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TEMPO Magazine January 2013 Issue

TEMPO Magazine January 2013 Issue



TEMPO is a vibrant and youthful magazine; in layout, content and spirit. Brimming with community, music, fashion, art, food, lifestyle and innovation. ...

TEMPO is a vibrant and youthful magazine; in layout, content and spirit. Brimming with community, music, fashion, art, food, lifestyle and innovation.
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    • www.tempoplanet.com04 notes & cyberchatter05 uspace06 what’s hot 12 This past year has been chockfull of events and happenings, both locally, regionally and07 hello 2013! internationally. At Tempo we focused on reaching08 tempo’s top 10 songs / on my ipod out as never before, presenting real stories about10 city bites real people; inspiring members of our community engaged in creative projects,setting up businesses,12 cover story – fast and furious and working on social initiatives that helped14 youth talk others. We also promoted conservation and15 game hedz / tech talk sustainability, and on the personal level the16 my blueprint importance of personal initiative, integrity, and international citizenry. We talked about us, a17 viewpoint huge colourful patchwork of nationalities living18 baby downtime in this generous country; and we celebrated the19 people calendar wonderful attributes that we all share as citizens21 doc in the house / remixing rumi of this amazing planet.22 planetarians For 2013 we leave you with prayers that I hope24 media translate well from Arabic: may you have a long25 Tamakkan life, filled with happiness, health and properity... with children who are principled and God27 discovering the tree of life fearing. May your parents live long to see their29 horoscope grandchildrens children, and may all obstacles30 just a thought melt away in your path. It sounds far more elegant in Arabic :) Happy new year UAE, kul amm wa antum bkhair.18 27 Sana Bagersh Managing Editor bagersh@tempoplanet.com MANAGING EDITOR EDITORIAL Sana Bagersh CONTRIBUTORS FEATURES WRITER Manisha R. Manikuttan Dr. Alma Kadragic Manar Al Hinai Ian Mason EDITORIAL COORDINATOR Azza El Masri Ajir Shujahi Saniya Ali Ahmed Samir MARKETING DIRECTOR Emma Kirkman Manjul Abhishek Blakniss30 DESIGN & LAYOUT Mark De Castro Shahid Saeed Dr. DMS Dorian ‘Paul D’ Rogers PHOTOGRAPHER Samarpan Chakraborty Angeli Castillo Justin Thomas DISTRIBUTION Amnah Qasim COORDINATOR Sanah Chauhan Melaku Muluneh DESIGN BY } download www.gettag.mobi to your smart phoneADDRESS run applicationTo reach editorial at Abu Dhabi Tempo email: editorial@tempoplanet.com. If you need to find out where you can pick up your click on tag beside each article tocopy call: 02 491 8624/25 or check out the list of Tempo distribution points on our website. have fun with online content, videos & cool tags!NOTE TO ADVERTISERSAdvertisers can request brand tagging with all advertisements. To reach advertising call: 02 491 8624/25, fax: 02 491 8626email: advertising@tempoplanet.com Scan the QR CODE using your smart phoneDISCLAIMER for Blackberry this is done throughTempo Magazine does its best to ensure the authenticity and accuracy of its contents, the publisher cannot accept any BBMresponsibility for errors, mistakes and inaccuracies. The publisher reserves the rights of this product and no part of this for iPhone download BeeTag or Neo Readerpublication may be reproduced in any form or by any means without the permission of the publisher.MEDIA LICENCE NO. 1/105866/24295 TO ADVERTISE IN TEMPO, CALL: 02 491 8624
    • TALKING BOOKS www.tempoplanet.com By Azza El Masri POST YOUR VIEWS AND COMMENTS ON OUR FACEBOOK AND TWITTER PAGES MYSTERY AND INTRIGUE: WELCOME 2013: INCARNATE WITH THE SECRET OF SUCCESS! by Jodi Meadows By Manisha Manikuttan 2012 As the year 2013 begins, a critical question difficult to concentrate on what we need The world that we will all be thinking about is, how to do. Being able to concentrate on a task is is a never- Tweet@abudhabitempo can I have a more successful life? an important life skill. Another important ending cycle: Like us on Facebook RESULT OF LAST principle of successful life is to stay motivated. with every Let’s think about the fundamentals Success consists of going from failure to failure birth, there Farrukh Naeem @ MONTH’S VOTE: of successful… What do you need to be without the loss of enthusiasm. You have to take is a death; Farrukhnaeem successful, and what are the skills that we lessons from the experiences of wrong decisions and with - @ AbuDhabiTempo Thank you can learn to achieve success? But before and make new steps toward towards life. every death, we ponder all these questions let me tell a new life is for one of the most inspiring, Tempo is an amazing you a story: A young man stopped an Often false beliefs act as obstacles on the path breathed into provoking and refreshing a new soul. sessions for writers, artists and magazine which is elderly man at an intersection and asked him: “where does this road take me?’’ The of success. Thomas Edison once said “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that But what if I told you that you caretakers in Abu Dhabi. crowded with stuff Tempo asked, elderly man asked him: ‘‘where do you want to go?’’ The man replied: “I don’t won’t work”. Be confident in the tasks you perform, and in your own efforts. Try to get are reincarnated over, and over again? You die, yet you live to for youth and more how do you go to work? know”. The elderly man said: “then take over depression, mood swings and bad moods. experience a fresh start, time UAE News @UAENews any road. What difference does it make?” If you want to increase your chances of being a and time again. - UAE is worlds 4th most of local happenings 30.0% MY OWN CAR successfulperson, then you must develop your attractive location for Similarly all of us can wander aimlessly self-confidence. Welcome to the world of Incarnate, also -Tariq Badarudeen through life unless we know where we are known as Range. There are dragons, infrastructure investment #UAE #Business 25.0% BUS going. Indeed, goals are necessary to move Fear is another obstacle of success as it prevents sylphs, mysterious temples, and a pulsing city (literally). Come set foot into this forward towards success. They help us to you from trying. Don’t get me wrong, the focus on our talent and create ideas. If we road to success will be full of pain, hard work, mystical world: it begs to be explored! The National @ FUN FACT: 25.0% TAXI don’t use the power of concentration, we disappointment, but believe me, the journey of Jodi Meadows creates a mystifying world TheNationalUAE DID YOU KNOW...? cannot achieve our target, whether it is studying or building a business. trying will be worth it. where a million souls that have been - #UAE makes it compulsory for By Suzy Page 15.0% CAR POOL Overcome your weaknesses and embrace the reincarnated since the dawn of time see women to be on every company the birth of a ‘newsoul’, and the death of The problem is that there are so many habits of successful people. Happy New Year one of their own. or government board, as Did you know that 5.0% OTHER distractions around us that it is often everyone– I wish you all great success in 2013! Cabinet rules. all these seven words We are introduced to this land through the eyes of the ‘newsoul’ Ana, an have one thing in MY QUESTIONS apprentice that seeks to understand, just Grace @Sandierpastures - @ Abudhabitempo knows a common! THIS MONTH’S By Samarpan Chakraborty like us. However, some fear Ana – even her own mother has kept her away from great shawarma shop in QUESTION: Are you the strange calm when I stare at the bright sun? society - thinking that she is a bad omen, Abu Dhabi. 1. Banana Are you the bliss of the wind when I run? a ‘nosoul’, that explains the dragon and 2. Dresser HOW DID YOU Are you the one who holds my being beyond imagination? sylph attacks. Bahareh Amidi @ 3. Grammar WELCOME THE The celestial one, the creator of all infinite creation As Ana breaks away from her mother’s BaharehAmidi NEW YEAR? He looked back to see a child, smile and run hold, and ventures into the city of Heart - What is a poem? Its when you 4. Potato Never wiping away that smile brighter than the sun with Sam, he is the only one who believes dont have to write all the way to 5. Revive 1. With friends Looking at his youth, he then saw a frown that her birth is a good sign, and is the only one to stand up for her. As their the side of the page :) 6. Uneven 2. With family The life in him had suddenly drowned relationship evolves and blooms, the 7. Assess 3. By yourself The old man now wondering where those years had gone by question of the mysterious disappearance of the soul still nags on Ana’s mind and 4. Being at work How his smile was became a faint memory she is determined to find an answer. I ask you this now DO YOU HAVE A BIZ SUCH AS A beautiful story that raises a thought- A COFFEE SHOP, CAFÉ, HOTEL backwards, it will be the same word! Where is the child in you who lived in glee? provoking question, Incarnate will surely ETC THAT CATERS TO THE the word, and then spell the word Why isn’t there a smile that pure living in you and me? satisfy your appetite for mystery and TEMPO CROWD (THE COOL 18-35, UPWARDLY MOBILE the first letter, place it at the end of Have we all become the victims of our own dream? intrigue….at least until the release of its DEMOGRAPHIC)? IF SO, YOU In all of the words listed, if you take TO VOTE Is it not better learning from a child than teaching them anything? sequel, Asunder (which will be out soon). MAY QUALIFY FOR A TEMPO Answer: GO TO Surrender to the mystery of this new STAND. CALL US ON 02 491 8624 To me my friends, they are those beings who are closer to life than you and me world, for it’s a world you would never TO FIND OUT MORE! tempoplanet.com Closer to that state of euphoria that we all wanted to be have encountered before. An enchanting So let go of them in an open field read, Jodi Meadow’s debut novel succeeds Only then to you shall the joy of life be once again revealed. to both fascinate and put you on the edge TO ADVERTISE IN THE WIDEST CIRCULATED YOUTH AND COMMUNITY FOCUSED MAGAZINE IN THE UAE, CALL: 02 491 8624 of your seat.04 | www.tempoplanet.com www.tempoplanet.com | 05
