Oryx Rotana, the five-star luxury business hotel in Doha hosted the ‘Blindfold Dinner’ on Wednesday, 12 October. The event was held in association with ORBIS UK, this initiative was aimed at supporting people with visual disabilities.

During the event, guests were welcomed with a photography session. Subsequently, blindfolds and aprons were distributed to all guests, after which ushers and volunteers guided them to their seats where dinner was served in the dark.

Lana Jwainat, Director of Marketing and Communications at Oryx Rotana Doha, said:

We are happy to host the blindfold dinner for the fourth consecutive time, and we consider this as a great opportunity to support people with visual disabilities. Furthermore, the event brings about a unique experience in terms of awakening our other senses and live the feeling of those lacking this blessing as well as the competencies and capabilities they have.’

She added:

Oryx Rotana has always been keen on supporting ORBIS Charitable Foundation, and we are privileged to partner with this international institution to contribute to the prevention of blindness initiatives that fall under our corporate social responsibility. Moreover, through the blindfold dinner, we aim to let our attendees and members of the local community to realise the importance of the gift of sight and the efforts taken by the organisation in order to provide the means to reduce the likelihood of vision loss and treatment of those in need for it.’


Florence Branchu, Head of Partnerships in the Middle East for Orbis and the Qatar Creating Vision initiative, said:

285 Million People in the world are blind or visually impaired. Yet 80% can be avoided or cured. Qatar Creating Vision is a new initiative, funded by the Qatar Fund For Development and implemented by Orbis. This truly remarkable philanthropic initiative is bringing together governments, charities, business and hospitals to deliver 5.5 million eye tests and treatments to children in India and Bangladesh before 2020.’

She added:

Oryx Rotana is an incredible long-standing partner of Orbis and we are delighted that this year again the staff is going above and beyond to celebrate sight being restored and lives being transformed.’

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