Friday, September 21, 2007

The Next Adventure

Worst Traffic?!

4th Largest City?!
(or is it the 5th Largest now)

But they have Art Car Parades?!

Check back for what Sharon In A Volvo will be driving next year...
Can you "guess" where I'm moving to??!!
Oh, by the way--no more Rain In Doha, sorry Girls, on to the next Blog...

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Gathering of the Clans - Under Arabian Skies Ball

Hello All the Expat's in Doha !!

We are holding an 'event' and what we are doing is hosting a night out for all the 'clans' here in Doha. That means all the clubs/ societies/ etc that we can reach prior to Oct 18th.

We can seat 350 in the Large Tent at the Golf Club, and we will have to get tickets sold 7 days in advance to pay for everything, so it will be first come first served.

We are NOT soliciting funds, asking for donations, or anything else to do with charity. We are simply getting together. This is a chance for all the groups to meet under one roof, so that we can finally see who we all are.

It should be a night of fun and games, and of course 'dressy uppy'. All 'clans' should come in their 'clan' costumes, whatever they may be.

There will be raffles and prizes, music & dancing, and few surprises for the night.... and hopefully a happy time enjoyed by all.

So pass on the details to everyone in the various groups. This is open to everyone too, who has not joined a clan, but would like to round off their Eid holiday with a bit of a 'splash'.

As this is a combined effort, anyone who would like to participate in making the 'event' happen, may call either 5206824, or 5206902 and we will have you tying ribbons on tickets, or hoisting material up onto walls, or whatever else you may be expert in.

Looking forward to your responses.
Contact e-mail:

Get your tickets for the fabulous 'Under Arabian Skies' Ball at Doha Golf Club. It’s a unique event, bringing together people from all the Doha 'clans' - societies, groups and organisations around the city – and anyone who simply wants to have a great night out.

Black tie, clan costume, or national dress. So dust off that glam gown, cute kilt or super sari.

There will be raffles and prizes, fun and games, music & dancing - with Doha's finest DJ Andy Ford.

So pass on these details to everyone you know, get your friends and colleagues together and buy your tickets now. Should you wish, you may buy whole tables of ten.

Tickets cost QR250 and include a delicious buffet, wine with the meal, and a welcome drink.

Buy your tickets from Doha Golf Club from Sunday 30 September. Events Manager Caroline Koorts is selling the tickets. She is available Sunday - Thursday between 09:00 - 14:00 and Saturdays between 10:00 - 12:00.

LAST DAY FOR PURCHASE OF TICKETS - OCT 10th. So hurry because it’s first come first served.

Should you wish more information about the event, call Fi 5206902 or Lupe 5065635.

'Under Arabian Skies'

Celebrate Eid with a Grand Ball at Doha Golf Club

Thursday 18 October
8pm onwards

Delicious Buffet & Wine with Meal
Music from Top DJ Andy Ford
Superb Raffle Prizes

Tickets 250 QR

Black Tie, Clan Costume or National Dress

Tickets available from Doha Golf Club

For more information call Lupe 506-5635 or Fi 520-6902

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Cashmere Carpets

Last day of Ramadan I hear everyone goes out to buy New things, like carpets - so there's a chance for a good price...

Actually any day would be if you say you saw this Blog Advert I'm sure!

Ramadan Hrs: 9 - 1:00 & 7:30 - 12:00

Cashmere Trading
M. Ashraf Sofi - Sales Manager
Abdullah Bin Thani Street; Doha, Qatar

Kashmiri Carpets, Jewellery, Shawls & Handicrafts

Here's a photo of Ashraf in the Shop too -
Nice Carpet Sales Guy - really, rare...

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Ramadan Timings


Family Food Centre (Airport Road, Al Rayyan )
Sat – Thurs 8:30am – 4:30pm 7:00pm – 1am
Friday 8am – 10:30am 12:30pm – 4:30pm 7:00pm – 12am
Bakery available only after Iftar
Carrefour (Villagio & City Center )
Sat – Thurs 9am – 1 am
Friday 9am – 11:30am 12:30pm – 1 am
Bakery available
Mega Mart (Landmark & The Centre)
Sat – Thurs 8:30am – 1am
Friday 8am – 1130am 12:30pm – 12am
Bakery available
Giant Stores ( Hyatt Plaza)
Sat – Thurs 8am – 2pm 7pm – 1am
Friday 9am – 11:30am 1pm – 1am
Bakery available Q- Mart (The Mall)
Sat – Thurs 9am – 1am
Friday 9am – 11:30am 12:30pm - 1am
Bakery available
LuLu Hypermarket
Sat – Thurs 9am – 1am
Friday 9am – 11:30am 12:30pm – 1am
Bakery available only by 4pm
Dasman Centre
Sat – Fri 9 am – 300am

