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Increasing number of children affected by diabetes in Qatar; Take your child for a free screening this weekend

November 27, 2014 |

About 1,000 children with diabetes are being currently managed at the Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) Diabetes Unit. From these, approximately 150 receive insulin regularly through the insulin pump therapy.

These figures are a clear indication of the rising number of … Read More

Need for discipline among cab drivers discussed at the public transport summit in Qatar

November 27, 2014 |

If you thought brash taxi drivers are only found in Qatar, you haven’t travelled the world enough.

At the recently held UITP Summit in Doha, speakers from around the world brought into focus the poor behaviour of a majority of public transport drivers, especially cab drivers, according to a report by the Gulf Times.

Arguments between cabbies and customers were a “worldwide phenomenon in the taxi sector”, and these could be for a number of reasons such as fares or deliberate slowing down of cabbies, etc.

For a more peaceful customer-driver relation, speakers called for a need of imparting discipline and good habits among drivers, as well as improving their working conditions.

Not many of us have had pleasant experiences with cab drivers in Qatar. Writer Cassey Oliveira shares her one such experience with a cab driver, enough to shatter her Doha safety-bubble. Read her post for JustHere here.

How has your experience been with cab drivers?

Photo Courtesy: Mowasalat Karwa on Facebook

Doha Bank to host 10th Al Dana Green Run on November 29

November 26, 2014 | 1

This Saturday, do something different. Go out for a run!

Doha Bank is hosting its 10th Al Dana Green Run on 29 November 2014 at 1pm at Aspire Zone. The run will cover a 3-km circuit around Khalifa Stadium.

Doha Bank’s annual event is open to all members of the community and is aimed at raising public awareness about environmental conservation and promoting the concept of green living.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Al Dana Green Run. As part of the celebration, Doha Bank has introduced 10 race categories according to age groups and social segments. These include:

  • Under 18 – Male
  • Under 18 – Female
  • Above 18 – Male
  • Above 18 – Female
  • Above 35 – Male
  • Above 35 – Female
  • Special needs participants
  • Families
  • Professional athletes (men and women)
  • Heavy Weight

Cash prizes will be given out to the top 10 finishers in each category.

Participants can register for the Al Dana Green Run by visiting the website. They can also visit Doha Bank branches in Dar Al Salam and Doha City Centre for free registration (6pm-9pm) and fitness test (6pm-9pm).

[Photo courtesy: Doha Bank Marathon]

Qatar to have 2,000 public buses by 2020; 233 railway lines by 2030

November 26, 2014 |

[Photo courtesy: Khalid Albaih via Flickr]

The Transport Ministry has announced that about 2,000 public transport buses will be in service by 2020 in Qatar.

This is part of a five-year plan starting from next year … Read More

Applying for jobs? Develop your communication skills first.

November 25, 2014 |

According to Middle East Job Index Survey 2014, about 62% of employers in the region prefer candidates with good communication skills in Arabic and English.

In a post for the Middle East job portal, writer Bayan Okdeh reveals the top 10 most sought after skills by employers in the region, based on her experience while working with employers. And communication skills topped the list.

Here are the top 10 skills:

  1. Communication skills
  2. Analytical and research skills
  3. Willingness to learn
  4. Flexibility, adaptability and the ability to manage multiple priorities
  5. Interpersonal skills
  6. Leadership skills and a positive attitude
  7. Planning and organising
  8. Multicultural awareness
  9. Problem solving, creativity and reasoning
  10. Working well in a team

Read the full post here.

Who work harder – Qataris or non-Qataris? Can a survey settle this debate?

November 25, 2014 |

Some surveys answer questions, and some raise more.

According to a recent survey by the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics, Qatari individuals spend a daily average of 2 hours and 52 minutes in different income-generating activities, while non-Qataris spent … Read More

Helicopter tours in Qatar to commence on December 19

November 25, 2014 |

Have you wondered what Doha looks like from the skies?

The Qatar Tourism Authority has launched a new helicopter service called ‘Samana (Our Skies)’ which provides residents and tourists an aerial tour of Qatar.

The tours begin on December 19, and will be held ever Friday and Saturday, The Gulf Times has reported.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • There will be three flights in a day (Friday & Saturday) that lasts 35 minutes each: 2pm-2.35pm, 3pm-3.35pm, 3.55-4.30pm
  • The helicopters used for the tours are classified as Bell 206L3, and are operated by Gulf Helicopters Company.
  • Each helicopter accommodates at least four passengers.
  • The take-off and landing is at the Doha Heliport. The tour includes flights over over Al Shamal Road, Sidra Medical and Research Centre, West Bay Lagoon, The Pearl Qatar, Doha Corniche.
  • Cost per flight: QR3,300 (The launch price is valid until March 31, 2015)

[Read full report here.]

Would you give it a try?

[Photo courtesy: Gulf Helicopters Company website]

Want to teach and inspire? Applications open for second Teach For Qatar Fellowship (2015-2017)

November 24, 2014 |

Teach for Qatar is seeking candidates for its second batch of Fellowship (2015-2017) that begins in September next year, the NGO has announced in a press statement.

Founded by Her Excellency Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al-Thani, Teach For Qatar is … Read More

MOI launches video conferencing service for family visa interviews

November 24, 2014 |

The next time you apply for family visa, you don’t have to drive up to the General Directorate of Nationality, Borders and Expatriate Affairs headquarters in Madinat Khalifa.

The Ministry of Interior has launched a new video conferencing service enabling applicants to attend interviews with the Recruitment Committee from any of the service centres in their neighbourhood, according to a report in The Peninsula. (Read full report here.)

For now, this service is available only at Mesaimeer service centre, but will soon be expanded to other centres.


Only those earning a minimum of QR7,000 per month are eligible to apply for a family visit visa, while those earning QR10,000 per month can apply for a family residence visa.

However, applying for family visas in Qatar hasn’t been a smooth process for many expatriates, mainly those hailing from South Asia and the Arab region. In an earlier JustHere article, residents recount their frustration-ridden paths while applying for a family residence permit. Read it here.

Al Wakra Hospital to operate evening clinics for Urology and Ultrasound

November 23, 2014 |

To address increasing patient demands, Hamad Medical Corporation has added evening clinics at the Al Wakra Hospital for residents seeking services in Urology and Ultrasound.

The evening clinics will operate as follows:
Urology clinics – 3pm-7pm, Sunday to Wednesday
Ultrasound clinic for Obstetrics and Gynecology – 3pm-7pm, Monday to Wednesday

Also, from December, a new MRI session will run every Wednesday from 3pm-9pm, This is in addition to the MRI sessions which currently run from Sunday to Tuesday from 3pm-9pm, HMC has announced in a press statement.

Meanwhile, emergency services will be offered at anytime, including after clinic hours on weekends and holidays, at the Emergency Department in the hospital.

On Sale in Qatar: Tiger cubs, Ball Pythons… Why wild animals shouldn’t be kept as pets

November 23, 2014 | 1

Today morning, one of our Twitter followers tagged us in what he came across on an online classifieds website in Qatar.

Cubs of lions, tigers and jaguars were on sale, with price starting from QR60,000. In another post, a ‘friendly … Read More

What you need to know about the Metrash 2 app; Business visa services now available

November 20, 2014 |

Companies will now be required to apply for business visas using the Metrash 2 service only, the Ministry of Interior has announced.

This is the latest addition to the list of services available through the Metrash 2 system. Up to … Read More

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