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THE cOOLEST MAgAzINE IN THE UAE NOw wITH MObILE TAgS
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ALL ABOUT spain Won the
TELLING THE WORLD ABOUT
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VOLUME14 | JULY 16-31, 2010
FROM THE EDITOR
Hello Abu dhabi,
summer has come to Abu Dhabi with children and adolescents pining for fun ENTERTAINMENT
and challenging things to do. Having visited some of the choices around town,
my conclusion is that Abu Dhabi needs a heavy weight permanent entertainment 4 USPAcE
centre that offers fun, education and challenging pursuits. As a long time resident 6 wHAT’S HOT
of the Pacific Northwest of the United states, I present two amazing examples that
8 bEAT wITH AIcH
once provided endless entertainment my own family: oMsI—the oregon Museum
of science and Industry, which is located in Portland, oregon, and the Pacific 10 VIEw POINT
science Centre in downtown seattle. Both are huge, vibrant and highly interactive;
offering endless opportunities for fun and real learning. They have amazing FASHION
science labs, laser shows, dinosaur exhibits, educational games, teen challenges 12 TRENDSETTER
and an excellent platform of teacher engagement.
13 MY STYLE bLUEPRINT
Abu Dhabi could do well to think of setting up an oMsI or a PsC here. It would
appeal to young and old, residents and tourists, and yes, it should be here
- all year around.
Get creative Abu Dhabi! 14 cITY bITES
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EDITOR MAgAzINE DESIgNER EDITORIAL cONTRIbUTORS
SANA bAgERSH PRAVEEN PRAbHAkARAN AIcHA DIOP
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FEATURES EDITOR wEbSITE DESIgNER
FARAH g jDID 22 YANk IN SANDLAND
RIzwAN PERVAIz HESSA AL ROMAITHI
23 TEcH TALk
EDITORIAL cOORDINATOR RANDY PARkER 24 MY AbU DHAbI
PRODUcTION cOORDINATOR 26 PEOPLE METER
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TEMPO’S THE wINNER OF OUR wORLD cUP
My friends and I were getting back home after the devastating loss to Germany PREDIcTIONS cONTEST: HUMAID AbDALLA
when the cops suddenly stopped us and showed us signs to come to their car. Free ISSUe
We ran the World Cup competition through the
Out of curiosity we walked over to the cop when he suddenly said “Hey, I know
Argentina lost the game tonight, but one thing’s for sure, Argetina and Brazil
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entire competition. Tempo received a little over
150 entries. obviously the later entries were closer
are on the same flight back home”. It is overwhelming that the entire country,
irrespective of the place your from or whether your country is represented in to being correct than the earlier predictions.
the World Cup or not, the sheer beauty of the game, bring people from different None of the entries were totally correct. However
parts of the world together. th e rh yt
hm of your
city we call Humaid Abdalla the winner because he
Nelson Davis J U LY 1 - 15
, 2 01 0 had the CLosesT correct answer.
Humaid predicted the following:
Dear Ed, Winner of FiFA 2010: spain Prize: six months free membership
I really appreciate the section about social net. It exposes young undiscovered Final game: spain vs Germany at World Gym in Abu dhabi
talent, which gives them an opportunity for people to know them and their The score 2-1
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work. It also gives the talent a motivation to work harder. So kudos on your
encouragement to them! “I think Spain was a strong team and had the confidence to win this
Amal Mustafa tournament. They had what it took to win this time.”
E UAE NO
We tip our hats to shamsudheen Narath who also predicted a spain win, but
zINE IN TH
Dear Ed, TURTLTHE
he predicted the opponent as Korea republic (score 3-2 ), who exited the
ES game earlier than Germany.
