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Does Qatar give a real life experience? Does a youngster growing up in qatar face enough challenges to be ready for the real deal? Our student reporters find out.


Campus Brainstorm issue 1 september-October 2009

campus Brainstorm is the next big thing! It is a unique platform where the youth gets to voice their ideas without being judged. A cuppa joe and lots of inspiring viewpoints on college, fashion, environment, movies and things that matter most.


dream big

sky is the limit at the age of 15, he co-founded an agency and currently his hand’s busy with charity projects and event organization. Meet Bilal taha, our young turk for the issue.




getting their look

are you a cyberity? watch your step when you are online. we tell you how to up your cyber-security quotient.

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doha gymnasiade 2009 is all set to roll. gear up for the season’s biggest sporting event.

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Georgetown University welcomes class of 2013


eorgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar (SFSQatar) officially welcomed the Class of 2013 into the university during its New Student Convocation ceremony. The event, held in the inaugural week, at the LAS Building at Education City, formally inducted the new class of scholars into the academic community.

Mehran Kamrava, the interim dean of Georgetown’s Qatar campus, led the ceremony welcoming 45 new students from Qatar and around the world. The ceremony marked the close of a week of orientation events for the new students, which included information sessions on Qatar and Education City, as well as lectures on academic integrity, privacy, and other subjects.

CMUQ alumna garners

position in CEO ME list


inanne Tabra, a 2008 graduate of the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar and founder of, has been named on the list as part of the next generation of Arab leaders. The ‘Top 30 under 30’ list released by CEO Middle East has a list of the best and brightest entrepreneurs in the Arab world. The list includes names from well-known Arabic families as well as representing a variety of businesses. Jianne is a 2008 graduate and member of the inaugural graduating class at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar. She holds a degree in Business Administration.

TUNE IN... QF Radio is very proud to invite listeners to tune in to QF Radio›s newest show, Campus Buzz, created by students, for students and for youth across Qatar and the world. Campus Buzz offers a variety of perspectives on activities on campus here at Education City, Doha, plus media commentary, comedy, lifestyle tips, music and much more. You may even hear some of your own classmates! QF Radio Studios are located at Portacabin 1, Education City. You are free to approach them with your program concept email or phone 4540976. The office is staffed from 7.30am-3.30pm SundayThursday.

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Doha Tribeca one minute film festival held





amily and friends of Qatar’s first filmmakers gathered at the W Hotel recently for the inaugural screening of their one minute films, created through workshops led by the Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF). Making their directorial debut were Mohammad Abdul Rahman, Jawaher Al Kuwari, Reem Almuftah, Noora Almeadadi, Fatma Al Naama, Khalifa Al Obaidly and Fatma Alremaihi – all of whom wrote, directed, produced and edited 60-second sto-

ries shot on location in recent weeks in private homes, landmarks and public spaces around Doha. In addition to watching the films, attendees had the chance to hear firsthand from the Qatari filmmakers as part of a questionand-answer session. DT FF’s Community Outreach DT FF will run from October 29 to November 1 2009 and is being produced by Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) in collaboration with the Tribeca Film Festival. DT FF will include 33 films, as well as special events.

VCUQ students trophy

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he trophies designed by Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar’s students for Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club’s prestigious Qatar Prix de l’ Arc de Triomphe and Qatar Arabian World Cup races in Paris recently held will finally be seen by the rest of the world. The trophy, presented to the winner of the Qatar Prix de l’ Arc de Triomphe race who also takes away prize money of €2,285,600,

was brought to VCUQatar before it made its way to Paris. Noura Al Khulaifi, the Foundation (first year) student who designed the trophy was thrilled to see the final finished product. The trophy was handmade in Milan from a wooden mold of the Noura’s design and fabricated into a masterpiece in gold and pearls with a malachite base. Noura’s trophy design was inspired by the Qatari Flag and Rocco French style.

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Have Brains,

Will Storm! The Campus Brainstorm

It would have been just another random weekend. A Sweltering, yet calm Doha evening. However, within the cosy confines of Colombiano Coffee House, a storm was brewing - a blizzard of thoughts and opinions, views and attitudes. Campus Brainstorm is the next big thing! It is a unique platform where the youth gets to voice their ideas without being judged. A cuppa joe and lots of inspiring viewpoints on college, fashion, environment, movies and things that matter most to the youth. The Campus Brainstorm, held on September 17, 2009 was the first of its kind, which will soon be a regular feature – every two months – where students from any and all schools, universities and colleges are free to come and join the chat.

The virtual bubble

I’m fine without being connected 24/7. I miss my phone only when I have to reach a friend. I also hate my mobile phone when my parents call me and ask me to pick up my little brother from school or run errands.

Do you feel the itch if you don’t update your FB status every two hours? And how many of us furiously keep texting whilst talking to friend in person? Shocking? No, not a bit. We all are pretty happy living in the ‘Virtual world’ around us. Nevertheless, the ‘Virtual world’ brings along with it virtues and vices. Are we content living like this? What is so bad about eating-sleeping and breathing Wi-Fi communication? We brainstormed!

Living in the virtual world prevents you from actually wanting to see that person. We get too comfortable chatting and calling.

Mohammed Abdullah

Mohammad Bara Hanin Bader

Hanin Al Sharif

Samantha Serrao Photography: Robert Altamirano, of Kodak Ali Bin Ali Venue: Colombiano Coffee House

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Samantha In Qatar there is not much to do. And the easy access to Internet puts the world at our feet.

Mohammad Bara There are people who while talking to you are on the phone simultaneously. You disrespect the person in front of you by doing that. I try not to be on my phone while I’m with others.

Samantha If you’re constantly texting, chatting or surfing the Internet, you forget your priorities. You are in a world of your own. It doesn’t help you grow as a person.


Mohammad Bara

Keghani I feel the virtual world is a good place. There are a lot of good things happening out there too.

Hanin Al Sharif It is hard to find people who share the same interest as yours. So starting a club is a far-fetched thought.

Mohammed Abdullah

You get so taken up with keeping in touch with everybody that we even end up texting people at four in the morning. It affects your health if not anything else. I feel parental control is required here.



Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar

Hanin Al Sharif Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar

Hanin Bader

I agree that I’m over dependent when it comes to the Internet. I waste my life on the Internet and I know it’s wrong, but I’m not doing anything to help myself! Also, now that we have cell phones, parents get worried if we don’t answer when they call. Earlier they had no means to contact us and so they were less worried I guess.

Mohammad Bara

Hanin Bader

Petra Tawfiq

It is easier to go to the Internet and get information. It’s convenient. So we are bound to get hooked. I guess we would be closer to other people if we didn’t have IMs and cell phones.

I like to play soccer, but thanks to Doha’s beautiful weather, I have to switch to other options like sleeping or surfing the net.

I think we do have a lot to choose from here in Doha, but we are just not motivated. There are activities you can do alone, but if you start going out alone daily, you will look like a loser. There are opportunities here but zero motivation to go out and do something.

Stenden University

Mohammed Abdullah Muhammed Stenden University

Samantha Serrao Stenden University Stenden University

Keghani Kouzoujian Carnegie Mellon University Qatar

Camila Ferreira Northwestern University Qatar

Samantha We are not motivated enough. Most of the teens have enough money to spend, so they do not really want to make that effort to go out and make a difference or do something worthwhile.

