an oven and finally hand it to you in its very own mini pizza box. After this we decided to get some desert, as luck would have it right in front of the pizzeria was the ice cream shop where children of all ages can create their very own ice cream rolls, choosing both the flavour and the toppings. In this activity, my younger daughters seemed to enjoy it the most as they love ice cream, and making it yourself 34

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gives it a special (and delicious) touch. To finalise our wonderful stay at KidzMondo, we decided to go to the iconic Qatar Airways airport activity, where the young ones get their very own flight attendant and pilot costumes, and learn how to fly an aircraft and work as a flight attendant on a plane.


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Overall, we had a great experience at KidzMondo, it is a creative way to teach children about their future careers, the daily tasks they will do and smart choices that they will have to make when they become adults. The interactive games and fun simulation make KidzMondo an unforgettable day out that will help children by letting them decide what they want to do, how they want to spend their money and where they want to go in this kid-size city. Much like a real city, KidzMondo does not forget to keep a balanced mix of both mundane and common tasks like making a trip to the supermarket or bank while including leisure activities such as the karaoke or a fashion show. KidzMondo will teach and entertain children of all ages, because the wonderful thing about this city is that there is something for absolutely everyone, their dream job, or favourite hobby. I can only describe it as a haven for the children and plenty of fun for the big kids too (a.k.a mum and dad!). ✤

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RADIO REVELRY A couple of months ago, we brought you an exclusive interview with the gentlemen behind Qatar’s first Indian-language Radio stations and now we recap all the reasons why you should be tuning into 106.3 FM Radio Olive… REASONS TO LOVE RADIO OLIVE: - PIONEERS First and foremost, what is Radio Olive and Suno FM? The first is a Hindi FM station and the latter is broadcast in Malayalam. However, what makes them above average is the fact that both have created a milestone in the history of Qatar by being the first private Indian-language stations to be aired in and from the country.

- CREATIVE SPACE Never have we walked into an office and felt such a buzz of creativity! The walls are adorned in pop-art style motivational quotes, retro Bollywood memorabilia and cool, colourful art that reflects the vibrant and diverse culture of India. The meeting room that boasts a detailed timeline of the radio – all the way from Tesla to the era of the Great Depression and through to the Digital Age of Internet Radio – we’re inspired!

- LISTENER REACH Seeing that Qatar presented a big opportunity to conquer a new, exciting and growing market, both Radio Olive and Suno FM cater to a huge vacuum of the Indian community; 1.6million listeners to be precise. This accounts for around 68 to 73 per cent of the population - a large proportion of Qatar’s residents.

- INFOTAINMENT The beauty of Radio Olive and Suno FM is that neither touches on any religious or political matters. Instead, what they concentrate on is the concept of infotainment. With everything from safety reminders on wearing your seatbelt when driving, to not speeding or talking on the phone, and details about what’s happening in Qatar and where and when to get involved in activities and events.

- OPPORTUNITIES - FORWARD-THINKING One of the team’s biggest signs of acceptance came when they signed a deal with Ooredoo to become the first radio station in the Gulf that is now available for streaming on the TV. They also have a mobile app for those who want to listen on-the-go. By tapping into all mediums, Radio Olive and Suno FM make sure that there is a continuity for listeners – from the car, to work, at home and even when they travel. 36

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The two radio stations not only give listeners a chance to engage and communicate with the RJs, through partnerships with local supporters and large organisations, the Radio Olive team is able to provide listeners with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities; for example, the recent Fly with the RJs to Turkey campaign which saw them team up with some airlines to give 65 to 70 people the chance to spend five days in Turkey with the RJs. inclusive of house beverages. ✤


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#IAAF #DIAMOND #LEAGUE #DOHA #2018

Athletes from all over the world competed in the first meeting of the IAAF Diamond League, held in Qatar Sports Club in early May. Qatars very own national athlete Mutaz Bashim took part in the Pre Event Competition at the MIA park. The best athletes competed in Doha as thousands enjoyed the world-class competition in support of athletic talent. Competitions saw participants in everything from the High Jump to Javelin Throw, 100m Hurdles, Discus and more. Track and field superstars gave their best performances in a bid to walk away with a medal.

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OUR ANNUAL WANDERLUST ISSUE IS BRINGING YOU ALL THE BEST UNDISCOVERED, A LITTLE OBSCURE AND MOST BREATH-TAKING DESTINATIONS TO VISIT AROUND THE WORLD! YOU’LL FIND SOME MUCHLOVED PLACES LIKE ARGENTINA AND SWEDEN, THAT ARE SEEING A TRAVEL REVIVAL AS WELL AS OFF-THE-RADAR SPOTS LIKE DJIBOUTI AND SIBERIA. FACT‘S AANCHAL DUGGAL HELPS WITH YOUR 2018 TRAVEL GOALS…

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SERBIA

Wanderlust factor: A rich history, buzzing nightlife and surprisingly good cuisine, the Balkan nation of Serbia is East meets West done just right! Home to an array of annual festivals, spectacular monasteries as well as abundant natural beauty and national parks, the country is cultural fusion at its best. Dance the night away on one of Belgrade’s party boats, revel in the stunning architecture of Vojvodina city or treat your taste buds to some of the most succulent meat in the region. Don’t miss: One of Serbia’s most exciting and well-known attractions, the EXIT Festival combines the best of Serbia in one big extravaganza. Enjoy concerts from dusk till dawn and dance to the tunes of some of the biggest music stars from across the globe!

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

Wanderlust factor: An exotic blend of Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian histories, Bosnia and Herzegovina is the perfect spot for a relaxing escape. Rising from the heartbreaking civil war of the 1990s, the country is now known for its unparalleled hospitality, stunning moutainscapes and numerous medieval castle ruins. The incredible blue rivers and dramatic rocky mountains make it one of Europe’s most exciting destinations. From the gorgeous scenery to the reincarnated historic centres of Sarajevo and Mostar - it’s impossible not to fall in love! Don’t miss: An important part of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s social life, Bosnian coffee is an absolute must-try! The fine coffee grounds are prepared with boiling water in a metal coffee pot called a dzezva. This is then stirred and finally served in a round cup known as a fildzan with sugar cubes to balance the bitterness. Heaven in a cup!

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secret! From the mythic beauty of the Bay of Kotor to over 295 kilometese of clear blue waters, the country’s natural and manmade wonders will have you in awe. Make a beeline for the café-lined squares and soak in the sunny afternoons or wander the streets and explore the arresting sights, including the remnants of the ancient Greek and Roman civilisations. Don’t miss: Sit back and relax with an invigorating glass of the traditional Rakija! Widely considered to be the national drink of Montenegro, this refreshing drink is one that will make an appearance wherever you go. Its instant bacteria and pain relieving properties are an added plus!


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FINLAND

Wanderlust factor: Endless daylight, stunning lakes and inspiring design and architecture, Finland is where you’ll get to experience it all! Immersed in the tranquil and easygoing Finnish way of life, the country lets you unwind and explore as you dig into some deliciously creative cuisine. Experience sauna the Finnish way, indulge in some skiing or make the most of the sun that never sets. Divided into four main regions, Lapland, Lakeland, Helsinki and the Coast & Archipelago, the often overlooked Finland is as magical as it gets! Don’t miss: Feast your eyes on a marvellous natural phenomenon with the splendid Northern Lights! Visible roughly 200 nights a year, witnessing the Aurora Borealis is definitely a once-in-alifetime experience. You can choose from a number of new and unique accommodation options to admire the spectacular views over the Northern skies.

SWEDEN

Wanderlust factor: Brimming with stunning natural beauty, delectable cuisine, glorious architecture and warm hospitality, Sweden is a gift that keeps on giving! Offering a host of different

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experiences and adventures for visitors, the country’s amazing diversity and immense variety of flora and fauna make it every nature-lover’s paradise. Go and explore one of the 29 national parks, let your hair down at a crayfish party, enjoy reindeer sighting, go on a boat ride in a traditional Viking ship or visit the majestic Drottningholm castle! Don’t miss: The world’s very first Ice Hotel! Located in Jukkasjarvi, the hotel lets you stay in a room made up entirely of ice. Chill out in the below-freezing setting of their Icebar or cosy up in one of their warm rooms.

