Browsing: Qatar

Just what you wanted to know ! We handpick the must-read stories and latest news about Qatar and present them with in-depth analysis, pictures and videos.

Qatar
Doha in final 14 list of New7Wonders Cities

Doha has made it one of the 14 official finalists through to the last round of the New7Wonders Cities global campaign. The 7 Official New7Wonders Cities will be declared on December 7 this year. Doha is the only city in the GCC short-listed from over 1,200 nominees from over 220 countries. Announcing the finalists from the New7Wonders headquarters in Munich, Germany; Bernard Weber, Founder-President of New7Wonders, commented, “The short-list is as inspiring as it is enlightening.” The rest of the finalists include Barcelona (Spain), Beirut (Lebanon), Chicago (United States), Durban (South Africa), Havana (Cuba), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), La Paz (Bolivia), London (United Kingdom), Mexico City (Mexico), Perth (Australia), Quito (Ecuador), Reykjavik (Iceland) and Vigan (Philippines). Started two years ago, New7Wonders Cities is the third global vote and follows the New7Wonders of the World and New7Wonders of Nature campaigns. Established in 2001, the foundation aims at contributing to the protection of…

Qatar
QA named ‘Best ME Airline’ for fifth year

Qatar Airways has been honoured for the fifth consecutive year as Best Middle East Airline at the 2014 Business Traveller Asia Pacific Awards. The ceremony, which was held at the Conrad Hotel Hong Kong, was attended by key individuals from the aviation, travel and trade industries. The Annual Business Traveller Asia Pacific Awards, which is now in its 23rd year, handed out awards in more than 50 categories. Qatar Airways Commercial Manager Hong Kong,Mr. Yap Kiang Thiam was on hand to accept the award on behalf of the airline. It has been a remarkable year Qatar Airways. In May, the airline moved to its new home base at the state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar, which includes the 10,000 square foot Al Mourjan Business Lounge, an airside hotel, more than 70 retail outlets and 30 cafés and restaurants. It also welcomed its first A380 and launched 10 new routes…

Qatar
‘Eid Cricket Festival’ a huge hit in Qatar

Cricket and Qatar have never been synonymous with one another, with the game struggling to find its feet in the region. But after yesterday’s Twenty20 bash between World XI and Asian XI attracting more than 10,000 spectators at the West End Park stadium, it can be said that the game has a future in Qatar. Yesterday the West End Park stadium came alive in the holiday season, in a match that was aptly labelled as ‘Eid Cricket Festival’. The organisers could not have chosen a better time and players in their aim to promote the game in the region. They pitted cricket’s two finest left-handed batsmen — Brian Lara and Sanath Jayasuriya — against each other and the crowd was thrilled to see the two legendary run-getters right in front of their eyes. In the end, World XI walked away as winners, beating Asian XI by five runs. After piling…

Qatar
More than 122,000 visit Katara during Eid festivities

Katara – the Cultural Village has received more than 122,000 visitors from within Qatar and abroad during Eid-al-Adha festivities with a considerable turnout of tourists from other GCC countries. The various activities that appealed to all such as the fireworks, the “Big Bang and the story of universe” show, and various other music shows, were a great attraction to the different visitors alongside the varied restaurants and eateries overlooking the beach. Many GCC visitors from Oman, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Kuwait, said that every time they land in Doha they find new things that enhance their enjoyment in the country. In particular, Souq Waqif with its traditional and heritage outlook is one of the major destinations for them, beside Katara, The Pearl-Qatar and various other shopping malls and public parks. Katara Drama Theatre is currently presenting a daily show of a social comedy play titled Abu Salama. The play,…

Qatar
Festivities mark first day of Eid in Qatar

Residents and citizens marked the first day of Eid on Saturday by thronging mosques and, as the day progressed, flocked to malls and other hotspots where Eid entertainment activities were on in full swing. Thousands converged on Msheireb Downtown Doha to observe the project’s maiden Eid prayer at a dedicated prayer ground. Festive mood could be felt all over Qatar as people thronged popular venues to spend the first day of Eid with relatives and friends sharing with them the spirit of the joyous occasion. The malls pulsated with life as performers presented colourful shows as part of the ‘Eid Celebrations in Qatar’ programme organised by Qatar Tourism Authority. City Centre Doha, Lagoona, Hyatt Plaza, Landmark, The Mall and Al Khor Mall offered shows and activities many of which have been brought to Qatar for the first time. Among the shows and activities that enthralled audiences in the malls included…

