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  2. 2. VOLUME 7 | APRIL 1-15, 2010 th e r h y th m o f your city in this issue Hello Abu Dhabi , I'd like to thank all our readers who petitioned us tirelessly to increase the frequency of our magazine, and expand our magazine distribution network. We've done both. We will now come out bi-weekly (every two weeks) and will be available through an expanded chain that has grown to include all 4 Your Say Starbucks in Abu Dhabi, the capital's finest malls including Abu Dhabi Mall, Khalidiya Mall, Raha Mall and Mazyad Mall, not to mention our expanded 5 ShopCall 5 Shop Call reach of hotels, hospitals and businesses. 6 What’s Hot in Abu Dhabi We have also fine tuned our highly popular handy events pull-out as the definitive Abu Dhabi guide of what's happening in the capital. For those of you who prefer your content online be sure to visit www.abudhabitempo. 8 Movie Watch com, a vibrant site full of information resources and community news, and then of course there's also our YouTube site of videos of the most 10 My Abu Dhabi happening events in Abu Dhabi. 11 City Bites Abu Dhabi Tempo is a community magazine, so it's all about you. Write to us about your likes and dislikes, along with your wish list of features you'd like 12 People Meter & Meet your Neighbour to see more of. Write to me personally on bagersh@abudhabitempo.com. We'd like to hear from you. 13 Making a Difference 14 Handy Helper 15 Workitude Media Licence No. 1/105866/24295 Editor: Sana Bagersh, Editorial Coordinator: Kulsoom Zakir, Magazine Designer: Praveen Prabhakaran, Website Designer: Rizwan Pervaiz, Marketing Coordinator: 16 Alive & Kicking Imran Nawaz & Ahmad Al-Dajani, Production Coordinator : Joel Flores Editorial Contributors: Aicha Diop, Samantha Davis and Randy Parker. 17 Beat with Aich Disclaimer: 18 My Style Blueprint Tempo is a publication of BrandMoxie. Although Tempo Magazine does its best to ensure the authenticity and accuracy of its contents, the publisher cannot accept any responsibility for errors, mistakes and inaccuracies. The publisher reserves the rights of 19 On the Beaten Path & Arablish this product and no part of this publication may be reproduced in any form or by any means without the permission of the publisher. 20 On the Beaten Path & Arablish Address: To reach editorial at Abu Dhabi Tempo email: editorial@abudhabitempo.com To reach advertising call 02 6673349 or email: advertising@abudhabitempo.com 21 Funny thing about Life If you need to find out where you can pick up your copy call: 02 6673349 or check out the list of Tempo distribution points on our website. 22 Culture Talk Join us at: www.abudhabitempo.com Would you like to be a www.twitter.com/abudhabitempo community reporter for 23 Um Ayman & Yank in Sand Land www.facebook.com, search for Abu Dhabi Tempo Abu Dhabi Tempo? Email us: www.youtube.com/user/abudhabitempo editorial@abudhabitempo.com www.twitpic.com/photos/abudhabitempo 24 Lifecoach 25 Home Smart To advertise in Abu Dhabi Tempo magazine or the website: www.abudhabitempo.com, call 02 6673349 26 Classifieds 27 Tempo Fun Page Published by: Please recycle this magazine: locations include Spinneys and behind Riyada Clinic.
  3. 3. YourSay Dear Tempo, Last month’s Arablish was spot on! Even though I’m not from an Arab background but having lived in UAE all my life has helped fine tune my senses to the variation in dialects of different Middle Easterners. Filmmakers in the west should take heed of their apparent loopholes in character development. The Peacemaker was another movie full of linguistic errors. George Clooney was wrongly cast in that role! But that’s another story. RAISING THE BAR Heena Majid Education: Teachers who focus on real-life communications skills hold the key to raising standards Dear Tempo, of English in the Emirates, according to a department of Cambridge University. The Al Afaq Model School in Abu I must tell you, as a student, I found AD Tempo Dhabi is one example of how student-centered learning extremely attractive. The layout is young and bright, is successfully working in the region. The girls school and I love the stories you feature, which happen adopted tests for young learners set by Cambridge to to be so UNIQUE! I have never seen something raise the learning level of their students in March 2005 like PeopleMeter, and Making a Difference is very and as a result has been able to measure the progress relevant. I really, really enjoyed Carine Bruyninckx’s of its students and adjust the language programme story in My Abu Dhabi. Who knew that our own Abu accordingly. Dhabi could be home to such a fairytale? I have to Photography: Emirates Photography Competition (EPC) admit, when I saw the magazine as I was leaving my under the patronage of the International Federation of local mall yesterday, I saw a pile of something glossy Photographic Art (FIAP), has rece0ntly announced that the and bright, and the avid reader that I am (I’ll read the last date to submit entries for their fifth season is April 15. labels on toiletries when I visit someone’s bathroom!), Photographers and those interested to participate in I had to pick it up, yet I had a feeling it might be one the competition must register online. The competition of those shiny, non-substance city guides. But I was website provides comprehensive information and details wrong, thank God! It is one lovely little magazine, and on the competition in four languages; Arabic, English, I have yet to see your website, which I will visit today- French and German. For registration and further details, worry not! please visit EIP website: www.ephotoc.com Young Archaeologist Initiative: The Historic Sana Farooqui Environment Department launched an educational Dear Tempo, awareness program for primary schools pupils in Al Ain, to educate them about the principles of archeology. I’ve attended many of the ‘free’ events on the Corniche, and I am astounded by how event organisers continue The program teaches the students practical applications of archaeological exploration in an artificial field and it to misunderstand their viewing public. Case in point imparts an understanding of the various stages of an the Red Bull concert held on the Corniche in late archeological process and the types and functions of March: the main act was Lebanese singer Ragheb all the relevant tools