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The Samsung Diamond League Athletics Event Rallies the Best International Track and Field Athletes

Ministry of Sound: Legendary Music Label Hits the Beach at the InterContinental

Katara Comes to Life: The Best Monthly Cultural Events


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May IN EVERY ISSUE 4 EDITOR-IN-CHIEF LETTER QH’s editor-in-chief tells you what’s happening this month.

6 QH RECOMMENDS Our favourite monthly round-up

9 EVENTS CALENDAR

Pullout monthly events calendar

14 TOP PICKS 16 Head Spin Ministry of Sound comes to the

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

136 PHONE DIRECTORY Need-to-know phone numbers

39 TOP PICKS 40 A Royal Gift Gifts of the Sultan art exhibit at M.I.A.

InterContinental Doha

18 Funny to the Bone The stars of Who’s Line Is It Anyway? brings the laughter to Qatar

42 The Heartstrings of Paraguay An interview with harpist Raquel Lebron

20 Celtic Crossover

with happening events in Doha

122 IT HAPPENED

ARTS & CULTURE

ENTERTAINMENT

The Celtic Tenors bring their Irish harmonies to the Ramada Plaza

27 The Music Man DJ Mark Bambach gives us an

exclusive interview with Coco Latté’s Margaret Tapping

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

44 3D Art New technology from Texas A&M

lets us see art in a whole new way

48 Culture at Katara The best monthly multicultural

activities to enjoy

52 ARTS AND CULTURE LISTINGS Find out everything that’s going on this month

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COMMUNITY

DJ James Murray and Ministry of Sound

54 TOP PICKS 56 The Country You Only Thought You Knew The best off-the-beaten-track

adventures in Qatar

58 Going Green In The Desert The nation’s eco-conscious awakening

60 I Love Qatar Then and now: a look back at the country’s development

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

63 TOP PICKS KIDS CLUB Fun adventures with the kids 64 KIDS CLUB LISTINGS Ideas to do with the kids

SPORTS

FOOD & DINING 66 TOP PICKS 67 Chowking Two new branches opening in Al Khor and Al Mamoura

68 Ipanema Restaurant review 70 Nusantao: Sea Kitchens

Restaurant review

72 Mövenpick Hotel Doha Family Friday Brunch

Premier international athletics competition hits Doha

96 QSL A look back at the 2011/2012

season highlights

98 SPORT LISTINGS Find out everything that’s going on this month

104 Avoiding the Doha Stone

Hot tips to stay in shape this spring

106 Journey to Health Eating right made easy 108 Simple Luxury at the Safir Hotel Hotel review

112 Paradise Found Relaxing bliss in Oman

115 Reasons to Fly Our pick of top destinations

116 VIRGIN RECOMMENDS

Restaurant review

74 Al Mourjan Food Corner

Restaurant review

73 Belgian Café

92 TOP PICKS 94 Samsung Diamond League

QH SENSATIONS

Chef recipe

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

Virgin Megastore’s top TV box sets this month

118 TOP MOVIES This month's top five films

119 The Dish on Qatar Top tips for travelers and expats

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FROM THE DESK OF THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF It’s hard to believe that May has arrived already, and with it a number of special events to keep you busy both inside and outside Doha. This month in our Community section QH brings you a feature on the country you only thought you knew, highlighting the best day-trips to off-the-beaten track destinations around Qatar – perfect for the adventuresome traveler with an eye for history and natural beauty.

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 Editorial Coordinator: Marlynne Mallari-Dela Pena

Keeping with the theme of promoting and preserving our natural landscapes as the country continues its rapid growth, we tell you everything you need to know about ‘going green in the desert’. With a burgeoning eco-conscious movement sprouting across the nation, QH examines what we as consumers can do in our daily lives to help the environment. It’s an issue that’s in line with the national vision for 2030 and QH is proud to help promote awareness.

Graphic Designers: Soné Moriarty, 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, Badir Bechara New Media Manager: Susanna Wolfe

On the Entertainment scene for May we have the Celtic Tenors landing in Qatar for a much-anticipated one-night show at the Ramada Plaza Doha. The internationally-acclaimed group will bring their talented harmonies all the way from Ireland for concert-goers to enjoy. The Tenors have won musical awards and accolades world-wide, having worked with Grammy-nominated songwriters and producers, so this performance is not to be missed.

Business Development Consultant: Kristina Helg Distribution & Accounts: Lanie Fillo-Pana Contributors: Chloe Adelle, Mark Bambach, Alex Corey, Khalifa Saleh Haroon, Mike Moriarty, Jeffrey Navarro, Laura Prior, Victoria Scott Have Your Say: Feedback and comments are always welcome. Please forward letters to the editor:

On the Food and Dining front, QH is proud to announce the opening next month of two new Chowking restaurants in Al Khor Mall, Al Khor and Dar al Salam Mall in Al Mamoura. An associate of Ahmed Hassan Bilal Group, Chowking continues to promote excellence by bringing the best Chinese cuisine to Doha at affordable prices in a family-friendly atmosphere. Please come out and join us for a lovely meal.

Email: editor@qatarhappening.com info@qatarhappening.com marketing@qatarhappening.com Call Details: Inquiries: Marketing: Fax:

+974 4427 8416 +974 5556 5046 +974 4427 8415

Postal Address: P.O. Box 7848 , Doha, Qatar

Finally in Sports, Doha plays home to one of the most prestigious athletic events in the world this month as the Samsung Diamond League series comes to town, bringing the best in track and field athletics to this exclusive sporting invitational. Athletes and competitors from all over the world will gather at the Qatar Sports Club on May 11th to vie for the Diamond Race prize.

QATAR HAPPENING (QH) is published 11 times a year by The Art of Business, Doha, Qatar, an associate of Ahmed Hassan Bilal Group of Companies. The information contained in QATAR HAPPENING (QH) is correct at the time of printing. Details may change at any time without liability on the part of The Art of Business. Readers are advised to confirm details with the event organizers.

We hope to see you out and about at many of these exciting events and look forward to bringing you the latest news on all things happening in Qatar for next month in the pages of QH. So stay tuned.

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There’s much blooming in the month of May, even here in the desert, which is why we want to take a closer look at the environment by rounding up our favourite eco-friendly products that will help make your life easier while being good to Mother Earth. Enjoy! EDITOR’S PICK Ashlee Brita Water Filter Since moving to Qatar I’m noticing how much bottled water we drink every day. Certainly I’ve seen my consumption going up as the weather gets hotter and hydration is important. But what about the cost to the environment of all those plastic bottles that are thrown away every day? Qatar is still developing its recycling program so it’s important that all of us do our part to use less bottled water each day and more fresh water that can be stored right in our fridge! That’s why I love the Brita Water Filtration system. Using charcoal filtration tubes inserted into the upper chamber of the jug, the system can filter unwanted sediment, minerals and bacteria from ordinary tap water. No home should be without one!

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Coming from New Zealand, being eco-friendly is a must; and it’s fast becoming a trend. Back home teepees are everywhere; you may see people living in them along the coastal areas of New Zealand and children of all ages playing in them. They are made from 100% cotton and are supported by a natural timber frame. You can set it up on the beach, in your backyard and even in your lounge. You can buy one of these teepees for your child at www.charlotteandausten.co.nz for QR 594 after the exchange rate. Each teepee comes with its own matching bag for compact storage and easy-to-follow instructions. It’s great fun for kids and eco-friendly.

I use Aveda as they are not only brilliant products, but probably the greenest beauty product company on the market today. My favourite products for my hair (which I’ve coloured for years) are - Aveda Color Conserve™ shampoo and Aveda Color Conserve™ conditioner. The gentle, plant-infused products with 100% organic aroma, help do what harsher cleansers and conditioners can’t—resist fading. Aveda uses renewable energy and are the first beauty company manufacturing with 100% certified wind power. They do no animal testing on their products. Aveda practice responsible packaging and are the first beauty company with 100% postconsumer recycled PET for skin care and

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hair styling. They use green sources and are always increasing naturally-derived ingredients. Aveda can trace back their ingredients to the farm or harvesting co-op which is called ‘Soil to BottleSM’ and you can also recycle your caps. I haven’t been able to find Aveda in Doha, however, they do ship to Qatar. Their email address is www.aveda.com.

Deliah Mulberry Tote Bag This is one of my favourite environmentally-conscious products. I got this ingenious invention as a gift and haven’t been able to leave the house without it! It’s a lightweight tote, super fashionsavvy with its signature Mulberry print and most importantly it’s reusable and diverse. I use it to transport my work papers and magazines to meetings, laundry and not to mention groceries at the end of the day!


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Moona Blu – Iconic Power Shower If you’re looking to save water and also experience a more refreshing shower, the BLU water filter is a shower-changing experience. I have been dreaming of this shower-head since I arrived in Qatar as I was experiencing dry skin and hair loss. Those days are gone. The BLU shower head has invigorated my daily routine plus saved my skin and scalp. The shower-head comes with a fresh lemon-scented filter that removes 90% chlorine, chloramines and other harmful chemicals from the tap water so your shower becomes a spa experience as the 384-perforated showerhead breaks the water stream into tiny droplets that intensify, adding over 400,000 healthy negative ions into your shower every time. The aroma-vita gel filter lasts up to 10,000 litres or three months. The good thing is that it’s not that expensive -- about QR 400. You can find it in almost every pharmacy.

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Jenny To-Go Tumbler I’ve decided that since I’m a coffee enthusiast I should really find a way to be more ‘green’ about my terrible habit. Finally I found these wonderful tumblers in Starbucks! I like the sealing lids on them; no leaks, no handles, plus they’re eco-friendly! In an effort to reduce the waste we create, you’re no longer throwing away paper cups and paper sleeves every single time. It’s made of 81% total recycled content and 28% post-consumer recycled content, green in colour and soul. I’m going to start counting the number of paper/plastic cups I save just by using this tumbler. 8

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TOP PICKS ENTERTAINMENT THIS MONTH'S

AND NIGHTLIFE

The Celtic Tenors Live!

Sat 19th: Ramada Plaza. Enjoy the voices of Matthew Gilsenan, James Nelson and

Miss Diamond

Thurs 3rd: W Doha. World-renowned house music magician at Crystal. From 11:00 p.m. till 2:30 a.m. For more information, call 4453-5135 or BBM 26E78A27.

Daryl Simpson as they whisk you through a musical cocktail of classical, folk, Irish and pop genres at Giwana. Ticket price QR 350 per person, this includes a three-course dinner and vino package. Doors open from 7:00 p.m. Dinner and show from 8:00 p.m. For more information, call 4428-1555.

Byzantine Cooking Classes

7th Anniversary Celebration of Pearl Lounge

Thurs 10th: Marriott Doha. Celebrate with one of Doha’s trendiest night clubs. Chic decorations and a brand new sound-system await you on this special occasion. Free entry, doors open at 10:00 p.m.

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Sat 12th and Sat 19th: Grand Hyatt Doha. For culinary lovers this is a perfect opportunity to learn about an amazing culture where food is one of the most important aspects. QR 160 per person, including recipes and a certificate. For more information, call 4448-1272 or email rocca.ghdoha@hyatt.com.

Spanish, English and Italian League Action @ Champions

Sun 13th: The West End at the Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel. The final day of the season in Champions on over 40 screens. Who goes down, who gets into Europe and who will be crowned ‘Champions’ of England, Spain and Italy? For more information, call 4419-6100 or visit www.westenddoha.com.


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Ministry of Sound is set to rock Doha for the second time since their sold-out 2011 show. The first founding label of the house music industry brings the noise to the InterContinental Doha on May 3, with a beach party featuring DJs James Murray, Gavyn Mitchell, Jared McCulloch, Paul Mendez, Steve Kz and Abood Xwoolf. QH brings you an exclusive interview with DJ James Murray as his star continues to rise on the global nightclub scene. 16


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QH: Have you played in the Middle East before? If so, what were your impressions?

QH: What’s the most frustrating yet rewarding part of being a music producer?

QH: What songs are on your iPod right now that you can’t stop listening to?

JM: I’ve played in Dubai and Bahrain before and have enjoyed playing in both countries. The people really like their house music, the vibe has always been good and the sunshine is an added bonus!

JM: The most frustrating part of producing is having an idea in your head and not being able to get it into a track. But it’s very rewarding when you finally finish a track and its sounding just like you wanted it to.

JM: I listen to a lot of old skool R&B; it’s nice and relaxing. Tracks by artists such as Keith Sweat, Bobby Brown and Donnelly Jones.

QH: How do you describe your sound and what makes it distinct from other streams in the genre?

QH: How old were you when you spun your first record? Was it something you had to work hard at every day to develop your skills, or were you a natural?

JM: I describe my style of music as ‘house music’. Not progressive, not tech, not minimal, not funky – just good solid house music. There are so many different styles of house music out there, but at the end of the day, it is basically just house music. I like a big build up in the tracks I play and then a nice drop – sends the crowd wild! QH: How does it feel to be touring with a label as renowned as Ministry of Sound? They’re pretty much the godfathers of the house music industry. JM: To tour with Ministry of Sound is quite amazing and I do feel very lucky to travel the world playing some countries that I would never have dreamed about traveling to. And to do it for such a big brand is quite unbelievable. I still have to pinch myself sometimes, even though I have been doing the tours for the past 18 months!

JM: I spun my first record 14 years ago and I wasn’t very good at it! It took a long time before I learned the basic beat mixing and the blending of tracks, but with a lot of hard work I am now doing it professionally. It feels more rewarding as I’ve had to work very hard to get to where I am now. QH: How do you see your industry evolving in the next five years? JM: House music is changing all the time. Five years ago we didn’t have the big commercial names like we do now with the likes of SHM, David Guetta, Avicii etc – I can see over the next five years that DJs like this will grow with many of them being more like pop stars – something I don’t like to see. But if it introduces people to house music, then it can’t be a bad thing. QH: If you weren’t creating music what would you be doing? JM: I’m a fully qualified accountant, so if I wasn’t producing and DJing then I would be stuck behind a desk working with numbers!

QH: If you could collaborate with any other artist in the world who would it be and why? JM: I would love to work with Erick Morillo. I’ve been a massive fan ever since I can remember and his production is really strong and very driving and his DJ sets always have a lot of energy as well. ABOUT MINISTRY OF SOUND Venue: Beachside at the InterContinental Doha Date: Thursday, May 3rd, doors open at 8:00 p.m. Ticket Info: On sale at Virgin Megastore, InterContinental Hotel lobby, Crepaway and Columbiano Coffee. Or buy online at www.timeouttickets.com. Prices:

QR 350 VIP QR 150 Ladies QR 200 Gents

Additional Info: Must be 21 or older to enter. Passport or Qatar I.D. must be shown.

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people laugh all over the world with their own style of irreverent, improvised comedy –you shout it out, they act it out! Regulars at the Edinburgh and Glastonbury Festivals and recently returning from a sellout run in New York these boys are not to be missed. The Metro describes their act as “naturally, irredeemably hilarious”, while The Herald considered the show as “top notch improvised mirth-making comic alchemy”. Now it’s Doha’s turn to experience a night of belly laughs and full-on entertainment.

Venue: Al Wajba Ballroom at the InterContinental Hotel Date:

Wednesday, May 9

Ticket price: QR 150 per person including one free beverage Opening hours:

Doors open at 7:00 p.m., show starts at 8:00 p.m.

Telephone: 4484-4444


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Celtic Crossover By Ashlee Starratt

With their new spin on the traditional, the Celtic Tenors touch down in Qatar for one night only with a show at the Ramada Plaza Doha on Saturday, May 19, bringing their unique interpretation of classic and contemporary harmonies to Giwana.

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ailed as one of the most successful crossovers in the classical genre, the three-man group from Ireland is at the top of their game after the 2009 release of their fifth album ‘Hard Times’ and their latest offering ‘Feels Like Home’ released in 2011. Touring world-wide since then the Celtic Tenors have bridged the gap between aficionados of classical music and lovers of the mainstream with their wide range of sounds and diverse fan base.

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For these Irish lads – Matthew Gilsenan, James Nelson and Daryl Simpson – wit, character and audience rapport are equally crucial ingredients for a show as being able to carry a note is. (And trust us, these guys can!) Audiences can expect to hear a performance that blows every notion of average barber-shop harmonies out of the water. Their feature show at the Ramada Plaza Doha will be a treat for concert-goers as the Irish threesome sing for their supper, serenading guests over a threecourse dinner at Giwana.

“The new album is sure to tug at the heartstrings..”

Interspersed with lilting songs from their native Emerald Isle the Tenors’ set will include a compilation of hits from recognizable contemporary artists and songwriters as well as selections from ‘Feels Like Home’. The new album is sure to tug at the heart-strings of ex-pats living in Doha with its theme of home is where the heart is – whether that’s around the globe or here in Qatar. Tickets are QR 350 per person including dinner and beverage package and can be reserved by calling 4429-1555. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. with the dinner and show beginning at 8:00 p.m.


Bilal Townhouses at Qanat Quartier Venetian glamour in Qatar

Be one of the first to get your hands on these classy beachfront townhouses. Overlooking piazzas and canals, the 3 bedroom townhouses conjure up images of a stay in romantic Venice.Their smart layout allows you to take in the stunning sea views from each and every room in the house. Far away from the car infested city center, pedestrians can take a walk along the courtyards lined with citrus trees and enjoy every minute of their waterfront life.

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Coco Latté brings the noise this month with two of the hottest parties that aren’t to be missed. Dance-floor Divas and the original Coco Latté featuring the one and only Margaret Tapping at the Grand Hyatt Doha will be heating up the dance scene at Rocca. QH gives you full access with all the info you need to know to get down under the bright lights.

FRIDAY MAY 11 DANCE-FLOOR DIVAS WITH SPECIAL GUEST DJ PASSANT

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Gents QR 100 including complimentary beverage. Must be 21 or older with valid photo I.D.

Dress Code: For gents, shirt with a collar and/or shoes. No hoodies, shorts or sandals. Coco Latté lays on a special party dedicated to disco divas and fierce party girls. Resident DJ Mark Bambach is joined on the decks by glamourous, fast-rising Egyptian DJ Passant Refaat. So to all the ladies, wear your highest heels and do your warm-up stretches because your feet aren’t expected to leave the dance-floor.

Reservations: Phone the Rocca hotline at 7719-2974. THURSDAY MAY 31 COCO LATTÉ WITH MARGARET TAPPING

Time: Doors open at 9:00 p.m., party ends at 2:00 a.m., no admissions after 1:00 a.m. Entry: Advance queue-jump tickets QR 150 including complimentary beverage.

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Venue: Rocca poolside at the Grand Hyatt Doha, West Bay.

Venue: Rocca poolside at the Grand Hyatt Doha, West Bay

Entry: Ladies free entry before midnight, QR 100 after midnight including complimentary beverage.

through its hallowed halls, swishes into Doha for a night of spectacular glamour, fabulous music, fashion catwalk visuals and a sophisticated lighting show. Presided over by the inimitable über-hostess Margaret Tapping, jetting in from the U.K. especially for Coco Latté at Rocca. Dress in your best or you simply will not get into the party!

Celebrated London clubbing brand Coco Latté – which has seen Janet Jackson, Alexander McQueen and Stefano Gabbana pass

Advance VIP tickets QR 200 including reserved seating and one complimentary beverage. Must be 21 or older with valid photo I.D. Dress Code: For gents, shirt with a collar and/or shoes. No hoodies, shorts or sandals.

Reservations: Phone the Rocca hotline at 7719-2974 or visit www.cocolatte.co.uk for event information.


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Two to Tango By Jorge Granda

Tango music has captivated millions of hearts and feet on dance-floors around the globe, becoming one of the ultimate expressions of performing art in many countries. However, the popularity of tango in Qatar hasn’t quite reached the same level as the rest of the world – yet. That’s about to change as the Kempinski Hotel is organizing Tango Nights every month. QH gives you all the info to get your toes tapping.

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ince March, the Kempinski Hotel has played host to several successful Tango Nights. Musicians Patrizia Doeringer (violin), Christoph Schmitz (cello) and Joris Laenen (piano) delight dancers at this special night at The Lounge. The trio met in Doha when they joined the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra and together they formed Let’s Tango. All of them have studied in some of the leading music colleges in Germany, but while looking for new musical adventures fate brought them together and now they play the best tango music in Doha.

During Tango Night the trio performs a mix of milongas and waltzes, tango nuevo and tradicional. The show is intense with the music aiming straight for the heart.

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The group pays homage in their sound to the great tango master, Argentinian Ástor Piazzolla, credited with revolutionizing the modern style of the genre in the 1940s. The ambience they create together weaves a show of the highest calibre, with their upbeat charisma and strong audience rapport. Cellist Christoph Schmitz is originally from Venezuela but spent most of his formative teenage years in Germany where he developed his musical skills. The time he devoted to the study of tango music was well spent, as now, sitting in front of him watching he and his bandmates perform, you’re well aware that you’re in the presence of a visceral artist. Schmitz invites everyone to come out and enjoy a night with Let’s Tango this May.

“If you want to be either moved by passion, swept away by melancholic melodies, or struck by a hint of nostalgia,” he says, “then Tango Night at the Kempinski is the place to be!” See you on the dance-floor. ABOUT KEMPINSKI HOTEL TANGO NIGHTS Event: Tango Night When: Date for May to be announced with a newsletter on the Let’s Tango Facebook page Where: The Lounge at the Kempinski Hotel in West Bay Telephone: 4405-3325


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Admiral’s Club the Marine Lounge with a Sports Flair With its amazing sea views this hot spot at the Ritz-Carlton blends the sports bar vibe with a laid-back club atmosphere perfect for a night out with friends.

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hat makes this venue so unique is that it’s not just a bar but more of an experience to be shared with a group of your closest pals.

Admiral’s boasts a casual dining area and lounge indoors and an outdoor option overlooking the Gulf. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly with a cosmopolitan mix of people enjoying the music and the sports screens. The menu is varied, with scrumptious quick bites -- our favourite being the barbecued salmon and steak platter. The Admiral’s Club is the perfect setting for private events and conferences including private dinners for up to 100 guests and standing reception for 200 on the upper level. The Club also has the following special promotions: •

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Happy Hour every Saturday – Wednesday from 5:00 p.m – 7:00 p.m it’s buy one get one free on selected beverages including suds, vino by the glass and house spirits. Barbecue at the terrace – Every Thursday and Fridays from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. QR 195 per platter (serves two people) Saturday Roast – Every Saturday from 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., QR 120 Seafood platter – Every Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., QR 265 per platter (serves two people) Indoor lounge, bar and outdoor terrace Spectacular views of the Arabian waterfront Modern seafood and international cuisine and a variety of beverages with very moderate prices International sporting events featured on large LCD screens located through the Admiral’s Club

ABOUT ADMIRAL’S Opening hours: Sat - Wed 5:00 p.m. – midnight Thursday 5:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. Friday Breakfast 10:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m. A la carte lunch 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Dinner 5:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. (Beverage service starts after 5:00 p.m.) Dress Code: Casual Must be 21-years of age Resident Band: DJ Anza. every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. 8:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. Membership Details: Regular: QR 50. VIP : QR 1,200. (To be implemented from April 2012) Contact Details: Admiral’s Club Manager: Mr. Dilip Kumar Chef de Cuisine: Chef Feras Hawa 4484-8000, or direct line 4484-8663

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The new Hive lounge at the InterContinental Doha The City welcomes guests with the perfect, relaxed atmosphere for casual after-work drinks and tapas.

