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CONTENTS SPOTLIGHT ON...

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ENTERTAINMENT 16 The Big Day Out 18 Awake the Kid in You 20 The Gulf Jazz Festival 22 On the Verge

Get Ready to Rumble! QH takes a close look at the WWE Wrestlemania Revenge Tour Doha, the first-ever WWE event held in Qatar.

ARTS & CULTURE 28 In Perfect Harmony COMMUNITY 32 Playing for a Greener Future FOOD 38 Fabulous French Food 40 Tasty Thai Treats 42 In The Land of Hummus 44 Top 5 Kitchen Gadgets for Healthy Living

QH STUFF 4 EDITOR-IN-CHIEF LETTER 6 QH TEAM 8 APRIL HIGHLIGHTS 10 QH RECOMMENDS

26 VIRGIN RECOMMENDS 96 IT HAPPENED 104 PHONE DIRECTORY

HEALTH AND WELLNESS 50 More Than Just A Haircut 52 Holistic Healing SPORTS 72 Qatar Match Racing 73 Have a Ball! 74 The Emir’s Cup 75 Losail Open in Shotgun 76 Celebrated Football Tournaments

80 EVENT LISTINGS HEALTH & WELLNESS

SPOTLIGHT ON FOOD

Outdoor Dining Roundup

HAPPENING HOTLISTS 24 ENTERTAINMENT 30 ARTS & CULTURE 34 COMMUNITY

Summer Prep at La Salon

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QH SENSATIONS LEARN

Let’s Go Diving! 54 Scuba diving adventures

LIVE

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under the sea

Online Shopping Made Easy

The easiest ways to ship goods in a hurry

A Change of Pace

Enjoy a weekend getaway without leaving Doha

LOOK

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Easy, Breezy Beauty Gadgets

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The Future of Fashion

The next generation of fashion designers are about to graduate...

Looking good has never been easy

EXPERIENCE

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Reasons to Fly

Our pick of top destinations

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FROM THE DESK OF THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Publisher: The Art of Business Chairman: Ahmed Hassan Bilal Editor-in-Chief: Nasser Ahmed Hassan Bilal Executive Director: Moona Masri-Whitice Executive Editor: Sydnee Bryant Senior Correspondent: Jorge Granda Contributors: Ryan Archer, Phil Hakecka, John Samples, Noel Delos Santos, May-Britt Searty Copy Editors: Sylvia Cole, Greg Weston

As we welcome the month of April, we start looking forward to spring and all that comes with it. Although Qatar’s weather might not distinguish much between spring and summer, this season remains a time of fresh flowers and lots of outdoor activities. Here in Doha, there is plenty to do outside while the weather is still refreshing. On the entertainment front, The Big Day Out, a lively desert concert, promises to be a wonderful weekend of great music and good weather. We bring you all the details on this spectacular event. If you prefer to listen to your music indoors, check out the Doha Community Orchestra and DCO Wind Band’s spring concert taking place April 29. We checked in with conductors Brita Fray and Sanford Jones to get the scoop on what it takes to co-ordinate two musical ensembles into one fantastic concert. We also reviewed the best places for outdoor dining in Doha. With plenty of great restaurants with nice outdoor seating at places such as Katara Cultural Village, Souq Waqif and The Pearl-Qatar, it was tough to make our choices but we had an amazing time doing research!

Photographer: Mikhail Quijano Graphic Designers: Paolo Kurtis Tan, “Boby” Ildiko Francia, Mikhail Quijano New Media Manager: Jay Panganiban Business Development Manager: Kristina Helg Distribution & Accounts: Lanie Fillo-Pana Distribution Assistant: Jaya Gautam Printing: Al Raya Commercial Press Have Your Say: Feedback and comments are always welcome. Please forward letters to the editor: Email: editor@qatarhappening.com info@qatarhappening.com marketing@qatarhappening.com Call Details: Inquiries: Marketing: Fax:

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

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

This month, we celebrate the fashion design graduates at VCUQ, who cap off years of hard work with one final show before graduation. We show you a sneak peak of the collections they’ll be presenting at their show and give you some insight into the designers behind the collections. We also take a look at some of the coolest gadgets on the market. Whether they are for the kitchen, bathroom or living room, gadgets continue to make our lives easier while amusing us with their ingenuity. And because product hoarding is common in Qatar, we also look at the glorious resource that is online shopping, a way to get gadgets from all over the world within days. Of course, as we prepare for spring, we are still mindful of everything that is going on in the world right now. As we watch footage of the earthquakes and resulting tsunami in Japan, we are humbled by nature and reminded of how blessed we truly are. We feel very deeply for the people of Japan as they begin their long road to recovery.

Thanks for reading.

QATAR HAPPENING (QH) is published 11 times a year by The Art of Business, Doha, Qatar, an associate of Ahmed Hassan Bilal Group of Companies. The information contained in QATAR HAPPENING (QH) is correct at the time of printing. Details may change at any time without liability on the part of The Art of Business. Readers are advised to confirm details with the event organizers. All rights reserved 2011, The Art of Business. Reproduction in part or in full is strictly prohibited. QATAR HAPPENING (QH) assumes no responsibility for content of advertisements. QATAR HAPPENING (QH) retails for QR 8. Bulk subscriptions are available for QR 3 each, for orders over 50.

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ON THE COVER

Nasser Ahmed Hassan Bilal Editor-in-Chief

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The Ferris Wheel at Gondolania Photo by Mikhail Quijano


QH TEAM

The QH staff is thrilled to welcome spring this month, and all that goes with it! When we weren’t busy getting this issue ready, we were enjoying beach parties, barbeques, scuba diving and some quality patio time. Here are just a few of our favourite things about April:

Moona, G

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• Baby bunnies, baby chicks, baby kittens…basically any adorable newborn animal

Sydnee, The Editor

• Fresh, sweet-smelling flowers everywhere in pretty pastel colours • Mini Eggs (we know this yummy treat is now available year-round, but they still taste best this time of year!) • Weather mild enough to be outside for long periods of time but hot enough to enjoy the beach

Mikhail,

Photog

• Shopping for our spring and summer wardrobes

Jay, Interwebs guy

Thanks for reading!

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Doha Garden Club Holiday Village Doha see p34

Lamb Delight Doha Marriott see p37

The Emir’s Cup Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club Until the 6th, see p74

The Golden Age of Dutch Painting Masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum Museum of Islamic Art see p30

Seasons’ Theme Nights Mövenpick Hotel Doha Daily, see p88

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Media Revolution to Street Revolution: 20 Years of Arab Commercial Satellite Television Grand Hyatt Doha, see p34 So Near, So Far Differences & Similarities Museum of Islamic Art Until the 14th, see p91

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DJ Night with DJ Roger Choueiry La Cigale Sundays, see p80

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Steak Nights Oryx Rotana see p83

Date Delights and Mocktails Sheraton Daily, see p88

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All-You-Can-Eat Pizza and Pasta Sealine Beach Resort Daily, see p80

Shisha Barbecue Sharq Village and Spa Daily, see p87

19 Catch of the Day! Sheraton Doha Daily, see p88

Quiz Night Ramada Plaza see p80

Losail Open in Shotgun Losail Shooting Club Until the 14th, see p78

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Churrasco Brazilian Barbecue on the Beach Four Seasons Doha, Wednesdays, see p37

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17 American Week Grand Regency Until the 29th, see p46

Qatar Match Racing Doha Sailing Club Until the 9th, see p72

Curry Night Mövenpick Tower and Suites Wednesdays, see p84

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VCUQatar Annual Fashion Show VCUQatar Until the 21st, see p30 The Source of Samarra Dancers in the 9th Century Museum of Islamic Art see p91

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Senior Showcase The Gallery at VCUQatar Until Aug 20th, see p91

HAPPY EASTER!

Syrian Food Festival Sharq Village and Spa Until the 30th, see p46

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SATURDAY Doha Mums Yard Sale Compass International School see p34 Corona Water Volleyball InterContinental Doha Until the 2nd, see p73

1 GONDOLANIA The Grand Opening Gondolania, Villaggio Mall see p18 Defected In The House La Cigale see p24

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Bollywood meets Hollywood Doha Marriott see p81

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THE BIG DAY OUT InterContinental Doha Until the 15th see p16

7th Al Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival Sheraton Doha Until the 24th, see p34

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Pizza & Pasta Night Merwebhotel Central Doha Thursdays, see p84

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Qube Idol 2011! Ramada Plaza see p24 Chocolate Creations Oryx Rotana Until the 16th, see p46

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Qatar Stars League Finals Qatar Sports Club see p78

Pacha Party W Doha see p80 see p14

22 Doha Community Orchestra Spring Concert: Tribute to Gershwin American School of Doha see p30

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9 Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra Beethoven and Stravinsky Opera House, Katara see p30

Friday Asian Brunch Holiday Villa Doha Fridays, see p84

14 North Indian Food Promo Ramada Plaza see p46

Cinema under the Stars Ritz-Carlton Doha Saturdays, see p81

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23 Gulf Jazz Festival 2011 Grand Hyatt Doha see p20 The 9th World Conference of Sport and Environment Sheraton Doha Until May 2nd, see p32

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RECOMMENDS

Feeling the need to spoil yourself? Try some of our new favourite things.

Wonder Woman Precious Fluid For a skincare product to be really worth our while, we need it to do double duty. L’Occitane En Provence Precious Fluid is designed to be an anti-aging skincare treatment but it does so much more than that; not only does it help take care of our aging skin, it also makes it incredibly smooth. This lightweight serum glides onto skin easily without causing it to become greasy. Our skin’s texture instantly feels less rough whenever we apply Precious Fluid. Made with nutrient-rich ingredients such as sunflower seed oil, evening primrose oil and fig fruit extract, this lotion is ideal for normal to combination skin. Apply after moisturizing for maximum effect.

Sweet Sunsets For a fruity, playful scent try Escada Taj Sunset. This flirty fragrance is perfect for wearing For a shiny, healthy pucker, try during the day but would also the newly revamped Rimmel be appropriate for a casual London Vinyl Gloss in No beach party. With heavy hints Regrets. Full of nourishing of blood orange and Alphonso ingredients like shea butter, mango, this limited edition scent grape seed oil and aloe vera, is sweet and sexy without being this lip gloss helps keep your nauseatingly saccharine. Unlike heavier fragrances, this breezy lips healthy while making scent is a refreshing splash of them shine. The colour isn’t fruity pleasure. This completely overwhelming and can be wearable fragrance reminds layered on for more oomph if us of cute summer dresses and shocking pink is what you fancy. lazy days spent sipping yummy We like its smooth feel, noncocktails on the beach. Watery sticky formula and subtle sheen. blossom, sweet primrose, This gloss always makes our lips raspberry, coconut cream, musk feel silky soft without sacrificing and sandalwood round out this colour or shine. exotic floral scent.

No Regrets

MAC is always surprising us with their adorable, innovative collections that appeal to women of all ages. Their new Wonder Woman collection is no exception. With a range of lipsticks, blushes, pigments, eye shadow quads, nail lacquers, eyeliners and mascaras, this collection delivers fierce colours in fun packaging. Throw on a Wonder Woman utility belt brush set and sit down to play with Marquise d’ lipstick, eye shadows from the Lady Justice eye quad and Amazon Princess blush. Fill your Bulletproof Blue makeup bag with a range of playful colours, from Spitfire lipstick to Golden Lauriat mineralize skinfinish. Whether you’re a comic book fan or not, MAC’s newest collection reminds us that makeup is supposed to be fun.

All Hail Caesar While Caesar salad has always been one of our favourite foods, we can’t always find one that fits our fancy. The Caesar Salad at W Café, located in W Doha, is beyond incredible. We love its crisp Romaine lettuce, sharp parmesan cheese, crunchy homemade croutons and can’tbelieve-they’re-not-really-pork bacon bits. The tangy taste and generous portion wins us over every time. Served with fresh, hot buns, this dish is the ultimate lunch time treat for those who are in a hurry or just really love salad. This great dish comes with your choice of chicken or seafood. The best part is this fantastic salad can be prepared in mere minutes.


QH RECOMMENDS

Goodbye Lullaby Canadian pop princess Avril Lavigne is back and fiercer than ever with her album Goodbye Lullaby. Lavigne wrote or co-wrote all of the songs on this cathartic album following her split from Sum 41 musician Deryck Whibley. The album is a beautiful mix of sad goodbyes, appreciation for love and a willingness to move on without regrets. Whibley produced several of the songs on the album, showing that ex’s can not only stay friends but can even work together. The album is a musical journey through their relationship, beginning with the pretty Black Star, a tribute to Whibley, and ending with the self-explanatory Goodbye.

Sugary Scrubs Jo Malone’s Vitamin E Body Treatment Scrub is a thick, creamy mixture of organic brown sugar, vitamin E, shea butter and vegetable, fruit and seed oils. This gentle sugar scrub works to remove dry, dead skin without abusing skin. Milder than scrubs made from nuts or rough particles, this revitalizing treatment will leave your skin glowing from head to toe, while reducing the amount of environmental toxins on your skin’s surface. This sweet-smelling scrub, so rich and full of emollients, will leave your skin so soft and supple that you won’t need to moisturize afterwards. Use at least once a week to leave skin looking good and feeling great.

Lovely Lotion Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion is not merely a moisturizer; it is the salvation of faces everywhere. The light yellow lotion works on every skin tone, including combination skin (the dreaded mix of an oily t-zone and dry cheeks). Never heavy nor greasy, this lotion not only keeps our face moisturized and fresh, it actually works to improve our skin’s texture. The weight of this moisturizer is ideal for day but can also be used at night in lieu of a heavier cream for those without desertdry skin. We love its handydandy, spillproof pump and lack of annoying fragrance.

More Macaroons! We have always been ridiculously in love with macaroons. But we can be a little fickle when it comes to deciding which variety of macaroons tickles our fancy at any given time. This month, we are nuts for the coconut macaroons at Seasons restaurant in Movenpick Hotel. Light, chewy and decadently sweet, these macaroons are the ultimate dessert after a big meal. While you can only snag them on certain theme nights, such as the Asian night every Wednesday, it is totally worth the wait each week to get our hands on a plateful of these amazing cookies. Every bite is like sugar-coated heaven, leaving us wanting more.

LIFESTYLE AWARDS

Best Bakery

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We are happy to announce the winner of the QH Lifestyle Award for Best Bakery is National Bakery. QH teamed up with www.iloveqatar.net to poll residents of Qatar to find the most popular bakery in town. Respondents chose from a list of 10 bakeries in Doha to pick their favourite bakery. QH would like to thank I Love Qatar and everyone who voted for their preferred bakery.


SPOTLIGHT ON ENTERTAINMENT

By Jorge Granda

Who doesn’t know who John Cena, Triple H or Sheamus are? Residents of Qatar, get ready to watch them live, along with 30 other stars from the WWE, as the WWE Wrestlemania Revenge Tour Doha 2011 lands in Doha this month. verybody has the impression that Qatar wants to become the epicentre of sporting events. But it seems the country has bigger ambitions and wants to be known as the greatest host to premium entertainment events of all kinds.

April 23, at the Qatar Sports Club. Some of the most famous personalities of one of the biggest TV sporting spectacles in the globe will go head-to-head in the ring right here in Doha. More than 30 wrestlers from seven different countries will participate in the WWE WrestleMania Revenge Tour Doha 2011. The public attending the event will have the once in a lifetime chance to see American megastars John Cena and Triple H, Canadian Santino Marella, Irish star Sheamus, famous Indian wrestler The Great Khali, Mexican Luis Ignacio and Japanese Yoshi Tatsu battling it out in the arena at the Qatar Sports Club. A total crew of 55 WWE staff are expected to set up the ambience for a night you will never forget.

This month brings a big surprise for all residents of Qatar and the region. After several years of negotiations and scheduling, the biggest superstars of the wrestling world will make their longawaited appearance on Qatari soil. Golden Relations, in partnership with Qtel’s Virgin Mobile service, will bring the best of the WWE Raw to the Middle East for the first time. “Golden Relations is very proud to be partnering with Qtel's Virgin Mobile Service. The three-hour event will start at 8:00 p.m. Without their help, this event would not Spectators are requested to come by even be possible and would only be a 7:30 p.m., as a pre-show will be taking dream. Together we are raising the profile place. Gates will open at 5:00 p.m. of events in Qatar,” said Bilal Taha, CEO of Golden Relations. The WWE WrestleMania Revenge Tour Doha 2011will be a great opportunity for The WWE WrestleMania Revenge Tour the citizens of Qatar to witness a very Doha 2011 will take place Saturday, 14

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different kind of entertainment, which only now is possible to be seen in this part of the world. For many years, organizers of events companies have been trying to figure out which type of entertainment could be brought to Qatar that wouldn’t interfere with the religious and family values of the country. The WWE WrestleMania Revenge Tour Doha 2011 is an event that doesn’t represent any moral conflict and it’s something for the entire family to


SPOTLIGHT ON ENTERTAINMENT

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Fans will be given a very special treat – some of the wrestlers will participate in an autograph and photo session at Virgin Megastore at Villaggio Mall during the morning of April 23.

THE WRESTLERS enjoy, representing the ideal opportunity to bring a worldclass entertainment event to the country. “Golden Relations, in partnership with Qtel's Virgin Mobile Service, is thrilled to be bringing the WWE WrestleMania Revenge Tour to Qatar,” Taha said. “WWE WrestleMania Revenge, with its worldwide reputation and fan base, will bring with it a very strong spotlight, lifting not only the status of this fantastic country but also of the Middle East in regards to hosting premium entertainment events.”

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Facts

JOHN CENA USA

In 1985, the first Wrestlemania took place, which became the most important event of the wrestling scene.

In 2002, WWF was renamed to WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment). Two brands were created, as well as two different shows named Raw and Smackdown. Since then, the talents are able to switch shows on the basis of the so-called Draft Lottery.

In 2001, WWF was able to buy out their biggest competitors, WCW and ECW, becoming the worldwide wrestling market leader.

WWE RAW’s current superstars are John Cena, The Miz, Daniel Bryan, CM Punk, Goldust, Randy Orton and Sheamus.

In 1984, Hulk Hogan became the first world superstar talent of the WWF.

The WWE Believe it or not, the origin of today’s WWE dates back to the 30s. A boxing promoter known as Jess McMahon began to sell tickets for wrestling matches at the Municipal Stadium in Freeport, N.Y., while his son, Vince McMahon, was busy setting up partnerships. Vince founded his own league, the Capitol Wrestling Federation, in the 1950s and started to promote shows. A couple of years later, those shows were aired for the first time on TV. In the next

few decades, there were many name changes, the creation of other alliances and leagues, the scrapping of the original concept and evolution of the league, which eventually ended in the creation of the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in the 1980s. The WWF became the biggest wrestling league in the USA after buying out smaller leagues. Vince sold his company to his son, who turned it into a major entertainment company that focused on TV shows like All American Wrestling, Wrestling Challenge and Superstars of Wrestling. The WWF quickly became one of the biggest sports phenomenons in the world and a multi-million dollar TV spectacle.

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By Jorge Granda

This month brings the biggest music event of 2011 to Qatar. QH tells you why this is an event you shouldn’t miss.

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oha is rapidly becoming a big centre of entertainment. The days when there was not much to do in the city are way past us. Major festivities have become part of the yearly calendar of events. This month brings along the biggest music event of 2011. Thursday, April 14 and Friday, April 15, British rock band Toploader, Romanian YouTube sensation Akcent, one of Britain’s best-loved reggae bands ASWAD, Lebanese group Mashrou3 Leila and many other local and international performers will rock the beach at the InterContinental Doha. The Big Day Out is a new music festival hitting Qatar's music scene this year. ARGON Global, in association with AG Maccom, Finland Advertising, Global DJs and I Love Qatar, are the people behind the music event that will congregate bands and performers from Europe and the Middle East. Local bands will also have their space in the lineup at The Big Day Out. More than 6,000 people are expected to sing and dance along with the amazing acts during the twoday event. DJs, acrobats, jugglers and minimagic shows will add to the excitement of the biggest party of the year.

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The BANDS There are many bands that will get everybody to the dance floor. Let’s check out some the groups taking part in The Big Day Out.

TOPLOADER The British band was formed in 1997 and, since then, have sold over two million records worldwide and had 20 hits on the top of the charts. Over the years, Toploader has become one of the most successful acts in British music. Who can forget their global hit Dancing in the Moonlight or Magic Hotel? Their debut album sold over a million copies and, after taking a break in 2003, the band is releasing new material in May. Qatar’s partygoers will be one of the first audiences in the world to see their comeback and hear the new track off their new album Only Human.

AKCENT The Romanian band is a massive hit on YouTube and radio stations all over the world. Some of their number one hits include That’s my Name and Lovestoned, which became huge hits in Romania, Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Turkey, Macedonia, Croatia, Greece, India, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Qatar, Albania and Canada among other countries.

ASWAD Two decades and 15 albums later, ASWAD remains one of Britain’s most beloved reggae bands. The duo of Drummie Zeb is famous among reggae bands because they bring a certain flavour to the genre.


SPOTLIGHT ON ENTERTAINMENT

Times TOPLOADER & AKCENT (all ages) APR. 14

7:00 p.m. –10:00 pm

FULL LINE UP (21 and over only) APR. 15 2:00 p.m. into the early

hours of the morning

Akcent in Doha In anticipation of The Big Day Out, QH spoke with Adrian, Mihai and Sorin from Akcent, one of the most anticipated acts of the event.

QH: Is this your first time playing in Qatar? How do you feel about it? What are your expectations?

QH: Tell us a little bit about how you got started in the music business.

QH: Describe the kind of show the people attending The Big Day Out will experience.

ADRIAN: I started in my teenage years when I used to be a radio and club DJ in my home town. A few years later, I moved to Bucharest and continued working as a radio DJ for the biggest Romanian radio network at the time, Radio Contact. Step by step, I became interested in producing music; that’s when I formed Akcent with my old friends Sorin, Mihai and, at that time, Marius.