Doha and its limitations During the course of the discussion it came across that one of the major reasons students here in Qatar so are so hooked to the virtual world is because of the lack of avenues where they can utilise their talents, make friends, and do something constructive witht their time.

camila ferreira Keghani Kouzoujian

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The Green Scene Environment, green living, nature. These words unleashed varied responses from the students. Do you really care if the ozone layer has a huge, gaping hole? What is your bit towards making the earth greener? Excerpts from the chat.

Mohammed Abdullah I encourage my father to use energy-saving bulbs and lights and I see to it that I switch off the AC when I’m not in the room.



I try and drive less and try and walk to reach a place if it’s within walking distance.

I tried starting a composting unit at home, but had to discontinue because my mom didn’t help me with it. We also have a ‘Live Green’ association at our university, which helps spread awareness with regards to recycling.

It really bugs me when I see people who park their cars at the malls, and leave the AC until they are back. How can you be so inconsiderate and burn fuel just for your convenience?

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The early bird got an iPod! Keghani Kouzoujian won an iPod for being the Early Bird. The prize was sponsored by the generous folks from iSpot.

sep-oct ‘09

Good As It As


A life too easy is a

challenge in itself

It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot, irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it – Jacob Chanowski


ow would Qatar’s education scene rate in Chanowski’s assessment we wonder. Does Qatar have enough challenges to prepare youngsters for the the real deal? Can you actually call a country safe or unsafe?

Our student reporters Dona Fernandes and Ashlene Ramadan do the rounds of campuses in town posing the question: “Is this the real world experience?” A few think that there are challenges growing up in Qatar, although these challenges might seem “different” in nature compared to those elsewhere in the world – Challenges brought by climate, diversity of people and the drive to succeed in “the world out there”, are things they have to face everyday. Some however, consider it an “easy life” Naïve, sharp, hopeful, wary, tempered... a mélange of emotions and opinions unique to student-hood.

Sarah Allouba

18 Carnegie Mellon University qatar

I was born and raised in Qatar and I finished my first year in CMU-Q. The academic is amazing because we get a lot of opportunities. But I personally don’t like the social life because going to QF I feel I don’t have a social life even though I have many friends outside QF. However, there are many clubs and I’m active in two clubs. But I feel the clubs are not taken seriously because we don’t have regular meetings and it’s too focused on work rather than fun.

Rasha Said

18 Qatar Academy

Living in Qatar has filled me with hopes that I can succeed as anything I want to be. I do not worry about Qatar having no trial and error method of teaching me about life. I see a lot of unfortunate happenings in the television and in newspapers. I also see the world out there myself when I travel abroad or go home to my country. When I went back home recently, my iPhone was stolen by my friends itself. I was fortunate to get it back since the retailer was suspicious about the item being sold. Ok, things like this happen anywhere, maybe even in Qatar. But Qatar has given me this hope of safety. It’s a place where I am able to expand my territories and build my foundations for life. Mohamed Tarek Mohamed Abdellatif

I had a good high school experience because I feel safe in Doha and it’s easy to make true friends. I feel university in Doha would be a good experience because I already know some people in Education City, who will help me adjust. Academics is really good too because they bring the top universities from the US to Doha and you also have the opportunity to do cross registration. We can meet people from different universities and interact with them.

19 Carnegie Mellon University qatar

Arihant Agarwal

19 Carnegie Mellon University qatar

It’s a challenge in everyday life here in Education City as an international student. I also have to face a lot of cultural challenges. I spent all my life in India before coming here. During the first semester here, I was scared of offending someone. Now I feel much more oriented to the local culture. It’s challenging to fit into a totally new culture, but it’s also a lot of learning and a lot of fun!

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Brian Manalastas

20 Carnegie Mellon University Qatar

I’ve lived in Doha for one year and seven months. It’s different from Saudi because it’s more open, less conservative and there are more things to do. I don’t feel I have the proper college experience here... I’ve been to the U.S. and I’ve realized how life is easier in Doha because we’re all being spoon-fed and everything is handed to us.

Sarah Kawas

18 Northwestern University Qatar Well no, I don’t face any extra challenges than if I had been in another country. Challenges are present everywhere regardless of time and place. I must say that I have lived here all my life and this country is a really safe place to live in. I have got the transportation to take me to different places and all my needs are provided very carefully to me. Some of my classmates still have nannies and housemaids who take care of them. This has had no bad influence on the youngsters here, but I think living in another place would require that I depend more on myself to survive.

Marco Favav

19 Qatar Aeronautical College

No, because here it’s a closed environment and nothing happens. I’ve lived in Italy most of my life and that’s the real world. Life is easier in Doha, sometimes too easy. Family takes care of kids, but in Italy teenagers are independent and have to take care of themselves. I don’t feel like I’m experiencing the proper college experience because the majority of the people in my college are Arab. I don’t speak Arabic so I feel like an outcast. There’s not enough diversity so I don’t feel like I can relate to the people in my college because we have different interests.

Mahmoud Taher

17 Wakra Independent School It will be really wrong to say that living in Qatar is like living anywhere else. It’s totally different. Qatar is a safe home, unlike rest of the world. Of course bad things happen, but once in a blue moon. But that is not what I am talking about. To a person who has only seen Qatar and grown up here, I would advise them to take extreme caution traveling out there into a world of “who knows what!” You don’t really get the real picture here. Moreover, television or the news in papers do not give anyone the experience of actually living out there in the wild.

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It will be really wrong to say that living in Qatar is like living anywhere else. It’s totally different.

Qatar is a safe home, unlike the rest of the world.

Bassuony Bison 20 Qatar University

Ahmed El Fayoumy

20 Qatar University

I come from Egypt, and I love my country. But living there is a challenge. I feel safe living in this country, to come back home at anytime of the day and know that there is no one hiding behind my closet threatening o take my wallet or my life. I mean I don’t even have to think about those things. There could be many reasons why Qatar lets people sleep at night in peace, and one of these could be law of the land. I mean there are really good laws here, especially for women. I can breathe in peace and live, to give importance to things more important than ‘worry’.

It’s really unrealistic to say that living here will teach anybody how to face the challenges of life. Living here, and going on tours to other places is the best way to live. In this way, one can ensure safety of life and property, and at the same time learn how it is to live in a challenging environment. I have lived in Qatar all my childhood years. It has been a really pleasant place for me, I mean, if your friends are around you, does the place matter? During my vacations, I have traveled on my own and sometimes with my family to see the world out there. No! It’s not the same. Basically I think that the challenges over here would be related to things like coping with the traffic. Driving on the roads here is a scene to watch! I think it is an activity in which people take all their energy and enthusiasm out.

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Ahmed Mohammed

19 University of London

Omer Mohammad

19 Northwestern University Qatar Different? Yes, it’s a very hot country. On one hand there are a lot of challenges living in Qatar and on the other, there aren’t. There aren’t because, essentially, most (if not all) of us have had everything fed to us with a silver spoon: kids driving Lamborghinis, with Fendi purses, Cesare Paciotti shoes etc. But on the other hand, this is also a very limited view of teenagers in Qatar. Most of them sit at home every day of the week because they have nothing to do. It’s just too hot to go out and they don’t own a car. So they end up sitting at home and facebook-ing all day. They don’t need to make life terrible to learn how to live. As far as I know, its safe here and I think it’s worth it to lose out on a learning experience, if your streets are safer.

