It's the person, and not the religion.
DUBAI - Qatar plans to use a cruise ship for accommodation when it hosts the soccer World Cup in 2022 but will need more short-term alternatives to avoid adding to an already oversupplied hotel market, analysts said on Monday.
Some 400,000 fans plus the 32 competing teams and a huge media following will descend on the tiny Gulf state in 12 years time, when it becomes the first Arab country to host the world's largest soccer competition.
"There are plans to double the supply of rooms in hotels and guest apartments by 2022 to cover the everyday requirements of an economy that is expected to continue growing strongly," the world's governing soccer body said in its official report on the evaluation of the Qatari bid.
Qatar proposes "more than 240 different properties" mostly in the four-star category but also several in the three and five-star category and a few two-star properties, it said.
Of this number, 100 are existing hotels, villages and compounds with more than 44,000 rooms, while a further 140 properties are expected to be built, including a cruise ship project in Al-Wakrah with 6,000 rooms, FIFA said.
Hotel occupancy rates in Qatar are currently fairly low, which is indicative of oversupply, analysts say.
"Qatar will have to grow its hotel supply but I would be cautious on how they will do this," said Jalil Mekouar, managing director, hotels, Middle East & Africa at Jones Lang LaSalle.
"There are already fears of oversupply of hotel rooms in Qatar and with the World Cup effect lasting two or three months only, it is important to consider what to do with this hotel supply when the event is over," he said.
Alternative solutions would be using hotel supply from neighbouring Gulf Arab countries such as Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates which are only one hour's flight away.
Temporary budget hotels that could be dismantled after the event could also be explored, he said.
Jones Lang LaSalle estimates Qatar's current room supply at 9,200 rooms and expects an aditional 2,000 rooms in 2011 and another 3,000 in 2012.
JP Grobbelaar, Colliers International director of research, estimates Qatar has around 10,000 rooms, a total which is set to rise to 17,000 by the end of 2011.
"In the World Cup in South Africa, a lot of people committed their homes to guest accommodation of they leased their homes out for the duration of the World Cup," Grobbelaar said. "But this is unlikely to happen in Qatar and if it does, it won't be on the same scale."
Well done Qatar!...although I don't really enjoy living here...har har har.
Saudi Arabia follows a strict interpretation of Islam. Sexes are segregated in
schools and public places. Women are not allowed to drive or vote.
Too many, human rights groups say, face slavery-like conditions, torture, sexual
abuse and even death
Qatar and Saudi Arabia are the only states in the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council that have not held legislative elections, although municipal elections have been held in both countries.
The Selangor State Treasury formed a Task Force Committee in May to probe why
outstanding transactions over six to seven months, totalling RM977.7 million,
could not be matched in the accounts.
This was revealed in the 2009 Auditor-General's Report on the financial statements and financial management of state government, departments and agencies.
This has affected the cash balance in the bank as it could not now be determined whether the total is moreor less than what was stated.
Up to May, adjustments totaling RM692.59 million were made.
A further RM285.11 million will be revised by the State Treasury from time to time before adjustments are made.
In protest of what it calls a religion "of the devil," a nondenominational church in Gainesville, Florida, plans to host an "International Burn a Quran Day" on the ninth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks.
If a baby is simply dumped or abandoned, but safe, then the parent cannot be
prosecuted for murder. In such cases, the parent may be booked under other
sections of the Penal Code, depending on the circumstances."
cabinet, concerned with the number of baby-dumping cases in the country, had
recently asked the police to investigate such cases for murder or attempted
..."As a Muslim, we should not worship the symbols of other religions or the devils,” said Nooh Gadot, a top Islamic cleric from the southern Johor state."...
.....THE number of street children in the city is growing rapidly and there is a
lack of social monitoring by the Welfare Department, said Women, Family and
Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil.
...“Some them are intelligent and speak we l l , and from what
they have told me, it seems that their families have failed them in a big way.”
She said some of the street children were extremely intelligent and it would be
a waste of human capital if they were neglected.....
...Several hundred teenagers are living in abandoned buildings in Kuala
Lumpur. They roam the streets, robbing and prostituting themselves to survive.
One couple even made a sex tape for sale. Shockingly, the parents of some of
these kids know what they are doing.
THEY are unwanted, neglected and shunned by their parents and society.
These teenagers, aged between 14 and 18 and numbering several hundred,
live on the streets, exposing themselves to the underground activities thriving
in the hidden parts of this city. ....
In the wake of Malaysia's social detriment among teenagers and youth, I'd bet with them in garnering future potential mothers-in-law admiration...
Umno is against any form of racism and does not support Perkasa said Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz.
“We should get rid of Perkasa,” said the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department on Tuesday in the Parliament lobby when reporters asked
for his response to MCA vice-president Datuk Donald Lim’s suggestion that the
Chinese should form their version of Perkasa.
"What's the point of having another extremist body? We want to get rid of Perkasa,” he said.
He said that Umno was seeking to distance itself from Perkasa but acknowledged that no action could be taken against people who proposed such extremist bodies unless a police report was lodged against them.
This was followed by a news report of a nine-year-old girl in Penang who allegedly gave birth in a hospital after sleeping with her 14-year-old neighbour......
The new generation parenting challenges.
America has taken it seriously by school to school campaign of abstinence during Bush administration.They had been far beyond a developed nation when Malaysia is still struggling, and had experienced all kinds of social and cultural impact, something that comes as a free gift to any developing countries.
Hopefully the government of Malaysia in particular the ministry concerned will start looking on the social development rather then letting the NGOs probing and reporting on it. This, if allowed to drift will one day reached the uncontrollable state and reading about abandoned babies and child pregnancy will be our cup of daily dose.