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New Souq Al Haraj to be built near Barwa Village

March 5, 2015 |

The Ministry of Economy and Trade in Qatar has released a tender for the construction of a new second-hand bazaar near Barwa Village, in Al Wakrah.

According to news website, the bazaar will be called Souq Al Haraj and will be a market for junk and second-hand items. The bazaar is said to feature a number of facilities such as service centres, restaurants and cafes, a mosque and a car park.

The old Souq Al Haraj is located in Najma, and has been frequented by several middle-income expatriates who shop for second-hand items such as electronics, furniture, equipment and other accessories.

Have you been to Souq Al Haraj?

HMC’s Organ Donation Centre hopes to receive 100,000 donors by year-end

March 5, 2015 |

About 45,000 donors have registered with the Qatar Organ Donation Centre at Hamad Medical Corporation for this year. However, the centre is hoping to reach a target of 100,000 donors by the end of 2015, Gulf Times has reported.

In a press statement, HMC’s Organ Donation and Transplantation team had announced the successful completion of seven life-saving surgeries comprising of three liver and four kidney transplantations during the month of February.

Dr. Riadh Fadhil, Director of Qatar Organ Donation Center (Hiba) stated: “We have come a long way since the launch of the organ donation program. In the first year, we would get very few deceased donation consents per year. However, with the support and commitment of the leaders and staff at HMC, deceased as well as living-related donations have increased which is testament to the success of the program.”

Within a span of three years, the Organ Donation Registry has grown tremendously, with the number of donors increasing from 5,000 to 43,000 spanning 108 nationalities including Qataris.

If you wish to be an organ donor, visit the Qatar Organ Donation Centre (QODC) website.

Track your family members with Ooredoo’s new safety service

March 5, 2015 |

Ooredoo has launched a new family safety service that will help you track and communicate with your family at any given time.

The first-of-its kind service is in collaboration with Portuguese mobile application development company iMobileMagic, The Peninsula has reported.

According to the report, customers can connect their smartphones to the service’s website to avail the following features on their devices:

  • Real-time location feeds of their family members on their phones.
  • Pre-set safety areas that allows parents to define safe spaces for young children such as their home, school and grandparents’ home. Parents are immediately alerted if their child moves outside of the safe spaces.
  • The Panic button feature can be used during emergencies to communicate with other family members connected to the service.
  • A special safety feature has been included in case of loss or theft of your phone. It allows you to call your phone, lock it using a custom message and delete all information on the device.

What do you think of this service?

Qatar Airways unveils three new destinations in Pakistan; Flights to Sialkot, Faisalabad and Multan begin 16th July 2015, 17th July 2015 and 1st August 2015

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Qatar Airways unveiled the launch dates of three new passenger destinations in Pakistan as part of the airline’s continued expansion strategy.

Beginning 16th July 2015, the airline will begin four weekly passenger services to Sialkot where it already operates dedicated freighter services three times a week. Sialkot also marks Qatar Airways’ first new passenger route to Pakistan since 2004.

A day later, on 17th July 2015, Qatar Airways will add Faisalabad to its Pakistan network with three flights a week, and from 1st August 2015, Qatar Airways will spread its wings further in Pakistan with the launch of three flights a week to Multan.

Qatar Airways currently operates 45 flights a week spread across four cities in Pakistan – double daily flights to Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad, and three flights a week to Peshawar. Karachi was first launched by the airline in 1995, Peshawar in 1998, Lahore in 1999 and Islamabad in 2004.

Qatar Airways will operate an Airbus A320 in a two-class configuration of up to 12 seats in Business Class and up to 132 in Economy Class on all the new routes to Pakistan.

The Doha – Sialkot schedules starting from 16th July 2015 are:
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays
Depart Doha QR 626 at 01:10, arrive Sialkot at 06:50
Depart Sialkot QR 627 at 08:35, arrive Doha at 10:15

The Doha – Faisalabad schedules starting from 17th July 2015 are:
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
Depart Doha QR 624 at 01:10, arrive Faisalabad at 06:35
Depart Faisalabad QR 625 at 09:45, arrive Doha at 11:15

The Doha – Multan schedules starting from 1st August 2015 are:
Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays
Depart Doha QR 618 at 01:10, arrive Multan at 06:25
Depart Multan QR 619 at 09:35, arrive Doha at 11:05

[Photo courtesy: Qatar Airways via Flickr]

Television personality Lojain Omran appointed ROTA goodwill ambassador

March 4, 2015 |

Television personality Lojain Omran has been appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador of Reach Out to Asia (ROTA), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF).

Lojain Omran is renowned for her philanthropic campaigns supporting young refugees in Syria, and children affected by wars, political conflicts and natural disasters in Somalia and north Kenya.

Lojain will be an integral and effective member in the region’s volunteer efforts. Her humanitarian efforts are closely aligned with ROTA’s core mission, which extends assistance to people affected by crises around the world through various initiatives and educational volunteers’ trips. ROTA’s dedicated social and educational endeavours support QF’s mission to develop human potential regionally and internationally through a network of centres devoted to progressive education, research and community welfare.

As a ROTA Goodwill Ambassador, Lojain Omran will be representing ROTA in a number of local, regional and international events. Lojain will be travelling on volunteers’ educational trips to a number of Asian and Arab countries where ROTA currently operates. Her inaugural trip as ROTA Goodwill Ambassador was ROTA Volunteer trip to Indonesia, her first of many volunteer trips. Lojain joined the volunteers in all their voluntary and educational activities that was delivered to the beneficiary children in Indonesia.

