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NOVEMBER EVERY ISSUE 9 EDITOR-IN-CHIEF LETTER QH’s editor-in-chief tells you what’s happening this month.

10 QH SPEAKS The best of our monthly social media

14 EVENTS CALENDAR

Pullout monthly events calendar

with happening events in Doha

19 TOP PICKS 24 The 4TH Annual DTFF We roll tape on all the screenings, parties, events and film fest happenings

30 In The Key Of Soul

happening events in Doha

120 PHONE DIRECTORY Need-to-know phone numbers

Get your giggles with Stand-Up Comedy Qatar

34 Party Hoppin’ Happenings The best in don’t-miss entertainment

45 TOP PICKS 46 The Art Of Travel Going global with the QMA’s

for November

36 ENTERTAINMENT LISTINGS

Orientalist Museum

48 Space Wars The Doha Players are back with a new pantomime that’s out of this world

The new Jazz at Lincoln Center hits all the right notes

32 A Laugh And A Half

114 IT HAPPENED QH’s photo gallery of the latest

ARTS & CULTURE

ENTERTAINMENT

50 Katara Comes To Life A wealth of exhibits and events

awaits visitors this November

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

on this month

Find out everything that’s going on this month

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COMMUNITY

A Sweet Solution

55 TOP PICKS 56 A Sweet Solution Taking a stand against diabetes

in Qatar

58 Going Green With CoP 18 Hotels in Doha make a difference with environmentally-friendly initiatives

60 I Love Qatar Inside a Qatari family’s Eid celebrations

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

FOOD & DINING 67 TOP PICKS 68 Arabic Flair Enjoy a free meal voucher for the new Majlis at the Grand Hyatt

70 Noodles Of Fun We review The Noodle House 72 Word Of Mouth One QH reader samples the

Friday brunch at Coral in the InterContinental Doha

72 Cranberry Craze

We show you how to bake with the seasonal festive fruit

76 FOOD AND DINING LISTINGS

SPORTS 89 TOP PICKS 92 Situation Vacant Qatar continues to invest in

overseas professional football

94 The Business Of Sport Aspire4Sport 2012 lands at

Aspire Zone

95 Serve It Up The 2012 Tennis Open hits it over

the net

96 SPORT LISTINGS Find out everything that’s going on

this month

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99 QH Recommends

Our fave little luxuries of the month

102 The Journey Continues

The search for lasting skin-care at the Four Seasons Spa

104 REASONS TO FLY Our pick of top destinations 106 A Highland Trek We ramble through Scotland’s iconic

West Highland Way

108 Virgin Recommends

The best monthly entertainment picks from the Megastore

110 SPOTLIGHT ON MOVIES This month's top five films 112 THE DISH ON QATAR We take you to all corners of the

Find out everything that’s going on this month

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FROM THE DESK OF THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF As we usher in the month of November, we also welcome one of the country’s biggest international events, the 4th Doha Tribeca Film Festival kicks off on November 17 with a star-studded lineup and a strong local focus, with screenings held at diverse venues such as Katara and Souq Waqif. Our cover story this month, QH brings you the full schedule so you don’t miss a minute of the action.

Publisher: The Art of Business Chairman: Ahmed Hassan Bilal Editor-in-Chief: Nasser Ahmed Hassan Bilal

We would also like to take this opportunity to issue a retraction for an article published in our October issue in the Arts and Culture section. In the ‘Film Fever’ story we incorrectly identified the Film Festival as being in its sixth year, when in fact it is in its fourth. We would like to issue an apology to DFI and to our readers for any confusion and inconvenience this may have caused. November is also International Diabetes Awareness Month and in our Community section we have info on services offered by the Qatar Diabetes Association and some great events to look forward to for World Diabetes Day on November 14. Also, the 2nd Annual Qatar Choice Awards were held at the Al Gassar Ballroom on October 17 and it was a spectacular event. Instituted in 2010, the Awards recognize and honour the talents and contributions of those in Doha’s hospitality industry. Now in its second year, the Awards continue to grow as one of the country’s most anticipated events. The efforts of all those involved in staging the event shone through immensely. We at Ahmed Hassan Bilal Group would like to take this opportunity to thank and acknowledge the winners, nominees and organizers. A special thanks to our partners, IFP Qatar, Diyafa and iloveqatar.net for their tireless efforts and to Al Gassar Resort for hosting the event. Finally if you’re looking for a new hot-spot to unwind here in Doha the new Jazz at Lincoln Center in the St. Regis is now open and in full swing. In October they had Grammy award-winner Wynton Marsalis take the stage and this month there’s an equally special lineup of jazz greats bringing their sound to Doha. We have the full review in our Entertainment and Nightlife section. We hope November keeps you busy with a wealth of entertainment options and we at QH are proud to be your go-to guide, keeping you informed. Thank you for making us a part of your lives.

Nasser Ahmed Hassan Bilal Editor-in-Chief

Executive Editorial Director: Moona Masri-Whitice Editor: Ashlee Starratt Editorial Coordinator: Marlynne Mallari-Dela Pena Senior Designer: Soné Moriarty Graphic Designer: Zahi Srour Sales and Marketing Manager: Deliah Furcoi Sales and Communications Manager: Jorge Granda Marketing Coordinator: Chet Tibayan Photographer: Jessie Palanca Finalizer/Production Manager: Srimani Welagedara New Media Manager: Susanna Wolfe Web Coordinator: Imran Khan Distribution & Accounts: Lanie Fillo-Pana Contributors: Velvet Garvey, Khalifa Saleh Haroon, John Hunt, Laura Prior, Victoria Scott, Gerald Tan Have Your Say: Feedback and comments are always welcome. Please forward letters to the editor: Email: editor@qatarhappening.com info@qatarhappening.com marketing@qatarhappening.com Call Details: Inquiries: Marketing: Fax:

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QATAR HAPPENING (QH) is published 11 times a year by The Art of Business, Doha, Qatar, an associate of Ahmed Hassan Bilal Group. 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. All rights reserved 2011, The Art of Business. Reproduction in part or in full is strictly prohibited. QATAR HAPPENING (QH) assumes no responsibility for content of advertisements. QATAR HAPPENING (QH) retails for QR 8. Bulk subscriptions are available for QR 5 each, for orders over 50.

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SPEAKS

We ask, you answer. The best of the best from our social media top picks this month, plus our Editor’s Corner. Here’s what you’re saying!

Editor’s Corner A lot of people come up to me and ask what it takes to put Qatar Happening together each month. “Is it fun?” “Is it a lot of work?” “Do you never sleep?” Well, the answer to all of those is “Yes!” We have a great team here at QH, with everyone sharing the same passion for the magazine and putting in the same dedication each and every month in order to get our latest issue to print. This month I thought it would be nice to acknowledge those who work so hard behind the scenes here in the QH offices and tell you a little bit about everyone’s role. First of all, each week a new deadline looms, so myself as editor work closely with my editorial and design team. This includes our photographer Jessie – (you may have noticed his name in the photo credits of many of our articles), my lead graphic designer Soné, our sales and communications manager Jorge and a broad team of freelancers. Before one month ends, we’re already planning content, pagination and layout for the next. As stories and photos come in they are copy-edited and then sent to our design team for layout. That fantastic pullout calendar you have on your wall each month? That’s courtesy of our graphic designer, Zahi. And our events listings compiled in our pages and online? That’s done by Susanna, our new media manager. As articles are templated, laid out and designed they go through an extensive review and approval process. Moona Masri-Whitice our Executive Editorial Director and our Chairman Mr. Ahmed Hassan Bilal go over every page with a magnifying glass to ensure that what we publish is as error-free as possible and the style is in line with our brand standards and values of our readership. (That’s you!) After our final draft has been approved, all advertisements placed and articles signed off on, the entire package goes to our finalizer and production manager, Srimani, who makes sure that everything looks clean and tidy from a technical standpoint before we head off to the printers. So the next time you pick up a copy of QH in the store, you’ll know that every article you read has already had many eyes looking over it and every page you turn has a lot of heart behind it! A big thank you to all our readers out there! Ashlee

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In Your Face We asked our Facebook followers what this Eid Al Adha means to them. Here’s one particularly great response we received. Eid Mubarak! “Eid Al-Adha, or ‘Festival of Sacrifice’ follows close on the heels of the first Eid festival of the year, Eid Al-Fitr. The Arabic word ‘Adha’ means ‘sacrifice’, having its root in the word ‘duha’, which also means ‘light’ or ‘illumination’. Muslims all over the world celebrate the festival of Eid Al-Adha, in which those who can afford to also sacrifice an animal to gain Allah’s pleasure, embodying the sacrifice made by Prophet Abraham [peace be upon him] when he was ordered by Allah in his dream to sacrifice his son Ismael [peace be upon him], to which he complied. For me, Eid al Adha is always a time to reflect upon the willing sacrifices that we must make - not just the sacrifices that occur due to adversity. We often find ourselves in situations that require personal sacrifice, but rarely do we make a clear intention to give in sacrifice or to practice the art of sacrifice. This is the lesson of the Eid which I have begun to include into my own family traditions, built around practicing sacrifice. And not to forget, it’s also a festival which is a feast of a variety of delicious meat dishes which await the Muslims on Eid AlAdha! No sooner than the meat reaches the kitchen, then the appetizing aroma of mouth-watering delicacies starts wafting from it.” -- Rafia M. Siddiqui

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QH SPEAKS

QH Team Out & About

We kicked up ou r heels at Oktobe rfest at the InterContine ntal Doha last m onth! FOLLOW US ON TWITTE R @qatarhapp ening

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#AbodeQatar Another birthday at the office Happy birthday Lanie you are the best #qatar #birthdays @qatarhappening

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#Diegopinzonm Empowering and developing more than 120 students in #YCEDOHA @iloveqatar @DohaTweetups @QatarHappening @qatarliving @TheyouthcompanY

#NadecheVos Lots of sports and healthy food...! I lost 10 kilo’s in Qatar and 8 back home... Cant wait to come back to Doha :D

#Eng_AhmedMonem OMG have we had rain yesterday I miss those exciting moments too much

#RobBirdie1 It’s raining in Doha!! wow! where because I wanna go running around in it like a big kid?

#Yop1403 A smorgasbor d of traditional German breads and pretzels

Leaving Doha for 2 days and queue at immigration as egate card not working. Yeeeaaaah

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ENTERTAINMENT TOP PICKS AND NIGHTLIFE THIS MONTH'S

KEMPINSKI RESIDENCES & SUITES DOHA

Tango Night Tues 6th: The Lounge. The mesmerizing ensemble ‘Let’s Tango’ is back for an evening of passion and elite music. Reservations highly recommended. 9:00 p.m. till 12:00 a.m. For more information call 4405-3325.

INTERCONTINENTAL DOHA Paloma on the Beach Thurs 8: Paloma will move to the beach

again with a huge Mexican buffet. Live music from resident band ‘The Smart Casuals’, followed by DJ Shadi playing dance-floor favourites until the early hours. For more information call 4484-4444.

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Sputnik Event Thurs 8: M Lounge. The avant-garde of electronic music, techno and tech house music with international guest DJs. Free membership for ladies. For more information call 4409-4444 or email doh.cen.sales@merweb.com.

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DJ Joe Mfalme Fri 30: M Lounge. Stardome Entertainment brings you a thrill with the world’s finest mix master of dancehall and R&B music. Free membership for ladies. For more information call 4409-4444 or email doh.cen.sales@merweb.com.

RADISSON BLU HOTEL DOHA

The Clash 2012 Fri 16, Fri 23, Fri 30: Qube. The Clash 7 reaches its climax as the most talented local bands battle it out on stage to win the title of ‘Best Band in Doha’! For more information call 4428-1555.

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SPOTLIGHT ON ENTERTAINMENT & NIGHTLIFE

The Annual

DTFF

As told to Jorge Granda Photos courtesy of the the Doha Film Institute

The fourth edition of the much anticipated Doha Tribeca Film Festival is taking over Doha from November 17-24 with screenings and events over eight full days, at three iconic locations – Katara Cultural Village, Souq Waqif and the Museum of Islamic Art. QH gives you a sneak peak at some of the festival’s most anticipated films and events

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oha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) , the annual cultural event of Doha Film Institute, is back for another exhilarating edition. The team behind the festival has scoured the globe to bring festival-goers cutting-edge works from the Arab world and a selection from the best of current international cinema. With question-andanswer sessions with visiting filmmakers, the screenings are sure to enlighten, educate and entertain. The Made in Qatar program has increased significantly this year, reflecting an exciting growth in the local cinema industry. Once again, DTFF’s Arab Film Competition celebrates and acclaims the most exciting voices from the MENA region as the festival welcomes esteemed Tunisian actress Hend Sabry as president of this year’s Arab Competition Jury. Other special guests include Mira Nair, Robert DeNiro, Ashutosh Gowariker, Amr Waked, Haifaa Al Mansour and Nabil Ayouch, plus a wealth of other filmmakers in attendance. In the 50 years since it gained its independence from France, Algeria has produced a powerful body of cinematic work. The tribute to Algerian Cinema, ‘Caught Between Past and Present’ displays the frustrations, resilience and hope of Algeria’s people during the post-colonial era. DTFF also marks 40 years of diplomatic relations between Qatar and Japan with a special program of Japanese films. A series of free screenings at the Sony Open-Air Cinema on the esplanade at Katara, panels and conversations with experts about film and family-friendly movies and activities round out a program that promises something for everyone. 24 QH November sri.indd 24

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SPOTLIGHT ON ENTERTAINMENT & NIGHTLIFE SCREENINGS OPENING NIGHT The Reluctant Fundamentalist Country: India, Pakistan, USA Language: English, Urdu Director: Mira Nair Cast: Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson, Liev Schreiber, Based on Mohsin Hamid’s best-selling novel, Mira Nair’s timely new film is a gripping thriller that explores the cultural divide between East and West since the attacks of 9/11. Timings: Nov 17, 7:00 p.m., SW-ART by invite only Nov 17, 8:00 p.m., K16-DT , QR 35 Nov 23, 4:00 p.m., K16-DT , QR 35

CLOSING NIGHT Rise of the Guardians 3D Country: USA Language: English Director: Peter Ramsey Cast: Chris Pine , Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin, Isla Fisher, Jude Law

Kate Hudson and Riz Ahmed in The Reluctant Fundamentalist

You probably thought Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, the Sandman and Jack Frost were just imaginary, cheerful purveyors of chocolates and toys, cozy dreams and cold toes, didn’t you? This eagerly-anticipated animated 3D adventure, based on William Joyce’s immensely popular ‘The Guardians of Childhood’ book series, tells the real story. Kids’ Red Carpet Kids will feel like movie stars on closing night, with a special 5:00 p.m. kids’ red carpet and screening prior to the official closing night screening at 8:00 p.m., marking the closing of Doha’s eight-day celebration of film. Nov 24, 5:00 p.m., K16-OH with Kids‘ Red Carpet, QR 35 Nov 24, 8:00 p.m., K16-OH, QR 35

ARAB COMPETITION:

Rise of the Guardians 3D

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SPOTLIGHT ON ENTERTAINMENT & NIGHTLIFE

NARRATIVE Asham: A Man Called Hope Country: Egypt Arabic Language: Director: Maggie M. Morgan Shady Habashy, Cast: Amina Khalil The restlessness of Cairo during the lead-up to the January 25 revolution provides the backdrop for the stories of six couples at different stages of romantic involvement.

God’s Horses

Nov 18, 6:15 p.m., K12-B, QR 35 Nov 19, 4:15 p.m., K12-A , QR 35 God’s Horses Country: Morocco Language: Arabic Director: Nabil Ayouch Cast: Abdelhakim Rachid, Abdelilah Rachid, Hamza Souidek Inspired by terrorist attacks in Casablanca in 2003, ‘God’s Horses’ follows two young men over a 10-year period, examining the events that gradually draw them from innocent youthful excitement toward terrorism and ultimately, sacrifice. Nov 20, 9:45 p.m., K16-DT , QR 35 Nov 21, 6:45 p.m., K12-A, QR 35 Goodbye Morocco

ARAB COMPETITION: DOCUMENTARY In the Shadow of a Man Country: Language: Director:

Egypt Arabic Hanan Abdalla

New freedoms have recently come to the citizens of Egypt, but what is it like to be a woman in that nation today? Through intimate conversations, four women from different backgrounds are transformed into unique, authentic figures who imprint themselves on our memories as they go through their own personal revolutions. Nov 19, 7:15 p.m., K12-A, QR 35 Nov 22, 10:30 p.m., K12-B, QR 35 The Lebanese Rocket Society

Country: France, Belgium Language: Arabic, French Director: Nadir Moknèche Cast: Lubna Azabal, Faouzi Bensaïdi

Country: Lebanon, France, Qatar Language: Arabic, English, French Directors: Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige

When ancient Christian ruins are discovered beneath the construction site she oversees, Dounia sees an easy solution to all her problems.

In the 60s, Lebanon launched the Middle East’s first rocket and the nation celebrated its involvement in the international space race.

Nov 21, 6:15 p.m., K12-B, QR 35 Nov 22, 10:00 p.m., K16-DT, QR 35

In the Shadow of a Man

Nov 18, 9:30 p.m., K16-OH, QR 35 Nov 21, 3:00 p.m., MIA-A, QR 35 Nov 24, 6:00 p.m., MIA-A, QR 35

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SPOTLIGHT ON ENTERTAINMENT & NIGHTLIFE CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA The Angels’ Share (15) Country: UK, France, Belgium, Italy Language: English Director: Ken Loach Paul Brannigan, Cast: Siobhan Reilly His Name

MADE IN QATAR PROGRAM 1: NEW HOPES (PG) Original Title: Lyrics Revolt Country: Qatar, Syria, Palestine, France, Lebanon Language: Arabic, English Shannon Farhoud, Director: Ashlene Ramadan, Melanie Fridgant, Rana Khaled Al Khatib With: Karim Abdel Eissa, Lynn Fattouh, Farah Medhat As pro-democracy revolutions spread through the Arab world, one sound in particular is echoing the hopes, dreams and frustrations of its people: ‘Lyrics Revolt’ captures leading Arab artists who employ the sharp political edge of hip-hop during this game-changing time for the MENA region and beyond. Original Title: Country: Language: Director:

His Name Qatar English Hend Fakhroo

Nov 18, 7:30 p.m., K16-DT , QR 50

MADE IN QATAR PROGRAM 2: THROUGH THEIR EYES (PG) Original Title: Country: Language: Director:

Theatre Night Qatar English Ali Ali

Nov 20, 7:30 p.m., K16-OH , QR 35 Nov 23, 8:00 p.m., SW-ARR, QR 35

TRIBUTE TO ALGERIAN CINEMA: CAUGHT BETWEEN PAST AND PRESENT The Nouba of the Women of Mont Chenoua (PG) 1977 Year: Country: Algeria Language: Arabic Director: Assia Djebar Cast: Zohra Sahraoui, Aïcha Medeljar, Fatma Serhan, Kheira, Amrane In conversations with other Algerian women 15 years after the end of the war for independence, Lila contemplates the power of grandmothers who pass traditions of anti-colonial resistance to their heirs. Nov 23, 9:00 p.m., MIA-A, QR 35 Omar Gatlato (PG) Year: 1976 Country: Algeria Arabic Language: Director: Merzak Allouache Cast: Boulem Bennani, Aziz Degga, This landmark film broke with the customary post-independence heroism of Algerian cinema, diving deep into its contemporary youth culture to provide a sympathetic, at times gently mocking portrayal of Omar and his closest friends as they struggle to escape the limitations of poor housing conditions, gender segregation and unemployment. Nov 21, 9:00 p.m., MIA-A, QR 35

Internationally-acclaimed British filmmaker Ken Loach’s latest social-realist drama shines an optimistic light on the problems of unemployment and delinquency among British youth. Nov 18, 10:00 p.m., K16-DT, QR 35 Nov 22, 10:30 p.m., K16-OH, QR 35 Caught In The Web (15) Country: China Language: Mandarin Director: Chen Kaige Cast: Mark Chao, Yuanyuan Gao A master of social commentary, Chen Kaige turns his attention to the ethics of our obsession with capturing and sharing subjective information via the Internet. Nov 19, 10:30 p.m., K16-OH, QR 35 Nov 22, 3:00 p.m., K16-DT, QR 35 Children of Sarajevo (PG) Original Title: Djeca Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, France, Turkey Language: Bosnian Director: Aida Begi Cast: Marija Piki, In the aftermath of war in the Balkans, Sarajevo remains battle-scarred in this affecting family drama. Rahima, a 23-yearold orphan whose parentsperished in wartime, struggles to keep her delinquent younger brother on the right side of the law, her force of will strengthened by her staunch faith in Islam. Nov 18, 9:30 p.m., MIA-DC, QR 35 Nov 20, 4:30 p.m,, K16-OH, QR 35 Nov 23, 6:00 p.m., MIA-A, QR 35 27

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SPOTLIGHT ON ENTERTAINMENT & NIGHTLIFE SPECIAL SCREENINGS

DOHA TALKS

FAMILY PROGRAM

Asterix & Obelix: In Britain 3D

In Conversation: Robert De Niro

Family Days

Country: France French Language: Director: Laurent Tirard Cast: Gérard Depardieu, Vincent Lacoste, Catherine Deneuve

Robert De Niro is one of the greatest film actors of any generation and has secured great respect in his roles as director, producer and co-founder of New York City’s annual Tribeca Film Festival. The films in which he has given memorable and often iconic performances over the course of his lauded career include some of the most significant works in the history of cinema. Most recently, De Niro delivered an outstanding performance in David O. Russell’s ‘Silver Linings Playbook’, which met with huge success at its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, winning the coveted People’s Choice Award. In an intimate conversation with Tribeca Enterprises’ Chief Creative Officer Geoff Gilmore, De Niro will discuss some of the unique moments of his illustrious career.

