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This month’s FACT Finds introduces you to The St. Regis Doha’s newest musical space, The Club.

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If you’ve been avoiding the sun, we’ve got the lowdown on all the best places to get your beach fix this winter.

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Kenzo x H&M’s beautiful new collection will entice all you fashion-savvy peeps ready for the season ahead.

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Friday Brunchin’ just got a whole lot more exciting with Clash of the Cuisines at Sharq Village & Spa.

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Qatar China 2016 Year of Culture has another great exhibition, Treasures of China, for all to marvel.

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FACT went to Paloma at InterContinental Doha to check out its latest culinary offering; Friday Brunch!

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It’s time to get outdoors and love it! Terrace dining, poolside eating and more is all waiting to be explored.

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This month’s hotel hotspot comes from the brand new Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi - it’s worth a trip!

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The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa has a whole host of foodie hapenings this month. Check it out...

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Log off, Shut Down, Go Outside. “Think outside, no box required.” - Anon


can hardly get over how fast this summer has gone by. For all of us at FACT, it was filled with plenty of travelling, eating and good ol’ down time with family and friends, not to mention a lot of exploring within the GCC. We found new restaurants hidden in hotels and areas we’d never visited before. We also came across so many cool initiatives within the arts and culture scene – after all, Doha is a haven for these sorts of activities (food and fun should be the motto!). Now that the sun has settled to pave way for pleasant temperatures, we thought it only right to get you excited about the cooler months ahead. From al fresco dining to pool and beach days and outdoor activities for free, Qatar is packed with SO MUCH to see and do when the weather permits. Turn to p23 and start planning your time outside – bye bye a/c, hello breezy days! Arts takes centre stage this month too, as Qatar Museums continues its incredible programme of the Qatar-China 2016 Year of Culture. The newest exhibition to open is titled Treasures of China, on display at the museum of Islamic Art. You can read all about it on p45. This is also the month where your style change can really shine through in your everyday look. Our fashion pages are packed with new collections and pieces to inspire your autumn looks and there’s something for everyone. Begin your wardrobe change starting p67. Whilst it’s cooling down outside, Doha’s hospitality scene is turning up the heat with a slew of new dining deals and promotions to enjoy throughout October. Head to p83 and get to turning the pages to find your ideal lunch or dinner spot this month. There’s plenty more on Oktoberfest, Pinktober and other happenings throughout the magazine – take your pick! Off I go to practice my best WINTER IS COMING impression (counting down the days to GoT). Have an awesome month y’all!☺

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Music lovers, October just got a whole lot more exciting for you; The St. Regis Doha is going to be hosting incredible music experiences at The Club, every Tuesday through to Saturday, as globally renowned artists take to the stage creating an electrifying and buzzing atmosphere every single time! The Club, The St. Regis Doha’s newly launched space, opened its doors last month in a bid to offer a greater variety of music offerings at the hotel and in Doha. The Club will cater to a multitude of music genres spanning across Soul, Blues and Bossa Nova. A number of world-renowned artists will be performing here, including leading soul vocalist, Judi Jackson, who has a passion for singing and a voice that is beyond her years. Appearing on stage with various bands over the years, Judi is the definition 8

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of a musician who pushes herself to reach new heights and inspires audiences in the process. Later in the evening, listen to the smooth sound of funk and soul vocalist, Tasha Danae. Both vocalists will be joined by Michael Pignéguy on the drums, who throughout his diverse career as a performer, composer and arranger has created music in the realms of funk, hip hop and pop, through to chamber and orchestral sounds too. The Club at The St. Regis Doha is open every Tuesday to Saturday, from 7pm to 2am. Meanwhile, the live sets will start at 8pm until late. The Club will be closed every Sunday and Monday. Call 4446 0000 or 4446 0105 for reservations and more information.

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Pianist Davis Whitfield is an exciting addition to The Club, having studied and played the piano from the age of eight. With a distinct sound that’s influenced by other seasoned musicians, Davis plays with the experience of a veteran. Jonathan Beshay, a tenor saxophonist and proven performer, also brings his talent to the line up at The Club. They will be joined by the exceptional bassist Gilard Lopes, who rounds up the range of musicians you can expect to hear from at The Club. This space promises to provide a little bit of something for everyone, in a true Dinner Show setting. Guests will be able to enjoy both comfort and a large variety of food that includes small bites, tapas, a la carte dining and set menus. This late night show at The Club is set to entertain, enrich and expand your musical experience at The St. Regis Doha. ✤

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Oktoberfest Revelry

What: Oktoberfest at Champions Where: Marriott Marquis City Centre Doha When: October 24 to 28, 5pm to 2am Price: Free Entry Raise your Bavarian brews and join in this awesome Oktoberfest celebration! Witness one of the year’s most popular festivities at Champions, featuring scrumptious German delicacies along with traditional live entertainment by Tschirgant Duo. This place is going to be a lively one! Call 4419 5000 for more info. What: German Food Promotion at Shehrazad Where: Radisson Blu Hotel Doha When: October 1 to 31, 5pm to 1am Get into the true spirit of Oktoberfest all month long with special snacks and 10

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beverages at great prices. Grab your colleagues and friends and head to Shehrazad for an authentic Oktoberfest experience. Various food and drinks options, priced individually are available. Call 4428 1555 for more info. What: Oktoberfest Events Where: InterContinental Doha When: October 5, 6, 7, 13 and 14 Price: QR265 per person including entry and a German buffet dinner (must be aged 21+) Experience the authentic Bavarian festival at InterContinental Doha’s most popular and unique tent. Let The Voigas Band keep you entertained with their original festive music, playing traditional alpine folk music followed by different acts and funny games which involve the audience. While you indulge in the scrumptious

traditional German buffet and Munich’s famous ales so get down with your Dirndl and Lederhose…. Oans, Zwoa, Gsuffa! Call 4015 8888 for more info. What: Oktoberfest at Irish Harp Where: Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel When: October 15, 5pm to 2am Price: Free Entry for ladies from 6pm to 8.30pm. QR65 from 8.30pm onwards for ladies, including one soft beverage. QR100 for men including one soft drink. With live entertainment from the Oompah band, Oktoberfest is an annual celebration of German tradition that is defined by camaraderie, hearty Bavarian cuisine and lots and lots of beverages. That’s exactly what you’ll get at this party! Call 4485 3000 for more info. ✤

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October Outings Spooktacular Feast Take the whole family to experience a night of international flavours with an exciting spooky theme as the chefs at InterContinental Doha The City create a special evening of food, drinks, and fun for the kids. Don’t forget to enjoy the awesome and spooktacular dessert bar! QR180 inclusive of soft beverages and QR295 inclusive of selected house beverages. October 31 from 6pm to 11pm. Call 4015 8888 for more info.

Pinktober – Where to Get Involved in doha! Marriott Marquis City Centre Doha Celebrate Pink October at Quick Bites and West End Café & Patisserie. Give back and show support to those who need it the most by purchasing from a variety of pink pastries, desserts and drinks, as 10 per cent of the proceeds from your spend will be given to the Qatar Cancer Society. Everything is priced from QR25, and is available to buy from October 1 to 31 from 6am to 11pm. Call 4419 5000 for more info. InterContinental Doha The City This October, InterContinental Doha The City will host several activities in order to bring more support to the worldwide campaign of Breast Cancer Awareness. From Pink Afternoon Tea and unique pink treats at the Lobby Lounge, to an extravagant Pink Bar Squared Brunch at The Square, and even more exciting Pink Wednesdays at Strata. Pink Wednesdays isn’t your ordinary ladies night! It’s a designer label ladies night! Head over to Strata where ladies enjoy a complimentary welcome drink from 9pm to 11pm, every Wednesday, along with a chance to win a designer luxury bag. On from 9pm to 2am with free entry for ladies and QR75 for men. Call 4015 8888 for more info. 12

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skin type will be applied as you swift away into a world of calm. QR950 per person including full access to all spa and wellness facilities. Other Pink treatments like massages, facials and a hammam experience are also available. Call 4035 5555 for more info.

Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl – Doha Spa by Clarins has some truly amazing pamper deals with a Pink theme. Opt for the 120-minute Pretty in Pink; start off with an invigorating Pink Body scrub and get rid of those dead skin cells. Then embark on the road to relaxation with the Lomi Lomi back massage. Finish your experience with the Pink facial to give you a rosy glow! QR1600 per person including full access to all spa and wellness facilities. Think Pink is a 90-minute treatment which begins with an unwinding session of foot reflexology, followed by a detoxifying body wrap. A face mask designed to suit your

Al Jasra Hotel Tuck into a special Pink Afternoon HiTea at The Drawing Room, which will run from October until December in support of the worldwide Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign. The Pink theme will include Pink cupcakes, mini sandwiches, mini pastries and a selection of hot and cold beverages. The Drawing Room is a trendy and intimate lounge that takes style and comfort to another level. It’s the perfect place to meet friends and catch up over one of the many variations of tea, coffee and soft drinks. Pink Afternoon Hi-Tea is served daily from 3pm to 6pm for QR65 per person. Call 4433 6868 for more info. ✤

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Clash of the Cuisines Sharq Village & Spa, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel has revamped its International Friday Brunch at Al Liwan Restaurant with the ultimate culinary spectacle, featuring a clash of cuisines that will take guests through an alluring foodie journey around the world. Curated by Executive Chef, Hassan Abdallah and Al Liwan Chef, Tutku Goksel, the exquisite buffet offers a plethora of choices blending Oriental, International and the best of Middle Eastern cuisine including Qatari highlights, where the lavish selection of artistic creations are showcased weekly from open kitchens and creative displays. Guests may begin the Friday feast with an array of traditional Oriental mezzes and International bite-sized appetisers, accompanied with freshly-baked artisanal breads and rolls. The gastronomic adventure continues through a rollercoaster of dishes including traditional Indian favourites, exaggerated oversized gourmet burgers, Asian dimsum, sushi and tempura delights, a unique homemade quiche selection, tender rotisserie, juicy shawarma and hearty Italian pasta prepared a la minute from the interactive live kitchen. The seafood ice bed features freshlyshucked oysters, lobster tails and other crustaceans that are paired with a variety of homemade sauces. Guests who enjoy barbequed selections may hand-pick from the display of marinated meat, kebabs, fish and seafood to be custom-grilled to taste. 14

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For cheese lovers, this brunch is the perfect occasion to sample a variety of French and Swiss cheese. And for the perfect sweet ending, diners can explore new offerings from the Lobby Lounge that is transformed into an international patisserie where a decadent spread of contemporary and traditional pies, cakes and mousses await. Executive Pastry Chef Saban Cavlak introduces unique Turkish, Lebanese and Oriental delights, as well as an artisanal Italian gelato and indulgent French crepe live station. Children aged 12 and under can enjoy fun activities with The Ritz-Carlton ladies and gentlemen at a dedicated entertainment area. There’s something to please absolutely everyone! ✤ The Al Liwan International Friday Brunch is available from 12.30pm to 4pm. Priced at QR325 per adult inclusive of soft beverages and QR420 per adult inclusive of house beverages. Children aged 12 and under dine complimentary. Call 4425 6666 for reservations and more information.

