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QH Remembers It is with greatest sympathy that we remember and commemorate the lives lost in the tragedy at Villaggio this past May. The events of that day will not be forgotten and neither will the show of community support and love from every resident of Doha who came out to the vigil and memorial at Aspire Park. Your example of strength and solidarity in a time of mourning was inspiring and affirming.

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July/AUGUST EVERY ISSUE 8 EDITOR-IN-CHIEF LETTER QH’s editor-in-chief tells you what’s happening this month.

10 QH RECOMMENDS Our favourite monthly round-up

13 EVENTS CALENDAR

Pullout monthly events calendar

18 TOP PICKS 20 Beat-Boxing Shedding light on the hip-hop

QH’s photo gallery of the latest happening events in Doha

136 PHONE DIRECTORY Need-to-know phone numbers

undergound in Qatar

22 Hottest Parties

Cirque du Soleil swings into Aspire with ‘Saltimbanco’

28 Abracadabra Magician Andrew Lee comes to

42 TOP PICKS 44 Snapshot Of A Nation A view of the country through the lens

of the Qatar Photographic Society

46 Solo-Powered The Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra closes out the seaon with a bang

The last big bashes for July

26 Bring In The Clowns

with happening events in Doha

130 IT HAPPENED

ARTS & CULTURE

ENTERTAINMENT

45 Summer At Katara The cultural hub is the hotspot to

beat with a wealth of programs during Ramadan

Katara for one magical night

32 ENTERTAINMENT LISTINGS Find out everything that’s going on this month

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50 TOP PICKS 52 Talk The Talk Preserving the Arabic language with

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56 The Beauty Of Ramadan Discover the deeper meaning of the Holy Month through an Islamic perspective

56 I Love Qatar Why our nation needed the Olympic Games

58 COMMUNITY LISTINGS Find out everything that’s going on this month

60 TOP PICKS KIDS CLUB Fun adventures with the kids 62 KIDS CLUB LISTINGS Ideas to do with the kids

FOOD & DINING 74 SPECIAL: Ramadan And Eid Listings 80 TOP PICKS 82 A Taste Of Arabia Al Mourjan Restaurant continues to push the boundaries of Lebanese cuisine

84 Marriott Brunch Restaurant review 86 The Cellar Restaurant review 88 An Apple A Day

Gerald Tan plucks the ripest ones from the tree for these easy recipes

90 Al Mourjan Food Corner

Chef recipe

92 FOOD AND DINING LISTINGS Find out everything that’s going on this month

SPORTS 104 TOP PICKS 105 The Right ShotEFA European

The World 9-Ball Pool Championship sinks the corner pocket at Al Sadd

QH SENSATIONS 112 The Inner Rainbow

118 Summer Sowing

106 Moonlit Mangroves Take to the waves under the stars

108 SPORT LISTINGS Find out everything that’s going on

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Learn what the colour of your aura says about you with Shivani Adalja Urban gardening takes root in Doha

120 Jewel Of The Gulf Dubai continues to sparkle as the hub of Arabia

122 REASONS TO FLY Our pick of top destinations 124 Virgin Recommends

The best monthly entertainment picks from the Megastore

126 SPOTLIGHT ON MOVIES This month's top five films 128 THE DISH ON QATAR Our special Ramadan Edition has

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FROM THE DESK OF THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our QH readers RamadanKareem and Eid Mubarak for the Holy Month. We have a very special combined July-August summer issue to carry you through until the fall. Ramadan is a time for reflection and acts of selflessness and this month we bring you our feature story to celebrate the season on ‘The Meaning of Ramadan’ in our Community section. We hope that you take time this year to give back to those around you in the spirit of generosity and kindness in all you do. In keeping with that spirit of shared kindness we would like to recognize the overwhelming amount of community support exhibited in the wake of last month’s tragedy at Villaggio. We have dedicated a special QH Remembers page to commemorate the memorial service at Aspire Park and to remember and extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to all those who were affected by the events. We’re proud to bring you this month a comprehensive listings round-up of all the Iftar and Suhor events taking place throughout the month of Ramadan. We hope you will take the time to enjoy all they have to offer with your family, friends and loved ones. We would also like to thank the Sheik Faisal Bin Qassim Al-Thani Museum for allowing QH generous access to their collection for this month’s cover image. Located in Al Samariyah the Museum is home to the largest private collection of global historical and cultural artifacts of Islamic art and Qatari heritage in the world. We also have a unique feature in our Sensations section this issue on the rise in popularity of urban gardening here in Doha. As world food prices continue to rise and climate concerns affect crop outputs, we learn how an intrepid group of green-thumbs is making the desert bloom. Finally in Sports we explore the world of night kayaking – the perfect way to spend time staying active outdoors this summer. No need to worry about roasting day-time temperatures when you have the warm waves and cool night breezes of Al Khor to enjoy. We’ll be back with our special Celebrate Summer supplement this August featuring the best activities for kids, back-to-school tips and tricks for planning summer fun, so be sure to pick it up on stands. Thank you for making us a part of your lives.

Publisher: The Art of Business Chairman: Ahmed Hassan Bilal Editor-in-Chief: Nasser Ahmed Hassan Bilal Executive Editorial Director: Moona Masri-Whitice Editor: Ashlee Starratt Associate Editor: Laura Prior Editorial Coordinator: Marlynne Mallari-Dela Pena Graphic Designer: Soné Moriarty Associate Designer: Zahi Srour Sales and Marketing Manager: Deliah Furcoi Sales and Communications Manager: Jorge Granda Marketing Coordinator: Jeniffer Daclan-Ruiz Photographer: Jessie Palanca Finalizer/Production Manager: Srimani Welagedara New Media Manager: Susanna Wolfe Web Coordinator: Imran Khan Distribution & Accounts: Lanie Fillo-Pana Contributors: Chloe Adelle, Marck Angeles, Ola Diab, Khalifa Saleh Haroon, Munazza Sayed, Gerald Tan Have Your Say: Feedback and comments are always welcome. Please forward letters to the editor: Email: editor@qatarhappening.com info@qatarhappening.com marketing@qatarhappening.com Call Details: Inquiries: Marketing: Fax:

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RECOMMENDS: Ramadan Edition

This summer we celebrate the spirit of giving for the month of Ramadan with our favourite gestures and offerings. Nothing evokes the meaning of generosity this time of year than a gift from the heart! EDITOR’S PICK: Ashlee It’s often those who are invisible and marginalized who need our help and kindness year-round – and not all of them walk on two legs. There are many abused and abandoned animals in Qatar who could benefit from extra care and appreciation from the human population. That’s why I feel a great way to help our furry friends this Ramadan is to make a donation to or volunteer with the Qatar Animal Welfare Society. The organization provides medical care, food, shelter and support for animals who have been on the street, helping them find permanent, loving homes. To get involved visit www.qaws.org.

Soné As a photography enthusiast and lover of all things vintage, I would like to introduce the new Holga camera. It’s a 60’s-style retro plastic camera designed to work with film and gives you retro-styled photos. It’s always nice to give somebody something they can use along their journey in life. This quirky little gadget is cute, affordable and easy to use. To grab your own Holga visit www.lomography.com.

Laura Since moving to the region, I’ve learned that a huge part of Ramadan is about giving and helping those less fortunate. So, in this spirit, rather than give a gift that can be consumed or left on a mantelpiece to gather dust, I would give something that could help a developing community and since there is a big focus on sport here in Qatar right now, sponsoring a program such as ‘Hoops 4 Hope’ could be just the thing! ‘Hoops 4 Hope’ (H4H) is a global not-for-profit organization that supports youth development throughout southern Africa for more than 15 years now helping 10,000 + students a year to learn life skills through sports and mentorship. Give as little or as much as you want, it could help these kids for many moons to come, while cracking the Ramadan gift conundrum for a family member, friend or colleague at the same time! Ramadan Mubarak!

Lanie If you‘re going to an iftar or suhor the best artistic gift to bring is a Berry Chocolate Bouquet from Edible Arrangements.  It’s the perfect combination of fruit and chocolate, filled with fresh and chocolate-covered strawberries, pineapple daisies and grapes. Healthy, beautiful and a great way to get kids (and adults!) to eat their fruits!

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Susanna For Ramadan, I would love to give all my girlfriends a beautiful silver necklace with their own name personally inscribed in Arabic on it, to show them how much they mean to me. (This sounds more expensive than it is!) You can order your gift from a little jewelry shop in the Souk called Salih Dawod Salman Al-Sayegh Jewellery. It usually takes them about two days to make and costs around QR 150,

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(more if you want it in gold).You just write down the name that you want on the necklace (or bracelet) and they will translate it into Arabic and have it made to fit your specifications. Voila!  A very personal and heartfelt gift for Ramadan.

Marlynne Chocolates! Almost everyone loves this sweet temptation. Every Ramadan we always give chocolates from Patchi; each one is delicately foiled with gold and comes with a really nice brown box tied with any coloured bow of your choice. What are you waiting for? You can never go wrong with this dessert! It’s the perfect gift to bring to an Iftar or Suhor celebration. 11


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Daily (except Mondays & Ramadan): Oryx Rotana. Lose yourself in the sounds of New Orleans’ famed French Quarter at the Jazz Club. Good friends and delectable dishes create a perfect harmony when combined with creative cocktails and the best live music in town. With talents honed from North America and South Africa, 4TheMusic bring their original fusion of jazz, Latin and funk – and a touch of African rhythm – to the Club. Familiar faces on the live music scene, with previous gigs including the Dubai World Cup and the Russian Golf Open, this group of naturalborn entertainers are well-known for their musical versatility and remarkable stage presence. For more information call 4402-3333.

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Since the recent spring up-risings in the region, Arab hip-hop is experiencing an insurgence. With internationally-recognized artists such as Omar Offendum, the Narcissist, Shadia Mansour and Malikah giving voice to the youth’s concerns through music, it’s offering up a freedom of expression like never before and sure enough, when we put our ear to the ground we hear the reverberations of brigades of passionate young beat-boxers, b-boys, graffiti artists, MC’s, producers, Djs and filmmakers for whom hip-hop has become a lifestyle right here in Qatar. QH has the scoop on three of the scene’s star evangelists as they march to the beat of their own drum machines.

Name & Performer Name: Oussama Bouallegue a.k.a O.B.B Crew Name: The Mighty Jokerz Crew Age: 22 From: Tunisia Years in Qatar: 9 Talent: The human beat box Specialty: I can create 6 sounds simultaneously

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“I produce drum beats, rhythm and musical sounds using my mouth, lips, tongue and voice. It involves elements of singing, vocals, imitation of turntables, the sound of horns and DJ scratching. Influences come from the roots of jazz, pop, rock and hip-hop beats. I started to become a human beat-box when I was a kid. First it was with horns, cars, water drops and other simple effects until I kept practicing to finally transform into a pro beat-boxer around 2007. What got me into hip-hop was the street art. It really drew me in so I started to make great friends with the same interests. What I love most about hip-hop is the community way of things. We are all linked. I love meeting new artists and performing in shows too, but sadly the hip-hop scene in Doha is so commercial; there are not many true fans that really know and love the music, culture and art. There are lots of people who claim to ‘like’ it but not many actually embracing it as a lifestyle and ‘doing’ it.

Due to the reserved society here, not many people feel comfortable expressing themselves as openly as we do in hip-hop. That’s why we have a lot of underground talented artists. It would be great one day to see the talent being recognized with bigger supported events and shows. I’d also love to see more youngsters get into hip-hop. There are more classes being organized all of the time which is a good sign. I would encourage parents to allow their kids to try it out and experience the community, family feel of hip hop that can teach respect and most of all, peace.”


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Name & Performer Name: Ahmed aka TORA Crew Name: None....I’m free! Age: 20 From: Tunisia Years in Qatar: 5 Talent: DJ’ing, Rapping & Producing Speciality: Scratching “I have always been a fan of Hip-hop. When I was young, it was all around me, in the streets and at school. The thing that attracted me to it was the rhythm. Hip-hop beats never get old. The hip-hop sound hooks you in and is very easy to get along with because people love dancing, rapping and singing on it. Whenever I’m about to play a hip-hop set, I get really excited. Arabic hip-hop is positive and used for empowerment – it differs from most of the western hip-hop in that it’s not all about the cars, money and women and it makes me feel down when people have a wrong idea about hip-hop. They just see the ‘gangsta’ side of the culture, but they miss the whole thing of unity, community art and expression. In Qatar it would be great to see professional studios opening, better organized and advertised parties and of course let’s not forget about the hip-hop style: we need more shops! In order to have the talented people get the recognition they deserve we need more positive support in the media. We need to tell the stories to encourage people to see the light that hip-hop can bring to people’s lives. I always say that talented people should’nt hide their gift, but share it with people around them and [let] it naturally glow. As hip-hop performers we need to focus on being creative, giving audiences not just a show but rather an experience; creating a phenomenon.”

Name & Performer Name: Atto Hamdy aka B-Boy Atto Crew Name: M-deez Crew Age: 22 From: Egypt Years in Qatar: Born in Qatar Talent: Break-dancing Speciality: Air Flares “I’ve been into hip-hop for more than 15 years. What got me into it was its unlimited appeal. It’s a free life-style therefore it is freedom. Some people see B-Boy’ing just as dancing, but no, it’s a feeling of self and satisfaction. When we dance we break all the gravity and physics laws with the way we move – which most humans can’t do. Hip-hop is being developed in Qatar by only a few original local people. It’s still relatively new here. That said, I’m sure it’s here to stay as it has a deep great history, deep roots that can create a better life for those involved in it. I encourage everybody to go read about it, study it, study the history and try it before you judge it. This is the best way to promote the culture – teach others about it! Hip-hop has the potential to help people and nations find peace, if only people could understand that more. Hip hop and the discipline of break-dancing has made me a stronger person. It has given me the mental

drive to bounce back from any adversity. I am sharing this with other youngsters by hosting workshops and classes. The beauty of it is you never stop learning. I have a long way to go but will keep practicing and improving, that’s what hip-hop is—being the best you can be.” Join B-Boy Atto and the M-Deez crew for break-dancing classes at George V Spa 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday to Thursday. Call 4412-2046 for more info. All ages welcome!

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PartyHoppin’

Happenings QH’s Jorge Granda delivers an overview of the hottest, hippest bashes in town. Enjoy the last of the dance scene before things wind down for the summer with this great line-up for July! Lava Gets Kinky Lava at the Intercontinental Doha is a chic lounge in the early evening and a full-swing, rocking club by the early hours – the only venue in Doha that’s home to world-renowned DJ Paul Mendez who has performed all over the world for more than 20 years in over 57 countries. On Friday, July 13 Lava erupts with the Kinky Malinky world tour. The famous U.K. house brand lands with their world tour with guest DJs and free goodies to give away – definitely a night not to be missed. Event: Kinky Malinky World Tour Date: Friday, July 13 Venue: Lava Address: InterContinental Hotel Tel: 4484-4079 Time: from 9:00 p.m. till 2:00 a.m.   Dress Code: Smart casual Entry Fees: QR 100 for gents and QR 50 for ladies Regulations: Membership required.

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Party at Club 7 (excluding Ramadan) Stir your Thursday and Friday evenings to life at 7! Friday Night Fever carries on with the big success of DJ Roger Choueiry and now the party continues on Sundays too until July 15 with a vibrant Ladies Night as Roger spins the tunes all night long. Rock the floor and dedicate your favourite songs to your special someone every Sunday night. Ladies joining the DJ nights will enjoy one welcome drink on the house.

Event: Weekends at Club 7 Date: Thursdays , Fridays Venue: Club 7 Time: Form 9:00 p.m. till 2:00 a.m. Address: La Cigale Hotel Tel: 4428-8665 or 5518-8008 Dress Code: Smart casual Entry fees: No entrance fee for ladies! Event: Sunday’s DJ Night with DJ Roger Choueiry Date: Every Sunday Venue: Club 7 Time: From 9:00 p.m. till 2:00 a.m. Address: La Cigale Hotel Tel: 4428-8665 or 5518-8008 Dress Code: Smart casual Entry Fees: No entrance fee Club 7 will be closed throughout the month of Ramadan.


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SPOTLIGHT ON ENTERTAINMENT & NIGHTLIFE Ladies Night, Irish-Style (excluding Ramadan)   Tuck into traditional pub meals while enjoying one of the best ladies night in town, every Tuesday at the Irish Harp. Ladies enjoy unlimited free selected drinks from 8:00 p.m.! Event: Ladies Night Date: Tuesdays Venue: Irish Harp Time: Starts at 8:00 p.m. Address: Sheraton Hotel Dress Code: Casual Entry Fees: Gentlemen have a fee of QR 100 on entrance, inclusive of one drink.For more information, please visit www.irishharpdoha.com. Ladies nights will continue after Ramadan.

Fun at the W Hotel (excluding Ramadan)   Crystal, the city’s buzzing nightclub is full of surprises this July. Experience their fabulous ladies night every Wednesday and dance to the tunes of DJ Greg while savouring your favourite drink. On Thursday July 5 jet-setting beat-juggler DJ Stephan Karl takes over the club. No stranger on the music scene, Karl is famous for his intense, high-energy sets. Event: Kiss & Fly Date: Every Wednesday Venue: Crystal Address: W Doha in West Bay Time: Three free drinks for Ladies from 10:30 p.m. till 12:00 a.m. Dress Code: Smart casual Regulations: Membership required. Event: DJ Stephan Karl Date: Thursday, July 5 Venue: Crystal Address: W Doha in West Bay Dress Code: Smart casual Regulations: Membership required.

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Absolut Winter in the Pearl

Jazz It Up (excluding Ramadan)  

Join the ‘cool’est event of the summer. Pearl brings winter to Doha! Party in a real winter wonderland complete with ice-sculptures, artificial snow, ice-cold beverages and special surprise performance!

Lose yourself in the sounds of New Orleans’ famed French Quarter at The Jazz Club. Good friends and delectable dishes create a perfect harmony when combined with creative cocktails and the best live music in town. With talents honed from South Africa, 4TheMusic bring their original fusion of jazz, Latin and funk to the Club. Familiar faces on the live music scene, with previous gigs including the Dubai World Cup and the Russian Golf Open, this group of natural-born entertainers are well-known for their musical versatility and remarkable stage presence.

Event: Absolut Winter Date: Thursday, July 12 Venue: The Pearl Time: 9 p.m. onwards Address: Marriott Hotel near the airport Dress Code: Casual Entry Fees: Free (membership is required) Tel: For information and reservations please call 4429-8444 after 5:00 p.m. or e-mail PearlLoungeDoha@marriott.com

Date: Every night except Monday Venue: The Jazz Club Address: Oryx Rotana Dress Code: Casual


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The Clowns!

It’s delighted audiences all over the world with its theatrical beauty and now, for the first time in Qatar, Cirque du Soleil makes its debut with ‘Saltimbanco’ at Aspire Dome. QH has the inside scoop on this high-flying spectacle.

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he most famous circus in the world lands in Doha from July 4-7 with the acclaimed production, Saltimbanco. Six action-packed shows will take place over four days, featuring 50 high-calibre artists from 20 different countries. Saltimbanco - from the Italian ‘saltare in banco’, which literally means ‘to jump on a bench’- is Cirque du Soleil’s longestrunning touring show. First staged in 1992, since then more than 11.5 million people have submerged into its dreamlike world, succumbing to the power of this colourful and remarkable legendary signature show. Inspired by a metropolis and its vibrant citizens, ‘Saltimbanco’ explores the way people live there, their eccentricities and the hustle and bustle of the street. ”Cirque du Soleil is thrilled to be performing for the first time ever in Qatar,” says President and CEO Daniel Lamarre. “Our live touring show ‘Saltimbanco’ will present excitement and artistry through our unique fusion of acrobatics and circus arts in a live theatrical experience. ‘Saltimbanco’ has wowed audiences around the globe and we are looking forward to [performing] in Doha.”

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About Cirque du Soleil From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil evolved into a major Québec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has 5,000 employees, including more than 1,300 artists from more than 50 different countries.   Bringing wonder and delight to more than 100 million spectators in more than 300 cities in over forty countries on six continents, Cirque du Soleil’s international headquarters are in Montreal, Canada. For more information visit www.cirquedusoleil.com. SHOW INFORMATION:  VENUE:   Aspire Dome Show Schedule (July 4 - 7, 2012): Wednesday July 4 at 8:00 p.m. Thursday July 5 at 8:00 p.m. Friday July 6 at 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Saturday July 7 at 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

TICKETS

(Prices in QR):

VVIP 1100 VIP I 750 VIP II 650 Platinum 575 Gold Silver Regular I Regular II

350 250 175 130

Tickets are available through Virgin Megastores at Landmark and online at www.cirquedusoleil.qa.


SPOTLIGHT ON ENTERTAINMENT & NIGHTLIFE

Abracadabra!

As told to Jorge Granda

A night of magic will sprinkle its stardust over Katara on July 1 as magician Andrew Lee takes the stage in a mind-bending show of prestidigitation. QH waves its wand with all the details you’ll need.

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erforming exclusively at the Drama Theater at Katara Cultural Village as part of the Magical Night show, magician Andrew Lee will dazzle with his impressive tricks. The young performer started his career at the age of 16 with his shows incorporating all 13 variations of magic, including Levitation: the ability to float an object in mid-air, Mentalism: dealing with the human mind it enables the performer to read minds and bend and move objects using only his mental muscle, and Transposition and Substitution of objects from hand to hand. Andrew has performed across Asia and in countries like India, Egypt and Australia. He was also the Assistant Director for Asia’s biggest illusion show in Genting. ‘Superstars of Magic’. More than 400 spectators are expected to pack the Drama Theatre at Katara Cultural Village to witness his show.

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Senior students in the International Business Management and Events Management program at Stenden University, Qatar are hosting this event aimed to raise money in support of different charitable programs through Qatar Charity. The group have even established their own organization called Universal Events and the Magical Night will be their biggest event to date. Qatar Charity funds a number of worthwhile social programs such as helping orphans, the homeless and providing permanent income disadvantaged populations the world over, including Kosovo, Indonesia and Somalia. Event Program: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. – Opening Speeches by Organizers and Sponsors 7:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. – Stand-Up Comedy and Break-Dance Performance by Last Stamp 7:15p.m. - 7:45 p.m. – Magic Performance by Andrew Lee 7:45p.m. - 8:00 p.m. – Refreshment Break 8:00p.m. - 8:15 p.m. – Stand-Up Comedy and Break-Dance Performance by Last Stamp 8:15p.m. - 8:45 p.m. – Magic Performance by Andrew Lee 8:45p.m. - 9:15 p.m. – Raffle Draw and Closing the Event

Event Details Name: The Magical Night Date and Time: July 1, 2012, 6.00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Venue: Drama Theater, Katara Cultural Village Target Group: Local and Expatriate Families. Main Performance: Magic Show by Andrew Lee Supporting Performances: Themed Break-Dance by Last Stamp, Stand-Up Comedian as MC Special Activity: Raffle Draw for the Audience Tickets will be sold at Virgin Megastore, Landmark & Recreation Area, Stenden University Qatar • VIP Ticket: QR 100 • Semi VIP Ticket: QR 75 • Regular Ticket: QR 50 For more information, call 6682-9201 or email us at universalevents2012@gmail.com


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Dreaming

Big

By Ola Diab

QH introduces two visionary groups who are helping put Qatar on the map, planning some of the hottest events to capture the eyes of the world.

The World Factbook states that Qatar has the second-highest global GDP per capita after Liechtenstein. The Arab Peninsula also tops Forbes’ list of the world’s richest countries and Qatar’s fast-growing economy and riches makes it a hub for businesses and entrepreneurs. This desert oasis continues to attract the biggest and brightest minds – people with unique visions and initiatives. Zoul Projects and The Youth Company are two companies that began running just recently in Qatar each with a different purpose but ultimately with the same goal – to encourage creativity and ambition. Zoul Projects (www.zoulprojects.com) Zoul Projects is a TV/Music and Event production company whose accomplishments in Qatar include launching the theme song of the Asian Cup 2011 ‘Yalla Asia’, featuring Jay Sean and Karl Wolf. Here’s what Managing Director Zoulikha El Fassi has to say about why Qatar is taking the GCC region by storm as an entertainment epicentre.

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SPOTLIGHT ON ENTERTAINMENT & NIGHTLIFE QH: Why did you choose Qatar as a base for establishing Zoul Projects?

QH: Why is your company important to Qatar and the Gulf region?

QH: What do you hope to achieve through your organization?

ZE:  I first visited Doha in 2010 to organize ‘Yalla Asia’, which created the musical theme for the Asian Cup 2011 and gave Qatar its identity as the host of the famous football event amongst the youth of the region. Seeing the transformation that a single song had within the Asian region and the approval it got from the Asian Football Association and the organizing committee I was inspired to work on new ideas, realizing the opportunities that Qatar had to offer.

ZE: We’re a local Qatari company operating from Doha but involved in international TV/Music and Events projects. We are working with many local talented people who are also being elevated by our projects. I think that any successful project created and carried out in this region is important to inspire others to do the same or better. We’re also providing a lot of jobs for the region and other local companies.

DM: Our mission is to offer a platform to the youth. We have several projects and are focused in creating this platform because we are completely aligned with the vision 2030 and we know that youth in Qatar are one of the main elements to achieve this vision. We believe that if we give the right tools, skills and support to the young leaders they will create a positive impact in society.

QH: What’s next on the horizon? Qatar developed itself as a world-class player in events and is extremely open to cultural and art projects so being a TV/Music and Event format creator I found my playground here since there is so much local talent and a need for creative companies to develop unique ideas that can be executed. Also, being Dutch-Moroccan, I just found myself happier living in Qatar where I can still implement my Western business ethics and [also] enjoy the Islamic culture of the country. Qatar is a country where you can be Muslim and at the same time be taken serious as a business- woman without being restricted or judged for what you believe in.  QH: What is the goal and vision of Zoul Projects?   ZE: Our vision is to develop Zoul Projects into one of the most creative multi-media companies within the MENA region and our goal is to execute great ideas that mean a lot to young and innovative people in the [area]. We want to see more and more young Arab entrepreneurs and foster creative ideas here in the Middle East / North Africa that we will support. We want to change the game and support ideas that can be implemented outside the region. Rather than importing Western products/ideas and franchises, we want to see it the other way around. Wouldn’t we all be so proud to also see MENA countries on a fashion label inside a t-shirt for example? I hope to see more Arabs in the future winning awards for doing great things and we hope Zoul Projects can co-build platforms to make this happen.   

