Qatar hospitality on full display

WITH one eye on an Olympic bid, the Doha Asian Games organisers are pulling out all the stops to ensure the visiting athletes and media leave Qatar with a positive impression. 

The US$500mil Athletes' Village has 32 residential buildings with 811 five-bedroom apartments for athletes and 45 for team leaders. 

“The government of Qatar signed a contract with the Olympic Council of Asia who specify what kind of athlete's village to supply,” Ahmed Abdulla Al Khulaifi, organising committee deputy director general, said yesterday. 

“Actually we shouldn't exceed 10,000 (beds), but we provided 11,535, so we are providing for and exceeding that contract.” 

The complex includes a swimming pool, cinema and prayer facilities for various religions, as well as multi-cultural dining and entertainment for the wide mix of cultures. 

The media are also receiving special attention with two free meals a day at the Main Media Centre. – AP 

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