Archive for September, 2012

Qatar’s first iPhone 5 unboxing

In case you missed it a few days ago, here’s Qatar’s first iPhone 5 unboxing video :)

Red Bull Flying Bach in Qatar – Check out this invitation

I received this from RedBull Qatar. It’s for their upcoming Flying Bach event which sold out almost instantly. It’s happening at Katara (ILQ’s home). www.katara.net

Check it out! We need more of this ajeebness to spread around Qatar.

German Rapper (Massiv) films latest music video in Qatar

This is pretty cool. Popular German Rap Star Massiv decided to film his latest music video in Qatar. It’s only been a few days but his video has passed 110,000 views as of 21st of September. It was also filmed by Alex Klim, a local filmographer who’s making a name for himself in the country. (Visit him at www.alexklim.com)

Recently Kanye West was in town shooting two videos in the desert and Qatar Foundation and the movie Black Gold staring Antonio Banderas was also shot here.

I wonder how many other music videos will be directed here.

Now who can translate this song for us? (: Hopefully it’s not the usual topic of guns, drugs and hoes.

Screenshots and the video after the break…

 

 

Villaggio is now open (20th Sep 2012) – Updated: 21/9/12

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So great (or disappointing depending in your perspective) news for the weekend. Villaggio mall is open (or is opening).

@fzaghmout and @queensara33 tipped us that the mall was open. Now I was skeptical. Last time mall management told us that it was opening, they didn’t. I learned that they were always hopeful rather than realistic.

ILQ’s friends, @dohanews, posted that the mall was open after hearing from Villaggio, however I needed a bit more than the managements word. The expression #burnmeonce comes to mind. Havent been to DohaNews? Check them out, they’re awesome.

So asked on twitter and @hamishfs confirmed that he was in the mall itself but very few stores were open.

On our Facebook pages, we were told that people weren’t allowed in because of fired drills and civil defense testing not finished. So people were told to exit.

Extra thanks to @azmiodeh and @haniarif for getting back to me.

Update: now I’m told that people are allowed in. Who’s going to take the first smiley pic in the mall and send it over? :p

Update2: The fire victims families have issued a public letter, read it here.

Qatar Dream 2030 – Animated Video – Must watch

This is pretty awesome. I don’t know why I never noticed this video before but it was submitted to ILQ after it was found on a Japanese blog no-less.

It’s a great video brought to you by the National Day Committee. It is part of a live action series for children produced as part of the Dream 2030 campaign. The goal is to encourage the youth to work towards the 2030 vision! 3ajeeb!

Platige  Image (www.platige.com) was chosen, from a group of leading postproduction studios all over the world, by the representatives of the government of Qatar to cooperate with them on creating the promotional animation for “Dream 2030″ – a social campaign directed at youg children.

The campaing is organised together with the State National Day Committee. It’s objective is to promote loyalty, solidarity and unity amongst the youngest Qatari — values important to the development of this relatively young nation. It also wants to promote creative thinking and motivate the youngest to hard work. It is a longterm project, it has been planned for the next 19 years.

I think it’s cool how it’s Disney style.

Qatar releases robot laborers!

Alright so they’re not transformers or anything but this is the first time I see these rather than a poor laborer waving a flag in the hot sun.

Comment! What do you think?

Do YOU know Qatar’s National Anthem?

I decided to ask a question on twitter (and then included Facebook too) to both Qataris and Expats. My question to my fellow Qataris was “Do you know the full Qatar National Anthem?”. You had to know it all, 100%. The results were that around 87% of Qataris knew the full national anthem.

I then asked the expat community on iLoveQatar “Do you know what the Qatar National Anthem sounds like?”. I decided that simply humming a few bars was good enough (to make it simpler).

Out of around 150 responses, 51% of people said they did know it and 49% said they either weren’t sure or had no clue. I thought it was funny that quite a few people thought that the news jingle that’s played on QBS was the National Anthem.

So, for those people who are in Qatar, here’s the National Anthem so you’re familiar with it :)

 


Rough translation:

Swearing by God who erected the sky
Swearing by God who spread the light
Qatar will always be free Sublimed by the souls of the sinceres
Procede on the manners of the ascendants
And advance on Prophet’s guidance In my heart,

Qatar is an epic of glory and dignity
Qatar is land of the early men
Who protect us at time of distress,
Doves they can be at times of peace,
Warriors they are at times of sacrifice

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.