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Eat,Pray, Give

“Always have a willing hand to help someone, you might be the only one that does.” ―- Roy T. Bennett,

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can hardly believe that it’s already time for Ramadan. May will mark the start of the Holy Month when Muslims all over the world observe fast from surise to sunset. As I try and get ready for my own Ramadan journey with changing my sleeping pattern, eating consciously and general mental prep for the 30 days of fasting, I’m learning more and more that this special time is one of celebration, reflection and, most of all, sharing and giving. With that said, I’m constantly appreciative for calling the Gulf home, where Ramadan is the most spiritual and beautiful occasion of coming together with family, friends and neighbours to be thankful for all the great things we have in life. And if you keep up with me on instagram, you’ll see that food is absolutely on top of my list of things to be grateful for, so isn’t it a coincidence that some of the best dining experiences, whether at home or in a restaurant, are served up in Ramadan. The delicious spread at the end of the day is really the most humbling part for someone who fasts - and a feast for all the senses for those who are joining in the festivities for a taste of what it’s all about. Turn to p23 and check out Ramadan 101, our extensive round up of Doha’s top tents, iftars, and sohours to check out from mid-May onwards. Tag us (@factmagazine) on instagram when you’re posting from any of the gorgeous offerings - we’d love to see where our recommendations have taken you! Last month, we held the ceremony for the 4th annual FACT Dining Awards Doha at the stunning Secret Garden in Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl Doha. Over 65 winners were announced in what was a lively affair attended by the who’s who of the hospitality and food and beverage industry. A full list of the winners and pictures from the event can be found starting p47 - did your favourites walk away with a plaque? Though I’ll do my best to behave with bad eating habits before (and during) Ramadan, I can’t promise that I won’t be on the hunt for the best Kunafa in town. If you think you’ve found it, just holler. Wishing all of our readers who are celebrating, Ramadan Kareem. See you next month to talk Eid escapes, World Cup and more...☺

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FACT Magazine Qatar Edition • MAY 2018 VOLUME 04, ISSUE 12

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This Ramadan, step into an Arabian journey with a Turkish Twist. Discover a vibrant atmosphere with live Oriental tunes, entertainment and dĂŠcor inspired by a traditional Arabesque street market. Begin your culinary experience with a wide array of International, Turkish and Qatari dishes along with an eclectic assortment of desserts all carefully crafted by a dedicated team of Turkish chefs. Iftar: QAR 195 per person Suhour: QAR 195 per person

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Ramadan Magic SOUQ WAQIF BOUTIQE HOTELS BY TIVOLI IS BRINGING A GENUINE WARM SPIRIT TO THE HOLY MONTH WITH BEAUTIFUL CELEBRATIONS AND OFFERS ACROSS ITS UNIQUE PROPERTIES.

IFTAR AND SOHOUR Come together with family, friends and colleagues this Holy Month at Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli in the heart of Doha. The Ramadan spirit is on full display throughout the oneof-a-kind environment every night, with lavish buffets featuring the finest flavours from Morocco and around the world. Delight in exquisite Iftar and Sohour experiences, with special packages available for corporate events and private groups. Taking place at Al Jasra Boutique Hotel. Iftar buffet is priced at QR145 per person (including beverages) from 6pm to 8pm and Sohour is served from 9pm to 2am, priced at QR110 per person (including beverages).

Boutique Hotels by Tivoli is a retreat to the calm your senses. In the tranquility of your room or suite, celebrate the meeting point of Arabian heritage and contemporary style. Time slows down with early check-in and late check-out. Night falls and flavours shine. Treat yourself to the Iftar buffet at Al Jasra and Sohour delights with a set menu. Rates starts from QR530 per night for two people. Package Includes: breakfast or sohour set menu, Iftar buffet at Al Jasra, 20% discount at the spa, complimentary room upgrade (subject to availability); and early check-in and late check-out (subject to availability). Stay period: Valid from May 15 to June 13. ✤

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A GASTRONOMIC JOURNEY The St. Regis Doha invites guests to indulge in a culinary haven at some of the best restaurants in Qatar. Showcasing the finest ingredients, excellent service and a distinguished atmosphere, The St. Regis Doha offers a myriad of refined culinary outlets along with an array of world-class entertainment. THE ST. REGIS DOHA has elevated its timeless tradition of Afternoon Tea by presenting the TWG Saturday Tea Ceremony, a personalised savoir-faire not to be missed. Offering fine food and tea pairings presented by a specialist team sommelier, the TWG Saturday Tea Ceremony takes place every Saturday from 2.30pm until 8pm for QR149 per person at Sarab Lounge. Synonymous for its simple, delicate menu which Gordon Ramsay is known the world over for, the award-winning Opal by Gordon Ramsay has launched a revamped menu offering a mouthwatering selection including Parsnip Veloute for Starters, Kale and Burrata Salad, Pan Roasted Scottish Salmon, the famous Wagyu Beef Burger, Vanilla Profiteroles along with alltime favourites from the Raw Bar selection with Beef Tartar and Prawns Ceviche. Indulge in a Business Lunch at Opal by Gordon Ramsay, with a 3-course set menu, served Sunday through Thursday from 12pm until 4pm for QR100 per person. Furthermore, every Monday between 6pm and 10.30pm, guests will re-discover the best of London classics with the London Twist evening, and indulge in a large selection of Opal’s signature dishes prepared live in front of them, including Gordon’s fish and chips, burgers and chili dogs, for QR100 per person. Gordon Ramsay continues his flavourful journey of signature tastes at St. Regis Doha through the Lazy Saturday Brunch where guests can enjoy a long and relaxing brunch with friends on the terrace of Opal by Gordon Ramsey, and savour favourites from international cuisines including Spanish Omelet, Lamb Meat Balls, Tamarind Chicken Wings and Chocolate Tart, along with live entertainment, every Saturday from 12pm to 4pm, for QR250 per person, inclusive of soft beverages. Multi-award-winning steak restaurant, Astor Grill serves a captivating à la carte menu in an inviting and relaxed dining environment. With the open kitchen, serving prime cuts of 12

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meat and seafood dishes prepared on the grill, Astor Grill offers an express lunch for QR100 per person including food only, everyday between 1pm and 4pm. For a unique experience, witness a culinary theatre when dining at the Chef’s Table, and savour the best cuts of meat and fish paired with hearty rustic sides for QR395 per person, everyday from 6pm to 11pm. Guests will be spoilt for choice with the themed buffet dinners at Vine Restaurant including Seafood nights on Wednesdays for QR250 per person from 6pm to 11pm, and the legendary BBQ nights on Thursdays serving delicious ribs and BBQ classics, from 6pm to 11pm, for QR320 per person, inclusive of soft beverages. The world-famous St. Regis Grand Brunch is a truly unique experience where guests can select from 16 different food stations and liquid bars prepared by leading chefs from Astor Grill, Opal by Gordon Ramsay and Vine, with live entertainment and a host of activities for children, served every Friday form 12.30pm until 4pm for QR350 per person inclusive of soft beverages. ✤

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CULINARY NEWBIE W Doha Hotel & Residences has appointed Chef Stephane Buchholzer as its new Executive Chef. The culinary master will bring over 25 years of global industry expertise, creating a mélange of tantalising flavours across the hotel’s awardwinning restaurants. BORN IN ALSACE, Chef Buchholzer began his career at a culinary school South of France, becoming the youngest masterchef in the country at the age of 15. He then set out to train under some of the world-renowned chefs in the likes of Chef Jean-Yves Schillinger. At the age of 24, he assumed the role of Executive Chef at Schillinger’s famous L’Actuel restaurant, and was heralded as the youngest chef in New York City. Following his gourmet conquests across the USA, Chef Buchholzer travelled through Europe to study the evolution of molecular gastronomy. He was quickly elected as the Chef de Cuisine at Le Meridien Dubai Mina Seyahi, spearheading the creation of TANG and Raw bar Lounge that were acclaimed for its refined and ultimate gastronomic dining experience. His innovative deftness catapulted him to the position of Complex Executive Chef of Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina and Le Meridien Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina, where he pre-conceptualised, co-created and developed the 14 F&B outlets within the luxury complex. Now, Chef Buchholzer is set to take Doha’s food connoisseurs by storm. As W Doha’s Executive Chef, he will steward the kitchens at Spice Market, Market by Jean-Georges, La Spiga by Papermoon, W Café, Crystal as well as caterings for highprofile events inside and outside the property. In addition, he will oversee kitchen operations at Paper Moon and the IN-Q Café at the Hamad International Airport, delivering international standards of culinary excellence and bringing his interesting recreations and molecular gastronomy specialisations. ✤

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WYNDHAM WINS! Wyndham Hotel Group, the hospitality giant with an unmatched global presence of more than 8,400 hotels in 80 countries, has announced the partial opening of Wyndham Doha West Bay, a brand-new hotel in the heart of the city. ONCE FULLY OPERATIONAL, WYNDHAM DOHA West Bay hotel will boast 516 modern, spacious and contemporary guestrooms and fully furnished apartments, making it the largest hotel under the Wyndham Hotel Group portfolio in Qatar. In celebration of this milestone a launch event was held today, attended by the management team of Wyndham Hotel Group and Al Abdulwahab Real Estate Development, the developers of Wyndham Doha West Bay. Nestled amongst the skyline of West Bay, the dazzling 40-storey high-rise will feature five on-site restaurants serving up a mouth-watering selection of international cuisine, an Executive Lounge, a kids’ playground, the luxe Cinq Mondes Spa and ultra-modern fitness and wellness facilities, including four pools and a gym. Wyndham Doha West Bay is perfectly positioned in the heart of Doha’s thriving business and leisure district. Conveniently located just 25 minutes from Hamad International Airport, it is also in close proximity to Doha Exhibition & Convention Center, corporate offices, the diplomatic area, as well as top attractions including Katara Cultural Village, the Museum of Islamic Art, Souq Waqif, The Pearl Qatar, Doha Corniche and family parks. Abdul Razzak Abdul Wahab, Executive Manager and Partner of Al Abdulwahab Real Estate Development, said: “We are thrilled to start welcoming guests to Wyndham Doha West Bay. With the hotel’s central location, we are providing both rooms and apartments along with facilities that cater perfectly to today’s travellers. We look forward to continuing to open the remainder of the hotel and additional amenities in the coming weeks.” The hotel is home to an impressive banquet facility, measuring 1,700 square meters and featuring a Grand Ballroom, which is convertible into five sections and can accommodate up to 900 guests. In addition to this, there are also eight individual meeting rooms equipped with state-of-art audio and visual facilities. Natural daylight, sleek design, state-of-the-art technology and flexible room layouts will make it the perfect venue for social gatherings, weddings, conferences, and events. ✤

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RAMADAN KAREEM The Ritz-Carlton, Doha embraces the Holy Month of Ramadan with a variety of exceptional experiences. Ideal for celebrating together with families and loved ones, Iftar and Suhour available daily in the Ballroom showcase the true Arabic hospitality paired with renowned Ritz-Carlton service. Price starting from QAR 220 per person for Iftar or Suhour. Children up to 5 years old dine for free, and those aged from 6-12 years old can avail 50% savings.