    • HELLO 2013! WHAT ARE YOUR YOUR GUIDE TO THIS MONTHS’ HOTTEST EVENTS www.tempoplanet.com AS WE SAY GOODBYE TO A YEAR FULL OF MUCH HUMAN, ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DRAMA, WE WELCOME A NEW YEAR WITH GREAT HOPE FOR A WISHES BETTER WORLD. TEMPO CHATTED WITH SOME OF OUR READERS TO GET THEIR THOUGHTS… FOR 2013? By Amnah Qasim “I would like the situation in Egypt to become more stable and to graduate from the university with good grades.” -HALAABU SAYEDDSF 2013 WORLD FUTURE ENERGY “To get above 3.6 in my studiesJanuary 3 – February 3 SUMMIT SAKINA ABDUALLAH MOHAMMED RASHID and to get a new car because it UNITED ARAB EMIRATES INDIADubai January 15 – 17 ECOSCAPE: AN ART AND would make my life easier.” ADNEC, Abu Dhabi SCIENCE EXPERIMENTDubai Shopping Festival 2013, an January 16 AL AIN MOTOR SHOW WHAT WAS THE HIGHLIGHT WHAT WAS THE HIGHLIGHT -AYMAN QASIMinternationally acclaimed festival The World Future Energy Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi (MOTEX) OF 2012? OF 2012?and a big annual tourism draw for Summit (WFES) 2013 will bring January 17 – 20 Getting my driver’s license. The highlight has to be my wedding which took “My biggest wish for 2013 is tothe emirate, will mark its 18th together global leaders in policy, Ecoscape is a new exhibit for Al Ain Convention Centre place on 01.01.2012.year with the upcoming event. technology and business to discuss children and audiences of all ages. WHAT DO YOU HOPE FOR cut down my weight.”Between January 3 and February the state of the world, develop new It features a variety of hands-on The Al Ain Motor Show (MOTEX IN 2013? WHAT DO YOU HOPE FOR -ALIA AWAD3, the 32-day extravaganza will ways of thinking and shape the craft and art-making workshops, 2013) will showcase the latest Personally – I wish to graduate with honors IN 2013?paint the city with a festive future of renewable energy. interactive demonstrations that models of cars including spare Globally – I hope that poor people get better Personally – To be able to spend more time “To live peacefully and to be amood through its broad range of inspire the imagination, as well as parts, car accessories and other life and live in peace. with family.family entertainment combining For more details see Tempo’s live performances that explore the related products. Definitely worth Globally - I hope all the problems all over the better Muslim.”shopping and entertainment. special Planetarians feature on fascinating ecological themes of a visit for car enthusiasts and WHAT IS YOUR NEW YEAR’S world are resolved without any more bloodshed. -AMAL HARB the event and visit Eco Future. weekend mechanics. RESOLUTION?For more details, visit www.worldfutureenergysummit.com To focus on my major so that I graduate with WHAT IS YOUR NEW YEAR’Swww.dubaishoppingfestival2013.com For more details, visit For more details, visit high grades. RESOLUTION? “To get married.” www.saadiyatculturaldistrict.ae www.motexuae.com Honestly I don’t make any New Year resolutions -KHADIJAH ABDUALLAH because every day is new - so I welcome each day with a smile and live each day as it comes. “To have a nice and comfortable life with my husband and to start a family soon.” -AMAL HIJAZI “Peace in the Arab region primarily. Success academicallyABU DHABI HSBC GOLF and trying to help others.”CHAMPIONSHIP 2013 -ZAINAB AL BASHARIJanuary 17 – 20Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Sas Al Nakhil STANDARD CHARTERED DUBAI MARATHON PIERRE HOUSSIN SOFFIA DIOP “Going to an empty island andThe giants of golf return to the January 25 FRENCH SENEGAL simply live another year!”capital at the Abu Dhabi Golf The Pavilion Downtown, Dubai -LINA JADALLAHClub. Join the off course action WHAT WAS THE HIGHLIGHT WHAT WAS THE HIGHLIGHTat the championship village, The Standard Chartered Dubai THE BRIDE SHOW 2013 OF 2012? OF 2012?which features a fantastic Marathon and Dubai Half January 30 Gangnam style!!! Changing jobs. “Start up of my own business”range of attractions including Marathon have always been a ADNEC Halls (7,8,9) -RANEENprizes, games, competitions, popular event on Dubai’s sportslive performances and family- WHAT DO YOU HOPE FOR WHAT DO YOU HOPE FOR calendar. Organised in the city The annual Bridal Abu Dhabi hosts a glamorous catwalk of dressesfriendly fun. And if you want since the year 2000, it is open to IN 2013? IN 2013? “Wish to walk on the red carpet from some of the biggest names in bridal and evening wear. Withto try your hand, there’s also anyone with a yen for running Personally - Still be with my one and only. Personally - to travel more dedicated wedding dress sections from elegant modern designs to the and to get as many signaturesthe HSBC interactive zone in January’s beautiful cooler more extravagant traditional styles, Bride Abu Dhabi is a wedding dress Globally - Make people understand that Globally – that there is less gossip and moreputting area. temperatures. emporium that caters for everything a bride needs as she prepares for her saving the environment is an everyday action with regards to global/environmental as possible I can from all big day. thought. issues. the celebrities”For more details, visit For more details, visit -MURADwww.abudhabigolfchampionship.com www.dubaimarathon.org For more details, visit www.thebrideshow.com/abudhabi/ WHAT IS YOUR NEW YEAR’S WHAT IS YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION? RESOLUTION? My resolution is no resolution!! To do more volunteer work.06 | www.tempoplanet.com TO ADVERTISE IN THE WIDEST CIRCULATED YOUTH AND COMMUNITY FOCUSED MAGAZINE IN THE UAE, CALL: 02 491 8624 www.tempoplanet.com | 07
    • MUSIC View the #1 song in the UAE TEMPO’S MUSIC CHART LETS YOU DISCOVER THE LATEST TOP 10 SONGS IN THE EMIRATE, WHILE KEEPING EYE ON YOUR FAVOURITE ARTISTS.LITTLE THINGS 1ONE DIRECTION FARHEEN FEROZ is a 19 year old student whoI KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLETAYLOR SWIFT 2 finds her peace in music and loves dancing in her head. 1. Beneath your beautiful– Labrinth feat.TROUBLEMAKER 3 Emeli SandeOLLY MURS FEATURING FLO RIDA 2. Little things –One Direction 3. Chasing cars –Snow PatrolLOCKED OUT OF HEAVENBRUNO MARS 4 4. Superhuman- Chris Brown feat. Keri Hilson 5. Wipe your eyes –Maroon 5 6. Save the world- Swedish House MafiaDRINKING FROM THE BOTTLE 7. Here without you –Three Doors DownCALVIN HARRIS FEAT. TINIE TEMPAH 5 8. Changed the way you kiss me -Example 9. So far away - Staind 10. Your guardian angel –Red JumpsuitDNA 6 ApparatusLITTLE MIXSCREAM & SHOUT FEAT. BRITNEY SPEARSWILL.I.AM 7DIAMONDS 8RIHANNABEAUTY & A BEAT 9JUSTIN BIEBER FEAT. NICKI MINAJSHINE YA LIGHT 10RITA ORA1. The Power of Love – Gabrielle Aplin 1. Impossible – James Arthur2. Locked Out Of Heaven- Bruno Mars 2. Scream & Shout feat. Britney Spears – Will.i.am3. Troublemaker- Olly Murs feat. Flo Rida 3. Locked Out of Heaven – Bruno Mars4. Beneath Your Beautiful – Labrinth feat. Emeli Sande 4. The Power of Love - Gabrielle Aplin5. Diamonds – Rihanna 5. Troublemaker- Olly Murs feat. Flo Rida6. Little Things – One Direction 6. Diamonds – Rihanna7. Die Young – Kesha 7. Beneath Your Beautiful – Labrinth feat. Emeli Sande8. Try – Pink 8. Stay Featuring Mikky Ekko – Rihanna9. Gangnam Style – PSY 9. Little Things – One Direction10. Girl On Fire – Alicia Keys feat. Nicki Minaj 10. Kiss You – One Direction08 | www.tempoplanet.com TO ADVERTISE IN THE WIDEST CIRCULATED YOUTH AND COMMUNITY FOCUSED MAGAZINE IN THE UAE, CALL: 02 491 8624
