Qatar Airways upgrades to A330 service to Seychelles

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12 Oct 2017 – 8:28

Qatar Airways upgrades to A330 service to Seychelles

The Peninsula

In order to meet rising passenger demand, Qatar Airways has announced plans to upgrade service on its Seychelles route to an A330 aircraft, starting October 29, 2017, as the award-winning airline prepares to celebrate its one-year anniversary of flying to the Seychelles later this year.

The 260-seater A330 aircraft will increase the airline’s current daily capacity by 130 per cent on this route, connecting Seychelles-based passengers to more than 150 destinations globally.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, said: “Qatar Airways is delighted to be introducing its Airbus A330 aircraft on the route to Seychelles. By providing more capacity on board the A330, we will be able to offer even more passengers from around the globe the opportunity to experience the idyllic white sand beaches of the Seychelles. This enhancement to our offering demonstrates our commitment to the local market and to the many passengers each month who choose to fly to this popular destination with Qatar Airways.”

Qatar Airways launched service to the Seychelles in December 2016, and has since contributed to the development of tourism and the growth of local business in the Seychelles.

The Airbus A330 aircraft, which features 24 seats in Business Class and 236 seats in Economy Class, enables passengers to enjoy the airline’s superior entertainment system, Oryx One, offering countless entertainment options. Business Class passengers can also relax in flatbed seats, offering an unsurpassed standard of comfort on board.

Qatar Airways operates to 20 destinations in Africa, including Addis Ababa, Algiers, Cape Town, Casablanca, Durban, Johannesburg, Khartoum, Lagos, Marrakech, Nairobi and Zanzibar, among others.

The award-winning airline has received a number of accolades this year, including Airline of the Year by the prestigious 2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards, which was held at the Paris Air Show.

This is the fourth time that Qatar Airways has been given this global recognition as the World’s Best Airline.

In addition to being voted World’s Best Airline by travellers from around the world, Qatar’s national carrier also won a raft of other major awards at the ceremony, including Best Airline in the Middle East, World’s Best Business Class and World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge.

The airline’s hub, Hamad International Airport, is the first in the Middle East to receive an accolade from Skytrax, which only awards the 5-Star Airport rating to airports that achieve the highest overall Quality Performance, recognising the provision of excellent facilities for travellers and high quality airport staff service. Only six airports in the world hold this prestigious title, including Singapore, Seoul, Hong Kong, Tokyo-Haneda and Munich. Passengers transfer through our hub in as little as 45 minutes, seamlessly connecting to more than 150 destinations on Qatar Airways’ network.

 

Source  :  The Peninsula

Over 700 to compete in first-ever search for best musical talent in Qatar

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12 Oct 2017 – 8:35

Over 700 to compete in first-ever search for best musical talent in Qatar

FROM LEFT: Sonja Park, Co Founder of MYA; Abdullah Al Kubaisi, Head of Arabic and Islamic Affairs at Qatar National Commission for Education, Culture and Science; and Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al Thani, Chief Operating Officer at Vodafone Qatar; during the press conference of the first Qatar National Music Competition which took place at Marsa Malaz Kempinski, yesterday. Pic: Baher Amin / The Peninsula

By Raynald C Rivera | The Peninsula

More than 700 young aspiring musicians are all set for the first-ever Qatar National Music Competition (QNMC) — a nationwide search for the best of Qatar’s musical talent, which will kick off on Sunday at Katara Drama Theatre.

Organised by Qatar-based non-profit foundation Moving Young Artists (MYA), the five-day event was launched “to inspire a deep love and knowledge of music in the Qatari community.”

Under the patronage of Qatar National Commission for Education, Culture and Science (NatCom), the competition seeks to create a platform that encourages the best in music creativity and performance in Qatar.

The competition was launched in May and was opened to those below 18 years old with a flair for music including playing piano, winds, strings, percussion/harp/guitar, as well as vocal and composition encompassing Arabic and Western music.

“The response has been overwhelming. Despite the fact that it coincided with three months of summer holiday when some people were away, we have hundreds of candidates who are going to perform from Sunday to Thursday, which I find an amazing result,” Sonja Park, co-founder, told The Peninsula.

Speaking at a press conference yesterday at Marsa Malaz Kempinski, Park said the much anticipated competition is expected to be an incredible celebration of music with many talents vying for numerous awards at stake.

There will be a total of 68 prizes, 18 ambassadors awards as well as a number of special awards to be given by various companies and institutions, she said.

Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals, and a diploma will be awarded in each category and all participants will receive a certificate of merit for their performance. The Vodafone Grand Prize, reserved for the standout performance in the entire competition, provided by Vodafone, and a special ‘Qatar’s Best Award’ for best performance by a Qatari artist, provided by the Qatar National Commission for Education, Culture and Science, are among the most coveted.

The winner in Concerto category will receive the honour to perform as a soloist with Qatar Philharmonic Orchesrtra, while some selected prize winners will be able to record in state-of-the-art Katara Studios.