For more information, please contact us at +974 4484 8000 or visit ritzcarlton.com/doha

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OXYGEN RICH RESTAURANT Forget shisha and cigarettes, there’s a new healthier way of relaxing after a great meal; combining restaurant with Oxygen Bar, and bringing this to life for diners. HIGH STRESS AND THE every day grind as well as pollution; traffic and even the dust can leave you feeling sluggish and worn out. To combat this, a unique idea of offering something different and new in Doha’s F&B scene has opened its doors. Qavanna bistro with its Oxygen Bar is a healthy and memorable green oasis where you can take a break while eating Croatian food or sipping natural tea during their After Work sweet retreat happy hour. Food on the menu is best described as Mediterranean/Adriatic cuisine that is strictly controlled by famous Croatian Master Chef Andrei Barbieri. Food is completely homemade; even mayonnaise is made in house. Olive oils used are the highest of quality as is the meat, fish and other ingredients. Healthy is often mistaken for diet and in Qavanna they are showing us that this is not necessarily the case, food can still be tasty and amazing yet healthy at the same time. This is why an Oxygen Bar fits in perfectly with the whole concept but to explain the idea in more detail, let’s take a journey back to where it all started. Early reference to the recreational use of oxygen is found in Jules Verne’s 1870 novel Around the Moon: “… and I know more than one state in old Europe which ought to put itself under the regime of oxygen for the sake of its health!” Modelled after the “air stations” in polluted downtown Tokyo and Beijing, the first official oxygen bar (the O2 Spa Bar) opened in 18

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Toronto, Canada, in 1996. The trend continued in North America and by the late 1990s bars were in use in New York, California, Florida, Las Vegas and the Rocky Mountain region. Customers in these bars breathe oxygen through a plastic hose. Followers claim that this practice is not only safe, but enhances health and well-being, including strengthening the immune system, enhancing concentration, reducing stress, increasing energy and alertness, lessening the effects of hangovers, headaches, and sinus problems, and generally relaxing the body. It has also been alleged to help with altitude sickness. It’s important to highlight that in Qavanna, no medical statements are proclaimed as concentration of the O2 is low and it is not in any way a medical treatment but purely entertainment. Definitely healthier than smoking after lunch or coffee, our team tried it and loved it. Excited to have this new F&B outlet in Doha, we are sure Qavanna will become your new serene place where absolutely everyone can find something for themselves with a rich menu and unique additional offers. ✤

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


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CELEBRATION FOR KIDZMONDO KidzMondo Doha, part of AURA Entertainment Services W.L.L and one-of-a-kind edutainment city in Qatar, recently organised a get-together for its partners. This offered all partners a great opportunity to share best practices and learn from each other. KIDZMONDO DOHA IS AN international edutainment park for children between 2 and 14 years, featuring a self-sufficient City built for, and managed solely by Children who will be known as Kidizens. This mini city has its own economy and currency (Kidlar), public services and over 80 different professional role play activities contained within. It is a safe, interactive and educational environment, where kids simulate a profession, wear the respective uniforms and perform the role. The KidzMondo Doha facility has been certified by Kidproof and is affiliated with IAAPA (International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions), which is known for helping its members improve efficiency, marketing and safety along with providing them with workshop and training opportunities. KidzMondo Doha team welcomed its guests with a commemorative hoisting of the KidzMondo (KM) flag to the tune of the KM National Anthem. The occasion, celebrating one year of fun, learning and freedom for all kids in Doha commenced with a performance by Ghifar Hariri, choreographer and artistic trainer, captivating the audience with an enthralling live performance by the troupe of Ghifar Hariri’s Dance Studio! Thanking the edutainment city’s partners for their support and dedication to the realization of KidzMondo’s revolutionary edutainment concept in Qatar, Nabil Barakat, Managing Director at AURA Entertainment, said: “We are delighted to have completed a year of this globally successful edutainment 20

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concept that empowers and inspires the future generations of Doha. In its first year of operations, KidzMondo Doha, a subsidiary of Aura Entertainment has had many milestones but most importantly brought a fresh outlook in the entertainment and experiential learning space. “The KidzMondo philosophy helps kids identify their true talents to create a better world for themselves as well as contribute to the broader community. We hope that the concept will definitely showcase a new way of education thereby motivating kids to be the global citizens they are capable of becoming,” he added.“We thank all our collaborators and Industry Partners who believed in our vision and have supported us throughout. You are playing a pivotal role in building a second home for Qatar’s upcoming generation of visionaries, artists and leader of change, who act as the seed of a knowledge-based society upon which the Qatar National Vision 2030 can be realised.” Some of the key establishments at the indoor theme park include a Bank, Aircraft, Fire Station, Gas Station, Police Station, Hospital, Driving Institute, Race Track, University, Car Wash, Barbershop, TV, Radio, and an Oil & Gas Refinery, among others. ✤

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# L A L I G A # L O U N G E # F E S T I VA L Two of LaLiga’s most famous former players made a special appearance at LaLiga Lounge in Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel. Fernando Sanz Duran (Madrid, 1974) the former Spanish footballer who spent 11 seasons playing in LaLiga for Real Madrid and Malaga CF, and Júlio César Clemente Baptista, nicknamed “The Beast” due to his size and physical presence on the football field, both wowed a crowd of fans, media and special invitees with a fun Q&A style press conference at the sports-themed venue. Fernando Sanz, the centre-back who conquered Malaga, is now a legend in his own right as well as a LaLiga Ambassdor. The press conference marked the opening of the LaLiga Lounge Festival event.

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RAMADAN 101 MAY WELCOMES TH E STA RT OF TH E H OLY M ONTH O F R A M A DA N WHE N M U S L IM S A L L OV E R T HE WO R L D WILL O BSERVE FAST FROM SUNRI SE TO SUNSE T. A TI M E O F C HA R IT Y, G IV IN G, A N D G AT HE R I N G WIT H FA M I LY A N D FRIENDS, DOH A’S TOP H OTE L S A ND VE NUE S AR E G O I N G A L L O U T TO HE L P YO U G E T IN TO T HE R A M A DA N S PIRIT. H ERE A RE JUST SOM E OF TH E B E ST IFTA R A N D S O HO U R HA P P E N IN G S A R O U N D TOWN… fact magazine

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INTERCONTINENTAL DOHA THE CITY Enjoy an exquisite traditional Iftar buffet in The Square with a delicious variety of Arabic and international culinary delights, including a unique signature Arabic-Mexican station. Take your pick from classic Arabic favourites ranging from cold and hot mezze to fresh seafood and grilled meat and live ouzi stations. Indulge your sweet tooth with their wide range of dessert options including the signature Kunafa as well as a yummy selection of sweet treats and Ramadan juices. Iftar is served from sunset to 8.30pm for QR180 per person. 50% off for children under 12 and children below six dine for free. A true Arabian Ramadan experience awaits you at the awardwinning Al Jalsa Garden Lounge. Keep cool during the summer nights as you dine on sumptuous Middle Eastern fare in their covered garden lounge. Treat yourself and your loved ones to an enhanced Iftar and Sohour experience with their secluded majlis, ideal for intimate gatherings. Don’t forget to try their extensive shisha menu! Iftar and Sohour served daily from sunset to 2am (Saturday to Wednesday) and sunset to 3am (Thursdays and Fridays). A la carte and set menu available. GO: Call 4015 8888 for reservations and more information.

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL DOHA Experience the joys of Ramadan with the Four Seasons’ exquisite Ramadan Tent! Located within the Al-Mirqab Ballroom, it showcases a contemporary design influenced by traditional Arabic architecture. Revel in the stylish yet classy ambiance as you enjoy widespread Iftar and Sohour menus featuring traditional Ramadan cuisine and complemented by an array of scrumptious international dishes. Highlights include special Ramadan and Qatari dishes, a Japanese sushi station, a dim sum carousel and lots more! Iftar is served from 6pm to 8pm for QR235 per person and Sohour is served from 10pm to 1.30am for QR270 per person. Alternatively, gather your loved ones and savour a deliciously curated Iftar and Sohour set menu. Enjoy delectable cuisine from the comfort of your private cabana at The Pier, reveling in elevated views of the Arabian Gulf at Shisha Terrace or relaxing in their beachside garden at Arabica Café. Iftar is served for QR235 per person and Sohour is served for QR170 per person from sunset to 3am. If you’re looking to indulge your sweet tooth, make your way to Seasons Tea Lounge and dig into an array of Ramadan treats! Savour your all-time favourite Ramadan sweets along with a succulent menu of traditional Arabic desserts. Served from sunset to 1am. GO: Call 4494 8600 for reservations and more information. 24

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crafted desserts. Iftar is served from sunset till 8.30pm for QR195 per person. Sohour is served from 9.30pm to 1.30am for QR195 per person. Experience Ramadan like never before with Sabai Thai’s vibrant and exotic flavours! Treat your taste buds to a delectably different dining experience with an array of unique textures and flavours. Go on a mouthwatering tour of Thailand with the spicy papaya salad, fragrant green curry or wok tossed favourites infused with hints of ginger and lemongrass. Indulge in deliciousness everyday from sunset to 1am. GO: Call 4492 1555 for reservations and more information.

GRAND HYATT DOHA HOTEL & VILLAS Experience true Arabic hospitality in an astonishing setup with one of the city’s most popular tents, Ramadanak! As Ramadanak returns to the Al Silia ballroom for the Holy Month, enjoy an exquisite array of Middle Eastern cuisine with an international flare whilst relaxing with friends and family in a vibrant yet cosy Arabian setting. Iftar is served from dusk to 8.30pm for QR220 per person and Sohour is served from 10pm to 1.30 am for QR220 per person. Visit the Al Maha Lounge and Majlis as they transform into a casual environment to enjoy traditional Arabic delights! Take your pick from their a la carte menu or treat yourself to one of their lighter, healthier Sohour trays for the ultimate Ramadan experience. Bring together loved ones and break your fast as you enjoy the delicious Sohour tray for QR111 per person. GO: Call 4448 1234 for reservations and more information.

