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SPOTLIGHT ON SPORTS
All you must know about Rafael and Roger.
15 ENTERTAINMENT Dreaming the Dream 22 ARTS & CULTURE Lines across Borders 25 COMMUNITY All for One & One for Paws 35 FOOD Bite into Qatar
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6 CHAIRMAN’S LETTER 8 QH TEAM 10 JANUARY HIGHLIGHTS 12 QH RECOMMENDS 20 VIRGIN RECOMMENDS
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SPOTLIGHT ON KNOWLEDGE
12 Books You Must Read This Year
LOOK There’s Something About Vera The success behind Vera Wang’s first Doha store.
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Publisher: The Art of Business Chairman: Ahmed Hassan Bilal Editor-in-Chief: Nasser Ahmed Hassan Bilal Executive Editor: Suzanne Grant Editor: Jessica Davey-Quantick Copy Editors: Vanessa Gaudet, Lindsey Hunnewell Contributors: Jorge Granda, Jay Panganiban, Moona Masri-Whitice, Allen Smithee, Wairimu Marketing Manager: Moona Masri-Whitice Art & Photography Director: Jorell Legaspi Graphic Designer: Paolo Kurtis Tan Photography Production Coordinator: Nathy Fonseca Photography Assistant: Ahmad Oustwan Fashion Stylist: Chantal Mossess Webmaster & Communications Associate: Jay Panganiban
A New Year is upon us. It could usher in a new era of hope and achievement. It is a chance for a beginning, even when there has not been an end. The year gone by leaves a legacy and we hope in silent anticipation that the year ahead will bring something more beautiful than we can comprehend. We have a chance to start again with a renewed spirit and a positive view of life. While the new year beckons us with many promises, let us also give the year gone by its due by creatively harnessing what is best in our past to build for the future. Governance occupies a centre stage in the development committed to nurturing an environment of excellence, innovation and public service. Under the wise leadership of our Emir, H.E. Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, our nation has been able to set high targets and achieve them. The opening of the Silatech Summit and launch of Al Fakhoura Fund by H.H. Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned, the inauguration of Qatar Science and Technology Park and QatarGas2’s $13.2 billion project, the launch of Vodafone and the conducting of the world’s largest IPO of QR 3.28 billion, the historic partnership of Qatari Diar with Vinci, Qatar’s bid for the football World Cup, ROTA’s $15 million raise, the grand opening of the Doha Tribecca Film Festival, the signing of the $26 billion contract with the German Company “Deutsche Bahn” to construct a comprehensive national railroad system, Qatar’s 7 billion euros investment in Porsche and Volkswagen are just a few of the achievements. We salute His Highness, the Emir, for putting Qatar and its citizens on the path to development and success with his vision. There is no better time than the beginning of a new year to reconnect with our potential of being a positive force in our own and others’ lives. Let us thus step forward, speak up and act to make a difference in these challenging times. We face the future with great excitement, committed to being a community resource providing accessible and valuable entertainment information. We will journey with you through the year as we continue to enrich your minds, touch your hearts, and lighten your spirits and bring both the Qatar nationals and expats closer to each other beyond borders.
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This year, may we never stop believing in our dreams and work towards making them a reality. Have a blessed New Year.
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Qatar ExxonMobil Open
Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex Mon 4th – Sat 9th
5 Southern Heat, Rhythm & Beat Doha Marriott 9:00 p.m. onwards
Shehrazad, Ramada Plaza 8:00 p.m.
United Rhythm Band Ritz-Carlton Doha, 8:30 p.m. Musical Moments Four Seasons Doha
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Quiz Night Shehrazad, Ramada Plaza
Mum’s Night Out Grand Hyatt, 7:30 p.m.
Doha Trade Fair Doha Exhibition Centre Sun 17th – Sun 24th
Ladies Club, Aspire Zone 7:30 p.m.
Chinese New Year Buffet! Sheraton, 6:00 p.m. onwards
20 Qatar Quilt Guild Al Jazi Phase 4 Clubhouse
Qatar Projects 2010 Ritz-Carlton Doha Mon 25th – Wed 27th
Qatar Marine Festival Seafood Cooking Contest
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Movie Night by the Sea
Handicraft Exhibition & Stalls
Traditional Children’s Games
Visual Arts Exhibition
Live TV Contest
The Pearl Theatrical Play
Sand Art and Sculpture
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International Heritage Photographic Experience Exhibition VCUQ, Fri 1st – Tues 12th
100 Meter Gourmet Route Doha Marriott 6:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., Fridays
Friday Brunch feat. live music from Doha Jazz W Doha, 12:00 noon till 4:00 p.m.
Chocolate Indulgence Four Seasons Doha 3:00 p.m. – 11:00 pm. Fridays
Art of Cocktail Making
Ritz-Carlton Doha, 3:00 p.m.
Cheese & Vino Ritz-Carlton Doha 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Therapeutic Aromatherapy Six Senses Spa, Sharq Village and Spa.
Qatar Marine Festival
Sand Art and Sculpture Movie Night by the Sea The Pearl Theatrical Play between Al Dashah and Al Gufal) (between Music Nights
CINEMA LISTINGS www.qatarhappening.com
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Cooking with Lamb: Interactive Cooking Class Ritz-Carlton Doha, 10:30 a.m. onwards
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Book Exhibition Handicraft Exhibition & Stalls Visual Arts Exhibition
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Marine Life Traditional Children’s Games Live TV Contest Beach Football Seafood Cooking Contest Movie Night by the Sea
Beach Volleyball The Pearl Theatrical Play (between Al Dashah and Al Gufal) Music 11 Nights 12/23/09 4:28:46 PM
old It’s a new year, and we have a new batch of things - both new and we think are peachy keen!! Sing Mannequin, Sing
Bump Me Up, Scotty
Nothing gets our office hopping like Sophie Ellis Bextor. With disco rhythms and a melodic voice that eats through your ears directly to your dancing shoes, she’s the perfect accompaniment to that morning cup of coffee or the 3 p.m. slump. Plus, she looks like she’s a gorgeous piece of plastic and watching her mouth move is like entering the uncanny valley. Creepy. Faves include ‘Murder on the Dance Floor’ and ‘I Won’t Change You’. Available on iTunes.
When these first wandered into our office, they freaked us out. Little bits of plastic, supposedly able to create that perfect beehive ‘bump’ without having to tease your hair to astounding heights of hair destroying glory? But yep, these actually work! A word of caution though: you need thick hair, or else the plastic will peek out. And no one wants that. You can pick up a set at Je T’Aime in City Centre.
Nerds, Ho! Let your inner geek frolic free with The Big Bang Theory, our latest television obsession. Based around the concept of four smart guys (one who can’t seem to talk to women, and who incidentally introduced my parents to the concept of Skype) and their pretty neighbor, it’s a lot less lame than it sounds. For example, one character explains he was sent to boarding school after his childhood work with lasers. It’s hilarious, it’s bizarre, and you’ll learn all sorts of fun facts to know and tell. Episodes are available on iTunes.
Why Technology Hates Us We’ve all been guilty of the late-night poorly-thought-out missive to the world. And with email, Facebook, twitter and texting, this has gone far beyond an embarrassing phone call that might be captured on voicemail and replayed for all your friends ad nauseum. There’s now written evidence of foolishness, and the good net goblins at www.textsfromlastnight.com are more than happy to bring them to the world, in glorious, embarrassing, poorly spelt technicolour.
Socially accepted or not, piercings for men have become a fashion statement. And to make a bold, strong one, trying out Topman’s selection of earrings is a fine idea! These quirky little nothings can highlight personality in an instant. Choose from guitars, historical monuments (no, they’re not as big as the real ones) and even lightning bolts to a whole lot more eccentric items. Check out their selection by visiting www.topman.com
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Stress be Gone! Escaping the hustle and bustle of the daily grind can be quite a hassle, especially if you’re a guy. Thinking of going a spa to get some R&R can scare away most of the male species, but with La Cigale Hotel’s refuge of comfort, the Ozone Spa, gentlemen might reconsider. The spa has a plethora of services that promise to take your health and wellness to a whole new level. Let your worries melt away with the treatments Ozone offers like hydrotherapy, Hot Stone treatment and the traditional Hammam treatment. They also offer holistic treatments to massage your body and soul. After going through such a serene experience, you might even reach nirvana.
Heavy Rain The things we usually share with you are stuff that we, the QH staff, have actually experienced. From books to make-up to websites and music, we try them all before putting our ever-so adorable QH Recommends heart (read: seal of approval) on it. But for this one, we’re going to make an exception. Why? Well, we think it deserves extra attention. Quantic Dream is planning to release a story-driven thriller game in the first quarter of 2010. What made our jaws drop was the sheer beauty and refinement of the videos taken from the game. It’s some serious eye candy and it’s one great teaser, makes you believe that they’re making a movie instead of a game. From the looks of it, it has great promise for all you gamers out there. We promise to give you a follow-up on this, once it’s released. Cross our hearts.
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SPOTLIGHT ON ENTERTAINMENT Extraordinary Diva. Susan Boyle shocked audiences with her angelic pipes.
Susan Boyle’s latest CD has sent shivers up spines worldwide. QH catches up with the singing Cinderella about her new CD, and her journey to fame. Photo: Austin Hargrave
hen Susan Boyle walked onto the stage the judges faces and the visible shivers of the audience. Thus began her journey on Britain’s Got Talent, the reality to audition for Britain’s Got Talent in TV programme that Boyle finished in second place behind January 2009, fellow hopefuls openly dance troupe Diversity. wondered why she was there.
“Everybody kept saying to me ‘are you sure you should be at this audition?’ I saw dance groups come and go, men with spoons, dogs. Eventually it was my turn, I got three yeses,” she said. When she opened her mouth, and the strains of ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ erupted, everything changed. Boyle’s powerful voice and her swagger, which shocked even herself, garnered her a standing ovation. In no time, a video of Boyle’s audition set YouTube on fire with viewers all over the world clicking to see the latest singing sensation, not to mention the looks of shock on
This was not your typical obscurity-to-limelight story of a 17-year-old, stick thin girl with perfect make up and the voice of an angel who had charmed a nation. Susan Boyle was a middle-aged woman who in her own words had “…mad hair (and) bushy eyebrows” and who couldn’t have been farther removed from the media approved starlets of today. And yet Susan Boyle has charmed the world and has turned the media upside down. And understandably so, for when this ordinary looking woman armed with a powerful voice released her debut album I Dreamed A Dream on November 23rd it quickly topped the international music charts as the best selling CD. 15
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Susan Boyle was born in Blackburn, West Lothian, Scotland, in 1961. Her entry into the world was as harsh as some of the years of her childhood. As her mother was 47 at the time of her birth, the birth was difficult and Susan was briefly deprived of oxygen resulting in her developing learning difficulties, for which she was bullied in school with taunters calling her “Susie Simple”. “The majority of my childhood was quite happy until I started getting bullied at school. They used to knock me about a bit and try and make me cry��� she said. “ Instead of saying ‘right, I have this disability’ and concentrating on it, I had to find my abilities and concentrate on that instead”. Thus began her voyage with music, which saw her take part in developing her vocal chords in the local church choir from the age of nine. Boyle credits her mother, Bridget Boyle, who passed away in 2007 with pushing her forward to live her dream. “This was a promise that I’d made to my mum, that I’d do something with my singing. She was the reason I pursued my singing. She was the reason I became a member of choirs and sang in clubs. Just to see what I could do. She had a good belief that I could do it.” So how has Boyle taken to fame? “I didn’t know what YouTube was until I was in the record offices and saw the clip and the number of hits and thought ‘oh my god’. I’m still trying to come to terms with it. The fans have been amazing and the mail I have received, phenomenal. Everyone has shown me such kindness and support. I’ve even had offers of dates!” Speaking of dates, for now, her ten-year old cat Pebbles keeps her company but she is hopeful that someday she will meet the right person.
