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Qatar offers visa-free entry for all during summer

Qatar offers visa-free entry for all during summer

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Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) announced a wide range of exciting activities as well as visa-free entry for all to offer an exciting summer experience. During a press conference held at Sharq Village and Spa on Saturday, QNTC secretary-general and Qatar Airways GCEO HE Akbar al-Baker said: "Families, relatives, and friends of Qatar residents will have the opportunity to visit the country visa-free during the ‘Summer in Qatar’ festival," as saying by Qatar's daily newspaper the Gulf Times. “We will even attract families and friends of people living in Qatar and make for them visa-free arrival at the Hamad International Airport,” HE al-Baker told reporters. “Citizens and residents of Qatar can bring, invite their relatives and friends, any other guests hassle-free into the
Qatar government announces official working hours during Ramadan

Qatar government announces official working hours during Ramadan

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Minister of Justice and Acting Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Dr. Issa bin Saad al-Jafali al-Nuaimi today issued a circular specifying the working hours during the holy month of Ramadan for ministries, government agencies and public bodies and institutions. The circular stated that on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan in 1440 AH, it has been decided that the official working hours during the holy month for civil servants will be five hours a day, starting from 9 am to 2 pm. Source
Qatar to abolish exit visa system by year’s end

Qatar to abolish exit visa system by year’s end

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Qatar has introduced a series of labour reforms since its selection as the 2022 World Cup host, with the event setting in motion a huge construction programme employing foreign workers. Qatar is set to abolish its controversial exit visa system for all foreign workers by the end of the year, the UN's International Labour Organisation said Friday. Qatar has introduced a series of labour reforms since its selection as the 2022 World Cup host, with the event setting in motion a huge construction programme employing foreign workers "Last year, the exit visa was eliminated for the majority of workers, this year, that will be extended to all remaining categories of workers," ILO's Houtan Homayounpour, head of the labour agency's project office in Doha, told AFP. In September 201...
Qatar covered up the death of 1200 workers

Qatar covered up the death of 1200 workers

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Rights groups accuse body of whitewashing Qatar’s image and politicising rights issues Several human rights groups have accused a Qatari self-styled rights advocate and his government panel of covering up the death of more than 1,200 migrant workers while building sports facilities for hosting the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The Arab Organisation for Human Rights in the UK and Europe, the African Human Right Heritage, and the Gulf Association for Rights and Freedom have said they filed a joint complaint against Ali Bin Samikh Al Marri, the secretary general of Qatar’s National Human Rights Committee. They also accused Al Marri of taking advantage of his panel to whitewash Qatar’s image and wasting the small emirate’s money for “politicising” rights issues. The complaint has been
Reports: Abused workers go on rampage in Qatar

Reports: Abused workers go on rampage in Qatar

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Migrant workers, angry over rights abuses, staged violent protests in Qatar, online reports have said. The protesters took to the streets, decrying oppressive government policies, overdue wages and inhuman working conditions, they said. Online images showed cars reportedly destroyed by angry demonstrators, who work on building stadiums that will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. There was no official or media comment in Doha. The hashtag “Riot Acts in Qatar” has become a popular Arab trending over the past hours in a show of solidarity with the protesting workers. Tweeters also mocked the Qatari news television Al Jazeera for ignoring the protests. “Al Jazeera: Vehicles are taking a nap! News of protests is incorrect!” said a commentator, named Abdul Latif,
Sheikh Thani bin Abdullah bin Thani Al Thani donates $35m to displaced Rohingyas & Yemenis

Sheikh Thani bin Abdullah bin Thani Al Thani donates $35m to displaced Rohingyas & Yemenis

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UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, announced yesterday a major individual contribution of more than $35 million from Qatari businessman Sheikh Thani bin Abdullah bin Thani Al Thani for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and displaced Yemenis. The donation, which is the largest UNHCR has received from an individual, covers a one-year cooperation agreement and two grant agreements and is worth US$ 35,215,260. The agreements were signed in Geneva yesterday by UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi and Sheikh Dr. Khalid bin Thani bin Abdullah bin Thani Al Thani, on behalf of H E Sheikh Thani bin Abdullah bin Thani Al Thani, a generous Qatari lead philanthropist and business person, with attendance of Sheikh Khalifa bin Thani bin Abdulla Al Thani and Dr. Ayedh Dabsan Al Qahtani. The...
Ramadan likely to fall on May 6 in Qatar: Astronomical expert

Ramadan likely to fall on May 6 in Qatar: Astronomical expert

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According to calculations by astronomers, the holy month of Ramadan will likely start from Monday, May 6, 2019. According to Qatar Calendar House experts the new crescent of Ramadan 1440 H will be born on Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 1:47 am Doha time.  According to Dr Bashir Marzouk, Astronomer at the Qatar Calendar House, the crescent of the holy month of Ramadan will remain in the sky for 31 minutes after Sunday sunset. Accordingly, on Monday May 6, 2019 is the first day of Ramadan 1440 H, and Sunday, May 5 2019, is the last day of Sha'ban 1440H. However, the Moon Sighting Committee of the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs is responsible for announcing the beginning of the holy month after sighting the crescent of Ramadan. Source
Doha to Al Khor in 20 minutes as 5-lane road opens

Doha to Al Khor in 20 minutes as 5-lane road opens

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The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) has inaugurated main carriageway and three vital interchanges on Al Khor Road, in the presence of H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior. The opening of the 33-kilometre Al Khor Road main carriageway, 5 lanes in each direction, linking Doha to Al Khor was delivered one year ahead of schedule, which was originally set to open in the second quarter of 2020. Simaisma Interchange, the interchange on Al Majd Road and the interchange on Al Turfa Street are now fully open to traffic. Alternative to Al Shamal Road Al Khor Road main carriageway serves as an alternative to Al Shamal Road as it allows road users coming from Al Khor to reach their desired destinations while saving travel time by up...
Qatar Meteorology shares radar images of rain over Qatar

Qatar Meteorology shares radar images of rain over Qatar

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Doha: Latest radar image shows rain of variable intensity thundery at times in most areas of the country, tweeted the Qatar Meteorology Department along with a picture of the rain over parts of country.  While most of Doha is heavily clouded with rains in various parts, heavy rains and thunder have been reported from Wukair.  In its daily weather report, the department said weather inshore until 6 pm on Friday will be partly cloudy to cloudy with chance of scattered rain maybe thundery and blowing dust at times, warning of expected thundery rain associated with strong wind.  Offshore, it warned of expected thundery rain associated with strong wind and high sea. the weather will be cloudy with chance of scattered rain, thundery at times. Wind inshore wil...
Qatar makes world’s first-ever 5G phone call

Qatar makes world’s first-ever 5G phone call

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Qatar has become the first country in the world to have made the first-ever phone call through 5G network. The call was conducted via Vodafone Qatar’s 5G network - a move that confirms Qatar’s leadership as one of the world’s most advanced countries in the field of digital communications. Minister of Transport and Communications H E Jassim Saif Ahmed Al-Sulaiti made the phone call today to International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Secretary-General Houlin Zhao, who’s now the recipient of the world’s first-ever 5G phone call. The two officials discussed the relations between Qatar and ITU and ways to further enhance them. Qatar’s both telecom service providers have earlier announced the launch of their G5 networks, which will bring about a paradigm shift across all sectors in t