Sunday, September 17, 2017

Tennis, Fit-Kids Animation, and Korean Archery for kids



they have got five locations you can check them out here

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
Synopsis:
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: QFF-Productions@dohafilminstitute.com
• 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
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Ayran - laban 
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yoğurt - 
yoghurt ,dahee ,زبادي
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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 .

Empire State Bldg in Qatar's national flag's colors

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Awtar Restaurant review - Eid brunch buffet at Simaisma Beach ,Murwab resort




I went there with great expectations . Their advertisement looked so great ! Fancy style setting of lavish buffet : with prawn Cocktail or Kabees. Salad, Chicken Caesar Salad, Greek salad or Caponata Salad .


  THIS WAS THE TABLE WITH WONDERFULLY LOOKING ENTREES IN THEIR ADS



 and this is the photo of what they actually served AS ENTREES




In reality they had some large bowls as entrees with canned mushrooms and canned vegetables that I would be embarrassed to offer to my family on a festive day .




No fresh salad at all ! NO prawns ! No chicken Caesar . No caponata !

They had lentil soup that was so bad that I could not finish . I am great fan of soups - that was the worst one I ever tried .

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The main courses were better . Some Arabic or Indian style stews or curries . I had lamb stew , paneer curry , vermicelli rice , potato dauphinoise . They were all tasty and well cooked .


But where were the live cooking stations that they promised ? Tempura or pasta stations ? There were no live cooking stations at all ! No sign of sushis or any other Japanese cuisine !

 THIS WAS THE DESSERT TABLE IN THE ADS'




The dessert table was full of cooked , sweet rice by the time we arrived there . Nothing else ! The French pastry vanished quickly - some kids were begging for them - but the waiters were reluctant
to serve more cakes .When most of the people left and we started to take photo of their miserable dessert table then quickly they served two more small cakes !
 THIS WAS THE DESSERT TABLE IN THE REALITY !








Coffee came for free !

The service was always polite . We had the coffee in the  terrace with sea view . That was really special .

The food they offered clearly was not worth the 82 rial per person ! For the little selection of food they offered 30 rials would have been reasonable .

It was with Qgrabs coupons .So the original price was double ! I felt it was a scam with all the things promised and the few things they actually offered .

Monday, June 26, 2017

Numbers in Qatar - more than 400 patients at Emergency

 It is just the usual overeating at Eid-al Fitr , at the festival after Ramadan .

 It is just ironic  as some Egyptian TV channel  spread the fake news that we are starving in Qatar .
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No one case was too serious luckily  -but myself I saw kids throwing up at two different restaurants  we had dinner at .   It  really spoils the dinner ! At least we did  not overeat for sure ! But we chose a certain place at the Lagoona Mall because  they have large area with slides for kids . After my kid was playing for 20 minutes  I called him for diner  then I found he was trapped  . A child vomited at the exit of the slides  blocking the way  and the cleaning staff was very slow .After dinner he returned to play just to see that the slides themselves were dirty too . But the cleaning staff just answered " do not use it " and that is all ....








Manhole accident at Wukair - six year old boy dies

 It happened again ! And the same scenario  - family  dines out  and a kid goes missing then they found out too late that he fell in an uncovered manhole !

It happened in Wukair  on the eve of Eid -al Fitr ! 



source 

 In fact  it is very difficult to save someone from a  manhole -  even when  they notice at once that  someone fell into . They are 5 .5 meter deep !

Four years ago another little Indian boy died when walking just some meters ahead of his family . Someone even went down risking his own life  - but the boy fell in coma and later died in hospital .

Another little boy died in the center of Doha  some years ago while his family was dinning -  the little expat  Arab boy fell into an uncovered manhole right in front of the restaurant .











Beauty In Pink And The Beast Poster

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Beauty In Pink And The Beast Poster


Beauty In Pink And The Beast Poster

by pinkpassions


vintage watercolor illustration of the classic fairytale, beauty and the beast. beauty is in a pink dress and red cloak sitting on a chair in front of a table with a white table cloth and having a cup of tea with the beast, a brown bear. cute tea set in blue where beauty is handing over a cup of tea to the beast, sitting opposite her table with white table cloth, pretty blue tea set, silver fruit bowl, and two old world wooden chairs that look like they belong in a castle. beauty and the beast sit at a table drinking tea. beauty has long golden hair with flowers on top. beauty and the beast having a tea party in the beasts home. the beast is a host, has beauty as his guest. vintage painting in brown and pink.

