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SEPTEMBER EVERY ISSUE 6 EDITOR-IN-CHIEF LETTER QH’s editor-in-chief tells you what’s happening this month.

8 QH RECOMMENDS Our favourite monthly round-up


16 TOP PICKS 18 Qatar’s Choice Awards Vote for the best in the hospitality biz 22 Awesome Oktoberfest

with happening events in Doha


Celebrate everything German this fall Standup Comedy Qatar brings the laughs

30 Facing The Music Dissecting the local music industry

QH’s photo gallery of the latest

happening events in Doha


128 PHONE DIRECTORY Need-to-know phone numbers

42 TOP PICKS 44 From Every Angle DFI’s new breed of independent filmmakers

48 The Sounds Of Fall The QPO is back with more music for our ears

28 Qomic Timing

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50 Katara Full Of Culture A host of new exhibits await visitors

to the Valley of Culture this fall

with DJ Youngstar

Find out everything that’s going on this month

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COMMUNITY 52 TOP PICKS 54 Head Of The Class Our round-up of the best university

Head Of Class

and college programs in the country

58 Humanitarian Hospitality The K108 Hotel brings a whole new meaning to ‘giving back’

62 I Love Qatar Could our nation benefit from taxation?

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

66 TOP PICKS KIDS CLUB Fun adventures with the kids 68 KIDS CLUB LISTINGS Ideas to do with the kids

FOOD & DINING 76 TOP PICKS 78 Chowking


The popular Filipino brand makes its mark with a new location in Al Khor

80 Yum Yum Restaurant Restaurant review 82 Aroma Restaurant review 84 A Feast For Under 25 Riyals

Our round-up of the best cheap eats in the city

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

100 TOP PICKS 101 QSLEFA European

The most popular football league in the country is back in action with an all-star lineup

104 Golf Away Hit the links and take swing at

the Qatar Golf Academy

106 SPORT LISTINGS Find out everything that’s going on

this month

QH SENSATIONS 108 An Olympic Adventure

Europe on a budget amidst the London Summer Games

110 An Address of Luxury

The Musheireb Boutique Hotel opens its doors

112 Reméde To The Rescue It’s all about pearls at the

St. Regis spa

114 REASONS TO FLY Our pick of top destinations 116 Virgin Recommends

The best monthly entertainment picks from the Megastore

117 SPOTLIGHT ON MOVIES This month's top five films 118 THE DISH ON QATAR Everything you ever wanted to know

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We’re back from the summer break with a round-up of our favourite things for fall!

EDITOR’S PICK: Ashlee This summer I had the chance to travel to Europe and it was an experience I won’t soon forget! What helped me along the way was a really cool find called My World Travel Journal. Published right here in Qatar by resident Adele Badenhorst, this beautiful book is divided into different geographical sections with information on each region and allows you to keep track of where you stayed, what you ate, what you saw and any other personal notes you’d like to jot down about your travels. With colourful pages and illustrations by Sylvia Gomes it’s the perfect memento to remember your trip. Visit to find out more and order your copy.

Laura A new hotel opens in Doha every day (or at least it feels like every day, right?) but, what about a boutique hotel that donates 100% of its profits (yes, I did say ‘’100%!’’) to charity? Definitely special. That’s why this month I’m obsessing over the K108 Hotel. It’s a real gem that seems to have it all because on top of its give-back ethos it has super-friendly staff, homely design, views to take your breath away and food that wow’s without breaking the bank. I’m not afraid to gush ‘’I’m a fan!’’ and I recommend you be, too. Flick to our Community section this month to find out more about this hotel with a heart.



It may only be September but Breast Cancer Awareness Month is coming up sooner than you think in October. I think it would be a great idea to get a head-start in supporting the cause by ordering these pink ribbon temporary glittery tattoos, (they come in sets of 10). Not only will you be giving to a great cause you’ll look fabulously glamorous as well! Little girls will love wearing them too. They cost $5.95 U.S. and can be ordered at

I recently bought a Mango Quilted Bowling Bag in black and I love it. It’s roomy but not too big and I can bring all my essentials with me everywhere I go: makeup, mobile phone and even my lunch. The style is classic, it goes with all the clothes I wear and is the perfect accessory for my style – and yours!


JAZZING UP AT DUNES Jazz up your evenings in a sophisticated yet laid back atmosphere and enjoy the sultry voice of American Avis Ellis and the tunes of Portuguese Juan Pestana as they set the mood with their live performance of soul, blues and swing. Catch the spectacular duo at 9pm, Tuesday through Saturday, exclusively at Dunes lounge and bar. For reservation and more info please call +974 4448 1280 or visit

+974 4448 1234 DOHA.GRAND.HYATT.COM HYATT name, design and related marks are trademarks of Hyatt Corporation. Š2012 Hyatt Corporation. All rights reserved.

Srimani I recently found a great shortcut to prepare my one of the favourite meals using Ragu Cheesy Roasted Garlic Parmesan sauce – it’s delicious. When I saw the bottle on a rack at Mega Mart, I had to grab it. With a young child and a newborn at home, meal times at my house need to be quick and easy. I just followed the short recipe instructions on the back of the label and gave it my own twist. It’s fantastic with chicken, pasta or vegetables and I’ve saved this amazing chicken with fried rice recipe to use again. My entire family loves it! Ragu original recipes available at:

Jenny A woman’s must have! Palazzo pants have really come a long way since they were introduced in the 1930’s. Today, modern styling has turned this over- the- top trouser into a wearable outfit that can be worn by any woman, even those who are considered plus-size. This apparel has never been outdated because of its elegance. They may look like pajamas but the fabric that makes these trousers is comfortable and chic, as they come in silk or other light and comfy blends. Summer is totally fun when you have at least two of these wide and stylish trousers in your wardrobe.


QH RECOMMENDS QH Team Out & About We took in the amazing Ramadan suho ur at the Renaissance Do ha City Center Hotel.



Pub Quiz

Mon 24: Radisson Blu Hotel Doha. The original and best pub quiz in town returns after the summer break at Shehrazad! Bring along your team of six to take part in Doha’s favourite Quiz Night with host, Andrew. No entry fee and great prizes to be won, why not get your competitive hat on and come along and have some fun! Quiz starts at 8:00 p.m. For more information call 4428-1555.

Registration for Clash 7

Sat 1 – Sun 30: Radisson Blu Hotel Doha. October sees the start of the ever popular Clash band competition in Qube. The longest running event in Qatar is now in its 7th year. If you have a band of 4 or more members and are all over the age of 21, then why not register now to compete and be in with the chance to win a cash prize as well as being crowned the best band in Qatar for 2012. Entry forms are available by contacting the F&B office at 4428-1673/1555.

Reggae Barbeque Nights Thursdays – Saturdays:

Vika Jigulina @ Crystal

Thurs 13: W Doha. Crystal presents the voice of Stereo Love performing live. From 11:00 p.m. till late. For more information call 4453- 5135.

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The St. Regis Doha. At the Oyster Bay, get into the rhythm of the Caribbean with live Reggae music while enjoying barbeque items around the pool. QR 150 per person From 7:00 p.m. till 12:00 a.m. For more information call 4446-0105.

Birthday Flair

Tues 18: Oryx Rotana. Celebrate The Jazz Club’s second birthday with an extraordinary flair bartending performance. Be wowed by exciting routines, from juggling multiple bottles to flipping cocktail shakers! Don’t miss a thrilling combination of cool jazz and sizzling cocktails. For more information 4402-3333.


Qatar’s Choice

Awards By Jorge Granda and Sarah Mroueh

Your city, your choice. Your lifestyle, your voice. It’s undeniable that Qatar is blooming in every aspect of the hospitality industry. From landmark restaurants to five-star hotels, resorts and destinations, Qatar is experiencing the fastest growth in this sector than any GCC nation. In recognition of Qatar’s efforts and vision, Qatar Happening Magazine, in association with and DIYAFA, will celebrate the best of Qatar this October. Come and experience the award ceremony of the year! The Qatar’s Choice Award is an award bestowed by Qatar Happening Magazine, ILoveQatar.Net and DIYAFA to recognize professional excellence in restaurants, hotels, personalities and live events. The first formal ceremony to present the awards will be held on October 17 at Al Gassar Resort in West Bay. The organizers aim to make the Qatar’s Choice Awards the most prominent award ceremony in the nation. 18

HISTORY OF THE AWARDS The idea of awarding the best in the hospitality industry was conceived by Qatar Happening a few years ago. The winners were announced in the pages of the popular magazine on a monthly basis. The award ceremony itself was initiated at DIYAFA in November 2011 and it was first called the QH and ILoveQatar.Net Awards, with the ceremony held at the Doha Exhibition Center. The first annual Qatar’s Choice Awards are designed to recognize and award the industry’s leading practitioners and outlets through a public-choice voting system. Qatar’s hospitality industry will be judged by its clientele –the residents

of Qatar- across 26 categories. It’s a format of competition that is sure to energize the industry and bring to light many hospitality professionals and outlets unknown to the wider public. 100% PUBLIC CHOICE The Qatar’s Choice Awards will be the nation’s first and only platform where the final choice of winners is chosen completely by the public. By putting the choice in the public’s hands, the awards program will recognize the hospitality industry’s best and brightest- not through criteria laid out by judges, rather by allowing the public (which experiences these services everyday) to vote on Qatar’s best.


CAPITALIZING ON SOCIAL MEDIA Qatar’s residents express their wildest wishes and deepest insights on social media. With a social media penetration rate higher than any other nation in the GCC, the Qatar’s Choice Awards are ideally suited to take advantage of the immense opportunity of engaging the public in judging the best of the best within the hospitality industry. Aiming to create a nation-wide buzz, the Qatar’s Choice Awards will be fun, dynamic, user-friendly and most importantly, will provide a glimpse into the public’s outlook into the hospitality sector. VOTING SYSTEM Join us in selecting the best and brightest from the entertainment and hospitality industries throughout 26 categories of nominees and see who comes out on top this October. Voting is simple. Visit and sign up for free. Once you’ve registered you can access the list of nominees and select your favourite – or nominate one of your

own! After the nominees are tallied, the top five finalists in each category will be announced and you can vote again for the winners. This competition is, after all, about you and the faces and places you love in Doha. You’ve made this city your home, now make it your own and rock the vote. Qatar’s Choice Awards Date: October 17 Venue: Al Gassar Resort Time: 8:30 p.m. - 2:30 a.m. (including after-party) Ticket prize: QR 550 (standard), QR 750 (VIP). Tickets include a four-course meal and selected beverages. Premium beverages for VIP ticket-holders. For more information:

Voting Categories 1. Favourite Live Music Entertainment 2. Favourite DJ 3. Favourite Newcomer Hotel 4. Favourite Newcomer Restaurant 5. Favourite Sweet Spot 6. Favourite Casual Stand-Alone Restaurant 7. Favourite Asian Concept 8. Favourite Creative Concept 9. Favourite View 10. Favourite Live Event in 2012 11. Favourite Hosted Event 12. Favourite Evening Ambiance 13. Favourite Day Ambiance 14. Favourite Nightlife 15. Favourite Fitness 16. Favourite Lounge and Pub 17. Favourite Arabic Restaurant 18. Favourite Private Beach 19. Favourite Brunch 20. Favourite Individual in the Hospitality Industry 21. Favourite GM of a Hotel 22. Favourite Restaurant 23. Favourite Hotel 24. Favourite Ramadan Tent 25. Favourite Spa 26. Favourite Chef



The Show


Vincent Corver

The Qatar’s Choice Awards will be the biggest extravaganza ever staged in the country. The organizers are determined to push the boundaries and present a show of the highest calibre. One of the main acts is locally-based pianist Vincent Corver, whom QH had a chance to talk to recently. A concert pianist, Corver was born in Holland. He started his professional musical education at the age of 12, at the Royal Conservatoire in the Hague, while studying with Marlies Van Gent and the renowned concert pianist Geoffrey Douglas Madge, graduating Bachelor of Music in 2004. During this early period he performed in concert series with the Holland Festival, orchestral performances with Stravinsky in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Utrecht Vredenburg, Steve Reich Festival The Hague, Klang Ensemble and a De-Bondt world première piece with the Loos Ensemble.

Corver is currently recording under the renowned EMI Classics CD Label.

Leaving Holland for new musical challenges, Corver was accepted at the Royal Academy of Music in London, concluding his Masters of Music in performance studies with Joanna McGregor and Daniel-Ben Pienaar in 2007. While studying at the Royal Academy of Music he founded the London Steve Reich Ensemble, with Kevin Griffiths as Principal Conductor. The London Steve Reich Ensemble has established itself as a world-class ensemble with concerts at London’s Duke’s Hall, The Cheltenham Music Festival, The Orpheum Festival in The Tonhalle Zurich, The Schönbergsaal in Holland and world-premiere choreography by William Tuckett and the principal dancers of the Royal Ballet, London.

VC: I am a concert pianist at heart; it is something I will never give up and will always do. But while in London I got very interested in the world of piano retail and decided I wanted to explore that part of the business. I was quite successful in London and decided to start my own business in Switzerland. It taught me the piano from a business side as well from artistic side.

QH: At what age did you start playing the piano? VC: I started playing the piano at the age of six. At really early age I had a dream I won a piano competition, and the price was a grand piano, and in that moment I knew I wanted to play the piano and strangely enough I knew I was going to become a pianist. At the age of 12 I enrolled in the Royal Conservatoire in the Hague. I studied there intensively for 13 years, six years of high school and music, five years of professional music education and after obtaining my Bachelor in Music I did two more years to have my masters at The Royal Academy of Music in London. QH: Tell us about your career.

QH: What has been your biggest achievement as a pianist? VC: I am currently pre-nominated for a Grammy Award. The results haven’t been published yet, but I have hope my chances are strong to be with the last 5. I feel very fortunate to have made it this far.

SPOTLIGHT ON ENTERTAINMENT & NIGHTLIFE QH: Who has been your biggest musical influence? VC: I was educated as a classical pianist. However noticing Classical Music isn’t gaining huge popularity internationally, I started to focus in more on the popular scene. In that journey I became very fond of Michael Jackson’s music. He became a type of a model but translated this to piano music. Before he died I had the unique opportunity to meet him. I met him with his family in Harrods, London, where we had a brief moment together, finally playing “We Are The World” to him at the piano. My other musical influence has been my long life friend and fellow student Giorgio Tuinfort. He has produced for the world’s greatest musicians like Michael Jackson, Akon, David Guetta, Whitney Houston, Lionel Richie and many more. We are currently working together on regular basis. QH: Tell us about your job in Doha. VC: My sponsor here is CDC, Qatar Construction Development Company. A very inspirational company to work for. I was asked to manage the Steinway Piano Gallery Qatar showroom - operating all sales and Steinway Concert activities throughout the Middle East region. The piano gallery in Qatar is the only one in the GCC and one of the very few in the whole Middle East. QH: How did you get involved in the Qatar’s Choice Awards? VC: I was approached by the organizers and I thought it was a great opportunity to be part of something new and unique in Doha. Also the awards will serve as a platform for the world premiere of my new video ‘Why’. The video is about relationships that fall apart, it’s like a silent movie on the vulnerability of life and how fragile people and life itself is. The video was produced Nyk Schmalz, a locally established film producer QH: What’s music to you, what inspires you to compose? VC: Music is like painting and choosing colours that just fit the right emotions. It is about converting feelings to sounds. 21


Celebrate Oktoberfest 2012 By Jorge Granda

Oktoberfest lands in Qatar, well, this October. QH spoke to the Voigas Xelchten Oktoberfest Band to find out how Doha is gearing up to celebrate the most popular German event in the world.


ktoberfest is an annual event held in Munich, Bavaria, Germany that runs for 16 days from late September to the first week of October and is the world’s largest fair with more than six million people participating every year. The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture and is also held in many other cities around the globe, including Doha. This year festivities will take place at the InterContinental Doha Hotel. It may not be a 16-day fiesta, but it will still be a rockin’ and explosive jubilee from October 3-6. The Voigas Xelchten Oktoberfest Band is the main act; we caught up with them to get the scoop.


QH: Tell us how the band came together?

QH: How many countries have you performed in?

VXOB: Most band members already started to play instruments during elementary school and after a few years they joined a brass band which exists in every Bavarian village. After several years of practice in local brass and pop bands the Voigas Xelchten Oktoberfest band was found in 2005. The band consists of eight members and has become popular because of our unique performances at festivals, weddings and parties.

VXOB: Nearly all over Europe and in Qatar.

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QH: What do you love most about being on-stage? VXOB: To bring and share our traditions, our music, our outfits and our mentality to the world.

SPOTLIGHT ON ENTERTAINMENT & NIGHTLIFE QH: What’s the importance of Oktoberfest? VXOB: Oktoberfest is a traditional Bavarian event. The first Oktoberfest took place in 1810 in Munich and it’s developed into the biggest outdoor festival worldwide. The fascination of Oktoberfest is that nations, colour, status and religions take a back seat and more than six million people celebrate this festival peacefully together. This creates the unique Oktoberfest atmosphere which connects people and makes them return every year. This is the reason why Oktoberfest is more than just drinks and pretzels. QH: What does Oktoberfest mean to the band? VXOB: Oktoberfest is mainly pleasure and not hard work for the Voigas Xelchten members. We are living our traditions and the Oktoberfest mentality. Performing music is fun for us and the audience can see and feel that during our shows. QH: How did you end up playing at the Oktoberfest celebration at the InterContinental Doha Hotel? VXOB: In 2009 some of our Qatari friends recommended the Voigas Xelchten Oktoberfest Band to the host, the InterContinental Doha Hotel. The management was excited about our demosongs and a few days later we landed the job.

QH: Describe your music; what can people expect from you and what do you expect from the crowd during Oktoberfest? VXOB: The guests can expect a show that creates an original Oktoberfest atmosphere. We play traditional Bavarian and Austrian folk-music followed by several show acts and games where we try to involve the audience (for example Schunkel-warm-up, Schuhplattel-lesson, folk-dance, Dirndl-contest, Jodel-lession and more). The band will also perform some vocal and instrumental solos to show the musical quality of each of the eight band members. Like at the original Oktoberfest the band will of course also bring some fun to the audience by performing famous Oktoberfest and partypop-hits. No expectations from the guests except that they should be curious and prepared for a remarkable night. See also QH: What are your thoughts on improvisation, do you do it? VXOB: The ability for improvisation is a must when performing Bavarian Oktoberfest music because usually a lot of guests are asking the band to play specific songs. Hence we are very flexible during our shows and improvisation is a part of our job.

