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     Nationline                                                                                                                                                                Best of delicacies
  Emir congratulates Saudi king
  THE Emir His Highness Sheikh
  Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani sent a
  cable of congratulations to the
                                                                                                                                                                               at Doha food fest
  Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques                                                                                                                                                   AILYN AGONIA                A tour around the venue is
  King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al                                                                                                                                                            DOHA                  like hopping from one coun-
  Saud on his return to his country                                                                                                                                                                               try to another without actu-
  after treatment abroad. The Heir                                                                                                                                             MINISTER of Culture, Arts          ally leaving Doha. From
  Apparent His Highness Sheikh                                                                                                                                                 & Heritage HE Dr Hamad             Arabian to Asian to Mexican
  Tamim bin Hamad al Thani also                                                                                                                                                bin Abdulaziz al Kuwari            and European specialties,
  sent a similar cable to the Saudi                                                                                                                                            inaugurated the second             one can taste a bit of every-
  king. (QNA)                                                                                                                                                                  Doha Food Festival at the          thing for only QR5, QR10
                                                                                                                                                                               Doha Exhibitions Center on         and QR15 per plate. Some of
                                                                                                                                                                               Wednesday. The country’s           the outlets have even tried
  Emir sends congratulatory                                                                                                                                                    largest one-stop shop of dif-      to recreate the actual ambi-
  cable to Brunei’s Sultan                                                                                                                                                     ferent dining outlets is fea-      ence of their country.
                                                                                                                                                                               turing about 50 restaurants,          Qatar Tourism Authority
  THE Emir His Highness Sheikh                                                                                                                                                 including premier hotel            Chairman Ahmed al Nuaimi
  Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani sent a             Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs HE Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor al Thani with Moroccan Prime               establishments. The event          said, “We are showcasing
  cable of congratulations to Sultan of         Minister Abbas el Fassi (left) at the Emiri Diwan, in Doha, on Wednesday.                                                      will continue till Saturday.       about 50 restaurants from
  Brunei on the occasion of his coun-                                                                                                                                            Addressing the gather-           about 38 renowned food
  try’s national day. The Heir Appar-
  ent His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin
  Hamad al Thani also sent a similar
  cable to Brunei’s Sultan. (QNA)
                                                Qatar, Morocco sign pacts                                                                                                      ing, al Kuwari said, “The
                                                                                                                                                                               festival is an excellent
                                                                                                                                                                               opportunity to showcase
                                                                                                                                                                               the diversity of culture in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  outlets this year. This event
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  is a good opportunity for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  hotels to introduce their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  specialties to the public, be-

                                                on culture & fertiliser
                                                                                                                                                                               Qatar. As this edition of the      sides allowing the residents
                                                                                                                                                                               festival is bigger than the        of Doha to have a fine din-
  Cabinet okays MoI’s proposal                                                                                                                                                 previous year, I’m sure it         ing experience at an afford-
  on CMC elections                                                                                                                                                             will get even bigger next          able price.”
                                                                                                                                                                               year. We respect cultures of          Among the restaurants
  PRIME Minister and Minister of                                 QNA                       quality control.                          ration HE Dr Khalid bin Mohammad          all countries and this event       participating this year are
  Foreign Affairs HE Sheikh Hamad                                DOHA                         The two countries signed a protocol    al Attiyah, Governor of Qatar Central     serves as a good platform          Biryani Hut, Ross-Cup Cake,
  bin Jassim bin Jabor al Thani                                                            on cultural cooperation in the field of    Bank Abdullah bin Saud al Thani,          for residents to learn about       Royal Tandor and the Royal
  chaired the cabinet session on                PRIME Minister and Foreign                 restoration of castles, forts, archaeo-   Secretary General of Qatar Olympic        cultures and way of life of        Indian Restaurant. For the
  Wednesday. After the meeting,                 Minister HE Sheikh Hamad bin               logical sites and historical monu-        Committee Sheikh Saud bin                 other nationalities.”              hotels, the line-up includes
  Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs         Jassim bin Jabor al Thani and              ments in Qatar, besides an agreement      Abdulrahman al Thani, Minister of           The grand tent set-up for        Sheraton Doha Hotel
  HE Sheikh Nasser bin Mohamed                  Moroccan Prime Minister Abbas el           on the exemption of nationals of the      Culture, Arts and Heritage HE Dr          the event is showcasing a
  bin Abdulaziz al Thani said the               Fassi chaired the Qatari-Moroccan          two countries in possession of diplo-     Hamad bin Abdulaziz al Kuwari,            delicious range of cuisines.           CONTINUED ON PAGE 18
  cabinet approved the proposal of              Joint Higher Committee meeting at          matic passports from the require-         Minister of Education and Higher
  the Interior Ministry on fixing the            the Emiri Diwan on Wednesday.              ment to obtain a visa.                    Education and Secretary General of
  time for electing the members of                 Both the leaders also held official         Memoranda of understanding             the Supreme Education Council HE
  the Central Municipal Council                 talks and witnessed signing of a num-      were also signed between Qatar            Saad bin Ibrahim al Mahmoud and
  (CMC), as well as the draft deci-             ber of bilateral agreements. A letter of   Central Bank (QCB) and Bank Al            Director of the Arab Affairs
  sion of the health minister on                intent on cooperation in the field of       Maghrib, and Qatar Olympic                Department at the Foreign Ministry
  amending some of the timetables               chemical fertiliser industries was         Committee and the Moroccan                Ibrahim Abdul Aziz Sahlawi.
