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Qatar Produces New Artificial Ventilators To Combat Coronavirus

Qatar Produces New Artificial Ventilators To Combat Coronavirus

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Barzan Holding Company, in cooperation with US company Wilcox, is expected to produce 2,000 Savr-Q ventilators a week. Qatar has started manufacturing artificial respiratory machines in order to cover the requirements of the health sector domestically and to export internationally, in light of the coronavirus pandemic. On Wednesday, Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani visited the Barzan Holding Company, which is affiliated with the Ministry of Defense, and was briefed on the production lines for manufacturing the Savr-Q ventilators. Sheikh Tamim also met a number of Qatari engineers at the company's research and development centre who are working to produce devices that conform to the standards of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Barzan will produce the venti...
Qatar Denies Allegations Of Corruption In World Cup 2022 Bid

Qatar Denies Allegations Of Corruption In World Cup 2022 Bid

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US Department of Justice indictment said bribes were paid to football officials to secure their votes. Qatar's World Cup 2022 organisers have denied fresh allegations from the US prosecutors of corruption and bribery to win rights to hosting of the event. A new US Department of Justice indictment was released on Monday which said bribes were paid to football officials to secure their votes. The indictment, published by a federal court in Brooklyn, accuses media rights handlers and a company from Uruguay of wire fraud and money laundering among other allegations. According to the prosecutors, representatives working for Russia and Qatar bribed FIFA executive committee officials to swing votes in the crucial hosting decisions of world football's governing body. "Qatar's Supreme C...
Qatar To Pay Workers In Quarantine Full Salaries

Qatar To Pay Workers In Quarantine Full Salaries

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The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases rise to 781 in Qatar, including two deaths. Migrant workers in Qatar who are in quarantine or undergoing treatment will receive full salaries, the government has announced. Qatar has announced 781 confirmed coronavirus cases - the highest in the Arab Gulf region - and two deaths. In a news conference on Tuesday, the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (MADLSA) also said it was mandatory for employers and companies to follow the policy. He added that a hotline service (92727) was launched to receive workers' grievances. "The companies are responding fully because they know that the workers were put in quarantine as a precautionary measure to protect all of us," Muhammed Hassan al-Obaidly, assistant ...
Qatar Plans To Raise $5bn After Oil Rout – Sources

Qatar Plans To Raise $5bn After Oil Rout – Sources

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Qatar is planning a bond sale to shore up its finances against coronavirus fallout and a sharp fall in energy prices. Qatar, the world's biggest exporter of liquefied natural gas, hired banks to raise more than $5 billion in bonds as early as next week to shore up its finances against the global coronavirus pandemic and oil-price war. The gas-rich Gulf state mandated banks including Standard Chartered Plc, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Barclays Plc and Deutsche Bank AG for the sale, according to people with knowledge of the matter who asked not to be identified because the discussions are private. The nation is planning the bond to support its finances as low oil prices and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic weighs on Gulf Arab states, one of the people said. Gas prices are closel...
BUILDING THE BIGGEST CARBON CAPTURE PLANT IN THE WORLD

BUILDING THE BIGGEST CARBON CAPTURE PLANT IN THE WORLD

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Qatar commissioned a carbon capture-and-storage plant and aims to sequester five million tonnes of carbon dioxide from its liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities by 2025. Energy Minister Said al-Kaabi said on Tuesday the existence of the plant had not been announced before. "We have successfully commissioned a facility in Qatar ... It's the largest carbon recovery and sequestration facility in the region," al-Kaabi told a conference in London, adding it had a 2.1 million tonnes per year capacity. Qatar has for years been the world's largest LNG producer and exporter. It aims to build a large extension to its sprawling LNG facilities to increase production by 40 percent. Al-Kaabi, also the chief executive of Qatar Petroleum (QP), said the design of the expansion has t...
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