Qatar to soon have a man-made forest

Qatar to soon have a man-made forest

by QI Correspondent

The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) first planted the idea of an ambitious project to grow a man-made-forest with 95,000 trees, around a huge sewage treatment plant in Umm Salal Ali, north of Doha in 2016.

Today, that dream has borne fruit with the project, developed by Nakheel Landscapes, almost near completion and is to include two lakes spread over 280,000 square metres located close to each other, and also four islands.

Various types of trees, some of them brought from different parts of the world appropriate to the desert environment have been planted; reeds and shrubs are being cultivated and artificial lakes established.

Trees have been carefully selected as they do not consume water in large quantities. There is a mixture of local and also decorative varieties of trees that are able to resist the harsh desert climatic conditions of Qatar.

The different trees have been planted in such a way that some sections are very dense and some sections not so dense.

A variety of flowering trees are being planted to line the entrance roads to the STW. Once the planting process within the landscaped area is completed, the desert area surrounding Doha North STW will be transformed into a man-made forest.

The Doha North Sewage Treatment Works Plant is one of Qatar’s strategic projects and aims to produce high-quality treated effluent for irrigation of plants at public parks and landscapes.

Treated water from the Doha North Sewage Treatment Works Plant will be used for irrigating the man-man made forest and is completely automated. The Plant is all set to bring down dependency on drinking water for irrigation.

A man-man made forest in Qatar will help filter air, water and sunlight, and support and provide shelter to birds and animals. This will help moderate the climate of Qatar by taking in greenhouse gases like CO2 that cause global warming, release more oxygen and reduce air pollution. It can even help change weather patterns and promote rainfall in the area.

The forest aims at reducing the carbon emissions by releasing more oxygen to the air to minimize the impact of the treatment plant. Special technology is being used to control the odour.

The look of the whole area is to be that of a public recreational park; there will be approximately 50 picnic spots and a number of hiking tracks for those who bring their families for a day out. There will also be a bird lagoon for the avid bird watchers. Boating and other facilities and activities are also planned.

So Qatar will soon have its own man-made forest that will not only provide a natural ‘breathing lung’ on the outskirts of the city but also provide a relaxing natural recreational place for citizens, residents as well as visitors alike.

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Qatar residents get rare chance to witness the partial lunar eclipse

Qatar residents get rare chance to witness the partial lunar eclipse

Qatar residents got a rare opportunity on Tuesday night (16th July 2019) to view this year’s final lunar eclipse at the Althuraya planetarieum in Katara.

They watched the moon passing through a different phase as it hides behind the earth and melted into its shadow starting from 11 pm on Tuesday night and lasted till the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Katara had extended an open invitation to all sky watchers interested in seeing the partial lunar eclipse that was also visible throughout almost of Asia, Europe, Africa, South America, and North America.

According to Qatar Calendar House expert Dr. Beshir Marzouk, the last lunar eclipse of this year was kind of a partial eclipse of the moon, as the shadow of the earth obscured 65.3% of the entire moon disc when the eclipse of the moon reached its peak.

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This was because, the center of the moon, the earth, and the sun were in one straight line, so the earth was in the middle between the sun and the moon, blocking part of the sun falling on the moon, the QCH astronomy expert explained.

All stages of the eclipse took five hours and thirty-four minutes from the beginning of the eclipse to the end. So tonight skywatchers in Qatar had a unique chance to watch the final eclipse of 2019 and witness all the different phases of this lunar phenomenon.

Image Credit: wgoqatar.com

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Young Qatari Duo plans supplying fuel to consumer doorsteps: i-fuel

Young Qatari Duo plans supplying fuel to consumer doorsteps: i-fuel

by QI correspondent

I-fuel has won the recently held ‘Al-Fikra Challenges Award’ – a competition organised by the Qatar Development Bank for entrepreneurs to find solutions to some of the challenges that can be turned into business ideas and projects that can serve the country.