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THE WESTIN DOHA HOTEL & SPA This Ramadan, embark on an Arabian journey with a Turkish twist! Treat your senses with a vibrant atmosphere featuring live Oriental tunes, entertainment as well as décor inspired by a traditional Arabesque street market. Indulge in an extensive culinary experience with a wide array of international, Turkish and Qatari dishes along with an eclectic assortment of carefully 26

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It doesn’t get more indulgent and traditional than the St. Regis very own Souq at the Corniche Ramadan Tent Embrace the spirit of Ramadan with a unique food experience accompanied with live band entertainment. Iftar is served from sunset to 8pm and Sohour is 9.30pm to 2am, priced at QR230 and QR290 respectively, inclusive of Ramadan beverages. Shisha is also available at an additional cost. This popular 5-star address also offers Ramadan specials at Sarab Lounge. Enjoy the food selections from a special Ramadan menu and beverages during the Holy Month with a traditional presentation of coffee and tea, available daily from sunset to 2am. GO: Call 4446 0366 for reservations and more information.


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MARSA MALAZ KEMPINSKI, THE PEARL-DOHA SHANGRI-LA HOTEL DOHA Get transported to the lively streets and souqs of Turkey with the Turkish Bazaar Ramadan Tent! Celebrate this time of tranquility and giving and connect with your friends and family as you immerse yourself in an authentic Turkish Ramadan experience. Take in the stunning traditional décor as you sample an array of mouthwatering Turkish delicacies and enjoy the vibrant live entertainment. Iftar and Sohour with buffet and live cooking stations are served for QR230 per person. Children aged six to 12 dine for QR115 while kids aged six and younger dine for free. GO: Call 4429 5000 for reservations and more information.

INTERCONTINENTAL DOHA Embrace the spirit of Ramadan and discover an exquisite Iftar and Sohour buffet at Coral! Celebrate Iftar with friends and family and treat your taste buds to a premium selection of authentic Arabic cuisines as well international favours, served on live cooking stations. Or delight in a la carte, traditional flavours for Sohour and pair it with your favourite shisha. Iftar is served from sunset to 8.30pm for QR225 and QR115 for children aged six to 12. Sohour is served from 8pm to 11.30pm. 28

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Celebrate this auspicious time with Al Sufra’s sumptuous Ramadan offerings! Guests are invited to break their fasts at the famous Palatial Ramadan Tent, located in the inspiring setting of the Palazzo Ballroom. Dig into exquisite Levantine cuisine along with other delicious dishes inspired by Qatari, Middle Eastern and other cuisines in a joyful yet intimate atmosphere with daily world-class entertainment. Enjoy their Iftar from sunset to 8pm for QR240 per person and Sohour from 9pm until late for QR290 per person. Or experience the joys of the Holy Month in the unique ambiance of Bohemia Lounge as you revel in sharing, togetherness and celebration. Pairing intimate social gatherings with unparalleled culinary offerings, guests get to enjoy a scrumptious traditional Arabic set menu for Iftar and Sohour, everyday from 6.30 pm to 2am. Iftar set menu is for QR240 per person, while Sohour set menu is for QR290 per person. GO: Call 4035 5555 for reservations and more information.


RAMADAN TENT ‫الخيمة الرمضانية‬

Indulge in a memorable Iftar or Sohour with an array of sumptuous international cuisines along with traditional Ramadan dishes at Four Seasons Ramadan Tent IFTAR: QAR 235 PER PERSON SOHOUR: QAR 270 PER PERSON

Four Seasons Hotel Doha

+974 4494 8600

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local water, Ramadan juices, Arabic coffee and Moroccan tea. Children aged six to 12 can avail a special offer at just QR75! Alternatively, break your fast with a scrumptious selection of cold, hot, main course and dessert at the Al Nafourah Garden Lebanese Restaurant. The Iftar set menu is served for QR185 per person inclusive of water and Ramadan drinks. Make the most of your Iftar experience and top up with energizing mocktails starting from QR35. Sohour is served a la carte. GO: Call 4402 3333 for reservations and more information.

CITY CENTRE ROTANA DOHA Sit back and relax to the mellow tunes of authentic Arabic music and dine on traditional cuisine at the beautiful Almas Ramadan Tent! Elevate your Ramadan experience with an extensive range of Arabic delicacies, international cuisine, live cooking stations as well as soft beverages. Enjoy live Arabic music entertainment from 10pm until 1am. Iftar is served until 8.30pm for QR195 per person. Sohour will be served from 10 pm until 1 am for QR119 per person (mezze platter and dessert buffet). A la carte Sohour options are also available. Breaking your fast just got a whole lot tastier with Olive Oil’s extensive Iftar buffet! Celebrate the Holy Month with a lavish Iftar feast every night, featuring a scrumptious Ramadan buffet with flavours of the East along with yummy traditional Arabic cuisine. Iftar is served every day until 10.30 pm for QR159 per person. GO: Call 4445 8888 for reservations and more information.

RADISSON BLU HOTEL, DOHA ORYX ROTANA DOHA Take your senses for a ride with Choices’ lavish Oriental Iftar dinner every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Guests get to enjoy an array of mouthwatering delicacies including ouzi, cold mezzeh, shawarma and live mixed grill station all throughout the holy month month of Ramadan. Iftar is served every day until 10pm for QR195 per person including 30

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Celebrate the true serenity of Ramadan with the Hyde Park Coffee Shop’s decadent Ramadan offerings. Break your fast with friends and family as you indulge in their extensive special Iftar buffet featuring lip smacking traditional cuisine, international cuisine, live cooking stations as well as decadent Ramadan beverages and desserts. Iftar is served daily from sunset to 11 pm for QR140 per person. 50% off for kids aged 6 to 12. Special rates available for groups. GO: Call 4428 1645 for reservations and more information.


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flavours as well as live interactive cooking stations. Iftar is served from 6pm to 8pm for QR250 per person. Sohour is served from 9pm to 2am for QR200 per person and QR250 per person including hubbly bubbly. 50% discount for kids aged six to 12 and kids below six dine for free. GO: Call 4485 4444 for reservations and more information.

HILTON DOHA THE RITZ-CARLTON DOHA Revel in the grand setting of the Ramadan Tent in Al Wosail Ballroom and indulge in a truly mystical and one-of-a-kind Ramadan experience. Take in the majestic scene as you gorge on a massive Middle Eastern, international and local cuisine selection along with live music entertainment as well as a Tanoura dancer. Gather with your friends and family in their main dining area or private majlis and feast on a multitude of live cooking stations featuring shawarma, shish kebab, tandoori items as well as a variety of authentic Arabic delights. Iftar is served from 6.30pm to 8pm for QR220 per person. Sohour is served from 8.30pm to 1am for QR220 per person. 50% off for kids aged six to 12 while kids below five dine for free. GO: Call 4484 8000 for reservations and more information.

SHERATON GRAND DOHA RESORT & CONVENTION HOTEL This Ramadan, experience the charm and elegance of an extravagant mansion reflecting the rich Qatari heritage with the Turath Ramadan Tent at Al Majlis. Rekindle fond memories of breaking the fast daily with an Iftar meal or enjoy an intimate Sohour along with a traditional live band performance. Dig into the very best of oriental and international palate pleasing 32

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At the Fawanees Ramadan Tent, savour a unique quality of food that includes a tasty buffet spread with over 100 authentic Arabic and international dishes, 14 live cooking stations, 22 main hot dishes and a huge dessert corner along with the freshly made Turkish ice-cream, and stunning decoration. Food is the greatest highlight with a menu designed and executed by the oriental-cuisine-skilled Chefs. A wide variety of Arabic delights and a selection of Western dishes are offered up to please every palate in Qatar. Iftar is priced at QR205 and Sohour is QR175. Early bird discounts for groups of 10 people and more are available until May 10. GO: Call 4423 3118 for reservations and more information.


DISCOVER THE MAGIC OF RAMADAN IN SOUQ WAQIF Come together with family, friends and colleagues this Holy Month at Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli in the heart of Doha. The Ramadan spirit is on full display throughout the one-of-a-kind environment every night, with lavish buffets featuring the finest flavors from Morocco and around the world. Delight in exquisite Iftar and Sohour experiences, with special packages available for corporate events and private groups; 10 guests or more will receive 10% off, and 50 guests or more will get 15% off *. AL JASRA IFTAR BUFFET – QR 145 PER PERSON INCLUDING BEVERAGE* (6:00PM TO 8:00PM) SOHOUR BUFFET - QR 110 PER PERSON INCLUDING BEVERAGE (9:00PM TO 2:00AM) *Terms and conditions apply.

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• RAMADAN Sohour featuring Arabic & International cuisine, accompanied by the soothing sounds of the charming entertainment. Iftar is served from sunset and Sohour will be served as a set menu during the weekdays, both are priced at QR180. Shisha is available. Early Bird Offer; book before May 15 and get 20% discount for a minimum of 10 people. ✤ GO: Call 4034 3333 for reservations and more information.

THE TORCH DOHA Ramadan at Flying Carpet is a fun family-filled affair where a premium selection of delectable delights awaits you. Create memorable Ramadan experiences and capture these special moments with an “Arabian Nights” buffet in Flying Carpet. A wide array of mouthwatering delicacies is offered up for Iftar, for family and friends to gather and break fast. You’ll be spoiled for choice with an abundant spread of Arabic delicacies, live cooking stations and signature Arabic desserts. Iftar is served daily from Maghreb prayer to 8pm for QR190 per person including Ramadan beverages. Sohour is served daily from 11pm to 2am for QR160 per person including Ramadan beverages. Experience the warmth and celebration of this blessed time with the special Ramadan a la carte menu at Torch Tea Garden. Take in the stunning views of Aspire Park and the Doha skyline as you indulge in an extensive selection of traditional Arabic delicacies as well as Ramadan desserts and beverages. Make your way to Doha’s trendiest tea lounge and gorge on a delightful mezzah platter, choice of main course, Arabic sweets as well as Arabic coffee and dates. Enjoy all this and lots more daily from 7pm to 1am. ✤ GO: Call 4446 5600 for reservations and more information.

