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Some events canceled in Qatar after Saudi king’s death, causing confusion

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Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim with late King Abdullah in October 2014.
Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim with late King Abdullah in October 2014.

Updated to reflect that the Gwen Stefani concert will proceed as scheduled.

With reporting from Chantelle D’mello

Out of respect for the death of Saudi Arabia’s patriarch, several activities and events have been canceled in Qatar this weekend.

This was done after officials declared a three-day mourning period here over King Abdullah’s passing. However, questions have arisen about what this period entails.

So far, many local entertainment-related events have been postponed or canceled. That includes:

  • The cancellation of tonight’s UB40 concert at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters’ golf tournament. Organizers said that ticket-holders will be entitled to a partial refund. The order of play will continue tomorrow as scheduled, and bars in the refreshment areas will remain open until further notice, a spokeswoman confirmed to Doha News.
  • The postponement of Saturday morning’s 5km Color Run.
  • The scaling back of the Souq Waqif Spring Festival, which was supposed to kick off today. Organizers there told Doha News that they are canceling the festival’s musical performances out of respect for the people of Saudi Arabia and the death of their king. After the three-day mourning period, the head of the souq said activities for children and families, including Shaun the Sheep performances at Al Rayyan Theater and the dolphin show, will resume. However, Doha News observed tonight that the children’s activities appeared to be in full swing, with performers being moved from the more public area to the kids’ section.
  • The postponement of Saturday night’s Gwen Stefani concert at the Men’s Handball World Championship, according to a sports journalist for Doha Stadium Plus. Organizers are now saying the concert will go ahead as planned and that matches would continue to take place as scheduled.

Questions also arose about the availability of alcohol at hotels and bars, but many who spoke to Doha News tonight said they remain operating as normal.

Meanwhile, some have been expressing confusion about whether Sunday will be a work and school day:

https://twitter.com/GhidaZK/status/558615937968918528

Barring any official announcement, Sunday will likely not be a day off for most people. In the UAE for example, the mourning period is being considered as a time when the national flag flies at half mast.

Meanwhile, several of Qatar’s local radio stations – including QBS, QF Radio and Oryx FM – have been playing Quran today instead of their regularly scheduled programming.

QF Radio has also canceled all programing through Sunday, an employee there told Doha News.

Thoughts?

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Waveydavey
Waveydavey
6 years ago

Absolutely ridiculous. People die. That’s life. Let the people who are alive carry on living,

nuclearwirehead
nuclearwirehead
6 years ago
Reply to  Waveydavey

making time to mourn a person’s death is an indicator of how civilized a culture is. show some respect as the person who died is obviously important to people in the part of the world we are in

X
X
6 years ago

Very sad news.
P.S. Rather stomach-churning to see the western leaders (Obama, Cameron et al) mourning to loss of a leader of a country that publicly executed 70+ people in 2012.

terracotta
terracotta
6 years ago
Reply to  X

how many were sent to death row in US?

MrJames
MrJames
6 years ago
Reply to  terracotta

39, officially. That’s not counting shooting their own children in schools etc.

thedrizzle96
thedrizzle96
6 years ago
Reply to  MrJames

or the amount sentenced to death by drone

jayt
jayt
6 years ago
Reply to  MrJames

Also, it is not included bombing, droning and shooting children in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria and Iraq.

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  jayt

Or the 130 some odd children killed by the Taliban at a SCHOOL. The thousands killed by ISIS in Iraq and Syria, Or the 100s killed every week in the ME and Near Asia. And what has both the victim and executioner have in common?

Abdulrahman
Abdulrahman
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

How come most mass shooters in the U.S. are White males? How come we have not seen a 1 Million white man march to protest violence buy white men against society?

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  Abdulrahman

Clean up your own back yard of the 7th century monkeys killing muslims, ironically, in the name of allah. Then you can talk about others.

Abdulrahman
Abdulrahman
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

Oh my o my; have I touched a nerve. I must’ve, for you to lose your cool and go back to calling non-Whites monkeys. Tsk, tsk, tsk; oh Dr. King, what have you died for?

Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago
Reply to  Abdulrahman

Don’t waste time arguing with an uneducated and unemployable bum who got lucky in Doha.

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  Abdulrahman

How come most mass murderers of muslims around the world are muslims? How come we haven’t seen a million muslim march to protest these atrocities? Oh it’s only an atrocity if a non muslim does it. right? Allah’s will otherwise?

Deepak Babu
Deepak Babu
6 years ago
Reply to  Abdulrahman

While I agree, I still believe you cannot justify something wrong by comparing it to another wrong.

