From 10.00 am till 18.00 pm
Safety briefing will be given upon getting on the Dhow and before sailing. The traditional Qatari Dhow which is equipped with the required fishing equipments will take you to the fishing spots where you will enjoy fishing and competing with your friends. Our professional chef will start preparing a BBQ lunch on board while you are enjoying the water, air and the view. Our chef will clean, prepare, marinate the day's catch for you to taste the delicious fresh gulf fish.
Speed Boat (Max. 7 Pax)
You can choose between mornings or after noon trips at your convenient.
From 09.00 am till 13.00 pm
From 14.00 pm till 18.00 pm
An experienced captain & fishing equipment are waiting to take you to the fishing areas. Water and soft drinks are included.
From 10.00 am till 15.00 pm
After being picked up from your hotels in air–conditioned buses you will be taken south to beach where an artificial reeve exists. Professional licensed divers will be available with the required diving equipments; they will brief you on safety before the actual activities start. Lunch, soft drinks and water will be provided.
You can choose between mornings or after noon trips at your convenient.
From 11.00 am till 17.00 pm
From 19.00 pm till 01.00 am
Safety briefing will be given upon getting on the Dhow and before sailing. The traditional Qatari Dhow will take you to Al Saflia Island while soft music is being played in harmony with waves of the sea. Our professional chef will start preparing the BBQ lunch or dinner on board while you are enjoying the water, air and the view.
You can choose between mornings or after noon trips at your convenient.
From 09.00 am till 13.00 pm
From 14.00 pm till 18.00 pm
Safety briefing will be given upon getting on the Dhow and before sailing. The traditional Qatari Dhow will take you to Al Saflia Island while soft music is being played in harmony with waves of the sea. The activities will start after anchoring at the island. The Activities vary from jet skiing, speed boat with banana and doughnuts. Our professional chef will start preparing the BBQ lunch on board while you are enjoy the day.
The warm and safe waters of the Gulf are ideal for the practice of all types of water sports. We also operates water sport facilities at the beaches upon request.
Our wide range of water activity packages include:
* Jet Skiing
Qatari women are gradually making inroads into the vibrant oil and gas sector and taking up jobs that have for long been exclusive domain of men, according to the Energy and Industry Minister.
H E Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada told a Qatar international businesswomen’s forum on Monday that in the services sector of oil and gas Qatari women accounted for more than a third (41 percent) of the employees.
He said the UN Millennium Development Goals report on Qatar also mentions that half the shares traded on the Qatar bourse were by local women investors.
The state’s energy arm, Qatar Petroleum, is a good example of Qatari women’s increasing employment.
“They account for half the number of women employees,” he said.
They have also entered the financial sector in a big way.
The Minister said some 3,500 private companies across different sectors are owned by Qatari women.
The sectors these companies are from include industry, financial services, trading and tourism, among others.
As for the government sector, Qatari women account for a third of the employees.
The Minister said women’s participation in the country’s development was an essential part of the government’s strategy.
“Through education and training we have managed to make a difference in the realm of women’s empowerment,” Al Sada said.
Qatar sending two planeloads of relief to Philippines
Under the directives of the Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Qatar will today send two consignments of emergency aid to the typhoon-affected areas of the Philippines.
Two planes carrying 80 tonnes of aid are scheduled to fly from Doha to The Philippines today, Qatar News Agency reported yesterday, quoting Dr Ahmed Al Meraikhi, Director, International Development, at the Foreign Ministry.
The shipments will contain first aid, food items, tents, clothes, and blankets, among other items.
Meanwhile, the Qatar Red Crescent in collaboration with Philippines Red Cross launched a campaign to raise $2m to support people hit by Typhoon Haiyan.
The emergency appeal focuses on providing food, water, shelter, non-food items and healthcare to 5,000 families (25,000 people) in affected provinces of Northern Mindanao region.
Civil Defence conference welcomes Qatar proposal on GCC tie-up
The Doha Declaration issued by the 4th Civil Defence Exhibition and Conference has welcomed the proposal of Qatar to establish a mechanism for coordination between civil defence, search and rescue teams in GCC states.
The conference was organised by the General Directorate of Civil Defence of Qatar in collaboration with the Consultative Group on International Search and Rescue and the International Organisation for Civil Protection and Civil Defence and the participation of the United Nations Office of the strategies of international disaster risk reduction.
The declaration stressed the need to strengthen coordination between civil defence and search and rescue teams to respond to crises and disasters.
The conference covered four key issues including coordination in the operations of the civil defence, search, rescue and emergency services, and capacity building for relief workers and humanitarian operations, and dealing with major risks of medical and psychological aspects , and the protection of civil defence personnel in military conflicts.
The Doha Declaration confirmed the continuation of cooperation and coordination between civil defence and civil protection and search and rescue teams based on Oslo Guidelines for civil-military cooperation in the natural disasters of 1994 and its Supplement of 2003 on armed conflicts.
It also stressed the importance of the guidelines of the International Advisory Group for Search and Rescue as an initial reference by the General Assembly at the United Nations No.57/ 150 in 2002 as the basis and reference for the definition of standards for international assistance to search and rescue teams in urban areas.
Qatar delegation returns from World Travel Market in London
Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) has concluded its participation at the World Travel Market (WTM) which took place at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London last week.
The event attracted more than 48,000 senior travel professionals, government officials and international media.
QTA focused on holding buyer meetings and interacting with counterparts in the UK and European tourism industry to increase interest in Qatar as a destination for business and leisure travel, as well as conducting interviews with British and international media to promote the destination.
QTA Chairman, Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi said, “The large number of participants at the WTM this year is testament to the importance and significance of this trade show. Qatar was well positioned at the event, with a range of industry stakeholders showcasing the unique proposition that Qatar offers to business and leisure travellers alike.”
QTA showcased Qatar’s credentials as a leading destination in the Gulf region for business and leisure travel with quality hotels, world-class conference centres and unique cultural activities. At the stand, visitors were able to see and experience some of characteristic elements of Qatar, including artisans making Qatari arts and crafts, henna tattooing and falcons.
The Qatari stand was led by QTA and included representation by the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage, Katara, Qatar UK 2013, Qatar Museums Authority, Qatar Airways, Katara Hospitality and The Diplomatic Club, in addition to a range of tour operators and hotels: Century Hotel Doha, Intercontinental Doha The City, Retaj Hotels and Hospitality, Inter-Continental Doha, Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel, Crown Plaza Doha The Business Park, Best Western Hotel Doha, Wyndham Grand Regency Hotel Doha, Doha Marriot Hotel, The Ritz-Carlton Doha, Sheraton Doha Resort and Convention Centre, Sharq Village and Spa, Sealine Beach Resort, Four Communications, Qatar International Adventures and Regency Travel and Tours.
