National Address Registration has begun | MoI urges the citizens, expatriates, and legal persons in the country to register before 26 July 2020

National Address Registration has begun | MoI urges the citizens, expatriates, and legal persons in the country to register before 26 July 2020

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) has confirmed on its social media channels that Citizens, Expatriates, and legal person in Qatar in accordance with the National Address Law No. 24 of 2017 to register their National Addresses within six months. The Ministry of Interior has begun the National Address Registration from the 27th of January 2020 and registration closes on 26th July 2020.

National Address Registration can be done through Metrash 2 mobile app (Andriod / iOS) or MOI website or directly at Unified Services Centres of the Ministry of Interior. (Click here to access the form for individuals)

In accordance with the National Address Law, the Ministry of Interior urges the citizens, resident expatriates and legal…

Posted by Ministry of Interior – Qatar on Saturday, January 25, 2020

The National Address Law (Law No 24 of 2017) obligates all residents of Qatar (locals and expatriates) to register their data in a simple form. The National Address is defined as a set of data that every natural or legal person possesses, whether a citizen, an expatriate, or a person acting as such, to perform transactions with government and non-government entities and receive various services from the country easily.

The Ministry of Interior (MOI) has called on citizens, expatriates, and legal persons in the country, in accordance with the National Address Law No. 24 of 2017 to register their National Addresses within six months starting today and up till Sunday, July 26, 2020, otherwise, violators will be subject to legal actions, including a fine of QR 10,000 maximum (source: portal.www.gov.qa

National Address Registration form asks for the below details.

  • Residential address
  • Land phone number
  • Mobile number
  • E-mail
  • Employer’s address for government and private sector employees
  • Permanent address abroad and any other information specified by the relevant authority.
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Sonu Nigam – all set to thrill music lovers today (23 Jan 2020)

Sonu Nigam – all set to thrill music lovers today (23 Jan 2020)

A musical journey Doha audiences will remember

George Julius Williams | Consulting Editor

The Ras Laffan hall of Concorde Hotel yesterday evening was abuzz with a melodious ring as Bollywood’s highly popular singer par-excellence Sonu Nigam spoke to the media, at a packed press conference, ahead of his much-awaited concert today.

The multi-talented singer/composer/actor/performer/anchor/celebrity judge will perform tonight in the Asian Town Amphitheatre at 7 pm.

Nigam has sung in practically every Indian language as well as English and his 3-year journey in the music industry has witnessed a repertoire of over 10,000 songs and an amazing record of over 40 mainstream awards, including the prestigious National Film Award. 

Answering the first question of the evening put forth by this writer on whether Nigam would like to sing in Arabic, the singer replied, “I would definitely want to if the opportunity came across. In fact, I started last year with a devotional song and ended with an English song with Polish singer Natalia Lesz which became immensely popular and that was the time I started thinking about singing in Arabic, Russian and Chinese also.”

Replying to QatarIndians next question about his career as an actor, Nigam stated that there is much more involved in achieving success than just the craft itself, one should make sure that it is also part of a great project.

“For example, it not enough to just sing a great song but also to ensure it is part of a credible project so that it reaches out to a larger audience,’ he pointed out.

“I am a firm believer in destiny and don’t take credit for right or wrong choices but rather just work hard and leave results to the Almighty. After I acted in a couple of movies, I realized that I was not enjoying being part of the project. So I made a pact with myself that only, and only if, I am convinced that is a credible project, I will invest my time and effort into it. A movie takes about 100 days to shoot and that is followed by promotions, premiers, etc and I have probably been one of the most busiest human beings on the planet for a very long time. I have worked hard and God has made me work hard. I am thankful to the Almighty that at a time when people are finding it difficult to find work, I have been extremely busy. So there is no point in wasting time over projects I don’t believe in. If things have to happen, it will. Like last year I did a short film that won the best actor’s award also.  You can probably watch it if you want.”

(My research shows that the short film is Saurabh Pandey’s 2019 award-winning movie Spotless which also stars Shweta Rohira). 

Answering another question on whether he will do a similar video to the one where he appeared incognito as an old beggar, Nigam replied he has no such plans at the moment. But if he does plan one than it has to come naturally from within.