Boutiques & other Shops inside the Shopping Malls:

Shopping Malls Ramadan Timings (Sat – Thurs)
The City Center 10am – 1pm 8pm - 1am
The Landmark 10am – 1:30pm 7:30pm – 12am
Hyatt Plaza 10am – 2pm 7:30pm – 1am
Villaggio 10am – 1pm 7:30pm – 1am
Royal Plaza 10am – 2pm 7:30pm – 12am
The Mall 10am – 1:30pm 8pm – 12am
The Centre 10am – 1pm 7:30pm – 1am
Centerpoint Mall 10am – 1pm 7pm – 12am
NB: All the Boutiques & shops inside the Shopping Malls will be closed in the morning on Friday & will open only at 7pm till 1am.


Doha Clinic 9:30 am – 12:30pm 8pm-12am
Post Office (Al Mirghab)
Sun – Thurs 8 am – 1pm 8pm – 12:00 am
Sat 8 am – 11am 8pm – 10 pm Closed Friday
General Post Office (Al Corniche)
same hours except Sat 8pm - 11pm
Qtel (Hyatt Plaza, City Centre, Landmark and Lulu Hyper)
1000am – 300pm 8:00pm – 11:30 pm
Honda Quick Service 8:00 am – 200pm 7:00 – 1am
Ghassan's (Behind the Green Door) Sat - Thurs
9 am -12 pm 4 pm - 9 pm & Fri mid-day - 7 pm

The following Hotels /Clubs will be serving BF & Lunch during Ramadan

Ramada Hotel Hyde Park Coffee Shop: (BF & Lunch)
Ramada Plaza Bistro Bistro: (BF & Lunch)
French Menu Four Seasons Brasserie on the Beach: (BF & Lunch)
Intl Buffet Intercontinental Café Restaurant : Only BF
Za Moda : (Lunch) Italian Menu a’ la carte’ only
Marriott Corniche Restaurant: (BF & Lunch)
Intl Buffet Ritz Carlton The Lagoon : (BF & Lunch)
Intl Buffet Sheraton Al Shaheen Roof Top : (BF & Lunch)
Intl Buffet Movenpick Seasons Restaurant: (BF & Lunch)
Intl Buffet Grand Regency Grand Gourmet: (BF & Lunch)
Intl Buffet & a’ la carte’ Diplomatic Club Pool Side : (BF & Lunch)
a’la carte Sandwiches & Salads only
Al Sharq Village Al Liwan : ( BF & Lunch ) Set Menu Only

Iftar Buffet offered at Hotels/Clubs:

Hotels Restaurants Amount (QR) per head Approx. opening time
Ritz Carlton The Lagoon 165 +17% tax 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Sheraton Al Hubara 120 (net) 5:30pm – 8pm
Four Seasons Brasserie on the Beach 135 + + 5:30pm – 8pm
Intercontinental Café Restaurant 164 (net) 5:45pm – 8pm
Marriott Ramadan Tent @ Al Fayrouz Ballroom 135 + 17% tax 5pm – 7:30pm
Ramada Hyde Park Coffee Shop 105 + 17% tax 5pm – 7pm
Grand Regency Grand Gourmet 89 (net) 5pm – 7:30pm
Movenpick Seasons 90 + + 5pm – 7pm
Diplomatic Club Al Safeer Banquet Hall 140 + 17% tax 5pm – 7pm
Al Sharq Village Al Liwan 155 +17% tax 5:30pm – 8pm
NOTE: Please Call Ahead to Be Sure - these are last year's timings & prices!!
And Special Thank You to Kellie & her company contacts who made this comprehensive listing!

Friday, September 7, 2007

Bali Dreams

Open house

73, Al Bustan Village
Wedensday 12th September
All are welcome!
Timing: 09:00 - 12:00 and 16:00 to 19:00

Dear friends,

I will be having open house to show my new collection of silver jewellery, paintings and silk batik from Bali (invitation attached - see below).

Hope to see you.
Best regards,
Liliya Jepsen

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Bali Dreams
Open House

Bali, a small island in Indonesia has been a favorite of artists for the past century due to its unique culture and the dreamlike idyllic landscapes.

Come and see an exhibition of Balinese silver jewellery, paintings and silk batik just arrived from Bali.

Many New Styles

Venue: 73, Al Bustan Village
(Turn right on C-Ring just before exit to
Ramada Hotel)

Wednesday 12th September 2007
09:00 to 12:00 and 16:00 to 19:00

Hope to see you.

Best regards,
Liliya Jepsen
Bali Dreams
Phone: 5488 272

Oktoberfest Ramada Plaza


Oktoberfest is coming to Ramada Plaza!

