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Out And About

"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone." “

As we head into summer, it’s time to enjoy the last balmy days before the weather becomes truly scorching. And, for us, that means getting outside, while we still can. Our Cover Story this month takes a look at outdoor activities, from the sublime, such as visiting Arabian horses, to the slight bonkers – parachuting anyone? I have to say, I had great fun putting this feature together and finding out just how much Qatar has to offer. Hope you enjoy reading it.

In our Dining section, we’ve not only got our regular reviews and roundup of great deals for you to try but also coverage from the much-anticipated Fact Dining Awards Qatar 2024. It was a wonderful evening in which we paid tribute to all the stars of the country’s hospitality industry. I want to say thank you to each and every one of you that voted –check out the pictures in our special feature.

Speaking of the awards, on the night, we also got to meet the lovely Waleed Maisery, who not only looks after the career of our MC but also produces films, all while practising as a lawyer. You can find out more about him in the Arts & Culture section. In the Motoring section, look out for my our report from Seoul, South Korea, where my colleague got to attend the launch of some new Genesis models. And, in Travel, we’ve stuck with the outdoor activities theme to bring you destinations for active adventurers.

We also have our usual roundups of news from the worlds of sport, tech, entertainment and fashion plus some great snippets from around the country in the Listen Up section. Happy reading everyone.

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We’re all used to seeing Qatar Airways’ iconic livery soaring high above our heads but if you spot one of these fancy little flying machines, you’ll know someone is getting better acquainted with our capital.

Using a Cessna 208 Caravan light aircraft, Discover Qatar has introduced air tours taking in Doha’s most iconic landmarks. Catering to the desires of the everyday explorer seeking bespoke adventures, Discover Doha by Air promises an extraordinary fusion of adventure, thrill-seeking and exploration.

Each air tour is expertly planned and prepared to comfortably accommodate eight passengers in the air-conditioned cabin of a Cessna 208 Caravan, a single-engine light turboprop utility aircraft, designed with large windows that are ideal for aerial viewing. The onboard headphones will allow customers to clearly hear the pilot’s in-flight commentary during their experience.

With a flight duration of 45 minutes, the aircraft will take off from Doha International Airport Premium Terminal, first flying over Al Thumama Stadium, Aspire Zone and Education City and then moving towards Lusail Stadium, Al Bayt Stadium and Thakira Mangrove Forest. The journey will continue with flybys over The

Pearl Island, Al Safliya Island, Katara Cultural Village and West Bay. Before reaching the airport, the aircraft will be flying over the Corniche, National Museum of Qatar, Museum of Islamic Art and Stadium 974 for a grand finish.

With the first tour scheduled for June 27, booking is now available at discoverqatar.qa/air and priced at QR710 for adults and children over two years of age, and free of charge for children under two. Seats can be reserved for morning and afternoon tours from Thursday to Monday.

The experience is also available for passengers transiting for six or more hours at Hamad International Airport with a starting price of QR85, including private return transfers between Hamad International Airport and Doha International Airport Premium Terminal. ✤


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Get ready to enjoy the summer heat with a staycation at Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas with a 20% discount on accommodation, both rooms and villas, including breakfast, dinner and access to the amazing Desert Falls Water & Adventure park. You’ll need to book by June 14 to take advantage of this great saving but the stay period runs through to September 8, so there’s plenty of time to make the most of it while the kids are off school Make sure you use the booking link bit.ly/SO20 to secure your spot. ✤


If you’re a fan of escape rooms, the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) has introduced an experience you don’t want to miss.

In a collaboration with Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, the MIA’s Escape Room: The Scholars of the Islamic World experience is open to those aged 14 and above and features rooms within rooms that explore different facets of Islamic scholarship. Participants will navigate through themed chambers focussed on calligraphy, Islamic science and inventions, astronomy and the conservation of Islamic art objects, uncovering hidden knowledge and unravelling mysteries along the way. Sounds like fun. Count us in. ✤




The 2025 edition of Qatar's much loved Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition will take place in May, instead of the usual February scheduling. Organiser, Qatar Tourism (QT), announced the date change with the event, recognised as one of the most prestigious In the world of luxury jewellery and watches, now set to run from May 5 to 11, 2025. QT explained that rescheduling aims to enhance the overall experience for participants and ensure the exhibition, which is growing year-on-year, continues to set new standards of excellence. It said the move will provide exhibitors with an extended timeframe to prepare their latest collections and innovations, while also allowing attendees more time to plan their participation. ✤


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New Moroccan eatery Salama promises diners an Oriental journey of higher taste coupled with vibrant entertainment.

Taking inspiration from the rich culinary heritage of Morocco, glammed up on the French Riviera and now broadening its horizons, Salama has opened its first GCC restaurant at the heart of the fashionable Al Maha Island.

Originally created in 1999 by a French couple, Frédérique and Fabrice Dorel, in buzzing Saint-Tropez and Cannes, in 2024, Mohamed Hedi Mardassi acquired the brand and developed a partnership with Aura Group International to bring Salama to the thriving Qatari market.

“With Salama, we [have the] ambition to create the GCC’s premiere destination for Moroccan gastronomy, with its unique blend of Riviera chic and warm Oriental hospitality,” he said.

Imagined by Chef Ramdane Djebarri, who was part of the glory days of Momo and Mamounia Lounge in London, the 1,001 flavours of Salama will unfold as a modern-day tale of Moroccan cuisine. The menu runs the gamut from reinvented fresh salads, briouates, pastillas, couscous and tagines to delicious main courses and Josper-grilled meats. And desserts provide a sublime conclusion, with such signatures as the Mar’rakshi Millefeuille, Oriental Crème

Brûlée and Orange Blossom Ile Flottante to name a few.

To complement the remarkable culinary creations, the bar menu will take guests to the legendary Spice Route, infusing timeless classics with arabesque spices, herbs, fragrances and flavours, as a prelude to nights of elegant music and entertainment.

Finally, Salama unveils an exclusive gateway to the breathtaking allure of the French Riviera. Nestled amidst pristine sands and shimmering azure waters, it boasts a private beach that embodies an atmosphere of refined sophistication and carefree indulgence.

Aura Group CEO, Yasser Zein, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to introduce Salama to the blooming culinary landscape of Doha. The concept is a welcome addition to our own exciting portfolio of high-end brands, perfectly suited to the taste of the market and delightfully disruptive all at once.” ✤

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Qatar’s Msheireb has partnered with Metahug to launch a cultural exploration experience on Roblox.

The pioneer in cultural preservation and innovation collaborated with the visionary gaming studio, to launch an immersive Roblox experience that allows players to explore the richness of Qatari culture.

Blending education with interactive gaming, it showcases Qatar’s sustainable innovations, creative chops and deeprooted traditions with the Roblox platform hosting a series of mini-games, each crafted to highlight a different facet of Qatari life and history.

At launch, players will be able to participate in six unique games, starting with Pearl Hunt, which pays homage to Qatar’s pearl diving heritage. And the experience will include activities inspired by Msheireb Properties' vision for human-led design with activities including designing sustainable fashion inspired by traditional Qatari attire and creating furniture that reflects the region’s architectural elegance. Additional mini-games will educate players about Arabic typography and the history of Bedouin lifestyles, celebrating Qatar’s commitment to sustainability and design.

Msheireb Properties' ethos was instrumental in creating the project, combining the ingenuity of the world’s first sustainably regenerated downtown with the Doha Design District’s ambitions as a creative lab for global design talent.

This partnership not only highlights Msheireb’s dedication to cultural preservation but also aligns with Metahug’s mission of educating through engagement. Working closely with Lian Pham, co-founder of Metahug, the collaboration leaned into Metahug’s education in gaming expertise through its flagship Play2Learn educational initiative that teaches kids to learn without knowing they’re learning.

"By integrating educational elements with the fun and excitement of gaming, we aim to create a more enriching experience that teaches players about the significant cultural heritage of Qatar," said Shaikha Al Sulaiti, Senior Manager of the Doha Design District, Msheireb Downtown Doha. ✤

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The Ritz-Carlton, Doha’s talented kitchen team scooped an array of awards at the Qatar Chefs Challenge 2024.

The seventh edition of the Qatar Culinary Professionals (QCP) Corporate Roadshow encompassed a dynamic gathering of professionals, exchanging knowledge, expertise and achievements with the Qatar Chefs Challenge presenting a highly esteemed culinary competition. It was supported and endorsed by Worldchefs, an international organisation dedicated to maintaining and improving the culinary standards of global cuisines

The Ritz-Carlton, Doha’s chefs were excited to take part in the Qatar Chefs Challenge 2024, which offers a competitive forum to showcase the skills and abilities of professionals from all over the world, with a particular focus on food safety, waste reduction and sustainability.

Receiving four separate awards, Chef Ala’ Haytham al Qassis excelled by being named Best Pastry Chef of the Year 2024, as well as being honoured with the gold medal for Modern Dessert Live Cooking and Best Chef in Category. His Afternoon Tea took home a silver medal, while his Asian Plated Dessert took bronze. Accomplished Chef Paul Onipe struck silver with his Live Cooking Signature Lamb Dish and Live Cooking Black Box.

The competition also saw gold medallists Chef Moath Nasrallah Nasrallah winning in the Arabic Mazzeh and

Best Chef in Category and Chef Zefanya Vega Felesita competing in the Pastry Showpiece and both excelling in their chosen fields. The Live Cooking Special Fried Rice event honoured Chef Imelda Silvia with a silver medal, while Chef Muhammad Jamalul proved his skills in the Individual Ice Carving competition, gaining a welldeserved bronze place.

General Manager, Carlo Javakhia had high praise for the team saying: “I am delighted, though not surprised, that our culinary team has accomplished such a great haul of awards.

At The Ritz-Carlton, Doha we are always endeavouring to attain the highest standards and have long been renowned as the consummate dining destination. Our chefs are a highly skilled, dexterous and dedicated cohort who bring knowledge, passion and talent to every gastronomic moment. I am thrilled that this is evident, not only on property, but in such a tough competitive environment. We couldn’t be prouder.” ✤

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One of the world’s leading leisure companies is launching a regional itinerary specially designed to cater to Muslim dietary requirements.

Resorts World Cruises is expanding its footprint with a six-month homeport deployment in Dubai, UAE. Starting from October 18, the Resorts World One will be departing from Dubai to offer a two-night Doha Cruise departing on Wednesdays, a two-night Sir Bani Yas Weekend Cruise and a three-night Oman Cruise to Khasab and Muscat. Guests will have the flexible option to combine two or all three of the itineraries.

In a bonus for Qatar, Resorts World One will also add Doha as a homeport during the country’s school holidays from October 24 to November 2, offering vacationers the convenience of embarking in Doha to experience two-night Dubai cruises or five nights sailing to Dubai, Khasab and Muscat.

Muslim cruise passengers will be important for the cruise line and to cater for them, the ship will receive the official OIC/SMIIC (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation / The Standards and Metrology Institute) Standard Halal-Friendly Cruise Ship certification, providing access to certified halalfriendly offerings. All meats will be sourced from UAE halal suppliers with no pork served onboard.

In addition, guests can pre-book appointments to have same gender crew attend them for services such as the spa and onboard announcements will be made in Arabic as well as English.

Certified vegetarian and Jain cuisine will also be available to cater to travellers from India and others who prefer specialised vegetarian selections.

Resorts World One is expected to make 75 calls in the region with 150,000 passengers over the six-month

operating period.

Michael Goh, President of Resorts World Cruises, said: “Both Dubai and Doha are key international gateways to the Middle East and with the support of the respective local governments, authorities and travel partners, we look forward to further developing cruises to the Arabian Gulf and Gulf of Oman.”

The cruise company has worked in conjunction with local authorities and Philip Dickinson, who leads international market development at Visit Qatar, added: “Visit Qatar is delighted to have Resorts World Cruises calling into our stunning new Grand Terminal in the heart of Doha as a destination and also as a homeport for the upcoming deployment in the Arabian Gulf. The Resorts World One cruise ship will further boost Qatar’s inbound and outbound cruise tourism sector, showcasing the best of Qatari hospitality, culture and our tourist attractions to a new target audience.”

Resorts World Cruises is a brand extension of Resorts World, a global brand with a combination of over 50 years of experience in the hospitality and entertainment industry, featuring over 40 properties in eight countries spanning four continents – Asia, US, Europe and Africa. ✤

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Their diverse range of menus and live cooking stations are designed to delight your guests and create a truly unforgettable gathering in the comfort of your own home. On offer are all-inclusive catering services for private and family events as well as corporate and gala dinner options from weddings and engagements to birthdays, anniversaries and all social events.

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Firma Events orchestrated an exceptional evening for all at the sold-out Andrea Bocelli concert in Qatar.

The Doha-based talent and event management leader played a maestro-like role behind the scenes of the recent Andrea Bocelli concert, which took place on May 13, at the Lusail Multipurpose Arena. The event, organised by Qatar Tourism, was a landmark for the country, bringing the legendary tenor to a captivated audience at one of Doha's premier venues.

Firma Events was entrusted with the critical task of ensuring a smooth and unforgettable experience for every guest. They delivered in grand style by providing a team of more than 120 meticulously trained hosts and hostesses. This well-coordinated group was strategically deployed across the venue's three floors, guaranteeing efficient guest assistance and effortless navigation throughout the evening. "Our team's unwavering dedication and commitment were the cornerstone of the event's success," said Roy Boustany, CEO and Managing Director at Firma Events. "We take immense pride in exceeding expectations by going the extra mile to fulfill every guest's needs. The comprehensive training programme we provided beforehand, coupled with in-depth site visits, empowered our staff to anticipate and gracefully address any potential scenario that might arise."

Firma Events' meticulous preparation for the event extended beyond their internal team. They fostered a strong collaborative partnership with Proactiv, a prominent event service provider based in Spain. This guaranteed

a well-oiled and efficient flow throughout the evening, leaving a lasting impression on all attendees.

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The stifling heat of summer is not quite upon us, so it’s the ideal time to make the most of the balmy weather and one thing Qatar is certainly not short of is fun outdoor activities. From sailing to kite surfing and from rock climbing to water parks there’s something for everyone to enjoy over sea, land and even in the air!


As the old song goes ‘we do like to be beside the seaside’ and, while lounging on the beach is lovely, there’s so much more to experience on and even under the waves.

