Qatar is a place where people see things differently, where citizens embrace new ideas and welcome visitors as honored guests and dear friends.
Qatar is a bridge between tradition and global innovation. It’s a destination that attracts travelers visiting for leisure, business, medicine, sport and education, while preserving its authentic heritage and rich past.
The fundamental Qatari spirit is embodied in QTA’s seal, bringing worlds together: business combined with leisure, tradition with technology, and globalization meeting with a unique Qatari culture.
These elements combine to reinforce the idea that Qatar is vibrant, successful and progressive – a country shaped by an independent spirit, where anything is possible and everything is at your fingertips.
Qatar is one of the safest places in the world. Both visitors and residents have the opportunity to experience the welcoming and friendly nature of Arab culture. Like anywhere else, respecting local traditions and practices allows you to enjoy the true essence of the host country, giving you a better travel experience.
Qatar Happening (QH) is a leading monthly English language publication that started as a pocket sized guide and has grown to become known for being the best source for relevant events and activities in Qatar. Created in 2002, the brand is a division of the Art of Business which began in 2000 under the guidance of our Chairman Mr. Ahmed Hassan Bilal, founder of AHB real estate group and Suzanne Grant, founder of the Art of Business.
QH Magazine appeals to a targeted local audience with high quality, locally-produced editorial covering Qatar’s social life, people, news, entertainment, sports and sporting events, culture, education and dining options. One of the main trademarks of QH Magazine is its event listings. In fact Qatar Happening was the nation’s first monthly event guide, building upon the growing hospitality industry here in Doha and is tailored to the current events landscape and ex-pat demographic.
With a wide distribution range, we have become a market leader with 45,000 loyal readers and no direct competition. Capitalizing on these strengths, QH is a well-trusted information source, sought after as a community resource, providing readers with accurate monthly event information and compelling articles.
Hope that this site will provide you with up to date information and all you need to know about Marhaba, the various Marhaba products and the team behind it all.
The Marhaba Information Guide was created with the mission to fill an information gap and provide comprehensive, accurate and interesting information about Qatar for the community at large. In its quest to provide this service, since its inception 20 years ago, Marhaba has produced in excess of one million books!
It is through the dedication and hard work of the whole Marhaba team over the years that Marhaba products have achieved their leading and respected position in the market.
The Marhaba brand includes not only the ever-popular Information Guide, but also Pocket Maps, the Marhaba Dining and Shopping Guides, and the souvenir book Qatar Kaleidoscope. Please visit our Products page for detailed information.
Many Marhaba products find their way overseas; the Ministry of Foreign Affairs distribute them to Qatar’s embassies and many companies consider them essential background information as part of their recruitment packages.
Marhaba produces Information Guides and booklets for many organisations in Qatar, including Qatar Tourism and Exhibitions Authority.
On the realization that there was a need for an information/tourist guide in Qatar, Marhaba Information Guide was founded by Hilary Bainbridge in 1994.
The first edition contained 32 pages and had a print run of 12,000 copies. Today every issue contains 450+ pages and has a per- issue print run that almost doubles the original one. Most of the advertisers from the first issue still advertise with Marhaba today – which must mean something!
Marhaba Information Guide included a map of Doha from the first issue. A truly original work, the Marhaba Map has grown mirroring the growth of Doha City itself over the years. The separate Marhaba Pocket Map was created out of the original Marhaba Information Guide map. Customised Pocket Maps were first produced for the West Asian Games. Since then Marhaba has produced customised maps for many hotels, banks, private companies, and the Doha Asian Games 2006.
Marhaba produced the official 2006 Doha Asian Games Dining Guide. The Marhaba Dining Guide came into being to fill the gap after the Asian Games and the updated 2nd edition was published in 2008. We have just released our 4th edition which is in the shops now.
With a limited amount of space available in the Marhaba Information Guide and a thirst for more information by the general public, Marhaba produced its first dedicated Shopping Guide in 2008. The third edition is available now.
The concept for a new book had been germinating for some time. In late 2008, the Marhaba editorial department gathered the material and produced an eclectic mix of our most interesting stories, designed to be a souvenir of Qatar for visitors and residents to treasure forever. Qatar Kaleidoscope was published in June 2009.
