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Real estate market sees revival again
After weeks of stagnation, Qatar’s real estate market has again begun showing signs of revival, evidenced from transactions concluded in the week ended on May 15, totalling QR1.63bn ($400m).
Some 242 transactions were recorded by the Real Estate Registration Department at the Ministry of Justice in the week from May 11 to 15.
The total value, according to Qatar News Agency (QNA), was QR1.63bn, up from under QR1bn deals in the previous weeks.

More plots in Industrial Area for firms
To help meet the shortage of labour camps and warehousing facilities in the country amid an ongoing economic boom, the government has allotted hundreds of plots of land in industrial areas for these purposes on a priority basis.
More plots are being readied for allotment for the above use in the near future. Some 109 plots of land, each admeasuring 5,000 square metres, have been allotted to applicants in the New Industrial Area (in Aba Salil).

SEC nod for fee hike in some schools
The Supreme Education Council (SEC) has approved a slight increase in fees — up to four percent — for several private schools during the forthcoming academic year, a senior official has said.
About 70 percent of the requests seeking fee hike have been rejected because the schools failed to cite satisfactory reasons, according to Hamad Al Ghali, Director of the Private Schools Office at SEC. The SEC has given initial approval to set up 90 new private schools and of this, licensing of 26 schools is currently under process, he said.

Temporary health papers for workers
Foreign workers arriving here afresh to work in food industry, beauty parlours and barber shops, among other places, who need health certificate to begin their work, will be given temporary health clearance from next week.
The idea is to make sure that these workers don’t have to wait for weeks on end for a health certificate issued by the Medical Commission to begin their work. There are complaints from the owners of businesses like the eateries, hairdressing and beauty salons that their newly-arriving workers have to sit idle for weeks on end, sometimes for three months or so, until they are issued residency permit and health certification to begin working.

Three WHSmith stores open
Al Meera Bookstore Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Al Meera Consumer Goods Company, has opened three WHSmith stores: at Hyatt Plaza in Al Aziziya, Ezdan Mall in Gharafa, and Nuaija Mall in Al Hilal.
Al Meera Bookstore Company is the franchise owner of the WHSmith brand, a leading bookstore chain in the UK, in Qatar.
The new stores offer an array of new and popular releases of classic and bestselling books.
The stores will also include gifts, school items, stationery, and high-quality college supplies.

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