“We thank all our partners for joining us in the Qatar pavilion at WTM. This important collaborative work aligns with QTA’s efforts to boost business and leisure tourism as a sector of Qatar’s diversified economy,” added Al Mohannadi.
At this year’s WTM, QTA focused on the theme of timeless experiences: culture, wonder, luxury, elegance, flavour and history. The theme showcased Qatar’s rich culture across centuries, from pearl divers in the first millennium BC to today’s cosmopolitan hub of the Middle East. Visitors to the stand discovered all that visitors can explore, from Arabian legends, golden sands and architectural masterpieces of the past, present and future, to the authentic experiences, comfort and recreation activities available in Qatar today.
During WTM, QTA held a contest at its stand where visitors who came to discover the timeless culture of the destination could enter for a chance to win pearl earrings, tickets to the Victoria & Albert and Qatar Museums Authority exhibition “Pearls” and a holiday to Qatar. QTA also organized several opportunities to brief the British and international media, including breakfast at the V&A Museum, and lunch held for media and trade representatives on the stand at ExCel convention centre.
The International Social Security Association (ISSA) has launched a pioneering Centre for Excellence, which will introduce professional standards for social security organisations worldwide. The ISSA centre of excellence, a dream project of ISSA was launched at a glittering ceremony at Sheraton Doha yesterday as part of the World Social Security Forum which is underway in Doha.
ISSA centre of excellence will provide knowledge and experience data bank as well as training programmes to upgrade the security administration.
This will enable the members to have a comprehensive and practical guide to achieve excellence through interesting workshops, learning experiences and ambitious and realistic programmes, the meeting was told.
The centre will provide a set of services aimed directly at strengthening the management and administration of social security, across branches and regions.
The most important feature of the initiative is a series of international guidelines, which provide professional standards and benchmarks to support social security organizations to improve governance, enhance service quality and achieve high performance.
The guidelines will be supported by a range of learning and support initiatives, accessible through a dedicated web platform, as well as a calendar of training events, workshops and a technical advice service.
The social security institutions also face complex social and economic changes; improved social security administration is increasingly seen as a key condition for high-performing and well-governed social security systems, according to the ISSA.
“Social security organisations are committed to effective and efficient management, but can find it difficult to assess their performance without authoritative international guidance about good practices and standards,” the ISSA Secretary General Hans-Horst Konkolewsky emphasised at the launch.
“For the first time, the ISSA’s Centre for Excellence will offer an international knowledge and support platform based on recognised professional guidelines, which will provide an unparalleled resource for social security institutions to improve their administrative performance and service quality, which is a condition for the future development and sustainability of their systems,” he added.
Konkolewsky, described Doha as the capital of social security in the world, indicating the materialisation of ISSA Centre for Excellence in Doha , which is considered as one of the most important achievements in the social security systems in the world.
He stressed that the security systems have witnessed better stages in recent years and were able to stand in front of a number of different challenges and economic crises thanks to the efforts and views of the members in the assembly, which have contributed to clearly enforce the infrastructure of social security.
ISSA guidelines cover key areas of good governance, Service Quality, Information and Communication Technology, Contribution Collection and Compliance, Investment of Social Security Funds, Return to Work and Reintegration, Workplace Health Promotion, Prevention of Occupational Risks
The services of the ISSA Centre for Excellence will be accessible to ISSA member organizations, and will be introduced in phases, beginning next month.
Qatar Classic: Barker pulls out; Gautlier to defend title in Doha
World No. 7 Peter Barker of England has withdrawn from the 2013 Qatar Classic tournament which begins here from November 10 at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex, a Qatar Squash Federation (QSF) official said yesterday.
However, returning to defend his crown in Doha will be Frenchman Gregory Gaultier, the World No. 2, it was confirmed yesterday.
Other notable names who will feature in the week-long action at the $150,000 prize money event include, recently crown world champion Englishman Nick Matthew and compartiot James Willstrop.
“Peter Barker has been forced to pull out from the Qatar Classic on account of the injury he suffered at the World Championship in Manchester, England,” informed Gamal Rasmi, Technical Secretary at QSF.
The Qatar Classic has established itself as one of the squash calendar’s premier events and is part of the PSA World Series. Barker place in the main draw has been handed to another Englishman Adrian Grant. Grant is one of the 24 players who have found a place in the main draw. Eight other players will make to the main draw through the qualifying rounds which begin tomorrow.
Qatar promising youngster Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi, who has been having a good run on the PSA Circuit, has been handed a wild card and will take on former world champion Ramy Ashour in his first round match.
Ashour, who was forced to retire from his semi-final tie against Nick Matthew due to leg injuries, is expected to be fit in time for the Doha challenge.
“Players taking part in the qualifying rounds of the championship have already arrived and allthe arangements to host the championship are complete. The seeded players will be arriving today,” informed Rasmi.
Members of the Guardia Civil patrol the border fence between Spain and Morocco in the Spanish enclave of Melilla. A would-be migrant died yesterday when he fell while trying with 150 others to scale the border fence separating Morocco from Spain’s north African territory of Melilla.
Swiss pilot Yves Rossy, or “Jetman”, flying near Mount Fuji in Shizuoka prefecture, Japan. Rossy, with jet-engine powered wings strapped on his back, circled the country’s highest mountain nine times over one week. In each flight, he dived from a helicopter, soared as high as 3,657 metres and parachuted back to earth.
BAE Systems will axe 1,775 shipbuilding jobs and close a historic yard in Britain as a government austerity drive hits demand, the British maker of military equipment said yesterday.
The yard in Portsmouth will be closed in the second half of 2014, but an engineering team will be retained to support new Type 26 warships, which will be built in Glasgow, BAE said in a statement.
The undisclosed cost of restructuring BAE’s shipbuilding business will be borne by the Ministry of Defence (MoD), the company added.
At the same time, the British government is imposing deep cuts to defence budgets as part of a round of sweeping public spending reductions aimed at slashing the nation’s deficit. The MoD also announced plans yesterday for BAE to build three new Offshore Patrol Vessels for the Royal Navy.
A total of 940 jobs will be lost in Portsmouth on the southern English coast, with another 835 axed in Filton in the southwest and at facilities in Glasgow and Rosyth in Scotland by 2016.
