Saturday, November 18, 2017

American School of Doha - 50 years celebration

the little girl and the brown umbrella - card

little girl and the brown umbrella card

little girl and the brown umbrella card

by almawad
Charming painting by a six year old living in the desert city and dreaming about rain . The little girl has brown umbrella and she hopes to see the rainbow  .

Rains in Northern Qatar

 the hot season is  over = it is wonderful to spend the time outside   - even in some part of the country it is raining 

Friday, November 17, 2017

free solar mobile charging stations - camp sites n Qatar

special plate number auction inQatar

If you can afford and wish to have a special plate number for your car

in Qatar you can buy it .Every year there is an auction organized by the Traffic Department .

Let's see this year in numbers : 22 plate numbers sold

QR1.25mn ( 400 thousand USD ) was the highest amount paid for a single plate number

QR150,000 was the cheapest

source : 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

champions of the weekend for endurance

Monday, November 13, 2017

Qatari singer nominated to Grammy 2018

Fahad Al Kubaisi is the first singer from the GCC who got nominated to the Grammy Music Award .Congrats for the nomination !

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Diverted flight - pilot fell ill - QA statement

 Flight number : QR 507 (TRV-DOHA )
 The incident  happened more than one hour after departure . The pilot fell ill - the First Officer landed the plane safely . It was Goa international airport - the closest place .

Everyone arrived in Doha by another plane -safely .

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

A bird’s eye view of Al Wakra Station - Doha Metro

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Who are the ones detained in Saudi Arabia

Sherpa Blanket with the collage of vintage Arabian horses

Warm gift for the horse lover !

Longines Global Champions Tour - AL Shaqab

Date : Nov 09 2017 - Nov 11 2017

Time: Thursday 9 November 2017 – 11:00 AM - 8:45 PM

Friday 10 November 2017 – 1:45 PM - 9:00 PM

Saturday 11 November 2017 – 10:00 AM - 7:30 PM

Location: AL Shaqab

What to expect

worlds premiere 5-star show jumping event
fun-filled recreational activities
pony rides, jumping castles, horse riding simulator,
face painting and roaming magician
art workshop by renowned Cuban Artist Juan Arel Ruiz Contino
Qatari traditional games

Qatari riders

Bassem Hassan Mohammed

Sheikh Ali bin Khalid Al Thani

wise people quote in bright green - wall decal

Qatar National Library Opens Today

Good to know : - free
membership to anyone with a Qatari ID

 - most books are in Arabic& English but books written in 15 other languages
 are also available

Opening hours: Saturday to Thursday - from 8am to 8pm,

                                     Fridays - from 4pm to 8pm

-  dedicated area for teens / children

- computer labs, a writing centre  ,
 creative tools such as 3D printers and musical
instruments  are also available

- cafe , restaurant

 apply for membership  here :

- special need visitors can fully access the facility

-  the building 's design by  

Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Aqua Park Season Finale promotion

If you buy tickets online between Nov 1 to 18  then you can get it at  60 Qr for adults 50 QR for kids .
 They are preparing to close for the season .

Hospitality Qatar 2017 Nov 7-9

 when : Nov 7-9
 what time : 3pm -9 pm
where : DECC

Saturday, November 04, 2017

BREAKING - Yemen's Houthis fire missile at Saudi Arabia's Riyadh

Turbaned Poiret 1900s Fashion Poster

Turbaned Poiret 1900s Fashion Poster

Turbaned Poiret 1900s Fashion Poster

by LorrainesOoLaLa

Between 1910 an 1913, Paul Poiret was the "King of Fashion" in France -  he is credited with the introduction of turbans, tunics, and harem pants into Western fashion. 

Heya Fashion Week - Nov 3 -7

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Two ducks in the pond

two ducks in the pond poster

two ducks in the pond poster

by almawad
Two ducks in the pond ; one is just floating the other is diving for dinner . Nature photo by Alma Wad . All rights reserved . Taken in Aspire park Doha circa 2015 .

