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CONTENTS SPOTLIGHT ON... ENTERTAINMENT 16 He’s Got the Beat 18 An Outrageous Oktoberfest 20 An Outstanding Oktoberfest 22 Welcome to the Funhouse 24 Festival of Lights


ARTS & CULTURE 36 Perfect Movie Snacks 38 Viva Latin America!

The 3rd Annual DTFF Experience cinema magic during the Doha Tribeca Film Festival.

COMMUNITY 44 Turning the Desert Green 46 Time to Get Back to Business 47 Pink Ribbon Golf Day 48 Understanding Your iPad 50 Time to Make a Difference


FOOD 55 A German Feast 56 Al Mourjan Food Corner 58 Tablearts 60 A Taste Adventure


FASHION 69 Stilleto Stunners


Double Bliss Relax with a fabulous massage experience.


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SPORTS 74 Meet El Jaish FC 76 Rugby is Back 78 Set Sail 80 Qatar Classic 2011 82 The Race is On 84 Track Days at Losail


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Blue’s Clues


Just Outside of Doha 66 Hop in your car for an exciting travel


adventure in the desert!


Reasons to Fly 72 Our pick of top destinations

Sing the blues this season with these exquisite pieces.


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FROM THE DESK OF THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF This month, Qatar Happening celebrates its anniversary. What started as a small events guide nine years ago has now been a full-size magazine for two whole years. Qatar Happening has evolved and grown a lot over the past nine years, but one thing has remained constant – QH’s desire to bring its readers information on everything happening in Qatar. This issue continues to further that goal, with information on all of the interesting events going on this month. On the entertainment front, QH brings you information on Oktoberfest celebrations happening in Doha and the Loy Krathong "Thai" Festival. We also get up close and personal with DJ Stephane Karl, who will be performing in Crystal Oct. 13 and 27. One of the biggest events of the year is here, with the arrival of the third annual Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF). The festival has quickly become a staple in the arts and culture scene here in Doha, with dozens of exciting films each year. QH gives you a sneak peek at some of the festival highlights. We also bring you the schedule for Doha’s first-ever Latin American Festival, which takes place at Katara Cultural Village this month. There are plenty of community activities going on this month, including the annual networking event Back to Business and the Qatar International Environment Protection Exhibition (ecoQ). Of course, October is also breast cancer awareness month, which means one of the most important events of the year is taking place this month – the Pink Ribbon Golf Tournament at Doha Golf Club. This yearly ladies-only tournament helps raise awareness of breast cancer. QH tells you how you can get involved with this worthwhile event. In honour of Oktoberfest, QH brings you a roundup of the best German dishes in Doha, plus a page of tried-and-true German recipes. QH also takes a look at the best snacks to enjoy while watching a film. Check out our list, then stock up on supplies for DTFF! The sports scene in Qatar continues to grow, with rugby season kicking off, plus the Qatar Classic 2011 taking place. QH also brings you all the news you need to know about Qatar Stars League (QSL), Losail International Circuit, equestrian racing and sailing. Thanks for reading.

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: Moza Alnuaimi, Maryam Al-Subaiey, Alex Corey, Noel Delos Santos, Jesus Jonson Palanca, Victoria Scott, Mary Sebastian Copy Editor: Greg Weston Senior Art Director: “Boby” Ildiko Francia Photographer: Mikhail Quijano Graphic Designers: Paolo Kurtis Tan, Mikhail Quijano, Paola Santin Finalizer/Production Manager: Srimani Welagedara New Media Manager: Jay Panganiban Business Development Consultant: Kristina Helg Sale and Marketing Manager: Deliah Furcoi Distribution & Accounts: Lanie Fillo-Pana Have Your Say: Feedback and comments are always welcome. Please forward letters to the editor: Email: Call Details: Inquiries: Marketing: Fax:

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Happy birthday to us! Nine years ago, Qatar Happening started as a teeny, tiny events guide. Over the years, it has grown and matured. Two years ago, QH became a full-blown magazine, full of not only events but also information on arts and culture, community, sports, health and wellness and entertainment. In the past year, we’ve expanded by 24 pages, added in a splash of fashion and revamped our look. But one thing has stayed the same – our commitment to providing our readers with information on the coolest events in Qatar, plus exciting ideas for ways to enhance their lives here. This month, as we blow out the candles on our birthday cake during our massive birthday bash, we’ll be thinking of the future of QH, and all the endless possibilities that lie before us. But we’ll also shed a few tears, as we say goodbye to three members of the QH family – Jay Panganiban, Mikhail Quijano and Paolo Kurtis Tan. We wish them all the best as they leave Qatar to explore exciting new possibilities. Thanks for reading!

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Afternoon Tea Four Seasons Doha Daily

Soba and Udon Delights Holiday Villa Doha until the 30th

“Paper X Paper” Exhibition: Hazem Elmestikawy and Mohamed Abou El Naga Al Markhiya Gallery until the 29th

Chadi El Basha, the New One-Man-Show La Cigale Mondays to Saturdays Kashmiri Food Festival Doha Marriott until the 29th

Laughter Factory Ramada Plaza until the 10th


Wow Burger Wyndham Grand Regency Daily

10 Italian Night Mövenpick Hotel Doha Mondays

Bubbly and Seafood Festival Oryx Rotana Daily


Rock Star! InterContinental Doha Mondays

Moules Frites La Maison Du Caviar Saturdays and Sundays

Al Fresco Italian Sealine Beach Resort Daily

Happy Hours 2.4.1 at JW’s Doha Marriott Daily

The Addams Family Show Oryx Rotana Halloween Disco Night Sheraton Doha

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Oktoberfest InterContinental Doha until the 8th

Open House at IAID’s Art Exhibit and Workshop IAID until the 8th

French Bubbly Brunch at Isaan Grand Hyatt Doha Fridays

World Volleyball Club Championships Until the 14th

Chocoholic’s Wonderland W Doha

Cinema Under the Stars Ritz-Carlton Doha Saturdays






6th Sail Qatar Doha Sailing Club until the 15th

DJ Stephane Karl W Doha and on the 27th

D’Chopstix Friday Brunch Holiday Villa Doha Fridays

In Conversation Series Mathaf

Festival of the Senses Ritz-Carlton Doha and on the 14th, 21st and 22nd.

Qatar Classic 2011 Qatar Squash Federation Until the 21st

Chamber Music: Brahms’ Sextet Opera House, Katara Cultural Village


Arts & Architecture of the Islamic World Lecture Series VCUQatar Atrium




Rendez-Vous La Maison Du Caviar Wednesdays

Mirror Ball Classics @ Rocca Grand Hyatt Doha Thursdays

Far Eastern Buffet Wyndham Grand Regency Fridays

Chill Out With Lisa W Doha Tuesdays to Thursdays

Curry Night Mövenpick Tower and Suites Wednesdays

Oktoberfest Ramada Plaza until the 21st

Street Food Brunch W Doha Fridays

19 20 The Loy Krathong “Thai” Festival InterContinental Doha until the 28th Diwali Festival Oryx Rotana



Gaffigan Conducts Rite of Spring Opera House, Katara Cultural Village Cookie Decorating Classes Mövenpick Hotel Doha and on the 22nd

15 Cai Guo-Qiang Gunpowder Drawings Mathaf until the 26th


Bubbles on Two Chocolate Buffet Ramada Plaza

Back 2 Back Grand Hyatt Doha

DJ Gill Morad at Sky View La Cigale Daily

Brainteasers: 15th Inter-School Quiz Contest 2011 MES Indian School




Latin Cooking Class Sheraton Doha Tuesdays

Crossing Boundaries Lecture Series: Eric Gaskins VCUQatar Atrium






DJ Night with DJ Roger Choueiry. La Cigale Sundays


PanAsian Delights West End, Renaissance Doha City Center



Chinese Food Festival Doha Marriott Until the 22nd Brahms’ Violin Concerto Opera House, Katara Cultural Village


23rd QAFCO Open Tennis Championship Various locations until the 17th

Fall Community Classes VCUQatar Daily


Mathaf Voices: Exhibition Tours Mathaf Saturdays


The 4th Biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art entitled “God Is Beautiful; He Loves Beauty: The Object in Islamic Art and Culture.” Museum of Islamic Art until the 31st



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SPOTLIGHT ON QHENTERTAINMENT RECOMMENDS Paolo’s Pick: Aol Radio Aol Radio is an alternative platform to satisfy your voracious appetite for music. They have a wide range of music genres if you are looking for variety or if you want to introduce yourself to new music. Relive the past with decades-old music, going back as early as the 1940s. Keep up with your interests with their talk shows, news and sports channels. They have compilations of Top 10s and Top 100s of your favourite type of music or themes, from the greatest rock hits to breakup songs to discography of movers in the music industry. What I love about Aol Radio is that unlike the other Internet radio providers, Aol Radio is driven by the community – you get to contribute to the channels and lists. My personal favourites are new indie first and raw comedy channel. Start your musical journey at

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Moona’s Pick: Gluten Free Van's Waffles What do you eat for breakfast when you can’t have wheat products? I am such a creature of habit that I generally want something delicious and worth the calories to fuel my day. My favourite is a cup of tea and a gluten-free waffle smeared with some almond butter. I have tried to make my own waffles, but I completely failed, plus it takes way too much time. Having a box of Van's comes in handy. Just place them in the toaster and you are ready to go. Van's GF waffles are sold in the frozen food section in every Lulu Hypermarket in Doha.

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Best Beach

We are happy to announce that the winner of the QH Lifestyle Award for Best Beach is InterContinental Doha.



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here are two sides to Stephane Karl. One side is a polite, slightly shy 24-year-old in a collared shirt and jeans. The other is a confident dynamo rocking out in a DJ booth in a t-shirt and headphones. Karl, a DJ and producer based in Dubai, works both t yan r roles well. During our interview, he eagerly asks if we can speak in B ee ydn French. When I decline, he switches to English flawlessly but remains nervous S y B until the moment my recorder goes off. Only after the interview is over does he relax, perfectly at ease. A few hours later, he is electrifying to watch in the DJ booth at the newly-redesigned Crystal. Clearly most comfortable when he is spinning tracks, Karl is in his element when he plays for the packed house.



“To be with the crowd is the most important thing for me. This is how you can make a difference compared to other DJs. Play for the people and not for you.”

His passion for DJing began when he was a 15-year-old lad living in Saint-Tropez. He worked at a restaurant where Nick Waters, now a famous DJ, played. Their shared passion became the basis for their friendship; Karl credits Waters with teaching him everything he knows about DJing.

Just watching him perform is entertainment “Venues like Qatar and Dubai are new, so you can find a lot of different nationalities. in itself. Karl gets his groove on while he It’s changing every time.” The music scene spins, moving and shaking along to his in Qatar is still a bit uneducated but it is own sick beats. “To be with the crowd is the most important thing for me,” Karl said. growing and improving, said Karl. “This is how you can make a difference Still, a lot of European DJs are eager to compared to other DJs. Play for the people break into the music scene in The Middle and not for you.” Karl played in Crystal for the first time in East. “A lot of people from Europe want to July 2011. After a high-octane debut, Karl returned to Doha in September twice. At the His performances are like a workout; fitting, come [to the Middle East] because it’s new,” considering he views his job as a sport. “I’m Karl said. He plans to stay in the Middle moment, he is scheduled to play two gigs East for at least another year, although he always sweating like crazy and everything. a month in Crystal, including performances does love travelling to other countries to do It’s like a sport – it’s a challenge every Oct. 13 and 27. But don’t expect the same night,” Karl said. “I love the communication the occasional gig. His favourite job to date old show twice. “I never do the same set. was at a concert in Sweden three years with the crowd. Of course, I like to see This is one of my rules,” Karl said. “It’s ago. “It was not a huge scene but it was people go crazy.” never the same set because it’s never the a really crazy atmosphere. I never saw a same crowd so I need to adapt my style to the crowd.” His show Sept. 15 was his first When he’s not DJing, Karl’s life still revolves reaction like that from people. People really understood the music and I never saw that around music – producing, downloading, in the new DJ booth in the renovated club. looking for new tracks, or remixing tracks for before, not even in Barcelona.” “I’m really happy with [the changes],”Karl other people. His circle of friends is made said. “I’m very surprised and very happy to Karl is determined to use his passion for up mostly of other artists and they often see the club like this.” music to bring something new to the music collaborate over Skype. At the moment, scene in Doha, and, at the same time, teach he’s a big fan of Axwell, a DJ and producer Karl, a complete music aficionado, is also club-goers that there’s more music out from Sweden. a producer. He spends all of his free time there than just Top 40 hits. “If you want to producing tracks from the studio in his educate people and bring something new Even though his career is still getting house. His musical influences range from to them, you need to be really dynamic and started, Karl could be considered an expert funk to soul, but he plays house music – work with them, because they want to hear on the music scene in the Middle East. everything from deep house or progressive the radio in the Middle East. It’s a hard, hard He is a resident DJ at a popular club in house to commercial house or club music. job. But it’s nice. It’s a big challenge and I Karl likes to support the French music scene Dubai, in addition to his work in Doha and love it,” Karl said. “I’ll be doing this until my Europe. The club crowd in the Middle East but for his warm-up, he tends to stick to is different from the one in France, said Karl. hearing goes.” German music. 17


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The X’e lchten b and wil InterCo l pla nti to 8 in th nental Doha O y at ct. 5 e hotel’ s tent. Ok toberfe Oktoberfest st c start at 8:00 p.m elebrations QR 220 . Tickets and in are buffet d clude a Germ an in ner, traditio nal brew featuring from M and culi unic n German ary delights fr h om chefs. O for age k s 21 an toberfest is d o v er. passpo rt or Qa Original ta r ID is require d at the door. For more in contact formation, 4484-44 44.

By Sydnee Bryant

Learn how to yodel and more during the outrageous Oktoberfest celebrations at InterContinental Doha, taking place Oct. 5 to 8. The Oktoberfest parties, sponsored by Qatar Airways, will include the X’elchten band’s third Oktoberfest performance in Doha. QH catches up with one of the most popular Bavarian bands in the world. QH: Is this your first time playing in Qatar?

animation; and Wolfgang Fürthauer - bass, percussion.

X: It is the third time for us, after playing at the InterContinental Oktoberfest 2009 and 2010 celebrations.

QH: What makes your band unique?

QH: Where is the band based? X: In a small village in the Austrian alpine upland called Puchkirchen, which is geographically exactly between Munich and Vienna. QH: How long have you been playing together for? X: We formed our band in 2005. QH: Who are the different members of the band and what instruments do they play? X: Steffi Hansen - singer; Karin Seyringer - accordion, moderation; Hannes Maringer clarinet, percussion, moderation; Gerhard Pohn - keyboard, singer; Hubsi Nobis - guitar, trumpet, singer; Stefan Schiemer guitar, trombone; Seppi Schiemer - trumpet, 18

X: The Voigas X’elchten band members are living the traditions and the Oktoberfest mentality. This creates the world-famous and unique Oktoberfest atmosphere.

the guests in our show: there will be “Schunkel”-warm-ups, we will show them how to “Schuplattel” (that’s a traditional Bavarian folk dance), they can try to “Jodel”… and more. QH: Do you wear special outfits when you perform for Oktoberfest?

X: The guys are performing in the traditional leather trousers called “Lederhosen” and the ladies in a beautiful “Dirndl” – the traditional dress in Bavaria X: Mainly we play Bavarian and Austrian folk music for traditional festivals, weddings and Austria. and Oktoberfest parties, but we also throw QH: What are some of the songs some party music in the mix – kind of what’s you will perform for Oktoberfest? right for the occasion. X: Traditional Bavarian Oktoberfest songs QH: What kind of show will you like, In München steht ein Hofbräuhaus, and put on during the Oktoberfest Heidi, followed by instrumental and vocal celebrations? solos like the Clarinet Polka and Auf der Autobahn. Finally, the band changes over X: Of course, we will play traditional to national and international show and pop Oktoberfest music, some party music – songs, like the Doha-Song, Simply the Best, music to entertain the guests and give Narcotic, or Smoke on the Water. them a fun time. But we also try to involve QH: What kind of music do you play?


Oktoberfest By Sydnee Bryant

The Karl Heinz “Oompah” Band will play in Qatar for the first time this Oktoberfest. This authentic German band brings 25 years of experience to the Oktoberfest celebrations at Ramada Plaza, where they will play everything from traditional Bavarian music to hits by Katy Perry. QH learns more about this in-demand band. QH: Where is the band based? KHOB: The band is based in one of the westernmost places of Germany, close to the Dutch border - the little village Alstätte! QH: Who are the different members of the band and what instruments do they play? KHOB: Karl-Heinz Höper – bandleader, keyboards and vocals. In addition, he plays several wind instruments, like saxophone, trumpet and panpipes. Jasmin Hagemann – lead vocals; Ferry Limaheluwe – guitar and vocals; Ruben de Wilde – bass and vocals; Rüdiger Wolbeck – drums and vocals; Peter Sagurna – sax and clarinet; and Benny Brown – trumpet. QH: How long have you been playing together for? KHOB: The band has been playing together for 25 years. Karl-Heinz Höper and Ferry are the founding members and still rock the stage. This particular lineup has existed for five years. QH: What kind of music do you play?


KHOB: Everything! Pop, rock, jazz, soul, Schlager, etcetera.

KHOB: Yes, we wear “Krachlederne,” the typical Oktoberfest outfit.

QH: What kind of show will you put on during the Oktoberfest celebrations?

QH: What makes your band unique?

KHOB: First set: Typical Bavarian music based on the Oktoberfest in Munich. Second set: “Schlager” - that’s German music with easy melodies and text. You can dance to it. Third set: International rock and pop music from the 80s and 90s. Forth set: Current soul and rock music. QH: What are some of the songs you will perform for Oktoberfest? KHOB: For example: In München steht ein Hofbräuhaus, bayrischer Deffeliermarsch, Tropetenecho, a lot of “Trinkmusik,” then songs from R. Williams, E. John, Tina Turner, Gloria Gaynor, Blues Brothers, Adele, Katy Perry, etcetera. QH: Do you wear special outfits when you perform for Oktoberfest?

KHOB: We are five professional musicians (who are all musical teachers as well), who all share a passion for music and love to share the fun and energy with the audience! QH: On average, how many shows a year do you do? KHOB: 60 to 80.

The Karl Heinz “Oompah” Band will play at Ramada Plaza Oct. 20 and 21 in the Giwana Ballroom. Oktoberfest takes place from 7:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Tickets are QR 395 and include a German-style buffet and four beverage vouchers. Oktoberfest is for ages 21 and over. ID is required. For more information or reservations, contact 4428-1673 or 4428-1555.


By Sydnee Bryant

Get ready for six weeks of fun! QH brings you information on the Doha Park Festival, Qatar’s first-ever six-week-long entertainment extravaganza.


ids of all ages will have the chance to explore a brand-new festival in Doha this month. The Doha Park Festival will entertain visitors with more than 100 events and attractions, including concerts, a circus, an amusement park, theatrical plays and a 3D cinema. There will also be several athletic activities for visitors of all ages. Activities will vary from day to day, although the circus will be one of the main events for the festival. Doha Park Festival is a new concept in Doha. The six-week extravaganza, which starts Thursday, Oct. 6, will occupy 30,000 square metres near the Doha Exhibition Center. The festival will have action for all ages, with plenty of activities for children, such as face painting and henna. There will also be a play area for kids younger than 10, entertainment programs and live children's theatre. Visitors will also have the chance to shop at more than 100 different stalls in the shopping area. After visiting the various stalls, shoppers can take a break in one of the many restaurants, cafés or rest areas in the shopping area.


One of the festival’s biggest attractions will be the circus area, which will feature 18 events, including European, Russian, Egyptian and Chinese circuses. There are three levels of admission to the circus: normal (QR 95), Gold (QR 295) and VIP (QR 495). Art lovers will have the chance to see the first impressionist exhibition inspired by Eid Al Adha. The exhibit, which features more than 20 impressionist works of art, will reflect Qatari identity, said Lahdan Al Mohannadi, QTA’s head of local exhibitions, during a press conference announcing the event. Entry to the festival will be free of charge, with small fees for some games and activities. “In order to give everyone the opportunity to enjoy more than 100 cultural and entertaining activities, QTA made the entry to the activity areas free of charge,”

Al Mohannadi said. “Nominal fees will be paid when using electric and electronic games at the amusement park.” The Doha Park Festival officially begins Thursday, Oct. 6, at 6:00 p.m., with an opening ceremony that will include a pyrotechnics show. Fireworks will follow at 7:00 p.m. and activities will start at 7:30 p.m. The Doha Park Festival is a joint venture between the Qatar Tourism Authority and the Economic Group. The purpose of the festival is to bring entertainment to nationals and expats in Doha, in addition to encouraging tourism.

