AUGUST 2011 LIVING ON A YACHTPAGE 14 ABU DHABI STYLE
I know that I always go on an on about the renewal you get from summer and the opportunity to boot up, realign, tune up (etc) ... but nowyou’ll realise just how far I mean this. As you read this I’m preparing to return from a two week trip to the US (in time for Ramadan) that I amcalling my “accreditation journey” and it is to regularise all my university documentation. I am returning to my alma mater after 25 years sincemy graduation (don’t you dare ask my age) to get my degrees attested. My first step is the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (howdy to you too)while my husband’s accreditation track involves Georgia Tech and Seattle University (SU is another story). The intention is to fly out on July 15 fromAbu Dhabi to New York, then pick up a flight to Atlanta (for Georgia Tech), and then drive to Knoxville, pick up my attested certificate from UT,get it notarised there, then drive to the governor’s office in Nashville for another stamp of attestation, then fly out to Washington DC to the statedepartment for Mrs Hillary Clinton’s signature, then over the UAE embassy there for the final round of attestation....Crazy? Maybe....(and please send me your stories if you’ve been there, and drop me an email if you want to know how we fared). Yes, we couldhave had an attestation service do it for us from here, but frankly all the ones we spoke with were wishy-washy about the process, timings andfinal delivery. So - we decided to combine a mission with a vacation (kind of like the hybrid word “staycation”...we coin a new one: “missioncation”)and do it all ourselves. For sure, this is one long air and road trip, but I know it will be packed with wistful memories and new experiences.Have a happy summer, and Ramadan Mubarak to all.Sana BagershManaging Editorbagersh@tempoplanet.com letters to the editor 04 18 people calendar MANAGING EDITOR uspace 05 21 culture sites Sana Bagersh what’s hot 06 22 round table FEATURES EDITOR Alma Kadragic the bottom bottom line 07 24 social meets EDITORIAL COORDINATOR tech talk | game hedz 08 25 doc in the house | live well Sharon Carvalho tempo top 10 songs 09 27 artwalk MAGAZINE DESIGN 10 Mark De Castro tempo planetarian 28 just handcrafted WEB DESIGNcity bites | dishes for dummies 11 29 articulate Rizwan Pervaiz my style blueprint 12 30 media MARKETING COORDINATOR 14 31 Manjul Abhishek cover story unleash innovation Laskar Laipubam youth talk 16 32 yank in sandland | just a thought DISTRIBUTION COORDINATOR experience zone 17 33 horoscope Melaku Muluneh EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORSADDRESS DISCLAIMER Angeli Castillo Shahid SaeedTo reach editorial at Abu Dhabi Tempo email: editorial@tempoplanet. Tempo is a publication of BrandMoxie. Although Tempo Magazine Dave Solomon Layla Ezzedeencom. If you need to find out where you can pick up your copy call: 02 667 does its best to ensure the authenticity and accuracy of its contents,3349 or check out the list of Tempo distribution points on our website. the publisher cannot accept any responsibility for errors, mistakes and Neena Rai Blakniss inaccuracies. The publisher reserves the rights of this product and no Randy Parker Manar Al HinaiNOTE TO ADVERTISERS part of this publication may be reproduced in any form or by any meansAdvertisers can request brand tagging with all advertisements. without the permission of the publisher. Preethi Janice D’Sa Justin ThomasTo reach advertising call 02 667 3349 or Shamma Al Suwaidi Ahmad Samiremail: firstname.lastname@example.org. MEDIA LICENCE NO. 1/105866/24295 Mariam Musallam Rohith Bhat Lean Abadi download www.gettag.mobi Scan the QR CODE using your smart phone to your smart phone Published by } run application for Blackberry this is done through BBM click on tag beside each article to have fun with for iPhone download BeeTag or Neo Reader online content, videos & cool tags! www.tempoplanet.com
dear ed, You have entertained so many young minds and given them a platform to portray their thoughts and visions. You guys have done an awesome job! Looking forward to all the interesting material you have to offer. } Chris Xavi Hey Tempo, thanks for being the source of letting the youth know what’s hot and what’s not as well as what’s upcoming and new. You definitely reveal a lot about the city we have grown to love! } Ankit Lodha Dear Ed, just love city bites! Great call on COLUMBIANO COFFEE HOUSE....was really spoilt for choice! } Rohith Krishna Tempo! You guys are doing an amazing job! Love the retro articles, updates and the info that keeps us on track! Keep up the good work! } Denver Bopaiah Dear Ed, I love the individualistic design of Tempo as compared to other magazines I’ve seen in the UAE. It speaks for the youth with the youth voicing their ideas and that’s awesome! } Nyurka Fernandes I am working on a really cool project with @AbuDhabiTempo. Can’t wait for you guys to see it. Thank You Tempo for this opportunity ‘am LOVIN’ IT . SHAMIM KASSIBAWI Excellent, amazingMOHAMED AHMED improvement! Something happening in Abu Dhabi and you think you have to know about it? Look no further! Grab yourself a copy of the Tempo! Great stuff...I’d say it again! MARGARITA CEJUDO-PERDOMO Tempo’s New Look Intro is good and simply done! JEPHIN MATHEWNASEEH MOHAMMED NAZEER WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOR THE SUMMER? 1. Working all summer 2. Taking time off but chilling at home 3. Going on holiday overseas Cast your vote by going to www.tempoplanet.com