“I used to do stuff when I was in my 20s as I was young and aggressive and wanted to try everything. Then I realized that I will not enjoy my life if I pre-calculate my every move. Now I act impromptu if something interests me then I will do it and if I do, you will know about it.”

Nigam further went to elaborate that in the last couple of years he has completely stopped taking singing assignments, as he has “found himself.”

“Some people can’t even claim that they have found something like this, in their entire lifetime. I have been leading a very peaceful, blissful and blessed life. I have not accepted offers for singing in films but prefer to do live performances. Having said that, I have no problems taking singing assignments, if I think it’s credible. After achieving a standard of success due to God’s grace I do not want to lower it my taking on below-average songs,” Nigam added.

Answering another query about remixes, Sonu said, “I have no problems singing re-mixes. Good and bad songs have always existed in films, the only difference is earlier the composers, lyrists, singers would give it their personal touch. Nowadays, it’s much more commercialized with everyone more interested in doing the “launch song” of the movie. But even today there are good songs and good singers.”

Nigam added that he has nothing against re-mixes as he has done it before when “I did not know how to say no.”

The current society seems to enjoy remixes but he personally does not ‘feel it is the right thing’ to do. However, in case a credible remix project comes along, he would definitely think about it.

Dr. Tejinder Singh, CEO, and founder of Q-Tickets who are the organisers, earlier welcomed Sonu Nigam and said, “I love Sonu’s song, his voice and his passion for the playback singing. So when Shop Qatar organisers requested us for a concert, the only name I could think of was Sonu Nigam who has been entertaining us for the past 27 years with memorable songs. We are looking forward to an exciting evening of entertaining songs at tomorrow’s concert.”

Dr. Singh also thanked his team members for all the time and effort put in to organize the event. Abhinav Upadhyay spoke on behalf of Sonu Nigam’s team and thanked the press for turning up and promoting the event.

The press conference was hosted by popular local MC Anshu Jain who also mentioned the tremendous behind-the-scenes efforts of Aarti Mahajan, co-founder of Q-Tickets in organizing the gigantic task of bringing in Sonu Nigam and his crew of 32 members which includes musicians, dancers and top visual, light and sound engineers to ensure that Doha is treated to a concert of a lifetime.

Tickets are starting from as low as QR 30 and the Sonu Nigam concert is bound to be a musical journey to remember. Click here to book your tickets now!

Tickets are available on Q-Tickets and selling fast. QatarIndians are media partners of the event.

Image Credit: q-tickets

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Sonu Nigam all set to regale music lovers | 23 Jan 2020, Asian Town Amphitheater

Sonu Nigam all set to regale music lovers – A musical journey to remember

DOHA: Sonu Nigam the popularly versatile Indian playback singerlive performercomposer, TV reality host and actor is all set to entertain music lovers on Thursday, 23rd January 2020 at the Asian Town Amphitheater from 7.30 pm onwards. 

He sings predominantly in Hindi and Kannada language films. He has also sung in EnglishBengaliManipuriGujaratiTamilTeluguMarathiTuluAssameseOdiaNepaliMaithiliMalayalam and various other Indian languages. 

He is often referred to as a “Modern Rafi” and considered as one of the most versatile and greatest singers of the Hindi film industry of all times – apart from being one of the highest-paid Indian singers.  

Nigam who has also acted in a number of films, released Indian pop albums is regarded as the “Lord of Chords” 

Nigam’s crew of 32 members which includes musicians, dancers and top visual, light and sound engineers will ensure Doha audiences are treated to a concert of a lifetime 

Q-Tickets is bringing this super talented singer as part of Shop Qatar and tickets are starting from as low as QR 30/- with early bird price till 13 Dec 2019. (VVIP QR 1000 (Early Bird Price QR800)  

The Sonu Nigam Live show is a musical journey to remember and not to be missed! 

Image Credit: q-tickets

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Doha Burger Festival – a yummy place for burger lovers

Doha Burger Festival – a yummy place for burger lovers

If you are a burger lover that the ongoing DOHA BURGER FESTIVAL (DBF) is the right place to be.

