Archive for August, 2010

The last straw with Zig Zag

I’ve had it. I’m going to sue Al Dar and ecovert and I’m going to sort out a petition

1) 1 and a half years later and they STILL haven’t paid me my penalty (for being 1 year late with handover). They keep lieing and saying ‘Oh the Sheikh is away, he’ll sign the cheques next week’. I wonder if the ‘Sheikh’ knows that Al Dar is making him look like a dishonest person. (I’m sure he’d be very upset that this is happening.)

2) 1 and a half years later and they STILL have the building falling apart, fixing cracks, dull marble, leaks, broken elevator.

3) They gave the services and maintanence contract to a company called ecovert. I didn’t vote for them. MY contract states that the tenants association would be responsible for voting for the company that takes over from Dar 1 year after hand over. I didn’t vote for ecovert. In FACT I’ve spoken to around 19 tenants who all said they didn’t either.

I don’t want ecovert. Their security guards SUCK, useless and RUDE. They don’t fix ANYTHING. Only good for digging holes in the underground parking and wasting water EVERYDAY since they have a burst pipe or something for the past 3 months. (Where’s the government inspections?)

All ecovert has done for us is paint the swimming pool area in vomit colour peach and put up a few cheap carrefour chairs.

4) The alarms go off DAILY. You’re telling me that it takes over a year to fix the damn problem? Their excuse to me was ‘There are indians living in the building that cook with fire’. Ok let’s say that’s true, you’re telling me that they’re cooking with fire at 3am in the morning? You’re telling me you can’t stop them or kick them out for health and safety risks?

5) The gym is pathetic and unhygenic. The equipment looks 10 years old, there’s no sheet that mentions when and who has cleaned the area. It’s also tiny! in fact! Ecovert has gone and taken TWO large offices right opposite of the gym that’s FOUR TIMES bigger than the gym.

6) My apartment still has issues which they keep on delaying or simply don’t take care of. (My main door looks like it’s covered in oil, marble is cracked, wall is cracking, hallway marble is dull, toilet pipes don’t flush well in one bathroom, oh and get this, my apartment has three television satellite ports, they installed a two way splitter so one room doesn’t have access to satellite!!

7) NOW FOR THE BIG ONE. Ecovert is so busy trying to make MORE money rather than fix the damn problem with the service fee that they got (By the way 1% of value of property. So avg of 1m propert X .1 X 750 = 7.5 million riyals a year). They have gym instructors (CLEAN THE GYM!), they have swimming instructors (GIVE US SOME DAMN POOL SIDE EQUIPMENT), they even tried to impose a rule that people can’t invite guests and have a ‘party’ without their permission (yeah right), and they even gave space to QTEL to open up a booth and put up roll-ups!!

BUT that’s not what I’m getting to! Now they’re covering up the Zig Zag with a giant advert! Yes! The one thing that was nice about the Zig Zag was the VIEW. Now they’re blocking it? They didn’t ask me if they could do it. I don’t want my window covered with a semi transparent vinyl coating. As soon as they do, I’ve going to open the window and rip it off.

I’m going to fight to get my penalty fee. I’m going to get rid of ecovert. They’ve messed with the wrong Qatari. Who’s with me?

Note: this is a note someone posted on the floors. At least there is someone else in the building with opinions and a brain.

(Sorry for the rant guys but I’m furious)

The Garangao Song

Here’s the Garangao song.

Here’s the song! Play it loud!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7kpZEKgvQU&feature=player_embedded

Lyrics:

Garangao Girga oh.
Atoona allah yateekum
Bayt Mecca ya wadeekum
Ya Mecca Yal mamoora
Yam il salasil wal thahab ya noora
Atoona min mal allah
Yislam lakum Abdulla.