On the 18th & 19th of October
join us in Shehrazad
for 2 days of fun & laughter
whilst dancing to the live
German folk bank "Dirndljager"
and eating the traditional buffet
prepared by our German Head Chef Jurgen Lepping

Tickets can be purchased at our box office on 428-1555
for only QR 99 net which includes entrance, live music, and the buffet
Bavarian draught beer will be on sale
Door open at 7:00 PM


German Stammtisch

Dear Members and Friends of the German Community in Doha,

Please find attached the invitation for the next "Stammtisch"
the monthly gathering of the German Community and friends in Doha, which will take place on:

Monday, 10 September 2007
@ 19.30 hrs (7:30 PM)
at Doha Golf Club
Spike's Bar

Bar staff will prepare individual bills.
Newcomers are as always most welcome!
Kindly note, however, that this is a public bar,
so please do not bring any under-age children along.

Looking forward to seeing you there,
Marisa Kollenberg Deutsche Botschaft Doha

German Embassy Doha:

Tel: (00974-) 487 69 59
Fax: (00974-) 487 69 49
Al Jazira Al Arabiya Str.
P.O. Box 3064

Please note my new email address:
Posting sent by: patricia en rene' E-mail:

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Doha Debates - BBC World

Watch The Doha Debates on BBC World - Fourth Series

BBC World will be broadcasting tonight's Doha Debate "This House believes it is time to talk to Al Qaeda" on September 8th and 9th at the following times:

Sept 8th 12:10 & repeated at 19:10
Sept 9th 1:10 & repeated at 07:10 and 17:10

Doha Time:
Sept 8th 15:10 and repeated at 22:10
Sept 9th 04:10 and repeated at 10:10 and 20:10

BBC World has been broadcasting the Doha Debates since January 2005. BBC World is the BBC's International, 24 hour news channel, broadcasting by satellite to nearly 300 million people in more than 200 countried an territories worldwide.

For more information please visit our website:

Friday, August 31, 2007

Breast Cancer Awareness

In the Pink -
October 19th

Ladies :)

What started out as an idea for a small gathering to raise funds for the Breast Cancer Awareness Organisation event 'In the Pink' has grown by huge proportions.

We already have around 30 ladies picking out something special to wear on the evening, be advised that we all have to wear a splash of pink. This is a great chance for us to raise awareness for a charity that works so hard to make a difference for those affected by breast cancer, I'm sure if we all think about it, we know at least one person who's life has been touched in some way by this.

Money raised by the nationwide (UK) day will help towards the funding of:

Online chat forums and a free helpline - a lifeline for many sufferers who often feel isolated by the disease

A service that matches people going through breast cancer with a trained volunteer who has already been through it

Courses such as the Younger Women's Forum or Living with Breast Cancer.

All of these services are free but are dependant on fund-raising campaigns such as 'In the Pink'

The cut off date for adding your name to the rapidly growing list is the 15th of September, so that we can be sure of numbers etc.

If you are interested, please contact myself on this email or mobile number 5905865 or Sam on - Mobile: 564-7374




See Also "Wear It Pink" link:

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Qatar Pets "New" Webpage

Webpage SiteMap:

Dear Dogs and Cats...:)
For Pet Owners in Qatar
Pet Forum
Adopt a Kitten or Cat
Adopt a Dog or Puppy
QL Pets and Animals Group
Qatar Living Website
Animal Quotes
Who am I?
To be placed VERY LOW on the refrigerator door - nose height

Dear Dogs and Cats,

The dishes with the paw print are yours and contain your food. The other dishes are mine and contain my food. Please note, placing a paw print in the middle of my plate and food does not stake a claim for it becoming your food and dish, nor do I find that aesthetically pleasing in theslightest.

The stairway was not designed by NASCAR and is not a racetrack. Beating me to the bottom is not the object. Tripping me doesn't help because I fall faster than you can run.

I cannot buy anything bigger than a king sized bed. I am very sorry about this. Do not think I will continue sleeping on the couch to ensure your comfort.

Dogs and cats can actually curl up in a ball when they sleep. It is not necessary to sleep perpendicular to each other stretched out to the fullest extent possible. I also know that sticking tails straight out and having tongues hanging out the other end to maximize space is nothing but sarcasm.

For the last time, there is not a secret exit from the bathroom. If by some miracle I beat you there and manage to get the door shut, it is not necessary to claw, whine, meow, try to turn the knob or get your paw under the edge and try to pull the door open. I must exit through the same door I entered. Also, I have been using the bathroom for years --canine or feline attendance is not required.