Every time I read Tempo magazine I feel like I know everything about Abu
Dhabi! Because I work a lot, I don’t follow a lot of news around here. Your
10 reasons why you think Spain
magazine is my savoir! ALL ABO
FUN QUO LL YOUNG ME rama Krishna predicted Netherlands
Jack Bader p.8 TE S LEADER DIA
p.10 GRADUA S winning over spain by 2-1
the World Cup
Kumaran predicted Brazil beating
Argentina by 5-4
1. Zeeshan Khan: They play to win 6. sujith Jayagopal: They had Angelo sator predicted Brazil beating
that’s why. a good strategy and amazing spain
2. infant rosario: Paul the octopus Karin200 predicted Germany beating
7. shaun Joesph: The main reason spain, by 2-1
said so! haha ;)
why I supported spain all the
How about them vuvuzelas?! They certainly took over the 2010 world cup! I’m pretty sure it caught more media attention Karen Franzen predicted Germany
3. danica Antao: They played well way long was because of great
than the players and teams themselves! Before the world cup no one outside of south Africa even knew what a vuvuzela beating spain by 2-1
from the start of the world cup, it precision in their passes.
was. Now people either hate them or they are crazy about them! Apparently the UAe now sells vuvuzelas in some gas
seemed like they would make it. Kunal Bhatia predicted Germany beating
station shops and i’ve recently noticed that they’re being sold in early Learning Centre??!! remember ‘the wave’? They 8. Priyanka dubey: I think they
have them in stadiums when the audience does synchronised standing and sitting? That was invented in seattle (I know just got really lucky!
because I lived there). The south Africa world cup crowd has changed that to vuvuzela blowing. Now that were all here in 4. Farida daruwalla: They have
Pariv K predicted the final two as
the UAe we should start our own tradition, some sort of crowd applause thing, that we develop, refine, and get ready for great players! 9. runil Athauda: Pure passion for Argentina Brazil
the next world cup. Just an idea. the game.
5. mnetarwala: They had ball Nadeer Narath predicted Portugal
Karam Bukair 10. Fallon lobo: They have beating Germany by 3-2
possession at most times.
amazing team spirit!
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What’sHOT THE ART OF THE AFgHAN RUbAb
july 22, 7pm, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island
Happenings in Abu Dhabi July23
Afghan rubab sensation Homayun sakhi, stars in a musical
by Venita Subramanian
performance with percussionists salar Nader on tabla and
Abbos Kosimoy on doyra – a Central Asian frame drum.
LIwA DATE FESTIVAL After a huge success last year with more than 60,000 people
The performance is devoted to the traditional Kabuli style
of Indian raga in a musical question and answer (sawaal-
July17 - 26 attending, the sixth Date Festival takes place from July
jawaab) between drums and other instruments. Nader
12-26 in the town of Liwa. This event celebrates the rich
and Kosimoy will answer sakhi’s questions throughout the
heritage of Liwa and aims in particular to promote date
performance, by transferring the rhythmic patterns of his
palm trees which have a prominent place in UAe’s heritage.
rubab to their drums. This performance is a showcase of
The Festival includes cultural events and the competition North Indian and Afghan musical traditions. entrance is free.
of Mazayin Al ratab (half ripe dates), which helps improve
the quality of the dates and educate farmers on ways of
modern farming. several competitions such as “the best
heritage dish” draw the participation of chefs from top DO YOU wANT TO bE A FILM cRITIc AT THE
hotels. educational programs help children become familiar
with the dates industry. AbU DHAbI FILM FESTIVAL?
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For the first time, Abu Dhabi Film Festival is running a film IS jULY 31.
