Bateel Arrives in Qatar

Get ready for gourmet dates and exceptional cafe food to
enjoy with family and friends!

Having established itself as the brand of choice for gourmet dates and confectionary from London to Jakarta, Bateel International now brings its o”erings to Doha for the first time. Residents and tourists alike will finally be able to delight in delectable bites from Bateel’s boutiques and cafés.

Known for reinventing and elevating dates to a gourmet product, Bateel has grown to become an admired food brand, renowned globally for culinary excellence. Furthermore, with its well-established expansion into the cafés segment, Bateel has created a name for itself, offering an elevated casual dining concept by combining Mediterranean cuisine and the rich tradition of Arabian hospitality, promising an unforgettable dining experience.

With a series of openings taking place in the !rst quarter of 2017, General Manager, Tina Memic, says: “Bateel has been long awaited in Qatar and we are delighted to finally be able to bring the highest quality gourmet experiences and outstanding customer service to residents through our network of new locations across the city.” Set to open six new cafés and boutiques in some of Doha’s most prestigious locations, Bateel is ready to introduce the capital to a new world of gourmet delights.

A brand new boutique and café is already open in the Mall of Qatar, which will be followed by another café set to open at the iconic Doha Tower, also known as the Burj Doha. 2017 will see a period of continued growth in the country, with a further three openings; a café and boutique in Doha Festival City as well as a dual-purpose location in Lagoona Mall.

If you like your dates with all kinds of yummy fillings, and if you want the essence of gourmet eating to inspire your next lunch or dinner – Bateel’s offerings were made for you!


House Hunters Comes to Qatar

In HGTV’s newest show, House Hunters Middle East, viewers follow families and couples from around the world as they try to find homes, start new jobs and build new lives in Qatar and across the region.
FACT meets Abram (Abe) and Desiree Moore, both practising lawyers from Chicago, Illinois who will feature on the Qatar Hero episode, airing on January 8, exclusively on beIN channel 118.

Hi Moore family! When did you move to the Middle East?

We moved to Qatar in February of 2017 from Chicago, Illinois and are currently renting an apartment in Doha.

How challenging did you find the relocation and adjusting to life here?

Qatar is distinctly different from the US in a number of ways, including cultural and social values, dealings in business, and the visual and aesthetic landscape of the region. In the early weeks and months, there was a significant adjustment period and a steep learning curve. On the other hand, the day to day assimilation was more streamlined than it might have been in other places as we did not face any language barrier (English is spoken as a matter of course by nearly everyone, both in business and otherwise) and much of the every day conveniences of Qatar are borrowed from or inspired by the West. In that sense, whether it be restaurants or over the counter medicines, it is not difficult to find many of the things you might be accustomed to at home.

What is your favourite thing to do or spot to visit in your new home country?

We love visiting Souq Waqif, which is an open market of sorts where you can buy anything from rugs to fabrics and spices, native to the region.

What have been your highlights since moving to Doha?

We loved filming House Hunters International. It was an opportunity to create a keepsake of our time in the Middle East. The travel opportunities that our time in the region has presented, including to places like Oman and Sri Lanka – places we might never have visited if we hadn’t lived in Qatar – are highlights as well.

What have you been most surprised about?

The robust expat community and how easy it is to make friends when you are living abroad. %is was not something I anticipated, but it has been a welcome surprise. The friends we have made are integral to the experience and will be friends for life.

Based on your experience, would you recommend this transition to anyone else?

We would absolutely recommend that anyone take the opportunity to live abroad if it is presented to them. Irrespective of where you live, you will learn about yourself and others, and will adopt a new understanding of the world by virtue of having done so.

How have you been inspired by living in a Middle Eastern country/city?

As lawyers, one of the most inspirational aspects of living in Qatar is the rich tradition of informal mediation and conflict resolution that takes place outside of courtrooms, often in the majilis or in the homes. Because the community is small, Qataris look to mend and preserve business relationships rather than break them down, and their approach to conflicts in business tends to be less adversarial and at times more efficient and effective than the Western tradition of protracted litigation.

Any tips for people moving here?

