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WE SHARE OUTDOOR PLACES

FAUCHON IS OUT WITH A NEW PROMOTION,

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FASHION BRAND COUTURIER QATAR SHOWCASES

key pieces for the season


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ABOUT US

Dear friends,

Chairman Mr.Ahmed Hassan Bilal

As we have fully integrated into this year, we hope your resolutions are being fulfilled, and if one of them is to live a healthier lifestyle, this month celebrating National Sports Day will be that extra motivation to continue your wellness journey.

Editor-in-Chief Mr. Nasser Ahmed Hassan Bilal

Under the patronage of His Highness The Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, it’s a day to practice and promote a healthy lifestyle amongst Qatar’s residents.

Managing Editor Harriet Gyamfuah

Therefore, being one of the most active months of year there are many options all around the country promoting fitness within Qatar. There is nothing more inspiring than having an International world-renowned athlete in Doha such as Liz McColgan who continues to strive and promote community sportsmanship within the youth of the country, via her numerous running clubs. Read her inspiring interview within our Sports Day special, and check out our top picks of what to do on February 13th.

Executive Editor Sofia Graniello Marketing Manager Azqa Haroon Copy Editor Sarah Linklett Art Director/Production Manager Srimani Welagedara Photographer Sally Clark Tahir Mehmood Nijel Pearce Office Administrator Carmela Yao Digital Media Coordinators Pallavi Ghosh Social Media Coordinators Eva Oseen Contributors Polly Byles Ntando Stemmet Rabi’ah M Mikyung Kim Anahi Brown Sham Akram Sally Clark Distribution Assistant Jaya Prasad Gautam

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Also, for the tennis lovers we share the lowdown on this sport, plus spots to practice and enjoy. And if you ever wanted to venture on a new realm of nutrition, why not delve into the ‘Caveman Diet,’ commonly known as Paleo. And for those who work on busy schedules, we also share healthy meals, which are quick and easy to prep. Overall, I trust you will find a plethora of interesting articles within the pages of this issue – everything from fashion & beauty, lifestyle & wellness, food & entertainment. Therefore, once again we thank you for making QH a part of your lives.

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Ntando Stemmet shares on how to stay active this month with a little bit of tennis.

We interview filmmaker Justin Kramer from The Film House, and shares his many passions in a Q&A.

In the beauty department, we give you the lowdown on the many benefits of Korean beauty trends.

National Sports Day is upon us and QH is delighted to have had a sit down with sporting hero Liz McColgan as she discusses her passion for her running and her running clubs in Doha. If you are looking for a great dining destination in Australia, then read on in our Wanderlust Dining page to find out what restaurant is considered the crème de la crème of Sydney.

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Heard of the Paleo diet, but never really understood it? Well get the lowdown and some tasty recipes courtesy of Anahi Brown.


it’s hap pening QATAR IS BUZZING THIS MONTH WITH ALL THINGS SPORTS AND FITNESS AS IT CELEBRATES ITS NATIONAL SPORTS DAY; DIVE INTO A HOST OF SPORTING ACTIVITIES AROUND THE CITY. IF ALL THIS WORKOUT – OR MERELY THE THOUGHT OF IT – EXHAUSTS YOU, THEN KICK BACK TO A GOOD MOVIE INSTEAD WITH THE LATEST FLICKS ON THE BIG SCREEN.


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The Love Awakening Workshop

What? Transform your relationships forever with this 2 days workshop with Dr Monica Masilla, founder of the Relational Path Institute Where? West Bay Time? 9am-4pm Fee? $560 or Early Bird $520 For more information: • info@relationalpath.com

Sporting Quiz

Nepalese Concert

What? A night out with your favourite stars from Nepal, featuring Sushma Karki, Avinash Ghising and Sugam Pokhrel Where? Giwana Ballroom, Radisson Blu Hotel Time? Doors open 5pm, show starts 7pm Fee? QR100pp For more information: • 44281555

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ROUNDUP OF THE MUST-DO ACTIVITIES OF THIS MONTH! What? A special National Sports Day quiz will be hosted to get the night started while Spanish DJ Nuria sets the tone. Grab your sport savvy mates for a chance to win a 1 year Gym Membership, a relaxing massage at ESPA or a complimentary Brunch at CUT Where? Hudson Tavern, Mondrian Doha, West Bay Lagoon Time? 12.30pm Fee? n/a For more information: • 4045 5999

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14th February Bach and Vivaldi What? Hosted by Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Music at Museum of Islamic Art Where? Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) Time? 6pm-7pm Fee? n/a For more information: • 4422 4444

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Night of Romance What? Celebrate a night of romance with food being the way to your loved one’s heart! A 4-course Italian dinner will surely to the trick! Where? La Veranda, Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel Time? 7pm-11.30pm Fee? QR245pp with soft drinks, QR310 with a glass of sparkling For more information: • 4485 3000


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DJWE 2018

Bubble Theatre What? The well-balanced blend of drama, mime, dance, juggling, contortionism, sand art and magic, with the amazing beauty of soap bubbles make it unique and perfect for both children and adults to enjoy Where? Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) Time? 7pm-8pm Fee? Tickets start from QR149 For more information: • 4452 8267

What? Doha Jewellery & Watches Exhibition 2018 showcasing exclusive pieces from the world’s most prestigious jewellery and watch brands Where? Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC) Time? 12pm – 10pm Fee? n/a For more information: • www.djwe.qa

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Golf With A View What? Enjoy a 5-star dining experience with views of 9th & 18th holes, where award-winning chef Tobias Gensheimer brings you a sumptuous 3-course brunch inclusive of unlimited special house beverages Where? Doha Golf Club Time? 6am-5pm Fee? Upon registration For more information: • www.registration.n200.com

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Year of the Dog What? The BIG Chinese New Year celebrations have arrived, involving live music, fun activities and exquisite eight-course-set menu Where? Shanghai Club, Shangri-La Hotel, West Bay Time? From 6.30pm Fee? QR488pp For more information: • 4429 5295

Video Games Live What? An immersive concert event featuring music from the most popular video games of all time. Created, produced and hosted by well-known game industry veteran and superstar Tommy Tallarico Where? Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) Time? 7.30pm Fee? QR75 – QR500 For more information: • www.qatarphilharmonicorchestra.org

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VIRGIN RECOMMENDS

GIVE A CUTE GIFT OF APPRECIATION THIS VALENTINE’S DAY, LOOK NO FURTHER THAN VIRGIN MEGASTORE TO SHOW YOUR AFFECTION AND APPRECIATION WITH SOMETHING SPECIAL AND ROMANTIC FROM A VARIETY OF PRODUCTS FOR THAT VERY SPECIAL SOMEONE. CHELSEA TEA CUP & SAUCER SET – LOVE BIRDS Wonderfully vivid and instantly captivating, this cup and saucer set designed by award winning Sara Miller, comes in a beautiful shade of pink and flaunts a bold design of love birds perched upon tree branches. Embellished with 22-carat gold, these captivating looks are complemented by the deep pink border of the saucer. This fine china set is presented in a lidded box, making it a unique gift for a loved one. Retail Price: QR139

MUSTANG LP: 4-IN-1 CLASSIC CAR-STYLED MUSIC CENTER

For the ol’ school music lovers, here’s an exciting way to enjoy all your favorite music and to bring back that great feeling of cruising with your favorite tunes. Amongst many features, the unit has built-in speakers and an internal amplifier so you don’t need any extra equipment; just delivering great music with unbeatable style. Retail Price: QR1,249

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MARSHALL MONITOR WIRELESS OVER-EAR HEADPHONES

Specially designed for on-the-go Hi-Fi sound, the Marshall Monitor Wireless Over-Ear Headphones feature a foldable construction and over-ear design to isolate ambient noise and let you enjoy exceptional music quality. These headphones also let you manage calls from your paired smartphone device for hands free communication. Retail Price: QR999

MOON & STARS 2 MUG SET

Perfect for a morning cuppa, these tongue-in-cheek mugs make a cute Valentine’s Day gift for the one you love, and they come in a matching gift box and are dishwasher safe. Retail Price: QR89

NANOPRESSO – BE YOUR OWN BARISTA

If words cannot ‘espresso’ how much they ‘bean’ to you, then here try this and improve the way you prepare your favourite coffee with Nanopresso! One of the best and most versatile espresso machine, this is a truly unique addition to your coffee toolkit. Retail Price: QR299


SPOTLIGHT ON MOVIES

GET READY, GET SET, Let’s Popcorn GRAB A BAG OF POPCORN, LEAN BACK, AND ENJOY THE SELECTION OF FILMS THIS MONTH.

BLACK PANTHER DIRECTOR: Ryan Coogler GENRE: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi CAST: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o SYNOPSIS: An American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. After the events of Captain America: Civil War, King T’Challa returns home to Wakanda. But when two enemies conspire to bring down the kingdom, T’Challa must team up, as the Black Panther, with CIA agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Dora Milaje—Wakanda’s special forces—to prevent a world war. QH FUN FACT: The name “Wakanda” comes from the Wakamba tribe of Kenya, also known as the Kamba.

THE WAR WITH GRANDPA DIRECTOR: Tim Hill GENRE: Comedy, Family CAST: Robert De Niro, Jane Seymour, Uma Thurman SYNOPSIS: Forced to give up his room to his grandfather (Robert De Niro), a scheming boy devises a series of outrageous pranks in an attempt to make him move out. QH FUN FACT: This is the second movie Robert De Niro has starred in with the word “Grandpa” in the title.

EARLY MAN DIRECTOR: Nick Park GENRE: Animation, Adventure, Comedy CAST: Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, Eddie Redmayne SYNOPSIS: Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of Dug, along with sidekick Hognob as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth and his Bronze Age City to save their home. QH FUN FACT: The accent that Tom Hiddleston using for his main villain Lord Nooth is Jamaican.

ANNIHILATION DIRECTOR: Alex Garland GENRE: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy CAST: Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, Oscar Isaac SYNOPSIS: Based on Jeff VanderMeer’s best-selling Southern Reach Trilogy, Annihilation sees a group of soldiers enter an environmental disaster zone with only one coming back out alive, though he is grievously injured. In an attempt to save his life, his wife Lena, a biologist, volunteers for a second expedition into the zone to figure out what happened to him. QH FUN FACT: Concerns were raised that the film was “too intellectual” and “too complicated” and therefore changes were implemented to make it appeal to a wider audience.

THE 15:17 TO PARIS DIRECTOR: Clint Eastwood GENRE: Drama, History, Thriller CAST: Jenna Fischer, Judy Greer, Lillian Solange Beaudoin SYNOPSIS: The film tells the reallife story of three men whose brave act turned them into heroes during a high-speed railway ride. The film follows the course of the friends’ lives, from the struggles of childhood through finding their footing in life, to the series of unlikely events leading up to the attack. Throughout the harrowing ordeal, their friendship never wavers, making it their greatest weapon and allowing them to save the lives of the more than 500 passengers on board. QH FUN FACT: The three heroes of this true story are played by the real life men: Stone, Sadler, and Skarlatos as themselves.

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FILM IN FOCUS

A MOTHER’S LOVE KNOWS NO PRICE

BASED ON THE REAL LIFE EVENTS OF ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST WEALTHY FAMILY: GETTY, THIS FILM IS A TRUE TESTAMENT TO HOW ONE MOTHER WILL GO TO ANY LENGTHS - OR IN THIS CASE, COST - TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF HER CHILD. EVEN IF THE ULTIMATE PRICE TO PAY IS LOSING THE FAMILY EMPIRE.

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et in the early 70’s, All The Money In The World recounts the true life kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III (played by Charlie Plummer) and the desperate attempts of his mother (Michelle Williams) to convince his billionaire scrooge grandfather - John Paul Getty – to pay the hefty ransom put on her son’s head. The film cannot be spoken about without firstly delving into the well-documented backstory that it is known for, which is that of the cast change at the 11th hour. Filming initially kicked off and was well into the swing of it with Kevin Spacey casted for the lead of Getty the elder, however following the much publicized controversy of alleged carnal assaults against him, Spacey within a blink of an eye, was replaced by Christopher Plummer. The reshoots needed to replace Spacey with Plummer took eight days to film at a cost of $10 million, but some do say it is a price well paid; as 88-year-old Plummer brings a more believable and richer flavour to the role of an

aging grandfather than that of 58-year-old Spacey. Out was Spacey, who had been caked in liverspotted latex to play octagenarian oil billionaire J. Paul Getty. In was replacement Christopher Plummer, who needed no such stage makeup, and Plummer certainly proves to be the best thing about All The Money In The World, grabbing the role of “not just the richest man in the world, but the richest man in the history of the world” by the throat. His character played alongside Michelle Williams’ Gail, is by far a brilliance of contrast to the trappings of what (excessive) money can be like. When Getty Sr. refuses to pay the ransom demands of the Italian thugs, Gail attempts to sway him as her son’s captors become increasingly volatile and brutal. With her son’s life in the balance, Gail and Getty’s advisor (Mark Wahlberg) become unlikely allies in the race against time that ultimately reveals the true and lasting value of love over money.