You should not miss out Doha Burger Festival this year located in the Aspire Zone opposite Furousiya Street.

The DBF started on19 December 2019 and runs until the 28 December 2019 from12:00 pm to 11:59 pm.

No tickets are needed to enter the festival. Its absolutely free!

So go and try many different tasty burgers for the first time ever. This third edition of DBF is the biggest specialized food festival in Qatar.

The event is happening on 22050sqm with more than 55 international and local burger restaurants participating, besides coffee shops and home businesses, according to the organisers. Some of them are launching their yummy burgers for the first time in the local market.

The festival focuses and exposes the growing market of the burger industry in the region and also bringing the community together for 10 days of enjoyment, with fun activities for children.

Qatar’s gourmet burger scene has ignited over recent years so even vegetarians and health nuts won’t go empty-handed.

DBF is a unique annual festival of its kind in Qatar and it is organized and managed by Cosette Solutions Company.
Join in with your family for a day full of entertainment, activities, and competitions.

Burger lovers… don’t miss out Doha Burger Festival this year!

Visit DBF Website for more details | DBF Instagram

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Qatar National Day | National Day Celebrations focus on path of celebrations

Qatar National Day | National Day Celebrations focus on path of celebrations

DOHA: Today is December 18 – Qatar National Day!

It is a National Holiday to commemorate the unification of this beloved nation, which happened on the same day in 1878.

The Qatar National Day organizing committee has announced this year’s slogan as “Al MaaliKaydah” meaning the path to excellence is difficult.

This slogan is inspired by a poem by the Founder of Qatar, Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani, reflecting the belief of successive generations of Qatari youth that the path of excellence is difficult.

It’s a day when citizens and residents alike get an opportunity to join the fun, festivities and celebrate this memorable day.

QI gives you tips on where to go and what to do in Doha!

As in previous years, cultural performances and traditional shows by Indian, Sri Lankan Nepalese and Bangladeshi community teams and musical performances by well-known Asian orchestras have been planned at the Barwa Al Baraha – Football Ground as part of the Qatar National Day celebrations.

Additionally, a cultural parade by company teams showcasing Indian, Sri Lankan, Nepalese and Bangladeshi community will take place at the Asian Accommodation City – Near Karqa HQ in the Industrial area.

A special event for students and parents will be held at the Lusail Sports Complex where cultural parade and performances by 7100 students from 18 Asian schools will delight audiences between3pm to 9 pm. Entry is for students and their parents and families only.

In Al Khor, cultural performance, traditional and musical shows by Indian, Bangladeshi and Nepalese nationals by the Al Khor community teams will entertain people at the Al Khor – Barwa Workers Recreation Complex

A Cricket Tournament by Indian and other Asian community teams will take place on the Asian Town – Cricket Stadium.

All events will take place on 18th December between 3 pm – 9 pm except for the cricket match which will start at 10 am.

Other events include:

National Parade

Every year the largest national parade takes place at the Corniche on the occasion of Qatar National Day celebrations.

A popular event where people get to enjoy the parade by MOI, Emiri Guards, Lekhwiya, Civil Defense and other governmental bodies. There are also aerial and sea displays by the air force and navy.

This year the parade will start at 9 am and the Corniche Road will be closed from 6 am onwards.

There will be 16 parking lots available for private cars, from where the public could use the designated means of transportation to reach and return from the parade area.

One can use various Doha Metro stations to reach the gathering points and enter the events area.

Doha Metro Timings

18 December | 6am – 1am

Doha Metro will extend its service hours for the National Day! You need to complete your journey to the final destination by 1am! You can use DECC &SouqWaqif stations to get to the parade

Darb Al Saai

The Qatar National Day 2019 celebrations started on December 12 at Darb Al Saai. From 13 December it will receive visitors on two shifts from 9 am to 1 pm and from 3.30 pm to 10 pm except on Fridays when it will receive visitors from 2 pm to 11 pm.

Fireworks

You don’t want to miss this one – the special fireworks show that lights up every year the skies of Corniche to mark the Qatar National Day. Usually, every year it happens from 8 pm and 8.10 pm. So keep yourselves free on December 18 evening.

