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O’Lifestyle. Editor’s Letter


BRAZIL! Beautiful women, busy beaches and one crazy carnival; welcome to football’s new home! I grew up in a household where football reigned supreme so as everyone knew not to touch the TV remote if Man United were playing; my sister tried that once, to keep things short; none of us have tried since. So with World Cup mania descending on the globe, I can’t help but get excited! And with Brazil hosting the 2014 leg of the most popular game on the planet, we decided to pay homage to both football and the Latino country, which have been thrown into spotlight for the month of June. O’Lifestyle has got every angle covered, from the lowdown on the match schedule to where to catch the action in Doha; we’ve put together the ultimate intelligent guide to football. Don’t believe us? Check out our tribute to Pelé, our cover star and the ultimate icon for the sport. To continue with the Brazilian theme, we checked out the cool events taking place thanks to the fantastic partnership of the Qatar Brazil Year of Culture 2014. Mark them on your calendar as they’re not too be missed! Football aside, we got our resident chef in the making to test out two of the hottest restaurants in town. Follow him as he shares the tips and tricks of the trade he picked up on his culinary journey this month.

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A TASTE OF THAILAND Grand Hyatt Doha hosted a brand new Thai Chatuchak Weekend Market food experience; where guests got to explore the colourful array of live cooking stations and market-like stalls.





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MEXICAN FIESTA In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, Doha Marriott threw a feisty version of their Late Brunch full of Mexican zest.



SUITE DREAMS Inviting Doha’s media for an exclusive sneak peek at their luxury Presidential Suite, the Ritz Carlton Doha showed off the spacious and elegant suite, overlooking the discerning views of Qatar.



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LUXURY ADDRESS Doha’s elite got the first sneak preview of the magnificent waterfront 41 storey “Hilton Panorama Residences” at The Pearl.





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Italian Coffee Roaster, Filicori Zecchini, which celebrated its inauguration at the Supreme Council of Health Building, chose Al Danah Trading Company to be the official distributor of its perfect Italian Espresso and Cappuccino.



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ON THE ROAD In an exclusive drive event, which took place at the Torch Hotel, Qatari media got to experience the power of BMW Group’s flagship 7 Series model alongside the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé.




Motor enthusiasts came together at the St.Regis Doha for the exclusive launch of the all new 2015 Genesis by the National Car Company in Qatar.



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Salam Stores held an exclusive launch for the Canon EOS 1200D, with a live demo and preview of the latest Canon line-up.

THE ESSENCE OF LIFE The International Artists Doha (IAD) welcomed in an excited crowd for their fourth annual Art Exhibition “Rooh Al Hayat”.




in the Sky

The Sky Villa turns to a stadium overlooking the city lights from the 61st oor. Step on the grass ground and watch your favourite teams on a gigantic screen while sipping on your much-loved beverages and snacks. Entrance QAR 50 from 12 June to 28 June. Complimentary entrance during Ramadan. Due to limited space, please reserve your seat in advance to avoid any disappointment. +974 4405 3325 | |



O’Lifestyle. Doha Rides

The Audi A3 Sedan The A3 Sedan succeeds where the A1 failed – it provides a compact offering from the premium German automaker that people in this region are willing to buy!

We should start by saying that the A1 failed through no fault of its own. Having driven it, we can tell you that it is a superb little car – nippy, agile and hugely fun to drive. However, it just has one major problem: it’s a hatchback! And hatchbacks, as we all know, are an extremely tough sell in the Gulf. Enter the Audi A3 Sedan, unveiled 20


last year at the New York Motor Show. Traditionally, the A3 was always a hatch too, with some cabrio offerings, but now Audi have launched the sedan to tempt the US and Middle Eastern markets. And tempting the A3 Sedan truly is, especially with the S-Line package with S-Tronic automatic transmission as featured on our demo. Compact, and yet

extremely sporty, its squat stance with short overhangs, large front air scoops and ‘duck tail’ contoured rear spoiler all give the impression of a touring car rather than a compact family sedan. And inside the good news continues. Audi haven’t made the mistake of making the A3 look like a ‘budget’ Audi – it’s just as stylish and luxurious as an A4 or A6, with leather seats, the excellent Audi infotainment system with retractable screen, and so on. And the magic of the A3 is that it feels as spacious as an A4 or A6 inside too – you don’t feel cramped at all, even in the back seat, although things might get tight if four adults over 6ft occupied the car, and the front seats had to be further back. There are even little bonuses that make the A3 stand out, like the rather cool AC vents that you see pictured. Our demo boasted the 1.8-litre 40 TFSI turbocharged inline-four engine, which puts out 180km/h, reached 100km/h in 6.8 seconds, and maxed out at a respectable 232km/h. It works with the Audi valvelift system and intelligent thermal management, so that more torque is generated at low engine speed by switching between two exhaust cam contours.

The effects are impressive – the A3 Sedan 40 TFSI is very quick off the mark, with a real boost kicking in from that turbo. This is combined with an excellent chassis that grips the road like a limpet while still managing to soak up potholes and rough surfaces, making the car a huge amount of fun to drive. However, it’s far from a GT, as the power does taper off when you get to higher speeds, which makes acceleration over 140km/h a little lethargic. However, given that in Qatar you’re not ever supposed to be travelling at those speeds, this doesn’t

matter, does it? Of course not… So, what you have is a car that is compact and easy to park, and yet spacious and comfortable inside; fuel-efficient, and yet very fun to drive; great acceleration from standstill, but not at speeds above 140km/h; highly agile and manoeuvrable, but still smooth over bumps; stylish and luxurious, with that premium German badge, and yet affordable; practical, with four seats and decent boot space, though not enough to carry holiday luggage for a whole family. So there you have it – the perfect car for someone living in Qatar!

The effects are impressive – the A3 Sedan 40 TFSI is very quick off the mark, with a real boost kicking in from that turbo.



O’Lifestyle. Plugged-In Canon

Canon G1 X Mark II

It’s been described as the beast of the compact cameras boasting pro features for amateur photographers. To find out how true that is, Shabana Adam went to the UAE’s stunning Sir Bani Yas Island, to test Canon’s new line of products...


orking on editorial for a magazine amounts to a fair bit of pressure when it comes to finding excellent hi-res images; from food to travel, arts and motoring, my monthly challenge is to make sure that the pictures, passed onto our talented design team, are nothing short of pixel perfect. That’s what spurred my interest in the Canon Middle East media trip to Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island, Al Sahel Villa Resort, just off the shores of Abu Dhabi (a night in a beautiful villa was, of course, an added bonus!). Canon Middle East’s exclusive media trip involved a group of around 20 bloggers and writers from the region’s top print and online publications, invited for a one-night stay including various workshop type activities. The tech giant used this opportunity to introduce a whole new range of hero products; the EOS 1200D, the PowerShot SX700 HS, the IXUS 155, the Legria Mini X, and what we found to be the standout of them all, the PowerShot G1 X Mark II. Testing the PowerShot G1 X Mark II was a blast to say the least. Following the creative theme of ‘Perfect Pictures this Summer, Whatever Happens’ we embarked on a wildlife and nature safari drive followed by a cookery class, to put this group of cameras through its paces.



Immediately, the PowerShot GI X Mark II, made a great impact on everyone who handled the camera. Its DSLRstandard performance packed in a compact body helped to deliver pristine image quality. The ease of form and functions, for even an amateur photographer like myself, was hugely appealing – a result of features engineered using photographer feedback. Photographing giraffes on the move, cheetahs lazing in the wadi, and gazelles gliding through the trees, is a challenging task in itself. However, the PowerShot G1 X Mark II made it possible to capture a variety of images from a range of perspectives. Portraits appear with a professional touch and macro photography is made easier with a large 1.5-type Canon CMOS sensor, which delivers shallow depth of field, comparable to an APS-C size DSLR sensor. Aside from this, it features a new super-bright f/2.0-3.9 lens, which maintains a wide f/3.9 aperture even when fully zoomed, delivering excellent low-light performance and the ability to control depth of field. The camera’s ability to lock onto subjects more accurately, when creating images with shallow depth of field, is further enhanced by an improved AiAF System with 31 AF points, compared to the PowerShot G1X’s nine.


