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  1. 1. FREE ISSUE FUN | FAMILY | FOOD | FRIENDSHIP | FASHION | FITNESS the rhythm of your city F E B R UA RY 2 010 Romance is in the Air HITTI THE NG RIGH NOTE T S The Bride Smeow bi co h s to Abu Dha Gourmet Ready, Set, GO ! V8 CARS & GP2 ASIA ABU DHABI GUIDE Abu Dhabi 2010 Fine Dining Festival at YAS MARINA PULLOUT
  2. 2. VOLUME 5 | FEBRUARY 2010 th e r h y th m o f your this month city 4 Your Say 5 ShopCall Heeello Abu Dhabi !! 5 What’s Hot in Abu Dhabi February is about romance all around...from the Bridal Show to Valentine’s 6 Shop Call Day.... to the official start of the wedding season in Abu Dhabi. Brides in the capital are gearing up for their big day, from event bookings to selecting 7 Lifestyle entertainment, to designing invitation accoutrements and preparing the bridal trousseau. It’s all elaborate and frequently - yes - quite over the top. 8 My Fave Recipe Perhaps we should remember that just like a wedding day, Valentine’s is but a single date--a number circled on a calendar. Both are to be celebrated, but 9 City Bites both are fleeting. So as you go out to buy wonderful romantic gifts for your loved ones, 10 My Abu Dhabi remember the importance of continuity, and of cherishing and nurturing the relationships around you. 11 Home Smart Spread love, goodwill and kindness to all. 12 People Meter & Meet your Neighbour 13 Making a Difference 14 Handy Helper Media Licence No. 1/105866/24295 Editor: Sana Bagersh, Editorial Coordinator: Kulsoom Zakir, Magazine Designer: 15 Workitude Praveen Prabhakaran, Website Designer: Rizwan Pervaiz, Marketing Coordinator: Ahmad Al-Dajani, Production Coordinator : Joel Flores Editorial Contributors: 16 Alive & Kicking Genevieve Colaco, Aicha Diop, Samantha Davis, Mariam Bukair, Randy Parker and Farrukh Naeem. 17 The Beat with Aich Disclaimer: Tempo is a publication of BrandMoxie. Although Tempo Magazine does its best to ensure 18 My Style Blueprint the authenticity and accuracy of its contents, the publisher cannot accept any responsibility for errors, mistakes and inaccuracies. The publisher reserves the rights of this product and no part of this publication may be reproduced in any form or by any 19 Trendsetter means without the permission of the publisher. Address: 20 On the Beaten Path & Arablish To reach editorial at Abu Dhabi Tempo email: To reach advertising call 02 6673349 or email: If you need to find out where you can pick up your copy call: 02 6673349 or check out the 21 Funny thing about life list of Tempo distribution points on our website. Join us at: 22 Culture Talk Would you like to be a community reporter for, search for Abu Dhabi Tempo Abu Dhabi Tempo? Email us: 23 Webwatch Abu Dhabi & Movie Watch 24 Lifecoach 25 Ask Um Saif & A Yank in Sand Land To advertise in Abu Dhabi Tempo magazine or the website:, call 02 6673349 26 Classifieds Published by: 27 Tempo Fun Page Please recycle this magazine: locations include Spinneys and behind Riyada Clinic.
  3. 3. YourSay BE In f o r m e d!! e H 1N 1 U p d a t Schools in Abu Dhabi have recently received a circular from the Health Authority of Abu Dhabi advising the following: Persons with the chronic conditions mentioned below are advised by the Health Authority of Abu-Dhabi to receive the Influenza H1N1 vaccination as they are at an increased risk of contracting H1N1: Cardiac Disease Diabetes Mellitus Chronic Metabolic disease Renal disease Hematologic disorders Dear Editor, Severe Obesity I want to share an experience that I found rather Immunosuppression disturbing, and saw as a sign of decaying social Neurological / neuromuscular disorders. values. My nieces go to a leading British school, and I sometimes accompany my sister when she picks Such individuals are advised to consult their own doctor who up and drops off her children. Like many parents, will prepare a referral letter which must include sufficient data she sometimes parks across the street and helps her about the condition of the person and relevant clinical young kids across the road to the school. I have seen information. On completion of the referral letter persons may drivers (and these are mostly parents) go by without receive the vaccine at one of the following clinics. stopping for crossing families. Indeed, one time I Disease Prevention Screening Centre (DPSC) - 02-6331300 went to the school, I counted TWELVE cars passing Bain Al-Jesrain Health Centre - 02-5584611 by, TWELVE!!! (All nationalities, I might add), until a Khalifa A Health Centre - 02-5561695 taxidriver (a TAXI DRIVER!!) stopped to let my sister and her kids pass. Imagine that! Dear parents:--of all Fur further information,visit or contact their nationalities, and all schools, and all neighborhoods: Hotline: 800358. even if you don't care about pedestrian crossing etiquette, please stop for crossing children! Dear Ed, Concerned aunt I would like to bring an issue to the traffic authority that Dear Ed, needs to be addressed. I take my kids to the Corniche a lot and we walk across the street through the 'main' I find your magazine very helpful and I just can’t wait to get it every month. One of the things that I find intersection--the one nearest to Ali and Sons which takes most useful is your restaurant guide. However, I have you to the big area of coffee shops and restaurants. We noticed that it doesn’t mention all the restaurants in have noticed on busy weekends that when you cross the the city. I know it can’t feature each one but there are Corniche road (not where it joins Al Khaleej)--the waiting some good ones it doesn’t mention like Abu Shakra, times for pedestrians on both sides of the road don't Hemingway’s etc. They are really worth a mention work together. Basically what happens is that the green guys! light takes you to the middle island, and then you have to Maria D. wait at a red light to cross to the Corniche on green. The problem is that often there are a lot of people--many kids, Dear Editor, strollers, old people etc, jammed together in a narrow strip I have seen your Youtube channel. It’s nice! That one in the middle island. I hope the authorities do something bite on Roger Fed was awesome! I think the ‘New about this to make it safer to cross. Year’s resolutions’ video was something different too Fatima Haider but really short ;) Salman J. Log on our website We'd love to hear from you. Write to us at and watch Tempo TV’s latest video updates on Abu Dhabi 4 Tempo February 2010
