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Qatar Visa Centers to offer free mobile SIM cards

Qatar Visa Centers to offer free mobile SIM cards

Qatar News
Qatar Visa Centers, which have started operating in a number of major workforce exporting countries including India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, will provide mobile SIM cards with QR30 balance free of cost to newly inducted workers to keep them connected with their families during their journey and stay in Qatar. “The mobile number of the provided SIM cards will be added to the documents of work contracts which are being signed at QVCs,” Muhammed Ali Al Meer, Labour Expert and Adviser at the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs told The Peninsula. He said that since the copies of the contract are in the access of the Ministry of Administrative Development Labour and Social Affairs and the employers, the mobile number will enable them to call the
Qatar’s biggest vegetable producing firm plans expansion, eyes export

Qatar’s biggest vegetable producing firm plans expansion, eyes export

Qatar News
Doha: Qatar’s biggest vegetable producing company Qatarat Agricultural Development Company (QADCO), is planning to expand its production by increasing the area under cultivation. The company that meets country’s one-third of vegetables requirement, plans to increase its farming land by 10 percent annually. The company also plans to export vegetables to European countries. “We are the biggest producer of vegetables in Qatar, producing over 94 varieties of vegetables in our farms,” Nezar M A Al Atawneh, Operations Manager, QADCO told The Peninsula. “We plan to increase the area of farmed land by 10 percent annually. This will lead to increase in production and help in country’s efforts in reaching self sufficiency in vegetables,” he added. The company, that supplies over 92 vari
First smart retail outlet in Qatar to open in Msheireb

First smart retail outlet in Qatar to open in Msheireb

Qatar News
Msheireb Downtown Doha, the smartest and most sustainable fully-built city district in the world, will be home to the first Monoprix in Qatar with the Smart Retail Solution. Msheireb Properties, the developer of Msheireb Downtown Doha (MDD), and Ali Bin Ali Holding, owner of the Monoprix franchise in the country, signed an agreement on Monday to open Monoprix in Msheireb Downtown Doha. The signing was also attended by Sébastien Farhat, the Regional General Manager of Monoprix. Msheireb Properties and Ali Bin Ali Holding officials at the signing ceremony. Photo by Qassim Rahmatullah./ The Peninsula To be situated at the soon-to-open Galleria mall, Monoprix will launch for the first time in the region one of the most advanced retail software solutions for an enhanced customer
QF lights up in blue to mark World Autism Awareness Day!

QF lights up in blue to mark World Autism Awareness Day!

Qatar News
Qatar Foundation (QF) has commemorated World Autism Awareness Day – an initiative proposed by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, to the United Nations in 2007, and first marked in 2008 – by lighting up the 2015 building (QF Headquarters) in blue, through an initiative sponsored by Renad Academy, a specialized school under the umbrella of QF’s Pre-University Education (PUE). As part of an awareness campaign by Renad Academy and PUE, the building at Education City was illuminated in the color that represents World Autism Awareness Day – which fell on April 2 – on Tuesday evening. It will continue to be lit in blue until April 4. In line with this campaign, Renad Academy is continuing to run the Nadi Al Asdeqa (QAS-Renad Friendship Club), under whos
Unsettled weather to continue, temperature to rise over weekend

Unsettled weather to continue, temperature to rise over weekend

Qatar News
The Qatar Met department has said the unsettled weather conditions will continue over the weekend and the temperature is also expected to rise during this period. Thursday’s forecast says thundery rain is expected in some inshore as well as offshore areas along with strong winds and high seas offshore. In a report Wednesday, the Met department said weather charts indicate that the country’s skies will continue to be affected by a state of instability due to the extension of a low-pressure system over the region until Saturday, April 6. Partly cloudy to cloudy weather is expected to continue and there is a chance of scattered rain of variable intensity, which may be thundery at times in some areas, the report states. The winds are likely to be mainly easterly to northeast
Desert Park in Al Shahaniya: A new destination for outdoor enthusiasts in Qatar