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Meet The Royal Navy Association Doha A special evening to commemorate The Most Decisive and Glorious Battle of 1805 and Nelson’s demise, will be hosted by the Royal Navy Association (RNA) in Doha. FACT caught up with RNA Chairman, Mark Bailey, to learn more about the upcoming Trafalgar Night Dinner & Dance, and exactly what RNA does in Qatar…

plan for the coming months and beyond. Activities such as quiz nights, horse race nights, camping, brunches, BBQs and more also take place. What are some of the core values and goals of the RNA in Doha? The core values within the RNA are standard, these being: Unity, Loyalty, Comradeship and Patriotism.

night held worldwide to commemorate the Battle of Trafalgar, the Royal Navy’s greatest sea battle and the demise of Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson which took place on Octobr 20, 1805. Dinners and balls will be held globally to mark the anniversary. Hi Mark! Tell us more about the Royal Navy Association and what it does… Locally we have around 80 members with a mixture of ex Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Royal Air Force, Army and members of the public who want to support us. Our primary role is to support Royal Navy ships that visit Doha and provide some rest and recreation to those onboard. The RNA is a Global organisation which has 20,000 members with 370 branches and is a voluntary, not for profit organisation. What is the Trafalgar Night Ball? The Trafalgar Night Ball is a traditional 16

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Tell us a bit about your RNA background... I spent nearly 11 years in the Royal Navy. Before I came to Qatar, like most, I looked to see if there was a RNA already set up, there wasn’t. This gave me the drive to set one up. With the help of five founder members we set about the task, thankfully, with their dedication and support it was an easy task. We have since become the community group that we aspired it to be. What kind of activities does RNA host for members to meet up and socialise? We meet monthly at varying locations throughout Doha, meetings last for around an hour where we discuss and

What kind of support and benefits does RNA provide to its members and do you have to meet certain requirements to join the RNA? There are certain benefits to being a member of the RNA, as we have arrangements locally with hotels, DRFC and establishments. There are also advantages with companies within the UK, travel, insurance (home and car), you can also use other RNA facilities, globally, and you will always be welcomed with a tot of rum. The great thing is we get to go on board Royal Navy ships when they come ashore. What are some of the RNA’s future goals here in Doha? Our main objective is to strengthen the group to allow us to continue to support visiting Royal Navy ships, anyone can join as long as they follow our core values and they are accepted by the committee and branch. It’s a simple process. GO: Visit for more information. ✤

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From dusk till dawn, you are always at home. Authentic Lebanese cuisine with homemade dishes that will take you back to cherished childhood days, reminiscing the aroma of freshly baked bread that can only be found in grandma’s kitchen. You can find all this and more in a traditional Middle Eastern setting with the spirit of originality at Misk, where preserving memories is our speciality. Join us for a culinary experience daily for dinner and enjoy delicacies and desserts as they were meant to be, with live entertainment over the weekend.

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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 (there’s more throughout the mag too!)

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HAPPY HOUR at Jazz Up Bar, Movenpick Hotel Doha

Time to relax and have some fun. Head on down to the Jazz up Bar every Friday and Saturday from 5pm to 8pm and enjoy a 30% discount. Delicious snacks are available from juicy chicken quesadillas to nachos and ribs. There is no entrance fee and no minimum spend. Call 4429 1111 for more info. 18

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NEW SET MENUS at Isaan, Grand Hyatt Doha

Thai Chef de cuisine, Somporn Sintawee, is offering Doha diners the opportunity to discover the most authentic Thai food in Qatar, at incredible prices. Four new delicious set menus are now available and ready to be explored. Prices start at only QR150! Call 4448 1250 for more info.




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Collective Exhibition at Anima Gallery, Porto Arabia

Get a head start on beach season by making your way to the Sheraton Health and Recreation Centre. Open every week day, there is plenty of time to get your sweat on and to start getting into shape. Trainers are at hand and the equipment is top-notch. QR250 per person.

Head over to Anima Gallery for your monthly art fix as nine artists from Germany, Lebanon, Spain and Japan to name but a few places, come together for an exciting collective exhibition. A diverse range of artistic styles are on display for all to marvel. Visit www.animagl.

Fancy becoming the next Jamie Oliver or Nigella Lawson? Executive Arabic Sous Chef Julien will teach you his twist on the Levantine mezze, followed by a fabulous three course meal. Mondays 11am to 2.30pm. QR295 per person. Prior booking is essential.


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COOKING CLASSES at Al Sufra, Marsa Malaz Kempinski

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Treat your taste buds to something exceptional at the legendary Al Sultan Brahim. Every Tuesday and Wednesday patrons will receive a special 15% discount off their bill! Open from 12noon to 4.30pm & 6.30pm to 11.30pm. This offer is one not to be missed.

Enjoy a scrumptious pink theme afternoon tea today, to honour Breast Cancer Awareness month. Pink cupcakes, mini sandwiches & pastries as well as a selection of hot & cold beverages are available. Open from 3pm to 6pm. Only QR65 per person.

For a terrific combo deal, enjoy a signature steak, a delicious sauce and a soft drink of your choice for only QR149! This offer is available from 12noon to 3pm, six days a week. (Closed on Fridays). Includes a sommeliers selected drink on Saturdays for only QR179.

Celebrate Diwali with a sparkly party on this special Thursday night. Bollywood inspired sips and snacks will be available from just QR25. Let your hair down and dance the night away to Bollywood themed music. Open from 7pm until late.

Savour a mouthwatering 3-course set menu, designed by Chef David Dahlhaus, at the New York Steakhouse throughout October. This fantastic offer is available from Sundays to Thursdays from 12noon to 3pm and comes at the great price of only QR95.

SPECIAL TREAT at Al Sultan Brahim, The St. Regis Doha

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AFTERNOON HI-TEA at Drawing Room, Al Jasra Hotel

Call 4433 6868 for more info.

THE BLACKSMITH’S lunch at The Anvil Rooms, Tornado Tower

Call 4499 0685 for more info.

BOLLYWOOD PARTY at Mix Bar Terrace, The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa

Call 4492 1555 for more info.

BUSINESS LUNCH AT NY Steakhouse, Marriott Marquis City Centre Doha

Call 4419 5000 for more info.

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The first ever Muay Thai roadshow in Doha took place at the Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel & Villas, providing visitors with an action-packed event. Grand Hyatt Doha in association with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, the Royal Thai Embassy and Evolve brought the sport of Muay Thai to Qatar’s capital with some of the best Thai fighters and trainers showcasing their skills and talent. Visitors enjoyed unique workshops and live fight exhibitions as well as a background into the sport and the cultural ceremonies that surround it. 22

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Al Fresco eating is all you’ll be thinking about for the next few months as winter WEATHER makes it pleasant to enjoy your food and drinks ON Doha’s best terraces, PATIOS AND poolSIDE VENUES. Here, FACT HIGHLIGHTS some of our top EATERIES to get your OUTDOOR FOODIE FIX...

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Romaine Calm…

Where: Al Nafourah Garden – Oryx Rotana Doha Good for: Open-air dining

Where: Toro Toro – Marsa Malaz Kempinksi, The Pearl-Doha Good for: WATER VIEWS For a little Pan Latin flavour this winter, look no further than Toro Toro. There’s a wide range of authentic South American dishes to choose from, all complemented by a substantial list of tasty beverages. This stylish location with one of most amazing views of the Marsa Malaz beach and The Pearl Doha, is the brainchild of celebrity chef, Richard Sandoval and has enjoyed massive success in Qatar. Already the recipient of Restaurant of the Year and the Best Latin American Restaurant in Doha at the 2016 Fact Qatar Dining Awards, Toro Toro should be well up there on your list of al fresco dining choices! Call 4035 5101 for reservations and more information.


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Try: Toro Toro Friday Brunch The warmth of Latin American hospitality and lively family-style dining, the Toro Toro brunch offers a selection of Pan Latin favourites as well as Toro Toro’s signature mouth-watering churrasco grill at the heart of every meal. Kids under six years of age eat for free, and seven to 11-yearolds pay only QR175. Adult prices; QR350, including soft beverages and QR450, including premium beverages and selected Jamaican Rums. From 12.30noon to 4pm.

Lebanese, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern are the types of cuisine available for lunch and dinner at Al Nafourah Garden. This variety of choices ensures there is something delicious to satisfy all palates. Known for its attentive service and open-air dining, a better atmosphere would be difficult to create. Top that with the delightful menu and you have one of the freshest places in Doha to eat out. A good intro to the venue would be the Mezze Night which is held every Wednesday, offering a huge variety of mezze for QR175, served from 7pm to 12.30am. This is Arabic food at its finest served by the friendliest faces. Call 4402 3333 for reservations and more information.

Where: Nobu – Four Seasons Hotel Doha Good for: Rooftop chillin’ Anything related to the four seasons is usually synonymous with style, class and quality. The Nobu in Doha is no exception to the rule. This 26,000sqft luxurious location, is a tri-level architectural chef-d’oeuvre. Surrounded by beautiful sea and skyline views, boasting a culinary experience second to none and cuisine that is nothing less than exceptional, you’re in for a memorable dining experience on the restaurant’s spiralled-staircase-style rooftop lounge, which is perfect for a casual bite and drinks with friends. Call 4494 8500 for reservations and more information.

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Where: Mykonos – InterContinental Doha Good for: Beachside setting For luxury dining of the Greek persuasion, Mykonos with its authentic Greek dishes and sea-view, outdoor seating is the place to be. The beachside location adds to the authentic Mediterranean feel of the venue. With a menu loaded with traditional Greek favourites, you’ll be spoilt for choice and the generous portions on offer add the value for money factor too – bonus! This dining setting is suitable for couples, families, outings with friends or a solo experience, as the friendly staff will ensure you’re comfortable from the moment you step in, until you leave. Call 4484 4919 for reservations and more information.

Where: Q Lounge and Restaurant – Banana Island Resort by Anantara Good for: Luxury location Firstly, the boat ride to Banana Island alone is worth the outing. A fun excursion for everyone, especially for the children. Upon arrival at the island, a South Pacific atmosphere is what awaits. From the moment you step off the boat and onto the jetty, a tranquil and beautiful setting sets the pace. Complete with a floating deck, delicious menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Q Lounge and Restaurant is a dining experience set to impress. A perfect location for a romantic meal. The ambience is heightened through the international and Middle Eastern music providing the soundtrack to a memorable occasion. Call 4040 5116 for reservations and more information.

Try: It’s All Greek To Me Block your diary and dine your stress away. Discover the Mykonos set menu and enjoy a truly extraordinary Greek dining experience. Everyone’s favourite Greek dishes like Moussaka and Grilled Hammour are exquisitely complemented by a selection of mixed dips and traditional Greek salads. For a perfect, delectable end to your day, treat yourself to the range of homemade desserts Available daily from 6.30pm to 11pm.


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Where: Al Dana – Sharq Village & Spa Good for: Seaside atmosphere If an oceanfront restaurant is what you’re after, Sharq Village & Spa is perfectly located. Complete with a show kitchen and sushi counter, allowing diners to follow the progress and preparation of their meals, this elegant venue offers a novel dining experience. In the spirit of al fresco, an excellent outdoor beach terrace supplies an open air eating option. Lovely bay views and sea breezes add to the relaxed atmosphere, ensuring an enjoyable occasion for all. Make sure to place this venue on your to do list this season! Call 4425 6666 for reservations and more information.


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Lettuce Celebrate… newbie alert! Where: Wahm Poolside Lounge – W Doha Hotel & Residences

These places are all good for: Poolside Dining Where: Cabana Club Pool Bar – Radisson Blu Hotel Doha As the dropping temperatures allow for us to enjoy the outdoors, there is little better than a poolside setting, complete with an array of options for fruity mocktails and juices. Soak up the sun and enjoy a wide variety of food favourites. From burgers and pizzas to ciabattas and sandwiches, a relaxed meal awaits anyone who enjoys the outdoors and the simple pleasures in life. Sun, great food and drink all in a chilled setting, who could ask for more? Call 4428 1428 for reservations and more information.

Where: The View Poolside Restaurant – Doha Marriott As the name suggests, this location offers magnificent poolside views, complete with a lovely terrace style outdoor dining area. The Doha City Skyline is an every present picture for guests to marvel. Finger foods are the theme of the menu, with a large list of beverages on offer too. The View Poolside Restaurant is open from 11.30am until midnight, so lunch, dinner or just a refreshment break are all options. A great venue to soak up the sun, views or stars, whilst enjoying some light dining. Call 4429 8499 for reservations and more information. 28

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Where: Aqua Lounge – Marriott Marquis City Centre Doha Another prime candidate for fine al fresco dining is Aqua Lounge. A beautiful spot for poolside relaxation and eating out, this gorgeous venue offers all guests an international menu and amazing customer service from sunrise to sunset. The ambiance provided creates a very down-to-earth atmosphere for diners whilst the staff ensure everything runs smoothly for an awesome outdoor experience. Complete with a casual dress code, just chill out and enjoy. Call 4419 5000 for reservations and more information.

Where: Oyster Bay & Bar – The St. Regis Doha Beautiful views are synonymous with Oyster Bay & Bar. Overlooking a gorgeous beach and housing a stunning, Olympic-sized swimming pool, the outdoor setting offers diners the opportunity to enjoy refreshing drinks and light meals under the glittering sky. With private pool-side cabanas, visitors have access to a space of their own whilst being pampered by the attentive staff. This is a fantastic place to meet up with friends or to enjoy some quality time with the family over great food and drinks. Call 4446 0105 for reservations and more information.

