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Oh! To be a WOMAN...

16 What does it mean to be a woman of this era? The challenges, the opportunities, and the aspirations born of the two. We posed these questions to women from across a diverse spectrum of cultures, careers and interests. We set out on this exercise to commemorate Women's Day, as it turns out, we ended up marking Mother's Day which is celebrated on March 21, in the region. More than half the women in the feature say their mothers inspire them.


Kryptonite Mom

Our new columnist Dr Rajka Milanovic Galbraith writes about how not to cave in to the pressures of the new super mom.


Tick, tick off

Single's Dilemma

"Are you single?" is the question Cassey Oliviera despises the most. Let's find out why.

What is it about us women that makes us endearing? What is it that makes us tick? And what's the thing that ticks us off most? What's our take on men? And theirs on us?

44 health & fitness

Are you breathing?

OK, yes, of course you are, otherwise you wouldn't be reading this magazine, but how is your breathing? Megan Hare writes about the right way to breathe.

60 Thinking aloud 38 health & fitness

Perfect Imperfection

Nothing and no one is perfect and change is the only constant. Expecting perfection or constantly struggling to attain perfection will only cause internal stress and can be demoralising and exhausting for you and those around you, writes Nicole Van Hattem.

46 stylestop


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The Femi-dictionary: Truth or dare?

Cliches or plain truth? Here are the gender specific meanings to everyday words and phrases.

14 work wise

Telecommute: Any takers?


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If we are empowered women who know and demand our rights; who can pursue dreams that shatter some stereotypes, while nurturing quirks that reiterate some others; who can be financially independent and professionally sound – do we still need to observe Women’s Day? Is it an irony that we seek exclusivity and equality in the same breath? Here is why it is important to observe a day, to follow a movement. Because there are gender-specific incidents we seek to mute, experiences we wish to erase, and moments when we struggle for visibility. And that’s speaking for just us – the luckier ones. Now think of the majority of women, across the world, who are in the throes of the worst kind of violations and abuse. If Rihanna, with all her money, fame and the empowerment that comes with it, is easy game for an abusive (celebrity) boyfriend, what about those who have no access to education, health or legal help? A World Health Organization 10-country study on women’s health and domestic violence showed that between 15% and 71% of women reported physical or sexual violence by a husband or partner. Many women said that their first sexual experience was not consensual. (24% in rural Peru, 28% in Tanzania, 30% in rural Bangladesh, and 40% in South Africa). Every year, about 5,000 women are murdered by family members in the name of honour. Let’s not even get into trafficking and underage marriages, because we need an entire edition to speak of all these issues. Don’t picture violence against women as a trend in undeveloped countries or in societies facing abject poverty. It happens in the richest of homes, to the most empowered of women, by the most educated of men. And women from all strata of society face physical aggression, or passive threats at home, in workplaces and in public spaces. That means YOU and ME, are as susceptible. Equal pay and opportunities, representation in governments are other concerns that we need to look at. That is why we need forums, that’s why we need a Day, a Month, that’s why we need a ‘women’s’ magazine. And that’s why we need a sisterhood that sticks together. That is why we feature 21 brilliant women who between them handle 40 odd different roles. Here is to empowerment and freedom of choice.

Vani Saraswathi


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letters Selfless act How does one give something without expecting anything in return? It’s almost like an unattainable feat! But it’s amazing to learn that there are still a few who actually engage in selfless acts. I was impressed by the number of charitable organisations that are doing such great work in Qatar. To read about the volunteers, their motivation and inspiration was a delight too. Seeing them work for noble causes has inspired me to do my bit as well! Rebecca Jones Women Power I have always loved reading Woman Today – it is a one-stop destination to see women emerging as superpowers. Being a Qatari, it makes me all the more delighted to read how Qatari women are proving to be great role-models for other women to showcase their abilities. The articles on Sharoq Al-Malki and Maryam Al-Beshri were terrific and highly inspiring. Both these women have paved the way to think out of the box. Fatma Hussaini

Special Champion ‘Where there is a will, there is a way’ – this was the first thought that hit my mind when I read the article about the Special Olympic athlete Fatima Hassan Abdullah. We often underestimate the capabilities of people with disabilities. At times, they are not even

given an equal opportunity in certain matters. But it's time that we judge people on their abilities rather than their disabilities! I wish Fatima all the best for the coming International Games. Reena Malik Fun reading I simply loved the February issue of Woman Today. The theme of ‘Spreading the love’ was fantastic. The month was all lovey-dovey due to Valentine’s Day, but I don’t think one has to restrict their love to their partners only. Love for fellow human beings is the best form of love and the organisations that were featured are doing a fabulous job to ensure that the love is spread to one and all. Laila Fayyam Happy Valentine’s Day! Firstly, a very happy Valentine’s day to the entire team of Woman Today! I am an avid reader of your magazine and ensure that every month a copy gets delivered to me. Every woman has her own story to say and it’s wonderful to know more about them. The ‘Thinking Aloud’ page is a must-read; it’s more like a humorous take on reality! Thank you to the entire team! Pearl Parischia




trumps white

Rice that is. Regular consumption of white rice will get your blood sugar up, and hike the risk of type 2 diabetes.

So switch now.

Stand up



ust moving your derriere from the chair or the bed, and standing up more, will help you lose weight around the waist. In a study of middleaged adults, those who broke up their sedentary hours the most – by frequently getting out of their chairs for a bit – had waists that were more than an inch smaller than their sit-for-longer peers. Waist size is a rough indicator of how healthy you are. A big waist means you’re more likely to have bad stuff going on inside your body – such as inflammation, high blood pressure, insulin resistance, high blood sugar, and unhealthy fat deposits around vital organs. So go on and take a break from sitting down, at every opportunity you get.


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Lentil helps your mental


eeling blue? Time to dish out some lentil soup. Lentils are rich in folate and can help balance brain chemicals in a way that tackles depression. Cooked lentils provide about 180 micrograms of folate per half cup. But if you’re not a lentil lover, a folic acid supplement can also help you get the proper amount.

Get rid of it


arcinogenic threats at home; many ingredients we use at home are suspected to cause cancer. Even if hard facts are not yet available, what is known of these products is enough to warrant their exile from our homes.

Air fresheners:

Sweet-smelling air often comes with naphthalene and formaldehyde, both known carcinogens, as well as a host of other toxic chemicals. Trying baking soda instead to get rid of bad smell in the fridge, and use natural fragrances from essential oils for your home.

Art and craft materials:

Watch out for lead and other heavy metals in paints, glazes, and enamels. Use vegetable-based dyes and paints instead. Use water-based glues, paints, and markers and avoid hazardous solvents like rubber cement, paint thinners, and solvent-based markers.

Dry cleaning:

Conventional dry cleaners use tons of chemicals, such as perchloroethylene (tetrachloroethylene), naphthalene, benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene, all of which are carcinogenic. These chemical fumes can stick around on your clothes for days. If your garments require a trip to the cleaners, ask for the wet-cleaning option at the cleaners, and seek dry cleaners that use liquid C02 or citrus juice cleaners.

Cleaning products:

Carpet and upholstery cleaners are designed to strip stains and dirt from heavy textiles by using noxious substances. The worst of the ingredients is perchloroethylene, a central nervous system toxicant and respiratory irritant. Instead, try using a steam cleaner with water or a natural-based cleaner. Next time you’re shopping for furniture, aim for styles that use slipcovers that can be removed and washed or water-process dry-cleaned.

Adieu blog,

Getting back

in groove


re the days of not keeping your hands off each other long past? Then it’s time to stock up your refrigerator with the right stuff, to spice up your life. What should your shopping list contain? Bananas, celery, oysters, garlic, figs and chocolates for starters (Google them for all the juicy details on its potency).

hello Facebook Recent research shows that the number of bloggers from 2006 to 2009 has fallen, while social networking has overtaken in appeal. According to Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life project, blogs no longer hold an appeal for youngsters, who prefer Facebook and Twitter. Apparently blogging requires more work and effort, so youngsters prefer the 140-character fix and fb updates.

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Any takers? Telecommuting has become the talk of the town with professional women and men alike opting for it. Employers have long resisted this practice, but are finally showing some consideration as recently shown in a professionals poll which showed that 47% of MiddlE east employers are today allowing Telecommuting in their companies in an aim to support their personnel’s work-life balance.


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re you one of the many mothers who have been struggling to get the best of both worlds: work and family? Does work always find a way to creep into your “family quality time” and keep you in the office after hours, over weekends,

Be Reasonable:

1 Have a clear proposition:

Be prepared to share a clear win-win proposition with your management that outlines how both parties will benefit from a flexible arrangement. Your objective should NOT include the desire to watch over children while you work or the preference to cook a gourmet dinner while working on a client project. A proposition centred more or less around “Less burnout/stress/commuting hassle” and thereby “More productivity” is what you should have in mind.

4 Be Accessible:


Are you able to be just as available and approachable at home as you are at the office? It’s imperative that you are: may it be via e-mail, online chat, video conferencing, phone, fax – you might want to consider synchronising your work email on your home PC/Laptop and getting your home internet connection up-to-speed.

not only benefit employees, but also employers: talk about reduced “call in sick” days, increased productivity, increased effectiveness, more employee commitment and thus accountability. There is thus no call for panic. Below are some of Bayt Career Experts’ Top Tips to negotiate your way to Telecommuting:

etc...? Has it become a bit too overwhelming with the morning traffic, family responsibilities and the never ending interruptions at the workplace? Have you been putting off the “Flexible Work Arrangement Please” talk with your superior? Contrary to popular belief, telecommuting does


Determine the amount of flexibility that the nature of your job allows. List your job duties and run an assessment of what can be done remotely (i.e.: admin, research, etc.), and what would require your personal presence at the office (i.e.: client meetings, departmental meetings, etc.). This should give you an idea of how many hours a day (or days a week) you could potentially work from home.

Be Committed:

If an employer is to put his trust in you and allow you flexible working hours, you too need to show that you are worthy of that trust. Make sure you have space at home which you will use solely for the purpose of “work” during your working hours from home – away from the outdoor tempting glare, food’s exquisite smell and the neighbours’ entertaining conversations.


Draft a proposal:

Now that you have covered all the aforementioned, it is time to put it all down on paper in a compelling – yet transparent – proposal that you will take up to your superior for discussion. Rest assured, most companies today are aware of the importance of flexibility to working professionals and they do realise happy employees = more productive employees (you still might want to throw in a couple of employer benefits here and there). Make sure your plan sheds light not only on WHAT your objectives are but also HOW you plan to complete your entire job tasks remotely. Be ready to be asked questions and keep in mind that you are a doer, regardless of your location, and must sell management on that fact. It’s YOU who makes or breaks the job (and not the other way around!). Happy Telecommuting!

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How not to cave in to the pressures of the new super mom. By Dr Rajka Milanovic Galbraith


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Top Three Parenting Tips



If you work from home and have young children at home, centre work times around nap times to eliminate distractions. Noise cancelling headphones and music work well too.


If you need to do homework with an older child but have a toddler running around interrupting, give the little one some homework too. Photocopies of letters that he or she can colour regardless of whether they can write, work well and can be educational.


To keep dinner fun, go around the table and talk about your favourite part of the day.

