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4th Ajyal Youth Film Festival opens today with opening red carpet of ‘The Eagle Huntress’

November 30, 2016 |

The fourth Ajyal Youth Film Festival, presented by the Doha Film Institute, will roll out today (Wednesday, November 30, 2016) with the opening night red carpet of The Eagle Huntress (Mongolia, UK, USA/ 2016).

The inspiring Kazakh film is a heartwarming celebration of the passion of a determined young woman, the special bond she shares with her father, and of the ability of the human spirit to rise to a challenge.

This year, Ajyal highlights the theme of positive social change with 70 thought-provoking films that will inspire the youth and stimulate discussions about real and relevant issues that affect them globally. During the six-day event, Ajyal Youth Film Festival will also will introduce three engaging sessions of insightful discussions under ‘Ajyal Talks’, that provide an inspiring interaction with people who have a positive influence on youth.

Tickets are priced QR25 for general screening, and are available for purchase 24 hours a day at ajyalfilm.com or from the Ajyal Katara Main Box Office in Katara Building 12 or Ajyal FNAC Ticket Outlet, FNAC Qatar (at Lagoona Mall). All Ajyal Talks are open for free to the public.

For more details on the Ajyal Youth Film Festival, please visit www.dohafilminstitute.com/filmfestival

Hamad Bin Khalifa University Press to hold information sessions at 27th annual Doha International Book Fair 2016

November 29, 2016 |

Hamad Bin Khalifa University Press will be participating in the Doha International Book Fair (DIBF) 2016 held at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center from November 30 to December 10, 2016 in booth B48.

Young Adult author, Eissa Abdullah, will hold a session that will explore writing for the unique market of Young Adults. He will delve into the specifics of character development and tone of voice regarding this ever-expanding niche market..

Another forum will centre around the critical biography, Saladin, written by Dr. Abdul Rahman Azzam who will be in attendance at the HBKU Press booth to meet with fans and followers. Also, Dr. Alwaleed AlKhaja, Senior Editor at HBKU Press, will hold a session that will examine the developmental process of how to publish an academic book with HBKU Press.

HBKU Press will also host a book signing and meet and greet with best-selling Qatari author, Abdulaziz Al-Mahmoud. The critically acclaimed author of The Corsair and The Holy Sail, will launch his new children’s graphic novel Arhama, an epic tale of an adventurer who comes to appreciate the value of learning and being prepared in order to succeed.

Photo courtesy: facebook.com/hbkupress

 

CMU-Q professor delivers keynote address at National Geographic forum, discusses significance of integrating both English and Arabic learning

November 27, 2016 |

In a keynote address at a forum on education organized by National Geographic Learning, Dudley Reynolds – a teaching professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q), discussed the challenges in constructing an educational system that serves society, operates responsibly and offers an effective curriculum.

In particular, he addressed Qatar’s efforts to design an educational system that serves a diverse population and to strike a balance between educating in English and Arabic. “What we want are students that are all up to par, that can operate on the same level. How we get there may be different,” he said, noting that importing educational systems wholesale from other countries or cultures rarely works.

He emphasized the need to integrate both English and Arabic learning in schools: “We always talk about English or Arabic, as one or the other. But English should not develop at the expense of other languages. Speaking other languages and navigating other cultures is crucial to success now. Every day in the Gulf, people process multiple languages and integrate them into daily conversations. Why not in the educational system?”

Qatar International Boat Show 2016 committed to nurturing local marine industry and services

November 22, 2016 |

Qatar International Boat Show 2016 (QIBS’16) is proud to announce an exciting line-up of Qatari exhibitors who will be presenting their latest consumer and commercial offerings alongside global market leaders, at the 4th edition of QIBS at Lusail Marina, Lusail … Read More

Ashghal opens part of North Canal Crossing Bridge to public

November 20, 2016 |

As part of Lusail Expressway project, the Public Works Authority ‘Ashghal’ has announced the partial opening of the North Canal Crossing (NCC) Bridge to the public for beneficial use on Friday 18 November 2016. The opened part of the bridge … Read More

Western Union & Alfardan Exchange pioneer self-service money transfer kiosks in Qatar

November 15, 2016 |

Western Union and Alfardan Exchange has launched Qatar’s first fully automated, self-service kiosks enabling 24/7 international money transfer.

Consumers can transfer money anytime to more than 200 countries and territories in the world at their convenience through 80 kiosks strategically planned to be located across the country.

Money transfers via Western Union services can be made in seven simple steps by using the kiosk after a one-time registration at any of Alfardan Exchange locations. Ten kiosks currently provide Western Union services with an additional 70 going live in the next two weeks.