Prime Minister David Cameron described yesterday’s announcements as “extremely difficult decisions and our first thought should be with all of those who are affected”.
He told parliament: “In Portsmouth, yes there will be job reductions but there are many more people involved in ship servicing than ship building, so the workforce will go from 12,000 to 11,000.”
BAE Systems said it had reached a deal with the government “to enable the implementation of a restructuring of its UK naval ships business” resulting in the loss of 1.3 percent of its global workforce of 88,200 people.
“Consultation will commence on a total employee reduction of 1,775 that is expected to result from these restructuring proposals,” it said, adding that the consolidation of its British ships business would “match future capacity requirements”.
BAE said it had experienced a “significant” reduction in workloads following the peak of activity on its current programme to build two aircraft carriers.
It added: “The implementation of these restructuring activities will sustain BAE Systems’ capability to deliver complex warships for the Royal Navy and secure the employment of thousands of highly skilled employees across the UK.”
Trade unions described the cuts as a “devastating” blow for the industry.
“There is no doubt that this is a devastating day for the UK shipbuilding industry,” said David Hulse, a senior official with the GMB union.
Qatar Petroleum (QP) and the Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (DCCE) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) and entered into a strategic partnership to develop mutually beneficial sustainable development projects.
The MoU was signed by Saif Saed Al Naimi, Director of the HSE Regulations and Enforcement Directorate of QP, and Waleed Ali Ahmed Salman, Chairman of the DCCE, here yesterday.
The Minister of Energy and Industry H E Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada welcomed the signing of the MoU, highlighting its importance in promoting sustainable development and in opening the way for the exchange of experiences between QP and DCCE. The Minister noted this cooperation would contribute to creating initiatives that will enhance energy consumption efficiency, and lead to innovative solutions to climate change challenges.
Dr Al Sada stressed the importance placed by the State of Qatar on sustainability and climate change issues, as well as on its role in consolidating best practices within the framework of achieving its strategic objectives, which include rationalising energy consumption and reducing carbon emissions.
In his comments on the occasion, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice-Chairman of the Supreme Council of Energy in Dubai, said that the DCCE looks forward to working with Qatar Petroleum to develop a regional network that will support the economy according to the principles of sustainable development, to raise the efficiency of energy consumption and resources, as well as to monitor global trends and to evaluate opportunities of developing it locally.
“This MOU complements the recent success of the State of Qatar in hosting the 18th Conference of Parties (COP 18) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which has extended the Kyoto Protocol for a new period. It also supports what the Qatari capital Doha has achieved by opening a new gateway to take the lead in creating and developing new market mechanisms and in building a green and sustainable infrastructure, which certainly requires many initiatives for it to completed successfully and to meet international and domestic expectations,” Tayer added.
Through this MOU, there will be initiatives to promote national and institutional capacity, and it will also provide the opportunity to create new platforms to add financial resources through the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) within the framework of partnerships between the public and private sectors. He said that this will lead to the launch of a variety of developmental initiatives so as to promote a culture of innovation and excellence to improve environmental performance, reduce the consumption of resources and promote the implementation of best practices.
Saif Saed Al Naimi added that both QP and the DCCE will exchange institutional knowledge and experiences as well as disseminate concepts and skills related to the application of creativity and innovative thinking. Activating their joint action will improve their operations, simplify procedures, develop customers’ services, and maximize benefits for the community.
Occidental Petroleum, GDI sign QR865m drilling service contractOccidental Petroleum, GDI sign QR865m drilling service contract
Occidental Petroleum of Qatar (OPQL) and Gulf Drilling International (GDI), a subsidiary of Gulf International Services (GIS), have signed a five-year contract for OPQL to use GDI’s recently acquired drilling rig.
The QR865m worth drilling service contract was signed in the presence of H E Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry by Steve Kelly, President and General Manager of OPQL and Ibrahim Jassim Al Othman, Chief Executive Officer of GDI.
The ceremony was attended by Saad Sherida Al Kaabi, Director of Oil & Gas Ventures of Qatar Petroleum; Stephen I Chazen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Occidental Petroleum Corporation, and Sandy Lowe, President of Occidental Oil and Gas Corporation (OOGC), International Production.
The event marks the third rig that GDI has under contract to Occidental Petroleum of Qatar, having already successfully deployed the Al Rayyan and Al Wajba jack-up rigs in support of their extensive development program. GDI was recently commended by OPQL for the excellent performance of its rigs.
On the occasion, Dr Al Sada hailed the visionary leadership of the Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and his continuous support to the oil and gas sector. Dr Al Sada also recognised GDI’s continuous success and voiced his appreciation for what GDI has achieved.
Chazen said:“ Occidental Petroleum is fully committed not only to further development of the fields we operate in Qatar, but also to the strengthening of Qatar’s in-country capabilities in oil field services. This contract exemplifies that commitment and we applaud GDI’s achievement in establishing itself as a world-class Qatari drilling company.”
Kelly said: “Oxy Qatar has established a strong, mutually beneficial relationship with GDI over the past several years and our commitment to this third rig for a five-year period demonstrates our confidence in GDI’s ability to continue to support our development plans with an emphasis on safe and efficient operations.”
Al Othman said: “We are pleased to supply a third rig that will form an integral part of OPQL’s development plans. We have worked hard to gain the confidence of this valued client, and that is reflected by their request for additional rigs. Our mutual success is a glowing tribute to the strong relationship we have formed and we look forward to even greater achievements coming from this partnership in the future”.
In March 2013, Gulf Drilling International signed a contract with Occidental Petroleum of Qatar to provide drilling services with the continued use of the Al Rayyan rig.
The cumulative value of the three GDI rigs now under contract to Oxy stands at QR1.3bn. This significant commitment on part of OPQL will ensure a long and prosperous relationship with GDI.
Ethical leadership is vital for business growth: Seetharaman
The human resource factor in leadership should focus on grooming people for global environment, explained Dr R Seetharaman, Group CEO of Doha Bank. He was giving a presentation on ““Leadership, Accountability, and Ethics” on at the Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland recently. The meeting was attended by students, professors and management staff of Washington college.
“Leaders focus on identifying and expanding human talent base, minimising people skill gaps, expanding intelligence in products and services and sustaining high satisfaction and motivation level. Responsibility and Accountability promotes leadership development,” he said.
Seetharaman explained the areas which leaders need to transform to handle modern challenges. He said that the realignment of business models in the light of current global, regional and local scenarios and the basic challenges economies face in moving from crisis to stability.