DJIBOUTI

Wanderlust factor: Giving a whole new meaning to good things come in small packages, the petite nation of Djibouti is home to everything that you could ever desire! From majestic canyons and extinct volcanoes to salt lakes and basaltic plateaus, the country’s varied landscape is every adventure traveller’s dream. Take a look at the fascinating lives of the nomadic tribes, participate in a good mix of land and water activities, party it up at the Safari Club in Kempinski Palace or explore some stunning buildings that reflect the country’s French architectural style. Don’t miss: Diving with sharks! This little piece of Africa also gives you the opportunity to swim with enormous whale sharks. These gentle omnivore fish are some of the biggest in the world and taking a dip in the sea with them entails a kind of wildness that cannot be experienced anywhere else.


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MACEDONIA

Wanderlust factor: Rich in history, beautiful landscape and some of the most welcoming people, Macedonia offers an abundance of opportunities to the discerning traveller. A stunning mix of old and new, the country is home to everything from the historic Stone Bridge to bustling modern shopping malls. Varying with the season, visitors can enjoy various activities including kayaking, skiing, scuba diving, caving as well as hiking at the summit of Mount Vodno. When you’re done exploring, make your way to the Archaeological Museum of Macedonia to witness the country’s history in all its glory! Don’t miss: The wine! Boasting some delectable and super affordable home-grown wine, the country’s winemaking history goes way back to Philip II. Make your way to Kavadarci, the wine capital and relax with a glass of vino at Macedonia’s biggest vineyard, Tikves Wines.

Don’t miss: Set in a former theatre, the El Ateneo Grand Splendid in Barrio Norte, Buenos Aires is heaven on earth for all bookworms. Featuring red velvet curtains hanging over a stage as well as ornate stalls containing elaborately-lit shelves, you will never want to leave!

ARGENTINA

Wanderlust factor: Beguiling wilderness, riding with gauchos and some really amazing coffee - that’s just some of the great things Argentina has to offer! The third most populous country in South America and the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world, Argentina has everything you need for a first-time visit or even seasoned travellers to the Latin America region. From indulging in special Argentinean wine and shopping in Palermo Soho to participating in the Ushuaia Winter Sports as well festivals celebrating art, music and tango, the country has something for everyone so make sure you check what’s on the calendar during your trip.

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ERITREA

Wanderlust factor: One of the most undiscovered countries in Africa, the cultural melting pot of Eritrea is the perfect destination for travellers who are looking for something utterly different. Steeped in religion, the fascinating country’s untouched coastline and islands along with its vibrant history and archaeology are one of its major attractions. Featuring quintessentially Abyssinian landscapes, deserted beaches of the Red Sea as well as breathtaking scenery, the country will take you on a journey like no other! Don’t miss: Built in 1922 by the Italian colonial government, the gorgeous Cattedrale di Asmara definitely deserves a visit. Step inside the ornately decorated interiors as you revel in the complex Romanesque and gothic façade of the breathtaking architecture.


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SIBERIA

Wanderlust factor: From fine art museums and underground cafés to majestic glaciated mountains and freshwater lakes, Siberia has a lot in store for every traveller. Hop on the TransSiberian Railway, the longest in the world, and explore the region’s rich tradition and iconic landmarks. Make your way to Lake Baikal, the deepest freshwater lake in the world, enjoy snowboarding at the Sheregesh Ski Resort in the Kemerovo Region or ride around the area on a bike and explore the attractive and picturesque wild destinations. There is never a bad time to visit Siberia! Don’t miss: Offering an impressively photogenic and phenomenal hiking experience, Stolby National Park in the city of Krasnoyarsk is natural beauty at its best. Featuring comfortable wooden paths, a tent area, fire places and guest houses - this is an adventure you’ll remember for a long time!

SOMALILAND

Wanderlust factor: If you’re looking for a totally unusual travel experience, Somaliland is the place to go! Home to a resilient local life, the legendary sense of hospitality of the Somali people as well as it’s off the beaten path charm - this destination is an absolute must-visit for intrepid travellers. Interact with the locals as you explore the fast-growing capital, admire some exceptional rock paintings, visit vibrant market towns, walk along the deserted beaches or just relax and unwind in the stunning backdrops! Don’t miss: Featuring hundreds of magnificent Neolithic rock art paintings in perfect condition, Las Geel is indisputably a sight to behold. Some of the paintings adorning the walls of the caves and shelters exceed one metre in length and are in an excellent state of preservation. 46

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Wanderlust factor: Be it a solo soul-searching trip or a fun family holiday, the huge island nation of Madagascar has got you covered! One of the most stunning places on earth, the vibrant African country is home to a unique and distinctive ecology. Over 15,000 plant and animal species that cannot be found anywhere else, a goregous landscape, an extremely diverse cultural scene, some fun and entertaining transport options and miles and miles of beautiful coastline - Madagascar has it all! Don’t miss: The world’s only pirate graveyard! Situated on the small island of Ile Saint-Marie, the graveyard is a thriving tourist destination. Covered by tall, swaying grass, the peaceful and still cemetery is a fascinating find that is definitely worth a visit.


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KYOTO

Wanderlust factor: Kyoto, Japan’s ancient imperial capital for over 1,000 years and home to the country’s many cultural traditions, and arts and crafts, has struck a chord with the hearts and minds of travellers everywhere – and rightly so. Riverside cherry trees, kimono-clad geishas, historical temples, centuries-old craftsmanship and traditional tea ceremonies – this is the heart and soul of Japan. Kyoto’s most alluring charm lies in the fact that it embraces both forwards and backwards with beauty and ease. Don’t miss: Possibly the most instagrammable place to travel, due to its vibrant natural splendour, visit Kyoto’s Arashiyama district where mountains across the Ōi River form a backdrop unlike any other. Arashiyama is also where you’ll find the picturesque winding bamboo forest.

IRELAND

Wanderlust factor: The scenery is enchanting, the culture is captivating, and the people will give you a welcome that will warm your heart. A rugged coastline shaped by time and pounding waves, the Wild Atlantic Way is Ireland’s epic 1,500mile coastal touring route. Wave-riding thrill-seekers and sensitive souls alike lose their hearts to the Surf Coast, where pounding waves and poetic silence exist side-by-side. Savour Irish flavour with simple natural produce that include artisanal cheese, fresh seafood, and exceptional beef and lamb. The Irish food scene is currently exploding with innovative restaurant concepts led by boundary pushing chefs.

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Don’t miss: There is a good reason that Ireland is a star of the screen – from romantic castles to the mysterious beauty of the landscape, Ireland has a cinematic sense of style. Visit the stunning Atlantic island of Skellig Michael off the coast of County Kerry, which featured as Luke Skywalker’s hide-out in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

SLOVENIA

Wanderlust factor: The capital city Ljubljana is a mix of some of our favourite European destinations like Prague and Berlin, but this hidden gem has so much to offer and, for the moment, without crowds. Serving up cultural, fashion, history, and foodie delights in vast quantities – easy enough for any seasoned traveller to enjoy as well as first-time city breakers. Make sure you stop by the Central Market and have a wander peeking at the fresh fruit, cured meat and flowers on display. Don’t miss: An hour north of the city will take you to the Julian Alps region where you can explore glacial lakes – like Bled and Bohinj – and scenery that is so stunning, you’ll just have to hashtag fairytale life it on instagram.


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Top Travel Trends As questions like where to go, who with, and when, fly fast and furious, Wego, the largest online travel marketplace in the MENA region, has put together a list of major travel predictions to simplify and spur on your holiday planning process.

