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Qatar Museums and Qatar University partner to research Qatar’s underwater archaeological environment

May 5, 2016 |

Qatar Museums (QM), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Marine Science Cluster at Qatar University’s Environmental Science Center (QU-ESC).

In the terms of the agreement, both organisations will collaborate on the study of Qatar’s marine features and underwater archaeology, the first of its kind in the Gulf region. The research aims to make new discoveries that will help shed light on the history of marine trade in the region.

The agreement will also serve in developing a research database from findings recorded by Janan, QU’s state-of-the-art marine research vessel, as well as further strengthen the relationship between QM and QU. It will also extend to other areas of cooperation, including, but not limited to, lectures, special training and supervision of academic studies.

A study will also be conducted on the geophysical and bathymetric data of Qatar’s waters. Throughout the process, both organisations will be able to identify and analyse the artefacts and eco facts recovered from the project. In addition, the project will introduce a new study about the sea level change and the relation with the settlements during the prehistory period in Gulf region.

Marine sites will be evaluated and ensuing reports will detail the underwater archaeological findings from each site, as well as the benefits of each. Qatar Museums will be responsible for monitoring and protecting any marine archaeological features and artefacts, discovered during this research process.

Mashreq Qatar launches Biometric Banking as part of Snapp mobile banking application

May 1, 2016 |

Mashreq has announced the launch of biometric security for mobile banking in Qatar, allowing its customers to use their fingertips as password.

The upgraded Mashreq’s mobile banking App Snapp also offers the unique and innovative Cardless Cash withdrawal service, which allows Mashreq customers to send a transfer code to any mobile number in Qatar, 24/7. The recipient need not have a bank account and can withdraw cash from any Mashreq ATM in the country using the transfer code.

Mashreq customers will now be able to access their accounts without user name and passwords, overview their relationship with the Bank, and undertake a range of online transactions such as mobile-to-mobile domestic money transfer, international funds transfer, mobile top-ups for prepaid service globally, and instant utility bill payments, as well as receive Forex rate alerts, by having their identity verified on the go.

The Snapp mobile banking application from Mashreq combines a smart and stylish user interface with the best in mobile banking functionality. The app’s intelligently designed home screen layout lets customers see their entire banking relationship at a glance, then get details and make transactions with simple, clear and interactive navigation.

To download the Mashreq mobile banking application, click the link below: www.mashreq.qa/sn

Kahramaa celebrates 4th Tarsheed Anniversary

April 25, 2016 |

The Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (KAHRAMAA) celebrated the fourth annual celebration of its ongoing National Program for Conservation and Energy Efficiency (Tarsheed).

Tarsheed has succeeded in reducing the per capita electricity and water consumption until November 2015 by … Read More

Qatar Airways increases Salalah flights for popular Khareef season

April 21, 2016 |

Qatar Airways has added an additional 10 flights per week from Doha to Salalah, Oman, to meet the demand of the popular Khareef season which runs from 1 June – 30 September 2016. During this period at total of 21 flights per week will be available for travel to Salalah.

As the capital of Oman’s Dhofar region, Salalah is known as the Sultanate’s ‘Second City’. It is renowned for its annual monsoon season, known as the Khareef, which sees the desert landscape transform into lush green expanses from June to August each year. During this peak period, the number of visitors to Salalah triples in comparison to the rest of the year.

Salalah is famous for its unique characteristics, which include fruit plantations and banana groves, beaches lined with coconut palms, vibrant local culture with souqs and Omani handicrafts, and a myriad of archaeological sites demonstrating the Sultanate’s rich, prosperous history.

The city and its surroundings are a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and adventure-seekers, with wadis, sinkholes and reefs to explore, and wild animals such as turtles, gazelles, elusive Arabian leopards and more to discover.

VCUQ students present their collections at the 17th Annual Fashion Show ‘Reach’ hosted by Salam at The Gate Mall

April 17, 2016 |

Fashion students from Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar (VCUQatar) recently presented ‘Reach’, the 17th Annual Fashion Show, hosted by Salam Stores at The Gate Mall.

‘Reach’ celebrated the end of another academic year for the students of VCUQatar’s Fashion Design … Read More

Ashghal: Temporary traffic diversion on Salwa Road

April 14, 2016 |

Public Works Authority, Ashghal, has announced a temporary closure on Salwa Road to install dynamic message signs between West Industrial Interchange and East Industrial Interchange.

The closure will be one kilometre long between the two mentioned interchanges towards Doha. It will take place on Friday and Saturday 15th and 16th of April 2016 and will last for six hours from 12:00 am to 6:00 am, in coordination with the Traffic Department.

During this period, traffic will be diverted to the service road for those coming from Bu Samra towards Doha, as shown in the map.