“In 2008 as the financial crisis went from bad to worse, policymakers and business executives struggled. True leaders are those who bring accountability, consistency and ethical practices. Business models need to be realigned by transforming organisation mindset. We should develop mindset to work in a virtual organisation. Participative leadership is necessary for changing the mind-set and result in improved performance.”
Dr Seetharaman emphasised the priorities of leaders for sustaining business growth. “Leaders should know how to manage various stakeholders’ expectations and also monitor the changes in various stakeholder expectations. Ethical leadership is the key for sustainable business development,” he said.
Qatar Airways is not interested in ordering Boeing’s proposed new 777X wide-body jet, its chief executive said.
Asked whether the carrier was looking at ordering a proposed revamped version of Boeing’s 777 mini-jumbo, Akbar Al Baker said: “We are not interested in buying”.
Qatar Airways is among several carriers being courted by Boeing as it finalises plans for a larger version of its profitable 777 wide-body jet expected to be launched at Dubai Airshow next month.
Al Baker had earlier said the airline wanted to be a launch customer for the 777X. He denied reports that Qatar Airways is in talks with Indian budget carrier SpiceJet for a stake. “No, that’s not true at all. We are not interested in that.” He said Qatar Airways is only interested in a code share with the Indian carrier.
Fumigation services of Al Rayyan Municipality have come to a standstill, leaving several homes infested with pests and cockroaches, residents complain.
Al Rayyan is a large municipality covering a vast area. A senior official from the civic body said they had run out of pesticide stocks.
“We have not been providing fumigation services since August 22 (for more than two months now) since we have no pesticide stocks left,” said Muqbil Al Shummari.
He told local Arabic daily Al Raya in remarks published yesterday that the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning floats tenders to procure stocks every two years.
However, this year tenders were delayed due to the restructuring of some ministries. The responsibility to import stocks and coordinate with other municipalities has now been assigned to Doha Municipality, he said.
Al Rayyan Municipality has contacted the ministry and they have given assurances to provide pesticide stocks in a few weeks, he said. According to Al Shummari, they are receiving more than 50 requests a day for fumigating homes. “Requests are piling up. We now have more than 500 requests but we can’t do a thing.”
A Qatari, who gave his name as Abdullah Al Suwaidi, told the daily that he and his family members couldn’t sleep because his home was invaded by pests. Efforts to contact Al Rayyan Municipality for help have failed because it has run out of pesticide stocks, he said.
Jarallah Al Marri, from the sprawling and working class locality of Maither, said the area’s streets remain infested by rodents and attempts to rope in civic fumigation services have been in vain. Black rats are a bigger menace, Al Marri added.
Residents said private fumigation service providers are having a gala time. Some are asking for cash deposits of up to QR3,000, claimed a resident.
There are other providers who demand QR300 for one visit. “The problem is, their pesticides are not effective. The civic fumigants are the best,” claimed another resident.
Meanwhile, in Al Wakra, some expatriates this newspaper spoke to said their homes remained invaded particularly by American cockroaches (smaller roaches).
A resident said the menace of smaller cockroaches in his home, especially kitchen, was too much to handle.
Several residents of Doha also complained of cockroach menace in their homes. One resident of Old Airport locality said he got his home fumigated by a private company every month for QR200.
The Greater Doha Metro Rail, which will link Messaieed to Al Khor and Ras Laffan via Musheireb and Hamad Hospital in Doha city, will be ready in 2018.
Al Khor is some 42km north of Doha while Ras Laffan is about 90km away from here, also in the north. The metro will comprise four rail networks, some 80 percent of which will be underground.
The networks will crisscross one another at Musheireb rail station, which will be the main junction.
The first network to be known as Red, will be 174km long and cover 20 stations and link Messaieed to Al Khor and Ras Laffan via Musheireb and Hamad Hospital in Doha and Lusail City.
Lusail will have its own internal rail network.
The second Metro network, with a length of 128km, is to be known as Green. It will pass through 32 stations and link Doha city (Musheireb) to Education City and the South Industrial Area and stretch up to Umm Salal in the north.
The third Metro network will be known as Golden. It will link Hamad International Airport to Al Waab city via Doha from east to west. This network will also pass through Musheireb (the main junction), northern parts of Old Airport locality, south of Al Rayyan and Salwa Road.
Then comes the fourth and the last network, to be known as Blue. It will be a semi-circular network and will link the first three networks to one another. It will pass through the West Bay to the northern side of Hamad International Airport. The network will go around the C Ring Road.
The Education City station will be the second largest after Musheireb. The Musheireb station will have 190-metre long platform and will be located some 30 meters underground.
As for international rail lines, one will link Doha to Saudi Arabia while the other will pass through the proposed Doha-Bahrain causeway and link Doha to Manama.
It is, however, not known if these two networks will also be ready for operation by 2018.
The designs of all stations and related buildings will be based on Arab and Islamic architecture.
The initiation point for the Red network will be Messaieed, while that for Green will be Hamad International Airport. Messaieed will also be a large terminus.
Qatar’s rail project comprises three parts: The Greater Doha Metro networks, the international lines that will connect Doha to Bahrain and Doha to Saudi Arabia (and to other countries from there), and the Lusail City’s internal rail system. Some 32 percent of Qatar Rail Company’s employees are Qatari and include highly qualified and experienced engineers.
Four art students from the UK’s Slade School of Fine Art have teamed up with four Qatari artists as part of the Qatar UK Artist’s Exchange Residency programme.
Managed by Doha-based Ben Barbour, the programme will be hosted at Katara Cultural Village, concluding on 16 November.
The Qatari artists taking part are: Shaymaa Alyafey, Ameera Al Aji, Ahmed Nooh and Ali Al Mullah. The artists have honed their skills at Katara Cultural Village’s own artistic residency and educational programmes under the supervision of Sa’id Costa, Curator of Visual Arts Exhibitions & Educational Programs at Katara Cultural Village.
The UK students include Hannah Shin, Jennifer Martin, Robert Crosse and Zoe Schoenherr from the Slade School of Fine Art. They will be paired with their Qatari peers to create art together over the coming month, which will be on display at Katara Cultural Village later in the year.
“We are very excited to be welcoming these art students over from the UK. We are very grateful to the Slade School of Fine Art, one of the leading art education institutions in the world, joins us in the Artist’s Exchange Residency. We look forward to this artistic collaboration and are excited to see their joint work showcased later in the year,” said Costa.
Martin Hope, Director, British Council Qatar said: “This Artist’s Exchange Residency embodies what the Qatar UK 2013 Year of Culture strives for; it creates lasting partnerships between institutions and individuals and it sparks an international exchange of culture and ideas. We are very grateful for these students to have the chance to learn from each other and are heartened to build upon nine months of high quality, high-level cultural engagement between our two nations.”
