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MoI issues safety tips for the month of Ramadan

July 2, 2015 |

To ensure a safe and blessed Holy Month of Ramadan, the Ministry of Interior has issued practical tips for residents in Qatar. These preventive measures are mainly directed towards preventing fires at homes as well as traffic accidents.

Protection from fire at home
  • Ensure that a good fire extinguisher is available at your home.
  • Don’t leave children in the kitchen or near hot and burning materials or electrical power sources.
  • When you smell gas odour, avoid switching on the exhaust fan or lights as they may serve as points of ignition to the highly inflammable gas. Instead, open all doors and windows to reduce concentration of leaked gas.
  • If fire breaks out in an oil pan while cooking, never pour water into it. It will ignite the fire. Instead, cover the burning pan by placing the nearest thick lid on the pan, or use a fire blanket.
Traffic safety
  • Set early from home, if you have to reach the Iftar venue on time. The period just before Iftar is considered the most vulnerable time for traffic accidents during Ramadan.
  • Avoid parking vehicles in a way that might obstruct traffic movement, especially during prayer timings.
  • Complete your Eid shopping early enough to avoid traffic jams and parking issues as Eid nears.
  • Pedestrians are advised to cross roads using designated areas of crossing to avoid accidents.
Report Begging
  • Begging is a reprehensible behaviour. If you see begging, report it ot the Anti-Begging Section on 2347444/33618627


Airport security opens office at HIA to issue entry pass

July 2, 2015 |

To ease the temporary pass issuance to Hamad International Airport, Airport Security Department has opened an office at the Departure Terminal of the Airport.

The new office will issue temporary permits for companies, institutions, authorities and ministries to enter the airport. Lt. Hamad Murad Abdullah, Permits Officer at Airport Security Department explained that the office is located within the departures lounge of HIA in front of the baggage weighing counters. He added that the office will issue only temporary pass for one day while passes valid for one week, month or year can be obtained from the main office of the Airport Security Department.

He added that any party wishing to enter HIA for any purpose, must bring a copy of the passport or ID card for citizens, a copy of residence or visit visa (for residents),  personal photo, and fill in the provisional security permit application along with the letter from the authority for whom he works, explaining the purpose of visit and the specific areas he wishes to enter.  After security clearance, the permit will be issued.

He urged the permit holder to display the permit in a clearly visible way during his presence within the airport, and to produce it to the security men and the concerned authorities upon request. The permit holders shouldn’t enter areas other than those specified in the security clearance, he added.  He asked the holders to ensure that permits do not fall in the hands of those not entitled to carry or use it , and not try to change the data recorded on the permit.

The permit office can be contacted on 2351412/2351325.

Closure of Al Busat Al Akhdar Park for renovation starting July 3

July 1, 2015 |

The Public Works Authority ‘Ashghal’ announced that Al Rayyan Park (Al Busat Al Akhdar) adjacent to Al Rayyan Road will be closed to the public as of Friday 3 July.

This is part of the ongoing works on Al Rayyan Project – Contract 2, which consists of the construction and upgrade of Al Rayyan Road. During the closure, the park will also be undergoing renovation works.

A section of the park was closed on 30 December 2014 to carry out phase one of the project implemented by Ashghal in coordination with the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning (MMUP). The renovation works are expected to be completed in Q4, 2015.

The works will include renovating the various facilities of the park, including the fence, the walkways and the lighting system. A jogging track will also be introduced to the park so visitors can have a wider choice of sports to exercise.

Qatar Airways announces frequency increases to 12 popular destinations

July 1, 2015 |

Qatar Airways has announced network frequency increases to multiple destinations across its global network.

The national airline is adding frequencies to its popular routes – Dubai (UAE), Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), Peshawar (Pakistan), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Belgrade (Serbia), Sofia (Bulgaria), Asmara … Read More

Maintaining regular sleeping patterns in Ramadan is key to re-adjusting

June 30, 2015 |

Establishing and maintaining regular sleeping patterns during Ramadan is an important step to “re-adjusting” after the holy month, according to Dr. Abul Aziz Al Hashmi, Consultant of Pulmonary Diseases and Sleep Disorders at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC).

