[video] Red Bull Fortress Challenge in Qatar!

Check this out! Red Bull’s Fortress Challenge is going to be held at Film City (google it!). It’s a great chance to participate in a great challenge.

Interested in more? Visit: http://www.redbullmea.com/cs/Satellite/en_MEA/Event/Red-Bull-Fortress-Challenge-Qatar-2013-021243333562416

We’ve partnered up with Red Bull to launch ’60 Seconds’

Screening Date: December 6, 2012
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Venue: HBKU Student Centre, Education City

Red Bull 60 Seconds is coming to Qatar to give all university students the opportunity to show how creative they can be, in 60 seconds, with the “WINGS” concept. Students compete individually or in teams of three and film a 60 seconds clip with any HD camera / smartphone. The competition’s theme is “WINGS” so it is up to the teams to figure out how creative wings can get. All the submitted clips will be screened on December 6, 2012 at HBKU Student Center, Education City – THE CINEMA.

Clips will be judged on:
- Creativity
- Theme relevance
- Music integration

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

- All students must submit their student ID number upon registration
- All teams must ensure that content filmed respects Qatari laws
- Maximum number of team members is 3
- At least one member from the team must attend the screening on December 6, 2012
- Clip may be in any language
- Profane language or content will lead to immediate disqualification

SUBMISSION DATES

November 25, 2012: Entry Opens
December 4, 2012: Entry Closes
December 6, 2012: Clip Screening and Judging

To register: redbull60seconds@qa.redbull.com
Technical queries: +974 66004820

RSVP on Facebook to attend! Click here

Competition! Win 2 VIP tickets to see Akram Khan

ILQ has always been about the community. We have always loved showing what everyone can do to make Qatar a great place to work and live. With our new home at Katara, we were only just on the tip of the dunes (No icebergs as we are nowhere near a place that has snow :))

Katara has been buzzing over the past months with many activities, and they have partnered up with ILoveQatar for a giveaway. What could that be? How about 2 pairs of VIP tickets for Akram Khan Company’s ‘Vertical Road’ show as part of our ILQ sweepstakes? We’re giving two people out there a chance to win these highly coveted VIP tickets that puts you in prime seating to marvel at this show. You don’t want to miss this show, especially when it features music from acclaimed composer Nitin Sawhney (You’ll remember his performance from DTFF 2010)

How can you participate? It’s quite simple! We’re running this sweepstakes on Twitter.

Just follow these simple rules if you want a chance to win:
1. Participant must be a resident of Qatar.
2. You must be following @KataraQatar for your entry to count.
3. In addition to following, you must RT the giveaway tweet from @KataraQatar to enter into the draw.
4. You can also tweet about the sweepstakes, as long as it contains ‘@KataraQatar‘ and #AKC (We will be monitoring this hashtag for entries as well). This will count if and only if you have fulfilled (2).
5. The sweepstakes will last for 3 days.
6. Winner will be contacted directly via Direct Message and then announced on Twitter.
7. Winner must collect tickets 2 days after it is declared. Otherwise, another winner will be selected.
8. Employees of Katara and their families cannot participate in this sweepstakes.

What are you waiting for? Head over to @KataraQatar and follow them so that you can RT when they post it.

The Big Day Out comes to Qatar! All you need to know.

Time to edify! People are probably wondering, “where’s the next rant or humorous misadventure?”, well I’m here to say that this latest blog is all about fun again and making a difference in the world! The guys over at Global DJs contacted iLoveQatar with a simple thought, “How can we do something that will be fun, engaging and memorable?” We brainstormed a bit and we discussed wanting to be as inclusive as possible.