Qatar
7 events to celebrate your Eid in Qatar

As you look foward to celebrating your Eid in Qatar with friends and family, fabulous meals, live events and loads of fun activities, here is a list of our hand picked events for you: 1. Shreya Ghoshal Live in Concert – Salam Doha 5th October – West End Park Amphitheatre – 7:30 pm – More Details 2. Eid T20 Cricket Festival – World XI vs Asia XI 6th October – West End Park Cricket Statdium – 6 pm – More Details 3. Eid Al Adha Fest for Communities 4th October – West End Park Amphitheatre & Al Khor Club – 5 pm – 10 pm – More Details 4. Disco Dandiya 6th October – Doha Marriot – 5 pm – More Details 5. Angry Birds Exhibition 4-31 October – Katara Cultural Village – More Details 6. Eid Fireworks at Katara 4th-6th October – Katara Cultural Village – 10.30 pm 7. Eid Celebrations in all shopping malls Six malls – City Center Doha, Landmark, Lagoona, The Mall, Hyatt Plaza, and…

Qatar
Call emergency services in seven languages

People will be able to call emergency number 999 round-the-clock during Eid Al Adha holidays in different languages, including Chinese, Hindi, Tagalog, Persian and French, apart from Arabic and English. Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported yesterday quoting the official in-charge of the central operation room (999) that they respond to an emergency call within 10 seconds. Lieutenant-Colonel Hassan Mohamed Al Kuwari said that those who are hearing impaired can also call the emergency number but only in Arabic and English. Meanwhile, banks will have five days of Eid Al Adha holidays beginning from October 5 until October 11, but they will in effect be closed for 9 days considering their weekly days off on Fridays and Saturdays. Eid holidays in the government sector, including ministries and state agencies, will also be for five days until October 11. But the government sector will, in effect, also be closed for 10 days. Civil…

Qatar
Steel bridge to ease traffic on E-Ring Road

In a step to alleviate traffic congestion on E-Ring Road, the Public Works Authority ‘Ashghal’ announced opening the temporary steel bridge, constructed over Mesaimeer Junction (known as Al Obaidli roundabout), completely to traffic on the evening of Thursday 2nd of October 2014. Opening of this temporary bridge, which has been constructed for the first time in Qatar, represents an interim solution to ease the congestion issues in the area, until the completion of development works of E-Ring Road. Road users can now benefit from reduced travel time and take advantage of a free flow route from Al Thumama roundabout towards Bu Hamour area without the need to travel through Mesaimeer Junction, which will significantly relieve traffic congestion in this area. To ensure the safety of the road users and to reduce traffic accidents, the speed limit has been set at 50 km per hour. However, in case of an accident…

Qatar
Qatar declares one week govt holiday for Eid

The public sector in Qatar will be given a week off for Eid Al Adha 2014, the Emiri Diwan has announced. Taking into account that Saudi Arabia has declared Eid on Saturday, October 4, Qatar News Agency reports that the holiday will run from Sunday October 5 to Thursday October 9 Regular hours for ministries, authorities and other public government institutions will resume on Sunday, October 12. Below is a tweet from Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Qatar regarding the same. – Eid holiday to start from Sunday Oct.5 and ends onThursdayOct. 9, and the state employees are to resume their work on sunday Oct. 12. — MOFA – Qatar (@MofaQatar_EN) October 1, 2014

Qatar
Historic Msheireb ground to open for Eid prayers

The historic Eid Prayer Ground located at Msheireb Downtown Doha will be open to the public for Eid Al Adha prayers this week, Msheireb Properties said yesterday. In the last century, the Eid Prayer Ground was located at the edge of the old downtown, adjacent to the Burial Ground and Al Koot Fort. As Doha developed during the oil boom, the space was formalised with an enclosing wall, which can be seen in some of the earliest aerial photographs of the city. Many of the historic buildings within the old town have been rebuilt or refurbished, creating a unique urban townscape that to a large extent defines the historic identity of central Doha. This is the context for the Eid Prayer Ground as part of Msheireb. The prayer ground presents a long, relatively low frontage to the street and is the scale of an entire urban block. It forms a…