Even though this film is very much a detour from Ridley Scott’s customary epic productions, it is actually not hard to see why when the script for All The Money In The World landed on his desk Scott was drawn to it. “I thought it was very valid because of what is going on today with super wealth and the way the world is going”, says Scott of the underline message within the movie; skillfully played out by Christopher Plummer, who embodied J.P. Getty’s sour and gluttonous philosophy: Greed is great; and everything, everyone has a price.

Director: Ridley Scott | Genre: Crime, Biography, Drama | Cast: Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg Release Date: In cinemas across Qatar 1st February | QH Fun Fact: The decision to refilm the Kevin Spacey footage with Christopher Plummer as replacement meant that 22 scenes had to be reshot.

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CELEBRITY FEATURE

GAME, SET AND MATCH! SERENA WILLIAMS LIVING HER BEST LIFE! HERE AT QH WE ARE CAPTIVATED BY THE INCREDIBLE ACHIEVEMENTS OF SERENA WILLIAMS – ONE OF THE WORLD’S GREATEST SPORTING FEMALES AS A TOP RANKING TENNIS PLAYER, AND ABOVE ALL AS A DOTING FIRST-TIME MOTHER!

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CELEBRITY XXXXXXXX FEATURE Ranked as Tennis Number One Singles on eight separate occasions, Serena Williams has won four Olympic Gold Medals – one as a single player and three as a winner in the doubles final. She shares her record of Olympic medals with her sister, Venus Williams and although they play competitively against each other they come together for the things that matter to them – family and charity work.

And we love her very own take on fashion – she’s launched her own designer clothes under the name Aneres (easy to remember as it’s her name spelt backwards!) and her signature collection is fashionable, bold and beautiful. The clothes she has designed are practical yet feminine and flattering.

Together they have set up The Williams Sisters Fund in 2016 to work together on charity projects as a team. And that’s in addition to the charity work that Serena has committed herself to – amongst others, the Serena Williams Secondary School in Kenya, which she set up and her role in UNICEF.

Serena shares her joy of being a mother with the World by posting pictures of her beautiful daughter Alexis Olympia who is just simply adorable. Being pregnant and giving birth meant that she had to stop competing for a while but maternity didn’t take her away for long as she was still playing competitively in the early stages of her pregnancy – and at the end of 2016 played her first match since the birth of her daughter in the World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi.

Serena brings her many talents to other dimensions of her life – in entertainment, in acting, and in her writing.

So as her number one fans – we can’t wait for Serena Williams to come back to Doha to play tennis – and win – again!

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WHERE TO GO

SUNDAY

THURSDAY

#LADIEZ NIGHT

REVIVAL THURSDAYS

Ladies, prepare your best selfie pose, pick that perfect filter and draft your wittiest hashtags as you get set for #LadieZ night out, for the ultimate ladies night overlooking the best views in Doha! 3 complimentary drinks and special prices from 9pm for the ladies.

FIND IT: Z Lounge located at Kempinski Residences, West Bay, from 5pm, DJ from 8pm onwards. Call: 4405 3333

GLAMOROUS BALKANS

NIGHT

CRAWLS STAY IN THE LOOP WITH WHERE TO GO WHEN THE SUN HAS SET.

Every Thursday go back to the days of classic rock music, pop, funk, disco and big hair. Find some leg warmers, colourful shirts or leggings and tease that afro - big hair rocks! It’s happy hour from 5pm to 8pm with 2 for 1 drinks specials to start off your weekend right!

FIND IT: Dunes located at Grand Hyatt Doha, West Bay Lagoon, from 5pm until 2am. Call: 4448 1234

DANCE AT THE GRILL MARKET

Come and dance and enjoy the Cuban tunes, from Salsa to Bachata and more! Great selection of seafood and meat cuts that are been grilled in front of you. Do not forget that tables are on the sand.

Put on your good mood and experience the Balkans right here in the heart of Doha! Happy Hour (8pm-10pm) is 50% on ALL beverages including bottles of regular brand!

FIND IT: Strata located at Intercontinental Doha The City, West Bay, from 8pm until 2am. Call: 3391 0378

FIND IT: Grill Market located at Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl, from 7pm until 1am. Call: 4035 5011

MONDAY

FRIDAY

GENTLEMEN’S NIGHT

It’s all about the gentlemen every Monday where gents can enjoy unlimited selected drinks for only QR189

SPARKING FRIDAYS

FIND IT: The Irish Harp located at Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel, Corniche Street, West Bay from 8pm until 12am. Call: 4485 3000

FIND IT: Library & Cigar Lounge located at Four Seasons Hotel Doha, The Corniche, from 7pm until 12.30am. Call: 4494 8600

GIRLS NIGHT OUT

Shake up your Mondays and steal the scene with a selection of guilt-free skinny sips, all prepared to perfection. Ladies get two complementary sips and mingle to the best vibes with John Woods & Eddie Ferrer.

FIND IT: WAHM located at W Doha Hotel & Residences, West Bay, from 6pm until 2am. Call: 4453 5323

Special prices on bubbly drink with complimentary canapes.

QH RECOMMENDS

Step behind the handcrafted speaker doors, into the secret tunnel that sets the tone for a royal entrance to Mondrian Doha’s nightclub. Discover the unique vibes from the moment you enter and enjoy the night in sophistication.

FIND IT: Black Orchid, Mondrian Hotel Doha, West Bay Lagoon, Thursday and Friday 9pm until 2am. Call: 4045 5999 or 5007 1999

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

WHY LIMIT HAPPY TO AN HOUR

LADIES & BUBBLES

RELAPSE OF 80S & 90S

Time travel with to one of the best eras music can offer. Celebrate tunes from the 80s and 90s with friends before the start of a new week, while enjoying signature drinks and bites.

FIND IT: Aperitivo Lungo located at Kempinski Residences, West Bay, from 5pm until 8pm, live entertainment from 8pm until 12am. Call: 4405 3325

SATURDAY LADIES NIGHT

Ladies night every Wednesday, enjoy the flow of Brut and Rosé all night long.

Let the Ladies have fun! With 2 welcome drinks and a special menu for QR99 (tortilla chips with salsa dip and one main course to choose) qube

FIND IT: Shanghai Club located at Shangri-La Hotel, West Bay, from 5.30pm until 1am. Call: 4429 5295

FIND IT: Jazz Up located at Mövenpick Hotel Doha, Corniche Road, West Bay, from 5pm until 1am. Call: 4429 1111

BEAUTY LADIES NIGHT 2.0

UPTOWN LATINO NIGHT

25% off on beverage & 10% off on food, plus entertainment by the resident bands and DJ’s!

Unlimited drinks for ladies from 9pm-12pm and enjoy the sounds of RnB, Latin grooves, Reggaeton, Hip-Hop and House

Now moved to Saturday’s, to shake up your weekends even more adding a twist to the dancefloor under the stars with Latino vibes.

FIND IT: Qube located at Radisson Blu Hotel, Salwa Road, from 7pm onwards. Call: 4428 1428

FIND IT: Glow Bar located at Marriott Marquis City Center Doha, West Bay, from 8pm until 2am. Call: 4419 5000

FIND IT: Sky View located at La Cigale Hotel, 60 Suhaim Bin Hamad Street, from 8pm, happy hour until 10pm. Call: 4428 8204

Gather your friends and make your way to Lava for the latest mash-ups in town by resident DJ. Stay happy all Tuesdays with Happy Hour from 8pm till 12am on beverages.

FIND IT: Lava located at Intercontinental Hotel Doha, West Bay, from 8pm until 12am. Call: 4484 4919

TERRIBLE TUESDAY

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INTRODUCED IN 2010, THE SECOND TUESDAY IN THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY IS MARKED AS A PUBLIC HOLIDAY TO PROMOTE A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE, WHICH INCLUDES ENCOURAGING PHYSICAL EXERCISE AND GOOD NUTRITION. QATAR NATIONAL SPORTS DAY [NSD], THIS YEAR FALLS ON 13TH FEBRUARY AND QH HAVE ROUNDED UP ACTIVITIES THAT THE WHOLE FAMILY CAN PARTICIPATE IN.

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A SPORTING HERO WHO’S SHAPING FUTURE CHAMPIONS EVEN AFTER MOVING TO DOHA IN 2014, OLYMPIC SILVER-MEDALIST AND COMMONWEALTH GOLD MEDALISTS AND WINNER OF THE LONDON, NEW YORK AND TOKYO CITY MARATHONS, SCOTTISH SPORTING HERO ELIZABETH MCCOLGAN-NUTTAL IS STILL VERY MUCH ABOUT THE TRACK LIFE WITH SETTING UP DOHA ATHLETIC CLUB AND DOHA MINI ATHLETICS CLUB. QH HAS A ONE-ON-ONE WITH LIZ TO BRING YOU HER FITNESS INSIGHTS FOR NATIONAL SPORTS DAY. QH: What are your thoughts about Qatar dedicating a whole day to fitness? Liz: It is great that Qatar has dedicated one day to

National Sports Day as people will be encouraged to try out various sports and potentially find something they really enjoy doing, which then may lead them to sign up to participate more in. Families could discover they like exercising together and see how much fun they can have, so may again participate more.

QH: What sporting challenges have you faced in Qatar and how have you overcome them? Liz: The challenges here in Doha are mainly due to

the climate. We encourage children to exercise all year round and therefore teach them to learn how to adapt throughout the year so to maintain a year round fitness.

QH: What is the best thing about living in Doha? Liz: The good things about Doha are its people, weather

and culture. Doha has such a beautiful mixture that there is something for everyone.

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NATIONAL SPORTS DAY QH: How much has participation in running increased over the past few years by the people who live here? Liz: Sport in general has increased here in Doha,

triathlon and running is proving very popular and more parks are opening to make better running environments.

QH: What will you be doing this National Sports Day? Liz: On National Sports Day I will be doing

something I thoroughly enjoy, which is coaching. So you will be able to find me coaching athletics.

QH: What are you looking for when you are identifying potential talent in a young athlete? Liz: I look to develop the fitness levels for all fitness

abilities in school children. We teach the ABC skills in athletics, which enables the children to get fit for all sports.

QH: You have achieved so much in your sporting life – what do you consider to be your greatest achievement? Liz: My greatest achievements are several really

– being World Champion and fastest woman in the World for over four years, Olympic Silver Medalist for 10,000 metres and the winner of the London and New York marathons – hard to choose one!

QH: What are your future goals? Liz: Future goals are to keep developing future

champions and to encourage more people into healthier and active living skills.

QH: What is the best piece of advice you can give to any aspiring sportsperson? Liz: The best piece of advice I can give anyone:

Work hard to achieve your dream and never be afraid to dream BIG! You can achieve and be what you want to be but you need desire, patience and humility to get there.

Liz’s running clubs:

www.dohaathleticclub.com www.rundoharun.com 66051263 Lizrun@aol.com

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NATIONAL SPORTS DAY

Join in and get Active for

National Sports Day QATAR IS THE ONLY COUNTRY IN THE MIDDLE EAST TO ACTIVELY DEDICATE A DAY FOR SPORTS AND ACTIVE WELLNESS. WITHIN DIFFERENT LOCATIONS, DOHA WILL BE TRANSFORMED INTO HUBS FOR HEALTH AND FITNESS; WITH A VARIETY OF RACES, COMPETITIONS, GAMES, HEALTHY FOOD AND ENTERTAINMENT BEING OFFERED AT EACH.

Some activities to participate in on National Sports Day in the capital are:

Katara

Katara offers an exhilarating open-air atmosphere for the National Sports Day, along with a diverse selection of more than 80 events and sport activities that range from beach to water. Head over to Katara to take part in sports such as volleyball, water polo and rowing.

