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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National Address Law to be introduced soon | Regulation to help official communication with residents

National Address Law to be introduced soon | Regulation to help official communication with residents

In a press statement, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) announced on Saturday that the procedural and operational steps for the implementation of the National Address Law (Law No. 24 of 2017) have been completed and the law will be introduced soon.

The law is part of the strategic development of e-government, the completion of the legislative structure for government electronic transactions, and the transition from descriptive address to the digital address system.

Lt Col Dr Abdullah Zayed al- Sahli, head of the National Address Section at Public Security, said the MoI has been working to complete the steps required for the implementation.

“The process of registering the data of the national address for citizens and residents could be done through Metrash2 app or MoI service centres. An office will be allocated to facilitate the process of registering national address of the citizens. The National Address Section will be based in Onaizah Service Centre,” he said.

Lt Col al-Sahli explained that the registration procedures are easy and simple, “Every resident, whether a citizen or an expatriate, has to register his data in a simple form that includes the residential address, land phone number, mobile number, email, employer’s address for government and private sector employees, and permanent address abroad, if any.”

A legal representative can also furnish the details on behalf of the resident. For minor children, the guardians have to register the data and they will be responsible for the legal transactions and the validity of the given data,” he said.

If any person fails to register the data within six months from the date of the commencement of the official registration process, he will be punishable under Article 6 of the National Address Act.

Anyone who violates any of the provisions of Articles 3 and 4 will be fined an amount not exceeding QR10,000. Providing incorrect data knowingly will also draw a fine.

In the event of a change in the national address data, such information should be updated as per Article 4 of the Act.

If the person does not notify the competent authority of the change or update it during the scheduled period, the given data will be considered as valid and productive for all legal proceedings as per Article 5 of the Act.

The MoI official stressed that the aim of maintaining a register of national address is to ensure access to residents in all matters of personal and official interest. This measure is also a qualitative leap in the conduct of judicial procedures.

Image – Lieutenant Colonel Dr. Abdullah Zayed Al Sahli, Head of the National Address Section (Credit: iloveqtar.net)

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Qatar Visa Portal | MoI announces new unified visit visa portal

Qatar Visa Portal | MoI announces new unified visit visa portal

The Ministry of Interior’s (MoI) Visa Support Service (VSS) Department director, Maj Abdullah Khalifa, al-Mohannadi announced at a press conference Monday,  the launching of a  new Qatar Visa Portal (qatarportal.gov.qa) – a unified platform to receive applications for visas to enter the country for major events and for various activities including business and investment.

This new facility is aimed at facilitating the visa application process for visitors from all countries through a simple and smooth process. The application form does not exceed one page and any user can fill the form electronically from anywhere in the world within a very short time.

The applicant has to register with an e-mail ID first to log in to the portal. The documents to be submitted include copies of:

  • *Passport
  • *Photo
  • *Flight ticket
  • *Hotel reservation or the applicant’s residence in Qatar

Once the applicant has logged in, he is then asked to choose the events that he wants to attend in Qatar. He can attend multiple events during the 30-day visa validity period, which could be extended for another 30 days. The applicant can track the status of the application on the portal as well.

The visitor’s passport should be valid for at least six months from the date of entry into Qatar. If an application meets the required conditions, the visa is issued within 48 hours.

The application fee is QR100.

Qatar Visa Portal | MoI announces new unified visit visa portal

Qatar Visa Portal | MoI announces new unified visit visa portal

The application for a visa can be made within 90 days and at least four days before travel. However, this service cannot be used to obtain a visa for children registered with their parents’ passports.

The Qatar Visa Portal provides options to get details of the events and submit the visa.

The Qatar Visa Portal was opened in collaboration with various entities including those dealing with various events and the Qatar National Tourism Corporation. The portal lists the major events and gives all details in a bid to help potential visitors get a proper idea. Details of transportation, accommodation and tourist destinations are also available in the portal.

