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Free short term parking at Hamad International Airport until 6th January 2020

Free short term parking at Hamad International Airport until 6th January 2020

Hamad International Airport (HIA) has posted a travel alert that the use of short-term parking will be available free of charge between 3rd and 6th January 2020 between the hours of 10:00 pm and 3:00 am, as this has been identified as the busy peak period at arrivals. For passengers’ convenience and safety during the peak period, access to the arrival and departure curbsides will be limited and customers are requested to proceed to the short-term car park for free parking during these periods.

Short-Term Parking Rates:

Short-term car parking located at Hamad International Airport passenger terminal has covered and secured parking. Parking charges for your reference.

  • Hourly rate QAR 8 ( up to first 5 hours)
  • Each additional hour or any part thereof will be QAR 5 each (up to 24 hours)
  • Each 24 hour – QAR 135
  • A lost ticket will cost QAR 45,  in addition to the actual tariff for the duration of parking
  • Cash payment can be made at payment machines located on each car park level. Card payments can be made at payment desks located on level one in both east and west car park areas.

Source: dohahamadairport.com

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Sonu Nigam referred to as a “Modern Rafi” and considered as one of the most versatile and greatest singers of the Hindi film industry of all time is all set to entertain music lovers on Thursday, 23rd January 2020 at the Asian Town Amphitheater from 7.30 pm onwards

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Sonu Nigam all set to regale music lovers | 23 Jan 2020, Asian Town Amphitheater

Sonu Nigam all set to regale music lovers – A musical journey to remember

DOHA: Sonu Nigam the popularly versatile Indian playback singerlive performercomposer, TV reality host and actor is all set to entertain music lovers on Thursday, 23rd January 2020 at the Asian Town Amphitheater from 7.30 pm onwards. 

He sings predominantly in Hindi and Kannada language films. He has also sung in EnglishBengaliManipuriGujaratiTamilTeluguMarathiTuluAssameseOdiaNepaliMaithiliMalayalam and various other Indian languages. 

He is often referred to as a “Modern Rafi” and considered as one of the most versatile and greatest singers of the Hindi film industry of all times – apart from being one of the highest-paid Indian singers.  

Nigam who has also acted in a number of films, released Indian pop albums is regarded as the “Lord of Chords” 

Nigam’s crew of 32 members which includes musicians, dancers and top visual, light and sound engineers will ensure Doha audiences are treated to a concert of a lifetime 

Q-Tickets is bringing this super talented singer as part of Shop Qatar and tickets are starting from as low as QR 30/- with early bird price till 13 Dec 2019. (VVIP QR 1000 (Early Bird Price QR800)  

The Sonu Nigam Live show is a musical journey to remember and not to be missed! 

Image Credit: q-tickets

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Complete Guide to Family Visit Visa: Residents in Qatar can bring their family members to Qatar on a family visit visa. A family visit visa is different from a tourist visa. A tourist visa is valid only for a month or maximum for a 60 day visit period. Whereas Family visit visa can be extended to a maximum stay of 6 months. Family visit visa can be obtained for relatives/ family members – Father, Mother, Sister, Children, Father-in-Law, Mother-in-Law

 

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Spring Festival 2019: Spring Festival’s Russian circus draws huge crowds

Spring Festival 2019: Spring Festival’s Russian circus draws huge crowds

DOHA: The one-of-its-kind Russian circus performing now at the Souq Waqif and Souq Al Wakrah Spring Festival 2019 has proved to be a huge crowd-puller as it continues to attract a large number of visitors since it opened on December 21.

Speaking recently to a local TV channel, Khalid Saif Al Suwaidi, Manager of Souq Al Wakrah said, “What distinguishes this year’s festival is the Russian circus, which is being held out of Russia for the first time in Doha. Exotic animals are part of this Russian circus. We have seen great turnout from the visitors during the last few days especially from families who are keen to witness such shows”.

Visitors can see wild animals like lions and tigers at the circus shows. Singers and dancers enthrall the spectators with a variety of songs and dances.

While the Russian circus remains to be a favourite show, cultural presentations by several Arab performers which include folk songs and dances also enthrall many of the festival visitors.

The Spring Festival which runs until January 4, and opens daily from 4 pm until 10 pm features around 60 games and rides in the two Souqs.

