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In Suzanne’s words

Spring, always lovely in Qatar, extends a brief window to embrace a gorgeous climate. Cafes and coffee shops are bustling till the late hours as patrons socialise under the desert moon. If you enjoy exploring the latest dining scene you will be pleased to learn that a handful of outlets have opened, including Mykonos Mediterranean Restaurant at the InterContinental, JW Steak House at the Marriott, a newly redesigned Admiral’s Club at the Ritz Carlton and Spice at W Hotel. The beautiful Pearl Island is expected to open a couple of new restaurants this month as well. In preparation for the beach our editor visited the latest spa and details a broad variety of fitness options in the sports section. If spectator sports is more your thing, the World Gymnastics competition is an event not to miss with many of the world’s top gymnasts performing. The Qatar Arts scene received a boost last month with the gathering of local and international art intellectuals, connoisseurs and artists at the successful Global Art Forum hosted by the Museum of Islamic Arts. The Arts movement within Qatar is well underway and requires community support. You can contribute by visiting one of several interesting exhibits featured this month. Enjoy!



Table of contents




Calendar of events


Feature Bootcamp


Spotlight on arts Think you coud be an author?




Spotlight on entertainment Bootleg Blues Brothers




Spotlight on sports Nor-Tech Supercat 3600




Close encounters Speed Junkie




Gourmet guide Wonderful Dining


Restaurant promotions


Kids club Contours




QH Recommends A Blissful Experience


Musical notes Lil' Wayne




It happened


Telephone directory



COVER Publisher: The Art of Business Chairman: Ahmed Hassan Bilal Executive Editor: Suzanne Grant Editor: Erin Brannen Head of Design and Photography: Jorell Legaspi Junior Editor: Jessica Davey-Quantick Graphic Designer: Paolo Kurtis Tan Photography Assistant: Ahmad Oustwan Contributors: Erin Brannen, Fiona Murray & Jessica Davey-Quantick Distribution and Accounts: Lanie Fillo Qatar Happening available at: QDC, Landmark Mall Kiosk, THE One, Mega Mart - The Centre, Doha Marriott Hotel Bookshop and at the concierge of distinguished hotels Letters to the Editor: Your feedback and comments are always welcome. Please forward your letters to the Editor at the address below. Contact Details: Tel: 491-0565 Fax: 491-0570 Postal Address: P.O. Box 7848 , Doha, Qatar E-mail: Web page:

The information contained in Qatar Happening is correct at the time of printing. Details may change at any time without liability on the part of The Art of Business. You are advised to confirm details with the event organisers. Please visit for more information Geometric Partitions. eWOW suite, W Hotel - Doha Photo: Jorell Legaspi 6


Calendar of events

April 2009 Fri 3rd – Sat 11th

Gym for Kid’s Festival

Thurs 9th – Fri 10th Bootleg Blues Brothers

Fri 10th

Bill Brown Bike Ride

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Mon 13th – Wed 15th

Gymnastics World Cup

Mon 13th – Thurs 16th

Qatar Career Fair

Fri 17th

Qatar National Hockey League Finals

Thurs 23rd – Sat 25th

Class 1 Doha Nor-Tech Match Race

Mon 27th – Thurs 30th

Project Qatar


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Do you need to go to Boot Camp? By Fionna Murray “One hundred push ups now! Faster, you ‘orrible lot.” Boot Camp fitness classes conjure up images of scary shaven-headed instructors shouting at a bunch of puny new recruits. Cut to a park in Doha, a shaven-headed fitness instructor is shouting at a bunch of puny new recruits... Fortunately, UK Personal Trainer Graeme Pattison is shouting encouragement rather than insults to the fit and the not-so-fit at this new outdoor exercise class. “We’re not yelling and screaming at people aggressively. It’s a motivating rather than a frightening experience,” said Graeme, in a not at all angry voice. If the gym makes you want to cry with boredom and aerobics classes make you want to cry with frustration at your rubbish coordination, then Boot Camp could be for you. 9


“This is run completely outdoors so you are not looking at the same treadmill screen or the mirror. Mentally, it’s a lot more stimulating,” said Graeme. The boot camp works as a group, which makes it more motivating (especially if you want to beat the other team in the relay race) and no two classes are the same, so it doesn’t get dull.

“It’s a very safe programme and it’s designed so you can have someone who is a complete novice next to someone who is mega fit and they will both still get so much out of it,” added Graeme. “The motivation levels are very high and people can keep each other going.” There are a range of times including 6:00 a.m. Dawn Patrol classes, 8:15 a.m. Just Done the School Run women only classes and the 7:30 p.m. Evening Patrol classes. It costs QR 700 for 12 sessions. *For more information check out; email; call Graeme on 685-4556. 10

qatar's leading restaurant, in a class of its own


Spotlight on arts

Think you could be an author? By Fiona Murray If you have a blockbuster burning within you, now is the time to get writing because the major UK publisher Bloomsbury has just opened its Doha office. Bloomsbury has teamed up with Qatar Foundation to create Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing (BQFP) which is looking for new authors in English and Arabic. Within five years it aims to be publishing 100 new books each year, covering everything from academic tomes to children’s books and general fiction. 12

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It will also be translating and publishing some existing Arabic books into English and vice versa, which means both English and Arabic speaking readers can finally access books from each other’s culture, which were previously beyond their reach. Reading and Writing Development Director Mohanalakshmi Phongsavan is busy unpacking her boxes in Bloomsbury’s new office at Education City. “The most exciting thing for me about Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing coming here is that so many people have ideas for stories or academic work or research; this is an increasingly rich intellectual environment and a publisher is exactly the next thing we need.” Bloomsbury is one of the largest publishers in the UK with the Harry Potter series and Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner in its stable of successful books. Part of the publishing arm’s brief in Qatar is also to promote a love of reading for pleasure for all age groups and in all communities. As part of this initiative, Qatar has signed up for the World Book Day event and BQFP will be hosting a pilot day-long project for six and seven year olds at Qatar University on 23rd April. For more information, or to send off that dusty manuscript you’ve been keeping in the desk drawer, contact BQFP at



Ali Hassan Exhibit

Wed 1st – Sat 4th: Al Markhiya Gallery, Souq Waqif. Al Markhiya Gallery will host a solo exhibition by prolific Qatar artist, Ali Hassan. Regular viewing hours are Saturday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. till 9:00 p.m. and Fridays 5:00 p.m. till 9:00 p.m. For more information, contact Heather Alnuweiri at 600-8750.