Bring the whole family to enjoy films, activities and fun during four days of DTFF. All non-screening events at Family Days are free and offer activities for kids of all ages. Enjoy live entertainment, creative workshops and interactive experiences in locations throughout Katara Cultural Village.

The indomitable Asterix and Obelix are back in a live-action adventure featuring a formidable cast. Nov 21, 6:30 p.m., K16-DT, QR 35 Nov 23, 5:00 p.m., K16-OH, QR 35 The Brave Hearted Will Take the Bride Original Title: Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge Year: 1995 India Country: Language: Hindi Aditya Chopra Director: Cast: Shahrukh Khan, Kajol One of the biggest Indian blockbusters of all time, Aditya Chopra’s 1995 debut film changed the face of Bollywood. The tale of a man’s attempts to win the hand of the woman he loves, this romantic comedy shines a light on the struggle of marrying traditional Indian values to modern individualism. Nov 21, 8:00 p.m., K-SOAC, FREE Limited seating only

Nov 18, 7:00 p.m., SW-ART, QR 50 (PREMIUM)

EVENTS Arab Hip-Hop Concert Arab hip-hop is giving voice to a youthled movement for change, echoing the hopes, dreams and frustrations of the Arab people. In celebration of ‘Lyrics Revolt’, DTFF proudly presents some of the best hip-hop artists from the MENA region in a free concert. Nov 18, 9:30 p.m., Katara, FREE , Co-hosted by: Northwestern University in Qatar

Nov 21-22, 4:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m., Katara, FREE Exciting Weekend A weekend of exciting opportunities for families to play, learn and enjoy. Each day will be a different experience of going ‘on location’ to discover filmmaking activities, workshops and more. Children will make their own film credentials and create a storyboard to plan their adventure for the day. Offerings include free film screenings, arts and crafts, rocket-making, sports, storytelling, puppetry, music, dance, kitemaking and more. Shows and performances will highlight Qatari customs, crafts and traditions and the talent of local youth. Nov 23, 2:00 p.m.–midnight, Katara, FREE Nov 24, noon–8:00 p.m., Katara, FREE

Ticket Information Beginning October 31 at 2:00 p.m., tickets are on sale 24 hours a day at dohafilminstitute.com/filmfestival. Ticket Prices A physical ticket is required to gain entry to all ticketed screenings, Doha Talks Panels and Master Classes. Online and in person, customers may purchase a maximum of six (6) tickets per screening or event per order.

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge

Regular Screening and Regular Doha Talks Tickets – QR 35 Regular Screening and Regular Doha Talks Student Discount – QR 25 Premium Screening and Premium Doha Talks Tickets – QR 50 Premium Screening and Premium Doha Talks Student Discount – QR 40

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SPOTLIGHT ON ENTERTAINMENT & NIGHTLIFE DTFF Ticket Outlets and Timings DTFF Lounge Ticket Outlet, City Center Mall, West Bay Wed, Oct 31–Sat, Nov 17: 2:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. (Sat–Wed) 2:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. (Thurs–Fri) This ticketing location will be closed after Sat, Nov 17. DFI Katara Drama Theater Ticket Outlet, Katara, Building 16 Wednesday, October 31 2:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. Thurs, Nov 1–Fri, Nov 16 1:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. daily This ticket outlet is subject to temporary location changes within Katara. DTFF Souq Waqif Main Box Office Located across from the Al Mirqab Hotel Thurs, Nov 8–Fri, Nov 16: 4:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. daily Sat, Nov 17: 12:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Sun, Nov 18– Sat, Nov 24: 2:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. daily DTFF Katara Main Box Office, Katara, Building 12 Sat, Nov 17: 1:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. Sun, Nov 18–Sat, Nov 24: 2:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. daily DFI Museum of Islamic Art Ticket Outlet Sun, Nov 18–Sat, Nov 24: 2:00 p.m.– 9:00 p.m.daily During the Festival (Saturday, November 17 to Saturday, November 24), Ticket outlets at all screening or ticketed event venues will open approximately one hour prior to an event’s start time. Please note that all events at the Sony Open-Air Cinema are free (limited seating; first-come, first-served) and do not require tickets. *Ticket outlets may occasionally have reduced hours due to special events. Please visit dohafilminstitute.com/ filmfestival for updated timings and information.

Pearl Pass and DFI 8 Card Pearl Pass: QR 1500 (while supplies last)

DFI Cinema – Museum of Islamic Art (MIA-DC)

• One (1) ticket to the Opening Night Screening and one (1) invitation to the Opening Night Party at Souq Waqif • One (1) ticket to the Awards Ceremony on November 22 • One (1) ticket to the Closing Film on November 23 • Select up to twenty (20) tickets to any Premium screening, Regular Priced screening, or ticketed Doha Talks event. (Maximum two (2) tickets per screening; no overlapping screenings; requests are subject to availability) • Personalized festival accreditation allowing access to Doha Talks Industry Events. • Pearl Pass holders receive a DTFF Welcome Bag including the Festival catalogue

The DFI Cinema is located in the Museum of Islamic Art Park. You do not need to enter the museum to access this theatre.

DFI 8 Card: QR 200 (while supplies last) • Select up to eight (8) tickets to any Regular Priced screening or Regular Priced Doha Talks event (Maximum two (2) tickets per screening; no overlapping screenings; requests are subject to availability. This package does not include access to Opening Night, Closing Film, Premium screenings or Premium Doha Talks events) Rush Sales For sold-out screenings and events, a Rush Sales line will form at the event venue approximately 45 minutes prior to the event’s start time. Admission will begin approximately five minutes before the start time and is based on availability. Admission is not guaranteed. Rush Sales are cash only and are limited to one ticket per person.

VENUES Souq Waqif The Al Rayyan Theater and the Al Rayyan Rooftop are located in the Al Mirqab Hotel

SCREENING VENUES Katara Katara Building 16 The entrance to the theatres in Building 16 is directly across from the entrance to Building 12 and is to the right when exiting the main parking facility. • Katara Opera House (K16-OH) • Katara Drama Theater (K16-DT) Katara Building 12 Building 12, located directly across from the entrance to Building 16, is also home to the Katara Main Box office. It ‘s to the left when exiting the main parking facility. • Katara 12 Theater A (K12-A) • Katara 12 Theater B (K12-B) Sony Open -Air Cinema The Sony Open-Air Cinema is located on the south end of the promenade at Katara. All programming at this venue will be free and on a first-come, first-served basis. • Katara (K-SOAC) For more information on screenings and special events please log onto: dohafilminstitute.com and qatarhappening.com.

• Al Rayyan Theater (SW-ART) • Al Rayyan Rooftop (SW-ARR) Museum of Islamic Art Auditorium (MIA-A) The Museum of Islamic Art Auditorium is located to the left after entering through the main entrance of the Museum of Islamic Art. 29

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The long-awaited Jazz at Lincoln Center is now open at the St. Regis Doha. QH was there to bring you the full review, taking in the fiery sounds of jazz legend Wynton Marsalis and his dynamic quintet.

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t’s late on a Saturday night; well past my bedtime but I’m here at the new Jazz at Lincoln Center for a very good reason. The ambiance in the lounge is dim, smoky, smooth yet upbeat—kind of like jazz music itself. It’s a full house tonight and has been since they opened their doors. We’re all here for one thing: to hear Wynton Marsalis and his band do what they do best. Taking the stage, Marsalis is a force to be reckoned with. Soft-spoken and mild when engaging with the audience, all that changes when he puts his trumpet to his

lips. The passion, soulfulness and heart that shines through in his sound is the essence of quintessential jazz. A nine-time Grammy Award-winner and Pulitzer Prizewinner Marsalis and his bandmates have a way of uniting audiences across cultures, class and borders through their music.

can look forward to hearing a wealth of acclaimed artists in the coming months. This November 3-10 Myron Walden Momentum will give audiences a taste of Miles Davis and the voice of saxophone, while on the 12-24 the Eric Reed Quintet will tantalize eardrums with the sounds of Thelonious Monk and some wham-bam improv sessions. And at the end of the month from Nov 26-Dec 1 the Aaron Diehl Quintet is here with Warren Wolf

“We believe people connect through music. Music is the language that links cultures.”

Jazz at Lincoln Center is the first international location of the New York-based brand and jazz-lovers

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and a repertoire of modern jazz. Each performance is tailored to introduce audiences to a new aspect of the genre. “Jazz provides genuine moments of humanity,” says St. Regis General Manager Tareq Derbas, speaking at the grand opening launch last month. “We believe people connect through music. Music is the language that links cultures.”

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Stepping out into the warm night after the set it takes me a minute to remember where I am – not in New York but right here in the Middle East. But that’s the beauty of Jazz at Lincoln Center, the way it has of transporting you to another place and era in time, to the heyday of the jazz movement. After tonight, I’d say it’s found its heyday and its home again.

Location: The St. Regis Doha Timings: Mon-Sat, 7:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. Wed-Fri, 7:00 p.m. – 2:30 a.m. Dinner Menu: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Bar Snack Menu: 9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Live Performances: 1st set from 9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. 2nd set from 10:20 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. 3rd set from 12:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m. (Thurs & Fri) Ticket Prices: Varies by performance Licensed: Yes Smoking: Yes Contact Info: For reservations call 4446-0105 or email diningreservations.doha@stregis.com

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Stand Up Comedy Qatar (SUCQ) announces the Doha Comedy Festival 2012. QH has the inside scoop on what this witty group of funny guys have lined up for November.

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fter the success of the rather modest Doha Comedy Festival 2011, which included comedy shows at The Pearl-Qatar, Katara and Education City, together with a Comedy Workshop and participation in the Doha Tribeca Film Festival 2011, SUCQ is happy to announce this year’s schedule of laughs with the Doha Comedy Festival 2012.

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battle Team Expat for the most laughs. Halal Bilal, SUCQ’s founder and the referee for the Comedy Showdown, said that the event aims to bring together all the different communities that call Qatar home, both nationals and expatriates: “Come and enjoy some multicultural humour, and lets laugh at ourselves and each other - and do it all together!”

SUCQ is a coalition of stand up comedians living in Qatar. SUCQ promotes stand up comedy in the region by supporting and developing up-and-coming comedians and hosting regular events and tours. SUCQ comedians have been featured extensively in local and regional media, and were recently made their international media debut in a feature in the New York Times.

The show is happening on November 8, 2012 at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMUQ), with Ousama Itani and Issa El-Fahoum as “Team Expat” facing off against Mohammed Fahad Kamal and Hamad Al-Amari for “Team Qatar”. Tickets are available from Bread and Bagels and at all MINI showrooms for QR50, while stocks last.

Kicking off the festival is the Comedy Showdown, where Team Qatar will

Look out for details on a comedy workshop for budding comics, a free

students show and a special Improv comedy night. All event details and ticket information can be found at http://sucq.org with ticket prices starting at QR 35. Not a bad deal!

SUCQ November Shows November 8 Comedy Showdown at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMUQ) November 15 SUCQ Open Mic Comedy at Bistro61, Alfardan Towers, West Bay November 22 Stars of SUCQ Comedy at Bistro61, Alfardan Towers, West Bay Stay involved and keep laughing: follow SUCQatar on Facebook and Twitter @SUCQatar.

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Party-Hoppin

Happenings QH’s Jorge Granda delivers an overview of the hottest, hippest bashes in town this month! From quiz nights to special theme nights, November is packed with electrifying entertainment.

RENAISSANCE DOHA CITY CENTER

Oryx Rotana

Fun at the Jazz Club - Every Monday

More Action at Champions

You can watch your favourite sporting events at Champions this November. Starting on Sunday the 25, an early title decider between Chelsea and Man City will take place at the popular pub at 7:00 p.m. The party continues throughout the month as the Champions League Group Stages will keep pleasing sports fans all over the city on Tuesday the 6 and Wednesday the 7 and again on Tuesday the 20 and Wednesday the 21. And last, but definitely not least, NFL Sundays continues with a live game every week at 8:00 p.m.

RADISSON BLU

The Big Clash 2012 at Qube The Clash 7 reaches its climax as the most talented local bands battle it out on stage to win the title of ‘Best Band in Doha’! Come and cheer on your favourite group for the semi-finals on November 16 and 23, and then for the grand final on November 30. Qube is a members-only club and all guests must be over 21. For more info call 4428-1555.

Jazz Club at Oryx Rotana is hosting some of the most vibrant nights in town. Every Monday of the month the club welcomes crew members and all hospitality staff to enjoy the best Notes of Jazz performed by in-house band ‘For the Music’ and get a 25% discount on their total food and beverage bill. *Hoteliers can invite up to 3 guests.

Oryx Rotana

It’s Couples Night - Every Sunday Every Sunday night all couples are welcome at the Jazz Club to enjoy their fantastic Sunday night special band led by Sevine from Lebanon singing the finest romantic jazz songs. The Set Package Menu with a bottle of sparkling is available for couples upon reservation at a great rate also including a duet Set Menu and the option of a fruit platter or chocolate fondant, all for the great price of QR 390 per couple.

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KEMPINSKI RESIDENCES & SUITES

W DOHA

DJ JOJO at Crystal

Get Musical With Tango Night The mesmerizing ensemble ‘Let’s Tango’ is back at The Lounge for an evening of passion and elite music in the distinctive ambiance of the amber-lit bar. Tuesday, November 6 Date: 9:00 p.m. to midnight Time: Where: The Lounge at Kempinski Residences & Suites Doha Tip: Reservations highly recommended For more information, call 4405-3325

Party-goers can rejoice as the number one DJ in the Middle East and current resident DJ at Sky Bar in Beirut takes Crystal by storm this month. JOJO became resident DJ at the Ministry of Sound touring the most prominent clubs around the world from Beirut to London, Zurich, Paris, Ibiza, Monte Carlo, New York and Dubai. JOJO is a major player on the dance circuit and this month Doha residents can rock the dance floor to his powerful tunes. Event: Date: Where:

DJ JOJO Thursday, November 8 Crystal at W Doha

KEMPINSKI RESIDENCES & SUITES Half Note Wednesdays at The Lounge

The Lounge has positioned itself as one of the hottest locales in Doha. This month on Wednesdays, the high-end spot brings funky saxophone sounds, upbeat DJ mixes, a unique ambiance, trendy crowd and hip cocktails for all to enjoy. Time: 7:00 p.m. to midnight Where: The Lounge at Kempinski Residences & Suites Doha Tip: Reservations highly recommended For more information, please call 4405-3325

FOUR SEASONS RADISSON BLU

Shehrazad – Quiz Night

Becoming more and more popular each month, the original and best pub quiz in town returns. Bring along your team of six to take part in Doha’s favourite Quiz Night! With no entry fee and great prizes to be won, why not get your competitive hat on and come along to have some fun at the Radisson Blu’s monthly quiz night! Date: Monday, November 26 Time: 8:00 p.m. Where: Shehrazad at Radisson Blu

Brazilian Churrasco on the Beach Celebrate the South Brazilian barbecue tradition with open fire pits, Brazilian passadores (meat servers) and slow roasted skewers of meat, chicken and vegetables served directly from the grill. The Churrasco custom uses a wooden coin to signal to your passadore, green means go ahead and red to halt the carving. Gather family and friends for an unforgettable festive experience as you select your choice of delicious barbecue with a wide buffet selection of soup, salads, side orders and desserts. Date: Wednesdays Time: From 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

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RADISSON BLU HOTEL DOHA Quiz Night

Mon 26: Shehrazad. With no entry fee and great prizes to be won, why not get your competitive hat on and come along and have some fun. 8:00 p.m. For more information call 4428-1555.

W DOHA Sip & Savour

Saturdays – Thursdays: Spice Market. Sip one, the second is on the house, together with complimentary snacks. 5:30 p.m. till 7:30 p.m. For more information call 4453-5135.

PROMOTIONS RADISSON BLU HOTEL DOHA Bubbles on Two & Orion Turn Pink!

Thurs 1 – Fri 30: Orion and Bubbles. Enjoy all things pink as they offer a special menu of pink drinks. Group bookings are available for that perfect girly night out. For more information call 4428-1555.

ONE OF A KIND MERWEBHOTEL CENTRAL DOHA Bollywood Night

Fri 2: M Lounge. Every 1st Friday of the month well-known Bollywood DJs rock the crowd. Free entrance and membership for ladies. For more information call 4409-4444 or email doh.cen.sales@merweb.com.

W DOHA The Legends Meet

W DOHA 411 Doha Exclusive

Fri 9: Crystal. Coming from the hottest parties of Dubai, DJ Bliss mixes up with real flavour. 10:30 p.m. For more information call 4453-5135.

W DOHA White Party

Wed 14: Wahm Poolside Lounge. W Happenings presents London beats by DJ Bruno Rocharte and Steve Paris. 10:00 p.m. till 2:00 a.m. For more information call 4453-5000.

W DOHA No. 1 LED Percussionist: Safix

Fri 23: Crystal. Performing live for the first time in Doha alongside resident DJ Greg, mixing all the latest tunes. 10:30 p.m. For more information call 4453-5135.

EVERY WEEK KEMPINSKI RESIDENCES & SUITES DOHA Cigar Night Sundays: The Lounge. Discover an exclusive selection of Cuban cigars, pair them with your favourite drink, indulge in fine savoury bites along with jazzy sounds from a band. 8.00 p.m. till 2.00 a.m. For more information call 4405-3325 or email thelounge.doha@kempinski.com.

GRAND HYATT DOHA Happy Day at Dunes

Sundays: Dunes. Forget happy hour, this is happy day! Get 50% on select beverages. Open daily from 5:00 p.m. till 2:00 a.m. For more information call 4448-1234.

LA CIGALE Ladies Night with DJ Roger Choueiry

Sundays: Madison Piano Bar. Ladies joining the DJ nights will enjoy one welcome drink on the house. Open from 9:00 p.m. till 2:00 a.m. No entrance fee; no minimum charge. For more information call 4428-8665.

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SHARQ VILLAGE & SPA Happy Hours

Sundays - Thursdays: Cigar Lounge. 5:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. Al Seef 2:00 p.m. till 5:00 p.m. There’s a choice of two contrasting locations for happy hour with 50% off regular brands and beverages. For more information call 4425-6666.