Desert Park in Al Shahaniya: A new destination for outdoor enthusiasts in Qatar

Qatar News
The Ministry of Municipality and Environment opened yesterday the Desert Park in Al Shahaniya area. Director of Municipality of Al Shahaniya Jaber Al Jaber stressed that the opening of the Desert Park comes within the framework of the Ministry's efforts to establish public gardens and parks with an aim to increase green areas and recreation places to serve as an outlet for the people of the area. The park is distinctive and serves the Shahaniya area; it is designed in the form of a desert tree, and it is also characterized by the presence of a number of wild trees and animals from the Qatari environment, and about 8 types of animals. One of the goals of the park is to introduce young people and school students to the Qatari identity and environment by presenting all the types of...
Fuwairit Beach closed till August for turtle nesting season

Fuwairit Beach closed till August for turtle nesting season

GULF NEWS
The Peninsula Doha: The Ministry of Municipalities and Environment announced the closure of Fuwairit Beach from April 1, 2019 till August 1, 2019, for the protection of endangered sea turtles during the nesting season. This comes within the framework of the efforts of the ministry to preserve wildlife, in accordance with Ministerial Resolution No. (37) of 2010 on the conservation of turtles and seabirds from extinction. The Ministry appealed to citizens and residents who visit the beaches and northern islands (Fuwairit, Al Ghariyah, Al Huwailah, Al Mafjar, Umm Tiss Island, Rukan and Shrao’s Island) not to approach the turtle nesting areas, not to direct light at them and not to make any disturbing sounds nearby. The Ministry urged everyone to immediately report any vi
UAE hired US hackers to spy on Al Jazeera chief — GCC Crisis Updates Week 96

UAE hired US hackers to spy on Al Jazeera chief — GCC Crisis Updates Week 96

GULF NEWS
A group of American hackers who once worked for U.S. intelligence agencies helped the United Arab Emirates spy on a BBC host, the chairman of Al Jazeera and other prominent Arab media figures, reported Reuters. The phone-hacking operation dates back to June 2017, the same week that the UAE and its allies imposed blockade against Qatar. The American operatives worked for Project Raven, a secret Emirati intelligence program that spied on dissidents, militants and political opponents of the UAE monarchy. A Reuters investigation in January revealed Project Raven’s existence and inner workings, including the fact that it surveilled a British activist and several unnamed U.S. journalists. Former Raven operatives told the news agency that they were tasked with finding material showing that
Insurance company to offer free medical check-up in Qatar

Insurance company to offer free medical check-up in Qatar

GULF NEWS
Qatar’s leading Health & Life Insurer — QIC Group entity QLM Life & Medical Insurance Company, is celebrating World Health Day by offering free medical check-up on Friday for all residents of Qatar on April 5 from 8am to 11am at Abeer Medical Centres (Abu Hamour & Industrial Area) & At Aster Medical Center in C-Ring Road, Al Ghanim, Hilal, Al Rayyan, Industrial Area and Al Khor. Other healthcare centres like Asian Medical Center, SAC Mall of Qatar, Elaj Medical Centre, Apollo, Atlas, Future Medical Centre, Planet Medical Centre, Al Rabeeh Dental Center, Naseem Al Rabeeh, Al Safa Medical Medical Polyclinic and Badr Al Samaa, the timings are from 3pm to 8pm. Deputy Group President and CEO, Salem Khalaf Al Mannai (envisioned) stated: "QLM Life Insurance and Medical I
Arab Quartet boycotts Qatar’s hosting of 140th Assembly of IPU

Arab Quartet boycotts Qatar’s hosting of 140th Assembly of IPU

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The last general assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) was held in Geneva. The Anti-Terror Quartet: UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt, has issued the following statement on Qatar's hosting of 140th Assembly of IPU. The Arab Quartet has submitted a joint statement to the General Secretariat of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) during the 139th General Assembly held in Geneva, objecting Qatar's hosting of the 140th General Assembly of the IPU, which is scheduled to be held in Doha from 6th to 10th April. The Quartet has announced boycotting of the meeting in case it is held in Doha, unless the State of Qatar responds to the demands of the four countries to cease its support for terrorism and stop intervention in internal affairs of countries of the region. The Qu...