The Marhaba team is crucial to providing the information our readers and advertisers expect.
We are informed and hardworking yet relaxed and easygoing – just like our products. Constantly at the forefront of life in Qatar, the Editorial team deliver an array of entertaining and informative features on all the latest developments, mixed in with enlightening sections on everything from Living in Qatar to Motoring, giving our readers the confidence to go about their daily lives. Equally, the Sales and Marketing team can show our advertisers and corporate clients how they can fully maximise their advertising potential.
We continually work to update our products – the Marhaba Information Guide, Shopping and Dining Guides, Qatar Kaleidoscope and Maps – but we are always open to undertaking new projects, as per our clients’ requirements. Just get in touch if you would like to know more.
Qatar Entertainer is your guide to living an active and enjoyable life in Qatar. Our aim is to bring together various social events happening across the country from cultural and art shows to sporting events. Our aim is to develop a unique online community centred around Qatar. Most of the Qatar Entertainer team have lived in Middle East for many years a few have joined after working in London, Uk and between us we know a great deal about life in the city. However we look to the entire population of Qatar and all of its visitors to tell us whats important and what we should be writing about on the website. If you notice omissions on the website then we encourage feedback telling us that something has been overlooked but the most important role of the Qatar Entertainer user is just to give their opinion on all that we cover on the website: from experiences good and bad on everything from a local restaurant, to the way we bring events to the public arena. It is the goal of Qatar Entertainer to be sculpted and directed by the people that stand to benefit most from the site: the users themselves, creating a vast pool of Local knowledge. Who's it for? Our target audience is anyone who has an interest in Qatar, leading an active and sociable lifestyle. Our aims is to deliver events in advance of them happening, user reviews on the local restaurant, arts and shopping scenes, feature articles which engage and offer insights to others living in the Capital and lots of competitions
is the most comprehensive online guide to Qatar available. Think of us as a Lonely Planet, remove the cost of the book, replace visiting writers with people who actually live and work in the country and you're getting close.
- provides a monthly email newsletter with the latest articles, what's on, news and competitions. - provides free jobs tips by email! (Click here to sign up.) - has a small friendly forum where our readers can connect with us. - has a great blog updated several times a week. - incredibly is almost completely free (there is a small charge on our Friends network for full use of the facilities) as we fund our activities through advertising.
See Qatar is an E-Guide and Directory designed mainly to showcase and promote all the sectors of the State of Qatar (government, semi-government, non-profit organizations and businesses) using latest technology collectively, nationally and internationally, by presenting Qatar and its incentives. See Qatar is making it much easier for you to plan and make appropriate decisions because you have all the information at your fingertips. See Qatar is an electronic database for 9 economic sectors (Tourism, Education, Health, Industrial, Sports, Commercial, Cultural, Real Estate & Construction, Financial, Agriculture and Exhibitions & Events Sector). This massive valuable database will be accessible to all users in Qatar and worldwide on our online web portal www.seeqatar.org and through an innovative and searchable offline database. Free shaped CD.
The Society tries to social, mental, academic and healthy rehabilitation of the people of special needs in the society in commensurate with the Islamic principles, traditions, customs and peculiarities of the Qatari society, considering the innovation of the services and programs to pace with the urban and humanitarian developments taking place in the society.
We are a Special Needs Centre in Doha which provides specialized teaching in a school setting and individual therapy sessions in the afternoons for children aged 3 to 16 who have special educational needs.
Our aim is to provide a highly specialized approach to meet each child’s individual and specific needs within the social setting of a school.
Omega Center for Special Needs Education is established by a couple whose son was diagnosed with autism at the age of four. Omega Center is an outcome of these parents' determination, with the help of God, to bring about a positive change in the lives of children with special needs and their families by making a complete educational and therapeutic services accessible at affordable fees.
At Omega Center; it is not only the children with special needs that we teach; but also their care givers and parents.
The Shafallah Center was established in 1999 at the behest of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser so that Qatari society could provide comprehensive services to children with disabilities. The Shafallah Center is the first facility of its kind in world.
