Tuesday is Marhaba’s special day for all things related to travel and tourism. Every week, we will post a round-up of news that will inspire you to get away from your usual atmosphere:

10 Interesting Things You Can Find in Souq Waqif

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Souq Waqif or the ‘Standing Market’ is one of the most important souqs in Qatar. Popular to both tourists and Qatari residents, the souq is visited mostly for its wide and diverse range of restaurants and coffee shops where one can savour in traditional meals and smoke sheeshah while relishing in the traditional Qatari architecture. Renowned as a showpiece of traditional architecture, handicrafts and folk art, the souq is also a shopping destination, selling traditional garments, spices, handicrafts and souvenirs. However, what makes Souq Waqif a unique destination is what you find once you wonder deep inside its narrow alleys.

We listed down unusual things you will rarely see elsewhere in Doha like Magic Lipstick, Coffee Cones.

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Second Annual Discover America Week Hosted by U.S. Embassy and AmCham Qatar

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The U.S. Embassy, in partnership with the American Chamber of Commerce Qatar, will launch the second annual ‘Discover America Week Qatar 2016’ on 15–22 February 2016 to celebrate the U.S. – Qatar partnership.

This week will highlight the diversity and breadth of American goods, services, and products, and bring a little bit of America to Qatar. From a high-level forum for business leaders interested in doing business in the United States to a special American Film Showcase, an authentic American Sports Day, exhibits of leading American fashion designers, food, and education, this week will highlight the deep bilateral ties shared between the people of the United States and Qatar.

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New Hotels in Qatar

Simaisma, a Murwab Resort Opens Its Doors to Guests


Simaisma, a Murwab Resort, finally opened its doors to the public, unveiling an exciting new destination for local guests and global travellers visiting Qatar. The property is owned by Simaisma Resort Company WLL and managed by Murwab Hotel Group, Katara Hospitality’s standalone operating arm and homegrown hospitality brand.

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The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa Opens

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Starwood Hotels & Resorts, announced the opening of The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa.  Located in the heart of the capital, the hotel marks Westin’s debut in Qatar and further expands the brand’s portfolio to four properties across the Middle East.

Starwood opens the hotel with Ghanem Al Thani Holdings, headed by His Excellency Sheikh Ghanem bin Ali Al Thani, who have been pioneers in Doha and opened their first hotel in the Bin Mahmoud neighbourhood in 1979. The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa is at the forefront of the revitalisation of Downtown Doha.

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Marhaba’s Singapore Travelogue

Courtesy_National-University-of-SingaporeSingapore gets better every time you visit. There are more attractions, more shopping options, new activities to take part in. However, the temperature remains the same most of the time, albeit with a touch of humidity, but the trains, buses and taxis are ubiquitous, frequent, cool and comfortable. Some other things haven’t changed, however, and that is the good nature of the people in this clean and efficient garden city, Whether you like to play, to shop, to relax or to discover, chances are you’ll enjoy Singapore.

Day One

With the now iconic Marina Bay Sands resort as its backdrop, Gardens by the Bay is a great outdoor and indoor, day and night, experience for all the family. The superbly laid out attraction showcases flowers, bushes and trees from all round the world, using cooled greenhouses to shelter those from more temperate climates.

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Qatar Museums Displays New Art Installations at Hamad International Airport

Mark Quin HIA Art Installation

Qatar Museums (QM), under the patronage of its Chairperson, Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, and Hamad International Airport (HIA)  are proud to announce the unveiling of a number of new public art installations at the airport by both Qatari and international artists: ‘Arctic Nurseries of El Dorado‘ by British artist Marc Quinn, and ‘Untitled‘ by Italian artist Rudolf Stingel at the airport.

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White Night in the Desert by Arabian Adventures Qatar Features The Doha String Quartet

White Party Night 2016 Arabian Adventures

Arabian Adventures Qatar (AAQ), the pioneer inland tour company in Qatar, organises White Night in the Desert featuring The Doha String Quartet. After a successful White Night in the Desert a couple of years ago, the group will once again serenade the guests at Arabian Adventures Qatar’s traditional camp in Khor Al Udeid on 12 February, 2016. There will be special performances by Qatari singer Dana Alfardan and Maias Almayani.

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