    • PRESENTS GO FISH: FISHY FARE ABOUT TOWN By Saniya Ali Tempo went fishing to review some of the most well-known seafood bistros in town. And here’s the catch. WHERE: RED LOBSTER WHERE: FINZ SEAFOOD RESTAURANT WHAT: Ultimate Feast WHAT: Pink Peppercorn Crusted Sako Tuna Steak BUILD: Tender split Maine lobster tail, steamed snow crab legs, garlic BUILD: Pink Peppercorn, Tuna steak, lime coconut sauce, shrimp scampi, Walt’s favorite shrimp. parsnip mousseline COMMENT: Located in busy Dubai Mall, this seafood restaurant COMMENT: Romantic yet pretty pricey; with beachy ambience receives a lot of attention and for very good reason too. and a breathtaking view. Located inside Beach Rotana, we asked to be seated outdoors on the beachfront balcony. The waitresses were To start with, as soon as you’re seated you get served a basket of their very helpful in recommending and helping us decide on our meal for trademark cheddar bay biscuits, which taste so good you’ll forget your the evening and soon I had set my heart set on the pink peppercorn mom’s food! When it came time to place my order I was torn between Tuna steak. My steak arrived on a sleek white platter artistically the Ultimate feast and the Garlic Grilled Jumbo shrimp. I eventually embellished with rich sauces. I took a bite and the tuna disintegrated settled for the Ultimate feast because of the variety in the dish. When deliciously in my mouth. The pink peppercorn was sweet yet came my food arrived, it’s safe to say I wasn’t disappointed. I thoroughly with a spicy kick. The tuna’s texture was smooth and the food was enjoyed my meal and was pretty full by the end of the night. way beyond excellent. RECOMMENDATION: Amazing variety in seafood. Would love to RECOMMENDATION: Definitely worth the money. go back for more! (Full wallet please). RATING: RATING: WHERE: FISH WORLD WHERE: LONDON FISH AND CHIPS WHAT: Captain Abou Hammour WHAT: Mayfair BUILD: Breaded fried local hammour filet with a choice of chips or BUILD: Fresh battered Tiger shrimps. rice, salad COMMENT: This chain of seafood restaurants doesn’t have the Comment: This somewhat underrated restaurant is located in biggest variety but it has enough to satisfy any serious seafood Khalidiya mall, perhaps because of their branding and the names lover’s craving! I visited the Al Wahda Mall outlet and ordered they give their dishes. Fish World not only serves fish, but also squid, the Mayfair, which consists of 12 pieces of Tiger shrimp. My meal shrimps and mussels. With a separate menu for the kids, the entire arrived in a matter of minutes, and as I sat down to eat the smell family can enjoy a decent range of underwater treats. I chose the of the fresh shrimp smacked my nose and my mouth watered in Captain Abou Hammour and my order was served to me in a mere 20 great anticipation. The crisp exterior worked well with the soft juicy minutes. The crispy hammour filet was fresh and the lemon juice I shrimp inside. Cooked to perfection and generous portions. squeezed over it only enhanced the salty, well-cooked fish. The meal RECOMMENDATION: The best tiger shrimps in town! Can’t was filling and my appetite was satiated. wait to go back. RECOMMENDATION: Really good food for an amazing price. RATING: RATING:10 | www.tempoplanet.com
    • for the Spain rally! And in the Portugal rally, we placed first and second. That was by far our greatest achievement. We owe it all to the brilliant team we had that year, everyone from the racers, their co- drivers and even the mechanics who worked together so efficiently. Then in 2011, we upgraded to a Subaru, a turbo charged four-wheel drive, which is faster and more powerful than the Fiesta. That wasn’t easy for us as we were used to the smaller Fiesta, but we managed somehow. We will be continuing with the Subaru in 2013 – as practice makes perfect!” FAST AND FURIOUS: BADER AL JABRI: “I am 28 years old and currently work with Abu Dhabi Tourism MAJED: “Finland and Spain are my favourite so far. Finland is like the grand prix of rallying. sport. A small stone on the road can cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle and UAE RALLY DRIVERS BADER AL JABRI AND MAJED AL SHAMSI Authority. I’m also studying at Al Hosn University and will graduate with a degree Bader is the tarmac specialist, I prefer gravel.” go off- track. I dislocated my arm thrice in BADER: “...which is why I prefer Wales.” the same place at the Dubai rally but still By Sanah Chauhan in Industrial Engineering in January 2013. I continued the race. started racing for fun, but it has now become my BADER: “We’re open to all sports, we don’t passion. I live with my parents and five sisters. mind anything” Some people, once they crash quit rallying My family has been extremely supportive from due to shock or fear. Others are determined Rally racing is a motor sport which takes place in all terrains including snow, gravel, asphalt, (and yes, desert the beginning. My mother (who can’t help but be to continue. Fortunately, I’m one of those MAJED: (Laughing) “Yes, anything with a sand), and under all weather conditions. The cars used are specially modified or produced and each racer concerned about her only son) makes me smile steering wheel!” who choose to continue.” takes along a co-driver to help him or her navigate. Drivers win purely through speed, so the sport requires every time she asks me to “Take care and drive slowly” before every race!” Tempo aside: Be sure to check out the MAJED: “I too injured my back in a rally not just excellent driving skills, but smart decision-making and top-notch navigation skills as well. Though in 2011 and till today it hasn’t completely Playstation game WRC 2, where both young rallying is a well-established motorsport worldwide, it is relatively new to the UAE. MAJED AL SHAMSI: “I’m 32 years old. I racers are featured and gamers get a chance to healed. When you’re passionate about reside in Dubai with my wife and two daughters. drive for Team Abu Dhabi. something like rallying, injuries are bound I have a degree in Naval Science and served in the to occur but they should only make you Bader Al Jabri and Majed Al Shamsi are two Emirati emerging rally stars, who drive together for the same navy for 10 years before I started rally racing. stronger and more determined.” BADER: I started playing video games only team. Introduced to the world of rally racing in 2004, they started racing in 2008 and have been representing My family too is very supportive, especially my after this game was launched. Seeing our names Abu Dhabi in various rallies all over the world ever since. Tempo caught up and chatted with the two racers two girls who love that their father is a racer”. on- screen made us so proud!” MAJED: “Support from the government Bader: “My sisters and Majed’s family came to is huge. They have been very generous in ahead of their big race, The Qatar International Rally which takes place from 24-26 January. support us during one of our rallies in Australia. terms of participation in events. But there is BADER: “Rallying is an extremely risky That was the first time they saw us in action”. a limit to how much they can support us. In most rallies, drivers are way ahead of us in MAJED: “That really meant a lot to both of us. terms of participation and experience. We hope that they will be able to see us in more events and to cheer us on in the future”. Lack of practice affects our progress. We need more sponsors so that we get all the BADER: “We started in 2008 with the support we need and are able to practice and Middle Eastern Rally with a Ford Fiesta and reach World Rally standards and represent then went on to the World Rally in 2009 where our country. That is our dream! ” we competed in the Fiesta Sporting Trophy International. There I finished third and Majed BADER: “We are both extremely grateful came sixth in the standings.” to the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority and Abu Dhabi Racing for their support. For MAJED: “I would say 2010 was our most aspiring racers we offer this advice: find a successful year. We made it to the top five sponsor or forget about it!”12 | www.tempoplanet.com www.tempoplanet.com | 13
    • game hedz tech talk Blakniss | Original game head from Atari to XBox! Shahid Saeed | Talker for the Non-Techies TEENAGE PHILOSOPHER: LG OPTIMUS L7 LG Optimus L7 is a handsome entry- level android 4.0 smartphone, and the NEW YEAR, NEW GAMES largest smartphone in LG range. It has 1GHz Cortex A5 CPU, 512 MB Ram, LETTER TO MYSELF FIVE TOP GAMES FOR 2013! 