I don’t feel like I’m experiencing the ‘real world’ because my parents pay for my education and I don’t have a part time job to support myself during my high school years. I like it here because I’ve been introduced to a wide variety of cultures, and it is my country. I left Doha to study in London because Qatar doesn’t have the major I want to study. I used to feel safe in Doha and life is easier for sure. I enjoy it more. In London, they have a completely different mentality and are very independent. That’s the other major difference I realized when I moved to a foreign country.

If there is someone to connect us to the outside world, which in this instance, I mean outside Qatar, it is fine. Yet, it is difficult to connect in the right way without someone to direct us if you have only lived in Qatar. Living here is not the same as living anywhere else in the world of course; it’s a whole new experience actually. There is a huge challenge coping with the climate, especially if you are not accustomed to heat and with the pressure of growing side-by-side in competition with the rest of the world. Wherever there are people in this world, there will be challenges. Not that people are hard to live with, but learning to cope with people is a lesson in itself.

El-Hassan Wanas

19 Carnegie Mellon University Qatar

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by dona fernandes







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Knowing bilal better Bilal Taha recently organized The Red Carpet: Doha’s 1st Hip Hop & RnB Ball, where GUnit’s Hot Rod performed live along with songstress Kéyali Mayaga and 974 Music Signee, He, was 23 years old when he first visited Qatar in 2007.

At the age of 15, Bilal, along with his German partner and friend founded Intermediax Ltd in London, an online web designing agency. He hired freelancers from the Philippines and Malaysia for the job.

When Bilal first came to Qatar he felt that the youth in Qatar do not very often get the opportunity to get outside their ‘little shells’ of comfort and experience ‘real-time’ entertainment.

Bilal handles very delicate charity projects around the world from Qatar. “This mindset was built very strongly in me since I was a child,” he says. In 1998, he was made the student-president of his school, and the project he did that year was a stepping-stone to the changes in his life.


he roadway between Al Meera Co-operative society and KFC was packed with traffic. There was a line of cars behind me and another line in front of me. At this rate, I thought, I would never make it to meet the guy I had met the previous day at the Blue Print music event in Education City. The crowd almost mobbed him at the event but I was excited when I got an appointment to meet him in the privacy of his house. I had felt very privileged then, but now, I was destined to be stuck in traffic in the neighborhoods of his residence. Bilal Taha, who recently organized The Red Carpet: Doha’s 1st Hip Hop & RnB Ball, where G-Unit’s Hot Rod performed live along with songstress Kéyali Mayaga and 974 Music Signee, Trak, was 23 years old when he first visited Qatar in 2007. “I already had contacts with people in Qatar before I moved here,” he says, adding, “Qatar appeared more and more in the media, and I decided to visit this great country.” Originally from Palestine, Bilal was born and brought up in Munich. In 2007, he graduated from Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) in Spain as a Medical Informatics & Biomedical Engineer. “When I visited Qatar, I realized that I was

in the perfect place for booming markets, and a young entrepreneur or anyone who has an ability to dream big should never let this opportunity pass by.” At the age of 15, Bilal, along with his German partner and friend, founded Intermediax Ltd in London, an online web designing agency. He hired freelancers from the Philippines and Malaysia for the job. At the age of 21, he was the Vice-Chairman of Taurus Building Inspections & Surveying in Spain. And while he was still studying, he also became a Project Coordinator with the Global Groups in Real Estate companies. He is presently an Events Coordinator in the entertainment business in Qatar. Bilal also aspires to open his first restaurant in Qatar soon. Besides Bilal’s genius-like qualities, what struck me most about him was the fact that he fishes out young talents from around the country and gives them a chance to go public and display their talent. Sometimes with the help of his team he also helps develop and bring to life these young artists who would otherwise have not been known. When Bilal first came to Qatar he felt that the youth in Qatar do not very often get the opportunity to get outside their ‘little shells’ of comfort and experience ‘real-time’ entertainment. “Qatar is in a very raw state and also

I get excited when I see this country continuously move towards developments. It never slows down a bit.

the richest country in the Middle East right now. I get excited when I see this country continuously move towards developments. Life is challenging. That It never slows down a bit.” does not mean you sit I walked around his house and looked at down on the face of those pictures of him in the refugee camps around challenges. Dream big, the the world. There was one that stood out, sky is the limit. amidst the several certificates of honor for service. I pointed towards it, “The UNRWA (United Nation) in year 2003,” Bilal says. “That was in a Palestinian refugee camp in south Lebanon. Houses were being destroyed and people were starving. We were tra students but no space to accommodate helping in distributing those rice bags from them. The charity collected enough money Japan.” He says that he knows what these that month to build an extra classroom in people feel as he has gone through the the school. Bilal visited the place after that, pain of loss too. “I lived through the wars in and saw the children who were able to get South Lebanon and the earthquake (1999) an education. “For the first time, I felt like I in Turkey.” had a reason to go on in my life.” Bilal handles very delicate charity projThat was the beginning. In 2007, he inects around the world from Qatar. “This vited international stars like Akil the MC mindset was built very strongly in me of Jurassic 5 and the famous band Shai to since I was a child,” he says. In 1998, he collect money for orphans infected with was made the student-president of his HIV in Burundi. 1500 people from all over school, and the project he did that year was Germany attended the event called 1 Naa stepping-stone to the changes in his life. tion 1 God 1 Way. Sofia Baig, the artist from The project required of him to organize a Canada and Abdulrahim Kawooya of the charity bazaar to collect money for a school United Kingdom also attended the event. in Burkina Faso, Africa. The school had ex- “To change something, we have to become

the change,” Bilal says. Bilal is very positive about the future of youth in Qatar. “One may think that as youngsters, growing up in the comfort zones of the country, it is not possible to know what it is like to live in the other parts of the world. This is not true.” Instead, Bilal feels that challenges living in Qatar are big for the youth. “Growing up is not very easy and the youth have to figure out a lot of things about life on their own and it takes a while to understand the pattern of the country. I personally think that within a period of two years, this gap will be negated.” I asked him what he thought was special about him before I got up to leave, maybe something I should have asked in the very beginning. He took a while to answer that question. “I don’t know,” he says. “Maybe the fact that I am still alive, with the grace of God. It’s amazing.” Bilal aspires to give the country as much as he can during his stay here. “This is what I have to tell the youth in Qatar. Life is challenging. That does not mean you sit down on the face of those challenges. Dream big, the sky is the limit. If you want something you never had, you have to do something you never did.”

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9:00 AM

In the office bright and early – not too many people around yet. Grab a cup of tea and read the morning paper.

Work starts in earnest. I am in the middle of two different market research studies for clients, one involving the effectiveness of internet advertising in the Middle East and the other related to real estate preferences. Both due end of week. Both are online surveys so I check the quantity of responses and their demographic breakdown to make sure we have achieved the right quantity and mix for the two surveys. We are on target for one but need to give the other a push as we are short of respondents in one particular demographic group.

