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CONTENTS SPOTLIGHT ON... ENTERTAINMENT 14 Big Mouth Makes Big Splash 16 A Sunday Night Sensation ARTS & CULTURE 22 Discover Machu Picchu at Katara


COMMUNITY 26 A Common Space for Creativity 28 Doha Trade Fair 2011

World 9-Ball Championship Qatar 2011 This prestigious event comes to Doha for the second year in a row. QH gives you the inside scoop.

FOOD 32 Magical Megu Moments 34 The Italian Challenge 36 Out of the Blue HEALTH AND WELLNESS 40 Scrub Stress Away! 42 The Road to Serenity



SPORTS 57 A Place with Happy Faces 60 Start Your Engines 62 Feel the Colours of Barcelona



Get Fit! The best ways to get in shape this summer.




High Tea Roundup


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Ultimate Summer Playlists 46 Fill your iPod with our

ultimate summer playlists


Reasons to Fly 54 Our pick of top destinations

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FROM THE DESK OF THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Summer is officially here! Here at QH, we couldn’t be more excited. Summer represents a great opportunity to enjoy all the indoor activities Doha has to offer. This month, we spoke with the talent at some of the best places in Doha to enjoy an evening of great music, including Big Mouth, the resident band at Paloma at InterContinental Doha and DJ Roger Choueiry, the resident DJ at La Cigale. We also took the opportunity to check out some beautiful art this month at the latest exhibition at Katara Cultural Village. QH found out what motivated the Ambassador of Peru to Qatar to bring an exhibition on Machu Picchu to Doha. On the fashion front, we tried our hand at Do It Yourself (DIY) fashion, creating some unique looks you can recreate at home. Or, use our tips for inspiration to create your own special designs! The sports scene in Qatar remains strong despite the heat, with the focus shifting towards indoor sports. We spoke with Hans Bylemans, the man behind the concept of Qmotion, a multi-cultural private organization focusing on sports and recreational activities for expat families. We also got an inside look at the World 9-Ball Championship Qatar 2011. This prestigious event came to Qatar for the first time last year and is now an integral part of the world pool scene. With an abundance of amazing new restaurants opening in Qatar every month, we continue to check out some of the greatest fare offered around the city. We had a great time sipping tea and sampling scones for our high tea roundup. We also took on the challenge of 11 courses of fabulous Italian food at Bice, sampled international cuisine at the new restaurant Blue, located in Grand Heritage Doha Hotel and Spa, and immersed ourselves in Japanese culture at the new Doha hotspot Megu. One of the things we are most excited for this month is the launch of our photo contest with Creative Commons. QH and Creative Commons have teamed up to showcase talented amateur and professional photographers in Doha. Interested photo buffs can submit their photos to Creative Commons; the winner of the contest will have their photo on QH’s September cover. For more details about the contest or to submit your own brilliant photos, check out Thanks for reading.

Nasser Ahmed Hassan Bilal Editor-in-Chief

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Publisher: The Art of Business Chairman: Ahmed Hassan Bilal Editor-in-Chief: Nasser Ahmed Hassan Bilal Executive Director: Moona Masri-Whitice Executive Editor: Sydnee Bryant Senior Correspondent: Jorge Granda Contributors: Victoria Scott,Nitya Shukla, Jean-Marie Unger Copy Editors: Sylvia Cole, Greg Weston Senior Art Director: “Boby” Ildiko Francia Photographer: Mikhail Quijano Graphic Designers: Paolo Kurtis Tan, Mikhail Quijano Finaliser/Production Manager: Srimani Welagedara New Media Manager: Jay Panganiban Business Development Consultant: Kristina Helg Distribution & Accounts: Lanie Fillo-Pana Distribution Assistant: Jaya Gautam Have Your Say: Feedback and comments are always welcome. Please forward letters to the editor: Email: Call Details: Inquiries: Marketing: Fax:

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ON THE COVER 'Front of house' audio mixer at the Bull & Gate pub in Kentish Town, north London by Biggerbyfar (via This file is licensed under the Creative Commons AttributionShare Alike 2.5 Generic license.

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Sydnee, The Editor

Summer is here and it’s hot, hot, hot! When we weren’t busy picking out new swimsuits and sipping frozen margs, we were checking out ways to keep cool and have fun indoors. We checked out several clubs to find out about the great live music they offer, dusted off our yoga mats and tried a variety of indoor fitness classes and put our iPods on repeat to create the ultimate summer road trip playlist. We also cut our leggings in half, dyed our jeans and found new uses for safety pins in order to spruce up our summer wardrobes while saving money with DIY fashion. One thing we are looking forward to is the new exhibit at Katara featuring photos of Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. We hope you love it as much as we do.

Mikhail, Photog

Jay, Interwebs guy

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Feeling the need to spoil yourself? Try some of our new favourite things.

Powerful Pigments

Bronze Goddess

Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Sea Star Bronzing Blush combines two essential makeup For bold, stay-put eye shadow steps into one, streamlining colour, try MAC Stylishly Yours our morning beauty routine. Pigment in Follow Your Fancy. The compact contains a light, Designed to have the most shimmery bronze powder, intense colour packed into a designed to look like lines of small package, this pigment sand, and a starfish-shaped truly delivers great colour that section of light pink blush. doesn’t fade. And since the formula is so densely pigmented, Swish a bronzer brush over the compact to mix the bronzer and you only need a tiny amount blush, then sweep onto your to create a look worthy of a cheekbones, forehead and the magazine cover. We love its bridge of your nose to create versatility (wear it alone or an easy-breezy, sun-kissed with another shade to design summer look. By putting two new looks) and its longevity. useful powders in one compact, We mixed Follow Your Fancy, this bronzer blush is both a daring red pigment, with a economical and space-saving, gold eye shadow to create a beautiful but hardcore look that a combination as irresistible as our new faux glow. Available stayed put all night. Available at Estée Lauder counters at MAC stores at Villaggio and across Doha. Landmark Mall.

Peony and Python

Dreams Unlimited

The Bobbi Brown Peony and Dreams Unlimited fragrance by Python Palette is excellent for The Body Shop smells light and creating both soft daytime fresh, like summer breeze in a eyes and smoky nighttime bottle. Inspired by the idea of eyes. Housed in an adorable “life’s endless possibilities,” this python-patterned case, the eau de parfum contains notes palette includes six shades of ranging from citrus and green eye shadow and two brushes. chili to white flowers and soft Create a traditional smoky cedarwood, not to mention a eye using Eclipse or do a hot few fresh aquatic notes. The variation on a normal smoky fragrance is lovely without eye look by using Plum Orchid being overwhelming and smells or Cobra. For a soft, neutral look, even more delightful every time you take a whiff. Perfect for try out Opal or Cool Ivory. For a romantic summer evenings a splash of fun colour, swipe spent outdoors, surrounded by on some Lavender, a metallic the very flowers the perfume shade that looks great on any features. This will become your skin tone. We love this palette’s go-to fragrance for the summer, funky, fierce vibe, beautiful and might even last you through packaging and handy mirror. the whole year. Available at The This palette is available at 4U Body Shop at Villaggio and City Perfumery at City Centre Mall. Centre Mall.

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Setting Up and Sustaining Your Creative Practice Workshop VCUQatar Until the 4th

Iron Plate Menus at Asia Live! Doha Marriott Daily

James Bond Brunch W Doha

Maher El Basha, the One-Man-Show La Cigale Mondays to Saturdays

Salvatore Accardo’s Beethoven and Vivaldi Opera House, Katara

1 Empowerment for Mid-level Creative Professionals Workshop VCUQatar Until the 8th


Summer Collection 2011 part 1 Al Markhiya Gallery Until the 30th

Alfredo Palmero Exhibition Grand Hyatt Doha Until the 12th

Cooking Class at Pampano The Pearl-Qatar

Espresso Lunch Four Seasons Doha Saturdays to Thursdays

Artsy Summer Kempinski Doha Mondays

Make it Gold! Museum of Islamic Art Sundays and Thursdays

6 Ice Cream Buffet Wyndham Grand Regency

Chinese Whispers Sharq Village and Spa Until the 11th

Flavourful Nights Safir Doha Sundays to Wednesdays and Fridays

Exclusive Asian Night Oryx Rotana

12 Father’s Day at The Cellar Oryx Rotana Indian Food Fiesta at Lagenda Holiday Village Doha Daily


Ian Carey InterContinental Doha

Art of Cocktail-Making Class Ritz-Carlton Doha

The Object Speaks for Itself Museum of Islamic Art

9 Smoothie Extravaganza Sharq Village and Spa Until the 30th “Ladies Only” Cinema at Aspire Aspire Zone – Ladies Club Thursdays to Saturdays



Qatar National Road Racing Champinoship: Race 7 Losail International Circuit H.H. The Emir Volleyball Cup Final Al Arabi Club Lunch at Belgian Café InterContinental Doha Fridays

Mediterranean Night Kempinski Doha

Bentley’s Grill’s New Menu Ramada Plaza Daily

Pizza & Pasta Night Merwebhotel Central Doha Thursdays

Master J VS Roger Choueiry La Cigale Fridays

Quiz Night Ramada Plaza



M-Lounge’s Bollywoods Night and Happy hour Merwebhotel Central Doha Daily

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Seafood Soiree Four Seasons Doha Thursdays


Arabic Showpieces Opera House, Katara


Curry Night Mövenpick Tower and Suites Wednesdays

World 9-Ball Championship Qatar 2011 Al Sadd Sports Club Until July 2nd


Friday Asian Brunch Holiday Villa Doha Fridays

Whose Line is it Anyway? Ramada Plaza


Jazzy Saturdays Grand Hyatt Doha Saturdays


Our Arabic Alphabet! Museum of Islamic Art Mondays and Wednesdays

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Losail International Circuit Track Day for Bikes and Cars Losail International Circuit 3rd and 10th

Introduction to Anusara Yoga by Jonas Westring Yama Yoga Studios Until the 4th


Weekend Family Brunch Mövenpick Tower and Suites Fridays and Saturdays


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Fadi Harb Doha Marriott Happy Hour Ritz-Carlton Doha Daily






It’s All About Kebabs Sharq Village and Spa Thursdays to Saturdays


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QH RECOMMENDS Glee Geeks! The cast of Glee continues to dominate the musical world with their spunky remakes of songs from their hit show. GLEE The Music Season Two Volume 5 is an epic CD, with a variety of spectacular versions of killer songs, including the perky combination of Thriller and Heads Will Roll, the Prince classic Kiss, Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now and Katy Perry’s inspiring hit Firework. The Glee crew manages to redo old favourites, usually without ruining them, in addition to introducing us to songs we didn't already know, like Get It Right and Loser Like Me. The soundtrack rolls from fast-paced, high-energy tracks to sweet ballads, providing the perfect mix to get you through your day. Available through Sony Music.

Delhi Devil Every flirty sip of the Delhi Devil mocktail at Asha restaurant is a delight. This sweet, fizzy beverage is so refreshing and quenches your thirst while pleasing your taste buds. The beverage concocters start by muddling pomegranates and mint together, then add in lemon juice, ginger syrup and grenadine. This fizzy treat is topped off with 7UP and soda water to balance out the sweetness of the pomegranates. We love this antioxidant-rich drink for its fabulous use of pomegranates and its light and tangy taste. The Delhi Devil mocktail is available at Asha restaurant, located in Villaggio Mall.

Moisture Surge For a summer look that is polished without looking too “done,” try Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15. This lightly tinted moisturizer is incredible not only because it means applying one super lotion instead of slathering on sunscreen, moisturizer and foundation, but also because it lessens the amount of stuff you have spackled on your face. Tinted moisturizer allows your natural beauty (hello freckles!) to come through while evening out skin tone and creating a more flawless face. The lotion feels light on skin, goes on smooth and stays on in the heat, making it perfect for both day and night.

Strawberry Sensations Sink your teeth into the amazing strawberry éclair at PAUL for a summer treat that is fresh, light and oh-so-satisfying. This fabulous éclair is soft and sweet, with a cream filling and plenty of fresh strawberries. Every bite equals immeasurable pleasure. The luscious cream mingles with the sweet strawberries, resulting in a yummy dessert that is simple but delectable. This is the ideal summer dessert – not too heavy but still hearty and satisfying. The strawberry éclair is available at PAUL, located in Villaggio Mall.


Best High Tea

We are happy to announce that the winner of the QH Lifestyle Award for Best High Tea is the T Lounge at Four Seasons Doha. Their lovely atmosphere, delightful scones and amazing sweets elevate a cup of tea into a wonderful afternoon experience. Check out our High Tea Roundup in this issue to find out about the best high teas offered in Doha. 13

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By Sydnee Bryant

Live music is a rare treat in Doha, a land of DJs and iPods. Fortunately, the international band Big Mouth hits the stage in Paloma at InterContinental Doha six nights a week from now until August to provide music lovers with strong beats and smooth vocals.


ig Mouth is a band that clearly loves playing together. The young group, who arrived in Doha in May, caused quite a stir at The Big Day Out, the two-day outdoor music festival at InterContinental Doha. Now, Big Mouth is the resident band in Paloma at InterContinental Doha Sundays to Fridays.

The four friends don’t take themselves too seriously and joke around on stage before and during their set at Paloma. Beautiful blonde vocalist Tamara Seeley croons hits ranging from To Make You Feel My Love to I’ll Stand By You. Seeley is backed up by Ste Burke on vocals and guitars, John Scott on bass guitar and Mark Bottomley on drums. Burke also takes the lead on vocals once in awhile, making the ladies swoon with his version of songs like the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ hit City of Angels.

QH chatted with the friendly band before one of their performances to find out how they got started and their plans for the future. WH: How did the band get started? BM: Ste and John met in England a few years ago. Since then, they met Mark and went to play on a cruise ship, met Tamara and the rest is history. QH: How long have you been playing together for? BM: All together, we have been playing together since December 2010. QH: Is this your first time in Qatar? BM: Yes

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“We all think we have the best job in the world, so to continue as we have been doing is what we aim for.” QH: How long will you be playing in Paloma for? BM: We’ll be here until Ramadan. QH: What kind of show can the audience expect? BM: A really good one! Always entertaining. QH: How would you describe your sound?

crowd, a big stage … great after party with Hoobastank, Toploader, etcetera. Our favourite ever would have to be a New Year celebration, on the beach again, but this time at the Burj al Arab in Dubai. Great atmosphere and amazing fireworks. We generally love playing in the Middle East. QH: What is it like playing in Qatar compared with U.K.?

BM: We love it here. The U.K. can be fun too but the people in Doha have all really BM: We are a proper live band: guitar, bass, welcomed us in and it’s great to feel part of drums. Our sound is simple but effective. a growing city.

QH: What differentiates you from other bands? BM: We never take ourselves seriously at all. We love to play music of any kind and always enjoy it, and our priority is that the crowd enjoys it as much as we do. QH: Tell us about some of your most memorable performances? BM: The Big Day Out on the beach at the InterContinental just after we arrived here was a great one, to be honest. Great

QH: What are your plans for the rest of 2011? BM: Hopefully we can carry on building our reputation in Doha, and get Paloma recognized as the best place in town to see live music. QH: Where would you like to be in five years? BM: We want to improve as a band and see where it takes us. We all think we have

the best job in the world, so to continue as we have been doing is what we aim for. QH: What is your favourite thing about performing? BM: The people in Paloma are great so we’ll have to say that’s the best thing about it at the moment. QH: What are some of the challenges you face as a band? BM: Being in a band is easy! We’re constantly learning new songs to keep everyone interested so we always push ourselves musically in that way. QH: If you could collaborate with any artist, living or dead, who would it be? BM: We all come from a really varying musical background so it’s hard to name one person for us all! Stevie Wonder is the one name we all agree on. Between us though, there is Jimi Hendrix, Whitney Houston, Bob Marley, Metallica … so many different influences.

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By Sydnee Bryant

Madison Piano Bar is revitalizing Sunday nights, making the once-boring night of the week an opportunity to enjoy great music and fabulous company. QH takes a look at this hidden hot spot and the man behind the lounge’s famous DJ night, DJ Roger Choueiry.


very Sunday night, a continuouslygrowing group of music lovers is converging on La Cigale to settle down into the plush settings of Madison Piano Bar. The piano bar is part club, part lounge, with the biggest piano in the world settled in the middle of the room, an always-full bar and a comfortable amount of tables nestled into the romantically-lit space. The quality of music is what elevates this lounge/bar to another level of happening hotspot.

The always-smiling DJ has played in many places, including Tunisia, Egypt, Cyprus and Dubai. He is enjoying his time in Qatar. “So far, it’s very good,” Roger said. “I like it because it’s a small country and you can build a reputation very fast.” However, Qatar needs to open more clubs in order to give DJs a chance to build solid careers in the country, said Choueiry. As of right now, the music and club scene in Doha is small compared to other countries.

