Compass International School Doha has been named one of Newsweek’s ‘International Baccalaureate (IB) Noteworthy Schools of 2019’, the third year in a row that the school was named in the prestigious category by premier news magazine Newsweek.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018, IB is taught to over 1.4 million students at over 5,000 schools in 153 countries. The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is highly valued by universities for its capacity to develop a student’s academic and personal potential. IBDP prepares students for 21st century skills, including global mindedness, cultural sensitivity, leadership, teamwork, problem-solving and critical thinking.
Dr Terry Creissen OBE, Executive Principal of Compass International School Doha was delighted that their school has been recognised as one of Newsweek’s ‘International Baccalaureate Noteworthy Schools’ for the third time. He said that the programme offers students the best possible international education and inspires them to continue to be ambitious in their studies at leading universities around the world.
Compass International School Doha offers the internationally acclaimed IB Diploma Programme at the Madinat Khalifa Campus for Year 12 and 13 students, aged 16 to 18 years old.
To find out more about the school, visit their website at cisdoha.qa.
Qatar Academy Sidra (QAS) recently celebrated the graduation of its Class of 2019 in a ceremony at Multaqa, formerly Education City Student Center. QAS is part of Qatar Foundation (QF) Pre-University Education.
The event saw 18 students honoured in the presence QAS board members and faculty, family and friends. QF PUE President Buthaina Ali Al Nuaimi was also there to witness the ceremony.
Dr Abdulla Al Kaabi, Chairman of the QAS Advisory Board, addressed the graduates and wished them all a happy and fulfilling future. He advised them to be kind and be responsible citizens, to work hard to achieve their potentials and to live meaningful lives in the service of humanity.
The keynote address was delivered by Dr Asmaa Al Fadala, Director of Research and Content Development from WISE, another QF initiative. As a QAS board member and as parent to a Grade 12 student, she extended her congratulations to the graduates on their achievements and with words of advice for their new journey.
The graduates are headed to different colleges and universities in the US, Canada, Hongkong, UK, Netherlands, Oman and Qatar.
This year’s QAS Class of 2019 marks the school’s second graduating class since its launch in 2012. For more information about QAS, visit their website at qasidra.com.qa.
The Qatar Financial Centre (QFC), one of the world’s leading and fastest growing onshore business and financial centres, announced its support and collaboration with the Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Humanitarian Envoy during its annual Ramadan Suhoor event.
The collaboration will see QFC facilitate the increased mobilisation of the private sector on key global humanitarian issues, as well as assist in the promotion of these challenges to increase awareness among the greater business community. This comes after QFC’s participation to the Global Humanitarian Action Alliance in Davos, Switzerland, and their private sector engagement event which was recently organised in Doha by Qatar Chamber.
The first initiative from this collaboration is QFC’s support and promotion of the Hope for Gaza initiative, organised by the UN Secretary-General’s Humanitarian Envoy HE Dr Ahmed al-Meraikhi, Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS), the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), and Qatari Composer Dana Al Fardan.
The campaign aims to mobilise financial resources during the holy month of Ramadan to support the services provided by UNRWA for Palestinian refugees in Gaza. The QFC has created a dedicated webpage to encourage contributions to this humanitarian initiative.
Held under the theme ‘Unity in Diversity’, QFC’s Suhoor event this Ramadan emphasised the importance, extent, and impact of its social investment programmes and how socially responsible business practices can impact global humanitarian issues and the ever-increasing need for greater engagement by the private sector in meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The event was attended by representatives from key UN agencies, QFC firms and other key stakeholders of their humanitarian initiatives led by Dr Ahmed Al Meraikhi, Ali Hassan Al Hammadi and Dana Al Fardan.
QFC’s Social Investment programme has seen over 22 partnerships with various stakeholders around the country, while over 60 recurring volunteers from QFC took part in its Busmah initiative which engaged with a number of organisations. Other important QFC CSR programmes include establishing a financial literacy programme for the hearing impaired, from which 18 students already graduated.
QFC’s CSR and Social Investment strategy ‘United for Good’ underscores QFC’s long-term commitment to its ethical, social and environmental responsibilities, and focuses on two key pillars – Youth and Education and Community Development, with special focus on encouraging Financial Literacy within the local community. The programme play an instrumental role in driving socially-conscious initiatives that address the long-term needs of the community.