ZE: Zoul Projects is organizing the PearlQatar Fashion Week from November 7-10 and is currently producing MENA’s Next Top Designer, which has already begun filming in Beirut. The tenth and final episode of the show will take place on November 10, 2012 at the Pearl-Qatar Fashion Week, held live, where home viewers can take part to vote for the winner. MENA stands for ‘Middle East and North Africa’, which includes Qatar, U.A.E., Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Egypt, Algeria, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Visit their Facebook page, Zoul Projects, to find out more on upcoming events. The Youth Company (www.theyouthcompany.com) The Youth Company (TYC) is the first Youth Social Enterprise in Qatar. It provides a resource base for youth ages 3-29 fostering sustainable services and facilities, while factoring in social and economic determinants of success and accessibility. We find out from Acting Executive Director, Diego Pinzón Mañé, how our young people are shaping the nation.     QH: Why is now the perfect time to set up an organization like The Youth Company in Qatar? DM: The Youth Company is the first Youth Social Enterprise in Qatar, which kicked off in 2010. We are a grass rooted organization that was created to meet the needs of the youth in Qatar. We have been operating for about 15 months and we have involved around 14,000 youth, we have delivered 16 projects and worked with 50+ different organizations.

QH: What projects and events do you have planned and when do you plan to hold them? DM: We’ve created a new website called www.internship.qa. Here, companies can post their internship opportunities where youth will be able to find professional experience. We also launched our Youth Support and Funding Program back in June, supporting young entrepreneurs with advice and funds. What makes this program different from others is its approach and that it’s not necessary to have plans for opening a company but event ideas or other kind of initiatives. We started our new training program in partnership with BNP Paribas Career Center the first week of June, delivering training that, during one year, will [reach out to] more than 600 youth in Qatar. We organized the first Youth Festival called ‘Run The World Festival’ last December in Katara and we had around 10,000 visitors. This year, we will do the second edition again in December. We’ve also been involved in awareness campaigns such as Earth Hour in Qatar 2012 and organized the leadership conference ‘Youth Change Everything’ with more than 200 participants.    

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ENTERTAINMENT & NIGHTLIFE LISTINGS

ONE OF A KIND UEFA EURO 2012 Finale

Sun July 1: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Enjoy the dribbling skills, successes and all the emotions of your favourite teams on large screen viewing at the Admiral’s Club upper floor. For more information call 4484-8663 or email dilip.kumar@ritzcarlton.com.

DJ Stephen Karl

Mashups with Paul Mendez, DJ Shadi

Tuesdays (excluding Ramadan): InterContinental Doha. The two resident DJs presents their unique mash-up sounds from 9:00 p.m. till 2:00 a.m. at Lava with free drinks for ladies all night till midnight. For more information call 4484-4444.

Ladies Night

Thurs July 5: W Doha. Crystal presents DJ Stephen Karl mixing up with a special twist. From 11:00 p.m. till late. For more information call 4453- 5135 or BBM 26E78A27.

Tuesdays (excluding Ramadan): Sheraton Doha. Feel like you’re in Ireland at the heart of Doha at the Irish Harp. Ladies free entrance and drinks, gents QR 100 including one drink. Closed during Ramadan. For more information call 4485-4444.

Wimbledon live at Fan Zone

Ladies Night At Hive and The Square

Thurs July 5 – Sun July 8: Marriott Doha. Catch all the Wimbledon matches early afternoon onwards. Ten screens, surround sound, VIP area, afternoon tea, strawberries and cream, freshly prepared Pims and all your Wimbledon favourites. For more information call 4429-8499 or email DineMarriottDoha@marriott.com.

The Laughter Factory

Mon Aug 27 & Tues Aug 28: Radisson Blu Hotel Doha. Three of the best comics direct from The Comedy Store in London bring the laughs with over 2 hours of standup at Shehrazad. Both evenings are nonsmoking events. Shows start at 8:00 p.m., QR 120 per person, including one beverage from the sponsor. For more information call 4428-1555.

EVERY WEEK DJ Night with DJ Roger Choueiry

Sundays (excluding Ramadan): La Cigale. Vibrant Ladies Night with DJ Roger Choueiry will shift to Club 7 from June 26 till July 15. Rock on the floor and dedicate your favourite songs to your special one. Ladies joining the DJ nights will enjoy one welcome drink on the house. Opens from 9:00 p.m. till 2:00 a.m. No entrance fee; no minimum charge. For more information call 4428-8665.

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Tuesdays (excluding Ramadan): InterContinental Doha The City. All ladies enjoy buy-one-get-one-free on drinks in Hive (excluding bottles) as well as a 50% discount on buffet dinner in The Square. From 7:00 p.m. till 1:00 a.m. in Hive and 6:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. in The Square. For more information call 4015-8888 or email doharestaurants@ihg.com.

Retro-Electro

60s & 70s Retro!

Wednesdays (excluding Ramadan): Sheraton Doha. Let’s take it back to 60’s &70’s retro at the Irish Harp from 5:00 p.m. onwards. Closed during Ramadan. For more information call 4485-4444.

Ladies Big Night Out

Wednesdays (excluding Ramadan): InterContinental Doha. Big Mouth will kick off the night in Paloma from 9:00 p.m., followed by DJ Shadi. DJ Paul Mendez and Steve KZ will be in Lava from 10:00 p.m. The centre door will be open, allowing you to pass between the two rooms as you wish. Unlimited free drinks for ladies at the bar in Paloma from 10:00 pm until late. QR 80 entrance for men; ladies enter free of charge. Membership required. For more information call 4484-4444 or 4484-4936.

Girls Night Out

Wednesdays (excluding Ramadan): W Doha. A special treat for our female guests that is surely going to make for an unforgettable night. From 7:30 p.m. till 9:30 p.m., QR 150 3 course dinner / QR 200 with Passion Fruit Sparkling Sangria. For more information call 4453-5323.

Ladies’ Night at Marina Club

Tuesdays (excluding Ramadan): W Doha. DJ Greg plays the best in R&B, hip-hop and old school with Crystal’s special twist. And that’s not all - three drinks for ladies on the house from 10:30 p.m. till 12:30 a.m. For more information, call 4453-5135 or BBM: 26E78A27.

Wednesdays (excluding Ramadan): Complimentary two glasses of sparkling vino upon arrival for ladies only. From 8:00 p.m. till 2:00 a.m. (not available during Ramadan). For more information call 4484-8663 or email rc.dohrz.leads@ritzcarlton.com.

Moonlight Duo

Saturdays (excluding Ramadan): W Doha. It’s an all you can eat BBQ extravaganza, including two specialty drinks at WET, the Pool Deck. From 4:00 p.m., QR 180 per person. For more information call 4453-5323.

Tuesdays – Sundays: The Torch Hotel Doha. Moonlight Duo performs from 5:00 p.m. till 7:00 p.m. in the lobby and from 8:00 pm till 10:00 pm in Flying Carpet Restaurant. For more information call 4444-5600 or visit www.thetorchdoha.com.

Kiss N’ Fly

Wednesdays (excluding Ramadan): W Doha. Ladies Night at Crystal, where all ladies get three complimentary drinks from 10:30 p.m. till 11:30 p.m.! Checkin at Crystal for a special flight with international DJs. For more information call 4453-5135 or BBM 26E78A27.

Saturday Sessions

Habanos Happy Hour

Sat – Wed (excluding Ramadan): Ritz-Carlton Doha. Introducing Rumba Trio pumping out the best Latin beats and current chart hits too. The band will have the place rocking no matter the crowd! Get up and dance the night away. (Except Thursdays and Fridays). Enjoy two drinks for the price of one! From 6:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. For more information call 4484-8000.


When the sun sets, break your fast at the Seasons restaurant with an iftar buffet of traditional Ramadan delights for only QR140 per person. As the hotel is donating QR10 from the proceeds of every iftar cover to charity, you get a good meal and do a good deed at the same time. Planning a corporate gathering, private event at home or iftar with friends and colleagues? Look no further, ask for our tailor-made group offers and benefit from fantastic discounts.

Mรถvenpick Hotel Doha Corniche Road P.O. Box 24220, Doha, Qatar Phone +974 4429 1111, Fax +974 4429 1100 hotel.doha@moevenpick.com

www.moevenpick-hotels.com

Enjoy a delicious iftar

be charitable.


ENTERTAINMENT & NIGHTLIFE LISTINGS

DAILY Vintage Lounge

Daily (excluding Ramadan): The St. Regis Doha. Evening lounge featuring an extensive cigar menu and vintage drinks complemented by a snack menu. Open from 6:00 p.m., closed during Ramadan. For more information call 4446-0105.

Very Happy Hour at The Lounge

Daily (excluding Ramadan): Kempinski Residences & Suites, Doha. Relax after work at The Lounge and benefit from the 50% discount on the Tasting & Sharing Menu and selected drinks from 5:00 p.m. till 7:00 p.m. Valid before thefirst day of Ramadan and after the first day of Eid. For more information call 4405-3325 or email thelounge.doha@kempinski.com.

Be Happy at Jazz Up

Daily (excluding Ramadan): Mövenpick Hotel Doha. Enjoy two for the price of on, plus 20% off the food menu every day from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 pm at Jazz Up, a new haven for jazz lovers in the heart of Doha. The perfect spot to chill out in the contemporary yet intimate surroundings while listening to smooth tunes and indulging in quality drinks and an extensive snacks menu with live entertainment on Wednesdays and Fridays. For more information call 4429-1111 or visit www.moevenpick-doha.com.

Happy Hour at Jazz Club

Daily (excluding Ramadan): Rotana Oryx. There’s nothing better than a Happy Hour at the Jazz Club after a full day! Now you can bring your friends and make sure your night starts in style! From 7:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. nightly with a super discount of 30% on selected beverages. For more information call 4402-3333.

Happy Hour

Daily (excluding Ramadan): Sheraton Doha. Feel like you’re in Ireland at the heart of Doha at the Irish Harp. Enjoy live music and happy hour from 5:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. Closed during Ramadan. For more information call 4485-4444.

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DJ/VDJ Tony Schwery

Daily (excluding Ramadan): La Cigale. Warm up your nights with musical video shows played on a giant LED screen followed by mixed live tunes. The rooftop bar is extremely irresistible with DJ/VJ Tony Schwery. From 7:00 p.m. till 2:00 a.m. No entrance fee and no minimum charges applicable on weekdays. For more information call 4428-8204.

Afterwork Aperitivo

Daily (excluding Ramadan): W Doha. Enjoy an after work drink and the second drink, plus a Tapas plate from the new Mediterranean menu, is complementary. Enjoy chilled beats as only Wahm knows how. From 5:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. For more information call 4453-5323.

Longest ‘Happy Times’ in Town at Glo

Daily (excluding Ramadan): The West End at the Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel. Avoid rush hour after work and come unwind with us at Glo before heading home. Enjoy the longest happy hour in town with selected beverages at QR 25 or your favourite cocktail from QR 35. From 5:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. Closed during Ramadan. For more information call 4419-6100 or visit www.westenddoha.com.

Happy Times @ Champions

Daily (excluding Ramadan): The West End at the Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel. Watch your favourite game or simply unwind with ice cold beverages and enjoy happy times at QR 25 on selected beverages. From 5:00 p.m. till 7:00 p.m. Closed during Ramadan. For more information call 4419-6100 or visit www.westenddoha.com.

After Work At Hive

Daily (excluding Ramadan): InterContinental Doha The City. Join the energetic crowd at Hive and enjoy a 35% discount on all food and beverages. From 5:00 p.m. till 7:00 p.m. For more information call 4015-8888 or email doharestaurants@ihg.com.

Happy Hour at the Pearl Lounge Club

Daily (excluding Ramadan): Marriott Doha. Unwind in one of the hotspots of Doha`s nightlife scene and enjoy a Happy 3 Hours every day from 5:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. Two for the price of one on selected drinks. On Sundays, Pearl Lounge Club will close at 8:00 p.m. for the rest of the night. For more information, call 4429-8444 or email pearlloungedoha@marriotthotels.com.


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ENTERTAINMENT & NIGHTLIFE LISTINGS

Shisha Garden

Daily: La Cigale. Set on a verdant outdoor terrace surrounded by water fountains and greenery, the Shisha Garden has recently set up a flamboyant brick oven, where the new Turkish chef prepares some mouthwatering charcoaled Barbecue grills to go along with your choice of Oriental Mezzeh and a variety of Shisha in different flavours. From 12:00 p.m. till 1:00 a.m. For more information call 4428-8702.

After Work At Hive

Daily (excluding Ramadan): InterContinental Doha The City. Join the energetic crowd at Hive and enjoy a 35% discount on all food and beverages from 5:00 p.m. till 7:00 p.m. For more information call 4015-8888 or email doharestaurants@ihg.com.

WEEKEND Ultrachic

Thursdays (excluding Ramadan): InterContinental Doha. Doha’s most refined house music night with unique music from Steve KZ and Paul Mendez with regular guests DJs. For more information call 4484-4444.

Pure Crystal

Thursdays (excluding Ramadan): W Doha. Let the night take over as international DJs play the best in eclectic house music. For more information call 4453-5135 or BBM 26E78A27.

Beach Bar Lounge

Thursdays (excluding Ramadan): Four Seasons Doha. It’s never too late to chill out as Pool Grill launches its most awaited Beach Bar Lounge, literally footsteps away from the private beaches. Relax and enjoy the selection of Caribbean and South American inspired snacks and beverages from the Tiki bar, while chillin’ and enjoying the enchanting view of Doha’s sparkling Arabian Gulf at night. From 8:00 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. For more information call 4494-8888.

DJ Roger Choueiry at 7

Thurs & Fri (excluding Ramadan): Presenting a special DJ mix party. From 9:00 p.m till 2:00 a.m. No entrance fee for ladies. For more information call 4428-8665. 36

Sparkling Fridays at The Lounge Fridays (excluding Ramadan): Kempinski Residences & Suites, Doha. Ladies receive two complimentary glasses of bubbles. 7:00 p.m. till 2:00 a.m. Valid before the first day of Ramadan and after the first day of Eid. For more information call 4405-3325 or email thelounge.doha@kempinski.com.

Carnival Party

Fridays (excluding Ramadan): W Doha. Enjoy a carnival party at Crystal with DJ Greg’s special twist: elaborate tunes mixed with a sprinkling of Crystal magic. From 10:00 p.m. till 3:00 a.m. For more information call 4453-5135 or BBM 26E78A27.

Rhythm & Oysters

Fridays (excluding Ramadan): The Jazz Club, Oryx Rotana. Enjoy oysters opened live in front of you with a special display and an exclusive offer. Get ½ dozen for QR 85 and a dozen for QR 165. For more information call 4402-3333.

Arabesque

Saturdays (excluding Ramadan): W Doha. Crystal proudly presents LAYALI 1001 Nights With the Stars as JAMIL&FADY perform live, all the latest Arabic songs. DJ Imran mixing the best of commercial house, the only night where East meets West! For more information call 4453-5135 or BBM 26E78A27.

Saturdays Sessions

Saturdays (excluding Ramadan): W Doha. It’s an all-you-can-eat BBQ extravaganza, including two specialty drinks, every Saturday in WET, the Pool Deck from 4:00 p.m. for QR 180 per person. For more information call 4453-5363.

Sip & Savour

Saturdays – Thursdays (excluding Ramadan): W Doha. Sip one and the second is on the house, together with complimentary Spice Market snacks. From 5:30 p.m. till 7:30 p.m. For more information call 4453-5363.


Join us during the Holy month of Ramadan in Animato, our allday-dining with a sumptuous Iftar buffet at sundown. Featuring hot and cold appetisers, salads and an endless choice of main courses including the popular Ouzi, the timeless shawarma, and much more. Indulge with mouthwatering Arabic delicacies complemented with traditional Ramadan juices, such as Qamar El Din and Jallab, for an authentic Iftar experience. Immerse yourself in the flavour of truly Arabic cuisine at Animato for only QR 175 per person. Iftar buffet will be served from sunset until 8.00 pm followed by international buffet from 8.00 pm until 10.30 pm.

Mรถvenpick Tower & Suites Doha West Bay Area, P.O. Box 22752, Doha, Qatar Phone +974 4496 66 00, Fax +974 4496 66 10 tower.doha@moevenpick.com

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A special month

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THIS MONTH'S

TOP PICKS

ARTS & CULTURE

A European Tour July 14: Michalis Economou,

music director.
David Krakauer, clarinet.
Friedemann Winklhofer, organ. Taehyun Kim, violin. Christophe Leroux and
Ruslan Umarov, cello.
Julie Sgarro, harp.
Sonja Park, piano. Starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information visit qatarphilharmonicorchestra.org.

The Three-Cornered Hat

July 7: Opera House, Katara Cultural Village. Michalis Economou, Musical Director. Vitalii Pervushyn and Georges Yammine, violin. Tamás Marschall, alto saxophone.
Simone Zanacchi , bass clarinet. Jun Cheol Lee, bassoon.
Peter Dávida, French horn. Starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information visit qatarphilharmonicorchestra.org.

Ravel’s Boléro

July 13: Michalis Economou, music director.
Allie Bekirova, Lilya Bekirova and Dmitri Torchinsky, violin.
Aleksandr Haskin, flute.
Mohamed Ibrahim Saleh, oboe.
Daniel Edelhoff and Philipp Rebmann, trumpet. Starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information visit qatarphilharmonicorchestra.org.

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SPOTLIGHT ON ARTS & CULTURE

Treasure

Trove

By Jorge Granda

The unique concept of the Turquoise Gallery offers the best range of hand-made works of art in the country, catering to a variety of tastes. Turquoise Gallery opened its shop in Al Sadd back in April, bringing a different flavour to Doha’s shopping scene. QH stops by the space to find out what hidden treasures are there for the picking.

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urquoise Gallery is a one-of-a-kind concept in Doha. The model is simple: an outlet with a focus on bringing beautiful pieces of art, accessories and unique objects from around the world to Qatar. The idea behind the gallery is to have a collection of exclusive pieces that can’t be found anywhere else nationally. The delicately-designed shop offers visitors a wide selection of handicrafts, artisan and home accessories of the highest quality. Turquoise Gallery is becoming well-known for having among its many products the exclusive hand-made furniture brand Bokja, which offers detailed, one-of-a-kind designs.

The shop’s owner has an extensive acquisitions team all over the region, including Beirut, Amman, Cairo and Damascus, ensuring that everything you see inside Turquoise Gallery is pretty much one-of-a-kind and hand-made. When you shop there, you know you’ll be going home with a piece that is unique. The best part is that the prices are affordable, taking into consideration the work that’s been put into each of the items in its collection. To visit the new location in Al Sadd, head to Al Kinana Street, next to Java U. Turquoise Gallery opened in April 2012 and since then has become the perfect spot to find that special something. ABOUT TURQUOISE GALLERY Products Bokja chairs and sofas Mosaic collection Wooden trays, tea boxes, cutlery boxes, butler trays and table sets Table covers and runners Cushions Wall frames Painted pottery Copper and silver collection Tea glasses, Arabic coffee cups Cutlery sets Mirrors Colourful floor candle-holders Chandeliers Mother of pearl collection Summer bags and makeup bags Accessories

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SPOTLIGHT ON ARTS & CULTURE

Snapshot of A Nation

By Ashlee Starratt

Photography by Jessie Palanca

Over the span of two decades the Qatar Photographic Society continues to find new expressions of our world through its lens. QH discovers how every frame tells a story.

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miling, Mohamed Al-Mannai recalls the first time he picked up a camera. He was 12 years old. “It had been a gift for my cousin, bought at a sale, but he didn’t use it and I thought “I’ll take that!””. That first experience with a camera would develop into a life-long passion for photography that would, over a lifetime, see Al-Mannai become one of the founding members of the Qatar Photographic Society and its current Treasurer. Gaining formal status as a Society in 1995, the QPS thrived for years beforehand as a small collective of like-minded people sharing an affinity for creative photographic expression. Fast-forward to today and what began as a handful of members has grown into a community of 650 with international status. “We didn’t have much funding in the beginning – maybe QR 20,000 for the year, so it was not easy to become established at first,” says Al-Mannai.

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The Society’s burgeoning growth speaks to the appreciation of photography on the widest scale as a form of expression that will always transcend languages and borders – being emblematic of the shared human experience. Today, the QPS is supported by the Ministry of Culture, Art and Heritage, has a large gallery space (Building 18 at Katara )to showcase local and traveling exhibitions, and a more intimate one near the Al Arabi Sports Club where meetings, seminars, lectures and workshops are held. “To take a picture is to capture reality in a new way,” says Al-Mannai, and in today’s world of fast and easy access to technology that’s changing the medium indelibly. “With the smart-phones, anyone can be a photographer,” he continues. “They can take a photo and it’s instantly up in an online gallery such as Flickr.”

It’s an evolution that complements the traditional practice of tripod, flashbulb and lens. Gone are the days of the darkroom, but Al–Mannai tells us that the era of digital photography has ushered in a myriad of new creative options for photographers looking to experiment with exposures and effects. When asked what, in his opinion, makes a ‘good’ photograph the answer is not so black and white. “Often the best photographs are the result of a series of failures,” he says. So the concept that there’s no right or wrong way to take a picture is one that new shutterbugs should take heart in. Certainly developing one’s technical grasp of the medium is helpful, but the subject of a photograph is, well, just that – subjective. A single photograph can have a wide range of meaning to many people, but as the adage goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. For a picture to elicit any kind of strong


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emotion from a viewer means the photographer, intentionally or not, has done their job and the QPS has been leading the pack on the international photography circuit with an array of compelling images coming out of its doors.

With local, regional and international categories and winners, selecting the top photographs is no easy feat. Last year’s top prize in the international category was an image out of Germany titled ‘Man Bites Wolf’ and true to its title the photo is strikingly powerful. Grand-prize winners receive $30,000 USD and a custom-made Leica M6 camera, so competition is stiff.

“Often the best photographs are the result of a series of failures,” he says.

Most recently the Society has played host to the ‘Andares’ Peruvian Paso Horses exhibit at Katara by Peruvian photographer Ana Maria Garcia Montero. Its board members have also been invited to sit on judging panels at international competitions with fellow societies outside of Qatar. But perhaps the pinnacle of the nation’s contribution to the photographic arts is the Al Thani Award for Photography. This international competition, now in its 12th year, offers up some of the best images from around the world for study and appreciation. Al-Mannai tells QH that last year’s competition had around 60,000 submissions with a winner selected over an intense five-day judging session.

This year’s Al Thani Award theme is ‘Light’ and entries for 2012 are being accepted until December. Applicants can visit www.althaniaward.com or www.en.qpsphoto.com for application and Society membership details. As the Society continues to expand, so too does the consciousness of the nation as, through our lenses, we learn to see ourselves and each other in new ways through the click of a shutter.

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Solo-Powered By Ashlee Starratt

Enjoy a symphonic summer send-off with the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra as they host three special concerts in July to cap off a season of musical highlights.

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fter an exceptional run the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra is signing off for the summer with a special concert series showcasing the best in solo sound. This mini-festival of soloists will be held on July 7, 13 and 14 at the Opera House at Katara. Featuring individual and sectional solos from the entire orchestra, this trio of performances will show off the wide range of depth and talent within the Philharmonic’s ranks. Taking audiences on a journey throughout Europe, the closing shows will have a distinct regional flare, beginning with music from Manuel de Falla’s Spanish ballet, ‘The Three-Cornered Hat’ on July 7, followed by Russian composer Maurice Ravel’s ‘Boléro’ and culminating with ‘A European Tour’ including classics from Debussy, Beethoven and Strauss and more. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., shows start at 7:30p.m. Tickets can be purchased from Virgin Megastore in Landmark Mall, online at www.virginmegastore.me or directly at the Opera House at Katara. Festival of Philharmonic Soloists:

The Three-Cornered Hat Saturday, July 7, 2012, 7:30 p.m. Michalis Economou, music director Philharmonic musicians as soloists: Vitalii Pervushyn, violin Georges Yammine, violin Tamás Marschall, alto saxophone Simone Zanacchi , bass clarinet Jun Cheol Lee, bassoon Peter Dávida, French horn  

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Glinka:  Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla Glazunov: Rêverie, Op.24 Khachaturian: Concerto for violin, second movement Glazunov: Concerto in E Flat Major, Op. 109, for alto saxophone and strings Jolivet: Concerto for bassoon, second movement Apper: Concertino for bass clarinet and strings Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs), Op. 20 Falla: From El amor brujo: Ritual Fire Dance Falla: El sombrero de tres picos (The Three- Cornered Hat) Suite 1 Ravel’s Boléro Friday, July 13, 2012, 7:30 pm Michalis Economou, music director Philharmonic musicians as soloists: Allie Bekirova, violin Lilya Bekirova, violin Dmitri Torchinsky, violin Aleksandr Haskin, flute Mohamed Ibrahim Saleh, oboe Daniel Edelhoff, trumpet Philipp Rebmann, trumpet Weber: Overture to Der Freischütz Telemann: Concerto for 2 trumpets and orchestra Kreisler: Caprice Viennois, Op. 2 Moscheles: Concertino for flute, oboe and orchestra, second movement Sarasate: Carmen Fantasy for violin and orchestra

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Ravel: Tzigane, rapsodie de concert, for violin and orchestra Ravel: Boléro   A European Tour Saturday, July 14, 2012, 7:30 pm Michalis Economou, music director David Krakauer, clarinet Friedemann Winklhofer, organ Philharmonic musicians as soloists: Taehyun Kim, violin Christophe Leroux, cello Ruslan Umarov, cello Julie Sgarro, harp Sonja Park, piano   Shostakovich: Festive Overture Marhulets: Concerto for clarinet and orchestra Beethoven: Triple Concerto for violin, cell, piano and orchestra, Op. 56, first movement Debussy: Dances for harp and orchestra Elgar: Concerto in E Minor for cello and orchestra, Op. 85, fourth movement R. Strauss: Festliches Präludium, Op. 61  


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Katara By Jorge Granda

Summer has arrived at Katara and the cultural hub is full of surprises. This year– including the holy month of Ramadan - you can learn about photography, participate in one of the many programs for adults, families and children at the Katara Art Studios or enjoy a cool book bazaar. QH has the highlights. Katara welcomes the summer and the holy month of Ramadan with top-notch activities for July and August. Its splendid surroundings are centre stage for exciting family events including a photography course, Ramadan programs and a book bazaar, among many others. Don’t miss out on the fun and let our cultural guide help you experience everything Katara has in store.

