FACT Qatar November 2014

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THE EDITOR FACT Magazine Qatar Edition November 2014 Volume 4, Issue 6.

The Great Outdoors “Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.” – Mae West


e might not have the big forests, the rolling hills or the high-peaked mountains of

other places, but what Doha does have is

REALLY GOOD food. By that, I mean the great variety of restaurants, cafes, and lounges for diners to choose from. That’s

Right, let’s talk about this fabulous

cover. FACT is big on supporting regional

Features Editor Pallavi Ramesh

Her work is vibrant, whimsical, and inspired

Creative Director Paula Leal

self-taught Bahraini artist Leena Al Ayoobi. by folk design as well as her interest in

anime cartoon (talk about variety!), we

caught up with the young lady to learn more

Senior Graphic Designer Raquel Henriques

Talking of arts, there are plenty of

Designer Rashed Bin Daina

about her home-grown artistic flair on p51.

by Pip Hoy. I had a chat with the Doha-

houses at The Pearl, there’s something for

everyone to enjoy as the cool weather kicks in and eating outdoors becomes a must.

That’s not all. If being outdoors is all

Group Regional Editor Tony Sidgwick

young talent and this month we discovered

to p25 and check out FACT’s favourite alat Souq Waqif, to fine-dining and coffee

Chief Executive Officer Greg Hughes

Editor-in-Chief Shabana Adam (shabana@factlive.com)

exhibitions going on in Doha over the next

fresco dining venues, from hole-in-the-walls

10/30/14 2:18 PM

Chairman Khalifa Bin Mubarak Al Khalifa

General Manager Hussein A. Zreik

right, our sandbox-city has the foodie scene

covered from A to Z. Don’t believe us? Turn

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few months too. One of these is Resilience based Australian artist about her journey

towards creating her first solo expo (p65). Pip’s colourful collection is currently on

display at the Grand Hyatt Doha so make sure you get down there to check it out. Taking note of how style-savvy

Photography Abshar PK @ Creative Design Shameer Pokkutty @ Creative Design Imelda Reynante Production & Distribution Manager Neil Mahmood Regional Key Account Manager Chelsea Copenhaver

about getting active or spending time with

everyone is in Doha, our fashion focus this

Sales Manager Badir Bechara

that front too! Check out our round up of

The brand’s Fall/Winter style is all about

Contributors Laura Hamilton

perfectly with our outdoors theme. We’re

ADVERTISING ENQUIRIES Tel: +974 6604 2145 Email: badir@nansgroup.com

family and friends, we’ve got your back on

the best pools and beaches for a relaxing day (p40) and some of the cool activities, perfect for this time of year (p42). There’s no such thing as too much outdoor fun!

Shabana Adam Editor-in-Chief shabana@factlive.com

month comes from Massimo Dutti (p79). comfort and class, and one that fits in

super excited for the festive season and

November brings with it Thanksgiving! Turn to p104 where you’ll find our listings with

the best dinners, brunches, and dining deals for this family-focussed occasion!

How’s your Christmas playlist coming

along? Contrary to what some in the FACT office believe, it’s never too early to be

playing Jingle Bell Rock. Youtube, here I come… 6.

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Find Rashed?

He’s hidden somewhere in this issue, also available to download for Android & iOS. Find FACT’s dapper designer chilling somewhere in this issue and you could WIN a dinner for two at Burgeri, located on the edge of Aspire Park. Look close and hard because Rashed will be perched on one of the editorial pages waiting to be discovered! Email editorial@factlive.com with the page number you think he’s on, your name and contact details! Good Luck!


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Fact Finds High Flyers

Discover more of Qatar with FACT FINDS – every month we’ll bring you our favourite eatery, activity or interesting find from around the country.

GO: Red Bull Flying Bach takes place at the Theatre in Qatar National Convention Centre on November 22; starting at 8pm. Tickets are available at Virgin Megastores and Virgin Ticketing. Visit www.redbullflyingbach.com for more information.

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Dance-lovers and all of you, who love a good energetic performance, get ready for the return of Red Bull Flying Bach. Four-times world champions of break dance, the Flying Steps, will come together with opera director Christoph Hagel, for a one-night only thrilling performance. This unique fusion between urban art and classical music was launched in 2011, where the talented break dance crew performed to the sounds of Johann Sebastian Bach, at venues all around the world. After sold out shows in various locations, Red Bull Flying Bach will be visiting Qatar for the second time on November 22. In the fusion of cultures Red Bull Flying Bach turns the international classical world upside down. The creative performance visualises and revives Johann Sebastian Bach’s well-tempered clavier crossing the borders of serious music and youth culture. Note by note. Step by step. With piano, harpsichord and electronic beats complemented with head spins, power moves and freezes. The 70-minute long narrative encapsulates a visually compelling storyline, one that is guaranteed to leave audiences in awe. If you didn’t get the chance to see them when they last visited Doha, don’t waste any time in getting your tickets for this exciting show!

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Dreams on Ice The Sound Of Music

If you’re looking for something magical, entertaining and fun this month, look no further than Dreams On Ice. It’s a two-hour extravaganza packed with elegant skating, acrobatic performances, stilt walkers, jugglers, hula hoop on ice, and domestic dogs, cats and seals that will take your breath away in a combined performance. For kids, this will be the highlight of their day with astonishing acts taking to the stage to please all members of the family of all ages. Other surprises with motorbikes in the Globe of Death and the phenomenal Rhine Wheel will also leave you in awe. If that’s not enough, one of the best illusionists and magicians will perform a mesmerising act that will surely leave you clinging your seats! GO: Dreams On Ice runs until November 30 at Katara Cultural Village. Visit www.katara.net for more information.

We bet you’re singing The Hills Are Alive or So Long Farewell right now! If, like us, you’re a fan of Broadway musicals, then get ready for an absolute treat. One of the world’s most-loved theatre shows, The Sound of Music is coming to Doha later this month. This iconic Broadway musical show will feature lavish costumes and scenery, a wonderful live orchestra and starring a cast of the very best of London’s West End performers, this award-winning critically acclaimed production is an emotionally packed show that is perfect for the whole family. GO: The Sound of Music runs from November 26 to 29 at Qatar National Convention Centre. Buy your tickets from Virgin Megastore.

Porto Arabia Esplanade

It’s all happening at The Pearl Qatar this season as Porto Arabia Esplanade is back with more dazzling street music, clown acts, cartoon characters, inflatable games and so much more. Located along the iconic Porto Arabia Boardwalk, the festivities will allow residents, including mum, dad and the kids, to enjoy the outdoors and cooler weather to the max. Stroll down the boardwalk and get your face painted, or get the pro balloon twister to make you something cool! This is where all the family fun is at in Doha so start planning your day out now! GO: Activities at Porto Arabia Esplanade runs until December 27 at The Pearl Qatar.


Racing Thrills

Are you a skilled driver when it comes to radio control cars? Would you rather experience the thrills from behind the remote than the wheel? Well, you might just want to check out the Qatar RC Racing Group’s exciting races at Aspire Zone this month. It’s all about hitting fast laps, taking time trails, and driving dirty over jump ramps on the Aspire Zone Race Track. Qatar’s best radio controlled car racers can converge and take part in a series of special Cup races and competitions, with racers of all abiloties welcome to attend, watch or participate. Radio Control Car race races are organized by Aspire Zone Foundation in conjunction with the Qatar Radio Controlled Racing Group. The circuit features an off-road track that is 350 m long and 4 m wide, over an area of 1,650 square meters. It contains tight corners, sweeping arches and six jump sections. An outdoor on-road track is also available. Only drivers who have their own cars that are suitable for the competition can enter the race. Sounds like a load of fun to us! GO: Radio Controlled Car Racing takes place at Aspire Zone from September 5 to 21. Tickets are required. Visit www.aspirezone.qa for more information.


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Market Meets Handicrafts

There’s nothing like a good family day out where you can enjoy traditional food and scour stalls for one-of-a-kind trinkets. All this can be experienced at the Handcrafts Workshops and Outdoor Market at Katara Art Studios, Building 19. Look out for great workshops in embroidery, crochet, wool bracelets and more, as well as a fantastic handicrafts market where a wide range of artifacts, jewellery, accessories, paintings, drawings, clothing, home decorations and photography will be displayed and sold. Savour a delightful traditional food tasting experience with plenty of food offerings dotted around. GO: The Qatar Handicrafts Market and workshops run until March 2015. Visit www.katara.net for more information.

VCUQatar Gallery is playing host to a fascinating exhibition, Confluence, made up of photographic based works from the Contemporary Middle East. Bringing together, for the first time in Qatar, the work of Atfal Ahdath, George Awde, and Ali Cherri, this showcase of contemporary photography and video installation from across the Middle East demonstrates a specific thematic diversity. The work on display explores the preserves fleeting moments of the mundane, the personal, and the intimate, as well as the global and the public in everyday life. Confluence also illustrates the richness of possibilities and journeys that are open to the artist who uses photography in its broadest sense. GO: Confluence is open daily from 9am to 5pm (closed Fridays) until December 24 at the VCUQatar Gallery. Admission is free.

BUSINESS lunch by

The finest business lunch in Doha The new Executive Chef of Kempinski Vinon Yergu, has revamped the popular business lunch menu with creative, healthy and fresh options. Savour creative culinary creations such as the Chilled Vanilla & Orange Soup, the Vegetable Moussaka and finish off with the sweet indulgence of the Lemongrass Crème Brûlée. Saturday to Thursday, 12pm-3pm, QAR 95 per person

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The Ajyal Film Festival Returns With Documentary

The world premiere of motor racing documentary Speed Sisters, by Lebanese-Canadian filmmaker Amber Fares, is set to open the Ajyal Youth Film Festival A truly ground breaking documentary highlighting a very unique facet of the Arab world is set to kick off the Doha Film Institute’s second annual Ajyal Youth Film Festival. Speed Sisters takes viewers inside the West Bank’s streetcar motor racing scene where we follow a group of young Palestinian women brought together by their desire to live life on their own terms. The debut feature by Lebanese-Canadian director, Amber Fares, takes an intimate look at the lives of its five subjects and what motivates them to compete as they challenge social expectations, community politics and family dynamics while also facing restrictions of movement by the Israeli military occupation. 16.

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The film was developed with the support of the Sundance Institute and Doha Film Institute’s grants programme, along with a variety of international film funds and hundreds of crowdfunding backers around the world. The Ajyal Youth Film Festival builds on the Doha Film Institute’s history of community-based programming. Ajyal, meaning ‘generations’ in Arabic, invites people of all ages to come together to

discuss cinema through events that inspire creative interaction, opening up a fun, collaborative environment where young people can express themselves. Ajyal has been designed to inspire film enthusiasts of all ages in Qatar and the region. The second annual Ajyal Youth Film Festival will take place from December 1 to 6 at Katara Cultural Village. The programme consists of daily public screenings of local and international films; family days; special events and exhibitions; the Sandbox interactive digital playground; school screenings; and the Doha Film Experience - Ajyal’s youth jury, where hundreds of young people between the ages of eight and 21 will watch and discuss shorts and features and decide on the winning films. For more details on the Ajyal Youth Film Festival, Visit www.dohafilminstitute.com/filmfestival

Ladies Brunch at the ritz-carLton, doha Experience a new culinary voyage only at Porcini every Saturday. Crafted for ladies by ladies, delicious buffet spreads include savories and sweets, high teas and signature mocktails all in an exquisite setting. For more information kindly contact us at +974 4484 8000.

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Around the world ...Doing Doha Proud

Bringing you the latest news of fellow Qataris around the world... tell us your news, or share your finds with us on twitter @FACT_Qatar!

France The French city of Bordeaux welcomed H.E. the Attorney General Dr. Ali Bin Fetais Al-Marri for a meeting with the French Prime Minister Alain Juppe to discuss relations between the two countries. They spoke about the National School for the Judiciary and means to develop co-operation. H.E. also met French Minister of Justice - Keeper of the Seals Christiane Taubira and French President’s Adviser Emmanuel Bonn.

Algeria H.E the Minister of State for Defence Affairs Major General Hamad bin Ali al-Attiyah, along with his delegation visited Algeria. The meeting included discussions on enhancing and developing bilateral relations, with the two sides exchanging views on issues of mutual concern, particularly the military affairs. Algerian Deputy Minister for National Defence, Chief of Staff People’s National Army (ANP) Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaid Salah, also met with His Excellency.


