Flu vaccines will be made available free of charge to citizens and residents of Qatar

Flu vaccines will be made available free of charge to citizens and residents of Qatar

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) announced recently that, the seasonal influenza vaccines will be made available free of charge to citizens and residents of Qatar.

This was announced at the launch of the seasonal influenza campaign under the banner ‘Fight the Flu,’ a joint initiative between Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and the Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC).

The flu vaccines will be available at all the PHCC Health Centers, Hamad Medical Corporation, Private Clinics (selected clinics), hospitals and semi-government health care facilities according to the Ministry.

Dr. Khalid Hamid Elawad, manager, Health Protection, Preventive Health Directorate at PHCC said that those who wish to get the flu shot can do so at multiple locations including their primary health care center or a designated private or semi-private clinic, said

“Getting a flu shot this year is more important than ever because of Covid-19. The flu vaccine may not protect you against Covid-19, but it will reduce your risk of developing the flu and flu-related complications, and reduce the possibility of getting infected with both the flu and Covid-19 viruses at the same time. It also helps not to get confused with Covid-19 symptoms,” said Dr. Abdullatif Al Khal, Chair of the National Health Strategic Group on COVID-19 and Head of the Infectious Diseases Division at HMC.

The concerns are that “the same people who are most vulnerable to severe symptoms from COVID-19, such as those aged over 50 and those with chronic conditions regardless of their age are also at greatest risk from the flu and its complications,” he said, adding that “We also urge children aged between six months and five years of age and pregnant women to be vaccinated against the seasonal flu.”


“We encourage people to come early to get vaccinated to protect themselves and their loved ones from flu – it takes around two weeks for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against flu,” he added.

Source: MoPH  

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MOEHE announces mid-term exams for grades 1-11 to start on October 18th at schools

MOEHE  announces mid-term exams for grades 1-11 to start on October 18th at schools

The Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MOEHE), in light of the precautionary measures taken due to the exceptional COVID-19 circumstances has decided that the semester 1 mid-term exams for the 2020/21 academic year would be conducted at schools as of Sunday, October 18th 2020.

Students will physically attend their schools as per their exam schedules released for grades 1 to 11. The maximum number of students allowed to attend the exams is 15 students in the classrooms and 60 students at gym halls.

Marks for grades 1, 2 and 3 will be awarded on the basis of (5 marks) for continuous assessment tools and (15 marks) for the exams. This will be based on the specifications table and assessment tools released by the relevant departments of the Educational Affairs Sector.

For grades 4 through 11, exams of the subjects that feature oral, practice and listening assessments will be conducted in the written format only, and the full (15) marks will be awarded accordingly.

The mid-term exams of the Visual Arts subject in all grades will be postponed to the end of semester 1.

Additionally, no exams will be held for Physical Education and Life and Research Skills subjects in all grades. Both subjects will not be considered in the students’ total score.

MOEHE has identified a set of precautionary measures to be followed for ensuring the safety of students during the exam period. Other relevant decisions have also been taken regarding the assessment of exams.

Source: MOEHE

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Qatar will now allow non-Qatari ownership of real estate properties in more areas

Qatar will now allow non-Qatari ownership of real estate properties in more areas

Non-Qataris and foreign firms can now own real estate properties in 9 areas (earlier it was only 3 areas) in the State of Qatar. To attract overseas investments and to diversify the economy, The State of Qatar has announced today that Non-Qataris and foreign firms can now own real estate properties in more areas. It has set the list of areas in which foreign nationals and foreign firms can buy along with the conditionals, level of controls, procedures to own a property and use in accordance with a decision issued by the Council of Ministers in this regard.

Earlier real estate ownership is possible only within The Pearl Island project area in Qatar. Now, real estate ownership open in 9 areas.

“Such decision would contribute to the advancement of the Qatari real estate market, the acceleration of the economic development, and the stimulation of the real estate sector,” the Ministry of Justice said in a statement earlier.


Residency in Qatar will be granted to the owners of the property that worth a minimum of USD 200,000 (QAR 730,000). Residency will be granted to Owner and as well Owners family.