“Due to the unique nature of Ramadan, many people experience frequent and irregular sleeping times during the day because they stay awake during the night to perform acts of worship or some times to socialize,” said Dr. Al Hashmi. “When people change their sleeping and waking-up pattern, they may also suffer sleepiness, headache and mood swings.”
This is usually caused by the change in their bedtime and wake-up schedule, which can increase the risk of developing biological clock disorder such as delayed sleep phase syndrome (DSPS) or melatonin secretion rhythm disorder.

“Melatonin is a hormone secreted by the pineal gland (a small endocrine gland) in the brain. It helps regulate other hormones and maintains the body’s circadian rhythm,” he stated, adding that “When it is dark, the body produces more melatonin but its production drops when it is daylight. Being exposed to bright lights or watching TV in the evening can disrupt the body’s normal melatonin cycles and causes insomnia.”

Dr. Al Hashmi advised people to gradually re-adjust their sleep and wake-up schedule over several days, especially within the last days of Eid holidays, to help re-synchronize the body’s biological clock. He suggested that exposure to strong light for at least one hour after waking up is a helpful way of restoring normal sleep schedule. “This does not necessarily require staying outdoors under the sun, but exposure to light coming through a window can be helpful as well.”


New Family Consulting Centre opens in Al Eqla area

June 29, 2015 |

The Public Works Authority ‘Ashghal’ completed the new Family Consulting Centre building in Al Eqla area, with a total cost of QR76.147mn

The Family Consulting Centre offers a variety of free familial services for families. The project works started in April 2013, and included the construction of three storeys in addition to a basement over an area of 11 thousand and 400 square meters.

The project is surrounded on the eastern and southern sides by 24 meter wide roads and has a total built-up area of 19 thousand and 283 square meters. The centre consists of three entrances, a counselling and consultation department, a research and development department, an information technology department, a library, a board of directors’ room, human resources and financial department, a lecture hall, and a kindergarten.

The main architectural features include traditional elevations with arches, internal gardens and a central water fountain, a central cafeteria and panoramic area, in addition to a lecture hall with two main chandeliers.

13% of Qatar’s population suffer from chronic kidney disease; patients advised to take precautions while fasting during Ramadan

June 29, 2015 |

Patients with kidney disease are advised to take precautions if they choose to fast during the Holy Month of Ramadan, Dr. Hassan Al Malki, Nephrology and Transplant Senior Consultant at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), has advised.

Chronic kidney disease (CKD), … Read More

Ministry mandates car distributors to obtain signed statements from customers

June 28, 2015 |

According to a new circular by the Ministry of Economy and Commerce, all car dealers in the country will be required to obtain a signed statement from customers to ensure they are made aware of the repairs carried out in the car.

This move has been implemented to ensure car agents comply with the Consumer Protection law in the country, that makes it mandatory for “the supplier of any commodity to give all the related information the buyer”, the Gulf Times has reported.

Car dealers have been urged to report to customers every single modification done to the car at the time of purchase. Customers must also be informed if the car was involved in any accidents or bore any defects while manufacturing.

A signed consent from customers was necessary to prevent any legal issues in the future, the Ministry has said. Car dealers found violating this law would face various penalties including closure of showrooms or offices.

Heat-related illnesses can increase with fasting in summer

June 25, 2015 | 1

The risks of suffering heat-related health problems can increase with fasting in summer due to a drop in body fluids and salt levels, according to Dr. Muayad Kasim Khalid, Senior Consultant and Head of Adult Emergency Department at Al Wakra Hospital (AWH).

“Normally during summer, we see an increase in the number of people suffering from heat illnesses such as sun stroke and heat exhaustion. The majority of the cases occur amongst those who work outdoors due to the nature of their job,” said Dr. Khalid. He added that due to stricter rules in place to prevent outdoor workers from working under the sun in peak hours, there has been no significant increase in the number of people suffering from heat-related illnesses.