Now this part of the song is special. You usually end it with the family name or the name of the father of the house (if you know it). So the ending of the song changes. For example:

Khalifa:
Atoona dahbat leefa
Salam Ala Khalifa

Translation:

Garangao Girga oh
Give us what God gave you
To Mecca he’ll take you
The greatly filled Mecca
Covered with tassles, gold and light
Give us what God  have given
Abdulla greets you with smiles

Khalifa:

Please give me us a bit of sweets

Please say hi to Khalifa.

So who’s going to be the first person to memorize and sing the song?

HAPPY GARANGAO EVERYONE!

Related articles:

Garangao – A Child’s Dream

Ramadan-Mubarak.com Everyone!

Looking for the LATEST Ramadan Mubarak info and site? CLICK HERE  (updated July 2012)

 Hey there everyone!!

I’ve got super fantastic amazing news!

www.ramadan-mubarak.com has launched!

It’s a very exciting website for Qatar because it’s probably the first website of its kind. In fact, we’re almost certain that it is!
The beauty of Ramadan-mubarak.com is that it’s so simple. Not only is it easy to navigate but there are some great features!

Dynamic Background

>The website’s background changes depending on the time of day.
- In the morning the sky is dim and a yellow sun rises
- During the day the sun shines a bright white, birds fly around and the wind gently sways the hanging lanterns
- For sunset and because it’s so rare for us to enjoy a beautiful one in real life, our site’s sunset lasts for 15 minutes before night, so you’ve got to go on our website at exactly the right time to see our orange sky.
- When it’s time to break your fast, the moon pops out, the lanterns light up and the stars twinkle.
Why is this special? Because it’s a fun way of letting people know when its time to break their fast! Don’t have a calendar? Have a calendar but don’t know what time it is? Just visit the site and if you see the moon, you can break your fast. It’s also a great tool for kids!

> Phases of the moon.
Every day, the moon on our site changes slightly depending on the phase of the moon. Muslims use this to determine the end of Ramadan! What day do you think will have that perfect crecent?

We’re social!
> Sharing is caring:
You’ll notice Twitter, Facebook, and the FB like button on the site. So sharing the site is extremely simple! Go ahead! Click on our LIKE button.

> Tents and Events:
During Ramadan many people meet up at night at various tents and events to be together and socialize. If you’re looking for a calendar of events, then our site will be there with you. Our calendar will constantly be updated as we get wind of more events!

Send an eCard!
We’ve created some very nice and colorful Ramadan cards for you to send out to family and friends. All you need to do is select the image you want, type in the message you want, move the message so that it’s in just the right spot and click send!
Love the card? You can save it in MMS format so that you can transfer it to your mobile and send it to anyone through your mobile!
Don’t see an image you like? You can upload your OWN image and send it out as an ecard!
We love choices!

Ramadan 101
We know that some people might not know what Ramadan is all about, so we’ve gone ahead and included an “About Ramadan” tab on the site. If you want to brush up on your understand of Ramadan, then visit this section for : when it is, what its about, dates and times, tips about eating, drinking and smoking, dress code and special considerations.

> Convenient Prayer and Iftar times!
We’ve gone ahead and tried to make your life as easy as possible when it comes to knowing when to pray and when to break your fast.
- We’ve got a calendar on our site to view
- Every page has the sunrise and sunset times
- You can download the calendar to your phone or desktop
- You can register to receive FREE sms notifications
- You can pick up a pocket calendar in store
AND you can visit our mobile portal at [mobile.vodafone.com.qa]

What are you waiting for? Spread the word!

Ramadan Mubarak everyone!

Ramadan Mubarak! I hope that people will have a great experience of Ramadan this year.

If you’re interested in reading up a bit, then be sure to check out this threads and posts:

Ramadan in a nutshell

Ramadan isn’t just for Muslims

Luxurious Ramadan

Saying Ramadan Kareem

Ramadan Opening Hours Guide 2010

Garangao – A Child’s Dream (The 14th day of Ramadan)

ILQ will be launching a fantastic new Ramadan site this year and it’ll be used every year to let you know what’s going on in Qatar and as a useful guide :)

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.