“...we all want what is best for our children. Now, how about wanting what is best for ourselves: to feel adequate, and supported by fellow mothers.”

hen you first found out you were pregnant, you started envisioning what it would be like to be a mother. The picture you painted was probably rosy. Your friends didn’t tell you the complete truth; they knew that despite the difficulties, the joys of your newborn child would be much higher. After you deliver your baby, you have your moments. Your hair may go unwashed for days. You have baby vomit on your shoulder. And as you struggle, you note that everyone is quick to offer advice or be critical. But, you persevere. After weeks, you finally make it out of the house for lunch. You have to race to get there as your baby had an explosive dirty diaper just as you were leaving. You arrive to meet your friends (late), dishevelled and with a wailing baby in your arms. You look up and all you see is that the other moms are well dressed, calm and collected. Then when your children are in school, you are plagued with a multitude

of activities to manage. Sometimes you drop the ball. You don’t get the notice about pyjama day. Your child goes to school in his regular clothes. Another mom is the first to notice and comment. More than once. Then these activities spill to after school times. You race around town trying to get two children or more to individual activities. You have limited it to two activities per child because that is all you can manage. But, overhear another mother with four children talking about how each of her children is in four activities per week. And as the years go on the obligations increase as does this unspoken pressure to be not only super mom but this new “Kryptonite Mom”. We will not even mention one “Kryptonite Mom” who has gotten a lot of negative press in the media about her over-parenting choices. Where does this pressure come from? With the advent of the internet and social media, the societal pressures are even higher. Now achievements can be posted and read around the world instantaneously not just in the yearly 2011 March




Ask the doc I have been losing hair since I delivered my baby. I note that it is slow to grow back. Please help.

Post Partum Hair loss is normal. It usually starts 3-4 months after delivery. Any significant stressor can cause hair loss including: severe weight loss, major illnesses and surgery, along with traumatic psychological events. The hair loss is diffuse (all over). It can take 3-4 months for the hair to re-grow. This type of hair loss is reversible and will not lead to baldness. If the hair loss persists, it is important to be examined and have laboratory testing performed.

I have PMS (premenstrual syndrome). I have tried many things and nothing seems to work. What can I do?

PMS or premenstrual syndrome is common. It is characterised by physical symptoms (abdominal bloating, breast tenderness and headaches) and emotional symptoms (anger, irritability and internal tension) that occur only in the second half of the menstrual cycle. 75% of women have symptoms. Treatment should be started only when a clear diagnosis has been made: a woman must be symptom free in the first half of their menstrual cycle. For mild symptoms exercise and Vitamin B-6 (< 100 mg) can be tried. These have possible benefit. Other remedies that may have benefit are: oral contraceptives, Vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, relaxation techniques and reflexology. Therapies that have been proven to be ineffective in clinical studies are: progesterone (duphaston), lithium, evening primrose oil, essential free fatty acids and ginko biloba extract. For severe symptoms or for symptoms that effect a women’s life, if the above fail, a class of antidepressants: Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SRIs) are very effective. Sometimes a treatment interval as short as three days per month is effective. (There are other therapies beyond the scope of this Q&A)

My 4-year-old son has had recurring febrile illnesses since we arrived in Doha four months ago. Should I be worried and is it normal to have so many infections when coming to a new country.

In any country the number of viral illnesses a child experiences is much higher than we as parents would imagine. For example, children under six years average six to eight colds per year (up to one per month, September through April), with symptoms lasting an average of 14 days. This means that a child could be ill nearly half of this 8 month time period. Expatriates from all over the world live in Qatar, they bring with them many different strains of viruses than you would normally encounter in just one country without so many expatriates. I suspect the number of illnesses your child has will be the highest this year and then should decrease the following year. Your child should be evaluated if the fever persists beyond 3-4 days or if your child does not having complete resolution of symptoms in between infections.


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holiday letter. But it’s not all external pressure, parenting is downright hard at times. What works for one child doesn’t work for the next. And there are some days you can be a true “Kryptonite Mom” and some days when you fail. The failure is hard to admit. One theme common to almost all mothers is that we all want what is best for our children. Now, how about wanting what is best for ourselves: to feel adequate and supported by fellow mothers. First let’s examine the effects of all these pressures and then examine how to make it better. Over-scheduling of our children has negative effects as documented in studies: increased stress, anxiety and physical ailments. How many of our children are going to turn into professional athletes, dancers or performers? So while it is important to expose your child to lots of different activities. It is important to remove activities that no longer fit. One mother told me: we went to a parent observation class for our daughter’s dance class, which she had attended for five years and were shocked “ at not only her clear inability to keep up with the rest of the class but her apparent disinterest” So after days of discussions, she finally said “I don’t want to take dance anymore!” Maybe it is time we limit the activities. Let our children just be children for a moment. Let’s change our mindset and stop the judgment leading to these unnecessary pressures. Think about all the women in your life who are supportive – you’re really close circle of friends. Now treat all the other women around you like you would your close circle of friends. No ridicule. Respect their different choices. The next time that new mom comes to you, don’t give her advice just listen or offer to watch her newborn so she can go get a pedicure. And the next time you doubt that you are not a “Kryptonite Mom”, think of all those moments that matter. The time when you raced across town in the middle of your workday to catch your daughters 20 minute music performance. No other mother noticed but your daughter did. You witnessed many firsts for your child and hugged them for their achievements. Or you just laughed and enjoyed a spontaneous moment together. So in honour of International Women’s day, I am going to ask a favour: relax and give yourself a break. Strive to be imperfectly perfect. And the next time you hear that mom happily exaggerating about her achievements as a mother, give her a break. She is just struggling with what we all are: being a good mother

Dr Rajka Milanovic Galbraith is an American Board certified family physician, a mother of two and a wife who has resided in Doha f of the past 6 years. She has over 14 years of clinical experience and is regarded highly by her patients, colleagues and staff. Recently she launched a website: which provides up to date information in a wide variety of areas including: healthcare, parenting, travel, and entrepreneurship. Dr Rajka will be writing a regular column covering subjects from women and family health to parenting issues.If you have questions you wish answered, please write to, subject line ‘Ask the Doc’.

To be a WOMAN..

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She learns...

Dr Amal Al-Malki roles you play

God created us women with distinguished physical and psychological make-up to be able to bear the responsibilities of playing several roles simultaneously. I’m a career woman and a mother and cherish both roles equally. My role as a university professor is not limited to teaching and research. It goes beyond that to affecting change – no matter how small it is. Mentoring students and witnessing how powerful knowledge can be on young minds makes it worth the hard work and the long hours.

Loving what you do

I’m one of the lucky ones who love what they are doing for a living. I love it each time I attract a student’s attention with something I have said and see his or her face light up when understanding a new concept or coming up with an original analysis. I love it when students approach me for advice and guidance. I love it when students show interest in my own research and ask to get involved. In some career lines, people wait for long to see the impact of their good work, maybe in the form of a bonus, or a letter of praise. I see it on daily basis. For example, Nada has taken all of the courses I offer. She excelled in all of them, but she showed a unique talent in the Writer’s Craft course – which is a creative writing course. Her passion was ignited in the course but didn’t stop there. She has become the Teacher Assistant of the course. She also was


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the Project Manager of the Writer’s Craft book that’s published by the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage, and will launch next month.

Inspired by

I get my inspiration from every woman who has made a difference – regardless of the scale of difference. Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al-Missned has no doubt single-handedly changed women’s position in the whole country – it is a large scale change that has benefited me as a Qatari woman among all other females, regardless of their nationalities, living in Qatar. On a smaller scale, my mother had and still inspires me. She has managed to raise four strong women – each successful in her field. This isn’t an easy task and I take my hat off to her.

To be a woman in this century

It is a time of challenges – the century that has witnessed the rise of women’s movements; that has exposed their mistreatments and inequalities. It has witnessed revolutions of information, technology and the revolution of the youth against old orders. It is the age of globalisation and multiculturalism. To live through all of this as a woman is amazing as you live history and participate in creating it. It’s neither easier nor harder- as there is a huge discrepancy between the conditions the women live under from one region to another; and within the region itself. Still, I’m lucky to be a woman living in Qatar in this specific time and age.

She teaches...

Nada Al-Mahmeed roles you play

Although I am currently a senior student at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMUQ), I play other roles as well. In addition to being a student, I get the chance to join clubs within the university, complete internships in companies and work on other projects. I played the role of a marketing assistant, an accounting assistant, a project manager and many more. For instance, the latest project that I worked on was the publication of The Writer’s Craft: Teaching Creative Writing within Qatar along with Professor Amal Al-Malki. I was the Project Manager, and I had a lot of responsibilities to handle in a very short period. Being the project manager allowed me to juggle between many tasks. For example, I communicated with the authors and potential sponsors for the book. Also, I handled the financials, which were associated with the project, and I was responsible for compiling and organising the book’s final layout. I really enjoyed working on the book, and I am very proud of the result that we have in hand today.

Loving what you do

I do love and enjoy my life as a student, because it gave me the opportunity to explore different fields within the labour market through internships and projects. The internships and projects I worked on really helped me find what my interests are and where I would like to work in the future. Being a student in CMUQ is not only about studying and understanding the

course materials; but the university also pushes us towards contributing positively to the society and figuring out what it is that we enjoy doing in the work field.

Inspired by

I guess I am one of those lucky girls who is surrounded by many great women that I cannot mention one specific woman without remembering the rest. Through my studies in CMUQ, I’ve always found myself talking to Professor Amal Al-Malki whenever I thought I needed advice. On a personal level, I would always consult my mother, aunt, cousin or close friends. There is no specific woman that inspires me; they are all special and inspiring in their own way. However, if I had to rank them, my mom would come first because she is the reason behind being where I am today and she is the one that inspires and pushes me to be a better person.

To be a woman in this century

I think that being a woman in this century has its positive and negative aspects to it. It’s sad to be able to read the news of women who live in other parts of the world who do not get the same opportunities that I have due to reasons like famine or poverty. However, being a woman who lives here in Doha at this century and being aware of those situations and cases does push me to think of how can I contribute to make the life of other women better – either locally or internationally. 2011 March




Nadine Al-Malki

She mentors...

roles you play

I am the Events and Sponsorships Officer for HSBC Bank Middle East Limited in Qatar. I am responsible for the smooth running and perfect implementation of all events and sponsorships that involves the role of a team player, communicator, executor, planner, initiator and facilitator. As I am learning every step of the way I am also working very hard to achieve success in my career. As a Qatari woman I aspire to show the possibilities for and capabilities of Qatari women in the workplace.

Loving what you do

Greta Madgwick

She progresses...

roles you play

In my profession, as the Manager of Qatar Communications, I am responsible for the internal communications, media relations, sponsorships and events of HSBC Bank Middle East in Qatar. I am also managing a small team whom I try to guide in their career path, personal successes, challenges, aspirations and ambitions. When I leave my office, I am the wife of a successful IT professional and the mother of a 13-year-old daughter. My family role is my most important and most valuable of all the roles I juggle, and it’s the one I treasure with all my being. I also have an extensive and highly valuable circle of friends with whom I spend as much time as permitted by a busy life schedule.

Loving what you do

Work should never be a burden as it requires a lot of our time and dedication. I recently attended the Nick Vujicic seminar and his true words of thankfulness, happiness and joy once again reminded me that we have to rejoice in everything we do everyday. Additionally I can truly say that I am in the job that perfectly suits my personality and talents.

Inspired by

It is difficult to name only one as I have so many wonderful women in my life. My sister, eight years my se-


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I believe it not only depends on your daily work activities but the atmosphere in your working environment as well as the relationship you have with your fellow colleagues. They play a key role in motivating you to love what you do even more. I have a very social personality; therefore I enjoy meeting new people whether through our sponsorships and events or through seeking assistance from staff in other departments. I also have a very supportive and enthusiastic manager who has guided me in such a great way even through the hard times and she has helped me become the great professional woman that I am today. I work very closely with the team and they always support me.

Inspired by

nior, must be one of my biggest sources of inspiration. She has an amazing intellect and zeal for life. She is a walking encyclopaedia – or in modern terms, Wikipedia – with a fantastic emotional intelligence. I also have a tremendous admiration for women in politics such as Helen Zille in South Africa, Angela Merkel in Germany and Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State in the USA, as I cannot begin to imagine the pressure they are under. How they manage their work-life balance is extremely admirable as their days also only have 24 hours.