YAS TRAck DAY journalism workshop called Nisimazine Abu Dhabi as part of the
Festival from october 14-23. They are looking for 8 people - 7
Tempo readers, you have two weeks to
apply if you are reading Tempo the first
July23 film critics and 1 photographer. day it’s available. If you pick it up later,
If you are 18-35, Arab or european, you should apply. Four don’t wait. Download the application form
of the eight people selected will be from Arab countries at http://www.nisimasa.com/?q=node/370.
including the UAe, four will be european. The first Nisimazine was created in 2006
This international editorial team, along with two professional at the Cannes Film Festival by a european
tutors, will create daily issues of Nisimazine Abu Dhabi, a network of young cinema professionals
newsletter covering the Abu Dhabi Film Festival and distributed and fans called NIsI MAsA. since then, their
to audiences during the Festival. workshops have taken place at festivals
in Italy, Iran, Finland, Turkey, Netherlands,
eight issues of Nisimazine Abu Dhabi, printed in english and Arabic,
Peru, and Brazil. Check out nisimazine-
will contain film reviews, interviews, articles, news, and photos from
the festival. The electronic version will be available on the Nisimazine
website www.nisimazine.eu. The Abu Dhabi Film Festival began three
years ago as the Middle east International
Film Festival. The aim was to help create a
Yas Track Day offers you a chance to drive your car on performance. Instructors however, reserve the right vibrant film culture throughout the region.
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by Aicha Diop
DJ sHAF-rAIsI also known as shaf raisi, was
Meet the new summer sensational DJ. Yes, infatuated with music long before he fell in love
he’s here to entertain you and show you with the art of Djing. In his early stages DJ shaf
the new face of music. Please welcome raisi focused on mixing colorful House tunes,
DJ Shaf Raisi! but later evolved to incorporating the stylistic
effects of dance anthems, commercial house
His magic is immortalized in his first album
entitled, “sHAF rAIsI reMIXeZ” pumped up with
top-notch r&B and House tracks.
Asked how he differentiates himself from other
DJ’s, he replies, “I have a very deep strength in
reading people’s body language, and I use this
skill to enhance my performance, sound, and
learning, more so than other artists.”
DJ shaf rasi’s experience has planted him
alongside international and local DJ’s such as:
Adnan Balushi (Auckland), Humaid Al Amri
(radio 1), Haneef raisani (raisani records,
Dubai),victor simonelli (West side records, New
York), DJ Antoine (House Works, switzerland),
Lenny Fontana (New York) and simon B
(Legendary radio1 DJ) to mention a few.
He says, “The passion I feel, I want to share with
my audience, the beats I play, I want to pound in
people’s memory, and I want my music to speak
He has kicked off in many events such as
the Pearls and Caviar, sho sho, GT1 World
Championship, red Bull kickoff party and many
others. He will be performing in November at
the etihad Airways Grand Prix Formula 1 with
more than 10 million viewers around the world.
You can catch him in the coming months in
Croatia, New Zealand, and Miami.
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Tempo July 16 - 31, 2010 9
ViewPoint After graduation a new salutation is added to your name
and will be mentioned every time you are introduced to
someone: Ambassador. How honored you feel after that!
After graduating from Zayed University with a bachelor
Malaysian ladies came forward and asked for permission
to touch me. “Are you real?” they asked. At first it sounded
very weird to me, but then I realized that they always see
us in photos or Tv but never had the chance to meet us in
by Hessa Al Romaithi degree, I joined ADTA as International Promotion
OUT THE UAE
executive. This new position is my second step to be an My second mission was to Germany where again our work
ambassador. even though the core duty is to participate involved cultural exchange with professionals during the
Ng THE wOR
in organizing the Abu Dhabi stand at international trade exhibition and people on Frankfurt’s streets. The next
fairs and tourism exhibitions, I meet many people from mission is to russia, and I’m sure it is going to be full of
various backgrounds, religions, races, nationalities, ages, adventures as well.
and educational levels.
Travelling teaches many things about cultures and
It is a challenging career to represent your country each traditions of the host nation, but my job requires me to
time you pack your bag and travel to these exhibitions teach people when I’m travelling about my country and
because once you are there, wearing your traditional dress answer all their curious questions. Not only that, but after
and working at the Abu Dhabi stand, many people will all the information I gained through the Ambassador
come over to ask about your culture and traditions or even program and what I’m learning in my new job, I have
to take a photo with you. become a tour guide and ambassador for my country
even when I’m not abroad.