The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy’s (SC) Security Committee’s Technical Affairs Committee head Lt Col Jassim Abdul Raheem, the MoI’s Security Systems Department director Lt Col Jassim Abdur Raheem al-Sayed, Public Relations Department assistant director Maj Mubarak Salim al-Bouainain and the SC’s Security Committee spokesperson Lt Col Dr Jabr Hamoud al-Noaimi were also present at the press conference.

Image Credit: portal.www.gov.qa / gulftimes

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Family visa application to go electronic soon says General Directorate of Passports Official

Family visa application to go electronic soon says General Directorate of Passports Official

In an exclusive interview with The Peninsula newspaper, Major General Mohammed Ahmed Al Ateeq, Director General of the General Directorate of Passports has stated that there is a process to introduce new procedures that will enable people to submit their family visa applications (family residency) electronically through the systems and available online mechanisms like Hukoomi website, Metrash2 and the internal services system.

Since the issuance of the executive regulation of Law No. 21/2015, there are no new conditions set for obtaining families Residency Permit (RP), rather the in force conditions have been simplified, and procedures have become much easier. No applications fulfilling the requirements have been rejected.

In addition to this, the government has decided to allow children of residents to work while they are under the sponsorship of their guardians, said Major General Mohammed Ahmed Al Ateeq.

He added that the new, in this aspect, is the provision of family RP service through the Metrash system, and making the personal interview of an applicant through a visual device is available at the nearest unified service centre in different parts of the country.

In this regard, he explained, in the past, the applicant was required to come personally to the headquarters of the General Administration of Passports to meet with the competent committee. After connecting the visual equipment to the headquarters, the service has been simplified saving effort and time of applicants as the applicant now does not need to take the burden of transportation and can easily visit the nearest service centre, he added.

Regarding the percentage of accepted and rejected applications, he pointed out that applications that meet the required conditions are accepted due to simplified conditions and easy procedures. “Rejection of application is only because of lack of fulfillment of requirements or failure to present some documentation,” he said, noting that even in such cases “applicants are directed to bring the documents and fulfill the requirements to get the application approved”.

He pointed out that there is an increase in the number of applications for family residency and a significant increase in the number of applications is being witnessed every year. For example, 40160 applications were approved in 2018 compared to 39612 applications in 2017, showing an increase of 548 applications.

“The Ministry thoughtfully planned to offer the necessary facilitation to ensure their stability. We believe that when the resident stays with his family he is more stable and productive.”

Major General Mohammed Ahmed Al Ateeq, Director General of the General Directorate of Passports

In response to another question about the continuous growth of population despite the completion of most of the mega infrastructure projects in the country which could be a cause of return of large number of expatriate workers to their countries, Major General Al Ateeq said: “There is a coordination between the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs to adjust the conditions of these workers with the completion of major projects to benefit from their experiences and skills in other projects in process and benefit from available job opportunities in the Qatari labour market.”

Major General Mohammed Ahmed Al Ateeq also talked about the period allowed for newborn children born outside Qatar and whose parents reside in Qatar. He said they shall be granted an immediate entry visa from the airport/port of entry before the lapse of six months from the date of their birth. In case, babies exceeded the six month period, they need to get an entry visa prior. For children who are grown up and exceed the legal age they are granted RP under their parents for one year in order to find an employer for the following year.

Moreover, he said, the Ministry has decided to allow children of residents to work while they have residency permits under their parents regardless of their age. He also commented on complaints of some residents who think that they meet the requirements for obtaining a family residency permit despite that their application for family RP get rejected by the Committee, saying: “Any application that fulfils the requirements gets approval.

Applications which does not fulfill requirements and have deficiencies are the only ones rejected by the Committee. However, applicants are also directed to complete the requirements and resubmit the application for approval. He reiterated that no application that meets the required conditions will be rejected.

In response to another question regarding a connection between family residency and a university degree, he explained: “After the issuance of Law No. 21 of 2015 and its executive regulations, this condition has been canceled therefore the Committee does not require a university degree for obtaining a family residency permit.