The revamped pool area, dubbed the Wet Deck, was unveiled last month – and it’s definitely one to check out for the upcoming season. The Wet Deck has been redesigned to create a calming and inviting place for people to come, relax and enjoy during the day. The first thing that catches the eye is the water cascading down handmade sculptured tiles, immediately setting the mood for tranquility. Ceiling rafts above with curved elements; blue glass screens enclose seating areas; sheer curtains surround and in the evening, vibrant lighting is used to change the space into a stylish bar. The waterfall is highlighted and the beautiful glass fronted bar becomes a main feature. Whether you’re looking to enjoy the company of colleagues or simply after a quiet beverage with your bestie, Wahm offers a great setting to socialise as well as to relax. A good selection of music and live performances adds to the appeal of this classy location. Wet Deck is open from 6am to sunset for guests’ dipping pleasure as they soak up the sun and the stunning views of West Bay and the Arabian Gulf. In the evening, it continues to be a dynamic destination, as it becomes an extension of Wahm, transforming low-key gatherings into amplified engagements. Add to this a menu bulging with international culinary treats; there are so many reasons to drop by! Call 4453 5135 for reservations and more information.

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Where: La Veranda – Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel Good for: Evening dining

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Fancy a little Italian dining in your life? La Veranda is the perfect location to experience this much-loved cuisine at its finest. With delicious serving selections on offer, prepared by Chef Alessandro, including home cooked pizza baked in a traditional oven, you can’t go wrong. This paired with a backdrop of superb sea views of the Arabian Gulf, La Veranda is truly a dining venue, fit for the cool season. Once you’ve satisfied your stomach, take a cool evening walk along the beach. Open for both lunch and dinner, there’s no excuse not to find time to visit this Italian treat. Call 4485 3000 for reservations and more information.

Where: Hunters Room & Grill – The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa Good for: Intimate GATHERINGS Set in the truly beautiful Westin Doha Hotel & Spa, Hunters Room & Grill has a lot to offer. Located on a mezzanine floor, the outdoor themed décor is novel and creates a luxurious feel for the venue. Beside from the ample indoor space, there’s a beautiful outdoor patio for those who enjoy intimate, open-air dining. The menu itself consists of many meaty options, tasty starters and delicious sides – you’ll battle to find a better steak in Doha. Call 4492 1555 for reservations and more information.

Where: The Dhow, Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels Good for: Special occasions Opt for a romantic dinner for two on a sunset cruise or a sail away with good company and a great buffet onboard one of the traditional Arabian dhows. An friendly on-board chef can prepare a choice of Arabic and international dishes, and the whole experience can be personalised just for you – from the food to the live music and the butler service – this is the ultimate al fresco dining choice with a touch of local for anyone who wants something a little different and memorable. Prices are based on an a la carte menu. The Dhow is available daily from 6pm onwards (24 hour notice and prebooking required). Call 4433 6429 for reservations and more information.

Where: Misturado – The Crowne Plaza Doha Business Park Good for: Socialising Misturado is a beautifully decorated location, complete with a spacious outdoor seating area. A packed beverage menu is complimented by the scrumptious finger foods on offer. Both the chicken wings as well as the picanha, which arrives at the table still sizzling, are well known favourites. The staff are all on the ball and exceptionally friendly, providing high-end service to all of the guests. An extremely social venue which fills up quickly, presenting the opportunity for individuals to meet new people and have a great time. Call 4408 7788 for reservations and more information.


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Miso Hungry… These venues are good for: Checking out The Pearl Qatar Where: Burj Al Hamam For the past 50 years, Burj Al Hammam has been known for its traditional Lebanese cuisine and hospitality. Now with its location in Doha, the people of Qatar have access to this wonderful venue. A fine dining experience with a huge array of Levantine culinary offerings and gorgeous views of the Porto Arabia Marina, complete with indoor and outdoor lounges, this location has it all. Call 4409 5115 for reservations and more information.

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Where: Megu – Porto Arabia The world famous MEGU Restaurant is a real gem here in Doha. Traditional Japanese cooking techniques and ingredients are used to ensure an authentic Japanese dining experience. Their signature dishes including Crispy Asparagus, Yellowtail Carpaccio, Salmon Tartare, and Wagyu Kobe Chateaubriand, are all sure to please. The trendy yet sophisticated atmosphere has already picked up awards for being the best interior design in the region and the outdoor dining area at this venue is definitely worth checking out. Call 4495 3878 for reservations and more information.

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This affordable yet upmarket restaurant offers a full Lebanese experience, beyond the menu provided. Debs W Remman’s efforts to stylishly reflect the traditional eateries, souqs and street food of Beirut adds an additional layer to your dining pleasure. Classic Lebanese cuisine with a

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special Arab twist, the authentic aromas and flavours are certain to entice and satisfy all who enter through their doors. Call 3333 4633 for reservations and more information.

Where: Pampano Who doesn’t love Mexican food? If you are one of the few who answered no, perhaps a visit to Pampano is in order to help you reassess your stance. Chef Richard Sandoval is the mastermind behind this creation, and credits his inspiration to traditional, coastal, Mexican cuisine. This accessible, familyorientated restaurant is relaxed and has a picturesque view from the large marinaside terrace. Call 4495 3876 for reservations and more information.

Where: Carluccio’s With a lovely outdoor terrace overlooking the water, Carluccio’s not only offers excellent Italian cuisine, it also boasts incredible views and a relaxed setting. The restaurant caters for all major meals of the day and insists on only using fresh Italian products for the preparation of their authentic dishes. One great feature is their fresh bread, baked by hand, every day on the premises. This quaint yet stylish eatery provides an ideal location for a tasty meal, Italian style. Call 6690 1777 for reservations and more information.

Where: Nando’s The only way you haven’t heard of Nando’s is if you’ve been livig in a cave for the last 30 years! Origionally created in South Africa, this Portuguese-themed restaurant is famous for its legendary, butterfly-cut, flame-grilled, peri-peri chicken. You’ll get good chicken and sides every time! Located close to the marina in the Pearl, a slow walk along the water is on option after a hearty meal of juicy chicken and sides. Call 4466 4545 for reservations and more information.


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Raisin’ The Roof

Freshly made sandwiches, salads, pastries and much more are on the menu, all of which are sure to satisfy. Crepes, shawarmas and waffles are available daily too – yum! With the MIA Park as well as the museum itself at your disposal, this location offers a perfect day out for any family or friends. Call 4422 4444 for more information.

Where: Burgeri – Aspire Park

At The Mall Where: Wagamama – Ezdan Mall This fast-paced Japanese restaurant brings fresh, nourishing flavours and dishes to the public. From rice and noodle dishes to fresh salads and sides, there is a little bit of everything when it comes to modern Asian cuisine. Located on the ground floor of Ezdan Mall, there’s outdoor seating and the option for a stroll and some shopping after a good meal. Call 4463 3876 for more information.

Where: Vapiano – The Gate Mall Vapiano is a casual dining, Italian themed café, that boasts some of the greatest pizzas and pastas in Doha! With both indoor and outdoor seating options, your comfort is assured in all climates. Offering excellent quality and selection, diners are spoilt for choice with three mega live stations to keep your taste buds tantalised. Located at Gate Mall, some after meal shopping isdefinitely on the cards. Call 4407 7188 for more information.

park Life Where: Park Café – MIA Park A shady terrace is on offer at Park Café, from which you can soak in the panoramic views of the Doha skyline. 34

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As far as burger joints go, Burgeri has to be amongst the best in Doha. The interior decoration is novel with a throwback feel and an outdoor roof terrace which offers great views of the Torch and Aspire. After a meal of hearty burgers and tasty fries, a walk around the park to maintain a healthy balance is worthwhile. Call 4449 3958 for more information.

fresco dining followed by a seaside walk – winner! Call 4408 0710 for reservations and more information.

Where: Chac’Late This European-themed chocolatier provides Qatar with the finest examples of sweets from the UK, Italy, Switzerland and Arabia. Freshly bakes cakes are but one novel option on the menu and come complete with deliciously warmed up syrup. Outdoor seating means you can tuck into a cuppa hot choc whilst enjoying the cooler climes. Located right next to Katara Beach, a quick ocean visit makes for an idyllic after meal option. Call 4408 0733 for reservations and more information.

Where: Sukar Pasha Ottoman Lounge

“Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.” - rUTH rEICHL

A quintessentially Turkish experience, Sukar Pasha Ottoman Lounge offers an atmosphere of ambiance. It’s highly luxurious, complimented by a menu reflecting a respectful take on traditional Ottoman cuisine. With a beautiful terrace gifting a marvellous view of the sea as well as the Doha skyline, lavish outdoor dining has never been so accessible. Call 4408 2000 for reservations and more information.

Where: Mamig Armenian and Lebanese Restaurant When in KatarA... Where: L’wzaar Seafood Market Japanese, Seafood, Asian and Middle Eastern style cuisine are all on offer as well as an extensive array of soups. An interactive and open kitchen is a unique feature. Good outdoor seating options are available, and the atmosphere, service and food are all exceptional. Being but a good stone’s throw from Katara Beach, this is an ideal location for a spot of al

Not only is it the only restaurant in Doha to serve up fantastic, fuss-free Armenian and Lebanese cuisine, it also has one of the most beautiful venues we’ve ever seen. The décor is kitsch and homely, whilst the food will keep you bragging about your meal for days to come. The upstairs terrace has stunning views over the Arabian Gulf and Doha Skyline with both intimate seating inside and outdoors – there’s plenty of choice for your Mamig experience. Call 4408 0800 for reservations and more information. ✤

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#HedKandi #at #InterContinental #D oha # The #City

With HedKandi international favourites DJ Carl Hanaghan taking charge of the beats and Kami C handling percussion, the latest HedKandi event was a one of a kind music experience in Doha - and with the best views at Strata! HedKandi now plays every first Thursday of the month at Strata, InterContinental Doha The City. Catch the next show on October 6. For tickets and info 7021 8765.


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Life’s a Beach Summers hot and humid days are on their way out and winter’s cool and calm weather is ready to set in for the next few months. For those of you who avoided the blistering sun and are ready to feel the breeze once again, FACT brings you the best pools, beaches and watersports options in Doha, ideal for perfecting your resting beach face!

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Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara

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you’re catered for. Start slow with pedal boating or kayaking, or challenge yourself with waterskiing or wake boarding. The best water activity? The donut rides, of course! If you want to keep your feet on dry land, there are plenty of fitness classes as well as tennis and the sprawling spa to keep you occupied. Call 4035 5555 for more information.

Where: Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel and Villas Why you’ll love it: The Juala Club

Sea Life’s Beauty Where: Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara Why you’ll love it: If there’s

anywhere you’d want to make the most of the cooler weather, it’s this place. The beautifully tranquil island has tons of outdoor activities, from a huge range of water sports, to beach volleyball and tennis! And when you’re done being active, bask in the sun or chill by the water – whatever your heart desires! The outdoors not for you? The endless spa treatments will keep you busy, as will the numerous restaurants serving up delectable dishes from around the world. Whether you’re there for a day, or a weekend, you’ll never fall short of things to do at this stunning resort! Call 4040 5050 for more information.

Where: Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl Doha Why you’ll love it: If the water is

your playground of choice, make sure to put the Marsa Malaz Kempinski at the top of your list. The variety of things to do is incredible, whether beginner or expert,

has stepped up its game and is giving you multiple reasons to make this a must-visit location. Make the most out of your girls day out, with ladies only pool and beach passes every Monday and Tuesday for QR125. Take in the rich flavours of Italy at Rocca restaurant by taking up their lunch, pool and beach package. It’s suitable for all the family at just QR150 for children and starting from QR250 for adults. This place also has one of the best sandy beaches! Call 4448 1060 for more information.

Where: Sharq Village & Spa Why you’ll love it: There’s only

one word for this place; mind-blowing. If you’re looking for luxury then Sharq Village will tick all the right boxes. From the architecture, to the amenities, this resort is pulling out all the stops. There are plenty of courtyards and gardens to explore and take a stroll through as well as no less than nine awesome restaurants to tantalise your taste buds. For maximum relaxation, head to the infinity pool and enjoy the sprawling views of the ocean as you top up the tan! Call 4425 6689 for more information.

