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In Suzanne's Words

The habitual back to school, and I’ll see you in September take on special meaning in Qatar with the annual migration to holiday lands engaging a majority of the population over summer months. Typically filled with fresh beginnings, reunions with old friends and anticipation of new projects and ventures, September’s welcoming return to the fast lane will materialize later in the month at the culmination of Ramadan festivities. Eid is looking pretty exciting with first ever entertainer appearances in Qatar. Qatar Happening caught up with Steve Lawler in anticipation of his gig on 22 September. Plenty of buzz and activity happening around town as preparations continue for October’s major events, ROTA Gala Dinner, Doha Tribeca Film Festival and the launching of Qatar Happening Lifestyle Awards. Keep checking in at www.qatarhappening.com to learn about last minute developments on the events scene. I bid a fond farewell to the Qatar Happening events guide. From October we grow into QH, Qatar’s Happening Magazine. Look for us in your favourite news stand, at QDC and Virgin Mega Stores.

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Table of contents

Credits

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Calendar of events

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Feature The Hair's the Thing

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Spotlight on arts The Art of Dessert

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Arts

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Spotlight on entertainment Sea, Sand and Camels

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Entertainment

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Spotlight on sports Gymnastics World Cup

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Sports

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Close encounters Steve Lawler

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Community

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Gourmet guide Traditional Goodness

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Restaurant promotions

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Kids Club Back to School Blues

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Social

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It happened

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Telephone directory

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For updates and new events, visit

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ON THE

COVER Publisher: The Art of Business Chairman: Ahmed Hassan Bilal Managing Partner: Suzanne Grant Content Manager: Jessica Davey-Quantick Head of Design and Photography: Jorell Legaspi Graphic Designer: Paolo Kurtis Tan Contributors: Jessica Davey-Quantick Research Assistant: Jay Panganiban Marketing Manager: Moona Masri-Whitice Marketing Assistant: Mohammed Hafis Distribution and Accounts: Lanie Fillo, Jaya Prasad Gautam, Durga Gautam Qatar Happening available at: QDC, Landmark Mall Kiosk, Mega Mart The Centre, THE One, Virgin Megastore, Doha Marriott Hotel Bookshop and the concierge of distinguished hotels Have your say: Your feedback and comments are always welcome. Please send your letters to the address below. Contact Details: Tel: 491 0565 Fax: 491 0570 Postal Address: P.O. Box 7848 , Doha, Qatar E-mail: info@qatarhappening.com Advertising Enquiries: Contact Moona Masri-Whitice at 491-0565, +974 556 5046 or email moona@qatarhappening.com Web page: www.qatarhappening.com 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 www.qatarhappening.com for more information Traditional Dates, Dhahya – Al Sadd Photo: Jorell Legaspi 6


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September 2009 Tues 1st – Wed 30th Dhow Cruises

Sat 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th Onaki Ga Ittai

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Doha Garden Club Tour

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Sun 13th

Aug 20th – Fri 28th

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Aug 21st – Sat 19th

A Taste of Arabia

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Assi Al Hillani

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ABSOLUT Bollywood

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Tamer Hosny

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Steve Lawler

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Technical Gymnastics International Tournament

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Kid’s Ballet Class

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The Hair's the Thing By Jessica Davey-Quantick Fall’s finally here, and with it that deep-engrained back-to-school need that has many people searching out bouquets of freshly sharpened pencils, new outfits, and most importantly, new hair. The first step is the cut itself. “For fall? Asymmetric cuts are really in right now, so more of the unbalanced hair cuts,” said Hillary Kozma Owner and Master Stylist at Glow Salon and Spa. “Fall colours, lots of reds and eggplants, chocolate browns, and the contrast of chocolate browns with maybe a lighter colour.” 9


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Years of back-to-school haircuts means many people schedule their new look for September. But in Doha, where good stylists are at a premium and the desert air has many heads looking more like a poodle than Victoria Beckham, that can be a little tricky.

“It is so dry here, it needs constant trimming. Every six to eight weeks people should come in and have a hair trim, and a deep conditioning treatment,” said Kozma. Qatar is like a moisture vampire for hair, which leaves people prone to split ends and breakage, even if they wouldn’t normally be. However Kozma says it’s not just the air that’s to blame. “There are different challenges, just because the climate and the water here is very hard on hair. Whatever chemicals they use for the desalinization process is very hard on the hair. It strips out the moisture, strips out the colour. And I think people are in the water a lot more so the chlorine tends to fade out the hair, so there are problems with that,” she said. “And definitely just the overall dryness with the climate here too.” She says one of the keys is finding a good stylist – particularly if you’re going to be colouring your hair as well. 10