The woman who inspires me is none other than my mother. She is a strong and caring mother who raised four children practically on her own, and has followed her dream of being a successful teacher. Through the challenges of life she managed a master’s degree and a PhD in English. She has never stopped studying and is currently studying further while working and being a mother. I would like to follow her example and be like her one day. To be a successful career woman, a caring mother and a continuing student are great measures in life to be known and remembered for.

To be a woman in this century

to be a woman in this century

The 21st century must be the best yet for women. No longer do we have the struggles of our grandmothers and mothers, but we have true opportunity to be successful women in all the roles – professional, family, society etc. The 21st century gives us the opportunity to make the best of anything we have interest and aspirations in. It is a go-for-it century for women.

I think it is a great time to be a woman in this century. The opportunities for a woman in this time are vast; we are no longer under the pressure of holding only one role in life, which is to be a homemaker. We now have the choice of being a wife, a businesswoman or even both. Challenges are plenty and overcoming them is a great achievement.

She HEALS...

Dr Charmaine D’souza roles you play

I work as the Head of the Medical Section of Al Khor Community Medical Centre (Ras Gas Medical). An Obstaetrician and Gynaecologist by training, my duties include administration of the Medical Centre as well as seeing patients.

Loving what you do


I love working in the field of women’s health. I believe that a country is only as developed as its women. When women are empowered, educated and healthy, children are better raised, and society develops as a whole.

Inspired by

My grandmother although illiterate, had the courage and determination to challenge the male dominated society in her days. She ensured that all her children and grandchildren understood the value of hard work, sacrifice and education. Today, when I face hurdles that seem insurmountable, I think of how she would have faced them half a century ago.

To be a woman in this century

Today women have freedom of choice that would seem impossible just a few decades ago. This sometimes results in having to make heartbreaking choices when it comes to family and children. Women of this century often have some daunting challenges, whether at work where they have “targets” and “objectives” to achieve, or at home, where they are responsible for the education of their children, the nutrition of their families, as well as traditional societal pressures. In some ways I think the women of today, by going out and earning, have unwittingly made life for the men very easy.

Luiza Pancoti roles you play

I fought breast cancer. I’m Brazilian but living in Qatar for 20 years. My husband is Qatari and I have three lovely boys. and they speak three languages. Arabic, English and Portuguese. I have my own business of supplying uniforms for schools and companies (VIK-Uniforms). And I like very much my work. I love to live in Qatar because I made wonderful friends here. Thank God.

What it means to be a survivor?

For me to be a survivor is the biggest gift from God. He has given me one more opportunity to live. I have a chance to enjoy the time with my family, friends and my work. Today I feel that I’m a better person. My motivation was my sons. I need to

live more to support them. They are very young and they still need me.

Inspired by

I could name a celebrity. Someone everybody knows, and there are many people who deserve to be remembered. But I prefer to say the women who inspired me are all my friends and sisters who stood by my side. They supported me through my difficult times and helped me forget all the pain I had been through.

To be a woman in this century

We have to be very brave. We take care of the family and work. We have proved that we are able to occupy any job role that men traditionally did. The hard part of being a woman is the need to look beautiful and young all the time.

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She dazzles on screen...

Yasmine Al-Massri Loving what you do

I see myself as a performer, and yes I love my work because it allows me connect to my body and brain, and share my humanity in a creative way. I also love my work because it allows me to travel around the world, to meet people of different cultures, speaking different languages... it makes me feel I am a part of the world. My work also allows me to be an ambassador of my country. As a Palestinian actress I can be a part of stories that tells the lives of people in my country, share their sorrow, their joys and their dreams in a humane way that can create awareness and allow people see the human side of Palestine, far from clichès and political corruption, like in my last movie Miral.

Inspired by

My mother Zeinab, is the biggest example of tenderness and sensitivity. For me, she is the epitome of unconditional love; thanks to her I feel I can love and I can be a mother not just to my future children, but a mother who can embrace the world with patience and wisdom. This year my biggest inspirations were: Nawal El Saadawi for her wonderful writing, her life experience, and her fight for her country. I hope she can be the next president of Egypt. Shirin Neshat for inspiring me to go to a fine art school; for being one of the first international Iranian female artists who worked on the themes of body, violence, calligraphy, Islam, and women in Muslim society. Roula Jebreal for being an example of the modern Palestinian woman. She wrote Miral. Her experience reiterated to me that a Palestinian woman who has education, and culture cannot be stopped by any kind of occupation.

To be a woman in this century

For me, it is to be educated and to play an active role in society – especially in politics. We need more women in political positions around the world, to maintain a certain culture and to pass it on to our children. Women protect the identity of a society, because they are the educators of the new generations, and more than ever to be a woman is to stand by your man – whether it’s your father, your brother, your husband or your friend.


March 2011

She directs the dazzle... Nayla Al-Khaja Loving what you do

To enjoy my life to the maximum, I fell in love with my career, my true passion. I don’t ever feel like I am working, I am very fortunate to live my dream as a director. Films give me the freedom to explore new cultures, people, countries; to express my voice and inspire younger women, but more over it has that magic of storytelling and bridging people together in its most powerful form: A moving picture.

Inspired by

There are many women who inspire me. My mother’s resilience and determination to attain any goal inspires me. Other women include, Sheikha Lubna Al-Qasimi of UAE for her intelligence and focus. Film director Deepa Mehta for her perseverance and struggle. Elham Al-Qasimi, the first Arab woman to go to the North Pole – I admire her for her spirituality and sense of calm.

To be a woman in this century

It is still a man’s world but we have emerged as a voice in this century and I won’t be surprised if women took over one day or at least were treated as equals in every aspect and given the same opportunities as men. The less we feel like victims the quicker that day will come.

She plays...

She coaches...

Mariam Ahmed Al-Suwadi Roles you play

I’ve been playing handball for the Qatar National Team and have won several medals.

Jamila Sulimani roles you play

I’ve been an assistant coach for nine years at the Aspire Zone, training athletes in handball. Apart from handball, I love swimming too.

Loving what you do

Sports has always been a part of my life. My father was a great boxer; he simply loved sports. Back in my home country Algeria, there used to be a big sports club right in front of my house where I could see people being professionally trained all the time. I was always surrounded by sports and now I am a coach myself.

Inspired by

It was my mother. Despite not knowing how to read and write, she used to readily help everyone. Whenever my country went to war, she used to give away food to all the civilians. She was a very generous woman!

Loving what you do

I used to like playing right from my childhood. Earlier, sports was just a hobby, but now it has become an important activity in my life. I love playing handball.

Inspired by

I would love to be like Nada Zidane. She was a terrific rally driver.

To be a woman in this century

Over the years, women have now become very famous in all kinds of sports, even those from the Arab region. But tradition-wise, women still have problems in continuing with sports. For a man, it’s easy to continue even after 40 years. But for a woman, she might have to stop after marriage. It all depends on how your family supports you.

To be a woman in this century

The woman of this century is definitely strong. She has multiple roles to play unlike men. A man has only to take care of his work; but for a woman, she has her home, children, parents, and her husband to take care of.

2011 March




Rima Fakih To be a woman in this century

Women have accomplished so much in this century, and to make history as the first immigrant, Arab American and Muslim to win Miss USA is an incredible honour and a testament to the fact that anything is possible.

Inspired by

My mother, Nadia, is a woman who inspires me the most. At a young age, my mother raised her children during the war in Lebanon. She is a woman who would take the sweater off her back to keep her children warm. I had always dreamed of being Miss USA, but thought I could never accomplish it. My mother always pushed me to believe in myself and never give up.

To be Miss USA

Beauty is her career...

Words cannot explain how it feels to wear the crown of Miss USA. I am speechless and humbled to have been chosen for this incredible honour. To go down in history as the first immigrant, Arab and Muslim to be crowned Miss USA is a dream come true. This crown has offered me endless opportunities to explore the world, meet so many important individuals and represent the best country in the world. I feel TRULY blessed!

Carla Coetzee Loving what you do

Despite the fact that I suppose this has to be a YES answer... Yes, I do. Together with the big responsibility of managing a team and business at dados Spa & Beauty Boutique, comes the huge honour of working with people and being able to make a positive contribution to each of their lives, as well as all the clients that enters dados’ doors. I believe in motivating rather than breaking down, and being in this position I am able to do so.

Making women beautiful

Beauty is her business...

I don’t really think it should be said “look beautiful”, rather “FEEL beautiful”, as it is by feeling beautiful that you also LOOK beautiful. It is extremely rewarding seeing the difference and the feeling of relaxation when a client walks out. It is very satisfying being able to make a positive difference in people’s lives... even in the smallest ways. But there is also no greater power than the power of ‘touch’ and many people underestimate the value of that!

Beauty is

Someone who can look further than just the surface


March 2011

and notice the small things in life! Someone who can love, not expecting to be loved in return and someone who can share unlimited amounts of joy just by being herself!

Inspired by

The woman with the biggest heart – that is my mother! Raising six kids, still having love to give to everyone that enters her life and house, and always putting others first. Natalie du Toit – South African swimmer who lost her leg in an accident and still, regardless of being disabled, participate in able-bodied swimming! EVERY woman that can rise above their circumstances and who can stand up for themselves and make a success of their lives. Those who can stand up after they’ve fallen down and who sees potholes as stepping stones to better heights!

To be a woman in this century

Being a woman in this century is a lot better than what it was previously, I think, as I have the confidence and strength to know that I can go places and I am not afraid to take on challenges.

words are her tools ...

Rachel Morris

writing is her passion...

roles you play

Words, the tools of my trade. I think of myself as a communicator, using words (written and spoken) to persuade and inform as well as influence and challenge opinions and perceptions. That can be through a presentation I make, through a piece I have written or in a meeting on a project I am involved with.

Loving what you do

I am smitten by what I do. It completely energises me when I see someone have a light-bulb moment because of something I said in a presentation or a piece I have written. Or when someone says to me that they hadn’t thought about that issue or considered that point of view before. It’s a very crowded communications space in our world, and being able to articulate and demonstrate your point is a gift as well as a challenge.

Inspired by

Of course my mother Lynette inspires me. She left school very young and now has more degrees than anyone I know. I am also inspired by women who stand up, speak up and demand that their voices be heard – (former Indian Prime Minister) Indira Gandhi, (former Washington Post Publisher) Katherine Graham, (current German Chancellor) Angela Merkel, (former Irish President) Mary Robinson, (Australian PM) Julia Gillard and (environmentalist) Rachel Carson are among the women who have inspired me over my lifetime.

To be a woman in this century

I come from a generation of women born during a time and in a place when we were told that we could do and be anything we wanted. Living in this century means that we have to not be complacent about those rights, responsibilities and expectations that were hard won by our mothers and grandmothers. More importantly, we must be vigilant and proactive about enabling those women who can’t be heard to have their own voice and have their opinions recognised.

Lisa Travell Loving what you do

I absolutely love my job and feel lucky to have found a career that I enjoy so much. Writing is my passion and it’s such a powerful medium. I aim to paint a picture with my words, to create a vision so vivid that the reader can almost taste the food I have described or feel a real familiarisation with the individual I have interviewed. I love the anticipation of starting a piece and the satisfaction in finishing it and then seeing it in print. I don’t think that novelty will ever wear off. Freelance writing is ideal as I feel I have researched, and consequently written about, really interesting subjects that I may not have otherwise explored.

Inspired by

I don’t think that I can select just one woman as there are so many that have made such major contributions in history and shaped the world that we live in today. From the past I would have to say Queen Elizabeth I – a political genius and a strong independent woman and Princess Diana – an iconic, stylish and charitable woman. From the present J.K. Rowling is a particular inspiration to me as it’s every writer’s dream to achieve that much success as an author. It’s my ambition to write a book, I know I have one in me!

to be a woman in this century

I feel like I am living in a wonderful time, a time of amazing change. Look at the technological advances in this century with the expansion of the internet and the creation of social networking sites. Women are finally beginning to earn the respect that they deserve in the work place and in society. This is a time of opportunity, a time to stand proud as a woman; if you have a dream it’s time to make it come true.