Where: InterContinental Doha Why you’ll love it: Want a different

way to enjoy the views of the city and the endless horizon? InterContinental Doha has introduced paddle boarding to their list of activities this season, perfect for those who want to enjoy the water but don’t want something too strenuous! After taking in the scenery, make sure to hit the beach and relax on a beanbag with some drinks and good company before an evening of al

fresco dining at one of the many amazing restaurants, serving up delicious food and drinks. Call 4484 4444 for more information.

Where: Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel Why you’ll love it: If you fancy a

relaxed day, the private beach at this classic hotel, overlooking the Arabian Gulf, will make the ideal place to get your down-time fix. The two pools are an ideal place for you to sit back and sip on a freshly squeezed fruit juice from the pool café. Lie back on the sun loungers or find hop on a hammock for a tropical feel in the heart of Doha. For something more active, The Fitness Center features indoor and outdoor tennis courts, squash courts, fitness studios, steam and sauna for all guests to enjoy! Call 4485 4444 for more information.

Where: Doha Marriott Hotel Why you’ll love it: The cooler

weather brings the opportunity to take up some more exerting outdoor activities, making the Doha Marriott perfect for those of you who are super active. There’s the option of a biking trail, kayaking, volleyball, and even a spot of hiking! Don’t worry, if you’re not into anything too extreme, there’s always the tranquil beach, multiple pools to dip your toes into or The View Poolside Restaurant to grab a bite to eat and enjoy some flavourful shisha. Call 4429 8888 for more information.

Where: Katara Beach Why you’ll love it: This is the creme

de la creme when it comes to maximising the great outdoors! The 1.5km beach allows for every activity you can think of, as well as some quality quiet time and rest day. There’s everything from jet-skiing, gondola rides and knee-boarding, to an inflatable, floating assault course! The kids have their own play area, which has plenty of activities to keep them busy alongside child-friendly water sports, meaning that all the family can enjoy a fun-filled day out to celebrate the cool weather! Call 4408 0000 for more information. fact magazine



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Where: Shangri-La Hotel Doha Why you’ll love it: This place is a great experience

Where: The St. Regis Doha Why you’ll love it: Three words; olympic size pool. A

swimmers paradise, you can do as many lengths as you please without bumping into anyone else every two metres! The St. Regis really does provide luxury, making for a great outdoors experience. Next to the pool of dreams, there’s water sports galore from snorkelling to windsurfing. However, if all you really want to do is relax in the sun, make sure to rent a water mattress. Yes, a water mattress; true bliss! Call 4446 0000 for more information.

Where: The Ritz-Carlton Doha Why you’ll love it: If you’re a boat lover, then you’ve

come to the right place. The 235-slip marina provides plenty to look at, and it couldn’t be situated in a better location, giving perfect views of the sunset. If the boats don’t peak your interest, there’s a dynamic pool with a swim-up bar, whirlpool and plunge pool. Bring the kids too, there’s a children’s pool as well as plenty of activities to keep little ones entertained whilst you sit back and relax in the perfect climate. Call 4484 8000 for more information. 40

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for all the family. The perfect place for relaxation, adults can enjoy the curve pool with a swim-up bar, whereas the kids can play safely in a shaded kids pool that’ll have them entertained for hours. If you’re a sun worshipper, make sure to check out the tree-lined pool deck to make the most out of the perfect sunbathing climate. For total revitalisation, visit the Spa’s specialised hyrdotonic outdoor pool – there’s nothing else like it in Doha! Call 4429 5000 for more information.

Where: Four Seasons Hotel Doha Why you’ll love it: Grab your swimwear, some friends and a good book and get ready to have the beach day of all beach days. The private beach at this place means you won’t find yourself sandwiched between other revelers and the five outdoor pools give you plenty of options when it comes to cooling off. Definitely make time to visit the Pool Grill, serving up everything from salads and sandwiches to pizzas and pasta, with the stand out Al Fresco Breakfast resuming from October 1 - yummy! Call 4494 8888 for more information. ✤

Trafalgar Night Dinner & Dance Hosted by

The Royal Naval Association An evening to commemorate ‘The Most Decisive and Glorious Battle’ of 1805 and Nelson’s demise Thursday 20th October 2016 Venue: Grand Hyatt, Doha 1900 – 0200hrs Includes 3 course dinner & selected all inclusive drinks Tickets QR600 each (non refundable) For tickets contact Dress code: Black tie/ mess dress, ball gowns




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It’s For Free! Making the most of the cool weather means you can take advantage of SO many awesome outdoor spaces. Keep your outings pocket-friendly with our pick of the best outdoor activities in Doha to experience for FREE!

Where: Katara Cultural Village Info: Arts, exhibitions, cultural happenings, indy films, operas, orchestras, festivals and amazing dining destinations are all just some of the exciting things to discover in Katara. Built to replicate a traditional Qatari village with a few twists thrown in, such as the newly-built Falcon Museum and the Roman amphitheatre where you can test the amplifying acoustics by standing in the middle of the stage and speaking in a normal voice, this place is have for culture vultures who want something different from the usual skyscraper surroundings. Walk along the promenade in the evening where lights are kept dim to provide privacy for Qatari families. There are free golf buggies to take you about as well, alongside a public beach with water sports. Remember to dress modestly.

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well as the blue waters that hug the Doha shoreline, there’s no better place to do this than the Corniche. You can stroll through and past Sheraton Park at one end and the Museum of Islamic Art at the other. MIA Park, an open-air fish market, traditional dhows, outdoor exercise equipment, grass lawns for picnics, water fountains and cafes all line the four-milelong promenade which stretches along the half-moon bay of Doha. There are plenty of photo opportunities along the way and it’s you’re guaranteed to find a great spot to watch the sunset too!

Where: Al Zubarah Town & Fort Info: This UNESCO World Heritage Site is probably one of the least discovered places in Doha when it comes to tourism – which makes it perfect for a family day out! It’s the only remaining example of an Arabian merchant town where pearling and fishing once thrived. It’s also one of 6,000 archeological sites in Qatar and only an hour away from Doha. You can view the active Qatar Museums archaeological site from the access tracks at the dig near the shoreline, or grab a walking tour map at the fort and get exploring at your own pace. Make sure you pack some snacks and drinks, as the only facilities on site at the moment are restrooms! If you’ve got time, combine your visit with a stop at Abu Dhalouf Beach to check out Qatar’s northern region.

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– there’s the harbor glamour of Monaco with the architectural beauty of traditional European cities and the walking opportunities of an American boulevard – The Pearl is definitely one of the most luxurious addresses in Qatar. These manmade islands are also home to some of the best restaurants in the city; our faves include Carluccio’s, Megu, Armani Caffe and Tse Yang, to name but a few, as well as high-end shopping options. It’s the perfect place for a stroll with the family whilst yacht-watching and stopping off for a bite to eat along the way.

Where: Film City in Ras Abrooq Nature Reserve, Zekreet Info:

Where: Souq Waqif Info: Where do we begin with this gem of a place? Packed with old-world charm, the winter months are utterly perfect to weave in and out of this labyrinth of shops, stalls and eateries. In the 1700s this was THE place to buy spices, dates, gold jewellery, textiles, and pots as large as table tops. The souq was restored in the early 2000s and is just as exceptional to wander today. There’s everything from gold, fabric, spices, falcons, souvenirs and

all kinds of trinkets. The main artery is lined with outdoor restaurants for when you need a fresh juice, delicious snack or fancy a shisha whilst people watching. Evenings are a great time to experience the bustle of what life was like way back when in Doha.

Where: The Pearl-Qatar Info: Probably the one place in Qatar where you might forget where you are for a moment

You’ll need to book a tour or hire a driver to get here, but it’s well worth the trip! Located in the middle of the desert, behind the limestone cliffs of Ras Abrooq, is what appears to be a wellpreserved historical building. It’s really a mock ancient Arabian village used as the film set for a Qatari soap opera – yes, you heard right, this is Qatar’s very own Hollywood hotspot. In exchange for a tip, a friendly security guard will show you around. There are plenty of rooftops and rooms to be explored so don’t forget to take some snaps whilst you’re there! A trip to Film City would be best combined with a visit to the East-West/West-East installation and a swim at the Ras Abrooq Beach for a chilled day trip. ✤ fact magazine



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A merry crowd joined in the fun at Ipanema, Marrriott Marquis City Centre Doha, to celebrate Brazilian Independence Week. Brazilian Trio – Chef Rosana, Chef Filipe and Restaurant Manager – John Carvalho, kicked off the 9-day celebrations with an exclusive Make Your Own Caipirinha Demonstration followed by dinner featuring the Chef’s signature dishes, Ipanema’s wide selection of sizzling meats on skewers and the much loved Grilled Pineapple! 44

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Treasures of China

An exciting new exhibition, Treasures of China, launched at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) last month and we have the lowdown‌

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istory and art fans now have the chance to get up close with legendary Chinese treasures such as the Terracotta Soldiers, who guarded a hidden underground empire, at the brand new Treasures of China exhibition at the MIA. The worldfamous terracotta warriors from the First Emperor’s Terracotta Army will take visitors on a unique journey back in time to explore the glorious history and heritage of China spanning five thousand years. Presented under the patronage of Qatar Museums’ Chairperson, H.E. Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, visitors will get to experience a oneof-a-kind insight into China’s celebrated civilization, right here in Doha. Divided into three parts: The Birth of Civilisation, Ceremonies and Kingdoms, Splendid Unification, Prosperity and the Silk Road and Porcelain, Imperial China and the Royal Arts, the exhibition involves all major historical periods of ancient China and displays 116 pieces dating from the Neolithic period to the Qing Dynasty, taking audiences on an unforgettable voyage through China’s past. Vivid pottery, bronzes, jades, porcelain, gold, silver, enamel and many other exquisite Chinese treasures are on show, selected from five museums and heritage institutions from across China, providing the ideal showcase for Chinese creativity and craftsmanship. Aimed at reflecting the integration between the cultures of the East and the West, the exhibition offers visitors an opportunity to appreciate, embrace and discover the wisdom and richness of Chinese culture and traditions from a number of perspectives. Following the enormous success of internationally acclaimed New York based Chinese artist Cai Guo Qiang’s What about the Art? Contemporary Art from China exhibition, and the Silks from the Silk Road exhibition, Treasures of China is another major highlight of the Qatar China 2016 Year of Culture. The Years of Culture programme is a landmark initiative of exhibitions, festivals, competitions and events, developed to deepen understanding between nations and their people through


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“This unique exhibition p e r f e ct ly expresses the aims and ambitions of t h e Q ata r C h i n a 2016 Year of C u lt u r e i n p r o m ot i n g mutual u n d e r s ta n d i n g b e t w e e n b ot h o u r c o u n t r i e S.”

mutual exchanges of arts, culture, heritage and sport. Mansoor bin Ebrahim Al-Mahmoud, Acting CEO at Qatar Museums and advisor to H.E. the Chairperson, says: “This unique exhibition perfectly expresses the aims and ambitions of the Qatar China 2016 Year of Culture in promoting mutual understanding between both our countries. We hope that visitors will truly enjoy Treasures of China and leave with a deeper understanding that whilst Qatar and China are two countries that may be far apart, they have more in common than they realise, including shared values based on education, hospitality and cultural curiosity, strong economic ties and positive diplomatic relations that date back to the 1980s.” In conjunction with the exhibition, there will be a series of educational programmes and workshops on offer for students, families and schools to enjoy as well. There’s something for everyone! ✤ GO: Treasures of China is on display in MIA’s Special Exhibitions Gallery where entry is free of charge. The exhibition will run until January 7, 2017. Visit qa/en/treasures-of-china for reservations and more information.


