Billionaire Doha, home to Qatar’s first and only dinner show concept, continues to elevate the country’s dining and entertainment scene, inviting guests to an electrifying and theatrical experience of spectacular performances and masterfully-created food every night.A stylish location that guarantees variety, bringing you the best of musical, acrobatic, and cultural experiences, and theme nights from around the world, Billionaire Doha has also quickly become a celebrity hotspot and crowd favourite for superstar guests, residents, expats, locals, and tourists alike.Billionaire has hosted the most prominent icons through its worldwide venues, including supermodel and philanthropist Naomi Campbell, model, TV host and businesswoman Heidi Klum, and luxury fashion designer Valentino Garavani, to name but a few.In the grandeur surroundings of the venue’s signature Italian and contemporary New-Asian restaurant, guests can enjoy breath-taking shows by a world-class cast of skillful artists, musicians, entertainers, dancers, singers, and acrobats – all handpicked and choreographed by Billionaire’s Creative Director.Curated by Executive Chef Batuhan Piatti, a blend of signature Italian and modern New-Asian dishes, and the finest beverages Doha has to offer, light up diners’ taste buds. Immersed in the interactive and surreal show that drives this distinct dining experience, Billionaire has fast become the choice of venue for distinct and exclusive celebrations too.Since 1998, when former F1 supremo Flavio Briatore opened the first Billionaire in Porto Cervo – which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year – the brand has cemented itself as an icon of quality entertainment. With Briatore at the helm, Billionaire has grown exponentially and, today, it is synonymous with glamour, creativity, and exceptional food.In its conception days, Briatore wished to create a nightclub that could bring back the allure and buzz to Costa Smeralda, tantamount with the Italian dolce vita. With intuition, vision, and sharp business sense, Briatore established a venue that quickly became a favourite destination amongst the international jet setting crowd too.The bold name chosen by Briatore is because, in his own words: ‘even if a bit arrogant... it’s a name you don’t forget’ and the nightclub’s fame soon turned Billionaire into a prestigious brand renowned for its outstanding service, excellent music and entertainment in an exhilarating atmosphere. So much so that the world’s most legendary names and prominent figures frequent Billionaire venues around the world.Where delicious food meets thrilling performances, Billionaire Doha is the place to be when the sun goes down. Groups of friends gather to mark monumental occasions in an captivating and opulent setting, whilst tapping into authentic Italian and New-Asian cuisine, receiving world-class service, and enjoying a stunning Billionaire show.Exclusively on the Billionaire stage, the daily shows are themed on great musicians, including tributes to Elvis, Queen, MJ, Stevie Wonder, and more. For the sophisticated female clientele, there’s a dedicated “Billionaire and the City”, where ladies get complimentary drinks, selection of bubbles, grape and muddled drinks every Monday.Furthermore, Billionaire has partnered up with an exclusive designer brand to offer one lucky lady the chance of winning a select piece from one of their collections. In return, there is a showcase of the brand at the main reception at Billionaire Doha on that evening.Guests are enveloped in an evening that sets the bar high by constantly changing special displays, lighting, and colours, as well as delectable food designed to satisfy everyone.An easy and natural interaction and flow between Billionaire’s food and the extraordinary show, alongside the venue playing host to some of the best and most memorable evenings, is enough reason to recognise that the team at Billionaire really have earned their status as the true Masters of Extravaganza.
