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As the tragic events in Syria continue for the 6th month and innocent blood continues to be spilled daily, all we can do is to call for a return to sanity and for everyone to understand that this is a war with 23 million losers and no winners at all. The tragic events continue to cast a dark and sad atmosphere that has all but stopped most social and cultural activities in the country leaving us with just a few events to cover, that is why we have been focusing more lately on our interviews, features, fashion and lifestyle sections. As always we have managed to score an exclusive interview with a big-name star to tell us about his latest blockbuster and shed the light on some parts of his life that used to be unknown for his fans, and our guest for this issue is no other than HUGH JACKMAN aka Wolverine- who told us all the details about his last role in Real Steal one of the most anticipated films of the year. The Features section is rich with several articles discussing various sides of the current crisis in Syria, with a special focus on interviewing people from different camps and asking for their opinions regarding the various topics of our featured articles. Our female readers will surely love our Fashion section which has a very informative and slick article about the winter fashion for 2012, a must-read for all fashion lovers, especially with winter knocking on our doors. While our male readers will spend a long time drooling over a set of 10 mind-blowing watches chosen by us as the Best Mens watches for 2011. The article is 7 pages long in our Lifestyle section and it also has some very useful tips about watches specifications and about how to choose the correct watch. Rock climbing is an extreme sport that we used to see in documentaries, I was pleasantly surprised however when a contributor of ours told us about a rock climbing club in Damascus who regularly organize climbing trips to some fine cliffs just outside Damascus. A detailed article with interviews is for you to read in our Travel and Heritage section. All the sections that you love: Culture, Events, Film & TV, etc. They are all here, and they cover all the important events taking place in the Syrian Society. Remember that our upcoming issue will be released on November the 15th, and that we are always ready to receive your valuable feedbacks, suggestions and contributions to:

November 2011 Issue No. 78Published by UNIted GroUP under decree no:1597 by Syrian government on 3 APR 2005 damascUs Huda Building - 5 Iskandaria St. East Mazzeh P.O.Box: 1999. tel: +963 11 2060. fax: +963 11 6129401 alePPo tel: +963 21 2000. fax: +963 21 264 1488. UG coUNtry maGazINes maNaGer Carole Bechara commUNIcatIoN maNaGer Haidara Suleiman maNaGING edItor Basel Aal Bannoud basel.bannoud@awicompany.com edItorIal coordINator Reem Zakhour desIGN art & Production manager Rita Zahar senior designer Alaa Abdullah Production officer Feras Kaissy PHotoGraPHy Principle Photographer Qusai Al Jarrah www.whatsonsyria.com

basel.bannoud@awicompany.comEnjoy. Basel

sales maNaGer Wisam Al-Nader sales coordINator Masa Sidawi sales team Zeid Al Ajlani - Asaad Ebish FINaNce Gihan Abbas Ahmad Mashnoq Abdulqader Asmar reserVatIoN Ayham Ibrahim

November 2011 Issue No 78




Heritage & Travel19 22 24 27 30 32Rock Climbing in Damascus. The Norias of Hama: Remnants of a Great Past. Different Government Same Ill: cooked Decisions! Dont Shoot the Messenger!. The Honeymoon is Over!.


FashionTime To Play!

Society Technology47 48 38 40 41 42Emaar Company Breakfast (Iftar). Syrian Kuwait Insurance Company Breakfast (Iftar). Damascus International Book Fair. Solidarity Insurance Company (Cooperative Insurance Union) Breakfast (Iftar).

Volkswagen Middle East committed to regions ecological sustainability: Raising the awareness of fuel efficiency. Let the tablets war begin Apple iPad2 VS Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Lifestyle 52 54

Selecting the Best Mens Watch. Top Mens Watches for 2011.



Editor Letter



HUGH JACKMAN: Made of Real Steel

Culture 1516

classic escapades that have enthralled generation after generation with their one-ofa-kind mix of action, humor and scintillating tale-spinning in The Adventures of Tintin, The Secret of the Unicorn. Based on the internationally beloved and irrepressible characters created by Herg, the story follows the unquenchably curious young reporter Tintin and his ercely loyal dog Snowy as they discover a model ship carrying an explosive secret. Drawn into a centuriesold mystery, Tintin nds himself in the sightlines of Ivan Ivanovitch Sakharine, a diabolical villain who believes Tintin has stolen a priceless treasure tied to dastardly pirate named Red Rackham. But with the help of his dog Snowy, the salty, cantankerous Captain Haddock and the bumbling detectives Thompson & Thomson, Tintin will travel half the world, outwitting and outrunning his enemies in a breathless chase to nd the nal resting place of The Unicorn, a shipwreck that may hold the key to vast fortune . . . and a ancient curse.Director: Steven Spielberg Stars: Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis and Daniel Craig.

