Finally we have that opportunity. I had lived in Indonesia for about 30 years and this is my first time to visit Taman Safari (Safari Park) Indonesia. Strange huh?. Taman Safari is located in Cisarua, Bogor, some 80km from Soekarno-Hatta Airport (CGK) of Jakarta or 1.5-2 hours drive.
We visited Taman Safari during Ramadan this August 2010, driving from Bandung for about 3 hours through small winding road, the old road that connects Bandung to Jakarta before the new highway exists now. Being there during Ramadan means that we were along few peoples only. Which is good for enjoying this vast park, 168 hectares, and 2500 animals from almost 300 different species in their reproduction of natural habitats in secondary forests.
It is a totally enjoyable experience for us, visiting this drive-through zoo (don’t forget to shut the window and never get out of the car), get up close, eye level with such wild animals as zebra, elephant, ostrich, monkey, or tiger. Hippo or Rhino is just inches away from your car window. There is baby zoo where you can get up close and personal with baby animals, birds, and nocturnals. Here also where you can taking photos with white tiger or orangutan. To make your visit complete, there is a dedicated pavilion for reptile, Papua species, Komodo dragon, and penguin.
Don’t miss riding elephant, pony horse or camel! Also don’t miss animal shows featured regularly along the day.
If you love hiking there are several Safari Trek to choose from. For children there are a lot of amusement and mechanical rides in Taman Safari including skylift and water park.
Facilities and amenities (i.e. several canteen, souvenir shop, toilets, mosque, car parks) are excellent and well maintained. Personnel are polite, professional and knowledgeable.
Entrance fee is very minimal (USD7 for general entrance or USD17 for Night Safari, amusement & ride is merely USD1 per ride, and USD 1 for taking photos with Orangutan or tiger). Weather is cool and pleasant and you can easily spend one day here. And if you opt to stay there are options for staying in caravan or villa with affordable prices.
A reader shared his latest experiences and I copy paste his story below.
I would like to share also regarding this matter. Nowadays they make more simple for replacement of missing ID card. I lost mine last week.
~First of all you need non objection letter from your sponsor to replace your ID with new one. I went there to Immigration Dept and inquired what is the requirement.
~Police report is not required,I went there also and they said no need,straight away to Immigration Dept.
~Go to Immigration Dept Madinat Khalifa,gate number two anyway the security there will tell you.
~Once you enter gate number 2 go straight then enter separate room on your right side there are 2 Staffs, give your paper to the right side man (Noc from your sponsor,copy of your RP in passport and original pasport). He will give you an application form you have to sign only no need to fill anything. Then take the queu number from the left side man.
~Take your number and wait for your turn on counter “L”
~Submit your paper and you need to pay 200 Riyal for your new card plus 10 Riyal, I believe for application paper.You will get your new card less than an hour. They will ask your credit card for all payment
You won’t expect it to happen but when it happened it happened. I lost both my Qatar ID and Driving License. Here is next steps based on my experiences. It may not be exactly the same steps as you will go through.
– Replacement of Lost Qatar ID
If you lost the ID abroad, Obtain lost report/police report from any Police Station where you lost your ID.
Have a letter from your company (a kind of NOC with additional info on request for replacement). It is in Arabic so I am not sure what is written there. Your company immigration officer knows how to do it.
Go to the nearest Police Station and look for Lost & Found Section. Ask for Lost Report. Bring along company letter and if applicable, lost report from Police Station where the ID was lost. In my case, I went to Al Khor North Security. I asked the lady there for Police Lost Report and handed her a company letter, supporting lost report, and copy of ID. I paid 12 QR (cost for 2 @5QR stamp; not sure what’s the case for additional 2 QR)
With the lost report, go to Immigration Office. Get a replacement ID for QR200 through credit card/debit card
– Replacement of Driving License
This is my personal experience and may not be generalized.
I went to Traffic Police in Rayyan (near Aspire). Ask the officer for replacement. The lady – knowing that I work for Qatargas (part of Q Company) – did not require a company letter or lost report.