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Intense clashes could be heard in Sudan’s capital yesterday, residents said, after military factions battling for more than six weeks agreed to extend a ceasefire aimed at allowing aid to reach civilians.The army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) agreed to extend a week-long ceasefire deal by five days just before it was due to expire late on Monday.The truce was brokered and is being remotely monitored by Saudi Arabia and the US, which say it has been violated by both sides but has still allowed for the delivery of aid to an estimated 2mn people.“We hope this truce succeeds even if only to stop the war a little and that we can return to our normal lives. We have hope in the truce and we don’t have other options,” said Hind Saber, a 53-year-old resident of Khartoum.Hours before the ceasefire extension was signed, residents reported intensive fighting in all three of the adjoining cities that make up Sudan’s greater capital around the confluence of the Nile — Khartoum, Omdurman and Bahri.Clashes resumed late yesterday on the outskirts of the cities.In a statement the RSF accused the army of violating the ceasefire, saying that it defended itself against an attack and took over an army base.The war has caused nearly 1.4mn people to flee their homes, including more than 350,000 that have crossed into neighbouring countries.Areas of the capital have been hit by widespread looting and frequent cuts to power and water supplies. Most hospitals have been put out of service.The UN, some aid agencies, embassies and parts of Sudan’s central government have moved operations to Port Sudan, in Sudan’s Red Sea state, the main shipping hub which has seen little unrest.Yesterday, the state’s security committee said it had caught several “rebellious” sleeper cells that it said had sneaked in from outside and warned that they were planning activities.“We thank the citizens of Red Sea state for their total co-operation and for immediately reporting the presence of these rebellious elements and their agents within their neighbourhoods,” it said, without specifying their identity.The committee later extended a state of emergency and declared a curfew from 11pm to 5am in Port Sudan.The conflict erupted on April 15 over internationally backed plans for a transition to elections under a civilian government. Leaders of the army and the RSF had held the top positions on Sudan’s ruling council since former leader Omar al-Bashir was toppled during a popular uprising in 2019.They staged a coup in 2021 as they were due to hand leadership of the council to civilians, before falling out over the chain of command and restructuring of the RSF under the planned transition. Army leader General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan appeared in a video yesterday greeting troops. He said that the army had agreed to the ceasefire extension to ease citizens’ access to services.“The army hasn’t used its full deadly power, but it will be forced to do so if the enemy does not obey or listen to the voice of reason,” he said in a statement. UN children’s agency Unicef said more than 13.6mn children in Sudan, a country of 49mn people, were in urgent need of lifesaving humanitarian support.The UN World Food Programme, which expects up to 2.5mn people in Sudan to slip into hunger in coming months, said that 17,000 metric tonnes of food had been looted since the conflict began.WFP said on Monday that it had begun to distribute food in parts of the capital for the first time since the outbreak of fighting.UN human rights chief Volker Turk warned yesterday that fighting in Khartoum, which has spread to the war-weary Darfur region, could take on an “inter-ethnic dimension which would be terrible”.
A Saudi national who had been kidnapped in Beirut has been freed in a “special operation” by the Lebanese army near the border with Syria, the military said yesterday.Soldiers had also raided homes in Baalbek in connection with the abduction, as well as a location in the eastern city where the illicit stimulant drug captagon was being produced, the army said in a statement.“An army intelligence patrol managed to free kidnapped Saudi national Mashari al-Mutairi during a special operation on the Syrian border,” it said in a separate statement.Interior Minister Bassam Mawlawi told a news conference nine people had been arrested over the kidnapping, and that Mutairi was “doing well”.The Saudi ambassador to Beirut, Walid Bukhari, thanked Lebanon for its efforts to swiftly free the man.A senior Lebanese security source had said late Monday that unidentified assailants dressed as security personnel and driving a four-wheel-drive vehicle had kidnapped the Saudi national on the Beirut seafront, where he had been in a restaurant.Prime Minister Najib Mikati congratulated the army on the “great effort deployed to release him and arrest those involved in the kidnapping”.According to Saudi government-owned television channel Al-Ekhbariya, the kidnappers had demanded a ransom.Lebanese security forces frequently target parts of the Syrian border area in connection with drug trafficking.Most of the Middle East region’s captagon is produced in Syria and Lebanon and smuggled to its main consumer market in the region. Kidnappings of foreign nationals have been rare in recent years in Lebanon, which since late 2019 has been facing devastating economic crisis that has impoverished the population.
