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200 additional mosques to reopen from tomorrow (7th Aug 2020) for Friday Prayers – Awqaf

200 additional mosques to reopen for tomorrow (7th Aug 2020) for Friday Prayers – Awqaf 

Phase 3 of the gradual lifting of COVID-19 restrictions in Qatar begun on 28th of July 2020 with new guidelines, procedures and precautionary measures. The Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs (Awqaf) has announced that an additional 200 mosques in Qatar will be reopened from tomorrow (Aug 7) for Friday Prayers.

With this additional 200 mosques which will be opened tomorrow, the total number of mosques opened so far for worshipers has reached 400.

Click here to find the list of additional mosques which will be reopened tomorrow for Friday prayers. To find the nearest mosque, Worshipers can visit this websitehttps://www.islam.gov.qa/services/COVID19Mosques.aspx

According to a tweet by the Ministry,”All precautions and safety measures announced in the last phase of reopening are applicable,”.  Mohamad bin Hamad Al Kuwari, the Director of Mosques Management Department of the ministry thanked the Imams and worshipers for cooperating with the department to ensure the safety of all.

Awqaf has urged all worshipers going to the mosque to follow all the guidelines and precautionary measures. Awqaf had highlighted the below COVID-19 precautionary measures for worshipers praying in mosques:

  • The bathrooms and ablution places at Mosques remain closed. Do ablution at home before starting to the mosque.
  • Do not reach early for prayers, mosques will open only with the call to prayer
  • Maintain two metres distance from others and do not crowd inside the mosque
  • Worshipers should show Ehteraz app to enter the mosques
  • Shaking hands with others even with gloves must be avoided
  • Face mask is must. Cover your mouth and nose while sneezing or coughing
  • Worshipers should bring their own mats for prayers, do not share it with others or leave it at the mosque
  • Worshipers should bring their own copy of the Holy Quran and should not be shared with others in the mosque
  • Awqaf advised people over 60 years, Children and people suffering from chronic diseases to pray at home

Source:  AwqafM  | Image Credit: iled2019


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Exceptional Entry Permit application is open on Qatar Portal

Exceptional Entry Permit application is open on Qatar Portal

Exceptional-Entry-Permit-to-Qatar-Aug-2020
Due to COVID-19 restrictions and temporary ban on international flights many Qatar Residents who are currently struck outside Qatar couldn’t return back to Qatar. Exceptional Entry Permit is a temporary service which helps residents of Qatar who wish to return back can apply to enter Qatar.

Exceptional Entry Permit to Qatar has gone live on the Qatar Portal Website, The Peninsula Qatar recently posted. 

Since yesterday (1st of Aug 2020) application has gone live on https://portal.www.gov.qa/wps/portal/qsports/home It is a welcoming news for many residents who are waiting to return to Qatar to meet their family and / or to get back their work.

Exceptional Entry Permit service allows applications to be submitted under two types.

  • For Qatar Residents and Citizens (You need to enter your Qatar ID number and your personal mobile number)
  • For Visitors and Business Representatives (Have to provide the email and number before proceeding to add personal details)

Steps to Request Exceptional Entry Permit:

  • Create a new account on Qatar Portal or Log in to your existing account (if available).
  • Click on “Apply for Exceptional Entry Permit”.
  • Read terms and conditions and prepare all required attachments before starting the application.
  • Enter the application page and fill in the required information correctly and completely as shown in the passport.
  • Enter your email correctly to receive approval on your application.
  • Print permit after approval and keep a copy of it and a copy of the quarantine undertaking to be presented to airport officials.

Source: The Peninsula Qatar | Image Credit:Qatar Portal

16000 will also continue to provide a 24/7 call centre service for all enquiries in relation to the COVID-19. 


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Fuel prices Aug 2020 – Gasoline and Diesel prices for August 2020 | Qatar Petroleum

Fuel prices Aug 2020 – Gasoline and Diesel prices for August 2020 | Qatar Petroleum

Qatar Petroleum announced Gasoline and Diesel prices in Qatar for Aug 2020. A litre of Super Gasoline and Premium Gasoline will be available for QR 1.25 per litre and 1.20 per litre respectively with effect from today, August 1, 2020.

Fuel Price | Jan to Aug 2020 | Price in QR / Litre

Source: QP


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List of repatriation flights to India from Qatar | Aug 2020 Schedule

List of repatriation flights to India from Qatar | Aug 2020 Schedule (Updated as on 28 July)

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) of India has announced the repatriation flight schedule for the month of August under the Vande Bharat Mission (VBM). It is noted that this is a dynamic list and is bound to undergo changes.