4.3” WVGA IPS display and only 8.7mm thick. Optimus L7 is running on Android By Ahmed Samir 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich along with LG’s new UI 3.0. It has up to 4 GB InternalIf you’re reading this then the Zombie/Mayan apocalypse has not wiped us all out memory and a Micro SD Slot for up to 32GB memory card and also includes a Dear future me,and we can continue to game away in 2013! Either that or you’re one of the luckyfew survivors - so might as well get your game on. Here are the top five games to 5 mega pixel camera, FM Radio, Wi-Fi As another year wraps up and anotherlook out for this year: (b,g,n)+Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 3.0, NFC, begins, I realise that I have gotten a Assisted GPS, Accelerometer and a 1700 bit older. I don’t know you yet, but IFEBRUARY 5 & 8: DEAD SPACE 3- is released in the US and Europe mAh battery. It is available for sale at imagine you will be a lot like currentrespectively. This is going to be pretty awesome with customisable weapons, Carrefour UAE, priced at Dh 999 (withdrop in/drop out two person co-op and the conclusion to Isaac Clarkes horrific Dh 100 voucher). me, although I cannot render anNecromorph slicing journey. More action oriented than the first two installments, accurate image of you if it were toyou get cool new combats moves, new enemies and hopefully, some answers to all SAMSUNG GALAXY S DUOS [DUAL SIM] save my life - or grant me the richesthe deadness in space. (Horror Survival, XBox, PS3) This is yet another midrange smartphone with remarkable hardware. of the world (though I use that phrase The Galaxy S Duos a sleek and stylish phone has 1 GHz Cortex A5 with abject hesitation, because richesMARCH 12: GOD OF WAR- Ascension. Kratos is still an angry demi-god Processor, Adreno 200 GPU, a 4” 16-M colour TFT LCD capacitiveand continues to mete out some serious butt whooping. Seeking freedom and touchscreen, 768 MB of RAM, 4GB Internal Memory and Micro SD Slot don’t interest me). You see, I can’trevenge for all the things that were ultimately his own fault...he will kill a lot of... know what you will be like, but Ithings, so you know it will rock. (Hack and Slash, PS3) for up to 32GB memory card. The device is running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with TouchWiz certainly have hopes for you (me, thatMARCH 19: GEARS OF WAR- Judgment. The welcome prequel to the 4.0 UI and has a 5 mega pixel is). My expectation may be inherentlyGears of War trilogy features Damon Bairds journey, along with Augustus camera with LED flash and a faulty, and given the complexity ofCole Train, shortly after monstrous creatures emerge from below the ground; front facing VGA camera. It also includes FM Radio with life, happenstance, coincidence andEmergence Day we call it. It comes with a campaign and multiplayer, and lots asshooting and killing. Oh yeah ! (TPS, XBox) RDS, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, occurrence, whatever approximation GPS with A-GPS connectivity, of your character and likeness IMARCH 26: BIOSHOCK INFINITE- Making it a trilogy, a new dystopian digital compass, accelerometer, can construct may be inaccurate oradventure sees Booker trying to find, save and return (to whom we don’t know) proximity sensor and 1500 erroneous to the point of completethe mysterious Elizabeth who is kept captive by a giant terrifying bird (a finch mAh battery that supports up toperhaps). It all happens in the floating city of Columbia and promises to have that 470 hours stand by and 8 hours falsehood.disturbing combination of good wholesome values and maniacal insanity that talk time. This is a very goodmake the Bioshock series so awesome. (FPS, Xbox, PS3) midrange device for geeks who want to keep one phone but two numbers. But that won’t discourage me. I’m writing (and it never fails to so it very likely has), disappoint you. Even if it doesn’t take the Available at Carrefour UAE, priced Dh 1099. you (me) because, as subtly insidious as it I’ll remind you – course you imagined or hoped would beMAY 7: THE LAST OF US- I have this PS3 exclusive as one of 2013’s most might be, I have hopes for you. I wish things taken (which is likely).anticipated games, and think it has potential for Game of the Year if it lives up to upon you, because eventually these will be There are feelings, far from momentary, thatthe trailers and game play demos seen thus far. Grizzled Joel must take young Ellie NEWS & GOSSIP upon me. If I don’t join the ranks of those are completely distinct and immediately I hope that you are continually andacross a USA destroyed by a plague that turns people into zombie-like creatures mercilessly proved wrong by life, because who die young, I’ll become you. recognizable, like sadness and happiness and(again with the zombies!) But the most dangerous enemies are other human that will better your understanding of HACKTIVISTS GHOST SHELL DUMP 1.6M LOG-IN fear. The quintessential quality of happiness issurvivors. The story, game play and the characters look top class. (Survival, PS3) things. Those who spend their lives clinging DETAILS ON WEB Are you taller? And if baldness really is that overpowering lightness it brings the mind, According to BBC, log-in details from 1.6 million accounts have been genetic, I hope the gene skipped a generation and that of fear is its shocking immediacy. That to the knowledge they acquired in theirWe are well aware that there are a bunch of other worthy games, including TombRaider (March, Xbox/PS3), Beyond: Two Souls (Q2, PS3), Metal Gear Rising... posted on the web by hacktivist group Ghost Shell. The group gathered like it did with your cousins. If not, fret little, of sadness is that slumping of the mind, and youth also cling to gross naivety and arewe could go on, but that’s what February is for. the data during a series of attacks on Nasa, the FBI, the European you can always shave yourself completely confusion, like those aforementioned and it crudely simpleminded. Always realize that Space Agency and many other government agencies and contractors. bald. (The shiny-head look is de rigueur). feels like screaming disorientation. I couldn’t you might be at fault.Happy New Year and Happy Gaming! Included in the dump were log-in names, passwords, email addresses I wonder if you’ll ever gain weight, too, hope more than that has ended for you. and CVs, plus the contents of online databases. The group said it had I hope you grow to become deftly discerning but that’s a small concern, because you’ve and logical, insusceptible to fallacies of sent messages to security bosses about 150 insecure servers that it had MY FAV APP } JOLYWIN RODIL targeted in the attacks. always had the metabolism of a Russian I hope you continue trying to figure out logic and mental misconduct, and that you weightlifter, and you’ve always eaten like everything in life, and fail you may still continue to value your mind as your greatest it was your last day of life and you’ve never unequivocally every time you try. I don’t say this asset. Speaking of your mind, I hope you DOORS & ROOMS POLICE WARNED ABOUT APPLE MAPS Inaccuracies in Apple Maps application, which is poorly designed, grown heavier than your spindly thinness. Everyone’s quick to tell you to “eat!” and out of masochism, but to feed that inquisitive nature that I’d hate for you lose. Though you continue to feed it relentlessly. could be life-threatening to motorists in Australia, according to a BBC Have you ever found yourself struck some place report. Officers in Mildura, Victoria says they found many drivers ask “do they ever feed you at home?” and might not find the answers you seek (often About being wrong, maybe upon reading trying to figure out how to escape? Doors & Rooms stranded after following software’s directions. Some of the drivers you’re always quick to reply that you do, and because there weren’t any), the road of your this you’ll realize that this set of hopes is is a puzzle game with some scary elements. The were without food or water they do. It runs in the family, that excellent failed attempts is rewarding, and hopefully plagued by the same youthful ignorance game is largely about escape, though why youre metabolism, but of course you always knew flings you towards areas interesting and that I warned you about earlier. It may be for 24 hours. Apple’s software locked away is never made clear. Some levels feature things like bombs, which can kill you and end the was also heavily criticized by that. thoroughly worth the visit. I hope you continue just another attempt at intellectualism and game. The games focus is squarely on the puzzles, users when it was released in to see the beauty of life, despite the all too amateur philosophy that pretended it was but its largely a fun game that will make you stop September, TIM Cook Apple’s I hope you’re less confused than current me. obvious disparity of the ugliness that blemishes something great but was ultimately nothing and think. While some puzzles seem a bit unfair CEO admitted Apple had You will have had plenty of time to efface its face. more than puerile intimation. (hint: keep notes about the keys on Level 1), others are quite logical -- “screwed up” and was working out all the inconsistencies, and to arrive at and the games learning curve is very gentle. Available for free download to improve the software. Follow me on @shahidaasi a coherent sense of self. Do you remember Out of some sense of self-love that I don’t In which case, disregard everything I just on iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android and Kindle Fire. your confusion? If time has done its job think is wholly outrageous, I hope life doesn’t said, and just be yourself.14 | www.tempoplanet.com TO ADVERTISE IN THE WIDEST CIRCULATED YOUTH AND COMMUNITY FOCUSED MAGAZINE IN THE UAE, CALL: 02 491 8624 TO ADVERTISE IN THE WIDEST CIRCULATED YOUTH AND COMMUNITY FOCUSED MAGAZINE IN THE UAE, CALL: 02 491 8624 www.tempoplanet.com | 15
