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Bahubali sequel sweeps Qatar screens with 114 initial-day screenings

Bahubali sequel sweeps Qatar screens with 114 initial-day screenings

Sequel of an Indian movie, dubbed into four languages, have reportedly set a new record in Qatar with a huge number of Initial day screenings.

The movie, Bahubali 2 The Conclusion, has started its journey in Qatar on Friday with 114 screenings in Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu versions.
Almost all cinemas were running houseful. All the four cinemas in Asia Town screen no other movies.

The Tamil version of the movie bested the original Telugu at least on one count: Tamil had 37 screening while the Telugu came tailing close behind with 36. Malayalam version had 19 screenings and the Hindi 22.

Made at an astonishing budget by the Indian standard, the movie has already amassed more than double in business with ₹5bn well before the release.

S S Rajamouli, the film director won National Film Award for Best Feature Film in 2015 for Baahubali: The Beginning.

Baahubali 2 will be the first Telugu film to be released in 4K High Definition format. Reports in Indian media says close to 200 screens were upgraded to 4K projectors before the release of the movie.

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Qatar Airways offers up to 40 % off on tickets

Qatar Airways offers up to 40 % off on tickets

Qatar Airways invites passengers to start planning their next trip with amazing discounts on flights across all cabin classes. With the airline’s Global Sales Campaign, which starts on April 26 and lasts through May 3, families, friends and couples can book flights to any destination across the airline’s network of more than 150 destinations across the globe, with validity to travel until June 21, 2017.

Travellers can now avail offer of up to 40% off on all-inclusive fares. To take advantage of this offer, travellers should visit their travel agent, any Qatar Airways sales office or qatarairways.com/travelnow.

Qatar Airways Chief Commercial Officer Ehab Amin said: “We are delighted to be able to offer our passengers such a wide variety of choice in choosing a destination. With this new promotion, passengers can easily choose where to go next with amazing offers across all of our cabin classes. Travellers are truly spoilt for choice with Qatar Airways’ extended network of more than 150 destinations.”

Recently the airline revealed its latest premium class product “Qsuite,” a fully transformable suite of seats that allows parties of two, three or four to create their own unique space within the Business Class cabin. This game-changing patented design is set to transform the face of aviation and Business Class travel by bringing a First Class product to the Business Class cabin. Qsuite also features the first ever double bed in Business Class, another ground-breaking innovation brought to passengers by Qatar Airways.

The airline was named the World’s Best Business Class by Skytrax in 2016, and its home hub, Hamad International Airport, was also recently given five stars at the Skytrax World Airport Awards, as well as being named the World’s Sixth Best Airport.

Qatar Airways is one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, with a network of more than 150 destinations. The airline will add a number of exciting new destinations to its growing network in 2017, including Chiang Mai, Yanbu, Dublin, Nice, Skopje and many more, flying passengers on board its modern fleet of 195 aircraft.

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Reserve your parking lot online soon – The Ministry of Transport and Communications

Reserve your parking lot online soon

The Ministry of Transport and Communications is working on a pilot project to build multi-storey smart parking lots with online status-checking and reservation facilities at crowded places in the country.

These parking lots will be connected through a smart system enabling motorists to not only check the availability of parking spaces using smartphones or computers but also reserve them online.
“We have a complete plan for vehicles’ parking facilities in Qatar within the plans chalked out by the Ministry under National Strategy for Traffic Safety,” said Rashid Talib Al Nabit, Assistant Undersecretary for Road Transport at The Minister of Transport and Communications in a Qatar TV talk-show.

“We have started work on parking projects from the start of this year. The ambitious project is based on a survey conducted to collect the opinions of people to assess where they want parking facilities. And these facilities will be developed as per the size and type of vehicles in the country.”
As a matter of fact, he noted, “we cannot depend on the experiences of other countries in building parking facilities because the culture and needs are different of one country to another”.
He said that in a “unique and first-time move”, a latest modern technology will be used in these parking facilities enabling motorists to get advance information about the availability of parking spaces through smartphones and computers where they intend to visit.

“And they could reserve the vacant parking spaces as well. For example, a motorist wants to visit Souq Waqif or any other place, he would be able to get the information on the availability of parking space there immediately and could also reserve the space as per his choice for a specific date and time.”

Focus on the sustainable transport system

The parking project is part of the national strategy for traffic safety of which more than 10 plans were shared by the Ministry. Around three of them have been implemented so far.

The first plan was Qatar Guide for Road Design which was completed in collaboration with other authorities concerned like Traffic Department and the Public Works Authority (Ashghal). The second plan was Qatar Guide for Traffic Control which has also been completed.

