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.
We asked the community to tell us what their questions were about the tragic Villaggio fire. Since ILQ is all about YOUR voice, we’ve tried to put it all together. We don’t have all the answers but we’ll populate this as we do.
The Ministry of Interior posted that there would be a press conference at 5:30pm today which was then moved to 6pm, then delayed to 6:30 but finally started at 7pm. QTV will be airing the conference at 8pm.
The Minister of Interior has expressed his condolences to the families of those who had died in the fire in Villagio
Well as Paperboy on ILQ so rightly mentioned this was covered back in October 2008 and by yours truly however it’s just been making the rounds on the net and had a little blurb on the side column of today’s Gulf Times. (see below)
This project is going to be home to an amazing amount of shops. Who knows, perhaps ILQ will have it’s own little shop there! For now we’ll be happy with the Great Mall of Qatar. Some may argue that it’s too huge or too much of a grand project but if you ask me, I think it’s great to have some more choice of where to go. It’ll develop the Industrial Area nicely and spread out conjestion around Qatar :).
I have to mention one CRUCIAL mistake though in the Gulf Times article. It’s a Qatar newspaper and this is Qatar so they should know that we call the sport FOOTBALL not Soccer! (When I go to the US I’ll gladly call it soccer.)
Besides being a nice name for a pub in England, there are two issues I really want to discuss.
Eid is a day of fun and celebration and a day where children and young men who get their money go out, shop, and have fun.
What would you say if the ‘fair’ management deemed most areas ‘Family Zones’. As we went to the City Center, we sweated as we got closer to the gate. “Are we going to get in?”, my cousin asked. “why won’t we?”, I asked back. “Didn’t you read in the Arabic newspaper? They’ve turned this Eid into a huge Family fest, they might not let us in”. He replied.
We reached the gate and the Indian security guard says “Family day”. I tried to talk to him but he was having none of it. Myself and my cousins sat there, disappointed. My cousin ended up calling his female friend so that we could be deemed ‘A family’.
I can’t believe that this is what is happening in Qatar! What’s worse, there are those who think that Qataris are immune to this rule, but we’re NOT.
Then I read an article in The Peninsula. It was talking about how bachelors weren’t allowed in and how many were annoyed. One man said “Qataris are allowed in”. How the hell can they even bother to include that in the article? It’s absolutely false!
yes there are Qataris in there, however let me explain how they get in, and perhaps ANY nationality should try to be smart enough to do this.
1) Distract a guard
2) Say your mother is inside
3) Say your father is inside
4) You are more likely to slip in if you’re not in a hoard of 60 million guys
5) Bring a temporary woman friend
6) Wait for a woman to walk in and walk by her side
So you see, we Qataris have to figure out ways to get in! Shame on The Peninsula, I’m disappointed at the level of journalism these days.
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.