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Fully-customisable Dual Lens Control Rings make it easier and quicker to achieve the desired photographic result. The ergonomically placed Step and Continuous Rings deliver reassuring control of parameters in increments, including zoom, aperture and shutter speed. Basically, a compact camera with all the added benefits of a DSLR – what more can you ask for? And we certainly were able to take some great shots with it. The capabilities of the PowerShot GI X Mark II are unparalleled, offering outstanding performance and easy-to-use functions. You don’t have to be a seasoned pro to get to grips with this camera,;a beautiful setting and a passion for photography is all you need!

If you are not intrinsically familiar with the settings of your camera, you WILL either miss it or blow the images you do manage to capture. So get to know your camera well!



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Shooting into the light is tricky to pull off, but if you adhere to tip #1 (Know your Gear) you can get some pretty interesting images from a less-than-ideal light position. 03



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01. Oryx take rest on the desert plains of Bani Yas island; 02. The colourful wadi landscape that makes the perfect path for a nature and wildlife drive 03. Grazing gazelles look into the camera; 04. Giraffes take shade from the afternoon heat.

Challenge yourself to shoot at a wider angle to give the viewer a better idea of where you took the image and where your subject has to carve out a living in the wild. This is applicable to any species you photograph – from the squirrel to the deer to the elephant.





A user’s guide Eight groups; 32 teams; 64 games; 30 days; 5,760 minutes –Football’s favourite travelling circus has landed in Brazil and we couldn’t be more excited! So what games should you make time for? Who should you root for? And where should you catch your favourite team? O’Lifestyle has the sights and sounds covered to keep you World-Cup ready, read on…



O’Lifestyle. Brazil 2014

From Sao Paulo to Maracana, here’s the complete World Cup fixtures list the group stage is what really separates the men from the boys! GROUP A Brazil | Mexico | Croatia | Cameroon DATE TEAMS TIME June 12

Brazil x Croatia 11pm

June 13

Mexico x Cameroon 7pm

June 17

Brazil x Mexico 10pm

June 18

Cameroon x Croatia 1am

June 23

Cameroon x Brazil 11pm

June 23

Croatia x Mexico 11pm


GROUP B Spain | Holland | Chile | Australia DATE



June 13

Spain x Holland 10pm

June 13

Chile x Australia 1am

June 18

Australia x Holland 7pm

June 18

Spain x Chile 10pm

June 23

Australia x Spain 7pm

June 23

Holland x Chile 7pm

Colombia | Ivory Coast | Greece | Japan DATE



June 14

Colombia x Greece 7pm

June 15

Ivory Coast x Japan 4am

June 19 Colombia x Ivory Coast 7pm June 19

Japan x Greece 1am

June 24 Greece x Ivory Coast June 24


Japan x Colombia 11pm

GROUP D England | Italy | Uruguay | Costa Rica DATE



June 14 Uruguay x Costa Rica 10pm June 14

England x Italy 1am

June 19

Uruguay x England 10pm

June 20

Italy x Costa Rica 7pm

June 24 Costa Rica x England 7pm


June 24

Italy x Uruguay 7pm

Argentina | Bosnia | Iran | Nigeria DATE



June 15 Argentina x Bosnia & H 1am June 16

Iran x Nigeria 10pm

June 21

Argentina x Iran 7pm

June 21

Nigeria x Bosnia & H 1am

June 25

Bosnia & H x Iran 7pm

June 25

Nigeria x Argentina 7pm


GROUP E France | Switzerland | Ecuador | Honduras DATE



June 15 Switzerland x Ecuador 7pm June 15

France x Honduras 10pm

June 20

Switzerland x France 10pm

June 20

Honduras x Ecuador 1am

June 25

Ecuador x France 11pm

June 25 Honduras x Switzerland 11pm

Germany | Ghana | USA | Portugal DATE



June 16

Germany x Portugal 5pm

June 16

Ghana x USA 1am

June 21

Germany x Ghana 9pm

June 22

USA x Portugal 1am

June 26

Portugal x Ghana 7pm

June 26

USA x Germany 7pm

GROUP H Belgium | Russia | South Korea | Algeria DATE June 17



Belgium x Algeria 1am

June 17 Russia x South Korea 10pm June 22

Belgium x Russia 7pm

June 22 South Korea x Algeria 1am June 26

Algeria x Russia 7pm

June 26 South Korea x Belgium 7pm






June 28

Group A winner x Group B runner-up 7pm




June 28

Group C winner x Group D runner-up 11pm


June 29

Group B winner x Group A runner-up 7pm


June 29

Group D winner x Group C runner-up 11pm


June 30

Group E winner x Group F runner-up 7pm


June 30

Group G winner x Group H runner-up 11pm


July 1

Group F winner x Group E runner-up 7pm


July 1

Group H winner x Group G runner-up 11pm






July 4

Winner of match 5 x Winner of match 6 7pm


July 4

Winner of match 1 x Winner of match 2 11pm


July 5

Winner of match 7 x Winner of match 8 7pm


July 5

Winner of match 3 x Winner of match 4 11pm




July 8

Winner of QF2 V Winner of QF1 11pm




July 9

Winner of QF4 V Winner of QF3 11pm




Loser of SF1 V Loser of SF2 11pm




Winner of SF1 V Winner of SF2 10pm

HOTTEST SIX MATCHES TO WATCH Haven’t got time to watch each and every single match? We’ve narrowed down the top must-watch matches of the cup BRAZIL x CROATIA 11pm, 12 June | SPAIN x HOLLAND 22pm, 13 June | PORTUGAL x GERMANY 5pm, 16 June GHANA V USA 1am, 16 June | BELGIUM V RUSSIA 7pm, 22 June | NIGERIA x ARGENTINA 7pm, 25 June



O’Lifestyle. Brazil 2014


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IT’S ALL ABOUT NUMBERS Team with the most wins

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WHO: @OptaJoe | WHY: For stats


WHO: @BBCSPORF | WHY: For humor WHO: @PhilMcNulty | WHY: For journalism

• Track chosen teams, groups, matches and conferences

WHO: @worldsoccertalk | WHY: For analysis

• Schedule of all matches in the championship

STAY IN THE KNOW Keeping up with the games is definitely a whirlwind; it’s just not enough anymore to watch every game or collect the stickers. As World Cup fever sweeps the globe, you’ll need a way to stay on top of news from Brazil 24/7. Here are the apps you need now!

• Match details including scorers, line-up substitute players, cards, the list of substitutions, coaches and referees

• Keep ahead of the game with beautiful Game, Team, and Player profile pages • Integrated fantasy gaming experience • Expand player pages for detailed season stats and news • Predict the scores with the integrated pick’em predictor game

• History of previous results of finals • News about Brazil 2014, Russia 2018 and Qatar 2022 • Setting application specific time zone

LiveScore • Prediction line-up set up • Easy to navigate from the scores feed to group tables and back again ESPN FC Soccer & World Cup: • Comprehensive World Cup coverage

• Statistics, lineups and substitutions are available for some matches • Best real-time delivery

• Live match video highlights • Watch goals and key plays from the app moments after the action • Reaction and analysis on the ground in Brazil • In-depth reports on national teams World Cup 2014 by ITNEXT • Follow results, lineups and field formations

FIFA World Cup 2014

• Up to date match statistics

• Count down till the opening ceremony

• Follow your favourite players and check out their FIFA rankings

• Winners of previous years • Match schedules • World ranking • Latest news about FIFA 2014 world cup • All matches info in details • Live score of particular match

Yahoo Sport:

• Click through lists of groups to find info on even the most obscure squad players

• Set event alerts so you never miss a kick-off or goal • Follow live sports news from award-winning bloggers and experts



O’Lifestyle. Brazil 2014




Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel

Kick off the 2014 World Cup at Champions Sports Bar & Restaurant. The favourite haunt goes all out Brazilian on June 12 with inspired mixes, a beach party set up and foot-tapping beats by DJ May Tox. And with 40 screens to launch the football fiesta, we couldn’t think of a better place to come support your team. GO: For more information & reservations call 4419 6100

Oryx Rotana Doha

Hate being cooped up inside all day? Well now you can head to the great outdoor sanctuary that is Al Nafourah and cheer your fave team on. With a lively chilled atmosphere, delicious food and a wide variety of shishas, this is definitely one place to hit for some footie fun. GO: For more information & reservations call 4402 3333

Grand Hyatt Doha

We know that this football season round we’re heading out to the newly opened terrace at Rocca. With beautiful views and a get two for one offer on drinks, who wouldn’t be thrilled? Just don’t forget to bring drums and whistles to add to the buzzing atmosphere! GO: For more information & reservations call 7021 8096