used in such operations. Pupils are Alama--who is a mainstream Arabic music performer- then taught how to make practical explorations. Sounds -and the opening act was an Emirati hip hop group, exciting, doesn’t it? Over the past weeks, Al Ain National Desert Heat. They were both good acts, but for entirely Museum has received a large number of school pupils, different audiences! Desert Heat were great with the and the program will continue to run till mid-April 2010. whole urban street dance routine for the younger So enroll young ones in the program and give them the opportunity to explore… or rather, poke and prod to crowd, and an older crowd ( some left tired by the their heart’s content. Hey, at least it will keep them out of din and some stuck around) for Ragheb Alama. Next your closets and re-direct the energizer bunnies towards time, guys, remember that the ‘opening act’ should something constructive and fascinating. be a smooth introduction for the main act. Randa A 4 Tempo March 2010
  4. 4. RAGS ANDRICHES By now most of you know that J.C. Rags has opened a flagship store in Marina Mall. Their spring-summer 2010 collection is an interesting combination of colours, textures and a dapper urban look. Okay let’s get the obvious out of the way, the designer clothing and accessories are pricy. How much can it cost to re-create a raw urban look you might ask? We are no design experts but we’ve been told that the ‘look’ has to be a cut above the rest. So everything from accessories to apparel has been designed keeping the new summer palette in mind. One thing is for sure, you can dress funky, hip and trendy without looking like you’ve been trying too hard! That’s one promise J.C. Rags definitely lives up to. PHOTO-SHOP?!?! Do you think a shopping mall is just another place to splurge? Think again! The ground floor of Khalidiyah Mall will be transformed into an art gallery for a photography exhibition running from April 1 to April 10 with contributions from talented photographers: Abdullah Al Ghurair, Abdullah Al Marzouqi, Abdulrahman Belhaik, Heba Al Mardood, Mariam Al TEATIME! TIME! Mazroui, Moza Alfalasi and Nadra Badri. Check it out guys! Shop for new Alokozay Tea flavours This year, the Gulf Food Festival 2010 witnessed the re-launch of Alokozay Tea. A large crowd of consumers and traders gathered to taste the tempting new flavours added to the already popular line-up of refreshing tea varieties. “Visitors were very eager to sample the varieties of teas. Besides the brand’s already popular black and green tea, our new flavors like peach, mint and lemon as well as herbal infusions like camomile were popular choices with visitors.” said Ms. Tara , Doddihal, Marketing Manager of Alokozay International Ltd. As far as promotional activities go, Alokozay created quite a buzz with its sampling, give-aways and exciting daily competitions. The competitions were hosted by Alokozay’s Emcee, Ahmed Faraj Salahat who stopped the passing crowd dead in their tracks with unique beat boxing performances. Competition winners walked away with exclusive Alokozay gift hampers that consisted of electronic items and a range of company products such as dates, oil, tissues and of course, tea! Distribution of the fresh new packs to existing markets has begun last month. Try out the peach flavour, it’s mind boggling and quite frankly addictive; i.e., if you don’t mind your tea tasting like peaches. www.abudhabitempo.com 5
  5. 5. What's Hot Adam Henein’s visit to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo fueled his desire to become a sculptor with an uncanny perception of nature and its forms. They say if you immerse yourself in his craft, it becomes increasingly impossible to distinguish what was shaped by nature from that which was transformed by his human hands. in Abu Dhabi Other highlights of the Abu Dhabi Festival 2010 include performances by The National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra under the direction of one of the leading composers of the 20th century, Krzysztof Penderecki; piano recitals by two young virtuosos, Nobuyuki Tsujii MIDDLE EASTERN and Yundi Li; the first full opera presented at the Festival – La Boheme performed by the Puccini Festival ARTWORK AT Orchestra; ‘A Night at the Ballet’ with dancers from the ABU DHABI FESTIVAL 2010 Bolshoi, Mariinsky and American Ballet Theatres; the jazz legend Wynton Marsalis; an outdoor concert with Il 20 Mar - 7 Apr, Emirates Palace Divo; multimedia performance Pictures Reframed; Oud virtuoso Naseer Shamma; and the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestros Sir Colin Davis and The visual arts exhibition at this year’s Abu Dhabi Kristjan Jarvi. More on our website: Festival just got more interesting. An announcement www.abudhabitempo.com on March 10 revealed the names of two of the most Download a complete list of April Events from 1 - 15 April distinguished living masters of Middle Eastern art on our webpage who will be displaying their work in a joint exhibition. Sculptors Parviz Tanavoli (Egypt) and Adam Henein (Iran) will unite for the first time to unleash the magestic beauty of Arabian art forms on local audiences in the capital. Parviz Tanavoli is undoubtedly one of Iran’s foremost artists whose untiring dedication to art and constant pursuit of enlightenment through it lead him to set-up the Saqqakhaneh School (a neo- traditional style of art which finds its roots in Iranian folk art and culture). 6 Tempo March 2010
