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 –
  • 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


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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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