VIDEO QUEEN SHAMIM SHARES HER UNIQUEPERSPECTIVE OF LIFE IN THE UAE PR/social media-holic – Shamim Kassibawi –who hails from a mixed TOO MUCH BIEBER FEVER? DANI SHAY TO THE RESCUE Arab/NZ background, created Shamimscene.com with a purpose - she By Lean Abadi wanted the world to know what’s happening in the city she now calls home! “The idea behind Shamimscene.com is to give the local and international community ‘real-life’ insight into the latest social events, new brands and products, key personalities in the community and more”, says Shamim. With each video unedited and unplanned, Shamim brings you a non- journalist’s perspective with raw footage of an event, product, or a person…like you were actually there! Before I start, I want to state that I haven’t caught the “Bieber Fever” but I’m not a hater either. Something to excite ‘those’ girls out there and keep them away from the real JB for a moment is Dani Shay, a girl who looks EXACTLY like Justin Bieber. Dani Shay, a 23 year-old talented singer, poet, and comedian, started doing covers of various popular songs on YouTube. Imagine her surprise when she got comments on her videos from fans and viewers who were amazed by how much she looked like the Biebs! Because of the comments from viewers, she decided to make a parody of JB’s single “Baby”, telling the world that JB copied HER. The judges on America’s Got Talent admire her confidence and great personality, and so will you! Here are some lines from her parody of Baby (called ‘What the Hell’): “Am I on Tv? Girl quit playin He looks just like me What are you sayin’? Said there’s another who looks and sings like you And he’s on every single channel of the Shamim recently went behind the scenes and interviewed some of the Youtube” top bloggers in the UAE. She talked to them about the type of blog they Check out the video write, the challenges faced when blogging and the stuff they like to write about. I was parking my car behind Etisalat on Electra and then saw a Toyota with a Mawaqif ticket placed under the windshield wiper! I almost left a message for the poor driver to tell him that his ticket could get nicked, but I didn’t, and so here’s the photo…and I’m hoping the Shamim also spoke to the readers of these blogs and asked them what driver, and others as well, will refrain from doing something so dumb! they expect from the bloggers, why they like reading those particular Photo taken and sent in by Laskar Laipubam, Tempo’s marketing coordinator. blogs and to understand what the community is looking for. To view this video, go to: www.tempoplanet.com. WATCH HER To check out more videos from Shamim, go to www.shamimscene.com or follow VIDEO ON...... her on Twitter @ShamimScene
TO KNOW MORE ABOUT WHAT’S HAPPENING...NEW ECOTOURISM ATTRACTION: DUBAI RANCHDubailand has a new addition to its wide range of touristic and entertainment-based attractions; it has opened the eco-tourism destination Dubai Ranch. DubaiRanch, located in the heart of the Al Sahra Desert Resort, right off the Jebel AliLahbab Road, is part of Jebel Ali International Hotels. This new experience is acultural addition to Dubailand which aims to show families and visitors how theancestors of the UAE lived. It is an entertaining yet educational trip that makesvisitors leave with greater knowledge about how bedouins used to live.Dubai Ranch has a range of different activities for the public to enjoy, withactivities ranging from campfire Fridays, to family picnics, to camel-milk tasting!The ranch tries to capture the exciting wildlife and visitors may come across rareendangered Arabian foxes roaming around. Horse riding is also another activitythat the ranch has to offer, with lessons provided on basic horse riding techniqueas well as the psychology and behavior of horses.AL AIN RECOGNISED ON UNESCO’S WORLD HERITAGE LISTBy Karam BukairThe residents of Al Ain must be thrilled that the United Nations Educational,Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have inscribed Al Ain’s historicallandmarks to the World Heritage List. As a tourist getaway Al Ain has preservedits cultural landmarks in places such as Hili, and in southern areas in Al Ain.UNESCO as an organization helps preserve culture and heritage in countries,provide funding and support. The following cultural sites were chosen to beinscribed to the World Heritage List: Jebel Hafit, the Hili region in the northeastof the city, Bidaa Bint Saud and the oases around the modern city (Al Ain Oasis,Hili Oasis, Al Jaimi Oasis, Al-Qattarah Oasis, Al-Mu’tarad Oasis, and Al-Muwayj’IOasis).H.H. SHEIKH SULTAN BIN TAHNOON AL NAHYAN SPOKE AT THE CEREMONY:“THE MARK OF OUR WISE LEADERSHIP IS CLEAR, THANKS TO THE LIMITLESSSUPPORT FOR THE HERITAGE PROTECTION PROJECTS.”What this achievement means for Al Ain is that UNESCO will ensure the safety andpreservation of the chosen landmarks providing technical assistance, professionaltraining and emergency assistance in the event of “immediate danger”.