QH: How do you describe the style of the band? VXOB: Outfit-style: The guys are performing in the traditional leather trousers called ‘Lederhosen’ and our two ladies in a beautiful ‘Dirndl’ – the traditional dress in Bavaria and Austria. Music-style: We perform Bavarian and Austrian folk music but we also throw some party music in the mix – kind of what’s right for the occasion. Show-style: Better you come and join us at the InterContinental Oktoberfest 2012! ABOUT OKTOBERFEST Event: Oktoberfest Dates: October 3-6, 2012 Venue: Wiesn Tent at the InterContinental Doha’s new beachside Time: Doors open at 8:00 p.m. Tickets prize:

Oct 3 - QR 230 Oct 4 - QR 230 Oct 5 - QR 230 Oct 6 - QR 170

Tickets are available at the hotel lobby Price includes entrance and German buffet Must be 21 or older. Original passport or Qatari ID should be presented at the entrance. For more information, please call 4484-4444



Fridays at

Rocca By Jorge Granda

Rocca is back in action, poolside at the Grand Hyatt as the fall party season kicks off. ABOUT COCO LATTé


DJ Santiago Vittorell

The nightlife scene in Doha is constantly growing and becoming better and better. From the opening of new clubs and pubs to the beach parties hosted monthly from September to June, Doha is becoming a high-profile party-route city. Rocca at the Grand Hyatt is joining the fun as one of the newest big boys on the nightlife circuit and starting on Friday, September 7 the liveliest venue in the capital will showcase the very best of international House Music. Rocca is a poolside restaurant located at the exquisite Grand Hyatt Doha in West Bay, overlooking landscaped gardens and West Bay Lagoon. During the week you can enjoy the diverse cuisine of the Mediterranean including delicious dishes from France, Greece, Italy, Morocco, Spain and Turkey prepared in a vibrant open kitchen complete with wood-fired oven. But every Friday night Rocca transforms into a thumping nightclub that takes partying to a whole new level and atmosphere.


Rocca has a modern décor, a young crowd thirsty for a good time and a great assortment of house music led by new resident DJ Santiago Vittorelli aka AUDIOVEK, plus special DJs on rotation including Passant Refaat (Egypt) Luigi Rosi (Italy) Mark Bambach (Australia) and DJ Legacy (UK). “If you want to be greeted with a smile and a warm welcome, and feel like part of a exclusive club of people who enjoy good music and love to dance, Coco Latté’s new weekly happening Fridays R Rocca is for you,” says Coco Latté founder Nicholas Chrisostomou. “Launching on September 7 we showcase the best international, vocal, uplifting house music every Friday from 9:00 p.m. headlined by Argentinian DJ sensation Santiago Vittorelli. No membership or joining fees. Free entry before 10:30 p.m. and just QR 50 to get in after that. You can dance ‘til your heart’s content ‘til 2:00 a.m.”

Date: Launch party, Friday, Sept 7 and every Friday night after. Location: Rocca, Poolside at the Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel & Residences, West Bay Lagoon Timing: 9:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. Entry: Free before 10:30 p.m., QR 50 after 10:30 p.m. Last admissions 1:00 a.m. Party ends at 2:00 a.m. Membership: No membership required. Strictly 21 and over with photo I.D. Reservations: Please call 4448-1272 Follow DJ Santiago Vittorelli on: * santiagovittorelli *


By Jorge Granda

Party-goers all over Doha can rejoice as the always popular beach parties are making a comeback after the summer break. World-class DJ and producer Paul Mendez, local-based talent Jared McCulloch, and DJs Jade Rox, Steve Kz and Xwolf will be rocking the beach at the InterContinental Doha Hotel on Thursday, September 6. QH has your full access to the party of the month.


here are times you hear a beat so powerful and hypnotic that your entire body and mind can’t help but to take that vibe to the dance-floor. That’s exactly what will happen this September when you hear the sounds of trance, house and chill-out music played by some of the most prominent DJs in Doha. After a hot summer where Doha’s party scene took a break, event organizer and DJ Jared McCulloch is bringing the city’s nightlife back to life. Put on a glow necklace, glow stick, glasses, hair gel, paint and body ink and join the funkiest crowd at the ‘Glow in the Dark Beach Party.’


DJs Paul Mendez, Jared McCulloch, Jade Rox, Steve Kz and Xwolf will be delivering the beats with a stellar performance throughout the night by merging different music genres and knocking down musical barriers. A feat only possible when great DJs get together to rock the dance-floor and create music history. The first beach party of the season will take place on Thursday, September 6 at the beachfront of the InterContinental Doha Hotel.

ABOUT INTERCONTINENTAL Event: Glow In The Dark Beach Party Date: Thursday, September 6 Performers: Paul Mendez, Jared Mcculloch, Jade Rox, Steve Kz and Xwolf Time: From 8:00 p.m. till 2:00 a.m. Ticket prize: QR 150 regular and QR 300 VIP. Tickets available at Virgin Megastore, Crepaway and the hotel lobby. Venue: InterContinental Doha Hotel Free UV glow products

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By Laura Prior Photography by A.K. Black

‘SUCQ’ – or ‘Stand-Up Comedy Qatar’ is a group of trail-blazing, rib-tickling funnies pushing the boundaries of what’s witty here in Qatar. QH sits down with resident stand-up and founder, Halal Bilal.

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QH: How did the troupe get started? HB: SUCQ started in 2010, soon after I moved to Qatar. I got together with three amateur comedians who were struggling to get opportunities to perform so I started building a local, homegrown comedy scene. We now have over a dozen comedians who perform with us. QH: How do you rate the calibre of comics here? HB: All the comics I work with here are new and inexperienced - but compared to what I’ve seen across the world, some of them are very talented. Issa El-Fahoum is one of our youngest comedians - for his age, he has a great presence on stage. Ousama Itani used to do improv comedy in Texas before he moved here. He’s doing well as a stand-up and is also helping us get into more improv. It’s difficult to get Qataris to try out, but Abdulla Al-Ghanim is helping to change that. He is one of the few local comedians and that means he can joke about stuff that others can’t. 28

QH: What topics are tackled on the SUCQ stage?

QH: If someone is keen to give comedy a go, how can they get involved?

HB: Each comedian has his or her own flavour so it’s always very different. It’s such a diverse group of nationalities that just the cultural influences are very interesting. But since we all live in Doha, we do tend to tackle a lot of the daily experiences here.

HB: Before every show I organize a workshop session for anyone keen to try out comedy - those interested can email me directly for details at

QH: What has been the reaction to the group? HB: Comedy is still fairly new here in Qatar so we are not only training and assisting comics, but also educating and creating an audience to this particular form of entertainment. So, we try to make all our shows appeal to a wide audience - familyfriendly, halal (meaning clean) humour! We have been getting mostly good feedback, but every so often there is someone who gets offended. Thankfully it’s been nothing too serious because once people understand what it is that we’re doing they tend to relax a bit more. QH: You say comedy can ‘’make the world better’’. Tell us how? HB: In different places I think it happens in different ways. In my native South Africa, comedy was crucial to break down racial stereotypes for example. Here, I believe it’s helping us bring together people that otherwise don’t socialize and mix. Hopefully, over time, we can use comedy to break down barriers between all the different communities that live in Qatar.

COMING SOON: The Second Doha Comedy Festival! Details to follow at the troupe’s website!

ABOUT SUCQ Upcoming SUCQ shows: •Sep 13, 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Bistro61 Restaurant, Al Fardan Towers, West Bay -Tickets QR35 •Sep 27, 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Bistro61 Restaurant, Al Fardan Towers, West Bay -Tickets QR35 Tickets available on the door or can be reserved a week before the show at: ALSO, COMING SOON: The Second Doha Comedy Festival – Details to follow at the troupe’s website.

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The Music By Ashlee Starratt Photography by Jessie Palanca

As Qatar continues to expand its horizons as a hub for arts and culture, there’s still one area where resources are slim: the underground music scene. QH sat down with Qatari music producer Faraj Al Kuwari, aka DJ Youngstar, to find out exactly how much local talent is out there and what the future might hold for homegrown sound.

QH: Is the underground music scene here in Qatar as big as we think it is?

QH: Tell us how you found yourself in the local music industry here in Qatar. Was mixing and producing something you always had a passion for growing up? FA: Since I was a kid I was collecting music and that was my passion. Then I got this idea that I want to do something with the music I have, so I tried to figure out how to synchronize two songs together. Then I came across a friend of mine who’s a DJ, and at that time in the late 80s in the Middle East and especially for us in the GCC we didn’t even know what a DJ was, so I asked him how he does what he does and he showed me the right way and I’ve just taken it from there. 30

FA: You know, when you say the word ‘underground’ about the music scene here in Qatar, I don’t know if it’s the right word for it or not. Because for me growing up with the kind of music I did and having lived in different countries the underground is always there. It’s always the base and the foundation for everything. What I see here in Qatar is a group of people trying to express themselves with their music, but I would call it more of a ‘shallow’ scene, it’s not an ‘underground’ scene. That’s why when I hear people talk about the underground scene here in Qatar they’re usually [referring to] house parties. But to me the underground scene is all the music lovers: musicians, DJs and even listeners gathering to collaborate and go out and have a good time. But I don’t see this here in Doha. I feel sorry for the scene here in Qatar actually.

QH: There’s a huge push for Qatar to promote itself as a growing hub for arts and culture in the Middle East, but currently there is still no music program aside from classical training available at the post-secondary level. What is your comment on that? FA: We’re moving towards 2022 very soon, so by this time we’d expect to have a lot of different flavours [in the music scene]. As you said there’s classical music and others arts programs but when it comes to electronic music, it’s not there. There is no support of any kind actually, and I hope we see more support from the radio stations and other music followers to make it happen one day. There are a few things we’ve done to expose our music, such as beach parties and other events, which was fine at the beginning but now there are different rules and higher prices for venue and regulations. 

SPOTLIGHT ON ENTERTAINMENT & NIGHTLIFE So it’s going to be difficult for new musicians to break out, but because of that you find a lot of DJs will work abroad instead of working here. So I hope in the near future, radios station and clubs will think about it and start to push and support electronic music artists and not focus only on how much money they make as we have many talented local DJs.  QH: You’re actually signed with record labels in Serbia, the U.S., Italy and Spain. What has your experience in the industry abroad been like? FA: Yes, I signed with a few record labels this year. I travel a lot with my DJ career and when you want to play in a different country even that can sometimes be a challenge when hardly anyone has heard of you at first. So to be on top of your game you need a good promoter to promote you or go the hard way and let your music speak for itself so the rest of the world can hear it. And oh boy, that’s

going to difficult for a lot of the DJs out there, because some of them don’t produce music. So work hard to get what you want because nowadays the music industry is all about business and who you know. QH: As the country moves toward the 2030 Vision do you see more openness in supporting your art form eventually coming to the forefront? I’m hoping it’s going to develop and I’m hoping it’s going to grow a lot. The chance and potential is there, so there just needs to be that one right person to think about it and take it seriously [at the decisionmaking level] and hopefully things will be good for everyone.  Practice makes art; that is my word to people. I’ve been making music since 2003 and it’s just paid off this last year, so never lose hope, don’t give up, practice and you will achieve it. Be honest with yourself; don’t think you’re the best or the worst

in terms of DJs or producers. If you are a producer focus on the style that you like and I assure you, you will find your way. You’ll find some people will dislike your music and you’ll find some people will like your music; same thing with DJs – even if you’re number one in the world. There’s no time-frame for it. You may reach your goal in a week or in one year, so it’s all about staying focused and having faith in yourself and what you do. We want to know your opinions on improving infrastructure and support for the local music scene. Get in touch with us on Facebook or Twitter @qatarhappening and tell us your thoughts. Want to know more about DJ Youngstar? Tune in to his mixes on youngstar or youngs2ar and catch him every weekend as resident DJ in Wahm at the W Hotel.




Happenings QH’s Jorge Granda delivers an overview of the city’s hottest, hippest bashes for September! After a relaxed and calm summer it’s time to leave the swimsuit in the drawer, put on your nicest outfit and head out to discover the best of Doha’s nightlife. DANCE AT THE W The funkiest hotel in town welcomes Doha’s party-goers with a line-up of the trendiest parties this September. Watch famous signer Vika Jigulina perform live, dance the night away to the beats of urban music, or enjoy the most happening ladies nigh with your girlfriends – all this and more at Crystal in the W Doha. Event: Vika Jigulina live at Crystal Date: September 13 Venue: Crystal Address: W Doha in West Bay Time: Starts at 10:30 p.m. Dress Code: Smart casual Regulations: Membership required.


Event: Exclusive Urban Night Date: Every Tuesday Venue: Crystal Address: W Doha in West Bay Time: 10:30 p.m. till 2:30 a.m. Entertainment: Urban music and free beverages for the ladies from 10:30 p.m. until midnight Dress Code: Smart casual Regulations: Membership required. Event: Kiss & Fly Date: Every Wednesday Venue: Crystal Address: W Doha in West Bay Time: Three free drinks for ladies from 10:30 p.m. until midnight Entertainment: DJ Greg Dress Code: Smart casual Regulations: Membership required.



The Kempinski Hotel is saying goodbye to the summer and welcoming the new season with a line-up of special promotions not to be missed.

Champions has re-opened and football is back! The popular sports pub will be showing the English Premier League when it opens on the 20th of August, along with the European Premier League games series. Champions also continue its happy hour from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. every day in addition to showing the U.S. hosting Europe in the highly contested Ryder Cup from September 28-30.

MIX & FUSE at The Lounge Mix and socialize at The Lounge with the trendiest crowd in Doha while sipping your favorite cocktail and benefit from the 50% discount on selected drinks, cocktails and Tasting & Sharing menu items. Event: MIX & FUSE Date: Daily Venue: The Lounge Address: Kempinski Hotel in West Bay Time: From 5:00 p.m. till 7:00 p.m. Dress Code: Smart casual Tel: 4405-3325 or email Dress Mix Taste at The Lounge The place to be seen in Doha has refreshed food and drinks menus. Dress up, mix and socialize and taste the famous bites and cocktails of The Lounge. Event: Dress Mix Taste Date: Daily Venue: The Lounge Address: Kempinski Hotel in West Bay Time: From 5:00 p.m. till 2:00 a.m. Dress Code: Smart casual Tel: 4405-3325 or email

NIGHTS NOT TO BE TRADED This September embark on a South-Pacific culinary experience on the beach while moving to the beats of the live Cuban band at Trader Vic’s in the Hilton Doha. Choose from delectable Asian-Polynesian dishes and signature drinks served in this island haven, replete with artifact-like tapa cloths, tropical fabrics and tribal masks that pay homage to its Polynesian roots.


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Event: Weekends at Club 7 Date: Thursdays and Fridays Venue: Club 7 Time: From 9:00 p.m. till 2:00 a.m. Address: La Cigale Hotel Tel: 4428-8665 or 5518-8008 Dress Code: Smart casual Entry fees: No entrance fee for ladies!

Daily Trader Vic’s Hilton Doha in West Bay 12:00 noon till 3:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. 12:00 noon till 12:30 a.m. Smart casual 4423-3118.

Stir your Thursday and Friday evenings to life at 7! Friday Night Fever carries on with the big success of DJ Roger Choueiry.



ONE OF A KIND DJ Steve Paris @ Wahm Sat 1 – Fri 28: W Doha. DJ Steve Paris performing Mondays – Thursdays from 10:00 p.m. till 2:00 a.m. For more information call 4453-5323.

Premier League Football Sat 1 – Sun 30: Radisson Blu Hotel Doha. The summer of sport continues at Shehrazad, Doha’s original sports bar. Watch all the Premier League games live. For more information call 4428-1555.

Vino Club Meeting

DJ Stephen Karl

Thurs 20 & 27: W Doha. Crystal presents DJ Stephen Karl mixing up with a special twist. From 11:00 p.m. till late. For more information call 4453- 5135.

DJ Bruno Rocharte @ Wahm

Sat 30: W Doha. DJ Bruno Rocharte performing from 10:00 p.m. till 2:00 a.m. For more information call 4453-5323.

EVERY WEEK Cigar Nights at The Lounge

Mon 10: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Enjoy a variety of cheese and canapé dishes in conjunction with exclusive vinos supported by QDC. All to be enjoyed by the panoramic views from La Mer, overlooking the city and Gulf Sea. From 7:00 p.m. onwards. Price per session QR 350 per person, single membership: QR 2,000 or couples QR 3,500. For more information call 4484-8506.

Sundays: Kempinski Residences & Suites Doha. Discover an exclusive selection of Cuban cigars, pair them with your favorite drink and indulge in fine savoury bites along with jazzy sounds from a band. From 8.00 p.m. till 2.00 a.m. For more information call 4405-3325 or email

DJ Joey Figuera

DJ Night with DJ Roger Choueiry

Thurs 13 – Fri 28: W Doha. Wahm presents the resident DJ of W Barcelona mixing on Mondays – Fridays from 6:00 p.m. till 10:00 p.m. For more information call 4453- 5135.

Art of Cocktail Making Class

Fri 14: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Colin and the Habanos team will teach you some of the most exciting combinations of flavours to cool down your summer. For more information call 4484-8504.

DJ JoJo @ Crystal

Sun 16: W Doha. From 11:00 p.m. till late. For more information call 4453- 5135.

Dr Gabs & Late Night Sessions in Spice Market

Mon 17 – Sat 30: W Doha. Dr Gabs is back from Tuesdays - Fridays from 9:30 p.m. till 1.30 a.m. and Saturdays and Mondays from 7:30 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. New late-night opening till 2:00 a.m. on Tuesdays – Fridays from Tues 18. For more information call 4453- 5135. 34

Sundays: La Cigale. You are invited to experience a new blast of eclectic mix of chic and elegance in the renovated Madison Piano Bar integrating a new dining stylish area! A wide range of International salads, finger food, main courses, sushi and sashimi and cigars complemented by an assortment of fine beverages are awaiting your selection. Ladies joining the DJ nights will enjoy one welcome drink on the house. Opens from 9:00 p.m. till 2:00 a.m. No entrance fee; no minimum charge. For more information call 4428-8665.


Sundays - Thursdays: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Why work overtime? Well, Level 23 gives you a good excuse to do so by 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.

New Band at Irish Harp

Mondays - Saturdays: Sheraton Doha. 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.

Mashups with DJ Shadi and DJ Steve KZ

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

Ladies Night

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


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

Latino Night

Tuesdays: Merwebhotel Central Doha. The best Latino Night at M Lounge from 8:00 p.m. Enjoy dancing all night long: Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Samba, ChaCha, Rumba, Jive, Argentina Tango etc. Free entrance and membership for ladies. For more information, call 4409-4444 or email

Kiss N’ Fly

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


Ladies Big Night Out

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

Girls Night Out

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

Ladies’ Night at Marina Club

Wednesdays: Ritz-Carlton Doha Complimentary two glasses of sparkling vino upon arrival for Ladies only. From 8:00 p.m. till 2:00 a.m. (not available during Ramadan). For more information call 4484-8663 or email

Habanos Happy Hour & Live Band

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

Admiral’s Club Happy Hour

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

DAILY Paloma

Daily: InterContinental Doha. Introducing new live band the Smart Casuals a 4-piece band from the U.K. playing high-class live music from the 50’s to the present. Paloma serves the best Tex-Mex favourites and screens a wide variety of international sporting events. For more information call 4484-4444.

Cigar Lounge Happy Hours

Daily: Sharq Village & Spa. Enjoy two drinks for the price of one! Saturdays – Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. till 9:00 p.m., Fridays from 5:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. For more information call 4425-6666.

