Monday, 18 December 2017

Qatar will host the largest military parade in its history

The Qatar National Day marks the largest national march in the history of Qatar to commemorate the National Day today,  December 18.

The National Day is celebrated this year under exceptional circumstances when Qatar is still under siege imposed on it since June 5.

The National March will be attended by senior officials of the state, ministers, members of the advisory Council and members of the diplomatic corps accredited to Qatar.

The show begins at 3:15 pm after the arrival of the official procession of Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the ceremony will be opened with verses from the Holy Quran, after which the artillery will launch 18 shells to commemorate the National Day and the guests of the ceremony.

HE Dr. Khalid bin Mohammed Al Attiyah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defense, will deliver a speech during the ceremony.

Qatar National Day Parade practice which took place at Doha Corniche on Friday. Baher Amin © The Peninsula
The parade begins with the entry of horses and camels, which lasts about 7 minutes followed by the largest air show by Qatari air forces, Major General Salem Al Ahbabi, General Coordinator of the Military Show told Al Sharq.

He added that  the military parade is different this year from previous years.

He said that the show  includes for the first time new fighter aircrafts, including the Apache, F-15 and French Rafale aircrafts will make a number of flights as it passes in front of the main platform, and the military shows will be attended by a number of Al Zaeim College aircrafts, led by highly trained Qatari crews.

In case you are unable to be at Corniche today to watch the parade, here are few options where you can see it live from  home, on Qatar TV and Al Rayyan TV

(Source: The Peninsula)

Record 15,000 visitors, deals mark 5th edition of 'Made in Qatar' expo

More than 15,000 people visited the four-day 'Made in Qatar' exhibition that concluded on Sunday.
The fifth edition of the exhibition, which was inaugurated by the Emir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani at the Doha Convention and Exhibition Centre last Thursday, saw the participation of about 320 Qatari industrial companies and 140 productive families, a press statement said on Sunday.

The mega exhibition was organised by Qatar Chamber in cooperation with the Ministry of Energy and Industry, Qatar Development Bank (QDB) and Qatar National Bank (QNB).

Qatar Chamber (QC) Chairman Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim al Thani said the exhibition allowed Qatari companies to showcase the industry and promote their products.

"In addition, they discussed with trade delegations and businessmen who visited the exhibition the possibility of establishing partnerships and alliances that contribute to the promotion of Qatari industry," he added.

The wide participation of exhibitors reflected the desire of the public and private sectors to develop the industrial sector and achieve the desired industrial growth for the country.

Sheikh Khalifa noted that Qatar's industrial sector has witnessed a remarkable development following the unjust siege both in terms of existing factories expanding their production lines and establishment of new factories.

The QC chairman said the number of industrial licences issued by the Ministry of Energy and Industry to investors since the beginning of the blockade has reached 200.

QC Director General Saleh bin Hamad al Sharqi said,"The Made in Qatar exhibition has been very successful both in terms of the wide participation of Qatari industrial companies and the huge attendance at the accompanying industrial forum."

Sharqi pointed out that the exhibition witnessed the signing of cooperation agreements and partnership agreements between several companies participating in the exhibition and foreign companies planning to enter the Qatari market.

He noted that the agreements signed during the exhibition included a cooperation between Kazakhstan and Qatar and an agreement between QDB and Qatar Stock Exchange (QSE) to encourage small and medium enterprises to be listed on the Qatari bourse.

Sharqi said the contracts signed during the exhibition included a partnership between Al Bandari Group and Presta Oil of Bulgaria, in addition to the announcement of the Al Mahtaba Factory for the establishment of the first textile factory in Qatar next year.

Sharqi said QC is in contact with exhibitors to evaluate the results of the exhibition at the level of deals and memorandums of understandings (MoUs) signed during the expo.

Many companies reached preliminary understandings of partnership and alliance with foreign companies and will be holding further their discussions after the exhibition, he said.

Sharqi said the next edition of the 'Made in Qatar' exhibition would be bigger and will see the participation of new factories that were established during the siege and began actual production during the period.

(Source: Qatar Tribune)

'Dignity Image' portrait of Qatar Emir enters Guinness World Records

Prime Minister and Interior Minister H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani unveiled the ‘Dignity Image’ portrait of Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani at Darb Al Saai, yesterday.

