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Ashghal: Closure of Four Lanes on Part of Al Shamal Road

August 3, 2015 |

The Public Works Authority announces that four lanes will be closed on Al Shamal Road in the direction towards the north. Traffic will be diverted to the opposite side of the road which will be divided to two lanes in each direction as of 5 August 2015 for a period of four months.

The Public Works Authority is implementing this diversion to complete construction works of the bridge at Lehwaila Interchange (Interchange 66).

Traffic violations in Qatar drop by 12.9% in June as compared to the month of May

August 2, 2015 |

In its latest edition of the Qatar Monthly Statistics, the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics has reported a 12.9% decrease in the number of traffic violations for the month of June as compared to the previous month. The total traffic violations accounted for 126,503 in June 2015.

The bulletin also highlights that the vehicles registered in June reached 9,933 compared to 9,853 in last May, with a negative month-on-month change amounting to 0.8% compared to last May.

Other figures published in the report included Qatar’s population that reached 2.345 million at the end of June – a rise of 9.0% compared to June 2014, when population attained 2.152 million. Visitors to Qatar increased by 7.3% in June 2015 versus the same of period of 2014. Visitors from GCC countries made up the highest proportion (40.7%) of total visitors.

New clinical information system to go live at The Cuban Hospital

August 2, 2015 |

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) has announced the roll out of the Clinical Information System for The Cuban Hospital is due to take place on the weekend of 7 August 2015.

During the go live, The Cuban Hospital will replace their existing paper patient clinical records system with the new electronic Clinical Information System (CIS). This is part of a phased roll out across HMC and Primary Healthcare Corporation (PHCC). When it is complete, all patient records will be stored and accessible electronically across the two organizations.

Women’s Hospital, Al Wakra Hospital, the National Center for Cancer Care and Research, Heart Hospital and Al Khor Hospital, as well as a number of PHCC clinics have already rolled out the CIS system over the last 12 months with a positive impact.

Through the implementation of this system at The Cuban Hospital, clinicians and healthcare providers will be able to access a patient’s healthcare history, prescription information, clinical notes and other important information electronically. The system will change the way all staff work across HMC and PHCC, supporting us to integrate care across multiple provider sites.

As a result we expect there to be period of transition, while staff and patients adjust. The Cuban Hospital staff will need to gather more information from patients, in order to register them in the new system, which may mean that appointments will take a little longer than usual.

How to keep your house safe from fires during summer in Qatar

July 30, 2015 |

Summer in Qatar is usually ushered in with fires breaking out in residential and commercial buildings.

Here are some safety measures to keep your house safe.

  • In the kitchen
  1. When you are not cooking, make sure all … Read More

Viral Hepatitis causes 1.4 million deaths every year globally; HMC raises awareness on preventive measures against the disease

July 29, 2015 |

In observance of World Hepatitis Day, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is again raising awareness and understanding of viral hepatitis as well as highlighting the importance of measures to prevent the spread of the disease.

“Every child born in Qatar is … Read More

Renovated Al Khor Park to feature a mini zoo

July 29, 2015 | 1

Come August, and the Al Khor Park will once again open its doors to residents in Qatar seeking a family friendly leisure spot in the country. 

According to a report in the Gulf Times, the Al Khor Park is all set to be a unique tourist attraction with a range of features added to it. One of the park’s main features includes a special animal farm or mini zoo, along with a large aviary that is currently undergoing construction.

Visitors will also have access to a spacious restaurant, mosque, museum, mini golf area, wall mural, skating area, children’s play area, basketball court, food kiosks, drinking fountain, and an amphitheatre, the report states.

In addition, a mini train has been installed to provide visitors a tour of the entire park. Other features include a large man-made lake and manicured gardens, while children will be able to enjoy slides, rock climbing walls and skateboarding.

Spread over an area of 240,000sqm, the Al Khor Park’s renovation an expansion is said to cost around QR250 million.

[Photo courtesy: Ashghal website]

Qatar Airways denies interest in stake in SpiceJet

July 28, 2015 |

Following reports on a possible stake in SpiceJet, Qatar Airways has denied all claims about its association with the airline.

In a press statement, Qatar Airways has confirmed that it is not in talks to pursue a commercial stake in SpiceJet, stating: “There is no interest from the airline to engage in a partnership with the Gurgaon-based airline. Qatar Airways presently does not have any form of interline agreement with SpiceJet, which is the simplest form of relations between any two airlines, and Qatar Airways is not planning to pursue any form of arrangement in the future”.

According to the statement, this is not the first time that such claims have been made.  Similar news was disseminated in January 2013, which the airlines says, “appears to be a tactic to increase market and share value. These stake sale comments are unfounded and are believed to be deliberately spread to influence share valuations”.

Qatar Airways has confirmed that the only airline it is talking to is the Indian carrier Indigo.