But for now, Choueiry continues to infuse the country with hot tracks almost every night. On Sundays, he DJs by himself in Madison, playing everything from Estelle’s American Boy to U2’s One Love. He plays a fabulous mix of music, including house, oldies and Latino music. Choueiry tries to keep the music varied to keep up with his international crowd. “I have to please all kinds of people because we have many nationalities here,” Choueiry said. “Sunday nights we don’t stick to house or one style The DJ grew up in a musical family in of music; we try to please all people.” Lebanon. His father taught him about music Some nights he will rock out to music from an early age and his older brother from the 90s; other nights, he might focus inspired him to start practising his DJ skills on 80s music or contemporary music. He on the decks. Choueiry started playing at keeps an eye on the crowd’s reaction to the house parties in his teens and became a songs he spins to gauge what he should professional DJ at age 18. He became a DJ play each evening. not only because music is in his blood but also because he likes the reaction people A fully-packed house of Doha’s partygoers have to his music. “I like to make people gathers in Madison Piano Bar every Sunday happy and help people enjoy their time [in to enjoy Choueiry’s unique mix of music. the club],” Choueiry said. But the DJ also draws in people when he Madison is busy throughout the week. But on Sunday evenings, reservations are a must, unless you want to take your chances on a space opening up at the bar. The reason behind the full room on a normally benign day of the week? DJ Roger Choueiry, the new resident DJ for Madison Piano Bar. Choueiry arrived in Doha about four months ago and has been lighting up Madison and Club 7 ever since.

plays back-up for one-man show Maher El Basha, a Lebanese Arabic singer who croons live music Mondays to Saturdays in Madison. On Sundays, Choueiry starts to spin tracks around 10:30 p.m. The accessible DJ keeps things simple, in a white t-shirt and jeans. Regulars come in and wave hello and he enthusiastically greets them back. Choueiry seems to have settled into a comfortable groove in Madison, despite the fact that he hasn’t really been here for that long. But this really should not come as any surprise. The club scene may differ from country to country but one thing always remains constant for Choueiry – his love of music and his desire to keep his audience happy.

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Paloma on the Beach Thurs 2nd: InterContinental Doha.

Whose Line is it Anyway? Wed 15th: Ramada Plaza. Back by popular demand! You've seen it on TV, now it's time to enjoy it live! Stephen Frost brings to Doha two hours of the very best improvisational comedians on tour – Steve Steen, Andy Smart, Niall Ashdown and Ian Coppinger. No tricks and no safety nets – just your suggestions and off they fly! Sit back and watch the comedy unfold before your very eyes. QR 150 per person. For more information, call 4428-1555.

Ian Carey

After the huge success of the last two beach events, Paloma proudly presents a massive barbecue on the beach celebrating all things grilled, with delicious dishes expertly cooked by Chef Salvador and his team! Live entertainment will be provided by the fantastic resident band Big Mouth. They’ll play everything from rock to R&B, followed by Paloma's resident DJ Shadi playing all your dance floor favourites until the early hours! Happy Hour from 8:00 pm. till 9:30 p.m. with free drinks for ladies. QR 120 for gents, QR 40 for ladies and QR 185 for the buffet (includes entrance). For more information, call 4484-4936.

Master J VS Roger Choueiry

Fadi Harb

Thurs 9th: InterContinental Doha.

Wed 29th: Doha Marriott.

Fridays: La Cigale. With talented DJs Master J and Roger Choueiry on board, you will be sure to have an unforgettable night. No entrance fee required and no minimum charge for ladies! For enquiries or reservations, call 4428-8665 or 5518-8008.

Let Ian Carey, a legendary player in the house music scene, blow your mind away as he mixes great beats for your entertainment pleasure! QR 150 per person. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. Ian Carey starts playing at 10:00 p.m. For more information, call 4484-4444.

Charismatic crooner Fadi Harb is back at the Pearl Lounge with his one-man show. Free entrance for ladies and QR 175 for gents. For more information and table bookings, call 4429-8444 after 6:00 p.m. or email

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Here’s how you can find out what’s hot this month: QH brings you the top selections from Virgin Megastore. And watch for the QH heart in stores!

Civilization: The West and the Rest by Niall Ferguson

Niall Ferguson’s new book is a story of power, money, empire and war. He questions how the poor governing bodies of some western European countries became so predominant to the extent that their doctrines and political practices spread over the rest of the world. It is a book that can easily open a heated debate between scholars. As are all his previous books, Civilization is sharp and controversial.

Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi

Yotam Ottolenghi’s cooking books are the hottest on the shelves at the moment. After the smashing success of his first book, the second one could have easily disappointed, but that is not the case. Even though the book is only about vegetables, it is not limiting. It is full of delicious recipes for just about every occasion, season or diet. Recipes cover every skill level, and even the most experienced professionals can't fail to be inspired by Ottolenghi's work.

Worth Dying For by Lee Child

Lee Child’s most famous character is Jack Reacher, who has become the essence of his most acclaimed series of books. Worth Dying is a book full of violence, but the violence is absolutely justified. Reacher protects the innocent and weak and empowers women. This is a great escapist novel and you will never get enough of Reacher, as he will always be on the side of the moral right even though his methods may be questionable!

An Iraqi In Paris by Samuel Shimon

The book tells the story of the incredible journey of Samuel Shimon. He left Iraq in 1979 looking for a brighter future, but to his dismay he encountered imprisonment and torture passing through Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. Eventually he made it to Paris, where he was homeless. Shimon meets his problems and various twists of fate with humour and resilience.

10th Anniversary by James Patterson

Fans will be pleased to find out detective Lindsay Boxer has finally married her long-time boyfriend Joe. But happiness doesn’t last long for the murder detective as she finds herself in the middle of a traumatic case. A 15-year-old girl is found lying unconscious in the street, naked except for a cheap plastic raincoat, and haemorrhaging badly after having given birth within the last 36 hours. But the baby is nowhere to be found. The intriguing story is perfect for those who are looking for a great chilling and mystery novel

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By Jorge Granda

To celebrate the recent opening of the Peruvian Embassy, the embassy has set up a photography exhibition at Katara. The goal of the exhibit is to introduce the rich culture of Peru to the residents of Doha. QH spoke with Julio Florian, the new Ambassador of Peru to Qatar, to get a better understanding of the importance of the exhibit and his new role as the representative of all Peruvians in Qatar.


he Republic of Peru is a beautiful country situated in western South America. It shares its borders with Ecuador, Colombian, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile and the Pacific Ocean. Being so far away from Qatar, one may think that there can’t possibly be any similarities between both countries or, for that matter, between Peru any Arab country. But Peru and Qatar have a lot in common, which is why the Peruvian Embassy was recently established in Doha. Both countries are currently working on several agreements to further enhance their mutual cooperation in many areas. “People can think that Peru and the Arab world have nothing in common, but the reality is different,” said Julio Florian, Peruvian Ambassador to Qatar. “Our cultures are very similar to

each other. For example, our architectures look alike and in Peru we have several traditional dishes that originated in the Arab world. There are many other resemblances between the cultures. That’s why I believe there is a lot we can do together, as there are more similarities than differences between the two countries.” Florian is the person appointed by Peru to represent the country’s interest in this part of the world. Florian studied law and has been serving his country as a diplomat for 35 years. His career path has taken him to Rumania, Venezuela, Guatemala, London and many other places, but never before to the Gulf. “It is my first time in the Middle East and I feel very lucky to

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have been given this opportunity,” Florian said. “I like Qatar and I am looking forward to working on the many ways we can contribute to each other’s futures.” One of the main goals of the Peruvian Ambassador is to showcase the rich culture and beauty of Peru. “I want to motivate the community of Qatar to travel to Peru and fall in love with our beautiful country,” Florian said. “I am sure Qataris will enjoy our nature, our food and our great hospitality.”

The 100 y ears of Machu P icchu’s Revelatio n to the World ex hibition w ill take plac e at Kata ra starting J une 25.

Florian could have not selected a better pathway to make that very first step. The embassy is setting up a photography exhibition on one of the Seven Wonders of the World – the astonishing and unrivalled in splendour Machu Picchu.

Photo of Peruvian Ambassador by Mikhail Quijano Machu Picchu photos provided by the Peruvian Embassy

THE ICON OF THE INCA WORLD sure what really went on in the Lost City, Known to most as "The Lost City of the but that knowledge is not needed to admire Incas," Machu Picchu can be described as and feel the power of one of the Seven a magical place located in the heart of the Wonders of the World. “I have been there Andes. Its real purpose remains unknown four times and every time I felt something to the world, but there is a forceful different,” Florian said. “There are no words fact - the complex is an architectural and to describe the spellbinding charm of that engineering marvel. “In 1911, the citadel sanctuary. You just have to be in front of was brought to the international attention the spectacular combination of nature and by Hiram Bingham and Machu Picchu was finally revealed to the entire world,” Florian colossal buildings to truly comprehend the magic of Machu Picchu. It really takes your said. “The main purpose of the 100 years breath away.” of Machu Picchu’s Revelation to the World photography exhibition is to show the You can make your own conclusions about public attending the exhibit how beautiful and special Machu Picchu is. It is one of our Machu Picchu by visiting the 100 years of Machu Picchu’s revelation to the World biggest touristic attractions, but it is not exhibition taking place at Katara starting well-known in the Gulf region. We want June 25. The exhibit will run for a month to change that and make Machu Picchu a and will showcase 64 pictures of Machu travel destination for Qataris.” Picchu, accompanied by text describing the history of the place. Visitors will have the Machu Picchu has agricultural and opportunity to learn more about the citadel urban zones, but was it a working city, a and the vast legacy of the Inca culture. “It is temple for an emperor, an astronomical necessary to remind the world who we are,” observatory, a sacred religious complex Florian said. “If we were capable of building or all of the above? There are many something as unique as Machu Picchu, it mysteries surrounding this glorious place means there is nothing we can’t do.” and probably nobody will ever know for

DID YOU KNOW? Machu Picchu is situated on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley in Peru near Cusco. Machu Picchu was built by the Incas in the mid-15th century. In 1981, Machu Picchu was declared a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary. Two years later, UNESCO proclaimed the city a World Heritage Site. In 2007, millions of Internet users around the world voted for Machu Picchu to become one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.

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Tchhaikovsky’s 1812 Overture Sat 25th: Opera House, Katara. Known for its climactic volley of cannon fire and ringing chimes, this overture will be performed by the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra. Conducted by Nader Abbassi. Special guest Friedemann Winklhofer on organ. Ticket prices: QR 75 to QR 300. Available at Virgin Megastore in Landmark Mall and Villaggio. Starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information, email

The Object Speaks for Itself Alfredo Wed 15th: Museum of Islamic Art. Learn more about Palmero the imagery of Islamic art from Michelle Walton, a curator Exhibition from the Museum of Islamic Art. From 6:30 p.m. till 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit or email

Summer Collection 2011 part 1 Mon 6th – Thurs 30th: Al Markhiya Gallery. In the first of two summer collection exhibitions, the gallery is featuring well-known artists Faraj Daham, Salim Mathkour and Salman Al Malik, as well as emerging artists Ginou Choueiri, Hessa Al Muftah and Wadha Al Sulaiti. Admission is free. Gallery hours are Saturday to Thursday from 10:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. till 10:00 p.m. or by appointment. For more information, call 4442-8007 or visit

Wed 8th – Sun 12th: Grand Hyatt Doha. Alfredo Palmero is now the third generation of a line of artists that began with his grandfather, Maestro Palmero, with whom he shares his name and a great love of painting. His harlequins are famous, a metaphor for the artist himself, and a clear homage to the Picassan avant-garde, or his particular meninas (young maids in waiting), a personal reinterpretation of those of Velázquez. Experience contemporary Spanish art through his works. For more information, call 4448-1172.

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A Common Space By Jean-Marie Unger

The recent launch of Creative Commons will certainly give a boost to the artistic community in Qatar. But what exactly is Creative Commons and how does it work? QH examines the idea of flexible content rights licences.


reativity is flourishing in Qatar. In the arts, we have seen the emergence of the Doha Film Institute and the opening of the modern art museum Mathaf. In science, organizations such as the Qatar Science & Technology Park are conducting innovative research and bringing new technologies to market. And at universities, students are applying their young minds in an array of fields, tackling global challenges and finding new ways to express their thoughts.

All of these creative people now have a new forum to channel their ideas and innovations with the welcoming of an affiliate of Creative Commons to Qatar. Creative Commons (CC) is an international non-profit organization committed to realizing the full potential of the Internet, which it sees as universal access to research and education, full participation in culture, and driving a new era of development, growth, and productivity. Creative Commons Qatar will work to bring more voices from Qatar into the open digital realm. “Creative Commons is all about encouraging people to share their creative works more

openly with the broader digital community. how the creator wants their work to be The Internet has made it so much easier to used and shared. They can specify the share our creativity, and when it is shared, required attribution, whether the work it has the potential to grow, flourish and can be altered or remixed, whether it can inspire,” said Brian Wesolowski, the project be used commercially, and how a person coordinator for Creative Commons using the work should share it back Qatar. “Qatar is a young, with them. It sounds a bit dynamic country, and complicated, but there the creativity from is a free tool on the “Why stifle your this region should CC website that be shared as walks you through creations under broadly as the process traditional copyrights possible. and helps you when you can share it Creative choose the best Commons licence for your with the global community Qatar can creative work. and tap into a network of help make other creative people?” that happen “Creative Commons by offering is a new approach resources that make to copyrights. The sharing easy, scalable Creative Commons and legal.” licences are based on international copyright laws So how exactly does Creative Commons and want the rights of the creator to be work? Essentially CC has developed a respected, but they allow for more flexible series of flexible content rights licences usage and sharing, recognizing sometimes that a user can select online and then apply you want people to use your work,” to any of their creative works, whether it Wesolowski said. “Why stifle your creations is a photograph, a fashion design, a book under traditional copyrights when you can or a set of data from a scientific research share it with the global community and tap project. This licence spells out exactly into a network of other creative people?”

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CC Qatar will work to engage the local community in using Creative Commons principles and licences in their creative works, with the goal of growing an environment in Qatar that embraces openness, sharing and collaboration. A series of workshops is being planned to show how Creative Commons can be used in a range of areas. The first one was held in May and focused on the visual arts, such as painting, drawing, graphic design and sculpture. Future workshops will cover topics such as web development, photography, filmmaking, music and writing.

Perhaps the most prominent organization in Qatar currently using CC is Al Jazeera. In 2009, Al Jazeera created its “Creative Commons Repository,” where it published broadcast quality footage from the conflict in Gaza that could be used by anyone as long as it was attributed to the network. Wikipedia is a major international organization that uses Creative Commons, with the online encyclopedia being contributed to by millions of people in many languages worldwide. Users of Wikipedia can use the content from the site in their works as long as it as attributed. Other prominent organizations using CC licenses are Flickr, Google, MIT and the White House.

Creative Commons is currently operating in more than 70 countries, with Qatar among the first in the Arab world. ictQATAR, the Supreme Council of Information and Communication Technology, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Creative Commons to bring an Wesolowski said that Creative Commons Qatar will affiliate to Qatar. “We really want people in Qatar to work with major organizations in Qatar like Al Jazeera experience all the benefits of the Internet and we see to share more content under CC licences, but stresses Creative Commons as a part of that equation. We’re that the primary focus of the organization will be on hopeful that it will help spur more original digital working with individuals and communities of creatives content from the country, especially Arabic-language to build a vibrant CC culture in the country. content,” said Howaida Nadim, ictQATAR’s executive director of communications. “We have already reached out to organizations such as the Qatar Museums Authority, QSTP and Bloomsbury Donatella Della Ratta, Arab world media and Publishing, and they play an important role in making CC development manager for Creative Commons, sees Qatar a success, but for me, it is even more about the significant potential for CC in Qatar and the rest of passionate artists, photographers, writers, developers, the Arab world. “The Arab world has the opportunity scientists, musicians and researchers in this country. to invest in the future generation and encourage a Much of their work deserves to be shared more broadly sharing culture built on respect for copyright. Creative and brought to more audiences. CC Qatar can provide Commons licences can be a very good option for the that platform,” Wesolowski said. “I’m excited by the Arab world due to the flexibility they offer for creators great positive response we are getting and the number and users,” Ratta said. “Creative Commons licences of people in Qatar that want to be a part of Creative were inspired by and work particularly well in the fast Commons. I have no doubt we will see amazing ideas growing world of digital media and the Internet, which and innovations emanating from here as a result of CC is similar in many respects to the rapid growth, talent Qatar.” For more information about Creative Commons, and potential found in the Arab world.” check out 27 QH JUNE 2011 D copy1 copy.indd 27

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DOHA TRADE FAIR By Victoria Scott

Shopaholics of Qatar beware: Doha Trade Fair 2011 could pose a considerable threat to your wallet. Launching on June 4 at the Doha Exhibition Center, the event promises 10 days of the finest purchasing potential from around the world.


his year’s DTF will showcase the wares of 550 exhibitors from 30 countries, nine more than last year. This year’s new additions are Italy, France, Spain, Canada, the U.S., the Czech Republic, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Hong Kong. Collectively, all the countries will occupy 15,000 square meters of pure shopping heaven.

Ahmed Al Thani, CEO of “And with this year’s added touches, we’re even more certain visitors will enjoy the lavish collections on display.”

daily shows), parades, jugglers, stilt-walkers, a marching band, mimics, clowns and magicians. And for shoppers without a car, there will be buses three times a day – at 9:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. – picking up and dropping off at City Center Mall and the Corniche.