DOUBLETREE BY HILTON HOTEL DOHA Enjoy the warm hospitality of the beautiful Al Andalusia tent, set up on the rooftop. The décor and entertainment will take you back in time to the Oriental nights of Al Andalus. Celebrate the Holy month of Ramadan overlooking Doha’s skyline for Iftar or 34

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MOVENPICK HOTEL DOHA Kick off your Ramadan celebrations with some amazing Ramadan offers at Seasons! Gather your friends and family for a lavish Iftar buffet and avail their special group discounts. 15% off for 10 guests, 20% off for 11-20 guests, 25% off for 21-30 guests and 30% off for 31-50 guests. The more the merrier! Iftar is served for QR125 per person inclusive of Arabic drinks, tea and coffee. 50% off for children aged six to 12 and children below six dine for free. ✤ GO: Call 4429 1111 for reservations and more information


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DOHA MARRIOTT HOTEL The “Kan ya Makan”* tent invites families and friends to experience unforgettable evenings in traditional Arabian settings. As dusk falls each evening, come and enjoy a sumptuous buffet featuring all the favourite picks for Ramadan: delicious Middle Eastern specialties, authentic Qatari dishes and a variety of International choices. The professional chefs are excited to offer you a mix of live stations serving juicy shawarmas, tender grilled meats, fresh seafood, sushi and other mouthwatering surprises.For the sweet ending, you may indulge on the decadent spread of traditional and contemporary sweets accompanied by fresh Ramadan beverages. To top that off, and to keep little ones entertained, the team of professionals will take kids on a fantastic break in the spacious playground filled with creative toys, puzzles, cartoon stations, interactive games and much more! Iftar is served from sunset to 9pm for QR180 per person; QR90 per child aged six to 12, and free for kids aged below six. Souhour takes place from 9pm to 2am for QR100 per person; QR50 per child aged six to 12, and free for kids aged below six. GO: CALL 4429 8888 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION. 36

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Embracing the hotel’s first Ramadan in Qatar, culinary delights will evoke the senses this Holy Month with its One Thousand and One Arabian Nights inspired Ramadan Tent. Hosted in Mondrian Doha’s 2000sqm Moonstone Ballroom, the Ramadan Tent is a blend of the Qatari spirit where traditional elements are effortlessly synced with the modern and worldly. Pastels, golds and ornate settings will transport diners to the mystical wonderland at the Arabian Gulf. In keeping with the extensive bespoke work of Dutch -designer Marcel Wanders, the influence of the Ramadan Tent stays true to inspiration from the beauty of local patterns, ornate Arabic writing and historic souks. The essence of One Thousand and One Nights, a collection of Middle Eastern folk tales and stories, has also influenced the design of the space, which is detailed-orientated and complex, with a number of facets, levels and layers. Diners can expect Middle Eastern cuisine which is at the heart of Mondrian Doha’s food and beverage, such as a selection of the finest dates including Ajwa, Anbara, Safawi, Majdool, Khudri to start the proceedings of Iftar, followed by traditional hot and cold Mezzes, Manakish, live stations, mixed grills and the finest selection of international traditional dishes finished off by traditional and contemporary desserts. Iftar will be served from sunset until 7.30pm. Guests can continue the food fair with Mondrian Doha’s exquisite Ramadan Tent and enjoy Sohour where family and friends can tuck into an abundance of sharing dishes including classics such as Chicken Harees, Chicken Machboos, Lamb Mashkool as well as a grandiose selection of desserts, drinks and juices. Sohour will be served from 9pm to 2am. GO: CALL 4045 5555 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.


A Sparkling Experience this Ramadan in the newest tent in Doha! Celebrate the spirit of Ramadan and all its traditions in a unique Ramadan setting in Al Masa Tent, Holiday Inn Doha - The Business Park. Enjoy our lavish Iftar buffet with selections of Arabic, Oriental and International dishes and live stations. We also offer distinctive Sohour in a relaxing ambiance ideal for spending time with your loved ones. For a memorable experience, please call +974 6641 5504 and

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MARRIOTT MARQUIS CITY CENTRE DOHA Have an unforgettable and exceptional Ramadan experience at the exquisite Wanassa Ramadan tent, featuring private majlises, an unlimited buffet of freshly prepared delicacies, Ramadan beverages and live entertainment. Iftar is served from sunset to 9pm for QR210 per person and Sohour is hosted from 9.30pm to 1.30am for QR160 per person. ✤ GO: Call 4419 5000 for reservations and more information.

TWG TEA This Ramadan savour a new three-course tea-infused Iftar meal, precisely created along with the best Arabic traditions. There’s a choice of delicious Turkish Style Chicken Kebab or a light TWG Tea Organic Salad to break your fast as a starter; tender Confit of Chicken Thighs, rich flavoured Moroccan Lamb Meatball Stew or a classic Wagyu Burger for a main course and a signature dessert from the TWG Tea Pastry Trolley of your own choice, accompanied by TWG hot or iced tea. Share the experience of tea-infused cuisine with your family and friends for QR99 per set at TWG Tea Salon & Boutique at Mall of Qatar. GO: Call 4017 4877 for reservations and more information.

W DOHA HOTEL & RESIDENCES The Great Room transforms into the Sultan Tent to offer live food stations, an extended Arabic buffet, live Ramadan band (traditional Arabic instrumental music); shisha menu and lots of great quality time! Iftar is served from sunset to 8.15pm for QR230 per person. Sohour takes place from 9.15pm to 2am, for QR285 per person. Free for children below six; 50% discount for children below 12; 38

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LA CIGALE HOTEL La Cigale Hotel is getting ready to witness another unique Ramadan throughout a wide range of activities and promotions during this Holy month.

The hotel provides guests with the opportunity to experience memorable Iftar and Souhour evenings in different outlets, Le Cigalon restaurant will be offering an Iftar buffet with a wide array of mezzeh, salads, traditional and International delights complemented by tantalising desserts. Served for QR210 per person. Shisha Garden is the perfect choice for those willing to break their fast with the finest selection of mezzeh, barbecue, and oriental delicacies and smoothies amidst traditional Arabic atmosphere in a verdant outdoor space kept cool by the advanced outdoor climate control system. Apart from Iftar, La Cigale Hotel proudly continues to bring one of Doha’s finest traditions, the La Cigale Ramadan Tent, with the remarkable touch of its Exclusive Partner QNB and their Valued Sponsors Doha Insurance Group, Doha Oasis, Al-Sadd Exchange and Al-Sadd Travel. Year after year, La Cigale’s tent is considered as one of Doha’s best Ramadan destinations, where the indoor swimming pool of the hotel is converted to a contemporary Ramadan tent with an authentic touch that contains private lounges for those who are looking for a tranquil gathering. In addition to its interior, the exceptional ambience of the venue makes it ideal for family, friends and colleagues to assemble amid a lavish Sohour buffet with a wide assortment of traditional and International dishes, live cooking stations, succulent desserts and a variety of flavorsome shishas. Sohour buffet is priced at QR250 per person. Like every year, La Cigale Traiteur brings a delightful blend of delicacies from homemade Arabic sweets, cakes, and chocolates, to daily specials and Iftar boxes, ready for takeaway or dine-in, alongside an endless selection of gift hampers filled with Ramadan specialties and sweets.

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BANANA ISLAND RESORT DOHA BY ANANTARA

At the stunning Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara, indulge in the most satisfying meal experience for Iftar and Sohour with a Rakiyat Fort-inspired setting overlooking the sea. Sample an array of Ramadan favourites including lamb ouzi and mansaf, makbous, couscous as well as sweet delights halawet el jibn and katayef. Unwind with the soothing sounds of the live Moroccan band as your young ones delight in a henna corner, bouncy castle and so much more! Brought to you by one of the most iconic resorts in Doha, Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara, these Ramadan special offerings come at an extremely affordable cost. Iftar is served from Maghreb prayer to 8.30pm for QR250 per adult and QR125 for kids aged five to 10 (non-resident guests), and QR220 per adult and QR110 for kids aged five to 10 (resident guests). Sohour is served from 10.30pm to 2.30am for QR270 per adult and QR135 for kids aged five to 10 (non-resident guests), and QR220 per adult and QR110 for kids aged five to 10 (resident guests).

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RAMADAN RELAXATION Our top three treatments to help you unwind…

GRAND HYATT DOHA Indulge in the ultimate Ramadan relaxation at the Jaula Spa and Club! Book your ticket to tranquility as you enjoy full use of their leisure facilities along with your choice of any two treatments from luxury brand Anne Semonin. Treat your senses with their incredibly relaxing Swedish massage or choose from the signature Anne Semonin facial, manicure or pedicure. Slip into total relaxation daily for just QR750 per person. GO: Call 4448 1234 for reservations and more information.

CITY CENTRE ROTANA DOHA Rejuvenate your body and mind with Bodylines’ special Ramadan treat. Pamper yourself and get glowing with their exclusive 90-minute promotion. Indulge in a 30-minute full body scrub to clean dead skin cells and a 60-minute rose oil massage to hydrate and moisturise your body for QR450 per person. Offer is valid until June 17. GO: Call 4445 8888 for reservations and more information.

MARSA MALAZ KEMPINSKI, THE PEARL-DOHA Boost your mental relaxation with their healing treatments at Spa Clarins. Valid from May 15 to June 14, guests can enjoy a 60-minute full body massage for QR550 and QR750 for 90 minutes. Or book any Clarins facial and receive a 45-minute complimentary massage. Book any treatment between 10am to 2pm and receive 30% off on the actual rate! ✤ GO: Call 4035 5555 for reservations and more information. 44

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#KIDZMONDO #DOHA #ORGANISES #ANNUAL #PARTNERS #EVENT KidzMondo Doha, part of AURA Entertainment Services W.L.L and one-of-a-kind edutainment city in Qatar, recently organised a get-together for its partners. This offered all partners a great opportunity to share best practices and learn from each other. KidzMondo Doha team welcomed its guests with a commemorative hoisting of the KidzMondo (KM) flag to the tune of the KM National Anthem. The occasion, celebrating one year of fun, learning and freedom for all kids in Doha commenced with a performance by Ghifar Hariri, choreographer and artistic trainer, captivating the audience with an enthralling LIVE performance by the troupe of Ghifar Hariri’s Dance Studio! The event was commemorated by a cake cutting ceremony with all the partners of KidzMondo Doha. They solemnly pledged to preserve the rights of KidzMondo, keep its spirit alive, current and socially relevant.