  6. 6. t s Marina Circui 16 – 17 Apr, Ya of world’s mos t s, twenty-four re rs, twelve team r drivers from Six manufactu ading sports ca d forty-eight le the launch icon ic sports cars an continents with ld will be ra cing on four t stop is around the wor ar. Their first pi onship this ye World Champi certai n; it will be an of the FIA GT1 t. One thing is s Marina Circui Ab u Dhabi’s F1 Ya ! ce to the finish exhilarating ra d e most iconic an ill be some of th g Aston Headlin ing the event w rers in the world includin orts car manufactu issan . Want revolutional sp Maserati and N , Lamborghini, ...the Martin , Corvette, Ford hold on to your seats guys spec ific? Okay but ni M urciélago us to be more GT, Lamborghi rvette Z06, Ford r top Aston Martin DB9, Co R are al l competing fo MC 12 and Nissan GT- hich car...err RS-V, Maserati r yourselves w t and decide fo spot. At tend the even vourite! team is your fa UFC 112 THE INVINCIBLES ARE HERE IN TOWN! Apr 10, Ferrari World, Yas Island The Ultimate Fighting Championship is ready to pack Of course the fan favourite fight of the day will be BJ a punch this season as former Abu Dhabi Combat Penn vs. Frankie Edgar. For those of you who enjoy Club Champion (2007), Demian Maia returns to the a good fight, all blood and guts; or even if you are capital to challenge UFC Middleweight Champion, those who enjoyed watching Brad Pitt’s Fight Club Anderson Silva in a fight which will be televised live to with loads of popcorn, watch BJ Pen in action! This the world as a pay-per-view event. UFC is the world’s American mixed martial artsist and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu leading professional mixed martial arts organization (BJJ) practitioner is currently the Ultimate Fighting and offers the premier series of MMA sports events. Championship (UFC) Lightweight Champion. In As the first ever UFC outdoor fight, taking place on a 2000, he became the first American-born winner of custom-built stadium outside Ferrari World, Maia is the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship in the black-belt looking forward to the much talked about night: “As category. ‘Pitt-ed’ (hey it’s not us, the term just keeps someone who has trained in jiu-jitsu all my life, and a coming up!) against him is Frankie aka James Edgar, a former Abu Dhabi Combat Club Champion, I am very fiery master of his craft with a purple belt in BJJ. much looking forward to returning to Abu Dhabi to We know the guys won’t miss this one and as for the fight in UFC® 112.” girls, do go watch ladies, you might get some helpful self-defense tips! www.abudhabitempo.com 7
  7. 7. SIR TOM MOVIE JONES IN ABU DHABI WATCH 16 Apr, ADNEC Clash of the Titans Releasing April 2: Sam Worthington is Welsh superstar; the man with the velvet moves; power joined by Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes performer; and legendary singer, who else can we be talking for the ultimate struggle for power which about but Sir Tom Jones? Performing for the first time in Abu pits men against Al-Mighty beings. Perseus (Sam Worthington) is unable to save his Dhabi Sir Tom Jones will sing his most popular and loved family from Hades (Ralph Fiennes), ruler songs such as ‘Delilah’, ‘She’s a Lady’ and ‘It’s Not Unusual’ as of the underworld. He then sets off on well as numerous other foot-thumping, chart-busting hits. a perilous journey deep into forbidden worlds. Battling unholy demons and With a career spanning over forty five years, this Welsh singer formidable beasts. His survival depends on is definitely one of the world’s most commercially successful whether he can accept his powers, defy his and critically acclaimed artists. We have danced to the tunes fate and create his own destiny. of his numerous successful collaborations with the likes of Tina Turner, The Stereophonics and Luciano Pavarotti to The Joneses name a few. Singer, an electric performer, a musical legend; a Releasing April 16: Who hasn’t heard of the phrase, ‘keeping up with the Joneses’? This man who has paved the way and influenced many modern movie is a social satire about a seemingly artists like Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson and Duffy amongst perfect family which moves into a suburban others. neighbourhood. They are envied by everyone but the truth about why they Tom Jones Live in Abu Dhabi is an all-seated concert. Tickets relocated is a far cry from their apparent have gone on sale since March 22nd and fans will surely be perfection. David Duchovny, Demi Moore, Amber Heard and Gary Cole star in the film. flocking to see the legendary crooner belt out his popular and memorable songs in the capital! Kick-Ass Releasing April 16: Starring Nicolas Cage, Aaron Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Mark Strong, Kick-Ass tells the story A Bird’s Eye View?!? of average teenager Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson), a comic-book fanboy who decides to take his obsession as inspiration Mar 29 - Apr 28, Salwa Ziedan Gallery to become a real-life superhero. There’s only one problem standing in his way: he has Abu Dhabi – March 29th – The Salwa Zeidan Gallery absolutely no superpowers! launched the first exhibition for French artist Bo Tasle d’Heliand under the patronage of His Excellency Alain Death at a Funeral Azouaou the Ambassador of France. Releasing April 23: Starring Chris Rock, the movie is based on 2007 comedy about a The one-month-long exhibit features more than 15 hilarious day in the life of a family that has works made with China ink and flour glue on recycled come together to put a beloved family member to rest. As mourners gather at the paper as part of his latest series entitled “Birds Eye family home, shocking revelations, festering Vision Inside-Out” The gallery will also show some of . resentments, ugly threats, blackmail and a misdirected corpse unleash lethal and his latest sculptures using metal and paper material. riotous mayhem. This is a must watch! This work is a continuation of the last artistic work made in Africa where Bo had used the “eagle eye A Nightmare on Elm Street vision” for the first time. In this series the artist use Releasing April 30: Director Samuel Bayer various pictorial traditions to create a new form of recreates the gruesome world of Freddy representation with the human condition still in the Krueger. Hollywood gurus call the movie a re-imagining of the popular 1984 horror focal point of his research. classic. Rooney Mara, Kyle Gallner, and Thomas Dekker, play teenagers who are “The “eagle eyes vision” remains as this series conveys stalked by Freddy Krueger, a horribly trials of an eagle’s scrutiny of the artist from the disfigured killer who hunts them in their dreams. As long as they stay awake, they superposition of sky views, in essence, representing can protect one another...but when they omnipotence of vision,” explains Bo, “One can consider sleep, there is no escape. the work as a self-portrait through the intermediary of a bird.” 8 Tempo March 2010