The Qatari startup ‘i-fuel’ founded by Doha-based entrepreneurs Nasser Al Kaabi and Jamal Khatib, a unique creation, plans to solve a universal problem faced by motorists – long drawn out queues in petrol stations, waste of valuable time and sometimes even having enough gas or time to reach the nearest station.

iFuel, a new app, which was one of the eight winners of the Al Fikra competition, will soon make fuel delivery a possibility in Qatar.

Qatar has proved its mark many a time in innovation and technology fields and the country’s emphasis on world-class education and on creating avenues for skills development has helped several homegrown talents to flourish both nationally and internationally.

The duo, who won the Al-Fikra 2019 competition, is planning to start delivering petrol to customers across Qatar in the next eight to ten months.

The innovation will make it possible for residents and citizens of Qatar to fill their car tanks with fuel just outside their homes, once the necessary tests are done and approvals have been secured.

The i-fuel app has a catchy tagline “Never stop for petrol again, We Fill, You Chill,”

While presenting the app at the competition, Al Kaabi said, “We take the hassle out of topping-up your vehicle fuel tank by coming to you. Thanks to our at home petrol top-up app, waiting at the gas station will be a matter of past.”

Khatib remarked, “We have finalized a deal with Data Line Software Services to develop the i-fuel application and we are currently working on specifically built trucks to sync with the app. We want to ensure 100 percent accuracy before making this service operational.”

Highlighting that the app inventors have received a great response from concerned authorities.

All required safety standards will be met, Khatib said further, adding that the plan is to currently roll out the service will with four trucks in high traffic areas like The Pearl-Qatar, West Bay and Qatar University and further plans to expand the operations eventually to other areas.

Furthermore, an official from WOQOD was very supportive of the project and the startup company is currently finalising the testing of the application and its trucks.

Khatib added: “We have specific-built trucks that meet the requirements of the Ministry of Energy and Industry, Ministry of Transport and Communications, and WOQOD. And with the help of WOQOD we’re going to operate successfully.

‘i-fuel’s’ solution will feature its own metre system which will be connected to a mobile phone. This will show the price and litres ordered.

Khatib said: “You can connect your car to your phone, see how much you want to fill. In case you don’t want to connect to your mobile phone, we basically deliver to your house and you pay by cash and you get the receipt.

Fuel prices will be identical to standard petrol prices set by the relevant authorities with a service charge of QR18, Khatib mentioned.

So Qatari citizens and residents eagerly await the time when they can use the app to book a date for fuel top-up. All they have to do is leave their vehicle’s fuel cap open and the rest will be taken care of by i-fuel.

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Indians in Qatar celebrate 5th International Day of Yoga with community get-togethers

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Indians in Qatar celebrate 5th International Day of Yoga with community get-togethers

Indians in Qatar celebrate 5th International Day of Yoga with community get-togethers

Indians in Qatar united in one accord to celebrate the 5th International Day of Yoga on June 21.

Assembling in large numbers in front of the iconic National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) members of the Indian community joyfully embraced the spirit of Yoga in the early hours of the memorable day.

Indian Ambassador P. Kumaran was the chief guest and his presence encouraged people to participate in the fitness regime.

The impressive demonstration of Indian expats practicing yoga was organized by the Embassy of India in Doha jointly with Qatar Museums and other Indian community organizations registered under the patronage of the Indian Cultural Centre.

The demonstration was an excellent opportunity for supporters of yoga to showcase the importance of this exercise to others by underlining the benefits to mental, physical and spiritual well-being.

Yoga originated in India ages ago and is a traditional and ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that focuses on the connection between the mind and the body.

There are multiple physical and mental benefits of yoga such as increased energy, improved metabolism, enhanced cardio and circulatory health, stress relief, calmness, and mental clarity, among others.

Led by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Indian missions across the globe celebrated the International Day of Yoga with an unprecedented gettogether of like-minded yoga enthusiasts.

According to Manjri Saxena in the Gulf Times, “ We recently celebrated the fifth International Yoga Day in Qatar. It was a very well organised event that had good help from the volunteers. Thousands of people from different communities, including all age groups, gathered to mark the event.

Yoga has many benefits that go beyond maintaining physical well-being. It also has mental health benefits and can also help people in maintaining a balanced metabolism, apart from reducing stress and improved energy and vitality.