Many families and children are enjoying the fun-filled activities, attractions, and entertainment shows at the 15-day long festival. Doha Metro is providing feeder buses and vans to take metro passengers to nearby areas surrounding the stations.

A Metrolink route, marked ‘M127’ to Souq Al Wakrah (from Al Wakrah station), including the Souq Waqif station (Gold Line), makes the two tourism destinations easily accessible to both foreign and domestic visitors.

Besides shows and roving performances, the third edition of the festival also offers a wide range of local and international cuisines for visitors to try at numerous restaurants, eateries, and booths at these two venues.

Image Credit: klook.com

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Car Market 2019 – best auto deals in town at Al Wakalat Car Market 2019

Car Market 2019 – best auto deals in town at Al Wakalat Car Market 2019

The Cosette Company organisers of the Al Wakalat Car Market 2019 now in progress intends to bring car enthusiasts, potential buyers, and car owners together with the latest offers of cars and services in Qatar.

The event is open for the public until the 28th of December 2019 at Aspire Zone, Furousiya Street from 4 pm to 10 pm.

Speaking to QI, Omar Shamiyeh, CEO of Cosette said: “Al Wakalat Car Market is the first and unique experience in Qatar, introducing people to the best car offers and the latest models at very attractive prices. The event is tailored to customers’ needs and requirements. Furthermore, Al Wakalat Car Market will be an important attraction for all car dealers, car service providers, and insurance companies, expanding the options for buyers to take the best decisions related to the auto industry and to buy new cars at the best possible value.”

“As the auto industry is in a continuous rhythm of developing and re-inventing itself for its customers, its market is in a constant state of progress. What makes our event unique is that it will enable visitors to learn about the best car deals of the year and unveil amazing car services offers from an extensive range of providers, not only from the official dealerships,” he added.

Visitors can also enjoy the experience during the Al Wakalat Car Market through entertainment and fun activities organized during the days of the event, as well as a special place for restaurants and food outlets. 

Al Wakalat Car Market 2019 sponsors:

  • QIC; Official Insurance Sponsor 
  • Careem; Official Transportation Sponsor
  • Top performance; Official Gold sponsor 
  • Spanner; Official Gold Sponsor, Nehmeh
  • Official Silver Sponsor, Gulf Car
  • Limousine & Vehicle Leasing Sponsor
  • I Love Qatar; Media Partner
  • Maqina; Media Partner 
  • Qatar Living; Media Partner 
  • Qsports; Entertainment Partner

To learn more about Al Wakalat Car Market and  follow the latest news and updates, visit the official website Al Wakalat Car Market: https://alwakalat.com/carmarket2019/ 

Also, follow social media accounts on Instagram and Facebook on @alwakalat @Alwakalatcarmarket

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MUGHAL-E-AZAM – An epic extravaganza not be missed!

MUGHAL-E-AZAM – An epic extravaganza not be missed!

  • Julius Williams - Consulting Editor - QatarIndians.com
    George Williams | Consulting Editor*

 

Mughal-e-Azam– the grand Hindi musical that swept the Broadway World by bagging 7 top awards opened to Doha audiences at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) yesterday.

A near-capacity appreciative audience witnessed the 181st performance of director Feroz Abbas Khan’s version of K.A. Asif’s immortal Bollywood classic of the same name and fame.

The nearly 150-minute epic extravaganza started with the narrator’s impeccably perfect diction explaining the legendary love story between Salim – an emperor’s son and a Anarkali – a beautiful court dancer and the father Emperor Akbar’s staunch opposition to the lovers.

Recreating screen spectacle on stage is never an easy task and giving it a live three-dimensional version is certainly commendable.

A phenomenal background canvas, superimposed by transparent sketched images, backed by perfect technical execution and synched soundtracks with brilliant lighting, brought to life fantastic visuals transforming Mughal-e-Azam into a spectacle par excellence.

A special word of praise for some brilliant choreography by MayuriUpadhyayandmesmerising dance sequences by a dedicated team of talented Kathak dancers who excelled marvelously, especially in the ‘MohePanghat’ and ‘Jab Rat haiaisiMatwalli’ sequences.

The crowning glory was the timeless “Jab pyarkiyatudharnakya” which had the audience clapping and singing along.