Doha Park Festival runs Oct. 6 to Nov. 18. For more information, visit


Festival of Lights By Sydnee Bryant

Craving authentic Thai cuisine? Curious about the culture of one of the world’s most beautiful travel destinations? Experience Thailand in all its glory during the Loy Krathong “Thai” Festival at InterContinental Doha.


his month, residents of Doha can embrace and celebrate Thailand during the Loy Krathong “Thai” Festival at InterContinental Doha. The festival, which takes place Oct. 26 to 28, is celebrated nationwide. Every province in Thailand has their own special way of celebrating Loy Krathong, also known as the Festival of Lights.

In Doha, the festival will feature national Thai costumes, cultural dances, a fashion show and an authentic Thai buffet dinner. Take a seat in the hotel’s Fish Market beach area and enjoy yummy Thai treats created by a team of Thai chefs. Chef Prasong Janhom, the chef in charge of the festival, will be joined by a group of talented Thai chefs, including Todsapol Jahnom, Wittaya Koshaprom, Ponchai Chantai and Orchan Dampadik. Janhom, who has been a chef for more than 20 years, learned the tricks of the trade in his family’s restaurant before going on to do his culinary training in Thailand, Japan and Singapore. QH spoke Janhom to learn everything there is to know about Thai food.

QH: What differentiates Thai food from other cuisines? PJ: Thai cuisine is a very variable cuisine full of aromatic flavours; it's very rich in seafood, has delicious curries and it is healthier than other cuisines. QH: What are some traditional Thai dishes? PJ: Those previously mentioned, plus much more, such as Tod Mun Goong (shrimp cake) and Khanom Krog (coconut pudding). QH: Why is Thai food popular in Qatar? PJ: Local and expatriates like this kind of food when it is nicely done with the original flavours and the authentic Thai raw materials. QH: What’s your favourite Thai dish? PJ: I really like all Thai food when it is cooked properly with the right combination. However, I miss my mother’s food, especially when she cooks Mama-style, such as noodles and steamed fish.

QH: What kind of food will be available at the Thai festival? PJ: There are a lot of traditional and authentic Thai foods that will be served during the festival. To name a few signature ones: Tom Yam Goong (spicy prawn soup), Gang Keaw Wan Gai (chicken green curry),Yum Talay (spicy seafood salad), pad Thai noodles and baked fish banana leaf, plus many more delicious dishes. 24

The Loy Krathong “Thai” Festival takes place Oct. 26 to 28 at The Fish Market beach area in InterContinental Doha. Tickets are QR 220 and include a buffet dinner and soft drinks. For more information, contact 4484-4444.



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The Addams Family Show Mon 31st: Oryx Rotana. Come meet Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Lurch, Grandmama, Wednesday and Pugsley this Halloween at this musical ‘blast-fromthe-past’ Addams Family Show at the Jazz Club. For more information, call 4402-3333.

DJ Stephane Karl Thurs 13th, 27th: W Doha. From the hottest parties in St. Tropez, DJ Stephane Karl brings the best of electro house to Doha. For more information, call 4453-5135 or BBM 26E78A27.


Thurs 20th – Fri 21st: Ramada Plaza.

Oktoberfest Wed 5th – Sat 8th InterContinental Doha. For the eighth year, InterContinental Doha celebrates the world’s most famous Bavarian festival, Oktoberfest 2011. The festival features the best traditional brew from Munich, along with exquisite culinary highlights prepared by German chefs. Live entertainment by the Bavarian Band “X’elchten” will take you to Wiesn in Munich. The event is sponsored by Qatar Airways. QR 220 per person, which includes a German buffet dinner. Starts at 8:00 p.m. For reservations, call 4484-4444. 26

Back 2 Back Fri 28th: Grand Hyatt Doha.Talented local DJ Xwoolf, plus Rocca resident DJ Mark Bambach, will be spinning back to back from 8:00 p.m. till 2:00 a.m. Ladies drink two-for-one on everything all night long from 8:00 p.m. For more information, call 7719-2974.

Come and celebrate the event Germany is most known for at Ramada Plaza. Feel like you're in the heart of Munich, without ever leaving Doha! Playing for the first time at Ramada Plaza, The Karl Heinz “Oompah” band will entertain with music and fun, while a traditional German buffet is served, along with specially imported beverages. From 7:30 p.m. till 1:30 a.m. QR 395 per person. Tickets include German-style buffet and four beverage vouchers. Corporate bookings are available. Age 21 and over only. ID will be required. For more information and reservations, call 4428-1555.


Here’s how you can find out what’s hot this month: QH brings you the top selections from Virgin Megastore. And watch for the QH heart in stores!

24 Season 8 Season Eight is the final season of the American television series 24. The story revolves around Jack Bauer contending with assassination threats made during a peace conference between President of the United States Allison Taylor and President Omar Hassan of the fictional Islamic Republic of Kamistan. Jack discovers that the masterminds behind the assassinations of both President Hassan and Renee Walker are people working within the Russian government. He brings the culprits to justice at the cost of a third world war.

Criminal Minds Season 5 The American police procedural drama, Criminal Minds, follows a team of profilers who are a part of the FBI National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime. This season, the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) is back in full force, as it tries to unravel criminal masterminds. Detective Thomas Gibson faces off with his arch nemesis, The Reaper, for the final time, and the season finale involves the loss of a loved one.

NCIS Season 7

Treme Season 1 Treme is an American television drama series that takes its name from Tremé, a neighborhood in the city of New Orleans. The series begins three months after Hurricane Katrina, with the residents of New Orleans, including musicians, chefs, Mardi Gras Indians, and other New Orleanians, try to rebuild their lives, their homes and their unique culture in the aftermath of the 2005 hurricane.


At the end of Season 6, Ziva had left the NCIS team in Israel, returning to work as a Mossad officer. In the closing seconds of the sixth season, Ziva was shown to have been captured and tortured for information about NCIS. The seventh season features Ziva being rescued by the NCIS team. Much of the season's story arc focuses on the Mexican drug war and Colonel Merton Bell, a suspected murderer who hires the lawyer M. Allison Hart to represent him.

Mad Men Season 4 The fourth season of this dramatic American television series sees Don Draper divorce his wife, while the new agency Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce begins business. Mad Men is set in the 1960s, initially at the fictional Sterling Cooper advertising agency on Madison Avenue in New York City, and later at the newly created firm of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. The focal point of the series is Don Draper (Jon Hamm), creative director at Sterling Cooper and a founding partner at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, as well as those in his life, both in and out of the office.





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Movie lovers, prepare for five days of cinema magic! The third edition of the Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) takes place Oct. 25 to 29. QH gives you a sneak peak at some of the festival’s most promising films, including those competing in the Arab Film Competition.

World Premiere:

Antonio Banderas, Actor, "Black Gold" Photograph by Brigitte Lacombe ©2011

Black Gold

DTFF 2011 will open with the screening of Black Gold, a feature film co-produced by Doha Film Institute (DFI) and Tarak Ben Ammar’s Qunita Communications. The film, directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, has an A-list cast that includes Antonio Banderas, Freida Pinto, Tahar Rahim, Mark Strong and Liya Kebede. The film, which was shot in Qatar and Tunisia, is set in 1930s Arabia. The plot revolves around the two warring Emirs, who reach a truce, only to have the peace threatened when oil is discovered in the barren “no man’s land” between their desert kingdoms. “This is a quintessential Arab tale, the kind of story that a lot of young people may have heard from older relatives, so part of the idea was to chart a slice of our history in a

really modern, engaging way – through a major motion picture,” said Ammar, owner of Qunita Communications. Featuring Black Gold as DTFF’s opening film this year is a way to honour what truly is a “home-grown project” said Amanda Palmer, executive director of DFI. The film will be released internationally Nov. 23, 2011. “We can’t wait to showcase the Arab talent and creativity that has gone into this project, and to also illuminate a part of the world that everyone wants to understand more about,” Palmer said. “It is a great triumph for the DFI and Quinta Communications and the decision to open the Doha Tribeca Film Festival with it is great news for everyone involved.” DTFF 2011 will feature more than 40 films. DFI said they expect a record-breaking crowd of more than 50,000 movie goers for this year’s festival. 31


Arab Film Competition 2011 One of the highlights of DTFF 2011 will be the Arab Film Competition. The competition features 14 films and documentaries that will compete for top honours. Eight of the films competing will be world premieres. The competition, now in its second year, will be split into two juried segments of narrative and documentaries. DFI felt confident in expanding the competition because of the strength of this year’s submissions, said Palmer. “It’s also exciting to see not only an increase of submissions generally, but more representation of films from female directors, as well as an increase in films from all over North Africa. And while it is the year of the Arab Spring, it’s been inspiring to see the maturity of films from all genres reflecting original voices and stories from the Arab World,” Palmer said. Some of the awards that will be handed out include: Best Arab Narrative Feature, Best Arab Narrative Director, Best Narrative Performance Award, Best Arab Documentary Feature and Best Arab

DTFF 2011 Where Public Box Office Outlets: • DFI City Center Lounge Ticket Outlet • DFI Villagio Lounge Ticket Outlet • DTFF Main Box Office, Katara Building 12 • DFI Ticket Outlet, Katara Building 26 • DFI Festival Lounge, Katara Check or for more information. 32

Documentary Director. The jury members aren’t the only ones who will decide who garners victory in the competition; there will be two audience awards handed out as well – Best Narrative Film and Best Documentary. The winners will receive a cash prize of 100,000 USD each. Award-winning Syrian director Mohammed Malas is the president of the five-member narrative film competition jury. “To be selected as Jury President is a great honour and also a great responsibility – one which I take very seriously - especially with the current changes in the Arab world,” Malas said. “The Arab Film Competition is an important tool for supporting and promoting Arab films in this part of the world and providing an important recognition to emerging and established filmmakers. The competition places select regional films up on an international platform, opening up various doors for films to gain exposure and distribution opportunities outside of the Arab World, which remains a fundamental issue within the regional industry.”

When The 3rd Annual Doha Tribeca Film Festival takes place Oct. 25 to 29.

Special Screening

Where Do We Go Now

Directed by Lebanese actress and director Nadine Labaki, Where Do We Go Now tells the story of five women struggling to protect their community in a country affected by war. Labaki, best known for co-writing, directing and starring in the feature-film Caramel, recently earned a spot on Variety’s 10 Directors to Look Out for List.

Crayons of Askalan Laila Hotait Salas’ documentary tells the story of Zuhdi Al Adawi, a Palestinian artist imprisoned in the occupied territories. While in prison, Al Adawi uses his art as his means of expression and is helped by the rest of the community and his own family to accomplish his artwork.


The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni

Yearning Yearning is a documentary about the actual role and margin of freedom women have in a male-dominated society, and how that reflects on their femininity and relationship with themselves. Directed by Lina Alabed, this is definitely a must-see documentary.

Rouge Parole During the turbulence of the revolution in Tunisia and after excluding President Ben Ali and pushing him to escape, the Tunisian people went out in the streets and took back their confiscated speech. The filmmaker accompanies the first steps of learning democracy in a multi-coloured society where the artist, the unemployed and the peasant express drastically their right to speak. The film offers an immersion in the human magma, between emotional moments and slips of a society within itself, seeking its bearings, identity and its path.

This documentary follows the story of Soad Hosni, star of the Egyptian cinema from 1959 to 1991, after she commits suicide. Her tragic end overwhelms the entire Arab world. The Egyptian authorities don’t know what to do with the body of a suicide star, a taboo death in the orient. This disappearance, which conceals others, reveals the tensions around the representation of the Arab women today, in the orient as well as in the west.

The Virgin, The Copts and Me Namir is a French filmmaker of Egyptian origin. One day, he watches a video with his mom of the Virgin Mary’s apparition in Egypt. His mother sees the Virgin Mary on the screen, while Namir sees nothing. Doubtful of the tape, Namir goes to Egypt to make a documentary about these apparitions.



Boxing With Her This documentary looks at the careers of female boxers Wided Younsi, Rym Jouini, Houda and Marwa Rahali. Why have they chosen boxing? How does the Arab-Moslem society perceive these pugilist women? How do these fighters see their future in a macho society, which recognizes only the bonds of marriage? They lowered their barriers to confess in this gripping film.

On the Road to Downtown Downtown Cairo is a neighborhood full of diversity, contradictions and different personalities. The film looks at the world and its complexities through the daily lives of characters from the neighbourhood.


*Information on films provided by Doha Film Institute (DFI).

Normal After the riots of December and the first peaceful marches, while “the Arab Spring” begins in Tunisia and Egypt, Fouzi brings his actors together to show them the incomplete editing of the film he made, two years ago, on the disillusionment of a youth seeking to express his artistic ideas.

How Big Is Your Love This film tells a story about childhood and love. Algiers, nowadays, Adel, eight years old, has been taken to his grandparents Khadidja and Lounès because his parents Rachid and Safia have been quarrelling. This will be the world premiere of director Fatma Zohra Zamoum’s film.

A Man of Honour

Smuggler’s Song Opening with the execution of famous outlaw Louis Mandrin, a popular hero of the mid-eighteenth century, this film follows the story of the historical figure and his companions, as they set out on a new, risky smuggling campaign in the French provinces.

Brahim has a chance encounter with a mysterious woman he knew 20 years ago. Because of her, he committed a murder. Now, he has to return home and face his tumultuous past. Taking place in Lebanon and Jordan, A Man of Honour is about passion, betrayal and the many facets of human nature.

El Shooq/Lust El Shooq / Lust, brings viewers into the lives of the inhabitants of a marginalized street in Alexandria, in Egypt, before the revolution. Each character is isolated in his or her fierce, yet fragile dreams. The main story focuses on Umm Shooq, a woman whose sense of shame and inadequacy drives her to gain leverage over her family and neighbours.

Omar Killed Me

Red Heart Sihrin, a 19-year-old Kurdish girl, learn that her father will trade her for a new bride. She escapes with her secret boyfriend to the big city. This is director Halkawt Mustafa’s first feature film.

The film tracks the investigation of a gardener wrongly convicted for the murder of his employer, a rich heiress. The narrative highlights the universal problem of social injustice and deciphers two standards of justice – one for the powerful and one for the poor.



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By Moza Alnua

Watching a good flick just isn’t complete without a handful of Milk Duds or a bag of popcorn. In honour of the Doha Tribeca Film Festival, taking place this month, QH seeks out the yummiest movie snacks.


love food. It’s not a secret; just ask my twitter followers, who have been bombarded to death with my culinary escapades. I’ve fed many a-person and garnered numerous food coma-induced titles of which I’m extremely proud. Having said that, rarely does anything taste better than simple, never-not-good snack food. Snacks are like minuscule portions of heaven to enjoy during work breaks or to spill all over the place after a horror flick scares the bejesus out of you. Movie night, especially with company, can be turned into a full-blown event when accentuated with fun, sharingfriendly snacks.

Popcorn was an essential food for Aztec and Peruvian civilizations; European explorers from the 16th century described Aztec rituals involving popcorn. Nowadays, popcorn is the reigning king supreme of movie snacks. The options are endless: you can go the classical route with butter and salt, or pick the savoury stickiness of melted cheese or the oh-so-avant-garde cinnamon and sugar mix to spice up the drabness of plain popcorn. Mixed roasted nuts are another stable of movie theatres that can easily be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home. You can buy ready-mixed nuts or choose your favourites separately and mix them in a big bowl that can be hit by everyone, time and time again, throughout 36

the movie. In addition, you can choose to serve nachos and cheese or salsa dip. This fairly-recent addition to movie theatre snacks has proven to be a hit among movie goers. If you don’t have much of a taste for nachos or can’t find the plain variety, as my problem often is, you can easily replace nachos with chips - just as good and even more readily-available at your local around-thecorner store. Some of us, however, enjoy the comforting repetitiveness of reaching for something to eat while engrossed in, say, the reflective qualities of the Professor X/Magneto bromance on modern day politics without putting on the pounds or breaking the kids’ carefully-constructed diet. For those people, I say fear not, for I have not forgotten about you! In high school, I used to have movie nights with my best friend and her mom would provide snacks for us to enjoy. My favourite was a yogurt dip she served with

carrot and cucumber slices. If you feel like you want to

go for something sweet, try fruit-infused yogurt and some apples to dip in it. I heavily recommend Rachel’s organic yogurt, which can be found in Carrefour or the LuLu hypermarket in an array of exciting, and sometimes delightfully-strange, flavours. Finally, you can always go for the undying tradition of dinner-and-a-movie. Pizza is never a bad call and with the varying topping selections, you can always make sure that everyone is satisfied.

"Movie snack sa something wit re h which you can experiment an d have fun."

Mini cucumber sandwiches, burgers or burritos are small, fun and easy-to-

make meals that make a perfect dinner/ snack with minimal mess.

Movie snacks are something with which you can experiment and have fun. One tip would be to try out your more unusual creations during a gripping flick; if it’s not that great, the movie would absorb most of the reactions. My vote always goes to Kiss Kiss Bang Bang or Snatch, especially for those who are new to the comedic genius of the aforementioned. Whatever you choose to make, or see, remember that, as the great Anthony Bourdain puts it:

"... your body is not a temple, it's an amusement park. Enjoy the ride."


Viva Latin

America! By Jorge Granda

Latin American countries are famous for their festivities, sense of humour and energy. For the first time in Qatar, residents will have the opportunity to have a taste of all that. This month, Katara Cultural Village brings the first Latin American Cultural festival to the country.


There are many events, movies, circuses and performers coming to Doha for the premiere Latin American Cultural Festival.


This part of the world may not be very familiar with the variety of rhythms, dances, traditions and flavours of South America. But all of that will change this month, when Katara Cultural Village hosts the inaugural Latin American Cultural Festival, starting Thursday, Oct. 6.

Oct. 6 The Big Opening Pancho Amat and his Cuban band, and Johnny Ventura from the Dominican Republic will be the opening act of the Latin American Cultural Festival. Pancho, the leader of the Cabildo De Son band, is well-known for mastering the Cuban tres, a plunked instrument. Johnny is one of the most famous Merengue signers in the world. His enviable voice and movements make him a mustsee act. He recently won a Latin American Grammy for his latest production. Together they will give an unforgettable concert. Date: Thursday, Oct. 6 Time: 7:00 p.m. Venue: Drama Theatre

Oct. 7 Circuba – Cuba

The Cuban circus will showcase the best circus artists, who will perform unbelievable acts, such as tightrope walking, acrobatics on roller skates, and unicycles, jugglers, hoopers, aerial silk and clowns. Date: Friday, Oct. 7 Time: 3:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Venue: Drama Theatre

Dois Filhos De Francisco – Brazil The film tells the story of a very poor man whose only dream in life is to see his children become famous country stars. The movie is based on the true story of musicians Zeze di Camargo and his brother Luciano. Date: Friday, Oct. 7 Time: 5:00 p.m. Venue: Opera House


Oct. 8 Viva Cuba – Cuba

This film tells the story of two young children who swear to each other to remain friends despite the hatred between their families. Date: Saturday, Oct. 8 Time:11:00 a.m. Venue: Drama Theatre

Iluminados por el Fuego – Argentina

Familia Assad – Brazil

Brazilians Sergio and Odair Assad are believed by some to be the best guitar duo in the world. They are accompanied on stage by their sister, Badi Assad, her daughter, Carolina Assad, and Sergio’s daughter, Clarice Assad. Date: Saturday, Oct. 8 Time: 7:00 p.m. Venue: Drama Theatre

Tango Vivo - Uruguay

The film is about a soldier’s struggle after his best buddy commits suicide.

This tango concert will showcase a band that represents the traditions and culture of Uruguay. The group has taken part in some of the most important events in the tanguera scene.

Date: Saturday, Oct. 8 Time: 5:00 p.m. Venue: Drama Theatre

Date: Saturday, Oct. 8 Time: 9:00 p.m. Venue: Drama Theatre

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Oct. 10 Caribbean Gems Classical concert Dominican Republic

Everyone attending this special concert will experience live Dominican and Latin music, performed by skilled musicians, in cooperation with the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra.

Serenata Guayanesa – Venezuela

The band is, without a doubt, one of the most famous and cherished musical groups in Venezuela. They have been playing folkloric and Christmas songs together since 1977.