2011 March



Picture courtesy: Emily Hansen


She is a home-maker...

Amanda Barnes roles you play

She is a working mum...

Dr Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar roles you play

Being a working mother is a different style for me; the workaholic who infamously ran a company by herself for the better part of a year now realises that time is a fixed commodity. But when I get home and see him – his eyes, and yes his miles of hair that everyone exclaims about – I never regret the decision to leave on time.

Loving what you do

I love talking about books and book culture (writing, reading, working with authors) so yes, it’s very satisfying.

Inspired by

Every mother in the world – women have been sustaining humanity forever – who don’t get thanked enough.

To be a woman in this century

What it’s always been – juggling the many roles and doing them all well.


March 2011

I had a career before I became an expat in 2001. I juggled 12-14 hour days with having a family and while I loved my job, I hated the amount of time it seemed to take away from my husband and children. So when the chance to move to the Middle East came, I grabbed it with both hands. I became a full time mum again, being there when my kids came home from school and going to school events without the stress of rushing back from work or even not making it at all has been fantastic. At times though, I missed being seen as something other than an expat wife and mother and I used to joke that I traded my brain for the Middle East visa in my passport. My youngest is heading to University in the autumn and my current role as cook, maid, confidant, taxi driver, bake sale supplier, laundry woman, answer machine etc will be downsized, so as part of an overall brand strategy my new title was to have been ‘Empty Nester’. But as usual, life has a way of throwing a curve ball or two. Just by answering a ‘tweet’ for bloggers (Twitter and blogging is my way of avoiding the housework, which I loathe!) who were interested in contributing to a new magazine, I have ended up as the new food and restaurant reviewer for

Loving what you do

I love being a mum and yes I’m going to miss my boy – if you can call a six feet adult male with a hairy face and deep voice ‘boy’ – when he flies the nest. But I went through it when his sister left five years ago and I survived. Now it’s just a question of focusing on this new chapter in my life and enjoying it to the full. I’ll still be a mum – just a long distance one! I have always enjoyed my food, so to be given the chance to review restaurants is a dream come true for me, although I’m not loving what it’s doing to my ever

expanding waistline! It has been really energising for me in recent months, to have worked so closely with the ILQ team on the plans for the new foodie section and I’m very excited about the future and looking forward to seeing where it goes from here.

Inspired by

There are so many women that spring to mind with a question like this, so it is difficult to choose one person. However, there is one woman who has been supportive and my own private cheerleader for as long as I’ve known her. Her name is Karen Browne-Vohs and she is a writer living in New York. We have been friends for almost 14 years and I know that when I need her, she will be there, always, even when faced by challenges in her own life. She is unfailingly loyal and she will not tolerate me putting myself down. We all need a ‘Karen’ – someone to depend on, someone who will honestly tell you that yes, your bottom does look big in that, someone to hand you the tissues when your heart is broken, someone to lift your spirits and push you into being the best that you can be.

To be a woman in this century

We as women have so many more opportunities than our mothers and grandmothers had. We have a huge responsibility to our daughters and granddaughters to carry on a legacy left to us by the women in our past. I constantly told my daughter as she was growing up, that she can do anything, that she can be anything if she wants it enough. I told her on a regular basis that she was intelligent, funny, talented, smart and beautiful. We owe it to our daughters to instil in them the power of self belief. What women of the 21st century have, is choice. The choice to be whoever and whatever we want.

roles you play

She shoots...

I am a daughter, a sister, a student, a model and a potential career woman. Currently I am focusing on the role of a full time student. Being in Doha away from my family is hard but when I visit them, I make sure that I am a daughter and an elder sister.

Ramna Dominic

Loving what you do

I absolutely love modelling and photo shoots. Doing shoots and fashion shows gives me a break from the pressures at school. I love meeting people while working as well.

Inspired by

My mother is the woman who inspires me. She is a beautiful, independent and a woman who maintains a balance between career and family. I want to be just like her. I think she is not only my mother but also my best friend.

Juliette Sawyer roles you play

I am a portrait and fashion photographer. I enjoy photographing different people and faces. I offer women a window to be perceived in different lights to highlight their beauty and charm, but also their strength & struggle. Photography is still a very male dominated industry as men tend to be drawn to the technical gadgetry of this profession, but it’s more than just playing with electronic toys – it’s an art form.

To be a woman in this century

She models...

I think to be a woman in this century is to have the ability and choice to create your own lives, become what you have always dreamed of, and have a balance between family and career. The role of women in society today has changed dramatically.

Loving what you do

Yes I love what I do. I have been looking through a camera lens at the world since I was nine-years old. I love the way light can reflect and mould a subject and how the camera captures an expression, a movement – a moment frozen in time. I love to meet and photograph different people and I enjoy being outside of an office and travelling to new places!

She Designs...

Inspired by

The woman who inspires me is Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned. She is beautiful, stylish, sophisticated and elegant. She is like the Jackie ‘O’ and Lady Diana of the Middle East, yet a class far above them both! Her commitment to education, and building a sustainable Qatar, her involvement in UNESCO, and all while being a mother – it’s very inspiring and I think she is a great role model for women in the Middle East. I would love to photograph her!

To be a woman in this century

Women have many different hats to wear; being a wife, a mother, a sister, a good friend and having a career. It can be hard to juggle everything and I think there are more expectations on women this century than ever before. This is why I think it is very important for women to support and help each other, to share their knowledge, experiences and skills, so that we can learn and develop together as a community.

Pegah Simi roles you play

There are the familial roles I play as a daughter and sister; as friend and confidant; and as a fashion designer, which is an outlet for artistic expression.

Loving what you do

Absolutely! As a designer I love creating interesting and beautiful things, and learn during the process of turning ideas into reality.

Inspired by

Apart from notable women throughout history who I find inspirational, I find myself most inspired by regular women: women who have faced great adversity and have come out triumphant. I find

their strength, confidence, faith and unrelenting determination inspiring.

To be a woman in this century

Thanks to the women who have paved the way before us, we have the opportunity to be whatever we aspire to be. However, with this privilege comes a great deal of expectation. Not only do we have to fulfil the same roles as our predecessors, as good daughters, wives and mothers, but also we are expected to be accomplished professionally. In a nutshell I believe that this century’s breed of women are “super women”.

2011 March




She keeps you safe...

Banna Ali M Al-Khelaifi roles you play

As the Head of the Juvenile Department, I address all cases associated with children. I try to understand their situation and get them on the right track. I am the first Lieutenant, Head of Enlightenment & Media Section, Ministry of Interior

She makes you laugh...

Loving what you do

My mother was the first police-woman in Qatar and looking at her I too wanted to become one. Due to our culture, I was discouraged to become one. But seeing my happiness in being a policewoman, my husband supported my decision of becoming one. Now I am the Head of the Juvenile Department and the most senior in the department.

Hanadi Hassan roles you play

Inspired by

My mother â&#x20AC;&#x201C; she is strong, friendly and loves to help people. She is the ideal woman for me.

The role of being a stand-up comedienne in this society is major. It breaks the stereotype that women are segregated from the social scene. I'm the first female stand-up comic in Qatar which means I've ventured into a field that hasn't been very popular before and that offers a nice variety and a great addition to Doha entertainment scene.

To be a woman in this century

Loving what you do

Women were never made to step out of the house, but now we can. In the Ministry of Interior, women were earlier just kept for the security department, but now you can find them in almost every department. Earlier we didn't have uniforms, but now we earn stars on our uniforms. And hopefully, I shall earn my third star this year!

I love comedy because it's fun and easy and very natural. It's not a career for me; it's a hobby which has its own fans surprisingly.

Inspired by

There are many but in comedy I like Shappi Khorsandi (she is an Iranianborn comedienne based in the United Kingdom)

To be a woman in this century

It's great. I feel that all women have a special power within them, to be released and in this century we see living examples of them. I'm very proud to be one of those few women who will hopefully be instrumental in the development of this part of the world.


March 2011

name day


By Shalinee Bharadwaj

Born ‘A Woman’

Even as many among us struggle to free the manacles of a bonded personality, in the past century, women across the world have emerged a stronger force both physically and mentally. It’s not uncommon to hear women enduring pinnacles of stress in their lives and yet outperforming in their careers or at home. We all have a reason to celebrate our birth as a ‘Woman’-soft and gentle and yet capable of unimaginable fortitude. woman today brings to you some tips on how to spice up your special day. To start with, donate hugs and keep connected!

On a serious note: Try and make a difference in the life of at least one woman in need. It could be your maid who toils for your family, so that she can provide for her own, whom she has left behind. Give her a paid leave or a surprise gift. Take time out to gather extras-clothes, shoes, blankets and donate them to a charity organisation. Our cast-offs could meet their necessities. If in the rush of life you have lost touch with your older relatives, make time to visit them. Read to your grandma, spend time with her and together go on the trip down her memory lane. She’s always there when you need her; she cares for you, trusts you, and labours for you. Your mother! Make this day a special one for her. Speak out that you love her! Take a day out in volunteering for a social cause. Contact the relevant organisations in your city. Each and every hand counts!

On the wackier side: Try doing one thing that you had always wanted to do but stepped back because you’re a woman. Do things that you don’t do as a routine-give your kids a break from scolding, don’t indulge in road rage, avoid backbiting, praise another woman, give your husband a chance to defend himself, shake hands with your mom-in-law! Go on a day trip with your girlfriends. Explore the unusual – desert safari, cruising, wheeling on a Harley or driving a Maserati! Oh come on, rent them up gals! Cry your heart out while watching that movie which your husband thought was too melodramatic and silly!

Rediscover the woman in you: Dress up your best. Pamper yourself in a spa, get a cool hairdo and amaze yourself in the mirror! Reinvent boredom, rejuvenate your hobby-you painted once, you used to sing, you wrote well, you played guitar-remove the past tense; enrol into a hobby class, bet you are going to love it. Fire up a new you!


March 2011

A guide to spruce up Women’s Day in your city Spend a day luxuriously pampering your body. Dados is offering Mama Mio Maternity Spa Treatments specially created for maintaining and increasing skin elasticity, soothing and strengthening your skin during and after pregnancy. Also on offer are three Bootcamp treatments that utilise serum cream, proven to reduce the appearance of cellulite, water retention and sponginess. And what more can you ask for-for any treatment that you undergo at dados, QR2 is donated to ROTA’s QatarTitian Scholarship Fund. Through these donations, dados is sponsoring students to attend vocational school in Indonesia. To mark the 100th anniversary celebrations of International Woman’s Day, the Woman’s Information Network ( will urge

women across the globe to ‘celebrate, commit and connect’. Successful women from different fields will speak about women’s issues today and how we can ‘Enlighten Women’s Minds, Empower Women’s Hearts for a Better World’. You can join hands too! Grand Hyatt Doha and Ambassade de France au Qatar is organising short speeches from the leading women in the fields of business, fashion, education, charity etc. on March 8, 2011, followed by a fashion show and raffle draw. Tickets can be purchased from Grand Hyatt or French Cultural Centre. ‘How Women Work’ Conference is back this year with its second conference on March 10, 2011. It aims to focus on the culture of working women in the 21st century. Carolin Zeitler and her team are all set, once again, to encourage women to step up and shape the future of the country by becoming leaders.

