FUN | FAMILY | FOODS | FRIENDSHIP | FASHION | FITNESS
the rhythm of your city OCTOBER 2009
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IN ABU DHABI !
VOLUME 1 | OCTOBER 2009
- it’s about
you! this week
4 Your Say
Well heeeello Abu Dhabi ! 5 ShopCall
5 What’s Hot in Abu Dhabi
In your hand is Tempo, the snazziest, handiest little magazine
you'll ever ﬁnd. It is monthly, and will focus on Abu Dhabi--the 6 Shop Call
city, its people and its soul. Yes, we revel in celebrating the v
everday, the mediocre, the run-of the-mill. As long as it relates 7 City Bites
to Abu Dhabi. We offer an odd mix of useless trivia, periodic
insight, slivers of inspiration, buckets of hope, loads of drama,
and oodles of community warmth. To borrow the words of 8 My Abu Dhabi
a wiseman, "it is of you, for you and by you" and that really
means that we want to hear from you: what you're doing, what
you're thinking... 9 People Meter
What an auspicious time for us to launch! So much happening
10 Making a difference
in our wonderful city. Welcome to the ﬁlm festival and
Formula One, to Beyonce and Aerosmith, Timbaland and
Jamiroquai, Ragheb Alama and Faris Karam and especially, to 11 Handy helper
all our guests coming from near and far to share the magic
Welcome to Abu Dhabi, the land of plenty.
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14 My Style Blueprint
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Prabhakaran, Marketing Coordinator: Ahmad Al-Dajani, Production Coordinator : Joel Flores
Editorial Contributors: Genevieve Colaco, Aicha Diop, Ruth Burrows, Samantha Davis. 15 Trendsetter
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the authenticity and accuracy of its contents, the publisher cannot accept any 16 On the Beaten Path
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call 02 6673349 or 050 7827575 22 The Beat with Aich
Just wanted to say I loved the whole Abu Dhabi Ramadan scene and
am going to miss it. People are so serene and detached. Although I had
a couple of run ins with shop keepers who were impatient with me, by
and large, the transformation in most people was very nice--a palpable
sense of calm. I wish people had this sense of spirituality all year round.
How true, Amy! Ramadan is a great way to ‘realign’
one’s soul. The real truth is to keep that feeling alive not
just over a period of a month, but throughout the year.
What's with parking out here? And can
someone explain why it gets worse on week-
ends? I spend at least 20 minutes in front
of my work place to ﬁnd a parking space.
Almost all of our spaces are ﬁlled late night
by the cars of other residents who come to
our area because they cannot ﬁnd parking
in front of their own buildings. I think there
should be an understanding, a protocol that The internet is abuzz with vibrant discourse. Here
we all go by, that you cannot scrounge in are selected tweets about Abu Dhabi:
someone else's parking space. Find a space
in your own neighborhood. Stick to your • Mmm, kebab and hummus, by candle light, watching the
boundaries. Be creative! city scape of Abu Dhabi from the window of my new place
I hear you A.T. ! Now try convincing the rest of the
ﬁve million people who make up the population. • Arrived in Abu Dhabi Sunday night. We r already adjusted
Ed to the time change. Loving the variety of people here!!!
• Spent a really interesting evening at Souks in Port Zayed,
I live near the Khaleej-al-Arabi Street and I Abu Dhabi. Ostriches and peacocks in the livestock market!
see a number of stray cats and dogs roaming Still 37C by 22h00.
around my locality and also in other areas http://twitter.com/A3Grobler
of Abu Dhabi. And there's always a bunch of • gosh, waiting in Abu Dhabi Airport is really boring.
kids on roads who take pleasure in mistreat- http://twitter.com/dimakdimas
ing them. It’s really sad--it shows that kids are
not growing up with the right values about • We're in the Abu Dhabi Hilton and the food costs a for-
kindness to animals. Stray dogs should be tune... cheaper to take a taxi to the mall & eat there.
removed from the street and placed in proper
shelters. And parents, please teach your kids • Abu Dhabi launches encrypted sports channel http://url4.
Asim Ali http://twitter.com/DPME_dotcom
I know of people here who are doing amazing
things to save stray pets. They need all of our By the way you can tweet with us on
support. twitter.com/abudhabitempo.com. Join the conversation!
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Y Y s sland
News on the Ferrari World Concert line-up
Beyonce, Aerosmith and Jamiroquai will bring Yas Island alive with their
music at the end of this month!