Wed 1st – Wed 15th: Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar. Nada Sehnaoui, a visual artist living and working in Beirut will create an installation at VCU-Q. Her artwork will be conceived as a space of meditation on the bombardment of Beirut by Israeli warplanes in the summer of 2006. For more information, contact Priya D'Souza at



Golnaz Fathi Exhibition: Doha Series 1

Wed 1st – May 3rd: Third Line Gallery, Souq Waqif. A unique initiative launched by the Third Line, the Doha Series will see select artists travel to Doha and make a body of work based on their response to the city. The first artist in the Doha Series is Golnaz Fathi, a classically trained calligrapher whose paintings break with traditional rules. For more information contact, Joanne Gilroy at 674-3598

40 Minus: Part 3

Tues 7th – May 1st: Al Markhiya Gallery, Souq Waqif. 40 minus: Part 3 will feature the works of Qatari female artists as part of its mission to encourage local talent. In this exhibition, two artists represented by the gallery, Aisha Al Mesnd and Asma Al Mannai, along with other Qatari female artists will present their latest work. The focus of this exhibit will be on Qatari heritage and culture presented through different means and in different ways as to how each individual artist interprets them. Gallery hours are Saturday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Fridays 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. For more information, contact the gallery at 442-8007.

Senior Exhibition

Wed 22nd – August 20th: Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar. VCU-Q’s senior class will display their work starting April 22nd. For more information, contact Priya D'Souza at



Spotlight on entertainment

Bootleg Blues Brothers Jake and Elwood Blues are on their way to Doha- well not the actual Jake and Elwood, but the UK’s number one Blues Brothers tribute band. The original Blues Brothers started in 1978 as a musical sketch on the TV show, ‘Saturday Night Live’, with Dan Ackroyd and John Belushi. The American blues and soul revivalist band soon began to take on life beyond television, releasing albums and having Hollywood films created based on their lives. 18

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The Bootleg Blues Brothers are the UK’s number one Blues Brothers tribute band, managing to recreate the energy and excitement of Jake and Elwood with a cavalcade of hits, routines and fun.

On Thursday 9th, Giwana Ballroom at the Ramada Plaza will play host, with a dinner and show combination. Tickets are priced at QR 350 per person, which includes a welcome drinks reception, dinner buffet, all beverages and entertainment. ‘Qube’ will host on Friday 10th, with tickets priced at QR 100 for members and QR 125 for non members, including a welcome drink and show. Tickets and further information are available through the Food and Beverage Box Office on 428-1555.



Doha Jazz Quartet

Wed 1st, Wed 15th: Orion, Ramada Plaza. Doha Jazz and guests take the stage at Orion starting at 9:00 p.m. For more information, call 441-7417.

100% Arabic

Wed 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th: Pearl Lounge, Marriott. A night full of traditions and belly shaking starting at 8:00 p.m. For more information, call 429-8888.

Hip India Lounge

Thursdays & Fridays: Apres Spa Café, Four Seasons. Mingle with the chic and swanky every Thursday and Friday evening when the Après Spa Café Terrace opens to the public with the latest contemporary rhythms, colourful cocktails and a trendy crowd. To book a reservation, please call 494-8888.

Doha Jazz

Fri 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th: Piano Bar, Mövenpick Hotel Piano Bar. Doha Jazz steams up the piano bar every Friday starting at 9:00 p.m. For more information, call 429-1111.


Sun 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th: Madison Piano Bar, La Cigale. Guests can enjoy the beats of Latin tunes starting at 8:00 p.m., with a one-hour salsa class starting at 9:00 p.m. QR 70 for individuals or QR 120 for couples. For more information, call 428-8888.



Diva Ladies Night

Mon 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th: Pearl Lounge, Marriott. Ladies receive free entrance all night, plus a drink package when entering before 11:30 p.m. For more information, call 429-8888.

Vino Club Meeting

Mon 6th: Ritz Carlton. Enjoy a night of wine tasting. This event is open to all members of La Mer, new members welcome! QR 2,500 for couples or QR 1,350 for singles. For more information, call 484-8000.

Jazz Night

Wed 8th: Habanos, Ritz Carlton. James Kent teams up with Chris Coull for an evening of be-bop classics from Charlie Parker to Dizzy Gillespie, starting at 8:30 p.m. For more information, call 484-8000.

Bootleg Blues Brothers

Thurs 9th – Fri 10th: Ramada Plaza. A tribute to the Blues Brothers comes to the Giwana Ballroom. For more information, check page 18 or visit or call 441-7417


Fri 10th: Pearl Lounge, Marriott. The ultimate rotation of Hip Hop, R&B, Basement and Old School music starting at 9:00 p.m. For more information, call 429-8888.



Bunny Tea

Sat 11th: Ritz Carlton. Kids aged six-12 can enjoy face painting, an Easter egg hunt, and egg painting, as well as a local drama club performance and the chance to create their own Easter bonnet for QR 140. For more information, call 484-8000.

Talking Matters Toastmasters Club

Mon 13th, Mon 27th: Doha Seef Hotel. ‘The friendly place where inhibitions are shed to communicate effectively’ will meet at 7:00 p.m. This event is open to members and potential members. For more information, call 580-7524.

Kids camp on the beach

Thurs 16th – Fri 17th: InterContinental. Kids from six to 14 can enjoy an evening full of games, sing-a-longs, and roasted marshmallows around the campfire, while learning how to set up camp. It’s all capped off with sunrise over the bay. It starts at 3:30 p.m. and ends the next day at 9:00 a.m. Registration is limited. For more information, call 484-4444.

