Sunday, October 20, 2019

Hungarian Piano Concert at Katara Opera House

Monday, October 14, 2019

Giant Football Decor in Aspire Park - Nostalgic Old Photo from 2010

I remember the euphoria here in Qatar when FIFA appointed Qatar as host for 2022 World Cup . The parks were full of giant footballs as decor then .

shuttle bus service from and to Al Wakra Station to the Stadium - Qatar vs Oman football match

Skateboarding Park Final - ANOC World Beach Games 2019

science and math degrees earned by women - Middle East Education by numbers

 57 percent of all STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) graduates in Arab  countries are  women, according to Unesco
 this is only 35 % in the USA
 and from 29 % to 36 % in the EU

Special Taxis in Qatar for people with wheel chair

Good to know :

- these new minivans can fit two three wheel chairs
- equipped with all security and safety requirements
- book by calling 8008294 / through the app called k taxi

Sidra Fibroid Center - new service

 Some 80 % of women might suffer of fibroids at the age 50 / abnormal non-cancerous  growth in the womb .
 Sidra Medicine started a new service at their Sidra Fibroid Center where they are offering  solutions  without removing the womb . This is a very high quality  , modern center - the best in the area .   You might  have   fibroid  if  you are experiencing   heavy menstrual bleeding; pain; infertility and recurrent miscarriages in addition to pressure on the bladder or bowel. You do not need referral  from any doctor . Just call
for an appointment  40037113 or email .

  About this topic IN ARABIC 

Yoga mat - Oriental rug design

Oriental rug design in dark red and cream color - an antique image is PRINTED on this yoga mat - illustration from an antique book- it was edited and applied on  various items by Alma Wad .

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Full Moon Yoga Session Today - October 13

 You can join  on 13th October  to the  Full Moon Yoga session and calm your mind, body and spirit through  the  relaxing , guided meditation.
13th October
6:30 to 7:30 PM

Where : St . Regis Hotel - Qatar

For reservations and for more details :  +974 4446 0304

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

World Beach Games - ANOC 2019 - opening ceremony on October 12

World Post Day Celebration at Qatar Post Office

Monday, October 07, 2019

10th brain bypass surgery at Hamad Medical Corporation Qatar

Late last month the neurosurgery team from Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Hamad General Hospital performed a brain bypass surgery on a 30-year-old patient from the Philippines, marking the tenth procedure performed since the introduction of the Brain Re-Vascularization Program two years ago. HMC is currently the only healthcare provider in the region to offer the surgery, which is a last-resort treatment for patients suffering from symptoms of decreased blood flow due to Moyamoya disease.

Sunday, October 06, 2019

Horse in Arabic - vintage illustration

Al Shaqab Tours - Learn more about the equestrian culture

Al Shaqab Tours

AL SHAQAB organizes tours for institutions and for the general public to raise awareness on the equestrian culture. The tours may be educational, informative or recreational.
Types of tours

Schools tours
Government agencies tours
Private and international institutions tours
Press tours
Public tours
For further information please contact:

Working hours:Sunday to Thursday
From 7:30am to 3:30pm

Friday, October 04, 2019

IAAF 2019 - high jump gold for Qatar - Wow

Thursday, October 03, 2019

Thunder and lightning in Oman - flooded roads

El Anatsui - Triumphant Scale - Exhibition at Mathaf Modern in Qatar

Olympic and Sports Museum at Khalifa Stadium

Monday, September 30, 2019

Have a great day and a safe drive - Ministry of Interior Qatar

Suhail star -lecture about astronomy

The people of Qatar and the Arabian Peninsula have always closely followed the Suhail star to know the beginning and end of the summer season by dividing the star into four parts. Join us to know scientific details about the Suhail star, its parts and its importance. This event is hosted in cooperation with the Qatar Authors Forum, the Astronomy Club at Qatar University and the Thuraya Planetarium at Katara.

Event location
Qatar National Library, Education City

Date: 2 October 2019

Time: 4:00 – 6:00 PM

Language: Arabic and English

Target Audience: General public

Seats are limited - registration needed

learn more

Torba Farmer's Market starts on November 16

One and a half month ahead of us - I like those markets though they are not cheap .

World Athletics Village at the Khalifa International Stadium tonight

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Photo Contest celebrating the U.S.-Qatar partnership

Calling all photography-lovers!

Are you a photographer with unpublished prize-worthy photos of Qatar? Enter our #FOCI Photo Contest celebrating the U.S.-Qatar partnership for a chance to win prizes and to be exhibited in the U.S.! #QatarAmerica

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Community Education Program - VCUQ

colorful artistic brushstrokes - modern tote bag

Colorful artistic brushstrokes - modern , abstract design by Alma Wad . Printed tote bag with vibrant colors . You can personalize it now with a monogram , name , logo . Great bag for an art lesson .

