qr332
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Doha Asian Games - Amazing Opening Ceremony

Sat Dec 02, 2006 8:10 pm

I want to watch the opening ceremony for the 2006 Asian Games yesterday, and it had to be one of the most amazing things i've ever seen - it was a world-class ceremony, truly amazing.

There were several superstars brought in from India, Hong Kong and Lebanon, although i've forgotten the name... the ceremony was very focused on Arab culture, although it did have a very strong element of East Asian culture as well - it honored achievements from Arabs during the golden age and the scientists of the West that followed.

All in all, everyone agrees it was spectacular, although there was heavy rain and wind which forced some things to be canceled. One of the scariest parts in the ceremony, though, was when the torch bearer who lit the cauldron, the Emir's son Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al Thani, almost slipped down the slope on his horse. The rain had stopped for half an hour, but it was still wet, and near the top the horse almost slipped down... thank God nothing happened!

Here are some pics from the ceremony:

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My pictures (sorry for the quality, I had to use my phone!):

The LED screen you can see was huuuuge:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v84/amrja/DSC00352.jpg

These guys started the ceremony by making the words peace and salam (arabic for peace) with their torches at the beginning:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v84/amrja/DSC00346.jpg

The science & future part:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v84/amrja/DSC00367.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v84/amrja/DSC00370.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v84/amrja/DSC00382.jpg

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The athletes parade:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v84/amrja/DSC00388.jpg

Both Palestine and Iraq took part:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v84/amrja/DSC00396.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v84/amrja/DSC00399.jpg

The amazing cauldron:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v84/amrja/DSC00406.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v84/amrja/DSC00410.jpg
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RE: Doha Asian Games - Amazing Opening Ceremony

Sat Dec 02, 2006 8:50 pm

My God....its crazy man.I would have loved to have seen it.Well fortunately i get Al Jazeera English here in Brussels so i will turn it on catch some glimpses of it.Howcome Pakistan is'nt taking part?
 
qr332
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RE: Doha Asian Games - Amazing Opening Ceremony

Sat Dec 02, 2006 10:04 pm

Quoting KHI747 (Reply 1):
My God....its crazy man.I would have loved to have seen it.Well fortunately i get Al Jazeera English here in Brussels so i will turn it on catch some glimpses of it.Howcome Pakistan is'nt taking part?

It is! All OCA (Olympic Council of Asia) members are taking part. If you can get Arabsat or Nilesat, AlJazeera Sport Asia 2 is a FTA channel that is airing the whole thing live, i'm sure there will be reruns of it.

What I thought was very interesting was that both DPR Korea and S. Korea came in together under one unified flag...
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RE: Doha Asian Games - Amazing Opening Ceremony

Sat Dec 02, 2006 11:45 pm

Quoting QR332 (Reply 2):
What I thought was very interesting was that both DPR Korea and S. Korea came in together under one unified flag...

They have been doing that a lot of late.....I don't think it has much meaning.

Very nice pics.


BTW, I saws the Palastine Picture, but were were the Israelis?  stirthepot 
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qr332
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RE: Doha Asian Games - Amazing Opening Ceremony

Sat Dec 02, 2006 11:49 pm

Quoting Dtwclipper (Reply 3):
BTW, I saws the Palastine Picture, but were were the Israelis?

Trying to stir the pot as usual? Big grin Israel isn't part of the OCA, as far as I know, and competes with Europe.

If Israel was part of the OCA, they would have probably been allowed to compete; Qatar and Israel have good relations and just last year I attended a Model United Nations conference here where a school from Israel had come in.
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