Archive for December, 2010

Asian Cup 2011 is almost here!

I’m very excited about what’s happening for the Asian Cup.
I’m looking forward to supporting Qatar and welcoming all the other
countries to Qatar :) What’s even more exciting for me is that
someone from the Forbes Associates contact me and mentioned that
the execs of Samsung are coming over and would like to invite me to
the fan zone! That’s quite amazing to be honest. My house is
already kitted out with quite a lot of Samsung stuff and it would
be great to meet the people who are behind all these products. I’d
love to also provide them with feedback. Do you have any
experiences with Samsung in Qatar? If so, leave me some comments
below, I’m sure they’d appreciate it! I’ll be live blogging and
live tweeting on the day! I’m even more honored because only three
journalists and one blogger is invite for the whole event! Can’t
wait to share what’s happening for the Asian cup ! Yalla ya ahal
gi6ar. Inra7ib asia.

Win tickets to celebrate Paul Van Dyk’s New Year party

Want to win two tickets to Paul Van Dyk’s New Year event here in Doha? Well I’ve been given FOUR tickets to give away.
Just answer the question in the old group here Old Facebook Group or the new group here http://www.facebook.com/iloveqtr?v=app_100265896690345#!/iloveqtr
So you’ve got TWO chances :)

On a side note: we’ve hit a total of around 12,000 members! W000000t!

Pictures and Videos from National Day 2010

This was already on the front page of iLoveQatar.net but I just wanted to share this awesome video of fireworks going over the skyline. This is probably the BEST video I’ve seen on ND.

More pictures here http://iloveqatar.net/forum/read.php?5,26010

Even MORE pictures on the ILQ Flickr group http://www.flickr.com/groups/926592@N20/

Doha Qatar from 1947 to 2006

Fahad Al Assiri http://twitter.com/#!/FahadAlAssiry put together an AWESOME overlay of maps of Doha. Amazing to see how Qatar has evolved :)

Meet Planet Qatar – 1b

A twitter user (sorry can’t remember off the top of my head now) said it best.

Harrods – Check
Miramax – Check
Chelsea Baracks – Check
Canary Wharf – Check
Barcelona FC – Check
Porche – Check

So what did YOU think would come next? Well a PLANET of course! The Qatar Foundation funded research  and teamed up with various universities in the US and the UK and discovered a new planet! It’s called Qatar-1b.

Beat that Dubai… actually come to think of that… no please don’t beat that… you’ll probably end up sending a million labourers to space to build a bigger one or something….

More info here: Qatar discovers a new planet – Qatar 1b

Qatar National Day 2010 is coming!!

I’m sure that this national day is going to be a big one! With us winnning the 2022 World Cup as hosts, Qatar will probably want to show how awesome it can be.
Be warned though, if you are anywhere near the corniche, you’ll be stuck for a good couple of hours as people drive down on packed lanes, dancing, cheering, and waving flags.

Usually the westbay area has huge led screens showing different shows and arab celebrities (for those stuck in traffic and unable to watch the show on tv), trees are lit up with in themed colors (last year was purple and yellow), signs drip with led lights, banners and flags are waved all over the place and people parading to enjoy the festivities.

Around 6pm is when you should get on the corniche. That’s where you can see the sound and light show and enjoy the fireworks display. If you are lucky, you’ll also be able to get a table at Al Mourjan and enjoy some delicious food, desert, and if you’re partial to it, have some sheesha.

It’s going to be cold as usual, so make sure you come wearing a jacket. Last year was so amazingly cold and since the corniche is by the sea, I can assure you that you’ll regret not bringing something warm to wear.

So if you’re looking for a great guide to the events around Qatar (not just the official ones), visit http://www.nationalday2010.com You’ll find a bit of information about the history of Qatar, various events, some downloads, and you’ll also find some funny videos made by Qatar’s first Qatari comedian (and ILQ Ambassador), Mohammed Kamal! Thanks to Vodafone for helping ILQ put all this together. (To other companies, if you’re willing to partner up with ILQ and help us do other awesome stuff, please drop me a line!!)

