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Boxing superstar Amir Khan impressed by Qatar’s sporting vision

October 13, 2015 |


Amir Khan, two-time former world champion and current holder of the WBC Silver welterweight belt, spent time with Dr. Thani Al Kuwari, Secretary General of the Qatar Olympic Committee, to discuss Qatar’s sporting vision, world-class sporting facilities and the opportunity to develop boxing further in Qatar and across the Middle East.

Khan is in the country as a guest of the Qatar Boxing Federation and AIBA for the prestigious World Boxing Championships, but once the marquee event finishes on Thursday night, he will remain in Doha for further two-week long training camp.

“I’m really enjoying my time here in Doha, and it was great to learn more about Qatar’s vision for sport. There are so many amazing facilities here all geared to help athletes achieved their best, and you can really feel the passion for sports wherever you go. Being ringside at the Worlds [Doha 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships] has been a memorable experience in a truly world-class venue. The boxers competing here have had the perfect place to compete and prepare for the Olympics as every aspect is of the highest standard. I’d love to have a fight in Doha at some point, for sure, and I can’t wait to get into my training,” Khan said.

HMC opens a specialty unit for care and surgery of thyroid gland

October 12, 2015 |

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) has recently opened a specialty unit providing care and surgical needs to all patients with thyroid gland disorders.

According to Dr. Abdulla Al Ansari, Deputy Chief of Medical Academic and Research Affairs for Surgical Services at HMC and Dr. Sabah Adnan Al Qadhi, Senior Consultant of Urology and Vice Chairman of Surgery Department, the opening the thyroid clinic was in response to the increasing demand for this type of medical care in Qatar. “Cases of thyroid infections including benign and malignant thyroid tumors, hypothyroidism, and hyperthyroidism have been on the rise in Qatar in the last few years so it is important to have a specialized clinic devoted to these disorders.”

“A multidisciplinary team comprising of general surgeons, ear, nose and throat surgeons, neck and maxillofacial surgeons, endocrinologists, nuclear medicine specialists, radiologists and pathologists, is working closely to provide the best care at the clinic,” Dr. Al Ansari noted.

The new unit, located in the Outpatient Department at Hamad General Hospital (HGH), operates from Sunday to Thursday, and receives about 60 cases per month. Furthermore, another unit dedicated to collecting and investigating thyroidal samples will be established within the coming few weeks.

In compliance with Qatar’s National Cancer Strategy, suspected cases of thyroid malignancies will be seen by a cancer specialist within 48 hours of referral.


Qatar to host global robotics competition; 3,000 participants from 55 countries to take part in 12th World Robot Olympiad

October 11, 2015 |

Maersk Oil Qatar (MOQ) and College of the North Atlantic Qatar (CNA-Q), in partnership with the Supreme Education Council (SEC) officially launched the 2015 World Robot Olympiad (WRO) – one of the world’s largest robotics competitions for young people – which will be hosted in Qatar for the first time from 6 – 8th November.

The World Robot Olympiad is an annual competition, designed to develop skills and inspire enthusiasm in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by bringing together teams of young people from all over the world and challenging them to use their creativity and problem-solving skills to build robots capable of completing a range of challenges.

At the World Robot Olympiad, students representing more than 55 countries from around the world will compete head-to-head during the three-day event, which will take place in Doha’s iconic 6,000 square-meter Al Shaqab Indoor Arena.  The theme of this year’s event is ‘Robot Explorers’ and features various challenges that reflect local cultural influences including one for primary school level called ‘Pearl Diving’.

This year’s WRO follows the Qatar National Robot Olympiad finals which will take place at the same venue and will be held on October 30 – 31, 2015. The event is the largest of its kind in Qatar and features 1,200 students from elementary, middle and senior schools aiming to qualify to represent Qatar at the World Robot Olympiad.

Ashghal: Temporary diversion on the exit road at Al Kheesa Interchange on Al Shamal Road

October 8, 2015 |

The Public Works Authority ‘Ashghal’ has announced the temporary closure of the single-lane exit road at Al Kheesa Interchange (N.10) on Al Shamal Road.

Traffic will be diverted to a temporary newly constructed single-lane exit adjacent to the closed road. The diversion will begin on Friday 9th October, 2015, and will last three months and 20 days.

The diversion is located within Zone 70 in Jeryan Jenaihat area, and aims at improving safety and allow for the construction works of pier no.5 foundation of the proposed flyover, which is part of the Road Enhancement Works on North Road project.