People are always keen to know more about other
cultures and meet natives who can speak their language I believe every person is an ambassador for their country
and provide them the right information. I remember on and should work for free as a tour guide all the time.
my first mission to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, a group of
pe ople from va
I meet many ces, national
. Photos from
arning about the U
AE from Hessa
bac kgrounds, rel els.
ages, and ed
I took the first step toward my dream by joining the
Abu Dhabi Ambassador Program which is an initiative
of Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA). This program
is only three years old, and I was lucky enough to be a
It has been always my dream to represent my graduate the second year.
country worldwide by sharing, with passion,
the UAE’s essence and values. It gives me a The Abu Dhabi Ambassador Program is a lifetime
great feeling to talk about our inspirational chance for any emirati to gain lots of valuable
soul Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan and the wise information about the capital and its main tourist
leaders of my country. attractions. Not only that, but it gives knowledge in
etiquette and many workshops which help you to
A few years back, when I was studying
discover your strengths and weaknesses.
Tourism and Special Events Management
at Zayed University, I discovered my dream Many field trips were organised by ADTA through
job which allows me to use all my strengths
the program to different places in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain,
and interests. Ambassador, yes, being an mpur
and the Western region. one of the most important ysians in Kuala Lu
ambassador for my country is the only job oung Mala
lessons of the program was how to be an effective and Talking with Y
which can satisfy my desires.
informative tour guide for our country, taught by a DTA Directo
H essa with A l Muhairi
number of specialists and professionals.
10 Tempo July 16 - 31, 2010 11
TrendSetter My Style BLUEPRINT
In this issue, Tempo brings the best of trendsetter with two smart yet casual looks from Laura Ashley
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Text and photos by Venita Subramanian Visit chillax website on
your mobile phone now
to scan this tag on your mobile.
As the name suggests, this downtown café
has a huge teen following. With plenty of comfy sofas
and armchairs, Chillax has a lot to offer its young and
enthusiastic customers. You will be quick to notice the eager
staff and the friendly atmosphere that the café has to offer.
Most people come here to enjoy sheesha and snacks that
include Lebanese food, sandwiches, and salads. The café is
surrounded by television screens that play football games
and music channels at all times. Chillax also offers private
spaces for a cover charge of Dh 50 to enjoy some quality time
with your friends.
Friends hanging out at Chillax
suraj, one of the regulars at Chillax, said “This is definitely a
cool place to hang out and is different compared to other
sheesha places around Abu Dhabi. I usually come here to
rating have the spicy chicken sandwich along with my regular mint
Food Ambience Bill for Two: dh 105
Value for money Overall Mint Sheesha Dh 25 • Watermelon juice Dh 22 • Arabic
salad Dh 18 • Spicy chicken sandwich with drinks Dh 40
A popular restaurant at Le Meridien , Chi Chi’s looks like an
old fashioned Mexican eat out. The first thing that awaits you
after getting seated is a large bowl of nachos and a watery
salsa dip. For starters, chili fries come in good-sized portions
reasonably priced. For those of you looking for spicier options
on the menu, try the spicy burrito. Most portions are fairly Chi Chi’s has atmosphere and lots of food to share
large and can challenge your appetite. If you’re in for a light
dinner, share the portions.
Bill for Two: dh119
Bottomless ice tea Dh 15 • Chilli fries Dh 26
Texas Nachos small dh 25 (large is dh 32) Food Ambience
Grilled chicken burritos dh 53 Value for money Overall
14 Tempo July 16 - 31, 2010
by Venita Subramanian
Bar Making a
by Venita Subramanian
Each of us can in his or her own way make a difference in our world.
Sometimes this can be a simple gesture, and sometimes it is a kind
Dr. rachel shaw is a veterinary surgeon for the word. This page is dedicated to the hero that resides in each of us, and
to the sharing of great news that will make our planet a better place
TEMPO VOTES FOR
American veterinary Clinic (AvC), Abu Dhabi, and for everyone. Glide the Trikke
runs strays of Abu Dhabi, also known as sAD. I asked
her about her typical day at sAD.