Date: Monday, Oct. 10 Time: 7:00 p.m. Venue: Opera House

Date: Sunday, Oct. 9 Time: 7:00 p.m. Venue: Drama Theatre

Oct. 11 Editus – Costa Rica Ballet Folklorico Editus is a musical group from the beautiful Costa Nacional – El Salvador Rica. Their music merges traditional jazz, new age

The national folkloric ballet from El Salvador has been entertaining audiences since 1977. The ballet promotes the customs and traditions of El Salvador. Date: Tuesday, Oct. 11 Time: 7:00 p.m. Venue: Drama Theatre

classical music and the authentic sounds of Latin America. The band has won three Grammy awards throughout their outstanding career. Date: Tuesday, Oct. 11 Time: 9:00 p.m. Venue: Drama Theatre 39


Viva Latin


Oct. 12 Brazilian Carnival – Brazil

Inspired by the great parade of Brazilian’s carnival school of samba, this is a typical samba and other rhythms show. The Brazilian Carnival will present a costume parade, singers, percussionists and dancers. Date: Wednesday, Oct. 12 Time: 9:00 p.m. Venue: Drama Theatre

Banda de conciertos de limón – Costa Rica

The band focuses on offering artistic presentations that contribute to the cultural development of the country. Date: Wednesday, Oct. 12 Time: 7:00 p.m. Venue: Drama Theatre

Oct. 13

Cheo Hurtado – Venezuela

The artist is one of the most celebrated cuatro (traditional Venezuelan instruments) in the world. His incredible strumming techniques are believed to be unrivalled. He also plays mandolin, bandola and guitar. Date: Thursday, Oct. 13 Time: 7:00 p.m. Venue: Drama Theatre

Tango Metropolis – Argentina

Tango Metropolis is a popular tango show that showcases new musical and choreography forms of Tango. Date: Thursday, Oct. 13 Time: 9:00 p.m. Venue: Drama Theatre

Oct. 14 Llevarte al Mar – El Salvador

This documentary will take spectators through a musical journey of the history and culture of Ceiba, the port city on the northern cost of Honduras.

Date: Friday, Oct. 14 Time: 8:00 p.m. Venue: Drama Theatre

Date: Friday, Oct. 14 Time: 2:00 p.m. Venue: Opera House

Tocar y luchar – Venezuela

This documentary is about the story of the Venezuelan youth orchestra system. In Venezuela, there is an incredible network of hundreds of orchestras; the documentary showcases their hard work and passion for music. Date: Friday, Oct. 14 Time: 4:00 p.m. Venue: Opera House

Jose Ben Jor – Brazil

Jose is a famous Brazilian musician who is sure to delight the public with his amazing musical style that fusses samba, funk and rock with lyrics that blend humour and satire.

Oct. 15 Una Sombra al Frente – Peru This film is inspired by the novel of famous Peruvian writer Augusto Tamayo Vargas. The film (which was pre-selected for the 2008 Academy Awards in the category of best non-English film) tell the story of a young engineer who aims to connect the Amazonian forest with the rest of Peru. Date: Saturday, Oct. 15 Time: 5:00 p.m. Venue: Drama Theatre

Movies: QR 30 general sitting Circus: QR 30 kids, QR 50 adults; both general sitting Shows: QR 50 general sitting Classical concert: Front seat lines QR 200, back seat lines QR 100 Tickets for all the events are available at Virgin Megastore. For more information, contact 4408-0000 email or visit:




Gaffigan Conducts Rite of Spring Cai Guo-Qiang Gunpowder Drawings Sat 22nd – Wed 26th Al Riwaq. Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art provides a special opportunity to work with the artist Cai Guo-Qiang to execute a series of artworks that have been commissioned for his upcoming exhibition opening in December. Working on themes of exchange between China and the Arab world, Guo-Qiang needs a select number of volunteers to help in making stencils and drawings for these works, as well as with the controlled explosion. Anyone is welcome to attend the explosions, but volunteers should request to register by emailing For more information, contact

The 4th Biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium Sat 29th – Mon 31st: Museum of Islamic Art. During the symposium, entitled “God is Beautiful; He Loves Beauty: The Object in Islamic Art and Culture,” twelve speakers will discuss the museum’s collection. The keynote address will be given by Paul Goldberger, the Pulitzer Prizewinning author for The New Yorker. The symposium is co-sponsored by the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar and the Qatar Foundation. Registration is free and open to the public; space is limited, so register early. For more information, visit 42

Sat 15th: Opera House, Katara Cultural Village. Experience innovative music with complex, rhythmic structures. Conducted by Jame Gaffigan. Guest artist: Rami Khalife on piano. Pieces by Wagner, R. Khalife and 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, visit email

“Paper X Paper” Exhibition: Hazem Crossing Elmestikawy and Mohamed Boundaries Lecture Series: Abou El Naga Eric Gaskins Tues 4th – Sat 29th: Al Markhiya Gallery. Join an exciting exhibition of sculptures and canvases from two Egyptian artists. Elmestikawy has been shortlisted for the prestigious 2011 Jameel Prize, awarded by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Admission is free. Gallery schedule: Saturdays to Thursdays: 10:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. till 10:00 p.m., Fridays: 4:00 p.m. till 10:00 p.m. or by appointment. For more information, call 4442-8007 or 6600-8750.

Tues 25th: VCUQatar Atrium.

Eric Gaskins is a New York-based fashion designer whose designs have been featured on the covers of Cosmopolitan, Spy, Bazaar, Glamour, Vanity Fair, and Palm Beach Illustrated. In 1987, he launched his own label in New York, releasing his couture collections four times annually. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 4402-0555 or visit

By Victoria Scott

Recycling is a hot topic in Qatar, with the Qatar International Environment Protection Exhibition (ecoQ) being held in Doha this month. QH explains what ecoQ is and why you should care, plus easy ways to make your own life more eco-friendly.


iven that Qatar holds the world's third-largest natural gas reserves, you could be forgiven for thinking that renewable energy might be off the country’s radar. Not so; later this month, Qatar will host ecoQ 2011, an exhibition and conference set to put environmentally friendly technologies and products right at the top of the agenda. In fact, ecoQ, which will be held at Doha International Exhibition Centre from October 16 to 18, focuses on far more than just renewable energy. The 10,000 square metre exhibition will showcase initiatives from across the whole of the “green” industry, including recycling technology, eco-friendly air cooling, energy saving ideas and solar energy. In addition, a highprofile conference will take place at the same time to discuss environmental issues in the region. The event is supported by many key Qatari institutions, including the Ministry of Environment, Qatar University and the Qatar Chamber of Commerce. EcoQ’s organizers say now is exactly the right time to hold the expo, harnessing the enthusiasm around Qatar’s successful bid to host the world’s first “carbon


neutral” World Cup in 2022. The event will use sustainable technologies and environmentally-friendly cooling systems for its twelve stadiums, fan zones and training grounds. “The bid has generated positive global attention about Qatar’s vision to set an example in organizing this massive sport event with minimum impact on the environment,” said Haitham Shehab, general manager of ecoQ. Green energy is fast becoming a popular market, and more of an exciting business opportunity. According to a UN Environment Program report, global investments in renewables topped non-renewables in 2009. But despite the financial benefits, can Qatar, one of the richest countries in the world, really be that serious about energy conservation and green fuels? Shehab is certain this is the case. “Sustainability is a key element for economic growth and vital for future generations to live and to exist,” Shehab said. “Qatar is aware of the enormous potential that lies in clean and renewable energy, particularly solar energy. EcoQ is pleased to be part of many efforts aiming to achieve The Qatar National Vision.” Qatar National Vision 2030, part of the National Development Strategy, has four “pillars,” one




10:00 a.m. – 1: 00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. – 10 :00 p.m. of which is the environment. Key projects include water conservation, recycling, reduction in gas flares, and biodiversity.

- the German Delegation for Industry and Commerce is one of ecoQ’s official supporters. “Germany is a leading cleantechnology solutions provider,” Shehab said. “We expect the German pavilion at the Expo to be the largest.”

EcoQ is doing its bit to encourage Qatar’s future generations to think about going green. “I believe that teaching children by example about how to love and protect the environment will lead to promising results EcoQ’s organizers have high hopes for their in the future,” Shehab explained. “We have event’s impact. “We want to introduce designed several initiatives to spark the new environmentally friendly technologies interest of the younger generation, including to Qatar, share knowledge from around ‘ecoMinute,’ where children are being the world, and raise public awareness of asked to make a one-minute movie about environmental issues,” Shehab explained. anything in their environment; this could “Essentially, we want to join hands for the be something very simple, like a flower environmental cause.” or a car exhaust.” There will also be an “enviro Art Show” at the exhibition featuring Qatar International Environment Protection recycled art - sculptures made from reused and Sustainable Energy Exhibition & and recycled materials, and there are plans Conference (ecoQ), takes place Oct. 16 to 18, to use social media to encourage young 2011, at the Doha Exhibition Center. people to engage more broadly with the green debate. Visiting the exhibition is free of charge. You can either register online through the The ecoQ Conference - held alongside the ecoQ website:, or you can exhibition - will provide a forum for debate simply walk-in and fill in the registration and collaboration for decision makers, form available at the registration desk at businessmen and campaigners from around the main entrance. the world. One country in particular has come forward to take a leading role in the exhibition

For more information about ecoQ, visit


landfills from 92 per cent to 64 per cent.

An integrated domestic solid waste management centre will soon open in Mesaieed. The government hopes it will reduce the share of total waste sent to

There are five transfer stations planned (South Doha, West Doha, Industrial Area, Dukhan and Al Khor), all equipped with collection bunkers for recyclables like glass, paper, aluminium and plastic.

Qatar produces 7,156 tonnes of solid waste every day, with only eight per cent of rubbish being recycled. But there are things you can do to help: Recycling household waste in Doha is tricky, but not impossible. There are bins for glass, cans, plastic and paper at Dahl Al Hamman Park, Katara, Doha Zoo and Rumeillah Park. If you have clothes that you’d like to donate to a worth-while cause, seek out the special TAYF bins, which are dotted around Doha at shopping malls, petrol stations and offices. TAYF, an initiative of Qatar Charity, gives out donated clothes and shoes to low-income workers. You can also contact TAYF to request donation bags ( to be delivered to your home. For the tricky disposal of unwanted electronic goods, Qtel has the answer. Their e-waste recycling program will handle items like mobile phones, batteries and other related items, such as chargers. All Qtel stores have a drop box for donations. Qtel also holds monthly drop-off days for larger items like computers and TVs. For more information, visit There are also lots of things you can do at home to reduce the amount of waste in landfill. • Take your own re-usable bags to the supermarket • Use large refillable water bottles at home, rather than small disposable ones • Re-use glass jars – use them to store homemade sauces and soups, leftovers from open tins, or store items inside like needles and thread, buttons, drawing pins, etcetera. • Put old newspapers to good use – line cat litter boxes with them, clean mirrors or pack into damp luggage or smelly fridges to absorb odours. 45


Time to Get

Back to Business

By Victoria Scott

They say it’s not what you know but who you know in this world that makes the difference, and this small but ambitious city of ours is certainly no exception. Doha’s companies are fuelled by business lunches, power breakfasts and coffees on-the-run. QH finds out about Back to Business, a networking event being held this month in Doha.


The first event proved to be extremely popular, and he brains behind seven of Qatar’s most active gradually more business councils have joined in as the business councils are holding a huge networking popularity of the event has snowballed. In 2008, 220 event this month to mark the beginning of the business people attended, and every year since the new business year in Doha. Back to Business, number of participants has doubled, with 600 people now in its eighth year, is backed by the councils of attending last year’s Back to Business evening at Australia & New Zealand, the U.K., Holland, Grand Hyatt Doha. Germany, Italy, Scandinavia and Spain. This year’s event, which will be Every year, two business councils are Back to Business will be held held Oct. 2 at the Sharq Village given the opportunity to be the main Oct. 2 at Sharq Village Hotel Hotel and Spa, is set to be organizers of the event. This year, and Spa. The event starts at 7:00 p.m. packed with Doha’s movers the Italian and Dutch councils are Anyone interested in attending can register and shakers. More than 500 at the helm. They’ve introduced at the website, some innovations to help people guests have been invited Registration costs QR 200 in advance; tickets already, with many people network more effectively. Guests purchased at the door on the day of the event still registering on the Back will be given coloured lanyards will cost more. The ticket also includes entry to Business website. at the door, with each colour to a raffle draw with exciting prizes from corresponding to a different The idea for Back to Business a number of high-profile sponsors. business sector. This should make it came from the German easier for attendees to track down the Business Council Qatar (GBCQ) right people in the right industries. in 2004. The GBCQ felt that after a

long, hot Qatari summer, Doha’s business community needed a convenient place to re-connect. They also noted that tough working schedules in Qatar often make it hard to meet people from outside individual companies. So, Back to Business was born. 46

There will also be a brochure available on the night that will give more information on the event, and, for the first time, there’s also a Back to Business Facebook page. Online ticketing is also available this year, thanks to sponsor Vodafone Qatar.


Pink Ribbon Golf Day By Jorge Granda

October is breast cancer awareness month. The Doha Golf Club is supporting the battle against breast cancer by organizing the Pink Ribbon Golf Day. The event aims to create awareness about this terrible disease, which affects millions of women around the globe. QH tells you how you can participate in this worthy event.

B Photos provided by Doha Golf Club

reast cancer is a life-threatening disease that affects millions of women all over the world, creating enormous physical and emotional distress for both the person who suffers from the disease and their family. All efforts made to fight the illness are very important, including those that spread awareness. The Pink Ribbon Golf Day combines the fight against cancer with the pleasure of playing golf.

the fight against cancer. “The event is an important one on our yearly golfing calendar and we use it to illustrate Doha Golf Club’s support in the fight against breast cancer,” said Candice van der Merwe, head of marketing and communications at Doha Golf Club.

The Doha Golf Club organizes the event as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility program. The aim of the Pink Ribbon Golf Day is to gather women in a sociable and The Pink Ribbon Golf Day is a yearly ladies relaxed environment to talk about breast golfers-only event that aims to create awareness of the fight against breast cancer. cancer and learn more about the symptoms and treatments available for those who On Tuesday, Oct. 11, the Doha Golf Club suffer from the disease. will host another edition of the Pink Ribbon Day, starting at 7:45 a.m. The event has taken place for several years, getting bigger Date and Time Tuesday, Oct. 11 and better each time, with the number of 7:45 a.m. Shotgun start participants increasing every year. 12:00 p.m. Prizes and Lunch The Doha Golf Club wants to encourage all Number of Participants lady golfers in Qatar to participate in the Approximately 70 players event and to start making a difference in

Participation Requirements

Ladies only. An official handicap is required to play on the Championship Course. The handicap limit is 36.

Entrance Fee Free of charge


1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams will receive vouchers. There are also special novelty prizes for categories such as the longest drive and nearest to the pin.

Entertainment Available

There will be a lunch and prize ceremony on the Spikes Terrace for all players. There will also be a raffle draw, with great prizes up for grabs.

For more information, contact the Doha Golf Club at 4496-0712 or 4496-0715. 47




Your iPad By Jorge Granda

Love your iPad but clueless about how to use it? Stenden Institute has created a forum to help iPad users understand how to properly use their devices. QH gets the scoop on this helpful forum.


Pads have become one of the most popular devices of the new millennium. Every day, more people fall in love with this piece of equipment. However, even though iPads are extremely popular, not everyone fully understands how to properly use their iPads. Stenden Institute noticed this issue and created a forum to help iPad owners and prospective iPads users find out all they need to know about the product.

iUNDERSTAND SEMINAR The forum has been conceptualized as a question and answer seminar, where participants will have the chance to have all of their iPads issues answered and resolved. The forum tackles all kind of topics, from synchronizing with iTunes and creating contacts, to downloading applications and synchronizing an iPad with a calendar.

THE NEED When one does not have the right knowledge about a product, it can become very easy to make mistakes or spend an unnecessary amount of money to make the product more practical. When it comes to the iPads, there are hundreds of applications that can be bought or downloaded. The forum aims to teach participants which applications are most suitable, according to


the individual’s needs. Instead of buying and trying random applications that may not even be related to your needs, the iUnderstand seminar will guide you and advise you on how to get the best results.

THE FORMAT Each session is divided into three stages 1. Basics of iPad configuration and navigation. 2. Questions that have been submitted during registration will be answered in a systematic way that ensures all of the participants are building on their prior knowledge, and, at the same time, gaining insight from the way other participants use their iPads. 3. Any other questions are taken to ensure that everyone is able to leave saying "iUnderstand!"

THE TRAINER Junior lecturer Rami Osman recently joined the Stenden Institute family. He has a bachelor’s degree with honours from the University of Portsmouth (U.K.) in Computing and Information Systems. Osman also has several other professional certifications in the field of Information Technology. He was once a Windows-based programmer; he first switched to Apple computer products in 2006.



Dates of Seminars October Wednesday 5th - Email and Internet Wednesday 19th- iUnderstand

QUESTIONS Here are some of the questions that have been submitted and will be answered during the seminar. 1. I want my ipad2 from the U.S. to have Internet. I will get a data package from Vodafone. Then what? 2. I need to be able to retrieve emails from my work email. I’m not sure how to get them. 3. I want to label and sort photos better. How can I print photos?

While Osman was slow to jump on the iPad bandwagon, he now truly understands the product. “Recently, I asked a colleague what was so great about their iPad. My colleague began to glow with excitement and proceeded to reel off a long list of figures related to the iPad's computing prowess. Once again, I asked what was so good about it,” Osman said. “My colleague, a little taken aback, said ‘well look here,’ and showed me an empty iBook shelf, a meagre iTunes library and a virtually barren home screen.” This interaction was a turning point for Osman. “It was at this point that I realized that he was not an anomaly; hundreds, if not thousands, of others had made the Windows-Mac switch and still had no idea how to use the power of their Apple products,” Osman said. “After much research, and practise, as well as some trial and error, I am now in the position to be able to say ‘iUnderstand.’” Osman now spends his time helping others understand how to take full advantage of their iPads. “Now, iUnderstand. I am here to help you make the same statement,” Osman said. “You don't need to struggle through all the tangled web forums to work

out what other people can't do with their iPads; instead take advantage of what I have learnt.”

OTHER COURSE This month, Stenden Institute is also offering the Welcome to Qatar Workshop. The workshop was developed to teach expatriates the dos and don’ts of Qatar, while giving a comprehensive overview of the new place they now call home. The workshop tackles general background information on Qatar, the history, the Ottoman period and the years of independence until the present time. Participants will also get a crash course on Islam and the ruling family.

4. What is a good application for keeping client records, notes, and appointments? 5. How do I sync my phone to my iPad? 6. Tasks that appear in the calendar on a computer do not appear in the calendar on an iPad 7. Skype - I have loaded it and unloaded it and given up. I have it on computer no problem but on the iPad it’s a nightmare. Why? 8. How can I retrieve my music library that I had on the iPad when I synched to my PC, but lost all when I synched to my laptop? 9. How do you cut and paste on the iPad for an email? 10. What is the proper way to shut down an iPad?

For more information, contact 4487-8288, email, or visit the institute, which is located in the Castle Garden Compound in Al Jelaiat Street, behind Hamad Medical City (HMC).

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By Sydnee Bryant

If you have the desire to help people in your community but lack the funds or time to put your ideas into motion, Vodafone Qatar is giving you a chance to make your dreams a reality.


nyone who’s ever had wanted to make a difference in the world knows it takes more than just an idea – it takes time and money too. Vodafone Qatar is now offering residents of Qatar a chance to spend one year helping a local charity or cause. Anyone can apply to participate in World of Difference, part of Vodafone Qatar’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiative. Under the program, four people will have the opportunity to work for a local charity or cause of their choosing for one year, funded by Vodafone Qatar.

The World of Difference program first started in New Zealand in 2003. The program has been hugely successful, with more than 100 projects completed in more than 30 countries. Vodafone Qatar launched their World of Difference program in Qatar in 2010. "The 'World of Difference' is a unique flagship project for several Vodafone companies across the world and we are proud to bring it to life for the second year,” said Luisa Gentile, head of corporate responsibility for Vodafone Qatar. 50

Anyone in Qatar with an idea can apply for funding. Projects must make a difference to a charity or cause, in addition to making a difference in Qatar. Ideally, projects should be completed in one year but also sustainable, meaning the project can continue benefiting the community after the first year is over. The project should help a specific group of people, make a difference to the environment or local animal life, or be something you believe will benefit Qatar, said Gentile. Applicants should choose project ideas related to their area of expertise in order to increase their chances of success. The four applicants that are chosen must be prepared to stay in Qatar for the year they dedicate to their program. In 2010, about 400 people applied to participate in Vodafone Qatar’s World of Difference program. The four winners were chosen for “their creativity, innovation and contagious enthusiasm,” Gentile said.

