City Life – Doha Diary, September 2017


QSF’s longest-ever edition concludes

The Qatar Summer Festival (QSF) came to a close after more than two months of exciting celebrations across the nation.

The QSF centrepiece and family favourite, Entertainment City, alone attracted 145,000 visitors to its activities held at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC).
The QSF Mega Raffle draw included over 305,000 vouchers. The conclusion of QSF marks the end of a series of vibrant festivals held in 2017.

“We are very pleased to have our longest-ever edition of QSF mark the end of a year of successful nation-wide events in 2017,” said Saif Al Kuwari, Director of PR and Communication, Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA).

“Creating such a vibrant calendar of annual events would not have been possible without the innovative and collaborative efforts of our partners in the private and public sector,” he added.

Qatar Post joins hands with Aspire

Qatar Post recently signed an MoU with Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF) to forge a new partnership that will serve as the basis for collaboration opportunities, including a new creative outdoor gallery and a mobile Qatar Post kiosk at Aspire Park, as well as the launch of a new stamp collection outlet.

The agreement was signed at Aspire in the presence of Qatar Post Chairman and Managing Director Falah Al Naemi and Abdullah Nasser Al Naemi, Director General of AZF, as well as Khalid Rustom, Head of Arab Postal Stamps Museum, Katara.

Under the new agreement, a retail kiosk will be opened at Aspire Zone to expand Qatar Post’s services to the local community. Qatar Post will also launch the Aspire Sport Stamp Collection to celebrate the core mission of AZF as a global reference for sports excellence, in addition to many other planned initiatives in the future.

Stress busters courtesy Banana Island Resort

With the aim of providing additional comfort to its visitors, ‘Balance Wellness’ at Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara introduced group corporate programmes to relieve stress at work.

‘Balance’ is a first of its kind, fully-dedicated destination wellness centre in the Middle East. Balance Wellness offers its guests a variety of wellness programmes focused on rejuvenating the mind, body and spirit, customising each programme to the individual’s unique requirements to achieve personal goals.

The Urban Wellness and Relieving Stress Programme incorporated for groups of 15-20 people, in either a one-day or two-day activity, is designed to help identify stress signals and provides stress reduction and management techniques. It also identifies personal and professional priorities and works on strategies to create sustainable success, including a short stretching and breathing routine.

HEC Paris to offer 3 Executive Short Programmes

HEC Paris has announced three Executive Short Programmes for the fall of 2017. The programmes aim at providing short, two-day courses on management and finance in an effort to cater to the demanding schedules of successful executives.

‘Managing people to create impact’, ‘Decision making in an uncertain world’, and ‘Demystifying Finance’ are courses designed to help business executives and managers keep up with the challenges that confront them. These courses will be delivered in interactive workshop formats to help create an active learning environment for attendees.
“We at HEC Paris have always sought to offer courses that are relevant to our regional market,” said Dr Nils Plambeck, Dean and CEO, HEC Paris in Qatar.

“Successful people often find themselves confronted by new challenges as they seek out different responsibilities or tasks. Further developing and learning new proficiencies will help them stay informed in the face of the changing environment.”

The new Reserved Kids collection is a combination of sports and hip hop style with rogue charm – trends that have dominated the boys wear and girls wear brand lines in the upcoming season.

QOC partners with Olympic Refugee Foundation

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced the launch of the Olympic Refugee Foundation at its session in Lima, Peru, with the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) confirmed as a founding donating partner.

The Foundation is aimed at pursuing the work undertaken throughout the Olympic Movement over recent years to support refugees around the world, and is a further major initiative that has emerged from the strong and longstanding partnership between the IOC and UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

Giving his views on the developments, President of QOC, HE Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad Al Thani, said: “The Qatar Olympic Committee has made a donation to the Olympic Refuge Foundation to support the International Olympic Committee and the UN Refugee Agency in the valuable work that they are doing to improve the lives of young refugees around the world through the power of sport.


The ‘100 Days of Blockade’ art intiative

The Doha Fire Station unveiled five graffiti artworks created by its citizens and residents as part of Qatar Museums’ ‘100 days of blockade’ art initiative.

The medium of choice was graffiti, evoking its origins as a form of activism and self-expression, which is easily accessible by the broader community. “Artists are always inspired by their environment; they’re typically moved by significant moment or event, such as the one we’re all experiencing now – the unfair blockade in Qatar,” said Khalifa Al Obaidly, Director of the Fire Station.

“These five talented artists used their creativity to produce fantastic works that best express how they feel about the present political situation, through an art form driven by the need to speak out and share one’s opinions in expressive and accessible ways,” he added.

QFBA launches ‘Kawader’ for 5th successive year

In light of its ongoing successes, Qatar Finance and Business Academy (QFBA), in cooperation with the Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) Authority and the country’s banking sector, is launching the new academic term of its Kawader programme for the fifth consecutive year, which kicked off on September 10 and will conclude on December 14, 2017.

The Kawader programme adopts a unique approach that combines theoretical and vocational training in the workplace, giving students an in-depth look at the institutions of the financial services sector in which they are poised to be recruited in the future. It empowers them to contribute to the development of these institutions, enhance their professional careers, and effectively participate in accelerating the wheel of economic development in Qatar towards the realisation of Qatar National Vision 2030.