He did however note that when Ramadan falls within one of the hottest months of the year like June, prolonged exposure to sunlight and high temperature during the daytime may cause sunstroke as a result of a failure in the body’s cooling system. “In a few cases, this over exposure may cause organ dysfunction or other adverse effects, such as severe headaches accompanied by dehydration.”

Other symptoms can include muscle pain, fatigue, nausea and vomiting, skin redness, rapid breathing, a high heart rate, and difficulties in speech and understanding. Dr. Khalid advised those that are fasting to drink sufficient amount of fluids in the evenings to enable the body to adapt to fluctuating temperatures.

Treatment for sunstroke includes cooling down the affected person by lowering their body temperature to the normal level. “If the affected person is conscious, they should be made to drink fluids, such as water or any cold drink. Hot drinks and caffeine should be avoided because they will increase dehydration levels. If the person is unconscious, use cool water (not cold) by applying a wet flannel or face-cloth to the skin. The affected person should be exposed to a fan or an air stream to dry out their body and maintain the health of the brain and body organ function.”

Dr. Khalid mentioned that some people may suffer a headache or pain within the first days of fasting during Ramadan. “Headaches happen as a result of a sudden change in nutritional habits and a reduced supply of fluids in the body, as well as changes to sleep patterns, which may cause muscle pain and fatigue. Skipping a morning cup of tea, coffee or breakfast can also cause headaches,” he said.

Dr. Khalid suggested drinking sufficient amount of fluids during both Iftar and Suhour, eating moderate meals, and getting enough sleep to avoid headaches and other side effects.

MoI launches anti-begging campaign for Ramadan

June 24, 2015 |

The Ministry of Interior has cautioned residents in Qatar against falling prey to beggars.

According to the Ministry, begging is rampant during the Holy Month of Ramadan during which people misuse the spirit of charity. One could notice people illegally asking for money from residents at the mosques, shopping malls or even in highly populated streets.

In a recent post on social media, MoI has advised all citizens and residents to give their donations to authorised charity organisations in the country, which provide the material and financial aid to the needy thereby preserving their dignity and prevent them from begging. The public can report any incidents of begging to the Ministry by calling 2347444/3361 8627

[Photo courtesy: MoI Facebook Page]

Upgrade of main streets and infrastructure in the Old Airport area to begin this month

June 23, 2015 |

As part of its continuous efforts to develop roads in Doha, the Public Works Authority ‘Ashghal’ will start upgrading the roads and infrastructure in the Old Airport Area to provide the area with the needed services.

The project aims to convert the main streets in the area from temporary streets with no services to permanent ones with all basic amenities such as pedestrian paths, parking lots and sidewalks. The project will also include the development of infrastructure in the area to include the drainage and surface and groundwater networks, street lighting, building a signal-controlled intersection between Al Hurriya and Al Salah Streets, repaving the road, and installing interlock on sidewalks.

The project will be carried out in two phases and construction works as part of phase one will start on Saturday 27 June 2015 for a duration of 5 months.

  • Phase one will comprise the upgrade of 5 main streets in the Old Airport region, namely: Al Karama Street, Al Tabarani Street, Al Hussain Bin Ali Street, Al Salah Street, and part of Al Hurriya Street. The five streets will be restricted to one-way traffic while the opposite direction will remain open. Temporary access to residences will be provided throughout the construction period and vehicles can also use the internal roads of the area as alternative routes.
  • Phase two of the project will include the upgrade of 3 additional streets, namely Al Ameen Street, Al Rawdha Street, and Al Tuhama Street. Construction works on this phase has yet to be announced and it is expected that the upgrade of all 8 streets in both phases will be complete in Q2 of 2016.

Managing diabetes during Ramadan – self-discipline is vital

June 23, 2015 |

Top medicine consultant At Hamad Medical Corporation, Professor Abdul Badi Abou-Samra, calls on diabetes patients to fast responsibly during Ramadan.

Every year, in my capacity as a medical specialist, I am approached by patients and concerned individuals who wish to … Read More

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