  attached to each of law No./9/ of             signed between the Ministry of             Ministry of Youth and Sports. The            On the Moroccan side, the agree-
  1987 concerning combat of nar-                Energy and Industry of Qatar and the       two sides inked an executive program      ments and MoUs were signed by
  cotics and dangerous psychotropic             Ministry of Energy and Mines, Water        III on culture and arts, besides sign-    Minister of Energy and Mines, Water
  substances and regulating their use           and Environment in Morocco.                ing the fifth executive program of         and Environment Amina bin Khadra,
  and trading. The cabinet also                    Qatar and Morocco inked a pact on       agreement in education, culture and       Foreign Trade Minister Abdellatif
  reviewed a memo of the Ministry               mutual administrative assistance to        technical fields.                          Mazuz, Minister of Tourism, and
  of Economy and Finance concern-               enable proper application of customs          The agreements and memoranda of        Traditional Industries Yasser
  ing the recommendations of the                law in order to investigate and com-       understanding were signed for the         Alzenaki and Secretary of State to the
  extraordinary meeting /87/ of the             bat crimes (violations of customs),        Qatari side by Minister of Energy and     Minister of Foreign Affairs and           Minister of Culture, Arts & Heritage HE Dr Hamad bin
  GCC financial and economic coop-               besides signing an executive pro-          Industry HE Mohammad bin Saleh al         Cooperation Latifa Akherbach.             Abdulaziz al Kuwari (centre) and QTA Chairman Ahmed al
  eration committee held in Abu                 gramme for the agreement on scien-         Sada, Minister of Economy and Fin-           Later, the Prime Minister hosted a     Nuaimi (left) at the inauguration of the Doha Food Festival, in
  Dhabi in December 2010. (QNA)                 tific and technical cooperation in the      ance HE Yousef Hussain Kamal, Min-        dinner banquet in honour of the           Doha, on Wednesday. (JALAL PATHIYOOR)
                                                field of specifications, standards and       ister of State for International Coope-   Moroccan counterpart.

Dakar Rally champion to be
environment ministry’s envoy
                AISHA SIDAHMED

THE Ministry of Environment (MoE)
has chosen Dakar World Rally
Championship winner Nasser bin Saleh
al Attiyah as its ambassador for 2011.
   Nasser’s selection was announced at a
press conference, which was called to
outline the ministry’s preparations for
the Qatar Environmental Day sched-
uled to take place on February 26. The
ministry also announced the schedule
for a series of events to mark the envi-
ronment day.
   Nasser, who was present at the press
conference, expressed his happiness
over the opportunity to serve the MoE.
“It is a great honour to work with the
ministry. I believe sports and environ-       Dakar Rally champion Nasser bin Saleh al Attiyah (right) with an official of the Ministry
ment have many things in common. The          of Environment at a press conference, in Doha, on Wednesday. (MANEESH BAKSHI)
idea of choosing an ambassador for the
environment reflects how much the                 A campaign to clean the sea-bed and         the country. There will be some pro-
MoE cares for the people and their well-      the beach at Sea Line in Mesaieed is           grammes at the Doha Zoo as well.
being. It also reflects the keenness of the    scheduled for Friday. Over 50 volun-              Head of Public Relations at the min-
organisers to raise awareness among the       teers and their families will participate      istry Ali al Ghanim said, “The main aim
people for preserving our environment         in the campaign.                               of environment day is to raise aware-
and natural resources. As an ambassa-            An MoE official said that competi-           ness about protection of environment
dor, I urge my friends from other sports      tions will be held in several schools in       and create a sense of responsibility by
to work together to improve the environ-      cooperation with the Supreme Council           encouraging people to participate in
ment of our country,” he added.               of Education. It includes photography,         clean up campaigns and competitions
   The activities to mark the environ-        drawing and cultural competitions              on environment.”
ment day began with the inauguration          scheduled to start on February 26.                Events related to environment day
of the celebrations at the Qatar Sports          Debates on different environmental          will continue till April and will conclude
Club on Wednesday evening.                    issues will also be held at schools across     with an award ceremony.
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Uprisings will not spawn new dictators, say Tunisians
 TRIBUNE NEWS NETWORK                       thousands of demonstrators
               DOHA                         overthrew President Zine al
                                            Abidine Ben Ali on January 14.
IN their first free political                   Speaking in favour of the
debate in nearly three                      motion were Rauoudha Ben
decades, Tunisians have                     Othman, professor of linguis-
rejected the idea that a new                tics at the University of Tunis,
set of strongmen might                      and Kamal Ben Younis, exec-
emerge from the uprisings,                  utive director of the
rocking the Arab world.                     International           Studies
  At a special session of the               Association and Institute
Doha Debates, an audience of                Tunisia.
mainly students and young                      Ben Othman warned that a
professionals voted 74 to 26                new dictator could emerge
percent against the motion:                 even after the country’s first
‘This House believes that                   free elections in nearly two
Arab revolutions will just pro-             decades, scheduled for this
duce different dictators’.                  summer. She blamed a lack of
  But one student warned,                   accountability, transparency
“What we have inherited                     and a deep-rooted culture
from the old regime is like                 that favours loyalty to indi-      Doha Debates Chairman Tim Sebastian (centre) with the panelists Rauoudha Ben Othman, Kamal Ben Younis, Fares Mabrouk and Shibley Telhami during a debate session,
cancer… it needs radical sur-               viduals, whoever they are.         in Tunis, Tunisia, recently.