  4. 4. What's Hbohti in A u D ab Hitting the Right Notes Abu Dhabi Classics, Emirates Palace, Feb 15 - 16 Abu Dhabi Classics strikes the right chord yet again as Vienna Philharmonic is invited to perform in the capital under Lorin Maazel this month. A conductor, violinist and composer, Lorin has carved a niche for himself among the musical greats of our time. This event will treat audiences to three melodious symphonies which Gourmet preserve some of the most accurate musical depictions of mother nature’s divine gifts to our world. The orchestra will perform Beethoven’s immortal Abu Dhabi 2010 symphonic depiction of a visit to the countryside, Debussy’s dazzlingly vivid portrait of the sea, and Ravel’s Various city centre hotels, Feb 5-19 moving ballet based on a Greek myth. This is your chance to re-live the magic of Victorian opera house Throw away your calorie counters and tear up your music and witness the performance of a diet plans, Abu Dhabi Gourmet is back for its 2010 legendary orchestra first-hand. edition. Back to entice you with scrumptious feasts and gala dinners. What’s more is that you will get a chance to participate in the most sought-after Bride Show 2010 ADNEC, Feb 10-13 masterclasses from the best in the field. Featuring some of the finest cuisines, best vintages Gentlemen beware; its going to get pretty hectic... and grandiose experiences, Gourmet Abu Dhabi is a bride show is in town! Bride Show Abu Dhabi 2010 set to unleash a rapturous assault on your taste buds. promises to be every bride’s dream wedding and As always, it will ignite your passion for fine food fashion event. From wedding dresses, eveningwear, and distinguished hospitality. One of the celebrity abayas and sheilas to fashion accessories, beauty chefs highlighting the event will be Food Network’s products, jewellery, photography, and flowers. It’s all very own ‘Glutton for Punishment’, the hilarious, Bob here! What’s more is that it even offers exciting Blumer. Don’t be surprised if he seems a little ‘flip- honeymoon destinations (so guys don’t feel left out), pant’. In 2008, Blumer set a world record by flipping venues around the capital, and delectable wedding 559 pancakes in 1 hour at the Calgary Stampede. So cakes to choose from for your big day! Get a taste of we say he’s a professional! For a complete list of Abu what your wedding should feel like before spending Dhabi Gourmet dates you need to mark on your the big bucks on any of it. diet calendar, visit: Note: Entrance fee of Dh 10 Log on to Bride for some must-have professional wedding day tips. 5
  5. 5. GRAFIKA Ethnic Panache! Grafika is a UAE based fashion boutique in Al Wahda Mall which houses renowned international designerwear gowns, dresses and tunics. Whether you prefer Arshy’s traditional designs, Royal Rick Shaw’s bold patterns, Mahin Hussain’s signature handbags, Anchal’s seasonal dresses, or Najibah’s vibrant hues, Grafika has something for every classy sophisticate who wishes to stand out in a crowd. Established in 2004, this boutique sells only one piece of every design and colour. It also sells bejeweled accessories like shoes, handbags, mobile cases and card holders too! They have a small but meaningful selection of designer bling on display. So if you are searching for the ‘one-of-a-kind’ fashion accessory or eveningwear which is meant for you, step in their store. New Service Chateau de Sable from VKool Quality Clothes for Tots This franchise has gained immense popularity in the field of glass filming, tinting and significantly reducing solar heat build-up. Recently it has introduced a new service for its customers in the Emirates: Rust proofing cars against the elements. If you have witnessed last year’s winter rains and the flooding that followed, you already know why rust proofing is important. Head to their franchise for more information or call: 800 – VKOOL Argentovivo Beautiful, Inside and Out! Looking for classy, elegant Italian lingerie, Taking its name from the French term for sandcastles, Chateau homewear, corsetry and beachwear? Search no de Sable is an international children’s wear brand for 12 to14 year more! Argentovivo has launched its collection of olds which has launched its UAE based franchise in Al Wahda women’s essentials in Abu Dhabi through their Mall this January. It carries a wide selection of products for both new outlet in Marina Mall. This bright and cleverly girls and boys for all seasons such as dresses, nightwear, romper designed retail outlet projects a multi-sensorial suits, skirts, tops, sweaters, jackets and various other accessories. experience through use of mirrors and music. Because of all the attention they pay to details, Chateau de Sable You’ll know what we are talking about when you products are made from lightweight fabrics like linen and natural pay them a visit. Coming back to the collection, wool imported from France and other European countries. There it is truly inspired. Practical, sophisticated is no demarcation for girls and boys, all products are displayed by and subtle without being garish or trashy, as colour palette which mostly consists of light blues, lilacs, greens, sometimes unimaginatively designed lingerie the ‘oh-so-adorable’ pinks and whites too! Disclaimer: Visiting this can be! To treat the strong, sensual and refined shop may result in excessive cooing. woman in you, pay AV a visit. 6 Tempo February 2010
  6. 6. Lifestyle The holiday season is over and sunny days are back. So it’s time to redecorate and enliven your surroundings with new knick-knacks. Do away with the neutral colours and morbid blacks! Introduce your living room to vibrant hues of the season because sometimes add- ing a small piece of furniture or home decor ornament is all it takes to refresh the appearance of a room. However, we also know that monthly budgets are still tight, so here are a few affordable ways to add a different touch to your living space, courtesy of The One. Magino Yellow stool MEDUSA Mirror PALOM Wall lamp CANVAS Reverie D ange HARLEY side table Mirror 7
  7. 7. My Fave Recipe Machboos Salma Abdullah of UAE shares her fave recipe with us this month: “Machboos is a traditional Arabian chicken and rice dish which is very popular in the Middle East and eaten in most Emirati homes. When I was young, I helped my mother in making it and now that I have a family of my own, I make this dish for them. My sons like it very much.” Ingredients: 2 cups rice A Whole Chicken Onions, tomatoes and potatoes Spices (black & red pepper, turmeric, cinnamon, and cloves) 4. Add chicken pieces into the cooked tomato Chicken stock cube and onion puree. Dried lemon 5. Mix the spices and add them to the pan 4 cups water along with chicken stock cubes. Salt (to taste) 6. Keep stirring to allow the spices to be 2 tablespoons of oil absorbed into the chicken pieces. 7. Add some water and some dried lemons to enrich flavours. 8. Cover pan well and cook for 30-40 minutes. 9. Add chopped potatoes to the pan and cook for about 15 minutes. 10. Then add rice and cook till it boils. Make Method: sure for every two cups of rice you add four to five cups of water only. 1. Begin by washing the chicken and cut it into small 11. When the rice boils, cook on low heat pieces. for about 20 minutes till all the water has 2. Chop onions, potatoes and tomatoes into small pieces. evaporated. 3. Heat some oil in a pan, fry onions till light brown then 12. Garnish with fresh lemons and enjoy it add chopped tomatoes. with friends and family. 8 Tempo February 2010