Four Seasons Doha

The luxury destination will cater to the city’s football-loving crowd throughout the competition with the ultimate spot: a football tent! The new venue is tailored specifically to watch all your favourite matches with the most luxurious and comfortable surroundings. And with big screens, delicious snacks, beverages

and shisha we know you wont want to leave! GO: For more information & reservations call 4494 8888

Ritz Carlton Doha

Bring the boys together and cheer on your home country by watching the World cup matches live at The Lagoon. The fantastic food and equally great service will have you booking a table for the entire month. GO: For more information & reservations call 4484 8512

Kempinski Residences & Suites, Doha

The Sky Villa turns to a stadium for this World Cup, overlooking the city lights from the 61st floor! Take off your shoes and step on the grass for a truly memorable watching experience. Don’t forget to sip on muchloved beverages and snacks, and book in advance to secure a spot! GO: For more information & reservations call 4405 3325


The view Pool & Bar Grill is certainly generating a buzz with this year’s Wolrd Cup. The team there is offering fantastic inspired dishes and themed beverages that’ll makee you feel like you’re not in Doha but in Brazil iteslef. GO: For more information & reservations call 4429 8499


Head over to Shehrazad for the latest action from the World Cup 2014, as well great drink offers for all you footie lovers. GO: For more information & reservations call 4428 1428 O’LIFESTYLE


O’Lifestyle. Brazil 2014

THE BRAZILIAN WAY Not a big football fan but still don’t want to miss out on the Brazilian bug that has bitten everyone? Don’t fret! The Qatar Museum Authority (QMA) has marched itself towards the South American country with its Qatar Brazil 2014 Year of Culture. Here is the biggest event taking place this June in celebration of the brilliant collaboration.




June 5–30 at the Qatar Photographic Society Building at Katara Two Qatari Photographers were recruited, each from different backgrounds (one an engineer and the other a university student), to journey through Brazil. Together, the photographers embarked on an expedition from the Favelas of Rio to the Amazon rainforest and documented their experiences to tell their stories, capturing the moments in photos. A team made of two cinematographers and a journalist accompanied the Qatari photographers to document their unique experience and captured the behind-the-scenes, making-of and journey for a visual interpretation of the Year of Culture Qatar Brazil 2014. In exchange two Brazilian photographers, also of different backgrounds (one a dentist and the other a photo journalist), were invited to Qatar to journey across the country and experienced its history, people, tradition, and culture.







From hi-tech fabrics to sports mesh, this season’s statement bombers and racer back pieces move from the track to evening outings, making sportsinspired pieces a strong investment buy.

Previously favoured by 80s pop stars, mirrored sunglasses have seen a revival with sporty frames and brighter than bright lenses.





O’Lifestyle. Reviews

On the Record


Ultraviolence By LANA DEL REY Aah, how we’ve missed the moody music of Miss Lana Del Rey, and oh how we’re ready for another spellbinding journey of hypnotic tunes. The 14-track Ultraviolence is enshrouded in mystery, and you need only look to the cruise-down-thecoast sound of West Coast, the lead single off this sophomore album, to get an indication for what’s in store. The singer is stepping away from the orchestral pop flair of her previous work and gracefully wondering into experimental territory. Get ready for more subversive sounds and lyrics – this album just might be the music revolution that fans have been waiting for.


In The Lonely Hour By sam Smith

There’s no denying that Sam Smith has created somewhat of a musical riot with his unbelievable vocals, rocketing to the forefront of the music scene when he was feature vocalist on Disclosure’s big breakout hit Latch. The soul-inspired, London-born artist brings fans the 10-track record In The Lonely Hour, and if it’s to follow suit of what we’ve heard off it so far, this could well be a serious contender for album of the year. It’s clear that the debut release is a real labour of love; his first solo effort, Lay Me Down, teamed once more with Disclosure, was a surprise of soulful and sweet vibes, whilst the infectious Money On My Mind, grabbed listeners with relaxed vocals and a frenetic beat. His list of collabos is somewhat impressive too, but we’re looking most forward to Sam’s signature sound to shine through on this one!


By Ed Sheeran

It doesn’t hurt that Ed’s BFF Taylor Swift has been helping him choose the songs for his much-anticipated second studio album, and rumours say that some of the biggest names in music… Pharell Williams, Lupe Fiasco, Labrinth and Macklemore… will likely feature on X, when it drops later this month. The 12-track album includes songs with the puzzling names; Tenerife, New York, Forever, and the equally mysterious Mess, Don’t, Nina and Afire Love. With the legendary Rick Rubin on production and an album about drama in his personal life, Ed is likely on his way to the top of the charts with this one.

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Flash Boys – A Wall Street Revolt By MICHAEL LEWIS

A gripping book, Flash Boys – A Wall Street Revolt, focuses on the High Frequency Trading (HFT) in the US market. The book reveals the inside workings of a stock market; how it works, the kind of people working there and most importantly the current issue ‘finance’ is facing. Flash Boys is about a small group of Wall Street guys who figure out that the US stock market has been rigged for the benefit of the insiders and that, post–financial crisis, the markets have become not more free but less, and more controlled by the big Wall Street banks. For example, Lewis gives a great explanation of how large banks use “dark pools”, which were created to be a sort of refuge from HFTs, to rip off clients by selling them out to HFTs. This is definitely a riveting read as it explores the darkest corners of the financial world.

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Look Who’s Back By TIMUR VERMES

We’re not sure if this book would amuse or horrify you! Berlin Summer 2011, Hitler wakes up on a piece of waste ground. He dusts himself up and cautiously explores the city, only to realise things have changed drastically. People around him assume he’s a Hitler look-alike and is dressed for a comedy show. His reaction to contemporary Germany is often hilarious. Both funny and frightening, this is a subtle, historical study of the commanding nature of the fanatic agitator, and a severe critique of contemporary western culture.

Big Screen 22 Jump Street Director: Chris Miller, Phil Lord

Cast: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube

What’s it about:

The sequel to 21 Jump Street, our favourite two officers are all set to go deep undercover at a local college. This time they deal with an aftermath when Jenko meets a similar spirited person on the football team, and Schmidt invades the bohemian art major scene. This situation questions their partnership and they have to figure out if they can have a mature relationship and crack the case they have in hand. Will college be the best thing that ever happened to them? Will they work things out between them? Enjoy this joyride, which is full of action, adventure and comedy.

Transformers: Age of Extinction Director: Michael Bay Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Stanley Tucci.

What’s it about:

Paving way for a new trilogy, the new Transformers film has an engaging plot that revolves around a struggling inventor and single father, Cade, and his daughter Tessa. When Cade buys an old truck, things start to get interesting as he discovers that the worn-out vehicle is being used as a camouflage for the one and only Optimus Prime. Cade’s discovery sends the robot and human world into chaos as other Autobots, their villainous counterparts, Decepticons, and even a suspicious government team, are all on the lookout for Cade and his new friend.

Why it’s worth watching?

The Fault in Our Stars Director: Josh Boone

Cast:Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort

What’s it about:

This is a mature love story that will sweep you off your feet and take you on an unforgettable romantic journey. A terminally ill 16-year-old Hazel reluctantly attends the Cancer Support Society where she meets Augustus, and eventually falls in love with him. Their relationship is all the more miraculous given that Hazel’s other constant companion is an oxygen tank and Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg. They bond over their illness, their sharp wit. Their kindled spirit will make you fall in love with their journey.

Though this is a follow up to Transformers: Dark of the Moon, taking place four years after the invasion of Chicago, this new installment beckons the question – another Transformer film, really? The cast has changed drastically, and, yes, this might not be a bad thing as Shia Lebouf has declared, “I am not famous anymore”, but we can’t help but miss his awkward character. The only promising component here is that Michael Bay is still at the helm of the film and Mark Wahlberg is a pretty good choice to play the lead. It’s the plot that we’re worried about; single father buys truck, truck turns into an intergalactic robot, bad guys chase his family, he helps the robot because, let’s face it, life is much more interesting now, and then we stop on a cliff-hanger to make way for the sequel. We’re not saying that Transformers: Age of Extinction won’t be a great film; just that it has a lot to live up to. As long as we get a good dose of Optimus Prime and our favourite autobots, we’ll give this one a chance.