The lady gave me a letter with Return Date (two weeks from the day of report). I believe this is to give enough time if somebody by chance found my license.
On the return date I went to the same Traffic Police and ask for replacement by handing her the letter, copy of my license and my ID. [If you return before the day you will find yourself waste your time, as the system has locked this return date to your driving license issuance. I tested it]
The license is ready within minutes for QR250 by credit card/debit card
Anybody got different experience?
Lesson Learned: It is always a good idea to scan your ID, license, car registration, and print them some! Just in case!
In Qatarliving, a QLer writes different steps though they are almost the same:
If your Qatar ID is lost,
1) Go to capital police station in crazy signal. Fill out lost ID form, Pay 10 QAR with either credit car or e-cash (no cash accepted). They will give you a report in 5 mins.
2)Go to immigration department in Madinat Khalifa (you may check exact location on maps.google.com by writing immigration department on the search box)
3)When you enter the immigration department, go to portacabins first and ask typewriter to write your application for you. (3 QAR cash. Typewriter doesn’t accept ATM, credit car etc. 🙂 )
4)Bring this application to your company, you need company stamp on the application and sponsor’s signature (sometimes, immigration can give your ID without sponsor’s signature too. But stamp is necessary)
5)Bring the police report you got in 1st step, application form to same immigration department.
6) Enter the door,number 1 and inside go directly to counter 2. No need to get number for queue.
7)Pay 200 Qar with Credit card or e-cash. Your ID will be ready in 10 mins.
A friend of mine reported that police officer in Madinat Khalifa told him that we should report the case to any branch offices not main office in Madinat Khalifa. He was also told to bring a company letter and 1 passport-sized photograph.
For my fellow Indonesians. Good luck with your interview!
Our client – Ras Gas have a schedule to be in Jakarta to interview
candidates for Field Operators (LNG/LPG/NGL/Sulphur Recovery plant
The interviews are being scheduled to start from 4 October through 7 October.
Please share this information to your friends that have experiences
with LNG / LPG / NGL to send their CV to me : firstname.lastname@example.org
I will be screening all of the Cvs that I received until 30 september and
send the shortlisted candidates to Ras Gas on 1st october.
ONLY WITH RELEVANT EXPERIENCE AND ENGLISH COMMUNICATION SKILLS WILL BE
INVITED FOR FACE TO FACE INTERVIEW.
Note : for Field operator with Utility /power plant background still
being postpone until further notice / next recruitment trip.
If you have 3 hours each day after office hours and 3 weekends during your 3-week stay in Paris, what will you do?
Will you visit almost every tourist objects in Paris, like we’ve done? Will you repeat your visit to Musee du Louvre, because everybody knows that one visit is not enough? or Will you try many metro lines in paris with its 300 stations? or Will you escape from paris during weekend to neighboring countries?
For sure I was lucky to get an exposure to Paris and Europe for 3 weeks in relation to my work duty from Qatargas in participating in Hazard and Operability Study for Plateau Maintenance Project at Technip Headquarter in La Defense, Paris. Golden opportunity for both business and personal.
Below are some places I visited in Paris during the span of 1-23 July 2010. Photologues can be seen in my Facebook albums. I just don’t have time to write trip report to every single object.
– Paris Landmark Series 2 – Paris Landmark Series 2 covers Place de la Bastille, Place des Vosges, La Madeleine, Place Vendome, Concorde, Jardin du Tuileries, Flame of Liberty Memorial, Invalides, Jardins des Plantes, Mosquee du Paris, Jardins du Luxembourg,Pantheon and Sorbonne Universite de Paris
– Paris Landmark Series 3 – Paris Landmark Series 3 features Arc de Triomphe, the world’s most famous shopping street and the most beautiful avenue: Avenue Champs Elysees, and a place for architectural tour heaven: La Defense business district. Enjoy!
– Paris Landmark Series 4 – (covers among others Basilique du Sacre Coeur, Porte St Denis & Porte St-Martin, Place de la Republique, Palais Royal, Eglise St-Eustache, Forum des Halles, Cathedrale de Notre Dame de Paris, Palais Garnier, Opera & Lafayette, Shakespeare & Co)
Sorry to make you puzzled, but the title has a meaning for sure.
