Katara hosts Halal Qatar Festival
February 25, 2017
A variety of attractions are on offer.Rate Text Size: A A A Halal Qatar Festival, organised by Katara for the sixth consecutive year, continues to “amaze visitors with its distinctive variety of activities”, the Cultural Village Foundation has said in a press statement.
The festival is scheduled to run until March 4 in Katara’s southern area.
The event has received a large number of visitors from all walks of life since it opened to the public on Friday, according to Katara,...
Much-delayed Mondrian Hotel to open in Qatar this year
February 25, 2017
A new luxury hotel in Qatar that draws inspiration from falcons is expecting to open its doors to the public within the next few months.
Four years behind its original schedule, the Mondrian Doha is now eying a soft launch during the second quarter of this year, its owners have announced.
The hotel will have 270 rooms and suites, eight bars and restaurants with local and international cuisine and what is being billed as “an exclusive and immense spa.”
Plans for the hotel, which is located in West Bay"......
Heritage livestock on show at Halal Qatar Festival
February 24, 2017
The Cultural Village Foundation - Katara played host to a large number of visitors as curtains went up on the sixth edition of Halal Qatar Festival.
The theme of the nine-day festival centres on a distinct feature of the Qatari heritage, one that is drawn from the deserts of Qatar - sheep and goat breeding. The festival will present specific methods that help in breeding and raising sheep and also showcase numerous traditional events along with educational"...
Shop Qatar offers a new platform for entrepreneurs
February 22, 2017
Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) opened a new gateway for local entrepreneurs to develop and showcase their products, as well as develop indigenous industries, through events and festivals such as Shop Qatar, senior officials of Qatar Chamber and Qatar Development Bank (QDB) have said.
In a statement, Qatar Chamber director-general Saleh al-Sharqi said Shop Qatar’s support for young Qatari entrepreneurs offered a platform to feature and highlight their products, in addition to giving incentives to new entrepreneurs to enter the retail sector.
At least 42 small businesses took part in...
Public Wi-Fi launched at The Pearl-Qatar
February 21, 2017
Ooredoo and UDC yesterday launched public Wi-Fi solution on The Pearl-Qatar for visitors and shoppers.
The Cisco-based Ooredoo Supernet solution, which can be accessed by anybody with a compatible device, delivers incredible Internet speeds and a smooth browsing experience. Full coverage is already live across the island’s three retail hubs, namely Porto Arabia, Medina Centrale and Qanat Quartier.
By facilitating the deployment of Internet access points across the island, Ooredoo has brought the award-winning power and performance of the Ooredoo Supernet to The Pearl-Qatar so that...
Mondrian Doha Hotel to Open This Spring in Qatar
February 21, 2017
sbe will open its first hotel in the Middle East with the launch of Mondrian Doha, Qatar in spring (quarter two), 2017. This soft opening will set the stage for Mondrian Doha's grand opening celebration, which follows in late September, 2017.
The 270-room hotel has been designed in collaboration with Dutch designer, Marcel Wanders, along with South West Architecture - the architectural company of record for Mondrian Doha, responsible for the design"...
PM sees greater private sector role in tourism
February 19, 2017
HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani yesterday announced guidelines aimed at boosting Qatar’s tourism industry with the wider participation of the private sector.
At a meeting with businesspersons, the Prime Minister issued directives to conduct a comprehensive review of Qatar National Tourism Sector Strategy 2030 with the participation of the private sector, Qatar News Agency (QNA) reoprted.
In this regard, Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) had held a meeting with representatives of the private sector and recommended steps for the...
Some funky-looking buildings are coming up in Qatar’s Lusail City
February 18, 2017
Several unique-looking buildings are coming up in Qatar over the next few years at the sprawling Lusail City.
The under-construction site north of Doha aims to eventually house 200,000 residents on four purpose-built islands and in 19 multi-purpose districts.
One recently completed project is a set of new 32-story office buildings called the Marina Twin Towers.
The cubes in the new colorful buildings are deliberately stacked unevenly for visual effect, and are in some ways reminiscent of Qatar’s Zig Zag Towers near"......
New aviation protectionism a threat to tourism growth
February 18, 2017
‘If Irungu [Irungu Nyakera, Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Transport] is allowed to utter such nonsense without challenge, then I no longer know right from wrong. Repeating baseless and unproven allegations that Emirates, Gulf Air, Qatar Airways, Etihad and others are strong because they are subsidised by their governments, is pure fiction. They are strong because they give first class service and connect the world through their hubs. Kenya Airways’ situation is not dire because of those airlines bringing"...
Sport buffs enjoy ‘healthy treats’ at The Pearl-Qatar
February 15, 2017
Residents and visitors who participated in the National Sport Day celebration at The Pearl-Qatar got unique treats from retailers and organisers as well.
In a statement, United Development Company (UDC), the master developer of The Pearl-Qatar, said retailers like Niya Yoga at Qanat Quartier offered free yoga sessions while Gymmito and Strongbox extended complimentary fitness classes and tryouts.
Such freebies and activities aimed to help people of all ages to get active on NSD, which featured an array of fun-filled games for...