Bubbles Up – Warm crystal-clear water and calm weather conditions make a perfect scenario for scuba diving in Qatar. Explore a fabulous underwater world of marine animals, shipwrecks, limestone formations and shoals of colourful fish in the tropical waters of the Arabian Gulf. There are plenty of options around such as Discover Qatar’s Discover Scuba Diving sessions for beginners or check out Doha Sub Aqua Club on Facebook, which hosts diving every weekend as well as activities such as barbecues and seabed cleans.

Find out more at discoverqatar.qa/discover-scubadiving/overview

Enter The Dragon – No, we don’t mean the Bruce Lee film (are we showing our age there?) but rather the popular sport of Dragon Boating. For the uninitiated, you’ve probably seen these on TV in the opening credits of the original Hawaii Five-0 (OK, officially ancient), they look like giant canoes with dragon heads on the bow, crewed by teams of several eager paddlers. Racing is great fun and Qatar has an active scene. Around 11 groups paddle Friday mornings at sunrise from Katara Beach and meet during the week for fitness training. There’s also the Wireless Warriors group, which is a paddle session for breast cancer survivors.

Find out more by visiting Qatar Dragon Boat Alliance on Facebook.

Fly A Kite – Kite surfing has rapidly gained local popularity in recent years with the country even hosting the Qatar Airways GKA Freestyle Kite World Cup earlier this year at Fuwairit Kite Beach. Wearing a special harness, participants take to the water on a board behind a large, specially constructed kite which catches the wind pulling them across the waves and allowing them to ‘fly’ sometimes several metres into the air. It requires significant upper body strength but is great fun once you get the hang of it. Head to Fuwairit Kite Beach, Tapestry Collection by Hilton for the ideal stopping off point before you hit the waves.

Find out more by visiting fkb.qa

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Jet Set – Jet skis or aqua bikes are hugely popular here in Qatar. Head to pretty much any stretch of water and you’ll spot them charging through the waves – it’s probably the closest thing to riding a high-powered motorbike on water and the feeling of the wind in your face is exhilarating and gives an amazing sense of freedom, plus it’s a great way to cool off. There are numerous spots to rent the craft from Katara to Lusail and, for the serious enthusiast, Doha Marine Sports Club, at Katara, recently attracted a host of international entrants to the Qatar Aquabike Championship.

Find out more at Doha Marine Sports Club on Facebook or @dmsc_official

Look Below – Not quite ready for the full under water experience? Fair enough, but anyone and everyone can enjoy snorkelling and all you need is a mask and snorkel, which are not expensive. Head to Al Aaliya Island, an uninhabited spot surrounded by a coral reef that’s home to a variety of marine life. It’s one of the finest destinations for snorkelling, fishing and kitesurfing. Uninhabited, tranquil and scenic, it’s the ideal spot to get back to nature.

Set Sail – At this time of year, particularly with the glorious windy weather we are currently enjoying, there really is no better place to be than on the open water in a sailboat. But, don’t be fooled, despite this sport’s glamorous image – think sleek yachts moored in the harbour at Cannes – if you’re actually doing the sailing, it can be pretty hard work. So, look forward to a workout as well as a great day out. Doha Marine Sports Club offers lessons for both adults and kids as well as race sailing and even traditional dhow sailing, which looks awesome.

Find out more at Doha Marine Sports Club on Facebook or @dmsc_official

Wing It – Yep, it’s a new one on us too. Described a cross between kiteboarding, windsurfing, surfing and paddleboarding, wing surfing is when you stand on a board and hold onto a wing which generates upward force and sideways propulsion. Pretty much flying across the water, this sounds like great fun. It’s only available in Qatar at Blue Pearl Experience, where you can also try kite surfing (they offer lessons), stand-up paddle boarding, regular and kayaking. Find out more at bluepearlexperience.com

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While much outdoor activity takes place in or on the water, there’s still plenty to do if you prefer to keep your feet firmly on solid ground.

Dune Daredevils – Almost a national sport in Qatar, you can’t live here or even visit without giving dune bashing a try. Either take your own (well maintained) four-wheel-drive vehicle out into the desert and let loose or book a tour where you can take part in activities such as dune bashing and sand boarding during a desert safari. Find out more at viator.com

Hop On A Bus – Yes, even those who were born in Qatar or have lived here for years will find something new to discover in a day’s sightseeing. You could, of course, just take to the streets. After all, from a range of museums to Souq Waqif and lots of parks, you’ll certainly not be short of things to see. But, we like the idea of the hop-on-hop off bus. Multi-language audio guides are available and a 24-hour ticket allows you to take as many rides as you like. Plus, it gets you a free onehour night tour, a relaxing drive around the city. Find out more at dohabus.com

Horsing Around – We have to admit we haven’t tried this one but we really want to. If you fancy the chance to meet some stunning equines, Al Shaqab stands as an enduring tribute to the Arabian horse and the tradition of equestrian excellence that has co-evolved with this breed in Qatar. And, even better, its open for visitors. You can arrange a guided tour, where you can watch the animals exercise, swim, train or get groomed. Find out more at visitqatar.com

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On Your Bike – When you live in a place that holds the Guinness World Record for the longest continuous cycle track, at 33km, it almost seems rude not to take to two wheels. The Olympic Cycling Track at Al Khor Coastal Road covers 29 bridges and five underpasses to encourage continuous safe riding away from the road. It also has plenty of cycle parking and links up with various other tracks. For something a bit less taxing, try the track around Lusail International Circuit. It’s 5.3km and they have bikes for hire. Find out more at visitqatar.com

Pick Up A Padel – We can almost guarantee that you’ve heard of this relatively new sport by now. But, if not, it’s described as a blend of both tennis and squash; the perfect combination of action filled with fun that keeps you fit. Age doesn’t matter padel’s a fantastic activity all. With an easy-tohold stringless racket and a low compression tennis ball, the game is highly addictive and it’s usually played in doubles, so there’s someone to blame if it all goes horribly wrong! Courts have sprung up all over the county and Qatar Padel Open Tournament took place in April. Find out more at qatarpadel.com

Rocking It – To be honest, we’re not really sure that this shouldn’t be in the sky section, but either way, we love the idea of rock climbing. For the adventurous and experienced there are some great rock formations at Zekreet National Park with more than a dozen routes to try. However, if you’re a beginner or don’t want to travel so far, EsQalar has outdoor climbing walls and offers day passes and lessons Find out more by calling 5553 7177.

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Among The Clouds – Sensible people might ask why anyone would choose to throw themselves out of a perfectly serviceable plane. Then there are sky divers! You might think they’re mad but, trust us, if you can muster the courage, parachuting is an absolutely amazing experience. Jumping out among the clouds and then floating soundlessly to Earth as you take in the magnificent scenery all around. And, if you’re not up for a solo ascent, you could always get a taste for it with a tandem dive, where you’re strapped to an experienced skydiver.

Find out more at skydiveqatar.com

Flying High – A hot air balloon ride is a bucket list item for lots of people and where better to take to the skies than above the landscape of Qatar’s open desert and the capital’s iconic buildings. Flights take off in the early morning as close to sunrise as possible – how cool is that? Can you imagine just floating silently through the air as the sun rises over the horizon? But, they are subject to prevailing weather conditions, though in summer this is not usually a problem. There are various places to book tours but we’ve definitely heard good things about Asfary whose branded ballons are a common sight in our skies.

Find out more at asfary.com

Paratrike Adventures - If you’re looking for a uniquely fascinating experience that’s a heady mix of calmness and adrenaline, your might want to consider a paratrike. It’s a tricycle connected, via a large paraglider, to a motorised propeller that lets you fly. The seats carry two people, so you’ll be accompanied by a professional, allowing you to sit back, relax and take in the spectacular bird’s eye view. There’s also the option for four people to fly together. Sky Masters Sports Club are the leading providers of aerial adventures in Qatar and they can provide everything you need to get airborne..

Find out more at skymasters.qa

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FACT spent five days in the captivating Korean city of Seoul to witness the unveiling of two exceptional Genesis luxury SUVs.


In recent years, we have been keeping a close eye on the rise of the highly impressive Genesis brand, a car manufacturer seeming to improve with every new offering produced. As the luxury vehicle brand of the Hyundai Motor Company, they have firmly established themselves as global contenders in the upmarket segment, having produced some of the finest high-end saloons, coupes, convertibles and SUVs on the roads today.

FACT recently travelled as guests to the home of Genesis in Seoul, South Korea, to attend the global launch of the GV80 Coupe and the unveiling of the new redesigned GV80, We want to take this opportunity to give a big thank you to Genesis Qatar for making this first-class adventure a reality.

Seoul, South Korea

From the moment we touched down, we found South Korea to be a beautiful and efficient country filled with friendly and respectful people, including our gracious hosts at Genesis, who ensured we felt welcome and comfortable throughout our stay. Immediately apparent was the huge number of Genesis vehicles driving on the city streets. There is no doubt that locals and visitors alike have warmly embraced this homegrown brand.

Launch Night

After a quick unpack at the magnificent Grand Walkerhill Hotel, Seoul, we were chauffeured around the city, enjoying activities such as the fascinating Genesis Experience Centre Suji Tour. On our first evening in South Korea, we attended the highly anticipated launch of the GV80 Coupe and the reveal of the new redesigned GV80, held at the prestigious Seoul Wave Art Centre in the city’s famed Hangang Park.

Redesigned GV80

As fans of the original GV80, we were intrigued to discover what the manufacturers had accomplished with the redesign.

Updated Exterior Design

The improved GV80 features numerous exterior upgrades, including a freshly designed Two-Line Crest Grille complemented by the signature Two-Line headlamps. We appreciated how the master crafters at Genesis have refined the overall elegance of this luxury SUV through the now smoother corner lines of the Crest Grille, along with the sleek look of the headlamps – made possible with MLA (Micro Lens Array) technology.

Striking design elements, like the larger air intakes and a wide skid plate on the front bumper, enhance the refined and robust persona of the updated GV80. One of our favourite external features has to be the guilloché-patterned emblem that adds a graceful finishing touch to an already alluring SUV.

We took in the new chrome trim that extends seamlessly through the sides, helping the car exude a powerful presence from bumper to bumper. Noise-absorbing 22-inch, multi-spoke dark grey matte wheels contribute to the SUV’s solid stance and ensure best-in-class ride tranquillity.

The impressive nature of the vehicle continues at the back end, where muffler tips integrated into the bumper further elevate the car’s sophisticated design. A distinctive V-shaped chrome trim adds to the futuristic look of the model, while the lower part of the bumper makes a statement with its bold body-coloured line.

Enhanced Interior Design

The beauty of the GV80’s exterior flows effortlessly into the firstclass cabin, where we were welcomed by comfortable seating,

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an impressive array of modern features, quality materials and various design enhancements. It became obvious the GV80 has been designed to elevate the daily lives of owners through an all-encompassing, in-car luxury experience.

The two-tone-coloured steering wheel has been immaculately designed and feels faultless in hand. We also admired the new elevated pedal design, the improved crash pads and the wellcrafted centre console featuring Nappa leather and genuine wood. Standing out amongst the extensive list of advanced tech features are the 14.6-inch rear seat smart entertainment system, the Bang & Olufsen sound system and the impressive 27-inchwide OLED display that smoothly integrates the cluster and the Audio, Video, Navigation (AVN) screen.

Other must-mention internal features include the seamless design of the centre facia, the wide-angle digital centre mirror, the redesigned crystal-like Shift By Wire (SBW), the improved wireless smartphone charging tray and the touch-based Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system that gifts the driver with extreme ease of control.

Improved Performance

On our second day in South Korea, we took the upgraded GV80 out for a spin.

Our model was equipped with the potent 3.5-litre turbo engine, complemented by near-perfect suspension, handling and braking capabilities. This enables the new GV80 to deliver 380hp and 54.0kgf·m of torque.

To us, however, the most impressive performance upgrade was the overall smoothness of the ride, made possible by the Preview Electronic Control Suspension System (Preview ECS), which optimises control of the suspension by anticipating road conditions and the Engine Mounting Control Unit (EMCU), which detects road surfaces to reduce driving vibrations.

In our opinion, these inclusions, complemented by the vehicle’s numerous advanced safety and assistance features, ensure the

It became obvious the GV80 has been designed to elevate the daily lives of owners through an all-encompassing, in-car luxury experience.”
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GV80 is now in contention for the best mid-sized luxury SUV in the market today.

GV80 Coupe Launch

For this special launch, one luxury SUV reveal was not enough. We also had the absolute pleasure of witnessing the unveiling of the ultra-stylish, new GV80 Coupe.

Eye-Catching Exterior

We have to say that Genesis have outdone themselves with these two new editions – the coupe adding a new facet to the Genesis brand.

As with the GV80, we became absorbed by the doublelayered G-Matrix Grille and MLA-powered LED headlamps that announced the arrival of this coupe in style.

At the front end, we also admired the expanded air intake, Active Air Flap, and four air vents that improve engine cooling while contributing to the vehicle’s bold demeanour.

Shifting to the flanks, we found the arch-shaped parabolic line spanning the body and the low, sloping roofline to achieve a perfect balance, providing an excellent finish to the dynamic and powerful look of the exterior. Further enhancing this bold presence are the coupe-exclusive 22-inch dark grey matte wheels with distinctive spokes.

We also recognised the unique design of the back end, complete with LED surface-emitting rear combination lamps, along with a wide integrated auxiliary brake light on the tailgate. A centrally descending rear spoiler adds a sporty touch, finishing the exterior design with a flourish.

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Sporty Interior

Our first impression of the roomy GV80 Coupe’s interior was that it exudes a sporty sensibility.

The two-tone D-cut steering wheel reinforces this feeling while maintaining an essence of elegance. We loved the unique carbon garnish patterns and seats with the coupe-exclusive patterns and stitching, accentuating the refined nature of the design.

We noted the practical metal accents on the brake and accelerator pedals, included to minimise the risk of foot slippage during operation.

Furthermore, thanks to the optimisation of the engine room layout and chassis, along with the incorporation of rear seat reclining functionality, the interior of the GV80 Coupe proved to be very spacious. An optimised trunk package and a foldable luggage shelf ensure plenty of storage room.