HOTEL OFFERS Six Senses Spa at Sharq Village & Spa

MIA Park

Turn Sport Day into a year with a one-year fitness membership that includes: • Complimentary wellness screening (quarterly) • Complimentary fitness program designed by your personal trainer (quarterly) • 12 complimentary activities pass • Price: QR7,500 (single) or QR12,000 (two people) Contact: 4425 6999/6995

Aspire Zone

Sports Day Brunch at Laliga, Sheraton Grand Doha

The stunning surroundings of Doha’s MIA Park make it a perfect location for a leisurely stroll, and as you do so you can even pit stop and take part in the variety of activities available. There is also a ton of kid-friendly activities on offer such as relay races. Amongst the regular activities put on at Aspire, the most popular are the Family Fun Run and the 5,000 Step Journey around Aspire Park. Ladies will be able to take part in the indoor boot camp, Zumba fiesta and fitness activities.

Corniche

As one of the main hub to celebrate Sports Day, the Corniche will be awash with families enjoying everything from biking, jogging and the ‘outdoor gym’ stations. Also take to the waters and try your hand at kayaking or watch as the traditional Qatari Al-Shaweef rowing takes place.

The Pearl-Qatar

Perhaps a walk, jog or a run along Porto Arabia’s scenic marina, or maybe even a spot of tennis for those who wish to play a set or two at the courts. The well-maintained road systems on the Island makes for great cycling trails, encouraging families to plan leisurely rides together. And for those who are more inclined to the waters, then a swim along the shoreline of Qanat Quartier beach will certainly burn some calories!

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Celebrate health with a healthy brunch this National Sports Day, and enjoy a guilt free buffet of goodness alongside a helping of fun activities. Time: 12pm-4pm Price: QR150 per person including soft drinks / 50% discount kids 6-12years, below 6 years dine for free Contact: 4485 3000

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QH INTERVIEWS ENIGMATIC FILMMAKER JUSTIN KRAMER FROM THE FILM HOUSE, AND THE WESTIN DOHA HOTEL & SPA’S GENERAL MANAGER GIVES US THE LOWDOWN ON HOW TO RUN A TEAM WITH SUCCESS.

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A Creative Flow BEING ONE OF THE CREATORS FOR MONDRIAN’S LATEST (AND EPIC) FILM, DIRECTOR JUSTIN KRAMER GIVES QH THE 101 ON THIS WHIMSICAL FILM, PLUS HE SHARES HIS PASSION FOR FILMS, DIRECTING AND MUCH MORE. favourite bands in concert. That led me to a love for film and the pursuit of a career in it.

2. Favourite project you’ve ever worked on and why?

This is a really difficult question as I have worked on 100s of productions in the last 15 years. But I would have to say that traveling to Antarctica for To the Ends of the Earth, a documentary by Hamida Issa. To have my love for film take me to the furthest reaches of the planet is something that will always stay with me.

3. You’ve been part of several productions here in Qatar, which has been the most challenging one so far?

Every production in Qatar is challenging in some way. Whether it be the weather, the permitting procedure, finding good actors or simply satisfying the needs of a client or filmmaker. Filmmaking is never easy. If it were, everyone would be doing it.

4. Favourite film and director?

I juggle 3 films for the top spot constantly. They are Jaws, Taxi Driver and Gummo. Oddly, my favourite director didn’t work on any of them. Jean-Luc Godard would be my favorite director if I had to pick just one. But I have a very deep love for Wes Anderson, Spike Jonze, Bong Joon-ho and many more.

5. If you could have a sit down with any filmmaker, who would it be and what would be your first burning question?

Maybe Alejandro Jodorwsky. His imagination is beyond that of any filmmaker I’ve ever seen. His films have always inspired me and at the same time baffled me. My first question would be “Can we please make DUNE?”

6. Your new film for Mondrian – which has everyone talking about – is an exceptional piece of work. Can you tell us a little but about that film, and the creative process that went behind it?

1. You are a producer and director, what got you into this field? My grandfather was an artist. He specialized in calligraphy and painting. I studied with him for many years as well as attending art schools, workshops and

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private classes. I always knew I wanted to be involved in the arts and when my parents bought me a video camera at an early age; I was hooked. With it, I filmed nearly everything. Because of my love for music, I used the camera as a gateway to filming my

Thank you very much. We are incredibly proud of this film. It’s the product of an amazing team with amazing minds. The reason I so badly wanted to make this film was the hotel itself. There was no real “brief”. There was a tour and the simple statement: “Go wild.” I couldn’t stop my mind from going and going and going. Each room, hallway, suite, restaurant, club, etc: a work of art.


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Each space spoke to me in a different way; different images, colour palettes, looks, feel. I wanted to communicate the same things the spaces communicated to me – adventure, seduction, and mystery. My wife and I spent our first wedding anniversary in Portland, Oregon brainstorming ideas for the film. A lot of the images were the result of our first tour and didn’t deviate much from that. But others were the product of us saying to ourselves: “Nothing is off limits. Nothing is impossible.” Hence the horses in the ballroom and gazelles in the hallway! I can’t say enough positive things about the team at Mondrian Doha. They are fantastic and the perfect partners for such an outstanding and creative endeavor.

7. And for any film buff out there, what do you shoot with/camera preference?

It really depends on the project and the story. Whichever “look” fits the particular script or mood or feel, we use it. Generally, we shoot with Arri Alexa and RED but we’re also doing our best to keep the use of film alive and well in Qatar. For example, when collaborating with an amazing local photographer/artist, who only uses film for his shoots; we shoot with an Arri 416 16mm film camera to create consistency within the body of work.

8. What would you like to conquer for 2018 that you haven’t done yet?

I like to think of myself as more of an explorer than a conqueror. There are lots of new and exciting opportunities around every corner. A willingness and openness to facing the unknown is where some of the best creations come from. I am looking forward to whatever comes next.

9. Favourite spot in Doha?

This is a really tough one! In the past 8 years, I have had the great opportunity to explore a vast amount of the country. Because of film projects, I have seen places that are unbelievable and don’t feel like

Qatar, or the Middle East, at all. If we narrow it down to Doha only… I’d have to go with my current neighborhood – Freej Bin Mahmoud. It’s got a real character to it. It’s bustling with people all the time, there are shops on every corner selling everything from fishing tackle to fabrics to real estate and fried chicken, and for the most part- the old buildings and old Doha neighborhood vibe is still alive and well. That’s a rare quality nowadays. I am an avid explorer of these areas. Taking photographs on walks through empty lots, abandoned buildings, and old parts of town have inspired many of my compositions for film and beyond.

10. And if we would go through your music playlist right now, what music selection we’d find?

My top 10 most played albums at the moment (in no particular order) 1. Tender Male – Summer Songs EP 2. Kamasi Washington – Harmony of Difference 3. Portugal. The Man – Woodstock 4. The Districts – Popular Manipulations 5. Wild Belle – Dreamland 6. Kaytranada – 99.9% 7. Endless Teeth – Demos 8. De La Soul – and the Anonymous Nobody 9. Descendents – Somery 10. Smino - BLKSWN

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The The Westin Westin Doha Doha Hotel Hotel & & Spa’s Spa’s General General Manager Manager Gianrico Gianrico Esposito, Esposito, gives gives QH QH an an insight insight on on what what it it takes takes to to be be at at the the helm helm of of such such prominent prominent property. property. How long have you been in Doha and how do you see hospitality for 2018?

I have been in Doha for almost 4 years now, since the pre-opening of The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa. Being the first Westin hotel to opening in Qatar was a fantastic project to work on and continues to be so. The hospitality sector is currently within an exciting period with many promising initiatives being launched by QTA and the Qatar Authorities, we look forward to working closely with them to support our destination.

Hospitality is a very demanding field, how do you balance your working and personal life?

I am very passionate about the hotel industry and hospitality therefore I enjoy the time spent working, interacting with guests and the team. It’s a very sociable industry to

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work in which suits me well! I ensure to find the time to take care of my own wellbeing by regular exercise and time enjoying the company of my family and friends.

What is your strategy for success?

I believe success comes with dedication. I personally find it important to set up a clear vision to define what success looks like, to continue to be ambitious and set myself challenging goals. Most importantly however, success to me is to build and nurture a great team; success never comes because of one single person’s contribution. A good leader can inspire and drive a full team to success.

What is one lesson you’ve learned in this industry that could serve as advice to our

readers?

As with many other industries, the Hospitality industry is extremely dynamic. The capability to be flexible, quickly adapt to change, listen to the evolving customer’s needs and staying up to speed with technology makes all of the difference in being a top performer.

How do you uplift your co-workers’ morale in times of need?

I always remind myself and my co-workers that delivering good results in a favourable scenario is definitely enjoyable but does not promote growth and self-development. Instead, working together to overcome challenges makes us better individuals and professionals. To overcome a challenge is a real achievement, this can be incredibly rewarding as an individual and as a team.


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Ambassador of India

QATAR HAPPENING HAD THE OPPORTUNITY FOR A Q&A WITH H.E. MR. P. KUMARAN, CURRENT AMBASSADOR OF INDIA IN QATAR.

1. How long have you been in Doha and where was your previous assignment?

I arrived in Doha in October 2016 and have spent nearly 15 months here. I joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1992. During the course of the last 25 years of my professional life, I have served in our Embassies at Cairo, Tripoli, Brussels, Islamabad, Washington and Colombo in various capacities. In addition, I have worked in the West Europe Division at the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi, and as the Regional Passport Officer

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in Bengaluru. Just before joining my current Ambassadorial assignment in Doha, I was Head of the Consular, Passport and Visa (CPV) Division at the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi. This is one of the largest Divisions in the Ministry and deals with all kinds of consular issues, apart from passport and visa policy formulation and implementation.

2. How has your stay in Qatar been?

It has been an honour and a pleasure to be a part of recent developments

that have contributed to the growing partnership between our two countries, illustrated amply by the exchange of visits at the highest level in recent years. I admire the warm and welcoming nature of the Qatari people. They, along with the large and well-regarded Indian community, make me and my family feel completely at home in Qatar. We are grateful to the Government and the people of Qatar for their support and patronage of the Indian community in Qatar.


As you are aware, the Indian community is the largest foreign national group in Qatar and has contributed significantly to the growth, development and prosperity of Qatar over the years, a fact acknowledged and appreciated by the Qatari leadership. We have four major Indian community organisations which function under the guidance of the Embassy. These are: Indian Community Benevolent Forum (ICBF), Indian Cultural Centre (ICC), Indian Business & Professionals Council (IBPC) and the Indian Sports Center (ISC). As their names suggest, they organise a number of events in their respective areas of competence, ranging from community welfare to showcasing Indian culture and heritage, to help build bridges with other communities resident in Qatar and to promote business and investment relations between India and Qatar. In addition to India’s national days, which fall on January 26 and August 15, the Embassy of India, in partnership with Indian community organisations, celebrates a number of festivals. The Indian Cultural Centre, and the large number of regional community associations affiliated to it, organise celebrations of all major Indian festivals at various venues in Qatar regularly. Every year, the Indian community also actively organises celebrations and participates in events associated with Qatar National Day and Qatar Sports Day. The Embassy also takes a lot of interest in organising the International Day of Yoga, which is celebrated on June 21 every year, in Doha and in other cities of Qatar. I would like to convey my gratitude to the Qatari authorities for extending their unstinting support to make this annual event a special one. We also look forward to the series of events being planned under the Qatar-India Year of Culture 2019, in partnership with Qatar Museums.

4. What are the areas that play a key role for the relations between India and Qatar?

India-Qatar cooperation in diverse sectors has been steadily growing within an excellent framework provided by historic relations and regular and substantive engagement, including at the highest levels of the two Governments. Three high-level visits during the last three years - the State visit of His Highness the Emir of Qatar, to India in March 2015; the visit of the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India to Qatar in June 2016; and the visit of H.E. the

Prime Minister & Minister of Interior of Qatar, to India in December 2016; and the multitude of Agreements and MOUs signed during these visits, are an eloquent testimony to our steadily growing bilateral ties. These milestone visits imparted fresh momentum to our deep-rooted and multi-faceted cooperation. Besides official interactions, people-topeople contacts and initiatives by the private sector are energizing cooperation in various sectors. Indian companies are today pursuing collaborations in infrastructure, information and communication technology, energy and other areas in Qatar, to the mutual benefit of both sides. With its huge and growing energy needs, India greatly values Qatar’s vital partnership in the energy sector, given our large and expanding market for LNG, LPG, and petrochemical products. Qatar’s exports to India amount to nearly $10 billion per year, making India the third largest export destination for Qatari products. On the other hand, Qatar’s imports from India, currently at about $1 billion, have grown an annual average of more than 10% over the past few years. The Indian community in Qatar forms an important link between the two countries and has acted as a force-multiplier in strengthening economic and commercial linkages over the years, with around 6000 Indian joint business ventures operating in Qatar and Indian nationals working in virtually in every sector of the economy. Cooperation in cultural and youth affairs is another important pillar of the bilateral relationship. The joint programme being developed for the Qatar-India Year of Culture 2019 is an example of our partnership in this area.