Black Pearl Entertainment Concert

Thurs 16: InterContinental Beach. Black Pearl Entertainment presents some international stars live on the beach. The all ages show goes for QR 350 or QR 750 VIP for over 21s and QR 500 VIP for under 21s. For more information, contact 603-0252

The Art of Cocktail Making Class

Sat 18th: Habanos, Ritz Carlton. Learn to make perfect cocktails for QR 210 per person. The class starts at 4:00 p.m. For more information, call 484-8000.


savour the experience now... For reservations, call 484 4919 or email



Qatar Symphony Orchestra Concert

Sat 18th: Aspire. A classical concert including Beethoven’s Overture to Egmont, Mozart’s Concerto in A major for Clarinet and Orchestra, and Brahms Symphony no. 2 in D. major. The concert starts at 8:00 p.m. For more information, contact 669-4475.

4th Gulf Jazz Festival

Mon 20th – Tues 21st : InterContinental Hotel. Starting at 8:00 p.m. this special concert and dinner features performances by Karen Edwards and Jarek Smietana on the 20th, and Saskia Laroo and Warren Byrd on the 21st. For more information, contact 484-4444.

The Pearl Turns 4

Wed 22nd – Fri 24th: Pearl Lounge, Marriott. The Pearl Lounge celebrates it’s 4th anniversary with a party including very special DJs and one-manshows. For more information, contact 429-8888.

Qatar Symphony Orchestra Concert

Sat 25th: Aspire. A classical concert including Falla’s Three Dances, Gershwin’s Concerto in F for piano and orchestra, and Respighi’s Fountains of Rome. The concert starts at 8:00 p.m. For more information, call 669-4475.


Thurs 30th: Pearl Lounge, Marriott. Stylish house music and sassy electro. The concert starts at 9:00 p.m. For more information, contact 429-8888. 24


Spotlight of sports

Take a ride in a Nor-Tech Supercat 3600 Racing Boat Looking for a slightly different way to impress your clients? Why not take them speeding across Doha Bay at 100 miles per hour (mph) behind the wheel of a Nor-Tech Supercat 3600, with an official Nor-tech pilot as your throttle man. This exciting opportunity comes during the Class 1 Powerboat Championships which kick off in Doha April 23rd to the 25th.


Spotlight of sports

The Nor-Tech Supercat 3600s are the official pace boats of the race, and will take you whirling across Doha Bay, making you part of the 100 MPH Club. This exciting opportunity is available for 1,000 Euros per person, with the boats fitting four people plus the pilot.

There is also the Match Race for 50,000 Euros for eight people giving you the opportunity to learn powerboat racing theory and practical driving techniques in an exclusive one day program culminating in turning over the purring engines of the Nor-Tech Supercat 3600 racing boat and tackling your opponents through exciting elimination rounds. Finalists go headto-head for the Match Race Championship title. The Match Race and 100 MPH Club also provides you access to the VIP hospitality paddock, official Class 1 clothing and a unique and fun experience For more information on how to book this exciting offer, please contact Paulette Hebert at 491-0565 or at 27


Emir’s Shooting Championship

Wed 1st – Sat 11th: Lusail Shooting Complex. This shooting and archery competition will take place during the mornings on the weekends, and in the evenings during the week. For more information, please call 479-4964 or visit for a complet schedule.

Gym for Kids Festival

Fri 3rd – Sat 11th: Villaggio and City Center. In the run up to the Gymnastics World Cup there will be demonstrations by Aspire and Qatar Gymnastics Federation gymnasts. Events will take place at Villaggio and City Center between 11:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. from April 3rd to the 11th. This event is free for spectators. For more information, please contact 494-4158.

Gymnastics World Cup

Mon 13th – Wed 15th: Aspire Dome. The Qatar Gymnastics Federation brings you the Gymnastics World Cup at Aspire. For more information, contact 494-4158.

Astanga Yoga Therapy Workshop

Thurs 16th – Fri 24th: Pepka Yoga Studio. Yoga guru Dave Oliver will hold classes on yoga technique, philosophy and history starting on April 16th. Classes are at various times, starting at 7:30 a.m. till 9:00 p.m. For more information, contact Pepka Yoga at



Qatar National Hockey League Finals

Fri 17th: Al Rayyan Stadium. The Qatar National Field Hockey League Finals will take place on April 17th. The Doha Hockey Club, Gateway, Pakistan Hockey Club and the Wanderers will compete. The games start at 1:00 p.m. and will run until 6:00 p.m. This event is free for spectators. For more information, contact Bosco at 534-0297.

Class 1 Doha: World Powerboat Championships

Thurs 23rd – Sat 25th: Corniche. The World Powerboat Championships will take place on the Doha Corniche near the Sheraton Hotel starting Thurs 23rd. Timings range from 11:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit or for a complete schedule.



Qatar Stars League

Game times are subject to change Check for the updated schedule. Tickets are QR 10 per person and are available at the venue. For more information, contact 452-8358 Fri 10th Al Khor vs. Kharaitiyat, Al Khor, 6:30 p.m. Qatar Sports Club vs. Al Arabi, Qatar Sports Club, 8:30 p.m. Sat 11th Al Sadd vs. Al Rayyan, Al Sadd, 6:30 p.m. Sun 12th Al Gharafa vs. Sailiya, Al Gharafa, 6:30 p.m. Wakrah vs. Umm Salal, Wakrah, 8:30 p.m. Thurs 16th Al Khor vs. Sailiya, Al Khor, 6:30 p.m. Rayyan vs. Wakrah, Rayyan, 8:30 p.m. Al Arabi vs. Kharaitiyat, Al Arabi, 6:30 p.m. Fri 17th Umm Salal vs. Al Sadd, Al Gharafa, 6:30 p.m. Qatar Sports Club vs. Al Gharafa, Qatar Sports Club, 8:30 p.m.