However, he said, the competent authority looks at the profession of the applicant and the salary ceiling and also on family housing to make sure that the applicant is capable to bear the burden of living with his family, and accordingly, RP approval takes place.

Regarding a question that a husband cannot be a sponsor of his wife in case the wife has a university degree and he does not have it, the Major General stated that this condition of having a university degree is no longer required.

Speaking about requirements of a family visit, the Director-General of the General Directorate of Passports said any person applying for a family visit or wants to bring relatives on visit visa needs to prove that he can provide them housing and capable to bear their responsibility. As for the requirement of being the first-degree relatives, the Major General said that the first-degree kinship was not a condition that can prevent entry visas for relatives of other degrees such as uncles as well as it also applies to the relatives of the wife.

When asked about any plans for opening new unified service centers, he stressed that the State has opened 15 service centers distributed throughout the country, and six service offices located at Qatar Airways, Qatar Financial Center, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs, and the Higher Committee for Inheritance and Projects, adding that new outlets will open when and where needed. Al Ateeq explained that the new administration for recruitment support services plays an important coordination role between Qatar and labor-exporting countries through Qatar Visa Centers abroad.

He said that the service centres opened in the labour-exporting countries complete the procedures for obtaining residency permits for new workers, where they go through biometrics, medical check-up and also sign employment contracts and according to the results, they are granted entry visas and a residency permit in Qatar.

In response to a question whether the attestation of an employment contract from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Labour is a prerequisite for obtaining the entry visa, he explained that it is necessary to make sure that employment contract is attested and all the relevant documents are available via electronic systems and used by Qatar Visa Centers abroad to complete the necessary procedures for the entry visa and granting a residency permit to work in the State of Qatar.

With regard to non-renewal of residency permit, the Director General of Passports said that any person who fails to renew his residency permit in the required time, is actually committing a violation of the provisions of the law of entry, exit and residence of foreigners in the State of Qatar. In case of the inability to renew the residency permit within the legal period which is three months, there is a fine of QR10 enforced by the law which is paid by the violator for each day of delay for non-renewal of residency permit and QR200 for the visitor who exceeded the permissible period.

In case of non-renewal, the residency of the expatriate in the country shall be considered illegal and shall be subject to legal prosecution and the penalty as prescribed by law.

Regarding the accumulation of these fines, Al Ateeq said these fines have a financial limit of QR12,000 as a maximum for violating the non-extension of the visit visa and QR6,000 for the violation of non-renewal of RP.

With regard to the exit permit for employees and their job transfer to another employer, he said: “After the issuance of law No. 21/2015 regulating the entry and exit and residence, a committee has been formed to look into the grievances and complaints of residents related to exit.”

The Committee responds to any complaint or request relating to exit permit within three working days and the resident is allowed to leave the country unless there is a travel ban by courts or public prosecution as in this case it is not allowed to leave the country that can be done only after the removal of the order prohibited by the justice authority.

When asked why people visit the General Directorate of Passports despite the effectiveness of the service of Matrash 2 and its availability in the hands of people, Maj. Gen. Al Ateeq explained that the State has made great strides in utilizing electronic services especially the Matrash2 system and most services are provided through online service.

The Directorate General of Passports strives to provide all services through this system and other electronic applications in the coming period, he added.

Regarding the visitors, he stressed that most of them are elderly or individuals who are unable to use this service or companies’ representatives who have a shortage of certain conditions or sometimes people make mistakes and they visit for their correction or on reasons related to the system when it does not accept their applications due to some deficiencies and requirements which are lacking.

Regarding unbridled labor, Al Ateeq said that the existence of this phenomenon is linked to the fake companies that bring employees and leave them without jobs or allow them to work with others, sometimes with their consent and sometimes without their consent. “We coordinate with the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs and the security departments to carry out inspection campaigns, arrest violators and take legal action against them.”

He said that legal action is taken against companies that have hired them and companies that employ them illegally; as well many such companies were blacklisted and banned.