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“You should always consult with your stylist; it’s an individual, case by case thing. The colouring in your hair, the texture of your hair, the condition of your hair, things like this,” she said. “Arabic hair is very course and thick and black, it’s coloured differently, it’s cut differently. Western hair is very fine, thin, even if you have thick hair each individual hair is usually very fine in texture. Colouring is definitely very different. You have to have a more delicate approach with western hair.” Good stylists will be able to cut the hair to work with your natural texture and recommend appropriate products– all important according to Kozma. She says it’s crucial not to over-stress hair that’s already being challenged by the environment. “Work with your natural texture, don’t fight it. Do something to prevent the frizz. I’d say sealing it with serum, doing lots of deep conditioning, conditioning every time you shampoo, and try not to shampoo every day. The natural oils are best for the hair, if you can go a couple of days,” she said. “I know it sounds gross but get it kind of greasy and then comb it through, that’s the best thing you can do for your hair. Dirty hair is actually a good thing. Most hair doesn’t need to be cleansed that often.” If you must wash it, she says be careful of the products you choose. “You should be really diligent. Use a colour safe shampoo, treat your hair before you get in the chlorine or salt water. And use a low sulfate shampoo. It’ll say on the bottle– sulfates are the detergent that’s in the product, and when it’s too concentrated, when the shampoo is low quality, it’ll strip out colour and moisture. So look for one that has a low sulfate level.” It may take a bit more effort in Qatar, but it’s still possible to attain that picture-perfect fall hair. 12


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The Art of Dessert By Jessica Davey-Quantick

Good art endures. But some of the best art is the kind that ends up in your stomach. Jessie Panganiban started baking when she was six, and trained to be a pastry chef at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde in the Philippines. But she says you don’t need to be a professionally trained chef to create scrumptious works of edible art. “If you're really creative and have enough patience this is something everyone can master,” she said. “Let your creativity flow. This is your canvas!” Looking at some of the cakes, pies and desserts that professionals produce can be daunting to even experienced home cooks. However Panganiban says that simplicity is often the key to getting great desserts to the table. 14

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“Desserts aren't really complicated. Refrigerated desserts work well if you don't have enough time to prepare it. It basically consists of a base (crust), fruit and cream. Chill it for a few hours, et voila.” she said. According to Panganiban, the key is to do things the old fashioned way. “Start baking from scratch and use none of those instant cake or dessert mixes. From there you'll learn the basics of baking,” she said. It doesn’t have to be complicated or include expensive ingredients, if you manage to create a Mona Lisa in sugar. “The way it looks just makes you want to devour it. Plus, you don't care how many calories it will give you, you're just so tempted by it,” she said. “It’s when you're done having your main course then everyone at the table just looks at each other asking if anyone is up for dessert. Why do they have to ask? It’s food too! There’s just something a little evil about those indulgent treats. After you've had your super meal, you just feel you have to give yourself a prize, that strawberry cheesecake, that chocolate crème brulee, that warm slice of apple pie with a scoop of ice cream, that tiny fruit tart...it's just oh so good!” But once again, you don’t have to be Michelangelo to pull this off- simple presentation can look as sleek and elegant as hours spent smoothing fondant. A bit of Houdini trickery can help though, and make you look like a pro, even if you’re one of those people who can burn water. “I made a five-minute dessert for this small dinner I had to go to. They were expecting me to bring something fancy. I just got these small round flat breads, whipped some cream, sliced fresh berries to go on top of the cream and garnished it with shaved chocolate. They thought I slaved in the kitchen for it!” 16


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Ramadan Photo Competition

All Month: Capture the spirit of Ramadan or Eid in a photo, and submit it to Qatar Visitor! The competition is free, and prizes range from a Crumpler Million Dollar Photography Bag with accessories to a Pro-Flickr account. The top three photographs will be published in The Gulf Times, and the winning photographers will get a dedicated page on Qatar Visitor. For more information, check out www.qatarvisitor.com.

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Aug 20th – Fri 28th: Waqif Art Center. A unique historical show pays homage to a rich aesthetic tradition that transcends distances in time and space as well as differences in language, culture, and creed. Gallery hours are from 10:00 a.m. till 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. till 10:00 p.m. For more information, email info@waqifartcenter.com

Summer Show at The Third Line

Jun 15th – Thurs 10th: The Third Line at Waqif Art Center. In this first edition of a group show at The Third Line Doha, a selection of works by seven represented artists will be exhibited over the summer months. For more information, check out www.thethirdline.com/Doha/exhibition.php or call 432-6285. 18


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Sea, Sand, and Camels By Jessica Davey-Quantick Whether you like your camels real or fake, you can get them both at ‘Dreams’, the latest offering from Sealine Beach Resort. “There will be a theme park for children, including camel rides, horse rides, and a giant trampoline kids and adults can enjoy, as well as a train ride for kids,” said Abdul Shukoor of Sealine Beach Resort. “We have real horses, real camels you can ride on the beach and jet skis (as well as) a merry-goround in the shape of a camel.” Dreams, which opened in August, offers summer fun outside the city. “We have everything, so even the bachelors won’t feel bored!” said Shukoor. With video games and activities for kids both big and small, Shukoor says the resort even includes things to keep adults entertained. 20


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“In the past this resort has been exclusively for families, but now we have a different kind of clientele,” he said.