On 14-16 September 2010, FIFA inspection will visit Qatar – one of the bidders vying to host FIFA World Cup 2022. The visit to Qatar will conclude a series of inspection tour to all bidders. The inspection team will see if the bidding country is really ready and evaluate its conditions of infrastructure, sites, facilities and other aspects.
Qatar promises a unique 4C of Word Cup 2022, and aiming to bring unity, understanding and a first-ever FIFA World Cup to the Middle East. The way I see, the inspection tour is a test for Qatar’s promotional ad (which is also the fundamental concepts of its bid) : central, compact, connected, and cool.
– Central: Qatar offers central locationowing to its strategic location in Middle East; accessible from Europe/America, Africa and (East) Asia, roughly equally distant.
– Compact: This is an answer for question: Is Qatar big enough?. As Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani, the chairman of Qatar 2022, put it “What we are presenting in relative terms is a micro-organised, compact World Cup format”. Qatar is a small country jutted out of Arabian Peninsula measuring 160s km the longest for 11,437km2 area. Football fans will be benefited from Qatar’s compact size for accommodation (no need to change hotels), transportation (end-to-end is about one-two hour drive) and a chance to see more than one match a day.
– Connected: “Our World Cup stadia will be connected to a public metro network system,” Sheikh Mohammed said. “In terms of accessibility, every stadium is within an hour of each other. Fans can access several matches a day should they choose to.” Sheikh Mohammed predicted that between 70 and 80 per cent of all World Cup fans, or 35,000 passengers every three hours, could be accommodated on the metro, which is due to be completed in 2021. Qatar will also be connected to Bahrain through a 45-km causeway.
– Cool: A Qatari tournament in the summer of 2022, having been derided as too hot for an outdoor June-July grand show. During the month of June/July, temperature can rise up to 45 C. The solution: “Weather will no longer inhibit any nation from hosting a World Cup,” Sheikh Mohammed said. “Our cooling system is a world-first and it is carbon-neutral. We are implementing zero carbon cooling technologies in all of our stadia.” The complex system of solar panels and water temperature converters that will yield optimum playing surface conditions of 27-28°C will be built. However it is not only about the matches but also life after football – fans gathering, party, and any related activities.
To me, “cool” is the hardest part.
Now comes the other “C” – Culture. Although Qatar has comparatively liberal laws, but is still not as liberal as some other Arab states of the Persian Gulf like UAE or Bahrain. The question is coming from – again- life after footballs, in respect to alcoholic drinks, as it is not widely available (buying alcohol requires a permit). Qatar Law states that drunken behaviour in public or driving under the influence of alcohol is an offence punished by imprisonment, a fine or both . There is a rumour that Qatar will loosen its law only during the world cup to accommodate this concern. But, isn’t it beautiful for football without alcohol? 🙂 Nevertheless, it’ll be a very hot summer!
Good luck Qatar! I can only support you (including attaching a support sticker on my car 🙂 ).
As per the above website, IKEA Opening is 340 days away from today, 27 Nov 2011 (means 2 November 2012?)
The following is an excerpt from the website about Doha Festival City:
Doha Festival City provides Qatar with an easily accessible iconic leisure destination in this progressive, rapidly developing country.
19 October 2011 marked the ground breaking for the 433,847 sq m project, which will have
260,000 sq m of gross leasable area upon completion. Popular Al-Futtaim franchise brand IKEA will also form part of Doha Festival City’s offering. The ground breaking for IKEA occurred in October 2011 and the 32,000+ sq m store is due for completion in Q4 2012. The remaining elements of Doha Festival City are due for completion by Q4 2014.
Doha Festival City is owned and developed by Bawabat Al-Shamal Real Estate Company (BASREC), the parent company which is supplying the land to construct this iconic development. BASREC comprises shareholders including Al-Futtaim Real Estate Services, Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB) and private Qatari companies.