RITZ-CARLTON DOHA Overtime

Sundays - Thursdays: Level 23. Offering two drinks for the price of one including a selection of vinos, beers and soft drinks (no bottles). From 6:30 p.m. till 8:30 p.m. For more information call 4484-8506.

FOUR SEASONS DOHA Martini Monday

Mondays: Library & Cigar Lounge. Indulge in a selection of signature creations. For more information call 4494-8888.

THE TORCH-DOHA HOTEL Thailand Tonight Mondays: Torch Cafe. Savour Thai delicacies from the live food station while watching a movie, concert or sports event on the large screen. 7:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4446-5600.

W DOHA The Vibe Ladies Night

Mondays: Wahm Poolside Lounge. 3 complimentary drinks for ladies. From 9:00 p.m. For more information call 4453-5000.

INTERCONTINENTAL DOHA Mashups with DJ Shadi & DJ Steve KZ

Tuesdays: Lava. The two resident DJs present their unique mash-up sounds from 10:00 p.m. with free drinks for ladies all night. For more information call 4484-4444.

SHERATON DOHA Ladies Night

Tuesdays: Irish Harp. Feel like you’re in Ireland at the heart of Doha at the Irish Harp. Ladies free entrance and drinks, gents QR 100 including one drink. From 8:00 p.m. till 2:00 a.m. For more information call 4485-4071.

MERWEBHOTEL CENTRAL DOHA Latino Night

Tuesdays: M Lounge. The best Latino Night at M Lounge from 8:00 p.m. Free entrance and membership for ladies. For more information call 4409-4444 or email doh.cen.sales@merweb.com.

W DOHA Spice Market Late Night Sessions

Tuesdays – Fridays: Spice Market. Enjoy the South East Asian flavours or sip another drink. 11:30 p.m. till 1:30 a.m. For more information call 4453-5135.

SHERATON DOHA New Band

KEMPINSKI RESIDENCES & SUITES DOHA Half Note Wednesdays

Mondays - Saturdays: Irish Harp. Feel like you’re in Ireland at the heart of Doha. Listen to new live entertainment from 8:00 p.m. till 11:45 p.m. For more information call 4485-4071.

Wednesdays: The Lounge. Funky saxophone sounds, upbeat mixes from the DJ and a unique ambiance. 7:00 p.m. till 12:00 a.m. For more information call 4405-3325.

THE TORCH-DOHA HOTEL Crepito Night

THE TORCH-DOHA HOTEL From the Wok

Tuesdays: Torch Café. Enjoy savoury and sweet crêpes from the live food station while watching a movie, concert or sports event on the large screen. 7:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4446-5600.

Wednesdays: Torch Café. Enjoy stir-fry platters from the live food station while watching a movie, concert or sports event on the large screen. 7:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4446-5600.

W DOHA Kiss N’ Fly

Wednesdays: Crystal. Ladies get three complimentary drinks from 10:30 p.m. till 11:30 p.m.! Check-in for a special flight with international DJs. For more information call 4453-5135.

INTERCONTINENTAL DOHA Ladies Big Night Out

Wednesdays: Paloma and Lava. Smart Casuals will kick off the night followed by DJ Shadi and DJ Paul Mendez. Unlimited free drinks for ladies 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.

MÖVENPICK HOTEL DOHA Be Entertained At Jazz Up Wednesdays & Fridays: Jazz Club. The perfect spot to chill out in the contemporary yet intimate surroundings while listening to smooth tunes and indulging in quality drinks, creative cocktails and an extensive snacks menu with live entertainment. For more information call 4429-1111.

WEEKEND THURSDAY FOUR SEASONS DOHA Beach Bar Lounge

Thursdays: Beach Bar Lounge. Literally footsteps away from the private beach. Relax at the open air bar, while chillin’ and enjoying the panoramic view of Doha at night. 6:00 p.m. till 12:00 a.m. For more information call 4494-8888.

THE TORCH-DOHA HOTEL Chicken & Beef Fajita Night Thursdays: Torch Café. Enjoy the live food station while watching a movie, concert or sports event on the large screen. 7:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4446-5600.

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Fridays: Crystal. Enjoy a carnival party with DJ Greg’s special twist. 10:00 p.m. till 3:00 a.m. For more information call 4453-5135.

SATURDAYS

RITZ-CARLTON DOHA Happy Hours

Saturdays – Wednesdays: Habanos. Enjoy two drinks for the price of one. 6:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. and Admiral’s Club 5:00 p.m. till 7:00 p.m. For more information call 4484-8000.

INTERCONTINENTAL DOHA Party Rok

Thursdays: Lava. Doha’s most refined house music night with unique music from Paul Mendez and Chris Hughes. For more information call 4484-4444.

W DOHA Pure Crystal

Thursdays: Crystal. Let the night take over as international DJs play the best in eclectic house music. DJ Stephane Karl playing on Thurs 15 & Thurs 29. For more information call 4453-5135.

LA CIGALE DJ Roger Choueiry

Thursdays and Fridays: 7 Nightclub. A special DJ mix party. From 9:00 p.m till 2:00 a.m. No entrance fee for ladies. For more information call 4428-8665 (Membership required).

FRIDAY THE TORCH-DOHA HOTEL Burgers & Hot Dogs Night Fridays: Torch Café. Enjoy live food stations while watching a movie, concert or sports event on the large screen. 7:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4446-5600.

SHARQ VILLAGE & SPA Salsa & Candela

Fridays: Cigar Lounge. Lively Latin sounds and a great atmosphere. QR 85 inclusive of a welcome drink. From 9:00 p.m. till 12:00 a.m. For more information call 4425-6666.

KEMPINSKI RESIDENCES & SUITES DOHA Sparkling Fridays Fridays: The Lounge. Fridays are bright and sparkling! All ladies receive two complimentary glasses of bubbly. 7:00 p.m. till 2:00 a.m. For more information, call 4405-3325 or email thelounge.doha@kempinski.com.

KEMPINSKI RESIDENCES & SUITES DOHA Vino e Formaggio

Saturdays: The Lounge. Explore an exceptional selection of vino perfectly paired with a rare selection of cheeses, starting from Sat 10. 7:00 p.m. till 2:00 a.m. For more information call 4405-3325.

GRAND HYATT DOHA Beautiful Saturdays

Saturdays: Poolside. Wind-down your weekend to a backdrop of chilled house music courtesy of Argentinian DJ Santiago Vittorelli. For more information call 4448-1234.

THE TORCH-DOHA HOTEL Fish & Chips Night Saturdays: Torch Café. Enjoy live food stations while watching a movie, concert or sports event on the large screen. 7:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4446-5600.

MERWEBHOTEL CENTRAL DOHA Ladies Night

Saturdays, Sundays & Mondays: M Lounge. Ladies enjoy free entry, free membership and two free selected beverages. For more information call 4409-4444 or email doh.cen.sales@merweb.com.

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CULTURE IN EVERY BITE A TASTE OF PROVENCE You are invited to indulge in a 5 course menu of traditional Provence dishes prepared to perfection by our talented chefs for QR 250* per person including a welcome drink. Enjoy this journey of the senses while listening to our vibrant live pianist, stylish atmosphere and a cellar with an array of international beverages overlooking the Arabian Gulf. Daily from 7.00 pm until midnight. For reservations, please call +974 4423 3333

Š Hilton Worldwide 2012. *Oer is subject to availability and is valid throughout November 2012. Not valid with any other promotion or special deal.

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QATAR PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony Fri 16: Aspire Zone Ladies Club. Mozart:

QATAR PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

Day at the Philharmonic Fri 2: Opera House. Many different performances all day long! For more information call 4454-8193.

Divertimento in D Major, K. 136. Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E Flat Major, K. 364 (320d). Mozart: Jupiter Symphony No. 41 in C Major, K. 551. 7:30 p.m. For more information call 4454-8193.

THE ST. REGIS DOHA Titanic Thurs 8: Sarab Lounge. Enjoy captivating

QATAR PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA Greatest Hits in Opera Sat 3: Opera House. 7:30 p.m. For more information call 4454-8193.

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music from the time the Titanic embarked on a legendary voyage across the Atlantic having on-board the founding father of The St. Regis New York and most affluent person in the world at the time: John Jacob Astor IV. 7:00 p.m. till 9:00 p.m. Tickets QR 180, with dining QR 395 to QR 795. For more information call 4446-0105.

THE ST. REGIS DOHA The Voice of the Saxophone in Jazz Sat 10: Lincoln Center Doha. 4:00 p.m. till 5:00 p.m. QR 150 including jazz mocktails and snacks. For more information call 4446-0105.

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The Art By Victoria Scott Images courtesy of the Qatar Museums Authority

Part of the QMA’s Orientalist collection is on show in Doha this month. Catch it while you can, and explore the wonders of this little-known treasure trove of history.

Depictions from Bartholomäus Schachman’s travel album dating from 1590

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Impressions of the Ottoman Empire

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atar’s Orientalist Museum has of one of the most significant collections of Orientalist art – Western works depicting Middle East and East Asian cultures – ever assembled in the world. Unfortunately, it’s not currently open to the public, but this month part of its collection will be on display at the ALRIWAQ exhibition space, next to the Museum of Islamic Art. The show, ‘The Art of Travel: Bartholomäus Schachman (1559-1614)’ introduces visitors to the story of a journey the mayor of Danzig in Poland (now known as Gdansk) made around the Ottoman Empire in the 16th century. At the height of its power, the Ottoman Empire was one of the most powerful states in the world. It spanned as far north as Poland and as far south as Eritrea and from Algeria to Azerbaijan west to east. Much of western Saudi Arabia was under Ottoman control, as well as Iraq and Kuwait.

preparation. “After years of restoration, conservation, research and study, the Orientalist Museum presents an exhibition focusing on a single document – Schachman’s travel album. The concept of the exhibition is vital for developing and sustaining a dialogue between different religions, nations, cultures and traditions.” The show completes its own journey in Doha, having been on display in Poland earlier this summer. The exhibition’s opening ceremony was held in Gdansk in July. It was attended by various members of Poland’s art community and a number of Polish officials, including Poland’s president, Bronisław Komorowski, wrote to the organizers praising them for helping to emphasize the growing ties between Poland and Qatar. An educational program will accompany the exhibition here in Doha, including an

international conference and lecture series. The organizers hope that these events will encourage visitors to follow the example of Bartholomäus Schachman to record their memories and in turn improve cultural exchange and understanding in these troubled times. The Qatar Museums Authority’s unique Orientalist collection contains around 700 paintings, water colours, drawings and prints, tracing Orientalism back to the 16th century. It was put together by artloving Sheikh Hassan bin Mohammed Al Thani over a period of 15 years and donated to the QMA in 2005. The exhibition will be held from November 15, 2012 to February 11, 2013 at the ALRIWAQ exhibition space. For more information visit http://www.qma.org.qa/ en/collections/orientalist-museum.

Bartholomäus Schachman commissioned an album to document his travels. Dated 1590, it contains full-page watercolour drawings that depict the costumes and people, together with scenes of everyday life, festivals and ceremonies that he saw on his journey. Many of these are on display for the first time, along with related artworks and documents providing visitors with a fascinating and vivid view of what the region was like in the 16th century. Curator Dr. Olga Nefedova says the exhibition is the result of many years of

The routines of daily life

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Space Wars

A Pantomime by The Doha Players

By Ashlee Starratt

The Doha Players are heading to the final frontier with their new pantomime ‘Space Wars’ hitting the stage next month. QH straps on our spacesuit to bring you the details in advance.

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ust when you thought it was safe to go back to the theatre, the Doha Players are working up a storm in ‘Space Wars’ a pantomime comedy about a young boy on a quest across the galaxies to win the heart of a princess.

the production is Mark Sleepwalker – an adventuresome lad longing to travel the star system. In love with Princess Ha-el, Mark sets off on a journey in search of the artifact of legend, the helmet of the Lone Spaceman.

“Space Wars is a traditional Along the way he encounters a calvacade of characters pantomime looking to trip him up on his journey. Yes, we’re talking story.” robots, martians, android

“Space Wars is a traditional pantomime story just told through the concept of space characters and a space story,” says director Celia Scott. “There will be lots of fun stuff for the children including a slapstick scene with goo, a fight scene between the hero and a large Wookie, a very funny dame (played by a man) and a scary evil stepmother.”

Featuring local actors and members of the theatre troupe, ‘Space Wars’ will come to life from December 5-8 at the Qatar National Theater. Setting the stage for

clones and an evil Queen! ‘Space Wars’ is a show the whole family can enjoy says Scott.“There are lots of up to date songs for the audience to sing along to and some mild adult humour.” Use ‘the Farce’ to help young Sleepwalker on his quest and come out for a night of fun and laughs. We’ve got your timing and ticket information right here. See you in the front row!

Not to be missed! Fun for the entire family!

About Doha Players Event: ‘Space Wars’ Location: Qatar National Theater Evening Performances, Timings: Dec 5, 6 and 7 Matinees, Dec 7 and 8 Ticket Prices: QR 75, with a two-for-one offer on the Dec 5 show Contact: For ticket information please call: 4447-4911 or email dohaplayerstickets@yahoo.com Also visit the Doha Players Facebook page at ‘Doha Players Lovers’

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ARTS & CULTURE

KaCtoamersaTo Life l Village and November is a busy month at the Cultura on deck to keep you QH explores the many different activities entertained. Mary Stuart Drama Theater November 8-10 8:00 p.m.

Katara introduces The Faction Theater and Schiller’s masterpiece ‘Mary Stuart’ for the first time in Qatar. The Faction starts its international tour with three performances of ‘Mary Stuart’ in Katara’s Drama Theater from November 8-10. An amazing performance with astonishing reviews, ‘Mary Stuart’ is a theatrical play that no one should miss. Mary Stuart, a political prisoner, is accused of religious extremism, incitement of war and masterminding assassination. She has been retrospectively charged with a law that was invented specifically for her. She has been denied access to witnesses and found guilty by a jury – but not a jury of her peers. That would be impossible; her only peer is Queen Elizabeth I. This presents Elizabeth with a terrifying dilemma: to reign in fear for the rest of her life or to have her cousin and fellow queen executed.

The modern re-telling of ‘Mary Stuart’

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ARTS & CULTURE Ballet Gala

Opera House November 13 & 15 8:00 p.m. Katara will present a Ballet Gala for two nights at the Opera House on November 13 and 15. The Gala will fascinate the experienced ballet lover and captivate those who are new to this noble art form. This will be an evening of dance to provide a glimpse of the diversity created across two hundred years of artistry. This program has been crafted to present some of the most important styles of dance arranged in dynamic fashion – ranging from classical to neo-classical to modern. The night will feature iconic fragments from those immortal Russian classics of the 19th century – ‘Swan Lake’, ‘Giselle’ and ‘Le Corsair’. A special place has also been given to masterpieces of 20th century choreography, with works by William Forsyth, Roland Petit, George Balanchine and Ben Stevenson selected. Such a range of styles will make this is an essential event for those wishing to learn more and delve deeper into ballet. The beauty of ballet comes to Katara

‘I Dream of Jeannie: I See Demons’ by Eric Pernes Building 19, Gallery 2 Oct 23-Nov 24 10:00 a.m. -10:00 p.m.

Eric Pernes has worked with Katara’s Curator developing this exhibition which discusses the theme of Orientalism and more precisely ‘Neo-Orientalism’ as interpreted by the artist. Some of the highlighted pieces presented reference the well-known American sitcom first aired in 1965, ‘I Dream of Jeannie’. The show featured Barbara Eden as a 2,000-year-old genie and Larry Hagman as an astronaut who becomes her master. The artist uses this popular media culture series to explore Arab and Middle Eastern identity representations in the West and in the Middle East in contemporary culture, and perceptions of Arabs and of the Middle East, by the West. The artists will be in residency at KAS for four weeks and several dedicated workshops with Qatar-based artists and the general public will be offered. For further details please contact education@katara.net.

Constantin Boym Exhibition: Learning From Mabkhara Gallery 2, Building 13 Nov 8-Dec 1 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Following the success of last year’s ‘Shared Glass’ Exhibition, Katara proudly presents ‘Constantin Boym: Learning from Mabkhara’. The exhibition will open at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday November 8 at and will run until December 1. Featuring unique and exquisite shapes and designs, ‘Mabkhara’ is a traditional Arab incense burner, an authentic object typically used for daily domestic activities in the Arab world. Incense burners serve as representations of sensorial culture in the East, much celebrated in the world of literature and art of the last two centuries. The exhibition will present the new objects alongside their traditional prototypes from the region, to illustrate the process of learning and to better highlight the dialectic between continuity and innovation.

‘Intangible Bride’ by Kimiko Yoshida Gallery 2, Building 18 Nov 1-Dec 1 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

For the Katara Galleries exhibition the curator has selected works where the artist features her interpretation of Middle Eastern, Arab and North African traditional dress and accessories. As in all of Kimiko’s photographic work, she herself features in all the works as an absent character, presenting her vision of the culture or cultural aspect she chooses to share with the audience. Her work is of breathtaking lightness and the visitor can’t help but get absorbed by them and identify convergence and dialogue possibilities with the artwork. Through Kimiko’s photography the visitor will access elementary pieces of different cultural interpretations, as she offers us the essential, the minimal, but also the ultimately necessary hints and elements for understanding the ‘other’, his culture and ultimately ourselves in relation to him.

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ARTS & CULTURE LISTINGS

RECOMMENDS

THE ST. REGIS DOHA The Legacy of the Miles Davis Quintet of the ‘60s

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Sat 3 – Tues 6: Lincoln Center Doha. 4:00 p.m. till 5:00 p.m. QR 150 including jazz mocktails and snacks. For more information call 4446-0105.

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QATAR PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA Festival of Sound

Fri 2: Opera House. Shostakovich: Festive Overture, Op.96. Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy (1880). Wagner: Rienzi Overture, WWV 49. Strauss: Festliches Präludium, Op. 61. 9:00 p.m. For more information call 4454-8193.

ONE OF A KIND QATAR PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA Chamber Music

Thurs 1: Museum of Islamic Art Atrium. Mozart: Divertimento No. 14 in B Flat Major, KV 270 (arr. Weigelt). Reicha: Quintet in D Major, Op. 91 No. 3. Farkas: Three Early Hungarian Dances from the 17th century: Intrada, Chorea, Leaping Dance. 6:00 p.m. For more information call 4454-8193.

VCUQATAR UP by Droog Design

Thurs 1 – Thurs 15: The Gallery. Initiated by Droog, UP is an investigative economic model that aims to increase the value of dead stock through redesign. For more information call 4402-0555.

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Fri 2: Opera House. Op. 6 No. 8 in G Minor, BWV 1048. Händel: From Xerxes: Largo: Ombra mai fu (Never was a Shade). Händel: From Rinaldo: Lascia ch´io pianga(Let me Weep). Bach: Suite No. 2 in B Minor for Orchestra, BWV 1067. 5:00 p.m.

Opera Hits of Mozart

Fri 2: Opera House. Donizetti: From Don Pasquale: Overture. Tornami a dir che m´ami. Donizetti: From The Elixir of Love: Udite, Udite. Mozart: From Così fan tutte, K.588: Overture Come scoglio. Fra gli amplessi. Mozart: From Don Giovanni, KV 527: Dalla sua pace. Mozart: From The Magic Flute, K.620: Pa – Pa – Pa Papageno...Bist du mir ganz ergeben (Duet). 7:00 p.m.

Arabic Landscapes

Fri 2: Opera House. Alyamani: Masters’ Parade. Khalifé: Concerto for Rababa and Orchestra (Movements 2 and 3). Khalifé: Return Symphony (4th Movement). 8:00 p.m.

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Wed 7: Aspire Zone Ladies Club. Mozart: Divertimento No. 14 in B Flat Major, KV 270 (arr. Weigelt). Reicha: Quintet in D Major, Op. 91 No. 3. Spohr: Grand Nonetto in F Major, Op. 31. 7:30 p.m. For more information call 4454-8193.