He added that the Ministry of Labour, scrutinises and examines the conditions of companies and their activities before agreeing to grant them permission to bring workers from abroad, and attest the contracts before saving them in the electronic system.

Al Ateeq stressed that this phenomenon has not disappeared permanently despite its significant decline. The situation is not like it used to be several years ago thanks to the strict measures taken by the concerned authorities against the fake companies violating the rules and rights of workers.

He added there were cases of unbridled labourers and workers being recruited without granting them jobs. “We also coordinate with the Embassies of their countries, cooperate in solving their problems, protect their rights by settling their situations in accordance with the law, and punish those who committed these violations.”

He added that the opening of Qatar Visa Centers abroad plays an important role in preventing such violations because the contracting process requires to ensure the integrity of the legal status of the company, its activities and also ensures the right of the worker, and these procedures eliminate the phenomenon of loose labor and protect rights of workers.

In this regard, he said, the General Directorate of Passports has plans to open new visa centres abroad in more countries. Currently, the focus is on Asian countries as main source of labour. He said that these centres will be opened in other labour-exporting countries, including Arab countries.

He said: “There are some workers who claim that the companies they work with have allowed them to work on their own.” He advised such workers not to violate the laws under the pretext that companies have allowed them because the company is the employer. If the company is unable to provide them with a job opportunity, they should look for another employer by resorting to the competent authorities to whom they should submit their complaints, Legal actions will be taken against the violating companies and the workers’ rights will be protected and their legal status will be rectified.

But if the worker is arrested without doing these procedures, it is considered an offending act same like the company that allowed him to do so, and action will be against them. At the end of the interview, Maj. Gen. Al Ateeq said that the law has become clear to all, including residents, and what we ask them to abide to its provisions.

“If they face a problem in renewing their RP, they should check with our concerned authorities before fines accumulation without complicating the problem and making their stay in the country illegal. It is best to address the problem at the earliest to avoid violation of law.”

Directing his talk to the citizens and residents, he said people should abide by the laws in force in the country because these laws laid the basis for their service.  “We have awareness campaigns through the Department of Public Relations and inform citizens and residents of all new laws, regulations, systems or procedures related to the work of this department.

Source Credit: thepeninsulaqatar.com

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Qatar announces major reforms regarding expat workforce and the labour market

Qatar announces major reforms regarding expat workforce and the labour market

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) and the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (ADLSA) jointly held a press conference last week, proposing three major reforms in some laws regulating expatriate workers and the labour market.

The press conference was attended by Mohammad Ahmed Al-Ateeq – Director General of Passports, Hasan al Obaidly – Assistant Undersecretary of Labour and Ahmed Abdullah al Haremi – Assistant Director of Legal Affairs Department.

In what is seen by many as a significant landmark to support expatriate communities living in Qatar, the three proposals to be implemented soon include permission for sons of expatriates to work without changing their sponsorship, temporary work visas for up to 6 months and 20 % reduction in the fees for online transactions of all services provided by MoI.

Mohammad Ahmed Al-Ateeq explained that the proposal to allow sons of expatriate residents to work in the private sector without changing their sponsorship was carefully studied and given its various advantages it was finally decided to take legislative measures to implement the same.

Currently, only daughters are allowed to work under their father’s sponsorship without changing their sponsorship. As per the new proposal, all members of the family will be allowed to work without changing their family sponsorship.

Hasan al Obaidly stated that the new proposal will bring positive results in labour market and benefit both Qatari citizens and residents alike in taking advantage of this untapped workforce.

“The new proposal will reduce recruitment of marginal labour surplus required by the labour market, costs of recruitment and housing expenses for the employer. Employers can take advantage of their familiarity with the customs and traditions of the Qatari society,” he added.

In order to encourage the public in taking advantage of MOIs electronic services and to simplify the process, a new proposal to reduce the fee for electronic transactions was studied and a 20 percent reduction for all online transactions has been agreed upon.