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2018

WINNERS MOROCCAN

BEST: Argan, Al Jasra Boutique Hotel FAVOURITE: Mssamen & Atai, Qanat Quartier

SEAFOOD

BEST: Lobster, Al Hazm Mall FAVOURITE: Al Sayyad, The Diplomatic Club

CHINESE

BEST: Shanghai Club, Shangri-La Hotel Doha FAVOURITE: Ruby Wu’s, The Radisson Blu Hotel Doha

SOUTH EAST ASIAN

BEST: Zengo, Kempinski Residences & Suites FAVOURITE: Isaan, Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel & Villas

INTERNATIONAL

BEST: Elements, Four Seasons Hotel Doha FAVOURITE: Teatro, City Centre Rotana Doha

JAPANESE

BEST: Nobu, Four Seasons Hotel Doha FAVOURITE: Nozomi, Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl Doha

ITALIAN

BEST: Antica Pesa, Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Doha FAVOURITE: The Italian Job, Radisson Blu Hotel Doha

INDIAN

BEST: Taj Rasoi, Doha Marriott Hotel FAVOURITE: Gymkhana, Al Jomrok Boutique Hotel

MEDITERRANEAN

BEST: Gordon Ramsay Doha, The St. Regis Doha FAVOURITE: Mykonos, InterContinental Doha

EUROPEAN

BEST: Market by Jean-Georges, W Doha Hotel & Residences FAVOURITE: The French Olive, Al Sadd

MIDDLE ESTERN

BEST: Al Nahham, Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara FAVOURITE: Parisa, Souq Waqif Doha

LEBANESE

BEST: Al Mourjan, Corniche Promenade FAVOURITE: Burj Al Hamam, The Pearl Qatar 48

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BEST: Toro Toro, Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl Doha FAVOURITE: Rodizio Brazilian Churrascaria, Crowne Plaza Doha - The Business Park


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NORTH AMERICAN

BEST: Santa Monica Breakfast Club, Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel & Villas FAVOURITE: The Cheesecake Factory, Various Locations

STEAKHOUSE

BEST: New York Steakhouse, Marriott Marquis City Centre Doha Hotel FAVOURITE: Prime, InterContinental Doha The City

BREAKFAST

BEST: Santa Monica Breakfast Club, Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel & Villas FAVOURITE: Eggspectation, The Pearl Qatar

ALL-DAY DINING

BEST: The Lagoon, The Ritz-Carlton Doha FAVOURITE: Al Liwan, Sharq Village Hotel & Spa

CASUAL DINING

AL FRESCO DINING

FAMILY-FRIENDLY

BEST: Q Lounge & Restaurant, Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara FAVOURITE: Al Terrace, Al Mirqab Boutique Hotel

BEST: Vapiano, The Gate Mall FAVOURITE: Sumo Sushi & Bento, Doha Festival City

BEST: Carluccio’s, The Pearl Qatar FAVOURITE: Nando’s, Various Locations

BAR

BEST: Pure, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Doha – Old Town FAVOURITE: Trader Vic’s, Hilton Doha

LOUNGE

BEST: Secret Garden, Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl Doha FAVOURITE: Sky View, La Cigale Hotel, Doha 50

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PUB

BEST: Belgian Café, InterContinental Doha FAVOURITE: Boston’s, City Centre Rotana Doha

CLUB

BEST: Illusion, Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl Doha FAVOURITE: Society Lounge, Hilton Doha


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CAFÉ

BEST: Meesh Café, Crowne Plaza Doha, The Business Park FAVOURITE: Life with Cacao, Mall of Qatar

SHISHA LOUNGE & TERRACE

BEST: Al Jalsa Garden, InterContinental Doha The City FAVOURITE: Al Nafourah Garden, Oryx Rotana Doha

TEA ROOM

BEST: TWG Tea Restaurant, Mall of Qatar FAVOURITE: Torch Tea Garden, The Torch Doha

IN-MALL

BEST: Ocean Basket, Mall of Qatar FAVOURITE: The Butcher Shop & Grill, Villagio Mall

FRIDAY BRUNCH

BEST: The St. Regis Grand Brunch, The St. Regis Doha FAVOURITE: Bubbalicious Brunch, The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa

FAMILY-FRIENDLY FRIDAY BRUNCH

BEST: Farmer’s Brunch at The Lagoon, The Ritz-Carlton Doha FAVOURITE: Garden Brunch at La Veranda, Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel

SATURDAY BRUNCH

BEST: Royal Thai Brunch, The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa FAVOURITE: Dim Sum Brunch at Shanghai Club, Shangri-La Hotel Doha

NEWCOMER – FINE DINING

BEST: CUT by Wolfgang Puck, Mondrian Doha FAVOURITE: Nusr-Et Steakhouse, Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel 52

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NEWCOMER – CASUAL DINING

BEST: Jamie’s Italian, Doha Festival City FAVOURITE: The Pier, Four Seasons Hotel Doha

OVERALL

BEST: Morimoto Doha, Mondrian Doha FAVOURITE: Spice Market, W Doha Hotel & Residences


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FAWANEES TENT IFTAR: QAR 205 I SOHOUR: QAR 175 Gather with your family and friends in a traditional Ramadan ambiance, over 100 dishes with live cooking stations, and your favorite Arabic sweets. EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: 15% for groups of 10 to 50 people, booked and confirmed by May 10, 2018 25% for groups of 50 to 100 people, booked and confirmed by May 10, 2018

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BEAUTY AND BUSTLE IN BAKU

MODERN ARCHITECTURE, OLD CITY WALLS AND THE WARMEST PEOPLE ARE WHAT YOU’LL FIND IN AZERBAIJAN’S CAPITAL, BAKU. FACT CHECKS INTO THE CITY’S MOST SOUGHT-AFTER ADDRESS, THE FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAKU TO EXPLORE A DESTINATION THAT STILL REMAINS LITTLE-VISITED BUT SHOULD DEFINITELY BE ON EVERY TRAVELLER’S BUCKET LIST…

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or GCC residents, Baku is an east-meets-west destination that offers the best of both worlds. Its historical core firmly keeps a foothold in the orient whilst its beautifully refreshing promenades and sky-high Flame Towers take one step towards picturesque European life. With a visa on arrival for Gulf nationals, and a brand new ASAN e-visa system for citizens of 81 countries, including the UK, Australia, and US (making it quick to apply and receive a visa via email), visitors can now take full advantage of a place that blends cosmopolitan living with old-world charm. As with every trip we embark on for the first time, location is key to getting the most out of your break. And so, the Beaux-Arts style luxury hotel that we chose was everything – and more – than what we’d hoped for (and seen online). Enter, Four Seasons Hotel Baku…

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There’s a reason why we love the Four Seasons as a hospitality brand. They go above and beyond to embrace the essence of every destination in which they open a hotel. Here, there couldn’t be a more picture-perfect property to showcase the distinct sides to Baku. Its exterior is classic, reminiscent of luxury neighbourhoods in cities like London and Paris, with a white-washed stone front that quickly adds a palatial elegance to the façade. Inside, we’re greeted by marble everything with sophisticated flower arrangements, cosy sofas, and stylish chandeliers – and that’s just the lobby. We’re soon 66

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taking note of the décor because it’s every interior maven’s dream, and all the things that we’d want in our own home. The feeling is one of being in a large living room with all your friends from all over the world gathered in one place, for the staff and guests that we came across had at the very least a friendly smile to share, if not, great conversation about Baku and their visit. If the hotel’s goal is to make your surroundings comfortable on a homely level, they’re doing things just right!

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You have to pinch yourself when the hotel room you’re staying in is bigger than your entire apartment. Not only is the Premier Room a huge space, it has THREE balconies; one looking directly into the Old City, the second with an instagram-worthy shot of the famous Flame Towers and the third boasting far-reaching views of the promenade along the shores of the Caspian Sea. Yes, it was hard to tear ourselves away to go out and explore the city every morning when seeing all its different sides from our room was a beautiful cultural experience in itself. With the option of either a king-sized or twin beds, our accommodation is filled with light. It’s airy, neutral tones and indulgent décor reminds us that Four Seasons is truly a tasteful brand. The beds can only be described as what we imagine it would be like to sleep on a fluffy cloud, and the ottoman-style furniture means there’s a place to do everything.


Large arm chaired seating is perfect to sink into after a day of walking, the work desk with executive leather office chair is a laid-back space to catch up on emails without compromising on relaxation, and the huge bedside table means that aside from the very large walk-in closet, you’ve also got plenty of room to store things in the bedroom. The highlight of the room, however, had to be the mind-blowing bathroom which extends to reveal a set up that wouldn’t go out of place in a 5-star spa. We’re talking one very BIG marble bathroom that includes double vanities; mirror embedded television, a deep soaking tub, separate rain shower room and a separate toilet with bidet. When you’re ready for full-on luxury downtime, slip into a sumptuous terry cloth bathrobe and enjoy the high-speed internet access for multiple devices, fully stocked private bar, in-room movies on the 42-inch LCD television with a Blu-ray player, iHome for your iPod and iPhone, and a room service menu of the most delicious food. Do you even need to leave?

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It’s often the case when you stay at a hotel that at least one area is in need of improvement or attention. Not here. Down we go to Zafferano, the signature all-day dining restaurant, which is named from the Italian word for “saffron,” the spice that grows abundantly in Azerbaijan. The Italian-themed menu highlights delicacies from Central Italy (we find that Italian cuisine has a stronghold in the city’s food scene). fact magazine

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In warmer weather, the restaurant opens to an outdoor terrace at the edge of the new Philharmonic Park. What convinces us almost immediately about the restaurant is our first foray down to breakfast. Having just ordered our beverages, a gentlemen on the table next to us bids good morning and proceeds to say “this is the best hotel breakfast in Baku” and with lots of nodding and smiles, we get up to explore. Think pastries galore, an Azeri breakfast station, eggs cooked to order, healthy juices, an extensive cereal counter, hot foods like sausages, sautéed mushrooms, beans and more, plus all the beverages you need for a wake up call or morning boost. The hotel’s version of the local egg with tomatoes breakfast main is definitely worth a try – you might even go for seconds like us! On our last day, we enjoy a leisurely breakfast followed by a quick nap and then a visit to what I can only describe as the most sophisticated spa of any city hotel we’ve every visited. It’s the only spa in Baku with a view of the sea and for that alone it’s worth a visit. The luxurious Jaleh Spa and Health club has treatments dedicated to advanced skin care and body therapies with ancient traditions of Turkey and Persia. There are nine relaxing treatment rooms as well as the sensual bathing retreats known as hammams. Separate changing rooms for men and women offer showers, saunas, steam rooms, ice fountains and heated loungers. The indoor pool is unlike anything we’ve seen before and it takes we can’t stop taking pictures of it – though no phone screen can do this grand space justice. Most of all, it was the small touches by the staff who replenished our water and offered complimentary tea and dry fruits and nuts as relaxation snacks, regardless of not having a treatment booked – and this is just some of the finer benefits you get to experience as an hotel guest.

