In Qatar, it is pretty easy to make Ramadan all about the food. Supermarkets are almost the only thing open during the day, and at night restaurants and hotels woo us with lavish buffets with cuisine from nearly every country in the world.
The online habits of Qatar residents change significantly during Ramadan, with residents clocking far more hours on Facebook and Twitter than before the month begins, a regional study of nine Arab countries has shown.
Overall, social media usage jumps an average of 30 percent during Ramadan…
Doha International Airport is in a uniquely unpleasant situation this summer. It’s experiencing not only the annual hot-weather exodus, with some 50,000 residents flying out of Qatar last month - and thousands more planning to do so in the coming weeks - but also a massive influx of…
Here is the first image of Qatar Airways structurally complete Airbus A380 at the Airbus production line in Toulouse.
"Seeing this image for the first time gives me great pride as Qatar Airways prepares to look forward to our newest aircraft type, the world’s biggest, joining our fleet next year," says Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways chief executive.
This is one of the total of 13 superjumbos that Qatar Airways will configure in a three-class layout which are to enter service in the first half of 2014.
Airbus facilities in Hamburg have rolled the first Vertical Tail Section (VTS) of the 1st Qatar Airways A-380. This will be one of the 10 jumbo jets Qatar Airways has placed an order for in 2010.
With assembly of the aircraft set to begin this month, the carrier is set to receive it’s first A-380 in early 2014. By this time the Hamad International Airport (HIA) shall be operational and ready to receive the jumbo jet.
Qatar Airways will become the 11th Airline to operate a A-380 when it receives it first one in 2014. Along with Qatar Airways in 2014 Air Austral, Asiana Airlines, Etihad Airways and Skymark Airlines are also set to launch their A-380 services.
Are you looking forward to be flying the Qatar Airways A-380?
Qatar Amiri Flight is a VIP airline owned and operated by government of State of Qatar operating worldwide charters on demand and caters exclusively to the royal family of Qatar and other VIP government staff.
Amiri 1 is the call sign of the Amiri Flight aircraft in which the Emir of State of Qatar travels across the globe.
Here is a History of how the aircraft’s and livery has developed:
The 1st Amiri 1 was a Boeing 707-3P1C delivered to Qatar in 1977 under the registration A7-AAA. This aircraft has now been retired from service.
The 2nd Amiri 1 aircraft was a Boeing 747-SP21 was under the registration’s VR-BAT & VP-BAT. This aircraft began operations presumably early 90’s. Although not in use by the Amiri flight anymore but still in service.
The 3rd Amiri 1 aircraft is a Airbus 340-541 registered in Qatar as A7-HHH. This is the current Amiri 1 in use and is in the national carrier Qatar Airways colors (old QR livery).
Most probably the next Amiri 1 will be a Boeing 747-8BBJ registered as A7-HHE currently undergoing interior fittings and flying as VQ-BSK.
The Amiri flight has recently ordered 2 Boeing 747-8BBJ aircraft’s to join their fleet.
A7-AAA - A J Best, VP-BAT - Stewart K Marshal, A7-HHH - Alexandre Dubath, A7-HHE - Matt Cawby
Since its grounding in january due to a battery over heating causing a JAL aircraft to make an Emergency landing in Japan, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner will now be returning to the skies soon.
Nearly after three months the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has approved the new re-designed battery for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The improved battery system includes design changes to both prevent and isolate a fault should it occur. In addition, improved production, operating and testing processes have been implemented. The new steel enclosure system is designed to keep any level of battery overheating from affecting the airplane or even being noticed by passengers.
"FAA approval clears the way for us and the airlines to begin the process of returning the 787 to flight with continued confidence in the safety and reliability of this game-changing new airplane," said Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney.
Hope to see the Qatar Airways 787 soaring the skies soon.
Twitter the Microblogging service yesterday announced the introduction of Trends in 160 new locations on its blog.
Just in December they had announced Trends being available in more than 100 cities. Belgium, Greece, Kenya, Norway, Poland and Ukraine are the countries to get Trends for very first time including over 100 new cities.
Trends are the easiest way to learn about the Hot and Happening topic in your Region, Country or City. This also comes handy to learn about the Breaking news or the topic you care about.
To change the location for your trends just click on the change option above the Trends (As shown in the image below) and select your city or location nearest to you to see the top trends. You can also choose Tailored Trends to see only the topics that are relevant to what you tweet.
Twitter has promised more locations will be added in the near future.
Hamad International Airport prepares for Soft Opening
Hamad International Airport will conduct a soft opening for 10 Airlines on the midnight of April 1st. A aircraft from Qatar Airways will be the first to land at HIA thus making it the first Airline to land at the new airport.
Currently HIA will be open to airlines who do not require Lounge access. The following airlines will operate through Concourse B:
1. Royal Nepal Airlines 2. Fly Dubai 3. Air Arabia 4. Air India Express 5. Iran Air 6. Syrian Air 7. Yemenia Airways 8. RAK Airways 9. Biman Bangladesh Airlines 10. Pakistan International Airlines
Here are some maps for you to familiarize with Hamad International Airport:
Facebook sent out invites to press for an upcoming event on April 4th to its Menlo Park Headquarters “Come See Our New Home on Android”
Rumours are that Facebook might announce a deeply integrated android phone in a partnership with HTC which has been doing the rounds for a year now.
Facebook’s invitation comes shortly after the company hosted an event at its headquarters to showcase its new mobile inspired News Feed which will be bringing a cleaner look to owners of smartphones, tablets and desktops. (Via GottaBeMobile)
All the exterior lights of the Kempinski tower will be switched off as well as non-essential interior lighting will be dimmed or turned off; candle light will be used in appropriate public areas such as Aroma and The Lounge.
The Ritz Carlton
The Ritz Carlton Doha is promoting Earth Hour to their local guests and will also be conducting a candlelight yoga activity in their spa during this hour for the second consecutive year.
In an effort to keep its user hooked to the Social Networking site Facebook has launched a revamped News Feed. Currently a Facebook user spends on average 22 minutes online.
The new design that incorporates bigger images, allows customization and may attract advertisers in order to increase the marketing on Facebook. Chief Executive of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg referred to the new design as a “Personalized Newspaper”.
All Facebook users are to receive this new feature before Facebook celebrates its 10th birthday next February.
Photos and video will now have more space on the News Feed, which has changed Facebook’s content in the past few months. Approx. 50 percent of the posts on News Feed is either a photo or a video.
This change is likely to influence Facebook advertisers to be more creative in their marketing pitches as rich media gains most attention across all the Social Media platforms.
Doha, turn off your lights for Earth Hour on March 23rd
On Saturday, March 23rd at 8:30 p.m., thousands of cities around the world will go dark for one hour during Earth Hour, WWF’s annual campaign that raises awareness on environmental challenges we all face such as climate change.
As a resident of Doha, I am turning out my lights and I urge our community to take part in Earth Hour. Here’s how:
1. Turn off all non-essential lights in and around our government buildings
2. Promote the event and encourage landmarks and businesses in our community to join in.
Participating for one hour during Earth Hour is only the first step. In addition to that symbolic event, our city can gain recognition for its efforts on climate change through the Earth Hour City Challenge.
Our towns and cities are already facing the staggering costs of weather driven to extremes by climate change, and the resulting power outages, flooded roadways, shuttered businesses, and damaged homes are becoming more and more frequent. Many cities across America understand these risks and are taking practical measures to prepare. Our city must do the same.
With this letter I challenge our city to first take part in Earth Hour and then to participate in WWF’s Earth Hour City Challenge! I hope you help protect my family and fellow residents by preparing for the increasingly extreme weather our community faces.