ICT market likely to reach QR24.7bn by 2016: Minister
Qatar’s ICT (information and communication technology) market is expected to grow 10 percent annually and reach QR24.7bn by 2016, the Minister of Information and Communications Technology H E Dr Hessa Sultan Al Jaber told the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) in Geneva.
“Driven by Qatar’s National ICT Plan 2015 and Qatar National Vision 2030, today Qatar ranks 23rd among 148 countries in the 2014 World Economic Forum’s Networked Readiness Index and fourth in the world in government usage of ICT in that same report,” she said.
Qatari female students outnumber males in private universities
Qatari female students continue to outnumber their male counterparts in universities and make up more than 50 percent of the students in private universities in the country, Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics data show.
The recently-released Qatar Social Statistics 2003-2012 also indicates that Qatari female students are more likely to complete education unlike male students who often enter the job market after high school.
Diesel prices, rents push up inflation
Costlier diesel, soaring house rents and increasing cost of home furnishings, appliances and textiles pushed the rate of inflation up to 3.4 percent year-on-year last month.
The cost of transportation and communications was up 1.6 percent in barely a month due to the hike in diesel prices introduced on May 1.
Rents, fuel and energy became seven percent more expensive compared to May 2013, show official figures released yesterday.
Prices fixed for 400 Ramadan items
The government has announced price controls for nearly 400 food and non-food items ahead of Ramadan and said the reduced rates will be applicable from June 22 until July-end.
The list has so far not been provided to the media but the Ministry of Economy and Commerce said it will post the list on its website (www.mec.gov.qa) soon.
Mercury likely to hit 49 degrees
A heat wave was expected to hit the country since last night that could probably take the temperature to one of the highest levels recorded in June over the past five decades.
Mercury could reach as high as 49 degrees Celsius at noon in the coming days, the Meteorology Department said yesterday, urging caution against direct exposure to the sun. The heat wave is expected to continue over the next four days.
Outage forces residents to check into hotels
A sudden power outage in Al Mamoura area of Doha early yesterday afternoon that lasted hours, forced some residents to check into hotels to flee extreme heat and humidity.
The families, especially women, children and the elderly, were unable to bear the heat following disruption in electricity supplies for over five years as day temperatures peaked at 51 degrees Celsius, Al Sharq reported yesterday.
Loan terms for expats may be tightened
Amid reports of impending reforms in sponsorship law, banks here are gearing up to tighten lending conditions for expatriates.
A top banker has revealed that banks have sought the approval of Qatar Central Bank (QCB) to tighten the conditions for dispensing personal loans to expatriates in a liberalised sponsorship and exit permit regime.
Food, sheep at reduced prices in Ramadan
In two major citizen-centric initiatives to be implemented during the holy month of Ramadan, the government will ensure the sale of 400 food and non-food products, and sheep at reduced prices.