5. How are you planning to promote further business between the two countries, especially now with Qatar’s current market?

What are your views for Qatar’s overall market and business for 2018? Indian corporates look at Qatar as a promising market and are today pursuing collaborations in a number of areas, as mentioned by me above. Our Petroleum Minister is on record as having said that India plans to increase the share of natural gas in India’s energy mix, currently at about 7%, to 20% by 2030. Qatar, currently the most important source of LNG for India, will therefore continue to be a key partner in our energy security calculus for many years to come. India also offers an expanding market for Qatar’s LPG and petrochemical products. The extensive

infrastructure development in Qatar, as it completes preparations to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022, and the acknowledged competences of India’s corporate sector, offer attractive avenues for cooperation. The huge potential for significantly increasing Qatar’s investment in the Indian economy, taking advantage of the high growth rates projected for the coming years and the new business-friendly policy environment, also presents a win-win scenario for both countries. It has been decided to set up a Qatar-India Joint Business Council. We are working to select the Council members on either side and hope to convene the first meeting at an early opportunity.

6. What is something you wish to implement or develop this year within your community?

The welfare and well-being of the Indian community in Qatar is a matter of priority for the Embassy of India. We adopt a proactive approach to ensure that the grievances of Indian workers are addressed satisfactorily by the concerned authorities in Qatar. We organise medical camps for lowincome workers from time to time in different cities in Qatar. The Embassy also regularly organises consular camps in cities outside Doha for the benefit of Indian nationals living there. We rely extensively on social media platforms, the Embassy website and more recently, the newly-inaugurated FM channels to disseminate useful information to the Indian community. I also hold a monthly ‘Open House’ for any Indian national who wishes to meet me regarding any problem he/she faces. This is usually held on the last Thursday of each month. We look forward to the implementation of recent reforms introduced to labour laws, so that our blue-collared workers can benefit from them. We have plans to organise a number of cultural events and sports tournaments, both within the Indian community and in partnership with Qatari sports organisations and other expatriate communities. We also hope to organise some trade and investment events during the course of the year. We would also be extensively involved in preparations for the Qatar-India Year of Culture scheduled for 2019.

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Style Me Up

V-DAY IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER AND WE’VE GOT IT COVERED ON WHAT TO WEAR; PLUS WE SIT DOWN WITH PORTUGUESE DESIGNER ANA CALHEIROS FOR AN INSIGHT ON HER SOPHISTICATED AND WHIMSICAL DESIGNS THAT CAN’T BE MISSED IN YOUR JEWELLERY BOX.


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ANA CALHEIROS AND HER STATEMENT JEWELLERY PORTUGUESE JEWELLERY DESIGNER ANA CALHEIROS IS MAKING A MARK IN DOHA WITH HER SOUGHT-AFTER PIECES THAT HAS GOT US LUSTING FOR MORE. THE DESIGNER TAKES US INTO HER WORLD AND LATEST COLLECTION.

You are a jewelry designer, what drove you into that industry?

when I am creating.

I came in to the world of jewelry because my mother is jeweler too. Since childhood my world was filled with colourful stones, jewels and metals. So obviously that world definitely influenced my path.

Your favourite piece you’ve designed so far?

How would you describe your brand and designs?

One piece of accessory a lady should always wear?

Ana Calheiros is known for big and statement designs and happy colours. I love creating statement jewellery; big jewels such as turquoise, corals and emeralds.

Your biggest inspiration when creating a new collection?

My inspiration is always Iris Apfel; an icon

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I have a lot of pieces that are my favourite and in that case I keep them all for me. It is impossible to sell jewels I am in love with – especially earrings.

Earrings! Always a symbol of elegance and feminism.

Who is your favourite jeweler designer and why?

No doubts Fulco di Verdura. This Italian jeweler was the best designer of brooches and cuffs – the most eccentric and elegant jewels that I have ever seen in my life.


When I am creating I always think about an elegant, feminine and eccentric woman, a selfconfident woman.

Can you tell us a little but about your brand and how did it all started?

As I told you part of the influence I got from my mother I was invited to create a private collection for the Portuguese Parliament inspired on the main building. It was an absolute success! And then I received numerous invitations from different Embassies to exhibit in and outside the country. And at this

moment, my work is focused and surrounded within the diplomatic world. Also, I am concentrating in expanding the brand in the Middle East, since its elegant women are the women I identify with.

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What kind of woman do you design for?

Where can we find your designs besides Portugal?

Nowadays you may find my jewels in concept stores and galleries in France, Spain, England and Morocco.

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Calheiros @byanacalheiros

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MEET SONALI RAMAN JEWELLERY DESIGNER AND LOVER OF TEXTILE TRADITIONS, SHARES HER STORY OF HER BRAND SR AND WHAT INSPIRES HER SOUGHT-AFTER PIECES. One celebrity’s closet you covet?

What got you into designing accessories and women’s wear?

Our late Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi’s closet of legendary, unique, specially hand woven sarees are something I would long to own. No one else really connected fashion and politics like she did. She often wore Khadi, a fabric that played an important role in the Indian Independence movement, which encouraged Indians to weave their own cloth as a form of economic empowerment. When she travelled she would wear trench coats over her sarees, showing that she was a woman who embraced her culture with a modern twist. Her wardrobe consisted of a fine representation of India’s heritage hand-woven textiles that she wore with a powerful elegance.

I have always wanted to find a way to sustain dying craft and textile traditions of my country. So after several years of working in the fashion industry, I decided to do use my core competency of my experience and knowledge of fashion to make something that I truly love and am passionate about, and this translated into the launch of the SR brand three years ago! Although I have spent 27 years in women’s wear, I launched my brand with the accessories line first and soon the ready to wear line followed.

How would you describe the style of your brand?

One line perfectly describes my brand: “ Contemporary Styles; Traditional Ethos.”

What is your end goal as a designer?

What is the biggest challenge you have to overcome as a local designer?

The market here traditionally looks for haute couture and evening wear. Introducing my line of ready to wear with free-flowing silhouettes in natural fabrics meant bringing about a change in the perception of the client. I have been gradually able to show my clients through my collections over the last few seasons that anti-fit styles and cuts can be as elegant, chic and effortlessly stylish as body-con styles.

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What was your inspiration for your latest pieces?

At the very heart of the brand is the chevron motif. They appear in all my collections including the jewellery line. The Siyah-Safid line of daywear and evening looks was also created around the chevron motif. The Siyah-Safid Rangeen Collection uses mysterious blacks (Siyah - ink) and creamy whites (Safid) as canvases on which a delightful mix of pastel and pop-colored (Rangeen) threads weave SR’s signature chevron embroidery to create stunning embellishments that celebrate

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the elegance of blacks, the simplicity of white and the joie de vivre of colors in our lives. The Siyah-Safid Glamour Collection is an ode to glamorous eveningwear with a casual twist. Siyah (ink- black) and Safid (white) are the basis of the collection with jewel-like embroidery embellishing each piece.

Who is your biggest inspiration when it comes to creating your own lines? My mother’s love for traditional fabrics and crafts was a big influence and left a deep impression on me. Using textiles and embellishments produced by traditional methods, and handmade crafts, giving them a contemporary twist while making it relevant to today’s market, are the fundamentals of my brand.

My love for the traditional crafts and textiles of India and from across the world is what makes me want to share it with everyone! Creating these pieces using an ancient form of embroidery or using special textiles in contemporary styles makes it more appealing to today’s audience and its important for me that people appreciate the work and effort that goes into handmade products and begin to love it like I do. As a designer, my brand looks to support artisans who are skilled in traditional crafts in order to encourage them not to lose the skill. My production facility also employs women and trains them in hand finishing the jewellery, adding embellishments and doing basic embroidery on the garments.

What can we expect in the future for your brand?

SR by Sonali Raman will continue to collaborate with artisans, small weavers and other upcoming designers to develop new collections. I would also be looking at adding new product lines in accessories and home furnishing in the future.


A CONTEMPORARY WOMAN DESIGNER MASHAEL AL-QATTAN TAKES DOHA ON A WHIRLWIND WITH MAGICAL COATS, RUFFLED DRESSES AND PLAITED PIECES FOR THE WOMAN OF TODAY – CONFIDENT AND GRACEFUL.

CREDITS: Designer: Mashael Al-Qattan @couturier_qtr Photographer: Baiba Jakubaite @baibaphotography Stylist: Emna Elhedi MUA: Katarina Bakovic Model: Jenny Guttridge from Trinity Talent Qatar Location: Taliamare Beach Club, The Pearl


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It’s A V-DAY Thing

SS’18 ETRO CRUISE

STRESSED OUT ON WHAT TO WEAR? STAY ON TREND WITH OUR TOP PICKS FOR A BOLD NIGHT OUT.

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vanity room

AS WE REACH FEBRUARY THE MONTH OF FRIENDSHIP AND ALL THINGS ROMANCE, WE SHARE GLAMOROUS LOOKS FROM CELEBRITY MAKEUP ARTIST CHARLOTTE TILBURY FOR A FANTASTIC NIGHT OUT, PLUS WE DIG WHAT K-BEAUTY IS ALL ABOUT.


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SOUTH KOREAN BEAUTY PRODUCTS ARE MAKING A STAND WITHIN THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY. FIND WHAT THE HYPE IS ALL ABOUT. If you’ve been living under a rock, then ding ding, Korean beauty products are smashing the beauty industry with one of a kind formulas, tips and vision to skin care. Here are some trends you want to follow now for that perfect looking skin.

LOW PH CLEANSERS Skin care is all about keeping a healthy skin, and not masking what’s good on the face. Choosing a cleanser with a low PH (between 5 and 6), it is said to be perfect to protect the skin from polluted cities and preventing unwanted blemishes and stressed skin.

MASK IT OUT! To kick reboot to your tired and dry face, masks are always a plus and a musthave. Try one of these bad boys out before attending a big dinner date, or to just hydrate your skin. Keep 15min and wash out gently. They really work!

MAKE ROOM FOR THE CUSHION With an ever-changing industry, new products are launched every year. And now, K-beauty is opting for cushion foundations, blushes and even eyeshadows. With new formulas and with a water-base consistency, its product packaging makes it easier and hygienic to apply.

THE DIAMOND POWDER Yep, you read it well. Diamond powder. This little trend is nothing but diamond dust to create an illuminating effect on the skin (plus, who doesn’t want sparkle just a tiny bit?)

VITAMIN C Mixing your beauty products and tailor-made formulas are a plus in the K-beauty community. Adding vitamin C to your serum to exfoliate and regenerate your skin, is something we should all take in consideration, am I right?

GLASS LOOKING SKIN If you’ve ever wondered how Korean girls achieve the immaculate glass skin look, look no further than shea butter. Yep, that is right. You might want to befriend shea butter and its amazing benefits for skin and makeup. Add a bit of shea butter and mix it with your foundation for a shinier finish. If you have acne-prone skin, or oily skin type, then forgo in the entire face and apply only to desired areas. And remember to lightly powder those areas.

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BEAUTY LUST

SOS CLARINS INSTITUTE EXPERTISE HAS LAUNCHED A TRIO OF SOS FORMULAS FOR INSTANT RADIANCE, CLEAR, SOFT AND BEAUTIFUL SKIN. THE SOS MASKS CARRY PLANT EXTRACTS, WHICH MEETS THE NEEDS FOR ALL SKIN TYPES, AT ALL AGES. THESE COMPLETE AND TAILOR-MADE MASKS ALSO OFFER AN INTENSIVE SKIN CARE, WHICH REBALANCES THE SKIN IN JUST 10MIN BRINGING AN INSTANT FEEL OF WELL-BEING.