Consumers can transfer money through the kiosk anytime to family and friends around the world by opting for any one of the different delivery services of cash-to-cash, direct to bank or send to mobile. These kiosks offer the same speed, reliability and ease-of-use as any other Western Union payment channel with the added advantage of 24/7 accessibility.

Consumers can locate the nearest kiosk by calling Western Union toll free number 00800100609

Entertainer Qatar 2017 now available at special launch price for a limited time only

November 14, 2016 |

The Entertainer has launched its 2017 edition, which customers can now purchase for just QR250, 15% off the regular price. Furthermore, customers will also be able to unlock all 2016 offers to start saving right away.

With over 1,400 Buy One Get One Free offers for restaurants, cafés, attractions, leisure activities, spas, fitness, retail, services and more, the Entertainer delivers over QAR 587,000 in savings for customers in Qatar.

The Entertainer App further includes access to more premium offers added each month, such as brunches, buffets, spa treatments and more. Last month, the app introduced ‘Smiles,’ a virtual currency system which allows members to earn and spend rewards throughout the year. Rewards include offer top-ups, for when you’ve used all three at your favourite spots, extra Pings and more.

The 2017 edition includes exclusive access to ‘Hotels Worldwide’, which includes Buy One Night, Get One Free offers at over 500 hotels across the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

This deal is available directly from the website or through the Entertainer App for a limited time only.

Hamad International Airport Launches HIA Qatar Mobile App for Android

November 13, 2016 |

Hamad International Airport (HIA) has launched the Android version of its innovative iBeacon enabled HIA Qatar app, offering customers an interactive experience when travelling through the world-leading airport.

The HIA apps “landing” screen identifies the user’s location in the terminal and offers a unified global search to look up a flight by number or destination; and locate amenities, services, shopping and dining options using brand names or key words. The user is then assisted with a turn-by-turn navigation to reach their selected destination.

With a simple scan of the boarding pass and opt-in for location detection, the app provides real-time information about flight status, baggage claim, time and direction to boarding gates and food, beverage and retail offers from Qatar Duty Free (QDF), the airport’s award winning shopping emporium. The app also alerts users when walking past outlets with ongoing promotions.

Currently, the location services primarily address the departure and transfer experience, including retail, dining, boarding gates and other airport amenities; with the coverage being progressively increased.

Dubai Parks and Resorts to open region’s largest entertainment destination, including first-ever Bollywood theme park, this October

August 15, 2016 |

Dubai Parks and Resorts announced that the region’s largest theme park destination will open its gates to the public on 31st October, 2016. This unique destination will be comprised of three theme parks – Bollywood Parks Dubai, MOTIONGATE Dubai, and … Read More

Qatar Museums unveils latest public art installations at Hamad International Airport

August 8, 2016 |

Under the patronage of its Chairperson, Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Qatar Museums (QM) and Hamad International Airport (HIA) have added a number of renowned pieces of public art to the outstanding collection currently … Read More

Campaign to book motorists using mobile while driving

July 31, 2016 |

As part of its efforts to reduce traffic accidents and minimise the number of deaths and injuries resulting therefrom, the General Directorate of Traffic has launched a campaign to book motorists engaged in their mobile phones while driving.

Maj. Jaber Mohammed Al-Odeibah, Assistant Director of Traffic Information and Awareness Department at the Directorate, stressed that the aim of this campaign is to curb the practice of engaging in mobile devices while driving a vehicle. This includes talking over the phone, texting, following social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Telegram and Snapchat, as well as taking selfies and playing games like Pokemen Go.  The traffic law stipulates the offence as “Engaging in mobile phone while driving a car”.

“The ultimate goal of the Traffic Directorate is not just to fine the violating motorists, but it to create awareness and develop a sense of responsibility among the various road users in order to reap positive results on the road,” Al-Odeibah said.

He also noted that violating motorists will be booked on the spot whereas the traffic patrols deployed at various checking points such as roundabouts, traffic intersections and signals will stop those drivers who are using mobile while driving and fine them immediately. Traffic patrols throughout the country will participate in this drive along with patrols from North, South, Dukhan and Capital city of Doha round the clock.

This traffic drive launched by the General Directorate of Traffic at beginning of this week, will last until the end of the summer. During this period, weekly assessments will be done on the progress of the campaign and its results. At the end of the campaign, the Traffic Studies and Information section will prepare a report on the achievements of the campaign and its results in addition to a public opinion survey.

Deadly summer heat takes a toll on migrant workers in Qatar; student group ‘Aegis’ launch programme to provide workers with cooling vests

July 24, 2016 | 1

“My life here is like a prison. The work is difficult, we worked for many hours in the hot sun.” These were the words one of migrant worker assisting with the construction of one of the 2020 World Cup stadiums. … Read More

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