Permanent residency benefits which includes education and health care will be granted to owner of the property worth a minimum of USD 1,000,000 (QAR 3,650,000 million)

The real estate areas for 99-year use are:

  1. Sheireb (Area 13)
  2. Fereej Abdelaziz (14)
  3. Doha Al Jadeed (15)
  4. New Al Ghanim (16)
  5. Al Refaa and Old Al Hitmi (17)
  6. Aslata (18)
  7. Fereej Bin Mahmoud (22)
  8. Fereej Bin Mahmoud (23)
  9. Rawdat Al Khail (24)
  10. Mansoura and Fereej Bin Dirham (25)
  11. Najma (26)
  12. Umm Ghuwailina (27)
  13. Al Khulaifat (28)
  14. Al Sadd (38)
  15. Al Mirqab Al Jadeed and Fereej Al Nasr (39)
  16. Doha International Airport area (48).

The areas covered by free ownership in this decision are:

  1. West Bay area (Legtaifiya)
  2. The Pearl District
  3. Al Khor Resort
  4. Al Dafna (Administrative District No. 60)
  5. Al Dafna (Administrative District No. 61)
  6. Onaiza (Administrative District)
  7. Lusail
  8. Al Kharaij
  9. Jabal Thailab

The Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Justice have introduced an automated system through which Non-Qataris can obtain residency in Qatar after completing the property ownership procedures.

Source: Qatar News Agency


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Three phase plan to re-impose certain restrictions | Mandatory quarantine to all travellers returning to the State of Qatar | The Supreme Committee

Three phase plan to re-impose certain restrictions | Mandatory quarantine to all travellers returning to the State of Qatar | The Supreme Committee

Statement by the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management regarding developments on containing COVID-19 in the State of Qatar

The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic around the world and in the State of Qatar has made it essential to enforce a number of measures on various levels to ensure the safety of citizens and residents and limit the spread of the virus. With our robust health system, the effectiveness of measures that have been taken, the cooperation of citizens and residents and their commitment to following the precautionary measures, the State of Qatar was able to move past the peak of the Coronavirus and flatten the curve, while maintaining one of the lowest Coronavirus death rates in the world.

After getting past the virus’ peak, it became necessary to reach the required balance between preserving public health and returning to normal life. This process has been successful through implementing the four-phase plan of gradually lifting Coronavirus restrictions.

Here, the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management would like to affirm the continuation of Phase Four, including the capacities that were recently announced, with relevant state authorities reviewing the indicators periodically. While the public health indicators show that the spread of the virus has been contained in the State of Qatar, this does not mean the pandemic has been reversed or that it has disappeared.

Therefore, the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management has approved a three-phase plan to re-impose certain restrictions if the Ministry of Public Health recommends so, based on its continuous monitoring of health indicators. In this context, we note that the main contributing factor for limiting the spread of the virus is people’s awareness and their commitment to following precautionary measures, especially relating to gatherings and social events, as it has recently become evident that socialising without proper caution is the main source of spreading COVID-19 in the country.

It should be noted here that several countries around the world have already entered the second wave of the Coronavirus, and this could occur here as well if people do not take precautionary measures seriously.

Additionally, and as the spread rate of the pandemic around the world is on the rise, it is necessary to apply mandatory quarantine to all travellers returning to the State of Qatar until further notice, with the Ministry of Public Health continuing to update the list of low-risk countries.

The Supreme Committee for Crisis Management calls on all citizens and residents to commit to following the precautionary measures, including wearing masks, maintaining a safe distance and washing hands.

(Source: gco.gov.qa)

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FAHES to extend the working hours at seven FAHES stations in Qatar from 1st of October 2020

FAHES to extend the working hours at seven FAHES stations in Qatar from 1st of October 2020

FAHES announced that in coordination with the MoI Traffic Department has decided to extend the working hours at seven stations in Qatar.

Starting October 1, the below listed stations working hours will be from 6 am to 6 pm on all days except on Fridays and Saturdays, tweeted WOQOD on its twitter handle.

  1. Mazrooah
  2. Wukair
  3. Mesaimeer
  4. Shahaniya
  5. Wadi Al Banat
  6. Al Egda
  7. Wakra

Also, Woqod on that tweet stated that the entrance gates will be closed 15 minutes before the closure time.


Source: WOQOD / Image Credit: fahes.com


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IPL 2020: The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League starts from tomorrow (Match Schedules in Qatar Time)

IPL 2020: The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 starts from tomorrow, 19th Sep 2020 and final scheduled to play on 10th November 2020.

