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Rendering of the forthcoming Souq Najada complex UCC

It's been almost five years since Doha's Souq Najada, known as the “mobile phone souq,” was closed down and demolished.

At the time, many of the shop owners there relocated their businesses, and the fate of the property remained unknown.

All photos by Omar Chatriwala

Now, a new mixed-use development that includes shops, a 126-room hotel and a multi-story car park is in the works.


Developers UrbaCon (UCC) have been working on the site opposite Souq Waqif and recently shared images of their progress online.


The new Souq Najada complex UCC

However, despite an original completion date of April 2016, the photos show that there is much work left to do on the project.


The new Souq Najada complex UCC

When completed, the area will have a “wide range of holistic facilities” for Doha residents, including a book shop, UCC said.

The developer is also building a hotel on the site of the former Souq Ahmed bin Ali, which was demolished in 2015.

That souq, which is nearby to the old Najada site, included a collection of shops that sold linen, clothing and household goods.


(The post An update on Qatar's old ‘mobile phone souq' is from Doha News.)

Sat, Jan 21, 2017, Continue reading at the source

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Khalifa Stadium construction Reem Saad / Doha News

A British man has died while working on one of Qatar's first World Cup stadiums, tournament organizers have confirmed.

In a brief statement posted online, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SCDL) said the 40-year-old died on Thursday at the Khalifa Stadium work site.

Qatari authorities and his next of kin have been notified, it added.

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Reconstruction of Khalifa Stadium, for illustrative purposes only Peter Kovessy / Doha News

The SCDL did not give details of how he died, but added that an investigation is now underway and that further details would be released “in due course.”

“The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy shares our deepest condolences with the family for their loss,” the statement said.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson from the British Embassy in Doha told Doha News that it was in touch with local authorities about the death and that embassy staff were ready to support the man's family “at this very difficult time.”

Khalifa Stadium is currently being overhauled ahead of the 2022 tournament and one of the first venues expected to be completed.

Second confirmed death

This is only the second confirmed death of an employee working on a 2022 World Cup site.

The first occurred last October, when a 29-year-old Nepali man named Anil Kumar Pasman was killed.


Wakrah Stadium works SCDL

Pasman died after being struck by a water tanker at the Al Wakrah Stadium building site on Oct. 22.

However, in the early part of 2016, World Cup organizers announced that two Indian expats contracted on the 2022 stadiums had died in non-work related incidents.


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Fri, Jan 20, 2017, Continue reading at the source

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Souq Wakrah santiago sanz romero/Flickr

Qatar residents looking for something fun to do this weekend have their choice of two different festivals being held at Souq Waqif and Souq Wakrah.

Those having trouble deciding where to go tonight (Jan. 20) may want to head south.

That's because Souq Wakrah is marking its inaugural spring festival with a “spectacular” fireworks show at 8pm.

Reem Saad / Doha News

Photo for illustrative purposes only. Reem Saad / Doha News

The souq is also holding a regular operetta near the seaside that recreates what life was like in Qatar before oil and gas were discovered.

There's also a kid zone with games and rides, and other entertainment.

Speaking to the Qatar Tribune, Souq Al Wakrah Manager Khalid al Suwaidi said some 10,000 visitors are expected to attend the event each day. He said:

“Souq Al Wakrah is quiet because many events are held in Doha. Through the festival, we expect to attract many visitors to Souq Al Wakrah, especially families.”

Other festivals

Meanwhile, Souq Waqif's annual Spring Festival also kicks off this weekend.

It runs from 3:30pm to 10:30pm daily through Feb. 3 and includes several cultural festivals, a musical parade and concerts by Arab singers.

The controversial dolphin show has also returned to the Souq's amusement park (aka Al Ahmed Square).

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Souq Waqif Spring Festival 2015 Chantelle D'mello / Doha News

This will be held from 4pm to 5pm and from 7pm to 8pm each day. The area is also hosting rides and games for children.

And over at Katara Cultural Village, a winter festival is going on from Sunday, Jan. 22 to Jan. 26 from 4pm to 9pm daily.

The event includes interactive exhibitions on falconry and salukis, traditional food, cultural shows and games.

The program schedule for that festival is here.


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Fri, Jan 20, 2017, Continue reading at the source