Aspire Lake Festival, NOV 9 -11

New route of Qatar Airways - Sarajevo

Four weekly flights , 6 hours of flight time .

Museum of Islamic Art by night - Qatar

Cinema Under The stars - at MIA park

see the schedule here

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Creative Writing Course at VCU -Q

In case you want to join  :hurry up  ! the course  has already started on Saturday  !

Free Breast & Bowel screening at Sidra 23 October to 25 October

 to get the free screening:
You must be a woman of age 45  to 69
You must have valid  health card (HMC card )

from 23 October to 25 October
7:30 am to 3:30 pm

call 800-1112 to Register

little bundle of joy

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Auqa park has special offers before the end of the season

Yoga Meditation Poster

Full Moon Yoga at Warwick Doha

 You can join  them  by the roof top deck to relax and unwind under the power of the moon on the 4th of November at 7:00PM

Price: 75.00
*Use of facilities are not included
Call: 4456 3337 to book your space!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Feral Cat Day - 16th October

 Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs  are the only human ways to control cat  population .

  Cats are caught, taken to a veterinarian to be spayed or neutered, and vaccinated and eartipped (to sign that a cat has been  through the surgery).  Then the  cats  can go  back to their area .

   Did you know that the so called shelters kill 70 % of the trapped cats ? 

 I never support similar " animal welfare" groups .

 If you want to help with the TNR program in  Qatar then you will have all the information here .


Saturday, October 14, 2017

French healthcare companies explore Qatar

As Qatar spent $763mn on  imported medical products last year  - the French companies  visited Qatar to explore business opportunities .

Biogaran, Logo Silver, Medasys, and Visiomed Group  are the companies   who are currently observing the Qatari market for a  possible  contract  . They would be able to bring to the country medications, medical  devices, e-Health software , A specific , Made in France , wheel chair is also on the list of products France can offer .

Friday, October 13, 2017

City in progress Two-Tone coffee mug

City in progress Two-Tone coffee mug

City in progress Two-Tone coffee mug

by almawad

City in progress . Fully customizable item with the photo of massive ongoing construction in Doha , Qatar . The blue sky is ideal background for your text . It was taken in 2010 . By Alma Wad .

smart jacket for workers protection in Qatar

 Coming soon !  Hopefully. The sooner the better !

  The nightmare of impending heart attacks may end with this  new smart jacket & helmet . It will cool the workers  and check their heart rate as well .  A control room will track the worker who is in distress !

It is a Qatari innovation  and  will be manufactured by a Chinese company called NUCTECH .

you can read more here

visa-free entry for citizens of 80+ countries to Qatar

 To find out if you need a pre-arranged visa or not  visit  this page  

Arabian Horse with bedouin saddlery - Wrapping Paper

Arabian Horse with bedouin saddlery Wrapping Paper

Arabian Horse with bedouin saddlery Wrapping Paper

by almawad

Arabian Horse with bedouin saddlery - simplicity at its highest - vintage illustration from an antique book .It was edited and applied on this item by Alma Wad . Great for those who love Arabian horses , vintage illustrations and riding .You can customize it now with your own words initials ,name ,address ,logo etc .

Will be made by
Zazzle Home
Reno, NV

Al- Shaqab - free entry today

 In case you /your children are interested in horse riding then hurry up !

 You can get a free tour inside Al- Shaqab today !

Hathab, Qatar Equestrian Tour 2017/18 -free entrance. Don't miss the thrill! (14-13 Oct)
Where ? AL SHAQAB , Gate8 ,Indoor Arena

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

A woman in red kimono - wall art

woman in red kimono - vintage travel faux canvas print

woman in red kimono - vintage travel faux canvas print

by almawad

A woman in red kimono - a vintage travel advertisement was applied on this faux canvas by Alma Wad .