Adrian: Our show is always the kind of event where you don’t just sit and watch, but you participate; you’ll see… everybody will be singing with us, dancing and partying!

QH: Define your style and sound. Mihai: Our sound is constantly developing as we get influenced by the music we’re listening to, the people we meet and places we see, but we’re sticking to dance music with a very much pop influence on vocals.

Sorin: It is our first time in Qatar and we’re sure we’re going to have a great time and a good party as we always do! We have already got many messages from friends and fans on our Facebook fan page about the show.

QH: What makes your show different from other acts? Mihai: You should ask the people usually attending our shows; I think that’s the way you get the best idea about it! QH: What is the most enjoyable aspect of performing in front of a big audience? Sorin: Actually, for us, it really doesn’t matter if the audience is big or small; it’s amazing either way when we see people

enjoying our music and having a great time together with us. QH: You have become a huge hit on YouTube. How does that make you feel? Adrian: It is amazing and it seems it’s not only YouTube! But YouTube is an extraordinary way of making your music known to the world. Our latest video has already passed the seven million mark of views in very little time and it looks like it won't stop here. I’ve also noticed artists being very popular on YouTube while they are still unsigned, reaching millions of views from all over the world. QH: Do you think you are living the peak of your career? Mihai: We’ve actually been living it since a few years back when the success of That’s My Name started. Hopefully it will not end too soon, as we’re enjoying it a lot. QH: In which way do you want to influence people with your music? Sorin: We want people to think positive, to love and live their lives. That’s what we are usually singing about and that’s our main target with regards to our influence on the people.

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By Jorge Granda

Gondolania, the indoor theme park in Villaggio Mall, is changing the landscape of indoor entertainment. Last November, the park had a soft opening, as not all rides were ready for the public. But this month Gondolania will have its much-deserved grand opening, as the park becomes fully operational. QH tried firsthand all of the rides and games.

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hen we heard that Gondolania was having its grand opening April 7, we wanted to check out what was so special about the biggest indoor theme park in the region. We decided to make a special day out of it and went as group. Visiting the park was like reviving our childhood; we remembered how much fun and happiness these parks can bring to your life. We simply could not have had a better time. Gondolania transports you to a land of fantasy that will turn even the grumpiest person into the happiest person. Whether you are 10 or 50, there is something in the park that will put a smile in your face. Gondolania offers the perfect mix of thrill rides, kiddy rides and attractions that will blow your mind.

FEATURED RIDES AND ATTRACTIONS The Spinning Roller-Coaster If you like speed and big thrills, this is the right ride for you. The spinning gondolas run on a 370-metre track around the entire 18

park passing through buildings and on top of other attractions. It was a very bumpy ride, but it reminded us why roller-coasters are the biggest attraction in any theme park.

Gondalania Go-Kart We were told the track is the finest in Doha and we couldn’t agree more. The race track is challenging but extremely safe, allowing you to have the best possible time and drive as fast as you like without getting hurt.

The 4D theatre The only 4D cinema in Qatar offers one of the most realistic cinematic experiences there is. The ride is an absolute blast; I could hear my colleagues screaming and jumping as if they were little kids. We were so pleased, as we didn’t really expect to have so much fun. We saw two films and we couldn’t decide which one was better. But it’s not only what you see on the screen that makes this 10-minute ride so cool. The seats are operated on an air driven servo motion and special effects include front air blasts, front water spray, neck and leg ticklers and vibrating seats. It is one of the nicest things I have done in quite a while.

OTHER RIDES The Flume

Drop Tower

Sky Loop

Bumper Cars

Carousel

Ferris Wheel

Kiddie Train

Video Arcade

Dark Ride

Bowling Centre

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Sunday to Wednesday

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Thursday

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Friday

2:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

TICKET PRICES Fun Card (limited access to rides)

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Ride all you can card QR 60 (unlimited access to all rides) 4D Theatre

QR 20

Dark Ride

QR 20

Gondaladia Go-Kart

QR 60

Bowling Centre

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By Jorge Granda

The third edition of the Gulf Jazz Festival is coming to Qatar, much to the enjoyment of jazz fans in the country. QH gives you all the details on this annual music event.

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or the past two years Qatar has hosted the Gulf Jazz Festival. The singular event gathers a very selective group of artists from different parts of the world. Every year, the jazz performers tour around many countries in the region including Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar. Jazz fans will be enchanted with some of the best acts of the genre. Famous musicians such as Jarek Smietana and Karen Edwards will play their soul out at the Grand Hyatt Hotel on April 30. The event will start at 8:00 p.m.

The exceptionally talented musician is one of the top guitar players in Europe. From 1975 till 1981, he was the leader of the legendary Polish Jazz group Etra Ball. From 1982 till today, he has been the leader of Sounds, Big Bang Symphonic Sound Orchestra and Polish Jazz Stars Band. He has played all around the world, including in India, United States and Europe. Smietana is also a very talented composer and teacher. He has written about 200 jazz songs and his discography includes 23 records.

Karen Edwards Jarek Smietana Smietana is one of the most popular jazz performers in Poland. He has managed to please both critics and the public with his extraordinary musical talents. Smietana has won many awards, including the Fryderyk 98 award, for his work. He was also honoured with the President of Cracow prize for eminent cultural achievements. 20

Edwards was born in Greenville, South Carolina, U.S. Her father was the music director of a Baptist church and he introduced her to soul music. Her father became her inspiration and mentor. Edwards has had a very successful career. She has collaborated with famous artists such as Stevie Wonders and Tony Bennett and, most recently, with Prince. She has participated in many festivals all over

United States and Europe. Her concerts are not only about great music, but also about putting on a great show.

Monica Borrfors Borrfors is one of Sweden’s leading ladies of jazz. She made her debut in the music industry three decades ago. In her 30-year career, she has won a Grammy and has been nominated many times. For 25 years she was the leader of the very successful Monica Barrfors Quintet. She toured Scandinavia and many countries all over the world with her band. She has also participated in a great number of prestigious international festivals. In 1995, Borrfors became the first Swedish jazz singer to ever perform in China. Her discography includes 10 records. Her dark, smooth voice has made her a true legend of jazz.

Tickets are on sale from QR 150 (concert only) to QR 360 (dinner and jazz concert) at Virgin Megastore.


By Sydnee Bryant

Rising star Lisa Lavie shocked us with her powerful voice at Maze’s one-year anniversary celebrations last month. QH predicts her star power will only increase with time. QH: How did you get your start?

QH: What are your plans for 2011?

LL: I started singing at about 10 years old. I didn’t really take it too seriously until I was about 16. That’s when I started touring and writing my own songs. I was touring [across Canada] with a French hip-hop group for two years and it just escalated from there.

LL: I’m travelling a lot, doing a lot of different shows; I’m about to do a two-month tour [across the U.S.] as a lead vocalist for Yanni. I’m also working on my second album and on a Christmas album for November.

QH: What motivated you to put videos on YouTube? LL: I had written my debut album and I thought why not just try to post a video online and see what happens, see what people like, what they don’t like. I posted my first original song and a bunch of people started commenting. Everybody was really liking it and I [decided to] keep posting videos and see what happens. It kept escalating from there. From thousands of hits, it became millions and it just kept going and I just kept up with it. QH: Was that Angel? LL: Angel was the first breakout that I had. Before that I was getting a lot of hits but nothing like Angel. All of a sudden, I put up Angel and that really popped and it became a viral video. 22

QH: Where do you get the ideas for your songs? LL: I like writing out of personal experience. Those are the songs that touch me the most, writing out of personal experience. On my first album I wrote a lot about relationships and things that I’ve been through. This album, I’m focusing on that but I’m also going to be focusing on things about life, not necessarily all relationship stuff. QH: What do you hope your fans will get out of your music? LL: I love the fact that when I write songs that people can relate to certain things that I’m saying. I feel like if I write out of personal experience they might be able to grasp and understand exactly where I’m coming from. I really like writing songs that I know are going to touch people or make people think or make people feel a certain thing.

FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT For great live music, stop by The Pearl-Qatar to experience live music at Pampano, Liza and Tse Yang. Check out the spicy salsa band at Pampano on Tuesdays from 9:30 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. and on Fridays from 10:30 p.m. till 12:00 a.m. For something a little more relaxed, stop by Liza to listen to some modern, classical music on Mondays from 9:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and on Thursdays and Saturdays from 10:30 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. The lounge at Tse Yang will be rocking almost every night of the week, with lively music Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10:30 p.m. till 12:00 a.m. and on Thursdays and Fridays from 11:00 p.m. till 2:00 a.m.


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The Big Day Out Thurs 14th – Fri 15th: InterContinental Doha. For the first

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time in Doha, some of the best international and local bands, including Toploader and Akcent, will come together to rock the beach of the InterContinental Doha. For more information, visit www.TheBigDayOut.net

Sat 23rd: Qatar Sports Club. Over 30 wrestlers from seven different countries will participate in the WWE Wrestlemania Revenge Tour Doha 2011. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. The event officially starts at 8:00 p.m. Spectators are requested to come at 7:30 p.m., as a pre-show will be taking place.

Gulf Jazz Festival 2011 Sat 30th: Grand Hyatt Doha. For

Qube Idol 2011! Defected In The House Thurs 7th: La Cigale. Let the music get the best of you with DJ Simon Dunmore and DJ Rae spinning the decks at 7. For more information, call 4428-8665 or 5518-8008. 24

Fridays: Ramada Plaza. Qube welcomes back the number one amateur singing competition in Doha! For 2011, the competition is open to both singers and rappers.  Every Friday in April the Heat Auditions will take place; the final will take place on the first Friday in May. For more information, call 4428-1555.

the third year in a row, the Gulf Jazz Festival 2011 is bringing together jazz lovers from all across the gulf. This year’s line-up features Monica Borrfors, the Jarek Smietana Trio and Karen Edwards. Supported by the Scandinavian Business Council Qatar and the Embassy of Poland, the festival is opening its doors to 500 spectators and more than a hundred dining guests. For more information, visit www.gulfjazzfest.com


VIRGIN RECOMMENDS

This month we are trying something different; we are recommending super cool gadgets that you can find in all Virgin Megastores across Qatar. And watch out for the QH hearts in store!

Shower Light Don’t you hate when you get into the shower and the water is still cold? That should never happen to you again. Shower Light is an awesome device that tells you when the water is hot (890 F/ 320C), as the LED light changes to red. Also, if a flood of blue light shines down through the shower, then you know the water is refreshing.

Push Button Chocolate Milk Mixer If you are one of those people who needs to have coffee, tea, or a milk shake before heading off to work or school, the new Moo Mixer Supreme is the right cup for you! The 16 oz. mixer features an easy trigger button, fun-to-hold handle and a large detachable clear tumbler.

Condiment Gun If you love squeezable condiments such as ketchup and mustard, this brilliantly funny sauce dispenser is the item you need to keep on your kitchen counter.

The Brick Wireless Mouse Working on a computer for hours a day can get a bit tiring, so why not add a little fun to it? This high performance 800 dpi mouse disguised as a Lego brick will bring back those memories of building weird and wonderful constructions. Work will never be dull again.

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Boo Boo Kisses Bandages Some people say that a kiss is the best medicine to kill any kind of pain. Next time you cut yourself and have no one around to give you a kiss, Boo Boo Bandages may do the trick.

Choco-Mouse Wireless USB mouse Contrary to the famous M&M’s, this device will not melt in your mouth, but at least it will help you get through those pesky long Excel sheets that seem to have no end. It will also remind you that there is a delicious piece of chocolate waiting for you inside your fridge.


In Perfect By Sydnee Bryant

Harmony

The Doha Community Orchestra and the Doha Community Orchestra Wind Band join forces once again for their annual spring concert this month. QH spoke with the founders of each group to find out more about two of Doha’s most talented musical ensembles.

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ensembles are doing better than fine. Both groups are bigger and better than they’ve ever been. The DCO now has the most members it has ever had during its six-year Or at least that’s the running run and the DCO Wind Band continues to joke between DCO director Brita Fray and DCO Wind Band director and flourish in its second year of existence. “It’s like Qatar itself; it’s growing and co-creator Sanford Jones. developing,” Jones said. “It’s really grown The two musicians-turned-directors say that in popularity and quality over the years. It’s really exciting to see that. The potential when a musical expat moves to Doha, they for what’s going to come long after we’re inevitably play flute or trombone, never gone … hopefully it’s even more developed trumpet, horn or any other instruments and secure. We’d also like to include a required to round out the orchestra or wind youth orchestra. That’s another venture that band. we’d like to take on in the coming years.” From a humble 10 members in the DCO’s Luckily, both the orchestra and wind band inaugural year, there are now about 100 are doing just fine without extra horn or members between the two groups. trumpet players. In fact, these musical 28

ew expats in Qatar only play flute or trombone.

Jones started the DCO Wind Band with fellow DCO member Mark Seay two years ago. The wind players in the orchestra were all adult members who wanted to play more. There isn’t always a need for a large amount of wind players in an orchestra, said Jones. The two ensembles currently share several members. Sharing members can be a struggle because both conductors often want the same players at the same time. But they make it work. “We’re good at sharing,” Jones joked. The two conductors also work together, so they are in constant contact with each other, which makes it easier. “It’s challenging but we make it work because we know the value of making music for our members is to do this, so we


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"You just never know the talent that we have in this community. Our doors are open."

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try to make it the best situation that we can,” Fray said.

the same pieces,” Jones said. “It’s a good flow and balance for all of the pieces.” The conductors flip a coin to decide which group performs first at concerts. After the first group performs, an intermission takes place and then the second act performs.

Having the two groups do a concert together requires a lot of planning. “There are a lot of logistics,” Jones said. “Not just for us but for any concert with multiple groups, you have stage changes and moving things from Membership in the DCO and DCO Wind Band is open to the public. Anyone can this place to that place.” Finding the time audition for either group, although a to rehearse with shared members is the certain level of proficiency is required in biggest challenge for the two groups. Each group rehearses once a week, on Thursdays. order to maintain their current standards. Of course, the main goal is to have fun The two groups practise simultaneously while making music. “It’s enjoyable for and do concerts primarily together. Their everybody,” Jones said. “We wouldn’t do December 2010 concert also included the it if it wasn’t enjoyable.” They accept new Doha Singers, a separate group that also members year-round but take time off for practises at the American School. summer. “We want more people to play with us. It’s for the people. It’s for anybody The DCO and DCO Wind Band will perform who loves to play music and can play music together again this month for their spring that may be too shy to try out,” Fray said. concert. The concert, called Gershwin and Friends, will primarily feature the works of “We encourage them to try out. You just never know the talent that we have in this American composer George Gershwin. “It’s community. Our doors are open.” accessible, attainable music. He’s just a quintessential American composer. It’s fun Directing the DCO is a big job. But it’s worth stuff to do and stuff that we could really the effort for Fray, a dedicated violinist. “For sink our teeth into,” Jones said. Planning me, it’s being able to make music with for the concert started last year. “I think others. My passion as a musician is being the whole program, for the orchestra and able to make music,” Fray said. “The most the band, we’ve co-ordinated our programs exciting thing is when it starts to come accordingly. They’re complementary to together. People from everywhere, from each other. For instance, we’re not doing

every walk of life, come and they make that commitment of being here and rehearsing. When you start hearing music coming out… at first, it’s hard. We have to get into the details but once everyone gets comfortable with their part and it starts gelling as a group, it’s so exciting, because everyone feels it. It’s kind of a magical thing that happens. There aren’t really any words to describe it.” For Jones, an avid tuba player, the joy of being a part of the DCO Wind Band is playing more advanced music. By day, he teaches middle school level music; by night, he conducts adults in the DCO Wind Band. “I love what I do; it’s a great school and great kids to be able to work with but on a beginning level. For me, it’s very enriching, very fulfilling to work with adults, more proficient people, so you can really play more music,” Jones said. “For a surprisingly obscure place or unique place, a small place in the Middle East, the music community is pretty vibrant.” The Gershwin and Friends concert will take place at the American School April 29 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available on the DCO’s website. For more information, visit www.dohaorchestra.com.

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VCUQatar Annual Fashion Show Wed 20th – Thurs 21st: VCUQatar. VCUQatar’s Annual Fashion Show is both a formative and culminating element of the Fashion Design program, launching students from student life into successful careers. This celebration of fashion brings together spectators, friends and fashion enthusiasts from the region, not only to judge and/or admire the collections of the students, but also for the unique atmosphere of this grand defilé. Starts at 7:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.qatar.vcu.edu

Tribute to Gershwin

Doha Community Orchestra Spring Concert Fri 29th: American School of Doha. Spend a night enjoying the music of American composer George Gershwin. The concert will feature Sonja Park as the guest soloist for Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Starts at 7:00 p.m. For more information, email dohaorchestra@gmail.com

The Golden Age Beethoven of Dutch Painting, and Stravinsky Masterpieces from Sat 16th: Opera House, Katara.

The Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra is set to stage a great show conducted by Nader Abbassi. Special guest: Abdel Rahman el Basha. Pieces are Symphony No. 8 and Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 by Beethoven and Firebird Suite by Stravinsky. Ticket prices: QR 75 to QR 300. Available at Virgin Megastore in Landmark Mall and Villaggio Mall. Starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information, email qpopr@qf.org.qa 30

the Rijksmuseum

Wed 6th: Museum of Islamic Art. Discover the world of Dutch paintings through a presentation by Dr. Roger Mandle, executive director of Qatar Museums Authority and curator of the exhibition “The Golden Age of Dutch Painting, Masterpieces from the Rijkmuseum.” From 6:30 p.m. till 7:30 p.m. at the Education Centre – Classroom 2nd Floor. For more information, visit www.mia.org.qa or email educationmia@qma.com.qa


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PLAYING FOR A GREENER FUTURE By Jorge Granda

Global warming and other problems related to the environment are gradually becoming one of the most important discussions in the world. Many countries are trying to get answers to solve environmental issues. Qatar is joining the group of contributors committed to creating a better planet for generations to come.

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he World Conference of Sport and Environment brings together hundreds of sports administrators, environmentalists, government representatives, businesses and governmental and non-governmental organizations from around the world. The conference is a gathering point to discuss ways sports could contribute to improving environmental issues that affect the earth. Participants will try to come up with suitable solutions and make the earth sustainable for future generations. The conference takes place every two years and is usually hosted by the city that will either host the next summer or winter Olympic Games. But the 9th edition of the environmental conference brings something new. This time around it will be hosted by a city that isn't organizing either of the two major sporting events. Doha was selected above London to organize the prestigious conference. Qatar has gained a reputation for sport development over the past decade. In addition, Qatar is aiming to become the region’s green capital; therefore, the conference will provide the nation with the right platform to show the world how committed they are to the environment.

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The 9th World Conference of Sport and preparing pioneer programs that will cause Environment will take place Saturday, a favourable impact on green technology. April 30 to Thursday, May 2 at Sheraton One of these programs has to do with Doha. Participants are focusing on the the creation of green courts in the future theme “Playing for a Greener Future.” The stadiums that will be built, including all purpose of the conference is to establish stadiums for the FIFA World Cup 2022. a dialogue between many personalities, The new technology will help save massive ranging from athletes and political leaders amounts of energy. Qatar is the first to businessmen and women, and to create country in the world to use this system; an interaction with the audience. All parties they plan to share this break-through involved will focus on talking about what is technology with the world. In addition, affecting the planet and how to save mother the 2030 vision is also focused on human, earth. Topics such as water, habitat, power, social and economic growth. All local and smart buying and green construction are international organizations established some of the subjects to be tackled. in Qatar are working together to achieve all of the objectives that will lead to a The open forum is very significant, as it better ecosystem. is the ideal opportunity for the Olympic family, stakeholders and audience to share The organizers hope the 9th World experiences, encourage co-operation Conference of Sport and Environment and further develop their environmental will be an impressive showcase for the initiatives in sport. It also aims to potential for sport to play a decisive make a durable co-existence of sports role in the quest for a better world. and environment. More than 1,000 participants from more than 90 countries outside of Qatar are Qatar has developed many initiatives expected to participate. and has lined up a plan to help the environment on a global scale. Qatar’s vision for 2030 will be one of the hot topics at the conference, as the nation is


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Doha Mums Yard Sale

Fri 1st: Compass International School. Come grab a bargain from

1:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. Pre-owned items only, no "business" tables. Entrance is QR 5 entrance per adult and children can enter for free. Money raised will be donated to the Doha Mums library. For more information, email Sandra at Goenel-Sandra@gmx.de

7th Al Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival Thurs 21st – Sun 24th: Sheraton Doha. Celebrate the wonders and beauty of documentaries from different cultures. Throughout the festival, widen your horizons with thought-provoking creations. For more information, visit festival.aljazeera.net

Doha Garden Club Sun 3rd: Hotel Holiday Villa Doha. Get all your

Media Revolution to Street Revolution

questions or doubts about gardening in Qatar answered! This month’s program: Garden Tools Made Beautiful. The group meets from 10:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m., with registration at 9:30 a.m. Registration fee is QR 90, membership fee is QR 45 and for guests it’s QR 60. For more information, visit www.dohagardenclub. com or email dohagardenclub@yahoo.com Sun 10th: Grand Hyatt Doha. or enquiry@dohagardenclub.com The introduction of Arab satellite television channels has been synonymous with a media revolution in news and entertainment. Twenty years later, the Arab world is witnessing street revolutions covered, and perhaps promoted, by social media and satellite channels. This public discussion brings together academics who contribute to advancing our understanding of Arab Apr 30th – May 2nd: Sheraton Doha. Hundreds media and professionals who have shaped of sports administrators, environmentalists, government aspects of Arab television. They will discuss representatives, businesses and governmental and non-governmental the past, present and future of media in organizations from around the world will gather to discuss how sports can the region. Reception to follow. RSVP contribute to improving all environmental issues that affects the earth. For more required. Limited seating. For reservations, information, visit www.wcse2011.qa email events@qatar.northwestern.edu

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Best

Outdoor

Dinining By Sydnee Bryant

Roundup

QH has ordained 2011 the Year of the Roundup. This means we’ll be scouting out restaurants, coffee shops, cafes and hotels all over Doha to find the best of the best in the food and beverage industry. This month we bring you the best of outdoor dining in Doha. There’s no reason to sit inside with patios this perfect.