DTF 2011 promises a “new and sophisticated” environment, fused with an element of fun. There will be special performances to entertain shoppers The organizers are expecting to attract around throughout the day in the newly created 200,000 visitors from home and abroad, making “Fun Zone.” They’ll also get the chance to Exhibitors will be selling traditional DTF 2011 vital to building Qatar’s image. products from their home countries, ranging enjoy a Guinness World Records experience, featuring the world’s largest Monopoly from high fashion and modern furniture to “The Doha Trade Fair is a significant event for game. Those who register online (through home decor and hand-crafted silverware. our domestic and regional tourism strategies,” the Doha Trade Fair website and other Shoppers are promised a wide range of said Ahmed Al Nuaimi, Chairman of the Qatar social media) will be able to play and prices to appeal to all wallets. Tourism Authority. “This event will help make compete in the game, which will be held Qatar a preferred destination for trading and five times a day at the exhibition. And The event is being organized by the Qatar tourism in the region. The aim is to promote instead of owning all the hotels and getting Qatar as an upscale leisure tourism destination, Tourism Authority, in collaboration with a pat on the back from Daddy, the prizes This year, they’ve given DTF making Doha not only a preferred choice for in the real world are more exciting – in a facelift, inspiring its slogan, “Shop shopping, but also a mature trading hub for this game, the winner gets a car, a real, the World.” consumer goods.” life-sized one. “The most important concept of DTF 2011 is Doha Trade Fair 2011 runs from June 4 to Those wondering whether to leave their kids June 13 at Doha Exhibition Centre. The fair that only products manufactured and made at home will be pleased to hear they’ll be in the country of origin will be presented will be open Saturdays to Thursdays from well-catered to. Organizers have planned on the stand of that country, assuring 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Fridays from shoppers of the authenticity of the products,” a special fun zone for the little ones, with 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. For more information, inflatable games, a mini theatre (with explained Sheikh Al Hussein Bin Ali Bin visit 28

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“Ladies Only” Cinema at Aspire Zone Thursday to Saturdays: Aspire Zone – Ladies Club. Film buff or not, this celebration of movies will surely entertain you. This event shows the latest releases currently being screened elsewhere in Doha. Starts on June 16th. Three different films Mon 6th: The Pearl-Qatar. Have a tasty and fun-filled afternoon of culinary learning! will be shown each weekend at 3:00 p.m., From 11:30 a.m. till 2:30 p.m. QR 250 including lunch and give-away. For more information, 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. In addition, an call 4495-3876 ext 1221. extra film will be shown at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, specifically aimed for children (accompanied by a female relative). Refreshments of food and drinks will also be provided during the screenings. For more Thurs 16th, 23rd: Retaj Al Rayan Doha. Aspiring to be the industry information, call 4499-7664. leader? Expecting to make paradigm shifts in "change leadership" and human capital management? Then don’t miss the “Leadership That Works Series,” designed to provide business executives, managers and emerging leaders with strategies and processes for developing human capital, induction/retention and performance management. From 8:30 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. For information, visit

Cooking Class at Pampano

The Leadership That Works Series

Artsy Summer Mondays: Kempinski Doha. Art is the most fun way to discover talents and develop skills. The Kempinski Kids Club will unveil your child's creativity in the weekly arts and crafts workshop this summer. From 3:00 pm till 5:00 pm. QR 60 per class for each child. Reservations are recommended. For more information or reservations call 4405-3308 or email

Empowerment for Mid-level Creative Professionals Workshop Sun 5th – Wed 8th: Room 390, VCUQatar. This four-day workshop offers you an opportunity to pause and reflect on your career so far and to consider your values, strengths and needs. The workshop includes three days of lecture and group assignments and private one-on-one consultations on the last day. From 12:00 p.m. till 6:00 p.m. For more information, call the Alumni Office at 4402-0728 between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. or email 29

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By the QH Team

QH has ordained 2011 the Year of the Roundup. This means we’ll be scouting out restaurants, coffee shops, cafÊs and hotels all over Doha to find the best of the best in the food and beverage industry. This month we bring the best high teas in Doha. Always the perfect way to spend an afternoon gossip session, high tea is not just for Brits anymore.

Lobby Lounge Ritz-Carlton Doha

This high-class tea offers an intimate but comfortable setting, a wide selection of teas and a number of tempting treats. Types of tea are broken down into four categories: signature, exclusive, herbal and regular. Standout teas include the exclusive celebration tea, a delightful black tea with hints of macadamia nuts and white chocolate, the signature oriental princess tea, a delicate blend of blue tea and liquorice, and the regular Gu Zhang Mao Jian tea, a subtle but poignant green tea. As for munchies, pick the tea selection most suited to your cravings. The Traditional Tea is classic afternoon tea at its best, with a selection of tea sandwiches, fresh, hot scones and delectable tea pastries. Those who like to venture out from the traditional tea offerings will love the Middle Eastern Afternoon Tea, which includes yummy hot and cold mezzeh, oriental-flavoured scones and Arabic sweets. Those who prefer something light and fresh will adore the Ladies Tea, which features tea sandwiches, scones with mascarpone cream and jam and assorted seasonal berries with fruit coulis and cream. 30 QH JUNE 2011 D copy1 copy.indd 30

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Grand Heritage Doha Hotel and Spa

This classic, historical tea lounge is a paradise, with comfy sofas, lush surroundings and a harp player providing dainty background music. The servers are trained in every aspect of tea, from the correct temperature of water to use for each tea, to the correct way to pour it. The extensive tea menu is broken down into white, black, green, semi-fermented and dark teas, each listed with their proper water temperature and brewing time. Order the lovely jasmine tea and enjoy the beauty of a Chinese tea ceremony. For snacks, The Duchess tea includes a selection of tea sandwiches, pastries and fresh and delicious cranberry and orange scones with double cream, preserves and lemon curd. For something a bit more hearty, try the Prince Albert’s Terrace Tea, which includes a selection of sandwiches, quiche and tarts. The Queens Tea makes for a lovely light lunch, with tea sandwiches, tarts, croissants, danishes, and the must-try cranberry and orange scones. If you have a sweet tooth, sample the Princess Anastasia’s Sweet Sensations, which has selected sweets, scones, tarts, cakes, cookies and fresh fruits.

The T Lounge Four Seasons Doha

This modern but quaint tea lounge is full of ornate furniture, cozy corners and spacious sofas. There is one main tea service that can be ordered for one or two people and comes with tea or coffee. The bread basket comes with warm, flaky scones served with clotted cream, jam and lemon curd, honey crumpets, toasted soda bread slices, macchiato roll and sweet butter. If you are a fan of marmalade, ask for the chef’s homemade orange marmalade instead of lemon curd. The tea has an amazing sweets selection, including their incredible macaroons, a white chocolate and coconut lolly, sweet raspberry choux with plenty of filling, milk chocolate mousse, cute fruit tartlets, vanilla panna cotta with lime strawberries and a moist date cinnamon cake. For sandwiches, call dibs on the smoked turkey mini croissant and the smoked salmon tea sandwiches. The chicken and walnut dill brioche is also a delightful treat. Samples of all of the teas are available to sniff before you make your selection. The mango oolong tea is popular for a reason; not too bitter but sweet enough that you don’t need to add sugar and the smell is phenomenal. The organic Moroccan mint will please green tea fans.

The W Café W Doha

This whimsical café, inspired by Alice in Wonderful, is the perfect sunny spot to enjoy an afternoon tea with friends. For a light snack, enjoy the Cream Tea, which comes with soft, fluffy fruit scones, assorted jams and clotted cream. For those with bigger appetites, the Afternoon Tea will satisfy your every need, with delicious finger sandwiches, mini scones with exceptional strawberry jam, lemon curd and clotted cream and homemade pastries. While the yummy miniature scones are incredible, the warm, fresh finger sandwiches are a strong competitor for top billing in this tea. The turkey sandwich in particular is tangy and delicious. Munch on a sweet tart with lemon cream, a shortbread cookie or a tasty pistachio pastry while sipping on a lovely cup of Imperial Earl Grey, Pear Tree Green or Shanghai Rose Black tea. Settle into one of the adorable yellow or purple chairs and soak up the sunshine streaming through the open café while your cares melt away. If you have room, snap up a cupcake (not a part of the tea, but an essential part of any trip to the W Café). 31 QH JUNE 2011 D copy1 copy.indd 31

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By Sydnee Bryant

There’s nothing like bonding over a truly excellent meal with friends. QH reserves a table at Megu, the high-end Japanese restaurant at The Pearl-Qatar, to share a lovely meal.


’m excited. I have planned what is sure to be a fantastic meal at Megu with a few of my coworkers to bond over quality sushi and drool over Kobe beef. I walk into the restaurant and find I am the first of my friends to arrive. I settle onto a bar stool and check out the extensive cocktail menu while I wait for my group to arrive. The menu is full of choices, including a sake list, a bubbly list and a huge variety of vino. When we finally do get settled in at our table, we are overwhelmed by the beautiful

interior of the restaurant. From the metal Buddha to the Soju bottles used as a decorative wall, Megu is full of bits and pieces that make it not only Japanese but also uniquely Megu. My dining companions start their gastronomic journey with the Akadashi red miso soup. This aromatic soup is perfectly (slightly) sour, as it should be, with very soft, smooth tofu that melts on your tongue. The soup is comforting and familiar but absolutely exceptional. The fresh mushrooms add to the overall flavour of this amazing starter. Next up is a bevy of sushi and sashimi. I choose to go with one of the house special rolls – the salmon and avocado hand roll. The sushi is slight crunchy, with a thick coating of sesame seeds on the outside and fresh salmon and avocado on the inside. Mild and fresh, the sushi roll tantalizes my taste buds and leaves me wanting more. My dining companions start to divide and conquer the sushi and sashimi platter, which comes with five pieces of sushi, one

roll and five kinds of sashimi. The spicy tuna roll is an instant hit, with its great texture and memorable taste. The fresh, raw hammour sashimi is also popular. The platter is perfectly complemented by the soy sauce, which is not overly salty, with a slight sweetness. The sweetness compliments the rice, which is the trademark of a good sushi place, one of my friends advises. After we have devoured a substantial amount of fish, we move on to beef. The Megu Kobe beef slices “Ishiyaki” are cooked right in front of us on a hot stone. The thin slices of juicy beef sizzle before our eyes and mercifully land on our plates very quickly. The soft, succulent meat is served with wasabi and sea salt, a delightful flavour combination with the steak. The next course is a beautifully presented, slightly odd idea that has piqued my interest for months now, basically from the moment the first ad for Megu appeared at The Pearl-Qatar. The mysterious Megu original crispy asparagus, battered in Okaki, is the most intriguing vegetable I have seen in a

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with parmesan French fries with white truffle oil. These warm, slightly cheesy fries are so comforting, so delicious and so far above regular fries. These fries are not at all greasy or benign; instead, they are slightly salty, with an addictive white truffle oil flavour. We balance out our fries with baby zucchini skewers from the charcoal grill. These adorable baby zucchini are grilled to perfection, with a subtle sweetness. We also scoop up some mushrooms. These mushrooms combine salty and smoky into a unique flavour combination and manage to be soft without being rubbery.

long time. I hesitantly bite into it, a little uncertain of what I will taste. The answer surprises me. The thick, crunchy coating is so delicious it almost feels like you’re eating fast food instead of vegetables. The rice is slightly salty and a squeeze of lemon gives the dish a slight tartness. An incredible-smelling dish of Agedashi tofu with mushrooms arrives at our table next. The tofu is light and fluffy, pleasing to the palate. Along with it comes shrimp tempura with green tea salt. The breading on the tempura is mild and crispy, not oily, and the portion is huge. The crunchy tempura is perfectly complemented by green tea salt mix. After our parade of starters, we finally move on to our main courses. We start

The main piece de resistance arrives at our table, on a gorgeous plate encased under an actual silver dome. The Wagyu Kobe beef Chateaubriand with a ginger and black sesame a la Riky sauce has a thick crust on the outside and a tender middle. The steak is amazing on its own but even better when tasted in conjunction with some of the vegetables on the side of the plate, such as the cooked pumpkin. The black sesame coating also gives the steak an incredible flavour. The chef also whips up a special plate for us, with a variety of dishes representing all the sensational tastes present on Megu’s menu. Our favourites on the platter are the mild and crunchy broccoli tempura and the exquisite Kobe beef skewers that are slightly sweet and full of flavour, with a crunchy coating of black sesame.

The best thing about Japanese food is that it’s not heavy, so even when you have a big meal you still have room for dessert. We are all excited for the beautiful desserts that await us. I order the Yuzu crème brulee, which comes in a massive bowl adorned with a decorative sugar sculpture. The base is buttery soft, smooth and creamy, with a thin, delicate crust. The single raspberry sitting atop this elegant dessert adds a quick burst of flavour to the rich treat. One of my dining companions chooses the green tea crêpe with green tea sauce. The crêpes come out piled into a perfect cake-shaped dessert. The green tea flavour is subtle but still evident in this stunning crêpe cake, especially with the added cream sauce. Another dining partner goes with the Ichigo strawberry shortcake. The cake is lovely – light and not at all crumbly. This dessert is subtly sweet and not overly rich. The final dessert on the table is the New Yorker’s cheesecake, a creamy and sweet dessert with a delicate crust. The fruit on the side of the dish adds an ideal flavour, making this velvety cheesecake a delightful treat. Afterwards, we debate going upstairs to check out Megu’s bar. But it is late and we are so full that we risk going into a food coma at any moment. We vow to check it out another time and head home knowing that we will be returning soon. 33

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By Sydnee Bryant

Italian food is hearty and often heavy in nature. So what happens when two diners decide to tackle 11 full courses of Italian deliciousness? QH finds out at Bice, the high-class Italian restaurant at The Pearl-Qatar. The salad has a lovely dressing on it that complements the goat cheese nicely. A sizzling plate of deep fried calamari, shrimp and crispy zucchini served with a light, spicy tomato sauce is the next dish here are two sides of Bice that on our long list of gastronomic pleasures. every diner in Doha must come The calamari is slightly crispy, with an to know. There’s the awardunbelievable breading – light enough to winning, romantically-lit Bice that let the taste of the squid come through but draws in couples seeking a night The first course that arrives is a classic divinely cooked. The calamari is truly epic Italian staple – Margherita pizza, a simple of fantastic Italian fare and an excellent and every bite is an exercise in pleasure. and mild mix of properly thin crust, tomato vino selection. Then there’s the fun, lively sauce, mozzarella cheese and oregano. This The julienne crispy zucchini, potatoes and Bice that has amazing live entertainment traditional pizza is a pleasurable first course, onion goes together nicely with the squid. six days a week and happy hour food and except that it is hard to stop ourselves from drink specials from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The next course is a bit lighter, a welcome eating the entire freshly-made pie. every day. Both sides of Bice, the serious breather in a marathon of a meal. We and the lighthearted, have one important Soon after, a dish of fried farm goat cheese eagerly scoop up a young lettuces salad thing in common – gourmet Italian cuisine with pears and walnuts in black truffle and with mixed lettuce and homemade wild and signature dishes that date back to parmesan dressing. The dressing is great berry preserve shows up at our table. The 1926, when the original Bice opened in soft, warm goat cheese is encased in a thin but the slivers of pear are the highlight of Milan. Their signature dishes include crust of breading and is topped with slightly the salad, as they provide a sweet contrast the Pappardella al “telefono,” Ravioli sweet but still tangy preserves. The texture to the tart dressing. della Massaia, Ossobuco di Vietello con of the cheese is perfect, soft enough to melt risotto allo zafferano and a veal chop done After our healthy intake of vegetables, we in your mouth but held together nicely with Milanese style, breaded and pounded turn our attention to the classic, thin-sliced the crust. The nice combination of flavours to perfection. beef Carpaccio “Bice style” with Venetian – tart goat cheese colliding with sweet sauce. The paper-thin beef is served with preserves – lingers in my mouth pleasantly We start our meal with the bread basket, long after my final bite of this amazing dish. lettuce and sheets of parmesan cheese. despite the fact that we know we have a


whopping 11 courses ahead of us. But the bread, so soft and fluffy, so perfectly tangy when dipped in a blend of high-quality olive oil and balsamic mix, is irresistible and significant; it cannot be missed.

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The soft beef melts in our mouth, leaving behind an incredible lemony taste. Even without the lettuce or cheese, the beef itself is a lovely dish. Finally, around course number six, we start to get into what Italians are really known for – pasta. We dish up pappardelle al “telefono,” one of the restaurant’s signature dishes. There is a reason it has been around for more than 85 years – the homemade pappardelle with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, basil and a touch of cream is exquisite. It is light and not too creamy, with sturdy pasta designed to support the sauce. Afterwards, we continue with our pasta courses by trying the veal stuffed ravioli massaia style with fresh wild mushroom and cream sauce. The veal provides a sudden burst of flavour but the savoury cream sauce is the main attraction of the dish. There is a wonderful contrast between the sauce and the veal that will delight fans of veal.