• Tempo receives about half a dozen or so resumes a day. We received an interesting one recently ‘in response to a vacancy’ by an ‘injection molding machine assistant technician’ with five years’ regional experience. We can’t say for sure that Tempo doesn’t need one of those…but would decide only after we’ve figured out what that means. • A news announcement stated that Dubai First will be “Breathing New Life Into Credit Cards” by launching its “Titanium Life” credit card to respond to evolving consumer demand. We hope that Dubai First next comes out with something that breathes new life into our capacity for borrowing. • Concierge is elated about the news that Abu Dhabi has launched a programme to protect children from child abuse. Hooray for the rights ofDUBAI’S ARTSPACE GALLERY PRESENTS A GROUP children. Our response on the Casey Anthony case in the USA: what exactly were those jurors thinking????!! Maybe “jurors of peers” should have beenSHOW ON MIDDLE EASTERN MODERN AND “professional jurors” with better knowledge of “circumstantial evidence”CONTEMPORARY ART and the legal process. • Hanna Makki, if you’re reading this: no, neutering your cat is not cat-abuse. Your eternally youthful eunuch-cat is probably grateful and sees this as theA DIVERSE EXHIBITION OF CONTEMPORARY WORKS BY VARIOUS equivalent of a human botox fix.ARTISTS. 1- 31 AUGUST • Dubai-based Neutral has announced that it will collect 20,000 ltrs of vegetable oil from McDonalds that it uses annually to fry french fries andArtspace Gallery will be showcasing a selection of works by modern and will convert this into biodiesel to fuel the chain’s cars! Wish they would alsocontemporary Middle Eastern artists at an exhibition that will focus on consider collecting frying oil from homes, to power the taxis of the UAE.calligraphic works. The exhibition will include works by Omar El-Nagdi, Alaa Thumbs up, Neutral!Ismail, Kamal Boullata, and Hussein Madi. • Concierge wants to thank the young Emirati who pulled up next to our car at the intersection of Al Khaleej Al Arabi and Delma, saw me using myOmar El-Nagdi, a sculptor, director, musician and philosopher, was born in Cairo cellphone, asked us to roll down our window, and told us politely not use ain 1931 and studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts Helwan University, in 1953. An cellphone while driving. And done with a big smile. Thank you, for caring.Egyptian master of colour, his paintings show a preoccupation with symbolic • Concierge is beginning to think anyone named “Rebecca/ Rebekah” is destined/doomed to15 minutes of fame in 2011, and wonders if the namedesign, through the use of expressive textures, tonal contrast and a need to offer may perhaps be associated with occasional lapses of good judgement .serious communication. His latest works use calligraphy in a contemporary style • We bid goodbye to Harry Potter, News of the World, and the NASA shuttlerepeating sequential rhythms of Arabic letters in black and white and gold leaf. programme. Which one is the hardest to take? • Sharjah launching a music fountain. RAK has launched an ice fun park.Iraqi born Alaa Ismail (1974) started practicing the art of calligraphy from a young Which one is harder to get to?age. He studied various artistic disciplines at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design • Concierge received some complaints from residents living in a first floorin Baghdad, including decorative arts, Islamic architecture, glass painting and apartment in Tourist Club. The message is to the neighbors on the secondIslamic Art. His paintings seek to use calligraphy in an expressive and gestural floor: “please don’t move furniture around at 9am on Friday while we’re allmanner, displaying words of meaning and poetic significance. This marrying of trying to sleep in.”bold textural strokes combined with Ismail’s love of the Arabic word, successfully • Concierge received a message from a woman who lives in Deira addressedpresents calligraphy in a colourful layered contemporary style. “to the community”: “people, please be considerate and refrain from spitting on the ground. Sometimes women wearing long dresses or abayasKamal Boullata was born in 1942 in Jerusalem. He is a graduate of the Academy touch the ground with their garments...and nothing is more disgustingof Rome and the Corcoran Art Museum School in Washington DC. His works than washing off phlegm.”are primarily abstract and geometric in style, focusing on the ideas of division • Concierge wants to remind all: do not put your mobile phone in your backin Palestinian identity, and the utilization of forms to represent his sense of pocket if you are planning to use the toilet. Believe it or not, this is a growingseparation from the homeland. His writings on Islamic and modern Arab art and phenomenon.culture have appeared in various academic journals and anthologies. • Dubai is investing US$7.8 billion to expand airport capacity at Dubai Airport over 10 years from the current 60 million passengers per year to 90Born in 1938 in Lebanon, Hussein Madi is a painter, sculptor and printmaker million. Brash and bold. Hopefully not just trickle-down, but trickle-acrosswho is considered to be among the Arab world’s most leading artists. Madi’s economics for the whole region.art has been viewed by thousands of people around the world at such venues • And that, folks, is the bottom, bottom-line.as the British Museum, the Venice Biennale and Tokyo’s Ueno Museum. Madi’sjoyful experiments in colour and form have resulted in a unique body of work that The Concierge at Temporelates to modern artists like Matisse and Picasso as well as to the principles of (Have a beef with someone, or a bone to pick to with us?divine harmony that characterize the abstract designs of Islamic art. Email ‘The Concierge’: email@example.com)