QATAR PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA Schumann’s Rhenish Symphony

Fri 9: Aspire Zone Ladies Club. Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b. Tura: Concerto for Clarinet and Strings (World Premiere). Schumann: Rhenish Symphony No. 3 in E Flat Major, Op. 97. 7:30 p.m. For more information call 4454-8193.

VCUQATAR Works by Mariana Heilmann

Tues 27 – Fri 30: The Gallery. Colombianborn Mariana Heilmann has worked, exhibited and sold her work in Paris, Houston, Princeton and London over the last 20 years. For more information call 4402-0555.

QATAR PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA Pictures at an Exhibition Fri 30: Opera House. Arabic Piece to be announced. Tchaikovsky: Concerto in D Major for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 35. Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (arranged Ravel). 7:30 p.m. For more information call 4454-8193.

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13 centuries of tradition celebrated.

Katara 2nd Traditional

Dhow Festival

November 13th to the 17th, Katara beach

Join us in Katara Cultural Village to see more than 70 Dhows, from across the Gulf. Also enjoy workshops, exhibitions, bands, galleries, marine collectibles and more. To learn more, please visit www.katara.net

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Garden Club Mon 26: The One Coffee Shop. Talk about all things green with regular presenters and garden tours. From 10:30 a.m. till 12:00 p.m. For more details please visit www.dohamums.com.

DOHA MUMS

Depression Support Group Wed 7: Various locations. 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 hopefully 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. For more information email dsg@dohamums.com.

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Fertility Support Group Wed 7: Near Billboard Intersection. From time to time, guest speakers will be invited along to provide information and be available for Q&A in a more intimate environment than the formality of the consulting room. 7:30 p.m. For more information visit www.fertilityA@dohamums.com.

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Mums Night Out Tues 20: Astor Grill. Join Doha Mums for a great night to meet new people. For more information visit www.dohamums.com or email rsvp@dohamums.com.

Lebanese Cooking Class Mon 26: Sharq Village & Spa. The

culinary team reveals their secrets of classic Lebanese cuisine in this practical class, followed by a three-course lunch. QR 235 per person. 10:00 a.m. For more information call 4425-6666.

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A Sweet Solution By Ashlee Starratt

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iabetes is a disease that robs those who have it of their quality of life; but it’s also one that’s preventable. According to statistics from the Northwestern School of Journalism’s Qatar Sweet Epidemic website, (www.qatarsweetepidemic.org), figures from the National Health Strategy 2011-2016 indicate that 71 percent of residents in Qatar are overweight, while another 32 percent are obese or morbidly obese. The majority of diabetes cases in the country are of the Type 2 variety, also known as ‘adult-onset’ diabetes and are directly attributed to an unhealthy lifestyle and diet. With 16.7 percent of the adult population classified as diabetic, the Qatar Diabetes Association (QDA) is looking to help change that figure through a campaign of awareness and health promotion. “Our role is to educate and inform people and help them manage it,” says Dr. Abdulla Al-Hamaq, Executive

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Diabetes continues to affect the lives of thousands of people here in Qatar. With World Diabetes Day coming up on November 14, QH has information on activities and events here in Doha aimed at raising awareness with the Qatar Diabetes Association.

Director of the QDA. “Right now there is no cure – once you have it you have to live with it. But we are seeing improvements. Last year there was no increase in the percentage of people with diabetes in Qatar; it remained at 16.7.” This means their hard work is paying off as the QDA and its supporters, the Qatar Foundation and the Supreme Council of Health bring the message of healthy lifestyles to people across the country with campaigns in schools, educating youth in particular and also through their QDA Mobile Clinics.

and receive nutritional guidance with our Healthy Kitchen program.” The Diabetes Association also offers support for children and youth living with Type 1 juvenile diabetes by facilitating financial assistance for the cost of insulin pumps. “Right now there are 200 children in Qatar using the insulin pump through our program,” says Dr. Al-Hamaq.

“Our role is to educate and inform people and help them manage it”

“We will set up our mobile clinics [during November] at either the Museum of Islamic Art Park or Aspire Park,” says Dr. Al-Hamaq. “People can come to be assessed on-site, have retinal screenings [for cataracts], see our foot care clinic team

We want to hear from you if you or someone you know is living with diabetes. Contact us through Facebook or Twitter @qatarhappening and tell us your stories of managing the disease. If you would like to visit or know more about the Qatar Diabetes Association contact them at 4454-7341 or go to www.qda.org.qa.

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Qatar Diabetes Association Activities & Program Info Beat Diabetes Walkathon Date: November 16, 2012 Time: 3:30 p.m. -- 5:00 p.m. Where: Doha Corniche Gathering point is at the Ory statue T-shirts and healthy snack boxes will be given out to participants. Fun Fact: The World Diabetes Day date of November 14 is special because it marks Dr. Frederick Banting’s discovery of insulin on the same day in 1920. Al Bawasil and Al Tahadi Camps Held annually each fall, these camps are geared at children and youth living and coping with juvenile diabetes. More than 100 youth from Qatar and the MENA region come to Doha to learn about managing the disease and how to live a healthy life-style. The Al Bawasil Camp hosts children under the age of 12 and the Al Tahadi Camp is for youth ages 13-17. They have the chance to meet with nurses, doctors and other healthcare practitioners while interacting with other diabetic children and teens. Sponsored by the Qatar Youth Hostel Association, which hosts the camps every year, the program is meant to educate, involve and engage in a way that’s informative, fun and energetic. Call 4454-7341 for registration info or visit their website at www.qda.org.qa.

Diabetes Risk Factors

Prevention

-Obesity -Sedentary lifestyle -Diet high in sugar and carbohydrates -Genetics ( for more information on these risk factors ask your primary care physician)

-Weight management -Regular exercise (minimum of 30 minutes) -A healthy balanced diet low in sugar

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HOTELS GO GREEN AHEAD OF CoP 18 By Laura Prior Photography by Jessie Palanca

As CoP 18 comes to town QH hears how hotels are giving the green light to spark climate change awareness in Qatar.

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his month will see the most prestigious climate change conference on the planet hosted right here in Qatar. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties Nº18 (CoP 18) is expected to draw some 20 thousand delegates to our shores from all over the world. The event, to be held at the conference halls of Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC), starts from November 26. To support the CoP movement the Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC) is encouraging the rapidly expanding hospitality sector to adopt best environmental practices by launching its Green Hotel Interest Group (GHIG). The GHIG launch, which took place last month at the Wyndham Grand Regency Hotel, saw leading hotels, organizations and individuals come together to create a forum to support and advance greater sustainable practices within Qatar’s hospitality sector. Eng. Meshal AlShamari, Director of Qatar Green Building Council, welcomed participants and introduced the event, saying, “The establishment and launch of the Green Hotel Interest Group is timely amidst the flurry of activity following last year’s announcement that Qatar will host the 2022 FIFA® World Cup and the forthcoming CoP 18. All eyes are really on Qatar right now.” He also highlighted the importance of sustainable development as a main pillar of the Qatar Vision 2030. As part of the organization’s ongoing program to share and encourage good sustainability practices in the environment, GHIG will join forces with hospitality partners across Qatar and work towards off-setting the CO2 emissions generated by the hospitality sector. Alongside the already large number of housing developments currently underway in the country, 800 additional buildings, including hotels, are planned within Doha’s city center alone and this figure is expected to rise over the next few years when development in the rest of Doha is also taken into account. Ashwin Shetty, Food and Beverages Manager at the Wyndham Grand Regency, said, “At an international

For more info on www.cop18 CoP 18 visit .qa.

To become a member or a volunteer with QGBC or for details about group activities, please visit www.qatargb c.org. level, people are beginning to understand the changes that need to start taking place in order to protect the environment. Hotels are not exempt from this and there is now an expectation from our guests to see changes taking place within the hospitality sector. Green changes that hotels can easily implement range from serving water in jugs to avoid using plastic bottles, to renting iPads for meetings to reduce the use of paper.

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We are hopeful that the Green Hotel Interest Group will bring together likeminded organizations in Qatar to feel inspired and conjure up fresh ideas to start making a difference. Working with hotels, future initiatives could include collectively composting leftover food to reduce waste,” he added. The event featured a number of special guest speakers who discussed topics ranging from the importance of initiating a Green Hotel Interest Group in Qatar and low energy lighting for hotels to the potential of establishing an Annual ‘Green Hotels Award’. John Bryant, a professor at Texas A&M University, discussed the topic of ‘Continuous Commissioning’ which focuses on the ongoing evaluation of a building’s energy consumption. Bryant led his discussion with a thought-provoking question to the audience, asking, “There are about 13,500,000 hotel rooms in the world and within the MENA region alone, there has been an annual growth of 2.4% in the past decade. We need to ask ourselves, are these rooms doing the best they can?”

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A Qatari’s Eid By Khalifa Saleh Haroon

in our minds, With the Eid Al Adha holidays still fresh the meaning of I Love Qatar takes a moment to explain within the the two Eids and how they’re celebrated local community.

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uite a few people ask me “Didn’t we already have an Eid?” and it dawned on me that this might be a good time to explain the two Eids that we have each year. ‘Eid’ means ‘celebration’ and the first one happens right after Ramadan. It’s called Eid Al Fitr which is translated as the ‘Celebration of Breaking Fast’. It’s a national holiday, shops will usually decorate for Eid and family and friends gather together. Everyone dresses up in their best clothes and the kids go out singing songs and getting Eidiya (candy or money).

A Second Eid The second Eid is Eid Al Adha. Translated, it means the ‘Celebration of Sacrifice’. It’s also known as the ‘Big Eid’. The reason why this is such an important Eid is because this is the one that began the construction of Kaaba, the Black Square in Mecca. This is celebrated in the same way as Eid Al Fitr. In Qatar, a typical greeting is ‘Eidkum Mubarak, wa asakum min awadah’. I’d love to hear more people say it!

I thought that some of you might find it interesting to know what goes on at Eid with my family to get an inside glimpse from a Qatari perspective. We all wake up early to enjoy a hearty, traditional family breakfast of eggs, olives, honey, cream cheese, bread and tea, then it’s off for a quick shower and everyone puts on their brand new clothes that were specifically bought for the occasion. Eid is about celebration and about looking your best for your family as well.

out to ‘Ayid’ at the neighbours’ by singing songs and getting a few riyals in return. It’s our form of ‘caroling’. When the children get back, they sit around and count their newfound fortunes and plan what they’re going to buy.

A Festive Feast Soon enough, it’s time for the feast. We all sit around the floor and dig into a selected slaughter. It sounds kind of cruel to some, but it’s an animal that is killed the Halal way (the most humane method possible where the animal feels no pain). We also enjoy traditional rice, drinks, lamb or sheep and chit chat. After washing our hands, we head back to the sitting rooms where we have a nice cup of tea (mint, red, or saffron) and relax.

“Eid is about celebration and about looking your best for your family as well.”

Then it’s off to prayer before heading to Baba Oad’s (grandfather’s) house. All of the 50-60 cousins, six aunts and six uncles (as well as a huge amount of distant relatives) arrive. The women go off to the sitting room, the men go off to their sitting room and the children run around the house. The general banter is usually along the lines of, “When are you getting married?”, “Why haven’t you been visiting more often?”, “Are you working hard?” and “What have you been doing these days?”

Children will come around and ask for Eidiya. This could be anything from QR 1 to QR 10 (more if you really like them!), then going

The adults then slowly return to their homes or go off to make their rounds to other close friends and relatives and wish them a prosperous future. “Kil sina wa inta tayeb” or “Kil am wa int ibkhair”, meaning “Every year and you are fine” is repeated from individual to individual. Eid is like an Arabian ‘Christmas’ – or at least as important to us as Christmas and I hope you enjoyed a peek into the way my family celebrates here in Qatar!

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COMMUNITY LISTINGS

RECOMMENDS

Community Guide

American Women’s Association For more information contact Sheri Kenly at: 6656-0604 visit www.awaqatar.com

Doha Players

An amateur drama and theatre group that produces plays and musicals. For more information email doha_players@qatar.net.qa or visit their Facebook profile Doha Players Lovers for information on forthcoming shows or membership.

Egyptian Women’s Association DOHA MUMS Expectant & New Mums Coffee

Thursdays: Starbucks, City Center & Grand Heritage Hotel. Join other new mums and mums-to-be to talk all things baby! Doha Mums hosts a coffee meet from 10:00 a.m. till 12:00 a.m. The location varies, so check the Doha Mums website for dates and details. For more information visit www.dohamums.com or email events@dohamums.com.

EVERY WEEK

MONTHLY

DOHA MUMS New Arrivals Coffee

AWA GENERAL MEETING

Mondays: Grand Heritage Hotel. Join the Doha Mums in welcoming prospective members to Doha. From 9:30 a.m. No RSVP necessary. For more information visit www.dohamums.com or email events@dohamums.com.

DOHA MUMS Pearl Coffee Break

Wednesdays: The Pearl-Qatar. Calling all Moms on The Pearl to go to Second Cup, near Tower 3. 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.

Second Monday of every month: All nationalities welcome and eligible for membership. RSVP necessary : contact membership@awaqatar.com.

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The ladies from Egypt hold recurring get-togethers. For more information call: 5572-4171

French-Speaking Ladies Group

For complete information search through their website http://www.vivreauqatar.com

Qatar National Cancer Society

The aim of the society research program is to determine the causes and to support efforts to prevent and cure cancer. They seek to provide the public and health care professionals with information and provides service and rehabilitation programs. For more information call: 4447-8128

Red Dotters Qatar

Meet other Singaporeans living in Qatar and enjoy regular get-together sessions. Contact Annie Tan, Secretary, at 5520-9294 (mobile) or follow @RedDottersQatar on Twitter

Australian and New Zealand Business in Qatar Group

Holds business and networking functions in Qatar and sessions with business speakers for their members. For more information contact Carla Lewis on: 6651 1892

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QATAR PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA Family Concert: Peter and the Wolf Fri 2: Drama Theater. Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf for Woodwind Quintet and Percussion, Op. 67., 3:00 p.m. For more information call 4454-8193.

Arabic Reading Group for Children Saturdays: Doha Mums Library. This group is suitable for kids who can read and understand simple sentences in Arabic. 1:00 p.m. till 2:00 p.m. For more information visit www.dohamums.com.

QATAR PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA Family Concert: Carnival of the Animals Fri 2: Marc

Bourdeau, piano, Sonja Park, piano, Saint-Saëns: Carnival of the Animals. 4:00 p.m. For more information call 4454-8193.

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Overnight Kids’ Camp Thurs 22: Camp on the beach. For children between 6-12 years old. Fun activities, games, sing-along and marshmallow roasting around the campfire. For more information call 4484-4852.

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Zumba Class & Pool Usage Thursdays: Dance Studio. 10:00 a.m. till 11:00 a.m. on the first floor of Beverly Hills Tower, West Bay. For more information visit www.dohamums.com. 63

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EVERY WEEK DOHA MUMS Playgroup for Kids Born in 2009

Sundays: Abu Hamour area. Inviting all mums of 2009 toddlers to come and join in for a play, coffee and snacks every from 1:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. For more information visit www.dohamums.com or email events@dohamums.com.

DOHA MUMS Bubbles Playgroup

Mondays: Fun City play area, City Center Mall. 2010 bubs are invited for some fun playtime every second Monday. 10:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m. For more information visit www.dohamums.com or email rsvp@dohamums.com.

DOHA MUMS Pool Sessions

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

DOHA MUMS 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 more information visit www.dohamums. com or email events@dohamums.com.

DOHA MUMS Mums and Babies Playgroup

Wednesdays: Al Waab area. Share your experiences with other mums while the babies play and you have a tea! 9:30 a.m. till 11:30 a.m. For more information visit www.dohamums.com or email rsvp@dohamums.com.

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THIS MONTH'S

TOP PICKS FOOD & DINING

SHARQ VILLAGE & SPA Lebanese Food Festival Sun 25 – Fri 30. Al Liwan. Mediterranean flavours mingle happily in this most famous of Middle Eastern cuisines. QR 250 per person. 6:30 pm to 11:OO pm. For more information call 4425-6666.

THE TORCH-DOHA HOTEL

Paella Week Sun 4 - Thurs 8: Flying Carpet Restaurant. Lunch buffet 12:00 p.m. till 3:30 p.m. For more information call 4446-5600.

THE ST. REGIS DOHA Epicurean Evenings Tues 6 & Wed 7: Opal. Iago Becerra of Terras Gaudas hosts an intimate Sommeliers dinner paired with contemporary cuisine. QR 500 including a 3-course menu paired with premium beverages. 8:30 p.m. For more information call 4446-0105.

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MÖVENPICK HOTEL DOHA The Festival of Lights Fri 16: Seasons Restaurant. Sink into

a vibrant atmosphere reflective of the splendour of India and tuck into a ‘diyas’-lit buffet. QR 160 per person, children below 12 years eat free and from 12 – 16 years get 50% off. For more information call 4429-1111.

DOHA MARRIOTT HOTEL

Thanksgiving and Turkey to Go Mon 19 – Sun 25: Restaurant Gallery. Enjoy Thanksgiving with a sumptuous brunch or dinner buffet or pick it up, ready to eat, with all the trimmings and dessert. Requires 72 hours advance notice. Brunch: QR 245 or QR 350 with bubbly. Dinner: QR 225 or with QR 320 with bubbly. Turkey to go package: QR 790. For more information call 4429-8499.

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Experience Arabic Flair As told to Jorge Granda Photos courtesy of the Grand Hyatt Doha

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ocated at the majestic Grand Hyatt Doha, Majlis is the hotel’s newest treasure. The new café reflects the true warmth of Arab hospitality, offering an enriching, authentically Arab mezzah menu, an extensive coffee menu and an array of shisha flavours served professionally in a traditional style. Majlis is designed to attract guests craving for ultimate Arab experience. “The philosophy of Majlis is to provide an environment imbued with warm Arabic hospitality that embraces but puts a spin on Arabic mezzah and the service of the traditional shisha famous all over the

The Grand Hyatt Doha unveils its new Arabian café, Majlis. QH takes a glimpse at this classy yet unpretentious new dining spot. Middle East,” says Grand Hyatt General Manager, Garry Friend. Majlis delivers a contemporary Arabic style, where diners can settle into cozy seating for the ultimate privacy, or enjoy the autumn weather outdoors by the greenery near the pool with the view of The Pearl on the horizon. The interior design of Majlis is a perfect fit with the Arabic palace-inspired theme of the hotel which blends precious marbles, vast courts and towering glass windows, with stunning views of the beach and beautiful landscaped gardens.

About Majlis Location: Grand Hyatt Doha Timings: Weekdays, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m. Weekends, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m. Average Meal Price: QR 80 including special beverage Yes, outdoor Smoking: terrace area Vino: Yes Reservations: 4448-1282

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Noodles of Fun

By Ashlee Starratt Photography by Srimani Welagedara

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We sample an array of scrumptious offerings available at The Noodle House – hearty Asian comfort food at its best.

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ur first impressions stepping into The Noodle House at their location on The Pearl are positive. The space is bright, airy and open-concept, overlooking The Pearl’s marina with a seating plan that’s both informal and familial. The bench-style tables encourage a feeling of sharing and that’s exactly what we decide to do, ordering up a selection of appetizers and mains to split between us.

new Menu

With a revamped menu our server suggests some of the new items to tempt us and before we know it we’ve ticked off what seems like a dozen different boxes on their menu sheet. It’s a nice concept – you can tick off what you want and how many servings of each, with each menu item accompanied by a small icon indicating the level of spiciness or if it’s a vegetarian option. The service is prompt, fast and friendly and our appetizers are ready within ten minutes. We try the new sticky chili beef ribs, vegetable spring rolls, duck wontons, duck gyoza dumplings and chicken satay skewers with a delicious peanut sauce. Everything is fresh, hot and delicious. Hands down our favourite is the duck wontons, crispy on the outside with the mildest hint of curry, the meat is moist, tender and sumptuous with the sweet soy dipping sauce that goes with it. The spring

rolls are also a nice surprise, filled with crunchy vegetables and small thin noodles they’re the perfect balance of crispness and chewiness and are incredibly filling. I can’t get enough of the chili dipping sauce either and even dip my gyozas in it as well.