International Woman’s Day:

A brief history

Each year around the world, International Woman’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. Hundreds of events occur not just on this day but throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Different themes are chosen each year that reflect global and local gender issues pertaining to women empowerment efforts. Some of the global United Nation themes used for International Women’s Day till date: 2011: Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women 2010: Equal rights, equal opportunities: Progress for all 2009: Women and men united to end violence against women and girls 2008: Investing in Women and Girls 2007: Ending Impunity for Violence against Women and Girls 2006: Women in decision-making 2005: Gender Equality Beyond 2005: Building a More Secure Future 2004: Women and HIV/AIDS 2003: Gender Equality and the Millennium Development Goals 2002: Afghan Women Today: Realities and Opportunities 2001: Women and Peace: Women Managing Conflicts 2000: Women Uniting for Peace 1999: World Free of Violence against Women 1998: Women and Human Rights 1997: Women at the Peace Table 1996: Celebrating the Past, Planning for the Future 1975: First IWD celebrated by the United Nations 2011 March




Samer Kassas UDC

Women form a very important part of my life. It started with my ‘mother’ who raised me every moment, protected me, and gave me all the needed nutrition although it had to be pulled from her own bones. The moment I started to recognise my mother’s face, I found myself being surrounded by lovely women – ‘aunties’ and my ‘grandmother’. I loved them all but still preferred my mother’s lap. In few months, I started walking and found lots of women around me being nice friends to play with, those are ‘sisters’ and ‘cousins’ and I loved them all. The more I grew, women continued to occupy a bigger part of my life until I met my soul mate, my ‘wife’. And now God has blessed us with a beautiful ‘daughter’. Beside every man there is a woman, who he tries to hide thinking that he is stronger without her. But hold on for a while, think and consider that most of the good things come from women – care, tenderness, love, kindness, softness, smoothness, sacrifices, subtleness and beauty.

Saurav Bhanot What I like about women is that they are unpredictable. There is a certain mystery about them that is exciting and intimidating. You can never really predict what a woman will do next! Also, the fact that they are beautiful multitaskers is amazing. The ability with which women handle so many different things is very inspiring.

Tick, tick off

What is it about us women that makes us endearing? What is it that makes us tick? And what’s the thing that ticks us off most? What’s our take on men? And theirs on us? Woman Today finds out.

Kamal Kant Sharma

Qatar National Hotels Company Men want a fun and exciting companion. Men want their women to look great. Do you know that men are more sensitive than women? They have a harder time recovering from emotional trauma than women. As a result, often men will keep their emotions and feelings to themselves so as not to get too upset. Women need to understand this. Men want women to listen to them and treat them with respect. Men need time off, to be alone, to spend on hobbies and sports, and to spend time with other guys.

Jacq Solomon I dislike women who pass judgment without understanding a man’s circumstance or situation. I like women who help by just staying put with their men through thick and thin.


March 2011

Richelle Fosberry Dabo & Co

Men! It’s okay for them to buy home theatre and tech gadgets and I can’t splurge on few pairs of shoes (which are on sale!) that cost just a pinch of the price of his toys? When they feel too secure with the woman, they take things for granted and abuse her kindness and when she acts that she couldn’t care less, they run behind her. There are three things that a man should never take for granted: 1. Remembering and marking special occasions 2. Good grooming 3. Kissing hello and goodbye. And they should understand that women need 20 handbags. And extra pairs of shoes!

Benita Oliveira QNFSP

The fact that they cannot plan surprises (though I find that cute sometimes). We ladies plan for surprises so carefully; we don’t let them know there’s something cooking. But they just can’t hide anything! This is annoying sometimes as the element of surprise goes. Many a times we even know ‘what’ they are going to surprise us with!

Nicole Nehme

Sabi Tydrych

I HATE it when men treat women like maids!

Euro RSCG Qatar I personally dislike a man who is arrogant and rude not necessarily with me alone. I dislike a man who turns every conversation into an argument, where you feel you are in a debate rather than on a date. I also dislike men wearing white socks with black trouser and black shoes; men with dirty and long fingernails (Oh God! I hate that!); men who forget important dates, birthdays, anniversaries and men with bad commitments such as their unpunctuality!

Marjorie Gonzalez Grand Hyatt Doha

As a Communication Manager, it is obviously very important for me to communicate. However, I took time to understand that men’s communication is all about status. That’s actually the main difference between us: for women, talking about troubles is the essence of connection. I tell you my troubles, you tell me your troubles, and we’re close. We all expect our man to respond as our girlfriends have always done. The man, however, hears these conversations as requests for advice, not intimacy. He either offers a solution or dismisses the issue, he seeks to establish and maintain status and dominance, when all what we want is sharing, talking and having an exchange – but it never works! If men can’t communicate in a certain way, it’s up to us to find a better way!

Fahmeen Bashir Qatar Petroleum

Men without Good and Strong personality... DISLIKE!!!

Sonali Raman What I find annoying in men is their habit of switching off, when the woman in their life speaks to them about a serious matter or controversial topic that they want to avoid! Here you want to get your point across and it’s extremely irritating that they shut you out because they don’t want to discuss it. It’s probably too hot a topic for him and he doesn’t want to get involved! If we women do the same – the man turns around and accuses her of not being there in the conversation!

2011 March




A Single’s

Dilemma By Cassey Oliveira


re you single? I despise that question, maybe because I am 22 and still have to give that sheepish “yes” each time the question pops up. Almost immediately what follows is an inquisitive “why?” Seriously, do I have to reply to that? Don’t I have the right to choose my state of existence without being answerable to every inquisitive person in my horizon? And it gets only worse when people supposedly think they have cracked the most brilliant one-liner by asking “not interested in men, huh?” It almost compels me to blurt out a “hmm, not really” only to enjoy the perplexed expression on their faces. Now that this question seems to have haunted me on several occasions, I have given it serious thought over what could be the reasons for my ‘singlehood’ – a SWOT analysis of sorts. And trust me; one thought gave rise to another and another...

Why am I single? I am actually too busy to think about men at this point. I might not be searching hard after all. No guy seems to pass muster, and my checklist is a long one. I am scared of getting hooked – what if I find a better guy later? I might not have ‘the appeal’. (But then why am I ‘poked’ and receive ‘friend requests’ from random guys on facebook!) I am happy being single! Am I happy being single? Yes, because I can just be me; don’t need to strive to impress all the time! I don’t have to plot ways to make ‘him’ happy. I don’t have to spend on gifts; I’d rather pamper myself. (But what does one gift a man – after-shave gel maybe?) I don’t have to feel guilty while checking out other gorgeous men! I am simply not committed to anyone – I am free! Am I really happy being single? Frankly, no. Because Valentine’s Day turns out to be just another day! There is nobody to patiently bear my

nagging and cribbing. I can’t feel special, I don’t get gifts. I can’t dream of anyone when a romantic song is being played – unless it’s Robert Pattinson. There is nobody, except my mother, to call me beautiful! My heart doesn’t skip a beat when I see a name flashing on my cell phone.

What am I really searching For in a man? He need not have the best physique; just his presence should make me feel safe. He need not be a Richie Rich; just have a heart of gold. He need not buy me the choicest of gifts; just buy me some quality time together. He need not be the most humorous of the lot; just his thought should induce a smile. He need not be ahead of me to guide me or behind me to guard me; just be at my side, with me. He need not compliment me when I dress my best; just make me feel beautiful all the time. He need not be chatty; just his silence can feed my ears. He need not try his best to impress me; just being him should make me happy!

Is this too much to ask for?


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Perfect Imperfection By Nicole Van Hattem


t the Association of Psychological Science Convention last year, one of the most compelling studies came from Prem Fry, PhD, professor of psychology at Trinity Western University. Her study of older adults found a 51% reduced life expectancy for perfectionists over non-perfectionists. I’m sure we’ve said it to ourselves a thousand times “no-one is perfect”, yet we still have expectations of ourselves and our world that are unrealistic. Nothing and no one is perfect and change is the only constant, perfection is therefore unattainable. Expecting perfection or constantly struggling to attain perfection will only cause internal stress and can be demoralising and exhausting for you and those around you. Expect the best of yourself, others, situations or things, however reassess whether perfectionism is getting in the way of you enjoying a healthy and a happy long life. It’s natural to want to improve and grow and develop. Our human desire to push ourselves and explore limits has achieved the seemingly unachievable. Incredible wonders such as the pyramids in Egypt, the light bulb, space travel and the internet were unthinkable at one point in time, and without the drive for perfection in design and technology may never have become realities.

All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection. So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible. William Faulkner


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When does the desire for perfection serve you?

When does perfectionism get in the way of joy, health, fulfillment and success? Try the following points to help you let go a little and move more with the flow of life: Redefine your definition of perfection as “perfectly imperfect”. Ask yourself “is it critical that this be 100%”? If you answered yes – have someone challenge you on this perception. The 80/20 rule. How can I strive for 80% complete, correct, achieved etc Be kind to yourself. You are perfectly imperfect and so is the world around you and it’s OK. Breathe. Take a moment to stop, breathe deeply and let go. Accept what is. It’s perfectly imperfect as it is right now. Put it in perspective. What is really important to you? What’s your bigger vision of your life’s purpose and how does perfection here support you on your journey? Save energy. Aim for less than perfect instead of unattainable perfection, and allow yourself to use the spare energy for something else worthwhile.

Food Focus: Chocolate

I know I have your attention now! Real chocolate consists of just one ingredient – cacao. Cacao is full of health giving qualities. It’s the best natural food source of the following nutrients: Antioxidants, magnesium, iron, chromium, manganese, zinc, copper, vitamin C, omega-fatty acids, phenylethylamine (PEA), anandamide, tryptophan, serotonin, fiber, and theobromine. And it tastes great! Don’t be fooled into thinking that the modern version of chocolate that you find in most stores is good for you. The majority of chocolate products on the supermarket shelf are usually highly processed and chemicalised versions of the real super food – cacao. Read the packaging label and if the cacao content is less than 70% then you are eating a high proportion of refined sugar, dairy and chemicals which will outweigh the nutritional benefits of the cacao. Eat the raw cacao beans or nibs, cacao butter or powder and if these are unavailable, choose the highest quality organic chocolate. After all you deserve the best

The writer is an Executive Wellness Coach and Co-Founding Director of Art of Abundant Living. Her passion is to support people as they create their best life in abundance and balance. Art of Abundant Living provides Corporate Wellness Programmes, Executive and Career Coaching, Nutrition, Cooking and Lifestyle classes, and one-to-one wellness coaching that transforms lives.

Recipe of the Month

Chocolate Mousse INGREDIENTS

Choose organic where possible 4 OZ dark chocolate 1/2 cup decaf coffee (unsweetened and black) 4 Tbsps Agave nectar 1/3 cup cacoa powder 16 OZ of silken tofu


Mix the first four ingredients together then slowly blend in the tofu. Top with a berry of choice and put in the fridge until you’re ready to enjoy.

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, ? o y e w c n n t a o n r g n e o r p r f n o o g f s n h i t g y t n m a i r W E ovthe mnd o A


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hen a friend becomes pregnant, we all start asking her â&#x20AC;&#x201C; so is your husband pampering you now? Is he doing all the house chores, cooking, cleaning ...etc.? The first reaction is to advise the friend to rest and stop doing physical activities, with the exception of walking during the last few months which helps women give birth more easily. But, is it really true that once a woman gets the con-

gratulatory words from her doctor that she should immediately lie down and put her feet up for the next nine months? Or, is this only what we used to hear from our grandmothers? Evi Sidiropoulou and Samia Boughouri, physical coaches at Aspetar Qatar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital tell us the real facts about fitness during and post pregnancy.

er and baby if complications do not limit her ability to exercise throughout her pregnancy. Active pregnant women are all reporting that they feel better at a time when their body starts changing. Exercise can increase their self esteem and boost energy levels. Not only does it make them feel better by releasing endorphins (naturally occurring chemicals in the brain that has the same effect as morphine), it can also:

So what is it that pregnant women can and cannot do?