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he newest addition on the night-life scene and already creating a ‘buzz’ among Doha’s glitterati, Hive’s chic design, unique structural décor and soft lighting builds the right ambience to unwind with friends and colleagues. Nick Flynn, Director of Food and Beverages and Kitchen Operations, explains the concept behind Hive. “We tried to create a lounge different from any other available in Doha,” he says. “Hive is sophisticated, yet accessible. We provide a vast selection of exclusive beverages and unusual quick bites not typical of a lounge to create that uniqueness we’re aiming for.” The tapas menu at Hive is avant-garde, created by Belgian Executive Sous-Chef Nicolas De Vish. The appetizing nibbles add a different touch to the sophistication and distinctiveness of this happening hub. With choices ranging from a mascarpone cheese dip with truffle oil, tuna tataki, succulent strips of duck wrapped around clusters of tangy rocket leaves and tempura prawns with chili sauce, this isn’t your average bar fare. De Vish says this is because all the chefs from the hotel were involved in the creative process. “I came up with different options for the menu and I asked my colleagues to 26

try them all out and I took their input very seriously,” he says. “Therefore, the bites served in Hive are the best selection we could have come up with to please our customers.” Flynn also mentions that a selection of fresh cheeses imported from France will also be available this month. Guests will have the chance to select their favourite cheese while sipping the best vino in town. Hive’s recipe for success seems to be working since the clientele keep coming back for more. “We are pleasantly surprised that even though we opened our doors very recently we already have regulars who come back on a weekly basis. The success of Hive is tangible”, he says. The QH team was impressed with the incomparable style and vibe of Hive. It’s truly an exceptional place to spend time surrounded by great food and good friends. Location: InterContinental Doha The City (West Bay, Al Wahda St. near City Center) Opening Hours: 4:00 p.m.- 1:00 a.m. daily Smoking: Yes Vino: Yes Phone: 4015-8888


SPOTLIGHT ON ENTERTAINMENT & NIGHTLIFE

The Music Man By Mark Bambach

Mark Bambach is resident DJ at Rocca, poolside at the Grand Hyatt. Catch him Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights. He spins it up for May in an interview with Coco Latté queen mother Margaret Tapping, who’s hosted parties and shared dance-floors with iconic DJs and celebrities world-wide. Mark also keeps us in the loop on this month’s hottest house picks that will have you hitting ‘repeat’. MB: So Margaret what brings you to Doha?

South Korea, was a memorable experience. Nicholas, me, DJ Mark Bambach and the rest of the team produced a super-slick opening bash for over 2,500 guests.

MT: To be a part of Coco Latté in Doha and to visit one of my best friends Nicholas (of Coco Latté) . I have never been to Qatar before and have heard many great things about the country which I would like to explore, such as its rich cultural heritage.

MB: Tell us about the famous icons of music and fashion you’ve met at Coco Latté and which were your most memorable?

MB: How long have you been working in the clubbing industry and where has it taken you around the globe? MT: I have worked on and off in the clubbing industry for almost 15 years and have travelled to many cities including Miami, Ibiza, Amsterdam, Paris and New York. MB: What is your favourite style of music? MT: Funky house music. MB: Name your three top djs of all time and why? MT: Smokin’ Jo because she was the first famous female DJ. She’s fierce, she looks amazing and she’s super confident behind the decks. Also, David Guetta because he is one of the most prolific DJ’s in the world, and Calvin Harris because he produces some wicked fresh beats.

Margaret Tapping

MB: Has it been exciting to be involved in Coco Latté parties and what experiences have stood out for you? MT: Yes it’s been very exciting to be involved. By hosting events throughout the U.K. and abroad I’ve met some amazing people, and I’ve never met anyone who has been to a Coco Latté party and left disappointed. There have been many great experiences over the years, so to name or list just one would be impossible. MB: Tell me about one event which was particularly fabulous? MT: I had fabulous time at Coco Latté at Privilege in Ibiza. That was a fantastic party with great music, great fashion and the atmosphere was electric. And the twoday grand opening of the W hotel in Seoul,

MT: Tom Ford, Pet Shop Boys, Janet Jackson, Dannii Minogue, Antonio Berardi, the dear-departed Alexander McQueen and many more. Janet Jackson was one of the most memorable - she just turned-up one night with her security and dancers and boogied for three hours solid to Mark Bambach. She drank Diet Coke all night! MB: How do you think today’s music stands up to previous decades? MT: The clubs have changed, we have all grown up (a bit!) and different people are partying now, but the music is just as good. MB: What’s on your iPod this month? MT: I can’t tell you, I haven’t used it in ages. Old house music probably! Margaret will be swishing around Coco Latté at Rocca on Thursday 31st May 2012 at Grand Hyatt Doha, West Bay Lagoon. For info call 7719-2974.

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SPOTLIGHT ON ENTERTAINMENT & NIGHTLIFE The Best Sounds in the House HOUSE SEAMUS HAJI & CEVIN FISHER – I LOVE THE MUSIC (Strictly Rhythm) No stranger to house music, the UK’s Seamus Haji teams up with U.S producer Cevin Fisher on this clever remake of the 80’s hit ‘Ai No Corrida’. Originally written and performed by Chaz Jankel from the UK’s post- punk band Ian Dury and the Blockheads, (like anyone will remember them!), but it was a huge hit in 1981 for the legend that is Mr. Quincy Jones, (of Michael Jackson ‘Thriller’ fame). The title has been changed to ‘I Love the Music’ but the chorus remains exactly the same. It’s an uplifting house track, if not a little cheesy, but this has major potential to cross over into mainstream charts and will most certainly be played on plenty of dance-floors across the globe. 8/10 PROGRESSIVE HOUSE/TRANCE SANDER VAN DOORN Feat MAYAENI – NOTHING INSIDE (Ministry Of Sound) Progressive house or trance just isn’t my thing, however this track really grabbed my attention. ‘Nothing Inside’ was written by Mayaeni and Justin Parker who just happens to be the man behind the massive worldwide hit for Lana Del Rey’s ‘Video Games’. The track has two sections where it slows down into beautiful haunting vocals courtesy of Mayaeni. Already getting huge support from all the big DJ’s and topping most club charts, Sander looks set to cross over into the mainstream charts with this little gem. No doubt it’ll be massive in club-land also! 9/10. COMMERCIAL DANCE MARTIN SOLVEIG – ‘NIGHT OUT’ (3BEAT) Fresh from working with Madonna on her 12th studio album ‘MDNA’, Parisian Martin Picandet, aka Solveig, is back with his fourth single from the album ‘Smash’. Here he teaches us something new – not only does he write, produce and engineer music, he also sings – and not a bad voice either! Reminiscent of the vocalist from Empire of the Sun, ‘Night Out’ is cool, quirky, fun commercial dance with a sprinkle of indie rock which is becoming trademark for Martin. With mixes from Martin himself, Madeon, A-Trak plus Maison & Dragan, this will undoubtedly do well! 8/10

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POP MARINA & THE DIAMONDS – PRIMADONNA (Island) Hailing from Wales before relocating to London, half-Greek Marina Lambrini Diamandis, aka Marina and the Diamonds is back on the scene after her hugely successful and critically-acclaimed 2010 debut album ‘The Family Jewels’. Her sound is quintessential ‘true London flavour’ with elements of Amy Winehouse’s originality and talent. ‘Primadonna’ is the second single from her new album ‘Electra Heart’ which is out now. This is Marina’s first diversion into dance music and her beautiful, distinctive vocals stand out strong. This single will hopefully bring Marina back into the charts, and keep this hugely talented lady around for years to come. Quality pop music. 9/10

ALBUM LADYHAWKE – ANXIETY (Island) I finally managed to get a promotional copy of Ladyhawke’s 2nd album release from my friends at Island Records UK. Just as well really, as the release date has now been moved till the end of May. Four years since her excellent debut self-titled release ‘Ladyhawke’ (I literally burnt out the CD from over-play), I’m pleased to say I’m not disappointed. ‘Anxiety’ is more 70’s rock than the first album’s 80’s electro feel, but still has all the retro ‘Ladyhawke’ elements which I loved from the first release. Stand-out tracks are the first single ‘Black, White & Blue’, ‘Vaccine’, ‘Anxiety’, ‘Blue Eyes’ and my personal favourite, the laid-back, gritty and already on repeat ‘Cellophane’. Less commercial than the first album and perhaps not as instantly catchy, ‘Anxiety’ won’t appeal to everyone, but it will keep the world’s focus on New Zealand music. 8/10


ENTERTAINMENT & NIGHTLIFE LISTINGS

ONE OF A KIND DJ Mark Bambach at Rocca

Thurs 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and Fri 4th, 18th, 25th : Grand Hyatt Doha. Spinning funky vocal house music to a swishy crowd. Dine on Mediterranean cuisine and sip cocktails at this sophisticated waterside venue. DJ from 9:00 p.m. till 2:00 a.m. For more information, call 7719-2974 or email rocca.ghdoha@hyatt.com.

DJ Bliss Big Friday Night

Fri 4th: W Doha. All the way from Dubai, Radio One official DJ, mixing the best in music with real flavour! From 11:00 p.m. till 2.30 a.m. For more information, call 4453- 5135 or BBM 26E78A27.

Cinco De Mayo

Sat 5th – Thurs 31st: Marriott Doha. Celebrate with lively Mexican heritage and feel like you’re walking in the streets of Mexico. Join the Salsa team for a real Mexican Fiesta. Excellent Mexican food, deliciously flavoured margaritas and live entertainment, From 6:30 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. Free entry. For more information, call 4429-8499 or email dinemarriottdoha@marriott.com.

Monthly Vino Club Meeting

Mon 7th: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Enjoy a variety of cheese and canapés in conjunction with exclusive vino, provided by QDC. Open to members of the vino club only. New members are welcome. Special price of QR 3,500 for couples and QR 2,000 for singles. From 7:00 p.m. till 9:00 p.m. For more information, call 4484-8000.

Art of Cocktail Making

Fri 11th: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Colin McCusker and the Habanos team will teach you some of the most exciting combinations including their signature Breath of Life cocktail. From 4:00 p.m. till 6:00 p.m. QR 225 per person. For reservations, call 4484-8000.

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Cooking Class

Wed 16th: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Australian guest chef, Jeremy Steele will take you through the planning and preparation of a great menu to present to your family and friends at home. Each class at Porcini will include a three-course menu, focusing on basic fine dining, molecular cuisine techniques, proper equipment needs, and plate presentation. From 10:30 a.m. followed by lunch. QR 265 per person. For more information, call 4484-8000.

Hush Bongos

Fri 18th: W Doha. World Percussionist performing live to the beat of the magic music at Crystal. From 11:00 p.m. till 2:30 a.m. For more information, call 4453-5135 or BBM 26E78A27.

Champions League Final

Sat 19th: The West End at the Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel. Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona are all in with a chance. Mark your calendar now. For more information, call 4419-6100 or visit westenddoha.com.

Cocktail for Success

Wed 23rd: Oryx Rotana. The finest bartenders from hotels across Doha show off their mixology skills at the Jazz Club. Contestants from the Doha Flair League (DFL) flip, spin, throw, balance and catch bottles and drinks in a thrilling, high-energy contest to find the city’s best flair bartender. Adding to the buzz and excitement, cocktails are auctioned off after each round, and 4The Music brings more talent into the mix with an extraordinary performance alongside the Jazz Club bartenders. For more information, call 4402-3333.

Art of Cocktail Making

Fri 25th: Sharq Village & Spa. Impress friends and family with top tips from the Cigar Lounge team. Tastings and recipes to take away. From 3:00 p.m. QR 210 per person. For more information, call 4425-6666.

Pub Quiz

Mon 27th: Ramada Plaza. Bring along your team of six to take part in Doha’s favourite Quiz Night at Shehrazad with host Andrew. No entry fee and great prizes to be won. Quiz starts at 8:00 p.m. For more information, call 4428-1555.

EVERY WEEK DJ Night with DJ Roger Choueiry

Sundays: La Cigale. Enjoy the best in music from across the globe with this DJ. Rock out on the floor and dedicate your favourite songs to your special one at Madison Piano Bar. Ladies joining the DJ will enjoy one welcome drink on the house. From 6:00 p.m. till 2:00 a.m. No entrance fee and no minimum charges applicable seven days a week. For more information, call 4428-8665.

Cigar Sunday Nights at The Lounge

Sundays: Kempinski Residences & Suites Doha. Discover a wide selection of exclusively selected cigars from around the world. Pair them with your favourite drink, select bites from the menu and simmer down after a long working day. Sundays from 7:00 p.m. till 2:00 a.m. For more information, call 4405-3325 or email thelounge.doha@kempinski.com.

Rock Star, Season 2!

Mondays: InterContinental Doha. Join resident band Big Mouth on stage to perform the songs of your choice. Free drinks for everyone who participates and prizes for the weekly and monthly winners, to be chosen by the band! For more information, call 4484-4444 or 4484-4936.

Maher El Basha, the New One-Man-Show

Mondays – Saturdays: La Cigale. Enjoy live Arabic music in the eclectic mix of the chic, elegant, Madison Piano Bar, which is decked out in vibrant furnishings. Cozy and stylish, it offers a wide range of finger food, sushi/sashimi and cigars complemented by a selection of fine beverages. From 6:00 p.m. till 2:00 a.m.; live entertainment doesn’t start before 10:00 p.m. No entrance fee and no minimum charges applicable seven days a week. For more information, call 4428-8665.


ENTERTAINMENT & NIGHTLIFE LISTINGS

Happy Hour @ Crystal Lounge

Mondays – Saturdays: W Doha. Buy any drink and get the second one free from 8:00 p.m. till 10:00 p.m. For more information, call 4453-5135.

Mashups with Paul Mendez, DJ Shadi and Suzee X

Tuesdays: InterContinental Doha. The three resident DJs presents their unique mash-up sounds at Lava with free drinks for ladies from 8:00 p.m. till late. For more information, call 4484-4444.

Golf Simulator Challenge @ Champions

Tuesdays: The West End at the Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel. Compete in the ‘Hole in One’ and ‘Nearest Pin’ competitions for a chance to win great prizes. Free entry to the challenge between 7:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. For more information, call 4419-6100 or visit www.westenddoha.com.

Retro-Electro

Tuesdays: W Doha. Wanna dance? Now’s your chance! This is the night to start, with cool tunes and a wide range of 80s and 90s hits. And that’s not all - three drinks for ladies on the house from 11:30 p.m. till 1:00 a.m. For more information, call 4453-5135 or BBM: 26E78A27.

Hip N’ Fly

Wednesdays: W Doha. Ladies Night at Crystal, where all ladies get three complimentary drinks from 10:00 p.m. till 11:30 p.m.! Check-in at Crystal for a special flight with international DJs. For more information, call 4453-5135 or BBM 26E78A27.

Ladies Big Night Out

Wednesdays: InterContinental Doha. Big Mouth will kick off the night in Paloma from 9:00 p.m., followed by DJ Shadi. DJ Paul Mendez 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.

Monica and Marius Entertain at Dunes

Wednesday-Saturdays: Grand Hyatt Doha. Dunes Lounge is the place to be after a long and exhausting day! Buy one drink and get one free plus 50% discount on all snacks, From 5:00 p.m. till 7:00 p.m. Monia and Marius perform eclectic jazz and modern music from 8:00 p.m. till 12:00 a.m. For more information, call 4448-1280 or email dunes.ghdoha@hyatt.com.

Habanos Happy Hour

Saturdays – Wednesdays: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Throughout the month of April enjoy two drinks for the price of one! From 6:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. For more information, call 4484-8000.

Admiral’s Happy Hour

Saturdays – Wednesdays: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Throughout the month of May enjoy two drinks for the price of one! From 5:00 p.m. till 7:00 p.m. For more information call 4484-8000.

DAILY All That Jazz

Daily: (except Sundays): 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 natural-born entertainers are well-known for their musical versatility and remarkable stage presence. For more information, call 4402-3333.

Aqua Lounge By Night

Daily: The West End at the Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel. Unwind under the stars at Doha’s newest venue. It’s ideal for al fresco dining, refreshing juices and specialty drinks. From 5:00 p.m. till late daily. For more information, call 4419-6100.

Road to Euro 2012 @ Champions!

Daily: The West End at the Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel. Come and join the fun and stand a chance to win tickets for two to EURO 2012. Open every night from 5:00 p.m. till 2:00 a.m. For more information, call 4419-6100.

Very Happy Hour at The Lounge

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

Be Happy at Jazz Up

Daily: Mövenpick Hotel Doha. Enjoy two for the price of one plus 20% off the food menu every day from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Jazz Up bar, 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.

Shisha Under the Stars

Daily: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Enjoy your favorite Shisha under 1001 stars on the Shisha Terrace. Choose from a wide variety of flavours while the Shisha specialists ensure that you have a full aromatic experience of this night-honoured ritual! From 3:00 p.m. till 12:00 p.m., QR 65 per shisha; a la carte food and beverage menu available. For more information, call 4484-8000.

Happy Hour at Jazz Club

Daily: Rotana Oryx. There is 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. to 8:00 p.m. nightly with a super discount of 30% on selected beverages. For more information, call 4402-3333.

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ENTERTAINMENT & NIGHTLIFE LISTINGS

Beach Bar Lounge

Irish Harp

Daily: Sheraton Doha. Feel like you’re in Ireland at the heart of Doha. Enjoy live music with the famous Chavela Duo Band. This month try Spare Ribs Madness a la carte. For more information, call 4485-4444.

DJ/VDJ Tony Schwery

Happy Times @ Champions

Daily: 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 5 on selected beverages. From 5:00 p.m. till 7:00 p.m. For more information, call 4419-6100 or visit www.westenddoha.com.

Daily: La Cigale. Enjoy a lovely night out under the stars at the rooftop bar, Sky View. Dine under the stunning Doha skyline with the hotel’s scrumptious hors d’oeuvres and mouthwatering desserts while listening to the best songs mixed by Doha’s newest DJ to the scene. 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.

After Work At Hive

Afterwork Aperitivo

Daily: 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. For more information, call 4429-8444 or email pearlloungedoha@marriotthotels.com.

Daily: W Doha. Enjoy an after work drink and the second drink, plus a Tapas plate from the new Mediterranean menu, is complimentary. Enjoy chilled beats and cozy cabanas 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: 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. For more information, call 4419-6100 or visit www.westenddoha.com.

Happy Hours

Daily: Sharq Village & Spa. Al Seef and The Cigar Lounge both offer daily happy hours with 50% off regular spirits, suds and house vino. From 5:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. at the Cigar Lounge and from 2:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. at Al Seef. For more information, call 4425-6666.

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Daily: 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

DJ Alberto @ Crystal Lounge

Daily: W Doha. Enjoy DJ Alberto spinning the best chill-out and funky house music. Starts at 11:00 p.m. For more information, call 4453-5135 or BBM 26E78A27.

WEEKEND Ultrachic

Thursdays: 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: 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.

Thursdays: Four Seasons Doha. It’s never too late to chill out, Pool Grill continues for the 2nd month at this most awaited Beach Bar Lounge, literally footsteps away from the most exclusive private beaches in Doha. 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 the sparkling Arabian Gulf at night. From 7:00 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. For more information, call 4494-8888.

DJ Roger Choueiry at 7

Thursdays and Fridays: La Cigale. 7 Nightclub presents a special DJ mix party with the renowned DJ Roger Choueiry, on board. From 9:00 p.m till 2:00 a.m. No entrance fee for ladies with one drink on the house! For more information, call 4428-8665 (Membership required).

Resident DJ Bruno @ Wahm

Thursdays and Fridays (plus Wednesdays and Saturdays): W Doha. DJ Bruno brings you the best chilled tunes. From 10:00 p.m. till 2:00 a.m. For more information, call 4453-5135.

Sparkling Fridays at The Lounge

Fridays: Kempinski Residences & Suites, Doha. Ladies receive two complimentary glasses of bubbles. 7:00 p.m. till 2:00 a.m. For more information, call 4405 3325 or email thelounge.doha@kempinski.com.


ENTERTAINMENT & NIGHTLIFE LISTINGS

FIX with Suzee X

Fridays: InterContinental Doha. DJ Suzee X plays only the latest house and techno all night long. For more information, call 4484-4444.

Carnival Party

Fridays: W Doha. Enjoy a carnival party at Crystal with the DJ’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.

Salsa & Candela

Fridays: Sharq Village & Spa. Latin sounds set the scene for a lively evening. QR 85 per person including a welcome drink. From 9:00 p.m. till 12:00 a.m. For more information, call 4425-6666.

May Jazz

Fridays: Mövenpick Hotel Doha. Friday 4th, Chris Coull Quartet – bebop and modern jazz from the father of Doha Jazz himself! Friday 11th, Jack and Gala – funk and jazz fusion. Friday 18th, Keith Wilson quartet – jazz favourites from Doha’s #1 saxophonist, Fri 25th, Deja Blues – The best in rhythm and blues. For more information, call 4429-1111 or visit www.moevenpick-doha.com.

Rhythm & Oysters

Fridays: 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: W Doha. Pure Arabian magic! All the latest Arabic tunes. East meets West with DJ Imran spinning the latest commercial tunes. For more information, call 4453-5135 or BBM 26E78A27.

Sip & Savour

Saturdays - Thursdays: 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.

Mother’s Day Listings Ex-pats in Doha, listen up! Celebrate International Mother’s Day this May and let Mom know just how much you love her with these special events. Give Mom a Special Gift

Tues 1st – Thurs 31st: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Mothers always say, “It’s better to give than to receive.” But sometimes you get to do both. Of course, this is a good Mother’s Day Gift but you can also use this opportunity to purchase a gift for your friends. 25% off selected Spa packages. Gift voucher may not be used in conjunction with other packages or offers. Gift voucher is valid only between May, 2012 and September, 2012. For more information, call 4484-8000.

The Grand Signature Massage

Tues 1st – Thurs 31st: Grand Heritage Doha. Soothe and calm Mom’s body and mind as this signature massage eases tired muscles. It begins with refreshing towels gently wrapped around your feet, continuing to melt away stress and tension with medium pressure to increase circulation, ending with a calming face massage. 60 minutes costs QR 500 (special offer receive 20% discount). For more information, call 4445-5555.

Mom and Daughter Afternoon Tea

Wed 9th: Sharq Village & Spa. What nicer place to snuggle down for an afternoon of girlie chat and delicious cakes and tea than the stylish Lobby Lounge. QR 145 per person. From 2:30 p.m. till 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 4425-6666 or email rc.dohsq.reservations@ritzcarlton.com.

Mother’s Day Brunch

Fri 11th: Marriott Doha. Treat your Mom to an unforgettable experience and say thank you by inviting her to a delicious Weekend Gallery Brunch, from 12:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. QR 299 for regular / QR 388 for bubbly. For more information, call 4429-8499 or email dinemarriottdoha@marriott.com.

Spoil Mom On Mother’s Day

Fri 11th: The West End at the Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel. Spoil Mom with this special Mother’s Day surprise brunch in Crossroads Kitchen. There’s a dedicated children’s entertainment zone with face painting, movies and games. From QR 215 including soft beverages between 12:00 p.m. till 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 4419-6100 or visit westenddoha.com.

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MOTHER’S DAY LISTINGS

Mother’s Brunch

Fri 11th: Grand Hyatt Doha. Treat all Mothers to The Grill and enjoy special attention from the team members and treats such as a complimentary welcome cocktail upon arrival. The chef, Cristian Buenrostro, will take very good care of your palate with a wide selection of the best dishes. Cherry on the cake: 15% off brunch for all Moms! For more information, call 4448-1240 or e-mail thegrill.ghdoha@hyatt.com.

Mother’s Day Eve Hi-Tea

Sat 12th: Holiday Villa Doha. At Lagenda international restaurant, 3 adults + 1 free ½ kg cake for each mother. QR 120 per adult, QR 60 per child (aged between 4-11 years). For more information, call 4408-4220.

Perfect Mother’s Day

Sun 13th: Oryx Rotana. Celebrate the most important woman in your life with Oryx Rotana’s bountiful buffet dinner at Choices. Conversation over a delicious dinner will take you back to those wonderful childhood years spent making and savouring food-time delicacies together. For more information, call 4402-3333.

Mommy and Me Afternoon Tea

Sun 13th: Ritz-Carlton Doha. The sweet treats of Executive Pastry Chef Jerome Bertoumieux are so popular that they had to save the date for you to enjoy International Mother’s Day with your loved ones in The Lobby Lounge. A special afternoon tea is served for Mommy, while kids benefit from a discounted price of QR 60. QR 95 per adult. From 2:00 p.m. till 5:00 p.m. Prior booking required. Complimentary for children under the age of four. For more information, call 4484-8505.

International Mother’s Day Dinners

Sun 13th: Marriott Doha. Choose from one of the award winning restaurants and give your mom a delicious gift she will always remember. Restaurant Gallery (Salsa, Taj Rasoi, Asia Live!): QR 175 (3-course menu). Cornice: QR 175 (buffet dinner). JW Steakhouse: QR 250 (3-course menu). From 6:30 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. For more information, call 4429-8499 or email dinemarriottdoha@marriott.com.