Dance Classes

Sundays to Thursdays: Ramada Plaza. The Ramada is offering ballet, jazz, hip hop and tap classes for children, teens, and adults. For more information, call 428-1621.


Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays: InterContinental Hotel. Enjoy Yoga on the beach at 6:30 p.m. on Sundays and Tuesdays and at 7:00 p.m. on Monday’s and Wednesdays. Open for members and non members. For more information contact the Bay Club at 482-4852 or email

Body Combat

Sundays, Tuesdays & Saturdays: InterContinental Hotel. Combining powerhouse moves and stances developed from a range of selfdefense disciplines including Karate, kickboxing, Tai Chi and Tae Kwondo, in a “take no prisoners”, adrenaline-pumping routine. It is an empowering, athletic workout that will have you “fighting-fit” in record time! Are you tough enough to handle it? Classes are Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 a.m. and Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. For more information contact the Bay Club at 482-4852 or email

Aqua Aerobics

Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays: InterContinental Hotel. This great workout will take place at 9:00 a.m. on Sundays and Tuesdays and 9:30 a.m. on Fridays. It’s open for members and non members. For more info contact the Bay Club at 482-4852 or email 31


Abs Workout

Mondays & Fridays: InterContinental Hotel. This challenging class is open for members and non members and takes place at 7:15 p.m. For more information, contact the Bay Club at 482-4852 or email

Step Aerobics

Mondays & Wednesdays: InterContinental Hotel. This class takes place at 9:00 a.m. It’s open for members and non members. For more information, contact the Bay Club at 482-4852 or email


Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays: InterContinental Hotel. Classes take place at 7:15 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, Thursday at 9:30 a.m. and Friday at 12:00 p.m. This class is open for members and non members. For more information, contact the Bay Club at 482-4852 or email

Circuit Training

Wednesdays: InterContinental Hotel. Classes are weekly starting at 7:00 p.m. Open for members and non members. For more information, contact the Bay Club at 482-4852 or email

Karate Class

Thursdays & Saturdays: Ramada Plaza. These classes are open to the public and take place from 4:00 p.m. till 5:00 p.m. on Thursdays and 9:00 a.m. till 10:00 a.m. on Saturdays. For more information, contact 428-1621. 32


Close encounters

Speed Junkie By Erin Brannen Abdullah Al Sulaiti is addicted to speed. After all, not many people in the world are brave enough to get behind the wheel of a powerboat that routinely goes 160 miles per hour, much less travel the world to do it. Sulaiti is the pilot of Qatar 95, one of two Class 1 boats on the Qatar team, a 42-foot, twin-engine, 900hp carbon Kevlar composite catamaran, a boat he started piloting in 2005 after several years as a formula 1 boat racer “I’m a marine engineer by profession,” says Sulaiti “I’ve always loved boat engines. I started with the Federation (Qatar Marine Sports Federation) with jet skis. Then, after Qatar hosted the first Formula one race I decided to try that. I rented a boat, and I didn’t know what to expect- I saw the speed and I was attracted to it.” 34

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Qatar hosts one of the most important stops on the Class 1 World Championship Circuit. This breathtaking spectacle takes place in venues all over the world, with pilots and throttle men vying for the coveted Sam Griffith Trophy.

Sulaiti was asked by fellow Class 1 pilot HE Sheikh Hassen bin Jabor Al Thani to join the Class 1 team in 2005. Since then Sulaiti has made his presence known in the racing world, taking his first podium in Doha during the Qatar Grand Prix, finishing second, and his second podium in Dubai alongside Matteo Nicolini in 2005. Sulaiti’s first win in Class 1 came in the Qatar Grand Prix in Doha in 2006, finishing third overall in the title race. Most recently he and throttle man Matteo Nicolini won first place at the Dubai Grand Prix in December of 2008. “My first race in Doha was my favourite race.” Says Sulaiti “I came first and Sheikh Hassan came second. To secure first and second in your home water means a lot. I was happy with the final round in Dubai (2008 season) not because I came first, but because we needed to send a message that the Qatar team is a strong team and the only time we don’t make it to the podium is when we have bad luck.” Sulaiti is hoping that the Qatar team can repeat their 2006 first place win and not have the same start as the 2008 season when Sheikh Hassan’s boat flipped and Qatar 95’s engine broke. He looks forward to seeing everyone in Doha cheering him on at the first race of the season here in Doha April 23rd to the 25th. 35


Childhood Festival

Wed 1st – Thurs 2nd: Qatar University. QU hosts childhood festival at Qatar University in April. For more information about this event, please contact Rania Victor Tabri at

Kids Playgroup

Wed 1st: The Mall. A playgroup for toddlers held by the Doha Expat Mums and Kids near the Mall on April 1st at 9:30 a.m. For more information, visit: or email Roxanne Davis at

Kids Pool Playdate

Wed 8th: The Mall. A fun swimming playdate near the Mall for members of the Doha Expat Mums and Kids group. For more information visit: or email Roxanne Davis at

Bill Brown Bike Ride

Fri 10th: Carnegie Mellon. Carnegie Mellon invites you to bike from Doha to Al Khor on Friday, April 10th. For more information call 454-8492.