Lyrics to life. “I had a dream my life would be... so different now from what it seems.”
Back in her hometown of Blackburn, people have gone rather manic with complete strangers even offering to do her shopping! But the road to fame has not been all cherry: Boyle has had to endure harsh criticism in the media as well as widespread reporting of her much publicized stint at The Priory, a private psychiatric clinic in London, where she was taken for extreme exhaustion.
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“This was a promise that I’d made to my mum... She was the reason I pursued my singing.” “I hadn’t slept properly for about a week and I didn’t know what was wrong with me. I was in there for three days and I’ve never felt so tired, but I look back on it now and it was a necessity. I wanted to get a rest and a break at the time without all the cameras you know.“ Boyle has undergone quite a transformation from the time she first appeared on screens. She’s lost weight but maintains “…though the outwardness has changed, inside I’m still the same, but a bit more refined now.” After the show, Simon Cowell offered Boyle her lifelong dream: to make a record. After 23 years of dreaming the dream, she sat staring at it half expecting someone to come up to her and say ‘haha love, we’re kidding’. The first song Boyle recorded on the album was ‘I Dreamed A Dream,’ the song that she sang at her audition. ‘Wild Horses’ is also on her album, which personally resonated with her. “It’s a song about determination. I am a determined woman, despite the bullying I’ve had in the past. It’s a song about proving yourself as your own woman. I instantly loved that song. It’s a song about knowing that whatever happens to you, you’ll be alright”. And Ms. Boyle is better than alright. She’s living her dream. Her latest CD is available through Sony Music.
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www.qatarhappening.com for the latest information!
Jillene Luce Sat 9th – Sun 31st: W Doha. Ms. Luce has brought her eclectic mix of Lounge, Jazz, Pop, Chill, Bossa Nova and Dance music to some of the world’s hottest clubs including Zurich’s Indochine Club and Terrasse, as well as club hotspots in New York City, Barcelona, Miami and Munich. Now she’s going to rock Crystal Lounge by mixing R&B, Caribbean and South American elements into a convergent lounge music style. Saturdays to Tuesdays from 9:00 p.m. till 1:00 a.m. and Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. till 10:00 p.m. For more information, call 453-5135.
Laughter Factory Sun 10th – Mon 11th: Shehrazad, Ramada Plaza. Come
and enjoy the best of international stand-up comedy, featuring world-class comedians from the Comedy Store in London. Guests are guaranteed a giggle! QR 110 per person. For more information and reservations, call 428-1555.
Wed 20th: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Habanos is going to feature James Kent (trombone) who teams up with long time Doha jazz man Chris Coull (Trumpet) for an evening of be-bop classics from the likes of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. Starts at 8:30 p.m. Free entrance. For more information, call 484-8000.
Dihann Moore Fri 1st – Wed 6th: W Doha. Variety is the spice of life and Dihann Moore’s live sets. An accomplished vocalist, Ms. Moore performs the best Jazz, Blues, R&B, Neosoul, Funk and Top 40 hits at the Crystal Lounge. Accompanied by a pianist, Ms. Moore is an accomplished singer of various styles and tastes and has performed around the world with renowned artists such as Mariah Carey, Diana Ross and Sting. Saturday to Tuesday from 9:00 p.m. till 1:00 a.m. and Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. till 10:00 p.m. For more information, call 453-5135.
Southern Heat, Rhythm & Beat Tues 12th: Doha Marriott. DJ Lilo and DJ Joe
Mirtri bring you tunes that will rock you out at the Pearl Lounge Club. Enjoy South African beats mixed with current House, R&B, and Pop! Free entrance. Open from 9:00 p.m. till late. For more information, call 429-8499.
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Here’s how you can find out what’s hot: QH brings you the top selections from Virgin Megastore this month.
BOOKS The Little Stranger
Sarah Waters’ masterly novel is a perverse hymn to decay, to the corrosive power of class resentment as well as the damage wrought by war. Waters has a perfect understanding of her period. She deploys the vigor and cunning one finds in Margaret Atwood’s fiction, the same narrative ease and expansiveness, and the same knack of twisting the tension tighter and tighter within an individual scene.
MUSIC Michael Jackson
This is It A great collection of hits from MJ, and if you take a close listen, you will see that almost all of the songs he selected for his concert have a message. The majority of them tell us something about his philosophy. You’ll bust a move, you’ll moon walk, you’ll long for spangled gloves, and you’ll probably cry.
J.J. Abrams’ 2009 feature film was billed as “not your father’s Star Trek,” but your father will probably love it anyway. And what’s not to love? It has enough action, emotional impact, humor, and sheer fun for any moviegoer, and Trekkers will enjoy plenty of insider references and a cast that seems ideally suited to portray the characters we know they’ll become later.
GAMES Tekken 6
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Select from among the largest character roster in the Tekken series, including familiar faces as well as brand-new fighters. Employ each character’s unique techniques, moves and attack combinations to powerful effect. Experience an array of game play modes, new features and new environments that heighten the fighting intensity, bringing it to a whole new level.
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SPOTLIGHT ON ARTS & CULTURE
Between the lines. Abdulrahman Al Kubaisi was one of the first-time artists on display at the Waqif Art Centre.
Abstract art invaded the Waqif Art Center recently. QH checks in with teachers and students to find out why it’s more than just scribbles and blobs of paint, and what the future could hold for abstract Arabic art.
Red Dawn. Rescued from the trash, this piece was rejected by the artist, but adored by crowds.
lines across borders By Jessica Davey-Quantick
ne of Abdulrahman Al Kubaisi’s art pieces almost ended up in the garbage, instead of on display at the Waqif Art Centre.
He created the piece as part of the Dar Al Founoun Art School’s abstract workshop, and it was displayed at the Waqif Art center along side professional artists, as part of the German-Qatari Cultural Weeks.
“I didn’t like the squares on (the red painting). I wanted them to be the same side,” he said, of his piece which became a fan favourite after his teacher fished it out of the trash. “I haven’t even done anything (like this). I don’t think I’ve even ever used paint before here! I really liked it. I just felt like there wasn’t enough time, I wanted more!” He also created a piece using the colours of the Qatar and German flags. The 24-yearold, who intends to study either art history or architecture, has been taking courses at the Art School for several months, however this was the first time he’d attempted abstract styles. “It’s expressing art with emotions and lines and colours,” he said.
According to his teacher, Clotilde LafontKonig, a German-French artist invited to Qatar to teach the workshop, that’s what makes abstract paintings so appealing. “We were asked to come to try to bring this modern art here, because apparently they don’t really do this type of painting. They discovered it, they loved it. I tell you, they really played like children, really creating,” she said. The art scene in Doha is still in its infancy, and organizers of the event say they hope bringing in different types of art will help it grow up big and strong. Dar Al Founoun offers a variety of classes on a regular basis, in everything from painting and sculpture to paper mache and ceramics. Opening their doors to an abstract workshop and display of this caliber will, they hope, draw people’s attention to the style. “That’s the contemporary way of painting you know,” said Lafont-Konig. “And it’s about time (it came here). Abstract, it’s a
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Bridging culture. Al Kubaisi’s piece combines the colours of the Qatari and German flags
“It’s expressing art with emotions and lines and colours”
very difficult process. It took time. In other countries, it’s only the beginning of the 20th century that we discovered abstraction. It took a long long long time.” Abstract certainly draws attention- for many people, accustomed to more literal art forms or traditional pretty pictures which are about as edgy as a padded watermelon, it can be shocking. But it can also be dramatically expressive.
shows that they had something in them they didn’t know. And with time, it just came out,” said Lafont-Konig.
and round,” said Lafont-Konig. “It was just some kind of search for the line between the two cultures.”
“Ok you see for example, this box? It’s plain, But it wasn’t just about teaching students it has details. Abstract would be to show By bridging the two cultures, something new techniques from other cultures. the box but with very very few lines or new and exciting can be created, that will points, just to take the essence of the object hopefully in the future spawn a vibrant art of the person of the landscape or whatever. “We wanted something that would mix the scene that’s uniquely Qatari, even as it German and the Qatari, the two cultures It’s just to minimize,” said Lafont- Konig. adopts the techniques of other regions. By together. Mix the two cultures, or try to “You have an object, and until you can get incorporating Islamic flavour, artists aren’t bring two cultures together, by art,” said just a sense of it, just a line of it, then you just preserving, they’re expanding on their Al Kubaisi. can say ‘ah, that’s it’. It takes time, it’s culture; which Al Kubaisi says is one of the difficult, it’s not easy.” things good art should do. And abstract, with its focus on lines, was an interesting partner for traditional For most of the students, this was the first “For me I think it’s important because it’s Arabic art. time they’d seen anything like it. Over a part of history, it’s part of who we are,” dozen adult students from all nationalities he said. and background participated, and the best “We decided to take as our theme the linemaking a bridge between our occident art, works were chosen for display. Dar Al Founoun runs workshops all year with the line, art deco, art nouveau, and the long. For more information and to sign up, Arabic writing, which is just lines, beautiful check out www.waqifartcenter.com. “They are really works from artists, which 23 JAN 2010 B.indd 23
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ARTS & CULTURE
International Heritage Photographic Experience Exhibition Nov 11th – Jan 16th: VCUQ.
Qatar Marine Festival Fri 29th – Feb 7th: Cultural Village. Experience the wonders of the Qatari culture through five pillars: culture, education, environment, sport and entertainment. Activities range from spectator performances to interactive events that are open to public participation. Entrance is free. For more information, check out www.qatarhappening.com
The exhibition of the IHPE catalogue, published in Spain, showcases the winning 120 photographs submitted by students from around the world exploring the historical monuments and heritage of their cultures. Qatar is represented in two photographs submitted by Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar’s Graphic Design senior students. For more information, visit www.qatar.vcu.edu
Italian Opera Wed 6th: Ladies Club, Aspire Zone.
Experience the opera through the music conducted by Nader Abbassi. Olga Chernisheva and Antonio Interisano are going to be part of the performance as soloists. Ticket price range: QR 50 to QR 200. Available in Virgin Megastore in Villaggio and Landmark Mall. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Arabic Calligraphy as Sculpture Saturdays: Museum of Islamic Art.