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Mother’s Day Dinner

Sun 13th: Grand Hyatt Doha. “All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother” Abraham Lincoln. Inspired by his own mother, our chef will combine selected ingredients to create a very special set menu at QR 250 per person, where all Moms will get a 15% discount plus a complimentary glass of bubbly or a Cosmopolitan. For more information, call 4448-1240 or e-mail thegrill.ghdoha@hyatt.com.

Mother’s Day 13 May

Sun 13th: Grand Hyatt Doha. As it will be a special day for all mothers, go and spend it in Biscotti for an intimate afternoon tea where delicious pastries prepared by the chef will complete your tête-à-tête. Every Mom will get a 50% discount, as well as a special gift for the occasion. For more information, call 4448-1282.


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Museum Laboratory: Art21 Access ‘12 Wed 16th: Mathaf: Arab Museum of

Louise Bourgeois: Conscious and Unconscious

Tues 1st – Thurs 31st: QMA Gallery, Building 10, Katara. Exhibition runs until June 1st. Monday to Thursday: 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Fridays: 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Saturdays: 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Sundays: closed. For more information, visit www.qma.org.qa/exhibitions/lb/.

Modern Art. Just how do you engage communities around modern and contemporary art? How do you make people feel excited about art? During this evening of experimental thinking, we screen a special episode of Art21 on the innovative artist El Anatsui, as part of the Art21 Access ’12 international program. After the screening, participants engage in break-out groups to debate the value of art in our community, providing directed suggestions to the museum for how to shape future programming. From 6:00 p.m till 8:00 p.m. Price: Free. Language: English. For more information, email mathaf_education@qma.org.qa.

Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet Sat 26th: Opera House, Katara

Art Exhibition ‘Sketch of Life’

Tues 1st – Sat 26th: Al Markhiya Gallery. By four Sudani artists: Hussein Salim, Islam Kamil, Mutaz Elemam and Nur Elhadi. Saturdays-Thursdays 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m., Fridays 4:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m., or by appointment. Free admission. For more information, call Anas or Heather at 4442-8007 or 6600-8750.

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Cultural Village. Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra David Afkham, conductor, Saleem Abboud Ashkar, piano. Musical selections include Saygun: Suite Op. 14 Mendelssohn: Rondo brillant, Op. 29 Saint-Saëns: Africa, Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 89 Prokofiev: From Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64: Montagues & Capulets, The Young Juliet, Masks, Romeo & Juliet, Morning Dance, Dance of the Girls With Lilies, Death of Tybalt, Juliet’s Death, Juliet’s Funeral. Starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.qatarphilharmonicorchestra.org.

A Night At The Oscars

Fri 18th: American School of Doha. A night of your favourite music from the big screen performed by the Doha Community Orchestra. Including Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and many more of your favourites! Starts at 7:00 p.m. Tickets cost QR 50. For more information, visit www.dohaorchestra.com. 39


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Royal Gift

By Victoria Scott Photos courtesy of the Qatar Museums Authority

The Museum of Islamic Art explores the act of gift-giving in the Islamic Courts with its latest travelling exhibit ‘Gifts of the Sultan’. QH delves into the past to examine how these simple gestures of honouring and respect transcend through the ages to remain an important part of the culture of the Arab world.

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(necessary to preserve the ancient artifacts on show), the jewels glisten and the gold glows. Age has certainly not withered the beauty of these objects.

e all love presents. Indeed, the act of giving and receiving gifts – and the pleasure it gives us – is a universal experience. No matter where we come from in the world and no matter what our faith or ethnicity, a beautiful, thoughtful present is a joy to us all. It’s this delightful part of human nature that’s celebrated in the Museum of Islamic Art’s new temporary exhibition, ‘Gifts of the Sultan: The Arts of Giving at the Islamic Courts.’ On show is Islamic art gifted from the 8th century until the modern day. The collection, which was conceived by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), was first shown in L.A. and then Houston before opening its doors in Doha in March. Qatar’s exhibition is somewhat unique, however. Visitors in Doha can see an additional 16 works from the MIA’s own collection, and crucially can also see a selection of objects on loan from The State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, Russia. William Greenwood, curatorial co-ordinator at the MIA for the Doha exhibition, explains. “As exhibitions go from place to place, they tend to change,

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The show is divided into three broad sections: personal gifts, religious donations and diplomatic gifts. I’m drawn into the personal gifts section, an enclosed area decorated with arches which deliberately echo I.M. Pei’s now iconic design for the MIA. Here there are some stunning pieces of jewellery, with ornate solid gold belts particularly catching my eye. There’s also an impressive brass celestial globe - a threedimensional map of the stars - made in Iran

reflecting both different exhibition spaces and the requirements of the lenders. The MIA was lucky enough to get loans from Russian institutions which the American venues couldn’t get, as well as introducing a much larger number of pieces from the MIA collection.” Consequently, visitors to the MIA exhibition are the first to see the collection as it was originally envisaged. And what a treat it is. Despite the dim lighting


SPOTLIGHT ON ARTS & CULTURE in the 13th century and eventually gifted to British soldier Sir John Malcolm in the 19th century, on loan from the British Museum. The stories these objects have to tell must be myriad. Next, I examine the diplomatic gifts. Amongst this treasure trove there are ancient chess and backgammon boards, bejewelled daggers, and intricately embroidered clothing. There’s also a section dedicated to animals given as gifts and it seems exotic beasts were the order of the day. One drawing, dating back to the 15th century, shows Timur, the Central Asian warlord, being presented with a giraffe, the first time he’d encountered such an animal. Also in this section are prints showing human gifts – concubines and slaves, a sad reminder of less enlightened times. Finally, I move to the section showing pious donations. These include beautiful furnishings and manuscripts of the Qur’an which were part of the endowment of a religious institution through a charitable trust (waqf.) Most impressive of all for me is a door covering for the Ka’ba, the cubical building at the centre of the great mosque in Mecca. The Ka’ba is draped annually with a new embroidered veil (kiswa), and supplying this covering is a great honour. This example is the door curtain (sitara), made in Egypt in the 19th century. It’s five metres high and nearly three metres wide, made of black silk embroidered with silver wire with red and green silk appliqués. It’s stunning.

of erecting temporary shrines to their dead; he says this is a gift from the living to the dead to preserve their memory. It’s a moving work that packs a real punch. It’s a very personal end to what is, in effect, a personal exhibition, as it’s a collection of gifts given from one person to another, clearly with a great deal of thought involved. A universal human experience that leads, says Greenwood, to a show with universal appeal, suitable for all ages and cultures.

Gifts of the Sultan: The Arts of Giving at the Islamic Courts is open at the Museum of Islamic Art until June 2nd. Tickets are QR 25 and children under 16 and students can enter for free. Visit www.mia.org.qa for more information.

“It focuses on what unites people rather than what separates them.”

Then at the end, a surprise. The show’s curators asked four modern artists to produce new work interpreting the show’s theme and the results are striking. The stand-out piece to my mind is ‘Always in our Thoughts’ by Iraqi artist Sadegh Tirafkan. Deported from Iraq to Iran at the age of six and a member of the youth militia in the Iran-Iraq War, Tirafkan experienced loss at an early age. Tirafkan’s contribution to the exhibition is a collection of columns standing over two metres high, each lit up, covered in cloth and glass, and containing a photograph of someone the artist has lost. He’s referencing an Iranian tradition

“The show’s strength is that it approaches Islamic art something which many people don’t know about and might not think that they were interested in - via a concept which has universal appeal - giving and receiving gifts,” he tells me. “It focuses on what unites people rather than what separates them. Children will love it too - especially the animal gifts section. The focus on the objects themselves, rather than lots of explanatory text, also makes it more child-friendly.”

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The Heartstrings of Paraguay By Laura Prior Photography by Jessie Palanca

It’s the beginning of a new era of luxury in Qatar with the opening of the grand St. Regis Hotel, Doha last month and with it they bring us a gift in the form of resident harpist Raquel Lebron. QH sat down with the international star as she explains to us her passion for music and of the life-long love affair she has with her national instrument, the Paraguayan Harp – the first of its kind to be heard in Qatar.

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t’s evening at the St. Regis, Doha; a lavish yet welcoming setting made even more so by the enveloping tones of what I’m sure is a harp...but it sounds different somehow. Perhaps an electric harp or a Spanish guitar even? I’m drawn to the sound through the flowerfilled, candle-lit lobby and a perfectly poised figure is revealed. That figure is Raquel Lebron - the hotel’s resident harpist and yes, it is a harp, but definitely one that I’ve never seen or heard of before. I want to find out more so when Raquel finishes her set I approach her and we settle down to chat like friends. Paraguayan born and bred, Raquel explains: ‘’Yes, you are right to notice the difference in sound and size,” she says. “It’s because the Paraguayan harp is different from any other harp. Even the technique in which we play is different.’’ Now I’m even more intrigued so I ask her to go on ‘’It’s because it is a ‘diatonic’ instrument which means it only has the white notes. You have to create the black notes with this special ring I wear.” She shows me the aid on her finger and smiles while continuing, ‘’The Paraguayan harp has developed over many hundreds of years and as a solo instrument can produce a more powerful sound. It’s more of a folk instrument as opposed to a classical one and can fill any space confidently,” she assures me.

nine. When my father bought my mother a harp for her birthday she would focus on me, teaching me all that she had learned.’’ But Raquel did not always enjoy her practice time. ‘’I hated it at first as my parents were so strict. I wanted to be out playing with my friends. The instrument was expensive and so were the lessons, so I was obligated. Since then my life has been with my harp.’’ Raquel is first and foremost a concert performer. ‘’I have played many venues but I remember I was the first female harpist to solo at the Opera House in Wiesbaden, Germany. The pay was terrible but the experience was great!’’ she giggles. ‘’Here at the St.Regis, Doha I play a wide variety of music from pop to film soundtracks to boleros, blues and jazz. It’s fantastic because they allow me to play music from my country, which also gives the guests a unique listening experience. In Qatar they have never seen a harp like this and I like that because it’s something new. It teaches you how to grow as an artist. I am very happy here. ‘’

“Even to this day I am always seeking people who can teach me something – technique or repertoire.”

Raquel seems to embody everything one might imagine a harpist to be: poised, elegant and softly- spoken with a hint of romanticism. Her feelings about the harp echo this too. ‘’It’s an angel’s instrument,” she says. “It’s pure, perfect, beautiful and for me it suggests all the best of feelings.’’ Clearly she has had many experiences that make up a journey with this instrument. I ask her when and how it all began. ‘’Actually, my story is quite a sad one but without going into detail, I am a survivor,” she says. “I have survived with my harp. I started playing the piano at the age of seven and then the harp with my sister at

Clearly humble, I ask Raquel about her own talent and she focuses again on the bigger picture of national pride. ‘’I do not know if I am talented, but I was always very dedicated,” she says. “This native instrument is part of my passion and love for my country. It is a symbol of Paraguay and it makes me proud that I can be privileged to show its beauty over the world.’’ Many musicians I have met in the past speak of sacrifices and rewards in music so I ask for Raquel’s personal views on this and she doesn’t disappoint. ‘’Yes, it’s a way of living – your instrument is like a religion. Sometimes you have to be so dedicated, it’s not easy but what I get from it is salvation. Only when I’m playing the harp I can be in peace. I forget all my problems, only in those moments. All harpists will tell you the same thing. I feel closer to God when I play too – I ask Him to come to me when I play. He is playing and I am only a vehicle for Him to pass through. It’s part of me.’’

It sounds like Raquel will tug at the heartstrings of audiences for a long time as she plans more tours of South America with her band and continues to work hard towards fulfilling a burning ambition to one day get signed by mega label Sony. ‘’You can never stop learning this instrument,” she adds. “Even to this day I am always seeking people who can teach me something – technique or repertoire. I will always want more and will continue to play ‘til my last day.’’ Raquel has also set up her own harpist agency, Lebron Entertainment, to develop and promote harpists all over the world – so let’s hope the Paraguayan harp harks on. Hear Raquel performing live each evening from 15:00 to 17:00 and 19:00 to 21:00 at the St. Regis Hotel Doha until July

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Art and Culture Coming to a 3D Screen Near You! By Laura Prior

As part of a futuristic competition a group of senior students at Texas A & M University here in Qatar are cultivating cultures - in a whole new dimension! QH caught up with them and their Professor Dr. Othmane Bouhali to find out how we could soon be experiencing Qatar’s museum and art attractions in glorious 3D. Goggles at the ready...

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e don’t know about you, but the team here at QH just loves a good movie in 3D and now the students involved in an annual engineering project known as ‘3D Visualization Development’ are using similar technology to bring Qatar’s art and culture to life.

Amidst the run-up to finals, Electrical Engineering students Lolwa Al-Sayegh and Hamad Saed Al-Seliman accompanied by mentor and Professor Dr. Bouhali met with us in what they dub ‘the cave’ – the special, state-of-the-art viewing suite at the university where 3D projects are tested and viewed leading up to this month’s competition. Dr. Bouhali explains: “Now in its fourth year, the competition gives students the chance to develop a 3D virtual or augmented reality project, encouraging them to push the boundaries in this still relatively new field. This year has been especially competitive - the committee really have their work cut out!’’

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Students Lolwa and Hamad, two members of their six -strong team, are more than eager to tell us all about their concept. ‘’The project is called ‘Beyond 3D Technology – Virtual Museum’ and basically we’re trying to catalogue different art pieces into 3D format,” says Lolwa. “Then we’re going to design a virtual museum in which to display the art pieces.” ‘’We are using a special programme called ‘Connect’ in which the user can use his body movement to move around the museum,” adds Hamad. Dr. Bouhali breaks down the process for us ‘non-tech-heads’... ‘’The first thing is to define the model, and then we go to a simple design. Once the model is established we move it to 3D-modelling using a variety of software; we have the technology to give the depth perception to create the 3D data in such a way to be able to have the 3D experience. Obviously the user would have to have the technology that supports 3D at their side too. After that base work is done we can maintain and build on what we have.’’

Phew! Thanks Dr. - but aren’t there different formats and uses for 3D technology? ‘’There are two strings to this, yes,” says Bouhali. “First is ‘virtual reality’. For example pilots are trained in virtual reality simulators. The same can be applied to teaching students how to react in critical safety situations in the oil and gas industry. Secondly we have ‘augmented reality’ which is a mixture between the reality and the virtual. This is used for example in training surgeons and doctors at the Qatar Robotic Surgery Center. They can use the physical device to practice on ‘virtual’ organs before they are introduced to the real thing. This is the future and invaluable training which we encourage here at the university.’’ Hamad explains the challenges they faced during the development of their own project: “At the beginning we were a bit skeptical as it was especially difficult to create realistic environments in which to shape the models, but with hard work and help from the IT department we have thankfully come on leaps and bounds’’ He is keen to highlight the benefits for


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with commercial potential so it really is great. At the university we are great advocates that technology can be used to enrich culture in many ways, and this is a fantastic example of that.’’ Professor Dr. Othmane Bouhali the user of such a program too. ‘’The user gains so much as it emulates the ‘real’ museum atmosphere and he or she can move through the museum, too. The fantastic feature is that they can use it as a virtual information pack where they can interactively find out all the information about each item.” So what was the motivation behind the project? Lolwa: ‘’We wanted to do something new and promote the culture in our country,” says Lolwa. “We did a study at the Museum of Islamic Art and the majority of visitors had not heard of the Museum much so we need to promote it and this is a great way to do so as everything will be uploaded online – giving it international appeal with a local focus.’’ ‘’People who are in other parts

of the world can experience our country from outside of it,” adds Hamad. “Some users who may not have access to the Museum or are not mobile can ‘visit’ the museum online. This makes the information very accessible’’ In such a fast-paced technological environment though, can such a project be technically and commercially viable while still being current? Lolwa is quick to answer: ‘’We’re pitching the idea to all Museums in Qatar as it has wide appeal. But this program has many benefits and can be used by companies such as engineering or oil and gas in safety and modelling for example, basically categorizing anything into 3D formats.’’ Dr. Bouhali feels the same: ‘’In the case of this culture-focused project it can have multiple applications

‘’People who are in other parts of the world can experience our country from outside of it,” adds Hamad. “

So are Lolwa, Hamad and their team feeling confident as the date for pitching their project against the others draws near? Hamad reflects: “If we win the competition, who knows what could happen as there is so much potential to develop it further. We are proud as young Qataris to bring this idea to life for the first time. It’s a long-term project but this competition has given us the inspiration, push and drive to get it off to a flying start. We are confident there will be demand and support for potential stakeholders out there to bring it to the market.’’ Could it be that we might see this project rolled out to market, then? ‘’Technologywise we are now shifting towards 3D format,” says Dr. Bouhali. “After the competition the hard work really starts but the fact that this is a local project makes me hopeful those stakeholders will come.’’ Winners will be revealed on May 7th at a special Gala Dinner Awards Ceremony at the university. Check in with QH next month to see which project will be coming to a 3D screen near you. Good luck to all the candidates! 45


ARTS & CULTURE Bob Ross, Conductor

Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra Brings

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his month, concert-goers at Katara will have the chance to experience a two-night showcase on May 1920 as the QPO celebrates ‘Night of the Proms’ in Qatar, a century-old festival of music that closes out the Promenade Concerts in London each year. The showcase will likely end with audiences waving the Union Jack to the best of British music. Headlining this year’s event in Doha is conductor Bob Ross, the renowned Scottish whirlwind and featured soprano Gala El Hadidi. Both Ross and El Hadidi come from rich musical backgrounds; Ross has been winning national competitions since he was a schoolboy, learning to play the horn in brass bands. He studied at the Royal Scottish Academy from 1971-1974, receiving awards for conducting and musical composition. He won a German scholarship to study in Cologne where he eventually would audition for the horn section of the Wiesbaden Opera, the Essen Philharmonic and the Munich Philharmonic, performing with all three over the decades and remaining with the Munich Philharmonic today. He has also created his own ensemble ‘Blechschaden’ with his colleagues from Munich and the group went on to win Germany’s ‘Echo’ record prize two times. 46

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Gala El Hadidi’s love and study of music also began at a young age; she joined the Cairo Opera Company when she was 18 and has never looked back. Studying with world-class mezzo-sopranos Marilyn Horne and Teresa Berganza as part of several master-class studies she undertook, El Hadidi recently completed a second Masters degree in Opera Performance from Yale University, working under the tutelage of soprano Doris Yarick-Cross. El Hadidi also received a scholarship to study at the prestigious International Bach Academy in Stuttgart in 2005, and in 2009 she made her debut at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage as a participant of the Conservatory Project in Washington D.C Combining their talents on-stage, both Ross and El Hadidi will be accompanied by solo tubist Javier Castano Medina and the full ensemble of the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra. Tickets for ‘Night of the Proms’ can be purchased from Virgin Megastores at Landmark and Villaggio malls, online at www.virginmegastore.me or directly at the Opera House at Katara. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m.

‘NIGHT OF THE PROMS’ MUSICAL HIGHLIGHTS Elgar: ‘Pomp and Circumstance’ No.4 in G major Vaughan Williams: ‘English Folksong’ Suite Donizetti: ‘Lucrezia Borgia: Il segreto per esser felici’ Glinka: Overture to ‘Russlan and Ludmilla’ Fauré: ‘Pavane’, op.50 Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro: Non, so piu cosa son’ Arnold: ‘Four Scottish Dances’, op.59 Bizet: Carmen’, Act 1 Prelude Bizet: Carmen, L’Amour Est Un Oiseau Rebelle’ Vaughan Williams: Concerto in F minor for Tuba and Orchestra’, 2nd and 3rd Movements Stolz: ‘Venus in Seide: Spiel auf deiner Geieg das Lied von Leid und Lust’ Arnold: ‘Tam O’Shanter’ Overture, Op.51


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Culture at Katara

Katara Cultural Village is the largest and the most multi-dimensional cultural project in Qatar. It’s a place where people come together to experience the diversity of the world. With beautiful theatres, concert halls, exhibition galleries and cutting-edge facilities, Katara aims to become a world leader for multicultural activities. QH takes you on a journey of exploration with all the event information you’ll need to make the most of your visit this May.

MAY 1-14 Andares Ana María García Montero 10.00 a.m. – 10.00 p.m. Katara Gallery Bldg.18 Under the name ANDARES (‘Gait’), Peruvian artist Ana María García Montero shows us the world of the Peruvian Paso Horse. Created only with her cameras and photographic lenses, her unique overview and great artistic sensitivity seduces audiences as they get to know these wonderful animals in their own environment. MAY 8-JUNE 9 Between Gestalt and Structuralism Dr Shetha F. AlNumah 10.00 a.m. – 10.00 p.m. Katara Gallery 2, Bldg.19 48

Coming from an academic, artistic family, Dr. Shetha is an artist fascinated with the positive and negative distribution of the elements in art composition – a pillar of many studies and methodologies in human art productions including Gestalt and the Structuralism. Dr. Shetha expresses her stories from Iraq and Armenia through this format, talking about her country and its cultural legacy through the use of circles and curves. MAY 10-JUNE 9 Coastal Promenade Camille Zakharia 10.00 a.m. – 10.00 p.m., Katara Gallery1 Bldg.19 Camille Zakharia is a photographer commissioned to conduct a photographic documentation of the varied coastal areas of the Kingdom of Bahrain. The project was part of the Bahraini pavilion of the Architectural Venice Biennial, winning the prestigious Golden Lion Award and

acclaimed by local and international critics. Zakharia explores segments of daily life activities while reflecting on the broader issues related to the notions of home, identity and belonging in the context of the globalized condition. APRIL 30 -MAY 4 Katara Festival for Music and Dialogue 2012 8.00 p.m.,Opera House - Bldg.16 Katara proudly presents the worldfamous pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra at the Katara Festival for Music and Dialogue 2012. Leading international bass vocalist René Pape will join Daniel Barenboim for a Lieder recital at the Opera House of Katara. The program for the Katara Festival for Music and Dialogue runs until May 4th.


ARTS & CULTURE MAY 8-14 Katara, DFI World Cinema Series 8 May 5.30 p.m. And 8.30 p.m. 9 May 9.00 p.m. 10 May 5.30 p.m. And 8.30 p.m. 11 May 5.30 p.m. And 8.30 p.m. 12 May 3.30 p.m. 13 May 5.30 p.m. And 8.30 p.m. 14 May 5.30 p.m. And 8.30 p.m. Film lovers won’t have to wait until the next Doha Tribeca Film Festival to see the best in quality cinema from around the globe. Katara is partnering with the Doha Film Institute to present a series of film screenings throughout 2012, launching in May with a one-week season of the highly acclaimed dramatic thriller ‘Take Shelter’. Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself. Daily screenings from Tuesday 8th May to Monday 14th May. MAY 2-5 Senyar Festival Qatari heritage, handed down from generation to generation, has always been an integral part of the Arab Islamic heritage of the Arabian Peninsula and since ancient times the sea has played a vital role in the daily life of Qatar. Fishing and pearl-diving were main sources of income in the pre–oil era. Katara will host the four-day Traditional Fishing and Pearl Competition envisioned to establish a platform to revive one of the key traditional elements of the Gulf.

MAY 27 Borusan Quartet and Ozgur Mert Esen 7.30 p.m., Drama Theater - Bldg.16 This Turkish group, founded in 2005 under the guidance of Maestro Gürer Aykal, features leaders of the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to their regular performances at the Süreyya Opera House in Kadıköy, Istanbul, their show at Katara will take audiences on a journey to seven countries with the Borusan Quartet in the first half and Turkish piano virtuoso Ozgur Mert Esen in the second.

MAY 11-12 Photography Workshop 10.00 a.m. – 10.00 p.m. Accompanying the exhibition ANDARES, a workshop directed by Peruvian artist Ana Maria Garcia Montero, will take place at Katara in conjunction with the Katara Cultural Affairs Department’s Visual Arts Education Program. The workshop will have theoretic and fieldwork components, focusing on wildlife photography and its artistic element potential. MAY 18-19 Tango with Iñaki Urlezaga 7.30 p.m., Drama Theater - Bldg.16 For the first time in Qatar Iñaki Urlezaga presents an amazing performance of ‘Tango’ with his Ballet Concierto. This spectacle highlights Iñaki’s artistic potential qualities, the perfection of his technique and the excellent acting interpretation. ‘Tango’ is choreographed by Mora Godoy and J.M. Firmani, using expressions of both modern and traditional styles in combination with techniques of classical ballet. Master melodies by Astor Piazzolla and Gustavo Santaolalla accompany the piece.

