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How to keep your house safe from fires during summer in Qatar

July 30, 2015 |

Summer in Qatar is usually ushered in with fires breaking out in residential and commercial buildings.

Here are some safety measures to keep your house safe.

  • In the kitchen
  1. When you are not cooking, make sure all … Read More

Viral Hepatitis causes 1.4 million deaths every year globally; HMC raises awareness on preventive measures against the disease

July 29, 2015 |

In observance of World Hepatitis Day, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is again raising awareness and understanding of viral hepatitis as well as highlighting the importance of measures to prevent the spread of the disease.

“Every child born in Qatar is … Read More

Renovated Al Khor Park to feature a mini zoo

July 29, 2015 |

Come August, and the Al Khor Park will once again open its doors to residents in Qatar seeking a family friendly leisure spot in the country. 

According to a report in the Gulf Times, the Al Khor Park is all set to be a unique tourist attraction with a range of features added to it. One of the park’s main features includes a special animal farm or mini zoo, along with a large aviary that is currently undergoing construction.

Visitors will also have access to a spacious restaurant, mosque, museum, mini golf area, wall mural, skating area, children’s play area, basketball court, food kiosks, drinking fountain, and an amphitheatre, the report states.

In addition, a mini train has been installed to provide visitors a tour of the entire park. Other features include a large man-made lake and manicured gardens, while children will be able to enjoy slides, rock climbing walls and skateboarding.

Spread over an area of 240,000sqm, the Al Khor Park’s renovation an expansion is said to cost around QR250 million.

[Photo courtesy: Ashghal website]

Qatar Airways denies interest in stake in SpiceJet

July 28, 2015 |

Following reports on a possible stake in SpiceJet, Qatar Airways has denied all claims about its association with the airline.

In a press statement, Qatar Airways has confirmed that it is not in talks to pursue a commercial stake in SpiceJet, stating: “There is no interest from the airline to engage in a partnership with the Gurgaon-based airline. Qatar Airways presently does not have any form of interline agreement with SpiceJet, which is the simplest form of relations between any two airlines, and Qatar Airways is not planning to pursue any form of arrangement in the future”.

According to the statement, this is not the first time that such claims have been made.  Similar news was disseminated in January 2013, which the airlines says, “appears to be a tactic to increase market and share value. These stake sale comments are unfounded and are believed to be deliberately spread to influence share valuations”.

Qatar Airways has confirmed that the only airline it is talking to is the Indian carrier Indigo.

Over 1,000 teachers to join Qatar’s independent schools for new academic year

July 28, 2015 |

For the new academic year 2015-2016, the Supreme Education Council (SEC) has announced its plan to recruit about 1,600 teachers for Independent schools, the Peninsula has reported.

The mass recruitment of teachers is part of a move to fill the large void of academic staff across independent schools in Qatar. Teachers will be mainly recruited from Arab countries, namely Palestine, Egypt, Jordan and Tunisia, the report further states.

The recruitment will take place in phases. For the first phase, about 998 teachers will be on board with specialisation in 20 subjects. This includes 182 maths teachers, 182 Arabic language teachers, 99 for science, 34 for biology, 11 for physics and 45 for social science. In addition, 15 teachers will be specially brought in to teach children with special needs, while three other would specialise in speech therapy.

HMC cautions visitors against using decorations for patients’ rooms

July 27, 2015 |

Women’s health and patient safety experts at Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Women’s Hospital (WH) cautioned patients, their families and other visitors against using certain decorations for patient rooms and other unsafe practices in an effort to ensure that WH does not compromise patient care and provides a clean and safe environment.

As part of standard infection control precautions, WH does not allow decorating patient rooms with carpets, posters, curtains, stands, vases, aquariums, candles, balloons or any kind of furniture and interior design elements that may support the growth of disease-causing microbes. Carpets, curtains and other furniture have been documented to harbor large numbers of microbes. Bringing in any electrical equipment is also prohibited as it may interfere with the hospital’s electrical system and other life support equipment, and could cause electrical malfunctions.

“Patients can easily acquire infections through physical contact, as well as through harmful chemicals, bacteria and viruses that may spread in the air. There is also a risk of transmitting infections if patients are visited by sick people or by very young children,” said Dr. Zeena Saeed Al Mansoori, Clinical Director of Operational Affairs at WH.

Dr. Al Mansoori also stressed the importance of hand hygiene in preventing the spread of infections within the hospital, pointing out that in order to facilitate hand-washing, HMC has provided dedicated sinks or hand sanitizers at patient room entrances and other prominent locations throughout all its facilities.

Small flower bouquets and small chocolate boxes are allowed in the patient rooms. However, placing any gifts, flowers and decorations in the hospital corridors outside the patient rooms is not allowed. Besides this practice being unhygienic, it is a fire hazard and can also block passages and restricts access to patients by members of the healthcare team.

Price of 22-carat gold drops further in Qatar

July 27, 2015 | 1

Now is probably the best time to invest in gold. Jewellery stores across Qatar have reported a drastic drop in price of the yellow metal for this week.

According to a report in Gulf Times, the price of 22carat gold stands at QR125 per gram – the lowest in the last five years. This is a further reduction from the price that it was sold during Eid, at QR135 per gram.

However, the low prices will not remain for long. Jewellery store managers predict the metal to reach its original price by next month, which ranges from QR135-QR140 per gram.

