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High-speed passenger trains to run between Qatar and other GCC countries

March 31, 2015 |

By 2030, Qatar’s railway system will include special long-distance passenger trains that will run between Qatar and other GCC countries. The trains will be designed to reach a maximum speed of 220-350km per hour.

In a report by Gulf Times, Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail) managing director Abdulla Abdulaziz Al-Subaie said that Qatar’s railway system would help “accelerate GCC’s economic growth”.

The country is currently witnessing construction works for the Doha Metro and the Lusail City Light Rail Transit projects. Work includes laying of nearly 143km of operational tracks with 35 turnouts, one station, three freight yards, one inter-modal yard, 26 bridges and 59 culverts.

In the fourth and final phase of construction, the railway network will be expanded to include lines to the rest of the GCC countries, as well as the new port and Hamad International Airprot, the report further stated. There are also plans of introducing freight trains of speeds nearing 120km per hour.

The trains would run on electricity, which according to Al-Subaie, will reduce the dependency on fossil fuels.

Traffic diversion on the main road between Doha and Al Wakrah

March 30, 2015 |

The Public Works Authority ‘Ashghal’, in cooperation with Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail), announces a traffic diversion on the main arterial road that links between Doha and Al Wakrah cities, starting from the Barwa Village interchange to Al Wakrah roundabout just north of Al Wakrah town.

The diversion will facilitate the construction works of the Doha Metro project (The Red Line South Elevated and at-grade) implemented by Qatar Railways Company, and will also allow the construction works of interchange 27; one of four interchanges that will be constructed as part of the East Corridor Expressway project, implemented by Ashghal.

The main road, consisting of three lanes in each direction, will be closed and diverted to a temporary alternative road that was built with the same number of lanes and in each direction. A traffic light was also installed to facilitate traffic flow from and to Ras Abu Funtas road, as shown on the attached map.

Ashghal-WakrahThe traffic diversion will be implemented in two phases; the diversion will be first open at the Southbound towards Al Wakrah starting from Tuesday 31st March 2015. The diversion will then be open at the Northbound towards Doha on Wednesday 8th April 2015. The traffic diversion will be open in both directions from 8th April until Q4 of 2016.

On Sunday 22nd March, the left lane (fast lane) of the main road Northbound towards Al Wakrah was closed, which will last until Monday 30th March 2015, in order to facilitate the opening of the temporary road for the above mentioned diversion.

The East Corridor Expressway project is part of Ashghal’s vital Expressway Programme, and includes the construction of a new dual carriageway with a length of approximately 11 kilometers and consists of five lanes in each direction. The road extends from the west of the access to the Barwa Development as far as Al Matar Street south of the Air Force roundabout, and will create a new strategic link in the South Area.


HMC unveils plan to double beds, triple car parking and enhance services

March 30, 2015 |

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) today unveiled an ambitious plan that will deliver extensive benefits to patients – more than doubling hospital beds across Qatar and tripling car parking spaces at Hamad bin Khalifa Medical City (HBKMC).

Between 2015 and 2030, … Read More

Ashghal announces one lane closure on Najma street

March 29, 2015 |

The Public Works Authority, ‘Ashghal’ announced that a temporary closure will be implemented on one traffic lane of Najma Street for a period of 90 days starting Tuesday 31 March.

The closure will be between the intersection of Najma Street with Al Hilal and Abha streets and the intersection of Najma Street with Ibn Shuaib and Nawfal bin Al Hareth streets. Motorists driving on Al Hilal Street towards Najma Street must use the second lane of Najma Street which will remain open throughout the works period.

Ashghal-NajmaMeanwhile, road users coming from Al Mansoora street towards Al Hilal and Abha streets must first make a right on Nawfal bin Al Hareth Street (870) then make a left on Salim bin Al Hareth Street, and finally make another left to reach Abha Street. Ashghal will also close the Bin al Hareth Street (990) as part of the development works and vehicles coming from Al Hilal Street must make a right before they reach Bin Al Hareth Street and take the open lanes to reach their destination. Ashghal is implementing this closure as part of the works to develop the existing sewerage network within Najma area.

Qatar Airways to increase capacity to Bengaluru with B777, airline to add 32% more seats

March 29, 2015 |

Qatar Airways, the national airline of the State of Qatar, is continuing its expansion plans in India with a significant increase in capacity on its flights from Doha to Bengaluru (formerly known as Bangalore) from August 1, 2015, to meet the increasing passenger demand on the route.

Currently Qatar Airways operates a Boeing 787 on the Doha–Bengaluru route with 254 seats. Starting August 1, the Boeing 787 will be replaced by a Boeing 777, with a capacity of 335 seats, which will connect to more than 140 destinations worldwide via the airline’s state-of-the-art hub in Doha.

With the new upgraded service between Doha and Bengaluru, more passengers flying to Doha, or onwards to their final destination, will have the opportunity to experience the new state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport which has been designed with customer experience firmly to the fore.