The centre offers state-of-the-art technologies, including an on site Genetic Research Centre,cutting-edge therapies and first-class faculty and counselors. The Center is a non-profit, private institution, serving as a model for the provision of special education, therapeutic, and health care support services for children with disabilities from birth to adulthood.
Qatar Red Crescent is a volunteer charitable organization that was established in March, 1978.
It was an international recognition in 1981 by the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva, and joined the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent in the same year.
The Zakat Fund is a national charity dedicated to helping the needy through the proper collection, management and distribution of Zakat. As one of the Five Pillars of Islam, Zakat plays an important role in Qatari society. It is a source of blessing for the community that connects the rich with the poor. Zakat also serves as a reminder that all things, including wealth, belong to Allah.
To help the people of Qatar manage their donations, the government established the Zakat Fund in 1994. It now operates as a department under the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs, with collection boxes and offices scattered throughout the country.
The Arab Democracy Foundation aims to contribute to the provision of the necessary conditions for democratic transition in the Arab region through executable programs with measurable results.Through building networks, ADF seeks to consolidate cooperation and coordination among Arab and international civil institutions and associations. For instance, ADF participated in the workshop on building a civil society coalition for a citizenship campaign in the Arab region, in addition to organizing the “Arab-Turkish Forum: Exploring Political and Constitutional Reform in the Middle East and North Africa” and the workshop on Arab-Latin American dialogue.ADF also helped form networks connecting civil society organizations in Darfur.
The values of liberty, justice and equality cannot exist without the right to an education. Ignorance is by far the biggest danger and threat to humankind.
There’s a place in this organization for all people who believe in the values of freedom, justice and mutual respect. Regardless of faith, race or nationality, we are tied together by the fundamental belief that young people everywhere, including those living in Gaza and the West Bank, deserve the freedom to learn.
The Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs of the important in the State of Qatar ministries that apply Islam approach and thinking and dealing with the affairs of
Muslims from the pulpits of A picture of the façade of the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairsmosques and squares call to God and in the management of the houses of God
The Supreme Education Council - Formerly known as the Ministry of Education - for the State of Qatar, is responsible for all publicly-funded pre-school; schools and the administration of higher education. "Education for a New Era" Established by Emiri decree #37 in November 2002, the Supreme Education Council (SEC) directs the nation’s education policy. It plays an integral role in the development and implementation of the education reform effort, including the work of the Institutes described below that are directly responsible for the reform’s success:
(1) The Education Institute - Education Institute oversees and supports the Independent Schools.
(2) The Evaluation Institute - Evaluation Institute develops and conducts testing of students, monitors student learning and evaluates school performance. It also has established QORLA, an office overseeing the Registration and Licensing of all Teachers and School Leaders across all sectors of schooling in Qatar.
(3) The Higher Education Institute - The Higher Education Institute advises individuals about career options and opportunities for higher education in Qatar and abroad, and administers scholarships and grants.
The Ministry of Youth and Sports is in charge of enabling the younger generation, and to enhance their capabilities and recognizing the role they play in nation building. It also oversees improving the State's sports standards to reach levels of excellence. This involves overseeing the bodies in charge of youth and sports affairs in the State; supporting these bodies, monitoring their activities and coordinating among them; licensing and setting conditions for setting up of youth and sports clubs, centers, and associations. In addition to this, the Ministry is responsible for organizing participation of Qatari youth in local, Arab, and international conferences, tournaments, competitions, camps, journeys, and festivals; grooming the talented and outstanding amongst them; and participating in organization of national sports events and activities.
The Ministry of Transport is in charge of organizing land and sea transport; developing and improving transportation services as well as studying relevant projects and overseeing their implementation to help boost economic activity and serve the national development requirements.
The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) provides legal services to lawyers, lawmakers and the general public. Vision The ministry is committed to spreading legal awareness and promoting respect for the law within Qatar. It aims to support justice and enable the State to enjoy peace, security and properity. Goals The ministry’s responsibilities and goals include: Provide high-quality legal services and training to lawyers and lawmakers in government. Publish updated information about the country’s Emiri decrees and legal developments through the Qatar Gazette. Draft and implement policies and legislations to protect intellectual property rights. Investigate and prosecute cases of piracy and trademark rights violation. Provide a wide range of legal and authentication services to citizens and residents.