All Ages Playgroup and Charlene White Photography session

Sun 12th: Venue to be announced. An all ages playgroup and a chance to have your child’s portrait taken on Sunday April 12th at 9:00 a.m. To participate, visits: or email Roxanne Davis at

American Women’s Association General Meeting

Mon 13th: Al Retaj Al Rayyan Hotel. The American Women’s Association will hold their general meeting on April 13th. There will also be an information session of Indonesian Tourism and Batiks. For more information, contact



Mums Night Out

Wed 15th: Ritz Carlton. The Doha Expat Mums and Kids Club will have a Mums' night out at the Lagoon at the Ritz Carlton, starting at 7:30 p.m. Women only and RSVP required. RSVP by contacting Roxanne Davis at

American Women’s Association Coffee Morning

Mon 20th: Venue to be announced. The American Women’s Association will hold their monthly coffee morning at a member’s house. For more information, contact

Inland Sea Trip

Fri 24th: Inland Sea. South Africans in Qatar will hold an Inland Sea trip on Friday, April 24th. For more information, visit

Kids’ Pottery Painting at Café Ceramique

Sat 25th: Café Ceramique. The Doha Expat Mums and Kids Club will have a fun afternoon of ceramics at Café Ceramique. The fun starts at 10:00 a.m. till noon. For more information, contact Roxanne Davis at or visit

International Ladies Potluck 5th Anniversary

Wed 29th: Al Jazi Garden. The International Ladies’ Potluck Group will hold their 5th anniversary dinner at Al Jazi Garden on April 29th. All countries hosted at this event will perform a variety of dance, songs and acting. Members only. For more information, contact

Lebanon Expats 4th Annual Gala Dinner

Thurs 30th: Al Sharq Hotel. Tickets are on sale at Virgin Megastore. For more information, contact or telephone, 543-2546 or 521-0216. 37

Gourmet guide

Wonderful Dining By Erin Brannen The opening of W brings with it some exciting new restaurants. March saw the opening of Spice and The Market, offering… well basically what their names suggest. The Market offers a variety of a la carte dishes, mostly based around seafood. I sampled the unique watermelon and goat cheese appetizer with olive oil and salt and pepper. I was a bit hesitant with this one, as I don’t, as a rule, enjoy watermelon, but the strong taste of the goat cheese mixed well with the sweetness of the melon, although I’m not sure if I would have chosen it myself, I'm glad i tried it. The tuna and cabbage spring rolls with a soybean sauce were a treat though. The tuna was nicely seared and it had a wonderful zest to it. 38

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The shrimp salad with avocado came next. I’ve tried this dish at several other restaurants, and this one was pretty good. The sauce had a nice French onion/soy sauce taste that was interesting.

The atmosphere of the Market was bright and sunny, in contrast to the black and dark purples favoured throughout the rest of the hotel. The music was the clincher, an eclectic mix of poprock and acid jazz, combined to make it a pretty hip spot‌ But not as hip as Spice! Spice is the perfect name for this spicy addition to Doha dining. Serving South-east Asian fusion, the food is a delicious mix of Malaysian, Indian, Thai and Chinese. Everything I sampled, from the chicken samosas, to the sweet and sour shrimp on baked pineapple to the fish with a celeriac sauce, was savoury and spiced to perfection. Add the delicious food to the sophisticated, trendy atmosphere of blacks, reds, warm hanging lights, comfy circles of chairs and chic uniforms on the staff and you have what promises to become the hippest restaurant in Doha. This place is a definite must see, taste and feel! A spicy experience for your senses without a doubt. To book a reservation, contact 453-5353. 39

Restaurant promotions

VIP Dining

April: Need to stand out? A special guest to impress? Delegation to entertain? Find out why Al Mourjan’s VIP menus and service have been attracting repeat visits from international delegations, leading scholars and heads of state. Qatar’s favourite VIP dining location is a great place to show your guests how special they are . VIP menus from QR 280 to QR 1,200.

Al Mourjan offers Qatar’s Finest Lebanese and seafood cuisine as well as a casual international café menu. Open from 12:30pm - 1:00 am daily. Reservations recommended to avoid disappointment. For more information call 483-4423 or 579-5039.


April: Piano Piano Bar, Mövenpick. Throughout the month of April, enjoy delicious Italian antipasti offering tasty bites spiced up with traditional Italian condiments and sauces. For more information, contact 429-1111.


April: Seasons Restaurant, Mövenpick. During the month of April, enjoy at Seasons Restaurant a special asparagus promotion. For lunch or dinner, experience a special a la carte menu with fresh asparagus as the highlight of the month. For more information, contact 429-1111.


April: Grand Hyatt. Get your java buzz and indulge in some free WiFi at the newest coffee shop in town. For more information, contact 412-8086.


April: Grand Hyatt. Sample vinos from around the world as well as rare and aged malts, spirits and premium cigars. Open daily from noon till 3 a.m. For more information, contact 412-8086.

JW’s Steakhouse

April: Marriott. Come test out one of Doha’s newest restaurants, tasty steaks and seafood are the house specialty. For more information, contact 429-8888.



Restaurant promotions


April: Grand Hyatt. Get outside and enjoy Mediterranean cuisine from the south of Italy, France, Spain and Greece, including an ice-cream preparation table with gelatos and sorbets. Open from 10 a.m. till 2 a.m. daily. For more information, contact 412-8086.


April: Marriott. The weather’s heating up, and the Marriott’s opening their terrace for hot and cold drinks and snacks, between the swimming pool and beach. For more information, contact 429-8888.

Themed Nights Buffet

April: The Sharq Village and Spa. Al Wanis Shisa terrace offers themed buffets each evening: Sunday offers an Italian buffet, Thursday and Friday an Oriental flavour, and Saturday an Indian feast. For more information, contact 425-6666.

Festival Du Terroir

Wed 1st – Sat. 18th: The Sharq Village and Spa. Al Dana celebrates asparagus. For more information, contact 425-6666.

Weekend Gallery Brunch Fri 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and Sat. 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th: Marriott. Enjoy one of the biggest brunches in town every weekend, with or without bubbly. For more information, contact 429-8888.

Friday lunch at Isaan

Fri 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th: Grand Hyatt. Revel in Thai cuisine as chefs show off in an open theatrical kitchen, interacting with the guests. Open daily from 7:00 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. and for Friday lunch from 12:30 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. For more information, contact 412-8086.


Restaurant promotions

Weekend Roast Chicken

Fri 3rd – Thurs 30th: Sheraton. The Swimming Pool Restaurant offers roast chicken all weekend. For more information, contact 485-4444.