My working day consists of juggling my full time Water savers
job as assistant veterinarian at the AvC with my
It’s amazing what a tiny gadget can do to help save water. The UAe
many sAD duties. At breakfast I check through my government has recently launched a campaign to fit water savers
sAD e-mails and deal with any pressing matters and on taps of every home and work place in the UAe.
enquiries before starting work at the clinic at 8am.
According to the eWs-WWF, this campaign is one of the most
Mornings are spent either doing consultations until ambitious and effective water saving campaigns in the world. The
12 midday or the mornings surgical operations. water saver technician takes just few minutes to install the gadget
at your home at no cost to you. This simple gadget can prevent
I break for lunch between 12 and 2pm and more millions of liters of water from going to waste.
often than not I have sAD appointments scheduled. How it works
These are either to health check and vaccinate a even though we may not notice the difference in water
new dog we are taking in, finalise the adoption of a fluctuations, water comes out of the tap at a constantly changing
sAD dog and do the last set of vaccines and meet rate. This usually happens when more than one tap is used to draw
water from the same source. An example of this would be when
the new owners, or attend to one of our current sAD you have your shower and the washbasin tap on at the same time;
dogs that has a medical problem. you will soon notice that the tap starts running more slowly.
Dr. Rachel’s photo of her and Miracle Max
I return to work to do an afternoon of appointments A water saver helps regulate the flow of water, ensuring that the
water flows at a constant rate. For you it means that whether the
between 2pm and 6pm ranging from everything and pressure is high or low, you will still have the same flow of water.
anything from routine check-ups and vaccinations to Q How long does it take for a stray dog to find a How can this help save water? Well, believe it or not, an incredible Trikke, a three wheel transporter, can be
vomiting dogs, itching cats and limping hamsters! new home? amount of water and energy is saved in the process. manually powered by the rider or by a long-
lasting lithium battery. These new generation
Want to be a Water saver? Call 800 WATer to find out if the
At 6pm I rush home and enjoy a good hour walk with This varies immensely between each dog and is cycles are foldable and with their three wheel
Water saver can be fixed in your neighborhood. send an email to
the dogs to reflect and distress! firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about Water savers. design are said to be stable and safe for riders.
dependent on a whole variety of factors. Puppies
Manually powered, Trikke works by the shift
are relatively quick to get homed as they have the Volunteers needed of body weight from side to side. After a little
I have 3 of my own dogs. rJ - a 12 year old rescue
cute factor on their side and people like to adopt practice, this action becomes intuitive and
Yorkie terrier and PeG, a 10 year old rescue border Part of the ongoing Water savers campaign, Heroes of the UAe has
a project this summer. volunteers are required to conduct a market delivers a speed up to 28 km/h. The design of
terrier mix both whom I shipped over with me young dogs they can train themselves from a pup.
survey in your emirate. send your contact information and details Trikke allows you to get maximum momentum
when I first came to Abu Dhabi. My latest addition is We average 1-2 months to home puppies. small to Anjana Kumar at email@example.com as you move in different directions.
MIrACLe MAX, a rescue saluki mix from sAD who I breed dogs and pedigree dogs of any age are homed
For those of you who are keen on an effortless
adopted when he was just 4 weeks old. He was found instantly in most cases. We have people on our lists
ride home, the lithium battery operated Trikke
abandoned in a garbage bin! waiting to adopt small dogs. These dogs are suited to Visit Heroes of the UAe
website on your mobile comes with an accelerator and brake on the
the apartment living lifestyle of the UAe residents. phone now handlebars to give you better control. Battery
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Trikke looks cool and fun but most
Q How can someone get a dog from sAd?
importantly reduces carbon emissions and
non-renewable resources released every day
All the sAD dogs we have available for adoption can by cars. Trikke gives out no emissions and can
be viewed on our website www.straysofabudhabi. easily take you to work without being stuck in
Visit sAd website on your com, or drop into the sAD shop at the American vet traffic or having to worry about parking.