Abdullah al Haremi said the proposals that have been studied need amendments in related legislative tools governing these categories. The work is underway to prepare and amend the legislation and submit it to the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers to complete its legislative procedures, he added.

The Director-General of Passports also announced the proposal to introduce a new temporary work visa system for some professions and jobs in order to accommodate the need of the labour market and create a suitable environment for domestic and foreign investment.

These visas will be granted to private companies, commercial establishments and other licensed entities in the country to perform emergency, temporary or seasonal work that requires the workforce for a specific period, season or occasion.

As per the new proposal, these visas will be issued by MoI after the approval by the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs, while all required procedures will be carried out through Qatar Visa Centres abroad or when such workers arrive in the country.

Temporary work visas valid for one month will be charged QR 300 and for two months QR 500. Visas valid from 3 to 6 months will be charged 200 for each month, the MoI official said.

Meanwhile, local expatriate business communities have welcomed the proposals stating that allowing sons of expats to work in Qatar without changing sponsorship is a big relief for many parents.

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Residents children can work in the private sector without sponsorship change

Residents children can work in the private sector without sponsorship change

Doha: Ministry of Interior (MoI) made some important announcements today regarding the laws and regulations governing the expatriates and the labor market.

According to local media, a press conference was held today at the Officers Club of the General Directorate of Civil Defense in Wadi Sail where an official from the ministry said that children of residents will be allowed to work in the private sector without transferring sponsorship.

Director-General of Passports Major General Muhammad Ahmad Al Ateeq also said that a special work visa will be created for temporary work in industries, according to the need of the labor market. Work visas for temporary work will vary from one to six months.

The official also said that the fees for online MoI services will be reduced by 20 percent.

Officials from the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs attended the event.

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Back-to-school | MoI announces all preparations for the new academic year completed

Back-to-school | MoI announces all preparations for the new academic year completed

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) has announced that all preparations for the new academic year have been completed, confirming the readiness of the relevant departments to ensure the security and safety of all concerned.

The 2019-20 academic year starts on August 25.

The ministry explained that all departments concerned were ready to usher in the new academic year by taking all preventive measures, whether related to the security and safety requirements in schools and various educational buildings, or traffic-related in order to enable all road users to reach their destinations easily and help ease traffic circulation, the official Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported yesterday.

The MoI called upon all concerned to abide by traffic rules in order to save lives and property, stressing the need to ensure all safety requirements in schools and educational buildings to provide a safe learning environment for all.

In this context, director of Al Fazaa Major Naif bin Faleh al-Thani, said the department’s security plans for the new school year are aimed at intensifying patrols near schools to intervene when needed and to help in cases of traffic congestion near school buildings.

The department co-operates with the General Directorate of Traffic and Internal Security Force (Lekhwiya) to ensure road safety, alleviate traffic jams around schools, facilitate movement on streets when students enter and exit schools, and ensure safe movement in those areas, he noted.

Major Naif called on parents of the students to go to their children’s schools early and take into account the change of traffic on some roads and streets as a result of closures.

He also called on motorists to co-operate with the police and other road users, strictly abide by traffic rules and regulations, and avoid misbehaviour affecting road safety.

Colonel Mohamed Radi al-Hajri, director of the Traffic Awareness Department at the General Directorate of Traffic, affirmed that all preparations for deployment at surrounding intersections and roads leading to schools have been completed to ease potential traffic congestion and ensure that students arrive in schools on time.

He explained that the ‘back-to-school’ campaign organised by the Traffic Awareness Department covers all areas of the country and all categories of school students, in order to urge them to adhere to the values of traffic safety through the distribution of gifts and guidebooks, especially for primary and pre-school stages.

He informed that these books include information that takes into consideration a student’s age to highlight the importance of etiquette while travelling on a school bus and getting off it, wearing the seatbelt and other traffic guidelines.

He added that the campaign also includes guidance for teachers and bus supervisors on how to introduce students to the rules of traffic safety and enhance their traffic awareness.