Vintage Lounge

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

Mix & Fuse at The Lounge

Daily: Kempinski Residences & Suites Doha. Mix and socialize with the trendiest crowd in Doha while sipping your favorite cocktail and benefit from the 50% discount on selected drinks, cocktails and Tasting & Sharing menu items. From 5:00 p.m. till 7:00 p.m. For more information call 4405-3325 or email

Be Entertained at Jazz Up

Daily: Mövenpick Hotel Doha. The perfect spot to chill out in the contemporary yet intimate surroundings while listening to smooth tunes and indulging in quality drinks and an extensive snacks menu with live entertainment on Wednesdays and Fridays. For more information call 4429-1111 or visit

Happy Hour at Jazz Club

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

Happy Hour

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

DJ/VDJ Tony Schwery

Daily: La Cigale. Warm up your nights with musical video shows played on a giant LED screen followed by mixed live tunes at Sky View. The rooftop bar is extremely irresistible with DJ/VJ Tony Schwery. From 7:00 p.m. till 2:00 a.m. No entrance fee and no minimum charges applicable on weekdays. For more information, call 4428-8888.

Happy Times @ Champions

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

Afterwork Aperitivo

Daily: W Doha. Enjoy an after-work drink and the second drink, plus a Tapas plate from the new Mediterranean menu, is complimentary. Enjoy chilled beats as only Wahm knows how. From 5:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. Mondays - Fridays from 6:00 p.m. till 10:00 p.m. with resident DJ of W Barcelona Joey Figuera spinning from Thurs 13. For more information call 4453-5323.

Longest ‘Happy Times’ in Town at Glo

Daily: The West End at the Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel. Avoid rush hour after work and come unwind with us at Glo before heading home. Enjoy three happy hours with selected beverages at QR 25 or your favourite cocktail from QR 35. From 5:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. For more information call 4419-6100 or visit



After Work At Hive

Daily: InterContinental Doha The City. Join the energetic crowd and buy one, get one free on selected beverages. From 5:00 p.m. till 7:00 p.m. For more information call 4015-8888 or email

Shisha Garden

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

Happy Hour

Daily: Merwebhotel Central Doha. Come alive at five. It’s happy hour at M-lounge. Doubles for the price of singles on selected beverages, daily from 5:00 p.m. till 7:00 p.m. After a day’s work, there’s no better place to turn yourself back on. For more information call 4409-4444 or email

Live Chocolate Making at Criollo

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

Happy Hour @ Crystal Lounge

Daily: W Doha. Buy any drink and get the second one on the house from 8:00 p.m. till 10:00 p.m. For more information call 4453-5135.

Dress Mix Taste at The Lounge

Daily: Kempinski Residences & Suites Doha. The place to be seen in Doha has refreshed food and drinks menus. Dress up, mix and socialize and taste the famous bites and cocktails. From 5:00 p.m. till 2:00 a.m. For more information call 4405-3325 or email 36

Shisha Terrace

Daily: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Enjoy your favourite shisha under 1001 stars, in the newly re-opened shisha terrace. Choose from a wide variety, while shisha specialists ensure that you have a full aromatic experience. Saturdays to Wednesdays from 3:00 p.m. till 12:00 a.m., Thursdays and Fridays from 4:00 p.m. till 1:00 a.m. For more information call 4484-8000.


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

Pure Crystal

Thursdays: W Doha. Let the night take over as international DJs play the best in eclectic house music. For more information call 4453-5135.

DJ Roger Choueiry at 7

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

Salsa & Candela

Fridays: Sharq Village & Spa. Visit the Cigar Lounge for QR 85 inclusive of a welcome drink. From 9:00 p.m. till 12:00 a.m. For more information call 4425-6666.

Sparkling Fridays at The Lounge

Fridays: Kempinski Residences & Suites, Doha. Fridays are bright and sparkling! All ladies receive two complimentary glasses of bubbly. From 7:00 p.m. till 2:00 a.m. For more information, call 4405- 3325 or email

Carnival Party

Fridays: W Doha. Enjoy a carnival party at Crystal with the DJ Greg’s special twist, elaborate tunes mixed with a sprinkling of Crystal magic. From 10:00 p.m. till 3:00 a.m. For more information call 4453-5135.

Rhythm & Oysters

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


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

Sip & Savour

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

Ladies Nights

Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays: Merwebhotel Central Doha. Special nights for Ladies at M Lounge! Enjoy free entry, free membership and two free selected beverages. For more information call 4409-4444 or email




Equilibrium - New Works by John O’ Connor Thurs 6 - Sat 29: The Gallery at

VCUQatar. Since 1999 Irish sculptor John O’Connor has been actively involved with making unique sculptural works for public spaces in Ireland, including two projects in Northern Ireland. Many of his proposals have also been shortlisted for the art scheme set up by the Irish Government. To date he has completed over thirty public art commissions. Open to the public. For more information call 4402-0555 or visit

Dvorák’s Eighth Symphony

Sat 29: Opera House, Katara Cultural Village. Michalis Economou, music director Karine Hovhamnisyan, qanun, Beethoven: Overture to Egmont, Op. 84, Avetisyan: Concerto for qanun and orchestra, Dvořák : Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88. Starts at 7:30 p.m. Ticket price from QR 75 – QR 300, tickets will be available at Virgin Megastore. For more information visit

Visual & Studio Arts

Saturdays – Thursdays: IAID. Visual and Studio Arts Program is a progressive course from Beginners, Advance, Fine Arts 1 & 2 that covers colour theory, art styles, drawing and painting techniques, shapes and figures, visual art perception and portraits with the use of various art mediums. For more information call 4432-0974 / 6671-0589 or email

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Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto

Sat 22: Opera House, Katara Cultural Village. Michalis Economou, music director, Dimitris Sgouros, piano, Abdel-Rahim: Overture, Rachmaninoff: Concerto No. 2 in C Minor for piano and orchestra, Op. 18, Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64. Starts at 7:30 p.m. Ticket price from QR 75 – QR 300, tickets will be available at Virgin Megastore. For more information visit

IAID Music Courses Saturdays - Thursdays: IAID. Offering

classes in Classical/Modern Piano, Classical/Acoustic Guitar, Electronic Keyboard and Western Vocals. All music courses incorporate western notations and follows the London College of Music (LCM) syllabus. Examinations are held every six months at IAID by LCM examinees. Non IAID students are welcome. For more information call 4432-0974 / 6671-0589 or email


From E v e ry A n g l e By Laura Prior

As the city counts down to calling ‘action!’ on this year’s Doha Tribeca Film Festival, QH zooms in for a close-up. Cue our three protagonists to shed some light on the fast-growing potential to tell compelling stories through film right here in Qatar. Zaina Salameh 21, from U.S.A. Cinematographer, Editor, Storyteller ‘‘I always knew I wanted to be in the creative industries and with the full support of my family, pursued my calling and applied to Northwestern University here in Qatar (NUQ). I was accepted. I was ecstatic. I knew this would give me the best possible platform to try my hand across the whole digital arts and production process. I learned how to be a one woman show and can shoot, direct, edit and even animate. Now having graduated, I have all the skills to get out there and produce beautiful, powerful films. That’s my job. To make stories as compelling as they deserve to be, and as visually beautiful as they can be. The project that I’m working on at the moment called ‘Qatar Unified Imaging Project’ which is funded by the Qatar National Research Fund see’s me take up the role as filmographer to tell the stories and document the days of old in Qatar. We are speaking to people of the older generation and have found they really want to tell their stories from the past, they actually feel the need to tell them, so that they will not be lost. It’s so important so we can learn and feel like we belong. How can we build a future unless we can remember our past? This is a powerful testimony to just one of film’s uses here in Qatar. I think Qatar has enormous potential to be on the global film-making map, I really believe the decision makers are dedicated to supporting the cinematic art and rising film community here. 44


Riad Makdessi 39, from Syria Director, Cinematographer, Storyteller

Alex Klim, 34, from Austria Director, Editor, Storyteller ‘‘I was excited about the possibilities of film and stories from a very young age. I made my first stop motion film with my toys when I was a small boy and I used to shoot little films with my friends, from as young as ten. I was always the director of course; I needed the outcome to be in my control, even then. To this day I love the possibilities of film - the different routes and journeys it can take you on. For example, here in Qatar I made a short film about one of the violinists in the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra. Now I am friends with many of the cast members and am recording interviews about their lives and experiences of Qatar. That’s what film does; it encourages you to feel part of something. It helps us to understand each other and bring people closer together. There is a lot of potential for the film industry to thrive here in Qatar but it needs more people to truly engage. We have created a DSLR workshop that will help encourage people who share the same passion to come together, so we are very excited about that. We need initiatives like this to build a film community, not just one or

Alex and Zaina are ho sting Qatar’s first ever publi c 2-day DSLR Filmmaking Wo rkshop on Oct 5-6. For more inf o and details on how to regist er email: workshop@ale

two filmmakers working alone. For example, there is a large local photography community, which is great and most of these cameras now have video compatibility so what we are saying is why not expand your knowledge and creative scope into video – especially if you have the technology already. It’s much easier today for film-makers to get their projects off the ground and promoted, too. I think DFI and the DTFF should continue the momentum as many local and MENA region filmmakers have the opportunity to express themselves and produce great work and I am looking forward to a bright future for the industry. ’’

Riad has submitted 2 films to this year’s Doha Tribeca Film Festival: 8 Billion and The Door (both produced in 2012).

‘‘I always wanted to be a director but as there was no film school in Syria, I decided to do advertising. Later on, I did a film course and shot my first film, Flu, in 2010. I like to tell stories that may make a difference and I believe in the magic of movies and the power of making a difference. I live to tell stories. Right now I am excited to be in Qatar as there is big hype surrounding the film and arts industries. There is still a long way to go, but already there is big potential. I feel like there is talent worth noticing here, whether we are talking to a local or an expat, your story is always original because of the nature of the country in which we all share our experiences Qatar. Everyone views it from a different angle, which is inviting for storytelling. I think by creating a partnership between the young and old we can do more to grow the local community. Qatar imports many things, so importing more talent will definitely add to the industry. I think DFI for example is a fantastic initiative and I would like to see it focus even more on local talent and act as a bridge between the local talent and the rest of the world. Being in a more conservative society, people may think that we are more limited in how creative we can be but I think limitation sometimes can be a blessing for creativity, sometimes. Look at Iran, with a much more conservative society, yet Iranian cinema is everywhere. They overcome their limitations. It depends on the filmmakers themselves, you have to open opportunities for you and look for a creative solution. I would like to see the local scene here grow and overcome its challenges and become a voice for filmmakers. I can’t wait to see it mature and to blossom. ‘’ 45


Family Heirlooms: Mal Lawal Exhibition Last spring, Mal Lawal invited residents of Doha to share the art collections that have made an impression and resonated with them throughout their lives. From ancient artifacts and historic collections to contemporary treasures, Qatari art, and quirky trinkets, these community-led contributions shaped an exhibition that represents the shared heritage and passions of individuals from Qatar and beyond. QH digs in to the concept of this one of-a-kind exhibition. ABOUT THE EXHIBITION



The Mal Lawal Exhibition is about the impact every collector and artist can have, and has had, on Qatar’s journey through the past and into the future. It is an exhibition that reflects not only on the nation, but a peek into the lives of the people who make up a country.

The exceptional objects in this exhibition tell a very personal story about the people who have collected them. It is testament of their passion for artistic expression and culture and their conscious decision to preserve and maintain all forms of artistic expression. It is also important that collectors preserve the art as it will benefit future generations, offering them a way to learn from the past while highlighting how even the most ordinary objects can evolve over time to gain great value.

Collected and curated by the Qatar Museums Authority, the original works of art in this exhibition trace the development of Qatar’s arts scene, and some of its most important leaders as well as emerging talent.

One of the main collections being shared in Mal Lawal is presented by the Qatar Museum Authority featuring contemporary Qatari artists. “What is extraordinary about this exhibition is that every object tells a tale – there is a hidden narrative in everything on display. Where did these objects come from, who made them, how did they come to be in Qatar today? Similarly, the paintings tell another kind of story, one of visual expression. Why these works of art were created? What creative forces drove the development of these works that we see before us today?” Hala Al Khalifa, Education Manager, Public Art Department, Qatar Museums Authority said. 46

“The Mal Lawal exhibition for objects and pieces is a journey through history, time, and culture. It allows visitors to explore the past and the present and develop a vision of the future. This exhibition aims to influence people by bringing back their memories of the old days, and making them proud of their roots and the rich cultural diversity present here in Qatar,” Faisal Al Hitmi, CEO of Mal Lawal Project said.

“This exhibition helps us to discover the aesthetics of what has been achieved by previous generations, and to understand what is being created by present ones,” says Hala. “Mal Lawal builds a bridge between past and present, showcasing the sustainable artistic and creative heritage of people in Qatar.” ABOUT THE MAL LAWAL EXHIBITION Event: Date: Venue:

Mal Lawal Exhibition Sept 12 – Oct 11 Alriwaq Doha exhibition space, adjacent to the Museum of Islamic Art

Good things don’t end;

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The Sounds of Fall

By Ashlee Starratt

September’s here again and that means the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra opens its new season with a thundering crescendo on September 22. QH brings you front row centre with all the details.

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pening night at the QPO promises to be a treat for concert-goers as Doha’s most talented musicians bring Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto to the stage at Katara. If this piece sounds familiar it’s because those with keen ears will recognize it from countless cinematic soundtracks over the years. Its melodic harmonies have made it’s excerpts the most-used in movie scores over any other selection of music. Think Shrek 2 and Spider-Man 3! Taking the lead on the ivories will be special guest pianist Dmitris Sgouros. Hailing from Greece, Sgouros made his Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 12 and hasn’t looked back since, studying at the Royal Academy of Art in London and was even featured on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in his youth, receiving honours from iconic pianist Arthur Rubinstein.


Rubinstein is reported to have said, two months before his passing: “I thank God for keeping me alive so that I would be able to hear with my own ears Sgouros play. He’s the best pianist I have ever heard, including myself.”

Opening Night: Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto Saturday, September 22, 2012, 7:30 p.m. Michalis Economou, music director Dimitris Sgouros, piano

No small praise from a music legend and all the more reason that the QPO’s opening night shows aren’t to be missed. Here’s the full two-night schedule to kick-off the season.

Abdel-Rahim: Rachmaninoff: Tchaikovsky:


Overture Concerto No. 2 in C Minor for piano and orchestra, Op. 18 Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64

Dvorák’s 8th Symphony: Saturday, September 29, 2012, 7:30 p.m. Michalis Economou, music director Karine Hovhamnisyan, qanun Beethoven: Overture to Egmont, Op. 84 Avetisyan: Concerto for qanun and orchestra Dvorák : Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88

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AIDA 18 th and 21 st of October 2012 at 7:30 pm Katara Amphitheater

Verdi’s acclaimed opera AIDA is finally coming to Katara. First performed in 1871 in Egypt, this production in set and costumes of the world famous sculptor Igor Mitoraj, with more than 80 choristes, 12 ballet dancers, 35 actors and 8 of the most renowned Verdi singers of today, together with the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Verdi specialist Pier Giorgio Morandi. Don’t miss AIDA, a visual and musical feast at Katara for 2 nights only on the 18 th and 21 st of October at 7:30 pm.


Katara Full

of culture The summer has finally ended and Katara is gearing up to give Doha the best cultural events of the new season. QH has the highlights.

Spanish Nature Landscapes by Shadi Nasri Sept 5 – Oct 14 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Gallery 1, Building 18 This exhibition features some natural and picturesque views of Spain with its outstanding green nature, rocky and sandy beaches which attract photographers and invite creativity into their work. 25 photographs have been selected and set the tone for the celebrations for the Spanish National Day in October, giving Katara visitors the opportunity to have a look at some of the most famous and pleasant landscapes and nature shots Mr Shadi Nasri has selected. If you love your holidays in Spain, you have to come and see this exhibition. Qatari Architectural Photography by Anmar Faris Sept 5 – Oct 14 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Gallery 1, Building 18 There have been several significant architecture developments in Qatar, the exponential growth of the nation is promoting the building of several new structures, some nodding to the very modern and contemporary aesthetic, others trying to conciliate both the future landscape of the nation and its architectural heritage. Mr. Anmar Faris was attracted by the old style of the Qatari architecture in Souk Waqif and the


beauty of its old buildings which he visited several times to produce some of the photographs in the exhibition. Mr. Anmar also visited many ancient villages and fortresses trying to capture the essence of Qatari Heritage architecture. Twentyfive works have been selected for this exhibition and they invite the visitor to meander between heritage and future architecture landscapes in Qatar, a great opportunity for to find bridges between both. Motivational Lecture by Farouk Saad Hamad Al Zoman Sept 1 8:00 p.m. Drama Theater- Free entrance Farouk Al Zoman is the first Saudi and only the second Arab to ever climb the 8,850 meter altitude, Mt. Everest, the highest mountain peak in the world. His life achievement serves as an example that motivates young people to always reach higher. After two years of intense preparation Al Zoman made his dream and goal a reality. The lecture will be given in Arabic. Flying Bach Sept 25-26 8:00 p.m. Drama Theater Bach and breakdance may seem an odd match. But with their fascinating Red Bull Flying Bach performance, four-time breakdancing world champions Flying

Steps and opera director Christoph Hagel prove quite the opposite. High culture meets urban art in this clash of cultures as Red Bull Flying Bach turns the international classical world upside down. Their creative performance visualizes and revives Johann Sebastian Bach’s WellTempered Clavier crossing the borders of serious music and youth culture. Note by note. Step by step. With piano, harpsichord and electronic beats. With head spins, power moves and freezes. With visuals and a storyline 70 minutes long. As part of the world tour capturing international stages, Doha will host Red Bull Flying Bach for two memorable nights, September 25 and 26 at the Katara Cultural Village. Romeo & Juliet in Baghdad Sept 30 – Oct 3 8:00 p.m. Drama Theater The Iraqi Theatre Company created a new version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet set in contemporary Baghdad. It’s a production infused with Iraq’s rich traditions of poetry, music and ritual, counter-pointing the bleak cycle of violence and revenge with a nation’s longing for beauty and love. Specially commissioned for the World Shakespeare Festival, part of London’s Olympic celebrations, Romeo and Juliet in Baghdad  is directed by Monadhil Daood and stars some of Iraq›s finest actors, including Sami Abdulhameed, Fawzia Arif, Haider Monathir, Zahra Beden and Maimoon Al Khalidi. In Arabic with English subtitles.

ARTS & CULTURE The Liberation Struggle – South Africa Sept 19 – Oct 6 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Gallery , Building 18

Qatari Artists Exhibition Sept 13 – Oct 13 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Gallery 1, Building 19

The liberation struggle of South Africa is one filled with memories of smoke, barricades of burning tires and devastation of petrol bombs, while the repression of black South Africans became increasingly inflammatory in the ensuing decades. This exhibition attempts to record South African collective memory, their rich history, heritage and national pride. Ultimately the exhibition honours all those who contributed to author the South African historic Liberation Struggle from 1910 by taking part in the country’s freedom fight.

Following an exhibition by six female Qatari artists earlier in 2012, the Visual Art Center is now proposing the work of six prominent and contemporary relevant Qatari male artists.

Irfan Onurmen Tulle Works ‘Gaze Series’ Sept 20 – Oct 27 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Gallery 2, Building 18 Irfan Onurmen is an established artist and a leading figure in the Turkish contemporary art scene. His work deals with social and political issues, as he depicts everyday scenes, characters and stereotypes.