Course Program Day 1- Saturday, June 30 1. The Invention of Photography 2. Art Versus Science 3. The Decisive Moment

A History of Photography: From Daguerre to Gursky, 1859 to the Present Starting Saturday, June 30 till Monday, July 2, artists, photography students, art professionals and anyone interested in understanding the history of photography can participate in a course to explore the contribution of photography to art. From Daguerre to Gursky, Vintage Photography to Contemporary Photography, this course has it all.

Day 3- Monday, July 2 1. Photography as a Conceptual Practice 2. Contemporary Photography

Spread over three days, participants pay a QR 2,000 fee that includes a certificate of attendance. If you’re interested in taking part in this special course please email education@katara.net to register and submit a 50% fee deposit in order to secure a place. Attendance is limited to 20 participants and early registration is advised.

Day 2- Sunday, July 1 1. New Documents, Post War Photography 2. New Topography

A History of Photography: From Daguerre to Gursky, 1859 to the Present (condensed course) For those of you who can’t attend the three days course don’t feel disappointed, as a condensed three-hour course will take place on Tuesday, July 3. The Course fee is QR 500 and includes a certificate of attendance for all the students. Those interested in attending should email education@katara.net to register and submit a 50% fee deposit in order to secure their place. Spots are limited to 20 participants and early registration is advised. Katara Art Studios (KAS) Ramadan Program Adults, families and children have plenty to celebrate as the Katara Art Studios are hosting a range of different programs to enhance participant’s creativity and perception of art. The main goal is for different groups from the Qatari society to come together via art and creative activities.

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Programs will focus on sharing thoughts of art and creating understanding between different cultures. KAS aims to bring people to common ground through art and promote intercultural dialogue. Everybody is invited to take part in this exciting Ramadan cultural fest to share creative messages. You can make your own paintings and develop your own art in any shape or form. Event: Katara Art Studios (KAS) Ramadan Program Entry: All programs are free admission. Registration: Email eduation@katara.net Dates: Thursday, July 26 to Saturday, August 11 Timing: 7:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. Venue: Katara Art Studios, Building 19 Book Bazaar Katara, in collaboration with Al Sharq Newspaper is organizing a Ramadan Book Bazaar every weekend during the whole month. Doha residents will have the chance to browse, buy and exchange books at the bazaar which will carry a wide selection of reading materials including, magazines, literature in English and Arabic for both adults and children. Date: Timing: Venue:

Every weekend: Thursday, Friday, Saturday during Ramadan 8:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. Katara Boulevard


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Talking Matters Toastmasters Mon July 9 & 23, Mon Aug 13 & 27: Oryx Rotana. Develop into an excellent communicator, leader and human being. Starts at 7:00 p.m. For more information call 5580-7524.

Book Swap Mon July 9 & 23, Tues Aug 7 & 21: Starbucks, Landmark Mall. 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. Mums and children are more than welcome to stay for a chat and a coffee. For more information visit www.dohamums.com or email events@dohamums.com.

‘Cook with the Chef’ Thurs July 12 & Thurs Aug 23: Mango Tree Restaurant, The Pearl. An interactive cooking class from 6:00 p.m. for approximately 1.5 hours. Chef of the Day Dessert will be served as lunch following the cooking class. Cost includes complimentary canapés and welcome drinks at the start of the session, recipes from the day and dinner after the class. RSVP is essential. For more information visit www.dohamums.com or email events@dohamums.com.

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Sushi-Making Class Thurs August 30: Mövenpick Hotel Doha. Chef Ery invites Mums at 9:00 a.m. This class will have you making your own sushi rolls before the end of the morning! Buffet breakfast will be served prior to the class. Sushi made on the day can also be taken home. RSVP is essential. For more information visit www.dohamums.com or email events@dohamums.com.

Villaggio Fire Support Group Tuesdays: Qatar Skills Academy in Abu Hamour, Al Mamoura. Please join us as we continue to share, listen and express our feelings stemming from the terrible tragedy that took place at Villaggio Mall. All Doha Mums members plus one adult guest are invited to attend the support group facilitated and held by mental health support. From 9:30 a.m. till 11:30 a.m. For more information email bsg@dohamums.com.


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By Laura Prior Photography by Jessie Palanca

It’s estimated that some 135 different nationalities make up our society here in Qatar and this is only set to grow. But, with such diversity comes concern that local language maybe marginalized. QH heard about a new online resource intended to address such concerns and give Arabic a boost in today’s age. Dubbed ‘Loghati’ (meaning ‘my language’ in Arabic) the Qatar Foundation initiative has everyone talking and being such chatter boxes at QH, we decided to get the ‘word on the street’ from you, too! H.H Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser Al Misned, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) has recently spoken out about the concern that the Arabic language may be becoming marginalized. As a result, a project at Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) dubbed ‘Loghati’ has been launched. The talk of the technological town, the project is a new online resource that can facilitate the publishing of multilingual versions for all written text. QH sat with project co-creator Dr. Lucio Rispo as he tells us more about it. ‘’In the cycle and movement of people, politics and culture, language can sometimes fall into darkness,” he says. “ In diverse environments such as Qatar in times of extreme growth, we tend to universalize certain aspects of life. This has happened with the Arabic language over past generations. Now people in power are realizing that action can be taken to help preserve and eventually promote their native languages again. ‘Loghati’ will help do this through the creation of virtual libraries. Comprised of ancient and modern texts, where each document is a multidimensional information repository it can be accessed, amended and instantly translated from Arabic into other languages and vice versa. ‘Loghati’ also has the ability to host audio and video content in its virtual

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library, creating a multimedia interface for knowledge previously unavailable to millions. We are excited about the potential for such projects and are looking to expand it for many years to come.’’

Connor Dunphy • From Ireland 29 years • One year in Qatar • Languages Spoken – English (1st), French, Irish

Meanwhile we took to the streets to get the linguistic lowdown from you...

QH: As an expat do you feel obligated to learn Arabic?

‘Word On The Street’

CD: We work in such a multi-cultural environment that English is so widely used, so I haven’t really needed to speak Arabic. I’ve learned the basics to be polite but I am guilty of not taking lessons. If Arabic classes were more widely available I would be more inclined to take it up. Loghati sounds interesting and I’m sure more rich resources would be a valuable link to boosting any language.

Hajer ElBakri • 22 years old from Sudan • Born in Qatar • Languages Spoken – Arabic (1st) and English QH: Do you think Arabic is in danger of becoming marginalized? HB: I seriously think it is dying. To bring it back we need to show the youth how beautiful our language is. This way they may want to speak it more and encourage expats to learn it. I think the Loghati Project is a beautiful idea and I would definitely be interested to find out more about it.


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Haytham Annatshi • 22 years old from Palestine • Born in Qatar • Languages Spoken – Arabic (1st) and English

Hind Karmed • 19 years old from Sudan • Born in Qatar • Languages Spoken – Arabic (1st) and English

Ghada Al Hashimi • 27 years old from Qatar • Qatari • Languages Spoken – Arabic (1st) and English

QH: Do you feel a responsibility to help preserve the Arabic language?

QH: Why do some young Arabs speak English to each other although Arabic is their first language?

QH: As a local person, do you think expats should make more effort to learn the local language?

HK: I think it’s ridiculous when you see two young Arabs speaking English to each other! I would like to see it kept as a first language here in Qatar. It is the most important thing that defines our cultural identity. If we have more resources, young people may be better versed with the language and be proud of it so I think the Loghati project is an amazing idea. It sounds like it would preserve the language.

GH: It is good for the soul to know more languages. It’s another branch of knowledge. The English language is spreading, yes, but it is impossible for the Arabic language to diminish because it is the language of our Holy Quran and even though Arabic is a difficult language to learn, I think schools and universities should teach Arabic and Arabic heritage as a requirement. It sounds like the Loghati project could help to spread the Arabic language. Perhaps it could also be used to help people to learn Arabic, too? I would be interested to find out more. If, like Ghada, you are interested to find out more about the Loghati Project, hit up: www.qstp.org.qa.

HA: Of course it is important to maintain our language. It’s part of me, it’s everything. In this country however, due to the diversity, yoAu have to know English – it is the linkage between us all. I would really appreciate a resource like Loghati. I would definitely use it.

Mubashar Ali • 22 years old from India • 3 years in Qatar • Languages Spoken – Urdu (1st), Punjabi and English QH: In a multilingual society how can communication be improved? MA: Arabic is really important to Qatar’s culture and the culture of Islam and you should always love your mother tongue, but I think more efforts should be done to promote the English language in public as it’s an international environment. Large institutes such as Qatar Foundation should try to universalize language, so as not to isolate different groups. I think that projects such as Loghati would be useful as long as everyone has equal access to the information.

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The Beauty of Ramadan

By Munazza Sayed

QH delves into the traditions, rituals and spiritual meaning of the Holy Month from an Islamic perspective.

Photo credit by Deliah Furcoi

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he Holy Month of Ramadan—one of the most revered in the Islamic calendar, gives an abiding Muslim the perfect opportunity to invoke, reflect and acknowledge the blessings of the creator. It is considered to be a month in which the Almighty sends a cascade of mercy drops, washes away sins and answers prayers. The beauty of Ramadan is that it was in this very month that “the Quran was revealed as a guidance and clarification to humankind,” over 1400 years ago.

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The annual obligatory fast calls for a complete abstinence from food and drink and a whole-hearted submission to the commands of Allah. According to another hadith, when Prophet Muhammad was questioned about the best deed that could atone for sins and open the gates of paradise, he replied, “Fasting, for there is nothing equal to it.” Fasting is thus, the linch-pin of this cyclical rejuvenation of one’s spiritual, physical and emotional needs.

“It strengthens our connection with Allah by reminding us just how blessed we are,” says Khalid Al-Hammadi, a Qatari resident who has fasted unfailingly during Ramadan for the past 11 years. It is essential to place ourselves in the shoes of the less privileged for whom a square meal is unaffordable and many luxuries that we take for granted are a distant dream. “Ramadan reminds us to be thankful for everything we have,” he says.


SPOTLIGHT ON COMMUNITY Further, this religious ritual buttresses a person’s self-control—an attribute that is of particular importance in a world of distractions and temptations. On a similar note, an engineer, Devadas, who is an atheist, remarked, “Most importantly Ramadan has to do with the ability to make sacrifices and strengthen a person’s will power.” The sanctimonious month enables one to cultivate “important personality traits like modesty, tolerance and patience, which should be part of our character but (which) we tend to forget in our everyday life,” believes Sidra Ayyub, a student at Northwestern University in Qatar.

Another one of the innumerable social benefits of Ramadan is that it naturally aids in the enhancement of community ties and universal brotherhood. Maria Sebastian, a teacher at an Indian school, proudly says that despite belonging to a different religious background, she is inspired to fast with her Muslim friends and colleagues during this month. Additionally, the scientifically-recognized benefits of fasting – be they mental, physical or psychological—have turned Ramadan into a much-looked-forward-to communal event for many like her. But for American Muslim, Aaleeya U. Spence, the encouragement for fasting stemmed from a wholly different source— Qatar. Spence, who fasted for the first time last year, said, “It would have been pretty much impossible for me to do this in the U.S.,” and added that she found it easier to fast largely because “here (in Qatar), there is no eating or drinking in public.” Considering that Qatar is an Islamic country, one is strongly required to refrain from eating, drinking or smoking publicly during the Holy Month, irrespective of religious inclinations. These restrictions are distinctly set—for example, one is not even supposed to chew gum in his/her car.

In the particular context of Qatar, Ramadan also ushers inevitable changes associated with a dramatic reduction in working hours. As midday becomes a time for rest and prayer, activities like shopping and other business transactions shift to late evening, such that “it seems that the day has been moved to night” (retrieved from qatarvisitor.com, Ramadan in The Desert). Muslims, be they residents of this country, or elsewhere, are sincerely grateful to the Almighty for this blessed rite that offers them a new beginning and a chance at repentance and forgiveness. On that note, a heartfelt Ramadan Kareem to every reader in advance! The heart has rent the curtain of darkness and winged up to the sky; The heart, being of the angels, has again arrived. (A translation of Rumi’s Ghazal about Ramadan (No. 892), Divan-e Shams-e Tabrizi).

Another big ‘don’t’ of this auspicious month is dancing or singing in public at any time during the day. One should considerately turn down the volume of their music player as any negligence may become an inconvenience for their Muslim neighbours. “That is perfectly okay with us,” said a Hindu resident with a smile. “Adjusting our lifestyle to the needs of the majority is understandable and beneficial to everyone,” she said.

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Why Qatar Needs The Olympics By Khalifa Saleh Haroon

While all eyes are on London, I Love Qatar turns its eye towards what a successful Olympic bid would have truly meant for the nation.

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here’s been a lot of talk about the Olympics. I was very excited at the thought of us getting it. Not only does Qatar have what’s considered to be unlimited cash to spend on such an event, but over 75% of the Olympic requirements were already met. We had a strong chance; sadly I didn’t expect that one of the main reasons we would be rejected was for weather alone. (That means that this part of the ‘world’ will never host the ‘world’ Olympics.) I’m interested in getting the Olympic report to see how Qatar scored. What could this have done for the country though?

It’s the fact that it would have brought further development and change that excited me. Although Qatar is already getting a lot of attention, having the Olympics would have put more focus on us and more attention is a good thing when it comes to change – it forces development.

there would have been even more construction in anticipation for the games (more commercial areas, better roads, speeding- up public transport solutions, etc.), plus it would have brought in a huge amount of businesses interested in opening up and investing in Qatar. But why did I personally want the games? I wanted to show the world the meaning of Arabic hospitality. I want to see foreigners come into Qatar and enjoy Qatari kindness. I want those who are corrupted to be exposed as a result of scrutiny, I want laws and regulations to be reformed and there to be more openness within the country, and I also want there to be a better perception of our culture. At the end of the day, Qatar’s Olympic motto was just right – the Doha 2020 Olympics would be ‘inspiring change’. Noora Al Mannai, the chief executive of Doha 2020 brings up some great points. She said, “With so many sports venues already in place and budgeted for, we felt that we offered the IOC great certainty and a low cost Games plan as well as an exciting legacy vision, especially around developing women’s sport in the Middle East. However for Doha, it will always be a question of when, not if.” That’s the spirit!

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EVERY WEEK

Fertility Support Group

New Arrivals Coffee

Wed 4 July & Wed 1 August: Al Soudan (near Billboard Intersection). Are you experiencing a challenging fertility journey and need someone to talk to in a similar position? From time to time, guest speakers will be invited along to provide information and be available for Q&A in a more intimate environment than the formality of the consulting room 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.fertilityA@dohamums.com

Doha Mums Book Club

Mon 16 July & Mon 20 August: Café de Chalet, Hyatt Plaza. The current members come from varied backgrounds and barely have anything in common. The one thing we do have in common is our love for reading. July’s Book Club choices are ‘The Hunger Games’ (Suzanne Collins) or ‘One Day’ (David Nicholls). For more information visit www.dohamums.com or email events@dohamums.com.

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Mondays: Hyatt Plaza. Join the Doha Mums in welcoming prospective members to Doha at the Café de Chalet! It is located near the ‘middle entrance’ of Hyatt Plaza and at the far end of Kiddy Zone (the enclosed toy store ‘kiosk’). Kids are treated to free play on a bouncy castle courtesy of Kiddy Zone. From 9:30 a.m. No RSVP necessary. For more information, visit www.dohamums.com or email events@dohamums.com.

Doha Mums Pearl Coffee Break

Wednesdays: The Pearl-Qatar. Calling all Moms on The Pearl to go to Haägen-Dazs near Tower 4 from 3:00 p.m. till 4.30 p.m. for a social catch up. Colouring books and pencils will be provided for the little ones. For more information visit www.dohamums.com or email events@dohamums.com.

Expectant & New Mums Coffee

Thursdays: Café de Chalet in Hyatt Plaza. Join other new Moms and Moms-to-be to talk all things baby! Doha Mums hosts a coffee meet from 10:00 a.m. till 12:00 a.m.  The location varies, so check the Doha Mums website for dates and details. For more information visit www.dohamums.com or email events@dohamums.com.

Doha Mums All Ages Pearl Beach Play Group

Thursdays: Join at the beach at Tower 31 from 4:00 p.m. till 6:00 p.m. You must RSVP in advance as they have to alert security of names of non-residents prior to the playgroup. For more information visit www.dohamums.com or email events@dohamums.com.


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Cookie Decorating Classes

Sat July 14 & Sat Aug 25: Carluccio’s Restaurant, The Pearl. Children of all ages are invited from 10:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m. Mums and Dads will be offered special breakfast. RSVP is essential. For more information visit www.dohamums.com or email events@dohamums.com.

Swimming Summer Camp

Sundays – Thursdays: Oryx Rotana. Give your child the gift of water fun at an early age. Fun and introductory swimming skills will make your child comfortable and happy in the water. Each summer camp runs 10 days from July 8 – August 30. QR 500 for members, QAR 650 for non-members. For more information call 4402-3333 or email oryx.hotel@rotana.com.

Children’s Zone

During Ramadan: The St Regis Doha.

Giggles Nursery Play Date

Sat July 14: Giggles Nursery in Al Gharafa opposite Al-Meera Supermarket from 10:00 a.m. till 11:30 a.m. The nursery has a very nice soft play area as well as a fully-shaded, grassy garden with a fleet of cars ready to race. Dads, grandparents and children of all ages are welcome. For more information visit www.dohamums.com or email events@dohamums.com.

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There will be an exclusive children’s area and buffet as well as a fun-filled entertainment program. The St. Regis Doha team will organize a special activity on the 15th day of Ramadan to celebrate ‘Garengao’. Iftar: QR 250 per guest. Iftar will be available starting at sunset until 7:30 p.m. Suhor: QR 290 per guest. Suhor will start at 9:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. It features two dessert buffet stations, an extensive outdoor buffet and entertainment by the Nahawand Band. Shisha: QR 100, minimum of 10 guests for a cabana booking. For more information call 4446-0105 or email diningreservations@stregis.com.

Summer Camp

Sundays - Thursdays: Sheraton Doha. Running from Jun 17 – July 12 for children ages 6 –12 years old. From 9:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. Free meals. Activities include tennis, gymnastics, dancing, free play and pool time. QR 750 per week. For more information call 4485-4556.


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We’ve got you and your little ones covered this July with the best activities to keep busy and have fun. Check out our special QH Celebrate Summer Issue on stands next month for the best in summer fun for August! SUMMER CAMPS Summer Camp

Saturdays June 2 – July 14: Café Ceramiqué, The Mall. From three years old. Different activities daily. From 11:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. For more information call 4476-1100 or visit www.cafe-ceramique.com.

Summer Camp

July 1-12: Evolution Soccer at Doha College. For ages 5 – 15 years. Children will receive excellent coaching by professionally licensed trainers, tailored to meet their specific needs.  In addition to this they will also get an Evolution Soccer T-shirt, a certificate and the chance to win trophies and medals. From 9:00 a.m. till 1:00 p.m. For more information visit www.evosoccer.com.

Summer Camp

July 1-19: Park House English School. For ages 4 – 13 years. Activities include indoor sports, swimming, adventure and invention. For more information call 4468-3800 or visit www.parkhouseschool.com.

Summer Camp

July 1-August 30: Regatta Sailing Academy. Split into 4 sessions from 1:30 p.m till 4:30 p.m. For ages six and over. Fun and games as well as serious sailing run by qualified RYA instructors. For more information call 4442-4577 or visit www.regattasailingacademy.com.

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Art Fun

July 1-5: VCUQatar Education City. Ages 5 – 9 years. Splash, splodge, make and create!  Summer Art Fun has arrived with children encouraged to set their imaginations free and transform the Gallery at VCUQatar into a wonderland of colour, shapes and incredible creations using a whole variety of media. For more information call 4402-0555.

Design Intensive

July 1-19: VCUQatar Education City. Ages 16+. Students in the Design Intensive program will explore traditional art media, digital media and photography as part of portfolio development and an introduction to the various design disciplines. This threeweek course offers drawing and creative skills development, media experimentation, several workshops and museum and gallery visits. Students will create an individual project related to: Fashion, Interiors, Graphics, or Painting & Printmaking. For more information call 4402-0555 or visit www.qatar.vcu.edu.

Art Exploration.

July 8-19: VCUQatar – Education City. Ages 10 – 12 years. Students explore a variety of media and participate in fun and creative art activities along with a museum visit. For more information call 4402-0555 or visit www.qatar.vcu.edu.

Summer Camp

July 8-12: Sherborne School Qatar. For ages 4 – 13 years. Activities include den-building, cookery, football, making milkshakes, a range of sports, face painting and much much more. From 8:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. For more information contact 6654-0129 or visit www.sherborneqataractivity.org.

Creative Discovery

8 July – 19 July: VCUQatar Education City. Ages 13 – 15 years. Students participating in the Creative Discovery program will merge traditional media and new digital media to build their design skills.  During this two-week course, students will be introduced to the VCUQatar majors and learn through drawing, painting, digital media, creativity exercises, and group activities. This class includes a visit to an art museum.

SUMMER SCHOOL Summer School

June 3-August 30: Petit Pas Nursery. From 2 – 4 years. A summer of tremendous artistic, culinary, educational, cultural and sporting activities will allow children to acquire a sense of creativity, experimentation and decision-making.  For more information call 4483-4250 or visit www.petitpasqatar.com.

Summer School

June 10 - July 26: Little Butterflies Nursery. Split into seven four-day sessions. For ages 1 – 4 years. Activities include indoor and outdoor fun and games, arts and crafts, water play, play-dough, cooking and pizzamaking, singing and dancing. From 7:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. For more information call 4412-5187.

Summer School

June 20-August 20: Bambinos Daycare. From ages 1 – 4 years. Activities such as arts and crafts, music, ceramics, cooking, sand-play, fire station, gardening, basic photography, eating protocol and much more! From 8:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. For more information contact 4444-1020 or 7770-7666, or you can visit www.bambinosqatar.com.

Summer School

July 1-August 16: Tiny Town Nursery near Landmark Mall. From 6 months to 4 years welcome. Activities to suit all ages. Exclusive Monkeynastic program. Flexible hours and rates. All staff hold First Aid and Child CPR Certificates. From 7:00 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. Why not register for September too! For more information call 6602-8092/4483-4553 or email info@tinytown.com.qa or visit www.tinytown.com.qa.

Summer School

July 1-August 16: Central English Speaking Kindergarten (CESK) 7:00 a.m. till 1:00 p.m., Sunday to Thursday. QR 650 per week. Ages: 18 months - 4 years. Description of Activities: Arts/Crafts/ Cooking/Music & Movement/I.T. /Water Play For further information email info@ceskonline.com or call 4413-5675.


KIDS CLUB LISTINGS

Summer School

Summer School

July 1-August 16: Acorn Nursery. From ages 18 months – 4 years. A weekly theme that involves arts and crafts, music, cooking, water-play and lots more. From 7:00 a.m. till 1:00 p.m. For more information call 4447-8333 or visit www.acornqatar.com.

Summer School

July 1-August 16: Calgary International Preschool. From ages 1 – 4 years. From 7:00 a.m. till 1:30 p.m. For more information contact 4416-1760 or visit www.cips-qatar.com.

July 1-August 16: Little Academy. Split into two sessions running from July 1-31 and August 1-16. For ages 1 – 4 years. Weekly themed activities include arts and crafts, music, cooking, field trips, science projects and games. From 7:30 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. (During Ramadan – 7:30 a.m. till 2:30 p.m.). For more information call 4460-2713 or 5589-1004 or visit www.littleacademy.qa.

Summer School

July 1-August 16: Little Cherubs. For ages 2 – 4 years. Activities include dancing, cooking, arts and crafts, swimming, singing, drama and much more! From 8:00 a.m. till 1:00 p.m. For more information call 4411-3803 or visit www.littlecherubsqatar.com.

Summer School

July 1 – End of Ramadan: Fairy Tales Nursery. For ages up to 4 years. Twice a week swimming, cooking, arts and crafts, ceramics, painting, sand and water play, dancing and many more fun-filled activities. From 6:45 a.m. till 3:30 p.m. (Ramadan timings 7:30 a.m. till 2:30 p.m.). For more information call 4417-8880 or visit www.fairytalesdoha.com.

Summer School

July 1-19: Fun First Nursery. Split into three sessions running from July 1-5, July 8-12 and July 15-19. From ages 1 – 4 years. Activities include baking, arts and crafts, swimming and field trips. From 7:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. For more information call 4411-0953 or visit www.funfirstnursery.com.

Summer School

July 1-August 16: Creative Child Nursery. From ages 1 – 4 years. The Healthy Lifestyle Summer Camp includes activities such as dramatic play, arts and crafts, water play and cooking classes. It provides parents with an introductory conference, recipes, book clubs and lots more. From 8:00 a.m till 1:00 p.m. For more information call either 4479-5916 or 4411-7829 or visit www.creativechilddoha.com.

Summer School

1 July – 16 August: Happy Faces Nursery. For ages 2 – 4 years. Activities include arts and crafts, kitchen fun, planting, music and movement, films and optional Quran memorizing. From 7:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. (Ramadan timings-8:00 a.m. till 1:00 p.m.) For more information contact 4466-6178 or visit www.happy-faces-nursery.com.

Summer School

July 1-August 16: Starfish Lane Kids Nurseries. From 1 – 4 year olds. Activities available include arts and crafts, dance classes, cooking classes, beach parties and much more. For more information call 4411-0355 for Al Jelaiah or 5553-9798 for Al Mamoura, or visit www.starfishlanekids.com.

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KIDS CLUB LISTINGS

WEEKLY Sundays: Come join us for a new playgroup from 10:30 a.m. where each week the focus will be on a range of building and construction activities such as mega blocks, gears, snap and pop toys plus giant foam blocks and wooden blocks. For more information visit www.dohamums.com or email events@dohamums.com.

Mondays: Al Wakra, easy to reach from Mesaieed and the airport, for an all ages playgroup. From 9:00 a.m. till 11:00 a.m. A range of ages from babies to toddlers, with activities including artwork, tea sets, puzzles, ride-ons, dressing up, and lots of toys, finishing the session with a singalong with musical instruments. For more information visit www.dohamums.com or email events@dohamums.com.

All Ages Playgroup

Bubbles Playgroup

Little Builders Playgroup

Summer School

July 1-August 7: Future Nursery. For ages 2 months – 4 years. Activities offered include arts and crafts, cooking, music and much more! From 6:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. For more information call 4450-1264.

Summer School

July 1-August 30: Juniors Nursery. For ages 4 weeks – 4 years old. They have plenty of space, equipment and a covered outdoor area for children to enjoy. From 6:00 a.m. till either 4:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. For more information call 4452-4382 or visit www.juniorsnursery.com.