TECH TALK Shahid Saeed | Talker for the Non-Techies GAME HEDZ Blakniss | Original game head from Atari to XBox!NEW MAC PRO AND MAC MINI MIDDLE EAST DEVELOPERS MAKE BIG PLAYSWITH THUNDERBOLT Game Hedz friends and regional game developers take notice, Quirkat,It looks like Apple will be launching the keep their winning ways with the announcement of their “finalists”new versions of its Mac Pro and Mac Mini, campaign for Facebook title, Euroscorers, “for the UEFA Champions Leagueand that the two are scheduled to hit 2010/2011 season”. They have, “expanded the appeal of the fantasy footballstores anytime now. Both new Mac Pro genre beyond the stereotypical male sports fan with its casual nature andand Mac Mini are said to come with Intel’s social features; showcasing in-game gifts and micro-transactions, friendnew Thunderbolt technology, and both leagues and top player rankings”. Check it out!will be preloaded with Mac OS X Lion. Saudi developer (yea, who knew), Sema-Phore, has announced brand newTHE HTC SENSATION title, UNEARTHED: TRAIL OF IBN BATTUTA. The title has beenThe HTC Sensation seems like a very compared to Sony’s Uncharted in terms of its game play and adventurefrustrating device. Why you ask? story line. It follows Arab fortune hunter Faris Jawad, as he dodgesBecause it comes so close to perfection nefarious (I love that word) arms dealers, while seeking an as yet unknownyet it doesn’t quite get there. The fortune, along famed explorer, Ibn Battuta’s legendary...well, trail. Ithigh resolution screen is great but thequality brings it down, the software promises an exciting ride and entertaining exploration of the Arab worldimprovements are good but the video (from Morocco to Syria and more) minus the usual Western stereotypessupport isn’t, and while the overall performance is great the battery life (you know what I mean). Check the Game Hedz blog for the teaser traileris a disappointment. Overall the device is well made and comes with a and other links. It’s cross platform including Facebook, Playstation, XBoxdecent camera and good call quality. All in all, a dual core smartphone Arcade and Wii as well as Windows, Android & iOS devices.that’s hard to beat. GEARS OF WAR 3 LEAKTHE NEW NOKIA X7 Leading up to the September 20 launch date, a leak of preliminary Gears ofNokia announced that the Nokia X7 wouldhit shelves in June 2011, and roll out in War 3 single player campaign game play footage (complete with spoilers)various parts of the world in the months found its way on to YouTube, and there was word of pirated downloadableto follow. The Nokia X7 is a sequel to its versions of the game floating around. Epic said the footage is nothingpredecessor, the contentious Nokia X6, close to what will be released. I recommend you don’t ruin the experiencewhich was once seen principally as a with sub par, buggy pirate junk. Up to print time the leak was beingmultimedia device because of its large investigated.capacity for storage. Still, the X7 is a coolmusic phone because of the powerful hardware that makes it a powerfulentertainment tool. The phone will be appreciated mostly by Nokia fanswho favour the Symbian platform.SHORTCUTTING ON YOUR BLACKBERRY PLAYBOOKYou may have seen the BlackBerry PlayBook, but you might not be familiarwith how icons are arranged. The PlayBook arranges its icons in a way thatis very similar to the iPad. You can move shortcuts around by tapping and Unearthed: Trail of Ibn Battuta EuroScorersholding an icon until it starts to pulsate. You’ll then see a check on theupper left part of the screen and a recycle bin under the icons. You need tokeep your finger on the icon and simply drag it to where you want it to go. HEDZ UPOnce you’ve done that just tap on the checkmark. Easy! Next month we’ll be getting ready for the Gears 3 launch and checking out a couple iPad titles just for giggles! For now, get stuck into the ever popular, Infinity Blade (Epic) and Dead Space (Visceral) -two of my fave iPad games. Take the Uncharted 3 multiplayer beta poll and more at gamehedz. blogspot.com! Know more about Blackberry Playbook