We didn’t want this to be ‘one-type-of-person-type-of-party’; and so the Big Day Out was born. A two day festival (14th for all ages and 15th for 21+) and bands from the US, UK, Romania, Jamaica, Qatar, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Philippines and more would be coming. Awesome, so we’ve got all age groups and different nationalities, what next? How long should the event be per day? All day if we can! (15th is from 2pm to 2am). That way we can make sure that everyone can come on down any time of day. Next? Types of acts! We’ve got some current celebrities, some amazing blasts from the pasts, fast rising stars, and local acts. SWEEET, so we’ve got different types of acts but what big bands do we bring over? And so, as if SNL had inspired us a few weeks earlier, we signed up Hoobastank. Next? It’s becoming hot now and Qatar’s got a great deal of something it’s called SUNSHINE (You probably thought that I was going to say Cruisers or Sand, but sadly there’s no famous song for that), so we signed up Aswad and made sure that they were going to perform their smash hit ‘Shine’. Now we need to make sure that people dance until the moon comes out, you know it, we’ve got TopLoader signed too. The list goes on. 16 bands long actually! Click here for the full line up.

You can find some information here www.iloveqatar.net/bigdayout

Just to add more on that, this is Qatar’s first music festival, we’ve created a festival that mirrors Qatari society. Qatar is a great country that is a melting pot for all nationalities to come, live, and even help build this country. We wanted the festival to reflect the many different nationalities in Qatar.

At the event there will also be competitions to win prizes such as iPods, iPhones and Blackberries. Vodafone will also be giving away free sim cards with credit to people who come to the event! A chance for people to maybe call their friends and let them hear what’s happening at The Big Day Out! We haven’t even touched on the ILQ freebies too! On the 14th it’s going to be focused on families where there will be fun, games, face painting, food, toys, gifts, and of course various entertainment.

Since we want to make a difference, all profit and proceeds that are collected by iLoveQatar.net will be donated to the earthquake victims in Japan in Qatar’s name. We’ll be selling these AWESOME Japanese designed shirts for around 40 QR (I think).

We are also giving people the chance to become a star! People just need to record a video of themselves singing a song or doing something entertaining, upload the video to youtube and send the link to contact@iloveqatar.net
The rule is that people have to start the video by saying “Hi my name is _________ and this is for The Big Day Out“.

The best ones will be shown on the GIANT screen on stage. Who knows, since there will be so many bands and singers, there could be a chance that they are selected by the band managers and be the next celebrity.

Finally we’re going to be auctioning off FIVE t-shirts with all the different bands signatures on it. The money we get will be given to charitable causes as well.

iLoveQatar.net has become a brand and we’re still committed to our core vision; to making Qatar a better place. This time we’re helping to put on the Big Day Out to make everyone in Qatar feel at home and welcome in Qatar.

OH! And since you’ve got to the end of the blog post, here’s a nice little competition so that you can WIN tickets to the event (we’re giving away 10!). Click here.

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!

Win some prizes! Just take a picture!

Photograph passion for football and win some great prizes from the Qatar 2022 bid!
http://tinyurl.com/2442nxt

Qatar Visitor Photo Competition

Qatar Visitor is doing a competition that I thought was quite nice. It encourages people to whip out the camera and share what they see through their eyes. Why not go and enter it and besides the prizes, you’ll get your work published in the Gulf Times :)

Head on over to http://www.qatarcomp.com

Vodafone Qatar – A new hope

People may not realize this, but Vodafone has a great deal of responsibility when it comes to changing this country.

It’s breaking the last telecoms monopoly in the region. It’s like the guy who swung a hammer to take down the final bring on the Berlin wall.

If we sit down to think about everything that’s going to change in Qatar, we’d see that the list is quite long.

1) Competition (which means better life for the customer)
2) Better quality of advertisements
3) Encourages others to enter the scene (not necessarily in the same
4) Gives hope to other international companies
5) Encourages better quality of products and services
6) Connects Qatar to the rest of the world (in terms of brand awareness)
7) Will bring more events to Qatar
8) Will encourage more charitable causes

Look around now! I’m noticing that Qtels advertisements have improved, their offers have improved, and in fact, their service on the phone is much more politer! All of this happened with just the notion that Vodafone’s coming to town.

A lot of the staff at Vodafone are excited about what’s happening. They’re enthusiastic, craving to make a change in Qatar, and they have really upbeat attitudes. That’s what every customer needs from the people that provide them with a service.

What does everyone else think about this?

I Love Qatar Loves You!

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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!

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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!!

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.