Reflecting Festival City’s tradition of theming its spaces to maximise the visitor’s experience, inspiration from the elements wind, water, wood and earth translates into the design of four distinct interior zones; Water Concourse, Garden Promenade, Rainforest Boardwalk and Fashion Galleria. Through its design, the complex seamlessly connects these uniquely identifiable zones, allowing visitors to explore the extensive retail, entertainment and dining opportunities in one centralised destination.
From morning until night, entertainment, dining and relaxation choices abound at Doha Festival City, providing an array of exciting experiences for all the family and myriad restaurants and cafes featuring regional and global cuisines.
Automotive showrooms form a part of Doha Festival City and showcase internationally renowned automotive brands in a unique environment.
Doha Festival City’s strategic position promises definitive ease of access.
The iconic complex is located on Doha’s Al Shamal Road (North Road), the main arterial route to the city centre, which connects with Doha International Airport in just 20 minutes, and with Bahrain via the soon to be completed ‘Friendship Causeway’.
On arrival at their destination, visitors to Doha Festival City will discover plentiful zoned parking, enabling them to journey right into the heart of their chosen retail or entertainment experience.
Doha Festival City
On 5th September 2010, Al-Futtaim, Qatar Islamic Bank and other Qatari investors signed a QAR 6 billion joint venture agreement to construct a state-of-the-art entertainment and retail complex in Doha which is slated to become a driving force behind Qatar’s diverse economic development.
Doha Festival City will be a multi-purpose iconic destination and will feature an entertainment and leisure complex, automotive showrooms and international hotels and convention centre. The development is located just north of downtown Doha on Al Shamal Road, one of the main arterial routes to the city centre, and connects Doha with Bahrain via the ‘Friendship Causeway’. With its strategic positioning, the super-regional complex is ideally equipped to meet the retail and entertainment needs of not only Qatar, but also of neighbouring GCC countries.
19 October 2011 marked the ground breaking for the 433,847 sq m project, which will have 260,000 square metres of gross leasable area upon completion. Popular Al-Futtaim franchise brand IKEA will also form part of Doha Festival City’s offering. The ground breaking for IKEA occurred in October 2011 and the 32,000+ sq m store is due for completion in Q4 2012. The remaining elements of Doha Festival City are due for completion by Q4 2014.
Doha Festival City is owned and developed by Bawabat Al-Shamal Real Estate Company (BASREC), the parent company which is supplying the land to construct this iconic development. BASREC comprises four primary shareholders including Al-Futtaim Real Estate Services, Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB), and private Qatari investors. The project is a result of the partners’ recognition that Qatar has a rapidly expanding population, strong diversified financial standing and that its local citizens possess a high level of disposable income.
Al-Futtaim is the owner, developer and operator of the globally acknowledged Festival City brands in Dubai, UAE and Cairo, Egypt which have become the mainstay for leisure, shopping, residential and entertainment in the two countries
Updated 5 Nov 2011
Here it is Doha Festival City location: North East Corner Al Kharaitiyat Interchange, Al Shamal Road, 6.5km north of Landmark Mall.
Updated 21 October 2011
Bawabat al-Shamal Real Estate Company (Basrec) announced yesterday that the construction of their super-regional retail and entertainment destination, Doha Festival City, has begun.
Al-Futtaim Group, Qatar Islamic Bank and other investors formed a joint venture for this project which, according to its promoters, will become a leisure and entertainment destination in Qatar.
The QR6bn-plus project is located north of downtown Doha on Al Shamal Road, which is connecting the city with Bahrain via the “Friendship Causeway”.
With its strategic positioning, the complex would be ideally equipped to meet the retail and entertainment needs of not only Qatar, but also neighbouring GCC countries.
Ikea, which is part of the Al-Futtaim Group, will be developed under the first phase of construction.
The 32,000sq m store is due for completion in the last quarter of 2012. The remaining elements of Doha Festival City are due for delivery in the last quarter of 2014.
Developed on land covering 433,847sq m with 260,000sq m of gross leasable area, Doha Festival City is designed by DP Architects with Arab Engineering Bureau appointed as project architects, Mace International as project manager and EC Harris as quantity surveyor and cost consultant.