World of Difference is a unique project that allows individuals to have an impact on their community. “While many people dream of 'making difference,' constraints of time and money often curb the extent to which that dream can become a reality,” Gentile said. “We want to become the enabler who connects people with communities to make a World of Difference for all people in Qatar.” One of the best things about getting involved with World of Difference is that it allows participants to really connect with the people they are helping in the community. “In addition to being a first in Qatar, this is an innovative approach that scores highly versus traditional grantgiving or philanthropy, leading the way to a different way of doing charity - not by simply donating money, but by sustaining people to fulfill their charitable projects for an entire year,” Gentile said. “The program is about connecting passionate people to a local need, so they can complete a project that will make a sustained difference to the lives of others.” The application process for the World of Difference program is now open and ends at 12:00 a.m. Oct. 22, 2011. Applicants may only submit one application. Each application will be judged based on its humanitarian and charitable merit and practicability of implementation, as determined by Vodafone. For more information or to apply, visit



Cookie Decorating Class Open House at IAID’s Art Exhibit and Workshop Thurs 6th – Sat 8th: International Academy for Intercultural Development. See the best works of IAID’s young visual artists in this rare exhibit. Take the time to discover your artistic streak and take a free skills test to see the many ways you can enhance and express your creative talents. From 5:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. For more details, call 4432-0974 or 6671-0589 or email

Brainteasers: 15th InterSchool Quiz Contest 2011 Fri 28th: Qatar. MES Indian School. The 15th Inter-School Quiz competition returns! The quiz is an annual affair organized by The Indian Women’s Association (IWA), a non-profitable organization under the aegis of Indian Cultural Centre of the Embassy of India. This year, eminent Indian Quiz Master, Andrew Scolt of the Derek O’Brien & Associates, will be conducting this exciting event. This event is open to all schools in Qatar and represents children from all nationalities. The competition includes questions on various subjects such as literature, sports, science, geography, music and current affairs. For more information, call Rachna Srivastava at 4476-1395, Saroj Shukla at 4441-5844 and Abha Tiwari at 4432-3795. 52

Sat 15th, 22nd: Mövenpick Hotel Doha. Children are invited for some creative Halloween Cookie decorating. They will learn all the tricks of making and decorating Halloween themed cookies and then treat themselves to their creations! Children aged four and under from 10:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m. and children aged five and over from 2:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be offered. RSVP is essential. For more information, visit or email

Fall Community Classes October to December: VCUQatar. VCUQatar offers non-credit classes every few months during the year as part of its mission to provide educational, cultural and design opportunities to the Qatari community. All classes are open to both women and men and are taught at the VCUQatar campus. Classes are occasionally tailored for children and high school students. Questions regarding community classes can be directed to Valerie Jeremijenko at For more information, call 4402-0555 or visit



By The QH Team


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, in honour of Oktoberfest, we bring you the best German dishes in town. Some of these special treats are available year-round; some are only in town for a limited time. But we guarantee all are delicious and totally worth the calories. The Irish Harp at Sheraton Doha In honour of Oktoberfest, this laid-back pub will serve a variety of traditional German dishes from Oct. 11 to 25. Everything is made in-house, with the exception of the Hala sausage, which is produced specially in Egypt and brought into Doha. Chef Marc, the executive sous chef at Sheraton Doha, hails from Sweden but learned how to cook a variety of cuisines, including German, French and Australian. For October, Chef Marc has come up Gourmet House with whole menu of delicious German food, including sausages Kempinski Residences and Suites with sauerkraut and bread, German-style cheese noodles topped with roasted onion and served with salad, minced beef steak This upscale coffee house recently acquired a German baker, who served with German potato salad, and stuffed warm apple with spends his time whipping up genuine German treats in-house every marzipan in puff pastry and vanilla sauce. Start your German feast morning. Some of the more traditional treats include German butter with Bayrische Leberknodel Suppe (liver dumplings in beef broth). cake, big, chewy pretzels, pumpkin loaf and lemon and sultana This amazing soup has a nice, light broth and hearty dumplings. The cheesecake. These back-to-basics pretzels are unpretentious, with soup is mild and comforting, with spring onion thrown in for zest. a crunchy outer shell and a soft inside. These pretzels are modest For a main course, try the Gherkins-filled braised beef roll with – they aren’t trying to be anything but what they are – delicious, onion sauce, German noodles and braised red cabbage. The German slightly salty pretzels. But they are also hearty and go nicely with noodles are warm and satisfying. The braised beef roll is good but a pint. The German butter cake is light, with sugar and flaked the slightly tangy onion sauce elevates it to a whole other level of almonds on top. Pair a big slice of this cake with your morning amazing. For dessert, try the Deutsche Caramel Crème, a sinfully coffee. This cake is not overwhelmingly sweet and has a playful sweet, pudding-like dessert. This sugary treat is the perfect sugar texture – the grainy sugar, crunchy almonds and puffy cake combine fix after a long day, with a caramel stick, whipped cream and red to melt in your mouth. For a sweet but not saccharine treat, try currants dotting the creamy caramel crème. There’s also a variety of the nussecke cake. This mellow, nutty dish is like something your pretzels to order – natural, butter, cheese or turkey ham. Enjoy with grandma would bake chock-full of love for a holiday treat. Made a pint or two! from honey, sugar, butter and nuts, this cake has a biscuit-like base but easily crumbles in your mouth. Gourmet House also sells German rolls, pretzel sandwiches and vegetarian Schusterjungs (a traditional German sandwich). If you’re craving traditional German apple strudel, try Gourmet House’s apple pie – it’s similar in taste and style and equally delicious. Basically, Gourmet House’s talented German baker is turning out treats like a German grandma baking for her favourite grandchild.





Create your own Oktoberfest celebration by filling your kitchen with the smell of these yummy traditional German dishes. Recipes provided by Chef Marc, executive sous chef at Sheraton Doha. Leberknodel (Liver dumplings) Serves four.

Ingredients 200 g veal liver 100 g ground beef 100 g ground veal 30 g sliced onions 10 g sliced butter 50 g toasted bread 50 g liquid cream 1 egg 10 g flour 15 g chopped parsley

3 g salt 1 g pepper 2 g thyme 1 g cumin powder 100 g bread crumbs 1.5 l beef stock/soup Method Fry onions until golden brown, then cool down. Soak the bread in the cream

and mince with the meat and onions. Mix all other ingredients into a smooth mixture and add some bread crumbs, if necessary. Form ingredients into a round ball (about 80 g each). Poach them in the beef broth until they float to the surface. Add some spring onions for garnish.

Spaetzle (German-style noodles) Serves four. Ingredients flour 2 eggs 80-100 ml milk and water combined 3 g salt 1 g white pepper powder 1 g nutmeg powder 10 g butter

Method Mix all of the ingredients by hand until it bubbles. It should be a fine, not too liquid-y dough. Put mixture in a strainer with eight millimetre holes and press in boiling saltwater. Wait until the noodles start to float on

the surface before removing them. Fry noodles slowly in butter until they start to brown. For Cheese Spaetzle, add béchamel sauce and shredded cheese to the noodles, then serve with roasted onion on top.

Deutsche Caramel Crème (German caramelized cream) Serves four. Ingredients 200 g raw brown sugar 6 dl milk 3 egg yolks 20 g white sugar 4 gelatin leafs 6 dl whipped cream

Method Soak gelatin in cold water and set aside for later. Caramelize the raw sugar and then cool it down with a bit of ice. Add the milk and boil until the milk is 80 degrees Celsius. Mix in the sugar and some more milk.

Reheat and stir the mixture until it starts to bind. Add in the gelatin and mix. Strain it and cool the mixture down. Mix in the caramel crème mixture with fresh whipped cream. Serve and garnish to your individual taste.



Al Mourjan Food Corner Compiled by Sydnee Bryant

Ashraf A. Raad, chief executive chef and cuisine concept chef at Al Mourjan, shares his favourite recipes with us in his new food column. This month, Chef Ashraf explains how to make Potato Soufflés.

Potato Soufflés Ingredients

350 g desiree potatoes, peeled, chopped coarsely 2 tbsp packaged breadcrumbs 60 g butter 2 tbsp plain flour 3 eggs, separated 90 g coarsely grated cheddar cheese 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves


• Boil, steam or microwave potato until tender; drain. Mash potato in large bowl. • Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius/180 degrees Celsius fan-assisted. • Oil four 180 ml soufflé dishes. Sprinkle bases and sides with breadcrumbs, then shake out excess. Place prepared dishes on oven tray. • Melt butter in medium saucepan: add flour, stirring until mixture thickens and bubbles. Gradually add milk, stirring until mixture boils and thickens; remove from heat. Stir in egg yolks, cheese, thyme and potato, mixing until the cheese melts and the mixture is smooth. Return soufflé mixture to the same large bowl. • Using an electric mixer, beat egg whites in a small bowl until soft peaks form. Fold egg whites, in two batches, into soufflé mixture. Spoon soufflé mixture into prepared dishes. Bake uncovered in oven for about 20 minutes or until tops are lightly browned and puffed.


Potato Soufflés


Tablearts By Jorge Granda

If you want to find the grooviest and funkiest kitchen supplies to serve your family a lavish meal or entertain your friends in style, QH tells you which shop has everything you need.


hen we walk into Tablearts, we realize this is a one-stop shop where customers can easily find great kitchen gadgets. Stylish dinnerware, kitchen tools of optimum performance, and table accessories of the finest quality are offered at the new Tablearts shop, located in the recently-opened Lagoona Mall in West Bay area, near the Qatar Exhibition Center.

We like the fact that all of the products inside this exquisite and modern shop are trendy, yet timeless; innovative, yet easy to use. The store is simply a delightful combination of stylish and classic kitchen goods that can’t be easily found in any other store in Doha. One of the aspects we like the most about Tablearts is how delicately designed the inside of the shop is. It provides its customers with impeccable décor and refined settings that serve as the perfect scene for the vast selection of striking supplies on offer. When we asked about the history of the shop and how it came to be so successful, we were told that their expertise in commercial food service equipment dates back to 1998 with Kitchenco, the first company from the group that supplied products to hotels and restaurants. The owners noticed the need for good retail shops for housewives who like to cook in style and provide their families with a lavish dinner meal and set-up. Taking advantage of the gap in the market for such products and the possible high demand for high-quality kitchenwares, Tablearts opened their first branch, located at City Center Mall, in 2007. The unexpected success of the shop is what encouraged the team to open their second branch at the deluxe 58

Lagoona Mall. We were also told that more shops are scheduled to open in 2014 and 2015, in other exclusive areas around Doha. We think what makes Tablearts so different from any other shop in the city is that the heavy duty appliances and utensils are the same ones chefs use in high-class restaurants all over the world. A trip to Tablearts is worth your time - you’ll be pleased you made a stop at this unique and funky shop.


KitchenAid: Electrical Appliances - Mixers, toasters, coffee machines, etcetera. - U.S. Revol: Porcelain - France Goebel: Gift Items - Germany Cole & Mason: Salt & Pepper Mills - U.K. Wustof: Kitchen Knives - Germany Rosle: Utensils - Germany Debuyer: Stainless Steel pots and pans - France Roller Grill: Electrical appliances, oven grills, fryers etc. - France Mypressi: Espresso Maker - U.S. Claude Dozorme: Steak knives - France Bamix: Hand Blender - Switzerland Alter Ego: Glassware - Italy Senteurs D’orient: Soap - France Kahla: Porcelain - U.S. United Brand: Porcelain - U.S. A casa K: Handmade Crystal Glass - Italy Kai: Knives - Japan Jm posner: Chocolate Fountain - U.K. ALFI: Thermos - Germany Andre Verdure: Cutlery - France Deshoulieres: Porcelain - France


A Taste Adventure By Alex Corey

Porcini, one of the most-well known Italian restaurants in Doha, is changing the way we view Italian food, with a new chef and a fresh menu. QH goes on a taste adventure to sample some of the most intriguing dishes ever to come out of a kitchen.


culinary evolution of Italian dishes. orcini is nestled in the heart of The meal begins with beef carpaccio Ritz-Carlton Doha. The restaurant seasoned with parmesan and roasted pine has a cavernous but intimate feel to it. It seems like the kind of place nuts and topped with arugula lettuce. The lightness of the arugula and pine nuts where one would catch Frank Sinatra or complement the bold and mature tastes of Audrey Hepburn entertaining a small, close group of friends. The colour scheme subtlety the beef and parmesan, resulting in a wellbalanced appetizer to wet the palate. highlights those of the Italian flag and the We also dig into prawn carpaccio made restaurant has a Mediterranean feel. with salmon eggs, tomatoes and onion. Chef Ricardo recently joined the team after The prawn carpaccio has a clean and “fresh from the ocean� flavour that will delight having worked with Ferran Adria at the world-renowned El Bulli. He brings with him those with adventurous tastes buds and seafood lovers alike. a new menu that is destined to excite your taste buds and make you question how such The next set of dishes is a gastronomic a variety of flavours can be orchestrated delight. The grilled scallops are tender, into such a beautiful relationship of taste. perfectly cooked and accentuated with The open show kitchen displays the pumpkin-vanilla puree, orange emulsion confidence in which Chef Ricardo both designs and executes his culinary expertise. and fresh almond. The perfect presentation of the dish has a coastal feel to it and the The idea behind the new menu is to take textures works very well together, most traditional Italian dishes and add 21st notably the hint of sea salt flattering the century flare. It’s the next step in the 60

scallops. The tastes do not so much mix as they take turns dancing on the palate. This is a dish that anyone will like but those who enjoy more subtlety in their dishes will love. For people who enjoy more striking tastes, enter the grilled mozzarella. This appetizer consists of deliciously moist mozzarella, wrapped in bresaola and served with black olive and truffle vinaigrette. Perhaps not as adventurous as the scallops but this dish still delivers a simple, instant pleasure. We are now presented with one of the more exotic dishes of the night - a beet root risotto, featuring gorgonzola cheese and arugula lettuce. I feel some trepidation, but am pleasantly and significantly surprised. I am not a fan of any of the ingredients, yet the dish is much greater than the sum of its parts. For the main course, I have the pleasure of sampling both beef striploin pesto and seabass papillote. The beef striploin pesto is served with parmesan cream sauce


and crispy asparagus. The beef is tender and cooked perfectly; the pesto is more understated than I anticipated. The coupling gives birth to a slightly different taste that presents an old favourite in a completely new way. The sweetness of the pesto heightens the flavour of the beef, while the asparagus and parmesan cream round out the textures and seasonings of the dish. If you are a fan of steak, you just have to try this as soon as you can. You won’t regret it! The seabass papillote is delectable. En papilotte essentially refers to food being prepared in a pouch of some kind traditionally parchment, paper tin foil, or, in some cases, leaves. This cooking method prevents flavours and nutrients escaping, as any steam or juices that result during the cooking process remain with the food. The seabass is paired with clam, lemongrass and vegetables. The fish is so tender it quite literally melts in our mouths. The other ingredients are tasty, but it is how they accentuate the fish that makes the dish amazing. The fish is bathed in understated lemongrass and fresh vegetables. Again, this is a dish that patrons with a sensitive palate would enjoy a great deal.

Our taste adventure is almost over, and I am keenly anticipating the culmination of the experience. My expectations have risen after every dish, not only in flavour, but also in terms of innovation. When designing the new menu, Chef Ricardo did some daring experimenting; tonight, he has selected only those dishes that truly delight to be featured during our meal. I am curious (excited even) to see how he will choose to bring the meal full circle.

and, of course, the deliciousness I have enjoyed over the course of the evening. For those of you who enjoy a familiar dessert, I highly recommend the tiramisu with mascarpone foam, stroisel coffee and amaretto jelly. This dish is crunchy, decadent and light; it’s the perfect way to end the meal.

For the intrepid foodies out there, (or those who enjoy their blue cheeses), I suggest I pick up on two very distinct themes over you try the figs and gorgonzola ice cream the evening - dishes that are full of flavour served with almond crostini and fresh citrus and engulf your taste buds, and more juice. This dessert is an enigma to me (and delicate dishes that seem to waltz along my taste buds). Individually, the ingredients one’s palate. I also note that there seem are nothing of note, but when combined, the to be some items on the menu that are an plethora of flavours is decadent. The zing exploration of an old favourite, and some of the citrus juice balances the sharpness that are an exploration of the essence of of the gorgonzola and softens the crostini. the culinary experience. I am flabbergasted When all of the ingredients are mixed (with at how well some of the juxtapositions of just a hint of the ice cream), the dessert ingredients work. All of my senses have becomes spontaneously delicious; I’m gradually been piqued over the course of the instantly addicted. meal - the sights of the open kitchen, the smell emitted when the seabass papillote is The only thing I can wish for is to be able to opened at my table, the sound of classical sample all of the dishes on the new menu. guitar, the feel of the soft, comforting seats Enjoy! 61



The Loy Krathong “Thai” Festival Wed 26th – Fri 28th: InterContinental Doha.The festival is one of the most colorful Thai events celebrated nationwide. Processions of beautiful girls dressed in traditional costumes carry floral floats that are floated on rivers and lakes. Each province has its special features in celebrating this annual Festival of Lights. The hotel, in cooperation with the Royal Thai Embassy and Qatar Airways, will be offering authentic Thai cuisine. As part of the program, there will be a showcase of Thai national costumes accompanied by cultural dance and fashion show. Tickets are QR 220, including buffet dinner and soft beverages. For more information, call 4484-4444.

French Bubbly Brunch at Isaan Fridays: Grand Hyatt Doha. The finest French bubbles meet quality Thai

Soba and Udon Delights

Mon 3rd – Sun 30th: Holiday Villa Doha. Experience Japan at D'Chopstix, as

it brings the highlights of the month with exquisite Japanese noodles cooked to perfection. The famous Soba and Udon are two types of Japanese noodles, which can both be eaten either hot or cold, and there are many different varieties that are being prepared at D'Chopstix. Start off your Soba dip in a thin cold broth with spring onion, white sesame and wasabi or sample the Udon soaked in chicken broth, topped with chicken and shiitake mushrooms. From 11:30 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information, call 4408-4888 or 4408-4210.

spices Indulge in authentic Thai delights and complement your dining experience with the famous, elegant bubbly while traditional Thai dancers and musicians entertain you. Enter a lucky draw and have a chance to win a return ticket to Bangkok from Etihad Airways. The opening ceremony for the new Friday Brunch at Isaan will be attended by H.E. Panyarak Poolthup, Thai Ambassador to Qatar. QR 250 per person including soft drinks, QR 395 per person including selected house beverages or QR 680 per person including Mondays to Saturdays: a bottle of Moët & Chandon. For more information, Doha Marriott. Commemorate a call 4448-1250. great moment in Chinese history and celebrate the Chinese National Day with mouthwatering specialties prepared by Chef Yip and his team. Indulge in Thurs 13th, 20th, Fri 14th, 21st, Sat 22nd: aromatic and tantalizing dishes from Ritz-Carlton Doha. Open up your senses to the various regions of China, presented in an wonderful world of fantastic flavours through various culinary exclusive dining environment. For more activities. Get up close and personal with highly-skilled chefs flown information, reservations, and dining in from countries such as Spain, U.S. and Australia. voucher requests, call 4429-8499 or For more information, call 4484-8000. email

Chinese Food Festival

Festival of the Senses


By Sydnee Bryant

Looking to unwind in a natural environment while still retaining the luxury of the city? Amoaras Relaxation Spa, located at Holiday Villa, offers a back-to-nature concept in a quiet but elegant environment. QH checks into one of the newest spa facilities in Doha.


hen you walk into Amoaras Relaxation Spa, the first thing you will notice is the quiet, calm ambiance. In a world filled with busy, bustling spas that feel more like a sorority house than a place where one goes to unwind, it’s refreshing to find a spa that actually encourages tranquility. The unique, cozy spa offers services for both men and women that range from typical – massages, body scrubs, facials, manicures and pedicures – to trendy – bath rituals and Balinese nail art.

