The Swiss embassy will officially open in Qatar tomorrow Wednesday 3 April 2013 in the Diplomatic area in the West Bay area.

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The President of the Swiss Council of States, Filippo Lombardi, is expected to attend the opening ceremony of the embassy in Qatar. Switzerland’s Ambassador to Qatar, Martin Aeschbacher, stated that the embassy would become fully operational by May and provide visa and consular services. There are approximately 180 Swiss males and females in Qatar who work in mostly in the economic and sports sectors. Though the small number of Swiss nationals in Qatar, ‘Qatar and Switzerland have strong ties for a long time and the opening of the embassy in Doha will further strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries,’ said Aeshbacher as quoted by the Gulf Times newspaper.

To mark the opening of the Swiss Embassy in Qatar, a Swiss Week will take place, featuring musical performances by international artists.

Desert Bridges, a musical ensemble and non-profit organisation, will stage a small performance on the occasion of the official opening of the Swiss embassy on Wednesday 3 April 2013 at Grand Hyatt Hotel, a musical performance at Qatar National Theatre (QNT) on Thursday 4 April 2013 and a storytelling performance of Heidi in Arabic for children at QNT on Tuesday 2 April 2013.

Swiss Gastronomic Week 2013 at Grand Hyatt Doha

Swiss Cheese at the Grand Hyatt

Swiss Gastronomic Week in association with the Swiss Embassy, bring you an authentic taste of Switzerland to Qatar.

The hotel will be serving traditional cuisine prepared by a guest chef being-flown courtesy of Qatar Airways from Park Hyatt Zurich. He will be preparing a variety of time-honored favorites including Veal Zurich style and Raclette. Those with a sweet tooth will be let loose on Rueblitorte, Toblerone Mousse and of course the finest Swiss chocolate.

To elevate your feeling of being in the Swiss Alps, Grand Hyatt Doha are even flying-in an traditional band with accordions, bells and yodeling!

Date: Thursday 28 March 2013 – Saturday 6 April 2013

Time: Every evening from 6 pm – 11 pm

Location: The Grill – Grand Hyatt Doha

Price is QR150 per person. Children under the age of 12 are for half price and children under the age of six eat for free.

For more information, call Grand Hyatt Doha at 4448 1234.

For more information on the Swiss Embassy, call 4445 1567 or go to this website.