Flights from Doha to 17 destinations in India which includes flights from Doha to Kozhikode, Chennai, Lucknow, Mumbai, Mangaluru, Trivandrum, Hyderabad, Kochi, Trichy, Jaipur, Bangalore, Kannur, Amritsar, Bengaluru, Delhi, Gaya and Ahmedabad.  Below is the complete schedule – (Source: mea.gov.in)

 

Note from MEA states that, “This is a dynamic list and is bound to undergo changes based on operational, technical and other considerations. The list should not be considered as final and is only for the purpose of information. This list cannot be quoted for any legal claims.”

Source: MEA | Image Credit: IndiGo flight (File Photo | PTI)


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Phase 3 of the gradual lifting of COVID-19 restrictions begins today (July 28th 2020) in Qatar

Phase 3 of the gradual lifting of COVID-19 restrictions begins today (July 28th 2020) in Qatar

Phase 3 of the gradual lifting of COVID-19 restrictions begins today (July 28th 2020) in Qatar. New guidelines, procedures and precautionary measures has been issues for the third phase including procedures to barbershops, gyms, some restaurants to reopen in Qatar.

Based on #Qatar’s public health indicators, including the steady decrease in the number of daily active cases, the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management announced that the third phase of the gradual reopening will begin on 28 July, rather than 1 August. (https://www.gco.gov.qa/en/top-news/statement-by-the-supreme-committee-for-crisis-management-on-phase-three-of-the-gradual-lifting-of-coronavirus-restrictions/)

Gatherings:

  • Medium-Scale gatherings of 10 people indoors and 30 people outdoors
  • Opening of selected mosques for Friday and Eid prayers

Business and Leisure:

  • 80% of employees allowed in the workplace with strict health precautions (with employees to begin work immediately after the Eid holiday)
  • Opening of all malls with fill hours, maintaining its 50% capacity
  • Opening of Souks between 30-75% capacity and wholesale markets at 30% capacity
  • Continuing the opening of restaurants, including restaurants and coffee shops in malls (except for shared food courts)
  • Opening of health clubs and gyms at 50% capacity with Jacuzzis, saunas and indoor pools still closed
  • Opening of beauty parlors and hairdressers at 30% capacity

Transport:

  • Priority passengers such as residence permit holders, will be allowed to return as of 1 August, with required quarantine precautions in place
  • Opening od driving schools at 50% capacity

Outdoor and Professional Sports:

  • Amateur and non-amateur sports, trainings, and competitions with no spectators and up to 40 people

Education and Health:

  • 80% capacity at selected private healthcare facilities
  • Opening of nurseries and childcare facilities at 50% capacity

(Source: https://twitter.com/GCOQatar/status/1287471372231417856)

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Have you completed your National Address Registration | Deadline ends on Sunday, 26 July 2020

Have you completed your National Address Registration | Deadline ends on Sunday, 26 July 2020

All Citizens and Residents (Expats) of Qatar under the National Address Law (Law No 24 of 2017) should register their National Address.

On 27th of Jan 2020, the registration for National Address has been started and 26th July 2020 has been announced as the last date to complete the National Address registration.

As the deadline to complete the registration is just few days away, The Ministry of Interior (MoI) has recently announced that 10 of #MoIQatar Services Centres will remain open this weekend (July 24-25) to make it easy for citizens and expats to complete their registration process.

Here is the list of #MoIQatar Services Centres and hours of service:

  • Mesaimeer | Al-Wakrah | Al Rayyan | Industrial Area | Onaiza | Al-Shahaniya | Al-Daayen | Al-Khor | Shamal | Um Salal
  • Friday and Saturday | 24th and 25th July 2020 | 8 am to 12 noon

Every Citizen and Resident is responsible to provide the correct information, failing which may result in a fine of QAR 10,000. For minor children, the guardians will be responsible to register their data and ensure its authenticity, the MOI had specified earlier.

The registration is available through Metrash2 and the Ministry website, in addition to the Ministry of Interior service centres in the country, but the Ministry earlier had urged people to register only online through its website or Metrash2 in order to limit spread of COVID-19.