1. Relieve backaches and improve posture by strengthening and toning muscles in the back, buttocks, and thighs. 2. Reduce constipation by accelerating movement in the intestine. 3. Prevent injuries of the joints which become loosened during pregnancy due to normal hormonal changes by activating the lubricating fluid in the joints. 4. Help pregnant women sleep better by relieving the stress and anxiety that can cause restlessness at night. 5. Prepare them and their body for birth. Strong muscles and a fit heart can greatly ease labour and delivery. Gaining control over breathing can also help to manage pain. And in the event of a lengthy labour, increased endurance can be a real bonus. 6. Regain their pre-pregnancy body more quickly. Because of exercise pregnant women gain less fat during their pregnancy and can maintain a good fitness level throughout pregnancy.

The majority of studies show that exercise benefits both the pregnant woman and the baby. Of course it is very important when the woman begins exercising and whether or not the pregnancy is facing complications. If a pregnant woman exercised regularly before becoming pregnant, then she should continue her daily routine, with modifications as needed. If she was not especially fit before she became pregnant she should not give up. An exercise programme during pregnancy, slowly building up an exercise regime as the body strengthens, is also possible for the pregnant mother. It is recommended healthy pregnant women who are not already highly active or doing vigorous-intensity activity, engage in at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more, most forms of exercise are safe during pregnancy. However, some types of exercise involve positions and movements that may be uncomfortable, tiring, or harmful for pregnant women. For instance, after the first trimester of pregnancy, women should not do exercises that require them to lie flat on their backs. Standing still for long periods of time should also be avoided as much as possible. Certain sports are safe during pregnancy, even for beginners. For example, walking is good exercise for anyone. Brisk walking gives a total body workout and is easy on the joints and muscles. If you were not active before getting pregnant, walking is a great way to start an exercise programme. Swimming is great for your body because it works so many muscles. The water supports your weight so you avoid injury and muscle strain. It also helps you stay cool and helps prevent the legs from swelling. Cycling provides a good aerobic workout. However, a growing belly can affect balance and make you more prone to falls. You may want to stick with stationary or recumbent biking later in pregnancy.

Aerobics is a good way to keep your heart and lungs strong. There are even aerobics classes designed just for pregnant women. Low-impact and water aerobics also are good exercise. You should always talk to your doctor about exercising before you continue your old exercise routine or begin a new one.

How can you stay fit while pregnant?

Exercising at a fairly high level throughout the pregnancy actually has many positive effects. Some examples include reduced maternal weight gain and fat accumulation, reduced symptoms in early pregnancy, good placental growth, fewer big babies, increased chance of delivering close to due date, shorter and less complicated labours and a more rapid recovery post-delivery. It is important, however, to tailor certain activities for a pregnant body. Avoid lifting excessive weights, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t attempt inverted or supine poses during yoga, and avoid the most dangerous of contact sports. Beyond guidelines like these there is little from stopping a pregnant woman exercising or practicing her favourite sport.

Do physically active women have less potential for problems during pregnancy?

No doubt about it, exercise is a big plus for both moth-

Finally some studies have shown that exercise may even lower a womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s risk of complications, like preeclampsia (hypertension and fluid retention) and gestational diabetes

Samia (right) and Evi flank Qatari rallyist Nasser Al Attiyah. Evi is a former swimming national team athlete in Greece and Samia is a former Basketball National team player in Tunisia. They have been working in Aspetar for the last 5 years as Physical Coaches in the Rehabilitation Department working with injured professional athletes.

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This March...


Single leg balance

Standing on one leg is an amazing fall prevention measure for the future. Suck your belly button in and keep your upper body upright. Focus on one point a few metres on the ground in front of you. Then slowly lift one leg off the ground. You can stand on one leg while you cook or brush your teeth â&#x20AC;&#x201C; standing on one leg in the sand makes it even more difficult, giving you a core workout as well as strength building in your standing leg. Repeat on the opposite leg.



Walk on the beach

With each step in the sand, you are improving your balance: the unstable ground forces the small muscles in your feet to work to keep you upright. A fast walk along the beach looking toward the horizon will prepare you for countless hours in high heels on the dance floor! Continual beach walking will build and stabilise your ankles. Say goodbye to cankles!

We have more than 600 muscles in our body. Each of these muscles needs to be coordinated in order to work together effectively. As with a healthy diet, balance and coordination helps us in our daily lives, enabling us to function stronger, faster and for longer â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and stabilises us in later years. If you are a regular gym-junkie, you will notice a marked improvement in your endurance and performance, and enjoy less risk of energy by improving balance and coordination.

and co-ordination


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Perform each of the following exercises for 30 seconds, resting for 10 seconds between each posture. Repeat the entire set two times daily and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be solid as a rock!

Toe to Heel




Alicia Keys says “ Super-Woman” – you can be too! Lift one leg off the floor and extend the leg backwards and at the same time stretch both arms forward. Suck in your belly button and reach as far forward (and backward) as possible. For additional support, keep your back straight and work at holding the posture without arching. Repeat on the alternate leg.

Shift your weight slowly forward and backwards so that one time your heel comes off the ground and then your toes. Keep a straight posture and focus on one point a few meters in front of you. Brace your core for improved balance.


Bird Dog

The staff at Six Senses Spa will be back next month with some innovative leg exercises that will have you confidently armed through April!

Kneel down and drop to ‘all fours’ – wrists under shoulders, knees under hips and shoulder width apart. Keep your spine and head in one line, parallel to the ground. Lift one leg up and extend it backwards. Extend the diagonally opposite arm at the same time and stretch through the whole body. Alternate – remember to keep your abdominal muscles tucked in to perform the ultimate bird-dog! 2011 March




A re you Breathing? By Megan Hare


K, yes, of course you are, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this magazine, but how is your breathing? Try this: place a hand on your chest and inhale through the nose. Feel the chest rising? Now move the hand down to the stomach. If you are breathing in the best way for your body, that should rise too as you inhale. For many of us, however, we have become shallow chest breathers. We all start life as deep abdominal breathers (watch the stomach of a baby rising and falling as he slumbers). But as we get older we encounter stress and our posture weakens. As a consequence we breathe more into our chests, without fully filling up our lungs. The teaching of good breathing is pivotal in yoga. Last month’s article described a deep, abdominal 3-part-breathing exercise. In a yoga class, once slow, deep, steady breathing is established, students are taught to combine breath with movement, with the breath initiating the movement. For example, on the start of an inhale, we open the arms to the side and raise them towards the sky, and on the start of the next exhale, we fold the upper body at the hips to come into a forward bend. Once in a posture, students are encouraged to focus on breathing deeply and smoothly, usually for five breaths, and to visualise the in-breath filling the upper body. Several effects ensue: most importantly, a strong internal focus develops, which results in a profound sense of calm, a feeling of being grounded, and a one-mindedness when holding stamina-demanding poses; a deep sense of body-awareness is developed, which over time accompanies you throughout your day; the muscles are enticed to relax, enabling stretches to deepen subtly. There are a multitude of health benefits to gain from better breathing. Lung function improves because oxygen is brought right down to the lower part of the lungs which is a particularly blood-rich area. There is a greater exchange of fresh oxygen for gaseous waste, so oxygenation of the cells in


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the entire body is increased. Physical endurance is improved. And, of course, deep, slow, breaths have a profoundly calming effect. They can move our nervous system from the state of ‘fight-or-flight’ to the calming and restorative state of the Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS). The Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) – the state of ‘fight-or-flight’ – increases blood pressure and moves circulation away from the internal organs to the major muscles in our limbs in order to prepare our body to flee from danger, and at the same time releases potentially harmful stress hormones. The PNS, on the other hand, causes blood pressure to lower and the cardiovascular circulatory system to work more efficiently. In the modern world, where we are bombarded constantly with perceived threats, our nervous system is over-burdened as the SNS is triggered repeatedly through the day. Learning to kick in the PNS is a valuable tool for our cardiovascular health and general well-being. Yoga does not just teach better breathing directly, but indirectly also by teaching good posture. Our posture profoundly affects our breathing ability. By rolling back and broadening the shoulders, and by strengthening our core muscles so we can stand and sit more erect, we free up space in our torso. We give our lungs more room to expand, and the diaphragm more space to move down on the inhale. Better breathing and attention to posture do not just stop at the class door! Regular yoga practice will teach you to take this awareness with you throughout your day, developing over time a stronger and healthier body

Megan is a yoga teacher at Yama Yoga Studios in Doha. See for information about her classes.



Lacoste's Modern Minimal Classics


odern Minimal Classics is the essence of the Lacoste spring/summer 2011 collection that is inspired by the geometrical patterns of Op Art, the bold lines of Bauhaus and the early modernist Villa Noailles. The Men's collection features black and shades of white with contrasting textures such as chalk on cotton, optical on crispy nylon and off-white on ultra suede. Fresh volumes are proposed for women, amplifying either the tops or bottoms with pieces as kimono sleeve blouses with deep V-necks or tunics knitted in an oversized zoom-in piquè pattern in warm and sunny palette of tobacco brown, blood-red and mercuryorange. The brand's sporty look is showcased with sleeveless polo in cotton netting worn over short shorts in perforated suede.

Fashion for kids


nough is being written and showcased in adult fashion. Move on grown-ups; its time the youngest members of the family deserved attention. CH Carolina Herrera Children's collection for spring/summer 2011 features sailor stripes, liberty prints and safari designs that take centre stage with an air of naturalness. Loose cuts with a unisex air and a relaxed style are presented in light fabrics such as cotton and linen. For special occasions, Carolina Herrera's light and flowing dresses are the ideal choice. White, navy blue and polka dots are mixed with ruffles, embroidery and grosgrain to complete a truly versatile collection.


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Calvin Klein Beautyful


eminine and strong, she shapes her destiny with a charismatic allure and determined strength. Her true beauty lies within." This statement epitomises Calvin Klein's latest fragrance. Calvin Klein Beauty evokes the ultimate power of femininity and sophistication, while capturing the spirit of a woman who is beautiful from the inside out, with an aura that radiates. A new interpretation of a lily â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a neo-lily â&#x20AC;&#x201C; is the heart and soul of Calvin Klein Beauty and the essence of femininity. Bringing the neo-lily to life, ambrette seeds enhance the spicy warmth, timeless jasmine elevates the floral signature, and a trail of cedarwood brings a vibrant and magnetic beauty!


Trendy accessories from Reiss

eiss' must-have arm candy for spring/summer include a 70s drawstring bucket bag in beige with gold trimmings, and chic handheld satchel. The popular Bleecker is re-visited in monochromatic contrast and canvas and leather mix versions. Gold and snakeskin clutches are perfect for after-hours. Platforms make their appearance on the fashion circuit. The platform court shoe in bronze or black, the buckle sandal in cream and black, but the stand out shoe of the season is an asymmetric cut-out wedge. Satin colour-block sandals and rhinestone encrusted strappy platforms provide the answer to glamorous dressing, whilst 70s beach sandals offer an effortless daytime elegance. Highlights within the 1971 range are the cut-out mule heel and the canvas espadrille wedge. Jewellery provides the finishing touches and completes the 70s mood with tiger's eye gem stones, delicate charms and bold cuffs and chokers.

Must-haves from Mulberry


he mouth-watering spring/summer 2011 collection from the coveted brand Mulberry is truly whimsical, gathering inspiration from the timeless childrenĂ­s novel The Secret Garden. The inviting selection has been created with dramatic new leathers and bold colours, resulting in pieces that exude the wow factor. A blossoming addition to the range is use of the 'Trippy Tiger' print which infuses Mulberry's classical style with a dose of wild glamour. Another highlight comes in the form of the Tillie; this timeless bag crafted in butter-soft leather is set to become a sell-out! 2011 March



A day


As part of the ‘Pearl-Qatar Lifestyle Excursions Programme’, 41 Ladies from the International Potluck Ladies’ Association (IPLG) were taken for a tour around Qatar’s largest real-estate venture. It was a day of fun, excitement and a luxurious experience at this multi-billion dollar Island!

