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Ajyal festival’s ‘Find Life, Find Film’ captivates movie buffs | Doha Film Festival (DFI)

Ajyal festival’s ‘Find Life, Find Film’ captivates movie buffs | HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani at the 2019 Ajyal Film Festival jury opening night

George Julius Williams | Consulting Editor

Doha Film Festival (DFI) opened the 7th edition of Ajyal Film Festival at Katara – the Cultural Village on Monday.

HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, chairperson of DFI; HE Sheikh Thani bin Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, member of the DFI Board of Trustees and Issa bin Mohamed al-Mohannadi, vice-chairman – DFI Board of Directors were present on the opening night.

Qatari filmmakers and talents on the red carpet included Salah al-Mulla, Khalifa al-Marri, A J al-Thani, Hamida Issa, Abdulaziz Yousif and Nouf al-Sulaiti, among others.

Celebrities from local, regional and international cinema and distinguished guests, senior officials and dignitaries from Qatar and the wider Arab world graced the red carpet on the first night of the festival.

HE Sheikha Al Mayassa commented, “The immense success of the Institute and its impact on our thriving local film industry is the result of the dedication and hard work of our people, our partners and long-term supporters. We share a dream in Qatar National Vision 2030 to provide an international platform that is rooted in our history and culture while staying connected to modern life.

This year’s films tell stories across multiple mediums, allowing audiences to experience powerful content. From here, we invite production companies to mentor our youth and contribute to the creation of compelling Arabic content that is of world-class standard.”

Captioned under the theme “Find Film, Find Life”, some 96 films from 39 countries will be shown at the international festival until November 24.

Fatma Hassan Alremaihi, festival director and CEO of DFI, noted: “Our 2019 festival theme, ‘Find Film, Find Life’, pays homage to the power of storytelling in illuminating our daily reality and evoking change.”

The Middle East premiere of ‘It Must Be Heaven’ by award-winning Palestinian filmmaker Elia Suleiman marked the opening night of the festival.

The current Ajyal 2019 jury competition line-up consists of 15 feature films and a series of short programmes to be reviewed by more than 400 jurors from 45 nationalities. The international jurors are from Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy, Iraq, India, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mozambique, Oman, Palestine, Turkey, Tunisia and the UK

During the festival, 23 features and 73 shorts will compete in 3 Ajyal Juries awards, the best film prize to their favorite short and feature-length films, for a total of 6 awards.

The jury is composed of three age groups. The first is Mohaq, meaning “New Moon” in Arabic and aged 8-12; the second is “Hilal” — “Crescent Moon”, aged 13-17 and the third “Bader” — “Full Moon”, aged 18-21.

For ticket purchase and up-to-date information on the festival, one can visit

The 2019 Ajyal Film Festival’s official partners include Katara – Cultural Partner; Qatar National Tourism Council – Principal Partner; Novo Cinemas, Ooredoo – Strategic Partner, and The St Regis Doha – Signature Partner



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National Address Law to be introduced soon | Regulation to help official communication with residents

National Address Law to be introduced soon | Regulation to help official communication with residents

In a press statement, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) announced on Saturday that the procedural and operational steps for the implementation of the National Address Law (Law No. 24 of 2017) have been completed and the law will be introduced soon.

The law is part of the strategic development of e-government, the completion of the legislative structure for government electronic transactions, and the transition from descriptive address to the digital address system.

Lt Col Dr Abdullah Zayed al- Sahli, head of the National Address Section at Public Security, said the MoI has been working to complete the steps required for the implementation.

“The process of registering the data of the national address for citizens and residents could be done through Metrash2 app or MoI service centres. An office will be allocated to facilitate the process of registering national address of the citizens. The National Address Section will be based in Onaizah Service Centre,” he said.

Lt Col al-Sahli explained that the registration procedures are easy and simple, “Every resident, whether a citizen or an expatriate, has to register his data in a simple form that includes the residential address, land phone number, mobile number, email, employer’s address for government and private sector employees, and permanent address abroad, if any.”

A legal representative can also furnish the details on behalf of the resident. For minor children, the guardians have to register the data and they will be responsible for the legal transactions and the validity of the given data,” he said.