The portrait of His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani (R) is being unveiled by HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani in the Police College pavilion at Darb Al Saai. Pictures courtesy of MoI
Director-General of Public Security Staff Major General Saad bin Jassim Al Khulaifi received the Guinness World Records certificate for the largest portrait, “Dignity Image”, of the Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

The ‘Dignity Image’ was unveiled in the presence of the large number of nationals and expats who took part in painting the image. The portrait enters Guinness World Records with participation of 13,824 persons colouring it.

The portrait, which was launched by Qatar Police College, will be presented to the Emir as a gift from the people. The length of the biggest portrait is 12 metres and its width is 7 metres. It expresses the love and loyalty of the people to the Emir.

The observing committee at the Darb Al Saai pavilion ensured that no person painted twice by registering their details such as ID number, age, nationality.

(Source: The Peninsula

Qatar National Day 2017 guide

On the 18th of December, Qatar will commemorate its 138th year since its unification in 1878. Qatar National Day is celebrated every year with various traditional activities and costume displays, military parade, fireworks, and Qatari flag displays all over the country. Organised by the National Day Committee, ‘Darb Al Saai’ festival tent will once again house all the memorabilia to commemorate the historical event.

18 December
Location: Al Corniche

National Day Parade from 3 pm – 4 pm


As part of the Qatar National Day 2017 celebrations, the Organizing Committee of the Associated Activities of Qatar National Day 2017 Celebrations, in association with Ministry of Interior will hold mega cultural and sports events in collaboration with Asian expatriate communities, schools and companies on 18 December 2017 from 2:40 pm–10 pm.

  • Cultural and musical performances by eight Asian community (Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Nepalese, Sri Lankan, Filipino, Indonesian and Malaysian) teams
  • Performances by more than 6000 Students from 18 Asian Schools
  • 7 Venues (Asian Town, Cricket Stadium, Labour City, Barwa Baraha, Rayyan Sports Club, Wakra Sports Club and Barwa Workers Recreation Complex, Al-Khor)
  • More than 200,000 audiences expected from various communities
  • Qatari thematic shows by 18 school teams, community and company teams
  • International Cricket Tournament with international players from Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh
  • Musical concert by 14 renowned artists from Pakistan at Wakra Sports Club
  • 4 Asian Orchestra teams
  • Harley Davidson motor bikes and Mawater classic cars shows
  • 2 km long fun run by Filipino Community with 2000+ contestants
  • Programs start at 2:40 pm on Monday 18 December 2017 in all venues except Rayyan Stadium where the Fun run of Filipino community will start at 1 pm
  • Free blood sugar screening for 16,000 workers within 8 hours at Asian Town


9–20 December
Location: Darb Al Saai
Timings: 8 am–noon and 4 pm–10 pm

Highlights include:

  • Al Maqtar: Traditional tents that demonstrates local traditions, life in the desert and family values
  • Al Bidaa: A traditional mini marine environment that presents the old neighbourhood next to the beach.
  • Al Shaqab Horse Dressage: Showcase of elegant Arabian horses and horseback-riding by jocks in traditional suits
  • National Service: Activities and games related to military services
  • The Rail: A small train that tours around the whole Darb Al Saai area
  • Al Fereej: Arabic word for neighbourhood, Fereej showcases way of life of local community and families
  • Al Doha:
  • Qatar Foundation: A tent that exhibits educational and entertainment activities offered by the institution
  • MoI Qatar: A special tent where you can find different services and equipment the local Ministry has, with interactive activities for kids
  • Civil Defence: Fire drill and first aid interactive learning and more
  • Al Ezba: A house for camels from grooming to taking care and riding.
  • Ministry of Health: Learn about Qatar’s initiatives related to taking care of health and sickness prevention.
  • Al Nasa Shooting: Practice target shooting using bow and arrow, shotgun and rifle.
  • Al Liwan: Arabic word for long hall to welcome guests
  • Souq Waqif: Free standing market selling products of Qatari local projects and aims to familiarise the community with local products.
  • MMUP: A tent for the Ministry of Municipal and Urban Planning
  • Elmeez: Provides a network of restaurants and stalls to allow visitors to taste different foods and popular cuisine.
  • Almaseer

The Pearl Qatar_Qatar National Day 2017 Events in Qatar Doha

United Development Company (UDC), master developer of The Pearl-Qatar, has completed decorating the island and has lined up several social events and recreational activities to celebrate Qatar National Day.