Woman Today joins them...

The Pearl They were then driven towards Parcel 10 (18 La Croisette) to visit Carluccio Restaurant where all ladies received invitations and discount vouchers.

The ladies arrived at The Oyster where they were given a presentation of The Pearl-Qatar model. This two-storey centre houses an excellent model of the Island.


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The ladies were then ferried to the Tower 31, in boats sponsored by the sales department of The Oyster. While they sailed across the turquoise waters of Nikki Beach, they were briefed about the project.

Tower 31 is lodged at the Island’s main harbour – the Porto Arabia which offers a plethora of elegant residential towers and townhouses.

Upon arrival at the Tower, the ladies were shown around the luxurious furnished apartments, furnished by CDC Company. A beauty demonstration by party feet co.; a Thai and Italian cuisine demonstration by Mango Tree and Carluccio chefs; and distribution of lucky prizes and goody bags from Qatar Luxury Co. kept the ladies intrigued.

18th Pearl-Qatar Lifestyle Excursions Programme “This is part of our promotional programme to invite Ladies Association and Embassies to visit our premises, to increase targeted audience traffic and create awareness about the Pearl Lifestyle as well as revealing residential and investment opportunities,” said Samer Kassas, Senior Events Planning Officer, UDC. The sponsors for this excursion were The Pearl-Qatar, Residential; The Oyster; CDC; Mango Tree Restaurant; Carluccio Restaurant; Qatar Luxury Co. and Party Feet beauty. The ladies who attended were from Japan, Lebanon, German, USA, India, Indonesia, South Africa, Dutch, Philippines, UK, Malaysia, Turkey, Palestine, and Egypt.

President of IPLg, Ruth Sabry, said, “The group is all about making new friends of different nationalities and learning about each other’s country and culture. We have approximately 400 ladies from 70 countries. Members take turns to host events which entails show-casing their country through a brief presentation, sometimes a traditional show, along with handicraft display and souvenir sale.” 2011 March




A Healthy Affair  The Art of Abundant Living held a Health and Wellness fair that saw nearly 100 mothers from the Doha Mums group turn up. The event provided the attendees with access to people, resources, services, products and ideas that would enable them to live their best in Doha. The fair included interactive workshops on topics such as positive parenting, stress management, comfort techniques during labour, creating a wellnesshome, and coaching to create the best life. Over twenty five stall holders showcased natural and healthy products and services that were available in the country. Meanwhile, children aged 2-6 were entertained with educational games and activities around the theme of healthy living.

A 50-km walk  for fun


group of Doha College students, families and teachers got together for the inaugural Doha College 50km Walk, an event that was sponsored by United Development Company. The Walk was spread out over two days and was regarded as a test of navigation skills, team-spirit, stamina and determination. The hikers commenced their tour from Madinat Kaban, following the North Road South as far as Al Khor and concluded at the Pearl-Qatar.

The proceedings from the Walk were given to charity upon conclusion of the event. "Doha College is pleased that this event brought together members of the larger Doha College community youngsters and elders alike," said Mark Leppard, Principal of Doha College. "Over the course of our 30 years in Doha, we have learned that only by embracing Qatar 's diversity, can we deliver a wellrounded education to our students." 

HMC opens new child-friendly unit


amad Medical Corporation (HMC) has opened a new specialised Al Maha Children s Unit at Rumailah Hospital that caters to longterm ventilated children, providing them with a more child-friendly environment. The Unit was developed in partnership with Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Canada. The inauguration of the Unit saw representatives from both organisations, along with Dr Hanan Al-Kuwari, Managing Director of HMC, other distinguished guests, patients and their families. The new Unit utilises a multidisciplinary approach to manage the children s multiple needs that include medical care, educational, rehabilitation and developmental needs. The unit is covered round the clock by nurses, senior paediatric residents, specialists and consultants, and is located at a peaceful section of


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Rumailah Hospital. Senior Consultant and Head of Paediatric Pulmonology at HMC, Dr Ibrahim Janahi, said We are also working with the Home Healthcare Services at HMC to develop a paediatric home care programme that will allow the children to be in their own homes instead of being kept in the unit for a longer period.

Doha Mums to host Ladies Charity Dinner Doha Mums will be hosting a ladies-only Charity Dinner and Live Auction in aid of Palestine s Clean Water Supply in Khan Younis. The event will take place on March 11 at the Ramada Plaza Hotel. Proceeds from ticket sales and money raised from the Live Auction will be donated through Qatar Red Crescent to help the 40,000 inhabitants of the Khan Younis community to access quality water through upgrading the deteriorated water booster stations. The evening will include a presentation entitled   Debunking the Myths: Status of Women in Islam by Umm Reem, a graduate in Islamic Studies from American Open University. She is also the founder of Daughters of Adam magazine as well as a Specialist Writer on Guests are encouraged to come in their traditional dress to reveal the diverse range of around 930 members from more than 87 different countries. The event is open to both existing members and non-members of Doha Mums. Tickets are priced QR225 per person and can be purchased at: Costa Coffee, Landmark March 4, 2011 between 4-6pm; Starbucks, Villagio March 4, 2011 between 4-6pm; And Starbucks, City Centre March 4, 2011 between 4-6pm. Additional information is on the Doha Mums website

Hats Off!


ver 60 ladies sported their most fanciful and chic hats vying for the ‘Beautiful Hat’ title at the 20th Qatar International Equestrian

Festival. The festival was held under the auspices of HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Private Counsellor to HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani. The competition was organised by the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club for the first time in Qatar.

(l-r) Nona Noujeim – Winner; Concepcion Martinez – first runner up and Marie Lefauconnier – second runner-up.

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Street food served with

e l e g a n ce


he ambience at Spice Market at the W Hotel lends itself to all occasions – be it a corporate luncheon or a romantic dinner for two. Dedicated to the Southeast Asian sensuality, the Spice Market is Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s offering of the region’s street cuisine, served in a casual, ethnic-fusion atmosphere. From Vietnamese street market to Thai food stall, it’s a journey into the heart of Asian cuisine.


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Regional fish sauces, curries and spices are tweaked to tantalizing effect in dishes like chicken samosas with cilantro-infused yogurt and halibut cha ca la vong. Chef Prakash of Spice Market says, “All authentic and signature dishes created by Jean Georges are being offered in our restaurant. It is one of the four Spice Market restaurants in the world. There is one in New York, London, Atlanta and now in Doha. The wide assortment of Asian fusion are inspired from

Jean’s exploration of the Southeast Asian region, mainly Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia where food share a great deal in common and in background: histories, staple ingredients and methods of cooking. “The main concept of the dining experience is to bring the family to one table. All parts of a meal are presented at once and eaten together so the family can savour the harmonious balance of textures and flavours together.” The restaurant offers a Sushi extravaganza on Saturday nights

Recipe Corner

Here are some Spice Market Classics that you can try at home.

Black Pepper Shrimp, Sun Dried Pineapple

Black Pepper Sauce

Shaved Tuna, Chili Tapioca, Asian Pear and Lime Tapioca

454 g Small tapioca, 4536 g Water , 57 g Kosher salt, 85 g Sugar, 28 g Ancho chili, toasted and chopped, 30 g Cinnamon sticks, toasted and cracked, 10 g Cloves cracked, 50 g Annatto seeds Make an eight layer sachet with cheese cloth and add the annatto, chilies, cinnamon and cloves. Put in a pot with the water, salt and sugar and bring to a boil. Add tapioca and cook on low heat, stirring, until tapioca is almost clear. Drain and rinse under cold water in china cap until cool. 1361 g Cooked tapioca, 20 g Kosher salt, 340 g Chili oil Add salt slowly to the tapioca while stirring. Finish with the chili oil.

Lime-Coconut Broth

269 g Green finger chili, washed & chopped, 6237 g Young coconut juice, 1588 g Coconut milk, 1418 g Lime juice, 1247 g Sugar, 35 g Kosher salt, 1361 g Lemongrass, bruised and chopped, 142 g Kaffir lime leaves, washed & chopped Combine coconut juice, milk, chili, lime juice, sugar and salt and bring to boil. Remove from heat and add lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves, mix well and let cool uncovered at room temperature. Strain through a chinois pushing for total extraction.


1000 g Lime-coconut broth, 3 g Guar In a bowl, whisk guar into broth to combine. Spin until frozen.


71 g Tuna, cut into ribbons, 14 g Chili tapioca, 3 g Asian pear peeled, cut into 1/4” diamonds, 7 g Jicama, peeled and cut into 1/4” diamonds, 4 g Red bell pepper, char grilled, peeled, cut in 1/4” diamonds, 6 g Scallion greens, cut on bias, Sorbet, Salt to taste, Chili oil Arrange tuna in a chilled shallow medium size bowl by folding each piece in half. Season tuna with salt, then scatter with chili tapioca, jicama and pear. Sprinkle with scallions and then scatter with red pepper. Add coconut-lime broth to cover halfway, sprinkle again with some salt. Scoop a one ounce portion of the sorbet in the middle of the plate, dent the top of the sorbet with a spoon and drizzle with chili oil.

90 g Scallions, washed, dried and sliced, 30 g Ginger, minced, 20 g Garlic, minced, 11 g Fermented black beans, rinsed, squeezed and chopped, 20 g Black peppercorns, crushed, 130 g Sweet soy, 35 g Light soy, 45 g Sugar, 30 g Lime juice, 30 g Kosher salt, 22 g Grape seed oil Fry garlic and ginger until golden, then add scallions and cook over medium heat until soft; add pepper and cook until very fragrant. Add remaining ingredients and bring to boil. Simmer for 9 minutes or until the sauce coats the back of a spoon, remove from heat and puree to medium smooth.


1/2 pc Pineapple peeled, cored and cut into 1” x 1” cubes with all eyes removed Place pineapple on dehydrator racks leaving space between pieces. Dehydrate at 1500 until tight and chewy, but still moist. Do not wrap or refrigerate. Place ten pineapple pieces on a plate inside a circular mold and reserve.


4 pc Shrimp, peeled, cleaned and cut in 1/2, 35 g Black pepper sauce, 15 g Jicama, peeled and brunoised, 8 g Snap Peas, sliced very thin, stems included, 10 pc Dried pineapple Warm pineapple in the oven. Heat a little oil in a wok until smoking and add shrimp. Wok-fry until halfcooked. Remove from wok and drain oil. In the same wok warm black pepper sauce, add the shrimp and toss well to coat. Place shrimp inside the center of the pineapple ring, scatter jicama and Snap Peas directly on top.

Mango Salad Candied Ginger Vinaigrette

260 g Mandarin juice, 25 g Shallots, sliced thin, 350 g Candied ginger, 730 g Lime juice, 80 g Young ginger, 100 g grapeseed oil, 150 g Extra virgin olive oil, 100 g Thai palm sugar, 20 g Fish sauce, 40 g tamarind paste, 5 g Dry thai chili, 38 g Salt, 200 g Water, 2 g Coriander seed, toasted, 1 g Red thai chili, sliced thin Fry shallots in 200 gram grapeseed oil until golden. Strain, chill oil and reserve. Puree all ingredients except oils until smooth. Slowly emulsify the oils until thick. 434 gr. Yield

Papaya Salad (1 portion)

60 g Green Mango julienne, medium teeth on Japanese mandoline, 30 g Ripe Mango julienne, medium teeth on Japanese mandoline, 20 g Bean sprouts clipped, 6 pc Toybox tomatoes 3 pieces each yellow and red, halved, 6 g Cilantro Leaves, 10 g Long beans 1” cut, charred before service; do not refrigerate, 30 g Cashew nuts toasted, slightly crushed, 5 g Candied Tamarind, 34 g ginger vinaigrette (1 oz ladle)


40 g Iceberg lettuce shredded Place salad in a bowl, season with salt and toss gently with the dressing. Place iceberg in a metal ring and top with papaya salad. Making sure not to pack the salad too tightly.