L’WZAAR

at Katara Cultural Village

This enormous seafood restaurant has an unbelievable amount of indoor seating but you’ll want to scoop a seat in one of several outdoor patio areas. From casual tables with umbrellas to romantic benches tucked into alcoves, there is a great variety of outdoor tables to choose from at this fish joint. But what truly puts L’WZAAR over the top in an area where virtually every restaurant has outdoor dining is their incredible fish market, cheap prices and amazing service. We started our meal with a giant veggie basket, an overflowing bread basket and a variety of dips, including a tahini dip so amazing we ate not one, not two but three bowls of it (we may have even snagged an extra bread basket). L’WZAAR knows how to do seafood right. The fish and chips are crispy without being greasy, the sushi is delicate and delicious and the crab is meaty and cooked just right. This restaurant is great for when you want to chow down on fish for cheap while enjoying the lovely view of the water at Katara.

Al Mourjan

at Al Corniche and Souq Waqif

This classic Lebanese restaurant is known for two things – the food and the view. Let’s start with the view at Al Mourjan’s original location on the Corniche. Arguebly the best scenery in Doha, this restaurant is located in between “old and new Doha," with the Museum of Islamic Art visible on one side, the glittering city centre on the other, and the stunning water in between. The only restaurant located on the Corniche, the outdoor seating area is extensive and romantic. With an impressive menu of cold and hot mezzes, seafood, raw meats, pastas and soups, it’s hard to know what to order. Go ahead and try as many courses as you like; you’ll want to stay here gazing at the view for as long as possible. Lovely in the daytime; mesmerizing in the evening, this is the perfect date restaurant. For a change of pace, try the restaurant’s outdoor seating at Souq Waqif. With comfortable chairs and a table full of delicious food, you really can’t go wrong. If you’re not in the mood for food, try some shisha and people watch as the day goes by.

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Tajine

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at Souq Waqif

Tucked away amongst a number of restaurants in the souq, Tajine offers customers a variety of outdoor seating, with several tables sprawled outside on the ground level and a stunning stone rooftop patio as part of the second floor of this Moroccan restaurant. Both outdoor seating areas are great for eating, smoking shisha or people-watching but the rooftop tables are particularly cozy. The menu is authentic Moroccan, with delicacies ranging from chicken mcharmel to baby camel. Start your meal with the mixed selection of starters, which consists of cheese and meat briouats, (samosa-like fried treats filled with cheese or meat), along with vegetable cigarts and chicken pastillas. The restaurant’s warm, floury buns are the perfect accompaniment to any meal but are especially good when used to sop up extra sauce from the Tajine spicy shrimps. The mixed grill, a huge platter of meat, including chicken, lamb, camel and spicy sausage, is accompanied by a generous helping of mouth-watering saffron rice and fries. For a lighter treat, try the vegetable sandwich, a huge slab of bread filled with caramelized vegetables, including onions, peppers and tomatoes.

Churrasco on the Beach at Four Seasons Doha

Glowing tiki torches, palm trees, tranquil water and sand sets the scene for this fantastic outdoor dining experience. Only available on Wednesday nights, this dinner on the beach is the perfect setting for a couple or a group of friends to cherish a night of great service and unbelievable food. Churrasco involves a non-stop feast of giant shrimps, spicy sausages, thick turkey sausages, perfectly cooked chicken breasts, rare prime rib, succulent tenderloin, thick hunks of roasted lamb, juicy quail and hearty short ribs. Every course is slowly roasted over an open flame and served fresh from large skewers by passadors, the best Brazilian meat servers in the business. This celebration of food includes a buffet of side dishes, including Brazilian rice, octopus, mini-baked potatoes, salads and soups. The meat is all spectacular, particularly the quail and tenderloin, and the view is simply stunning. You’ll be tempted to devour as much scrumptious meat as possible each time the servers stop by with their skewers and knives, but pace yourself as you go along with each course because the meat doesn’t stop coming until you flip your wooden coin from green to red! Afterwards, enjoy a sweet dessert to cap off your gastronomic journey through Brazil.

Liza

at The Pearl – Qatar

With so many amazing patios at The Pearl-Qatar, it can be tricky to pick the ideal place to enjoy a lovely meal outside. Liza’s incredible food helps it win the battle for the best place to lounge about outdoors at The Pearl-Qatar. The outdoor dining area provides a lovely view of the hypnotizing water, the shiny boats and the lively people waltzing past. The menu offers reasonably priced Lebanese food with a French twist. Named for the owner’s wife, Liza minimizes the amount of oil used in its mezzes, providing a lighter taste. We went crazy for the moutable (we could easily eat a bowl a day), paired with fresh, hot bread. Their standout dish is castaletta (lamb chops with cumin tomato salad and yellow lentil purée with garlic sauce), juicy and tender, without being fatty. Their menu is fun and unique, with items ranging from roasted quail with cracked wheat and pomegranate juice (such a small but delicious bird) to fatet batenjen (Aubergine broth, meat and aromatized yogurt topped with crispy Lebanese bread). We love its variety of desserts, particularly the trio of rose, almond and pistachio ice cream. You’ll come for the picture-perfect view and stay for the delectable food. 37


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Fabulous

French Food By Sydnee Bryant

La Maison du Caviar has a new executive chef, a revamped menu and a whole new vibe. QH sampled some fabulous French cuisine in the cozy French brasserie, tucked away in the W Doha.

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hen you step inside La Maison du Caviar, it is as if someone has cut the stars out of the sky and delicately placed them on the dreamy blue ceiling of the restaurant. This, along with romantic lighting and the limited number of tables, amounts to a cozy little space perfect for a lovely French meal. The space is “quite charming,” said new executive chef Rémy Lefebvre during a pre-dinner interview last month. However, he believes the essence of the restaurant’s experience is mostly on the plate.

Lefebvre fills those plates with organic and regional produce, in addition to plenty of seafood, such as sea bass, blue crabs, squid and the locally caught hammour. He created an entirely new menu for La Maison du Caviar, to be officially launched this month. The innovative menu focuses on high-class brasserie items. Originally from France, Lefebvre worked in his own restaurant in Spain for 10 years before arriving in Qatar a few months ago. His plan is to turn La Maison du Caviar into a French brasserie, with very classic food with a modern twist. 38

The evening we dine at La Maison du Caviar, Lefebvre prepares a tasting menu for us to experience items he is trying out for the new menu. We start with a fish terrine with tobiko and champagne sabaillon. It overwhelms my senses with wonderment. The texture is so different from what I normally expect from fish that at first my taste buds aren’t quite sure what to make of the dish; they know they like it but they are confused as to why. The hearty, unique texture of the fish is pleasantly filling and a nice change of pace from flakier fish. Lefebvre also wins points for his interesting presentation with this dish. Next, we move onto king crab tempura with wild rice and tarragon cream. I don’t eat shellfish, so Lefebvre graciously accommodates my request to make a switch. He surprises me with the best spring roll I’ve ever eaten, atop a creamy pile of rich, textured rice. The spring roll is hot, crispy and not at all greasy. It is clearly freshly made and it makes all the difference in the taste, elevating what I normally consider greasy trash into a flaky treat that I could actually eat without feeling alarmed about what it could be doing to my arteries. My dining companions assure me that the king crab


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tempura is also excellent, perfectly paired with the crunchy, earthy rice. The following course is a sensational hammour with artichoke hearts and chivry sauce. The sauce is creamy but not heavy, and coats the fish in a delicious blanket of tastiness. The fish is perfectly cooked; the sauce compliments the fish in a way that makes sense without seeming predictable. This proves to be one of everyone’s favourite courses, simply because the taste is just so fantastic. Lefebvre manages to fuse local food with French sauces and cooking techniques, proving that he is fully capable of pulling off his vision of a French brasserie in Doha. Afterwards, we move onto the beef course, which consists of beef cheek with spicy banana and carrots. The beef cheek is unbelievably, melt-in-your-mouth soft and cooked just right, with a crispy outside. The beef really comes to life when paired with the spicy banana sauce. At this point, I am getting quite full but am still able to appreciate the nice cut of this quality beef. Eating beef cheek is a different experience than eating other cuts of beef, simply because the texture is so tender it almost

doesn’t seem like beef. Still, beef cheek is considered one of the more “high-class” cuts and Lefebvre does a nice job with it.

fish on the grill and classic French desserts like cheesecake or macaroons. “It’s really traditional,” Lefebvre said. There is always a busy midday crowd at the restaurant because they Lefebvre manages to offer a 29-minute express lunch, fuse local food with ensuring a fast French sauces and and healthy meal.

We enjoy two different dessert courses, an indulgence in gluttony. The first is a canele cooking techniques, with tropical Lefebvre tries proving that he is fully to use only the fruits and guava milk. The tangy necessary amount capable of pulling off fruit goes well of fat and oil in his his vision of a French with the sweet cooking instead cake, creating of dropping brasserie in Doha. an intense in buckets of mixture of textures and flavours. But it is butter or gobs of animal fat to beef up the pistachio biscuit with raspberry that the taste of the food. Instead, he prefers wins my heart. The rich, vibrant flavours to allow his quality products to speak for collide in my mouth to create an amazing themselves. Chefs aren’t magicians and taste experience. The tart raspberries can’t compensate for inferior products, mix with the nutty pistachio biscuit in explained Lefebvre, meaning it’s essential perfect harmony. to start with quality ingredients to ensure superior end results. The chef’s commitment La Maison du Caviar offers a wonderful to quality is evident throughout our meal evening experience but they manage to mix at La Maison du Caviar. It shines through it up to create a cool lunch vibe too. The in every course, in every unique pairing of restaurant’s express lunch is “very bistro,” flavours and textures and in every single Lefebvre said. Fresh vegetables, meat or swoon-worthy bite. 39


Tasty Thai Treats By Sydnee Bryant

When Mango Tree opened at The Pearl-Qatar, none of us quite knew what to expect. To satisfy our curiosity, we ventured to the bright oasis that is The Pearl-Qatar on a sunny day for lunch at the Thai restaurant.

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My dining companion tried the Yum Somo, a and beef satays. The papaya salad was pomelo salad with fresh prawns and grated extremely spicy but still enjoyable in small bites. The chicken and beef satays were coconut. He was pleasantly surprised by amazingly juicy and delicious, especially this dish, which he expected to be sour, because it was delicately sweet with a hint when paired with the peanut sauce. of coconut. The seafood was cooked just It was hard to pick a main course because right and the liberal use of chili took this the menu is endless. With a wide range of dish to a higher level of tastiness. My Tom curries, cold and hot appetizers, vegetarian Kha Gai soup was paradise in a bowl. This food, grilled items creamy chicken and young coconut All of my senses were and Thai specialty dishes, there are so milk soup with chili immediately overtaken many yummy dishes oil was slightly We started our dining experience with sweet, nourishing yummy prawn crackers, cashews and with love for this soup to choose from. We asked our lovely and completely peanuts. We took full advantage of Mango server for guidance. She advised us that the satisfying. All of my senses were Tree’s mocktail menu by trying the Lytchi restaurant’s green curry is actually spicier immediately overtaken with love for this Smash, RoseBerry None’tini and Mango than their red curry and that their yellow soup. The fact that I couldn’t finish this Tree Cooler. The RoseBerry None’tini is a curry is not spicy at all. Although we love huge bowl of soup broke my heart a little sweet blend of strawberries, lime juice, bit, because it was so ridiculously good. But curry, we decided to boldly venture into new chilled red fruit tea and rose syrup. We food territory. loved the Mango Tree cooler, a fun “dessert” there was more food to move on to, more delicious dishes to discover. drink, with a strong mango flavour and I decided to try the Gai Phad Med Masweet mangosteem foam. But we went maung, a stir-fried chicken with cashew Next, we tried the Mixed Appetizer plate, crazy for the Lytchi Smash, a refreshing nuts, capsicum and onions. A massive plate which had papaya salad, spicy fish cakes, mix of lytchi fruit, lime juice, fresh mint of tender chicken arrived in front of me, beef satays, pandan chicken and shrimp and gingerale. We loved its tangy bite and spring rolls. We swapped the shrimp spring accompanied by a side order of steamed invigorating flavour. rice. The chicken was incredible, with just rolls for chicken satays. The platter came the right amount of slightly sweet sauce. After our drinks, our first round of appetizers with four different sauces, including a sensational peanut sauce for the chicken arrived at our beautifully set table. he moment we walked into Mango Tree, we knew this restaurant was different. It is not only beautifully decorated down to the very last detail but it also manages to balance the line between chic and comfort, with comfy couches nestled within the maze of tables. Sunshine streamed in through the floor-toceiling windows, giving the beautiful purple and gold settings an extra glow.

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The delectable chicken and cashew nuts mixed perfectly with the soft rice. My dining partner tried the Kae Yang, char-grilled lamb chops marinated in Thai herbs and served with Isan chili dipping sauce. The tender, well-marinated lamb was delicious on its own but the Isan chili dipping sauce transformed it into a mouth-watering dish. This special lamb is a great alternative to more traditional lamb dishes available in Doha. While we were massively full after our main courses, we were fully determined to try at least one dessert item. We didn’t have enough room in our very satisfied bellies to tackle the whole dessert menu, so we decided to share Khao Niew Ma Muang, a dish consisting of fresh mango served with sticky sweet rice, topped with coconut milk. While the idea of rice mixed with fruit for dessert initially confused me (I still don’t really get the popularity of rice pudding), I truly enjoyed this sweet dish. The mango mixed perfectly with the sticky sweet rice to create a treat that was light but full of flavour. Mango Tree is a great place to go for a lovely meal, particularly if you are extremely hungry. The portions are huge (except the desserts, which really are designed for one person and one person alone) but the prices are reasonable, ensuring you get good value for your money. The staff are friendly and attentive but not overbearing or snooty. The mocktails menu alone make it a great place to hang out but if you’re going to make the trek to The Pearl-Qatar, you might as well plan on staying for lunch or dinner because you will be completely tempted by the restaurant’s irresistible Thai treats. 41


In the Land of

Hummus By Phil Hakecka

In case you haven’t noticed, mezzes are kind of a big deal here in Doha. QH explores the emotions behind one man's love of hummus.

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fter an evening of juice and shisha at Souq Waqif, Hamed and I were hungry. Having recently lived in Egypt, I insisted we grab some late night koshari, an Atkins-busting rice, pasta and tomato sauce concoction popular in the Land of the Pharaohs. After nearly an hour of traversing the city we gave up. Hamed could sense my disappointment.

That night, nearly a month into my new life in Doha, occurred at a time of transition. I was still a Doha neophyte, a wide-eyed Arabic student mesmerized by Doha's glittering facade and cathedral malls, but my radical wonder was slowly peeling as a nascent feeling was uncloaked: I was lacking something. Physical, emotional, I could not tell. Turns out, it was kind of culinary. I will never forget my first visit to Beirut Restaurant. After our fruitless search for koshari, Hamed's Landcruiser snaked its way through a grimy network of back alley streets, tucked away in a corner that managed to feel simultaneously vacant and congested. The restaurant itself, a rectangular cafeteria with long tables and the kitchen at the back, was old and charming and ever-so-slightly run down. Cracks splintered the yellowed walls and a dull beige color glazed the floor. Beirut Restaurant was authentic, I thought, one of the few buildings in Qatar that was older than me. 42

It was packed - Qataris, other Arabs, Indians and Fillipinos. I learned that the restaurant served exclusively hummus and foul (fava beans), all succinctly listed on a pamphlet-sized menu that Hamed need not reference when ordering. Two steaming hot, cereal bowl sized hummus concoction soon arrived, as my quizzical expression revealed my wonder. "It's called fattah hummus," Hamed said, as he flashed a confident smile. "It's much better than koshari." I nervously dip my spoon into this creation, unsure what surprises I would unearth. What I found was promising: a heaping portion of warm hummus and olive oil engulfing fried pita bread and sizzling, nearly pureed chickpeas, all topped with roasted pine nuts. Hamed liberally doused his with more olive oil. I did the same. My arteries and heart still refuse to forgive me for cruelly introducing them to this meal, but my taste buds were in ecstasy. I had always enjoyed hummus as a side dish or snack, but this was a proper meal. The hummus itself - warm, creamy and smooth - suggested a near-perfect balance of ingredients. The lemon, tahini, garlic and chickpea flavours each made its presence known, but not in competition with one another – they were in delicious agreement. The fried pita bread, suffocated within an oozing pool of hummus, managed to preserve its crispy, flavourful texture, providing the dish with a playful crunch. The sizzling chickpeas offered a hint of sweetness to balance its salty surroundings. The cacophony of seemingly incongruous


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flavours, textures and consistencies effortlessly blended to form a culinary masterpiece. Beirut Restaurant had created the hummus magnum opus; this was not hummus, but hummus on steroids.

was Istanbul Marmara in the Al-Sadd area, which offered a no frills hummus dish, acceptable when necessary.

and envisioning the quotidian details of a Doha existence. At the same time, I continued listening to the complaining and whining that became the background music of life: expats, mostly western, who constantly bemoaned Doha's tepid social scene and energy deficiency. They felt disconnected from the city as they lugubriously wined and dined through their weeks, measuring their Doha time as intervals between vacations outside the country.

Perhaps the greatest threat to Beirut's throne was Layalina Restaurant, tucked away near the flyover on Salwa Road. My I refused to listen when my body begged roommates and I took note of the plaque for me to stop, to slow down, to reconsider declaring it Doha's best Arabic restaurant my decision to finish the bowl. Impossibly before entering a large hall adorned with full, tastefully satisfied, with my waist beautiful chandeliers amid a comfortable, uncomfortably expanded, I lapped up the warmly decorated interior. At 2:00 p.m. on last morsel of hummus. Hamed asked if a Friday afternoon, the hall buzzed with I wanted another and I briefly considered But Doha was only just starting for me. I life. And for a hummus lover like myself, before finally listening to my body. Before wanted to enjoy my new home for what I realized it, Hamed paid the bill and we left. Layalina was a Hummus Nirvana: over made it unique, not 10 varieties of resent it for offering both cold and hot And so began my Doha hummus obsession. "At the time I did not a watered-down hummus, several I consumed the fattah hummus, and the understand, or care to version of the life other mouth-watering versions that included of which were I hoped to lead new to my eyes. It yogurt and meat, no less than twice a examine, what flipped elsewhere. My week. I relentlessly explored far flung areas also featured the my internal hummus experience at yogurt version of for high quality hummus, suspecting no fattah hummus, restaurant would compare to Beirut but switch. I simply knew Beirut Restaurant was so significant which added this willing to find some unique interpretations. that I enjoyed it and precisely because ingredient to the At this point I began living by an mix. We promptly unbreakable maxim: If there is hummus on intended to expand my it offered this type of genuine channel ordered several the menu, it must be ordered. At the time Doha hummus map." to experience dishes, including I did not understand, or care to examine, the country, this authenticity I had yet the fattah hummus, and eagerly awaited what flipped my internal hummus switch. to encounter. Antithetical to the vacant our chickpeas. They did not disappoint. The I simply knew that I enjoyed it and intended skyscrapers dotting the skyline, it was aged, fattah did not quite reach Beirut's soaring to expand my Doha hummus map. worn and densely occupied with people, standards, but it offered its own delicious interpretation. The basic hummus dish itself purpose and history. I found that Shami Home Restaurant, on was just perfect: velvety and smooth with a C-Ring road near Ramada Junction, served Some turn to religion or drugs for fulfillment, slight but tasty bias towards its tahini and a delicious version of fattah hummus but in Qatar I turned to hummus. Its the lemon components. in addition to a creamy, flavourful bowl unassuming, self-effacing exterior, belying of basic hummus. And when I needed a its transcendent flavour, was the perfect Reflecting on my first experience at Beirut hummus fix past 1:00 a.m., I was grateful shade to counter the city's metallic gleam. Restaurant, I later realize why hummus that al-Khaima restaurant, just an amble It was a genuine link to my new home, an became a pillar of my experience in Doha. away from my residence, offered a tangy anchor through which I joined the fabric of After the initial excitement of my new city hummus and warm, fluffy bread that would waned, I began lowering my tourist goggles my new surroundings. thwart any low-carb dieter. Even closer 43


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Kitchen Gadgets for Healthy living

Eating nutritious food is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. But it can be hard to find the time to cook delicious, healthy food at home. Be sure to have these handy-dandy gadgets in your kitchen to make cooking healthy a breeze.

Blender You can use it for soups, smoothies, hummus, ice cream and other velvet soft delicatessen. When you buy a blender, it is worth it to spend a bit extra to get a high-quality machine. Some good brands are Vitamix, Kitchen Aid and Warring.

Food processor This one has the same value in the kitchen as a Rolls-Royce in your garage. It can chop, puree and make strips. Yes, it takes the heavy load and it has the power to get the job done.

Grater Get a small but good one to handle your garlic, nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger. Also buy a big one that can do carrots for a delicious cake or grated apples, which are excellent if you are suffering from diarrhea.

Japanese mandoline This handy cutter is brilliant for your veggies. This will cut your potatoes in very thin pieces so you can make your own potato chips, with no artificial ingredients inside. Same can be done with beetroot, sweet potatoes, turnips and other delicious vegetables. Or you can even make your own cucumber salad. Add only salt, pepper and a little yogurt. Place in the fridge for a couple of hours. May-Britt Searty is a natural health practitioner and consultant living in Doha. She can be reached at maybrittsearty@yahoo.com.