mobile phone now
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Yank insandland TechTalk
by Noori Passela
Text and Photos by Randy Parker
The Second city Like the Wii remote, the Ps3 Move appears to be nothing more than what it
First stop was the oasis in town. This was hard to find
looks like: a device resembling a microphone which can be strapped to the
Much as Chicago is known as the second city to New
York in the U.s., Al Ain has the same relationship to and when we did we were vexed as the entrance was user’s wrist. But like its popular predecessor, the Ps3’s answer to interactive
Abu Dhabi city. As Abu Dhabi city gets the lion’s share unmarked and the pathways seemed too narrow for gaming aims to achieve more. The spherical end of the microphone-shaped
of attention, Al Ain remains relatively unknown as the a car. Undaunted, we drove the alleyways and found a controller contains an LeD reader that senses its wielder’s movements
cultural and historical center of the emirate. The late, place to park. We spend a relaxing two hours wandering and provides feedback as vibrations or changing LeD colors. The wireless
great sheikh Zayed bin sultan Al Nayed, father of the the oasis. Hint: the place is a maze, so don’t lose your
Bluetooth technology ensures no tripping over any pesky wires during
U.A.e., hailed from Al Ain. The town was his ancestral way. There are also some surprises to be found among
the date palm groves! playtime. one Ps3 system can support up to 4 of these controllers.
home and headquarters for the founding of this
country. It was the discovery of the once lucrative pearl
Next was Jebel Hafeet, an improbable rocky mountain The Move also comes with the Playstation eye, a camera that tracks the
collecting business that shifted attention to the coast.
south of Al Ain jutting 1300 meters above the flat desert movements of each player and enables voice interaction while gaming
floor. The steep multilane road to the top had more with the help of some built-in microphones. It allows up to 6 players to play
twists and turns than a rattlesnake and offered several
at a time over a wireless network. even better, the camera works just as well
turnouts to park and admire the view. Make sure you
car is in fine tune as it will be tested. I saw many radiator
with minimal lighting.
geysers on the way to the summit.
To get the fans going, sony is currently developing some new games
We rewarded ourselves with eggrolls in the Mercure designed especially for the Move. slider sounds quite appealing: “Be an
Grand hotel at the top of the mountain. This 4 star venue armchair warrior, punching away to glory as you wile away those boring
serves as a good weekend getaway from the city. moments on your office chair or work desk.”
I recommend Al Ain as a diversion from the Abu Dhabi
summer doldrums. You may not escape the heat, but the
change of scenery is mentally refreshing!
xbox 360 kinect
Now here’s something truly original and mindboggling
at the same time. True, the Kinect does borrow heavily
from the Wii’s motion-detecting sensors but here’s an
additional twist to the mix: it will apparently navigate
recently, I took a day trip to Al Ain with a friend from panels and access functions using hand movements and
France. It is a short, pleasant 150KM trip from Abu voice control.
Dhabi on the butter-smooth motorway. stark desert
“Xbox, play music.”
turned into green trees on the side of the road as we
approached Al Ain, reminding me of my home in Florida. voila! You get the point.
originally unveiled as Project Natal, the device had its
official premiere at this year’s electronic entertainment
expo with 15 titles already announced alongside 4 original
titles created exclusively for Kinect: Kinect Adventures,
Kinect Joy ride, Kinect sports, and Kinectimals. And since
all gamers, casual and hardcore alike, love a good dose
of celebrity in their games, the new Michael Jackson The
Game is scheduled for release for the Kinect later this year,
featuring many of the singer’s cult classic hits like “Beat It”
and “Billie Jean.”
Like the Ps3 Move, the Kinect is already built to work with
its home console, the Xbox 360 so the costs of obtaining
one for your console should be almost equivalent to an
upgrade as opposed to purchasing a brand new one
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