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ARTS & CULTURE LISTINGS

ONE OF A KIND Gifts of the Sultan

Tues 1st – Thurs 31st: Museum of Islamic Art. Exhibition running till June 2nd. Sunday to Wednesday: 10:30 a.m. till 5:30 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays: 12:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m., Fridays: 2:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m., Tuesdays: closed. Admission QR 25 (free admission for students and children under 16). For more information, visit www.qma.org.qa/exhibitions/gifts/.

Murakami Ego

Tues 1st – Thurs 31st: ALRIWAQ exhibition space, located next to the Museum of Islamic Art. Exhibition runs until June 24th. Sunday to Wednesday: 10:30 a.m. till 5:30 p.m., Thursdays and Saturdays: 12:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m., Fridays: 2:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m., Tuesdays: closed. Admission QR 25 (free admission for students and children under 16). For more information, visit www.qma.org.qa/exhibitions/ego/index.html.

Cai Guo Qiang: Saraab

Tues 1st – Sat 26th: Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art. Tuesday to Thursday: 11:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m., Fridays: 3:00 p.m. till 9:00 p.m., Saturdays: 11:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m., Mondays: closed. For more information, visit www.mathaf.org.qa/mathaf_cai_home.html.

Chamber Music Series: Tchaikovsky Piano Trio

Mon 9th: Opera House, Katara Cultural Village. Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra. Eugen Bold, violin, Hassan Moataz, cello, Sonja Park, piano, Shostakovich: Piano Trio, Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio. Starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.qatarphilharmonicorchestra.org

Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony

Sat 12th: Opera House, Katara Cultural Village. Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra. Ahmed El Saedi, conductor, Francesco Tristano, piano, Brahms: Haydn Variations, Bach: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in D Minor, BWV 1052, Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67. Starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.qatarphilharmonicorchestra.org. 52

Artist Encounters with Talal Al Qassemi

Sun 13th – Wed 23rd: Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art. Join ceramicist and Qatari artist Talal Al Qassemi in a 7-day workshop that explores clay techniques. Get fired up for a great time and learn more about Talal’s artistic process. Using the artwork ‘Fragile’ from the ‘Cai GuoQiang: Saraab’ exhibition as the basis of your inspiration, you’ll get to experiment with clay and create different forms and figures. 4:00 p.m. till 7:00 p.m. Price: Free. Language Arabic. For more information, email mathaf_education@qma.org.qa.

Chamber Music Series: From Baroque to Rock

Wed 23rd: Opera House, Katara Cultural Village. Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra. Bob Ross, conductor, Gideon Seidenberg, horn, Daniel Edelhoff, trumpet, Joris Laenen, trumpet, Tomoki Kirita, trumpet, Phillipp Rebmann, trumpet, Dimo Pishtyalov, trombone, James Kent, trombone, Norbert Zakó, trombone, Mátyás Veér, trombone, Javier Castano Medina, tuba, Ferdinand Schäfer, percussion. Starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.qatarphilharmonicorchestra.org.

Chamber Music Series: Shostakovich and Shokry

Wed 16th: Opera House, Katara Cultural Village. Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra. Islam Nour Eldin El-Hefnawy, violin, Mohamed Sharara, violin, Islam Abd El-Aziz, viola, Hassan Moataz El-Molla, cello, Hosam Hagag, double bass. Shokry: Al Forsan String Quartet, Dvořák: String Quintet No. 2 in G major, Opus 77, Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 8 in C Major, Op. 110. Starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.qatarphilharmonicorchestra.org.

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Mathaf Voices Tours

Sat 19th and Sun 20th: Opera House, Katara Cultural Village. Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra. Bob Ross, conductor, Gala El Hadidi, soprano, Javier Castano Medina, tuba, Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance No.4 in G major, Vaughan Williams: English Folksong Suite,Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia: Il segreto per esser felici, Glinka: Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla, Fauré: Pavane, Op.50, Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro: Non, so piu cosa son, Arnold: Four Scottish Dances, Op.59, Bizet: Carmen, Act 1 Prelude, Bizet: Carmen, L’Amour Est Un Oiseau Rebelle, Vaughan Williams: Concerto in F minor for Tuba and Orchestra, 2nd and 3rd Movements, Stolz: Venus in Seide: Spiel auf deiner Geieg das Lied von Leid und Lust, Arnold: Tam O’Shanter Overture, Op.51. Starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.qatarphilharmonicorchestra.org.

Saturdays: Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art. Join Mathaf Voices interns for special tours of exhibitions, held in English and Arabic. 12:00 p.m and 4:00 p.m. Price: Free. Tours are first-come, first-serve. Please arrive early to ensure space. For more information, email mathaf_education@qma.org.qa.

DAILY Visual & Studio Arts

Daily: IAID. The visual and studio arts program is a progressive course from Beginners, Advance, Fine Arts 1 and 2 that covers colour theory, art styles, drawing and painting techniques, shapes and figures, visual art perception and portraits with the use of various art mediums. For more information, call 4432-0974 or 6671-0589 or email enquire@iaidonline.org.


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World Environment Day Fri 25th: IAID. Schools and colleges all over Qatar are looking forward to the most awaited and biggest painting contest, with the theme of ‘Save the Environment’. Other celebrations until June 5th. For more information, email wed2012@iaidonline.org.

Project Qatar 2012

Tues 1st - Thurs 3rd: Doha Exhibition Center. This highly successful show is the 9th International Trade Construction, Building, Environmental Technology and Materials Exhibition. The event attracts key buyers and industry leaders looking for the most up-to-date technology and state-ofthe art equipment available on the market. For more information on show hours and exhibitors, visit www.projectqatar.com.

Doha Mums 3rd Annual Summer Market

Sat 26th: Ramada Plaza Doha. In addition to local vendors from Dubai and Abu Dhabi, several brand new vendors are traveling from the U.A.E. and other fabulous sellers from all over the region! From 12:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. For further information, visit www.dohamums.com or email summermarket@dohamums.com.

Prof. Philip Kotler Seminar Songs of Hope and Joy

Fri 11th: Auditorium of the College of the North Atlantic Qatar. Concert presented by The Doha Singers with the Desert Wind Flute Choir. Starts at 6:00 p.m. Tickets cost QR 50 (under age 16 is QR 30) available from dohasingers@gmail.com and branches of 51 East.

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Coming May/June: Grand Hyatt Doha. The #1 Marketing Professor in the World, marketing guru Philip Kotler will be in Qatar for the first time in a full-day Certified Training Session with Gala Dinner on the same night (for VIP tickets). For more information, visit www.innoverto.com/philipkotler.


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The Country You Only Thought You Knew By Ashlee Starratt and Jorge Granda

This month QH brings you the best hidden gems from around the nation so you can venture the paths less-traveled and do it on a budget. With so much more to Qatar than just Doha, we thought it was time to show tourists and residents a whole new side of adventure in this desert state. Here are our top picks for unique outdoor activities and historic destinations. NATURAL WONDERS

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Umm Tais National Park

This biologically-diverse sector makes up the entire northwestern quarter of Qatar. It’s here in this vast rolling space where Arabian gazelles and oryx (the national animal of Qatar) roam free. The remoteness of the location has allowed the natural ecosystems to remain relatively untouched and well-preserved for safari-goers. If traveling outside of a tour group, pack lots of water, snacks, proper navigation equipment and an extra few cans of gasoline before venturing out in the remote desert. Always make sure the weather is clear before embarking; getting caught in a sandstorm in the desert can be a potentially hazardous and disorienting experience.

Located on the north-east tip of the country near Ruwais, this island sanctuary is home to mangrove forests, diverse marine and bird life, and is the nesting grounds for sea turtles. Designated as the country’s first national nature reserve during the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, the locale also boasts the remains of the ancient village of Al Mafyar and its houses and mosque. The Qatar Museum Authority has plans to restore these to their original condition so tourists can see what life was like in on this desert isle centuries ago, plans for the development of a visitor centre and research facility are also underway. Digging for Desert Roses Near the Saudi border and the town of Al Shahaniya are rolling salt-pan flats that have hidden treasures for those who are willing to invest a little elbow grease. Digging below the surface of the flats can turn up some incredible geological formations, known as ‘desert roses’. These clusters of gypsum rock-crystal have been found for centuries in this region of the country due to the sandy, windy conditions that shape the rock into the rosette formations that have made them famous as collectibles. 56

Getting there: Navigating on one’s own can be tricky, but the Qatar Natural History Group offers guided tours and rambles to many of the above destinations for members. To apply for membership visit www.qnhg.org. Yearly rates are QR 50/year for a single membership and QR 100/year for families. Qatar International Tours also has a guided Desert Roses Safari package that you book at www.qittour.com.


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LIVING HISTORY Qatar is a small country with a big history, boasting some of the oldest forts in the region. Unique in style with many different shapes and forms the remnants of these battlements chronicle the rise of Qatar through the ages. Umm Salal Mohammed Fort The Umm Salal Mohammed Fort was constructed in the 19th century and is strategically located 20 km north of Doha. Its particular design and structure makes it one of the most beautiful and unique former residential forts in the country. Visitors to Umm Salal can also explore the nearby Barzan Tower which was built as a watchtower against potential Ottoman invaders. Location: Umm Salal Mohammed Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m. till 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. till 7:00 P.M. weekly.

Al Rakiya Fort

Al Zubara Fort Without a doubt Al Zubara Fort is one of the most impressive structures in Qatar. Its design evokes the feeling of being inside a palace from the 14th century, even though it was built in 1938 as a coast guard station. To reach this spectacular piece of architecture you will have to travel 105 km from Doha. It’s highly recommended to go in a four-wheel drive vehicle as the path to reach the fort is quite rocky. Relying on the expertise of archaeologists and antiquity experts, Al Zubara has now been reconstituted as a museum with the exact specifications to preserve its historic appearance. Location: Al Zubara Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m. till 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. till 7:00 p.m. weekly.

Al Rakiya is probably the oldest fort in the country, believed to have been built between the 17th and 19th centuries and restored to its original condition in 1988. The shape of the fort is reflective of the traditional Qatari battlement structure, with a rectangular shape and made entirely out of mud and stone. Al Rakiya makes a great day-trip since it is also opposite Al Zubara Fort. Be sure to drop by the nearby camel farm on your way back in case you’re feeling extra adventurous and fancy a bumpy ride! Location: Rakiya Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m. till 1:00 p.m. weekly. For more information on things to do and places to go in outside Doha visit the Qatar Tourism Authority website at: www.qatartourism.gov.qa. 57


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By Alex Corey

For all its sandy splendour a new kind of ‘green’ is sprouting in Qatar. QH examines how an invigorated focus on the environment is taking hold across the nation as the country shifts towards an era of eco-consciousness.

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atar is nothing, if not ambitious. This small Gulf country is a rising star in the global economy, now sporting the highest GDP in the world and in politics is taking on a pivotal role in international affairs. What Qatar has achieved in two short decades is nothing less than impressive. The rapid development of infrastructure, education and healthcare systems alone speak volumes. Now, Qatar is bringing that same gusto to the environment. It’s going to be a struggle and admittedly the country may be arriving a little late to the game when the stakes are high. A 2007 UNDP Human Development report showed that Qatar had the highest C02 emissions per capita in the world. 58

Recently, local newspapers have said that Qatar has one of the highest water consumption rates in the world as well, averaging about 430 litres per person, per day. A staggering number when you consider both the financial and environmental costs associated with desalination, the process used to provide fresh water to the desert peninsula. However, Qatar has shown time and again that it can achieve any goal it sets for itself, no matter how lofty. So what exactly is going on to make Qatar more ‘green’ and how can you help? First of all, the government has started to implement important moves in line with its National Development Strategy. This includes, but is not limited to, the construction

of a Waste Management Facility that was due to be finished in November of last year. It’s also beginning to use treated effluent for some industrial uses of water, such as landscaping or growing animal fodder. They wisely started recycling programs in the local schools. Not only does this help with the immediate issues, but it also ensures that the next generation of Qatari’s and expatriates are exposed to a more environmentallyfriendly culture from the get-go. Qatar has also pledged to cut its C02 emissions, recently reducing its gas-flaring volume by 14% (despite an increase in production). In the fight against water consumption, Kahramaa is investigating and investing in both in-line leak-sealing (losses to be cut by 25% by 2016), as well as a tariff system that encourages conservation. Of course, a public awareness campaign would not hurt either!


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Fortunately there are multiple ways that you can also help make Qatar ‘greener’, ranging from joining a local environmental group, participating in events to raise awareness and even just doing small things at home. Firstly, you should make sure that any institution you are involved with takes part in Qatar’s blossoming recycling movement. “Schools, businesses and clubs can all arrange to have their paper and plastic recyclables picked up by contacting one of the following companies,” says Jennifer Strickland, Environmental Health instructor at the College of the North Atlantic. “Doha Plastics, (4431-4920) and Al Suwiadi Paper Factory are great places to start (6650-2094/66581134). You can also contact Al Haya Waste Management who can supply bags, bins and manage removal (3398-3969).”

Many hotels and companies regularly hold beach cleanups or events, such as the InterContinental’s recent ‘recycled raft race’ to raise funds and awareness to help clean up local environments. Maybe you want to do more though? Well, why not join SustainableQatar, a local volunteer group that “seeks to be a resource that empowers the community to environmental action by fostering awareness, skills and knowledge”. The group meets on a monthly basis and can be contacted at www.sustainableqatar.com. Of course, for those of us who are just too busy there are still many ways to help out. First of all, talk about it; it’s as simple as that. “The more people talk about, share ideas and communicate ways to live a more sustainable life, the more it is going to happen,” says Strickland. “There are any number of ways to reduce our carbon footprint every day. Many of these

strategies not only help the environment, but also your wallet! Simple things like keeping your car in good repair, cutting down on idling, (don’t leave your car on while shopping for two hours to keep it cool.) A lot of the air conditioners now have timers for when to come on. Why not turn it off when you leave for the day, and set the timer to have it come on an hour before you come home? While you’re at it, do you really need it set for a frigid 160 C? How about a more natural 220C? These seemingly small things make a huge difference when each individual effort is added up across the country.” From the local experts I talked to the biggest thing they mentioned was to be pro-active about it. Get out there, talk about it and live it; find out about events, organizations or other ways to help. Make sure your school, office or club recycles and let’s paint the town green! 59


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Q ATAR By Khalifa Saleh Haroon

As Qatar’s star continues to rise on the world stage, I Love Qatar looks back on how this tiny Gulf nation made its leap to greatness.

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atar’s a new country. You probably already know that, but I wanted to put things into perspective for everyone. Only 25 years ago, there wasn’t much here in Qatar; some guide books even went so far as calling Doha the most boring city in the world. There weren’t many shopping areas to go to, everything was much more flat and traffic certainly wasn’t the problem it is today. The education system was lacking and not many people wanted to come visit (if they even knew where the country was), and the advance of internet access was probably a few years behind neighbouring countries. (You know that I love my precious internet here at I Love Qatar!) That’s not to say that things were terrible; not at all. Communities were more tightknit, families visited each other much more often, people were more humble and things weren’t as fast-paced. You could say that of any developing nation. Qatar used to be a pearl-fishing country up until the 1940′s when large oil and gas fields were discovered. To date, many still think of Qatar as an oil-rich nation, but a majority of the country’s wealth comes from liquefied natural gas. It was only in 1971 that Qatar declared independence, 1999 that women were allowed to vote and 2005 that our constitution went into effect. Next year in 2013, we’re going to have our first national legislative elections. I’m not exaggerating when I say that you’re in Qatar at a great time. You’re witnessing a huge change in the nation 60

and a dramatic re-birth in the Middle East. People seem to forget that Qatar is quite a young country. Although we have skyscrapers, world- renowned universities and the extremely popular Al Jazeera, Qatar is still a developing nation. Qatari society, people’s mentalities and the physical landscape is changing – it’s like experiencing culture shock in your own backyard and it’s why a lot of Qataris wonder how this change is going to affect our culture and traditions. I often talk about how great it is that there are so many different nationalities here in Qatar. It reminds me of the story of the ancient cross-roads between the Middle East, Europe, and Asia: different people with their own ideologies, educational background and opinions all coming together and sharing. It’s a great opportunity for Qataris to learn and take on a new perspective. With that though there are obviously those who are worried about ‘negative’ influences on a small population. I put the word negative in quotation marks because it’s all a matter of personal opinion. To some, it could be something as simple as youth adopting more Westernized fashion for example. Just as Qataris may have some concerns, there are a great number of fantastic projects to look forward to. For example, the opening of the New Doha International Airport, Katara, Lusail City, the completion of The Pearl, the up-and-coming Mushareib projects, a stateof-the-art Industrial Zone, the development of Wakra and Al Khor, the Space City Project,

the Energy City Project and Education City are a few of the amazing developments I can think of off the top of my mind. Besides these great endeavours there is also a world-class focus on culture, art, entertainment, sport, and education here in Qatar. Let’s think about this for a second: we’re going from hardly anything to working towards having everything with a majority of the development happening in the past ten years! That’s astonishing wouldn’t you agree? The great thing is that we have the National Vision 2030 to guide us. If you haven’t read it, please do; it’s like a roadmap on the direction we are headed as a nation. The strategy is shaped around four pillars; Human Development, focusing on education, healthcare and justice; Social Development, which ensures social care and protection, active involvement in the affairs of the Gulf region and contributing towards international peace; Economic Development, which explores reasonable exploitation of oil and gas, economic diversification, encouraging small to medium enterprises and Environmental Development, which focuses on protecting and promoting a greener nation. I’m looking forward to seeing what that the next five years will have in store for us since I’m confident much will change in even that short period of time. I find myself thinking of the famous quote, “You can’t fight progress” as it’s an ideal that Qatar continues to embrace and I hope you’ll be here to share in its growth!


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ONE OF A KIND Breastfeeding Support Group

Tue 1st: Various. Some find it tough, others find it easy. It’s nice to meet other Moms who are doing the same. Babies and their siblings of any age are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. From 9:30 a.m. For more information, visit www.dohamums.com or email events@dohamums.com.

The Barwa Village Shopping Festival

Sun 1st – Thurs 12th: Barwa Village. Organized by Network Advertising & Events with support from Barwa Village, the festival will amaze residents with scintillating fun, boundless entertainment and an enticing shopping experience. For more information, visit www.networkqatar.com.

The Woman In Black

Wed 2nd – Thurs 5th: Qatar Academy Auditorium. Performed by the Doha Players, starts at 7:15 p.m. Tickets available from THE One in Landmark and Villaggio. For more information email dohaplayers@yahoo.com or call 5575-5102 (8:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. weekdays).

Depression Support Group

Wed 2nd: Various. For those of you who are feeling low and do not know what is wrong, this group will by no means be a cure but it will give you someone to talk to and let you know where to get professional help. From 10:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m. Locations change monthly so check out the website www.dohamums.com.

Talking Matters Toastmasters

Mon 4th and Mon 28th: Oryx Rotana Hotel. Develop into an excellent communicator, leader and human being. From 7:00 p.m. For more information contact Paul Easy at 5580-7524.

Park Bazaar

Sat 5th: Museum of Islamic Art Park. From 12:00 p.m. till 7:00 p.m. For more information, email salaswad@qma.org.qa.

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Doha Mums Lancôme Skin Diagnostic Event

Mon 7th: Salam, The Gate. A complimentary skin diagnostic session with Lancôme. Arrive by 9:15 a.m. for a 9:30 a.m. start. Morning tea will be provided. For more information, visit www.dohamums.com or email events@dohamums.com.

EVERY WEEK Fertility Support Group

Sundays: 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. For more information, visit www.fertility@dohamums.com.

New Arrivals Coffee

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 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.

Drawing and Painting Workshops

Mondays: Institut Français French School. Explore the techniques to draw accurately, get the skills to use tones, textures and colours. The course is in French, the instructor also speaks English. 8:30 a.m. till 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 4493- 0268 or visit www.institutfrancais-qatar.com.

Book Club

Wednesdays: Institut Français French School. An opportunity to discuss thoughtprovoking and topical books. The reading list is chosen by book club members and ranges from contemporary prize-winners to literary classics. A lively discussion is always guaranteed. Meeting once a month. For more information, call 4493- 0268 or visit www.institutfrancais-qatar.com.

Doha Mums Pearl Coffee Break

Wednesdays: The Pearl-Qatar. Calling all Moms on The Pearl to go to Haagen-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: Various. Join other new Moms and Moms-to-be to talk all things baby! Doha Mums hosts a coffee meet from 9:30 a.m. till 11:30 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.

French Conversation Workshop

Thursdays and Saturdays: Institut Français French School. Improve your comprehension of the spoken language and gain confidence in speaking French. The workshop is held by the journalist from Oryx FM, the French speaking radio in Doha. Thursdays 6:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m. For more information, call 4493-0268 or visit www.institutfrancais-qatar.com.

Swap Club Qatar

Saturdays (biweekly): The Pearl-Qatar. A community group for expats in Qatar to meet, find friends and swap their old books and CDs and enjoy reading new books for free! From 10:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m. For more information, email swapclubqatar@hotmail.com.

French Grammar Workshop

Saturdays: Institut Français French School. Learn French through games, quizzes and songs. Either start to learn French or become a bit more advanced, master the finer points of French grammar with confidence. For more information, call 4493-0268 or visit www.institutfrancais-qatar.com.


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New Circuit Training for Kids

Fridays and Saturdays: Diplomatic Club. Kids’ club has created an exercise program that combines a cardio workout with strength and flexibility exercises for children aged 7 to 13 years. Nutritional tips are also taught to encourage them to have a fit and healthy lifestyle. From 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. For more information, visit www.thediplomaticclub.com.

Swimming Clinic

Fridays: Ritz Carlton Doha., Combine fun, friends and learning with a group swimming clinic for kids aged four to seven years old. Children will learn in a happy, safe and friendly environment with qualified swimming instructors. From 4:00 p.m. till 5:00 p.m. Individual lessons QR 100, group lesson QR 50. For more information, call 4484-8173 or 4484-8183 or email spa.doh@ritzcarlton.com.

Summer Cool Offer at Kempinski Kids Club

Family Fridays @ Mathaf

Fridays: Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art. Workshops for children aged four to twelve and their families. Explore the galleries, enjoy a family activity and art-making inspired by ‘Saraab’ in each ninety-minute session. 4:00 p.m. Price: Free, Language: English and Arabic, RSVP necessary. For more information, email mathaf_education@qma.org.qa.

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Daily: Kempinski Residences & Suites, Doha. Spending the summer in Doha? There is no better place for your children away from the heat than the children’s paradise of Kempinski. The Kids Club is offering you from May 1st to September 1st the Summer Cool Offer: pay one day pass (or monthly membership) and get one for other siblings with a 50 % discount (ages 4–12). For more information, call 4405-3308 or email kidsclub.doha@kempinski.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. 63


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ONE OF A KIND Maktaba and Mathaf Reading Circles

Tues 1st and Tues 15th: Mathaf. The Maktaba Children’s Library project will host readings and activities for children 4-6 years old with the help of local volunteers. Special connections will be made with Mathaf’s current exhibitions, encouraging families to think about links between stories and art. From 4:00 p.m. till 5:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public on a first come, first serve basis. Language: Arabic and English. RSVP: For more information, visit mathaf_education@qma.org.qa.

EVERY WEEK Moms & Toddlers at Kempinski Kids Club

Sundays and Wednesdays: Kempinski Residences & Suites, Doha. Moms and toddlers time together from 3:00 p.m. till 5:00 p.m. QR 60 per child. For more information, call 4405-3308 or email kidsclub.doha@kempinski.com.

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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.

Arts & Crafts at Kempinski Kids Club

Tuesdays: Kempinski Residences & Suites, Doha. Unveil your child’s creativity in weekly Arts and Crafts workshops from 3:00 p.m. till 5:00 p.m. Your little one will enjoy a series of activities that are educational and fun at the same time. QR 60 per workshop, per child (ages 4–12). For more information, call 4405-3308 or email kidsclub.doha@kempinski.com.

