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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
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BE In f o r m e d!!
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:
Chronic Metabolic disease
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 http://www.haad.ae 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!
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,
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 ;)
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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
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: www.gourmetabudhabi.ae
Note: Entrance fee of Dh 10
Log on to www.thebrideshow.com/AbuDhabi/Tips-for-
Bride for some must-have professional wedding
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.
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
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.
Tempo February 2010
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.
Reverie D ange
side table Mirror
My Fave Recipe
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
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
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.
Tempo February 2010
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.
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).
Reader's Everyone has something they do better than anyone else. You
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
“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.”
“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
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.”
C n Amt
When pouring boilin Carrefour
water in a glass or Dh 33.90
mug place a teaspoo Cooperativ
inside. It wi ll prevent Dh 28.50
cracking. Don't ask us neral Mark
et Dh 28.00
why it works, but
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.
Connie (centre) with her son, Salem and
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
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
Tempo February 2010
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.
Download Abu Dhabi Tempo’s 40 ways to Save the Planet
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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
(aka ‘the Rahma briga
EcoVote! Educating children is the key to a happier future which is why
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 email@example.com
Painting a room dramatically changes its
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.
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!
Tempo February 2010
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*
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!
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
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
Tempo February 2010
Bic A with
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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
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
www.yamli.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you agree? Send us your comments:
Tempo February 2010
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
because of which I missed an
important meeting with
What would you do if something like this happened to you? Would
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.”
“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 email@example.com
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.
Vietnamese parents may often
be called by their oldest child’s
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.
Tempo February 2010
Trend-spotting Abu Dhabi online MOVIE
Welcome to Web Watch - your monthly guide to the
online buzz about Abu Dhabi. What was tweeted about
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
firstname.lastname@example.org Channing Tatum as a young
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
http://tlc.discovery.com/videos/american-chopper-abu-dhabi-po- 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!
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
Dean Bill Chameides, Nicholas School of the
Environment, Duke University
http://www.nicholas.duke.edu/thegreengrok 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,
Jennifer Garner, Shirley
http://www.ottawagolfblog.com 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:
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 CopywriterJournalist.com
Tempo January 2010
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
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.
'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.
Tempo February 2010