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What We Sampled For our mains we order the teriyaki beef tenderloin, the nasi goreng with chicken satay and fried egg and the sweet and sour chicken with vegetables. Like our appetizers, the mains arrive within ten minutes and the portions are heaping. The nasi goreng is an Indonesian-style rice dish mixed with egg, chicken and shrimps, and when mixed with the yolk from the fried egg on top, plus the decadent peanut sauce from the chicken satay, each mouthful leaves us wanting more. The teriyaki beef tenderloin is another winner – not too sweet, not too salty, it’s the perfect balance with the meat nicely cooked to the proper consistency. The sweet and sour chicken is crispy and sweet with a colourful mix of onions and peppers sautéed and tossed together with the dish. It’s more food than three people can reasonably handle but we feel as though we’ve had a good sampling of the new menu offerings and we leave with a bag full of leftovers, which our office colleagues are very grateful for. Whether it’s to eat-in or to take-away we’ll be back to The Noodle House sooner rather than later!

About The Noodle House Location: The Pearl, Parcel 6: Shops 153 & 154 Timings: 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Average Meal Price: QR 30 – QR 55 Smoking: No Licensed: No Contact Info: 4495-3876, Ext. 2531

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Dine with the stars. Strata, Doha’s nest new lounge & restaurant, is now open at the new InterContinental Doha The City. 55 oors up, Doha takes on a new perspective. Welcome to Strata – sophisticated company and a stylish setting above the glittering city skyline. It’s Doha’s hottest new destination.

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

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QH READER REVIEW

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Rachel Pulle This column is part of a new n ld seafood station Lobster tails at the co monthly contest where we send one of our readers to experience a meal at a restaurant. It’s our way of giving the community a voice in our pages. This month Rachel Pullen sampled the Friday brunch at Coral in the InterContinental Doha. Here is her review.

QH: What did you order? RP: My friends and I tasted the buffet selections listed below:

the time the majority of guests were seated you could no longer hear it. The restaurant felt quite empty until 1:30 p.m. when the majority of guests arrived.

• Salad Station: hummus, moutabel, artichoke dip, fatoosh and mozzarella and tomato salad • Raw Bar: chilled shrimp, oysters, chilled lobster tails, fish pâtés and sushi • Hot Stations: lamb tagine, stuffed beef with mushroom and cheese, shrimp tandoori, naan, seafood paella, lamb chops with mint and potato tartiflette • Live Stations: chicken and lamb BBQ, pasta station and pizza station • Dessert Station: wide selection of traditional Arabic desserts, cakes, tarts, custards and ice creams

QH: Describe the quality of the food.

QH: Were the prices reasonable?

QH: Would you go back? Why/why not?

RP: Given the variety of options, yes prices were reasonable.

RP: I would probably not return to Coral for brunch. Currently, the brunch lacks energy and when my friends and I treat ourselves to a Friday brunch we are more inclined to choose a lively venue that attracts a younger, single, expat clientele.

• QR 250 regular brunch • QR 275 bubbly brunch QH: Describe the ambiance. RP: The restaurant lacked ambiance and the typical Friday brunch energy. It felt as though the restaurant only wanted to cater to in-house guests. It currently is not a venue where my friends and I would want to stay for the afternoon or celebrate a special occasion. The brunch did not offer any form of live entertainment. Piped-in music was playing softly upon arrival, but by

RP: The brunch offered a nice variety of items, but the quality of the food was average. QH: Describe the quality of the service. RP: We arrived at 12:00 p.m. as instructed, but the restaurant sent us away until 12:30 p.m. Table service was above average for Doha, i.e. very attentive staff. They cleared plates and refilled beverages without having to be asked.

QH: Favourite thing about the restaurant RP: The wait staff was extremely attentive. Tables were cleared quickly and beverages were replenished without delay. QH: Could the overall experience be improved? If so, how? RP: Yes.

• The hotel should immediately consider some form of entertainment. At a minimum, the in-house music should be on and audible at all times. • The kitchen appears to be having difficulty with the temperature of food items. While we were one of the first tables seated, everything we tasted was either cold or lukewarm. None of the items offered were actually served hot. • We found that the majority of meat selections were served overcooked and quite dry. • No breakfast items are currently offered. It would be nice if an egg station was offered. • We found it a bit odd that the brunch packages do not include water or soft beverages. We were never advised that soft drinks and water were not included in the package until we were presented the check. As we were never offered coffee or tea, I do not know if these items would have been included in the package price. For reservations call 4484-4444 or email reservations.icdoha@ihg.com. Editor’s Note The views and opinions expressed in our reader reviews do not reflect in any way those of Qatar Happening Magazine’s staff, directors, management or Editor-in-Chief. All hotel PR and food and beverage departments are aware of the content and receive a copy.

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Cranberry By Gerald Tan Photography by Jessie Palanca

Craze

These tart and hearty berries make any occasion more festive. For those ex-pats here in Qatar celebrating American Thanksgiving this month, we show you how to go deliciously crazy for cranberry!

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ife must be really tough for a fruit. Consider all that pressure to be commercially en vogue…a healthy snack…the season’s super-food. Remember when the blueberry reigned as the antioxidant king? It certainly didn’t see the pomegranate popping up from oblivion and usurping its glory. Of course, that craze lasted for just a few dieting cycles before the phonetically endearing açaí berry came along to hog the limelight. The fruits themselves are intrinsically nutritious and always have been. What changes, sadly, is their star appeal. Once the advertising dries up, sales figures follow suit. But if there’s one fruit that returns year after year as the autumnal must-have and hibernal must-use, it’s the triumphant cranberry.

Fiesty Cranberry Cake Ingredients: 225gm butter Getting zesty 1 cup brown sugar 2 eggs 1 can cranberry sauce 1 170gm tub plain yogurt ¼ cup orange juice 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 2 cups flour ½ teaspoon salt Implements: 1 mixing bowl 1 cake tin/spring-form pan lined with grease-proof paper 1 spatula/wooden ladle

THE FRUIT

The cranberry’s extreme tartness is a pick-me-up like no other. That penetrating flavour coupled with its glossy crimson skin makes it a champion every time. The cranberry just can’t help but be the show-stopper on a platter. Could you imagine a roast turkey without a bowl of cranberry relish on its side? Blasphemy. Cranberries are typically found in three forms, all of which can easily find their way into dinner. The fresh ones appear in stores just in time for the holiday table. Blitz them with an orange and some sugar, and you have a three-minute, three-ingredient relish. The dried, sweetened variety goes great when baked with breads and biscotti, adding a nice chew to every bite. And lastly, canned cranberries—both jellied and whole fruit—can be suitably incorporated into muffins, cakes and sauces for meats.

FROM SCRATCH

Gerald serves it up

The cake has an incredible moistness owing to the full-bodied sauce and yogurt. In terms of flavour, you’ll be amazed by how the simple addition of orange helps heighten the taste of the berries. The cake is exquisite served warm on its own with perhaps a side of cream. But it’s also sturdy enough to be filled and coated with frosting. I could not give any

“The cake has stronger an endorsement to cranberries. I find them an incredible so useful that I have a few and cans stocked up moistness owing bags in my larder. They’re a swell with roast almonds to the full-bodied nibble and pumpkin seeds. Try sauce and them in a white chocolate chip cookie or sprinkled yogurt” over a green salad. In a

This month, I’m sharing a recipe I concocted shortly after Thanksgiving one year when I was invited to an impromptu dinner party. I knew I had a can of cranberry sauce that could be combined with a few baking staples into a coffee cake of sorts. Topped with a dollop of orange-infused whipped cream, this turned out to be a lovely little accidental recipe.

pinch, I once even employed them as lettering on a cake after I ran out of icing. Here’s the long and short of it: this is no fad. The foxy fruits…they come and go. The cranberry, my friend, is here to stay.

Instructions: Remove butter from the fridge 15 minutes before starting. In a mixing bowl, whip softened butter and sugar together with a spatula or wooden ladle until light and fluffy. An electric mixer will cream this in two minutes, but it’ll take up to three times that by hand. Add one egg at a time, mixing until fully incorporated. Mix in vanilla extract, yogurt, cranberry sauce and orange juice. Sift in the flour, salt, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into the bowl. Combine together until you have a fairly thick, fragrant batter. Pour the batter into the lined cake tin and level with a spoon. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees Celcius for 45-55 minutes, or until a skewer pricked into the middle of the cake comes out clean. Serve warm or at room temperature with whipped cream or additional cranberry sauce.

Comments, feedback, tips or Madam Barbarella’s not-so-secret recipes gladly welcome. Do share how the cranberry cake turned out. I’m on Twitter @GeraldoTan.

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FOOD & DINING LISTINGS

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INTERCONTINENTAL DOHA Sundays - Thursdays: Mykonos. 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. 12:00 p.m. till 3:30 p.m. For more information call 4484-4096 or 4484-4444.

W DOHA WEST END, RENAISSANCE DOHA CITY CENTER Sundays - Thursdays: Cucina. Choose from 6 entrees, 6 mains and 5 desserts. QR 85 per person. 12:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. For more information call 4419-6100.

BUSINESS LUNCH

HOLIDAY VILLA DOHA

INTERNATIONAL

Sundays - Thursdays: D’Chopstix Chinese & Japanese Restaurant. Choose from over 20 delicious Chinese & Japanese Sets. 11:30 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. For more information call 4408-4888.

THE ST. REGIS DOHA NEW

WYNDHAM GRAND REGENCY DOHA

Sundays - Thursdays: Gordon Ramsay Doha. Enjoy a different 3-course meal every day. QR 100 per person. 12:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. For more information call 4446-0105.

FOUR SEASONS DOHA

Saturdays - Thursdays: Nusantao. New Bento Business Lunch - 4 delicacies plus soup plus an appetizer for only QR 130. For more information call 4494-8601.

HILTON DOHA

Sundays – Thursdays: La Sahtaine. Enjoy a 3-course meal overlooking the waterfront for QR 88. 12:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. For more information call 4423-3333.

GRAND HERITAGE DOHA Daily: Blue Restaurant. 3-course set menu for QR 95. Guaranteed to be served in 30 minutes.12:30 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. For more information call 4445-5555.

Tuesdays – Sundays: Chopsticks Restaurant. An exceptional Asian 3-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.

LA CIGALE

Daily: Le Central. Savour three choices of light and healthy appetizers, expertly designed main dishes and irresistible desserts, QR 150. 12:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. For more information call 4428-8772.

HILTON DOHA

Sundays – Thursdays: Trader Vic’s. Choose 3 main dishes and 1 side dish for QR 95. Served within 45 minutes. 12:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. For more information call 4423-3118.

Saturdays - Thursdays: Market. Choose your starter, main course and dessert and savour chef Vongerichten’s signature dishes in only 30 minutes! 12:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. QR 89 per person. For more information call 4453-5373 or 4453-5135.

KEMPINSKI RESIDENCES & SUITES DOHA Saturdays - Thursdays: Aroma. Indulge in the most delicate business lunch in Doha for only QR 90 per person. From 12:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. For more information call 4405-3325 or visit www.kempinski.com/doha.

INTERCONTINENTAL DOHA THE CITY

Saturdays – Thursdays: The Square. 3-courses offering a selection of à la carte starters and main courses and right-sized desserts. 12:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. QR 88 for 3 courses. For more information call 4015-8888 or email doharestaurants@ihg.com.

SHERATON DOHA

Sundays – Thursday: La Veranda. Italian homemade delights. 3-course lunch served within 45 minutes, QR 99. From 12:00 p.m. till 2:30 p.m. For more information call 4485-4071.

W DOHA

Saturdays - Thursdays: Spice Market. Choose your favourite starter, main course and dessert. 12:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. QR 89. For more information call 4453-5373 or 4453-5135.

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AFTERNOON TEA SHARQ VILLAGE & SPA

Daily: Al Jalsa. Low calorie sweets and healthy treats make an appearance at afternoon tea the Ritz-Carlton style. QR 135 per person. 2:30 p.m. till 5:30 p.m. For more information call 4425-6666.

HILTON DOHA

Daily: Ya Hala. Choose from Classic English High Tea for QR 89, or Classic Oriental High Tea for QR 99. 2:00 p.m. till 5:00 p.m. For more information call 4423-3333.

GRAND HYATT DOHA

Wednesdays & Saturdays: Al Maha Lounge. Whether you prefer the traditional English style, the charming Moroccan or the exotic Thai, tea, pastries and sweets are all included for QR 110. 3:00 p.m. till 6:00 p.m. For more information call 4448-1234.

THE TORCH-DOHA HOTEL Daily: Kufic. Take a break and enjoy finger sandwiches and home-made mini pastries with your choice of tea or coffee for QR 75 per person. 3:00 p.m. till 7:00 p.m. Also enjoy desserts in a cupcake from 8:00 a.m. till 11:00 p.m. Daily: Three Sixty Restaurant. Sunset High Tea 4:00 p.m. till 5:30 p.m. for QR 135. For more information call 4444-6500.

GRAND HERITAGE DOHA

Sundays - Saturdays: Victoria Lounge. Enjoy the cozy atmosphere of the traditional Victorian Tea Lounge. Traditional afternoon high tea or Oriental high tea for QR 135 per tea stand. Afternoon tea from 3:00 p.m. till 6:00 p.m. Gluten free delights are also available. For more information call 4445-5555.

INTERCONTINENTAL DOHA THE CITY

Daily: Lobby Lounge. Classic Afternoon Tea QR 80, Oriental Tea QR 85, Contemporary Afternoon Tea QR 95 per person, including selected house beverages. From 3:00 p.m. till 5:00 p.m. For more information call 4015-8888 or email doharestaurants@ihg.com.

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INTERCONTINENTAL DOHA

Daily: Tea Garden. Afternoon High Tea from 3:30 p.m. till 6:30 p.m. Selection of finger sandwiches, pastries and freeflowing tea or coffee at QR 85 per person. Live entertainment from 5:00 p.m. till 9:00 p.m. except Saturdays. Open from 7:00 a.m. till 1:00 a.m. For more information call 4484-4890/4484-4444.

RITZ-CARLTON DOHA

Daily: La Mer Restaurant. Taste the culinary treats and delights of Executive Pastry Chef Jerome Bertoumieux from 2:30 p.m. till 5:00 p.m. The recently opened Lobby Pastry Shop is perfect for quick bites and sweet treats. For more information call 4484-8000 or email rc.dohrz.leads@ritzcarlton.com.

NEW RESTAURANTS THE ST. REGIS DOHA

Al Sultan Brahim: Known as one of Lebanon’s most famed and award winning restaurants, this venue is best known for the freshest seafood and sacred recipes of Lebanese cuisine. Mondays Saturdays,12:00 p.m. till 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. For more information call 4446-0105.

INTERCONTINENTAL DOHA THE CITY

Prime Restaurant: Fine dining restaurant dedicated to the best selection of cuts and grill in the city From 6:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4015-8888 or email doharestaurants@ihg.com.

WYNDHAM GRAND REGENCY DOHA

Tangia Restaurant: Discover traditional Moroccan cuisine artistically prepared and refreshingly authentic. 7:00 p.m. til 11:00 p.m. Location Lobby Level For more information call 4434-3687 or email sdesilva@wyndham.com.

LA CIGALE

Madison Piano Bar: Try out the renovated integrating new dining area. A wide range of salads, finger food, main courses, sushi and sashimi and cigars. For more information call 4428-8665.

SOUK WAQIF BOUTIQUE HOTELS

The Courtyard: Al Najada Boutique Hotel. An informal café. The Dining Room: Al Najada Boutique Hotel. A fine dining a la carte restaurant. Al Canteen: Arumaila Boutique Hotel. Comfort food at its best! The Terrace Lounge: Al Mirqab Boutique Hotel. Indoor and outdoor lounging space. East: Al Mirqab Boutique Hotel. A casual international bistro. Al Mataam: Musheireb Boutique Hotel. Middle Eastern restaurant. Al Matbakh: Arumaila Boutique Hotel. A grill restaurant on the roof. The Drawing Room: Al Jasra Boutique Hotel. Meet here for drinks. Argan: Al Jasra Boutique Hotel. Moroccan Restaurant. For more information call 4433-6666.

PROMOTIONS FOUR SEASONS DOHA White Truffles From Alba Thurs 1 – Fri 30: Il Teatro Restaurant . Menu designed by Chef Matteo Arvonio inspired by the invaluable ‘Tartufo Bianco d’Alba’ or Alba Madonna Truffle. For more information call 4494-8888.

HOLIDAY VILLA DOHA Asian Galore

Thurs 1 – Thurs 29: Lagenda International Restaurant. Take a journey through Asia and explore the diverse cuisine. 7:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. (Every Thursday). For more information call 4408-4888.

DOHA MARRIOTT HOTEL Thai Food Festival Thurs 1 – Fri 30: Asia Live: Tempt your taste buds with mouth-watering Thai specialties and Teppanyaki at the award-winning Far Eastern Restaurant. 6:00 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. (closed on Sundays). For more information email DineMarriottDoha@marriotthotels.com or call 4429-8499.

RADISSON BLU HOTEL DOHA Great British Menu

WYNDHAM GRAND REGENCY DOHA Chocolate Mania Promotion

Thurs 1 – Fri 30: Al Kut Lounge. Chocolate corner in the lobby with chocolate fountain and great variety of skewers dipped in chocolate with chocolate drinks. QR 69 net per person. For more information call 4434-3687 or email sdesilva@wyndham.com.

RADISSON BLU HOTEL DOHA New Menu

Thurs 1 – Fri 30: Bentley’s. Offering the complete steak experience, enjoy the finest seared Wagyu beef and more. For more information call 4428-1555.

DOHA MARRIOTT HOTEL German Garden

Thurs 1 – Fri 30: Terrace Tent. Enjoy traditional German cuisine including a wide selection of traditional German fare. Dinner with authentic live music by ‘The Two Bavarians’ (10% discount for groups of 10 or more, 20% discount for groups of 20 or more.) 6:30 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. For more information email DineMarriottDoha@marriotthotels.com or call 4429-8499.

RADISSON BLU HOTEL DOHA Stella and Mussels Promotion Thurs 1 – Fri 30: Shehrazad. Taste the flavours of Belgium for only QR 60. For more information call 4428-1555.

HOLIDAY VILLA DOHA Mocha Cheesecake & Coffee Promotion and Fruit Mojitos For All

Sat 3 – Fri 30: Lobby Lounge. QR 25 for coffee and cake and QR 19 for a mojito. 11:00 a.m. till 11:30 p.m. For more information call 4408-4888.

Thurs 1 – Fri 30: Maxim. A special festival of dishes inspired by the British autumn. For more information call 4428-1555.

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HOLIDAY VILLA DOHA Velvet Cake & Coffee Promotion

Sat 3 – Fri 30: Kafe Ole. QR 25 for coffee and cake. 12:00 p.m. till 1:00 a.m. For more information call 4408-4888.

HOLIDAY VILLA DOHA Succulent Tiger Prawn Promotion

Sat 3 – Fri 30: D’Chopstix Chinese & Japanese Restaurant. 11:30 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4408-4888.

HOLIDAY VILLA DOHA Angus Beef Steak Promotion

Sun 4- Fri 30: 11th Floor. A delicious meal with a captivating view of Doha. 6:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. (Closed on Saturdays). For more information call 4408-4888.

DOHA MARRIOTT HOTEL Diwali Festival Tues 13 – Sat 17: Taj Rasoi Restaurant. Celebrate one of the biggest festivals of India, ‘Diwali’ the ‘Festival of Lights’. 6:00 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. (closed on Fridays). For more information email DineMarriottDoha@marriotthotels.com or call 4429-8499.

THE TORCH-DOHA HOTEL Lebanese National Day Specialties Sun 18 - Thurs 22: Flying Carpet Restaurant. Lunch buffet specially prepared by Oriental chefs. 12:00 p.m. till 3:30 p.m. For more information call 4446-5600.