Italian National Champion Giusy Versace features in third ‘my incredible story’ film for Doha 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships

October 7, 2015 |

Guisy Versace is the latest athlete to star in the Doha 2015 ‘My Incredible Story’ series. Versace will be competing at the IPC Athletics World Championships, which take place at Qatar Sports Club from 21-31 October, and she tells the story of how her life changed following losing both legs in a car crash in 2005.

The ‘My Incredible Story’ campaign aims to showcase the incredible obstacles, challenges and journeys of some of the world’s greatest para-athletes in order to raise awareness about para-sport and people with a disability, helping to break down barriers and change perceptions.

Giusy Versace, a member of the well-known fashion design company, speaks in the third film about how she managed to stay positive and motivated despite the life-changing effects of losing both her legs.

“August 22, 2005 is a date that I will never forget because it has marked my life in two parts. It divided my life: there is ‘a before’ and ‘an after’. We can’t decide how to deal with the events, but we can decide whether to laugh or cry. The most important medal that I won was the day that I learned to look in a mirror and see Giusy still smiling and as proactive as before, even if I’m missing both legs.”

Speaking about the upcoming IPC Athletics World Championships, Giusy Versace said: “The IPC Athletics World Championships represent a very important milestone. I went to Doha last year and I saw that there is a great desire to do, a desire to evolve and this may be an opportunity for many of them to learn, to look at our world with new eyes and new perceptions. I hope that Doha 2015 will help in discovering athletes’ personal stories.”

Watch Giusy Versace’s ‘My Incredible Story’ here. Tickets for IPC Athletics World Championships are on sale here. All proceeds of ticket sales will be donated to charity.

The Color Run returns to Qatar on 9th January 2016

October 6, 2015 |

Following last year’s thrilling introduction to Qatar, in which more than 5,000 fun-loving residents took excitement to a new high, The Color Run™ will return on Saturday, January 9 2016.

The Color RunTM is a five-kilometer, un-timed fun run where participants – or ‘Color Runners’ – can run, jog, walk, or even push their children in strollers around the course under a shower of colored powder. Color Runners this year will be joined by the loveable unicorn mascot Runicorn, who will lead participants as they make their way around the course.

In Doha the course will once again wind its way around the outside of the capital’s iconic QNCC, livening up the area with huge clouds of vibrant color as it goes. The fun continues at the finish line with a gigantic Finish Festival designed to create happiness and lasting memories thanks to unforgettable color throws and music.

The Color RunTM is open to all of Doha’s residents regardless of age and ability, and offers participants a unique way to stay healthy while having a blast. In keeping with the event’s community focus, $1 from every entry at The Color Run™ will be donated to Educate A Child (EAC). Tickets are available at

Breast cancer accounts for 31% of cancer cases in women in Qatar

October 6, 2015 |

In recognition of World Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is organizing a campaign designed to raise awareness of the importance of early detection and prevention of breast cancer. The campaign also aims at increasing women’s understanding of the importance of regular screening tests/mammograms to empower them to take control over their breast health.

Dr. Salha Bujassoum Al Bader, Senior Consultant at National Center for Cancer Care and Research (NCCCR), and Director of Breast Cancer Screening Program at HMC said: “The focus of this year’s campaign activity is to reinforce the message ‘Breast cancer is curable if it is diagnosed early’, encouraging women to seek medical advice if they notice changes in their breasts (i.e. lump, a change to a nipple or to the skin or the shape of a breast) and to go for regular screening if they are over the age of 45 and/or have a family history of breast cancer.”

According to Qatar Cancer Registry, breast cancer is by far the most common cancer in Qatar, accounting for 31 percent of cancer cases in women. The risk for women developing breast cancer in the population is 56 per 100,000. Both women and men can be affected by breast cancer. It is important to note that many breast cancers are treatable and patients can survive if it’s diagnosed and treated early.

10 reasons you should attend the Doha 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships

October 5, 2015 |

Qatar opens its doors to the first-ever World Boxing Championships hosted in the Middle East tomorrow at 7pm, with the opening ceremony at the state-of-the-art Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiyah Arena set to welcome 260 boxers from 74 countries.

The … Read More

Doha Film Institute’s inaugural ‘Focus on Qatar’ records strong response from community and film industry

October 5, 2015 |

The inaugural ‘Focus on Qatar’ showcase, presented by the Doha Film Institute, recorded a strong response from the Qatari community and the film industry.

The three-day event, held from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 at the Museum of Islamic Art, included film screenings that put the spotlight on home-grown talent and celebrated the filmmakers who have made an impact on Qatar’s film scene over the past five years. The event also included industry panels that brought together Qatari filmmakers and local industry professionals who discussed the opportunities and channels to market and distribute their films and take them to a wider audience.