Try this easy recipe for a Coffee Banana smoothie to increase your energy before leaving for work. This takes only five minutes to make! 44

Wok A wok is difficult to live without. Stir-frying or waterfrying in a wok is like a game. The best wok is the ones made of iron or stainless steel. With a steam insert, you can steam vegetables or fish.

Ingredients: • 1 banana • 4 dates (without stone) • ½ litres yogurt or 400 mL soya, rice or oat milk • Grated peel and freshpressed juice from ½ lemon • ½ tsp cinnamon • ½ tsp grounded clove

Method: • A knife end of vanilla bean • 1-3 tsp. finely ground ecological coffee • 1-2 tbsp protein powder from GNC (soya-based protein powder also works) • Ice cubes

Blend banana, dates, yogurt or soya/rice milk, lemon juice and peel, cinnamon, clove, vanilla and milk or protein powder through the blender or food processor. When finished, add coffee for taste. Add ice cubes if needed.


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HOTLIST

Lamb Delight Chocolate Creations Fri 15th – Sat 16th: Oryx Rotana. April is the sweetest month at Oryx Rotana, so do not miss the chocolate creations of the Valrhona chocolate master chef. Join the live chocolate tasting at Choices during Friday Jazzy Brunch on the 15th and experience the magic of the chocolate and sparkling dinner at The Jazz Club on the 16th. You can sample a collection of Valrhona chocolate desserts throughout the month at Sky Lounge. For more information, call 4402-3333.

Fri 1st – Sun 17th: Doha Marriott. In April, all the lamb lovers will be in for a treat at the Corniche Restaurant. You will love all the recipes the chefs have to offer, including an extensive choice of dishes with this savoury and richly flavoured meat. For more information, reservations and dining voucher requests, call 4429-8499 or email DineMarriottDoha@marriott.com

North Indian Food Promo Thurs 21st – Fri 29th: Ramada Plaza. Northern India is the ultimate destination in India for foodies! The northern zone is fortunate to be the hub of some of the most exotic styles of cooking, many of which are renowned all over the world and regarded as the most developed and refined of all culinary arts. Come and savour these flavours and see what all the hype is about at Bombay Balti. For more information and reservations, call 4428-1555.

American Week Sat 23rd – Fri 29th: Grand Regency. The hotel is celebrating this special week by preparing a superb selection of “Special American Steak Buffet” for lunch and dinner. The event will take place at Grand Gourmet Restaurant for a special rate of QR 199 per person. A main steak dish will also be offered at Chopsticks Restaurant (Far Eastern Cuisine) and Al Kut Cafe. All the guests visiting any of the three restaurants will have their names included for a raffle draw and get the chance to win special prizes. For more information, call 4434-3203 or 4434-3333 or email fbcoordinator@grand-regency.com 46

Syrian Food Festival Wed 27th – Sat 30th: Sharq Village and Spa. The best of Syrian cooking arrives on the hotel’s doorstep with a visit from one of Syria’s most renowned chefs. QR 250 per person. Starts at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 4425-6666.


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SUMMER PREP AT

La Salon

By Sydnee Bryant

Time to update your look for the upcoming summer months! QH heads to La Salon, the new salon located within Spa Chakra, to get a summer-friendly makeover.

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ocated in Alfardan Towers, La Salon is destined to become the best-kept secret in the city. The female-only salon is situated on the 39th floor of the building, within Spa Chakra. The salon, which opened this month, is accompanied by Le Salon, a male-only spa. The sparkling white salon is cozy and minimal, with sleek furniture, a big screen television and relaxing music. In the corner sits a stand full of high-end makeup, just waiting to be tested. Beside it rests a display of L’Oreal Professional hair products, which are used exclusively in the salon.

In front of the gleaming counter and mirror, an impromptu French lesson is taking place. The subject, me; the tutor, my Tunisian hair dresser, who speaks only French and Arabic. I use my very rusty French to 48

ask for an updated summer look. I’m eager to brush up on my often-neglected French vocabulary; she is keen to chop off my precious, albeit extremely dry, hair. We settle on a compromise; she can cut off several inches to get rid of my lacklustre ends and add some bounce to my mane, as long as she does not take off more than five inches. My lovely hairdresser, whose personality shines through despite the language barrier, goes to work. She meticulously snips off inches of my hair piece by piece, continuously checking to make sure that I am not freaking out about the length. She takes her time, making every little cut with skilled precision. Victory, the manager of Spa Chakra, also checks in and communicates to the hair stylist my desire to


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not be bald. Luckily, I have nothing to be worried about. After an expert blowout, I am left with a silky curtain of healthylooking hair. It is now barely grazing my shoulders but is still long enough that I can pull it back into a ponytail or toss it over my shoulder. My hair feels much lighter and out of my way, a bonus as the weather heats up. After examining my ‘do, we all agree: something is missing. It’s nice, but it’s not quite as summery as we had hoped it would be. My red hair lacks depth and sunshine. So we decide to add a smattering of blonde highlights to add some warmth to my mane. This is a bigger deal than it sounds like. I never colour my hair. I’ve only gotten highlights twice before, both with less than lovely results. The last time unnatural colour touched my locks was over six years ago. I am hesitant. My sweet hairdresser senses my doubt and smiles assuringly. She murmurs something that sounds comforting in French. I inhale, and remind myself that change is good. Hair is only hair; it grows back and it’s dead anyways. Or so I tell myself.

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What comes next is a long process. My hairdresser spends several hours painting a goopy lilac mixture onto thin strands of hair one section at a time. Again, her attention to detail causes her to take her time, selecting the location of each highlight with thoughtful consideration. She knows this is important to me, and she takes her time. She waits patiently for the colour to take to my hair, which takes normal than longer because my hair is so fair. It takes so long that I fall asleep in my chair, a testament to the tranquil setting of the salon. My hairdresser checks the colour repeatedly, sometimes reapplying more of the whipped purple dye onto select strands. After almost four hours, the colour finally takes to my hair. My hairdresser is very excited about this. She rinses my hair, assuring me the colour is “tres jolie,” meaning the colour is “very pretty.” I am excited that I actually understand what she is saying. My hair stylist dries my hair again, twisting strands around a round brush

to create more volume and bounce. She snips a few stray hairs from my bangs that escaped the scissors during the initial cut. Finally, my new hair is unveiled. It is much less scary than I thought it would be. In fact, it is lovely. The colour adds warmth and sunshine to my face and blends well with my natural colour. The look is exactly what I want – different enough to be exciting but subtle enough that the change isn’t drastic or unflattering. I take a moment to admire my new ‘do in the mirror, kiss my hair dresser au revoir on each cheek and say merci. To complement my new summer hairstyle, I cap off my summer makeup with the ultimate warm weather must-haves – a manicure and pedicure. The nail technician files my keyboard-dented nails into lovely round shapes, gets rid of unsightly cuticles and slicks on a delicate white shade. She then removes my old toenail polish and replaces it with a sweet shade of mauve. With a new hairdo, manicured nails and sandal-ready toes, I leave La Salon and Spa Chakra confident that I can handle the summer heat. 49


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By Jorge Granda

Looking for a manly makeover? QH advises you where to go if you are on a quest for a good haircut, clean shave and nice manicure.

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et’s face it - makeovers are always a good thing. Even a subtle change can really make a difference in the way you look and feel. Makeovers can be major or small; it depends on what part of your appearance you want to change. But when it comes to first impressions, most people will notice your hair, face and hands the first moment they see you. So let’s start with where you can get the hairstyle, shave and neat hands that will produce a great first impression.

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Getting the right look usually requires the help of expert hairstylists, spas and other professional places. With just a little bit of research and direction, you too can find the place that will help you look your very best.

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We visited Spa Chakra to try first-hand the kind of makeovers men can experience. The overall look of the spa is sophisticated and trendy. The ambience makes you feel relaxed, while the view is simply one of the best in Doha, as Spa Chakra is located on the 39th floor in Alfardan Towers in West Bay. The spa offers many services, but for our first visit we were more interested to see what the male salon at the spa can offer its clients.

Before proceeding with my hair appointment, I had a 10-minute massage courtesy of the spa, as my hairstylist was

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still busy with another client. As soon as I finished with my short massage, it was time to start with my makeover. Mohamad Hinnewi, my hairstylist, saw my oldfashioned haircut and he immediately knew it had to be dramatically changed. I had nothing specific in mind; I just wanted to have a new, fresh and modern hairstyle. There were no questions asked. He took a good look at the shape of my face and that was pretty much it. Hinnewi knew exactly what needed to be done to achieve a new and improved me. The results were remarkable, changing my overall appearance. Hinnewi was very assertive with his choice. He also was especially attentive, as were all the members of the staff. The salon was so clean that not one hair could be spotted on the floor or on the counter. The service at Le Salon is very personalized. And I have to mention the view again, as it was truly unique. Having your hair cut while listening to soft music, enjoying a nice cup of coffee and the entire Doha bay as a background is something one doesn’t get to experience every day.

THE PERFECT SHAVE When I first arrived in Doha almost eight years ago, all my friends told me that a must-do in Doha is to have your face shaved by a barber in one the shops by the road. My first experience, years ago, didn’t turn out to be the best. After the barber was done with my shaving, my face came out

looking reddish with blisters. It took two days for the irritation to go away. I was not looking forward to the next time a person will slide a razor on my face. However, I decided to give it another try. The second time worked like a charm. Hinnewi did an excellent job. In addition, I left Le Salon with shaving tips. He first applied a special oil to soften my skin. He then proceeded to apply a combination of warm water and shaving cream, a process he repeated many times over. He explained to me that the secret of a good shaving was to rub the face with the mixture of cream and warm water as many times as possible in order for the cream to properly penetrate the pores, and to prepare and relax the skin for the razor. The shaving process came close to an end with a small amount of cream and powder applied to my face to refresh my skin. The final step was to use an aftershave machine to leave no trace of hair. This time around, there was no redness or blisters on the horizon.

THE MANICURE AND PEDICURE A lot of people look at your hands when they first meet you. Having clean, properly cut fingernails is also part of looking good. Spa Chakra offers manicures and pedicures for men. The session is very private and it takes about 45 minutes. This time, the view was a tranquil look at the pool that lies below the spa. In general, the manicurist did a superb job on my hands and feet.

OTHER SERVICES Le Salon offers many other services for men. Making an appointment is strictly required. You can make your booking by calling 4499-9250.

HAIR SERVICES Wash & Blow Dry Blow Dry Kids Cut (younger than six) Shaving

COLORING & HIGHLIGHTS Full Colour Full Highlights Root Half Highlights

PERMING & STRAIGHTENING Perm Straightening

TREATMENTS Relaxing Dandruff Treatment Sensitive Scalp Dry & Damaged Hair

HANDS, FEET & BODY MAINTENANCE Paraffin Hand or Foot Therapy Manicure Pedicure Eyebrow Wax and Shape Face Waxing Chest/Back Wax 51


By Sydnee Bryant

Common ailments such as insomnia, weight gain and stress can all be treated with similar holistic healing techniques, such as acupuncture, cupping, Chinese massage, Qigong and Tai Chi. Holistic therapist Pascal Veraguth employs many or all of these techniques when he treats his patients. The passionate healer brings his brand of holistic medicine to the Six Senses Spa at Sharq Village and Spa until the end of this month.

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and acupuncture, in addition to specific packages for relaxation, releasing mental stress and tension, stopping smoking, curing insomnia, detoxing and weight loss. The slim, agile healer will also offer classes for Tai Chi and Qigong for anyone who is interested.

But it doesn’t scare Pascal Veraguth. The holistic therapist, born and trained and Switzerland, has arrived in Doha to rid me of my phlegm, or so I’d like to believe. Qigong can be broken down to mean “energy transfer,” said Veraguth. Everyone can practice this exercise. Really, he is here to spread some healing in Qatar, a place where holistic medicine is still catching on as an “It’s very easy to do it because it’s very natural, slow movements,” Veraguth said. Qigong is good for people accepted method of healing. Veraguth currently works with high blood pressure or lots of stress but can as a freelance holistic therapist, traveling the world also be used as a preventative measure. There are with his healing hands. He enjoys the fact that his many different types of Tai Chi, which is more about journey allows him to meet new people and connect continuous movement. with them on another level. “I like the contact with the people. I like to talk to them, to give them advice, to change their lifestyle or to [help them] understand their Veraguth has practised acupuncture for five years. own body. I also like to teach, whether I’m doing Tai Chi He became interested in the practice as a teenager when he had a back problem that could only be solved or Qigong,” Veraguth said. through acupuncture. He studied in Switzerland and has also trained in China and Vietnam. He now uses a During his time at Six Senses Spa, Veraguth will offer mix of Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese techniques general treatments such as Chinese massage, cupping

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to treat his patients, who come to him to for illnesses varying from insomnia to the common cold. There are many different types of acupuncture. Each acupuncturist has their own technique that can vary within the different types of acupuncture. For the detox treatment, Veraguth does Qigong and acupuncture, in addition to some energetic work. Some of the benefits of detoxing are that it helps balance the energy inside your body and clear the body and mind. This requires several treatments to be effective, said Veraguth. The insomnia treatment includes some of the same techniques, including acupuncture. Acupuncture is a natural way of treating people by moving the energy within your body to harmonize, explained Veraguth. “I need to find the root of the problem; that’s the target of the acupuncture,” Veraguth said. Acupuncture is used in both traditional and classical Chinese medicine. Veraguth inserts a very fine needle into selected points in the body to stimulate the points and active the body’s natural healing abilities. Acupuncture can be used to help treat conditions from asthma and stress to chronic fatigue and digestive problems. Cupping is part of traditional Chinese medicine. Veraguth uses a glass cup to remove the heat within your body. A glass cup is attached to the back and the cup sucks the skin in and increases the blood flow in the body. Veraguth applies oil to the back to do sliding cupping to avoid leaving serious marks on the skin, which can happen with some kinds of cupping.

I listened to the rhythmic popping sound the cups made each time they sucked air up; it was oddly comforting, as if the more sound effects involved, the more effective the treatment must be. While cupping isn’t painful, it is a strange sensation to get used to. Afterwards, Veraguth practiced some Chinese massage on my shoulders to release muscle tension and increase my energy levels. While my cold wasn’t miraculously cured (to be fair, I only did one session instead of the recommended four), some of my sinus pressure was relieved by the next day. While I hadn’t known if the cupping would produce amazing results, I was fully hopeful that the placebo effect would take place and replace my phlegm with smiles and happy thoughts. This hopefulness, it turns out, is an essential part of the process.

It’s very important to be open to the idea of holistic medicine if you are trying it out, said Veraguth. However, this doesn’t mean you Cupping is an excellent way to relieve the common cold, said Veraguth. As I happened have to disregard the benefits of Western medicine. The two healing practices are to have the aforementioned disgusting like yin and yang, explained Veraguth. “We cold the day I saw him, I begged him to need both medicines – the natural medicine get rid of it. He started off by rubbing oil onto my back and then proceeded to slide a and the Western medicine,” Veraguth said. warm glass cup down my back repeatedly. “We work together.” 53


By Sydnee Bryant

It’s prime scuba diving season this month! QH superstars Jay and Paolo take to the waters at New Club Reef with Let’s Go Diving to discover what lies beneath Qatar’s still waters.

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cuba diving is a beautiful sport. It’s a social activity, a workout, an environmental lesson and a chance to escape everyday life while exploring an unseen world. Expert scuba divers Ryan Archer and Shaun Brown take to the water near Sealine Beach Resort every weekend, usually as part of their side gig with Let’s Go Diving, a group in Doha that offers scuba diving lessons.

Archer, who has been diving for 15 years, met Brown while scuba diving at the centre Brown used to work at. The two divers decided to start their own scuba diving group, one that would offer them the flexibility to work their schedules around their other full-time occupations, about a year-and-a-half ago. They now offer classes on a freelance basis, worked around their students’ schedules and their own work schedules.

The program includes classroom theory, one lesson in a swimming pool to learn skills and two trips to the beach to dive. Students are given a book for personal studying. Archer and Brown offer afternoon and evening courses in everything from discover scuba up to dive master. They also teach deep diving and night diving courses. Night diving is a part of the advanced course. Divers set up their equipment while it’s still light out, take some time to relax or barbeque and then head into the water with torches at night. Night diving often increases a diver's confidence, allowing them to enjoy regular scuba diving. People generally learn scuba diving in a group. Diving is naturally a social sport, since people should always dive with a buddy in order to be safe. Archer and Brown usually take out groups of four people at one time.

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a particularly good place to pick up the sport. “It’s a great place to learn. The water is usually calm; it’s warm,” Archer said. “It’s a good place for people to get their confidence up, get their skills.” March and April are the ideal time to dive in Qatar but it is possible to dive year-round. In summer, divers start around 5:00 a.m. and finish by 10:00 a.m. to avoid the intense heat. While Qatar’s waters are generally a little quieter than some of the more-famous diving spots in the world, divers sometimes spot something special, like the time Brown saw about 80 dolphins while diving. So what makes scuba diving such a popular activity? For Archer, it’s the calmness being undersea provides. “I’m a diving addict,” Archer said. “It’s quiet, peaceful.” Brown, who has 10 years experience diving, enjoys seeing what life is like for sea creatures. “You know a fish tank? It’s like you’re inside the fish tank,” Brown joked. The great thing about diving is that it is a sport that anyone can do, said Archer. While people are often concerned that health problems, such as asthma, might restrict them from diving, anyone who is properly trained can scuba dive.

Underwater photos by Ryan Archer

For more information about Let’s Go Diving, contact Archer or Brown at Letsgodive247@gmail.com.

PAOLO I'm not a pro but I consider myself a strong swimmer. Growing up near the beach and around a culture that centered around the sea, it's almost impossible to not love the water, yet one of my greatest fears is drowning. This was my first time diving. I wasn't too worried, especially after learning that the introductory dive would take us down about 15 metres. I was confident that if anything went wrong I could reach the surface. And so we went through the basics of diving - the dos and don’ts, the gear and what goes where. We learned the basic diving sign language and invented new ones as a joke. We got into our suits, again with a lot of laughter and jokes. We helped each other attach the heavy

breathing gear like Centurions' Max Ray - 'Brilliant' Sea Operations Commander. I made more paranoid jokes about how I was going to die. Once we got into the water, we had to take a couple of test breaths underwater with the scuba gear. Everything was OK until we were set to dive deeper and then panic set in. HOLY SHIP! I was putting all my breathing options into this mouthpiece. And I was dependent on air in a metal container at my back.

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I'm the type of person who goes into a room and scouts all the exits in case a fire breaks out and which exit to use in relation to where the fire is situated. So you can imagine the panic I felt when I was limited to only one option. I may be a confident swimmer, but I was drowning in panic! Of course, I immediately forgot that I would be diving with professionals; the buddy system is there for a reason – you can steal his oxygen if something goes wrong with yours. I calmed down once I figured out how to do this (I joke, but seriously - the gear is actually built to support you and your buddy). Once I got over my paranoia, the experience was actually very peaceful. Except that I was struggling with how to orient myself. Stupid gravity. But really, everything seemed more calm underwater. Cold, but calmer. It reminded me why I took up biology. If you've been to beaches around Qatar, you know to expect that it's going to be as barren as the land. But surprisingly there was quite a bit to marvel at for the short time we were underwater. I certainly didn't expect it to be diverse either, especially around the bathtub pyramid. Yes, a bathtub pyramid: bathtubs stacked against each other to form a pyramid with three toilet bowls at the peak (we believe that's where goldfishes flush out from). If you're not a nature-loving and adventurous person and that's still not enough to pique your curiosity, I hear there are more diving areas around Qatar that are now thriving marine cities built from abandoned land cruisers and school buses.

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JAY Having done a dive two years ago, I was actually really excited to get wet and wild again! It was quite a challenge to put on the wet suit, even though it was still dry. It took three men to put just the wetsuit on me. And I’m not kidding. Now I know what it feels like to be a sausage!   But then, I still had to put on the vest, the tank, weights and the regulator system, not to mention the fins and goggles! When I had everything on, it literally felt like I was carrying the whole world on my back.   It was such a relief when I got deep enough into the salty water that I started to float and everything seemed alright again. And that was the start of a wonderful journey!   When we started going deeper, I looked around and all I could see was the big blue. And although the visibility wasn’t great that day, I played Disney’s Under The Sea from The Little Mermaid in my head to make myself feel better.   It was great to witness underwater life happen before me. I saw a lot little

fishies scurrying about! It made the little boy in me giddy. I tried to touch a few but they darted away so fast. So I decided to focus my attention on other things. Given that there’s no natural reef in the area where we were diving, I saw some of the efforts put into making an artificial one. There were rods that formed some kind of a tent structure, but they definitely paled in comparison to the magnificent bathtub-toilet structure that lay before my eyes. After swimming in the depths for awhile, it was time to go up. As much as I wanted to stay in the sea, the thought of dry land was really tempting. When we got back up, I felt relieved that I could finally breathe through my nose again.   Although I failed to see any mermaids, our trip was still worth the effort of getting in and out of that wetsuit.


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ONLINE SHOPPING MADE EASY By Sydnee Bryant

Excited to try some of the gadgets found in this issue but not sure where to get them? Have them (or anything else that tickles your fancy) delivered to you in days through online shipping. We all know it can be tricky to find certain items in Qatar. But with an international shipping company in Doha, there is no reason to go without any of your favourite items from abroad. DHL, which opened in Qatar over 30 years ago, currently serves about 1,300 customers in this country alone, said Daniel Kearvell, country manager for DHL. The company offers door-to-door logistics and express services to companies and individuals. DHL offers a range of services and products for anyone that needs something done on a time-sensitive basis, said Kearvell.

An increasing amount of people in Qatar are using DHL’s online services to place their orders, track their delivery and continuously monitor the status of their delivery. DHL online is cheaper and faster than traditional services, said Kearvell. “The benefits of online are you can browse at your own convenience,” Kearvell said. If you buy something online today from the U.S. or U.K. and arrange to have it shipped through DHL’s Easy Shop system, you could have it delivered to Doha within two days.

