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Things To Do In Qatar

| About Qatar | August 15, 2011

Wondering what to do in Qatar? Here’s a few ideas!

Bars and Clubs

Check out the Sky View Bar at La Cigale for some open air fun, or you could go to the Rugby Club for a more British experience. The Qube is currently Doha’s newest nightclub, located in a stand-alone building at The Ramada Hotel, with a separate area for women and couples upstairs, or there’s our favourite seedy bar, Cloud 9, in Al Sadd Street. See our Qatar Bar Guide & Qatar Bar Listing.

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Excitement builds as trophy arrives

| About Qatar | January 4, 2011

The coveted trophy for the Asian Cup arrived in Doha yesterday, generating much excitement among football fans in the country.
The 16-team Asian soccer showpiece opens on Friday, with hosts Qatar taking on Group A rivals Uzbekistan in the inaugural match. The final will be played on January 29.
The president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), Mohamed bin Hammam, and Qatar Football Association chief Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed al-Thani, who is also the president of AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011 Local Organising Committee, received the trophy from the confederation’s vice-president Yousef Yaqoob al-Serkal during a ceremony at the Doha airport.
“The championship is now in the hands of the fans. I hope it will be one of the most successful Asian Cup tournaments in history,” said bin Hammam.
Thanking everyone involved in bringing the trophy, Sheikh Hamad said Qatar is ready to put up a fantastic event. “We’re very much prepared for the tournament. In fact, we had started preparations from last April itself,” he said.
He acknowledged that expectations are high after Qatar won the rights to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022.
“The announcement (of Qatar as the 2022 hosts) that came a month prior to the Asian Cup has indeed brought more excitement to this tournament. We’re confident that a successful Asian Cup will further prove our credentials as an ideal World Cup host,” he said.
He expects it will also encourage the Qatari players to try harder to help the national side win the Asian Cup for the first time. “All the teams want to win. There won’t be anything like lifting the trophy in front of cheering home crowd,” he said.
Joining yesterday’s welcoming ceremony was Ahmed Khoory, senior vice president commercial operations, Emirates Airline – an official partner of the AFC.
“We are very thankful to the AFC for giving us this opportunity to make this journey, bringing the trophy to our brothers in Qatar,” said Khoory.
The trophy was then placed on an open bus for a city tour. Its first stop was near the Asian Cup Countdown Clock on the Corniche where a folk performance by a Qatari troupe greeted the delegates.
After an hour’s stopover, the trophy reached the City Centre, allowing the public to catch a glimpse and have their photo taken with it even as Indian artistes entertained them with a cultural programme.
The trophy tour continued as it reached Villaggio where a Jordanian folk group was on hand to entertain the crowd. The tour concluded with the arrival of the trophy at the Cup Museum after which it was handed over to the AFC.

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Al Sadd edge Umm Salal for Cup glory

| About Qatar | December 24, 2010

DOHA: Football giants Al Sadd returned to winning ways by beating surprise finalists Umm Salal 1-0 to lift the Qatar Stars League Cup QNB.

Playing in front of a sizeable crowd at Al Arabi Stadium, Al Sadd relied on a second-half strike by Mohammed Yousef Ahmed Ali to edge past the men in orange. It was Al Sadd’s first major trophy win since the end of last football season.

From the edge of Umm Salal box, Ali fired a looping shot over the goalkeeper for the match’s only goal.

The previous season’s champions Al Gharafa could not reach the semi-finals this year.

Al Sadd booked their place in the final following their 5-4 victory through a penalty shoot-out over Qatar SC on Tuesday.

Umm Salal’s final spot was registered after beating Al Rayyan 1-0 at the Grand Hamad Stadium on Monday.

QFA President Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Thani gave away the prizes.

Al Sadd, coached by Cosmin Olaroiu, picked up the top prize of QR1m whereas the losing finalists bagged QR500,000.

The winners of each game pocketed QR40,000.

Al Sadd players celebrated their win with club fans after receiving the silver trophy from Sheikh Hamad.

The Qatar Stars League (QSL) clubs now resume the 2010-2011 football season, which was halted to complete the six-week event.

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Qatar will do a good hosting Job

| About Qatar | December 24, 2010

Danny Allsopp’s experience with Qatar football has convinced him the country is up to hosting the 2022 World Cup.

Allsopp has just re-signed with Melbourne Victory after leaving Australia’s A-League 16 months ago for Qatari club Al-Rayyan.

He spent several months playing in the rich gulf state, which controversially won the right to host the 2022 World Cup from a field of bidders including Australia and the United States.

Allsopp says Qatar will be able to cope with the demands of hosting a World Cup, including the construction of enough air-conditioned stadia so that players and fans can handle the intense heat.

‘If they want something badly enough, they go and get it. There’s plenty of things they can do,’ Allsopp said.

‘As unfortunate as it is for Australia to miss out, they’ll probably do a good job.

‘They can certainly make the stadiums air-conditioned, but they’re going to have to do something for the fans because of the heat at that time of year (June-July).’

Allsopp scored six goals in 12 games for Al-Rayyan before the club released him to join DC United in the United States’ Major League Soccer competition.

On Friday, the 32-year-old rejoined the Victory – the club he helped to two A-League grand final wins – until the end of the 2012-13 season.

Qatar will host teams including the Socceroos for the Asian Cup finals from January 7 – an event which will put in sharp focus the nation’s ability to stage a major football tournament.

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