World renowned shows glut Doha audience’s eyes this Eid Al Adha, thanks to a rich programme Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) along with its partners offers to the public this Eid.
Unlike the previous editions of the Eid Al Adha festival, this is the first time organisers brought at one time shows featuring globally famous characters from films and cartoon features such as Smurfs, Ice Age, Ben 10 and Snow White.
Smurfs and Ben 10 are being staged alternately at The Gate Mall and Landmark Mall while Ice Age is being shown at the City Centre Mall. The classic tale of Snow White on the other hand plays at the 980-seat Al Rayyan Theatre in Souq Waqif.
“I commend QTA for bringing these shows which are popular to children around the world,” said Myrna, a Filipina mother whose daughter is a fan of the Smurfs. They were watching the show yesterday at The Gate Mall.
She had to buy some merchandises for her daughter after the recent showing of the film Smurfs 2, and meeting the adorable blue characters in person was an experience her daughter would remember for quite sometime, she said.
The Smurfs show lasts for 30 minutes and is shown thrice, at 5.30pm, 7pm and 9pm until Sunday at The Gate Mall. It was originally introduced as a series of characters by a comic artist, which then later evolved into a television franchise that was centered on a group of small blue fictional cartoons.
The series aims to positively impact children by incorporating good values and morals into each episode.
“What a fabulous show! My kids really enjoyed it,” said Catherine, mother of two, after watching the Snow White Show yesterday at Al Rayyan Theatre in Souq Waqif.
The hour-long stage play appealed to the young audience as the 18-member cast including Snow White and the seven dwarfs sang songs live, telling the classic story that has enthralled millions around the world from the storybook and the stage to television and the wide screen.
The audience enjoyed the play as the cast, dressed in colourful costumes, interacted with them at some parts of the show.
A popular cartoon network show that entertains children by entwining multiple stories with a science fiction concept, Ben 10 has been entertaining hundreds of children at Landmark Mall since the first day of Eid.
The Ice Age show has also been a main attraction at the City Centre Doha. The shows held at the ice rink features some of the well-loved characters in the movie including Sid, a giant ground sloth; Manny, a wooly mammoth and Diego, a smilodon, among others.
Providing a wide variety of shows is part of the QTA’s strategy to cement a reputation for Qatar as a popular Eid destination in the GCC.
People who went for Haj from here have begun returning. The first batch of the pilgrims arrived here in two special flights later yesterday.
The first special flight that arrived was by a local pilgrimage operator and it carried 130 pilgrims.
A total of 1,200 pilgrims have gone for this year’s Haj, two-thirds (some 800) of whom were Qataris, while the remaining are expatriates.
The Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs has, meanwhile, announced that all the pilgrims from Qatar are safe. The Ministry’s oblique reference is to the deadly coronavirus whose cases have been detected in Saudi Arabia.
Some pilgrims told the local media they had a safe pilgrimage because the number of pilgrims was relatively less this year.
The monumental amphitheatre at the newly opened West End Park in Mesaimeer attracted thousands of expatriates, including children and families, at a musical show on the first day of Eid Al Adha.
The show featured popular singers from the southern Indian state of Kerala, who enthralled the audience with hit numbers from the traditional Mappila songs of the Muslim community in the state.
Mappila songs are said to have their origin in the songs of the Arab sea fearers, who had landed on the coasts of Kerala hundreds of years ago. The music then became an integral part of the Muslim culture and traditions in the state, still maintaining its charm through renderings by popular singers, composers and lyricists.
The show titled Eid Malhar was organised by Youth Forum, a socio-cultural organisation of Keralite expatriates with support of the Community Policing department at the Ministry of Interior and Media Plus, as event managers.
The show was led by Rehana, a popular Mappila singer from Kerala and was joined by noted and upcoming singers Anas Alapuzha, Akbar Akku, Akbar Chavakkad and Qatar-based singers Neetha and Fazil.
A special performance by young Doha-based artistes presenting a fusion of Mappila art forms oppana, kolkali and dafmuttu added colour to the show. An Arabic style welcome dance was also performed by children as a symbol of solidarity with Qatar.
The main sponsor of the event was the recently-opened Grand Mall Hypermarket at West End Park, the first Doha outlet of the Dubai based Regency Group.
Source: The Peninsula
QF launches interdisciplinary PhD in energy sciences
Qatar Foundation has launched its first PhD programme — ‘Qatar Foundation Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Energy Sciences’ (QF IDPES).
The competitive doctoral programme is a collaboration between Qatar Foundation Research and Development (QF R&D) and Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), the first university to join the programme, and will provide its graduates with an excellent starting platform for a successful career in the field of energy sciences. QF R&D is also currently working with other universities interested in joining this programme.
H H Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, said: “Qatar Foundation believes in the substantial value of a postgraduate education, since it will offer graduates the opportunity to fulfil their personal ambitions and achieve the nation’s development goals. We are committed to nurturing lifelong learning and a culture of knowledge among future generations by providing them with a comprehensive education that can open up countless opportunities for creativity and innovation.”
She added: “With the launch of the ‘Qatar Foundation Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Energy Sciences’, we are keen to foster research and development excellence in relevant subjects like energy sciences, in order to tap into the potential of talented graduates and help them carry out Qatar’s aspirations.”
The Qatar Energy and Environment Research Institute (QEERI), an integral component of QF R&D, has created a stimulating research environment that offers outstanding graduate students with first-class research training and education. HBKU will provide students with the academic oversight.
Faisal M Alsuwaidi, President of Research and Development at Qatar Foundation, said: “Qatar Foundation’s Research & Development division is thrilled to be running this exciting new doctoral programme, as it provides yet another example of our commitment and dedication to realising the Qatar National Vision 2030 and creating a knowledge-based economy. As well as attracting international students, we are encouraging local students to consider this premier programme and move closer to becoming a force for positive change in Qatar.”
The QF IDPES structure is based on the ‘Max Planck’ model whereby students are employed and supported in a research institute in order to conduct their academic research, in association with an affiliated university. The PhD degree is then awarded by the affiliated university.” The QF IDPES consists of the PhD thesis and an additional PhD curriculum.
The world’s oldest movie theatre, where the first films of the pioneering Lumiere brothers were screened in 1899, reopens in a sleepy southern French town today after an extensive facelift.