If any person fails to register the data within six months from the date of the commencement of the official registration process, he will be punishable under Article 6 of the National Address Act.

Anyone who violates any of the provisions of Articles 3 and 4 will be fined an amount not exceeding QR10,000. Providing incorrect data knowingly will also draw a fine.

In the event of a change in the national address data, such information should be updated as per Article 4 of the Act.

If the person does not notify the competent authority of the change or update it during the scheduled period, the given data will be considered as valid and productive for all legal proceedings as per Article 5 of the Act.

The MoI official stressed that the aim of maintaining a register of national address is to ensure access to residents in all matters of personal and official interest. This measure is also a qualitative leap in the conduct of judicial procedures.

Image – Lieutenant Colonel Dr. Abdullah Zayed Al Sahli, Head of the National Address Section (Credit:

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Winter vegetable markets now open | Offers fresh vegetables from local farms

Winter vegetable markets now open | Offers fresh vegetables from local farms

The Ministry of Municipality and Environment said in a Tweeter post that 125 local farms will participate for the season 2019-20. The winter vegetable markets opened on Thursday (Nov 14) for the season 2019-20.

In line with Qatar’s policy to become more self-reliant, the need for producing local farm products has risen in recent years with the nation primarily focusing on local production to ensure food safety.

The winter vegetable markets offer fresh vegetables to the citizens and residents at very attractive prices as they are brought straight from the local farms.

The biggest advantage the winter markets have to offer is a legal location to sell their products directly to the end-user without the interference of a middleman. This not only brings down the cost of the produce but due to the reduced time factor keeps the veggies fresh and crispy green.

The markets are located in Al Sheehaniya, AlMazrooa, Al Wakrah, Al Khor-Al Zakhira, and Al Shamal. have been a huge success.

Get Directions to Winter vegetable markets:

  • Al Shamal Vegetable Market:
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  • Al Mazrouh Vegetable Market:
  • Al Khor & Al Zakhira:

Apart from the above mentioned Balidya winter vegetable market, the Qatar Foundation’s ever-popular Torba Farmers Market is back at the Ceremonial Court in the Education City.

According to QF release – One big market day a week means everyone can have an amazing Torba experience, with a greater variety of quality vendors and fun activities. Torba Farmers Market is a celebration of locally grown produce, homemade cuisine, and artisanal endeavors. Members of the community can attend workshops, shop, and take part in various activities happening in the area.

The QF organized Torba Farmers Market is a full-day market in Education City’s Ceremonial Court every Saturday from 8 am–8 pm and runs from 16th November 2019 to 28th March 2020.

Note: Image used in this article is just for representation and not an actual image from the market.

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Qatar Visa Portal | MoI announces new unified visit visa portal

Qatar Visa Portal | MoI announces new unified visit visa portal

The Ministry of Interior’s (MoI) Visa Support Service (VSS) Department director, Maj Abdullah Khalifa, al-Mohannadi announced at a press conference Monday,  the launching of a  new Qatar Visa Portal ( – a unified platform to receive applications for visas to enter the country for major events and for various activities including business and investment.

This new facility is aimed at facilitating the visa application process for visitors from all countries through a simple and smooth process. The application form does not exceed one page and any user can fill the form electronically from anywhere in the world within a very short time.

The applicant has to register with an e-mail ID first to log in to the portal. The documents to be submitted include copies of:

  • *Passport
  • *Photo
  • *Flight ticket
  • *Hotel reservation or the applicant’s residence in Qatar

Once the applicant has logged in, he is then asked to choose the events that he wants to attend in Qatar. He can attend multiple events during the 30-day visa validity period, which could be extended for another 30 days. The applicant can track the status of the application on the portal as well.

The visitor’s passport should be valid for at least six months from the date of entry into Qatar. If an application meets the required conditions, the visa is issued within 48 hours.

The application fee is QR100.

Qatar Visa Portal | MoI announces new unified visit visa portal

Qatar Visa Portal | MoI announces new unified visit visa portal

The application for a visa can be made within 90 days and at least four days before travel. However, this service cannot be used to obtain a visa for children registered with their parents’ passports.

The Qatar Visa Portal provides options to get details of the events and submit the visa.