Sotheby’s Highlights from the Art of Islamic World Sept 13 – 15 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Katara Gallery, Building 22 An exhibition with major pieces to be included in the London Auction to take place on the October 3, 2012. As in previous auction highlight exhibitions, visitors will be able to view pieces that have been out of public view for some time. These are works that will be in exhibition for a brief period of time, and most likely will never be seen in public for considerable time once they join private or institutional collections.

Esther Yoo’s Inspirational Violin Recital Oct 8 7:30 p.m. Opera House On the occasion of the National Day, October 3, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea has organized with KATARA a concert for the brilliant young violinist, Esther Yoo. She is the youngest laureate of the 10th International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition in 2010 and became one of the youngest laureates and prizewinners at the 75th Queen Elizabeth Competition and many more. The aim of the concert is to introduce Korea to the people of Qatar, bringing the people of both countries closer through the universal language of music. Esther Yoo will perform traditional Korean songs and a Qatari folk song in addition to classical music, to entertain the different classes of people who will be attending this concert.





Book Swap Mon 3 & Mon 17: Starbucks, Landmark Mall. If you have a passion for reading, or just like to browse through a magazine all you need to do is bring a book or magazine to swap. Mums and children are more than welcome to stay for a chat and a coffee. For more information visit or email

Cancer Support Group Mondays: Various locations. For anybody whose lives have been affected by cancer. The key to the group is to provide a support network. Share worries, anxieties and concerns that come with cancer with those who truly understand. From 10:30 a.m. For more information email

Mums Night Out

Garden Club Mon 24: The One Coffee Shop, Landmark. Talk about all things green with regular presenters and garden tours. This month they will visit the Garden Souqs. From 10:30 a.m. till 12:00 p.m. For further details please visit or email

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Tues 18: Trader Vic’s Restaurant, Hilton Doha. Feel like a night out but don’t know very many people in Doha? Want to go out with friends but don’t know where to go? Then join Doha Mums at the worldrenowned Trader Vic’s restaurant. This award winning venue offers signature Asian-Polynesian fusion dishes from the innovative a la carte menu all while you sit back and enjoy the colourful music brought to you by a vibrant three-piece live Cuban band. From 7:30 p.m. For more information visit or email

Master Class Tues 25: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Learn to prepare meals to impress your family and friends at home at Porcini. The class will include a three-course menu, focusing on basic fine dining techniques, proper equipment needs and plate presentation. From 10:30 a.m. followed by lunch. QR 265. For more information call 4484-8360.


Head of the

Class By Munazza Sayed

Whether it’s journalism you’re interested in or it’s a degree in medicine you want, QH brings you the biggest back-to-school round-up yet. All the schools, all the programs, all the costs, all the details – now crack those books! Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) NU-Q is the sister campus of Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois, that has strived to keep up the “highest order of excellence” as envisioned by its founding fathers over a 150 years ago. Considered one of the most elite universities in America, Northwestern is the window to a world of abundant and exciting career opportunities. Academic Programs: Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Communication; supporting program in liberal arts Duration: Four years, with two semesters per year Fee: QR 81,783 per semester Application Date: February 10 Location: Education City, Qatar Foundation Website: 54

Carnegie Mellon Qatar (CMU-Q) With over a century of academic excellence and distinguished research, CMU is a leader in education with real-world applications. Consistently top ranked, the university has 11,000 students and 90,000 alumni globally. Academic Programs: Bachelors Degree in: Biological Sciences, Business Administration, Computer Science and Information Systems Duration: Four years, with two semesters per year Fee: QR 82,053 per semester Application Date: March 01 Location: Education City, Qatar Foundation Website:

Texas A&M University Qatar (TAMUQ) In an age of unprecedented demand for engineers, Texas A&M University in Qatar – parallel to its counterpart in Texas, aims to develop exemplary engineers and leaders through internationally respected degree programs, unlocking their professional future in the process. Academic Programs: Bachelor of Science in: Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Petroleum Engineering Duration: Four years, with two semesters per year Fee: QR 36,050 per semester Application Date: September 01 to March 01 Location: Education City, Qatar Foundation Website:


Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) WCMC-Q is a subset of New York City’s Weill Cornell Medical College, which was founded over 100 years ago. These premiere institutions share a common motto towards readying the doctors of tomorrow by providing “the finest education possible for medical students” and “conducting research at the cutting edge of knowledge.” Academic Programs: Doctorate degree in pre-medical and medical programs

Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service in Qatar (SFS-Q) Affiliated to the Georgetown University home-campus in Washington D.C., SFS-Q continues the legacy by equipping students with the tools required to explore complex global issues through a multi-disciplinary core curriculum. Academic Programs: Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service Duration: Four years, with two semesters per year

Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar (VCU-Q) By teaching core competencies and challenging students to exceed the ordinary, VCU-Qatar, the counterpart of the prestigious Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in the U.S.A., is a highly-ranked art and design program in the Middle East that cultivates creativity and passion for the fine arts beyond leaps and bounds. Academic Programs: MFA in Design Studies, BFA in Fashion Design, Interior Design and Graphic Design

Duration: Six years Fee: QR 171,626 per year Application Date: February 01 Location: Education City, Qatar Foundation Website:

Fee: QR 72,000 per semester Application Date: From March to October Location: Education City, Qatar Foundation Website:

Duration: Four years Fee: QR 74,212 per year Application Date: From March to May Location: Education City, Qatar Foundation Website: 55


College of the North Atlantic, Qatar (CNAQ) CNAQ is bolstered by the four diverse schools of Engineering Technology, Health Sciences, Business Studies and Information Technology that are collectively committed to making the college a high-quality, student-centered institution. Academic Programs: About 10-14 different programs under each school Duration: Varies with each academic program Fee: QR 20,000 per year Application Date: From June to July Location: Al Tarafa, Duhail North Website:


Qatar Aeronautical College

Qatar University (QU)

Qatar Aeronautical College is dedicated to enabling students to solve the aviation engineering challenges of tomorrow, through discovery, innovation and application.

QU, Qatar’s “first, largest and most prominent institution for higher education” offers its students a platform to excel and succeed in the professional walk of life. QU offers over 60 specializations-the widest range in the country-- and boasts substantial research and academic infrastructure.

Academic Programs: Pilot Training, Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Training, Air Traffic Controller Training, Meteorologist Training Duration: Varies with each academic program Fee: Around QR 100,000 per year (varies with program) Application Deadline: Starts in September Location: Ras Abu Aboud Street, Doha Website:

Academic Programs: QU includes 8 major colleges, from Engineering to Arts and Sciences Duration: Varies with each academic program Fee: Doctorate and Masters Programs: QR 1250 per credit hour, Diploma Programs: QR 1000 per credit hour Application Date: Starts in November Location: Al Tarafa, Duhail North Website:

SPOTLIGHT ON COMMUNITY Stenden University- Qatar Stenden University in Qatar, recognized by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO), is a centre of highquality education grounded in problembased and real-world learning.

University of Calgary- Qatar (UCQ) UCQ aims to uplift the existing health and wellness standards in Qatar and the Gulf region through a world-class education of nursing leaders and practitioners.

Academic Programs: Bachelor program in Business Administration with majors in International Tourism Management and International Hospitality Management

Academic Programs: Bachelor of Nursing (BN) degree

Duration: Four years

Fee: QR 20,198 per term Application Date: May 01 Location: Al-Rayyan, Doha Website:

Fee: QR 17,000 to 22,000 per semester, depending on the program Application Date: From March to September Location: Al-Jeleait Street, Bin Omran Website: qatar/pages/default.aspx

Duration: Varies with program specializations

HEC Paris Qatar HEC Qatar, ranked the number one European Business School by the Financial Times, offers executive education programs and research activities fully aligned with the 2030 National Vision to transform Qatar into an “advanced, competitive, and knowledge-based economy.” Academic Programs: Executive MBA Duration: 18 months; Part-time Fee: QR 236,963 Application Date: Ongoing Location: Qatar Foundation Website: universities/hec-paris Community College of Qatar (CCQ) “The Community College of Qatar will play a critical role in Qatar’s higher education system by providing high-quality academic programs as well as important career training and providing opportunities for lifelong learning.” Academic Programs: Degree Program in: Arts, Science, and Applied Science Duration: Four years Fee: Varies with program Application Date: July 15 to August 16 Location: C-Ring Road, Doha Website:





By Laura Prior Photography by Srimani Welagedara

At the core of hospitality are people, but, the majority of hotels run to serve a bigger commercial goal: to turn a profit. At Qatar’s newest address, the K108 Hotel Doha, they’re turning that theory on its head by donating no less than 100% of all proceeds to charitable causes! QH finds out more with Mr. Tommie Liem, the GM of this petite-sized hotel with the huge heart. QH: As a charity hotel are you compromising on services and facilities? TL: To the contrary, we may be small, but we are maximizing our services and standards so that we can generate more for the greater good. We have 108 rooms which are priced at $108 U.S. dollars per night. We have a restaurant called Yum Yum where Chef Hugo Coudurier takes dining to different perspectives. He produces cuisines from fresh ingredients and our daily changing menu is reasonably priced so the customer gets maximum value. We are opening our outdoor pool, café and gym on the hotel rooftop and spa facilities very soon, too. We have valet parking, room service, laundry – everything you’d expect from a hotel, we just offer it at a more affordable rate so we can sustain the longevity of the project. QH: The concept of a charity hotel in Qatar’s bustling commercial hospitality marketplace is previously unheard of. Tell us the story behind it. TL: The hotel is a homage to the late father of its owner, H.E. Yousuf Hussein Kamal, who inherited the land where the hotel is situated. That’s where the ‘K’ comes from. The profits K108 Hotel Doha earns are given to individually-tailored charity cases, with decisions made on a case-to-case basis. It is a very unique hotel. 58

QH: What causes will the hotel help and how are the funds managed? TL: K108 is part of the Diafa Investment Company, part of Kamal International which has a charitable branch called the Kamal Foundation. They have a team who manage the funds and projects. The main focus is schools and underprivileged children in other countries. They also assess case-by-case applications to support needy people here in Qatar with things like social emergencies and medical costs.

QH: What are the benefits of working for a charitable hotel? Does it add pressure knowing that your success can impact others’ lives so significantly? TL: It adds good pressure and keeps us motivated. 80% of our staff have never worked in a hotel before but we are employing them for their selflessness, altruism and their passion to make a difference. We will teach and train them the required skills. This makes for a very organic environment and increases employee satisfaction and loyalty to our organization. We are all working towards a common goal and there is a lot of positive energy around the hotel. It is very rewarding. QH: What impact do you think K108 will have in the market? Do you think there should be more charity hotels in wealthy economies? TL: It’s still very early days but we will focus on maintaining the quality and standards. This is our greatest challenge. Looking ahead, once we are 100% established here, there may be plans to make the hotel international so we are feeling very positive about the future and potential legacy of this unique concept hotel. K108 is located in Old Al Ghanem. See their website for more info:



The Ivories As told to Jorge Granda

Vincent Corver is a renowned international pianist based in Doha. He is the Manager of Steinway Piano Gallery Qatar (the only one in the Middle East!) Among his duties Corver teaches piano lessons to those interested in learning how to play. QH tells you how to master the basics in four sessions.


incent Corver and his colleague Jorick Möller give students the skills of how to teach themselves to play a musical instrument. Fine piano playing is all about “asking yourself the right questions” and they teach you how to do that, so in one month’s time (one hour every week,) students will be able to read music notation and learn how to play the piano in a beautiful way. From September to June, the Steinway Piano Gallery Qatar offers weekly lessons (two groups per week). On Tuesdays the instructors teach ladies only and Wednesdays it’s a mixed group session, starting with a new group each month. Classes run from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Steinway Piano Gallery at The Pearl.

“I am now learning from some of the world’s most talented pianists,” says student Jawaher Al Kuwari on the school’s innovative technique and teaching methods. “Each lesson takes me to one of New York’s international music halls, right from the comfort of the gallery.” For more information visit:, or call course instructors: Vincent Corver: 6600-5894 Jorick Möller: 5556-0371 Upon completion of the piano course, students will be awarded with an official Diploma that entitling them to a discount on Steinway instruments.

ABOUT PIANO COURSES Location: Steinway Piano Gallery Qatar, One La Croisette, Porto Arabia, The Pearl-Qatar. Time:

Tuesday and Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


QR 2000 (for 4 lessons).

Enrol together with a friend and you pay only QR 1000 per person.



Tax Tax Or No

By Khalifa Saleh Haroon

A little can go a surprisingly long way, as I Love Qatar makes an argument as to why the country needs taxes.


would get a 50% reduction, forcing people to beautify Qatar to avoid paying tax. Or if your organization (or even your household), does something charitable, you get also get a tax break.

1. That should be enough to beautify the country with development of new, parks, water systems, lights, etc.

If you think about it, Qatar is the ‘perfect’ country to have tax – the taxes aren’t ‘needed’ by the government, which means that it should remain stable and any tax money they generate would be considered a ‘bonus’.

he idea of a national taxation system is something I’ve always wanted to talk about. I don’t want to be taxed like crazy (like how the U.K. does to its people for example), but maybe a slight income tax would be a good thing. Imagine if Qatar taxed citizens 1-2% of their salary for example.

2. People would demand that the country does something with their tax money, so there would be a system of accountability in place. 3. People would start consciously thinking of their financial status. The government should also provide tax breaks if you build a garden or put grass outside of your house. For example you 62

We want to hear your views on taxes. Good or bad? If you think it’s good, explain why? Remember, don’t just think of the economic impact, think of society, psychology, bureaucracy, etc. Visit us online on our Facebook page at or follow us on Twitter @ILoveQatar and give us your opinion. You can also chime in on Qatar Happening’s Facebook page and Twitter feed @qatarhappening to let us know your thoughts.


ONE OF A KIND Depression Support Group

Wed 5: Various locations. For those of you who are feeling low and don’t 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

Fertility Support Group

Wed 5: Al Soudan (near Billboard Intersection). Are you experiencing a challenging fertility journey and need someone to talk to in a similar position? From time to time, guest speakers will be invited along to provide information and be available for Q&A in a more intimate environment than the formality of the consulting room. 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit


Birth and Breastfeeding Professionals Meeting

Villaggio Fire Support Group


Doha Mums Pearl Coffee Break

Tues 18: Various locations. Calling all doulas, midwives, childbirth educators, breastfeeding supports and any other women who have a passion for helping women during pregnancy, birth, and early parenting. This event is open to non-Doha Mums, but this is not a DM-qualifying event. From 4:30 p.m. till 6:30 p.m. Children are welcome. For more information visit or email

New Arrivals Coffee

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

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

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

Expectant & New Mums Coffee

Thursdays: Café de Chalet in Hyatt Plaza. Join other new Moms and Momsto-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 or email




Cooking Classes

Sat 8 & Sat 22: Mövenpick Hotel, Doha. Children are invited for some fun, healthy and delicious cooking classes. Chef Ery will demonstrate how to make fresh fruit sushi and yummy veggie burgers! RSVP is essential There are two sessions; 10:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. For more information visit or email

New! - German Speaking Playgroup

Saturdays: Dahl al Hammam Park next to Landmark Mall. Calling all native speaking Germans, Doha Mums has a park playgroup just for you! From 4:00 p.m. till 5:30 p.m. For more information visit or email

Bubbles Playgroup

2008 Toddler Playgroup

Sunday 9: Al Khor. From 10:00 a.m. till

12:00 p.m. For a play and chat with Doha Mums members based in the Al Khor community. For more information visit or email

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Mon 10: Fun City play area, City Center Mall. It’s a perfect opportunity to make ‘first friends’ for little ones and for mums to chat! From 10:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m. For more information visit or email

Cookie Decorating Class

Sat 15: Carluccio’s Restaurant, The Pearl. Children of all ages are invited, Mums and Dads will be offered a special breakfast. RSVP is essential There are two sessions; 10:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. For more information visit or email


WEEKLY Little Builders Playgroup

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

All Ages Playgroup

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

2010 Babies Group

Sundays: Abu Hamour area. Calling all babies born this year. From 1:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. for a catch up and coffee. For more information visit or email

Morning Playgroup for Kids Born in 2009

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

Intercontinental Hotel Pool Sessions

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

Al Wakra Playgroup

Mondays: Al Wakra, easy to reach from Mesaieed and the airport, for an all-ages playgroup. From 9:00 a.m. till 11:00 a.m. A range of ages from babies to toddlers and have a range of activities including; artwork, tea set, puzzles, ride-ons, dressing up, lots of toys, finishing the session with a sing-along with musical instruments. For more information visit or email 68

Children’s Library

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

Songs & Stories Playgroup

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

2010 Play Date

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

Summertime Toddler Playgroup

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

Rays Reef Fun Time

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

Parachute Play

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

Swimming Lessons

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


All Ages Pearl Beach Play Group

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

Fun City Toddler Group

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

Kids Arabic Reading Group

Little Academy Soft Playgroup

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

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

Giggles Nursery Playgroup


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

Live Chocolate Making at Criollo

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



Al Shaheen – An Icon Reinvented Perched on the 12th floor, with its sweeping views over the Arabian Gulf, Al Shaheen at the Sheraton Doha Resort and Convention Hotel is one of the city’s dining icons.


or many years Al Shaheen has hosted celebrations, important events and other occasions. As Doha evolves into a dining destination in its own right, Al Shaheen has reinvented itself with a new menu and new attitude. This month, the restaurant that was a firm favourite for many over the 30-year history of the hotel, has shifted its focus to the ever-popular cuisine from Lebanon for its nightly dinner and Friday brunch offering. “We wanted to keep the essence of Al Shaheen, which has traditionally been a popular and much loved restaurant in this city, but give it a new, fresh twist,” says Sheraton Doha Hotel Manager Ashraf Siessy. “Lebanese cuisine is popular the world over and especially here in Qatar. We wanted to showcase fresh ingredients as well as allow the traditional flavours of Lebanon and the region to shine.”


The new menu encompasses old mezzestyle favourites including creamy hommous, tangy fattoush, crunchy tabbouli and fatayer pastries filled with meat and cheese. But the real stars of the show are the mixed grills – delivered to the table with flair and a few flames from the custom-made grills. Everything from chicken, lamb kofta, beef and of course, locally caught seafood. The new look Al Shaheen also has entertainment in the form of a band and a singer from Lebanon, playing Arabic, English and French favourites every night. With the new menu, also comes a new and sure to be popular brunch. Every Friday the brunch takes on a Mediterranean theme. Regional favourites include the grills and salads as well as activities for the children including face painting and games. The brunch costs QR 190 for the buffet or QR 270 for free-flowing house beverages.

Ashraf Siessy says Al Shaheen’s “reinvention” would bring a new generation of diners to the restaurant. “Al Shaheen has arguably the best view of any restaurant in the city, it’s the perfect platform, and we wanted to ensure the menu complimented that,” he said. “It’s an exciting new development and one that we at Sheraton Doha think will resonate with guests of all ages. It’s the perfect place to gather with friends and family” For more information or to book: Email: F& Telephone: +974 4485-4071


Doha’s Latino

Heartbeat South American food – that is meat in all its forms, is encountering somewhat of a dining ‘moment’ in Doha. But only one restaurant offers a truly authentic ‘Latino’ experience.


atino, at the iconic Doha Sheraton, is the original and the best. It’s a carnivore’s dream, offering traditional ‘Parilladas’ or ‘grills’, including Bife de Chorizo Steak, also known as steak Argentinian-style, dramatically served from dangling metal skewers at your table. Offered twice a week – Sunday and Wednesday – the all you can eat feast is cooked ‘live’ in the restaurant’s open kitchen and costs QR 190 for just food or QR 250 for house beverages including signature cocktails.