Summer School

July 1-August 30: Koala Nursery. For ages 6 months – 4 years. Activities include painting and pottery lessons, rhythmic dance, soccer and much more!  Koala Nursery has a spacious outdoor playground and an indoor soft toy play area for when it gets hot. From 7:00 a.m. till 5:30 p.m. For more information call 4491-8811 or visit www.koalanursery.com.qa.

Summer School

July 1-September 1 (Excluding Eid Holiday): Giggles Daycare. From ages 1 – 4 years. The themes for the camp will be ‘Going to the Circus’ and ‘Camping’. Activities include, but are not limited to: cooking classes, painting, sand and water play, tots gym classes, arts and crafts and a lot of other exciting activities. From 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Shorter hours during Ramadan). For more information call 4480-4447 or visit www.my-giggles.com.

Summer School

July 3-August 23 (closed August 19): Apple Tree Nursery. From ages 2 – 4 years. Activities include drama/acting, learning zone, cooking, dance and much more. From 8:00 a.m. till 1:00 p.m. For more information call 4481-2147 or visit www.appletreedoha.com. 64

Al Wakra Playgroup

Sundays: Abou Hamour area. From 10:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m. for a play indoors or outdoors. Bring bikes! For more information visit www.dohamums.com or email events@dohamums.com.

2010 Babies Group

Sundays: Abu Hamour area. Calling all babies born in 2010. From 1:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. for a catch-up and coffee. For more information visit www.dohamums.com or email events@dohamums.com.

2008 Toddler Playgroup

Every second Sunday: Al Khor. From 10:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m. For a play and chat with Doha Mums members based in the Al Khor community. For more information visit www.dohamums.com or email events@dohamums.com.

Morning Playgroup for Kids Born in 2009

Sundays: Abu Hamour area. Inviting all mums of 2009 toddlers to come and join in for a play, coffee and snacks from 10:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m. For more information visit www.dohamums.com or email events@dohamums.com.

Intercontinental Hotel Pool Sessions

Mondays: From 9:30 a.m. till 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. till 6:00 p.m.. The little ones will enjoy the shaded pool and the older kids can explore Doha’s longest private beach. For more information visit www.dohamums.com or email events@dohamums.com.

Mondays: Fun City play area, City Center Mall. Doha Mums would like to invite 2010 bubs for some fun playtime from 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. It’s a perfect opportunity to make ‘first friends’ for our little ones and for mums to chat. For more information visit www.dohamums.com or email events@dohamums.com.

Children’s Library

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays: The American Community School. Explore the world of literature with your kids. The library will be open three days a week and you can come and read, browse, borrow and return books. For more information visit www.dohamums.com.

Songs & Stories Playgroup

Tuesdays: Al Waab area. From 9:00 a.m. till 10:00 a.m. For a music and movement play group, sing favourite and familiar children’s songs in English with the kids; adult participation requested. A short story time will also be part of the playgroup. Musical instruments provided. RSVP is required. For more information visit www.dohamums.com.

2010 Play Date

Tuesdays: Al Wadi 3, Gharafa area. Calling all children born in 2010 to join for a play date from 4:00 p.m. till 5:30 p.m. For more information visit www.dohamums.com.


KIDS CLUB LISTINGS

Kids Arabic Reading Group

Saturdays: Doha Mums Library at ACS. This group is suitable for kids who can read and understand simple sentences in Arabic. From 3:30 p.m. till 4:30 p.m. For more information visit www.dohamums.com or email events@dohamums.com.

Giggles Nursery Playgroup

Saturdays: Giggles Nursery in Al Gharafa area. Join in for some fun from 10:00 a.m. till 11:30 a.m. The nursery has a good soft play area as well as a fully-shaded, grassy garden with a fleet of cars ready to race. Dads, grandparents and children of all ages are welcome. For more information visit www.dohamums.com or email events@dohamums.com.

Summertime Toddler Playgroup

Tuesdays: Beverly Hills Tower. 2010 toddlers join in some indoor fun from 10:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m. Go for coffee and a chat while the little ones play. RSVP is essential. For more information visit www.dohamums.com.

Rays Reef Fun Time

Swimming Lessons

Wednesdays – Mondays: Mövenpick Tower and Suites. Lessons for all ages. Book 10 sessions and receive two for free. Children QR 900. Advanced booking is required. For more information call 4496-6410.

All Ages Pearl Beach Play Group

Tuesdays and Sundays: Royal Plaza. Located on the 2nd floor from 2.30 p.m. on Tuesday and from 4:00 p.m. on Sundays. It’s a fun and clean area with lots of options for your kid(s) to choose from, suitable for different age groups. RSVP is required. For more information visit www.dohamums. com or email events@dohamums.com.

Thursdays: The beach on the Pearl at Tower 31. From 4:00 p.m. till 6:00 p.m. You must RSVP in advance as they have to alert security of names of nonresidents prior to the playgroup. For more information visit www.dohamums.com or email events@dohamums.com.

Parachute Play

Fun City Toddler Group

Wednesdays: Al Waab area. From 10:00 a.m. till 12:30 p.m. Parachute play is a positive co-operative group activity which can be used for different games for ages 18 months - 6 years and is both educational and fun. It is non-competitive play and teaches agility, body movements, co-ordination and teamwork. Tea and coffee plus snacks will be available afterwards for the mums. For more information visit www.dohamums.com or email events@dohamums.com.

Thursdays: Fun City, City Center Mall. Indoor play fun from 10:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m. A suitable play area for tots up to the age of five. The toys are fabulous and it’s a great child-friendly environment. For more information visit www.dohamums.com or email events@dohamums.com.

Little Academy Soft Playgroup

Saturdays: Little Academy Nursery (previously named Little Angels) in Al Mamoura. From 9:30 a.m. till 11:00 a.m. Soft play area is fabulous. For more information visit www.dohamums.com or email events@dohamums.com.

Kids Yoga

Saturdays: Yama Yoga Studios. For ages 4-8yrs. QR 45 for kids only and QR 35 for kids who have parents joining the simultaneous 9:30 a.m. vinyasa yoga class. For more information visit www.yamayogastudios.com or call 6617-5802.

DAILY Live Chocolate Making at Criollo

Daily: InterContinental Doha The City. Criollo boutique luxury chocolatier, where all chocolates are hand-made on site. Live chocolate-making from 9:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m. Open from 6:00 a.m. till 10:00 p.m. For more information call 4015-8888 or email doharestaurants@ihg.com.

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Money in the Bank

QH welcomes ibq on board with a monthly banking advice column providing you with everything you need to know from investments and savings to opening an account and online banking. Managing your money has never been so easy. How to open a bank account? Ibq is your gateway to a range of superior banking products and services that will complement your every stage of your life. To open an account as a new customer, simply visit any of our conveniently located ibq branches today to speak to our highly-qualified relationship managers that are fully equipped to assist you with all your inquiries, or simply connect to our ibq website www.ibq.com.qa and fill-out an application form and a relationship manager will get in touch with you to gather the required documentation and complete the account opening at your convenience.

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How to open a savings account? If you are an existing ibq customer, simply log onto ibqOnline (www.ibqOnline.com.qa) and complete the application form. The account will be opened immediately from the convenience of your home or wherever you may be. It’s that easy. If you’re a new ibq customer, our branch relationship managers, located at any of our 10 conveniently located ibq branches, will be glad to personally help you with all the requirements regarding opening a savings account. Alternatively, an online application form can also be filled out on our ibq website www.ibq.com.qa and an ibq relationship manager will contact you directly.


SPECIAL PROMOTION Advantages of having a savings account in Doha and not outside the country? In today’s global volatile and lowinterest rate environment, ibq offers a safe high-yield super savings account. This high-yielding savings account can be maintained in any major currency, completely tax-free and funds are readily accessible from our branches, ATMs or anywhere in the world through ibqOnline (www.ibqOnline.com.qa), and our 24hr ibq telephone banking (4447-8000). To further help in building a future for your family, ibq offers the high-yield ‘Young Saver’ account specifically designed for youth below the age of 18. Both savings accounts will grant you convenient and instant access to your funds whenever and wherever you need. With ibq you can consolidate your global accounts and get the most out of your savings, irrespective of your home currency or country. What is ibqOnline? ibqOnline is the internet banking service from ibq. ibqOnline is our safe online banking platform that gives you round the clock access free of charge to all personal current accounts, loans, savings, time deposits and credit card information. Clients are able to view details of the last 12 months transaction activities, transfer cash between ibq accounts, make local and international transfers/payments, apply for loans and credit cards and much more. How to register for ibqOnline? Registering for online banking with ibq is simple and easy. If you hold any kind of account with ibq, you can now have access to all ibqOnline services. As an ibq customer, you can instantly set-up an internet account with ibq online using your account number, Qatari ID or Resident Permit ID number and your Qatari mobile phone number. For more information regarding our branch locations or products and services we are available 24hrs through: www.ibq.com.qa - ibq home page 4447-8000 - 24hr ibq information center.

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Al Gassar Ballroom at Al Gassar Resort offers exclusive customized corporate and family event packages during the month of Ramadan Outside Catering Services is yet another facility offered by Al Gassar Ballroom providing all banqueting needs to clients’ doorsteps.

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l Gassar Ballroom located at the iconic luxury waterfront destination of AlGassar Resort, offers attractive packages for corporate and social gatherings during July and the month of Ramadan.  The column-less, circularly designed Al Gassar Ballroom – one of the finest ballrooms in Doha presents the ideal location for any type of  events in addition to the numerous function areas which provide the flexibility of holding any event from 65 people all the way up to 1,000 individuals. All through the month of Ramadan, Al Gassar Ballroom presents a unique traditional Ramadan ambience that is suitable for private family functions or company gatherings. Clients can enjoy custom-made function and event packages themed especially for Ramadan with a selection of amazing succulent buffet menus for both Iftar and Suhour.  Outside Catering Services is another exclusive facility offered by Al Gassar Ballroom, simply providing all social or corporate catering solutions and logistics right at the client’s doorstep. Clients are able to host exclusive events without hassle due to the professional operations of Al Gassar Outside Catering which handle all requirements from service logistics, manpower, equipment transportation and preparation. A team of specialized professionals are on call to assist clients and recommend a range of preparations which suit the type of event required. 68


SPECIAL PROMOTION “We at Al Gassar Ballroom understand the requirements of both corporate and individual clients whatever the necessity or season celebration. Clients can enjoy a family environment or corporate needs at any of the function rooms catered to a variety of usages. During the month of Ramadan, specially themed menus with traditional beverages, international cuisine and mouthwatering Ramadan sweets can be ordered at the premises or for outside catering facilities which is another service of Al Gassar Ballroom. Our chefs can cater to any taste and prepare traditional delicacies of any type of cuisine”, commented Nader Samaan, Head of Operations at Al Gassar Ballroom. A team of experienced chefs specializing in a wide range of local and international cuisines and delicacies are on hand preparing  traditional Ramadan themed lavish Iftar or Sohur  menus, depending on the specific needs of the host. Arabian sweets and delights along with popular Ramadan beverages are served to provide a unique Oriental dining experience.  To ensure a truly memorable culinary experience, event planning professionals and specialists are on call at Al Gassar Ballroom to assist guests in choosing the right cuisine, seating arrangements and decorations to suit each gathering. 

“Through its comprehensive range of amenities and highly skilled, courteous and dedicated staff, Al Gassar Ballroom promises our patrons a unique experience during the Holy Month of Ramadan with a range of packages which are custom designed to suit each client requirement. Our venues are designed to meet every demand and exceed all expectations. We invite families, groups and individuals to explore the many pleasures and treats Al Gassar Resort and Al Gassar Ballroom have to offer during this special season,” said Mohamed Sleiman, Assistant COO, Resorts Development Company. The 1,300 square meter Ballroom and smaller function areas are the ideal venues for clients due to the unique design, opulent furnishing, exquisite finishing and elegant lighting scheme which transport guests into a world of royalty and magnificence.

 AL GASSAR RESORT Al Gassar Resort ideally located at the waterfront of the Arabian Gulf overlooking the Doha skyline of the Westbay area; adjacent to Katara and the Doha Exhibition Centre boasts luxury components of 3 luxury residential towers from 1-3 bedrooms and suites, Al Gassar Ballroom and the bespoke St Regis Doha presents the ideal residential, tourism and hospitality destination in Doha creating the ideal address of luxury living and service. Owned by Resorts Development Company (RDC) and managed & developed by Alfardan Group, Each of the Al Gassar Resort’s fully furnished apartments and suites, have been created to offer the convenience and service of a hotel with all the luxury and comfort of a home.

For more information on exclusive and custom-made packages at Al Gassar Ballroom during the month of Ramadan clients may  contact the Sales Executives at Al Gassar Ballroom or visit at  www.algassarresort.com.

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Kempinski Residences & Suites: at home in Doha New GM Appointed Kempinski Residences & Suites, Doha recently announced the appointment of Wissam Suleiman as General Manager. Wissam, whose career in the hospitality industry began in Amman, Jordan, sixteen years ago, has worked at some of Kempinski’s most high-profile properties in the region, including Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea and Kempinski Hotel Aqaba. Ramadan & Eid Offers

Ever since its opening in 2010, Kempinski Residences & Suites, Doha, located in the heart of West Bay, continues to live up to its positioning as a premiere home-living destination. Located at the heart of West Bay, this property is the tallest tower in Qatar, where guests can enjoy watching the glamourous city lights at night and the panoramic view of The Pearl and the Arabian Gulf.

The spacious suites, with one to sixbedroom configurations, can comfortably accommodate guests traveling on their own, as well as couples and large families seeking a tranquil and private ambience. Chic, cozy and comfortable, the residence option offers the privilege of living in a prestigious and private atmosphere, where excellent service starts with fulfilling the simplest requests.

The contemporary-designed building with stylish interiors embodies elegance and serenity in every square inch. Kempinski Residences & Suites, Doha is the ideal luxury home for relocating executives and their families, seeking a hassle-free lifestyle complete with all the modern comforts.

Kempinski Residences & Suites, Doha introduced a special concept of living which allows guests to simply move in with only their suitcase, and start living/ working the very next day. All amenities, facilities and services needed are provided, to ensure that the residents’ stay is completely hassle-free.

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Kempinski Residences & Suites has unveiled various dining and leisure packages prepared especially for the upcoming Ramadan and Eid season. Gourmet House, Kempinski’s fine foods boutique, bakery and cozy café, will serve new signature Ramadan delicacies, including Oriental sweets, Arabic savoury bites and a selection of Ramadan juices, available daily for dine-in or take-away. Aroma, the awardwinning stylish all-day restaurant, will transform itself for the Holy Month as it offers a 4-course selection of Arabic and European delicacies created by the talented team of Chefs. The Sky Villas, the highest suites in Doha located from the 58th to 62nd floors, will host staff parties, social events and exclusive Iftar dinners with friends, where guests will be astonished by the breathtaking views of the Doha skyline. Aroma will celebrate the day of Eid, bringing the buffet to your table. The offering includes a 4-course family lunch menu including a live carving and dessert station. Kempinski Residences & Suites, Doha is operated and managed by Kempinski Hotels. The property is owned by Alfardan Properties, a leader in Qatar’s luxury market.


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Summer Specials At Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels

Beat the heat at Arumaila and Musheireb Boutique Hotels from now until August. Engaging guests at the newly-unveiled Arumaila and Musheireb Boutique Hotels through a unique, special opening promotion, Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels is offering tailored experiences at attractive rates from QR 500 per night. Valid until August 19, the fabulous summer specials are all about experiencing Qatari hospitality and luxury for less in the midst of Doha’s vibrant Souq Waqif. “This promotion is a testament to our commitment to broaden the reach of our service culture, which is driven to deliver a homely experience like no other. Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels transcends traditional five-star luxury in tailoring individual experiences by understanding our customers’ unique needs rather than simply their requirements,” says Russell Loughland, Director of Sales and Marketing. “The Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels vision has seen the development of diverse hotels with very unique atmospheres, characteristics and experiences. Our ‘Choose Your Own Flavour’ concept engages guests in identifying the boutique retreat that connects with them the most and matches their taste. There’s a perfect fit for everyone, whether business or leisure travelers, couples, singles or families and our experiences truly transcend age and nationality.” A majlis-style retreat, Musheireb offers a selection of 14 rooms – ten deluxe rooms and four suites, also housing Al Mataam, a family-style restaurant that offers an immersive Middle Eastern dining experience steeped in private luxury. On the other hand, the three-storey Arumaila Boutique Hotel weaves traditional Arab hospitality and modernity seamlessly, offering a total of 19 rooms – 17 standard rooms and two suites. Arumaila also features fine-dining restaurants such as the Canteen and Al Matbakh-Rooftop Grill, catering to different tastes and preferences. 72

The Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels each offer a unique ambience with their distinguishing décor, service and dining options. While Al Najada, Al Mirqab, Arumaila and Musheireb Boutique Hotels are currently operational, additional hotels are set to launch later in the year. To make reservations at these hotels and to inquire about the latest offers, please contact reservations@swbh.com or the reservations desk at +974 4433-6663.

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RAMADAN LISTINGS

RAMADAN AND EID LISTINGS Ramadan-Kareem and Eid Mubarak! This summer QH has you covered when it comes to celebrating Iftar and Suhor. Enjoy the spirit and camaraderie of the Holy Month with these not-to-be missed special events. RAMADAN SPECIALS Finest Address in Doha Dining

During Ramadan: The St. Regis Doha. There will be an exclusive childrens area and buffet as well as a fun-filled entertainment program in the St. Regis Doha Tent. The St. Regis Doha team will organize a special activity on the 15th day of Ramadan to celebrate ‘Garengao’. Iftar QR 250 per guest. Iftar will be available starting at sunset until 7:30 p.m. Suhor QR 290 per guest. Suhor will start at 9:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. It features two dessert buffet stations, an extensive outdoor buffet and entertainment by the Nahawand Band. Shisha QR 100. Minimum of 10 guests for a cabana booking. For more information call 4446-0105 or email diningreservations@stregis.com.

Savour the Taste of Ramadan at the Doha Marriott Hotel

During Ramadan: Marriott Doha. Enjoy a lavish Iftar buffet of exquisite delicacies, traditional fare and special recipes in the Corniche restaurant and on the Gourmet street after sunset till late. Iftar buffet including hot and cold beverages QR 155 per person. For more information call 4429-8499 or email DineMarriottDoha@marriott.com.

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Al Wosail Ballroom

During Ramadan: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Providing the most unique location, this year the culinary team will prepare a feast of regional specialties hosted in a finely-decorated Arabic setting with tents and drapes. Enjoy the tradition of Iftar and Suhor with live performances. Iftar price QR 180 per person, Suhor price QR 220 per person. Make this Ramadan more meaningful and join The Ritz-Carlton, Doha in donating food for those in need. For more information call 4484-8000.

Ramadan Tent at Al Dasha Ballroom

During Ramadan: Sharq Village & Spa. The exquisitely decorated tent features private majlis seating, flavoured Shisha and live entertainment. Guests may enjoy an exclusive buffet: this feast for the senses offers a wide selection of live cooking stations including a carvery and over 45 dishes from different cuisines of the region, together with an exhaustive selection of fresh salads and tempting desserts. Buffet QR 250 including beverages. Double Shisha QR 75. Advance reservations are required for the private majlis. For more information, call 4425-6666 or email rc.dohsq.reservations@ritzcarlton.com.

Buffet Suhor

Thurs July 19– Fri August 17: Holiday Villa Doha. At Lagenda International Restaurant from 11:00 p.m. till 2:30 a.m. QR 135 per person. For more information call 4408-4888/4220.

Iftar Special

Fri July 20 – Sat August 18: Holiday Villa Doha. At Lagenda International Restaurant from 5:30 p.m. till 10:00 p.m. QR 155 per person. For more information call 4408-4888/4220.

Iftar at Al Liwan

During Ramadan: Sharq Village & Spa. Chef Ali Hadla showcases exquisitely prepared, traditional dishes with freshlymade breads, mezze, salads, live cooking stations, lamb ouzzi and shawarma together with grilled meats, fresh seafood and desserts. Buffet QR 250 including Ramadan beverages. For more information call 4425-6666 or email rc.dohsq. reservations@ritzcarlton.com.

Iftar at Radisson Blu Hotel

Daily Ramadan: Radisson Blu Hotel Doha. Iftar will be served in the Hyde Park Coffee Shop. Guests can choose from an array of special Ramadan dishes and a huge selection of desserts and sweets, all specially prepared by our team of renowned Arabic Chefs. For more information call 4428-1555.

Iftar at Parisa

During Ramadan: Sharq Village & Spa. Young and old alike gather together for an elegant, Persian Iftar, with a family-style set menu for all to enjoy. QR 220 exclusive of beverages. For more information call 4425-6666 or email rc.dohsq.reservations@ritzcarlton.com.

Ramadan at Al Hubara Restaurant

During Ramadan: Sheraton Doha. Enjoy a lavish Iftar buffet featuring Oriental and International Ramadan delights starting with traditional soups to succulent desserts including fresh juices. Price per adult QR 200 and QR 100 for children below 12 years old and kids younger than 6 years old go free. All SPG members get 20% discount for Iftar Buffet at Al Hubara Restaurant for every reservation up to eight people. For more information call 4485-4073 or email F&Breservations.Doha@sheraton.com.

Traditional Iftar Menu in Aroma

During Ramadan: Kempinski Residences & Suites, Doha. Experience the traditional ambience of Aroma as it transforms for the Holy Month. Savour a 4-course selection of Arabic and European delicacies from the award-winning team of chefs. QR 160 per person including Ramadan juices. For more information call 4405-3325 or email aroma.doha@kempinski.com.


RAMADAN LISTINGS

Ramadan Iftar Buffet

During Ramadan: Mövenpick Tower & Suites Doha. Animato, an all-daydining restaurant is serving a daily traditional Iftar buffet from sunset to 8:00 p.m. for QR 175 per person. Featuring hot and cold appetizers and salads, an endless choice of main courses including the popular Ouzi, the everlasting shawarma and much more. Indulge with mouth-watering Arabic delicacies complemented with traditional Ramadan juices for the most authentic Iftar experience in town. For more information call 4496-6600 or visit www.moevenpick-hotels.com/doha-tower-suites.

Feast For The Senses

During Ramadan: Oryx Rotana. If you’re looking for a peaceful and hassle-free place to celebrate Iftar with family and friends this year, then head to Choices. Relax in the ambience of our lantern-lit restaurant, where the evening celebrations include a sumptuous Mediterranean buffet and authentic live Oud music. Celebrate the traditions of Ramadan every day from Iftar until 11:30 p.m. For more information, call 4402-3333.

Ramadan Tent

During Ramadan: Oryx Rotana. Al Nafourah Garden brings the outside in - with Iftar and Suhor celebrations in the ventilated Ramadan tent, every day until 2:00 a.m. Feast on lavish à la carte Ramadan dishes and relax after breaking fast while enjoying live Oud performances and fragrant shisha. For more information call 4402-3333.

Grand Gourmet Restaurant Iftar Buffet

Fri July 20 – Mon August 20: Wyndham Grand Regency Doha. Lavish traditional Iftar buffet, Ramadan decoration, traditional specialties including a large array of salads, cold and hot Mezzeh, selection of hot dishes, lamb and more, fresh Arabic bread corner, Arabic sweets and large selection of festive Arabic juices. Served after Adaan time till 8:00 p.m. QR 149 per person, QR 75 per child. For more information call 4434-3203/3333 or email sdesilva@wyndham.com.

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Ramadan Set Menu

Fri July 20 – Sat August 18: Holiday Villa Doha. At D’Chopstix Chinese & Japanese Restaurant a special Japanese and Chinese set menu for breaking of the fast. From 5:00 p.m. till 12:00 a.m. For more information call 4408-4888/4220.

Ramadan Kareem

July 20-August 20: Millennium Hotel. You are invited for an authentic experience with an Oriental-inspired ambience. For Iftar, savour the Oriental and international plentiful buffet selection with harmonious Oud music at Cosmo Restaurant for QR 180. For Suhor, treat yourself to enchanting nights of flavourful delicacies and tunes at Zaman Restaurant for QR 120. For private gatherings and celebrations, Simsima ballroom can be booked with special facilities and offerings. For more information call 4424-7777 or visit www.mill-doha.com.   

Ramadan Moroccan Mystique at Al Mirqab Tent:

During Ramadan: Four Seasons Doha. The magic and mystique of Morocco awaits you as the hotel’s popular seasonal celebration moves indoors to the glamourous Al Mirqab Ballroom this year, with Moorish jewel-toned décor, live music and an exotic and extensive Ramadan spread to bring a taste of Morocco to Doha. For more information call 4494-8601.

Special Italian Cuisine

Daily: La Cigale. If you are a group of 20 to 50 people looking for an intimate place for your Iftar, Di Capri is your perfect option. Buffet price QR 200 per person, inclusive of Ramadan Juices. Iftar Time – 1:00 a.m. For more information call 4428-8840.

You Dine, Seasons’ Donates

During Ramadan: Mövenpick Hotel Doha. Executive Chef Ery and his brigade have prepared some amazing offers for guests to share with your family, friends and business associates this Holy Month of Ramadan. When the sun sets, break your fast at the Seasons restaurant with an Iftar buffet of traditional Ramadan dishes for only QR 140 per person. The hotel is embracing the spirit of giving by donating QR 10 to charity for every Iftar diner. As Ramadan is the time for gathering family and loved ones, they are also offering bookings of 10 people 10% off, 20 people get 20% off and tables of 30 people or more get 30% off the total bill.

Flying Carpet

During Ramadan: The Torch Doha. Enjoy the unique taste of the delightful Iftar and Suhor buffet prepared by multi-skilled chefs. Iftar buffet daily from Maghrab prayer till 8:00 p.m, QR 230 per person including Ramadan juices. Suhor Buffet daily from 11:00 p.m till 2:00 a.m at QR. 180 per person including Ramadan juices. For more information call 4444-5600 or visit www.thetorchdoha.com.

Iftar Buffet At Flavours

During Ramadan: Grand Heritage Doha. Come together with family and friends to enjoy a truly meaningful celebration and create life-long memories this Ramadan. Enjoy sincere hospitality and local flavours, choose expertly-prepared international and Arabic dishes from the sumptuous buffet for a blend of traditional and contemporary dining. Iftar buffet for QR 180 per person (including Ramadan beverages). For reservations of five people or more, one person dines free. Suhor à la carte menu. (50% off for 6-12 year olds – under age five eat free) Private or corporate Iftar buffet for between 30 to 80 people starts from QR 180 per person.  For more information call 4445-5555.