The Qatar Visa Portal was opened in collaboration with various entities including those dealing with various events and the Qatar National Tourism Corporation. The portal lists the major events and gives all details in a bid to help potential visitors get a proper idea. Details of transportation, accommodation and tourist destinations are also available in the portal.

The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy’s (SC) Security Committee’s Technical Affairs Committee head Lt Col Jassim Abdul Raheem, the MoI’s Security Systems Department director Lt Col Jassim Abdur Raheem al-Sayed, Public Relations Department assistant director Maj Mubarak Salim al-Bouainain and the SC’s Security Committee spokesperson Lt Col Dr Jabr Hamoud al-Noaimi were also present at the press conference.

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Indian Sports Centre felicitates swimming and shooting team members

Indian Sports Centre felicitates swimming and shooting team members

The visiting Indian swimming and shooting team participating in the FINA Swimming World Cup 2019 and the 14th Asian Shooting Championship respectively were recently felicitated by the Indian Sports Centre (ISC), under the patronage of Embassy of India in Qatar.

Hassan Chougule, president of ISC, welcomed the swimming team manager Nihar Ameen and four team members — Virdhawal Khade, Viraj Prabhu, Ansh Arora and Rujuta Bhatt while praising them for their efforts in the championship and extended all best wishes to the team for their future endeavours.

Nihar Ameen expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the Embassy of India and ISC for their warm welcome.

On the other hand, Sharaf Hameed, vice president/ISC corporate and government relations, presented a bouquet to the shooting team manager Nimit Chopra and welcomed the very strong Indian contingent of 145 team members that included players, coaches and officials.

Arun Kumar, secretary of indoor sports and ISC managing committee members presented gifts to the 70 medal winners and officials as a token of appreciation. Nisha, ISC joint secretary and head of yoga, welcomed and congratulated the team for their outstanding performances.

On behalf of the Embassy of India, ISC extended their best wishes for the ongoing Asian championship and applauded the shooters who have secured their spot for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Indian shooters Vivaan Kapoor and Esha Singh gave superb performances by winning the junior men’s trap and junior women’s air pistol gold medals while Chinki Yadav kept herself in the race for the Olympic quota in women’s 25-metre sports pistol event.

Vivaan won the gold by beating compatriot Bhowneesh Mendiratta and along with Manavaditya Rathore, the trio won the team gold medal.

Esha Singh, a prodigy in air pistol won gold along with Priya Raghav (bronze) and Yuvika Tomar.

Bhakti Bhaskar Khamkar won the junior women’s rifle 3-position gold, but the team had to be content with the silver.

So far, India has won 22 medals with 5 gold, 8 silver and 9 bronze with the junior team doing exceedingly well.

The 14th Asian Shooting Championships which is being held at the Lusail Shooting Complex started on 5th November and will conclude on 13th November 2019.


Qatar Museums (QM) has launched an open call for artists based in Qatar to propose a permanent public artwork to mark the third anniversary of the blockade of Qatar.

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Qatar Museums uses Public Art to mark upcoming Blockade anniversary

Qatar Museums uses Public Art to mark upcoming Blockade anniversary

Doha: Qatar Museums (QM) has launched an open call for artists based in Qatar to propose a permanent public artwork to mark the third anniversary of the blockade of Qatar.

The air, land and sea blockade that was imposed on Qatar on the 5th of June 2017, marked a historic time of unprecedented national solidarity. Since then, it has become a catalyst for a new expression of public art across Qatar.

In a true showcase of the role of art in bringing communities together, the first anniversary of the blockade saw the unveiling of two key public art pieces: The first was Martin Creed’s “1361” (Everything is Going to be Alright) installation, which was created in the context of the anniversary of Qatar’s blockade and is still on display on the façade of Al Riwaq Gallery. The second piece, “A Blessing in Disguise”, was a creative commentary by political ARToonist Ghada Al Khater who generated praise for her take on the blockade. The second anniversary saw the unveiling of an original part of the Berlin Wall at Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) through an ongoing cultural collaboration with Qatar Foundation (QF).