There are five skewers in all and it’s served with a selection of side dishes at the table along with a salad buffet and, if you have room, dessert.

local hammour or Gulf shrimps, steaks and chicken prepared with Latino flair and the perennial Argentinian favorite empanadas stuffed with beef, chicken or corn.

“It’s truly an authentic South American feast right here in Doha,” says Latino’s Assistant Manager Marcela Gontijo who herself hails from the vibrant country of Brazil. “The Parillada is a very traditional way to enjoy meat and seafood in South American countries and one that really emphasizes sharing amongst friends and family.

Cementing its place as one of the city’s most lively restaurants, every Saturday is ‘Ladies Night’ at Latino, with free drinks for ladies when a minimum of two courses are ordered.

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The Parrillada, not for the faint hearted, is a meat-fest of marinated steak and lamb chops as well as chicken, locally-caught fish and prawns and yes even some vegetables. There are five kinds of Parillada on the menu for the special nights, including a vegetarian option. 72

items from the a la carte menu including Peruvian-style ceviches (fresh seafood ‘cooked’ in lemon juice), of

“The restaurant is now open seven nights a week, and has one of the most warm and welcoming vibes in the city. Latino’s popular Columbian three-piece band plays late into the night and makes this one of the most entertaining and exciting spots in the city to meet for dinner, drinks and a dance,” says Marcella. Contact Details:F&B Reservations Desk Email: F& Telephone: 4485-4071




New York Steakhouse Exclusive Torres Dinner

New Restaurant Opening - Nai

Daily: InterContinental Doha The City. Nai radiates the hospitality, warmth and contemporary cuisine of Lebanon. Open from 6:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4015-8888 or email

Thurs 13: The West End at the Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel. Enjoy five well-crafted courses individually matched to five specialty Torres vinos presented in true New York Steakhouse style. Limited seats available. For more information call 4419-6100 or visit

Apple Festival

Fri 14: W Doha. Eat all the sweets and desserts you can think of, made from apples! Don’t make plans and save the date. QR 100 per adult, QR 70 per child (from 5 – 11 yrs). First seating 12:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m., second seating 3:30 p.m. till 6:30 p.m. Reservations required. For more information call 4453-5385.

New Restaurant Opening – Astor Grill

Sundays – Fridays : The St. Regis Doha. Brings modern cuisine inspired by classic French cuisine to Doha in a contemporary setting. Guests will enjoy watching the chefs cooking in the open kitchen, the customized portions and the interactive yet non-intrusive service with table-side carvings. From 7:00 p.m. till midnight. For more information call 4446-0105.

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The Cellar’s Chef’s Table

Fri 21: Oryx Rotana. Enjoy inventive Spanish cuisine from the Chef’s Table overlooking the kitchen (seating up to 10 people). By invitation only, this interactive culinary extravaganza features a set menu of the finest dishes and vinos. Throughout the meal the chef and sommelier will entertain and inform with their expertise. Price is QR 300 per person including a gift bag. For more information call 4402-3333.


Chowking Brings the Best of Asian Food to Al Khor With its commitment to excellence in service and quality, Chowking, an associate of Ahmed Hassan Bilal Group has opened its doors to customers in the brand new Al Khor Mall in Al Khor, 50 km north of Doha near Al Sultan Beach Resort. We can’t wait to get our taste buds around every item on the menu as this successful brand from the Philippines continues to make its mark in Qatar. Chowking offers something for everyone as its extensive menu, fast, free home delivery service and reasonable prices make it one of the most popular franchises in Doha for fresh, hot Chinese cuisine. With current locations on Al Saad St. and Salwa Road, the popularity of the brand continues to expand as customers looking for a comforting dining experience flock to menu choices that are well-known and well-loved. The fourth Chowking restaurant will open in mid- October in the Al-Salam Mall in Al Mamoura. Established in the Philippines in 1985, Chowking comes from the Chinese meaning ‘above the rest’ and it’s a motto the brand holds dear as each franchise outlet continues to provide diners with a taste of excellence. Some of the most popular menu items that continue to sell out are the iconic ‘halo halo’ dessert – a mixture of shaved ice and condensed milk mixed with a variety of fruits including coconut, mango and jackfruit, topped with ice cream and decadent leche flan. Other bestsellers include the ‘asado siopao’ a fluffy, light pastry bun filled with steaming beef or chicken – it’s quick, comforting dim sum at its best. For Chowking Business Development Manager and Acting General 76

Manager Mr. Adam Beg, the expansion of the brand to Al Khor is a sign of positive things to come. “The new stores have been in the works for the past three years,” he says. “There’s a very large market in Al Khor and we anticipate there to be even more growth in the next couple of years.” Chowking is also making waves across the rest of Doha as its customer base continues to diversify as a result of its family-friendly atmosphere and efficient service. Mr. Ahmed Hassan Bilal, Chairman of AHB Group hopes that in the next several years the brand will continue to move ahead with more franchises popping up across the country. Mr. Bilal says “I hope to develop more restaurant chains during the first and second quarter of 2013”. Patrons to the new location above the Lulu Hypermarket in Al Khor can look forward to five or six new specials on the menu as the restaurant celebrates its opening at this charming, family-friendly locale. Chowking also offers full-service catering for parties and corporate events and can accommodate up to 70 people for events at both its Al Saad St. and Salwa Road franchises – the perfect spot to enjoy good food and great times with family and friends.

ABOUT CHOWKING: Locations: Al Khor Mall, Al Khor (2nd floor food court area) Salwa Road (near Ramada Hotel) Al Saad St. (before Commercial Bank) Timings: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Average Meal Price: QR 30 - QR 50 Telephone No: 4431-1212 (Delivery Hotline) 4411-8816 / 4411-8817 (Al Khor) 4437-1212 (Salwa Road) 4431-4411 (Al Saad St.)



Soul Food By Ashlee Starratt Photography by John Romuald Ruiz

Good food and a great cause combine in perfect harmony at Yum Yum Restaurant in the K108 Hotel.

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Fresh Sashimi with Sea Salt and Pepper

and Tropical Fruits Chef Hugo Coudurier


e all know the adage that the way to a person’s heart is through their stomach. But very few restaurants well and truly practice what they preach. Yum Yum at the K108 Hotel does just that – breaking the mould when it comes to giving back. At this warm open-concept restaurant set in the heart of the city’s old Al Ghanim district, French-Canadian chef Hugo Coudurier is doing something extraordinary with the most simple and freshest of ingredients. We’re there early on a Wednesday night and the dining room fills up fast as the sun sets over the Corniche through the restaurants bank of picture windows. This place is a not-sowell-kept secret as the crowds attest. Tonight Chef Hugo has created a special tasting menu for us that consists of, well, practically the entire menu! A humble guy who would much rather be tucked behind his serving stations in the kitchen than out here in front of the cameras, Hugo explains that he often changes the menu on a regular basis, every few days or few weeks depending on his inspiration and the availability of fresh ingredients.

We start with a delectable trio of dips: hummus, moutabel, tabbouleh and a mouthwatering green pea soup with feta and basil. Each spoonful tastes garden fresh and if there’s one thing to be said about the menu at Yum Yum’s there’s no shortage of colour on the plate and palate. Next up is a foie gras on toast that’s so buttery I can feel it dissolve on my tongue. Paired with some bitter rocket leaves and a tangy honey-mustard sauce it’s delightful. Our mains are a tempting trio: sesamecrusted hammour with eggplant tahine and a date juice reduction, Beef filet mignon with pomme puree, gravy and carrots and a parmigiano and basil ravioli with a fresh tomato sauce that’s absolutely to-die-for. Each dish is simple elegance with the flavours balancing perfectly, all earthy and fresh and completely unpretentious. Dessert is also a delight as our tastebuds are treated to the most succulent chocolate soufflé, a sweet fruit tart and a tangy selection of fresh pear and lime sorbets. But even after all that, it’s still not the best part of the meal. The full price of each and every menu item goes to charity – every last cent.

You get fantastic value for your money and is all part of the unique concept of the K108 Hotel: each room costs 108 U.S. dollars a night and all proceeds go to help disadvantaged youth in Asia to support schooling and emergency healthcare needs for under-privileged workers right here in Qatar too. And the restaurant is no exception – come for the food and leave knowing that your money was well-spent. Ladles of love and helpful helpings at Yum Yum – now that’s yummy. ABOUT YUM YUM Location: K108 Hotel, Al Ghanim Timings: 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m (breakfast) 12:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (lunch) 7:30 p.m. – 10: 30 p.m. Average Meal Price: QR 60 for mains Reservations: Yes Smoking: Yes Licensed: No Telephone: 4433-3000



The Fragrance Of Good Food

By Jorge Granda

Admire the artistic gastronomy of Executive Chef Jonathan Spiteri and indulge in a culinary journey of succulent dishes that will leave you wanting more. QH visits the refined restaurant Aroma at Kempinski Residences & Suites Doha to discover the secrets of its delicious food and home-made desserts.


he Kempinski Residences & Suites, Doha houses a stylish restaurant called Aroma and as its sensual name suggests, the top-notch resto serves provocative mouth-watering dishes that would please the most demanding of palates. Aroma captivates with an elegant atmosphere, a menu that is strategically designed to seduce diners that are eager to be impressed. The chic wooden décor and high ceilings gives you a sense of exclusivity and transforms your meal into a high-end experience. While at Aroma we were pampered with an array of different starters, soups, main courses and desserts. We start out with a Foie Gras Terrine (Chamomile jelly, saffron chutney) shaped in the form of a delicious vegetable mini tower. The Diver Scallops with Sevruga caviar on top and broccoli cream is as exquisite as we expected, while the Sesame Crusted Tuna Loin surpasses our expectations. We anticipate that more visually attractive and savoury food is on the way and we are not wrong.


The Pumpkin Cream is particularly tasty and the Moroccan Pea Soup with confit of duck -even though it’s a bit spicy- is equally good. Next we’re served three different main courses that include a Mediterranean-style Sea Bass fried to perfection accompanied by braised fennel, crab risotto and steamed lettuce balls. The sea bass was followed by a beautifully garnished Sous Vide of Chicken filled with smoked beef bacon, spinach with potato mash, baby carrots and savoy cabbage on the side. And last but definitely not least, Chef Spiteri amazed us with a 200 gram Sage Derby Wagyu Burger with caramelized red onions, truffle aioli, and spicy potato wedges; a simple yet scrumptious, juicy burger. It won’t take long for Aroma to be known as the restaurant that serves the most elegant and delicious burgers in town. And let’s not forget the original desserts specially conceived by the chef for Aroma. All dishes are a visual delight and it’s hard for us to even sink our forks into any of them without feeling a little sorry for destroying these beautiful creations that look more like small sculptures than plates of food. The award-winning restaurant is one of the places we recommend you visit if you are up for attractive looking food that taste as good as it looks.

ABOUT AROMA RESTAURANT Location: Kempinski Residences & Suites Timings: Buffet & à la Carte Breakfast – 6:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Business Lunch – 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Dinner – 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Average Meal Price: QR 350 – 400 per person Smoking: Yes Licensed: Yes Reservations: Yes Contact: 4405-3325,


A Feast For Under



By Gerald Tan

Students take note: back-to-school doesn’t have to mean surviving off of cup noodles and cheese on toast. We’ve got you covered with the best spots for cheap eats in the city – delicious and affordable!


heart food. More importantly, I’ll eat only good food. After all, a mediocre meal is not worth its calories. But don’t get me wrong, good food needn’t be glamorous. A wellprepared omelet could trump caviar on any given day -- while being much more nutritious. So can one go about eating well in Doha without hurting the purse strings? You betcha! Determined to prove that this city houses many culinary gems that’s kind to most budgets, I set out on a hunt for an entire week to find a feast for under 25 riyals. 82

Small Mixed Appetizer

Mutton Set Lunch

Sunday: Turkey Central The Grand Dame of Doha eateries. Before even arriving you’ll smell the aroma of chargrilled meats in the air of Al Nasser Street. The chicken here melts in your mouth and the array of appetizers is nothing less than stupendous. The sautéed aubergines, purple cabbage labneh and baba ghanoush are mandatory.

Monday: Nepali Bhanchha Ghar I’ve always been a fan of Nepalese cuisine. The curries are lighter, the spices are milder. Imagine my joy when a friend found this unassuming spot on Abdullah bin Thani Street near Bilal Studios. The thali lunch comes with mutton or chicken curry and three vegetable dishes of unlimited servings. But leave room for the momos, a Chinese style dumpling you dunk into a fiery sauce.

The Bill: » Half Order Grilled Chicken – QR 13 » Small Mixed Appetizer – QR 10 » Mineral Water – QR 2 > Total: QR 25

The Bill: » Mutton Set Lunch – QR 9 » Vegetable Momos – QR 11 » Tea – QR 4 > Total: QR 24


Karedok Tuesday: Tofu Café Yes, everything on the menu (all nine items!) contains tofu. What it lacks in variety it makes up in full-bodied, Indonesian flavours. The Bakso noodle souo with meatballs is piping hot and peppery. The true highlight is the peanut sauce that drenches the karedok, a salad of vegetables and tofu. Look out for this tiny shop inside the Shanghai Centre between Ramada Plaza and MegaMart. The Bill: » Mie Bakso – QR 12 » Karedok – QR12 > Total: QR 24

Chicken Tacos Thursday: Chacha Mexican Grill You can fill up your tank and your tummy at the Woqod petrol station on the New Al Rayyan roundabout. The interior is bright and clean and even though the place exudes a fast food vibe, everything is made to order. My dining party tried the tacos, burrito and quesadilla – all received two thumbs up. The Bill: » Chicken Taco – QR 20 » Iced Tea – QR 4 > Total: QR 24

Sojook Sausage Sandwich

Falafel Sandwich Wednesday: Petra Who could fault a good falafel? The golden nuggets of deliciousness pair so well with tahini and a light salad. For me, Petra with its several locations around town (one across from Al Ahli Hospital and two on B-Ring road just a block from Crazy Signal in each direction) hits the spot every time. The shish tawook sandwich is also a great alternative if you’re in a carnivorous mood. The Bill: » Falafel Sandwich – QR 4 » Two Extra Falafels – QR 1 » Tabbouleh Salad – QR 5 » Soft Drink – QR 2 > Total: QR 12

Masala Paper Roast

Friday: Bharath Looking for an alternative to Friday brunch? Then head over to Bharath (there’s one in Nasrallah Centre by Jaidah Flyover and another at Crazy Signal), an all-vegetarian restaurant. If you go before 11 a.m. the breakfast menu offers masala paper roast, a crispy, crepe made from rice and lentils stuffed with a potato curry. Did I mention it’s also twoand-a-half feet long? The Bill: » Masala Paper Roast – QR 11 » Mango Lassi – QR 10 > Total: QR 21

Saturday: Al Sultan I consider this Doha’s Deli on Al Nasser Street. What greets you at the entrance is a sandwich counter where sojook sausages, chicken with mushrooms, deep-fried shrimps, grilled meats and even liver or brain are rolled into wraps with garlic sauce. To complete the meal, try the house salad featuring a refreshing lemon dressing. You won’t leave complaining. The Bill: » Sojook Sausage Sandwich – QR 10 » Hankashia Salad – QR 12 » Mineral Water – QR 2 > Total: QR 24 Any other must-try spots or favourite hole-inthe-walls gladly welcome. I’ll try them out and perhaps include them in a future roundup. I’m on Twitter @GeraldoTan. 83


ONE OF A KIND Coffee and Cigar Promotion

Sat 1 - Sun 30: Wyndham Grand Regency Doha. Al Kut Café is offering free coffee with every cigar you buy till your cigar runs out. From 3:00 p.m. till 12:00 a.m. For more information, call 4434-3203 or email

Afternoon Heaven

Sat 1 - Sun 30: Sharq Village & Spa. Enjoy snacks and tapas outside on the terrace or at the bar counter at Al Dana. From 5:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. For more information call 4425-6666 or email

Spanish Football Tapas

Sat 1 – Sun 30: Radisson Blu Doha. La Liga kicks off this month with what promises to be another classic season of Spanish football. Go and watch the main games at Picasso’s and enjoy a late evening Tapas platter for two for only QR 50 on games nights along with 20% discount on Spanish vinos. For more information call 4428-1555.

Independence Day International Hi-Tea

Mon 3: Holiday Villa Doha. At Lagenda International Restaurant from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. For more information call 4408-4888.

Oriental Noodles

Wed 3 – Tues 30: Holiday Villa Doha. At D’Chopstix Chinese & Japanese Restaurant from 11:30 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. and for dinner 6:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4408-4888.

Choices Goes Italian On Wednesdays

Wed 3 – Wed 31: Oryx Rotana. Celebrating the roots of Italian cooking with a spread of traditional dishes created with the finest ingredients – just like Mamma used to make! The biggest challenge will be to decide which dish to try first. There’s even a section devoted to specialty Italian cheeses. For QR 195 per person, with special offers on vinos. For more information, call 4402-3333.


Delicious Thai on Thursdays

Thurs 6 - Thurs 27: Holiday Villa Doha. At Lagenda International Restaurant from 7:00 p.m. -11:00 p.m. For more information call 4408-4888.

Lobster and Steak Week

Sat 15 – Fri 21: Wyndham Grand Regency Doha. At Grand Gourmet Restaurant enjoy for only QR 149 per person. From 6:30 p.m. till 10:30 p.m. For more information, call 4434-3203 or email

Dim Sum Week

Sun 23 – Fri 28: Wyndham Grand Regency Doha. At Chopsticks Restaurant for only QR 89 per person. From 6:30 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information, call 4434-3203 or email

Indian Food Festival

Wed 26 – Sun 30: Sharq Village & Spa. Experience an extensive array of Indian foods at Al Liwan for QR 250 per person. From 6:30 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4425-6666 or email

EVERY WEEK A Trip Around The Regions Of Italy

Saturdays - Thursdays: Four Seasons Doha. Chef Matteo at Il Teatro offers to his diners an eclectic presentation of refined regional Italian cuisine with a contemporary twist. Lunch starts from 12:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. For more information call 4494-8888.


Saturdays – Wednesdays: InterContinental Doha The City. Enjoy a choice of theme nights with tasty bar bites from around the world accompanied by three glasses for QR 180 per person. Saturday – Greek, Sunday – Italian, Monday – Spanish, Tuesday – Asian, Wednesday – cheese and vino. From 7:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4015-8888 or email

Arrive In Style!

Sundays - Saturdays: Grand Heritage Doha. Book your table at Blue 24 hours in advance and receive a complimentary home pick up and drop off by the hotel’s exclusive Limo. Begin and end your dining experience in complete luxury. Arrive, dine and leave in style! Open from 12:30 p.m. till 12:00 a.m. Price QR 250 per person inclusive of one choice of appetizer, main course, dessert and beverage. For more information call 4445-5555.