A surprise element was the ‘live singing’ to a pre-recorded track using clipped mics by the amazing protagonists and singers combined. Their melodious voices in rhythm with golden unforgettable oldies brought a touch of nostalgia to the show.

The special sound and light effects of the ‘war scene’ magically translated the epic landscape of the celluloid movie to the stage. The movement of scenes and shifts of scenery was smooth as silk.

The extravagant sets of the Mughal era featured a cast and crew of more than 350 people and over 200 lights illuminated the stage by award-winning technicians making the play look both ethereal and magical.

Manish Malhotra’s glamorously designed 550 colorful costumes added a touch of class to the musical.

The acting was flawless underlined with an impeccable Urdu diction by the Narrator with the play’s dialogues written by the late Kamal Amrohi and WajahatMirza.

Kudos to Nissar Khan who as Emperor Akbar with his rich baritone voice perfectly portrayed the nuances of an embattled monarch caught between national justice and his love-stuck son.

Dhanveer Singh as Salim though a bit subdued in the first half rose to great heights in the second, especially in emotion laded individualistic scenes with his parents and lady love.

Neha Sargam playing Anarkali was not only pretty but also effortless in her performance, graceful in dance and melodious in her singing.

SonalJha as Jodha essayed the role of a mother torn between husband and son with the skilled disposition of a veteran actress.

The entire team breathed life into a historical and cultural legend and made it relevant to current generations.

Wall-mounted tele-monitors on either side of the stage translated dialogues simultaneously in English and Arabic for benefit of non-Hindi/Urdu speaking viewers.

Director Khan lauded the Doha audience for the thunderous applause his magnum opus received, something he had not experienced in the previous 180 worldwide performances.

He also thanked Indian Ambassador P. Kumaran, QNCC and Qatar Tourism Authority for their support culminating into Mughal-e-Azam becoming the highlight of the Qatar-India Year of Culture.

Khan invited on stage Q-Tickets CEO and Founder DrTejinder Singh and AartiMahajan, Co-Founder and COO whose unwavering support made Mughal-e-AzamThe Musical a reality for Qatar theatre lovers.

For those who could not attend last night’s electrifying performance, today’s last show is an event not be missed!

*The writer is an accomplished artiste having acted in several award-winning plays, TV serials and Oscar-nominated short films.

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Qatar National Day | National Day Celebrations focus on path of celebrations

Qatar National Day | National Day Celebrations focus on path of celebrations

DOHA: Today is December 18 – Qatar National Day!

It is a National Holiday to commemorate the unification of this beloved nation, which happened on the same day in 1878.

The Qatar National Day organizing committee has announced this year’s slogan as “Al MaaliKaydah” meaning the path to excellence is difficult.

This slogan is inspired by a poem by the Founder of Qatar, Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani, reflecting the belief of successive generations of Qatari youth that the path of excellence is difficult.

It’s a day when citizens and residents alike get an opportunity to join the fun, festivities and celebrate this memorable day.

QI gives you tips on where to go and what to do in Doha!

As in previous years, cultural performances and traditional shows by Indian, Sri Lankan Nepalese and Bangladeshi community teams and musical performances by well-known Asian orchestras have been planned at the Barwa Al Baraha – Football Ground as part of the Qatar National Day celebrations.

Additionally, a cultural parade by company teams showcasing Indian, Sri Lankan, Nepalese and Bangladeshi community will take place at the Asian Accommodation City – Near Karqa HQ in the Industrial area.

A special event for students and parents will be held at the Lusail Sports Complex where cultural parade and performances by 7100 students from 18 Asian schools will delight audiences between3pm to 9 pm. Entry is for students and their parents and families only.

In Al Khor, cultural performance, traditional and musical shows by Indian, Bangladeshi and Nepalese nationals by the Al Khor community teams will entertain people at the Al Khor – Barwa Workers Recreation Complex

A Cricket Tournament by Indian and other Asian community teams will take place on the Asian Town – Cricket Stadium.

All events will take place on 18th December between 3 pm – 9 pm except for the cricket match which will start at 10 am.

Other events include:

National Parade

Every year the largest national parade takes place at the Corniche on the occasion of Qatar National Day celebrations.

A popular event where people get to enjoy the parade by MOI, Emiri Guards, Lekhwiya, Civil Defense and other governmental bodies. There are also aerial and sea displays by the air force and navy.

