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Television personality Lojain Omran appointed ROTA goodwill ambassador

March 4, 2015 |

Television personality Lojain Omran has been appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador of Reach Out to Asia (ROTA), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF).

Lojain Omran is renowned for her philanthropic campaigns supporting young refugees in Syria, and children affected by wars, political conflicts and natural disasters in Somalia and north Kenya.

Lojain will be an integral and effective member in the region’s volunteer efforts. Her humanitarian efforts are closely aligned with ROTA’s core mission, which extends assistance to people affected by crises around the world through various initiatives and educational volunteers’ trips. ROTA’s dedicated social and educational endeavours support QF’s mission to develop human potential regionally and internationally through a network of centres devoted to progressive education, research and community welfare.

As a ROTA Goodwill Ambassador, Lojain Omran will be representing ROTA in a number of local, regional and international events. Lojain will be travelling on volunteers’ educational trips to a number of Asian and Arab countries where ROTA currently operates. Her inaugural trip as ROTA Goodwill Ambassador was ROTA Volunteer trip to Indonesia, her first of many volunteer trips. Lojain joined the volunteers in all their voluntary and educational activities that was delivered to the beneficiary children in Indonesia.

Win up to QR100,000 cash prizes with Ooredoo’s Hala International calling competition

March 4, 2015 |

To continue Ooredoo’s ongoing celebration of the biggest cricket event this year, the company has announced an opportunity for all Hala subscribers to win a host of cash prizes just for making an international call.

The competition simply asks Hala subscribers to call an international number for three or more consecutive minutes in order to be entered into a free raffle draw. Customers eligible to enter the draw will get a chance of winning one of 24 QR 2,000 daily prizes, four weekly prizes of QR 10,000 and grand prize of QR 100,000.

The competition aims to reward all the cricket fans who share their excitement with their loved ones overseas about the exciting 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup which is taking place this month.

The competition will end on March 13, 2015 and winners will be notified by April 12, 2015.

Hala users subscribed to any of Ooredoo’s portfolio of international money saving options, such as the Hala India Key, Hala International Saver key and more, will also be eligible for the competition.

West End Park to reopen movie hall on Thursday

March 4, 2015 |

The West End Park movie halls that were closed for renovation are all set to resume screening. One of the movie halls will reopen on Thursday, March 5, while the other is scheduled to reopen in a week from now, Gulf Times has reported.

Both movie halls will continue charging moviegoers the existing ticket rate of QR15 per person. The first movie to be screened this Thursday is the Malayalam movie titled “Fireman”. The timings are 2.15pm, 4.30pm, 9.15pm and 11.45pm. Meanwhile, a Tamil movie, `Kakki Sattai’ will be screened at 6.45pm.

According to the report, two more halls with a seating capacity of 500 each are expected to open soon. The West End Park cinema has attracted a lot of low and middle income expatriates residing in Industrial Area because of its affordable ticket rates.

Have you visited the West End Park?

MIA opens latest show Marvellous Creatures in Doha

March 4, 2015 |

An exciting new exhibition, Marvellous Creatures: Animal Fables in Islamic Art was launched at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) in Doha yesterday, under the patronage of Qatar Museums Chairperson, HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.  … Read More

Survey: About 69% residents expect cost of living to rise in Qatar

March 3, 2015 |

While a majority of residents are hopeful of improving their financial positions in the coming months, about 69% of them also expect the cost of living in Qatar to rise.

According to a survey conducted by and market research agency, YouGov, 40% of respondents said their savings have decreased as compared to last year. When asked about their financial situation, 29% of respondents said their personal financial situation have improved in the last six months, while 37% said there was no change. Another 23% said the situation had become worse, The Peninsula has reported.

However, over half of the respondents were optimistic about job openings in Qatar. About 59% believed a rise in job opportunities in the next six months, while 61% felt there were already plenty opportunities available in Qatar’s job market.

Among working professionals, 41% were satisfied about the career growth opportunities that their current job provided. Other factors that resulted in job satisfaction were compensation (30%), non-monetary benefits (45%), and job security (49%).

8% of children in the MENA suffer from depression and anxiety

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About 8% children, below 19 years of age, suffer from depression and anxiety – two of the most common mental illnesses reported in the MENA region, a WISH report has revealed.

Meanwhile, 2.5% children suffer from behavioural disorder and hyperactivity disorder, while 1.5% suffer from autism and Asperger’s, according to the report titled ‘Healthy Young Minds Transforming The Mental Health Of Children’.

The report, as published by The Peninsula, states a variety of social and economic factors that affect children’s mental wellbeing such as their physical health, quality of nutrition, wealth and poverty, discrimination, war and conflict.

It further states: “Early intervention is crucial. Mental health problems need to be tackled when they first appear. They need to be recognized by parents, doctors and teachers, and our whole society needs to become much more open and matter-of-fact about what is a common part of life.

Our schools need to adopt children’s wellbeing as one of their major objectives – both in their ethos and their teaching. Life skills can and should be taught as professionally as mathematics or literature.”

Doha Bank introduces the first tablet banking in Qatar

March 3, 2015 |

Doha Bank has announced a digitized account opening solution to enhance customers’ banking experience. The new account opening was engineered with a contemporary twist and will attend to the customers’ banking needs from March onwards, whereby customers can open an account and receives their debit card instantly at Doha Bank branch.

This service is in line with the ongoing digital transformation ventures at Doha Bank, which cater to tech savvy consumers and their need for a drastically reduced time for banking.

The newly streamlined account opening process is designed with minimal input requirements and its technology platform has been reinforced with profound security measures to protect the customer’s personal information and identity.