Abdulrahman
Abdulrahman
6 years ago
Reply to  Deepak Babu

I have a question for you; why do you assume that I’m trying to justify something wrong here? What wrong did I try to justify?

The person I’m replying to has a habit of repeatedly trying to push the view that terrorism and violence are especially unique to Muslims. He seem to believe that all Muslims are responsible for the actions of the few. I simply used his own logic against him.

As you can see from his response, he doesn’t like the tats of his own medicine.

jayt
jayt
6 years ago
Reply to  terracotta

YOU mean Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan included?

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  X

fail

Poke
Poke
6 years ago
Reply to  X

Yeah…thought it was interesting. Wonder if they’ll do the same for Putin or the Iranian leader when they die. Especially u know with their appalling stance on freedom of speech, gay rights, etc….hhmmm

Waveydavey
Waveydavey
6 years ago

If the Queen died, she wouldn’t expect the world to stop turning for her. Why should I spend my weekend mourning the loss of a man who is a leader of one of the most brutal and archaic places in world. If you want to spend your weekend crying into your tea, then fill your boots.

nuclearwirehead
nuclearwirehead
6 years ago
Reply to  Waveydavey

don’t worry, i don’t think anyone will mourn you when you die. and this is not england. and the british empire did a lot of brutal things in its heyday too. don’t go on imposing your values in a country that doesn’t share it

Nuremburg
Nuremburg
6 years ago

You are inardently characterising Qatar’s population as caring about Sheikh Abullah’s death. I think you are mistaken in judgement resulting from the comments made.

jayt
jayt
6 years ago

This is absolutely true.

Waveydavey
Waveydavey
6 years ago

Nor you mate. Yes, in it’s heyday, but what you seem to be missing is the fact it’s 2015. Don’t go imposing your values on someone who doesn’t share them.

ShabinaKhatri
ShabinaKhatri
6 years ago

Deleting the rest of this thread b/c it’s devolving.

jayt
jayt
6 years ago
Reply to  Waveydavey

I think Saudi govt will never try to make English people cry for Saudi king but I have seen some people in UK is trying other people to accept their queen even though other people have nothing to do with UK Queen
Saudi king is deferent. First, he is Muslim, Second, he is an Arab. Third, He is the ruler. Fourth, king is the custodian two Mosque which have billions followers.
Queen is only Queen for England. And if you are working in an Arab country, you have to respect their cultural rules and Govt’s regulation, and it is as simple as that.

Waveydavey
Waveydavey
6 years ago
Reply to  jayt

I have to adhere to their rules and regulations….not respect them.

twinkletwinkle
twinkletwinkle
6 years ago
Reply to  Waveydavey

That is profanity.

DEEM
DEEM
6 years ago
Reply to  jayt

Whoa, there friend…. I do not normally get myself embroiled in Muslim/rest of the world bun fights, but I have to correct you. HM Queen Elizabeth is the queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland – not just England. She is also the figure head of those countries that CHOOSE to remain part of the commonwealth, the head of the Church of England, and us such the “owner” of all C of E property – not to mention huge swathes of the UK in general. When she dies, of course, the UK will mourn her, but we will not expect the rest of the world to follow suit.

Having said that, I think considering the proximity of Qatar to Saudi Arabia, geographically and spiritually, and the closeness of the relationships between the two sovereign nations, it’s right and proper to mourn the Kings loss.

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  jayt

You level of obsequiousness is quite stunning.

Deepak Babu
Deepak Babu
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Had to get my dictionary out for that one, but spot on.

Abdulrahman
Abdulrahman
6 years ago
Reply to  jayt

Dear, could you point out the part in the Quran or Sunna where it mentions the rules for the mourning period for the “Custodian of the Two Mosques”? Might be difficult since this title was invented, to the best I know, the Ottomans, and has no basis in Islam. That’s right, it’s a biddah!

Furthermore, Muslim, Arab, and / or ruler really justifies countries other than Saudia to have a mourning period. It’s politics, plain and simple.

Amy Binso
Amy Binso
6 years ago
Reply to  jayt

well said myfriend

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago

Yeah and I bet you mourned when Kim il Jong died as well. Lovely man

nuclearwirehead
nuclearwirehead
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

who says i’m mourning too? i simply want other people to let people mourn and respect how people do it here in the region. no need to be a jackass about everything

Luke Charter
Luke Charter
6 years ago

Although officially Saudi Arabia will not have any mourning period.