The main yoga event was conducted by a reputed instructor and all the people followed the instructions. It was quite a vision to see a mass yoga event taking place in Qatar”.

According to The Peninsula, the celebration was a part of the global commemoration of the International Day of Yoga and was held at National Museum of Qatar from 5 – 6 in the morning and at Qatar Sports Club Multi-Purpose Indoor Hall from 7 – 8 pm in the following evening.

Yoga camps and workshops were also held at Asian Town, Al Khor, and Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum.

Dukhan recreational Centre hosted Yoga activities and many schools in Qatar also organised Yoga sessions during the week.

Yoga classes for Indian community-based in Al Khor were also organised by the community.

The various events in Qatar included Yoga demonstrations by experts and provided an opportunity for all to participate in sessions based on Common Yoga Protocol and comprised of various postures and breathing techniques, followed by meditation.

As a prelude to the celebration of the 5th International Day of Yoga, numerous workshops and also demonstrations in collaboration with well-known Doha based Yoga Studios were conducted by the Indian Embassy in last two months including workshops for students in various schools based in Doha.

The United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 2014, declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga. Also on June 21, 2015, the first International Day of Yoga was celebrated worldwide.

Image Credit: https://twitter.com/IndEmbDoha/status/1143155142633623553

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Popular comedian regales the audience

Popular comedian regales the audience – By Entertainment Editor

The Al Mayassa Theater at Qatar National Convention Centre was filled with peals of laughter on Thursday night (13th June), as popular comedian Zakir Khan regaled the packed hall with his inimitable sense of humour.

The Indore born and raised stand-up comic related tales of his humble childhood, teenage years and love forlorn relationship with a city-bred, educated rich maiden.

Interconnecting the clashes and crushes of his rustic bringing up with the sophistication of his socialite girlfriend, Zakir drew out humour from both comic and tragic instances that played out during their ultimately failed relationship.

Revealing hilarious ‘inner secrets’ of the universally accepted only-boys-out-get-togethers and comparing it with how and what girls discuss during their meets, Zakir had the audience in splits as they easily related with real-life situations that reflected their own lives.

Taking the glued listeners on a rib-tickling ticketless train journey from his village bound home-town to the capital of India was an exhilarating experience interspersed with various comic tracks and funny anecdotes.

Zakir who started out as a writer scripting radio shows and poem in chaste Hindi/Urdu lingo proved the reason for the rise of his popularity by winning Comedy Central’s India’s third best stand-up comedian competition in 2012.

Zakir quipped Hindi idioms and couplets that have gained him the popular title of “Sakht launda”, (a guy with immense self-control) borrowed from his now famous punch line of the same name.

By the end of the show, as Zakir acknowledge the standing ovation,  one realized why he has over  three million subscribers on YouTube and is rated as one of India’s biggest stand-up comic in recent times.,

In contrast, the opening surprise act by Nishant Suri, an upcoming young comedian whose claim to fame is winning the prestigious Comicstaan, a popular comedy competition brought in a breath of fresh and infectious comedy.

Nishant who spoke mostly in Hinglish (a mix of English and Hindi) narrated many personal experiences and the instances of constantly being compared to his studious engineering graduated elder brother touched a relatable chord of sibling rivalry among many in the audience.

The programme named ‘Desi Comedy Nights’ was organised by Millennium Entertainment who have previously brought other famous Indian comedians to Qatar and one hopes will continue to entertain and enthrall South Asian expats here with many more such engaging shows.

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PHCC upgraded Hayyak system to help patients get an appointment within 3 months

PHCC upgraded Hayyak system to help patients get an appointment within 3 months

by QI correspondent

The upgraded Hayyak information and appointment helpline of the Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) will allow patients to get appointments within a three-month period instead of the earlier system of one week, according to local press reports.

Speaking to this correspondent over the telephone, a call centre representative from PHCC said that the enhanced service will allow patients to book a medical appointment at 27 health centres across Qatar by calling a special number 127.

The new Hayyak system will allow patients to be registered on the list of a specific physician. This system named the Family Physician Programme enlists a specific group of patients on the list of a doctor named by the patient.