As in the GV80, the coupe model houses an array of advanced technical features, including the 27-inch-wide OLED display, the 14.6-inch rear seat smart entertainment system, the wide-angle digital centre mirror and the before mentioned Bang & Olufsen sound system. These and numerous other convenient features ensure an efficient and leisurely driving experience.

Exhilarating Performance

During the second day of our stay in Seoul, we were also privileged to get behind the wheel of the GV80 Coupe. Powered by a 3.5-litre turbo 48V electric supercharger (e-S/C) that delivers 415hp and 56.0kgf·m of torque, we soon realised the coupe model is as impressive on the tarmac as the GV80.

This model’s potent and innovative engine compresses air twice to maximise torque and improve acceleration, ensuring a performance that had us smiling from ear to ear throughout. As with the GV80, Genesis have ensured the smoothest of rides by including Pre-view ECS and EMCU.

The coupe is also jam-packed with the latest advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and safety features, including 10 airbags and powerful mono-block brake calipers, to ensure the well-being of all occupants.

Our Generous Hosts

Not content with spoiling us for two days, our gracious hosts from Genesis ensured we enjoyed many other fascinating experiences over the following days. Our highlights included a tour of the Hyundai Motor Studio, the breathtaking Seoul Sky Tour and scrumptious meals at several high-end restaurants.

Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

All too soon, we were packing up with heavy hearts before being driven to Seoul Incheon International Airport. Despite our sadness at departing from this delightful city, we left feeling grateful for having such a magnificent experience.

We want to thank Genesis and the city of Seoul for making us feel so welcome and for sharing the launch of two exceptional vehicles. We know they will prove hugely successful in the mid-sized luxury SUV segment. ✤



The EQS, Mercedes-Benz’s first fully electric luxury saloon, can be individualised with the help of the MANUFAKTUR range.

The vehicle is distinguished by its special paint finishes and highquality interior refinements which expand the possibilities for putting together an EQS to suit your personal taste.

The front and rear seats are finished in Nappa leather and feature intricate diamond quilting. Nappa leather in a MANUFAKTUR colour is also used for the armrests in the doors, the centre console and the lower section of the instrument panel. Smooth, quiet and rich in torque, the EQS 450+ is powered by an advanced 245kW electric motor that can send up to 329hp and 417lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels. The ‘permanently excited synchronous motor’ (PSM) features permanent magnets to generate AC current with high power density and efficiency. An advanced cooling system helps maintain high-performance consistency during spirited driving and a wide range of climates.


The electric drive system enables a completely new space concept. More flexible and airy, a single bow spans the entire vehicle. In addition, the Mercedes-Benz typical all-electric Black Panel radiator grille at the front and light bands at the front and rear exude refined modernity.

The panoramic sliding sunroof gives a feeling of freedom and a bright interior. When viewed from the outside, it makes a unique visual impression.

With the Night Package, your sporty exterior looks even more expressive as numerous features have a black or black chrome finish. Depending on the paintwork, this creates contrasts or flowing transitions.

Digital headlamp technology combines the familiar functions of MULTIBEAM LED headlamps with innovative high-resolution lighting technology.


With high-quality materials, state-of-the-art driving assistance systems and a design that sets standards in every respect, the EQS is equipped with innovative and pioneering standard equipment. The car offers maximum seating comfort in the rear with a special package. The multi-contour seats provide the optimal seat position as well as a range of massage programmes.

The ENERGIZING AIR CONTROL Plus secures a filter performance of up to 99.65%, and the new HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) fine dust filter can clean the incoming air of the smallest particles and neutralise unpleasant odours.

Thanks to the MBUX high-end rear seat entertainment system, passengers can enjoy first-class entertainment via the two highresolution 29.5cm displays.

Technical Equipment

The EQS Sedan is fortified with the latest technology systems. The MBUX Augmented Reality Head-up Display renders real and digital worlds as one. The field of vision is supplemented with virtual cues. The new MBUX Hyperscreen is the most advanced display that Mercedes-Benz has ever developed. It spans the entire width of the instrument panel. Behind the elegant glass is an LCD driver display and a central media and passenger display in state-of-theart OLED technology.

With a steering angle of up to 4.5° as standard, the EQS offers superior handling stability and increased agility at high speeds. At speeds below 60km/h, the wheelbase is virtually shortened, making the EQS more manoeuvrable.

The car is available at Nasser Bin Khaled Automobiles, the authorised general distributor of Mercedes-Benz in Qatar, at its showroom on Salwa Road in Doha. ✤


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Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Doha took a prestigious award at the Regional Dealer Conference.

The annual event brings together authorised dealers from across the Middle East and Africa to recognise outstanding performance with awards in four categories - Engage, Entertain, Retain and Customer Centricity. Each reflects a range of business objectives and achievements.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Doha took the Retain accolade for 2023, a testament to the dealership’s unwavering pursuit of excellence, a hallmark of the marque. It recognised several achievements including the dealership's commitment to curating lasting and meaningful relationships with their clients and immersing them in the world of Rolls-Royce, contributing to the marque’s success across the region.

César Habib, Regional Director - Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Middle East & Africa, said: "I am thrilled to congratulate Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Doha on their well-earned win at the Regional Dealer Conference. The Retain award is a true testament to their dedication to the marque. [Their] incredible work and continuous

pursuit of excellence have played a pivotal role in the success the marque witnessed across 2023.”

"We are honoured to be receiving the Retain award," said Nasr Jairoudi, General Manager, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Doha. "We strive to provide our current and future clients with unrivalled professional expertise and unique experiences and this award acknowledges our commitment to putting our customers at the heart of everything we do. I would like to thank my team for their hard work and unfaltering dedication and I look forward to building on this success, together.”✤


McLaren have launched the stunning new Artura Spider in the Middle East.

McLaren Automotive recently unveiled their first-ever highperformance hybrid convertible – the all-new Artura Spider – in the Middle East.

The glamorous launch event took place in Dubai and Tobias Suehlmann, Chief Design Officer at McLaren Automotive and Jamie Corstorphine, Director of Product Planning, were present at the gala, along with 130 guests.

Held in partnership with Pirelli Middle East, the event showcased the latest addition to the McLaren supercar family to an exclusive group of VIP guests, McLaren owners and media personalities. Boasting significant upgrades to power, performance and driver engagement, the new Spider now also adds the sensory pleasures of open-top driving to the remarkable Artura.

Easily the lightest amongst its convertible competition, the Artura Spider also enjoys a weight advantage of up to 83kg. Its power-to-weight ratio has been further enhanced by a recalibrated high-performance hybrid powertrain, which is now able to release an overall power of 700PS (690bhp), enabling thrilling levels of performance.

The model’s dynamic precision is additionally enhanced by Pirelli Cyber Tyre technology, comprising hardware and software integrated with the Artura’s electronic systems featuring an electronic sensor inside each tyre. The technology helps generate real-time data that allows drivers to fully exploit the potential of the fitted tyres. It also uses Pirelli’s Noise Cancelling System (PNCS) inside the tyre wall to reduce vibration and noise.

Additionally, the MY25 Artura Coupe was also showcased at the event. ✤


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The Mustang GTD, the most audacious Mustang ever, will get its European debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The Mustang, the legendary Ford muscle car, which just marked its 60th anniversary, is one of the Middle East’s most popular vehicles and this latest version promises to be something special. As well as making its first European appearance at Le Mans, the Mustang GTD will undergo an official timed run in the fourth quarter of 2024 at Germany’s famed Nürburgring Nordschleife, aiming for a seven-minute lap.

Chief Programme Engineer Greg Goodall said: “We’ve tested the Mustang GTD in North America extensively, including laps at Sebring International Raceway and Virginia International Raceway. This has all been in service of engineering a car that can lap the Nürburgring in under seven minutes.”

Built to beat Europe’s best, Mustang GTD will follow its European debut with appearances at the 24 Hours of Spa and the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Accompanying Mustang GTD’s first appearance in Europe will be a new online storytelling series that delves into the components and engineering that make this the Mustang of supercars, using

life-like computer-generated renderings to illustrate the cuttingedge suspension and supercharged V8 engine that targets more than 800 horsepower, and more.

The Mustang GTD will soon be arriving to Qatar, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain. ✤



Geely Auto Group unveiled a new cutting-edge SUV prototype at a major Chinese automotive event.

Geely Auto Group recently showcased its advanced SUV prototype, Starship, at the 18th Beijing International Automotive Exhibition (Auto China) 2024.

The Starship has been developed paying keen attention to aspects like intelligent architecture, safety, high-performance electrification and smart ecosystems. The prototype also confirms Geely’s leadership in the new era of intelligent vehicles, since it’s the first automaker with the full-system capability to ‘Build AI Cars with AI Architecture’.

Continuing the Yinhe family design language, the Starship adopts the original Expanding Cosmos of Light style and applies the latest generation Leishen electric hybrid, 11-in-1 smart electric drive, panoramic surround audio AI system and AI smart seats. The new energy architecture is the world's first four-in-one AI intelligent architecture that combines hardware, system, ecology and AI, allowing for significant advancements in spatial design, intelligent energy, comprehensive safety, AI intelligence and driving performance. The Geely Electric Architecture (GEA)3.0 electronic and electrical architecture integrate advanced technologies such as multimodal AI-generated content (AIGC), AI digital chassis and AI smart driving.

Additionally, demonstrating industry-leading autonomous driving and active safety capabilities, Geely AI digital chassis

reacts in just four milliseconds, 25 times faster than the fastest human reaction, which enables automatic evasive manoeuvres under extreme conditions and provides users with proactive accident prevention and control security.

Geely Auto Group CEO Gan Jiayue said: “These intelligent technologies will gradually be implemented in the Yinhe new energy product series, starting with the Starship, marking every new Yinhe series vehicle’s entry into the AI era.” ✤


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Bose launches new premium earbuds boasting an innovative cuff-shaped design.

In an attempt to reimagine the future of wearable audio devices, Bose have introduced the new Bose Ultra Open Earbuds. Featuring an inventive cuff-shaped design, users can now clip the earbuds onto the side of their ears, instead of the conventional method where buds are technically placed at the edge of the ear canal or also inserted into the ear (in-ear headphones).

As a result, the new design is far more comfortable for use over long periods and simultaneously provides high-level audio performance with Bose’s proprietary OpenAudio technology.

The Ultra Open Earbuds have a special flex arm coated in supersoft silicone that connects the speaker to the battery barrel. This component rests gently on users’ skin for hours without causing any trouble and has a light-as-air grip to keep the earbuds secure on the ear. They’re perfect for use during activities such as walking your pet, working-out, completing work at a cafe and so much more. They also include the Bose Immersive Audio function that virtually places users right in the acoustic sweet spot and creates an impression that the music they are hearing is being played in the room around them instead of through the earbuds.

With a stunning design that has the appearance of a fashion accessory rather than a traditional audio wearable, the Ultra Open Earbuds feature polished, soft edges and a brushed metallic finish in colour options of black and White Smoke. ✤


LG have unveiled a new 4K projector that’s compact in size but packs a powerful performance.

Enjoy movie nights like never before with the new LG CineBeam Q – a stylish and compact portable 4K projector that’s designed for effortless transitions from indoor to outdoor settings. Free from the constraints of a fixed location, the CineBeam Q capably projects 4K UHD (3,840 x 2,160) resolution images that expand to a maximum screen size of three metres.

The device produces sharp visuals with high levels of clarity boasting a remarkable 450,000:1 contrast ratio and 154 per cent coverage (overall) of the DCI-P3 colour gamut.

The LG CineBeam is housed in an elegant looking, allaluminium case with an integrated carry handle that rotates 360-degrees and can also be used as an adjustable kickstand. The device is equipped with an auto screen adjustment feature to easily project content even if focussed on a wall or ceiling Once connected via HDMI port, the projector instantly detects and displays content directly from a computer or even a gaming system. Users can then access all their favourite shows from popular streaming services like Netflix, Prime Video, Apple TV, YouTube and Disney+.

The latest version of the intuitive LG webOS platform helps users to effortlessly share content from their smart devices via AirPlay 2 and Miracast.

The LG CineBeam Q also comes integrated with several viewing presets such as filmmaker mode, standard, vivid, cinema,

game optimizer, sports, brightest and two expert modes, that enhance the overall viewing experience right off the bat. ✤


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Reduce snoring and significantly improve overall sleep quality using Motion Pillow’s latest AI assisted technology.

Motion Pillow is a scientifically designed pillow that innovatively incorporates built-in airbags and features a special AI-powered Motion System technology.

The pillow is equipped with a microphone to detect any snoring sounds and employs a specific pressure sensor to determine the user’s head position. On detecting any snoring, the smart Motion System gradually inflates the airbags positioned around the head gently and silently to slightly shift the head position to help alleviate snoring without disturbing the user’s sleep. This calculated movement helps to calmly widen the user’s airway that becomes narrowed during sleep.

The Motion Pillow aims to reduce snoring by gently rotating the head between 30 to 45 degrees. The pillow incorporates a patented noise-cancelling module within the Motion System which makes it nearly imperceptible to the user.

The Motion System uses an advanced AI algorithm to learn the user’s snoring patterns to then provide a personalised and effective solution. The snoring data is captured by and can be accessed via Bluetooth using a sleep data analysis app.

The CertiPUR-US certified memory foam pillow features an

ergonomic C-curve design, specifically engineered to offer optimal support and comfort for the cervical spine. It is also entirely free of electronic components, which helps alleviate any worries regarding electromagnetic waves. ✤



Curate the ambience of your home with colourful animated smart ceiling lights.

Smart ceiling lights are a great way to brighten up your room in a fun and functional fashion. Nanoleaf recently unveiled its first ever smart modular ceiling light panels that offer full design customisations – Skylight.

The new Skylight uses modular flush-mounted smart ceiling light panels that uniquely blend everyday lighting solutions while cleverly adding a creative touch and personal expression to the final setup.

Users can effectively mimic the effect of the natural sky using the diffused multi-point lighting feature to create a soft and natural lighting experience that brings the beauty of nature inside. Seamlessly adjust colours and scenes from a list of preset options like Gentle Rain or Sun Shower to set the ideal ambience for specific times of the day whether it’s in the morning or evening. Easily set specified schedules that change the lighting according to users’ preferences to wake up to a gentle sunrise with soft yellows, oranges and blues or be lulled to peaceful sleep using the glimmering star effect at night.

