Doha, Qatar - Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar (SFS-Qatar) hosted the fourth Annual Community Fair at its new campus.
More than 45 exhibitors, a record for the ever-growing event, set up kiosks as hundreds of Education City community members indulged in fun, food, entertainment, exchange of information and community-level networking.
The Fair has been designed to provide an opportunity to newcomers and residents to discover what Doha has to offer as well as to mingle with the greater Education City community. Organized by SFS-Qatar’s Human Resources Department, the event’s exhibitors list featured community organizations, a veterinary clinic, multiple auto brands, health and beauty, employee recruitment, sports and leisure clubs and tourism and travel companies.
“In a sign of growing success, this year’s Fair had 47 exhibitors compared to 30 last year. With food provided by Georgetown and some of the best known hotels in town, and raffle prizes ranging from airline tickets to gift vouchers and more, the Community Fair had something for everyone,” said an organizer.
On the community front, such home-grown organizations as the American Women’s Association, Boot Camp, Doha Mums, Doha SubAqua Club, H2O Swimming, Sustainable Qatar, The Art of Abundant Living, and The Green Box engaged with the fairgoers. “I’m new to Doha, I’ve been here for six weeks and I’ve heard about this community fair so I thought it would be a good idea to meet some people and do some networking, and maybe find a job,” said new Qatar resident, Angela.
“I’m really impressed with the fact that there’s a huge environmental push; you’ve got sustainability and wildlife, and I’m a botanist so I’m really happy about that. I’ve picked up a few networking names and a few points about what’s happening environmentally in Qatar,” she added.
The Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing saw a heightened state of interest just as it gave away a collection of books as prizes, while Boot Camp offered one free month of camp; The Art of Abundant Living gave a unique dream board tool; The Green Box offered a QR215 gift certificate; the American Women’s Association presented jewelry Internationally-renowned names, the Doha Community Orchestra, The Doha Debates, Doha Film Institute, Reach Out To Asia, Regatta Sailing were also swamped with visitors and inquiries.
Food for mind and body was promoted by Yama Yoga, Casa Massa, Face Body Soul and Lady Siam Massage. The Doha Golf Club represented the sports and leisure category, while personnel from Emirates Airlines, Mannai Travel and Sahara Tours answered queries related to travel and tours. The Emirates Airlines gave away two tickets to Dubai, as Mannai Travel offered three travel vouchers and Sahara Tours tempted with a ‘Dunes Discovery’ tour for six persons.
“I have many colleagues and friends here. This fair is excellent because many people omplain – especially expatriates – that there’s not enough to do in Doha, but here we see a lot of clubs and activities that one can get involved with. There are also a lot of services and companies at the event, so this is an excellent idea to bring all of this together. Personally, I got some good information and found out about some clubs that I might join, and some services that I’ll hopefully use,” said one Education City employee who visited the Fair, Alan Weber.
Like last year Qatar Veterinary Center also participated and offered free annual vaccination as part of their giveaway. DOMASCO, the Qatar dealer of Honda, Proton and Volvo brands, also participated.