gery to remove it.”                            Ben Younis, a career jour-
  Another won applause                      nalist, was equally downbeat       security and political institu-     lot box. Speaking against the          and North Africa.                  governments could no longer         Tunisians had to come up
when he argued passionately                 about the political future in      tions in both capitals. “Only       motion were Shibley Telhami,              Telhami, a senior fellow at     ignore public opinion.              with a new political model,
that “Tunisians had the                     Tunisia and Egypt, where the       their heads have been cut off,      professor for peace and devel-         the Brookings Institute,             “No one can ever put the          combining human rights, dig-
quickest revolution in the                  ruling military council has        not their bodies,” he added.        opment at the University of            acknowledged there were            genie back in the bottle… dic-      nity, and the rule of law.
world and we will have the                  promised elections in six          In addition, he warned that         Maryland,       and     Fares          risks in every transition to       tatorships are over… there is          “No one wants chaos. Our
quickest democracy too”.                    months, following the over-        Islamists, banned for years,        Mabrouk, founder of the Arab           democracy. But he said an          an indigenous momentum              new model is not Iran, or
  The debate took place in the              throw of Hosni Mubarak.            could capitalise on poor and        Policy Institute, a new think          unprecedented sense of pop-        that is irreversible.”              Saudi Arabia. Even conserva-
heart of the old city in Tunis,                He said that “thousands” of     marginalised populations, to        tank supporting democratic             ular empowerment, bolstered          Mabrouk, the youngest             tives in our society are look-
less than a mile from where                 dictators remained inside the      secure gains through the bal-       change in the Middle East              by the internet, meant Arab        speaker on the panel, said          ing at Turkey as a possibility.”

QTA chief rules                                                                Qatar’s largest business plan                                                                                                                     Best of
out rescheduling                                                               contest to start on March 2                                                                                                                       at Doha
of jewellery expo                                                               TRIBUNE NEWS NETWORK
                                                                                                                   Commonwealth University in
                                                                                                                   Qatar. Besides support from
                                                                                                                                                          preneurs by removing obsta-
                                                                                                                                                          cles and barriers for doing
                                                                                                                                                                                             of a new generation of busi-
                                                                                                                                                                                             ness leaders in the country.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 food fest
                QNA                           The number of visitors to                                            Enterprise Qatar, it also              business and creating an envi-        Entrepreneurship professor       CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
               DOHA                         the expo has increased over        CARNEGIE                 Mellon     includes the Supreme Council           ronment where entrepreneurs        at CMU George White said,
                                            the years. This year the num-      University (CMU) and a              of      Information       and          can begin and thrive. It is        “Carnegie Mellon Qatar              InterContinental Doha Hotel,
CHAIRMAN            of   Qatar              ber was approximately              Qatar-based consortium of           Communication Technology               envisaged that this business       believes business plan compe-       Grand Hyatt Doha, Ritz-
Tourism Authority (QTA)                     35,000. “Every year we have        higher education institutions       (ictQATAR), the Qatari                 plan competition programme         titions are a way of helping        Carlton Hotel, W Hotel and
Ahmed al Nuaimi has dis-                    been having increasing num-        and business development            Businessmen        Association         will help to encourage the         young people realise their          Four Seasons Hotel.
missed talks of re-scheduling               ber of people. The show was        agencies unveiled Al Fikra —        (QBA)         and        Qatar         establishment of new compa-        dreams. We have many ideal-           InterContinental Hotel’s
the Doha Jewellery and                      not that great last year due to    the National Business Plan          Development Bank (QDB).                nies and foster entrepreneur-      istic young people who want         Mykonos outlet, which was
Watch Exhibition (DJWE)                     the financial crisis,” the QTA      Competition, with the support       These organisations joined             ship culture in the country,       to make the world a better          awarded the best seller dur-
after the Basselworld show                  chief said.                        of Enterprise Qatar, on             forces to develop a platform                                              place and there is no better        ing the first edition of the
saying that the target audi-                  “However, this year it was       Wednesday.                          for identifying and nurturing            “We have many                    way to create a social change       Doha Food Festival, is hoping
ences of the two events are                 very successful. A lot of peo-        According to a press release     entrepreneurial talent in the            idealistic young                 than to start a business. We        to clinch the title once again
different.                                  ple and companies are happy        issued by the CMU on                country, and together they are           people who want                  are pleased that today’s com-       by showcasing its newest out-
   “Changing the dates will                 with the outcome of the show.      Wednesday, the competition          developing ways to increase              to make the world                petition has gained broad sup-      let Belgian Café. “This is a fun
not make any difference since               There was high level of pur-       will start on March 2 and will be   awareness of entrepreneur-               a better place and               port of both the academic and       event for both the public and
Basselworld show is focused                 chasing. Many brand new            open to all undergraduates,         ship through holding business            there is no better               business communities, expan-        the organisers. It gives us an
on companies that aim at                    pieces were displayed for the      graduate students and profes-       plan competitions, organising            way to create a                  ding to include such promi-         opportunity to get out of our
wholesales with deliveries                  first time. Sales were very         sionals. It will be the largest     networking events, incubation            social change than               nent organisations with so          establishment and interact
after six to nine months while              high,” he added.                   business plan competitive event     and providing ongoing sup-               to start a                       much to offer those who start       with a wider audience,” said
the DJWE aims at retail cus-                  Al Nuaimi said QTA’s focus       hosted in the country till date.    port to entrepreneurs.                   business.”                       new enterprises.”                   Hafidh al Busaidy, general
tomers. The current dates suit              remains on high-end busi-             The finalists will be asked to       Al Fikra directly supports                                                Chairman of QBA Sheikh           manager of InterContinental
us perfectly,” he said.                     ness and expo tourists and         present their plans in May,         the objectives of Enterprise           pushing the new generation         Faisal bin Qassim al Thani has      Hotel.
