Qatar urges couples to say "I do" with free weddings

Qataris increasingly reluctant to tie knot in face of rising costs, says study
Young Qataris have complained that it has become expensive to get married as rental rates at existing venues are very high
By Shane McGinley
Wed 05 Dec 2012 12:08 PM

Following concerns from young
Qataris that the cost of getting married had become too expensive, the Doha
government has announced it will begin construction of 13 multi-purpose halls
which can be used by nationals to host weddings, with some offering facilities
free of charge.

The Social Development Center
(SDC), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community
Development, unveiled ‘Project Riymas’, which plans to build and maintain eight
multi-purpose halls for large-scale events, particularly weddings.

The first hall will be built in
the Al Rafaa area within the next two months and is expected to be completed by
2014, according to the Qatar News Agency (QNA).

In addition, Crown Prince Sheikh
Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has said five additional halls will be built and made
available to Qatari couples “free of charge”, according to Doha News.

The move comes after it was
reported young Qataris had complained that it had become expensive to get
married as rental rates at existing venues had become very high.

A report in The Peninsula
newspaper said there was currently around 18 wedding halls in Qatar and average
rents varied from QAR70, 000 (US$19,226) to QAR150,000 (US$41,200) .

‘Project Riymas’ came about
following market research carried out by Tanween Consultancy, on behalf of SDC,
which found there was a need to establish a total of eight venues over the next
five years.

“By providing the community with
alternative and affordable venues for large-scale events like weddings, Riymas
aims to enhance the quality of the events sector in Qatar,” said Munther
Al-Dawood, Manager, Projects and Investments at SDC.

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