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New British expatriates get a feel of life in Doha.

DOHA The Qatar British Business Forum (QBBF) hosted over 450 expatriates at the 'Freshers' Fair' at the British embassy here on Friday. The Doha Community Orchestra entertained the old and new expatriates with selection of music in swing, blues and classical. Sanford Jones and Bob Krebs, who are music teachers at the American School of Doha, played tuba while Bertrand Favray on trumpet, Venko Deligrudev on French horn and Alistair Justice on trombone played notes of the famous Dallas Brass. The three-hour long fair was also a place for those new to Doha to view a range of activities and services offered for the British community in and around the city. While children could be seen with their parents at the Elite Tennis Academy stall listening to its director Eric Jewles, who was busy explaining cardio tennis, chairman of Doha Hockey Club Chris Davey was trying to raise the number of its members by listing the club activities to the visitors. Yannis Michalandos of Flying Trapeze at the InterContinental told Qatar Tribune, "We have created a mix of entertainment in the form of Leisure Sports; we offer a daily Circus School, including a full size flying trapeze, with 'Kids Only Sessions' and special 'Open Sessions' for all ages. We are offering a 5 & 10 week courses, as well as special multi-pass sessions. We organize regular Kids Circus Shows, so the kids can show off their skills to their family and friends." He further said, "Our team has over 15 years of experience in some of the best resorts in the world with specific Leisure Programming & Child Activity knowledge. Additionally, we are offering a range of courses such as Hip Hop Dance Classes, Archery School, Desert Paintball, Kids Scuba Diving Course, Cable Wakeboarding, Surf Life Saving Bronze Course and much more." Several other educational, social and sports organisations also participated in the fair, offering information on their association and giving attendees the opportunity to become involved. British Guides in Foreign Countries (BGIFC) provided a space for children's' activities including face painting. Chairman of the QBBF, Bob Muir said: "I am delighted at the outcome of the event, which helped introduce newcomers to Qatar to the activities of all the different clubs, societies and organisations. The Fair was not only a fun day, but an outstanding success, thanks to the efforts of all the participants." British Ambassador HE John Hawkins was delighted that the embassy could host the event, saying: "I have been impressed to see the diverse range of activities the British community is involved in. The embassy is always pleased to support community activities and so jumped at the chance to work with the QBBF on this successful event." The organisations which had put their stalls at the event included QBBF, Doha College, Sherborne Qatar, Starfish Lane Kids Nursery, Doha Rugby Club, Regatta Sailing, Doha Players, British Guides in Foreign Countries, Qatar Vet Centre, The Hair Studio, Dados Beauty Salon, Qatar Natural History Group, Doha Expat Mums and Kids, Chelsea Supporters of Qatar, Doha Community Orchestra, Doha Sub Aqua Club, Silver Dhow Association, Caledonian Society, Anglican Church, British Embassy, British Council, Dr Sarah's Specialist Dental Centre, Evolution Football Club and Doha Hockey Club.

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Publication:Qatar Tribune (Doha, Qatar)
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Date:Oct 5, 2009
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