January 8, 2020 12:18 PM NPT
KATHMANDU, Jan 8: The Embassy of Nepal in Doha organized on Tuesday a ceremony at the Embassy Hall to officially inaugurate Visit Nepal 2020 campaign in Qatar.
The ceremony was inaugurated Ambassador of Nepal to the State of Qatar Dr. Narad Nath Bharadwaj and Farhan Al Sheikh Al Sayed, Founder and Patron of Qatar Extreme Sports and President of International Walking Football Federation Qatar by lighting the traditional lamp. Former Ambassador of Qatar to Belgium, USA and UAE Abdullah Yousef A. Fakhroo, PR Manager of Katara Cultural Village Foundation Salem Al Marri, senior officials and representatives of travel and tour operators in Qatar, senior officials and representatives of money exchange companies, Qatari businesspersons, senior officials of Non-Resident Nepali Associations as well prominent members of Nepali community in Qatar attended the ceremony, according to the Embassy of Nepal in Doha.
A brief video on Nepal's tourism highlights and attractions was presented during the ceremony. Similarly, a presentation was also made on the Visit Nepal 2020 campaign, major tourist destinations of Nepal and the imperatives for visiting Nepal in 2020 during the ceremony.
Addressing the ceremony, Ambassador Dr. Bharadwaj referred to the close and cordial relations between Nepal and Qatar. He stated that the two countries are exploring collaboration in new areas, especially in the economic sector. Dr. Bhardwaj highlighted the tourism prospects of Nepal and appealed to the Qatari nationals as well as members of the expatriate community in Qatar to visit Nepal in 2020 with family and friends. Visiting Nepal in 2020 also means supporting Nepal's aspiration for peace, progress and prosperity, he added. He encouraged to travel and tour operators in Qatar to cash in on the high potentials of attractive tourism packages in Nepal. Farhan Al Sheikh Al Sayed extended best wishes to the campaign and assured that Qatari people will support the campaign from their end.
He highlighted the need for further promoting tourism potentials of Nepal among the local population at the backdrop of close people-to-people relations evident from a large Nepali community in Qatar. Direct and frequent flights between the two capitals, reaching six flights a day, is already an advantage for promoting tourism in Nepal among the Qataris, he opined.
Secretary of Non-Resident Nepali Association International Coordination Committee and a prominent Nepali entrepreneur in Qatar, R.K. Sharma stated that the Nepali community in Qatar will fully support the campaign. The community will also collaborate with the Embassy to organize different programs for promoting the campaign, he added.
Speaking on the occasion, Fakhroo shared the memory of his past three visits to Nepal. He also reflected on the beauty of Nepal as well as the warm cordiality of Nepali people. He said he will visit Nepal soon to support Visit Nepal 2020 campaign as well as to carry out some social support in Nepal. Dr. Bharadwaj handed over the tourist visa of Nepal to Fakhroo on the occasion, making him the first Qatari national to receive a tourist visa from the Embassy in the year 2020.