Where am I?

Hey there everyone, just a quick post. I know that a lot of people loved all the blog posts I used to make, but I just don’t have the time to do what I used to do anymore.

I’m Snapchatting, posting content on ILQ, hosting shows like QTips and RaqamiTV, and there simply isn’t enough hours in the day.

If you’d like to see a bit more about what I do, maybe follow me on social, then you can find me here:

SNAPCHAT: Khalifa-MrQ
INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/iloveqatar
VINE: www.vine.co/iloveqatar
TWITTER: www.twitter.com/iloveqatar
YOUTUBE: Search QTips or Raqami TV

All About Qatar National Day – A day to feel pride

Qatar is building on the number of events to celebrate National Day year on year. There are a number of huge milestones and events that have lead up to this as well. Qatar’s definitely in the spotlight thanks to mega event after event (World Cup, COP18, Arab Spring involvement, Katara expansions, etc… etc…) and Doha will continue to shine bright as long as changes keep happening.

Why are Qataris so proud? Well we haven’t had that much to be proud of for a long time. Our Emir has brought so much change and development to Qatar that it’s something to almost brag about. A typical Qatari will gladly sacrifice a lot for his country. The Emir has done so much to make our lives better, so why don’t we lift the burden off of his shoulders a bit and try to help?

So whether you’re Qatari, American, British, Indian, Philipino, Japanese, Korean, Lebanese, Pakistani, Chinese or any other nationality (let’s face it, Qatar is a melting pot of diversity), please celebrate National Day with us! Let happiness flow through you like a rush of energy. Think positive and have hope for a fantastic future. Think of each firework that goes off on December 18 as the sound of the country’s heartbeat. WE are Qatar.

One common question I’m asked is how is it that Qatar changed National Day’s date? It never changed. They’re thinking of Independence day, which is on the 3rd of September. Here’s some more info about National Day (from QatarNationalDay.qa):

On 18 December 1878, Sheikh Jassem bin Mohamed bin Thani succeeded his father as the ruler of Qatar. With that, Qatar became a country with a vision… a country that would find unity, grow rapidly, and reach toward ever higher heights.

National Day, also known as Founder’s Day, celebrates the rise of Sheikh Jassem as the father and founder of the State of Qatar. And yet this holiday is a mere two years old: it was founded in 2007 to give people an occasion to honour the history and identity of their country, and to commemorate those who have worked and continue to work to make Qatar a great nation.

The 18th of December is a special day – a day of unity for the people of Qatar. We want you to be a part of it!

This year, the country is making an extra effort to thank the expat community here too for all their hard work to make Qatar a better place 🙂

We’re working hard on www.qatarnationalday.qa again this year (5th year now?) so you can find all the events and great content for National Day.  Until then we’ve got a temporary list going, click here for Qatar National Day event list 2013

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Mr. Q visits Korea (Three Episodes) – A Qatari guy visits Korea

Some people have been following my Vlogs for a while now. I’ve had quite a few going on, from talking about waste dump in the Pearl, to episodes in Japan. I’ve now put together the first two episodes of a three parter called Mr. Q visits Korea. It’s interesting for most people not only because you get to see what’s happening from a Qatari’s point of view, but a lot of people might be interested in Korea in general too. By the way, I recommend visiting the country, I had a fantastic time and can’t wait to visit again!

Is there another country you want me to visit? If so, drop me a comment in the comments section below. Also, please don’t forget to subscribe, thumbs up and share the videos, it helps keep me going and shows me that you appreciate what I’m putting together.

 

Episode 1 (Gangnam Style and the Loneliest pigeon in the world.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIua35u2IUM
 

Episode 2 (Tiny little baby Octopus and Poo bread)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tT2cm-q0_LI
 

Episode 3 coming soon.

You can also see more videos by visiting the iLoveQatar channel. Thank you again for helping the channel pass 1.2 MILLION views!

[Vlog] Mr. Q visits Korea – Ep. 1 – Gangnam Time

First of all, I just wanted to thank all you people who have been encouraging me to keep going with my vlogs. What do you prefer? The Vlogs or the Blogs? (Maybe both?)

Remember, sharing, commenting, leaving me a thumbs up, those things keeps me going 🙂

Thanks to your views, I’ve managed to hit the legendary 301+ on YouTube for my Korea video!

Don’t know why 301+ is special? It means that you’re getting a flood of views, so YouTube freezes it at 301+ for a while for protection.

Mr. Q Visits Korea

I decided to go on down to Korea with a couple of bros.
After all, it’s the ‘IT’ country right now right? (I mean it, not I.T.)
I checked out a bit of the night, digital screens, Gangnam Kabab, and this super lonely pigeon.

 

A quick tour of the African Festival (and hunting for tribal dancers)

I went on down to the African Festival at Katara. It was a pretty fun event. I thought it would be nice to see what happened, what they were up to, and check out the entertainment. Don’t forget to Thumbs Up, Comment, and Subscribe 🙂 Then I know if you’ve liked it! If you REALLY REALLY like it then please share it too! Take care all, Mr. Q (Your friendly neighbourhood Qatari)

A quick tour of IKEA (and sleeping in beds)

I went on down to check out Ikea qatar at Doha Festival City and decided to vlog it (and sleep in their bed too.)

I thought it would be nice for you to see what IKEA is like since so many people are talking about the place.

Don’t forget to Thumbs Up, Comment, and Subscribe 🙂
Then I know if you’ve liked it!

If you REALLY REALLY like it then please share it too!

Take care all,
Mr. Q (Your friendly neighbourhood Qatari)

Marhaba did a piece on me

That’s nice of Marhaba Magazine, they were very complimentary. If I was a blusher, I would have blushed 😀

You can read it here: The elusive Mr Q from iLoveQatar

Driving down Al Khor (oh and 998!)

Your friendly neighbourhood Qatari decides to go take a drive down Al Khor. (The potential for this place to be something amazing is HUGE).
While driving down and doing the usual Vlogging, I bring up a good point – 998!

Mr. Q visits Japan – Episode 2 – Weird Shop Names

Japan is so 3ajeeb! Don’t forget to visit www.qatarjapan2012.com to see how Qatar and Japan are celebrating their 40th anniversary.

Mr. Q visits Japan – Episode 1

While I was in Japan, I decided to do a bit of Vlogging. Here’s my attempt 🙂

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.