A workshop that explores and develops individual letters of the Arabic alphabet in a three dimensional context. Each letter will then be used collectively to form a large-scale sculptural piece. From 11:00 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. at Education Centre, Level M. Pre-booking is essential. For bookings, email email@example.com
Diversity Sat 9th – Mon 11th: Grand Hyatt Doha. Experience art through an exclusive
collection of calligraphic and abstract works. Artists in the show are award-winning abstract expressionist Ismail Gulgee, Arif Khan, Najat Makki and Bahrain-based Jehan Saleh. For more information, call 448-1171.
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SPOTLIGHT ON COMMUNITY
I wants luvs. D2 is one of many dogs who are now on the hunt for families (and cheezburger).
By Jay Panganiban Photography by Jessica Davey-Quantick
As they rise from the ashes, the passion of the Qatar Animal Welfare Society’s volunteers burns even more. QH takes a look at the current situation of the devoted community as they take care of their four-legged friends.
ire consumed a part of the Qatar Animal Welfare Society (QAWS) in September, razing a building and taking the lives of innocent animals. To some, the sight of flames ravaging the surrounding was unbearable. So were the cries of desperation of forty animals, all at the same time.
She was at home eating lunch when everything happened. “We have no idea that it would go that quickly. We thought we would have more time,” she said. People started showing up immediately to help out. “People we didn’t know turned up there. And the dogs, they just opened the doors and let all the dogs out into the farm,” she continued.
And it all happened in one hour.
“They went to move to the cats and just started to open the cats’ doors and the “There was an electrical fault in the fuse box whole thing went up in smoke and they in the isolation unit. The fuse box caught couldn’t get to them.” fire and because the building was all wood. It just all caught fire really quickly,” said QAWS lost a possum, two dogs, three Janet Berry, one of the founders of QAWS, rabbits and 34 cats and kittens. “We lost the whole shelter within an hour.” 25 JAN 2010 B.indd 25
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Cuddly arrival. During QH’s interview, a new arrival was dropped off at the shelter. Janet Berry says this is common.
“The community is fantastic. Everybody wants to help. We have a couple of companies that have said they will look at the financial cost of rebuilding. We’ve got architects that have done beautiful drawings, stunning plans. They’re just about to put it into 3D graphics for us. It is a stateof-the-art shelter, it’s beautiful,” said Berry. Even though things are looking up, there’s one thing that’s hindering them from fully realising their dream, land. QAWS only rents the piece of land that they are on currently. “The Greatness of a nation and its Moral Progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” - Ghandi
Their initial concern right after the incident was how they could continue providing shelter for the stray animals. In an instant, help started to emerge as people began turning up at their animal refuge.
As for the ones who weren’t lucky enough to be welcomed to a new family, they were taken into The Veterinary Surgery and the Qatar Veterinary Centre.
Right now, QAWS is starting to re-establish “Cars were coming over the hill, guys in their a new home for our furry friends. “I gave my boarding facility over as a temporary shelter suits that got up from their office, got in their cars and came. We had doctors. We while we rebuild. We’re still building had workers of the building sites, everyone although the dogs are in there,” said Berry. “To get us through the winter, we’ve got this was here. And a lot of people just took facility that we’ve built ourselves just so animals home. We had a list of all of the they’ve got a roof over their head. They’re animals, where they went, the person they still safe, fed and watered and looked after.” were with and the telephone number so that just in the first 24 hours we could get everybody out of the sun and in a safe place As they keep pushing through, continuous support and help have started flooding into while we regrouped,” said Berry. the QAWS Community.
“That’s what’s stopping us. We can’t move forward now at all where it’s stalemate because we’ve got funding and the architectural design but nowhere to put it,” said Berry. “That’s very frustrating. Normally, it’s money. You need money and that’s why you can’t move forward. For us, it’s land.“ But nothing, not fire, money or bureaucracy will deter them, because of one thing. “You don’t need any more incentive than a pair of eyes around there that’s pleased to see you. I mean, they don’t have anything. Everything they have, we give them. And they’re totally dependent. And when you walk around there and a dog wags its tail, it knows you’re going to take it for a walk, you’re going to give it something to eat, you keeping it safe. That’s all the incentive you need,” Berry said. For more information, visit www,qaws.org.
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Barneyâ€™s Musical Castle Thurs 7th: Ceremonial Court, Education City. Experience a fun
adventure fit for the whole family with the ever so lovable purple dinosaur, Barney! Doors open at 3:00 p.m. Concert Starts at 5:00 p.m. Tickets range from QR 300 to QR 500. Tickets available from Virgin Megastores in Villaggio and Landmark Mall and QMDI Box Offices in Sheration Hotel, Recreation Center, Education City and Souq Waqif.
Filcom Toastmasters Club Sat 9th and 23rd: TBA. The Filcom
Toastmasters Club provides a supportive and multicultural environment where you learn 3-fold communication skills: good listening, confident public speaking in ten seconds of ten days preparation and effective leadership in a wide range of situations. Starts at 7:00 p.m. For more information, call Judith Britten (President) at 608-1900.
Doha Expat Mums and Kids: Mumâ€™s Night Out Tues 19th: Grand Hyatt. Calling all mums!
Kids Cooking Class Sat 30th: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Let your kids get creative in the kitchen with Executive Chef Matthew Morrison. From 10:30 a.m. onwards. QR 145 for children aged 6 years and over. For more information and reservations, 484-8000.
Unwind from the festive season at the newly opened Rocca Restaurant at the Grand Hyatt at 7:30 p.m. Enjoy the diverse cuisine of the Mediterranean and authentic fare from France, Greece, Italy, Morocco, Spain and Turkey prepared in a lively open kitchen and wood-fired oven. For further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.dohaexpatmumsandkids.com
Qatar Quilt Guild Wed 27th: Al Jazi Phase 4 Clubhouse.
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Not for display only. Roger Mandle treats history as a living part of culture.
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Preserving the Future By Jessica Davey-Quantick Photography by Jorell Legaspi
QH catches up with the man behind the Qatar Museums Authority, and finds out what’s lying under the desert sand, and how it can change the way we view history.
e may be displaying history, but Roger Mandle is also creating the future.
As Executive Director of the Qatar Museums Authority, he’s in charge of preserving the past- and that, he says, will dictate what happens next.
school education, reinforcing the sense of Qatari history and pride.” It’s something that many people, even within the country, aren’t aware of. Many people have the impression there wasn’t much going on here, even as recently as 20 years ago.
“I think it’s important that Qatari’s learn about their “Let me correct something: Qatar has always been culture, their history and traditions because as we something important in this region. In fact, even going move into the 21st century, globalism is such an back before the Ottoman times, it was probably the important force, it can take away the strength of a most important port in the silk trade route, located on place and the strength of a unique character of a the Gulf here in Qatar. There is a wonderful history place,” said the Massachusetts native. “And I think of that area that is yet to be told. The excavation what Qatar is trying to do is to discover and enrich its is ongoing right now. One can find Chinese export own culture and place it on the world stage so it can porcelain shards there, one can find all sorts of things share its culture with others. And (with) a strong local that are representative of the fact that this was a culture, it can resist being homogenized and sort of collecting basin for the trade routes from all over the being taken over. I think that’s really important. I think world,” he said. “It’s always been international, it’s that they’ll find that there were much earlier cultures always been a place that celebrated a variety of here than have been previously understood to have cultures including the Qatari one. I think that having inhabited this area. And I think those discoveries will found out that the ancestors of this culture here are show that there was definitely much more civilization much more deeply and long rooted will enhance here, active. Those things will also influence Qatari people’s pride of this area.” 29
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“Let me correct something: Qatar has always been something important in this region.”
That’s the reasoning behind the many cultural and museum projects undertaken by the Museum Authorityfrom the Museum of Islamic Art, which has seen over 300,000 visitors in it’s first year of existence and holds one of the best collections of Islamic art in the world, to the revamped National Museum, due to be opened in 2013.
- Roger Mandle
“What’s really important about having museums here Hopefully, such projects will help to enhance is to help people know more about and respect and understanding of the history of this part of the love their own culture, but to also share their culture world, where civilization started. The earliest books with the rest of the world. To help people who come discovered were written in Sumeria, in what is now here as guests or as tourists to understand what’s Iraq (The Epic of Gilgamesh is still available today, truly important about the Gulf,” said Mandle. “I think and reads like the archetype for most classic tales there’s a real intense pride about Qatar here. Look what to come after it). Islamic philosophers and scientists happens on National Day. The streets are clogged, the discovered many techniques and ideas that we’re parks are full, people turn out, flags are flying from still rediscovering today- in fact, many even claim people’s cars and their windows, it’s really wonderful that the Islamic world had a hand in preserving the to see that kind of passion about the place. And not Christian Bible during the Dark Ages when it would just from Qataris, but from other people who move here have otherwise been lost. That’s a legacy that’s not from all over the world. One of the things I’ve learned just fascinating, but could change how the global about this culture is it’s a fierce culture, one that’s very community views its historical hierarchy. proud of its land. Qatar and its ruling tribal families staunchly defended this land against invaders and tried “It was a particularly rich literary culture. In fact one to keep the culture very strong, and I think that’s still of the other aspects that I think the Museum of very much evident today.” Islamic Art and the Qatar National Museum will portray is the extraordinary literacy and the richness But it’s also a history that didn’t leave much behind. of the culture of the past of these areas. Writing Unlike other ancient civilizations that left monuments became part of (art), in substitute for the human form, visible from space littered around the landscape, what’s on the sides of buildings, in mosques, on ceramics, in Qatar isn’t as immediately visible- but it’s just as rich, it became a decorative element that was really Mandle says. important because it not only had its own decorative style and its own beauty, but it also meant something. “First of all, in Qatar as in (most of the Gulf countries), You could read there, that word and it was often most of the culture was (migratory) or closely attached the word of God,” he said. “When the West was to the sea- fishermen, pearl divers and so on. Most of locked away in its sanctuaries during the middle ages what’s here is small, most of which is transportable, particularly, the Islamic world was rich with learning, most of the things here are utilitarian or semi precious. and scientific discovery and artistic creation and One doesn’t find here in our excavations or in the literary promise. It was an extraordinarily rich collections of people from the area the legacy of time here.” important artifacts like you’d find in other parts of the world. But they are important to this culture, and they And that’s a story Mandle says Qatar is in the perfect do tell a fascinating story of the diverse history of this position to tell. country,” Mandle said. “What’s interesting about it is much of the history of Qatar is oral history. The National “As you can tell from the Museum of Islamic Art, Museum of Qatar will help to create a magnet to collect anything Qatar sets out to do, it will do on a world those stories and collect the history.” stage with the highest quality. It will set standards.”
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BOOK F SPOTLIGHT ON KNOWLEDGE
Whether old or new, don’t let books overwhelm you! Here is our selection based on excellent stories, and good reads– regardless of when it was first published. If these books were written today, they’d be whizzing off Amazon’s virtual shelf. I am Legend
The Count of Monte Cristo
Will Smith be damned, this book is far far better than anything coming out of Hollywood. Stephen King has credited it with restarting the horror genre, and it started talking about a worldwide apocalypse due to disease. The book is like slowly watching someone go insane from loneliness, while at the same time will have you double-checking every lock in your house. And the ending? Breathtaking.