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You’ll be that annoying person on your insta and Facebook feeds who spams everyone with all their checkins because the Four Seasons Hotel Baku is the most ideally-located hotel you’ll find. It’s just seconds from the Old City where trinket treasures, local vendors, quaint homes, and the most incredible authentic Azeri food await (highly recommend lunch at Tandir – a small tavern with the best Azeri bread, ever). This means that souvenir shopping is right on your doorstep. On the other side, you can cross the road and tackle the stairs up to the Flame Towers and Marty’s Lane where the best views of the entire city will give you real hashtag travel goals. Turn left out of the hotel and cross over to the promenade or keep going until you reach the bustling Nizami Street where a more modern approach to shopping, cafés and monuments is evident. Also, just across the road is the stunning Carpet Museum. 68

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We’d recommend taking a food break at the Cookshop Baku where our request for a non-menu item (the local kuku – eggs with herbs) was fulfilled by a friendly waiter and a happy chef! In simple terms – we couldn’t have picked a better hotel as the base for our very first trip to this mesmerising city! There are very few traits left of the country’s soviet past, bar the odd old-school car – which actually adds a sense of nostalgia and realness to the place. Azerbaijan makes most of its money from oil and gas, though grains, grapes, cotton and livestock are also a good contribution to its economy. You will learn more about the country’s many different revenue streams as well as its familyoriented culture just by talking to locals around the city. They are a gracious people – men carry a gallant attitude, holding doors open and addressing passers-by politely, whilst the women will stop to have conversations about everything from your outfit to your beauty regime and, as we encountered, to offer you fresh baked local desserts straight out of their grocery bags. As Baku is in the early stages of becoming a tourist hotspot, we found that the local people welcomed us with genuine intrigue and an eagerness to learn and share stories. With a cup of Azeri black tea soaking in the lemon slice flavours, which is served at every seated spot, we happily obliged and made new friends and memories of our own! ✤

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DREAMING WHEN YOUR NEXT STAYCATION COMES CALLING AND WHAT YOU REALLY WANT IS A GREAT LOCATION WITH ALL THE BENEFITS OF BEING IN A RESORT, THINK ABOUT THE HEART OF WEST BAY AND THE TOWERING CITY CENTRE ROTANA DOHA. WE STAYED AT THE POPULAR HOTEL ON A MUCH-NEEDED BREAK FROM THE BUSTLE – YET CLOSE TO ALL OF DOHA’S BEST ATTRACTIONS…

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After having stayed in hundreds of hotels, it takes a lot to make us feel at our most comfortable. Especially when it comes to city hotels, creating that balance of comfort with convenience is a task that can be difficult. However, we found just the place that manages to tick both of these boxes… and so many more. Walking into the City Centre Rotana Doha we find a beautiful lobby that, at the time of our visit, had an influx of international sports teams checking in for tournaments in Doha. Well, if it’s good enough for them – it’ll do us just fine! Check in is fast and efficient, and we whizz up to our King Premium Room to find a very large, neutrally decorated room that has sun light pouring in through its floor to ceiling windows and pretty much every amenity you could ask for from a 5-star hotel – we’re off to a good start!

LET’S TALK PREMIUM It’s clear to see the upscale surroundings of City Centre Rotana Doha in every essence of the property. The elegant 381 guest rooms, suites and apartments are spread over 47 floors, all offering snapchat-worthy views of either the stunning Arabian Gulf sea and/or the city skyline. A fresh palette of colours reveals a room that immediately calls to our relaxation needs. It’s the perfect blend of creams, subtle beige and browns, and perfectly placed lamps for mood lighting which accompany the airy vibe. fact magazine

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Each 50sqm premium room offers picturesque views of the city. You’ll find all your usual amenities like a well-stocked mini bar, tea and coffee making facilities, and Wireless Internet connection. On top this, a stateof-the-art, multi-channel 42” LCD television, bedside guest digital assistants, bathrobes and hairdryer, iron and ironing board and plenty of fresh towels will add to making you stay as comfortable as possible. Distinct design features include a recessed closet system that conceals shelving, drawers, mini bar, and personal in-room safe – we like the practicality of the design, which leaves the guest with more space to enjoy. The bathrooms were also a practical solution with good space and amenities to make sure your warm soak or hot shower is the best it can be! During our stay, we went to check out the 24th floor Club Rotana Lounge, which offers everything from welcome drinks upon check-in, elcome amenities in the room, complimentary breakfast served in the comfort of the lounge or at Olive Oil - All Day Dining, complimentary afternoon tea, complimentary snacks and beverages throughout the day, evening canapés and more, to anyone staying in Club Rotana category accommodation. If you want that added touch of luxury and convenience – this is definitely a good choice!

DINING DELIGHTS City Centre Rotana Doha offers a feast of culinary options in a variety of exquisite settings. Each restaurant shines with its own character and cuisine, and all are defined by signature bespoke service. Firstly, breakfast is a lovely affair of hot and cold dishes to satisfy your morning cravings and make sure that you get off to a great start! The hotel’s newest restaurant; Zeituna Lebanese Restaurant, is an oriental celebration of cuisine. Think delicious authentic flavours with mouthwatering ingredients and instagram-ready dishes, providing guests with a unique Lebanese dining experience. The venue is designed to represent a relaxed atmosphere where guests are offered an exceptional choice of mezze, delicacies, beverages and desserts. It is distinguished by its refined service, elegant decoration and the live music you can enjoy while dining along with a great choice of shisha flavours. Our favourite dishes, and ones we’d highly recommend include: Sawda Djej (pan-fried chicken liver with pomegranate and lemon sauce), Fish Sayadia (aked fish with spiced rice & caramelized onions, topped with nuts and served with tahina sauce) and the Halawat El Jiben Mouchallaleh (sweet cheese dough, pistachios topped with Ashta cream and rose petal jam). fact magazine

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The restaurant represents an amalgamation of regional dishes, serving lunch and diner with recipes inspired by Lebanon and the Arab region. If you’re looking for that taste of homely comfort cuisine, here’s where you’ll find it! On the other hand, there’s the ever-pleasing Teatro with its Eastern Cooking Meets Western Cuisine – there’s a sushi bar as well as a comprehensive à la carte menu creatively blending dishes from Chinese, Indian, Italian, Japanese and Thai cuisines. The award-winning Boston’s Bar & Restaurant is every sports bar-lovers dream with a variety of sumptuous dishes off a delicious American style-menu to relax and unwind. A lobby-level gourmet coffee shop and two poolside dining options round up City Centre Rotana’s excellent food offerings – there’s a good chance that you won’t need to leave the premises for any meals.

RECREATION REVELRY Surprisingly, we ended up spending a lot of time at Bodylines Fitness & Wellness Club. Their fully-equipped gymnasium, cardiovascular and weight training, steam, sauna, and jacuzzi are the cherry on top of the cake when it comes to staycation choices. If you don’t want to compromise on your fitness and wellbeing throughout the stay, you don’t have to! This place offers it all; personal trainers and fitness instructors are at hand to guide you through workout, temperature controlled outdoor swimming pool and kids’ pool (sun bathing is amazing here!), and a spa that offers an array of time-tested massages and treatments. In fact, the deep tissue massage we opted for was complete bliss as the therapist used the best techniques to work out our knots and decrease stress levels – which meant that we had a wonderful night’s sleep. In a nutshell, the hotel has enough to please both the children and the big kids of the family!

STAYCATION GOALS City Centre Rotana’s location in the heart of Doha keeps it connected to City Centre Mall and mere steps from the new Doha Exhibition and Conference Centre. The hotel is nestled in the key business and commercial district of West Bay and just 30 minutes’ drive from the new Hamad International Airport. This makes it a great choice for both leisure travellers looking for downtime, and a business traveller in need of a relaxing place to stay that has all the mod cons required. For couples or families in Doha who wish to get away from home life for a few nights and let someone else take care of them, City Centre Rotana Doha’s big, spacious rooms, yummy dining options and recreation facilities will keep every guest occupied throughout their stay. Final verdict: we will be back! ✤ 78

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GO: CALL THE ST. REGIS DUBAI, AL HABTOOR CITY ON (0)4 435 5555 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.


RAMADAN AT SIHR AL SHARQ Celebrate the Holy Month of Ramadan at the “Sihr Al Sharq” tent in Al Dasha and Al Sonbok ballrooms. Capture the magic of the East with a sumptuous buffet, featuring traditional Qatari cuisine and International dishes, serenaded with soothing sounds of the Oud and live oriental band. QAR 250 per person Iftar – from sunset to 8:00 p.m. Suhour – from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Up to 30% savings for groups above 50 guests *Terms and conditions apply. For more information, please contact us at +974 4425 6666, or visit: www.ritzcarlton.com/sharqvillage

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KEEPS IT FIERCE There are sports cars and then there’s the Ferrari 488 Spider.

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in this sports car. After careful inspection we could not find one feature we would have altered or added. In truth, several articles could be written on the interior of this vehicle alone, but there is no substitute for the real experience. The performance of this car was however the most impressive aspect of all. Our first drive entailed a trip around Qatar. This long and wide highway stretches for miles and we took advantage of the space to put her through her paces. The all-new 3902 cc V8 turbo engine is a scary beast. There is far too much power available to test on any road and we were hesitant to push her to even half of her capabilities. This speed machine goes from 0 – 100km/h in just three seconds and has a top speed of 330km/h! Fortunately, the carbon ceramic brakes are more than up to the task and the impeccable grip on offer ensures one is in control of the experience. Our next excursion was around The Pearl. Considered one of the finest locations in Doha, it was the perfect location to test the Spider’s handling abilities. If we were to provide one word to describe the experience, it would have to be, smooth. Every curve and feature of this car has been designed to ensure a perfect ride. This Ferrari is incredibly responsive and carves through the roads like a slalom skier carves through the snow. She feels light, powerful and capable. It was only once we exited the vehicle that we realised our cheeks ached from the permanent ear-to-ear smile this experience had provided. This car screams success and wealth. If you are someone looking for the ultimate sports car experience, you need not look any further than the Ferrari 488 Spider. ✤

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BIG SCREEN Deadpool 2 WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

Following a near fatal bovine attack that leaves him disfigured, cafeteria chef, Wade Wilson, struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to live with his lost sense of flavour. As he travels around the world to regain his will to live, he must overcome a number of obstacles to discover the true meaning of family, friendship and flavour.