‘Single Ladies’ singer, Beyonce will be setting the stage on ﬁre with all her
latest songs on Thursday October 29. Next, the Brit band – Jamiroquai
will deliver an electrifying performance live on Friday, October 30.
The best is saved for last for soon after the Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi
Grand Prix 2009 has ended on Sunday (November 1), US band, Aerosmith
will rock the Ferrari World Arena with their signature energetic on-stage
presence. So my advice to all rock fans... don’t miss out on this one!
Tickets will be available only to those attending the grand prix. Those
who have bought a three-day pass will be able to see all four acts.
Another celebrity entertainer is all set to thrill us on Saturday, October
31. However the media gurus have keep it all hush hush! So tune up your
hearing music lovers, a name might be announced pretty soon!
Yasalam Live on the Corniche
Free concerts will WOW Abu Dhabi
Beats on the Beach will be a series of beach front concerts leading up to the Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand
US rap star Timbaland accompanied by Soul II Soul, The Wailers, as well as Lebanese artists Myriam
Fares and Fares Karam, will be performing at Corniche Beach in a series of free concerts running
from October 27 to 31.
Arabian entertainers like Myrian Fares and Fares Karem will get you swaying to their
tunes from 7.30pm - 1am on October 27. They will be joined by Freshly Ground, a
band which plays original mix of indigenous African sounds.
The evening of October 29 will feature acts by Grammy Award winning group,
Soul II Soul followed by Beat Antenna and Hussein Al Jasmi. The world famous
trance music group, Above and Beyond will dazzle you from 7.30pm till
Next, in the musical festival lineup, will be Timbaland, bringing the house
down with his unique rap style on October 30. Accompanying performanc-
es include Abri and Raghab Alame. The show will run from 9pm to 2am.
The closing night (October 31) will feature Jamaican reggae group, The
Wailers. Arabian artists, Mohamed Hamaki and Dahab will also delight
Middle Eastern fans to popular tunes from 7.30pm to 1am.
Beats on the Beach is estimated to attract more than 30,000
people each day. So get ready to dance to the music and BE THERE!
Danke Deutschland! Welcome retail
diversity! In a UAE mall world long
dominated by the British, the Americans and
the Spaniards, we now bid Willkommen to
Germany’s own Tchibo, which has opened
its doors in Khalidiya Mall. Just like Japanese
'Daiso’ has its own funky products (tiny
res opening up!
houseware items made for midget hands Mazyad Mall, more sto
and an endless array of paper handicrafts)
Tchibo brings its own Germanic quirk to
retailing. There are things here that you For those who have not been there as yet, Mazyad Mall is
may not be able to ﬁnd anywhere else the spanking new mall in Musaffah, and technically the
(except their larger store in Dubai Outlet ﬁrst mall in Mohamed Bin Zayed City. The mall is quite nice
Mall). Check out the self massage products, from the outside, and provides a whole slew of retail outlets
the portable paper shredder, the almond that are very welcome for the long mall-starved ‘burbs. A
toasting pan, and the handy ice crusher. And large number of the fashion stores have opened up,
there’s a cute cotton padded draught offering everything from sporting goods to toys,
blocker that must work miracles cosmetics, jewellery, books, home furnishing
in long German winters and and electronics. What the kids love most is
might help stem the leak of the vibrant Sparky's children's activities
air conditioning in the UAE. at shops centre which has opened a few weeks
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have noticed that FCUK has long closed Ms. Ali, a resident of
(strange how those FCUK branded t-shirts
never did take off in the Emirates, don't you
think?) Well the store has been replaced by
Ed Hardvey of Christian Audigier fame; a
“Now I won’t have to
fancy Hollywood-hyped store with pricey drive to Dubai to ea
Applebee’s!” says Sa t at
designer jeans and t-shirts. How ‘pricey,’ ra, a young student
excited about the op who is
you say? A ‘few-hundred-dees-for-a-t-shirt’ ening of the ﬁrst Ap
pricey. Well, OK you concur, as long as it puts
you in the company of Madge, Kanye and http://.mec.sas.upenn.edu/marhabba/coffee.html
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Ci ty b ites Mamma Mia!
Italian food has massive appeal to all
nationalities--yes probably even more than
burgers. And if you love good quality Italian
food that is not affected (and doesn't take
you to the cleaners) then BriccoCafe is the
place to go to.
Trouncing many fancy-schmancy Italian
restaurants BriccoCafe hands down serves the
better 'margherita' pizza. The crust is just right
with a fragrant sauce, plump tomatoes on
buffalo mozzarella and fresh basil. Bellisima!