1. Responsible Tourism: Today’s travellers prefer travel and hospitality service providers who embed green or eco-friendly practices into their operations. Best ethical destinations include: Panama, Dominica, Tonga, Mongolia, and Uruguay. 2. Short Leisure Trips: Weekends are the perfect opportunity to take a three- to four-hour flight out to nearby destinations such as Goa, India or Tbilisi, Georgia. Globally, an estimated 60 percent of Wego users look for one-night or two-night stays. 3. Culinary Holidays: Increasing numbers of travellers are following their stomach, combining the attractions of a new destination with experiential and culinary delights. Whether your tastes run to trying out a Michelin-starred restaurant or a celebrity chef or singular dining experience or simply sampling ethnic food traditions or street food at its source, you’re in good company. According to the World Food Travel Association, 75 per cent of leisure travellers visit destinations because of local food-based activities. 4. Cold Locales: The thought of escaping to a cosy log-house or to watch the stunning Northern Lights in Iceland, Alaska or Antarctica continues to surge in popularity. This preference for freezing-cold locales is primarily because travellers are looking to dive into new, exotic cultures and adventures. 5. Luxury backpacking or ‘glamping’: For those who wish to go backpacking, but do not want to give up on the luxurious amenities of a five-star hotel – try ‘glamping’. It’s the most comfortable way to experience the adventures of an Indian desert or an African jungle.

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6. Solo Trips: Young travellers could pick a solo-trip to a peaceful Indonesian island or the culture-soaked streets of Cuba: to see the world on their own terms, or even find like-minded people. 7. Cultural Hunt: There is no better way to experience and understand new cultures than by visiting museums. Some of the recent big draws in the museum circuit have been: Louvre Abu Dhabi, Oman Opera House & Museum MACAN in Jakarta. 8. Bleisure: Mix work and play on every business trip as more city hotels offer full leisure facilities such as swimming pool and spa services. This works best for employees who travel for work on long weekends, and even take their families with them. 9. Off-the-beaten-track Destinations: Forget the traditional locations of Paris, Vienna, and New York; and say hello to lesserknown and exotic destinations. Think: bird watching in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, or camping out by the gorgeous lakes of Slovenia.

GO: THESE INSIGHTS, CURATED BY WEGO’S TRAVEL EXPERTS, ARE BASED ON CAREFUL ANALYSIS OF DATA COLLATED FROM ITS 10 MILLION VISITORS PER MONTH ACROSS WEGO WEBSITES AND MOBILE APP. VISIT WWW. WEGO.CO.AE FOR MORE TRAVEL INSPO.


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ESCAPES THERE’S NO BETTER TIME FOR A QUICK B R E A K T H A N T H E M U C H-A N T I C I PAT E D E I D H O L I D AY S A N D W E ’ V E G O T S O M E O U T- O FT H I S -W O R L D R E C O M M E N D AT I O N S …

Maldivian Island Vibes Picture this. Speeding across lagoon waters to a welcoming party at the jetty of native bodu beru drummers. Throwing open the doors of your sprawling overwater hideout to a panorama of nothing but open ocean and infinite blue. Welcome to paradise, your private sanctuary on Nature’s Playground. Live on the edge this Eid at Niyama Private Islands Maldives while taking advantage of the special Eid offer. Book your stay on niyama.com and enjoy an incredible 40% off the room rate, enjoy a free half-board upgrade and 60-minute massages for two at Drift Spa. Created especially for Middle East-based families and jet setting couples, this promo starts at AED2,500++ per night – the Maldives has never been more affordable, all the reason you need to seize the day and indulge with wild abandon. Terms and conditions apply. Book your whirlwind escape now. WWW.NIYAMA.COM

Luxury Living Located within the inner islands of the Seychelles, 30km away from the main island and only a 15-minute helicopter transfer from Mahé airport, North Island is the ultimate playground for your children, with a wide range of activities on land and in the water designed to keep young minds and bodies active, to satisfy the most inquisitive and thrill the most adventurous. Balloon tennis, pizza making lessons and pirate treasure hunts are all on the agenda for a fun packed family holiday. North Island’s generous all-inclusive offering allows you to completely give yourself over to the Island’s laidback spirit of barefoot luxury and do whatever you like whenever you like without having to worry about or plan a thing. 2018 rates for the Presidential Villas start at EUR6,127 per night and EUR9,644 per night for Villa North Island excluding tax. Children under the age of 17 sharing the second bedroom are free of charge. For young adults aged 17-19 sharing the second bedroom, the rate is EUR672 per night. WWW.NORTH-ISLAND.COM

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Exotic Marrakech With the Atlas Mountains as a backdrop, a series of serene ponds as a centerpiece and only 10 minutes from the city’s famous Medina, Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech has all the features to make your holiday great. This Eid, treat your family to a fun- filled break at the elegant, contemporary resort that has 54 luxurious villas and nine spacious suites, excellent dining and a world-class spa. With the ‘Experience Marrakech’ package, guests are invited to enjoy the best of the resort at great prices. Priced from EUR1,250 per night, the package includes: one complimentary night for every two or three consecutive paid nights, a dining or spa credit of EUR100 for one bedroom accommodations and EUR 200 for two bedrooms accommodations once per stay until 25 December 2018; full daily buffet breakfast, served in the restaurant; high speed internet access; round trip transfer from Marrakech Menara Airport; fast Track through the airport. Valid for a minimum of three nights’ stay, The Experience Marrakech package is valid for a minimum three nights stay. WWW.MANDARINORIENTAL.COM

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capital of the Kingdom of Laos, Luang Prabang is a UNESCO World Heritage site, described as the ‘Jewel in the Laos Crown’ thanks to its untouched, natural beauty. Most of the city can be explored on foot; the perfect way to take in the temples, monk monasteries and waterfalls. For millennial-minded travellers, the recently launched AVANI+ Luang Prabang offers everything – and more. Ideally located in central Luang Prabang, just a few steps from the Mekong River, Royal Palace, and the popular Night Market, AVANI+ Luang Prabang is set to become the hottest property in town. AVANI+ Luang Prabang raises the bar on the contemporary French neo-classical architecture that runs through the historical neighbourhood, with elegant, French colonialinspired interior design. The 53 guest rooms and suites enjoy an intimate, open-plan feel with French-styled louvered wooden doors that open onto a balcony or terrace overlooking either the pool or a private courtyard. Offer: Plan your trip earlier and take advantage of the Advance Purchase Offer. Book 15 days in advance to enjoy 20% savings along with complimentary daily breakfast. WWW.MINORHOTELS.COM

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Wild, Wild, Wild Located in the heart of the famous Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and on the naturally terraced southern slope of Nyamuma hills, Meliá Serengeti Lodge offers a blend of nature and luxury in this secluded destination. The location offers stunning sunset views over the mountains beyond with an abundant population of resident game as well as the annual migration right through the area. The exclusive lodge features a pool, fitness centre, and spa, as well as three uniquely luxurious categories of room. There are three restaurants: The Savannah All Day Dining and The Savannah Grill, which offer African, Mediterranean and Oriental cuisine as well as the Boma restaurant, a fine dining experience showcasing the best of Tanzanian fare. The hotel’s two bars provide idyllic views across the African plains and stock local Tanzanian teas, wines and African spirits, providing the

Sunsets in Seminyak Located just 890km south of the equator, Bali’s tropical climate and moderate weather conditions make for a splendid getaway this Eid. With its world-class clubs and restaurants, and expansive villas, the recently relaunched Seminyak Beach Resort and Spa provides a welcome escape from the outside world. The resort hosts a range of facilities including villas, guestrooms and suites, a state-of-the-art fitness centre, the Kahyangan Spa as well as an infinity pool sitting on the edge of the 54

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perfect setting to unwind after a day of adventure on safari. This Eid, Meliá Serengeti is offering attractive rates to tempt all travellers. For those who book the Eid special offer, guests will be offered a 20% discount in the spa and one romantic dinner in their fine dining restaurant, Boma. And here’s the best part, one child (under 12 years and sharing the room with their parents) is free of charge for every two adults! The offer is valid for bookings and stays until June 30. Alternatively, go for the All inclusive – Game Drive package: daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Savannah Restaurant, plus a selection of beverages in the bars and during the Game drive (which includes selected house wines, well spirits, local beers and soft drinks). Seronera airstrip transfer included and one-half day shared game drive daily. WWW.MELIA.COM

oceanfront. Rates for the Ocean Suite start from USD486 net per night, One Bedroom Garden Pool Villa from USD 36 net per night, and One Bedroom Ocean Pool Villa from USD771 net per night. WWW.THESEMINYAK.COM