The island-wide celebrations will take place from 15 till 18 December 2017, from 6 pm till 10 pm in 6 and 7 La Croisette, Porto Arabia.

During the four-day event, Arabic-style tents serving dates and traditional coffee will open their doors to residents and visitors while children will enjoy dedicated spaces to play and color their faces with National Day inspired designs.

Mascots portraying traditional cartoon characters, falcons on display and henna drawings are only some of the other activities that will mark National Day celebrations on the island.

Folkloric ‘Arda’ performances, which have long marked UDC’s National Day celebrations, will take center stage as children partake in military parades that evoke feelings of patriotism and loyalty to the country’s wise leadership.

(Source: Marhaba)

HIA pushes UAE behind to win ‘Best Airport in the Middle East’ award

Hamad International Airport (HIA) has been voted as the “Best Airport in the Middle East” at the Global Traveler’s GT Tested Reader Survey Awards in Los Angeles.

The award recognises outstanding performance and customer service displayed by airports across the world.

HIA took the lead among top international airports including Dubai International Airport and Abu Dhabi International Airport ranking second and third respectively in the newest category for the best airport in the Middle East.

The 14th Annual GT Tested Reader Survey awards ceremony took place at The Peninsula, Beverly Hills on the 12th of December recognising HIA’s efforts in delivering the highest standard of service to its passengers.

Winners were chosen through an open-ended reader survey voted by global travellers. The Annual GT Tested Global Survey awards are much sought-after, highly respected and an unbiased reflection of the best in travel, established to recognise companies for their outstanding performance on an annual basis.

HIA vice-president (Commercial & Marketing) Abdulaziz al-Mass with the award. Right: HIA has taken the lead among other international airports in establishing itself as an international transfer hub through its innovative facilities, retail offering and excellent customer service.
On the award Badr Mohamed al-Meer, HIA chief operating officer, said, “We are honoured to receive the ‘Best Airport in the Middle East’ award, which recognises our state-of-the-art facilities and 5-star services. As we work hard towards our target to welcome 50mn passengers, HIA will continue to invest in cutting-edge innovative solutions and in creating the most memorable travel experience for our passengers.”

Francis X Gallagher, Publisher and CEO – Global Traveler, said, “A big congratulations to Hamad International Airport for its first-ever win in our GT Tested Reader Survey awards. The 2017 Best Airport in the Middle East is also one of the best in the world, and travellers can rest assured a trip through DOH will be easy, efficient, first-rate and bursting with options and amenities for even the most discerning travellers. We’re sure we’ll see the airport on this elite list of winners again.”

The bilateral relations between Qatar and the United States have strengthened over the years. In the aviation sector specifically, recent data shows that Qatar Airways has made a robust $91.8bn investment in the American economy through the purchase of its 332 American-made aircraft. The award-winning airline also directly supports 123,000 American jobs and flies 3.1mn visitors to the US annually, these visitors have helped pump an estimated $4bn into the US economy in 2016 alone.

HIA has taken the lead among other international airports in establishing itself as an international transfer hub through its innovative facilities, retail offering and excellent customer service. HIA has won the ‘Best Airport in the Middle East’ title for three years in a row and ‘Best Staff Service in the Middle East’ for two years in a row in the Skytrax World Airport Awards. It also recently won the ‘Best Airport in West Asia’ award for the third time in a row at the Future Travel Experience (FTE) Asia Awards 2017 in Singapore.

HIA is currently a candidate for the “Best Airport in the World” award by Skytrax which also classified it as a five-star airport in 2017, making it one among only five other airports in the world to achieve this prestigious status. Earlier this year, it was ranked Sixth Best Airport in the World by the 2017 Skytrax World Airport Awards, moving up four places from 2016.

Since 2004, Global Traveler is a well-known luxury publication in the United States, recognised globally with a high readership of frequent luxury business and leisure travellers informing passengers about five star airports, airlines and hotels. Global Traveler’s yearly surveys are well acknowledged in the industry and include the First- and Business-Class Survey and Leisure Lifestyle Awards amongst others.

(Source: Gulf Times)