Their "putanesca" (excuse the language)
penne is another perennial BC favourite, but
then everything else on the menu is just as
BriccoCafe is not new news, you say. Yes, but
their expanding home delivery is. So now you
can enjoy all their goodies in the comfort of
your home, while watching the Sopranos.
Get ready for spicy!
Golden Crown Restaurant is located in the downtown,
near the Electra and Najda Streets, behind the
Al-Mariah Mall. It serves Indian, Chinese and
Continental dishes in a comfortable environment, with
private sections avaliable.
The service is prompt and the food tastes great. Their
speciality is Indian dishes, particulary their butter
chicken is delicious (make sure you order it with
butter naan). Kebabs are another dish really worth a
try. The plus point is that a ﬁlling dinner for two costs
about Dhs 70, including drinks and sweets -- a great
deal to be sure!
Their drink servings however, could be a bit bigger
than they are. Apart from that, everything seems
perfect, from serving the usual starters with pickles
and curd, to the mouth freshners at the end.
Recommended for less formal dining.
Do you have your own restaurant pick? Fancy or simple? Share it with us and tell us what you like about it.
MyABU DHABI Sahil Latheef, a tourist from India visits
The Sheikh Zayed Mosque and speaks
about his experience...
“The grand mosque is clearly the biggest in the country though I am a bit
skeptical of the claim that it's the third largest mosque in the world (after
Masjid al-Haram in Mecca and Al-Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina).This mosque
seems far smaller than the Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta; Hassan II Mosque in
Casablanca; and Faisal Mosque in Islamabad, Pakistan. But I could be wrong.
“As you enter the mosque you enter an unusual entry hall, which is covered
in marble bass relief in ﬂoral patterns that are quiet uncharacteristic of a
mosque structure. Unlike other dominant Islamic buildings and mosques
here, the strict use of a geometric framework for all the patterns is noticeably
“In my opinion, it is the restrictions imposed by the strict geometric ordering
that has always made decoration in Islamic religious buildings so interesting!
“It is one of the few mosques in the country that is open to tourists of all
religious orientation and one of the few instances were the state's money
has been lavishly used on a ‘public’ building. I think it is surely worth a visit if
you happen to be in Abu Dhabi!”
MEET.... Mohammed Ali
I have been living in Abu Dhabi for almost ﬁfteen years,
so this feels like home to me. I am from a small town in
India where there are not many opportunities for me to
make enough money for the family. I have struggled for
many years to establish my own shop and it is good to
Mohammad Ali, 40, is a shop owner who has been in Abu Dhabi
My biggest dream is to provide a better living to my
for ﬁfteen years. Mohammad shared a few moments of his time family so that my brothers don’t face as many hardships
with Tempo. This account translated from Hindi. in their lives as I have. Being the eldest in the family,
I dream to see my younger brothers begin their work
I miss my country and more than that, I miss my family,
friends and home. The feeling of missing their company
is more in times when I need to share my joys and
sorrows. My father passed away a few years after I came
to Abu Dhabi and I could not attend his funeral because
I did not have enough money to go back. I am grateful
about my life here but I miss all the time that has gone by.
In the future, I see myself living here with my own family
and my brothers working side by side with me in my
shop. Who knows, if Allah graces me, maybe I will open
another shop. My dream is to spend the rest of my life
close to my loved ones.
8 Tempo October 2009
PeopleMeter is an offbeat way to learn more about
our community and its people, who come from
different backgrounds, cultures and walks of life.
This month, we invite Kelly King, a Marketing
Excecutive and Rizwan Perveiz, a Designer, to
participate in PeopleMeter.
Q. What would you do if you
were invisible for a day?
Rizwan: I will go to my country
Kelly: I’ll go s’ dipping!
Q. If you are lost on a distant
island, who would you like to be
Rizwan: My ﬁancée
Rizwan Perveiz, 27 Kelly King, 26 Kelly: My sister
Q. Share the most painful
experience of your life.
What ﬁrst word comes to your mind when I say...? Rizwan: Oh! Forget about bad
experiences. I don’t want to
Kelly: When I fell from the
Home Relax Home London
monkey bars and sprained my
Energy Passion Energy Freshness arm at the age of 11.
Peace Calm Peace Abu Dhabi
Safe Happy Safe Lock Q. What is your annoying habit?
Holiday Refresh Holiday Vacation Rizwan: I am very quiet
Value Devalue Value Added sometimes.
Comfort Tension Free Comfort Cosy Kelly: I keep losing my things
all the time!
Shopping Change Shopping Sale
Planet Circle Planet Earth
Q. Share the happiest moment of
Sweet Cute Sweet Tooth your life.