O’Lifestyle. Regional Happenings

Diary dates For those of you thinking of jetting off around the region this month, we’ve rounded up some of the best events for you to check out in our neigbouring nations, as well as our pick of the hottest event in town in case you decide to stay!


Beiteddine Art Festival 2014 Lebanon is definitely paving the way for how festivals should be done! Taking place at Beiteddine Castle, Chouf, there’s an incredible line up for this year’s event. Kicking off the festivities is famous Lebanese diva Majida El Roumi on June 26. Grammy Award winner Joss Stone, as well as singer Katie Melua and performances from the Ballet National de Marseille and Arabic music legend Kazim Al Sahir, are just some of the exciting acts to look forward to. This would be the perfect time to take a visit to Lebanon! Where: Beiteddine Castle, Chouf When: Every day from 7pm until 11.30pm from June 26 to August 9


Reflections from Egypt Art Exhibition


Modern Shopping Family Exhibition Do you live to shop ‘til you drop? Well, get planning because one of the region’s biggest and most exciting shopping soirees is on its way to Oman this month. A whole host of exhibitors, from high-street style shops, high-end brands, local craftspeople and small boutiques will take this opportunity to show you what little treasures they can offer. Unique buys and unusual finds, as well as gifts can all be found and bought here. There will be plenty to entertain the whole family, that includes mum, dad, the kids, and even the teens! Where: Oman International Exhibition Centre When: June 19 to June 25



An art exhibition that highlights the distinct beauty of Egypt’s people and places is currently on at the renowned Sharjah Art Museum. Titled ‘Reflections from Egypt,’ the solo exhibition by the Egyptian Artist Zeinab Amer is presented through an overview on the Arab World’s artistic trends. It reflects the spirit of the people and places of Egypt through a combination of colours and lines that embody the richness and creativity of that part of the world. Known for her optimism, Amer’s collection of stunning images stimulates the viewer’s eye with artworks that recreate fleeting moments – from the bustle of busy streets to the minutiae routine of day-to-day life. If taking a trip to Sharjah is on your travel list then this would be an ideal reason to go now! Where: sharjah Art Museum When: Runs until June 30


Richard Serra Exhibition Running until July 6, American Sculptor Richard Serra’s work is on exhibition at ALRIWAQ Doha Exhibition Space and QMA Gallery, Katara. The solo show at QMA Gallery coincides with the exhibition of Passage of Time, a striking curved sculpture specially conceived for ALRIWAQ DOHA exhibition space, and the unveiling of Serra’s second public commission in Qatar, EastWest/West-East, an extraordinary standing-plate work, located in the heart of the Qatar desert. His work tends to revolve around the concepts of space, weight, mass and gravity, and his material of choice is steel. Any artists looking for inspiration should definitely check this one out! Where: Alriwaq Doha Exhibition Space and Qatar Museum Authority Gallery When: Runs until July 6


Cairo Underground Festival 2014 One of the most electrifying festivals coming to the region at Aquarium Grotto Garden, it’s packed with fun and entertainment for all. Kids will love this event with a number of activities like bubble football, running in a bag, art workshops, magician show and a number of other thrilling surprises. The line up includes the Darwasha Project, Hip Hop Project and Camera Band to name but a few. Young adults and mums and dads can get a spot of shopping done from a range of vendors and stop for a bite to eat whilst enjoy music from the live bands. Where: El Korba, Heliopolis, Cairo When: June 21 from 11am to 7pm


Entropy of Fusions Art enthusiasts, listen up! Ali Abayoglu will display his mesmerising abstract sculptures, paintings and installations made of wood, metal and other materials, at La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art in Bahrain. His works are fused with glass technique to produce eye-catching pieces and unusual creations. If you’re a fan of sculpting or an art connoisseur in search of unique work, it might just be worth heading to Bahrain for the weekend. Where:La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art When:Runs until September 30 O’LIFESTYLE


O’Lifestyle. Hotspots

Qatar Hotspots

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Chatuchak Weekend Market Brunch

Rotisserie Night

Get a real taste of Thailand with Isaan’s Friday Market experience brunch. The Grand Hyatt Doha hotspot comes to life with a colourful array of live cooking stations and market-like stalls. Go for the soft drinks brunch for QR280, special beverage package for QR395 or splurge for the Moët brunch for QR680. GO: For information & reservations call 7021 8097

Head over to La Varenne every Saturday from 7pm to 10pm for their rotisserie night. Enjoy an unlimited offering of rotisserie chicken, meat and fish with a selection of side orders for QR179 per person. For more information & reservations call 4499 0680

Espetada Carnival

Breakfast of Champions

Walk on the wild side with Nandos’ new flame-grilled PERi-PERi chicken. The Espetada Carnival comes stuffed with garlic, parsley and feta, skewered with mixed peppers and served with a side of butternut squash and grilled corn, PERi-chips and a spicy mango sangria, all for QR76. Hurry up as this offer only lasts till June 30!

Start off your day the right way with Chac’Late’s Organic Egg Breakfast. The newly designed breakfast menu boasts a wide range of organic and healthy options, available daily from 8am-11am daily. For more information & reservations call 4408 0733



Carte Blanche Head over to Prime at the InterContinental Doha the City for a new take on dining. With their Carte Blanche promotion enjoy the challenge and price the dishes yourself, then let their team of chefs create your menu according to your preference. Pricing starts at QR250 per person. For more information & reservations call 4015 8888


Social Sushi

Finally after waiting months for it to open, the new Spinney’s at The Pearl has opened! The much-anticipated store is bursting with wonderful produce, freshly baked breads and a fantastic line of Tesco products all the way from the UK; this was definitely worth the wait!

Join the Doha Marriott for their Happy Hour with a twist! Enjoy a wonderful array of sushi from California Maki to Spicy Tuna Rolls with a glass of bubbly. The offer includes 4 pieces of sushi including 1 drink for only QR50. For more information & reservations call 4429 8888 O’LIFESTYLE




O’Lifestyle. Chic Eats

RECIPE DU JOUR O’Lifestyle’s cooking enthusiast Badir Bechara joined Mrs. Nina Suprowicz, the Polish ambassador’s wife, to cook one of her country’s most popular dishes ‘Bigos’. Here they share the steps and tricks straight from the heart of the Movenpick Tower & Suites.


1 Can of Sauer Cabbage ½ Kilo of Beef, finely cut ½ Kilo of Minced Beef ½ Kilo of Champignons Mushrooms Cooking Oil 3 Bay Leaves 5 Pepper Seeds METHOD Empty the jar of cabbage into a cooking pot, cover with water and start cooking. Add bay leaves followed by the pepper seeds. Clean and slice beef into small piece and fry in some oil. Now prepare the mushrooms by slicing them and frying with some oil. Add all to the cabbage, mix and leave cooking until water is almost gone. Afterwards remove and chill in the refrigerator until next day. Empty contents into a pot and add three cups of water and let simmer until water evaporates. Chill once again and refrigerate (you can repeat the process for several days). The true taste of Bigos comes with time and gets better when cooked over a period of a few days. Don’t forget to serve hot with mashed potatoes or bread.




The choice of steakhouses in Doha is getting better and better, so we headed to Bentley’s Grill at the Radisson Blu, to see what makes this place stick out amongst the rest!


ith the ambience of a private gentlemen’s club, complete with crackling fire, Bentley’s Grill is all about steak. Offering an intimate and upscale dining experience, which is reflected in the sophisticated atmosphere and elegant décor, the restaurant has become a regular haunt for those who love a good piece of meat. Chef Jurgen Lepping’s menu showcases the finest seared Wagyu and premium cuts of Angus, reflective of what you’d get at any proper New York Steakhouse. With 25 years in the business and stints around the world, from Egypt to the Philippines, the German chef has become a fixture on the Doha food scene. “I moved to Qatar six years ago and have been with the hotel ever since it was known as the Ramada Plaza,” says Lepping, “This place keeps me very busy; with 12 outlets we are on a constant move to keep up to date with the food trends out there.” With all this worldly experience, Chef has found it easy to adapt to the local taste buds but changes the menu every few months to keep it interesting for the diners and challenging for him and his team. As he spoke, we watched him create three signature dishes, which have grown to be cult favourites at the Grill: Lobster tails with tarragon herbed mayonnaise on a buttery




Sharq Village & Spa

Contact No: +974 4425 6666 Persian Family Specials

Get a real taste of Persia with Chef Moghadam Najjari’s delights of regional specialties and classic dishes of the very best of Persian cooking. Head over to Parisa from June 27 to July 27 from 6:30pm to 10pm and try it out all for QR215 per person.