Further, Colonel al-Hajri said the campaign includes special instructions for preparatory and secondary students, especially a warning against driving without a license, in addition to monitoring students through the presence of traffic patrols in front of schools for maintaining traffic discipline.

As for undergraduates, he stressed the keenness of the General Directorate of Traffic to educate such students through organising awareness lectures and field visits, pointing out that these programmes and traffic events continue throughout the academic year in implementation of the General Directorate of Traffic’s plan to spread traffic awareness.

Through the ‘back-to-school’ campaign, the directorate organises field visits to a number of schools over a period of four days starting on Monday in order to deliver awareness messages to students and their parents, QNA adds.

On his part, First Lieutenant Abdul Hadi Ali al-Marri, officer at the Media and Preventive Education Section of the General Directorate of Civil Defence (GDCD), stressed the importance of the availability of security and safety requirements in schools, adding this is what the directorate is doing within its responsibility for security, public safety, and fire prevention.

He said there is coordination between the directorate and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education regarding the provision of security and safety requirements across all schools in the country, adding that the Civil Defence visits schools to check the availability of safety requirements and compliance with its procedures in order to maintain the safety of students and school staff.

He explained that private schools are also subject to this system, underling the importance of security and safety procedures being followed at such institutions. The Civil Defence conducts sudden inspection campaigns at these schools to ensure their commitment to the availability of all safety devices and systems.

Regarding awareness, First Lieutenant al-Marri stressed that the GDCD’s Media and Preventive Education Section has an awareness plan that will be implemented after regular studies began across all schools in the country. This will be done through organising awareness lectures for students to educate them on the requirements of security and safety, distributing brochures and leaflets awareness, and training students and teaching staff on fire-fighting and evacuation operations as well as training them on how to use fire extinguishers and how to exit safely.

He said the directorate deals with, through the ministry’s website, requests for awareness and traffic education for schools wishing to implement awareness programmes with the GDCD, for which electronic registration on the website is required.

Source Credit: QNA

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Over a million visitors visited Qatar in June 2019 – Planning and Statistics Authority

Over a million visitors visited Qatar in June – Planning and Statistics Authority

As many as 1,053,015 people visited Qatar in June 2019, according to recently released figures by the Planning and Statistics Authority,

Various innovative initiatives undertaken by the Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) have resulted in a large number of visitors from around the globe coming to Qatar.

Official statistics reveal that 113,302 visitors belong to GCC countries; 76, 666 people from other Arab countries; 21,052 from other African countries; 408,071 from other countries of Asia including Oceania; 338,692 from Europe and 95, 232 visitors came from Americas.

The Qatar Monthly Statistics Bulletin measures ‘visitor-arrivals’ meaning non-residents travelling to Qatar on a short-term basis for all purposes.

June statistics also indicate very good hotel occupancy rate in all-star categories rates at 65 percent in Qatar.

The occupancy rate of 3-star hotels topped the list showing 76 percent occupancy rate followed by 2- and 1-star hotels (75 percent); 4-star hotels (67 percent) and 5-star hotels (61 percent).

The performance of hotel apartments also remained promising in June 2019 showing overall 73 percent occupancy rate.

The ‘Summer in Qatar’ programme which began on June 4 and will conclude on August 16 enabled residents to invite their relatives and friends easily as the country further eased visa processes for their them.

Under the ‘Summer in Qatar’ programme, an electronic visitor authorisation system launched by the Ministry of Interior and QNTC in June this year also helped in facilitating the entry of visitors into the country enabling them to obtain a free visa upon arrival after applying through the online portal: qatarvisaservices.com

Online authorisation system streamlines the application process with 24-hour turnaround time.

To boost tourism in Qatar, the Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) last month partnered with Chinese technology giant Huawei in a deal that will help to attract more visitors from the world’s fastest-growing visitor source market.

The partnership saw a Huawei camera crew visit Qatar to capture iconic and historic attractions around the country using the Huawei P30 Pro. The breathtaking images can now be used as wallpaper on Huawei phones.