Project Qatar 2023 has garnered global interest as influential representatives from diverse Chambers of Commerce unite to create a dynamic platform for the exchange of knowledge and industry insights, it is learnt.The significance of sharing expertise and market knowledge among organisers and participants, in addition to highlighting the importance of collaboration among key players during this critical period of Qatar's development, has been highlighted at the event.A panel discussion on *New Trends In Qatar Construction Sector, organised by the Italian Chamber of Commerce, the Italian Trade Agency, the German Business Council Qatar (GBCQ), the Turkish Business Association (TBA), the German Industry and Commerce Office (AHK), and the American, French, and Spanish Chambers of Commerce in Qatar, in collaboration with IFP Qatar, brought together experts who introduced the latest trends in the sector, including sustainable practices and 3D printing.Industry leaders also shared insights and perspectives at the talk, guiding participants toward emerging opportunities.Prior to the talk, attendees had the opportunity to network with industry experts, fostering connections and promoting innovation.The event also attracted selected international companies exhibiting at Project Qatar, offering them the chance to gain valuable market knowledge and explore potential collaborations in the construction industry.Palma Libotte, the president of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Qatar, told reporters on the sidelines of the talk that Project Qatar, which has been a cornerstone exhibition in Qatar for the past 15 years, has undergone improvements to enhance sector focus, enabling attendees to navigate the exhibition with ease.She noted that the addition of panel discussions and conferences has further enriched the event, providing an additional platform for knowledge sharing and engagement.Libotte emphasised the active role of international business associations in facilitating connections and providing invaluable support to visiting companies, as well as underlining the positive impact of exchanging information and fostering bilateral relationships between countries.According to the organisers, Project Qatar serves as a testament to the importance of proactive market engagement, as companies explore Qatar's burgeoning construction sector.With a concerted effort to stay informed and capitalise on ongoing projects, international businesses can position themselves strategically in this dynamic market.Recognising Qatar's rapid development in recent years and its potential to shift directions swiftly was also underscored at the talk, stressing the need for a comprehensive understanding of the market to seize opportunities effectively.
M7 to present 21 Qatar-based designers at QFU by CR Runway
M7, Qatar’s epicenter for innovation and entrepreneurship in fashion, design, and technology, will propel 21 local Qatar-based brands and designers onto a global stage at the upcoming QFU by CR Runway fashion show, taking place on December 16 at Ras Abu Aboud 974 Stadium.Aligning with M7’s mission to connect creative local designers with the wider creative economy eco-system, and to provide platforms for them to scale their designs internationally, this opportunity gives both established and emerging local talents a stage to showcase their artistic flair in front of a huge global audience.Director of M7, Maha Ghanim Al Sulaiti said: “Qatar Fashion United by CR Runway is a global celebration of fashion, sport and music that bring communities together across cultures. The multicultural showcase will feature over 150 designers, out of which 21 designers will represent Qatar. It will coincide with the FIFA World Cup as part of the Qatar Creates offerings. The fashion industry in Qatar has seen rapid growth and we hope that this fashion show will put Qatar’s talent on the map amongst regional and international players in the industry. M7 is proud to be the vehicle that champions creative talents in Qatar.”The selected brands will share the stage with some of the most acclaimed and iconic names in fashion. The Qatar-based talents include two well-renowned brands: Aliya Al Obaidly Official and Harlienz, that have partnered up to curate a symbolic and unique special performance, showcasing their luxurious couture pieces. The collaboration will be accompanied by a musical piece composed by Hala Al Emadi and vocals by Qatari singer Dana. The show will also include performances from globally renowned artists including Post Malone, Zakes, DJ Snake, Ozuna, Khaled, Nancy Ajram and Kadim.Held under the auspices of Qatar Creates — the movement that curates, promotes, and celebrates the diversity of the country’s cultural activities — this extraordinary fashion show and cultural gathering will put a global spotlight on the connections between fashion, sport and music that bind people and communities together across cultures.The brands being spotlighted on the runway include:Trzi Official accessorised by Hairaat JewelleryFounded in 2010 as a brand inspired by women, art, lifestyle, and culture. TRZI’s attire blurs the line between a cultural garment and the