The proper order is kiss me, then go smell the other dog or cat's butt. I cannot stress this enough!
New Qatar Pets Webpage:
For Dog Photo Fun See Also:
(Note: borrowed the flying DoxieOne above from this groups pool of fun photo's - hope they don't mind!)
For Cat Photo Fun See Also:
(Note: borrowed the jamming cat with headphones in the record shop from this link where The Official Record Store Cats have been designed - maybe you'll see your cat breed there!)

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

The Doha Debates

Qatar's unique forum for free speech
in the Arab world

September 5th, 2007 - Wednesday
(7:00 PM Seating & 7:30 PM Starts at Qatar Foundation, Education City)

Motion: 'This House believes it is time to talk to Al Qaeda.'

Torture Never Justified - May 28th , 2007
A majority of the audience at the last Doha Debate of the third series, held on May 28th, agreed that the use of torture is never acceptable, even under legal supervision.
58.4% of the audience rejected the motion 'This House believes that torture is only acceptable under legal supervision"...

President Bill Clinton
November 16th, 2005

Former US President Bill Clinton was the guest for the first Doha Debate Special, which was held in November 2005. The theme of the event was 'the demands of leadership' where President Clinton spoke with the students about his time in the White House.

Note: You can watch this event, see more information on this debate,
& others from past debates by going to the webpage (see below)
The Doha Debates are a public forum for dialogue and freedom of speech in Qatar. They are chaired by the internationally renowned broadcaster Tim Sebastian, formerly of the BBC's HARDTalk programme, and held in the headquarters of the Qatar Foundation in Doha each month during the academic year.

For the past three years, the Doha Debates have been providing a platform for serious discussion of the hottest issues in the Arab and Islamic worlds, striving to be both controversial and informative. They have gained a huge international following through their broadcast on BBC World - the BBC's international television channel.

The Doha Debates are modeled on the Oxford Union debates. A motion is presented to the 350-strong audience and two speakers argue on behalf of the motion and two speak against it. Tim Sebastian questions the speakers on their positions, then opens the debate to questions from the audience. Finally, the audience votes for or against the motion, based on the merit of the arguments they have heard. Our invited speakers are highly regarded academics, politicians, religious figures, government officials, policy experts and journalists from around the world.

The Doha Debates are hosted and funded by the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development which is headed by Her Highness, Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser al Missned, wife of the Emir of Qatar who is pioneering educational and social reform in Qatar.
Although a project of Qatar Foundation, the Doha Debates are independently run. The Doha Debates team retains full editorial control and is solely responsible for the content of the Debates and the speakers who are invited.

The audience of the Doha Debates is made up of people living or visiting Qatar who register for tickets via the Doha Debates website. About half the audience is comprised of university and senior high school students who study in Qatar but who come from a wide range of Arab countries and beyond.

To register for tickets, please go to, 'Attend The Debates'.

All info above from Webpage:

Note: Verified the Date/Time from the office manager of The Doha Debates via e-mail

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Doha Zoo


Tues - Ladies Only
Wed - Families Only
Fri - Gen Public Afternoon Only

Phone : +974 486 2610
Location : Salwa Road South, AL Furousiya Street

The Doha Zoo

The Doha Zoo lies just 15 minutes out of Doha city on the Salwa Road, in the industrial area near the Equestrian Club. Situated in 42 acres of lush gardens, the zoo houses over 1,500 animals covering some 150 species.

The zoo, divided into sections for each mammal species, with giraffes, lions, tigers, Oryx, elephants, baboons, zebra etc, is very well maintained and with the help of the trainers often have live shows. The collection of birds is quite impressive; they were brought in from all different parts of the world.

The zoological gardens, with plenty shade from the trees and children's playground, makes for an excellent family day out with a picnic. An information office, child care rooms and a restaurant are other facilities available. The entrance fees are QR2 for children below nine and QR5 for adults.

The New Zoo

The new zoo an extension of the current one, currently under progress, will cover an area of 72 hectares. Showcasing several rare and new animals, it has been designed to become an educational and entertainment centre for families. It will have special parks for children and families, a mosque, a craft village, Arab and African pre-historic exhibits, ecology exhibits, a tropical rain forest with special light and sound effects, an electronic museum for natural history, a centre for information and research and a marine world, among other facilities.