Friend Trustworthy Friend Lisa Rizwan: When I got engaged to
Mother Care Mother Love the girl I like.
Happy Enjoy Happy Contentment Kelly: My graduation.
Each of us can in his, or her, own way make a difference in our world. Sometimes this can be a simple
gesture, and sometimes it is a kind word. This page is dedicated to the hero that resides in each and
every one of us, and to the sharing of great news that will make our planet a better place for us all.
The spirit of volunteering:
Did you know that the Health Authority
Abu Dhabi (HAAD), launched at the start of the
year, a wonderful programme called 'Kindness
Heals’ that encourages members of the public to
volunteer for a programme that helps the elderly The Healing Power of Doing Good:
in the emirate? The programme invites primarily
“The Health and Spiritual Beneﬁts
young people, of all nationalities to sign up to
of Helping Others” by Allan Luks
volunteer work at hospitals in the capital city. Activities include
and Peggy Payne. This book states the
educating the community on health related issues and providing
obvious (we think): if you do good for
valuable services such as wheel-chair assistance and providing ofﬁce
and administrative assistance. To participate visit www.skmc.gov.ae , others, good ﬂows back to you. This,
email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 02-6104505. incidentally, is a strong Islamic tenet,
and one that is no doubt echoed
Green Hotels: Jinan Al Dhafrah Hotel & Resort, being built in universally by other religions as well.
Zayed City in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi will be the ﬁrst hotel In this book, Luks and Payne show
in the UAE to follow Abu Dhabi’s new ‘Estidama’ standards, intended through research, that helping others
to create more sustainable communities, cities and global regularly produces signiﬁcant health
enterprises. The four-star hotel will feature 84 duplex apartments and beneﬁts to the giver, and creates the
six suites, and cover 50,000 sq.m. The management says it plans to kind of ‘health buzz’ one experiences
build seven to tenhotels by 2012. after exercise.
Humanitarian ALERT: Government funding available! A great guide for those considering
The Emirates Foundation for Philanthropy has announced that the noble act of volunteering. Includes
substantial funding will be offered to improve UAE’s educational and advice on how to choose the right
social development. Licensed civil society organizations can apply kind of activity that's right for you,
for grants of up to Dh. 500,000. The closing date for applications is how to optimize the rewards, and how
November 8, 2009. Send in your proposals and enquiries to to manage your time.
email@example.com or visit www.emiratesfoundation.ae
(aka ‘the Rahma
Save energy! U A group of women in Abu Dhabi have teamed up
washing mach your and regularly gather school supplies and other
washer wisely e and dish-
resources for distribution to families in need. They
talk to the families and then deliver packages of
water wheneve ash with cold items most needed. Sometimes these are school
wash and dry possible and supplies, and other times, food staples such as milk
full loads onl powder, rice, sugar etc. Contact us if you would like
y! to help and we can provide their contact details.
Making a Difference is a celebration of good people and good deeds. Please share with us your ideas, activities and community
‘public-good ‘ stories. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
10 Tempo October 2009
Food poisoning can be a serious health problem if food
is poorly handled, stored or cooked. In severe cases, food
poisoning can even cause death. Often, food poisoning
bacteria are naturally present in food when favorable
conditions are there. A single bacterium can multiply
into more than two million bacteria in just seven hours!
Here we share simple precautions that should be part of
your daily routine:
1. Beware the Danger Zone
In f o r
Danger zone is referred to the temperature range in
which food bacteria can grow. The range is typically
between 40º F and 140º F. Always make sure your food
is stored either below 40º F or above 140º F! Warm up
H1N1 FLU AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT
cooked food to above 140º F before consuming.
There has been much coverage in the news about the
H1N1 virus. The fact is there is little cause for alarm 2. Cleanliness
as there are precautions you can take to mitigate the Make sure that your hands and cutting equipment
spread of the ﬂu. are clean and not used for raw meat when you handle
The symptoms of H1N1: cooked food. If the same hands or tools are then used to
- Cough prepare ready-to-eat or cooked food, without ﬁrst being
- Throat irritation properly washed, then this food can easily become
- Fever (above 38˚C)
contaminated with bacteria. Use different cutting boards
- Runny nose
- Watery eyes
for meats and vegetables. Always wash your hands
Keep this information handy for your own safety. Cut out and paste on your fridge
- Headache thoroughly with soap and water after handling raw meat
- Aches before handling anything else.