  8. 8. City bites BAKE SALE What better way to say ‘I love you’ than with a Feed ing Finz-y! box of 2 dozen Red Velvet Cupcakes... PartiPerfect is having a ‘Valentine Bake Sale’ on Thursday, February 11th from 9.00am till No tips for guessing what Finz restaurant specializes in but not many 6.00pm.They will be featuring a range of know that Finz is the first of its kind in terms of its unique all-wooden beautifully decorated heart shaped cookies, shortbread heart shaped cookies, in addition architecture and design which extends from the marine jetty right into to an array of cute cupcakes, red velvet the Arabian Gulf! Surprisingly enough they are well equipped to serve coconut cakes, banoffee pies, cinnamon anything from a simple to Wok to a mouth-watering Tandoori. streusel coffee cakes, and rich heart shaped Although strictly an ala carte restaurant; Finz does offer a special chocolate cakes...sweet! Also, they will also menu if you plan to visit with large party of people. No need to stay be taking dessert orders during the bake sale for February 14th. They definitely promise a away if you are a vegan, this stylish restaurant caters to your unique sweet ending to your special night! needs too! The atmosphere is alluring and relaxing to say the least. Two private dining rooms are available for intimate dinners Location: On Khaleej Al Arabi (30th St) and Al Falah (9th St), Villa 262/2 (in the same vicinity (Valentine’s Day hint!) and if that’s not enough you can dine in an al as the British Vet Clinic and Salwa Zeidan fresco terrace with a sea view that takes your breath away. A meal Gallery). for two can cost approximately Dh 600 which is worth it when you are trying to win a special someone’s heart or celebrating a CoffeeCafé meaningful occasion! No high-sounding, difficult-to-pronounce, impossible-to-spell, mind-bogglingly-exotic name was chosen for Carrefour’s café in Delma Mall (Musaffah). Simply called, “Coffee Café” this coffee , shop is modest and cosy in its style and appearance. The food however, comes as a tasty surprise from what one expects. They have croissants, pastries, chicken and zaatar wraps, bagels, sandwiches and pizzas too! Refreshing beverages are available as well. From the usual coffee, espresso, latte to the healthier, seasonal fruit juice, take a break from all that shopping and try out their eclectic menu; something is bound to strike your fancy (or your stomach’s fancy, to be precise) and you will be hooked for life. 9
  9. 9. MyABU DHABI What’s that funny smell? As a long term resident of Abu Dhabi, I’ve lived in a few more unpleasant smells. This is wonderful news. It’s buildings and found that there is a problem with bad such a shame that it is not possible to retrofit old indoor smells. Some of my friends and coworkers have buildings with new plumbing, because many old also said the same thing about their apartments. buildings have such great character, but I am looking Perhaps it is a problem that only exists in older buildings, forward to new buildings with good plumbing, and but what I usually do is to cover the smell with air nicer smells :) fresheners (my Arab neighbor says she uses ‘bakhoor’ Claire. Flat 705. A nice building on Hamdan St. ). I have called professional help a few times, and I’ve been told that the problem is caused by poor plumbing in buildings. They’ve explained to me that these unpleasant smells are caused by backflow and locked-in moisture, which leads to moulds and mildew. And I’ve found out that moulds and mildew can affect respiration, especially among sensitive or asthmatic people, and might even trigger allergy symptoms even in people who don’t have allergies. The good news (my fiancé is a practicing engineer and has told me this) is that the introduction of new building codes for Abu Dhabi will also cover the issue of plumbing in all new construction—not just structural, health and safety aspects, but also plumbing. Efficient plumbing is an important issue for all of us as it will not only ensure that water--and sewage I suppose-- is properly routed in (for water) and out (water and sewage) of your apartment, but that there will be no Five Reasons You Should Definitely Go See the White Lions in Al Ain Zoo: 1. The 18-month-old lions were a gift to the Al Ain Zoo 5. Due to their rarity, white lions were removed from their from the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve in South Africa. natural habitat and sent to captive breeding/hunting They were flown in by passenger plane from South programmes as well as zoos and circuses (most famously Africa, and the park has named them “conservation the Siegfried and Roy's magic act in Las Vegas). In captivity, ambassadors.” white lions can be found in various zoos in South Africa 2. Despite being recorded (or so it is rumoured) from as and the USA, also at wildlife centres in South Africa where early as 1927 in the Kruger National Park, South Africa, research and breeding are conducted. Now Al Ain Zoo is the world became aware of white lions in the 70's supporting their preservation, and they’re right here when two were photographed in the South African for all of us to see. game reserve of Timbavati. 3. The lion is believed to be extinct with only a few white lions in captivity. There are believed to have been 450,000 lions in the wild 50 years ago, but the number has gone down to a paltry 20,000. 4. White lions are the offspring of two lions who both carry the "autosomal recessive gene". Interestingly it doesn't mean all their cubs will be white. A white female can't produce white cubs unless the male she mates with a lion that also carries the recessive gene (and vice versa). 10