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POSTCARD PERFECT WHITE SAND BEACHES, TURQUOISE WATERS AND LUSH GREENERY, YOU’LL FIND ALL THREE AT THE GORGEOUS NIYAMA PRIVATE ISLANDS. LOCATED IN THE MALDIVES’ DHAALU ATOLL, A 45-MINUTE SCENIC SEAPLANE RIDE AWAY FROM MALE, THIS IS NATURE’S PLAYGROUND AND THE COMPLETE EPITOME OF PARADISE. fact magazine

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othing quite prepares you for your first time in the Maldives. No matter how many times we had Google searched Niyama Private Islands, coming faceto-face with the resort’s sandy shores hugged by clear blue waters was a sight that far exceeded all of our real life expectations. We’re greeted by Niyama staff at Male airport and taken for light refreshments at the property’s arrivals lounge. It’s packed with delicious snacks and drinks, a large, cosy seating area and showers for those who may have come off a long flight and need a relaxing rinse. The best bit? You look right onto the docking area for the seaplanes – and soon, we’re hopping onto one for our 45-minute journey to the picture-perfect Niyama Private Islands. For those who may have a fear of small planes, you can rest-assured that safety is paramount before departing and, surprisingly, the seaplane ride is one of the best naps we’ve ever had in the air! On arrival, staff wait with cool drinks and cold towels, and we’re assigned our very own Thakuru – a member of the Niyama team who acts as our very own personal guide for the trip. In fact, this is the Maldivian Butler Service that’s offered with every room at Niyama. Always on hand (just a phone call away), our Thakuru is Camille, a polite and friendly lady who makes everything from needing a buggy to booking a spa treatment and arranging our excursions an absolutely easy request. We’re impressed from start to finish!

BEACHFRONT LIVIN’ When it comes to accommodation, Niyama Private Islands is the embodiment of what you imagine the Maldives has to offer. From beach suites to ocean pavilions and the very exclusive over water seclusion of The Crescent (ideal for large groups and families – 14 adults and eight children to be precise), the resort ticks all the boxes of room type, making sure that guests have an abundance of choice. We check into the lavish Beach Studio with direct beach access and sunrise views (how Maldives does that sound?). There’s too much to take in, but we’re especially BLOWN AWAY by the open-air bathroom which takes up the space of an entire garden. The outdoor rain shower and huge bathtub are literally made for those instagrammable posts to garner all the FOMO and likes from your followers. Tropical plants line the walls of this heavenly space, easily transporting you to a faraway destination, where it feels like you have access to your very own waterfall. I.N.C.R.E.D.I.B.L.E. There’s a covered shower option too for any rainy days! Our next favourite area is on the private deck which leads right onto the beach. Sun loungers have got our names written all over them – we spend much time here relaxing and topping up the tan. Whilst a Dhoni-

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shaped swing is the most tranquil spot to curl up in, with a good book. Inside, it’s space galore! Aside from storage, you’ve got a massive king bed as well as a beautiful chaise longue to lounge on. However, the standouts of this room were in the little details. These included an array of high-tech toys and gourmet treats, creating an indoor playground that we reveled in to the max. We’re talking popcorn machine – YES – a full-sized fridge housing homemade ice cream – DOUBLE YES – and a fabulous selection of hot and cold beverages as well as snacks like our favourite, cassava chips – SO MUCH YES! It’s, hands down, the best mini bar of any hotel we’ve ever stayed in. To top this off, alongside your standard amenities like cosy slippers and bath robes, you’re given mosquito repellent, extra adapters, a night light and more to make sure that every single one of your needs is met during the stay. It’s this attention to detail and pleasant surprises that further elevated our stay at Niyama. SPA GOALS There are spas and then there’s Drift Spa, a labyrinth of tranquil walkways and greenery that winds all the way to the beach where six over water treatment rooms with lagoon views stand beautifully. There are two further treatment sanctuaries with private gardens, outdoor bath, rain shower and daybed as well as a relaxation area with lime tree garden, sauna, steam baths, plunge pools, Jacuzzis and Vitality juice bar. As far as world-class spas go, this place offers rituals from around the globe and bespoke therapies with products by Anne Semonin, Intraceuticals, Aromatherapy Associates and Margaret Dabbs. A Signature Niyama Massage is just what we need to take our holiday mood to all new levels of serene. A blissful coconut oil soothes our tired muscles, helping us fall into a deep slumber. Afterwards, we’re reenergised with hot ginger tea, completely refreshed and ready to do some more exploring! fact magazine

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DINING FOR DAYS Just because you’re in the Maldives, at a 5-star resort in one of the most secluded spots in the Indian Ocean, doesn’t mean that the gastronomy is slacking. It’s very much the opposite at Niyama, where the food game is, literally, STRONG. World cuisines are represented through the resort’s nine dining outlets, and as true food connoisseurs, we can testify to the amazing dishes being plated up at each venue. EDGE Honeymooners, families who want a treat and anyone with a taste for the finer things in life, Edge is going to be THE place for you (and your Snapchat!). Whisked five minutes away by speedboat and you’ll arrive at the exclusive overwater restaurant, Edge. Focusing on fresh local seafood, including only local Maldivian reef fish, prepare your palates for a culinary tour. Not only are dishes intricately presented, the combination of ingredients is sophisticated and high-quality fine dining at its best. During our visit, a set degustation menu reveals distinct tastes to choose from. The creamy Asparagus Soup and the top-notch Fresh Tortellini, Crusted Scallops are taste-bud-stealers at the table. We can’t get enough! TRIBAL Our absolute favourite food experience at Niyama had to be the venue that whipped up the most exotic flavours and unusual dishes. A menu of African, Central and South American cuisines amidst blazing fires is what you’ll find here. A genuine feeling of being in the Masai takes over when you enter the venue. Our waiter, Lucas, is an absolute joy. He explains the dishes that we enquire about and makes some good recommendations. Try more unusual concoctions like Warm Ostrich Bobotie with a heavenly nectar of peach chutney, sweet peri peri sauce, and tomatillo confit or the Ox Tongue Berbere; spicy tender ox tongue, berbere sauce, cucumber, anchovy relish, parsley, micro herbs, pickled onion. Our highlights were the Shrimp and Sweet Lobster Ceviche – super fresh, the Jerked Jumbo Prawns, with sugarcane, tortilla, pimento, habanero, lime, and hibiscus, and the Brahman Beef, which is braised beef cheek, sweet potatoes, heirloom carrots, and fermented dosa – deliciously tender. Venezuelan Moist Chocolate Cake with ginger, honey, caramelised banana, lemon, lime and alfajores sorbet, is the star of the desserts and a sweet ending to a memorable meal. NEST As far as dining experiences go, this place takes the prize for most beautiful and intriguing design. Climb up the stairs and into the tree house that is Nest, to navigate the jungle on a walkway of wooden paths amongst the treetops. Avant-garde presentations by Thai, Chinese, Japanese and Indonesian chefs will grace your table in what we truly believe is one of the most spectacular restaurants in the Maldives, or dare we say, the world. Our Asian feast began with gorgeous sushi and sashimi alongside Lobster Spring Roll and Chicken Flower Dumplings. The Som Tam Poo Nim - green papaya salad, carrot caviar, chilli, peanut, dried shrimp, and tamarind sauce is everything that we wanted it to be. Light, fresh and packed with all the goodness of carefully-selected ingredients. 60