Our next course returned us to the sea, with sautéed hammour fillet with tomato fillet, capsicum, black olives and lemon sauce. The crust of the hammour is flavourful, while the inside fish is moist and tender. The elaborate sensations of the dish, including a hint of lemon, transform this slab of fish into a wonderful main dish. We dove into another signature dish, despite our bursting bellies. The huge plate of braised veal shank ossobuco served over saffron risotto and gremolata is a hearty dish, a lot to handle after a very filling meal. The risotto was cooked well and the portion of veal was generous. Our main courses well settled in our stomachs, we decided we had enough room to have a bite or two of dessert. First, we scooped up the sweet, very creamy but mild tiramisu, topped with fruit. The fruit gives

the dessert a splash of sweetness. The dish is not too heavy but still substantial. Our next dessert, and final course, is the wonderful chocolate fondant with vanilla ice cream. Beautifully presented, this warm, gooey chocolate cake is soft and sinful, the perfect combination. The rich vanilla ice cream blends seamlessly into the flavour of the chocolate cake and the fruit on the side of the dish provides a nice contrast. One bread basket and 11 courses later, we come to a conclusion: Chef Nicola at Bice knows what he is doing. The food is exquisite, the plating is always pleasing to the eye and the service is wonderful. While we might not always be up for such a massive feast, we will always make room for delightful Italian fare. 35

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Out of the By Sydnee Bryant

, What makes high-class e quality food even mor u spectacular? When yo t can enjoy it in lovely, bu casual, surroundings. QH checks out Blue, Qatar’s latest foray into casual fine dining.


he Grand Heritage Doha Hotel and Spa, one of the newest hotels in Qatar, seems more like a palace than a place to rent a room for the weekend. The grand exterior, elegant interiors and traditional vibe all add up to make the hotel, located within Aspire Park, a place befitting a king or queen. It only makes sense that the food is also up to royal standards. Fortunately, the atmosphere inside of Blue, one of the hotel’s most stunning outlets, is anything but stuffy. Inside the sunny restaurant, guests will find a top-notch menu offering delicious fare from sushi to steak, an extensive water list and a friendly staff. The restaurant’s balcony overlooks the grounds of Aspire Park, making it easy to imagine that a runner might pop in for a bite to eat after an afternoon jog. A chalk board listing the daily specials hangs on the brick wall next to show kitchen. A team of energetic chefs are frantically working to prepare fresh, tantalizing dishes for their lunch crowd.

We start our casual afternoon lunch with a round of homemade iced tea with lemon and mint. The

restaurant doesn’t serve alcoholic beverages but compensates by providing a large variety of waters (the stats of each type of water is listed right on the menu) and a nice selection of smoothies, mocktails and soft drinks. The iced tea is ideal for a hot summer afternoon; the crisp, tangy and refreshing taste almost makes us forget the rising temperature outside. The menu is full of so many tempting dishes that it’s tough to pick which delectable bites to choose. We start with a small sushi plate (salmon, tuna, snapper and sea bass), a royal California roll (Alaskan King crab, cucumber, avocado, spicy mayonnaise, wasabi, tobiko and seasoned Japanese rice) and a black widow roll (tempura fried soft shell blue crab, black bean sauce, tomago, cucumber, avocado, tobiko and miso mayonnaise). The made-to-order sushi is incredible; fresh, with a nice flavour but not overwhelmingly fishy. We also dig into the Mediterranean spiced tuna tartar, a light and slightly sweet dish made of lightly spiced tuna tartare, topped with marinated cucumber, tomato leather, cherry tomatoes, black olives, raisins,

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whipped feta baguette crisps and garnished beef, imported from the U.S., is thick with marbling. The lime and wasabi butter give with mild adjika and cilantro puree. The the meat a nice kick without overwhelming house smoked salmon trout is a treat, with the beef as the main attraction. The south horseradish cream, sunchoke jicama, green Indian butter apple salad with chicken with red endive, frisee The golden curls of coconut-raisin toasted almonds fresh squid with chives jasmine rice and and micro greens kachari salad is tossed with a curry and lime are encased a unique twist scented passionfruit in an amazing batter on a classic dish. dressing. Next, we try the crispy lemon that is not too salty. The creamy sauce is heavenly, while and Szechuan the raisins in the pepper squid tossed with Szechuan and rice provide a hint of sweetness. Fans of black pepper sauce. The squid is wellhammour will enjoy the “Thai” pan roasted cooked and not at all rubbery. The golden hammour fillet with butter roasted salsify, curls of fresh squid with chives and lime are encased in an amazing batter that is not toasted cumin, red Thai coconut curry and crispy seaweed. The velvety smooth texture too salty. of the perfectly cooked fresh fish contrasts nicely with the crispy vegetables. The For our main course, we try the grilled Thai sauce gives the dish just a touch of American “super prime” fillet with sweetness. lime and wasabi butter, roasted violet artichokes, celery root and ratte potato confit. Tasting the insanely soft, juicy steak was an amazing experience, with every bite melting slowly in our mouths. The tender

While we are delightfully full and mindful that slipping into a food coma would mean skipping our afternoon work schedule, we

decide to divide and conquer the dessert section anyways. We order a selection of desserts to fulfill our sugar quota for the day. The white chocolate semi fredo is a partially frozen cake that comes with orange zest puree, green tea, lemon sponge and caramelized strawberries. This intriguing dessert is light, like an airy, fluffy ice cream cake. The green tea flavour is lovely and the cake isn’t too sweet. The pandan and lemongrass crème brulee topped with exotic fruit presents an interesting addition to the crème brulee scene in Qatar. The creamy green mixture has a thick caramelized crust on top to give it a brush of sweetness. Lighter than most crème brulees, this is a good pick for those who find traditional crème brulee too saccharine. Those with a sweet tooth will fall head over heels for the chocolate cherry gateau with berry sorbet. This moist cake is delicious and oh-so-sweet that our dentists would surely frown if they knew we consumed a whole piece. But the cake, complemented nicely by the berry sorbet, is so incredible that it is completely worth the sugar rush we experience after our relaxing lunch ends. 37

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Father’s Day at The Cellar

James Bond Brunch Fri 3rd: W Doha. Get the license to enjoy this specially-themed brunch celebration of the sleek, chic spy! Watch classic Bond movies playing on giant screens while you sip free shaken martinis and win prizes for the best James Bond and Moneypenny lookalikes Friday afternoon. Experience Bond tunes by Doha Jazz. QR 320 per person. For more information, call 4453-5373.

Sun 19th: Oryx Rotana. Dads will dine for free at The Cellar and will receive a heart-warming Father’s Day gift in honour of Father’s Day. Spoil your dad by bringing him along to The Cellar, where there will be a wide selection of tapas, delightful family dishes and unlimited beer. For more information, call 4402-3333.

Belgian Lunch Fridays: InterContinental Doha. Overlooking the Doha Skyline and Arabian Gulf, Belgian Café opens its door for lunch every Friday from 12:30 p.m. Enjoy the authentic and exquisite Belgian dishes from the a la carte menu, along with a selection of cold cuts and cheese. Accompanied by a pint - the perfect addition to your lunch. Find out why Belgian Café is the place to be. For reservations, call 4484-4444 or 4484-4954.

Iron Plates Menus

at Asia Live!

Daily: Doha Marriott. Iron-plate dishes are named for the heavy iron platter that is used for serving. The platter is heated to a high temperature, placed on its wooden tray, and delivered to the table. When hot stir-fried food is spooned onto the platter, the sizzle is very dramatic, to the point that you will love it at Asia Live!. For more information, reservations, and dining voucher requests, call 4429-8499 or email

Chinese Whispers Tues 7th – Sat 11th: Sharq Village and Spa. Guest Chef Qirgquan Lin from The Ritz-Carlton Guangzhou will present authentic Chinese cuisine at Al Dana, which can be sampled in a four-course set menu. For more information, call 4425-6666.

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By Jorge Granda

There are many ways to kill stress, but a good scrub and mud wrap treatment in a state-of-the-art spa is probably the best way to forget about any problems you may have in your life. Plus, you will walk out looking healthier and feeling lighter. QH tells you where you can scrub your stress away!


have come to the conclusion that Qatar is a country with many great spas. In the past few months, I have visited a lot of different facilities and I haven’t had a single disappointing experience. This month, I had the pleasure of reviewing the spa treatments available for men at the Bodylines: Leisure & Fitness Club, located in Oryx Rotana Doha. And, as expected, the experience was incredible. There is something very particular about the way the staff makes you feel once you step foot into the fitness centre that gives you the impression you are the most important person in the entire area. The cordiality and genuine hospitality of every single member of the staff working at the spa is surprisingly comfortable.

The alluringly modern design of each corner of the men’s section of the fitness club is simply exquisite. It is the perfect stress-free environment that can

only inspire tranquility. The combination of the architecture and warm hospitality makes each visit a one-of-a-kind experience. My appointment was booked for 11:00 a.m. and at that exact time Frederick, my spa therapist, was already waiting for me. Before proceeding to the massage room, Frederick explained in detail what my treatment would be like. His professionalism was evident right away with every word he pronounced and in the way he explained every step of the treatment that consisted of a body scrub, sea mud wrap and light massage. Once inside the room, I was offered two different kinds of scrubs. I was told the quality and benefits of each treatment. I decided to go with the one that would exfoliate my pores more deeply. My choice was the perfect one. The microfoliant scrub used on my body


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was colloidal oatmeal and tapioca-based powder, enriched with rice bran powder, papain and salicylic acid. Before starting with my body scrub, I couldn’t help but notice the simplicity of the room. It was not a lavish set up, but it had all the right elements to make one feel totally relaxed. When I laid down on the table and put my face in the hole, I noticed a very cool detail that I hadn’t seen in any other spa. There was a bowl on the floor filled with red rose petals swimming in water. As corny and anti-masculine as it may sound, looking at the rose petals gives you an extraordinary feeling of serenity and inner peace. It is a very nice touch that refreshes your mind and soul. The set up of the room, the roses and the soft music tunes recreates the right atmosphere to just let yourself go and enjoy a refine spa session.



Frederick gently placed the scrub on my I have had sea mud wraps before, but body starting with my feet and going up the last time I got one it was kind of through my legs and arms and ending up uncomfortable. I was left alone for about on my back, chest and neck. He exfoliated 20 minutes wrapped in plastic and I felt a my entire body in a way that I could feel I burning sensation throughout my body. I was also getting a very pleasant and mild was afraid this time around it would be massage. It was so gentle that I didn’t something similar. Fortunately for me, it even feel the tiny rocks of the scrub cream. wasn’t. After the mud was nicely rubbed He also massaged my head for about two all over my body, I once again got a head minutes. It definitely helped me relax. After massage and my spa therapist stayed with a good 20 minutes of scrubbing, it was time me the whole time. We even chatted a little to take a shower to remove the residue in bit about his experience working for Oryx order to proceed with the next step of my Rotana and why the mud couldn’t be used treatment. I was advised not to use soap, in my face. as I was going to get very muddy later on. The showers were very clean with a singular The mud wrap is a treatment that and curious design. The temperature of enhances detoxification while nourishing the water was just right and the ambiance and smoothing the skin. The product is a was peaceful.

seaweed and mineral-based powder. After taking a shower and removing all the remains, I could tell my skin was much softer, with a brighter and healthier texture.

THE FINAL STEP After my body scrub, my sea mud wrap, several head massages and two nice showers, I felt extremely relaxed. I didn’t really want to leave and happily there was still more to come. My very pleasurable treatment ended with a 15-minute medium pressure body massage, during which a cream was applied to my body to further enhance the effect of the scrub and the mud. Overall, my experience was perfect and this type of treatment really helps take your stress away, plus you walk out of the room looking good and feeling vigorous.


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By Sydnee Bryant

Relaxation is the key to maintaining good mental health and is also a main component of being physically healthy. When we spend most of our time stressed out to the max, with tense, hunched shoulders, it starts to affect our appearance, mood and health. One of the easiest ways to relax? Let a professional handle it.


t least once a month, I hit the point where my shoulders are so hunched they are aligned with my ears, my back aches like a logger took a swipe at me with an axe and my neck is so tight I would almost rather rip it off from my body than spend one more minute with it attached to my head and shoulders. Every time I get to that moment where my body doesn’t feel like my own anymore, I do something very simple. I get a massage. But, as I have learned over the years, all massages are not created equal. Some are good for a hardcore stretch and pain relief, while others are designed to help you relax to the maximum.

Bodylines: Leisure & Fitness Club, located in Oryx Rotana Doha, is centred on relaxation. Little touches, like the lily left near the headrest of the massage table, comfort my senses and add to my levels of relaxation. The music is dim enough that I hardly notice it but loud enough to block out any noise

from the surrounding world, an essential part of any good massage. The massage therapist takes it slow, one body part at a time. After all, she’s not here to beat my muscles into submission; she is here to help my muscles sink into a deep state of relaxation. She liberally slathers oil onto my right foot and works her magic, before turning her attention to my left foot. The massage technician works gently and methodically, taking her time to soothe each aching muscle and sore ligament. She uses light pressure, causing every muscle in my body to slowly but surely unwind from their heightened state of tight anxiety. After an hour on the table, my heartbeat has slowed down, my muscles feel looser and my headache is gone. The only downside is that I am literally soaked in oil. To help the oil sink into my skin and further moisturize my body, my massage therapist suggests I head for the spa’s steam room or sauna. When I protest that I must get back to

work, she politely encourages me to spend just five minutes in the spa’s tranquil steam room. I head into the steam room and almost immediately sink into an even deeper state of relaxation. Using the steam room or sauna after any massage treatment is an essential part of the relaxation process not only because it helps the moisture in the oil penetrate your skin deeper but also because it allows you time to breathe deeply, unwind and de-clutter your brain. I begin to sweat immediately, but remind myself that all the steam is opening up my pores, allowing moisture to come in and bad toxins to come out. After only a few minutes in the steam room, I emerge a calmer, more serene version of myself.


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By Sydnee Bryant

The summer heat often makes us want to shed pounds but, ironically, the intense heat also makes it impossible to exercise outdoors. Fortunately, there are plenty of great indoor fitness classes in Doha. Whether you’re a fan of swimming, yoga, salsa dancing or circuit training, there is a workout to fit your needs! These are just some of the spectacular classes offered in Doha.

Swimming Lessons

Ramada Plaza

Daily from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Aerobic Workouts Doha Marriott

Gym (Mixed Class) Mondays at 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

InterContinental Doha Circuit Training Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. Kickfit Sundays at 5:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. Step A02 Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. 44

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Dance Lessons InterContinental Doha

Ramada Plaza

Body Groove Sundays at 10:00 a.m.

Salsa Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m.

Yama Yoga Studios Salsa Sundays at 8:30 p.m. Break Dance Saturdays at 6:00 p.m. Oriental Dance Fridays at 11:30 a.m.

Abs Workouts

InterContinental Doha

Mondays at 7:15 p.m. and Fridays at 11:15 a.m.

Yoga InterContinental Doha Mondays at 7:15 p.m. and Wednesdays at 6:00 a.m.

Doha Marriot Thursdays (Ladies Only) 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and Sundays (Mixed Class) 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Ritz Carlton (Yama Yoga classes) Sundays at 8:30 a.m. (mixed levels); 10:00 a.m. (open beginners); and 7:00 p.m. (mixed levels)


InterContinental Doha

Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m.; Fridays at 12:00 p.m.; and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m.

Doha Marriott Nia Saturdays (Ladies Only) at 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and Wednesdays (Mixed Class) at 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

For mo re informa tion and fitn ess ide as, check out our sports li stings!

Yama Yoga Studios Level 2/3

Sundays to Thursdays at 8:30 a.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 9:30 a.m.

Ladies only classes Sundays and Wednesdays at 7:15 p.m. Evening Classes

Sundays to Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.

Beginner classes

Sundays to Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:00 a.m.

Teen yoga

Wednesdays at 4:15 p.m.

Prenatal yoga

Mondays at 11:15 a.m.; Tuesdays at 4:45 p.m.; and Fridays at 11:30 a.m.

Vinyasa yoga

Fridays at 9:00 a.m.

Astanga yoga

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By Sydnee Bryant, Mikhail Ouijano and Nitya Shukla

Anything you do this summer will ultimately be made better by having an awesome soundtrack in the background. Check out our picks for the greatest songs to listen to for road trips, getting dolled up before a big night on the town, surviving a nasty breakup or simply rocking out. As a bonus, we’ve included our picks for the ultimate guilty pleasure songs – the ones you’d never want to admit to having on your iPod but love anyways. Postcards From Italy

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Ridin' in my Car She & Him

Favourite Game

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Blood to Gold

Fleet Fo

Lisztomania Phoenix

We Will Become Silhouettes



Sufjan Ste

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Boy and Bear

Sara Bareilles

Candy in the Sun

The Cardigans

The Postal Service The Shins

Swirl 360


Arcade Fire

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Don’t Speak

No Doubt

King of Anythin


Sara Bareilles

Sometime Aroun

d Midnight

The Airborne To

xic Event

Picture to Burn

Songs Like This

Taylor Swift

Best Days of Your


Kellie Pickler

Someone Like You Adele

Carrie Underwood


Ingrid Michaelson


Unkle Bob

With or Without You


Goodbye My Lover

James Blunt


There’s More to Me Than You

Bruno Mars

Jessica Andrews

Single Ladies

Since U Been Gone


Kelly Clarkson


Guilty Pleasure SONGS So Yesterday Hilary Duff

The Climb/ Party in the USA


The Moffats

A Public Affair

Miley Cyrus

Jar of Hearts

Jessica Simpson


Christina Perri

I Drive Myself Crazy

Ashlee Simpson

Truly Madly Deeply

He Wasn’t

Savage Garden


Avril Lavigne

Baby/ Eenie Meanie Justin Bieber

Shape of My Heart/ As Long as You Love Me Backstreet Boys

Oops!... I Did it Again Britney Spears

My Happy Ending Mika

Stars are Blind Paris Hilton

Barbie Girl Aqua


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Pre-Party Son gs

Born This Way

You Wouldn’t Like

Lady Gaga

Tegan and Sara

Break Me Out


The Rescues

Nelly Furtado

We R Who We R

I’m Just a Girl


No Doubt

Hold it Against M Britney Spears


Any Way You W ant It / Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin' the Glee Cast

Firework Katy Perry

Celebrity Status

Marianas Trench

Have You Ever Seen The Rain

Lady in Black

Creedance Clearwater Revival

Uriah Heep

Don’t You Want Somebody to Love

Smells Like Teen Spirit

Jefferson Airplane

Rock You Like a Hurricane Scorpions

The Final Countdown Europe

Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd

I Disappear Metallica

Born To Be Wild Steppenwolf


Here it Goes Aga


Ok Go

Raise Your Glass


Only Girl (In the



Rolling in the De



If I Had You

Adam Lambert


Breaking The Law Judas Priest

Paradise City Guns and Roses

Barracuda Heart

Light My Fire The Doors

The Pretender Foo Fighters

I Love Rock n Roll Joan Jett and the Blackhearts


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er t s n

Mo l a Met

Bored This W ay DIY Fashion Tips for Your

Collect as many safety pins as you can find and pin them along the edges of a plain black suit jacket’s breast pocket to give it a kick of rock and roll. Take a bunch of silver nuts and string an old shoelace through them for a punky bracelet. Pound an old, unused key with a hammer to deconstruct it into a vintage charm necklace. If you wander enough around fashion blogs and designer websites, you’ll notice that these hints of grunge and steampunk-inspired accessories are a definite plus in style and a great opportunity to get you all crafty and preoccupied.

