The new edition of the 2011 Doha Trade Fair opens to the public today at 10am at the Doha Exhibitions Centre.
The 10-day event, which has as its theme “Shop the World”, is organised by Qatar Tourism Authority in collaboration with q.media events.
It is being held under the patronage of Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry (QCCI) chairman Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim bin Mohamed al-Thani.
Organisers promised a “premium shopping experience” to all visitors. More than 550 exhibitors from 31 different countries will showcase and sell the latest and traditional products from around the globe.
Participating countries include Bangladesh, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Syria, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, the UAE, the US, Yemen and Zimbabwe.
Families and children can enjoy the entertainment in the specially-built “Fun Zone” which will feature activities from inflatable rides to fun games to daily parades.
A highlight of the trade fair is the attempt to beat the current world record, for the largest board game, Monopoly.
Q.media events will attempt to set the new world record after completing a fun-filled, life-size game of Monopoly that will kick off with a roll of the dice today from 4pm onwards in the “Fun Zone”.
After the attempt at breaking the world record, the board game will be open to active Facebook fans to try their expertise at becoming the ultimate property landlord.
A series of Monopoly games will be held from tomorrow through June 13. Teams of two will compete against each other on the exclusive Monopoly board to gain as many points as possible.
The team with the most points at the end of the competition will win the grand prize: a car.
The premier sponsor is QIB Bank. Volkswagen and SBA automotive are diamond sponsors, and Airlink and Ansar Group gold sponsors. Diplomatic Club is the silver sponsor Seqlia, the support sponsor.
Opening times are from 10am until 10pm daily and on Friday from 2pm until 10pm. Entry is free.
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