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LOOKS THAT KILL

Find Charlotte Tilbury store at Doha Festival City

WITH V-DAY JUST AROUND THE CORNER, CELEBRITY MAKEUP ARTIST CHARLOTTE TILBURY KNOWS HOW TO MAKE A GAL SPARKLE. WITH HER SOUGH-AFTER BEAUTY BRAND, SHE’S PUT LOOKS TOGETHER YOU NEED TO TRY THIS MONTH.

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FAUCHON WITH A NEW MENU, FAUCHON IS PROMISED TO DELIVER QUICK BITES FOR THOSE WHO WISH MORE THAN JUST DESSERTS.

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f you know one thing about Fauchon it is they deliver one of the most stylish desserts with impeccable taste. And if that wasn’t enough, they are pros at making a good cup of coffee, delectable chocolates and all things patisserie. Now, the ever sophisticated brand is set to conquer the world of quick bites, but with a refined taste. QH had the delicious task of trying the new menu, which offers healthy choices, vegetarian ones, and fondu options too. First up, we had a tender beef fondu paired up with sautéed potatoes cubes with cheese sauce and mushroom sauce. Perfect for two for a lighter approach. And for the seafood lovers, we also gave the shrimps fondu a go with sautéed vegetables and cilantro aioli sauce. Boy, they were good, tasty, and perfectly seasoned. If you’re looking for a stylish ambience with impeccable cuisine, and tasty coffees, then Fauchon is definitely your best option. With a pink décor overpowering the venue, a stylish mirror set at the back of the restaurant, a coffee bar for those who wish to keep it casual, and relaxing tables and couches – there is a little bit of everything for everyone. And of course we couldn’t leave the venue without trying their new and healthy options in the latest menu. We were serve with a granola yoghurt and fresh fruit salad that is perfectly enough for two, which we quickly devoured. Healthy as it can be, we felt light, and pumping to try another dessert. Wanting more, we gave their cheesecake with raspberry a go, too bad we couldn’t lick the plate!

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Fauchon is located at Souq Najd, Salwa Road. Open daily from 7am until 11pm; Fridays from 3pm until 11pm. Call: 4432 4888.


Sunday to Thursday From 12pm to 4pm Executive Menu QAR 95 Sharing for two QAR 215

Fridays From 12.30pm to 4pm QAR 250 Soft Beverages included QAR 390 Full Package

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EXPRESS LUNCH W DOHA HOTEL HOUSES ONE OF THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN TOWN, AND WITH THAT BEING SAID, THE EDGY HOTEL HAS NOW UNBELIEVABLE FOODIE PROMOTIONS THAT HAS GOT OUR PULSES RACING.

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ere at QH we love a good food promotion that will help us save a buck or two. But because we are constantly on the hunt of amazing deals, W Doha Hotel is now offering a deal not to be missed. Available across three different restaurants: Spice Market, Market by JeanGeorges and La Spiga, the promotion titled, Express Lunch is up for anyone who wishes to eat and be chic all at the same time. The menu is available every day, except Fridays

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from 12noon up until 4pm. Choose your favourite starter, main course, and dessert for only QR98 per person, and as if that isn’t cool enough, we gave the menu a go at one of our favourite of them all: Spice Market. If you haven’t been to this edgy and trendsetting venue, you’re definitely missing out because it’s an all-Asian culinary hotspot with cool vibes and trendy music. We started our lunch off with a Market Salad and Sesame Seed dish, which opened our palate to what

was yet to come. With an acid, but yet, fresh taste, we were ready for the main course. For a sweeter taste, we ordered a vegetable Pad Thai accompanied with nuts. The portions are just the right amount for all courses to be enjoyed. And last but not least, our dessert was served, a Japanese cheesecake, which we devoured in a split second. So save a buck or two and have a delightful culinary experience at one of the trendiest hotels in town.

W Doha Hotel & Residences, West Bay. Call: 4453 5000.

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FOODIE PROMOTION

Avant Garde Cuisine At Its Best! WITH A NO-HOLDS-BARRED PHILOSOPHY TO THEIR MENU, ZAFFRAN DINING EXPERIENCE TAKES DINERS ON A SCIENTIFIC JOURNEY OF CULINARY MEASURES. The art of cooking can be so much more than just meal preparation and presentation; in fact, one of the most iconic forms of avant-garde cuisine is what has come to be known as molecular gastronomy. What is that? you may ask! Well… it’s an incredible way of mixing science with cooking; it involves the presentation of flavorful, edible foods deconstructed and served with flair using a little science. It really is magical. If you have never experienced the excitement of a deconstructed meal you need to see it first hand at Zaffran Dining Experience. Their progressive fine dining approach is based on traditional Indian cuisine where the flavours and textures are prepared and presented in such a way as to be unique. This experimental restaurant cooking is driven by the desires and imaginations of their modern chefs whose goals are to explore the world’s wide variety of ingredients, tools and techniques, all with a truly Indian flair. A sample of your dining experience might include: Drops of Smoke Mocktails, De-constructed Pani Puri and Jalebi Caviar Sounds cool? Well these are just a few examples of Molecular Gastronomy. So give Zaffran Dining Experience’s innovative dishes a try.

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Al Emadi Financial Square C Ring Road, lunch: 12pm-3.30pm & dinner: 7pm–12am. Home delivery and outdoor catering also available, call: 4447 7747. www.taste.qa, @zaffrandine


BITE SIZE THIS MONTH @QATAR_EATING HIGHLIGHTS ARTISANAL BAKED GOODS FROM FRENCH-INSPIRED MAISON DU PAIN.

Take a out of Maison Du Pain

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aison Du Pain is located at Porto Arabia with spectacular views across the Marina, making it the perfect spot to relax and discover the exquisite world of French pastries and breads. In the early hours of each morning their in-house baker is hard at work in the kitchen baking delicate pastries, fresh traditional loaves, and wholemeal artisan breads. Popular items include the crisp French baguette, the marbled pesto bread, and a decadent twisted nutella bread. Although it is primarily conceptualised as a French bakery some items have been inspired by the travels of one of its Qatari cofounders. Her infamous ‘Fall in Manhattan’ is a zesty lemon pound cake that was created after a particularly memorable trip to America. Their homemade pizzas are prepared using a pizza dough recipe that creates a moreish and crispy thin crust pizza, while the rest of the menu offers plenty of delicious appetisers and flavourful mains to keep even the fussiest eater happy.

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Qatar_Eating recommends Breads: Breakfast Rolls. Twisted Nutella Bread. Multi-Cereal Loaf. Marbled Pesto Bread. Walnut Loaf. Pastries: Fall in Manhattan including the blueberry version. French Croissants. Lemon Meringue Tart. Maison Du Pain Special. Pain Au Chocolat. Palmiers. Mains: Garden Special Pizza. Buffalo Ranch Pizza. Margherita Pizza. Royal Angus Burger. Cajun Chicken Sandwich.

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Maison Du Pain, 27 La Croisette, Porto Arabia, The Pearl-Qatar. Open 9:00am-10:00pm daily. Call: 4468 9879

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The Roundtable : e t u n i M a n I Grilled

Photography by Nijel Pearce: @nijel_pearce_imagery

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When did you know you wanted to be a chef ?

A long time ago! I have always been attracted to food – I was always a good eater when I was very young and I loved watching my mum and my grandma cooking on family days, especially Sunday dinners! As a result, the attraction to cooking grew which led me to studying at Culinary School. Even when I was at school, I worked in the kitchens. Basically, I never ever stopped.

Coming from an Italian background have you introduced any new flavors or twist to the dishes that can be found at The Cellar?

I have brought a touch of lightness to the dishes in The Cellar, because Italian food is famous for its lightness within the flavours, such the use of freshly made Olive Oil. It is also essential to have a balance within the flavours and this has been achieved by decreasing some of the strong powerful flavours by mixing it with fresher ones.

As a Mediterranean Tapas outlet, what would you say are the top three sharing dishes that must be tried?

here in Doha who come to The Cellar for the really great Mediterranean flavours, and then there is the people who are travelling around the World and staying just one or two nights. These particular sets of diners are the ones who delve into trying the Arabic side of the menu, as of course they are intrigued to taste dishes from the country they are transiting in. So this the responsibility of ensuring that we are able to keep a happy culinary balance between people who live here and people who are travelling. And so far so good!

What is your favorite cooking style?

There is a trend for slow cooking and

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low temperatures and these new techniques fascinate me. I particularly like how you can merge new techniques with old flavours to create interesting new dishes.

The kitchen utensil you can’t live without is…

A chopping knife! It is part of my hand, actually an extension I would say, and I cannot perform without it! The knife is the beginning of a dish and it is also what gives the final touch to that same dish. I have in my home a special knife that I display on my wall that was gifted from one of the first chefs who trained me and when I look at it I remember it fondly as the foundations of my life.

The Cellar, Oryx Rotana, Al Nahda School Street, Airport Road. Open 12pm-12am. Call: 4402 3333

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I recommend that you try six or even seven Tapas dishes and that you share amongst friends. At The Cellar, food and service must be excellent but the experience is not 100% just on the food – it is the overall enjoyment with friends that will make it an evening to remember.

As the preferred hotel of Qatar Airways - the Nations airline, does this bring any added pressure when you may think that a lot of international – and possibly first timers to Qatar - will be dining each day at the restaurant?

I would describe it as a ‘responsibility’ rather than as ‘pressure’. Rotana prides itself on having developed more than 300 wholly-owned food and beverage concepts in the region. In The Cellar case, the restaurant has to always cater to the likes of two main groups of diners. Firstly there is the local community right

Grilled Octopus

Prawns Malaga

Sangre de Toro Braised Beef Short Ribs

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FOOD CORNER

CHINESE NEW YEAR Ring in the Chinese New Year this February as Chef Fulian Ding and his team offer a 9-course menu at Elements, which will certainly satisfy your palate.

FIND IT: Elements is located at Four Seasons Doha, Corniche. Promotion QR295 per person for 9-course sharing style menu and available for dinner from Feb 15-22. CALL: 4494 8600 ROMANTIC DINNER Celebrate your evening with your better half and loved ones with a 4-course dinner and great Italian cuisine.

FIND IT: La Veranda is located at Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel, Corniche. Promotion available on February 14 from 7pm until 11.30pm, priced at QR245 with soft beverages included, add QR65 and enjoy a glass of bubbles. CALL: 4485 3000 SUPPER CLUB Choose your favorite starter, main course and dessert a la carte porting with a best post office dinner in town.

DOHA’S FAVOURITE

MEALS FEBRUARY IS HERE AND SO ARE DELICIOUS FOODIE PROMOTIONS YOU NEED TO TRY NOW.

BIG SMOKE BURGER Burger lovers can now enjoy the finest hand crafted burgers and steaks in the country.

FIND IT: Big Smoke Burger Qatar is located at Alhazm. Open daily from 5pm until 1pm. For more information visit: www.bigsmokeburger.com

FIND IT: Market by Jean-Georges is located at W Doha Hotel, West Bay. 3-course meal priced at QR120 per person, daily except Fridays from 5pm to 7pm. CALL: 4453 5135 THAI CUISINE Indulge yourself and your partner with a lavish yet authentic 4- course dining experience.

FIND IT: Isaan is located at Grand Hyatt Doha, West Bay Lagoon. Promotion available on February 14 from 6pm until 11.30pm, priced at QR299 per couple with soft beverages and QR499 per couple for special beverage package. LIQUID BRUNCH Your new favourite liquid brunch in town is here! Socialise, mix, and mingle at Hwang, The Square, and Strata with unlimited selected sips.

THE SPARKLING ROSE Enjoy to a 5-course dinner accompanied by a glass of bubbly a beautiful red rose for the ladies. Also enjoy to a live Jazz Band that will set the mood for a memorable night,

FIND IT: CUT is located at Mondrian Doha, West Bay Lagoon. Promotion available on February 14 priced at QR900 for two inclusive of glass of bubbly. CALL:4045 5999 THE DAY OF ROMANCE Show your loved one how much you care with an unexpected and memorable getaway and enjoy a delicious dinner buffet.

FIND IT: Hwang, The Square and Strata are located at InterContinental Doha The City, West Bay. Promotion available daily from 6pm until 9pm, priced at QR180 per person for 3 hours of unlimited selected sips. Please note Hwang is closed on Saturdays.

FIND IT: Seasons Restaurant is located at Mövenpick Hotel Doha, Corniche Road. Promotion available from 6.30pm until 11pm priced at QR150 per person.

CALL: 4015 8888

X’PRESS LUNCH Embrace your lunch break with a journey of great flavors. Choose from three new course set menus, including a large variety of starters, main dishes and desserts.