While most adults are content to sun themselves on the beach with a trashy magazine, many kids easily tire of building sand castles and racing through the sea. Shukoor says the resort aims to give them more options beyond collecting seashells. “In the past kids could get a bit lost or bored at the beach,” he said, “This gives them something else to do.” It also fills a theme-park niche Doha has been missing, and all within driving distance of the city. And unlike many activities in Qatar, this one won’t cost you an appendage to partake. Entrance is QR 99 with theme park tickets around QR 10 – so how much you pay depends on how many times you want to go around. “We want to make it affordable,” said Shukoor. That makes the resort attractive for singles, families, and everyone in between. It even includes a selection of Oriental grills and Asian delicacies, so there’s no need to lug a cooler along. "We want to create a family friendly environment with something for everyone,” said Shukoor. “What we are doing is building dreams.” The park is open Friday and Saturday from 12:30 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. For more information, call 476-5299. 21


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Assi Al Hillani Live in Qatar

Tues 22nd: Dafna Hall, Sheraton Doha. Enjoy a dinner party and a night full of music as the Lebanese singer, Assi Al Hillani, entertains you with his songs along with Nadine. For more information, call 537-5374 or 538-5384.

ABSOLUT Bollywood

Thurs 24th: Doha Marriott. Join DJ Aqeel and DJ NYK at the Marriott beach for an evening of Bollywood sounds, presented by E4U. Show starts at 8:00 p.m. Tickets go on sale on Sept. 10th, QR 200 for VIP, QR 150 for men and QR 100 for ladies. For more information, call 717-2731, 571-7447 or 774-6007.

Tamer Hosny Live Concert

Thurs 24th: InterContinental Hotel. Catch the King of Generation, Tamer Hosny, perform live for the first time ever in Doha. Groove to his songs and enjoy a great night of entertainment. For more information, call 447-6660.

Oxygen Nights featuring Steve Lawler

Thurs 24th: Diplomatic Club Tent. Take hold on a new party concept called O2 – giant club nights at various locations with no fixed area. The first of the series will feature the King of Space, Steve Lawler. So breathe in, party out. For more information, call 614-5946 or check out this month's Close Encounters.

Quiz Night

Mon 28th: Shehrazad Bar, Ramada. Join the Doha Expat Mums and Kids team and have a great time testing out your wits. Quiz starts at 8:00 p.m. Prizes are awarded to the highest scoring team and runners-up as well. For more details and to RSVP visit www.dohaexpatmumsandkids.com

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Spotlight of sports

Gymnastics World Cup By Jessica Davey-Quantick The gymnasts are coming. For the second year in a row, Qatar hosts the Doha Artistic Gymnastics World Cup from Sept. 28th till Sept. 30th. “We have three kinds of gymnastics. We have rhythmic gymnastics for girls, with ribbons, clubs, and hoops. We have artistic gymnastics for boys and girls, for girls with beams, floor vault, for men, rings, pummel horse, things like that. And after that we have trampoline,” said Serge Van Poelvoorde, Technical Coordinator for the Qatar Gymnastics Federation. “(Last year) this event, it was one of the best events in the world. We have six events like this in the world, and the one in Asia, was in Doha. First time in March 2008, and now it’s coming again in September.”

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He says Qatar is slotted to host it again because of the quality of the facilities available here. “We have very good venues, very good places to practice, safety, accommodation, everything,” he said. And just like last year, the event will be free. Van Pelvoorde says this is a great opportunity for gymnasts in Qatar, and he hopes to encourage others to get involved.

“We have around 15 professional coaches and every day they go into the schools to try to give the opportunity to practice sports,” he said. “It’s not for high level, it’s just to enjoy. We have around 500 (students). And after some time, they start to be (more professional).” Since starting the program eight years ago, he’s seen many of his students go on to compete. “We started gymnastics eight years ago, separate of course. It was not allowed for me to attend training sessions for girls,” he said. "But now, you can see boys and girls train together. We have male coaches for the girls, we have all the training camps and sessions together, and so it’s a big step for the culture in Qatar for sport. We try to promote the practice of sport, and the target of our federation is of course to organize such events but also trying to attract local kids to practice sports activities.” Having both genders compete is also a big step forward in raising Qatar’s international sports profile. 25


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“For international gymnasts, we didn’t have a lot of girls. Because from Europe, Qatar is still like Saudi, a closed country, it’s not good for the girls. (Last year from Qatar) there were 150 gymnasts, 100 boys but only 50 girls. But afterwards everyone was surprised, because they discovered Qatar.”