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Istanbul HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser visited the new Ottoman Archives Centre to view a number of notable historical documents about Turkey’s relations with the Arab world. The Ottoman Archives are a collection of historical documents of 42 nations who were once related to the Ottoman Empire. HH Sheikha Moza was hosted by the Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey, Numan Kurtulmus, and the Director of the Ottoman Archives.

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Diary Dates For those of you thinking of jetting off around the region this month, we’ve rounded up some of the best events for you to check out in our neighbouring nations…

Abu Dhabi



Where Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Marina. When November 21 to 23

Where Bahrain International Exhibition Centre When November 18 to 22

Where Various locations When November 13 to 17

It’s the time of the year, where the drivers and spectators feel the RUSH! Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is back with a bang, making the residents of the Emirates go crazy. With tickets selling fast, this event is the highlight of the capital. Watch out for the top racers clash and look forward to this year’s winners. Enjoy the headline acts for the After Race concerts with Pharrell Williams, The Who and Armin van Buuren. It’s a fun-packed, adventurous weekend filled with races and entertainment to keep you hooked.

All you jewellery fanatics, who love the bling and design of jewels, this exhibition cannot be missed at any cost! Jewellery Arabia is the largest and most prestigious jewellery exhibition in the Middle East, showcasing world famous names and artisan designs from across the globe. Come by and make sure to peek into all the stands, as each of them is unique in itself as representing styles and designs of different countries. Let your eyes shine amid the beauty of the ornaments. To-be brides, this one is for y’all!

Cinemas of Beirut, Tripoli, Tyre, Saida and Zahleh will feature films and documentaries on war, memory, youth and women rights in Lebanon for the Cultural Resistance International Film Festival. Almost 40 feature films, documentaries, comedies, tragedies, experimental or classical films are gathered around these issues to encourage everyone to think about the meaning of this condition. Promoting the cultural renaissance of Lebanon, this film festival will familiarise you with Lebanon and its culture.

Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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Say goodbye to boredom this month and mark your diaries with these all-important dates. We’ve put together a calendar packed with happenings just for you! This is what FACT recommends (and you can still find more throughout the rest of the mag!)

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Cultures of Brazil Festival at MIA Park

Meditation and Massage at Six Senses Spa, Sharq Village & Spa

Porto Arabia Esplanade at The Pearl-Qatar

Lunedi Cinema at Paper Moon Doha

Bringing the energy and vibe of Brazil in Qatar, this festival covers Brazil’s leading popular, classical and jazz musicians who will perform in an outdoor setting. The festival will include a Carnival procession, music, storytelling and beach football.

Refresh and hydrate your skin with this month’s special. It begins with a body scrub made of jasmine and crushed lychee seeds to cleanse and soften the skin, and continues with a 30-minute massage of your choice.

This dazzling festival includes street musicians, exciting clown acts, inflatable games, face painting and lots more. Located along the Porto Arabia Boardwalk, the festivities will go on till December 27. Enjoy a thrilling evening!

Monday night is movie night! Indulge in an enticing variety of Italian dishes while watching your all-time favourite movies from classic, black and white flicks to world cinema in a relaxed casual atmosphere from 8pm onwards.

GO: Email MIAevents@qm.org.qa for more information.

GO: Call 4425 6999 for bookings and more information.

GO: Visit www.thepearlqatar.com for more information.

GO: Call 4016 6000 for more information.

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Family Art Workshops at Katara

Movember Brunch at Market by Jean – Georges, W Doha

Exhibition by Shirin Neshat at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art

Jazz in the Park at MIA

Qatar Handicraft Market at Katara

How about spending time with your family and taking Art therapy to unwind. Katara Art Studios is hosting a series of Diverse Family Art Workshops, where families are invited to attend with their children aged between five to 10 years old for an arts workshop. GO: Visit www.

It’s MOVEMBER! A themed brunch with live entertainment by Jazz Doha is perfect! Movember is responsible for the sprouting of millions of moustaches around the world, creating awareness for prostate and testicular cancer and mental health.

Check out the first solo exhibition of Iranian artist Shirin Neshat. His art explores the relationship between ancient history and the present day politics, narrated through a visual language referencing the primal concepts of violence and love in universal history.

The Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) partners with Jazz at Lincoln Centre and St. Regis Doha for a series of world-class jazz performances in MIA Park from 7pm onwards. The entry is free of charge and the entertainment is unbelievably good.

Katara Art studios in cooperation with Qatar Arts Association and Handicraft Society in Qatar organised this exhibition. A wide range of artefacts, jewellery, paintings, clothing, home decorations and photography will be displayed and sold.

katara.net for more information.

GO: Call 4453 5135 for more information.

GO: Visit www.qm.org.qa for more information.

GO: Email MIAevents@qm.org. qa for more information.

GO: Visit www.katara.net for more information.

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#Oktoberfest #Grand #Hyatt #Doha The world-famous German festival was celebrated in true Bavarian style with special single-malt drinks from Munich and traditional German specialities. The festivities included a live performance by Dirndljager band and guests had a great time putting their folk dancing skills to the test. 24. fact magazine

Spotlight on Doha’s Dining Scene

It’s autumn again and what better way to ring in the new season than getting ready to enjoy the outdoors! FACT has the ultimate A-Z of some of Doha’s best al fresco dining options.

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Al Tawash at Souq Waqif

There’s nothing better than delicious, authentic Qatari cuisine in an even more traditional atmosphere, right? You’ll find this at Al Tawash - the only fine-dining restaurant serving yummy Qatari fare. The ambience, architecture and open terrace seating make it the ideal spot for dinner in autumn. Treat your taste buds to a selection of mezze, seafood dishes and other mouthwatering menu choices. Make sure to end your meal with tasty Qatari sweets! Call 4498 2002 for more information.

Caffe Vergnano

Immerse yourself in a young, cosmopolitan yet warm and familiar atmosphere, just like the living room at home, as Caffe Vergnano offers an exclusive and inviting space where you can grab a quick coffee and bite to eat, or sit down for a casual catch up with friends. Its location on the waterfront at Porto Arabia, The Pearl makes this more than just your average coffee house. Try the yummy Cannellino or Caffe Shakerato with a Cinnamon Bun or Cherry Cheese Cake – simply delightful! Call 4495 3876 for more information.

BBQ Donuts at The Diplomatic Club

WOW – is the only way to describe this innovative dining donut! It’s a spectacular concept where diners hop on a huge inflatable donut and float there way down West Bay whilst enjoying delectable BBQ dishes. One floating barge can comfortably fit a group of eight who will enjoy a completely unique dining experience featuring a specially installed BBQ grill onboard. It gets top marks for creativity and for foodies of the city this is an absolute must-do! Call 4484 7444 for more information.

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Dalloyau at The Pearl Qatar

Feast at the legendary French gastronomy house, Dalloyau with a scrumptious selection of macaroons, pastries and a choice of gourmet delights. It boasts a real grand and royal gastronomic heritage, hailing from Paris, where you can create many a sweet memory. Perfect for date night or a catch up with friends over coffee and confectionary! Call 4432 1166 for more information.

Emporio Armani Caffe at The Pearl Qatar

We are, simply, in love with this place! Living up to its designer name, expect a stylish ambience with a fantastic view. People watch whilst sipping on your choice of beverage whilst taking in the serene atmosphere. Try the great selection of appetisers, juice, coffee, tea, desserts and lots more that will tempt your sweet tooth into coming back for more. Call 4495 3876 for more information. 28. fact magazine

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Flamingos at The Ritz-Carlton, Doha

Put on your beachwear for a perfect lunch or dinner at Flamingos! The poolside location with panoramic sea-view is an ideal spot for a chilledout dining experience. Indulge in eclectic menu options, including light snacks, grills, salads and sandwiches, whilst relaxing by the pool after a long day at work. Call 4484 8525 for more information.

Gordon Ramsay at The St. Regis Doha

Hawa Al Khaleej at Souq Waqif

Call 4446 0401 for more information.

Call 4427 5189 for more information.

If you’re a fan of bistro-style dining, you can’t afford to miss this! Gordon Ramsey (aptly named after the chef himself!) has as a simple, fresh and tasty menu with classics such as the famous and much-loved, Wagyu short rib burger (it’s drool-worthy!). Complementing the menu is a lively Sommelier’s selection, featuring one of the largest collections of vino in Doha.

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Surround yourself with the sweet smell of shisha and delicious traditional Lebanese dishes such as mezze, mixed grills, rice and meat dishes, and, of course, tasty desserts. Football fanatics can watch the game whilst enjoying the chilled-out ambience and cheering for their team! Hawa Al Khaleej is open from lunch hours until midnight, with indoor, outdoors and roof seating available.

IL Teatro at the Four Seasons

For out-of-the-world Italian grub, a visit to Il Teatro is a must. With a sophisticated ambience and friendly staff, this upscale restaurant serves an exquisite variety of entrée, mains and divine desserts. Settle yourself into the deep plush chairs and delight your palate with fresh pastas, expertly seasoned sauces, succulent meats, and homemade ice cream! A perfect finish to an authentically Italian meal, don’t you think?! Call 4494 8888 for more information.

Just Burger at The Pearl Qatar

If you haven’t tried the juicy burgers at Just Burger, then STOP what you’re doing right now and get yourself to The Pearl. With a yummy selection of burgers, salads, sides and desserts, made using the finest and fresh ingredients; every bite is a tantalising piece of foodie heaven (we’re not exaggerating, really). Whether it’s a quick bite to eat, a laid-back meal or even a quirky date, Just Burger will cater for every diner’s need! Call 4437 2679 for more information.

Khan Farouq Tarab Café at Katara Cultural Village

Bringing old Cairo back to life, Khan Farouq is wellknown for its heavenly Egyptian cuisine, including the famous breads, mixed grills, falafels, sandwiches and lots more. With an indoor area reminiscent of Egyptian classical film sets, you can take a seat in

the beautiful veranda that captivates the vibrant spirit of an old Cairo street. Khan Farouk has become one of the most popular evening dining spots, offering shisha alongside mouth-watering fare. Call 4408 0840 for more information. fact magazine



Mykonos at InterContinental Doha

Mykonos is an ideal place to relax whilst enjoying the sun, sea, fine food and a stunning location. Specialising in Greek and Mediterranean cuisine, Mykonos offers an array of tempting, authentic flavours to relish your meal. Feel the breeze on the outdoor terrace overlooking the garden and pool or unwind at the lounge area, indoors. A place for guaranteed fun and tummy-filling goodness, you’ll love this place. Call 4484 4444 for more information.

Nando’s at Al Emadi Financial Square


If you want a true middle-east dining experience outdoors, then this is the place to get it. The multi-cultural approach to cooking is simple and delicious, the staff are friendly and the restaurant’s position in the heart of Souq Waqif makes it easy to people watch and be a part of the bustling market. The Lebanese dishes on the menu are surprisingly fresh and full of flavour, whilst the shisha is fantastic and the Arabic sweets (in particular the Nammoura and Mafroukeh) are just one of the many scrumptious reasons that you’ll definitely return for. Call 4436 1789 for more information.

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Nando’s addicts unite! The juicy butterflycut, flame-grilled Peri-Peri chicken is more than a foodie favourite – it’s somewhat of a fast food icon. The new generation design and outdoor spaces at this Nando’s venue make it a must-visit dining spot. Expect a warm welcome from the friendly staff at Nando’s, plus endless amounts of DELICIOUS chicken dishes! Call 4436 0606 for more information.


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Pampano at The Pearl Qatar

With a splendid swimming pool at your disposal, Oyster Bay is pure bliss! Nibble on snacks or indulge in the Reggae bites, as you sit by the pool and unwind. Swim in the deep-blue waters of the Arabian Gulf or chill-out on a private cabana, as the sun sets. Dance away to the lounge music whilst enjoying spicy Caribbean treats and refreshing cocktails.

Go the Mexican way with Pampano! This spectacular restaurant offers Latin coastal cuisine in an elegant yet modest setting. The menu is composed of traditional Mexican recipes executed with a contemporary style and enhanced with a touch of Asian ingredients. The outcome is colourful light cuisine with a selection of signature dishes such as lobster tacos as well as homemade guacamole. Enjoy the simple and unique tastes, whilst taking in the laid back atmosphere.

Call 4446 0000 for more information.

Call 4495 3876 (Ext 1221) for more information.