Over 1,000 teachers to join Qatar’s independent schools for new academic year

July 28, 2015 |

For the new academic year 2015-2016, the Supreme Education Council (SEC) has announced its plan to recruit about 1,600 teachers for Independent schools, the Peninsula has reported.

The mass recruitment of teachers is part of a move to fill the large void of academic staff across independent schools in Qatar. Teachers will be mainly recruited from Arab countries, namely Palestine, Egypt, Jordan and Tunisia, the report further states.

The recruitment will take place in phases. For the first phase, about 998 teachers will be on board with specialisation in 20 subjects. This includes 182 maths teachers, 182 Arabic language teachers, 99 for science, 34 for biology, 11 for physics and 45 for social science. In addition, 15 teachers will be specially brought in to teach children with special needs, while three other would specialise in speech therapy.

HMC cautions visitors against using decorations for patients’ rooms

July 27, 2015 |

Women’s health and patient safety experts at Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Women’s Hospital (WH) cautioned patients, their families and other visitors against using certain decorations for patient rooms and other unsafe practices in an effort to ensure that WH does not compromise patient care and provides a clean and safe environment.

As part of standard infection control precautions, WH does not allow decorating patient rooms with carpets, posters, curtains, stands, vases, aquariums, candles, balloons or any kind of furniture and interior design elements that may support the growth of disease-causing microbes. Carpets, curtains and other furniture have been documented to harbor large numbers of microbes. Bringing in any electrical equipment is also prohibited as it may interfere with the hospital’s electrical system and other life support equipment, and could cause electrical malfunctions.

“Patients can easily acquire infections through physical contact, as well as through harmful chemicals, bacteria and viruses that may spread in the air. There is also a risk of transmitting infections if patients are visited by sick people or by very young children,” said Dr. Zeena Saeed Al Mansoori, Clinical Director of Operational Affairs at WH.

Dr. Al Mansoori also stressed the importance of hand hygiene in preventing the spread of infections within the hospital, pointing out that in order to facilitate hand-washing, HMC has provided dedicated sinks or hand sanitizers at patient room entrances and other prominent locations throughout all its facilities.

Small flower bouquets and small chocolate boxes are allowed in the patient rooms. However, placing any gifts, flowers and decorations in the hospital corridors outside the patient rooms is not allowed. Besides this practice being unhygienic, it is a fire hazard and can also block passages and restricts access to patients by members of the healthcare team.

Price of 22-carat gold drops further in Qatar

July 27, 2015 | 1

Now is probably the best time to invest in gold. Jewellery stores across Qatar have reported a drastic drop in price of the yellow metal for this week.

According to a report in Gulf Times, the price of 22carat gold stands at QR125 per gram – the lowest in the last five years. This is a further reduction from the price that it was sold during Eid, at QR135 per gram.

However, the low prices will not remain for long. Jewellery store managers predict the metal to reach its original price by next month, which ranges from QR135-QR140 per gram.

A majority of gold buyers comprise Asian expatriates, who buy gold and jewellery for their family back home, the report further adds. Furthermore, many expatriates also consider gold to be the safest form of investment.

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Qatar records 7% rise in foreign visitors in the first half of 2015

July 26, 2015 |

For the first half of 2015, Qatar received a 7% increase in foreign visitors as compared to the same period last year. Majority of visitors comprised GCC residents, representing a 16% increase since last year.

The figures were issued by the Qatar Tourism Authority in its Mid-Year Tourism Performance Report for 2015. The report, as published in Gulf Times, highlights Qatar’s progress in expanding its tourism sector. The country is expected to receive 3 million visitors by end of this year as it seeks to achieve a target of 7 million visitors by 2030.

From the GCC region, a large percentage of visitors arrived from Saudi Arabia, representing a 25% increase since last year. Meanwhile, the countries outside of GCC that had the maximum number of tourists included France, China and the USA.

The total arrivals were highest in the months of January and March, the report states. The percentage dropped during the month of Ramadan by 8% as compared to the same period last year.





Hamad International Airport prepares for passenger increase during Eid Al Fitr period

July 15, 2015 |

Hamad International Airport (HIA), Qatar’s gateway to the world, is preparing for the increase of departing and arriving passengers during the Eid Al Fitr period.

The airport is expecting a peak in departing passenger traffic from the 15th to 20th of July and arriving passenger traffic from 23rd to 25th of July this year.

In order to ensure that passengers experience seamless and comfortable travel through the airport, HIA advices all its locally departing passengers to arrive at the airport three hours before their flight departure time and that check-in will close 60 minutes prior to departure. To save time, Qatar Airways and many other airlines operating from HIA offer passengers online check-in.

General public who are dropping off or collecting passengers are advised to use the short-term car park, which provides complimentary parking for the first 30 minutes and costs QR5 per hour thereafter.

Passengers also have the option of parking their vehicles at the airport’s long-term car park which provides customers with 2,540 parking spaces and a regular shuttle service to the main terminal every 15-20 minutes. More information about HIA’s parking facilities can be found on its website.

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