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Initial Voters List for CMC Elections Announced

January 29, 2015 |

The Supervising Committee for the Fifth Central Municipal Council Election announced the initial list of voters at the headquarters of each constituency on Wednesday, 28/01/2015. The initial list included more than nineteen thousand and six hundred names of the voters.

The committee has urged all citizens who have registered their names in voters list to head toward electoral headquarters to ensure their names are entered in the voter list. Meanwhile, the committee has also started receiving applications for addition or deletion of the voters through the headquarters of all electoral constituencies as well as ‘Metrash2′ service, and is providing a chance to the citizens who could not register their names in the voter list to register during the addition and deletion period of seven days until Thursday, 5/2/2015.

The addition or deletion phase is the second period of registration in the voters lists according to the system of CMC election, allowing citizens who have did not find their names in the list for any reason or faced any kind of mistake in their details to approach their headquarters with in the described period.

The committee pointed out that there is one committee in each of the headquarters of all electoral constituencies to assist the citizens in all of the registration process.

DFI to screen award-winning films in February

January 29, 2015 |

Doha Film Institute (DFI) will be hosting the ‘Awards Season Showcase’ in February as part of its year-round film screenings programme.

Movie Listing:

  • Les Choristes (2004) – Feb 27 at 4pm
  • Whiplash (2015) – Feb 27 at 7pm
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) – Feb 28 at 4pm
  • Casablanca (1942) – Feb 28 at 7pm

The showcase will be held at Katara Cultural Village on February 27 and 28 and will include a mix of classics and contemporary Academy Award winning movies, Qatar Tribune has reported.

Tickets for the screening are available from today, and can be purchased online  at www.dohafilminstitute.com  or from Box Offices at Building 16, Drama Theatre on February 24. Tickets are priced QR35.

Qatar Biobank study shows high risk of cardiovascular diseases among population

January 29, 2015 |

Findings from the pilot phase of a Qatar Biobank study has shown that more than 70% of the participants are at the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.

According to a report in Gulf Times, for the study a total of 1,200 samples were collected from 2006 individuals (comprising 1,500 Qataris and 506 expatriates) who have lived in Qatar for more than 15 years.

Some of the other results announced include:

  • 73% of the sample population were categorised as overweight and obese, while 37% of the population as obese.
  • 37% of the participants have borderline or high levels of total cholesterol.
  • 52.7% of male and 31.7% of female participants were categorised as hypertensive.
  • 80% of the sample population reported a sedentary lifestyle, with no level of moderate physical activity per week.
  • 69.8% of male and 68.3% of female participants recorded below average vitamin D levels, while 12.5% of male and 16.5% of female participants suffer from severe vitamin D deficiency.

Qatar Biobank is a member of Qatar Foundation, working in partnership with the Supreme Council of Health, Hamad Medical Corporation and scientists from Imperial College London, to enable medical research on health issues that prevail in Qatar.

Qatar Duty Free’s Chinese Pavilion officially opens at Hamad International Airport

January 28, 2015 |

The official opening of Qatar Duty Free’s Chinese Pavilion at Hamad International Airport (HIA) took place today in the presence of His Excellency Mr. Gao Youzhen, Chinese Ambassador to Qatar. Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker and Keith Hunter, Senior Vice President Qatar Duty Free, welcomed the ambassador to the bespoke built pavilion, which was created in honour of Chinese New Year.

Mr. Han Wang, General Manager UnionPay International Middle East, also attended the opening ceremony, offering his support to this innovative promotion by Qatar Duty Free, which includes a QDF QR100 gift voucher for clients who make a purchase of QR1,000 or US$274 and above, using a UnionPay payment card.

The Qatar Duty Free Chinese New Year pavilion is strategically located behind the iconic teddy bear in the departures hall of Hamad International Airport. The 180 m² pavilion has been built especially for Chinese New Year and will remain at the airport until the end of February.

Special promotions and activities at the Chinese-themed pavilion inside HIA will continue until February 28, 2015. Strategically located behind the iconic teddy bear in the departures hall of HIA, the 180m²-pavilion has been built especially for this occasion and offers a variety of activities and staff dressed in traditional costume for the duration of the festival.

HMC: Precautions to take while driving in foggy conditions

January 28, 2015 |

Experts from Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) are advising motorists to take extra care when driving in foggy weather conditions in Qatar, particularly during the mornings and early evenings, when the fog reduces visibility on the roads to only a few … Read More

HIA to stop free long-term parking soon

January 28, 2015 |

Passengers availing the free long-term parking facility at Hamad International Airport may soon have to pay a fee.

According to a report in Gulf Times, the airport have plans to set up booths for payment of parking fees. As of now, the long-term parking facility stands free of cost, and can accommodate about 2,400 vehicles. Passengers leaving their vehicles behind can be transferred to the airport by buses that come to the six air-conditioned stops in the parking area every 15 to 20 minutes.