Beauty and the Beast at Lagoona Mall Qatar



Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage from 25 to 29  JUNE 

Show timings : at 5 pm , 7 pm , 9 pm

Location : North Court Lobby  - Lagoona Mall , Qatar

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Doha Festival City Eid 2017 events

FIVE DAYS EID CELEBRATIONS




 Camouflage Man Act Show

Events will commence on the first day of Eid-Al Fitr and run for five days
LOCATION: Axis Node, Entertainment Node, Atrium Node
TIMINGS:
3:20pm - 3:40pm
5:00pm - 5:20pm
7:00pm - 7:20pm

Museum - Living Statues 

LOCATION: Luxury Court, Clouds Node, Food Court
TIMINGS:
4:30pm - 4:50pm
6:00pm - 6:20pm
7:30pm - 7:50pm



Ice Age Collision Course  - Show

LOCATION: Centre Court 
TIMINGS:
4:00pm - 4:30pm
5:30pm - 6:00pm
8:30pm - 9:00pm


Entry is free for all the shows  from Jun 26, 2017 TO Jun 30, 2017


Souq Waqif Eid Festival 2017

What to expect :  an air conditioned tent  for family events .23 booths with
different kinds of skill and virtual
reality games. Children can also
win toy prizes at several booths

  A large mirror maze is the greatest attraction  this year . Ideal for selfie lover teens !


When :  from 25 to 30 June 2017

 What time : every day from 4 pm

 What to expect   .:





Thursday, June 22, 2017

Aspire Park - Eid celebrations 2017

Arabian Horse - add name T-Shirt






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 kids who love Arabian horses , vintage illustrations and riding .You can customize it now with your own name , initials ,logo of your riding club etc .

Will be made by
Zazzle Apparel
San Jose, CA

AL SHAQAB Summer Camp - Learn to ride a horse


 6 days summer camp to teach kids how to ride a horse


Eid Festival in Katara -

World's Best Airline 2017 - Congrats QA

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Vintage camels in the desert canvas print

Vintage camels in the desert canvas print


Vintage camels in the desert canvas print

by almawad

Vintage camels in the desert .A caravan is passing in the background . An antique book illustration was edited and applied on this canvas print by Alma Wad .Great Middle Eastern feel . This wall art is available in different sizes !

Numbers in Qatar - 100 baby camels died

Not only  the humans of Qatar were sent out from  Saudi Arabia but the farm animals of the Qatari owners as well . The march in the desert came with the death of 100 baby camel ! 

 Read full story here 

buy Premium Qatari Vegetables

Friday, June 16, 2017

Q Post Global Priority service - DISCOUNT

Made in Qatar products










Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Irish visa application centre in Doha, Qatar

The new facility is located at Third Floor, 301, Jaidah Square, Al Matar Street (Airport Road), Doha, Qatar.

Irish visa application centre in Doha, Qatar

Residents of Qatar can now apply for visas to Ireland at a centrally-located Visa Application Centre launched in Doha by the embassy of Ireland in partnership with VFS Global.Why does it matter ? At such centres the customer service is at higher level than at the Embassies . One can take all the steps to apply at this center .Modern ,pleasing environment .
The applications will be processed by the Embassy itself .

Have you ever considered to go on summer vacations to Ireland ?

Vintage Dublin Travel Poster

Dublin - Qatar Airways New Destination

Monday, June 12, 2017

Doha Fire Station exhibition

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

The Pearl-Qatar - Garangao night 2017




Garangao night for kids to enjoy fun and entertaining activities

when : 9 JUNE , 2017

what time ; from 8 pm to 11 pm

location ; 29  La Croisette , Porto Arabia ,Pearl QATAR

Garangao at Shaqab 2017


 The popular children festival  , Garangao is celebrated today at the Shaqab .

 When ; June 8 

 What time : from 7 :30 to midnight

 Where : indoor arena , Shaqab

  What to expect ;  bunch of fun activities , games ,  quizzes  , horses

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

HMC's Blood Donor Center is in urgent need of O+ blood.

HMC's Blood Donor Center is in urgent need of O+ blood.
The Center is open throughout the Holy Month of Ramadan.
Sunday to Thursday: 8am to 1pm and 6pm to 12am
Saturday: 6pm to 12am
Closed on Friday
The Blood donor Center is also open throughout Ramadan at City Centre (next to Carrefour):
6pm to 12am
Please call 4439 1081 to check your eligibility

Qatar Airways flights - travel alerts

Timeline of Qatar-GCC disputes from 1991 to 2017

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Zaha Hadid's life in buildings


Curves and unusual shapes  . Challenging conventions and changing architecture for ever .
 I always  enjoy watching her buildings -reading her story .