Lunch at The Grill

Fri 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th: Grand Hyatt. Enjoy a lavish buffet using the freshest of ingredients prepared in live cooking stations at the new Grand Hyatt Doha. A special children’s area is designed to cater for the young guests presenting a variety of entertainment, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Waffles and Pancakes

Fri 3rd – Thurs 30th: Sheraton. Waffles and pancakes take center stage at the Atrium Café. For more information, contact 485-4444.

Super Burger Promotion

Tues 7th – Fri 17th: Corniche, Marriott. Enjoy a taste of the USA with all different types of burgers, from beef to chicken and surf and turf, with homemade fries and special bbq sauces from 6:30 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. For more information, contact 429-8888.

Tex-Mex Barbecue

Wed 8th – Thurs 23rd: Sheraton. It’s a hot and chili Mexican night at the Pirate’s Cove. For more information, call 485-4444.

US Beef

Wed 8th – Thurs 23rd: Sheraton. Kitchen experts prepare dishes of US beef at Al Shaheen restaurants. For more information, contact 485-4444.

La Cigale Traiteur

Thurs 9th: La Cigale. Enjoy an Easter-themed delicatessen, offering Easter lamb, maamoul, themed cakes and chocolate eggs and bunnies. For more information, call 428-8888.


Restaurant promotions

Easter on the Beach

Fri 10th, Sun 12th: Four Seasons. Celebrate Good Friday and Easter Sunday with a Brasserie on the Beach Brunch, including an Easter egg hunt and decorating Easter bunnies for the kids. For more information, contact 494-8888.

Easter Brunch at Marriott

Fri 10th – Sun 12th: Marriott. Enjoy brunch in the Restaurant Gallery from noon till 4:00 p.m., join the Easter egg hunt on the beach, and enjoy seasonal favourites including chocolate bunnies. For more information, contact 429-8888.

Easter at Al Jalsa

Fri 10th – Sun 12th: The Sharq Village and Spa. Enjoy Easter treats for QR 98 per person from 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Fri 10th – Sun 12th, Fri 17th & Sat 19th: La Cigale. Enjoy brunch at Le Cigalon Restaurant, including oriental-style Easter lamb and a chocolate fountain. A special stand for kids features chocolate eggs, cotton candy and popcorn makers. Priced at QR 254 per person. For more information, contact 428-8888.

Easter at the Sharq

Fri. 10th-Sun. 12th: The Sharq Village and Spa. Al Liwan offers traditional Easter favourites as well as Qatari specialties, games, activities and a petting zoo for QR 250 per person from 12:30 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. For more information, contact 425-6666.

Easter Brunch at Mövenpick

Sat. 11th: Mövenpick. Celebrate Easter at Seasons Restaurant, complete with special treats for kids and grownups alike. For more information, call 429-1111.


Restaurant promotions

Easter Dinner

Sun 12th: Ritz Carlton. Porcini’s offers up a menu including salmon and lamb for QR 350 per person. For more information, contact 484-8000.

Easter Fun and Frolics

Sun 12th: The Sharq Village and Spa. Celebrate Easter at Al Dana from noon till 3 p.m. with a three course menu including a dessert buffet for QR 299. For more information, contact 425-6666.

Easter Brunch

Sun 12th: Ritz Carlton. The Lagoon presents a brunch featuring lamb and prime rib, as well as a live musical performance for QR 250. For more information, contact 484-8000.

Easter Brunch

Sun 12th: Sheraton. Al Hubara Restaurant offers everyone an Easter Brunch for only QR 180. For more information, contact 485-4444.

Easter Buffet

Sun 12th: Ritz Carlton. Enjoy hot cross buns, chocolates and cakes for QR 85 in the lobby lounge. For more information, call 484-8000.

Easter Dinner at La Mer

Sun 12th: Ritz Carlton. La Mer offers a four course menu for QR 420. For more information, contact 484-8000.

Easter Day

Sun 12th & 19th: InterContinental. The CafĂŠ restaurant hosts an upgraded buffet with chocolate treats, an egg hunt, and numerous other activities in the gardens for the little ones. For more information, contact 484-4444.


Restaurant promotions

Cheese and Vino Night

Thurs 16th: Ritz Carlton. Sample cheese and vinos from around the world at La Mer for QR 265. For more information, contact 484-8000.

Cheesecake Craving

Thurs 16th- Sat. 26th: The Sharq Village and Spa. Satisfy your sweet tooth at Al Jalsa from 8:00 a.m. till noon with a cheesecake festival. Guests can sample a wide variety of cheesecakes, for QR 58 per cake. For more information, contact 425-6666.

Greek Goodness

Sat. 18th-Thurs. 23rd: The Sharq Village and Spa. Sample the ancient cuisine of the Greek Isles during the dinner buffet at Al Liwan from 6:30 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. For more information, contact 425-6666.

Mango Mania

Sat. 25th – May 22nd: Marriott. Marvel at the many different things Marriott’s chefs can do with mangos, along with coffee or tea, in The Lobby from 9:00 a.m. till 7:00 p.m. For more information, contact 429-8888.


Kids club

Contours Express By Jessica Davey-Quantick Fitness can be a family affair. My Centre, located accross from the InterContinental Hotel in West Bay, recently opened Contours Express, a ladies gym that allows mums to sweat it out while their children do the same. “The whole centre is for kids,” said Khalid Darwish, Managing Director. “It gives mums an opportunity to come with their children and enjoy a gym while they are here.” Offering several different programs for kids aged six months to 13 years, Darwish says the focus is starting healthy habits for the whole family. 47

Kids club

“We have a children’s fitness centre with classes for kids,” he said. “The classes are structured with lots of fun. Children, they will love it.” For mothers they have Contours Express’ 30-minute circuit training regime, which combines aerobics with weight machines in a workout that’s over before you know it.