Dull Days By Mikhail Quijano

Too hot to party outside? Feeling lacklustre and totally un-glam? Pick up some items you can find around your house, unleash your creativity and you’ll be on the right track to a refreshed closet while battling boredom this season!


o it’s too hot to go outside, you’re stuck in your house, bored out of your wits and feeling totally drab and dreary. If you’re bored this way, don’t be such a drag! Pull your boring clothes out from your closet, pick up some items lying around your house and get creative with some DIY fashion! Here are some tips and tricks to get you started on battling boredom and refreshing your wardrobe this season!

Shear Delight.

Imperfect, raw edges are all the rage in fashion these days, but lot of times we hesitate cutting away for fear of ruining a decent shirt or a pair of jeans. The trick to cutting fabric is to cut slowly and continuously; stopping halfway through leaves you with those annoying snags and uneven edges. Start by marking the fabric lightly with the pencil, take a deep breath and cut away!

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I’m a Free Bleach, Baby.

Nothing says cool summer grunge like an epic pair of deconstructed bleached denims, or a nice bleached shirt. Rummage through the nether regions of your closet and experiment: dip an old toothbrush in full strength bleach for fine splatters or spray blobs and splats of an equal parts bleach and water mixture onto clothes with a spray bottle. If you’re feeling edgy, go ahead and fill a pail of water with bleach and water mixture and dunk your jeans in halfway through for a twotoned bleached pair. Just remember to wear proper protective gear and work in a well-ventilated area when bleaching; it is a very strong chemical and can harm you (and your jeans, if you don’t rinse it off properly). These are just some ideas to get you inspired on your own personal adventure of conquering boredom and upping your style score this sunny season. All you need to remember is that there really are no rules to DIY fashion: just learn to look at things differently, don’t be afraid to get dirty and make mistakes, and you’ll definitely be on the right track, baby!

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READ In the Style of the Beholder, a down-to-earth beauty blog about fashion, DIY projects and home décor. Blogger Erica is a 20-something regular gal who loves fashion and life. Follow Erica as she blogs on everything from weddings (her own and the recent royal wedding) to her obsession with stylist Rachel Zoe. In the Style of the Beholder features photos and commentary by Erica, all revolving around the dreamy clothes and accessories that make life a little more whimsical and that much more interesting. Check it out at

A Blingy Ring by Guess This sweet blue ring is manages to be both subtle and attention-grabbing, with its lovely colour and sparkling stones. We know it’s not the size of the ring that matters, but we can’t help but love how big this dazzler is. Every girl needs a hot cocktail ring with a little sparkle sparkle and Guess always delivers. Wear it on your pinkie or even on your ring finger, if you’re feeling cheeky. We like that this ring is appropriate for day or night, work or play, fun or fling. Guess rings are available at Salam Stores.



A silk Hermes scarf Keep your hair off your face in style this summer with one of a becoming silk scarf from Hermes. This heavenly house of fashion boasts a huge stockpile of silky scarves in pretty patterns and an array of colours. Use one of these high-class scarves as a headband to keep your bangs off of your face, or tie it around your ponytail to add class to a practical hairstyle. You can even thread one of these delicate scarves through a braid in order to add pizzazz to your style. This is one accessory you will use again and again during the scorching heat of summer.

The Shopper Bag, by Celine This enormous bag is stylish, practical and so stunningly beautiful that we can’t help but want to hold it in our arms. Its roomy interior means that there is plenty of space for all of your work and personal items; it’s glamorous exterior means you’ll want to carry it with you everywhere you go. We like it’s simple, sturdy structure and clean, classic lines. This swoon-worthy bag is available in a variety of colours, including shocking orange, but we like this bag best in reserved black. Every fashionable gal on the go should have one of these beauties in her collection.

at Mango It’s hard to believe that we could love Mango more than we already do. But the newly redesigned Mango boutique at Landmark Mall is designed to highlight the best that the store has to offer, making shopping easier and faster. With adorable dresses, cute tops and plenty of fabulous accessories for summer, how can you go wrong? Mango always offers plenty of reasons to max out your credit card on staples that you’ll be able to justify long after you’ve paid off your purchases. We love their flirty frocks, beautiful bags and comfy casual pieces, not to mention their brilliant splashes of colour throughout their designs.

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Escaping to fantastic happening destinations around the world does wonders. Here are some

Bollywood Fest Sept 2nd – Sep 10th: Norway. The

La Tomatina Aug 31st: Spain. Every year, on the last Wednesday of August, Bunol, a cozy Spanish village in Spain, becomes the centre stage of the world’s largest food fight. Thousands of people from around the world travel to Spain to throw tomatoes as missiles at each other. La Tomatina is one of the most famous festivals coming out of Spain. For more information, visit

Bollywood Fest is one of the biggest film and dance festivals in Scandinavia. Live shows and great Indian cinema will delight and entertain the crowds coming from different parts of the world. For more information, visit

Notting Hill Carnival Aug 29th – 30th: England. During this bank holiday, the chic suburb of Notting Hill transforms into the biggest street carnival celebration in Europe. Masquerade parades, DJs, live music, street food, dancing and endless entertainment are all part of this extravagant festival. For more information, visit

Aloha Festivals Sept 17th and 24th: Hawaii. Every year Hawaii celebrates its musical and dancing roots during two special festivals: the Waikiki Hoolaulea on Sept. 17 and the Floral Parade on Sept. 24. For more information, visit

Chiemsee Reggae Summer Aug 26th – Aug 28th: Germany. Every year, more than 25,000 visitors enjoy a line-up of over 60 bands and DJs by the base of the Chiemgau Alps. The Chiemsee Reggae Summer is Europe’s leading reggae festival. For more information, visit


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By Jorge Granda

The summer is already upon us and the temperature is definitely heating up. There are lots of people in Doha who enjoys a good swim, but for some, the idea of heading to the beach in this weather is probably not ideal. However, that is not a reason to stay at home. There is plenty of swimming that can be done in an indoor pool.


part from being perhaps the only sport that works out every single muscle of your body in perfect balance, swimming is also an incredibly pleasant recreational activity. The relaxation, sense of freedom and quiet one can get while inside a pool is definitely a sensation to look forward to. The enjoyment of swimming is endless. Doha has beautiful beaches and plenty of luxurious hotels that house nicely designed swimming pools. However, if, apart from having a good time, you want to use swimming as a vehicle to improve the shape of your body, or to compete on an amateur or professional level, beach or hotel facilities won’t provide you with the right environment. But luckily for residents who want to take the sport to a new level, there is a place in the middle of Doha that offers personalized training and the proper space to develop or further improve your swimming skills.

Doha Dolphi ns is located at D oha College. To become a member, visit w w w.qm a or call 4411-7 911.


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Hans Bylemans is the man behind the concept of Qmotion. He is a former professional swimmer from Belgium with an extensive background in the sport. He has participated in many high-profile international competitions through his career as a swimmer, including the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. After his career ended, Bylemans went into the private industry, where he became a successful professional. His story in Qatar began at the Asian Games, where he played a key role in the organization of all the aquatics sports. After the games came to an end, Bylemans went onto work on different projects, but his first passion was still very much alive in his heart. That’s when he decided that it was time to revive his long affair with swimming and he opened Qmotion. “Swimming has always been my passion and to be involved in the club, it just came natural to me, as I have been swimming for more than 20 years,” Bylemans said. “Teaching someone to swim is like saving someone’s life. Drowning is one of the top causes of death in the world; therefore, I take pride in the fact that by teaching people how to swim I may be also saving someone’s life. ”


If swimming is your thing, then Doha Dolphins is the group to join. It doesn’t matter if you have never done a single lap before or if your swimming skills are above average. By joining Doha Dolphins, you will be joining a group of experts that will help you learn how to swim or enhance your already-existing capabilities inside the water. Fifteen coaches from Scotland, Hungary, Philippines, Serbia, India and France, plus 20 assistants and four lifeguards, will provide you with the highest-quality swimming education and personalized service. LONG-LASTING LOVE FOR SWIMMING There are several programs on offer at Doha Dolphins that will help you reach the level of performance and swimming technique you and your family desire. The best part of it all is that you will learn how to swim or maximize your potential in a fun and healthy environment. Swimmers will develop a long-lasting love for the sport.


The academy is structured into two levels: learn to swim and technical development groups.

The squads at Doha Dolphin are structured into four levels. LEARN HOW TO SWIM Junior Squad seven to 10 years old Children between the ages of four and nine Junior Squad B nine to 12 years old years old will learn fundamental movement Senior Squad 11 to 19 years old skills inside the water. Emphasizing learning Fitness and Fun 10 to 19 years old through having fun, kids will be taught how to safely enter and exit the water, use of The competition squads are by invitation steps, jumps, dive, buoyancy and balance, only. The swimmers participate in many rotation and orientation, streamlining, different types of competitions and further aquatic breathing, travel and coordination, develop their skills. Fitness and Fun is travel and coordination, water safety and designed to provide kids and teenagers The concept of Qmotion is revolutionary in health and fitness, among others. with the opportunity to swim and have fun, Doha, as it is one of the few multi-cultural but who are not necessarily interested in private organizations that focus on sports TECHNICAL DEVELOPMENT GROUPS committing full-time to the sport. and recreational activities for expat families. The program is open to all swimmers The aim of Qmotion is to support health between the ages of six and 12 that have During their time in the squads, students awareness and further develop a sports successfully passed through ‘Learn to will learn advanced stroke technique and culture within the community of Qatar. Swim’ program and that are committed to drills development. “We are very proud The team at Qmotion empowers all of its swimming twice a week. There are three of Qmtotion and the service we provide,” members to live a healthier and more progroups, in which swimmers are introduced Bylemans said. “We hope to keep doing active lifestyle. The most popular program to advanced stroke techniques and the currently available at Qmotion is the very basics of training sets, including race starts, this for as long as we can and increase the number of members.” successful Doha Dolphins. turns and lane discipline.


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By Jorge Granda

Watch the fastest and most spectacular bikes and race cars in Doha during two of the most fascinating upcoming events this month: the Night Time Track Day and the Qatar National Road Racing Round 7, both held at the Losail International Circuit.


very month, the Losail International Circuit NIGHT TIME TRACK DAY plays host to some of the highest-calibre local (Bikes and Cars) and international events on the motor racing The Night Time Track Day event takes place June 10 at calendar, offering residents the chance to the Losail International Circuit. The event is divided into see talented drivers fighting it out to the last two sessions: bikes and cars. hundredth of a second to reach the finish line. June will not be any exception, as two exhilarating race events BIKE SESSION will be taking place at the circuit, where man and The event is open for all local and international drivers. machine will be pushed to the limit. Around 35 drivers, including local Qataris, expats living in Qatar and drivers from United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Both of the racing events taking place this month will Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, are expected to battle it out bring together the county‘s best motorcycle and car in a fierce competition during the bike session. riders. Impressive and powerful high-speed machinery from the world’s leading manufacturers of motorcycles CAR SESSION and cars will be spotted during the two events. The Local and expat drivers are expected to take part in Night Time Track Day and the Qatar National Road this exciting car racing. Around 25 participants will go Racing Championships Round 7 are unique in style. head to head in races that will see some of the most Both spectators and drivers will be a part of a journey powerful cars in the country pushing their speed to full of speed and unmatchable force. the limit.

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Bikes expected to be ridden by the drivers include: • Yamaha R1 (600cc) or R6 (1000cc)

THE CARS Cars expected to be driven by the drivers include: • Mitsubishi Evo

• Suzuki GSXR (1000cc)


• Honda CBR or Fireblade (1000cc)

• Porsche • Honda Civic

• Aprilia RSV4 (1000cc)

• Corvette

• BMW S1000RR (1000cc) • Ducati 1098 or Monster (1000cc) All participants must attend the briefing, which is at 5:00 p.m. The track will be open for the bike session from 6:00 p.m. till 9:00 p.m. Registration starts at 3:30 p.m. and goes until 4:30 p.m.

• Lotus All participants must attend the briefing, which is at 8:00 p.m. The track will be open for the car session from 9:15 p.m. till 12:15 a.m. Registration starts at 6:30 p.m. and goes until 7:30 p.m.


The second exciting event taking place this month is the Qatar National Road Racing Round 7. On Tuesday, June 17, the most daring local Qatari drivers, as well as expats, will showcase their unbeatable driving skills at the Losail International Circuit. There are 21 drivers who have secured a spot in the car racing. The Qatar Motor & Motorcycle Federation reserves the right to allow wildcards entrants, as per the approval of the organizer. The Qatar National Road Racing Round 7 is restricted to vehicles designed for road use only. There will be no restriction on engine size. Spectators will have the chance to see cars as powerful as Mitsubishi, BMW, Honda and Porsche take the tracks of the circuit by storm.


JOIN THE ACTION If you are willing to put your driving skills to the test and participate in the Night Time Track Day (bikes and cars), all you need to do is fill out a registration form, available at the circuit, and pay QR 400 for the bike session and QR 500 for the car session. A deposit of QR 500 is also required for a transponder if you would like to have your lap time results. The deposit will be given back after the session is over. The lap time results will be distributed to the participants every hour.

Built in less than a year at a cost of 54 million USD, the race track is located just outside Doha (on the way to Al-Khor, 15 minutes away from West Bay, North Relief Road). The magnificent Losail International Circuit opened its doors in 2004 to host the Marlboro Grand Prix, won by Sete Gibernau. The track is 5.380 kilometres in length, with a main straight of just over a kilometre at 1,068 metres. 61

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By Jorge Granda

Marcos Gutierrez is a proud fan of the Barcelona Football Club. For more than a year he has tried to officially establish a FC Barcelona Fan Club here in Doha to pay tribute to the club that he so deeply admires. Finally, after months of arduous paper work, his dream has materialized and the FC Barcelona Doha Fan Club – Qatar is a happy reality.


amiliarly known as Barca, the club is the second-most successful in Spanish football, with more than a hundred years of history. The club has won 21 La Liga titles, 25 Spanish Cups, nine Spanish Super Cups, and two League titles. Given such a successful trajectory, it is no surprise that the club has millions of fans in each corner of the globe. The club’s devoted fans follow their every move and religiously watch each game Barca plays. But to be a member of an official FC Barcelona club it is not an easy task, as establishing the fan club in a country outside of Spain requires of a lot of effort, plus approval from the club itself. Marcos Gutierrez was not intimidated by all the hard work and, together with other six Barca fans, he has accomplished a great victory.

"We are very happy we were able to establish the fan club here in Qatar," Gutierrez said. "The aim of our fan club is

to gather all fans in the country who really loves FC Barcelona and to spread with pride our passion for the colours and the philosophy of our club." The fan club is a non-lucrative organization registered and approved by the FC Barcelona directly, said Gutierrez. "Our intention is to share our passion by organizing events and football matches, watching games together, doing events for the kids and doing joint events with other fan club's like Dubai's, among other activities we are preparing," Gutierrez said. On May 6, Marcos received the good news that the permission to officially open a FC Barcelona Fan Club in Qatar was granted. Since then, all of Barca’s fans have a space to share their passion for the same team. They have been gathering at Admirals Club at Ritz-Carlton Doha to celebrate the victories of their beloved football club. In the short period of time that the fan club

has been functional, more than a hundred other aficionados has joined Gutierrez. Together, they proudly embrace the colours of FC Barcelona. The FC Barcelona Doha Fan Club – Qatar has one very special member. Gabriel Garcia, also known as Gabri, is a former FC Barcelona player who is currently playing for a prestigious football team in Qatar. He was pleasantly surprised to find out about the good news and shared his take on the newly founded fan club with us.

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If you wan t to join the club, email fcbdoha@ m

QH: When you heard that there was a FC Barcelona Fan Club in Qatar, what was your first impression?

Photos provided by FC Barcelona Doha Fan Club

GG: I played for the FC Barcelona for more than 12 years. I started as a junior and then moved up to the first league. I felt very good when I heard about the fan club. I know how hard is to get the permission to set up a fan club outside Spain, so I was very pleased to hear that there is one in the country that I am currently living in and that is so far away from home. It is a great way for all the aficionados and myself to feel like the club is closer. QH: As a former player of the club, what does it mean to you the establishment of the club here in Qatar? GG: Football is becoming more and more popular every day. This is a huge step for all Barca fans. It is our opportunity to show the world how much passion we have for the sport and our club. We have fans clubs in many countries all over the world and having one in Qatar is quite an accomplishment. I admire Marcos’ efforts to make this a reality.