    • NICOLA CALL OF THE WILD:WARWICK LEOPARD PRINT IN FASHION By Justin Thomas27 } MUSICIAN Walking around the FASHION STATEMENT: cathedrals of consumption we call malls, Im struck by the FUN AND longevity and omnipresence TRENDY WITH of leopard print. Adorning ELEMENTS OF bags, shoes, even abayas! ROCK The iconic markings of this predatory feline are PERSONAL STYLE: everywhere. What is it about Daytime: Comfortable, colourful, funky the leopard that has made it and energetic with rockish undertones. so cross-culturally appealing? Night/on stage: Modern Rock Why has this creature, the smallest of all the big cats, become so iconic? Its spotted FAVOURITE BUY OF THE pelt associated with divinity, royalty and PAST MONTH: military prowess throughout the ages. Today, My studded shoes and jacket from Zara this elegant predators distinctive markings bestride the catwalks of the big four fashion capitals, and adorn the wardrobes of millions TOP PLACES TO SHOP IN people around the globe. ABU DHABI: For the earliest evidence of leopard-skin Marina Mall has got everything. garments we have to travel to prehistoric France (where else for fashion?). Here DOES ABU DHABI in the 1960s, at a Neanderthal cave site, archeologists unearthed the remnants of a HAVE STYLE? leopard-skin garment thought to have been I rarely see originality or stylish people worn more than 60,000 years ago. Similarly, in Abu Dhabi. There are so many malls in central Turkey an archeological cite known as Catalhoyuk is totally dominated by and good places to shop. And with style leopards. One of the more famous artifacts others. In China it carried lunar and imperial network and fashion magazines it from this ancient site is the iconic figurine connotations, and was said to be worn by Fu Hsi, should be much easier to dress trendy of an enthroned woman with her hands a Chinese hero figure associated with the advent resting on the heads of two leopards. of writing. Similarly in India and Africa the nowadays. In the clubs I see more effort leopard is repeatedly associated with military and style, but I feel that the girls need to Each year, coach loads of visitors descend power, magic, royalty and divinity. concentrate on dressing for their body on the Catalhoyuk site from all over the world. Many of these visitors are women Not all commentators give the leopard high types as well. from the "Goddess community”. For these praise; the animal is often cast as the slyest of skin clothing and the idea of the predatory intrepid pilgrims, some from as far away as hunters. Leopards are undoubtedly first rate seductress. This connection may partly be FASHION PET HATES: California, the leopard represents female predators, and there are a few isolated cases of based on the leopards actual mating habits. power, sovereignty and divinity. If the lion is injured leopards actually turning to the easy Female leopards generally engage in overlap *Crocs. They’re the ugliest shoes ever. king, then the leopard is queen. pickings of human flesh. One particularly promiscuity, which basically means, the female How can anyone look at them and say, bad-kitty, referred to as the Spotted Devil of will mate with any older male she encounters yeah, Ill wear that. FAVOURITE STORE IN ABU DHABI: Catalhoyuk isnt alone in its love for Gummalapur, is reported to have killed at least (any male whose territory overlaps with hers). EVERY store is my favorite store. Im a dedicated shopper and Ill spend hours the little-big-cat; we find symbolic 42 people before being thoroughly exorcized by in malls or walking in the streets of Abu Dhabi to find something I just have representations of the leopard throughout three shots from a hunters trusty Winchester. This may be a succession of males. The female *Showing too much flesh is never sexy. to buy. However, I do tend to shop at Splash more often than I would like to as the ancient world. In Egypt we see leopard- leopard will give birth and raise her cubs alone; skin clad high-priests performing sacred This less than complimentary view of the she requires no male protection or resources. I live right above a Splash store. Very tempting. Other than Splash, it would be rituals. In Greece the leopard was associated leopard as a stealthy man eater is perhaps Perhaps this female independence is another of PHOTOGRAPHS BY: ANGELI CASTILLO H&M, Bershka and Zara. Shoes would be Aldo and Converse. with Cybele, Dionysus and Eros amongst reflected in the association between leopard- the leopards celebrated symbolic attributes.16 | www.tempoplanet.com TO ADVERTISE IN THE WIDEST CIRCULATED YOUTH AND COMMUNITY FOCUSED MAGAZINE IN THE UAE, CALL: 02 491 8624 www.tempoplanet.com | 17
    • JAN @ Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel Sherlock Holmes’ Abu Dhabi Sustainability 2nd Al-Ain Motor Show my january to do list Dubai Latin Festival Birthday MOTEX 2013 @ Abu Dhabi Week 2013 24-27 17-20 13-17 27 20 13 6 Jonita Balawen Al Marmoum Camel Racing 12th Abu Dhabi ITF Junior @ Dubai Al Ain Road Convention & Exhibition @ Dubai International @ Emirates Golf Club Tennis Championship ARABPLAST 2013 @ Country Club 20-21 Desert Classic Centre, Dubai Omega Dubai 28-3 Feb 14-19 7-10 28 21 14 Richard Brown 7 6th World Future Energy @ ADNEC Convention @ ADNEC, Abu Dhabi Summit & International Recruitment Show Chic Lady Show @ Dubai World Centre, Al Ain Water Summit SGI Exhibition Trade Centre TAWDHEEF @ADNEC 29-31 15-17 20-22 8-12 Bersabeh Melaku Birthday” “It’s my HAPPY YEAR NEW 22 15 29 1 8 @ Boudoir, Dubai Marina 30- DNE Dha Ecospace- Art & Science @ e Abu Brid 2 A Feb C, Ab bi Electronic WarfareBABY DOWNTIME: MRO Middle East The Big Weekend @Saadiyat Island @ Dubai World @ Abu Dhabi Trade Centre Beach Resort Wednesday Experiment GCC 2013 uD 22-23 8-9 hab INFANT MASSAGE THERAPY i HEALTHBy Ajir Shujahi 30 23 16 9 2 Amin HSBC Golf Championship Communications and PR @ NASIMI Beach Club,We’ve all of course heard about close friend and an ally. I teach parents and help diseases. My course includes swimming which @ Atlantis, The Palm Seminar @ Dubai HARDWELL Livemassage and gymnastics…but for them to bond with their baby. The massage helps makes babies feel more comfortable in the water @ Sas Al Nakhl Atlantis, Dubai Big Boys Toys Social Media DSF 2013 to enhance all body function and the immunity and gives them a great workout. 3-3 Febbabies? Tempo heard about locally 31-2 Feb 17-20 system. The changes in the baby’s system from 6-10based “baby whisperer” Kate Grasell birth to three years of age happen tremendously “Infant massage and swimming are very popularand was intrigued. Kate has just fast. Almost all the time babies feel anxiousness in Russia as they are the first medical therapylaunched an Infant Massage Course in and discomfort and many suffer from colic and and first physical activity in which the kids 31 24 17 10Abu Dhabi to keep your bundle of joy digestive pains and we all know that their crying interact with the parents. Moms everywhere 3strong and thriving… can and irritate their parents. can do with a professional advice giver and skillful coaching to manage their kids to grow Zeeshan Razzaqi @ Radisson Blu,Yas Island @ Yas Marina F1 Circuit @ Breakwater Corniche my january eco pledge Abu Dhabi International @ Sharjah Expo Centre Heritage Village Festival “I have been living in Abu “Massage is very important for babies since it healthy and strong in this environment. All this Porsche Driving Dhabi for more than four helps to calm them, improve and strengthen thinking urged me to start this service here in Steel Fab 2013 Dance Festival Experience years now and it took some their bodily functions, as well as reduce the UAE. 14-17 discomfort and contribute to their psychological 3-5 time for me to get used to the life style here as it is development. From birth to three years of age “I have conducted business research and quite different from my kids learn so many important movements and unfortunately noticed that infant massage is homeland – Moscow, Russia. actions, which affect their life in the future. not known nor practiced here as widely as in my 25 18 11 I am a certified massage This is why it is very important to help your country. The medical benefits of infant massage 4Kate Grasell baby to learn the correct way to crawl, sit up are underestimated too. I hope to promote therapist and recently I @ MAXX, Citymax Hotelobtained certification in Pediatric Medical and sit down, stand up and walk. Massage and it to families and to work with nurseries and Gulf Region, Abu Dhabi Al Barsha(next to Mall @ Yas Marina Circuit gymnastics help to improve posture and motor pediatrics departments to spread its benefits.” @ Goethe-InstitutMassage and Infant swimming and started to Fairy Tale Weeks Mall of Emirates Film Screening Shadow Show @ DUCTAC, skills, speech function and mental development. Black Light &work with Emirati families privately. And yes I of Emirates) Quiz night Cycle Yas 7:00 PMlove kids. 18 “The great global problem is our sedentary life“My infant massage course is private. My work style. At an early age we (I mean parents) can Kate Grasell can be reached through:assumes confidentiality and discipline. It means do a lot to prevent kids from developing back www.InfantMassageCourse.com. 26 19 12for a short period I become a family member, a problems, weak belly muscles, flatfeet and joint 518 | www.tempoplanet.com