A majority of gold buyers comprise Asian expatriates, who buy gold and jewellery for their family back home, the report further adds. Furthermore, many expatriates also consider gold to be the safest form of investment.

Do you invest in gold?

Qatar records 7% rise in foreign visitors in the first half of 2015

July 26, 2015 |

For the first half of 2015, Qatar received a 7% increase in foreign visitors as compared to the same period last year. Majority of visitors comprised GCC residents, representing a 16% increase since last year.

The figures were issued by the Qatar Tourism Authority in its Mid-Year Tourism Performance Report for 2015. The report, as published in Gulf Times, highlights Qatar’s progress in expanding its tourism sector. The country is expected to receive 3 million visitors by end of this year as it seeks to achieve a target of 7 million visitors by 2030.

From the GCC region, a large percentage of visitors arrived from Saudi Arabia, representing a 25% increase since last year. Meanwhile, the countries outside of GCC that had the maximum number of tourists included France, China and the USA.

The total arrivals were highest in the months of January and March, the report states. The percentage dropped during the month of Ramadan by 8% as compared to the same period last year.

 

 

 

 

Hamad International Airport prepares for passenger increase during Eid Al Fitr period

July 15, 2015 |

Hamad International Airport (HIA), Qatar’s gateway to the world, is preparing for the increase of departing and arriving passengers during the Eid Al Fitr period.

The airport is expecting a peak in departing passenger traffic from the 15th to 20th of July and arriving passenger traffic from 23rd to 25th of July this year.

In order to ensure that passengers experience seamless and comfortable travel through the airport, HIA advices all its locally departing passengers to arrive at the airport three hours before their flight departure time and that check-in will close 60 minutes prior to departure. To save time, Qatar Airways and many other airlines operating from HIA offer passengers online check-in.

General public who are dropping off or collecting passengers are advised to use the short-term car park, which provides complimentary parking for the first 30 minutes and costs QR5 per hour thereafter.

Passengers also have the option of parking their vehicles at the airport’s long-term car park which provides customers with 2,540 parking spaces and a regular shuttle service to the main terminal every 15-20 minutes. More information about HIA’s parking facilities can be found on its website.

Ashghal inaugurates two new advanced health centres in Qatar; Al Ghuwairiya and Al Karaana Health Centres enter operational phase

July 14, 2015 |

With the opening of Al Ghuwairiya and Al Karaana Health Centres this past week; new health centres have entered the operational phase opening their doors to citizens and residents.

The two centres are the first advanced health centres to open in Qatar as part of a plan to build new and improved health centres aiming to provide advanced primary healthcare services in Qatar. This plan is being implemented by Ashghal in cooperation with the Supreme Council of Health and the Primary Healthcare Corporation.

The new health centres, including both Al Ghuwairiya and Al Karaana Health Centres are larger in size as compared to older healthcare centres. This will increase the centres’ capacity in terms of building more multi-specialty internal clinics, hence receiving a larger number of patients and providing a greater number of parking spaces.

Both centres include clinics for men and women, as well as dental clinics, outpatient clinics, radiology centres, a pharmacy, a laboratory, and other specialised clinics. The centres have several main entrances some of which are dedicated for emergency use while the remaining are for staff, visitors and patients who have also been allocated shaded parking spaces.

The reception and waiting areas are designed to have an abundance of natural daylight while the centres’ façades have a distinctive artistic design that includes glass engravings and hanging canopies.

Ministry of Interior to organise mega event for various communities in Qatar on Eid Al Fitr

July 14, 2015 |

The Ministry of Interior in association with Barwa and Asian Town, will be organising a mega two days cultural, recreational and sports activities for communities in Qatar on the occasion of Eid Al Fitr.

The event at ‘Barwa workers recreation complex’ in Al Khor Industrial Area and Asian Town cricket stadium at Doha Industrial area will be held on the first and second days of Eid Al Fitr from 3 pm – 10 pm.

During the cultural and recreational program in Al Khor Barwa Workers complex, cultural performance teams from Asian communities in Qatar, especially from India and Nepal and ‘Popins’ and ‘Sariga’ orchestra teams will perform from 4 pm until 9 pm in the open stage specially prepared for this event in the complex. In addition to this, the finals of the ‘Ramadan Championship 2015′ organized by the Ministry of Interior for companies and communities in cricket and volleyball will be held on the first day of Eid and   the finals of the football and basketball on the second day of Eid Al Fitr.

The cricket stadium at Asian Town (near Grand Mall) in Doha Industrial Area will witness a strong and tight cricket tournament between Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, Bangladeshi, Nepalese and Qatari teams from 3 pm – 10 pm in first and second days of Eid.

The entry to the two days event in each of Al Khor Barwa Workers Recreation Complex and Cricket stadium in Asian Town near Grand Mall at Doha Industrial area is free and the organisers have arranged valuable prizes for the public through raffle draw and there will be special areas for the families. The companies interested to send their workers to the event in Al Khor can coordinate with Mr. Bahauddeen on 30396976 and to the event in Doha Industrial area can coordinate with Mr. Siraj on 33587015.

HMC hospitals announce operating hours for Eid Al-Fitr holidays

July 13, 2015 |

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) announces operating hours for its hospitals during the Eid Al-Fitr holidays as follows:

Hamad General Hospital

  • Hamad General Hospital’s (HGH) Outpatient Department (OPD) clinics and pharmacy will be closed from 16 to 20 July and … Read More

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