Friday, March 31, 2017

Today at QIFF 2017

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Swimming Kid T-Shirt

NO ladies only days in Aquapark Qatar for the 2017 season

See the fares


Reading their FB page I was shocked to read that the Ladies Only Day no longer exists in Aquapark Qatar . It was always full - it was a real fun day for so many ! What makes the management to decide like that ? 😠😠😠

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Numbers about Qatar - 32 thousand tourists

More than 32 thousand Qatari tourists visited Turkey last year . That is nearly 10 % of the Qatari population ! In spite of the security concerns  - the number of visitors is growing . Turkey saw the opportunity in the "halal" tourism  -  they have some hotels , resorts where women and men can enjoy the sea on segregated beaches /pools . These are also dry hotels ( no alcohol ) and are serving food suitable for Muslims .
Reading reviews on the net I find Turkish hospitality industry excellent ,generous , well -organised .From non-Muslims and Muslims as well - I read the same . If only the political situation was more balanced ! 2016 was especially bloody year  with the attack of the Istanbul airport& the Istanbul night club attack at New Year's Eve . Read about safety records here !

Collection Al Thani - Grand Palais , Paris

Crowns, jewels,  weapons and more… Priceless pieces that tell  the extraordinary story of the traditional jewelry trade between India and the West.

From the Mughal Empire to  the Independence era ,  French and British colonial era. Jewels takes us on a journey between fairy tale fantasy and historical reality.

The Exhibition "From the Great Mughals to the Maharajas - Jewels from the AL THANI collection" is at the Grand Palais from 29 March to 5 June 2017

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Space Light, Space color - Zuhair Shaaouni

Friday, March 24, 2017

Earth Hour in Qatar 2017 -25 March 8:30

Thunder storms - be cautious

Again a day with showers and thunders ahead of us . Be cautious ! Stay away from the sea ,high places ,electricity poles ,trees ! Unplug your devices at home! Do not use water at home during the storms ! Close your  car's windows!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Monday, March 20, 2017

Mother's Day workshop for kids - City Center Mall

 21 March is Mother's Day in many Arab countries . City Center Mall set up a craft area near the Carrefour supermarket  for children can make their  own handmade gifts for their moms . They can arrange bouqets , beads , color aprons and more .

 Only today and tomorrow  :  from 1pm to 9pm 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

season of sudden weather changes - AlSarayat

History of the Kufic Script - free training workshop

Temporary diversion of Oryx Intersection in Doha

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Mother's Day Free Fitness Classes -Anytime Fitness

New Indian Schools to Open next year

Qatar has a large Indian expat community .The parents prefer sending their kids to Indian schools . School seats for the Indian children living in Qatar are simply not enough . MES is one of the largest school .It has currently 8000 students when the its buildings were designed for  5000 students  only -  the same goes for Ideal Indian School with 6000 students instead of 2800  .

 New Indian schools are needed very much .An official of the Education ministry promised new Indian Schools for 2017/18 year . But no more details about them .
As the Indian School Year starts traditionally not in September but in April  - it looks like that many Indian kids  in Qatar will be out of  formal education .

No wonder that online schools are advertising themselves intensely  at social pages nowadays . Home schooling is not unknown for Qatar expat community ,  either .


Friday, March 17, 2017

rainy weather may return from Sunday

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Qatar Music Academy's concert in Lagoona Mall


2017 Skytrax World Airport Awards

Singapore Changi Airport number 1
Tokyo International Airport (Haneda)
Incheon International Airport
Munich Airport
Hong Kong International Airport
Hamad International Airport  -number 6
Chubu Centrair Nagoya
Zurich Airport
London Heathrow Airport
Frankfurt Airport

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Baby's favorite toys - for a toddler's party

Baby's favorite toys party
Baby's favorite toys party
by almawad

Custom items with Baby's favorite toys collage. It is featuring graphic images of toys in vintage colors . Yellow rubber duck , teddy bear , rocking horse etc .They are against dotted/circular shaped background .Great items for a birthday party of a little boy or girl .

Joue Club Qatar - Grand Opening

on Saturday March 18, 2017 at 4:30pm

Lagoona Mall

Educational Festival in Qatar

Babyshop - drawing competition

Babyshop present 2nd Season of “EXPRESSIONS” Freedom with colours.

Inviting all children’s in Qatar to enroll for one of the biggest drawing competition to be held on 1st April 
2017 at Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiyah Arena, Nr. Al Sadd sports club.

NO FEE -FREE Online registration, using the link below.
Link :

Age Groups:
Group 1- Age 5- 7 years
Group 2- Age 8- 10 years
Group 3- Age 11- 14 years

All winner’s gets participation certificate and big rewards.
Loads of Fun and Gifts during the event. Hurry enroll now or visit nearest Babyshop store for more details

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Nutrition in children - Ask the Expert at WCMQatar

Our children's health and the food we eat . This is a pressing health issue that can be discussed at the Weil Cornell Medical College in Qatar . This is a public gathering open for anyone -  admission is free . A great occasion to educate yourself about kids health .

Saturday, March 11, 2017

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 .


 This is an international event to celebrate the  French cuisine . Qatar will take part in it . IDAM  restaurant will offer French dinner on the 22 MARCH .The following restaurants will offer French dinner on 21 March .