This time around, he expects the numbers to be more evenly split, male and female. Last year's competition really helped draw Qatari girls into the sport. They’re also hoping to encourage more people to come out and watch. “This is another problem, because the first sport in Qatar is shopping. So when you have free time you go in the mall. The last event it was around 1500-2000 spectators. It’s not bad. But spectators were expats, not local people. If you see tennis matches full capacity, but 90 per cent expats. (This time) I tried to organize some things because our target is to try to explain to the kids, come see gymnastics and after maybe you can try, you can start, you can practice sport.” The show will certainly be worth it. “Last time it was around 40 countries. Now, it will be around 170 gymnasts from 35 countries. The best countries of the world will be there, China, Japan Korea, Russia, France, Canada, all countries,” he said. “We want to explain to the people that we have high level events, and it’s free.” For more information, check out the Qatar Gymnastics Federation at www.qatargym.com 26


Sports

Yoga at the Marriott

Sundays & Thursdays: Doha Marriott. Stretch out from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Free for hotel guests and members, QR 50 for non-members. For more information, call 429-8888.

Pilates

Mondays: Doha Marriott. Push yourself with Pilates from 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Free for hotel guests and members, QR 50 for non-members. For more information, call 429-8888.

Mixed Cardio

Mondays: Doha Marriott. Break a sweat from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Free for hotel guests and members, QR 50 for non-members. For more information, call 429-8888.

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Body Conditioning

Tuesdays: Doha Marriott. Tighten up from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Free for hotel guests andmembers, QR 50 for non-members. For more information, call 429-8888.

Bums and Tums

Wednesdays: Doha Marriott. A focused workout from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Free for hotel guests and members, QR 50 for non-members. For more information, call 429-8888.

Technical Gymnastics International Tournament

Mon 28th – Wed 30th: Aspire. Witness a sporting event that showcases the finesse and dexterity of gymnasts and see who will be on top. For more information, check out www.qatarolympics.org or visit www.qbsf.info

Qtel’s Eighth Annual Football Tournament

Aug 24th – Wed 9th: Al Sadd Indoor Club. Catch all the exciting sporting action between the various departments of Qtel and see who will be the victor. The Grand Final is set on the last day with an awarding ceremony.

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Close encounters

Steve Lawler By Jessica Davey-Quantick Pure Productions gives you an excuse to make it back to Doha this September. Steve Lawler hits Doha with a heart-pounding show to dust off the Ramadan cobwebs in style on Sept. 25th. “I’ve had some great parties in Dubai. Obviously it’s a very different scene (here) then anywhere else in the world, the rules and regulations are much tougher, but people want to party,” he said. “What fuels me is the energy in the music and the atmosphere I can create.” He’s been creating atmosphere since he was a teenager. Starting with illegal parties and underground clubs in the UK, he’s been mixing beats and creating music since he was barely out of primary school. 30


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“I stared collecting records at 16. First gig, one of my illegal parties, at 17. I started doing these things at an early age. I wanted to be a bit rebellious, but more importantly I wanted to play in front of an audience, but I was too young to even get into a club myself, so I couldn’t play in clubs,” he said. “I just used to knock about with a bunch of kids who were into the same thing. We were a bit of a minority back then, but when you’re into the same music, the same things, you just find each other.”

For almost two decades he’s been finding other people who feel the same way about the music as he does. “What changed was 19 years – technology moved on, I got older,” he said. “I started doing this as a hobby but then I realized there wasn’t anything else I wanted to do.” Staying in the industry, and more importantly staying relevant and at the top of the DJ heap for longer than many of his listeners have been alive is no small accomplishment. But for Lawler, what keeps him going is simple. 31


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“One thing and one thing only – the absolute love of music,” he said. “The industry can be hard sometimes, and traveling the way we do can be uncomfortable, but performing in front of an audience is addicting. Playing music is as much in my heart now as it was when I first started buying records.” What he does is take elements of the everyday and mix it to create something unique.

“I would describe it simply as house and techno it’s deep but with a lot of energy,” he said. He’s a grittier DJ, inspired by ‘vices’. And he says, playing in the deserts not going to affect that. “The kind of music I like is more mysterious, more sexy, more deep, and that’s what you get when I play – it won't change from country to country.” And that’s something he thinks Doha’s craving for. “Hopefully what I’ll do is whip them into a crazy frenzy without them even noticing. I’m going to play stuff you’ve never heard before and get you into a real party vibe,” he said. “I’m expecting a good reaction. I know I can work any crowd. Put me behind a DJ booth and it’s just what I do. That might sound egotistical but it’s one of the few things in my life I’m confident about.” He hits the stage September 24th, Diplomatic Club Tent at 9:00 p.m. For more information, call 614-5946, or check out www.qatarhappening.com for updated details.