Ladies Night

Saturdays: Sheraton Doha. Free drinks for ladies when having a minimum of two courses from the a la carte menu at Latino on the ground floor. 7:00 p.m. till 10:30 p.m. For more information call 4485-4071 or visit F&

Tex Mex BBQ

Sundays: Oryx Rotana. Go with your friends and enjoy a special beverage deal with the Tex Mex BBQ night! From 7:00 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. and for QR 185 per person including water, soft drinks and chilled juices. For more information call 4402-3333.

Grill Night

Sundays: W Doha. Steak connoisseurs and red-meat lovers converge upon Market by Jean-Georges to savour their prize cuts of tender meat, fowl and seafood. Char-grilled or seared, rare or well done: have it your way with your choice of sauce and side dish. From 6:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4453-5135.

Maki Mania

Sundays - Thursdays: Grand Heritage Doha. A special menu at Blue with an extensive variety of Maki rolls, and traditional Miso soup is included as a starter at this elegant dining destination. QR 160 per person inclusive of unlimited Maki and Miso soup. Open from 4:00 p.m. till 9:00 p.m. For more information call 4445-5555.


Parillada Night

Sundays and Wednesdays: Sheraton Doha. Enjoy all you can eat parillada served right at your table at Latino on the ground floor. Salad/starters and dessert buffet, live entertainment. QR 190 food only, QR 250 with selected beverages. 7:00 p.m. till 10:30 p.m. For more information call 4485-4071 or visit F&

Sushi Night at Strata

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

Seafood Night

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

Asian Night

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

Italian Night

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


Sushi Mania

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

International Buffet

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

Ipanema Brazilian Churrascaria Live Band

Monday’s – Saturdays: The West End at the Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel. Set your senses on fire with a large variety of sizzling meats on skewers, carved at your table by Passadores while enjoying the rhythmic sounds of Tocandira. It’s a blaze of colours and flavours with an enticing range of foods. From QR 290 per person. From 6:30 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. For more information, call 4419-6100 or visit

Gordon Ramsay Doha

Mondays – Saturdays: The St. Regis Doha. Headed by Michelin-starred Chef Gilles Bosquet, Gordon Ramsay Doha offers a true fine dining experience, highlighting both Gordon Ramsay’s classics and Chef Gilles’ own creations. From 6:30 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. 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.


Swiss Night

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

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

Steak Night

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

Tomahawk Is Back

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

Asian Night

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

Asian Night

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

DAILY New Menu at Porcini

Daily: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Visit this fine dining Italian venue in the ever-evolving city of Doha and surprise your taste buds revolutionary a cuisine and full signature menu by Chef Ricardo Acquista, 2012 winner of the Doha Food Festival Black Box competition. Re-discover all the Mediterranean classics with a twist of molecular cuisine in the live show-kitchen environment, allowing you to interact with the Master. From 6:30 p.m. till 8:30 p.m. For more information call 4484-8360 or visit

New Menu at Irish Harp

Daily: Sheraton Doha. Fish and Chips, Steak and Guinness Pie, Bangers and Mash as well as other typical pub dishes are now being served at Doha’s best Irish bar. With live entertainment from 5:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4485-4444.

Argentinean Steak

Daily: Sheraton Doha. Latino is the only place in Doha to have Argentinean steak available. From 7:00 p.m. till 10:30 p.m. For more information call 4485-4071.

Trader Vic’s

Daily: Hilton Doha. This September set out on a South-Pacific culinary experience on the beach while moving to the beats of the live Cuban band at Trader Vic’s Hilton Doha. Choose from delectable Asian-Polynesian cuisine dishes and signature drinks served in this island haven, replete with artifacts like tapa cloths, tropical fabrics and tribal masks that pay homage to its Polynesian roots. Lunch from 12:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m., dinner 7:00 p.m. till 11:30 p.m., bar open 12:00 p.m. till 12:30 a.m. For more information call 4423-3118.


Vine Restaurant

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


Daily: InterContinental Doha. The winner of “Best Family Restaurant” in Doha and the only truly Greek-Mediterranean restaurant in the city, it offers an array of fresh, tempting and authentic flavours. Open 12:00 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. For more information call 4484-4444 or 4484-4747.

Nusantao: Sea Kitchens

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

Traiteur Daily Specials

Daily: La Cigale. Enjoy a healthy lunch with La Cigale daily specials available for outside orders. The lunch box contains a fresh salad, delectable main dish, home-made dessert and one soft drink. Choose your main dish from different selections such as poultry, meat or seafood. Daily special price starts from QR 65. Open 8:00 a.m. till 1:00 a.m. For more information call 4428-8803/20.


Il Teatro Italian Fine Dining Restaurant

Daily: Four Seasons Doha. Offers guests a gastronomic journey with sublime authentic Italian cuisine created by Chef Matteo Arvonio and his brigade of Italian chefs. Mushroom All The Way -choose from a variety of special dishes with Porcini and Chantarelle mushrooms, enjoy it while it lasts! For special occasions, guests can enjoy their privacy at Il Teatro’s elegant exclusive dining room. Dinner starts from 7:00 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. For more information call 4494-8888.

Theme Nights at Flying Carpet (starting from September 20)

Daily: The Torch-Doha Hotel. Enjoy international cuisine with a twist: Sunday is Mediterranean night, Monday is Barbecue Bazaar, Tuesday is Turkish Delight, Wednesday is Pan-Latino night, Thursday is Seafood Extravaganza (QR 220), Friday is Arabian night and Saturday awaits you with Asian treasures. QR 190 per person. From 7:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4446- 6500 or visit

New A la Carte Dinner Menu In Aroma

Daily: Kempinski Residences & Suites Doha. Indulge in the new delectable à la carte dinner menu in the award-winning Aroma. Enjoy exceptional quality from the creative team of Executive Chef Jonathan Spiteri in the stylish ambience of Aroma. 7:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4405-3325 or email aroma. or visit the website

Spice Market Tasting Menu

Daily: W Doha. Five courses with ten mouthwatering flavours and a bottle of vino from the set menu for QR 500 per person for a minimum of two people. From 6:00 p.m. till 10:30 p.m. For more information, call 4453-5135.


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

Homemade Bread of the Day

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

Al Hubara Restaurant

Daily: Sheraton Doha. Theme Nights – Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays; International Buffet, Wednesdays and Thursdays; Seafood Extravaganza. Fridays; South East Asian Buffet, Saturdays; Arabian Nights. QR 190 Friday to Tuesday, QR 250 Wednesday and Thursday. From 6:00 p.m. till 10:30 p.m. For more information call 4485-4071.

50% Discount at Gourmet House

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

Dinner Under The Stars

Daily: Four Seasons Doha. The ultimate candle-lit dinner at Pool Grill, nestled beside a roaring bonfire at the most exclusive beach in Doha. The master chef will prepare live the most appetizing fresh sushi and sashimi to perfection. Following this, the chef promises a Japanese-inspired menu for diners to indulge in for the rest of the evening. For more information call 4494-8888.

Gourmet House Ice-Creams

Daily: Kempinski Residences & Suites, Doha. Try the homemade selection of ice-creams and sorbets. From 7:00 a.m. till 9:00 p.m. For more information call 4405-3326 or email

Refreshed Tasting & Sharing at The Lounge

Daily: Kempinski Residences & Suites, Doha. Find the essence of social life and share with your friends delicious bites from the Tasting & Sharing menu including the mini-burgers. Between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. get 50% discount at the Very Happy Hour. For more information call 4405-3325 or email

The Dining Room, Al Najada Boutique Hotel

Daily: Souq Waqif. The Dining Room is a fine dining à la carte restaurant with a 7 course degustation menu. From 6:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4433-6444.

Quick Bites Picnic Box

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

The Courtyard, Al Najada Boutique Hotel

Daily: Souq Waqif. An informal hip and funky café, serving a relaxed breakfast and light meals alfresco, as well as offering a fresh alternative all-day dining menu from a unique and innovative à la carte selection of fusion cuisine. Surrounded by palm trees, water features and contemporary Qatari art, an ideal dining venue for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. From 7:00 a.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4433-6444.


Special Italian Cuisine

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

The Canteen, Arumaila Boutique Hotel

Daily: Souq Waqif. Offers comfort food at its best! Guests can relax and enjoy a wide range of dishes including pasta, noodles, fish & chips, and traditional Arabic dishes, in the distinctively energetic surroundings of Souq Waqif. 7:00 a.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4433-6777.

Yen Sushi Bar

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

Le Grill

Daily: The Diplomatic Club. Le Grill is an elegant and comfortable restaurant, serving the best prime steaks and grilled seafood in town. You can see the chefs prepare your food in the open kitchen on the live cooking station. To accompany your meal, they propose a comprehensive vino list featuring both classic and new world vintages. For more information call 4484-7412 or email f&

Opal by Gordon Ramsay

Daily: The St. Regis Doha. A casual alternative to Chef Ramsay’s Michelinstarred fine cuisine, Opal offers western classics executed to perfection in a relaxed atmosphere for lunch and dinner. For more information call 4446-0105.


The Terrace Lounge, Al Mirqab Boutique Hotel

Daily: Souq Waqif. Comprised of indoor and outdoor lounges, including a terrace area, serving light bites such as tempting sandwiches, pastries and Arabic sweets. 9:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m. For more information call 4433-6555.

Le Central

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

Tartar and Martini

Daily: Four Seasons Doha. If you have a craving for tuna, salmon, veal or just a traditional beef tartar, Library and Cigar Lounge is the place to be. Choose from a selection of tartar and match it with a special infused martini. Go before dinner or for a nightcap every night! Available during September and October! For more information call 4494-8888.

East, Al Mirqab Boutique Hotel

Daily: Souq Waqif. Offers an international fusion of Mediterranean, Arabic, and Japanese cuisine with a Persian twist. This all-day dining restaurant provides the perfect venue for a business lunch or a relaxing dinner. The à la carte menu is perfectly created to satisfy every taste. Breakfast 7:00 a.m. till 11:00 a.m., lunch 12:30 p.m. till 3:30 p.m., dinner 6:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4433-6555.

Al Shaheen Lebanese Restaurant

Daily: Sheraton Doha. Enjoy a traditional Lebanese menu, along with the best views of the city from the rooftop, accompanied by Lebanese entertainment. From 7:00 p.m. till 10:30 p.m. For more information call 4485-4071.


Al Sayyad

Daily: The Diplomatic Club. At the signature restaurant you can enjoy the finest traditional Middle Eastern seafood and stunning views over the Doha skyline and The Pearl-Qatar. The perfect place to truly experience the wonderful cuisine and atmosphere of the Middle East. For more information call 4484-7412 or email f&

Coral All Day Dining (formerly known as The Café restaurant)

Daily: InterContinental Doha. With its spectacular views of the pool and sea and ambient atmosphere, Coral all-day dining offers cuisine from around the world infused with healthy menu options and live cooking stations. Open for breakfast from 5:00 a.m. till 11:00 a.m., lunch 12:30 p.m. till 3:30 p.m. and dinner 7:00 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. For more information call 4484-4484 or 4484-4954.

WEEKEND THURSDAY New – Seafood Extravaganza at Mawasem

Fridays: Hilton Doha. Book a table and start your weekend with an fantastic selection of fresh seafood favourites from 7:00 p.m. QR 285 per person including unlimited soft drinks, QR 395 per person including bubbly, QR 500 per person including half-bottle of French bubbly. For more information call 4423-3112.

Seafood Night

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

Cosmopolitan Thursdays at The Square

Thursdays: InterContinental Doha The City. The Square’s lively format and diverse menu choices are perfect for an evening seating for an international dinner with friends. QR 290 per person, including house vinos, house spirits. QR 210 including soft drinks and mocktails. From 6:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4015-8888 or email

Seafood Night at Crossroads Kitchen

Thursdays: The West End at the Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel. Enjoy a vast array of fresh seafood including sushi, chilled shellfish, fresh salads and hot and cold dishes prepared at live cooking theatres. From QR 225 including soft beverages. From 6:30 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. For more information call 4419-6100 or visit

Crossroads Seafood Night

Thursdays: The West End at the Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel. Enjoy a vast array of fresh seafood including sushi, chilled shellfish, fresh salads and hot and cold dishes prepared at live cooking theatres. From QR 225 including soft beverages. From 6:30 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. For more information call 4419-6100 or visit

FRIDAY Indian Flavours

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


Steak Night

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

Seafood BBQ Night

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

SATURDAY Burger Night

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

Retail Tapas Galore

Saturdays: Oryx Rotana. Indulge in endless tapas at The Cellar for QR 150 per person, and pay reduced retail prices for selected wines: an offer that is more than easy to swallow. For more information call 4402-3333.

Sushi Fiesta

Saturdays: Wyndham Grand Regency Doha. Immerse yourself in an electrical range of original and sensational sushi platters from the sushi bar at Chopsticks, the awardwinning best restaurant. Eat as much you can for QR 129 per person, including a glass of sparkling date juice. Saturdays from 6:30 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4434-3203 or 4434-3333 or email

Lebanese Breakfast

Saturdays: Millennium Hotel. Enjoy authentic Lebanese flavours, decorations and tunes and live stations serving healthy food to kick off the day. QR 120 per person. From 6:30 a.m. till 10:30 a.m. For more information call 4424-7361 or email 91


Sushi and Steak @ Blue

Saturdays: Grand Heritage Doha. Enjoy unlimited sushi prepared by our Chef Victor, followed by succulent barbequed steak cooked to your liking, served with your favourite vegetables and selection of dessert. QR 195 per person, for an additional QR 50 select the premium quality Australian Wagyu beef. From 12:30 p.m. till 12:00 a.m. For more information call 4445-5555.

Sushi Night

Saturdays: W Doha. 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. From 6:00 p.m. till 10:00 p.m. For more information, call 4453-5135.

Ready, Set, Chopsticks!

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

Crustacean Night at Strata

Saturdays: InterContinental Doha The City. Set menus include a selection of lobster, prawns, Bahrain sea crab and langoustines – a must for all shellfish fans. Plus enjoy stunning views of West Bay from the 55th and 56th floors. QR 300 per person. From 6:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information call 4015-8888 or email

International Lunch Buffet

Saturdays - Thursdays: The West End at the Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel. Crossroads Kitchen is offering a fresh international buffet for only QR 155 per person from 12:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. For more information call 4419-6100 or visit


Ladies Night at Latino

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

BRUNCH New Vine Brunch

Fridays: The St. Regis Doha. Enjoy a taste of St. Regis showcased with an extensive buffet and live cooking stations. QR 250 including soft drinks and QR 350 including a selection of beverages. From 12:30 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. For more information call 4446-0105.

Friday Brunch

Fridays: Sheraton Doha. 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 at Al Hubara, Lobby Level. From 12:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. QR 190 per person. For more information call 4485-4071 or email F&

Street Food Brunch

Fridays: W Doha. Asian street food meets slick city chic to a backdrop of live, upbeat swing music courtesy of Doha Jazz. Dr Gabs is back on Fri 21 and Fri 29. Price QR 340 including specialty drinks, QR 285 including soft drinks. From 12:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. For more information, call 4453-5373 or 4453-5135.

Dim Sum Brunch

Fridays: Holiday Villa Doha. Enjoy a delicious buffet at D’Chopstix Chinese & Japanese Restaurant from 11:30 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. For more information call 4408-4888.

Crossroads Kitchen Family Brunch

Fridays: West End, Renaissance Doha City Center. Offering a fantastic international brunch including a children’s buffet and entertainment zone with face painting, movies and games. From QR 215. 12:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. For more information call 4419-6100 or visit

Ipanema Friday Brunch

Fridays: The West End at the Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel. By popular request, Ipanema opens its doors for Friday Brunch with 15 variations of sizzling meats on skewers, carved at your table by Passadores with live entertainment. Enjoy the experience from QR 250 per person including soft beverages and QR 325 including house beverages. From 12:30 p.m. till 3:30 p.m. For more information call 4419-6100 or visit

X’Press Friday

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

Cosmo Brunch

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

Hyde Park Brunch

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

Friday Family Brunch

Fridays: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Bring all the family for a relaxing weekend brunch. Live music complements the delicious buffet of Middle Eastern specialties and international live cooking stations. Children also have their own junior buffet and entertainment. From 12:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. QR 220 per person, QR 315 with bubbly, QR 395 with bubbly, vinos and selected beverages. Complimentary for children under four years old. For more information call 4484-8000.


Jazzy Friday Brunch

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

Family Friday Brunch

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

Seafood Brunch at Fish Market

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

Le Cigalon Brunch

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

A La Carte Friday Lunch in Aroma

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


Brunch at The Square

Fridays: InterContinental Doha The City. With four interactive cooking stations and an emphasis on fresh, compelling menu options with Asian, Arabic, and European influences, guests can choose from a tempting international buffet. QR 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

Brunch at Mawasem

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

Mediterranean Brunch

Fridays: Sheraton Doha. Experience the International buffet at Al Shaheen with the best views of the city from the rooftop level. There is a kids’ area with balloons and face painting. 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 or email F&

Market Brunch

Fridays: W Doha. Watch fresh, local products and ingredients come together splendidly in the Mediterranean-inspired show kitchen, where global gastronomy has found its home. Brunch serving international and Mediterranean cuisine. Price QR 340 including specialty drinks, QR 285 including soft drinks. From 12:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. For more information, call 4453-5135.

Al Liwan Brunch

Fridays and Saturdays: Sharq Village & Spa. Unwind with friends and family at Al Liwan Restaurant and indulge in a luxurious buffet, lively yet relaxed atmosphere. 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 or email 94

Wok Mee Crazy 88

Fridays and Saturdays: Mövenpick Tower and Suites. All the dim sum you can eat for only QR 88. Enjoy tasty morsels of soft steamed Chinese dumplings filled with delicious seafood, meat and vegetables. From Hargow to Shaomai and steamed chicken buns dripping in soy sauce for the whole family from 12:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. For more information call 4496-6600.

Coral Brunch

Fridays and Saturdays: InterContinental Doha. This international buffet restaurant with spectacular views of the pool and sea offers cuisine from around the world with live cooking stations. From 12:30 p.m till 4:00 p.m. Friday brunch QR 325 per person including unlimited house beverages or QR 275 with soft drinks. Saturday brunch QR 240 per person. For more information call 4484-4484 or 4484-4954.

Persian Family Lunch

Fridays and Saturdays: Sharq Village & Spa. Chef Moghadam Najjari delights with regional specialties, classic dishes showcasing the very best of Persian cooking. From 12:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. For more information call 4425-6666 or email

Weekend Family Brunch

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

Oriental Seafood Lunch

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

Seafood Brunch

Saturdays: Sheraton Doha. Indulge in the large array of seafood displayed at La Veranda. There is also a kids’ area with balloons and face painting. 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 or email F&

Saturday Arabic Brunch

Saturdays: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Experience this new Arabic Brunch at The Lagoon from 12:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. For more information call 4484-8512 or visit


Daily: The St. Regis Doha. The heart and soul of the hotel, Sarab Lounge offers a selection of afternoon teas. Choose among a selection of 100 different teas to pair with your preferred afternoon tea set. Starts at QR 190 per person From 3:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m. For more information call 4446-0105.