Shisha Diwan

Gather a group of friends and head to Shisha Diwan Al Qareb, where you’ll get to enjoy a wide variety of Shisha flavors prepared at your table. The new hotspot opens from June 1 to September 30 from 6pm to 2am. Entry is free.

This Weekend Kids Dine for Free

mini muffin; a classic tenderloin Angus beef with seasonal vegetables and hash brown potatoes; and duck breast, blackcurrant and a nut beurre noisette. When we ask him about what inspires him and the methodology to his work he says simply, “I always cook what I want to eat myself, what my taste buds are craving for.” You can feel the love and passion that goes into the food, which although is relative to your typical steakhouse, it holds its own signature style; one that elevates the senses and promises to take you on an unrivalled dining experience.

Unwind in a relaxed atmosphere and get ready to indulge in a delicious buffet at Al Liwan every Friday and Saturday from 12:30pm to 4pm, where kids can enjoy their very own buffet as well and stay entertained all day long with fun activities. All kids 12 years old and below dine complimentary, while adults can enjoy an inclusive package for QR250 with soft beverages or QR390 with house beverages.

Nights Out… Sushi Mania @ Al Dana

Pick your favourite from freshly prepared sushi, maki and sashimi every Monday and Wednesday from 6:30pm to 11pm, all for QR185.

Chocolate Fondue & Fruits @ Al Jalsa

Enjoy the sweet treat of chocolate fondue with fresh-cut fruits from 2pm to 5pm, all for QR95. For more information & reservations call 4428 1555

Happy Hour @ The Cigar Lounge

Save 50 per cent on your favourite house beverages daily from 5 to 9pm.

Salsa & Candela@ The Cigar Lounge

Bring your dancing shoes and dance the night away this June 6 from 9pm to midnight for QR85 including welcome drink.



O’Lifestyle.In the Kitchen


In the next chapter of La Cucina De Badir, we headed over to the Tex-Mex hotspot Salsa, at the Doha Marriott, for a culinary journey of chilli-infused aromas and mouth-watering dishes. Find out how Badir fared in bringing us the bright and spicy flavours of Mexico we love so much!


t was with a warm Hola that I was welcomed in by Chef Pablo Fernadez; at that moment I knew that we would turn Salsa’s kitchen into a real South American Cucina. So, apron on I was pumped and ready to get this cooking show on the road. We started off with the base of our three main dishes, which was making Pico de Gallo and Guacamole. The chopping board out, we proceeded with getting our ingredients of fresh onion, juicy tomatoes and creamy avocado diced and ready. For the Pico De Gallo, we used finely chopped tomatoes, onion, a big squirt of limejuice and salt and pepper to taste. After turning the avocado into a big messy mash we added some of our Pico de Gallo, and presto we had ourselves some yummy guac. For our first dish we decided to go with a popular favourite: Classic Nachos with cheese; simple but an amazing snack to have while watching the upcoming world cup. We started off by grabbing some tortilla bread, sliced it into eight pieces, then fried them for less than two minutes in 250 degree oil. After patting them dry, we topped them with a mix of mozzarella and Monterrey jack cheese, along with our freshly prepared Pico de Gallo, Guacamole and some sour cream. Our second dish was Chicken Fajitas, a personal favourite and a top seller in the restaurant. It was back to the chopping board



With the help of their resident chef, badir turned salsa’s kitchen into a real south american cucina!

once again, where we got to chopping onions, green and yellow peppers and some green chillies for a nice kick. Heating up the roasting griddle we tossed in our vegetables, and added our chicken with a mixture of garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper. Chef Pablo brought out some already prepared tomato sauce, and swiftly added it to the bottom of our plate. Then in another dish I added our chicken and veggies, rolling them into the soft tortilla bread, gently closing it up from one of the edges. Some more cheese and we laid that bad boy of a tortilla on the juicy nice tomato spread. A few quick minutes in the oven and some final touches of guacamole and sour cream and we’re done! Our last dish of the day was the Beef Quesadillas. Once again, there were more onions, beef and chilli to fry! Adding some fresh coriander leaves to the mixture we grabbed a bigger tortilla bread and filled the bottom layer with cheese then beef then more cheese. It was back to the griddle for a few minutes until the cheese melted and the tortilla got crispy and we placed it down beside a bed of Pico de Gallo and Guacamole. We kicked back, relaxed, and enjoyed our sumptuous Tex-Mex feast with a live mariachi band playing in the kitschy fun background. This has been a whirlwind cooking experience, one that I don’t mind doing again. Adios, until next time!


The RitzCarlton, Doha

SALSA DOHA MARRIOTT tel: 4429 8888

Contact No: +974 4484 8000 Dine & Dance

Get ready for a unique dining experience featuring an excellent and brilliant dancing atmosphere created by Doha Jazz Live Performance. Enjoy the regular a la carte menu available throughout the night every Friday at La Mer, starting at 7:30pm. Call 4484 8506

Vino Club Meeting

This Thursday June 5, from 7pm to 10pm, enjoy a variety of cheese and canapés with some of Italy’s finest vinos with the panoramic views from the hotel’s top floor at La Mer, overlooking the city and the Gulf Sea. Call 4484 8506 from nachos to fajitas, salsa has tex-mex down to an art

Baby Shower

Mums and dads are invited to celebrate a Royal Baby with the hotel’s exclusive Baby Shower offer at the luxury Grand Amiri Suite. The basic package, for QR300 per person, includes finger food, deserts, personalized cake, unlimited nonalcoholic drinks, butler service, take away goodie bags and a special gift for the future mum. Call 4484 8000

Nights Out... Quiz Night @ Admiral’s

Challenge yourself with your friends and enjoy a fun night with live Band and Dj every Monday from 7pm to 9pm. Call 4484 8663

Sangria @ Habanos

Unwind with the Spain’s most delicious fruit punch daily from 5pm to 1am for QR200. Call 4484 8504

Cuban Night @ Habanos

Enjoy an evening of the best Cuban beats this Thursday June 19 from 5pm to 1am. Call 4484 8504

Cigar Night @ Habanos

Enjoy a 25 per cent discount on all cigar selections every Friday from 5pm to 12:45am. Call 4484 8504



Restaurant Listings


Le Central

Enjoy Friday brunch with beautiful views at St. Regis’ Opal

La Cigale Hotel, 4428 8698


Crowne Plaza Doha, 4408 7777


InterContinental Doha, 4484 4444

The Cellar

Oryx Rotana, 4402 3333


Doha Grand Hyatt, 4448 1270

Three Sixty

The Torch Doha, 4446 5600


Ritz-Carlton, 4484 8360

Le Gourmet

Souq Waqif, 4436 1789

Medi @ The Village Salwa Road, 4444 4700



Wyndham Grand Regency 4434 3333


Souq Waqif 4435 5554

The Weekend Brunches


Al Jasra Boutique Hotel 4433 6666


Trader Vic’s Hilton Doha, 4423 3118



InterContinental The City, 4015 8888

Fish Market

InterContinental Doha, 4484 4444


The Pearl-Qatar, 4495 3876 Ext 1221

Red Lobster

C Ring Road, 4444 1066

Pier 12

Radisson Blu, 4428 1555


Katara - Valley Of Cultures, 4408 0710

Al Bandar

Souq Waqif, 4431 1818

Al Dana

Sharq Village & Spa, 4425 6666

Al Sayyad

Diplomatic Club, 4484 7420

Al Sanbouk

Al Jasra Boutique Hotel, Souq Waqif 4433 6666


The Anvil Rooms 4499 0685



BRUNCH SPOTLIGHT: Family Brunch Bring the family together at the Mövenpick for an elegant yet casual brunch with free-flowing bubbly and fantastic music to complement the tasty buffet, which includies fresh seafood, sushi and live cooking stations, all for QR215. For reservations call 4429 1111. French Country Brunch Every Friday from 12pm-4pm join La Varenne to indulge in their interpretation of a table-top brunch. Enjoy a full course, all-you-care-to-eat menu with sharing-style dishes showcasing an array of the best La Varenne classics, along with our hors d’oeuvres and dessert trolleys, all for QR179, drinks sold separately. For reservations call 4999 0680.