Users only need to hard-wire just one square and can then add up to 100 additional squares across their ceiling with the complete freedom to create their own designs. Each square effectively emits 1,400 lumens of light and boasts

a lifespan of 25,000 hours. Built-in smart features include the rhythm music visualiser, schedules, magic scenes, RGBW colour options and more.

Users can control their Skylight with the Nanoleaf App or with traditional light switches. ✤


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What’s on the smartphone agenda for June?

Enjoy reading e-books, digital audiobooks and magazines from your public library using the Libby app that’s completely free. Across the globe, local libraries offer millions of ebooks and audiobooks that can be borrowed for free instantly. Users only need a valid library card to get started and can then stream titles conveniently using just Wi-Fi or mobile data and can even download them for offline use.

The app has no subscription costs, no in-app purchases and there are also no late fees since digital titles are automatically returned back on their due dates.

The app has a beautiful and intuitive ebook reader interface that adjusts text size, background colour and book design according to the device used. Libby lets users add bookmarks, notes and highlights and manages to keep their reading position automatically synced on all their other devices. Users can also easily listen to audiobooks via Apple CarPlay.


You never know when inspiration or a great idea might strike and where that spark could lead if pursued. Sketchbook is an award-winning sketching, painting and drawing app that lets users go after their creative ideas anytime and anywhere. Whether a quick sketch or a fully finished artwork, the app lets users go where their creativity takes them. Be it new or seasoned artists and illustrators, Sketchbook’s professionalgrade feature set and highly customisable tools are sure to impress everyone.

Sketchbook offers a simple and elegant interface that provides a natural drawing experience that’s free of distractions.

There are numerous brush types, pencils markers, airbrushes, smear and other tools that are highly customisable, as well as guides, rulers and other tools to achieve precision when needed. Also, there’s a vast collection of custom colour gradients. Users can also pick colours from reference images or extract colour palettes from photos.

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In Conversation with… Josiane Jabre

The new General Manager of Delta Hotels by Marriott City Center Doha talks property enhancements and work-life balance.

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Congratulations on your new position. What was it about the hospitality industry that first attracted you and, after 25 years, is that attraction still strong?

The hospitality industry is attractive because it offers me and other hoteliers the chance to create unforgettable experiences, by building a professional relationship with travellers from all over the planet – these guests sometimes become friends. The vibrant environment in hospitality always keeps me feeling excited by my job. I Love what I Do!

Why did you decide to join Delta and what are your plans for the property?

Delta Hotels' commitment to simplicity and elegance aligns perfectly with my vision for hospitality. I was drawn to Delta by its reputation for providing a seamless guest experience, where every detail is thoughtfully curated to enhance comfort and convenience. For the property, I plan to further elevate our service standards, focussing on personalised experiences that exceed guest expectations. This includes enhancing and refreshing our accommodations and introducing new leisure amenities.

Can guests and visitors expect any new developments at Delta over the coming months – for example new restaurants/ menus, room or leisure upgrades?

The changes can already be seen; from the minute you step into the hotel entrance up to the 32nd floor. We have already worked on and finalised various different projects, we elevated our feel and look, we have rebranded two restaurants and there are more projects in the pipeline, all geared toward increasing both comfort and functionality. We're excited about these developments and

can't wait to share them with our guests soon!

You’ve previously mentioned the challenges faced as a working mum, how do you combine your professional and personal lives given the famously difficult work-life balance aspect of the hospitality industry?

It is a challenge to balance my demanding career in hospitality with family life, but it is a challenge that I embrace with open arms. It is in setting clear priorities and open lines of communication with the team and family and the practice of mindfulness that I have found success in balancing the two. I also try to set an example with my team, showing them that balance can be achieved and success in professional and personal spheres is possible.

Can you tell us three things on your bucket list?

My ambition is to grow within the reputable Marriott International brand and rise to the esteemed position of Market Vice President.

By leveraging my skills and experiences, I aim to make impactful contributions to the company's growth while serving as a role model for aspiring female leaders.

One of the most cherished moments on my bucket list was witnessing the proud culmination of my children's educational journey as they graduated from university. This milestone represents not only their hard work and dedication but also the fulfilment of my commitment to nurturing their growth and success. As I advance in my career and personal development, I aspire to explore diverse cities and cultures across the globe. Whether for business or leisure, each destination offers invaluable opportunities for learning and self-discovery, enriching my perspective as a hotelier, leader and individual. ✤

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Frederic Guinot, Executive Pastry Chef at Waldorf Astoria Doha West Bay, tells of his fascination with the precision and creativity found in his kitchen.

What first attracted you to the sweeter side of kitchen life?

From an early age, I was captivated by the precision and creativity involved in pastry making. The ability to transform simple ingredients into intricate, beautiful and delicious creations fascinated me. The artistic aspect of pastry, combined with the joy it brings to people, drew me to the sweeter side of kitchen life. There's something magical about creating desserts that can evoke memories and emotions.

Your bio mentions that you combine French classics with a touch of fun nostalgia. How do you inject a retro feel and can you give some examples?

Injecting a retro feel into my creations involves reimagining classic French desserts with a playful twist that evokes a sense of nostalgia. For instance, I take inspiration from traditional French pastries like éclairs and macarons but introduce flavours and presentations reminiscent of childhood favorites and, of course, add the local touch.

After 30 years in the kitchen, what is the achievement you’re most proud of?

As for achievements, I am most proud of the mentorship and internal training programmes I’ve developed for aspiring pastry chefs. Seeing my protégés grow and succeed in their careers brings me immense satisfaction.

What is your signature dish, how was it developed and what makes it popular?

My signature dish is the Mille-Feuille. This classic French dessert, also known as the Napoleon, was developed through a meticulous process of perfecting each layer to achieve the ideal balance of texture and flavour. It features delicate, crispy layers of puff pastry, alternating with smooth and rich pastry cream, topped with a thin layer of fondant or powdered sugar.

The development of this dish involved countless trials to ensure that the puff pastry achieved its perfect flaky consistency and that the pastry cream was luxuriously creamy yet light. I experimented with various flavours and techniques, eventually settling on a combination that includes a hint of vanilla and a secret touch to elevate the traditional recipe.

What makes the Mille-Feuille popular is its timeless elegance and the contrast of textures – the crunch of the pastry against the smoothness of the cream. It’s visually stunning, with its intricate layers and polished presentation, making it a showstopper on any dessert table. Guests appreciate the craftsmanship and attention to detail that go into creating each Mille-Feuille, making it a beloved and memorable dessert.

That having said, though the Mille-Feuille has a piece of my heart, I also very much enjoy creating bespoke cakes for special occasions such as the celebration of love or birthdays, when it is a great joy to see our visitors' faces when they are presented with something unique and beautiful. ✤

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AMS discovered a traditional taste of Italian history on a visit to SPONTINI.


As we stepped into Pizzeria SPONTINI at The Pearl, we were immediately embraced by a vibrant, bustling atmosphere reminiscent of a traditional Italian pizzeria. The tantalising aroma of freshly baked dough wafted through the air, inviting us to explore the rich culinary offerings of this charming eatery. The interior was an inviting blend of rustic charm and modern flair.

The open kitchen, dominated by a traditional wood-fired oven, exuded warmth and authenticity. Sleek black tiles and industrial elements contrasted beautifully with the stacked logs and wellarranged shelves, evoking a cosy, artisanal feel.

We chose to sit outside in a lively area, where lovely fairy lights twinkled overhead, casting a magical glow over our table. The outdoor seating provided a perfect vantage point to enjoy the bustling atmosphere of the Pearl, adding an extra layer of charm to our dining experience.

A Fresh Start

Our meal began with a refreshing note as we indulged in a fresh salad. The crisp lettuce, juicy tomatoes and tangy vinaigrette awakened our palates, setting the stage for the hearty fare that was to follow. Complementing the salad were perfectly golden French fries, each bite delivering a satisfying crunch.

Pasta Perfection

The pesto pasta, which followed, was a revelation, with its al

dente texture and rich, aromatic sauce. The basil pesto, vibrant and fragrant, coated the pasta in a creamy embrace, while hints of garlic and parmesan elevated each forkful to a new level of indulgence.

Pizza Extravaganza

The highlight of our visit was, undoubtedly, the pizza. We sampled an array of slices, each one a masterpiece of flavour and craftsmanship. The veal salami slice was a standout, featuring delicately sliced salami with a slight spice that perfectly complemented the rich, tangy tomato sauce. The gooey mozzarella added a creamy layer, while the crispy crust provided the perfect base. Each bite offered a delightful contrast of textures and flavours, making it extremely satisfying.

The arrabbiata pizza slice delivered a fiery kick, with its bold flavours enhanced by a robust tomato sauce infused with chilli and garlic. The spicy heat was beautifully tempered by the creamy mozzarella, which melted into the crispy, perfectly baked crust, creating a harmonious balance of heat and creaminess that lingered delightfully on the palate.

The primavera pizza slice was a delightful contrast, showcasing the freshness of seasonal vegetables atop a bed of molten cheese. Each bite was a celebration of colour and texture, the vegetables maintaining their crunch while blending harmoniously with the other ingredients. The gustosa pizza was a true indulgence, its luxurious toppings creating a symphony of flavours that danced on our tongues.

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A Proud History

After we enjoyed our delicious array of pizzas, Outlet Manager, Mariana, shared the fascinating history of SPONTINI, dating back to 1953 in Milan, where a small family-run business began offering pizza by the slice. This simple yet brilliant idea quickly caught on, making their pizza famous for its distinctive texture – a soft, airy top with a perfectly crispy base. Their secret lies in their unwavering dedication to using high-quality ingredients sourced from Italy, including their special mozzarella, fresh tomatoes and fine flour. This commitment to excellence ensures that their pizza remains a favourite, even among Italians who are connoisseurs of their national dish.

Ambience And Service

Throughout our meal, the atmosphere at Pizzeria SPONTINI was lively and inviting. The warm, rustic decor, combined with the friendly and attentive service, made for a relaxed dining experience. Each dish was presented with care, reflecting the passion and dedication of the kitchen team.

Sweet Finale

To round off our meal, we savoured the tiramisu. This classic Italian dessert was executed to perfection, with layers of coffeesoaked sponge and mascarpone cheese melting together in a harmonious blend. The dusting of cocoa added a final touch of elegance, leaving us with a lingering sweetness that perfectly concluded our culinary journey.

In summary, Pizzeria SPONTINI offers a relaxed setting with comfort food that brings the authentic taste of Italy to your table. With its roots still firmly planted in Milan, SPONTINI provides a genuine Italian experience. Situated on a bustling street in The Pearl, the restaurant's outdoor seating area is perfect for peoplewatching amidst plenty of footfall. The inviting ambience, combined with expertly crafted dishes and friendly service, ensures a memorable meal that will have you coming back time and time again. ✤


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discovered the flavours of the ancient eastern trade route on a visit to Silk Road.

As we entered Silk Road, at DoubleTree Hilton

Al Sadd, we were met by a spacious, open dining area with beautiful arches reminiscent of traditional architecture. The calming palette of blue and white added to the serene yet sophisticated atmosphere. Lush greenery complemented the neutral stone walls, creating a fresh and inviting space.

Anna, our hostess and the Marketing Director of the hotel, greeted us with a radiant smile. She passionately explained how the restaurant's new team had been meticulously assembled, bringing together some of the most talented individuals in the region. The chef, who had recently won prestigious awards from Qatar Culinary Professionals for his culinary excellence, was particularly highlighted.

Anna kindly provided us with the evening's menu, sharing insights into the inspiration behind each dish and the team's dedication to authenticity and creativity. She elaborated that the concept of Silk Road is inspired by the diverse cuisines that were once found along the historic trade route, offering a unique culinary journey through time and cultures.

A Refreshing Introduction

The cold mezze platter arrived promptly, a vibrant medley of colours and textures. The hummus was a creamy delight, its smooth texture enhanced by a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of paprika. Muhammara, with its rich, nutty flavour and hint of

pomegranate molasses, offered a perfect balance of sweetness and spice. The moutabel, smoky and velvety, was a testament to the beauty of simplicity in Middle Eastern cuisine.

Salad Symphony

Next, the salads brought a burst of freshness. The tabbouleh was a symphony of parsley, mint and bulgur, each bite bursting with lemony zest and the crunch of fresh vegetables. The fattoush, with its crisp pieces of pita and tangy sumac dressing, was a delightful contrast, adding a satisfying crunch and a citrusy kick to our meal.

A Warm Embrace

The hot mezze selections soon followed, each dish a warm embrace of tastes. The batata harra, spiced potatoes sautéed to perfection, were a comforting bite, their heat balanced by a hint of coriander. However, the standout was undoubtedly the shrimp Provençal. Cooked in a fragrant garlic and herb sauce, the seafood was succulent and tender, each bite melting in the mouth. The rich, buttery sauce, infused with the freshness of parsley and a hint of lemon, elevated the dish to new heights, transporting us straight to the Mediterranean coast. This dish was a testament to the chef's ability to transform simple ingredients into a sublime culinary experience, making it a memorable highlight. Sagar, our waiter, was an exceptionally friendly and welcoming presence throughout our evening. He was never more than a few steps away from our table, always ready to top up our water or

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clear away dishes with a warm smile. It was Sagar who told us all about the buffet dining that was also taking place, taking the time to show us all the dishes inside the cloches. His attentiveness and genuine hospitality made us feel truly cared for.

Main Course Marvels

The main courses were the evening's pièce de résistance. The mixed grill platter, a carnivore's dream, featured perfectly grilled kebabs, juicy and charred, each bite infused with aromatic spices that lingered on the palate. The lamb biryani was a fragrant delight, with tender lamb pieces nestled in saffron-infused basmati rice, each grain perfectly cooked and bursting with flavour, complemented by the subtle heat of spices and the sweetness of caramelised onions. The butter chicken, rich and creamy, was a comforting hug in a bowl, its sauce a harmonious blend of tomatoes, butter and aromatic spices, with tender chunks of chicken that melted in the mouth.