Further, the General Contractor package for Ikea has been awarded to the joint venture between Qatari Arabian Construction Company and Amana Qatar Contracting Company, with the MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing) package awarded to Hamad and Mohammed al-Futtaim Engineering.
Ammico Contracting Company is undertaking the excavation and Redco International will be supplying the pre-cast concrete elements.
Along with Ikea, other leading international and local brands are expressing interest in this development.
Doha Festival City will also offer an entertainment and leisure complex, automotive showrooms and international hotels.
The interior design of Doha Festival City is inspired by nature and the elements of wind, water, wood and earth.
Within the retail loops there will be four distinct interior zones – Water Concourse, Garden Promenade, Rainforest Boardwalk and Fashion Galleria.
Leading the team at the ground breaking ceremony were Al-Futtaim Group Real Estate development director Greg Douglas and Basrec senior executive manager Jihad Zarourt, signalling the formal start of construction work.
Douglas said: “We are delighted that Doha Festival City has begun construction which celebrates the collaboration between our JV partners.”
“Doha Festival City is an innovative concept, appealing to visitors and the local residents of Doha.
“With the project’s easily accessible location and the extensive offerings, we believe Doha Festival City will be one of the most advanced entertainment, retail and hospitality complexes in the region,” he said.
Zarkout said: “Doha Festival City is the fruit of our shareholders willingness to contribute in the promising future of Qatar and the unlimited support of the government and the enormous efforts by a dedicated team.”
(Source: Gulf Times, 21 Oct 2011)
Update July 2011
Now, about the location. News says it’s located at about 15kn downtown Doha on Al Shamal Road. If km 0 is at Airport (you can find it), then 15km from it is around Landmark Mall area. There, two big malls are being constructed (Ezdan Mall) and Gulf Mall. Then 2.5km to the north there is another mall being constructed North Gate Mall (opposite Sidra Compound). Some says it is near Al Kharaitiyat Interchange. Exact location? Don’t know yet.
Update 28 March 2011 (Source: Gulf Times)
The QR6bn state-of-the-art Doha Festival City project will break ground next month, Dubai-based Al-Futtaim Group and Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB) announced yesterday. Construction of Phase One is to start with a ground breaking for the Swedish furnishing giant IKEA’s first outlet in Qatar.
The first phase is slated to be completed by the second half of 2012, with Phase Two scheduled for completion by 2014. Doha Festival City is located 15km north of downtown Doha on Al Shamal Road, one of the main arterial routes in Qatar.
The project team of managers, architects and engineers has been appointed for the 433,847sq m entertainment, retail, hospitality and commercial facility.
Set to become a driving force behind Qatar’s diverse economic development, the project will be designed by DP Architects, with Arab Engineering Bureau (AEB) appointed as architects.
MACE International are the project managers and Al-Futtaim Investment Management
(AFIM) the investment managers.
Al-Futtaim, QIB, Aqar Real Estate Investment Company and a private investor are partners in this joint venture project.
Along with IKEA, other brands from Al-Futtaim Group already confirmed as Doha Festival City’s anchor tenants are ACE, Toys “R” Us, Marks & Spencer and Intersport.
Landmark Group’s brands such as Centrepoint, Max Fashion, Sports Authority, Fitness First, Home Centre and Iconic have also joined the retail mix.
Robinson’s, the 153-year old department store and an integral piece of Singapore’s history, will be part of Doha Festival City offerings.
The project will include a fully-serviced shopping centre, an indoor-outdoor entertainment park, automotive zone, two international hotels and “green zones”.
The iconic complex’s futuristic design separates each individual area into its own uniquely identified space that will transport guests from the world of waterslides and roller coasters into a retail area populated with diverse international brands.
“This is a dream come true for us and our partners,” Al-Futtaim Group vice chairman Omar al-Futtaim said while asserting that the project was set to become the most advanced entertainment, retail and hospitality complex in Qatar.
QIB chairman Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor al-Thani said the project represented a new phase in the country’s economic evolution.
