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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Doha Games Opening Ceremony

Qatar doesn’t believe in doing things in halves, as it will demonstrate tomorrow with the opening ceremony of the 15th Asian Games – an event Qatar believes will not only overshadow the opening ceremony of the Olypmic Games in Sydney, but will be the biggest event ever in Asia.

“We are eagerly awaiting what will be the culmination of several years of planning for the biggest ceremony Asia has ever known,” said the Deputy Director General of DAGOC modestly. “We are doing things in this ceremony that have never been done before,” added David Atkins, the Australian director.

The event will make use of the creative skills of 8,000 artists, and will feature Chinese popstar Jack Cheung, Bollywood star Sunidhi Chauhan, Lebanese artist Magida El Roumi and tenor José Carreras. It’ll take place in Khalifa stadium, originally an open topped 25,000 seat stadium but now a 50,000 seat venue with a floating roof.

The ceremony should certainly be worth watching, and once again demonstrates Qatar's determination to stand up and be noticed by the world despite its tiny size.

Also see:

The Qatar Asian Games

The Asian Games Torch returns to Qatar

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