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Big Screen Inferno What’s it about: Robert Langdon’s morals are called into question when he becomes a suspect in a deadly plot that promises to end in global disaster. He must fight against the clock to solve his most intricate riddle yet in order to save millions and guarantee his freedom. Director: Ron Howard cast: Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Ben Foster, Irrfan Khan Why it’s worth watching? Tom Hanks is back in the role of one of his most loved characters, Robert Langdon, after a seven-year hiatus. As always, his performance is somewhat in the range of near perfect, something we’ve come to expect from the actor – especially after his other current hit Sully – but, here, it’s the addition of Felicity Jones as Dr Sienna Brooks that has us excited. Her brilliance shone through in The Theory of Everything and her performance in Inferno has shown she isn’t just a one trick pony, pulling our every sense into the role and taking us along for the ride. The storyline, although similar to the previous films, is still just as thrilling and moving. The element of uncertainty throughout keeps you right on the edge of your seat and the vast historical references will keep any keen learner occupied and enlightened. The European scenery doesn’t disappoint either, beautifully captured throughout. This film really is one for all tastes, whether you love the tension of a fast-paced thriller, or you enjoy a good brain teaser, you’re guaranteed to be left wide-eyed and mentally enriched.

Highlights “The element of uncertainty throughout keeps you right on the edge of your seat and the vast historical references will keep any keen learner occupied and enlightened.”

Boo! A Madea Halloween What’s it about: Madea is given the duty of making sure a group of unruly teens behave on Halloween, however, things take an unexpected turn when mysterious events begin to occur. After running into a whole host of paranormal beings, Madea starts to realise that the teens are going to be the least of her problems.

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“Humour is the hook of this movie and there’s plenty of LOL moments that will have you curled over. ” – Boo! A Madea Halloween

Director: Tyler Perry cast: Bella Thorne, Brock O’Hurn, Tyler Perry, Jimmy Tatro Why it’s worth watching? Halloween breeds plenty of classic horror, so it’s refreshing when something a little different comes along. Humour is the hook of this movie and there’s plenty of LOL moments that will have you curled over. Yes, it’s silly but that’s exactly what it wants to be; the typically ridiculous storyline, the intentionally unrealistic costumes and the unrelenting satire all make this film addictively enjoyable. We’ve seen this formula before and without Tyler Perry’s performances, this film would be comparable to them all. His characters make this film what it is; a childishly good Halloween comedy.


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The Gratitude Diaries By Janice Kaplan


Gameshow By Two Door Cinema Club

The third album from the Irish indie band takes the best of their earlier music and throws in influences from some of the greatest musicians of this century. Before its release, Alex Trimble said that this album took inspiration from the likes of Prince and Bowie, and from what we’ve heard of the album, that claim has come to fruition. There’s plenty of pop, but it’s obvious that the band has broken all barriers to go outside a number od different genres in the most unusual way doing what they feel to be right, creatively. The high-pitched vocals, teamed with upbeat guitar riffs make this album undeniably catchy, whereas the psychedelic vibes give the tracks a dreamy feel that resembles the best of the Bowie era. We can’t help but think that the record missed out on becoming a summer anthem with its Fall release, but nonetheless, it’s bound to propel Two Door Cinema Club to new musical heights.

In our modern society, gratuity can be sparse and often at times we forget how effective it can be, in all aspects of our lives. This is the notion that Janice Kaplan decided to explore one New Year’s Eve after promising herself she would live gratuitously for a year to see if it had any lasting effects. This beautifully witty diary follows her journey, seeking advice and gaining insight from the most unlikely places and allowing us to be encouraged and empowered to go and live our best life.

Following My Intuition By Craig David

Craig David has become the unlikely comeback star of the year, rebranding himself and giving us some hard-hitting performances. Given that he was one of the biggest stars of the noughties, this new album has a lot to be beat. He’s moved away from the R&B and sunk into Garage and Dance, keeping his classic melodies but combining them with MCing and elements of Rap, something that has been well-received, even by longtime fans. The new album hosts a number of collaborations from some huge Grime names, ensuring that these new tracks will be massive across the dance scene and will no doubt fill the airwaves upon release. Craig David seems to have achieved the impossible, reboot a successful music career and still be as relevant now as he was back then; this is one album to be seriously excited about.


Angel of Storms

By Trudi Canavan Angel of Storms continues the stories of Rielle and Tyen, two people forced into extraordinary circumstances and tasked with making the right choices, not only for themselves but also for others. Despite the two being world’s apart, Rielle being quiet and creative and Tyen being idealistic and forthright, the events that take place show that they may have more in common than first thought. Neither of them know of the other’s existence, but will their trials and tribulations finally bring them together? Read and find out!

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BIG DIFFERENCE Made of recycled plastic large re-usable shopping bags

Only QR 0.50 replaced FREE for life Don’t let waste damage our environment Carrefour encourages to use re-usable bags instead of plastic bags


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Luxury Living:

Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island

It’s new, it’s striking and it’s the place that everyone in the UAE capital is talking about right now; enter Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island – a stunning addition to the city’s hospitality scene and the perfect place for a long weekend staycation close to home. FACT went to check out all that’s on offer… fact magazine




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The name Four Seasons is synonymous with 5-star service and impressive surroundings so when we walked into the brand’s newest property in Abu Dhabi, located on the vibrant waterfront of Al Maryah Island, let’s just say that the word “wow” was uttered many times. Did we expect anything less? Absolutely not! You’ll be greeted by some of the warmest and friendliest staff as well as being offered a hot or cold towel (depending on the weather) and a welcome drink at check in. As far as first impressions go, this was pretty spectacular. The lobby is HUGE – it’s home to the beautiful Al Meylas lounge where one of the best afternoon teas in the city is served up. Stylishly decorated, for a lobby venue it’s an incredibly sophisticated and comfortable space

with natural light coming in through the tall windows. Dubbed the “living room of Abu Dhabi” where comfortable sofas and armchairs will make you feel as though you’re lounging at home, in a modern majlis setting, Al Meylas is the ideal place to marvel a sunset whilst sipping on a variety of flavourful hand-selected teas, artful coffees and non-alcoholic cocktails accompanied by sweet and savoury delicacies of Emirati cuisine with an innovative twist. We would highly recommend trying the superb Arabic afternoon tea, featuring yummy local specialties including hummus, mutabal, whole-wheat pitta and mini zaatar manakish alongside an array of sweet treats including kustawi date, almond brownies, muhallabia, rice pudding and saffron sago panna cotta – the latter was definitely our favourite! But hold on, that’s not all that makes this dining experience a special one. As an authentic gesture of hospitality, guests gathering are offered a scent from the lounge’s partner, Tola Perfumery. Tola showcases eight evocative fragrances to capture the hearts of aficionados looking for excellence, craftsmanship and genuineness. Each scent tells a story of its own. Inspired by Qahwah (Arabic coffee) and Bukhoor (incense) which remains to be the symbol of Middle Eastern hospitality and rich tradition, the Tola smelling cups, found on each Al Meylas table, have been developed to combine and capture the Gulf-ingrained customs introducing them in a unique way. If, like us, you can’t choose just the one fragrance, you can blend two together and create your very own unique Tola scent! And all of this is even before we tell you about the room!

DELIGHTFULLY DELUXE When we walk into what is to be home for the next few nights, we find the Deluxe Room to be not only practically designed, but surprisingly spacious too. There’s a lovely living area complete with a comfy sofa and a large, adjustable table for dining. A separate work area has everything you could ask for, and more, in terms of enough sockets to charge all your gadgets and devices and plenty of space to lay out important papers or books. And when you need to catch up on emails, finish a presentation or meet a deadline, just look up and out of the window at the breathtaking water views, which should help to ease any stressful situation! Everything is controlled via an iPad which really is the height of hi-tech living, and throughout our stay the controls for everything worked flawlessly (even the powered curtains). Furnishings of soothing blue and grey created a relaxing atmosphere teamed with the white and grey marble bathroom that boasts a separate deep soaking tub and shower – THIS is exactly what you need after a day of sightseeing or shopping. If that’s not enough, the bathroom also has Ferragamo amenities (generously stocked daily) and an in-mirror TV which we were enthralled by. In the room, a well-stocked refrigerated private bar and a complimentary espresso and tea maker, a 55-inch HD TV, in-room safe, bedside charging stations, and probably the most amazing thing of all, the customisable King Size Four Seasons Bed – with your choice of mattress topper, and down duvets and pillows – this made for some of the best sleeps we’ve ever had when travelling! fact magazine


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When relaxation calls, Dahlia Spa celebrates the water with abundant fountains and views of the Arabian Gulf. The eight spacious luxury spa suites – including one exclusive couples’ suite – all feature private showers and most offer windows, giving the option of natural light or soothing darkness. Here is where we experienced the innovative Signature Dahlia Massage, a customised blend of individually chosen oils and massage techniques – you’ll receive a unique treatment to suit your wellness needs. Add to that the incredible heated sand beds (with sand that is speciallyimported from Pakistan for its healing properties) and you’re in for a one-of-a-kind treatment unlike anything you’ve tried before. Afterwards make sure to check out the facilities or kickback in the relaxation lounge on the heated beds – it’s the best feeling!

DINING ON POINT Food has never been this diverse and this good. If you think we’re exaggerating, we dare you to go and try it for yourself. From the drinks and light bites at Zsa Zsa, to poolside mocktails at Eclipse, Terrace Lounge, the lunch at Crust, the extensive in-room dining 54

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menu, and the soon-to-be-opened Butcher & Still and Café Milano, you’re going to be spoilt for choice with quality cuisines. Perhaps one of the most noticeable things we picked up on during our stay is the great attention to detail and care that has gone into the design, planning and running of this hotel. Like the number of plug sockets in rooms, the Middle Eastern touch throughout the hotel, and the incredibly helpful staff for whom nothing is too much of an ask. Perfectly embodying the luxury that is associated with

the Four Seasons, this Abu Dhabi hotel has elegantly married a trusted brand ethos with local elements – like displaying over 2,000 pieces of culturally connected artwork from local and international artists – to pay homage to the capital’s Arabic culture with a warm welcome and generous hospitality. ✤ GO: Visit to book your direct flight from Doha to ABU DHABI. Call (0)2 333 2222 or visit www.fourseasons. com/abudhabi for reservations and more information ON WEEKEND PACKAGES.

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The Range Rover Sport Demands to be Driven

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The Range Rover Sport has been described as “the fastest, most agile, most responsive Land Rover ever” and we have to agree.


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and Rover are truly four-wheel-drive specialists. Since 1948, they’ve been wheeling out a variety of models from their workshop, including the world famous Range Rover. Almost 70 years later, the masterminds behind these top quality vehicles are still breaking the barriers with their everimproving and advanced offerings. Enter the Range Rover Sport. The forward-thinking approach to this design makes it difficult to know where to start when describing this SUV’s components. But here goes. When looking at the design, the enhanced boldness of the exterior is obvious. Power and class is what it exudes, shouting out its improved capabilities before the ignition is even engaged. The body is both modern and sleek in nature. Slightly longer than its predecessor, this 7-seater SUV is still shorter than its would-be competitors, allowing it to be manoeuvred with relative ease. The longer wheelbase ensures additional comfort for those riding in the back. Aerodynamics have been another major consideration of the creators, with many features receiving an upgrade to ensure an eight percent improvement in this area on the previous model. The profile has been rounded and streamlined, the angle of the

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“Power and class is what it exudes, shouting out its improved capabilities before the ignition is even engaged.”

windscreen adjusted and the roofline carefully sloped. A trimming of 144mm on length, 55mm on height and 45kg on weight all contribute to the success of this undertaking. So what other features does this sporty SUV boast for motoring fans? The Range Rover Sport’s on-road capabilities have been hugely improved. This is obvious when experiencing its enhanced handling capabilities and general dexterity of the vehicle. Wheel-travel is in a class of it own (260mm front and 272mm rear), providing the excellent wheel articulation of 546mm which in turn, allows for maximum control in the most challenging of environments. The re-engineered air suspension system with its new +35mm intermediate setting means the off-road mode can remain available at much higher speeds (80km/h up from 50km/h) than previously possible. This is ideal for scarred dirt road conditions. A recent addition is the electric power steering, characterised by a lighter, more direct steering feel. fact magazine