   Some participants at the                 not on mass tourism. “We           and the winners will be             Qatar, an initiative intended          towards creating business          been a long-time sponsor of           For the country’s oldest
eighth edition of DJWE had sug-             have been delivering our           announced at a gala event at        to promote and sustain small           ideas, developing and plan-        Carnegie Mellon business            hotel establishment Sheraton
gested hosting the Doha event               promises in creating shows         the      CMU        in     Qatar.   and middle-sized enterprises           ning a business proposition.”      plan competitions. He said,         Doha Hotel, the event is
after Basselworld which will be             and going around the world         Applications can be made via        in the country. For Enterprise            The National Business Plan      “We believe that the entrepre-      about servicing their patrons
held from March 24 to 31.                   on promotional tours to            the         official     website     Qatar, organising a business           Competition is an outgrowth        neurship strengthens the eco-       and showcasing what new
                                            attract the type of people that                      plan competition serves as a           of a programme launched by         nomic growth of a country           they can offer. “Last year we
  The number of visi-                       we think would enjoy Qatar,”          The consortium includes          mechanism to attract entre-            the CMU in Qatar in coopera-       and speeds up modernisation.        presented our Italian restau-
  tors to the expo                          he said.                           leading universities such as        preneurs and beneficiaries of           tion    with     the    Qatari     Our support for this competi-       rant La Veranda. This year we
  has increased over                          “Qatar is a small country        Carnegie Mellon University,         the services it offers. Deputy         Businessmen        Association     tion comes from our strong          are dishing out our latest out-
  the years. This year                      and we don’t want it to be         College of the North Atlantic-      Project Director of Enterprise         three years ago as an academ-      faith in the necessity of           let Latino Restaurant,” said
  it was approxi-                           over crowded because we            Qatar        (CNA-Q),      Qatar    Qatar Noora al Mannai said,            ic-business collaboration to       empowering the youth to             Andre Lange, director of food
  mately 35,000.                            want to preserve our history,      University,            Stenden      “Enterprise Qatar empowers             enhance entrepreneurial spirit     become active constituents of       & beverages at Sheraton
  DJWE, scheduled between                   culture and tradition. If we       University and Virginia             young and dedicated entre-             and support the development        today’s business society.”          Doha Hotel.
two key jewellery and watches               don’t do that we will lose it.
exhibitions in Switzerland -                We try out best not to lose our
the Salon International de la               identity. Our focus has always
Haute Horlogerie in Geneva,
and Baselworld in Basel,
attracts the world’s leading
                                            been on MICE (Meetings,
                                            Initiatives, Conferences and
                                            Exhibitions) business, sports,
                                                                                          YOUNG FILMMAKER
                                                                                 Tusilya Muthukumar, a Doha Film Institute student, is doing
                                                                                                                                                          Qtel launches new global
jewellers and watchmakers.
DJWE has expanded since it
first started eight years ago to
become part of the preview
                                            and culture and soon there
                                            will be education tourism
                                            with Qatar Foundation uni-
                                            versities and colleges. In the
                                                                                 internship as a production assistant in the Arabian epic Black
                                                                                 Gold being shot in Doha.
                                                                                                                                                          high-speed Internet modem
series for the latest collections           future there will be medical                                                                                   TRIBUNE NEWS NETWORK                                                  ucts that take full advantage
due to its high criteria.                   tourism,” the QTA chairman                                                                                                DOHA                                                       of its world-class mobile net-
  “DJWE has become a                        said.                                                                                                                                                                                work, including the fastest
major show in the region due                  He pointed out that in                                                                                      QTEL       on     Wednesday                                            mobile broadband offered on
to our high standards which                 December, the country won                                                                                     announced the launch of a                                              a range of post-paid and pre-
are endorsed by the quality of              the bid to host the 2022 FIFA                                                                                 new USB global modem                                                   paid price plans.
participants from abroad,”                  World Cup. It also won the                                                                                    which can work with all types                                            Mobile Broadband plans to
said al Nuaimi.                             right in Sweden last month to                                                                                 of GSM and 3G networks to                                              provide easy high speed
  “This is the reason compa-                host the Men’s World                                                                                          enable customers access the                                            Internet access to popular
nies from the region partici-               Handball Championship in                                                                                      Internet on their travels.                                             sites such as Twitter,
pate and it is now attracting               2015.                                                                                                           Supporting speeds of up to                                           Facebook, Google, Youtube
exhibitors from Saudi Arabia,                 Besides these two tourna-                                                                                   21 Mbps, the device is avail-                                          and other popular social net-
Bahrain, Kuwait and the                     ments, Qatar regularly hosts                                                                                  able at Qtel shops and premi-                                          working hubs. The device is
UAE. We have proved the                     the ATP and WTA tennis                                                                                        um dealers across the country                                          easy to install with a simple
success of the show due to our              tournaments. The Qatar                                                                                        at QR399.                                                              plug & play connection, and
commitment to high stan-                    Ladies Open is currently                                                                                        Qtel has launched a wide                                             can be used with any note-
dards.”                                     going on.                                                                                                     range of exciting new prod-        The new Qtel global modem           book or netbook.
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Dutch art pieces to be exhibited at MIA

THE Museum of Islamic Art
(MIA) will host an exhibition
titled ‘The Golden Age of
Dutch Paintings: Master-
pieces from the Rijksmuse-
um’ from March 11 to June 6.
