Marriage hall rentals go up to QR150,000 per night

 28 Jan 2014 - 4:21

DOHA: This being the marriage season for Qataris, the issue being hotly debated in their community these days is how expensive it is to rent wedding halls.
Marriage hall rents have gone up to QR150,000 a night, and since one must book not one but two halls — one for men, the other for women — one must spend QR300,000 on marriage venue alone.
Hall rentals come in packages as decoration and light refreshments are included. 
Food for banquets is supplied by caterers and they must be paid separately.
A citizen, Abdul Rahman Al Minhali, said his brother rented a marriage hall in a hotel for QR30,000. 
“He went enquiring about the rent in the same hotel recently, and they quoted QR130,000 for the same hall,” Al Minhali told the local Arabic daily Al Raya.
“This is unbelievable. The increase is unjustifiable. Wedding hall rents are back-breaking. They swell marriage costs which these days average up to QR900,000 at the end of honeymoon.
“No wonder that young men are forced to rely on bank loans to get married and they get trapped in vicious and never-ending debt,” he added.
Tents that are erected in open grounds with permission from the municipality concerned were a better option earlier as they worked out to be less expensive, said another national, Hadi Al Marri.
But that option is out now since one needs about QR180,000 to hold marriage parties in tents, he added.
In some GCC countries, people have begun holding simple marriage parties early in the evening and serve only tea, coffee and refreshments to guests to cut costs, he said. “We should emulate such examples and economise,” said Al Marri. 
“Exorbitant marriage costs are to blame for many young men and women remaining unmarried until late.”
Yet another Qatari, Nasser Al Abdullah, said the government is building many wedding halls across the country and they could be used by nationals at nominal rent.
“The government should hasten up and build the halls as soon as possible,” said Al Abdullah.
It is foolish to spend QR300,000 (as rent for halls) for just a few hours, said Naji Al Nuaimi, a citizen.
Psychologist Dr Batool Khalifa said escalating marriage costs were responsible for late marriages in the community. People take loans from banks and are unable to repay. This causes social and psychological problems for them in the long run.
The PeninsulaDOHA: This being the marriage season for Qataris, the issue being hotly debated in their community these days is how expensive it is to rent wedding halls.
Marriage hall rents have gone up to QR150,000 a night, and since one must book not one but two halls — one for men, the other for women — one must spend QR300,000 on marriage venue alone.
Hall rentals come in packages as decoration and light refreshments are included. 
Food for banquets is supplied by caterers and they must be paid separately.
A citizen, Abdul Rahman Al Minhali, said his brother rented a marriage hall in a hotel for QR30,000. 
“He went enquiring about the rent in the same hotel recently, and they quoted QR130,000 for the same hall,” Al Minhali told the local Arabic daily Al Raya.
“This is unbelievable. The increase is unjustifiable. Wedding hall rents are back-breaking. They swell marriage costs which these days average up to QR900,000 at the end of honeymoon.
“No wonder that young men are forced to rely on bank loans to get married and they get trapped in vicious and never-ending debt,” he added.
Tents that are erected in open grounds with permission from the municipality concerned were a better option earlier as they worked out to be less expensive, said another national, Hadi Al Marri.
But that option is out now since one needs about QR180,000 to hold marriage parties in tents, he added.
In some GCC countries, people have begun holding simple marriage parties early in the evening and serve only tea, coffee and refreshments to guests to cut costs, he said. “We should emulate such examples and economise,” said Al Marri. 
“Exorbitant marriage costs are to blame for many young men and women remaining unmarried until late.”
Yet another Qatari, Nasser Al Abdullah, said the government is building many wedding halls across the country and they could be used by nationals at nominal rent.
“The government should hasten up and build the halls as soon as possible,” said Al Abdullah.
It is foolish to spend QR300,000 (as rent for halls) for just a few hours, said Naji Al Nuaimi, a citizen.
Psychologist Dr Batool Khalifa said escalating marriage costs were responsible for late marriages in the community. People take loans from banks and are unable to repay. This causes social and psychological problems for them in the long run.
The Peninsula