This year the parade will start at 9 am and the Corniche Road will be closed from 6 am onwards.

There will be 16 parking lots available for private cars, from where the public could use the designated means of transportation to reach and return from the parade area.

One can use various Doha Metro stations to reach the gathering points and enter the events area.

Doha Metro Timings

18 December | 6am – 1am

Doha Metro will extend its service hours for the National Day! You need to complete your journey to the final destination by 1am! You can use DECC &SouqWaqif stations to get to the parade

Darb Al Saai

The Qatar National Day 2019 celebrations started on December 12 at Darb Al Saai. From 13 December it will receive visitors on two shifts from 9 am to 1 pm and from 3.30 pm to 10 pm except on Fridays when it will receive visitors from 2 pm to 11 pm.

Fireworks

You don’t want to miss this one – the special fireworks show that lights up every year the skies of Corniche to mark the Qatar National Day. Usually, every year it happens from 8 pm and 8.10 pm. So keep yourselves free on December 18 evening.

Katara Cultural Village

The nine-day festivities loaded with 40 varied events and activities for Qatar National Day has kicked off at the Katara Cultural Village from December 11. The events will continue until December 19, from 3 pm to 10 pm. Make sure to be there on time as various surprises are waiting for you.
Location: Katara Esplanade

Date: 11 December 2019 – 19 December 2019
Time: 03:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Ticket Purchase: No tickets needed
Price: General entry – It’s free!
Website: http://www.katara.net/en

with friends and family to Corniche to watch this magnificent spectacle.

AIRSHOWS

(December 12 – 17)

A breathtaking air show with stunning colours will take place over the skies of Doha for the residents of Qatar. Check out the timings below:

Aspire Park: 12 December 12 (from 4 pm to 6 pm)
Corniche:
13 December (rehearsals in the morning), 18 December – air show for grand QND celebrations
Darb Al Saai:
15 December (from 4pm to 6 pm)
Katara:
December 17 at 4 pm

ASPIRE ZONE

(December 12 – 18)

Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF) has announced a series of exciting events in Aspire Park from Thursday (December 12) to Wednesday (December 18) starting from 3:30 – 10:00 pm for Qatar National Day.

The activities in Aspire Park feature collaboration between AZF and a number of organizations to provide activities for the community, such as Cultural Celebrations, Military iron man competitions, Military obstacle and Shooting competitions, there will be Military Parade by National Service Academy, Girls Creativity Center will have Art Celebration, Qatar Air Sport Committee will have Air Show and Parachuting and Activities for kids by Shabab Youth 22. The air show will begin on Thursday at Aspire Park from 4 pm to 6 pm.

Also, don’t forget that Qatar Balloon Festival is ongoing at the park behind the lake near Al-Furousiya Street with 30 participants from around the world.

MALL OF QATAR

Mall of Qatar has prepared dazzling and captivating family entertainment every day from December 6th until Qatar National Day on December 18th.

The festive program includes daily Ardah shows at the Oasis stage, traditional kids’ area for families to enjoy an array of activities at West Gate 1 and marvellous decorations throughout the mall.

On National Day at 7 pm, a wonderful performance of the Superstar RahmaRiad will enchant visitors at the Oasis.

Location: Mall of Qatar
Date: 6 December 2019 – 18 December 2019
Time: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Ticket Purchase: No tickets needed
Price: General entry – It’s free!
Website: https://www.mallofqatar.com.qa

 MIRQAB MALL

Join Mirqab Mall to celebrate Qatar National Day as they have lined a number of fascinating events, from Free Traditional Henna, Stilt Walker Parade, Build the Qatari Flag with Bricks and much more! Also their professional falconers provide the perfect photo opportunity to showcase Qatar’s national sport.

Location: Mirqab Mall
Date: 13 December 2019 – 18 December 2019
Time: 03:00 pm – 09:00 pm
Ticket Purchase: No tickets needed
Price: General entry – It’s free!
Phone: 4036 2772

DOHA FESTIVAL CITY

Traditional activities such as the Mini Souq will take place every day 4 pm – 10 pm at the Axis node, ground floor, featuring the much-loved Henna Majlis, where shoppers can get authentic henna drawings. At the same area, a Carpet Workshop Majlis will host a carpet maker who will demonstrate to the visitors the art of weaving carpets the traditional way.