   The exhibition, the first of
its kind in the region, is a
result of collaboration
between Qatar Museums
Authority        and        the
Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam,
the Netherlands.
   According to the agree-
ment, Rijksmuseum will loan
44 paintings of Dutch art,
mostly from the 17th century
to be exhibited in Doha. The
chosen masterpieces repre-
sent some of the finest art
from the Netherlands during
that period of Dutch prosper-
ity. Works by Rembrandt,
Vermeer and Frans Hals,
among others, will be part of
the exhibition.
   Alongside the exhibition, a
special bilingual catalogue
showcasing each painting
and putting it in its historical   Two of the Dutch art masterpieces that will be exhibited at the Museum of Islamic Art in March.
context is being published
with a generous contribution       showcases the diverse genres      his     everlasting    legacy;     Netherlands of the 21st century.    establish strong relationships     Qatar and to encourage new          exhibition. An admission fee
by Shell Qatar. It will be sold    of Dutch art; Everyday            Refinement and Elegance               Roger Mandle, executive           with reputable international       avenues for intellectual dia-       of QR25 for adults will be
at MIA’s gift shop for QR80.       Reality features detailed but     conveys the social trend, of       director of Qatar Museums           museums like Rijksmuseum           logue and discussions.”             charged everyday except
   Covering several themes of      imaginary paintings of Dutch      the time, to flaunt sophistica-     Authority and one of the            in the Netherlands. We hope           Film screenings, educa-          Monday.
Dutch art, the exhibition is       cities    and    landscapes;      tion; and Past and Present is a    curators of the show, said,         that we will succeed in intro-     tional activities for children         Admission to the exhibi-
divided into five sections:         Rembrandt        and      his     film screening that brings          “This exhibition underscores        ducing Dutch art of the 17th       and lectures for adults will        tion will be free for students
Variety and Specialisation         Contemporaries is a tribute to    Dutch 17th century art to the      our genuine commitment to           century to our community in        also take place during the          and children under 16.

NU-Q develops website on road safety                                                                                                                                             CMU-Q to sponsor
                                   full academic course load.”          Though the stories were         newsroom is like before they        frustrates me.”
                                                                                                                                                                                 first student-run
                                                                                                                                                                                 TEDx event
                                     The students who devel-         told in new and interesting        began their professional resi-        The site is a valuable piece
                                   oped the site did so as part of   ways, the students used tradi-     dencies in newsrooms around         of journalism, Roth said.
STUDENTS at Northwestern           an advanced multimedia class      tional, time-tested reporting      the world this month.                 “If the awareness caused by
University in Qatar (NU-Q)         that teaches students high-                                             The four faculty members         this site saves just one life or
recently completed work on a       level skills in web-based jour-     “If the awareness                who advised the students on         saves one more person from           TRIBUNE NEWS NETWORK              gural event will bring
groundbreaking website that        nalism. The stories students        caused by this site              the project provided only as        losing the ability to walk, then                DOHA                   speakers who will present
investigates traffic safety in      produced take on all the forms      saves just one life              much guidance as students           all the hard work, the late                                            their ideas that represent a
the country.                       of modern web journalism –          or saves one more                needed to successfully com-         nights and early mornings           THE            Development         shared optimism for a
  The                  website,    written stories, high quality       person from losing               plete the project.                  will have been worth it,” Roth      Solutions      Organisation        promising future through, features       videos, informational graph-        the ability to walk,                “Our goal was to give them       said. “We are very proud of         (DSO) at Carnegie Mellon           international initiatives
original journalism and gives      ics, and interactive maps.          then all the hard                a taste of what it’s like to work   them and I urge everyone to         University in Qatar (CMU-          across a variety of fields.
visitors both a rare overview        “The multimedia aspect of         work, the late                   in a newsroom with as little        spend some time on the site.”       Q) will organise a TEDx            The event hopes to increase
of traffic safety in the country    this project is unique to jour-     nights and early                 interference from us as possi-        The students who devel-           event on March 19.                 awareness and understand-
and insight into the lives of      nalism in Qatar,” said Omar         mornings will have               ble,” said Chatriwala.              oped the site are all female           TEDx is a programme of          ing of the problems that lie
traffic accident victims.           Chatriwala, a lecturer in the       been worth it.”                     The site has already earned      and juniors in the journalism       local, self-organised events       in developing countries,
  “This is terrific and impres-     journalism programme who          practices, relying primarily on    an enthusiastic readership.         programme. They included            designed to give communi-          and what people are doing
sive work,” said Richard J         was one of four faculty mem-      interviews with local traffic          “Thank you for this proj-        Laala al Jaber, Mai al              ties, organisations and indi-      about it. Most importantly,
Roth, senior associate dean of     bers to oversee the project.      experts, drivers and car acci-     ect,” wrote a reader posting        Mannai, Ola Diab, Shannon           viduals the opportunity to         it is to explore what the
the journalism programme at        “You don’t often see journal-     dent victims to uncover facts      under the name Amirah in            Farhoud, Camila Ferriera,           stimulate dialogue through         average citizen can do to be
NU-Q.       “It’s even more        ism presented through as          about Qatar’s road safety.         the comments section of one         Rana       Khaled,     Thouria      TED-like experiences.              a part of changing the con-
impressive to know that they       many different mediums as           The project was designed as      story. “I encounter danger-         Mahmoud, Shereera Qazi,                ‘TED’      stands       for     ditions for a brighter future
did every bit of this work in      our students used on this         a means to give students an        ous driving on Doha roads           Ashlene Ramadan, Zainab             Technology,       Entertain-       for the families and chil-
just five weeks while taking a      project,” he said.                idea of what working in a          every day, and it scares and        Sultan and Nazneen Zahan.           ment, Design — three broad         dren of underprivileged
                                                                                                                                                                                subject areas that are collec-     countries and classes.