Oyster Bay & Bar at The St. Regis Doha

Quisine by Guy Savoy at The Pearl Qatar

Indulge in a culinary journey of delectable food, superb service and stylish décor. Known for its impeccable French fare, Guy Savoy’s cuisine expresses his passion for cooking. The Blue Lobster Cruit is an entrée you must try, be prepared to drool the minute it lands on your table! The expert sommelier has created an innovative menu of drinks to accompany each course. From the apple and celery juice to the black pepper cocktail, each glass is custom-designed for the menu, amazing right? Call 4002 7245 for more information. 34. fact magazine

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Rocca at the Grand Hyatt Doha

Entice your senses at Rocca with Italian cuisine prepared in an open kitchen and wood-fired oven. Set close to one of the hotel’s swimming pool, the restaurant also offers traditional poolside favourites and light snacks during the day. As we welcome the cooler season of the year, enjoy the exceptional outdoor seating for a serene dining experience. Call 4448 1272 for more information.

The View Pool Bar & Grill at the Marriott Doha Sea Lounge at Sharq Village & Spa A romantic date night with the sound of waves and dimly lit candles – how does that sound? Sea Lounge defines it all, with the ideal ambience and luscious food to go with, this is the place to be with your loved-one. Savour 36. fact magazine

the tapas menu, including patatas bravas, fried calamari with avoli sauce, marinated beef, or lamb cutlets from the grills, and an impressive range of fancy cocktails, long drinks, and tropical drinks. All this with good company by your side; sounds like a recipe for enjoyable dining!

A retreat to wind down after a hectic day at work. The View Pool Bar & Grill is a purely beautiful place to have a couple of drinks, chill-out and experience the tranquility of the surroundings. The venue design incorporates a terrace-style space located directly on the pool deck with excellent views overlooking the Doha skyline. With a tempting array of grills and light eats, The View is they type of place that could easily become your regular.

Call 4425 6666 for more information.

Call 4429 8499 for more information.

U’sha Freshka

Ok so there’s no seating but we chose U’sha Freshka for its lip-licking juices and smoothies, and uber cool exterior. Yes, the venue (if you can call it that – it’s tiny!) is located in a car park-type area in Katara, but that’s what makes it so great and different. You can sit in the car with your windows down whilst sipping away on your chosen drink – there’s nothing better than that in the winter months!

Vega Lounge, Beverly Hills Tower

Feast on exquisite dishes in the open air at Vega Lounge, serving a range of world cuisines to guarantee a huge smile on your face, and the path to food coma, as you exit! It’s a casual café-style restaurant serving burgers, sandwiches, juices and desserts, with an extraordinary location to make your visit all the more awesome.

Wahm Lounge at W Hotel Doha

Delve into a delectable selection on Mediterranean mezze whilst perched on a cosy cabana. The special drinks offers at Wahm are always pleasantly pleasing whilst even the inside of the venue boasts a fresh and funky vibe, serving up some of the best cocktails in town. Hit up this place with your colleagues and enjoy a lively evening. Call 4453 5000 for more information.

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X-treme Eats at Kempinski Residences & Suites

We bring you an X-treme eat, that continues to blow foodies away! The Camel Burger at Kempinski is a sophisticated and delectable menu option that should not be missed for any reason! Prepared deliciously and served in Aroma, The Lounge, Gourmet House and In-Suite Dining, the camel burger is marinated for 48 hours in a secret mix of spices and then minced to create a juicy burger. The sides will melt in your mouth too; they include creamy halloumi cheese, home-baked saffron walnut bun and chickpea fries. Y.U.M.M.Y! Call 4405 3333 for more information.

Zaman Restaurant at Millennium Doha Add a memorable dimension to your dining experience with breathtaking views of the city, as you choose from a mouth-watering Lebanese menu that includes a large variety of delicious meat, poultry, and seafood. Enjoy a great tasting feast of Lebanese fare at its very best in Zaman; where it’s top mark for quality and quantity! Call 4424 7367 for more information.

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I know we’re cheating with this one, but believe us, it was darn hard work trying to find an al-fresco style dining venue in Doha that begins with a Y! That’s why (pun intended), we decided to go for Yum Yum, a fabulous outlet with floor-to-ceiling windows offering great views of the city, at the same time as having an excellent concept menu. It serves up market cuisine, with daily chef specials and an international flare with a touch of France. Highly recommended! Call 4433 3000 for more information.

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water you doing this month? Come out of your shell and be shore knot to get tide down by pier pressure at home or work. Take time to coast and wave goodbye to the stress with FACT’s favourite pool and beach hangouts in Doha… Grand Hyatt Doha Set in a peaceful spot on the West Bay Lagoon, if you can bag a day pass to spend your time here, then don’t miss the opportunity! A stunning 400m sandy beach means you can take casual strolls between topping up your tan, and three outdoor pools, two children’s pools, a beach bar, loads of recreational activities, like volleyball, kayaking, paddle-boarding, and a host of other water sports, guarantee to keep boredom at bay. If relaxation with a jolt of activity is at the top of your outdoor agenda, then this is THE leisure destination in Doha. GO: Day pass for adults is QR250 incl. health club access on weekdays and QR325 on weekends. Child prices vary. Call 4448 1060 for more information.

Sharq Village & Spa A gorgeous arabesque theme runs throughout this hotel where ‘Sharq’ means Orient, however, the design and décor carries way more of an Arabic vibe than Far Eastern. An idyllic pool area surrounded by artificial rocks, and pretty water features (our favourite is the splashing waterfall that thunders over the faux rocks), make this a tranquil place to lay back with a good book whilst catching the rays. There’s a shallow pool for 40. fact magazine

children, and a main pool near the beach with a swim-up bar for the grown-ups. You can grab a snack from Sharq Bites, whilst the beach is the perfect setting for the hotel’s popular seasonal parties! GO: Day pass for adults is QR150 on weekdays and QR250 on weekends. Child prices vary. Call 4425 6666 for more information.

Doha Marriot Hotel For an all-on-one pool and beach experience with the family there’s no better place than the Doha Marriott Hotel. The fabulous 25m temperaturecontrolled pool is great for splashing about with a shallow end ideal for kids too. Use the beach, which overlooks the port and is close to the sailing club, boasting clean waters and plenty of sun

loungers to relax on (towels are provided). There’s even a waterfront coffee lounge for drinks and snacks, a kids corner for the little ones and activities like kayaking and volleyball, if you fancy a bit of fun! Sounds perfect! GO: Day pass for adults is QR150 on weekdays and QR220 on weekends. Child prices vary. Call 4429 8520 for more information.

The Ritz-Carlton Doha If you want to talk gigantic pools, then look no further than The Ritz-Carlton Doha. For the lack of beach, the hotel’s huge and fabulous outdoor pool, with comfy, mattress-padded sun loungers dotted allaround, certainly makes up for it. There’s even a kids’ pool with a waterslide and an indoor pool, perfect for swimming those

Four Seasons Doha Where do we start with this amazing labyrinth of water? Four Seasons Doha is home to a fairytale-like, three-level, beachfront grotto pool that both the kids and grown-ups alike will love! There’s everything from whirlpools, hot tubs, water features, private cabanas, shaded lounge and seating areas, and a dedicated children’s pool with water slide. If that wasn’t enough, you can take a stroll through the lush gardens to the pristine white-sand beach (sounds blissful, right?). Cold water and fresh towels are provided too. GO: Day pass for external guests is QR325 from Sunday to Wednesday and members pay QR225. Child prices vary. Call 4494 8888 for more information.

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lengths. Winding waterways meander underneath small bridges, all set amidst beautiful palm trees providing shade in some areas. There’s also a swim-up bar, which, of course, makes any day at the pool that extra bit special. GO: External guests can access the pool facilities for a fee. Call 4484 4000 for more information.

A sprawling 500m private beach awaits guests at the InterContinental Doha (the longest in the city!) where lounging around on the sunbeds and taking a welcomed dip in the cool waters is a calming experience. To top that off, there’s also a large outdoor pool, a kids pool and playground with a covered play area, slides and swings, and there’s ample opportunity to enjoy some sporty activities too. If you can muster up the energy try squash or tennis, as well as an array of watersports like jet skiing and sailing (the Regatta Sailing Club is conveniently located on the hotel grounds). GO: Day pass prices vary for different days. For Saturday – adults pay QR350 and for kids it’s QR130. Call 4484 4852 for more information.

“At the beach, life is different. Time doesn’t move hour to hour, but mood to moment. We live by the currents, plan by the tides and follow the sun.”

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Love the outdoors Winter is coming, and boy are we excited to quit the indoor life and head outside to play. As we welcome the onset of cooler climes, FACT has some awesome ways for you to enjoy the great outdoors here in Doha… Kite Surfing Thrill-seekers rejoice! Autumn provides the perfect months for this wind-powered water sport which doubles as a fantastic way of keeping fit and in shape too. You use your whole body for kit surfing; your legs control the board and push against the power of the kite whilst your upper body helps control balance. Check out the Flo Kite School at Zekreet, Fuwairit or Al Wakrah beach – it offers beginner courses and hand-on experience for technique, use of equipment, and safety (call 5504 1039 for more info). You can also head over to one of the many hotels and beach clubs that provide kite surfing as a watersport, if you’re already comfortable with the activity!

Picnic in the Park One of the best things about Doha is the abundant greenery and outdoor gardens, so make sure you take advantage in the season ahead. Pack yourself a picnic blanket, some sandwiches, snacks and drinks, and board games, for a chilled-out afternoon on the grass. Head to Dahl Al Hamman Park, located at the intersection of Al Markhiya Street and Arab League Street. This green-haven is packed with flora and fauna to delight many; an expat as well as interest the locals. Kids will love the three playgrounds, mini amphitheatre, skate pipe, basketball court and cheesy popcorn vendors, whilst grown-ups can take respite on the grassy lawns or stroll the winding pathways through plant pots and various sections of the park.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) SUP has become somewhat of the new water craze! It doesn’t require a lot of lessons or classes and it’s a rather chilled-out, on-water activity. The great thing is that SUP is also fast-becoming part of many PaddleFit regimes (a way for people to stay fit by doing various activities using a paddle). In Doha, PaddleQatar has teamed up with Fitness Qatar to create a complete full body-training plan by combining the principals of CrossFit with paddling techniques (call 5549 0895 for more info on their sessions). SUP can be challenging but a whole load of fun, and a really fast way to getting (and staying) in shape.

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Desert Camping If a picnic in the park just won’t cut it then how about an overnight stay in the desert? Getting to an ideal spot for camping in the desert can be a little tricky, and, from our experience, it’s always safer and more enjoyable when you leave all the hard work to the pros! There are numerous tour options for going desert camping in Qatar and packages usually include a driver and 4x4 WD vehicle, dune bashing, tents, breakfast, lunch and a BBQ dinner with live entertainment and activities like sand boarding and camel riding. Qatar International Tours has full day and overnight itineraries. Call 4455 1141 or 4455 2242 for more information.

Dhow Cruise Walking along the Corniche you’ll no doubt have seen long rows of these traditional wooden boats bobbing on the ocean and waiting for customers to hop onboard. Well, in the cooler months there’s just no better way to admire the Doha skyline and its surrounding waters than from the platform of a dhow. Most operators will have many ride options, which might also include a stop or drop-off at Safuliya Island. A 15-minute ride can cost approximately QR20, half an hour costs around QR70 and an hour-long trip is QR150. Remember, prices are not fixed so make sure to get your haggling hat on to bargain a better price for your trip.

Horse Riding There’s something really majestic and compelling about riding one of these elegant beasts, even in Doha! There are plenty of facilities in Qatar that will cater to experienced riders as well as beginners and those who want to experience horse riding as a leisurely hobby. Al Shaqab Riding Academy (4454 6233), Al Samariyah Equestrian Centre (5525 7203) and Qatar Equestrian Foundation (4470 8402) all provide a variety of classes, courses and even private sessions for all ages and levels of riders. This could be the start of a fab new hobby! fact magazine .43


#Oktoberfest #Marriott #Marquis #City #Centre A fabulous 4-day celebration marked the world-famous Bavarian festival at Champions Sports Bar & Restaurant. This fun-filled shindig served up German delicacies and live performances by the two-man band Tschirgant Duo. Accompanying the great music, guests savoured traditional German fare like Beef Goulash with Spaetzle, Beef Sausage with Sauerkraut and mashed potatoes and Currywurst with French fries. 44. fact magazine

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Kick-start your day with a stupendous buffet breakfast at Baltschug Restaurant in Kempinski Moscow; the gourmet selection here includes delicious sweet and savoury treats made from healthy ingredients. To top that off there are magnificent views of the Kremlin, St. Basil’s Cathedral and the Red Square to enjoy whilst sipping on your morning tea or coffee.