Earlier this month, there were also talks of introducing valet parking facility at the airport that would be highly beneficial to frequent fliers.

Qatar Airways offers 20% discount on flights to Dubai with its new product offer QVoucher

January 28, 2015 |

Qatar Airways is this week introducing a new scheme that will allow travellers on the popular Doha to Dubai route to save 20% on the Economy Class fare price, with the use of ‘QVoucher’. 

QVoucher, which can be purchased on the Qatar Airways website, via a travel agent, or at any of the airline’s Sales Offices, allows passengers to purchase a booklet of two vouchers for only 200 Qatari Riyals, which can then be redeemed for a 20% discount off the total fare.

This latest offer from Qatar Airways, which comes into effect on the 28th January, will run until Saturday the 3rd February. Passengers will be able to avail of the 20% discount for travel on flights up until 28th February, with the offer in direct response to the popularity of this route for leisure, business or weekend commuter travellers.

Qatar Airways flies to Dubai 18 times daily, 14 to Dubai International Airport (DXB) and 4 to Dubai Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC). QVoucher may be redeemed on both of these popular routes.

Both Doha and Dubai offer a wealth of attractions taking place throughout the month of February and local GCC residents are sure to avail of these savings in order to visit events such as the Qatar Total Open 2015 tennis championship in Doha, or the Dubai Food Festival 2015.

Privilege Club members also have the additional benefit of being able to utilise the discount vouchers purchased for redemption on any tickets for family members who are listed under their Privilege Club membership scheme.

Color Run Qatar postponed to February 7

January 27, 2015 |

The Color Run Qatar that was scheduled for January 24 has now been postponed to February 7. The change in date was due to the passing of King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia, and the three-day mourning period that Qatar had announced.

According to a report in Gulf Times, all those who registered for the original event will be automatically registered for the new date.

To be held at the Qatar National Convention Centre, the Color Run is a five-kilometre, un-timed fun run where participants – or ‘Color Runners’ – can run, walk, dance and cartwheel their way round the course under a shower of colored powder.

A total of 5,000 residents are participating in the event, organisers have revealed.

Are you one of them?

Non-native speakers, be careful of how you use Arabic in public.

January 27, 2015 |

If you are a non-native Arabic speaking expatriate residing in Qatar, there would have been innumerable occasions where you would have attempted speaking the few words in Arabic that you know.

But the next time you are not sure if the words are right or wrong, be careful.

There’s a draft law being considered which would make the “use of improper Arabic language in public an offence”, The Peninsula has reported.

The law has been drafted by the Doha-based International Organisation for the Advancement of Arabic Language. According to the report, the draft law aims to “preserve the purity of the Arabic language” which is the national language of Qatar. Language experts in the country have expressed concern over the influence of foreign languages on the use of Arabic due to the large influx of expats into the country.  The new law will therefore encourage the appropriate usage of Arabic among residents.

If sanctioned, the law would include the following enforcements:

  • Arabic cannot be mixed with any other dialects of Arabic or foreign words when used in public – be it at schools, universities, offices or in the media.
  • Shops and businesses would need to use Arabic in entire accuracy for their signboards.
  • The law would also promote research to develop technical and scientific terms in Arabic that could be applied in modern technology.

What do you think about the law? Is it a positive move, or would it discourage you to speak in Arabic?

Carnegie Mellon Qatar hosts third annual national ‘Hackathon’

January 26, 2015 |

Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar hosted its third national Hackathon over the weekend, challenging university students to use their innovative programming skills to create novel digital applications.

Organized by the Carnegie Mellon Qatar student club ‘CarnegieApps’ and sponsored by iHorizons, … Read More

Prices of 457 medicines slashed in Qatar

January 26, 2015 |

The Supreme Council of Health has announced the reduction of prices of about 457 medicines across all pharmacies in Qatar.

According to Gulf Times, the reduction of prices ranges between 79.25% and 0.45%. The medicines included in the reduction comprise those for common chronic diseases such as cardiovascular, endocrine, musculoskeletal, skin, and gastrointestinal diseases.

The SCH has also announced the reduction of another 1,820 medicines in the second half of the year. These medicines include those for nervous system diseases, obstetrics and gynaecology diseases, infectious diseases, ear, nose and throat diseases, medical lotions and vitamins, respiratory system diseases, anaesthetics, tumors and cancers, immunity diseases, and eye diseases.

The initiative to reduce prices of medicines comes is a result of the decision passed by the GCC Supreme Council in 2006 to unify the import price for medicines among the GCC countries to provide high quality medicines at affordable prices.

Kempinski Hotels Unveils Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl – Doha

January 26, 2015 |

Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl – Doha, Qatar’s new ultra-luxury resort has officially opened its doors to welcome visitors and guests. As Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group, Kempinski is synonymous with personal service and hospitality. It is complemented by the … Read More

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