The highlight of the main courses was the Mansaf, Chef Mohammed's signature dish. The lamb, slow cooked to perfection, was incredibly tender, falling off the bone with the slightest touch. It was served on a bed of creamy, saffron-infused rice, topped with a tangy yoghurt sauce and garnished with pine nuts and fresh herbs. This dish, a true testament to Chef Mohammed's Jordanian heritage and culinary expertise, was a spectacular addition to our meal.

Sweet Finale

The meal concluded with Um Ali, a traditional dessert that was a revelation in every bite. This warm, milky bread pudding, studded with nuts and raisins, was a comforting, sweet ending to our culinary journey. The subtle hints of cardamom and rose water added an

exotic touch, leaving us with a lingering sense of satisfaction. The talented team at Silk Road truly outdid themselves, delivering an array of spectacular dishes that showcased their culinary prowess. Each plate was a testament to the exceptional quality and creativity that defined their cuisine. The convenience of the restaurant being part of the hotel added to its appeal, offering valet parking and access to all the hotel's other facilities. You can pick up a cake for a special occasion or relax in the lobby café, making it a perfect choice for convenient city centre dining. Silk Road promises an unforgettable dining experience, perfect for anyone seeking an evening out in the heart of the city. ✤


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SD satisfies her Asian cravings with a culinary trip in the heart of Doha.


It's a Tuesday night and we're craving some Asian, but we just can't narrow it down (a common dilemma, we're sure). So, we decide to hit up the pan-Asian eatery, The Asian Kitchen at InterContinental Doha The City. We head up to the second floor, it's been a while since we last dined here. We are pleasantly surprised with The Square's swanky new upgrade. From what was a very casual diner to a stylish, sophisticated and more upscale restaurant, The Square's transformation is noteworthy.

The Square has four mini venues, and tonight we are dining at The Asian Kitchen or TAK. The interiors are sleek with rose gold sections on the wall partitions. Dark toned light fixtures with metal casings hang from above the dining tables adding a luxurious feel. An open kitchen dominates the space (in a good way) and makes it clear that this venue is all about the food. Perfect, because we're famished!

The menu features a full page of Southeast Asian classics on one side and a drinks menu on the other. Bubble tea lovers will appreciate the dedicated section with options such as Thai Milky Tea and Matcha Green Tea.

A delightful touch is the presence of little flags next to every dish, making its origins known to the reader. So, we're definitely going on a little trip around the region.

We start off with a passionfruit iced tea while the chef greets us. We go with his recommendations - beginning with a selection of his best-selling salads. The Crispy Duck Salad from China grabs our attention and we're rather impressed with the freshness of the dish. We'd generally expect a bit of a gamey taste when there's so much duck, but this has been through a 48-hour fermentation process. The chilli plum dressing further enhances the flavours. We try the Yam Neua Yang, or the traditional Thai Beef Salad, next, and admire how the chef has pulled everything together. The dish has fresh lychee, adding a light and subtle sweetness, with some crunch from the cucumbers and bell peppers.

The Tom Yum Goong soup features our favourite lemongrass and spicy prawns. This soup is warm and comforting and we now realise that when in doubt, nothing satisfies more than a delicious bowl of Thai soup. We eye a Vietnamese Pho on the menu and it's very tempting, but we haven't even dusted the surface yet, so we'll keep this one for our next visit.

TAK have sushi nights every Monday and their best sellers include the Dragon Roll which the chef kindly prepares specially for us. A platter of maki rolls sits beautifully with so many colourful options and after tasting all, we understand why the Dragon Roll is the most popular. It’s got the right hit of umami, crunch and everything you'd want in an indulgent helping of sushi.

On to the mains, and we start with a delicious Sweet and Sour Chicken, followed by a bowl of Massaman Curry with Rice.

The chef informs us that even though Mi Goreng is Indonesian, he's prepared a Japanese style Mi Goreng for us today with sweet and salty notes. We're satisfied with everything so far. The Pad Thai that follows is authentic and a Kung Pao Chicken cuts all that sweetness with a touch of spice.

We've really taken a long train through flavour town and from sweet and salty to spicy and sour, we've pretty much covered all the stops. We sip on some of that delicious passion fruit iced tea

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as we take a digestion break and prepare for the last leg of our pan-Asian adventure – dessert.

The Korean Bingsu is the clear winner – and we proudly smirk with our excellent choice of dessert as two smoking bowls arrive. Mango chunks are generously distributed over shaved ice and coconut flakes and this is easily our favourite. The Chocolate Bingsu is richer with brownie bites over shaved ice and the combination of both is winning.

The service is attentive, and that attention extends to the meticulousness with which the food is prepared and presented as well.

For an excellent midweek dinner or a lively evening out at the weekend, TAK is a top choice. ✤


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Emille Loyola-Artigas visited The Cellar, the authentic Spanish haven at the Hyatt Regency Oryx Doha, where the essence of Spain’s culinary traditions is captured on a fascinating expedition through its charming regions.


Arriving at The Cellar, we were warmly welcomed by our host, Polina, who showed us options in various seating areas. Once inside, it was easy to appreciate how the restaurant vivaciously keeps its solid place on the Doha dining scene. Adorned with intriguing ornaments, the cosy interiors boast dark wooden tables, accent walls and the main bar looks through the open kitchen. The seating areas are thoughtfully placed and warm lighting gives an ambiance that is truly entrancing and serene.

We took our seats by the window and within moments Sakhila, our waiter, served up some warm grilled bread with freshly roasted garlic and tomato salsa, which was light and simple yet flavourful, different from the salsa I have tasted before.

Polina expertly described the menu with enthusiasm, and we chose some dishes from the Tapas selection to start. A tantalising fusion of inventive combinations and traditional flavours arrived at our table. We opted for Patatas Bravas to start, as our experience could not be complete without Spain’s most popular tapa made of crispy fried potatoes tossed with bravas sauce. Originating from Madrid, it’s the sauce that gives this dish the delicious slightly spicy, smoky flavour.

Our expedition then took us to the region of Galicia, for our next tapa dish, Pulpo a la Gallega, or Galician-style octopus, an enticing dish made of boiled octopus and potatoes, garnished with a heavy drizzle of olive oil, salt and paprika. The Cellar’s version is mixed with creamy and rich octopus mayonnaise. These unique yet uncomplicated toppings brought abundant flavour to the dish and this immediately hit my favourites’ list.

Of course, I had to try my all-time favorite tapa, Gambas Al Ajlio or garlic shrimp, a popular dish often found in the Andalusia region and the capital, Madrid. Shrimps intricately cloaked in garlic-infused olive oil with smoky hints of paprika and just the right touch of sweetness from fortified grape. They certainly surpassed my expectations.

Chef Ivan, the driving force behind the menu and the restaurant brand, spoke to us about the concept of each dish and his passion for Spanish cooking and traditions. He urged us to sample beef cheek, a dish that was part of a Guest Spanish Chef menu and which he plans to include in an upcoming food festival, and we thoroughly enjoyed its rich, smoked and beefy flavour with savoury sauce.

We had reached the main courses and, with steak in mind, we went for the ribeye, Filete Chuletón a la Parrilla, cooked mediumrare. Cut thinly, the striking presentation was so captivating that I wanted to indulge straight away. Every bite delivered a rich, robust, buttery flavour and wonderfully juicy tender texture.

The Paella de Marisco was a personal favourite! Undeniably the best I have tasted so far (and I have tasted a lot!). Said to have originated in the region of Valencia, paella is the most popular Spanish speciality but not easy to master, especially the juiciness of the rice and the seafood. The visual appearance was stunning with a combination of perfectly sized squid, prawns, mussels, rice and vegetables. The taste was heavenly as it was so lusciously moist and the blend of flavours from the saffron rice, peppers and tomatoes infused with a delicate smoky aroma was simply magical.

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We were more than full by this point but could not resist the desserts. We chose the Tarta de Santiago, or Galician almond cake, one of Spain’s most iconic cakes, served with raspberry sorbet. Loaded with almond flavour, balanced with lemon zest, not too sweet, it was exactly the dessert I desired. But the best taste to complete the evening was Tarta de Queso con Aguacate y Mie – unbaked avocado and honey cheesecake. Delightfully served in blocks, the smooth creamy texture of avocado forms a stiff custardy base mixed with cheese and topped with honey. It is definitely a taste that will stay in my memory for a long time. The Cellar has been an icon of Doha’s restaurant scene for longer than many others, and it’s no wonder it continues to pride itself on being the destination synonymous with crafting authentic and delicious Spanish dishes. Even with its formidable and consistent reputation, The Cellar keeps evolving and there’s always something enticing and exciting to look forward to. I cannot wait to experience more – we have made our reservation for next week. ✤

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There’s so much to do on the Doha dining scene this month, from a great art-based escape and an afternoon tea inspired by high-end jewellery to plenty of Eid specials. We’ve chosen a selection for your to try.



Celebrate Eid with a big seafood feast at Taste restaurant and indulge in a buffet experience designed for seafood lovers. Runs on June 13 and 20, from 6.30pm to 11pm. Priced at QR260 per person.

GO: Call 4004 4444 for more information or to make a booking.


Tropicana 360

Get ready for an epic Friday at Paradiso Brunch! Enjoy amazing food, breathtaking views and live entertainment. Stick around for the after-party on the sky deck. Runs every Friday from 1pm to 4.30pm. Prices start at QR299 with soft drinks and QR399 with house beverages.

GO: Call or Whatsapp 3082 0469 for more information or to make a booking.




Elevate your Wednesdays with So Chic at Provok, immersing yourself in Korean and Japanese cultures. Enjoy an exclusive sushi selection and savour Korean BBQ all night, with a special welcome drink on arrival. Groove to DJ beats for a chic and unforgettable midweek experience. Priced at QR225 per person, inclusive of a welcome beverage. Runs every Wednesday from 7pm onwards.

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


La Méditerranée Robuchon

Experience the Riviera Menu, an exquisite culinary journey showcasing the legendary Chef Joël Robuchon’s dedication to perfection. Delight your senses with this extraordinary threecourse selection for QR285 per person. Available Monday to Saturday, from 5.30pm to 11pm.

GO: Call 4144 3000 or visit lamediterraneerobuchondoha. com for more information or to make a booking.



Enjoy a selection of barbecued meats, seafood and vegetables for a delightful evening at Barbecue Nights. Prices start at QR245, including one soft beverage, with a special rate of QR95 for kids aged six to 12. Upgrade to the Beverage Package for an additional QR155, offering unlimited bubbly, house grape and hops. Runs every Wednesday from 7pm to 10.30pm. Prior reservations are required. (Please note: This offer is included only for buffet diners).

GO: Call 4484 4919 or email fb.icdoha@ihg.com for more information or to make a booking.

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The Square

Experience the Butcher & Roast dining event every Wednesday from 6.30pm to 10.30pm. Indulge in the special offerings priced at QR210 inclusive of soft beverages or QR313 inclusive of hops and cellar selection.

GO: Call 7021 8803 for more information or to make a booking.


Café Rouge Terrace

Experience the delightful Afternoon Par-Tea at Café Rouge Terrace with friends. Indulge in French delicacies, including canapés, sweets and scones. It’s priced at QR128 for two and can be upgraded with three glasses of selected beverages for QR110 per person. Available daily from 4pm to 6pm.

GO: Call 4041 3333 or WhatsApp 5077 6821 for more information or to make a booking.


LPM Restaurant & Bar Doha introduces its updated Business Lunch menu, Le Déjeuner D’affaires, featuring new FrenchMediterranean dishes. Available on weekdays from 12.30pm to 3pm, there are two options: Le Petit Menu, a two-course meal for QR150 per person, and Le Grand Menu, a three -course meal for QR190 per person. Add-ons are available at an extra cost. GO: Call 4420 9888 for more information or to make a booking.



Campagnia Caffe

Take a break from the office and treat your taste buds to an amazing business lunch, served in just under an hour. Choose from either a two-course menu for QR75 or three courses for

QR90, that includes your choice of soft beverage. Runs daily except Fridays, from 12pm to 3pm.

GO: Call 6676 6785 for information or to make a booking.




Experience the festive flavours of Eid Al-Adha with the Eid Saboroso Dinner at Ipanema. Indulge in an exquisite Brazilian Churrascaria feast, featuring tender whole baby goat carving and 12 meat cuts, accompanied by authentic appetisers and tantalising skewered meats, served at your table. A live Brazilian band elevates this dinner experience. Prices start at QAR299 per person, with an option to include selected beverages for QAR399 per person. Runs on the first three days of Eid Al-Adha, from 6pm to 11.15pm.

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


Mondrian Bistro

Immerse yourself in an evening of vibrant sophistication as you sample the exciting new Turkish Mosaic set menu at Mondrian Bistro. Available on Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 10.30pm, priced QR175.

GO: Call 4045 5555 for more information or to make a booking.



Treat yourself to Executive Eats, where taste meets nutrition in perfect harmony. Delight in a three-course meal crafted to satisfy your palate for QR90. Available from Sunday to Thursday, from 12.30pm to 2.30pm.

GO: Call 4009 4344 or 3158 7940 for more information or to make a booking.

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Café #999

Discover the enticing flavours awaiting you at Café #999, where you can indulge your taste buds with aromatic coffees, delectable pastries, pasta, pizza and quick bites that are sure to delight all day long. Available daily except Sunday from 9am to 5pm, and on Fridays from 1pm to 7pm.

GO: Call 4452 5650 for more information or to make a booking.


Malaki Lounge

Immerse yourself in the luxury of Raffles Royal High Tea, where you can indulge in a magnificent afternoon tea experience, accompanied by a royal tea set stamped by Queen Elizabeth. This regal affair features decadent patisseries, gourmet comfort bites and classic savoury and sweet items. Enjoy the selection of 18 noble tea blends all accompanied by live piano music. Available daily from 2pm to 9pm, priced at QR330 for two, including two hot beverages.

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


Al Hubara

Celebrate Eid with a delightful brunch at Al Hubara, where you can enjoy a feast of seasonal favourites amidst a welcoming ambience. Experience authenticity and warmth as you join in an unforgettable celebration of flavours and togetherness. Available on the first three days of Eid from 12.30pm to 4pm, priced at QR350 per person.

GO: Call 4485 3000 or WhatsApp 5594 9701 for more information or to make a booking.