Rays Reef Fun Time

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 further details, please visit www.dohamums.com or email: events@dohamums.com.

Gondolania Soft Play Area Playgroup

Wednesdays: Villaggio. It’s great for kids of all ages! From 2:30 p.m. till 5:00 p.m. Only QR 15 for as long as you want. Turn right at the entrance and follow it round and you will see some trampolines and an enormous soft play area, that’s where the group will be! For further details, please visit www.dohamums.com or email events@dohamums.com.


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Kids Arabic Reading Group

Saturdays: This reading group is held at 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.

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.

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Birthday Parties at Kempinski Kids Club

Daily: All things are possible in the Kempinski Kids Club, from winter wonderlands to treasure hunting to face painting and whatever else your heart desires. Customize your very own private party whether it’s for a birthday or any other special occasion, come and celebrate with us. For more information call 4405-3308, email kidsclub.doha@kempinski.com or visit www.kempinski.com/doha.

Make Your Relaxation Fun For Kids!

Daily: Kempinski Residences & Suites, Doha. Designed for your health and wellbeing, get a 60-minute Swedish massage, two full-day passes to PURE Leisure & Wellness Centre and a 30-minute Spa Oceana Hydrotherapy treatment for two. Leave your children (maximum two children) at Kempinski Kids Club for four hours of serenity, QR 1,499. For more information, call 4405-3307 or email wellness.doha@kempinski.com.


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Thai Fruit Festival

Mon 7th: Grand Hyatt Doha. Throughout Thailand, a vast selection of fresh fruit is available all year round. However, for a taste of the very best, May is the peak season. Enjoy crunchy mango, sweet bananas and custard apples, succulent longkong and zalacca, tangy langsat and mangosteens. Isaan’s Chef Pawachida, along with her culinary team, is celebrating the festival for the first time in Doha and will prepare an array of dishes based on a variety of exotic fruits, offering a special menu from salads to desserts. QR 280 per person. For more information, call 4448-1250 or email isaan.ghdoha@hyatt.com.

Sizzling Hot Pot Business Lunch

Daily: Holiday Villa Hotel. The perfect spot for a unique, tasty dining experience, Sizzling

Hot Pot, an associate of Ahmed Hassan Bilal Group, offers diners an experience they won’t find anywhere else in the Middle East. Enjoy a fast and delicious business lunch with colleagues and friends, cooking food at your table’s very own hot pot from an array of only the freshest selections of meat, seafood and vegetables. Enjoy the buffet meal complete with delectable desserts for QR 95. Timings are from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Dinner service runs from 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., daily. For more information, call 4411-5225 or 4411-5335.

Strata Grand Opening

May 1st: InterContinental Doha The

Negeri Perlis Food Festival

Thurs 3rd – Thurs 31st: Holiday Villa Doha. Enjoy a spectacular banquet with barbeque every Thursday and Friday night. From 7:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. at Lagenda QR 155 per adult, QR 75 per child (aged between 4-11 years). For more information, call 4408-4220.

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City. Serving an array of seductive chilled seafood and offering the most elevated dining experience in Doha, Strata has an exciting, modern menu which includes seafood platters for sharing, hand-carved and selected sushi and sashimi, alongside a range of contemporary dishes. For more information, call 4015-8888 or email doharestaurants@ihg.com.

Turkish Food Festival

Sun 27th – Thurs 31st: Sharq Village & Spa. Turkish cuisine is largely the heritage of Ottoman cuisine, which can be described as a fusion and refinement of Central Asian, Middle Eastern and Balkan influences. Turkish Chef de Cuisine, Selami Guleryuz, brings his skills and heritage to the forefront as he offers diners a culinary journey around the regions of this lovely country at Al Liwan. QR 250 per person. From 6:30 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information, call 4425-6666 or email rc.dohsq.reservations@ritzcarlton.com.


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An assosiate of Ahmed Hassan Bilal Group opens Two New Branches in Al Khor and Al Mamoura With its commitment to excellence in service and quality, Chowking will open its doors to customers at two new locations in Qatar mid-May: the brand new Al Khor Mall in Al Khor, 50 km north of Doha near Al Sultan Beach Resort and in Dar al Salam Mall in Al Mamoura near Haloul and Mesaimeer Streets. We can’t wait to get our taste buds around every item on the menu as this successful brand from the Philippines continues to make its mark in Qatar.

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n associate of Ahmed Hassan Bilal Group, Chowking offers something for everyone. Its extensive menu, fast, free home delivery service and reasonable prices make it one of the most popular franchises in Doha for fresh, hot Chinese cuisine. With current locations on Al Saad St. and Salwa Road, the popularity of the brand continues to expand as customers looking for a comforting dining experience flock to menu choices that are well-known and well-loved.

For Chowking Business Development Manager Dave Ramos, the expansion of the brand to Al Khor and Al Mamoura is a sign of positive things to come. “The new stores have been in the works for the past three years,” he says. “There’s a very large market in Al Mamoura and Al Khor and we anticipate there to be even more growth in the next couple of years.”

“Chowking offers something for everyone”

Established in the Philippines in 1985, Chowking comes from the Chinese meaning ‘above the rest’ and it’s a motto the brand holds dear as each franchise outlet continues to provide diners with a taste of excellence. Some of the most popular menu items that continue to sell out are the iconic ‘halo halo’ dessert – a mixture of shaved ice and condensed milk mixed with a variety of fruits including coconut, mango and jackfruit, topped with ice cream and decadent leche flan. Other bestsellers include the ‘asado siopao’ a fluffy, light pastry bun filled with steaming beef or chicken – it’s quick, comforting dim sum at its best.

Chowking is also making waves across the rest of Doha as its customer base continues to diversify as a result of its family-friendly atmosphere and efficient service. Ramos hopes that in the next several years the brand will continue to move ahead with more franchises popping up across the country. Patrons to the two new locations can look forward to five or six new specials on the menu as the restaurant celebrates its move into these two brand-new malls. Chowking also offers full-service catering for parties and corporate events and can accommodate up to 70 people for events at both its Al Saad St. and Salwa Road franchises – the perfect spot to enjoy good food and great times with family and friends.

ABOUT CHOWKING: Locations: Salwa Road (near Ramada Hotel) Al Saad St. (before Commercial Bank) Al Khor Mall, Al Khor (2nd floor food court area) Dar Al Salam Mall (2nd floor near food court area) Timings: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Average Meal Price: QR 30 – QR 50 Telephone No: 4431-1212 (Delivery Hotline) 4437-1212 (Salwa Road) 4431-4411 (Al Saad St.) Al Khor and Al Mamoura coming soon!

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Authentic

Brazilia IPANEMA 2 ARICLES

By Ashlee Starratt Photography by Jessie Palanca

The girl from Ipanema has walked all the way to the sandy shores of Doha at this newly-opened restaurant in the Renaissance Doha City Center’s West End complex, bringing the best ambience, music and most importantly, food, from the South American nation to the hearts and bellies of Qatar.

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e’re running late when we arrive at Ipanema but the warm smiles, soft percussion rhythms and lilting tones of Brazilian band Tocandira assure us there’s no such word in the vocabulary here, because nothing in the Brazilian sensibility encourages any need to rush. This festive, vibrant place is the only authentic churrascaria of its kind in Doha – slow food at its best and done right. Churrascaria, roughly meaning ‘barbecue’ in Portuguese is a traditional method of cooking meat in Brazil. Roasted on a spit and then sliced at your table by passadores wearing traditional Brazilian attire, the crackling, sizzling smells of roasting meat will tempt every last taste bud in your mouth. At Ipanema they have a unique way of setting you up for your meal that’s actually a really nice touch. At every table are small coasters. The red side says ‘No thanks’ in both English and Portuguese and the green side says ‘Ready for more’ in both languages. After visiting Ipanema’s extensive salad bar and cold station diners can flip their coasters over to green and servers will start bringing slab after slab of dripping, crispy, cooked-to-perfection meats sliced right at your table. When you’ve had your fill for the moment flip your coaster back over to red and take some time to breathe between courses; trust us, you’ll need to! Senior Sous Chef Alexandre Kachan has created a smorgasbord that would stop even the most voracious carnivore in his or her tracks. After being seated at a comfy table in front of the stage, (we can make eye contact with the band), we head up to the cold stations. As we pass through the restaurant we notice how the soft lighting and cool blue-green tones in the colour palette add an Amazonian flair and feeling of relaxation. The salad bar is stocked with plentiful options and we fill up on marinated olives, fresh leafy greens with heavenly oils and dressings to drizzle on top, creamy hummus and pita, a fiesta corn and bean mixture that adds a splash of colour to our plates and a delectable Carnivale salad with crab and mango that’s as zesty as they come. Within minutes of returning to our table the first round of meat is brought over on

Brazilian band Tocandira

a dripping spit. It’s kofta, a spicy blend of ground lamb and a traditional staple on Middle Eastern menus. We’ve just had a few hunks sliced off onto our platters when more juicy delicacies arrive in a non-stop conga line. We feast on top sirloin picanha, spicy linguiça sausage, crispy chicken drumsticks and duck breast that melts in your mouth. When we can eat no more, they bring us some char-grilled lamb shanks and beef ribs so tender that they shred to pieces at the lightest slice of the knife. These are only a handful of choices that come as part of a fifteen course selection of meats crafted and prepared by Chef Kachan and his team. Complementing each juicy morsel is an array of Brazilian side dishes and condiments that are brought to our table: rice, fried bananas, and black beans to name a few. The pièce de résistance at the end of the night has to be the delicious grilled pineapple, skewered and roasted on a spit just like its meaty counterparts. Warm, crispy and sweet, the juices caramelize from the heat to create a taste explosion that is sumptuous – this is not your average piece of fruit when prepared this way.

It takes a good 20 minutes before we’re ready to stand up after all that food. Digestion is a slow process and the ambiance and music at Ipanema lull us into a state of relaxation as we let our overworked stomachs rest. It’s not just the food that makes Ipanema a place you want to come back to – it’s the whole package; from the service to the songs to the smiles, it’s where friends can connect and find enjoyment in their food and in each other. Your plate will never be empty and neither will your heart. ABOUT IPANEMA Timings: Monday-Saturday, 6:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. Dress Code: Smart Casual Average Meal Price: QR 290 Food only QR 165 Vegetarian QR 145 Children 7-12 Under age 7 eat free Smoking or Non-Smoking: Available in the bar area, dining room is non-smoking Vino: Yes Telephone No: 4419-6100

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Beyond the Sea By Ashlee Starratt Photography by Jessie Palanca

Nusantao: Sea Kitchens at the Four Seasons Hotel brings a whole new dining experience to Doha. With its three open-air kitchens, earthy-modern feel and a menu taking food-lovers on a journey across the South Asian seas, this delectable culinary domain is the new hot-spot to beat on Qatar’s foodie scene.

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s you enter Nusantao: Sea Kitchens it’s easy to forget that the bright lights of West Bay are right behind you, only an elevator ride and lobby length away. The ambience is elegant and breezy, with blue and pink lighting accents adding a soft glow to the spaciousness of the place – giving it a special, intimate feeling, like you know this a place where you could lose yourself for hours with friends and family.

Chef de Cusine Toshikazu Kato is the mastermind behind the open-concept kitchens, overseeing a team of workstations each producing a plethora of multicultural culinary options. There’s a sushi bar with only the freshest sashimi and nigiri rolls, a tandoor and satay station, pastry kitchen and tawa griddle to name a few. Tonight the place is packed with patrons eager to try a new cornucopia of flavours.

“Nusantao has something to satisfy everyone.”

The concept behind Nusantao is one that embraces the diversity of pan-Asian cuisine and in a city as culturally diverse as Doha this is a good thing. Even its name is reflective of the waters that separate and unite us all – ‘nusantara’ is Javanese for ‘archipelago’ and ‘tao’ comes from the Chinese for ‘direction’. So it’s in the direction of the sea that we are headed tonight here at Nusantao and with the beautiful outdoor dining terrace and the warm Gulf breezes we could be anywhere but in the heart of Doha.

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The tasting menu prepared for the QH team is a globetrotter’s delight. The sushi and sashimi platter is a succulent selection of spicy tuna maki rolls and a dragon roll with grilled eel, avocado and tobiko flakes that disappears from the plate faster than we can chew and swallow. Following these Japanese creations come two options of hot homemade dim sum – ‘har kao’ with steamed shrimp, bamboo shoot and water chestnut and ‘siew mai’ with steamed chicken, shrimp, black truffles and caviar. To say the flavours are decadent

is an understatement. With a beautiful presentation in their own small woven baskets each dumpling comes with a selection of soy, rice vinegar and chili sauce for dipping. After this brief stopover in China, our palates are directed back to the Land of the Rising Sun as an amuse-bouche Japanese appetizer arrives at the table. Presented in a delicate small bowl the ‘chawanmushi’ is a lush piece of foie gras laid on a bed of wasabi egg custard. It’s velvety and spicy and truly one of the most unique items on the menu.


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The first main course to arrive is an array of ‘onigiri’, a traditional Japanese treat. Inside triangular parcels of sticky rice awaits a different delicious surprise – grilled salmon and the distinctive Umenboshi pickled plum. They are heavy and filling and our dining companions need a break before the next round is brought over to the table. What follows are more dishes than we know what’s good for: rich prawn yellow curry, yang chow fried rice with chicken, prawn and asparagus, fragrant lamb rogan josh and ‘pla nung manao’ a spicy steamed sea bass marinated in Thai herbs that melts like butter on the tongue. Clearly Nusantao knows that it’s got a good thing going here as it’s the perfect spot

for people who can’t make up their minds on what to order – if one friend feels like indulging in Thai, another, Japanese and yet another Indonesian, Nusantao has something to satisfy everyone. We round out the night with the best banana fritters we’ve tried in a long time – possibly ever, and a death-by-chocolate creation that is part mousse, part truffle. As we leave Nusantao: Sea Kitchens we’re already thinking about our next visit and of all the items on the menu we have yet to try. But for this one night at least, we’ve eaten our fill amidst the backdrop of ocean breezes, cozy fire-pits and a spectacle of live cooking that is nothing less than exotic.

ABOUT NUSANTAO Timings: Breakfast 6:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Lunch 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Dinner 6:00 p.m. onwards Average Meal Price: Breakfast QR 170 Lunch QR 175 Dinner QR 250 Dress Code: Smart Casual Smoking: No Vino: Yes Phone No: 4494-8601

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A Flavour For

Every Season By Ashlee Starratt Photography by Jessie Palanca

Nestled away inside the Mövenpick Hotel Doha, Seasons restaurant’s Friday Family Brunch offers every taste to tempt your palate.

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t’s quiet when we walk into Seasons, but that doesn’t last long – it’s noon on a Friday and the Family Brunch is about to kick into full swing. Priding itself on the best in Swiss hospitality, the Mövenpick Hotel Doha offers its guests a level of service that focuses on a vibrant, familyfriendly environment. The Friday Brunch at Seasons is no exception – there’s even a separate buffet and fun room for children where they can be entertained (bouncy castles and video games included), while Mom and Dad get some much needed quality time. As we join the queue to fill our plates it’s hard to know where to start; the sheer array of choice is what sets the bar here at Seasons. With both hot and cold buffet stations, my dining companions and I start with a mix of fresh nigiri sushi and maki rolls, avocado and tomato salad, Oriental noodles, freshly sliced hot roast beef, potatoes au gratin, dim sum dumplings and spicy aloo gobi. As I head back to our table, walking past the fresh fruit and cereal bar, I feel as though I’m going about everything in the wrong order. But that’s the great thing about brunch at Seasons – it’s a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere so it doesn’t matter where you start as long as you finish with a bit of everything. Each bite is a different trip around the globe minus the cost of a plane ticket. 72

I love that India, China and Japan all have equal representation on my plate, and all of it is satisfying. The dim sum dumplings are fluffy and moist with a drizzle of chili sauce complementing the tender seasoned beef inside and the braised lamb shanks with a side of cheese-laden potato gratin are the ultimate in comfort food. My dining partner has devoured her fresh chilled salmon nigiri and California rolls and is already eyeing the line-up for seconds. Seasons also offers a unique madeto-order station where diners can have hot waffles and French crêpes prepared straight from the griddle with an array of toppings. I go back for some golden waffles topped with pistachios, blueberries, raspberries and chocolate drizzle, also making a stop by the dessert station to load up on fresh mango, plums, strawberries and dragonfruit. By the time we finish, the restaurant is packed to capacity and we know we have to make a dash for the dessert station. After the waffles it hardly seems prudent to want more sweets but there’s a particular bowl of crème brûlée that has my name on it. Its texture has to be tasted to be believed, to try and describe it here will not do; it’s pure velvet in my

mouth – a truly luscious luxury. My dining companion tries the strawberry panna cotta, enjoying it in pure silence while I throw a glance over at the chocoloate fondue fountain in longing. We leave Seasons earlier than most, but it’s only because our stomachs can accommodate no more and I left my elastic-waist pants at home. As we head out I look around the room at the other diners enjoying their meals, laughing over cups of coffee as their children dash back and forth between the play area down the hall and the tables where their parents sit smiling with their plates full. It’s an atmosphere that beckons and invites you to sit, eat and stay a while -- you can always go back for more. ABOUT SEASONS RESTAURANT Timings:

Friday Family Brunch 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Dress Code: Smart-Casual Reservations: Yes Price: QR 265 with beverage QR 215 without beverage Vino: Yes Smoking: No Telephone No: 4429-1111


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Hats Off to

the Belgians By Jorge Granda Photography by Jeffrey Navarro

Unless you’ve been living under a rock here in Doha you’ve heard of and most likely visited the Belgian Café at the InterContinental Hotel in West Bay. What you probably don’t know is that it’s not only one of the hottest spots in town for a night out, but it’s also the perfect place for a business lunch any day of the week. QH samples every offering to get your mouth watering.

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he Belgian Café’s concept is one-of-a-kind; its earthy dark wood décor and relaxing atmosphere immediately make you feel at home. For the ex-pat community in Qatar it’s the number one hang-out spot due to its distinctly European pub-feel. The authenticity of the antique musical instruments and old-school briefcases on decorative display adds to the unique ambience of the bistro. Famous for its large variety of beverages, steaming mussel pots and (of course!) the thick, crispy Belgian fries, the Belgian Café offers even more to diners during the lunch-hour rush. With the hectic pace of life in Doha we all want to get away for at least an hour to savour a delicious meal before heading back to the office, so today that’s exactly what we do. We’re invited to experience the restaurant’s Business Lunch and are delighted to discover that in addition to their famous mussels the café boasts many other dishes that are just as tantalizing. We start our lunch with a duck salad of smoked duck breast and balsamic dressing –

the ingredients are incredibly fresh. We’re told by the Chef that all the food, including the vegetables, are imported from Holland with shipments arriving every other day, ensuring the quality is superb. We also dig into an incredible Belgian wild mushroom quiche with goat cheese au gratin. It’s the first time we try this dish and we definitely recommend it as something new to look for next time you’re here for a quick bite.

and a spicy paprika sauce. The combination is peculiar, but so far is the best dish (apart from the mussel pots!) we’ve tried here at the Belgian Café. Though our bellies were full we couldn’t leave without trying their signature Belgian waffles with ice cream and hot chocolate sauce for dessert. It was as we expected – a mouth-watering piece of heaven. Want some? ABOUT THE BELGIAN CAFÉ

With melted goat cheese smothering a good portion of the quiche, it has a sophisticated look that doesn’t last long as we tear into it and the small accompanying salad. Both of these starters are just the right size, leaving us with plenty of room to keep coming back for more. For our main course we try the grilled salmon with sautéed leeks, mixed vegetables and Duchesse potatoes. The presentation is impeccable and the taste even better. Up next is the half paprika-chicken caramelized with honey and served with Belgian fries

Opening Hours: 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. daily. Business Lunch: Sun- Thurs, 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Average Meal Price: QR 95 for starter, main and dessert Licensed: Yes Smoking: Yes Telephone: 4484-4484 or 4484-4954

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Al Mourjan

Food Corner

Ashraf A. Raad, chief executive and cuisine concept chef at Al Mourjan, tells us how to make Spinach and Tomato Salad with Halloumi this month. Enjoy!

SPINACH AND TOMATO SALAD WITH HALLOUMI Ingredients 150ml / 2/3 cup olive oil 1 onion cut into rings 250g / 8oz baby spinach 250g / 8oz cherry tomatoes, sliced 250g / 8oz yellow cherry tomatoes, sliced 50g / 1 cup black olives, pitted 2 tbsp curly parsley, roughly chopped Juice of 2 lemons 250g / 8oz Halloumi cheese Salt and freshly ground pepper

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Heat 2 tbsp of olive oil in a skillet (frying pan) and gently fry the onion rings until soft. Remove from the heat and set aside. Mix together the spinach, tomatoes, olives, parsley and cooked onion rings. Blend 6 tbsp of the oil with the lemon juice, season with salt and pepper and dress the salad.

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Heat the remaining oil in the skillet and fry the Halloumi for two minutes, turning once until lightly browned. Place the Halloumi on the salad and serve immediately.


FOOD & DINING LISTINGS

ONE OF A KIND Awadhi Food Festival

Tues 1st – Thurs 31st: Marriott Doha. Celebrate the Awadhi Food Festival at Taj Rasoi where Chef Marcel will be showcasing a selection of vegetarian and non-vegetarian kebabs, such as the famous Kakori and the Galavat. The cuisine, spices and aromas will transport you to a dining experience rarely enjoyed outside of India. From 6:30 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. For more information, call 4429-8499 or email dinemarriottdoha@marriott.com.

Berry Berry Nice!

Tues 1st – Thurs 31st: Mövenpick Hotel Doha. Its ‘berry mania’ at L’espresso café, refresh with a mouth-watering signature berry smoothie alongside your choice from the freshly baked berry delights for just QR 65 per person. From 6:30 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information, call 4429-1111 or visit www.möevenpick-doha.com.

The Taste of Scandinavia Tues 1st – Thurs 31st: Four Seasons Doha. Scandinavian specialties will be available for the whole month at Library Bar & Cigar Lounge. One of the most popular ways of preparing Scandinavian dishes is to re-create the past. Savour the exclusive and exquisite dishes and beverages that Scandinavia is famous for. For more information, call 4494-8888.

Mövenpick Ice Dreams

Tues 1st – Thurs 31st: Mövenpick Hotel Doha. Treat yourself to one of the exquisite timeless flavours of Mövenpick ice cream. All flavours, textures and colours are made exclusively by natural ingredients. Fashioned with Swiss perfection. From 6:30 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. at L’espresso Café. For more information, call 4429-1111 or visit www.möevenpick-doha.com.

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Liquid Promotion

Tues 1st – Thurs 31st: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Become enchanted in little Italy, Porcini, with a six-course ensemble of molecular cuisine creations by Chef Ricardo Acquista and his team of ‘Il Giardino Armonico’ chefs who will orchestrate an evening to delight the palate. This culinary symphony is complemented by the harmonious notes of a classic guitarist, creating a romantic ambience. From 7:00 p.m. QR 385 (six-course menu without vino). For more information, call 4484-8000.

Peppercrab Promotion

Tues 1st – Thurs 31st: Grand Hyatt Doha. With Peppercrab being one of the most successful restaurants in their sister property, Grand Hyatt Dubai, The Grill will pay tribute to the most popular crab dish in Singapore. The dish is unique and very popular. For more information, call 4448-1240 or email thegrill.ghdoha@hyatt.com.

Chicken Rice Promotion

Thurs 3rd – Thurs 31st: Holiday Villa Doha at D’Chopstix Chinese & Japanese Restaurant. Enjoy selections of roasted chicken, roasted duck, fragrant princess chicken and roasted barbeque chicken. From 11:30 a.m. till 3:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information, call 4408-4230.

Ottoman Delights

Sat 5th - Sat 19th: Grand Hyatt Doha. Rocca will open the doors of Constantinople with the Turkish chef, Zafar, to offer you an array of traditional Turkish dishes at dinner only. Try the specially designed à la carte menu, available from Saturdays to Thursdays. For more information, call 7719-2974 or email rocca.ghdoha@hyatt.com.