Unlimited Tea & Scones

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

Sunset High Tea

Daily: The Torch-Doha Hotel. Take a break and enjoy finger sandwiches, home-made mini pastries with your choice of tea or coffee, in Doha’s trendiest lounge, Kufic, for QR 75 per person. From 3:00 p.m. till 7:00 p.m. Or visit Three Sixty Restaurant and enjoy Sunset High Tea from 4:00 p.m. till 6:00 p.m. for QR 135. For more information call 444-6500 or visit


High Tea @ Victoria Lounge

Sundays - Saturdays: Grand Heritage Doha. Enjoy the cozy atmosphere of this traditional Victorian Tea Lounge. A combination of fresh sandwiches, homemade flavoured scones and a selection of tea cakes, pastries and sweets for QR 135 per Tea Stand. Afternoon tea from 3:00 p.m. till 6:00 p.m. Or beat the heat with iced teas and a twist to the classic lemonade from 11:00 a.m. onwards. Gluten free delights are also available. For more information call 4445-5555.

New European Menu at Seasons

Daily: Four Seasons Doha. Enjoy the deliciously prepared citrus desserts at Seasons Tea Lounge. Prepared by a team of experts for you indulge and enjoy. Available during September and October. Also introducing a new Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner menu from all across Europe. Open from 8:00 a.m. till 8:00 p.m. For more information call 4494-8888.

Big English Afternoon Tea

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

Afternoon Tea at the Lobby Lounge

Daily: InterContinental Doha The City. Relax in the bright surroundings and enjoy a choice of afternoon tea menus. Oriental Tea QR 95, Contemporary Afternoon Tea QR 95 per person, including selected house beverages, QR 210 including soft drinks and mocktails. From 3:00 p.m. till 5:00 p.m. For more information call 4015-8888 or email

Tea Garden

Daily: InterContinental Doha. Afternoon High Tea from 3:30 p.m. till 6:30 p.m. Selection of finger sandwiches, pastries and free-flowing tea or coffee at QR 85 per person. Amazing infusions and afternoon tea, coffees, fresh fruit juices, pastries and light meals. It’s a perfect haven for peace and quiet any time, day or night. Live entertainment from 5:00 p.m. 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 or email

Afternoon Tea

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



BUSINESS LUNCH Business Lunch at Blue

Sunday to Thursday: Grand Heritage Doha. Three-course set menu for only QR 95. Guaranteed to be served in 60 minutes. From 12:30 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. For more information call 4445-5555.

Chopsticks Business Lunch

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


Business Lunch Formula

Daily: La Cigale. Le Central welcomes you and your corporate associates for a closed business deal with its specialty Business Set Menu. It will take only a few minutes from your office wherever you are in Doha to savour three choices of light and healthy appetizers, expertly designed main dishes and La Cigale’s irresistible desserts for only QR 150. From 12:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. For more information call 4428-8772.

Cucina Express Lunch

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

Good Mood Business Lunch

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

Express Lunch at Market

Saturdays - Thursdays: W Doha. Choose your starter, main course and dessert and savour chef Vongerichten’s signature dishes in only 30 minutes! The finest dining express lunch ever! From 12:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m., QR 89 per person for a three-course menu. For more information, call 4453-5373 or 4453-5135.


New Business Lunch at The Square

Saturdays – Thursdays: InterContinental Doha The City. A rotating menu with a selection of five starters, five mains and a chef’s surprise selection of desserts. The menu focuses on international cuisines and will have a mix of Asian, Arabic and European influences. From 12:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. QR 88 for three courses. For more information call 4015-8888 or email

Business Lunch at La Sahtaine

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

Italian Business Lunch

Saturday – Thursday: Sheraton Doha. Treat yourself and your business partners at La Veranda with Italian homemade delights. Offer consists of a three-course lunch served within 45 minutes, QR 99. From 12:00 p.m. till 2:30 p.m. For more information call 4485-4071.

Express Lunch at Belgian Café

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

Business Lunch in West Bay

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

Wok Mee Business Lunch

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

The Cellar Business Lunch

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

Express Lunch at Spice Market

Saturdays - Thursdays: W Doha. Choose your favourite starter, main course and dessert. From 12:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. QR 89 per person for a three-course menu. For more information, call 4453-5373 or 4453-5135.

Business Lunch at La Veranda

Daily: Sheraton Doha. Treat yourself and your colleagues to a three-course lunch served within 45 minutes. QR 99. 12:00 p.m. till 2:30 p.m. For more information call 4485-4071 or visit F&





Tuesdays and Thursdays: IAID. A popular high-energy urban class that uses the latest music combined with movement and choreography inspired by today’s hottest hip-hop tunes. For more information call 4432-0974 / 6671-0589 or email



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

Indian Classical Dance

Saturdays – Thursdays: IAID. The IAID Indian Dance program is a 7-year certificate course affiliated with the Nalanda Dance Research Centre in Mumbai, India. The course tackles the dance styles Bharata Natyam and Mohini Attam. Certificates are awarded to its graduates; ‘Prarambhika’ after four years and ‘Kovida’ after seven years. For more information call 4432-0974 / 6671-0589 or email

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Ladies Day at The Bay Club

Wednesdays: InterContinental Doha. Entrance free for ladies QR 50, children QR 80, gents QR 350, a couple QR 200. For more information, please call 4484-4852.


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



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This month, the Qatar Stars League will kick off their new season. Be part of one of the most exciting and rapidly expanding leagues in the world. One that has opened its doors to some of football’s biggest names and given them a new home in a competition that grows from strength to strength every year. The Qatar Stars League is back for a new season and promises to bring excitement to all football fans across the country. This summer alone, 19 different nationalities have either arrived for the first time or moved to new teams within the QSL. Players hail from Morocco, Spain, Australia, Iran, Argentina, Brazil, the Ivory Coast, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Algeria, Iraq, Burkina Faso, Peru, Holland, France, Egypt, Senegal, Tunisia and North Korea. Add all of those nationalities to the cream of Qatar’s very own home-grown talent and you get an idea of the melting pot currently bubbling away. There aren’t many bigger names in football than former Real Madrid superstar Raul. There aren’t many better endorsements than the one he gave after signing a one-year deal with Al Sadd. “It is like joining a new family,” the Spanish superstar said. For a player who openly admitted to falling out of love with football a few years ago, the excitement he feels at playing in the QSL is sure to be matched by the fans that see this global superstar for themselves. After all, this is a man who won seven ‘La Liga’ titles during his time with Real Madrid. A man who lifted the Champions League Cup three times and left the Bernabeu holding the club record for goals scored and games played. His achievements would take an entire other

article to record and analyze. When you begin to look at the calibre of players on offer in the QSL this season, football all over the region will realize there is something for everyone. Especially when one of the most talented players on show is a national hero. Not only are Lekhwiya the current champions, they have also signed one of Qatar’s favourite players. 99


Sebastian Soria is a QSL phenomenon. With the exception of two years in Uruguay, Soria has dedicated his career to his country to help the game blossom. His star began rising during two seasons with Al Gharafa. A goal every two games endeared him to the fans before he left as a champion and a hero. His move to Qatar SC did nothing but bring further success to Soria as a player and Qatar SC as a club, winning the Heir Apparent Cup in 2009. It was here the striker began to show how special he was; his outstanding ability to find the net attracting interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs. Udinese, Getafe and Atletico Madrid all courted Soria. Where the lure of European football may have proved too much for some players, the 28-year-old put his country first and stayed. All good things must end, however and Soria did eventually leave – but only to join Lekhwiya. Champions last year, it will take something special to stop them again with this talent in their midst.

One thing is for sure, Al-Rayyan have set out their stall to try their best. The Lions want to roar this season. With Brazilian superstar Nilmar on board, who would be foolish enough to say they won’t have a chance? A thrilling talent and still only 28-years-old, Nilmar will surely light up the QSL this season. This maverick talent was a superstar in his homeland with Corinthians and a fan favourite while he was at La Liga side Villarreal. This striker was born to do one thing – entertain. An astonishing 102 goals for club and country since his professional debut in 2002 is testament to this. The four year deal he signed in July won’t last long enough for the football purists who want to enjoy Samba skills at their best. And if he really wants to be a success, all he has to do is follow the lead of fellow countryman Adriano. His debut season in the QSL was nothing short of spectacular. An incredible strike rate of 18 goals in 20 games helped El Jaish finish second in the league last year and immediately justified his decision to sign a three-year-deal. The next two years promise to be extremely exciting.


Nilmar for Al Rayyan If Brazilian superstars are what you really want to watch, Al-Gharafa have produced their very own box office attraction. Alex might not sound as exotic as other South American exports but there can be no denying the excitement he evokes once he steps on to a pitch. This 30-year-old made his name with Brazilian super club Internacional, scoring 56 goals in 168 games. He spent time in the burgeoning Russian Premier League with Spartak Moscow where he starred as captain. Life as a left back was wasted on Alex and he was quickly promoted to an attacking left-midfielder. That decision has served the clubs he’s played for well. There is no reason why that won’t continue during his time with The Cheetahs.


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Al-Arabi have followed the lead of their QSL rivals to sign their very own Socceroo. Matthew Spiranovic spent five years in the German Bundesliga with Nuremberg before expanding his horizons in Japan with the Urawa Red Diamonds. The 24-year-old defender has experience of Under-17s and full national squad for Australia. The decision to sign a two-year deal when he has the best years of his career ahead of him simply highlights the lure the QSL offers modern day footballers operating at the top level. Joining Alex at the Al-Gharafa Stadium is Australian powerhouse Mark Bresciano, a player who has operated at the highest level for both club and country. At the age of 32, Bresciano is hardly in the twilight of his career. His career started to flourish in Italy with Empoli where he played 80 games. Another 123 games for Parma, 107 for Palermo and a further 20 appearances for Lazio give an indication of the calibre of this player. The fact he hit double figures in the goal stakes for his first three Italian clubs further prove his pedigree. Bresciano was rewarded with a starring role for Australia at the 2006 World Cup, playing every game against Japan, Brazil and Croatia. The fans of Al-Gharafa will take this player to their hearts, knowing 100 per cent commitment is the minimum he gives.

Some players in the QSL have had a smooth transition. Contracts have ended and the path to Qatar has been hasslefree. Dioko Kaluyituka is not one of those players. Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kaluyituka had to fight hard for his dream move to Qatar. A fierce dispute broke out when this powerful striker tried to leave his former club TP Mazembe. Knowing a deal with Al Ahli hung in the balance, the 25-year-old took his case all the way to FIFA before he was granted permission to sign. A threeyear-deal was duly signed as Kaluyituka scored 13 goals in 20 games. His QSL adventure continues this season after completing a loan deal with Al Kharaitiyat. Not to be out-done, Al-Arabi have lured their very own star signing to help with

their latest league campaign. Moroccan midfielder Houssine Kharja arrived in the Middle East to do nothing other than build on a reputation he carved out in the heady heights of Italy’s Serie A. The 29 year old Moroccan started his career with French giants – and Qatari owned – Paris Saint German before eventually establishing himself in Italy. An initial spell with minnows Ternana led to a move to Roma. In 2006 Genoa signed Kharja for 6.5 million euros. Karja spent 15 games on loan with Serie A giants Internazionale before moving to Roma. This summer the lure of the QSL was too big to refuse as Kharja sought a fresh and exciting challenge for his career, signing a two-year-deal with Al-Arabi. That’s exactly what this league will be to any newcomers looking for new heroes and adventures at their local clubs. New, exciting and invigorating. If you love football, you’ll love the QSL. 101


Golf Away! As told to Jorge Granda

As the weather cools down, QH tells you how to learn to play the game of the rich and famous! Practice your swing and perfect your drive at the Qatar Golf Academy. Golf is a popular sport all over the world. Millions of people are introduced to the game every day. But if you’re one of those who haven’t taken a swing at a golf course yet, no need to hide behind your caddy as the Qatar Golf Academy gives you the perfect platform to put your golfing skills to the test. The award winning Academy, located at the Doha Golf Club in West Bay, offers professional coaching, a simulator lounge, coaching studio and a SAM putting lab. The Academy brings together a team of dedicated PGA teaching professionals with a wealth of golfing knowledge and experience. Its aim is to help golfers by using this professional knowledge, hi-tech equipment, good communication skills and the simplest and most effective teaching methods to make it easy and fun to learn the game. At 375 yards long and over 200 yards wide, the lush turf of the Driving Range covers a large area. The teaching area is reserved for private lessons with PGA professionals, while the range is open to visitors and members alike. Other facilities include: • 1 Chipping Green with Greenside Bunker • 1 Pitching Green with 2 Greenside Bunkers and various slopes 102

• Fully-automated range ball dispenser • Golf Academy Building with a Pro Shop, Custom Fit and Repair Centre, Lounge Area with TV viewing and a food and beverage outlet • High Definition Golf Simulator • Swing Analysis Studio with GASP Systems software • SAM Putting Lab Coaching Tips from PGA Professional Steven Troup “Golf lessons are rewarding to your game and are an enjoyable experience,” says PGA professional Steve Troup. “Getting advice from a golf pro can help you diagnose and correct faults which in turn will reduce your scores. Everyone can improve their game in some way. Online videos, magazines and golf instruction books can help but at the same time make deciphering the content in them difficult and the information is very general. A lesson with a PGA-qualified instructor who can analyze your ball flight will give you advice specific to your own game.” A golf set can consist of up to 14 clubs, most of which can be used to play various types of shots. While on the green, experiment with some of them instead of using only the sand wedge and pitching wedge.  It’s not always necessary to play the ball high when around the green.

Perhaps a lower running chip or pitch with a lesser-lofted club like a 7,8 or 9 iron will provide more consistent results. Prices • Individual 30 Minute Lesson: QR 240 • Individual 60 Minute Lesson: QR 420 • Individual 5 x 30 Minute Lesson Package: QR 1,050 • Individual 10 x 30 Minute Lesson Package: QR 2,000 The club also offers Ladies Coaching, Junior Coaching, Group Coaching and On-Course Lessons. Please call or email the Qatar Golf Academy for prices. Timings The Driving Range is open daily from 6:15 a.m. till 10:00 p.m. Lessons must be booked in advance and are subject to availability. For more information and reservations please contact the Qatar Golf Academy at 4496-0755 or


CLASSES Abs Workout

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


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

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


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


Step AO2

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


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

3/15 Workout

Thursdays: InterContinental Doha. 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


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


Mondays: InterContinental Doha. Fitness should be fun and that’s exactly what Zumba is – a mixture of Latin and international music fused together to create a fun, dance party atmosphere burning between 400-1,000 calories per hour. It is 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

ACTIVITIES & CLUBS Bike Riding The Corniche Aspire Park


The Qatar Bowling Center 4432-9178 Strike Bowling Alley (City Center) 4483-9162


The Doha Golf Club 4496-0777 or

Horse Riding

Al Khor Riding Center 4421-8857 Al Samariya Stables 5525-7203 or Al Shaqab Riding Academy 4454-6236 or


Winter Wonderland (City Center) 4483-9162


Doha Sailing Club 4443-9840 or Regatta Sailing Academy 4442-4577 or Royal Yachting Association Courses


Aspire Academy for Sporting Excellence 4413-6219 or Aqua Park

Tennis & Squash

Khalifa Tennis & Squash Complex 4440-9666


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



The Art of Living



An Olympic Adventure

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By Ashlee Starratt

Amid the hustle and bustle of the London 2012 Olympic Games, there’s tranquility to be found only a few short hours from the hub city. The U.K. has long been on my bucket list. After a few failed attempts to cross the pond – including one canceled trip to spend Christmas in the Scottish Highlands (devastation!), fortune’s favour finally turned my way as I got to tick not one, but two things off that list. The chance to both tour Her Majesty’s realm and experience the fervor of the London 2012 Summer Games left an imprint that’s not soon to fade. Though traveling during the peak summer season with Gulf Air, the airline’s efficiency and quality of customer service on this long-haul flight made traveling to and from Heathrow at the height of the Olympic madness a treat. A Falcon Flyer membership will get you access to the Gulf Air Falcon Lounge in both the Bahrain and Heathrow airports away from the noise, lineups and crowds. The flight was comfortable, the food quite good and the inflight Sky Hub entertainment programming kept me from going shack-wacky when I wasn’t looking out the window.

living room it felt a bit surreal hearing on every street corner the familiar Mancunian accent I’d come to love, eating fish and chips with mushy peas for a fiver and wandering in and out of the iconic punk and record shops that have put Manchester on the map as the heart of the U.K.’s music scene. The Smiths, Joy Division and Oasis all cut their teeth on the cobbles of this city. A two and a half hour train ride from London Euston station to Manchester Picadilly, the cost of a standard-class ticket can run anywhere from 20 pounds to well over 60 pounds depending on the date of travel. With the summer peak season and the Olympics only adding to commuter craziness I found the earlier I booked my tickets the cheaper they were. Visit to plan your excursion, pick your seats on one of the many carriers (I rode Virgin rail lines and it was very nice), and kick in an extra pound for travel insurance.

“You’re part of something much bigger and lasting.”

With the British pound significantly higher than the riyal (1 pound = 5.6 riyals at press time), travel to the U.K. can be quite costly. The good news? The cost of living, commodities, food and shopping is quite cheap so your money goes much farther. I spent my first four days in the north with friends in Manchester, poster city of Britain’s industrial age. Growing up watching Coronation St. broadcast into my Canadian


A Spanish Diversion Looking to escape the drear weather that constantly darkened the U.K. skies, my friend and I made a quick jump to Spain where the climate was hotter, the sun shone and the vibe was more relaxed despite the tension of economic upheaval plaguing the E.U. On our second night in Madrid we were caught up in a thousands-strong political protest in the Puerto del Sol plaza near our hotel. The decline of the Euro meant hard times for many, as the sea of people holding signs against

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government cut-backs to social services attested. As a result reliance upon tourism in countries such as Greece and Spain has become paramount, with hotels offering rock-bottom packages and restaurants luring customers in with three-course set lunch menus for as little as 10 Euros including drinks. My share of the cost for the hotels during our stay was a mere 119 pounds for the Best Western Juan Carlos in Madrid and the Derby Hotel in Barcelona. Travel On A Budget Spain is great if you’re looking for a cheap get-away from the U.K. on a budget. Madrid is only a two hour flight away and many of the European discount airlines have tickets for as low as 30 pounds. It’s even cheaper to fly from Madrid to Barcelona than it is to take the train. Splitting costs, my total for three flights on Ryan Air, Air Europa and Monarch Airlines between the U.K. and Spain was roughly 157 pounds.

QH SENSATIONS Madrid was a beautiful exercise in the country’s history as we visited the iconic Plaza Mayor, the Palacio Real and the Museo del Prado, viewing works by Rafael and Goya’s terrifying Black Paintings. Hitting up Barcelona the vibe was one of sun-drenched modernism in this city of Gaudi as we visited his tribute to the divine laws of nature at the Sagrada Familia cathedral and took in the beauty of the Costa Brava shoreline from the heights of Parc Guell. We even did a day-trip to Figueres in the heart of the Catalonia region, a two-hour train journey from Barcelona, to visit the birth-place of the father of Surrealism and my favourite artist, Salvador Dali. The Dali Museum is a must-see for any tourist to Spain and well worth the 11 Euro admission fee. The great thing about sight-seeing in Europe is that admission to most museums and major tourist attractions is either free, cheap or by donation and Spain is no exception.