Katara Cultural Village

The nine-day festivities loaded with 40 varied events and activities for Qatar National Day has kicked off at the Katara Cultural Village from December 11. The events will continue until December 19, from 3 pm to 10 pm. Make sure to be there on time as various surprises are waiting for you.
Location: Katara Esplanade

Date: 11 December 2019 – 19 December 2019
Time: 03:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Ticket Purchase: No tickets needed
Price: General entry – It’s free!
Website: http://www.katara.net/en

with friends and family to Corniche to watch this magnificent spectacle.

AIRSHOWS

(December 12 – 17)

A breathtaking air show with stunning colours will take place over the skies of Doha for the residents of Qatar. Check out the timings below:

Aspire Park: 12 December 12 (from 4 pm to 6 pm)
Corniche:
13 December (rehearsals in the morning), 18 December – air show for grand QND celebrations
Darb Al Saai:
15 December (from 4pm to 6 pm)
Katara:
December 17 at 4 pm

ASPIRE ZONE

(December 12 – 18)

Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF) has announced a series of exciting events in Aspire Park from Thursday (December 12) to Wednesday (December 18) starting from 3:30 – 10:00 pm for Qatar National Day.

The activities in Aspire Park feature collaboration between AZF and a number of organizations to provide activities for the community, such as Cultural Celebrations, Military iron man competitions, Military obstacle and Shooting competitions, there will be Military Parade by National Service Academy, Girls Creativity Center will have Art Celebration, Qatar Air Sport Committee will have Air Show and Parachuting and Activities for kids by Shabab Youth 22. The air show will begin on Thursday at Aspire Park from 4 pm to 6 pm.

Also, don’t forget that Qatar Balloon Festival is ongoing at the park behind the lake near Al-Furousiya Street with 30 participants from around the world.

MALL OF QATAR

Mall of Qatar has prepared dazzling and captivating family entertainment every day from December 6th until Qatar National Day on December 18th.

The festive program includes daily Ardah shows at the Oasis stage, traditional kids’ area for families to enjoy an array of activities at West Gate 1 and marvellous decorations throughout the mall.

On National Day at 7 pm, a wonderful performance of the Superstar RahmaRiad will enchant visitors at the Oasis.

Location: Mall of Qatar
Date: 6 December 2019 – 18 December 2019
Time: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Ticket Purchase: No tickets needed
Price: General entry – It’s free!
Website: https://www.mallofqatar.com.qa

 MIRQAB MALL

Join Mirqab Mall to celebrate Qatar National Day as they have lined a number of fascinating events, from Free Traditional Henna, Stilt Walker Parade, Build the Qatari Flag with Bricks and much more! Also their professional falconers provide the perfect photo opportunity to showcase Qatar’s national sport.

Location: Mirqab Mall
Date: 13 December 2019 – 18 December 2019
Time: 03:00 pm – 09:00 pm
Ticket Purchase: No tickets needed
Price: General entry – It’s free!
Phone: 4036 2772

DOHA FESTIVAL CITY

Traditional activities such as the Mini Souq will take place every day 4 pm – 10 pm at the Axis node, ground floor, featuring the much-loved Henna Majlis, where shoppers can get authentic henna drawings. At the same area, a Carpet Workshop Majlis will host a carpet maker who will demonstrate to the visitors the art of weaving carpets the traditional way.

Location: Doha Festival City
Date: 12 December 2019 – 18 December 2019
Time: 04:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Price: General entry – It’s free!
Phone: 40354444

Asian Town

18 December | 3pm – 10pm

Asian Town Cricket Stadium Car Parking

Indian, Bangladeshi and Nepalese communities arrange cultural performances, traditional shows, horse parade, musical performances and show will be happening! International Cricket Match will be on from 2pm to 9pm.

Team Qatar Flag Relay 2019

13 December | 7am – 9:45pm

The Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) will host a flag relay to unite, inspire and share pride with the nation through Team Qatar in celebration of this year’s National Day.