Guest
Guest
6 years ago
Reply to  Waveydavey

Easy brush, just respect the decreased

Shaiju
6 years ago
Reply to  Waveydavey

Easy brush, just respect the deceased

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  Waveydavey

Not just an ordinary person but someone who abused human rights and an oppressor of his own people, including his own family.

Wanderer
Wanderer
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

I wonder if the Flogger gets a few days of mourning, sparing the poor Blogger from his next instalment of 1000 lashes
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fullmoon07
fullmoon07
6 years ago
Reply to  Wanderer

this list does not have the penalty bringing the Bible into the country (for your own use of course) it is death penalty; Christians praying together is jail

ShabinaKhatri
ShabinaKhatri
6 years ago
Reply to  fullmoon07

Deleting because it’s not true.

fullmoon07
fullmoon07
6 years ago
Reply to  ShabinaKhatri

read it on the press. Anyway, had the testimony of the Archibishop of the region that was put in jail himself.

@dn@n
@dn@n
6 years ago
Reply to  Wanderer

The unity of the society is more important or the rights of the individual?

Waveydavey
Waveydavey
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Yep!

Steve
Steve
6 years ago

Admirals just closed down. Last round to to the King!

Andrew
Andrew
6 years ago
Reply to  Steve

There’s live music and beer on tap here at Trader Vic’s. Perhaps I’m in a different Doha!

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago

This is crazy. He wasn’t a loved man even in Saudi, let life continue in the free world.

Also can someone get the guy on QBS who is wailing to stop.

Saeed Ahmad Khan
Saeed Ahmad Khan
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Neither you are a loved man. But you are still existing in the world and doha news blog.

Asinine Thinker
Asinine Thinker
6 years ago

Your existence is futile 😀 But well, we need people like you to have fun in this life 🙂

HalfManArmy
HalfManArmy
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

By wailing do you mean reading the Quran?

Abeer
Abeer
6 years ago

I demand a full reimbursement for my 2x QR250 UB40 tickets. The 50 refund is ridiculous!

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  Abeer

A disgrace.

Desert Witch
Desert Witch
6 years ago
Reply to  Abeer

Agree. We need to raise our voices about this. Especially as the VIP tickets get a full refund. Disgusting. Won’t bother with the golf next year.

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  Desert Witch

good

Sunshine
Sunshine
6 years ago
Reply to  Desert Witch

Yes you will. We will all have forgotten about it by next year.

MrJames
MrJames
6 years ago
Reply to  Abeer

what’s ridiculous is that you’re publicly admitting to liking UB40

SokhnaFan2010
SokhnaFan2010
6 years ago
Reply to  MrJames

If it happens again I’m leaving…………………..

Sprinkles
Sprinkles
6 years ago
Reply to  Abeer

That’s really embarrassing. Poor customer service, ethics, etc. sorry to hear. It’s basically money stolen; shameful.

fullmoon07
fullmoon07
6 years ago
Reply to  Abeer

in fact, if they refund you only 50 ryals is actually a rip-off

Snook
Snook
6 years ago

Write to the ministry of fair trade about the UB40 tickets. That is appalling that the VIP tickets get a full refund but the rest don’t. Theyre not getting away with that. Power in n numbers.

SMA
SMA
6 years ago

people living in a country should respect their culture wherever it might be!
seeing the type of comments here makes me believe that there is a lot of money wasted in letting disrespectful undeserving people live and work comfortably here! if you don’t like the culture, then simply go back to the culture you think is better!
besides its not the government’s fault for a refund rip off! it’s the organizer’s!!!

mitch
mitch
6 years ago
Reply to  SMA

I disagree. Government department approves their licence to operate and hold the event. If they do not give full refund, government authorities should step in. Simple.

Waveydavey
Waveydavey
6 years ago
Reply to  SMA

Yes but without the people the country have “wasted money on”, there would be no infrastructure, no malls no Pearl, no teachers. I could go on, but I think that makes my point.

HalfManArmy
HalfManArmy
6 years ago
Reply to  Waveydavey

Not true. You are all replaceable.

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  HalfManArmy

By who, Qatari? LOL

HalfManArmy
HalfManArmy
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

No. Other immigrants. There’s around 7 billion of you. We’ll just buy some other ones.

Green Hornet
Green Hornet
6 years ago

So let me get this straight. They cancelled the UB40 concert (after making sure that people bought tickets and there was enough audience at the Golf), they “postponed” the color run to an (after people already paid online), BUT Gwen Stefani concert went as scheduled (mmmmm is it because they’re desperate to have people fill in seats?)…. Just saying!

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