Crossroads Family Brunch @ West End Doha Fridays From Noon Until 3.30Pm Qr 225 (Soft Drinks), Call 4419 6100 The Square @ InterContinental The City Fridays From Noon Until 4Pm Qr230 (Soft Drinks) Or Qr330 (House Beverages), Call 4418 2846 Fish Market @ InterContinental Doha Fridays From 12.30Pm To 3.30Pm Qr350 (House Beverages). Call 4484 4444 Flying Carpet @ The Torch Fridays From 12:30PM Until 3:30Pm Qr199 Per Person. Call 4446 5600 Al Liwan @ Sharq Village and Spa Fridays And Saturdays From 12.30Pm To 4Pm. Call 4425 6666 Opal By Gordon Ramsay @ St Regis Doha

Fridays And Saturdays . From Noon Until 4Pm. Qr250 (Soft Drinks) Or Qr375 (Selected Beverages). Call 4446 0105 Vine @ St Regis Doha Fridays From 12.30Pm To 4Pm. Qr295 (Soft Drinks) And Qr395. (Selected Beverages). Call 4446 0105 The Grill @ Grand Hyatt Fridays From 12.30Pm To 4Pm Qr295 (Soft Drinks) Or Qr420 (House Beverages). Call 4448 1240 The Late Brunch @ Doha Marriot Fridays From 6Pm to 10.30Pm Qr380 per person. Call 4429 8499 Choices @ Oryx Rotana Fridays At 12.30Pm Until 4Pm. Qr250 (Soft Drinks) Or Qr335 (House Beverages). Call 4402 3333 Spice Market @ W Hotel Fridays At Noon Until 4Pm. Qr320 (House Beverages). Call 4453 5353

The Grill

Doha Grand Hyatt, 4448 1240


InterContinental The City,West Bay, 4015 8888

New York Steakhouse

Renaissance City Center Hotel 4419 6100

Bentley’s Grill

Radisson Blu, 4428 1555

Astor Grill

St Regis Doha, 4446 0105

Jw Steakhouse

Marriot Doha, 4429 8888

Le Grill

Diplomatic Club, 4484 7420

The Butcher Shop & Grill Villaggio Mall, 4413 5508

The Old Manor Steakhouse Mercure Grand Hotel, 4446 2222

The Outback

Lagoona Mall, 4435 6440

South American


Sheraton Doha, 4485 4071

Oyster Bay

St Regis Doha, 4446 0105


InterContinental Doha, 4484 4444Tha


The Pearl-Qatar, 4495 3876 Ext. 1221


Doha Marriott, 4429 8888


Sukar Pasha

Katara Valley of Cultures, 4408 2000


Grand Heritage Doha, 4445 5555

Turkey Central

Al Mirqab Street, 4443 2927


Al Jalsa

Sharq Village & Spa, 4425 6666

Bab Al Baher

Hilton Doha, 4423 3333

Bert’s Cafe

Lagoona Mall, 4467 6639


Grand Hyatt Doha, 448 1282

Cafe Vergnano

Various Locations Across Doha, 4495 3876 Ext, 2611 (The Pearl-Qatar)

Dean And Deluca

Villaggio Mall, 4451 9780

Farggi Barcelona

The Gate Mall, 4407 7144

Jones The Grocer

The Gate Mall, 4407 7175

Magnolia Bakery

Dar Al Salam Mall, Abu Hamour 4450 9407


Various Locations Across Doha, 4411 7224 (Financial Square, C Ring Road)

Orange Cafe Troittor

La Cigale Hotel, 4428 8888

Quick Bites

Renaissance City Centre Hotel 4419 6134

Sarab Lounge

St Regis Doha, 4446 0105


Crowne Plaza - The Business Park 4408 7777

Sky Lounge

Cafe De Biznez

Oryx Rotana, 4402 3333

Gokulam Park, 4470 8822

Sugar And Spice

Gourmet House

Salad Boutique

Lime Cafe

The Lobby Lounge


Lagoona Mall, 4411 4456 Aspire Zone, Ladies Hall 4413 6044 The Ritz-Carlton, 4484 8000

W Cafe W Hotel Doha, 4453 5353 Ya Hala

Hilton Doha 4423 3333

Kempinski Residences & Suites, 4405 3333 Movenpick Tower & Suites, West Bay 4496 6600 Katara Cultural Village, 4408 0733

Maya La Chocolatiere

Various Locations Across Doha, 4486 2264 (Landmark Mall)

Anima Gallery Cafe

30 La Croisette, Porto Arabia, 4002 7554 O’LIFESTYLE


night Listings



InterContinental The City 4015 8888

The Lounge

Kempinski Residences And Suites 4405 3325

Glo Cocktail Lounge West End Doha , 4419 6100


W Hotel, 4453 5000

Trader Vic’s Hilton Doha, 4423 3118

Pearl Lounge Marriott Doha, 4429 8444

The Library

Cigar Lounge


Doha Grand Hyatt 4448 1280


Ritz-Carlton, 4484 8000

El Cigar Lounge

Katara Cultural Village 4408 0750



Doha Grand Hyatt 4448 1280

Madison Piano Bar La Cigale Hotel, 4428 8665

And Marriott Courtyard) 4419 6100

Irish Harp

Sheraton Doha Resort and Convention Hotel, 4485 4071

Belgian Cafe

Intercontinental Doha, 4484 4954

Radisson Blu, 4428 1428

Library And Cigar Lounge

Sea Lounge


Sky View

Admiral Club and Marina Club

Cigar Lounge


Mezzo Bar

Sharq Village & Spa, 4425 6666


Merweb Central Hotel 4409 4444 54


Four Seasons, 4494 8888

St Regis Doha, 4446 0105 Sharq Village & Spa, 4425 6666

La Cigale Hotel, 4428 8204 West End Doha (Renaissance City Center

Ritz-Carlton, 4484 8000

Swiss Belhotel, 4407 8841


Strata @ InterContinental The City

The Lounge @ Kempinski

The Pearl @ Doha Marriott

The Cellar @ Oryx Rotana

Pier @ Four Seasons Doha

Vintage @ St.Regis Doha

Paloma @ InterContinental Doha

Habanos @ Ritz-Carlton

Experience the Sundowner Special daily from 5pm to 7pm from the highest lounge in Doha alongside burger sliders and a cold lager for just QR100.

Oyster Bay


Bubbles On Two



Oryx Rotana, 4402 3333

St Regis Doha, 4446 0105 Radisson Blu, 4428 1428 Radisson Blu, 4428 1428

Doha Rugby Club Bar

Horizon Manor Hotel, 4445 5444

Jazz Club Club 7

La Cigale Hotel, 4428 8665

Doha Rugby Club, 4468 3771


Shehrazad Bar and Irish Terrace

Crystal Lounge

Radisson Blu, 4428 1428


Crowne Plaza Doha, 4408 7777

Trader Vic’s Hilton Doha, 4423 3118


Crowne Plaza Doha, 4408 7777

Intercontinental Doha, 4484 4936 W Hotel, 4453 5135


Swiss Belhotel, 4407 8999

Unwind in chic and elegant surroundings with the daily happy hour with a 2 for 1 offer on selected drinks from 5pm – 8pm.

Dance the night away at the Party on the Pier from 8pm till 1am. QR200 annual membership.

Enjoy the daily happy hour (Saturday – Wednesday) from 5pm until 7pm with 50 per cent off on all food and selected beverages, and (Thursdays & Fridays) on selected beverages only.

Sip on your favourite cocktail and get up to 50 per cent off on selected drinks, cocktails and Tasting & Sharing menu items, daily from 5pm to 7pm.

Every Wednesday, experience the flavours of Spain with unlimited Sangria for QR205 from 7pm to 11pm.

Wednesday night is Ladies Night, where ladies can enjoy a 50 per cent discount on selected beverages between 6pm and 1am.

Unwind and enjoy a Sangria Pitcher daily 5pm1am for QR200. Cigar Lounge @ Sharq Village & Spa

Save 50 per cent on yhouse beverages daily from 5 to 8pm.


