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Qatar Airways has been attracting a lot of attention with Qatar Airways’ Holidays. It is offering attractive tour packages to Russia for FIFA 2018 World Cup, Russia, to be taking place from 14th June to 15th June 2018. Yesterday, it announced its first ‘Global Travel Boutique’ giving out amazing discounts on first class cabins.

‘Global Travel Boutique’ will offer exclusive range of discounts on Economy, Business and First class, with an opportunity to win exclusive prizes including one million Qmiles from Qatar Airways privilege club, discounts from Qatar duty free and prizes from Qatar Airways Holidays. It is further expected to expand its global network during 2018 by adding more flights for more exciting destinations such as, Pattaya, Thailand, Penang, Malaysia, and Canberra to name a few.

The offers introduced by Qatar Airways may be an initiative to boost tourist inflow and outflow that had been hit by the rerouting of flights, given the blockade by Bahrain and UAE. This can also be considered as a promotional step by Qatar to facilitate audience to attend FIFA 2018 in Russia.

The offers may reduce the cost of travel for people of Qatar, but only marginally. As the travel cost to and from Qatar increased due to rerouting of fights that otherwise covered less distance and saved time. But still it will prove to be a relief from the rise in travel cost to an extent.

This is a good opportunity for expats to plan and make booking for their holidays and also a great opportunity for football fans to experience live FIFA 2018 World Cup, Russia. As the packages, even with nominal reduction, will be able to help travellers with getting hotel booking and match tickets to group matches as well as the Semi-Final and Final for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

Festive Eve Dinner at Olive Oil

Date and Venue: 24th December from 6:30 pm to 11:00 pm at Olive Oil, City Centre Rotana, Doha

Entry Fee: QR 195 per person, with unlimited beverage package starting at QR 120 only.

Jazz up your festive evening with delicious buffet and great tunes from Doha Jazz band at the Olive Oil. Make your evening special and immensely enjoyable being a part of festive Christmas Eve celebrations with your friends and family.

Festive Story Time Session, Virgin Megastore

Date and Venue: 23rd December, 3:00 pm onwards at Virgin Megastore at the Villagio Mall

Entry Fee: Free

Looking for a distinctive experience? Virgin Megastore has organised one for you. Join them for a fun filled “Story Time Session” complemented with activities to win prizes and sweet delights from Columbus Café for friends and family. Story, fun performances and delicious delights will surely stimulate your imagination. Grab the opportunity and enjoy!

Gingerbread Men Workshop: Festive Season with your kids

Date and Venue: 22rd December, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at Doha Marriott Hotel

Entry Fee: QR75 to decorate a gingerbread man.

Celebrations with Children make festivals all the more festive. Join your kids to make the most of it this festive season by participating in Artistic & Festive Gingerbread Men Workshop in Salsa Restaurant, Doha Marriott Hotel. Be with your kids and cherish the two hours of creativity, energy, festivity and brightness this Christmas Season.

Secret Santa Village in the Sealine

Date and Venue: 22rd December, 02:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Sealine (Inland Sea)

Entry Fee: Baby Seat – 100QR Child – 185QR Adult – 275QR

365 Adventures lures you again with its fun-filled adventurous Christmas theme at Sealine. Celebrate Christmas in the beautiful scenery of Sealine with exciting activities, such as one hour Dune Bashing, Camel riding , Camping at the Inland Sea, Sunset experience at the Inland Sea, Secret Santa gifts distribution, BBQ Dinner with Mediterranean appetizers, beverages, snacks, music and a lot more.  Grab your seats now!

Powder and Damask Exhibition at Museum of Islamic Art

Date and Venue: Ongoing till 12th May 2018 from 09:00 am to 07:00 pm at Museum of Islamic Art

Entry Fee: Free

If you are looking for an off-beat experience this festive season, you may want to visit the Museum of Islamic Art to witness some of the most striking exhibitions. Power and damask is one such exhibition that displays collection of objects of Fadel Al Mansoori, such as edged weapons and firearms ranging from 17th to the 19th century, primarily produced in Turkey, Iran and India. It is an effort to highlight the importance of craftsmanship which reached unprecedented levels in these regions under the Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal empires.

Torba Farmers Market

Date and Venue: Ongoing. Every day from 08:30–10:30 am and 02:00 pm to 05:00 pm. Except Thursdays. Market is operational on Thursday from 9:00 am to 04:00 pm

Entry Fee: Free

If you are an agricultural enthusiast and love to eat healthy, organically-produced food, Torba Farmers Market is the place to be at. The market is a special platform for farmers to sell quality locally-produced fruits, vegetable and other food items and earn dignified livelihood by cutting the middle men role. Not just for purchasing grocery, this is also a great place to learn about various crops by interacting with the farmers directly. So collect rich, organic food items at reasonable prices this weekend and stay healthy!

A report published in Science Magazine has revealed how the Arab blockade is harmfully affecting scientific developments in Qatar. But in the end, if the standoff continues, it will prove to be mutually destructive. Everyone loses when it comes to science.

Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Bahrain have ordered their citizens to leave Qatar. Students and visiting scientists have had to exit the country, along with Qataris in the blockade countries. It disrupted or ended the education of aspiring scientists in the entire Middle-East.

The blockade has disturbed shipments to Qatar of lab reagents and equipment, which came mostly from UAE. Qatari researchers can’t easily exchange materials with their gulf neighbors, and vice versa. The blockade has put on hold some grants with Egypt, UAE, and Saudi Arabia in fields from solid state physics to coral reefs. King Abdullah University of Science & Technology in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, told faculty on five grants to end the projects. Scientists in the emirates could face jail time and fines if they show sympathy for Qatar. Another casualty of the tensions are eight projects in biomedicine and other areas, funded in 2016 by Qatar University and four Saudi and UAE universities.

Contingents from Qatar’s neighbors are disappearing from scientific meetings, and Qatari scientists are barred from entering UAE, Bahrain, or Saudi Arabia for conferences there. Truly a lose-lose situation. It is not just Qatar, but the Arab bloc will be bearing the consequences of its actions, too. Scientific developments in Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain will also suffer.

Burgeoning biomedical cooperation between the Gulf countries is critical since they share common disease challenges that can be best handled through collective R&D investments.

Perhaps, they fail to recognise the significance of knowledge economy. Reliance on oil and natural gas will not last. Science is the engine of future prosperity. Economists have said that a third to a half of U.S. economic growth has resulted from basic research since World War II.

Qatar, Saudi, UAE and Bahrain must remember that their collective future depends on the decisions they take today. There will be pressing issues to handle, from providing energy security to curing illnesses, to living sustainably in a world that’s not infinite. The ongoing crisis will one day end. What will remain is the challenge future poses. And only uninterrupted collaboration in research and innovation can help secure the Middle-East.