Gleaming, velvet seats replace dusty chairs, fresh yellow paint and mosaic tiles adorn the facade while oak floors take the place of old carpets. The Eden Theatre, which closed in 1995, is all set for an inauguratory gala event.
Actresses Juliette Binoche and Nathalie Baye and film director Roman Polanski are reportedly among the stars expected to attend today’s ceremony at the seafront theatre in La Ciotat, a town near the sprawling port city of Marseille.
It was at the Eden that the Lumiere brothers, Auguste and Louis, screened their first moving pictures to 250 dazzled spectators on March 21, 1899. The brothers had previously showcased their work in other places, first at their rich, industrialist father’s home and then at other cinemas, but these have since disappeared.
Over the decades, the Eden became both a cinema and theatre, and several French film stars such as Yves Montand and Fernandel performed there in the early days of their careers. But it hit hard times in the 1980s when the then owner was killed by crooks trying to steal his money, and movie buffs just stopped going.
After that, the building opened only for one week every year to host a festival showcasing the first ever French-language movies, until its closure in 1995. Supporters of the old, historic monument never gave up their fight to get it reopened, but it was not until Marseille was named European Capital of Culture for 2013 that local authorities finally agreed to renovations that cost ¤6m ($8.1m).
The Eden will operate as a normal cinema run by a private operator, and visitors will also be able to wander through a permanent exhibition outlining the origins of animated pictures. Outside, the facade will be adorned with a laser installation at night depicting a train, to mark the 50-second-long film Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat filmed by the Lumiere brothers in 1895.
The black and white, silent movie shows a steam train pulling into a station, and passengers getting in and out. The story goes that when it was first screened, spectators were so terrified with the image of a train moving towards them that they lept out of their chairs and ran out in panic, though many people have suggested this is an urban legend.
The challenge for the Eden will be to make the 166-seat theatre economically viable, and fans of the building say it should be a larger cultural project that offers educational tours for school children, screens restored films and hosts film festivals.
An agreement signed recently between Qatar University (QU) and Dalhousie University (Canada) has formalised collaboration in the field of ocean sciences and cooperation in the development of research and training opportunities.
The relationship between the two organisations will promote collaborative research and teaching activities with QU colleges and centres with a focus on ocean sciences. The five-year agreement was signed at the Canadian university in Halifax, Nova Scotia between QU President Prof Sheikha Abdulla Al Misnad and the newly-installed Dalhousie President and Vice-Chancellor Dr Richard Florizone. QU VP and Chief Financial Officer Dr Humaid Al Midfaa and CAS Dean for Research Dr Mohamed Ahmedna were on hand to witness the signing, along with representatives from Dalhousie.
The signing ceremony took place amid a series of events surrounding the honorary Doctor of Laws award bestowed on Prof Al Misnad and seven university leaders by Dalhousie for their achievements in education, and the installation of Dr Florizone.
By the terms of the agreement, cooperative activities will include, or may be expanded to include, faculty and researcher exchanges; student exchanges; mutual recognition and accreditation of courses; graduate student advising; development and /or delivery of courses; joint project development and submission for external funding support; and any other area of cooperation that may be mutually agreed upon by the two institutions.
Commenting on the agreement, Prof Al Misnad said: “The field of ocean sciences is one that is fast growing in importance for Qatar and the Gulf region, and is a strong focus at Dalhousie due to its location in Nova Scotia that is meters from the Atlantic Ocean.
“We are taking the lead towards producing future ocean scientists and researchers who can make a significant contribution to Qatar’s progress in this area”.
The Interior Ministry has won the first prize in a civil defence and protection awareness film contest held by the Arab Interior Ministers Council.
The Secretary General of the council, Dr Mohammed bin Ali Koman, presented the award at the 14th Conference of Arab Civil Defence and Protection Agencies in Tunis, the ministry’s Public Relations Department said in a statement.
The Director of Logistics Department at the General Directorate of Civil Defence, Major Hussain Ibrahim Al Asmakh, received the award for the short film produced by the Public Relations Department of the ministry in association with GDCD. The film highlights marine safety procedures for seafarers and beach cleanliness.
Major Al Asmakh said: “This event is not the first time the ministry is at the forefront of security awareness.”
Arab states are very much concerned and pro-active on creating awareness in civil defence, he said, and praised the PR Department for producing the film.
The ministry has achieved many accomplishments in this field and films produced by the department match high professional standards.
The number of people who have registered as organ donors in Qatar has increased significantly as a result of a campaign held during Ramadan, said a senior official yesterday.
The number has increased by seven times, with 16,606 people registering as donors during the campaign at the City Centre Mall over 40 days. The campaign in 2012 received 2,500 donors.
“However the serious shortage of organs and the gap between the number of organs donated and the number of people waiting for transplants remains high,” Dr Riadh Fadhil, Director of the Qatar Organ Donation Centre (Hiba), told a press conference yesterday.
In Qatar, 70 people are waiting for kidney and 14 for liver transplants. All people who have signed the registry have signed as diseased donors from 88 nationalities aged between 18 and 89 years.
One donor can save the lives of several people and the more people pledge to donate their organs and tissue after their death, the more people stand to benefit. “One woman who signed as a donor in 2012 died and her lungs, heart, kidneys and liver were donated to five people from Qatar, India, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia and another Arab country,” said Dr Fadhil.
People keen to donate organs can sign the registry at the centre near the Women’s Hospital.
Two people have to witness their registration as the pledge is considered an organ donation will. Details of the donor are kept in an electronic record and the person is given an identification card. However, once a death takes place, details are checked in the records. The team at the centre also approaches families of people who haven’t registered. “People can expect a team approaching them when someone dies in their family. We know it’s a difficult time for the family. But we try to change a tragedy into saving lives,” said Dr Fadhil.
Kidneys and liver can be transplanted in Qatar. Other organs and any organ that cannot be matched to any patient here are offered to patients in Saudi Arabia. Eighty-six kidneys have been transplanted since 2010 and four liver transplant surgeries performed in past one year. Qatar is making arrangements to introduce pancreas transplant by next year and there is zero need for heart or lung transplant in the country, he said.
Marking World Sight Day, Hamad Medical Corporation has urged people to undergo eye examinations to prevent avoidable blindness as 80 percent of all vision impairments are preventable.
“Although the number of patients suffering from blindness caused by infections has decreased significantly during the past 20 years, 285 million patients still suffer from vision impairment worldwide. Out of these, 39 million are completely blind,” says Dr Deena Safwan Zeedan, Resident Ophthalmologist at HMC.
World Sight Day is an annual awareness event that takes place on the second Thursday of October.