  8. 8. MyABU DHABI T: We think it’s fabulous that sculptures art becomes a part of one’s daily life from the symposium shall be can we truly get influenced by it. This permanently placed outdoors for the also mandates that we be extremely public to appreciate and enjoy. Was the selective with regard to the type of art idea opposed initially? How important we chose so that the influence be of a was it for you to gain approval for positive and joyful nature. placement of the artwork outside? T: What does Salwa Zeidan look for in SZ: The Municipality was the first ‘good art’? strategic partner to see the importance of this initiative and immediately SZ: It is a very simple answer: good adopted a very positive way of helping art makes you feel good and makes you wonder how it came about and us into bringing it about, they did an speaks to yourself. It touches your excellent job and helped a lot in many thoughts and questions the minds, it ways that were otherwise impossible should be very well done and have a to achieve. They own the public curtain vision or idea. It has to be strong This month, Tempo sat down for space so their participation in ADISS enough to stop you and tell you a story. a tete-e-tete with Salwa Zeidan is extremely important and they did Encountering good art has to be a - Creative Director of Abu Dhabi deliver their part in such a professional pleasant experience for both the eye International Sculpture Symposium, way. Even artists were impressed with and the mind. entrepreneur, homemaker, visionary, the high level of organization on the T: On a more personal note, as a and innovator. site. The Municipality did a wonderful modern-day Lebanese professional Tempo: Tell us a little bit about job in developing the site and helper’s businesswoman, how do you manage yourself. Who is the lady behind the accommodation in such short period time between family, friends and title of Creative Director of ADISS and of time. work? how did you get started in this field? T: On what criterion were 17 renowned SZ:To tell you the truth, art takes you Salwa Zeidan: Well... I started as an artists from all over the world chosen? away from many things including artist 25 years ago. I have been living Were you personally involved in their friends and family. It is time consuming, here, in Abu Dhabi since many years! selection? and it needs a lot of attention, Indeed, I was the first one to open an otherwise it won’t be interesting art. My SZ: Before we answer this question we art gallery in Abu Dhabi in 1994. Five life as an artist has been hard, because years before that I used to organize art have to know that symposium sculptors I’m married and I have family that needs exhibitions in hotels. are different than other sculptors, in lots of attention. To be able to be good many ways. To start a sculpture from at both levels, I had to ask too much of I love this city and I respect its people scratch and finish it in one month is a myself, and this has been the difficult as I believe that what they are doing great responsibility that many artists part. I don’t want to compromise one now is amazing and surprising at times simply do not take on. And so, we are or the other. My route to becoming a where the whole world is going into left with few of them that have the successful artist was rather a herculean coma (artistically). I want to develop the art scene by introducing something standard we are looking for. One major task, but it was great experience on all that doesn’t exist, which is public criteria was that each participant levels that eventually got me to be who sculpture. I have lots of knowledge has to have taken part in at least 7 I am today, and that is why I feel I have about art and sculpture, and through international symposiums with non- truly earned the titled to be the director my international relations with artists figurative sculptures. We tried to select of this symposium. and sculptors I was able to direct this a diverse group of artists from various T: What is your message to struggling symposium in the best way possible. corners of the globe and managed to artists in Abu Dhabi? T: Why in your opinion, is an event secure a list from some of the major SZ: Transform the struggles into like ADISS necessary at this point countries. By the time we complete the positive energy that will help you grow in time during Abu Dhabi’s cultural five to ten year contract, we will surely and evolve, follow your hearts and development? have worked in artists from every single intuition all the way, be perseverant to country in the world! overcome all the difficulties that come SZ: Public art is part of the development itself. Abu Dhabi lacks your way and see the difficulties as the We will definitely influence the this important element called public source of determination to get to their region with all these sculptures that sculptures. I was lucky to come up and highest potentials. That is the only way will be placed all over the city, as we to do great things. introduce ADISS to Sheikh Nahyan and are looking at placing sculptures Zayed University. They were the right in locations where the public can You have to recognize that you are people who knew its importance and walk around them, enjoy them and lucky to be living in a vibrant city where acted on it immediately. interact with them. Only when public many people dream to live today. 10 Tempo March 2010
  9. 9. ���� EMIRATI CUISINE Where tradition meets flavour! So you’ve seen the camels; taken a dhow trip along the Corniche and you’ve even experienced the quintessential desert safari. ‘What else there?’ you might ask. Well, how about treating your taste buds to some authentic Emirati food? Nope, the Shawarma doesn’t qualify; you really need to dig into some delicious ‘hareesa’ and for those of you with a sweet tooth, ‘aseedat’ is a must try custard. But where? Al Dhafra restaurant near the Mina fish market is an Emirati eatery which offers both ala carte and buffet dining (175/per person without sea food). Freshly baked local bread like Mahala, Khameer and Gabab is served with Saloona, a Bedouin dish resembling a stew made from lamb, vegetables and beans. Another must- EASTER FAMILY try is the Hareesa. This is a popular local dish; mainly thick porridge made from a tasty batter of finely minced lamb, butter and white wheat. For sea-food junkies, local sea food like fishes, lobsters and squids from the Arabian Gulf are also available. Whereas the BUFFET IN TOWN! Biryani samak would make a delicious meal too! Rice On 3rd April, Assyemtri and fish cooked in Arabian spices will give