One of their most intriguing signature treatments is the Amoaras Double Bliss, which consists of a combination of Balinese, Thai, Shiatsu, Swedish and Indian head massage (a mixture known as the Amoaras Fusion), plus a foot massage 64

and a facial. When I sign up for this unique treatment, I have no idea what I am in for. My Balinese spa therapist begins by gently stretching my shoulders and back. I feel like a cat slowly stretching myself out, except, in my case, I don’t have to move a single muscle on my own. My masseuse does all the work for me, delicately guiding each limb to exactly the right spot. Next, my spa therapist sprinkles Amoaras’ aromatherapy oil, homemade with 100 per cent natural ingredients, onto my lower limbs and starts firmly massaging it into my skin. Prior to the start of my treatment, my therapist asks me to choose an oil from a selection that includes natural, spicy and relaxing. I decide to be adventurous and chose spicy, which smells like an alluring perfume that one would wear to capture


attention. The smell of the oil fills my senses without distracting me from my relaxed state. My spa therapist firmly rubs my calves, dissolving knots I didn’t know existed. She then moves onto my feet, which she kneads repeatedly. When she starts to dig into my hips and thighs, I realize how truly powerful my spa therapist is. She has the firmest touch of any massage therapist I have ever had! I ask her to lighten up just a touch, and she happily obliges. Later, when she moves on to my back and shoulders, I am extremely happy for all of her strength. My shoulder blades are like rocks, unrelenting. But after some determined work, my shoulders become soft, compliant, under my spa therapist’s hands. My back muscles also yield to her strong hands and soon my entire body feels all light and fluffy, like whipped mousse. I turn over and wait for my spa therapist to work her magic on the front side of my body. She doesn’t disappoint; massaging each limb steadily until they melt in her hands. She briefly turns her attention to my neck, stretching it from side to side to help loosen it up before massaging it. Then, she starts begins the Indian head massage. An Indian head massage includes massaging the face, head, neck, shoulders, upper back and upper arms. I’ve heard about the many benefits of Indian head massages (including improved circulation, increased joint mobility, and improved lymphatic drainage) and now I know why it’s so popular – it really does de-stress you and leave you feeling alert. As an added bonus, it leaves my hair looking shinier and temporarily fuller. Post-Indian head massage, my spa therapist wraps a cloth band around my temple, creating a barrier between my hair and my face. She then proceeds to begin my relaxing facial treatment. My spa therapist removes my makeup and gently cleanses my skin. A grainy scrub is used to exfoliate my skin, leaving it silky smooth. A hydrating lotion is rubbed into my face, giving my

skin a soft, supple feeling. Then, my spa therapist applies something cool and wet to my face, piece by piece. I have no idea what she is putting on my skin. Leeches, like Demi Moore? Leeches supposedly do wonders for your skin but that doesn’t mean they belong on my face! I begin to panic slightly, convinced that my spa therapist is putting leech after slimy leech on my delicate, previously leech-free face. Of course, all of my panic is for nothing. My spa therapist is applying sliced cucumbers to my skin, one after the other, until my face is full. I lie perfectly still, relieved and refreshed by the cucumbers cooling my skin. My spa therapist massages my head a bit more, scrunching up my hair bit by bit, as the moisturizer-cucumber combo revitalizes my skin. Then, she removes the cucumbers, rubs my face one last time and announces that my treatment is finished. My disappointment that I have to leave my quiet sanctuary is only partially balanced out by my relief that my facial only included chilled vegetables. Amoaras Double Bliss – QR 450 for 120 minutes

Amoaras Relaxation Spa is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. For more information, contact 4408-4888, ext. 4085. 65

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Just Outside of Doha By Maryam Al-Subaiey

There’s more to Qatar than just Doha. If you ever want to see something other than the buzzing capital, hop in your car and head west on Dukhan highway for an exciting day trip. Once you leave the city, you’ll see glimpses of the past in forts, museums and reserves.

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he first stop on the Dukhan highway is Al Shahhania town, which has three places of interest. Al Shahhania is home to the famous Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani museum. Sheikh Faisal is one of the biggest private antiques and arts collectors in the region. Because of its value, the museum became a member of (ICOM) International Council of Museums – UNISCO in September 2002. The museum gives its visitors a sense of There is one more stop in Al Shahhania travelling through time. Visitors can view The view of small houses scattered all over town before you speed back onto the more than 3000 valuable ancient artefacts, the sea line is romantic and from another Dukhan highway. Make sure you pass by including vintage cars, weapons, Bedouin era. What’s interesting about Al Khor is its jewelry, manuscripts, coins and even fossils. the camel race arena; whether there is a ancient pearl harbour and fish market, old race or not, watching the camels train is The museum is surrounded by beautiful museum and souq. Another interesting just as exciting. The view of herds of camels spot near Al Khor is Hwela beach, which greenery, making it the perfect place for crossing the road is one that you don’t want is becoming more and more popular each an outdoor picnic. The museum doesn’t to miss! charge admission and is open to the public year. It is family-only area so you can rent a year-round. beach house to enjoy an intimate day with The journey in Dukhan doesn’t end there. your family. It even has a women-only beach Just before you reach Dukhan, 80 kilometres for those who want to feel comfortable in Just around the corner from the museum from Doha, you will pass by one of the is Al Dossari farm. The farm is a natural bathing suit. most beautiful landscape and beaches of reservoir, with deer, ostriches and many Qatar. Zekreet peninsula’s breathtaking other wild animals and birds. It provides a Qatar may be a small country but it is rich rock formations seem out of this world. The in history, going all the way back to the safe environment and natural pastures for clean blue waters and scattered islands animals to live. The resort is similar to a Canaanites of fifth century BC. Qatar is still are perfect for a relaxing day. Zekreet is safari trip where animals are running free full of unseen interesting places, so hop also the place to find film village, which is inside its walls. The reservoir also has a in your car, turn that GPS on and go on an built in the traditional Qatari architecture. heritage section, which contains about 100 adventure. Make sure you have plenty of Wander around the village and imagine pieces of ancient articles collected from water and food in your car and charge your what life was like during the pearl diving Qatar and the GCC countries. To make the mobile phone in case you your car breaks guests feel welcome, there is a special tent days of Qatar. Not far from Zekreet, Merweb down. And don’t forget your camera – you’ll to receive them where they can enjoy Qatari fort lays 14 kilometres north of Dukhan. It want to capture the memories! coffee. The best part of the reservoir is that was built in the ninth century during the Abbasid period. Surrounding it is a small visitors can engage in different activities, ancient village that has been the scene of such as learning how to use rifles, how to several excavations. deal with hawks or how to fish. Visitors For more information about the Sheikh Faisal can take plenty of pictures with wild Museum, visit If you have already been to the west of animals and replicas of ships and ancients For more information about Al Dossari arm, castles. The reservoir is open from Saturday Qatar, then you might want to discover the visit north. Khor Al Thakhira, the inland sea of to Thursday for schools, embassies and the north 50 kilometres north of Doha, has ministries; it open to the public on Fridays. Make sure you don’t miss the entertainment one of the most magical beach landscapes in the country. show, which starts at 4:00 p.m.


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Kick into high gear with these high-class heels. Whether you go with bright candy colours, dark leathers or sleek patent stilettos, you can’t go wrong with these luscious heels. Guaranteed to dress up any outfit, these heels are all about adding a fierce flash of fashion to your look. So pick height over comfort, beauty over practicality and style over stability.

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READ Balenciaga (Universe of Fashion). Find out more about the legendary designer Cristobal Balenciaga in Marie-Andree Jouve’s book, available at Virgin Megastore. While there aren’t many fashion-related books to peruse in Doha, there are a few that matter and this is one of them. Revered as a “master” of fashion, Balenciaga was famously reclusive. Very little was known about his personal life until the day he died, making this book a must-read for anyone who isn’t familiar with Balenciaga’s stunning designs or for those who simply admire them. Full of amazing photographs and details about Balenciaga’s life and work, this book paints a portrait of truly mysterious man.

BUY Paul by Paul Smith Liberty Chocolate Suede Ribbon Tie Heel Boots. These just might be the cutest booties we’ve ever seen. These boots were definitely made for strutting, with a small heel and structured shape. The adorable bows are cute without being childish and the velvety chocolate colour adds sophistication to the overall boot. These suede stunners are perfect for fall weather – after all, fall is boots seasons, no matter the actual temperature. Plus, the key to a well-rounded boot collection is having pairs that are various heights, with different heel sizes - wear these with leggings or a skirt. 70

CARRY MICHAEL Michael Kors Quilted Chain Detain Bag, Large. Pick up this quilted black lambskin bag as soon as humanly possible. It’s fabulous with a capital “F.” We love its structured look, intense details and obvious but not tacky branding. This stunning satchel is the perfect mix of tough and sweet, giving it a high-end, “street fashion” look, with a touch of designer glam thrown in for luxury. Big enough to fit all of your work gear and beauty junk (where else are you going to store your collection of lip gloss?) without being a suitcase, this bag is beautiful, functional and great for everyday use without being boring.

LOVE Tiffany and Co Horseshoe Cuff Links. There’s nothing better than a sharp dressed man. We love to see ours dressed to the nines, so fancy cuff links are a must. These sterling silver cuff links are understated but elegant, perfect for everyday wear or formal occasions. Branded with the company’s logo, these cuff links are a little flashy but never tacky. Plus, these “horseshoes” are sure to bring luck to any man that wears them … and the lucky girl on his arm. Pick some up for the perfect gift for your man – cuff links always fit and never go out of style.

SHOP Dior’s Cruise 2012 line. We are so ridiculously in love with Dior’s upcoming cruise line. We want everything – from sleek black dresses with big cream bows to comfy cardigans and flouncy skirts. This collection is fun, flirty and fresh – three of our favourite qualities when it comes to fabulous clothes. Each outfit allows the wearer to move comfortably without sacrificing style. Stock your wardrobe with elegant pieces, like a white one-shoulder gown, fun bangles and cute, sparkly clutches. Pack your suitcase with these perfect pieces for your next vacation or show them off in Doha – cruise wear isn’t limited to just cruises anymore!


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

JZ Shanghai Music Festival Diwali Festival of Lights Oct. 26th - 30th: India. Celebrate one of the biggest festivals of the year! Diwali, the Festival of Lights, is celebrated for five days straight. Diwali involves fireworks, candles and gifts, making it one of the happiest and most enthusiastic festivals of the year. To join in on the fun, visit

Oct. 15th – Oct. 23rd: China. Shanghai may be one of the world's major financial centres, but it is also China’s cultural capital. And now, it plays host to the largest and longest running music and culture festival, the JZ Shanghai Music Festival, which promotes music styles, alongside environmental stability and creative arts. The seventh edition of this music fest will feature jazz, folk, electronic, funk and rock, as well as a concert series. To know more about this musical bonanza, log on to

Tokyo International Film Festival Oct. 22nd – Oct. 30th: Japan. The Tohoku earthquake and the subsequent tsunami may have rattled Japan, but it takes a lot more than that to break this beautiful nation’s spirit. Rising like a phoenix from its ashes, Japan is gearing up to celebrate its most prestigious event of the year, The Tokyo International Film Festival. The grand film fiesta, established in 1985, is a guaranteed winner in terms of providing complete and classy entertainment with élan. For more information, log onto

Village Halloween Frankfurt Book Fair Parade

Oct. 12th – 16th. Germany. Experience this exciting event, which brings together some of the brightest minds in publishing and media – more than 7,300 exhibitors, 299,00 visitors and 10,000 journalists will all gather to discuss books, media, rights and licenses. In addition to book readings, the Frankfurt Book Fair will include an exciting program of events related to art, film and music. Read up on the book fair at


Oct. 31st: U.S. Come Halloween, the world is a dead man’s paradise. Celebrate this year’s zombie fest, American style, by participating in the New York City’s 39th annual Village Halloween Parade – the largest public participatory event in the U.S. The theme of the parade for 2011 is the Disembodied Eye. Find out how you can participate in this spook fest by clicking on

MEET EL JAISH FC By Jorge Granda

The 2011-2012 season of QSL kicked off last month, meaning there is still plenty of great football to enjoy for a whole season. QH will be there all the way to bring you exclusive interviews, match schedules, special events and all the excitement of the highest professional league in Qatari football. This month, we introduce you to El Jaish Club, the newest addition to QSL.


he much anticipated 20112012 season of QSL has finally arrived. This season promises to be filled with exciting moments. The top clubs in Qatar will compete against each other in a total of 132 matches throughout the season. The team that accumulates the most points will be crowned the QSL champion in April 2012. El Jaish FC is one of the teams that will have to prove their worth, as they are making their debut in QSL this season. QH spoke with some of the new players of the El Jaish FC team to find out about their expectations for the season and how they are preparing to face this new challenge.


T ic k e ts QSL is introducing a brand new electronic ticket system this season, with turnstiles and wellmanaged seating. The tickets can be bought at the venue on the day of the match. Prices start at QR 10.

MEET THE TEAM El Jaish FC formed in 2007; they represent the Qatari Armed Forces in football competitions. The club emerged last season as the Second Division League champions. As a result, the club was promoted to play in QSL. Brazilians Adriano Ferreira, Wagner Ribeiro and Anderson Martins are some of El Jaish FC's newest players. QH introduces you to these future QSL stars.

WAGNER RIBEIRO Wagner Ribeiro is another Brazilian footballer who recently joined the El Jaish Club, with the hopes of elevating the status and professionalism of the club to the highest level. Before joining the club, Ribeiro played for Al Ahli club for three years. The midfielder also played professionally for Panionios FC in the Greek Super League. He received a lot of offers from other clubs but decided to accept the offer from El Jaish because he thought it would give him the best chance to grow as a player, said Ribeiro. He hopes the football community will be supportive of the El Jaish team. “As players, we would like to see the fans at the stadiums. I have sent an invitation to the Brazilian community to come to our games and support the El Jaish team,” Ribeiro said. “For sure, we would like to start with victories, winning our first matches, so we can motivate fans to come to every game. We must do a good job, so our fans will want to support us.”


ANDERSON MARTINS Anderson Martins was born in Fortaleza, the capital of Ceara, in Brazil. He started his prolific career with the Bahia Club. Martins highlight as a footballer came when he played for the Vitoria club; the team went on to win the Campeonato Baiano for three consecutive years (2008 to 2010) and the Campeonato do Nordeste in 2010. The defender joined El Jaish club in August 2011. “I am really happy to be in Qatar and it’s my job to work hard and not disappoint my teammates and the management with the results,” Martins said. “Together we can create a new history for El Jaish in the first league of Qatar.” Martins is confident the new team will be able to keep up with the competition. “El Jaish is a new team in the QSL first division, but with the corporation of everybody, we will become a great team,” Martins said. “I believe that after a few matches playing together we will be in harmony with one another and we will adapt to everyone’s style. I am very lucky to be in a team where there are many Brazilian players and staff and this can help me to adapt faster.”





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The Brazil-born Adriano Ferreira is one of the latest additions to the El Jaish Club. The 29-year-old striker comes from playing for the Japanese club Gamba Osaka, where he performed amazingly well, scoring nine goals in the eight games he played for the club. He is definitely one player to watch out for, as he is already leaving his mark on Qatari football. The young player proved his capabilities when he scored several goals during the Sheikh Jassim Cup earlier this year. Ferreira is nervous but excited to join El Jaish Club. “I’m really anxious to play in the Qatari league; it’s a new environment for me. I will do my best to play as good as I did when I played for my previous clubs,” Ferreira said. “For sure, it’s a big challenge but not only for me; it is also a big challenge for all of the players and everybody involved because we are a team [coming] from the second division and we will be fighting with the best in the league.”

The highlighted matches are the ones to watch out for!




IS BACK By Jorge Granda

Rugby fans in Qatar can rejoice, as the 20112012 season just started and there’s loads of rugby coming their way, including the Gulf Top Six Premier League, the most important rugby event in the Gulf. QH give you all the details on the new rugby season.


This year, the Men’s 1st XV team plays in the premier gulf cross-border regional club competition ‘The Gulf Top 6 League’ and also the ‘Gulf Premiership League’ – a league competed for by Doha RFC, Bahrain, Kuwait and Muscat and, of which Doha RFC are the current reigning champions,” said Charlie Napier, chairman of the Doha RFC. “For the 1st XV team, our goal is to win both leagues, although the top six competition is incredibly tough and [being] runners-up would be acceptable, but not desirable. Ultimately, we are hoping once again to play in the West Asia Gulf Championship final, played in the last weekend of March “On Sept. 23, the Doha Rugby Football Centre 2012, and cement our reputation as one of the top two club teams in the gulf region.” embarked on a groundbreaking season. t will be celebration time for rugby fans and players in the country when the first matches of the Gulf Top Six Premier League gets underway. Six teams from Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dubai, Doha, and Jebel Ali will submerse in a fierce six-month competition to claim the coveted title. The six teams go head-to-head twice, resulting in each team playing 10 games throughout the season. The team that accumulates the most points will be the winner of the league. The 2011-2012 rugby season started Sept. 23 and will come to an exhilarating end March 30, 2012.


RUGBY LINGO 15 a-side teams each team consists of 15 players + seven substitutes 7’s tournament each team consists of seven players + three substitutes Men’s 10’s tournaments each team consists of 10 players + five substitutes


QATAR RUGBY LEAGUE Rugby has been played in Qatar for more than three decades, becoming considerably popular among the expat community in the country. The popularity of the sport captured the attention of the Olympic Committee and, for the first time, Qatar will have its very own rugby league. “This new competition comes as a result of the break of the AGRFU and the requirement for Qatar to form, administer and govern its own league under the auspices of the recently established Qatar Rugby Federation (QRF) and the International Rugby Board (IRB),” Napier said. “The league will be competed for by four 15 a-side teams from Doha RFC, Al Khor, Mesaieed Lions (primarily Sri Lankan nationals) and a Qatar Rugby Football Centre team (primarily made up of Qatari Nationals).” The newly-opened QRF is aiming to further enhance the popularity of the sport and encourage Qataris to get actively involved in the practice of the discipline to create a strong national team that could represent the country in any international competition or world class rugby tournament. “With the inclusion of Rugby Union into the 2016 Olympic Games in the form of a 7’s tournament, the primary aim of QRF National 15 a-side competition is to develop the sport and raise the level of interest in rugby within Qatar, at the same time introducing Qatari nationals to the game and identify the best players within Qatar eligible to represent the Qatar National team at future international events, said Napier.”

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It seems the Qatar National team in on the right track to become a powerful team. In May, they played for the first time in the HSBC Asian 5 Nations Tournament and won the fourth division, which represented an incredible accomplishment, as it was their first attempt.


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1st XV v Bahrain (Gulf Top 6 League) Kick-off 3:00 p.m.


“During the season, there will also be four Men’s 10’s tournaments and Oct. 21 two Men’s 7’s tournaments, which will see several other Qatar teams play in these competitions. The latter will only help shape the future of a National 7’s team, with the aim to participate in future international tournaments and ultimately the Olympic Games,” Napier said. “Exciting times lie ahead for Entry to the ground is via Doha RFC, especially in this groundmembership, or as a guest of breaking and momentous year. a member. Becoming a member is We look forward to entertaining easy - log on to www. all those who come and watch any and register as eithe r a social member, of our teams play, and support the or if interested in pla ying, then join future and vision of rugby union as a player and come and play on in Qatar.” one of the respective teams.

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PROGRAM Oct. 11 Official Arrival Day (Registration & Measurement Evening Opening Ceremony

Set Sail By Jorge Granda

After a hot and humid summer, the temperatures in the country are finally cooling down. This month will offer all residents beautiful weather, pleasant winds and a clear blue sky. It’s definitely the right moment to put on your comfiest clothes and spend some time outside. QH tells you where you can have a few nice days by the beach while enjoying a world-class event. The 6th edition of Sail Qatar event offers A.R Arshad, technical adviser to the event. you the opportunity to celebrate the end of “Due to repeated international events, Qatar the summer and enjoy some much-needed has developed a trained team of volunteers time by the beach under the sun. who help the organizer conduct the event.” The event, which runs from Oct.11 to 15, will take place at the Doha Sailing Club. The sailing competition has evolved over Sail Qatar will be hosted by the Qatar the years. Not only has it changed its name, Sailing & Rowing but also its structure Federation in - the event now has cooperation more number of days with the Doha and classes added to Sailing Club. the program. More The Sail Qatar than 100 sailors from Championship all over the world, (previously known including Bahrain, as the Gulf Trophy) Oman, Kuwait, Saudi is a yearly competition that draws some Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, of the best sailors in the world. “Qatar is Czech Republic, The Netherlands and India, now becoming the hub of International will set sail at the shores of Doha to compete Sailing activities. It is known as a ground to in a championship that encompasses organize world level events,” said Captain. seven classes.

“Qatar is now becoming the hub of International sailing activities. It is known as a ground to organize worldclass events.”


Oct. 12 1000 Race 1, 2 & 3 Oct. 13 1000 Race 4, 5 & 6 Oct. 14 1000 Race 7 & 8 Oct. 15 1000 Race 9 & 10 Evening Closing Ceremony and Dinner

Expected Sailing Conditions

Medium winds are expected during the event


Medals will be awarded to top three positions in each class/category. Certificates of participation will be given to each participant (sailors and officials).


Trapezoid Course will be sailed for all classes. This course is popular in the Asian and Olympic Games.

CLASSES OF BOATS – SAILING 1 1 Person : International Optimist 2 Optimist Team Racing 3 1 Person International Laser Standard 4 Open 1 Person : Laser 4.7 5 Open 1 Person : International Laser Radial 6 2 Person: International 470 7 Hobie - 16


QATAR CLASSIC 2011 By Jorge Granda

This month brings a high-profile squash tournament to Doha, offering fans the opportunity to watch some of the world’s top professional squash players in action. QH gives you all the inside details on the Qatar Classic.


quash has gained a popular following in the past few years, especially in Qatar. There are many international squash tournaments taking place at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex every season. One of the key tournaments played every year is the Qatar Classic, which has emerged as one of the major tournaments in the circuit.

