Q-Post unveils unique stamps to mark National Day

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Q-POST yesterday launched a block of four stamps featuring different facades of Doha’s traditional Souq Waqif to mark the Qatar National Day celebrations.
Speaking to journalists, Q-Post chairman Ali Mohamed al-Ali said the latest launch by the postal corporation to mark the Qatar National Day would be a memorable event considering that it featured stamps created from paintings.
Usually, stamps are made from either photos or models/designs, he said. “However, since the Qatar National Day is a special occasion for every resident of the country, the Q-Post considered to launch stamps for the event from actual paintings,” he said.

The paintings were done by Iraqi artist Bilal al-Douri.
The chairman recalled that the postal corporation had launched similar stamps on every national day. “Souq Waqif is one of the oldest of its kind in the entire region and it has a special place in every resident’s mind,” the chairman said.
The renovated Souq Waqif, said the chairman, reflected the rebuilding of the country and the work has come in for praise from many visitors, he recalled.

It is the first time that the Q-Post is launching stamps with Souq Waqif as the main background, al-Ali said. The traditional Qatari life is featured on the four stamps, he added.
Each of the latest stamps is priced at QR1.50, and 84,000 units are available for sale. Q-Post head of philately Khalid Fikri has designed the stamps. Some 2,000 units of First Day Covers featuring the four stamps are also ready. They are priced at QR7 per piece.

The chairman said that to mark the occasion, each letter arriving in Qatar and dispatched from the country would carry a different seal today.

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