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All Ages Inside Pool Playgroup

Tues 1st: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Come for an indoor splash for mums and kids at the Ritz. QR 60 per mum and RSVP is required. For more details and to RSVP visit www.dohaexpatmumsandkids.com

Doha Garden Club Tour

Sun 13th: TBA. The club also holds an annual garden tour that visits exceptional private gardens in Doha. Annual membership fee is QR 100. Call Kelly Gibson, President at 602-8059 or 506-3403, dohagardenclub@yahoo.com

Japanese Cooking Class

Sat 12th: Mövenpick Tower and Suites Doha. Learn Japanese cooking with this popular culinary class. QR 170 per person and includes continental breakfast and lunch. For more details and to RSVP visit www.dohaexpatmumsandkids.com

Sushi-making Class

Mon 21st: Sushi Minto. Learn the art of sushi-making from the experts. QR 100 per person and includes a complimentary smoothie upon arrival. For more details and visit www.dohaexpatmumsandkids.com

Ballet Classes

Tues 29th: Al Wakra. Twirl your princess into a prima ballerina from 4:00 p.m. till 5:00 p.m. A professionally trained teacher host lessons for only QR 160 per month. For more details and to RSVP visit www.dohaexpatmumsandkids.com

New Arrivals Coffee

Tuesdays: Starbucks, Landmark Mall. New to Doha Expat Mums & Kids? Or maybe you’re new to Doha or want to welcome someone who is? Join Doha Expat Mums and Kids from 10:00 a.m. till noon for a coffee, great information, and some laughs. Children are welcome and there’s no need to RSVP. For more information, check out www.dohaexpatmumsandkids.com 34


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Expectant & New Mums Coffee

Thursdays: TBA. Join other new mums and mums-to-be to talk “all things baby!" Doha Expat Mums & Kids hosts a coffee from 10:00 a.m. till noon. Little ones welcome. Location varies so for more details visit www.dohaexpatmumsandkids.com

Doha Expat Mums & Kids “Mommy & Me Class” at Gympanzee

Thursdays: Gympanzee, Villagio Mall. From 9:30 a.m. till 11:30 a.m. Special rates for members and prospective members! For more details and to RSVP visit www.dohaexpatmumsandkids.com

Mums, Babes & Tots Yoga with Doha Expat Mums & Kids Wednesdays: Pepka Yoga. Stretch, have fun and most of all make new friends. For more details and to RSVP visit www.dohaexpatmumsandkids.com

Chat and Burn Baby Fat Weekdays: Landmark Mall. Powerwalk with (or without!) your stroller around with other mums from 8:00 a.m. till 9:00 a.m. For more details visit www.dohaexpatmumsandkids.com

Infants-Only Playgroup Mondays: City Centre Mall. Come to an Infants-Only playgroup near City Centre Mall from 9:00 a.m. till noon. This playgroup is limited to ages zero to one only (no siblings please). For more details and to RSVP visit www.dohaexpatmumsandkids.com

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Traditional Goodness By Jessica Davey-Quantick It’s a troubling challenge to write a food article for a month that includes Ramadan. This is my first time experiencing Ramadan, and much to my surprise, I’ve discovered there are traditional foods eaten this time of year, even if the whole point is to fast. I’ve loved dates for a while, having grown up in a household where honey was deemed an appropriate replacement for candy. However I wasn’t aware that they’re also an integral part of the Ramadan experience, and if done properly, can create a link from the modern world to the very beginnings of Islam. 38


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“Dates are considered as blessed fruit coming out of a blessed tree as mentioned in the Holy Qur'an. It is the sole tree that can live in our harsh climate and produce a fruit that contains most of the minimum food values required for a being to live,” said Abdal Aziz Alzeyara, Chairman of Dhahya, who provide traditional chocolates, sweets and dates. He says that not only are dates delicious, but they’re also a vital part of making it through Ramadan fasting.

“It is medically proven that eating simple sweets (such as dates) at breakfast allows the stomach to start preparing for the next meal. If dates are eaten with Laban (salted milk) then it is considered a complete meal. Dates have 45 food elements and 10 ammonite acids. They contain 74% Sugar, 15% water, 2% gelatin materials, 2.5% fats, Vitamins A, B, B2 and D. They also contain proteins and mineral salts,” he said. What sets the offerings at his store apart is their focus on tradition. Named after a traditionally magnificent breed of Arabic horse, they present traditional sweets in a traditional way and do it well – something that is lost as more and more people try to modernize their product. “We have started with the vision of combining the heritage and hospitality in a Qatari identity translated in our name and logo, where the horse symbolizes heritage and dates symbolize hospitality. Combined together we visualize the Qatari flag adding the Qatari identity.” Dhahya offers a selection of soft, hard, and dry dates in a variety of traditional packaging. For more information, call 442-0022. 39


Restaurant promotions

Al Mourjan Splash

Daily: Al Mourjan. Quench your thirst with the most delicious mocktail in town. Zesty lemon, fresh mint, bubbles and the barman’s secret formula won’t disappoint. For more information, call 483-4423.