The Qatar Classic debuted in 2000, making it the second-oldest event on the tour after Hong Kong’s. The event attracts some of the best squash players in the world. The Qatar Classic is the backbone of the PSA and WISPA tour, said Alaaeldeen Allouba, technical expert at the Squash Federation. “Top world pros are competing year after year, as it offers the highest-ranking points to players,” Allouba said. “It’s a great event in terms of increasing the awareness by the local sports fans to the game of squash.” Thirty-two players from the Professional Squash Association (SAP) and 32 players 80


& RUNNER-UP FINAL SCORE QATAR CLASSIC MEN’S CHAMPIONS Nov 2010 Karim Darwish (EGY) Amr Shabana (EGY) 8-11,11-2,11-7,11-6 (54m) Nov 2009 Nick Matthew (ENG) Karim Darwish (EGY) 11-5, 12-10, 11-6 (51m) Oct 2008 Karim Darwish (EGY) Amr Shabana (EGY) 11-4, 11-5, 11-3 (27m) Nov 2007 Amr Shabana (EGY) Gregory Gaultier (FRA) 11-4, 8-11, 11-6, 11-5 (52m) Apr 2007 Ramy Ashour (EGY) David Palmer (AUS) 8-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-6 (66m) Nov 2005 James Willstrop (ENG) David Palmer (AUS) 11-1, 11-7, 11-7 (42m) Dec 2004 Thierry Lincou (FRA) Lee Beachill (ENG) 5-11, 11-2, 2-11, 12-10, 11-8 (83m)

Dec 2003 Lee Beachill (ENG) John White (SCO) 15-12, 15-5, 11-15, 12-15, 15-9 (94m) Nov 2002 Peter Nicol (ENG) David Palmer (AUS) 15-9, 13-15, 15-6, 13-15, 15-7 (92m) Oct 2001 Peter Nicol (ENG) David Palmer (AUS) 15-12, 15-5, 10-15, 12-15, 15-10 (98m)

QATAR CLASSIC WOMEN’S CHAMPIONS Nov 2010 Nicol David (MAS) Rachael Grinham (AUS) 11-5, 11-8, 11-9 (34m) Nov 2009 Jenny Duncalf (ENG) Rachael Grinham (AUS) 11-5, 11-3, 11-3 (23m) Oct 2008 Nicol David (MAS) Natalie Grinham (NED) 11-7, 11-3, 11-9 (29m) Nov 2007 Nicol David (MAS) Natalie Grainger (USA) 9-6, 9-4, 10-9 (43m) Apr 2007 Nicol David (MAS) Natalie Grinham (NED) 9-7, 2-9, 9-7, 9-2 (69m) Nov 2005 Vanessa Atkinson (NED) Vicky Botwright (ENG) 9-7, 9-4, 9-2 (34m) Dec 2004 Vanessa Atkinson (NED) Rachael Grinham (AUS) 9-4, 9-7, 9-6 (42m) Dec 2003 Natalie Grainger (USA) Carol Owens (NZL) 10-9, 9-7, 9-10, 9-4 (61m) Nov 2002 Sarah Fitz-Gerald (AUS) Natalie Grainger (USA) 10-8, 9-3, 7-9, 9-7 (86m) Oct 2001 Sarah Fitz-Gerald (AUS) Leilani Rorani (NZL) 9-0, 9-2, 9-1 (32m)


from the Women’s International Players Association (WISPA) will gather at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex to compete in the Qatar Classic 2011. The tournament features a 32-player main draw and a 32-player qualification tournament (male and female). Among the field of the world’s top players expected to compete are world number one player Nick Mathews, number two player Ramy Ashour and number four player James Willstrop (SAP), plus world number one player Nicole David and number three player Rachel Grinham (WISPA).




Qualification PSA - 32 players. Qualification WISPA - 32 players. Main Draw PSA 23 direct entry + one wild card + eight qualifiers. Main Draw WISPA 26 Direct entry + six qualifiers.

Men: PSA Super Series Platinum. Women: WISPA Gold.



PSA - 145k USD WISPA - 74k USD

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By Jorge Granda


Another new addition this year is the expansion of the racing season. The 2010-2011 had a total of 43 races meetings, meaning 10 meetings have been added to this year’s program. Out of the 43 meetings last season, two took place on the sand training track as an experiment to gauge the suitability for introducing a sand program the following season. The results were very successful and QREC decided that sand racing would be viable and could provide competitive racing on the existing The new season will encompass 53 race sand training track. The success of the meetings and will conclude on Thursday, May 17, 2012. In preparing for these 53 race experiment and the viability of using a sand meetings, numerous innovations have been track it’s what allowed the addition of more meetings for the 2011-2012 season. introduced to the race program and the QREC. One of the most interesting novelties In an attempt to provide a greater variety that will capture the attention of the fans to the racing program, an addition of new is the introduction of a sand track program, feature races will be also introduced, with 18 race meetings being conducted including the combination of the Race on sand. ome may feel that the past five months passed in a blink of an eye, but that probably wasn’t the case for the thousands of horse racing aficionados in Qatar who have been waiting intently for the new horse racing season to start. The good news is that the wait is finally over - QREC, the home of racing in Qatar, will open the 2011-2012 season on Thursday, Oct. 20.


The 2011-2012 season is scheduled to hold 343 races, with 228 on turf and 115 on sand. QREC is opening an indoor horse swimming pool and a second veterinary hospital. Horse walking areas have been upgraded to provide more comfort for the horses and greater safety, with increased padding.

Meetings of the International Racing Festival and H.H The Emirs Trophies & Sword to become a three-day carnival. Another difference from last season is the alteration to the format for programming races, resulting in an even division of Thoroughbred races and Arabian races. But not only the race track and program underwent a welcome change. The QREC completed the construction of the luxurious Members Clubhouse, which will open very soon after the interior décor and fitting is finalized. The new development will feature accommodation, restaurants, cinema, a convention center and sporting facilities.

Pictures provided by Doha Racing and Equestrian Club

After a five-month absence, the the Doha Racing and Equestrian Club (QREC) is gearing up to kick off the 2011-2012 racing season this month. QH gives you a glimpse of what’s ahead.



By Jorge Granda

After a summer break, the Losail International Circuit is back in action. This month, Losail will host track days for car racing aficionados in Qatar.


he Losail International Circuit, in cooperation with the Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation (QMMF), is organizing track days for the general public to get a sense of what it feels like to be a professional bike or car racing driver. The track days offer the opportunity to drive around the track where some of the world’s top championships have taken place, including the only MotoGP Night Race in the world.

During the track days, drivers can bring their own cars or bikes and drive on the Losail’s track, which is open to everyone. There is no need for drivers to register prior the day of the event; they can just come to the circuit, register on the spot and put their driving skills to the test. The only items drivers need to bring are their Qatari ID, driving license and vehicle registration. If the driver is borrowing a vehicle from a friend, then an authorization from the owner to be in possession of the car is required.

FE E S BIKES Day time  QR 200 Nighttime  QR 400 Club Card  QR 2,0 00 CARS Day time QR 300 Daytime Co-driver QR 300 Nighttime QR 500 Nighttime Co-driver QR 500 Club Card QR 3,0 00 Transponder QR 500 Cash deposit Transponder Holder QR 50



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LOSAIL INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT Located just outside Doha (on the way to Al-Khor, 15 minutes away from West Bay, North Relief Road), this colossal race track was built in less than a year. In 2004, Losail opened; the first event ever to take place at the track was the Marlboro Grand Prix, won by Sete Gibernau. The track is 5.380 kilometres in length, with a main straight of just over a kilometre at 1,068 meters.




6th Sail Qatar Tues 11th – Sat 15th: Doha Sailing Club. Watch some of the best sailors in

World Volleyball Club Championships

the world in action at the 6th Sail Qatar. The sailors will compete in a championship that encompasses seven classes. The event is organized by the Qatar Sailing & Rowing Federation, in cooperation with the Doha Sailing Club. For more information, visit

Sat 8th – Fri 14th: Aspire. All eyes are on the FIVB Club World Championships, as it comes back to Doha. The men’s championship will pit eight teams against each other in a competition for gold, while the women’s championship will have six different clubs vying for the top spot. For more information, visit

Qatar Classic 2011 Fri 14th – Fri 21st: Qatar Squash Federation. Check out the world’s top squash players at this international sporting event. Thirty-two players from the Professional Squash Association (SAP) and 32 players from the Women’s International Players Association (WISPA) will gather at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex to compete at the Qatar Classic 2011. For more information, visit


23rd QAFCO Open Tennis Championship Mon 3rd – Mon 17th: Various. The Qatar Fertiliser Company, in association with the Qatar Tennis Federation, is holding its 23rd annual sporting competition. There will be men’s and women’s events, as well as different competitions in different sections (Under-10, U-14 and U-18 for boys and U-10 and U-14 for girls). The locations for the championship are Khalifa International Tennis Complex, Al Maha and Al Banush Club in Mesaieed. For more information, call Trevor at 5562-5911 or 4477-1431.



Check out these must-have handsets from Starlink, plus a sneak peak at the toy every techie wants to get their hands on – the iPhone 5! HTC SENSATION


HTC has quickly established itself as one of the most popular mobile phone manufacturers and the Sensation is another example of how it has managed to do that. This multimedia super-phone includes an immersive HTC Sense experience, making this phone easy-to-use and a top entertainer. Watching movies has never been better with its stunning qHD display coupled with crystal clear HiFi audio technology. Not only does it look good with its 4.3” touch-screen and its contoured glass edging, but it’s practical too. This phone ticks all the boxes when it comes to offering the most sought-after technology, bringing an 8MP camera, 1080p video recording, a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm chipset and the super efficient Android 2.3.

Behold the Blackberry Bold 9900, Blackberry’s thinnest smartphone yet! This stunning highperformance handset combines a full QWERTY keyboard with a brilliant, high resolution touchscreen. It is powered by the BlackBerry 7 OS, now with Liquid Graphics. Users will also enjoy the enhanced BlackBerry Browser, voice-activated Universal Search, support for augmented reality and NFC, as well as additional premium personal and productivity apps out of the box. It has a lustrous exterior with a brushed stainless steel frame and a high-gloss glassweave back-plate.

NOKIA N9 In a bid to keep up with the likes of Apple, HTC and Blackberry, Nokia has launched a stylish all- screen phone that’s incredibly fast and simple to use. The swipe (long used by numerous other mobile manufacturers), is a fab feature which users will love. As well as social networking on the N9 being a real pleasure, the smartphone offers one of the fastest mobile browsers ever. It will also offer Maps, a comprehensive selection of maps for 90 countries. With that, plus the Drive app, in-car navigation has never been so easy. In addition, this phone also encompasses the fastest camera on any phone – from launch to focus to capture.


SAMSUNG GALAXY S2 The Galaxy S2 is a beautifully styled, powerful little handset that will really hold its own against some of its more established competitors. The phone, which is powered by a 1.2GHz dual core processor, features a crystal clear, highly responsive 4.3" Super Amoled touch-screen combined with an ultra-slim profile. The display has an ultrafast response time for smoother graphics and PC-like browsing, while the phone's Live Panel customizable software allows easy access for users to see personalized content, such as photos, music, video text messages, email, notes games and weather, all on the same screen. The 8 megapixel camera boasts an impressive number of image-enhancing capabilities such autofocus, LED flash, face and smile detection and touchconcentrate, which results in still images of stunningly high quality. The camera is also capable of shooting video footage in HD.

BLACKBERRY 9810 The original Torch proved to be an extremely popular handset in the local market and the Blackberry 9810, AKA the Blackberry Torch 2, looks set to be just as well-received. The BlackBerry Torch 9810 combines a 3.2” touchscreen with a full QWERTY keyboard. There's also an auto-focus 5-megapixel camera. The brand new Blackberry OS 7, featured on the 9810, has improved the web-browser enormously, making it faster and smoother while the much- improved touchscreen, with 640 x 480 resolution, makes watching videos much more enjoyable. In addition, with amazing speech-to-text translation, you can search for files, emails and contacts as well as search the web, all without typing a single thing. If you’re looking for a reliable and solid phone that does everything you need it to do and a bit more besides, then the Torch 9810 is a great choice. Perhaps most exciting of all is that the smartphone is one of the first to support the new cutting edge technology, augmented reality, which allows the information about the surrounding real world of the user to become interactive and digitally manipulable. Using the camera, augmented reality can find a restaurant, compare products and can even locate a fellow augmented reality smartphone user.

COMING SOON iPhone 5 Yes, it really is almost here! The rumour mill has been working overtime on the iPhone 5 and now, it seems we don’t have too much longer to wait before we can get our hands on one. We’re sure that Apple fans will love this new handset which promises to offer some amazing new cutting edge concepts and, if the rumours are to be believed, it will be slimmer, lighter and have a larger, higher resolution screen. Word is that it will also have faster processors and the highly-anticipated NFC. While Apple is still keeping this one close to its chest, there is no doubt that this will be the smartphone to have. We expect iPhone 5 to be available in Qatar towards the end of the month.


Designed specifically to make your move to Doha, or even your move to a new house, less stressful, Ya Hala! is a solution for anyone who wants to take the hassle out of getting themselves connected. A complete package that includes installation and setup of your landline, internet and satellite television services, plus mobile phone and SIM card, Ya Hala! can really take the stress and hassle out of being a new arrival in Doha, as well as out of moving house. So, for one less thing to worry about, call Starlink’s Ya Hala! team at 4428-3888.

With 85 premium channels showing a fantastic collection of brand new Western and Arabic entertainment, OSN brings you all the latest movies, television shows, lifestyle programs and major sporting events from around the world. This month’s highlight has to be the Rugby World Cup for which OSN is the official broadcaster. You can watch all 48 matches live and exclusive from New Zealand in stunning high definition. As for all you rugby widows, don’t panic because OSN shows all your favourite soaps, including Eastenders, Emmerdale and Coronation Street. In addition, OSN has just introduced six new channels to its Platinum Extra HD and Premier Plus HD packages! Customers signing up to these will enjoy a range of great viewing on Star Movies HD, Star World HD, National Geographic HD, National Geographic Adventure HD, ITV Granada and Crime & Investigation. New customers will receive a free HD DVR. Just give Starlink a call at 4428-3888 or visit their website at and they will arrange for their installation team to have OSN up and running in your home in no time.


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

Laughter Factory

Sun 9th – Mon 10th: 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 more than two hours of club standup, 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 includes a sponsor’s drink. For more information, call 4428-1555.


Thurs 6th: W Doha. Crystal presents DJ JOJO, all the way from Sky Bar in Beirut. For more information, call 4453-5135 or BBM: 26E78A27.

Sundays: La Cigale. Enjoy the best in music from across the globe mixed by DJ Roger Mon 31st: Sheraton Doha. Spend a spooky Choueiry. Rock out on the floor and dedicate Halloween at The Waterhole! Enjoy live your favourite songs to your special one at music from the Music Jam Band and DJ Madison Piano Bar. Ladies joining the DJ Cozzie. They’ll be playing hip hop, R&B, rock, night will enjoy one welcome drink on the reggae and international disco remixes house. No entrance fee and no minimum from 8:30 p.m. till 2:00 a.m. There will charge for members. Book your spot now! also be a costume contest, with prizes For more information, call 4428-8665 for best Halloween costume female and or 5518-8008. best Halloween costume male. The party starts at 7:00 p.m. and goes till 2:00 a.m. Cult Movie Night Ladies and couples enter for free. Entrance Sundays: W Doha. Chill out by the poolside for single males is QR 50, inclusive of with a drink and watch the best movies one standard drink. For more information, with complimentary popcorn. Screening contact 4485-4556. starts at 9:00 p.m. For more information, call 4453-5323 or BBM: 275987BC.

Halloween Disco Night

Halloween at Irish Harp

Mon 31st: Sheraton Doha. Enjoy a special Halloween night at the Irish Harp. Sip The Big Halloween special Halloween beverages, while Fri 28th: InterContinental Doha. A special enjoying snacks and appetizers. Dance Halloween Ladies Night with two dance along to the live band Chevala Duo from floors in the company of DJ Shadi, Suzee X 7:00 p.m. till 10:00 p.m., followed by a DJ. and Paul Mendez. Unlimited free drinks for Prizes will be awarded for best female and ladies from 10:00 p.m. until late and prizes for the best costumes. For more information, best male Halloween costumes. For more information, contact 4485-4556. call 4484-4444 or 4484-4936.

Halloween Night Party at Latino

Mon 31st: Sheraton Doha. Latino is celebrating The Halloween Night Party on Oct. 31. Enjoy a special offer of drinks and snacks, plus a contest for the best costume. The winner will be entitled to a complimentary Churrasco dinner for two people at Latino. A live band will perform from 8:00 p.m. onwards. For more information, contact 4485-4556.


DJ Night with DJ Roger Choueiry

Quiz Night

Mon 31st: 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., free of charge. For more information, call 4428-1555.

Happy Hours

Sundays to Wednesdays: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Enjoy “buy one, get one” standard pouring brands while you sit back, relax and enjoy the serene surroundings of Admiral’s Club and Habanos. Admiral’s Club schedule: 5:00 p.m. till 7:00 p.m.; Habanos schedule: 6:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. For more information, call 4484-8000.

Rock Star!

Mondays: InterContinental Doha. Ever wanted to be a rock star? Well, now you can, as you join resident band Big Mouth on stage to perform the songs of your choice. Free drinks for everyone who participates and prizes for the weekly and monthly winners, to be chosen by the band! For more information, call 4484-4444 or 4484-4936.

QH REMIN DER You must be 21 or over to e nter all nightclubs. Don't forget to bring your id entification card or pass port.

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 Lounge 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

Ladies Night

Mondays: Sheraton Doha. Buy one drink and get the second for free. Ladies night takes place every Monday in Latino from 6:00 p.m. till 2:00 a.m. For more information, contact 4485-4556.

Afterwork Acoustic with Stephen Burke

Mondays: InterContinental Doha. Sit back and relax to sweet tunes as Steve Burke from Big Mouth plays an acoustic set for Happy Hour from 7:00 p.m till 9:00 p.m. For more information, call 4484-4444.

Sushi and Martini Night

Mondays: W Doha. Join Crystal Champagne Lounge for a special sushi and martini evening with Lisa on the piano live performing the best classic and romantic songs and more! Sip one martini and the second is on the house. For more information, call 4453-5135 or BBM 26E78A27.

Chadi El Basha, the New One-Man-Show

Monday to Saturdays: La Cigale. Experience and enjoy live Arabic music in the Madison Piano Bar, decked out in vibrant colours of furnishings with features an eclectic mix of chic and elegance. Savour a wide range of finger food, sushi and sashimi and cigars, complemented by a selection of fine beverages. Entertainment starts at 10:00 p.m. No entrance fee and no minimum charge on weekdays! For more information, call 4428-8665 or 5518-8008.

Las Vegas Mashups with Paul Mendez

Tuesdays: InterContinental Doha. Paul Mendez presents his unique mashup sounds at Lava with free drinks for ladies from 8:00 p.m. till late. For more information, call 4484-4444.



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

Party Tuesday

Ya Habibi

Wednesdays: Doha Marriott. Wednesdays are reserved 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

Big Night Out

Wednesdays: InterContinental Doha. Officially the biggest Ladies Night in Doha now has two rooms playing all your favourite tunes and genres! Big Mouth will kick off the night in Paloma by playing the best live music in town from 9:00 p.m. DJ Shadi will continue in Paloma playing the best of commercial house, R&B and hip hop. World-class international DJ Paul Mendez Marvelous Cocktails will be in Lava from 10:00 p.m. playing Tuesdays: W Doha. Sip one cocktail his own unique style of house music. The and the second is on the house from the centre door will be open, allowing you to marvelous cocktail list. For more information, pass between the two rooms as you wish. call 4453-5323 or BBM 275987BC. Unlimited free drinks for ladies at the bar in Paloma from 10:00 pm until late. QR 80 Champions League Football entrance for men. Ladies enter free of Tuesdays and Wednesdays: charge! Membership required. For more InterContinental Doha. Catch the games information, call 4484-4444 or 4484-4936. live on huge screens while enjoying special beverages. For more information, DJ Mark Bambach @ Rocca call 4484-4444. Wednesdays: Grand Hyatt Doha. Immerse yourself in beautiful vocal house music Chill out with Lisa in plush European-styled surroundings Tuesdays to Thursdays: W Doha. from 9:00 p.m. till 2:00 a.m. Two-for-one Celebrate the week in style at Crystal house cocktails until 11:00 p.m. For more Champagne Lounge as Lisa performs information, call 7719-2974. the best classic and romantic songs. Come and mingle with the stylish and Kiss N’ Fly chic with cocktails and light bites. Wednesdays: W Doha. What's that For more information, call 4453-5135 or tingling sensation on your tongue? It's BBM 26E78A27. Ladies Night at Crystal, where and all ladies get three complimentary drinks from Rendez-Vous 10:00 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.! Check-in at Wednesdays: La Maison Du Caviar. Crystal for a special flight with the resident Unwind with colleagues and clients whilst DJ. From 10:30 p.m. till 2:30 a.m. Ladies get tasting a selection of beautifully made two complimentary drinks from 9:30 p.m. canapés with great entertainment from till 12:00 a.m. For more information, the live DJ. From 7:00 p.m. till 9:00 p.m. call 4453-5135 or BBM 26E78A27. For more information, call 4453-5303. 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


Brahms & Co.