Omar Abu Risha: The flute of the Syrian poetry. The Scene and Unseen.

Film & TV64 GuideIn the not-too-distant future the aging gene has been switched off. To avoid overpopulation, time has become the currency and the way people pay for luxuries and necessities. The rich can live forever, while the rest try to negotiate for their immortality. A poor young man who comes into a fortune of time, though too late to help his mother from dying. He ends up on the run from a corrupt police force known as time keepers.Director: Andrew Niccol Stars: Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried and Cillian Murphy.

Created by: Khaldoun Qaddoura


Whats On Movies.

Writer/Director Craig Brewer delivers a new take of the beloved 1984 classic lm, Footloose. Ren MacCormack is transplanted from Boston to the small southern town of Bomont where he experiences a heavy dose of culture shock. A few years prior, the community was rocked by a tragic accident that killed ve teenagers after a night out and Bomonts local councilmen and the beloved Reverend Shaw Moore responded by implementing


Interview In the fall of 2009, Jackman made a return to Broadway in the Keith Huff-penned A Steady Rain. Co-starring Daniel Craig, the play tells the story of two Chicago cops who are lifelong friends and whose differing accounts of a few traumatic days change their lives forever. On February 22, 2009, Jackman took on the prestigious role of hosting the 81st Annual Academy Awards. Live from the Kodak Theater, he wowed those in attendance and helped ABC score a 13% increase in viewership from the previous year. This wasnt, however, Jackmans first foray into Awards show hosting. Previously, Jackman served as host of the Tony Awards three years in a row from 2003 2005, earning an Emmy Award for his 2004 duties at the 58th Annual ceremony, and a nomination for his 2005 appearance at the 59th Annual ceremony. In late 2008, Jackman appeared in 20th Century Foxs romantic action-adventure epic Australia, directed by Baz Luhrmann. The film, set in pre-WWII northern Australia, sees Jackman as a rugged cattle driver who assists an English aristocrat (played by Nicole Kidman) in driving a herd of 2000 cattle across hundreds of miles of rough terrain, where they must also face the Japanese bombing of Darwin, Australia. In early 2008, Jackman was seen in the 20th Century Fox film Deception opposite Ewan McGregor. The dark film explores the mystery of a womans disappearance and a multi-million dollar heist. Jackman has also starred in Darren Aronofskys The Fountain, Christopher Nolans The Prestige and Woody Allens Scoop. He has lent his voice to the animated features Happy Feet and Flushed Away. Other films in which he has had leading roles include Someone Like You, Swordfish, Van Helsing and Kate and Leopold, for which he received a 2002 Golden Globe nomination. For his portrayal of the 1970s singersongwriter Peter Allen in The Boy From Oz, Jackman received the 2004 Tony Award for Best Actor in a musical as well as Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World awards. Previous theater credits include Carousel at Carnegie Hall, Oklahoma! at the National Theater in London (Olivier Award nomination), Sunset Boulevard (for which he won a MO Award, Australias Tony Award) and Disneys Beauty and the Beast (MO Award nomination). Jackmans career began in Australia in the independent films Paperback Hero and Erskineville Kings (for which he won the Australian Film Critics Circle Best Actor award and a Best Actor nomination from The Australian Film Institute). In 1999, he was named Australian Star of the Year at the Australian Movie Convention.


Were you consciously looking for a movie like thisthat is really for everyone? No, I wasnt. It came to me as a film script and I read it and really loved it. However, when Shawn Levy came on board, that just strengthened it even more. I knew it was a big movie, but it wasnt relying on me for action. It was almost the opposite. I get beaten up in one scene, but apart from that, theres no peopleaction for me. This is the first time youve worked with Director Shawn Levy. If you could describe him in one word, what would it be and why. Phenomenal. Hes become a genuine friend, which is not easy in this business. You can probably count on one hand the amount of friends I have who I think of as real friends. Hes like omnipresent. He knows everything thats going on, from a producers point of view. If I go up to him as an actor and have an issue, hell already know what it is. And Im like, how can you