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Tasmeem Doha Design Conference
21-24 March 2011

Travel & Accomodation


Non-Qatari or GCC citizens entering Qatar are required to carry visas. Some visas are issued upon arrival, while others must be applied for ahead of time. Travelers may also obtain instant visas online through Hukoomi.

Visas upon arrival are generally restricted to residents of selected countries. The 33 approved countries are:

The United States, Britain, France, Italy, Germany, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Portugal, Ireland, Greece , Finland, Spain, Monaco, the Vatican, Iceland, Andorra, San Marino, Lichtenstein, Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, South Korea.

For more information, please consult the official Qatar e-Government Portal for more information on entry Visas to Qatar.

VCUQatar will not sponsor any participant's visa for the Tasmeem conference.


Doha Internation Airport is served by a number of international carriers. Qatar Airways has the largest presence at Doha and flies from 85 cities around the world.


The majority of hotels are within 30 minutes drive from the VCUQatar campus in Education City. Hotels around the airport are approximately 45 minutes drive from VCUQatar.

5 Star Accommodation
Grand Millenium
La Cigale Hotel
Four Seasons Hotel
Doha Marriott Gulf Hotel
Sheraton Doha Hotel and Resort
The Ritz-Carlton Doha
Inter-Continental Doha
W Hotel
4 Star Accommodation
Movenpick Hotel

Shuttle bus service will be provided to the conference from Movenpick Hotel

Mercure Grand Hotel
Al Sadd Merweb
Ramada Hotel
Grand Regency
3 Star Accommodation
Al Bustan Hotel
Royal Qatar Hotel

Shuttle bus service will be provided to the conference from Royal Qatar Hotel


Doha, Qatar


Tasmeem Doha 2011
takes place at the VCUQatar campus Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, Education City, Doha.

About the VCUQatar campus

VCUQatar boasts an impressive building with an exterior reminiscent of the heritage and culture of Qatar and an interior in which student projects line the hallways showcasing a vibrant contemporary design and art school.

The campus has an international gallery and large atrium that are main venues for exhibitions, lectures, conferences, fashion shows and a variety of community and student-led events.

In the fall of 2010, the campus more than doubled in size. The expansion provided additional studios for the academic programs and integrate the VCUQatar Center for Research in Design, the MFA program, the Office of Design Entrepreneurship and Alumni Affairs on campus. There is also expanded exhibition space, café, student lounges and prayer rooms.

About Qatar

Qatar’s culture and heritage has formed the bedrock of its modern society, its social warmth provides the foundation for the country’s bottomless hospitality, and its music and handicrafts are the inspiration of modern artists and artisans.

The government, encouraged by HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani and HH Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned, has embarked on a multifaceted approach to preserving the culture and heritage of the country.

The bustle and vitality of the old souqs has been recreated in Souq Waqif amidst buildings featuring traditional architecture. There you will find handicrafts on display as well as traditional foods, fabrics and art. Young Qataris are being encouraged to set up businesses promoting old crafts and traditions.

Qatar Foundation (QF), chaired by HH Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned, promotes cultural richness and preservation of the country’s heritage. Libraries, magnificent collections of Arabic writings, calligraphy and art, are all being made available for research and public appreciation through QF, the Qatar Museums Authority, and the National Council for Culture, Heritage and the Arts.