                                                                                                                                                                                tively shaping our future.           The speakers at the event

QPO to perform Chants of the East
                                                                                                                                                                                The “x” means that the             will include Bernardine
                                                                                                                                                                                event is independently             Dias, assistant research
                                                                                                                                                                                organised.                         professor at the Robotics
                                                                                                                                                                                   “Carnegie Mellon is
                                                                                                                                                                                proud to sponsor this first           TEDx is a pro-
                                                                                                                                                                                student-run TEDx event in            gramme of local,
 TRIBUNE NEWS NETWORK                                                                                                                                                           Qatar,” said G Richard
                                                                                                                                                                                Tucker, dean of Carnegie             events designed
                                                                                                                                                                                Mellon University in Qatar.          to give communi-
HARKING back to the great                                                                                                                                                          “At Carnegie Mellon, we           ties, organisa-
traditions of Arabian music                                                                                                                                                     encourage interactive dia-           tions and individ-
but also creating new syner-                                                                                                                                                    logue and the exchange of            uals the opportu-
gies, the Qatar Philharmonic                                                                                                                                                    ideas, which in turn                 nity to stimulate
Orchestra (QPO) will perform                                                                                                                                                    inspires our students to go          dialogue through
musical legend Marcel                                                                                                                                                           out and do something in the          TED-like experi-
Khalife’s Chants of the East                                                                                                                                                    world – whether it be                ences.
(Orient) at its next concert.                                                                                                                                                   engaging in a community
   In a true blend of the east                                                                                                                                                  programme or starting a            Institute at Carnegie Mellon
and the west, the orchestra                                                                                                                                                     new business that address-         University and founder of
will be conducted by QPO                                                                                                                                                        es a need.”                        TechBridgeWorld; Rachel
Artistic Director Nader                                                                                                                                                            TEDxCMUQatar             is     Morris, first female manag-
Abbassi accompanied by                                                                                                                                                          organised by DSO, which is         ing director of a newspaper
soloist Judith Halasz and                                                                                                                                                       a student organisation at          in Qatar; and Ranwa Yehia,
Germany’s Mittelduetscher                                                                                                                                                       Carnegie Mellon Qatar,             co-founder and director at
Rundfunk MDR Radio Choir                                                                                                                                                        geared to connect under-           the Arab Digital Expression
on March 5 at 7.30pm at the                                                                                                                                                     graduates who are passion-         Foundation.
Katara Cultural Village Opera                                                                                                                                                   ate about making a differ-            George White, associate
House.                                                                                                                                                                          ence. The goals for                teaching professor of entre-
   Marcel Khalife is a                                                                                                                                                          TEDxCMUQatar are to give           preneurship at CMU-Q
Lebanese born composer,                                                                                                                                                         the Education City and             said, “TED talks are becom-
singer and oud master who                                                                                                                                                       Doha communities a plat-           ing a global force for good.
has composed some of the                                                                                                                                                        form for involvement in            They do this by popularis-
Arab world’s most recognised                                                                                                                                                    international initiatives and      ing videos of powerful ideas
pieces. Chants of the East                                                                                                                                                      to give people from around         explained by the passionate
harks back to the oriental and     The Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra performs at a concert, in Doha, recently.                                                                   the region a chance to share       authors, inventors and edu-
Arabian music he knew in his                                                                                                                                                    their stories, experiences         cators. I’m so proud of our
formative childhood years.         festivals including Baalbeck      known companies including          lenge and enlighten the audi-       ing by bringing a range of new      and ideas with a wider audi-       students for having the ini-
He describes this work as          in Lebanon. In 2005, he was       the Vienna State Opera, will       ence. Marcel Khalife is one of      and innovative works to our         ence.       TEDxCMUQatar           tiative to organise their own
integrating the “melodies of       named a UNESCO Artist for         join the orchestra.                the great artistes of our region    audiences.”                         aims to foster learning,           TEDx programme, identify-
life”, most notably the tradi-     Peace in recognition of his         Also performing will be the      and the world. To have the            The next performance of           inspiration and wonder             ing inspirational speakers,
tional Arabian musical genres      humanitarian efforts.             Mittelduetscher Rundfunk           QPO perform with the MDR            the QPO will be the popular         about global issues and            setting a noble theme and
such as Al Qadd from Syria           Leading the orchestra in        MDR Radio Choir. In exis-          Radio Choir and be led by           Chamber Music Festival from         developments that could            giving CMU-Q an opportu-
and Al Muswashah which             these performances will be        tence for more than 60 years,      Nader Abassi, gives this won-       March 11 to 14. The festival        potentially change atti-           nity to be seen around the
originated from the Iberian        Swiss-Egyptian maestro and        the MDR Radio Choir have           derful work a truly global per-     will involve the strings, wood-     tudes, lives and ultimately        world in the very best light.”
Peninsula.                         QPO’s      Nader    Abbassi.      produced 200 recordings            spective                            wind, brass and percussion          the world.                            Registration is open at
   Khalife has performed           German Soloist Judith               QPO Managing Director               “QPO is proud to be adding       sections of the orchestra in a         Under the unifying theme
around the world and has           Halasz, who has performed         Kurt Meister said, “This is        to the rich and growing diver-      variety of grouping during the      of No Boundaries, this inau-       gistration.
been invited to play at music      with some of the world’s best     truly a work that will chal-       sity of Qatar’s cultural offer-     programme.
