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 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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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.


The General Directorate of Traffic conducted a #AccidentFreeSummer campaign from 1st of July to 1st of August to create awareness about road safety in Qatar. This campaign was focused on serious traffic violations such as mobile phone usage while driving, Using parking lots of people with special needs by others, stopping vehicles in the yellow box and much more.

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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Now expats can apply for family visit visa online

Now you can apply for family visit visa online through MoI’s website and Metrash2.

Great news for all the Indians and Expats living in Qatar. As a part of e-services initiatives, MoI has launched an online family visit visa application through MoI’s website and also through Metrash2.

This came within the framework to develop services to the public. Brigadier Mohammed Ahmed Al Ateeq, Director General of the Department of Passport and Expatriates Affairs at MoI, said the new service has been added to the various e-services already provided by MoI by the use of modern technology in providing a high quality of services to residents and their families – Reported thepeninsulaqatar.com

He added that this service is easy and in case of some missing documents or any other issue, the applicant will get the required alert. Al Ateeq said that this e-service is for the purpose of providing family visit visa to expatriates in the country. He pointed out that the Department has evaluated this electronic service over two months and proved a great success by 100% – Reported thepeninsulaqatar.com

In 2017 June, The Ministry of Interior (MoI), Qatar Airways and Qatar Tourism Authority, have launched an e-visa platform through which visitors to Qatar can directly apply for tourist visas

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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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Expatriates should always carry original RP cards: MoI

Expatriates in Qatar should always carry their original Residency Permit (QID) cards, an official of the Ministry of Interior said on Friday at an Iftar organised by Sheikh Thani bin Abdullah Foundation for Humanitarian Services (RAF) for the Indian community at Al Arabi Sports Club.

“Photocopies of the Residency Permit cards are not acceptable. Always carry the original and show if asked by the Al Fazza Police,” explained Faisal al-Hudawi, Community Reach Out Office Coordinator at the Public Relations Department, Ministry of Interior (MoI).

“Similarly, if any person is claiming to be a policeman or CID and asks for QID, people have the right to ask for his identity card. Authorised officials can have any of three types of IDs, such as the one from the Ministry of Interior, a CID ID, and the third one from the Drugs Prevention and Enforcement Department,” he noted.

People should always be careful about the materials they carry from their countries while travelling back to Qatar. “If any person hands over any baggage, you have to verify the content of the baggage before coming to Qatar. If not, never accept such baggage as it might land you in trouble in case they turn out to contain prohibited items.
“Around 150 types of medicines are prohibited in Qatar. Such medicines should not be brought to the country. Similarly, if you want to bring any medicine to be used for a long term such as a month, the prescription must be signed by a doctor on his letter pad with hospital seal. If you need medicine for more than one month, consult it with the doctor and get the prescription for alternate medicine available in Qatar.”

“Certain medicines used in India are not permitted in Qatar. So people should not bring them here. People caught in drug cases have to pay a fine of QR 300,000 to 500,000 as well as imprisonment up to 10 years.

“It is prohibited to share the pictures of an accident or victims on social media. If somebody violates this rule and the second party complains about it, there can be a fine of up to QR10,000 or up to two years’ imprisonment. People also must not forward such pictures to their social media groups or share it with others.”

The MoI official also asked the gathering to always remember the number of their residential buildings. “In case of an emergency, it is always important to inform the police, the number of the building. This will help the police reach the place immediately as their system is automatically connected with the buildings through their numbers,” he added.

A large number of people from the Indian community attended the Iftar. There were representatives from various organisations including Lieutenant Abdul Wahed Ghareeb al-Enazi from the MoI, Indian Islamic Association president KC Abdul Lateef, officials from RAF as well as several religious leaders and representatives from other community organisations.

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

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