“We are offering a 29 minute circuit training programme. They also have different aerobic classes, each a mixture of step aerobics, kickboxing and ball that lasts an hour,” said Darwish.” The idea is to help anyone, no matter their age, learn how to fit physical fitness into their lives- even mothers whose time is at a definite premium. “It’s in order to convince the kids to live healthy lifestyles. The classes will also improve their social skills,” said Darwish. “We teach them healthy habits. If they’re doing that when they are children, they’ll keep doing it.” And if the kids are busy tumbling, running, and being active, their mothers can have a chance to do the same. A three-month membership costs QR 2,000. For more information, contact 498-0099. 48


Telling Stories: Three Doctors Who Write

Wed 1st: Weill Cornell. As part of the Literary Series program hosted by Weill Cornell, Katherine K. Gottschalk, Ph.D. will host this lecture on doctors who write. For more information, contact Phaedra Al-Majid at

We are the Future Jurists: Workshop

Thurs 2nd: Ibn Khaldoon Hall, Qatar University. This workshop is presented by the College of Law at Qatar University. For more information, contact 485-2228 – 485-2270, or email;

Face-to-face with Medicine: Organ Transplants

Tues 7th: Weill Cornell. Professor Bakr Nour, MD will host this mini-medical lecture at Weill Cornell Qatar. For more information, contact Phaedra Al-Majid at

Doha Ma’alsalama

Wed 8th: Weill Cornell. A reading and discussion by prize-winning poet Peter Fortunato, MFA, as he prepares to leave Doha. For more information, contact Phaedra Al-Majid at 49


Qatar Career Fair

Mon 13th – Thurs 16th: Qatar International Exhibition Center. Qatar Foundation and others will hold a career fair at the Qatar International Exhibition Center, from 9:00 a.m. till 8:00 p.m. daily. For more information, visit

In the Shadow of Shakespeare: The Minor Elizabethans

Wed 15th: Weill Cornell. As part of their April Literary Series, Alan S. Weber, Ph.D. will present a lecture on the minor playwrights/ poets of the Elizabethan era. For more information, contact Phaedra Al-Majid at

Advancing Arab Women in Technology Leadership

Wed 15th – Thurs 16th: ICTQatar: ICTQatar will host the second workshop for women in technology, titled "Advancing Arab Women in Technology: Strategy Made Reality" on April 15-16, 2009. This two day event will serve as a continuum to the inaugural workshop that facilitated the establishment of the Center for Women in Technology of the Arab Region. For more information, contact 499-5333 or 493-5922.

East and West: Women in Media’s eye

Sun 19th: Texas A & M building, suite 238. How does the Media represent women in the East? How do they represent women in the West? These and other questions will be at the heart of this conference co-sponsored by Northwestern University Qatar and Italy-based Rest DoC. For more information, contact 454-5000.



Modern Methods of Industrial Analysis

Sun 19th – Thurs 23rd: Arts & Sciences Building, Qatar University. This training session is being held by the Office of Research at Qatar University. Sessions run from 9:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. For more information, contact 485-2510 or 547-4316, or email

Distinguished Lecture: Nabil Fahmy

Tues 21st: Diplomatic Club. The Center for International and Regional Studies, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar will host former Egyptian Ambassador to the USA, Nabil Fahmy. For more information, or to RSVP, visit or contact 457-8400.

3rd Chemistry Annual Symposium

Wed 22nd: Qatar University. For more information on this symposium, contact Rania Victor Tabri at

Is the Dark Where You’re Sitting?

Wed 22nd: Weill Cornell. As part of their April Literary Series, Autumn Watts, MFA, will hold a mixed-media exploration. For more information, contact Phaedra Al-Majid at 51


Project Qatar

Mon 27th – Thurs 30th: Qatar International Exhibition Center. The 6th International Trade Exhibition for Construction Technology, Building Materials, Equipment and Environmental Technology. For more information, visit

Meeting of the Minds

Tues 28th: Carnegie Mellon. Carnegie Mellon will host this undergraduate research symposium which is open to the public. For more information, please contact 454-8492.

Arabic Language Day

Tues 28th: Ibn Khaldoon Hall, Qatar University. The Department of Arabic Language at Qatar University will host an Arabic Language Day running from 9:00 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. For more information, contact Mariam Al Naimi at office: 485-2932 / mobile: 554-8482, or email

Inflation and Emerging Economies

Wed 29th: Qatar University. A lecture on inflation and emerging economies. For more information, contact Rania Victor Tabri at

Excited, Passionate, Fantastical Imagination: W.B. Yeats and the Personal Political Wed 29th: Weill Cornell. Rodney Sharkey, Ph.D. will host this lecture on renowned poet William Butler Yeats. For more information, contact Phaedra Al-Majid at


QH Recommends

A Blissful Experience By Erin Brannen There’s a new spa in town, the long awaited Bliss Spa at W. Ever since I was told Bliss would be opening up over two years ago I’ve heard an endless stream of “Oh I can’t wait, Bliss is awesome!” and “Oh boy Bliss is the best!” from those lucky enough to have had the Bliss experience at one of their other W outlets worldwide. So when it opened in March I made sure I was one of the first to experience Bliss.


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What did I think? Pretty impressive actually. I was able to sample a range of services both during their pre-opening and post-opening stages and I have to say that baring the natural ‘just opened’ bugs, bloopers and computer blips, the service was excellent. The staff is friendly and experienced, and represents a multicultural cross section stemming from England, the Philippines and Lebanon. They are more than willing to suggest at home treatments to maintain that fresh-from-the-spa feeling.