  10. 10. homesmart home Reader's Everyone has something they do better than anyone else. You Tips have the brag rights and Tempo is giving you the space! So send us your helpful tips and tricks to making life simpler and richer. Just make sure its all original and all you. Send us your tips: “This is a linen whitening tip I learned from my Grandma. All you have to do is boil a large pot of water with a few lemon slices. Soak linens for about an hour. Remove, and launder.” Kavita M und “To unscrew bottles caps, I “I hate it when butter slides aro use a rubber glove or bottle the butter dish. To keep this from nch gripper if I am at home. If I am happening during my Friday bru in the office or outside, I wra p gatherings, I run hot tap water over a rubber band around the ter cap the dish, dry it off, place the but to get a firm grip on it. Thi pop it into the s is on the dish and so much better than hunting and down a man to do the job refrigerator. The butter melts first .” then freezes at the base.” Emma C. Ronnie Kendrik Product: Tempo PO TEMICE Lesieur Su nflower Oi l 3L Tip! R PHECKER Descriptio C n Amt g When pouring boilin Carrefour water in a glass or Dh 33.90 n mug place a teaspoo Cooperativ e inside. It wi ll prevent Dh 28.50 Emirates Ge cracking. Don't ask us neral Mark et Dh 28.00 why it works, but it does! 11
  11. 11. PEOPLE METER People Meter is an offbeat way to learn more about our community and its people, who come from different backgrounds, cultures and walks of life. MeetYOUR YO NEIGHBOUR Connie Lumucso Connie (centre) with her son, Salem and daughter, Nadia Meet Connie Lumucso, a compassionate Eman Balfaqih Mohd. Saad Zaghloul Abu Dhabi resident who works for an Yemeni American Egyptian engineering firm. Student Software Sales Manager “I came to Abu Dhabi in 1987 and even though it wasn’t easy I built a life here with What first word comes to your mind when I say: my kids. I have a son and daughter, both of whom were born in Abu Dhabi so this place is home to them. Me too but... oh I don’t know, I do thank God for where I am now Change Life Change Obama but at some point I would like to go back to Belief Religion Belief God Philippines, back to my roots. Star Sky Star Venus “In the last 10 years this city has changed so Smell Flowers Smell Lavender much. The buildings definitely look modern Fragile Newborns Fragile Republicans but it doesn’t feel the same anymore. I remember when buildings were designed Melody Music Melody Tunes with balconies and you’d see people sitting Round Circle Round Fat in them, enjoying a cool breeze and someone would be hanging clothes or just observing Date Memory Date Romance people passing by. I think people lived a Space Balloon Space Out there more relaxed life earlier. Of course I still love the fact that Abu Dhabi is so safe. Joy Children Joy My cat Cold Ice Cold My ex “I was looking to contribute to a worthy cause and two years ago, I found it. I joined Twilight Edward Cullen Twilight Jumeirah Beach Piebl which is basically a humanitarian Royal King Royal Emirates organization which promotes charitable causes by organizing basketball tournaments in Al Jazira Club every Friday. The tickets cost QuickQuestions Dh 5 but for me, it’s not just about charity, it’s about having a good time with family. “I have made many unforgettable memories here. In Ramadan we helped out some less 1) What is your dream job? wake up early in the morning to go privileged families by buying them to work? I hate them! I like people groceries, and then there was the trip to Saad: To be the CEO of Elevation that wake up early in the morning Tawaam Cancer Hospital to deliver goodies Systems & Software LLC. to kids. It is a tiring task as I already have a to go to WAR and spill the blood of day job but when I see a smile on someone’s Eman: I wish to be an our market competitors! Environmentalist. face or I hear heartfelt words like “Thank you” , Eman: Life is like an ice cream, it makes all our efforts worth it!” 2) Your motto in life: Enjoy it well before it melts! Saad: Do you know people that 12 Tempo February 2010
  12. 12. Making a Each of us can in his, or her, own way make a difference in our world. Sometimes this can be a simple gesture, and sometimes it is a kind word. This page is dedicated to the hero that resides in each and every one of us, and to the sharing of great news that will make our planet a better place for us all. MALL Download Abu Dhabi Tempo’s 40 ways to Save the Planet Screensaver and Calendar from LIBRARY HEROES OF UAE A children’s library is all set to open in Abu Dhabi Mall with the joint efforts of Kitab and ADACH. As the 20th Abu Dhabi This campaign was launched in Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) draws near to raise environmental awareness and (scheduled between 2- 7 March), the organizers educate residents about energy have unveiled plans to attract kids towards conservation. The campaign’s main goal was to reading books and expose them to a wide range of reading choices. In addition to the educate children and younsters on how to use the planet’s mall library, five mobile libraries will also be limited resources prudently. We were piqued, so we decided launched within the emirate this year. to check out their website and interestingly enough, it does grab the attention of school going kids as it informs them “This new initiative will bring children’s books on the effects of over-consumption and the solution to the closer to every child and parent across the emirate, while creating opportunities for problem by altering everyday habits. It carries latest publishers to meet the increasing demand for enviro-news and eco-facts about UAE. There were some quality children’s books and literature in Abu handy device installations for adults as well. Just ask your Dhabi and across the region,” says His kids to log on the website, choose from Energy Hero, Water Excellency Jumaa Al Qubaisi, Director of the Hero or School Hero and they will be well on their way National Library and the Abu Dhabi towards eco-awareness. Be warned though, you might have International Book Fair. to get your act together otherwise the ‘Heroes of UAE’ will So, for those of you with a passion for books, banish you from their kingdom! Abu Dhabi Mall in March is the right place to be! Visit: Tempo’s HelpingHand (aka ‘the Rahma briga de’) EcoVote! Educating children is the key to a happier future which is why Kitchen applia energy-efficien nces have an children in Africa need your help, and they need it NOW! Another initiative from Volunteer in Abu Dhabi, this time buying one, co cy rating. If you’re around they are collecting laptops. Some bright young minds on which is th nsult your supplier are keen to finish their education but as we all know (through efficient. Neede most energy experience; good or bad I will not say) that finishing homework It can save yo more incentive? assignments is imperitive to the learning experience. So if you monthly utilitu Dh 200 in have one lying around and it is virus free, equiped with a modem y bills. and wordprocessor then contact Ryan Rowe via the 'Volunteer in Abu Dhabi' facebook group. Making a Difference is a celebration of good people and good deeds. Please share with us your ideas, activities and community ‘public-good ‘ stories. Send them to 13