24       Thursday, February 24, 2011                 QT SPOTLIGHT ON DEMOCRACY IN THE ARAB WORLD

   IN DEMOCRACY, SAY EXPATRIATES                                                                                                                                                         in large number for work.

        he Arab world has been rocked
        by a series of protests and                                                                                                                                                      A BIG BLOW TO BUSINESS
        revolts since January. While in                                                                                                                                                  Cristina
        Tunisia and Egypt the rulers                                                                                                                                                     Filipino expatriate
        have been toppled, in Libya and                                                                                                                                                  The protests are affecting the Middle East
Yemen the protests are turning violent                                                                                                                                                   economy. Some of the stocks have fallen
as the leaders are trying their best to                                                                                                                                                  significantly. Businesses in Bahrain
remain in power. As waves of unrest                                                                                                                                                      remain affected, and many multinational
sweep across the region, the expatriate                                                                                                                                                  firms are facing problems. There is a
community in Qatar is concerned                                                                                                                                                          sense of fear all around. The protests in
about its own security and that of                                                                                                                                                       neighbouring countries will affect every-
Middle East where they come to work.                                                                                                                                                     one. I’m also worried for my other rela-
Qatar Tribune reporters LN Mallick,                                                                                                                                                      tives and friends who are working in
Joseph Varghese, Santhosh Chan-                                                                                                                                                          Libya and Egypt.
dran, Ailyn Agonia, Lani Rose R
Dizon and Catherine W Gichuki                                                                                                                                                            TOURISM HIT IN BAHRAIN
spoke to some expatriates to ascertain                                                                                                                                                   Valentine Mzera
their views on the crisis. Excerpts:                                                                                                                                                     Accountant

Aleem Paracha
Pakistani national
The political unrest which started in
Tunisia has spread like a wave bringing
about radical change in the region. The
rulers who cared little about the people
and were busy minting money are now
facing the ire of the masses. I think there
are two main reasons for this political
unrest. First, the approach of some lead-
ers to talk big about development, liberal-
ism and human rights on paper, but do
nothing for the people. Secondly, there are
leaders who are only keen to remain in
power and want their sons to be the head
of the country after their death. Real Students carry placards during a sit-in against Libyan leader Moamer Qadhafi, in Beirut, on Wednesday. (REUTERS)
democracy is not possible unless the basic                                                                                                                                               The unrest in the Middle East and North
human rights are guaranteed to the peo- fed up and they have been forced to take                                                      heard some of the expatriates are living in        Africa has created fear in the minds of the
ple. The Arab world has many rulers who to the streets. I hope that the protests will
are ready even to kill their people to help in bringing democracy to the region,
remain in power. In Libya, we can clearly where people are ensured their basic
see how Qadhafi is using excessive force to rights. As far as Libya is concerned,
                                                                                              QT                Speakup
                                                                                                                                      bunkers in Tripoli and elsewhere. It is
                                                                                                                                      high time the global community raises its
                                                                                                                                      voice against the Libyan massacre and
                                                                                                                                      stop bloodshed.
                                                                                                                                                                                         expatriates. I have a cousin working in a
                                                                                                                                                                                         hotel in Bahrain and she is very scared.
                                                                                                                                                                                         Residents have difficulty in moving
                                                                                                                                                                                         around the city. Most of them are con-
suppress the protesters. In my opinion, Qadhafi has resorted to genocide but he                                                                                                           fined to their homes and fear that things
Qatar is a good example for other coun- will have to go soon.                            ECONOMIC STABILITY UNDER THREAT              QADHAFI HAS RUINED LIBYA                           may go bad. The tourism industry in
tries to follow, as its leadership is commit-                                            Mohammed Aboobackar                          Euphracia Kalii Mutuku                             Bahrain has been negatively affected.
ted to supporting its people and develop- MEDIA DOES THE TRICK                           Indian national                              Kenyan national
ing the country.                              Abdul Latheef                              I have lived in this region for over 25                                                         GIVE DEMOCRACY A CHANCE
                                              Indian national                            years. I think political revolts not only                                                       Rashid Ali
ENOUGH OF AUTHORITARIAN RULE                  The widespread agitation against the result in regime change but also disturb                                                              Pakistani engineer
Amir Ahmed                                    rulers in the region was something that the economic stability of the region. Now
Pakistani accountant                          was waiting to happen. The people have that the unrest has spread to Bahrain, I
                                              been suffering under oppressive regimes am worried for the security of hundreds of
                                              for long. The emergence of a stronger my countrymen that work there. The
                                              media and social networking sites have unrest is likely to hamper the reputation
                                              been a big reason for the success of the of the region and expatriate workers will
                                              revolts. Earlier, the rulers were able to now think twice before opting to work
                                              suppress the people’s voice, but now they here.
                                              cannot do it. People have become more
                                              aware about their rights and are no longer BAHRAIN UNREST SHOCKING
                                              ready to suffer silently under oppressive G e o r g e J o s e p h
                                              governments.                               Indian national
                                                                                         Some countries in the Middle East are
                                              QADHAFI SHOULD STEP DOWN                   going through a political transition.
