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Thanksgiving Celebrations in Doha 2014
Each year on the fourth Thursday in November, Americans gather for a day of feasting, football and family. While today’s Thanksgiving celebrations would likely be unrecognisable to attendees of the original 1621 harvest meal, it continues to be a day for Americans to come together around the table—albeit with some updates to pilgrim’s menu. This [&hellip
Who’s Who in Qatar: The People of Qatar You Should Know About
Qatar is the world’s richest country and is home to the world’s third-largest natural gas reserve. The small Arabian Peninsula has the highest per capita income in the world, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Besides its wealth, Qatar is home to Al Jazeera Network and is an influential player in the Arab world. [&hellip
QatART: Handmade In Qatar
QatART is a handmade community of mixed cultural artists and crafters who live and create work in Qatar. It’s also a platform where locally based artisans can promote their arts and crafts products through their newsletters, social media presence (Facebook page and Flickr group) and handmade markets. Today, they have 48 members from 21 countries [&hellip
Visual arts, in all its forms, play a great role in Qatar’s everyday life today, especially in the lives of the younger generations. Everything from photography to animation is prevalent, where both locals and expatriates in the country display natural talent in the field of visual arts. A relatively new yet widespread line of work [&hellip
New, Upgraded Highway to Al Sheehaniya is Almost Finished
From Doha, four main highways fan out around the country in anticlockwise sequence: Route 1 to the north (and Route 1A as a relief road to Al Khor, en route to Ras Laffan); Route 3 to Dukhan in the west; Route 5 to Bu Samra and the Saudi Arabian border in the southwest; and Route [&hellip
The Time Of Es’hail
The Es’hail 1 satellite’s entry into service on  18 December last year has enabled Qatar to fulfill its goals of providing independent, high-quality services to broadcasters and other stakeholders in Qatar and the MENA region. But the satellite does more than this for the State. It is the personification of Qatar’s wish to enter into [&hellip
Marhaba is 20!
Happy birthday Marhaba! This year the Marhaba Information Guide is 20 years old. Who would have thought in 1994 that the book would have grown so much over the years, to become the premier information guide that it is today! Marhaba from the beginning – an idea is born… The rising number of English speakers [&hellip
Qatari Author Shuaa Al Sada Publishes Book on ‘Gardening in Arabia’
British author, Frances Gillespie, reviews the book, ‘Gardening in Arabia: Outdoor Annual Florals of the Arabian Gulf’, by Shuaa Abdullah al-Sada. The forthcoming series Gardening in Arabia is – literally – a ground-breaking project. These are the first modern books ever to be published in Arabic on the subject, and the first comprehensive series to be [&hellip
Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation
Collection Facts Al Wabra covers an area of 2.5 sq km, holding more than 480 cages, aviaries and enclosures.Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation’s (AWWP) animal staff consist of more than 50 people, divided into veterinarians, curators, biologists and wild animal keepers. Another 150 support staff (maintenance, construction and horticulture) also work at AWWP. AWWP is an [&hellip
Travelogue #1: The Secrets of Jordan
For most people, when they think of Jordan the magical ancient Nabataean city of Petra comes to mind, and Petra is definitely one of the most speculator destinations in the Middle East, Jordan has much more to offer. From ruined Roman cities, Crusader castles, desert citadels and powerful biblical sites: the brook where Jesus was [&hellip

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