  13. 13. handyhelper handyhelper Happy PAINTING Valentine’s A WALL Painting a room dramatically changes its Day Rituals around the World whole appearance. So if you wish to redecorate a room in your home or simply want to give it South Africa: Women pin the name of their a fresh look and don’t have millions of bucks to crush on their sleeves for all the world to see. spare, try painting the main wall. One problem Funnily enough, sometimes men discover that many amateur painters encounter when they are desired by an admirer on February 14th itself as they read their name on a lady's painting their walls is streaks. Tempo gives sleeve. This custom is called Lupercalia and is you a few handy tips on how not to end up actually an ancient Roman tradition which is with walls that might look like they belong in still practiced in South Africa. Picasso’s nightmare. Mexico: Men and women exchange red Step 1: Roll your paint roller evenly in the paint dish with flowers, red balloons, basically anything red decent coverage. Make sure you drain off excess paint from the roller into the grid in the paint tray before you and heart-shaped. This gift-giving is an place it on the wall. expression of love and prosperity. Brazil: Since they don't celebrate Valentine's Step 2: Visualize a 3x3 inch box on the wall you are about Day on February 14th, Brazilians wait for June to paint. Remember to adjust the size of the imaginary 12th to celebrate Dia dos Namorados ("the box according to the size of your roller. This is the area day of lovers"). All single women jot down the inside which you will move the roller. Place the roller Keep this information handy for your own good. Cut out and paste on your fridge names of their crushes on a piece of paper the sideways in the top left corner of your imaginary box. You night before and on the big day they open it will be painting the area side to side. up to determine who they should marry. Couples on the other hand are free to Step 3: Go from the left side to the right side of the box, exchange gifts like flowers and chocolates making a zigzag motion while rolling the paint in your openly. imaginary box on the wall. Begin overlapping strokes, about 1/2 inch to 1 inch. Continue till the end of the box. Japan: Efficient and precise as always, the Once at the bottom, continue to zigzag back to the top. Japanese have devised a colour coordinated method to express love. Women give dark Step 4: Next, place the roller in the top right corner of the chocolates to their partners on February 14th. box vertically. Paint the wall with the same zigzag motion Men return the favor a month later on 'White you used in the previous step. Only this time you will be Day' (March 14th) by handing out white painting from top to bottom, overlapping your previous chocolates and jewelry to the women they stroke as you shift towards the side. Once love and admire. you get to the end of your box, go back in the opposite direction. Vietnam: Couples wear clothes of the same colour to profess their fondness of each other. Step 5: Move to the next Go ahead, try it this year. It sounds fun! Do click area (beside the one you just pictures and share your experience with us. painted) and repeat each of the above steps for the next Spain: Only people in love exchange presents. imaginary box. Friends or family members do not exchange gifts at all. If you think being single in Abu Dhabi is bad, think again! 14 10 Tempo February 2010
  14. 14. OFFICE BITES The workplace is such a hectic environment these days that we hardly give any thought to what we consume before and during office hours. Most us work on default mode and try grabbing what’s convenient, cheap, and tasty. And when we do think twice about food, it’s usually in the context of weight loss rather than improving our cognitive functioning and energy levels. Here are a few easy rules to follow in order to improve eating habits at work: Strike A Balance The five basic food groups that must be covered by any meal are: proteins, carbohydrates, fats, fiber and vitamins. Eat Smaller Amounts but More Frequently Research suggests that meals with more protein and fats To maintain energy and performance levels, the last are associated with better-sustained attention, focus, and thing you need is a three-course lunch. If you’re working concentration. While meals that have higher carbohydrate late, big dinners are also a definite no-no. Too much food content seem to have positive effects over short term - even if it’s well balanced - is going to make you drowsy memory. because it introduces excess amounts of glucose in the body at once. Remember: five to six small meals a day is Don’t Neglect Carbs better than three square meals. Good carbs such as fruit, vegetables, and brown rice help maintain the brain’s supply of fuel which it needs to The Rule of Hand function effectively. So if you wish to remain attentive and Your hand is a highly sophisticated tool for measuring sharp, eat a healthy amount of carbs in your meals. Don’t appropriate food amounts for your body type. The fist is over-eat though, because too much carbs can make you the size of the carbs fit for intake during one meal; the feel lethargic and drowsy. Needless to say, the last thing palm is the size of the protein. When you make an OK you want to do at work is doze off! sign with the thumb and index finger, that’s how much fat you should consume. Then open your hand wide, and Pack in the Protein that’s the amount of fruits and vegetables you should be Proteins such as meat, fish, dairy products, eggs, and nuts eating. It is so simple and quite literally, handy! slow the absorption of glucose so your brain gets a long and steady flow of fuel. This helps you to sustain energy and enhances your mood and memory. Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs contain amino-acids which help produce the neurotransmitters that keep us alert, energetic, and Time Management Tip # 5* zesty. Pay attention to your body rhythm. Capitalize on The Good Fat your most productive peaks. If you are a morning Omega-3 fatty acids are good for your heart and they’re person, tend to your most challenging tasks in great brain food, too. The fats found in salmon, walnuts, the morning, or if you’re an afternoon person, and kiwi improve learning and memory and help fight use your morning time for more mundane, less against mental disorders like depression, schizophrenia, mental-intensive work. and dementia. So if you wish to retain a part of your sanity * Part 5 of a 12 issue series for retirement days, Omega 3 is the way to go! 15