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The byproduct of the treatment would be used for agriculture. Visitors to the plant would witness the process of wastewater being recycled and prepared for reuse. “The plant will be launched in August 2011 and so far we are in the hardest part of the project; the sponsor mobilization phase. We want sponsors to help withA DROP OF WATER investing in biodiversity and education. Once we achieve that, we’ll have six months to prepare for plantation and irrigation and to see how many people getNURTURING A DESERT FOREST involved. Hopefully Hayat will be completed by October 2011.” Apart for reforestation, the group is keen on educating the public, and theirBy Ellaine Fatima target group is schools, universities and water treatment companies. They intend on educating the public by creating a visitor center for people to tour at least once a week. “Here we will explain different species of plants, how foster homes to animals like gerbils, foxes, birds, etcetera are created and we will give the public additional information, aside from what they can learn from the books they read. For children we will conduct lessons about water conservation, its scarcity and the biodiversity of the UAE. This project is not just about forestation, it’s an effort to make people aware about the value of water. Some day we would like to integrate the tour of the forest with the visit of Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP).” If you would like to sponsor the Hayat project, email: firstname.lastname@example.orgHayat, meaning “Life” in Arabic, is a project initiated by a group of people whowish to renew the reforestation actions undertaken by the late H.H Sheikh Zayedbin Sultan Al Nahyan. Their dream is to breathe green life into a desert patch inAl Wathba. The goal of this initiative is to protect the biodiversity of the UAE andteach the public about it by experiencing it firsthand. Tempo sits down with CelineDelabie, the Project Coordinator, who shared the dream.Delabie explained that the Hayat Project is a private initiative by a group ofpeople who want to make a difference by focusing on reforestation. A corepart of ‘Hayat’ is a waste water treatment plant (WWTP) which is locatedin Al Wathba Area. All the members of Hayat are currently employed in theconstruction of the plant.The people behind the project are Philippe Paulissen, an Environmental andWater Engineer and Technical Director, Marc Richli who is a Civil and WaterEngineer and Executive Managing Director and Delabie, who is the ProjectCoordinator and the Environmental and Water Engineer.Hayat was initially setup to reduce the amount of wasted water and usewhatever is in excess more efficiently. The plant project is large, and at fullcapacity will treat the wastewater of 300,000 m3/day, equivalent to the waterconsumption of 1.2 million inhabitants. After that, the treated water will thenbe sent back to the city of Abu Dhabi and surrounding farms to be re-used forsoil conditioning and fertilizing.“Since we have the land, the water, and the fertilizer available, we got theidea to build a forest as this will be a good way to educate the people and thechildren on the value of water conservation and protection of biodiversity.”Delabie explained that the forest of indigenous trees would become adaptedto desert conditions and, therefore, will have very low water demand. Wastewater from sewage pipes will be recycled to make cleaner water and bio solid.
about the motivation for such a hiring policy. My companions suggested nepotism; the idea being one guy rises to the top, and thereafter only recruits his nearest and dearest - possible? However, I think the situation is more likely to be the result of a psychoanalytic motivational researcher suggesting some hitherto unfathomable subconscious connection between huge steaks and African table staff. By Justin Thomas This idea is not as off-the wall as it might sound. Psychoanalysis has been leveraged by the business world for well over half a century in attempt to discover consumers’ hidden fears, desires and motives. In the 1950s motivational researchers suggested to American Airlines that they recruit only middle aged air hostesses, as this would tap into their customers’ mother complexes. Earlier still in the 1920s Edward Bernays, nephew of Sigmund Freud, and father of PR helped the American Tobacco Company boost sales of cigarettes to women. His cunning plan involved getting waspish twenty-something females to pose as members of the suffragette movement, and defiantly smoke their “torches of freedom” (cigarettes) in public. Who knows what effect the Meat Co’s table staff is having on the unconscious minds of its diners? Wild psychological speculations aside, the Meat Co was founded by two of South Africa’s most successful restaurateurs, and describes its self as ‘contemporaryToys R’ Us, The Tie Rack, and The Sock Shop all follow the pragmatic, but rather African’. This probably provides the simplest explanation for the distinctive table staff.unimaginative, “does-what-it-says-on-the-tin” school of naming. This no-nonsenseapproach avoids the cryptic word play that can often leave consumers confused as to Like the Meat Co’s table staff, the menu too is large. However, if it’s your first time at thethe exact nature of a business. These straight-laced names spare us the easy-to-miss Meat Co then you›re probably going to go with the beef. Surprise, surprise we all orderedmythology wrapped up in names like “Apple”, “Oracle” and “Nike”. They also spare us steaks, but none of us were carnivore enough to take on the 500 gram bad-boy, optingbusiness names loaded with adolescent wackiness – Mr. Branson’s “Virgin” springs instead for