People aged 65 years of age and above are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Qatar: MoPH

People aged 65 years of age and above are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Qatar: MoPH

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has announced that it has reduced the age limit to 65 years and above to be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in the State of Qatar.

Before the recent announcement of 65 years age limit by MoPH, age limit was at 70 years and above for COVID-19 vaccine eligibility.

The first phase of vaccination begun on December 23, 2020 and scheduled to run until January 31, 2021. MoPH says, the priority groups currently eligible for COVID-19 vaccination are

1. People aged 65 years of age and above
2. People with severe chronic conditions
3. Healthcare workers with repeated exposure to COVID-19

MoPH stated that,

  • People who are eligible to receive the vaccine will be contacted directly by Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) by SMS or phone call to fix an appointment for vaccine
  • People who are 65 years and above, who haven’t yet contacted by PHCC either by SMS or a phone call can call PHCC hotline 40277077 to fix an appointment for vaccination.
  • People who have fixed appointments are only eligible for a vaccination at Primary Health Centers
  • All the other community members who do not meet the criteria to be eligible for COVID vaccine are requested to wait until it is their turn.

MoPH also stated that, it is working with the pharma companies to bring the next shipment of vaccines as early as possible in 2021 and everyone who needs to be vaccinated will be able to do so throughout the year.

Know about Priority Groups, How do vaccines work, FAQs and Trusted Information Source | Microsite by MoPH

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His Highness The Amir receives first dose of COVID-19 vaccine today

His Highness The Amir receives first dose of COVID-19 vaccine today

The Amir His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani received the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine today (Wed, 30 Dec 2020).

His Highness The Amir posted on his Instagram handle, ‘Today I took the Covid-19 vaccine, and I wish everyone safety and protection from this epidemic”

COVID-19 vaccine | Know about Priority Groups, How do vaccines work, FAQs and Trusted Information Source – Click here

The first phase of vaccination in Qatar scheduled from December 23, 2020, to January 31, 2021, and the priority will be given to People over 70 years of age have a higher risk of severe illness and death, People with certain long-term chronic medical conditions and Healthcare workers working directly with COVID-19 patients in the state of Qatar.

Selected patients will be contacted via phone call or SMS and they will be getting the invitation to attend an appointment at one of the 7 designated health centers in Qatar. The primary health centers are:

  1. Al Wajba Health Center
  2. Leabaib Health Center
  3. Al Ruwais Health Center
  4. Umm Slal Health Center
  5. Rawdat Al Khail Health Center
  6. Al Thumama Health Center
  7. Muaither Health Center

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Visit of External Affairs Minister of India Dr. S. Jaishankar to Qatar | Press Release

Minister of External Affairs of India Dr. S Jaishankar made a two day visit to Qatar from December 27 to 28 to hold talks with his counterpart in Qatar on bilateral issues as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest.

Press Release
Visit of External Affairs Minister of India to Qatar
(27-28 December 2020)

Doha | 28 December 2020

External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar paid a two day stand-alone visit to Qatar from 27-28 December 2020. During the visit he called on Their Highnesses The Amir and Father Amir as well as the Prime Minister and Interior Minister of the State of Qatar and held detailed discussions with the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister.

Dr. S. Jaishankar handed over a personal message from Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to H.H. Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani inviting him to visit India and thanking Qatar for taking care of the Indian community during Covid-19. The Amir accepted the invitation to visit India at an early date. He also recalled his telephone conversation with Prime Minister during which both leaders had decided to set up Task Forces on investment and energy. Both sides are in the process of implementing this decision.

His Highness the Father Amir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani appreciated the contribution of the Indian community in Qatar and recalled his visits to India. EAM thanked him for his continued guidance on India-Qatar relations. He also appreciated Father Amir for his insights on global and regional developments.

Prime Minister and Minister of Interior H.E. Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani and EAM discussed strengthening bilateral economic and security cooperation.