9:30 AM

A Day in the Life of...

...A Market Research

Analyst By i Hanar Najj

10:00 AM

Spreadsheets ready for the real estate survey and the business of analysis begins. My spreadsheets are organized in such an efficient and organized way that the analytical work becomes a breeze! Our clients rely on our analysis of present preferences and perceptions and past statistical data to make important decisions related to product design, price, promotions etc. Hani Najjar is a member of the community of Professionals on, the Middle East’s #1 Jobsite

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12:00 pm

Analysis work well underway for real estate project and the findings are very compelling. I begin the PowerPoint presentation with a description of survey methodology and key data on number of respondents, their demographic breakdown and income brackets. Then I start showing the results for the questions we asked to gauge the health of the real estate market in the GCC and the nature of real estate demand and preferences.

3:30 pm

1:00 pm

Lunch! The team goes out to an Italian restaurant nearby to celebrate winning a very important new client.

Back at the drawing board churning data, analyzing the answers of the survey and summarizing findings in a compelling PowerPoint presentation. Take time off from this survey to discuss with the other client team how we can raise response figures for their survey. They agree to send another survey mailer inviting responses and to extend the deadline for responses for another week.

2:30 pm

Weekly team meeting to discuss outstanding projects.

4:30 pm

On phone with a banking client. They are not happy with the way we have translated their survey questionnaire into Arabic and are also requesting we add a whole new section to the questionnaire. Since the questionnaire has not bee programmed yet, this poses no problems, but I bring it to the bank›s attention that this entails a significant addition to the analytical work and hence that time required for completion. I think to myself the cost should also be raised but after a quick meeting with my boss we agree that we can maintain the price point as is.

5:15 pm

Client emails to respond to. Also a client has sent in a set of questions from a newspaper which require some analytical work to answer so I set aside some time to take care of them. Still have data on a research press release to check. Marketing handles all PR but I am responsible for making sure that data pertaining to my research is accurate and the angle of the release is correct.

6:30 pm

Presentation for tomorrow is looking good, some very interesting results on real estate moods and preferences for the different markets in the GCC. Our client will be pleased. I still have a good two days of work to do on this presentation to finish it but its developing in the right direction! I admire my PowerPoint acumen and graphic skills, log off and head home.

7:15 pm

At home reading about real estate trends in research published by other parties. I always like to be fully informed about the markets and industries I am researching. Tomorrow I guess I will be researching third party literature related to trends in online advertising. You can never be too prepared or too informed.

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snag it! Are you at a loss when it comes to writing out your first CV? or How to conduct yourself at an interview? prepare yourself with tips from an expert.




he grand finale of your student life is the big first job! Or, the attractive internship programme at an organization you’ve been longing to get into. How will you get there? How do you put together an impressive resume if you don’t have any work experience? Isn’t that the first thing that zips across you mind when you get thinking? No reason to fret!

You are not the only one; almost all your peers face this dilemma when it is time to hunt for that perfect ‘first job’ after graduating. And not having enough matter to fill in those pages shouldn’t stop you from sketching out an impressive resume. What to include in your CV? How to present yourself? How to conduct yourself at an interview? All these questions looming over can boggle the minds of any fresh graduate.

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Five Qualities RECRUITERS LOOK FOR IN A CV Focus: A good CV shows clarity of vision Truthful: Exaggerated claims on CVs are easily detected

Professional: The structure of the resume is critical

Attractive: The general layout should be user-friendly

Simple: Deliver the message in the most concise, impressive and relevant light

Interesting: Keep in mind that an employer is hiring a human being not a robot

Preparation is the key when attending any interview. An interview shows that the company is interested in learning more after reviewing your resume and application. Campus spoke to Issa Ali, Senior Manager, Human Resource, HSBC, Qatar to help you out of this tight-spot. Here are a few pointers on how to prepare yourself to go out and nail that interview.

What to keep in mind while attending the first interview?

that you look for in a fresher or intern? Leadership potential, thus promising future talent. Financial institutions like HSBC take pride in its corporate responsibility, therefore extracurricular activities illustrate that you take an initiative and are passionate.

Preparation is the key when attending any interview. An interview shows that the company is interested in learning more after reviewing your resume and application. It does not mean an automatic acceptance to a graduate or internship programme.

What is the one thing that gives a negative impression in a resume and should be avoided?

How do I excel in an interview?

It’s important to show that you are interested in the company; you may ask these questions at the end of the interview. Some questions relating to the position: • What are the main responsibilities of the job? • What are the most difficult aspects of the job? • How did the vacancy arise? • What is the career path relating to this position? • How will my work be assessed?

Prepare. Ensure that you have researched the company that you are applying to. The five main qualities that recruiters look for in a resume. Focus: A good CV shows clarity of vision. Truthful: Exaggerated claims on CVs are easily detected. Professional: The structure of the resume is critical. Attractive: The general layout should be userfriendly. Simple: Deliver the message in the most concise, impressive and relevant light. Interesting: Keep in mind that an employer is hiring a human being not a robot.

One fundamental question a resume should answer? Your career objective. Clearly defined and catchy objective. A fresher’s CV should highlight achievements, internships, and affiliations details. This area is particularly important for fresh graduates who do not have a lot of direct job experience.

How can I distinguish myself in the job hunt and in the interview? What are the qualities

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What are the questions that I can ask the employer?

Questions relating to the company: • What is the company hoping to achieve in the next 12 months? • What new products are the company planning to introduce in the future? • Are any major changes planned for the department/company? • Who are your biggest competitors?

When is the right time to start sending out resumes to companies, just before completing college or sometime mid-way? It’s advisable to start sending out your perfected resumes between your junior and senior year.

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Tricks to Make

College Tick By a Nadairsinge amar

It is the best time of your life since: you are no longer a kid in school you don’t get ordered around (as much!) and you are generally given free reign with your life. Okay, the only hitch might be that you aren’t considered adult enough to take on all adult responsibilities, yet.


ut here’s the thing; it takes a lot of students about six months to a year before the reality of the situation sinks in. Who needs to wait that long to start making the best of the best time of their lives? Making the transition from high school to college can be quite daunting, especially if no one has warned you about what you might be in for. That freshman year is often spent groping in the dark, trying to find your bearings, and wondering when the ‘best time of your life’ was going to show up!

In college no one but you, takes responsibility for your actions and decisions. Remember your sense of horror in high school at having to follow rules set by others? You might not realize it, but this is the moment you’ve been waiting for. Power has just changed hands. Now, you can make those decisions. It is your option to choose responsibly and bear the consequences of your choices. And then there are those Hollywood college movies. Guess what? They are fake! College is not all about parties and basketball and cheerleaders! There is actual work involved, and a lot of it!

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Let’s talk transition. Is it possible to make an easy shift from high school to college and minimize the surprises? Totally. Here are some tips to get you started. Photo Courtesy:


Do NOT reinvent


Starting college doesn’t mean that you become a new person overnight. It’s a new phase of life for the same person you were for the last 18 years or thereabouts. Don’t feel pressurized to ‘upgrade’ yourself, just because ‘you are in college now.’ You don’t have to force yourself to become someone else. Let the changes come naturally. Everyone goes through physical, emotional, social and spiritual changes as they grow up and there is absolutely no need to speed up the process.