  15. 15. KICKING Find out your Body Mass Index Today! BMI stands for Body Mass Index or simply put, it is an index However, recent studies do suggest the Body Fat which informs you if your weight is proportionate to your Percentage calculations are more accurate as they account height. By knowing your BMI you’ll have a better idea of for muscular weight as well. This makes them more precise where you stand in terms of your physical fitness, and you’ll for determining fitness levels for athletes and bodybuilders be able to set more realistic goals. Discovered in the 1980s, who carry more muscle than fat. Regardless, the first step BMI has since been a basis for judging appropriate fitness towards improving your body shape is to access which rung levels by trainers. of the exercise ladder you are on by calculating your BMI. How to calculate your BMI Step 1: This step quite literally requires you to step on a Interpreting The Results weighing scale and make note of your weight in kilograms. Safe Zone: In between 18.5 to 24.9 is normal. If your BMI is 18.4 or lower, it means you’re underweight Step 2: Stand ram-rod straight against a wall and have a and need to eat more. On the other hand, if your BMI is friend measure your height. If required, bribe the friend higher than 25, it means you’re overweight. If it’s even with chocolates to not reveal it in public. higher than 30, it means you’re obese and therefore, need to take measures to be fit again. Step 3: Once you have these two measurements, substitute Calculating your BMI can help you gauge your fitness. Keep the values in the following formula: in mind, though, that BMI is only a guide and not the ultimate basis for physical health. What really matters is BMI = (weight in kilograms) divided by (height in meters x what you do with the results and whether you begin height in meters) developing healthy eating habits along with regular exercise to improve your physical well-being. HEALTHBEAT By Dr. Max Sawaf Brain Toxic Habits There's nothing like the New Year or Brain Laziness liver which is the waste management even the start of a new month to Lack of exercise and muscle mass factory responsible to protect your motivate us into adopting better affects circulation to the brain and body and your brain from health habits. What's bad for your promotes residual toxic waste in the unavoidable toxins. brain is bad for your overall health brain. Decrease TV watching and and with the amount of new computer games in favor of reading Polluting Your Brain knowledge increasing exponentially, interesting books and being around Keep the AC in your car on " air who needs this avoidable liability? intellectually stimulating people. circulation" mode to avoid inhaling Here are some brain toxic habits exhaust fumes. Avoid dental fillers to avoid: High Consumption of with mercury. Avoid large fish from Neurotoxins: polluted waters. Avoid food with No Breakfast Almost all edible products contain pesticides, leaded fuel, paints, inks, preservative like the flavour- or dyes. People who do not take breakfast are enhancer, monosodium going to have a lower blood sugar Sleep Deprivation glutamate (MSG) and the highly level. Avoid white sugar, juices, potent sweetening agent, Aspartame. Sleep allows our brain to rest and the croissant and white bread. Choose These substances can lead to dyslexia, brain battery to recharge. Long term instead eggs, smoked salmon, low brain tumors, depression, chronic deprivation from sleep will accelerate fat yougurt or cheese, and high fibre pain and paranoia. Avoid alcohol and the death of brain cells. cereals, along with a cup of coffee cigarette abuse. They also affect your or tea. 16 Tempo February 2010
  16. 16. THE Eh T Bic A with A Win! Young, inspired and vibrant - you don't want to miss DJ Natalie! After playing in the biggest and best venues of Manchester and Ibiza, she comes to the capital with a great selection of house music. 5 pairs of Envirosax bags! Her music is influenced heavily by her father and The Prize: Envirosax designer reusable bags are his favourite bands, such as Massive Attack, Bowie spreading the eco-friendly message with style! Courtesy of Ekotribe, these eco-friendly shopping and Kate Bush. She says, “Without him, I would never bags carry the message of re-use to a world ready to have loved Music as much as I do.” embrace a brighter ecological future. She was drawn to the edges of the music scene, Features: trying her hand as a DJ from a very early age. Her • An Envirosax bag is 19.5” by 16.5” . work includes mainly funky house and vocal electro • It folds up to the size of a piece of sushi, 4” by 1.5” and she is moving towards some techno-house. diameter. When asked about being one of the few female DJs • It weighs just 1.4 ozs and can quite comfortably in the capital, she told Tempo: hold two plastic grocery bags of shopping. "I think it is much more difficult for females to prove How green are the bags: themselves in such a male orientated scene. I’ve • Printing - The inks and dyes used in the printing of been pretty lucky up to now." the polyester graphic series bags are eco-friendly and NO carcinogenic amides are used. Sublimation Rumour has it that the platinum list of DJ MAG ensures that the bags will not fade when washed. Middle East has her as the only female in their • Washing the bags - The washing instructions are printed on each bag. NOT using a washing machine top 10 this February! As resident DJ to one of Abu will lower your ecological footprint and also increase Dhabi's newest fashionable hotspots: Chameleon the longevity of your reusable bag. at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, we are lucky she brings her talent to the nightlife here. How to Win Simply answer the question: How many plastic bags Head-turning looks coupled with effortless style and of shopping can one Envirosax bag hold? people skills par excellence, Send in your answers along with your name and Natalie Brogan is bound to mobile number to leave an impression. with Envirosax Contest in the subject line. CONGRATULATIONS Winners of USB Cell Contest Taufeeq Ali • Maged Ibrahim • Osama Belal Obeidat • Gladwin • Hamza 17
  17. 17. My Style Tempo spots fashionable and smart dressers Jacket: Zara Dh 350 approx around the city. SPOTTING... Name: Shirt: Massimo Dutti Nevine Albert Ezzat Dh 200 approx. Born: May 1, 1961 Nationality: Egyptian What do you do (work)? Director of Public Relations and Communications, Millennium Hotel, Abu Dhabi Trousers: G2000 Dh 50 Your most valued fashion possessions? Shoes The One Thing I Regret Buying: Dresses and Skirts The One Thing I Dream of Buying: OUR FASHION A very elegant and sophisticated night Shoes: Nine West EXPERT SAYS: Dh185 dress Classical pieces that have a Style inspiration: timeless quality. Well done! The colours are neutral, and Elegant all the way with a wardrobe palette like that you should have My Style Philosophy: no problems mixing and Simple and chic matching. Would you like to be featured on My Style Blueprint? If you do contact: 026673349, 18 Tempo February 2010