- Nausea & vomiting 3.Storage
- Fatigue Bacteria from raw food can contaminate ready-to-eat
- Loss of appetite food if they come in contact. Even in your fridge, make
sure you thaw out meats in the lower rungs so dripping
H1N1 Precautions: juices do not contminate other foods, such as fruit and
- Whenever you sneeze or cough, cover your nose
and mouth with a tissue. Throw it in the trash can
immediately after use.
4. High-Risk Foods
Some foods are likely to catch bacteria faster than
- Get used to washing your hands with hot running others. They include meat, poultry, dairy products,
water and soap more often in a day, and especially seafood, cooked rice, pasta, prepared salads and fruit
after sneezing or coughing. You can also use Anti- salads.
bacterial hand sanitizers as well. If not possible, avoid
touching your mouth, nose, or eyes. That’s how germs 5. Keep it dry
spread. Moisture helps bacteria grow. If there is no moisture, the
growth can slow down or stop. This is why drying is an
- Try to avoid being near others that might be sick.
effective way to preserve food.
- If you have any symptoms of a mild ﬂu, limit contact
with others and stay at home. 6. Keep it fresh
Always check food for freshness and throw out anything
- If those symptoms get worse, visit your nearest that has expired. Beware of restaurant bought food; eat
hospital. right away and handle left overs with care, heating to
over 140º F and disposing of it quickly (most restaurant
For more information visit: www.moh.gov.ae
bought foods should be thrown out after a day or two).
Remember the popular maxim: ‘if in doubt, throw it out.’
An ofﬁce is often referred to as a second home
as it is where you spend the greatest part of
your day. And so, it is essential to identify and
overcome the little workplace problems that
can sometimes throw a wrench in the smooth
whirr of your busy day. Make it positive!
Management Tip #1 *
Prepare a daily to-do list and stick by it. Ideally you
can put this together the day before so that you are
already primed into action from the get go the follow-
ing morning. Take pleasure in ticking off tasks done
Check your posture
on time and reward yourself with rejuvenating breaks
before you get into your next work activity.
How you sit at work is vitally * Part of a 12 issue series
important for spine health
If you sit all day at a desk, don't sit with your legs
It’s a Team!
straight out in front of you. This puts too much
pressure on the lower spine and will cause a back
ache. Don't cross your legs. This too causes strain
No one can deny the advantages of teamwork in
on the lower spine. Change your sitting position
any organization. Truly effective teamwork can
about every ﬁfteen minutes. Rotate your head in a
lead to improved productivity, better morale and
circular motion to relieve neck strain. great cooperation. There are certain practices to
keep in mind while working in a team:
Make sure you have an ergonomically designed
chair. The right kind of chair is critical in the health Brainstorm: Many minds can think from various
of your spine. If your company does not provide it, angles on a particular task. Everyone in the group
it may be worth it for you to invest in one yourself. should contribute to ideas for streamlining
Talk to your HR department, you may actually efﬁciency and improving the workﬂow process.
ﬁnd them quite amenable to this.
Win-win Situation: A clear, safe and unbiased
procedure for conﬂict resolution and complaints
is integral when working in a team. This creates
a mutual good will among co-workers and the
Socialize: Socializing outside of workplace allows
employees to view each other more as people
and less as adversaries, especially when tensions
are running high in the ofﬁce.
12 Tempo October 2009
Many of us are couch potatoes who
eternally procrastinate about exercising.
We make ambitious resolutions from
time to time; we often start, we usually
falter and then we just quit. And more
often than not we try to rationalise,
making endless excuses that we just
don’t have the time. The most typical
excuse is that of not having enough
time, or difﬁcult access to a gym. But in
reality physical movement should be a
way of life.
The big problem in the UAE is that most
of us have house help and are doubly
lazy—we do nothing in the way of
exercise, and do minimal housework—
and that goes for stay at home mothers
Don't have time to exercise?
How about changing your daily routine, even just a little...?
Start thinking of using daily home chores to stay ﬁt. And try to take the same mindset to work as well...
Don't underestimate the calorie burning effects of • Take the stairs whenever you can.
sweeping the porch, doing some gardening (if you • Take advantage of lunch breaks to move away from
have a garden), vacuuming, wiping the counter tops, your work station. Perhaps making it a 'healthy break'
mopping the ﬂoor, dusting the curtains, and polishing by going for a brisk walk around the block and maybe
the furniture. picking up some water or green tea along the way.
Change your mindset and your lifestyle...perhaps • Park your car a distance away so you get a brisk walk
sharing the workload with your housemaid? to and from your ofﬁce
Calorie Burning Counter
You can calculate how many calories you are burning in your everyday activities using various online tools.