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Cinema Palace

Royal Plaza

3 Movie Halls/5 Movie Shows :


Hall 1 -

Shrek The Third (PG Comedy/Kids/Cartoon) 2:30 PM

Miss Potter (15 + Drama) 4:30 PM

Starring: Renee Zellweger, Emily Watson, Ewan McGregor

Matab Sinaee (PG 13 Arabic/Comedy) 6:30, 9:00 PM


Hall 2 -

Harry Potter 5 (PG 13 Adventure) 3:00, 6:00, 9:00 PM

Starring: Gary Oldman, Ralph Fiennes, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Daniel Radclif


Hall 3 -

Shark Bait (G Cartoon) 12:00 Noon

Starring: Rachel Wood, Freddie Prinze Jr Im Chae-moo, Park Myeong

Spider-man (PG 13 Action/Adventure) 3:00 PM

Starring: Tobey Maguire, Kirssten Dunst, Thomas Haden, Topher Grace

Pirates of the Caribbean at World's End (15+ Action) 6:00 PM

Starring: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightly, Geoffrey Rush

Live Free or Die Hard (15+ Action) 9:30 PM

Starring: Bruce Willis, Timothy Olyphant, Mary Elizabeth Winstead


Opening Ceremonies Thursday 08/02/07
Showed: Harry Potter
Return of the Oryx - Documentary
Matab Sinaee - Arabic
(man-made speed hump)

*Open to the General Public Friday 08/03/07

Phone Numbers: 413-0000, 413-1122
Mall Webpage:

Doha Movie Theaters - Movie Listings/Showtimes:
*Note: New Cinema Palace not listing on their webpage yet

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Coffee Morning

Breakfast at the Bean

Free Refills of Today's Brew - Coffee or Tea
with Breakfast sets only

8:00 - 11:00 AM Weekdays & 12:00 Noon Fridays

All Sets include Today's Brew - Coffee or Tea
Muffin Medley 9 QR
Tasty Toast Treat 10 QR
Museli Parfait 14 QR

Breakfast Sets:
All Sets include Today's Brew - Coffee or Tea
and a serving of stewed fruit

Food for Thought 12 QR
Brek "O" Day 15 QR
Salmon Scramble 18 QR
Eggs Ben 17 QR

Note: Scrumptious Scone Set 9 QR "not" available temporarily
Enjoy a Longer Coffee Break - Brunch - Lunch:
Gourmet Sandwiches, Crisp Salads, Hot Pasta
Freshly Baked Bread: Rosemary Foccacia, Ciabatta, Panini
"We Bake Our Own Cakes"

New Location: City Center Mall - up escalators by fountain at main entrance
(across from where one of the StarBucks use to be, now closed for remodeling)
Phone: 442-2550
Green Restaurant Certified

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Harry Potter

HARRY POTTER and the Deathly Hallows

Book 7 - is it the last?
Here in Doha, Qatar as everywhere else
In shops on the 22nd of July
Where: Virgin MegaStore - Children or
Deluxe Hardcovers (plus, a few paperbacks in French)
Carrefour - Children or Deluxe Hardcovers
Jarir Bookstore - (only heard they will have them)
I Spy Bookshop - Coming any day

Elsewhere that there are English books - you tell me?
Price range: 99 - 140 QR's (so far)

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Cake Decorating

Join Cake Decorating Classes

For Children at Tavola Royal Plaza

Learn How To Bake And Decorate Your Own Cookies
And Cupcakes...and have fun while you do it

Duration: 3 hours
Fees: QR 150 per child (including all materials)
Age: From 8 to 10 years
& from 11 to 14 years

For more details pls call 413-1222
Wilton Cake Decoration
For Adults at Tavola Royal Plaza

Learn how to thrill your family, your guests and yourself - all while having fun!
Even if you've never frosted a cake before, just one basic 2 week session in the
Wilton Method Cake Decorating (Course 1) will show you how.
Everyone has fun at a Wilton session!
And you can go on to Courses 2 & 3, by the end of which you learn to do it all - from fun shaped characater cakes to elegant creations brimming with flowers.
You'll be decorating cakes like a professional in no time! An authorized Wilton Method instructor will show you how.

For further details or to enroll - Contact Tavola at: 413-2222 or 533-5912

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Build Your Own Bear

Coming Soon - Home Parties

Introducing Bears n Buddies Canada - your one-stop do-it-yourself headquarters for teddy bears, other stuffed animals & accessories since 2005.

We offer you a wide selection of high quality teddy bears and unstuffed animal kits that you make at home.

No more waiting at the mall in long line-ups to have stuffing blown into your new friend.

And no sewing is required - close the zipper, cut the string, and seal the industrial-strength velcro and your Buddy is ready for you!


Representative moving to Doha from Canada: Kerri

Personal Webpage:

Note: Shipment arrives next week & will notify when ready for House Parties!
E-mail her your interest now or to reserve your House Party in a few weeks time...

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Color UR Summer at Hyatt Plaza

Hyatt Plaza

Invites you and your family to

" C O L O R
S U M M E R "

With a difference.

We will be honored if you can visit us and enjoy the 20 days colorful event & great shops' offers.

