Welcome to the Homepage of Techshare Middle East. Techshare took place in Doha on November 4th and 5th 2014 and brought together a range of experts and stakeholders to discuss best practice in access to technology for people with a disabilities. Check back often for further news and information.
You can access all of the presentations for Techshare from this site
Techshare Middle East is a conference and exhibition discussing accessibility and assistive technology at a national and regional level with international participation. It provides a chance to network, share experiences and influence the future of accessibility throughout the Middle East.
Mada is the Qatar Assistive Technology Center, based at ictQatar in Doha. Mada was created in 2010 to connect people with disabilities to technology. In the last four years Mada has supported hundreds of people to connect to technology through advice, assessment, provision of equipment and training. In 2014 the Prime Minister of Qatar, launched the new Mada strategy for the coming three years. Techshare Middle East provides a key element of that strategy in promoting technology for access and raising awareness of the needs and potential of people with a disability in Qatar.
Getting to Qatar
Doha is the capital of State of Qatar, an Arab country situated on the eastern side of the Arabian Gulf. Qatar is well served by several major airlines, the most prominent being Qatar Airways. Direct flights are available to Doha from many major cities or with a connection via nearby cities like Dubai
Arabic is the official and main language, but English is widely spoken in every part of the country.
Qatar Local time is three hours ahead of Universal Coordinated Time (UTC) with no daylight savings adjustments.
The working week in Qatar runs from Sunday to Thursday, with Friday and Saturday being days off. The working hours in Doha are generally from 07:00 to 14:00.
Climate and clothing
Qatar enjoys a pleasant climate in the fall when the average temperature averaging around 30°C during the day.
Men and women should dress modestly as a courtesy to both Qataris and Muslims. Swimsuits and beachwear are acceptable at the hotel beaches (don’t forget sunscreen), but it is not appropriate to show too much skin in other public areas. Tops should cover the shoulders and upper arms, and skirts or shorts should fall to or below the knee. Women are not obliged to cover their hair. Visitors should be thoughtful of their clothing particularly in the Holy Month of Ramadan. The extreme heat and high humidity of summertime means light-weight fibres are advisable (clothes made from ‘wicking’ – high techpolyester material, are invaluable); covering up susceptible parts of your body whilst outside they will also prevent sunburn. However a jumper or wrap may be needed inside malls, cinemas and restaurants, as the air conditioning can be fierce.
The official currency is the Qatari Riyal (QR), which divides into 100 Dirhams. Banknote denominations include 1, 5, 10, 50, 100, and 500. Coinages included 25 and 50 dirhams. The Riyal exchange rate is pegged to the US Dollar at QR 3.65.
For updates on currency exchange rates, you may consult several currency converter websites.
ATM machines are available in hotels and all commercial areas, such as shopping malls. Credit cards are accepted at all major hotels and most shops. Banks are generally open from 07:30 to 13:00, Sunday through Thursday.