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Sweet Moments

During Ramadan: Sharq Village & Spa. For a customary treat, the Arabian Café at Al Jalsa serves a dazzling display of special Arabic desserts in The Lobby, together with exotic teas exclusively blended to your taste. Savour the signature blend, the aromatic Ameerat Al Sharq. QR 95 including tea or coffee with sweet buffet. For more information call 4425-6666 or email rc.dohsq.reservations@ritzcarlton.com.

Ramadan at New Coral Restaurant

During Ramadan: InterContinental Doha. Break your fast and enjoy a sumptuous Iftar at the new all-day dining restaurant Coral. Feast on an array of mouth-watering specialties, juices, and tempting desserts prepared with unique Oriental flavours. Iftar starts after sunset until 7:30 p.m. and Sohour from 9:00 p.m. till 2:00 am. For more information call 4484-4444 or 4484-4747.

Shisha Garden

During Ramadan: La Cigale. A great outdoor soothing ambience with cooling A/C system and Oriental classical music , offering the best Arabic delicacies with a live cooking Barbecue station and Shishas in town. Enjoy every day starting at Iftar time till 2:00 a.m. Minimum consumption at QR 80 per person is applicable. For more information call 4428-8702.

Oriental Sweets and Savoury Bites in Gourmet House

During Ramadan: Kempinski Residences & Suites, Doha. Gourmet House has new signature Ramadan delicacies to showcase. Taste Oriental sweets, Arabic savoury bites and a selection of Ramadan juices every day after Iftar along with all their famous fresh baked goods, sandwiches, cakes and exceptional retail items from all over Europe. Gourmet House will be open daily from 11:00 a.m. till Iftar for take-away items and from Iftar to 1:00 a.m. for dine-in service. For more information call 4405-3326 or email gourmet.doha@kempinski.com.

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Le Cigalon

During Ramadan: La Cigale. Break your fast with a sumptuous Iftar buffet featuring traditional Mezzeh, salads, Oriental and International main dishes complemented by tantalizing desserts. Buffet price QR 200 per person, inclusive of Ramadan Juices. Open: Iftar Time – 1:00 a.m. For more information call 4428-8698.

Shisha Diwan

During Ramadan: Sharq Village & Spa. For those who like to gather with friends the Shisha Diwan at Al Qareb offers an exclusive venue during Ramadan. QR 125 including shisha and one Ramadan beverage. For more information call 4425-6666 or email rc.dohsq.reservations@ritzcarlton.com.

The Sultan’s Tent

During Ramadan: W Doha. Ramadan tent, live food stations, extended Arabic buffet, live Ramadan band from Lebanon (traditional Arabic instrumental music) and shisha service. Iftar: 30 minutes before Iftar time, till 8:00 p.m., QR 195 per person. Suhor: 9:00 p.m. till 2:00 a.m. QR 260 per person. Free for children under six; 50% discount for children below 12. Price includes free flow of soft drinks, Ramadan juices, water, Arabic coffee and tea. 20% discount will apply for SPG card holders – Iftar only. For more information call 4453-5135.

Market By Jean-Georges During Ramadan: W Doha. Breakfast (buffet & a la carte): 6:00 a.m. –till 11:00 a.m. A la carte lunch: 11:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m. Express lunch: 12 noon till 4:00 p.m. Dinner: 5:00 p.m. till midnight. Every Sunday: Grill night from 6:00pm. Brunch buffet will be suspended during Ramadan. No licensed beverage service during the whole month of Ramadan, resumes the second day of Eid. For more information call 4453-5135.

Spice Market

During Ramadan: W Doha. Closed Sun July 22-Tues July 31, re-opens Wed August 1. Closed for lunch through Ramadan. No brunch during Ramadan. Dinner 5:00 p.m. till midnight. Sushi Night will not be available during Ramadan. Serving regular Spice Market a la carte menu. No licensed beverage service during the whole month of Ramadan, resumes the second day of Eid. Possible venue for private Iftar or Suhor c/o Convention & Catering (for groups above 70 people). For more information call 4453-5135.

Iftar Buffet

During Ramadan: Hilton Doha. Offering traditional Ramadan favourites from Ouzzi to Shawarma. Break your fast for QR 200 per person at Mawasem. Daily from sunset till 10:30 p.m. For more information call 4423-3333.


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La Cigale Ramadan Tent During Ramadan: La Cigale. Carefully customized to reflect a blessed spirit of this occasion, this tent is considered a centre of attraction with the exclusive ambience featuring an extravagant suhor buffet, a wide variety of traditional Arabic dishes, international favourites and mesmerizing sweets as well as flavoursome Shishas amid live, soft traditional Arabic entertainment. From 9:00 p.m. till 2:00 a.m. Suhor Buffet price QR 250 per person, inclusive of Ramadan juices and selected soft drinks. For more information call 4428-8709/10.

Iftar in the Renaissance Ramadan Tent

During Ramadan: The West End at Renaissance City Center. Break your fast with a delicious buffet of local and traditional Arabic favourites, interactive cooking stations and live traditional Arabic music in the indigenously inspired Ramadan tent. QR 190 including Ramadan juices from 6:30 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. Shisha selection available. For more information call 4419-6100 or visit westenddoha.com.

Suhor in the Renaissance Ramadan Tent

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Eid Family Lunch in Aroma

During Ramadan: The West End at Renaissance City Center. Continue the celebration with your family and friends at the Suhor buffet. Enjoy traditional Arabic delicacies and international flavours in indigenously inspired Ramadan tent. Live traditional Arabic music tops off the festivities in the Grand Ballroom. QR 210 including Ramadan juices from 9:00 p.m. till 2:00 a.m. Shisha selection available. For more information call 4419-6100 or visit westenddoha.com.

Eid Al Fitr Hi Tea

Sun 19: Holiday Villa Doha. At Lagenda International Restaurant from 12:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. For more information call 4408-4888/4220.

Eid Celebrations At Parisa

Eid: Sharq Village & Spa. Located above Al Dana, Parisa promises a stylish and intimate ambience with a purple and grey decor enhanced by hand-picked traditional ornaments brought especially from Iran. Chef Moghadam brings his original and contemporary cooking style to a grand Eid family celebration, straight from the finest kitchens of Tehran. Family style menu QR 250. For more information call 4425-6666 or email rc.dohsq.reservations@ritzcarlton.com.

1st day of Eid Al Fitr: Mövenpick Hotel Doha. The Seasons restaurant has set the stage for a grand celebration brunch with Middle Eastern and Iinternational specialties to be served from the lavish buffet and live cooking stations. There will be plenty to keep the little ones happy with games, an indoor bouncy castle, face painting and a kids’ buffet. QR 215 per person without beverages or QR 265 including coffee, tea, soft drinks and bubbly. From 12:00 p.m. till 3.30 p.m. Children 12 years and under eat free and 12 years to 16 years get 50% off.

Eid: Kempinski Residences & Suites, Doha. On the day of Eid, Aroma will bring the buffet to your table with a 4-course family lunch menu including live carving and dessert station. Reflecting Arabian hospitality, the menu is ideal for sharing with your beloved ones featuring traditional luscious dishes. QR 195 per person including Ramadan juices. From 12:00 p.m. till 3:30 p.m. For more information call 4405-3326 or email gourmet.doha@kempinski.com.

Eid Brunch at Flavours

Eid: Grand Heritage Doha. Meals will be freshly prepared in front of guests at live cooking stations, while children are entertained with a range of exciting activities. From 12:30 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. QR 180 per person (50% off for 6-12 year olds – under age five eat free). For more information call 4445-5555.

Eid Al Fitr In Style

Eid: Sharq Village & Spa. An extravagant Eid buffet is served in the Ramadan Tent during the first three days of Eid Al Fitr. Executive Chef Hassan Abdallah and his team showcase a selection of Oriental delicacies including over 35 mezze, freshly- baked breads, crisp salads, a sushi station, grilled seafood and meat and mouth-watering selections of hot dishes including whole ouzi lamb. A selection of puddings, tarts, chocolates and Arabic sweets are sure to delight. QR 320 inclusive of beverages and shisha. For more information call 4425-6666 or email rc.dohsq.reservations@ritzcarlton.com. 79


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Friday Buffet Dim Sum Brunch

Fri July 6 & 13: Holiday Villa Doha. At D’Chopstix Chinese & Japanese Restaurant with free-flowing Chinese tea. From 11:30 a.m. till 3:00 p.m., QR 130 for adults, QR 65 for children (ages 4 -12 years). For more information call 4408-4888/4230.

The Tanabata Festival

July 7 – 27: Radisson Blu Hotel Doha. After many long years as the Ramada Doha Hotel, the Ramada ushers in a new era with a name change to the Radisson Blu Hotel. Join them for the Tanabata Star Festival, based on a summer love story and celebrated in Sakura this month. It has become tradition in Japan to write messages of hope and love on colourful strips of paper and hang them on branches of the bamboo plant at this time every year. Learn more about the story and enjoy a special sushi and teppanyaki menu for QR 220 per person. For more information call 4428-1555.

Seafood Delight

Thursdays (excluding Ramadan): Oryx Rotana. Experience the bounty of the sea at Choices. From lobster, prawns and shrimps to freshly shucked oysters on the half-shell, enjoy unlimited seafood offerings for just QR 240 per person, including unlimited juices and soft drinks, or for QR 315, including unlimited selected house beverages. Shisha is available on the pool terrace. For more information call 4402-3333.

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New! Opal by Gordon Ramsay

Mondays – Saturdays: The St Regis Doha. A casual alternative to Chef Ramsay’s Michelin-starred fine cuisine, Opal offers western classics executed to perfection in a relaxed atmosphere for lunch and dinner. Open for dinner only during Ramadan. For more information call 4446-0105.


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A Taste of Arabia at the World of

Al Mourjan By Ashlee Starratt

With its stunning views of the Doha sky-line and unparalleled cuisine, Al Mourjan is Lebanese gastronomy at its finest. QH samples the hot and cold mezze that has made this Corniche landmark the place to beat, and the F&B benchmark in the region.

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here’s a warm evening breeze blowing as we settle down at our table on the outdoor terrace at Al Mourjan and the night could not be more perfect. With the sparkling towers of West Bay at our backs the restaurant’s Mediterranean décor and glittering lights make it a lighthouse straddling the old city and the new, the best of cuisine for the best of both worlds.

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With its name meaning ‘coral stone’ in Arabic, Al Mourjan is the bedrock of the Corniche with its prime location: during the day the radiant blue waters of the Gulf lull you as you savour a leisurely lunch, while at night it’s a whole different experience in ambience again. “Al Mourjan has become a landmark,” says Owning Director Mohamed Al-Sadek. “We’re always in constant development – achieving something others have not been able to achieve. It gives me pride and it gives me energy.”

With more than 100 Lebanese appetizers to choose from, the menu at Al Mourjan is extensive. We order an array of items including fresh zaatar, hummous, tabouleh, a delectable moutabal, sawdat djaj (chicken livers), makanek (Lebanese sausages), fried halloumi, batata harrah (spicy potato), fried kebbeh and the restaurants famous fattoush. The service is fast, efficient and conscientious – our glasses are never empty and our plates quickly removed from the table after each course.


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The food is plentiful and delicious. There’s something nice about sharing courses of small plates in the traditional Lebanese fashion, it’s more than just the act of consuming but instead one of companionship and sharing. The fattoush is crisp and tangy with only the freshest of ingredients; the pomegranate seeds add the perfect sweet explosion to balance the acidic components of the tomatoes and oil. Hands down the moutabal is the best we’ve had, a creamy, smoky blend of eggplant topped with that all important ingredient: a healthy drizzle of fresh olive oil.

It’s evident as we dig in that these recipes are tried-and-true, honed for years in Grandma’s kitchen back home in Lebanon to perfection here on the table today. Some of our favourite items tonight are the makanek sausages, small bite-sized morsels of juicy lamb with a slight kick of spice and, surprisingly, the chicken livers, marinated in oil and spices they’re buttery and smoky and topped with some hummous or moutabal and wrapped in a warm fresh slice of pita, we’re in heaven.

We leave Al Mourjan more than satisfied, feeling like we’ve had not just a meal but an experience. Celebrities and heads of state have dined at Al Mourjan; Al Pacino and Martin Scorsese have enjoyed a gourmet meal against the backdrop of the cityscape, but you don’t have to be of prominent status to know or enjoy good food when it’s in front of you. We leave dinner fulfilled on many levels – the food, the company and the ambience are positive coefficients in an equation that’s not hard to figure out.

With a product this good it’s no small wonder Mohamed has his sights set on the future and further expansion of the Al Mourjan brand. Due to high customer demand he opened a second restaurant in Souk Waqif with a staff of 40 to complement the already bustling overflow of diners from the location on the Corniche which operates with a staff of 130. “2013 is going to be a big year for Al Mourjan,” he says. With plans to open two new locations, he’s hush-hush about the details but assures us that a lot is in store for this award-winning brand.

Mohamed explains it best. “Come and experience the magic,” he tells his customers. “And feel the difference, relax and enjoy!”

“Olive oil is the backbone of Lebanese cuisine,” says Mohamed.”

“Olive oil is the backbone of Lebanese cuisine because it’s in almost every appetizer,” says Mohamed. “The finer the grade of the oil, the better. What sets Al Mourjan apart is the amount of research we put into our food. We source recipes from 60 years back until today, combining the old ways with the new; food back then tastes so much better.”

About Al Mourjan Timings: 12:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m., daily Average Meal Price: QR 180 Smoking: Yes Reservations: Yes Contact Info: 4483-4423, www.almourjan.com

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Brunch:An Institution By Jorge Granda Photography by Jessie Palanca

QH samples the mouth-watering munchies at one of the oldest brunches in Doha at The Marriott Hotel. Famous for its wide variety of international dishes, the culinary journey that the Marriott offers every weekend is a dining experience like no other.

Signature Dishes Seafood Zarzuella (Spanish), Fajitas (Mexican), Dum Biryani (Indian), Sushi (Japanese), Grilled lobster, Homemade pasta, Yaogojiding (Chicken with cashew-nuts), Oriental mixed grill, variety of international and Arabic salads plus selection of French and Arabic cheese boat, live crêpe and waffle stations and international and Arabic desserts. Brunch at the Doha Marriott Hotel is called ‘A Journey Around the World in 180 Minutes’ and the name couldn’t be more accurate. Boasting a total of 14 live cooking stations offering international cuisines from Spain, Mexico, India, Japan, Arab countries and France in a family friendly atmosphere, the institution of brunch in Doha is firmly cemented. Impressed with the amount of food the brunch caters in what it seems an infinite space, it becomes difficult for us to decide where to start when faced with as many delicious options as there are here. We first make a stop at the Mexican station for some hot quesadillas accompanied by guacamole and tomato sauce. Beside the Mexican station is the Japanese, which catches our attention with its mouthwatering sushi and cashew-nut chicken and rice. We give ourselves a small break before continuing our journey through the enormous brunch, leaving room in our bellies for more exotic cuisines. 84

Next up is the Indian station; our favorite Indian dish is Chicken Tikka Masala, so we waste no time tearing into it accompanied by a small portion of rice and hot buttered roti. At the Arabic station we try the mixed grill and fried Kebbeh. We still haven’t tried half of the food on offer at the brunch, but we can’t keep going much further if we want to get a hold of the many different desserts we spotted on the way in. After managing to squeeze in some slices of pizza and helpings of pasta (so far one of the best we’ve tried in Doha lately!), we take another short rest before heading over to get our hands on something sweet. We are told by the chef that every week they mix up the live dessert station with tempting options such as ‘sweet burgers’, ‘fruit sushi’, apple strudel and cupcakes. We leave the Marriott feeling full and satisfied, having enjoyed an incredible meal at one of the longest-running brunches in the city. The only thing you’ll need afterwards is a nap!

Kids Area Face painting, kids movies and activities with meal and juices, one dedicated caretaker Celebrations Birthdays and anniversary parties with live band and staff cheering. The Doha Marriott also hosts special brunches for occasions including Easter and Mother’s Day to name a few. ABOUT THE DOHA MARRIOTT HOTEL Opening Hours: 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Price: QR 235 for regular and QR 340 for bubbly. Licensed: Yes Smoking: Yes Telephone: 4484-4484 or 4484-4954


ADD NEW FLAVOUR TO RAMADAN AND EID AT THE SQUARE. For your dining pleasure, The Square serves up Ramadan and Eid dishes with a special twist. Alongside your traditional Arabic favourites created in our signature style, you’ll find international dishes, carefully selected to complement one another with a world of flavours. For information about our Ramadan and Eid promotions, please contact +974 4015 8888, email doharestaurants@ihg.com or visit intercontinental.com/dohathecity


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s a p a T , s Tapanad more Tapas! By Jorge Granda

The Cellar at the Oryx Rotana Doha has the potential to become one of the best concept restaurants in town. QH test drives the tantalizing tapas menu at this Spanish-inspired hotspot.

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he Cellar at the Oryx Rotana can only be described as delectable. The concept of the restaurant is fantastic – you can choose from a great variety of tapas and vino. The chic décor and cosy lighting creates a great, comfortable atmosphere, turning lunch or dinner into a unique experience. When we’re offered the menu we struggle to select the tapas we want to try as there are so many to choose from. You can choose tapas from the sea and the land with a good number of vegetarian options as well.. Iwe’re glad we’re hungry and haven’t eaten much throughout the day since our mission is to try as many tapas as we can in order to have a real perception of the quality and variety of tastes. We start out with crispy calamari rings, hammour fillet grilled with sautéed spinach and lemon cream sauce, grilled zucchini with melted cheese and Italian baby buffalo mozzarella with basil pesto. The hammour is particularly fresh as well as the calamari rings. The grilled zucchini with melted cheese is very tasty cooked to perfection and the pesto that accompanies the baby buffalo is delicious and nutty.

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Next we’re served tuna empanadas and Australian Black Angus mini-beef burgers which are definitely one of the best tapas in the menu. The tuna empanadas taste heavenly; the dough is perfect with a nice cheesy flavour. We’re especially surprised with the small burgers; they don’t come with any kind of sauces or vegetables, but it doesn’t need it. The sumptuousness of the beef stands alone. We also indulge in baby potatoes wrapped with veal bacon served with sour cream and by far the best Australian Black Angus beef medallions with mushroom sauce we have tried in a very long time – the texture and taste of the meat is succulent. Since we’re in a restaurant that specializes in Spanish and Mediterranean food we can’t leave without having a traditional Spanish tortilla and as expected it was good. The service at The Cellar is more than satisfactory. Even though we ordered a lot of food we don’t have to wait long for it to arrive, the waiters are cordial and attentive as well as the manager. Chef Rawad Chaar comes to our table to explain the concept of the restaurant and have a few words with us. It ‘s obvious he knows there’s something

very special about the place: “I love that the Cellar is a signature restaurant that receives a lot of attention and hope to continue to build upon the reputation we have. I’m a big fan of the Cellar, so I see it as a good choice to build my career here. I think we are accomplishing amazing things,” he says. We highly recommend visiting The Cellar any day of the week. You’re in for a nice experience. ABOUT THE CELLAR Opening hours: 12:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., last order at 11:30 p.m. Ramadan: 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Average meal price: QR 110 (food only) Smoking: Yes Vino: Yes For reservations or more information, please contact 4402-3333 or email to oryx.hotel@rotana.com Business lunch will be served during Ramadan.


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An Apple A Day By Gerald Tan Photography by Jessie Palanca

From Golden Delicious to the mighty McIntosh, the versatility of the apple reigns supreme in its flavoursome starring role. Gerald Tan slices and dices to show us the core of this most simplistic of fruits.

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Try this recipe, and prepare to become hooked on the many incarnations of baked, spiced apples. If you’re like me, it won’t be too long before you start dreaming of Tarte Tatin and Danish pastries. Just remember a little self-restraint to keep the doctor at bay. Any comments, feedback, tips or Dame Muriel’s not-so-secret recipes gladly welcome. Do share how the apple crisp challenge turned out. I’m on Twitter @GeraldoTan.

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ou know that saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away?” Sadly, it could never apply to me. If I had apples every day, I’d be in a lot of trouble, simply because I wouldn’t just eat the fruit on its own -- that would be too prosaic. Nay, I’d have it in a cupcake or a pie or even a strudel if feeling indulgent. You see, apples are so versatile. The crisp gives bite while the tang adds a lovely dimension of flavor – and talk about choices. Living in Qatar, we get apples from every continent in which they grow. Some are crunchier, others more tart, but all equally delightful – especially for baking. It’s hard to explain; but cut up a few apples, squeeze a lemon over them, sprinkle some ground cinnamon, then put the lot in a hot oven and enchantment takes over. The fruit transforms from ordinary to extraordinary. Want a rapid dessert? Follow the steps above, bake for half an hour and top with a scoop of ice-cream. Voila. Are there any secrets to working with apples? You betcha. They can get finicky, oxidizing too quickly for even the speediest of chefs. You could soak the fruit in salt water while peeling and coring, but I find this changes the texture of the flesh, leaving it mealy and quite grim. I prefer to add lemon juice, which offers the twin benefit of preserving colour and producing a glorious post-baked sensation.

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Sometimes a recipe calls for the apples to be cooked to the consistency of a mushy sauce. (The base for a French flan comes to mind.) Nothing tricky with that: just crank up the heat and the apples eventually disintegrate. But what if you desire more crunch? The answer lies, oddly, in boiling water; pour it over the prepared apple pieces and leave them to steep for about 10 minutes before draining. This process helps the fruit retain some of its firmness while baking. So, crave an apple dessert yet? I sure hope so, as that might be ample impetus to have a go at an apple crisp, also known as apple crumble. I’m repeating last month’s challenge. Give me an hour of your time and surprise yourself by dinner tonight. The instructions are straightforward, the results sublime. This dish is a year-round hit, which is perfect because apples are perennially available. (Even though apples are harvested in the autumn, they’re kept fresh in cold storage at around one degrees Celsius; hence what’s available at the store might be many months old.) Apple crisp is un-fussy to say the least and requires no specialized gadget to make. When strapped for time, I’ve even zapped the apples in the microwave before adding the topping (or crispy crunchy as my niece calls it) and browning them in the oven for 10 minutes.

Ingredients: 4 to 6 apples (a mixed variety is preferable) 1 lemon 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional) 3 tablespoons sugar 75gm butter (cut into tiny cubes) ¾ cup brown sugar ½ cup flour ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats ½ teaspoon of salt 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder Implements: 1 mixing bowl 1 casserole dish/pie dish Instructions: Peel, core and cut the apples into bitesized pieces or thin slices. Place into casserole dish or any deep, oven-proof plate. Toss with cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar and juice from the lemon. In a separate bowl, mix the cut butter with brown sugar, flour, rolled oats, salt and cinnamon powder. Use fingertips (coolest part of hand) to rub butter in until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over the apples. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees Celcius for 35-45 minutes, or until the top is golden and bubbling. The apples should be tender when pierced with a knife or fork. Remove from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes. Serve warm with ice-cream.

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Al Mourjan

Food Corner

Executive and Cuisine Co ncept Chef, Ashraf A. Raad.

AVOCADO AND MOZZARELLA SALAD

There’s nothing more refreshing than a cool summer salad to beat the heat. This month Al Mourjan restaurant brings you an easy and delicious Avocado and Mozzarella Salad recipe that will melt in your mouth. Ingredients 2 mozzarella balls 2 ripe avocados 3-4 tbsp lemon juice 3 scallions (spring onions) 1-2 red chilis, slit open lengthwise, de-seed and dice finely (wear gloves to avoid irritation) 3-4 tbsp white wine vinegar 2 tsp balsamic vinegar 1 tsp mustard 1 pinch sugar Salt and freshly milled pepper 4-6 tbsp olive oil 2-3 tbsp finely shredded basil leaves Basil leaves, to garnish

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1. Slice the mozzarella. Halve the avocado and remove the pit. Cut the avocado halves into thin wedges, peel and sprinkle immediately with lemon juice. 2. Wash and trim the scallions. Chop the white and light green parts and snip the green tops into rings. 3. Mix the vinegars with the mustard, sugar, salt and pepper and whisk in the oil. Then stir in the finely chopped basil leaves. 4. Arrange the mozzarella and avocado on a large plate, overlapping the slices neatly. Scatter with chili and spring onions and sprinkle with the salad dressing. Serve garnished with basil leaves.

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FOOD & DINING LISTINGS

ONE OF A KIND JULY Date Layer Cake and Turkish Coffee

Tues 3 – Tues 31: Holiday Villa Doha. At Lobby Lounge and Kafe Ole. The Date Layer Cake is a unique and tasty dessert that is incomparable. QR 25, from 11:00 a.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4408-4888.

Blended Ice Tea

Tues 3 – Tues 31: Holiday Villa Doha. At Lobby Lounge and Kafe Ole. Ice Blended Green Tea QR 16, Ice Blended Tea Chino QR 16, Ice Blended Peppermint Tea QR 16, Ice Blended Lemon Tea QR 16, Ice Blended ‘Cham’ QR 16. From 11:00 a.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4408-4888.

Market Brunch

Fri 6 & Fri 13: W Doha. Watch fresh, local products and ingredients come together splendidly in the Mediterraneaninspired show kitchen. The brunch serves international and Mediterranean cuisine. QR 320 per person including specialty drinks, QR 280 including soft drinks. From 12:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. For more information call 4453-5135.

Street Food Brunch

Fri 6 & Fri 13: W Doha. Asian street food meets slick city chic at the new weekly Spice Market Brunch, with a backdrop of live, upbeat swing music courtesy of Doha Jazz. QR 320 per person including drinks; QR 280 per person without adult beverages. From 12:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. For more information call 4453-5135.

Sushi Night

Sat 7 & Sat 14: 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. till 10:00 p.m. QR 220 per person. For more information call 4453-5135.

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Around the World in 7 Course’s with Chef Steele

Mon 16: Ritz-Carlton Doha. All food aficionados are invited to La Mer for a personal show kitchen experience. The dining journey includes commentary on each dish, explaining food pairing concepts and themes. From 7:00 p.m., QR 450 per person. For more information call 4484-8506 or email hulya.pasin@ritzcarlton.com.

AUGUST 2012 Olympics Ice Blends

Fri 3 – Fri 31: Holiday Villa Doha. At Lobby Lounge and Kafe Ole. Crowne Mocha Blended QR 16, Cinnamon Coffee QR 16, Rich Chocolate QR 16, Strawberry Coffee QR 16. From 11:00 a.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4408-4888.