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A choice of two full-time 4WD systems are offered; one provides a two-speed transfer case with low-range option, for the most demanding off-road conditions with a front-rear 50/50 percent default torque split, and 100 percent locking capability. The alternative system is 18kg lighter and features a single-speed transfer case with a Torsen differential, which automatically distributes torque to the axle with most grip, working together with the traction control systems to deliver excellent traction in all conditions. The default front-rear torque split of 42/58 percent is designed to provide a rear-wheel drive bias for optimum driving dynamics. A supercharged 5.0-litre 510PS V8 petrol engine, a 3.0-litre 292PS SDV6 diesel engine a 3.0-litre 258PS TDV6 and a high performance 4.4-litre 339PS SDV8 diesel engine are on offer. In addition, an innovative, high-efficiency diesel Hybrid model. There are three equipment levels available, namely the HSE, HSE Dynamic and Autobiography Dynamic as well as a SE derivative on the TDV6 models. All of which offer great performance and luxurious comfort. Both the interior and exterior of the Range Rover Sport have clearly been a labour of love and the only way to fully appreciate the clear intellect and creativity behind this motoring feat is to get behind the wheel and to enjoy it first-hand, just like we did. ✤


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New Mercedes-Benz CLA in Qatar

Nasser Bin Khaled Automobiles, the authorised general distributor of Mercedes-Benz in Qatar, has introduced to its valued clients, the totally new CLA, in Qatar. The car is available now in the company’s showroom at Salwa road. Sporty proportions and powerful, dynamic design idiom characterised by sensuously rounded contours make the CLA unmistakable. Its profile is sleek like a coupé, yet it offers room for five. From its diamond radiator grille with pins in chrome to its LED taillamps, there may be no car on the road offering such eyecatching style at such an awesome price. In undertaking the facelift modifications, the Mercedes-Benz designers have subtly honed the distinctive look and upgraded the interior. Khalid Sha’aban, General Manager, NBK Automobiles, said: “We are pleased to introduce the new CLA to our clients in Qatar. A car that is edgy and stands out from the mainstream. This is the car for the modern day customer that puts style first. We have no doubt this car will perform really well in this region. It was practically made for the Middle East.” The interior also benefits from features such as new seat covers and trim parts, as well as chrome-plated controls. The highlight here is a much slimmer-looking free standing 20.3 cm (8-inch) Media Display with a new-style glass cover. The new-style dials and red needles in the instrument cluster make it easier to read the display. Meticulous attention to detail is also evident from the silver chrome finish to the controls and to the fascia and switches in the doors for the electrically adjustable seats, as well as from the chrome surround to the 62

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stowage compartment in the centre console. Loading has now become easier with the Hands Free Access option. This system allows the boot lid to be opened without any physical contact. This facility is now included as part of the Keyless-Go Convenience package. The Smartphone Integration package allows iPhones to be integrated on board (iPhones via Apple CarPlay) and operated using voice commands or the Controller on the centre console. With so many cool new additions, this is one car that you’ll want to get your hands on, fast!

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New V6 Engine Nissan Patrol Makes Middle East Debut Built for the region, the new V6 engine brings better fuel efficiency while increasing power and torque performance…


issan launched its new 2017 Patrol V6 which made its global debut in the Middle East last month, in complement to the current Patrol V8 lineup while offering the same levels of prestige to a broader customer base in the market. Samir Cherfan, Managing Director of Nissan Middle East, said: “The new Patrol V6 complements the legendary Patrol V8 which is considered one of the most powerful, spacious and popular SUVs in the Middle East. “Specifically designed and built for the demands of the region while taking into account increasing consumer appeal for more fuel efficient, practical, full-sized SUVs, the Patrol V6 still retains the high levels of power and prestige that the legendary Patrol is famous for and has earned it the title hero of all terrains in life,” he added. The new Patrol 4L V6 was designed for and tested in the region to meet all types of terrain and temperature conditions while delivering the same legendary off-road and on-road capability. It delivers best in class power in the V6 category. With 275 horsepower and 394 Nm, the Patrol V6 offers 12 per cent more torque in the driving range than

the competition while retaining the same towing capacity as the Patrol V8. The Patrol V6 weighs less and enjoys lower ownership costs, making it the ideal choice as a practical, everyday family vehicle while retaining its go-anywhere readiness for any kind of adventure. Available exclusively in the Middle East, the Patrol V6 is identical in design to the Patrol V8 and will be available in both XE and SE grades, each with many optional extras available. Both models have enhanced grade walks and will benefit of new standard specifications such as powered 3rd row seats, meaning they will continue to represent exceptional value for this class and above. Equipped with the Nissan Smart Car Application, the MY17 Patrol is the most connected car in its segment (available in the UAE and gradually expanding across the region). The Patrol V6 beats its rivals with several milestones including lower engine noise and vibration, better acceleration and a 25 per cent improvement on acceleration push on steep inclines. GO: The new Patrol V6 will be available in seven variations including the popular Platinum grade. Prices will range between USD47,500 and USD69,500 in the GCC, with local country prices being revealed by each Nissan distributor respectively. fact magazine



New for Sony: X Series W i t h s o m u ch te ch talk ab o u t s mar tp hones t his mont h, we decided t o t ake t he al t - r o u te an d ch e ck o u t th e late s t ad d i t ions t o Sony’s new X series smart phones; i ntr o d u cin g th e Xp e r ia XZ a nd premium Xperia X Compact .

Choices, Choices. There seem to be so many companies producing smartphones and accessories these days; the technology is developing so fast, at times it seems pointless to buy a new model, as it’s shelf life is only dependant until the next best thing hits the market. So what’s the secret to obtaining a quality device with all modern functions, including a top quality camera, worthy of capturing those precious life moments? Sony might just have the answer with the Xperia XZ and premium Xperia X Compact smartphones. What Sets Them Apart? We really enjoyed the enhanced camera experience complete with innovative triple image sensing technology. This allowed us to capture blur-free photos, even with subjects in motion, in beautiful true to life colour, in a variety of situations. The 23MP main camera not only gives you clear shots, but also super-fast start-up going from standby to capture in 0.6seconds at the touch of a dedicated shutter release button, ensuring you are ready to take the perfect shot whenever it might strike. What About Performance? Xperia XZ is driven by its Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor to provide a seamless experience on your phone. As one of the most cutting-edge mobile processors ever created, the Snapdragon 820 processor with X12 LTE supports the ultimate in connectivity, graphics, photography, power and battery efficiency. Features & Design: The primary feature of these smartphones, are their cutting edge cameras. Let’s start with the screen size. With a 5.2” and 4.6” display respectfully, the Xperia XZ and premium Xperia X Compact ensure eye friendly functionality. Both smartphones are optimised by learning and adapting to usage habits to provide an enhanced user experience. The Xperia XZ is available in Forest Blue, Mineral Black and Platinum while the Compact offers Mist Blue, Universe Black and stylish White. Verdict: Sony have certainly produced top quality devices here. Great functionality, easy on the eye and an extremely effective camera we could play with for hours at a time. We strongly suggest you consider this as an option the next time you are on the hunt for a superior smartphone. ✤ 64

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W e re a l ly e n j oy e d th e e n hanc e d cam e r a e x p e ri e nc e c o m p l e t e with i n novativ e t ri p l e imag e s e n si ng t e chno l o g y. T his a l l ow e d u s t o ca p t u re b l u r- f re e p h o t o s , e v e n with s u b j e cts i n m o ti o n , in b e au tif u l tru e to l ife col o u r , in a vari e ty of sit uations .


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Who doesn’t enjoy good music? With our smartphones as our now constant companions, it makes sense to equip them with the abilities to download and carry new music around, instead of relying on another device. Google Play Music is a great app for doing just this. A totally legit music provider, with no risk of being removed from service due to copyright infringement functionality. With an ever-changing list of free tracks from major artists in various genres to download, this app is constantly updating its quality offerings to ensure its users are spoilt for choice. Just download and begin. It’s that simple.

The world today is a busy place. We always seem to be rushing around, from one location to the next, with too little time to make it to the gym. That is why when it comes to exercise, convenience is paramount, a characteristic the 7 Minute Workout app has evolved around. The app focuses on a short, high-intensity routine, scientifically proven to aid weight loss and improve cardiovascular function. After using it 5 days a week for one month, we the Fact participants, noticed an increase in our fitness levels and were even feeling a touch tighter around the belly. To get started you merely view the exercises, hit the start button and you’re off. Nothing could be easier.

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This is 7. Now available at Virgin Megastore

An entirely new camera system. The brightest, most colorful iPhone display ever. The fastest performance and best battery life in an iPhone. Water and splash resistant. And stereo speakers. Every bit as powerful as it looks –this is iPhone 7.


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Replay AW16 Replay’s AW16 collection celebrates the fashion brand’s 35th anniversary, ranging from heritage to contemporary and even futuristic. Check out some of the trends to get your hands on, here…

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HIS There’s a less rugged, more contemporary biker profile, to step out in the city, blended with hints of military and sporty styles. Here, leather, studs, laser-cut denim, checked details and aggressive prints are combined with bomber jackets, camouflage, military greens and technical fabrics. And on the more active side, with parkas, reversible down coats, neoprene, acetate, maxi zips and thermo-taping. Expressed in hues which are powdery rather than full, with a vintage feel. On a more glamorous side, tailoring is reviewed towards a definition of new casual – smarter, urban, and more relaxed. Featuring low-crotch chinos, blazers and de-structured overcoats, clean-lined shirts with microprints, knitwear and cleancut tees, plus wool and woollen cloth, gabardine, jacquard and herringbone. Tones of black, grey and royal blue is also present. Graphics on tees range from skulls, swords and chains with biker appeal to witty quips, from microprint tattoos to gigantic animals, and even the nerdy universe of mathematical formulae, aliens and astronauts. Pretty darn cool, right? ✤


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HER It’s all about volumes, fabric mixes and luxury processes, marking out the oscillations between glam sport and urban biker, boho and sartorial androgyny, smart athleisure and galaxy projections. According to the tenets of sport luxury, active-wear shapes and designs are matched with glamorous materials and processes. Thus sweatshirts, t-shirts and maxi dresses are combined with lace, matelassé faux leather patches, sequins, maxi zips, fringes, lurex and passementerie. Fabrics are lightweight and semi-transparent, while faux leather is seen in jogging and basketball trousers. The heritage biker is synonymous with leather, laser-cut denim and aggressive tees. A more bohemian spirit is seen in faux-sheepskin outerwear, woollen ponchos, long fringes and jacquard alpaca knitwear. Meanwhile the appeal of androgynous tailoring shows in low-crotch chinos, overcoats, dresses and shirts in light fabrics, while not forgetting the heritage check proposed in overcoats, maxi skirts, dresses and blouses: from crêpe to wool. T-shirts play on pleating and processing: leather effects, lamination, sequins and precious iridescent caviar beads. Vintage rock prints, slogans, galaxy motifs, mathematical formulae, micro polka dots and arrows. The colour palette speaks of blacks, blues, greys, rust, camel, military green, touches of pink, fluo green, red and fuchsia – take your pick! ✤ GO: Shop Replay’s AW16 collection at fact magazine


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Kenzo x H&M Womenwear – a celebration of print, femininity and playfulness KENZO’s womenswear collection for H&M is a unique celebration of the brand’s vibrant heritage, full of vivid prints, feminine details and playful silhouettes. Creative directors Carol Lim and Humberto Leon have filtered the archives of founder Kenzo Takada through their own eyes, giving 21st century attitude to pieces with a 70s and 80s sensibility. Colours and prints are contrasted and clashed; kimonos inform the cut; ribbons and frills give folkloric charm, while sporty shapes add urban energy. It’s a collection of designs that are totally unique to H&M, both wearable and inclusive while also shining fresh light on one of fashion’s most thrilling histories. Archive twists, vivid prints and feminine details are all present in the womenswear collection. Menswear – all about the bold prints, vivid colour and self-expression The menswear collection by KENZO x H&M is bold and powerful, a celebration of print, colour and self-expression. Creative directors Carol Lim and Humberto Leon have selected archival prints by founder Kenzo Takada and reinvigorated them on new menswear classics such as sweatshirts, hoodies, bombers and parkas. The result is a collection of pieces that are totally unique to H&M, playfully mixing colour, print and texture to express true freedom in fashion. Vivid prints, logo mania, reinvented classics and special details are a big part of the collection. ✤ GO: KENZO x H&M will be available in H&M stores from November 3. 72

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Decadent Detail This season it’s all about adding a touch of embroidery to shake up your everyday casual pieces. Keep it classic and add character with sheer shirts, denim jeans and simple tees, decorated with embroidery for an opulent update. Contrast the statement stitches with plain separates or double up for a high impact look.