For more information about QFC and their humanitarian programmes, visit qfc.qa.
Skyline Automotive WLL, the official distributor of Genesis in Qatar, recently launched its flagship 2020 Genesis G90 in an exclusive unveiling ceremony at the world’s smartest and most sustainable fully-built city district, Msheireb Downtown.
Skyline Automotive and Jaidah Group also announced the launch of a new programme titled ‘The Path’, established in partnership with prominent media personality and entrepreneur, Mohammed Saadoun Al Kuwari.
‘The Path’ is a monthly programme featuring successful Qataris in various fields such as sports, arts, health and sciences, among others. The programme celebrates their individual contributions to Qatar’s success story to inspire the country’s youth to follow suit.
A preview of the first episode featuring Qatar’s national football team captain, Hassan Al Haydous, who also attended the G90 launch, was showcased during the event. Al Haydous led Qatar’s team to their biggest football win to date, bringing home the historic 2018 AFC Asian Cup trophy.
In his welcome remarks during the event, Jaidah Group Executive Director Mohamed Jaidah said they were happy to hold the launch in the iconic Baharat Square in Msheireb Downtown, which he said is a symbol of Qatar’s sustainable future.
The location of tonight’s event is a space that perfectly demonstrates what can be achieved when innovation comes to life, blending technology and creativity to create a unique environment in Qatar.’
The executive director also mentioned how, in a few short years, Genesis has become an icon of luxury, the Korean way.
It has developed three separate models. And now we unveiled the updated flagship Genesis G90 model with its futuristic design which evolves the brand’s signature Athletic Elegance design language. The updated flagship Genesis G90 adds to our portfolio, in line with our commitment to offer the people in Qatar the best products and customer service available.’
Al Jaidah also thanked Al Kuwari and their collaboration on ‘The Path’.
The programme will no doubt inspire our young generation to pursue their dreams by shedding light on the journeys of our national success stories. I would also like to thank our national team captain Hassan Al Haydous for taking part in the first episode.’
Al Jaidah concluded his remarks by extending his gratitude to emerging Qatari artist, Bouthayna Al Muftah, for her incredible artwork featuring the new Genesis G90, which was also put on display during the event.
The New 2020 Genesis G90
The 2020 G90 incorporates exterior and interior design changes, which further enhances its role as the brand’s flagship vehicle. The new ‘Quad Lamp’ styling theme, featuring prominent horizontal architecture seen throughout the sedan, signals design cues that will be incorporated in all future Genesis models.
The 2020 G90 introduces multiple technology enhancements and firsts for the Genesis brand. For example, the 12.3-inch central display is re-engineered to incorporate a new Graphic User Interface that features the signature Genesis black and copper colour scheme.
The car’s interior design includes a parallel layout and exquisite new details in the quilted Nappa leather seating and additional leather rapping on the centre console. The interior atmosphere of the new G90 also features an Active Noise Cancelation technology to reduce exterior noises and allow the driver to fully concentrate and embrace the experience of driving a Genesis vehicle.
Skyline Automotive Genesis G90 Launch in Doha! - YouTube
The 2020 G90 is available in the flagship Skyline Automotive showroom on Salwa Road. Episodes from The Path programme are available online through this link thepathqatar.com.
Baladna Food Industries, Qatar’s largest fresh dairy producer, in collaboration with Qatar Charity (QC) is distributing 10,000 litres of long-life milk (UHT) to workers in Al Thakira and Al Khor Ramadan tents. The milk are also distributed to families in need. The collaboration is part of their campaign, ‘Qatari products supporting charity.’
According to Saba Al Fadala, Baladna’s Public Relations and Communication Director, they take pride in their collaboration with Qatar Charity. The work they have done over the years, she said, has been extraordinary, and has helped millions of people.
The essence of Ramadan lies in giving back to the community and we believe in continuing our commitment to Qatar and its people. The workers are an integral part of Qatar’s future and need to be supported by all entities. Baladna will continue to support the local communities in every way possible way, as having a comprehensive corporate social responsibility is part of our core values.’
Ali Al Ghareeb, Director of Local Development Department at Qatar Charity, said they are open to contribution from both government and private entities, to improve services to local communities.