EAM held detailed discussions with Deputy PM and Foreign Minister H.E. Sheikh Mohammad bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani on bilateral as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest. Both Ministers discussed ways to strengthen the multifaceted bilateral relationship in areas such as energy, trade, investment, food processing, healthcare, education, culture, defence and security. They agreed to maintain regular consultations and coordination on all issues of mutual interest at multilateral fora. External Affairs Minister extended invitation to Deputy PM and Foreign Minister of Qatar to visit India for the first Joint Commission Meeting in 2021.

EAM interacted with the business leaders from Qatar, including the Chairmen and board members of the Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Qatar Businessmen Association. External Affairs Minister appreciated their commitment for business partnerships with India and briefed them about new opportunities flowing from Atmanirbhar Bharat.

EAM held a virtual interaction with the Indian community in Qatar. He appreciated the contribution of the community in meeting the Covid-19 challenge. EAM visited the Ahmed bin Ali FIFA Stadium that has been constructed by Indian company L&T along with Qatari partners Al Balagh group. He also visited the Qatar National Museum.


Source: indianembassyqatar | Image Credit: mea.gov.in

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COVID-19 vaccine dedicated microsite | Know about Priority Groups, How do vaccines work, FAQs and Trusted Information Source

COVID-19 vaccine dedicated microsite | Know about Priority Groups, How do vaccines work, FAQs and Trusted Information Source | MoPH

According to MOPH officials, The first phase of the Covid-19 vaccination in Qatar will begin from December 23, 2020 to January 31, 2021.

The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) recently launched a COVID-19 vaccine dedicated microsite to help citizens and residents to know the latest news and developments about the COVID-19 vaccine in the State of Qatar.

The newly launched microsite provides information about the Priority Groups for vaccination in Qatar, How do vaccines work?, FAQ’s about COVID-19 vaccine and also lists Trusted Information Source in Qatar about the COVID-19 vaccine.

MoPH stated that, Qatar’s vaccination strategy will enable everyone to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in 2021, but for now, with a limited quantity of vaccines, we must prioritize people most at risk from severe complications and death from the virus.

The first phase of vaccination is from December 23, 2020, to January 31, 2021, and the priority will be given to People over 70 years of age have a higher risk of severe illness and death, People with certain long-term chronic medical conditions and Healthcare workers working directly with COVID-19 patients in the state of Qatar.

Selected patients will be contacted via phone call or SMS and they will be getting the invitation to attend an appointment at one of the 7 designated health centers in Qatar. The primary health centers are:

  1. Al Wajba Health Center
  2. Leabaib Health Center
  3. Al Ruwais Health Center
  4. Umm Slal Health Center
  5. Rawdat Al Khail Health Center
  6. Al Thumama Health Center
  7. Muaither Health Center

MoPH Microsite: https://covid19.moph.gov.qa/EN/Covid19-Vaccine/Pages/default.aspx

Source and Cover Image: MoPH

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GREAT QATARI HOLLANDIS Bake Off Qatar – Season 2

GREAT QATARI HOLLANDIS Bake Off Qatar – Season 2

GREAT QATARI HOLLANDIS Bake Off Qatar is back with season 2.

Win cash prizes up to 15,000 QR and exciting gifts to 8 winners.

  • Last date to register your entry in to competition is 27 December 2020.
  • Contact: 6658 3033, 6666 3082

This competition to be held in 2 rounds

  • FIRST ROUND IS ONLINE COMPETITION ON 2nd January
  • SECOND ROUND WILL BE HELD LIVE ON 8th JANUARY 2021 @AL BIDDA PARK

BELOW ARE THE RULES FOR ONLINE COMPETITION.

1) Email your  entry with your application number with 5 good quality clear images( front ,sides,back) or a 30 second video including closeups of your entry .All participants will be provided with event apron and chest number which should be included in all the pictures and video submitting .

2) Your entry must not be shown in any social media platform previously or during the competition. Otherwise you will be disqualified.