                                              Anthony Kimeu                              However, the unrest in Bahrain has sur-
                                              Kenyan national                            prised me the most. No one expected such Some people living in Libya and Egypt
                                                                                         a thing to happen in Bahrain as it is a depend on money sent to them by their
                                                                                         small country with a huge expatriate pop- relatives living abroad. Most of the money
                                                                                         ulation. Many of these expatriates are transfer agencies are not functioning due                I salute all those people who have stood
                                                                                         from India and I have some friends and to protests, as a result many people are                 up against the unscrupulous leaders and
All the leaders of the world should learn                                                relatives in that country. I am really wor- suffering. The violence in Libya has taken          are ready to sacrifice their lives for the bet-
from the recent uprisings in the Arab                                                    ried about their safety.                     a heavy toll on the infrastructure and it          terment of their country. The call for
world. The movement which started in                                                                                                  will take a long time for the Libyans to           democracy in the Arab world is a positive
Tunisia has encouraged the people in the                                                 GOVTS MUST DO MORE FOR THE PEOPLE            rebuild their country. Qadhafi has ruined           development. No threat or force has been
Middle East to stand up against injustice.                                               Onesmus Mutiso                               the country and he must step down imme-            able to silence people’s voices. The recent
I think it is a positive sign that masses are                                            Kenyan national                              diately. The fall of authoritarian regimes         events in the Arab world have strength-
no longer ready to accept oppression and                                                                                              in many Arab countries is a timely lesson          ened forces that are fighting for a just
dictatorial regimes. It is a message to the                                                                                           for those rulers who govern their country          cause. Leaders are trying different tactics
world leaders that they cannot extend                                                                                                 with an iron hand.                                 to suppress the masses and are even using
their regime on one pretext or the other.                                                                                                                                                excessive force.
They need to deliver and live up to the                                                                                               M-E’S REPUTATION AT STAKE
people’s expectations.                                                                                                                Haneefa Abdulla                                    TEACH QADHAFI A LESSON
                                                                                                                                      Indian sales executive                             Samuel Nduati
TIME RIPE FOR CHANGE                                                                                                                  The recent uprising in Bahrain, Egypt and          Mowasalat employee
Mohan Kumar                                                                                                                           other countries won’t bring any positive           President Moamer Qadhafi and his sons
Indian engineer                               I have been following the Libyan events                                                 change in the region. Rather, it will create       have been ruling the country for long, and
The region is going through a major closely and it is sad to know that                                                                fear among the expatriate community who            it is natural that the people have decided
churning. We have seen regimes being unarmed protesters are being massa-                                                              will not be able to earn in peace. It will badly   to teach them a lesson. The government
toppled in North Africa while many others cred. The uprisings in the Arab world are                                                   affect the reputation of the Middle East as a      has failed the people on all fronts and
are also facing a crisis. The people have mainly because of the selfish leaders who                                                    peaceful region where millions of expatri-         snatched even their basic rights. However,
finally stood up against the rulers who have ruled their country for too long. In                                                      ates come to work.                                 the uprising in Libya is affecting the price
have failed to provide even the basic Libya, I am happy that the people are                                                                                                              of oil. Some of the international oil firms
human rights to their countrymen. Some determined to make their voice heard. I                                                        STOP VIOLENCE                                      have started suspending their operations
of these leaders have managed to amass think President Moamer Qadhafi should                                                           Aneesh Bhahuleyan                                  in Libya. Others have started withdrawing
massive wealth over the years, while the step down immediately like his Egyptian As anti-government unrest continues to Indian national                                                  their staff. Even though the Libyan upris-
people have become poorer. Now it is the counterpart.                                    spread across the Middle East and North The violence and destruction caused by                  ing has affected global oil markets, I think
turn of the people to get rid of such lead-                                              Africa, the region has all of a sudden protests should be quickly brought to an                 that the people are on the right path.
ers and usher in democracy. Though the QATAR IS SAFE                                     become a difficult place to work. Many of end by governments as they will have a neg-
region is disturbed, I think there is no R o s e m a r i e                               my friends have called me to inquire ative impact on the development of the
chance of unrest in Qatar.                    Filipino national                          about my safety. It is very disturbing to region. Many big projects will be disturbed
                                              It is really sad to witness the violence see innocent people dying on the Arab because the expatriate workers will leave
QADHAFI HAS RESORTED TO GENOCIDE              taking place in the region. The protests streets. I think there should be freedom of them and go. Moreover, the unrest will slow
Luis Zapanta                                  are a wake-up call for corrupt rulers who expression and the governments must do down the recovery from the financial crisis
Filipino national                             have been holding on to power for long. more for their people.                          and ultimately the people will have to suffer.
The unrest in the Arab world is mainly As a Filipino expatriate, I am worried for
due to the lust of the rulers to remain in my fellow countrymen in Libya. The LIBYAN REVOLT AFFECTS OIL PRICES                        INDIAN EXPATS WILL SUFFER
power for ever. The people who have suf- Philippine government should act fast in K u m a r R a j s i n g h e                         Shemeer Shamsudeen
fered oppression for long are no more evacuating the workers from Tripoli and Sri Lankan national                                     Indian businessman
ready to take things lying down. The other cities. I think such kind of protests The Libyan revolt is causing a lot of prob- An uprising in the GCC countries will affect
authoritarian governments have denied will not take place in Qatar because of lems to the world economy. Oil prices are business and development. Big investors
people the right to live in dignity. As a two reasons. First, most of the Qataris rising and this may result in rise in prices will withdraw from the current projects and
result, they are now determined to show are satisfied with the government, and of essential commodities in many poor would think twice before putting their
them the door. The same thing happened secondly, the expatriates are earning countries. Hundreds of people have been money in this region again. It will severely
in the Philippines 25 years ago. People are their living in peace.                       killed and injured in the Libyan uprising. I affect the Indians who come to this region

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