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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Repatriation flights updated schedule (as on 13 Sep 2020) | Qatar to India

Repatriation flights updated schedule (as on 13 Sep 2020) | Qatar to India

Ministry of External Affairs, India has published updated (as on 13 Sep 2020) list of repatriation flights schedule for the month of September under the Vande Bharat Mission (VBM).

(scroll the table horizontally to find complete details of a flight schedule)

Note from MEA states that, “This is a dynamic list and is bound to undergo changes based on operational, technical and other considerations. The list should not be considered as final and is only for the purpose of information. This list cannot be quoted for any legal claims.”

Source: MEA | Image Credit: IndiGo flight (File Photo | PTI)


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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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Repatriation flights to India from Qatar | September 2020 Schedule

Repatriation flights to India from Qatar | September 2020 Schedule

Ministry of External Affairs, India has published the list of repatriation flights schedule for the month of September  under the Vande Bharat Mission (VBM). This is an updated list as on 29th Aug 2020 and it is noted that this is a dynamic list and is bound to undergo changes.

(scroll the table horizontally to find complete details of a flight schedule)

Note from MEA states that, “This is a dynamic list and is bound to undergo changes based on operational, technical and other considerations. The list should not be considered as final and is only for the purpose of information. This list cannot be quoted for any legal claims.”

Source: MEA | Image Credit: IndiGo flight (File Photo | PTI)


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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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Qatar Airways has opened bookings on flights to 13 destinations in India from August 18 to August 31 2020

Qatar Airways has opened bookings on flights to 13 destinations in India from August 18 to August 31 2020

India has recently announced an “Air Bubble” with Qatar to facilitate travel between the two countries. As a part of the “Air Bubble”, Qatar Airways has opened bookings on flights to 13 destinations in India from August 18 to August 31, 2020.

Qatar Airways will operate flights to and from the following destinations in India, According to Qatar Airways.

  1. Ahmedabad
  2. Amritsar
  3. Bengaluru
  4. Chennai
  5. Delhi
  6. Goa
  7. Hyderabad
  8. Kochi
  9. Kolkata
  10. Kozhikode
  11. Mumbai
  12. Nagpur (Yet to start booking)
  13. Thiruvananthapuram

Please check Qatar Airways website for latest updates / booking.

On our flights. we will only be able to accommodate the passengers who qualify for one of the mentioned categories“, Qatar Airways stated on its website. Also it further stated that, “respective government’s entry regulations will apply to all passengers and urged everyone to check their website for information about COVID-19 RT-PCR medical test“.

This arrangement of Air Bubble between India and Qatar is valid from 18th August to 31 August 2020.

A. From India to Qatar 

  1. Qatari Nationals
  2. Any Indian national holding any type of valid Qatar visa and destined for Qatar only. It would be for the concerned airlines to ensure that there is no travel restriction for Indian nationals to enter Qatar with the particular visa category before the issue of ticket/ boarding pass to the Indian passenger.

B. From Qatar to India

  1. Indian nationals stranded in Qatar.
  2. All Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) cardholders holding Qatari passports, and
  3. Qatari nationals (including diplomats) holding a valid visa issued by an Indian mission in any category covered under Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated 30 June 2020.

Before making any reservations in the flights being operated under the above arrangements, the passenger must confirm that they would be allowed entry into the destination country.

Source: Qatar Airways


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Air bubble between India and Qatar | Flights from 18 August to 31 August 2020

Air bubble between India and Qatar | Flights from 18 August to 31 August 2020

The Embassy of India, Doha in a recent announcement stated that, India has created an “Air Bubble” with Qatar to facilitate travel between the two countries.

This arrangement of Air Bubble between India and Qatar is valid from 18th August to 31 August 2020.

A. From India to Qatar 

  1. Qatari Nationals
  2. Any Indian national holding any type of valid Qatar visa and destined for Qatar only. It would be for the concerned airlines to ensure that there is no travel restriction for Indian nationals to enter Qatar with the particular visa category before the issue of ticket/ boarding pass to the Indian passenger.

B. From Qatar to India

  1. Indian nationals stranded in Qatar.
  2. All Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) cardholders holding Qatari passports, and
  3. Qatari nationals (including diplomats) holding a valid visa issued by an Indian mission in any category covered under Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated 30 June 2020.

The designated airlines of both the sides will be permitted to sell tickets between India and Qatar in each direction through their websites, sales agents, and global distribution systems (GDS).

Before making any reservations in the flights being operated under the above arrangements, the passenger must confirm that they would be allowed entry into the destination country.

Source: @IndEmbDoha


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