    • doc in the house remixing rumi Dr. DMS | A doc from the Bronx Dorian ‘Paul D’ Rogers A POET’S TWIST ON THE ANCIENT CLASSICS OF RUMI. PAUL D’ TAKES A CLASSIC POEM ANDLIGHTS AND SIRENS: REMIXES IT TO GIVE IT A CONTEMPORARY SPIN.SAVING A LIFE How Did You Get Away? By Rumi How did you get away? You were the pet falcon of an old woman. Did you hear the falcon-drum? You were a drunken songbird put in with owls. Did you smell the odor of a garden? You got tired of sour fermenting and left the tavern. You went like an arrow to the target from the bow of time and place. The man who stays at the cemetery pointed the way, but you didnt go. You became light and gave up wanting to be famous. You dont worry about what youre going to eat, so why buy an engraved belt? Ive heard of living at the center, but what about leaving the center of the center? Flying toward thankfulness, you become the rare bird with one wing made of fear, and one of hope. In autumn, a rose crawling along the ground in the cold wind. Rain on the roof runs down and out by the spout as fast as it can.What’s the quickest way to get to the hospital in an emergency? Is Talking is pain. Lie down and rest,your automatic answer to call 999? That may seem like a reasonable now that youve found a friend to be with.suggestion, but does any motorist here care if there is an ambulancebehind them with blazing lights and sirens? It doesn’t seem like it - from Cornu Ammonismy observations. by Dorian "Paul D" RogersIn the UAE, there is actually a legal obligation of drivers to give way to My job is not to remember.ambulances (check the back of your driver’s license), but whatever the My sole function is to decide which memories I dismiss. Of all the uselesslaw says and what people do, are obviously disconnected. (Consider the relationships that lay discarded by the dump like limbs and pine strawarbitrary speed limits, ubiquitous tailgating, driving with no indicators, from a season ago, you were the most difficult to forget. How did you get away?passing in the shoulder lane - all surely illegal, but what do I know?).If there is no ambulance priority respect, then why bother with the I am selective amnesia.ambulance at all? Every move you make is being recorded and may be looped and recorded over if nothing eventful happens today in the corner store of your mind.Isn’t it just a reasonable motorist obligation to move out of the way of anambulance when it is charging to and from the scene? The ambulance’s Label this as spatial profiling Whats your orientation?service is to provide immediate assistance to sick and/or dying patients Oranges placed on the left side of the kitchen.and to get them to hospital as soon as (reasonably) possible. And so why Mop in the corner. Mildewed tips tinged by what looks like creek water.would you place yourself in a position that inhibits this? What if you or a I think it had a red handle but I discarded that with the 2314 otherrelative were in that ambulance? If that doesn’t change your perspective, thoughts that I thought you didnt need.I have to assume that you have been desensitized and are used to thisbehavior. Or worse, horribly self centered. Right foot on pedal. Picking a quick petal. The generalizations that swirl as a homeless man peddles puzzles somewhere on a street called Nevermind. Generic, romantic greeting card magnetized to the refrigerator.Let me assure you that we could offer much better care for these sick Candles and candies on the mantle, wick buried in the middle.folks if we could see them as soon as possible - rather than when theyenter into the “spiral of death”. I often see ambulances stuck in traffic, I can rid you of any unwanted memory.and no one makes any effort to move out of their way. Maybe no one The fresh bouquet from an unrequited lover can vanish if you will it, themoves because this would require cooperation amongst total strangers. solicited whispers in the ear of one turned bitter, blisters on ballerina heels heal after the thrill of first recital. And all that is remembered are the rosesCooperation and courtesy seems to be a foreign concept amongst some of frozen in time right before they hit the stage.folks that I have met here. Im the catharsis forgetting bringsYou say that you want to do something good for this world? Well, What suits you best?sunshine, this could be your moment…and a very small gesture at that. Denial or regret?And think, if everyone felt this way, imagine the help we could offer Forgiving and forgetting are both specialties of mine. So help me out and tell me, one more time, whats your name again, and,our brothers and sisters in their time of need. A tangible example of the more importantly, how can I help you?“butterfly effect”. www.tempoplanet.com | 21
    • almost over, and, on a global scale, firm action needs to be taken in the search of solutions, be it government regulation, product innovation SPECIAL FEATURE: THE PLANETARIANS or knowledge sharing between experienced and new players in the water market. The stark reality is that if we don’t do something to manage our consumption, capture and efficient re-use of water, then there’ll be nothing coming out of our household taps in a few years’ time. ABOUT ABU DHABI SUSTAINABILITY WEEK Sustainability is woven into the heritage of the United Arab Emirates. Since its inception, the late President and Founder Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was adamant about GET YOURSELF INVOLVED, conservation, and encouraged the reduction of the UAE’s START SAVING OUR PLANET! environmental footprint. Every small thing that an individual does TECHNOLOGY’S ROLE to conserve water, electricity, recycle paper Technology is also playing its role in helping Today, his spirit and belief in and glass, all adds up to a huge cumulative us to reduce the burden that we place onABU DHABI FOCUSES ON sustainability continues to drive Abu Dhabi. effect on the amount that we consume as a nation. It is not just the large companies and our planet. Many companies are developing small, waterproof gadgets that can be usedSUSTAINABILITY: Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) is a global platform that reinforces the role Abu industry that are solely responsible for the amount that the UAE consumes, but each and every one of us. in the shower to help reduce the amount of time spent in the shower, and the amount of water that we use through it. AlthoughPONDERING THE FUTURE OF OUR PLANET By Ian Mason & Emma Kirkman Dhabi is playing as an international energy GREENING THE HOME showers use less water than baths, that only depends on not spending all day in it, hub – assembling the most influential decision makers to explore new ideas and collaboration The World Future Energy Summit is open no matter how much we may like to in the opportunities that will usher in an era of to the public and will showcase, amongst morning! In the spirit of TEMPO: Peter, what do you think makes a TEMPO: Do you conserve water at home? sustainability. other things, an Eco-Home, showing just welcoming a new successful exhibition? PETER: (Laughs) Yes, I do – all of the things how eco friendly your home can be, no WATER, WATER...NOT year, Tempo, an PETER: An incredible amount of work! We that the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi tells ADSW is the combination of five global matter if you rent or own it, and a Green EVERYWHERE an enthusiastic have been planning the International Water us. Things like turning off taps when brushing gatherings happening in Abu Dhabi: 1) The 3rd Ideas Fair, so be sure to check these out. Although the UAE relies on desalination proponent of Summit for almost 12 months. Firstly, there teeth, minimal water in the basin, full loads of general assembly of the International Renewable to produce much of its water this requires conservation and is the programme planning which requires a washing instead of several loads and those types Energy Agency; 2) The 4th International PRACTICAL LIVING a huge amount of energy, which makes it sustainability, great deal of thought from a number of people, of things. My wife and I are well trained now! Renewable Energy Conference; 3) The inaugural Practical tips can be integrated into our a very costly process to the environment. presents The including our Steering Committee. Then, we International Water Summit; 4) the 6th annual daily lives and with time can be positively Some of the discussion at the International Planetarian’s have to contact potential speakers who can take TEMPO: Were you a water expert before you World Future Energy Forum, and 5) The 5th habit forming. How much paper do you use, Water Summit which runs alongside special focus months to confirm, then there are the onsite became Show Director of the International annual Zayed Future Energy Prize. as an individual, both at the office and at WFES will be about developing sustainable on the capital’s logistics: from exhibition design to broadcast Water Summit? home? Every tonne of paper uses 24 trees. desalination solutions for global use.Peter McConnell, Show Director January events vans to signage. And then there are things like PETER: No, I was not a water expert. But, I am Uniting more than 30,000 participants from Imagine if we all recycled more, or printed on how we publicity, visitor