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ILQ Social: The Pearl Divers


Time for another outing. We were VERY pleased with the fact that Souq Seekers had a nice turn out! We thought it’d be nice for all you ILQers to come and meet each other. Perhaps some new faces to join the crowd.

Of course if it’s your first time, don’t worry, we’re a friendly bunch!

We’re planning Thursday 16th April at 7:30 at The Pearl (The Island not the Club tongue sticking out smiley). Come and enjoy some sea-side views, some snacks and chilaxation!

The location is at the Pearl Corniche by Cinnabon. Of course give me a call if you get lost! Just pm me and I’ll give you my number if you dont have it.

More info here

ILQ Movie Day?

ILQ, partnered with Barzan Digital and other to be named partners are planning on creating a great Movie Club for you fans of great movies.

The set up will be a Micro Cinema with a High Definition cinema and amazing surround sound courtesy of Barzan Digital. You’ll see wrinkles you haven’t imagined and hear sounds that you probably shouldn’t have heard all on an amazing high definition screen.

Enjoy a great social night with good old fashioned pop corn and meet new people! All of this in the comfort of some amazingly great Lovesacs which you just melt into when you sit on it.

So now that you know what we’re planning, who’s interested?

Feel free to also reply on the forum!

Original thread here

To thobe or not to thobe?

thobeHere’s kind of a sad thought, the thobe is such a great peice of clothing, it’s woven and cut in such a way that it keeps you cool by circulating air and due to it’s material and colour (usually white) it blocks heat from the sun.

As I was thinking about the thobe I started to think about the advantages and disadvantages that it held at a social level. I notice that if I’m wearing a thobe, some people treat me nicer in stores, in other stores they’ll assume I’m rich and bump up the price.  Why is that? That’s discrimination in it’s purist form.

What did get me into thinking though was the reaction that I got during my daily activities. In particular, I noted that when I’m wearing a thobe and in the elevator, expats are less likely to say ‘good morning’ to me than if I’m in a suit (which I also wear). I pointed it out to a Kuwaiti friend of mine (who was wearing a suit) who said that it was just a coincidence (which it might well be!) when a person entered the elevator turned to my friend said Good Morning and ignored me (I was on the other side).

It could be paranoia or a coincidence, it could be that I’m vigilant, but trust me I don’t look menacing and usually smile and always say Salam when entering an area. Don’t be shy of Qataris (or Arabs in general), they may look like gliding ghosts (a friend once said that to me), but we’re more like Men in White 🙂

Solution? More expats need to wear the thobe so that the line between Qataris and non-Qataris is blurred. We do after all live in a country which I’m proud to say is becoming more International and globally tolerant (I hope). Oh and for those who are actually thinking of getting a thobe, do it! Qataris will be happy at the fact that expats are adopting their culture and you’ll feel much more comfortable too!

Follow up to Souq Seekers

It was a very nice turn out! Thank you to all those who turned up.

We literally took over half of the entire cafe. The staff were nice enough to reshuffle everything for us!

I was sent a few photos but hopefully next time we’ll take a group photo!

Hopefully we’ll see you all at the next social event as well.

Souq Seekers social event


Well we’re planning a bit of an outing and we thought it’d be nice for all you ILQers to come and meet each other.

Of course if it’s your first time, don’t worry, we’re a friendly bunch!

I’m planning next Wednesday 25th (or Thursday 26th) at 7:30 at Souq Wagif. Come and enjoy some nice traditional food and a fresh juice.

Oh and it’s all on ILQ! So leave your wallets at home!


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Amkatir +1
QA Guy + 2
Antoinette + 1
Dr. +2
Voda Guy
Andrez + 1
Yuji +2

Vodafone IPO Open Night!


Just a little reminder that the Vodafone IPO event is tomorrow! It’s on the Corniche near the Emiri Diwan. It’s going to be fantastic and is open to the public!

I recommend going to watch history being made and bring a few snacks and have a little dinner by the sea!,6583

I know it may seem that I’m a bit Voda-crazy right now, but this is a great opportunity in so many ways!

I Love Qatar Loves You!


ILQ’s going to do what it did last year. On the 14th of February we’ll be sitting proud near the center of the corniche (by Orry) and giving the first 100 people we see a rose!

It’s valentine’s day and it’s time to feel loved! So if you want to come and get your rose, or even want to pick up a rose to give your special someone (yes yes we’ll help you with a small Valentines gift), come on over at 4PM!


Qatar’s definately a place where people love to share their hearts, last year many stores pulled out all the stops. See here.

Even Krispy Kreme is getting in on the deal with their heart shaped donuts!! So why don’t you think of a way to spread a bit of love!!

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Gaza Dinner

imageEveryone, I wanted to share this dinner program that is happening on the 20th. It’s done by my favourite restaurant in Qatar Al Mourjan, so you know you’re going to get some great food and you’re going to be doing something that will make a world of difference!

If you’re interested, just contact the person listed below and let them know that you’ve come from
Q.        What is the purpose of this event?
“I am sure that we share the same sentiment about the tragic situation in Gaza, choosing not to sit back while the world watches the devastation and bloodshed from the sidelines. Each of us in our own way can do our part to help ease the suffering of the Gaza people, at a minimum. I initiated AL MOURJAN REACH OUT TO GAZA CHARITY DINNER in this spirit”
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Qatar National Day was great!

Here’s a little video clip

Enjoyed some great food by the sea at Al Mourjan, smoked a bit of Shisha, watched the waves, chatted with good friends, and enjoyed a fantastic fireworks show.

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.