3) You must not have entered your cake into any previous or simultaneous competition. Otherwise you will be disqualified.

4) Poor quality images or videos of your entry will loose considerable marks.

5) Entries which are not submitted in the scheduled time will be disqualified

6) Cake boards must be covered with edible medium and edged with ribbon.

7) Ribbon, noodles or pasta is not permitted on the cake

8) Artificial decorations like commercial cake toppers ( plastic or porcelain), non-edible signs , beads ,lights are not permitted.

9) Dowels must be fully inserted into the cake.

10) If the cake has writing in a language other than English, then a translation must be provided to the organizers. Foul languages are not permitted.

11) The organizers reserves the right to remove any competition entry if they receive complaints about its theme and design.

12) Cleanliness of the work counts- fingerprints, glue marks, nail marks, covering thickness of sugar paste, pencil and tool marks will lose marks.

13) The last date of submission date for the photos and videos will be on 29th December 2020 till 12 midnight. Any submission after that time wont be accepted .

14) Judging of the entries will be completed by a team of qualified ,professional judges selected by the organizers .The judges decision will be final .

15) Entry registration fee is QR.100 per participant can only be paid through WANASA online registration portal .The last registration date will be on 27th December 2020.

16) 25 finalist will be chosen for the final round which will be conducted live @Al BZidda park 10,000sqm venue.

17) Prizes :Cash prize and exciting gift hampers worth 15,000 riyals .
8 winners will be chosen.

18) Contestant  for online competition will be judged on the following criteria:

  • INNOVATION
  • SKILL AND DIFFICULTY
  • NEATNESS AND APPEARANCE

19) “The cake should be edible. Use of dummy cake is not allowed. For the 1st round, provide at least one photo of the cake showing the layers and filling of the cake.

For more details or queries:

Contact : 66583033 / 66663082

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ATMs of banks in Qatar have started issuing the new series of Qatari Riyal bank notes | Look at the new designs of Qatar Riyal Bank Notes

ATMs of banks in Qatar have started issuing the new series of Qatari Riyal bank notes since yesterday on the occasion of the Qatar National Day. 

The Qatar Central Bank introduced the 5th series of Qatar Riyal bank notes yesterday (18th Dec 2020) on the occasion of Qatar National Day. The new Qatar Riyal Bank Notes display pictures of the Palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani, National Museum of Qatar (NMOQ), Lusail Stadium, and other significant monuments of Qatar. The new notes have the latest technical and security features and additionally it includes a new denomination of 200 Qatar Riyal note.

Here’s a look at the new designs of Qatar Riyal Bank Notes which is in circulation since December 18, 2020.

New QR 1 Qatar Bank Note

Look at the new designs of Qatar Riyal Bank Notes | New QR 1 Qatar Bank Note

New QR 5 Qatar Bank Note

Look at the new designs of Qatar Riyal Bank Notes | New QR 5 Qatar Bank Note

New QR 10 Qatar Bank Note

Look at the new designs of Qatar Riyal Bank Notes | New QR 10 Qatar Bank Note

New QR 50 Qatar Bank Note

Look at the new designs of Qatar Riyal Bank Notes | New QR 50 Qatar Bank Note

New QR 100 Qatar Bank Note

Look at the new designs of Qatar Riyal Bank Notes | New QR 100 Qatar Bank Note

New QR 500 Qatar Bank Note

Look at the new designs of Qatar Riyal Bank Notes | New QR 500 Qatar Bank Note

New QR 200 Qatar Bank Note

Look at the new designs of Qatar Riyal Bank Notes | New QR 200 Qatar Bank Note

Source: The Peninsula
Cover and all other image credit: @Marsalqatar

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Fireworks QND 2020 | Where to see fireworks for the Qatar National Day 2020

Fireworks QND 2020 | Where to see fireworks for the Qatar National Day 2020

Qatar’s National Day takes place on 18th December 2020 and to celebrate the big day there will be some spectacular firework displays around the state of Qatar.