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Modern Britpop Nonchalant and rebellious, the Britpop fashion era was born out of the 90s to describe a style generation that idolised the likes of Oasis who put parkas on the map and Jarvis Cocker who encouraged men to go seriously skinny with their jeans. The subculture is enjoying a renaissance WITH Laid back basics such as block sweaters AND Skater staples - the key is to mix up the influence.

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A lip balm with a smart lip conditioner that creates a personalised tint, based on your chemistry, combining the brand’s nourishing skincare and technology. It also keeps your lips soft and moisturised while offering the perfect hint of colour – yummy!


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N uxe M en Range

t soothes, repairs, protects and hydrates - this range of face and body products for looking great the natural way is made up of six essential must-haves for men. With tree extracts that are tailored to more masculine, and even sensitive, skin, this Nuxe range has a woody, spicy scent with cardamom, patchouli and cedar, designed just for all the guys out there. The six addictive products include a multi-use shower gel, an antiirritation shaving gel, a moisturising multi-purpose gel, a 24-hour protection deodorant, a multi-purpose eye cream, and a multi-purpose aftershave balm.

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Beauty Checklist Fall into great style with these beauty musthaves - new season, new you!


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Bourjois Nude Remix Bourjois revisits nudes with the perfect matching accent tones. The new eyeshadow collection comes with eight new trendy shades, including two iridescent and shimmers effects. Its melting powder formula is perfect for blending with dry or wet application in one stroke and it holds up to 12 hours! 78

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L’Occitane Tinted Lip Balm Having launched a collection inspired by peonies, the tinted lip balms are nothing but a fresh addition to this fabulous range. Find the balms in Rose Nude, Rose Plum, Rose Amber and Transparent. The creamy, glide-on balm nourishes, smoothens, protects and lightly colours the lips to match a radiant glow.


Wow by Wojooh Double Trouble Extreme Volume and Curl Mascara With two times the volume and the curls, this musthave mascara is essential to all beauty lovers. With its large twisted fibre brush the mascara is able to grab the lashes and plump them up with extreme volume and curl, plus, its smooth application is perfect for re-applying at any time.


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Anastasia Beverly Hills Highlighting Duo Pencil Get your highlighting game on spot! With the brand’s new pencil that reflects light, the doublesided pencil offers the perfect finish to make your eyebrows, pop. Use along the brow bone, lid, or in the corner of your eyes for that extra touch of pure glow.


Sephora Retractable Brow Pencil Eyebrows that raise the bar this month! Thick, think, retouched shaped, defined – it’s all about expressing your unique personality and framing the face. Sculpt and define your eyebrows with this waterproof and easy-to-use tool that will last all day, plus featuring a brush brow.


Rimmel by Kate Moss Retro Red In a special-edition lip collection, Kate introduces her favourite reds and nudes revel in timeless Brit cool at its best. With an elegant case revamped in metalised rose-gold, making each lipstick a beautiful collector piece. A must in your make up kit for autumn.

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Trussardi Uomo The Red The perfect fragrance for Fall, Uomo The Red has the spicy, aromatic notes that remind us of the cooler months. It’s topped with cognac and leather aromas to give it a strong, masculine vibe. Wear it daily or for special occasions, either way, it’s sure to become a staple within your fragrance collection.


Murad Hyrdo-Dynamic Ultimate Moisturiser Avoid the look of dry, dehydrated skin with this intense moisturiser. It’ll lock in moisture for 24 hours whilst managing to avoid an oil slick situation due to its non-greasy formula. It gives you 5x the hydrating power of a regular moisturiser, so even if you’ve had a rough day, your skin won’t show it.


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Elemis Instant Refreshing Gel Whether you’ve been hitting the gym hard or you’re suffering from muscle tension, this gel will ease any aches and pains through the power of nerve stimulation. The cooling effect gives instant relief and acts as a distraction for the pain. A great pick-me-up to get you through the breezy days ahead.


Lab Series Multi-Action Face Wash One of the best all-in-one products on the market, this face wash will cleanse, exfoliate and leave the skin feeling super smooth and soft. It unclogs pores and lifts ingrown hairs, making it perfect for pre-shave prep, too. Another bonus, it won’t strip your skin, making it an everyday skincare essential.


Kiehl’s Post Shave Repair Gel Shaving puts your skin through the wringer, so post-shave care is essential. The key ingredient in this gel, Squalane, rebuilds and fortifies upper skin layers to get it back to its best, and the fact that it’s 90 per cent aloe will make treating those razor burns and nicks that much more soothing.


Aveda Invati Exfoliating Shampoo Not all hair follicles were created equal, so if you weren’t blessed with the fullest head of hair, this shampoo will make the best of what you do have. It controls excess sebum production and contains herbs such as turmeric and ginseng that will make your hair look and feel thicker. fact magazine





White & Gold This season will redefine the white and gold trend for interiors with a touch of luxury and timelessness without being ostentatious. There’s shapes, fabrics, artisan glass, precious metals and so much more to spoil your home with this month.



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Lakeland The home of creative kitchenware

With more cool and creative pieces now available in Lakeland, as part of the brand’s newest collection, there’s no reason that you shouldn’t step up your kitchen game this month. Lakeland is the UK’s leading stylish and innovative kitchen accessories brand with cookware, appliances and utensils, which are perfect for every contemporary home. With over 4,000 products in its range and with new products being launched every year, Lakeland’s kitchen tools are some of the most-loved across the world. Lakeland searches the world for products to make everyday life easier and more enjoyable, whether it’s cooking, entertaining, doing housework or searching for the perfect present. The kitchen is the heart of the home and Lakeland offers everything to help you prepare, serve and store food. ✤

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Spice Up Your Weekend It’s always refreshing to try something a little different. Paloma at the InterContinental Doha offers an alternative to the traditional Friday brunch, adding some Mexican flare to your weekend. FACT went to check out this cool venue and all it has to offer...

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n Doha, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to weekend brunches. There are many great locations offering a variety of spreads. What is unique about the Intercontinental Doha’s Paloma, is its authentic Tex-Mex flavours and excellent live entertainment. A very relaxed environment is what initially welcomed us into the venue. That, coupled with the friendly faces of the attentive staff, made for the type of reception that encourages repeat visits. By the time we had tucked our chairs under the table, we were already offered an assortment of refreshing beverages. A glance over at the cuisine layout showed the promise of the feast to come. A great feature of Paloma’s Friday festivities is the inclusion of a live resident band. This ensemble go by the name of Soul Shake. They’re a fourpiece band formerly based in the UK and they’ve performed in many countries around the world, now gracing the shores of Qatar. Their sound is a fusion 84

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of hard rock, pop, funk and dance. Be prepared to hear some classics and current favourites across various genres. Soon enough our stomachs were instructing us to make our way to the food area and as self-proclaimed foodies, we always listen to these demands. What awaited us was a full range of Mexican favourites, including just about every form of finger food that the Americas is famous for. We started off with the tortillas. Although there were a few variations, we

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“What awaited us was a full range of Mexican favourites, including just about every form of finger food that the Americas is famous for.”

indulged in the spicy mince and cheese option and it tasted just how we wanted it to. A couple of burritos were to follow, also boasting a rich cheesy flavour and spiced to perfection. Please keep in mind the buffet consists of mini portions, so we were able to sample quite a few of the choices (even if that meant ten of everything!). Chicken fajitas were the next to go down and they did with extreme ease. Our personal favourite was the mini burgers or sliders. We decided that four of these sliders equated to one full burger, which was our excuse to fill our plates with them! And you probably will too – they’re just THAT yummy. By this stage there was very little space left in our tummies. Although there were still a good few items left unsampled, we could only manage to chew down a pair of barbequed chicken drumsticks - delish! It was at this stage we had to admit defeat and bow out of the eating part of the brunch, gracefully. What makes Paloma such a great location to brunch is not only the ample and tasty selection of Tex-Mex food items, but the great atmosphere. We found the mood to be very upbeat and guests seemed to be thoroughly enjoying themselves. By the time we left the festivities, we were full, happy and ready for the rest of the weekend. If you’re a fan of Mexican food, good music, and great weekend vibes, Paloma will tick all these boxes, and then some. ✤ GO: Visit Paloma’s Friday Brunch at InterContinental Doha. Call 4484 4444 for reservations and more informaton.

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High Steaks Prime Restaurant at the Intercontinental Doha The City is well known for its superior steak and other quality dishes. We sent our resident amateur chef to check out some of the secrets behind the success, here’s his October Cucina De Badir experience‌ fact magazine


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rriving at the beautifully laid out Prime Restaurant in Intercontinental Doha the City, I knew I was in for a treat. Having put Cucina De Badir on hold for a few weeks due to an injury to my cooking arm, I was very happy to be kicking things off again in such a prime location (pun intended). FACT was fortunate enough to secure an afternoon with Executive Chef, Emmanuel Pauliat. A genuine French Chef, with many years of experience, 13 of which have been for the Intercontinental Hotel Group. I was definitely in good hands. I am never too sure what to expect when meeting the chefs for Cucina, however, who greeted us was a friendly man, passionate about his craft and more than happy to reveal to us, his creative process. The dishes selected for the day were the Beef Tartar and the famous Prime Rib Eye Steak. My mouth was watering already, knowing I get to eat what we create – cue all the tummy rumbles! First things first. The oil for brushing the meat needed to be prepared in order to help the steak cook. It requires a good four hours or so to be ready, so despite Chef having made some for us beforehand, we worked on a new batch to appreciate the process. Simple to prepare in the right hands, olive oil is the base. We added around 500ml of oil to a large heated pan. Whilst this was heating up, two bay leaves were dropped in. A batch of thyme and a dab of rosemary were next. Chef then expertly crushed black pepper and unpeeled garlic with the side of a knife, leaving the ingredients nice and chunky. Everything was stirred together and smelt great. Chef explained this needed to be infused at 80C for four hours. Knowing there was still plenty to be done, we cracked on with the Beef Tartar. A portion of beef tenderloin 88

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was to be finely sliced up, a skill I proved was not as easy as Chef made it look. Several ingredients were to be included into a mixing bowl to create the required taste. Firstly, all the liquid ingredients. Tomato ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, tabasco and Dijon mustard, were all added and mixed thoroughly. The diced beef cubes, chives, gherkins, capers and shallots were next to join. Salt and Pepper were added accordingly and then after another good stir, the Tartar was plated. Chef then added the micro greens for both final layer of taste and presentation. I am not the biggest tartar fan, but let me tell you, after sampling this version, I am now officially a convert. Delicious! Whilst Chef Emmanuel’s assistants took care of the tarragon reduction (a preparation of ingredients to be added to the sauce), as well as the incredible béarnaise sauce itself, we watched as a picture perfect 300g rib eye was cut and prepped for cooking. First, the soft meat was thoroughly basted with the before

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mentioned herb oil. Smoked molten salt and crushed mixed pepper were then added to all surfaces. Chef expertly grilled the steak on both sides for two minutes, leaving tasty looking grill marks. From there, two minutes each side in the oven. A perfect medium rare was the result, which was left to air for a few minutes at room temperature. A last coating of the herb oil finished off the process and we all made our way to a table in the restaurant. The rib eye was simply one of the tastiest and best cooked steaks I have ever had the pleasure of sending past my taste buds. The combination of its succulent preparation and the béarnaise sauce was, simply, perfect. A wonderful day, creating even better cuisine, with an equally great chef. Oh, I do love my job. Hasta la próxima en la Cucina De Badir… ✤

“ T h e r ib e y e wa s sim p ly o n e o f th e ta sti e st a n d b e st c o o k e d st e a ks I h av e

GO: Visit Prime at InterContinental Doha The City. Call 4015 8888 for reservations and more information.

e v e r h a d th e p l e a s u r e o f s e n di n g pa st m y ta st e b u ds . ”

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A Sporty Brunch If Friday Brunch isn’t your thing, or you’re just looking for something new to try in Doha, we’ve got just the thing for you. FACT took a trip to the Champions Sports Bar Saturday Brunch at Marriott Marquis City Centre Doha, in a bid to find what could be your new weekend hangout…


arriott Marquis City Centre Doha has a pretty perfect location when it comes to weekend dining. Its West Bay setting puts you in the heart and soul of the business district, which has helped to make the venue in question a very popular place with punters. That’s right, Champions Sports Bar has become a much-loved destination for live sports, a quick after-work drink or a casual catch up with mates – what it isn’t known for (yet) is its brand new Saturday brunch offering. After becoming a pioneer in happy hours and great food and beverage deals, it was only a matter of time before Champions put together something extra special for its guests. The idea is simple; a chilled-out, completely laid back Saturday brunch with live entertainment and unlimited beverages to keep the energetic mood, and an endless supply of all-you-can-eat Champions’ favourites to please the palate. If you love a good ale, glass of vino or other premium beverages – this brunch will 90

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quench that thirst. If you’re there for the food – you won’t be disappointed. Hearty pub grub like beef and chicken sliders, spicy wings, mouthwatering wasabi shrimps, classic fish and chips, mighty nachos and even fresh salads, are all on the menu to tempt your inner food lover! Most things come in a generous sharing portion – great to keep the conversation flowing and your bellies happy too. A fresh fruit platter can be your choice of dessert but if it’s pure chocolate you’re after, go for the yummy brownies – just divine! Service is attentive and quick, and guests are left to eat and be merry to their heart’s

FOODIE CORNER content! The Saturday Brunch runs from 12.30pm to 3pm – but there’s no rush, you can stick around for some drinks and good convo afterwards too. Better yet, the venue offers sports games like a football table and darts, so eating your way through the tasty food might not be the only competition to watch out for. If there’s a match on – rest assured that Champions will be screening it during brunch on over 47 LCD TVs – yes, you heard! This is the perfect fuss-free Saturday Brunch with a sporty theme that will keep you smiling from start to finish – we’ll be back for more! ✤

“Service is attentive

GO: Champions Saturday Brunch is priced at QR225 inclusive of unlimited beverages and select dishes. Call 4434 2980 for reservations and more information.

and quick, and guests are left to eat and be merry to their heart’s content.”