Darb Al Saai

Darb Al-Saai, one of the major attractions of the QND 2019 celebrations at the grounds in Al Sadd. It runs from the December 9-20, showcasing different tents by different entities. There will be a food court tent with stalls that sell traditional Qatari food, as well as juice, snacks, and other items

Drone Air Show

Katara

As part of Qatar National Day celebrations, 500 drones will take to the sky to put up a unique air show on December 17 and 19. Last year, the event time was 7 pm & 9 pm and we are still waiting for a confirmed timing of this year.

Parade at Darb Al Saai

12-20 December | 6:40pm

The event is held daily with the participation of horses and camel in addition for classic, old and modern cars along with the participation of government agencies.

For more events and details please visit http://qatarnationalday.qa/

 Qatar Indians wishes all citizens and residents a very happy and memorable Qatar National Day!

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Mrs IWA 2019 | IWA holds spectacular beauty pageant

Mrs IWA 2019 | IWA holds spectacular beauty pageant

Mrs. Roshan Sukheja crowned Mrs. IWA 2019

DOHA: 25 glamorous Indian women recently participated in a spectacular beauty pageant that also showcased a variety of Indian textiles and climaxed with the crowning of Mrs IWA 2019.

The pageant was part of The Indian Women Association’s  (IWA) annual mega-event entitled “Mrs. IWA, 2019” that was held on the 7th of December at Grand Hyatt hotel.

The contestants fashionably displayed colouful Indian sarees along with the richness of Arabic gowns as a tribute to the India-Qatar Year of Culture.

The shimmering showcasing of evening gowns and the interesting Q&A session added a tinge of brilliance to the evening.

Roshan Sukheja won the coveted title “Mrs. IWA  2019” with Abhilasha Singh Panwar bagging the First Runner-up and Tulika Mehta Agarwal the Second Runner-up.

The winners were judged by a panel of experienced judges consisting of IWA Patron Ritu Kumaran, IWA Advisor Sophia Bukhari, NIA Chairman Harish Kanjani and Dean of Institute di moda Burgo Qatar -Meenu Prasad, based on the contestants’ performances in various rounds.

Other attractions like a classical dance by Rahul Gupta, a humorous speech on weight loss by Anupama Kashibhatla and timeless anchoring by Shweta Bharadwaj enthralled the audience.

The event ended with IWA expressing their thanks and gratitude to all the sponsors, members and guests who attended the memorable evening.

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QatarRail launches Green Line, adds four Red Line stations | Now all Doha Metro lines open for public

QatarRail launches Green Line, adds four Red Line stations

Now all Doha Metro lines open for public

DOHA: Qatar Rail (QR) launched the preview service of Doha Metro’s Green Line and 4 new stations in the Red Line, including the link to Hamad International Airport (HIA) yesterday.

The Green Line, which runs across east to west of Doha, includes 11 stations namely: Al Mansoura, Msheireb, Al Bidda, The White Palace, Hamad Hospital, Al Messila, Al Rayyan Al Qadeem, Al Shaqab, Qatar National Library, Education City and Al Riffa (Mall of Qatar). So shoppers heading to Mall of Qatar can take the Green Line and get down at the Al Riffa station and walk into the mall.

A statement issued by Qatar Rail’s Green Line project director, engineer Jassim al-Ansari, said in a statement stated: “The launch of the Green Line preview service is expected to significantly increase the number of passengers using the metro.

The Green Line acts as an East and West connection for Doha, and will serve new residential areas and tourist destinations, including Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar Foundation, Qatar National Library (QNL) and Mall of Qatar (MoQ), further facilitating the movement of people to more locations, cultural attractions and lifestyle destinations across the city.”

On the Red line, Doha Metro also started its preview service for Hamad International Airport station and for Katara, Qatar University and Lusail bringing the total number of stations open across the network to 36.

Metro passengers travelling to different stations of the three lines can also board the train going to HIA, except stations that are out of its way. They can seek the assistance of customer service and metro staff at every station.

Doha Metro users can switch between the Red Line, Gold Line and Green line at Musheireb Station.