Other lucky ones will get to perform at esteemed stages such as the British Festival, the Sheikh Faisal Museum, and at concerts in Qatar Museums venues.

Abdullah Al Kubaisi, Head of Arabic and Islamic Affairs at Qatar National Commission for Education, Culture and Science, said, “We aim to encourage creativity and competition among the youth to discover the best musical talents that can represent Qatar on the global stage. I extend my thanks to Katara and Sonja Park and all the teams who are contributing to this competition.”
The competition is chiefly sponsored by Vodafone Qatar and in collaboration with Katara, the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra and Marsa Malaz Kempinski.

Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al Thani, Chief Operating Officer, Vodafone Qatar said, “Vodafone around the world has a rich history of supporting music competitions that give talented individuals a platform for creativity so we are proud to sponsor the QNMC. The competition will undoubtedly grow to become one of the most important global music competitions attracting impressive talent locally and from around the world.”

The diplomatic missions supporting the QNMC are the embassies of South Korea, Belgium, Sweden, the UK, Austria, India, Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Hungary, France, Russia, Singapore, and initiatives such as the Spanish Business Council, Hungary’s V4 Connects, and Institut Francais Qatar.

Audience tickets for the competition classes are free, and are available on a first come, first served basis at door. Timings for the competition schedule can be viewed at http://www.qnmc.org. Tickets for the Gala Concert and Awards Cermony will be limited to those receiving prizes and performing on the evening.

 

Source  :  The Peninsula

Food Qatar to help boost food self-sufficiency

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 07 Oct 2017 – 14:38

Food Qatar to help boost food self-sufficiency

(file). Hospitality Qatar 2016. Credit: hospitalityqatar.qa

The Peninsula Online

Doha: In a bid to attract new investments in food sector to support the self-sufficiency plans, Hospitality Qatar 2017 is poised to launch Food Qatar platform in support of national efforts to serve the growth of the food and catering industry in Qatar.

Investors are now looking for opportunities in food sector in Qatar, in conjunction with efforts to increase the local productions based on new technology projects to serve strategic inventory to meet the local food demand.

Food Qatar is particularly important as a strategic platform to strengthen communication between local, regional and international food producers with buyers in the Qatari market, particularly from the hospitality sector, which is expected to grow by 10 percent to reach $1.6 billion by 2020.

The importance of Food Qatar stems from its potential role in opening new investment horizons to meet growing local food demand, in line with the Qatari government’s plans to reduce dependence on food imports.

Food Qatar is a major event on the agenda of Hospitality Qatar 2017, which will be held from November 7 to November 9 at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC).

The exhibition will host leading investors, designers, experts, suppliers, investors in the hospitality, hotels, restaurants, cafes and franchises sectors to showcase the latest products related to hospitality and service offerings, as well as explore new and rewarding business and investment opportunities.

Hospitality Qatar 2017 will feature an exhibition zone, a B2B program, educational workshops and simultaneous events and activities, allowing visitors and participants to experience a 360-degree coverage of all aspects of the Hotel/Restaurant/Café, F&B and hospitality investment markets. This year, Hospitality Qatar is also introducing a new addition called HQ – Food Qatar, a platform designed to serve Qatar’s food and catering industry. The three-day show will be composed of three zones; Food & Beverage, Supply & Design, and Hotel & Franchise Investment.

Exciting events to look out for include the Salon Culinaire, a Live Cooking Competition and a Mocktail Competition.

 

Source  :  The Peninsula

Blockade poses no risk to 2022 Cup: Thawadi

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07 Oct 2017 – 1:49

Blockade poses no risk to 2022 Cup: Thawadi

Minister of Culture and Sports H E Salah bin Ghanem Al Ali and Secretary-General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, Hassan Al Thawadi, at the 8th Aspire4Sport Exhibition and Congress at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge Stadium in London, yesterday.

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London:  The regional blockade on Qatar poses no risk to the 2022 World Cup going ahead, the tournament head said yesterday, maintaining that logistical obstacles are being overcome and building work is continuing with only “minimal” cost increases.
“We have come under criticism and attack over the years, but we have always faced our critics,” Qatar World Cup supreme committee Secretary- General Hassan Al Thawadi said.
“Our projects are going ahead as scheduled. This (blockade) is no risk in relation to the hosting of the World Cup.”
“Every project has contingency plans and we have had contingency plans in place from the very start,” Al Thawadi said in an interview during a visit to London to attend an exhibition by the Doha-based Aspire sports academy.
“Once the blockade came into play we contacted the main contractors, we put in place alternative supply chains, we sourced alternative materials from alternate suppliers. I’m very happy to say that our project scale is on time and there is no significant impact on our projects. “As of today we haven’t seen a significant impact on the cost. There might have been some minimal increase in terms of establishing alternative supply chains but these have been absorbed very, very quickly and been normalized as these supply chains have been put in place.”

 

Source  :  The Peninsula Qatar