QH: What will be your involvement in the FC Barcelona Doha Fan Club – Qatar? GG: I will help promote the fan club as much as I can and help all members in whatever way possible. I played for the club for so many years and I have a deep connection with FC Barcelona. For me, it is a special honour to keep supporting the club from here. I still have contact with some of the players, so imagine how happy I am to be able to still support them. QH: What is your dearest memory of playing for FC Barcelona? GG: When we won the championship league in 2006 because before that year we hadn’t won in a while. QH: You are playing now for Um Salal. Tell us about this new challenge in your career. GG: It’s been very gratifying. I have been playing for them for a year now and it has been great. I think I can give a lot to the team because of my experience playing for so many European teams.

QH: How did you end up in this part of the world? GG: I have worked with the coach that brought me here for many years. We first met while I was still playing for Barcelona and then we also worked together when I was playing for Ajax Amsterdam. When my contract finished he talked to me about the possibility to come and play here, as he was already coaching my current team. I wanted a change and I saw this opportunity as the perfect gateway to start a new chapter in my career. QH: Is there anything else you would like to say to the members of the FC Barcelona Doha Fan Club – Qatar? GG: A lot of effort has been put into this project; therefore I just hope all fans will enjoy being part of something special. 63

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By Jorge Granda

Pool can’t be considered a very popular game in the country just yet. But that situation may rapidly change, as the Qatar Billiards & Snooker Federation (QBSF) is paving the way for the sport to become well-known by bringing the biggest stars of the game to Doha and organizing international championships.


or the second year in a row, Qatar will play host to one of the most recognized pool tournaments in the world. QH gives you all the details on this international pool affair.

The WPA World 9-Ball Championship is an annual pool tournament that gathers the best professional pool players from around to world to compete against each other. The first edition took place in 1990, in Bergheim, Germany, and was won by American Earl Strickland. Since then, the event has taken place in many places, including the U.S., Taiwan, Sweden, Spain and the Philippines. In 2008, the tournament went through a two-year hiatus before making its triumph return in Qatar in 2010. The WPA World 9-Ball Championship was first brought to the Middle East in 2010. That year, Qatar became the first Arab country to ever stage a pool championship of this calibre. Qatar will host the event until 2013. “The WPA World 9-Ball Championship has never taken place in the Middle East before, until we brought it here. For us,

is a great honour that Qatar was selected to host the championship for four consecutive editions. We are very happy that we were given this chance,” said Ehab Alsalih, Technical expert of the Qatar Billiards & Snooker Federation. “By hosting such a big event, we know we are on the right track to increase furthermore the popularity of pool in Qatar.” Last year, spectators saw Francisco Bustamante from the Philippines beat all of his opponents to claim the coveted title. June 21 to July 2, the top 128 pool players from all around the globe will land in Qatar to participate in the World 9-Ball Championship Qatar 2011 with a prize money of USD 250,000. The top players gathering in the country for the competition includes current champion Francisco Bustamante, Efran Reyes and Denis Orcollos, among many others. The qualifying stage will take place from June 21 until June 24. The second stage will take place starting June 25 until July 2 at Al Saad Sports Club.

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Photos provided by Qatar Billiards & Snooker Federation

The players will play on a nine foot table, whose design originated in the U.S. Players have to pocket the balls in sequence one to nine. The player that pockets ball number nine will be the winner. Any player that loses two games will be out of the competition.

Ali Al Obaidly is the top junior and senior pool player in the country. He won the Qatar National Open 8-ball and brought home a gold medal after claiming the title at the Arab Championship. He is also a three-time silver medalist of the GCC championship. QH met with the prodigious teenager to discuss further the upcoming World 9-Ball Championship Qatar 2011 and his take on the sport in Qatar. QH: How long have you been playing pool and what inspired you to do so? Al Obaidly: I started playing pool and snooker when I was nine years old. I am 18 years now, so you can do the math. My father was one of the founders of the Qatar Billiards & Snooker Federation, so his passion for the sport was big. I got my love for pool and snooker from him. I always saw him playing and eventually I just got very much involved with the game. QH: Tell us about your expectations for the upcoming World 9-Ball Championship Qatar 2011. Al Obaidly: There are eight players from the national team participating in the event. I just hope that at least three of us can make it to the top 32 and, of course, hopefully one of us will win. The best players in the world are coming to participate, so it is kind of a difficult competition. I am confident we are ready and that we will give our very best. Also, I want my

compatriots to know more about the game and maybe get inspired and join the federation or the national team. We need more players to join us, especially to play snooker. Many people find snooker very difficult and do not want to play it. QH: Why is it so important to host international events such as this one? Al Obaidly: It is very important because it will raise the status of the sport in the country to a higher level. A lot of people come to watch the event, which is great. We just need more Qataris to fall in love with the game and become more involved. QH: How far do you want to go as a pool and snooker player? Al Obaidly: As far as I can go. I love the game. My family is very supportive and I practice all the time. I feel very lucky that I can play both and that I am good at it. I am also very proud that I have gone this far.

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Introduction to Anusara Yoga by Jonas Westring

Thurs 2nd – Sat 4th: Yama Yoga Studios. Learn from the best - Jonas

World 9-Ball Championship Qatar 2011 June 21st - July 2nd: Al Sadd Sports Club. For the second year in row, Qatar will play host to one of the most important international pool competitions in the world. The top players of the game will participate in the 9-ball competition to claim the coveted title and 250,000 USD in prize money. For more information, visit

Westring, the founder of Shantaya Yoga and Bodywork School. He has three decades of experience in a multitude of yoga styles, therapies and healing modalities. For more information, visit or email

Losail International Circuit

Track Day for Bikes and Cars

Fri 3rd, 10th: Losail International Circuit. Are you an adrenaline junkie with a need for speed? Now’s your chance to blaze through the Qatari racetrack, where world championships take place. Rates are from QR 200 to QR 3,000. For more information, visit

Qatar National Road Racing Championship

Race 7

Fri 17th: Losail International Circuit. Experience a racing event organized by the Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation as part of a competition that has seven races leading to the championship round. The race is in accordance with the sporting code and regulations established by QMMF and Federation Internationale de l’Automobile International Sporting Code. For more information, visit

H.H. The Emir Volleyball Cup Final Fri 17th: Al Arabi Club. Catch all the hard court action in the biggest local competition featuring the best teams in Qatar. For more information, visit

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Mon 27th: Ramada Plaza. Becoming more and more popular each month, the original and best pub quiz in town returns. Bring along your team of six to take part in Doha’s favourite Quiz Night!  With no entry fee and great prizes to be won, why not get your competitive hat on and come along and have some fun at the monthly quiz night! Starts at 8:00 p.m. For more information, call 4428-1555.

Salsa Night

Sundays: InterContinental Doha. Latin passion on the dance floor with DJ Mido playing the best of salsa mixed with a little house and R&B. For more information, call 4484-4444 or 4484-4936.

Swing Sundays at Spice Market

Sundays: W Doha. Have a night full of live swing music. The night features a rotating line-up of international swing singers performing classic Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Michael Bublé songs, accompanied by Doha jazz musicians in the intimate surroundings of the Spice Market. For more information, call 4453-5363.

DJ Night with DJ Roger Choueiry

Sundays: La Cigale. Enjoy the best in music from across the globe mixed by DJ Roger Choueiry. Rock on the floor and dedicate your favourite songs to your special one at Madison Piano Bar. Ladies joining the DJ night will enjoy one welcome drink on the house. No entrance fee and no minimum charge for members. Book your spot now! For more information, call 4428-8665 or 5518-8008.

Lebanese Night

Sundays: Doha Marriott. Feel the heat of a Lebanese night every Sunday from 10:00 p.m. onwards. Reserve a table and come early to receive complimentary oriental tidbits. For more information and table bookings, call 4429-8444 after 6:00 p.m. or email

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Jazz Night

Mondays: Doha Marriott. DJ Joe Mitri welcomes all ladies and couples for a night of dancing and fun at the Pearl Lounge Club. Ladies receive a free welcome drink when entering before 11:30 p.m. For more information and table bookings, call 4429-8444 after 6:00 p.m. or email

Ladies Night at the Cigar Lounge

Mondays: Sharq Village and Spa. Shake up your night with your girlfriends every week! Ladies get two complimentary cocktails. From 7:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information, call 4425-6666.

Maher El Basha, the One-Man-Show

Monday to Saturdays: La Cigale. Experience and enjoy live Arabic music in the Madison Piano Bar that’s decked out in vibrant colours of furnishings with features an eclectic mix of chic and elegance. Savour a wide range of finger food, sushi and sashimi and cigars complemented by a selection of fine beverages. Entertainment starts at 10:00 p.m. No entrance fee and no minimum charge on weekdays! For more information, call 4428-8665 or 5518-8008.

Party Tuesday

Wednesdays: InterContinental Doha. Enjoy an intimate evening of live jazz at Lava from 8:00 p.m. onwards. For more information, call 4484-4444 or 4484-4079 or email

Kiss 'n' Fly

Wednesdays: W Doha. What that tingling sensation on your tongue? It’s Ladies Night at Crystal Lounge, where all ladies get two complimentary drinks between 9:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. Check in for a special flight with the resident DJ. From 9:00 p.m. till 3:00 a.m. For more information, call 4453-5135.

Ladies Night

Wednesdays: InterContinental Doha. Unlimited free drinks for all ladies from 10:00 p.m. until late, with music from Doha’s finest DJs. For more information, call 4484-4444 or 4484-4936.

Ladies Party Mania

Thursdays: Doha Marriott. DJ Joe Mitri welcomes all ladies and couples for a night of dancing and fun at Pearl Lounge Club. Ladies receive a free welcome drink while entering before 11:30 p.m. For more information and table bookings, call 4429-8444 after 6:00 p.m. or email

DJ Master J

Tuesdays: Doha Marriott. Be classy with Romanian music and get hip with R&B music all together mixed by Pearl Lounge resident DJ Joe Mitri! For more information and table bookings, call 4429-8444 after 6:00 p.m. or email

Thursdays: La Cigale. Welcome the weekend with the hottest party in town with DJ Jared McCulloch at 7. No entrance fee is required and no minimum charge for ladies! For more information, call 4428-8665 or 5518-8008.

Ya Habibi!

Beat Da Heat Beach Party

Wednesdays: Doha Marriott. This party night is particularly reserved for Arabic Music Lovers. DJ Imran is the pioneer of Arabic Dance remixes and brings you the weekly Oriental Night Fever! For more information and table bookings, call 4429-8444 after 6:00 p.m. or email

Fridays: Doha Marriott. Enjoy a hot day on the beach and dance away to groovy music with DJ Joe Mitri. From 1:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. For more information and table bookings, call 4429-8444 after 6:00 p.m. or email

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Bollywood meets Hollywood

Saturdays: Doha Marriott. Bollywood meets Hollywood at Pearl! Enjoy current and classic Bollywood hits mixed with a touch of house, R&B, and memorable pop expertly mixed by top Indian DJs. For more information and table bookings, call 4429-8444 after 6:00 p.m. or email

Jazzy Saturdays

Saturdays: Grand Hyatt Doha. Rocca will turn into a romantic and cozy experience for you! Enjoy a new a la carte menu featuring the freshest seafood, steaks and find dining dishes, together with the Doha Jazz band creating a sophisticated atmosphere. From 7:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information, call 4448-1240.

DJ Gill Morad at Sky View

Daily: La Cigale. Enjoy a lovely night out under the stars at the rooftop bar, Sky View. Dine under the stunning Doha's skyline with the hotel’s scrumptious hors d'oeuvres, mouthwatering desserts and the wide range of cocktails, while listening to the best songs mixed DJ Gill Morad, 6:00 p.m. till 3:00 a.m. No entrance fee and no minimum charge on weekdays. Members only. For enquiries or reservations, call 4428-8204.

M-Lounge’s Bollywood Night and Happy Hour

Daily: Merwebhotel Central Doha. Combining the perfect formula for a great night-out, a tasty variety of food, an exotic selection of drinks and a rocking DJ. Happy hour is from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. daily and every first Friday of the month is Bollywood Night featuring the best tunes of India by celebrity guest DJs. For more information, call 4409-4444 or visit

Jazz Club

Daily: Oryx Rotana. Enjoy the cool breeze of Queens Street Toronto Jazz every night at The Jazz Club. ATC Canadian quarto will jazz up your nights. Do not miss this extravagant Saturday jazzy dinner with a four-course set menu for the perfect celebration. For more information, call 4402-3333.

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Sajjil: A Century of Modern Art

Dec 30th – Oct 1st: Mathaf. Sajjil, an Arabic word meaning the art of recording, features more than 240 paintings, sculptures and mixed-media works made by more than 100 artists, representing pivotal moments in the development of Arab modernism throughout the 20th century. For more information, visit

The Golden Age of Dutch Painting, Masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum

Mar 11th – June 6th: Museum of Islamic Art. The Qatar Museums Authority, in collaboration with the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, presents the first major exhibition of Dutch art in the Gulf region. With forty-four paintings, these paintings give a wide-ranging view of the artists, lifestyle and topography of Holland in the seventeenth century. For more information, visit

Arabic Showpieces

Sat 11th: Opera House, Katara. Have an enchanting evening of music with the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra. Special guests include Missak Baghboudarian as the conductor, Maias Al Yamani and Maria Arnaout on violin and Kinan Azmeh on clarinet. Ticket prices: QR 75 to QR 300. Available at Virgin Megastore in Landmark Mall and Villaggio. Starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information, email

Dvorák’s Seventh Symphony

Sat 18th: Opera House, Katara. Experience the most typically romantic symphony Dvorák wrote, as interpreted by the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra. Special guests Nanse Gum as conductor and Bassam Saba on ney. Ticket prices: QR 75 to QR 300. Available at Virgin Megastore in Landmark Mall and Villaggio. Starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information, email

Heritage without Borders: The 3rd GCC Archaeological Exhibition

Make it Gold!

Salvatore Accardo’s Beethoven and Vivaldi

Our Arabic Alphabet!

May 2nd - June 30th: QMA Gallery, Katara Cultural Village. Visit the third GCC Archaeological Exhibition, which will showcase the uniqueness of the Gulf’s culture. It is definitely shown through the constant interaction with neighbouring countries, human travel and economic trade. For more information, visit

Wed 1st: Opera House, Katara. Let your senses enjoy majestic performances by the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, with special guests Salvatore Accardo as the conductor and on the violin, as well as Laura Gorna on violin. Ticket prices: QR 75 to QR 300. Available at Virgin Megastore in Landmark Mall and Villaggio. Starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information, email

Sundays and Thursdays: Museum of Islamic Art. Examine and discover the deeper meaning behind the “Golden Age of Dutch Painting” masterpieces from the Rijkmuseum and develop your own still-life painting. Recommended for children ages six and above. From 9:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m. at the Education Centre M Level – Debriefing Room. For more information, visit or email

Mondays and Wednesdays: Museum of Islamic Art. Let your child focus on simple printing and stamping techniques and explore ways of combining motifs and Arabic letter on different surfaces. Recommended for children ages four to six. From 9:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m. at the Education Centre M Level – Debriefing Room. For more information, visit or email

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Sundays to Thursdays: Holiday Villa Doha. Escape the mad rush during lunch hours and enjoy a scrumptious set lunch at D’Chopstix Holiday Villa for QR 50 per person. From 11:30 a.m. till 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 4408-4888 or 4408-4210.

Cupcake Carnival

Fri 3rd: W Doha. How many cupcakes can you eat in one sitting? Find out when W Café, in association with Teuscher Chocolates, stages its inaugural Cupcake Carnival, featuring all-you-can-eat cupcakes, including a beverage. Enjoy the Create Your Own Cupcake stand, family entertainment and general all-round fun and frivolity. Starts at 12:00 p.m. QR 25 per child and at QR 50 per adult. For more information, call 4453-5385.

Art of Cocktail Making Class Fri 10th: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Join the Habanos’ team and learn how to make your loved one the ultimate frozen cocktails. QR 225 per person. From 4:00 p.m. till 6:00 p.m. For more information, call 4484-8000.

Curry Cooking Class

Smoothie Extravaganza

Wed 15th – Thurs 30th: Sharq Village and Spa. Cool off this season with a selection of tea and coffee frappes, as well as delicious fruit smoothies will be on offer at Al Jalsa. QR 38 per person. For more information, call 4425-6666.

Grill Night

Sundays: W Doha. Steak connoisseurs and red-meat lovers converge upon W Doha’s Market by Jean-Georges to savour their prize cuts of tender meat, along with seafood every Sunday night. Char-grilled or seared, rare or well done, have it your way with your choice of sauce and side dish. From 6:00 p.m. onwards. For more information, call 4453-5373.