Begin a walking tour on the cobblestones of Red Square and soak up the austere beauty of its many lanes dotted with ancient churches, low-rise buildings and famous sites, such as Bolshoi Theater, Resurrection Gate, Kazan Cathedral, State History Museum, the Kremlin, Lenin Mausoleum, St. Basil’s Cathedral, and the Statue of Minin and Pozharsky. Don’t forget your camera!


Take a wander through the capacious GUM (pronounced goom) and TSUM (pronounced tsoom) malls, two of the country’s most over-the-top shopping centres. GUM faces Red Square; TSUM is across the street, just opposite Karl Marx Place, and aside from being architecturally stunning, both house the likes of Hermès, Burberry, Moschino and more designer brands.

Gulf Air has recently launched four times weekly flights to the Russian capital Moscow from our neighbouring country Bahrain. Shabana Adam brings you an itinerary of the best local hotspots and hidden hole-in-thewalls to spend your break in this pulsating city…


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Stop by the area known as Patriarch’s Pond for lunch. Try Café Margarita (at Malaya Bronnaya) for hearty Russian fare like pancakes with caviar, or head to Shafran, a fantastic Lebanese restaurant (at Spiridonievsky Per.) with simple interior and cushioned divans to relax on whilst tucking into your mezze!


Jump on the metro at Mayakovskaya to Partizanskaya station where close by you’ll find Izmailovo Vernissage, the largest fair in Russia specialising in arts, crafts, souvenirs and antiques. Walk along Craft Street and Artist Alley, or shop for something made in Soviet time at the flea, antique and silver markets. Get ready to put your bargaining skills to the test!


Hop back on the metro to Bersenevskaya Embankment and check out Bar Strelka. It’s located in a former industrial area turned creative hub, packed with galleries, bars and offices with views over the river and Christ the Saviour Cathedral. Sip on a drink then take a leisurely stroll around this hip area to discover all that’s on offer.


Head to Krasnye Vorota where you’ll find 35MM, Moscow’s most storied cinemas playing foreign films (including many

American titles) in the original language. There’s no flashy surround sound or stadium seating at 35MM, but if you’re a Soviet and Russian film enthusiast, you’ll love it here!


Make your way to the House of Music in Kosmodamianskay and marvel one of the many high-calibre classical music concerts taking place throughout the year. Swing by and grab a drink after the show at the City Space Bar & Lounge on the 34th floor of the Swissôtel next door for fantastic panoramic views!

21:00 “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine

End the day on an adventurous high and a lateevening dinner, the way the locals do it. Get down to Mayak (at Bolshaya Nikitskaya) boasting Soviet-era décor and a yummy Russian-European menu with soups, grilled fish, and steaks to choose from. The place gets packed after 9pm so be sure to make a reservation. fact magazine .47




Almost any car in Moscow will stop and take you to your destination for the right price. You can get on the street, hail down a car and name your price, these taxis are known as ‘gypsy cabs’. There are official taxis too that hotels can help arrange for you.

METRO The metro is the quickest, easiest, and cheapest way of getting around Moscow; you’ll rarely wait three minutes for the next train and a multi-ride ticket will save the hassle of queuing at ticket booths. As a bonus, Moscow’s metro stations are grand attractions in themselves!

ON FOOT If you’re staying in a central location close to Red Square, it might serve you well to put on some comfy walking shoes and head for sightseeing on foot – you might just find some hidden gems on the way!

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GO: Fly to Moscow with Gulf Air, via Bahrain, on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Visit www.gulfair.com for more information or to book your flight now.



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#VAPIANO #ANNIVERSARY #celebration Vapiano QATAR celebrated its 12TH anniversary with a special event FOR FOODIES AND MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA. GUESTS REVELLED ON DELICIOUS PASTA, PIZZA AND HEALTHY SALADS THAT HAVE MADE VAPIANO SO POPULAR WITH DINERS. Canape-style desserts, crackers and other such delights were on offer for all to enjoy. A yummy red velvet cake was cut by the staff to mark 12 fabulous years. 50. fact magazine

Beauty Meets Art

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Self-Taught Talent With elaborately realistic visions in mind, self-taught Bahraini artist Leena Al Ayoobi paints on a canvas to express her love for the culture she holds close to her heart. Adding vibrant colour to her everyday life, Leena masters her paintings in her spare time. FACT’s Pallavi Ramesh chats with the beautiful young artist about her artistic past, colourful present and ambitious future… She picks up her canvas, puts it on the stand and starts painting. She doesn’t stop until her creative process is fulfilled. And that’s the artist within Leena; passionate and dedicated with a special love for painting traditional and folk art that explores the diverse Arab culture. The first thing we noticed while scanning Leena’s paintings on instagram was – women! We’re curious to learn more about her thought-process and choice of subject. “It’s fun to sketch a woman’s face,” she says simply. “The features, curves, eyes. All my paintings are creations of my imagination. So to put down a beautiful imagination on canvas is fun!” she explains.

After completing an MA in Business Management at the University of Bahrain, Leena now works as a consultant at Ernst & Young.“I never had the chance to study art as I was busy with work and taking up courses related to my field of work,” she tells us. So how does she balance her passion for art with the demands of professional

“Art is therapeutic for me, it makes me happy, it challenges me as a person and it’s a stress-buster”

work life? “Art is therapeutic for me, it makes me happy, it challenges me as a person and it’s a stress-buster,” Leena explains. “These elements are a part of daily life, and that’s how the balancing act happens by default.” Leena paints whenever she feels like it, sometimes even at 2am. In her eyes, there’s no such thing as “dedicated time to art.” It’s this free-spirited approach that has allowed Leena the artistic freedom that so many other trained artists may crave. Not only does Leena paint, she’s a big fan of digital art too. “Sometimes I sketch an animated image on paper and my mood is not to paint, but throw colours digitally, so I do that,” she says. fact magazine .53


“The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.” - Pablo Picasso


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Leena’s anime creations are in fact digital dolls; nostalgic of her childhood when she was into cartoons, a memory that she often visits and one that takes her to a different zone when painting. Leena draws her inspiration from cartoon characters, specifically Japanese anime and Manga, as well as beauty and jewellery. She says: “Certain things catch my attention and get etched in my mind. I make it a point to go home and start painting that very thing, but in my own style.” We soon take a trip down memory lane, and Leena excitedly jumps at the chance to tell us all about the first time she held a paintbrush. “I was three and I used to paint on the walls of my house, random images that came to my mind,” she laughs. Leena took part in all the art competitions at school level and developed her skills step-by-step, teaching herself and enjoying her artistic journey on her own terms. And this includes technique and use of different materials. “I use Acrylic paint for most of my paintings, and I use painting rolls for layering; to give a certain effect to the piece,” Leena explains. “For the perfect texture, I use acrylic mediums and gels.” With a keen interest in traditional art, Leena’s raw artistic talent allows her to express through many different dimensions, and one of her artistic goals is to create visuals of Arabic tradition and showcase them on an international platform. “Arab culture in the form of artworks, needs to be taken on a global platform and made known to people abroad,” Leena says.

Being self-taught, she also wants to take part in more residency programmes in the near future. “I will be heading to Morocco in November for a month-long residency programme; concentrating mainly on traditional art and socialising with the Moroccan art community, and also introducing my art which speaks a lot about Bahrain‘s traditions.”

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RAPID - FIRE We had a rapid-fire round with Leena where she had to answer honest and fast…

What’s your favourite cuisine? Indian – the spices and taste in each dish is divine. What’s your Favourite Restaurant? La Vinoteca Barcelona. It’s tasty, affordable and classy.

Your Favourite Holiday Destination… Rome, it’s an artists destination! Your must-visit places in Bahrain… Bab-al-Bahrain, Muharraq, Bahrain Fort. Her favourite painting that she’s produced so far is a huge canvas that occupies one side of her wall at home; it’s The African Beauty, a painting of a beautiful African woman, highlighting her delicate facial features. “It’s exclusive and belongs only in my house,” Leena smiles. “People who visit, ask me if I can replicate one for them, but it is too close to my heart to share.” A turning point for Leena came earlier this year: “When I exhibited my paintings for the very first time in March, at Bab Al Bahrain, the response I got was stupendous,” she recalls. “All my paintings were sold, and that made me think I should take my passion to the next level.” Her advice for budding artists is to find their own style, remain determined 56. fact magazine

and climb the ladder to being the artist you dream to be. It’s clear, that Leena is on her way to the top rung!

Arab cu ltu re i n the form of artworks need s to b e taken on a global platform and made known to p eople abroad.

Your Favourite Hobby? (other than painting) Dance, I love salsa and I make sure to devote time to this. Your Favourite Art Gallery in Bahrain… Albareh Art Gallery GO: View Leena’s work on her Instagram profile @ leenz_art or visit her website, www.leenzart.com. Choose your favourite painting and buy the one that suits your decor!

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#Asean #StreetFood #Festival #Mรถvenpick #Hotel In collaboration with the ASEAN embassies of Qatar, Mรถvenpick Hotel Doha played host to the first ASEAN street food festival, taking guests on a spectacular culinary journey through the streets of Brunei, Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam, with authentic, delectable dishes. 58. fact magazine

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Pip Hoy’s move to Doha further fuelled her interest in the arts. Shabana Adam talks to the Australian artist about her inspirations, her resilience and her journey into art…

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was purely for her own purposes, people soon began to show interest. “This, to me, is not what I set out to do, but I’ve gone on this journey and here I am.” Pip’s inspiration

is more about where her head and her heart is. “I’m inspired by what I see around me, and my paintings I see as a vehicle to communicate in colour.”

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t has been four years since Pip Hoy and her family moved to Doha, and what a journey it’s been. Pip’s first solo exhibition, called Resilience is currently running at the Grand Hyatt Doha, and I was eager to learn more about the artist behind this colourful collection of work. Going back to the beginning, Pip explains: “We moved into this big villa with a vast expanse of white walls, and there aren’t a lot of options available to the residents to fill the walls with things that look nice. “I met a woman who is also an artist, and she said to me ‘why don’t you just do doodles on the canvas in the colours you like?’ And that’s pretty much how it started,” she says. Art isn’t something that just happened to Pip. She has always had an interest in creative pursuits since childhood. “I really enjoyed textiles and design at school,” she says. “I was drawn to the colour. My mother would sew a lot so I was very comfortable in that area. “I had ambitions to go to fashion school but I kind of chickened out at the last minute and decided to pursue what my family deemed a more sensible degree; I did economics and marketing, then went into business,” Pip recalls. Resilience is the result of over a year’s hard work, and an apt name for Pip’s first solo project, as it resonates with her own personal journey. “I had plenty of encouragement around me,” she says.

“But, it’s a big thing to do, particularly when it’s your first solo project and when you’re not a trained artist.” The timing was also tough as Pip endured the loss of her father, and faced a number of difficulties. So, how did she power through? “I realised that my art and my commitment to this exhibition was something for me,” she says. “This is something I enjoy doing and I didn’t want to give up the very thing that brought colour to my life, literally, in favour of having to surrender myself to all these other difficulties,” Pip explains. “So I decided to pursue it, and it hasn’t been easy – hence the name Resilience.” Ironically, Pip’s work uses a lot of

“I’m very lucky as I seem to not have struggled with inspiration at all. I have so many ideas in my head, I barely know where to start.”

symbolism. You can see the crescent moon in her collage pieces, which, for Pip, signifies medical and physical help, and is a symbol of healing, health and wellbeing. She also uses imagery around the ‘evil eye,’ focusing on the positive and keeping bad at bay. Pip tells me that, in all honesty, she has been so focussed on getting to this point that she hasn’t given any thought to her next step. “I would absolutely be interested in moving on to the next challenge whatever that may be,” she says. This talented lady is the real definition of ‘it’s never too late to achieve your dreams’ and I’m convinced that more artistic success awaits Pip in the future!


Resilience is on at Grand Hyatt Doha until mid-January 2015. Call 4448 1234 for more information.

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Art attack Art enthusiasts have a great number of events to look forward to these next few months.

