Sunday, December 18, 2011


On the tv in my room at Wyndham Grand Regency Hotel Doha, Qatar, welcoming my arrival
Flying again this morning by 0640 flight from Penang to Kuala Lumpur and by 1010 flight from Kuala Lumpur to Doha, Qatar. Alhamdulillah, I am now safely arriving in Doha and have checked-in into five star Wyndham Grand Hotel. It took about 8 hours 30 minutes (55 minutes from Penang to Kuala Lumpur, and 7 hours 45 minutes from Kuala Lumpur to Doha, minus 2 hours and 35 minutes transit at Kuala Lumpur International Airport) to reach Doha.

The aim of the journey is to participate in a Qatar Foundation-IRTI of the IDB-organised conference, the 8th International Conference on Islamic Economics and Finance, themed Sustainable Growth and Inclusive Economic Development From An Islamic Perspective, from 19-21 December 2011. My participation is sponsored by the organisers, Alhamdulillah.

Together with me are ISDEV Management Committee Dr Zakaria Bahari and ISDEV PhD student Muhammad Yasir Yusof. Both will present their shared paper on "Islamic Corporate Social Responsibility in Islamic Banking; Toward Poverty Alleviation", while I myself will present a paper entitled "Islamic Economics Revisited: Re-contemplating Unresolved Structure and Assumptions".

We will be in Doha until 22 December 2011, InshaAllah.

With Dr Zakaria and Muhammad Yasir at KLIA, waiting for connecting flight to Doha, Qatar

My room at the Wyndham Grand Regency Hotel

Part of Doha from my hotel room

Dinner treated by Muhammad Yasir' eldest brother who is working in Doha

In front of our hotel, with Penang born Fadhil, a friend of Muhammad Yasir's brother

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