Flavourful Nights

Sundays to Wednesdays and Fridays: Safir Doha. Let Flavors restaurant take Sat 11th: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Learn tips and tricks from Chef Biju George on how to make you around the world with colourful buffets featuring local and international basic home-cooked Indian Curry. Starts at cuisines, which are cosmopolitan 10:30 a.m., followed by lunch. QR 265 per person. For more information, call 4484-8000. interpretations of modern dining found throughout Doha. Sunday is Far Eastern Night; Monday is Mexican Night; Tuesday Exclusive Asian Night is Italian Night; Wednesday is Seafood Sun 12th: Oryx Rotana. Celebrate the Night; and Friday is for the Family Brunch. Independence Day of the Philippines with For more information, call 4445-5334 or an exclusive Asian night buffet at Choices. Enjoy the day with signature Asian dishes in email the company of friends and family. For more information, call 4402-3333. Business Lunch Sundays to Thursdays: InterContinental Doha. Mykonos restaurant just got more Mediterranean Night delicious and quicker to enjoy. Greek Chef Mon 20th: Kempinski Doha. A fresh Kostas introduces the new express business approach to food exploration, the Aroma lunch menu with a choice of a starter, main restaurant offers an array of dishes from course and dessert ready to be enjoyed both open moussaka, ricotta ravioli, beef in the tempting outdoor terrace overlooking tagliata, fritto misto to sicilian cannoli the gardens and the pool or the indoor cozy for you to savour on Mediterranean lounge area. From 12:00 p.m. till 3:30 p.m. Night. For reservations, call 4405-3325 or For more information, call 4484-4096 email or 4484-4444.

Express Lunch at Market by Jean-Georges

Sundays to Thursdays: W Doha. Choose your starter, main course and dessert and savour Chef Vongerichten’s signature dishes in only 30 minutes! The finest dining express lunch ever! From 12:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. QR 85 per person for a three-course menu. For more information, call 4453-5373 or 4453-5135.

Business Lunch at Burj Al Hamam

Sundays to Thursdays: The Pearl-Qatar. Perk up your day with a three-course set menu with a choice of tabbouleh or fattouch, daily special (main course) and a choice of mouhalabieh or baklawa. QR 95 per person. For more information call 4495-3876 ext 1291.

Meat the Grills

Mondays and Tuesdays: InterContinental Doha. Eat as much as souvlaki BBQ as you can and discover your Mediterranean limits by the outdoor terrace! Enjoy an open buffet with fresh cold mezzedes and salads, complemented with desserts. From 6:30 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. QR 135 per person. For reservation, call 4484-4074 or 4484-4444 or email

Sizzling Steak

Tuesdays: Oryx Rotana. Your size, your cut and your style – enjoy all the meat you can! QR 185 per person including unlimited juices and soft drinks and at QR 250, including unlimited selected house beverages. For more information, call 4402-3333.

Tapas Galore

Tuesdays: Oryx Rotana. For Tapas Lovers, this unlimited night is for you to enjoy! Enjoy a selection of tantalizing tapas with three glasses of vino. QR 220 per person. For more information, call 4402-3333.

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Business Lunch

Tuesdays to Sundays: Wyndham Grand Regency Doha. Business Lunch at Chopsticks offers the ideal solution for busy professionals: a variety of distinctive modern Asian Food presented in an exceptional three-course menu. Daily changing set menu, which should be served in only 59 minutes for QR 59. Otherwise, you get it for free! From 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information, call 4434-3203 or 4434-3333 or email

1,001 Arabian Nights

Wednesdays: Doha Marriott. Sink your teeth into real Arabic Taste and the rich flavours of this culinary tradition. Take a break and indulge in a lavish Oriental buffet and live cooking stations at the Corniche Restaurant. The 1001 Arabian Nights is the promise of a real experience and of an impressively opulent feast. From 7:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information, reservations, and dining voucher requests, call 4429-8499 or email

Curry Night

Wednesdays: MĂśvenpick 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. Priced at just QR 115 per person, reservations are essential. For more information, call 4496-6600.

Indian Flavours

Wednesdays: Oryx Rotana. Savour an aromatic feast and indulge your senses with authentic Indian flavours. QR 175 including unlimited juices and soft drinks and QR 240 including unlimited selected house beverages. For more information, call 4402-3333.

Pizza & Pasta Night

Thursdays: Merwebhotel Central Doha. Taste Italy at the Mezza9 Kitchen as you enjoy slices of oven-baked goodness and rich Italian classics fresh from live pasta stations, all for QR 75. Kids can dine for free! For more information, call 4409-4444 or visit

Delightful Seafood Night

Thursdays: Oryx Rotana. The most popular night in town! To savour the fresh fruits of the sea, book in advance. QR 185 per person, including unlimited juices and soft drinks and QR 250 including unlimited selected house beverages. For more information, call 4402-3333.

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Jazzy Friday Brunch at Rotana

Fridays: Oryx Rotana. Enjoy a wide variety of dishes and unlimited beverages while being entertained with live jazz music! QR 190 including unlimited juices and soft drinks or QR 260 including unlimited selected house beverages. Starts at 12:30 p.m. For more information, call 4402-3333.

Ruby Wu’s and Bombay Balti: Friday Brunch Gourmet Route

Thursdays: Doha Marriott. The Gallery restaurants have banded together to enrich the palate and enhance the dining experience of its guests, a real feast of the senses. The Gourmet Route is a culinary journey that evokes an open food market with spectacular live cooking stations, presenting cuisines from Latin and North America, Europe, China, Japan, India, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. From 7:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information, reservations, and dining voucher requests, call 4429-8499 or email

Seafood Soiree

Thursdays: Four Seasons Doha. Straight from the day’s catch to the market-style showcase, the Seafood Soirée brings you the very best of the ocean, both local and from around the world. Complemented by a lavish buffet, the soirée includes delightful options such as sea bass, hammour, prawns and cuttlefish, all cooked to order. There’s also the oyster and smoked salmon bar and the sushi and sashimi station for delicacies that tease the palate and elate the senses. From 7:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information, call 4494-8888.

It’s All About Kebabs

Thursdays to Saturdays: Sharq Village and Spa. Satisfy your craving with a special selection of kebabs that are on offer at Al Liwan. QR 250 per person. From 12:30 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. For reservations, call 4425-6666.

Seafood BBQ Buffet

Friday: InterContinental Doha. Enjoy grilled fish and seafood by the beachfront freshly prepared by expert chefs, including live cooking stations. From 7:00 p.m. till 12:00 a.m. For more information, call 4484-4444 or 4484-4747.

Fridays: Ramada Plaza. Start the weekend right and enjoy a very special Friday brunch. Let the team of chefs tempt you with fresh seafood, sushi, Chinese, Indian and European specialties. QR 190 per person, including a little sparkle! For more information, call 4428-1555.

A Super Brunch

Fridays: Oryx Rotana. Experience flavours coming all the way from the Alps. Drop by the Cellar for a traditional Stammtisch with unlimited special beverages. Savour Swiss, German, Italian, French and Austrian dishes for your ultimate Alp journey. QR 220 per person. For more information, call 4402-3333.

Fridays: Merwebhotel Central Doha. Treat your family to a sumptuous Friday Brunch at the Mezza9 Kitchen. Indulge in countless different flavours from the freshest catch to mouth-watering Mediterranean specialties, and live cooking stations all for just QR 155 per person. With special discounts for kids and a kids-friendly buffet, your little ones will go for more. For more information, call 4409-4444 or visit

Far Eastern Buffet

Friday Asian Brunch

Lavish Seafood Brunch

Breakfast Feast on Fridays

Alpine Stammtisch

Fridays: Wyndham Grand Regency. Take on a culinary trip to the Far East at Chopsticks restaurant as it serves a delightful lunch buffet of Chinese, Japanese and Thai cuisine! QR 129 per person. QR 65 for children from ages six to 12. For more information, call 4434-3203 or 4434-3333 or email

Fridays: InterContinental Doha. Indulge in a luxurious buffet and a market display featuring lobster, oyster, tiger prawns and sea bass. Choose from our wide range of beverage options to complement your meal while you relish the stunning views of the Arabian Sea and Doha’s skyline. From 12:30 p.m. till 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 4484-4444.

Fridays: Holiday Villa Doha. Enjoy the exquisite selection of Asian delights from Dumplings, Udons, and Teppanyaki to Tempuras, Roasted BBQ items and variety choice of dessert at D’Chopstix Holiday Villa. QR 130 per person. From 11:30 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. For more information, call 4408-4888 or 4408-4210.

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 whilst sitting on the terrace surrounded by the serene views of the marina. QR 150 per person, including coffee, tea and fresh juices. From 10:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. For more information, call 4484-8000.

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Grand Weekends

Fridays: Grand Hyatt Doha. Perfect for families to enjoy a lavish buffet featuring the freshest ingredients prepared at live cooking stations at The Grill. At Isaan, the Thai restaurant, open show kitchens are set in a captivating scene with authentic steam, along with grill and wok preparations served at an “all-you-can-eat” lunch. From 12:30 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. Prices are QR 250 with soft drinks and QR 395 with unlimited selected house beverages. For more information, call The Grill at 4448-1240 and Isaan at 4448-1250.

Friday Brunch

Fridays: Four Seasons. Start the weekend off on a leisurely note with the Four Seasons Friday brunch, offering an array of dining choices to linger over all afternoon. The main buffet is a showcase of live ethnic cooking stations, as well as hot and cold appetizers and a traditional carvery, complemented by an array of salads and freshly baked bread. The best is left for last, with a heavenly dessert spread that includes a chocolate fountain, pastries, hot desserts and cakes. A fun kiddies menu comes with entertaining activities to ensure that it’s the little ones who have the most fun. Book your favourite table for the ultimate brunch experience. From 12:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. For more information, call 4494-8888.

Friday Jazz Brunch

Frdays: 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 Mediterranean-inspired show kitchen, where global gastronomy has found its home in modern takes on comfort food complemented by cool and stylish live entertainment from the renowned Doha Jazz Band. QR 320 per person. From 12:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. For more information, call 4453-5373 or 4453-5135

Weekend Waves

Fridays and Saturdays: Sharq Village and Spa. Choose your culinary delights from the menu and it will be served in a fancy bento box at your table at Al Seef. QR 150 without lunch and QR 250 with lunch. For reservations, call 4425-6666.

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Sushi Night

Saturdays: W Doha. Add some flavour to the start of the week with Spice Market’s comprehensive sushi menu featuring assorted sushi, nigiri, maki and sashimi, prepared with the secret condiments of three-Michelin star chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and his expert team. From 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. For more information, call 4453-5363.

Espresso Lunch

Treasures from the Deep

Fridays to Tuesdays: Doha Marriott. Tempt your appetite with a delectable seafood buffet at the Corniche, Mediterranean restaurant. It is one of Doha Marriott’s highlights for all seafood lovers. They feature a wide variety of local and imported seafood prepared according to contemporary and traditional recipes. From 7:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information, reservations, and dining voucher requests, call 4429-8499 or email

The Doha Marriott Brunch

Fridays and Saturdays: Doha Marriott. Enjoy our lavish weekend brunch and spoil your taste buds. An array of cuisines is offered featuring Asia Live!, Corniche, All’ Aperto, Taj Rasoi and Salsa. Indulge in specialties freshly prepared in front of you and maybe even have a glass of bubbly. Your kids will also enjoy their buffet at the kid’s club. From 12:00 p.m. till 3:30 p.m. For more information, reservations, and dining voucher requests, call 4429-8499 or email

Weekend Family Brunch

Fridays and Saturdays: Mövenpick Tower and Suites. Relax and enjoy the sumptuous array of international cuisine including fresh seafood, carved meats and Arabic delights. A special children’s area offers their favourite food, along with face painting, karaoke, Wii, and a whole lot more. Brunch is from 12:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. Complimentary access to the pool for children and moms from 12:00 p.m. till 6:00 p.m. QR 199 per person, inclusive of all beverages. Children from six to 12 years of age are half-price and those below six are free. For more information, call 4496-6600.

Sushi Fiesta

Saturdays: Wyndham Grand Regency Doha. Immerse yourself in an electrical range of original and sensational sushi platters from the sushi bar at Chopsticks, the awardwinning best restaurant. Eat as much you can for QR 119 per person, including a glass of sparkling date juice. Saturdays from 6:30 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information, call 4434-3203 or 4434-3333 or email

Saturdays to Thursdays: Four Seasons Doha. With dramatic views of the Gulf, Il Teatro is the last word in Italian dining in Qatar. Savour the finest cuisine from provincial and modern urban Italy, with a dynamic one-hour service for the ever-popular Espresso Business Lunch. Available in a two or three-course menu. From 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information, call 4494-8888.

Sip & Savour

Saturdays to Thursdays: W Doha. Sip one and the second is on the house, together with complimentary Spice Market snacks, such as chicken skewers, samosas and spring rolls. From 5:30 p.m. till 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 4453-5363.

Business Lunch in Aroma

Saturdays to Thursdays: Kempinski Doha. Spice up your meeting or simply season your office escape with a hearty business lunch. Recharge with an appetizer, main course and dessert, and your choice of coffee or tea for QR 90. From 12:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. For reservations, call 4405-3325 or visit

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Mediterranean Specials at Rocca

Daily: Grand Hyatt Doha. Your favourite restaurant by the pool is bringing a whole new concept, with a new menu featuring authentic Mediterranean specialties, such as the caprecce salad or the fresh seafood platter and the mulwarra lamb shank tagine with orange, coriander, harrissa and couscous. For more information, call 4448-1270.

Spicy Sojok

Daily: Al Mourjan. These tasty Lebanese sausages, known as Sojok, are zesty and hearty, with just the right amount of Armenian spices. The perfect way to start any meal, these thick sausages are a real treat for the taste buds! From 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Available at Corniche and Souq Waqif locations. For more information, call 4483-4423 or 6604-0290.

Creamy Cheesecake

Daily: Al Mourjan. Surely the best cheesecake in Qatar, this dessert is truly proper cheesecake in its best form. Light and creamy but not too sweet, this cheesecake provides mouthful after mouthful of pure pleasure. Try it with a blueberry topping to add to your pleasure. From 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Available at Corniche and Souq Waqif locations. For more information, call 4483-4423 or 6604-0290.

Flavour Splash!

Daily: Al Mourjan. Retreat from the heat with a refreshing Al Mourjan Splash. This zippy mint lemonade is a tangy treat for the taste buds any day of the week. From 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Available at Corniche and Souq Waqif locations. For more information, call 4483-4423 or 6604-0290.

The Ultimate Hummus

Daily: Al Mourjan. For the ultimate hummus experience, try Al Mourjan’s light, thick and creamy hummus. The perfect balance of chickpeas, sesame paste, garlic, lemon and olive oil, this hummus is blended to please even the pickiest of hummus lovers. From 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Available at Corniche and Souq Waqif locations. For more information, call 4483-4423 or 6604-0290.

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Indian Food Fest at Lagenda

Daily: Holiday Villa Doha. Savour the spices and enjoy the exotic taste of India all-month long! From 7:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information, call 4408-8888 or 4408-4220.

Ice Cream Promotion

Daily: Sharq Village and Spa. Let the kid in you enjoy the “ice cream on wheels” that is offered around the pool and beach area at the Al Seef. From 9:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m. QR 15 per person. For more information, call 4425-6666.

Bentley’s Grill’s New Menu

Daily: Ramada Plaza. Offering the complete “steak experience,” enjoy the finest seared Wagyu beef and mouth-watering delights of Chef Jurgen and his team’s creative new menu. Reminiscent of a private gentlemen’s club with fine dining alongside a crackling fireplace, it promises a divine experience. For more information, call 4428-1555.

Happy Hours Fabulous Fattouch

Daily: Al Mourjan. Even the pickiest fattouch lover will be delighted with Al Mourjan’s fattouch. This delicious, healthy salad reaches new heights of tastiness because of the unique dressing, which consists of Al Mourjan’s own mix of lemon, vinegar and pomegranate juice. Tangy and sweet, this fattouch is health food at its best. From 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Available at Corniche and Souq Waqif locations. For more information, call 4483-4423 or 6604-0290.

International Buffet

Daily: Wyndham Grand Regency Doha. The scrumptious buffet at Grand Gourmet offers different cuisines from around the world, such as Italian cuisine Saturdays, Far Eastern cuisine Mondays, Seafood Wednesdays and Arabian cuisine on Fridays. Breakfast from 6:30 a.m. till 10:30 a.m., lunch from 12:30 p.m. till 3:30 p.m. and dinner from 6:30 p.m. till 10:30 p.m. The special Friday Brunch for the whole family is served between 11:30 a.m. till 3: 30 p.m. For more information, call 4434-3203 or 4434-3333 or email

Ice Cream Buffet

Daily: Wyndham Grand Regency Doha. Eat as much as you can during the ice cream promotion in Al Kut. QR 49. An ice cream buffet will be set up, with a large variety of accompaniments. From 3:00 p.m. till 6:00 p.m. For more information, call 4434-3203 or 4434-3333 or email

Traiteur Daily Specials

Daily: La Cigale. Enjoy a healthy lunch with daily specials available for outside orders! The lunch box contains a fresh salad, delectable main dish, homemade dessert and one soft drink. Choose your main dish from different selections, such as poultry, meat or seafood. Prices start from QR 60. Book your meal in advance by calling 4428-8803 or 4428-8820.

Business lunch at The Cellar

Daily: Oryx Rotana. Enjoy The Cellar’s three-course set menu, including a large variety of starters, main dishes and desserts for only QR 85 per person. Guarantee to be served in 60 minutes. For more information, call 4402-3333.

Daily: Ritz-Carlton. Join the Habanos team for Happy Hour. Enjoy your first drink and get a second complimentary beverage (applies to specific beverages only). From 6:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. For more information, call 4484-8000.

