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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