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Eat well at The Westin Get your eat on with our top picks for October at The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa… Diwali – Festival of Lights

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• Sparkle @ Mix Bar & Terrace

• Express Business Lunch

Celebrate Diwali with a sparkly affair as the Mix Bar & Terrace puts on the best Bollywood party in town! Enjoy Bollywood inspired sips and snacks from just QR25 and dance the night away to the sound of exotic beats. It’s time for some Masti at Mix! Takes place on October 27 from 7pm ‘til late! Indian Week @ Seasonal Tastes Celebrate the festival of lights for the whole week with an Indian buffet extravaganza. Taste the best rotis, curries and tandoori grills for just QR150 - all served with soft drinks. Additional packages available for grapes and grains! Available from October 30 to November 4, from 6.30pm ‘til 11pm.

• Indian Afternoon Tea @ Luxe Lounge

The culinary team at The Westin has created a new concept of Afternoon Tea with a full flavoured offering that combines savoury treats such as chicken tikka wrap, vegetable samosas with a tamarind and mint chutney, aloo papdi chaat, which is a combination of puff pastry, potato, tamarind chutney and mint sauce, and delicious Farsi Puri (indian savoury flat bread). Sweet treats include nankhatai, a spicy-sweet Indian shortbread cookie, Cardamon Pound Cake - an Asian twist on the traditional version - typical delicious Indian sweet mithai dishes. Another showstopper is the Mini Indian Falooda served in shot glasses made with rose syrup, milk and chia seeds and ice cream. All served with deliciousl masala and cardamom chai or a choice of loose and herbal infusion tea. Priced at QR140 for two people to share. Available daily throughout October, from 2pm to 5pm. 92

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Take a break from the office and head to The Westin for lunch. Light on the pocket and tasty on the tongue; the threecourse business lunch is great value at just QR65 with soft beverages included.

• Cooking Class

Discover Thai food secrets from The Westin’s experts. Saturdays from 3pm to 5pm, for QR250 with a complimentary selected beverage. A minimum of four people with advance booking is required.

• Signature Set Menu

Trying Thai for the first time? Why not start with the signature menu featuring Saba Thai’s famous papaya salad and Thai Green curry as the venue served up its signature dishes to excite your taste buds. QR199, served daily at dinner.

Hunters Room & Grill • Hunters Family Roast

Who doesn’t love a roast dinner? Join in at Hunters with all the family for your regular weekend roast fix! Featuring live carvery with a choice of meats including beef, lamb, chicken and turkey, all you have to do is turn up with the family and choose your sides! From traditional Yorkshire puddings to crispy roast potatoes this is one weekend dining deal not to be missed. There are plenty of green salads and a superb selection of desserts to top it all off too. Priced at QR300 for a family of four (two adults, two children). Additional adults pay QR100; additional kids aged six to 12-years-old pay QR75; kids under six-years-old eat for free. Beverages not included. Served every Saturday from 5pm to 11pm.

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• Hunters Happy Hour

Head to Hunters after work for one of the best happy hours in downtown. Sips from only QR25 all night long featuring live entertainment and a great atmosphere! From 5pm to 11pm.

Luxe Lounge Le Petit Paris Patisserie Buffet

If variety is your thing - head to Luxe for an all-you-can-eat patisserie buffet with unlimited tea and coffee. The breakfast patisserie buffet is QR59 including unlimited tea and coffee. From 7am to 1pm. Afternoon Tea patisserie buffet is QR79 including unlimited tea and coffee, from 2pm to 8pm. ✤


THE ONLY UNDER 18’s NIGHT OUT IN DOHA! Are your kids cool enough for Krush? This is THE new, trendy hangout for teenagers, set in The Westin’s garden area with a live DJ, snacks, slush and sweet treats! Every Friday from 6pm to 11pm for guests aged 13 to 18, for QR70 (i.d. required).

GO: Call 4492 1555 for reservations or more information.

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Progressive Dining

Gourmet High Tea

Get To TapBrunch

Back by popular demand, the Oriental and European Progressive Dinner, featuring specialities form eight of Radisson Blu Hotel’s most famous restaurants. The feast options include a four course set menu served in four different ways. The European set menu is QR360 per person, whilst the Oriental set menu is QR320 per person. This offer is especially great for group outings, suiting two to eight people. Available Saturdays through to Wednesdays. Prior reservations are essential so don’t forget to book ahead!

This one is for the girls. Ladies can enjoy the contemporary High Tea in Gourmet House at Kempinski Residences & Suites with a special 20 per cent off, every Wednesday afternoon! That’s right, a fifth off everything. The cost is only QR168 for two people, including tea or coffee. This offer is available every Wednesday from 12noon to 7pm. Now, how can you say no to a lovely spot of tea and treats at a discount? The FACT ladies will see you there!

For the first time in Doha, tapas and brunch have fused together to form the mighty TapBrunch! This must-try brunch concept is on offer every Friday at The Cellar, Oryx Rotana Doha. Go on and spoil yourself by sampling this new creative twist for only QR175. Special beverage offers are also available. Offered from 12.30pm to 4pm, this one’s for all the tapas lovers and brunch-goers out there!

Call 4428 1555 for reservations and more information.


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Call 4405 3326 for reservations and more information.

Call 4402 3333 for reservations and more information.



A La Carte, French Style As Doha’s one and only traditional French serving brasserie, you’re always in for a novel experience at La Varenne. With the new A la Carte menu now on offer, innovative, exciting and carefully prepared dishes along with La Varenne’s classic signatures are being prepared and served just for you. This great offer is available every Saturday from 12noon to 3pm. Carpe la Carte!








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Facial Perfection It’s no lie that a good facial does wonders but how about a massage that can feel like an instant face lift by activating collagen? We went to the Doha Marriott’s spa for a lovely shellac manicure and the famous face therapy that will leave you looking and feeling like a million bucks…


e all want a younger look with a smooth face and plumped facial expressions, right? And we’d all rather get this through a non-invasive, relaxed treatment, correct? FACT may have just found THE facial that triggers all these wonders for a healthier look. Behold a reconstructive and recontouring face massage that activates collagen and helps you unwind all at the same time. The LPG Liftmassage is a 100 per cent natural technique that deeply rejuvenates the skin on your face. Hoping to walk out with a more youthful look, we made our way to the Doha Marriott hotel’s spa to see if the treatment was as good as it sounds. The spa is set within a cool and comfortable setting (perfect to beat the scorching heat), which makes it easy to loosen up for the therapy ahead. We started off with the LPG facial massage, and the kind and knowledgeable 96

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“Something worth noting is that this treatment targets wrinkles, revitalises mature skin, focusses on lack of elasticity to restore bounce, re-sculpting and other common face problems.”

therapist explained every step of the treatment all whilst maintaining a professional approach. She began with cleansing the face with select cleansing products, which prepped our skin for the long-awaited lift massage. Using the LPG machine, designed with advanced technology, the therapist began with a smooth speed lift. If you’re wondering what that is and if this technique hurts, let us reassure you, it’s absolutely painfree; it’s a smooth and relaxing journey. As the facial progresses, you’ll be in the ultimate zone of comfort and bliss, whilst the therapist builds the intensity of movement, applying different motions to fight specific troubled areas. Something worth noting is that this treatment targets wrinkles, revitalises


mature skin, focusses on lack of elasticity to restore bounce, re-sculpting and other common face problems. After what seemed to be a good 30 minutes of a non-surgical face lift, we were done. Needless to say, there was a welcomed shine and suppleness restored to the face – win! We later proceeded with the application of a face mask, which was adapted to our skin type and needs. This was done to restore a natural glow and bring forward a youthful complexion – something that remains a staple duty of any good facial treatment. Needless to say, there was a welcomed shine and suppleness restored to the face – win! We added 60 minutes of pure heaven to our spa journey with the Shellac

manicure – a treatment that we’ll definitely come back for again! The glossy manicure was a welcomed respite from everyday typing (we do a lot of that) and general tiredness for the hands. The shellac lasted around two weeks without chipping – yes, you heard right! Our only thought was “Where have you been my whole life?” Perfect for on-thego ladies who need to spruce up their nail game without constant touch ups – this will be an absolute treat. ✤ GO: Visit the spa at Doha Marriott hotel. Call 4429 8520 for reservations and more information. fact magazine


Natsuda “Gift” Wongkatanyoo Venue Manager at Sabai Thai Restaurant, The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa

Doha Insider What makes hospitality at The Westin Doha HOTEL & SPA stand out from its competitors? We have a very unique and high quality product in the downtown destination of Bin Mahmoud. The Westin Doha is located in the old part of Doha, being the only 5-star international brand hotel in the area. Many of our guests are amazed at the size of the property in this area of town. We have a resort like feeling thanks to the gardens and leisure facilities inside. We want our guests to leave feeling better than when they arrived to our sanctuary, away from the city center. 98

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Your three favourite local or cultural hotspots in Doha... Museum of Islamic Art: I love art and it’s very well located with exceptional views. Perfect place to relax and enjoy the sunset after viewing an exhibition. Souq Waqif: For some of the best Arabic food in the Gulf. It’s a great place that’s always buzzing with a fantastic ambience at night. I always recommend our guests to go there as it has real character. State Grand Mosque: Because it’s beautiful, the architecture is outstanding, and the sense of spirit is really peaceful there. It’s nice to just unwind and take time after a busy week at work and be thankful for what we have in life.

What are some of your professional goals for the rest of the year? My vision is for Sabai Thai to become THE Thai dining destination in Doha. We are one of the only restaurants in Doha which provides very authentic Royal Thai cuisine and a genuine Thai experience. Sabai Thai’s team is very proud of our offerings and service, and we would like to be recognised for it by our cuisine and, of course, great comments from guests. It really is a very special place to work but also to visit with family and friends and our guests are quickly realising this which makes us really happy to connect with regular guests.


Discover the authentic tastes of royal Thai cuisine. The textures and flavours of Sabai Thai’s authentic cooking make for a deliciously different dining affair. Our Chef’s show kitchen is perfect for those wanting to experience the true taste of Thailand. Sabai Thai seduces with its luxe décor and genuine warm Thai welcome. The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa PO Box 39474, Salwa Road, Fereej Bin Mahmoud, Zone 23, Doha Qatar +974 4492 1555



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FACT Qatar October 2016  

It's al fresco season and we've got the ultimate outdoor guide for where to dine and do things for free outside, in Doha! From eating out to...

FACT Qatar October 2016  

It's al fresco season and we've got the ultimate outdoor guide for where to dine and do things for free outside, in Doha! From eating out to...