DIRECTOR: David Leitch CAST: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin

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Ryan Reynolds is a gift that keeps on giving! Everybody’s beloved superhero is back for another round of actionpacked shenanigans. Following the surprise success of its first installation, Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero is finally making a return to the big screen. An irreverent and uninhibited take on the superhero genre, David Leich’s latest offering takes things to an insane new level. When Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is left disfigured and scarred after a vicious attack, he is forced to come to grips with his lost sense of taste while chasing his dream of becoming Mayberry’s most sought-after bartender. As he searches to regain his spice for life, Wade must battle the yakuza, ninjas as well as a pack of sexually aggressive canines while trying to find a new taste for adventure and relationships. Featuring significant new characters, a ruggedly funny plot as well as Wade Wilson at his snarkiest best, Deadpool 2 is a definite winner in our eyes.

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Highlights

Life of the Party WHAT’S IT ABOUT:

Featuring significant new characters, a ruggedly funny plot as well as Wade Wilson at his snarkiest best, Deadpool 2 is a definite winner in our eyes. – Deadpool 2

When longtime housewife Deanna’s husband suddenly dumps her, she decides to turn her life around by going back to college. Landing in the same class and school as her daughter, Deanna embraces the campus life in full force while finally living life on her own terms.

DIRECTOR: Ben Falcone CAST: Melissa McCarthy, Gillian Jacobs, Maya Rudolph

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A hilarious yet emotionally charged plot that is sure to tickle your funny bone, Life of the Party tells a tale of reinvention and freedom like never before. Funny-woman Melissa McCarthy gets together with her husband, Ben Falcone, to play a newly-dumped mum called Deanna. By turning regret into reset and going back to college alongside her daughter (Molly Gordon), Deanna’s new undergrad status thrusts her to reinvent herself as shot-swilling Dee Rock while getting acquainted with the latest millennial trends. In the midst of all the chaos, she finds her true self in a way no one ever expected. Watch the hilarity unfold as the increasingly outspoken Deanna plunges headlong into freedom, frat boys and oodles of fun!


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FULLY BOOKED

ON THE RECORD

NON-FICTION

Stealing the Show: How Women Are Revolutionising Television By Joy Press

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Dirty Computer

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A scintillating amalgamation of synthladen soul, rubbery funk and sugary R&B, Janelle Monae is a true musical treasure. Adding a distinct festive Southern bounce to the music scene, Monae has successfully secured her position as a true icon in music, fashion and film. Her fourth album and first “emotion picture”, Dirty Computer is an artistic progression we have been so excited to witness. Deep, personal and straight from the heart, the album sheds light on Monae’s story like never before. Evoking the style and flair of Kiss, Make Me Feel might be the strongest Prince tribute we’ve heard since his death. Packing a ton of 1980s nostalgia, the liberated jam carries a feeling of raw sensual energy all throughout the song. With personal liberation as the key theme of the album, it is all about the celebration of one’s self as well as strength and unity. A diss record aimed at haters, Django Jane is a bold step away from her previous work. The perfect balance of grace and reverence, Dirty Computer is definitely one of our favourite records of the year! 86

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Electric Light By James Bay

James Bay’s stellar rise to pop stardom has been the subject of fascination for fans and critics alike. Attempting a major creative reinvention, Bay embraces electronic beats and woozy atmospherics while citing Prince and Frank Ocean as his inspirations. A world away from his signature guitar driven sound, Wild Love sees the Hitchin-born singer-songwriter experiment with warped synths and subtle guitar lines. Combining carnality and gospel music, the futuristic track takes his sound to a new place. Armed with a brand new image and sound, this audacious change of direction marks a significant turning point in the singer’s musical journey. Pink Lemonade continues his bold transformation with pulsating rock breakup ballad you need to soothe your lovelorn heart! Playing with different styles of production of delivery, James Bay offers a new and improved sound while still sticking close to his roots. We can hardly wait for what’s next!

Chronicling the rise of the female show runner, this book is about how the role of women has radically transformed the television industry. From Shonda Rhimes and Lena Dunham to Tina Fey and Mindy Kaling, the Press examines how these extraordinary women have revolutionised the entertainment landscape.

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Tangerine By Christine Mangan Once inseparable roommates Lucy Mason and Alice Shipley decided to part ways for good. When Alice gets married and moves to Morocco, a year later Lucy is the last person she expected to see. Lucy tries to make things right and helps Alice venture out into the bustling medinas. But when Alice’s husband, John, goes missing, she starts to question everything around her. Featuring exotic imagery, the novel will have you on the edge of your seat!


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Musement Travel Activities Travelling soon? Let Musement help you make the most of your trip! A free travel app that lets you live like a local wherever you go, it turns your phone into an exciting local city guide. Their selection of the best, most authentic and locally sourced attractions, restaurants, bars, neighbourhoods and concerts ensures that you always have access to the best choices. Be it watching the skyline in San Francisco or just finding the best pizza near you, Musement has got you covered!

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Yummly Taking your kitchen skills to a whole new level, Yummly makes cooking so much easier and healthier! With over two million recipes serving over 25 million home cooks around the world, Yummly is the only smart cooking sidekick you need. The app’s proprietary Food Genome and patent-pending Food Intelligence understands recipes at a deeper level and offers recommendations based on your diet, allergies, tastes and more. Apart from some amazing recipes, the app also lets you purchase the perfect kitchen tool for you. You’ll never want to have takeout again!


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THE RELIABLE SMARTPHONE: HUAWEI MATE 10 Smartp ho n es have revo l u t i o n i s e d t h e re a l m of com mun i c a ti o n a s we n o w rea c h p eo p l e fro m diffe ren t parts of t he wo r l d a n d e a s i l y a cce s s i nfo rm a t i o n.. Wi th th e ri se of a rtifi c i a l i n te l li gen c e, sm a rtp h o n es promi se t o c ha n ge o u r l i ve s fo r t h e b e t t e r. Th e H UAWEI Mat e 10 S e r i e s h a s b een o n th e m a rke t fo r th e b e tte r ha lf of a year n o w, a n d i t a i m s t o e mp o we r c o n sume rs to ma ke th ei r li ves mo re effi c i en t a n d e a s i e r. W e put i t to th e tes t…

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use AI to shoot clear pictures with sharp details and zero blur. Apart from some killer camera quality, the Mate 10 Series smartphones sport a powerful 4000 mAh battery to support you in your everyday tasks. Armed with Huawei’s certified SuperCharge technology, the smartphones can power up within only 30 minutes of charge to support you over two days of heavy usage. The battery also features intelligent power management, which means that when you use your phone for heavy activities like games and videos, it automatically adjusts to support power-intensive apps. If prolonged use makes your phone overheat, the artificial intelligence-powered management function automatically switches it off. Featuring an impressive mobile AI processor, New Leica Dual Camera, long-lasting battery and so much more, the HUAWEI Mate 10 is the reliable smartphone that empowers you. The winner of Android Authority’s ‘2017 Smartphone of the Year’ as well as TechRadar’s ‘Best Smartphone’ awards, the HUAWEI Mate 10 gives you the best value for money. While it’s not easy to carve out a share of the high-end smartphone market, HUAWEI Mate 10 certainly holds its own. It’s a yes from us! ✤

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HER Spring/Summer 2018 at River Island offers quirky and unique reinventions of the season’s trends. With the fit for every occasion separates through to essential beach-babe attire, each piece exhibits River Island’s high street luxury allure whilst celebrating ethnicity and street culture. Unveiling an array of contrasting fabrics, textures and prints to create decadent and drastic dimensions for every woman’s wardrobe that needs a new spark of life. 80’S GRAPHIC is still shining through into the new season. The colour palette is stripped back to minimal monochrome, with the focus being on power dressing. Larger-than-life silhouettes in muted tones give a masculine feel to BIG EASY with utility dressing amplified by playing with proportions to accentuate and draw attention to the midriff. LUXE ETHNIC touches on artisan influences, whilst KITSCH KOKO is a melange of diverse textures and fabrics like plastic and vinyl, and SWEET STREET is denim revamped and reinvented. Headto-toe collaging in bright shades make up PRINT CLASH. Montages of checks, contrasting stripes and complex graphics indicate more is most definitely more. ✤

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HIM For Spring/Summer 2018, River Island focuses on clean silhouettes, premium cloths and technical design features. Contemporary tailoring and luxe sportswear pieces are dressed with an array of chic casual separates for a versatile summer look. Soft shades of pastel pink, light grey and pistachio are complimented by flushes of burgundy, mustard yellow and cobalt blue for a fresh colour palette that breathes new life into every man’s wardrobe. COURTSIDE PREP combines clean shades of white, stone and soft grey with bursts of bottle green, pink and burgundy, whilst MEXICANA brings statement fabrications and luxurious tailoring to the forefront, and VICE is this season’s resort tailoring offering with classic suiting shapes reimagined and infused with a plethora of premium fabrics and textures in seasonal tones of sky blue, lilac and pistachio. SUMMER HERITAGE infuses a muted palette of crisp white, cream and black with premium heritage fabrics and functional construction methods to create a silhouette that is both chic and understated. ✤

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Beauty Fix HELPING YOUR BEAUTY REGIME TO STAY ON FLEEK, ONE PRODUCT AT A TIME…

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SKY HIGH DINING

Taking a midday break for exquisite food should be on every diner’s list - especially when it involves eating out at one of the highest dining points in the city. FACT’s Craig Ferriman heads to the Torch Tea Garden for an afternoon tea that turns the traditionally English feast into a menu of exotic tastes. fact magazine