Ice Tea Variations

Sat 5th – Thurs 31st: Marriott Doha. Want the perfect way to cool down as we enter the hot summer months? There is no better way than a home-made ice tea to quench your thirst. Choose from two basic kinds and other exciting variations by Salsa and Asia Live! QR23. For more information, call 4429-8499 or email dinemarriottdoha@marriott.com.

Dine With Frescobaldi

Tues 8th: Four Seasons Doha. For one night only a representative from Frescobaldi, one of the most well-known vino producers in Italy, will spend the evening with Il Teatro diners to share his expertise and knowledge. Experience an exceptional culinary creation, specially crafted to complement the tantalizing flavours of Frescobaldi vinos. From 7:00 p.m. For more information, call 4494-8509.

Vino Fair- Italy’s World Renowned Vino Makers

Wed 9th: Four Seasons Doha. An exclusive vino fair featuring a selection of renowned Italian vinos. Throughout the evening, guests are welcome to taste a range of vinos from several of the most famous regions in Italy complemented by delectable hors d’oeuvres specially created for this occasion. From 7:00 p.m. till 9:00 p.m. at Al Daibel room – 2nd floor. Places are limited so advanced booking is recommended. For more information, call 4494-8509.

Petit Four Carnival

Fri 11th: W Doha. Mix and mingle while enjoying the delicious Petit Four at W Café. First seating 12:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. Second seating 3:30 p.m. till 6:30 p.m. QR 100; Adult QR 70; children from 5 – 11 yrs. Reservation required. For more information, call 4453-5385.

Chef’s Table

Mon 14th: Ritz-Carlton Doha. All food aficionados are invited into the show kitchen at La Mer to witness the return of international guest chef Jeremy Steele demonstrate the preparation of their four-course themed dinner. At the end of the evening, each guest will receive a recipe book as a gift to remember. From 7:00 p.m. QR 450 per person. For more information, call 4484-8000.

EVERY WEEK International Lunch Buffet at Crossroads Kitchen

Saturdays - Thursdays: West End, Renaissance Doha City Center. Crossroads Kitchen is offering a fresh international buffet. QR 155 per person from 12:00 p.m. till 2:30 p.m. For more information, call 4419-6100 or visit westenddoha.com.


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Grill Night

Sushi Mania

Seafood Night

Churrasco Nights

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.

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.

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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.

Mondays – Wednesdays: Sheraton Doha. Try new Chef Water’s menu: a starter and four or seven cuts of meat charcoalgrilled on the Churrasco grill with South American side dishes and dessert from QR 150. Grilled Argentinian Pizza from QR 60. Happy Hour everyday from 6:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. Enjoy South America’s most delicious drinks with a 30% discount. For more information, call 4485-4556.

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 cuisine Saturdays, Far Eastern cuisine Mondays, Seafood Wednesdays and Arabian cuisine on Fridays. Breakfast from 6:30 a.m. till 10:30 a.m., lunch from 12:30 p.m. till 3:30 p.m. and dinner from 6:30 p.m. till 10:30 p.m. The special Friday family brunch is served between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 4434-3203 or 4434-3333 or email sdesilva@wyndham.com.

Ipanema Brazilian Churrascaria Live Band

Mondays – 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. 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.

Afternoon Heaven

Mondays - Saturdays: Sharq Village & Spa. Al Dana terrace offers tasty snacks and tapas at the bar counter. Dip into elegant morsels and sip an aperitif as the sun dips below the horizon. House beverages QR 25. From 5:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. For more information call 4425-6666 or email rc.dohsq.reservations@ritzcarlton.com.

Seafood Platter

Tuesdays: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Enjoy a selection of the freshest seafood at the Admiral’s Club. Platters can serve one or two people, so bring friends along and relax in front of serene views of the marina. From 6:00 p.m till 10:00 p.m. QR 260 (Serves two people.) For more information call 4484-8000.

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.

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.

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.


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Steamboat

Tuesdays: Marriott Doha. Discover the taste and fun of traditional Chinese Steamboat! Choose from an array of fresh and marinated ingredients to dip into a simmering soup base of your choice: Miso soup, Tom Yum Soup or Chicken Soup. Tantalize your senses with the aromas of the most fragrant herbs and a vista of fresh, colourful foods. From 6:30 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. For more information, call 4429-8499 or email dinemarriottdoha@marriott.com.

Carlo Bellini @ Blue Terrace

Tuesdays – Sundays: Grand Heritage Doha. Live international music from the resident Italian musician and singer, Carlo Bellini, under the stars in the relaxing atmosphere of the dining and lounge terrace overlooking the magnificent Aspire Zone and Park. From 8:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4445-5555.

Tomahawk Comes To Qatar

Tuesdays - Sundays: The West End at the Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel. Definitely the talk of town; 1,000 grams of Australian Wagyu beef, exclusive at the New York Steakhouse. Open from 6:30 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. Closed on Mondays. For more information, call 4419-6100.

Asian Night

Wednesdays: 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.

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.


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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, for QR 270 per person, including unlimited selected house beverages. From 7:00 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. For more information, call 4402-3333.

Curry Night

Wednesdays: Mövenpick Tower & Suites. Take a journey to India with over ten varieties of curry from spicy Bombay Biryani to the coconut sweet Kolkata Khurma. A delectable mixture of meat, seafood and vegetarian dishes infused with rich spices by our expert chefs. The true curry lovers unite at Animato to pay homage to portion value and price. QR 115 per person. Reservations are essential. Take advantage of the MTS Membership card to receive 15% discount for the whole table. Free membership with every reservation (conditions apply). For more information, call 4496-6600 or visit www.moevenpick-doha-tower.com.

1001 Arabian Nights

Wednesdays: Marriott Doha. Enjoy the real Arabic taste and the rich flavours of this culinary tradition. Take a break and indulge in the lavish Oriental buffet and live cooking station. From 6:30 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. All you can eat buffet dinner QR 175 per person. For more information, call 4429-8499 or e-mail DineMarriottDoha@marriott.com.

‘Churrasco’, Brazilian Barbecue on the Beach

Wednesdays: Four Seasons Doha. Start the festive evening with a delectable buffet featuring traditional Brazilian salads, soups and appetizers. Meat, fish and chicken slowly roasted on skewers over open fire pits are all served directly from the grill. From 7:00 p.m. onwards. Weather dependent. For more information, call 4494-8888.

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Il Teatro Italian Fine Dining Restaurant

Fantastique Fondues @ Cocottes at Brasserie Centre-Ville

Wednesdays – Mondays: The West End at the Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel. Enjoy Parisian panache with authentic French delicacies including oysters, cocottes and fondues with a wide selection of fine beverages by the glass from 6:30 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information, call 4419-6100 or visit www.westenddoha.com.

DAILY Now Open! 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 is 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. Enjoy a healthy lunch with La Cigale daily specials available for outside orders .The lunch box contains a fresh salad, delectable main dish, homemade dessert and one soft drink. Choose your main dish from different selections. Daily specials from QR 65. For more information, call 4428-8803.

Italian Feast

Daily: Sheraton Doha. Enjoy authentic Italian food at La Veranda, including pasta and woodfired pizza. Relax, take in the sea view and listen to the beautiful music of the Italian guitar player. Open from 12:00 p.m. till 2:45 p.m. (last order) and 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (last order). For more information, call 4485-4556.

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 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.

Theme Nights at Flying Carpet

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.

Recipes Prepared with Passion

Daily: Kempinski Residences & Suites Doha. Check out the new delicious items in the dinner à la carte menu at Aroma, a one-of-a-kind fine dining experience. For more information, call 4405-3325 or email aroma.doha@kempinski.com or visit the website www.kempinski.com/doha.

Market Tasting Menu

Daily: W Doha. Savour the chef’s favourite - a five-course set menu featuring the most delightful and mouthwatering dishes! From 7:00 p.m. till 10:00 p.m. QR 280 per person. For more information, call 4453-5135.

Spice Market Tasting Menu

Daily: W Doha. Start off 2012 with the Spice Market tasting menu created by Spice Market Head Chef Darsin Joseph. Five courses with ten mouthwatering 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. For more information, call 4453-5135.


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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 7:00 a.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information, call 4419-6100 or visit www.westenddoha.com.

Al Hubara Restaurant

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. From 7:00 p.m. till 10:30 p.m. For more information, call 4485-4556.

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.

Toasty Treat & Bonus Card

Daily: Kempinski Residences & Suites, Doha. Buy the famous German bread at half price, everyday between 7pm and 9pm...if there’s any left! Moreover 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.

TH E LIVE LY ATMOSPH ERE OF A TOWN SQUARE. AN E CLE CTIC EXPERIENCE. Welcome to The Square – an eclectic all-day dining restaurant at the InterContinental Doha The City. It’s the new place to meet, that bustles with the energy of a lively town square. Four interactive cooking stations feature dishes from Japan, China, India, Thailand, Europe and the Middle East. For QR 88 per person, enjoy our delectable three-course business lunch with buffet starters, à la carte main courses and buffet desserts.

For reservations or for further information, please call +974 4015 8888 email doharestaurants@ihg.com or visit intercontinental.com/dohathecity


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Gourmet House

Daily: Kempinski Residences & Suites, Doha. Is there anything better that the seductive aroma of freshly baked, homemade, crisp delicacies? Only in Gourmet House, the fine foods boutique and cozy Café. 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.

WEEKEND THURSDAY Seafood Delight

Thursdays: 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 QR 315, including unlimited selected house beverages. Shisha is available on the pool terrace. For more information, call 4402-3333.

Seafood Night

New Seafood Night at Crossroads Kitchen

Daily: Sheraton Doha. Enjoy the ultimate giant burger with French fries and have a pint for QR 70. For more information, call 4485-4556.

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.

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. From QR 225 including soft beverages. From 6:00 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. For more information, call 4419-6100 or visit westenddoha.com.

Free WIFI @ Quick Bites

Gourmet Route

Barbecue at the Admirals Terrace

Giant Burger at Irish Harp

Daily: The West End at the Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel. Enjoy free internet access in Quick Bites whilst having a coffee, light snack or full meal. It’s a spacious and fresh café with free valet parking. Open from 7:00 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 www.westenddoha.com.

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Thursdays: Marriott Doha. The Gallery restaurants have banded together to enrich the palate and enhance the dining experience of its guests – a real feast of the senses. A culinary journey that evokes an open food market with spectacular live cooking stations, presenting cuisines from Latin and North America, Europe, China, Japan, India, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. From 7:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. QR 225 per person; QR 320 with bubbly. For more information, call 4429-8499 or email dinemarriottdoha@marriott.com.

Thursday Evening’s 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 180 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.

Thursdays and Fridays: Ritz-Carlton Doha. By the turquoise waters of the Gulf enjoy a mixed grill selection from the live barbecue station. From 6:00 p.m. till 10:00 p.m. QR 195 per person. For more information call 4484-8000.

Shwarma Promotion

Thursdays and Fridays: Sheraton Doha. Enjoy the most classic and best dish from Arabian Country’s at Waterhole for QR 25. Happy Hour from 7:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. with 30% off on selected beverages. For more information, call 4485-4556.

Weekend Poolside Barbecue

Thursdays and Saturdays: Sharq Village & Spa. Watch the sun go down at Al Seef then take your pick from fresh seafood from the Gulf waters and juicy kebabs all char-grilled to perfection. From the depths of the tandoor, take your pick of tender lamb and succulent seafood with Indian spices. QR 215 per person. From 6:30 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4425-6666 or email rc.dohsq.reservations@ritzcarlton.com.


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FRIDAY Breakfast Feast on Friday

Fridays: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and there is no better way to enjoy it than at Admiral’s Club while sitting on the terrace surrounded by the serene views of the marina. From 10:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m. QR 110 including coffee, tea, and fresh juices. For more information call 4484-8000.

Steak Night

Fridays: MĂśvenpick 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.

Swimming Pool Restaurant BBQ

Fridays: Sheraton Doha. BBQ with condiments and fresh fruit carving from QR 82. Different meat and fish from the charcoal grill. Friday Light Lunch: choose salad bar and one dessert for QR 100. For more information call 4485-4556.

Seafood Obsession

Fridays: Sharq Village & Spa. The freshest catch from Gulf waters and beyond is displayed in all its glory at this buffet with live cooking stations at Al Dana. QR 220 per person. From 6:30 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4425-6666 or email rc.dohsq.reservations@ritzcarlton.com.

Caribbean Night

Fridays: InterContinental Doha. Enjoy a Caribbean Seafood B.B.Q dinner by the beachfront at the Fish Market and cruise along with the music of the Doha Steel Band as they serenade you. Enjoy grilled fish and seafood freshly prepared by our expert Chefs including live cooking stations at QR 295 per person. From 7:00 p.m. till midnight. For more information, please call 4484-4444 or 4484-4747.


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Family Lunch Specials

Fridays and Saturdays: Sheraton Doha. At Al Hubara Restaurant, Friday lunch from 12:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. inclusive of a soft drink and tea or coffee. QR 200. Saturday lunch from 12:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m., inclusive of a soft drink and tea or coffee. QR 200. Saturday dinner from 7:00 p.m. till 10:30 p.m., inclusive of a soft drink and tea or coffee. QR 210 per person. For more information, call 4485-4556.

Middle Eastern Buffet @ Flavours

Fridays and Saturdays: Grand Heritage Doha. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner and relish an up-to-date reflection of Middle Eastern cuisine prepared in lively show kitchens. Breakfast for QR 135 per person, lunch and dinner for QR 180 per person. Breakfast from 6:30 a.m. till 10:30 a.m., lunch from 12:30 p.m. till 3:00 p.m., dinner from 7:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information, call 4445-5555.

Persian Family Lunch

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

Treasures From The Deep

Fridays – Tuesdays: Marriott Doha. Tempt your appetite with this delectable seafood buffet, one of Doha’s highlights for all seafood lovers. A wide variety of local and imported seafood prepared according to contemporary and traditional recipes. From 7:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. All you can eat buffet dinner QR 175 per person. For more information, call 4429-8499 or e-mail DineMarriottDoha@marriott.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 awardwinning best restaurant. Eat as much you can for QR 119 per person, including a glass of sparkling date juice. Saturdays from 6:30 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information, call 4434-3203 or 4434-3333 or email sdesilva@wyndham.com.

Sushi Night

Saturdays: W Doha. Add some flavour to the start of the week with Spice Market’s comprehensive sushi menu featuring assorted sushi, nigiri, maki and sashimi prepared with the secret condiments of three-Michelin star chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and his expert team. From 6:00 p.m. till 10:00 p.m. QR 220 per person. For more information, call 4453-5135. 84

Admiral’s Saturday Roast Saturdays: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Enjoy the perfect hand-carved Saturday roast, a selection of roast meats, with roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and all the trimmings cooked to perfection! From 4:00 p.m. till 10:00 p.m. QR 120 per person. For more information, call 4484-8000.

Lebanese Breakfast

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.

Sushi and Steak Night @ Blue 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 7:30 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. For more information, call 4445-5555.

International Buffet

Saturdays and Sundays: Mövenpick Hotel Doha. Serving a lavish buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with an extensive a la carte menu. For more information, call 4429-1111 or visit www.moevenpick-doha.com.


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‘Goreng-Goreng’

Saturdays and Sundays: Holiday Villa Doha. Malaysian-style afternoon snacks at Lagenda International Restaurant, including favourites such as Cucur Udang (fried prawn fritters), roti jala (laced crepe), and teh tarik (pulled tea with condensed milk). From 3:00 p.m. till 6:00 p.m. For more information, call 4408-4888.

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.

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. For more information, call 4419-6100 or visit www.westenddoha.com.

New 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 330 per person. From 12:00 p.m. till 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 4419-5000 or visit www.westenddoha.com.

The Cellar’s New Brunch

Fridays: Oryx Rotana. An amazing seafood buffet, a selection of tapas a la carte with paella, mussels and others specialties and a selection of grilled items such as lobsters, giant prawns, shrimps or Black Angus beef. While eating, enjoy the live entertainment from the Carambola band. QR 195 per person including soft drinks or QR 275 per person. From 12:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. For more information, call 4402-3333.

Cosmo Brunch

Brunch at Nusantao: Sea Kitchens

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.

Fridays: Four Seasons Doha. The highly anticipated theatrical dining destination that is set to re-define Qatar’s contemporary restaurant offering is now open! From 12:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. For more information, call 4494-8888.

Dim Sum Brunch

Jazzy Friday Brunch

Fridays: Holiday Villa Doha. All you can eat dim sum and sushi. Enjoy this splendid spread of Chinese and Japanese delicacies, including steamed or fried dumplings, spring rolls, steamed buns and sushi served with free-flowing Chinese tea. From 11:30 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. QR 130 per adult and QR 65 per child. For more information, call 4408-4230.

Hyde Park Brunch

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

Friday Family Brunch

Fridays: Oryx Rotana. The brunch offers a 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.

Street Food Brunch

Fridays: 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.

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 aged 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. For more information, call 4484-8000.

Family Friday Brunch

Market Brunch

Seafood Brunch at Fish Market

Fridays: W Doha. Watch fresh, local products and ingredients come together splendidly in the Mediterranean-inspired 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.

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.

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.

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Family Brunch

Far Eastern Buffet

Fridays: Wyndham Grand Regency Doha. Chopsticks restaurant is serving a delightful lunch buffet of Chinese, Japanese and Thai food. QR 129 for adults and QR 65 for children ages six to twelve. For more information, call 4434-3203 or 4434-3333 or email sdesilva@wyndham.com.

Yum Cha Thai Style Brunch at Isaan

Fridays: Grand Hyatt Doha. The restaurant’s open show kitchens are set in a captivating scene with authentic steam, along with grill and wok preparations served at an ‘all-youcan-eat’ lunch. And now introducing Yum Cha from creative Chef Pachwida – steaming Dim Sums brought fresh to your table. From 12:30 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. QR 250 per person, including soft drinks, QR 395 per person, including selected house beverages, QR 680 per person, including bubbly. For more information, call 4448-1250.

The Grill Brunch

Fridays: Grand Hyatt Doha. It is one of the most lavish brunches in the city, with all manner of meats, seafoods and shellfish on offer plus a decadent array of delicious desserts, chocolate fountains and the like. Dine inside in spacious comfort or al fresco in Grand Hyatt’s lush tropical gardens. Music courtesy of Rocca resident DJ Mark Bambach. From 12:30 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. QR 250 per person, including soft drinks and QR 395, including unlimited selected house beverages. For more information, call 4448-1240.

Friday Family Brunch

Fridays: Sheraton Doha. Al Shaheen rooftop restaurant offers international cuisine with unlimited soft drinks at QR 220 or choose the bubbly package at QR 250. You will enjoy live entertainment for your pleasure and kids enchantment as well. For more information, call 4485-4556.

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 250 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 3:30 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 house vinos, house spirits and sparkling vino. 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.

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Fridays and Saturdays: Sharq Village & Spa. Tuck into a magnificent buffet in Al Liwan, with cooking stations and a carvery. There’s live entertainment and lots to amuse the little ones. QR 250 per person, half price for kids under twelve and free for children under six. From 12:30 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. For more information, call 4425-6666 or email rc.dohsq.reservations@ritzcarlton.com.

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.

Gallery Brunch

Fridays and Saturdays: Marriott Doha. Embark on a culinary journey and discover an array of live stations and specialties from the Restaurant Gallery, featuring favourites such as sushi, Peking duck, fajitas, Oriental grills, pizza, curries, biryanis, fresh seafood, ice cream, kounafa and more. The kids club offers a special buffet and entertainment. From 12:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. QR 235 per person and QR 340 including bubbly. more information, call 4429-8499 or email dinemarriottdoha@marriott.com.

Al Dana Brunch

Saturdays: Sharq Village & Spa. A stylish finale to the week with an extensive buffet of international and Middle Eastern favourites. QR 300 per person with freeflowing sparkling vino or QR 250 with soft drinks. From 12:30 p.m. till 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 4425-6666 or email rc.dohsq.reservations@ritzcarlton.com.

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.


FOOD & DINING LISTINGS

Burj Al Hamam Business Lunch

Sundays – Thursdays: Burj Al Hamam, The Pearl-Qatar. Enjoy a business lunch for only QR 95 per person. For more information call 4495-3876.

Lunch Escape Set

AFTERNOON TEA High Tea Time

Daily: Grand Hyatt Doha. Choose from four packages that will take you on a journey through the flavours of the world: Asian, Moroccan, English and the Middle East. For more information, call 4448-1318 or email almaha.ghdoha@hyatt.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 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. Choux Pastry, prepared to perfection by Executive Pastry Chef Loic Carbonnet. Craving Chantilly strawberry éclair or profiteroles? Crave no more!These delectable pastries will be available throughout the month of May and June. From 3:00 p.m. till 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 4494-8888.

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Big English Afternoon Tea (Extended till Late)

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. For more information, call 4485-4556.

BUSINESS LUNCH Express Business Lunch

Saturdays – Thursdays: Grand Hyatt Doha. Combining efficiency, rapidity and quality is now possible in Rocca. A three course menu will be at your disposal for just QR 85 including mineral water from 12:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. For more information, call 4448-1272 or email rocca.ghdoha@hyatt.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. 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.

Sundays – Thursdays: Holiday Villa Doha. Choose from a gorgeous feast of scrumptious Chinese or Japanese delicacies. From 11:30 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. From QR 50 per person. For more information, call 4408-4888.

Cucina Business Lunch

Sundays - Thursdays: West End, Renaissance Doha City Center. Cucina’s quick and epicurean business lunch offers a threecourse 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. For more information, call 4419-6100 or visit www.westenddoha.com.

A Trip Around the Regions of Italy

Sundays – Thursdays: Four Seasons Doha. At Il Teatro diners can try the new lunch menu. From 12:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. For more information, call 4494-8888.

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 pool 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 threecourse menu. For more information, call 4453-5373 or 4453-5135.


FOOD & DINING LISTINGS

Business Lunch at Al Hubara

Daily: Sheraton Doha. Enjoy the new business lunch at Al Hubara. This delicious lunch includes a salad bar and dessert buffet for only QR 130 or main course and dessert buffet for only QR 145. For more information, call 4485-4556.

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.

Rushed for Time In Aroma

Daily: Kempinski Doha. Select from the gourmet 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 email aroma.doha@kempinski.com or visit the website 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 featuring 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

Daily: Oryx Rotana. Grab a quick bite and enjoy The Cellar’s three-course 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.

Light Lunch Buffet at Flying Carpet

Daily: The Torch-Doha Hotel. The all-day dining restaurant combines modern design with live cooking stations and international cuisine. Light lunch QR 110 per person. Family discount on lunch and dinner buffets from Sundays till Wednesdays; for a group of five and above get 15% discount. On Wednesdays women get a 30% discount on lunch and dinner buffet. For more information, call 4444-6500 or visit www.thetorchdoha.com.

Business Lunch @ Figus

Sundays – Thursdays: Grand Heritage Doha. Choose your starter, main course and dessert, including coffee or tea from a selection of Italian dishes prepared by our Chef Augusto. QR 85 per person for a two-course menu or QR 110 for a three course-menu. From 12:30 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. For more information, call 4445-5555.

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.


ORYX ROTANA

All that Jazz 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 natural-born entertainers are well-known for their musical versatility and remarkable stage presence.

For reservations or more information please visit: www.rotanatimes.com or call +974 4402 3333

PO. Box 29922, Doha, Qatar, T: +974 4402 3333, F: +974 4402 3300, oryx.hotel@rotana.com

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TOP PICKS

SPORTS

Track Days for Bikes & Cars

Sat 5th and Sat 19th: Losail International Circuit. Track days are open days where the public can bring their own bikes or cars and ride on the Qatari track. The track is open to everybody. Cost per bike is QR 200 and per car is QR 300. Registration times for bikes: 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Registration times for cars: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.circuitlosail.com or call 4472-9151.

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. until 6:00 p.m. (25% discount on all food and beverages for female Bay Club members). Entrance fee for ladies QR 50, gents QR 250, couple QR 200. For more information, please call 4484 4852.

Charity Outdoor Yoga Event

Sat 26th: Al Dana Island. Starts at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 4425-6999 or email reservation-sharq-spa@sixsenses.com.