Huawei also will promote videos taken by Huawei P30 Pro in Qatar through their online channels such as Huawei APP, social media and other video platforms, giving images of Qatar significant exposure to Chinese consumers.

In December last year, Cox & Kings India promoted Qatar as the group’s new preferred destination. The marketing and promotion campaign came as part of a strategic partnership with QNTC aimed at boosting the destination’s profile to attract luxury, business, and independent travellers to visit Qatar.

Nearly 260 Indian travel agents visited Qatar recently to attend a five-day training camp.

Rashed AlQurese, chief marketing & promotion officer, QNTC, had remarked, “We are pleased to be partnering with Cox & King’s group for the destination’s first-ever integrated campaign in India. Qatar is an easily accessible destination within a few hours from most Indian cities making it an attractive destination for travelers looking for short city getaways or a convenient stopover when heading further West.

“India is a priority market for us and we look forward to welcoming Indian visitors in Qatar to discover our destination’s authentic experiences all while enjoying our famed Arabian hospitality.”

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Pedestrian traffic fines up to QR 500 for violating traffic rules in Qatar – MoI Qatar

Pedestrian traffic fines up to QR 500 for violating traffic rules in Qatar – MoI Qatar

Ministry of Interior has reminded pedestrians to be cautious and to follow traffic rules. From Aug 2019, it imposes fines on pedestrians violating traffic rules.

Pedestrian traffic fines – The following fines are in effect now to pedestrians who violate traffic rules:

  • QR 100 – Pedestrians walking on the median strip of the road, or in places designated for cycling, and non-compliance at the extreme end of the road against traffic.
  • QR 200 – Pedestrians who don’t take the required precautions or use designated areas to cross a road.
  • QR 500 – Pedestrians who don’t follow the traffic signals while crossing the road at an intersection or when the Traffic Police allows vehicles to move. As well as breaking through military parades and processions.


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Pedestrians were taught on the proper method of road crossing and the importance of using reflectors. The move to impose fine on pedestrians was announced after this seminar.

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Vehicle registration (Istimara) renewal can be now done through Metrash2

Vehicle registration (Istimara) renewal can be now done through Metrash2

Vehicle registration (Istimara) renewal service can now be done via Metrash2 and MoIQatar E-Services Portal, Ministry of Interior (MoI) said today.

Brig Mohammed Saad Al Kharji, DG of Traffic Directorate launched the Vehicle Registration (Istimara) Renewal service electronically via Metrash2 and MoIQatar website. Brig Abdul Rahman Ali Al-Maliki, ADG of Information Systems Directorate and Brig Abdulla Khalifa Al Muftah, PRD Director were present at the function.

Brig. Mohammed Saad Al-Kharji, DG of Traffic Directorate launched Vehicle Registration (Istimara) Renewal via #Metrash2 and #MoIQatar Website.

Brig. Mohammed Saad Al-Kharji, DG of Traffic Directorate launched Vehicle Registration (Istimara) Renewal via #Metrash2 and #MoIQatar Website.

The new service will enable vehicle owners to complete vehicle registration (Istimara) renewal electronically through MOI e-services portal or Metrash2 mobile app and get the vehicle registration card delivered to the address they specify or collect them at Traffic Service Centres if they wish.

Vehicle registration (Istimara) renewal can be now done through Metrash2

Vehicle registration (Istimara) renewal can be now done through Metrash2

Once the technical inspection is completed successfully and insurance of the vehicle is issued, log into Metrash2 or MOI e-services portal and select Traffic Services then choose Vehicle Registration Renewal from the listed services. Provide the vehicle plate no., choose the correct type of registration and then confirm the details provided. The registration fee can be paid electronically using a credit card for individuals and direct debit from the bank account for companies.

All types of vehicles including private, government, and companies can be renewed using this service and it works 24/7.

Apart from this, there are a number other services provided by Traffic Directorate via Metrash2 and MOI E-services portal.

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