If you like The Shawshank Redemption and revenge fantasies, or think Wentworth Miller is dreamy in Prison Break, you must read this book. It’s the original tale of a jail-break-gone-right, with a heaping helping of revenge, betrayal and pirate-booty on the side.
Les Liaisons Dangereuses
(Dangerous Liaisons) Pierre Choderlos De Laclos A fan of romance novels? If Nora Roberts and Jackie Collins make you twitter, this book will thrill you. With sex, intrigue, romance, betrayal, schemes, and delightfully romantic misunderstandings around every corner, it will make you tingle in all those specials places (we mean your brains- get your mind out of the gutter). You might better know this one as the inspiration for the movie ‘Cruel Intentions’, or the movie itself, ‘Dangerous Liaisons’, which saw Keanu Reeves actually form a facial expression while wearing hose.
Listen: don’t use a phrase unless you actually know what it means. Catch 22 has become synonymous with a no-win situation: and that sums up this whole novel, which takes place in the final years of World War II. It’s a satirical, scything indictment of bureaucratic idiocy– you will find yourself screaming ‘yes, yes, that’s just what that jerk at work / at the bank / in line did!’
The Wasteland T.S. Elliott
Some poetry was due on this list, and T.S. Elliot is the man. The Wasteland is an epic poem, or a collection of several poems, that no one understood when he wrote it and which are still questionable today. And that’s the point: upon each reading, you discover something different. Charting the period between the world wars, it’s a poetic look at the human condition, spanning beautiful love and aging sentiment to horrific war and urban despair.
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The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood’s a Canadian treasure, and her novel, written in the mid-80s (and subsequently made into a really terrible movie but we can’t hold that against her), is a feminist dystopian nightmare that could be all too real. Everyone’s heard of 1984 as THE novel to read about horrible-futures-coming-true, but this one doesn’t just scare you with the ends of extremism. It shows us how we got there. It leaves the reader wondering: what happened to us?
The Prince Machiavelli
The Republic Plato
This has to be on here. Why? Because Plato has literally eaten ever bit of western literary soul since he strapped on a toga. He appears everywhere, and glimpses of him can be caught in most of the books on this list. The entire Matrix’s franchise is just one big bow down to Plato. It’s also one of those books most people will not touch- it looks scary, it looks hard, and it looks boring. Trust us, it’s not.
Want to rule the world? Put down the Tony Robbins and grab some Machiavelli. Written to literally save his job (he was sucking up to his patron), the book lines up how to rule and how to manipulate people into letting you. It coined the phrase ‘it’s better to be feared than loved’ and whether you read it as a satire, or you take it as a guidebook to world domination, it’s fascinating. And maybe should be required reading to get through high school.
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne
Adultery, public humiliation, and betrayed love– sounds like something that would become a Lifetime movie of the week if it were written today. It’s a story that resonates even over centuries. Be prepared to bang your head against the wall in angst.
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Repeat after me: Vampires. Do. Not. Sparkle. Vampire myths have existed for as long as people have been afraid of the dark and things that go bump. Bram Stoker rolled them all together and produced Dracula, drawing together bits of other myths to create one horrifyingly brilliant tale (the whole turn-into-bats thing? The garlic phobia? The sleeping in dirt and possessing a bug-eating minion fetish? All Bram.). This will have you sleeping with a nightlight for weeks, and at no point does the vampire glitter.
The Picture of Dorian Grey Oscar Wilde
Embracing a life of hedonism, with the pursuit of beauty and fulfillment of the senses as the key to life, Dorian Grey sells his soul so a portrait of him will age, rather than himself. On first glance, this is about vanity. But Oscar Wilde would never let the reader off with just one layer- the effects of each choice, good or bad, on his soul appears in the lines of the portrait. Oh, did we mention this book is also hilarious?
Thomas Moore If you want to understand every piece of dystopian sci fi that’s ever been made, from Children of Men to Soylent Green, read this book. Thomas Moore outlines a world that should be perfect, but isn’t. In a moment of extreme Stephen Colbert-ness, he uses this ‘perfect’ society to outline the ills he sees in his own- which still exist today. Carefully read the passages on how they treat prisoners and then try to drive past a gang of laborers. I dare you. 33
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Doha Trade Fair Sun 17th – Sun 24th: Doha Exhibition Centre. Discover Doha Trade
The Simurgh in Islamic Art Wed 13th: MIA Education Centre Classroom, 2nd floor. Get to know more about the modern Persian name for a fabulous, benevolent, mythical flying creature. This conference is going to be presented by Dr. Joachim Gielichs, Museum of Islamic Art Curator. Starts at 6:30 p.m. Entrance is free. For more information, visit www.mia.org.qa
Fair’s brand new concept - evolving from a market souk to become a major trade show offering the latest products from Asia and the Middle East. A few of the items to be featured are bags, shoes, jewellery, furniture and food. Open from 11:00 a.m. till 10:00 p.m. daily and 4:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. on Friday. Entrance is free.
Oil & Gas Pipeline Construction Operations & Maintenance 2010 Mon 25th – Wed 27th: Millennium Hotel Doha. A three-
day event that has a pre-event Masterclass on Pipeline Integrity Management and two-day conference that focuses on uncovering the latest designs and trends in constructing pipelines, adopting proven strategies to rehabilitate and maintain pipeline performance and gauging various methodologies and best practices in pipeline operations to achieve maximum output. For more information, visit www.jfpsgroup.com.cn/Pipeline2010/
Doha International Qatar Book Fair 2010 Projects 2010 Dec 30th - Sat 9th: Doha Exhibition
Mon 25th – Wed 27th: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Experience an event
that comprehensively covers developments in the Qatari energy and nonenergy sectors, bringing together regional and international decision-makers and stakeholders to discuss new projects, issues and trends, and explore the wealth of business opportunities in Qatar’s thriving projects market. For more information, visit www.meedconferences.com
Centre. Considered among the biggest in the region, the 20th book fair in Doha has nearly 100,000 books on display. Grow in knowledge page by page in this massive event for everyone to enjoy. Free entrance. From 9:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. till 9:00 p.m.
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SPOTLIGHT ON FOOD
Nom Nom Nom. As the first Qatari Chef at the Doha Marriott Hotel, Chef Abdulla Abdul Rahman cooked up some memorable traditional treats.
By Allen Smithee
QH catches up with a Qatari chef, who fills our plate with traditional dishes.
hef Abdulla Abdul Rahman may be the first Qatari Chef at the Doha Marriott Hotel, but he hopes he’s not the last.
“Most of the people in the Gulf countries have the same taste, spices to use and ways of cooking. There is not a big difference and most of the Arabic people eat the same dishes with the traditional Arabic bread,” said Rahman.
“For me this is very important as it is part of our own tradition, culture and history. It shows who we are and where we come But there are some quintessentially Qatari from,” he said. “We should never forget our dishes. roots and always live our traditions; so we “Traditional food in Qatar includes a wide do with our food.” range of seafood like shrimp, lobster, tuna, It’s a tradition that’s often overlooked, as red snapper, crab and kingfish. But the most most Middle Eastern restaurants overflow popular traditional food in Qatar is mutton and lamb along with cow or goat milk from with a bounty from Syria, Lebanon, and other countries. yogurt,” he said. “The most favored food as
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“We should never forget our roots and always live our traditions; so we do with our food.” breakfast are olives, yogurt and cheese. For lunch the people of Qatar prefer a heavy meal comprising cold and hot appetizers to start with and then move on to lamb or fish stew, salads and vegetables. The Qataris finish their day with light snacks as dinner.”
make innovative and tasty food variations,” he said. And for expats living in Qatar, there is no better way to experience the culture than through their stomachs.
“Most of the people here in Doha (60% Something else that sets Qatari cuisine apart from most others world wide is who’s expatriates) adapt themselves very well slaving over a hot stove to prepare it. to the Arabic cuisine. The people like the different tastes of the dishes, prepared with the wide variety of herbs, as well “Generally the preparation of the food is frequently done by the Qatari men,” he said. as the Arabic way of eating all the cold starters with the bread,” he said. “Qatari chefs are passionate about their traditional He, like many other chefs, fell in love with the kitchen as a child, learning from his dishes and they enjoy presenting them to parents. Today, he’s trying to incorporate foreigners who have never tasted them before. Whether they are cooking dishes his traditions into modern dishes for international palettes. that go back in time for centuries or brand new modern dishes, Qatari chefs always “There are many chefs who creatively use take pride in what they are doing, and this the essential ingredients and cooking is readily noticeable in the unforgettable process for traditional Qatari dishes and taste of their cooking.”
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Want to bite off a chunk of Qatar? Start with these regional specialties: Harris.
Wheat with Chicken or Lamb cooked until puree with some spices like ghee, pepper and salt
Marghuba. Iranian bread with chicken or vegetable soup
Madruba. Cooked with rice, tomato sauce, and chicken (spicy)
Cooked with meat or chicken and khobs roa (special bread with mixed vegetable and spices)
Chicken or lamb cooked together with rice and spices
Want to give this a whirl at home? Check out www.qatarhappening.com for traditional Qatari recipes!
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Canadian Lobster in La Mer Sundays to Fridays: Ritz-Carlton Doha. The chilly Atlantic Ocean brings out the
best in lobster. Flavoursome yet delicate, cold water lobsters are prized for their taste and texture. Chef John Nash and his team have devised a menu for the month of January that brings out the very best of this denizen of the deep. From 6:30 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information and reservations, call 484-8000.
Wok Mee Steamboat
Musical Moments Wed 13th, 27th: Four Seasons Doha.
Known for its fine contemporary Italian cuisine, excellent selection of wines and tranquil ambience, Il Teatro introduces an additional element to create the perfect dining experience. Gifted musicians Nina Heidenreich and Sonja Park will perform a duet of themed violin and piano recitals during the coming season to make up the perfect trio of food, music and wine. For more information, call 494-8888.
Daily: MĂśvenpick Tower and Suites. Wok Mee Steamboat comes
from the old culinary heritage, where diners choose from an array of fresh and marinated ingredients to dip into a simmering stock. Imagine the fun your family and friends can have as they are being treated to the freshest ingredients, and the aromas of fragrant herbs, as they prepare their own Steamboat at the table. Priced at QR 210 for two guests. For more information, call 496-6600.
100 Meter Gourmet Route Thursdays: Doha Marriott. The hotelâ€™s
six restaurants have banded together to enrich the palate and enhance the dining experience of its guests. The Gourmet Daily: Al Mourjan. Be bold and show off a little with your Route is a culinary journey that evokes culinary savoir faire. The Al Mourjan Lobster has created a buzz an open food market with spectacular amongst foodies in-the-know as one of the tastiest dishes in town. live cooking stations, presenting cuisines To make it even more special make yours a VIP booking complete from China, Japan, India, Southeast with all the little extras. Lunch is 12:00 p.m. onwards, dinner Asia, Middle East as well as Europe and 6:00 p.m. till 1:00 a.m. during weekdays. Open till 2:00 a.m. on America. From 6:30 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. weekends. For more information and to make reservations, call For more information, call 429-8499 or 483-4423 or 604-0290. e-mail DineMarriottDoha@marriott.com
Order to Impress
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A Taste of Australia Thurs 21st - Fri 29th: Grand Hyatt Doha.
