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First-ever global youth consultation inaugurated in Qatar under the patronage of the Minister of Foreign Affairs

September 2, 2015 |

Under the patronage of HE Dr Khalid Bin Mohammed Al-Attiya, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, Reach Out to Asia (ROTA) officially inaugurated the first-ever Global Youth Consultation (GYC) of the UN’s World Humanitarian Summit (WHS). The GYC kicked off yesterday morning at the Hamad bin Khalifa University Student Centre at Education City and will last until 2nd September.

The preparations for the first-ever WHS, which was initiated by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, started in 2014. As part of the preparations for the WHS, GYC aims to improve global disaster preparedness and response as well as shape the global youth position by gathering input from youth on humanitarian challenges and solutions. The consultation will allow the views of over 300 young participants aged between 18 and 30 representing 82 countries, including 70 youth from Qatar, to be incorporated into the UN Secretary-General’s report, and the overall recommendations for the World Humanitarian Summit, which will be held in Istanbul, Turkey, from 23rd to 24th May 2016.

“ROTA strongly believes in the importance of unlocking the human potential, especially in the youth,” said HE Doctor Sheikha Aisha Bint Faleh Bin Nasser, ROTA Board Member. “We are very proud to host such a milestone event, as Qatar will be participating in gathering the input of the world’s youth to change the shape of the future on humanitarian issues. I would like to extend my gratitude to the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs for selecting ROTA, as well to HE Dr Khalid Bin Mohammed Al-Attiya, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, for his esteemed support.”

For WHS-GYC Live Streaming, please visit: http://rchout.org/whsyouth-live

[Photo: Essa Al Mannai, ROTA’s Executive Director along with the keynote speaker in a tour to the Exhibition Fair]

Ashghal: Temporary partial closure on Al Shamal Road for 8 hours

September 1, 2015 |

The Public Works Authority has announced that it will implement a temporary closure on Al Shamal Road for 8 hours before Al Gharrafa Interchange in the direction from the north to Doha.

Closure will take place on Friday, September 4 from 2:00 am to 10:00 am, where three lanes will be closed as shown in the attached map. One lane will remain open to traffic. The implementation of this partial and temporary closure is to install a signboard on the road.

Ashghal will install all necessary signage in the area to notify drivers during work period. Ashghal urges all road users to abide by speed limits and traffic signs to ensure their safety.

Ashghal: Temporary partial closure on Al Shamal Road for 8 hours

September 1, 2015 |

The Public Works Authority has announced that it will implement a temporary closure on Al Shamal Road for 8 hours before Al Gharrafa Interchange in the direction from the north to Doha.

Closure will take place on Friday, September 4 from 2:00 am to 10:00 am, where three lanes will be closed as shown in the attached map. One lane will remain open to traffic. The implementation of this partial and temporary closure is to install a signboard on the road.

Ashghal will install all necessary signage in the area to notify drivers during work period. Ashghal urges all road users to abide by speed limits and traffic signs to ensure their safety.

Fish stock affected by rising sea temperatures in the region

August 31, 2015 |

There has been a steep rise in the number of fishes dying in the Qatari waters, which experts say is a result of high sea temperatures. About 18 varieties of fishes have been affected by the current climatic conditions of the region, Qatar Tribune has reported.

According to the report, a hydrographic survey was carried out by a team comprising specialists from the Ministry of Environment’s (MoE) Fisheries Department and the Management of Environmental Monitoring Cell, Qatar University’s (QU) Environmental Studies Centre (ESC) and the Ministry of Interior’s (MoI) Coasts and Borders Security Department.

The findings confirmed the correlation between fish mortality and high sea temperature and low dissolved oxygen levels. A team member also pointed out that this phenomenon of fish mortality was common during the last week of August, and occurred every one or two years.

Middle Eastern economies need to move beyond conventional financing and focus on IPOs, say experts

August 31, 2015 |

Experts from the region had claimed at the start of this year that 2015 will see increased stock market activity in terms of public issuances following the 27 IPOs that raised US$11.5 billion in 2014, the best performance recorded since the financial crisis.

Government efforts in easing regulations and policies related to listings coupled with increased cross-sector spending to encourage economic diversification, the corollary of which was a rise in investor confidence, have been impacted due to the oil price volatility in recent times.

According to Dr. Obaid S. Al Zaabi, DCEO Listing, Disclosure & Legal, Securities and Commodities Authority and Chairman of the Arab IPO Summit, “In order to ensure long-term financing in regional markets, it is imperative for the market to achieve the balance between conventional investors and IPOs as an ultimate source to raise capital. The UAE has already made significant progress in line with this approach with financial market regulators initiating significant developments recently to promote the local IPO markets and support its growth.”