you a taste - the contemporary international dining out let - is inviting families to of the original Emirati staple diet. For desserts you come and enjoy an Easter family brunch priced at could try the ‘khabeesa’, a sweet dish made of flour, AED 130 (including soft beverages) and AED 160 nuts and cream. Of course there are other magical (including house bevera ges). There will be a big ingredients which make it mind-numbingly sweet but buffet to suit all ages and tastes as well as childre the cook wouldn’t divulge his secret recipe! Maybe you activities such as an egg n’s hunt and face painting. can taste it and tell us what else is in there that makes So what are you waiting for? Ask the little tots to it so delightfully rich in taste and very filling. choose their fave anima l, dress them according remember to click lots of ly and pictures while you enjoy Another restaurant which prides itself on delivering your Easter family brunch ! the ultimate Emirati dining experience is Al Asalah restaurant in Heritage Village near Marina Mall. The manager, Mr. Zahir will gladly make reservations for large gatherings and is quite well versed with the vast menu. The restaurant offers different Emirati specials every evening! So while today you might be munching the ‘matrooba’, vegetable and minced meat dish; tomorrow’s special may include the ‘sareed’ fish with boiled rice and vegetables. Don’t miss out on the local dining experience. There is more to Abu Dhabi then just Shawarmas and Falafel wraps you know. www.abudhabitempo.com 11
  10. 10. PEOPLE METER People Meter is an offbeat way to learn more about our community and its people, who come from Meet different backgrounds, cultures and walks of life. YO YOUR NEIGHBOUR Mohammed Al Disougi Mohammed Al Disougi is an Abu Dhabi born resident who studies here and plans to make a life for himself in this country… “My name is Mohammed Al Disougi but friends call me Hamoodie. I'm 16 years old. I was born in Abu Dhabi but originally I'm from Khartoum, Sudan. My Omar Moudni Christina J. Hebert father got a better job, so we came to UAE. Since I Moroccan American was raised here, I think it’s best to finish university Hospitality Teacher education from Abu Dhabi. Then I plan to look for a job and stay in the capital permanently. What first word comes to your mind when I say: “I have lot of dreams that I want to accomplish in this life time. When I was young, I wanted to Actor Michael Scofield Actor Bond become a basketball player. I still like the game but Calendar 2010 Calendar New it's more of a recreation now. The profession of law Books Quran Books Knowing attracts me these days because it’s a well paid job Rain Home Rain Mist and I will probably get to help people and bring Sky Marine some peace to their unsettled lives. My goal in life is Blue Blue to get a proper education first and then lend a hand Room 34 Room Space to those who are suffering. I want to be one of the Cotton T shirt Cotton Fresh revered intellectuals in whichever field I choose. Mind Never mind Mind Free Sense Fear Sense Touch “The lifestyle in Abu Dhabi is very entertaining. Colour Red Colour Fuchsia It's conservative but then again, it’s fun! People Soft Hair Soft Skin have the right to express themselves within the Lock Jail Lock Iron boundaries of the law. I wouldn't change anything Cars Guests Cars Sleek because I'm satisfied with my life here. “To people who come here from abroad, QuickQuestions I recommend that they should go to see Emirates Palace and the sandy beaches of Abu Dhabi. If they wish to have some fun, they can visit the numerous clubs and Marina Mall. 1) What is your idea of a 2) If you could be one dream vacation? superhero, who would you “I think that everybody should try different things in Omar: I like my vacation to be be and why? their life and travel to different places in the world. in the summer season because Omar: Umm… no idea really! Like here in Abu Dhabi, you get the opportunity to then I can go to the beach and I wouldn’t want to be anyone learn so much about Arabian culture and lifestyle enjoy! Once there, I can go else! through interacting with many people, sometimes for some swimming too.Also, they are complete strangers but you can learn so Christina: Elektra, because during night time, I can relax she is swift, powerful, a deadly much from them. This is how some of the myths with my close friends on the assassin, a force for good, a foe about Middle Eastern countries can get shattered, golden sand. to be reckoned with, a loyal like the fact that people think that they are too Christina: Sun, sea, sand, friend, and a goddess draped strict. That’s so not true! My message to such people sleeping late, feasting, dancing, in red silk. is to come here and judge for yourself.” and being in love. 12 Tempo March 2010
  11. 11. 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. Abu Dhabi Visitor’s Survey HANDMADE Results:Some 60% of international Results: visitor arrivals in Abu Dhabi are guests making their first trip to the emirate, according to an Abu Dhabi CUSHIONS Tourism Authority (ADTA) survey, and 87% would consider returning. “The survey is delivering crucial insights into key inbound tourism drivers. One of the most important results was that 86% enjoyed their stay rating their overall experience as very good or excellent, a massive 92% said they would definitely, or probably, recommend Abu Dhabi to others.” said Lawrence Franklin, Strategy & Policy Director, ADTA. Here is your chance to contribute towards helping Future Vision: The Fourth International Heritage Palestinian women in their efforts to better their Symposium from 29 March to April 1 aims to discuss situation. THE One has joined forces with Qalandia Camp the relationship between heritage and education. Women’s Handicraft Cooperative - a non-profit and non- Twenty working papers will be delivered in the governmental organization, to bring you cushion covers, symposium with key focus on: lovingly hand-embroidered by Palestinian women in the Qalandia Refugee Camp on the outskirts of Jerusalem. • Methods of promoting heritage in curriculum. As the women can only work on the cushion covers in • Leading Arab and international experiences in the evenings, each exquisite cover takes two months to educating heritage. embroider, featuring intricate patterns in an array of colours. Focus on