QUICK & GREEK One-of-a-kind set lunch at the award-winning Greek-Mediterranean restaurant. Choose a salad, special of the day, and a traditional Greek Dessert.

FIND IT: Mykonos is located at InterContinetal Doha, Al Dafna West Bay. Promotion available from Sunday to Wednesday from 12pm until 3pm for QR 99 per person. CALL: 4484 4919

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CALL: 4429 1111

FIND IT: The Cellar is located at Oryx Rotana Doha, Al Matar Street. Promotion available daily from 12pm until 4pm for QR95 per person and top it up with a beverage package for QR90 only. CALL: 4402 3333

LE CIGALON International cuisine with Lebanese specialties. Daily extravagant buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. A La Carte option is available. Buffet Breakfast at QR 20 and buffet lunch or dinner with live cooking station at QAR199 per person, inclusive of American coffee or tea.

FIND IT: Le Cigalon is located at La Cigale Hotel, 60 Suhaim Bin Hamad Street. Open daily from 6.30am until 11.30pm. CALL: 4428 8698 BUSINESS LUNCH Enjoy a great atmosphere and International/ Arabic cuisine.

FIND IT: Al Thouraya Restaurant is located at Ezdan Hotel, West Bay. Promotion available from Sunday to Thursday and venue open daily from 12pm until 3.30pm, priced at QR79 per person. CALL: 4496 9600


health hub

WITH A STRESSFUL SCHEDULE, RELAXING IS A MUST. CHECK OUT OUR LIST OF SPAS YOU NEED TO VISIT THIS MONTH, PLUS WE HEAD OVER TO INTERCONTINENTAL DOHA FOR A FABULOUS SPA AFTERNOON.


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& RELAX IF YOU’RE TIRED AND LOOKING FOR A SPA HAVEN TO RELAX AND UNWIND AT ONE OF DOHA’S BEST VENUES IN TOWN, THEN THIS IS FOR YOU.

The Lowdown

Being recently opened, Spa InterContinental has become one of the leading venues to unwind with an array of impeccable options. With cutting-edge facilities, the luxurious spa promises to deliver a journey of pure wellness, which includes: 16 treatment rooms and couple suites, a private indoor pool, Jacuzzi and sauna, a healthy juice bar and a ladies and gents salon. The elegant spa also offers premium European wellness and beauty products if you wish to take home and follow your skin care routine.

Treatment

Being the spa lovers that we are at QH, we experienced one of the most delightful spa treatments Doha could offer: Spa Intercontinental Experience by Baija Paris. This wellness treatment consisted of a 60min body scrub and a 60min massage of your choice. But because we are here to give you

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SENSATIONS the nitty gritty of it all, our experience kicked off with a 10min sauna, to unwind, relax and help our pores breath a little. Subsequently, we were taken to our treatment room, where the spa’s professional, commenced the relaxing journey with a quick foot massage and cleansing. Later, we began with our full body scrub with a touch of rose and lychees aroma, which was soothing and perfectly paired up with a heating bed to relax the muscles and body. To remove the scrub, we jumped into the shower for a quick cleanse, and we were ready to succumb into a body massage. After what seemed to be forever we oozed relaxation and stress-free.

spa also offers exceptional products to buy and take home for a healthier approach to your skin and body. And if you’re curious on what’s more, the spa also offers an array of choices such as: Hot Stone Massage, 90min, QR850; Reflexology Foot Massage, 30min, QR400 or 60min, QR620. But if you wish to experience a more luxurious option, perhaps the Orange Flower Rhassoul Clay Body Wrap, which purifies and softens the skin will just do the trick. This treatment also offers natural mineral clay from Moroccan desert to rejuvenate your skin. The treatment is priced at QR400 for 30mins.

The Round Up

Our treatment was paradise in which the professionals at the spa took care of us for an unforgettable journey. With just minute away from West Bay, make some time to detach from everyday’s stressing game.

QH’s treatment reviewed: Spa Intercontinental Experience by Baija Paris, a 2-hr treatment priced at QR1,040.

What’s More To It?

We later were invited to linger longer in the Spa’s healthy juice bar with an array of healthy juices, bites and tea. So for those who need a minute or two to continue with the journey, it is safe to say: You can linger longer! The

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Lower Ground Floor, InterContinental Doha, 223 Lusail Street, Al Dafna, West Bay. Open daily from 9am until 11pm. Call: 4484 4060.

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THE DIET EDIT

Cave into the ‘Caveman Diet’ THE PALEO DIET FOCUSES ON IMITATING THE EATING STYLE THAT OUR ANCESTORS IN THE PALAEOLITHIC ERA, AKA OUR LAST STAGE OF EVOLUTION, ATE. SO, IF A CAVEMAN COULD HUNT OR GATHER IT, IT GOES! WELLNESS AND EMPOWERMENT COACH ANAHI BROWN SHARES SOME OF HER VERY OWN CRAFTED PALEO RECIPES FOR REAL AND DELICIOUS DISHES THAT HEAL YOUR BODY AND MAKE YOU INSANELY HAPPY... THIS IS WHAT SHE’S ALL ABOUT!

Guacamole and Paleo Tortillas

Delicious, healthy and filling snack made with avocado, tomatoes, onions, garlic, spring onion and coriander, mixed with lime, lemon and orange juice and zest, and accompanied by coconut flour tortillas.

Avocados are high in Folate, Glutathione and Vitamin E, protecting our hearts and cardiovascular system. Packed with Vitamin C and lycopene, tomatoes help lower inflammation and minimise damage from free radicals in our body Citrus juice from the lemons, limes and oranges, are full of flavonoids, promoting heart health and helping with triglyceride levels. High in fibre and healthy fats, the coconut flour in the tortillas has high levels of healthy saturated fats in the form of medium chain fatty acids, which support a healthy metabolism and stabilise blood sugar.

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Benefits:


THE DIET EDIT

Foods included in this diet are: meats and poultry, fish and seafood, nuts and seeds, leafy greens, vegetables, fruits and healthy fats. The diet offers our bodies the best nutrients and eliminates toxins and anti-nutrients. Once you cut highly processed, chemically enhanced and contaminant-filled foods what’s left to eat are the best nutrients to heal and repair our bodies, as we biologically need.

Leeks and Mushroom Tart

With a crunchy coconut flour crust and an aromatic, vegetarian, delicious and nutrient dense filling, this tart is ideal for breakfasts, lunches, dinners or even picnics, making meal times satisfying and incredibly easy.

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Mushrooms contain a wide variety of bioactive molecules that have anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant abilities. Related to onions and garlic, leeks offer numerous health benefits. The most fascinating element in them kaempferol, is a natural antioxidant that relieves oxidative stress in the blood. By adding turmeric during the cooking process to the filling, the tart offers the healing properties of its main component curcumin, well known for its anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, anticoagulant properties, as well as its role in pain, arthritis and glucose management.

Chicken and Sweet Potato Balls with Cranberry Sauce and Mash Faux-tatoes

The perfect combination of sweet, tart and salty flavours in one dish. It is homage to good ol’ chicken roast dinners with the added buttery mash to take the experience to the next pampering level.

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Sweet potatoes are high Vitamin D, which plays an important role in our energy levels and mood. Cauliflower (aka Faux-tatoes!) can effectively inhibit the development of chemically induced carcinogenesis, acting as an anti-mutagen that halts tumour cells from further reproducing. Naturally sweetened with honey and spiced with cinnamon, the cranberry sauce also offers extra immune support ideal to protect us during the colder season.

Fudgy Flourless Brownies and Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream

Mouth-watering rich and gooey, this flourless chocolate brownie skillet topped with creamy vanilla ice cream is the perfect ending to a great meal. Who says indulgence can’t be healthy?

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The presence of Tryptophan and Vitamin B6 in bananas, the base for the Vegan Ice Cream, help produce the “feel good” hormone Serotonin. Coconut milk is high in Medium Chain Triglycerides, which are easily used by our brains for energy, without even needing to be processed through your digestive tract with bile acids like some other fats. With one of the highest concentrations of magnesium found in Cocoa than in other natural food sources, the brownies can protect you against osteoporosis, diabetes, and high blood pressure, whilst also supporting mental health.

For more Paleo recipes follow Anahi

@WellnessByAnahi For more information: info@anahibrown.com

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ACTIVE MIND

Forrest Yoga and Its Benefits MIKYUNG KIM SHARES THE MANY BENEFITS OF FORREST YOGA, PRE- AND POST-NATAL YOGA.

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eing a mom of two and teacher of Forrest, Pre and Post-Natal Yoga I’m here to share the many joys of practicing all the above. After my son’s birth, I started to explore the different styles of Yoga, happened upon a Forrest Yoga workshop with a great teacher called Brian Campbell here in Doha. Initially, I had no idea about Forrest Yoga so, I decided to give it a try. It was quite different to any other yoga practice I had experienced until then. It was physically and mentally demanding, it demanded introspection and brought me closer to my inner self. It was exhilarating and thrilling.

Four Pillars of Forrest Yoga • • • •

Breath Strength Integrity Spirit

Types of Movements

Forrest yoga is gentle and requires simple poses and breathing techniques, but also don’t forget to use deep breathing, which will be helpful for your muscles, as they will be challenged along the course. • Deep breathing • Active hands and feet • Relax Neck • Tuck Tailbone • Wrap Shoulders • Telescope Ribs • Expand Ribs

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Mission of Forrest Yoga

Creating a sense of freedom, a connection to your spirit, and the courage to walk as your spirit dictates. It teaches you how to go deeper, find your truth and, take these gifts beyond the mat and into the rest of your life. Practicing Forrest Yoga brings you strength and helps you center by connecting you to your core. It uses heat and deep breathing to sweat out your toxins. The long holds during the pose sequences help you flush, oxygenate, and rejuvenate every cell. You don’t need to be a strong flexible person or advanced practitioner to start Forrest Yoga. It only requires that you bring a willingness to learn how to feel free and respond honestly when you are challenged. Forrest Yoga practice can translate to our daily lives. There are many times I directly apply my practice, for example, mindfulness being 100% present in every moment of my life, speaking truth – following my heart and loving myself unconditionally. Forrest Yoga honors and celebrates the beauty of life; it’s an inspiring yoga workout that builds flexibility, intelligence and strength while helping deepen the relationship with your inner self.

Testimonial from Brian: “I am a beginner yoga student and have been practicing with Miky for almost 2 months at B-attitude Spa, Beverly Hills Tower as part of my weekly routine. Her classes are intense. She puts a lot of thought into every class, varying and modifying the sequences to help develop strength, flexibility, mobility and balance. Her classes also have a soulful element to them - each class we focus on a unique and positive message, which I take home with me for the rest of the week. I find it also helps me deepen my mind and body connection. Through Mikyung’s practice, I have found that my mobility and flexibility has improved immensely. This has helped me in all aspects of life including work, health and fitness.”

Connect with Miky: Practice Forrest Yoga at Warwick Hotel on Mondays at 7pm; Katara Beach Club on Tuesdays at 5.30pm and Wednesdays at 6pm.

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ACTIVE BODY

A PLETHORA OF TENNIS

NTANDO STEMMET GIVES US THE LOWDOWN ON FITNESS, TENNIS AND HOW TO STAY ACTIVE THIS MONTH.