International Artist Performances

From 17 July - 5 August 2007
Daily at 4:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Plays, Workshop, Games, Animation and Much Much More

Main Sponsors: Giant Stores, Qatar Optics, HomesRUs, Paris Gallery, Kiddy Zone

Hyatt Plaza Webpage:


Sunday, July 8, 2007

New 7 Wonders of the World


1. Great Wall of China, China
2. Petra, Jordan *
3. Christ Redeemer Statue, Brazil
4. Machu Picchu, Peru
5. Pyramid at Chichen Itza, Mexico (Mayan)
6. Colosseum, Italy (Rome)
7. Taj Mahal, India (Agra)

The New 7 Wonders of the World will be announced during the Official Declaration ceremony in Lisbon, Portugal on Saturday, July 7, 2007 - 07.07.07.

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Yemen - Eid Trip

QNHG - Qatar Natural History Group

Eid Al-Fitr overseas trip, 13-20 October 2007.

The Yemen trip is well subscribed, but there's room for more...
(Note: know about the security situation - they'll be monitoring & looking at other options "in case".)
Proposed Itinerary:

Day1 Sat Oct 13
Doha – Sana’a
Transfer to the hotel, evening sightseeing of Old Souq of Sanaa,
Overnight Sanaa

Day2 Sun Oct 14
Full day Sanaa sightseeing with museum visit.
Overnight stay at Sanaa

Day3 Mon Oct 15
Dep to Taiz proceed to Radaa, visit Al Amaria School and proceed to Taiz via Damt, Jibla n Ibb,
Overnight at Sofitel Hotel, 5 star in Taiz

Day4 Tue Oct 16
Full day Taiz sightseeing, proceed to the top of Jabel Saber, visit Al Sharafia mosque,
Overnight at Taiz

Day5 Wed Oct 17
Return to Sanaa, proceed to Zafar & Bayt al Ashwal,
Overnight at Sanaa

Day6 Thu Oct 18
Excursion to Manakha, Al Hajarah, Bayt al Amir, Husn al Haimy, Jumah, Overnight at Sanaa

Day7 Fri Oct 19
Excursion to Wadi Dhahar, attending wedding festival (only on Fridays), proceed to Thula, Hababa, Shibam, Kawkaban, Zakati, Bukur
Overnight at Sana’a

Day8 Sat Oct 20
Morning free.
Transfer to the airport for Departure.
Sana’a – Doha

Tour Price with Taxes - Join the QNHG & contact above for prices as a memeber or to receive further details about this trip from their travel agent...
Included: Air Fare, Accommodation Sharing Twin with breakfast, Lunch at restaurants on all days except day 8, October 20, Hotel taxes & service charges, English speaking guide for sightseeing tours.
Excludes: All expenses of personal nature such as telephone, laundry etc., beverages, tips and gratuities, Visa Charges.
Also, enquiries for Bhutan & Jordan list is still open for alternative overseas trips.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

African Safari

Shenton Safaris
Kaingo & Mwamba Camps

Recommended Itinerary

4 to 5 nights at Kaingo camp followed by 4 nights at Mwamba.
Season of operation Kaingo: 20th May to 1st November.Season of operation Mwamba; 1 June to 28 October.

*June/July best Leopard spotting time!

Daily Itinerary at Kaingo
Wake-up drums (varies slightly with time of year)
Tea/coffee/cake, etc in the central chitenge
06:15 - 09:30
Morning Walk or Game Drive
Full English Breakfast
Hippo Hide trip, elephant crossing point or ebony gove/forest. Game viewing activity.
Lunch - Siesta or relax on the deck
Afternoon Tea
16:00 - 19:30/20:00
Walk / Afternoon Drive / Night Drive. Stay out for sundowners and continue for night drive with spotlight.
Drinks at the bar
Dinner (3 course meal) followed by fireside chat.

More great animal photo's/info for both camps on Webpage:
Also, recommended by one ExPat who gets to go on Safari for her Birthday surprise!

Monday, July 2, 2007

Summer Coffees

Tuesday Ladies Summer Coffees



July 8, Sunday
July 24, Tuesday

Aug 7, Tuesday
Aug 21, Tuesday

Sept 11, Tuesday -
Fall First Meeting at the Ramada Hotel 9:30 AM

Posted on their webpage:
Go to webpage for Names/Phone Numbers to call about the where/when of each coffee

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Autumn Cabaret

Doha Sailing Club
Wednesday - Saturday
7th - 10th of November 2007

Here is lots of advance notice for anyone interested
in being involved in the next Cabaret.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

I am looking for acts, sketches, musical items, etc.

I will be auditioning on Sunday 4th of November.

Monday 5th & Tuesday 6th of November will be full runs.

To prepare for this there will also be several sketch writing workshops the first of which will be on Wednesday 10th June starting at 7:30 PM at Peter Phillips' Villa. Map available on request. Further scriptwriting workshops will begin again in September.