global fashion world one stitch at a time.Lorenaa MichelleLorenaa Michelle was established in 2019 and incorporates Middle Eastern and urban Latin styles. The brand showcases culture, legacy and sustainability. The designer’s multicultural upbringing serves as an inspiration for the brand.Naila Al ThaniEmerging designer Naila Al-Thani’s namesake brand draws its inspiration from nature - how it grows, regenerates and transforms. The look being showcased at QFU by CR Runway is made with material grown from mycelium, combined with upcycled textile waste collected from local bisht tailors in Qatar.AldukanA Qatari brand founded in 2008, Aldukan uses traditional designs and embroidery combined with modern fashion trends to create unique abayas. Their abayas represent the ever-evolving taste of women in the Gulf. Rich colours, embroidery, and various textures tell the story of an Arab woman’s love for fashion, but also a story of her culture.Wit Noiz accessorized by Ghada Albuainain OfficialWit Noiz is a contemporary brand created by AlDana Khalid Al Mesnad. The brand reinterprets stylistic fashion layering into simplified yet meaningful silhouettes that directly respond to our changing times. The brand shuns bulk production standards and work with 100% sustainable fabric while creating functional pieces.Maryam Al DarwishThe brand is known for its modern yet modest aesthetic. Designer Maryam Al Darwish’s taste in chic, asymmetrical, and bohemian embroidered style has given her a unique fingerprint amongst other designers.Mhefhef accessorized by Kaltham’s PavilionCurated pieces that are all-natural, sustainable and timeless. Mhefhef collaborates with artisans from various parts of the world, allowing fabrics to be canvases for textile art. The signature Upcycled Abayas are handmade entirely from fabric waste that would have otherwise been in a landfill.By Tamader Alsultan accessorized by Ghada Albuainain OfficialA fashion label with experimental Ready-to-Wear lines that seek to push the limits of local Qatari fashion.Drizzle accessorized by Hairaat JewelleryThe brand is focused on elegant, timeless, and minimalist pieces. A piece from Drizzle will fit all times and ages, always elegant and classy.Muna Saad OfficialMuna Saad is a luxury demi-couture line. Gender, cultural and racial equality is a key part of the brand and is expressed through the designers. Muna Saad emphasis duality and uses innovative techniques and fabrics in creating her pieces.WADHAWadha Al Hajri launched her women’s pret-a-porter label, WADHA, in 2010. For QFU by CR Runway, WADHA will bring textures and lines together in a marriage of pure architectural beauty that does not overpower the wearer but lets the independence and strength of the woman come through. The brand focuses on custom-made fabrics - silks, faille, gazar - and a reduced palette of neutrals.Yasmin MansourYasmin Mansour is one of the first luxury and sustainable fashion labels in Qatar. Launched in 2014, the namesake brand aims to create unique, one-of-a-kind pieces inspired by art and architecture. The brand was selected as one of the FTA Prize 2022 finalists in the Evening Wear category.1309Founded by Qatari designer Ghada Al Subaey, 1309 is a concept to revolutionize the way fashion in Qatar is perceived. Beyond creating collections with a bold, contemporary aesthetic, 1309 boasts strong sustainability credentials.WAAD DesignsWAAD Design is a Qatari abaya brand launched in 2010 with a passion for creating unique, ready to wear attire, dressing modern women with all shapes, sizes, ages, and backgrounds in easy-to-wear yet luxurious pieces that project elegance.TiiyaFounded in 2015, TIIYA debuted in Arab Fashion Week, as part of the international fashion calendar, however, the first label that evolved into TIIYA was founded in 2006. It prides itself on being the first Qatari haute couture brand The labor of love derives from the mother-daughter duo with a shared passion for ethnography and anthropology – the study of cultural attire, motifs, and references that can be found in archival imagery and from nature.Taking place at Ras Abu Aboud 974 Stadium, QFU by CR Runway marks the beginning of a new era in fashion, an embracement of tradition and heritage in a contemporary context. It will celebrate some of the country’s most acclaimed fashion designers and highlight tomorrow’s locally-based design talents whose specialties in contemporary wear and accessories are reinventing the fashion and design scene in Qatar – and around the globe.Qatar Fashion United by CR Runway was conceived by Her Excellency Sheikha Mayassa Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, curated by the French editor and visionary stylist Carine Roitfeld, and directed by CR Runway CEO Vladimir Roitfeld. This will be the third edition of CR Runway, following CR Runway x LuisaViaRoma in Florence in 2019 and the CR Runway x AmfAR virtual show to raise awareness about COVID-19 in 2020.For information on purchasing tickets for Qatar Fashion United by CR Runway or the Qatar Creates One Pass, please visit www.qacreates.com. For viewings of the fashion show, audiences should visit www.qacreates.com and www.crfashionbook.com.