BBQ Ribs

Daily: Doha Marriott. Salsa’s BBQ Ribs are rubbed with a secret spice mixture and expertly cooked to ensure they are falloff-the-bone tender. The Mexican Chefs fire-grill and glaze them with a homemade BBQ sauce, which results in a sweet and spicy taste combination that is just to die for and definitely to be enjoyed to the fullest. For more information, reservations, and dining voucher requests, call 4429-8499 or email

Happy Hours 2.4.1 at JW's

Daily: Doha Marriott. The Bar at the JW's Steakhouse opens its door at 5:00 p.m. every day, allowing you to unwind the chic and elegant surroundings. From 5:00 p.m. till 7:00 p.m. For more information, reservations, and dining voucher requests, call 4429-8499 or email

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Wok Mee Business Lunch

Daily: Mövenpick Tower and Suites. For an Asian twist at lunch time, try the new business lunch menu. The three-course menu spoils you with choice and features favourites such as the traditional Thai Fish Cakes, Nasi Goreng, Green Mango Salad and Toffee Bananas with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. QR 85 per person. Get a 15 per cent discount with the MTS membership card. Free membership with every reservation. For more information, call 4496-6600.

Di Capri Specials Menu

Daily: La Cigale. Order the Di Capri special threecourse set menu for only QR 140 and experience flavourful Italian cuisine. Set menu includes Minestrone Genovese perfumed with pesto, penne with mozzarella and Tiramisu Della Casa. Or pamper yourself by ordering an upgraded three-course set menu at QR 245 that includes beef carpaccio with wild fennel, sea bass fillet with mushrooms and Cassata Siciliana. For more information, call 4428-8840.

Le Central Business Lunch

Daily: La Cigale. Le Central welcomes you and your corporate associates for a closed business deal with its specialty Business Set Menu. It will take only few minutes from your office wherever you are in Doha to savour three choices of light and healthy appetizers, expertly designed main dishes and irresistible desserts for only QR 150. For more information, call 4428-8772.

Salsa Margaritas

Daily: Doha Marriott. Add a margarita twist to your already festive and lively evenings in Salsa! Enjoy the mouthwatering Tex-Mex cuisine, listen to the fantastic Duo D’Lirio and have a toast by choosing from the extensive margaritas menu. Salud! From 6:30 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information, reservations, and dining voucher requests, call 4429-8499 or email

Café Restaurant Theme Nights

Daily: InterContinental Doha. Savour a gastronomic food trip around the world with unique and interactive culinary themes. Monday is Far Eastern Night; Tuesday is Italian Night; Wednesday is South Indian Night; Thursday is Phoenician Night; Friday is the Grand Family Brunch; Saturday is Kids’ Brunch with entertainment and Seafood Night; Sunday is Steak Night. Brunch starts at 12:30 p.m. and dinner starts at 7:00 p.m. For more information, call 4484-4444.

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Setting up and Sustaining your Creative Practice Workshop

Wed 1st - Sat 4th: Room 390, VCUQatar. Learn how to set up a business, manage client relations, project manage, and effectively promote and market yourself and your business at this four-day workshop. From 12:00 p.m. till 6:00 p.m. This workshop includes three days of lecture and group assignments and private one-on-one consultations on the last day. For more information, call the Alumni Office at 4402-0728 between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. or email

4th Pinoy Open Transhow 2011

Fri 10th: Sheraton Doha. Have a ball all-day long getting up close with really awesome vehicles that rule the road in Doha! Modified, customized or what have you, catch them all in this automobile celebration! Categories for this show are cruising bikes, dirt bikes, race bikes, street cars, SUV’s and racing inspired cars. From 8:00 a.m. till 8:00 p.m. For more information, call Rannie Tanchinco at 6658-7660.

Doha Mums Library

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays: Souq Waqif. Explore the world of literature with your kids. The library will be opened three days a week and you can come and read, browse, borrow and return books! For more information, visit

Talking Matters Toastmasters New Arrivals Coffee Mon 13th, 27th: Oryx Rotana. Develop into an excellent communicator, leader and human being. Starts at 6:45 p.m. For more information, call Paul Easy at 5580-7524.

Book Swap

Mon 13th, 27th: Starbucks, Landmark. Get a load of new reads and make friends as you swap books, magazines and stories. If you have a passion for reading or just like to browse through a magazine, all you need to do is bring a book or magazine to swap. For more information, visit or email

Doha Mums Father’s Day Dinner

Sun 19th: Oryx Rotana. Celebrate the most wonderful man in your life with a delicious spread of tapas, family dishes and unlimited house beverage for dads! They will also be treated to a speacial Father’s Day gift! For further details, visit or email

Mum’s Night Out

Tue 21st: The Pearl-Qatar. Come join the Doha Mums for their Mum’s Night Out at the popular eatery Carluccio’s! Moms will enjoy freshly-made Italian dishes, such as the delicious Polenta Al Tagliere, Ravioli Ricotta e Spinach, Risotto con Fungi and many more authentic Italian dishes. Starts at 7:30 p.m. RSVP is required. For more information, visit or email

Tuesdays: Landmark Mall. Whether you are new to Doha, new to Doha Mums or just want to welcome someone who is, join a casual coffee group each Tuesday at Starbucks. From 10:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m. Children are welcome and there’s no need to RSVP For more information, visit or email

Mums-only Coffee Morning

Tuesdays: Landmark Mall. Need a break from the kids? Join a kid-free coffee from 10:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m. at Paul. No kids please – not even babies! For more information, visit or email

Expectant & New Mums Coffee

Thursdays: Various. Join other new moms and mums-to-be to talk “all things baby!” Doha Mums hosts a coffee from 10:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m. The location varies, so check the Doha Mums website for dates and details.  Bring your little ones so everyone can ooh and aah!  For more information, visit or email

Soccer Break for Dads

Saturdays: Qipco Compound. Take part in a friendly pick-up game with likeminded dads! Starts at 6:00 p.m. For more information, visit or email

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Body Groove

Sundays: InterContinental Doha. So you think you can dance? Then body groove is for you! Combining all types of dance styles, from hip-hop to Latin to house and even contemporary, this 60-minute cardio workout has something for everybody! Starts at 10:00 a.m. QR 30 for members and QR 40 for nonmembers. For more information, call 4484-4852 or email

Salsa Dance Classes

Sundays: Yama Yoga Studios. Learn the hot steps of this stylish dance form that originated from Cuba. Starts at 8:30 p.m. QR 60 per class. For more information, visit or email

Beginner Yoga Classes

Sundays to Wednesdays and Fridays: Yama Yoga Studios. Level 1 classes are suitable for anyone interested in beginning yoga but who still want to experience the challenge of a flow yoga class. Starts at 10:00 a.m. QR 60 per class. For more information, visit or email


Sundays and Thursdays: InterContinental Doha. A hi-energy, martial arts calorie burner, Kickfit combines boxing, karate Muay Thai and Capoiera into a fun, yet challenging, total body workout. Using the shadow boxing format, this class is great for all levels of fitness wanting to burn fat and tone muscles quickly. Sundays at 5:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. QR 30 for members and QR 40 for non– members. For more information, call 4484-4852 or email

Hatha Yoga

Sundays and Thursdays: Doha Marriott. Yoga is the oldest system of personal development in the world, encompassing body, mind and spirit. Yoga combines meditation and breathing techniques with yogic postures for optimum health and peace of mind. Mixed class on Saturdays from 7:00 p.m. till 9:00 p.m. and Ladies-only class on Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. till 11:00 a.m. For more information, call 4429-8520 or email

Prenatal Yoga

Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays: Yama Yoga Studios. Prenatal Yoga classes help women experience more comfortable and mindful pregnancies. Mondays at 11:15 a.m., Tuesdays at 7:15 p.m. and Fridays 11:30 a.m. QR 60 per class. For more information, visit or email

Step AO2

Mondays and Wednesdays: InterContinental Doha. One of the most popular group fitness classes worldwide, Step AO2 improves both mental and physical fitness, burning away calories while learning fun routines to the newest music. More suitable for intermediate steppers. Starts at 10:00 a.m. QR 30 for members and QR 40 for nonmembers. For more information, call 4484-4852 or email


Mondays and Wednesdays: InterContinental Doha. Get an early start with the sunrise yoga and finish your day with the sunset yoga. Mondays at 7:15 p.m. and Wednesdays at 6:00 a.m. QR 50 for members and QR 65 for non-members. For more information, call 4484-4852 or email

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Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays: InterContinental Doha. The spinning program is the original and most popular group cycling class. With no complicated moves to learn, a motivating group environment, topnotch instructors and music that begs your legs to pedal. Every class is a little different, but one of the great things about the spinning program is that it is adaptable to your fitness level. Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m., Fridays at 12:00 p.m., and Saturdays 9:00 a.m. QR 25 for members and QR 35 for non-members. For more information, call 4484-4852 or email

Abs Workout

Mondays and Fridays: InterContinental Doha. The instructors will concentrate on your exercise technique to work the abdominal muscles from every conceivable angle. To give your abs and good base of strength and tone, you need to concentrate and focus on core strength and stability. The instructor will check that you constantly maintain control in the correct area. Join and get the abs you’ve always wanted! Mondays at 7:15 p.m. and Fridays at 11:15 a.m. Free for members and QR 30 for non-members. For more information, call 4484-4852 or email

Teen Yoga

Wednesdays: Yama Yoga Studios. Get your teens to relax, stretch and learn relaxation skills that will last them a lifetime. Starts at 4:15 pm. QR 60 per class. For more information, visit or email

Break Dance Nia

Wednesdays and Saturdays: Doha Marriott. Nia brings the body, mind and spirit to optimum health through music, movement and self-expression. Nia is fusion fitness. It creatively integrates the mindfulness of martial arts, the grace and fluidity of dance techniques and alignment of integrative body therapies. Ladies-only class on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m. and mixed class on Wednesdays from 7:00 p.m. till 9:00 p.m. For more information, call 4429-8520 or email

Circuit Training

Thursdays: InterContinental Doha. Circuit training is widely regarded as the best all-round form of group exercise. It allows each individual to work at one’s own pace but in a group environment. This session is not for the faint of heart; however, if you enjoy a tough workout in a friendly atmosphere with every session different from the last, then this what you’ve been looking for. All you need is a lot of enthusiasm and a sense of humour when it gets tough! Starts at 7:00 p.m. QR 30 for members, QR 40 for non–members. For more information, call 4484-4852 or email

Oriental Dance Classes

Fridays: Yama Yoga Studios. Shake up your dance routine and learn something new with a cultural twist. Starts at 11:30 a.m. For more information, visit or email

Saturdays: Yama Yoga Studios. Hop into a modern style of dancing that’s very hip! Starts at 6:30 p.m. QR 60 per class. For more information, visit or email

Open Yoga Classes

Daily: Yama Yoga Studios. Experience level 2/3 classes for people who are looking for a physical challenge, as well as deep relaxation. Morning classes: Sundays to Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. and Fridays to Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. Evening classes: Sundays to Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. QR 60 per class. For more information, visit or email

Personal Training

Daily: Grand Hyatt Doha. Jaula Spa offers personal fitness training sessions. One session for QR 120, five sessions for QR 500 and ten sessions for QR 800. For more information, call 4448-1056 or 4448-1060.

Private Swimming Lessons

Daily: Ramada Plaza. Learn swimming at the Cabana Club. From 8:00 a.m. till 11:00 a.m. Open to the public. For bookings and more information, contact Cabana Club at 4428-1621 or 4428-1622.

Tennis Coaching

Daily: Ramada Plaza. Tennis coaching classes are open to the public at the Cabana Club. From 3:00 p.m. till 10:00 p.m. For bookings and more information, contact Cabana Club at 4428-1621 or 4428-1622. 83

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Kites Katara International family day, Katara

Kite enthusiasts from around the globe gathered at Katara Cultural Village June 6 and 7.


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Qatar Juniors open , doha golf club

The best local junior golfers in Qatar gathered at the Doha Golf Club May 21.

W Doha global glam party,

the pearl-qatar Doha party goers gathered on a yacht at The Pearl-Qatar for the Global Glam Party, hosted by W Doha, May 5.


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red bull break king, the pearl-qatar The crowd went crazy for the fierce break dancers at the Red Bull Break King May 6.

smokin' jo

at crystal , w doha Internationally renowned DJ Smokin Jo played a special show at Crystal May 12.


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THE GULF JAZZ festival , grand hyatt-doha

Jazz lovers in Do ha gathered at The Gulf Jazz Fe stival April 30 fo r a night of sensat ional music.


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w doha , borders without art

Art Without Borders showcases the photographs and paintings of two local artists. All proceeds from the art show go to the relief efforts in Japan.

syrian food festival , sharq village and


The Syrian Food Festival delighted the taste buds of all who attended.

Photos provided by Sharq Village and Spa


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South African DAY BRAAI ON THE BEAC H, Intercontinental -doha

There was plenty of delicious food and great music at the South African Day Braai on the Beach Apr .27.

QATAR international forum, women business ritz-carlton doha

The Second Qatar International Businesswomen Forum, held May 17 to 18, hosted a number of international speakers and busines swomen.


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, the pearl jumping bungee doha


Plenty of chee ring fans cam e to support the br ave bungee ju mpers during Doha Bu ngee Jumping .


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doha mUms' floRAL arranging workshop, TANAGRA

The Doha Mums lea rned how to expertly arrange flowers from Casa Flora florist Geroges Kanaan at Ta nagra May 18.

project qatar, doha exhibition centre

Project Qatar attracted businesspeople in a variety of industries to the Doha Exhibition Centre May 2 to 5. 91

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PHONE DIRECTORY Hospitals / Emergency Police & Fire Department 999 Doha Clinic Hospital 4438 4333 Emergency Hotline 4435 5999 Al Ahli Hospital 4498-8888 Doha Dental 4431-7766

Hamad General Hospital Rumailah Hospital Pediatric Emergency Centre Qatar Foundation for Child & Woman Protection Hotline


Spas / Salons

Alfardan Jewellery 4440-8408 Blue Salon 4446-6111 City Center Doha 4483-0582 Hyatt Plaza 4469-4848 4487-5222 Landmark Mall Royal Plaza 4413-0000 Salam 4448-5555 Villaggio 4413-9666 51 East 4425-7777

Al Thuraya Ladies Club 4456-9089 Angsana Spa 4434-3152 Bliss 4453-5555 Dados Beauty Salon 4498-0033 4431-8488 Diva Lounge Diplomatic Spa 4484-7412 Doha Marriott Spa 4429-8520 Elie & Jean Salon 4485-4011 Four Seasons Spa 4494-8888 4494-8844 Frank Provost George V Salon 4412-2046/47 Glow American Salon, Salwa 4468-9945 4411-7652 Westbay 4428-8888 La Cigale - Ozone Spa 4468-9211 La Coifure Frances Medical Spa Villaggio 4451-7590 Mohamad Al Sagheer Salon 4425-6164 Pace & Luce 4493-4000 Patrice Salon 4485-4012 4484-8173 Ritz-Carlton Spa Six Senses Spa 4425-6999 Spa Chakra 4499-9250


Al Bustan 4435-2227 Al Seef 4433-2222 Doha Marriott Hotel 4429-8888 Four Seasons 4494-8888 Grand Hyatt 4448-1234 4434-3333 Grand Regency InterContinental 4484-4444 Kempinski Residences & Suites 4405-3333 La Cigale Hotel 4428-8888 Mercure Grand 4446-2222 4409-4444 Merwebhotel Central Doha Tourism / Travel Millennium Hotel 4424-7777 Mövenpick Hotel 4429-1111 Alpha Tours 4434-4496 Mövenpick Tower & Suites 4496-6600 4436-1461 Oryx Rotana 4402-3333 Arabian Adventures Ramada Plaza 4428-1555 Black Pearl Tourism Services 5555-1169 4436-2455 Ritz-Carlton 4484-8000 Desert Adventures 4467-1200 Sealine Beach Resort 4476-5299 Destinations of the World 4449-6973 Sharq Village & Spa 4425-6666 Discover Qatar 4438-4477 Sheraton Doha 4485-4444 Emirates Airlines 4462-2777 W Doha 4453-5353 Fox Transport Gulf Adventures 4431-5555 Qatar Airways 4449-6666 Qatar Airways Holidays 4449-6969 Qatar International Adventures 4455-3954 Qatar International Tours 4455-1141 Qatar Tourism & Exhibitions Authority 4499-1919 Regency Holidays 4434-4444 Travco Qatar Holidays 4442-3703 Victoria Car Rental 4466-6635

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Real Estate Ahmed Hassan Bilal Trad. & Cont. Co.


Interior Design Forum Design

4456 8716

Community American Women’s Association 5511-8085 Bridge Club 5554-0873 5523-1650 Doha Garden Club Doha Players 4447-4911 Egyptian Women’s Association 5572-4171 Filcom Toastmasters Club 5540-3971 French-Speaking Ladies Group 5559-7467 4487-6959 German Stammtisch Illonggos 5595-9561 Indian Women’s Association 4442-4052 Qatar Intl. Beauty Academy 4438-0255 Qatar National Cancer Society 4447-8128 4458-3780 Qatar Scientific Club Red Dotters Qatar 5520-9294 Simplemente Amigas 5551-8358 Silver Dhow Association 4435-2598 South African Ladies Association 5589-2366 Spanish Speaking Ladies Group 6664-2094 Talking Matters Toastmasters 5580-7524 Tuesday Ladies Group 5573-5078 Turkish Ladies Group 5550-8026

Clubs Dana Club Diplomatic Club Doha Golf Club Doha Sailing Club

4496-0600 4484-7444 4496-0777 4443-9840

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