And I don’t mean in class! If you are uncertain about what you should be doing or where you should be, there is no need for you to wander around aimlessly trying to find your way. If you are too shy to speak to a college-mate, look for a student advisor or a professor. Or you could even flip through the student handbook. They usually answer many basic questions.

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3 Establish a rapport with

your lecturers

You might be one in a small class of ten students or you might be one in a huge lecture hall for a hundred. Either way it is good to make sure your professors know you and recognize you. You needn’t walk up to them and introduce yourself on the very first day but do it at some point. Check out their office hours and schedules, know where their offices are. These things come in handy when you suddenly realize you need an extra push.



As simple as this may seem, it is amazing how often we tend to think we can get by with the minimum number of classes as long as we catch up by sharing notes with those who attend regularly. Many Student Information Plans (SIP) show that attendance counts towards your final grade. Remember, notes copied off another student just give you the gist of what that person understood from what was said in class! By missing a class you make yourself lose out on a wealth of verbal information that can’t be recreated via a friend’s notes.


Know your Student Information

plan like the back of your hand An SIP is your roadmap through each course. Think of it like it’s your GPS system in college. It is there to guide you. Know all the information on it. The syllabus, the testing methods, the test dates, the breakdown of the final grade. It’s tempting to dump that sheet of paper away on the first day of class, but resist the temptation. You are in power now! If there is anything that will ease the way through a course, it’s knowing what you are in for.


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Find a friend The buddy system works well in college. If you are not lucky enough to share all classes with one good friend, pick another student in each class and form a friendship. You can discuss classes and assignments. You can talk about, laugh about or even grumble about the lecture. All this helps reinforce things in your mind, making it easy for later retrieval. It’s wonderful to have someone to share exam stress with. Besides, goof-off time in college is compulsory! We all need to have a friend with whom we can waste a bit of time with.

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8 Do out-of

class work

Get organized Whether it’s with your notes, your time or your classes, it pays to be organized in college. For your notes you can use different notebooks, or folders, or colored Post-its. Whatever works for you! Stay current with all your classwork. We’ve all made the mistake of thinking we can catch up later and found out to our dismay that we can’t. Put yourself on a schedule that maximizes your priorities and helps you use your time efficiently.

Make time for yourself,


family and friends Throw together a drive to succeed, a demanding timetable, a dozen class assignments and only 24 hours each day and you have the perfect recipe for meltdown. Remember to plan ahead so you have time to hang out with friends and family to relax and rejuvenate yourself. It is vital that you have a non-college life. So make sure you spend time not thinking about lectures, assignments or exams.

This is not like high school when you just do what the teacher assigns. Your out-of-class work will triple. Go over notes and outlines frequently. Trying to absorb something huge in size is much more effective in small bites rather than in one sitting. Draw yourself a web, a diagram, or other graphic organizer that helps you organize the information and imprint that onto your mind.


Identify your strengths and

weaknesses early on Make the most of your strengths to stay on track while working towards your degree. Weaknesses? Be honest about them and come up with a strategy to offset each of them. This way you can avoid making mistakes repeatedly. For example if your weakness is procrastination, give someone else permission to hound you until the assignment is complete at least a day or two before it is due in.

Starting college is a turning point in a person’s life. It is when many of us make a decision about what we plan to be doing for the rest of our lives, and that alone is overwhelming enough. You will have plenty of challenges to overcome so don’t make a poor high school-to-college

transition one of them. Many college students are unpleasantly surprised at the difference between high school and college. But different doesn’t have to mean difficult. You have the power to make this the best time of your life. So go for it!

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By li sonaan ram



mma Watson has transformed from a gawky nerdy Hermione Granger to a worldwide fashion icon. It’s her sophisticated personal style that sets her apart from other teen idols, having built it up over the years. Apparently she doesn’t use stylists and doesn’t want the ‘perfect’ look that they tend to create. She has been seen on and off the red carpet looking stunning in Rodarte, Proenza Schouler and in vintage Ossie Clark. She has blossomed into a poised and graceful teenager In her day-to-day routine, Emma lives in skinnies, shrunken blazers and ballet flats like any other teenager. In this photograph, at the New York premiere of the Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, she mixed up her style with hip young pieces – a highwaisted mini with a leather halter-top from Proenza Schouler. It spells glamour and is sexy, yet cute. She is bang on-trend with the monochromatic color scheme of her ensemble. Keep the monochrome colors in mind and look for a simple, yet smart mini, well tailored. l The mini should be in a light color, preferably a tone of off white or light beige. You don’t have to necessarily go for the designer labels – high street options from say Topshop, Bershka, H&M, and River Island can work just as well. l Look for an interesting top to pair with. The top is in focus here – so look for one that has one key point – like a special neckline or special cut (like Emma wears a halter). It should be dark in color to complement the skirt. l

how can you look like emma?

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l Pattinson has almost trade-

marked the plaid shirt this summer. You won’t go wrong in following in his footsteps with a plaid shirt.

l Add some color with your plaid

shirt; hints of yellow are the current trend for young men’s fashion.

l Slim fitting trousers or skinny

jeans in a dark tone are what you need to look for to pair with this kind of shirt.

l The cropped blazer is a hot

trend right now. So look out for those in the high street stores in wool or other blends.

twilight star

l The idea is to keep to R-Patz’s

Robert Pattinson says, “I don’t want to look trendy, so I try to find clothes where somebody wouldn’t be able to say, ‘ Oh you’re a cool guy”. However I don’t think his disheveled look has been able to put off any of the PYTs.” One way to ensure the young gals will be following you is to take a leaf out of R-Patz’s look-book and enhance your personal style. He is one of the hottest guys of 2009 and his trademark look seems to be an expensive roll out-of-bed look, which he pulls of pretty well.


with high-heeled gladiators or the current trendy cut-away summer heels. l A clutch in a dark color will complete the look. Ensure your hair is well groomed and keep make-up simple with a dash of bright lipstick and you’re good to hit the red carpet too! l Another way to capture this look – go neon! River Island, Topshop and Splash have some great body-con skirts in bright neon colors like yellow or green or fuchsia or mandarin. l Some of these skirts have interesting zipper

details – go for one of these and you will be killing two birds with one stone – two key trends: Body con skirt and zipper detail – very now! l When you pair one of these with a black top you have a completely different look – a bit more casual, but fun too! Look for a top in a dark tone, which is sleeveless or halter necked. It should be well fitted l I would still suggest the same kind of shoes even with the neon-shaded skirt. Kurt Geiger and H&M have some lovely options for the perfect look.

disheveled look with wearing crushed or un-ironed clothes. A lot similar blazers can be found in high street stores like Topshop and H&M in similar grey tones.

l His messy bed-head hairstyle

is something that all the girls swoon over.

l It’s easy –some hair-gel will do

the trick (unless you want to go the R-Patz way by not washing it for weeks and have the grease build-up hold it up) and slight stubble will complete the look. This is an easy look all you guys out there can adopt and get up and go!

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Are you a

cyberity? What do firewalls do?

Share your knowledge of cyber security with your family. Many of you may know more about computers and cyber security than your parents or siblings. Take the time to teach them how to protect themselves and their data from danger.