In Qatar, 65 to 75 per cent of DHL’s shipments are booked online. In terms of the Middle East, Qatar is one’s of DHL’s Recently, the company began focusing on highest “e-penetration countries,” said improving their online services. Customers Kearvell, meaning that online shipping can now register online for free. The has infiltrated the market here more company also expanded the number of deeply than some other countries. This is countries customers can shop in. Shoppers because consumers in Qatar are extremely can pick out items online, then arrange to web-savvy and have access to the Internet, have them sent to a mail box in the U.S. said Kearvell. Online The customer pays for the item and the services are essential delivery online, then decides if they would to keeping DHL like their shipment sent directly to Qatar competitive in the or if they would rather wait until they have amassed a certain amount of shipments and market. “E-innovation consolidate their orders. Then the shipment is something that we believe will help keep us is sent to the buyer's home, office address or a DHL location in Doha directly from Ohio, ahead of the field,” Kearvell said. His goal is to increase the amount U.S. There are direct flights from Ohio to Qatar, meaning there are no additional duty of customers using DHL online by 10 per cent this year. charges on shipments.

DHL currently has a 52 per cent share in the market in Qatar but competition is steadily increasing as the country develops, said Kearvell. However, as the market becomes competitive, it forces companies to be more innovative and find ways to lower their prices in order to remain competitive, which is good for the customer. The company, which is currently in 224 countries around the world, recently added more customer service centres in Doha. DHL now has offices in Villaggio Mall and City Centre Mall, in addition to their location on Salwa Road. Last month DHL had four times the average registrations than they normally do. “It’s something that is really gaining steam,” Kearvell said. “Qatar is one of the fastest growing places in the DHL world.”

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By Sydnee Bryant

We all need the occasional weekend getaway but we don’t always have the time or resources to actually leave town! Luckily, it is entirely possible to escape your everyday life without jumping on a jet plane. QH plays hooky for a weekend to enjoy a mini-vacay at the Four Seasons Doha.

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t has always been my philosophy that if you are going to take time off of work, you should do it right. No running errands, doing laundry or cleaning house. Picking up the dry cleaning is not conducive to relaxing or refreshing your mental state. Instead, whenever you need some time away from the daily grind, you should spend it in new surroundings in order to truly benefit from your time off.

Recently my mother came to Doha from Canada to visit me. I used her trip as an opportunity to take a weekend vacation at the Four Seasons Doha. When we arrived at the Four Seasons Doha, we checked into a lovely corner room with a tranquil view of the water and the lush grounds of hotel’s outdoor area. We immediately began exploring our new home away from home. My mom called dibs on the comfy reading chair near the window, while I claimed the desk as my own. Even with two full-size beds, a chair, table and desk, the room didn’t feel at all crowded, as some hotel rooms often do. The room was somehow both elegant and completely liveable, although this should not have surprised me. The hotel always manages to balance that line between formal details and comfort. 60

We all know the bathroom is one of the most important parts of a hotel room (Is there a Jacuzzi tub? Will there be enough room at the vanity? What kind of products will I find in the shower?). Ours didn’t disappoint. There was not only a huge tub but also a spacious shower. The shower and tub were outfitted with luxurious L’Occitane En Provence products, including shower gel, soap, shampoo and conditioner. The bathroom also had a huge vanity, plenty big enough for at least two vain ladies (guilty as charged). It also had a private toilet area, meaning more than one person could be in the bathroom area at a time. But the overall bathroom does have its own sliding door to separate it from the bedroom and minikitchen area, ensuring total privacy. The mini-kitchen area featured an awesome coffee machine, pre-filled with water and complete with two complimentary coffee pods. I was stoked to try out a machine far fancier than my own. While it did take me two tries to make a cup of joe (despite the list of instructions on the machine), it was completely worth the effort. As a light sleeper, I was extremely excited to sleep in a super-comfy bed with delicate linens. But the best part of sleeping at the Four Seasons Doha was waking up; or, rather, not waking up with the sun. The

room’s thick green curtains prevented even a single drop of sunshine from streaming in our room until we decided we were ready to get up and open the curtains. After an extremely restful sleep, we headed down to Brassiere on the Beach for a free continental breakfast. The complimentary breakfast is a part of the hotel’s weekend getaway package – stay in one room and get the second room half price, plus continental breakfast and 25 per cent off any spa treatment at the Four Seasons Doha Spa and Wellness Centre. We devoured sweet pastries, yogurt, a variety of fruit, fresh orange juice and steaming hot coffee as the ideal start to our day. A leisurely stroll on the beach was the perfect way to spend the afternoon but a rejuvenating trip to the spa was the highlight of our day. We capped off the day with prompt room service and a movie. We took our time checking out the next day; while check out is normally at noon, the hotel’s weekend getaway package includes complimentary late checkout, meaning guests can stay as late as 6:00 p.m. before checking out. While we were reluctant to leave our oasis of relaxation, we took comfort in the fact that we could always return for another weekend of idyllic leisure.


By Sydnee Bryant

It’s been said before that fashion designers are born, not made. And while that saying may be true, it doesn’t take into account all of the hard work that designers put into learning and honing their craft. This month QH celebrates the next wave of future fashion designers, the graduating senior fashion design class at VCUQ. Bekita Mubarak Muwangua

This fashion design graduate loves the unlimited freedom of creating something, of transforming an idea in her head into a tangible thing that people can wear and the satisfying feeling of watching people wear her designs. While it can be tricky to transform her ideas into garments, she is inspired by her trips overseas, her daily surroundings and her mom, who shares her love of fashion. “My favourite thing [about] designing is to experiment with different fabrics, shapes and silhouettes, and take my ideas further than what is expected of me," Bekita said. After graduation, she plans to find a job that will allow her to not only learn more about the fashion industry but also the chance to practise what she has learned. Born to a Nambian father and Qatari mother, Bekita plans on staying in Qatar after graduation. “As a tribute to my country, I would like to offer my services as a fashion designer to the locals and expatriates,” Bekita said. She hopes to create “feminine, elegant, yet simple, garments and leather goods” for a female client base. 62


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Dana Elhaj Ahmad

This aspiring designer and fashion design grad, originally from Palestine, has Disney to thank for her passion for fashion. “It all started with Mickey Mouse,” Dana said. “Growing up I was constantly drawing this character wearing clothes, dresses and gowns. I would even accessorize him with hats, shoes and bow ties. Eventually my interest in how Mickey Mouse was styled took me further into the fashion world. I double majored in interior and fashion design with a continuous passion towards fashion. I relate to fashion more than anything in the world because I wear clothes everyday and through them I am able to express my aesthetic as an individual and illustrate it to the world of fashion. As an individual, I want to take all the black ink sketches out of my head and imagination, adding grungy, yet romantic, elements, splashing some colour and drag it down the runway for everyone to glimpse.”

Hissa Ismail Zainal

This fashion design grad loves dressing people and expressing her ideas in an “unusual and elaborate way.” While it can be hard coming up with new and “original” ideas, the budding designer says she loves experiencing new things and looking for things that are different from what she already knows. Originally from Qatar, Hissa would love to start new projects revolving around fashion in Qatar post-graduation. “I don’t see myself elsewhere; it’s not that I don’t love working abroad but I think I have a lot to give back. And Qatar is offering a lot for future designers,” Hissa said. She hopes to one day get her masters in fashion design and merchandising. Hissa wants to create clothes that are “fun to wear but elegant at the same time.” She wants to be a world-renowned designer but, for now, would love to try styling. Meeting crazy deadlines during her VCU fashion design program helped her realize that she would be able to one day survive in the fashion design world.

Selina Farooqui

This young designer has already found some success in the fashion world. The collection she designed for VCUQ’s annual fashion show in 2010 was bought by Cugini, a local boutique at The Pearl-Qatar. “The sale of the collection was a success and that was the start of my fashion brand and business “Selina Farooqui,” and I have not looked back since,” Selina said. After graduation, she will work on her second collection for Cugini, due on the shelves in the Autumn/Winter season of 2011. The designer also plans on opening an online store for her designs. Selina, who is originally from India, plans on staying to take advantage of Qatar’s growing fashion scene. Selina can’t image a life as anything but a designer. “I wouldn’t be myself; I can’t imagine not doing what I'm doing,” Selina said. “This is my passion, this is what I want to pursue for the rest of my life.” 63


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Reem Al-Hajri

After her life took an unexpected turn five years ago, Reem turned to fashion design. “I am ambitious, curious and passionate about design; and in fashion design I’ve found a challenge that reinvents itself and I love that,” Reem said. “When it comes to fashion design, I love being able to transform a feeling/personality/experience/theme/idea into a reflective tangible form. Clothing is reflective of who we were, are and want to be; I love the quiet impact of something we use every day and that I get to create it.” After graduation, Reem plans to be a “graphic designer by day, fashion designer by night.” She aspires to make “beautifully-made, thoughtful work, the kind that turns heads and makes you think; detailed, conceptual and well-crafted.” The designer, who is originally from Bahrain, sees the fashion industry in Qatar as an opportunity for young designers and entrepreneurs to become fashion pioneers. Fashion inspirations include Rick Owens, Alexander McQueen, Yamamoto and Kenzo.

Modawi Mohammed Al Ansari This fashion design student plans to venture out into the world of fashion retailing and merchandising after graduation. She enjoys “constructing and sewing a design and seeing the final result as a success.” Modawi wants to take her chances in the local fashion field but prefers to stay away from designing traditional Qatari garments like Abayas. Instead, she adores designing conservative evening gowns and wedding dresses. Modawi, who leads a busy life as a mother, employee, business owner and student, wants to gain the trust of clients in a local market. If she wasn’t heading into the fashion realm, she would choose to be a stay-athome-mom.

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Carla Mallari

This fashion senior loves to constantly create and invent things. “Fashion is just another output for me to get my creativity out there,” Carla said. She loves playing around with possibility and doesn’t shy away from mistakes. Designing is a challenge because it “involves a lot of problem solving,” including trying to make clothes that are functional, in addition to fashionable. The Filipina fashion design student is inspired by modern and contemporary art and loves to create ready-to-wear garments for women, with a “fresh, modern and quirky take.” She has plenty of plans for the future, including staying in Qatar to help develop the fashion industry, doing a masters degree in modern and contemporary art history and starting her own fashion line. Carla hopes to “gain as much experience as possible, from production to designing, to owning and starting my own line. I like to make stuff and I’d like to make a living out of it.”

Vanja Smitran

Making women feel beautiful is this fashion designer’s goal. Born in Bosnia and raised in the U.S., Vanja gets her ideas from paintings, movies, nature, history and past mistakes she’s made while creating things. She also finds inspiration in the history of Qatar, plus the country’s deserts. Vanja loves the idea of seeing someone wearing her designs on the street and plans to move to New York to find her footing as a new designer. One of her challenges as a designer is “finding new inspiration that influences her enough to break barriers.” She hopes to touch lives as designer but if she wasn’t creating pragmatic and whimsical clothes, she would be happy to be a farmer. Her memories of her time as a fashion design student at VCUQ include long sleepless nights that were both “tiring but incredibly fun at the same time.”


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Ahmed Hamada El-Sayed

Ahmed will make history as the first male to graduate from VCUQ’s fashion design program. This fashion pioneer was destined to design from childhood. “Watching my mother getting all dressed up going out played a large role in me wanting to be a designer and dress people more like her,” Ahmed said. He strives to design “anything I want for anyone I want” and uses his imagination and determination to finish what he starts. “Seeing the end result from sketching a garment to actually seeing it on the runway is the best accomplishment I can think of,” Ahmed said. He finds inspiration in the female body, from women with everlasting curves to more androgynous figures. He isn’t sure if he will stay in Qatar after graduation but hopes to make his mark on the world as a designer. “I would like to share with people my vision, whether it is in a lifestyle I create or in a clothing item that I make,” Ahmed said. “To be recognized through my work would be my greatest accomplishment; it has not happened yet, but that is my ultimate goal.”

Kaltham Al Kuwari

Kaltham never actually planned to become a fashion design student but somehow that is exactly where she ended up. She originally intended to become an interior design student but ended up in fashion design instead. Her love of creating “something out of nothing” has led to interesting design concepts, such as an Abaya based on a Japanese cartoon. “I get my ideas from everything around me,” Kaltham said. She plans on staying in the country after graduation. “The fashion design business is still relatively small in Qatar, and it needs years and years to become at least known in the gulf region,” Kaltham said. She loves making conservative cocktail dresses and hopes that one day people will be able to recognize her clothes without having to check the label first. The fashion grad is also considering pursuing a master’s degree in art history and says if she wasn’t a fashion designer, she would be a museum curator.

Esra Sharab

Esra decided to become a fashion designer during her foundation year at VCUQ. This Palestinian-New Zealander came to understand the female figure during her drawing fundamentals class. “What I love most about designing is the freedom of it all,” Esra said. “I strongly believe that there are no boundaries when it comes to design. The sky really is the limit!" She finds inspiration in people, life and living itself. Her senior collection was inspired by her summer internship in Istanbul. “My collection is derived from the ethnic prints of a Turkish Kilim,” Esra said. “I love geometric shapes and bold patterns; it is something I grew very accustomed to while walking in downtown Istanbul’s raw and crowded Grande Bazaars. Life inspires fashion!” While she hopes to work with a fashion house in Istanbul or Dubai one day, she would also love to work in Qatar. “Qatar is a blossoming city with unlimited potential,” Esra said. “I cannot wait to be a part of what makes the fashion scene come alive here in Doha. I am looking forward to the future and what it has to offer me.” 65


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By Sydnee Bryant

Makeup and hair go high-tech this month with these super cool gadgets designed to improve your beauty routine. e – Spa Edition Bliss-Phillips Bikini Perfect Delux ated Lash Curler Sephora Professional He The Idea:This cordless, rechargeable, shower-friendly hair trimmer combines power tools and grooming for a new level of hair removal at home. The Claim: The trimmer comes with six attachments to allow you precisely trim hairs without causing irritation. The Verdict: Seems a little complex for home use but good for in between waxes or for those times your favourite spa is booked up.

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The Idea:Use this curler after applying mascara to get lashes that are truly flutter-worthy. The Claim: Heating the lashes warms the mascara, resulting in a better, longer-lasting curl. The Verdict: Sounds like a lot of effort but could be worth it for those who have stubbornly straight lashes.

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The Idea: Clean your skin with the same technology used in electronic toothbrushes. The Claim: Using sonic frequency, the brush swipes across your face 300 times per second, removing makeup, clearing pores and exfoliating dry patches. The Verdict: While we like the idea of using this brush to help exfoliate our skin, it doesn’t seem necessary to use it to clean our face. But if you’re anal about your skincare regime or experience rough, dry patches, this might be the ideal tool for you.

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The Idea: This travel-size straightening and styling iron is small enough to lug around the world but can still give you glossy sheets of frizz-free hair The Claim: The iron’s computerized heating system and tourmaline-infused ceramic plates help seal moisture into your hair, leaving it hydrated. The Verdict: What’s not to love about a straightening iron small enough to pack around but big enough to get the job done right without destroying your hair? This is technology at its best.

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The Idea: Tourmalineand SoftAire technology reduces drying time up to 70 per cent, leaving hair smooth and shiny but with less heat damage. The Claim:This dryer has a specially designed fan to organize the tourmalinegenerated ionic air into a uniform, light stream. The Verdict: Tourmaline technology is the new standard for hair-styling gadgets. Plus, the lighter the hair dryer, the more we like it!


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www.sweetspot.ca We have a soft spot for this Canadian lifestyle blog that features tips and tricks for fashion, in addition to lifestyle, home and moms. The Sweet Life guide to fashion and beauty is full of information on new products and hot brands, plus ideas for new hairstyles, accessories and looks. Always full of cute photos of recent events and celeb fashionistas, this blog always puts a smile on our face with its sweet decorum and handy advice. Our favourite feature is the sweet versus sin section, which pairs luxury items with more affordable versions to show that being fashionable on a budget is always possible.

BUY Lacoste Hafeza CI Red When stocking up on adorable sandals for spring time, start with Lacoste’s Spring 2011 collection, which features a ton of comfortable, fashion-friendly flip flops, beach shoes, sandals and heels. We are particularly fond of these sweet red sandals, designed to look like “real” sandals (opposed to flip flops). The comfy fabric won’t give you blisters and the slight heel will give you support while allowing you to walk comfortably on the beach or a boat. We plan to spend all of spring and summer wearing in these fabulous sandals, complete with the iconic Lacoste alligator. 68

This stunning white gold diamonds and white Mother of Pearl hair clip adds beauty, grace and flash to any hairstyle. Carefully crafted from the finest of materials, this sparkly accessory is a quality investment in style. While this hair clip is not exactly subtle, it is certainly not gaudy or overthe-top either, making it perfect for formal events or days when you want to add splash to your ensemble without adding a lot of colour. We love its bold elegance and confident charm.

CARRY Carolina Herrera Bimba Bag This cute green purse is a must-have for spring. It’s the ideal size for days when you’re carrying a light load, making it a fabulous bag for shopping or running errands. We love the detailed stitching, the funky strap and the classy clasp. The way the metal chain wraps around the green handle is just one example of this brand’s attention to detail. This bag manages to be both fashionable and mature, without seeming matronly or dull. A lovely way to add colour to any outfit but will look especially good on days when you’re draped all in black.

SHOP Salam Stores at Salam Plaza With brands such as Just Cavalli, Paul Smith, Hugo Boss, 7 For All Mankind, Alice + Olivia, Diesel, Galliano and Red Valentino, Salam has a huge range of fashion to choose from, in one convenient location. The perfect place to stock up on accessories and clothing for spring without having to rush from store to store and mall to mall. We like it’s bright, uncluttered displays and nice range of brands.


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

Seoul Tango Festival Maroon 5 Live in Dubai Thurs 21st: UAE. Rock out with the Grammy-winning pop rock band at the World Trade Centre Arena. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Juliana Down will open the show. Ticket price starts at AED 275. To grab more information, drop by www.livenation.ae

May 5th – May 9th: Korea. Heat up the dance floor with the world's best performers! This year’s celebration features Fabian Peralta and Lorena Ermocida, Gabriel Missé and Analia Centurión and Javier Rodriguez and Andrea Missé. Go to www.seoultangofestival.com for the hottest updates.

Rhino Charge Jun 3rd: Kenya. Take on a one-of-a-kind offroad race that pits competitors against each other to visit 13 different points that are scattered over 100 kms of rough terrain! The charity event aims to raise funds for the Rhino Ark Charitable Trust. Head on over to www.rhinocharge.co.ke to get the latest updates.

Chicago Blues Festival Jun 10th – Jun 12th: USA. Experience the largest free blues festival in the world! With five stages that feature amazing artists, you’ll get all the blues you desire. Some artists that have participated in the past include Bonnie Raitt, Ray Charles and B. B. King. Get more information by visiting www.chicagobluesfestival.us

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30th Istanbul Film Festival Sat 2nd – Sun 17th: Turkey. Thirty years since its inception, the film festival has helped shape and develop a creative culture of cinema in the county. This year, the event promises three competitions that will bring together international, as well as local projects, to the big screen. Visit www.iksv.org to screen more information about the festivities.


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By Jorge Granda

The Qatar Match Racing is coming back to Doha for its fourth edition. The event will be a great chance to enjoy the nice weather before it gets hot this summer.

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he weather is getting warmer in Qatar, which is a clear indication that the dry and humid summer weather is about to land upon us. But before it gets really hot, residents will be able to enjoy some nice sunny days for the next couple of months. This month will offer the right type of weather to enjoy some water sport events. Taking advantage of the great conditions, the Qatar Sailing and Rowing Federation is organizing the Qatar Match Racing. The event will start on Tuesday, April 5 and run until Saturday, April 9 at the Doha Sailing Club.

Beneateau 5.7 Keel Boat. Nineteen teams Sailing is one of the oldest sports in the from different countries including Bahrain, world. At the start of the 20th century, the Estonia, Finland, Germany, Lebanon, New discipline was included in the program of Zealand, Pakistan, Poland, Qatar, Russia, the Olympic Games. In the 1970s, it was Thailand, Turkey and Australia will be taking included in the Asian Games. The Doha Asian Games 2006 served as the event that part in the four-day championship. During the four days of the competition the sailing introduced Match Racing to Qatar. Since conditions are expected to be excellent. then, the sailing competition has been held “With good cash prizes, excellent boats and annually with great success. The event a nice place to sail, the event promises to has captured the attention of international sailors and every year there is an increase in be a fantastic experience for sailors and the entries. The organizers are confident it soon general public,� said Captain A.R. Arshad, will become one of the most popular sailing Technical Advisor of the Qatar Sailing and Rowing Federation. events in the world. All teams will use the

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PRIZE MONEY

APRIL 5

Registration from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Crew weighing from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Practice from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

FIRST PRIZE

APRIL 6 TO 9

Racing days

The first race of each day will be at 11:00 a.m. Prizes will be given out on Saturday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m.

SECOND PRIZE Cup + Certificate and prize money of 3,000 USD

COURSE

The course will be windward/leeward with starboard rounding, finishing downwind.

EVENT FORMAT A double round robin series will decide which teams qualify for the semi-finals, to be held on April 9. The semi-finals will be followed by the final. The Organizing Authority may change the format, terminate or eliminate any round, when conditions do not permit the completion of the intended format.

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THIRD PRIZE

Cup + Certificate and prize money of 6,000 USD

Cup + Certificate and prize money of 2,000 USD

FOURTH PRIZE Certificate and prize money of 1,000 USD


FORMAT OF THE EVENT The organizers behind the Corona Water Volleyball event have come up with a very unique and interesting format. Parallel volleyball competitions will be taking place, one in the water and one on dry land. A knock out system will be applied. Teams will start playing inside the water. The loser of each game inside the water will then proceed to play on dry land. The strongest team at the end of the night in each category will be the two ultimate champions. Each day will be a new competition. This means each participating team has two chances to claim the trophy. Even though there will not be QR 1,000,000 in prize money or anything like that, winners will not leave the beach empty-handed. There are many prizes to be given at the end of each day.