THANKSGIVING MÖVENPICK HOTEL DOHA Thanksgiving-To-Go

Seasons Restaurant. Throw a lavish dinner party and dazzle your guests with an unforgettable spread without spending hours in the kitchen, simply order your meal and let our chefs prepare it to perfection. For more information call 4429-1111.

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KEMPINSKI RESIDENCES & SUITES DOHA Thanksgiving Special Gourmet House: Enjoy a hassle-free celebration at home. Order a ready-made, warm, mouth-watering roast turkey with signature stuffing, vegetables, potatoes and sauce in a box. For more information call 4405-3325 or email aroma.doha@kempinski.com.

SHARQ VILLAGE & SPA Thanksgiving

Sun 25 – Fri 30: Al Dana. A four-course thanksgiving dinner of roast turkey with all the trimmings, pumpkin pie and more to celebrate good fortune and friends. QR 250 per person. 6:30 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4425-6666.

Take-away Turkey

Thurs 22: Al Jalsa. Each turkey serves 6 to 8 diners including the trimmings and dessert. QR 1000. Minimum 24 hours advance reservation. For more information call 4425-6666.

FOUR SEASONS DOHA Thanksgiving Dinner

Thurs 22: Il Teatro. Celebrate the abundant joys and blessings of the season, turkey and all the trimmings will be the heart of the evening. For more information call 4494-8888.

RITZ-CARLTON DOHA Thanksgiving Dinner

Fri 22: The Lagoon. Take the family out for a lavish Thanksgiving dinner and relish the quality moments. 6:30 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. QR 240 per person, QR 315 with bubbly, QR 120 for kids. Complimentary for children under 4. For more information call 4484-8000.

RITZ-CARLTON DOHA Thanksgiving Brunch

Fri 23: The Lagoon. Live music complements the delicious buffet of Middle Eastern specialties and international live cooking stations. Children also have their own junior buffet and entertainment. 12:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. QR 260 per person, QR 325 with bubbly, QR 395 with bubbly, vinos and selected beverages. Complimentary for children under 4. For more information call 4484-8000.

RITZ-CARLTON DOHA Turkey To Go

Tues 20 – Mon 26: Orders must be received 24 hours prior. QR 1200/portion. For more information call 4484-8512.

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Thurs 22: Market. A 3-course Thanksgiving menu, QR 280 per person. For more information call 4453-5135.

WEST END, RENAISSANCE DOHA CITY CENTER Thanksgiving Lunch Buffet Thurs 22: Crossroads Kitchen transforms its international buffet to celebrate Thanksgiving with turkey, cranberry and all the trimmings. 12:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. For more information call 4419-6100 or visit www.westenddoha.com.

ONE OF A KIND W DOHA American Night

Sat 3: Market. Serves favourite American fare the first Saturday of the month. QR 110 per person. For more information call 4453-5135.

RITZ-CARLTON DOHA Vino Club Meeting

Mon 5: La Mer Restaurant. An adventure that will deepen your appreciation for both vinos and vino-makers. 7:00 p.m. till 9:00 p.m. QR 350 per person. For more information call 4484-8000.

RADISSON BLU HOTEL DOHA Vino Dinner

Tues 6: Picasso’s. In association with Julie Jackson from Jackson Nugent Vintners, Picasso’s presents the ‘Casa Silva vino dinner and culinary quiz’. QR 250 per person. For more information call 4428-1555.

RITZ-CARLTON DOHA Piemonte Chef Table

Sun 11: Porcini. All food aficionados are invited into the show kitchen as Chef Ricardo will demonstrate the preparation of the exquisite white truffle. At the end of the evening, each guest will receive a recipe book as a gift to remember. QR 600 per person. For more information call 4484-8000.

INTERCONTINENTAL DOHA Greek Bouzouki Nights

Wed 14 & Thurs 15: Mykonos. Enjoy traditional Bouzouki music by ‘Dimas Trio’, lots of dancing and plate smashing while savouring Greek and Cypriot delicacies specially prepared by Chef Konstantinos Panou. QR 250 per person. 7:30 p.m. till 12:00 a.m. For more information call 4484-4444.

THE ST. REGIS DOHA Epicurean Evenings

Wed 21 & Thurs 22: Opal and Gordon Ramsay Doha. Yann Schyler of Chateau Kirwan hosts an intimate Sommeliers dinner presenting their collection paired with cuisine from Michelin-starred Chef Gilles Bosquet. QR 500 including a 3-course menu paired with premium beverages. QR 1000 including a 5-course menu paired with premium beverages. 8:30 p.m. For more information call 4446-0105.

EVERY WEEK SEAFOOD GRAND HERITAGE DOHA Maki Mania

Sundays - Thursdays: Blue Restaurant. QR 165 per person inclusive of unlimited Maki and Miso soup. 4:00 p.m. till 9:00 p.m. For more information call 4445-5555.

GRAND HYATT DOHA Seafood Festival

Mondays: Isaan Restaurant. Set menu from QR 250 per person from 7:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4448-1234.

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INTERCONTINENTAL DOHA THE CITY Sushi Night

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

MILLENNIUM HOTEL Seafood Night

Mondays: Cosmo Restaurant. Stir, sizzle and sauté, seafood flavours not to be missed! QR 180 per person. 7:30 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4424-7361.

SHARQ VILLAGE & SPA Sushi Mania

Mondays and Wednesdays: Al Dana. Finger-sized pieces of fish and shellfish are wrapped around soft sushi rice with a hint of wasabi mustard. QR 135 per person. 6:30 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4425-6666 or email rc.dohsq.reservations@ritzcarlton.com.

MIDDLE EASTERN GRAND HYATT DOHA Moroccan Tagine Night

Mondays: Rocca Restaurant. Join Chef Kenza form Casablanca for an array of Moroccan Tagine dishes from 6:30 p.m. For more information call 4448-1234.

THE TORCH-DOHA HOTEL Turkish Delights Tuesdays: Flying Carpet Restaurant. Enjoy Shawarma, kababs, pide and much more Turkish cuisine for only QR 190 per person. 7:00 p.m. till 10:30 p.m . For more information call 4446-5600.

INTERNATIONAL FOUR SEASONS DOHA A Trip Around The Regions Of Italy

Saturdays - Thursdays: Il Teatro. An eclectic presentation of refined regional Italian cuisine with a contemporary twist. 12:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. For more information call 4494-8888.

INTERCONTINENTAL DOHA THE CITY 180@Hive

Saturdays – Wednesdays: Hive. Theme nights accompanied by three glasses for QR 180 per person. Saturday: Greek, Sunday: Italian, Monday: Spanish, Tuesday: Asian, Wednesday: cheese and vino. 7:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4015-8888 or email doharestaurants@ihg.com.

GRAND HERITAGE DOHA Arrive In Style!

Sundays--Saturdays: Blue Restaurant. Book your table 24 hours in advance and receive a complimentary home pick up and drop off by the hotel’s exclusive limo service. 12:30 p.m. till 12:00 a.m. QR 250 per person inclusive of one choice of appetizer, main course, dessert and beverage. For more information call 4445-5555.

HILTON DOHA Crazy For Creole

Sundays: Mawasem. Enjoy spectacular authentic Creole and curry dishes from the heart of the islands. QR 190 including unlimited soft drinks. 7:00 p.m. till 10:30 p.m. For more information call 4423-3333.

THE TORCH-DOHA HOTEL Mediterranean Night Sundays: Flying Carpet Restaurant. Choose from a selection of plates from different countries. 7:00 p.m. till 10:30 p.m. For more information call 4446-5600.

ORYX ROTANA Tex Mex BBQ

Sundays: Choices. Enjoy a special beverage deal with the Tex Mex BBQ night! 7:00 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. and for QR 189 per person including water, soft drinks and chilled juices. For more information call 4402-3333.

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Sundays: Market. Steak connoisseurs and red-meat lovers can savour their prize cuts of tender meat, fowl and seafood. Char-grilled or seared, rare or well done. 6:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4453-5135.

SHERATON DOHA Parillada Night

Sundays & Wednesdays: Latino. All you can eat Argentinian parillada served at your table including salad and dessert buffet and live entertainment. QR 190 food only, 7:00 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. For more information call 4485-4071.

WEST END, RENAISSANCE DOHA CITY CENTER Wagyu, Kobe & Black Angus

Sundays - Fridays: New York Steakhouse. Sumptuous steak, supreme service. 6:30 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. For more information call 4419-6100.

MÖVENPICK DOHA HOTEL Matador Mondays Mondays: Seasons Restaurant. Travel the world on a plate. Savour enticing Spanish delights; tapas, paella, live cooking and much more. QR 160 per person. For more information call 4429-1111.

THE TORCH-DOHA HOTEL Barbecue Bazaar Night Mondays: Flying Carpet Restaurant. Choose from a wide selection of steaks, Oriental BBQ, fish, burgers and hot dogs. QR 190 per person. 7:00 p.m. till 10:30 p.m. For more information call 4446-5600.

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INTERCONTINENTAL DOHA

Mondays: Mykonos. Eat as much mixed grill as you can. Enjoy a live cooking station with buffet of fresh cold mezzedes and salads complemented with desserts. 6:30 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. QR 165 per person. For more information call 4484-4074 or 4484-4444.

ORYX ROTANA Asian Night

Mondays: Choices. Expert Thai, Indonesian and Philippine chefs prepare an exquisite buffet of authentic Far Eastern cuisine for QR 199 per person, including unlimited juices and soft drinks, or QR 279 including unlimited selected house beverages. For more information call 4402-3333.

WYNDHAM GRAND REGENCY DOHA International Buffet

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays: Grand Gourmet. Italian cuisine Saturdays, Far Eastern cuisine Mondays, Seafood Wednesdays and Arabian cuisine on Fridays. Breakfast 6:30 a.m. till 10:30 a.m., lunch 12:30 p.m. till 3:30 p.m. dinner 6:30 p.m. till 10:30 p.m. The special Friday family brunch is served between 11:30 a.m. till 3:30 p.m. For more information call 4434-3203.

WEST END, RENAISSANCE DOHA CITY CENTER New Dessert Selection

Monday’s – Saturdays: Ipanema. Enjoy the colours, sounds and flavours of Brazil, with traditional picanha, Brazilian kafta and their new flambé dessert bar and buffet. From QR 290 per person. From 6:30 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. For more information call 4419-6100.

THE ST. REGIS DOHA Early Evenings in Gordon Ramsay Doha Mondays – Saturdays: Gordon Ramsay Doha. Headed by Michelin-starred Chef Gilles Bosquet, enjoy a 3-course discovery menu for QR 375 or QR 575 with a selection of paired beverages from 6:00 p.m. till 7:30 p.m. only. For more information call 4446-0105.

GRAND HYATT DOHA Taste The World

Mondays: The Grill Restaurant. Italian, Seafood, Latin American, Spanish, Chinese, Turkish and much more food from 6:30 p.m. For more information call 4448-1234.

SHERATON DOHA Pasta Night

Tuesdays: La Veranda. All you can eat pasta with one of the best views in town for QR 180. 7:00 p.m. till 10:30 p.m. For more information call 4485-4071.

MÖVENPICK DOHA HOTEL Les Aples Tuesdays

Tuesdays: Seasons Restaurant. Combining the finest delicacies of France, Italy and Switzerland to fashion an exclusive gourmet event. 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.

INTERCONTINENTAL DOHA

Tuesdays: Mykonos. Enjoy Greek delicacies while sharing ouzo on ice with friends. 6:30 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. QR 175 per person. For more information call 4484-4074 or 4484-4444.

ORYX ROTANA Steak Night

Tuesdays: Choices. Choose your meat cuts and size and enjoy all the meat you can! QR 219 per person with soft drinks and juices and QR 299 per person with selected house beverages. For more information call 4402-3333.

THE TORCH-DOHA HOTEL Pan-Latino Night

Wednesdays: Flying Carpet Restaurant. Experience Latino living with a variety of Mexican, Argentinian and Brazilian platters. QR 190 per person, 7:00 p.m. till 10:30 p.m. For more information call 4446-5600.

MILLENNIUM HOTEL Asian Night

Wednesdays: Cosmo Restaurant. Travel to the Asian world and savour true flavours from India, China, Vietnam and Japan in an exotic setting. QR 150 per person. 7:30 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4424-7361.

MÖVENPICK DOHA HOTEL TempAsian Wednesdays Wednesdays: Seasons Restaurant. Be tempted by authentic ingredients and aromas. Gather around the teppanyaki table, taste the creativity of the Japanese sushi or the tang of the Thai curry. 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.

FOUR SEASONS DOHA Churrasco on the Beach

Wednesdays: The Beach. Gather family and friends for an unforgettable festive experience, as you select your choice of delicious barbeque. 7:00 p.m. till 10:30 p.m. For more information call 4494-8601.

WEEKEND THURSDAY SEAFOOD HILTON DOHA Seafood Extravaganza

Thursdays: Mawasem. QR 225 including unlimited soft drinks. 7:00 p.m. till 10:30 p.m. For more information call 4423-3333.

THE TORCH-DOHA HOTEL Seafood Extravaganza

Thursdays: Flying Carpet Restaurant. Find the catch of the day and a selection of seafood for cooking, QR 220 per person. 7:00 p.m. till 10:30 p.m. For more information call 4446-5600.

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MÖVENPICK DOHA HOTEL Deep Blue Thursdays

Thursdays: Seasons Restaurant. A simply spectacular buffet of rich, fresh and succulent seafood and fish. QR 180 per person, from 6:30 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4429-1111.

WEST END, RENAISSANCE DOHA CITY CENTER Seafood Night

Thursdays: Crossroads Kitchen. Enjoy the biggest seafood paella in Doha, alongside tiger prawns, mussels, tuna, oysters and the freshest sushi in town! From QR 225 including soft beverages. 6:30 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. For more information call 4419-6100.

INTERNATIONAL DOHA GOLF CLUB BBQ

Thursdays: Doha Golf Club. QR 99 inclusive of one selected beverage from 6:00 p.m. till 10:00p.m. For more information call 4496-0777.

THE ST. REGIS DOHA Reggae Barbeque Nights Thursdays, Fridays (& Wednesdays): Oyster Bar. Get into the rhythm of the Caribbean with live Reggae music while enjoying barbeque items around the pool. 7:00 p.m. till 12:00 a.m. QR 150 per person. For more information call 4446-0105.

INTERCONTINENTAL DOHA THE CITY Cosmopolitan Thursdays

Thursdays: The Square. A lively format and diverse menu choices are perfect for an evening with friends. QR 290 per person, including house vinos and house spirits. QR 210 including soft drinks and mocktails. From 6:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4015-8888 or email doharestaurants@ihg.com.

FRIDAY SEAFOOD INTERCONTINENTAL DOHA Seafood BBQ Night Fridays: Fish Market. Enjoy a Seafood BBQ dinner by the beachfront with live cooking stations. 7:00 p.m. till 12:00 a.m. For more information please call 4484-4444 or 4484-4747.

MIDDLE EASTERN MILLENNIUM HOTEL Lebanese Breakfast

Fridays: Cosmo Restaurant. Lebanese tunes and live stations serving healthy food to kick off the day. QR 120 per person. 6:30 a.m. till 10:30 a.m. For more information call 4424-7361.

THE TORCH-DOHA HOTEL Arabian Night

Fridays: Flying Carpet Restaurant. Live the charm of the Orient and indulge in a variety of plates from different Arabic cuisines, QR 190 per person. 7:00 p.m. till 10:30 p.m. For more information call 4446-5600.

INTERNATIONAL HILTON DOHA Asian Persuasion

Fridays: Mawasem. Presenting a colourful array of dishes from the Far East. 7:00 p.m.till 10:30 p.m. QR 190 per person including unlimited soft drinks. For more information call 4423-3333.

KEMPINSKI RESIDENCES & SUITES DOHA A La Carte Friday Lunch

ORYX ROTANA Indian Flavours

Fridays: Choices. QR 160 per person, including unlimited juices and soft drinks, or QR 240 including unlimited selected house beverages. 7:00 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. For more information call 4402-3333.

MÖVENPICK DOHA HOTEL Curry, Kare, Kari Fridays

Fridays: Seasons Restaurant. Get curried away from South-East Asia to the north of India. 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.

DOHA GOLF CLUB Carvery Lunch Buffet

Fridays & Saturdays: Doha Golf Club. QR 115 per person from 11:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m. For more information call 4496-0777.

SATURDAY SEAFOOD WYNDHAM GRAND REGENCY DOHA Sushi Fiesta

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

GRAND HERITAGE DOHA Sushi and Steak Saturdays: Blue Restaurant. QR 195 per person, for an additional QR 50, select the premium quality of Australian Wagyu beef. 12:30 p.m. till 12:00 a.m. For more information call 4445-5555.

Fridays: Aroma. For all those that are tired of buffets! 12:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. For more information call 4405-3325 or email aroma.doha@kempinski.com.

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WEEKEND BRUNCH THE ST. REGIS DOHA

Fridays: Vine Restaurant. An extensive buffet and live cooking stations. QR 250 including soft drinks and QR 350 including a selection of beverages. 12:30 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. For more information call 4446-0105.

SHERATON DOHA

Fridays: Al Hubara. Enjoy an international buffet with some of the local specialties like Ouzi and Oumali. There is also a kids area with balloons and face painting. 12:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. QR 190 per person. For more information call 4485-4071.

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Saturdays: La Veranda. Indulge in the large array of seafood. Includes a kids corner. QR 190 food only, QR 270 with free-flowing beverages and sparkling vino. From 12:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. For more information call 4485-4071.

W DOHA Sushi Night

Saturdays: Spice Market. This 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. QR 230 per person. 6:00 p.m. till 10:00 p.m. For more information call 4453-5135.

ORYX ROTANA Sushi & Sashimi Night

Saturdays: Choices. The talented team of chefs serve up the perfect Japanese dining experience. QR 195 per person (food only). For more information call 4402-3333.

INTERNATIONAL RITZ-CARLTON DOHA Saturday Roast

Saturdays: Admiral’s Club. Enjoy the perfect hand-carved selection of roast meats, potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and all the trimmings. 6:00 p.m. till 10:00 p.m. QR 260 per platter – serves two. QR 50 extra you can also eat lobster! For more information call 4484-8663.

THE TORCH-DOHA HOTEL Asian Treasures Saturdays: Flying Carpet Restaurant. Savour sushi, cold seafood station, Wok station, Indian corner, Thai corner. QR 190 per person, 7:00 p.m. till 10:30 p.m. For more information call 4446-5600.

W DOHA Burger Night

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

ORYX ROTANA Retail Tapas Galore

Saturdays: The Cellar. Endless tapas for QR 150 per person and pay reduced retail prices for selected vino. For more information call 4402-3333.

Fridays: Spice Market. Asian street food meets slick city chic, to a backdrop of live upbeat swing music courtesy of Doha Jazz. QR 340 including specialty drinks, QR 285 including soft drinks. 12:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. For more information call 4453-5373 or 4453-5135.

HOLIDAY VILLA DOHA

Fridays: D’Chopstix Chinese & Japanese Restaurant. Eat as much as you like Dim Sum and Sushi and enjoy a delicious buffet with free-flowing Chinese tea. 11:30 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. QR 130 per adult, QR 65 per child (aged 4-12 years). For more information call 4408-4888.

WEST END, RENAISSANCE DOHA CITY CENTER

Fridays: Crossroads Kitchen. Offering a fantastic international brunch including a children’s buffet and entertainment zone with face painting, movies and games. QR 225, 12:00 p.m. till 3:30 p.m. For more information call 4419-6100.

SHERATON DOHA Ladies Night

Saturdays: Latino. Free drinks for ladies when you order a minimum of 2 courses from the A La Carte Menu. From 7:00 p.m. till 10:30 p.m. For more information call 4485-4071.

