QualityAssuredong>WCSEong>Tuesday, May 3, 2011 3Editor-in-ChiefDr Ahmed Al MohannadiManaging EditorKumar RaviSenior Editor/WriterAswin AbrahamSenior Sports WriterN GaneshSports WritersSajith B WarrierAju George ChrisPaul AbrahamGUIDE TO SHOPPINGShopping in Qatar is an interestingexperience. Shopping malls andhypermarkets, mostly concentrated inDoha, are scattered around the capital city.Traditional markets (souqs), on the other hand,are clustered together.Visiting some of the numerous malls inDoha will be a pleasant experience. ong>Theong>y arethe places where Qatar’s residents go both ong>forong>buying daily provisions and ong>forong> branded goods.Malls have several shops sellinginternational brands and most of them havefood courts, restaurants, ATMs etc. Mostprominent among them are the City Center,Villaggio, Centrepoint, Hyatt Plaza, ong>Theong> Mall,Landmark, ong>Theong> Center, Royal Plaza, LuluHypermarket, Dasman Centre etc.Souqs offer the sights, sounds, smells andvibrancy of the ages gone by while the modernshopping malls offer the world’s best andleading brands.PhotographersFadi Al AssaadMohammed DabboosMohanA K BijuRajRichard SantosVinod DivakaranDesign teamAbhilash ChackoGopakumar KS KumarTechnical supportShaheen MohammedMichael R PeksonAbdul Naser Mong>Theong> famous souqs in Doha include SouqWaqif, Souq Faleh, Souq Al Asiery, Souq AlAhmad, Omani Souq, Gold Souq and the like.ong>Theong>y are usually crowded at night.Souq is an Arabic word. It is a commercialquarter in an Arab city and the term is oftenused to designate the market. Exploring thesouq is fun and can be an extremely rewardingexperience.One of the pleasant facts about Doha is thatwhether you are venturing out in a group oron your own, the souq is a nice and friendlyplace to visit. ong>Theong>y always have a traditionalcharm, and have a distinct character of theirown, and sell all kinds of goods — from thecheapest imports to designer goods.You will find the traders grouped togetheraccording to the products they sell. Evenas the rest of the country marches ahead,transong>forong>ming itself into skyscrapers, souqsretain their traditional charm and size.P.O. Box: 24598, Doha, QatarTel: +974 44999600, Fax: +974 44999613www.dohastadiumplusqatar.comEditorial: Tel: +974 44999612, Fax: +974 44999613e-mail: email@example.comAccreditationISO 9001 RegisteredIMS CertificationPublishers: ASPIRE Printing, Publishing and DistributionPrinted at ASPIRE Press© Stories and photographsappearing in this publication maynot be reproduced without thepermission of ASPIRE Printing,Publishing and Distribution.Thank you allong>forong> making it agrand successa job well done over the last threedays. First of all, I thank the International“It’sOlympic Committee (IOC) ong>forong> theconfidence it gave us over the last two years toorganise the Ninth ong>Worldong> ong>Conferenceong> on Sportand the Environment.I need to mention here the names of IOC’sSport and Environment Commission ChairmanDr Pal Schmitt ong>forong> all the co-operation,International Co-operation and DevelopmentDirector T A G Sithole and all staff members ong>forong>their professional guidance and hard work.But ong>forong> them, and the total team work, wewouldn’t have been able to make it a grandsuccess.Also, I need to appreciate the efong>forong>ts of theLocal Organising Committee and volunteers,who worked in co-ordination with the IOC.I must also thank all members of theIOC and various sports federations, whoturned up at this conference and voiced theirvaluable opinions. We hope to use all theaccomplishments in our green initiatives andwhile organising major sports events.Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al Thani,Secretary General, Qatar Olympic Committee.