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Museum of Islamic Art opening time changed

 Good to know  that from October  the MIA is open 7 days a week - until 7 pm !

We happened to visit it on a Tuesday -just to find it closed in summer .   My kids got exhausted  in the park and while  waiting for taxi  we found shelter from the heat at the Riwaq Hall  though it was officially closed as well .

Monday, October 02, 2017

Bike rentals at MIA Park

 Good News for the bike lovers  . You can plan  bike tour with your kids in the MIA park as bikes are available for rent again . 
We were there in April and  we were very much disappointed to see no bikes at all . 
Great that they are back !

MIA Park Bazaar Season starts, 6th October 2017

 it is still hot here  but the park bazaar reopens 

on 6 October 2017
Friday at 14:0020:00

nice occasion to go out   and have some home made dish , buy clothes ,books , art and craft
 then walk along the promenade  and have drink at the kiosk cafe to admire the sunset or  Doha by night

My tip :   before 4 pm it is still too hot  - the sun sets at 5 :16  

if you arrive at 4 pm then you can spend one hour in the  bazaar   then walk to the cafe  and see the sunset 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Beware of clouds - weather in Qatar

Prince Tamim bin Hamad reception in Qatar after historic journey

Highlights from the speech of the Emir of Qatar at the UN

Saturday, September 23, 2017

European Day of Languages is back at the Institut français Qatar

The Red Arrows aerobatic show in Qatar next week


the Red Arrows were here in Doha . People watched the show from different parts of the city . Qatar Airways wants you to send your best photos .

Vintage Arabian horses

Vintage  Arabian horses - collage iPhone X Case

Vintage Arabian horses - collage iPhone X Case

by almawad

Vintage Arabian horses - a collage of antique images is printed on this iphone case ! Great equestrian gift ! Unique design by Alma Wad for horse lovers .

Al-Attiyah for winning GOLD MEDAL at Ashgabat 2017

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Vintage Fruit Basket - kitchen and dinning set

Vintage Fruit Basket - kitchen and dinning set
Vintage Fruit Basket - kitchen and dinning set
by almawad

Vintage Fruit Basket - kitchen and dinning set. Various products you can customize 

Free bananas & apples for kids at Monoprix Qatar

  Nice gesture  -  though I do not think there are a  lots of kids  in need of free fruit around here . However it may encourage eating  more fruit . 

Katara Gallery - give or take used books

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Congrats Qatar - Diving team bronze

Traffic Diversion from Al Wakra

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Large Port to be opened in Qatar

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The first groups of metro trains arrived in Qatar

 they came from Japan  on a sea route
 it took them 21 days to arrive
 it is a great joy for every resident in the country

Monday, July 31, 2017

New sun protection mask from Japan

 this face protection looks like  a Muslim veil   that so many women wear around here 

 here women wear it for religious reasons  as they believe that it protects one from the fire of the hell

 Japanese women wear it for practical reason  - they wish to  have fair skin 

 many Arab women wish  the same 

 now - the invention  of this new Japanese Niqab is that it leaves an open area for the nose 
 the one who wears it  can breathe normally

 In Japan  many wears it  already while driving or exercising  outdoors .

  In Europe it is totally forbidden in most of the countries .

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Casting Call: Seeking Actors with Qatari look

Forthcoming production: “SH’HAB” – written and directed by Amal Al Muftah
Upon hearing a myth about falling stars, a young girl’s curiosity is sparked. When night falls on old Al-Wakrah village, she sets out on her father’s boat, with the assistance of her older brother, to chase the fabled comets.
Auditions will be held between July 16th and August 10th 2017 for the following roles. All applicants should have Qatari look and speak the local dialect.
AMAL (8-11 years old)
Confident and adventurous.
NAHLA (35 – 45 years old)
Amal’s beautiful, caring mother.
SULTAN (10 – 13 years old)
Brash and confident.
ABDULRAHMAN (40 – 50 years old)
Protective of his children. Strong and stern from years working as a fisherman.
VILLAGERS: (all ages, male and female)
We’re looking for 10 aspiring actors to be play background cast in selected scenes. All cast should look Qatari. These roles are a good opportunity for those seeking to participate in their first professional film production.
Please send the following information to:
• A recent photo of yourself (preferably a headshot)
• Date of birth, nationality, languages spoken
• Previous acting experience / Showreel links