Youth Basketball: NBA Global Ambassador The cushion covers sold at THE One represent the Ramallah, Hebron, Beir El-Sabe’ and Beit Lahem areas. and 18-year NBA veteran Dikembe Mutombo conducted a clinic on March 11th for 30 promising The proceeds go to Qalandia Camp Women’s Handicraft basketball players at the American International Cooperative which aims to raise the educational, social, School in Abu Dhabi. The clinic engaged boys and cultural, health and economic standards of women and girls aged 13-18 as they took part in drills focusing children in Palestine. This means that these cushion covers on basketball fundamentals and skill development, are so much more than just beautiful home accessories. while promoting fitness and the benefits of a healthy They are symbols of the hope that comes from opportunity lifestyle. and the preservation of Palestinian heritage. Go ahead buy some and make a difference in someone’s life today! Tempo’s EcoVote! HelpingHand ng (aka ‘the Rahma brigade’) “The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is a leading UK-based charity that On a missi works to help those that are blind and visually impaired. RNIB has launched several on to beco more envir me campaigns to help raise funds. ‘Save Stamps for Charity’ is a recycling campaign which onmentall responsib y recruits volunteers to collect used or new stamps, later sold for their value or weight. le, THE On The great news is that foreign stamps are worth more which means the UAE’s diverse has introd e uced 100% population can really benefit this campaign. degradab We are recruiting volunteers to be Stamp Ambassadors by collecting stamps in their le plastic b in its Dub ags home and/or place of work or study. We are especially interested in hearing from ai, Sharjah Abu Dhab and teachers, students, and offices. If you are interested please email volunteerinabudhabi@g i Theatres. mail.com with your 1) Name, 2) Mobile Number, 3) Email Address. Kudos guy Next time you are opening an envelope, please take a few second of your time to save a s, every bit counts! stamp, because it could help change a life.” Viad Cares Volunteer in Abu Dhabi Team 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 editorial@abudhabitempo.com www.abudhabitempo.com 13
  12. 12. handyhelper helper DETERMIING YOUR SUIT SIZE Ever wonder why Hugh Jackman and George Clooney look amazingly handsome in their Abu Dhabi’s entry for New Seven designer suits while you can barely pull of stylish Wonders of Nature Bu Tinah Island in your most expensive branded formal wear? Like deserves your vote! any expert tailor will tell you: it’s all in the fitting. “Close your eyes and imagine a wonder of nature. Blue skies, Find the right size and you can go from being clean water, flamingos flying overhead, corals surviving dressed like a trussed-up turkey to dashingly and underwater, turtles nesting happily and mangroves growing ruggedly masculine in nanoseconds! healthy. Now open your eyes and vote for Bu Tinah Island as a wonder of nature”. Step 1: To determine your jacket size, wrap a tape The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi is spreading this message to encourage people to vote for Bu Tinah Island of Abu Dhabi. measure around your chest from under your arms, Part of the Marawah Biosphere Marine Reserve, the Bu Tinah making sure it crosses over your shoulder blades Island was recently shortlisted as one of the 28 finalists from a list of 447 locations across 224 countries in the New Seven Wonders and the fullest part of your chest. Note down the of Nature campaign. measurement in inches, keeping the tape measure The Island: Bu Tinah Island which lies 130 miles west of Abu loose and parallel to the floor. Dhabi is a core area within the Marawah Marine Biosphere Reserve, the region’s first and largest UNESCO-designated marine Step 2: In order to get a relative chest measurement, biosphere reserve. measure over your arms and around your chest in Marine Life: It hosts a rich marine ecosystem that comprises a inches and subtract seven from the result. Compare this dense mangrove forest, various endangered species and beautiful coral reefs that have long survived difficult temperature and high number with your underarm chest measurement from salinity. Various species of fishes, seabirds, endangered dolphin Step 1. The larger of the two measurements and is your and sea turtles are found in large numbers in and around the .Keep this information handy for your own good. Cut out and save it in a folder .Keep this information handy for your own good. Cut out and save it in a folder suit size. For example, if the larger measurement is 42 island which is also home to the second largest concentration of endangered dugongs following Australia. inches, purchase a size 42 suit. The island is also used by many species of migratory birds, Step 3: Wrap the tape measure around your waist just including great flamingos (locally known as Fanteer), Socotra Cormorants and Ospreys, as a breeding site and stop-over point above the hipbones to determine correct trouser size. during their migration from Central Asia to Africa. Make sure to stand up straight, and please do not suck Three types of dolphins live in the waters of Bu Tinah including your stomach in! A snug, ill-fitting suit can be a greater humpback, bottlenose and common dolphins which are widely tell-tale sign of your holiday weight gain! spotted around the island. In addition, it hosts a large number of sea turtles including hawksbill turtles and green turtles which come to breed on its coasts. Step 4: Now comes the tough part! Begin measuring for pant length from the top of the inner leg to the Among other reasons to vote for the Bu Tinah Island are its unique coral reefs which are able to survive amid the harsh bottom of the leg opening on your best fitting pair environment and high temperature, thus providing researchers of pants. For the inseam measurement, remember to with a rare opportunity to study them in the view of climate round the reading to the nearest half inch. If you do not changes that adversely affect several biosphere reserves around the world. have a suitable pair of pants to use as a benchmark, To vote for Bu Tinah, choose one of the available options: measure from the top of your inner thigh to just below your ankle. Since suit trousers come in a variety of 1) Within the UAE: send an SMS with the word “BU TINAH” to the number 3888. Each SMS costing AED 2. inseam lengths, if the inseam length you require is not available, you may have to visit your trusty tailor after all 2) Outside the UAE: call the 24-hour international hotline by dialing +448 721 840007 or +442 033 470901 and selecting the to get your store-bought pants altered; we hear there Bu Tinah nominee code 7705. are some great tailors on Electra and Hamdan Street, in 3) Visit the Bu Tinah Island website www.butinah.ae (Don’t for the Al Markaziyah area. get to watch videos of the island, they are superb!) 14 14 Tempo March 2010