BBQ Donut

The BBQ Donut is the personification of exclusivity for family or friends. Float away from the shores of Doha while a dedicated chef prepares your barbecue from a selection of fresh cuts – made to your preference. If you fancy a little music for an immersive ambience, each donut comes fitted with a sound system. The Dine In The Sea Package lasts one hour and is available daily from 12pm to 8pm. Prices start at QR180 per person (minimum booking two guests, maximum eight).

GO: Call 4484 7450 for more information or to make a booking.


Nickel Lounge

Experience live art exhibits while you enjoy afternoon tea with Create Art and Artists, including the option to paint a bear, sketch, draw, paint tote bags and more. Special event runs on June 18 and 19, from 12pm to 5pm, priced QR398 per person, including afternoon tea or lunch menu at Electric Diner, QR199 for kids aged six to 12.

GO: Call 4406 1111 for more information or to make a booking.


Sel & Miel

Celebrate National Cheese Day at the Soirée Fromage. Immerse yourself in a grand cheese buffet featuring an array of exquisite cheeses and premium beverages. Runs on June 4, from 6pm to 8pm and 8.30pm to 10.30pm.

GO: Call 5576 4278 or email reservations@selmieldoha.com for more information or to make a booking.


Chotto Matte

Experience a unique brunch affair with Papaya Night Brunch. Kick-start your weekend with live DJ entertainment and vibrant performances. Indulge in a tailored brunch menu from a classic sushi platter to Chotto Ceviche, and more, all served on the restaurant's Amazon-themed terrace. Runs every Thursday from 8pm till late, priced QR325 for the Soft Package, with beverages available à la carte.

GO: Call 4020 4450 or WhatsApp 5996 5234 for more information or to make a booking.



Experience an extraordinary fusion of Mediterranean flavours complemented by expertly crafted selected beverages at Sax’s Retro Night. Enjoy the à la carte menu alongside live singers followed by a DJ. Runs every Tuesday from 8.30pm onwards with a special offer of two complimentary drinks for ladies.

GO: Call 3995 2606 for more information or to make a booking.


Seasonal Tastes

Start your day the delicious way with a sumptuous breakfast buffet at Seasonal Tastes. Enjoy every bite in a vibrant atmosphere. Runs daily from 6.30am to 10.30am and goes up until 11am on Saturdays, priced at QR150 per person.

GO: Call 3359 8514 for more information or to make a booking.


Spice Market

Embark on a tantalising journey of flavours at Sushi Night Remix. Dive into a selection of expertly handcrafted sushi rolls for an unforgettable dining experience. Runs every Wednesday from 6pm to 10pm, priced QR250 for a minimum of two guests.

GO: Call 4453 5135 or WhatsApp 7794 3975 for more information or to make a booking.


Peacock Alley

Experience a classy tea session at Peacock Alley, where elegance and refinement merge in a timeless afternoon tea experience, inspired by the timeless elegance of David Webb’s exquisite fine jewellery pieces. Available daily from 1pm to 8pm, until June 22, priced at QR310 per people.

GO: Call 4456 5777 or WhatsApp 6693 0343 for more information or to make a booking.

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A who’s who of the country’s hospitality sector joined FACT Qatar at Pullman Doha West Bay to celebrate the cream of the country’s culinary profession at the Fact Dining Awards Qatar 2024. Guests dressed to the nines in keeping with the jazz theme and were treated to great performances, from a saxophone player and other musicians to dancers and the World Freestyle Football Champion Sean Garnier, before the part of the evening everyone was waiting for – the winners’ announcements. For 2024, the awards had, once again, grown with a total of 55 categories (with more than 800 nominations) including the brand-new and hotly contested Chef of the Year Category – fully chosen by public vote, which helped the overall voting number jump from 68,000 in 2023 to almost 83,000 this year. As always, each category had two winners. The ‘BEST’ award, determined based on an anonymous panel of industry experts, mystery shoppers and the FACT editorial team, and the ‘FAVOURITE’ chosen solely by online public votes. And, of course, the coveted Best and

We saved the best till the end with the new Chef of the Year category, which attracted huge excitement, being announced last. The honour for this one was taken by a delighted Frank Ponce of La Mar Doha at InterContinental Doha Beach & Spa. Of course, the Fact Dining Awards are made possible through a great deal of hard work from our team as well as the support

of our amazingly generous partners. Pullman Doha West Bay, Alfardan Sports Motors, Candela Entertainment, IEC, Gulf Crafts and Timeplan Events, Firma Events, OAO Media, Hospitality Qatar, Candeel and Home Boutique.

We owe all of them a huge vote of thanks and we are, of course, grateful to all our nominees and winners for taking part and making Qatar’s dining scene the ever evolving and vibrant mix that we all love. FACT Qatar Publisher Chirine Halabi, said: “It was an honour to host so many of our colleagues and friends and I think everyone had a great night. We look forward to our annual awards as much as the industry does and, from the reaction we receive from all those in attendance, the Fact Dining Awards is going from strength to strength. I’d like to thank all our wonderful partners for their great support and, of course, all those who took part, both winners and nominees. I look forward to seeing everyone again next year.”

Enjoy a selection of pictures from the night. Apologies to anyone we've missed. ✤

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Favourite overall – which were taken by Kai’s Songbird, at The Pearl - Qatar, and LPM Restaurant & Bar, Al Maha Island, respectively.



BEST - Jardin – Banyan Tree Doha at La Cigale Mushaireb

FAVOURITE - Tulum Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel


BEST - Market By Jean-Georges – W Doha

FAVOURITE - Al Liwan Restaurant –Sharq Village & Spa, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel


BEST - Lucia’s Doha – Qatar

FAVOURITE - Al Terrace – Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels


BEST - IZU – Mandarin Oriental, Doha

FAVOURITE - Parisian Breakfast – Sel & Miel – The Ritz-Carlton, Doha


BEST - Twisted Olive – Burj Doha Tower, Qatar

FAVOURITE - The Cellar – Hyatt Regency Oryx Doha


BEST - Farmhouse – Rixos Gulf Hotel Doha

FAVOURITE - Zoufa Restaurant – Al Samriya, Doha, Autograph Collection


BEST - Al-Sidr – Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva-Som

FAVOURITE - Dieture – Doha


BEST - Yasmine Palace – Place Vendôme Mall

FAVOURITE - Jamie’s Italian – Doha Festival City


BEST - Maya – Kempinski Residences & Suites, Doha

FAVOURITE - Sasso – Various Locations


BEST - Roberto’s Doha – The St. Regis Marsa Arabia – The Pearl, All-Suite Hotel

FAVOURITE - The Square –InterContinental Doha The City


BEST - Pontoon Tea Experience (Floating Afternoon Tea) – Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara

FAVOURITE - Malaki – Raffles Doha


BEST - Sabai Thai – The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa

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


BEST - Saturday Farmers Brunch at Lagoon – The Ritz-Carlton, Doha

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



Sarab Terrace - The St. Regis Grand Brunch – The St. Regis Doha


OPA Doha – The St. Regis Doha


BEST - Ipanema – Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel

FAVOURITE - Elements – Four Seasons Hotel Doha


BEST - Beefbar – Al Maha Island

FAVOURITE - SUSHISAMBA Doha –Waldorf Astoria Lusail, Doha


BEST - Hakkasan – The St. Regis Doha

FAVOURITE - Liang – Mandarin Oriental, Doha


BEST - IDAM by Alain Ducasse –Museum of Islamic Art, Doha

FAVOURITE - L’Artisan – Raffles Doha


BEST - GAIA – W Beach, West Bay

FAVOURITE - Mykonos –InterContinental Doha Beach & Spa


BEST - Bombay Balti – Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha

FAVOURITE - Jwala – Various Locations


BEST - Jamavar Doha – Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel

FAVOURITE - RIVAAJ – The St. Regis Doha


BEST - Al Hubara Restaurant –Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel

FAVOURITE - Qinwan Café –Msheireb Downtown, Doha


BEST - Paper Moon Doha – Jaidah Square, Qatar

FAVOURITE - BiCE – Pullman Doha West Bay


BEST - Scalini Doha – The St. Regis Doha

FAVOURITE - Cecconi’s – The Ned Doha


BEST - Morimoto Doha – Mondrian Doha

FAVOURITE - Sora – Park Hyatt Doha


BEST - COYA – W Doha

FAVOURITE - La Mar –InterContinental Doha Beach & Spa

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BEST - Debs W Remman – Various Locations

FAVOURITE - Em Sherif Café Qatar –Millennium Hotel Doha


BEST - Em Sherif – Al Maha Island

FAVOURITE - Babel Qatar – The St. Regis Marsa Arabia – The Pearl, AllSuite Hotel


BEST - Levantine – Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas

FAVOURITE - Makani Beach Club –Four Seasons Hotel Doha


BEST - Jiwan Restaurant – National Museum of Qatar

FAVOURITE - Smat – Doha Corniche


BEST - Provok Asian Project –Fairmont Doha

FAVOURITE - Shanghai Me – Al Dafna, Doha


BEST - Benjarong – Dusit Doha Hotel

FAVOURITE - Saffron – Banyan Tree Doha at La Cigale Mushaireb


BEST - Yedi by Chef Esat – Le Royal Méridien Doha

FAVOURITE - Sazeli Qatar – Various Locations


BEST - Tropicana 360 – Dusit Hotel & Suites, Doha

FAVOURITE - Streat Culture – Double Tree by Hilton Doha - Al Sadd


BEST - Café Murano – Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl – Doha

FAVOURITE - Cova – Printemps Doha


BEST - Noir – Various Locations

FAVOURITE - Blackout Specialty Coffee – West Bay


BEST - SAX Qatar – The St. Regis Doha

FAVOURITE - Inca Lounge by COYA –W Doha


BEST - Society – Hilton Doha

FAVOURITE - Hide – Doha


BEST - La Bodega Negra – The St. Regis Doha

FAVOURITE - Bagatelle Beach Club –Al Maha Island


BEST - South Bay – Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas

FAVOURITE - Pool Café – Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel


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

FAVOURITE - GlenHouse – Somerset Westbay, Doha


BEST - HuqqA – Al Gassar, Doha

FAVOURITE - Laya Café – Four Seasons Hotel Doha


BEST - Manko – InterContinental

Doha Beach & Spa

FAVOURITE - Malibu Kitchen – The Ned Doha


BEST - The Highmore – Waldorf

Astoria Lusail, Doha

FAVOURITE - Carbone – Al Maha Island


BEST - Dôme Fairmont Lounge –Fairmont Doha

FAVOURITE - The Junction – Pullman

Doha West Bay


BEST - La Maison Martinez – JW

Marriott Marquis City Center Doha

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BEST - Burger & Lobster – The Pearl Island, Qatar

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Kite Beach, Tapestry Collection by Hilton


BEST - Nozomi – Marsa Malaz

Kempinski, The Pearl – Doha

FAVOURITE - Zengo Doha –Kempinski Residences & Suites, Doha


BEST - Chabrat Al Mina – Old Doha Port

FAVOURITE - Lobito de Mar – Marsa

Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl – Doha


BEST - Mr. Tailor Steakhouse – Rixos Gulf Hotel Doha

FAVOURITE - Hunters Room & Grill –The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa


BEST - BBQ Donut – The Diplomatic Club, Doha

FAVOURITE - Shirvan Metisse Doha –The Pearl Island, Qatar


BEST - Gamra by Fahad Signature – Al Maha Island

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BEST – Kai’s Songbird – The Pearl –Qatar

FAVOURITE – LPM Restaurant & Bar – Al Maha Island


Frank Ponce – La Mar Doha –InterContinental Doha Beach & Spa

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Whether travelling for business or pleasure, Liz O’Reilly discovered that Pullman Doha


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My first impression of Pullman Doha West Bay was of the sheer size of the place. The lobby is expansive, its pale marble tiled floors increasingly the sense of space, and the accommodations are even more impressive.

We arrived as the hotel played host to registration for a major national sporting event and the atmosphere was buzzing. But even with so many people coming and going, the staff were welcoming and efficient and my check in was quick and easy.

I was soon on my way to the 30th floor and my Executive Suite and I think I can honestly say, I have rarely stayed in such generously proportioned accommodation. The large, comfortable living area housed a full lounge suite as well as a good-sized dining table and TV, plus mini bar and facilities for making tea and coffee – all without feeling in the least crowded. Pale walls and light wood panelling enhanced the feeling of space while thick carpeting underfoot gave the impression of luxury and the amazing view from expansive windows was mesmerising.

Just inside the door, a guest washroom meant visitors did not have to enter the bedroom which was separated from the living area by generously sized wardrobes – complete with iron and ironing board, safe and hairdryer and a separate area for luggage storage.

The bedroom itself was, once again, huge with a wellplaced desk to work at, a large TV and, of course, a super comfortable king-size bed. Special mention must go to the pillows, oh the pillows. Sink-in soft, yet at the same time supportive, they put me in mind of resting on clouds and sent me shopping for similar at the end of my stay. I was impressed to see a series of fun sign cards on the desk offering the use of a Pilates ring, free weights and more –each with mini-workout instructions on the back. You simply call the gym and they will bring you your chosen piece of equipment if you opt to workout in your room – a really great idea if you don’t have time to get to the fitness centre. I particularly loved the bathroom with its deep tub and walk-in rain shower. The provision of refillable toiletries from C.O. Bigelow, the oldest apothecary in America, was another luxurious touch, of which I took full advantage. And a box bearing a range of travel essentials such as cotton buds, a shower cap and a toothbrush, each in sustainable packaging, illustrated the amount of thought that’s gone into making guests feel comfortable.

On the 31st floor, I encountered the Executive Lounge – open to those in certain room categories – a cosy, yet sophisticated space offering tea, coffee, drinks and snacks available throughout the day. And then it was back down to Avenue, the all-day dining restaurant on the ground floor, for a very welcome lunch.

After several hours of travelling, the bright, airy space with its plum and light green seating was both comforting and refreshing and I was soon tucking into a plate of braised chicken in spinach sauce with fresh, crunchy steamed

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veggies. The chicken was tender and moist and the sauce rich and moreish – so, I went back for seconds.

A range of other choices was available, from baked fish and beef stroganoff to salads and a tempting dessert counter but, mindful of an afternoon’s activity ahead, I decided the chicken was plenty for me.