Location: Doha Festival City
Date: 12 December 2019 – 18 December 2019
Time: 04:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Price: General entry – It’s free!
Phone: 40354444

Asian Town

18 December | 3pm – 10pm

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Indian, Bangladeshi and Nepalese communities arrange cultural performances, traditional shows, horse parade, musical performances and show will be happening! International Cricket Match will be on from 2pm to 9pm.

Team Qatar Flag Relay 2019

13 December | 7am – 9:45pm

The Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) will host a flag relay to unite, inspire and share pride with the nation through Team Qatar in celebration of this year’s National Day.

Darb Al Saai

Darb Al-Saai, one of the major attractions of the QND 2019 celebrations at the grounds in Al Sadd. It runs from the December 9-20, showcasing different tents by different entities. There will be a food court tent with stalls that sell traditional Qatari food, as well as juice, snacks, and other items

Drone Air Show

Katara

As part of Qatar National Day celebrations, 500 drones will take to the sky to put up a unique air show on December 17 and 19. Last year, the event time was 7 pm & 9 pm and we are still waiting for a confirmed timing of this year.

Parade at Darb Al Saai

12-20 December | 6:40pm

The event is held daily with the participation of horses and camel in addition for classic, old and modern cars along with the participation of government agencies.

For more events and details please visit http://qatarnationalday.qa/

 Qatar Indians wishes all citizens and residents a very happy and memorable Qatar National Day!

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NMoQ announces TOTAL as official sponsor of new Energy Playground

NMoQ announces TOTAL as official sponsor of new Energy Playground

George Julius Williams | Consulting Editor

Doha: In a high-profile signing ceremony, Qatar Museums (QM) under the patronage of its Chairperson, Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, announced that TOTAL, one of the top integrated oil and gas companies in Qatar, is the official sponsor of the new energy playground at the National Museum of Qatar (NMOQ).

The signing ceremony welcomed, Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Ahmad Al Namla, Acting CEO at Qatar Museums, Patrick Pouyanné Total’s Chairman and CEO and Laurent Wolffsheim, Total Qatar Country Chair, in the presence of invited other distinguished guests and media personnel. The collaboration between QM and TOTAL was signed at NMOQ premises on Saturday.

The sponsorship of the energy playground, one of the three playgrounds spread across the museum gardens, will provide a unique experience for families to explore and discover the story of energy, in particular, the story of oil, in relation to Qatar.

The NMoQ playground will be designed for families to engage in intergenerational kinetic play activities; from the extraction of crude oil, through to its processing and even its byproducts that in turn, benefit today’s societies.

The playground can be entered from various pathways – enabling a “choose your own adventure” industrialized experience and will ultimately expose visitors to the future of renewable and non-renewable energy.

The narrative of energy industries, like oil, is an ongoing theme explored across later galleries at NMOQ, which highlight topics such as the discovery of oil, oil negotiations, and correspondences, the rapid modernization the country witnessed due to the oil industry, as well as, the impact it has had on socio-cultural development.

A QM press release quoted Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani stating: “Here at Qatar Museums, we are constantly engaging our community with learning resources that can connect with various groups such as schools, families, as well as today’s youth in general. The energy playground is more than a playground — it’s a place for learning, a place for play — a sector that allowed Qatar to transform its economy to what it is today. Without the energy sector Qatar’s National Vision wouldn’t have been realizable.  We are grateful for Totals sponsorship, as a legacy for Year of Qatar France this playground will be available in 2020 for all of our communities to learn about energy through play.”

 

Commenting on the successful collaboration, Ahmad Al Namla said: “The energy playground will be a magnificent space for everyone to enjoy. This beautifully new interactive destination will safely teach children about a vital aspect of Qatar’s rich history and enable them to physically engage in our story of development. We thank TOTAL for their support in bringing this initiative to life and we look forward to welcoming families and children both living in and visiting Qatar.”

During the signing ceremony, Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and CEO of Total said, “We highly cherish our newfound partnership with Qatar Museums, and with Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa, and this reflects Total’s vision for youth inclusion and education, which is aligned with our ambition and values. Total, a committed energy partner of Qatar for over 80 years, is proud to play a role in ensuring that families understand our energy’s past and the path it is headed”.