Don’t forget to sign up to the ILQ newsletter. Registration on the site!

Qatar’s very own Stand Up Comedian – Moh’d Kamal (and he’s funny too!)

There’s no doubt that Moh’d Kamal is one of the funniest Qataris around. I’m so very proud that he’s doing what he loves and not only that, he’s now an iLoveQatar.net ambassador too! I definately encourage all Qataris to break out of the mould and to be creative. It’s not always about being a manager or a doctor, (As Mohd explains himself in one of his skits).

Don’t forget to check out his national day videos at http://www.nationalday2010.com

His brand new YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/mohammedcomedy

His Facebook group http://www.facebook.com/mohammed.comedy (Please join it and like it to show support!)

His Twitter http://www.twitter.com/moeka4

Now this guy won the Ahmed Ahmed (from Axis of Evil) standup competition, was at the Amman Comedy Festival, performed with Erik Griffin and Edwin San Juan, and he’s only just started! He’s also not only supported by iLoveQatar.net, but also bythe Doha Film Institute too!

Did you know that besides being a comedian he’s also doing great stuff for the community? I’ll leave him to tell you what he’s been up to in the comments below.

Keep it up Moh’d! Way to go!

Photo by Daisy from ILQ Forums

What Qatar Loves…

I decided to ask a question on Twitter and Facebook. A simple request. Tell me ONE thing that you love, anything random. (It’s fun to read people’s responses! Go ahead and leave your own response in the comments section below!)

Let’s see what people in Qatar said!

Twitter:

@Tal7a Car
@expatwifeinq my children
@keyalimayaga I love the absolute sound of music. ♥
@ExpatCookie I love ‘Family’ :)
@jaynieltorres i love dancing!
@b_noticeable the sea, Turkey Central, putting Xmas tree with my family, to write, yoga, red wine, different lands and cultures…oh, 1 thing?
@xtian001 i love my wife and daughter!
@Halawala I love airplane spotting and seeing construction of airports and infrastructure :D
@fahadjuma I love Wisdom !!
@RamiJamal I love peace of mind.
@haniarif I love Pakistani Music
@a77med I love Qatar2022
@WesamSaid I love beaches
@TheRealNoof I love surprises.
@shadowqtr i love the rain
@bilaltaha I love Qatar
@roosnamla I love anything that involves salty water and a sandy beach

Facebook

(removed last names to respect privacy :) ):

Majd i love qatar…

DeEtte I love good food, good wine, and good friends :-)

Mike I’d love a t-shirt of the upcoming Qatar Metro Network.

Alberto i love women ; p

Harris … not all people can love flipflops so it’s cool..

Ma I love my angels

Buhay I love the speech that you made in Refresh Qatar meetup because you mention our name there

Susie I love Jonathan :)

Arwah I love me

Roxanne I love open minds and acceptance to change.

Burhan I love my wife and kids.

Bassam I love a certain someone……(not u Khalifa) :p

FranCis i Love poetry

Roberto I LOVE LIFE AND EVERYTHING IN IT !:))

Suzanne I love life

Shake.ah I love that when you pay it forward someone gets a helping hand.

Lynn I love all my family…

Geninna I love not having to wake up to the sound of my alarm :)

Abdulla I like aston martin dbs

Jan the thing I love 3rd most (to avoid duplication): I love to travel

Bald Manchester United :o)

Alex I LOVE MY WIFE…….

Judy the sound of the ocean when you wake up at the beach…

People starting to get evicted…

Well, that was fast! Some people are starting to get evicted. It’s a very polite letter of course. It says that the property will be compensated for and that people have until the 1st of January 2011 to vacate the premises. (This is in Gharaffa).

I know that people get compensated greatly, but I can’t help but think about tenants. I mean… is 3 weeks enough time to get people to move out of a property….?

Qatar 2022 Announcement and Reactions – Video Compilation

What an awesome weekend it’s been. People celebrating, hugging and the whole arab world feeling like we’ve got a chance!

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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.