Baladna has been an active contributor to the Qatari economy over the past few years. As a result of the blockade imposed on Qatar by neighbouring countries in the Gulf, Baladna has accelerated the diversification of their products to meet the country’s self-sufficiency goals.
Qatar Charity has set up 45 tents across Qatar this Ramadan 2019, for the benefit of at least 350,000 blue-collared workers. Iftar meals were also handed out to labourers in the Industrial Area and in various homesteads, for 39,000 workers. Charity food packages were also handed out to 10,000 low-income families. Overall, 3.4 million people from 30 countries benefited from QC’s Ramadan initiative this year.
To mark the holy month of Ramadan, Qatar Airways and Qatar Duty Free (QDF) hosted a Suhoor for local members of the media recently at the ‘Alf Leila w Leila’ Ramadan Tent of Mondrian Hotel, Doha.
The event was hosted by Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, HE Akbar Al Baker, and attended by members of the airline’s senior leadership, as well as over 100 representatives of Doha’s local media. The Suhoor was to thank the media for their role in keeping the public informed of current events. The evening also provided guests with the opportunity to experience Qatar’s rich cultural heritage and hospitality through traditional Ramadan celebrations.
During the event, the national carrier previewed its thrilling new TVC campaign which highlighted the airline’s sponsorship of the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 which will be held in different cities of France from 7 June until 7 July. The TVC expresses the tremendous excitement generated in the run up to the most thrilling sports event yet in women’s team sports.
Qatar Airways Senior VP for Marketing and Corporate Communications Salam Al Shawa, said they are delighted to welcome so many members of Doha’s vibrant media industry to join the special Suhoor in celebration of the holy month of Ramadan.
Qatar Airways, the Official Partner and Official Airline of FIFA, announced the launch of its new television campaign to celebrate the most exciting moment in women’s team sports: the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019, taking place from 7 June until 7 July in different cities throughout France.
The innovative new film features a mother telling her daughter a wonderful bedtime story. It is a ﬂight of imagination, in which she describes an amazing new land where women’s football reigns, where players rule and fans from many nations gather to cheer. The film features one of the most famous faces from the world of football, Brazilian football superstar Neymar Jr, celebrating with fellow football fans.
By the ﬁlm’s end, we realise that mother and daughter are in fact onboard a Qatar Airways aircraft ﬂying to the very destination she has been describing: a magical land, where the story of women’s football comes alive. Their relationship is a genuine anchor for the emotion and optimism surrounding the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019. The look and feel is fantasy-like, and the story is epic and expressive, highlighting the dreams of both players and fans.
According to Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, HE Akbar Al Baker, women’s football is bigger than ever before, and the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 is the place where the hopes and dreams of many fans and supporters come true.
It is truly a wonderful celebration of the women’s game. Our new campaign expresses the excitement of many fans all over the world who will be watching the tournament as well as the tens of thousands who will travel to France to cheer for their national team. As an airline, we believe in the power of sports to unite people, and we look forward to bringing fans together in France this summer to take part in the most exciting event yet in women’s sports.’
Qatar Airways Senior VP for Marketing and Corporate Communications Salam Al Shawa, said that the new campaign eloquently conveys the anticipation so many fans around the world feel for the opening match of the tournament on 7 June in Paris.
We are tremendously proud to be the Official Partner and Official Airline of FIFA, and we look forward to celebrating the spirit of the game this summer in France.’
Twenty-four qualifying teams will compete in nine cities throughout France this summer, including Paris, which will host the opening match, as well as Reims, Valenciennes, Le Havre, Rennes, Grenoble, Montpellier, Nice and Lyon, which will host the semi-finals and final match.
Football’s global governing body FIFA has abandoned plans to expand the 2022 Qatar World Cup to 48 nations, deciding to stick with 32 countries because of the political and logistical complexities of using another Gulf nation.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino’s hopes of expanding the Middle East’s first World Cup in the region were stymied by the regional diplomatic crisis and the body’s demands on host nations to adhere to its human and labour rights requirements.
That means the World Cup will not be expanded until 2026, with FIFA already having approved a format with 48 teams for that tournament in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
A meeting of the FIFA Council in March authorised Infantino to work with Qatar on seeing if it was feasible to use at least one more country in the region to accommodate 16 more matches and present a proposal at meetings in June.
