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6-3-1 Exhibition

The 6:3:1 exhibition will be open for public from 21-25 April 2013 at the VCUQatar Gallery. The "6-3-1" means it is an exhibition of six invited alumni, from three major design disciplines at VCUQatar and VCUarts, in one unique free-open invitation exhibition. It says, "The result is an exhibition that celebrates the creative process and the achievements of each individual designer. But it also highlights their shared connection to VCU, their drive to succeed, and their exciting professional journeys. This is what unites 6:3:1 as an exhibition and what, it is hoped, will inspire future design graduates of VCU." Come and see them at their gallery. Visit their website for more information:

Global Art Forum_7

This year's GAF will have artists, curators, musicians, strategists, thinkers, and writers gathered for two days of live talks and performances in Doha on 16 and 17 March 2013, 3pm to 6pm. The GAF_7 will then be continued in Dubai (UAE) on 20-23 March. On 18 March at 6:15pm there will be an outdoor peformance by the musician and composer Andr� Vida. Don't miss this event! Click this link to register:

Tasmeem Doha 2013

Tasmeem Doha is an international art and design conference that is currently being held at VCUQatar. The last 2 days, 16-17 March 2013, will be the symposium-style conference phase. The conference will include a series of exhibitions and presentations by artists, designers and architects. Location: Hamad Bin Khalifa Student Center in Education City, 9am to 9pm (breaks from 12pm-2pm and 5pm-7pm). Registration is required. Click this link to register:

In Conversation: Artist Interventions in the Museum

This is an interesting conversation between artist Said Baalbaki, Balint Havas and Andras Galik from Poland and the Museum's Acting Director Michelle Dezember, who will talk about how artists utilize museums as their creative site. This event will be held on 19 February 2013 at 6:30pm at Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art. More information on

The Portraiture of Africans in Deccan, India

A presentation of a research done by Dr. Marika Sardar from New York regarding Deccan portraits of African elites. This interesting event will be held at VCUQatar room 390 on 20 January 2013 at 6pm and free admission. Visit their website for more information:

Diyafa Qatar 2012

This is a great event for hospitality sector like hotel, restaurant, spa and wellness, and so on in Doha, Qatar. Diyafa Qatar 2012 will be held on 16-18 October 2012 at Doha Convention Center, starting from 3pm-9pm. Registration is required. For detailed information, you may call the event organizer on +974 44329900 or go to:

The International Furniture and Design Exhibition (INFDEX) 2012

The International Furniture and Design Exhibition (INFDEX) 2012 is 11th international furniture and design exhibition that will be held on 25-28 September 2012 at Doha Exhibition Center. Opening hours for exhibition: 25-26 September, 10:30am-9pm and 27-28 September, 3pm-9pm. This exhibition focuses on providing a unique platform for display of various furniture and interior design products, such as lighting, fabrics, textile, etc. For further information, please call event organizer on +974 44650211.

Doha Trade Fair 2012

Doha Trade Fair 2012 is the biggest annual shopping carnival in Doha which will be held for almost 2 weeks long, starting from 1 July till 11 July 2012 at the Doha Exhibition Center. The event will feature over 570 renowned exhibitors from 29 countries diplaying a wide range of products, such as household items, toys, gadgets and electronics, perfume and cosmetics, jewelry, clothes, food, etc. More than 20,000 visitors per day are expected to attend the event. For further information, please go to: or call Doha Exhibition Center management on +974 44997499.

The 2nd Annual Underground Infrastructure and Deep Foundations Qatar

As one of the fastest developing countries in infrastructure areas, Qatar government will host "the 2nd Annual Underground Infrastructure and Deep Foundations Qatar" on 10-13 June 2012 at Oryx Rotana Hotel, Doha. The conference will give you more information about techniques and technologies of tunneling and piling, how to reduce the project costs, and many more. There is an admission fee for attending to the conference. For more information and reservation, please call the organizer on +971 4 364 2975 or go to website:

SPE International Production and Operations Conference and Exhibition 2012

SPE International POCE 2012 (Society of Petrolium Engineers International Production and Operations Conference and Exhibition) will be held on 14-16 May 2012 at Qatar National Convention Center. More than 1,200 regional and international delegates from all over the world are expected will attend to this event, a few of them are Exxon, Qatar Petrolium, Schlumberger, Shell, Total, Direcorate General Oil and Gas Indonesia, etc. Please click here for details information.