The third plan was building separate tracks for bicycles. The plan was completed a long time ago. “Now we are upgrading this plan. Now we have 153 kilometers tracks for bicycles on the roads of the country,” he said, adding: “Around 264 kilometers new tracks for bicycles are under construction of which 64 kilometres tracks are expected to be completed within the coming year.”

The Ministry has come up with an idea to build a sustainable transport system in new roads for the safety of people and properties. Sustainable transport means building modern roads taking into consideration all types of users; motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and people with disabilities because everyone has an equal right to use the roads.
Another feature of the modern roads is their connection with vital points like public transport, seaport and airport.

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Qatar Airways all set to launch an airline in India with Bengaluru as base

Qatar Airways all set to launch an airline in India with Bengaluru as base

Qatar Airways is to launch its own airline in India. According to Business Standard, a delegation from the country is to review the facilities at major Indian airports. According to the Civil Aviation Ministry, major airports all over the country, such as Mumbai, Bengaluru and Delhi about the upcoming visit by the Qatar delegation. Although the names of the personalities in the concerned delegation has not yet been revealed, they could very well include representatives from Qatar Airways as well. One of the executives from these airports told the reporters that they had been informed that 6-8 delegates from Qatar would be visiting the airports to review the facilities.

Meanwhile, it must be noted that these visits had been scheduled to begin next week but it seems that the dates might have been changed. Earlier last month, Akbar Al Baker, the Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Airways had announced the company’s plans for the launch of a 100% foreign owned airline in the country with the help of a partnership with the Qatar Investment Authority.

If reports are to be believed, then the city of Bengaluru would be chosen as the base for Qatar Airways in India. In fact, other reports also state that the company had even appointed an executive research firm in order to recruit staff for the concerned Indian airline. One of the three biggest Gulf airlines, Qatar Airways has been, for a while now, trying to expand its network to India but has not been very successful so far due to the limitation of traffic right. Meanwhile, following its investment in Jet Airways, Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways has become that fastest growing foreign airline in India.

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New fish market opens at Umm Salal

New fish market opens at Umm Salal

The new fish market at Umm Salal opens its doors to the customers today. It replaces the year-old fish market in Abu Hamour.

The central markets project in Umm Salal, Sailiya and Al Wakra were undertaken from a strategic development perspective in line with rapid demographic changes in the country. The markets are strategically located to cater to the current and future population expansion in the north, west and south of the country, the Ministry said in a statement.

The project will also serve citizens and residents and provide new business areas to increase commercial activity, and facilitate marketing of local products in these markets, which will contribute to the spread of economic activities over a wider geographical area.

The Ministry said the facilities and services at fish market at Umm Salal are designed according to international standards of health and food safety regulations. There are separate places for unloading, display and sale of fish.

The storage and transport comply with the best specifications and food safety measures, the auction area is air conditioned, while the area is designed in such a way that the external weather conditions do not affect the quality of products.

The facility also has its own ice factory.

The choice locating the central market at Umm Salal came following several studies and consultations with retailers and wholesalers, fishermen and dealers, which showed that 70% of the fish at the central market in Abu Hamour was sourced from the northern part of the country while the rest is sourced from Al Wakrah.

The fish market in Umm Salal will receive customers from 6 am to 10 pm, Saturday to Thursday.

On Fridays, it will function from 6 am to 10.30 am and from 3 pm to 10 pm.

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Chances of light rain Saturday

Chances of light rain Saturday

There is a weak chance of light rain over the inshore areas of northern Qatar Saturday, the Met office has said.

The offshore warning is thundery rain at north with strong wind and high sea at times.

The maximum temperature of 36C in expected in Doha and at Abu Samra, followed by 32C at Mesaieed, Wakrah, Al Khor and Dukhan, and 27C at Ruwais.

The minimum temperature of 20C is forecast at Dukhan and Abu Samra, followed by 21C at Mesaieed, Wakrah and Al Khor, and 22C in Doha and at Ruwais.

Inshore, the southeasterly – southwesterly wind could range from five to 15 knots before reaching 18 knots at north at first and become northwesterly – northeasterly by afternoon.

Offshore, the southeasterly – easterly wind could range from six to 16 knots and increase to 24 knots at north with thundery rain and become northeasterly by night.

On Friday, the maximum and minimum temperatures, 36C and 16C, respectively, were recorded at Abu Samra.

Source: http://www.gulf-times.com

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Two health centres temporarily stop dental services – PHCC

Two health centres temporarily stop dental services – PHCC

The Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) has announced that Al Khor Health Centre has stopped providing dental services until further notice, due to maintenance works.