variations on the 300 gram theme: T-bone, rib eye, well done, medium rare.immediately to mind. Furthermore, these simple descriptive names protect us from the The steaks were all excellent, possibly the best steak I’d ever eaten.eponymous narcissism conveyed by the businesses bearing their founder’s moniker:Chanel, Hilton, and most grandiose of all “Marc by Marc Jacobs”. These more practical That said, I very rarely eat steak, so my field of comparison is not large. There are alternativesbusiness names are honest, humble and reassuringly simple. They realistically shape our to steak on the menu; seafood, lamb and chicken all make appearances, however I feltexpectations while subduing our wilder imaginings. totally and utterly compelled to have steak, compelled perhaps by unconscious urges… who knows.THE MEAT CO AS THE NAME SUGGESTS, PROUDLY FOLLOWS THISCUSTOMER-FRIENDLY NAMING TRADITION. WELL BEFORE EVERSETTING FOOT IN THE MEAT CO YOU ALREADY HAVE A PRETTY GOODIDEA OF WHAT TO EXPECT... I WAS THINKING BIG STEAK ON A BEDOF STEAK IN A CREAMY STEAK SAUCE, WITH A T-BONE TIRAMISU TOFOLLOW.Abu Dhabi’s Meat Co (my destination for the evening) is part of a steakhouse chain By Angeli Castillospanning three continents. This particular link in the global Meat Co chain is located withinSouk Qaryat Al Beri. The restaurant is excellently situated within the souk commanding 1. Use firm bananas and cut into 1 inch sections. Leave the peel ongreat views of the Arabian Gulf, which is perhaps one of the most beautiful non-human for easy handling, and then dig a “well” in the middle of eachdining companions in the world. At certain times of the day this body of water becomes banana section with enough thickness for the ice cream anda super-natural shade of blue, almost bordering on turquoise. I call this particular hue, goodies to stay in place inside. Remove the peel after doing so.“travel-brochure blue”; it’s the type of blue that less scrupulous travel agents recreate 2. Melt chocolate (chocolate Hershey’s Kisses or baking chocolateusing Photoshop to artificially enhance their product. from Carrefour) in the microwave and dip the bottom portion of the banana in chocolate and then dip it once again in whateverExteriors aside, the Meat Co’s interior decor is best described as forgettable minimalism. add- ons you’d like. For example- sprinkles, crushed biscuits,On the plus side, there’s little in the way of pastiche or attention grabbing gimmickry. One crushed roasted almonds etc. To quickly harden the chocolate,exception to the unremarkable “blandscape” is a striking tower-like edifice constructed place dipped bananas in the freezer for a few minutes.entirely of wine bottles (a leaning tower of vino, if you like). The bottles-everywhere vibe 3. Fill each “well” with ice cream and top with whip cream andgives the impression of dining in a wine cellar. This theme is perhaps a little disconcerting even a maraschino cherry, or simply add some Hershey’sfor more devout Muslim clientele, and I suspect recovering alcoholics find it slightly chocolate sauce.problematic too? I discovered later that the wine bottle tower is actually a signature 4. ENJOY!design feature of all the Meat Co restaurants; in fact, the London link in the Meat Co chainis officially known as the Meat and Wine Co. RATING SCALE:Another outstanding feature of the Meat Co is that the entire table staff (the men at LEVEL 1: SUPER EASYleast) all appear to be of South African origins. One of my dining companions impressively LEVEL 2: RELATIVELY EASYspoke a few words of Zulu, so we were able to confirm this hunch. In a nation where the LEVEL 3: MEDIUM SKILLS REQUIREDvast majority of table staff is Asian, this impressive team of Africans, not a man shorter LEVEL 4: COOKING SKILLS A MUSTthan six foot, is a pretty remarkable sight. My inner psychologist couldn’t help wonder LEVEL 5: ARE YOU SURE YOU WANNA DO THIS?
WATCH HER INTERVIEW ABOUT HER STYLE... MODELS Elissa Furnel Nikoo Ete Ayushi Misra Veronica Gautum PHOTOGRAPHERAnn J C, 22, a young fashionistawho loves design and music, Mehr Singh, Hansraj Dochaniyacreates distinctive ‘lines’ that she STYLIST, HAIR AND MAKE UPdefines using genres of music. She Ann J.Cportrays the idea of music meetingfashion in creations that range frombright colours to simple black. Hereshe shares three of her looks. Think Disco! Think bling!“Rhythm and Blues” is an Throw on a pair of skinnyaudio collage. It’s all about jeans, retro- T-shirts, flashysoul and harmony and a accessories, studded pinsdash of glamour too. and get into the groove. Country music listeners tend to keep it simple; denim, cowboy boots, light cotton shirts, big buckled leather belts and the quintessential, and super essential, cowboy hat. FASHION STATEMENT: “FASHION NOT ONLY DEPICTS WHO WE ARE BUT IT IS ALSO A LIFESTYLE WE CREATE FOR OURSELVES” - Ann J.C
MARINA STYLELIVING ON A YACHTBy Angeli CastilloLife is smooth sailing for Abu Dhabiresidents Margarita Cejudo-Perdomoand her husband, Dr. Rainer Speckardt,who live out of posh yacht at the AbuDhabi Marina. During one scorchingsummer afternoon, the stylish nauticalcouple gave Tempo a tour of the 86-footyacht, showing not only how to rock theboat, but how do it with class.