The showcase included a special screening of Qatar’s first feature-length film Clockwise (Qatar, 2010) by Khalifa Al-Muraikhi; short film screenings as part of the ‘Next Generation Short Film Programme’ and ‘Innovation Films Showcase’.

The two-day Industry Programme on October 1 and 2 brought together Qatari filmmakers and local industry professionals for two specially curated events. The first, ‘Meet the Production Houses,’ was attended by expert representatives of Innovation Films, Adabisc, Resolution Productions, Cartoon and Ginger Camel, who discussed their scope of work and the platforms available for Qatari talent to take their works to the next level.

The second industry session on ‘How to Distribute Your Film’ was addressed by Fatima Al Remaihi, CEO of the Doha Film Institute; Sheik Abdul Aziz Bin Thani Al Thani, General Manager of Qatar TV;  Khalid Hassan Al Remaihi, General Manager of Entube;  and Selim El Azar, CEO of Gulf Film.

Focus on Qatar is now an annual event presented by the Doha Film Institute to serve as a platform to nurture new talent and promote discussion on the various challenges and opportunities in the film industry.

Hospitality Qatar 2015 unveils features of unique HORECA show

October 1, 2015 |

Hospitality Qatar 2015, the 360° Hospitality and HORECA show, is scheduled to unfold from 13 – 15 October at the Doha Exhibition Centre (DEC), under the patronage of HE Sheikh Ahmed Bin Jassim Al Thani, the Minister of Economy and … Read More

Qatar Airways adds Sydney to rapidly growing network from 1 March 2016

September 30, 2015 |

Qatar Airways has announced its highly anticipated daily direct services from Doha to Sydney starting from 1st March 2016, the third Australian city in the Qatar Airways network. Currently, the Doha-based carrier operates daily non-stop flights to Melbourne and Perth with a total of 14 services each week.

The evening departure timings in both directions provide convenient travel times for passengers, and enhance connectivity to attractive business and leisure destinations across Qatar Airways’ ever-expanding global network.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming Qatar Airways to Sydney Airport. As Skytrax’s 2015 Airline of the Year, Qatar Airways will provide passengers with a quality product and greater connectivity to destinations around the world,” said Sydney Airport Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Kerrie Mather.

“The new daily service will significantly boost inbound tourism to New South Wales (NSW), as well as create an estimated 3,000 jobs, including 2,500 in NSW, and contribute over $240 million to the Australian economy. Qatar Airways’ service will also provide greater air cargo access to the Middle East and the growing Qatar market, which is great for NSW exports.”

The Doha-Sydney daily flights will be operated by the Boeing 777-300 aircraft which offers Qatar Airways’ award-winning in-flight hospitality and luxurious comfort across both cabins.

Daily flights between Doha and Sydney from 1 March 2016 (all times local)

Depart Doha QR908 at 20:10, arrive Sydney at 18:05 (next day)
Depart Sydney QR909 at 22:20, arrive Doha at 05:05 (next day)

About 31% of global deaths occur due to cardiovascular diseases; HMC highlights ways to maintain good heart health

September 29, 2015 |

In recognition of World Heart Day (WHD), Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is promoting good heart health by reminding residents of Qatar to make healthy choices to protect themselves and their loved ones from heart ailments. 

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the world’s number one cause of death. According to the World Health Organization, 31 percent of all global deaths occur due to different kinds of cardiovascular diseases.

Dr. Abdulaziz Al Khulaifi, Chairman of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Heart Hospital, explained, “Heart attacks and strokes mainly occur due to a blockage in blood flow to the heart or brain. This is most commonly due to the build-up of fatty deposits on the inner walls of the blood vessels taking blood to and from the heart and brain. A combination of risk factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet and obesity, lack of physical activity, hypertension and diabetes are considered to be the leading causes of CVD.”

Health Recommendations
  • Limiting intake of ready-made snacks, which are often high in sugar, fat and salt.
  • Ensuring the intake of at least five servings of fresh fruits and vegetables a day. Reducing salt consumption to one teaspoon a day.
  • Preparing meals at home for school or work.
  • Quitting smoking and being a positive role model for children.
  • Increasing activity by limiting the time spent watching TV or using the computer, and getting involved in outdoor activities such as cycling, gardening, or simply walking.
  • Knowing your risk of CVD by consulting a healthcare professional who can measure your blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels, weight and body mass index, and can also advise on a treatment plan if needed.
  • Incorporating exercise at work by using the stairs, standing up to answer phone calls and having regular breaks to stretch or exercise for five minutes.
  • Encouraging children to be active and getting active yourself by participating in a sport or exercise routine or simply by helping out in household chores.

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