Project Qatar 2012

Project Qatar will be back this year! Located at Doha Exhibition Center (DEC), this great event will be held for 4 days long, starting from 30 April to 3 May 2012, at 3pm till 10pm. Project Qatar is an international exhibition about trade construction, building, as well as for environmental technology & materials. In 2011, this exhibition has been followed by more than 1,750 exhibitors from 42 countries and attended by more than 43,000 visitors. Registration is required and it is free of charge. For further information and registration, you can visit:

Qatar Stone Tech 2012

Qatar Stone Tech is an international stone and stone technology show that will bring together worldwide distributors, suppliers, manufacturers, agents and engineers. Many companies from around the world will exhibit here, such as from Italy, Jordan, China, Greece, Turkey, Spain, Egypt, and so on. Qatar Stone Tech 2012 will be held from 30 April to 3 May 2012 at Doha Exhibition Center, from 4pm till 10pm. Visitors registrations are required. For detail information, please go to

"ranslation In and Of the World"

Translation and Interpreting Institute in collaboration with Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation and the British Council will hold the third annual international translation conference: ?Translation In and Of the World? on 29 April to 1 May 2012 in Education City. The conference will offer literary and non-literary workshops and will cover a variety of topics in Translation Studies, as well as audiovisual translation. Keynote speeches will be delivered by world renowned scholars Mona Baker, Daniel Hahn and Vicente Rafael, and will be moderated by best-selling author Ahdaf Soueif. This event is free and open to the public. For workshop registration and more information about the conference, please visit:

VCUQQatar: Fashion Show 2012

VCUQatar will hold an annual fashion show this year on 19 April 2012 at VCUQatar Atrium, Education City, Doha and it is under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. VCUQatar?s Annual Fashion Show is both a formative and culminating element of the Fashion Design program, launching students from student life into successful careers. Public Night will be held at 7:30pm, while Dress Rehearsal will be held on 17 April 2012, on the same location. Both the dress rehearsal and public night are open to the public. Ticket for Public Night is required. Please click here for detail information.

Retail Without Walls: Kiosk Culture

"Retail Without Walls: Kiosk Culture" is a research project by VCUQatar Assistant Professors, Liam Colquhoun and Matthew Holmes-Dallimore about the core considerations of retail design, such as identity and functionality in different culture. They did research trips to Dubai, Boston, Marrakech, Mumbai and Istanbul to look closely at how these structures varied and shared some common characteristics. The project lasted for 18 months and it will be presented at Mathaf (Arab Museum of Modern Art -see the location map) on 1-11 April 2012, while the opening reception itself will be held on 1 April 2012 at 7:30 pm. The event is open to the public. Click here for further information or you may call: +974.4402.8855 (the Mathaf).

Beautex (Beauty and Fitness Expo) 2012

Beautex is a worldwide cosmetic and beauty products exhibition in Doha, Qatar. This expo is not only about domestic products in Qatar, but also participated by many beauty and fitness products from around the world. Beautex will be held for 4 days long, starting from 4 April to 7 April 2012 at Doha Exhibition Center. For more information please click here or call the event organizer, Vision, on +974 44123689 or by email: [email protected].

Hope Floats - Raft Race 2012

International Doha Beach in collaboration with will host their first annual raft race at Intercontinental Doha Beach, on 30 March 2012, at 8am. Hope Floats ? Raft Race 2012 will show many creative uses for previously discarded materials and products. The members of each team cannot be more than 6 persons. Each team will be challenged to build a safe seaworthy craft out of recycled materials and race it around a pre-set course. Team registration for schools is QAR 500 and QAR 1,000 for companies. For registration and more information, please call +974 4484 4852.


DIMDEX (Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference) is the only specialized maritime defense exhibition in the Middle East, which have been existed since 2008. This international event will be held on 26-28 March 2012 at Qatar National Convention Centre, an iconic architecture in a green-technology venue in Doha. DIMDEX 2012 will bring companies through all over the world together to meet the maritime security challenges of 21st century. Visitors registrations are required. For further information, please visit

'Crossing Boundaries' Lecture Series: 'Space, Place & Atmosphere' by Juhani Pallasmaa

As a part of the Crossing Boundaries Lecture Series by VCU Qatar, Juhani Pallasmaa, a Finnish architect, will give an open lecture entitled 'Space, Place and Atmosphere' on 21 March 2012 at 6pm. VCUQatar's Crossing Boundaries Lecture Series reflects the cross-disciplinary nature of the featured speakers who are representatives of excellence in design thinking. Located at VCUQatar Atrium, Education City, Doha, it will discuss the concept of peripheral perception and emotion in architecture. This lecture is open to the public and no reservation is required.

Intercem 2012, Doha

This is a business conference to look at the cement and construction markets of Qatar and the other major regional economies, including special reviews of Saudi Arabia and the UAE, as well as country reviews of Egypt, Pakistan, Iran and North Africa. Intercem 2012 will take place at Sheraton Doha Resort and Convention Hotel, from 11-13 March 2012. More than 30 country representatives from around the world and over 300 attendees are expected will be come. For detail information and registration, please visit:

The Beaded Prayers Project

This is an international collaborative project to celebrate diversity and unity through a participatory art form, "the beaded prayer" or "the amulet prayer". Directed by Sonya Clark, a manufactured artist and Chair of Craft/Material Studies at VCU Richmond, Virginia, this event consists of a workshop, a lecture and an exhibition, which will begin from 12 March 2012. The workshop will be held on 12 March 2012, starts from 12:15 pm till 2:15pm at VCUQatar Gallery. The lecture itself on 13 March 2012, at 6pm, located at VCUQatar Atrium, while the exhibition will be held until 19 March 2012 at the same location. Since 1998, over 5000 people, ages 6 to 90 from around 35 countries have participated in the project. Spaces for the workshop are limited and need to be reserved. For detail information, please visit or email Mrs. Caitlin Doherty at [email protected] for reservation.