Meanwhile in Yemen :(

The Funniest Fake news about Qatar

 some of the "best of  "the fake news spread about this country 

Dairy products and Turkish vocabulary - Qatar 50 day of siege

It  had been the Saudi who brought to Qatar  a lots of dairy products before : milk  , laban , labneh , sour cream , keshta , creme caramel used to be my favourites .  They used to be the cheapest counter . It  has been for 50 days that they do not bring it anymore ...

 In one  supermarket where I frequently go  - there is a long  counter offering dairy products . Two third of it has been always Western ,expensive , medium priced products from France , Germany ,USA  even there is one Hungarian cheese brand .

 When my friends ask me if I find  food for us  in Qatar then I say - yes . There is no reason to feel sorry for us . Especially when I think of some war torn countries citizens in the area .

Some brands disappeared -  new ones came.

 Now the dairy counter - the cheap part is filled with Turkish and British milk . The latter is more expensive , but people understand the labels . As it is in English  .

 The Turkish dairy products do not always have info on them in English . So  at the supermarket there is a small help with  Turkish words translated into Arabic , English , Hindi , Tagalog .

  something like this

 Süt - milk ,حليب ,दूध , ,gatas
Ayran - laban 

yoğurt - 
yoghurt ,dahee ,زبادي

Meyveli  yoğurt -  fruit yoghurt ,

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

this is the most expensive restaurant in Qatar - I guess

I have never been here - they offer very special delicacies with camel meat and date syrup

Generally , I find there are only few restaurants in Qatar that offers special local dishes .Ducasse reinvents the Arabic cuisine . That sounds very  exciting .

Cities with the most trees in the world

Monday, July 17, 2017

Silver lotus spa business card

Silver lotus  spa business card

Silver lotus spa business card

by almawad

Personalize both sides now .It comes 100 in a pack .Great for spas ,beauty saloons , yoga studios .

Will be made by
Zazzle Paper
San Jose, CA

Health Club - Saraya Corniche Hotel review

We arrived  on a Friday afternoon in Ladies Time . It is a great thing that they have such hours .So few places in Qatar has such time when the expectations for most Muslim ladies not to mix with  men when swimming . We had a pass for one single day . We were thinking about a two monthly membership before arriving .

 In the changing room water was flowing everywhere  . Some people took shower and due to the wrong inclination of the floor   water  did not go to the  floor drains but came out . So typical mistake around here !  

I wanted to work out in the fitness room and my trainers got all wet !

We were the only customers in the gym and it was fine . No music , no  employees - just the CNN and Trump and Macron - we were forced to watch them .:(  no remote control ,either .

After that we got to the swimming pool area .  Right as we entered  there was a pool of 1 .46 m  with jacuzzi and two families . Kids pool was in an upper level . It was a strange ,long narrow pool .

There were only 2 other mums wit their kids .

So I just started to swim in the pool near the jacuzzi  when a little girl jumped into the deep water and started  to sink  and come up  - she did not know how to swim ... I screamed and swam towards her -  I hoped to be able to grab her from behind without she pulls me down  ... just a second before I could have caught her  the mom jumped in and pulled her out .So much relieved we were .

She was showing me  that her hearts beats very much . So did mine . My relaxing afternoon project was ruined . I was very tense after this traumatic experience !Though I kept swimming  during the coming one hour every time a child approached I yelled at them " this is deep water - can you swim ?" Most of them was not able  to do so .