Material: 4.75 oz. 100% cotton

Will be made by
Reno, NV

VCUarts Qatar - student exhibition - glass lamps

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Easy riders of Egypt - women ride scooters

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Flying Witch with full moon - tissue paper

Flying Witch with full moon - tissue paper for gift wrapping /Halloween craft - from the store of lumirala . You can add your own text /logo .

Full Moon Kayak tours - 3 dates · 12 Sep – 14 Sep 2019

Full Moon Kayak tours
Everyone is welcome from age one and up to 140 kg
Fitness Level : any
Swimming Skills: not required as its mostly shallow water.

Package include:
- Kayaking Fundamentals , Safety instructions
- Kayaking Equipment (Paddle, Life-jacket, Kayak)
- 90 minutes Sunset Kayaking
- Dinner Meal
- Unlimited Refreshments (bottled water, juices)
- English / Arabic speaking Tour guides
- Certified Lifeguard Rescue/ First Aider and qualified Instructor Escort
- Photography
- Swimming Break on Purple Island
- Learning Mangroves Ecosystem's Brief
- Camp facility (Shower Water, portable toilet, changing tent, Shade, Carpeted area with floor seating, relaxing mattress, First Aid Box, Bonfire, live music, Traditional Karak with cake)

 Tickets  QAR 200
  more info 

Radio Olive Dandiya Night 2019 - Qatar

Oman Air Presents Radio Olive Dandiya Night 2019 with Radio Olive RJs.

 What to expect :  child friendly event , Dandiya music, sumptuous Indian street food and fun activities


  When : Friday, 4 October 2019 from 19:00-23:30


 Kids under 8 years of age – free entry


Just found on the youtube -  how to dance this dandiya dance

Sunday, September 08, 2019

Share of males who survive to the age of 65.

  more countries : Morocco 86 %
                             Oman 83 %
                             Qatar 87 % 
see more 

conflict zones - child victims

The world's largest military budgets

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Telepathic couple - MInd2Mind - Daily shows from 9 September - Mall of Qatar

Monday, September 02, 2019

Monday, August 26, 2019

Ladies Only Monday Nights at the Oxygen Park

    🔴every Monday from 6 pm to 10 pm
    🔴air-conditioned walkways
    🔴  free fitness activities

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Swiss mountains with Lake Lugano - painting

This piece of news about the Qatari climber who climbed up the Matterhorn mountain reminds me our journey and stay in that area . We were shocked to see some mountains there having perfect pyramid shapes . We were lucky to stay some days on the mountain called Mount Generoso .
So beautiful area . This is my painting based on a  photo  o mine. That was the view  from  the apartment .

Qatari climber reached the peak of Matterhorn Mountain

Hindustani instrumental Music at Katara

Saturday, August 17, 2019


  Life would be much easier here if there were a way or two to reduce the temperature in the city of Doha . One idea is changing the color of the asphalt . The blue color was chosen for a road near Souq Waqif . This is an experiment .  The result will be announced in 18 months .

 read more 

Street food at Souq Waqif in Doha, Qatar

Monday, August 12, 2019

Rural people hard work and their poverty -facts and figures from FAO

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

what can you buy by 3 billion dollars


  In Pakistan one hot dog costs around one dollar .
  The population is 200 million . So roughly everyone in the country could get 15 hot dogs from this sum of money .




One water cleaning system price is around 100 USD - 30 billion dollar would buy 30 million families the  clean water .Almost the whole country !


 3 BILLION  dollars would buy 6 of these modern A380  airbuses .


 Some cheaper jets can be bought for 100 million USD . So 30 billion dollars would by
30  pieces of those jets .

Now that the Emir of Qatar gave direct support to help the economy of Pakistan I investigated a bit how much food , water  , how many airplanes can  be bought by that money .
For me it is mind boggling to see that it would  provide potable water for everyone . Supposed nobody has it now .
I wonder how it will help  the economy - in what  projects it is going to be invested .We rarely hear about the effect of those aids in general .It would be really interesting to see the outcome after some years .

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Good bye School - Hello Summer

Good bye school, Hello summer - cute sun T-Shirt

Good bye school, Hello summer - cute sun T-Shirt

by lumirala

School year 2018/19 finishes this week in Qatar . So long ,farewell until August 25 !


Buying cheap clothes in Qatar - Sales of June /July 2019







Monday, June 17, 2019

Aerodrome - the magic of science - Mirqab Mall

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Ladies - where will you swim this summer ?

 They have got ladies only pool days but  they do not publish which days are those exactly . This is a club . No day pass - only membership  . It is not cheap .   But these clubs usually got great ambience .

 This offer for ladies came back to Warwick .  They had it before then they stopped it . Some years ago it was only QAR50 per person .  Now it is QAR150 ! It sounds seriously overpriced . It is small roof top pool . It is in the city center .