Prune Cake and Turkish Coffee

Fri 3 – Fri 31: Holiday Villa Doha. At Lobby Lounge and Kafe Ole, QR 25. From 11:00 a.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4408-4888.

Friday Buffet Dim Sum Brunch

Fri 24 & Fri 31: Holiday Villa Doha. At D’Chopstix Chinese & Japanese Restaurant with free-flowing Chinese tea. From 11:30 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. QR 130 for adults, QR 65 for children (aged between 4 -12 years). For more information call 4408-4888/4230.

EVERY WEEK Grill Night

Sundays: W Doha. Steak connoisseurs and red-meat lovers converge upon Market by Jean-Georges to savor their prize cuts of tender meat, fowl and 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. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4453-5135.

Sushi Night at Strata

Mondays: InterContinental Doha The City. Open sushi and sashimi, accompanied by a Japanese traditional beverage and stunning views of West Bay from the 55th and 56th floors. QR 250 including one drink and QR 225 for food only. From 6:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4015-8888 or email doharestaurants@ihg.com.

Seafood Night

Mondays: Millennium Hotel. Stir, sizzle and sauté at Cosmo, seafood flavours not to be missed! QR 180 per person. From 7:30 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4424-7361 or email fb@mill-doha.com.

Asian Night

Mondays: Oryx Rotana. Take a culinary journey around Asia at Choices restaurant. Expert Thai, Indonesian and Philippine chefs prepare an exquisite buffet of authentic Far Eastern cuisine for QR 195 per person, including unlimited juices and soft drinks, or QR 270 per person, including unlimited selected house beverages. For more information call 4402-3333.

Italian Night

Mondays: Mövenpick Hotel Doha. Savour the delicacies of the Italian cuisine, choosing from a wide array of antipasti, live pasta station, pizzas and Italian cheeses. Get a feel of ‘La Dolce Vita’ for QR 160 per person. From 6:30 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4429-1111 or visit www.möevenpick-doha.com.

Meat the Grills

Mondays and Tuesdays: InterContinental Doha. Eat as much as souvlaki BBQ as you can by the outdoor terrace! Enjoy an open buffet with fresh cold mezzedes and salads, complemented by desserts. From 6:30 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. QR 165 per person. For reservations call 4484-4074 or 4484-4444 or email mykonos@icdoha.com.


FOOD & DINING LISTINGS

Sushi Mania

Mondays and Wednesdays: Sharq Village & Spa. Tantalize your taste buds with these little bite-sized morsels of culinary perfection at Al Dana. Finger-sized pieces of fish and shellfish are wrapped around soft sushi rice with a hint of wasabi mustard. QR 135, from 6:30 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4425-6666 or email rc.dohsq.reservations@ritzcarlton.com.

International Buffet

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays: Wyndham Grand Regency Doha. The scrumptious buffet at Grand Gourmet offers different cuisines from around the world, such as Italian Saturdays, Far Eastern 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 family brunch is served between 11:30 a.m. till 3:30 p.m. Closed for lunch during Ramadan. For more information call 4434-3203 or 4434-3333 or email sdesilva@wyndham.com.

Ipanema Brazilian Churrascaria Live Band

Monday’s – Saturdays: The West End at the Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel. Set your senses on fire with 15 variations of sizzling meats and seafood on skewers, carved at your table by Passadores. It’s a blaze of colours and flavours with an enticing range of foods. No live entertainment during Ramadan. From QR 290 per person. From 6:30 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. For more information, call 4419-6100 or visit www.westenddoha.com.

Opal by Gordon Ramsay Mondays – Saturdays: The St Regis Doha. A casual alternative to Chef Ramsay’s Michelin-starred fine cuisine, Opal offers western classics executed to perfection in a relaxed atmosphere for lunch and dinner. Open for dinner only during Ramadan.For more information call 4446-0105.

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FOOD & DINING LISTINGS

Gordon Ramsay Doha

Mondays – Saturdays: The St Regis Doha. Headed by Michelin-starred Chef Gilles Bosquet, Gordon Ramsay Doha offers a true fine dining experience, highlighting both Gordon Ramsay’s classiscs and Chef Gilles’ own creations. Open for dinner only, closed during Ramadan. For more information call 4446-0105.

Tapas Galore

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

Swiss Night

Tuesdays: Mövenpick Hotel Doha. Traditional fondue and raclette made with authentic Swiss cheese blended with a variety of tastes and flavours complement a great dining experience. QR 160 per person. From 6:30 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4429-1111 or visit www.möevenpick-doha.com.

Picasso’s Raclette Night Tuesdays: Radisson Blu Hotel. Enjoy the flavours of Raclette Cheese as it slowly melts over warm potatoes, cold cuts and pickles. Book your table now to enjoy the Raclette Buffet for just QR 50 per person! For more information call 4428-1555.

Steak Night

Tuesdays: Oryx Rotana. Choose your meat cuts and size and enjoy all the meat you can! QR 210 per person with soft drinks and juices and QR 290 per person with selected house beverages. For more information call 4402-3333.

Maki Delight

Tuesdays: Grand Heritage Doha. Chef Victor created a special menu with an extensive variety of Maki rolls. Traditional miso soup is included as a starter at this elegant dining destination. Scintillating the senses from its tasteful décor to the exquisite menu, Blue offers a choice between dining indoors or alfresco on the terrace with sweeping views of the Aspire Dome. QR 160 per person. From 7:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4445-5555.

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Tomahawk Comes To Qatar

Tuesdays - Sundays: The West End at the Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel. Definitely talk of town; 1000 grams of Australian Wagyu beef, exclusive at the New York Steakhouse. Open from 6:30 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. Closed during Ramadan. For more information call 4419-6100.

Asian Night

Wednesdays (July 1-20): Millennium Hotel. Travel to the Asian world and savour true flavours from India, China, Vietnam and Japan in an exotic setting. QR 150 per person. From 7:30 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4424-7361 or email fb@mill-doha.com.

Brazilian Churrasco Barbeque

Wednesdays: Sheraton Doha. Try Chef Water’s menu at Latino: a starter and four or seven cuts of meat charcoal-grilled on the Churrasco grill with South American side dishes and dessert from QR 150. Accompanied by Latino songs performed by Columbian Band Francachelo Trio. Happy Hour every day from 6:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. For more information call 4485-4556.

Asian Night

Wednesdays: Mövenpick Hotel Doha. Take a culinary tour of Asia and discover mouthwatering Peking duck, Mongolian barbeque, Japanese sushi and Indian curry for QR 160 per person. From 6:30 p.m. to 11.00 p.m. For more information call 4429-1111 or visit www.möevenpick-doha.com.

Indian Flavours

Wednesdays: Oryx Rotana. Savour an aromatic feast and indulge your senses with authentic Indian flavours for QR 185 per person, including unlimited juices and soft drinks, or QR 270 person, including unlimited selected house beverages. From 7:00 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. For more information call 4402-3333.

Three Sixty @ 47th Revolving Floor

Wednesdays: The Torch-Hotel Doha. Fresh Omani lobster at Three Sixty. You can have it prepared as per your choice of Thermador, grilled or Italian style. For more information call 4444-5600 or visit www.thetorchdoha.com.  

Cheese and Vino Evening at Hive

Wednesdays: InterContinental Doha The City. Enjoy a wide selection of cheeses from around the world accompanied by three glasses for QR 180 per person. From 7:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4015-8888 or email doharestaurants@ihg.com.

DAILY Trader Vic’s Lunch

Daily: Hilton Doha. From Island tidbits to sushi rolls, steamed sea bass, sandwiches and curries, Trader Vic’s lunch will tantalize your senses. From 12:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. For more information call 4423-3333.

New! Vine Restaurant

Daily: The St Regis Doha. Filled with natural daylight, Vine is the hotels all-day dining venue. Marble walls, wooden tables, bespoke chinaware and natural golden colors offer a welcoming contemporary space. Inspired by the blend of fine cuisines found in California, the menu is destined to delight the palate of well-travelled guests with a selection of all-time favourites with a Middle Eastern twist. Open all day during Ramadan. For more information call 4446-0105.

Cool Summer

Daily: Grand Heritage Doha. With the changes of the season, Victoria Tea Lounge will indulge you in a variety of cold beverages to cool you down. Beat the heat with these cool summer drinks, from iced teas to creative twists on classic lemonade. For more information call 4445-5555 or email fbcoordinator@grandheritagedoha.com.


FOOD & DINING LISTINGS

Summer Menu at Mykonos

Daily: InterContinental Doha. Reveal the ‘Greek’ in you while enjoying the famous Bouzouki duo live and new Chef Konstantinos Panou’s Mediterranean specialties. Open from 12:00 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. Live entertainment from 7:30 p.m. till 11:00 p.m., except Saturdays. For more information call 4484-4444 or 4484-4747.

Nusantao: Sea Kitchens

Daily: Four Seasons, Doha. Nusantao presents authentic pan-Asian dishes prepared by a multicultural culinary team hailing from Indonesia, Thailand, India, China and Japan with Japanese Chef de Cuisine Toshikazu Kato leading the team. Whatever the menu, dining is pure theatre with delicacies prepared in full view of guests. There’s a sushi bar, tandoor ovens, satay grills, tawa griddles, dumpling steamers and a gorgeous terrace. For more information call 4494-8601.

Traiteur Daily Specials

Daily: La Cigale. Amaze your family, friends and colleagues during the Holy Month of Ramadan with unique treasures from Doha’s finest gourmet haven with La Cigale’s renowned Arabic sweets, flavoured chocolates and cakes, gift hampers filled with the tastiest fresh delicacies. You can also arrange for a lavish Iftar with the dedicated catering team at your home or simply get the unique daily 4-course Iftar box to take away. Open 8:00 a.m. till 1:00 a.m. For more information call 4428-8803/20.

Il Teatro Italian Fine Dining Restaurant

Daily: Four Seasons Doha. Offers guests a gastronomic journey with sublime authentic Italian cuisine created by Chef Matteo Arvonio and his brigade of Italian chefs. Chef Matteo offers to his diners an eclectic presentation of refined regional Italian cuisine with a contemporary twist. For special occasions, guests can enjoy their privacy at Il Teatro’s elegant exclusive dining room. Dinner starts from 7:00 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. For more information call 4494-8888.


FOOD & DINING LISTINGS

Theme Nights at Flying Carpet

Al Hubara Restaurant

Daily: The Torch-Doha Hotel. Enjoy international cuisine with a twist: Sunday is Mediterranean night, Monday is Barbecue night, Tuesday is Curry Mania, Wednesday is Pan-Latino night, Thursday is Seafood Delight, Friday is Arabian night and Saturday awaits you with Asian treasures. QR 190 per person. From 7:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4446-6500 or visit www.thetorchdoha.com.

Daily: Sheraton Doha. A mix of delights at the International lunch buffet. QR 175, from 12:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. Theme Nights dinner buffet; Monday Thai Night, Tuesday European Night, Friday International Flair, Saturday Al Sham Night, Sunday Italian Pasta. QR 190 per person. Wednesdays and Thursdays, Seafood Extravaganza QR 235. Theme nights valid till July 19. From 7:00 p.m. till 10:30 p.m. For more information call 4485-4556.

A la Carte Dinner Menu In Aroma

Toasty Treat & Bonus Card

Daily: Kempinski Residences & Suites Doha. Right after Iftar meal has finished, indulge in the delectable dinner à la carte menu in the award-winning Aroma. Enjoy exceptional quality from the creative team of Executive Chef Jonathan Spiteri in the stylish ambience of Aroma. 7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. For more information call 4405-3325 or email aroma.doha@kempinski.com or visit the website www.kempinski.com/doha.

Spice Market Tasting Menu

Daily: W Doha. Start off with the Spice Market tasting menu created by Spice Market Head Chef Darsin Joseph. Five courses with ten mouth-watering flavours and a bottle of your choice for QR 500 for two people (conditions apply). From 6:00 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. July 1–19 only. For more information call 4453-5135.

Make-Your-Own Sandwich Online @ www.westenddoha.com Daily: West End, Renaissance Doha City Center. Quick Bites lets you choose your bread, spreads, garnish and more healthy and mouth-watering choices of fillers. For more information, call 4419-6100 or visit www.westenddoha.com.

Bread of the Day

Daily: West End, Renaissance Doha City Center. The Master Baker at Quick Bites ensures fresh and new breads at all times. Try his special creations: cinnamon bread, bread with raisins, walnuts. From 6:00 a.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4419-6100 or visit www.westenddoha.com.

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Daily: Kempinski Residences & Suites, Doha. Buy the famous German bread at half price, every day between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m...if there’s any left! For every eight loaves, receive one for free. From 7:00 a.m. till 9:00 p.m. For more information call 4405-3326 or email gourmet.doha@kempinski.com.

Freezing Gourmet House

Daily: Kempinski Residences & Suites, Doha. Summer is here but in Gourmet House we keep the temperature down! Try the new Freddo Espresso and our homemade selection of ice-creams and sorbets. It’s freezing in here! From 7:00 a.m. till 9:00 p.m. For more information call 4405-3326 or email gourmet.doha@kempinski.com.

Tasting & Sharing at The Lounge

Daily: Kempinski Residences & Suites, Doha. Relax after work and share with your friends delicious bites from the Tasting & Sharing menu. Between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. get 50% discount at the Very Happy Hour. For more information call 4405-3325 or email thelounge.doha@kempinski.com.

Free WIFI @ Quick Bites – Now Open at 6:00 a.m.

Daily: The West End at the Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel. Enjoy free internet access in Quick Bites while having a coffee, light snack or full meal. It’s a spacious and fresh café with free valet parking. Open from 6:00 a.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4419-6100 or visit www.westenddoha.com.

Quick Bites Lunch Box

Daily: The West End at the Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel. Looking for a healthy take-away lunch? Your ultimate solution is the Quick Bites Lunch Box. It consists of a healthy salad, a choice of sandwich, dessert, chips and a soft drink for QR 60, available from 11:00 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. For more information call 4419-6100 or visit westenddoha.com.

The Courtyard, Al Najada Boutique Hotel

Daily: Souq Waqif. An informal hip and funky café, serving a relaxed breakfast and light meals alfresco, as well as offering a fresh alternative all-day dining menu from a unique and innovative à la carte selection of fusion cuisine. Surrounded by palm trees, water features, and contemporary Qatari art, an ideal dining venue for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 7:00 a.m. till 10:00 p.m. (Last order is taken at 10:00 p.m.).  

Special Italian Cusine

Daily: La Cigale. Celebrate Italian flair at Di Capri with the exuberant A La Carte menu and a wide selection of wines. The menu features a variety of signature dishes including fresh traditional pastas, classic and mixed risottos and opulent fish and meat platters. Don’t forget the ‘Dolce E Gelato’ desserts section. From 12:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. For more information call 4428-8698.

The Canteen, Arumaila Boutique Hotel

Daily: Souq Waqif. Offers comfort food at its best! Guests can relax and enjoy a wide range of dishes including pasta, noodles, fish and chips and traditional Arabic dishes, in the distinctively energetic surroundings of Souq Waqif. 7:00 a.m. till 10:00 p.m. (Last order is taken at 10:00 p.m.).

Yen Sushi Bar

Daily: La Cigale. Enjoy Doha’s best sushi and sashimi at this intimate sushi bar, served on a special rotating belt amidst alluring mood lighting, rice paper walls, and fashionable furniture by acclaimed designer Philip Stark. 11:30 a.m. till 12:00 a.m. For more information call 4428-8698.


FOOD & DINING LISTINGS

Kafe Ole

Daily: Holiday Villa Doha. Sip and relax at the newly opened café serving freshly brewed coffee and oven baked pastries. From 11:00 a.m. till 1:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. till 3:00 a.m. on Thursdays and Fridays. For more information call 4408-4888.

The Terrace Lounge, Al Mirqab Boutique Hotel

Daily: Souq Waqif. Comprises of indoor and outdoor lounges, including a terrace area, serving light bites such as tempting sandwiches, pastries, and Arabic sweets. 9:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m. (Last order is taken at 10:00 p.m.).

Le Central

Daily: La Cigale. Don’t miss the tantalizing Mediterranean specialties and the wide selection of seafood items complemented by the extended beverage selection. From 12:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. For more information call 4428-8772.

East, Al Mirqab Boutique Hotel Daily: Souq Waqif. Offers an international fusion of Mediterranean, Arabic and Japanese cuisine with a Persian twist. This all-day dining restaurant provides the perfect venue for a business lunch or a relaxing dinner. The à la carte menu is perfectly created to satisfy every taste. 7:00 a.m. till 10:00 p.m. (Last order is taken at 10:00 p.m.).  

Traiteur Specials To Go

Daily: La Cigale. Enjoy a healthy lunch with daily specials available for outside orders. The lunch box contains a fresh salad, delectable main dish, home-made dessert and one soft drink. Choose your main dish from different selections such as poultry, meat or seafood. Daily special price starts from QR 65. For more information call 4428-8803/20.

Japanese Summer Dishes

Daily: Holiday Villa Doha. During the summer heat, enjoy a yummy Bento Box. Choose from salmon sashimi, wanko soba, nigiri sushi and much more. From 11:30 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4408-4888.


FOOD & DINING LISTINGS

WEEKEND THURSDAY Seafood Night

Thursdays: Mövenpick Hotel Doha. A sumptuous buffet with a spectacular spread of tasty seafood bites bringing together Asian and Mediterranean combinations for a colourful collection of delicious food. QR 180 per person, from 6:30 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4429-1111 or visit www.moevenpick-doha.com.

Cosmopolitan Thursdays at The Square

Thursdays: InterContinental Doha The City. The Square’s lively format and diverse menu choices are perfect for an evening seating for an international dinner with friends. QR 260 per person, including house vinos, house spirits. QR 210 including soft drinks and mocktails. From 6:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4015-8888 or email doharestaurants@ihg.com.

Seafood Night at Crossroads Kitchen

Thursdays: The West End at the Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel. Enjoy a vast array of fresh seafood including sushi, chilled shellfish, fresh salads and hot and cold dishes prepared at live cooking theatres. Not available during Ramadan. From QR 225 including soft beverages. From 6:00 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. For more information call 4419-6100 or visit www.westenddoha.com.

FRIDAY Steak Night

Fridays: Mövenpick Hotel Doha. Choose your favourite steak cuts from the display of prime quality meats and fish and have them cooked to perfection for QR 160 per person. From 6:30 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4429-1111 or visit www.moevenpick-doha.com.

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Seafood BBQ Night

Lebanese Breakfast

Persian Family Lunch

Sushi and Steak Night @ Blue

Fridays: InterContinental Doha. Enjoy a Seafood BBQ dinner by the beachfront at the Fish Market. Enjoy grilled fish and seafood freshly prepared by our expert Chefs including live cooking stations. From 7:00 p.m. till midnight. For more information please call 4484-4444 or 4484-4747.

Fridays and Saturdays: Sharq Village & Spa. Parisa’s weekend set menu, familystyle has plenty of popular options to suit everyone. Chef Moghadam Najjari delights with regional specialties, classic dishes showcasing the very best of Persian cooking. QR 195 per person. From 12:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. (Closed 15 June–15 July). For more information call 4425-6666 or email rc.dohsq.reservations@ritzcarlton.com.

SATURDAY Burger Night

Saturdays: W Doha. Market is grilling up a good time. The tastiest burgers made just the way you like them. Choose your burger, side dish and a dessert for QR 110. From 6:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4453-5135.

Retail Night

Saturdays: Oryx Rotana. Enjoy the Tapas menu and your favourite vino at retail price at the Cellar. Handling fee QR 50, or on Saturdays QR 100. For more information call 4402-3333.

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 award-winning best restaurant. Eat as much you can for QR 129 per person, including a glass of sparkling date juice. Saturdays from 6:30 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. Closed for lunch during Ramadan. For more information call 4434-3203 or 4434-3333 or email sdesilva@wyndham.com.

Saturdays: Millennium Hotel. Enjoy authentic Lebanese flavours, decoration and tunes and live stations serving healthy food to kick off the day. QR 120 per person. From 6:30 a.m. till 10:30 a.m. For more information call 4424-7361 or email fb@mill-doha.com.

Saturdays: Grand Heritage Doha. Enjoy dinner under the stars with unlimited sushi prepared by our Chef Victor, followed by succulent barbequed steak cooked to your liking, served with your favourite vegetables and selection of dessert for the perfect ending, QR 195 per person. From 7:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4445-5555.

Ready, Set, Chopsticks!

Saturdays: Oryx Rotana. Three words sum up the food at the Sushi & Sashimi Night at Choices - fresh, simple, delicious. The talented team of chefs serve up the perfect Japanese dining experience, with food that is a feast for the eye as well as the mouth. QR 195 per person (food only). For more information call 4402-3333.

International Lunch Buffet at Crossroads Kitchen

Saturdays - Thursdays: The West End at the Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel. Crossroads Kitchen is offering a fresh international buffet for only QR 155 per person from 12:00 p.m. till 2:30 p.m. Lunch not available during Ramadan. For more information call 4419-6100 or visit www.westenddoha.com.

BRUNCH Flying Carpet Brunch

Fridays: The Torch-Doha Hotel. A trendy and fabulous Friday Brunch with an array of specialties from the Mediterranean, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Children’s buffet and activities with a very special price for children between 6 and 12 years at QR 99. For more information call 4444-6500 or visit www.thetorchdoha.com.


FOOD & DINING LISTINGS

Crossroads Kitchen Family Brunch

Fridays: West End, Renaissance Doha City Center. Crossroads Kitchen offers a fantastic International brunch including a children’s buffet and entertainment zone with face painting, movies and games. From QR 215, 12:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. Brunch not available during Ramadan. For more information call 4419-6100 or visit www.westenddoha.com.

Ipanema Friday Brunch

Fridays: The West End at the Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel. By popular request, Ipanema opens its doors for Friday Brunch with 15 variations of sizzling meats on skewers, carved at your table by Passadores with live entertainment. Enjoy the experience from QR 310 per person. From 12:00 p.m. till 3:30 p.m. Brunch not available during Ramadan. For more information call 4419-5000 or visit www.westenddoha.com.

X’Press Friday

Fridays: Oryx Rotana. The weekend starts here; you’re invited to sit back, relax and enjoy the exquisite three-course set menu, including a wide choice of appetizers, main courses and desserts. Choose either the set menu with two glasses of selected vino for QR 145, or food only for QR 85. There are also tempting tasting offers on a wide range of vinos, using the stateof-the-art Enomatic vino serving system. From 12:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. For more information call 4402-3333.

Cosmo Brunch

Fridays: Millennium Hotel. International and Oriental cuisines are served in a casual ambience, with a special kids corner and entertainment. QR 155 per person. From 12:30 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. For more information call 4424-7361 or email fb@mill-doha.com.

Hyde Park Brunch

Fridays: Radisson Blu Hotel Doha. 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. For more information call 4428-1555.


FOOD & DINING LISTINGS

Friday Family Brunch

Fridays: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Unwind with friends and family at The Lagoon Restaurant and indulge in a luxurious buffet, live musical performances and a lively yet relaxed atmosphere. Complimentary Ritz-Kids Corner available for children ages 4-12 years old. From 12:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. QR 220 per person, QR 295 with bubbly and QR 110 for children from 4-12 years old. Brunch is not available during Ramadan. For more information call 4484-8000.

Jazzy Friday Brunch

Fridays: Oryx Rotana. The brunch offers wide variety of food and beverages with live jazz music. QR 240 per person, including unlimited juices and soft drinks, or QR 315 per person, including unlimited selected house beverages. From 12:30 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. For more information call 4402-3333.

Family Friday Brunch

Fridays: Mövenpick Hotel Doha. Experience the all-new brunch showcasing an array of innovative culinary delights. In collaboration with Jarir Bookstore, the little ones have their own play kingdom with live entertainment, a bouncy castle, PlayStation, games and even a kiddy-sized buffet. QR 215 per person, kids under twelve dine free, from twelve to sixteen, half price. For more information call 4429-1111 or visit www.moevenpick-doha.com.

Seafood Brunch at Fish Market

Fridays: InterContinental Doha. Indulge in the luxurious buffet and a market display featuring lobster, oyster, tiger prawns, and sea bass. Choose from the wide range of beverage options to complement your meal whilst enjoying the stunning views of the Arabian Sea and Doha’s skyline. QR 320 per person. From 12:30 p.m. till 3:30 p.m. For more information call 4484-4484 or 4484-4954.

The Café Restaurant Brunch

Fridays: InterContinental Doha. This international buffet restaurant with spectacular views of the pool and sea offers cuisine from around the world with live cooking stations. From 12:30 p.m till 4:00 p.m. QR 195 per person with free-flowing bubbly. (Also, open daily for breakfast from 6:30 a.m. till 11:00 a.m., lunch 12:30 p.m. till 3:30 p.m. and dinner 7:00 p.m. till 11:30 p.m.) For more information call 4484-4484 or 4484-4954.

Le Cigalon Brunch

Fridays: La Cigale. This spring Le Cigalon offers an extended international buffet lunch overlooking an open kitchen area. From 12:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. Price per person QR 200, including American coffee or tea; a la carte option is also available. Also enjoy this buffet at the intimate Di Capri. For more information call 4428-8698.

Friday Family Lunch in Aroma

Fridays: Kempinski Residences & Suites, Doha. A team of chefs bring the buffet to your table. Culinary delights from the fourcourse menu are there for you to taste and share with your family and friends. QR 180 per person. From 12:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. For more information call 4405-3325 or email aroma.doha@kempinski.com.

Brunch at The Square

Fridays: InterContinental Doha The City. With four interactive cooking stations and an emphasis on fresh, compelling menu options with Asian, Arabic, and European influences, guests can choose from a tempting international buffet. QR 290 per person, including selected house beverages. QR 210 including soft drinks and mocktails. From 12:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. For more information call 4015-8888 or email doharestaurants@ihg.com.

Brunch at Mawasem

Fridays: Hilton Doha. An attractive menu is served to live music accompanied by amazing views of the pool and beach. QR 222 per person including unlimited soft drinks, QR 333 per person including unlimited house beverages and bubbly, QR 444 per person including French bubbly. Children six and under dine free, 7–12 year olds receive a 50% discount. Valid until July 13. For more information call 4423-3333.

Weekend Family Brunch

Fridays and Saturdays: Mövenpick Tower and Suites. 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 Playstation, movies and games. 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 4:00 p.m. QR 199 per person, inclusive of all beverages. Children from 6 to 12 years of age are half-price and those under six are free. For more information call 4496-6600.

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Oriental Seafood Lunch

Saturdays: Oryx Rotana. Treat yourself to an informal brunch at Choices, where you can savour the new Oriental family buffet! From 12:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. QR 210 per person (price includes food only). For more information call 4402-3333.