Aprés Spa Café

Daily: Four Seasons Doha. Take care of yourself by enjoying feel-good meals that are not only healthy but light as well, all day long even during Ramadan For more information call, 494-8888.

Brasserie on the Beach

Daily: Four Seasons Doha. Treat yourself to a delectable breakfast and lunch buffet that will leave your taste buds satisfied during the month of Ramadan. Snacks and shisha will be served during Iftar and Sohour. For more information, call 494-8888.

Dhow Cruises with A Touch of Class

Daily: Al Mourjan. Set sail in Doha Bay on a Dhow cruise complete with five-star cuisine for two to 20 people. For more information, call 579-5039.

La Maison Du Caviar

Daily: W Doha. La Maison Du Caviar opens it’s doors every day from noon till 1:00 p.m., even during Ramadan, serving their selection of French cuisine, including their new Business Lunch with two courses for QR 90 or three for QR 115. If a light snack is all you’re after, you can sample their Caviar Canapees at the bar for QR 75 for six pieces. For more information, call 453-5303.

Il Teatro

Daily: Four Seasons Doha. Experience an authentic Italian fine dining experience every evening from 7:00 p.m. during Ramadan. For more information, call 494-8888.

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Lobster Mania

Daily: Al Mourjan. It's lobster mania at the Al Mourjan throughout the month of August. Come and experience the different exotic flavours of lobster cooked the Al Mourjan way. For more information, call 579-5039 or 483-4423.

Lunch at Za Moda

Daily: InterContinental. Indulge in a buffet lunch all month long, even during Ramadan, at Za Moda, with pizza and pasta stations as well as salads and desserts. For more information, call 484-4444.

Restaurant Gallery

Daily: Doha Marriott. Throughout Ramadan, Corniche and All’ Aperto will be open to serve scrumptious cuisine. As for JW’s Steakhouse, it will be open for dinner from 7:00 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. Asia Live!, Taj Rasoi and Pearl Lounge will be closed for the meantime and will resume on the first day of Eid. For more information, call 429-8888.

Restaurant Gallery

Daily: Doha Marriott. Throughout Ramadan, Corniche and All’ Aperto will be open to serve scrumptious cuisine. As for JW’s Steakhouse, it will be open for dinner from 7:00 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. Asia Live!, Taj Rasoi and Pearl Lounge will be closed for the meantime and will resume on the first day of Eid. For more information, call 429-8888.

Ruby Wu's Chinese Set Menus

Daily: Ramada Plaza. Whether dining alone or in a large group, Ruby Wu's is the perfect place to escape the summer heat. Now offering a variety of set menus from QR 180 per person. Opens at 6:00 p.m. during Ramadan. For more information, call 428-1555.

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Summer Fiesta

Daily: Al Mourjan. Al Mourjan sparkles all week long with fresh new ideas. Every night enjoy something different: experience Lounge music on Sundays, Tropical music on Mondays, French music on Tuesdays, Spanish usic on Wednesdays and International music on Thursdays and Fridays. For more information, call 483-4423.

Tea Garden

Daily: InterContinental. Enjoy the InterContinental’s tea garden all month long, started at 6:00 p.m. For more information, call 484-4444.

Eid Brunch

Eid al-Fitr: Le Cigalon, La Cigale. Enjoy a luxurious family brunch buffet featuring a vast selection of appetizers, art crafted seafood dishes, as well as themed irresistible sweets and chocolate fountains. For more information, call 428-8888.

Eid al-Fitr at Mövenpick Tower

Eid al-Fitr: Mövenpick Tower and Suites. Spoil yourself and your family with the aroma and flavours of traditional Qatari cuisine with the Eid al-Fitr lunch from noon till 4:00 p.m. For more information, call 496-6600.

Chocolate Wave Afternoon Tea

Wednesday and Saturdays: W Doha. Ride the wave of indulgence with the Chocolate Wave Afternoon Tea that features the renowned Teuscher chocolates of Switzerland. Delight in chocolate-infused hot beverages and decadent treats after Ramadan from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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Around the World Brunch

Fridays: Doha Marriott. Enjoy a lavish brunch from noon till 3:00 p.m. after Ramadan in the Restaurant Gallery, with cuisine from around the world. For more information, call 429-8888.

Onaki Ga Ittai

Saturdays: Ramada Plaza. Every Saturday from now until the end of Ramadan, feast on a menu of traditional Sushi, Miso Soup, Salad, Tempura, Teppanyaki and Fruit at Sakura. The food will keep on coming until you are “Onaki Ga Ittai” (not hungry anymore), for QR 180 per person. For more information, call 428-1555.