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) taking on Mumbai Indians (MI) on the first match of IPL 2020 season on 19th Sep @ 5:00 pm Qatar time. Get complete schedule of IPL 2020 with fixtures, match date and timings on QatarIndians.com

All the night matches will start at 5.00 pm Qatar time (7.30 pm IST) and afternoon matches will start at 1.00 pm Qatar time (3.30 pm IST).

When will the IPL 2020 starts?

It is scheduled to start on 19th of September 2020 and will be be played until 10th November 2020.

What will be the final of IPL 2020 played?

Final is scheduled to play on 10th November 2020.

What time matches begins every day?

There are 2 timings planned. Afternoon matches starts at 3:30 pm IST (1 pm Qatar time) and Evening / Night matches will start from 7:30 pm IST (5 pm Qatar time)

In which channel IPL 2020 will be broadcasted?

It will be broadcasted on Star Sports Network

Which all players ruled out of the IPL 2020 tournament so far?

  • Suresh Raina | CSK
  • Harbhajan Singh | CSK
  • Lasith Malinga | MI | Will be replaced by James Pattinson
  • Kane Richardson | RCB | Will be replaced by Adam Zampa
  • Chris Woakes | DC | Will be replaced by Anrich Nortje
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Qatar launches a new saliva-based COVID-19 test for all children who require a COVID-19 test

Qatar launches a new saliva-based COVID-19 test for all children who require a COVID-19 test | One of the first countries in the world

In a recent tweet, The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) has announced that Qatar has become one of the first countries in the world to launch of a new saliva-based COVID-19 test for all children who require a COVID-19 test.

Qatar has taken several measures to monitor and prevent the spread of COVID-19. As a part of steps to combat the deadly COVID-19, MOPH has announced the launch of a new saliva-based COVID-19 test in Qatar for all children who require a COVID-19 test.

According to the announcement posted on twitter,

  • The saliva-based test is less intrusive for children as it does not require a swab to be inserted into the nose and back of the throat like the current standard swab.
  • Saliva tests can be easily completed by transferring saliva from the mouth into a sample pot.
  • Studies around the world have been looking at the use of saliva only swabs and the results have confirmed their effectiveness.

Qatar is one of the first countries in the world to launch this test.

Source: Ministry of Public Health

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Swab test for passengers on sixth day after arrival | The Ministry of Public Health

Swab test for passengers on sixth day after arrival | The Ministry of Public Health

The Ministry of Public Health has clarified that passengers coming from low-risk countries will have to undergo a swab test on the sixth day after arriving in Doha. It said that Ehteraz status will be yellow till they complete their seven-day quarantine and get a negative result in the swab test.

“They (Passengers from low-risk countries) must perform a swab test on day six and their Ehteraz status will not turn green until day seven after the swab test has been performed and a negative result has been verified,” the Ministry said on its social media pages. “Please note that returning passengers cannot have the swab test earlier than day six,” the Ministry added.

The Ministry added that this process helps to reduce the risk of returning travellers bringing the virus back into Qatar and passing it on to other members of the community. In the latest list of low risk countries, the Ministry has included 41 countries.

As per the travel policy announced by the Government Communications Office, arrivals to Qatar from low-risk countries are required to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival at the airport, and to sign a formal pledge to adhere to quarantine at home for a week, noting that the traveller’s status on the Ehteraz application will be yellow, which means that they are required to quarantine.

If there are accredited COVID-19 testing centres in one of these low-risk countries, obtaining a COVID-19 free certificate from one of these centres exempts the traveller from taking the test at the airport on arrival in the country, provided that the date of obtaining the certificate does not exceed 48 hours before travelling.

These passengers are also required to undergo a seven day home quarantine upon arrival. If the result of a test done on the sixth day is positive, the traveller will be transferred to isolation, and if it is negative, the quarantine period ends at the end of that week and the traveller’s status on the Ehteraz application will change to green.

Source: thepeninsulaqatar

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Doha Metro | Free M110 metrolink to and from the Pearl Qatar and Legtaifiya Station | Expansion of metroexpress pilot service

Doha Metro | Free M110 metrolink to and from the Pearl Qatar and Legtaifiya Station | Expansion of metroexpress pilot service

Doha Metro today announced the expansion of its free metrolink (M110) services to and from the Pearl Qatar and Legtaifiya Station.