promotion, show marketing, a keen environmentalist. I don’t own a car, I try 150 countries, ADSW will gather leaders less, and how much an office of 100 people Pressures on water supplies will be one ofcan save our planet through saving energy, catering, media, collateral, visa coordination, not to eat meat and fish often and I have been from academia, industry and government to could save in a month, let alone a year. the larger factors in the coming decadesresources and recycling. sponsorships, exhibitors, accommodation…the actively involved with non-profit conservation tackle the business, technology and financial By using less water in the ways that EAD around the world, not just the Middle East list goes on and on. organizations. challenges required for sustainable development recommends, such as turning off the tap but in many parts of Europe, Australia,The global spotlight turns to the UAE capital and renewable energy adoption. when brushing your teeth, and only using South-east Asia and North America. So thethis month with Abu Dhabi Sustainability TEMPO: We are exhausted already! What are TEMPO: What do you hope will be achieved the washing machine when it is full, we beginning 2013 is the perfect time to startWeek (13 – 17 January), which includes the some of things that can go wrong during the from the International Water Summit? ADSW is a testament to the commitment can all do our small but significant part in conservation in your family, and if you don’tsixth World Future Energy Summit and the show? PETER: Greater collaboration between the the United Arab Emirates has for sustainable reducing the stress that we place on do anything else at least use less water!inaugural International Water Summit, both PETER: Well, you can never control key stakeholders, including the matching of development and the new energy economy. our planet.hosted by Masdar. Tempo spoke with Peter everything, but we have a highly experienced investors and innovators in our SustainableMcConnell, Show Director for event organizer team putting the International Water Summit Solutions Village. Also, to continue to raiseReed Exhibitions, about the build-up tothe International Water Summit, from together, so we have come across most things that could go wrong and have contingency plans the issue of sustainable lifestyle and business decisions at the top of the personal and GET ENGAGED. BECOME A PLANETARIAN. www.planetarians.com15 – 17 January. for them. corporate agenda.The time for planning is www.facebook.com/theplanetarians | www.twitter.com/theplanetarians22 | www.tempoplanet.com www.tempoplanet.com | 23
    • media Dr. Alma Kadragic tamakkan Ian Mason MOMENTS OF TRUTH: EXCELLENCE IN CUSTOMER SERVICE One of my favourite business books is ‘Moments of Truth’ by Jan Carlzon, a Swedish executive who, 30 years ago,Soul of Dubai Press "Wadjda" movie poster changed the fortunes of Scandinavian Airlines withARAB AND REGIONAL CINEMA: some fundamental customer service principles.FILMS, FESTIVALS AND THE FUTURE According to Carlzon, ‘moments of truth’ occurDr. Alma Kadragic is a university professor and an author at every point where there is customer contact, no matter where it is in the sequence of service or the chain of command.Film festivals in the UAE should year old planes and labour agreements, so too and Arts Authority announced a new initiative can the film industry develop all new in a taxless to promote Dubai by financing three films: Each moment of truth decides whether abe focused on films from the and welcoming environment. 15-30 minutes long, by a trio of young Emirati customer looks favourably on the company orregion even though glamorous directors who already have a track record in the not, and it only takes one poor moment of truth The only drag on the industry could be industry. Under the theme The Soul of Dubai, to unravel any previous excellent customerbig budget Hollywood-style films censorship, but that need not be fatal. The contacts. the films will be shown at the Gulf Film Festival,like Mission Impossible: Ghost arts can exist and thrive within artificial April 11-17, and then at international filmProtocol and Life of Pi make for limits. Directors in Poland, Hungary, festivals. Carlzon helped transformed SAS by embracing Starwood Cares. When I was a shift manager waste of time from a customer’s perspective. For and Czechoslovakia managed to produce these moments of truth and actually for a busy Sheraton restaurant, I was allowed me, it’s usually a ‘don’t come back’ moment.opening night galas that attract outstanding films during the communist era empowering staff to handle incidents without to use my initiative to responsibly solve Ali Mostafa who directed City of Life islocal VIPs, especially when stars when politics was as delicate a subject as it can preparing Don’t Judge a Subject by its referring to supervisors or managers up the customer complaints. This didn’t necessarily Providing excellent customer service typicallylike Tom Cruise show up. be today in the Middle East. A Separation, Photograph, which is set in the Al Quoz art line. In short, he gave frontline service staff the mean writing off the cost of the whole meal; it means throwing out the customer service last year’s Iranian winner of the Best Foreign district. Nayla Al Khaja who directed Malal authority and capability to handle customer could have been a free dessert or drink, or even manual and acting on instinct – doing what isThe Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) Film Oscar, provides an illustration of what will create The Neighbor, which is about a new issues that arose on a day-to-day basis. something as simple as offering the best table in right for the customer, not the company.that ran from December 9-16 doesn’t need the can be done in a climate of political and social resident who bonds with an Emirati. Khalid Ali’s the house or an upgraded beverage.imported glamour anymore; it has enough to restriction. contribution is The Night, which highlights Everyone in the organisation who has contact I became exasperated during my customeroffer from the Middle East and North Africa as local culture in following an Emirati family as with a customer – whether it be a buyer or a Complaining customers don’t always want service training workshops when attendeewell as sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia that During the 9th Dubai Festival, 158 films were they celebrate a night of religious significance. supplier, internal or external – was delegated something for nothing, despite perceptions after attendee said they would get into troubleis of increasingly high quality. And that’s where screened, counting full length features and the responsibility to deliver excellent customer to the contrary. They often just want a little if they make unauthorised decisions, even if itthe focus should be if the intention is to make documentaries as well as film shorts. Out of The Soul of Dubai sounds like an excellent service. attention, and their complaint should be fully meant doing something extra special to delightthe UAE the centre of the film industry in the 158, some 83 competed for the various Muhr project. Every country and city that stands out encouraged as it allows the company to provide the customer. I completely disagree with thisgreater Middle East. Awards: Muhr Emirati, Muhr Arab, and Muhr also attracts criticism; some of it justified, some Sadly, many service-oriented companies miss outstanding customer service. management style. If you have hired the right AsiaAfrica. Inaugurated in 2006 and expanded of it the result of misunderstanding or jealousy. out on maximising moments of truth, especially frontline staff, let them do their job. Give themFor various reasons the Egyptian, Lebanese, to AsiaAfrica in 2007, the Muhr Awards Rather than answering external criticism by in areas such as HR, Accounts and Marketing, Starwood Cares inspired responsibility and authority to handle small issues on-the-spot,Syrian and North African film industries that distributed USD 600,000 to the winners. heated responses in newspapers and social but that’s for another column. initiative from frontline staff, safe in the so the complaint letters never reach your desk.were dominant at one time have slowed down or media, people who love Dubai need to show the knowledge of support by senior management. Sure, set a monetary limit and give authoritystopped due to political developments, economic Wadjda, the story of a girl determined to ride world what it’s like. The empowerment approach has many benefits. boundaries, but offer your staff some room toor other restrictions. her bicycle in conservative Saudi Arabia, took It provides opportunities to deliver outstanding In general, I find that ‘moments of truth’ are shine by allowing them to act with initiative and first prize as the best Muhr Arab Feature. A Most people can’t afford to travel to the UAE customer service, nullifies potentially explosive not always handled well in the UAE, mainly responsibility.The UAE in the film industry (as in the airline German, UAE, Saudi Arabia coproduction, to experience it directly. Films can reach and situations, and gives employees a real sense of because managers do not empower their staffbusiness) has the advantage of having no legacy Wadjda also earned the Best Actress prize for its inform a broad and ignorant audience through responsibility. to solve issues immediately and effectively. I A ‘moment of truth’ is an absolutely criticalstructures to drag it down. Just as Etihad and child star. festivals and internet streaming. Eventually, can’t tell you how many times a simple request point in your customer service culture.Emirates Airlines deploy the newest equipment Dubai may become like New York or London - a For example, the Starwood hotel chain practises is met with a response like “I’ll have to ask my Managers, your moment of truth is now – howand excellent crews without the burden of 20 As DIFF was winding down, the Dubai Culture city that may be criticized but never ignored. this concept through a programme called supervisor”. This is incredibly frustrating and a will you handle it?24 | www.tempoplanet.com TO ADVERTISE IN THE WIDEST CIRCULATED YOUTH AND COMMUNITY FOCUSED MAGAZINE IN THE UAE, CALL: 02 491 8624 TO ADVERTISE IN THE WIDEST CIRCULATED YOUTH AND COMMUNITY FOCUSED MAGAZINE IN THE UAE, CALL: 02 491 8624 www.tempoplanet.com | 25