2011 March




All that Glitters is Gold!


he eighth edition of the Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition (DJWE) 2011 rolled out the red carpet for glamour, sparkle and luxury. The event witnessed around 300 high-end brands exhibiting some of their exclusive collections of watches and jewellery to high-profile visitors, dignitaries, VIPs and the rest. Spread over 15,000sq m at the Doha Exhibition Center for five days, this exhibition is one of the most prestigious events of the region.

1. Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs HE Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor Al-Thani inaugurates the 8th DJWE. 2. Mouawad's â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;1001 Nights Diamond Purseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; on display at the Exhibition has set a record as the world's most expensive handbag at $3.8 (QR14) million. 3. Audemars Piguet watches. 4. Bridal jewellery collections by Bahrain-based jewellers Al Zain.


March 2011

MOVIES you can’t miss

The King’s Speech Genre: Drama


he King’s Speech is a story of a remarkable friendship between Prince Albert, Duke of York (Colin Firth) and Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush), a frustrated Australian actor turned speech therapist. Prince Albert, who has an awful stammer, has given up after all the medical treatments failed to improve his condition and has vowed that he will not go for any therapy ever. It was only because of the constant push by his wife Elizabeth; (a marvelous Helena Bonham Carter) that Albert meets Lionel to give it a final try. The story takes a new turn from there.


March 2011

Black Swan Genre: Drama


atalie Portman plays Nina Sayers, a professional dancer desperate to come into the spotlight. Nina finally gets the chance to play the lead role in the production of Swan Lake, when the lead dancer Beth (Winona Ryder) was forced to retire. Swan Lake is a story where both the white and the black swan are played by the same performer and while the director, Thomas (Vincent Cassel) tells Nina that she is perfect for the role of elegant and pristine white swan, he is doubtful if she will be able to do the black swan role as she lacks the natural sensuality required to play the role. Nina’s only chance to get the part is to give into Thomas’ sexual advances. The film is overwhelming in every sense of the word and could just be too much for some to handle. But, if you have what it takes to absorb this wild mixture of personalities, visuals and nightmares, the result is profound. This is easily one of the most emotionally impacting films of the year and is something that will certainly haunt you long after the credits roll in the best possible way.

Tron: Legacy Genre: Sci-fi


t’s been 28 years since Tron first hit the screens and the same hero turns up with the same smashing looks in the sequel. Tron: Legacy features some of the best visual and special effects done up to date. It just took 64 days to shoot the entire film but it took more than 68 weeks to place the special effects. The film will keep you engaged so much that you may not realise that 127 minutes just passed away. Tron: Legacy proves to be one of the best sci-fi sequels of all time. If you are a sci-fi fan this is a must see for you and if you are someone who never appreciates the science genre even then you should give this a try. The visual work will surely get your attention.

2011 March


speciality health services

self care and well-being




Aljawhara Chemist


Alexandre Zouari salon


Al Emadi Hospital


Al-Qatar Massage


Al Raed Dental Center


Be Bloom


Annab Lab & Radiology




Body Glaze


Bottega Verde City Center


Cloud 9


Foot Care Centre The Center

lounge & cafes

Aalishan (Indian)


Al Bandar (Seafood)


Al Majiles Al-Arabi Restaurant (Arabic)

44447417 44854444

Bader Chemist


Al Shaheen (Sheraton)

City Center Chemist


Almaharah (Arabic)

Doha Chiropractic Centre


Applebees (American)

Doha Specialized Dental Center


Asia Live (Marriott)

Dr Fahad Abdullah Center


Biella (Italian)


Bismillah Royal Tandoor (Indian) Bukhara (Indian)


Al Jalsa Café


al kut lounge


Atrium Lounge


Café Batteel (Salwa Road) 44441414 Café Joud


Cigar Lounge


Cigar Lounge (Sharq Village)



Cioconat Lounge (The Mall)



Habanos (The Ritz Carlton) 44848503

44360747/ 44934880 44298499 44677731/44933838


Dr Hassan Al Abdulla Specialised Dental Clinic


Dr Jean-Claude Saade (Dental Surgeon)


Franck Provost Salon


Dr Mariam S Al Mahmied (Diagnostic Ultrasound)


Chingari (INDIAN)


Gloria Hotel Doha


Dr Mohammed Ameen Febeit


Chopsticks (CHINESE)


Manhattan (Ramada)



grand gourmet (international buffet) 4434333

Orangery Café’ Trottoir


Green’s (Vegetarian)

Piano Piano (Movenpick)


Qube (Ramada)


Le Cigalon (international buffet) 44288888

Sky View (La Cigale)


Le Central (Mediterranean cuisine) 44288888

The Admiral’s Club (The Ritz Carlton)


The Coffee Beanery (Ramada Junction)


Foot Care Centre city Center

Dr Mohammed Ameen Zebeib (Consultant Physician)

Hongkong Body Care Center


Jean Louis David


La Reine Skincare Center

Dr Tamim Malas (General Dentistry)


Dr Tarek S Abdl El Azim (Oral Medicine)


Family Medical Clinics


Layal Beauty Saloon 55521356



Lo Spaghetto (Italian)


Nandos (MEXICAN)


Patchi (Chocolates)


Shanghai Garden (CHINESE)


Tajine (Moroccon)


tangia (moroccan cuisine)


Tanjore (Indian)


The Great Wall (Chinese)



The One (Continental)


Najat Dental Clinic


Yen Sushi Bar (Japanese)


Obstetrics&Gynecology Clinic


Pediatric Dental Cllinic


Tamima Medical Complex



Moulay Yaaqoup Beauty Center

Future Dental Center



GoodLife Chemist - Alsadd


Salon at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel 44848000

GoodLife Chemist - City Center 44839100 GoodLife Chemist The Pearl 4495 3876 ext. 1171

Saloon Osraa


Gulf Dental Center

44670701 / 44670702

Sehati Beauty Mall


Gulf Dental Centre



shopping and malls Centre Point Mall


City Center-Doha




Landmark Mall




The Centre


The Mall





44341700/ 44341200

Le Pain Quotidien

First Dental Center

Slim Line




Sightly Beauty Salon 44567144

Khazana (Indian)

44445335/ 44660663

Le Gourmet (Meditteranean/Arabic)

Marinaa Beauty Saloon

Salon at Intercontinental Hotel 44844444

Chilli’s (American)

International Specialized Dental Center


Mr Mohad A Elwadia Dental Clinic

security Total Security Solutions

March 2011


expat groups

Inch Café (City Center)


Madison Piano Bar (Live international music) 44288888

The Coffee Cottage (Near Chili’s Ramada Junction) 44839042 The Irish Harp (Sheraton) 44854444 The Waterhole (Sheraton) 44854444 Wok Mee (Movenpick Tower)


pet care Pampered Pets Kennel & Cattery


Qatar Animal Welfare

American Women’s Association


British Council & Information Centre


Chelsea Football Club Supporters 66696524



Qatar Pet Relocaters


Qatar Pet Travel


Qatar Veterinary Centre


The Veterinary Surgery


health and fitness

Al Dana Club

hospitals communities and entertainment groups


Al Khor Riding Center


AL Massa Active (ladies)


Aspire Academy for Sports Excellence




Contours Express (ladies only)






Diplomatic Club


Al Ahli Hospital


Al Amal Hospital


Al Emadi Hospital


Al Saad Paediatric Emergency Centre

Doha Hockey Club


Doha Netball


Doha Rugby Union


Doha Sailing Club


Aspetar Orthopaedic and Sport Hospital


Gold’s Gym


Hamad General Hospital


Gymnastics Federation


Qatar Medical Centre


Intercontinental Doha’s Bay Club 44844852

Rumaillah Hospital


Khalifa Tennis and Squash Complex

Womens Hospital


American Hospital

44392948 44421999


Korea Taekwondo Center 44659066/55563305 Pepka Yoga


Qatar Golf Academy


Qatar Minor Ice Hockey Association

55063526/ 55034649

Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club Riding Club


Regatta Sailing Academy


spas and wellness Four Seasons Spa


Sports for Women


grand regency hotel angsana spa 44343152/44343153




Nokia repair services



Harley Davidson motorcycle group 55323680

The English Kindergarten


Apple Tree Nursery


Busy Bees Nursery


Creative Child


Elder Tree 44551020/ 44984984/ 44888493 French Nursery


IAID Instrumental and vocal classes 44320974

Fun First Nursery

Indian Women’s Association


Little Angels


Qatar Toastmasters


Little Cherubs Nursery




Mulbery Bush Nursery


Rising Stars Kindergarten



Turkish Women’s Association


Nokia phones and accessories

55574671/ 55315745

German Ladies Coffee Morning

Silver Dhow Association

Royal Yatching Association 6 6749254/55279198

phones and support

Doha Singers

play schools and nurseries


44110953 44551010/ 44551212

Starfish Lane Kids 44875939/ 44110355 Sunbeam Kindergarten


Tots Corner Nursery


local tour operators

home decor


Life Time Nursery

grand regency hotel perfect figure 44343446 grand regency hotel shape & style beauty salon 44343447

Arteligno Interior Designers 44361580

Intercontinental Doha Spa 44844444

Home Centre


La Cigale’s Ozone Spa & Gym 44288888

ID design


Marriott Spa


Millenium Hotel Doha Spa


Indoors Decorators (almuftah)


Ramada Plaza


Pioneer Interiors


Ritz Carlton Spa


Salam Industries Wll


The One


Six Senses Spa


Spa Chakra (Alfardan Towers)


Habib’s Hair & Beauty Lounge


Al Mazaya Tourism


Arabian Adventures


Black Pearl Toursism


Gulf Adventures Toursim


Qatar International Adventures


Qatar International Tours 44551141

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2011 March




The Femi-dictionary Truth or dare? Words that go well with women – Can we play?

Handbag (n.) – A well-designed piece of fabric that has almost every indispensable item dumped in it! Truth: Do you find your phone in the first go or struggle for 15 minutes? Dare: Count the number of items in your bag, and discard what is irrelevant. Gossiping (v.) - A subconscious act of passing an almost insignificant piece of news to people who have no significant work in life! Truth: How many times have you gossiped about your own friends? Dare: Stay out of the office grapevine; discuss something worthwhile with a colleague. Envy (v./n.) - An unpleasant feeling that turns us green, especially when your man compliments another woman for her beauty! Truth:: How many times have you mocked somebody only because you were jealous of them? Dare: Go and compliment your nemesis about her hair or maybe her shoes. Fat (a.) – A sudden realisation of one’s body image especially after savouring a bar of milk chocolate! Truth: Are you really conscious about your weight? Dare: Ride a bicycle or take the stairs. Mirror (n.) – A piece of glass that often reflects what you don’t want to see! Truth: How often have you cribbed about your imperfections rather than appreciating what’s perfect? Dare: Lock your make-up closet and opt for a natural look. Weaker sex (n.) – Often used as a reference for us only because we love to act so dainty and delicate for tasks that requires brains rather than brawns! Truth: How many times have you said “I can’t do it! It’s a man’s job!”? Dare: Roll up your sleeves and say “I will change the tyre today!” Mysterious (a.) – The art of keeping your beloved ignorant about certain aspects of your life! Truth: Does your man know you yet? Dare: Wear that mischievous smile and say ‘nothing’ every time he questions you. Shopping (v.) – A form of retail therapy that works wonders on a gloomy day in addition to burning a hole in your pocket! Truth: Do you know what your wardrobe contains? Dare: Enter a mall without your wallet.

By Cassey Oliveira


March 2011

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