  18. 18. TrendSETTER With the exception of Lady Gaga, celebs are reportedly paying hairdressers the big bucks for styling their locks to accentuate their 2010 look. Surely ON ! most fashion conscious stars are eyeing the ‘Style Icon of the Year’ status but Off without the right head gear even the best hair style can look like a Hats radioactive afro about to explode. Fear not! Tempo’s fashion squad has contained the situation and rounded up the best caps for you. For Her Aldo Nasino Cap For Her Aldo Pettus Cap For Her Aldo Champine Cap For Him Ed Hardey Boardwalk Fedora For Him Polo Ralph Lauren Dual Match Cap For Him Polo Ralph Lauren Newsboy Cap 19
  19. 19. On Arablish By Rantan Rave A Woeful Situation and Heavy Blood Arabic can be fun and funny when translated literally into other languages. A Western friend asked me to explain the phrase “haltak hallah” (something told to him by an Arab man). I answered that “hallah” (that’s with a strong ‘h’) translates to “situation” So the phrase translates to . “Your situation is a situation.” (Huh???) Well, it is more of an assertion, a reiteration. “Your situation IS definitely a situation” . Not easy to explain but makes total sense if you’re an Arab. My friend also asked me about a colleague at work who, whenever exasperated, would cry out loud: “roh ballat al bahr.” The literal meaning of this is ‘go pave the sea’ i.e. go do the impossible. Cool Air in If said casually this could be close to “go catch a fish” but if uttered in anger, could Chilly Climes be more like: “get the hell out of here.” Dileep from Sharjah sent us an email My beef this month is about air conditioning. Heellllo! It’s 'winter' asking “My boss always tells me ‘damak in the UAE, and ACs in some buildings are still in full blast!! We all thakeel’ – should I be upset?” Literally, know that air conditioning is as essential in this part of the world Dileep, it means “your blood is heavy” and as the air we breathe, and virtually everyone has an opinion about normally this phrase describes someone air conditioning--whether you see it as a necessary evil or an who is dull, slow or just unpleasant. But indispensable good. But make no mistake: right now how he says conveys real meaning. If said temperatures are so cool that your AC should be on official casually, it could just be a humorous jab. sabbatical. The problem is that we are all severely programmed to Indeed, in some Arabic cultures “damak turn on the air conditioning--a knee jerk reaction to be sure-- even thakeel” is sometimes said to a baby as a when the weather is cool! Case in point: all those shopping malls, teasing endearment, kind of like “you little office buildings and restaurants that are still blasting frigid air, rascal, you.” only because no one took the time to inform maintenance to turn down the thermostat a couple of notches. If you are a language enthusiast check out It is an interesting I am convinced that the biggest contributor to our carbon website, still in beta phase, that was footprint is the wanton use/ abuse of air conditioning. How can developed by Habib Hadad, a Lebanese we change our behaviour, you ask? Well, I say it begins with entrepreneur who cofounded INLET taking the time to regulate and adjust your thermostat, daily. International Network of Lebanese Think about your behavior at home. Are you donning thick Entrepreneurs and Technologists). Yamli. clothing indoors when you could take off a layer or two and notch com offers a smart Arabic keyboard that down the AC or turn it off altogether? How about unused rooms allows you to spell out an Arabic word of your house; are you using the AC unnecessarily when all you the way you would pronounce it. Yamli need (at this time of the year) is a bit of natural aeration, such converts whatever you write using English as a window cracked open, to circulate air and stave off mold? letters to the corresponding Arabic word, Folks, the bottom line, like it or not, is that it is winter in the UAE, in real-time. Hard to explain, but definitely and these temperatures, thankfully, are going to be with us for a something there. Check it out. while. So embrace the natural cool and leave your trusted AC for a blistering day! We want to hear from you. Send your comments to Do you agree? Send us your comments: 20 Tempo February 2010
  20. 20. F NABOUNGIFE UN YTHI T L Getting a taxi is next to impossible these days! I don’t mind waiting, at least not in the winter months, but what really gets on my nerves is when people who have just arrived at the bus stop hail a cab which has stopped for me. I have had my fair share of squabbles with complete strangers because of such behavior. However things really get out of hand when a female is involved. Men can’t argue with them nor make them see reason. Courtesy dictates for men to act like gentlemen but it sounds like asking for too much. Especially when we are late for meetings or interview appointments! Recently, I took a stand on the matter and refused to give up my cab to a lady younger than myself. She made such a scene! I was forced to step back STOP because of which I missed an important meeting with international clients. Salem Abdullah What would you do if something like this happened to you? Would Over to You you give up your taxi or argue for it and how do you think this problem can be resolved? “I believe that authorities should introduce the queuing system for all taxi stops. This way no one would fight over who got there first and who deserves the ride.” Robin “This has happened to me but as a female I can definitely vouch for the fact that men are not always this courteous! I have been bumped out of a taxi or two after some man refused to budge from the front seat. I have no choice but to call cabs to ensure that I get one.” Magen T. “My suggestion to the guys is that they should stop being such pushovers and maybe if there were queues such a problem wouldn’t be there in the first place.” Mohammed Baqar “This happens to me everyday! It’s a common problem in Abu Dhabi. I think the authorities are increasing the number of taxis as almost everyone I know has been complaining about this for quite sometime. Frankly speaking, my advice is: Take the bus!” Hammad Badar Send your stories to 21