Let your palate enjoy the superb produce from the “land down under” specially prepared by guest chef Mike Tafe of Mulwarra Export. Apart from Mulwarra meats, Chef Mike will present his culinary masterpieces using seafood, vegetables and other natural products of Australia at The Grill. For more information, call 448-1234.
Chocolate Indulgence Thursdays: Four Seasons Doha. Chocolate
addicts rejoice as you get the chance to indulge from 3:00 p.m. till 11:00 pm at the Seasons Tea Lounge. Immerse with white chocolate delights and dark chocolate temptations. From gourmet pastries, tarts to cakes and truffles there’s so much that you can sink your teeth into. For more information, call 494-8888.
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Ramada Plaza Doha is truly an oasis of rest and relaxation right in the heart of the city. With 584 individually themed rooms and suites, 20 specialty restaurants and lounges and free WIFI access in all rooms. Not only do we offer easy and speedy access to the major shopping and business centres in our chauffeur-driven Mercedes limousines, but when you return, take some time out to visit our spacious health and leisure facilities. You will be pleasantly surprised.
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QH SENSATIONS EXPERIENCE
Reasons to Fly Escaping to fantastic happening destinations around the world does wonders. Here are some
Concert No. 09: Disney in Concert Fri 15th: Emirate Palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi. Catch a glimpse of the wonderful kingdom of Disney as it unfolds through music and animation from the voices of Abu Dhabi children and London’s Philharmonia Orchestra as conducted by Allan Wilson. Animator Paul Rissman is going to provide a visual journey that will accompany the musical delight.
Global Village Daily: Dubai. Experience
culture from different parts of the world not only through dance and music but also from other forms of exhibitions as well. Go shop until you drop from the numerous Pavilions and get thrills from the rides in the Fun Fare. For more information, visit www.globalvillage.ae
Dubai Shopping Festival Bahrain International Airshow Thurs 21st – Sat 23rd: Bahrain. See a majestic sight of metal and flight with the air carrier aircrafts and business jets, to helicopters and fighter jets. Children’s activities and attractions including a traditional heritage village to explore, local arts and crafts demonstrations to enjoy plus music and other entertainment. For more information, visit www.bahraininternationalairshow.com
Thurs 28th – Feb 28th: Dubai.
Spend a day or two in one of the world’s leading shopping and family entertainment events this year! Not only can you get to experience every shop but if you will it, you can definitely take something home not only for yourself, but to friends and family as well. It’s definitely that time to shop, shop, shop until you drop! For more information, visit www.eidindubai.ae
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There’s something about VERA
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By Jessica Davey-Quantick Photograpphy by Jorell Legaspi
Vera Wang opened at The Pearl-Qatar recently, and QH finds out why we should be aerobicizing our credit cards to get our hands on some of her newest creations.
arrying her Lavender and Ready To Wear lines, the Vera Wang shop at the Pearl showcases the street chic and simple elegance of all the famous designer can do when she puts down the crinoline.
“She’s unique, she uses unique materials, and definitely unique shapes. You’re not going to find the same shapes in the other big names. She knows her materials, so she knows how to layer silk, chiffon, things that you might think ‘that sounds horrible’, they’re magic. They’re magic on the runway, they’re magic in the store, they’re magic on the average person,” said Sarah Champa, general manager. Along with her sister-in-law, Qatari owner Maryah Aldafa, they opened the small shop last month.
Glitter and Gold. Vera Wang combines materials in unique ways to create wearable art.
“I just have a passion for fashion, as cheesy as that sounds. So I thought why not,” said Aldafa. “I just I wanted to bring something back from the States that everyone could benefit from here. And I thought Vera Wang seemed like the perfect choice.” 41
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In tune with Vera. Sarah Champa and Maryah Aldafa opened the Vera Wang shop at The Pearl-Qatar.
“She knows her materials, so she knows how to layer silk, chiffon... they’re magic.” Starting first with Vera Wang evening wear in their mixed-brand store in Royal Plaza, they’ve dived headfirst into Vera Wang’s edgier lines with their allVera-all-the-time shop at The Pearl-Qatar. “ I think the fact she is so creative with her shapes makes her a good brand for everyone,” said Champa. “Lets be honest, some of the other super high end brands are for a very select size and shape. But Vera, she’s more flexible.”
And she means that- unlike many shops, where the fashion might be gorgeous but you’d need an abaya to walk the streets, Vera Wang’s creations, whether ethereal or punk rock inspired, cross both borders and cultural lines seamlessly. “We don’t really have anything that’s super short of spaghetti straps or anything like that, but even the dresses that are up to the knee are very elegant, and I don’t think there would be a sensibility issue in it. A lot of our girls, they love it.” The secret however, is what made her a star in the first place- making women feel like princesses. With her more casual lines, she does it even if they’re not marching down an aisle or wearing a veil. By capturing the duality and versatility of femininity, she’s created a line that can literally take someone from the boardroom to the ballroom, without irony.
Even the store itself is flexible- minimalist in design, Aldafa says it’s meant to reflect the warehouses where the lines originally got their start. “I think femininity is really more very subjective and very individual. Some women find very plain clothes but you That flexibility is what makes Vera Wang one of the accessorize them, that’s feminine. Some women like premier designers for dressing real women, according a little more beading or colourful clothing. I think it is to Aldafa and Champa. And it’s also what makes her very a personal thing. I don’t think there is one sense of such a good fit for Qatar. fashion or one sense of how to be feminine, and that’s the great thing about her clothes. You’ll find something “The problem in Qatar is you have these very top high very plain, and then you can match it to accessories. end brands and then you have the brands that you You’ll find something very colourful, with sequins, and find in the regular malls. There’s a big gap in between, with different colours, and that appeals to different where if you just want nice clothes for everyday or for people,” said Aldafa. formal wear, there’s no where to go in Doha. And that was kind of the motivation behind bringing Vera Wang. Vera Wang is now open at The Pearl-Qatar, featuring Our price range goes from pretty reasonable to pretty Vera Wang scents, perfumes, and Lavender and Ready expensive. So really it is for everyone,” said Aldafa. to Wear lines. 42 JAN 2010 B.indd 42
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Kate as Meggie Folchart: Evening gown, bracelet, necklace worn as tiara and shawl, Valentino. All available at Via Domo, Villaggio
Wor d Play Enter the stacks of timeless tales and pop fiction as larger than life literary characters emerge from between the covers Photography Jorell Legaspi Styling Chantal Mossess Production Manager Nathy Fonseca Photography Assistant Ahmad Oustwan Production Assistants: Jay Panganiban and Paolo Tan Make-Up Debbie Mendez @ MAC Hair Jad Hanna @ Mohamad Al Sagheer Salon Cast Kate Leever, Shallah May Jumangit, Patrick Tatarzyn, Jemina Legaspi, Ivy Ting, Yasmeen Whitice, Valeriya Marinova, Brianna Leever, Tala Shawwa, Elizabeth Massey, Lauren Carnahan, Katie Potter, Kenneth A., Kyle Scribner, Julie McBurney and Mahnoor Mehdi Shot on location at the American School of Doha Library. Special thanks to Steve Leever and Kathy Patterson (ASD) Elaine Potter (Doha Players), La Cigale Hotel and City Lifestyle.
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Twilight Shallah May as Bella Swan: Dress, Dolce & Gabbana. Necklace, Marni. All available at Via Domo, Villaggio Patrick as Edward Cullen: Shirt, Gucci. Jacket and Scarf, D&G. Trousers, Dolce & Gabbana. All available at Via Domo, Villaggio
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Memoirs of a Geisha Jemina as Sayuri: Silver Papillon Dress and crystal belt, Noblesse Oblige. All available at Royal Plaza Ivy as Pumpkin: Pink Papillon Demi Dress, Noblesse Oblige. All available at Royal Plaza
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Harry Potter Kenneth as Harry Potter: Shirt, trousers and tie, Dolce & Gabbana. Jacket, D&G. Scarf, Gucci. All available at Via Domo, Villaggio Katie as Hermione Granger: Shirt, dress, tailored vest jacket and necklace, Vera Wang. All available at Porto Arabia, The Pearl-Qatar Kyle as Ron Weasley: Shirt, trenchcoat and tie, Dolce & Gabbana. Trousers, Gucci. All available at Via Domo, Villaggio
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Nancy Drew Julie as Nancy: Shirt, poncho, bracelet and bag Marni. Skirt, Gucci. All available at Via Domo, Villaggio
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Alice in Wonderland Yasmine as Alice: Dress, coat and bracelets, Vera Wang. All available at Porto Arabia, The Pearl-Qatar
Cakes available at La Cigale Hotel Home decor available at City Lifestyle
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Pride and Prejudice
Lauren, Tala, Elizabeth, Valeriya and Brianna as The Bennet Sisters: Dresses and accessories, Vera Wang. All available at Porto Arabia, The Pearl-Qatar
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One Thousand and One Nights Mahnoor as Scheherazade: Silk dress and harem pants, Noblesse Oblige. All available at Royal Plaza
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Everyone agrees, reading to your kids is a good thing. Kids who read do better in school, and in life (one of our staff members wouldn’t be able to do her job if her dad hadn’t read King Arthur and Sherlock Holmes aloud when she was a kid). It’s crucially important as they reach junior high and high schoolwhen most kids get busier with other activities and more schoolwork, and reading for pleasure goes out the window. But how do you keep them interested and reading as they grow older? Pagemaster.Kathy Patterson knows about books from cover to cover.
Kathy Patterson, Librarian at the American School of Doha says it’s not as hard as you think. 51
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Model reading yourself. If your kids see
you reading, they’re more likely to do it themselves. And, many books cross age gaps- teens and adults can enjoy the same books, so it might even give you something to talk about over the dinner table. Not to mention, many reluctant readers simply don’t have access to books- if your house if full of them, it’s harder to ignore them.
Pay attention to their interests. So your child is addicted to zombie video games? Check out any number of books (like I Am Legend, Frankenstein and many others) on similar topics. Pay attention to all their interests, on and off the page; chances are a book will speak to that.
Offer personal choice. Not every kid will
read fiction. Some will want to read guidebooks, non-fiction books, craft books, and even graphic novels (otherwise known as comic books). The point isn’t what they’re reading, it’s that they’re reading. Kids who read do better in school, have better memory retention, and even sleep better, no matter what they’re reading!
Bestsellers are bestsellers for a reason!
Use TV and movies to motivate kids to pick up books! Your daughter goes all a twitter at The Time Travelers Wife? Your son thinks James Bond is peachy keen? Loads of popular movies were books first- and if they liked the movie, chances are they’ll like the books.