Everyone Welcome.

I will also be looking for lighting, sound and FOH people.
Do e-mail or call me on 588-2706 if you like to be involved.

Celia Scott
Director & Producer

Friday, June 15, 2007

Blokart Wind Powered Fun!

Gone with the Wind

If you're looking for an alternative day out for the family, give the exhiliaring new craze of blokarting a bash. This rather bizarre sounding activity is found to blow your hair back.

Blokarts are three-wheel drive karts with a sail: basically land yachts that are powered by the wind. They can be sailed on the beach, out in the desert or even a space as small as a tennis court.

These little karts are super-fast though and you can traverse a large area within a short space of time, so we'd recommend larger locations.

Children as young as seven can have a go, but everyone will need to be briefed first.

You can rent them for QR 50 for half-an-hour from Gulf Karts (507-2661) and if you really get into it you can buy them from QR 8,500 to QR 12,000 depending on the model. Note: for one hour the price is QR 100

Blokarting began in New Zealand around 2000.

To find out more about blokarting, log on to the or

A package for larger groups who want a morning or afternoon of fun. It is great for schools, team building or birthdays:

Five Blokarts, Safety demo, Test run / practice session, Race format / heats, Grand final for the fastest five, Prize giving

How much does it cost? The price of your fun day will vary depending on your needs. The basic package above is only QR 1500 which will give you all five blokarts for three hours without food and drinks. Groups of more than twenty people will require additional times.

Contact Details: Mobile 507-2661

Note: All info above taken from Time Out magazine, everything you need to know 2006/7 - Doha for Visitors: Sights/Shops/Restaurants/Hotels, page 68 & brochure received at school fair; Both photo's borrowed from the webpage, see their photo Gallery for more

Thursday, June 14, 2007

New Qatar Airways Flights

DESTINATION - New This Summer, June/July

New York, our new destination Effective June 26, 2007, Qatar Airways will spread its wings to New York, its first move into the US market. The airline will fly four times a week to Newark’s Liberty International Airport via Geneva.
>---> >---> >---> >--->
Doha-Newark (via Geneva)
Departure 08.40 Arrival 18.55
Frequency Tues, Thurs, Sat, Sun

Newark-Doha (via Geneva)
Departure 21.55 Arrival 20.15 + 1
Frequency Tues, Thurs, Sat, Sun
>---> >---> >---> >--->

Washington, our new destination Effective July 19, 2007, Qatar Airways will make its next move into the US market by flying to Washington DC. The airline will fly non-stop each day to Washington Dulles International Airport.
>---> >---> >---> >--->
Departure 11.35 Arrival 19.10
Frequency Daily

Departure 22.55
Arrival 19.00 + 1
Frequency Daily
>---> >---> >---> >--->
For further details, please visit

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Summer Wonders - Not Happening!

>Doha Events program, Volume Winter 2007, has the dates listed as July 15 - August 15, 2007 with City Center Mall, Landmark, Hayatt Plaza & Exhibition Center as the venues...

> webpage has the dates as 01 July - 10 August, 2007 with only venue listed there as Qatar International Exhibition Center...

>Webpage for QIE Center does not have the Qatar Summer Wonders listed under Events or on their July/August Calendar...

>No references on the webpage or on it's calendar of Events for July/August...

>Time Out, Everything you need to know 2006/7 Magazine
for visitors Doha, Sights/ Shops/ Restaurants/ Hotels
has listed on their calendar July 07 Date: 1 July - 10 Aug...
>Qatar Happening Editor per e-mails is also checking on the dates...

>Received e-mail from Director of Marketing for Qatar Tourism Authority & she says "The Qatar Summer Wonders will not take place this year," so the mystery of when/where is solved...
>See Webpage: for other events this summer or the rest of the year & we'll have to keep an eye out for the next Qatar Happenings in July/August!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Arabic Calligraphy Art Exhibition


A life & Modern Art in continuity

with the long tradition of Calligraphers.

Opening: 14 June 19h or 7:00 PM

Exhibition on 14th, 15th & 16th June

Al Jazi Compound 1&2 / 6B Nightingale

(Phone Contact: 587-6893)

As you might know already, I am leaving Qatar this summer.

This year has been of a great achievement in term of Calligraphy.

I managed to give new image of this art thru exhibitions, conferences and lessons.

The artworks produced by my students are really giving me a great proud.

I take the opportunity of this departure to organize a last exhibition with many new artworks.

Opening will start 14th of June at 19:00 PM & exhibition will continue

on Friday & Saturday 15th & 16th June.

You will be given short demonstration & explanation on Arabic Calligraphy.

Hicham Chajai

Jordan Crafts Open House

Open House - Friday June 15th

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Holly Saunder's - Al Jazeera 3
Villa 39 (near the Al Gharrafa Stadium)

All are welcome to come!