Facade Design and Engineering Middle East in Doha

This annual summit will bring together senior individuals from developers, architects and consultants from across the region and globally to share their experiences and knowledge about facade design and architecture areas. The 4th Facade Design and Engineering Middle East will be held on 27-28 February 2012 at Oryx Rotana Hotel, Doha. Many architects, engineers, CEOs from around UAE (United Arab Emirates), Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Europe and so on expected to attend this event. For further information and registration, please visit website:

Total Plant Maintenance and Operations Conference in Doha

This 3-day conference will give you more information, discovering the latest trend to enhance total plant maintenance to capture the maximum value of assets and sustainable operational excellence. Some expert speakers, such as Eng. Mahmoud Selim, Senior Integrity manager, United Gas Derivatives Company, Egypt and Eng. Khrisna Kumar, Lead RCM Engineer of Qatar Gas will give presentation at this event. The conference will be held on 26-28 February 2012 at Millenium Hotel, Doha. For registration and further information, please contact Ms. Catherine at email: [email protected].

POWER-GEN Middle East 2012

The biggest power industry conference will be held in Doha, Qatar on 6-8 February 2012. Qatar, renowned as the oil and natural gas rich country, will host POWER-GEN Middle East 2012 conference and exhibition at Qatar National Convetion Centre, Doha. This event aims to provide insightful solutions to high demands for energy and fresh water in spite of diminishing natural water supplies and how these issues can be met through more sustainable and energy efficient technologies. Many senior executives and industry leaders in the related industry are expected to attend. For further information, please click here or call Mathilde Sueur, Conference Manager on +44 0 1992 656634 or by email at [email protected].

Exhibition: Shared Glass: a Design Collaboration between VCUQatar & Fabrica

An exhibition of work featuring a collaboration between VCUQatar?s MFA Design Studies students and students from Fabrica in a glass-blowing workshop to create a collection of "hybrid" objects: pieces that mixed and matched Middle Eastern and Western influences, shapes, and functions. The exhibition will be held at Katara Art Center (Building 5) at Katara Cultural Village from 1 December 2011 to 7 January 2012. This exhibition is open to the public and no reservations are required. Click here for more details.

Live Magic with a Close Up Magician

It's a live magic show with Rick Naylor, an international close up magician that has been performing magic for over 10 years. You can see his performing at Lava Lounge, InterContinental Hotel in Doha, from 20 December 2011 untill 3 January 2012, at 8pm. Click here for further info.

Cool Runnings

This is a water race competition that organized by KIA motors and Stenden University and followed by teams from various organizations in Qatar. Each team will have to design and build their own vehicle to skim the water as fast as they can. This competition will be held at The Pearl, Doha on 16 December 2011 at 1pm. Apart from that, you also will be entertained by the other programs, such as games on the beach, water sport activities, music, and so on. Please contanct Mr. Coco on +974 77016969 or Mr. Mark on +974 77016968 for team registration or more information.

The Children of Gaza

VCUQatar's gallery presents an art and photography exhibition for the benefit of the Save the Children Fund. The exhibition will be held from 9 November to 3 December 2011. The art and photography collections are the work of artists Giuseppe Aquili, Jim McFarlane, Anthony Dawton dan Dia Azzawi. The Children of Gaza exhibition is open to public and no reservations are needed. For more details you can call VCUQatar on +974 44020555 or visit their website:

"Refresh Qatar: Design, Content & Creativity" By VCUQatar

Refresh Qatar is a bi-annual informal conference involving web designers, developer, e-marketers, and so on that is held at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar. The next conference will be held on 19 November 2011 at 10:30am at VCUQatar Atrium, Education City, Doha. This conference "is intended to cultivate and promote the local expertise of creative and technical digital experts who work in Doha". It will present four international speakers. Registration is required and it is free of charge. Click here for further information.

Bruce Sterling: "The Design of Objects That Don't Exist Yet?"

It is a public lecture that organized by Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar and a part of the Crossing Boundaries Lecture Series that have been held from 21 September 2011. This time, VCUQatar will present an American science-fiction author and cyberspace theorist, Bruce Sterling on 16 November 2011 at VCUQatar Atrium, Education City, Doha, start from 6pm. Carrying the theme "The Design of Object That Don't Exist Yet?", he will explain about futuristic thinking and design, and the other related objects. No need prior reservations. Click here for more details informations.

Sonia Ashour: "Cultural Identity: breaking the boundaries of cliches"

This open lecture to the public brought by VCU Qatar will be held on 21 September 2011 at 6pm. The lecture also involves a few other speakers that will focus on "the cross-disciplinary nature" that are also "representatives of excellence in design thinking". Sonia Ashour herself obtained her Master of Fine Arts degree in International Hospitality Design from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interior Architecture from King Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia. No reservation is required and it will be held at VCUQatar Atrium, Education City, Doha. Click here for more information.

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