M110 Metrolink Hours of Operation:
  • Saturday to Wednesday : 06:00 – 23:00 (6am to 11 pm)
  • Thursday: 6:00 – 23:59 (6am to 11.59pm)
  • Friday: 14:00 – 23:59 (2pm to 11.59pm)

Doha Metro also announced expansion of its metroexpress pilot service, which covers DECC, West Bay, Al Qassar, Katara, Legtaifya & Qatar University Stations

Source: metrotram_qa


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Phase 4 of lifting COVID-19 restrictions split into 2 phases | 1st phase to start from September 1

Phase 4 of lifting COVID-19 restrictions split into 2 phases |  1st phase of Phase 4 to start from September 1

The Supreme Committee for Crisis Management thanks both citizens and residents for their commitment to adhering to the precautionary measures to combat Coronavirus (COVID-19), which has contributed to limiting the spread of the virus. As the State of Qatar moves on to phase four, it is important for the community to continue to follow procedures to ensure that efforts are successful and the nation can fully reopen.

Based on Qatar’s public health indicators and the Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection rate in the community, it has been decided to split phase four into two phases.

The first phase will commence on 1 September, and the situation will be assessed on an ongoing basis, including the re-imposing and/or lifting of some restrictions based on developments mid-September. The second phase will commence at the beginning of the third week of September. The first phase will include the following:

  • Reopening of all mosques in the country to perform daily and Friday prayers, provided that precautionary measures are followed. Toilets and ablution facilities remain closed.
  • Continuing to follow the Council of Ministers’ decision, which limits the capacity in workplaces to a maximum of 80% of employees in both public and private sectors.
  • Allowing gatherings of a maximum of 15 people indoors and 30 people outdoors.
  • Allowing weddings with a maximum of 40 people indoors and 80 people outdoors, provided that precautionary measures are followed, including activating the Ehteraz application, maintaining a distance of two meters between tables with a maximum of 5 people per table, and avoiding handshakes and kisses while greeting. Individuals holding parties at home as well as managers of wedding venues are required to keep records of the contact information of all invitees.
  • Opening of cinemas and theaters with a capacity of 15%, provided that precautionary measures are followed and that only people who are 18 years and above are allowed entry.
  • Playgrounds and leisure centres remain closed.
  • Allowing local exhibitions with a capacity of 30%, according to the procedures which will be announced by the National Tourism Council.
  • Resuming metro and public transport services with a capacity of 30% according to the procedures which will be announced by the Ministry of Transport and Communications.
  • Continuing to allow personal boats and yacht rentals with a capacity of 30%, including boat workers.
  • Continuing to follow Qatar’s travel policy. The Ministry of Public Health will continue to update the list of low-risk countries periodically.
  • Continuing the operation of driving schools with a capacity of 50%.
  • Continuing the suspension of summer camps as well as the use of sports equipment in public parks.
  • Allowing audiences to attend sporting events with a capacity of 20% indoors and 30% outdoors, according to procedures which will be announced by the relevant authorities.
  • Allowing private health clinics to resume work in full capacity.
  • Continuing normal working hours at malls while keeping capacity to 50%, and opening food courts in malls with a capacity of 30%. Allowing children to enter malls.
  • Allowing the increase in restaurants capacity starting with 30%, according to the procedures which will be set by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
  • Allowing souks to operate with a 75% capacity and raising the capacity at wholesale markets to 50%.
  • Allowing museums and public libraries to operate in full capacity and normal hours provided that all precautionary measures are followed.
  • Continuing the work of health clubs, gyms and public swimming pools at half capacity (50%) and allowing massage and sauna services at a capacity of 30% in approved facilities, as well as opening indoor swimming pools at a capacity of 30%.
  • Continuing the suspension of home beauty, barber, massage and fitness training services.
  • Continuing the work of private education and training centers at a capacity of 50%.
  • Resuming cleaning and hospitality services in workplaces at a capacity of 30% as well as allowing the resumption of these services at homes.

The Supreme Committee for Crisis Management emphasises that the evaluation of lifting further measures depends on the cooperation of all and the commitment to following precautionary measures, including wearing masks while outside, washing hands, maintain a safe distance, and activating the Ehteraz application.

(Source: gco.gov.qa)

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