QIRRCH R7 & QNRRCH R7

Fri 25th and Sat 26th: Losail International Circuit. The bikes races are Qatar International Road Racing Championship and the car races are named Qatar National Road Racing Championship. It will be the last round for both, the QIRRCH and the QNRRCH. The entrance is free. Timing to be confirmed.For more information, visit www.circuitlosail.com or call 4472-9151.

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Karate

Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays: IAID. Shoto Kan, a karate style developed from various martial arts tackles Karate basics, forms, patterns of moves and sparring. Affiliated with the Qatar Karate Federation, the course is open for kids and adults. For more information, call 4432-0974 or 6671-0589 or email enquire@iaidonline.org.


SPOTLIGHT ON SPORTS

The Samsung Diamond League Sprints Ahead As told to Jorge Granda

On May 11 the Qatar Sports Club explodes with the 2012 IAAF Samsung Diamond League Series. For the third consecutive year the cream of the crop in international track and field athletes will push themselves to the limits under the Doha sun. Flashback Athletics has been the centre-piece of the Olympic Games since Ancient Greece and still holds strong as the most popular and most watched event in the Olympic program. For many decades, the Games were the only global championships in athletics. Contests in running, walking, jumping and throwing are among the oldest of all sports with roots dating back to prehistoric times. Athletics events are depicted in Ancient Egyptian tombs with illustrations of running and jumping appearing as early as 2250 BC. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) was established on July 17, 1912 in Stockholm and is the governing body for the sport. Its vision was to develop universal rules and regulations for athletics and to establish an authoritative register of world and Olympic records.

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Seventeen nations were represented at the historic meeting, held over two days after the final athletics events of the 1912 Olympic Games. A year later, 34 nations signed to the IAAF’s first constitution and J. Sigfrid Edstrom from Sweden was elected as the first IAAF President. Since October 1993 the IAAF it has been headquartered in Monaco. The IAAF Samsung Diamond League started in 2010 as a replacement for the IAAF Golden League, held annually since 1998. The Golden League was created for European competitors and featured six meetings, while the Diamond League has a world-wide appeal and features 14 meetings. The Samsung Diamond League encompasses 32 individual event disciplines, with a points-scoring ‘Diamond Race’ running throughout the 14-meeting series. Winners of each Diamond Race receive a Diamond Trophy

and cash prize, but more importantly will have shown season-long consistency in order to earn the unchallenged honour of being number one in the world. IAAF Today Nearly a century later, the IAAF has grown to 213 member federations covering every corner of the globe – a number higher than even the International Olympic Committee. More than that, the organization’s role has expanded to embrace a modern sports marketplace where athletics continues to grow in global popularity. How it works Each discipline is staged seven times with the top three athletes awarded the same amount of points at each meeting, with the exception of the final where points are doubled. The AVIVA London Grand Prix with 27 disciplines competing over two days counts as one meeting.


SPOTLIGHT ON SPORTS

1st place = 4 points (Final: = 8 points) 2nd place = 2 points (Final = 4 points) 3rd place = 1 point (Final = 2 points) The athlete with the highest number of points in each discipline at the end of the Samsung Diamond League season wins The Diamond Race. In case of a tie the number of victories decides; if this still doesn’t break the tie, the better result in the final becomes the deciding factor. For an athlete to win a Diamond Race and its associated prize, he/she must compete at the pinnacle of their capabilities in the final (to be held in either Zurich or Brussels) within their event discipline. Disciplines Men 100m Dash 200m 400m 800m 1500m 3000m 3000m Steeplechase High Jump Discus Throw

Women

Diamond Race Trophy

100m 800m 3000m/5000m 100/100m with hurdles 400m with hurdles Pole Vault Triple Jump Javelin Throw

Awarded to each Diamond Race winner at the end of the season. The winners of each of the 32 Diamond Races will receive a $40,000 USD cash prize and a spectacular Diamond Trophy created by Beyer, one of the oldest and most respected jewelers in the world, established in Zurich in the 18th century.

Prize Money

ABOUT IAAF SAMSUNG DIAMOND LEAGUE 2012

Per each event at each meeting. All 32 disciplines have the same prize money with a total of $30,000 USD x 16 = $480,000 USD per meeting.

Event: IAAF Samsung Diamond League 2012

Place Prize Money:

Dates:

May 11, 2012

1. $10,000 USD 2. $6,000 USD 3. $4,000 USD 4. $3,000 USD 5. $2,500 USD 6. $2,000 USD 7. $1,500 USD 8. $1,000 USD

Venue:

Qatar Sports Club

Further Info: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sdldoha Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/sdldoha Official: http://www.diamondleaguedoha.com/en/Meet-Info/

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: l l a B e h T n O e Ey is Year’s QSL Season A Look Back At Th

The highest professional football league in the country, the Qatar Stars League is saying good-bye until September. The 2011-2012 season was the 39th edition of this top-level football championship in Qatar. QH gives you an overview of the league and its yearly highlights. The 2011/2012 QSL run stormed into action last September, finishing out the season on April 13th, 2012. This year was full of surprises during the two legs of the championship that saw Lekhwiya proclaimed league champions. HOW THE LEAGUE WORKS QSL consists of 12 best teams out of the 16 football clubs in the country competing against each other to accumulate points. Throughout the season a total of 132 matches are played. The team that accumulates the most points at the end of the season is proclaimed the champion of the league. The league is divided into two legs, the first leg runs from September to November (with a small break in December) and the second leg runs from January until April. The top four ranked teams at the end of the season earn the opportunity to play at the H.H Heir Apparent Cup. The 12th-place team is automatically relegated to the second division, while the top-placed team in second division is promoted to the QSL. The 11th-placed team in the QSL squares off against the number two team in the second division with the winner earning a spot in the league. 96

THE STADIUMS Matches are played in seven main stadiums across four main areas in Qatar. Name of Stadium Al Arabi Al Sadd Qatar Sports Club Al Gharafa Al Rayyan Al Wakrah Al Khor QSL 2011/2012 PARTICIPATING CLUBS Al Arabi Al Gharafa Al Sadd Al Rayyan Al Wakrah Al Khor Al Jeish Lekhwiya Qatar Sports Club Al Kharaitiyat Umm Salal Al Ahli

Location Doha Doha Doha Between Doha and Al Rayyan Al Rayyan Al Wakrah Al Khor THIS YEAR’S HIGHLIGHTS: Al Ahli was relegated to second division. Al Wakrah won the Qatar Stars Cup QNB. The top four teams who qualified for the 18th HH Heir Apparent Cup were Lekhwiya, Al Rayyan, El Jaish and Al Sadd.


SPORT LISTINGS

ONE OF A KIND QIRRCH R6 & QNRRCH R6

Fri 11th and Sat 12th: Losail International Circuit. The bikes races are Qatar International Road Racing Championship and the car races are named Qatar National Road Racing Championship. It will be the 6th round for QIRRCH and the 6th round for QNRRCH. Entrance is free, timing to be confirmed. For more information, visit www.circuitlosail.com or call 4472-9151.

Qatar National Sprint R2

Fri 18th: Losail International Circuit. A Sprint is an event for cars where they race in a short oval or circular track for a short distance. You need to register previously in QMMF. For more information, call, 4437 9884 or email info@qmmf.com.qa.

Qatar National Rally R5 / Qatar National Baja R8 Sat 19th: QMMF. The National Rally and National Baja is an event for cars. For more information, call 4437-9884 or email info@qmmf.com.qa.

Family Summer Offer at PURE Leisure & Wellness Centre

Abs Workout

Wednesdays and Fridays: InterContinental Doha. The instructors will concentrate on your exercise technique, working your 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

Circuit Training

Daily. Kempinski Residences & Suites, Doha. Family membership at PURE Leisure & Wellness Centre, from May 1st to September 1st for QR 1,800 per month. Includes entrance to Kids Club from 9:00 a.m. till 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. till 6:00 p.m. (ages 4-12, max. 3 children). Membership for entire summer QR 7,000 (4 months). PURE Opening times: 6:00 a.m. till midnight. For more information, call 4405-3307 or email wellness.doha@kempinski.com.

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.

CLASSES

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.

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. 98

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Kickfit

Thursdays: InterContinental Doha. A highenergy 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.


SPORT LISTINGS

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: MÜvenpick 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.

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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.

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.

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 Gondolania Bowling Center 4403-9807, www.gondolania.com 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 Gondolania Ice Arena (Villagio) 4403-9807, www.gondolania.com

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 Aqua Park 4413-6219, www.aspire.qa

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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n its simplest form, weight loss can be described as a mathematical equation. All we need to do is expend more energy than we take in. So why is it such a hard thing to do? The short answer is because the human body is not a simple machine. Our bodies learn and remember what we do to it

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By Mike Moriarty

With the diabetes crisis in this country becoming a major issue, people living in Qatar are starting put more focus on their physical health. Exercise, diet and motivation are the keys to gaining good physical health and without all three weight-loss is incredibly difficult to attain. Here are some helpful tips to guide you on your way to good health.

and then it adapts accordingly. Over time metabolisms slow down, muscles fade away, and fat builds up. Think of losing weight and building muscle as the process of pulling the brakes on an already moving train, then turning it around to face the other way and starting it off in the other direction again

What I hope to outline to you are six key principles that can help you along your journey to achieving your goals. Whether you’re trying to shed unwanted weight, build muscle, or both, these tips will help push you towards success.


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. Lifting weights burns fat. If you want to lose weight and trim up, you must lift weights. People often mistakenly assume that lifting weights is only for the big, burly gym jockey. This is not the case. Compare the human body to a car engine. The bigger the engine, the more petrol it uses. In the case of humans the more muscle we have the more energy (fat) our body burns. When working out always do the exercise 12 times, repeating it three times and be sure to work different muscle groups on different days to give them time to recover.

. Graze throughout the day. In order to kick start our metabolisms we must train our bodies to continually burn energy throughout the day. One way to help with this is to eat six small meals during the day, rather than the traditional three square meals. To ensure we are taking in only what we need, the rule of thumb for portion sizes is the whole meal should be no bigger than the size of the palm of your hand. Each of the six meals should have a measure of protein, carbohydrate and fresh fruit and/or vegetables.

No pain, no gain. This age-old adage still rings true today. If you want results, be prepared to work hard for them. Whether it’s during your cardio or weight sessions, the workout has got to hurt for a large part of the activity. Our body needs to have endured some form of stress in order to grow the muscle or burn the fat so it is prepared for something similar in the future. For your cardio session try interval training to raise and lower the intensity of the workout.

Drink lots of water. Most of us work and live in heavily airconditioned buildings, so this makes this point all the more important. Because our body is made up of 70 percent water it’s crucial that we continually replace the fluids we lose throughout the day. It is common for us to feel hungry, when we are in fact dehydrated. The easiest way to ensure you are properly hydrated is to keep drinking water until your urine is clear. Also coffee and sodas do not count as adequate hydrating liquids!

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. Choose your goals wisely. What is it that you’re after when it comes to physical health? Many people define it by the numbers on a scale. This is fine, but not if it’s the only thing you’re using to measure your progress. Your goal should be SMART – specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and within a time frame. It might be that you want to reach a certain weight, but don’t forget to celebrate the journey along the way. Perhaps a more short-term goal could be fitting into your favourite jeans again, or that you want to start using the stairs at work without becoming out of breath. Find a training partner. Accountability is a great way of ensuring we stick to our goals. It’d easy to skip the gym or that walk when we are tired, but less so when we know there is someone there waiting for us. If you can find a friend with similar goals as yourself, organize a way to train together and support each other. If this is not possible, get the help of a personal trainer to ensure you are working hard and doing all the right things. Having the extra support might just be the difference between success and failure.

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Journey to

Health By Chloe Adelle

One woman’s search for wellness among the temptations and delights of Doha is a lesson for us all. QH welcomes columnist Chloe Adelle as she takes readers along for the ride.

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recently came to the realization that after six months of living in Doha I was adopting some less-than-admirable health habits endemic to the expat community. I often found myself driving just two blocks for cupcakes, visiting an unseemly number of the city’s fast food chains and was beginning to view walking as an activity in and of itself.

After finally admitting that even my cat had gained the feline equivalent of the ‘Doha dozen’, I knew it was time to put the brakes on my SUV affliction and get my feet back down to Earth. So I vowed: no more valets, no more golf-carts, no more excuses. I promise I was not always like this. I was once a weekend patron of farmer’s markets, aspiring runner of marathons and fair-weather member of the urban cycling crowd. However, somewhere along the journey from Canada to Qatar, I lost my way. 106

In a city flush with world-class fine-dining, lavish brunches and irresistible take out it is all too easy to indulge in Doha. So the one million riyal question is: how can I enjoy what my adopted homeland has to offer and still stay fit? The secret to good food is fresh ingredients. Like browsing online for a used car, I prefer my produce with as little mileage as possible. It does not get any better than local fruit and vegetables and, surprisingly, Qatar offers more local options than just succulent dates and the highly-coveted desert truffle. So I bequeathed my impressive stockpile of takeout menus to my poor, unwitting neighbour and set off to find some company for the paltry produce collection in my fridge. With the use of modern agricultural technology and classic Gulf entrepreneurship, there is a fair selection of local produce available in Doha -- bonus points for it also being the most affordable.

Available at most of the mainstay grocery stores, a pack of local cucumbers sells for QR 6, and both tomatoes and strawberries go for QR 10. Local cabbage, cauliflower, eggplant and broccoli are often available at similarly low prices. Most freshly cut herbs are local and – at two to eight riyals each – make the perfect healthy seasoning for any dish. But my favourite are Qatari beets. You can buy a bundle for less than three riyals. Roasted in the oven or grated fresh, for very few calories, these sweet fuchsia roots pack a punch of nutrients and antioxidants, helping to lower blood pressure. If you’re looking for organic produce (grown without synthetic pesticides or chemical fertilizers), offerings from the U.A.E. and Europe are available for a premium at Megamart, Lulu, Dean & Deluca and Carrefour. Selection can be limited, (think citrus and pomegranates), and like many things in Doha if you don’t snag it right away you might not see it again.


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If you like surprises and don’t always have the time to run to the shop, The Green Box delivers boxes of local, organic mixed vegetables straight from a nearby farm to your door. Just place your order on their website (www.thegreenbox. me) and, depending on what’s available that week, receive a mix of carrots, leeks, cabbage, beets, tomatoes and other delicious veggies every Tuesday. A five-kilogram box costs QR 110 while the ten-kilogram box goes for QR 190. Programs like this exist in most major urban centres and the Green Box’s two-year tenure is yet another sign that Doha has arrived.

free-range, individually-named poultry and meat some Westerners prefer, the Arabian Gulf offers an incredible aquatic bounty. Fish are a great lean protein and source of essential Omega-3 fatty acids, important for brain and heart health – and preventing cancer.

“The secret to good food is fresh ingredients.”

As a former vegetarian turned carnivore, I can’t ignore matters of the flesh. While you won’t find the kind of local, grass-fed,

When I’ve spent so much time indoors that the ocean view from my apartment begins to look like a faded postcard, I take a drive down to the far end of the Corniche (past the MIA) to remind myself exactly where I am.

Once the stars come out fishermen pull their boats right up to the shore to sell their daily wares by lamplight. It doesn’t get any fresher than this. Tuna,

kingfish, red snapper, sherry, crabs and the beloved hammour are all waiting for you. You can even buy a shark for QR 150! When I’m feeling discouraged because I just ordered a carton of ice cream from the mini-mart next door, I think to myself: like the expanding Doha skyline, a healthy lifestyle is not built in a day. It takes time to cultivate these habits and an enduring effort to maintain them. There are still many questions to be answered during my journey towards healthy living in Qatar. How can I indulge in Doha’s restaurants and still eat well? How do I take full advantage of the Asian produce I’d be hard pressed to find back home? And what would my husband say if he came home to find me filleting an entire shark? Stay tuned.

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Simple Luxury at

the Safir Hotel By Ashlee Starratt Photography by Jessie Palanca

Nestled in the heart of Doha’s old Najma area the Safir Hotel offers five-star service at a four-star price.

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hen walking into the Safir Hotel for the first time what immediately greets the eye are the warm smiles of the staff – a feeling that immediately puts the weary traveler at ease, conveying a sense of home. With a spacious lobby complete with comfortable seating areas, a cozy lounge, gift shop and open-concept views up to the mezzanine level, the Safir is a jewel in the heart of the old city. With its proximity to the airport, Souk Waqif and bustling Bank Street, it’s the ideal location for families, business and leisure travelers looking for a place to stay. General Manager Mohamed Saleh says it’s precisely that diversity of clientele that the Safir hotel aims to cater to through exceptional customer serivce. “Our training and standards at Safir is our asset,” he says. 108

“Regardless of the hotel, the location, or anything else, our main advantage is our employees and the lovely atmosphere which they create for our guests, they really make them feel that this is a home away from home.” With 119 superior and deluxe rooms, 14 executive suites and a full-time staff of 70 during the regular season, the Safir Hotel offers every amenity to its guests. The rooms are spacious with a king-size bed, spacious walk-in shower with rainfall showerhead, a fully-stocked mini-bar and cable and wi-fi in every room. Deluxe suites can even be opened up to have adjoining rooms for larger families. Guests know that the comfort of their stay is the number one priority for management and staff. Guests can enjoy a range of international cuisine from Flavors the restaurant on the mezzanine level, where

families can dine in or have room service delivered. There is also a comfortable gym with state-of-the-art equipment and a roof-top pool with spectacular views of old Doha and the West Bay skyline. Every Saturday is ‘Ladies Day’ where female guests and community members can use the pool in privacy and comfort. In a city like Doha, Saleh says he is looking forward to where the Safir brand is heading.” The Safir chain itself started long ago in Kuwait and it’s growing right across the Gulf region,” he says. “We’ve now reached more than 15 hotels in the Middle East and we targeted the Doha market because it’s the upcoming place to be here for the future with the World Cup 2022 announcement. So we decided to start here at this hotel and in this market as a first step; however we’re planning to grow with the Qatar


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market by opening more hotels in the next few years. We feel it’s important to have more than one hotel in Qatar; it has great potential and it’s actually the future of the Gulf. Within the upcoming year we’re looking to acquire at least one more property here in Doha and if it goes well we might extend our brand even further.” Certainly in terms of expansion, the Safir has already cornered the market on a new venture implemented recently: local outside catering. “We are providing outside catering at a very high quality of standard,” says Saleh. “We deliver our services to your place, wherever you are. We have a lot of menus and different cuisinse from international, to Italian, to Arabic. The feedback we’ve been getting from several Embassies that we’ve catered for has been more than excellent. We also do outside catering for corporate companies with large numbers of guest over 2000 and again we received excellent feedback. Whether it’s birthdays, events or meetings we take it from A-Z for our guests in the comfort of their own homes or location of their choosing.” With so much on the horizon for Doha, the Safir Hotel brand and its management is ready to grow with the city and the country in a way that will continue to provide superior service in the hospitality industry

with the needs and comfort of their guests at the forefront. For Saleh, this part of the job continues to be a joy for him. “The hotel industry is something that I love,” he says. “I love working in this field. During my time in university I chose to join the faculty of Hotels and Tourism because I loved that career path. What I really enjoy in the hotel industry is interacting with the guests. Welcoming and greeting them and the standard and quality of service here, the people who you get to know – the whole atmosphere.” “It’s a life. The hotel industry is really a life,” he says, smiling. “Once you come into the hotel, you feel like you’re entering your own world, with your own character and personality. It’s a mix between welcoming service and being part of diplomatic life. It can be long hours and long days but you stop counting because you love what you do. And you can take a lot of what you love.” Having enjoyed an extended stay at the Safir, it’s clear that each and every member of the staff loves what they do. You will be a greeted with prompt service and warm smiles; and, should you ever leave and come back again in the future, you can be certain that everyone will remember you by name. Now that’s simple luxury worth staying for.

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Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice By Ashlee Starratt Photography by Jessie Palanca

This new specialty bakery and café in Lagoona Mall will delight the sweetest of senses. When you walk in to Sugar and Spice the first thing you notice is the décor; the second thing that catches your eye is how every table is full and no one seems in a rush to go anywhere as they linger over their desserts, lemon mints and lattes. With a soft mint-green colour palette the entire space evokes the best of the shabby chic, vintage vibe with chandeliers made of reclaimed cupcake tins and silver spoons, delightfully mismatched chairs, colourful couches and art-deco photos on the walls. But the real attractions at this cozy spot are the decadent desserts that line the showcase at the front of the store. Redvelvet cupcakes, Rocky Road squares and Mississippi mud pies abound and topping it all off is a four-tiered Persian-pillow cake complete with tassles and yellow and lilac fondant. For owner Saleh Alayan the opening of the store has been the realization of a dream that was a long time in the making.

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“I’ve been baking ever since I could really,” he says. “My mother’s a baker and she loves it and maybe I had that passion through her. I used to go down to the kitchen and help her make Middle Eastern sweets. Seeing her in the kitchen and working with her, I think that’s where [my passion] came from.” Sugar and Spice is not just another café; instead Alayan strives to take his products and customer service to a whole new level. “We try to go deeper than just a normal cake shop,” he says. “We ask what flavour the person likes and we try to create that flavour and work on it. If they’re a Twix lover, we try to make a cake that tastes like Twix at the end. The real idea is I don’t want to open another café. We want to push it to another kind of limit and go personal with our clients. I talk to every single table that is here; we laugh, I take notes if they have a comment on anything. We try to make it have a homey feeling so people can make it a slightly sweeter home away from home.”

Owner, Saleh Alayan

With specialties on the menu including a light airy cheesecake and a banoffee pie that is so sumptuous it’s quickly become an all-time best-seller, it’s not hard to believe that the way to a customer’s heart truly is through their stomach – or sweet tooth in this case. But Sugar and Spice also does much more, offering customers a wide selection of home-made gourmet sandwiches and salads and will soon expand to offer a breakfast menu of waffles, pancakes, eggs and French toast. Alayan says he’s always coming up with new ideas for products. “I’ve tested most of the recipes at home,” he says. “And I have to give credit to my staff -- they’ve been doing a great job. I come up with crazy ideas and they try to cool me down but we always try something new.” At Sugar and Spice your taste buds won’t want to stop trying something new either.


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Travel Spotlight: Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Looking for a happening spring getaway? Look no farther than jolly old England. London is a hot spot this year with the upcoming summer Olympics, but 2012 also marks Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. QH brings you all the details on celebrations for events taking place all over the U.K. capital. Expats take note!

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his June 2nd marks a milestone for the British monarchy as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrates 60 years on the throne. Commonwealth nations across the globe will mark the diamond anniversary with Jubilee events. With a large number of ex-pats here in Qatar hailing from Commonwealth countries, here are some highlights to get you planning you trip: May 10th-13th: Diamond Jubilee Pageant The private grounds of Windsor Castle will be taken over in royal spectacle by equestrian performers, dancers, military display and music showcasing the best in pomp and circumstance for the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. The event is open to the public. June 3rd: Thames River Pageant Over a thousand boats will take to the waters of the Thames at high tide to lead Her Majesty’s ship into harbour. Spectators will clog the streets at water’s edge along the route to watch as the Queen reigns over her fleet. June 4th: Buckingham Palace Concert With 10,000 tickets being made available to the public at this exclusive event, the concert will feature a star-studded line-up of musicians performing for the Royal Family. The concert will also be broadcast live on the BBC for those not lucky enough to nab tickets. GETTING THERE: Qatar Airways: Doha to London – QR 3,660 single-ticket round-trip economy class from May 1st.

Gulf Air: Doha to London – QR 3,460 single ticket round-trip economy class from May 1st. Rizon Jet: Doha to London (private charter) – QR 32,274 per person round-trip. Plane seats 11 passengers. (Price subject to availability.) British Airways: Doha to London – QR 2,580 single ticket round-trip economy class from May 1st. For more information on the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebration and events visit www.thediamondjubilee.org. 111


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Paradise Found By Victoria Scott

Searching for the perfect spot for a luxurious family holiday in the Middle East? Look no farther than Muscat, Oman.