A Taste of Arabia

Aug 21st – Sat 19th: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Sit back, relax and enjoy the quiet of the Lobby Lounge, Arabic sweets and pastries including coffee and tea during Iftar. For more information, call 484-8000.

Bombay Balti Family Packages

Aug 1st – Sat 15th: Ramada Plaza. Chef Sharma introduces his special set menus! Enjoy a set menu for two or 4 people made up of popular dishes that include a variety of Balti's and Chef Sharma's famous freshly baked Naan breads. Opens at 6:00 p.m. during Ramadan. For more information, call 428-1555.

Lagoon Friday Brunch Fri 25th: 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 from 12:00 p.m. till 3:30 p.m. For more information call 484-8000.

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Ramadan treats

Iftar at La Cigale

Aug 21st – Sat 19th: La Cigale. Break your fast in an Art Deco atmosphere with family and friends at Le Cigalon Restaurant’s Iftar. The buffet features the traditional Ramadan beverages, dates, a wide variety of Oriental and Lebanese Mezze, as well as Ramadan specialties and traditional sweets for QR 195. Also on offer are their takeaway Iftar boxes and Ramadan baskets, full of their signature treats. For more information, call 428-8888.

Sohour at La Cigale

Aug 21st – Sat 19th: La Cigale. Sohour buffet will be held in La Cigale Ramadan Tent located on the indoor swimming area of the hotel with luxurious interiors and themed decoration, complete with yummy treats, shisha, and live music for QR 250 per person. For more information, call 428-8888.

Al Mourjan Iftar and Sohour

Aug 21st – Sat 19th: Al Mourjan. Indulge in fine cuisine and live music, complete with oud player and singer during Sohour. Book now for corporate, family and group bookings. For more information, call 579-5039 or 483-4423.

Ramadan Tent

Aug 21st – Sat 19th: Doha Marriott. The Doha Marriott invites you to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan with them in Al Fayrouz, complete with a special traditional menu. For more information, call 429-8888.

Ramadan Tent

Aug 21st – Sat 19th: Great Room, W Doha. Enjoy a lavish buffet and live entertainment for QR 190 per person. For more information, call 453-5353

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Ramadan at The Café Restaurant

Aug 21st – Sat 19th: InterContinental. Enjoy Iftar and Suhoor, starting at 8:30 p.m. daily at the Café Restaurant, complete with traditional Ramadan tent and light entertainment. For more information, call 484-4444.

Ramadan at Sheraton Doha

Aug 21st – Sat 19th: Sheraton Doha. Make your Ramadan experience this year unforgettable by feasting on wide selection of Arabic dishes while enjoying a festive ambiance. The buffet features traditional Ramadan specialties and Mediterranean delicacies.

Ramadan at W Doha

Aug 21st – Sat 19th: W Doha. This Ramadan, break your fast to the delicious flavours and aromas of traditional Iftar cuisine at Spice Market for QR 180 per person, children under 12 free, from sunset till 10:00 p.m. For more information, call 453-5363.

Iftar & Sohour at Wahm Aug 21st – Sat 19th: Wahm, W Doha. Break your ritual fast at Iftar and then settle down all the way until Sohour amidst light conversation, board games and good cheer. For more information, call 453-5323.

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Ramadan Nights

Aug 21st – Sat 19th: Four Seasons Doha. Experience a memorable feast for all the senses by chefs at Brasserie on the Beach and Arabica with family and friends. Enjoy shisha, snacks and specialty Ramadan drinks. For more information, call 494-8888.

Ramadan Dining at Grand Regency

Aug 21st – Sat 19th: Al Qasr Ballroom, Grand Regency. Enjoy traditional Iftar dishes that include cold mezzeh, dates, Ramadan sweets and so much more as well as international dishes. A Sohour buffet after that has hot dishes, various cheeses, sweets and juices. For more information, call 434-3333.

Ramadan at The Lagoon

Aug 21st – Sat 19th: Ritz-Carlton Doha. Feast on more than 50 different traditional Arabic cuisine with a hint of western influence and then quench your thirst after with traditional Ramadan juices. For more information, call 484-8000.

Iftar at Mövenpick Tower

Aug 21st – Sat 19th: Mövenpick Tower and Suites. Feel the Ramadan spirit in an intimate environment while immersing yourself with a buffet featuring the best Qatari cuisine made by Chef Aisha Al Tamimi. For more information, call 496-6600.

Sohour at Mövenpick Tower

Aug 21st – Sat 19th: Mövenpick Tower and Suites. Have fun with card and board games and enjoy the soothing sounds of a Qatari band while dining on fine cuisine from the a la carte menu. For more information, call 496-6600.