Everyone’s seen Harry Potter and Twilight, but here are QH’s top three picks for young adults. The House of the Scorpion Nancy Farmer
The Book Thief Markus Zusak
Ask questions! Talk to your kids about what they want to read, and feel free to talk to your friendly neighborhood librarian.
The Giver Lois Lowry
Check out www.qatarhappening.com for our full list of top picks for kids and teens!
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SPOTLIGHT ON SPORTS
S I N N E T S N A T I T By Jorge Granda Photos courtesy of Qatar Tennis Federation
The Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2010 hits town this month, bringing with it some of the best menâ€™s tennis players in the world. QH checks out how two of them made it to Qatar. Set to take place from January 4th till the 9th, it brings the best of Menâ€™s Tennis back to Doha. The Main Draw for the 2010 edition of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open will start on Monday January 4th and the final will be held on Saturday January 9th. The Qualifying event for the Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2010 will take place between 2nd and 3rd of January 2010. Matches are scheduled to start from Monday through Thursday at 3:00pm, while the Doubles Final is scheduled for Friday the 8th of January at 4:00pm and the Singles Final on Saturday the 9th of January at 6:00pm. Four matches will be played daily at the center court and many more at the outside courts of the Stadium. There will be 32 players in the main draw while the Doubles will consist in 16 teams. 53 JAN 2010 B.indd 53
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ROGER FEDERER is considered the best tennis player of all time by many sports experts as well as by his colleagues. Last November Federer was crowned ATP World Tour No.1 again, having held the same ranking for a record 237 straight weeks from 2 February, 2004, to 17 August, 2008, before Nadal entered into the picture. Roger Federer was born in Binningen, near Basel in Switzerland. The 28 – year – old holds both Swiss and South African citizenship and grew up close to the French-German borders which allowed him to speak Swiss German, German, French, and English fluently.
From an early age Federer was hypnotized by tennis, watching matches on television for hours and idolizing Boris Becker. Enrolling in school at the age of six, Federer started training mostly as recreation, not knowing it will be his path to success, fame and fortune. Little Federer participated in his first official tennis event when he was eight-yearsold; the event was called The Bambino Cup in Arlesheim. He kept training throughout his childhood and teenage years always dreaming to be the best tennis player in the world. In 1998 he joined the ATP World Tour and finished as No.1 junior in the world, winning
Wimbledon junior and doubles titles. Since then he’s won 15 Grand Slam singles titles, more than any other male player. He is one of six male players to have captured the career Grand Slam. Federer has appeared in an unprecedented 21 career Grand Slam finals, and as of September 2009, has reached the semi-finals or better of the last 22 Grand Slam tournaments, a record streak that spans over five years. Federer also holds the record of reaching 10 consecutive Grand Slam finals and has appeared in 17 of the last 18. As a result of his successes in tennis, Federer was named the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year for four consecutive years (2005–2008).
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is one of Spain’s biggest sports exports. The Spaniard has become a true international tennis phenomenon and reached the status of a celebrity, not only for his great power on the tennis courts, but also for his undeniable charisma and charm. Rafael Nadal was born in Manacor, Majorca the 3rd of June of 1986. Sports run in the Nadal family. One of Rafael’s uncles is a retired soccer player and he also has an uncle who is a tennis coach. By the time Rafael Nadal was 12 years old he was already winning regional tennis championships as well as Spanish and European titles in his age group. Rafael was also very interested in soccer and his father made him decide between the two sports so his education wouldn’t be affected. By the time Nadal turned 14 he was asked by the Spanish Tennis Federation to move to
Barcelona to enhance his tennis career and training. But this offer was turned down by his family as they believed it would hurt his education and his uncle was more than capable to train him. This decision eventually proved to be the right one since Nadal entered the ranking of the World’s top 50 players at age 17. Since then the Spanish tennis player has won six Grand Slam singles titles, the 2008 Olympic gold medal in singles and also was part of the Spain Davis Cup team that won the finals in 2004 and 2009. Nadal is currently ranked World No.2 but he was ranked World Number No. 1 from 18 August 2008 to 5 July 2009. In 2009, he became the first player to simultaneously hold Grand Slam titles on clay, grass and hardcourt. His success on clay has earned him the nickname “The King of Clay.”
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AUTOGR APH SIGNING SESSIONS Meet Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Niko lay Davydenko and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and many other famous players during the autograph signing sessions that will take place during the Championships. Be at the Khalifa Tennis Complex from Januray 4 to 7 at 6:00 p.m. with your signing gear!
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Commercial Bank Qatar Masters Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2010 Mon 4th – Sat 9th: Khalifa Tennis Complex. Witness the skill of
players such as Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Nickolay Davydenko, and many others who are coming to the shores of Doha to seek victory and claim glory. Tickets available at Villaggio, City Center Doha , Landmark Mall and Qatar Tennis Federation. For more information, visit www.qatartennis.org
Thurs 28th – Sun 31st: Doha Golf Club. Scour the greens and catch all the golf action from bogeys to birdies. The total prize money for the tournament is USD 2.5 million. For more information, visit www.qatar-masters.com
22nd QAFCO Open Tennis 2010 Epee Championship Fencing Grand Prix Sun 10th – Feb 5th: Khalifa Tennis Complex.
With around 500 competitors fighting it out in different categories, QAFCO Open Tennis Championship is today the largest sporting event of its kind in Qatar. Entrance is free. To register, visit www.qafco.com. For more information, call 562-5911, 477-1431 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Fri 22nd – Mon 25th: Aspire. Witness
all the grace and skill from a tournament that is open to all male and female fencers holding a FIE licence. The sporting event has a total prize money of USD 33, 000. For more information, call 483-8391.
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ENTERTAINMENT Admiral’s Club
Thursdays and Fridays: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Live up the nightlife! Party with friends all night long with great music and fantastic drinks. Ladies and couples only. Free entrance. Open from 9:00 p.m. till 2:00 a.m.
Thursdays and Fridays: Doha Marriott. Pearl Lounge’s resident DJ Lilo heats up the dance floor and makes everyone grooving and partying to the latest House, R&B, Pop and Arabic tunes he belts out on the decks! Open from 9:00 p.m. till late. For more information, call 429-8499 after 8:00 p.m.
Bollywood Nights Laughter Factory
Sun 10th – Mon 11th: Shehrazad, Ramada Plaza. Come and enjoy the best of international stand-up comedy, featuring world-class comedians from the Comedy Store in London. Guests are guaranteed a giggle! QR 110 per person, includes 1 free drink. For more information and reservations, call 428-1555.
United Rhythm Band
Wed 13th, 27th: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Be entertained by the United Rhythm Band as they perform hits from Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Santana, Stevie Wonder and other well known artists. Starts at 8:30 p.m. Free entrance. For more information, call 484-8000.
Art of Cocktail Making
Fri 15th: Ritz-Carlton Join the Habanos’ team and learn how to make winter warmers for your friends and family to enjoy during the cooler nights in January. Specialties include B-52’s, Irish coffee and Galliano Hotshots. QR 210 per person. Starts at 3:00 p.m. For more information, call 484-8000.
Cooking with Lamb: Interactive Cooking Class
Sat 23rd: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Learn the wonderful things you can create with this tasty meat with Chef Luca. QR 265 per person which includes a three-course lunch. 10:30 a.m. onwards. For more information and reservations, call 484-8000.
Quiz Night Mon 25th: Shehrazad, Ramada Plaza. Bring along your team of 6 to take part in Doha’s favourite Quiz Night. No entry free and great prizes to be won. Why not get your competitive hat on? Come along and have some fun learning interesting trivia with your friends. For more information, call 428-1555.
Saturdays: Doha Marriott. In association with Desertstorm Entertainment, Pearl Lounge goes Bollywood and brings your favourite Indian DJs to Doha dishing out the music you can party to. Open from 9:00 p.m. till late. For more information, call 429-8499 after 8:00 p.m.
Library & Cigar Bar
Daily: Four Seasons Doha. Be daring, roam the globe and try something new. Japan’s traditional flavours such as Toro Tuna in the snack menu and a suitable vino or Japanese Sake will be recommended. Experience the new concoctions with courageous Red Chili or Cinnamon Spice, for a twist on the ordinary. For more information, call 494-8888.
Piano Piano Bar
Daily: Mövenpick Hotel Doha. The EuroAmerican-inspired bar with a modern Wednesdays: Doha Marriott. A night that yet cosy atmosphere, allows you to relax is a definite must for all Arabic music lovers. and enjoy an after-work drink, meet with DJ Imran is the pioneer of Arabic dance colleagues and friends and listen to fine remixes and brings you the weekly Oriental piano tunes. A carefully selected list of Night Fever at the Pearl Lounge! Open from beverages and bar food is on offer. Open 9:00 p.m. till late. For more information, call from 5:00 p.m. till 1:00 a.m. For more 429-8499 after 8:00 p.m. information, call 429-1111.
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WELLNESS Detoxification: Using The Tools of Nutrition
Fri 1st: Six Senses Spa. Methods to safely and carefully begin to cleanse your delicate internal digestive system using intelligent food choices are going to be introduced. Use the foods you choose to regularly refresh and clean your body â€“ from the inside so that you can glow with health on the outside. For more information, call 425-6999.
Slimming in a Healthy Manner
Fri 15th: Six Senses Spa. Get the proper information from the latest FDA Nutrition Science is analyzed to get to the truth about how to balance weight and avoid unnecessary weight gain based on bad food choices. Get to the heart of honest weigh loss food facts. For more information, call 425-6999.
Fri 22nd: Six Senses Spa. Aromatherapy is one of the few external active ingredients that have the ability to penetrate as deep as our blood circulation. Bring about significant and welcomed health benefits in a safe and non-toxic manner. Learn to blend beautifully fragrant and powerful synergistic blends of natureâ€™s finest tonics. For more information, call 425-6999.