TEMPO | What made you decide to live on a yacht?MARGARITA- There are a number of reasons why we have chosen to liveaboard a yacht. Mainly, it suits our personalities. Both my husband and I havean extraordinary relationship with the sea. I was born and raised in the CanaryIslands and he is a German sailing champion who has crossed the Atlantic tentimes. No doubt the main reason was the opportunity to own a great ‘home’ inAbu Dhabi at the best location as well as the feeling of independence and peaceof mind of knowing we could choose to sail away any time. Unobstructed viewsare important for us and living the ‘marina life’ is also perfect for Collin, our42 kg Weimaraner Rescue Dog, as his favorite past time is swimming.TEMPO | Could you give us an example of a normal day of a“nautical wife” ?MARGARITA- I adore that term, ‘nautical wife’, it makes me feel like asuperwoman. As a female, I am expected to carry out duties around thehousehold in addition to yacht maintenance. It is incredible how much I endup knowing about yacht electronics and mechanics. As far as a normal dayis concerned I juggle my responsibilities as an Independent CommunicationsConsultant with the charter requests we receive as the only 86 foot yacht forhire in Abu Dhabi. We often let our ‘home’ for lavish events such as the AbuDhabi FORMULA 1 Grand Prix. Hosting, whether for business or private reasons,is a big part of our yachting lifestyle and something we certainly take pleasurein doing no matter how much planning ahead required. I also set time apart to nautical lifestyle. As a matter of fact you feel like you are on a constant holidayexercise with our dog, at least two hours a day. when leaving or returning home.TEMPO | Do you travel around the world on your home?MARGARITA- I have not lived on a yacht outside the UAE, however my husband TEMPO | Does living on a yacht have any impact on your lifestylehas for more than 10 years and he has the most amazing stories to tell our on land, and does it give you a different perspective on life? MARGARITA- Absolutely, it does! It has a very positive impact on our socialguests and friends. It is definitely in our future plans to take time off to sail lives. Friends visit us more often and we even hold business appointments onaround the world. We would be looking to interacting with the host cultures as board as it is the perfect environment to unwind and relax. Living on a yachtmuch as possible as the real value of the experience. certainly makes us look at life from the ‘sea’ point of view, in other words, we share with friends and guests the values of any sailor: hospitality, assistanceTEMPO | What are the ups and downs of living on a yacht? and good will.MARGARITA- I believe you will find plenty of positive points in all my answers.The ups definitely outweigh the downs, however living in such a differentenvironment requires a lot of energy and flexibility especially when we go TEMPO | What are the three most important things to keep inthrough extensive repairs that can be both time consuming and expensive. They mind when at sea? MARGARITA- A trip into open seas requires a certain degree of planningcan easily test your patience. Sometimes you take for granted certain basics of to ensure a safe and pleasurable trip. We look at factors that are all equallyliving in a house that cannot be in a yacht. You can have issues such us power important: security systems, technical check, petrol and oil, weather and seacuts, air conditioning or water problems. Living on a boat is not for everyone - reports, and navigation systems. Around the UAE it is also crucial to check forone must be very disciplined, passionate and dedicated. At the end of the day, shallow waters. My advice is to make sure you are out with an experiencedit is a question of attitude! skipper to avoid any incidents.TEMPO | What is your fondest memory of living on the yacht?MARGARITA- As I mentioned before, we do a lot of entertaining, we oftenhost plenty of friend get-togethers, dinners, cocktails…so I have very goodmemories of events and interesting guests we have had on board. Last yearwe attended a concert by the legendary Spanish Flamenco artist ‘Tomatito’organized by the Abu Dhabi Authority of Culture and Heritage (ADACH). Theafter-concert turned out to be an amazing totally improvised second concertparty aboard our yacht after the artist and his entourage accepted our modestinvitation. Needless to say friends and guests shared an unforgettable night.TEMPO | How do you balance living at sea and working on land?MARGARITA- It is a matter of getting used to, however for me it has been easyto balance my activities on land with marina living. My husband and I are bothinto culture, so attending events is one of the very few good excuses to getdragged out of our ‘retreat’. Keeping up with work is totally compatible with our