Wednesdays to Fridays: W Doha. Resident Dj's Brahms & Co brings a fusion of house music to take you on a musical journey with an entirely new vibe. Until Oct. 8th. For more information, call 4453-5323 or BBM: 275987BC.

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

DJ Master J

Thursdays: La Cigale. Welcome the weekend with the hottest party in town with DJ Jared McCulloch at 7. No entrance fee is required and no minimum charge for ladies! For more information, call 4428-8665 or 5518-8008.

Past, Present and Future

Thursdays: InterContinental Doha. DJ Paul Mendez takes you on a musical journey through decades of dance floor classics mixed with the latest club tunes. For more information, call 4484-4444.

Mirror Ball Classics @ Rocca

Thursdays: Grand Hyatt Doha. Classic house, soul and disco stylishly mixed by DJ Mark Bambach from 9:00 p.m. till 2:00 a.m. Two-for-one house cocktail till 11:00 p.m. For more information, call 7719-2974.

Pure Crystal

Thursdays: W Doha. Let the night take over, as international DJs play the best in eclectic house music. For more information, call 4453-5135 or BBM 26E78A27.

Friday Night Fever: Master J vs Roger Choueiry

Fridays: La Cigale. 7 presents a special DJ night. Talented DJs Master J and Roger Choueiry will make sure you have an unforgettable night. No entrance fee is required and no minimum charge for ladies! For more information, call 4428-8665 or 5518-8008.

Pure House

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

Ladies Night @ Rocca

Fridays: Grand Hyatt Doha. Beautiful vocal house music by female pop stars only, mixed by resident DJ Mark Bambach from 9:00 p.m. till 2:00 a.m. Ladies drink two-forone on everything all night long. For more information, call 7719-2974.

Carnival Party

Fridays: W Doha. Enjoy a carnival party at Crystal with the DJ’s special twist, elaborate tunes mixed with a sprinkling of Crystal magic. From 10:00 p.m. till 3:00 a.m. For more information, call 4453-5135 or BBM 26E78A27.

Cinema Under the Stars

Saturdays: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Enjoy the balmy evenings of October whilst relaxing in the lush gardens of Lagoon Terrace, and watching all-time classic movies. Starts at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 4484-8000.

Bollywood meets Hollywood Saturdays: Doha Marriott. Enjoy current and classic Bollywood hits mixed with a touch of house, R&B and memorable pop music expertly mixed by top Indian DJs. For more information, call 4429-8444 after 6:00 p.m. or email

Latin Ladies Night

Saturdays: InterContinental Doha. Latin passion on the dance floor with DJ Mido playing the latest salsa tunes mixed with R&B and House with a free entrance drink for ladies. For more information, call 4484-4444 or 4484-4936.


Saturdays: W Doha. Pure Arabian magic! The Lebanese one-man show, Fadi Khoury, will be performing all the latest Arabic tunes. For more information, call 4453-5135 or BBM 26E78A27.

English Premier League Football

Saturdays and 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.

Phil and the 101 Jazz Band

Saturdays to Thursdays: Oryx Rotana. The Jazz Club is glad to announce the great comeback of your favourite performer and drummer, the charming “Phil” and his allnew 101 Jazz Band. Join them every night, enjoy the sounds of passion and emotion and drift away with the sensational voice of the band’s new vocalist at the one and only jazz club in Doha. For more information, call 4402-3333.

Happy Hours 2.4.1 at JW's

Daily: Doha Marriott. The Bar at the JW's Steakhouse opens its door at 5:00 p.m. every day, allowing you to unwind the chic and elegant surroundings. From 5:00 p.m. till 7:00 p.m. For more information, reservations, and dining voucher requests, call 4429-8499 or email

Doha’s New Hot Spot

Daily: The West End, Renaissance Doha City Center. Where better to enjoy a good meal, ice-cold drinks and the ‘big game’ than at Champions – Doha’s authentic sports scene. Open from 6:00 p.m. till 2:00 a.m. from Saturdays to Wednesdays and until 3:00 a.m. on Thursdays and Fridays. For more information, call 4419-6100 or visit

Happy Hour at the Jazz Club

Daily: Oryx Rotana. There is nothing better than Happy Hour at the Jazz Club after a full day! Now you can bring your friends and family and make sure your night starts in style! From 7:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. Thirty per cent off on selected beverages. For more information, call 4402-3333.

Happy Hour at Latino

Daily: Sheraton Doha. Enjoy South America's most delicious drinks in Latino, with a 30 per cent discount for Happy Hour! From 6:00 p.m. till 2:00 a.m. For more information, contact 4485-4556.

DJ Gill Morad at Sky View

Daily: La Cigale. Enjoy a lovely night out under the stars at the rooftop bar, Sky View. Dine under the stunning Doha's skyline with the hotel’s scrumptious hors d'oeuvres, mouth-watering desserts and the wide range of cocktails, while listening to the best songs mixed DJ Gill Morad, 6:00 p.m. till 3:00 a.m. No entrance fee and no minimum charge on weekdays. Members only. For enquiries or reservations, call 4428-8204.



Sajjil: A Century of Modern Art

Dec 30th – Oct 1st: 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

Brahms’ Violin Concerto

Sat 1st: Opera House, Katara Cultural Village. Hear the Philharmonic’s new concertmaster perform his solo debut with the orchestra. Conducted by Michalis Economou. Guest Artist Eugen Bold on violin. Pieces by Abdel-Rahim, Brahms and Bartók. 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, visit email

In Conversation Series

Tues 4th, 11th, 18th: Mathaf. Get up close and personal with artists as they discuss different topics of art in Qatar. Topics this month: “On Art Education in Qatar,” “On Perceptions of Artists in Qatar” and “On Artists’ Impact on the City.” Starts at 6:00 p.m. To RSVP, email

Artist Encounters Workshop with Abdulrahman al-Mutawah

Chamber Music: Brahms’ Sextet

Wed 12th: Opera House, Katara Cultural Village. Have an evening of splendid music. Guest Artists: Pavlo Dovhan and Sarma Skarbiniki on violin, Edita Fabek and Ines Wein on viola and Haralf Georgie and Lukas Rauflaub on cello. Pieces by Schulhoff and Brahms. 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, visit email

Arts & Architecture of the Islamic World Lecture Series

Wed 12th: VCUQatar Atrium. VCUQatar’s lectures in the Arts and Architecture of the Islamic World comprise current scholarly research from the beginning of Islamic civilization to the present. They provide an open academic forum of cultural discourse and exchange to the general public as well as specialists in art, design and the liberal arts and sciences. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 4402-0555 or visit

Mathaf Voices: Exhibition Tours

Saturdays: Mathaf. Join the Mathaf Voices interns for special tours of the exhibitions, held in English and Arabic at 12:00 p.m. with Mazin and 4:00 p.m. with Maryam. For more information, email

Sun 9th, 16th, Tues 18th, Wed 12th, 19th, Thurs 13th, 20th: Mathaf. Witnessing the fast growth of Visual & Studio Arts Qatar, Abdulrahman al-Mutawah encourages students Daily: International Academy for Intercultural to look at modern day Qatar while reflecting on the past. Development. The Visual and Studio Arts program is In this three-day workshop for adults, al-Mutawah will a progressive course from Beginners, Advance, Fine guide students to draw on their interpretations of Doha. Arts 1 and 2 that covers colour theory, art styles, Whether depicted from a photo or memory, students drawing and painting techniques, shapes and figures, will learn drawing and painting techniques to create a visual art perception, portraits with the use of various unique, personal view of the city. For more information, art mediums. For more information, call 4432-0974 email or 6671-0589 or email


FOOD LISTINGS Kashmiri Food Festival

Mon 10th – Sat 29th: Doha Marriott. Kashmiri cuisine is famous for its gracious use of spices like cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and saffron, which give special taste and aroma to the food of this of this Indian region. Kashmiri rice forms an important part of the traditional food, striking a balance with the spicy Kashmiri dishes. Chef Marcel will take you on a unique dining experience and tantalize your taste buds. For more information, reservations, and dining voucher requests, call 4429-8499 or email

Monthly Vino Club Meeting

Turkish Food Festival

Mon 3rd: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Enjoy a variety of cheese and canapés in conjunction with exclusive vino, provided by QDC. Open to members of the vino club only. New members are welcome. QR 3,000 for couples and QR 1,650 for singles. From 7:00 p.m. till 9:00 p.m. For more information, call 4484-8000.

Mon 17th – Sat 29th: Doha Marriott. Join a tasteful journey through the beautiful country of Turkey and indulge in its specialties. The culinary team is creating a lavish buffet of Turkish delights full of flavours in pure tradition for you. For more information, reservations, and dining voucher requests, call 4429-8499 or email

Caribbean Night

Art of Cocktail Making Class

Tues 4th: InterContinental Doha. Come and join a night of Caribbean delights, ambiance and music! They will welcome you with a refreshing signature drink and usher you to your Caribbean inspired table by the seashore. Your experience will be heightened by the inviting music of the Panash steel band and the exotic culinary offerings of the Caribbean. Your taste buds will surely experience a one-of-a-kind frenzy, as they indulge in the vibrant fusion of flavours brought about by the mix in cultures from this region. The special rate of QR 275 per person includes one serving of a Caribbean cocktail and buffet with live cooking stations. For reservations, call 4484-4444.

Chocoholic’s Wonderland

Fri 7th: W Doha. Eat as many homemade chocolate sweets and as much chocolate from the mouthwatering chocolate fountain as you can. Adults: QR 100; Children from five to 11 years old: QR 7. First seating is from 12:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. Second seating is from 3:30 p.m. till 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 4453-5135. 96

Fri 21st: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Join the Habanos’ team and learn how to make flavoured martinis. QR 225 per person. From 4:00 p.m. till 6:00 p.m. For more information, call 4484-8000.

Diwali Festival

Wed 26th: Oryx Rotana. Come savour the magic of Indian cuisine on the first day of the Diwali Festival, with a wide variety of live cooking stations. QR 185 per person, excluding beverages, or QR 260 per person, including beverages. For more information, call 4402-3333.

Valrhona Chocolate Dinner

Wed 26th: Ramada Plaza. Come and enjoy an evening dedicated to chocolate! Bentley's top team of chefs will be joined by the Valrhona chef from France to create a five-course menu that incorporates the exquisite tastes and blends of Valrhona chocolate. Each course is accompanied by a glass of wine or champagne chosen to enhance the flavours of the chefs chosen ingredients. For more information and reservations, call 4428-1555.

Bubbles on Two Chocolate Buffet

Thurs 27th: Ramada Plaza. Enjoy the flavours of Valrhona, as the hotel offers a dedicated chocolate buffet. Choose any of the specialty drinks from the menu and enjoy the tastes of the chocolate buffet complimentary between 6:00 p.m. till 9:00 p.m. For more information, call 4428-1555.

Swing Sundays

Sundays: W Doha. Swing Sundays in Spice Market is an opportunity to sip a cocktail or have a full meal to a backdrop of classic Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole numbers from the 1930s and beyond, delivered by the talented and incomparable pianist and vocalist, Lisa Lofthouse. From 8:00 p.m. till 11:00 a.m. For more information, call 4453-5135.

Tex Mex BBQ by the Pool

Sundays: Oryx Rotana. Add “al fresco” and “by the pool” and you know that Sunday nights will never be the same again. Come down by the pool this autumn and meet friends, old and new. QR 195 per person, inclusive of three selected house beverages. From 7:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information, call 4402-3333.

Grill Night

Sundays: W Doha. Steak connoisseurs and red-meat lovers converge upon W Doha’s Market by Jean-Georges to savour their prize cuts of tender meat, along with seafood every Sunday night. Char-grilled or seared, rare or well done, have it your way with your choice of sauce and side dish. From 6:00 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. For more information, call 4453-5135.

Mykonos Business Lunch

Sundays to Thursdays: InterContinental Doha. Mykonos restaurant just got more delicious and quicker to enjoy. Greek Chef Kostas introduces the new express business 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 indoor cozy lounge area. From 12:00 p.m. till 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 4484-4096 or 4484-4444.

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Italian Night

Mondays: Mövenpick Hotel Doha. Savour the delicacies of the Italian cuisine, choosing from a wide array of antipasti, live pasta station, pizzas and Italian cheese. Get a feel of “La Dolce Vita” for QR 195 per person. From 6:30 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information, call 4429-1111.

Asian Night

Mondays: Oryx Rotana. Take a culinary journey around Asia as Choices restaurant. Expert Thai, Indonesian and Philippine chefs prepare an exquisite buffet of authentic Far Eastern cuisine for QR 185 per person, including unlimited juices and soft drinks, or QR 260 per person, including unlimited selected house beverages. For more information, call 4402-3333.

Meat the Grills

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

International Buffet

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

Tapas Galore

Tuesdays: Oryx Rotana. For tapas lovers - this unlimited night is for you to indulge in. Enjoy a selection of tantalizing tapas with three glasses of vino for only QR 220 per person. For more information, call 4402-3333.


Pasta Night at La Veranda

Wednesdays: Sheraton Doha. Enjoy the authentic Italian restaurant La Veranda, serving an pasta buffet, including live pasta stations, a main course buffet and a dessert buffet. QR 180. For more information, contact 4485-4556.

1001 Arabian Nights

Chef’s Table.

Tuesdays: Sheraton Doha. Enjoy an after-office hours chefs table at Latino. This special night includes a selection of food made by a chef, prepared a la minute. QR 99, with a 50 per cent discount on drinks. From 6:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. For more information, contact 4485-4556.

Swiss Night

Tuesdays: Mövenpick Hotel Doha. Traditional fondue and raclette made with authentic Swiss cheese blended with a variety of tastes and flavours complement a great dining experience – Swiss made for QR 195 per person. From 6:30 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information, call 4429-1111.

Latin Cooking Class

Tuesdays: Sheraton Doha. Learn how to cook Latino food during Latino’s monthly cooking classes with Chef Fernando. QR 199 per person, including food and soft drinks. From 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Minimum of six people per class. For more information, contact 4485-4556.

Steak Nights

Tuesdays: Oryx Rotana. Choose your meat cuts and size and enjoy all the meat you can! QR 195 per person with soft drinks and juices and QR 270 per person with selected house beverages. For more information, call 4402-3333.


Chopsticks Business Lunch

Tuesdays to Sundays: Wyndham Grand Regency Doha. Business Lunch at Chopsticks offers the ideal solution for busy professionals: a variety of distinctive modern Asian Food presented in an exceptional three-course menu. Daily changing set menu, served in only 59 minutes for QR 59. Otherwise, you get it for free! From 12:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. For more information, call 4434-3203 or 4434-3333 or email

Indian Flavours

Wednesdays: Oryx Rotana. Savour an aromatic feast and indulge your senses with authentic Indian flavours for QR 185 per person including unlimited juices and soft drinks or QR 260 person including unlimited selected house beverages. From 7:00 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. For more information and bookings, call 4402-3333.

Fernando's Churrasco Night

Wednesdays: Sheraton Doha. For the meat lovers, come try Chef Feranando’s Churrasco Night. Enjoy a variety of delicious items, including a golden and crunchy piece of chicken, a well-marinated and tasty short rib, and the best South American Picanha, juicy and tender, rubbed with butter, thyme and black pepper while the chefs grill it in a spiedo grill. QR 220. From 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. For more information, contact 4485-4556.

Wednesdays: Doha Marriott. Every week, Doha Marriott brings back the real Arabic Taste and the rich flavours of this culinary tradition. Take a break and indulge in a lavish Oriental buffet and live cooking stations at the Corniche Restaurant. The 1001 Arabian Night is the promise of a truly real experience and of an impressively opulent feast. From 7:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information, reservations, and dining voucher requests, call 4429-8499 or email

Asian Night

Wednesdays: Mövenpick Hotel Doha. Take a culinary tour of Asia and discover mouth-watering Peking duck, Mongolian barbeque, Japanese sushi and Indian curry for QR 140 per person. From 6:30 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information, call 4429-1111.

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.

Cheese Night

Wednesdays: Oryx Rotana. Your passion for fondues and a wide variety of cheese base dishes delicacies will be satisfied! With an a la carte menu, enjoy this unique experience with an inviting atmosphere at The Cellar. For more information and bookings, call 4402-3333.

Gourmet Route

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, reservations, and dining voucher requests, call 4429-8499 or email

Seafood Night

Thursdays: Mรถvenpick Hotel Doha. A sumptuous buffet with a spectacular spread of tasty seafood bites bringing together Asian and Mediterranean combinations for a colourful collection of delicious food. Experience a truly memorable dining experience for QR 195 per person. For more information, call 4429-1111.

Seafood Delight

Thursdays: Oryx Rotana. Experience the bounty of the sea at Choices, the most contemporary restaurant in town, with its fantastic pool view and open kitchens. From lobster, prawns and shrimps to freshly shucked oyster on the half shell, enjoy unlimited seafood offerings for just QR 210 per person, including unlimited juices and soft drinks, or QR 285, including unlimited selected house beverages. Shisha is available on the pool terrace too. For more information, call 4402-3333.

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Friday Family Brunch

D’Chopstix Friday Brunch

Fridays: Holiday Villa Doha. Start your weekend with a scrumptious Friday Brunch at D'Chopstix. Enjoy the splendid spread with array of Chinese and Japanese delicacies serving steamed or fried dumplings, spring rolls, steamed buns and sushi served with free flow of Chinese tea. QR 130 per person. From 11:30 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. For more information, call 4408-4888 or 4408-4210.

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.

Steak Night

Fridays: Mövenpick Hotel Doha. Conclude the weekend with the best steak in town - choose your favourite cuts from the display of prime quality meats and fish and have them cooked to perfection. QR 230 per person. For more information, call 4429-1111.

Lagoon Friday Family Brunch

Fridays: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Unwind with friends and family at The Lagoon Restaurant and indulge in a luxurious buffet, live musical performances and a lively yet relaxed atmosphere. Complimentary RitzKids Corner available for children aged four to 12 years old. QR 220 per person, QR 295 with bubbly and QR 110 for children from six to 12 years old. For more information, call 4484-8000.


Friday Brunch at the Arabica Terrace Tent

Fridays: Four Seasons Doha. Book your favourite table at the renowned Arabica Terrace Tent and enjoy a feast of delectable dishes prepared to perfection. From 12:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. For more information, call 4494-8888.

Hyde Park Brunch

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


Fridays: Oryx Rotana. Savour flavours coming all the way from the Europe. Every Friday drop by The Cellar for a traditional Stammtisch with unlimited special beverages. Experience Swiss, German, Italian, French and Austrian dishes for your ultimate European journey. QR 220 per person. From 12:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. For more information, call 4402-3333.

Grand Weekends

Fridays: Grand Hyatt Doha. Perfect for families to enjoy a lavish buffet featuring the freshest ingredients prepared at live cooking stations at The Grill. At Isaan, the Thai restaurant, open show kitchens are set in a captivating scene with authentic steam, along with grill and wok preparations served at an “all-you-can-eat” lunch. From 12:30 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. Prices are QR 250 with soft drinks and QR 395 with unlimited selected house beverages. For more information call The Grill at 4448-1240 and Isaan at 4448-1250.

Fridays: Mövenpick Hotel Doha. Experience the all-new brunch, showcasing an array of innovative culinary delights. The little one have their own play kingdom with live entertainment, a bouncy castle, games and even a kiddy-sized buffet. QR 215 per person and special discounts for the kids. For more information and reservations, call 4429-1111.

Market Brunch

Fridays: W Doha. Watch fresh, local products and ingredients come together splendidly in the Mediterranean inspired show kitchen, where global gastronomy has found its home. The brunch serves international and Mediterranean cuisine. From 12:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. QR 320 per person. For more information, call 4453-5135.