Aqua Park - Qatar

Ladies Day - every Tuesday from 2 pm to 8 pm

QAR120 -  this price is on their home page - it is not clear if it applies for the online purchase  only or this is their regular price . However , it sounds cheaper than it had been before . Usually it is crowded  - they expect you not to wear very much revealing  bikinis   . They write like this  but then I always see bikini girls  there .  It has nice atmosphere  but not clean enough . Food is not allowed and  what they offer inside is terrible junk food . It is far from Doha .  If you go by taxi it can cost another QAR120 or more . According to  regulations  only four passengers are allowed per regular taxi  .
In case you have free time on Saturdays  then there is this hotel's roof top swimming pool  .Ladies only .I could not find the price  -just I guess it is cheaper than the others .

You can chill out at the DOT beauty salon 's Aqua bike  summer workouts .

It is near Qatar University  - it is reasonably priced . QAR750 for 12 session of a group class . There is a deal on Qgrabs - you can get the same now for QAR 300 only .  Two more days only left for the offer . 


In the luxury category  there are the villas at Banana island  .  They all come with private swimming pool . Four person can rent it for  QR5750 /night - QR 1437 per person .

Friday, June 07, 2019

Amazing plane spotting by a German photographer

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

World Food Programme - Happy Eid

Eid Celebrations 2019 - Katara , Souq Waqif

Eid Al Fitr festival - Souq Waqif

What to expect :
 a large air-conditioned tent in Al Ahmad square, with games, programs and a variety of plays for children

workshops for children by Souq Waqif center for arts

fireworks at 8:30

When from the second day of Eid Al Fitr 
 five days from 4 pm to 10 pm

Happy World Bicycle Day

Vintage countryside cycling .Art collage by Alma Wad .An antique bike rider graphic image ( courtesy of the graphics fairy ) is on a rural photo background . Fresh ,happy summer feeling for bikers and those who love the joy of a rural vacation . You can customize it with your own words .

Did you know ? June 3 is the International World Bicycle Day.

Sunday, June 02, 2019

Eid Celebrations in Qatar 2019 - The Malls





Celebrate Eid and WIN amazing prizes with our larger-than-life Hasbro's Original Monopoly Live Game Show when you spend QAR 200 in any store at Doha Festival City!

When: First Day of Eid until June 14, 3-10 PM
Where: Centre Court, Doha Festival City

. Present your receipt to any Customer Service Desk to receive your Monopoly admission stamp. Starting from the First Day of Eid until June 14th, 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM at Centre Court, Doha Festival City.


Celebrate Eid al Fitr at Mirqab Mall’s Circus Fun Fair! The array of entertainment includes jugglers, magicians, bubble artists, and an interactive stage shows and games for you to take part in! We also have amazing Meet & Greet opportunities across the Mall!
Meet us in the Atrium from the first day to the last day of Eid al Fitr from 4pm to 10pm daily!Don't forget to take part in the Roaming Parades and Meet & Greets happening every weekend in June!

Saturday, June 01, 2019

new unidirectional tunnel on Industrial Area Road

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Qatari PM to attend Gulf summit in Saudi Arabia

swirling floral - Eid Mubarak - vintage look Napkin

Eid Buffet and festive relaxation offers - Qatar 2019 June

Lunch OR Dinner Eid Buffet + Pool Access at Ezdan Palace Hotel

Price : QR140  / child QR105  - 13yrs & above require an adult voucher
What to expect :Lunch OR Dinner Eid Buffet

Pool Access

five-star Hotel

TolaiTola Restaurant 

 Andalusian architectural  design 

Location Al Shamal Road

 You can buy the vouchers here 


Eid Brunch Buffet with Pool Access at Time Rako Hotel

Price QR92 / QR49 for kids -  13yrs & above requires an adult voucher

What to expect a new four-star hotel in Wakrah

  buffet  at  Medzo Restaurant

  rooftop pool 

 beach and city views 

Location Mesaieed Road No. 313
Zone 90
Al Wakrah – Qatar

 you can buy the vouchers here


Eid Brunch Buffet + Resort Access at Simaisma A Murwab Resort

Price :QR180 / for kids QR90  - 13yrs  and above requires an adult voucher
What to expect :Eid Brunch Buffet  
access to the resort’s facilities like swimming pool, health club, private beach, tennis ,basketball courts and more
 You can buy  the vouchers here

Eid Breakfast  and  Lunch Buffet + Pool Access at Mercure Grand Hotel
Price :QR112 / QR56 for  child  -   12 y. and above requires an adult voucher 
What to expect :
  • Breakfast Buffet Timing: 9am – 10:30am
  • Lunch Buffet Timing: 12pm – 3:30pm
  • Pool Timing: 8am – 8pm      

 You can buy the vouchers here

location :
Musheireb Street

Eid Buffet at Warwick Doha Hotel
Price :QR110  / kids pay QR55 -- 13yrs & above requires an adult voucher
What to expect :five-star hotel in Doha center
Eid Buffet at L’auberge Restaurant
Location :Warwick Doha, 
Al Rayyan, 
Doha Qatar




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