We round up some of the most exciting upcoming exhibitions to visit in Doha…

Building Our Collection: Mughal and Safavid Albums This ongoing temporary exhibition at the Museum of Islamic Art offers a rare opportunity for visitors to gain insight into the process of collecting and displaying art in a museum. Building Our Collection explores why MIA collects artworks, and how its acquisition and exhibition practices to shape people’s understanding of Islamic art. The expo gives a background and sheds light on the relevance of artworks within an Islamic art collection, and their wider artistic, historic, and educational significance. There is a particular focus on Mughal and Safavid Albums, showcasing the museum’s collection of miniatures and calligraphy from Safavid Iran and Mughal India. This display examines the influence of collecting practices, and how the tradition of assembling albums was adapted from the Safavid court by the Mughal emperors and then finally adopted by influential British figures in India. If art history intrigues you, this is the perfect exhibition to visit! GO: Building Our Collection: Mughal and Safavid Albums runs until February 21 2015 on the 4th floor galleries at MIA. Visit www.mia.org.qa for more information.

Summary, Part 1 Mathaf Collection This exhibition positions the heritage of Arab modernities within an international context. A selection of works from the 20th century reconsiders traditional histories of art in the region, looking at the networks of connections between visual, historical, and experimental influences. Identified in these are alternative relationships between art works and important yet sometimes lesser-known historical moments that influenced cultural transformations in society and politics. By telling the story of the pieces showcased and documenting the art histories it contains, the exhibition offers new scholarly, educational, and experiential routes of access to this particular collection. GO: Summary, Part 1 Mathaf Collection is an ongoing exhibition at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art. Visit www.mathaf.org.qa for more information. 62. fact magazine

Shirin Neshat: Afterwards Also taking place at Mathaf is a solo exhibition by Iranian artist Shirin Neshat. Curated by Abdellah Karroum, Afterwards introduces a group of existing and newly produced works, including a photographic series inspired by the famous Shahnama poem - The Book of Kings - as well as a selection of video installations commenting on historical, cultural and political realities on which Shirin has focused on for the past 30 years. The vivid pieces will provoke emotional tension as this exceptional body of work reveals Shirin’s intention to build relationships between ancient mythologies and contemporary events that challenge our lives. GO: Afterwards runs from November 9 to February 15 2015 at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art. Visit www.mathaf.org.qa for more information.

Yousef Ahmad: Story of ingenuity Yousef Ahmad is interested in recording and archiving the development of Qatari art, and this certainly shows in this new exhibition. The work on display highlights the Qatari artist’s body of work through a precise selection of his most striking artworks dating to the 1970s all the way up to now. The expo showcases three phases in Yousef ’s artistic career, from the early oil paintings that include the historic depiction of Al Zubarah Fort, to his mixed media calligraphic pieces where he utilises and creates local palm tree paper, and his new conceptual artworks presenting his ability of developing an innovate artistic style. GO: Story of Ingenuity runs from November 11 to February 14 2015 at QM Gallery, Katara. Visit www.kataraartcentre.com for more information.

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#Oktoberfest #InterContinental #Doha Dressed in traditional Bavarian costume, revellers turned out for a unique Oktoberfest celebration. The Oompah band “Guat Drauf” kept the crowd entertained in true Bavarian fashion whilst a scrumptious traditional German buffet and Munich’s famous ales were served. 64. fact magazine


The Tiger’s dream Delve into the life of the controversial South Indian ruler, statesman, and patron Tipu Sultan. This fabulous exhibition at Museum of Islamic Arts explores this fascinating man through the material culture and imagery, which he patronised in his times. FACT learns more about the work on display…

The centerpiece is a group of 24 paintings showing Tipu’s victory at the Battle of Pollilur in 1780. Alongside this unique group is a selection of objects which reflect Tipu’s image as the Tiger of Mysore. This is the second time that these paintings have been displayed as a cycle in the last 30 years, and the first time since they were divided that they will be reconstituted as one piece, using digital imaging. An interesting line-up of talks, tours and workshops have been organised by MIA to go alongside the exhibition:

Thursday Late Guided Tour Get a wholesome and informative experience with William Greenwood, the Exhibition Curator as he takes the guests for a guided tour of the exhibition on October 16 and 30 at 6pm from the MIA Atrium.

visit MIA and meet Tipu Sultan, the Tiger of Mysore and his army. Make moving puppets in connection with the wonderful exhibition every Saturday from 3pm to 5pm at the MIA Atrium.

Painting History Enjoy an exciting trip into the world of Tipu Sultan, where participants will complete a painting inspired by the art works in the exhibition, whilst learning how to paint in acrylic and learn about color, style, detail, and overall composition. Painting History will take place on October 20, 27 and November 3, 10, 17 and 24 from 10.30am to 12.30pm. The Tiger’s Dream - Tipu Sultan exhibition runs until January 24 2015 at MIA.

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Big Screen

The Imitation Game

What’s it about:

Set during the darkest days of World War II, this is a British biopic of mathematician and WWII code breaker Alan Turing. Played by Benedict Cumberbatch, the nail-biting story follows Turing and his team at Britain’s top-secret code-breaking centre, Bletchley Park, as work relentlessly to decrypt enemy communication.

Director: Morten Tyldum Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Charles Dance. Why it’s worth watching? Let’s not forget that Alan Turing is a pioneer of modern-day computing and credited with cracking the German Enigma code, and whose genius saved thousands of lives during WWII. But, Turing lived a troubled life with just as many personal tragedies to go alongside his professional triumphs. It’s this life of alienating others and repeatedly clashing with bosses that Norwegian director Morten Tyldum renders with such accuracy and taste. All the ups and downs of Turing’s life arrive right on schedule in a plot that’s so well told that audiences will be drawn into its manipulation without question. Benedict Cumberbatch’s masterful performance will definitely get even the most highbrow of critics talking. The Imitation Game is compelling from start to finish and we’re convinced it both looks and feels like another serious awards season contender.

Highlights “Benedict Cumberbatch’s masterful performance will definitely get even the most highbrow of critics talking” “The Imitation Game is compelling from start to finish and we’re convinced it both looks and feels like another serious awards season contender.”

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 What’s it about: Katniss Everdeen and her most trusted friends are back and this time they’re hold up in District 13 as rebels. After Katniss and a few others were extracted from the Quarter Quell, where Peeta was left behind under control of The Capitol, her courage and fight for justice is called upon by those who want to help overthrow the cruel ruling President Snow.

“…though we love that the final part has been split into two films, there’s a sense of underwhelming from the trailer…” Director: Francis Lawrence Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks. Why it’s worth watching? Though we love that the final part has been split into two films, we’re slightly underwhelmed by the trailer which screams ‘predictable’. Don’t get us wrong, we’re pretty big into the world of The Hunger Games, but now that the initial suspense, of being a tribute and getting thrown into a world where it’s kill or be killed, is over we’re finding it hard to get excited. Here’s hoping that Katniss and her new-found rebel family will bring just as much assault, emotion and drama to the film as audiences expect.

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What If? - Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions By Randall Munroe



By Calvin Harris

In the world of modern-day music,

it’s becoming rather difficult for artists to retain their signature sound without being too generic. This is, however, not the case with Calvin Harris. Enter Motion, a 15-track record that has, so far, produced a string of hits for the Scottish Producer/DJ. Yes, Calvin Harris seems to be on a bit of a roll. And after 2014’s massive hit Summer, it seems this will be a banner year for one of dance music’s finest. We’re loving the instrumental rave-house track Slow Acid, packed with mid-tempo energetic beats and pulsating jolts of a prodigy-like, high-pitched “Wooo!” in the vocals. Where he really wins is with the visuals for this song (if you haven’t already, go and watch the video on YouTube now!). And it’s no secret that Calvin Harris has earned himself major music credentials these last few years - this only gets better on Motion. Perhaps the most anticipated track on the LP is Together, which features Gwen Stefani on vocals, and then there’s Outside with Ellie Goulding (his phone contact list must be every guy’s dream). Blame is another standout, a more fuller and structurally rounded track – maybe this is a new era for Calvin Harris.

Sonic Highway

By Foo Fighters This album had thousands of reviews months before its release date – how, we hear you ask? The honest answer is, we don’t know, because the Foo Fighters didn’t release a single track in the months leading up to the album release. BUT, does that matter? The obvious answer is no, it doesn’t! It’s the hardcore, loyal fans that built up such a hype for this eight-track record (and we’re not surprised, the Foo Fighters are awesome) without having even the slightest idea of what it sounds like! Now that’s a fandom you don’t want to mess with. Just like these hundreds of thousands of eagerly awaiting music minions, we too were unable to get a real glimpse of Sonic Highway, BUT, let’s be honest, the Foo Fighters wound up being the one band to survive the 90s alt-rock explosion unscathed, and we’re sure that their eighth studio album is going to bring them crazy amounts of success.

Ponder the hypothetical with the creator of the widely popular web comic – xkcd; Randal Munroe. He answers the fuzzy and strange questions put forth by his fans, ranging from unusual to out-and-out diabolical. Questions like, What if a Richter 15 earthquake hit New York City? Or horrible ways you could die while building a periodic table out of all the actual elements. These weird and wacky questions are met with Munroe’s well-researched answers. He’s come up with a magnum opus, including never-before-answered questions with a spoon of wit and information!



By David Nicholls

“…let’s be honest, the Foo Fighters wound up being the one band to survive the 90s alt-rock explosion unscathed…”

The story of Douglas Petersen deals with middle-age, relationships, parenthood and youth. Douglas’s wife Connie decides to leave him as she falls out of love with her husband, and begins to comprehend that fact that their son is all set to leave for college after the summer holidays. The family embark on their last vacation together – a trip around Europe – where marriage issues, parenting challenges, and personal relationships are tackled. A heartfelt read!

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#Volkswagen #Show #And #Shine Customers and visitors went down to the Volkswagen showroom on Salwa Road for a funfilled afternoon with music, prizes and photo sessions. Two iconic Volkswagen models were launched and an iPhone 6 was given away as a grand prize for one lucky winner. 68. fact magazine

Maserati Quattroporte S The new Quattroporte is stunning both within and without, exuding pure Italian style and panache without any of the bugbears of Maseratis of old.

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t seems that, with the latest generations of Maseratis, the exotic Italian automaker has finally got their act together to produce cars that are as complete as they are beautiful. We saw it with the Ghibli, and now we’ve seen it with the Quattroporte. Maseratis have always been beautiful, but in previous years they were often let down with minor details such as dated looking infotainment software and interior finishing, rattles and squeaks that shouldn’t be there, and poor resale value. Thankfully, all of these details have now been addressed. While the exterior is still pretty as a picture, it’s the interior that really takes your breath away – it’s absolutely superb. Intensely stylish, it’s the little things that make it stand apart from the rest, such as the grained instead of polished surfaces on the wooden trim that really adds a touch of style. And the best part is that there wasn’t

a single noise that shouldn’t be there – not a rattle anywhere, just the lovely racy sound of the V6 featured in our model, and the luxurious sound from the premium stereo system, operated via an excellent, modernlooking driver interface. Which brings us to the other new detail that has been introduced to the latest generation of the Quattroportes and the Ghiblis, which is the company’s great new V6 engines. The new V6, as featured in the Quattroporte S model we drove, is a 3.0l twin-turbocharged unit that puts out 410hp and 550Nm torque, so even though it’s the more economical, and therefore ‘sensible’ option, it’s still an highly powerful car. It’ll go from 0-100km/h in just 5.1 seconds, and on to a top speed of 285km/h. The twin-turbo V8 in the GTS boasts a whopping 530hp, which takes it to 100km/h in 4.7 seconds, and on to well over 300km/h! Ride quality and handling, on the


other hand, were never problems for any Maserati we’ve driven, and that goes for the new Quattroporte too. In normal driving mode, it glides along with the refinement of any other premium model on the market, and in sport mode, everything firms up to provide a more dynamic and engaging drive. Throttle and steering response both tighten, and it makes the Quattroporte a whole lot of fun to tear up the streets in, and then a sublime sedan in which to cruise home after a long day. The combination of a sensible new engine option and the improved quality is going to add to the desirability of the Quattroporte considerably. In previous years, anyone looking for a premium barge would consider a Quattroporte an exotic luxury – a choice driven by desire rather than sense – whereas a sensible choice would be something German or even Japanese. However, the new Quattroporte, with improved build quality, super-stylish interiors, a stunning infotainment system and more economical model options, all allowing the cars to better hold on to their value, mean that the Quattroporte will now begin to steal more customers away from the Germans!

Throttle and steering response both tighten, and it makes the Quattroporte a whole lot of fun to tear up the streets in, and then a sublime sedan in which to cruise home after a long day.