“Many people associate vision impairment with old age, but there are over 19 million blind children all over the world, and many of these cases could have been prevented through regular checkups,” says Dr Zeedan. HMC provides a screening programme for all infants born at Women’s Hospital and advises that children have follow-up screenings at age six months, age three, during preschool and a yearly screening once in school. Dr Zeedan says that awareness is the first step to preventing avoidable vision impairment.
“Overall, 80 percent of all vision impairment is preventable, and our role is to educate people about that. Our department regularly sends teams to schools to educate students about eye health.”
According to Dr Zeedan, the most common vision impairment problems seen in Qatar include glaucoma, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy. She says awareness, prevention and regular check-ups are the best options for people with a high risk of vision impairment, such as individuals living with diabetes.
“When it comes to preserving your vision, early detection is the solution. Diabetic retinopathy is one of the most common vision impairments worldwide and in the Middle East statistics show that the percent of patients suffering from diabetic retinopathy is likely to increase from 20 percent to 25 percent. This disease can lead to blindness, but it is preventable if diabetic patients follow a healthy lifestyle and control their blood sugar levels,” says Dr Zeedan.
HMC offers outpatient and emergency services at Hamad General Hospital and ophthalmology surgeries are performed at Rumailah Hospital’s inpatient department. General and specialised clinics are in Al Khor, Al Wakra and The Cuban Hospitals.
Bader Abdullah al-Darwish, prominent Qatari businessman and chairman of Darwish Holding, has been honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Arabian Business Achievement Awards Qatar 2013.
The award was received by Saoud al-Darwish, vice-chairman of Darwish Holding, at a ceremony held in Doha recently.
“This award is an honour for the entire Darwish Holding as it is a solid testament to the fact that Darwish has been a key partner for the development and recognition of our nation on the regional and international business map. Our name has been closely linked to that of our country owing to a stellar track record with milestones that have helped raise the bar in the industry,” said
The award reflects Bader al-Darwish’s business achievements that stem particularly from innovative retail concepts that he has introduced to Qatar such as Fifty One East, which has been recognised as Best Retail Company of the Year 2013 for the third consecutive year.
The Arabian Business Achievement Awards is a premier event in the regional business calendar that honours the biggest names in the Gulf business community both at the corporate and individual levels.
Total, a partner of Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club (QREC), is continuing its support for horse racing in Qatar.
In this regard, Total will give people in Qatar the opportunity to discover several aspects of the horse racing world and Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Weekend in Paris.
Katara DFI Cinema is set to present the Mena premiere of the Philippine film Metro Manila next month.
It will be presented between October 3 and 8 at Katara Drama Theatre, Building 16. It’s a thrilling crime drama that will entertain audiences in Doha.
Metro Manila is the story of Oscar Ramirez and his family who leave the mountains of the Northern Philippines and move to Manila in the hope of a better life. Ideal prey in this ruthless city, Oscar unwittingly becomes embroiled in the murky criminal underworld inhabited by his new boss and is caught between wanting to do the right thing and needing to protect his family.
The movie received the Audience Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and is directed by Academy Award and BAFTA-nominated director, Sean Ellis. Don’t miss the opportunity to watch this strong drama that won admiration of many across the globe.
For tickets, Box Office timings and full film listing, public could log in to www.dohafilminstitute.com or visit the DFI Ticket Outlet in Katara, Building 26 where tickets are on sale starting from September 29 between 1pm and 7pm.
The Katara Drama Theatre Ticket Outlet (Katara Building 16) will be open from October 3 to October 8 and until 30 minutes prior to the day’s first screening start time.
In a rare occasion, 25 classical music students in Qatar would get an opportunity to meet legendry south Indian singer Padmashree Dr K J Yesudas and listen to his concert for free.
Selected students studying vocal Carnatic music, a system of music commonly associated with the southern part of the Indian subcontinent, will be able to listen to ‘Yesudas @ Doha’ a classical concert on October 11 at the Qatar National Convention Centre.
Interested students should submit a letter from the music institute they are studying at to Marzook Al Salman and Sons, the organisers of ‘Yesudas @ Doha’.
“Twenty-five children will be allowed to listen to Dr Yesudas for free and if he agrees they would be able to get his blessings as well,” Mohammed Al Shamlan, Managing Director, Marzook Al Salman and Sons, told a press conference, attended by Yesudas, at the Radisson Blu yesterday.
Stressing the importance of learning classical music for people who wish to build a career in music, Yesudas said: “Learn classical music properly as a basic.”
Yesudas sings Indian classical, devotional and popular music.
Yesudas has recorded more than 50,000 songs in many languages. His concert will be a repertoire of famous Indian classical tunes. Entry ticket was officially launched yesterday by Yesudas and the CEO of Doha Bank, R Seetharaman. The concert is expected to attract around 2,000 people from Tamil and Malayalam communities in the country.
HMC Ambulance Service participates in ITS road safety forum
Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Ambulance Service participated in the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and Safety Road Forum at St Regis Doha Hotel recently.
As part of the forum, which brought together road safety experts to discuss latest developments and issues in the field, HMC Ambulance Service’s Chief Operations Officer Brendon Morris and Rashid Andaila, Operations and Public Relations Manager, gave a presentation on the crucial role the Ambulance Service plays in saving lives.
They shed light on Ambulance Service’s operating principles, infrastructure, deployable resources, the dispatch response process and main challenges the organisation faces, including awareness and the increase in demand for services.
“Our participation in this event was important as it provided an ideal opportunity to meet key stakeholders and road safety experts to discuss future cooperation and potential for sharing technological support,” Morris said.
“The aim is to deliver a safe, efficient and sustainable transport network together.”
The Ambulance Service also had a stand at the event as part an exhibition on the sidelines.
“Being part of this event was a great opportunity for us to talk to the public about our ‘Know the 5 to Save Life’ campaign,” Andaila said. “The campaign aims to save lives by asking the public to help us help them. Often the first person on the scene of an emergency can play a crucial role in saving a life.’
Doha Bank Dream cardholder Arunkumar recently redeemed the highest number of Dream Loyalty Points at Joyalukkas, the international jeweller.
The redemption was made for 131,600 Dream Points worth of gold jewellery. “I’m glad to be a Doha Bank cardholder as the ability to utilise my Dream Points has allowed me to choose and buy anything for free from Doha Bank’s partner merchants. In June, gold prices were at their lowest this year and it was truly a very good investment at tremendous value,” said Arunkumar.