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have found paradise, and it’s only just over an hour’s flight away from Doha. I seriously considered keeping it quiet so that no-one else could come and bag the sun-bed next to me, but luckily for QH, that nagging honesty my mother drummed into me from childhood won out in the end. Regular readers of QH will know that I’m the mother of a little boy, and that our family has recently resolved not to let the toddler factor get in the way of our travel ambitions. The challenge on this holiday: can we enjoy a luxurious beach break with a tantruming two year old in tow? Our destination, the Shangri-La Barr Al-Jissah in Muscat, proves that it’s entirely possible. The resort is a pleasant 45-minute drive from the airport. Oman is a beautiful country, blessed with dramatic desert mountains and warm, crystal clear seas, so you can feel yourself relaxing even as

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you gaze out of the car window. The Barr al-Jissah is an integrated resort featuring three luxury hotels: Al Bandar, which is aimed primarily at the business market; Al Husn, an exclusive ultra-luxury getaway; and Al Waha, which is aimed at families who like their sea and sand to be of the five-star variety. All of the hotels are fabulous, but we checked into Al Waha, aware that our son’s particular brand of entertainment might not be compatible with everyone’s idea of a five-star idyll. Not that Al Waha is any less impressive; with its elegant entrance hall, well designed pool area (with covered kids’ pool), sandy beach and multiple kids’ play areas, it’s as close to family holiday paradise as you can get. And our suite was the icing on the cake. With two bathrooms, a lounge area with separate dining table and a balcony with a mesmerizing view of palm trees, the sea and the resort’s

‘lazy river’, we felt completely at home. Well, in a tidier, better equipped and more luxurious version of home, anyway. I was bowled over by the L’Occitane en Provence toiletries in the bathrooms. My husband liked the Bose sound dock and free Wi-Fi. Our son loved the buttons on the TV remote. Days are not hard to fill at the Barr Al Jissah,


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even with a child in tow. First, breakfast; the hotel puts on an enormous spread that caters for even the pickiest eater (or angriest toddler.) We loved the freshly cooked eggs and indulgent pancakes and the staff offered to wash our son’s plastic bib and plates after breakfast every morning, which was a great touch. The hotel’s kids’ club, Little Turtles, is complementary and available for children aged four-years and up. Younger kids are welcome to play in there when accompanied by an adult. It’s well equipped and the children looked like they were having a great time. All the family will enjoy a trip to the resort’s Omani heritage village, which is a short walk from the hotel. Here, you can buy locally-made crafts (and see them being made) try out henna painting and catch regular cultural events and shows. A huge highlight for us all was the hotel’s 500-metre long lazy river, which meanders between Al Waha and Al Bandar. We loaded ourselves onto inflatable rings and giggled and cuddled our way around the course, our son gently lulled to sleep by the birdsong and the ripples on the water. The hotel’s beach is great. Clean, wide and well supplied with comfortable sun loungers, there are even free beach toys available for the kids. Lifeguards here take their job seriously, which is very reassuring when your son insists on trying to run into the sea at every possible opportunity. Oman is very warm even during spring, but the hotel provides free water by the beach and pool, delivered in a cool box

and brought to your sun lounger. Fresh fruit is offered, too. And in the afternoons, there are camels and ponies brought to the beach for the kids to ride. If you’re feeling active, the hotel has free kayaks and sailing boats to loan out, with tuition on offer if you need it. There’s also a well-equipped gym, four tennis courts and a dive centre (with instructors) nearby. Plus if you want to unwind completely, the resort’s Chi spa is heavenly. A real benefit of the hotel’s resort setting is that guests are free to dine in any of the resort’s 21 restaurants, which range from informal bars to fine dining. At lunchtime, we ate at the poolside Assira bar, which offered a full range of sandwiches and snacks. We also used room service, which proved a real success. Our food was delivered quickly and was kept piping hot in a heated hostess trolley, complete with white linen and fresh flowers. On our first night, we ate at Al Bandar’s Tapas restaurant. We took our son along and were very impressed not only with quality of the food but the speed with which the dishes arrived; so quickly in fact that our son didn’t even have time to consider a melt-down, much to our relief. On our second night, we decided to splash out and explore one of the resort’s more refined eateries, but without our son this time. We booked babysitting through the hotel, for a very reasonable QR 30 an hour. We chose Capri Court, a restaurant serving modern Italian cuisine. The food was delicious, the sort you want to linger over, and so we did. If I close my eyes I’m

still there, staring up at the starry sky and revelling in precious quality time with my husband. As we packed up at the end of our weekend break, I was transported back to childhood holidays where I cried and begged my parents to extend our stay. This time I was the parent, and I didn’t want to leave either. My husband and I seriously considered changing our flights and staying another few nights. So, if you’re looking for somewhere very special to take your family, look no further. It’s not cheap, but then, you’d expect to pay a premium for luxury and convenience at this level. Keep the place to yourself, mind; we don’t want everyone else finding out about it, do we?

Victoria Scott and family stayed at the Shangri La Barr al Jissah resort in Oman. (www.shangri-la.com) A return economy ticket to Muscat in mid-May costs QR 2800 with Qatar Airways (www.qatarairways. com) or QR 1580 with Oman Air (www.omanair.com)

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RIZON JET BRINGS THE WORLD TO YOU

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n all new private jet operator has touched down in Qatar as Rizon Jet unveiled its new premium VIP terminal last month in Doha. Rizon Jet Group Holdings W.L.L. is owned and operated by Ghanim bin Saad al Saad and Sons Group Holdings. (GSSG) Founded in 2006, the executive jet operator also has a base in London’s Biggin Hill Airport and can operate a network of services spanning the globe from the Gulf region to Europe and all points onwards. Rizon’s fleet of private jets is state-of-theart, including three Bombardier Challenger 605s and one Hawker 900XP. Passengers can relax in comfort in the VIP terminal located in the Rizon Jet Centre beside Doha International Airport, offering the best in care and attention to detail for dignitaries, VIPs and discerning passengers. Rizon Jet CEO Captain Hassan Al-Mousawi is optimistic that the company’s superior customer service, and impeccable standards of quality assurance for their aircraft will speak to customers. “Rizon Jet offers travelers and private jet owners something unique and tailored to their individual needs and this can be seen across our service offering” he says. “We are extremely proud of this terminal and the facilities it extends to our clients and we are pleased to have the opportunity to welcome [them] here. We will maintain 114

CEO Hassan Al Moussawi our commitment to seven-star service; whether that means providing unparalleled world-class executive passenger handling facilities and services, or managing and maintaining business jets to standards that exceeds industry norms. Our facilities in Doha and Biggin Hill, London enable us to extend this level of service to clients in Europe and the Middle East.’ Prior to joining the Rizon Jet team as CEO, Mr Al - Mousawi’s career in the aviation industry dates back to 1982 when he worked for Qatar’s Department of Civil Aviation, going on to train at the prestigious Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in the U.S., obtaining degrees in Professional Aeronautics and Computer Science with Aviation. He then went on to receive a Masters in Aeronautical Science and has flown Airbus 320, 330 and 340 aircraft. It may be a surprise, but the costs of chartering a private aircraft are comparable to many mainstream carriers. For example, a round-trip flight from Doha to the Maldives for eleven people would be roughly $73,000 USD depending on the kind of aircraft flown and crew availability. Divided by the number of passengers on

board that works out to $6,636USD per person. Included in that pricing is all the other luxuries afforded to passengers who choose to travel with a private carrier: flexibility of schedule, privacy, luxury, and the ability to save time by only needing to arrive 15 minutes before departure. Rizon Jet’s mission statement speaks of its vision and passion for a new class of private aviation service. Captain AlMousawi and his team aim to make flying an art. Trough a pioneering attitude towards the industry and the customers who use their services, Rizon Jet will no doubt become a familiar staple on the tarmac here in Doha and introduce many more people to the fine art of flying.

For more information on charter flights and bookings visit www.rizonjet.com.


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

Africa Festival May 25th -28th: Germany

This international Afro-music festival in Würzburg is Europe’s largest celebration of African music, heritage and culture. The main focuses of this year’s event are the two neighbouring nations of Cape Verde and Senegal. Music, art and film from both regions will be highlighted throughout the festival along with a fashion show by Senegalese designer Madame Rama Diaw N’Diaye. Other musical acts throughout the week include performers from North Africa, Jamaica, Cuba, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana and many more. Head on over to www.africafestival.org for more information and get ready to dance to the beat of your own drum.

Artisans and the Palace Festival May 11th -13th: Italy

This spring festival in Florence brings the works of the Italian masters and the craftsmanship of the era to a global audience. Visitors can wander through the Palazzo Corsini to view over 80 exhibits featuring traditional displays of artisanal work. Watch as iron, textiles, precious stones, glass and wood are molded, melded and hand-crafted into works of art. There will also be demonstrations of ancient perfumery and the workings of traditional herbal medicines passed down by the Dominican Friars. If you’re feeling handy, visit www.artigianatoepalazzo.it for more information.

8th Fanta Dance Festival May 11th -13th: Bulgaria

The world’s best dancers convene on the Bulgarian capital of Sofia in a four-day event that will have your toes tapping, body bending, and hips popping in ways you never thought they could. Watch as teams compete in categories of salsa, hip-hop and breakdancing, while taking part in activities for adults and kids including Zumba classes. A number of world-class DJs will descend on the event to keep the music pumping and the beats hot. Sashay on over to www.fantafiesta.bg and put on your dancing shoes.

Buddha’s Birthday May 28th: China

Bluff Oyster and Food Festival May 26th: New Zealand

Make like a mollusk and shuck your way on over to this briny festival on the very tip of the South Island in the small town of Bluff. A seafood lover’s paradise, the festival brings the best New Zealand oysters to the plates of festival-goers. But the most beautiful of bi-valves are not the only creatures from the deep on the menu; local crayfish, salmon, scallops, abalone and mussels. In addition to treats from the tide there will also be local New Zealand lamb and sausage to tempt your favour, along with live music and activities for the whole family. Cast your net at www.bluffoysterfest.co.nz to plan your excursion.

Come join one of the holiest days in the Buddhist calendar as the followers of the faith celebrate the birth of Prince Siddhartha Gautama, otherwise known as the Buddha after he reached Enlightenment. Hong Kong and Macau are the best places to be in China for the biggest exhibitions including cultural processions, music, fireworks displays and much more. Declared a national holiday, the Buddha’s Birthday is one of the most popular festival celebrations for tourists visiting the country. Follow the path to knowledge and visit www.china.tourism-asia.net to book your trip. 115


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Lie To Me, Season 3 Gossip Girl, Season 4 The latest season of the CW’s hit teen drama sees relationships put to the test as a new girl, Juliet, comes on the scene with a grudge against Serena. Also, will Chuck be able to protect his father’s personal business from an old rival? Grab the box set and check out the clashes, heartbreak and of course the fashion!

An Idiot Abroad Only the mind of Britain’s Ricky Gervais could bring this gem of a show to television tubes around the world. An Idiot Abroad is, well, as simple as it sounds. The travel-documentary series centres around Karl Pilkington, Gervais’ old radio colleague, as he experiences the wonders of the world for the first time in all his bumbling glory. Reality TV at its best? 116

This thriller of a series from the Fox Network stars Tim Roth as Dr. Cal Lightman, a psychologist who tracks down the bad guys using his skills in reading body language and micro-expression. Season 3 sees new cases threaten to stump Lightman while at the same time he deals with new developments in his personal life.

Flight of the Conchords, Season 2

Ashes to Ashes, Season 1

Jemaine and Bret are back in the second season of what has quickly become a cult classic for the HBO network. Follow the New Zealand bandmates as they continue to work odd jobs to pay the bills in New York City in the hopes that stardom is just around the corner; and even if it’s not the songs and laughter are!

In this television sequel to the Brit hit ‘Life On Mars’, ‘Ashes to Ashes’ is a sci-fi continuation set at the bureau of the London Metropolitan Police. Filled with time travel, unexplained disappearances and questions of the afterlife, this series will draw you in. But can you get back out?


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QH recommends an action-packed night at the theatre with these films that are sure to please!

The Cabin in the Woods Horror/Thriller Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin in the woods where they get more than they bargained for. Together, they must discover the truth of what lies behind these doors. Directors: Drew Goddard Stars: Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford and Chris Hemsworth ..............................................................................................................

The Three Stooges Comedy

Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day Drama The Ames’ seem to have built the perfect life until their six-year old daughter is kidnapped; over the course of seven days they begin to uncover secrets about their past that could rip their marriage and lives apart.

While trying to save their childhood orphanage, Moe, Larry and Curly inadvertently stumble into a murder plot and wind up starring in a reality TV show.

Director: Neema Barnette Stars: Blair Underwood, Sharon Leal and Nicole Beharie ................................................................

Director: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly Stars: Sean Hayes, Chris Diamantopoulos and Will Sasso

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Lockout Action/Thriller A man wrongly convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage against the U.S. is offered his freedom if he can rescue the president’s daughter from an outer-space prison taken over by violent inmates. Directors: James Mather, Stephen St. Leger Stars: Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace and Peter Stormare

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The story of Aung San Suu Kyi as she becomes the core of Burma’s democracy movement and her relationship with her husband, writer Michael Aris. Directors: Luc Besson Stars: Michelle Yeoh, David Thewlis and Jonathan Raggett


The Dish on Qatar 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. WORDS TO KNOW Visitors to Qatar will notice that there are many English-speaking ex-pats and locals and for most tourists, the language barrier is minimal. However, in case of emergency here are a few important words that you should know in Arabic.

THE SCOOP ON NATIONAL HOLIDAYS Qatar is a Muslim country and it observes the most important holidays in the Islamic calendar along with a few state holidays as well. Here’s what you’ll need to know to keep you going no matter what month you visit!

Feb 14th: National Sports Day This new public holiday was decreed in 2012 by HH The Emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani to celebrate the sporting spirit of Qatar and to encourage Qataris and their families to participate in a healthy lifestyle through sport and exercise. Various family-friendly sporting events take place all day across Doha, including Aspire Park and Katara Cultural Village.

‘I need help’ – ‘Aahhtaj moossa’ada’

‘Where is the nearest hospital’

‘I’ve lost my passport’

– ‘Wayn aqrab moostashfa?’ – ‘Daya’et jawaz safari’ •

‘How much does this cost?’

‘Can you tell me how to get to…’

‘Thank you’ – ‘Shoukran’

‘Excuse me’ – ‘Afwan’

‘My name is’ – ‘Ismi’

‘I come from (ex: Canada)’

– ‘Kam hadda?’ – ‘Kif ouwssal li…’

– ‘Ana min (Canada)’ •

‘Where is the closest bank?’ – ‘Wayn aqrab masref?’

‘I need a taxi please’ – ‘Oorid taxi min fadlak/fadlek’ (‘Fadlek’ if you’re approaching a woman)

‘Where is the closest restaurant’ –‘Wayn aqrab mata’am?’

Aug 19th: Eid al-Fitr This three or four-day holiday marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan starts on August 19th this year. ‘Eid’ means ‘festivity’ in Arabic and ‘al-Fitr’ means ‘to break one’s fast’. Throughout the month of Ramadan, Muslim observers of the faith fast from sunrise to sunset for 29 or 30 days. The period of Ramadan shifts each year by roughly eleven days based on the cycle of the moon, but always falls in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. During Eid al-Fitr it’s common to hear people saying ‘Eid Mubarak’, or ‘Blessed Eid’, as they enjoy celebration feasts or ‘iftars’, breaking their fast on the last day of Ramadan.

Sept 3rd: Independence Day This state holiday marks Qatar’s independence from the other Emirate States on September 3, 1971, becoming its own sovereign entity. After the British Empire withdrew its influence from the region in 1968, Qatar aligned itself with Bahrain and seven other sheikhdoms around the Gulf but eventually withdrew to stand on its own. Aside from Bahrain the remaining sheikhdoms would go on to become the seven states of the United Arab Emirates. Oct 26th: Eid al-Adha Also known as the ‘Feast of the Sacrifice’ this second Eid in the fall is a religious Muslim holiday to mark the willingness of Abraham in the Qu’ran to sacrifice his son Ishmael as an act of obedience to Allah. The three or four-day celebration occurs approximately 70 days after the end of the month of Ramadan and after the Hajj, the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca. Dec 18th: National Day This day of national pride sees the streets of Doha taken over in celebration with parades, processionals and fireworks to commemorate the country’s unity and vision for the future. It also acknowledges the contributions of the Al Thani family, of whom HH The Emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani has led the country since 1995. The growth of the nation under the auspices and governance of the Al Thani’s has propelled Qatar and its people to new heights of success on both the regional and international stage.

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‘Andares: Peruvian Paso Horse’ Photo Art Exhibition Comes to Katara

The Embassy of the Republic of Peru in Qatar, in collaboration with KATARA, International Bank of Qatar (IBQ), Qatar Photographic Society and the Peruvian Paso Horse Association, will proudly present ‘ANDARES: Peruvian Paso Horse’, a Photo Art Exhibition by the Peruvian artist Ana María García Montero, showing the beauty and majesty of the Peruvian Paso Horse, single piece of rich national heritage and that is recognized worldwide. The exhibition goes on display from May 1st to 19th, from 10:00hrs. to 22:00hrs. at the Qatar Photographic Society (Building 18) of KATARA, The Cultural Village. The Peruvian Paso Horse is a flagship product of Peru, created by Peruvians over centuries through a long process of purification and selection, from the Spanish horses that arrived during the time of the Conquista (XVI century). These Spanish horses mostly came from three bloodlines: the Castilian, 120

the Andalusian and the Jaca. It is a breed unique in the world distinguished by its way of walking, which is known as an amble, meaning a gait composed of lateral movements. According to George Nasra, Managing Director of IBQ, “At IBQ we are delighted to take part in this high-profile spectacular photo art event. It is indeed a privilege to be associated with KATARA, The Embassy of the Republic of Peru, the Qatar Photographic Society and the Peruvian Paso Horse Association to bring about an exhibition of such talented artistic works that feature the magnificent Paso Horse, a symbol of Peru’s national heritage. IBQ’s sponsorship of the Andares Peruvian photo exhibition underlines our commitment to support refined arts and cultural events in Doha.  We believe that our association in such creative events will enrich the community to help spread understanding and appreciation of the arts in the widest sense.”

About Ana María García Montero Peruvian, was born on September 8, 1954 in Miraflores, Lima. She has developed communication processes based on images for agencies for actors, actresses, models and advertising agencies, and portfolios for world art celebrities. In 1997, the Global Education Group of University of Florida granted her the Professional Degree in Fine Arts and Artistic Design. In March 2010, the photograph “Efímero Susto,” taken in Isla GrandeAncón from the photographic exhibition “VOCES del MAR” was nominated by National Geographic. At present, she continues developing creative processes in photography, communication, and graphic design as well as digital retouching and restoration in San Diego, California.


SPECIAL PROMOTION Facts about Peruvian Paso Horses Peruvian Paso Horses are examples of elegant beauty, courage and nobility, with its peculiar delight to walk side or “flat pitch” born without doubt a combination of blood of different types of horses arrived in South America with the Spanish conquerors. The resulting hybrid of ponies kept raising the forelegs, its delicate beauty of Arabic and Berber some external features but above all the timing in his walk. But the Peruvian Paso Horse is more than the sum of races, is also the product of a breeding working for over 300 years serving his master in the varied geography of the country with hot arid coast and the creeks and intense cold of the Andes, creating a different horse, sober and frugal able to withstand long hours of travel, keeping his nobility, his step and elegant picture ... a horse only showed the world today with singular pride. About KATARA and the Qatar Photographic Society Situated on the eastern coast of Doha, Katara – The Cultural Village is an integrated cultural landmark which possesses the character of a historic and inspirational breeding ground for arts and culture in Qatar. The village is built on 1,000,000 square meters, its interconnecting pathways and creatively placed buildings constructed to resemble Al Fareej, an ancient Qatari alley. Attractions offered by Katara – The Cultural Village include an open amphitheatre, an opera house, a cinema which can double as a drama theatre, a multi-purpose hall, handicrafts souq, book stall, and beach, in addition to a rich variety of international cuisine. Several locally based NGOs, including Algannas Society, Childhood Cultural Center, Qatar Fine Arts Society, Qatar Photographic Society, Qatar Society for Engineers, and Visual Art Center, currently operate in Katara – The Cultural Village. By hosting entertaining and in-

formative festivals, exhibitions, forums, and other cultural events, Katara – The Cultural Village accentuates Doha’s globally recognized position as the capital of Arab culture. About IBQ The International Bank of Qatar (IBQ) is a well-established and rapidly-growing commercial institution, offering a full range of retail, private and corporate banking solutions. IBQ has a strong commitment to build long-lasting relationships with its customers and provide them with excellent customer service with a focus on making banking simple, convenient and tailored to their needs. IBQ is one of the oldest existing banks in Qatar and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2006. It has a growing network of 10 branches and service centres and 32 ATMs in strategic

locations throughout Qatar. In June 2009, IBQ was recognized as “the fastest moving bank” in the Middle East and North Africa region and the 26th fastest mover globally in The Banker magazine’s Top 1,000 World Bank survey 2009. This commitment to customer relationships and best practice is reflected in the numerous awards won by the bank, including ‘Best Customer Service’ award in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 from Banker Middle East Magazine and ‘Best Retail Bank in Qatar 2011’ from Arabian Business. IBQ is 30% owned and managed by the National Bank of Kuwait (NBK), the largest bank in Kuwait and the highest-rated in the Middle East. 121


IT HAPPENED

FIG Artistic Gymnastics Challenge Cup Aspire Dome, March 29, 2012

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Barwa Shopping Festival Barwa Village, April 5, 2012

Shabrawi Khater, Khalifa Salman Al Mohannadi and Shamshuduha Armar

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iWed Doha Exhibition Center, April 5, 2012

Sarah Haywood

3rd from left: Leslie Garcia-Moica, Sarah Haywood and Moona Masri-Whitice Sarah Haywood and Moona Masri-Whitice

L-R: Leslie Garcia-Moica, Sarah Haywood and Moona Masri-Whitice

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Hed Kandi BeacH Party InterContinental Doha, April 12, 2012

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L-R: Khenu Khor Kwan, Fung Kwok Wai and Lin Tang Ho

L-R: Mr. Ahmad Taleb, President of the Arab Billard & Snooker Federation, Mr. Hany Al Khory

KAfe Ole ANd QBALL GrAND OPening, Holiday Villa Hotel, April 19, 2012

3rd from left: Chairman of Taleb Group Mr. Mohammad Taleb al-Khouri

L-R: Mr. Sultan Al Joker, Mr. Hany Al Khory and Mr. Ahmed Taleb

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Chefs Toshikazu Kato and Giancarlo Di Francesco

Roger Cova

Japanese Ambassador H.E. Kenjiro Monji and Etsuko Monji

Nusantao Restaurant Opening Four Seasons, April 9, 2012

Ashlee Starratt, Lisa Travell and Neil Travell

Maxime Regad

Noel Gumapac, Gilbert Segarra

and Sarce Junior

Chinese Ambassador H.E. Zhang Zhiliang and General Manager Simon Casson

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Ghada Sholy

Amina Gallery Opening The Pearl-Qatar, March 24, 2012

jiro Monji

Japanese Ambassador H.E. Ken

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Guests: Sarah, Danaa and Orella

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Right: Artist Kelly Haddad

‘A Taste of Tradition’ Photo Exhibit Rocca -Grand Hyatt Doha, March 28, 2012

L-R: Nicholas Chrisostomou, Turkish Ambassador Hakki Emre Yunt, Kelly Haddad, Grand Hyatt GM Garry Friend

L-R: DJ Danny Rampling, Nicholas Chrisostomou, DJ Mark Bambach

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Tango Night Kempinski Residences and Suites Doha, March 28, 2012

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Belgian Night Belgian Café – InterContinental Doha, April 4, 2012

Right: Belgian Ambassador Luc Devolder

LULU EXPRESS Easter Egg Hunt April 8, 2012

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Peruvian Gastronomy The Diplomatic Club, April 11, 2012

Katia Abboud and Jack Saba

2nd from left: Food and Beverage Manager Shadi Sleiman and HE Dr. Hamad Bin Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari, Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage

Left: Peruvian Ambassador Julio Florian

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‘Spiderman’ Alain Robert The Torch Doha Hotel, April 12, 2012

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DJ Jazzy Jeff at Qube Ramada Plaza Doha, April 19, 2012

Photography by John Smith

VCUQatar Fashion Show April 17, 2012

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