Win up to QR100,000 cash prizes with Ooredoo’s Hala International calling competition

March 4, 2015 |

To continue Ooredoo’s ongoing celebration of the biggest cricket event this year, the company has announced an opportunity for all Hala subscribers to win a host of cash prizes just for making an international call.

The competition simply asks Hala subscribers to call an international number for three or more consecutive minutes in order to be entered into a free raffle draw. Customers eligible to enter the draw will get a chance of winning one of 24 QR 2,000 daily prizes, four weekly prizes of QR 10,000 and grand prize of QR 100,000.

The competition aims to reward all the cricket fans who share their excitement with their loved ones overseas about the exciting 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup which is taking place this month.

The competition will end on March 13, 2015 and winners will be notified by April 12, 2015.

Hala users subscribed to any of Ooredoo’s portfolio of international money saving options, such as the Hala India Key, Hala International Saver key and more, will also be eligible for the competition.

West End Park to reopen movie hall on Thursday

March 4, 2015 |

The West End Park movie halls that were closed for renovation are all set to resume screening. One of the movie halls will reopen on Thursday, March 5, while the other is scheduled to reopen in a week from now, Gulf Times has reported.

Both movie halls will continue charging moviegoers the existing ticket rate of QR15 per person. The first movie to be screened this Thursday is the Malayalam movie titled “Fireman”. The timings are 2.15pm, 4.30pm, 9.15pm and 11.45pm. Meanwhile, a Tamil movie, `Kakki Sattai’ will be screened at 6.45pm.

According to the report, two more halls with a seating capacity of 500 each are expected to open soon. The West End Park cinema has attracted a lot of low and middle income expatriates residing in Industrial Area because of its affordable ticket rates.

Have you visited the West End Park?

MIA opens latest show Marvellous Creatures in Doha

March 4, 2015 |

An exciting new exhibition, Marvellous Creatures: Animal Fables in Islamic Art was launched at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) in Doha yesterday, under the patronage of Qatar Museums Chairperson, HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.  … Read More

Survey: About 69% residents expect cost of living to rise in Qatar

March 3, 2015 |

While a majority of residents are hopeful of improving their financial positions in the coming months, about 69% of them also expect the cost of living in Qatar to rise.

According to a survey conducted by and market research agency, YouGov, 40% of respondents said their savings have decreased as compared to last year. When asked about their financial situation, 29% of respondents said their personal financial situation have improved in the last six months, while 37% said there was no change. Another 23% said the situation had become worse, The Peninsula has reported.

However, over half of the respondents were optimistic about job openings in Qatar. About 59% believed a rise in job opportunities in the next six months, while 61% felt there were already plenty opportunities available in Qatar’s job market.

Among working professionals, 41% were satisfied about the career growth opportunities that their current job provided. Other factors that resulted in job satisfaction were compensation (30%), non-monetary benefits (45%), and job security (49%).

8% of children in the MENA suffer from depression and anxiety

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About 8% children, below 19 years of age, suffer from depression and anxiety – two of the most common mental illnesses reported in the MENA region, a WISH report has revealed.

Meanwhile, 2.5% children suffer from behavioural disorder and hyperactivity disorder, while 1.5% suffer from autism and Asperger’s, according to the report titled ‘Healthy Young Minds Transforming The Mental Health Of Children’.

The report, as published by The Peninsula, states a variety of social and economic factors that affect children’s mental wellbeing such as their physical health, quality of nutrition, wealth and poverty, discrimination, war and conflict.

It further states: “Early intervention is crucial. Mental health problems need to be tackled when they first appear. They need to be recognized by parents, doctors and teachers, and our whole society needs to become much more open and matter-of-fact about what is a common part of life.

Our schools need to adopt children’s wellbeing as one of their major objectives – both in their ethos and their teaching. Life skills can and should be taught as professionally as mathematics or literature.”

Doha Bank introduces the first tablet banking in Qatar

March 3, 2015 |

Doha Bank has announced a digitized account opening solution to enhance customers’ banking experience. The new account opening was engineered with a contemporary twist and will attend to the customers’ banking needs from March onwards, whereby customers can open an account and receives their debit card instantly at Doha Bank branch.

This service is in line with the ongoing digital transformation ventures at Doha Bank, which cater to tech savvy consumers and their need for a drastically reduced time for banking.

The newly streamlined account opening process is designed with minimal input requirements and its technology platform has been reinforced with profound security measures to protect the customer’s personal information and identity.

A new Doha Bank account also comes with a suite of digital services to keep customers connected with their money and information. With the instant account opening and debit card delivery, customers can then quickly perform self-registration for Doha Bank’s Online Banking.

Once customers receive their Debit Card when at the account-opening stage, they can then access one of the widest networks of ATM machines in Qatar. Many of Doha Bank’s cash machines also provide supplementary services such as a selection of bill payment facilities and the deposit of cash and/or cheque deposits which are automatically credited to the customer’s account.

Qatar Airways doubles the number of movies and TV shows on board

March 3, 2015 |

Qatar Airways has announced that it will double the number of movies and TV shows on board over the coming months, increasing the choice of entertainment channels from 950 to 2,000. This comes on top of the already wide selection … Read More

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