For more information or details about any problems while you registering of the National Address through #Metrash2 or MOI websit: Call the ministry technical support number +974 2342000

Steps to register for the National Address:

  • Login to the MOI e-services portal with your Smartcard.
  • Choose “National Address” >> “National Address for Individuals”.
  • On the “Service Options” page find the options available for the National Address for Individuals service.
  • Choose “Register National Address” and add the home address of applicant or their family members (if available and only for their children – boys or girls – under 18 years old).
  • Update applicant employer address (for residents) and as an optional details update abroad home address.
  • Choose “Register National Address for Newborns” if the individual wants to include new family members, who do not have a previously registered home national address, to the registered home address of the individual.
  • Click on “Next” button and complete all the required information.

For more information or details about any problems while you registering of the National Address through #Metrash2 or MOI websit: Call the ministry technical support number +974 2342000


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Online expo to highlight 7th edition of ‘Colours of Desert’ | Artists will creatively portray ‘Journey of Qatar to 2022’

Online expo to highlight 7th edition of ‘Colours of Desert’ | Artists will creatively portray ‘Journey of Qatar to 2022’

By Arts Correspondent

Next month, art lovers in Qatar will witness a virtual expo titled ‘Qatar – Road to 2022’ by MAPS International in collaboration with Katara Cultural Village. The necessity to hold a virtual expo is obviously due to the fact that the world is going through pandemic times.

This will be the 7th edition of ‘The Colours of Desert 2020’ – a series of annual exhibitions that highlights different aspects of Qatar through creative works and the past six editions have garnered much appreciation for portraying life in Qatar in different hues and colours of life.

This year’s annual MAPS International exhibition – a Doha-based social art community that will go virtual in August is based on the theme of ‘Qatar – Road to 2022.’

Online registration is currently underway for artists based in Qatar as well as foreign participants of earlier Qatar International Art Festival exhibitions which were also organised by MAPS International.

Eligible artistic ingredients include – painting, photography, mixed media, oil/chalk pastels, block/ink print, pottery/vessels, sculpture, digital art, collage, metal work, fibre/textile art, wood work and contemporary craft.

Online expo to highlight 7th edition of ‘Colours of Desert’

According to Lina al-Aali – an artist, author, certified trainer and former member of the Board of Directors of the Qatar Society of Fine Arts who is also curator of the exhibition, “The online exhibition is inviting those artists interested to contribute towards developing the content of these electronic exhibitions, which will be displayed after the completion of collection, arrangement and organisation of art pieces on the Katara website.

These exhibitions include topics that explore the composition of the final art including, the story of the Qatari cuisine, eco-habitats and natural life. These exhibitions provide a platform for the exchange of creative ideas that can contribute to reducing the negative effects of the coronavirus pandemic.”

“Any exhibition is a chance for any artist to show their talents, especially with organiser like MAPS International. They are not only considering artists based in Qatar but also from aboard to strengthen the Qatari identity. The exhibition is also aligned with the concept of different colours of desert,” she added while speaking to local media.

Speaking to QatarIndians, Rashmi Agarwal, president of MAPS International

Rashmi Agarwal, President of MAPS International

Speaking to QatarIndians, Rashmi Agarwal, president of MAPS International remarked, “The theme for this year’s exhibition is very important. Entitled – “ Journey of Qatar to 2022” – the expo lays great emphasis on the diversity of culture and life in this small but great nation. Participating artists will display their love and loyalty towards Qatar using a myriad of artistic mediums. MAPS International is expecting over 75 artists from 25 different countries to take part in this unique virtual expo.

The variety of colours that mark the final destination is naturally very important but equally significant is the journey to reach there.”

Furthermore, Rashmi expressed her enthusiasm regarding the significance of the number 7 in dynamic mix of universe and life. “The digit Seven signifies the completeness and perfection of nature and life and it is much more prevalent in nature than we actually realize. There are seven colours in a rainbow, seven oceans, seven continents, seven vertebrae in the neck, seven layers of skin – two outer and five inner, ocean waves roll in sevens, even music has seven notes, there are seven directions encompassing the earth, there seven days in a week, the earth was created in seven days, a cube has seven dimensions and according to experts there is an obvious 7-year economic cycle that universal businesses face and so on so forth.”

Rashmi also highlighted the support local artistic community gets from Katara and is eternally grateful for the Cultural Villiage’s continuous support and encouragement. “Katara have always been very helpful and supportive through all our previous exhibitions and none of it would not have been possible without their total co-operation and collaboration,” she concluded.

QatarIndians along with the rest of art lovers in the country eagerly await next month’s 7th edition of Colours of Desert to virtually ride the ‘Journey of Qatar to 2022’.