  13. 13. UTILIZING THE PARETO ANALYSIS each change might generate. For example, if you are Pareto Analysis is a very simple trying to improve sales, your scoring technique will be in accordance to the profit each change will bring. If you are technique that helps you identify the attempting to improve customer satisfaction, the number most important issues to address of complaints eliminated by each change will help you gauge the improvement it will effect. and rectify without wasting time Step 4: The change that scores the highest is the first and resources over less pertinent one you should undertake. This is the one that will reap problems hindering process efficiency. the largest benefits for your organization. Keep in mind, you might be tempted to go ahead with changes which This can be particularly helpful in might seem more pressing but remember that these will the workplace as it can assist you in cost you more than they will benefit. making quick and effective changes Customer Service Centre Example: in situations where many possible System: A service center failing due to poor customer service. courses of action are availabale and they compete for your attention. Changes that can be made based on customer complaints: · Staff training - 35 complaints · Hiring more staff - 13 complaints The basic idea behind the Pareto principle is that by · Improving organization and communication system making a 20% change to the method or system of work (installing more phone lines, workstations etc) - 5 you can eliminate 80% of the issues plaguing the entire complaints task. So throughout the analysis you concentrate only on the changes which will give you the biggest benefits. By conducting the Pareto analysis on the above scenario, the vast majority of problems (66%) can be solved How to use the Pareto Analysis by training employees and improving their customer Step1: This step requires that you make a list of all the service skills. Next, the manager may want to increase feasible changes that can be made to improve a system. office workforce. However, if he had decided to install Step 2: Group related changes together if your list new phones and workstations as the first change then seems long. it would have cost the organization a lot more without providing much benefit. Step 3: Score the changes on the basis of advantages Time Management Tip # 7* Cut down on external appointments. If you receive a lot of salespeople hawking their wares, ask them to send you profiles or their proposals by email so you have time to evaluate it before committing to a meeting. Do this only if you believe the visitor may be of value, and not as a pretext to avoid them. If you’re not interested, then you should be direct and honest in voicing this to the party that requested the meeting. * Part 7 of a 12 issue series *Part 7 of a 12 issue series www.abudhabitempo.com 15
  14. 14. Deep Breathing KICKING Tips on deep breathing • Exhale slowly so that you activate your ‘relaxation response’ which calms your mind and relaxes tensed muscles. • Engage every part of your body when you breathe. Feel your breath fill your belly and chest. Arch your spine and back - stretch and feel the energy flow through you! (Caution: If you are seated on a swivel chair, be careful, it might overturn. Don’t ask us how we know...ehem.) • When you are nervous or frustrated, control your breathing first! Don’t take those ineffective quick short gasps like you’ve just run a thousand miles. Concentrate on your breathing – on every single breath; you will never be overwhelmed by emotions this way. They say life is but a series of breaths we take - well... health experts agree! Infact recent medical research has provided WHERE TO GET A DIVINE FACIAL sufficient evidence on the long-term benefits of deep WITH BACK MASSAGE breathing in the average homosapien (has anyone used that word recently?) And what is deep breathing? It’s...deep! Radisson Blu hotel spa offers a luxurious facial On a more serious note, deep breathing raises levels of combined with added spinal pressure back, neck and oxygen in our blood. This helps in stimulating the digestive shoulder massage to stimulate the nervous system and process, improving fitness and over-all mental performance. balance the body’s energy flow for a whole hour and International health icon, Dr. Andrew Weil says: “If I had to thirty minutes. Go on, spoil yourself a little! limit my advice on healthier living to just one tip, it would be simply to learn how to breathe correctly.” Price: AED 320 per person HEALTHBEAT By Dr. Max Sawaf Common Lung Hazards During your lifetime, you inhale enough or may not get heart attack or cancer, temporary blocking of the small air to fill ten million balloons. Like but they all get pulmonary disease. The passages of the lungs, has many possible heating and air-conditioning, breathing lung tissue is destroyed and is replaced triggers and can be life-threatening. is something that we take for granted by air balloons trapping air. Take a deep 4) Occupational Hazards: Substances when it is working. Here is a simple test breath. Now hold your breath and you breathe at work can cause lung to check your lungs: Climb two flights start breathing from that point, never trouble too. Workers, who are exposed of stairs without taking a break. If you allowing the lung to completely deflate. to occupational hazards in the air, dust experience extreme shortness of breath That is how you would feel the rest of like those from coal, silica, asbestos, raw or have to stop, it is a sign your lungs are your life. There is no cure. Be honest with cotton, and metal fumes, or chemical suffering at least some distress, even if yourself; a chronic or so-called ‘smokers’ vapours, can develop lung disease. your heart is at fault. I recommend that cough, shortness of breath and other you do this test once a month as a way lung symptoms are not normal. Take 5) Viruses, Fungi and Bacteria: It is to periodically check your lungs and action! crucial to change the filter of your AC your heart. regularly and to clean the AC ducts once 2) “Shisha” smoking is increasingly a year as moisture from dripping AC 1) Cigarette Smoking: The major cause of emerging as a significant health risk, due condensation encourages the growth of COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary to the sharing of the pipe with someone mould which can then be carried to your Disease). The term pulmonary refers with pulmonary tuberculosis or TB. lungs creating allergies that later turn to the lungs. Long term smokers may 3) Triggers of Asthma: Asthma, the into asthma. 16 Tempo March 2010