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ARTS & CULTURE Painting Abstraction from Drawing
Sun 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st: Waqif Art Center. Participants will be introduced to the world of abstract painting - color interaction, subjective color, abstract color space and paint handling. Also, participants will construct individual studio set-ups to provide the basis for response, encouraging the transformation from depiction to abstraction through different materials, attitudes and ideas about painting. QR 1, 200 per person, which covers all materials except canvasses. From 6:30 p.m. till 8:30 p.m. For more information call 434-0921 or visit www.waqifartcenter.com
Painting, Printing and Dyeing on Silk
Wed 13th, 20th, 27th: Waqif Art Center. This course introduces basic techniques of silk painting, such as stretching the silk on the frame, the use of gutta (outliner), painting on dry and wet silk, salt/sugar/ water effects, and wax techniques. QR 1, 100 per person, which covers all materials. From 8:30 a.m. till 12:30 p.m. For more information call 434-0921 or visit www.waqifartcenter.com
Beginner Painting: Your First Painting Class
Mon 11th, 18th, 25th: Waqif Art Center. This is a beginning class in painting designed for those with little or no painting training. A series of exercises will train the student to master foundation skills. The exercises include rendering the value scale, color theory, watercolor and acrylic painting techniques (under-painting, glazing and impasto), sighting, and composition. QR 1, 200 per person, which covers all materials. From 10:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m. For more information call 434-0921 or visit www.waqifartcenter.com
Metal Clay Jewelry Workshop
Sun 10th, 17th: Waqif Art Center. This workshop will allow students to create their own silver jewelers with silver metal clays. Metal Clay is worked in the same way as ceramic clays-rolled, formed, textured and cut, when is allowed to evaporate and the dry piece is fired, the result is a 99.90% fine silver jeweler. QR 700 plus cost of silver, approximately QR 200, per person. From 8:30 a.m. till 12:30 p.m. For more information call 434-0921 or visit www.waqifartcenter.com
Tues 12th, 19th, 26th: Waqif Art Center. Whatever you’re interested in, from comic strips to book illustrations; this is a good starting point. Learn about drawing face, bodies, people and animals, for comical effect, educational material or to illustrate stories. QR 950 per person. From 6:30 p.m. till 8:30 p.m. For more information call 434-0921 or visit www.waqifartcenter.com
Sculpture with Paper Maché
Sat 16th, 23rd, 30th: Waqif Art Center. This course allows you to exercise your imagination and develop your, perhaps Sun 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st: Waqif Art previously unknown, sculptural skills. Center. Participants will learn about Drawing inspiration from works by artists drawing tools and techniques through such as Nikki de Saint Phalle you will theory and experimentation. The course have the opportunity to construct beautiful, includes: inverted drawing and contour innovative and fun sculptural forms. There drawing, gesture drawing and modeled are no limits to expressive sculptural forms drawing, learning to see and reproduce light, that can be created with paper maché and shadows, texture and basic perspective you will be surprised by the professional rule. QR 950 per person, which covers all results you will be able to achieve. QR 850 materials. From 10:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m. per person. From 10:30 a.m. till 12:30 p.m. For more information call 434-0921 or visit For more information call 434-0921 or visit www.waqifartcenter.com www.waqifartcenter.com
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ARTS & CULTURE QPO Concert
Sat 16th: Aspire Zone, Ladies Club. Hear the wonders of music from the orchestra as conducted by Dmitrij Kitajenko with piano soloist Havard Gimse. Ticket price range: QR 50 to QR 200. Available in Virgin Megastore in Villaggio and Landmark Mall. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesdays: Museum of Islamic Art. Using MIAâ€™s temporary pearl exhibition as inspiration, this workshop will use drawing to explore and record the forms, shapes and colours of various types of pearls and shells. From 4:00 p.m. till 7:00 p.m. in Education Centre, Level M. Pre-booking is essential.For bookings, email email@example.com
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RESTAURANT PROMOTIONS JW’s Steakhouse Express Lunch
Sundays to Thursdays: Doha Marriott. The new JW’s Express Lunch makes the JW’s Steakhouse the perfect venue for a quick, successful, and most tasty Business Lunch from 12:00 noon till 3:00 p.m. For more information, call 429-8499 or email DineMarriottDoha@marriott.com
Voyage around the World!
Sundays to Thursdays: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Lagoon offers a culinary journey around the world each week: barbecue on Saturday, Italy on Sunday, Asia on Monday, Lebanon on Tuesday, Seafood on Wednesday and Fiesta Mexicana on Thursday. It’s the best way to relearn your geography! From 6:30 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. QR 185 per person. For more information, call 484-8000.
Seafood Soiree at Brasserie on the Beach Eye Opener Brunch
Cheese & Vino
Monthly Vino Club Meeting
Chinese New Year Buffet!
Thurs 21st: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Sample Fri 1st: Doha Marriott. Start your New Year with the longest Brunch Buffet in town. cheese and wine from around the world at the La Mer Vino Bar. Learn the art of pairing Various international cuisines await you at and identifying the different varieties the Restaurant Gallery. Kids entertainment of cheeses. QR 265 per person. From make it a pleasant event for the whole family. For more information, call 429-8499 7:00 p.m. till 9:00 p.m.For more information, call 484-8000. or email DineMarriottDoha@marriott.com
Mon 11th: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Yearly membership QR 2,500 and QR 1,350 net for singles. Open to members of La Mer Vino Club only. New members are welcome. From 7:00 p.m. till 9:00 p.m. For more information, call 484-8000.
Tues 26th: Sheraton Doha. Welcome the Chinese New Year with a big bang at the Sheraton! Amazing Chinese delectable dishes take center stage as you celebrate a new prosperous year at Al Hubara Restaurant. From 6:00 p.m. onwards. For more information, call 485-4556 or visit www.sheratondoha.com
Mondays: Four Seasons Doha. Brasserie on the Beach offers a fresh seafood selection in an elegant market- style presentation. A pristine sea harvest display on ice presents local and imported options which our chefs will prepare exactly to your preference, with extensive complementary salads and side dishes from our buffet. For more information, call 494-8888.
Wednesdays: Mövenpick Tower and Suites. With a tantalizing buffet featuring ten kinds of meat, seafood and vegetarian curries from green to red, mild to spicy, the selection will enliven your palate with all the flavours that true curry lovers really want. Taste the spice of life! QR 115 per person, reservations are essential. For more information, call 496-6112.
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RESTAURANT PROMOTIONS Ruby Wu’s and Bombay Balti: Friday Brunch
Fridays: Ramada Plaza. Let the chefs tempt you with fresh seafood, sushi, Chinese, Indian and European specialties. QR 190 per person which includes a little sparkle! For more information, call 428-1555.
Friday Brunch with live music from Doha Jazz Band
Lagoon Friday Brunch
Fridays: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Unwind with friends and family at The Lagoon Restaurant and indulge in a luxurious buffet, live musical performances and a lively yet relaxed atmosphere. QR 250 per adult and QR 125 for children age 6 to 12 years. From 12:00 noon till 3:30 p.m. For more information and reservations, call 484-8000.
Friday Brunch at Brasserie on the Beach
Fridays: Four Seasons Doha. Book your favourite table at the Brasserie’s outdoor terrace overlooking the beach and enjoy a feast of delectable dishes prepared to perfection. Special attention is given to younger guests with a special kiddies menu as well as a fun activity corner to ensure that it is the little ones who have the most fun. The ultimate brunch experience from noon till 4:00 .pm. For more information, call 494-8888.
Fridays: W Doha. Spice up your weekend. Add some flavor to your weekend with the delicious “all-you-can-eat” Friday offer at Spice Market - delectable Southeast Asian food by Chef Vongerichten accompanied by complimentary bubbly, coffee, tea, soft drinks and signature Spice Market beverages. From 12:00 noon till 4:00 p.m. QR 260 per person including bubbly or QR 190 with fruit juices. For more information, call 453-5363 or 453-5135.
Breakfast Feast on Fridays
Fridays: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and there is no better way to enjoy it than at Admiral’s Club while sitting on the terrace surrounded by the serene views. Breakfast includes Spanish omelettes, steak and eggs, eggs benedict, pastries and waffles and plenty of coffee! Now that’s what you call breakfast! From 10:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. For more information, call 484-8000.
Fridays: W Doha. Here’s a yummy thought – Friday Brunch at Market, Chef Jean-Georges’ casual kitchen, a re-imagination of modern dining in a simple, elegant setting. Watch fresh local produce and ingredients come together splendidly in the Mediterraneaninspired show kitchen, where global gastronomy has found its home in modern takes on comfort food complemented by cool and stylish live entertainment. From 12:00 noon till 4:00 p.m. QR 260 per person including bubbly. For more information, call 453-5373 or 453-5135.
Friday Brunch Forever!
Fridays: Sheraton Doha. Treat your family with sumptuous brunch only at the Al Shaheen Rooftop Restaurant. Exquisite cuisine, live performances, and impeccable service create a perfect experience for everyone to remember. QR 220 per person, QR 250 with bubbly. From 11:00 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. For more information, call 4854556 or visit www.sheratondoha.com
Weekend Family Brunch
Fridays and Saturdays: Mövenpick Tower and Suites. The brunch buffet features dishes from across all continents including the freshest seafood, meats, salads and desserts that will leave you truly spoiled. Indulge yourself while the children are taken care of by our caring and attentive team. QR 185 per person. Children between 6 to 12 are half price and those under 6 years are free. For more information, call 496-6600.
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Weekend Gallery Brunch
Fridays and Saturdays: Doha Marriott. Enjoy a lavish weekend brunch and spoil your taste buds from 12:00 noon till 3:00 p.m. An array of cuisines is offered featuring Asia Live!, Corniche, All’ Aperto, Taj Rasoi and Salsa. Don’t worry about your little one as they are going to be entertained in the kid’s club. For more information,call 429-8499.
Lebanese Lunch at Brasserie on the Beach
Saturdays: Four Seasons Doha. Meet at the crossroads of East and West every Saturday to enjoy a sumptuous feast of a remarkable assortment of Lebanese dishes created by our team of Chefs. Arrive early and stay late to surround yourself with the music, aroma and flavours of the Middle East with a Mediterranean twist. For more information, call 494-8888.
Express Lunch at Market by Jean-Georges
Saturdays to Thursdays: W Doha. Choose your starter, main course and desert and savour Chef Vongerichten’s signature dishes in only 30 minutes! The finest dining express lunch ever! QR 80 for a three-course menu per person. From 12:00 noon till 4:00 p.m. For more information, call 453-5373 or 453-5135.
Express Lunch at Spice Market
Saturdays to Thursdays: W Doha. If you’re always in a rush, why not try Chef Vongerichten’s delectable Southeast Asian signature dishes in half an hour? QR 80 for a three-course menu per person. From 12 noon till 4:00 p.m. For more information, call 453-5363 or 453-5135.
Sunset Tea: Al Fresco Style
Daily: Al Mourjan. Fresh juices including the signature Al Mourjan Splash, a selection of Turkish coffee, espresso concoctions, sweets and ice cream or savoury appetizers accompany aqua seaside views, soft afternoon hues and an unforgettable eclectic mix of oriental music. Bring a friend or a book and discover the secret to transforming a lazy afternoon into a soul nourishing experience from 3:00 p.m. till sunset. For more information and to make reservations, call 483-4423 or 604-0290.
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RESTAURANT PROMOTIONS Theme Nights at The Cafe Restaurant
Daily: InterContinental Doha. Enjoy a different theme every night of the week from 7:00 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. Saturdays are Seafood night for QR 215. Mondays usher in a Far Eastern buffet with specialties from Thailand, China, Japan and Malaysia for QR 195. Tuesdays are Uniquely Persian with Iranian specialties for QR 195. Wednesdays offer South Indian cuisine for QR 195 and Thursdays offer up Phoenician night with Lebanese specialties for QR 195. All prices include a house beverage. For more information, call 484-4444.
Daily: Mövenpick Hotel Doha. Be enticed in a vast culinary cruise that features a different culinary theme each night. Cozy, diverse and tasty are just a few of the things that you’ll surely experience. It is definitely worth a visit. Open from 6:30 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information, call 429-1111.