Operation timings for the Green Line will be the same as those for the Red and Gold Lines – Saturday through Thursday from 06:00 to 23:00. Friday will be from 14:00 to 23:00

To cover a wider range and serve more neighborhoods and areas adjacent to the stations, new routes will be allocated to the Metro Link service, which is a shuttle bus service to transport passengers from neighboring areas to and from the metro stations.

The Legtaifiya station on the Red Line will open next year.

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IWA Qatar | Mrs. IWA contest gets pretty good response

IWA Qatar | Mrs. IWA contest gets pretty good response

DOHA: The Indian Women’s Association is holding a Mrs. IWA QATAR contest on 7th December 2019 at Hotel Grand Hyatt @ 6 pm.

The contest submission entries which closed on 31st October witnessed an overwhelming response from married Indian ladies. This is the second year of the contest and according to the organisers the response has been really commendable.

The Mrs. IWA 2019 is an event tagged lined “Come, Conquer, Cherish” and aims to provide a platform to all married Indian women to showcase their talents in different fields.

Contestants are being specially groomed by Mrs. Preeti Trivedi (Mrs. India UK 2018 – Community Queen, London).

Tickets for the event available on Q-tickets (https://www.q-tickets.com/Events/EventDetails/7516). Tickets are priced QR 105, including service charges for members and QR 183.75, including service charges. The age restriction is above 18 years and bachelors are strictly not allowed.

Radio Olive and Radio Suno are supporters of the event.

IWA has sent out a message to all Indian ladies – “Dress up in your best evening gowns. Buckle your stilettos and get ready for our signature event – MRS IWA 2019”

QatarIndians.com requests all its Indian lady followers to attend this glittering memorable event!

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Indians in Qatar celebrate 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi

Indians in Qatar celebrate 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi – Qatar Post releases commemorative stamp to mark the occasion

Indians in Qatar marked the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi -‘Father of the Nation’ with a special event yesterday, at the Indian Cultural Centre in the presence of a huge number fellow countrymen, including Indian ambassador P Kumaran, Doha Bank Group CEO Dr R Seetharaman and ICC president A P Manikantan among other dignitaries.

Indian ambassador P Kumaran paying respect to the ' Father of the Nation.' Pic by Gulf Times

Indian ambassador P Kumaran paying respect to the ‘ Father of the Nation.’ Pic by Gulf Times

The event showcased an exhibition highlighting the life and activities of Mahatma Gandhi. It featured some of the major milestones in his life and his efforts for the freedom of India from British rule.

Students from Indian schools also presented a number of cultural programmes during the event to mark the occasion.

Some other events marking Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary have already been organised by the Indian Embassy during the past few months, including ‘Experiments with Truth’-  a photo exhibition at Katara, and a rendition of “Vaishnava Jan Te”, Gandhiji’s favourite bhajan, by Qatar-based singer Abdul Rahim.

Ambassador Kumaran highlighted Gandhi’s contribution to India and the world and remarked that the values practiced by Gandhi are very much relevant even in modern times.

“As we mark the sesquicentennial year of Mahatma Gandhi, several of the principles followed by him are honoured around the world even today. His ideals of non-violence and simplicity are time-tested and followed by many. He used very different and unique methods to fight injustice and oppression. Satyagraha, civil disobedience, non- violence, non-cooperation among others, were his powerful weapons to disagree with authorities as well as to express his innate desire to withstand injustice,” Kumaran added.

Chief Operations Officer, Qatar Post, Hamad Mohammed Al Fahida (left) presenting commemorative stamps of Mahatma Gandhi, to the Ambassador of India to Qatar, P Kumaran. . Pic by: https://twitter.com/qatar_post

Chief Operations Officer, Qatar Post, Hamad Mohammed Al Fahida (left) presenting commemorative stamps of Mahatma Gandhi, to the Ambassador of India to Qatar, P Kumaran.  Source: https://twitter.com/qatar_post

He noted that Qatar Post had released a commemorative postal stamp to mark the occasion and thanked the government of Qatar for the honour.

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Qatar Post releases commemorative stamp to mark the occasion – Source: https://twitter.com/IndEmbDoha

The postage stamp was launched by Hamad Mohammed Al Fahida, Chief Operations Officer at Qatar Post and Indian Ambassador P Kumaran on the eve of Mahatma Gandhi’s sesquicentennial birth anniversary, at an event dubbed “Celebrating Khadi: The Fabric of Freedom” at VCUarts Qatar on Tuesday.