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  16. 16. My Style Scarf: Just Cavali Tempo spots (Dh 900) fashionable and smart dressers around the city. Chain: Armani Exchange Sunglasses: Ray Ban (Dh 150) (Dh 980) SPOTTING... Shirt: Zara Name: (Dh 250) Shaf Raisi Age: 24 Nationality: Emirati What do you do (work)? Belt: Lee Cooper Marketing Manager (Dh 60) Pants: Jeans West Your most valued (Dh 170) fashion possessions? Ed Hardy jacket The One Thing I Regret Buying: Disel Jeans The One Thing I Dream of Buying: Classic Ford Mustang OUR FASHION Style inspiration: EXPERT SAYS: Music Shoes: Lee Cooper (Dh 120) Possibly helped by that ultra-artsy goatee and My Style Philosophy: those aviators, you have I go with the flow managed to pull off the and I am what I am. skinny jeans and tight shirt look (on a guy), without looking any less manly. That's a feat in itself, dude! Would you like to be featured on My Style Blueprint? If you do contact: 026673349, blueprint@abudhabitempo.com 18 Tempo March 2010
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  18. 18. On By Rantan Rave Arablish Sweet & Sickly Corporate Liguistics Certain international brands ‘transfer’ well into Arabic while others are linguistic disasters. If you are in corporate My rant is about juice: why does packaged juice have to be so communications and are looking for a name sickly sweet? that crosses over into Arabic, keep a few guidelines in mind. You may think it's not a big deal, but it is considering that a large portion of people in the UAE have diabetes and a growing number The most obvious one is to stay away is at serious risk. It is an exasperating disease because it catches from any word in English that has a ‘g’ or ‘j’ kids while they’re young, and unless you have superhuman sound. The reason is twofold: in classically discipline (which most adults don’t even have) it is a tough battle! pronounced Arabic there is no soft ‘g’ (as in ‘gate’)—just ‘j’, and the second is that the The problem is that most people think packaged juice is good soft ‘g’ can be pronounced in three different for you. Fresh juice is good for you-- with no sugar added (and ways depending on your dialect. ‘Jeep’ can hopefully consumed immediately after preparation). But most be pronounced ‘geep’ in places like Cairo commercially bought juice --and that's even those that are fortified or Aden. If ‘Jeep’ was pronounced in the with vitamins--are loaded with tons of sugar. traditional Emirati or Hadrami dialect it would be “yeep.” The soft ‘g’ is also a bit of a There are a few brands of juice that don't have much sugar added. challenge. Your choices in Arabic is to either But we don't see enough of these fine brands in UAE supermarkets. use “jeem” or the “ghayn” in Arabic—which Most of the brands we do have here, whether they are apple, means that the “Guggenheim” could either orange, strawberry, passion fruit, guava, peach, and pear etc, have sound like “jujenhaym” (or ‘yuyunheim high fructose nectar and concentrates bases that are far too sweet, in traditional Emirati/ Hadrami) or it can even if they claim 'no sugar added.' Best way to check those labels be written with the ‘ghayn’ to sound like (assuming they don't lie), and keep in mind that one teaspoon of ‘ghughunheim’. granulated white sugar is equal to about 4.2 grams. That means that a cola or juice with 44 grams of sugar is equal to 10 teaspoons Other examples of the ‘g’ or ‘j’ words…there's of sugar, and one with 35gms of sugar has eight teaspoons of Gant which can sound like ‘jant’ or ‘ghant’, sugar! and Gloria Jean’s which can either be written That means that a kid who takes a juice in his lunchbox in the as “ghloria jeens,” or “jloria geenz,’ while morning, consumes one with lunch, and another at dinner time, Galleries Lafayette would be pronounced has already joined the queue to becoming a diabetic. And here we “jalleri lafayet” or”ghaleri lafayet.” haven't even touched on all the other fatty, sugary foods that are also consumed in the span of a day. I would suggest you steer clear away from the letter ‘p’ because it doesn’t exist in And the tragedy in all this? Juice doesn’t need to have so much Arabic. There is only ‘b’ in Arabic. Yes, the use sugar to make it consumable, or ‘buyable’. Because sugar is an of two more dots under the ‘ba’ is used to acquired taste (you can calibrate your taste buds with time to denote ‘p’ but is not widely used in all Arab want more of it, or less of it), consumers are continuously adjusting countries. This means that Popeye, it is often their palettes to appreciate rising levels of sugar. So here’s the pronounced ‘bobeye’ in Arabic, “Paul” is ‘baul’ idea: how about we reverse the process, and start lowering sugar (which is unfortunate because that also content gradually until the point that juice (and other foods) can means urine in Arabic), Prada is ‘brada’ and be appreciated without so much sugar. “Parker pens” is “barker bens.” So a call to all juice manufacturers: please consider reducing sugar Had any linguistic (mis)adventures lately? content. Hopefully if it affects your business it will be temporary, Do you have questions or comments? Send and over time you will add new customers as well. We need them to: to work together with responsibility, and caring, to bring up a healthier young generation. Plainly speaking, it’s just the right arablish@abudhabitempo.com thing to do! Send in your comments to editorial@abudhabitempo.com 20 Tempo March 2010