Jazzy Friday Brunch

Fridays: Oryx Rotana. No one does it better! The brunch offers wide variety of food and beverages with live jazz music. QR 210 per person, including unlimited juices and soft drinks, or QR 285 per person, including unlimited selected house beverages. From 12:30 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. For more information, call 4402-3333.

Street Food Brunch

Fridays: W Doha. Asian street food meets slick city chic at the new weekly Spice Market Brunch, with a backdrop of sophisticated lounge sounds courtesy of a rotating line of top class European DJs. QR 320 per person including drinks; QR 280 per person without. From 12:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. For more information, call 4453-5135

Seafood BBQ Buffet

Fridays: InterContinental Doha. Enjoy grilled fish and seafood by the beachfront 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.

Far Eastern Buffet

Fridays: Wyndham Grand Regency. Chopsticks restaurant is serving a delightful lunch buffet of Chinese, Japanese and Thai food. QR 129 for adults and QR 65 for children ages six to 12. For more information, call 4434-3203 or 4434-3333 or email

The Doha Marriott Brunch

Fridays and Saturdays: Doha Marriott. Enjoy a lavish weekend brunch and spoil your taste buds. An array of cuisines is offered featuring Asia Live!, Corniche, All’ Aperto, Taj Rasoi and Salsa. Indulge in specialties freshly prepared in front of you and maybe even have a glass of bubbly. Your kids will also enjoy their buffet at the kid’s club. From 12:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. For more information, reservations, and dining voucher requests, call 4429-8499 or email

Weekend Family Brunch

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 are free. For more information, call 4496-6600.

Treasures from the Deep

Fridays to Tuesdays: Doha Marriott. Tempt your appetite with a delectable seafood buffet at the Corniche, Mediterranean restaurant. It is one of Doha Marriott’s highlights for all seafood lovers. They feature a wide variety of local and imported seafood prepared according to contemporary and traditional recipes. From 7:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information, reservations, and dining voucher requests, call 4429-8499 or email


Moules Frites

Saturdays and Sundays: La Maison Du Caviar. Enjoy freshly prepared moules frites directly from the kitchen by Chef Remy. Available for lunch and dinner. QR 99 per person. For more information, call 4453-5303.


Saturdays and Sundays: La Maison Du Caviar. Lovers of seafood will relish the experience. A freshly prepared oyster in a relaxed atmosphere is the perfect treat for your weekend getaway. QR 99 per person. For more information, call call 4453-5303.

Express Lunch at Market Oriental Family Buffet

Saturdays: Oryx Rotana. There is no better way than relaxing with the family over an informal brunch at Choices restaurant, where you can savour the new Oriental Family buffet with lavish delights! From 12:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. QR 175 per person (price includes food only). For more information, call 4402-3333.

Malaysian Hi Tea

Saturdays: Holiday Villa Doha. Savour the authentic cuisine inherited from a rich multicultured heritage. The chefs at Lagenda will stimulate your senses with exotic dishes like Ayam Goreng Berempah, Mee Mamak, Nasi Lemak and Roti Jala – a myriad of dishes comes together with infusion of Malay, Chinese and Indian dishes. From 12:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. For more information, call 4408-4888 or 4408-4210.

Sushi Night

Saturdays: W Doha. Add some flavour to the start of the week with Spice Market’s comprehensive sushi menu featuring assorted sushi, nigiri, maki and sashimi, prepared with the secret condiments of three-Michelin star chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and his expert team. From 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. QR 220 per person. For more information, call 4453-5135.


Sushi Night at the Jazz Club

Saturdays: Oryx Rotana. Come in, sit down and introduce your likes in an extensive “all you can eat” evening of authentic mouth watering sushi, sashimi and Japanese cuisine freshly prepared dishes by a master chef. Give in to your cravings and spoil yourself at the buffet table as you indulge in authentic Japanese delicacies. From 7:00 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. For more information, call 4402-3333.

Sushi Fiesta

Saturdays: Wyndham Grand Regency Doha. Immerse yourself in an electrical range of original and sensational sushi platters from the sushi bar at Chopsticks, the awardwinning best restaurant. Eat as much you can for QR 119 per person, including a glass of sparkling date juice. Saturdays from 6:30 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information, call 4434-3203 or 4434-3333 or email

Retail Night

Saturdays: Oryx Rotana. Enjoy your favourite drink simply at retail price. The all-new tapas menu and a wide selection of Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Chardonnay will make every Saturday night special. For more information, call 4402-3333.

Saturdays to Thursdays: W Doha. Choose your starter, main course and dessert and savour Chef Vongerichten’s signature dishes in only 30 minutes! The finest dining express lunch ever! From 12:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. QR 85 per person for a three-course menu. For more information, call 4453-5373 or 4453-5135.

Sip & Savour

Saturdays to Thursdays: W Doha. Sip one and the second is on the house, together with complimentary Spice Market snacks. From 5:30 p.m. till 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 4453-5363.

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. Prices start from QR 60. Book your meal in advance by calling 4428-8803 or 4428-8820.

Al Fresco Italian

Daily: Sealine Beach Resort. Enjoy Lagoon Ristorante where pasta is the birthright, pizza is the specialty and Italian cuisine is the heritage. It’s the ideal choice for a relaxed dinner under the stars or a tasty family meal on take away. For more information, call 4476-5257.

Lunch at Belgian Café

Daily: InterContinental Doha. Overlooking the Doha Skyline and Arabian Gulf, Belgian Café open its door for lunch everyday from 12:30 p.m. Enjoy an authentic and exquisite Belgian dishes from the a la carte menu along with a selection of cold cuts and cheese. Accompanied by a pint, 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 4484-4484 or 4484-4954.

PanAsian Delights!

Daily: West End, Renaissance Doha City Center. Crossroads Kitchen is alive with colourful sights, sounds and sensations. Open for all-day dining, from a la carte power breakfasts to the signature buffet. Choose from Asian, African and Middle Eastern foods, prepared in dynamic live cooking theatres. From 6:30 a.m. till 11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information, call 4419-6100 or visit

Italian Fine Dining

Daily: Four Seasons Doha. Literally footsteps away from the water’s edge, with its own outdoor terrace overlooking the Arabian Gulf, it offers guests a gastronomic journey with sublime authentic Italian cuisine created by Chef Matteo Arvonio and his brigade of Italian chefs. Chef Matteo offers his diners an eclectic presentation of refined regional Italian cuisine with a contemporary twist. Chef Matteo’s transcendent, yet simple, approach to contemporary Italian cooking is complemented by an excellent selection of Italian wines, tranquil ambience and beautiful interior. From 7:00 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. For more information, call 4494-8888.

At the Heart of Every Italian Home

Daily: West End, Renaissance Doha City Center. Cucina offers simple, honest authentic dishes. Only the finest regional ingredients sourced directly from Italy are used, so you can really taste the difference. From 12:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. For more information, call 4419-6100 or visit


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

Business Lunch Formula

Daily: La Cigale. Le Central welcomes you and your corporate associates for a closed business deal with its specialty Business Set Menu. It will take only 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.

Espada Combos

Daily: Doha Marriott. It’s time to celebrate the lively Mexican heritage and feel the spirit of walking in the streets of Mexico. Join the Salsa team for a real Mexican Fiesta, enjoy the espada combos made by the specialty chefs and live entertainment from the famous Salsa band. For more information, reservations, and dining voucher requests, call 4429-8499 or email

Di Capri Specials Menu

Daily: La Cigale. The menu features a variety of signature dishes, including fresh traditional pastas, classic and mixed risottos, fish and meat opulent platters, complemented by an extensive beverage menu, not to mention the “Dolce E Gelato” desserts section. From 12:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. and from 7:00 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. For more information, call 4428-8840.

Traditional High Tea

Daily: Oryx Rotana. Your afternoons will not be the same this month! During the whole month of October, you can have a traditional English high tea experience with delicious sandwiches and assorted sweets. QR 55 per person or QR 90 for two people. For more information, call 4402-3333.


Grab & Go 24/7

Daily: West End, Renaissance Doha City Center. Breakfast, lunch or dinner, you can take your pick at Quick Bites, which is open 24 hours. There’s something to satisfy every palate, from the coffee culture to freshly baked pizzas and the mouth-watering homemade ice-cream counter. Everything is available to grab and go, so you can enjoy a satisfying snack on the move. For more information, call 4419-6100 or visit

Shisha @ the Shisha Terrace Daily: Doha Marriott. Relax and chill out with a great selection of oriental shishas and refreshing beverages. From 4:00 p.m. till 12:00 a.m. For more information, reservations, and dining voucher requests, call 4429-8499 or email

Oriental Business Lunch

Daily: Oryx Rotana. Impress business associates and colleagues with this unforgettable, attractive al fresco dining experience. With an unlimited Oriental mixed grill and dessert of the day too, there’s simply more reason for an extended lunch. QR 95 per person, excluding beverages. For more information, call 4402-3333.

Wok Mee Business Lunch

Daily: Mövenpick 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.

The Cellar Business Lunch

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

Seafood Market at Le Central

Daily: La Cigale. Le Central Fishmarket offers a wide selection of seafood items, such as daurade, sultan, keefra, king prawns, lobster and so much more! Guests may select their preferred whole fish to be cooked directly their own way. From 12:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. For more information, call 4428-8772.

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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.

Afternoon Tea

Daily: Four Seasons Doha. With an air of an elegant drawing room, Seasons T Lounge welcomes you with its deep cushioned sofas and cozy nooks and a menu that invites you to linger. From 8:00 a.m. till 12:00 a.m. For more information, call 4494-8888.

Market Tasting Menu

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

Italian Feast

Daily: Sheraton Doha. Enjoy authentic Italian food at La Veranda, including pasta and wood fire pizza. Relax, take in the sea view and listen to the beautiful music of the Italian guitar player. Open from 12:00 till 1:45 p.m. (last order) and 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (last order). For more information, call 4485-4556.

Wow Burger

Daily: Wyndham Grand Regency. Come and indulge with best burger in the country served with a variety of accompaniments. Served in Al Kut Café from 11:30 a.m. till 10:30 p.m. QR 98 per person. For more information, call 4434-3203 or 4434-3333 or email


Sun 2nd: Holiday Villa Doha. Get all your questions or doubts about gardening in Qatar answered! This month’s program: Welcome Back! The group meets from 9:30 a.m. till 12:00 p.m., with registration at 9:30 a.m. Registration fee is QR 120. Membership fee is QR 45; for guests, it’s QR 65. For more information, visit or email to or

Book Swap

Mon 3rd, 17th, 31st: Starbucks, Landmark Mall. Experience a swap of books, mags, and stories from 9:00 a.m. till 11:00 a.m. Enjoy a coffee, chat and pick up a new book! If you have a passion for reading, or just like to browse through a magazine all you need to do is bring a book or magazine to swap. For more information, visit or email

Qatar Natural History Group Opening Meeting

Wed 5th: Doha English Speaking School. The QNHG is going to have its opening meeting for the 2011-2012 season. Professor Phillip Waston, Program Head, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Qatar University, will give a presentation on forensic entomology. Starts at 7:00 p.m. For more information and the map, visit

Breastfeeding Support Group

Thurs 6th: Al Sadd. Join in for a chat and receive some support for nursing your baby. Some find it tough, others find it easy ... it’s nice to meet other moms who are doing the same. Babies and their siblings of any age are welcome. Starts at 9:30 a.m. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit or email


Open House for IAID’s Music Department

Fri 14th: International Academy for Intercultural Development. Check out the different music courses such as acoustic and classical guitar, electronic keyboard, piano and western vocals that you or your child can take. Take a free skills test and get ready to start learning and playing the tunes you love. From 5:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. For more information, contact 4432-0974 or 6671-0589 or email

Open House for IAID’s Dance and Fitness Department

Fri 21st: International Academy for Intercultural Development. It’s time to get into shape and achieve total wellbeing through dance and fitness. Take your pick from energetic courses, such as aerobics, zumba, ballroom dance, Indian classical dance, Indian folk dance, yoga and karate. These courses are for all ages. Join the open house, take a free skills test and be on your way to wellness. From 5:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. For more information, contact 4432-0974 or 6671-0589 or email

Mum’s Night Out

Tues 25th: Mövenpick Hotel Doha. Feel like a night out but, don’t know very many people in Doha? Want to go out with friends but don’t know where to go? Then join the Doha Mums from 7:30 p.m. onwards at the stylish Seasons restaurant. Moms will experience Swiss Night and enjoy traditional fare, such as the delicious Swiss Raclette with an array of fondue dishes. The Piano Bar is opened for pre or post enjoyment. RSVP is required. For more information, visit or email

Doha Mums Library

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

Needle Craft Group

Tuesdays: Azgawa Compound. Join in for some needlecraft - anything from quilting, to cross stitching to unfinished projects you need encouragement and nice company to finish. For more information, visit or email

New Arrivals Coffee

Tuesdays: Hyatt Plaza. Join the Doha Mums in welcoming prospective members to Doha at the Café de Chalet! It is located near the "middle entrance" of Hyatt Plaza, and at the far end of Kiddy Zone (the enclosed toy store "kiosk"). There is plenty of room for everyone, and kids are treated to free play on a bouncy castle courtesy of Kiddy Zone. From 10:00 a.m. onwards. Children are welcome and there’s no need to RSVP. For more information, visit or email

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. No kids please – not even babies! For more information, visit or email

Soccer Break for Dads

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

Expectant & New Moms Coffee

Thursdays: Various. Join other new moms and moms-to-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 or email


Sundays: InterContinental Doha. So you think you can dance? Then body groove is for you! Combining all types of dance styles, from hip-hop to Latin to house and even contemporary, this 60-minute cardio workout has something for everybody! Starts at 10:00 a.m. QR 30 for members and QR 40 for non-members. For more information, call 4484-4852 or email

Open Beginner Yoga Classes Sundays and Tuesdays: Yama Yoga Studios. Level 1 classes are suitable for anyone interested in beginning yoga but who still want to experience the challenge of a flow yoga class. Starts at 10:00 a.m. QR 60 per class. For more information, visit or email

Open Yoga Classes

Sundays to Tuesdays: Yama Yoga Studios. Experience level 2/3 classes, suitable for people who are looking for a physical challenge, as well as deep relaxation. Starts at 7:00 p.m. QR 60 per class. For more information, visit or email

Ashtanga 1

Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays: Yama Yoga Studios. Astanga 1 (Level 1/2) has been designed to introduce students to the Ashtanga practice. Sundays and Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. and Fridays at 10:00 a.m. For more information, visit or email


Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays: International Academy for Intercultural Development. Yoga relieves stress and meets to overall health and fitness. The course focuses on Hatha Yoga which paves the way to holistic yogic path including physical postures, purification procedures, poses, yogic breathing and meditation. For more information, call 4432-0974 or 6671-0589 or email


Sundays and Thursdays: InterContinental Doha. A hi-energy, martial arts calorie burner, Kickfit combines boxing, karate Muay Thai and Capoiera into a fun, yet challenging, total body workout. Using the shadow boxing format, this class is great for all levels of fitness wanting to burn fat and tone muscles quickly. Sundays at 5:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. QR 30 for members and QR 40 for non–members. For more information, call 4484-4852 or email

Step AO2

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

Dance Classes

Fridays to Saturdays: Yama Yoga Studios. Learn a new style and get into the groove. Egyptian Cane Dance on Fridays at 11:30 a.m. and Break Dance on Saturdays at 6:00 p.m. QR 60 per class. For more information, visit or email

Prenatal Yoga

Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays: Yama Yoga Studios. Prenatal Yoga classes help women experience more comfortable and mindful pregnancies. Mondays at 11:15 a.m., Wednesdays at 4:45 p.m. and Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. QR 60 per class. For more information, visit or email


Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays: InterContinental Doha. The spinning program is the original and most popular group cycling class. There's 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 9:00 a.m. QR 25 for members and QR 35 for non-members. For more information, call 4484-4852 or email

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 and good base of strength and tone, you need to concentrate and focus on core strength and stability. The instructor 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 30 for non-members. For more information, call 4484-4852 or email



Ballroom Dancing

Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays: International Academy for Intercultural Development. Ballroom Dancing, a refreshing dance choice, takes participants through a set of partner dances enjoyed at social occasions. Get into the rhythm of swing, salsa, jive, tango, rhumba, cha cha and samba, while reaping the benefits of health and fitness. For more information, call 4432-0974 or 6671-0589 or email

Salsa Intro Classes

Tuesdays: Ramada Plaza. Learn the basics of one of the hottest dances! Starts at 8:00 p.m. For more information, call 5504-7010, email or visit

Interval Spinning

Tuesdays: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Crank up your energy with this energizing exercise and start losing all those unwanted pounds. Starts at 5:30 p.m.Complimentary for members and QR 75 for non-members. For more information, call 4484-8173 or 4484-8183 or email

Circuit Training

Thursdays: InterContinental Doha. Circuit training is widely regarded as the best all-round 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 of heart; 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! Starts at 7:00 p.m. QR 30 for members, QR 40 for non–members. For more information, call 4484-4852 or email


Abs and Stretching

Mondays and Wednesdays: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Stay firm and fit by training your core every week! Starts at 8:15 a.m. Complimentary for members and QR 75 for non-members. For more information, call 4484-8173 or 4484-8183 or email


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

Ballroom Dancing

Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays: International Academy for Intercultural Development. Ballroom Dancing, a refreshing dance choice takes participants to a set of partner dances enjoyed at social occasions. Get into the rhythm of swing, salsa, jive, tango, rhumba, cha cha and samba while reaping the benefits of health and fitness. For more information, call 4432-0974 or 6671-0589 or email


Saturdays to Thursdays: International Academy for Intercultural Development. Aerobics integrates the modern breakthroughs of Pilates, zumba and high intensity interval training. This invigorating workout builds strength, flexibility and stamina. With exciting variations and the use of aero weights, aero steps, aero kickboxing and hi-lo aerobics, participants enjoy a satisfying and fun work out. For more information, call 4432-0974 or 6671-0589 or email


Saturdays to Mondays and Wednesdays: International Academy for Intercultural Development. Zumba is the latest dance fitness craze and is spreading fast worldwide. This upbeat workout is fantastic for kids and adults alike. Zumba is an exhilarating class filled with good feelings and party like fun that’s perfect for your fitness goals. For more information, call 4432-0974 or 6671-0589 or email


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

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Spas / Salons


Al Thuraya Ladies Club 4456-9089 Angsana Spa 4434-3152 Bay View 26, Wellness Centre 4496 6410 Bliss 4453-5555 4498-0033 Dados Beauty Salon Diva Lounge 4431-8488 Diplomatic Spa 4484-7412 Doha Marriott Spa 4429-8520 Elie & Jean Salon 4485-4011 4494-8888 Four Seasons Spa Frank Provost 4494-8844 George V Salon 4412-2046/47 Glow American Salon, Salwa 4468-9945 4411-7652 Westbay 4428-8888 La Cigale - Ozone Spa La Coifure Frances 4468-9211 Medical Spa Villaggio 4451-7590 Mohamad Al Sagheer Salon 4425-6164 Pace & Luce 4493-4000 4485-4012 Patrice Salon Ritz-Carlton Spa 4484-8173 Saray Spa 4419-6090 4425-6999 Six Senses Spa Spa Chakra 4499-9250

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

Tourism / Travel

Alpha Tours 4434-4496 4436-1461 Arabian Adventures Millennium Hotel 4424-7777 Black Pearl Tourism Services 5555-1169 4436-2455 Mövenpick Hotel 4429-1111 Desert Adventures Destinations of the World 4467-1200 Mövenpick Tower & Suites 4496-6600 4449-6973 Oryx Rotana 4402-3333 Discover Qatar 4438-4477 Emirates Airlines Ramada Plaza 4428-1555 Fox Transport 4462-2777 Renaissance Doha City Center 4419-5000 Gulf Adventures 4431-5555 4449-6666 Ritz-Carlton 4484-8000 Qatar Airways Qatar Airways Holidays 4449-6969 4445-5333 Safir Doha Hotel Qatar International Adventures 4455-3954 4476-5299 Qatar International Tours Sealine Beach Resort 4455-1141 Sharq Village & Spa 4425-6666 Qatar Tourism & 4499-1919 Sheraton Doha 4485-4444 Exhibitions Authority Regency Holidays 4434-4444 W Doha 4453-5353 Travco Qatar Holidays 4442-3703 Wyndham Grand Regency 4434-3333 Victoria Car Rental 4466-6635 116

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Community Australian and New Zealand 6651-1892 Business in Qatar Group American Women’s Association 5511-8085 5554-0873 Bridge Club Doha Garden Club 5523-1650 Doha Players 4447-4911 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 Red Dotters Qatar 5520-9294 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

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