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Kids club

Back to School Blues By Jessica Davey-Quantick First day back at school can be tough, especially if you’re under four feet tall. Most parents have dealt with the tears, tantrums, and pleas for them not to leave – as well as the reaction of their children when they drop them off. “We tell parents if they’re anxious, the child’s going to be more anxious,” said Kimberley Sheedy, owner of Starfish Lane Kids. With two facilities, one operating for four years and the newest one just reaching it’s first birthday, she’s seen it all, from both parents and kids. They have over 250 kids between the ages of one and four from all over the world, and around 70 staff. She says they make sure all the parents know the staff and equipment are as safe and skilled as possible, as well as details about all the programs the kids will be participating in. But that still doesn’t make it easier for many parents – let alone their children – to let go of each other’s hands every morning. 54


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“I’m a child psychologist as well and I do talks on separation anxiety,” said Sheedy. She says parents can feel it as acutely as children, particularly that first time the kids head off to school. For many parents, they’ve spent all day, every day, for years with their tiny tots, and handing them over to the care of others can be a daunting prospect. But experts say while it’s a natural response, parents need to work hard to get comfortable with the idea, so their kids can too. The best way to do that is to research the school, camp, or daycare their child is going to, which includes more than just signing up and writing a check. Experts say parents should tour locations, meet staff, and ask questions. Good locations will also do something to address the child’s anxiety, even if it’s small. Many preschools and daycares will include a morning group activity to help kids get over the initial tears and fears. “We’ve got a book called ‘The Kissing Hand’ we use the first week,” said Sheedy. “It’s all about leaving your mum.” Some, like Starfish Lane, even go as far as to incorporate things like aromatherapy into the day to keep little ones calm and relaxed. Unfortunately, there usually isn’t a group circle-time for the parents. Some parenting groups suggest parents with kids at the same school schedule some get-to-know-you coffee dates or events to help distract them from their worries, as well as give parents a chance to socialize. “The first two weeks is the worst,” said Sheedy. “We call the parents everyday just to tell them everything is fine. They may get a bit more anxious seeing Starfish Lane jump up on their phone at first, but to phone every parent within 45 minutes of starting makes them feel that yes, my child is special and they’re going to be alright.” For more information on Starfish Lane, contact their Al Markhiya Branch at 487-5939 or their Al Jelaiah Branch at 411-0355. 56


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AIESEC Qatar

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 Qatar@aiesec.net.

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 rosaleengarvey@hotmail.com

Canadians in Qatar

The Canadians in Qatar Association organises regular activities and events. For more information and details, visit www.canadiansinqatar.com

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 dohagardenclub@yahoo.com 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 doha_players@qatar.net.qa or visit www.dohaplayers.com for information on forthcoming shows or membership.

Dutch-speaking Association of Qatar (DSA)

Welcomes all Dutch speakers living in Qatar. Email Caroline at info@dsaqatar.org or visit www.dsaqatar.org

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 www.expatwomanqatar.com or email lisa@expatwoman.com

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Filmcom 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 at 559-7467 or Rana at 572-6938. E-mail cercelf@gmail.com or visit www.vivreauqatar.com

German Stammtisch

Monthly social gatherings organized by the German community. Contact 487-6959 or email germany@qatar.net.qa

Ilonggos

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 adonis@atiprodaksyun.com

Indian Women’s Association

Contact Seetha Krishan at 442-4052 or 551-6018, email seekrish3009@gmail.com or visit www.iwaqatar.com

International Ladies Potluck Group

This group meets once a month. For more information, email Ruth Sabry or Totta Thomas at int.potluck@gmail.com

Lebanon Expats

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

Qatar Natural History Group

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

Qatar Quilt Guild

For more information, write to qqguild@hotmail.com

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. 59


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RedDotters@Qatar

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 annie_tlc@yahoo.com.sg

Simplemente Amigas

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

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 silverdhow@hotmail.com

South African Ladies Association

For detailed information, go to www.southafricansinqatar.netfirms.com, contact Lody by e-mail at welgemoeds@qatar.net.qa or telephone 589-2366.

Spanish Speaking Ladies Group

Regular meetings are held every third Wednesday of the month. For more information, contact amigas.qatar@yahoo.com 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 tlgdoha@binternet.com

Turkish Women in Qatar

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

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The Pearl Lounge at the Doha Marriott celebrated the return of Night Club Manager Joe Cota with their Exclusively Yours party on August 18th. 200 special VIP invitations were sent to regular guests of the club, members and non-members.

Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing held their first book club recently at the Four Seasons. Based in Doha, Bloomsbury publishes books in both Arabic and English for adults and children.

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Think Pink Qatar, led by founder, Karen Al Kharouf, held a volunteers' meeting at the Mรถvenpick Tower and Suites to plan the Breast Cancer Awareness Rally, "The Walk of Life," to be held in October. Everyone is welcome to take part in the global fight against Breast Cancer. 63


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