  • La Mer Bistro (The Ritz-Carlton, Doha)
  • Coral All-Day Dining (InterContinental Doha)
  • Liquidity (Crowne Plaza Doha – The Business Park)
  • Prime (InterContinental Doha The City)
  • La Villa (Mercure Grand Hotel)
  • La Varenne, Trader Vic’s (Hilton Doha)
  • Yum Yum (K108)
  • Market by Jean-Georges (W Hotel)
  • Al Dirwandi (Adagio)

Food Makes Me Feel Better no3 All-Over-Print Shirt

Food Festival 2017 - 29th March – 8th April

Qatar International Food Festival,2017

Location: Hotel Park – In front of The Sheraton Hotel Doha

29th March – 8th April

What to expect :  unique dining options, celebrity chefs entertainment, competitions, and activities for the whole family

Learn more here  

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Grocery Store Delivery App Doha, Qatar - Baqaala

Baqaala is  Doha grocery delivery service 

 fresh groceries from your favorite local stores to your door within 30 minutes

How  it works ?

1st - Download our app. It won’t take long.

1st - Download our app. It won’t take long.

1st - Download the app

2nd – Choose a store in your local area

3rd - Pick items and confirm the order

Payment : only cash on delivery for the moment


When Girls Do Better ...

 I  found this ad of UNICEF so much captivating !  Improving women's lives will improve all the society ! It is not just for them or against men  - it is for everyone !

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Free fitness classes for International Women's Day

Black Pepper restaurant - review

  It is a fine dinning Indian restaurant located at Bin Mahmoud road . It has very strange location  as  this street is rather famous for the cheap eateries   than  for the  haute cuisine .

 We tried the  take away service .  It was easy to order   - the person who took the  order was very happy to serve us , was courteous  and his English was easy to understand . If you order food often in Doha  - like me -  then you must know this is not always the case here!

 We like the Zaoq restaurant - North Indian style dishes . But it is far   - so we were happy to explore this place . We ordered a Rogan Josh - it was explained on the  menu what to expect : " Classic boneless cubes of lamb in brown onion curry "   We were very much pleased with it . It was 55 rials and  a naan was 7 .

  Reading the reviews I see that everyone is happy with this place   and they mention  the friendly staff , the nice atmosphere , the real Mughal taste .

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Rains (thundery at times) expected to continue until Monday morning

CHI -Shaqab -visiting with a kid - my experience

This was not the first time we visited this international horse riding competition with children . We had nice memories about the entertainment for kids and the modern facility .

This time we were truly disappointed by the Kids Zone activities . As we entered we had to pay QAR50 - and we were told that it includes everything . There were two stages for kids entertainment - we came on Friday afternoon and stayed until the evening but we saw no one performance there . Only kids were jumping around .

It seemed that we had to pay for many things : keeping the falcon for 10 seconds for a photo was 5 rials , Qatari food 5 -10 rials , pony riding - oh no at that place my kid gave up seeing the long line - bouncy castles - yes  it will be real fun  and it would have been free if it  hadn't deflated just as we arrived - the air was leaking and it went totally down -luckily no one was hurt but I heard at that time " Mom let's go home - there is nothing fun to do here " it seemed that it was not our lucky day there .

I managed to persuade him to go to the main building and check out the competition /the buffet and the modern facility .Oh Gosh ! We were not allowed to enter because "it was full" . We were forced to sit at the other side of the arena . The competition was nice and we were and even able to see the practicing riders from really close . But we missed all the modern facility !

Going home by taxi was very difficult . Such a big international event and there was no any kind of public transport arranged ! Not even a small taxi station or a waiting area in the parking !I tried to book taxi from there but the operator did not understand where we were .After one hour we found finally a free taxi . Our feet were aching .

I do not think I will visit this place in the near future again with kids . That is sad because it used to be my children's favorite in Qatar . Perhaps smaller kids enjoyed it more  - I saw little children with beautifully painted face and henna . and riding  the pony happily .But they did not have much thing for a preteen .  And I think this is a serious problem in Qatar  when living with kids here -  preteens and teens just do not have many "fun things to do "  .

MASTER CLASSES of haute cuisine at IDAM

when :March 10th and 17th at 2-5PM

where : IDAM , Museum of Islamic Art

price : QAR 500

what to expect : three hour Master Class, a booklet, apron, recipe information – and an exclusive tasting of the dishes prepared  by Executive Chef Damien Leroux and his team

 Call : 974 4422 4488 or email

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Numbers in Qatar - 150 babies

 more than 150 high-risk babies transported to Women Hospital by Qatar Neonatal program
last year

Numbers in Qatar - 2 6730 22

 This is not a phone number  - do not dial it ! :)

  This is the number of people who lives in Qatar in February 2017



two million, eighteen thousand, one hundred and ninety 


six hundred and fifty-four thousand, eight hundred and thirty-two 

scattered rain over the country

 This might be a wet weekend  again .

Arabian horses -collection by Alma Wad

Browse my collection  - you will certainly find something for a  horse lover .

CHI ALSHAQAB - 2-4March - international equestrian event

  when ; March  2 ,3 ,4

  where  : see how to get there

  what to expect ;  horse riding competitions  with international riders , family friendly atmosphere ,  food court , kids zone with pony riding , toddler's zone - day care center , cultural tent with henna , local food , falcons , 

 tickets  :  QR 35 for adults / QR 15 for kids


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