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’m sitting on a rock-hard chair, the temperature is twelve degrees Celsius, there are thousands of people screaming all around me, and yet I have a huge smile on my face. That’s because I’m at Centre Court in Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex, watching the final of the ATP Qatar Open 2018. Where the ever-popular French showman Gael Monfils (31) has finally won the championship, beating the 21 year-old Andrey Rublev in straight sets 6-2, 6-3. The crowd gets even more boisterous when we’re reminded that this is Monfils’ fourth final in Doha and that he’s been the runner-up thrice before; losing to Roger Federer in 2006, JoWilfried Tsonga in 2012, and most recently Rafael Nadal in 2014. This is Monfils’ seventh career title, and as his eyes well-up with tears and his voice cracks - the crowd explodes in a roar of applause as we realise just how much winning the Qatar Open means to this former top ten player. The beginning of the year is always a

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treat for Doha tennis fans. We’ve already had the ATP tournament and this month the WTA Qatar Open will be taking place from 12 - 18 February. The injuries in the men’s tournament saw the biggest names withdraw from the tournament, which was a massive disappointment. Most notably the 2016 and 2017 champion, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic as well as the 2012 champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France. I’ve been figuratively holding my breath since December for Serena Williams to take part this year following her return to tennis after giving birth to her first child. I haven’t given up hope that both the Williams sisters will be in Doha this month. Despite the fact that Serena pulled out of the first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open and Venus Williams was knocked out of the same tournament in the first round, I am still hopeful - let me have my hope. The Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex is one of my favourite places in Doha. It was inaugurated by His Highness


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Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, The Emir of the State Of Qatar on 16 December 1992. The first ATP Qatar Open for men took place in January 1993. Then in 2001 the WTA Qatar Open was established for the women. it’s incredible watching the top players in the world play here, their skills and techniques are near flawless. It encourages me to hone and improve my own skills in my social game. In November 2017 I took part in the Qatar Ladies Sports & Social Club (QLSSC) winter tournament and won the championship trophy with my doubles partner Cristel. We went the entire tournament unbeaten right up until we qualified for the final. For us that was an achievement on its own - but to walk away with the trophy was a phenomenal feeling. Besides my love for the game, I love the physical and mental benefits. Playing tennis is a brilliant way to workout your entire body. Your lower body gets a workout from the running, jumping and crouching that you do. And the action of hitting the ball, whether it’s single or double-handed, works your upper body as well, particularly your shoulders, upper back and arms. Tennis increases your oxygen intake during the game, by increasing your heart-rate and helping your blood deliver oxygen and nutrients to your muscles while burning calories. As far as clearing the mind, for me the act of concentrating on the ball and anticipating my opponent’s next move whilst formatting my own, helps to relieve whatever stresses I’ve experienced for the day and focus on my body, my breathing and my movements. Of course being competitive (even in a social tournament) comes with its own tension. But a little positive tension a couple of times a week doesn’t hurt. If you’re interested in making use of these immaculate world class facilities at Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex, I’ve enclosed the schedule, rules and contacts below.

COURT SCHEDULE: • • • •

Sunday - Thursday 08h00 17h00 and 19h00 - 23h00 Fridays and Saturdays 06h00 - 23h00

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The tennis court can only be booked a day in advance. Cancellations must be made a minimum of six hours before the booked time, otherwise you’ll still be charged.

You can contact the information desk on +974 44409666 to make a booking.

BEHIND THE WORDS

Ntando Stemmet is a South African born entrepreneur and marketing specialist with a keen interest in fitness, health and sports. She eagerly pursues a balanced life with particular focus on overall wellness in modern lifestyles. You can read her lifestyle blog on www.ntandostemmet.com and follow her at @ntandostemmet.

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Staying Healthy

on the go RABI’AH. M SHARES HER FAVOURITE ON-THE-GO MEALS FOR THOSE WITH A HECTIC SCHEDULE. 70


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onsidering our hustling and bustling lives of the modern day age, one is constantly under the pressure to perform well at work, education or at home. For those who are working long hours and have to manage their families simultaneously, this can be a true juggling task. It is within this context that eating healthy and staying trim and in shape is something one cannot afford to compromise on even though in most cases this is probably what ends up happening. Trends of consuming healthy food including purchasing organic food and opting for prepared meals by diet chefs may seem like part of the fad diets, however staying healthy does not need one to enroll into a monthly membership of the dishes prepared by a diet chef. In my own case I have struggled to eat healthy, however, considering the chilly weather and the demands

of our modern life, I believe there are simple measures and recipes one can create in the comfort of their home, without going that extra mile to hire a chef. I have been keen on exploring packing to go healthy lunch meals, in my research I came across an abundance of mouth-watering scrumptious recipes, however, one needs to ask themselves if they are willing to make that effort of preparing it in the first place. I am not going to recommend difficult dishes or ingredients which are rarely available in the market. Pasta is definitely on top of my list since it is not time-consuming preparation wise, secondly, it is nutritious and you can accessorize it with your personalized recipe of vegetables which take lesser time to cook. So I would suggest buying a stir fry mix pack from the supermarket which would include an array of colorful vegetables such as bean sprouts, onions, carrots and many others. Use tomato

and basil sauce to cook up the pasta and stir-fry. The outcome is definitely a tasty one which can be complimented by tomato ketchup or Tabasco sauce. Imagine the tantalizing taste of pasta at work, not only is it filling, but even light to your tummy. Second on my list are home-wraps, these come in a huge variety. For instance, grilled chicken Caesar salad wrap: you can combine your salad with the grilled chicken leftover from the other day and create an amazing wrap. Or the veggie wrap which consists of avocado, carrots, cucumber, red sweet pepper and crumbled feta cheese, the entire combination of ingredients makes a light and nutritious meal ideal for lunchtime. Third in my list are salads, whether it is the Greek Pita Salad, low in calorie it is full of protein thanks to chickpeas and the low-fat feta cheese which adds its unique taste to the salad. Consisting of lettuce, pita, chickpeas, cucumber, red onion and Greek dressing, this is light

on the tummy indeed. There is another yummy salad, which is a must to mention to the readers, it is the 3 bean salad with Kale. Due to the rich fiber contents of beans and kale, this is a winner salad recipe. Consisting of black beans, white beans, kidney beans, avocado, lemon juice and kale in the salad, one can complement this meal with a side-snack by having 5-6 Kashi 7-grain crackers with low-fat cheese string. Last but not the least on my mail list is the classic low fat yogurt and granola, raisins and strawberry dessert, which is all natural in sugars thanks to fructose and helps in uplifting one’s mood too. Eating right and ensuring we make sensible choices towards opting for healthy meals which can be prepared in a jiff should be supported by a sense of enthusiasm knowing that healthy food needn’t be boring and bland, but in fact it can be vibrant, knowing there is always room for something new to try rather than limiting our choices to a certain boundary only.

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GET ACTIVE

SHERATON FITNESS Dedicate a day full of health with a funfilled fitness day and exclusive promotional discounts to celebrate Qatar National Sports Day.

FIND IT: Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel, Al Corniche Street. Promotion available on February 13. CALL: 4485 4600 SIX SENSES SPA Rejuvenate the skin with a Subtle Energies facial for that perfect healthy glow. Your journey continues with an express manicure and pedicure to make your hands and feet look refreshed as well.

FIND IT: Sharq Village & Spa, Ras Abu Abboud Street. Promotion for 100min, priced at QR900. CALL: 4425 6999 JAULA SPA & CLUB Treat yourself and your loved one to a romantic break of a 30min body scrub and a 60min full body massage. To make this journey even more perfect, get either a 30min facial, extra massage or hand or foot treatment.

FIND IT: Grand Hyatt Doha, West Bay Lagoon. Available daily, priced at QR850 per person. CALL: 4448 1056 JAULA SPA & CLUB The prominent spa is bringing the expertise of French beauty brand CARITA to Doha. Experience the perfect balance between excellence and precision with CARITA’s treatment line and give your skin outstanding beauty results. Be among the lucky ones, as the top twenty people booking for a facial will receive a CARITA vanity case containing selected samples.

FIND IT: Grand Hyatt Doha, West Bay Lagoon. Available daily. CALL: 4448 1056 ESPA Treat yourself to a power express package including a 30min facial and a 30min

SPOTS TO UNWIND RELAX AND UNWIND IN THESE SOUGH-AFTER SPOTS IN THE CITY. massage, topped up with a mani/pedi.

FIND IT: Mondrian Doha, West Bay Lagoon. Promotion available only for the month of February, priced at QR850 per person. CALL: 4045 5550 THE SPA & WELLNESS CENTRE Indulge in a luxurious traditional Hammam with a touch of opulence this Valentine’s Day. This treatment begins with an AMRA foot ritual continued with Gold Hammam Soap and steam body cleanse, then exfoliation of the body using the traditional Kassa glove and Gold Rejuvenating Body Polish that follows with a Gold Rejuvenating Rhassoul Body Wrap to hydrate and regenerate the skin. The ritual ends in a comfortable treatment room with a relaxing body moisturizer using Gold Rejuvenating Body Butter and finishes with a mini facial.

FIND IT: Four Seasons Hotel Doha, Corniche Street. Promotion priced at QR 3,190. Book the treatment and receive a gift of Gold Hair Essence from AMRA skin care. CALL: 4494 8802 FITNESS CENTER Join the fun at Zumba sessions and Drop-in classes (for ladies only).

FIND IT: Ezdan Hotel, 4th floor. Available Sunday and Tuesday from 7pm until 8pm;

SPA INTERCONTINENTAL Feel total rejuvenation with a complimentary 30min massage of your choice for any 60min Hollywood Intraceuticals facial purchased.

FIND IT: InterContinental Doha, Al Dafna West Bay. CALL: 4484 4444

Monday and Wednesday from 8.30am until 9.30am. CALL: 4496 9620 POOL & BEACH ACCESS Treat yourself to a day of sun, private beach access and five outdoor swimming pools while enjoying a QR200 Food & Beverage credit at the Pool Grill Restaurant located right next to the beach. Maximize the relaxation and get 20% off spa treatments.

FIND IT: Four Seasons Hotel Doha, The Corniche. Promotion available from SundayThursday for QR250; Friday-Saturday for QR350. CALL: 4494 8802

SIX SENSES SPA The ultimate couples retreat, starting with a 10min foot soak ritual, followed by a 50min signature massage of your choice, and ending it with a 30min facial.

FIND IT: Sharq Village & Spa, Ras Abu Abboud Street. Promotion priced at QR1,360 for couples and QR680 for singles. CALL:4425 6999

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pack your bags WHETHER YOU DECIDE TO MAKE YOUR GETAWAY LOCAL OR INTERNATIONAL, WE’VE GOT THE PERFECT CHOICES TO UNWIND.


LOCAL GETAWAY

AN OPULENT STAY IF YOU’RE IN NEED TO DISCOVER QATAR’S EVER GROWING HISTORY AND WARM HOSPITALITY, THEN MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR A ONE-OF-A-KIND STAYCATION AT SOUQ WAQIF BOUTIQUE HOTELS. QH HAD A FABULOUS AND LUXURIOUS STAY AND WE’RE GIVING YOU THE 101 OF THESE WHIMSICAL VENUES.


LOCAL GETAWAY

The Lowdown:

With a modern style but yet, oozing Arabic elegance, grandeur and opulence, Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli are located in the heart of the city. With just a couple of minutes from Corniche, West Bay and Doha’s creative hub, this magical place is set to give you a fantastic stay worth your coin. Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels is a collection of nine buildings offering cutting-edge spa treatments, traditional cuisine, and an overflowing Qatari hospitality. With that being said, we had the luxury to stay an experience royal treatment at Al Bidda Boutique Hotel.

Take a Peek Into My Room

Spacious, elegant, opulent and regal are just some words to describe our luxurious and cutting-edge room. Packed with traditional lamps, spacious bed, welcoming fruits and dates, and a modern shower – we were ecstatic to experience a journey of nothing but tradition. Oozing coziness and comfort, rooms are nothing but the epitome of Qatari tradition – luxurious at its best. If you’re into a rich décor, stylish beddings, and coveting to experience local traditions, then this venue is definitely for you.

Come Dine With Me

Cuisine is something we at QH take very seriously. Having dined at different venues, we highly recommend for a fabulous and one-of-a-kind culinary experience, Al Matbakh Rooftop Grill. Offering Indian cuisine, and perhaps the best butter chicken in town, every dish is mouthwatering and enough for two to share. We gave their chicken tikka a go (tandoor bread obviously too), and its refreshing mango lassi. And as if the dishes weren’t enough, this venue offers a spectacular view over the Corniche and the city’s skyline with an open roof option and terrace. So if you wish to dine beneath the stars, the Rooftop Grill might just be your favourite option. The venue is open everyday from 6pm until 12am. And for the breakfast lovers, La Piazza offers an exquisite and vast menu of Indian, Arabic and International choices. Visit from 7am until 11.30am for its everyday buffet and enjoy to a delectable breakfast in a regal venue.

Extra Touches

No staycation would be one without a visit to the spa. Having done the Balinese treatment, which consisted of a 60min body massage with soothing and relaxing oils – stress was out the window. The spa is equipped with cuttingedge technology, but with an Arabian twist to its magical décor. Offering a Moroccan Hammam special room, customers are welcomed to enjoy and unwind within their luxurious treatments. And if that isn’t enough, the spa also provides organic products to buy and take home for your personal skin care. But if a spa day isn’t what you’re looking for and perhaps the Souq’s history is what intrigues you, the hotels also offer a tour within the historical place for a round up of Qatar’s outstanding history. (A tour guide is available at 4pm, but check with reception beforehand.)