AN EXCEPTIONAL MONTH MIND SOUPBy Shamma Al Suwaidi By Ahmad SamirFor all Muslims out there, Ramadan is both a month dedicated to I am generally inclined to believe that I am already an adult and shouldAllah and to your inner faith. It possesses a certain kind of magic that be treated as such. Whether or not that is true is another matter entirely;generates the flow of kindness, love, peace and all things nice. We care one that matters little to me. (I’m a grownup, okay?!).about the people around us more than we usually do. We give withoutexpectations and always in return receive generously. It is a month of I am, more or less attuned in to the zeitgeist and popular culture of ourdelightful memories. time; I influence it and am influenced by it on a regular basis. (Pretty cool, huh?) I am also characterized by my use of a distinct lingo that is sure toAs we grow older, we look forward to Ramadan more than we did the befuddle anyone who isn’t well-versed in its baffling peculiarities. LOL,year before; a time of family gatherings where bonds are tightened and anyone? To be a teenager is to be part of a full-fledged culture…andconnections grow. The country becomes so intertwined and in sync yes, I am occasionally annoying.that it is hard not to see the beauty in it. Just as if you’ve found a secretdoorway to an enchanted land where ribbons of sparkling lights encircle If all this is anything to go by, I am, for all intent and purpose, a teenager:you. That is Ramadan to me. a particularly nasty creature, made so by the fact that he and his actions are so hopelessly unintelligible that they are seldom understood byOn the second of November 2004, it was around the 20th day of anyone. Not even himself. A breed among which immaturity is rampantRamadan when we heard the news. Our magical land of enchantment and insolent, and rebellious behavior is commonplace. (Or at least that’swas forever changed. The country shed its tears. The beginning of the how the stereotype goes). So I guess I am a teenager through andperiod of mourning had started. It was as if nature itself wept in grief. through; I am defined by my actions.The flowers that filled up the streets of Abu Dhabi, the trees and thebright shining lights lined along the sides of each lane withered and The fact that I’m a teenager is exactly why I will be writing this column;died. Sorrow and heartache was in the air and we all breathed it in slow for you; the teenage reader. Let the others get the rest of the pages ofsteady breaths. With all the anguish that was surrounding us at that the magazine, I don’t care. But this column is wholly dedicated to thetime; the only thing that really pulled us through was Ramadan. interests of You. For others, it will provide a means to understanding –or at least momentarily acquainting with the convoluted mess that is theWhat warmed our hearts was that during this tragedy we were psyche of a teenager... seeing things from different perspectives. Thissurrounded by angels who took our mourning and turned it into prayers, brings us to the column’s name “Mind Soup”. That is to say, my mind’sand with those prayers we picked ourselves up and repaired our magic soup dished out for your reading pleasure. Also, each column will endland even though the scar of that day will always remain. with a hashtag that epitomizes what it’s about #NewBeginnings.I dedicate this one to Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may his soulrest in peace. You were a father to each and every one of us and wereone of the greatest leaders that the Arab world has seen. You have givenus what can never be replaced. Our love for you will always linger andyou will never be forgotten. You will remain in our prayers, especially Share your teenage angst withduring Ramadan. me… follow me on Twitter @ AhmedSamirS or drop me a line email@example.comFollow me on firstname.lastname@example.org
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HERITAGE NURTUREDIN THE HEART OF AL AINStory and photos by Mariam MusallamDespite being told by many people thatthe project of a Heritage Village wouldnever succeed, Khalfan Bin Noman, theowner of the Cultural Heritage Village inAl Ain worked hard to build his project, andachieve his dream of combining past andpresent heritage under one roof.Khalfan recalls the old days, and tells us of a dream he had as a boy.“When I was a young boy I loved to draw old traditional houses anddreamed of having my own heritage village, one that simulatesEmirati life before and after the union.”He spent two and a half years to build his heritage village at the AlAin SportPlex situated on the Khatam Al-Shakla Street in Al Ain.Khalfan’s village consists of several ”environments”. One is the “TownEnvironment” that reflects the nature of traditional and culturalfeatures and contains homes of mud and palm leaves surrounding amosque with narrow alleys between them to add to the traditionalcharacter. The architecture dates back to the forties and shows thedesigns made by the country’s forefathers and tells a lot about howthey lived.Another environment is the “Agricultural Environment” that consistsof agricultural lands and beautiful creeks. Yet another is the “DesertEnvironment” that represents the nature of life in the harsh desertwhere people used to live in tents made of animal ‘hair’ (“bayt alshaar”).The village also has two theatre halls to show displays of culturalevents and celebrations, a museum, a traditional souk, restaurantsand an exhibition area for old classical cars. Noman looks at it all andsays,“THIS IS MY DREAM THAT HAS BECOME A REALITY”.You can visit the Cultural Heritage Village at the Al AinSportflex everyday from 10am to 10pm.Cost of entry is Dh 5 for adults and free for kids.For more information call 03-7689779.