VCUQ to present ‘Reach’ – a fashion showcase featuring designs from its talented students; 17th Edition of the Show to be hosted by Salam at The Gate Mall.

April 11, 2016 |

Innovative and creative designs from fashion students at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar (VCUQatar) will be on display this week at ‘Reach’, VCUQatar’s 17th Annual Fashion Show.

This unique show, featuring the collections of sophomore, junior, and senior fashion students, … Read More

Hamad International Airport to introduce smart airport features in state-of-the-art terminal

April 10, 2016 |

Hamad International Airport (HIA) announced that it has commenced the testing phase of its program to transform into a ‘smart airport’ by integrating best of breed technologies that would offer passengers more control and independence over their journey.

From check-in … Read More

Hilton Worldwide announces Hilton Garden Inn for Doha

April 7, 2016 |

Hilton Worldwide announced the signing of a management agreement with Universal Management Group to open the mid-market Hilton Garden Inn Doha C Ring Road.

Set to open in 2018, the hotel is located in Qatar’s capital, Doha and once open will join Hilton Garden Inn hotels already operating in the UAE and KSA. Hilton Garden Inn Doha C Ring Road will feature 138 guest rooms offering signature bedding, a health club and outdoor swimming pool. Dining options include an all-day dining restaurant, a lobby cafe, a bar and 24-hour Pavilion Pantry.  Guests will also have access to a business centre, complimentary Wi-Fi and meeting space. The hotel will be located on the city’s prominent C Ring Road, placing it in a prime location with easy access to business and commercial centres, as well as Hamad International Airport.

Hilton Worldwide currently has two hotels operating in Qatar, with a further seven hotels under development, including AlRayyan Hotel Doha, a part of the Curio collection, which is due to open in late 2016.

NU-Q class of 2015 graduate wins Education Excellence Award

April 4, 2016 |

Maha Al-Ansari has won a prestigious award recognising her achievements at Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q). The Education Excellence Awards – considered the highest academic honor for individuals and educational institutions in Qatar – are awarded annually by Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.

The complex selection process takes into account the overall performance of the applicants during their educational period, reviewing co-curricular activities such as athletic performance, and contribution to the community. Al-Ansari received a gold medal, which places her second in the university-level category.

Al-Ansari, who was the valedictorian of the Class of 2015, interned at Sports Illustrated in New York while a student at Northwestern and also worked as a sports analyst on QF Radio. She is the first Qatari to work at the beIN Sports English programs’ department, where she is currently an assistant journalist. “I hope to be a pioneer in the field of journalism, and help set the foundation for future generations. While excelling in education is definitely important, it is merely a stepping stone. It’s how you use that education in the future that makes all the difference,” said Al Ansari.

Shams Generation showcases wonders of the sun at Solar Art Exhibition

March 31, 2016 |

A Solar Art Exhibition initiated by Shams Generation, an educational initiative by Qatar Solar Technologies (QSTec) in collaboration with Qatar Museums is being presented at the Katara Hall 19 – Gallery 2 until the 6th of April.

The collective exhibition features artwork created by students from various schools participating in the Shams Generation Program using a solar power kit and recycled materials. Over 20 schools incorporated the program, with more than 1500 students contributing to the artwork being showcased. The Shams Generation program will reach over 7,000 students in 2016 and is the largest ever national-level educational program of its kind in Qatar and aims to forge a blueprint for progress on sustainability of solar energy as a resource.

On the 6th and 7th of April, the exhibition will make way for a series of workshops for children to make their own solar lanterns at Katara. Plans are afoot to expand Shams Generation into more schools in Qatar a university program has also been launched this year with a view to collaborate with more universities and colleges in Qatar.

Established by QSTec in 2015, Shams Generation is an interactive hands-on learning program that combines art, science, reusing and solar energy. The Shams Generation program has been implemented across schools, where teachers received instructions on how to implement the program by QSTec and in turn implement the initiative with their students.

Temporary traffic diversion at Al Thumama junction in eight phases

March 30, 2016 |

The Public Works Authority ‘Ashghal’ will implement a temporary traffic diversion at Al Thumama Junction, which is part of the E-Ring and Najma roads development project.

The traffic diversion will be implemented in eight phases to minimise the impact on traffic in the area. The first phase starts on Thursday 31 March 2016 after midnight and will last until Saturday 2 April 2016 at 5 am. The remaining seven phases will be carried out during the following seven weekends, each lasting from Thursday midnight to Saturday morning 5 am. It is anticipated that the last phase will be completed by 21 May 2016.

During each phase, only a part of the junction will be closed and signage will be installed to indicate the closed and the open parts of the road as shown in the attached map. The exception will be the last phase, which will require the full closure of the junction for two days.

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