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he Torch Doha is situated in the Aspire Zone which may as well be code for the capital city of health and fitness or sport central. Visiting athletes of numerous disciplines fly to Doha to use the world-class facilities and many of them stay in The Torch. It should be little wonder then, that the food on offer at this 5-star venue is health conscious in everything it serves across all its outlets. The Englishman in me had images of scones, jam and clotted cream but that is not quite the idea they were going for. The Torch Tea Garden has the feel of a tropical paradise in the Far East or South East Asia and the menu had a decent selection of choices to accompany the excellent list of teas they served in this tranquil indoor space. There were as many savoury items as there were sweet treats to choose from. We started with the beetroot carpaccio with some arugula, feta cheese and olives. The balsamic and lemongrass dressing gave it a tangy and delicious quality that makes this a very tasty and popular option. The quinoa cakes go down a treat – something very unique that pleases our palates with every bite. Similarly, the prawn tempura was lovely and crisp whilst the bruschetta board was a camera-worthy surprise. There are delicious and healthy sandwiches and burgers to choose from which are balanced and not calorie high or saturated in relishes, sauces and fatty chemicals. The ‘Boss’ burger comprised good quality beef, sautéed onions, a little herb mayonnaise, lettuce, sun dried tomato and blue cheese. The signature burger was just as impressive, if not more so, with Angus and chorizo patty stuffed with cheese, avocado, a tomato jam and onion rings. We could get used to eating one of these for lunch every day! The desserts are delicious but not excessively rich. The signature chocolate fudge is an absolute must. I’d go so far as to say that you must go for this even if you try nothing else. It’s a cool chocolate cake served with hot chocolate sauce that provides contrasting temperatures melting the middle of the cake and a salted caramel ice cream sits just on the side blending perfectly with the spongy texture of the cake. Their kunafa was a little drier than I’d have 104 fact magazine


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expected but it was really the only area I could fault the food – maybe I’ll ask for extra syrup on the next visit! The teas to choose from are varied and wide-ranging. They include an exclusive selection of Japanese and Chinese tea, oolong tea and white tea. We tried the white needle tea and it accompanied our food choices beautifully. Their mocktails and smoothies were also very good. It was obvious that their berry delight was freshly made from fruit on the premises and we finished it with gusto. The views from this indoor garden, 20 floors up the tallest tower in Qatar, give you an excellent vantage point of various landmarks like the Khalifa stadium, Hamad Aquatic Centre and Aspire Park with its vast greenery. It’s a whole different part of the city and the perfect instagrammable hangout. When I’m craving a good burger or need to impress visitors and friends with a special treat – this will be the number one foodie spot. ✤

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CULINARY TRIP TO TURKEY

Seasonal Tastes is the venue for all cuisines at The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa. It’s an all-day dining outlet, the place they do their bubbalicious brunch and it’s also the home of internationally themed nights. FACT’s Craig Ferriman went to savour the Turkish Night feast… fact magazine

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aking place every Tuesday, the Turkish Night is a delicious one. If I’m honest, my gut was telling me that this might not be the greatest Turkish food. I say that because I have a theory about restaurants that try to be good at lots of things, surely they can’t be master of all, right? Well, I went with an open mind and just as well because my theory was quickly proved wrong and the food was very impressive. The restaurant itself is very large to cater for the mass dining of morning breakfast or the flagship brunch. We chose to sit outside while the temperature is still bearable in the evening and greatly enjoyed the chilled vibe with tranquil water features in the background adding to the relaxed feel. Staff were highly attentive and friendly too keeping the table cleared so we could come back with freshly filled plates. The fresh salads were plentiful and filled one buffet counter. The Turkish doner kebab was notable for its juicy flavour and we had been craving it all day – so all the tastebuds were satisfied! The chef was very keen to point out that this is not a shawarma! The shawarma is a much drier affair but this was softer with sauce and Turkish accompaniments like yoghurt. DIVINE! The cheese borek was definitely a hit. It’s a particularly Turkish food stapke made with filo pastry and a thin flaky dough. It’s layered with spinach and feta cheese and tastes just like the traditional pockets of delight we’ve had on our many visits to Turkey. The restaurant has nailed it. The lamb wrapped in aubergine was also a stand out success – succulent and light yet packed with flavours. I also gorged on their fine selection of barbecued meat; lamb, chicken and beef all beautifully done. 108 fact magazine

The sweets counter was enormous and seemed to go on forever! For those who perhaps peculiarly lack a sweet tooth like me, all is not lost, because the selection of Turkish cheeses to choose from was almost equally as large and you don’t often get to tuck in to so many different specialist cheeses so I thoroughly enjoyed trying out those. There was shaklish, comlek, tulum, and feta as I recall and more besides them to get your cheese fix. This is a family-friendly restaurant and it encourages people to eat together and try new things. There were quite a few families there when we arrived early on and they were made to feel extremely welcome by the staff. Plus, how could they not be happy when the food is THIS GOOD? ✤


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GO: TURKISH NIGHT TAKES PLACE EVERY TUESDAY FOR DINNER. CALL 4492 1555 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.

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INDULGENT WELLNESS With the increasing cost of a plane ticket and the lack of ease of travel around the region, staycations are on the rise in Doha. FACT’s Craig Ferriman hits the beach and revels in the facilities at InterContinental Doha for a day of complete bliss… fact magazine

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ore and more people are telling me that they’re embracing quality time in the many stunning hotels and resorts here in Qatar rather than shelling out a fortune for expensive air fares for all the family to somewhere fairly expensive in Asia, Africa or elsewhere. Qatar offers a 98 per cent no-rain guarantee, food from across the globe and truly 5-star service. The Intercontinental Doha manages to encapsulate all of that and proves that point in spades. I spent a ‘wellness’ day there and started with a worthy workout in the gym. The surrounding corridors, locker room and changing facilities looked fresh, clean and recently renovated. The gym covered a vast expanse and boasts an enormous range of equipment both in terms of machines and weights. I had zero trouble managing to mount a bike or jump on a free treadmill. It looks out over the pool letting in bright sunlight in an airy and ventilated workout space. Looking out at the pool inspired me to cool off after a full-blown workout. Viewed from the air, the pool is basically a giant V-shape with a cool bridge across the middle that leads residents directly to the beach. I tried swimming from one end of the V shape to the other but was distracted part way by a bar in the pool replete with built in stools so I could hydrate with a freshly pressed orange juice or naturally-made smoothie without even leaving the pool. 112 fact magazine


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Kids love this pool and their parents do too because the kids have far too much fun to keep them amused but they’re in close proximity and parents can just lie back on the loungers knowing they are never too far away. A lifeguard is on duty, the staff are vigilant and the fresh open air breathes life into their young souls. There is even a play area for the little ones too. After the pool, you only have to walk a few steps to be on the private beach that only Intercontinental residents have access too. It’s in a prime spot. Look to your left and you can see the majesty of the Pearl, look to your right and there is the splendour of the skyline. Adventurous types can rent jet skis and get stuck into water sports. I preferred to lie back in the sea and bask in the sunshine. After working up an appetite, I only walked a few steps and found myself in Coral, the main all-day dining outlet that offers breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets. It particularly impressed me that the lunch was healthy and fresh with a tremendous breadth of salads, fruit and enticing hot dishes on the buffet like a Greek souvlaki, Indian curry and English roast beef. The restaurant is large but it has a grand dining terrace that faces onto the pool area meaning you can keep an eye on the kids, and or your sun lounger, without venturing too far away. The Bay Club which is the name for the health and gym facilities offer a great many classes from boxing to yoga, crossfit to weight

training and spinning too. I did a one-hour indoor cycling class with my instructor, Tarek, and got an immense endorphins rush, feeling all the better for it. The new wing of the hotel is now home to the incredible spa. It occupies an enormous space and is an oasis of serenity and quiet calm. I tried out their 90-minute signature massage with the exceptionally professional and highly-skilled masseur, Yestini. It was a unique deep pressure massage combining therapeutic techniques including the signature golf ball instrument which presses into the sore spots in muscles and leaves you feeling totally de-stressed. Though ideal for athletes, the spa therapists can alter the level of pressure to suit the client. I was highly stressed in the back and shoulder areas but it was all ironed out by the time I left. I subsequently relaxed in the wet area, followed by tea in the relaxation lounge followed by the use of their steam room, Jacuzzi and sauna which I basically had to myself. The whole day was truly 5-star and I didn’t have to go far or pay a fortune for it. Just the ticket you need! ✤

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DOHA INSIDER

John S Louie General Manager, Doha Marriott Hotel Tell us three things about the Doha Marriott Hotel that make it stand out from its competitors... The three things are my incredible team, the history of the hotel and our location. The Doha Marriott Hotel is a very unique property, having originally opened in 1972 as the Gulf Hotel, it was the first international 5-star hotel in Doha. We still have many associates that have been working in this hotel for more than 20 years and a few that have over 30 years of service. It is incredible to see the loyalty of the team to the hotel and to Marriott as a brand. Having worked for so many years in the hospitality industry, they have perfected the art of hosting brilliantly. I can confidently say that Doha Marriott associates are among the friendliest and most talented hosts in Qatar. We are very lucky to have such a unique location. Just seven minutes from Hamad International airport, we are at the gateway to Doha with Souq Waqif, the Corniche, the Museum of Islamic Arts, West Bay and many commercial areas just around the corner. Our hotel not only appeals to business travellers but also to families, who can enjoy our recreation area such as the swimming pool, private beach, tennis courts for their weekend staycations. 114 fact magazine

What are some of your favourite cultural hotspots in Doha and why? I have been in and out of Qatar for almost 20 years, having first arrived in 1999. At that time, the main attractions were the old Souq, the Mall and the Centre for shopping, Al Bidda Park, the Corniche, a few local restaurants and only four international hotels. It has been fantastic to see Qatar develop so fast in such a short period of time. As every hotelier, my hours tend to be quite irregular and so it is hard to plan ahead, but this also gives us the opportunity to do a lot of “spur of the moment” activities, especially with my family and the many close friends we have here in Doha. I would say that my favourite cultural places are the Museum of Islamic Art, Katara Cultural Village and Souq Waqif, for these unique places leave me inspired, motivated and ready to start a week with positive energy. Additionally, for me a simple morning stroll on the Corniche is a perfect way to walk through Qatar’s cultural heritage and have a glance at its bright future ahead.

For the rest of 2018, what are your most important professional goals to achieve with the Doha Marriott Hotel? We are constantly working on improving our services and offerings for our guests but 2018 will be very special for our hotel, our spa and our restaurants. Our spa team is working on bringing in new exciting treatments and products as well as improving our beach, swimming pool and gym facilities. When it comes to restaurants, they all have an impeccable reputation and we have won many local and international awards including the 2018 FACT Awards for the best Indian restaurant with Taj Rasoi. However, we do understand that in order to continue our legacy we need to keep introducing new promotions and exciting collaborations. At the moment we are working on an exciting new project that will be introduced just after Ramadan and it will be a new outlet in our beach area. My team and I will share more details with you later and I promise it will definitely become the new go-to place to have a memorable weekend in Doha but ssshh… so far it is a secret and my PR team would probably not be happy to know if I share it with you already! J


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