Firewalls provide protection against outside attackers by shielding your computer or network from malicious or unnecessary Internet traffic. Firewalls can be configured to block data from certain locations while allowing the relevant and necessary data through. They are especially important for users who rely on ‘always on’ broadband connections such as cable or DSL modems. What type of firewall is best? Hardware: Typically called network firewalls, these external devices are positioned between your computer or network and your cable or DSL modem. Many vendors and some Internet Service Providers (ISPs) offer devices called ‘routers’ that also include firewall features. Hardware-based firewalls are particularly useful for protecting multiple computers but also offer a high degree of protection for a single computer. If you only have one computer behind the firewall, or if you are certain that all of the other computers on the network are up to date on patches are free from viruses, worms,

or other malicious code, you may not need the extra protection of a software firewall. Hardware-based firewalls have the advantage of being separate devices running their own operating systems, so they provide an additional line of defense against attacks. Their major drawback is cost, but many products are available for a reasonable price. Software: Some operating systems include a built-in firewall; if yours does, consider enabling it to add another layer of protection even if you have an external firewall. If you don’t have a builtin firewall, you can obtain a software firewall for relatively little or no cost from your local computer store, software vendors, or ISP. Because of the risks associated with downloading software from the Internet onto an unprotected computer, it is best to install the firewall from a CD or DVD. Although relying on a software firewall alone does provide some protection, understand that having the firewall on the same computer as the information you’re trying to protect may hinder the firewall’s ability to catch malicious traffic before it enters your system.

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Talk to an adult if you feel

uncomfortable or afraid of anything you see or hear online. In the same way you don’t allow people to bully you and harass you in school or the neighborhood, be sure not to allow it online either. Talk to your teachers or parents if you read, see, or hear something that makes you uncomfortable, fearful, or angry.

Out & About Enjoy the view along the Corniche – and take your laptop with you. Internet access is free! As part of ictQatar’s initiative to help connect people, three parks in Doha have wireless connectivity – for free! So head to Sheraton, Rumailah and Dahl Al Hamam!

Be Safe, Be Smart How can you minimize the access other people have to your information? You may be able to easily identify people who could, legitimately or not, gain physical access to your computer — family members, roommates, co-workers, members of a cleaning crew, and maybe others. Identifying the people who could gain remote access to your computer becomes much more difficult. As long as you have a computer and connect it to a network, you are vulnerable to someone or something else accessing or corrupting your information; however, you can develop habits that make it more difficult. Lock your computer when you are away from it. Even if you only step away from your computer for a few minutes, it’s enough time for someone else to destroy or corrupt your information or install malicious code. Locking your computer prevents another person from being able to simply sit down at your computer and access all of your information. Disconnect your computer from the Internet when you aren’t using it. The development of broadband technologies such as DSL

and cable modems have made it possible for users to be online all the time, but this convenience comes with risks. The likelihood that attackers or viruses scanning the network for available computers will target your computer becomes much higher if your computer is always connected. Depending on what method you use to connect to the Internet, disconnecting may mean ending a dial-up connection, turning off your computer or modem, or disconnecting cables. Evaluate your security settings. Most software, including browsers and email programs, offers a variety of features that you can tailor to meet your needs and requirements. Enabling certain features to increase convenience or functionality may leave you more vulnerable to being attacked. It is important to examine the settings, particularly the security settings, and select options that meet your needs without putting you at increased risk. If you install a patch or a new version of the software, or if you hear of something that might affect your settings, reevaluate your settings to make sure they are still appropriate.

Information courtesy ictQatar & QCert

Encourage your family members to have separate user

accounts. We all like to have our own room or a personal corner in a shared room to keep a few things to ourselves. Parents keep important documents locked away. we should follow this practice with our own information such as journals, bank account information, or other important data.

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Ice it


What could be better than spending time in an ice rink, especially during the notorious august Doha heat? Thanks to Gondolania and Villaggio Mall this summer wasn’t like any other. You can call it the ‘coolest’ event of the season. The Speed Racing on Ice 2009 was held on August 14 to 15, 2009, at the Gondolania Ice Arena, Villaggio mall. The event was organised by Gondolania Ice Arena in association with Qtel. The response was outstanding and skaters are already looking forward to next year’s Speed racing on ice.

Who participated? Girls and boys above the age of five, who could skate, took part in the major five events held, over the two days. The event saw around 50 enthusiastic participants from various countries like; Qatar, Oman, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Philippines and USA display their skill and deftness.

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The Sponsors

What were the events?

QT EL was the main sponsor for the event whereas Woman Today Magazine, Campus Magazine, Qatar Tribune, Rayyan drinking Water, Mc Donalds, KFC, TGIF, Krispy Kreme, Hardees, Grand Regency Hotel, Samurai, Party Balloons and Circus Land were the other sponsors.

There were five main events with-in which there were other sub-events. Main events included Oval speed racing, 60 metre sprint, 120 meter sprint, slalom and freestyle skating. The events were open to eight different age groups.

Special performances Katrina Mayo, Gondolania Ice Skating coach, a figure skating multi-medalist who competed around Asia and a national figure skating winner from the Philippines performed a special figure skating number. And Canadian ice hockey player Tyler Penney of QIIHL with Oliver Cortezano as goal keeper demonstrated an Ice Hockey shootout exhibition.

People behind the scenes

Oval speed racing event: Here the participants were supposed to skate using the entire ice rink. Starting from the centre, they had to complete two laps. The participant with the best time won. Sprint: Participants were to sprint from start to finish line. The event was divided into 60 metres and 120 metres sprint event. Slalom: The toughest in the league. Slalom participants were to skate on an obstacle course. Time penalties were imposed on those who committed errors. Freestyle skating: Here participants were to use their creativity and unique movements to impress the judges. The number of the manoeuvres performed, consistency and difficulty level were deciding factors when it came to naming the winners.

The event committee was headed by Bon Hirang, as the competition Director, Jamal Almuftah -Chief Marshall, Oliver Cortezano - Event Coordinator and Graphic Artist, JP Tanchico and Gino Lodronio, CoChief Referee, Katrina Mayo and Saif Ciflak as the referees.

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Ready, Get set



drenaline pumping, pulse racing, and a stadium full of cheering fans. That is pretty much the scene Doha will be witnessing this December. Put on your best woollies and head to the Doha Gymnasiade 2009. The Doha Gymnasiade 2009 is to be held from December 7 to 12 this year at Aspire Zone. It is the biggest school sports event held in the world. The event inviting approximately 1900 delegates from over 43 countries will be the 14th Gymnasiade in history. The participants will compete in sports categories ranging from athletics, swimming, to gymnastics.

Gymnasiade? What’s that? The first Gymnasiade took place in 1974 in Wiesbaden, Germany, and was created by the International School Sports Federation (ISF). What started as a small competition had gradually become a major school sport event in the world. The ISF was born due to the lack of sports activities within the teaching framework in Europe and was founded in 1972 with 13 countries.

How did Qatar bag it? In May 2007, the Heir Apparent HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani accepted the challenge to host Doha Gymnasiade 2009, and established the Organizing Committee in June 2007. The official handover of the games to Qatar was made in Athens, Greece, where the last Gymnasiade took place in 2006.