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Schools will start classes on the first of September | Back to School 2020

Schools will start classes on the first of September | Back to School 2020

The Ministry of Education and Higher Education has announced that the academic year 2020-2021 for government and private schools, will begin September 1, 2020.

School staff at government schools will return to work by August 19 while students in all schools (government and private) will start classes on the first of September. Attendance is mandatory for staff and students.

The Ministry confirms that it is working closely with school administrations to put in place the necessary plans and procedures to ensure the safety of staff and students.

All schools are required to fully comply with the precautionary measures to maintain safe environments for all parties involved in the educational process.

Source Credit: The Ministry of Education and Higher Education


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Qatar National Library (QNL) reopens to the public from today, 15 July 2020

Qatar National Library (QNL) reopens to the public from today, 15 July 2020

Qatar National Library (QNL) reopens to the public from today, 15 July 2020. Both members and non-members can access QNL from Wednesday with limited services, hours and capacity. Phase 2 of the gradual lifting of COVID-19 restrictions implemented in Qatar from 1st of July 2020 as per the initial plan decided by The Supreme Committee for Crisis Management. As a part of the Phase 2, Qatar has decided reopening of parks, beaches, restaurants in several areas, museums and heritage sites.

QNL  the safety of public and QNL staff, library reopens with all measures in place in line with recommendations from the Qatar Ministry of Public Health and the World Health Organization.

Following precautionary measures has been stated on Qatar National Library website which you need to know:

  • By Appointment: You can visit library only with a prior appointment
  • Time Slots: Two time slots are available from Sunday to Thursday – 9:00 – 11:00 AM or 12:00 – 2:00 PM
  • Book your appointment online – https://registration.qnl.qa/booking-service
  • Maximum of 100 people only will be allowed inside the library for each time slot
  • Green status on the Ehteraz app: You are allowed inside only if you have Green status on the Ehteraz app
  • Temperature will be checked at entry
  • Entry not allowed without a face mask or a shield. Also you should wear it all the times when you are inside
  • Allowed age: Ages from 13 to 60 only are permitted entry
  • 48 hours advance booking through email required to collect books. DVD’s, CDs or electronic equipment will not be allowed.
  • Follow social distancing. Social gathering of more than 5 people are restricted and you will be monitored by QNL security
  • Until further notice Restaurant and Cafe are closed. However, Vending machines are available in the Quiet study room
  • Drive-Thru Book Return Station in front of the building or the bins that are available at the Library’s main entrance to return the borrowed items
  • Borrowed items will be renewed automatically until further notice

Qatar National Library asked visitors to check QNL pages for updates before you visit the library and read FAQ’s

Source: qnl.qa


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Shops and Commercial activities allowed on Fridays and Saturdays

Shops and Commercial activities allowed on Fridays and Saturdays with effect from July 9

Qatar being successful at flattening the curve of COVID-19 cases entered in to Phase 2 of gradual lifiting of restrictions as per the plan.

Prime Minister and Minister of Interior His Excellency Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani chaired the regular cabinet meeting via video conferencing yesterday.

After the meeting, Minister of Justice and Acting Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs His Excellency Dr. Isa bin Saad Al-Jafali Al-Nuaimi stated the following: At the beginning of meeting, Cabinet heard a presentation by Minister of Public Health on latest developments to contain Coronavirus ,Cabinet affirmed continued implementation of precautionary measures taken to combat this epidemic. The following were the other decisions made:

Cabinet decided to end working with its decision of closing shops and all commercial activity on Friday and Saturday of every week, and the decision goes into effect starting Thursday Jul. 9, 2020.

  • Cabinet approved draft decision from Minister of Administrative Development, Labor, and Social Affairs on determining the ratio of Qatari employees to non-Qatari employees in private sector, draft decision comes in implementation of provision of the labor law no. 14 of 2004.
  • The draft decision aims to raise the percentage of Qataris working at state-owned companies, or where the state is an investor to 60 percent. The decision also includes other authorities that are subject to the retirement and pensions law.
  • The draft decision also aims to raise the percentage of Qataris in human resources to 80 percent in these authorities.
  • The cabinet approved a draft law amending some provisions of decree law no. 11 of 2012 on government regulation of the buying and selling of chemical and petrochemical products that are produced in the State of Qatar.
  • The cabinet reviewed a report of the State of Qatar’s population in 2019, and the outcomes of a study by the permanent population committee and its remarks on the report. The cabinet then took the appropriate decisions regarding the matter.

Source: Qatar News Agency


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