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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee srt The Grand Cherokee SRT is a car with a sinister alter ego - a noholds-barred American muscle car disguised as a family SUV!


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Despite Jeep’s illustrious off-road history, the Grand Cherokee SRT is really designed as a street machine. Granted, it does have far more ground clearance than your average muscle car, but those shiny alloys and that big front splitter rule it out for anything more extreme than a gravel track, though they do serve to make this car look absolutely superb. In addition, the Selec-Trac all-wheel drive system as featured on the SRT doesn’t have the rock, gravel or mud settings that the standard Grand Cherokee has, but tellingly it does have two settings that the normal one doesn’t have, and those are Sport and Track. Even more tellingly, it also has a very unmistakeable launch control button, featuring an icon based on drag strip starting lights. All signs point to the SRT being built solely for the tarmac, but the real truth is in the name – Street Racing Technology. So how does it fare?

Well, the excitement starts when you push the ignition switch and hear that delicious 6.4l V8 rumble to life. We fully predict that the first journey this car makes whenever someone gets into it for the first time is to a quiet, straight stretch of road, where that launch control will be put to the test. It was definitely the case on this particular review! To give you an idea of what came next, I’ll tell you that the 6.4l V8 puts out 470hp and 624Nm of torque. This means a 0-100km/h of just 4.9 seconds. 4.9! It’s absolutely insane.

That’s faster than the V8 Cayenne GTS. The Range Rover Sport, BMW X5 M and the Mercedes ML 63 AMG all do it in 4.7 seconds, but here’s the rub – the Grand Cherokee SRT costs around half of the cheapest of this premium line-up! There is simply no other sports SUV that gives you this kind of performance for this kind of money. The Jeep doesn’t match the Cayenne in terms of agility – you do feel like you’re in a two-tonne SUV – but having said that the Selec-Trac system does an incredible job of hauling the Grand Cherokee SRT around corners. There is some tyre squeal, but you

can corner and change the direction of this big SUV with amazing agility and accuracy. However, I can’t help but feel that it would have benefitted greatly from a hydraulic suspension that lowered the centre of gravity a couple of inches when you really want to throw it around. Inside, the interior really does the exterior justice. A premium vibe is given off by the abundance of padded leather surfaces, carbon fibre panels with chrome finishing, and even a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shifter. Aside from the gear shifter, there are also paddle shifters on the steering wheel, further enhancing the car’s performance credentials. Then there’s the impressive list of standard features – you name it, the SRT’s got it: Adaptive cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, in-built hard disc drive, Sat-Nav, air-conditioned seats… the list goes on. A real bonus is the very cool SRT software displayed on the 7-inch TFT infotainment screen. On this, you’ll find gauges for 0-60 and quarter mile times, g-force indicators and more track-based gadgetry that is loads of fun to play with. So, what is the purpose of this vehicle? Is it simply an oversized and overweight muscle car, or is it a viable mean machine for track, street and mud? Well, the truth is that you’d have to take mud out of that last question, but after only a short while driving it, all doubts are dispelled as to this machine’s true purpose. It is simply being utterly bad-ass! fact magazine



#2015 #Mitsubishi #Motors #Launch Qatar Automobiles Company (QAC) unveiled the all-new 2015 models of the Mitsubishi Pajero and Mitsubishi Outlander in a joint press conference for members of the media, where InterContinental Hotels Group and Doha Golf Club announced the start of the IHG Mixed Open, which Mitsubishi Motors is sponsoring for the second year running. 74.

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App-licious Today’s tech-savvy generation of smartphones and tablets means the world is at your fingertips, literally! FACT has three great apps to download for your device, keeping you plugged-in to all the best techie help for every area of life...

LIFESTYLE Visit Qatar (Android & iOS)

An informative portal by the QTA which provides a structured and visual expedition through the different activities, workshops, exhibitions happening in the city. You can plan your trip with the options suggested by the app; sightseeing, dining and chilling-out. A perfect app for newcomers and tourists, and the residents can scroll through to see if they have missed any exciting spot in their city!

INFOTAINMENT The Pearl Qatar (Android & iOS)

Planning a visit to Pearl-Qatar and need a personal guide to roam around? This app will be your shopping assistant, starting from charting your visit to navigating in the island. Browse stores, check on what’s in and on sale, and enjoy great deals specially created for you. After a tiring round of shopping, hit one of the umpteen restaurants for a sumptuous meal; select form the restaurant guide on the app.

COOKING Camping Recipes (iOS)

In celebration of getting outdoors this month, this is the perfect app for anyone taking a trip into the desert, the mountains, or even a road trip to our neighbouring nations. You can cook yummy food on the go with delicious and easy outdoor recipes. Of course, you’ll need all the tools to make cooking whilst camping safe and easy, so make sure to do your research and stack up on some much-needed ingredient essentials!

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#2015 #Cadillac #Escalade #Launch The Mannai Auto Group celebrated the official launch of the all-new 2015 Cadillac Escalade in Qatar at Katara Hall, Building 12. Guests were treated to a seated gala dinner as the covers were lifted off the stunning 2015 Cadillac models on show. 76. fact magazine


Fitness Forefront: Nike+ Fuelband

Stepping up your health regime? We tell you why the Nike+ Fuelband is a great choice for monitoring, influencing, and improving, your fitness and exercise habits…

Design On Point

There are a number of trendy colours like neon green, pink, yellow and red to choose from, as well as plain black too. It has a rubbery matte finish, which doesn’t irritate the skin and looks great too. We love the 100-dot LED display, which can be read in full daylight, and the band comes in three different sizes so you can get the best fit for your wrist.

Feature Frenzy

The features and capabilities of the Nike+ Fuelband are enhanced with its link to the Fuelband app. A built-in 3-axis accelerometer delivers instant feedback on daily steps, calories burned and Nike’s activity metric currency, Fuel points. Whether it’s walking to the shops or running 10 miles a day – the idea is to make everything you do count towards getting fitter!

Battery Life

Thanks to an energy-efficient Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) radio, the Nike+ Fuelband has a much-improved battery life compared to its predecessor; after a week of solid use, you’ll likely have to charge once only, and USB charging takes a little over an hour (pretty impressive, huh?).

Smart Bluetooth Competitive Circles

It’s all about yesterday’s score or outperforming a friend on Facebook. Take the ‘Win the Hour’ feature, which aims to get you active every hour of the day for just five minutes – an LED flash acts as a reminder, as well as a notification popping up on your phone. Perform well and share the results on your social media!

The best thing about the Nike+ Fuelband is that, like many top-ofthe-line, wearable-tech products, it adopts the Bluetooth LE (also known as Bluetooth 4.0). This enables devices to connect and disconnect and sync automatically in the background, with less strain on the battery.

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: lass C & Comfort Massimo Dutti

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Discover the enchanting comfort line of Massimo Dutti’s women’s collection 2014 which offers effortless elegance, perfectly polished tailoring and an impeccable taste of style to keep you in vogue and cosy throughout the cold season.

Satisfy your sophisticated style cravings this season with urban and ultra-feminine garms by Massimo Dutti. Make way for a collection that is the dream of every city dweller; practical, elegant and contemporary; who believes in her style and knows what she wants. The collection comprises of different fabrics, but also accessories and fragrances. Talking about style, the collection mainly focuses on tailored outerwear, chunky knits and fall accessories including scarves and gloves. There is a masculine touch to the outfits, which can be seen in the over-sized coats and jacket suits. A visible contribution from fur, wool, leather and cashmere fabrics in this collection, is an appealing touch. Look out for stylish checked suit, chunky XL and ankle boots, and an insane selection of winter colours to choose from which include, beige, taupe grey, indigo, camouflage and a visible appearance of Botanato print. 80. fact magazine


‘Dress to kill’ is the apt way to summarise the brand’s men’s collection. This season brings with it the purest essence of Massimo Dutti, and winter wraps it in garments that are hard to forget.

Consolidating the metropolitan man, this collection radiates a unique personality with a fusion of tailor-made and casual which can be seen in the balanced blend of suits with ankle boots, cashmere sweaters or waistcoats. Enhance your personal style with the brands fresh tailoring concept, offering suits, jackets and shorts with established patterns, colours and fabrics. Select your favourite winter fabric from the commonly used wool to stylish cotton options which can be paired with a leather jacket and double buckle boots. Create your fashion trend with established patterns that can never go wrong! The brand’s tailoring service offers cuts to best enhance a personal style and the individual personalisation of buttons, linings and lapels are also a part of the personal tailoring service giving the garment an exclusive Massimo Dutti touch. fact magazine


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Shop the brand Here is our wishlist from Massimo Dutti’s Fall-Winter 2014 collection. Shop these coats and accessories to enhance your overall look.

for her

Medium size Carrier Bag

Black Leather shoes

Bucket Bag with zip

Messenger Handbag

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for him

Leather travel bag

Double Buckle Boots

Double-colour ankle boots

Umbrella – Black and Military shade

Leather Sling bag and Wallet

Leather watch with Military strap


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City in Bloom All things floral extend from summer into autumn with delicate daisy prints and vintage rose designs pollinating the streets with a feminine feel for a slick city vibe‌ Debenhams



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It’s Sports Play Brimming with playground attitude and old-school number detailing, the athletic trend is making a return this season for all the men who want to capture the sport’s spirit…





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#Late #Brunch #Doha #Marriott #Hotel Doha’s original BBQ brunch is back! Chill out, watch the sunset from your beachside table whilst enjoying some cool tunes courtesy of the hotel’s funky DJ. All in bubbly and BBQ buffet is priced at QR380 per person, and Doha’s partygoers are already enjoying this one! 86. fact magazine


Touch of beauty For all you beauty queens out there… FACT has your makeup needs covered this season from top to toe.

Perfect Pout Get camera-ready as Bourjois promises a dazzling smile for hours with its new ‘Rouge Edition 12 hours’. The formula enriched with colour-fixing silk powders, holds your lipstick for 12 hours without retouching, keeping your radiant smile on throughout the day. The stylish range consists of eight high-trend shades, including reds, nudes, plums and more. Relaxing Ritual Unwind and restore with the new range of products introduced by L’Occitane – The Aromachologie. The range consists of two lines of body care products; Relaxing and Revitalising, made with naturally derived ingredients. The revitalising ritual with 100% natural scent combines five essential oils from the Mediterranean, which includes the Revitalising rill-on, Body Scrub and Shower Gel.

Luscious Lips Sephora introduces its latest innovation; the ultimate oil-in-gel lipstick remover that works tirelessly to combat dry and rough lips. Lipstick is stubborn sometimes, but this easy-to-use product eliminates traces of make-up while also moisturising the lips. Apply evenly to your lips and leave it on for 30 seconds, Voila! You’re lipstick-free.

So, are you ready to – SAY CHEESE?

Spirited Scent Lively, energetic and totally joyful; this sums up Jo Malone’s Wood Sage and Sea Salt cologne. The mineral scent of the rugged cliffs mingle with the woody earthiness of sage to produce the most fresh fragrance that lingers on you till the day ends. Make people swoon, with just the right amount of the scent on your pulse points.