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Massaman Nua is slow-cooked beef cheeks, potato, shallots, and roasted peanuts, in a mouthwatering curry. We haven’t tasted meat as tender as this in a long time – highly recommended. For a theatrical meal, the teppanyaki table is a must-visit spot at lunch time – watch the chef play with fire as your choice of meat, seafood and veggies are grilled to perfection. Whenever you visit Nest, make sure to order the roasted banana ice cream – we’ve never tasted anything like it. So yummy! EPICURE If you live for hotel breakfasts, you’d better believe that Niyama knows how to do a good, delectable spread. Flaky pastries, tantalising egg dishes, a cereal bar, fresh fruit counter, healthy juices and SO much more open the morning to a simply divine start. You can follow with fruit salads made to order from the familiar to the tropical, or an omelette embracing fine cheese and a chiffonade of garden-fresh herbs. The coffee is freshly brewed whilst the juices provide a muchneeded a.m. boost. The restaurant overlooks the hotel’s pool and powdery beach, right onto the crystal waters of the Indian Ocean. From the extensive breakfast buffet to a la carte lunches and dinners, Epicure is infinity poolside indulgence at its best. SUBSIX A complete underwater playground, Subsix will take your breath away. Six metres below the water, you’ll witness everything from Parrotfish swim past shoals of Moorish Idols, Moray eels slide through the lagoon, Groupers make goliath appearances amidst the rainbow of butterflyfish and damselfish, while the resident Hawksbill turtle glides in for rare visit. Walk down a three-tier staircase to find a restaurant designed to make you feel like you’re in the ocean. Chandeliers hang to give the illusion of shining coral whilst mixologists concoct all kinds of liquid creations at the clam-inspired bar. Take a seat on the soft anemone chairs and tuck into a champagne breakfast, a subaquatic lunch, or a gourmet dinner followed by the popular glow party illuminating the night alongside the theatre of the reef. fact magazine

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NATURE’S PLAYGROUND It’s clear why Niyama’s motto is: Welcome to Nature’s Playground. The resort is has a plethora of activities on both land and sea, and for all ages – enough to keep even the fussiest of travellers entertained. Here are just some of the best excursions and pastimes that we’d recommend: - SNORKELLING WITH TURTLES What lies beneath the surface? Go deeper into the mysteries and secrets with the Marine Biologist as your personal guide. Immerse yourself in the house reef and speedboat to spectacular sites. On our morning ride out to sea, our instructor and the boat’s captain go over safety procedures and reassure us that this is going to be one of the most amazing experiences of our lives. Little did we know how true this was until hopping over the edge of the boat and starting our soothing snorkel session. We spot intricate bouquets of coral and groups of colourful fish as well as the stars of the underwater world here; the elegant Hawksbill turtle who glide effortlessly just beneath us. If you’ve got a waterproof camera, TAKE IT WITH YOU! - ADOPT A CORAL You would think that being in the Maldives means miles and miles of sea that’s home to the most striking coral – think again. Thanks to Niyama’s coral regeneration programme, life under the ocean is kept alive and well cared for – and you’re encouraged to be a part of it. Snorkel to the coral nursery and select your ‘baby’. Give your chosen little coral a name and help cultivate it. Together, you lend a hand in maintaining the rich but fragile ecosystem for which the Maldives is so famous. Receive a certificate and follow up images to watch your adoptee grow and thrive. It’s a forever souvenir! - SUNSET CRUISE Possibly one of the best excursions we embarked on at Niyama. Whether you go for a Dream Dhoni (an exotic curved sailing vessel) or a sophisticated yacht, get ready for an unforgettable evening. Bubbly and canapés accompany the trip alongside friendly and expert staff who will keep an eye out for the dolphins at sea. You’ll sail the blue waters and pass small deserted islands all while watching the dramatic sunset and how the Maldives does day to night – it’s a spectacular view that you’ll surely want to capture on camera. - WATER SPORTS Now, when we say that Niyama is a haven for on-water activities, we’re not exaggerating. You name it and they’ve got it! The resort’s FLOAT programme has an adrenaline-surged array of water sports: jet skiing, water skiing, mono-skiing, wakeboarding, knee boarding, catamarans, windsurfing, kitesurfing, parasailing, fun tubes and so much more. Surfers can catch the most glorious waves whilst those who want to take things a little slow can hop in a glass kayak or get their adrenalin going with the 20km/ph underwater rocket. The choice is yours! ✤ 62

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et 25 minutes from the Qatari mainland, Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara, is the ultimate destination to fulfill all of your getaway needs. The experience begins as soon as you enter the resort offices at the port. Kind smiles and welcoming faces assist with the ticketing and room allocation, as well as loading your luggage into a safe hold on the luxury catamaran. The journey begins with a safety demo and introduction by the vessel’s captain before setting off for a gentle crossing across the cool, crystal clear waters of the Gulf. After using the free onboard WiFi to snap some photos of the Doha skyline for Instagram, our destination is upon us. We were welcomed to the island by a band of drummers, greeting us to their resort with an uplifting beat. What a welcome! A member of the friendly team confirmed our room number and gave us an island tour before taking us to our room. The golf carts are accessible, smart and smooth way of visiting the many different activities and experiences that the resort has to offer. Upon entering our room, one of 141 rooms, suites, pool villas and over water villas, we fell in love with the true Arabian luxury that was at our fingertips for the next few days. The bathroom was huge and contained a rather, enticing egg shaped bath. I myself, adore a nice relaxing bath and I was giddy with excitement at the thought of trying this one out. The bed was incredibly comfortable and allowed us an amazing night’s sleep. Our favourite feature of the room however, was the balcony. It overlooked the 800m private beach and allowed us to watch the sunset over the waters in the distance, a truly beautiful sight, yet another one for the ‘Insta-lovers’. Banana Island has many different culinary treats to choose from at its multiple restaurants. Whether it’s Arabic, Italian or an American burger you are after, the resort offers it all. We decided to go for a traditional Arabic meal at Al Nahham, now this is a beautiful restaurant. Sitting outside overlooking the capital, we enjoyed a traditional mezze before delving into a succulent and truly satisfying mixed grill. Washed down with mocktails and curtailed with shisha, this was an experience that we wouldn’t forget in a hurry. 66

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Breakfast at Azraq was a thing of splendour. Multiple cooking stations offer a little bit of something for everyone, no matter whereabouts in the world you are from. The ABC health juice was a particular favourite and the perfect tonic for a day of mini golf and water sport activities, all available on the island. The Anantara spa was a magnificent, relaxing experience which is a must do for when you visit. After an extensive day of fun and pampering we decided to enjoy an Italian meal at Riva before we departed the island. Mamma Mia! The food was out of this world, one of the best Italian meals we had enjoyed in a long, long time. The perfect end to a perfect getaway. ✤

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BIG SCREEN Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

Following the demise of the Jurassic World theme park on Isla Nublar off Central America’s pacific coast, Owen Grady and Claire Dearing return to the island to save the remaining dinosaurs from a volcano that’s about to erupt. In their quest to rescue the dinosaurs, they encounter terrifying new breeds while uncovering a conspiracy that threatens the entire planet

DIRECTOR: J.A. Bayona CAST: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ted Levine

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Featuring gnashing teeth, sharp claws and nightmareinducing visuals, the most notorious theme park in movie history is back for yet another thrilling ride! A race against time and nature, Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom takes the beloved franchise to an intense new level. Four years after the destruction of the Jurassic World theme park, Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) are back on the island to save the dinosaurs from an impending volcanic eruption. As Claire teams up with Benjamin Lockwood to bring the creatures back to safety, they face off with scary new breeds of gigantic dinos while discovering a plot that could disrupt the natural order of the entire planet. An adrenalinefueled, action-packed extravaganza, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a wild and entertaining rollercoaster ride that will have you hooked till the very end.

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Ocean’s 8 WHAT’S IT ABOUT:

An adrenalinefueled, actionpacked extravaganza, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a wild and entertaining rollercoaster ride that will have you hooked till the very end. – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

After spending over five years planning for the biggest heist of her life, Debbie Ocean knows exactly what it’s going to take to attempt an impossible robbery at New York City’s yearly Met Gala. Together with her partner-in-crime Lou Miller, they recruit a crew of specialists to target a necklace worth more than $150 million.