This enhanced system will respond to the needs of patients, in terms of fixing an appointment with a specific doctor.

This will help solve complaints by some patients that they at times they get appointments without the doctor’s name being specified. This anonymity of the doctor’s name has reportedly caused much discomfort to a considerable number of people.

Patients can now undergo all necessary health checkups at any PHCC centre, even at those centres where they are not registered, without the need for a prior appointment, if it concerns the general clinic. However, specialised clinics, on the other hand, require appointments to see a doctor.

According to local press reports quoting official PHCC sources, a number of patients enjoyed the services of PHCC centres last year, both with and without appointments and this was in excess of 3.1mn, up by around 6% compared to the previous year.

The number of PHCC visitors with prior appointments last year amounted to 65% of the total number of patients seen there, the local press reports added.

About 25% of the total number of patients who registered for appointments in 2018 did not show up at the designated time in spite of repeated reminders of their appointments by the PHCC through phone calls and SMS messages.

This invariably results in a waste of time and resources and has an adverse impact on other patients. Moreover, such missed-appointment slots are normally used to see critical patients who do not book prior appointments.

According to reports each doctor at the PHCC often sees around 25 patients during the work shift and the figure can go up in case there are patients who turn up without appointments but need urgent care.

The usual period dedicated to each patient with a doctor is approximately 15 minutes, a time considered satisfactory enough, in accordance with laid down international standards.

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Win a couple pass to Zakir Khan live Comedy Show in Qatar on 13th June @ QNCC

Win a couple pass to Zakir Khan live Comedy Show in Qatar on 13th June @ QNCC!

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Mahatma Gandhi 150 – Indian Ambassador to Qatar HE P. Kumaran initiated a sapling planting initiative in the Embassy premises

Mahatma Gandhi 150 – Indian Ambassador to Qatar HE P. Kumaran initiated a sapling planting initiative in the Embassy premises

Mahatma Gandhi admired as one of the most inspirational and transformative leaders across the globe. Mahatma left us from our midst many decades ago. But his life and soul continue to animate humanity not only in India but also beyond the Indian boundary.

As announced by Government of India Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th Anniversary celebrated from 2 October 2019 to 2 October 2020. Union Government has also lined up events across the globe to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary year of Mahatma Gandhi. This initiative is primarily to propagate Mahatma Gandhi’s message at the National and International level. Events include,

  • Vegetarian Food Festival
  • Global Cycling
  • Promotion of khadi abroad as an “idea” and a “health solution”, and not just a “garment”

Click here to know the complete Gandhi 150 event calendar by Government of India.

As a part of the Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th celebration, On World Environment Day Ambassador to Qatar HE P. Kumaran initiated a sapling planting initiative in the Embassy premises. This initiative is in line with the saying of Mahatma “Be the Change you wish to see in the world

Mahatma Gandhi followed Ahimsa and non-violence. He taught us humanity, truth, and also wisdom. He showed us where there is love there is life. Let us all follow his path and make this world a beautiful place to live.

As stated in the website launched as a part of Gandhi 150th celebration,

A National Committee (NC) headed by Hon’ble President of India has been constituted for this purpose. This Committee includes Hon’ble Vice-President, Hon’ble Prime Minister, Chief Ministers of all states of the country, representatives from across the political spectrum, Gandhians, thinkers, and eminent persons from all walks of life. The NC will guide and approve policies/programmes/activities for the commemoration. Also, supervise the implementation of the decisions taken from time to time. An Executive Committee (EC) headed by Hon’ble Prime Minister with 19 members has also been constituted. The mandate of EC is to consider policies and lay down guidelines for the commemoration and chalk out the plan, programmes and activities under the commemoration. One meeting each of the National Committee and Executive Committee has been held on 2.5.2018 and 18.7.2018 respectively.

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MOI Qatar launches online visitor authorisation – Free on arrival visa from 04Jun to 16Aug 2019

MOI Qatar launches online visitor authorisation during Summer in Qatar – Free on arrival visa from 04Jun to 16Aug 2019

Ministry of Interior Qatar (MOI Qatar) in partnership with Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) has launched an electronic authorization system via http://www.qatarvisaservices.com. This has been launched for all those who wish to travel to Qatar as a part of the ‘Summer in Qatar’ program.