Hair Heaven Adorn your hair with Gueralin’s delicate and refined hair mist. An olfactory variation, in which the cherry note flirts with the blackcurrant and fresh flowers over a base of silky white musk and white amber. You’ll be piercing hearts and turning heads as you let down your hair and walk with confidence to impress! fact magazine .87


#Buono #Chocolate #Launch Qatar-based Lerida Group launched the third branch of Buono Chocolate at Al Jasra Hotel in Souq Waqif. The brand has grown popular for sourcing the finest and highestquality chocolates of which cheesecake, cupcakes and Majnoon Qatar are some of the most delicious and famous. 88. fact magazine

Perfect Burgers at Burgeri

Who doesn’t love a good burg er? This month, in celebration of the city’s best places for outdoor dining, FA CT went to a gem of a burger joint, Burg eri, to find out exactly what makes the fillin g between the buns a foodie success…

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“The burgers are neither intimidatingly big nor unsatisfyingly small. The guacamole burger has a bit of a kick to it, the cool crunch of the onions hits the creaminess of the guacamole, and the spiciness lingers just long enough”


here is a new burger joint in town, and this one is super cool. It’s unlike any other restaurant or café we’ve seen in Doha, it looks like a renovated warehouse, with little touches, like a vintage till, and Coca Cola memorabilia all over the shop. It’s been open for a little over a year, but due to its location is something of a hidden gem and can be found behind the Villaggio VIP car park and on the edge of Aspire Park. The concept is inspired by New York, but the enterprise is entirely Qatari-run. There are but a few eateries in Doha that aren’t franchises from foreign countries, so on that merit alone, Burgeri stands out. With a sip of a truly sinful Oreo milkshake (worth every minute on the treadmill), we look around Burgeri. We could be downtown in any US city; it has huge windows, and the light just pours in. Bricks, white tiles, booths, and lights that were sourced from all over the world. There’s a lot of up-cycling going on. The smell is delicious. After a long discussion about my obsession with avocados, Yogi, the venue’s sales and marketing coordinator suggests the avocado burger. The burgers are neither intimidatingly big nor unsatisfyingly small. The guacamole burger has a bit of 90. fact magazine

a kick to it, the cool crunch of the onions hits the creaminess of the guacamole, and the spiciness lingers just long enough. The burger bun is branded with a “B” for Burgeri, which is a lovely touch. The artistry of Chef Juan Carlos, originally from Ecuador, latterly working in New York, specialising in fish burger, is one of the reasons to visit this place; the way he delicately handles the burgers show you how seriously they take burgers at Burgeri. With four new burgers on the menu, the hawaiian is the most popular. Badir, FACT’s resident foodie tries it out, “It’s

perfectly done. I love the pineapple and the turkey ham, its really great combination,” he said, munching away. “And it’s such a good size, too.” It’s difficult to find a decent burger in Doha, or indeed anywhere. It’s deceptively simple looking; patty, buns, plus a relish. But it’s difficult sourcing good ingredients in Doha (Burgeri source its meat from the US), and its sauces are homemade. The little touches really make the difference; it was easily the best burger we’ve had in Doha, and finally, it feels like the burger is in its proper setting. In our opinion, a burger has no

business in a five-star restaurant and most fast-food chains serve depressing substitutes for a good slab of meat. Burgeri channels the hipster cafés of New York and the food vans of the West Coast. It’s safe to say that Burgeri really cares about burgers! It’s simply burgerlicious!

GO: Visit Burgeri at Aspire Park Running. Call 4449 3958 for more information. fact magazine



#Thai #Food #Festival #Marriott #Marquis From classic Thai curries to exotic Pattaya prawns and delicate tofu dishes, Crossroads Kitchen at the Marriott Marquis City Centre Doha Hotel took guests and their taste buds on a tantalising ride through Thailand with three celebrated Thai chefs, flown in from Bangkok to prepare delicious food. 92. fact magazine

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A good Grilling At Four Seasons

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A yummy breakfast can really set you up for the day, especially if it’s by the beach. We take a trip to the Pool Grill Alfresco to see what healthy and hearty goodness it offers! Words by Laura Hamilton

There is something very indulgent about going for breakfast at a five-star hotel. This month’s venue review takes place at one of Doha’s best – The Four Seasons… For most people, the first meal of the day is often forgotten, or eaten on the go, as we rush through our hectic lives, latte in one hand and smart phone in the other. As the saying goes, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and we should definitely take more time for it. So, on a Saturday morning I headed over to The Four Seasons to try out their breakfast. 96. fact magazine

The Pool Grill Alfresco has a very relaxed atmosphere. The wooden decking has a view onto the beach and of the far side of the Corniche, and the fresh sea breeze gently flows through the gazebo. It’s slightly too hot to sit out in the sun, but luckily the Grill is under the shade and it makes all the difference. Breakfast al fresco… what exactly is it about eating outside that renders you at one with nature? With a slight breeze and the sea in front of me, my worries slid away like water from a duck’s feathers. I had opted to go alone, as I’m not exactly a morning person (I can’t make conversation until 10:30 sharp), and the lovely staff brought me a selection of foreign magazines. As a fashion person, and a magazine writer, I was in heaven; perusing Dutch trends in between gazing dreamily out at the sea and sipping my mango smoothie, thinking about the day ahead and feeling like I was on holiday. All the options were tempting. Do I go for the Dutch Pancake Lover option (sweet pancake or savoury) or the Middle Eastern breakfast? The full English breakfast or the healthy option? I can never usually resist anything sweet, but my head told me to go for the healthy option, and I wasn’t disappointed. The portions were generous; poached eggs, asparagus and mixed grilled vegetables, shitake

mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and toast, presented in separate iron dishes. Shitake mushrooms are not something I would generally associate with breakfast food, but marinate as they were in a sharp and deliciously chewy. They did not last long, at all. Although I was in the shade, it was a little too hot at the time, but luckily the weather has broken now and we are officially in autumn. While most people will be making the most of the weather by attending beach parties etc, there is something quite decadent and leisurely about breakfasting al fresco a la luxury. It does it set you up for the day, whether it’s a long one in the office or a relaxing one on the beach!

GO: Visit The Pool Grill Alfresco, at the Four Seasons for breakfast. Call +974 4494 8888 for more information.

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On this episode of La Cucina De Badir, I will be exploring the world of Asian cuisine at the famous Spice Market in W Doha Hotel & Residences. If you haven’t stopped by Spice Market yet, let me tell you something, you’re missing out! Asian food with a unique twist, created by Chef Mads Wolff and his amazing team, I was lucky enough to share the kitchen with these culinary masters.

or this month’s feature I was super excited, though a little nervous; you see, Asian cuisine isn’t really my cup of tea, and now I had to cook it with the pros! However, this was a challenge that Cucina De Badir was going to accept. Geared up in my chef ’s coat, I was ready to get in the kitchen with Chef Mads Wolff. The first dish we prepare is Black Pepper Shrimp with Sun-Dried Pineapple, a best seller at Spice Market. We head over to the professional wok station where cooking requires real skill. It takes me a few moments to get comfortable and master the technique. We add oil to a hot wok, followed by garlic, ginger and scallion, all fried over medium heat until they are a nice golden colour. Staying on track with Chef Wolff, I add the remaining ingredients, including black beans, squeezed and chopped, black pepper corn, sweet soy, soy, sugar and salt to taste. The pineapple has been baked on low heat in a special oven, for around four hours – this gives the pineapple a crunchy texture and delicious taste. Then we add oil, salt and pepper in the wok and fry the shrimp until cooked and crisp (be careful not to burn them!). Plating up is next; I align the shrimp into a straight line and place the pineapple besides it, pouring some of the black sauce over it. Final touches include scattering a bit of Jicama over the shrimp and adding some pea shots too. The second dish is Hammour Fish with Malaysian Chilli Sauce. The sauce

is made up of garlic and ginger in grape seed oil with scallion, guilin chilli sauce, light soy sauce, rice vinegar, shaoxing and sugar (it was simply mouthwatering!). To cook the fish it was very simple; rub and coat the Hammour in salt and paper then pan-fry it until both sides develop a crispy texture. After this, put it in the oven for around four minutes. Plating up is simple; use Thai basil oil for a green colour on the presentation, and for garnishing use celery, brunoise and blanched basil oil. Chef Mads has one last treat, and though I’m not a huge dessert fan, I’m eager to give it a go! Dubbed Thai Jewels and Fruits on Crushed Coconut Ice, for this amazing desert it’s all about beautiful colours combined with coconut ice. Using wonderful exotic ingredients such as Mali sauce, palm sugar, vanilla bean, salt, Mali syrup, coconut milk, and vanilla beans, as well as the usual cup of sugar, salt and milk, we prepare a yummy coconut sauce. To plate this gorgeous desert, everything is added into a large mixing bowl. Coconut pieces, palm seeds, jackfruit and red papaya are tossed together and top off the coconut ice in a serving bowl, with the coconut sauce poured over – scrumptious to say the least. Spice Market was hands-down a success! For now, hasta luego and see you on the next episode of La Cucina De Badir.

“Chef Mads has one last treat, and though I’m not a huge dessert fan, I’m eager to give it a go!”

Hammour Fish with Malaysian Chilli Sauce

Black Pepper Shrimp with Sun-Dried Pineapple

Chef Mads Wolff with Badir Bechara

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Doha Delights

Winter Foodie Haven •

Sukar Pasha Ottoman lounge is an ideal option to unwind this winter as they offer various outdoor dining options. Splurge on a designer VIP beach tent, served by a personal butler; a perfect experience for a couple’s day out. It’s Katara Kashta, so enjoy fresh air in one of the Kashta, located by the beach and have the luxury to order and be enjoy anything on the menu. Make sure to try the succulent ‘whole lamb, roasted delicately and seasoned to perfection. GO: Whole Lamb with Machbous rice is for QR115 per serving. Call 4408 2000 for reservations and more information.

Steak-a-Treat •

It’s always the right time for steak so let us tell you where to curb your midday meat cravings or indulge in a palate-pleasing dinner in the evening; head to The Anvil Rooms for a scrumptious steak lunch or the Blacksmith’s Supper promotion for dinner. The meals include a signature steak of your choice, one side, your preffered sauce and a soft drink. On weekends, the lunch promotion includes vino and the Blacksmith’s Supper offers it on all days. A special Thanksgiving menu will be served up too, which includes a five-course dinner menu, making for an authentic spread and fun get-together! GO: Thanksgiving dinner is on November 26 and 27 priced at QR380. Lunch Promotion and Blacksmith’s Supper is available for QR179. Call 4499 0685 for reservations and more information.

Celebrate Thanksgiving •

Marriott Marquis City Center Doha is celebrating the American holiday with a number of great foodie deals. Try the Thanksgiving lunch at Crossroads Kitchen for QR155 or opt for the set dinner menu at New York Steak house priced at QR250. If you’ve planned to cook at home then look no further than Quick Bites which offers the perfect solution; order 48 hours prior and take home a mouthwatering cooked turkey for QR490. Looks like your Thanksgiving meal just got a little easier! GO: Thanksgiving offers are available on November 27. Call 4419 6100 for reservations and more information.

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Doha Delights

Street Food Scene

An American Feast

Appetising Aroma

Stop by The Square at Intercontinental Doha The City for lunch and take an international culinary journey as the venue offers up favourite street foods from around the world with live cooking stations. Each day try a different selection such as empanadas, gyros, laksa and tacos as well as poutine, arepas and pho. Treat your taste buds to sweet, salty, tangy and zingy food at its best! Come on, who doesn’t love street food – we’ll be there for sure!

Choices at Oryx Rotana is having a special Thanksgiving Dinner to celebrate the holiday with a seafood themed buffet. Enjoy a seasonal spread of fresh seafood, made to order hot dishes, salads and pasta, as well as succulent selections from the carving stations with all the trimmings. And for those with a sweet tooth, there are some mouth-watering desserts to finish. Buffet is priced at QR270 for food only, QR345 including unlimited selected house beverages, or try the premium package for QR375 including unlimited sparkling vino, house spirits, selected digestives and aperitifs.

Aroma at Kempinski Suites & Residences offers its guests a delicious array of culinary creations in the form of Business lunch. With healthy and fresh options such as the Chilled Vanilla & Orange Soup, and the Vegetable Moussaka, you are in for a tasty treat. Complete your meal with the unusual buy delicious Lemongrass Crème Brûlée. Bring your colleagues for an informal yet sophisticated business lunch from 12pm to 3pm. Also, enjoy the most succulent and tender steaks, perfectly combined with superb grilling, tasty accompaniments and a flawlessly matched glass of vino from the refreshed Steak & Vino menu in Aroma from 7pm to 11pm

GO: Street Food is available through the month of November at The Square. Call 4015 8888 for reservations and more information.

GO: Enjoy the Thanksgiving Dinner at Choices in Oryx Rotana on November 27, call 4402 3333 for reservations and more information.

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GO: Business Lunch at Aroma from Saturday to Thursday at QR95 per person. Call 4405 3325 for reservations and more information.


The Ritz-Carlton, Doha Contact No: 4484 8000

Coral’s Dining Delights •

With its spectacular views of the pool and sea, and ambient atmosphere, Coral all day dining offers cuisine from around the world infused with healthy menu options and live cooking stations. Open for breakfast from 5am to 11am, lunch buffet 12:30pm to 3:30pm and dinner buffet 7pm to 11:30pm, you can enjoy the spectacular views of the Doha skyline at anytime of the day. Theme nights include Turf dinner buffet on Sunday, Spanish buffet on Monday, Sushis Asian Boutique Flavours on Tuesday, on Wednesdays it’s Italian night, Thursdays Phoenician night, whilst on Friday Coral Goes BBQ dinner, and Saturday celebrates seafood with Surf night! GO: Prices are varied for all theme nights. Call 4484 4919 or 4484 4444 for reservations and more information.