DIRECTOR: Gary Ross CAST: Melissa McCarthy, Gillian Jacobs, Maya Rudolph

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Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Rihanna and Mindy Kaling - need we say more? Bidding adieu to George Clooney and Brad Pitt as well as the rest of the OG Ocean’s cast, the feisty and heist-y ladies of Ocean’s 8 are here to take over! After five long years of devising the heist of the century at New York City’s star-studded annual Met Gala, Debbie Ocean, along with Lou Miller, assemble a team of the best people in the field. Together, they recruit a crew of specialists, including jeweller Amita, street con Constance, suburban mum Tammy, hacker Nine Ball and fashion designer Rose to rob a necklace worth more than $150 million. With a star-studded cast, a refreshing plot line and some killer acting, we definitely have a summer winner on our hands!


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Coming at us with a whole lot of energy and an unmatched intensity, Chvrches’ newest album is here to shake things up! In their third full-length effort, the Glasgow trio gets real about the world we live in and they have a lot to say. An album about growing up and coming to terms with the great as well as awful things in the world, Love Is Dead takes you on an unfiltered musical journey. Catchy pop and a typically powerful performance from primary vocalist Lauren Mayberry, Get Out sticks to what Chvrches know best. While the song fails to push any boundaries that the band hasn’t pushed before, it’s definitely one for the weekend party playlist. Featuring the most pop they’ve ever produced and a collabo with Grammy award-winning producer Greg Kurstin, the band is definitely treading uncharted territory. Commencing with an enigmatic intro, My Enemy makes perfect use of space and contrast, both vocally and instrumentally. The youthful and vibrant collaboration of Chvrches and Matt Berninger is bound to tickle every listener’s fancy. Taking risks and producing brand new sounds, the band has come a long way since their huge first studio album. This is a pleasant listen!

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Featuring confessional pop on her own terms, Allen’s latest release is a far cry from her spiky first two albums. With contemporary, minimal dancepop that references Drake, Jamie xx and dancehall, she covers everything from the breakdown of her marriage, her depression as well as fears about her children. Offering a dark, real look at British party culture, Trigger Bang is a weird mix of nostalgia, liberation and exhaustion. Also featuring London rapper Giggs, the languid, worldweary pop song is going to give you all the feels! Away from her trademark wordplay, the album features a whole lot of introspective new lyrics and a refreshing new sound. Laying down her grievances in plain, heartfelt language, Higher sees Allen condemning a tainted relationship. Featuring stunning verses and heavenly vocals, the track is our new favourite heartbreak anthem! While fans had to be patient for her big comeback, Allen has definitely delivered with her fourth studio album.

Filled with a number of relatable but eccentric misadventures, Sloane Crosley’s brand-new collection of essays is exactly what you need to read after a long day at work. Featuring her trademark hilarity, wit and charm, Look Alive Out There talks about everything from scaling active volcanoes and befriending strangers to staring down the barrel of the fertility gun and playing herself on Gossip Girl.

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Ordinary People By Diana Evans Chronicling the lives of two couples who are slowly drifting apart, Ordinary People is an intimate, immersive study of parenthood, grief, aging and the fragile structure of love. Michael and Melissa were once head over heels in love but two kids later things just don’t seem the same anymore. Damian and Stephanie share a perfect home but have never really seemed right for each other. A stimulating read!

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With summer well and truly here, get into the best shape of your life with Map My Fitness! Under Armour’s Map My Fitness logs more than 600 different fitness activities and syncs with more than 400 devices to give you a complete picture of your athletic performance. Users can search for nearby routes or share their favourite routes, while the app saves data on pace, distance and calories burned for GPS-based workouts. You can also join challenges and get your friends in on the fun!

Turn your smartphones and tablets into a savvy educational tool with BrainPOP! Boasting a number of animated videos aimed at K-12 students, the app makes learning a whole lot more fun. The animated movies engage via narrative, humour, and characters, encouraging kids to further explore the world around them. The app gives your kids the chance to explore hundreds of topics including Science, Math, Social Studies, English, Engineering, Health and more!

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ENHANCED REALITY The market for virtual reality devices is well and truly booming. FACT picks up the HTC Vive Pro to see what it brings to a burgeoning tech sector of innovative gadgetry…

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stations. These new and improved graphics and audio will allow users to experience VR with enhanced clarity, making it the most realistic and immersive VR experience available in the market. In addition to some truly amazing audio-visual features, the Vive Pro has been rebuilt to maximize comfort for the most demanding VR users. The Vive Pro features a redesigned head-strap that balances the weight of the headset more evenly and features easy adjustment buttons for Vive users with glasses. HTC’s content platform Viveport also brings premium experiences in entertainment, education, arcade, arts and culture and enterprise to a global audience. A Viveport subscription allows customers to choose from over 400 pieces of content from a highly-curated offering. Giving consumers the opportunity to discover the best VR has to offer, the HTC Vive Pro is the technological blessing you need in your life! The Vive Pro’s new Head Mounted Display (HMD) will retail for AED3,299 and is available for purchase through its dedicated Middle East e-commerce store. ✤

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HER Romantic and fluid pieces in neutral, earthy tones from the Spring Summer 2018 collection emerge with a warm attitude. A selection of garments in which romanticism takes centre stage; especially in shirts and dresses with diffused floral prints, ruffles and delicate chiffon fabrics. Discover ethnic prints and embroidery combined with dresses and crochet-knit tops, complete with statement accessories, including basket-style bags and costume jewellery featuring delicate shells. ✤

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Skinade COLLAGEN DRINK With the hot summer months upon us, this is the skincare staple you need! Packed with natural protein and amino acids, the drink helps maintain your skin’s health and leaves it feeling refreshed. Having a bottle of Skinade daily after breaking your fast helps ensure your skin is properly hydrated throughout Ramadan. Beauty begins from within!

Scrub Love AVOCADO AND ALOE VERA (ACTIVATED CHARCOAL RANGE) Made with the best ingredients to hydrate, soften, moisturise, nourish and polish the skin, this scrub is the answer to all your skincare woes! Formulated with activated charcoal from coconut shell and Kaolin Clay, it mildly exfoliates and softens your skin while ridding it of impurities. Aloe Vera soothes and heals while Avocado oil nourishes and moisturises.

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Kiehl’s GINGER LEAF AND HIBISCUS FIRMING OVERNIGHT MASK Get the prettiest skin ever with Kiehl’s Ginger Leaf and Hibiscus Firming Overnight Mask! Formulated with Hibiscus, the indulgent velvety cream mask delivers smoother-looking skin as you sleep. With continued use, the hydrating formula with Ginger Leaf works to soften the look for fine lines for a younger-looking, instantly firmer complexion.

Guerlain PORE MINIMISER Say goodbye to pesky pores with Guerlain’s Pore Correcting Treatment! Enriched with a unique combination of clay, zinc and a plan extract, it targets all types of pores and unclogs them, allowing the skin to breathe. The wonder formula instantly tightens and visibly minimises pores with a long lasting effect while leaving skin feeling clean and fresh.

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Your mornings just got a whole lot more refreshing with Baxter of California’s Invigorating Body Wash! Enriched with mild, plantderived surfactants, it cleanses and revitalises without stripping moisture while aloe vera soothes and cools the skin on contact. Vitamin E and jojoba oil hydrate and condition to leave skin feeling soft, clean and renewed.

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CHARLOTTE TILBURY MAGIC CREAM This multi-tasking treat and transform moisturiser features a secret blend of patented ingredients to give you plump gorgeous skin every day!

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MARC JACOBS FULL COVERAGE FOUNDATION Apply one to two dots of foundation onto the back of your hand. Load brush and buff foundation from centre of face outwards. Dry to normal complexions can blend formula with facial oil or moisturiser for added hydration.

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FENTY BEAUTY PRESSED POWDER Use this universal blotting powder that absorbs shine and diffuses the look of pores for an instant filtered look on the fly.