A good one we recommend is at http://www.healthstatus.com/calculate.
So get off the couch and move about!
Mix a few drops of lemon juice with one
table spoon of milk. Add a few drops of rose
water and apply on your face. Wash after ten
minutes and you will have a revived, soft and
glowing skin in a few days!
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Make Up: L’oreal
around the city. Dh: 200
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What I do for a living:
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The One Thing I
Things I bought
without trying at the
The One Thing I
Dream of Buying:
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Great conﬁdence, girl!
A cool outﬁt, ideal for
My Style Inspiration: smart everyday ofﬁce
James Dean wear.
Here a brighter
My Style Philosophy: coloured scarf may
If it looks good on the mannequin, I can work better to lift up
deﬁnitely make it look good on me. the full ensemble.
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Tempo's very own Trendsetter brings you the
latest fashion in the capital.
Leverback teardrop Marcasite
A mix of class
Bulova and colour, in this
issue we combine
that give your
personal style a little
makes it stand
ABS Allen out.
Gathered Neck Two-fer dress
Judith Jack Rhapsody
Orbit Bangle shopper
Of techno-twits and blackberry brats
By Rantan Rave
know how you all An irreverent look at the idiosyncrasies of
language, and tips on how you can enjoy
feel about all this communicating in our crazy multicultural
mobile technology world.
stuff, and speciﬁcally the
'Blackberry' phenomenon. Recognizing that even lazy people need a
Sure it's great that we can break now and then, we will through this
column try to pass on bits of wisdom (some
all keep in touch all the time useful, some totally inane) that will help you
and keep up with work even pepper your English speech with foreign
when we're not at work. Yep, I love words and phrases, so you can exude the air
my Blackberry. Is it pervading my life? of the 'intellectual urban sophisticate'.
Absolutely. But nothing (this) good in life
Chosen phrase: “Shu hatha ! ”
comes without some compromise. My spin on (pronounced “shooo hadda" with a bit
this is that some people can handle the Blackberry more emphasis on ‘shoo’ )
intrusion (and thrive on it) while others can't (and don't).
Preferably spoken with a tad of derision
The disturbing twist is its insidious inroads into our youth. as well, for maximum effect. Literally, this
My friend (quite casually) told me that her kids are home this phrase translates into “what the ...!” This can
be used to communicate with almost all
summer and mostly 'hanging out with friends'. Interpretation: nationalities that have lived here for a long
they all sit together (or 'hang'), each one with Blackberry in time, and can be adapted for a wide range of
hand, not talking to each other-- but Blackberrying en masse situations.
(to each other) and other friends. Repeat, these are not adult
This phrase shows that you are truly
professionals here; these are mostly preteens and tweens!
disappointed beyond words. Example: when
a taxi driver drops you off on the opposite
And what would young Blackberrites (or is it 'blackberries'?) side of the road, say "Shu hatha!?" and he
be communicating about? That's what I wanted to know.... may gather you up from the sidewalk and
so I asked my friend (a your typical Facebooker connected transport you to the other side. Or, when
with half the world) and she told me that most of the times it someone cuts in front of you in a queue;
is people keeping their 'statuses' alive with Facebook, Twitter "Shu hatha!" and the person may apologise
profusely and facilitate your movement to
etc. Many of them (she says), update their status continuously the front of the line.
ad nauseum. Like, "I am going into my car," "have just arrived
and will be entering the building," "heading for my ofﬁce." My Usage notes: This phrase can be used
message to all these techo twits: don't update me because by all genders. Disclaimer: Technically
... I don't care! And for those super-young high octane it can be used by all ages as well, but we
don’t encourage your children to say this
phoneoﬁles: GO GET A LIFE! (said literally, not derogatively).
as they may end up getting beaten up.
You ﬁrst have to live it to be able to share it. Phraseology: harsh but not vulgar.
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ABOU T LIFE
The other day I walked into a store in Marina
Mall. I wanted to get more information about the
sale they were having so I asked a saleswoman
nearby who seemed to be organizing the
shelves. She looked at me and said "Do I look like
a saleswoman to you?" She walked off in huff
before I could apologize.
I remembered a similar incident that happened to
me when I was a teenager and it made me think
of the irony. I was shopping in a women’s store
and a lady walked up to me and asked me where
a certain item was. I thought she just needed help
and, knowing the store quite well, I took her to
where I thought the item was. She asked me if
there were bigger sizes, and I told her that I didn’t
know because I didn’t work there. She looked
annoyed and said, "So why didn’t you just say that
in the ﬁrst place?"