Laurent Wolffsheim, Managing Director Total E&P Golfe and Country Chair also added “Next year will be the Qatar-France Year of Culture, and this partnership marks the celebration of the special relationship between Total and the State of Qatar. We also celebrate the rich history of oil and gas in Qatar, through the Energy playground’s interactive and engaging facilities”.

Credit: Qatar Museums

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Mrs IWA 2019 | IWA holds spectacular beauty pageant

Mrs IWA 2019 | IWA holds spectacular beauty pageant

Mrs. Roshan Sukheja crowned Mrs. IWA 2019

DOHA: 25 glamorous Indian women recently participated in a spectacular beauty pageant that also showcased a variety of Indian textiles and climaxed with the crowning of Mrs IWA 2019.

The pageant was part of The Indian Women Association’s  (IWA) annual mega-event entitled “Mrs. IWA, 2019” that was held on the 7th of December at Grand Hyatt hotel.

The contestants fashionably displayed colouful Indian sarees along with the richness of Arabic gowns as a tribute to the India-Qatar Year of Culture.

The shimmering showcasing of evening gowns and the interesting Q&A session added a tinge of brilliance to the evening.

Roshan Sukheja won the coveted title “Mrs. IWA  2019” with Abhilasha Singh Panwar bagging the First Runner-up and Tulika Mehta Agarwal the Second Runner-up.

The winners were judged by a panel of experienced judges consisting of IWA Patron Ritu Kumaran, IWA Advisor Sophia Bukhari, NIA Chairman Harish Kanjani and Dean of Institute di moda Burgo Qatar -Meenu Prasad, based on the contestants’ performances in various rounds.

Other attractions like a classical dance by Rahul Gupta, a humorous speech on weight loss by Anupama Kashibhatla and timeless anchoring by Shweta Bharadwaj enthralled the audience.

The event ended with IWA expressing their thanks and gratitude to all the sponsors, members and guests who attended the memorable evening.

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NMoQ’s hosts talks on precious stone’s role in human history

NMoQ ’s host’s talks on precious stone’s role in human history

“Diamonds, Art and Science” lecture delivered courtesy of L’ecole Van Cleef & Arpels

*First diamonds in the world were discovered in India

DOHA: The National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) recently hosted a talk titled “Diamonds, Art and Science” delivered courtesy of L’ecole Van Cleef & Arpels and in collaboration with Ali Bin Ali Luxury – the exclusive retailer of Van Cleef & Arpels in Qatar.

The talk was guided by Olivier Segura, scientific director at L’ecole Van Cleef & Arpels and Inezita Gay-Eckel, Jewellery art historian of L’ecole Van Cleef & Arpels.

The talk provided an overview of the latest findings in gemology, legends surrounding diamonds and the precious stone’s role in human history.

The hand-out catalogue entitled “The Fabulous Destiny of Tavernier’s Diamonds – From the Great Mogul to the Sun King ” describes the story of the diamonds acquired by Louis XIV from the famous rich travelling merchant Jean-Baptiste Tavernier (1605-1689) in 1668.

A fabulous story emerges based on a journey from the Mogul Empire of India and the diamond mines of Golkonda to France under the reign of the Sun King and the Château de Versailles, a journey made along the trade routes connecting East to West.

Amongst the several thousand diamonds brought from India by Tavernier and offered to the Sun King in 1668, twenty stood out for their breathtaking beauty

According to historians, in September 1638, Tavernier began his second journey, lasting to 1643, traveling via Aleppo to Persia, then to India as far as Agra, and from there to the Kingdom of Golconda. He visited the court of the Great Mogul—Emperor Shah Jahan—and made his first trip to the diamond mines.

India enjoys a very unique distinction of being the only country in the world to have discovered and possessed diamonds till about the 1800s.

The first diamonds in the world were discovered in India in the central regions, to be precise. The exact year when the first diamonds were mined is unknown so far, but historians say that the first known record of diamonds dates as far back as the 4th century BC. Diamonds are a universal symbol for commitment, love, strength, beauty and fortitude and with so many inherent qualities associated with diamonds, it is little wonder that this exquisite gem enjoys a special place in the world of gemology.

These precious stones have always enjoyed an aura of mysticism around them, credited mostly to their incomparable ability to refract light. Each type of culture around the world has its own fable around them.