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BROW PENCIL BY ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS I use shade of caramel to get the Perfect Brow fill and define, and custom spooley brush to expertly comb and blend.

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EYE SHADOW PALETTE BY HUDA BEAUTY Use desert sand as transition and creating around eye shadow using shade of Angelic.

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Make up artist: Mars Rosallosa Model: Liliya Levaya Photography: Davi Berridge Designer: Mon Sarmiento Location: Westin Doha Hotel & Spa MARS ROSALLOSA SEE’S EVERY BEAUTIFUL FACE AS A CANVAS,WHERE HE CAN PAINT AND CREATE WHATEVER A CLIENT DESIRES. HE IS THE CHOICE MAKE UP ARTIST OF VVIP CLIENTS, CELEBRITIES AND SOCIALITES IN DOHA.


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INSPIRING IDAM FACT’s Marisela Paesano caught up with the world-famous gastronome, Alain Ducasse and Executive Chef, Damien Leroux, on the occasion of the 5th anniversary of the stunning restaurant, IDAM, at the Museum of Islamic Art…

How does it feel to celebrate such a monumental anniversary with IDAM in such an iconic venue? AD: We are very happy, however this anniversary is only a step forward (in progress). As for now, we are totally integrated in this local environment and I think we fulfilled our first mission which is to mix two cultures (Qatari and French) through gastronomy. Although this five-year anniversary is a milestone, there is still room for improvement. What has been the key to success with IDAM? AD: It might be a success, but it is only a step forward in progress. Today we are celebrating but It cannot be taken for granted as our business must be constantly evolving - every two years we are changing the chef in order to bring a new vision and it helps us to improve ourselves. DL: I’m working for Alain since 14 years and in every restaurant we are always brainstorming and we take into account the local tastes but without straying from the French cuisine techniques. And the success for us is to have a full restaurant - this is our every day target. Can you tell us about one of your signatures dishes that meets the favour of the public? DL: Of course, we have some signature dishes that became part of the restaurant’s DNA. For example Chef Romain Meder who opened IDAM created the camel Rossini — the camel meat is braised for six days and served with foie gras, soufflé potatoes and truffle — it’s one of the standout dishes at IDAM and a perfect illustration of the mix between local flavours and French technique. With so much already achieved, what drives you to your next endeavour? AD: I’m curious by nature and I’m still passionate about what I don’t know, about what’s coming up, and about what is not expected. I’m still learning today through my curiosity that 84

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allows me to capture sources of inspiration from meeting new people, experiencing new tastes or places every day, and transforming them into something of my own. So I don’t have time to be bored. Two of the keywords in your kitchen are: seasonal produce. What are the best ingredients you would recommend to cook with during the summer? AD: As for France, if I’m in the south east of France I would clearly recommend olive oil with tomatoes. Especially if you have a garden near the sea and if you have a nice variety of tomatoes where it will benefit from the Mediterranean Sea breeze. DL: Qatar is currently supporting local farms and local products, and this is something we are supporting too. Nowadays you can find some amazing eggplants, organic tomatoes and zucchini and with this combination of these three ingredients, you can simply cook them in the oven. Let’s put it this way, if you have the right products at the right time with the right seasoning – you can’t be wrong. What do you do to stay up-to-date with new food trends? AD: First, you don’t follow the trends but create them. Nowadays there is a big interest from the media about our industry and this is fantastic. We are always in the spotlight and that helps this industry to evolve quicker. What is the biggest lesson you have learned along the way about life and food? AD: The first lesson is you should remain curious and in action so you remain competitive and always fulfil projects with a personal touch – assume the legacy of your actions. You have to be 100 per cent confident in your decision and when you have decided never question it again even if you are wrong – don’t be afraid to be wrong. Of course, there is always doubt but you should always go beyond it in order to move forward. What are your tips for aspiring young chefs?


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AD: The first thing is to be passionate, and to always push the boundaries, constantly move forward with passion and never look back. You should avoid routine and habits cause it is never the good habits that prevails but the bad ones. If you are not passionate about culinary cooking choose something else! ✤

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MADE IN SHANGHAI

There are few venues that can still take our breath away – with their food, the location, and the décor – it’s tough now more than ever to tick all the boxes. FACT’s Craig Ferriman revisited Shanghai Club at the Shangri-La Hotel Doha to prove that this is one venue to constantly stay ten steps ahead of its competitors… fact magazine

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oha’s dining scene just gets bigger and better. With a busier market comes greater competition and standing out just gets harder. Everybody has to up their game or they could quickly drop out of the race. The Shangri-La Hotel Doha’s sky-high Shanghai Club knows this all too well. Hot on the heels of winning two prestigious gongs at the 2018 FACT Dining Awards for Best Chinese and Favourite Brunch, the restaurant has just launched a new and improved menu. They’ve retained the best bits of the existing one and added a few new signatures too – and we were happy to oblige for a tasting! Those who know Shanghai Club will be thrilled to read that the classics like the Peking Duck, the signature Duck Handbags and the Fortune Chicken are still on offer and they remain highly popular with diners. I really enjoy the Fortune Chicken because it really gets the table talking. Why? Well, it’s basically chicken that has been cooked for 24 hours inside what I can best describe as a giant loaf of bread. You kind of have to see it to believe it! When presented to the table, it’s wheeled out on a trolley and a member of the table is invited to bash the bread which is rock hard. Amusement abounds as the nominated bread basher doesn’t smash it hard enough but eventually it’s cracked open and the chicken underneath can breathe and be served to all. This interactive element already adds bonus points to Shanghai Club’s offerings. The hand pulled noodles are new. They’re served either with tomato and egg sauce or with Sichuan braised beef. I can put my best tux on it that this is the most memorable new addition to the menu; excellent meat that tastes succulent sitting in a light sauce with the fresh noodles. How elegantly delicious? The Cha Siu Bao is a popular Cantonese offering. The Shanghai Club’s recipe makes them with chicken and the dumplings just melt in the mouth. You have to be careful not to make a mess as soy based thick gravy oozes out as you bite into it – we LOVE it! Also new is the Matuan dessert which traditionally symbolises the family get-together around the table enjoying a meal. Matuan are yummy sesame balls with red beans. Traditional and mouthwatering in one. 88

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Old favourites are still great like the Chinese Sashimi Salad mixed with all kinds of fresh goodness that the staff mix up in front of diners until it looks like a work of art. The Kung Pao Chicken with Sichuan peppers, cashew nuts and chilli sauce remains a firm favourite of mine. I still think that nothing beats the Peking Duck which is cooked for two days with five spices before drying and roasting. It pulls apart like a concertina and there are days when we go through spells of cravings for it! I love the design and ambience of the Shanghai Club. You could, for a moment, think that you’re in Shanghai or Hong Kong as the restaurant sits on the 42nd floor of the hotel, ensconced in West Bay’s skyscraper cyclorama. From the massive bas-relief dragon on the wall to the colour changing chandeliers, there are Chinese details and imprints everywhere. It’s an all-round exquisite experience. ✤

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FOOTBALL CRAZY!