  21. 21. CultureTalk Riding the Waves Traditional dhows are indeed a widely recognized be seen in ports and harbours around the Emirates. symbol of Arabian culture. The word - 'dhow' It has a distinctive concave profile, high at the stern conjures up a clear image of proud Arabian and low towards the bow with a jutting prow. ancestry and heritage. A powerful link to the past, dhows were primary means of sea travel and trade A less familiar shape for city dwellers is that of the for pearl divers, fishermen, and merchants. All Boum. Usually sailing in lower Gulf than in seafaring adventurers, not meant for dry land. Northern waters its tapered stern it is symmetrical has an imposingly tall prow often Traditional ship builders still rely on dhows for used by divers as a diving board! They have a transportation of goods and services as Karim, a higher tonnage than Shu'ai (400 tons at times) and fish merchant, explains, "The basic design of the are longer too - often more than 35 metres. Arabian wooden dhows is more sound than that of these fancy new boats. I just commissioned A less curvy form of dhow is Jailbut which has a another wooden dhow today! The only change I rectangular profile so it can carry a larger sail. Aptly made is I had them add a navigation system to the designed for racing, these boats slice through the new one." winds with graceful ease. Classification of Dhows A true testament to the durability of these dhows Shu'ai is the most commonly used work-boat for is that you can still spot a few on display along the fishing and trading on inshore waters. With lengths Corniche shores, while others have been converted of ranging from five metres to an impressive 15 to floating restaurants which entertain tourists and metres or more, Shu'ai of all shapes and sizes can residents alike. MA ROUN SNAPSHOT CULTURAL D T RO HE WISDOM F Vietnamese parents may often be called by their oldest child’s WORLD name as a sign of respect to the mother and father since they are old enough and responsible Even though you know a thousand things, ask the man enough to have children of who knows one. their own. Turkish Proverb 22 Tempo February 2010
  22. 22. Trend-spotting Abu Dhabi online MOVIE Welcome to Web Watch - your monthly guide to the online buzz about Abu Dhabi. What was tweeted about WATCH Abu Dhabi? What caught bloggers' attention? Which videos of our city made it to the top? Dear John Send us your Abu Dhabi links at Releasing Feb 5: Starring Channing Tatum as a young TubeWatch soldier and Amanda Seyfried as a college student, this story is about two lovers torn apart by American Chopper: Abu Dhabi Police Bike the consequences of war. OCC builds a bike as a tribute to the U.A.E.'s Abu Dhabi Police From Paris with Love force. Releasing Feb 5: John Travolta and Jonathan Rhys Meyers play lice-bike.html two CIA agents caught amidst a Parisian underworld fight. UFC 112: MARSHALL ZELAZNIK talks about Abu Dhabi's fighting Travolta plays a trigger-happy venue special agent. A Broken Arrow revival perhaps? Either ways, you don’t want to miss seeing Jonh at what he does best! The Wolfman BlogWatch Releasing Feb 12: Roll call please - Anthony Hopkins, Benicio Del Toro and Emily “This week I'm witnessing Abu Dhabi's nascent green Blunt. The story follows a man transformation at the third energy summit hosted by who was bitten by a werewolf Masdar.” and must now confront his true animalistic nature. Dean Bill Chameides, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University Valentine’s Day Releasing Feb 14 (big surprise there): Ashton Kutcher, Julia "Eight of the Top 14 players in the World Ranking are Roberts, Anne Hathaway, teeing it up in the United Arab Emirates at the Abu Dhabi Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Golf Championship." Jennifer Garner, Shirley McLaine, Bradley Cooper, Topher Grace, Emma Roberts, Hector Elizondo, Carter Jenkins, TweetWatch Queen Latifah, Jamie Foxx and Taylor Lautner are in this movie. Do you really need a preview @hubculture Cape Town and Abu Dhabi - new of the story? Repeat after us: Must-Go-Watch! arrivals to 2010 Zeitgeist Ranking @nikkington I want one of the sparkly sofas that are in Shutter Island the lobby of the Fairmont in Abu Dhabi Releasing Feb 19: Martin Scorsese directs this tale of two @lee_becker Staying up till 6am = OUCH! / Going to U.S. marshals, Teddy Daniels watch day 1 of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship live = (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo), who are EASY RECOVERY! summoned to a remote island to investigate the disappearance of an insane murderess. Farrukh Naeem is a freelance copywriter and digital strategist. He is the most followed Tweeter in Abu Dhabi and blogs at 23 Tempo January 2010
  23. 23. Lifecoach Anger Management By Samantha Davis Most of us know (from experience, I might Timeout: Allowing time for your temper to diffuse is the best solution to keep you from setting out on a killing add) that controlling one's temper is no walk spree in broad daylight! As the experts say, count to 10 in the park. It is a daunting task, especially and let it go! Practise relaxation techniques like when the other person has rubbed you the meditation and yoga. In the long run, they really help! wrong way, pushed all your buttons and set My Space: Get some space between yourself and the the nerves in your temples throbbing out of other person so you have room to vent out your control! My suggestion is to just breathe... frustrations. If you still can't contain your anger, count relax and read these tips to get your mind off longer, go to 20. the negative thoughts and back in Express Anger: Yes, you've read it correctly. No, it does 'happy-land': not mean we are green-lighting your attempts to harm the other person in any way. It just means that you should try and sort out the issue by conversing with the other party in a calm manner. Explain to them what triggered your response and how to avoid such situations in the future. Think Healthy: Turn the negative into a positive. Step outside for a brisk walk, run, swim, play ball or grab a quick cold drink. Exercising might provide an outlet for the emotional upset. It might assist you in clearing your head. Identify the Problem: Try keeping all your focus on the reason of the conflict in opinion. Otherwise it will just lead to more bickering and name-calling. Discuss. Discuss. Discuss 'I' Statements: Don't play the blame-game. It doesn't really help resolve anything. Use 'I' statements like, "I am upset because you promised to help me with this presentation" instead of, "You should have helped me with this presentation!" Let Go: It is considered bad form to hold a grudge when all has been said and done. Forgiveness helps you more than it helps the other person. Its tells you that you are mature enough to handle your emotions and are in complete control of your temper. Humor Helps: Beware! There is a fine line between humor and sarcasm. While humor can diffuse a potentially explosive situation, sarcasm can set it off like a time-bomb. So choose your words wisely. 24 Tempo February 2010