If you are moving to Qatar, join as many Qatar-related Facebook groups as possible. This is where you will get all of the key information you need to survive early on, including the best doctors, the best place to find certain products, where to buy furniture, etc., as well as a resource for connecting with similarly situated expats.

Would you plan to relocate anywhere else in the region?

We adore so many countries in this region, including Oman, Jordan, and Abu Dhabi, and would consider living in Oman and Jordan in particular.

GO: House Hunters Middle East is aired daily on channel 118, exclusively available on beIN, with other episodes featuring moves to Bahrain, Morocco, Jordan, Oman, UAE, and Turkey as the spotlight spreads out across the region. Visit for more information.

Commerical Bank Qatar Masters 2017

In 1998, Qatar Masters opened its doors and launced inthe the world of sports in Qatar, giving fans 20 years of wonderful wins by golfing greats! The 2017 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters (CBQM) will be staged at Doha Golf Club from January 26 to 29 and FACT has all the details…

#MyCBQatarMasters, Entertainment for all the family: Much more than four days of international golf action, the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters brings a range of family fun to Doha as one of the biggest social events on Qatar’s calendar.

The Public Village: Thee most popular social area of the event located to the 9th Fairway of the Academy Course, will provide a huge range of entertainment from outstanding food and beverage options to big screens, live scoring and an exclusive shopping boulevard experience for visitors with a wide selection of accessories, apparel, and many new brands for 2017.

In addition, daily entertainment will be happening all around the public village every day after play and the ever-popular trick shot show will return to entertain kids and adults alike with their action-packed daily golf fun at the driving range. Kids of all ages will be able to try out a range of sports including mini and soft golf alongside gourmet food offerings. The Public Village also features school workshops with the Doha Golf Club Academy and the launch of a new Academy programme aimed at complete beginners.

Players: The 2017 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters will feature a field of established European Tour champions and rising stars, with a prize fund of USD2.5 million up for grabs along with valuable Race to Dubai ranking points. The 2016 tournament saw Branden Grace become the first player to successfully retain the Mother of Pearl Trophy. Past champions include former world number ones Ernie Els (2005) and Adam Scott (2002 and 2008), Ryder Cup stars Sergio Garcia (2014), Thomas Bjørn (2011), Henrik Stenson (2006), Paul Lawrie (1999 and 2012) and Robert Karlsson (2010), and two-time US Open Champion Retief Goosen (2007). Additionally, Qatar’s top two golfers will be invited to take part in the tournament as wild card entries.

Evening entertainment: The 2017 event is set to be a star-studded affair featuring local and international entertainment acts from Thursday to Saturday, 5pm to 8pm. Details to be confirmed soon.

Hospitality: For those looking for an extra-special experience with the best views of the course and an exclusive culinary experience, this year, excellent dining is created by Chef Tobias Gensheimer and Sous Chef Hiroaki Nagaishi. Hospitality packages are available to purchase through the tournament’s official website.

The Chefs: Executive Chef Tobias Gensheimer and Executive Sous Chef Hiroaki Nagaishi of Osaka at the InterContinental, will host private suite and winner’s enclosure hospitality. Join Tobias and Hiroaki to taste some of their delicious signature dishes and experience food that fuses modern French cooking techniques focusing on mainly using the freshest Japanese seasonal ingredients. Executive Chef Tobias Gensheimer, Born in Wiesbaden, Germany, is well on his way towards the peak of gastronomic excellence. Chef Tobias has had the privilege of cooking for %ai royalty, several presidents and sports stars like Pele, Maradona, Yao Ming and Roger Federer.

He has also collaborated with many leading and world famous chefs for culinary events; they include Alain Passard, Jean-Michel Lorain, Michel Trama, Joachim Wissler and Eric Pras. Chef Nagaishi is a well-seasoned chef with experience ranging from French, all day dining, banquet, and Japanese cuisine. Chef Nagaishi expresses the importance of using best quality, seasonal and local produce whilst still respecting the traditional cooking methods and techniques.

Crèche: A crèche for corporate hospitality clients and sponsors will be in operation on January 27 and 28, from 9am to 5pm. The crèche shall be open for children aged two to 13-years-old. Children may stay at the crèche for a maximum of two hours per day.