Transforming into the Cup Headquarters for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Champions Sports Bar at Marriott Marquis City Centre Doha will be one of the most buzzing hubs for football fans and avid supporters to gather on match days. FACT’s Craig Ferriman gets a sneak peek into the special menu created for this cheerful global sporting event… fact magazine

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t only falls every four years but when it does, you can’t avoid it. The 2018 FIFA World Cup is almost upon us and you don’t have to be in Russia to get your fill of the action. Doha is making this a tournament that can be enjoyed by everyone. A truly social occasion. There’s no need to check your TV package or try to sneak round to a friend’s place to catch the matches you want to see. Our beloved Qatari capital has it covered and the place that claims to have more of it than anywhere else is Champions - the sports bar at the Marriott Marquis City Centre Doha. Champions boasts 47 LCD TVs and two giant screens which will show all matches across the month for an unforgettable summer of football. To make it extra special, Champions have gone to great lengths to make every aspect memorable. The chef has redesigned the menu for a more celebratory crowd to enjoy during the World Cup. In addition to that, they are offering themed food every day. The bar snacks will correspond to the countries that are playing on any given day – pretty cool, right? For example on June 27, South Korea take on Germany in their group stage match. While watching the game on the big screen, Chef Nicholas will be serving affordably priced themed food from both competing nations. You can expect delicious kimbap rolls from South Korea and representing Germany, you can look forward to tucking into juicy meatballs called frikadellen. Sounds yummy! Argentina is playing its opening game on June 16. You’ll have to get down that day because they’ll be serving pinchos con carne and chimichurri sauce. It’s so delicious, it’s addictive. Somewhat hoping Argentina progress to the quarter finals if that dish is anything to go by! Costa Rica commence their battle for the trophy the next day and you can watch their progress while tucking into the yucks with pick de gallo. We were told that this is a twist on a traditional

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and popular Costa Rican snack. Egypt starts their campaign on June 19 and so you can anticipate traditional goulash. The slightly odd one for me is the Australian offering which is crispy calamari. I thought that would be synonomous with Greece but after some research, Champions discovered that it is rather a popular bar snack down under. There are culinary treats a-plenty this World Cup and more than enough screens to make sure you’re getting a fantastic view of all the on-pitch action. Miss it and you’ll have to wait four years for the next World Cup. Where is that being held again? ✤

GO: VISIT CHAMPIONS SPORTS BAR AT MARRIOTT MARQUIS CITY CENTRE DOHA. CALL 4419 5000 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.

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WELLNESS MEETS LUXURY If you’re looking for wellbeing, delicious food and a chance to get outdoors with beautiful views to bask in, the Four Seasons Doha is the place for you. Relaxation is the essence of this 5-star property where time stops but mind and body restoration begins. FACT’s Marisela Paesano leaves her daily woes at the door, ready for complete rejuvenation… fact magazine

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he Four Seasons Doha exudes classic luxury blended with organic elements like marble and hardwood. The grand lobby glistens with original marble floors, high ceilings and windows overlooking the Arabian Gulf with mid-century elegant furnishings. From the moment you arrive at Four Seasons Doha, you’ll feel totally relaxed and utterly indulged. Whether you’re there for a spa day or a weekend staycation, you’ll be escaping the dayto-day and entering the ultimate haven of calm and tranquility. I started a day of leisure with a yoga class held in the studio room. The Vinyasa Class begins with slow movements moving forward to more vigorous poses. The yoga class proved the perfect wake up session as it strengthened my muscles, improved my flexibility and posture and increased my blood flow. Yoga encourages you to relax, slow your breath, and focus on the present. A perfect way to start this wellness day. The hotel has five outdoor swimming pools right at the edge of the beach, so I decided on relaxing by the pools after my yoga session. Three grotto-style pools are elevated on different levels, giving you a view of the sea. The unique layout and lush landscaping create distinct and hidden areas where you can unwind on comfortable lounge chairs with umbrellas for shade. The immaculately designed space lends itself to lazing around, enjoying a good book and cooling off from the heat. As I lay under the sun, I felt wonderfully detached form the city bustle undoubtedly going on beyond the hotel walls. This was much needed, quality ME TIME. Just a little something that every single one of us deserves now and again - and Four Seasons Doha is happy to accommodate. After morning yoga and a stint in the sun, I’d worked up

an appetite and where better to get some lunch than the beachfront Pool Grill restaurant. Under the shade of a wooden trellis, this rustic outdoor café offers a cool vibe, amazing views and delicious food. For starters I enjoyed a fresh and fabulous Watermelon Greek Salad and for mains I tried the Josper Grilled Hammour. The fish was prepared in a Josper oven, combining the juiciness of roasting with charcoal-grilled flavour. My meal was just perfect; goregous local ingredients cooked to perfection. It was now time for me to discover the healing benefits of water in the hotel’s large-scale hydrotherapy facility, located on the ground level of the three-storey Spa and Wellness Centre. The aqua facilities are superb - perfect to cool off after your tanning session or to relax your muscles after an energetic workout. I enjoyed the giant hydrotherapy pool, with over a dozen separate areas to massage different parts of the body with underwater jets and overhead fountains. Then I massaged my feet by walking circles on the beach stones in the reflexology pool followed by warming up with dry heat in the laconium room and laying back on one of the heated laconium beds. You might also choose to unwind in the innovative colour therapy room. They’ve really thought of everything! I lingered around the wet area for one hour in the lead up to my chosen spa therapy: a Mindful Treatment. The spa treatment rooms are beautifully designed and very private, they even have showers inside the rooms and the staff are the most friendly, professional people. My journey begins with a fully body scrub to exfoliate my skin using a mix of mineral salt and essential oils, applied from the neck down to gently buff and smooth my skin, helping to remove toxins and increase blood circulation, creating a natural radiance. Mineral salts are good for brightening and smoothing the skin and improving the skin tone. After the 30-minute scrub, I took a shower to remove the scrub. The treatment finishes with a 60-minute, full-body, oil-based massage of medium pressure to release all stress and tension from my muscles. This treatment definitely helps my body to unwind deeply. Afterwards, I felt completely relaxed and revitalised! ✤

THE WELLNESS DAY PACKAGE AT FOUR SEASONS HOTEL DOHA Price: QR1,245 Includes: Yoga session Mindful spa treatment Pool and Beach access (please note that lunch is not included).

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Tivoli Celebrates In 2018, Tivoli Hotels & Resorts is celebrating 85 years of history, a time to contemplate more than eight decades of incredible stories, and also a time to design an ambitious future for the expansion of the brand. TIVOLI WAS BORN IN 1933 with the hotel Tivoli Avenida Liberdade in the heart of Lisbon, and since then the brand’s portfolio has added iconic hotels which have made, and continue to make, history in hospitality in Portugal, Brazil and most recently, in Qatar. Since the very beginning, the Tivoli spirit and philosophy has led to lifelong relationships with guests and destinations in hotels which are icons in themselves. For this reason, Tivoli hotels are sought out not only by locals but by international travellers as well, who know that they’ll find a refined setting with a lively and multicultural atmosphere. In 1955 Tivoli Palácio de Seteais opened, an XVIII century palace in the historic town of Sintra, and at the turn of the century, in 1999, the brand added its first resorts in the main tourist destinations of the Algarve, in Vilamoura - with the perfectly located Tivoli Marina Vilamoura – and also in Carvoeiro, Portimão and Lagos. In 2006, Tivoli Hotels & Resorts launched outside Portugal by acquiring its first property in Brazil: the Tivoli Ecoresort Praia do Forte, in Salvador da Bahia, followed by the Tivoli Mofarrej São Paulo, in February 2009. Tivoli became part of Minor Hotels in early 2016, inaugurating a new chapter in the brand’s history, with the renovation of the entire portfolio of hotels and the expansion, for the first time, to the Middle 98

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East, with the first hotel in the historic centre of Doha, in Qatar - Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli. The inauguration of two new hotels in Qatar is also planned for this year – Souq Al Wakra Hotel Qatar by Tivoli and the Al Najada Doha Hotel by Tivoli. Proud of its past, this charismatic brand, which took its first steps in the Portuguese capital, is now looking to expand in South America, especially in Brazil, with new properties to be announced soon and also has plans for Asia in countries such as Thailand, South Korea and China. New destinations where Tivoli hopes to fulfil its role as a brand – to be a local benchmark, with sophisticated wining and dining options and recognised by the local community for their cosmopolitan atmosphere and lifestyle approach. Tivoli’s doors remain open to welcome all those looking for genuine hospitality in Portugal, Brazil, Qatar and, very soon, in new and exciting destinations around the world. ✤

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Taking your cultural curiosity and love of travel to all new heights! Check out our annual wanderlust issue with some great holiday hotspots...

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Taking your cultural curiosity and love of travel to all new heights! Check out our annual wanderlust issue with some great holiday hotspots...

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