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Qatar receives Guinness for ‘Largest Reading Lesson’, even as avid readers struggle with lack of bookshops and public libraries

April 23, 2014 |

Earlier today, Qatar received the Guinness World Record for organising the ‘Largest Reading Lesson’ in Arabic in the world. More than 1,000 students from independent schools around Qatar gathered at the Qatar National Convention Centre today for this initiative, which … Read More

Reduction in Qatar’s per capita consumption of electricity and water; Still a steep climb to 2016 targets

April 23, 2014 |

In two years, the Tarsheed programme has reduced Qatar’s electricity and water per capita consumption by 10% and 6% respectively.

Tarsheed, the National Programme for Conservation and Energy Efficiency, was launched on April 22, 2012 to coincide with Earth Day. … Read More

[Amnesty Report] Qatar fails to protect its domestic workers – the victims of physical, emotional and mental abuse, often unpaid and working in inhuman conditions

April 23, 2014 |

With no legal protection of their labour rights, domestic workers in Qatar continue to face severe exploitation and violence at the hands of their employers, Amnesty International says in its latest report on human rights violations in Qatar.

While FIFA … Read More

All airlines to operate from Hamad International Airport from May 27

April 22, 2014 |

Starting 9 am on May 27 this year, all airlines are set to operate from Hamad International Airport (HIA). The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) issued a circular yesterday, informing country managers of airlines of this decision.

It was announced earlier … Read More

Report: Qatar reduces 2022 World Cup stadiums to eight

April 21, 2014 |

The stadium count for the 2022 FIFA World Cup to be held in Qatar has dropped to just eight. Though officials of the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee have not stated any reasons, other sources have suggested “cost-cutting” as the primary … Read More

Help make a difference: 12 volunteer groups to join in Qatar

April 21, 2014 |

If you have some time to spare and are looking to help the community, there are a number of ways you can do so in Qatar. No matter how varied your interests are, whether they include caring for animals, teaching … Read More

New features announced for West Bay Bus Services

April 21, 2014 |

With summer on its way, the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning will be providing air-conditioned bus shelters as part of its West Bay Bus services.

Another new feature is the “park and ride” sites around the West Bay and … Read More

[LEGAL COLUMN] Leave benefits, termination and working hours

April 20, 2014 | 1

In the third installment of the legal column, advocate Ghada M Darwish addresses queries on leave benefits and working hours. [Q] I worked for over 2 years in a company. My employer cancelled my visa when I travelled back home, … Read More

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