Thanksgiving Delights Thanksgiving is the time to express gratitude in the setting of family gatherings and to prepare for the festive celebrations that are yet to come. Embark on a culinary feast and count the blessings surrounded by family and friends on this special day with a number of fabulous dining deals at The Ritz-Carlton, Doha. Thanksgiving Family Dinner is offered from November 23 to 29 from 7.30pm at the beautiful La Mer (priced at QR410++) with its breathtaking views, and on November 27 at The Lagoon from 6.30pm to 10.30pm (priced at QR260 per person including soft beverages). Thanksgiving Family Brunch is where you’ll getthe chance to embark on a culinary feast, taking place on November 28 at The Lagoon from 12.30 to 4.30pm, priced at QR275 per person. There’s even Turkey To go; simply order and pick up a complete Thanksgiving Turkey dinner for QR1400 per set, serving eight people (orders must be received 24 hours in advance. Thursday Barbecue There’s no better retreat in the city than the lush and green Lagoon Garden to celebrate a delicious end to a long week. What’s more exciting than having a barbecue outdoor with family and friends while the weather is nice? Every Thursday from 6.30pm to 10.30pm, priced at QR240 per person including soft beverages, coffee or tea; QR140 for kids aged 4-12 while kids below 4 can dine for free. Seafood Platter Tuesday is seafood day at Admiral’s Club! Overlooking the marina, you are invited to enjoy a fresh seafood platter of lobster, prawns, fish and squid, priced at QR260 per portion which serves up to two persons. Available from 6pm to 10pm – sounds yummy!

Nights Out... Senorita’s Night @ Habanos Girls get your bffs together and head down to Habanos where every Monday night from 8.30pm to 10.30pm, ladies get one complimentary glass from a selected menu. Ladies Night @ Admiral’s Club Get on over to Admiral’s Club between 9pm to midnight where ladies can enjoy free entrance and one complimentary beverage upon arrival, from a selected menu. BBQ Platter @ Admiral’s Club A BBQ platter for two persons including beef steak, chicken skewers, salmon fillet, lamb chops, jumbo prawns, baked potato, chef’s salad and much more. Priced at QR190 per portion – runs every Monday, Thursday and Friday from 6pm to 10pm.

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November offers Thanksgiving Deals The Square @ InterContinental Doha, The City Thanksgiving dinner on November 27, 6pm to 11pm. QR250 per person incl. buffet with soft drinks. 4418 2846. Crossroads Kitchen @ Marriott Marquis City Centre Doha Thanksgiving lunch/dinner on November 27, 12pm to 3pm and 6pm to 11pm. QR155 (lunch), QR225 (dinner). 4419 6100. New York Steakehouse @ Marriott, Marquis City Centre Doha Thanksgiving dinner on November 27, 6.30pm to 11.30pm, QR250 set-menu. 4419 6100. New York Steakehouse @ Marriott, Marquis City Centre Doha Thanksgiving dinner on November 27, 6.30pm to 11.30pm, QR250 set-menu. 4419 6100. Coral Restaurant @ InterContinental Doha Thanksgiving celebration on November 27. QR235 with one house beverage. 4484 4444. Choices @ Oryx Rotana Thanksgiving dinner on November 27, QR270 food only. QR345 incl. Selected house beverages. 4402 3333. The Anvil Rooms Thanksgiving 5-course menu on November 26 and 27, QR380 dinner only. 4499 0685. The Lagoon @ The Ritz-Carlton, Doha Thanksgiving Family Dinner 104. fact magazine

on November 27. From 6.30pm to 10.30pm, QR260 incl. soft beverages. 4484 8000.

Kiss & Fly is every Wednesdays with 3 free drinks for ladies from 10pm to midnight. 4453 5353.

Happy Hour Fun The Lounge @ Kempinski Residences & Suites Mix & Fuse from 5pm to 7pm daily, with 50% discount on selected items. 4405 3325.

Vintage Lounge @ The St. Regis Doha High Heels Night is every Wednesdays with 50% off selected beverages for ladies from 6pm to 1am. 4446 0000.

Airline Flight Crew Happy Hours from 7pm to 2am daily, with 20% off the final bill. 4405 3325.

Jazz Club @ Oryx Rotana Ladies’ Night is every Tuesdays with 3 free drinks for ladies from 5pm to 10pm, and 50% off selected beverages from 6pm to 1am. 4402 3333.

Habanos Bar @ The Ritz-Carlton Doha Happy Hours from 5pm to 8pm daily, with buy one get one free on selected drinks. 4484 8506. Level 23 @ The Ritz-Carlton Doha Happy Hours from 6pm to 9pm daily, with buy one get one free on selected drinks. 4484 8506. Belgian Café @ InterContinental Doha Happy Hours from 4pm to 6pm daily, with selected beverages for only QR25. 4484 4444. Lava @ InterContinental Doha Happy Hours from 8pm to 10pm, Saturday to Wednesday, with 50% discount on food and beverages. 4484 4444. Paloma @ InterContinental Doha Happy Hours from 5pm to 7pm, Saturday to Wednesday, with 50% discount off selected beverages. 4484 4444. Jazz Club @ Oryx Rotana Happy Hours from 5pm to 8pm daily, with 50% discount on selected beverages. 4402 3333.

The Cigar Lounge @ Sharq Village & Spa Happy Hours from 5pm to 9pm daily, with 50% off on house beverages. 4425 6666. Crystal @ W Doha Hotel & Residences Happy Hour from 6pm to 10pm, Monday to Friday, with 50% discount on beverages. 4453 5353.

Ladies Night Deals Paloma & Lava @ InterContinental Doha Big Night Out is every Wednesdays with 2 free drinks for ladies from 10pm until late, 4484 4444. Wahm @ W Doha Hotel & Residences “The Vibe” is every Mondays with 2 free drinks for ladies from 9pm to 11pm. 4453 5353. Crystal Club @ W Doha Hotel & Residences Urban Night is every Tuesdays with 2 free drinks for ladies from 10pm to midnight. 4453 5353.

Habanos @ The Ritz-Carlton Doha Senorita’s Night is every Mondays with 1 free drink from a selected menu from 8.30pm to 10.30pm. 4484 8504. Admiral’s Upper Floor @ The Ritz-Carlton Doha Ladies Night is every Friday with complimentary entrance & 1 free drink from a selected menu from 9pm to midnight. 4484 8000.

Weekend Brunches Seafood Brunch @ Fish Market, InterContinental Doha Friday from 12.30pm to 3.30pm QR375 (incl unlimited house drinks) QR160 (incl unlimited soft drinks) 4484 4919. French Country Brunch @ La Varenne Friday from 12noon to 4pm QR179 (incl soft beverages) QR379 (incl sommelier choices) 4499 0680. Choices Friday Brunch @ Oryx Rotana Friday from 12.30pm to 4pm QR260 (incl unlimited soft


drinks) QR335 (incl selected house beverages) 4402 3333. Taprunch, The Cellar @ Oryx Rotana Friday from 12.30pm to 4pm QR175 (food only) QR275 (incl beverage package) 4402 3333. Friday & Saturday Brunch @ Sharq Village & Spa Friday and Saturdays from 12.30pm to 4pm QR250 (incl soft drinks) QR390 (incl house beverages) Kids below 12 dine for free. 4425 6666. Chatuchak Weekend Market Brunch @ Grand Hyatt Doha Friday from 12.30pm to 4pm QR280 (incl soft drinks) QR395 (incl special beverages) QR680 (Moët Brunch) 7021 8097. Friday Brunch in Porcini @ The Ritz-Carlton Doha Friday from 12.30pm to 3.30pm QR260 (incl soft drinks) QR340 (incl bubbly) QR130 (kids aged 4 to 12) 4484 8514. Friday Brunch in The Sqauare @ InterContinental Doha, The City Friday from 12noon to 4pm QR230 (incl soft drinks & mocktails) QR330 (incl select house beverages) 4418 2846.

Crossroads Kitchen Friday Family Brunch @ Marriott Marquis, City Centre Doha Friday from 12noon to 3.30pm QR225 (incl soft beverages) QR275 (incl selected beverages) 4419 6100. Friday Brunch @ W Doha Hotel & Residences Friday from 12noon to 3.30pm QR290 (incl non-alcoholic beverages) QR395 (incl alcoholic beverages) 4453 5135. Weekend Brunch at Opal By Gordon Ramsay @ The St. Regis Doha Friday & Saturdays from 12noon to 4pm. QR295 (incl soft drinks) QR395 (incl grape, grain & sparkling drinks) 4446 0000. Friday Family Brunch @ The St. Regis Doha Friday from 12.30pm to 4pm. QR320 (incl soft drinks) QR420 (incl grape, grain & sparkling drinks) 4446 0000. Hakkasan Brunch @ The St. Regis Doha Friday from 12noon to 3pm. QR130 (food only) 4446 0000. Brazilian Brunch, Ipanema @ Marriott Marquis City Centre Doha Friday from 12.30pm to 3.30pm. QR250 (incl soft drinks) QR320 (incl selected beverages) 4419 6100.

Contact No: 4425 6666

Sharq Village & Spa A Day in the Resort Whether you are searching for weekend getaways or an extended reprieve, our magnificent packages allow you to enjoy a luxurious stay in our incomparable guest rooms. Valid through January 31, 2015, singe occupancy is priced at QR1349 and double occupancy is QR1499, per room per night. The package includes: Overnight Accommodation in Deluxe Resort View Room; welcome amenities in the room; breakfast buffet at Al Liwan Restaurant; lunch or dinner at Al Liwan Restaurant; 50% for kids below 12, and complimentary for kids below 5; 20% discount on laundry service; and access to Six Senses Spa facilities. Friday and Saturday Brunch Unwind with friends and family on the weekend and tuck into a luxurious buffet featuring fresh seafood, Middle Eastern favorites and international classics. A children’s buffet is also available, with supervised activities to keep little ones entertained. Every Friday and Saturday from 12.30 to 4pm at Al Liwan. Priced at QR250 with soft drinks or QR390 including house beverages. Children aged six to 12 pay QR125. Take-away Turkey Take all the hard work and hassle out of Thanksgiving this year and let Sharq Village and Spa cater to all your dinner needs. Each turkey serves 6 to 8 diners including the trimmings and dessert. Available at Al Jalsa on November 27 for QR1000 – a minimum 48 hours advance order is required.

Nights Out… Sundowner Session @ Al Dana Terrace The much- loved lounge night makes a comeback this month as Doha’s sunset spot comes to life every Friday with special DJs and guests. Sundowner session takes place from 4pm to 5am every Friday. Flavours of Japan @ Al Dana Experience authentic flavors of Japan by 3 Michelin star chef Kazuo Takagi. November 26 to 27 from 6:30 pm to 11pm, priced at QR450 to QR850. Barbecue By The Pool @ Al Seef The heat is off and the coals are sizzling. Take a seat by the pool and enjoy the finest in al fresco dining at Al Seef every Thursday and Friday from 6.30pm to 10pm for QR125 per person.

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Fabien Chesnais General Manager at Mövenpick Hotel Doha

Recommend a hidden gem or experience in Doha...

What makes Doha special to you?

Doha Insider

I would have to say the Inland Sea. Doha is a modern and rapidly developing Surrounded by rolling dunes of glittering city and, considering the money being poured white sand, it’s a deep salt-water inlet known into construction, Doha looks set to become as the ‘sweaty sea’ in the summer when it one of the premier cities in the Gulf within heats up hotter than a bath. This time of year, a few years. It is a special experience in itself the water is cool and you can walk right into to be a part of the city’s development and the water up to your knees. You can spend see it flourish from one strength to the next. all day relaxing in the sea: it’s really a creek Doha is also quite unique compared to other surrounded by crescents of sand. Either way, cities I have lived in because of its vast mix the beaches are soft white sand and the water of nationalities that live and work here. It has is incredibly salty, making it a fun and extra- adapted culturally while still having a strong buoyant experience to float around. focus on preserving the heritage of the area. 106. fact magazine

Your favourite outdoor activity or hangout in Doha… Souq Waqif is always a good option as it has such a wide variety of cuisines to choose from such as Malaysian, French, and Indian. It provides an excellent place for people to gather, shop for traditional knick-knacks, spices or just enjoy a good meal. The seasonal events that take place there are great for the kids as I have two young sons who love to be entertained. Another great outdoor space is Katara Village with its rich cultural focus and large choice of activities.

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