The event also featured an exhibition and fashion show organised in commemoration of Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary and in line with India-Qatar 2019 Year of Culture.

“For us, this is a very special year because it’s India-Qatar Year of Culture and also the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, so we wanted to present something which projects Indian culture, Indian fashion, Indian textile industry and also link it to Mahatma Gandhi in some way,” said Kumaran speaking to the local media.

He also pointed out that Khadi, the favourite clothing of Gandhi is a sustainable and most eco-friendly fabric, and is becoming highly popular around the world.

The event showcased the creative use of the khadi, a fabric deeply associated with Gandhi and which played a pivotal role in India’s freedom movement, thus it has become known as ‘fabric of freedom’.

The exhibition paid tribute to the Father of the Nation while tracing the history of khadi and showcasing India’s vibrant khadi culture over half a century after Gandhi’s death.

Bidapa, a well-known Indian fashion guru and creator of high-profile fashion events, said he had been known for doing khadi shows in India as well as in cities around the world such as London and Tokyo but this was the first time for him to bring such event in the Middle East.

Dozens of khadi creations by some of India’s top fashion designers such as Abraham & Thakore, Rimzim Dadu, Abrar Ali, Bibi Russell, and Hemant Trvedi were met with ovations as models wearing the stunning designs sashayed the runway during the fashion show attended by ambassadors and representatives of diplomatic missions, VIP guests, Indian community leaders and fashion connoisseurs.

The event was organised by the Indian Embassy in association with VCUarts Qatar and the Indian Community Benevolent Forum.

Mahatma Gandhi, born on October 2,1869, is acclaimed internationally for his principles of non-violence. October 2 is also observed as the International Day of Non-Violence.

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Metro Red Line South now opens during weekends starting today (27 Sep 2019)

Metro Red Line South now opens during weekends starting today (27 Sep 2019)

Many expats will be happy to learn that one of their much-anticipated desire to travel on the metro during weekends has now been fulfilled.

The Ministry of Transport and Communications has announced that the Doha Metro Red Line South will now be open for the public during weekends as of Friday (September 27). But only on this Friday, September 27, the public can use the line only from 14:00 to 03:00. 

After Friday, September 27, the public can use the line regularly from Saturday through Thursday from 06:00 to 23:00 and on Fridays from 14:00 to 23:00.

Doha Metro Red Line South Timings (From 28 Sep 2019)

  • Saturday – Thursday: 06:00 to 23:00
  • Friday: 14:00 to 23:00

Metrolink and Metroexpress services will be available during these timings.

The Doha Metro Red Line South which is under initial test operation extends from Al Qassar to Al Wakra. 

The initial operation includes 13 out of 18 Red Line stations: Al Qassar, DECC, QIC West Bay, Corniche, Al Bidda (Interchange Station), Msheireb (Interchange Station), Al Doha Al Jadeda, Umm Ghawalina, Al Matar Al Qadeem, Oqba Ibn Nafie, Free Zone, Ras Bu Fontas and Al Wakra.

Operations on Doha Metro’s Red Line South were launched on May 8 and the service was met with an excellent response right from Day 1.

A total of 86,487 passengers travelled on the Doha Metro on the first two days of its launch, and the service has since emerged as a favoured mode of travel for many people in Qatar.

There are two “first and last mile services” available for Doha Metro passengers looking to travel to and from the stations – Metrolink and, for those in the West Bay area, Metroexpress. Also, people can use Karwa Taxi to reach Metro stations at discounted rates.

The Metrolink feeder bus service, being operated in association with Mowasalat, provides transportation to commuters around a specific area to and from the stations. They halt only at designated stops as a safety measure.

Metroexpress offers “convenient, stress-free, shared travel” services, currently covering the West Bay area.\

Also Read:

Doha Metro Guide: Complete guide to know more about Doha Metro Services, Travel Card, Ticket Cost, Timings, Other facilities and much more…

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