Doha, January 26 (QNA) - HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani has sent a cable of congratulations to the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia on the occasion of her country's national day. HH the Heir Apparent Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has also sent a similar cable to the Governor-General of Australia congratulating her on the same occasion.
HH the Emir Sends a Cable of Congratulations to Indian President
HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani has sent a cable of congratulations to the Indian President on the occasion of his country's national day. HH the Heir Apparent Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has also sent a similar cable to the Indian President congratulating him on the same occasion. (QNA)
CITY TOUR(Time: 0900 – 1300 / 1400 – 1800 except Friday's time can be changed according to the requirements.)
Start the drive around the scenic view of the Corniche and visit the old Dhow harbor. A brief stop for the treasured collections at the Museum of
Islamic Arts will followed by the stop at Old Souq, wherein you can find the traditional architectures, spices and falcon markets as well as shops
of trinkets, handicrafts and local products for souvenir and followed by a drive thru around Katara & Pearl Qatar.
(Above mentioned itinerary will be tailor made according to the pickup location by our tour guide)
SHOPPING TOUR(Time: 0900 – 1300 / 1400 – 1800 except Friday's time can be changed according to the requirements.)
The agenda of the trips is shopping. First stop will be at the Souq Waqif (Traditional Market) for trinkets and souvenirs then visit to the
glittering world of the Gold Souq and the next stop will be at Pearl Qatar. The last stop will be at one of Qatar's Shopping Malls at your choice:
Land Mark Mall, City Center, Villagio Mall or at the Mall…
CITY Tour with LUNCH(Time: 0900 – 1300 / 1400 – 1800 except Friday's time can be changed according to the requirements.)
A visit to the famous treasured historical collections of the Museums of Islamic Arts, followed by the assorted markets of Qatar – Camel Market,
Vegetable and fish Market. Another stop will be made at the Dhow Harbor wherein the traditional boats are located. The trip will then end to local
Arabic Traditional Restaurants in Doha and drive along the Corniche…
(Above mentioned itinerary will be tailor made according to the pickup location by our tour guide)
Sheikh Faisal Museum, Camel Track & Equestrian Club
(Time: 0900 – 1300 / 1400 – 1800 except Friday's time can be changed according to the requirements.)
The trip starts by heading to the west of Qatar. These tours will broaden your knowledge on Camel Races. Our Tour Guides will show you the famous
Camels and the race tracks. The next stop will be at the Sheikh Faisal Museum wherein you will see the treasured and priceless collections of His
Highness and followed by the Equestrian Club wherein you will see the different breed of Horses…
NORTH OF QATAR(Time: 0900 – 1500 except Friday's time can be changed according to the requirements.)
Welcome to the historical trip of Qatar. Our tour Guide will drive you to the beautiful Corniche of Al Khor down to the Al Khor Fishing Harbor was
used to be the country's center of pearl and fishing. Passing through Al Thakkira where the view of the mangroves can be seen. The visiting the
ancient Mosque, dates back of 80's -90's at Al Jassassiya. More than 900 of these carvings are said to befrom 1974.two sites will then be visited
to end the trip which is acknowledged as a heritages site the Al Ruis (North Tip of Qatar) and Al Zubara Fort (Archeological Site).
Tours above includes the ff:
o Transportation (Bus/Car)
o Multi-lingual Tour Guide
o Insurance Coverages (passenger)
o Refreshments (water & softdrinks)
Half Day Safari over the Sand Dunes (Time: 0900 – 1300 / 1400 – 1800 – time can be changes according to your requirements.)
Enjoy the adventure of Dune Bashing in the South of Qatar where our professional drivers will take you for an unforgettable experience. The trip
will take you to the marvelous inland see that border of Doha Saudi Arabia. There will be a short stop on our private camp wherein you can take
pictures and refresh for a bit before heading back to Doha…
Full Day Safari (Time: 0900 – 1700 / 1400 – 2100 – time can be changes according to your requirements.)
The journey will start by heading towards to South of Qatar. Our professional drivers will deflate the tires at Sealine to prepare the adventure of
dune bashing. Our driver will then take you over the sand dunes and enjoy breathtaking view of the desert's finest sand followed by visiting the
Inland Sea bordering Qatar & Saudi Arabia. Enjoy the rest of the trips as you relax in our own private camp which is beside the sea. Have fun
with your friends for a swim, beach volleyball or on a sand boarding
(Camel Ride of 20QR per person or a Quad Bike Renting of 250QR per hour per bike, shisha for 25 QR) are the optional activities in the camp…
Overnight Desert Camping (Time: 1400 – 0900 next day – time can be changes according to your requirements.)
Savor and enjoy the desert under the stars with comfort. Our camp has a full amenities to offer – table tennis, volleyball, toilets, shower,
bathroom, Arabic tents and sand boarding. Camel Riding and Quad bike are optional activities with additional cost. It is the best place to get-away
with BBQ Meal for dinner and breakfast for the next day. It is also the best place to see the perfect sunrise. Have fun with your friends for a
swim, beach volleyball or on a sand boarding
(Camel Ride of 20QR per person or a Quad Bike Renting of 250QR per hour per bike, shisha for 25 QR) are the optional activities in the camp…
Tours above includes the ff:
The camp is equipped with Bedouin style tents with traditional Arabian seating
Safety equipments available in our camp
First aid box
Lifejackets for swimmers
o Music system is available; you may bring your own USB.
o Sleeping Bag will be provided (Overnight Camping).
o Continental breakfast in the morning (Overnight Camping).
o Transportation via 4x4 Car with the professional Desert Driver
o Insurance Coverages (passenger)
o Refreshments (water & softdrinks)
o BBQ Meals (Full Day Safari & Overnigth Camping)
o Bathroom facility
o Beach volleyball Court
o Sand board for sand boarding
o You can enjoy swimming
Dhow Cruise (Time: 0900 – 1400 / 1430 – 1930 / 1930-1230 am – time can be changes according to your requirements.)
A traditional wooden dhow boat will take you on a cruise to the Island of Al Safliya while soothing songs are being played. Lavish the view from
our sun deck as the chef prepares the BBQ Meal. As we anchored the boat, savor the pleasure of the trips offer- food, music, swimming and the view…
Water Sports (Time: 0900 – 1300 / 1400 – 1600)
A cruise with our wooden dhow boat to the Island of Al Safliya will be the start of the trip. Upon anchoring, the water sports activities
will be start. Music over board, a swimming, jet skis and speed boat with banana and doughnut rides will be available to have a fun filled trip.
Our chef will be preparing a BBQ Meal for everyone to enjoy.