FIFA said in a statement on Wednesday:
Following a thorough and comprehensive consultation process with the involvement of all the relevant stakeholders, it was concluded that under the current circumstances such a proposal could not be made now.’
Due to the advanced stage of preparations and the need for a detailed assessment of the potential logistical impact on the host country, more time would be required and a decision could not be taken before the deadline of June. It was, therefore, decided not to further pursue this option.’
While Qatar won a vote in 2010 on the basis of staging a June-July World Cup, FIFA shifted the tournament from its usual slot because of the fierce summer heat to November 21-December 18, 2022.
The 2022 World Cup organising committee said in a statement:
With just three and a half years to go until kick off, Qatar remains as committed as ever to ensuring the 32-team FIFA World Cup in 2022 is one of the best tournaments ever and one that makes the entire Arab world proud.’
Qatar Airways is pleased to continue its tradition of supporting passengers who are fasting during the holy month of Ramadan and breaking their fast onboard by serving delicious Iftar meal consisting of traditional Middle Eastern specialities.
The Iftar boxes feature a bespoke inhouse design inspired by Arabian calligraphy and will be offered on selected routes across the Middle East, Algeria, Tunisia, Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. Each box contains a selection of sweet and savoury delicacies. The Iftar boxes are offered in addition to the regular meal service for passengers who are not fasting.
Qatar Airways First and Business Class passengers will be offered Iftar boxes containing a selection of crudités, hummus, mini Arabic bread, chicken shawarma, focaccia with mozzarella, olives, dates, banana, fresh laban and water. Passengers travelling in Economy Class can enjoy Iftar boxes filled with focaccia with mozzarella, apple slices, mixed nuts, finger baklava, dates, shortbread, marble cake, fresh laban and water.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, HE Akbar Al Baker, said the holy month of Ramadan is an important time for a great number of their customers, and they are delighted to provide a service that is tailored to the needs of those who are fasting.
We invite all passengers to embrace this special time of the year with this selection of items designed specifically with the fasting passenger in mind. On behalf of Qatar Airways, we extend our warmest wishes for a Ramadan Kareem.’
Travelling between time zones can be challenging for the fasting traveller; thus Qatar Airways cabin crew will make an announcement and serve Iftar boxes at appropriate time during the flight, freeing passengers from having to calculate the time.
With the completion of the ‘Great Move’ to the airline’s brand new home base at Istanbul Airport, Turkish Airlines will open five passenger lounges available for Business Class, Miles & Smiles, Elite Plus & Elite, Star Alliance Gold, and Corporate Club passengers.
There are currently three lounges open – the Turkish Airlines Business Lounge, Miles & Smiles Lounge and Domestic Lounge. The Exclusive Lounge and Arrival Lounge will open this Summer 2019.
The Turkish Airlines Business Lounge has an approximate area of over 60,000 square feet, seats 765 guests and features 13 private suites with showers. Turkish Airlines also designed a 130 square feet museum within the lounge, collaborating with the arts and cultural institution, Istanbul Modern.
The Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles Lounge is also over 60,000 square feet seating 765 guests, and offers 11 private suites with showers and space where guests can rest on comfortable couches, savour delicious and exclusive treats from Turkey, along with a selection of international cuisine and a mobile masseur services. A console gaming experience, golf simulators and large children’s play area also provide entertainment for kids and parents alike. A technology centre with 3D glasses and virtual reality is also in the plan. The two lounges provide meeting rooms, a library and a prayer room.
The Turkish Airlines Domestic Lounge is accessible through a special entrance gate located outside the terminal, so passengers can complete check-in procedures and transfer directly to the aircraft via buses. Lounge amenities include comfortable couches, Turkish cuisine, a large children’s play area, a media wall with multiple TV screens and a prayer room.
The overall design concept of the Business Class and Miles & Smiles Lounges reflect an Aegean theme, including designs depicting breezes from the Aegean region. The Ribbon wall, which is the most special figure in Turkish Airlines lounges and inspired by a flow motif, consists of solid wood panels that move through all lounges. Panels circulating in the halls have amorphous movements expressing the flow.
Turkish Airlines passengers can access the lounges by presenting their business class tickets or membership cards.
For more information on Turkish Airlines and the services offered at their exclusive lounges, visit turkishairlines.com.