Posted on July 18, 2014
A series of festivities was organised by Total E&P Qatar to mark Garangao, a popular Gulf-based festival celebrated in mid-Ramadan. The first half of the celebrations was held in Total's offices in Al Fardan towers, where all employees and their children were invited to enjoy traditional songs, drawings and they received gift bags.
 
Children also engaged with a traditionally-clothed mascot 'Noora' who distributed nuts and sweets. Total partnered with Qatari-based writer Asma al Kuwari, who authored a book especially for this festival. The book titled 'The Garangao Kingdom' was distributed to all the employees in order to enlighten them more on the history and significance of Garangao. The second half of the Garangao celebrations took place in collaboration with Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) children's hospital, where Total's Qatari employees and top executives visited the children. They brought along 'Noora' the mascot, and distributed goodie bags and books to everyone present. The children expressed their delight to be a part of the celebrations, with many posing for photographs with 'Noora'.

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"This is a special occasion which brings together children from all over the country, and we are happy to have organised celebrations, both in our offices and in association with Hamad Medical Corporation," said Abdulla Mohsen, head of administration and government liaison at Total E&P Qatar."Through this we aim to highlight Qatar's culture and traditions, and to share it with all community members."
 
"It was great to see both Qatari and expatriate children engrossed in the spirit of Garangao," said Carolina Pretzel, deputy vice-president HR, communications and CSR."As an expatriate living in Qatar, I have come to appreciate such occasions which represents the beauty and richness of Qatari culture. It was an exciting day for children and adults as well, who participated in Garangao-themed music and other festivities, while learning more about the history and importance of the festival."
 

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