Where to go? The athletic events of the Doha Gymnasiade 2009 are to

Previous Gymnasiade took place in: 2006 Athens and Thessalonica - Greece 2002 Caen - France 1998 Shanghai - China 1994 Nicosia - Cyprus 1990 Bruges - Belgium

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take place in the Khalifa Stadium. The stadium is one of the three competition venues within the Aspire Zone. With 50,000 seats, the Aspire Zone will be a venue with the largest capacity for the Doha Gymnasiade 2009. Gymnastic events will be held at the Aspire Dome, while Aquatic events at the Hamad Aquatics centre. All training, warm-up and competitions will be held at the world-class Aspire Zone, itself.

What to expect? All you sports enthusiasts are in for a treat and will have a gala time witnessing the large number of events lined up. There will be 34 events in swimming and 42 different events in the athletic category along with 22 gymnastic events.


The number participants expected


The number of participating countries


Number of events to be held

Did you know?

Since it conception the event has been usually held in European countries with the exception in 1998 when it was celebrated in China - Shanghai. It is the first time the Gymnasiade will be hosted by an Arab nation.

Want to be part of Doha Gymnasiade? Email your contact and availability details to marking Volunteers in the Subject line. Or

Official Partners

just Buzz 4942009 and speak with the organising committee. Rush in your mails and calls by October 15, 2009.

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Mac-ximize your campus life


eing a student doesn’t translate into a heavy satchel, tonnes of books and stationery anymore. In fact, there’s never been a better time to be a student. Books, journals, research material and stationery is now all encompassed within the versatile computer. Technology has made learning more exciting – and more fun. And, as usual, Apple is playing a major role. Many classrooms, colleges,

and universities are now tech savvy. Campus information, study materials, and homework assignments are being posted online. Apple is at the core of this emerging direction for teaching and learning. The Mac is now the number one computer in schools and on college campuses. With Apple and the Mac, you get the tools you need to be a successful student today. And you develop the skills you’ll need to be successful as the assignments

get even more challenging tomorrow. It’s an exciting time to be a student. Because what happens in the classroom no longer stays in the classroom – you can use your computer, your iPod, or your iPhone to work where you want, when you want. The Mac can be used for any major; the best way to prepare for your career is to use the tools the pros use. And increasingly, the pros trust the power and reliability of the Mac.

Communications Computer Science In Medicine and Dentistry Understanding human anatomy, visualizing medical problems, and researching complex processes – just a normal day in medical school. A Mac can handle all of that and everything else you need your computer to do.

The Creative Arts To prepare for a career in filmmaking, design, recording, or photography, it makes sense to work with the tools the pros use. Apple pro applications such as Final Cut Studio and Logic Pro are the applications professionals depend on.

The Sciences Nearly half of all academic life scientists and most major research companies use Mac computers for research. The Mac allows scientists to see complex concepts through visualization and quickly test multiple hypotheses through simulation.

A Mac is all a computer science major needs. All new Mac computers run Mac OS X and x86 operating systems, so you can create programs for virtually any platform – Mac (including applications for iPhone), Windows, Linux, and UNIX.

Business Business professionals need to communicate their ideas and proposals in clear and compelling ways. Only the Mac comes with incredibly easyto- use tools that enable students and professionals to create stunning visual presentations that include audio, video, and music.

Blogs, Webcasts, Podcasts, Video creation for online newspapers. Technology continues to change the world of journalism. Apple applications and the powerful Mac Book are the tools of choice for reporting from the field.

What is iSpot iSpot is one of the leading Apple Resellers in Qatar. The team at iSpot comprises of young Apple enthusiasts, who are professionals when it comes to technical or creative solutions. Education is an important area of engagement for iSpot.

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Top Picks Marvel vs. Capcom 2 (Xbox 360)

go, grab!

PSP Go The new PSP will be available in North America on October 1 for $249. The PSP Go is smaller, has a slide-up screen, no UMD drive, and no game-changing upgrades, such as a touch screen or second analog stick. The PSP Go has a 3.8-inch wide screen (versus 4.3-inch on all previous PSP models). It tips the scales at about 3.8 ounces and will offer 16GB of built-in flash memory, and it’s expandable via a Memory Stick Micro (M2) slot. In addition Wi-Fi support, the PSP Go adds Bluetooth capability to the Sony handheld platform for the first time. That should allow standard Bluetooth headsets (and, presumably, A2DP headphones and speakers) to pair with the PSP Go.

Fallout 3: Mothership Zeta (X360)

The Sims 3 (PC)

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (X360)

BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger (X360)

Wii Sports Resort (WII)

Fat Princess (PS3)

Pokemon Platinum (DS) Teenage Mutant NinjaTurtles: Turtles in Time Re Shelled (X360)

Dawn of Discovery

(PC) (Rankings courtesy Gamer

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get your hands on these More than just time Casio G-Shock

Retro classic Rubik’s Cube This 3-D mechanical puzzle invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Erno Rubik is easily the world’s best-selling toy. For all ages. In a classic Rubik’s Cube, each of the six faces is covered by 9 stickers, among six solid colours (traditionally white, red, blue, orange, green, and yellow). If you›ve tried and not cracked the puzzle, check out http://www.youcandothecube. com/ for instant solutions. Dent: As little as QR30

QR 75*


The Casio Men’s G-Shock Riseman AltiTherm Atomic Solar Watch #GW9200-1 is a technical timepiece with athletic style. Featuring a unique three-layer twin sensor that measures altitude, barometric pressure, and temperature, the ability to track information over time, and MultiBand Atomic Timekeeping, which lets calibration radio signals keep the time display accurate, this watch is ready to take on big adventures. Add Tough Solar Power, an Auto EL Backlight, a world clock featuring 29 time zones, and five daily alarms into the mix, and it’s tough to see how you could be more prepared for whatever lies ahead. Dent: QR800 (approx)

QR 30

Choose from their wide range or create your own distinct style. Made of easyon, easy-off vinyl, LapSchticks make a notebook noteworthy and come in a bunch of different designs, colors and sizes for an instant computer upgrade. Dent: QR75 (approx) at

Plug and play Fretlight Guitar A real guitar, the Fretlight plugs into a PC with a 10foot USB cord, and the software tutorial sets strummers well on their way to rockin’ round the clock. Dent: QR2190 (approx) at

QR 800* QR 2190*

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QR 0 350-40

For the butch and the beauty Leatherman Wave The Wave is the flagship of the Leatherman line, and is the company’s most versatile multitool to date. The Wave packs a lot of features into a compact stainless-steel tool that weighs just 8 ounces. It offers one-hand access to two locking blades plus two additional locking tools; seven interior tool blades; and a very comfortable handle. Features include needle-nose and regular pliers, wire and hardwire cutters, clip-point and serrated knife blades, diamond-coated file, cross-cut file, wood saw, Phillipshead and large, medium, small, and extra-small screwdrivers, can/bottle opener, wire strippers, and lanyard attachment. Dent: QR350-400 Stick on Style

SAT Smart Princeton Review Pocket Prep If you are college-bound, you’re aware that there’s a new SAT and you are hoping to ace it. At least that’s the goal with the Princeton Review Pocket Prep. Packed with features including a dictionary, vocabulary list, flash cards, practice exams and a timer, this handheld study guide covers all the bases with verbal, math and essay drills for on-the-go test prep anywhere, anytime. Dent: QR550 (approx), without discounts at

QR 550*

Lighten your reading load Kindle DX

QR 1800*

A bookworm constantly on the move? Can’t get lighter or smarter than this a new eBook reader with a larger screen than the recently introduced Kindle 2. The screen measures 8.5” x 11”, the size of a sheet of ordinary notebook paper. The device appears initially to be targeted at students and newspaper readers. Amazon has concluded deals with a number of textbook publishers as well as several universities including Case Western University, Pace, Princeton, Reed, Darden School at the University of Virginia, and Arizona State University. Amazon has over 300,000 Kindle books already in store. Dent: QR1800 (approx)

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on rotation

The Baron in the Trees

This month, bring some new flavour to your ears with guitar rock harkening back to the ‘90s, hip hop from an industry mogul, and Egyptian love-pop.