Rashid Al Mansoori, CEO and Board Member, Qatar Stock Exchange said, “The GCC has historically witnessed fewer IPOs than other notable markets. As we all look to diversify our economies, developing our relatively young capital markets and providing more financing opportunities for capital-hungry companies is important.”

“IPO activity in H1 2015 was driven by the IPO of several companies from Egypt and Saudi Arabia. We are likely to see several companies re-initiating or executing IPO plans in H2 2015, driven by increased market confidence and regulatory reform,” said Mayur Pau, MENA IPO leader, Ernst & Young, MENA.

The Arab IPO Summit is set to be held from 14 to 17 September 2015 at Taj Dubai Hotel in Dubai. For more information visit www.arabiposummit.com

Qatar Airways returns to Nagpur with non-stop flights starting 1st December

August 30, 2015 |

Highlighting the importance of its on-going expansion and commitment to the Indian market, Qatar Airways will be reinstating its non-stop flights to Nagpur, India, from Doha, starting 1st December 2015.

The re-instated service will take the airline’s total weekly passenger flights from 95 to 102 across 13 key cities in India. Qatar Airways had previously served Nagpur from September 2007 to May 2009.

Qatar Airways will operate a daily A320 on the route between Doha and Nagpur with an average flight time of just over four hours. The aircraft will feature 144 seats in a two-class configuration of 12 seats in Business Class and 132 seats in Economy.

Doha-Nagpur Daily Schedule Starting Form 1st December 2015:
QR 588    Depart 19:55    Arrival 02:15 (+1)

Nagpur-Doha Daily Flight Schedule Starting From 2nd December 2015:
QR 589   Depart 03:45      Arrival 05:55

 

MET: High winds to hit Qatar by afternoon

August 27, 2015 |

Be prepared for a windy day today. According to a report in The Peninsula, the Qatar Meteorology Department has warned residents about high winds hitting the country by mid-day today.

The winds are expected to reach speed of up to 31.5km, but would reduce by night. The winds will travel southwesterly, then northwesterly and subsequently northeasterly, the report further states.

Meanwhile, the maximum temperatures are expected to range between 38-43 degrees C, and minimum temperatures would range from 32 to 33 degrees.

Partial temporary closure on Al Mansoura Street for 45 days

August 26, 2015 |

The Public Works Authority ‘Ashghal’ has announced that in order to complete the upgrade works of the existing sewage network within Al Najma area in Doha city, a 355 m long temporary partial closure will take place on Al Mansoura Street.

The closure will stretch 50 m before the intersection of the street with Al Kharaib Street up to 50 m past the intersection of Al Mansoura Street with Al Bunduqiya Street. The closure will start on Tuesday 25 August and will be in place until 10 October 2015.

The number of lanes along Al Mansoura Street will remain the same in both directions, one lane open to traffic in each direction, while street parking will be closed on both sides of Al Mansoura Street for the duration of the construction. Also part of Al Kharaib Street will be closed at the intersection of the street with Al Mansoura Street. Road users can use the alternative local roads in the area as shown in the map.

HMC experts advise special care for elderly people and outdoor workers in the hot season

August 25, 2015 |

During this season of extreme heat and humidity, elderly people are at a particularly higher risk of developing heat-related illnesses and need special care and attention, according to a geriatrics expert at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC).

“We urge the public … Read More

Ashghal: Temporary closure of one direction on Al Hilal Street from its intersection with Al Bunduqiya Street to the roundabout in Najma Street

August 24, 2015 |

The Public Works Authority has announced the closure of 434 metres of one direction of Al Hilal Street starting from its intersection with Al Bunduquia Street to the roundabout in Najma Street.

The closure will be done in two parts, the first will start from the intersection of Al Bunduquia Street with Al Hilal Street until the intersection of Al Mareekh Street with Al Hilal Street, starting from Aug 26 to Sep 26, 2015, while the second part will be from the intersection of Al Mareekh Street with Al Hilal Street until the roundabout in Najma Street from Aug 26 to Oct 26, 2015.

During this partial closure, drivers can use Najma Street and Ibn Shuaib Street, or Al Khalidiya Street, through Muaath Street in both directions as alternative routes. Ashghal is implementing this closure to complete the rehabilitation work of the existing underground sewerage network in Al Najma area.

Qatar Museums announces first 20 artists to benefit from the “Artist in Residence” programme at the old Doha Fire Station

August 24, 2015 |

Under the visionary guidance of Qatar Museums Chairperson H.E Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Qatar Museums (QM) announced the 20 artists who have been selected to take part in the innovative “Artist in Residence” programme, which … Read More

Ashghal: Temporary closure on parts of three local streets branching off Al Wakra Hospital street

August 23, 2015 |

The Public Works Authority has announced that streets number 1083, 1064, and 1003 branching off the Al Wakra Hospital Street will be closed starting from Al Wakra Hospital Roundabout in the vicinity of Gate 6 to New Al Meera Roundabout. … Read More

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