U.S. Embassy in Qatar Kicks-Off 2018 Discover America Festival

Press Release
October 28, 2018
For Immediate Release

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the 2018 Discover America Festival – where we bring the best of American innovation and culture to Qatar.  The Festival will feature a jam-packed week of events to explore American innovation, fashion, business, music, consumer products, food, and films.  All events are open to the public, and the U.S. Embassy will be hosting a variety of events throughout the week of October 28 – November 4.  A full schedule of events is available on https://qa.usembassy.gov/daf2018.

After more than 45 years of friendship and partnership, relations between the United States and Qatar have never been stronger.  More than $62 billion worth of goods and services has flowed between the two countries in the past 20 years.  The U.S. continues to be Qatar’s largest foreign direct investor and largest trading partner.  And U.S.-Qatari commercial ties only continue to grow, increasing by more than 85% during the first nine months of 2018 as compared to the same period of time in 2017.  Nearly 40,000 Qataris visit the United States every year, 15,000 of them traveling on student visas. The United States continues to increase its commercial presence, with more than 100 U.S.-based companies located in Qatar.

During the week of October 28 through November 4, come discover American fashion, business, food, music, and films with us.  For the fashionable crowd, Heya Fashion Show will feature the debut of U.S.-designer and celebrity-favorite Tosca NY.  Qatar Airways will launch special promotions to ten U.S. destinations.  Lulu Hypermarket will feature special promotions on American food favorites and brands.  And eight hotels in Doha will feature American cuisine in specially- crafted menus including:



Everything is Bigger in Texas InterCon City
Santa Monica Breakfast Club Hotel Grand Hyatt
Hudson’s Tavern Mondrian Hotel
Astor Grill St. Regis Hotel
Aramede Restaurant Crowne Plaza Hotel
Misturado Restaurant Crowne Plaza Hotel
New York Steak House Hotel Marriott Marquis
Irish Harp Hotel Doha Sheraton
Discover America at the Pool Grill Four Seasons Hotel


All menus are available on https://qa.usembassy.gov/daf2018.

For future investors, you can join the U.S. Embassy for a live Twitter chat on October 30 from 10:30AM @USEmbassyQatar.  Submit questions in advance about doing business and investing in the U.S.

For film lovers, the U.S. Embassy in Qatar is partnering with the Doha Film Institute to present the “Cinema Under the Stars” series.  Enjoy a line-up of four American films to entertain the whole family at the Museum of Islamic Art Park and enjoy the cooler evenings. Screenings are free and begin at 7 PM.

Thursday, November 1: PLANES (2013)

Friday, November 2: PIXAR SHORTS: VOLUME 1 (2007)

Saturday, November 3: TOY STORY (1995)

Sunday, November 4: CHICKEN LITTLE (2005)

On November 3, wrap up the week with a performance by an American band performing pop and rock favorites at the Mall of Qatar’s Oreedoo Stage at 4:30, 5:30, and 7:30 PM.

Come and experience American films and music, and discover new opportunities to partner with American businesses in Qatar and abroad.  Find out what is going on during the 2018 Discover America Festival and let others know how you are enjoying the festival by using #DAinQatar and #USQatar in your tweets and Instagram posts.

Be sure to follow the U.S. Embassy on Twitter @USEmbassyQatar, on Facebook @USEmbassyQatar, and Instagram @USAinQatar for the latest updates on the festival.