QM has now called on artists to submit design proposals that describe their interpretations and reflections on the Blockade, as the country heads towards the third anniversary. Participating artists could be at any stage of their careers, but must possess strong skills to execute the proposed project by the 5th of May 2020. For its part, QM would support the chosen artist by providing financial assistance to realise the project. Artists are encouraged to submit their application on  by the 1st of December, 2019. For any inquires, artists can contact:  [email protected]

Commenting on the announcement, Abdulrahman Ahmad Al Ishaq Head of Public Art at Qatar Museums stated: “Throughout history, art has been used for commentary on social and political realities. The same has been true for Qatar, where artists have used their creativity and wit to rise above the injustice. At Qatar Museums, we are proud to provide platforms of self-expression that aim to break boundaries and shatter misconceptions. This is an incredible opportunity for artists in Qatar to be part of our country’s history and participate in engraving a moment that has marked a generation.”

Public Art is a key pillar in QM’s mission to inspire local talent and establish an organic connection between art and the local community. The winning piece will join a diverse collection of paintings and artworks by local and international artists – all hand-picked for their immersive and thought-provoking nature.

Source Credit: Qatar Museums

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Asian Night Market: Aspire Park’s Asian Night Market offers delightful fare to community

Asian Night Market: Aspire Park’s Asian Night Market offers delightful fare to community

The first Aspire Park’s Asian Night Market (ANM) celebrating Asian cuisines and products to cater to the local community is an event to be experienced. Located conveniently at the foot of the Tower Hotel and smack next to Sport Accelerator facility the pleasant onset of autumn provides the right ambiance for a delightful night out.
The night market is aimed at promoting cultural exchange through food, products, and traditional activities between Asian, Qatari, and other local expatriate communities.

Over 30 restaurants offering Asian cuisines that include Korean, Thai, Filipino, Indian, Pakistani and Arabic are displayed in kiosks that circle the market. Local specialty cafes, dessert outlets selling ice cream, yogurt, and the hugely popular bubble tea drinks are included in the night mart.

Shopaholics can raid various shops selling a range of garments, accessories, cosmetics, toys, and kitchenware and other paraphernalia. On weekends, various schools and community groups perform festival dances, and other live acts on the make-shift stage place strategically at the centre of the vibrant night market.

The event also offers henna, face painting to a photo booth with a dart shooting game stall that gives away prizes to those hitting the target. The adjacent Aspire Kids Park is an additional treat to families bringing kids along for an entertaining evening A QNB mobile bank is parked within the mart in case one runs out of hard cash.

Entry is free to the ANM which opened on 18th October and runs till 16th November. Timings are from 5 pm to midnight.

The first-ever DC Asian Night Market is being organized by Doha City Event Management & Services (DC Event), in cooperation with Italian company Innovative High-Tech Solutions.


Over 30 restaurants offering Asian cuisines that include Korean, Thai, Filipino, Indian, Pakistani and Arabic are displayed in kiosks that circle the market.

Over 30 restaurants offering Asian cuisines that include Korean, Thai, Filipino, Indian, Pakistani and Arabic are displayed in kiosks that circle the market.

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Al Khor family park closed temporarily for repairs

Al Khor family park closed temporarily for repairs

The Ministry of Municipality and Environment has announced a temporary closure of Al Khor Family Park.

The ministry said the closure is “due to some development and maintenance work inside the park, for the sake of public safety.”

Al Khor Park, one of the oldest in the country, has new park has an aviary, well-manicured green spaces, a waterfall, water fountains, a miniature golf course, a battery-operated train that can hold 36 people, and a small zoo with oryx, emu, zebras and exotic birds, among others.

There is also a large children’s play area, a basketball court, an amphitheater, skating area, 26 restrooms, and a couple of cafeterias.

The park’s usual opening timings are daily except Friday mornings from 8 am to 10 pm daily. The entry is QR 5

The park will open after the maintenance work.

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From India to Qatar – Artist Faraj Daham brings qualitative inspirations back home

From India to Qatar – Artist Faraj Daham brings qualitative inspirations back home

George Julius Williams | Consulting Editor

Doha: Qatari artist Faraj Daham, after having completed his month-long residency at the “What about Art?” Foundation in Mumbai, India has returned home to showcase his paintings at the Fire Station Artist in Residence, in an exhibition entitled “See the Unseen”.

