All of the top news from The Kingdom and beyond this month. Think job swaps and holy month news
Qatar’s attempts to build its global profile have taken another step forward with the announcement that the Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) will be held from October 29 to November 1 this year. Set up by Hollywood legend Robert De Niro, the festival aims to promote regional culture through the work of filmmakers. All well and good, but what big stars will be jetting in to grace the red carpet? We’ll keep you posted.
The Crowne Plaza Bahrain came up with an interesting idea recently – get department heads to trade places with their employees for the day to gain a better understanding of how the hotel works. Positions were drawn out of a hat at random to ensure a fair distribution of managers throughout the venue, with interesting results. The GM, Ivor Prestwood, worked on the front desk, checking in guests, executive assistant manager James Hewitson got to drive a bus, and director of sales and marketing, Kate Simmonds, spent the day as a housekeeping attendant. The results are said to have been filmed for a video that will be released shortly on YouTube.
Ever wondered what it takes to keep all of the hotel Iftars fully stocked during Ramadan? According to Bahrain Livestock Company, about 110,000 sheep and 3,000 heads of cattle. Chairman Ebrahim Zainal told Gulf Daily News that during Ramadan it will supply the market with 3,500 sheep a day – up to 5,000 over Eid. Chicken and fish are said to have increased in price, hence the bigger demand for other meats. ‘One kg of fish costs BD2.5, but meat only BD1,’ Zainal said.