By Jorge Granda

Sports should be mainly about having fun and enjoying some quality time with friends. QH tells you which sporting event will give you plenty reasons to leave the house this month. Corona Water Volleyball is a special event taking place by the beach, where the biggest reward will be having a very good time under the sun.

CORONA WATER VOLLEYBALL Sporting events nowadays are aimed to be extravagant and profitable happenings. Athletes are specially focused on making millions of dollars in endorsement deals and becoming famous personalities worldwide. But the essence of sports is not about money or fame. It is about getting together with a group of friends or strangers for the pure joy of playing a discipline you like. Expecting a big paycheque, a Rolex or a Ferrari as a reward is not the real intention behind practising any sport. The Corona Water Volleyball event is bringing back the true spirit of playing a game. The event is an open tournament that will celebrate passion for volleyball and the fun that comes with doing something for pure entertainment. The volleyball championship is set to take place Friday, April 1 till Saturday, April 2 at the beach of the InterContinental Doha from 2:00 p.m. till 10:00 p.m.

Since 2009, the InterContinental Doha has hosted beach-related sporting events aimed to motivate people to participate in healthy outdoors activities. These types of special tournaments take place either in March or April every year. The first event was the Foosball Festival that took place in March 2009. Last year’s Wake Boarding Tournament packed the beach of the hotel with hundreds of wake boarding aficionados that gathered together to watch the competition. This month, it is time for volleyball fans to enjoy fun matches while sipping an age appropriate beverage by the hotel's beautiful beach. Beautiful Corona girls will be in charge of commanding the matches as referees and will be responsible for cheering up the audience. Spectators will also have the chance to enjoy great music, as many DJs will be playing their best tracks, including Laura Love, the new DJ at Lava Lounge.

TICKET PRICES Tickets will be on sale at the InterContinental Doha at QR 50 the same day of the event. Teams that would like to register for the competition are required to pay an entry fee of QR 500. For more information, contact 4484-4852.

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By Jorge Granda

Emir’s Cup

If you are a horse lover, then you only have two more months to appreciate the majesty and splendor of these animals in full action. The Emir’s Cup is one of the last events taking place before the season ends in mid-May.

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any equestrian events have taken place during the 2010-2011 season. The season kicked off last October with horse races at the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club. The first important meeting was the National Day Trophy & The Late Sheikh Jassim Bin Mohammed Al Thani Cup, as well as the Qatar Derby Day in November. Last month, the biggest horse festival in Qatar, the H.H. Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar Festival, brought joy and thrilling moments to fans of the sport. Let’s not forget the Global Champions Tour that also took place in March. But before the season ends in May, horse lovers still have a chance to head off to the horse tracks and witness some action.

The best local riders and horses in Doha will come together at the 4th edition of the Emir’s Cup, aiming to win big prize money and trophy.

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More than 140 of Qatar’s highest ranked riders, fresh from competing in the 16th Asian Games, are preparing for the event. The Emir’s Cup commences Tuesday, April 5 and goes until Wednesday, April 6 at the main arena of the Doha Racing and Equestrian Club. Entrance for the event is free for the two days of the competition. Spectators at the Emir’s Cup will have the unique opportunity to be part of two days of exhilarating show jumping events, while watching Qatar’s top-ranked riders competing in the biggest local horse show jumping event. The competition will be divided in two events: the Big Tour and the Small Tour. Expert riders will take part in the Big Tour event (jumping obstacles up to 1.14 m) and the winner will be awarded the Emir’s Cup. Younger, less experienced riders will participate in the Small Tour (jumping obstacles up to 1.10 m) and the top competitor will win the Olympic Cup.

TIMES APRIL 5 QUALIFYING DAY SMALL TOUR BIG TOUR

2:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.

APRIL 6 FINAL DAY SMALL TOUR BIG TOUR

3:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

LOCATION Equestrian Roundabout, Al Rayyan, Doha, Qatar. The Emir’s Cup is organized by the Qatar Equestrian Federation. The local organization is committed to raising the profile of equestrian activities in Qatar by providing superior facilities, products and services for residents in Qatar, as well as staging world–class local and international events. The federation is providing the best horses, coaches and key staff to perpetuate their legacy of cultivating a great generation of riders and love for the sport.

Photos provided by Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club

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SPOTLIGHT ON SPORTS

By Jorge Granda

This month Qatar hosts the first edition of the Lusail Open in Shotgun. QH brings you all the information on this first-time event, organized by the Qatar Shooting and Archery Association.

Photos provided by the Qatar Shooting and Archery Association

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atar will play host for the first time to the Lusail Open in Shotgun. The event will become an annual and classic competition and will be part of the circuit of the international shooting calendar. The organizers are hoping to turn the international shooting competition into an event that would allow shotgun shooters from abroad to enjoy a state-of-the-art facility with perfect shooting conditions. It would be also an opportunity for the pros to enjoy the wonders of Qatar.

combined layouts. The Lusail Shooting Club will also host the Arab Games, scheduled for November 2011, and the Asian Championships in January 2012, which will be the last competition for allocation of quota for the 2012 London Olympic Games

Some of the most recognized personalities of the sport will be landing in Doha to take part in the event that features Skeet, Trap, Double Trap (Olympic events) and Compak Sporting. Slovenian Zuzana Stefecekova, current world champion and silver medalist in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, gold medalist and Lithuania native In addition, the Lusail Open in Shotgun Daina Gudzineviciute and three-time World will serve as the perfect occasion for local Champion Kuwaiti Abdulla Al Rashid will be athletes who are members of the National among the international stars participating Shooting Team to polish their skills to in the first edition of the Lusail Open in participate in World Cups, Continental Shotgun. Qatar will be well represented, Championships and World Championships as the top shooters of the National Team, during the year. including Nasser Al Attiyah, Hamad Al Marri, Rashid Al Athba and Mohammed Al The Lusail Open in Shotgun is set to take place from Wednesday, April 6, to Thursday, Rumaihi, will do their best to claim a medal. Registrations are still open and will close on April 14, at the Lusail Shooting Club. The Monday, April 11. complex is one of the largest shooting ranges in the region. The venue includes six

DATES

From Wednesday, April 6, to Thursday, April 14.

VENUE

Lusail Shooting Club

EVENTS Skeet, Trap, Double Trap

(Olympic events) and Compak Sporting

CATEGORIES Men and Women TIMES Qualification competitions will start around 8:00 a.m. and finals will be in the afternoon (timings will depend on the numbers of entries).

PRIZE MONEY All participants will be competing for prize money of 45,000 Euros total.

1st place

3,000 EUR

2nd place

2,000 EUR

3rd place

1,000 EUR

4th, 5th and 6th places

500 EUR

per event, per category.

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SPOTLIGHT ON SPORTS

By Jorge Granda

With the finals of the Qatar Stars League and The Heir Apparent Cup taking place this month, football fans have lots to look forward to. QH gives you the details on two football events that will capture the attention of the entire nation.

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n December 2010, the country was awarded with the immeasurable honour of hosting the FIFA World Cup 2022; the first month of the new year brought the AFC Asian Cup to Qatar. This month, the Qatar Stars League (QSL) comes to its much-anticipated season finale, as the four best teams play each other for the coveted Heir Apparent Cup. The 2010-2011 season will culminate with the Emir’s Cup, the most important football tournament in Qatar. To say that Qatar is experiencing an epidemic of football fever is no exaggeration; the game is experiencing new heights of popularity among many citizens residing in the country. All football clubs now are turning their attention to the QSL finals, hoping their performance will guarantee them one of four precious spots to play in the Heir Apparent Cup. 76

The last game of the league will take place on Saturday, April 16, at Qatar Sports Club at 6:30 p.m. The team that wins the most points after week 22 will be the QSL champion.

QSL FINALS

THE HEIR APPARENT CUP

During this month, all football clubs in the country will be competing to claim the trophy at the finals of the QSL and QR two million in prize money.

The cup is the second biggest football event of the season. The top four clubs at the end of the Qatar Stars League participate in the cup, which was formed during the 1994-95 season. The four teams will play against each other in three games. The winner of the league will play against the team that ranked in the fourth place, while the runner-up will play against the team that ranked in the third place. The winners of the two games will them compete in the final taking place Monday, April 30. Semi-finals will be held Thursday, April 24 and Friday, April, 25.

QSL is the highest professional league in Qatari football. Twelve clubs battle it out every year to be proclaimed the best football club in the country. The 2010-2011 season started in September 2010, and will run until the middle of April 2011. The league is divided in two legs. The first leg started in September and ran until November, while the second leg kicked off in February. The final games will be played the first two weeks of April. Lakhwiya, Al Arabi, Al Gharaf, Qatar Sport Club, Al Rayyan and Al Saad are the strongest six teams of the league.

The winners of the Heir Apparent Cup will receive staggering QR 1.1 million in prize money and the runner-up will cash in QR 800,000. The event is aimed to take place at Al Saad (venue to be confirmed). Log onto www.qfa.com.qa for confirmation.


SPOTLIGHT ON SPORTS

TICKETS SALES

HEIR APPARENT CUP TROPHY ROAD SHOW

Tickets go on sale across Qatar from QR 10 to 50, beginning Saturday, April, 2 at Villaggio Mall, City Center Mall, Landmark Mall, The Mall and Souq Waqif. The stadium will be divided into different sections - family section, QSL football family section and a general section.

The organizers are producing a great number of different activities that will take place all over Doha, which will involve the players and a replica of the trophy. The intention is to increase awareness and excitement for the final of the Heir Apparent Cup. Football fans will have the opportunity to participate in autograph sessions and photo shots with players from either the four semi-finalists or

Photos provided by the Qatar Stars League

FAN CLUB

Join the Football Fan Club to stay abreast of all the matches and tournaments taking place in 2011, in addition to supporting the Qatar Stars League. Collect points to win exciting gifts and discounts on tickets. Find out more at www.fanclub.com.qa

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two finalists. The road show will start approximately three weeks before the event. The organizers are aiming to activate the Heir Apparent Cup Trophy Road Show during the busiest periods of the week, primarily the weekends (Thursdays evenings to Saturdays). The idea is to take the activities to all shopping malls, with two to three days per mall.

QSL POINTS & RANKS RANK

MATCHES P

W

D

GOALS L

F

A

diff.

POINTS

1

Lakhwiya

18

13

3

2

32

12

20

2

Al Arabi

18

10

5

3

31

17

14

42 35

3

Al Gharafa

18

11

1

6

40

23

17

34

4

Qatar Sc

18

10

4

4

33

21

12

34

5

Al Sadd

18

9

5

4

32

22

10

32

6

Al Rayyan

18

9

2

7

24

18

6

29

7

Al Kharaitiyat

18

6

3

9

21

32

-11

21

8

Al Sailiya

18

5

4

9

21

30

-9

19 18

9

Al Wakrah

18

5

3

10

19

32

-13

10

Umm Salal

18

3

6

9

21

27

-6

15

11

Al Khor

18

3

5

10

22

39

-17

14

12

Al Ahli

18

2

3

13

12

35

-23

9

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SPORTS

HOTLIST Losail Open in Shotgun Wed 6th – Thurs 14th: Losail Shooting Club. Some of the most recognized personalities of the sport will be landing in Doha to take part in the event that features Skeet, Trap, Double Trap (Olympic events) and Compak Sporting. Qualification competitions will start at 8:00 a.m. and finals will be in the afternoon (timings will depend on the numbers of entries). For more information, visit www.qatarshooting.asia

Qatar Stars League Finals

The Emir’s Cup

proclaimed the ultimate champion of the highest professional league in Qatari football. The winning club will be awarded with QR 2,000,000 in prize money and one of the four precious spots to play in the Heir Apparent Cup. For more information, visit www.qfa.com.qa

prestigious and influential equestrian events to be held on a yearly basis, with an average participation of 150 riders. For more information, visit www.qatarequestrian.org

Sat 16th Qatar Sports Club. Find out who will be

Tues 5th – Wed 6th: Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club. The show jumping event is considered as one of the most

Qatar Match Racing Corona Water Volleyball Fri 1st – Sat 2nd: InterContinental Doha. The event is an open tournament that will celebrate passion for volleyball and the fun that entails to do something for pure entertainment. From 2:00 p.m. till 10:00 p.m. For more information, call 4484-4852. 78

Tues 5th – Sat 9th: Doha Sailing Club. Enjoy a sunny day out with family and friends while watching the biggest sailing competition taking place this month. Nineteen teams from all over the world will be competing in this international event. All teams will use the Beneateau 5.7 Keel Boat. For more information, visit www.qatarsailing.org


ENTERTAINMENT LISTINGS DJ Night with DJ Roger Choueiry

Sundays: La Cigale. Enjoy the best in music from across the globe mixed by DJ Roger Choueiry. Rock on the floor and dedicate your favorite songs to the special one every Sunday at Madison Piano Bar. Ladies joining the DJ Night will enjoy one welcome drink on the house. For more information, call 4428-8665 or 5518-8008.

Salsa Night

Laughter Factory

Sun 10th – Mon 11th: Ramada Plaza. The Laughter Factory returns for another year filled with good times! Experience a monthly dose of humour. Three of the best comics present over two hours of club stand-up, direct from The Comedy Store in London. Both evenings are non-smoking events. Shows start at 8:00 p.m. QR 110 per person, which include a sponsor’s drink. For more information, call 4428-1555.

Pacha Party

Fri 22nd: W Doha. Bring the whole house down as you spend the night dancing to the beats of Pacha at Crystal Lounge. Starts 10:00 p.m. For more information, call 4453-5453.

Wet N’ Wild

Sat 23rd: W Doha. Bring your bikini’s and trunks and get wet ‘n’ wild at the poolside BBQ to a soundtrack of sultry summer sounds, courtesy of famed international guest DJs flown in from Europe. QR 300 per person. Starts 3:00 p.m. For more information, call 4453-5323.

Swing Sunday

Sun 24th: W Doha. Hit the dance floor with the launch of a new weekly swing night at Spice Market. Come to drink, eat or both. Kicking off with handsome British crooner Matthew VanKan performing live swing, Sinatra and Nat King Cole. Starts at 7:00 p.m. For more information, call 4453-5135.

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Quiz Night

Mon 25th: Ramada Plaza. Becoming more and more popular each month, the original and best pub quiz in town returns. Bring along your team of six to take part in Doha’s favourite Quiz Night! With no entry fee and great prizes to be won, why not get your competitive hat on and come along and have some fun at the monthly quiz night! Starts at 8:00 p.m. For more information, call 4428-1555.

South African Day Braai on the Beach

Wed 27th: InterContinental Doha. Paloma will be hosting a South African Braai buffet on the beach to celebrate Freedom Day.Celebrate all things South African with Boerewors, Biltong, Droewors, Pap, Koeksisters and Melktart amongst others. Live entrtainment on the beach, followed by Paloma’s resident DJ playing all your favourites until the early hours of the morning. Free house spirits from 9:00 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. For more information and reservations, call 4484-4444 or 4484-4936.

Lebanese Night

Sundays: Doha Marriott. Feel the heat of a Lebanese Night every Sunday from 10:00 p.m. onwards. Reserve a table and come early to receive complimentary oriental tidbits. For more information, call 4429-8444 after 6:00 p.m. or email PearlLoungeDoha@marriott.com

Sundays: InterContinental Doha. Latin passion on the dance floor with DJ Mido playing the best of salsa mixed with a little house and R&B. For more information, call 4484-4444 or 4484-4936.

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Mondays: Doha Marriott. DJ Joe Mitri welcomes all ladies and couples for a night of dancing and fun at the Pearl Lunge Club! Ladies receive a free welcome drink when entering before 11:30 p.m. For more information, call 4429-8444 after 6:00 p.m. or email PearlLoungeDoha@marriott.com

Live Arabic Entertainment

Mondays to Saturdays: La Cigale. An eclectic mix of chic and elegance, the Madison Piano Bar is decked out in vibrant colours of furnishings. Cozy and stylish, it offers a wide range of finger food, sushi and sashimi and cigars complemented by a selection of fine beverages amongst live Arabic music from the new Lebanese one-man show, Maher El Basha! Starts at 10:00 p.m. For more information, call 4428-8665 or 5518-8008.

Party Tuesday

Tuesdays: Doha Marriott. Be classy with Romanian music and get hip with R&B music all together mixed by Pearl Lounge Resident DJ Joe Mitri! For more information, call 4429-8444 after 6:00 p.m. or email PearlLoungeDoha@marriott.com

Champions League Football

Tuesdays and Wednesdays: InterContinental Doha. Catch the games live on huge screens while enjoying special beverages. For more information, call 4484-4444.


Ladies Night

Wednesdays: InterContinental Doha. Get together with all your girlfriends and paint the town red! Unlimited drinks for all ladies from 10:00 p.m. till late with music from Doha’s finest DJs. For more information, call 4484-4444.

Jazz Night

Wednesdays: InterContinental Doha. Experience an intimate evening of live jazz every 8:00 p.m. onwards, followed by DJ Laura love until the early hours. For more information, call 4484-4444 or 4484-4079 or email lava@icdoha.com

Ya Habibi

Wednesdays: Doha Marriott. An event for Arabic music lovers, DJ Imran is the pioneer of Arabic Dance remixes. Let him bring you to an oriental night fever. For more information, call 4429-8444 after 6:00 p.m. or email PearlLoungeDoha@marriott.com

Ladies Party Mania

Thursdays: Doha Marriott. Heat up the dance floor to the tunes of DJ Joe Mitri as he welcomes ladies and couples. Ladies get a free drink when entering before 11:30 p.m. For more information, call 4429-8444 after 6:00 p.m. or email PearlLoungeDoha@marriott.com

Latin Lounge

Thursdays: Four Seasons Doha. Join Doha’s in-crowd at the Après Spa Café Terrace for a night of South American rhythms, signature cocktails and a lively, exotic atmosphere. An innovative concept inspired by Latin America dance, fashion and flair, Latin Lounge brings the night alive beneath the stars – the ideal way to kick off the weekend. From 7:00 p.m. till 12:00 a.m. For more information, call 4494-8888.

Karaoke Nights

Thursdays to Fridays: Sealine Beach Resort. The mellow mood has got you, so let the music rock you! Karaoke Nights take place only at Zouk Lounge! Whether you sing solo, with a friend, or a group, get into a performance mode worthy of a diva! In between performances, enjoy a friendly, relaxed atmosphere and a well-stocked bubbly counter. For more information, call 4476-5239.

Fusion Night Full of Vibes

Fridays: Doha Marriott. Dance the night away to your favourite tunes mixed by resident DJ Joe Mitri. For more information, call 4429-8444 after 6:00 p.m. or email PearlLoungeDoha@marriott.com

Friday Night Jazz

Cinema under the Stars

Saturdays: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Enjoy the warm evenings of April whilst sitting back and relaxing in the lush gardens of Lagoon Terrace overlooking the big movie screen showing cinema classics. Movie Schedule: 2nd - Forest Gump, 9th - The Great Escape, 16th – Ella Enchanted, 23rd – Freaky Friday and 30th – Jurassic Park. Free entrance. Opens at 6:30 p.m. and the movie starts at 7:00 p.m. For more information, call 4484-8000.

English Premier League Football

Saturdays to Sundays: InterContinental Doha. Join fellow football fanatics as the games kick off! Early opening for every game, with special drinks throughout the matches. For more information, call 4484-4444.

Fridays: Mövenpick Hotel Doha. Enjoy live jazz music with Chris Coull and the members of the Doha Jazz Orchestra in a Euro-American bar with a modern, yet cozy, atmosphere. Sit back and relax with afterwork drinks and great musical performances. Come Alive at Five Starts at 9:00 p.m. For more information, Daily: Merwebcentral Hotel Doha. Enjoy call 4429-1111. doubles for the price of singles, plus mouthwatering snacks from sushi platters Bollywood meets Hollywood to seafood jambalaya at 25 per cent off at M Lounge. Live entertainment on Saturdays: Doha Marriott. Enjoy Sundays and Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. current and classic Bollywood hits and a rockin’ DJ from 11:00 p.m. daily. mixed with a touch of house, R&B and For more information, call 4409-4444 or memorable pop music expertly mixed visit www.merweb.com by top Indian DJs. For more information, call 4429-8444 after 6:00 p.m. or email PearlLoungeDoha@marriott.com

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RESTAURANT LISTINGS Lunch Escape Set

Sundays to Thursdays: Holiday Villa. Escape the mad rush during lunch hours and enjoy a scrumptious lunch set at D’Chopstix for only QR 50. From 11:30 a.m. till 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 4408-4888 or 4408-4210.

Mykonos Business Lunch

Mango Mania

Sat 2nd – Mon 25th: Doha Marriott. Be amazed by what kind of different pastries the chefs can create from a mango! There will be a wide range of mango treat offered in the Doha Marriott lobby this month. Each one is more tempting than the last. Experience these creative desserts and pastries with your family and friends whilst having a freshly brewed tea or coffee. For more information, reservations and dining voucher requests, call 4429-8499 or email DineMarriottDoha@marriott.com

Mother’s Day Celebration

Sun 3rd: Ramada Plaza. Spoil mommy without breaking the bank! Every mom eats for free when she dines with her two kids and husband in any of the hotel’s restaurants. For more information and reservations, call 4428-1555.

Monthly Vino Club Meeting

Sat 9th: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Enjoy a variety of cheese and canapés dishes, as prepared by Chef Matthew, in conjunction with an exclusive vino, as supported by QDC. Open to members of La Mer Wine Club only. From 7:00 p.m. till 9:00 p.m. For more information, call 4484-8000.