According to a press release by Qatar Museums, Daham’s exhibition is part of Qatar-India 2019 Year of Culture which aims to promote mutual understanding, recognition, and appreciation between the two countries through various programmes and initiatives

His exhibition addresses the concept of historical concealment and exclusion through a qualitative approach between what is visible and what is real.

During his residency, Daham relied on local tangible and intangible materials to create artworks using materials like Chinese fishing nets from Kochi, India, which he used alongside handmade manuscripts to hide the intangibility of history.

During his stay in Mumbai, Daham was provided with an individual studio space and an opportunity to network with professionals in an intellectually stimulating environment that enhanced dialogue on visual arts practices for artists and curators.

Qatar Museums’ Head of Years of Culture, Aisha al-Attiya stated, “The collaborative nature of residencies allows artists to be introduced to new perspectives, styles, and ideas. This helps them expand their horizons. We are really pleased to have collaborated with “What about Art?” to create an opportunity for exchange for one of our most talented artists.”

Daham’s first major exhibition titled Divergence, as part of Focus – Works from Mathaf Collection exhibition at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art was held in November 2015.

The artist’s work evokes his solitary exploration of civic responsibility towards his present time and space, in a multitude of aesthetical language that resists easy categorisation and calls for self-reflection and consciousness of the world surrounding him.

Daham’s contemporary work is inspired by the transformation of the world around him and responds to the rapid changes experienced in Qatari society.

He has various international participation that includes exhibiting in Spain, Korea, China and India, and his work has been displayed at Katara, Mathaf, QM Gallery Al Riwaq, and Al Markhiya Gallery, among others.

Daham’s “See the Unseen” exhibition is open until Friday, 29th November 2019. Gallery hours are from

  • Saturday to Thursday: 9 am – 7 pm;
  • Fridays: 1:30pm – 7pm.

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If you love your kids then belt them – As many as 90 children were brought to Sidra Medicine for treatment after suffering critical injuries in car accidents in the last six months, according to a recent report in the Qatar Tribune (QT) newspaper.

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Indian swimmers lap up best wishes from community in Qatar

Indian swimmers lap up best wishes from community in Qatar | FINA World Swimming Championships 2019

Sports Correspondent

The Indian Embassy has warmly welcomed and extended best wishes to the Indian team taking part in the FINA World Swimming Championships 2019 currently underway in Doha.

The Embassy tweeted: Embassy of India welcomes the Indian Swimming Team participating in the FINA Swimming World Cup 2019 in Doha. Wishing all the swimmers and officials the best of luck for a successful campaign.

Viradhawal-Khade-indian-swimmers-fina-world-swimming-championships-2019Several other community leaders and well-wishers have also shown their support to the Indian swim team by extending best wishes on their community website pages and a sizeable number are expected to the attend the Hamad Aquatic Centre, Aspire Zone where the event is being held – this will be the eighth consecutive year for Doha to host a FINA Swimming World Cup event.

Viradhawal Khade probably one of the best known modern Indian swimmers is part of the team. Hailing from Kolhapur, Maharashtra, Virdhawal is an Arjuna Awardee of 2011.

He represented India in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, competing in the men’s 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle swimming events. Although he did his best setting a new Indian national record in the 100 m Freestyle, Khade couldn’t qualify for the further rounds.

In 2010, India won the first Olympic medal in 24 years, thanks to Virdhawal’s bronze in the 50m butterfly category.

Qatar first staged the 2014 World Swimming Championships, and will host the 2023 FINA World Aquatics Championships, is organising the World Cup meet for the eighth year in a row. Doha is the last meet of the FINA Swimming World Cup 2019 series, involving seven cities.
This year, the event has witnessed a significant rise in the number of participating athletes and countries, as 210 swimmers – 134 male and 76 female swimmers – from 44 countries are competing.

The three-day meet which started yesterday has 34 sets of medal, with the opening day featuring 10 finals. A total of 12 title races each will be held during the remaining two days. The heats will take place from 10:00am while the finals will start from 6:00pm.

QatarIndians wished the Indian Swimming Team all the very best!

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