‘Summer in Qatar’ program started from today the 4th of June and runs until 16th of August 2019.

  • During ‘Summer in Qatar’ program residents and citizens of Qatar can bring their families and friends on arrival visa to Qatar.
  • Expats who which to bring friends and relatives receive an electronic notification allowing them to enter the country on a visa upon arrival.
  • This visa can be availed for free upon arrival
  • Anyone who wishes to visit Qatar during this period can avail visa upon arrival (on arrival visa) after applying through qatarvisaservices.com

Requirements for “Summer in Qatar” program visa depends on the purpose and type of visitor:

If the visitor is your relative or a friend:
  • Return ticket
  • Host’s valid residence permit
  • Proof of kinship
If the visitor is a former expat:
  • Return ticket
  • Proof of the previous residence in Qatar
  • Hotel reservation for the duration of the visit
If the visitor is your immediate family member:
  • Return ticket. All tickets must have the same reservation code.
  • Proof of kinship
  • Booked hotel stay for the duration of the visit

Summer in Qatar Program:

This year, QNTC has brought one of the biggest summer festivals ever in Qatar with a lot of family-fun activities and events. Also, it includes retail discounts, indoor theme parks, live entertainment acts, Qatar Museum’s culture pass, movie premieres, hospitality offers and many more.

Commenting on the announcement, Major Abdullah Khalifa al-Mohannadi , Director of Visa Support Services Department at the General Directorate of Passports, MOI stated that. “the UN World Tourism Organization recently ranked Qatar as the most open destination in the Middle East and the eighth worldwide in terms of visa facilitation. The new facilitation for expat families and former expats during the Summer in Qatar program will further enhance Qatar’s openness, and enrich traveler experiences.

Khalid Al Jumaily, QNTC official, stressed that providing visitor experiences that reflect Qatar’s modernity and vision while celebrating Qatari heritage and tradition of hospitality is at the core of the tourism development strategy. Also added “This experience begins even before a traveler arrives in Qatar, during their planning process. This latest development is part of QNTC efforts to introduce the biggest summer season in Qatar.”

The online authorization service is open for all nationalities. The concerned immigration department will process applications and respond to them within 24 hours. This speedy response will make it easier for travelers to choose Qatar as their destination during the summer season.

Qatar embarked on a journey to enhance visa facilitation and ensure Qatar is ready to welcome the world in 2016 when an agreement was signed between QNTC, Qatar Airways, Qatar’s Ministry of Interior and VFS Global to create an online platform for processing visa applications and issuing e-visas. The new service, launched in 2017, has significantly eased visitor access to Qatar, offering a more efficient and transparent visa application system, with standardised fees.

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Summer in Qatar’ program starts from June 4 and will happen until August 16. During ‘Summer in Qatar’ program families and friends of residents and citizens of Qatar can make Visa free entry to Qatar.

Source: Press release | Image Credit: tiq.qa

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Eid al Fitr 2019 starts today the 4th of June – Eid Mubarak from QatarIndians team

Eid al Fitr 2019 starts today the 4th of June – Eid Mubarak from QatarIndians team

Eid al Fitr starts today the 4th of June 2019

Starting today, the people of Qatar will celebrate Eid al Fitr. Today is the first day of Eid and Eid al-Fitr will be celebrated for three days after fasting in the holy month of Ramadan. QatarIndians team wishes you and your dear ones on this happy occasion of Eid! Eid Mubarak!

The Moon Sighting Committee of the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs has announced that tomorrow, Tuesday, June 4, 2019, is the first day of the blessed Eid Al-Fitr in Qatar.

Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs has said that Eid Al Fitr prayer will be offered at 5 am after 15 minutes of Shurooq. The Ministry has prepared a total of 489 places including mosques and open grounds for offering Eid Al Fitr prayers across the country, said statement issuing the lists of prayer places. Separate arrangements have been made at 67 places for women worshipers for Eid Al Fitr prayer.

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