Daily: Mövenpick Hotel Doha. Indulge in a great selection of homemade cakes and pastries, complemented with the finest hot and cold beverages. Just try the signature Mövenpick coffees and teas, Turkish coffee, a daily variety of fresh juices and, of course, our famous Mövenpick ice cream. Open from 6:30 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information, call 429-1111.
Daily: InterContinental Doha. Absorb the Fish Market’s panoramic view of West Bay and the Arabian Gulf and get away from the hustle and bustle of a pulsing Doha. Choose your favourite fish, seafood and vegetables from the display in our market style concept. Take some time to journey through the kitchens of Asia with some guidance from our culinary team. For more information, call 484-4444.
All’ Aperto 3-Course-Dinner Menu
Daily: Doha Marriott. The Italian Restaurant All’ Aperto offers a casual Italian dining experience which is perfect for family meals or corporate events. This month, let the culinary team spoil your taste buds with a special authentic Italian three-course-dinner menu and enjoy the rustic ambiance and impeccable service from 6:30 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. For more information, call 429-8499 or email DineMarriottDoha@marriott.com
Seafood Dinner Buffet
Daily: Doha Marriott. Tempt your appetite every evening with a delectable seafood buffet at the Mediterranean Corniche Restaurant from 6:30 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. It features the best variety of seafood favourites and regional specialties. For more information, call 429-8499 or email DineMarriottDoha@marriott.com
Daily: Mövenpick Tower and Suites. Come in and take a pause from the day and refresh your senses with a menu of Herbal Iced Teas. With flavours such as Cardamon for digestion, Chamomile for relaxing, Mint for vitality, Thyme for the immune system, or Ginger for circulation. There’s also an Iced Tea menu that will taste terrific and have you feeling even better in no time. For more information, call 496-6600.
It’s A Quick Business Lunch at the La Veranda!
Daily: Sheraton Doha. Brainstorm and collaborate over an extraordinary business lunch! For the whole month of January 2010, La Veranda Italian Restaurant offers you a quick business lunch created by a phalanx of culinary experts which will surely be on top of your agenda. From 11:00 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. For more information, call 485-4556 or visit www.sheratondoha.com
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Award Winning Taste
Daily: Al Mourjan. Discover why regulars favour the Al Mourjan award winning mixed barbeque flavour. Recent winner of the Qatar Today Best Restaurant Award, Al Mourjan comes out on top with the people’s vote. Tasting is believing, be your own judge. Lunch is 12:00 p.m. onwards, dinner 6:00 p.m. till 1:00 a.m. during weekdays. Open till 2:00 a.m. on weekends. For more information and to make reservations, call 483-4423 or 604-0290.
Your Choice of Prawns & Delightful Combinations
Daily: Sheraton Doha. Al Shaheen Rooftop Restaurant, a cuisine for connoisseurs, discerns the exquisite prawn specialties artfully prepared by our Master Chef and served in an exotic atmosphere. A unique dining experience to be savoured to the fullest. From 7:00 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. For more information, call 485-4556 or visit www.sheratondoha.com
JW’s Steakhouse 3-Course-Dinner Menu
Daily: Doha Marriott. In addition to the general a la carte menu, the JW’s Steakhouse Chefs will now also offer you different 3-course-menus for a memorable dining experience with mouth-watering flavors in every bite. Experience the exclusive gentlemen’s club feeling, serving US PRIME Certified Angus Beef from 6:30 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. For more information, call 429-8499 or email DineMarriottDoha@marriott.com
Daily: InterContinental Doha. Winner of Qatar Today’s 2008 - 2009 Best Continental Cuisine. An exciting blend of modern Italian cooking with some classic favourites. Enjoy an aperitif with live Italian entertainment and stylish décor that provide just the right ambience for any occasion. Open from 6:00 p.m. till 12:00 a.m. For more information, call 484-4444.
Friday and Saturday Brunch in West Bay. Truly a treat for the whole family, Animato offers the best Friday and Saturday brunch. Join us for all your favourite dishes including breakfast items, main dishes and live cooking stations and of course tempting desserts from the international buffet. There is no need ot worry about the children as they have their own buffet and play room as well as access to the swimming pool – plenty to keep them entertained as you while away the afternoon.
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Book Swap at Coffee Morning
Mon 4th: Starbucks, Landmark Mall. Have a coffee and a chat and bring a book and swap it for another book that someone else has bought. It’s free and the only rules are that you don’t expect to get the book back and that you have to bring a book to receive a book. From 10:00 a.m. till 12:00 noon. For further information please email email@example.com or visit www.dohaexpatmumsandkids.com
Talking Matters Toastmasters Club
Mon 11th and 25th: Les Roses 1 Compound. Develop into an excellent communicator and an effective leader. Membership is open to all. For more information, call Farri Mashudi at 662-4007.
Coffee Morning All Welcome!
Mondays: Starbucks, Landmark Mall. Like it says, anyone and everyone is welcome. You don’t have to be pregnant, a new mom or new to Doha. If you just need a good excuse to get out of the house, and want a trip to the mall, then come one come all from10:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m. For more details, visit www.dohaexpatmumsandkids.com
New Arrivals Coffee
Tuesdays: TBA. Whether you are new to Doha, new to Doha Expat Mums and Kids or just want to welcome someone who is, please join Expat Mums and Kids for for a casual coffee! Locations vary. Children are welcome and there’s no need to RSVP. For more details, visit www.dohaexpatmumsandkids.com
Doha Expat Mums & Kids Coffee for Mums only
Tuesdays: The One, Landmark Mall. Need a break from the kids? Join other mums for a kid-free get-together. For more details, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.dohaexpatmumsandkids.com
Expectant & New Mums Coffee
Thursdays: TBA. Join other new mums and mumsto-be to talk “all things baby”! Enjoy coffee and chats from 10:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m. Location varies. For more details, visit www.dohaexpatmumsandkids.com
All Ages Saturday Playgroup in the Park
Saturdays: Dahl Al Hamam Family Park. It’s family time with Doha Expat Mums & Kids! Pack the picnic, roll up the rug and bring the family near Landmark Mall. Starts at 10:00 a.m. and there is no need to RSVP - just be sure to come along! For more details, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.dohaexpatmumsandkids.com
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of entertainment, restaurant and cinema listings.
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Y A D L A N O NATI Qatar celebrated its National Day on December 18th with parades, fireworks, and activities. Vodafone and ILoveQatar organised family activities at Aspire park, while spectators lined the streets to watch the grand military parade and airshow on the Corniche. Parade photos by Ahmad Oustwan.
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NANCY AJRAM & FARES KARAM
The Doha Marriott welcomed two world-renowned Lebanese singers in November, rocking the beach and turning up the heat even as the winter temperatures drop. Photos courtesy of Doha Marriott.
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GERMAN HIP HOP CONCERT As part of the German Cultural Festivities, THI Promotion and Urban Stars Night presented Dohaâ€™s first Hip Hop and RnB open air festival, featuring five German artists at the Aspire grounds. A packed crowd popped and locked with great enthusiasm.
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ONE PORTO ARABIA OPENING One Porto Arabia was formally opened on Wednesday, 9th December, becoming the first building to be available for lease on The Pearl-Qatar. The magnificent Gala Dinner, complete with fire dancers, was held onsite at One Porto Arabia and was attended by members of Alfardan family as well as other VIP guests.
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l2 e v e L I P M r o f y a D Graduation gram o r P g n i n i a r T t n e Event Managem
Held in association with QMDI, participants were exposed to international standards of project management and logistics and worked in teams to successfully pitch global event concepts and plans. Suzanne Grant, managing partner of The Art of Business, shared a graduation message on the role of leadership within the planning and operational phases of events.
DOHA MARRIOTT HOTEL'S FOOD
The Doha Marriott Hotelâ€™s culinary team organized Fun Food For Kids Day to promote healthy eating at the Park House English School in November. Students got up close and personal with chefs, learning healthy recipes, nutrition and food guidelines. Photos courtesy of Doha Marriott Hotel. 75 JAN 2010 B.indd 75
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MYKONOS & LAVA OPENING InterContinental Doha officially launched their latest venues with a splash in December. Mykonos features Mediterranean favourites with a twist, while Lava heats things up as Dohaâ€™s first mixology hotspot.
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W O H S K N U R T Y M H AZZA FA Renowned Egyptian Jewelry designer, Azza Fahmy, presented her latest collection at an exclusive trunk show at the Zai flagship store. Guests marvelled at fabulous oriental pieces with ornate Arabic calligraphy motifs and designs.
EXXONMOBIL ENERGY OUTLOOK SEMINAR
ExxonMobil presented the outlook for energy from the present to the year 2030 at the Four Seasons Hotel recently. HE Abdullah bi Hamad Al-Attiyah, Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and Industry welcomed dignitaries and distinguished guests to the conference. 78 JAN 2010 B.indd 78
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Turquoise is the colour of the evolved soul. It has the ability to inspire you to accomplish your goals and believe in yourself. It encourages inner healing by enhancing empathy and caring. Add turquoise to your life and you will gain the power to believe in your dreams. By Moona Masri-Whitice, MBA Dewey Color Instructor and Consultant
Nature of Turquoise: Studies in colour psychology show that turquoise is a colour that controls and heals human emotions, creating emotional balance and stability. It radiates peace, calm and tranquility because of its blue undertones while balancing the nature of potential growth of green with the uplifting energy of yellow. The colour is believed to heighten intuitive ability and open the door to spiritual growth. In fact, Native Americans believed the stone recharged human spirits during times of mental stress and tiredness, alleviating feelings of loneliness.
A combination of blue and a bit of yellow, turquoise fits in on the colour scale between green and blue. By nature, it is a calming cool hue that inspires relaxation and confidence. Why do you think this colour is traditionally used most in spas as a choice for their walls and accessories? Spa practitioners strongly believe you only have to focus on the colour turquoise, whether on a wall or clothing, to feel instant calm and gentle invigoration, ready to face the world all over again!
Wearing Turquoise: For spring 2010, the most desirable
colour will be tropical turquoise, naturally evoking feelings of calm ocean waters and tranquil beach vacations. The amazing colour looks best in combination with warm grays and dark chocolate browns. Vibrant bright colours add a sense of excitement: especially when set against practical neutrals like gray and brown.
To add pizzazz to any turquoise ensemble add an accessory in a hot pink, orange or coral red. Also, don’t forget that blue jeans and a turquoise top will look extremely appealing. If you have never used turquoise in your wardrobe or are a little afraid of the colour, then buy an amazing accessory in cool blue and turquoise tones and match it to your shoes and purse!
Using Turquoise: When using this colour in your home, cool it down with grey to give the area a cool spa-like relaxing atmosphere or warm it up by combining it with orange and coral red. Famous already is the combination we see everywhere of chocolate brown.
The more you like turquoise, the more you will strive to make your dreams a reality.
The less you like turquoise,
the more difficult it is for you to believe you are capable of achieving your dreams.
The Dewey Color System® is the world’s only validated, color-based, personality testing instrument. It’s the first proven system that scientifically predicts the recognized major psychometric personality factors without language. www.deweycolorsystem.com
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QH JAN 10 INSIDE BACK COVER.pdf