Back to the hustle and bustle of London I arrived just in time to meet up with another friend, have a walk around the capital and catch the Opening Ceremonies at a local watering hole. The city was overrun with tourists, locals, athletes and security. Tube stations were crowded and buses were jampacked as Londoners flocked to celebrate the Games. Regardless of when you visit London the most affordable way to get around is to purchase an Oyster card which allows you access to all forms of public transport. For a mere 15 pounds I was able to navigate for four days without a top-up and for Olympic ticketholders transport was free on the day of your event. Visit Transport for London at to order your card online and top it up before you go. The Olympic Games: A Bird’s Eye View To explain the feeling of being a spectator at the Olympics is complex. To be united under one global flag for a common cause in celebration of sport – there’s no denying the feeling you’re part of something much bigger and lasting. We had the opportunity to watch a qualifying match for the men’s basketball where the U.S. trumped France and Spain beat out China. The stadium was packed to the rafters and yes, Lebron James and Kobe Bryant still looked like

giants even from way up high in our 20 pound nosebleed seats. We also saw the men’s rainsoaked cycling road-race as it wound its way through our neighbourhood in Southfields– just a 10-minute walk from Wimbledon where we were lucky to catch a glimpse of Serena Williams heading to practice one early morning before the women’s preliminary match. Dorset: A Day-Trip Worth Every Penny On one of my last days in London we took the train on a day-trip to Dorset to tour the Jurassic Coast, away from the push and pull of city. Replete with towering, white-washed cliffs and ancient coastlines the region is one of harsh beauty and savage nature. We made stops at Lulworth Cove and hiked to see the famous Durdle Door – an epic portal in the rock carved by millennia of erosion into an archway so immense it could guide a steam-ship through to the sea. For 35 pounds we booked the tour through Discover Dorset,, which got us a friendly, knowledgeable tour guide, comfortable seats in a mini-bus, pick up and drop off service and some of the most breathtaking views of the entire trip. A golden end to an Olympic adventure!

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Arabic Luxury At

Musheireb Boutique Hotel By Jorge Granda Photography by Jessie Palanca

Souq Waqif is an enchanting Arabic maze located in the heart of a cosmopolitan city. Its narrow paths filled with dozens of traditional shops, cafés and restaurants give visitors the feeling they’re walking through the streets of an ancient Arab civilization. Adding to the magic of this charming market we find the newly opened Musheireb Boutique Hotel. QH takes a look at this new hotspot located in old Doha.


oha is a great city in the making that encompasses a big sense of growth and prosperity. Traces of the old civilization are quickly vanishing as big towers and impressive skyscrapers emerge off ground that a few decades ago belonged only to camels and Bedouins. It is hard to find a traditional spot that could still embrace that truly Arabic feel in what has developed into a contemporary concrete jungle. That’s why Souq Waqif has quickly positioned itself as one of the city’s most popular locales for tourists and residents alike. Apart from its shops, galleries, restaurants and cafés, colloquial hotels have also recently become part of the mystic atmosphere of the Souq. Musheireb Boutique Hotel is one of the newest additions to the market, establishing itself as a must stop if you want to experience the authenticity of Qatar’s heritage and hospitality. Located almost right by Souq Waqif, the hotel gives easy access to enjoy everything the traditional Souq has to offer. We were invited to stay in Musheireb to find out more about this new boutique concept in the hotel industry in Qatar. Musheireb is definitely very particular and charming, with décor and rooms reflecting the traditional


decorative cues of Arabia, fused with modern elements that provide an unparalleled visual effect. The coziness of the hotel is palpable; it makes you feel you’re being hosted by a friend rather than staying in a hotel. Due to the small size of the property (constructed over three floors), the service is very personalized. All the staff members know you by name and try their best to make you feel right at home. When staying in the hotel ask for Vddhav Ghimire. He is the Food & Beverage Supervisor and one of the most pleasant and cordial employees one can find in a hotel. He will make sure all your requests are met. The Front Desk Agent Lomia Ben Ammar is also very attentive and helpful. Both of them will make your stay much more enjoyable.

and succulent. But what surprised us the most was the incredible taste and texture of the mixed grill (chicken, beef and lamb). To say it’s one of the best grills you can find in Doha is no exaggeration. Chef Jo Pienaar is from South Africa, but has been living in the Middle East for over 10 years, capturing the essence of Arabic food and cooking it to perfection. We end our feast with a delicious umm ali made by the chef, and it could have not tasted sweeter. We highly recommend staying at the new Musheireb Boutique Hotel. Soon more people will flock to the location, fascinated by its uniqueness and impeccable service. Be one of the first to discover the wonders Musheireb Boutique Hotel has tucked away inside.

GREAT ARABIC FOOD ABOUT MUSHEIREB BOUTIQUE HOTEL Musheireb only has one restaurant, but it is more than enough to please the palate of guests staying at the hotel. Al Mataam specializes in Arabic food and the setting is tranquil, comfortable and the food is up to the standards of the best restaurants in town. For appetizers we are served hummous, eggplant moutabel, beetroot moutabel, babaganoush, kebbeh and falafel. All appetizers are fresh

Room Fees Coral Classic Room Coral Traditional Room Coral Suite Rates include continental breakfast in Al Mataam

QR 650 QR 850 QR 1,500





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It’s pure rejuvenation as QH shows you a whole new way to wear pearls at the St. Regis’ iconic Remède Spa.


t. Regis is a brand associated with luxury and of the many kinds available at the St. Regis Hotel Doha, perhaps none is as overindulgent as the decadent pearl treatments at its Remède Spa. Located on the Mezzanine level the spa is modern elegance – all cool white tones, lush fabrics, wood accents and a tiled plunge pool and jacuzzi room as blue as the Santorini skies. My colleague and I are test-driving two options: the Cooling Pearl Facial and the Pearl Escape Signature Body Treatment. Cooling Pearl Facial Treatment for Women My esthetician, Tamsin, is one of the only staff members at the spa trained to perform the Pearl Facial on clients. Using an emulsion of ground pearl dust, she explains to me that pearls have immense healing qualities ideal for skin restoration, with some ancient cultures even using the fine ground powder in nourishing teas. She begins by wrapping both my hands and feet in a hot paraffin treatment and goes to work on my face, analyzing my skin and customizing my treatment specifically for its needs.


Because my skin has become oilier since moving to the desert, she does two extraction peel masks all over my face, interspersed with deep-tissue moisturizing with the pearl cream and followed by a cooling, tingling oxygen mask to clean out impurities and create an anaerobic environment on the skin so bacteria can’t thrive. After the 90-minute treatment my skin feels dewy and rejuvenated, as though all my pores have gone through a badlyneeded detox. Wrapped in a comfy robe I’m guided to the tranquil post-treatment room to relax on a chaise and enjoy a steaming cup of fresh mint tea. Pearl Escape Signature Body Treatment for Men My colleague’s Pearl Escape Signature Body Treatment was equally refreshing as a body scrub and exfoliation with the pearl emulsion prepares the skin for a deeppenetrating mineral wrap. The purpose of the wrap is to detoxify the skin’s top layers and revitalize its texture and appearance. After a quick, invigorating shower the treatment is topped off by a moisturizing body wrap and scalp treatment that leaves you feeling like butter.

Without a doubt, as far as spas go the Remède sets the bar high in a city overrun with spots catering to beauty and wellness. At QR 1700 for a 90-minute session the treatments we had were not inexpensive, but if it’s luxury you’re looking for and are willing to pay the extra price for the best of the best, go for it – these sumptuous pearl treatments will certainly leave you shining like one.

ABOUT THE REMÈDE SPA Location: St. Regis Hotel Doha, Al Gassar Resort Timings: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Pricing: 90-minute Cooling Pearl Facial, QR 1700 90-minute Pearl Escape Signature Body Treatment, QR 1700 Telephone: 4446-0300 Reservations: Yes. 24hrs notice for cancellations

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

Bangkok International Festival of Dance and Music Sept 9 – Oct 14: Thailand

Bangkok’s dance and music scene leaps to life in what will be the 13th International Festival of Dance and Music this year. The largest annual performing arts festival in Thailand, it presents a captivating array of artists and theatre groups from around the globe in a balanced program of classical concerts, operas, classical ballets, contemporary and world dances – and the occasional less common genre such as fado and ballet on ice. Step to it at for full details

Helsinki International Film Festival Sept 15 – 29: Finland

Founded in 1988 the Helsinki International Film Festival (Love & Anarchy) has been an annual affair ever since. The aim? To promote the artistry of filmmaking alongside inventive, controversial and visually stunning new films that would otherwise not be n seen in Finnish theatres. The festival program consists of new films from well-know on log ‘Fin’ess, certain a filmmakers and fresh talents alike. Sure to be a trip filled with to to find out more.

DMC World DJ Championships

Sept 27 – 28: London

The DJ competition to end all DJ competitio ns the ‘DMC’s’ crown the pinnacle of the worl d’s mixing talent. Every year the top spin’sters from the fiercely competitive heats go deck -todeck in a battle to take the title. Followed by thousands of adoring fans the DMC ends in a party atmosphere that is then taken to vario us club parties around the big smoke city of London. Mix up your next trip and visit for all the info.

Art Moscow

Sept 19 – 23: Russia

Art Moscow is the largest contemporary art fair in Eastern Europe. Uniting art enthusiasts from all over the world the event boasts galleries from as far reaching as Italy, the United Kingdom, Sweden, the United States, Finland and Serb ia to name but a few. Gaining international mom entum each year, the events exhibitions and stalls are set to have any art lover swooning. Beat the rush: find all visitors and participation infor mation here:


The Big EXO Fest

Sept 15: Australia

Sydney’s annual community festival is promising to be bigger than ever in 2012 brin ging together an energetic combination of music, sports and creativity for all its visitors. Expect an impres sive line-up of local and international acts across mu ltiple stages all punctuated with rides, extreme sports, skater areas, visual and mix ed performing arts. So, for the ultimate big day out head down under to www.thebige



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Uncharted 3, Sony Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception is the third game in the Uncharted series as the sequel to one of the most critically acclaimed video games of 2009, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. Uncharted 3 sees protagonist Nathan Drake and mentor Victor Sullivan traveling around the world to places such as the Rub ‘al Khali desert in search of the legendary lost city the Iram of the Pillars. The plot draws on the winding underworlds of archaeology and poses the challenge: can you ‘’find the way?’’.

Resident Evil: Retribution, Sony Pictures Milla Jovovich returns to take the lead again as Alice, in this, the fifth instalment of the series. Fighting alongside a resistance movement in the continuing battle against the Umbrella Corporation and the undead, she is the human race’s last and only hope. Sci-fi drama in spades in the transfixing Resident Evil style. 116

Ice Age 4: Continental Drift, 20th Century Fox

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Infinity Ward

More from the happy, wholesome and colourful Ice Age series. Probably the best release since its debut, ‘Continental Drift’ follows Manny, Diego, and Sid as they embark upon another adventure after their continent is set adrift. Using an iceberg as a ship, they encounter big waves, bad pirates and treacherous sirens before reuniting with Manny’s family. Fuzzyfeeling-inducing family viewing that will keep most children aged 5 to 11 thoroughly entertained.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is the eighth in the hugely popular Call of Duty series. Within 24 hours of going on sale, the game sold 6.5 million copies in the U.S. and U.K. alone and grossed $400 million, making it the biggest entertainment launch of all time! Expect a proverbial plethora of shoot-‘em up first person action.

Pro Evolution Soccer 12, Konami Digital Pro Evolution Soccer 12 gives global football fans a truly realistic, immersive and delightfully playable take on the beautiful game. The producers have notoriously toiled over the best of their developing prowess to marry the digital game to the real life game so fans can get as close as possible to the real thing. That’s gaming rapture, right?!


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Animation | Adventure | Comedy

Riding across Manhattan in a stretch limo in order to get a haircut, a 28-year-old billionaire asset manager’s day devolves into an odyssey with a cast of characters that start to tear his world apart. Director: David Cronenberg Stars: Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche and Sarah Gadon QH Fun Fact: Canadian director David Cronenberg wrote the script for the film in only six days.

The Expendables 2 Action | Adventure Mr. Church reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy paycheque, but when one of their men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge puts them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat. Directors: Simon West Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Liam Hemsworth and Randy Couture QH Fun Fact: A railway bridge was built over Bulgaria’s River Osam for a scene in the film and will remain as part of the country’s national rail network.

The Odd Life of Timothy Green Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

A childless couple bury a box in their backyard, containing all of their wishes for an infant. Soon, a child is born, though Timothy Green is not all that he appears. Director: Peter Hedges Stars: Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton and CJ Adams QH Fun Fact: The movie was filmed in the same house as the iconic horror film, Halloween II.

A misunderstood boy who can speak with the dead takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse. Director: Chris Butler, Sam Fell Stars: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick and Christopher Mintz-Plasse QH Fun Fact: It takes three to four months to craft a stop-motion animation puppet from start-to-finish.

Sparkle Drama Set in the 1960s, three sisters form a girl group and soon become Motown sensations, but fame becomes a challenge as the close-knit family begins to fall apart. Director: Salim Akil Stars: Whitney Houston, Jordin Sparks and Carmen Ejogo QH Fun Fact: This was Whitney Houston’s last film before her death and the first time she appeared on-screen since 1996’s The Preacher’s Wife.


The Dish on Qatar: Healthcare Edition

When travelling anywhere, whether for a short stay or a full-on roots-down move, it’s crucial to know where to get healthcare should you or a family member need it. QH checks the pulse on all things healthcare here in Qatar so you can keep on it!


General Info – Public & Private:

Insurance Or No Insurance?

Qatar’s public healthcare is regulated by the Supreme Council of Health (SCH) which oversees quality, standards and performance of healthcare providers across the country. Qatar has a public health service that provides free or highly subsidized healthcare whether you’re a national, expatriate or a tourist. Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is the premier non-profit healthcare provider here established by the government. HMC manages four highly-specialized hospitals and a healthcare centre: Hamad General Hospital, Rumailah Hospital, Women’s Hospital, Psychiatric Hospital and the Primary Health Care Centres. These hospitals are sophisticated by the standards of the region. There are also private hospitals across the country too. Top of the list include Al-Ahli Hospital, Doha Clinic, Al-Emadi Hospital, The American Hospital, Apollo Clinic, Future Medical Center, Future Dental Center, Tadawi Medical and the jewel in the country’s healthcare crown the state of the art Sidra Hospital.

Although Qatar does have this public health service, as an expatriate or tourist, it’s likely that you will have to pay some of your medical costs and it’s the smart option - in case of any unexpected specialized services or operations, to be covered by international medical insurance. Payment for treatment/medication can be required up front then be re-claimed. Be sure to check the terms of your policy before travel to know where you stand on this. When working in Qatar some companies may provide you and any spouses with free or subisidized insurance - again check with your employer first on your entitlement. Be sure to carry your medical/insurance card around with you with valid I.D. at all times and if you have to re-claim be prepared to provide the paperwork! • For a full list of hospital and clinic numbers visit our phone directory on page 124.

Common Complaints:

Opticians & Dentists:

Emergency Services:

Those who are not used to searing summer heat can be struck by pesky sunstroke and sunburn as temperatures often reach 50°C! Respiratory problems can arise due to the dust and sand in the air and dehydration is also something to be aware of so keep yourself protected from the sun’s harmful rays, stay inside when dust levels are high and always have your water on hand! Qatar also has some of the highest rates in the world for obesity and diabetes so keep active while staying here to help prevent the onset or worsening of such conditions.

Hamad Medical Corporation’s Rumailah Hospital has ophthalmology and dentistry departments where treatment is available via referral from the multiple private eye and dental care clinics nationwide. Some clinics will accept health insurance but be vigilant when cross-checking both your policy terms and the requirements of the practice too!

Ambulances are available nationwide and there is a quick average response time to emergency calls. Hamad also has a 24/7 public accident and emergency department on their main site. In an emergency dial: 999 Pharmacy / Chemist & Prescriptions: There are countless pharmacies in Qatar, many with late opening hours. Most hospitals and clinics have pharmacies onsite where prescriptions can be administered. Still have some healthcare quibbles? Head to the Supreme Council for Health’s website here:



Left: Mr Jaidah, Second from left: Turkish Ambassador, H.E. Emre Yunt. Third from left: Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage of Qatar, HE Dr. Hamad Al-Kuwari. Fourth from left: Safak Guvenc, general Manager W Doha Hotel & Residences. Far right: Ahmed Hassan Bilal, Chairman AHB Group

grand bazaar TENT W Doha July 24, 2012




MATHAF lab session W Doha July 16, 2012


Centre: Clara de Lama, Marketing and Communications Manager W Doha. Far Right: Jorell Legaspi, Creative Director MATHAF


OLYMPIC SUMMER GAMES London, U.K. July 29, 2012

QH Editor, Ashlee Starratt

Qatar’s Medal Tally: 1 bronze in Athletics 1 bronze in Shooting Congrats to all our athletes!



RAMADAN SUHOUR Kempinski Hotel Aug 1, 2012



SUHOUR AT STRATA InterContinental Doha The City July 24, 2012

Ramadan Suhour Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel Aug 14, 2012

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From left: Jorge Granda, QH Marketing Manager, Francesca Moser, Fashion Editor ABODE Magazine, Nitya Shukla, Associate Editor, ABODE Magazine

Left: Khalifa Saleh Haroon, Founder, iloveqatar.n

RAMADAN TENT La Cigale Hotel, July 12, 2012


Centre: Hala El-Hayek, PR & Com munications Executive, La Cigale



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

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


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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 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 Mövenpick Hotel 4429-1111 Mövenpick Tower & Suites 4496-6115 Oryx Rotana 4402-3333 Ramada Plaza 4428-1555 Renaissance Doha City Center 4419-5000 Radisson Blu Hotel 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 Angsana Spa Bader Chemist Bay View 26, Wellness Centre Bliss Bottega Verde Dados Beauty Salon Diva Lounge Diplomatic Spa Doha Marriott Spa Ebn Sina Medical Foot Care Centre Lulu Gharafa The Center City Center Four Seasons Spa Frank Provost Glow American Salon, Salwa Westbay GoodLife Chemist City Center The Pearl Guerlain Alfardan Spa La Cigale - Ozone Spa Medical Spa Villaggio Patrice Salon Ritz-Carlton Spa Saray Spa Six Senses Spa Spa Chakra

4434-3152 4441-1888 4496-6410 4453-5555 4483-4535 4498-0033 4431-8488 4484-7412 4429-8520 800-2288 4478-0510 4436-6275 4493-0394 4494-8801 4494-8844 4468-9945 4411-7652 4483-9100 4495-3876 4499-9250 4428-8888 4451-7590 4485-4012 4484-8173 4419-5517 4425-6999 4499-9250

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 4499-7499 4434-4444 4466-6635

Shopping 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

Community Australian and New Zealand Business in Qatar Group


American Women’s Association 5511-8085 Doha Players


Egyptian Women’s Association 5572-4171 French-Speaking Ladies Group 5559-7467 German Stammtisch


Indian Women’s Association


Qatar Intl. Beauty Academy


Qatar National Cancer Society 4447-8128 Red Dotters Qatar


Silver Dhow Association


South African Ladies Association 5589-2366 Spanish Speaking Ladies Group 6664-2094 Talking Matters Toastmasters 5580-7524 Turkish Ladies Group


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

Qatar Happening - September 2012  

Qatar's Favourite Events Magazine

Qatar Happening - September 2012  

Qatar's Favourite Events Magazine