AFTERNOON TEA Sarab Lounge

Daily: The St Regis Doha. The heart and soul of the hotel, Sarab Lounge offers a selection of afternoon teas from a 3-course Arabian heritage afternoon tea to a decadent 8-course St. Regis Doha afternoon tea. The menu includes a selection of 100 tea blends from yellow and blue teas to the unique St. Regis Doha tea blend. From 8:00 a.m. till midnight. Open from 6:30 p.m. during Ramadan. For more information call 4446-0105.

Unlimited Tea & Scones

Daily: Sharq Village & Spa. Enjoy a wonderful afternoon tea at Al Jalsa. QR 65 per person. From 2:00 p.m. till 5:00 p.m. For more information call 4425-6666 or email rc.dohsq.reservations@ritzcarlton.com.

High Tea at Kufic Lounge

Daily: The Torch-Doha Hotel. Take a break and enjoy finger sandwiches, home-made mini pastries with your choice of tea or coffee, in Doha’s trendiest lounge for QR 75 per person.  From 3:00 p.m. till 7:00 p.m. For more information, call: 444-6500 or visit www.thetorchdoha.com.

High Tea @ Victoria Lounge Daily: Grand Heritage Doha. Enjoy in the warmth and cozy atmosphere of this traditional Victorian Tea Lounge with a combination of fresh sandwiches, homemade flavoured scones and a selection of tea cakes, pastries and sweets. QR 135 for the Tea Stand. From 3:00 p.m. till 6:00 p.m. For more information call 4445-5555.  

Seasons Tea Lounge

Daily: Four Seasons Doha. Open at sunset it offers an extensive menu of light meals and a range of traditional Oriental desserts and Ramadan beverages. Open from sunset till 1:00 a.m. For more information call 4494-8888.

Big English Afternoon Tea Daily: Sheraton Doha. Atrium Café is the choice for a Big English afternoon tea starting from QR 35! A bright selection of sweet and salty specials to choose from served with coffee or tea. Also serving a selection of delicious ice-creams. For more information call 4485-4556.

Tea Garden

Daily: InterContinental Doha. Afternoon High Tea from 3:30 p.m. till 6:30 p.m. Selection of finger sandwiches, pastries and free-flowing tea or coffee at QR 85 per person. Amazing infusions and afternoon tea, coffees, fresh fruit juices, pastries and light meals. It’s a perfect haven for peace and quiet any time, day or night. Live entertainment from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. except Saturdays. From 7:00 a.m. till 1:00 a.m. For more information call 4484-4890/4484-4444 or email teagarden@icdoha.com.

Afternoon Tea

Daily: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Guests may partake in traditional afternoon tea or simply enjoy a beverage and a light meal in The Lobby Lounge from 2:00 p.m. till 5:00 p.m. The recently opened Lobby Pastry Shop is perfect for quick bites and sweet treats. For more information call 4484-8000 or email rc.dohrz.leads@ritzcarlton.com.

BUSINESS LUNCH Seasons In The Sun

Daily: Mövenpick Hotel Doha. Spend a lazy summer’s afternoon enjoying a long, leisurely lunch or quick business lunch at the Seasons restaurant. The enticing daily lunch buffet is packed with many delicious delicacies and a special main course a la carte menu all made up of tasty ingredients for a good lunch break. End your meal with delicious French pastries perfectly complemented by the world famous Mövenpick coffee or enjoy the renowned Mövenpick ice cream. Choose starter and dessert buffet for only QR 45 or starter buffet and choice of plated main course QR 85. For more information call 4429-1111 or visit www.moevenpick-doha.com.

Chopsticks Business Lunch Tuesdays – Sundays: Wyndham Grand Regency Doha. Offers the ideal solution for busy professionals - an exceptional Asian three-course daily changing set menu served in 59 minutes for QR 59 … otherwise, you get it for free! 12:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. Closed for lunch during Ramadan. For more information call 4434-3203 or email sdesilva@wyndham.com.

Business Lunch Formula 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 a few minutes from your office wherever you are in Doha to savour three choices of light and healthy appetizers, expertly designed main dishes and La Cigale’s irresistible desserts for only QR 150. For more information call 4428-8772.

Cucina Business Lunch

Sundays - Thursdays: West End Renaissance Doha City Center. La Cucina’s quick and epicurean business lunch offers a three-course menu with a wide range of choices for starters, main course and irresistible desserts. QR 85 per person. From 12:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. Open during Ramadan. For more information call 4419-6100 or visit www.westenddoha.com.

Good Mood Business Lunch

Sundays - Thursdays: InterContinental Doha. The menu is specially prepared by the new Greek Chef Konstantinos Panou – a choice of a starter, main course and dessert, ready to be enjoyed both in the tempting outdoor terrace overlooking the gardens and the poo,l or the indoor cozy lounge area. From 12:00 p.m. till 3:30 p.m. For more information call 4484-4096 or 4484-4444.

Express Lunch at Market

Saturdays - 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 89 per person for a three-course menu. For more information, call 4453-5373 or 4453-5135.

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Express Lunch at Belgian Café

Daily: InterContinental Doha. Choose a two-course set menu for QR 85 per person, or three course set menu for QR 95 per person. Add three tasting brews to your menu for QR 15. From 12:30 p.m. till 2:00 p.m. For more information call 4484-4484 or 4484-4954.

Business Lunch in West Bay

Daily: Kempinski Doha. Select from the gourmet ‘Rushed for Time’ menu your choice of starters, main courses and desserts and indulge in the most delicate business lunch in Doha for only QR 90 per person. From 12:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. For more information call 4405-3325 or visit www.kempinski.com/doha.

Wok Mee Business Lunch

Daily: Mövenpick Tower and Suites. The three-course menu just got tastier! For an Asian twist, it 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% discount with the MTS membership card. Free membership with every reservation. For more information call 4496-6600.

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The Cellar Business Lunch

Business Lunch at La Sahtaine

Express Lunch at Flying Carpet

Italian Business Lunch.

Sundays - Thursdays: Oryx Rotana. Grab a quick bite and enjoy The Cellar’s threecourse set menu, including a large variety of starters, main dishes and desserts for only QR 85 per person, guaranteed to be served in 60 minutes. For more information call 4402-3333.

Sundays - Thursdays: The Torch-Doha Hotel. Enjoy the selection of salads and desserts from the buffet and order your main course from our daily chef’s special. QR 95. For more information call 4444-6500 or visit www.thetorchdoha.com.

The Square Business Lunch  

Saturdays – Thursdays: InterContinental Doha The City. The Square’s buffet starter section enables guests to sample a range of crisp, vibrant salads and Arabic cold mezze, followed by à la carte main course options including locally-sourced seafood, prime cuts of meat and vegetarian selections followed by a final buffet of right-sized desserts. From 12:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m., QR 88 for three courses. For more information call 4015-8888 or email doharestaurants@ihg.com.

Sundays – Thursdays: Hilton Doha. Step out of your office and enjoy a three course meal overlooking the waterfront for QR 88 per person. From 12:00 p.m till 3:00 p.m. For more information call 4423-3333. Offer is subject to availability and is valid until July 19. Not valid with any other promotion or special deal.

Saturday – Thursday (July 1-20): Sheraton Doha. Treat yourself and your business partners at La Veranda with Italian homemade delights. Offer consists of a varied selection of main courses and desserts from QR 99. For more information call 4485-4444 or visit www.laverandadoha.com.


THIS MONTH'S

TOP PICKS

Summer Bowling

July 17 – August 13: Qatar Bowling Center. They will be hosting a series of tournaments. Starting on July 17 with the Mens Monthly, followed by the Youth Monthly on July 18. A special Ramadan tournament will take place from July 20 – August 13. For more information call 4432-9178 or visit www.qatarbowlingcenter.net.

SPORTS

Circuit Training

Thursdays: InterContinental Doha. Circuit training is widely regarded as the best allround form of group exercise. This session is not for the faint of heart; however, if you enjoy a tough workout in a friendly atmosphere, then this what you’ve been looking for. Starts at 6:00 p.m. QR 30 for members, QR 40 for non–members. For more information call 4484-4852 or email bayclub@icdoha.com.

Swimming Lessons

Wednesdays – Mondays: Mövenpick Tower and Suites. Lessons for both adults and children. Book 10 sessions and receive two for free. Children: QR 900. Advanced booking is required. For more information call 4496-6410.

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Summer Family Exercise

Sundays – Wednesdays: Sealine Beach Resort. With an entrance fee of QR 50 per adult and free for kids, share in the unbridled excitement as you enjoy the enormous recreational activities available; including kids pool, aqua park, kermes games, basketball and tennis courts, football and volley-ball, unwind in the pool or journey to total tranquility in the unique spa. For more information email doh.sea.marketing@merweb.com.


SPOTLIGHT ON SPORTS

The Right Shot By Jorge Granda

The biggest snooker players in the world will land in Doha this month to participate in the World 9-Ball Championship 2012 up until July 29. As Qatar hosts the international event once again, QH aims for the corner pocket with all the details on this world-class sporting championship. TOURNAMENT DATES AND VENUE

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he Qatar Billiards & Snooker Federation (QBSF) is organizing the WPA World 9-Ball Championship 2012. The event is an annual tournament gathering the best professional pool players from around the world to compete for a coveted title and staggering prize money. The first edition of the tournament took place in 1990, in Bergheim, Germany and was won by American Earl Strickland. Since then the event has taken place in several countries, including the U.S., Taiwan, Sweden, Spain and the Philippines. In 2008, the tournament went through a two-year hiatus before making its triumphant return in 2010. That year Qatar became the first Arab country to ever host such event and will continue to be the hosting country of the World 9-Ball Championship until 2013.

Qualifying Tournament ( Stage 1 ) Monday, June 18 - 21 Players Meeting and Draw Friday, June 22 7:00 p.m. at the Hotel Main Event ( Stage 2 ) Group Round Saturday June 23 - 26 Final Round by 64 players Wednesday, June 27 – Friday, July 29 VENUE: Stage 1 and Stage 2 Al Sadd Sports Club, Al Sadd St., Sport Roundabout PRIZE FUND (U.S. DOLLARS) Champion 40,000 USD Runner-up 20,000 USD 3rd - 4th 12,000 USD 5th -8th 8,000 USD 9th -16th 5,000 USD 17th -32nd 3,500 USD 33rd -64th 2,000 USD 65th -96th 1000 USD (loser of 2nd round in the loser’s bracket of Stage 2) TOTAL: 300,000 USD

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Moonlit

s e v ro g n a M – Night Kayaking in Qatar By Laura Prior Photos courtesy of Boyd Taylor

As Qatar heats up, the local kayaking fraternity keeps cool by taking to the mangroves by moonlight and there’s fewer, cooler outdoor evening activities floating the QH team’s boat at the moment. So, allow us to shine our own light on it!

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repare to paddle as this relatively new outdoor activity in Qatar grows in popularity by the week. Coveted for offering up that ‘something a little different’ we all crave, it presents a sense of freedom and adventure. A guy who knows that feeling all too well is Boyd Taylor. Boyd runs the city’s top pro- kayaking adventure company , Entalek, which means ‘to go beyond’ in Arabic...and that they certainly do! ‘’I’m originally from Zimbabwe and spent my youth riding and rolling around in fierce rivers,” he says. “ I’ve since travelled lots to enjoy kayaking and teach it to others. You could say I’m obsessed with the thrill of it. It connects you to the earth in really amazing ways. I just love it!’’ When Boyd glided into Qatar earlier this year in January, he was keen to propel ahead. ‘’I came to help set up Entalek from scratch with founder Steve Rhodes,” he explains. “It’s been a massive challenge as the whole sport is quite new here and because of the terrain we are quite limited as to where we can practice, but we are making the most of the few precious spots we do have, like the mangroves at Al Thakira near Al Khor. We’ve had a promising start and there is a community feel building around it which is a big part of what we wanted to create.’’

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SPOTLIGHT ON SPORTS Boyd also feels it’s part of his duty not only to teach people to kayak but to educate them about the Qatari eco-system, too. ‘’ As outdoor people we naturally like to research and raise awareness of our surroundings,” he says. “That’s part of the deal with the company too. It’s not just about churning out courses but enriching people by informing them about the environment and conservation. The coral in Qatar for example is really struggling. If we try and educate people about it, maybe we can help prevent any further damage? Besides that, when you’re out on the kayak, you can see all sorts of weird and wonderful night-time wildlife too which makes it super special. If you’re lucky you might find yourself surrounded by glowing jellyfish, neon plankton or encounter a stingray. It’s quite surprising and very enriching.’’

“It’s all about embracing the environment. As it’s so hot in the day, we avoid the nasty heat by leaving late afternoon as it starts to cool down. The night temperature coupled with the calm tides, makes for really pleasant conditions. We create a camp set-up with drumming, a BBQ and a fun atmosphere. It’s really social.’’ So can anyone jump in a kayak and take to the seas? ‘’It really is an ‘anyone’ sport,” says Boyd. “That said, we do recommend you have some training first so you’re safe and feel confident in the water. We offer complete courses where in from 0-6 weeks you can call yourself a kayaker. Even if you can’t swim, I’ll teach you!’’

“It’s quite surprising and very enriching..’’

But isn’t it scary out there in the middle of the night, in the dark? Should we bring a flashlight? ‘’Just bring your sense of adventure and we will take care of the rest,” Boyd advises.

Make a splash under the stars and try it out for yourself: email Entalek.org@gmail.com for enquiries. Courses start from QR 200 for adults and QRS 100 for children under 12. (Kids under age six go free).

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SPORTS LISTINGS

Ladies Day at The Bay Club

Tuesdays and Wednesdays: InterContinental Doha. Book a 50-minute massage for ladies and get free entry to the pool and beach. From 9:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m. 25% discount on all food and beverage for female Bay Club members). Entrance fee for ladies QR 50, children QR 80, gents QR 350, a couple QR 200. For more information please call 4484-4852.

CLASSES Abs and Stretching

Mondays and Wednesdays: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Stay firm and fit by training your core every week! Starts at 8:15 a.m. Complimentary for members; QR 75 for non-members. For more information call 4484-8173 or 4484-8183 or email spa.doh@ritzcarlton.com.

Abs Workout

Wednesdays and Fridays: InterContinental Doha. The instructors will concentrate on your exercise technique to work the abdominal muscles from every conceivable angle. Wednesdays at 7:15 p.m., Fridays at 11:15 a.m. Free for members, QR 30 for non-members. For more information call 4484-4852 or email bayclub@icdoha.com.

Aerobics

Saturdays - Thursdays: IAID. Aerobics integrates the modern breakthroughs of Pilates, Zumba and high-intensity interval training. With exciting variations and the use of aero- weights, aero-steps, aerokickboxing and hi-lo aerobics, participants enjoy a satisfying and fun workout. For more information call 4432-0974 or 6671-0589 or email enquire@iaidonline.org.

Ballroom Dancing

Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays: IAID. Ballroom dancing, a refreshing dance choice, takes participants through a set of partner dances enjoyed at social occasions. Get into the rhythm of swing, salsa, jive, tango, rhumba, cha cha and samba, while reaping the benefits of health and fitness. For more information call 4432-0974 or 6671-0589 or email enquire@iaidonline.org.

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Circuit Training

Mondays – Saturdays: Mövenpick Tower and Suites. First session at 4:00 p.m. and second session at 8:00 p.m. QR 50 per session including use of swimming pool. For more information call 4496-6410.

Kickfit

Thursdays: InterContinental Doha. A high-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. Thursdays at 10:00 a.m., QR 30 for members and QR 40 for non–members. For more information call 4484-4852 or email bayclub@icdoha.com.

Pilates

Tuesdays and Thursdays: Yama Yoga Studios. Pilates classes help to build flexibility, strength and coordination throughout the whole body. Starts at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and 10:00 a.m. on Thursdays, QR 60. For more information visit www.yamayogastudios.com or email yamayogastudios@gmail.com.

Spinning

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays: InterContinental Doha. The spinning program has no complicated moves to learn, a motivating group environment, top-notch instructors and music that begs your legs to pedal. Best of all, spinning is adaptable to your fitness level. Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m., Fridays at 12:00 p.m., and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m., QR 25 for members, QR 35 for non-members. For more information call 4484-4852 or email bayclub@icdoha.com.

Spinning (Interval)

Tuesdays: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Crank up your energy with this energizing exercise and start losing all those unwanted pounds. Starts at 5:30 p.m. Complimentary for members; QR 75 for non-members. For more information call 4484-8173 or 4484-8183 or email spa.doh@ritzcarlton.com.

Soccer is Back!

Saturdays: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Soccer is the most popular team sport in the world and can be enjoyed by boys, girls and adults of all ages. Soccer is not only great fun and good for your health but you also get to make lots of friends along the way! Coach Ousama trains the little ones and teaches the values of team-play while Captain Mathias practices together with adults. 3:30 p.m. for kids, 4:30 p.m. for adults. Price QR 50 for non members. For more information call 4484-8173 or 4484-8183 or email spa.doh@ritzcarlton.com.

Step AO2

Mondays and Wednesdays: InterContinental Doha. 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, QR 40 for non-members. For more information call 4484-4852 or email bayclub@icdoha.com.

Swimming

Wednesdays – Mondays: Mövenpick Tower and Suites. Lessons for all ages. Book 10 sessions and receive two for free. Adults QR 1,000, children QR 900. Advanced booking is required. For more information call 4496-6410.

Yoga Ashtanga 1

Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays: Yama Yoga Studios and Ritz-Carlton. Ashtanga 1 (Level 1/2) has been designed to introduce students to the Ashtanga practice. Sundays and Tuesdays 6:00 p.m. and Fridays 10:00 a.m. For more information visit www.yamayogastudios.com or email yamayogastudios@gmail.com.

Open Beginner Yoga

Sundays and Tuesdays: Yama Yoga Studios and Ritz-Carlton. Level 1 classes are suitable for anyone interested in beginning yoga but who still wants to experience the challenge of a flow yoga class. Starts at 10:00 a.m. QR 60 per class. For more information visit www.yamayogastudios.com or email yamayogastudios@gmail.com.


SPORTS LISTINGS

Open Vinyasa Yoga

Sundays to Tuesdays: Yama Yoga Studios and Ritz-Carlton. Experience level 2/3 classes, suitable for people who are looking for a physical challenge, as well as deep relaxation. Starts at 8:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. QR 75 and QR 60 per class. For more information visit www.yamayogastudios.com or email yamayogastudios@gmail.com.

Prenatal Yoga

Sundays, Wednesdays and Saturdays: Yama Yoga Studios and Ritz-Carlton. Prenatal Yoga classes help women experience more comfortable and mindful pregnancies. Sundays at 10:00 a.m. (Ritz), Wednesdays at 5:45 p.m. (Ritz), QR 75 per class and Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. (Yama,) QR 60 per class. For more information visit www.yamayogastudios.com or email yamayogastudios@gmail.com.

Yoga

Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays: IAID. Yoga relieves stress and meets overall health and fitness. The course focuses on Hatha Yoga, which paves the way to a holistic yogic path including physical postures, purification procedures, poses, yogic breathing and meditation. For more information call 4432-0974 or 6671-0589 or email enquire@iaidonline.org.

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Zumba

Saturdays to Mondays and Wednesdays: IAID. Zumba is the latest dance fitness craze and is spreading fast worldwide. This upbeat workout is fantastic for kids and adults alike. For more information call 4432-0974 or 6671-0589 or email enquire@iaidonline.org.

ACTIVITIES & CLUBS Bike Riding The Corniche Aspire Park

Bowling

The Qatar Bowling Center 4432-9178, www.qatarbowlingcenter.net Strike Bowling Alley (City Center) 4483-9162

Golf

The Doha Golf Club 4496-0777, www.dohagolfclub.com

Horse Riding

Al Khor Riding Center 4421-8857 Al Samariya Stables 5525-7203, qatarracing@gmail.com Al Shaqab Riding Academy 4454-6236, www.alshaqab.com

Ice-Skating Winter Wonderland (City Center) 4483-9162

Sailing Doha Sailing Club 4443-9840, www.qmsf.com Regatta Sailing Academy 4442-4577, www.regattasailingacademy.com Royal Yachting Association Courses www.ryacourses-qatar.com

Swimming Aspire Academy for Sporting Excellence 4413-6219, www.aspire.qa Aqua Park

Tennis & Squash Khalifa Tennis & Squash Complex 4440-9666

Walking Park at Museum of Islamic Art The Corniche The Pearl-Qatar (2.5 km) Aspire Park


QH SENSATIONS

The Art of Living

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QH SENSATIONS

The Inner

Rainbow

By Ashlee Starratt Photography by Jessie Palanca

Aura-alignment is a holistic practice dating back centuries in many countries and across many Eastern religions. This month QH sat down with practitioner Shivani Adalja of the Alignment Institute during her visit to the Six Senses Spa at the Sharq Village & Spa to find out what we can do about our hue.

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e all interpret colours in a different way, but some see more clearly than others. Shivani Adalja is one of those people. Hailing from India Shivani is founder of the Alignment Institute based in Abu Dhabi, making her living helping others discover a path to personal enlightenment through a variety of holistic techniques such as aura-cleansing, feng shui and meditation. Her client list includes celebrities, CEOs and folks who seek her out on word of mouth alone.

“I come from a very middle-class family in Bombay, but I was born with the ability to see colours,” she explains. “I had a miserable childhood actually…I couldn’t share with anyone. I thought something was wrong with my eyes. I had an adorable family, so I would ask my elder sister, what is this you see over there and she would tell me “Oh I see this” and I would say “Oh…that’s not what I see”. So I think on my 11th or 12th birthday I talked to my Dad and I said, “Dad you know I need to get glasses, something is wrong with me.”” 112


QH SENSATIONS It was only when her father, a lawyer by profession and a psychic by trade, told her that the colours she saw were auras did Shivani become aware of her special gift. After spending a good portion of her early career working in the corporate world in Hong Kong, it wasn’t until she was on the cusp of her thirties did Shivani leave the business world to follow her calling. “I could see the colours actually, from a very young age,” she explains. “And I quickly realized that bright colours meant happy or good things and dark colours meant something bad.” Everyone has an individualized aura; the easiest comparison is to think of it as an emotional barometer or internal weathervane. The colours of a person’s aura follow the spectrum of the rainbow and each one aligns with a certain physical energy field, or chakra point, on the body. The strength of an aura can determine areas of emotional and physical health and we all vibrate at different frequencies depending on our state of mind and wellbeing. When I sit down with Shivani she instantly picks up a strong facet of yellow in my aura– a colour that’s connected to the ‘manipura’ or solar-plexus chakra located around the stomach, governing metabolism and digestion. She tells me that people who have lots of yellow in their auras tend to be introverted, spiritual yet analytical and will always follow their gut. Over the course of our hour-long session my mentality changes from that of an open-minded reporter to soon having goosebumps all over my body as I try to maintain my objectivity. Shivani’s gift is powerful to say the least and in my case was spoton. Not only was she able to formulate a shockingly accurate analysis of my personality, emotional framework, goals and work ethic, but she also told me things about my past and present that no one to whom I had not divulged the information would ever have known. It’s a lot to swallow having never experienced a reading as powerful as this. She tells me I also have a lot of blue in my aura which corresponds to the ‘vishudda’ or throat chakra linked to communication and strong emotional connections. She says mine is split down the middle with one side communicating freely on a professional level but the other side, representing the personal level, needs work.

In addition to using her special gift, Shivani also has a bio-feedback machine to back up her on-sight readings. It almost looks like a small keyboard on which you place your hand as it picks up your aura through energy transmissions through the skin. The readings are complex and technical but she walks us through the meaning of each squiggle on every graph and how it correlates to the state of our mind and body. Clients are also given a full 23-page print-out and CD copy of their personalized session to use as a reference point for spiritual growth. There are seven chakras in the human body: the root chakra which corresponds to the colour red, the sacral chakra which is orange, solar-plexus which is yellow, heart chakra which is green, throat chakra which is blue, the third-eye chakra which is purple and the crown chakra which is pink. It is said that the Buddha had a perfect, open flow of energy through all seven chakras when he reached enlightenment. Disciples like Shivani show us how to maximize our own flow of energy so we can pursue life to the fullest. Most ailments in the human body are identifiable by the strength of their corresponding aura. Shivani tells me that the aura around my heart chakra is diminished– indicating past emotional trauma and possible future heart disease. It’s a wake-up call to say the least.

Shivani helps her clients release blockages of energy through skilled meditation and hypnosis, offering individualized sessions. “I don’t see this as work,” she says. “This is something that I want to do I’m just happy to meet people and do my best. There’s no pressure.” She’s a strong proponent of yoga as a tool for healing and also specializes in feng shui consultations which have proven popular. These involve visiting a client’s home or workspace and assessing the energy of the location in order to better align it, facilitating positive wavelengths in one’s personal and professional environments. I leave my session with Shivani with recommendations for yoga classes to open up some emotional blockages and a kind offer from her to pick up a piece of jade on her next trip to Bali to wear around my neck as a means to stave off potential heart disease. I also leave with a wealth of mixed emotions – incredulousness, excitement, peace and most of all, hope for the future. My inner rainbow’s looking brighter than it did an hour ago as I scan the skies for that pot of gold.

ABOUT SHIVANI When: Shivani will return to the Six Senses Spa from the 23-27 of September 2012 Price: QR 1,200 for a 1-hour aura-reading session Contact: +9715-0681-1728 (The Alignment Institute) 4425-6995 (Six Senses Spa) Website: www.shivaniadalja.com www.sixsenses.com www.sharqvillage.com

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A Guy’s Guide By Marck Angeles

to Summer Skin-Care

The dry heat of the Doha summer can affect even the hardiest of men’s skin. Avoid the weather-beaten look with our top tips from Shiseido to help protect yourself from the elements.

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ummer spells fun; but enjoying the warm weather may also bring a lot of skin concerns during the season. While women may be rushing to beauty counters for their summer skincare regimen, men should also pay extra attention to protect their skin from the harmful effects of the sun and humidity – whether staying outside for work, going around the city or taking a time off for intense water-sports that most guys love during the hot days. Don’t hold back your plans this summer; we have the essential info you need to beat the heat without the burn.

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Tone While cleansers clean, toners clear. Toning helps keep your face clear and firm by closing up and reducing the size of your pores. In hotter times, toning gives a fresh and vibrant feeling to your skin. Try Shiseido Hydrating Lotion – It does toning and hydrating in one and helps preserve optimal moisture levels.