The Round-Up

If you’re looking to succumb into Qatar’s hospitality and its many wonderful and regal traditions, then Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels is your cup of tea. Offering a myriad of venues, activities and with a welcoming and warm staff, make this location you next go-to- staycation.

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Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels is located at Souq Waqif. Call: 4433 6666.

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TOP 10 FAMILY FRIENDLY THINGS TO DO IN BALI LIFESTYLE BLOGGER POLLY KNOWS A THING OR TWO ABOUT TRAVELING. THIS MONTH, THE GLOBETROTTER SHARES HER TOP PLACES TO VISIT IN A BEAUTIFUL DESTINATION SUCH AS BALI.

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TRAVEL BUG

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hile my husband, toddler and I were checking into our flight to Bali at the airport, the check-in clerk told us that getting around Bali with a child would be impossible, and that it ‘wasn’t a great destination for children’. Well, it turns out that she was wrong. Very wrong, in fact. Not only do the Balinese people adore children, but 90% of the sites that we discovered and the activities that we pursued on our travels around the island were incredibly easy to do with young children or a baby in tow. Here are 10 of my recommendations for the most family-friendly things to in Bali.

TIP: Take some small change with you, because even though it is free to enter the terraces, the men who maintain the paths will ask for a voluntary donation as you cross certain points along the way.

1. Visit the rice terraces at Tegalalang, Ubud

2. Make friends with the monkeys in Monkey Forest

While in Ubud, the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary is also an exciting place to take children. It’s one of Bali’s most popular attractions for a reason: the beautiful (and rather ancient) natural forest is home to a troop of feisty grey long-tailed macaques. Besides being able to watch these monkeys play for hours in their natural habitat, which is far more appealing to children than staring through the bars of their cage in a zoo, the site offers interesting walks through leafy walkways, with stunning ancient temples en route.

TIP: The sun typically sets around 6.15pm in the summer, which is quite late for very young children. Therefore, we tried to combine our sunset watching with dinner, by booking a restaurant with a view.

TIP: Educate your children to be careful around the monkeys before you enter, as they are very bold and have been known to be vicious if provoked. Also, keep bags zipped up and food & drink tucked away from their grabby hands!

The famed steep green valleys of rice terraces that are located in the village of Tegalalang are a must-visit if you are staying in or near to Ubud. Located just half an hour away from the town by car, this landscape is one of the most breathtaking sights I have ever seen on my travels. Ignore the naysayers who tell you that the terraces are too steep for young children to cope with, or too trecherous for them to climb. Sophia, aged 16 months, tackled them admirably (with a little assistance!) and enjoyed counting the steps down the hillside and back the other side. As an added bonus, she also slept incredibly well that night!

TIP: There are no sun loungers or parasols for shade actually on the beach, unless you head to one of the beach clubs. If you are going to be there at the height of the day, hats and/or a portable sun shade is a must to keep children out of the scorching heat of the sun.

3. Spend a day on Jimbaran Beach

Arguably the most visually appealing of all of Bali’s beaches, Jimbaran Beach is located on Bali’s southwestern coast, where Bali’s mainland joins the Bukit Peninsula. With a plethora of luxury hotels nearby, including the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay, as well as great dining spots, such as the famous beach BBQ huts which spring to life as the sun goes down, there is more to see and do on this beach than any other in Bali. Plus, it’s one of my favourite places from which to watch the sun set.

4. Watch the sun set on the west coast

Before we left for Bali, it was the sunsets that our friends who had already been there raved about more than anything else. Pinterest backed up their claims, but I had to see my first Bali sunset for myself to truly believe the hype. I can’t put into words how magical Bali sunsets are. A combination of the perfect weather conditions, clear skies and just the right aspect make the south west coast of Bali one of the best places to view a sunset in the world.

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6. Visit a temple…or three!

A visit to Bali isn’t complete until you’ve visited at least one Hindu temple. It was top of my list of things to do while we were there, but I was worried that it might be an impossible feat, as many of them are located in quite remote places, a long drive from the main settlements where we were staying. I needn’t have fretted. Located just off the main street in the centre of Ubud, at the end of a pathway, which crosses scenic lotus ponds, is the stunning Saraswati Temple. With intricate architectural details and pretty grounds, this is a great place for kids to have a run around. The other temple we visited was Uluwatu Temple – the oldest temple in Bali and one of the most famous. Perched on steep cliffs overlooking the sea below, this temple hosts traditional dance shows and is one of the most picturesque Bali is renowned for its fabulous beach nightlife and chic clientele. places to watch the sun set. However, super-glamorous doesn’t always come hand in hand with super child-friendly, so if you want to spend a day at one, do your research first. El Kabron, the Spanish restaurant and cliff club located just outside of Uluwatu, has excellent food, provides high chairs and has plenty of shaded areas for little ones. Sundara Beach Club, attached to the Four Seasons at Jimbaran Bay has the most amazing infinity pool overlooking the beach, a fabulous children’s pool and kids club, and provides colouring books and crayons for the TIP: youngsters. Don’t worry

TRAVEL BUG

TIP: Check whether the beach club has a children’s menu before you book. You might find it’s worth packing some extra provisions if they don’t cater for the under twelves.

5. Spend a day at a cliff club or beach club

7. Spend the day at one of the Four Seasons resorts

Undoubtedly two of the most luxurious resorts on the whole of the island, the Four Seasons Resort at Sayan and the Four Seasons Resort at Jimbaran Bay have so much to offer families. From picturesque grounds, to stunning pools; world class restaurants to incredible kids clubs, I can’t recommend spending at least one day in complete and utter luxury at one of these resorts enough.

about having to cover your knees before visiting temples: most will provide you with a sarong at the entrance.

8. Go surfing and fishing at 9. Swim in Padang Padang Beach This small beach in Uluwatu can be found at the an infinity bottom of a winding pathway which tunnels into the steep cliffs, meaning that the journey down to pool with a it is just as fun for kids as the beach itself. This is one of Bali’s most famous surf spots, attracting view surfers from around the

world. Here, you can rent boards or sign TIP: up to a surfing The waves on academy. If this beach break over fishing is shallow coral, so if your more your children are beginners, this thing, there might not be the best beach for are several them to start learning to surf nooks in on. However, it’s just as fun to the cliffside watch the pro surfers doing around the their thing here as it is beach which to get stuck in. provide perfect places from which to cast a rod.

10. Enjoy the moment and get completely and utterly lost

With a wealth of knowledge at our fingertips these days thanks to the old WWW, it’s all too easy to create packed itineraries full of sites to be ticked off before you head out on your travels. However, Bali is one of those places where magic lies around literally every corner, and if you stick to your plans too rigidly, you’re likely to miss some special moments. Some of our most treasured memories from our trips were from when we went ‘off piste’…such as exploring the grounds of the Four Seasons Sayan to keep Sophia entertained when we were waiting for breakfast on our first day… Just not so lost that you lose all phone service and are unable to access Google Maps. You know, just in case…

With sunsets and sea views, beautiful natural landscapes and dramatic cliff sides, Bali is the dream location for a good infinity pool. There are a few world famous ones dotted about on the island, at The Hanging Gardens of Bali, Alila Villas Uluwatu, the Viceroy Bali and Ayung Resort, to name a few. We enjoyed a few rather beautiful infinity pools on our trip, but Sophia liked the one at Sundara Beach Club, Jimbaran Bay the best. TIP: Make a simple infinity pool more fun for the little ones by packing some pool toys. I’m still amazed at how a simple bucket, watering can or ball can transform their experience of a pool and keep them occupied for hours!

Follow Polly @polbag and to read more of her adventures visit: www.followyoursunshine.me

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WANDERLUST DINING

DINING DOWN UNDER WITH BREATHTAKING VIEWS OF SYDNEY’S ICONIC HARBOUR BRIDGE AND OPERA HOUSE AND SERVING CUISINES THAT MATCH THE OPULENCE OF EVERY DETAIL; BE IT DECOR OR SERVICE, AND COUPLED WITH A STAGGERING SIX MONTHS ADVANCE RESERVATION REQUIRED; THIS DINING ESTABLISHMENT IS NONE OTHER THAN QUAY. AUSTRALIA’S MOST AWARDED RESTAURANT AND IN SALLY CLARK’S OPINION, THE EPITOME OF FINE DINING.

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WANDERLUST DINING

The Lowdown

Dining at Quay is the ideal place to sample the diversity and complexity that modern Australian cuisine has to offer. It’s both excellent and expensive; meaning you may be washing dishes out the back for the foreseeable future but Quay is DEFINITELY worth it.

The Menu

Quay’s gastronomic orchestra is conducted by worldrenowned Chef Peter Gilmore, who consistently maintains the coveted 3 hat status. His dishes are delicate and intricate and his ingredients are rare and unusual; sourced only in Australia. Flavours are combined in a way that gives you a rich and unique culinary experience, leaving your palate slightly mystified but extremely happy.

Here are some must have’s from the menu:

Amuse Bouche – Fermented corn purée Course 1 – Hand shelled mud crab, kombu jelly, pickled bamboo, cultured cream, kabu turnips, sour Mexican cucumbers, Course 1 – Raw smoked Blackmore wagyu, horseradish sour cream, fermented rye crisps, raw funghi Course 2 – Master stock duck, pickled pink turnip, XO miso, and scorched amaranth leaf Course 2 – Murray Cod, braised shimonita onions, southern squid, sake, hatsuka Course 3 – Snow Egg This masterpiece deserves more than just a typical caption and picture, but instead a paragraph about its perfection. Let me start by saying this is the best dessert I have ever had in my life and I doubt it will ever be surpassed! Very rarely do I delve this deep into the description of

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a dish, however, the Snow Egg is the most elaborate culinary creation that I have ever experienced and just a picture will not do it justice. To eat “The Snow Egg” you tap the exterior, with slight force, in order to penetrate the maltose praline biscuit that is thin just like the shell of an egg. You are then met with a light fluffy poached meringue, that encapsulates a perfectly balanced guava ice cream. However, this molecular masterpiece doesn’t end there! The Snow Egg is positioned atop a creamy fool (fruit folded into a sweet custard) that is balanced by a refreshing bed of granita (semi-frozen dessert). This truly textural treat is opulently served in a thin-rimmed glass that simplistically showcases everything you could want in a dessert. Simply put this dessert tasted like heaven! It wasn’t too sweet, it wasn’t too cold, it wasn’t hot, it wasn’t rich and it definitely wasn’t bland… it was pure perfection. I dare say that if your dining with anyone you care about and wish to continue your relationship when you leave the premises, then I suggest the Snow Egg is NOT to be shared. I repeat… NOT to be shared.

The Roundup

Cuisine: International, Australian, contemporary, gluten free available and vegetarian friendly Food: 5/5 Atmosphere: 4.5/5 Creativity: 5 Service: 5/5 Value for $: 4.5/5 A truly magnificent fine dining experience by Chef Peter ad more ja or re in Gilmore where you would n d o fo logs at @flying certainly visit more than just ining b d g n li e av the once, but you’ll have to of her tr inja.com gfoodn in ly make sure your wallet is fully .f w ww restocked before hand!

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AT A GLANCE

Beyond Majesties Bestowals The opening night of artist Mohammad Al Baker at W Doha hotel was attended by a host of Qatar’s dignitaries. On display was Al Baker’s collection of beautifully handcrafted jewellery sculptures telling of the legends of Sultans, Kings and Princes throughout history.

SHOP QATAR 2018 OPENING CEREMONY In its second edition, Shop Qatar returned for a colourful celebration of the country’s retail and entertainment offerings. The month-long festival invited residents and visitors to explore and enjoy Qatar’s diverse retail sector which offered everything from luxury malls and high-end boutiques to themed, entertainment-rich shopping centres, as well as authentic souqs and bazaars.

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AT A GLANCE PHUKET BBQ WAVES PARTY With a new concept in town, Sabai Thai is making its mark with new BBQ nights. So enjoy to a delicious Thai buffet, great tunes and laid-back atmosphere happening every Thursday at The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa.

THE COLOR RUN DOHA The happiest 5k was back this past month for a dose of colour and a lot of fun! The successful event gathered young, teens and adults for a day filled with friends, colour and laughter at QNCC. Here is a glimpse of what went down!

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LAST WORD

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