Archive for April, 2010

Win some prizes! Just take a picture!

Photograph passion for football and win some great prizes from the Qatar 2022 bid!

ILQ moves up to #5 on XMarks!

This is great news! Last December, ILQ was ranked as #8 on the Top Qatar sites. I had covered that in our ILQ Top 10 sites in Qatar.

Today we’re ranked #5! Thanks to all of the great supporters ^_^

Let’s hope we keep rising the ranks!

ILQ on XMarks

Order an iPad anywhere in the GCC –

I just wanted to let you guys know of a brand new site launched by H.U.G. called

If you’re looking for an iPad to be delivered to Qatar (since Apple doesn’t allow shipping Aramex forwarders anymore), and you don’t want to pay extortionate prices (shops are selling them for 4,500 QR for a 32GB wifi iPad) and would prefer to pay something reasonable like 2,700 QR -3,300QR (depending on the model), then this is the site to get it from.

It’s also delivered via special delivery and insured so it’ll be received in 3-7 working days 🙂


Visas for everyone!

Ok not everyone… but there’s new news about the change to the Visa rules.

Limafoxtrot first made a post about the fact that Qatar was changing the rules so that everyone had to go and get visas from an embassy rather than on arrival at the airport. (New Visa Rules from 1st of May)

However it looks like things have changed again! Adam_new posted:

“Hi All

Am not sure if this is true and it would be useful if anyone else can either confirm or deny it but i have heard this morning from a reliable source that the introduction of the new visa regulations has been delayed for an indefinite period”

Lucky for everyone it IS true, read the Qatar News Agency article here (Visa on arrival rule for 33 countries stays)

To be honest, Qatar’s a neutral country. Just because there are other countries in the Middle East that might seem to have a bad image, the west has grouped the whole region as a ‘threat’. The Qatari population is around 250,000, getting into Qatar isn’t the easiest of things to do, and obtaining a Qatari passport is near impossible, so I don’t see a major threat from Qatar at all.

Let’s all pray that it’ll be easier for Qataris to travel 😛 I hated the fact that I had to go through so much paper work with the Japanese embassy. I’d like to pay for a visa on arrival please!

Great day on the beach! (David Guetta beach party)

So the event’s done. Over 4,000 people turned up and enjoyed the day! If you’re one of the lucky ones that came along, I hope that you managed to get an ILQ/VF t-shirt, ILQ Beachball, VF hat, VF lanyard, VF yoyo, and passed by our booth to get a chance to win two iPhones!

Didn’t attend? Well you better make sure you do next time because you never know what goodies we’ll be bringing along 🙂

Photos to be added soon!

David Guetta in Qatar! (and sponsored by

Don’t forget that ILQ is sponsoring David Guetta’s event which is today!

Big stuff! Enjoy some fun, freebies, and more!

Beautiful Rare Jaguar XJ220 left to die!

I was surprised today. While visiting one of my favourite sites , I saw the word ‘Qatar’. Yay, we’ve got a mention I thought. Sadly, it made me lower my head in shame.

Someone left their beautiful XJ220 to die. Autoblog got the article from (article here), and by the looks of the photos, it looks like it’s a write-off in the Industrial area. For those that don’t know, the Industrial area is the equivelant of the rusty ship from the movie Waterworld. It’s a dump.

If I find this car, I’m going to chase down the owner and ask to buy it since he has no need for it. (Hopefully it can be restored!)

Freedom of Expression

    Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which the Qatari Government is a signatory of states: Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any medias and regardless of any frontiers.

    The Emiri Decision Number 86 of the year 2007 on the establishment of the Doha Free Information Centre marked yet another step towards establishing a State of rights and freedom of speech. The decision stipulated that the Centre be a non-profit organization, headquartered in Doha City, and have the authority to establish other affiliated centres inside and outside Qatar. It is worth mentioning that His Highness the Emir issued a decision in 1998 annulling the ministry of information, giving birth to a new era of freedom of speech where censorship was removed from local media.