While swimming I was reading the house rules . Number 12  -  everybody is using the pool on his own risk . The hotel does not take any responsibility in case of injury  or death .

No lifeguard was employed . A five star hotel ! 

When the ladies hours finished we returned to the changing room's area  - it was incredibly messy . No cleaner turned up during all this time . However it  had sauna and steam room . We opted for the sauna but it was out of order . The steaming room worked . Finally it was the best part of our health club experience . It was very small -only two seats -but strong ,clean vapor came without any bad smell . 

Meanwhile I came across an employee  who just came to use the toilet  - i asked her to bring us towels as in the swimming pool area   towels just finished  - she was just kind  to help us  -it was not her job ... they did not provide  shower gel  - only lotion and hair conditioner was available ...

 It could have been a nice afternoon if they had some cleaner in the changing room area  and some employees in the swimming pool .it is absurd that customers has to pull out drowning kids from the pool ! House rule number 12 should be cancelled !

 I can not understand how any hotel not alone a five star hotel can leave  their guests on their own without staff  this way they did !

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Musfer sinkhole - by the Salwa road

I wrote some years ago that I grew up in a special town in Hungary that had an underground cave right under the hospital building and a cave lake and a system of unexplored system of caves
. The limestone there looks like very much like the limestones in Qatar . and that I suspect that there are similar places in Qatar as well .It is exciting to see now this video and hear that these people also suspect more interesting caves around here .If you are brave enough you can go down to the cave like these people  and visit this sinkhole .
Who told that Qatar is boring in summer ?

French patriotic napkin

Custom napkins with French Patriotic design . It features the Eiffel Tower and the principles of equality, citizenship and inalienable rights.It is designed in the colors of the national flag of France .Design by Alma Wad . You can customize it with your own words . Great for Quatorze Juillet celebration

Happy Bastille Day! from Warwick Hotel Doha

Happy Bastille Day! Join us On Friday 14-July to celebrate this special day with a delicious French dinner buffet. For French nationalities, show your QID or passport and get a 50% off!

Online shopping from Qatar - Connected by QPOST

The Great Gate of Kiev Poster

New Route of Qatar Airways - KIEV

Coming from August 28 Qatar Airways announced its new direct service to the Ukrainian capital Kiev .

 seven times a week

 new route to be served by an Airbus A320 aircraft

12 seats in Business Class and 132 seats in Economy Class

read more

hello - computer screen T-Shirt

Qatar Computing Research Institute to conduct first summer computing camps for kids | Hamad Bin Khalifa University

Qatar Computing Research Institute to conduct first summer computing camps for kids | Hamad Bin Khalifa University

QCRI will run two separate programs – two separate week-long Young Makers Camps for children aged from 9 to 12, and a two-week Arduino Teen Camp for teenagers aged from 14 to 18 – from Sunday, July 16 to Thursday, July 27.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Palm trees in Al-Bidda Park , Doha Wood Panel

Palm trees in Al-Bidda Park , Doha Wood Panel

Palm trees in Al-Bidda Park , Doha Wood Panel

by almawad

Palm trees in Al-Bidda Park , Doha - original photo in sepia tones . This park is near the seaside promenade " Corniche " and Alma Wad - the photographer used to spend a lots of time here with her little children . Currently it is under construction . Great gift for anyone who likes , Doha , palm trees , travel .

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Batik , mandala painting , creativity for kids this summer

 Batik , mandala painting , creativity for kids   age  8 and above  .
  From 4 - 7 pm , on 13 , 14 ,15  July  - 250 rials per day .

The latest updates the Gulf-Qatar crisis

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Flag of Qatar Ceramic Ornament

Flag of Qatar Ceramic Ornament

Flag of Qatar Ceramic Ornament

by almawad

 he flag of Qatar on a heart shaped ornament .it comes with the word Qatar .Great gift for proud nationals at any time of the year .
expat Qatar