Dental patients of the health centre will be referred to and treated at Um Slal Health Centre from Sunday to Thursday and on Saturdays, the dental services will be provided at Al Ka’ban Health Centre.
Both Health Centres administrations have been informed and have taken appropriate arrangements to provide full dental treatment and care services to patients from Al Khor. Al Khor Dental Clinic will resume after completion of maintenance operations.

The PHCC also announced that dental services at Leabaib Health Centre are suspended Saturday and the dental clinic patients referred to Madinat Khalifa Health Centre until resumption of the services on Sunday.

Source: http://www.gulf-times.com/

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QIFF, the celebration of tastes and flavors concludes Saturday

QIFF, the celebration of tastes and flavors concludes Saturday

The diverse culinary and entertainment offerings at the Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF) 2017 have proved to be a crowd puller, attracting a large number of residents and visitors until Friday when the event completed its tenth and penultimate day. QIFF, organised by Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) and Katara Hospitality, also expects to draw a huge crowd on its concluding day Saturday at the scenic Hotel Park.

A QTA official expressed optimism that the annual festival will exceed its previous record of 200,000 visitors and reach 240,000 this year.

Osama Amari, who lives in Saudi Arabia, told Gulf Times that he visits the festival every year, spending the spring break with his family in Qatar.

“I love Thai and Indian food, as well as other international dishes, and I find the servings here at QIFF very authentic and delicious,” he said.

Amari noted that the festival this year is fascinating and timely, giving residents in the region and in Qatar to enjoy and experience unique offering in a new setting and venue.
He added that he likes to see Qatar in a festive mood with all the cultural performances, entertainment shows, and attractions such as the fireworks and with a huge crowd.

The past 10 days of QIFF 2017 saw a large number of visitors, mostly families, savouring the various local and international food such as Thai, Mexican, Filipino, Japanese, and German food, among others, as they watch the performances on stage at the Cultural Zone. Bernard David , a long-time Filipino expatriate in Dubai who often visits Doha, said he was fascinated to see a huge number of compatriots at the festival, enjoying authentic Filipino and other cuisines at a number of stalls.

“Arabic, Oriental and Western food, you name it, all the food we want to eat are here and at reasonable prices,” he noted, adding that he will surely return in the next edition with his friends.

Nicole T, a Sri Lankan expatriate in Qatar, said she enjoyed not only the kebabs and the sweets such as churos and crepes, but also the different activities, performances and the family-friendly environment at the festival. While lauding the previous editions of QIFF, she noted that besides the delectable food, the location provides several areas and zones for families and children to enjoy.

“I believe it is expanding every year and this year, there are a lot of offerings to choose from. Stalls are everywhere and the venue is really amazing, it provides enough parking slots for motorists like us,” she stressed.

“You can sit and relax uphill while enjoying your snacks or meals with friends, families and colleagues, and this is something that residents and visitors are anticipating every year,” Nicole added.

Performing bands on the main stage also enthralled spectators, in addition to the live-cooking demonstrations at the Cooking Theatre with local and international chefs. The fountain area has become a popular play area for young children, who enjoy running and crossing the dancing waters. The queues at the Healthy Zone remained long due to the raw and fresh vegetable and fruit juices it offers.

Source: http://www.gulf-times.com/

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IndiGo expected to start services from Doha to six Indian cities

IndiGo expected to start services from Doha to six Indian cities

India’s largest no-frills airlines IndiGo plans to launch flights from Doha to India, adding Qatar as the seventh international destination covered by the airlines. This is part of its move to strengthen its footprint in the Gulf region.

According to sources, the airlines plan to launch flights from Bombay, Delhi, Calicut, Cochin, Trivandrum and also from Chennai to Doha. Though not confirmed, the service is expected to start in the second week of April.

When The Peninsula contacted IndiGo airlines, they said, “We haven’t yet confirmed the date.”

Indigo launched its flight to Sharjah from Calicut on March 20 and was given a water cannon salute welcome. The Airlines also plans to launch another flight from Trivandrum to Sharjah on April 8.

IndiGo had announced its plans to launch Delhi-Doha flight in 2016 but the service was never officially launched. Because the company was then concentrating on the domestic sector which was expanding rapidly.

Air India Express and Jet Airways are the only two Indian carriers currently operating flights from Doha. Gulf region is a lucrative market for Indian airlines as it is one of the largest employers of Indian expats. Apart from this, there is an increasing number of business and tourist travellers in this sector.

From Kochi airport alone there are over 3.2 million passengers traffic flow (2016 data) which is the largest passenger traffic flow between India and the Gulf region.

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