Thai New Year

Wed 13th: InterContinental Doha. Celebrate Thai New Year at Fish Market. Enjoy a dinner buffet featuring an array of authentic Thai cuisine, which includes Tom Yum Goong (spicy shrimp soup), Laab Gai (spicy minced chicken with Thai herb) and Khao Niew Ma-Muang (sticky rice with mango). Live entertainment by Panash Steel Duo. For more information, call 4484-4444. 82

Mexican Food Festival

Tues 19th – Sat 23rd: InterContinental Doha. Discover Mexico at the hotel’s beach. Come and enjoy a lavish buffet featuring authentic Mexican delicacies, live cooking stations and live entertainment by a sixpiece Mexican band Yoliztli. Buffet dinner is from 7:00 p.m. till 12:00 a.m. For more information, please call 4484-4903 or email Kanjanattee.y@icdoha.com

Societe Du Vin

Thurs 21st: W Doha. Experience an outstanding vino dinner from Montes winery, the young company that has rapidly gained awards and prestige in the Chilean vino circle. The evening will lead to the opening of the amazing Purple Angel Carmenere, recently ranked number one amongst a selection of over 400 world-class vino. The selection will be accompanied by a five course-tasting menu from Market by Jean-George. Starts at 7:30 p.m. QR 350 per person. For more information, call 4453-5373 or 4453-5135.

Art of Cocktail Making Class Fri 22nd: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Join the Habanos’ team and learn how to make your loved one the ultimate flavoured Margarita. QR 225 per person. From 4:00 p.m. till 6:00 p.m. For more information, call 4484-8000.

Cooking Class

Sat 30th: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Learn from Chef Alessio Corda how to make simple home-cooked dishes with delicious sauces. Starts at 10:30 a.m., followed by lunch. QR 265 per person. For more information and reservations, call 4484-8000.

Sundays to Thursdays: InterContinental Doha. The restaurant just got more delicious and quicker to enjoy. Greek Chef Kostas introduces the new business express lunch menu with a choice of a starter, main course and dessert ready to be enjoyed both in the tempting outdoor terrace overlooking the gardens and the pool or the cozy indoor lounge area. From 12:00 p.m. till 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 4484-4074 or 4484-4444 or email mykonos@icdoha.com

White Asparagus for Health Enthusiasts!

Sundays to Fridays: Sheraton Doha. Health enthusiasts are invited to a whole month of healthy asparagus preparations only at the Al Shaheen Restaurant. From 7:00 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. For more information, call 4485-4556 or visit www.sheraton.com/doha

Meat the Grills

Mondays and Tuesdays: InterContinental Doha. Eat as much as souvlaki mix grill as you can and discover your Mediterranean limits! Enjoy an open buffet with fresh cold mezzedes and salads, complemented with desserts. From 6:30 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. QR 135 per person. For reservations, call 4484-4074 or 4484-4444 or email mykonos@icdoha.com

Grand Gourmet International Buffets

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays: Grand Regency. The scrumptious buffet offers different cuisines from around the world - Italian cuisine Saturday nights, Far Eastern cuisine Monday nights, seafood Wednesday nights and Arabian cuisine on Fridays. Dinner is from 6:30 p.m. till 10:30 p.m. The special Friday Brunch for all the family is served between 11:30 a.m. till 3:30 p.m. with live entertainment. For more information, call 4434-3203 or 4434-3333.


A Taste of Morocco

Mondays to Saturdays: Grand Regency. Discover traditional Moroccan cuisine, artistically prepared and refreshingly authentic! Thursdays and Fridays: from 7:00 p.m. till 10:30 p.m.; Mondays to Wednesdays and Saturdays: from 7:00 p.m. till 10:00 p.m. For more information, call 4,34-3203 or 4434-3333 or email fbcoordinator@grand-regency.com

Steak Nights

Tuesdays: Oryx Rotana. Choose your meat cuts and size from an extensive buffet and have it done just the way you like it! QR 185 with soft drinks and juices and QR 250 with selected house beverages. For more information, call 4402-3333.

Dim Sum Buffet

Tuesdays: Doha Marriott. Dim Sum literally means “to touch the heart.” Experience this unique culinary art of Dim Sum at Asia Live! Treat yourselves to delicious shrimp dumplings, spicy wontons and more… All guaranteed to touch your heart and whet your appetite! For more information, call 4429-8499 or email DineMarriottDoha@marriott.com

Tapas Galore

Tuesdays: Oryx Rotana. Enjoy a blend of unlimited tapas and three glasses of selected vino for QR 220 per person. For more information, call 4402-3333.

Chopsticks Business Lunch

Tuesdays to Sundays: Grand Regency. Experience the ideal solution for busy professionals with a variety of distinctive modern Asian food presented in an exceptional three-course menu. Savour a daily changing set menu for QR 59. From 12:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. For more information, call 4434-3203 or 4434-3333.

Indian Flavour

Wednesdays: Oryx Rotana. Taste the wonders of a royal spread of rich Indian flavours from across the country. QR 175 per person. From 7:00 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. For more information and bookings, call 4402-3333


RESTAURANT LISTINGS Seafood Delight

Thursdays: Oryx Rotana. Savour a delectable variety of freshly caught marine treasures. QR 185 including unlimited soft drinks, water and chilled juices or QR 250 including unlimited selected house beverages. For more information, call 4402-3333.

Lunch at Belgian Café

Curry Night

Wednesdays: Mövenpick Tower and Suites. With a tantalizing buffet featuring ten kinds of meat, seafood and vegetarian curries from green to red, mild to spicy, the selection will enliven your palate with all the flavours that true curry lovers really want. Priced at just QR 115 per person, reservations are essential. For more information, call 4496-6600.

Churrasco Brazilian Barbecue on the Beach

Wednesdays: Four Seasons Doha. Celebrate the South Brazilian barbeque tradition with open fire pits, Brazilian passadors (meat servers) and slow roasted skewers of meat, chicken and vegetables served directly from the grill. The Churrasco custom uses a wooden coin to signal to your passadors; green means go ahead and red to halt the carving. Gather family and friends for an unforgettable festive experience, as you select your choice of delicious barbeque with a wide buffet selection of soup, salads and side orders. From 7:00 p.m. till 10:30 p.m. For more information, call 4494-8888.

Sizzling Caribbean

Wednesdays: Sharq Village and Spa. The tastes of the Caribbean come alive at a special barbecue on Al Dana Terrace that celebrates the cross-cultural cuisine of various island nations, influences come from as far afield as Africa, Spain, France, Holland India and China that will tempt your taste buds. QR 260 per person. For more information, call 4425-6666.

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Gourmet Route

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

Pizza & Pasta Night

Thursdays: Merwebhotel Central Doha. Taste Italy at the Mezza9 Kitchen as you enjoy slices of oven-baked goodness and rich Italian classics fresh from live pasta stations all for QR 75. Kids can dine for free! For more information, call 4409-4444 or visit www.merweb.com

Seafood Soiree at Brasserie on the Beach

Thursdays: Four Seasons Doha. Straight from the day’s catch to the market-style showcase, the Seafood Soirée brings you the very best of the ocean, both local and from around the world. Complemented by a lavish buffet, the soirée includes delightful options such as sea bass, hammour, prawns and cuttlefish, all cooked to order. There’s also the oyster and smoked salmon bar and the sushi and sashimi station for delicacies that tease the palate and elate the senses. From 7:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information, call 4494-8888.

Fridays: InterContinental Doha. Overlooking the Doha Skyline and Arabian Gulf, Belgian Café opens its doors for lunch from 12:30 p.m. Enjoy authentic and exquisite Belgian dishes from the a la carte menu, along with a selection of cold cuts and cheese. Accompanied by a pint, whether light or dark, it’s the perfect addition to your lunch. Find out why Belgian Café is the place to be! For more information, call 4484-4444 or 4484-4954.

Ruby Wu’s and Bombay Balti: Friday Brunch

Fridays: Ramada Plaza. Start the weekend right and be welcomed to a very special Friday brunch. Let the team of chefs tempt you with fresh seafood, sushi, Chinese, Indian and European specialties. QR 190 per person, including a little sparkle! For more information, call 4428-1555.

Grand Seafood Brunch

Fridays: InterContinental Doha. Due to public demand, the grand seafood brunch at Fish Market is back! Enjoy a lavish buffet featuring lobster, oyster, tiger prawns and sea bass, alongside a variety of fresh seafood and fish on a market display with family and friends. The new band Panash Steel Duo will keep you entertained while you savour the luxurious buffet. From 12:30 p.m. till 3:30 p.m. For reservations, call 4484-4954.

Friday Asian Brunch

Fridays: Holiday Villa Doha. Enjoy a large and exquisite selection of Asian delights from dumplings, udon, teppanyaki to tempura, roasted BBQ and a variety of desserts. From 11:30 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. For more information, call 4408-4888 or 4408-4210.


Seafood BBQ Buffet

Fridays: InterContinental Doha. Enjoy grilled fish and seafood by the beach front freshly prepared by expert chefs, including live cooking stations. From 7:00 p.m. till 12:00 a.m. For more information, call 4484-4444 or 4484-4747.

Super Brunch

Fridays: Merwebcentral Hotel Doha. Treat your family to a sumptuous brunch at the Mezza9 Kitchen. Indulge in countless different flavours from the freshest catches to mouthwatering Mediterranean specialties, and live cooking stations, all for just QR 155 per person. With special discounts for kids and a kids-friendly buffet, your little ones will go for more! For more information, call 4409-4444 or visit www.merweb.com

Friday Brunch at Brasserie on the Beach

Fridays: Four Seasons Doha. Start the weekend off on a leisurely note with a brunch offering an array of dining choices to linger over all afternoon. The main buffet is a showcase of live ethnic cooking stations, as well as hot and cold appetizers and a traditional carvery, complemented by an array of salads and freshly baked bread. The best is left for last with a heavenly dessert spread that includes a chocolate fountain, pastries, hot desserts and cakes. A fun kiddies menu comes with entertaining activities to ensure that it’s the little ones who have the most fun. From 12:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. For more information, call 4494-8888.

Friday Jazzy Brunch

Fridays: Oryx Rotana. Unwind with a lavish buffet feast along with a live jazz music with friends and family. From 12:30 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. QR 190 including unlimited soft drinks, water and chilled juices or QR 260 including unlimited selected house beverages. For more information, call 4402-3333.

Friday Family Brunch

Fridays: MĂśvenpick Hotel Doha. Invite your family and friends to an unforgettable brunch experience, a culinary celebration of the season. As for the little ones, Barzan Meeting Rooms becomes their playground with a bouncy castle, toys and a special buffet. From 12:00 p.m. till 3:30 p.m. For more information and reservations, call 4429-1111.


RESTAURANT LISTINGS

Weekend Family Brunch

Breakfast Feast on Fridays

Fridays: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and there is no better way to enjoy it than at Admiral’s Club whilst sitting on the terrace surrounded by the serene views of the marina. QR 150 per person including coffee, tea and fresh juices. From 10:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. For more information, call 4484-8000.

The Alpine Stammtisch at The Cellar

Fridays: Oryx Rotana. Enjoy the best of Alpine food at The Cellar, which features traditional dishes from the mountains of Switzerland, Germany, Italy, France and Austria, such as sausage, sauerkraut, risotto and polenta and many more. And don’t miss the famous Parmesan and Gruyère cheeses. QR 220 per person, which includes unlimited selected house beverages. From 12:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. For more information, call 4402-3333.

Sundowners

Fridays: Sharq Village and Spa. Take a break from sun worshipping at the water’s edge with a relaxed bite to eat while enjoying chill out music of the resident DJ. Experience luxury in the chilled water all day and begin the perfect evening with sundowners at the terrace with vegetable tempura, mixed satay and sushi. From 5:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. For more information, call 4425-6666.

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Grand Weekends

Fridays: Grand Hyatt Doha. Experience a grand weekend! At Issan, the restaurant’s open show kitchens are set in a captivating scene with authentic steam, along with grill and wok, preparations served in an “allyou-can-eat” lunch. The Grill is the perfect place for families to enjoy a lavish buffet featuring the freshest ingredients prepared in live cooking stations. Prices set at QR 250, including soft drinks and QR 395 including unlimited selected house beverages. From 12:30 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. For more details, call 4448-1250 or 4448-1240.

Treasures from the Deep

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

Fun Family Spread

Fridays and Saturdays: Sharq Village and Spa. Weekends are made for relaxed family gatherings around the table. Tuck into a magnificent buffet spread in Al Liwan with live cooking stations, freshly made saj bread and delectable dessert station. QR 250 per person. From 12:30 p.m. till 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 4425-6666.

Sushi Fiesta

Fridays to Tuesdays: Doha Marriott. Tempt your appetite with the delectable seafood buffet at the Corniche Mediterranean restaurant. It is one of Doha Marriott’s highlights for all seafood lovers. Surely a treat for all! From 7:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information, call 4429-8499 or email DineMarriottDoha@marriott.com

Saturdays: Grand Regency. Immerse yourself in a tastefully electrical range of original and sensational sushi platters from the sushi bar at Chopsticks, the award-winning restaurant. Eat as much you can for QR 119 per person, which includes a glass of bubbly. From 7:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information, call 4434-3203 or 4434-3333.

The Doha Marriott Brunch

Saturday Night Sushi

Saturdays: W Doha. Add some flavour Fridays and Saturdays: Doha Marriott. to the start of the weekend with Spice Enjoy a lavish weekend brunch and spoil Market’s comprehensive sushi menu your taste buds. An array of cuisines is featuring assorted sushi, nigiri, maki offered featuring Asia Live!, Corniche, All’ and sashimi prepared with the secret Aperto, Taj Rasoi and Salsa. Indulge in condiments of three-Michelin star chef, specialties freshly prepared in front of you and maybe even have a glass of bubbly. Your Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and his expert kids will also enjoy their buffet and the kid’s team. QR 190 per person. From 6:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information, club. For more information, call 4429-8499 call 4453-5373 or 4453-5135. or email DineMarriottDoha@marriott.com


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Saturdays: Oryx Rotana. Enjoy your favourite vino at truly unbeatable prices! The ‘Retail Night’ features a fine selection of exclusive vintage drinks to be sampled in The Cellar. You’ll simply be charged the standard retail price plus a small handling fee of 20 per cent of the initial market price. For more information, call 4402-3333.

Espresso Business Lunch

Saturdays to Thursdays: Four Seasons Doha. Experience sublime Italian cuisine just footsteps away from the water’s edge, with a private terrace and elegant private dining room. Try the two-or-three-course Espresso Business Lunch from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information, call 4494-8888.

Quick Lunch

Saturdays to Thursdays: Oryx Rotana. Enjoy your lunch break with a fantastic three-course meal for only QR 85. For more information, call 4402-3333.

Camellia Sinensis Tea Promo

Daily: InterContinental Doha. The Tea Garden will take you to a journey to the main tea-producing countries and enjoy a wide variety of flavoured and herbal teas. For more information, call 4484-4096 or 4484-4444 or email teagarden@icdoha.com

Panash Steel Duo

Daily: InterContinental Doha. Fish Market proudly presents, for the first time in Doha, Panash Steel Duo - top French steel pan players Laurent Lalsingue and Eva Goldstein. Panash will ensure an evening of rich and varied music, whilst you dine in the finest seafood restaurant. For reservations, please call 4484-4954.

Café Restaurant Theme Nights

Daily: InterContinental Doha. Savour a gastronomic food trip around the world with unique and interactive culinary themes. Monday is Far Eastern Night; Tuesday is Italian Night; Wednesday is South Indian Night; Thursday is Phoenician Night; Friday is the Grand Family Brunch; Saturday is Kids Brunch with entertainment and Seafood Night; Sunday is Steak Night. Brunch starts at 12:30 p.m. and dinner starts at 7:00 p.m. For more information, call 4484-4444.


RESTAURANT LISTINGS

Shisha Barbecue

Daily: Sharq Village and Spa. Al Wanis offers a delicious buffet of Middle Eastern barbecue specialties, fresh mezzes and crisp salads to accompany an extensive menu of shisha flavours. QR 210 per person which includes one shisha, barbecue buffet and one beverage. For more information, call 4425-6666.

Goan Fish Specialties

Daily: Doha Marriott. Goan cuisine is famous for its rich variety of fish dishes cooked with elaborate recipes along with chili peppers, vinegar and special Goan spices giving the food a unique flavor and aroma. Enjoy Taj Rasoi’s Goan culinary treasures served amidst the elegant setting of the award-winning restaurant. For more information, call 4429-8499 or email DineMarriottDoha@marriott.com

All-You-Can-Eat Pizza and Pasta

Daily: Sealine Beach Resort. Thousands of pizzas and pastas are being tossed around as Lagoon Ristorante goes all out this month! Whether you crave pizza or pasta, QR 75 earns you unlimited servings of these two classic Italian cuisines. For more information, call 4476-5257.

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Seafood Platter for two on the Terrace

Seasons’ Theme Nights

Thematic Evenings at Al Hubara

Di Capri Specials Menu

Daily: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Enjoy the unique surroundings of The Ritz-Carlton Marina, whilst you indulge in a lavish seafood platter and two glasses of bubbly with your friends and loved ones. From 6:00 p.m. til 11:00 p.m. QR 195 per couple. For more information and reservations, call 4484-8000.

Daily: Sheraton Doha. Shake up your menu every single day! Experience different worlds of flavour and cuisines, from Mediterranean and Asian to European and American dishes. Price starts at QR 180. From 7:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information, call 4485-4556 or visit www.sheraton.com/doha

Catch of the Day!

Daily: Sheraton Doha. Taste the flavours of the sea with the freshest catches, deliciously served right to you at La Veranda. Lunch is from 12:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. and dinner is from 7:00 p.m. till 10:45 p.m. For more information, call 4485-4556 or visit www.sheraton.com/doha

Daily: Mövenpick Hotel Doha. You are invited to a vast culinary cruise, with each night of the week bringing in a different theme for your culinary delight. Monday Italian Night, Tuesday is Swiss Night, Wednesday is Asian Night, Thursday is Seafood Night and Friday is Steak Night. For more information and reservations, call 4429-1111.

Daily: La Cigale. Order the Di Capri special three-course set menu for only QR 140 and experience flavourful Italian cuisine. Set menu includes Minestrone Genovese perfumed with pesto, penne with mozzarella and Tiramisu della Casa. Or pamper yourself by ordering an upgraded three-course set menu at QR 245 that includes beef carpaccio with wild fennel, sea bass fillet with mushrooms and Cassata Siciliana. For more information, call 4428-8840.

Date Delights and Mocktails Daily: Sheraton Doha. Treat yourself to sweet treats and delicious mocktails to perk up your day. Starts at 8:00 a.m. For more information, call 4485-4556 or visit www.sheraton.com/doha


Voyage around the World!

Daily: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Experience a world of culinary wonders with a different theme each night! Sunday is Arabic, Monday is Asian, Tuesday is Moroccan, Wednesday is seafood, Thursday is BBQ and Friday and Saturday is international cuisine. QR 180 per person per night except Seafood Night, which is QR 215. From 6:30 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information, call 4484-8000.

Traiteur Daily Specials

Daily: La Cigale. Enjoy a healthy lunch with daily specials available for outside orders! The lunch box contains a fresh salad, delectable main dish, homemade dessert and one soft drink. Choose your main dish from different selections such as poultry, meat or seafood. Price starts from QR 60. Book your meal in advance by calling 4428-8803 or 4428-8820.

Wok Mee Business Lunch

Daily: MĂśvenpick Tower and Suites. For an Asian twist at lunch time, try the new business lunch menu. The three-course menu spoils you with choice and features favourites such as the traditional Thai Fish Cakes, Nasi Goreng, Green Mango Salad and Toffee Bananas with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. QR 85 per person. Get a 15 per cent discount with the MTS membership card. Free membership with every reservation. For more information, call 4496-6600.

Le Central Business Lunch

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

Sunset on the Beach

Daily: Sharq Village and Spa. Take advantage of the fine weather and exquisite location! Have free flowing tea or coffee with a slice of cake! QR 55 per person. For more information, call 4425-6666.

Ramada Plaza Doha is truly an oasis of rest and relaxation right in the heart of the city. With 584 individually themed rooms and suites, 20 specialty restaurants and lounges and free WIFI access in all rooms. Not only do we offer easy and speedy access to the major shopping and business centres in our chauffeur-driven Mercedes limousines, but when you return, take some time out to visit our spacious health and leisure facilities.

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Daily: Sheraton Doha. Grab a quick bite of Al Hubara’s quick and delicious cuisines! From 12:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. For more information, call 4485-4556 or visit www.sheraton.com/doha


EASTER LISTINGS Easter Friday Brunch

Easter Delight

Easter Friday Jazz Brunch

Easter Day Brunch at Lagoon

Fri 22nd: Ramada Plaza. Enjoy Easter Friday with your loved ones at Ramada's favourite brunch. Hyde Park Coffee Shop will host this special day, with all the usual brunch goodies along with loads of chocolate for everyone, young and old! For more information and reservations, call 4428-1555.

Fri 22nd: W Doha. Here’s a yummy thought – Friday Brunch at Market, Chef JeanGeorges’ casual kitchen, a re-imagination of modern dining in a simple, elegant setting. Watch fresh local produce and ingredients come together splendidly in the Mediterranean-inspired show kitchen, where global gastronomy has found its home in modern takes on comfort food complemented by cool and stylish live entertainment from the renowned Doha Jazz Band. QR 320 per person. From 12:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. For more information, call 4453-5373 or 4453-5135

Easter Afternoon Tea

Fri 22nd – Sun 24th: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Enjoy a signature traditional afternoon tea whilst experiencing the grandeur of the expansive lobby. Arabic warmth blended with Ritz-Carlton hospitality creates an ambience of style and comfort. QR 105 per person. From 3:00 p.m. till 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 4484-8000.

Sun 24th: Merwebhotel Central Doha. It’s definitely a family affair this Easter! Celebrate with a bountiful buffet at Mezza9 Kitchen, including kids activities, priced at only QR 135 per adult and free for children up to the age of four; children aged four to twelve receive 50 per cent discount. For more information, call 4409-4444.