The Doha – Bengaluru daily flight schedules from 1st August 2015 are:
Depart Doha QR572 at 20:00, arrive Bengaluru at 02:45 (next day)
Depart Bengaluru QR573 at 04:15, arrive Doha at 05:40


Al Wakra Hospital launches new services to bring specialist care closer to residents

March 29, 2015 |

Al Wakra Hospital (AWH) – a member of Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) has launched a range of new services, making it easier for residents in Al Wakra, its surrounding areas, as well as those from Doha to access specialist services … Read More

Region’s youth inspired to promote peace following successful Empower summit

March 29, 2015 |

EMPOWER 2015, a youth conference in Doha hosted by Qatar-based NGO Reach Out To Asia (ROTA), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), concluded its 7th summit in Doha on 14 March 2015. At the … Read More

Ashghal announces temporary closure of the East Industrial Road to install pedestrian bridge

March 29, 2015 |

The Public Works Authority ‘Ashghal’ announces a temporary closure of all lanes in both directions of the East Industrial Road leading to Salwa Road to install a pedestrian bridge on the East Industrial Road.

The closure will stretch from the roundabout known as Al Watan Petrol Station next to Street 33 to Khalid bin Ahmed Intersection, and will be implemented on Monday, 30th March, from 8:00 pm until 6:00 am of Tuesday, and evening of Tuesday, 31st of March until 6:00 am of Wednesday 1st April.

Motorists driving from the direction of the roundabout known as Al Watan petrol station toward the Khalid bin Ahmed Intersection are requested to take the service road and make a right turn to Bu Twaina Street and drive along the Jeri Saleh Street and make a left turn on Street 226 which will connect them back to the service road leading to Salwa Road.

Road users coming from Street 1 and heading toward the East Industrial Street must make a right turn to take street 2 and then make another right turn to take the service road in the direction of street 33. During closure times, road users are advised to avoid the area or use alternative routes as shown on the attached map.


Earth Hour will be celebrated on March 28; five things that you can do

March 26, 2015 |

Be ready to turn off the lights from 8.30pm-9.30 pm on March 28, as the world celebrates Earth Hour.

Here’s 5 simple things to do to make Earth Hour fun.

1.    Step outside for a walk. Luckily Earth Hour is in March when the weather outside is still pleasant for a walk. The best place to walk is at the Corniche where you can watch the towers in the West Bay slowly plunge into darkness.

2.    Star gazing. How often do you go to your terrace? This is the best time to explore your terrace, if you have never been there yet. Spread a mat, and lie down to watch the stars or the moon.

3.    Party time. How about calling over your friends or neighbours for a night of barbeque and music in your compound?

4.    Candle light dinner. Cook up a delicious meal for you and your partner, and light some scented candles. Romantic… isn’t it?  But make sure that these are 100% beeswax candles or soy candles that are carbon neutral and thus eco-friendly.

5.    Glow in the dark. A fun way to celebrate Earth Hour with kids is by putting on some funky accessories that glow in the dark. There’s a store named Glow’n in Qatar that sells a range of special party gadgets, and home and garden accessories. You can get their location and other information from their Facebook page.

Hamad Medical Corporation continues work to upgrade critical care services

March 26, 2015 |

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is undertaking infrastructure upgrades and maintenance work at Hamad General Hospital (HGH) to ensure the safest, most effective and compassionate care to patients.

In order to facilitate these improvements to the facilities and services including enhancing and expanding our critical care services, HGH has undertaken essential maintenance work over two weekends.

The final phase of this work will take place on 27 and 28 March, 2015 and some areas of the hospital will be without power for part of the day on both days.

This work has been carefully planned by engineering experts in partnership with our clinical teams so that we expect full power to be restored within hours to each area impacted. To ensure minimal disruption to patients and visitors, measures will be taken to ensure seamless and high quality care to patients.

A portion of the HGH Emergency Department will be without power but will continue to take walk-in patients and trauma cases. However non-urgent cases transported by ambulance may be diverted to other hospitals in the HMC system.


Ministry launches second phase of home numbering project

March 25, 2015 |

About 300,000 units comprising residential apartments, office units, shops and complexes will be numbered over the next two years as part of the home numbering project launched by the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning.

Called ‘Unwani’ (My Address), the project aims to number every unit in the country to make location tracking easier on GPS, The Peninsula has reported. The move could highly benefit emergency services, door-to-door postal services, or even real estate registry services, which require precise location details.

The first phase, launched in 2013, had about 125,000 buildings numbered. For the second phase, the Ministry is targeting internal portions of buildings and complexes such as apartments, offices and shops for numbering.

Upon completion, residents can locate any shop, office or residence using GPS on their smartphones.

SEC: Schools are allowed to charge seat reservation fee

March 25, 2015 |

Amidst growing speculations among parents about the concept of seat reservation fees in schools, the Supreme Education Council has confirmed that private schools in Qatar are allowed to charge a fee to reserve a seat for a child. Once the child is admitted, the amount should be deducted from the school fees for the first term, Gulf Times has reported.

Seat reservation fees were introduced to avoid the confusion that arises when parents reserve seats in multiple schools. According to the report, Aysha Al-Hashemi, Institute Assistant Director for Private Schools Affairs, Education Institute at the SEC, explains:

“Several schools have complained that parents reserve seats in many different schools for their children. This practice creates confusion in schools as all these schools end up reserving the seat for a single child.
“To avoid this practice, schools have started collecting reservation fees to make sure about the number of students who will be admitted with them during a particular academic year. If a parent does not want the seat, the schools can offer it to other parents if they know it in advance.”

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