Radisson Blu, 4428 1428


Horizon Manor Hotel, 4445 5444 O’LIFESTYLE


Leisure Listings

Galleries And Studios

Al Markhiya Gallery Souq Waqif, 6609 9687

Souq Waqif Art Centre

Souq Waqif, Artcentersouqwaqif.Com

Katara Arts Studios Katara Cultural Village Education@Katara.Net

Katara Art Center

Katara Cultural Village Info@Kataraartcenter.Com

Visual Art Section

Building 19, Katara Cultural Village 4408 1471

Qma Gallery At Katara

Building 10, Katara Cultural Village 4402 8045

Virginia Commonwealth University Education City Exhibitions.Qatar.Vcu.Edu


Museum Of Islamic Art (Mia) Corniche, Mia.Org.Qa

Mathaf: Arab Museum Of Modern Art Education City, 4402 8855

Arab Postal Stamps Museum

Building 22, Katara Cultural Village 5553 2918

Faisal Bin Qassim Al-Thani Museum

Hilton Doha

Corniche, 4423 3333

Al Samariyah, 4486 1444

St Regis Doha


Intercontinental Doha

Qatar Has Around 200 Forts, Castles And Heritage Sites Worth Checking Out. Here We Have Listed A Few. For More Information Visit Qma.Com.Qa.

Al Koot Fort Al Bidda

Al Wajbah Fort Al Rayyan

Fanar: Islamic Cultural Centre, Next

Al Gassar Resort, 4446 0000 West Bay Lagoon, 4484 4444

Four Seasons

Corniche, 4494 8888

Doha Marriott

Ras Abu Abboud Street, 4429 8888

Grand Hyatt Doha

Near The Pearl-Qatar, 4448 1234

Sharq Village And Spa Ras Abu Abboud Street 4425 6666


Qatar Eastern Language Center


Salwa Road 4491 9580 Or 6690 8551

Aspire Ladies Cinema

Inception Language Centre

Doha Film Institute 4499 7664

Cinema Land

Landmark Mall, 4488 1674

Grand Cinecentre

City Center Doha, 4483 9064

The Cinema Palace Royal Plaza, 4413 0000

Mall Cinema

The Mall, D Ring Road, 4467 8666

Equestrian Street 4412 6660 Or 4412 6661

Stenden Institute Fereej Bin Omran 4488 8116

Qatar University

College Of Arts And Sciences 4403 4584


Doha Singers


Doha Jazz, 5571 0746

To Souq Waqif

Sheraton Doha

Barzan Tower

Sealine Beach Resort

Doha Players

The International Centre For Music,

Oasis Hotel And Beach Club

Katara Amphitheatre

Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra

Umm Salal Mohammed

Al Khor Tower And Museum Al Khor, North Of Doha

Al Wakrah Museum

Al Wakrah, South Of Doha

Corniche, 4485 4444

South Of Doha, Just Outside Mesaieed 4476 5299 Ras Abu Abboud Road, 4442 4424

Khor Al Daid

Theatre Amateur Dramatics Group Doha_players@Yahoo.Com

Katara Cultural Village Corniche

The Inland Sea, Southeast Tip Of Qatar

Qatar National Theatre

West Coast Of Qatar Al Zubarah Fort Around 100Km West Of Doha

Al Farkiya



Al Wakra, South Of Doha

Marwab Fort

There Are Plenty Of Beaches To Visit All Over Qatar. Here We Have Listed A Few Of The Best.



Al Khor, North Of Doha

Al Wakra Beach Katara Beach

Katara Cultural Village, 4408 1017

National Theatre Roundabout

Fanar: Qatar Islamic Cultural Centre Www.Fanar.Gov.Qa


E Ring Road, Mesaimeer, 4455 0506

Villa 81, Ahmed Bin Hanbal Street 4467 1354


Doha Community Orchestra Dohaorchestra.Com 3385 7784


Qatar National Library Various Branches 4438 9888


Qatar Photographic Society Qps.Com.Qa, 4408 1812


sky thinking 583 Rooms Located in the heart of Doha Enjoy 20 restaurants & bars and an oasis of leisure facilities

Salwa Road, Intersection of the C Ring Road Doha, Qatar Tel: +974 4428 1428 Fax: +974 4441 0941 E-mail:



Community Listings

Animal Welfare

Cats In Qatar

Daytime Number: Gill On 3393 7645 Evenings And Weekends: Vicki On 3393 7646

Qatar Animal Welfare Society

Www.Qaws.Org, 5539 6074

2Nd Chance Rescue Qatar

Www.2Ndchancerescue.Com 6644 1087 (Katharine Body)

Qatar Pet Relocators

Www.Qatarpetrelocators.Com 5528 6335

Qatar Veterinary Center Off Al Waab Street, 4421 6405

Pampered Pets Kennel And Cattery Www.Ppkdoha.Net 5588 4132

Qatar Bird Club

Bin Omran, 4487 4731

Dogs In Doha

Dogsindoha@Gmail.Com 6618 2924

Parkview Center

Info@Parkviewcenter.Net 4417 1560 Or 5509 9494 (Emergencies)

Qatar Pet Register

Www.Qatarpetregister.Com Info@Qatarpetregister.Com

Charities / Social Welfare

Qatar Charity

10 Branches Across Doha, 4466 7711 (Main)

Qatar Red Crescent Old Salata, 4402 7700

Qatar Foundation For Combating Human Trafficking, 4491

Sustainable Qatar

Indian Women’s Association

Ministry Of Environment

Clubs 5516 2764 (Katrin Scholz-Barth, President) Responsibility@Moe.Gov.Qa 4420 7777



C Ring Road, 4454 2400

Thinkpinkqatar.Com. Contact Through Online Submission Form

Social Development Center National Human Rights Committee Salwa Road, 4444 4012

Reach Out To Asia

Education City, 4480 029

The Youth Company

Think Pink Qatar

Cancer Survivors And Supporters Group 6673 0674

Info@Theyouthcompany.Com 44118132

Doha Mums

Best Buddies Qatar

American Women’s Association

Www.Bestbuddies.Org.Qa 4466 6095


Friends Of The Environment Center Bin Omran, 4487 4731



Www.Dohamums.Com Info@Dohamums.Com

Www.Awaqatar.Com. Contact Through Online Submission Form

French Speaking Women’s Committee The French Cultural Centre 4493 0862

Www.Iwaqatar.Com 4442 5937

Qatar-Expats Online Sign-Up


Corniche, Al Bidda Tower 4494 4292

Qatar Foundation For Child & Woman Protection

Qatar Natural History Group

Hamad General Hospital

Qatar Chess Association

Www.Qnhg.Org Chairman@Qnhg.Org (Rob Ross)

Qatar Professional Women’s Network

Melissa Mitchell, Qpen Leader Info@Qpwn.Org

Qatar Toastmasters

Www.Qatartoastmasters.Net 5554 7248

Tuesday Ladies Group Tlgindoha@Gmail.Com, 5573 5078

Qatar Expats


4467 9444 (Hotline)

Rayyan Road 4439 3082

Women’s Hospital

Bin Omran, 4439 6666

Al Amal (Oncology) Hospital

Rumaillah Hospital Complex 4474 5555

Al Ahli Hospital

Wadi Al Sail , 4489 8888

Alcoholics Anonymous

Aaqatar.Org, 5560 5901 (24-Hour Hotline)





travel Listings

Travel Agents

Jaula Spa

Mannai Air TravelFour Branches Across Doha, 4428 2666 (Musheireb)

Space Travel

By Al Andalus Compound Villa, D Ring Road, 4422 7333

Mannai Holidays Musheireb Street 4428 2633

Darwish Travel Bureau

Near Sana Signal, Um Mughalina, 4441 8666

Qatar Tours

In Darwish Travel (See Above) 4441 1414

Regency Travel And Tours

Suhaim Bin Hamad St, C Ring Road, 4434 4444

Trans Orient Travel & Tourism Airport Road, 4442 3496

Ali Bin Ali Travel Bureau Al Sadd, 4444 1161

Aamal Travel

City Center (Next To Qatar Airways Offices), 4493 0103

Al Jaber Tours And Travels Muntazah, 4444 2015

Al Jasra Travel

Bin Dirham St, Mansoura, 4443 0737

Al Bateel Travel

New Salata, 4498 9898

Alshamel Travel And Tourism

Al Jabr Bldg, C Ring Road, 4434 3888

Al Sulaiman Travel

Four Branches Across Doha 4435 5006 (Musheireb)