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WEST END, RENAISSANCE DOHA CITY CENTER

Fridays: Ipanema. Boasting the only authentic Brazilian band in Doha, Ipanema is the place to come for seafood and sizzling meats on skewers, with live entertainment. QR 250 per person including soft beverages and QR 320 including house beverages. 12:30 p.m. till 3:30 p.m. For more information call 4419-6100.

ORYX ROTANA

Fridays: The Cellar. Enjoy the exquisite three-course set menu, including a wide choice of appetizers, main courses and desserts. Choose either the set menu with two glasses of selected vino for QR 149, or food only for QR 89. There are also tempting tasting offers on a wide range of vinos, using the state-of-the-art Enomatic vino serving system. 12:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. For more information call 4402-3333.

MILLENNIUM HOTEL

Fridays: Cosmo Restaurant. International and Oriental cuisines are served in a casual ambiance, with a special kids corner and entertainment. QR 155 per person. 12:30 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. For more information call 4424-7361.

RADISSON BLU HOTEL DOHA Fridays: Hyde Park Coffee Shop. Let the team of chefs tempt you with fresh seafood, sushi, Chinese, Indian and European specialties. 12:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. QR 190 with sparkling vino or QR 140 with soft drinks. For more information call 4428-1555.

ORYX ROTANA

Fridays: Choices. The brunch offers a wide variety of food and beverages with live jazz music. QR 249 per person, including unlimited juices and soft drinks, or QR 324 per person, including unlimited selected house beverages. 12:30 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. For more information call 4402-3333.

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MÖVENPICK HOTEL DOHA

Fridays: Seasons Restaurant. Indulge in an elegant yet casual experience with free-flowing bubbly and enchanting music to complement the tasty buffet. Every Friday features an entirely new theme to amuse the little ones. The ‘parent-free zone’ is fully supervised. Kids get to jump on the bouncy castle, laugh with the clumsy clown and eat from the custom-made kids 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.

INTERCONTINENTAL DOHA

Fridays: Fish Market. Indulge in the luxurious buffet and a market display featuring lobster, oyster, tiger prawns and sea bass. QR 320 per person. 12:30 p.m. till 3:30 p.m. For more information call 4484-4484 or 4484-4954.

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Fridays: The Square. A host of interactive cooking and beverage stations and an emphasis on fresh, compelling menu options. QR 320 per person, including selected house beverages. QR 210 including soft drinks and mocktails. From 12:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. For more information call 4015-8888 or email doharestaurants@ihg.com.

HILTON DOHA

Fridays: Mawasem. An attractive menu is served to live music accompanied by amazing views of the pool and beach. QR 222 per person including unlimited soft drinks, QR 333 per person including unlimited house beverages and bubbly, QR 444 per including French bubbly. Children 6 and under dine free, 7–12 year olds receive a 50% discount. For more information call 4423-3333.

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SHERATON DOHA

Fridays: Al Shaheen. Best views of the city! QR 190 food only, QR 270 with free-flowing beverages and sparkling vino. From 12:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. For more information call 4485-4071.

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Fridays: Market. Watch fresh, local products and ingredients come together splendidly in the Mediterranean-inspired show kitchen. QR 340 including specialty drinks, QR 285 including soft drinks. 12:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. For more information call 4453-5135.

SHARQ VILLAGE & SPA

Fridays and Saturdays: Al Liwan. A superb spread awaits, while there are plenty of supervised activities to keep the little ones amused, including their own buffet of child- friendly favourites.QR 250 per person and QR 125 per child aged 6 to 12 years. From 12:30 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. For more information call 4425-6666.

GRAND HERITAGE HOTEL

Fridays: Blue Restaurant. A live Latino band, cooking stations, a range of exciting activities for the kids including face painting, PlayStation games, balloon art and Ceramique painting. 12.30 p.m till 4:00 p.m. QR 180 per person. Children under 5 years enjoy complimentary meals and half price for children ages 6-12 years. *Additional charges apply for Ceramique. For more information call 4445-5555.

THE ST. REGIS DOHA

Fridays and Saturdays: Opal by Gordon Ramsay. The first a la carte brunch in Doha! QR 250 including soft drinks, QR 375 including selected beverages. From 12:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. For more information call 4446-0105.

ORYX ROTANA

Saturdays: Choices. Savour the new Oriental family buffet. 12:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. QR 219 per person (price includes food only). For more information call 4402-3333.

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SQUASH FEDERATION

World Professional Men’s Squash Championships Mon 5 - Wed 14: Khalifa Tennis Complex. For more information call 4494-4558.

Spinning Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays: The Bay Club. Spinning is adaptable to your fitness level. Mondays and Wednesdays 6:15 p.m., Fridays 12:00 p.m. and Saturdays 9:00 a.m. QR 25 for members, QR 35 for non-members. For more information call 4484-4852.

TENNIS FEDERATION

Asian Junior Tennis Championships Mon 12 - Fri 16: Tennis Complex. For more information call 4494-4558.

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SWIMMING FEDERATION

Qatar International Swimming Championships Tues 20 – Fri 23: Hamad Aquatic Center. For more information call 4494-4558.

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SPOTLIGHT ON SPORTS

Situation Vacant? By John Hunt

With the 2022 World Cup looming on the horizon, we examine how Qatar has stakes in an ever-growing football empire.

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atar’s wealth and desire to build international bridges have been the motivating factors behind a good deal of its overseas investment activity, especially within Europe. That two of the most high-profile examples include the acquisition of football clubs is significant, especially with the Qatar 2022 World Cup less than a decade away now. While the choice of purchases made thus far doesn’t indicate a lack of ambition by any means, they perhaps want for a greater level of exposure than the clubs acquired can actually provide. If, of course, we assume that exposure of the Qatar ‘brand’ is the aim, given that only about a dozen football clubs on earth actually make any money. In 2010, Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani bought the Spanish club Malaga. Malaga’s history isn’t particularly storied and

it’s never been considered one of Spain’s bigger clubs, but they do play in Spain’s top division and this season – for the first time ever – they’re representing Spain in the Champions League, Europe’s premier club football competition. This purchase and investment in Malaga has enabled Europe-wide publicity for the club and – by proxy – Qatar, but Malaga are not a Barcelona or a Real Madrid and never will be. It could even be argued that Qatar Foundation’s position as shirt sponsors of Barcelona delivers more ‘bang for its buck’. Then there is the curious case of Paris Saint Germain (PSG), purchased in 2011 by the Qatar Investment Authority. PSG is perhaps the most famous of all French clubs, with a sparkling domestic record but little in the way of European pedigree, and captive to a domestic league that is little-watched outside its own borders. While the Spanish league is popular and technically brilliant, the PSG acquisition is slightly confusing when its league is not at

all ‘Hollywood’ but sited across the English Channel from one that is: the richest and most widely-watched league in the world – The English Premier League (EPL). Would not an EPL club offer a more prudent investment? The number of clubs within this league under foreign ownership outnumber those under domestic control and while it has gone very wrong for some buyers. Indian poultry firm Venky’s purchase of 1995 EPL Champions Blackburn Rovers ended in relegation and in-fighting last season – it has also gone spectacularly right in the guise of current Champions Manchester City who were bought in 2008 by Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Mansour. The playing squad was overhauled at massive expense and the club has posted massive losses ever since, but the worldwide renown Abu Dhabi and its flagcarrying airline Etihad (both as the name of the stadium and as shirt sponsors) have had as a result has proved a price worth paying. How much, one wonders, would similar exposure cost through traditional advertising channels?

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time – under the ownership of sports retail magnate Mike Ashley.

Before Mansour’s arrival in Manchester, City were a big club with a glorious past and a pretty woeful modern-day record. There is another EPL club that displays very similar characteristics: Newcastle United. Newcastle play to the thirdlargest crowds in England (averaging 50,000 per home game) despite not having won anything for over 40 years. Their supporters are hugely passionate and the club has taken massive steps to get its house in order – and its playing squad in far better shape than it has been for some

But Ashley has made it clear that the club must ‘pay its own way’ – which it does – and has made repeated attempts to sell the club in recent years. So what Newcastle fans are left with is a very well-run club with a superb (albeit not top, top notch) playing squad, but a billionaire owner who doesn’t want to make that ‘final push’ in terms of player investment that we have seen reap rewards at ‘sleeping giants’ like Manchester City and Chelsea.

England’s ‘top tier’ clubs – Manchester United, Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea are currently off the market. Newcastle is by far the biggest club in England that actually represents a realistic purchase for someone or some organization with deep pockets and there are more than a few of these in Qatar at present. Investment in the likes of Malaga and PSG will bring their own rewards, but they won’t come close to the kudos that could be achieved by taking a Premier League club of Newcastle United’s size to the next level and deliver better value for money. 93

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eld at Aspire Zone from November 12-15, Aspire4Sport is the leading annual sports business congress and exhibition. Organized by Aspire Zone Foundation in conjunction with IFP Qatar, this year’s third annual event will welcome more than 3,000 delegates, including 500 sports industry leaders and 250 accredited media professionals. It’s the only event of its kind in the region and provides a unique occasion for sports’ leading decision makers in the Middle East and around the world to connect, network and capitalize on real business opportunities. This year’s Aspire4Sport is set to be the most memorable yet with Liverpool FC and Paris Saint-Germain youth academy confirmed to host a series of football clinics.

Certain to attract some of the world’s top sports business experts to take part in discussions and exhibitions and will feature three unique programs: ‘Aspire Build’, focusing on infrastructure and stadium development; ‘Aspire Tech’, a conference on technology and sport; and ‘Aspire Med’, which will feature discussions on sports science and sports medicine. Alongside the world-class football clinics designed to help inspire youth to embrace sports as part of a healthy lifestyle, Aspire4Sport highlights will also include a major international friendly-football match, enthralling entertainment events and a gala dinner featuring stars from the world of sports. This year’s key guest speakers and delegates are: former heavy-weight

boxing champion Lennox Lewis, Real Madrid legends Raúl González and Fernando Ruiz Hierro, former football manager of Liverpool FC Gérard Houllier, Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee General Secretary Hassan Al Thawadi and current managing director of Liverpool FC Ian Ayre. Additional leading figures from the world of international sport will be confirmed soon. For the latest Aspire4Sport 2012 conference program and up-to-date list of speakers, visit www.aspire4sport.qa. About Aspire4Sport Location: Aspire Dome Dates: November 12-15 Timings: 3:00 p.m. till 7:00 p.m.

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The 2012 Tennis Open is back for another edition. The most celebrated local players will battle it out at Khalifa International Tennis Complex and at the InterContinental Doha tennis courts for the coveted title and prize money. QH has all the information you need to be s part of the action and celebrate the game.

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his November the Qatar Tennis Federation and the InterContinental Doha bring the Tennis Open 2012 to their courts. The event gathers some of the top tennis players in the country. The annual tournament will take place in and around the Khalifa International Tennis Complex and the InterContinental Doha starting on Monday, November 5 and running until Monday, November 19. All tennis players in Doha are invited to participate in the Tennis Open. They will compete in 19 categories for men and women and boys and girls. There will be 19 finals played during the duration of the Tennis Open 2012, usually only one final is held on the last day, November 19 (most likely the men’s singles or doubles final). The draws and order will be announced after October 25.

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A total of QR 49,000 in cash prizes from QTF and a total of QR 100,000 worth of gift certificates and vouchers will be given to the winners. The awards ceremony will follow right after the final on Monday, November 19 at the InterContinental Doha.

CATEGORIES 1. Men’s Singles 2. Men’s Doubles 3. Women’s Singles 4. Women’s Doubles 5. Men’s Vet. Singles (45 years & above) 6. Men’s Vet. Doubles (45 years & above) 7. Mixed Doubles 8. Under 18 (Boys & Girls) 9. Under 14 (Boys & Girls) 10. Under 12 (Boys & Girls) 11. Under 10 (Boys & Girls) 12. Boys’ Doubles (Under 18, under 14 & under 12)

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

ONE OF A KIND Track Days

Sat 3 & Sat 10 & Sat 24: Losail International Circuit. Track days are open days where the public can bring their own bike or car and ride on the Qatari track. The track is open to everybody. QR 350 per bike, QR 500 per car. For more information visit www.circuitlosail.com.

Qatar National Sprint R4

Fri 9: Losail International Circuit. A sprint is an event for cars where they race in a short oval or circular track for a short distance. For more information call 4437-9884.

Petronas Asia Road Racing Championship R6 Thurs 15 – Sat 17: Losail International Circuit. The ARRC is a six-race calendar with the previous rounds held in Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Japan, Chinese Taipei and the final one here in Qatar. For more information visit www.asiaroadracing.com.

Qatar National Baja R1

Sat 24: The ceremonial start will take place in QMMF. National Baja is an event for cars. For more information call 4437-9884 or email info@qmmf.com.qa.

EVERY WEEK DOHA MUMS Couch to 5k Running Program

Mondays & Thursdays: Park next to the Sheraton. Babies and pre-schoolers are more than welcome in jogging-type strollers. The workout will last around an hour with cool down and stretching. Starts at 8:15 a.m. For more information visit www.dohamums.com or email rsvp@dohamums.com.

INTERCONTINENTAL DOHA Abs Workout

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

IAID Ballroom Dancing

Saturdays - Wednesdays: 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.

INTERCONTINENTAL DOHA Step AO2

Mondays and Wednesdays: The Bay Club. 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.

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INTERCONTINENTAL DOHA 3/15 Workout

Thursdays: The Bay Club. This class draws on three principal exercise components; cardiovascular aerobics choreography, cardiovascular basic step choreography and shaping and toning work, lasting 15 minutes each. Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. QR 30 for members and QR 40 for non–members. For more information call 4484-4852 or email bayclub@icdoha.com.

IAID 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 4432-0974/6671-0589 or email enquire@iaidonline.org.

GARVEYS Yoga

Daily: Yama Yoga. For all levels. For more information call 6617-5802 or visit www.yamayogastudios.com.

DANA CLUB DOHA Yoga

Mondays & Wednesdays: Yama Yoga. QR 60 for members and QR 75 for non-members. Mondays 9:45 a.m. for mixed levels and 7:00 p.m. for pre-natal. Wednesdays 9:45 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. both for mixed levels. For more information visit www.yamayogastudios.com.

INTERCONTINENTAL DOHA Zumba

Mondays: The Bay Club. Fitness should be fun and that’s exactly what Zumba is. It’s a mixture of Latin and international music fused together to create a fun, dance party atmosphere burning between 400-1000 calories per hour. It’s suitable for all ages, shapes and fitness levels. From 7:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. QR 30 for members, QR 40 for non-members. For more information call 4484-4852 or email bayclub@icdoha.com.

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Aspire4Sport 2012

Monday - Thursday: This four-day event centers around workshops, presentations, forums and activities related to the business of sports. Featuring a number of high-profile guest speakers Aspire4Sport 2012 will run from November 12-15 at Aspire Dome and is open to the public from 3:00 p.m. till 7:00 p.m. daily.

ACTIVITIES & CLUBS Bike Riding The Corniche Aspire Park

Bowling

The Qatar Bowling Center 4432-9178 or www.qatarbowlingcenter.net Gondolania Bowling Center (Villaggio) 4403-9807 or www.gondolania.com Strike Bowling Alley (City Center) 4483-9162

Golf

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

Horse Riding

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

Ice-Skating

Winter Wonderland (City Center) 4483-9162 Gondolania Ice Arena (Villaggio) 4403-9807 or www.gondolania.com

Sailing

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

Swimming

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

Tennis & Squash

Khalifa Tennis & Squash Complex 4440-9666

Walking

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

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RECOMMENDS Editor’s Pick: Ashlee Spice Market Late Sessions

I’ve been in Doha for over seven months now but only a few weeks ago I went to Spice Market at the W Hotel for the first time on a Thursday night with friends. I know what you’re thinking: how can I have been here so long without checking the place out. Well, needless to say I absolutely fell in love with it. Now, to those of you who are regulars, the food, warmth, music and ambiance are no secret. Their sushi is to die for, hands down the best I’ve had here yet. With an Asian-fusion menu there’s something to tempt every palate from sumptuous curries to tongue-tingling samosas, mix it with the mellow sounds of piano guru Doctor Gabs and some laughs with friends and you have the perfect night. The best part? They’re now open late, serving delicious food and drinks until 2:00 a.m. So, what are you waiting for? Visit www.spicemarketdoha.com to book a table online or call 4453-5000 for reservations.

Susanna Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Singulier I bought this mascara last month as I wanted to try out a new brand. It lengthens and separates lashes without making them look false. The brush is curved so it can slightly curl the lashes, while keeping them looking natural. Perfect for everyday wear. I love it!

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Jorge Juala Spa

The ultimate in luxury, the Juala Spa at the Grand Hyatt Doha has launched its new fall spa menu with a range of delectable treatments to pamper yourself. Coffee and Chocolate Body Scrubs, a Honey Immersion and the Juala Aromassage are just a few of the luxuries on demand. Call 4448-1056/1064 or email juala.spa@hyatt.com to book your own little piece of heaven.

Soné Zara Perfume and Body Cream

I recently discovered the White Jasmine Perfume and Body Cream from Zara and it’s pure lush! I literally apply it any chance I get as the scent is intoxicating, fresh and floral. Make sure to put this one on your wish-list as it’s a sure keeper. You can grab the body cream at Zara in Villaggio Mall for QR 35.

Srimani TechnoShape

This new fitness program at the Wyndham Grand Regency is saving my life right now! Having recently given birth to my second child I needed a fast and effective way to lose the excess baby weight and TechnoShape ticks all the boxes. Using a unique technology, the Pressure Pause Therapy belt gently stimulates the belly area while walking on the treadmill to help burn stomach fat up to three times faster. It’s QR 2,500 for 12 40-minute sessions and with their accompanying diet recommendations I’m losing inches like crazy! To book a treatment of your own visit www.wyndhamgrandregency.com.

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The Journey Continues By Jorge Granda Photography by Jessie Palanca

We bring you the second part in a three-part series at the Four Seasons Spa as QH’s Jorge Granda tries out the Sodashi Sensitive Facial in his quest for proven, sustainable skin-care.

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QH SENSATIONS Moving Forward Thermal Indulgence Facial: 90 minutes, QR 755

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here used to be few options for turning back the clock to still look young and fresh without going under the knife. But today’s circumstances are different; anyone can soften signs of aging and improve the appearance of their skin with many different treatments available in a spa. As previously mentioned in my article in the October issue of QH, I recently started a rigorous program to improve the appearance of my damaged skin. My journey so far has been incredible and I can’t wait to share with all of you the final result in December.

The Re-Cap DeepCleansing Facial: 90 minutes, QR 755 My quest for softer, better-looking skin started a few weeks back with a Deep Cleansing Facial. (See our October 2012 issue for the full scoop!) Most of the experience was pleasant but I have to be honest, once the therapist started extracting my blackheads it was quite painful, but definitely worth it as I walked out with already improved skin. She told me it was very important to undergo this specific treatment to prepare my skin for all the sessions to come. The cleansing also helps to refine texture, prevent future breakouts and strengthen capillaries.

During my second session my therapist considered it appropriate to start with a Thermal Indulgence Facial. During the treatment a mask is placed on your face, which strangely enough wasn’t as unpleasant and scary as I initially thought it would be, providing an intensive boost to help restore forgotten elasticity and radiance. Using Sodashi’s exclusive Warm Infusing Mask it allows maximum penetration of essential vitamins and minerals into the deeper layers of the skin. Tailored to your skin’s needs, this natural facial indulgence can purify and deeply cleanse, or provide intensive nourishment, leaving the skin hydrated, toned and supple.

Sodashi Sensitive Facial: 60 minutes, QR 665 One of the reasons I’m doing this particular regimen which incorporates different types of facials is because of redness and broken capillaries in my face. The Sodashi Sensitive facial is designed to cool, calm and soothe the skin while reducing irritation and redness. It also helps strengthen capillaries and hydrate and moisturize the skin. Key Active Ingredients: • Sandalwood – desensitizes and moisturizes • Geranium – strengthens capillaries • Rosa – calms and soothes Look out for our upcoming December issue to see the final results of Jorge’s skin-care journey.