Sun 24th: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Round up your friends and family and celebrate easter in a delicious manner! QR 320 per person and QR 160 for children six to 12 years of age. From 12:00 p.m. till 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 4484-8000.

An “Egg-stravagant” Easter Brunch

Sun 24th: Doha Marriott. Join Easter festivities and indulge in the Easter Brunch at the Restaurant Gallery. An extensive buffet will be offered with a variety of Easter tastes. The chefs will create lavish seasonal favorites, carving and live cooking stations, seafood, seasonal salads, chocolate bunnies and much more. For more information, call 4429-8499 or email DineMarriottDoha@marriott.com

Easter brunch at Choices

Sun 24th: Oryx Rotana. Savour an international buffet featuring a whole roasted lamb-ouzi style, shawarmas, and Chocolate Egg Cooking delicious rack and leg of lamb prepared Class for Kids in the European style at Choices. Children Sat 23rd: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Let your can also join in the fun this Easter with kids celebrate Easter in a creative way facepainting, egg decorating and egg by letting them experience a fun cooking hunts around the pool and chocolate bunny class wherein they will learn how to create treats. QR 190 per person, which includes delicious chocolate eggs. QR 150 per person. unlimited soft drinks and juices, or QR 260, Starts at 10:30 a.m. For more information, which including selected house beverages. call 4484-8000. From 12:30 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. For more information, call 4402-3333.

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Greek Easter Brunch

Sun 24th: InterContinental Doha. Chef Kostas will prepare authentic Greek cuisine which includes traditional lamb on the spit, kokoretsi and a variety of delectable desserts. Let the staff take care of your kids whilst you enjoy your brunch. Children’s activities include egg-hunting, egg painting and colouring, face painting and a bouncy castle. From 12:30 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. For more information, call 4484-4920 or 4484-4444 or email cafe@icdoha.com

Le Cigalon Brunch

Sun 24th: La Cigale. Special occasions call for brunch, and Easter is no exception! Encompassing a wide variety of International food, Le Cigalon brunch is designed to please every member of your family with an array of dazzling selections. QR 250 per person. For more information, call 4428-8698.

Easter Day Brunch

Sun 24th: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Enjoy a relaxing Easter brunch in the elegant ballroom with some bubbly included. Kids will be entertained in the Al Mukhtasar foyer throughout the day with various fun activities. QR 280 per person and QR 140 for children six to 12 years of age. From 12:00 p.m. till 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 4484-8000.

Easter Brunch at The Café Restaurant

Sun 24th: InterContinental Doha. Celebrate Easter Sunday with a memorable family gathering! Experience a special buffet brunch with a selection of exquisite variety of local and international dishes, live cooking stations and other specialties. There are special activities prepared for the children like egg hunting in the biggest backyard, egg painting and more activities after the sumptuous meal. From 12:30 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. or more information, call 4484-4920 or 4484-4444 or email cafe@icdoha.com


ARTS & CULTURE LISTINGS Interventions

Dec 30th – May 28th: Mathaf. The exhibition honours the lives and careers of five major figures in Arab modernism who remain influential today. Dia Azzawi, Farid Belkahia, Ahmed Nawar, Ibrahim el-Salahi and Hassan Sharif have each been commissioned by Mathaf to create a new work, which will be shown in the context of existing works by the artists from the museum’s permanent collection. Entrance is QR 25. For more information, visit www.mathaf.org.qa

Told/ Untold/ Retold

Dec 30th – May 28th: Mathaf. The exhibition is a collection of 23 stories each vividly expressed in new works of painting, sculpture, photography, video, multimedia installations and interactive digital art. It features new works commissioned by Mathaf from 23 contemporary artists with roots in the Arab world. Entrance is QR 25. For more information, visit www.mathaf.org.qa

Sajjil: A Century of Modern Art

Dec 30th – May 28th: Mathaf. Sajjil, an Arabic word meaning the art of recording, features more than 240 paintings, sculptures and mixed-media works made by more than 100 artists, representing pivotal moments in the development of Arab modernism throughout the 20th century. For more information, visit www.mathaf.org.qa

The Golden Age of Dutch Painting, Masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum

Mar 11th – Jun 6th: Museum of Islamic Art. The Qatar Museums Authority, in collaboration with the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, presents the first major exhibition of Dutch art in the Gulf region. With forty-four paintings, these paintings give a wide-ranging view of the artists, lifestyle and topography of Holland in the seventeenth century. For more information, visit www.mia.org.qa

Animal Pharm

Mar 15th – Apr 17th: The Gallery, VCUQatar. Animal Pharm investigates the emergence of biological hybrids in biotechnologies, and the human personal, moral, aesthetic and sociocultural responses to them. Genetic engineering is a new frontier of science that has the possibility to transform our lives. It may look like science fiction but on the contrary, it is the real world with existing sciences and technologies that are economically viable and technologically feasible. For more information, call 4402-0555, email jsokoly@qatar.vcu.edu or visit www.qatar.vcu.edu

Into The Light

Sat 2nd, 16th: Museum of Islamic Art. By going through the temporary Dutch Panting Exhibition, children will be encouraged to identify light/details/tonal areas of paintings. Explore both content and subject matter of the pieces, letting you unleash the artist in you. Recommended for children between the age of four and seven. From 1:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. at the Education Centre M Level – Workshop Room 01. For more information, visit www.mia.org.qa or email educationmia@qma.com.qa

So Near, So Far Differences & Similarities

Sun 10th – Thurs 14th: Museum of Islamic Art. Experience a workshop that accompanies the current temporary exhibition of the Old Master painting from the Rijkmuseum in Amsterdam. This workshop is going to focus on tonal variations to show 3D shapes and realism which the participants can use to create their own art. Recommended for children between the age of eight and 11. From 10:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m. at the Education Centre M Level – Workshop Room 01. For more information, visit www.mia.org.qa or email educationmia@qma.com.qa

The Source of Samarra Dancers in the 9th Century

Wed 20th: Museum of Islamic Art. Learn about the Samarra Dancers through Abdullah Ghouchani, Specialist in Islamic Art and History, epigrapher and numismatist. From 6:30 p.m. till 7:30 p.m. at the Education Centre – Classroom 2nd Floor. For more information, visit www.mia.org.qa or email educationmia@qma.com.qa

Film Music of Mar Khairat

Sat 23rd: Opera House, Katara. Hear the music from film translated to live sound by the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra as conducted by Nader Abbassi. Ticket prices: QR 75 to QR 300. Available at Virgin Megastore in Landmark Mall and Villaggio. Starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information, email qpopr@qf.org.qa

Senior Showcase

Apr 27th – Aug 20th: The Gallery at VCUQatar. This juried exhibition showcases the final thesis projects, plus a selection of the best work of VCUQatar senior students from the Fashion, Interior and Graphic Design Departments while highlighting their creativity and innovation. The range of media used by students includes illustration, photography, typography and publication. For more information, call 4402-0555, email jsokoly@qatar.vcu.edur or visit www.qatar.vcu.edu

Tiny Detail, Big Impression! Sundays and Thursdays: Museum of Islamic Art. Take on a tour of MIA’s collection with a primary focus on the smaller objects. After which, participants will get to create personalized miniature artwork. Recommended for children ages six and above. From 9:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m. at the Education Centre M Level – Debriefing Room. For more information, visit www.mia.org.qa or email educationmia@qma.com.qa

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COMMUNITY LISTINGS

Breastfeeding Support Group

New Arrivals Coffee

Doha Mums Annual Easter Party

Doha Mums Library

Wed 6th: Al Sadd. Join in for a chat and receive some Tuesdays: Landmark Mall. Whether you are new to support for nursing your baby. Some find it tough, Doha, new to Doha Mums or just want to welcome others find it easy... it’s nice to meet other moms who someone who is, join a casual coffee group each are feeling the same way. Babies and their siblings Tuesday at Starbucks. From 10:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m. of any age are welcome. Light refreshments will be Children are welcome and there’s no need to RSVP served. For more information, visit www.dohamums.com For more information, visit www.dohamums.com or or email events@dohamums.com email events@dohamums.com

Sat 9th: TBA. Don’t miss out on the annual Easter Party to be held on at a surprise location, which includes lots of water fun! The Easter Bunny will make a special appearance and hand out chocolate treats to all! For more information, visit www.dohamums.com or email events@dohamums.com

Doha Mums Dhow Boat Trip

Sat 16th: Al Safliya Island. Departing from the dhow harbour at 3:00 p.m. Join a cruise to Al Safliya Island with a great view of Doha from the bay. Once there, you will be served a delicious BBQ by the onboard chef and have the opportunity to swim in the waters off the island. Around 6:00 p.m. till 6:30 p.m. everyone will return to the harbour. Soft drinks will be provided and sufficient life jackets for all passengers will be available. For more information, visit www.dohamums.com or email events@dohamums.com

Mum’s Night Out

Tues 26th: The Pearl-Qatar. Feel like a night out but don’t know very many people in Doha? Want to go out with friends but don’t know where to go? Join the Doha Mums Mum’s Night Out! Dine at the popular Maze restaurant. Modelled after its British namesake, Maze serves European cuisine with an Asian influence in a relaxed and informal environment. RSVP is required. Starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.dohamums.com or email events@dohamums.com 92

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays: Souq Waqif. Explore the world of literature with your kids! Come and read, browse, borrow and return books! Monday from 9:30 a.m. till 12:00 p.m., Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. till 4:30 p.m. and Friday from 9:30 a.m. till 11:30 a.m. For more information, visit www.dohamums.com

Mums-only Coffee Morning

Tuesdays: Landmark Mall. Need a break from the kids? Join a kid-free coffee from 10:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m. at Paul’s. No kids please – not even babies! For more information, visit www.dohamums.com or email events@dohamums.com

Expectant & New Mums Coffee

Thursdays: Various. Join other new mums and mumsto-be to talk “all things baby!” Doha Mums hosts a coffee from 10:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m. The location varies, so check the Doha Mums website for dates and details. Bring your little ones so everyone can ooh and aah! For more information, visit www.dohamums.com or email events@dohamums.com

Soccer Break for Dads

Saturdays: Qipco Compound. Take part in a friendly pick-up game with like-minded dads! Starts at 6:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.dohamums.com or email events@dohamums.com


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SPORTS LISTINGS 4th FIG Challenge Cup

Mar 30th – Apr 1: Aspire. Style and skill come together in this year’s FIG Artistic Gymnastics Challenge Cup. Over 25 countries will be participating including Olympic, World and Continental champions. For more information, visit www.dohagym.com

Vinyasa Flow Workshop

Fri 15th – Wed 20th: Yama Yoga Studios. Learn expert tips from Julie Martin with a very special workshop on yoga. For more information, call 6617-5802, visit www.yamayogastudios.com or email yamayogastudios@gmail.com

Qatar Chain Reaction Losail International Circuit: Time Trial Track Day for Bikes and Cars Fri 22nd: Losail. Speed your way Sat 2nd, 16th, 23rd, 30th: Losail International Circuit. Are you an adrenaline junkie who feels the need for speed? Now’s your chance to blaze through the Qatari racetrack where world championships take place. Rates are from QR 200 to QR 3,000. For more information, visit www.circuitlosail.com

through the desert dunes at the cycling club's individual time trial. Starts at 6:30 a.m. For more information, visit www.qatarchainreaction.org or email info@qatarchainreaction.org

Body Groove

Sundays: InterContinental Doha. So you think you can dance? Then body groove is for you! Combining all types of dance Qatar Int'l Road Racing styles, from hip-hop to Latin to house Championship: Race 6 Fri 8th - Sat 9th: Losail International Circuit. and even contemporary, this 60 minute cardio workout will have something for Feel the rush with the second leg of this everybody! Start at 10:00 a.m. QR 30 for seven-part racing championship organized members and QR 40 for non-members. by the Qatar Motor and Motorcycle For more information, call 4484-4852 or Federation. The Qatar International Rally is email bayclub@icdoha.com the opening round of the FIA Middle East Rally Championship. For more information, visit www.circuitlosail.com Beginner Yoga Classes Sundays to Fridays, except Thursdays: Yoga Studios. Level 1 classes Qatar National Road Racing Yama are suitable for anyone interested in Championship: Race 4 beginning yoga but who still want to Fri 8th – Sat 9th: Losail International experience the challenge of a flow yoga Circuit. Experience a racing event organized class. Starts at 10:00 a.m. QR 60 per class. by the Qatar Motor and Motorcycle For more information, call 6617-5802, Federation as part of a competition that has visit www.yamayogastudios.com or seven races leading to the championship email yamayogastudios@gmail.com round. The race is in accordance with the sporting code and regulations Kickfit established by QMMF and Federation Internationale de l’Automobile International Sundays and Thursdays: InterContinental Doha. A high-energy, martial arts calorie Sporting Code. For more information, burner, Kickfit combines boxing, karate visit www.circuitlosail.com Muay Thai and Capoiera into a fun, yet challenging, total body workout. Using the 2011 National Sprint 4 shadowboxing format, this class is great for Fri 15th: Losail International Circuit. See all levels of fitness wanting to burn fat and the fast and the furious as they try to race tone muscles quickly. Sundays at 5:00 p.m. against the clock! This event permits drivers and Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. QR 30 for to drive as fast as they can without other members and QR 40 for non-members. vehicles to avoid collision and to test just For more information, call 4484-4852 or how fast they can go. For more information, email bayclub@icdoha.com visit www.circuitlosail.com 94

Prenatal Yoga

Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays: Yama Yoga Studios. Prenatal Yoga classes help women experience more comfortable and mindful pregnancies. Mondays at 11:15 a.m., Tuesdays at 7:15 p.m. and Friday 11:30 a.m. QR 60 per class. For more information, call 6617-5802, email yamayogastudios@gmail.com or visit www.yamayogastudios.com

Spinning

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays: InterContinental Doha. The Spinning program is the original and most popular group cycling class. With no complicated moves to learn, a motivating group environment, top-notch instructors and music that begs your legs to pedal. Every class is a little different, but one of the great things about the spinning program is that it is adaptable to your fitness level. Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m., Fridays at 12:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. QR 25 for members and QR 35 for non-members. For more information, call 4484-4852 or email bayclub@icdoha.com

Flamenco Introduction Classes

Mondays and Thursdays: Yama Yoga Studios. Learn how to heat up the dance floor with a style of dance which is native to several regions of southern Spain. Monday at 8:30 p.m. and Thursday at 7:15 p.m. QR 100 per person. For more information, call 6617-5802, email yamayogastudios@gmail.com or visit www.yamayogastudios.com

Abs Workout

Mondays and Fridays: InterContinental Doha. The instructors will concentrate on your exercise technique to work the abdominal muscles from every conceivable angle. To give your abs good base of strength and tone, you need to concentrate and focus on core strength and stability. They will check that you constantly maintain control in the correct area. Join and get the abs you’ve always wanted! Mondays at 7:15 p.m. and Fridays at 11:15 a.m. Free for members and QR 40 for non-members. For more information, call 4484-4852 or email bayclub@icdoha.com


Tango Classes

Wednesdays: Yama Yoga Studios. Face the music and acquire the skills to dance in a dramatic way! QR 75 per class. Starts at 8:30 p.m. For more information, call 6617-5802, email yamayogastudios@gmail.com or visit www.yamayogastudios.com

Kids and Preteen Yoga

Wednesdays and Saturdays: Yama Yoga Studios. Let your children burn off energy in an imaginative way before learning relaxation and breathing techniques that will last a lifetime. Classes are offered for four to eight year olds on Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. and for preteens on Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 10:30 p.m. QR 60 per class. For more information, call 6617-5802, email yamayogastudios@gmail.com or visit www.yamayogastudios.com

Circuit Training

Thursdays: InterContinental Doha. Widely regarded as the best all-around form of group exercise, it allows each individual to work at one’s own pace but in a group environment. This session is not for the faint-hearted; however, if you enjoy a tough workout in a friendly atmosphere with every session different from the last, then this what you’ve been looking for. All you need is a lot of enthusiasm and a sense of humour when it gets tough! Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. QR 30 for members and QR 40 for non-members. For more information, call 4484-4852 or email bayclub@icdoha.com

Oriental Dance Classes

Fridays: Yama Yoga Studios. Shake up your dance routine and learn something new with a cultural twist. Starts at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call 6617-5802, email yamayogastudios@gmail.com or visit www.yamayogastudios.com

Break Dance

Saturdays: Yama Yoga Studios. Hop into a modern style of dancing that’s very hip! Starts at 6:30 p.m. QR 60 per class. For more information, call 6617-5802, email yamayogastudios@gmail.com or visit www.yamayogastudios.com

Open Yoga Classes

Daily: Yama Yoga Studios. Experience level 2/3 classes for people who are looking for a physical challenge, as well as deep relaxation. Morning classes: Sundays to Thursdays at 8:30 a.m.; Fridays to Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. Evening classes: Sundays to Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. QR 60 per class. For more information, call 6617-5802, email yamayogastudios@gmail.com or visit www.yamayogastudios.com


IT HAPPENED

W bali launch, w doha

In honour of the opening of W Bali, partygoers at W Doha were treated to some Bali-themed beverages Mar. 2.

rio carnivale , w doha

Things got hot, hot, hot dur ing Carnivale at Wahm Mar. 4.

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The Qatar Professional Women’s Network checked out future plans for The Pearl-Qatar at a networking event Mar. 8.

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Tennis players from all ove r the world rocked the court at the Qatar Ladies Open Feb . 21-26.


Food enthu siasts enjo yed dishes more than from 50 booths at the Doh Festival Fe a Food b. 23-26.

Doha food Festival

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Doha socialites enjoyed the first beach party of the year Mar. 4.

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logos book fair, doha port

The Logos Book Fair came to Qatar for the first time Feb. 22-28, deligh ting book lovers and reading fanatics.

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biked to raise money Residents walked, ran and for cancer research Mar. 18.


delighted The Qatar Marine Festival 16-26. r. Ma s spectators of all age

qatar marine festival, Katara cultural village

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PHONE DIRECTORY Hospitals / Emergency Police & Fire Department 999 Doha Clinic Hospital 4438 4333 Emergency Hotline 4435 5999 Al Ahli Hospital 4498-8888 Doha Dental 4431-7766

Hamad General Hospital Rumailah Hospital Pediatric Emergency Centre Qatar Foundation for Child & Woman Protection Hotline

Shopping

Spas / Salons

Alfardan Jewellery 4440-8408 Blue Salon 4446-6111 City Center Doha 4483-0582 Hyatt Plaza 4469-4848 4487-5222 Landmark Mall Royal Plaza 4413-0000 Salam 4448-5555 Villaggio 4413-9666 51 East 4425-7777

Al Thuraya Ladies Club 4456-9089 Angsana Spa 4434-3152 Bliss 4453-5555 Dados Beauty Salon 4498-0033 4431-8488 Diva Lounge Diplomatic Spa 4484-7412 Doha Marriott Spa 4429-8520 Elie & Jean Salon 4485-4011 Four Seasons Spa 4494-8888 4494-8844 Frank Provost George V Salon 4412-2046/47 Glow American Salon, Salwa 4468-9945 Westbay 4411-7652 La Cigale - Ozone Spa 4428-8888 4468-9211 La Coifure Frances Medical Spa Villaggio 4451-7590 Mohamad Al Sagheer Salon 4425-6164 Pace & Luce 4493-4000 Patrice Salon 4485-4012 4484-8173 Ritz-Carlton Spa Six Senses Spa 4425-6999 Spa Chakra 4499-9250

Hotels

Al Bustan 4435-2227 Al Seef 4433-2222 4429-8888 Doha Marriott Hotel Four Seasons 4494-8888 Grand Hyatt 4448-1234 Grand Regency 4434-3333 InterContinental 4484-4444 Kempinski Residences & Suites 4405-3333 La Cigale Hotel 4428-8888 Mercure Grand 4446-2222 Merwebhotel Central Doha 4409-4444 Millennium Hotel 4424-7777 Tourism / Travel 4429-1111 Mövenpick Hotel Mövenpick Tower & Suites 4496-6600 Alpha Tours 4434-4496 Oryx Rotana 4402-3333 Arabian Adventures 4436-1461 Ramada Plaza 4428-1555 Black Pearl Tourism Services 5555-1169 Ritz-Carlton 4484-8000 Desert Adventures 4436-2455 Sealine Beach Resort 4476-5299 Destinations of the World 4467-1200 Sharq Village & Spa 4425-6666 Discover Qatar 4449-6973 Sheraton Doha 4485-4444 Emirates Airlines 4438-4477 W Doha 4453-5353 Fox Transport 4462-2777 Gulf Adventures 4431-5555 Qatar Airways 4449-6666 Qatar Airways Holidays 4449-6969 Qatar International Adventures 4455-3954 Qatar International Tours 4455-1141 Qatar Tourism & Exhibitions Authority 4499-1919 Regency Holidays 4434-4444 Travco Qatar Holidays 4442-3703 Victoria Car Rental 4466-6635

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

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Interior Design Forum Design

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Community American Women’s Association 5511-8085 Bridge Club 5554-0873 Doha Garden Club 5523-1650 4447-4911 Doha Players Egyptian Women’s Association 5572-4171 Filcom Toastmasters Club 5540-3971 French-Speaking Ladies Group 5559-7467 German Stammtisch 4487-6959 Illonggos 5595-9561 Indian Women’s Association 4442-4052 Qatar Intl. Beauty Academy 4438-0255 Qatar National Cancer Society 4447-8128 Qatar Scientific Club 4458-3780 5520-9294 Red Dotters Qatar Simplemente Amigas 5551-8358 Silver Dhow Association 4435-2598 South African Ladies Association 5589-2366 Spanish Speaking Ladies Group 6664-2094 Talking Matters Toastmasters 5580-7524 Tuesday Ladies Group 5573-5078 Turkish Ladies Group 5550-8026

Clubs Dana Club Diplomatic Club Doha Golf Club Doha Sailing Club

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