From Avenue I set out to explore the hotel, starting at the top with the Penthouse Suites – four suites over the highest floors that are both spacious, at up to 350sq/m, and luxurious. Pullman Penthouses offer Stunning views, expansive master bedrooms with en-suite Jacuzzi, and a vibrant coloured Majlis for up to 13 guests. With two master bedrooms, a studio room and two bathrooms as well as vast dressing areas, fully equipped kitchens and living and dining areas, these indulgent suites really are something special. Back downstairs, I discovered the meeting rooms, from the standard business spaces with all the latest in audio and visual tech to the Al Thuraya Ballroom with its stunning Swarovski crystal ceiling ornaments and mashrabiya screens giving a nod to local heritage.

On the third floor, I made a pitstop at Echo Pool Café which sits beside the gorgeous outdoor pool where families socialised in the sunshine and children played. The space feels protected as if in a canyon amongst the high-rise buildings of West Bay and I came back later to sample the Jacuzzi with an iced lemon water from the bar as the sun set – for sure the perfect way to round off the first day of a business trip. One thing to mention is that I noticed a lifeguard on duty throughout my many return trips during my stay, always a good sign that the hotel is taking its guests’ safety seriously. The neighbouring gyms, both male and female, again boast floor-to-ceiling windows giving users a bird's eye view of the pool. And there’s a variety of top-of-the-range equipment, including Technogym, Concept2 and Kinesis One, ideal for those who don’t want travel to interrupt their fitness routine. Close by, the Pullman Spa, which has separate areas for men and ladies, offers impressive wellness experiences with treatments from premium brand Sothys, a Moroccan Hamam and the beauty boudoir. Cream walls and pale wood invoke a sense of calm and relaxation, while the reflective tiles in the sauna and wet areas were sparkling clean and inviting.

On my second day, I headed to BiCE, the hotel’s Italian restaurant for both breakfast and lunch. My morning meal was deliciously creamy scrambled eggs topped with cold cuts and fragrant fresh bread. And at lunchtime, I was eager to try the Italian menu, going for Marluzzo al Cartoccio con Frutti di Mare. A mouthful indeed, but my excruciating Italian pronunciation was worth it when a paper-cooked, or papilotte, parcel of black cod, resplendent with a very generous topping of seafood, all in a delightful tomato-based sauce with a head of baked garlic on the side, arrived at my table. The cod was perfection, flaky and moist, while the seafood was superbly tasty, the different flavours and textures melding together in an oceanic symphony. And I’m a sucker for roasted garlic, so that went down an absolute treat, it’s pungency perfectly complementing the subtlety of the seafood.

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Later, I ventured to The Junction, the lobby café for a light evening bite of refreshing Caesar Salad – a portion so large it could easily have satisfied two people – and was impressed by the creamy tanginess of the dressing amply coating the crisp salad.

On leaving The Junction, I spotted the Artist Playground by Pullman, a vibrant corner of the lobby where a mini gallery displays works from photography to paintings. Eye-catching and fun, it’s a great space to spend some time and there’s the promise that the display will be different each time you come.

All too soon it was time to bid farewell to Pullman Doha West Bay, leaving behind those amazing pillows and the pool café, which had become my de facto base. But I look forward to a return visit. This really is a hotel that’s great for business or pleasure and ideally situated in the heart of everything. ✤

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Switch gears and turn your usual travel into something extraordinary – take a chance and go adventure!

Peru, Machu Picchu, Image by Jared Schwitzke, Unsplash

Travelling to new destinations and seeing the world is a wonderful experience that will always remain, however sometimes without realising, we end up falling into patterns and doing the exact same things regardless of where we go. Every once in a while, it makes a big difference to switch things around and try something new. A novel and interesting experience to consider is adventure travel.

When adventure travelling you still get to see more of the world, participate in cultural exchange while interacting with locals and also spend more time outdoors in nature taking part in activities that test your physical limits. Create a lifetime’s worth of amazingly unique memories that also make great stories to share at parties.

Check out these truly distinctive adventures waiting for you!


Located in western South America, the beautiful country of Peru is home to some of the most diverse landscapes in the world from the arid plains of the Pacific coastal region to the stunning Andes Mountains, the sprawling Amazon rainforest and more. Additionally, Peru is also well recognised for its rich and diverse cultural attractions that are worth exploring by themselves.

Our adventure pick: Trekking to Machu Picchu – the most famous icon of the Inca Empire that holds an undeniable fascination for many travellers. Situated more than 2,400 metres above sea level in the Andes, the famous site stretches over 8km and features more than 3,000 stone steps that link its many different levels.

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Adventurers can set their base in Cusco and from there opt to do the five-day or longer trek along the entire 41.8-kilometre-long Inca trail to the Sacred Valley of the Incas and then to Machu Picchu. Experience a remarkable journey through a landscape that’s steeped in rich history, dotted with villages, ruins and spectacular natural beauty that will surely leave you speechless. This is a trek you must make!


When planning a vacation, it’s not unusual to find Italy sneaking its way onto any list. It offers so much from the famed architecture and unique culture to world-class art, the latest fashions, exceptional food and so much more. But as you move away from the cities, you’ll soon find there’s no shortage of beautiful landscapes to explore from rolling hills to deep valleys and rugged coastlines that perfectly lend themselves to more action-packed activities. Our adventure pick: An exhilarating mountain biking trip through the charming Tuscany region that’s abundantly packed with the very best of Italy. Travellers can decide on joining a small-group tour with itineraries for several days that are carefully designed by professional local guides. Kick off your adventure in Florence, the capital of Tuscany, and voyage towards the Chianti Classico region, passing Siena and the pretty hill town of Montalcino. Then continue cross-country riding from the wonderful Massa Marrittima to the Mediterranean coast as you soak in the stunning landscapes and sea views. Also, make timely stops to thoroughly indulge in the excellent seafood and other local fare, as well as visiting popular grape tasting venues.


Bonaire, a Dutch administered island in the southern Caribbean just off the coast of Venezuela, is widely considered among the best destinations in the world for underwater adventures. A pioneer in coral conservation it also possesses the world’s first Blue Destination Certification (a highly regarded eco-label that’s bestowed on locations focused on being more sustainable and socially responsible).

Our adventure pick: An exceptional destination for snorkelling and scuba diving, aquatic adventurers are in for a treat as Bonaire boasts over 85 dive sites with most accessible from shore. Rich in marine life, the reeflined island has plenty of spots that are suitable for everybody from beginners to advanced divers. Delve into the fascinating world beneath the waves and get lost in the kaleidoscope of vibrant colours showcased by the diverse collection of more than 55 species of coral and 350-plus fish species. Some of the famous shore dives for beginners include Bari Reef, Windsock, Ol' Blue and Alice in Wonderland. Post a revitalising underwater session, unwind and relax on sandy beaches and enjoy the wonderful local hospitality at various restaurants and other spots.

New Zealand

There’s a reason New Zealand is consistently named amongst the most beautiful places on the planet. Whether you favour pristine beaches, lush rainforests, rugged mountains or clear blue lakes, this country truly has it all and in abundance. The diversity of beautiful landscapes is staggering and, fortunately for thrill seekers, it also perfectly lends itself to several one-of-akind adventure experiences.

Our adventure pick: Simply put, just get yourself to New Zealand’s Queenstown – a place known as the “adventure capital of the world” and then just take your pick from a whole host of exciting activities whether that be on land, water or even in the air. Start on land, located off Kawerau Bridge in Queenstown is the world’s first bungee jump, a must visit. If you’re still craving more, visit the 134-metre Nevis bungee jump – the highest in New Zealand. Then head to the sky and free-fall from 4,000 metres, this skydiving experience will be unforgettable with stunning views of the snowy peaks of the Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu as you float back to earth. Finally, finish with rafting in the waters of fast-flowing rivers that run through the forests, there are relatively tranquil waters for beginners and also advanced routes for whitewater enthusiasts. Take these once-in-a-lifetime trips and push yourself outside your comfort zones and you’ll truly be glad you did! As they say nothing ventured, nothing gained. So, give adventure a chance! ✤

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The new campaign for the collaboration between BOSS and Samsonite features a unique, limited edition, aluminium luggage capsule.

‘Departures’ highlights the collection which radiates a shared passion for premium quality, innovation and timeless design with a distinctive twist.

Featuring a specially crafted set where stylish travellers don’t just board a plane but rather an oversized suitcase, the campaign highlights the limitless possibilities of this unique collaboration. The design of the BOSS | Samsonite capsule seamlessly complements BOSS’ most recent collections, resonating with the brand’s ethos of self-determination and sophisticated tailoring.

Aimed at fashion-forward voyagers, the collection will appeal to those who have a passion for exploration but refuse to compromise on style.

Crafted from high-quality aluminium the pieces are embellished with an anodized signature BOSS monogram pattern which embeds the tone-on-tone black motif in the aluminium shells, ensuring a pristine, long-lasting and unique finish.

Soft-textured interior linings feature the iconic BOSS camel colour and prominent branding while spacious compartments with adjustable packing straps allow travellers to pack and organise their belongings with ease. Co-branded leather handles feature throughout adding to the stylish look.

The captivating suitcases will be available in a limited edition in selected BOSS and Samsonite stores and on the brands’ respective websites. The collection offers a choice of four models, including a cabin, two check in suitcases and a trunk. ✤


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The latest Atelier collection from COS is a study in refinement alongside exceptional tailoring.


The London-based brand is known for its commitment to craftsmanship and contemporary tailoring and this latest collection demonstrates both in a series of versatile pieces that are distinguished by fine fabrics and impeccable attention to detail.

Ruched seams and internal corsetry form sculpted silhouettes and, reinvented for the season, day-to-evening pieces and elevated modular essentials feature signature details and finishes, from functional grosgrain hanger loops to adjustable waists. Refined suit jackets feature inward folding lapels, while elongated sleeve lengths in shirting explore new opportunities for wearing the pieces your way.

The summer palette balances soft, neutral tones with bold red and vibrant acid-yellow, complementing varying surface textures and transparent details. Through meticulous material selection, each garment illustrates COS’ unwavering commitment to craftsmanship, highlighting the brand’s devotion to quality and longevity.

A hand-pleated technique using bespoke paper moulds, forms a pair of wide-leg trousers and a coordinating scarf – with handpainted edges creating depth and movement. Artfully crinkled fabrics enhance modern set dressing; an ethereal yarn made from paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council creates soft knitwear, while lightweight leather jackets, ballet flats and loafers are perforated with precision using a laser-cut technique. Drawing inspiration from the 1990s, womenswear embraces elongated silhouettes; dramatic maxi-length skirts and an elegant fishtail dress with a structured hem take centre stage. Menswear echoes the fluidity of the womenswear collection,

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championing relaxed cuts through loose-fitting overcoats and refined silk shirts. Completing each look, COS introduces sunglasses to its Atelier offering for the first time alongside elevated leather goods, unisex jewellery, broaches and belt clips, which form a contemporary yet timeless aesthetic. Complementing the main COS collections, the seasonal COS Atelier lines for men and women, designed at the brand’s inhouse atelier in London, present day-to-eveningwear founded on the principles of luxury and exceptional design. The readyto-wear Atelier collections are committed to craftsmanship and focus on fabrics and contemporary fits. ✤


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We quizzed lawyer, film producer, talent manager and all-round busy guy, Waleed Maisery, to find out what he’s currently working on and learn the secret of balancing several successful careers – a hint, it’s not just coffee.

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You’re Yemeni-British, with much of your creative work being in London, what’s the Qatar connection and what brought you to the country?

I am indeed. Born in Aden and moved to London when I was eight due to the civil war that happened in 1994. What made me come here [to Qatar] was totally unrelated to the creative industry but rather securing a legal position in one of the biggest energy companies in the world. I was previously working in Yemen from 2008 to 2013 and when the security situation got worse, I decided to make a choice to leave till things got better. Eleven years later, and I am still here!

You have been a lawyer for 15 years, how did you go from this to film production? Are you still working as a lawyer and, if yes, how do you find the time for your multiple roles?

It's actually just over 16 years and writing that down on paper makes me feel old. I still work as a senior legal counsel and will probably do so for a while. My early retirement plan before getting to 40 may just have to be extended. The interest in the film industry actually came from me watching the film Boiling Point on a flight. That film kept my attention from start to finish, which made me curious to know who produced it. I sat and watched all the credits and actually reached out to the team and congratulated them on such an amazing film.

The question of time is a great one and if anyone knows me well enough, they will say that I am always doing a thousand

things at once. Not sure if it's ADHD or the inability to sit back and do nothing. I truly believe that time (and health) are the most precious things in this world which cannot be bought or compensated for. We are all living on this earth for a limited time only and I want to make the most of mine. I always used to say I will sleep enough once I’m dead.

Your film Gassed Up took the Best Audience Award at the prestigious London Film Festival. How did you become involved with this project and what does the role of producer entail?

My involvement in Gassed Up was not planned. As I mentioned earlier, the same producers for Boiling Point were producing Gassed Up. We had remained in touch after my initial contact and the opportunity was given to me to be an executive producer. A few weeks earlier, I had invested in an old friend of mine in his music career and became his independent label as well as his manager. So, when I read the treatment for Gassed Up and saw the cast and crew attached, I couldn't say no. Plus my gut felt that this would open up doors in the entertainment industry and allow for other opportunities in both the music and film industry. Producing I would say is trying to make the impossible possible. Nothing ever goes to plan on a set and that's exactly how I got Kier his first acting role on the film Gassed Up. We needed a rap artist for a battle scene on the day of the shoot otherwise we would have had to delay it. I

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got him in an uber, sent him photos of the actors he would be battling and he literally wrote his bars in the taxi on his way to the set.

You currently have several other projects in various stages of production – what can you tell us about those?

I'll try to summarise each one in a few sentences without giving away too much.

Edgware Road – A feature film about gentrification where the local people fight against a system that wants them out. We are currently at the end of pre-production and we have everything set and ready to start filming. Script, locations, filming schedule, crew attached including actors and the final step needed now is full financing.

Naz – This is a biopic feature of the boxing legend Prince Naseem and is currently at the stage of attaching a director to the film. The script is complete.

Hiddaya – Based on the true story of an Imam who was addicted to opiods without even knowing till he ran out of his medicine. It's a story of faith and how he manages to get his life back together by going to the most extreme measures. The Ride – A short film about three Yemeni boys on a mission to watch a football match but who get side tracked with one disappointment after another.