This year with the National Parade not open for all and only invitees are allowed, it is happy to know fireworks is open and everyone will be able to watch QND 2020 fireworks.

The fireworks will be happening in the Corniche at 8:30 pm on the 18th of December, in addition to events held at Katara, according to the Ministry of Interior on a press conference.

Note: Everyone should follow the COVID-19 precautionary and safety measure instructed by MoPH Qatar. Have your green healthy status in the EHTERAZ app, maintain social distancing guidelines and Wear a mask.

Here’s where you’ll find the list of spots where you can watch fireworks on Qatar’s National Day 2020.

Image: Image displayed is just for representation and not actual.

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Wastewater disposal service fee to be added to monthly water bill from 2021 for non-Qatari residents

Wastewater disposal service fee to be added to monthly water bill from 2021 for non-Qatari residents

The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) has announced that a new fee will become part of the monthly water bill for non-Qatari residents and establishments of any kind in Qatar.

Ashghal will begin this new wastewater disposal service fee from January 2021 in cooperation with Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (KAHRAMAA). This calculation of the fee will begin with the “consumption bill for January 2021, which will be issued in February 2021.”

Ashghal on its twitter handle tweeted that, “The wastewater disposal service fee [will be] equivalent to 20 percent of the value of the monthly water bill issued by KAHRAMAA,”

Wastewater disposal service fee will be calculated equivalent to 20% of the value of the monthly water bill. Wastewater disposal service fee is applicable only to the non-Qatari residents (Expats) and commercial establishments. Citizens are exempted from this service fee. For e.g. If your water bill is QAR 200 then Wastewater disposal service fee will be QAR 40.

This new fee comes under the implementation of the Resolution (No. 211) of 2019, issued by the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME), determining fees for various Ashghal services offered to establishments and individuals, as announced in January this year.

Wastewater in Qatar goes through several processes and procedures after which it is reused for puposes such as irrigation, cooling and other purposes.

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Qatar Census 2020 | Final phase of field work to commence on Sunday

Qatar Census 2020 | Final phase of field work to commence on Sunday, 13th Dec 2020

Qatar Census 2020 entered its final phase during early 2020. Qatar Census 2020 is the statistical project to collect data of individuals and families, buildings and establishments in Qatar.

In a recent announcement by the Planning and Statistics Authority (PSA), it has stated that it will will launch field work of the final phase of Qatar Census 2020 on Sunday 13th Dec 2020.

Field work will be carried out by over 2000 field researchers and the final phase of the Qatar Census 2020 will be carried out until mid-January 2021.

Head of the family has to provide the required details to the field workers by one of the below options,

  1. Direct Interview: Involve in direct interview with the field researcher to provide data
  2. Enveloped Form: Field researcher will provide an enveloped form to fill to collect requried data. Filled form has to be returned back to researcher on any day within the census period.
  3. PSA Website: Providing required data through an electronic form on the PSA website

PSA urged citizens and residents to cooperate with the field researchers and provide them with accurate and correct data. This is important, as the data would assist in drawing up the state’s development policies and plans.

To ensure safety of all during this COVID-19 period, field researchers have been given enough training on safety and precautionary measures, the authority confirmed. Also it has been announced that the online registration service will be until 7th of Jan 2021.

For any queries regarding the electronic form, reach out on toll-free number 8000800 or to know more please visit PSA’s website

Source: QNA

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Al Farkiah Beach: Baladiya announces timings and days for Al Farkiah Beach

Al Farkiah Beach: Baladiya announces timings and days for Al Farkiah Beach

The Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) in a recent tweet announced the days and timings for Al Farkiah Beach and they are as follows:

  • Sunday and Wednesday: Women and children only from 7 AM to 10 PM
  • Rest of the week: For families from 7 AM until midnight (12am)

Source: MME
Cover image source: MME

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