I enjoyed a deep tissue massage, a facial (featuring micro-derma abrasion), a mani-pedi and some waxing. All of these services were delivered excellently. I was especially impressed by the waxing. The therapist used a strip-less wax that cut down on the pain normally associated with waxing. I will definitely be making Bliss my waxing destination of choice. Most impressive are the prices. The deep tissue ran QR 750, however it lasted for 105 minutes (which is the longest I’ve seen offered in Doha), and the manipedi and waxing were all under QR 200. Given the sheer level of professionalism and skill as well as all the extras, these are bargain prices. However the real deal breaker for me was the atmosphere. While the spa is very clean, white and almost clinical, the music and treats offered are not your normal spa fair of chirping crickets and cucumber infused water - it’s jazz and chocolate brownies. Can anybody say Bliss? To book your treatments, call 453-5353


Musical notes

Lil' Wayne By Jessica Davey-Quantick He might have a poorly-spelt version of ‘little’ in his name, but the reaction he’s getting is enormous! Lil Wayne was scheduled to take over the InterContinental beach on April 16th for an all ages show that had facebook all a twitter with excitement, however that’s no longer going to happen… just yet! “We’re getting all sorts of fan buzz- I feel like people aren’t sleeping! I’m getting phone calls in the middle of the night, emails,” said Sara Nassery of BlackPearl entertainment, the company bringing Lil Wayne to Doha. She says even though unforeseen issues made this trip impossible, they’re going to keep trying. Lil’ Wayne first burst onto the scene in 1997 as a member of Hot Boys, with his first solo effort dropping in 1999. He hit his stride in the early 2000s, gaining popularity with Tha Carter in 2004, and it’s two follow-ups, Tha Carter II in 2005, and Tha Carter III in 2008. Since then Lil’ Waynes been nominated for eight Grammy Awards, and is currently working on a rock album to be released this year. He’s collaborated with everyone from Chris Brown to Fat Joe to Kanye West, and fans say he’s going to be a breath of R&B air in the electronic-drenched Doha music scene. 55



The Qatar chapter of the world’s largest student-based association, focused on leadership development and international exchange. Open to current university students and recent graduates. For more information, contact

American Women’s Association

For information or membership, contact Jeannine at 511-8085 or Marilyn at 514-9752.

Bridge Club

Meets every Wednesday morning at 8:30 a.m. All welcome. Contact 554-0873 or email

Canadians in Qatar

The Canadians in Qatar Association organizes regular activities and events. For more information and details, visit

Doha Garden Club

The club meets on the second Sunday of each month from September to May, and holds an annual charity tour in March that visits exceptional private gardens in Doha. Annual membership fee is QR 100. For more information, email or call 602-8059 or Paula Riebe at 523-1650.

Doha Players

An amateur dramatics group that produces plays and musicals. Call 447-4911 or 575-5102 on weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., or email or visit for information on forthcoming shows or membership.

Dutch-speaking Association of Qatar (DSA)

Welcomes all Dutch speakers living in Qatar. Email Caroline at or visit

Egyptian Women’s Association

The ladies from Egypt hold reoccurring get-togethers. For more information, contact Mai Shawky at 572-4171.

Expat Women

Your magazine online, designed for women by women. Visit us at or email



Filcom Toastmasters Club

Filmcom Toastmasters Club fosters effective communication and leadership skills. Meetings are held on the second and fourth Saturday of each month. Contact Jonathan Holland at 540-3971 for further information.

French-Speaking Ladies Group

Contact Marie on 559-7467 or Rana on 572-6938. E-mail or visit

German Stammtisch

Monthly social gatherings organized by the German community. Contact 487-6959 or email


A creative group of “Ilonggos” committed to the growth and active participation of the Filipino Community in Qatar. They showcase every member’s talent and creativity to contribute ideas that can be generated into concrete projects and can benefit Filipinos both here in Qatar and the Philippines. Contact 595-9561 or email

Indian Women’s Association

Contact Seetha Krishan on 442-4052 or 551-6018, email or visit

International Ladies Potluck Group

This group meets once a month. For more information, email Ruth Sabry or Totta Thomas at

Lebanon Expats

Become a volunteer and stay updated about the forthcoming activities and events of Lebanese expats in Qatar. Send an e-mail to, visit or

Qatar Natural History Group

Discover the four corners of Qatar. Contact Fran Gillespie, Social Coordinator, via e-mail at for more information.

Qatar Quilt Guild

For more information write to

Qatar Scientific Club

Over 4,000 members attend classes and seminars in 13 interest groups including scuba diving, remote-control aero modeling, astronomy, electronics, etc. Children aged 6-12 years are welcome to join the Children’s Club. Call 458-3780, 458-3827 or 458-2087. 57



Meet other Singaporeans living in Qatar and enjoy regular get-together sessions. Contact Annie Tan, Secretary, at 520-9294 or send an e-mail to

Simplemente Amigas

A new Latin ladies social group. For more information, contact Ceci Dur at 551-8358 or e-mail

Silver Dhow Association

This multi-cultural, multi-national ladies group holds monthly dinner meetings on the second Monday of each month. For further details, contact Ellen Thompson at 435-2598 or 587-0133 or e-mail

South African Ladies Association

For detailed information, go to, contact Lody by e-mail at or telephone 589-2366.

Spanish Speaking Ladies Group

Regular meetings are held every third Wednesday of the month. For more information, contact or Rocio Fielder at 664-2094 or Claudia Mayela at 589-3457.

Talking Matters Toastmasters

Develop into an excellent communicator, leader, and human being. Meetings are held on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at the Pearl Lounge, Aalishan Restaurant at 7:15 p.m. Contact Paul Easy at 580-7524 for further information.

Tuesday Ladies Group

Open to women of all nationalities, this group meets on alternate Tuesdays and includes a guest speaker or a planned activity. For more information, contact 573-5078 or send an e-mail to

Turkish Ladies Group

Interested participants can contact Mrs. Senyurt on 550-8026 or Mrs. Ataol on 546-8309.


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It happened

AC Milan played Al Sadd in a special match on March 4th. 60

It happened

The Japanese Embassy visited a local school to put on a demonstration of kimonos and Japanese culture. 61

It happened

Vodafone Qatar, part of the Vodafone Group, the world's largest mobile network, announced their Initial Public Offering of 40% of the Company's authorised share capital and subsequent listing on the Doha Securities Market. 62

It happened

His Excellency, US Ambassador Joseph LeBaron joined General Manager Saeid Heidari and his staff in opening the new JW's Steakhouse at the Doha Marriott Hotel. 63


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