What’s been your favourite thing to work on so far and why?

That’s a hard question. Not sure I can actually choose one thing only. Producing music videos and trying new things like AI was an experience and fun at the same time. Attending major events with my MCs really takes me out of my comfort

zone and has actually been somewhat refreshing. As a film producer, I would say Edgware Road, only because I have been involved on this project from day one and seeing how much we have accomplished and how far we’ve come only pushes me more. The more challenging the better!

As well as law and film production, you also engage in artist management. How do you juggle all your different roles to ensure everything gets your full attention?

Lots of coffee! I think people always say that time is short but if you actually manage to have a system in place, you can do a lot in 24 hours. I work on all my projects throughout the day juggling from one thing to the next without even realising. I have most of my meetings while driving and even during a haircut. There is no real excuse and time is plenty if managed right. I have however sacrificed my health a little and that’s something I am aware of and trying to fix. Hiring a PA is definitely something I am considering.

And, on a more personal note, what do you do in your spare time, if you ever get any?

Spare Time? I don’t even know what that is! When time permits, and travelling isn't an option, I try to fit in spa days from time to time as that helps me reset and start the next day fresh. Although film production and managing artists take up most of my spare time, I still manage to do other things. I am actually writing a book about my life which I intend to release and then turn into a limited series one day. Other than that, I really enjoy spending time with the family and my two girls. ✤

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“BIG SCREEN Fallout Ripley

Need to Know:

Fallout is an American futuristic drama series based on the highly successful role-playing video game franchise created by Tim Cain and Leonard Boyarsky. Set in a postapocalyptic Los Angeles after a horrendous nuclear event, some citizens now live in underground bunkers to protect themselves from radiation, mutants, bandits and whatever else now roams the surface above.

Creators: Graham Wagner, Geneva Robertson-Dworet Cast: Ella Purnell, Walton Goggins, Aaron Moten, Kyle MacLachlan, Xelia Mendes-Jones

Why Is It Worth Watching?

The creators of the highly appreciated TV show Westworld are working together once again to present the ingenious story of the sprawling video game franchise – Fallout. The series opens in 1950s’ America, at the height of the cold war and other events. But before you know it, the story fast-forwards and places viewers in the aftermath of an apocalyptic nuclear war far into the future. In this present-day, many survivors take refuge in fallout bunkers known as Vaults, which are retro-futuristic societies that came about as a result of major resource wars.

In Vault 33, a young woman named Lucy (Ella Purnell) is set to marry a resident of Vault 32. But her big day is completely ruined when the wedding party is brutally raided by surface dwellers led by a woman called Moldaver. Things get worse, when she finds her father Hank MacLean (Kyle MacLachlan) has been kidnapped by the invaders. Desperate for answers, Lucy (who has spent her whole life in the safety of the Vaults) decides to venture out into the dangerously unforgiving wasteland of Los Angeles and find her father with only the name Moldaver as a clue.

Shot entirely in black and white, this shrewd and violent slow-burn is impressively elevated by Scott’s stunning performance.”

Need to Know:

Ripley is an American neo-noir thriller series that’s based on a famous 1950s’ crime novel. In late 1950s’ New York, a down-on-his-luck conman gets accidentally hired by a wealthy person for a unique job that then sees him enter a world of wealth and privilege. Things take a sinister turn when prior arrangements fall through and things don’t go as planned.

Director: Steven Zaillian

Cast : Andrew Scott, Dakota Fanning, Johnny Flynn, Eliot Sumner, Margherita Buy, Maurizio Lombardi

Why Is It Worth Watching?

The ominous but absolutely engrossing eightepisode limited series is based on the book, The Talented Mr. Ripley, by Patricia Highsmith. Set primarily in the late 1950s, the story follows Tom Ripley (Andrew Scott), a swindler who assumes identities and runs a fake debt collection agency. Unexpectedly, a wealthy businessman mistakes him for someone else and hires Ripley for a job. The task is to travel to Italy and persuade his wayward son, who’s whiling his time away in fruitless pursuits, to return home to the US.

Ripley seizes the opportunity to make the easiest score of his life. But once in Europe, he strikes up a friendship with the son and eventually becomes increasingly obsessed with his world of privilege and sophistication. Things don’t work out and when it comes time to leave the highlife behind, Ripley is utterly unwilling to do so. Things play out for the worst as he puts disturbingly dark schemes into motion to hold on to his new lifestyle.

Shot entirely in black and white, this shrewd and violent slow-burn is impressively elevated by Scott’s stunning performance.

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All Born Screaming

By St. Vincent

Annie Clark – better known as the shapeshifting triple-Grammy winning artrock experimentalist St. Vincent – finds herself stepping away from alter egos and getting personal as she digs deeper searching for her own sonic vocabulary on the self-produced seventh studio album, All Born Screaming

Consistently defying expectations and never known to run the same play twice, St. Vincent’s vocals and guitar playing (she is regularly listed among the top guitarists of the 21st century by multiple publications) are at their most expressive and distorted best throughout on what’s her heaviest sounding record yet.

On opener Hell Is Near and follow up Reckless, both sound raw and essential with sections that smoothly show off ethereally sparse and then decadently lavish production.

Her vocals are bold, self-assured but with a restless urgency on the sleazy and groove-heavy Broken Man and Flea, that sound effectually weighty thanks to Dave Grohl pummelling the drums on both tracks.

It’s hard not to imagine Violent Times scoring the background of an upcoming Bond movie with its orchestral grandness. While the dazed apocalyptic ballad The Power’s Out (a personal favourite) sounds like a spiritual successor to Bowie’s stunningly incandescent Five Years


Can We Please Have Fun

By Kings Of Leon

Kings of Leon are back and most definitely having fun again! Its discernibly heard all over their ninth studio album fittingly titled Can We Please Have Fun Hailing from Nashville, Tennessee, the Followill brothers (cousin Matt included) have been on the rock scene for over two decades. Helping breathe new life on their latest showing is pop-leaning producer Kid Harpoon, a frequent collaborator with Harry Styles, Florence & The Machine and others.

Wind chimes ring softly in the distance on opener Ballerina Radio ; it's accompanied with synths and a propulsive bassline laid down by nifty bassist Jared. This smoothly transitions into next track – Rainbow Ball, where frontman Caleb sounds his ‘honey over gravel’ best while singing “only good vibrations at the rainbow ball, sweet vibration!” on the chorus.

On the groovy bop Nowhere to Run the entire band sound great over a bouncy funk bassline. They then switch gears into their classic garagerock finest for Mustang

The mellow country-tinged Ease Me

On oozes a tranquil and joyous feeling. While the outstanding closer Seen evokes feelings reminiscent to the end credits rolling post a really good movie.


When The Sea Came Alive

With the 80th anniversary of D-Day coming up, it seems a particularly poignant moment to highlight the latest release from the New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize finalist which offers the most complete account of D-Day – the largest seaborne invasion in history.

The surprise landing of over 150,000 Allied troops on Normandy’s beaches on the morning of June 6, 1944, turned the tide of history in WWII and this book explores the full impact of this world-changing event. When the Sea Came Alive captures a human drama like no other and pays a fitting tribute to the men and women of the ‘Greatest Generation’.


Middle Of The Night

Another New York Times bestselling author, but this time it’s a thriller. The action, aptly, takes place in Hemlock Circle – now there’s a name to conjure spooky goings on – the former home of main character, Ethan Marsh, whose childhood best friend, Billy, disappeared during a back garden sleepover 30 years ago. On his reluctant return decades later, insomniac Ethan begins to notice strange things happening in the night and signs of Billy’s presence. His investigations lead to reunions with former friends, the discovery of a clandestine research institute in neighbouring woods and the realisation that nowhere is really safe.



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A part of the Bee Beauty Secrets collection, Guerlain's new KissKiss Bee Glow Oil features three precious bee-derived ingredients, including Corsican honey, propolis and royal jelly for nourishing, plumping and hydrating lips. With a 92% naturally derived formulation, it provides long-lasting shine and comfort and is available in six shades with a smooth, non-sticky texture.


Tinted Moisturizer

Flormar offer a range of summer make-up essentials for a fresh, radiant complexion. Their Tinted Moisturizer hydrates and evens out skin tone, imparting a natural-looking glow with balanced pigments. Enriched with aloe vera, it keeps skin hydrated and calm, perfect for enduring summer heat and humidity.


Hydrating Foundation

Kay Beauty, co-created by Indian actor Katrina Kaif and online beauty store Nykaa, offer essential summer make-up with lightweight, sweat-proof formulations. The Hydrating Foundation provides a flawless base, evening out complexion while nourishing the skin. With buildable coverage, it’s ideal for achieving a natural, fresh dewy appearance or a high-powered glam look.


Nudies Matte + Glow Core

Make-up meets skincare in NUDESTIX’s Nudies Matte + Glow Core. It features an inner core of moisturising ceramides and plumping peptides for a luminous finish, encased in their best-selling Nudies Matte Blush. A buildable cream colour for the cheeks, eyes and lips, this clean and vegan product offers a youthful blush glow with a lit-from-within radiance in five universal shades.


Keratin Protein 5-in-1 Leave-In Spray

Stay frizz-free this summer with HASK's Keratin Protein range. Fight dry, brittle hair with high-quality ingredients, including hydrolysed keratin, to strengthen and nourish. This 5-in-1 Leave-In Spray controls frizz and prevents breakage, provides thermal protection, hydrates and softens, detangles and boosts shine for sleek, smooth hair.

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FACT brings you the latest must-haves from the beauty and grooming world… from skincare to scents and make-up.


Maximum Hydrator

This multitasking hydrator is a lightweight, oil-free gel moisturiser delivering intense, 72-hour hydration. Infused with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera, it replenishes the skin's moisture, aided by Auto-Replenishing Technology with caffeine. Dermatologist tested and fragrance-free, it's ideal for all skin types, doubling as a cuticle and dry spots hydrator.


Super Dad! Bath Bomb


The Ritual Of Hammam Body Scrub

Rituals’ newly introduced Summer Scrub Edit is ideal for combatting the season’s toll on the skin. It features The Ritual of Hammam Body Scrub, which combines sea salt and eucalyptus for purifying and nourishing effects. This revitalising scrub leaves the skin feeling soft, refreshed and invigorated, providing a radiant summer glow while reducing fatigue.


Sunlit Clementine & Vetiver Bath & Shower Gel

Experience endless summer with Molton Brown's Sunlit Clementine & Vetiver Bath & Shower Gel. Embrace a zesty, feel-good vibe with the scent of freshly squeezed clementine, green fig leaves and smoky vetiver from Madagascar. Enriched with lime, mandarin and hazelnut, it evokes rolling hills of ripe citrus trees bathed in golden sun.

Just in time for the special day, Lush’s Father’s Day Collection honours dads and father figures with sustainable, handmade cosmetics. The Super Dad! Bath Bomb features Pakistani rose absolute and bergamot for a fresh and floral bath experience. Its uplifting aroma and ecofriendly ingredients soothe and tone, making it a perfect choice for pampering and caring for both dad and the environment.


Habit Rouge Le Parfum

Guerlain’s Habit Rouge Le Parfum is an exquisite addition to their men’s fragrance collection. Known as the first amber fragrance for men and inspired by Jean-Paul Guerlain’s love of equestrianism, this woody, spicy aroma enveloped with the roundness of vanilla, embodies timeless French sophistication and sensuality.

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What We’re (Still) Talking About

Playing Chicken

As we go to press, a battle is raging in India’s courts over who invented the muchloved dish Butter Chicken. The dish’s history is not in doubt, it came to India from Pakistan via Partition. According to the BBC: “A man named Mokha Singh ran a restaurant in the city of Peshawar (now in Pakistan). After partition, Singh moved to Delhi, founding a restaurant with three employees he'd worked with in Peshawar: Kundan Lal Gujral, Kundan Lal Gujral's cousin Kundan Lal Jaggi and Thakur Das Mago. It was here, that they started serving a dish first thrown together

at their restaurant in Peshawar – one created by adding a tomato-based gravy, dollops of butter and spices common in Pakistan to leftover tandoori chicken.” So far, so good. But fast forward to the present day and the descendants of Gurjal and Jaggi, each of whom are restaurateurs and each claim their forefather was the original inventor. The disagreement has become so bitter that the rivals have taken it to court. Seems a bit mad to us but then, have you ever asked a Middle Easterner where hummus comes from?

Putting The Fun In F1

Monégasque Charles Leclerc had a very good Monaco Grand Prix chalking up his first ever win on home turf and garnering plenty of praise for keeping Max Verstappen well away from the podium – a result that delighted lots of F1 fans who had become weary of the Belgian-Dutchman’s somewhat boring track domination. However, Leclerc wasn’t just in winning form on the track, he and others were showing an admirable sense of humour. In the days leading up to the big race, Australian McLaren driver Oscar Piastri

mentioned that he too would like to be a citizen of the small French principality, prompting Leclerc to offer adoption which led to multiple jokes about their one-two podium placing ‘keeping it in the family’ – not to mention Oscar’s mum, Nicole, offering to adopt RB driver Yuki Tsunoda since she seemingly has a son vacancy.

If that wasn’t enough, the Ferrari team, including Principal Fred Vasseur, having managed a double podium with Carlos Sainz coming in third, decided to celebrate by diving into Monte Carlo Harbour. Now, that’s what we call fun!

Where’s Wally?

Now, we’ve heard it all. So, we all know emotional support animals are a thing, right? But we bet you’re thinking something cuddly like a dog, cat or rabbit – though we have heard of an emotional support cow and a chicken (though they’re generally not actually real animals).

But, Joie Henney, of Pennsylvania, USA, is the proud owner of an emotional support alligator – Wally, who even has a TikTok account with 143,000 followers – or at least he was. Mr Henney was visiting his holiday home in Georgia

when Wally went missing from his pen outside the property.

It seems pranksters grabbed Wally and authorities, unaware of his registered emotional support animal status, called a trapper who captured the tame reptile and released him into a remote swamp near others of his kind.

Now Joie is desperate to learn the location in the hope of being reunited with the animal who he says has helped alleviate his depression for the last 10 years.

All he wants to know is where’s Wally?

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