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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

WHO: About 10.6 children per 100,000 people drown in Qatar

November 20, 2014 |

The average drowning rate among children aged 1-4 years in Qatar is about 10.6 per 100,000 people, a recent report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) has revealed.

The report titled ‘Global Report on Drowning: Preventing a leading killer’ quotes … Read More

Report: Qatar stops naturalisation of Bahraini nationals

November 19, 2014 |

Qatar has put a stop to its naturalisation process for Bahraini nationals in the country, Bahrain’s Interior Minister has announced in a statement.

According to a report by Gulf News, Shaikh Rashid Bin Abdullah Al Khalifa has said in a … Read More

REPORT: About 15.7% students at preparatory and secondary schools in Qatar are smokers

November 19, 2014 |

[Photo courtesy: Ferran Jorda via Flickr]

About 15.7% students at preparatory and secondary levels smoke, according to a recent survey.

The findings have revealed a rising number of smokers among school students in Qatar. According to a report … Read More

SEC: Sick leave certificates from private clinics will not be considered

November 18, 2014 |

Students at independent schools will now be required to obtain sick leave certificates from Hamad Medical Corportation or primary health care centres only, and not private clinics, the Supreme Education Council has said.

This latest move is in light of the rising number of fake leave certificates submitted by students to skip classes.

According to a report in The Peninsula, this rule applies to students, teachers and non-teaching staff at independent schools. (Read full report here.)

However, other private schools in Qatar seem to be unaffected by this rule so far. A few schools that JustHere contacted said they accepted sick leave certificates from any authorised medical clinic.

Do you regard SEC’s decision as a good move? What if the same rule applied for companies in the public and private sector?

[Photo courtesy: LTD Team via Flickr]

Ticket sales for Ajyal Youth Film Festival 2014 begins today at 1pm

November 18, 2014 |

Tickets are on sale, starting 1pm today, for the second edition of the annual Ajyal Youth Film Festival that will run from December 1-6 at the Katara Cultural Village.

The tickets are priced at QR25 for regular screenings and QR40 … Read More

Doha Driving: Overtaking from the right could cost you QR500 and vehicle impoundment for 7 days; jail time for third offense

November 17, 2014 |

Qatar’s Traffic Department has stepped up its efforts to implement stricter traffic rules. Amidst rising complaints of vehicles overtaking from the right side of the roads, the Traffic Department has announced a new traffic law as below:



According to an earlier post by MOI on its Facebook page, “overtaking” in general is prohibited in the following cases:

  • In case of “No overtaking” sign.
  • In case of solid lines on road surface.
  • On hills and slopes
  • Near intersections

Do you overtake vehicles? Or have you been overtaken? What do you think about this new law?

ALSO READ: Attack of the UndertakersIn an earlier JustHere post, writer Nidhi Zakaria Eipe shares one of the greatest pet peeves about driving in Doha – overtaking through the hard shoulder!

MOI: Tips on electrical safety at home

November 17, 2014 |

Electric faults are the leading cause of fire breakouts across the country. It’s never too late to practice safety measures when dealing with electrical appliances.

Here are some tips from the Ministry of Interior to keep your house and family safe:

  • Replace or repair damaged or loose electrical cords.
  • Avoid using low quality electrical appliances and connectors.
  • Avoid running extension cords across doorways or under carpets.
  • If you have kids at home, make sure your home has tamper-resistant electrical receptacles.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for plugging an appliance into a receptacle outlet.
  • Avoid running exhaust fans for long time, especially in summer. Clean them regularly to prevent fire.
  • Avoid overloading outlets. Plug only one high-wattage appliance into each receptacle outlet at a time.
  • If outlets or switches feel warm, frequent problems with blowing fuses or tripping circuits, or flickering or dimming lights, call a qualified electrician.

ALSO READ: For more tips on electrical safety, take note of these nine simple recommendations from John Skelhorn, the Maintenance Supervisor at Sidra Medical and Research Center.

HMC: Most pedestrian accidents in Qatar occur on Thursdays in the evenings

November 17, 2014 |

On the Occasion of World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, commemorated on the third Sunday of November, every year, the Ministry of Interior’s Traffic Department held a road safety forum yesterday.

During the forum, Dr. Rafael J. Consunji, … Read More

Report: Nikki Beach scraps plans for opening resort at The Pearl-Qatar

November 16, 2014 |

Nikki Beach, the famous luxury beach club brand based in Miami, has dropped plans to launch its first resort in the Middle East in Doha.

The Pearl Nikki Beach Resort & Spa was scheduled to open in 2012 at The Pearl-Qatar, but will now be launched in the UAE instead, the Arabian Business has reported. Though no official reason has been cited, the alcohol ban on the Island is mostly likely to have caused the brand to reconsider its decision. (Read full report here.)

Many of the restaurants operating at the man-made island have reported a decline in business following the ban on alcohol. Recently, Guy Savoy announced its closure on November 21, as reported by Doha News.

However, earlier this month, Kempinski announced the opening of its flagship resort at The Pearl-Qatar, Marsa Malaz Kempinski, on December 1. The hotel appears to have been exempted from the alcohol ban, as the property features three bars as part of its food and beverage outlets. For more information, visit their website.

How often do you visit The Pearl-Qatar?

[Photo Courtesy: The Pearl-Qatar Facebook Page]

Sheraton Doha partly opens today; hotel to officially reopen in December

November 16, 2014 |

Sheraton Doha will open doors to the public for the first time after it was closed for renovation. A special “sneak peek” is being organised today where local residents and guests will be provided access to the lobby and public areas, with the hotel team offering tours of all the renovated areas, the hotel has announced on its Facebook Page.

While the hotel is preparing to officially re-open in December, its all-day dining outlet, Al Hubara, and its lobby café, Atrium Lounge will be open to guests starting today, The Peninsula has reported. Sheraton Doha closed for renovation from 5 March this year. As part of the project, all guest rooms, conference and meetings spaces, recreation facilities and public areas of the hotel have undergone a major overhaul, including enhancements to its nine food and beverage outlets. (Read full report here.)

Long-term residents would remember Sheraton Hotel as the only structure in WestBay area. Also, Sheraton Doha, along with Gulf Sheraton (present day Marriott Doha) and Sofitel (present day Mercure Grand Hotel Doha City Centre) were the only three major hotels in the country back then.

Sheraton Doha: +974-44854444

For more memories from the past, read JustHere’s earlier article ‘Been in Qatar long enough to remember these?’

[Photo courtesy: Sheraton Doha Facebook Page]

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