Skin-Care Cleanse and Exfoliate Men generally have larger pores than women. During high temperatures these pores produce more oil than usual so you just don’t have a sweaty face, but an oily one as well. Cleansing the face with special cleansers like Shiseido Deep Cleansing Scrub will keep your pores clean and clear. It also does the tricks of an exfoliant – regular exfoliation de-flakes the skin’s surface to bring out a clearer, smooth and softer skin. It also helps minimize oil buildup allowing your skin to breathe, invigorating it for a fresh look all day. 114

Moisturize Daily moisturizing is necessary to revive lost hydration, especially after shaving. Keeping your skin nourished and its moisture in balance will also help reduce the appearance and development of wrinkles and fine lines. Shiseido’s Moisturizing Emulsion can give your skin this treat protecting it against redness, dryness and other environmental stress.

Now that you’ve made the leap in taking care of your skin, protecting it is no sweat! Applying sunscreen with at least sun protection formula (SPF) 15 before you spend time under the harsh rays has more long-term effects than you ever thought. Sunscreen is your daily defense to prevent premature aging, wrinkles and skin cancer brought on by damaging UV rays. Shiseido’s Urban Environment UV Protection Cream provides that protection while hydrating and restoring moisture for smoothness and healthy-looking skin. Staying out in the sun this season doesn’t have to come with a side-helping of worry. Maintaining a simple yet regular skin regimen will bring out the clean, healthy skin you have no matter what the season.


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Bliss

For Men By Jorge Granda

QH checks out Bliss Spa at the W Hotel to test-drive some treatments to keep your skin smooth and protected during the hottest season of the year. Not many spas in Doha offer specially-designed treatments for men, but I’ve found one that offers some of the best in town. Bliss is one of the trendiest spas in Doha and the staff are highlyqualified and professional. Men can indulge in a variety of masculine treatments that keep their skin smooth and hydrated – better prepared to cope with the harsh weather of the desert climate. Here are are the most effective, yet simple, treats for Bliss Men during summer: To start: Homme Improvement® This virile, masculine treatment is performed with lots of hot towels, a series of scrubs, a fruit acid wash and an anti-ingrown hair folliclecalming mask. You walk out with a special glow in your face. Duration: 75 mins Price: QR 750

Deep Tissue Massage (a.k.a Sports Massage) Offers relief of stubborn knots in areas of chronic tension (includes a warm wax foot-softening wrap) Ideal for athletes, weekend warriors or over-rubbed regulars. Duration: 75 mins, or 105 mins Price: QR 600 and QR 750 To finish: The Manly-Cure This detail-driven manicure for men includes a hot cream hand massage, followed by a cuticle curtailing soak, clipping and pushing, nail buffing and perfecting. Duration: 30 mins Price: QR 100.

Foot Patrol This ultimate power-pedi that gives scary ‘Franken-feet’ a major overhaul. With added attention to callus buffing, sloughing, softening and smoothing, your toes will be pruned to perfection. Duration: 75 mins Price: QR 330. ABOUT BLISS SPA Bliss Top Tips: Always protect your skin with a minimum SPF of 30 (highly important). Exfoliate, extract and hydrate your skin. Clean your face minimum twice a day with our Fabulous Face Wash.

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Into the Zone By Susanna Wolfe Photography by Jessie Palanca

The Ozone Spa at La Cigale Hotel is a hub of tranquility in the heart of Doha. QH lights a few candles, chants ‘Ohm’ and tries out the new Dual Massage Room for a toe-curling holistic treatment. The Ozone spa is a glamourous but surprisingly quiet city spa. The design is beautiful with lots of wood, candles and earthy accents. The place has a feeling that’s truly unique as the hustle and bustle of the Al Saad area right outside the hotel dwindles away to a murmur – in this space it’s all about relaxation. The hammam has wonderful natural blue mosaic tiles and with a huge gym and rustic indoor swimming pool area, the facilities at Ozone are a welcome respite from the work day. We are proudly informed upon arrival that La Cigale has just won the Best Hotel in Doha 2012. My colleague and I are having a dual holistic massage, together, in the same room. I’m a bit worried about this as I usually have a massage on my own, however, we have a giggle when we flop onto our beds and decide what oil to choose for our massage. (I was even brave enough to wear the disposable underwear provided!) We have a choice of orange blossom, rose, honey or vanilla fragrances to tease our senses. We both choose the orange blossom-smelling oil. Apparently this is meant to energize us which we both need after an exhausting day. What I love about my bed is the adjustable arm rest below; it’s a nice touch and incredibly comfortable as most beds don’t have this feature. My therapist uses long, sweeping, energizing movements and seems to have really warm hands which immediately relaxes me and calms me down.

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I really enjoy the full body massage, even on my tickly tummy area and especially around my eyes and eyelids as my therapist finishes up with my face and head - perfect! Paired with the calming ambient music it’s easy to forget that there’s another person is in the room with you enjoying their own treatment as well! Afterwards we’re invited to rest at our leisure before being guided to the changing room facilities. All treatments at Ozone come with a locker service to store clothing and valuables and offer complimentary touches such as hairdryers, body lotion and gel and access to their sauna room. To top off the experience we’re invited to the beautiful wood relaxation room to enjoy a green mint tea and fresh strawberry juice on a leather chaise lounge. To sum up, this is a zone we never want to leave!

ABOUT OZONE SPA Location: La Cigale Hotel Timings: Treatments 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Gym and Pool: 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Pricing: QR 450, 60-minute full body holistic massage Contact Info: 4428-8101 www.lacigalehotel.com


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Summer Sowing By Chloe Adelle

Skyscrapers aren’t the only things blooming here in the desert. This month QH digs deep to take a closer look at the rise in popularity of urban gardening in Doha.

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don’t exactly have what one would call a ‘green thumb’. My latest herb garden wilted within days, last summer’s tomatoes met a similar fate when they were devoured by Canadian raccoons and even my supposedly low-maintenance cactus was laid to rest after it became host to a family of spiders. Living in a West Bay apartment where everything seems to be a different shade of beige, has revived my agricultural aspirations. My desperation for greenery has forced me to put my shameful past behind and give gardening another go. Thankfully, I don’t have to look far for inspiration. As organic farms decorate New York’s rooftops and community gardens freshen Montreal’s vacant lots, Doha too has its very own urban gardening culture taking root. Behind the concrete walls of villa compounds, patio stones are being torn up and sand is being replaced with soil. With a little manure borrowed from the Animal Market, some compost made from household scraps and plenty of love and attention, it’s incredible how people are overcoming the harsh desert climate to create their own oasis right here in Doha. Take Paige Tantillo whose backyard is flourishing with more biodiversity than you would likely find at a local grocer. She has successfully grown such rare treasures as amaranth, Swiss chard and a passionfruit vine.

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QH SENSATIONS Her gardening is guided by a philosophy known as permaculture, which she describes as, “Like organic gardening but ten steps above. It incorporates pretty much everything”. With these principles in mind, Tantillo overcomes scarce water resources by collecting the little rain that falls, drippings from her air conditioner and runoff from household washing. She enriches the poor soil in an environmentally-friendly way by using organic waste from nearby markets. Despite the strange looks she might get from shopkeepers, they are happy to have her take it off their hands. By taking advantage of these natural relationships and recycling what she can, Tantillo has created a sustainable ecosystem in her backyard. It is even home to a couple of chickens who, in addition to providing daily eggs, fertilize the soil and keep away pests. Walking through her garden I breathe in a freshness that could easily convince me I am in the countryside and shows me there is another side to this city than the malls, beach days and hotel high teas. The main meeting place for the dedicated community of people who are changing Qatar’s landscape is the Doha Garden Club. Founded in 2002, DGC is for everyone, whether you’re a seasoned veteran, bornagain gardener or hopelessly lost like me. The QR 120 annual membership comes with plenty of perks: access to a wealth of horticulture information on their website (www.dohagardenclub.com), monthly meetings to swap tips and events like farm visits, garden tours and guest speakers.

For new gardeners, starting out is easy: keep it simple and be patient. Potted herbs and greens are available at Carrefour and Lulu for about QR 15 each. The most forgiving are rosemary, mint and thyme. Others like parsley and basil are more susceptible to over-watering and require a bit more TLC. Herbs thrive indoors with good potting soil, a bottom layer of pebbles for drainage and the occasional drop of liquid fertilizer. Coffee grounds, tea leaves and fish-tank water also work well and are 100% natural. If you would like to graduate to vegetables, the Arab Qatari Agricultural Production Company off Dukhan Highway (5584-1250) offers plants for less than QR 40 a tray. Their growing season is August-May, which provides the perfect amount of time to plan and stock up over the summer. For the truly ambitious, you can start from seed year round. Check the expiration date and see if they sprout before you plant by covering them in damp paper towel. Packets of seeds are available at major grocery stores and organic seeds can be ordered online. Though I bet if you ask nicely a DGC member would be happy to share their stash.

In the coming months when temperatures linger above sweltering and we hop from one air-conditioned environment to the next, having house-plants is especially beneficial for our health—they can improve air quality, remove environmental toxins and lower room temperature. At the wholesale market off Salwa Road, nurseries offer a wide selection of indoor trees and flowering plants. Lemon trees, which go for QR 150, are particularly happy as house-plants when given plenty of sun. In no time, you can be making the local favourite lemon-mint drink right at home. As I navigate my way around the different nurseries and prepare myself for a hot summer of gardening heartbreaks and adventures, I’m reminded of another important fact. Gardening burns 200 calories per hour. Still less than my favourite Starbucks drink but every little bit counts, right?

Speaking to DGC President, Esther John, I’m inspired as she discusses her backyard that boasts a variety of edible delights, including eggplant, chilies and tomatoes. For those of us who must make do with our 8 x 8 balconies, John says we have nothing to fear. She has grown just about everything in containers. Though John has been gardening since a young child, the desert comes with its own new set of challenges. Her secret to success: perseverance and planning. She explains, “You have to be prepared to lose a lot of plants and you need to wait, to understand your surroundings, your environment.” 119


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Jewel of the Gulf

By Ashlee Starratt

It’s only a quick 45-minute flight from Doha but Dubai seems worlds away as this cultural and commercial metropolis continues to grow by leaps and bounds.

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hey come for the flashy cars, the malls, the bling, the heat, the glistening turquoise waters, but for this first-time tourist to Dubai all I really want to do is go sky-diving. Though I know it won’t happen this time round (money, safety, insurance, better planning ahead!) I’m already plotting my return to hurtle myself out of a plane with Skydive Dubai. (Just don’t tell my boss.) While I‘m here I figure I’d better embrace the rest of what the city has to offer and believe me, it’s a lot. As soon as we set foot outside the airport the differences of Dubai hit home. For starters the climate is far more humid than Qatar at the moment and within minutes clothes stick to skin and hair wilts. Secondly the amount of foliage and greenery in the city was surprising and after having seen very little of it in Doha these past five months living there it was enough to almost make a Canadian country girl well up. Flowers, palm trees and green space abound in Dubai, coupled with the meandering Dubai Creek that wends its way through the city like a snake curling among the feet of giants.

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ASHLEE And giants are something Dubai has in abundance. Heading down the freeway on the way to the hotel our necks can’t crane that far out the window as sunlight bounces off metal, blinding all who dare look up – with the mammoth Burj Khalifa towering over them all like Zeus. Climbing to the observation deck was on our Dubai bucket list but we declined to pay 400 AED for immediate entry to see the view. (Note: if you plan ahead to book online at www. burjkhalifa.ae for a general admission at a set date and time the price is much less at only 100 AED.) During our time in Dubai we stayed at the Mövenpick Hotel Deira. Located in the heart of the old city not far from the airport the hotel is the perfect hub as a jumping off point to all directions. Right across the street from the metro station, the Mövenpick also offers shuttle service to Mirdiff City Center, Deira City Center, Dubai Outlet Mall, Al Ghurair Mall and their stunning sister property at Jumeirah Beach where we spent more than one day lounged out in their infinity pool with views of the Arabian Gulf and the Dubai skyline lulling us to relaxation.

JORGE The Mövenpick Deira also offers complimentary breakfast and snacks throughout the day for Executive Level guests in their Executive Lounge on the 5th floor. The staff were welcoming, helpful and always had a smile on their face. When I mentioned that the drain in my bathroom sink was clogged someone was there to fix it within minutes. With a rooftop pool, sunny gym, two restaurants, a lounge and on-site salon facilities our stay was made all the more comfortable. The rooms were spacious and bright and the beds feather-light and fluffy. Prices for a room at the Mövenpick Deira vary based upon seasonal rates, but for the summer it’s worth it to take them up on their Endless Sunshine Offer of 25% off rooms along with complimentary shuttle transfer service to the malls.


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Determined to be water-babies all week long our second day in Dubai I slapped more layers of sunscreen on my ghostly skin than ever before and we piled in a cab and headed out to Atlantis on the Palm. Approaching the gates of the resort from afar I imagined feeling the same way Dorothy did when she laid eyes on the Emerald City. As the Arabian arches beckoned from a distance, we were already planning our route to the waterslides at Aquaventure before the car came to a full stop. Aquaventure is really an amazing place to spend a day with family and friends, for 315 AED we got the Gold-Star Package that bought us access to the park, locker rentals, free meal and drink vouchers and a complimentary cup. But forget about all that! What you really want to hear about is the water slides right? They don’t disappoint. At Aquaventure you can grab a tube and hang on to it all day lazing around the river rapids or hurtling down one of the many enclosed tube rides in the dark, at break-neck speed…backwards. For me the highlight of my experience was summoning the guts to take the plunge down the 27.5m tall, 61m long Leap of Faith. My sister and I saw this once on a challenge during an old season of the Amazing Race and, remembering the fear and crying fits it caused some contestants I steeled myself at the top, not looking down or thinking too hard.

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Any ride where you have to cross your arms and legs like there’s a casket waiting for you at the bottom has to be perfectly safe right? Well let’s just say I ended up in the bowels of the shark tunnel after the plummet with less than half of my bathing suit where it was supposed to be – and let’s not forget a bruised rib. If you’re thrill-seeker enough to try it out yourself go to www.atlantisthepalm. com for admissions packages.

Hands down the best part of our trip to Dubai, actually didn’t happen in Dubai at all, but rather with the 25,000 other screaming fans at the Madonna concert at Yaz Island Arena in Abu Dhabi. We had the time of our lives as the Material Girl put on a show that was not only amazing but also pushed a lot of boundaries for the Middle East. But then again, when has Madonna ever toned it down for anyone? Two hours late coming onstage, three brawls in the audience and fifty degree heat and humidity didn’t stop us from bowing our heads for a moment of awestruck silence when we first laid eyes on her in all her superstar glory. Would I go back to Dubai? In a heartbeat. Though we did the malls, the beaches, the pools and the sights I still feel like we barely scratched the surface; and the best part is being able to share the experience with the people you’re close to. Dubai is one of those cities that you can make a week or a weekend out of, there’s simply so much to see and do and the currency exchange rate is pretty much on par with Qatar, making it affordable. Today, I put two whole riyals in my piggy-bank to save up for my next trip (every little bit counts!), which I hope will be soon. I’ve got a plane to jump out of. [A round-trip economy class ticket from Doha to Dubai on Qatar Airways was QR 820 as of June 1st, entry visa fee not included.]

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

Tour de France Until July 22: France

Le Tour is a sporting institution, attracting cycle-istas on a massive scale! More like a phenomenon than a sporting event, this competitive cycling tour runs over 23 days and 21 stages through the full gamut of terrain, weather and road conditions. Considered the ultimate endurance test for any cyclist it’s also the best chance for spectators and participants to take in the captivating landscapes and cultural wonders of France along the way. Steer towards www.letour.fr and get your wheels in motion!

San Fermin Festival Running of the Bulls

Edinburgh Fringe Festival

July 6-14: Spain

Aug 3 – 27: Scotland

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival (or simply ‘The Fringe’) takes l place for three manic weeks in Scotland’s beguiling capita ished establ Now t. Augus every and of Edinburgh each as the world’s largest arts festival (with a heavy focus on comedy), expect the unexpected. From impromptu Shakespeare to experimental farce, Edinburgh’s Fringe offers up something for every taste! The funnies and fringe benefits await at www.edfringe.com.

All-American Soap Box Derby

July 21: U.S.A

This classic, kitsch sport has drawn kids of all ages to make hill-powered veh icles, pitting themselves against others in Akron, Ohio since 1934. Around 300 competitor s gather to hurtle downhill at speeds over 30 mp h, attracting over 15,000 spectators from such faraway places as Germany, Venezuela and the Philippines. While racers compete for free, the re’s a $5 spectator charge. Jump on your soap box and plan a trip today at www.aasbd.org.

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At noon on the seventh day of the seventh month for a duration of seven days the Spanish city of Pamplona pla ys host to the festival of San Fermin. The event draws party-goers from near and far; the main attraction being the daily ritu al of the brave bull runners - clad in all white with red handkerchiefs around their necks – as they take to the streets while bei ng pursued by six infuriated bulls! Find all the feisty info here: www.bullrunpam plona.com (we recommend a room with a bal cony view!)

Notting Hill Carnival

Aug 26 – 27: England

The chic London suburb of Notting Hill turns it on for Europe’s biggest celebration of Carnival – the Notting Hill Carnival! DJs and live acts take to the streets, colourful floats and party revellers ply the parade route to a samba beat and miles of stalls sell scrummy street food by the bucket load! So, if you make it to London for one weekend this year make it the bank holiday weekend in August. Shimmy on over to www.thenottinghillcarnival.com for full details of this fun-fest!


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Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ is the first in the series of comic fiction books by Kinney. In the book we get collected episodes from a year in the tragicomic life of the book’s protagonist, Greg Heffley, presented in journal form. Printed on journal paper with a considered mix of illustrative cartoons synced to the hand-written type face, it makes this book a joy not only to read, but also to hold. Laugh out loud funny and very easy to digest, this is a light read for all ages.

Fifa Street 4 – (PS3 and XBOX360) Football fever continues to catch on as the famed FIFA series goes from strength to strength. Essential for any football gaming fan, this latest version is the frivolous, exaggerated football we all love: putting skills, spectacle and instant satisfaction at the forefront, but this time it’s closer to the authentic, brilliant FIFA that fans love.

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Game Of Thrones by George R.R. Martin This series almost doesn’t need reviewing: the ‘Game of Thrones’ box-set release was a fairly nailed-on winner for ‘biggest DVD event of 2012’ even before the series finished screening on telly last summer. This fantastically intricate, beautifully filmed, impressively grownup piece of television brought fantasy out of its slightly nerdy, niche and sent it thundering into the mainstream. Based on the dark novels by George RR Martin so far there are five, averaging around a thousand pages each, released over a 16-year period with two more to come - the programming is suitably as dark, bloody and gripping.

Cars 2 - Disney Star race-car Lightning McQueen (played by Owen Wilson) and the incomparable tow truck Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) take their friendship to exciting new places in Cars 2 when they head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix to determine the world’s fastest car. But the road to the championship is filled with plenty of potholes, detours and hilarious surprises. Delighting for small and big kids alike!

Journey 2 - New Line Cinema In this follow-up to the 2008 worldwide hit Journey to the Center of the Earth, the new family adventure ‘Journey 2: The Mysterious Island’ begins when young Sean Anderson receives a coded distress signal from a mysterious island where no island should exist. It’s a place of strange life forms, mountains of gold, deadly volcanoes and more than one astonishing secret. Enchanting, adventurous and a top pick for any movie night.


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The Invisible War Documentary | Crime | Drama An investigative documentary about the epidemic of rape among soldiers in the U.S. military. Director: Kirby Dick Stars: Helen Benedict, Anu Bhagwati and Susan Burke

To Rome with Love Comedy A story about a number of people in Italy, some American, some Italian, some residents, some visitors and the romances, adventures and predicaments they get into. Director: Woody Allen

Brave Animation | Action | Adventure Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse. Directors: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman Stars: Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly and Emma Thompson QH Fun Fact: Reese Witherspoon was originally meant to voice the character of Princess Merida before Kelly Macdonald took over. This is also Pixar’s first movie to feature a female character as the lead role

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Action | Fantasy | Horror Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, discovers vampires are planning to take over the United States. He makes it his mission to eliminate them. Director: Timur Bekmambetov Stars: Benjamin Walker, Rufus Sewell and Dominic Cooper QH Fun Fact: The movie is based on the 2010 book of the same name by Seth Grahame-Smith and the film adaptation had Joaquin Phoenix slated as the lead, but he turned down the part. 126

Stars: Woody Allen, Penélope Cruz and Jesse Eisenberg QH Fun Fact: For Woody Allen this is the prolific director’s first acting role since 2006’s ‘Scoop’ with Scarlett Johansson and Hugh Jackman.

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Comedy | Drama | Romance As an asteroid nears Earth, a man finds himself alone after his wife leaves in a panic. He decides to take a road trip to reunite with his high school sweetheart. Accompanying him is a neighbour who inadvertently puts a wrench in his plan. Director: Lorene Scafaria Stars: Steve Carell, Keira Knightley and Melinda Dillon QH Fun Fact: The movie’s title is a spin on former Soundgarden front-man Chris Cornell’s song ‘Preaching the End of the World’.


The Dish on Qatar: Ramadan Edition

New to the country? Welcome to the desert! We’ve got the essential info you’ll need to make the most of your time in this Gulf State.

An Ex-Pat’s Guide to Ramadan For those of us who’ll soon be experiencing their first Ramadan in Qatar, let us be the first to say it’s a special time indeed. From the nightly iftar fast-breaking feasts to enjoying the spirit of giving with both Muslim and non-Muslim friends, Ramadan is one of the holiest celebrations in the Muslim calendar. This year it runs from July 20-August 18, shifting each year by nine days in accordance with the cycle of the moon. For ex-pats in Doha the do’s and don’ts of Ramadan etiquette can be daunting for the uninitiated. Luckily we’ve got you covered with our guide to celebrating the Holy Month with respect and reflection. k -Don’t consume food or drin ng, eati n in public: During Ramada wing che and king smo drinking and even hours t ligh day ng duri d ibite gum are proh ar Qat In as people observe their fasts. e thos for s there can be hefty penaltie s nce erva obs e thes of found in violation th. Mon Holy the throughout

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after sunset: -Avoid the roads rants, shops and With mostly all restau ring the day, du d se grocery stores clo rdous time to be sunset can be a haza those who have behind the wheel as a hurry to get home been fasting are in ffic tends to Tra t. to break their fas ested and hectic ng co st mo become the 8:00 p.m. so avoid between 6:00 p.m. e yourself extra giv those peak hours or nation. Always sti de ur time to reach yo drive safely!


nce -Show respect and patie g: tin fas for those who are have When a person fasts it can y and alit son per ir the on an effect adan Ram temperament, and when of t par t tes falls during the hot bly the summer it can be dou sses ine bus st Mo g. gin challen during rs reduce their working hou e for tim g win the Holy Month, allo nts me mo et qui oy enj observers to day. the ing dur e hom at ion of reflect to ber em rem As ex-pats it’s good to to ce ien pat and sy show extra courte rain ref to and ting fas those who are or other from playing loud music ment in ain overt displays of entert friends slim Mu of public or in front s. or colleague

riately : We -Dress approp not customary to s it’ already know rt of clothing in this pa wear revealing rtant po im e or m s even the world but it’ the g of this fact durin to be conscious e ns te in e an. With th month of Ramad to g in pt m te it can be heat of summer ative but a good altern in sk e or m show eos lo is to choose during Ramadan ers ld ou sh thing with fitting, cotton clo g in w lo al ill st d but and knees covere t, ub do in n he W the. your skin to brea ht y shawl or lig for ladies, a gauz lly option – especia od go a cardigan is or ar ift al rm fo e a mor when invited to ion. sohour celebrat

-Refrain from show ing strong emotions in publ ic: This includes shouting, becoming angry and most importantly public dis plays of affection. Ramadan is a time of reflection and self-control and to be overly boisterous or inappropriate can come across as cultural insensitivity.

-Do good unto others: We know it’s the basic tene t of the Golden Rule but it’s also the foundation of th e spirit of Ramadan. On e of the reasons for fasting througho ut the month is to reflect upon the conditions of th ose less fortunate to bette r understand thei r plight. Many pe ople choose to ex press their respect an d selflessness at this time through ch aritable contribut ions or volunteer work.

Resources: at I Love Qatar Our friends over da et) have develope (www.iloveqatar.n ng hi ebsite on everyt comprehensive w .net. ramadan-kareem w. w Ramadan at w g tin an w e and thos For new ex-pats th on M ly Ho e th out to learn more ab is chock-full of in Doha, the site ents, ar and sohour ev ift information on ial ec sp en ev d erial an educational mat and smartphone Ramadan promos s? fa r vourite touche apps. One of ou an ad m Ra nd online You can even se ily m fa d an ds to frien Kareem e-cards e! sit e th h throug

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L-R: Hassan Bilal, Ahmed Hassan Bilal (Chairman), Talal Nasser Bilal, Ahmed Hassan Bilal

Bilal Pearl Suites Reception The Pearl May 26, 2012 Khaled Bilal

Left: Hussain Alfardan

ed Hassan Bilal

L-R: Nasser Ahmed Hassan Bilal, Ahm

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L-R: U.A.E. Ambassador H.E. Juma Rashid Saif Al Daheri, Ahmed Hassan Bilal, Bahraini Ambassador H.E. Waheed Mubarak Abdu llah Sayyar

Left: Turkish Ambassador H.E. Emre Yunt

stern University Right: Dean of Northwe Everette E. Dennis

Qatar,

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MADONNA CONCERT Yaz Island Arena, Abu Dhabi June 4, 2012

Photo Credits: Nichola

s Smith

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OPAL BY GORDON RAMSAY GRAND OPENING St. Regis Doha May 28, 2012

L-R: Susanna Wolfe, Jorge Granda, St. Regis General Manager Tareq Derbas, Ashlee Starratt, Director of PR Leslie Garcia-Moica, Designer Diego Gronda

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Actor, Salman Khan

Being human, Splash & iconic fashion collection lauch Hotel Burj Khalifa, Cigar Lounge, Dubai June 14, 2012

Associate Editor for Abode

Zara store opening Landmark Mall, May 16, 2012

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Sales & Marketing Department with GM Mr. Ayman Lotfy and AGM Ghada Sadek

WynDHAM GRAND REGENCY DOHA WGRD Honours Top Corporate Guests, June 4, 2012

Chef Jameel and his team

Right: Fashion Editor for ABODE Magazine, Francesca Moser

Mona Al Ansari Fashion Show The W Hotel, June 12, 2012

Centre: Designer Mona Al Ansari

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