From Jordan: banners, table runners, shawls, bead necklaces, olive wood ornaments & interesting one of a kind pieces, etc...

If you cannot make it to the Sale feel free to set up an appointment to view the items anytime from the 17th - 20th of June.

You can call me and I will email you directions to my house and we can set up private sales for individuals - please do call ahead and arrange a time though, so I make sure to have it all set up!

The sale in Al Jazeera will be the last Open House before summer, but I plan to return late August and will resume sales in early September after another trip to Jordan.

Take care,

Emily Wilson

Cell Phone: 655-1412
E-mail address:

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Photo Exhibition - Cynthia Martone


Eclectic Array

June 7 to June 25, 2007
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Doha Marriott Hotel
Cafe' Trottoir

This photo: A lone man on the beach...will be on display at the hotel

An "Eclectic Array" of images by Award-Winning Photographer Cynthia Martone

She is a National Photo Competition Award of Merit Winner and a Pixiport Fine Art First Place Photography Winner.

For Cynthia Martone, “Photography is the Projection of the Soul. It is capturing entrancing images that arouse an emotional experience.”

Cynthia has a number of different series of works that focus on themes that involve the unadulterated issues surrounding social justice and the absolute power of education.

Her eclectic photographic images in black and white and color reflect places, people and the lives they lead from both hemispheres of the globe. Through her photographic ardor, she brings the world to you.

An opening Reception is to be held June 6, 2007 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

For further information, please contact Linda Boukherrouba at the Marriot
Phone: 429-8807 Email:

Posted first on this link:
See Gulf Times Newspaper article:
(dated Wed 6-6-07)

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Cafe Ceramique Open in Doha

Imagine a haven away from the stresses of everyday life. A stylish place where friends can meet to enjoy superb casual dining, yet somewhere that is much more than a sophisticated café: a place to be inspired, where the artist in all of us is given free rein to paint beautiful, individual works of art.

Part café, part artist studio, Café Céramique is designed as a home away from home, with comfortable seating areas, art-lined walls and a relaxed, laid-back ambience.

Doha, Qatar now open in THE MALL Phone: 467-1100
Up the escalators, two entrances - from the little food court or through the furniture store
A Cafe (see sample menu on webpage) with shelves of white ceramics to choose from, then paint ceramics at the tables, leave it to be fired & return in a week to pick up...Plus a Birthday Party Room
For those not painting & just there for the coffee/snacks there is a section of tables by the windows looking out

Short Film Festival


The First Annual Doha Players Short Film Festival.

Have you always wanted to make a short film?

Do you have a short film you have been waiting to show the world?

Do you have a great story or idea, but you need a crew or camera?

The First Annual Doha Players Short Film Festival is a fun event designed to help you showcase your storytelling abilities through visual means.

We have created a web site to help share information and ideas. It is up and running now so go and check it out at
Please use the web site and let us have your thoughts and ideas on what you like, and what we should add to the site to make it more useful. As this is the first event we are all learning together.

Registration for the event is on line via the web site all we need is:

Full Name Contact Phone Contact Email Summary of planned production

Peter Phillips
Social Chair
Doha Players Executive Board

CD Helps Doha Players Rebuild

"Dolphin Dance" CD
Profits to help rebuild Doha Player's Theatre

On sale at all Doha Players events and Doha Jazz gigs (see below)

The album - 'Dolphin Dance', is has contributions from both local musicians and guests from UK / USA - making a diverse collection of original compositions and standard modern jazz tunes.

Soloists from New York's Julliard School of Music and local contributions from Mark Seay, Fraser Dodd, John Petrie and Matthew Kay complete the CD

Chris started his professional musical career at Leeds College of Music where his compositions won him the 1998 Yorkshire Television prize for Jazz arranging. Collaborations with the likes of Johnny Dankworth opened the door to critical acclaim on the UK jazz scene.

In 2001 Chris moved to Doha and since that time he has been the prime mover in creating a small but vibrant jazz scene in Qatar's capital. His band "The Doha Jazz Quartet" can be seen at fortnightly Jazz nights at the Ritz Carlton. (May23rd, June6th, June 20th) and Movepick Hotel on Friday June 1st.

For more information go to:
or e mail

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Recycle Bags at Carrefour

Our committment to the environment

Reducing stores impact

Limiting the environmental impact of our stores by offering environmental-friendly alternatives to our customers


Yes, they're here in Doha - buy them, use them, when they wear out you can return them to be replaced for free?

Also, they'll punch a tiny hole in the bag between one of the handles to know I guess that you've bought them when you go back to use them again...

Here's to reducing plastic bags in Doha, Qatar?!