Falcon Travel

Salwa Road, 435 4777

Kanoo Travel

Three Branches Across Doha 4474 8774 (Ras Laffan Commerical Complex)

Milano Travel

Fereej Bin Mahmoud, 4442 4443

Bon Voyage Qatar

Khalifa St, Al Markhiya, 4487 4411

Dana Travels & Tourism

Al Gharrafa Complex, 4491 6111


Air Arabia

Www.Airarabia.Com, 4407 3434

Air India (And Air India Express)

Www.Airindia.Com, 4442 7747

Air France / Klm Www.Klm.Com, 4432 1208

Bahrain Air

Www.Bahrainair.Net, 4442 1807

Biman Bangladesh

Egypt Air

Www.Egyptair.Com, 4435 6020


Www.Emirates.Com, 4438 4477

Etihad Airways

Www.Etihadairways.Com 4436 6657


Www.Flydubai.Com, 4422 7350

Www.Biman-Airlines.Com 4443 3117

Gulf Air

British Airways

Iran Air

Www.Britishairways.Com 4432 1434

Cathay Pacific

Www.Cathaypacific.Com 4445 8319

Cyprus Airways

Www.Cyprusair.Com, 4411 9017

Delta Airlines

Www.Delta.Com, 4483 0725

Www.Gulfair.Com, 4499 8037 Www.Iranair.Com, 4441 5318


Www.Mea.Com/Lb, 4434 2976

Oman Air

Www.Omanair.Com, 4432 1373

Pakistan International Airlines Www.Piac.Aero, 4442 6290

Qatar Airways

Www.Qatarairways.Com 4449 6666 (Call Centre)

Royal Jordanian

Www.Rj.Com, 4443 1431

Iraq Airways

Saudi Arabian Airlines

Jet Airways

Sri Lankan Airlines

Kuwait Airways

Syrian Air

Www.Iq-Airways.Com, 4443 7788 Www.Jetairways.Com, 4407 2222 Www.Kuwaitairways.Com, 4443 5340


Www.Lufthansa.Com, 4431 0623

Www.Saudiairlines.Com, 4444 0121 Www.Srilankan.Com, 4444 1217 Www.Syriaair.Com, 4441 2911

Turkish Airlines

Www.Turkishairlines.Com, 4443 3028





sports Listings

Gyms / Fitness Classes

Available classes include martial arts, yoga, pilates, zumba, dance, swimming, spinning, circuit training, step aerobics, and many more. Tip: check out kangoo jumps at the bay club for something different.

Al Massa Active By Khalifa Stadium 4436 4850 (Men) 4444 4161 (Ladies)

Aspire Academy Www.Aspire.Qa 4413 6219

Boot Camp Qatar Bootcampqatar.Com, 5570 1626 Or 3000 8974

Contours Express

Off Salwa Road, Parallel To Al Sadd 4498 0099 Or 4464 1540


Three Locations Across Doha Salwa Road, 4469 9955

Énergie Fitness Club

Airport Road (Next To Ramez Shopping), Info@Energie.Com.Qa

Fitness First

City Center Doha, 4411 5999

Dana Club

Dafna Behind Qatar Sports Club 4496 0600

Health And Fitness Club Intercontinental The City, 4015 8888

Swiss Belhotel Gym And Pool Swiss Belhotel, 4407 8549

Grand Hyatt Gym, Pool & Beach Grand Hyatt Doha 4448 1056

Ozone Gym

La Cigale Hotel 4428 8888

Pure Leisure & Wellness Centre Kempinski Residences & Suites 4405 3307

Bay View 26 Wellness Centre Movenpick, 4496 6410

Vitality Zone Health Club

Renaissance City Center 4419 5520

Pool, Beach & Fitness Facilities


Fitness Centre & Swimming Pool

Qatar Bowling Center

St Regis Doha, 4446 0000

Wyndham Grand Regency 4434 3152

Gondolania Bowling Center Villagio Mall 4403 9800

Al Bidda Street 4432 9178


The Bay Club

Qatar Cricket Association

Fitness Facilities & Classes


Intercontinental Doha 4484 4852

Ritz-Carlton Hotel 4484 8173

Leisure & Sports Facilities

The Diplomatic Club, 4484 7450

Signature Sheraton Fitness

Sheraton Doha Resort And Convention Hotel, 4485 4600


Qatar Badminton Academy 4483 9162

Near Doha Golf Club 4431 4154 Qatarca@Hotmail.Com

Qatar Cycling Federation Qatarcf.Org, 4447 5522

Qatar Chain Reaction

Qatarchainreaction.Org Info@Qatarchainreaction.Org


Doha Darts League

Dohadartsleague.Com Call Elsa On 6664 1750O


Qatar Divers

By Doha Marriott Hotel, 4431 3331


Souq Waqif, 4434 1234



sports Listings

Doha Sub-Aqua Club Near Sharq Village, Dohasubaquaclub.Com

Pearl Divers Fishing

Falcon Taekwondo Academy

Trips Through Sheraton Doha Call Bassel On 5551 8100

The Diplomatic Club

West Bay Lagoon, 4484 7444

Qatar Sea Angling Association Call Tony Moorat On 5550 1906


Evolution Soccer Qatar

Evosportsqatar.Com, 5506 4794

Qatar Women’s Football Assoc. Qatar.Wfa@Gmail.Com


Qatar Aeronautical College Ras Abu Abboud Street, 4440 8888


Doha Ultimate Frisbee

Rayyan Road Park Or American School Of Doha Visit Sites.Google.Com/Site/Qatarulti


Doha Golf Club West Bay, 4496 0777


Doha Hockey Club

Al Mansoura 4442 3012


The International Academy For Intercultural Development 4432 0974


Sheraton Doha, 5 562 4178


Doha Qatar Chapter Hog Hogdohaqatarchapter.Com

Qatar Motor And Motorcycle Federation Losail International Circuit 4472 9151


Sheraton Doha Call Bassel On 5 551 8100


Yama Yoga Studios Call 6617 5802

Pure Leisure & Wellness Centre Kempinski Residences & Suites Call 4405 3307

Fitness Facilities and Classes


Ritz Carlton Hotel Call 4484 8173

Wanderers Hockey Club

Signature Sheraton Fitness


Qatar Hockey Academy Qatar Hockey Federation, 5587 8317

Sheraton Doha Call 4485 4600

Six Sense spa


Sharq Village & Spa Call 4425 6999

Al Khor Riding Center

Aspire Academy

4421 8857

Al Samariya Stables Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Farm 5525 7203

Al Shaqab Riding Academy Alshaqab.Com, 4454 6320

Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club Riding Qrec.Gov.Qa, 4480 8122


Flo Kite School

Call Flora Pestre On 5504 1039

Tom Tom Kite’ar

Www.Tomtomkitear.Com, 6661 2749


Korea Taekwondo Centre Al Muthanna Complex, Opp Jarir Bookstore, 4465 9066

4444 9553


Martial Arts

Call 4413 6219


June 2014 We celebrate the things we hold dear to our heart.



O’Lifestyle. Profile

Yves Dewaegenaere

Director of Marketing at The St. Regis Doha

Favourite things about the Qatari capital? The eternal sunshine; having lived in the UK, Switzerland and Belgium for a long time, I will never take it for granted to always wake up with the sun shining on my face. Also there is a very strong sense of destination and Arabic culture, but still with that global vibe I enjoy. No matter where you are, you will always feel a strong connection with local values and believes challenging your own at times.



Describe your ideal day off here. The perfect day definitely starts with a run on The Pearl followed by a pain au chocolat to make up for the lost calories. Afterwards I call my friends to come spend a few hours by the pool and master the art of doing absolutely nothing. The ideal afternoon and evening I would spend with my friends enjoying a BBQ on the terrace going late into the night engaging in conversation nobody will remember the next day.

What’s your secret spot in Doha? My favourite spot is out west to watch the always memorable sunset in the Brouq Nature Reserve near Zekreet, especially now there is that monumental artwork from Richard Serra leaving quite an impression. However within the capital, it would be the Café at the MIA, mainly when there is the jazz concert organized by Jazz at Lincoln Centre. There isn’t a more magical place to enjoy jazz music with that iconic Doha skyline as a backdrop.

Musicians Smith Westerns and the Lived In Chambray Shirt.





O'lifestyle June issue 2014  

Qatar's leading mens magazine

O'lifestyle June issue 2014  

Qatar's leading mens magazine