2017 Summer Courses at VCUQ for children and teens




These are popular courses where your kids and teens can learn new skills and socialize during the summer holidays at VCUQatar in Education City. You can choose from a variety of programs for various age groups in July / August. Classes start on July 9.

Iftar or Suhoor

When you are planning  an eating out with your loved ones at Ramadan you can take  into consideration
that late night meals called Suhoor in Arabic are much cheaper than the sunset meals called Iftar .

 For example this five star hotel offers a late night buffet dinner for QR 145 in a stylish tent set up for the fasting month .


Numbers in Qatar - 650 school staff

650 employees have been dismissed from various government schools across the country

those jobs are of administrative nature

Qatari candidates to occupy some administrative jobs

source

QAFCO Layali Al Khair - Al-Banush Club ,Mesaieed

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Where do Muslims tend to travel for Ramadan

Travelling for  the fasting month is a new trend . Travellers  take in consideration the climate , the  length of the days which  can make the fasting easier . So the top destinations nowadays are not the Middle Eastern countries  because of their hot weather , nor the European countries because of their long days in summer .

 This may change in the coming five years as Ramadan will move to the cooler months  .

 Now let's see the most popular  countries for Ramadan tourists .

1 . Malaysia

2 . Indonesia
3.Singapore
4 .Turkey
5 Brunei
6 South Africa
7 Maldives
8 Iran
9Morocco
10 Jordan


source 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Affordable Iftar Dinners in Qatar 2017

 Eating out during the holy month of Ramadan  is popular option in Qatar . Not only the Muslims but the non-Muslims also wait for the restaurants open at sunset . So popular places are usually  jammed with hungry people .
 That is why  I try to discover new , unusual places at Ramadan . This is not  always a good choice . Last years for example I tried iftar buffet in a hotel which offered free food for kids under five  but no baby sitting or fun activities .   That iftar remains in my memories as the  worst eating out here . Kids were running , shouting  and touching food with hands then putting them back into the trays . They were throwing cutlery  and were climbing on dangerous places   Even though I am a patient and experienced mother - that was  too much for me too.
 But another year we went to a Persian restaurant in a mall - where we were the only guest opting for iftar . Their iftar menu was huge and tasty - the service was wonderful . I just feel sorry that they are located in a mall that I do not visit anymore for ethical reasons .

 So I am trying to inform my  readers about the Iftar Offers I find online or off line .
 My collection is different every year but you can browse my collections of the previous years .

 Happy Ramadan

  from Alma Wad
  editor of this blog

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Qgrabs offers  

 Qgrab is the local page where coupons can be bought . You buy  the coupons then you print it and book an iftar . That is how it works .

 You had better buy them fast as they might run out  of vouchers .


1 .Warwick Doha Hotel -  Iftar  or Suhoor Buffet at the L’ auberge Restaurant  adults  QR 90 /kids call them for more info 
 this is a five star hotel near the Hamad hospital



2. Downtown Restaurant in the  West Bay

  Iftar buffet for two persons for QR 80

  this looks to be a very good offer

  and they have an outdoor section with playground


3 . La Bruschetta restaurant

   Ramadan Set Menu  per person QR 45

  this looks    a reasonable offer for pizza lovers
   you can get  one salad / one pizza or pasta and soft drink
 with the voucher
 it is recommended for Italian food lovers  and for those who  wish to avoid crowds







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IKEA restaurant Ramadan Offer

yes , the Swedish furniture shop does not forget
about Ramadan - in their restaurant one can find

a set menu for QR 35 . This includes :Dish of the day with salad, soup and soft drink but other oriental dishes are available as well - They are open from sunset on Sunday - Wednesday Iftar to 11:30pm
Thursday - Saturday Iftar to 12:30am (midnight)

recommended for those who like canteen style eating without crowds or for those who plan a visit to the furniture store anyway

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Apple bees  Iftar


Iftar Buffet  includes  salads , soups , appetizers + one selected entree  - all  for QR 99

reservation :44427753

 this is usually  a very crowded place - but i find that their popularity is not well deserved  -   the buffet is small  - the restaurant is jammed - I could not relax and enjoy the food last time  we were there
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  DAIRY QUEEN  restaurant

 iftar meal QR 15  = 1 sandwich  and 1 small laban  and french fries
Crispy Chicken Meal or Classic With Cheese Meal for just QR 15.00! For delivery, call 44247272