Pearl Jam - Backspacer The rock band throws a bone to nostalgia with 37 minutes of ‹90s guitar music. Its ninth studio album, Backspacer features the tried-and-true formula of catchy riffs, fast-and-loose rhythm, and of course, Eddie Vedder’s voice, which once infiltrated the headphones of teenagers everywhere. Highlights include the party tune Gonna See My Friend and the romantic The End.

by Italo Calvino

Published in 1957, this quick read by the talented Italian storyteller is a real exercise in escapism and independence. Written with straightforward prose, the whimsical fantasy trails the baron Cosimo di Rondo as he abandons life on the ground for an existence among the trees. The passages of poignant disenchantment and heartbreak are unexpected, but unforgettable.


on the bookshelf

HHHHH by Alain de Botton

The Architecture of Happiness

Jay-Z - The Blueprint 3

Finally Hov is back in the studio - and he›s not alone. Guests on the rapper’s album include Kanye West, Rihanna, Timbaland, and even industry newcomer Drake. Undoubtedly there›s a statement here, with the first single entitled D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune) and a famous posse to back up his return to the game. So Ambitious is a recounting of all the reasons why listeners should love him, but Empire State of Mind, featuring songstress Alicia Keys, is the true reminder of why he sits at the top.


Consider the Swiss writer’s high-minded proposal that architecture is a sub-conscious result not only of practical needs, but also human emotion and idealism. At times meandering and affected, the basic conceptual thinking offered and encouraged by de Botton will leave the reader breathless and reflective.



1. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown 2. The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks 3. Alex Cross’s Trial by James Patterson and Richard DiLallo 4. The White Queen by Philippa Gregory 5. A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore

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Unaccustomed Earth This is the second collection of short stories by the Pulitzer Prize-winning Indian writer, and no less beautiful than the first. Follow a crowd of characters floating in the gap between oldworld Bengali culture and new-world British modernism. The eponymous first story is an account of the bond between three generations, even amid budding independence and mixed marriage. But the real jewel of the book is the three-part tale, Hema and Kaushik. It follows two friends through childhood, pain, family deaths, careers, and finally, romance.

by Jhumpa Lahiri


Stressed out from homework, extra-curricular activities, and the social scene? Find an escape with a travelling Italian baron, a collection of stories about disillusioned Bengali immigrants, and musings on the link between beauty and happiness.



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Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell Where Men Win Glory by Jon Krakauer Shooting Stars by LeBron James and Buzz Bissinger Traveling with Pomegranates by Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Strength In What Remains by Tracy Kidder

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Inglourious Basterds

Starring Brad Pitt and Diane Kruger, coming October 2009 .The latest work by love-him-or-hate-him director Quentin Tarantino, the film is just as confused as its title. Is it a Second World War story, or a re-imagined fantasy? Is it mimicry or mockery? Just go along with it, and follow the two-and-a-half hour tale of commandos and warmongers with abandon. Enjoy the snappy dialogue and quick pacing that have become Tarantino’s trademark, and ponder the real consequence of propaganda, the film’s central topic. Fans of Pulp Fiction will most likely enjoy the ride – anyone else may proceed with warning.


on the big screen

Make sure to catch these star-studded films in October – one a drama about a homeless musician finding hope, and the other a colourful adventure during the German occupation of France.

The Soloist

Starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx, coming October 2009 Two lauded Hollywood actors lead this film about a homeless musical prodigy in Los Angeles (Foxx) and the journalist (Downey Jr.) who takes him off the streets and back into the concert hall. Based on the true friendship between a schizophrenic classical musician and a lonely reporter, The Soloist doesn’t miss a chance to tug on the heartstrings. Many scenes devolve into maudlin silence, and the audience oscillates between disappointment and triumph from scene to scene. Nonetheless, it’s always entertaining to see two actors climbing over each other to show off their best acting chops, and if nothing else, a film filled with Beethoven and Schubert is certainly a treat for the ears.


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n Thursday, September 24, the lights went out in Doha. Darkness fell on the Majilis ballroom of the Sheraton Hotel for The Blackout party – the country’s very first Glow-in-theDark event, replete with glow sticks, glow spray, and glow paint artists. Despite new government restrictions regulating women’s dress codes and the sale of alcohol, partygoers streamed in decked out in a mishmash of black, white and neon. Each first passed by a paparazzi wall for photographs before entering an enormous hall echoing with hip hop and R&B. Dropping the beats were the evening’s maestros DJ Woogie from Shadyville DJs, S.O.D. Money Gang of Soulja Boy, and London DJ Josey Kray. DJ Woogie, also the official tour DJ for

popular rapper Soulja Boy, said, “I actually love Qatar; it’s a great place to buckle up. The people here really know how to party! They come out, they support, and when there’s an event like this, they really come to have a good time.” The evening was produced by T HI Promotion and Urban Stars Night, their second major nightlife event yet. It was sponsored by Lamborghini Doha, Glam fashion magazine, and Alimsworld. DJ Josey Kray commented that Qatar is still playing catch-up to Dubai in terms of hip hop and R&B nightlife, but “the crowd here really loves the music, and there is always an electric atmosphere. I enjoy engaging with the people; if they see the DJ having fun and enjoying himself, they will too.” He will next appear alongside DJ Legacy

DJ Woogie

Photography: Robert Altamirano, of Kodak Ali Bin Ali

A Party Where Everyone Glowed

for the Yo! Get Low party at Qube nightclub on October 30. And, he notes, a listen to Dr. Dre’s Nuthin But A G-Thang featuring Snoop Dogg should be enough to tide over hip hop fans until the next T HI/Urban Stars night.

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Water lilies double in area every 24 hours. In spring, there is one water lily on a lake. In sixty days the lake is completely covered with lilies. How many days did it take to cover half of the lake?



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Two planes take off at the same exact moment. They are flying across the Atlantic. One leaves New York and is flying to Paris at 500 miles per hour. The other leaves Paris and is flying to New York at only 450 miles per hour ( because of a strong head wind ). Which one will be closer to Paris when they meet?



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The pupil of the eye expands as much as 45 percent when a person looks at something pleasing. If you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink more water. For when a human body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off.

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