Benefits: • Firming and lifting (Nature’s Face Lift) • Deeply nourishing • Stimulates circulation • Relaxes facial muscles • Stimulates collagen production Key active ingredients: • Gotu Kola – anti-aging • Cistus – toning and firming • Sandalwood – desensitizes and moisturizes

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

JLO LIVE IN DUBAI November 22: U.A.E. Jennifer Lopez is back with her first concert in the Middle East. Grab your friends, grab your dancing shoes and pack your bag for the concert event of the fall! Performing her ‘Dance Again’ world tour, the American pop star will rock to a full house at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the show starts at 9:00 p.m. Dance on over to www.jlodubai.com for ticket details and get ‘em before they’re gone!

Manly Festival of Surfing Nov 18-21: Australia Surf’s up as Manly in Sydney celebrates its sensational surf season. This world-renowned surf spot is a breeding ground for world champions and will see surfers of all ages and skill levels compete and display. With over 50 entertaining events for beginners to pros, men and women, young and old alike it’s time to grab your board and hit the water! Sea www.manlyfestivalofsurfing.com.au for all the info!

Africolor Music Fest Nov 16 - Dec 17: France The annual Africolor Music Festival promotes music as a tool for social change, bringing people together and breaking down barriers of class or race. All varieties of world music are performed in concerts all over the French capital of Paris and its suburbs with a special emphasis on artists hailing from Africa. Paint the town red with all the info you need right here: www.africolor.com.

Creamfields Buenos Aires Nov 11: Argentina Electronic music fans get a 16-hour fix of their favourite trance, techno and house tunes at the annual Creamfields bash in Buenos Aires. Thousands of partygoers take over the Autodrome to dance their socks off to the sounds of more than 100 internationallyrenowned electronic dance acts and DJs such as Fat Boy Slim, Carl Cox, Sasha and Richie Hawtin. Be the cat that got the dance music cream here at www.creamfieldsba.com.

Cambodia Water Festival Nov 27 - 29: Cambodia

Hundreds of thousands from near and far descend on the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh for this annual three day, full moon fest. Commemorating a time in ancient history when Cambodia defeated its enemies using boats – the community rolls out their best rowers to re-enact boat races on the Tonle Sap River. The carnival atmosphere ashore is traditionally topped off by stunning fireworks displays. Make a splash by booking here: www.camboguide.com.

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What better way to experience the lush splendour of Scotland than on foot? We explore each nook and cranny along the winding paths of the rugged West Highland Way.

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s I limp into the tiny Scottish town of Drymen after seven hours of hiking, I begin to question my decision to walk the West Highland Way (WHW). Stretching north from Milngavie near Glasgow, to Fort William, the WHW crosses 154 km of Scotland’s famed Highlands. My plan is to hike its length over eight days. But after one day and just 20 km, with a swollen knee and every muscle aching, I’m not sure I’ll make it. “It’s all in your head” says Stuart, a Glaswegian with a lilting accent and a love of ‘the craic’. “It doesn’t matter how fit you are; whether or not you can finish the walk is all in your head.”

He should know: at age 60, this is his ninth time roaming the Way and he’s seen walkers of all shapes, sizes and ages either make it or get broken by it. This year he and friend Ewart, himself a four-time veteran, have ditched all creature comforts and are camping each night in fields along the route. Not quite as adventurous, I’ve opted to stay in bed and breakfasts, inns and cozy ‘wigwam’ huts, ranging in price from £30 to £80 or between QR 176 and QR 470. After a good night’s sleep in a soft tartanlined bed I decide to take Stuart’s advice and give myself a pep-talk.

As I gingerly cover an ever-growing blister, I wonder how I’ll muster the energy to get myself through the second day. My answer comes in the form of a full Scottish breakfast, included with my accommodation. And so, with a belly full of porridge, I stiffly slog on to Rowardennan. Luckily the scenery is enough to take my mind off the pain. The WHW leads walkers along the pebbled shores of Loch Lomond, through the windy rolls of Rannoch Moor, past cloud-covered hills, up the Devil’s Staircase and down deep narrow glens. At times it’s soggy, others it’s rocky but it’s always bonny, as the Scots like to say. The landscape is vast and luscious in a way that only a rain-soaked country can boast.

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QH SENSATIONS On day two I tackle Conic Hill which looms above Loch Lomond, Britain’s largest stretch of inland water. Deep green with splashes of purple heather, it looks like something from a movie. In fact, many scenes from ‘Braveheart’ and ‘Rob Roy’ were filmed near the WHW.

Roads also give access to public transport. Many walkers find they’re not up to the trudge and can opt to take a bus for part of the distance. I must admit this was tempting around the 50 km mark.

“Scotland is also famous for the Highland midge, a pesky miniscule fly that clusters around wooded and wet areas.”

In addition to around 30,000 people who hike the entire distance each year, the Conic Hill summit is a popular trek for tourists who just want a one-hour glimpse of the WHW. Other day-tripper favourites are the Falls of Inversaid and the ruins of Lairigmor. Much of the walk is accessible by road which, while disappointing for long-haul hikers, means travellers who are short on time or low on energy can drive the route, spending a few hours or days at the towns along the Way.

Those who are up to it can find some respite for their backs, if not their feet. Most use a baggage delivery service – for £40 or QR 235, Travel Lite will deliver your luggage to your accommodation each night. That way, your clothes stay dry and your day-pack light. All you need to carry each day is water, warm clothes, (Scotland is famous for experiencing four seasons in one day) and money for lunch.

around wooded and wet areas – in other words, the entire length of the WHW. They have a stinging bite that can swell red and itch for days. While it’s impossible to avoid them, a face-covering net purchased for £7 or QR 41 at the Tourist Information Centre in Milngavie helps to fend them off. As I passed through the first swarm in Garadhban Forest I was thankful not only for the net but also that I chose to wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants. Although I got a few bites, I didn’t end up getting the bus – I proudly made it to the end on foot. The West Highland Way was challenging yet so rewarding and completely worth the blisters, even if it took a couple of days for my head to realize it.

Scotland is also famous for the Highland midge, a pesky miniscule fly that clusters

Wild roads

Placid Loch

Lomond

Wayfarers find rest at the Kings House Hotel

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QH SENSATIONS VIRGIN RECOMMENDS

VIRGIN RECOMMENDS QH brings you the top staff picks from the Megastore

NAME: Grace Lucas STORE SECTION: Multimedia

TIME AT VIRGIN: 2 Years

Best Part of My Job: “Customer service. Explaining new gadgets and products that the customer should buy or recommending new items. I’m a Mac user and I really love using the iPad, the new iPod Touch and also the new Nintendo Wii-U!” New Super Mario Brothers 2 The intrepid plumbers are back in a dynamic re-imagining of the original classic for Nintendo DS3. Chock full of the famous side-scrolling play that has made the franchise so popular, gamers can look forward to new and returning bad guys and new power items. A must-play!

Dot Camera

This nifty little attachment brings a 360 degree view to your iPhone or new iPod Touch. You can shoot panoramic videos of your surroundings and export them right away to Facebook or Twitter.

Wii-U

The latest innovation from Nintendo, the Wii-U is revolutionizing game-play in the world of consoles. With enhanced motion control, a front-facing camera, sensor bar and stereo speakers, the Wii-U provides gamers with a whole new level of interaction off the big screen.

Logitech Blue-Tooth Keyboard iPad and tablet users will love this gadget! With a carrying case that also doubles as a tablet stand its perfect for working professionals on the go – much easier than typing on the touch-screen.

Bob Marley Headphones Even if you don’t listen to reggae you can still feel the chilled-out vibes with these reggae-inspired headphones. With their fresh, funky designs, the headsets are made using environmentally-friendly products and have a rich bass sound that won’t distort at high volume. Put them on and get the party started!

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SPOTLIGHT ON MOVIES

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Kick back and enjoy the popcorn with these hot flicks of the month!

Sinister

Argo 

Crime | Horror | Thriller Found footage helps a true-crime novelist realize how and why a family was murdered in his new home, though his discoveries put them in the path of a supernatural entity.

Drama | Thriller

Director: Scott Derrickson Stars: Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance and James Ransone QH Fun Fact: The movie hasn’t even hit theatres yet and it already has a 95% fresh rating on movie review site Rotten Tomatoes. Get ready for some scares!

As the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, a CIA ‘exfiltration’ specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador. Director: Paul W.S. Anderson

Here Comes the Boom Action | Comedy A high school biology teacher looks to become a successful mixedmartial arts fighter in an effort to raise money to prevent extracurricular activities from being axed at his cash-strapped school. Director: Frank Coraci  Stars: Kevin James, Salma Hayek and Henry Winkler QH Fun Fact: The ‘crowd shots’ in the MGM Grand fight scenes were actually filmed at Massachusetts High School.

War of the Buttons Adventure | Family In occupied France, Lebrac leads a play war between two rival kid gangs, but his feelings for Violette, a Jewish girl in danger of being discovered by the Nazis encourages Lebrac to face the reality of what’s happening around him. Director: Christophe Barratier  Stars: Laetitia Casta, Guillaume Canet and Jean Texier  QH Fun Fact: This is a re-make of the 1962 French film of the same name. In 1994 an English version set in Ireland was also made, highlighting the troubles of the region during that time period.

Stars: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston and John Goodman QH Fun Fact: The word ‘argo’ is from the Greek mythology. It was the ship that Jason and the Argonauts sailed on to retrieve the Golden Fleece.

Seven Psychopaths Comedy | Crime A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster’s beloved Shih Tzu dog. Director: Martin McDonagh Stars: Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell QH Fun Fact: The inimitable Mickey Rourke was originally slated to play Woody Harrelson’s role in the film. Conflicts with a producer gave him the boot.

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The Dish on Qatar

New to the country? W the fine fall weather elcome to the desert! Now that is more to Qatar than ju here we show you that there’s st Doha w activities that will ha ith these fun outdoor ve you corners of the countr trekking to all y.

Kite-Surfing

There’s no better way to experience the water than with the wind in your sails. Flo Kite School offers lessons from beginner to advanced and will take you and your crew to the waves from Sumaysimah Beach on the country’s east coast, to Zekreet in the West and Al Mafjar in the north. Where and when all depends on the wind and weather! Visit www.flokiteschool.com or call 5504-1039 to book your lesson. Prices range from QR 600 for a single Discovery Day lesson to QR 2400 for the weekend slots of the Become A Kitesurfer package.

Diving

Explore the depths of the Gulf with Qatar Divers and discover the delicate marine life and eco-systems that populate its waters. They offer lessons and certifications from Discover Scuba and Snorkeling courses to more advanced Deep Diver and Adventure Diver options. Dive sites include the Old and New Club Reefs near Sealine Beach Resort, the Inland Sea in the heart of the Qatari dunes and Al Sharqi in the north – a great spot to roam some sunken shipwrecks! Check out www.qatardivers.com or call 4431-3331 to get your flippers on.

Night-Kayaking

It’s a whole new world out there on the waves at night, with cool breezes and moonlight to guide your way. Join Qatar’s growing community of night-kayakers who traverse the mangrove waterways of Al Thakira near Al Khor. Eco-adventure company Entalek offers excursions and lessons starting at QR 200 for adults and QR 100 for children. Visit www. entalek.org to book your trip – they also coordinate organized school trips and ecotourism tours aimed at youth. Top notch!

Turtle-Watching

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For a country that’s mostly desert Qatar is surprisingly rich in biodiversity. With nearly 600 km of coastline, its broad shores are a prime habitat for marine turtles. The main turtle nesting sites are in Al Khor, Fuwairat Beach in the north and Ras Laffan. The April to August season is when most turtles come ashore to lay their eggs and naturalists and intrepid beach-goers with a keen eye can spot the animals along the sand. With the hatching season now in full swing, tell us if you’ve been lucky enough to spot any waves of baby turtles scurrying back to the sea – message us @qatarhappening on Twitter and share your experiences!

What do you think?

Do you have a favourite outdoor activity or little-known corner of the country you love to visit? Share it with us! Get in touch at Qatar Happening on Facebook or @qatarhappening on Twitter and send us your photos and stories.

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IT HAPPENED

L-R: Hassan Ahmed Hassan Bilal, Ahmed Hassan Bilal, Chairman of AHB Group, Khalid Ahmed Hassan Bilal

L-R: Michael Whitice, Dale Whitice, Ahmed Hassan Bilal, Moona Masri-Whitice, Executive Editorial Director, QH and ABODE Magazines

Party at Bilal Pearl Suites The Pearl Oct 6, 2012

Right: Hussein Alfardan

L-R: Ashlee Starratt, Editor, QH Magazine, Michael Whitice, Francesca Moser, Editor, ABODE Magazine

Second from Right: Ifteqar Ahmed, Deputy General Manager, AHB Group, Right: Kushagra Mehta, AHB Account Manager

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IT HAPPENED

Congratulations to the 2012 Qatar Choice Awards winners!

L-R: Moona Masri-Whitice, Executive Editorial Director, QH and ABODE Magazines, Ahmed Hassan Bilal, Chairman of AHB Group

Host, Steven Keith Tart

Qatar Choice Awards Al Gassar Resort Oct 17, 2012

Right: Hussein Alfardan

L-R: Khalid Ahmed Hassan Bilal, Ana Figueireda-Foltin, Martin Foltin, General Manager, Spice Market at the W Doha

L-R: Ashlee Starratt, Editor, QH Magazine, Jorge Granda, Sales and Communications Manager, QH Magazine

The team from Oryx Rotana collects their awards

Right: Khalifa Saleh Haroon, Founder of iloveqatar.net

The Al Mourjan Restaurant Team 3rd from Left: Mohamed Al-Sadek, Owning Director, 2nd from Right: Chef Ashraf A. Raad

Big smiles from the Qatar Happening team!

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IT HAPPENED

The team from the W Doha take home the award for Favourite Hotel

Left: Sarah Mroueh, IFP Qatar, Right: George Ayache, IFP Qatar

Videographer Alex Klim gets a close-up

Pianist Vincent Corver

Hats off to a great night!

Centre: Luke Noble and the team from the Four Seasons

L-R: Priya Kapur, Ifteqar Ahmed, Deputy General Manager, AHB Group, Binu Gafoor

Qatar Choice Awards Al Gassar Resort Oct 17, 2012

The smooth sounds of Doha Jazz!

Violinist Patrizia Dรถringer

Left: Lucky prize-winner Suzanne Henderson with the Etihad Airways team

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IT HAPPENED

Left: Japanese Ambassador, H.E. Kenjiro Monji, Centre: Bahraini Ambassador, H.E. Waheed Mubarak Abdullah Sayyar

DIYAFA 2012 Doha Exhibition Center Oct 16-18, 2012

Left: Wissam Suleiman, General Manager, Kempinski Residences & Suites, Right: George Ayache, IFP Qatar

Al Shaheen Grand Opening Sheraton Doha Sept 26, 2012

Right: Ashlee Starratt, Editor, QH Magazine

Mouth-watering Lebanese grill

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IT HAPPENED

Standing at Top Left: Tareq Derbas, General Manager, St. Regis Doha

Jazz at Lincoln Center Grand Opening The St. Regis Doha Sept 24 & Oct 4, 2012

The world-famous Rodriguez Brothers

Indian Food Festival Sharq Village & Spa Sept 26, 2012

Cooking up a range of spicy delights

Left: Indian Ambassador H.E. Sanjiv Arora

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PHONE DIRECTORY

Hospitals / Emergency Ambulance, Police & Fire Department Doha Clinic Hospital Emergency Hotline Al Ahli Hospital

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

4442-8877

Interior Design Forum Design

4456-8716

Hotels / Restaurants Al Gassar Resort 4424-4881 Al Mourjan Restaurants 4483-4423 Biella 4467-7731 Chowking Salwa Road 4437-1212 Chowking Al Saad St. 4431-4411 Chowking Al Khor 4411-8816/ 4411-8817 Doha Marriott Hotel 4429-8888 Four Seasons 4494-8888 Grand Hyatt 4448-1234 Holiday Villa 4408-4220 Hilton Doha 4423-3333 InterContinental 4484-4444 InterContinental Doha The City 4015-8888 Kempinski Residences & Suites 4405-3333 La Cigale Hotel 4428-8888 4409 4434 Merwebhotel Central Doha 4429-1111 Mรถvenpick Hotel Mรถvenpick Tower & Suites 4496-6115 4402-3333 Oryx Rotana Radisson Blu Hotel Doha 4428-1555 Renaissance Doha City Center 4419-5000 Ritz-Carlton Doha 4484-8000 Sealine Beach Resort 4476-5299 Sharq Village & Spa 4425-6666 Sheraton Doha 4485-4444 Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels 4433-6666 Sizzling Hot Pot 4411-5225/ 4411-5335 St. Regis Doha 4483-1644 Swiss-Belhotel Doha 4407-8888 The Diplomatic Club 4484-7444 The Noodle House 4411-5063 4446-5600 The Torch Doha Hotel W Doha 4453-5353 Wyndham Grand Regency 4434-3333

999 4438-4333 4435-5999 4489-8000

Doha Dental 4431-7766 Hamad General Hospital 4439-2222 Rumailah Hospital 4439-3333 Pediatric Emergency Centre 4439-2948 Qatar Foundation for Child & Woman Protection Hotline 4466-6671 / 72 / 73

Health / Beauty

Shopping

Angsana Spa 4434-3152 Bader Chemist 4441-1888 Bay View 26, Wellness Centre 4496-6410 4453-5555 Bliss Bottega Verde 4483-4535 Dados Beauty Salon 4498-0033 Diva Lounge 4431-8488 Diplomatic Spa 4484-7412 4429-8520 Doha Marriott Spa Ebn Sina Medical 800-2288 Foot Care Centre Lulu Gharafa 4478-0510 The Center 4436-6275 City Center 4493-0394 Four Seasons Spa 4494-8801 4494-8844 Frank Provost Glow American Salon, Salwa Rd. 4468-9945 West Bay 4411-7652 GoodLife Chemist City Center 4483-9100 The Pearl 4495-3876 Guerlain Alfardan Spa 4499-9250 La Cigale - Ozone Spa 4428-8888 Medical Spa Villaggio 4451-7590 Patrice Salon 4485-4012 Ritz-Carlton Spa 4484-8173 Saray Spa 4419-5517 4425-6999 Six Senses Spa Spa Chakra 4499-9250

Alfardan Jewellery 4440-8408 City Center Doha 4483-0582 4469-4848 Hyatt Plaza Landmark Mall 4487-5222 Lagoona Mall 4433-5555 Royal Plaza 4413-0000 Salam 4448-5555 The Gate Mall 4493-2524 Villaggio 4413-5222 Virgin Megastore Villagio 4413-5823 Landmark 4418-2245

Tourism / Travel Alpha Tours Arabian Adventures World Wide Destination Emirates Airlines Fox Transport Gulf Adventures Qatar Airways Reservations Qatar Airways Holidays Qatar International Adventures Qatar International Tours Qatar Tourism & Exhibitions Authority Regency Travel & Tour Victoria Car Rental

4434-4496 4436-1461 4467-1200 4438-4477 4462-2777 4422-1888 4449-6666 4449-6969 4455-3954 4455-1141

Clubs Bridge Club Doha Garden Club Dana Club Doha Golf Club Doha Sailing Club Filcom Toastmasters Club Qatar Scientific Club

5554-0873 5523-1650 4496-0600 4496-0777 4443-9840 5540-3971 4458-3780

Embassies American Embassy Brazilian Embassy British Embassy Chinese Embassy French Embassy German Embassy Indonesian Embassy Japanese Embassy Nepalese Embassy Philippine Embassy South African Embassy Thai Embassy U.A.E. Embassy

4496-6000 4483-8812 4496-2000 4493-4205 4402-1702 4408-2334 4465-7945 4484-0888 4467-5681 4483-1585 6622-1552 4493-4426 4483-8880

4499-7499 4434-4444 4466-6635

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Qatar Happening - November 2012