A new Doha Bank account also comes with a suite of digital services to keep customers connected with their money and information. With the instant account opening and debit card delivery, customers can then quickly perform self-registration for Doha Bank’s Online Banking.

Once customers receive their Debit Card when at the account-opening stage, they can then access one of the widest networks of ATM machines in Qatar. Many of Doha Bank’s cash machines also provide supplementary services such as a selection of bill payment facilities and the deposit of cash and/or cheque deposits which are automatically credited to the customer’s account.

Qatar Airways doubles the number of movies and TV shows on board

March 3, 2015 |

Qatar Airways has announced that it will double the number of movies and TV shows on board over the coming months, increasing the choice of entertainment channels from 950 to 2,000. This comes on top of the already wide selection … Read More

HMC records 4.5% increase in births in 2014

March 1, 2015 |

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) delivered more than 21,000 babies across its hospital network in 2014, representing a 4.5 percent increase in births compared to 2013.

In recent years, HMC has placed particular emphasis on expanding its care services, and in particular maternity services, outside Doha through its three general hospitals in Dukhan, Al Wakra and Al Khor.

Prior to the opening of Al Khor Hospital in 2006, Women’s Hospital was HMC’s sole provider of maternity services. Yet with the Cuban and Al Wakra hospitals opening in 2012, there are now far greater options available for parents to decide where to deliver their babies. Expectant mothers have benefitted from this greater choice, with many choosing to deliver their babies at one of HMC’s general hospitals.

Mr. Mohamad Al Jusaiman, Deputy Chief of HMC’s General Hospitals Group, emphasized the benefits offered by the general hospitals to patients: “The expanding services provided outside Doha mean expectant mothers now have a greater choice of where to deliver their babies, with specialist care services available closer to patients’ homes. Additionally, the growth and expansion of our maternity services in Dukhan, Al Wakra and Al Khor has enabled patients’ greater diversity of access to specialist maternity services, offered in a modern, beautiful environment.”

In 2014, the number of babies born at all three general hospitals increased on the previous year:

  • Al Wakra Hospital, with 3,673 births, recorded a 77 percent increase on 2013
  • 1,197 babies were born at Al Khor Hospital in 2014, a  seven percent increase on the previous year
  • Births at The Cuban Hospital increased by 88 percent over the same period, with 256 births throughout 2014
  • In 2014, one-quarter of all babies born across the HMC network were delivered at hospitals other than Women’s Hospital, a figure that has continued to increase in recent years

New e-link between Traffic Department and insurance companies to benefit motorists in Qatar

March 1, 2015 |

The General Directorate of Traffic in has signed an agreement with motor insurance companies in Qatar to set up an electronic link between them, which will help motorists involved in accidents.

The new electronic service will simplify legal procedures and will serve as a substitute for existing paper documents, Gulf Times has reported. As per the new system, insurance companies will be notified through an SMS about the accident, and the vehicle involved. Vehicle owners will also be notified to visit the insurance company for follow up.

Vodafone Qatar launches interactive Apps Corner

March 1, 2015 |

Access to and knowledge of some of the world’s latest and most famous apps has now been made simple, easy and more interactive with Vodafone’s Apps Corner.

Launched at Vodafone Qatar’s stores located at Villaggio Mall, City Centre Mall, Landmark Mall and online at, Vodafone’s Apps Corner is a dedicated digital zone that allows customers the chance to get acquainted with the 5 Apps recommended to try every month or the essential Apps they can install on their new phones.

The Vodafone Apps Corner will also provide customers with a user guide for each of the popular Apps stores including Google Play, The App Store, BlackBerry World and Windows Store. The user guides make it easy for the customers who are new to a specific mobile operating system so they can be familiar with the store and get simple steps of how to create accounts, link payment methods to their accounts, download Apps and more.

Jonathan Donovan, Head of Online at Vodafone Qatar said: “Vodafone’s Apps Corner underlines the company’s position as a Tech leader that is strongly committed to make technology content in both English and Arabic, easily available to all. Qatar’s smartphones and tablet penetration is the highest in the world. Inevitably, owners of these smartphones and tablets are continuously looking for newer ways to further enjoy their handsets and gadgets or introduce more efficiency, perhaps, into their lifestyles. At Vodafone, we wanted to make access to mobile Apps super easy, fun and convenient and this is why we have introduced Vodafone’s Apps Corner. We’ve also made sure to make it available online so that people can access it anytime, anywhere; so if it’s a Sports App, a Health App, a Fashion App or a News App that they’re looking for, we have made it ready and at arm’s reach.”

At Vodafone’s Apps Corner, customers will learn about the essential Apps any smartphone user will need to install on their phone to get access to basic services over mobile such as social media Apps, Google Maps, Whatsapp, QR Code Readers, Language Apps and others.

Additionally, customers walking into one of Vodafone’s stores at Villaggio, City Centre or Landmark, will also learn about the top new 5 Apps that Vodafone Innovation Team is recommending.

HIA witnesses 13% rise in passengers in 2014

February 26, 2015 |

The number of passengers using Hamad International Airport in 2014 exceeded 26 million, according to official figures. This marks a 13% increase in passengers as compared to 2013.

A total of 26,356,392 travellers made their journey through the airport, which included 10.6m passengers who travelled through the old Doha international airport, and 15.7m through HIA, The Peninsula has reported. The airport has also registered a 13% rise in cargo movements in 2014 as compared to the previous year.

The Hamad International Airport, which began operations on May 27 last year, can accommodate about 30 million passengers per year.

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