“It will raise Qatar’s profile as a nation focused on innovation, excellence, and dynamic sustainable development,” he said.
Sheikh Jassim maintained that the joint venture agreement with the Al-Futtaim group demonstrated both parties’ firm commitment to not only enhance Qatar’s development but amplify its positioning within the regional and global economy.
“Ultimately the agreement is in accordance with QIB’s strategy to fuel the countries expansion and the State of Qatar’s 2030 vision,” he added.
“With its strategic positioning, the mega complex is ideally equipped to meet the retail and entertainment needs of not only Qatar, but also the neighbouring GCC countries.”
Al-Futtaim is one of the largest family-owned enterprises in the region and owners of the globally-acknowledged, award-winning Festival City brand in the UAE and Egypt.
The group already has presence in Doha through its automotive, retail, technology and engineering businesses.
Gulftimes, 6 Sep 2010
Doha set to get QR6bn retail centre
Work on the 433,000sq m project — described by its promoters as the “first of its kind in Qatar” — will begin in early 2011. Qatar’s “largest” entertainment and retail complex, a QR6bn joint venture between Al-Futtaim, Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB) and Aqar Real Estate Investment, is to come up in the north of Doha. Work on the 433,000sqm project — described by its promoters as the “first of its kind in the Qatar” – will begin in early 2011.
A retail centre, an entertainment park and two hotels are part of the mega project, to be located on the northern highway linking Doha International Airport with the proposed Bahrain Causeway. The first retail phase is slated for completion in the first quarter of 2012 and the remaining two phases by 2015. IKEA, ACE Toys “R” Us, Marks & Spencer, Intersport – all part of the Dubai-based Al-Futtaim group — have already confirmed as the project’s anchor tenants, the promoters said yesterday.
Al-Futtaim is one of the biggest family-owned enterprises in the region and owners of the Festival City brands in the UAE and Egypt. The group already has presence in Doha through its automotive, retail, technology and engineering businesses. The project is owned and developed by Bawabat Al-Shamal, the parent company which is supplying the land for the proposed complex. Apart from the three promoters, Bawabat Al-Shamal also has a private company as one of the primary shareholders.
QIB chief executive officer Salah Jaidah said the project “represents a new phase in Qatar’s economic evolution and will raise the state’s profile as a nation focused on innovation, excellence, and dynamic sustainable development”. He said: “This joint venture agreement with the Al-Futtaim group demonstrates both parties’ firm commitment to not only enhance Qatar’s development, but amplify its positioning within the regional and global economy.”
Al-Futtaim Group chief executive officer Robert Willett said the project would transform the leisure, retail and entertainment industry in Doha while providing visitors a very attractive destination. Details of the agreement were overseen by Q-Invest which acted as the financial adviser for all parties. The state-of-the-art complex’s futuristic design separates each individual area into its own identified space that will transport clientele from the world of waterslides and roller coasters, into a retail area populated with diverse international brands, a statement issued by the promoters said. The agreement was signed by representatives of all parties at Al Badia Golf Club, Dubai Festival City.
Since I married, this is the third Eid Fitr that I must enjoy it alone. Let’s rewind a bit.
2003 – I was in Singapore for pursuing my master degree while my family were in Bandung, Indonesia. I remembered even that on the third day of Eid I sat for an exam. Fortunately, Eid is recognized holiday in Singapore
2008 – I was in Houston for presenting a paper in a conference while my family were in Balikpapan, Indonesia. The conference ran 4 days with 1 day before Eid and 3 days after Eid. No holiday during Eid in US, so the show must go on.
2010 – Now. I am in Doha and my family in Bandung, Indonesia. The reason: leave arrangement and company’s operations requirements.
This year, there will be 3 working-day holiday plus 2 weekend summed up into 5 continuous long weekend. My plan is to perform Eid prayer in Fanar (as Indonesian Embassy does not arrange Eid prayer due to renovation), to attend Qatargas Eid gathering in the evening at Sheraton, and to attend Indonesian’s gathering here at my compound club house. The rest is tentatively for visiting friends, or rest itself 🙂 .
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