    • DISCOVERING THE TREE OF LIFE: HEALTH SOUL, MIND AND BODYTREE By Sanah Chauhan showcasing their paintings and photography on dedicated art walls within the studio. NOT ALWAYS A BED OF ROSES Nadia looks back at her experience starting the venture. “We have faced so many challenges. It’s impossible to go through them all! Setting up a small business in Abu Dhabi is a challenge for a variety of reasons but it has been so rewarding that we continue to work at it.” With the new location, their responsibilities too have increased. At BodyTree the staff strive to meet clients’ expectations by focusing on their needs and wants. “We take each obstacle as a challenge and continuously strive to overcome them because we believe so strongly in what we do. We also like to focus on moving forward and try to avoid dwelling on past obstacles,” says Nadia. BRANCHING OUT The BodyTree team is purposely working Nadia leads a workshop for kids towards making their studio more of a community centre. Their aim is to educate people on the different options available to Dhabi, says Nadia, whose vision was bolstered get healthy, fit, and relieve stress. They offerFamily and fitness come first for integrated healthy solutions through their further after she met Elina Nykanen Rozycki, aNadia Sehweil, founder of BodyTree. yoga instructor who shared her vision. classes, creative workshops and, very soon,The 33 year old Palestinian mother their juice bar as well. Their future goal is toof two has found a way of achieving REAPING THE FRUIT expand the reach of their services, “We’ll also bebalance between her family and Finally in 2007, Nadia and her mother joined offering outdoor classes in our backyard soon and might even consider a second location inher passion for holistic exercise and forces with Elina and together formed Soma the future. But for now we’re very content with Pilates and Yoga Tree. And in 2011 theywellbeing. “I love things that uplift expanded and rebranded into BodyTree, and BodyTree and its new location.”the soul. My parents and husband then in June 2012 moved into a new locationare my role models and mentors, three times the size of the previous studio. This Nadia at the studioand I turn to them for guidance and allowed the trio to have the kind of holisticadvice constantly,” she says. fitness centre they had always envisioned.SOWING THE SEEDS “We view BodyTree as a holistic centre thatNadia describes BodyTree as “a place where takes you through a journey. For instance, youlike-minded people can congregate.” A graduate can start pre-pregnancy, continue with classesof the University of Montreal, Canada, Nadia throughout pregnancy, then return for posthas over the years developed a real passion natal and mommy and baby sessions. You canfor Pilates, yoga and dance. “We actually later enrol your babies and kids in our music andstarted Soma Pilates and Yoga Tree in 2007 but dance programmes and even bring husbands inexpanded into BodyTree in 2011.” Her interest for men’s evening classes,” says Nadia.in holistic healing began when her mother metan inspiring Pilates instructor who helped her “We are also launching our healthy juice barthrough her recovery from cancer, using Pilates this month to serve our clients before andand yoga. She found an instant affinity with after sessions and we have added a small retail Left to right: Elina, Sharifa and Nadiatheir healing properties and was inspired to try component and sell a variety of props, organicPilates and yoga for herself. yoga wear as well as recycled mats whose partial proceeds go to planting trees. We believe inSo after graduation from university Nadia giving back to our community and in workingdecided to take the training required to be a on charitable initiatives that inspire us.”Pilates instructor, and soon after that she andher mom thought of starting a small Pilates The BodyTree team also reaches out to thestudio in Abu Dhabi. It would be a unique community through their support for the arts.concept as there was nothing like that in Abu They promote local artists living in the city by www.tempoplanet.com | 27
    • horoscopeAries: Luck will be high this month. You will be religiously inclined. Travelwill bring in gains and career progress would take off and you will do well atwork. Governmental sources as well as people in authority would favor youwell. You will be in control of all you do and exert authority.Taurus: Low energy will continue this month. Some unnecessary ego inspeech as well as issues with the extended family possible too. 14th January2013 onwards you will find very good growth as well as rise in your luck.There would be higher income and better health. The dip in energy willgive way to a robust period.Gemini: Pressures in joint areas of work would remain high till the middleof January 2013. There would be issues in marriages too. You need to crossthis period cautiously. There could be lower immunity, which could createsome challenges in health matters. Avoid very heavy commitments for thesecond of half of this month & the first fortnight of the coming month.Cancer: Work would do well and you will find growth in most of theareas that you work on. You should avoid animosity with people closeto you. Aggression with superiors in work environment could back fire.Partnerships could feel some amount of ego & issues. Ego hassles withspouse could rise too.Leo: Ego & general level of conflict possible during this time. You will makesome good gains in older investments now. Caution about the relationshipwith father & children should be continued and a rise in support from yourseniors possible too. Issues could come up with friends later.Virgo: Issue could continue with family while you will make good progressat work. Your status would rise despite pressures. Worry about childrenand marked rise in ego possible while you will find some very smart gainsfrom investments during this time. Be cautious about the relationshipwith your father now.Libra: The month would open with a positive outlook as you will be in anoutgoing mood and have an easy ability to promote work. There would bechange after as you will find strength in what you do and be able to take astand. There could be issues with the extended family while there would begains in real estate. Happiness about home, cars etc possible.Scorpio: Issue could continue with family while you will make goodprogress at work. Your status would rise despite pressures. Worry aboutchildren and marked rise in ego possible. You will find some very smartgains from investments during this time.Sagittarius: Ego & general level of conflict possible during this time till the14h January 2013. You will make some good gains in older investmentsnow too. A rise in support from your seniors is possible. Issues could comeup with friends too.Capricorn: The period of low activity, low immunity and energy wouldcontinue. You should continue keeping away from controversy connectedwith high placed people. Ego would remain high, while there could beissues about competition with people close to you. Anger & diet should becontrolled.Aquarius: You will enjoy life and get gains from various aspects at thistime. Friends would be high on your agenda. You might feel tired or sleepyoften. Expenses will rise. You should avoid too many commitments orexpenses. Avoid the tendency to get into arguments with influentialpeople.Pisces: Career progress will be high & you will make your point & positionin life very clear. This would be a very good month. You will make all roundprogress. Gains & income will jump up. Socially it would be a rewardingperiod as you will have a great time socially as well as with friends. You willmake gains from government or high placed officials too. TO ADVERTISE IN THE WIDEST CIRCULATED YOUTH AND COMMUNITY FOCUSED MAGAZINE IN THE UAE, CALL: 02 491 8624 www.tempoplanet.com | 29
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