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CALIFORNIA TORTILLA 

 IFTAR MEAL IN  MEXICAN STYLE :QR 69 /KIDS  QR 30

 Ramadan drink, soup, salad, side order ( rice, chips and salsa), Main course and Taco sundae dessert.
Iftar menu is available between 6pm and 8:30pm only.
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Papa John's

Ramadan Feast for 8 persons QR 149

 it includes 3 large Pizzas + 2 starters + soft drink
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MRA Bakery N Restaurant

 Take away iftar QR 18
 Midnight buffet QR 15

 MRA The Taste Of Malabar, speacialis in  malabar delicacies, all types of halwas n sweets..
Call 4442 2072

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Sushiminto Iftar QR 99 QR 49 for kids

 For Japanese food lovers

 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (Sun-Sat)

 40290551
 33162348
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Mado Turkey - Qatar

set menu QR 11o

Call 4436 4622







Ramadan festival at Katara

 You can expect various programs and events at the Katara Cultural Village during the fasting month .

 Religious lectures , Quran memorizing competitions , Play station  championship - FIFA2017 -brain games ( dama , domna , kerem , sabbah )  , fun traditional games , treasure hunting .

Exhibitions by local artists , live painting , palm tree exhibition , tea exhibition , various workshops

 and a lot more  - discover the beautifully lit area  with its indoor and outdoor activities .

 SEE MORE INFO HERE


 Treasure hunting is a fun game  - it us usually outdoors and not long after the iftar . So you have a chance to win as there are not big crowds there . At least this is what I saw  last time I visited the place .

 TEA EXHIBITION  sounds fun . I love  teas and hope to learn about them more .


PALM TREE EXHIBITION also seems interesting to me

date palm is mentioned 20 times in the Quran

it is a staple food around here - or at least it is used to be

still a much respected tree here decorating , parks , promenades , yards







Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Numbers in the Middle East

Numbers of Qatar 7 million children


 Qatar provided educational opportunities for more than 7mn children ,created more than 300,000 jobs .

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Children uprooted


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 an uprooted child travelling alone -  great scene  grabbing the loneliness of kids in similar situation very well - from a famous movie






Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Ruman restaurant - Souq Wakrah - review

It was a Friday afternoon that we decided to visit this restaurant . I had bought coupons and was very curious to see  this place and taste their dishes .

 We arrived around 5 pm . We were shocked to see that we were the only customers . The restaurant is situated inside the Souq not  at the seafront . There was a tree and some chairs in front of the restaurant and that looked inviting . However we were afraid from the flies and decided to go in . It was a charming Indian  interior in rustic style . At first glance I found it lovely until I noticed  those paintings in large baroque frames . They looked awful  and spoilt all the charm of pure village home .

The second shock came when we learnt they had no toilet we had to go outside nearly to the sea shore the find one !

We had to wait minimum 20 minutes though we were the only customers . My butter chicken was tasty but stale . The rice as well . I got stomach ache at once . My husband had mutton and he found it mediocre . Our son was the  happiest among us he liked their hamburgers very much .
Long story short  -  I had this "deja vue "  or " deja mangee" feel ... yes this is  the old Caravan restaurant's style dishes ! It reminded me that place very much !
That old restaurant that burnt down some years ago at the Ramada junction . And officially  they never reopened !  I remember then many people told about them " jack of all trades but master of nothing " -  and really this restaurant offered dishes from India , China , Nepal .
My greatest concern about their cuisine was that it was not fresh at all .!

We had the dessert outside under a tree . The sea smell reached this terrace , the heat was bearable - we were sitting and relaxing  there watching the small clouds in the blue sky . It was nice and memorable . What a luck that nobody can put baroque paintings on the sky - i thought . If one day I return then it will be for these chairs and tree  and the memory of the sky .

 If I long for Indian flavours in the future I  would choose rather Zaoq or Black pepper  .

Saturday, May 13, 2017

KidzMondo Doha & Qatar Airways



 At KidzMondo Doha, Qatar
Airways  offers a role play

for children . They can act as
passengers, as well as airline staff ,
within the specially-adapted real
aircraft model.What a great experience  !

 It is not cheap at all ! The entrance fee is
135 rials  for kids 90 rials for chaperons /parents
 no food is allowed - you have to buy food inside the place
  however for this money the  child can play all day long !




Wednesday, May 03, 2017

The Park Bazaar has been extended through to the holy month of Ramadan.






"During the holy month of Ramadan the Park Bazaar will be open every Saturday from 5pm to Midnight.​"
expat Qatar