S.Maher, Marketing Professional.
How would you feel and what would you say if someone
came up to you in a store and talked to you thinking you
were the salesperson?
“It would depend on how someone asked the question. Some
people are just so uppity and have an arrogant attitude towards
others with lower paying jobs. If it was someone who acted
obnoxious then I’d probably answer the same way.”
You A. Davis, Engineer
“There’s nothing wrong with being confused for a salesperson.
At the end of the day we are all salespeople, marketing a product
or service. Some of us do it on a shop ﬂoor, some of us do it over
the phone, while some of us do it in an ofﬁce setting. I would
not be offended at all, I would simply point them over to the
Netti B. , Teacher
“The same thing happened to me one time. A man came up
to me with a long list of things he was looking for, and when I
explained that I was a customer just like him, we both just had a
good laugh over it. So it’s not really a big deal.”
Ramzi H. , Ofﬁce Administrator
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Culture Aromatic Arabia:
What exactly is ‘Oud’?
The concept of fragrance is an important part
of Arabian society and is widely used in vari-
ous forms. Although you may ﬁnd some of the
fragrances overpowering, you could acquire
the appreciation of the fragrances, and begin to
enjoy the subtleties in the scents that depend
on the various concoctions. The fragrances vary
Technically, ‘Oud’ is made from the fragrant resin found in depending on their contents and which country
the Aquilara trees. It is also referred to as Agarwood,
they are from. You can buy a simple Arabic per-
Aloeswood and Eaglewood. It has been treasured and
enjoyed for thousands of years for both beautiﬁcation and fume for as little as Dh 20 for a small bottle, for
for use in spiritual rituals and is recognized by some as a up to Dh 5000 for the same size bottle of a more
strong aphrodisiac. In the Middle East, Arabs and Muslim concentrated high end quality of ‘Dehn Al Oud’
populations are huge consumers of ‘Oud,’ burning it (that is ﬁt for a king).
especially at festivals and celebrations.
Oud now comes from India, Vietnam, China, Cambodia,
Indonesia and the Philippines... and as the tree supplies
dwindle, demand grows unabated, with quality Agarwood
oil or ‘Dehn Al Oud’ commanding prices of up to USD
$50,000 per pound!
Indeed, the demand for oud has been so great that in many
parts the Agarwood trees are near extinction. But the
good news is that Agarwood nurseries have
sprung up in parts of India, and plan-
tations are nurtured to ﬁll demand.
These plantations use organic,
sustainable harvesting methods
that are kinder to the environment.
Another positive development Try Arabian perfume:
is that new techniques such as
CO2 extraction are being used, To burn either of 'Oud' or 'Bakhoor', you
instead of distillation, to cut out would need an 'Oud' or 'Bakhoor' burner,
the need for toxic solvent commonly termed as a Medkhan, coal, and
some sort of tongs to handle the coals.
You can buy fairly decent 'Bakhoor' from
the Arabic fragrance shops, such as those
in Madinat Zayed, but good quality oud is
quite pricey. Start off with bakhoor. As you
Bakhoor burn it, walk into the smoke and let it settle
into your clothing and hair.
To really lock in the scent, buy a good
quality Arabic perfume (there are
good inexpensive ones at Lifestyle in
Centrepoint, Ajmal, Rasasi and any Nayomi
Bakhoor is a mixture of scents all together and
shop, as well as other fragrance shops
usually looks like round pieces of coal about the size around town). Arabic perfume tends to be
of a thumb. This sort of scent is used to burn in the quite concentrated, so dab on a little bit at
home and perhaps you have smelt it burning in the ﬁrst and add more if you need to.
malls. 'Dehn Al Oud' is a fragrance made out of 'Oud'
steeped in concentrated perfume oils.
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Ask Um Saif
Dear Um Saif, I had this same problem when my child was growing
up. Since we had a two storey apartment, I made sure
“I don’t know if I’m the only person who has the stairs were gated upstairs so he couldn’t open the
noticed this, but I have found most of the door and leave the house at night. I also had a carpen-
ter ﬁx a chain high up the door so my son wouldn’t slip
apartments here have low doorknob heights. out in the daytime either.
