CITY LIFE – DOHA DIARY, MAY 2017

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Heaven in Doha

Dr Khalid Bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti, General Director of the Cultural Village Foundation Katara, recently launched the 7th Heaven Arts Center in Al Waab.

The opening ceremony included a press conference with the chairman, artist Amal Al-Aathem, giving a brief speech highlighting the objectives of establishing the centre. It is a development project concerned with creativity, and offers a wide range of specialised quality programs, customised to different age groups. It also provides training programmes on various technical skills and community outreach agendas. During the establishment phase, the centre was able to complete this project in the care and refinement of talent, by participating in the completion of Darb Al Saei during the National Day celebrations, in addition to specialised courses launched with the participation of Qatari artists, who presented their experiences to the future generations of Qatar.


Delicious Expansion

Set to open six new cafés and boutiques in some of Doha’s most prestigious locations, Bateel International is ready to introduce the capital to a new world of gourmet delights.

Having established itself as the brand of choice for gourmet dates and confectionary from London to Jakarta, Bateel International brings its offerings to Qatar’s capital, Doha for the first time. General Manager, Tina Memic, remarked “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.” A brand new boutique and café opened at the Mall of Qatar location earlier this month. This will be followed by other café’s set to open later this month at the iconic Doha Tower, Doha Festival City and the Lagoona Mall. Known for reinventing and elevating dates to a gourmet product, Bateel has grown to become an admired food brand, renowned globally for culinary excellence.


Setting Records

Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF) and the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy set a new world record in returfing the Khalifa International Stadium.

AZF and the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) have successfully set a new world record for returfing Khalifa International Stadium, one of the landmark venues set to be used at the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar(tm), managing to lay a staggering 7,800+m2 of turf in just 13:30 hrs. The new world record smashed AZF’s previous best which it set when it returfed Al Sadd Sports Club’s stadium in 2016 in just 14:40 hrs. The previous record of 18:00 hrs was set in Europe and had stood for some time. Director General of Aspire Logistics, Abdullah Nasser Al Naimi, highlighted how the achievement reflected AZF’s vision to be the reference in sports excellence worldwide by 2020. Youssif Al Musleh, Deputy Executive Director, Technical Department Office at the SC, said: “The pitch was moved from the SC’s Turf Nursery project and laid down inside Khalifa Stadium by a team of 40 specialists on site as the venue nears completion. Khalifa International Stadium is a historic venue in the eyes of the local community and region, and the fan and player experience in 2022 will ensure that it becomes a memorable venue for the world when Qatar hosts the tournament at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.”


A fun day out

United Development Company (UDC) hosted the Porto Arabia Festival, an outdoor event that featured a variety of entertaining programmes designed for all family members.

Daily entertainment shows – juggling, acrobatics, magic shows, and other fun activities – were part of the festival. Stilt walkers, balloon twisters and caricaturists toured the festival, providing an integrated and comprehensive leisure experience for visitors and residents of The Pearl-Qatar. Through such events, Porto Arabia seeks to cement its position as an attractive family-oriented destination that offers a unique shopping and dining experience for families. From March 9 to April 8, an average of 210,000 vehicles per week have entered The Pearl-Qatar, while a total of 10 million visitors, including residents and tourists, have been recorded over the past year. Visitors now have access to more than 25 new outlets, including cafes, restaurants, and gift and pet shops, that have recently set up shop in Porto Arabia, Medina Centrale and Qanat Quartier, providing new lifestyle offerings to the island’s shoppers.


A win for nature

The Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Sasol and FEC recognise the winners of the Qatar e-Nature Schools Contest 2017.

Under the patronage of HE Dr Mohammed Abdul Wahed Al Hammadi, Minister of Education and Higher Education, the Qatar e-Nature Schools Contest 2017 concluded with the final live round and awards ceremony and the presence of Khalifa Saad Al Derham, Director of Schools Affairs and the representative of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education. Sasol and Friends of the Environment Centre (FEC) celebrated the winners of the competition at the Westin Hotel in Doha, in the presence of government and civil society figures, teachers, students, parents and media personnel. This year around 250 students, representing 43 independent schools and 41 private schools across Qatar participated in the fourth edition of the schools contest. Elite International School won the competition, receiving a voucher worth QR12,000; Al Shaqab Primary School for Girls was second and received a voucher worth QR9,000; and Al Khansaa Independent School for Girls finished third and received a voucher worth QR6,000.


Arabian Delights

UAE’s popular home-grown Arabian restaurant Mandilicious opened its doors in Qatar at Souq Al Suleiman.

The launch of Mandilicious in Qatar was celebrated at an opening ceremony hosted in the presence of a number of VIPs, including members of the local foodie community who were treated to Mandilicious’ signature dish Mandi, an aromatic succulent lamb cooked traditionally over hot embers on the desert sands. Guests were also given a glimpse of the restaurant’s other specialties including its aromatic soups, flavoured sahaweq, delicious tabeekh, and irresistible Arabian desserts including kunafa. In celebration of its opening in Qatar, Mandilicious has launched a competition on Facebook and Instagram to give guests the opportunity to win special discount vouchers for the restaurant. Users can ‘Like’ and ‘Follow’ Mandilicious Qatar’s official pages and share their experiences at the restaurant, and use the hashtag #MandiQatar to enter the contest.


Celebrating India

Mövenpick Hotel Doha hosted a 10-day Indian food festival at Seasons restaurant which was inaugurated by the Indian Ambassador P Kumaran. The hotel celebrated its latest addition, Indian Chef Benoy, who recreated his traditional dishes, and showcased the finest ingredients and recipes.