The interesting talk centered not only on an overview of the latest findings in gemology but also delved into the legends surrounding diamonds.

Among other important facets of diamond and its earliest discoveries in India, then Brazil and now South Africa the hour-long plus talk by the two gemology experts also covered a whole range of topics dealing with the precious stone’s role in human history.

Answering a query from QI regarding the Koh-i-Noor (Mountain of Light) – one of the largest cut diamonds in the world, (186 carats) probably mined in the Kollur Mines during the period of the Delhi Sultanate and originally part of the Mughal Peacock Throne but now part of the British Crown Jewels, Inezita Gay-Eckel explained that the reshaping of the precious diamond in the 19th Century made it lose much of its brilliance.

(According to historians, in 1851 the Koh-i-Noor went on display at the Great Exhibition in London but the lackluster cut failed to impress viewers prompting Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria for the diamond to be re-cut as an oval brilliant by Royal Coster Diamonds oldest diamond polishing factory in the world.)

L’ecole Van Cleef & Arpels is a unique learning institution, founded in Paris in February 2012 at the instigation of its president Marie Vallanet-Delhom, welcoming the public into the secretive worlds of jewellery and watchmaking.

Its goal is to instill an intellectual and emotional understanding of the spirit of these exceptional crafts; to encourage mastery of their techniques through personal experience and to educate the hand, the eye and the sense of taste.

L’ecole Van Cleef & Arpels does so with the help of experts who are passionate about their subjects: art historians, virtuoso craftsmen, experienced jewellers, gemologists, master watchmakers and historians of time share their knowledge with students from all over the world.

Ali Bin Ali Luxury has been extremely glad to host L’ecole for the first time ever in Qatar and looks forward to many more educational sessions of the same.

Through organising a variety of talks, seminars and discussion panels, Qatar Museums (QM) aims to create platforms of inspiration for the local community, helping instigate a new generation of artists, designers, and creators.

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QatarRail launches Green Line, adds four Red Line stations | Now all Doha Metro lines open for public

QatarRail launches Green Line, adds four Red Line stations

Now all Doha Metro lines open for public

DOHA: Qatar Rail (QR) launched the preview service of Doha Metro’s Green Line and 4 new stations in the Red Line, including the link to Hamad International Airport (HIA) yesterday.

The Green Line, which runs across east to west of Doha, includes 11 stations namely: Al Mansoura, Msheireb, Al Bidda, The White Palace, Hamad Hospital, Al Messila, Al Rayyan Al Qadeem, Al Shaqab, Qatar National Library, Education City and Al Riffa (Mall of Qatar). So shoppers heading to Mall of Qatar can take the Green Line and get down at the Al Riffa station and walk into the mall.

A statement issued by Qatar Rail’s Green Line project director, engineer Jassim al-Ansari, said in a statement stated: “The launch of the Green Line preview service is expected to significantly increase the number of passengers using the metro.

The Green Line acts as an East and West connection for Doha, and will serve new residential areas and tourist destinations, including Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar Foundation, Qatar National Library (QNL) and Mall of Qatar (MoQ), further facilitating the movement of people to more locations, cultural attractions and lifestyle destinations across the city.”

On the Red line, Doha Metro also started its preview service for Hamad International Airport station and for Katara, Qatar University and Lusail bringing the total number of stations open across the network to 36.

Metro passengers travelling to different stations of the three lines can also board the train going to HIA, except stations that are out of its way. They can seek the assistance of customer service and metro staff at every station.

Doha Metro users can switch between the Red Line, Gold Line and Green line at Musheireb Station.

Operation timings for the Green Line will be the same as those for the Red and Gold Lines – Saturday through Thursday from 06:00 to 23:00. Friday will be from 14:00 to 23:00

To cover a wider range and serve more neighborhoods and areas adjacent to the stations, new routes will be allocated to the Metro Link service, which is a shuttle bus service to transport passengers from neighboring areas to and from the metro stations.

The Legtaifiya station on the Red Line will open next year.

Also Read:

A guide to Doha Metro  – Find Stations opened, How much it cost to Travel in Doha Metro, How to Buy Travel Cards, What is Doha Metro Hours of Operations, Other Facilities available at Doha Metro and Much more…

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