I realise this is not an issue for most people,
but it is a concern for families with young I found your question “is there a standard doornob
kids as little ones can easily open doors and height?” intriguing and I thought to ask around. I should
lock themselves out. My biggest concern is add that this is not deﬁnitive research, but casual data
that my four year old child sometimes wakes gathering.
up disoriented in the middle of the night, and In the UAE there doesn’t seem to be a standard
I have even caught him sleep walking a few height—it depends on the manufacturer and whether
times as well. My fear is that he may get up the door is internal or external. Some external doors do
one night and walk right out of our house, seem to have low doornobs and handles.
without anyone realising this. Am I paranoid?
It in the old days that there was a tendency to keep
Is there such a thing as a standard height for
door handles at shoulder height (I think we can see
doorknobs and do other people share this examples of that in old black and white movies), but
problem?” now doors are usually located at an adult’s waist/hip
height. Internal bedroom door handles are sometimes
Terry B. kept even lower to enable kids to reach.
I did a quick search on the internet and got '36’' (from
the ﬂoor? Or from the top of the door?); 'normally 3/4
the way up the door'; '120 cms'--which goes to prove
that there may not be an 'international standard.' I
would imagine that this would vary depending on the
country, as the average height of a population varies
from country to country and the doors are likely to be
adjusted accordingly. In the UAE there seems to be
variation depending on the manufacturer of the home/
Off topic, isn’t it funny in some US action movies the
chairs are pulled against the doornob to stop an
intruder? Those chairs must either be high or the door-
nobs very low.
So back to your question Terry, I would suggest you
talk to your ‘natour’ (watchman) and ask about getting
someone in who can ﬁx a chain high up so your
youngster can’t reach it (I doubt if your landlord will
agree to move the handles up).
Any questions for Um Saif:
LIFECOACH COUCH By Samantha Davis
Downsized But Upbeat
Have you lost your job? Are you looking for work and
growing increasingly frustrated?
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Don’t allow yourself to be overwhelmed by ‘washes to have a qualiﬁed ﬁnancial advisor look at your
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Make a daily task list in order to maintain order
in your life.
Keep your chin up and try to stay positive (however
hard that may be). Recognise that there are many
around you who share your plight.
Don’t cocoon yourself from friends and family. On
the contrary, get out and meet people. Keep yourself
busy and connected to others. Volunteer if you can. Keep your faith in the Supreme Being and don’t give
up hope; believe in a higher power and in the power
Remember that most jobs come by way of word of
mouth or a referral so tell people you know that you
are on the lookout for work so they can keep an eye I strongly recommend reading “The Power of Now”
open out for you. by Ekhart Tolle to keep you focused on the moment
and away from self defeatist thinking.
Connect to someone else who is going through a
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TH B Aich
The ﬁrst DJ of Al Ain
Adnan Balushi got into music early 2000 after being inspired by the ‘’Lord of
Dance’’ Pete Tong. His love for House music made him want to become a DJ,
treading ground and rocking crowds in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Iran, Auckland,
Sydney and London. Adnan now travels and networks with clubs around the
world. He was one among the semi-ﬁnalists in the Palme DJ Competition in
early 2009. He battled it out with 40 world class DJs and grabbed hearts with
his energetic, conﬁdent style.
Tempo caught up with Adnan. Describe yourself:
Prince of Dance. The message you try to convey: Peace, love and
happiness. How was your ﬁrst performance as a DJ? My ﬁrst gig was a
à la Abu Dhabi
disaster, I switched off the music 3 times, and my mixing was not perfect. On Tempo found these great
top of it a girl next to the DJ booth accidentally poured her drink in the mixer
and the cross fader did not work for 45 minutes. The pressure was building
looking t-shirts at
up and I thought the mixer might just blow up. Eventually I made it though Hemisphere Art Gallery.
my ﬁrst gig and impressed the crowd. Your favorite artist? DeepDish. They come in a couple of
If you could meet any DJ/artist/composer who would it be and why? designs and sizes.
Swedish House Maﬁas. I’ll get all their unreleased productions and spread
them in clubs and parties around Abu Dhabi.
It’s great to see funky
The #1 piece of advice that you would offer another musician? designs coming up that
What I learned from Danny Rampling: never give up. brand our ﬁne city.
If you could learn to play an instrument which one would it
be and why? Digital Piano so I could start producing great Get them from Hemisphere
dance tunes. Gallery, near the Russian
Where do you see yourself musically in the coming Embassy near Khalifa Street.
years? I would be producing music with great DJs
all around the world and I will be touring great clubs They’re going fast!
Are you planning to release an album? I Tel. 02-6768614
have been compiling music for the past
3 years and soon, I will be releasing my
album translated in Ibiza which will
include tunes from great artists such as
David Guetta, Laidback luke, DJ Sharam
(Deep Dish) and dizzie
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