SIIMA Awards 2019 – Top South Indian artistes to attend | Lusail Indoor Arena – 15-16 Aug

SIIMA Awards 2019 – Top South Indian artistes to attend | Lusail Indoor Arena – 15-16 Aug 2019

The 8th edition of the annual Pantaloons South Indian International Movie Awards (SIIMA) will be held at the Lusail Indoor on August 15-16.

Nearly 600 artistes are expected to be present for the two-day event, including 200 leading celebrities such as legendary actors Chiranjeevi and Mohanlal.

The Lusail venue will host close to 8,000 people celebrating South Indian cinema in four regional languages of Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, and Malayalam.

Details of the event were announced on at a press conference attended by Mashal Shahbik from Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC), Vishnu Induri, SIIMA owner; Dr R Seetharaman, CEO, Doha Bank; Naveed Abdulla, CEO, OneFM Qatar; Jassim Mohamed, CCO, OneFM Qatar; Medhat Greiss, general manager, Teyseer Motors; and Indian actresses Andrea Jeremiah and Manvika Harish.

Mashal Shahbik from Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) said, “We are pleased to see exciting cultural events such as SIIMA, offering family-friendly entertainment, a core tenet of Summer in Qatar. Our partners at Radio OneFM have been instrumental in bringing first North, and now South Indian cinema to audiences during the Qatar-India Year of Culture.”

“Year of Culture is an initiative that seeks to expand mutual understanding between Qatar and other countries through art and cultural exchanges. Indian culture is full of colour and vibrancy, and Qatar has strong historical connections with it. From hosting large shows such as SIIMA to lavish destination weddings, we build even stronger bridges between our cultures and deliver exceptional experiences. At QNTC we empower our partners to develop initiatives to further tourism and events in Qatar.”

Vishnu Induri, SIIMA owner remarked, “Doha is an excellent city with fantastic facilities to host such an event. Though we were not sure about the venue and the place initially, QNTC made our work so easy. The kind of support we received from QNTC officials helped us in getting all the necessary permissions very quickly and completing the preparations within a few weeks. It has been a fantastic experience and we look forward to future collaborations with QNTC.”

Previous editions of SIIMA were held in countries such as Singapore, Malaysia.

Awards for Telugu and Kannada artistes will be given away on August 15 in the presence of Chiranjeevi while Mohanlal will attend the event on August 16 for the Tamil and Malayalam awards distribution.

Event partners for the 8th edition of SIIMA are Qatar National Tourism Council, Ministry of Culture and Sports, Qatar Airways, Teyseer Motors, W Doha, Doha Bank, Al Mana Leasing, Gulf Car, Royal Regis, Talabat, Rayyan Water, and 98.6 Radio Malayalam.

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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:

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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Work time bans in open areas from today in Qatar – Ministry to intensify inspections on summer

Work time bans in open areas from today in Qatar – Ministry to intensify inspections on summer

Starting from today (15th June 2019), the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (ADLSA) will intensify inspections on work sites to ensure companies comply with the summer hours work ban rule, according to a report in the local daily Qatar Tribune.

Qatar’s stringent labour laws ban companies from sending their workers to operate in open areas from 11:30 am to 3 pm during the summer months. The Work time ban comes into effect from today (15th of June).

ADLSA inspectors will also check on the air- conditioning system in the resting places for labourers, during the noon break. Hefty fines and/or even a total closure can be imposed on companies that do not comply with this law. Inspectors have the authority to close down the working site for up to one month for violations. Companies have been notified to clearly display the working time schedules for the benefit of their workers and ADLSA inspectors.

Ministry to intensify inspections on summer - Work time bans in open areas from today -

Ministry to intensify inspections on summer. Work time bans in open areas from today. Image Source: @ADLSAQA

Meanwhile, according to QNA, Qatar is participating in the 108th Session of the International Labour Conference, which is currently being held in the Swiss capital, Geneva, with a delegation headed by HE Yousef bin Mohamed al-Othman Fakhroo, Minister of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs. The conference, which includes representatives of the ministry, employers, and workers, will continue until 21st June.

It will include a number of committees to discuss international conventions and standards. And also the commitment of these countries to these conventions. Additionally, it will also discuss a draft convention against violence and harassment and the draft declaration of the centenary celebration of the International Labour Organisation.

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

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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 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

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.

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Answer a simple question to win a free family pass to Aqua Park Qatar!

Answer a simple question to win a free family pass to Aqua Park Qatar!

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Name a tourist attraction or a place in Qatar that one should never miss visiting?

  • Give your answer in the Comment section and also don’t forget to include hashtags #QatarIndians #AquaParkQatar (you can add the reason if you like)
  • Like the post and also tag as many friends as you can to improve your chances of winning
    1. e.g.: Corniche. One of the best spot to take a memorable photo in Qatar. #QatarIndians #AquaParkQatar

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  • No purchase is necessary to enter this contest
  • The contest starts on 21st May 2019. All entries must be received on or before the 27-May-2019
  • team is not responsible for lost, late, or misdirected entries. And also for server unavailability, computer, and or also any other electronic malfunction
  • Each winner will be notified by Facebook private and public message
  • The winner must provide a valid id proof to claim the tickets
  • Winner will be provided with free entry for his / her family with 3 tickets. Two adult and a child (90 cm To 120 cm) entry
  • In claiming your tickets, you acknowledge that has the right to publicize your name and or the photograph. And also the fact that you are the winner for promotional purposes without financial remuneration
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  • The decision of final winners rests with the admin team at their own discretion
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Visa-free entry to Qatar during the ‘Summer in Qatar’ festival – June 4 to August 16

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6 Reasons Why Visiting a Waterpark Is a Must-Do activity in Summer!

6 Reasons Why Visiting a Waterpark Is a Must-Do activity in Summer!

Now that Summer has officially kicked off and the temperature soaring. A trip to a waterpark should be a mandatory summer event in Qatar for every family. Even if you have a pool in your compound, the fun of a waterpark simply can’t be matched anywhere else.

  1. Stop being an adult: Going on a Boomerango with a lot of surprise twist and turns is more fun than to discuss politics at an expensive coffee shop. Kids are very smart and they know where to find happiness. Grab a rubber ring and enjoy extreme Aqua Sports making your heart race right from the start to finish.
  2. You are freed not only from your work clothes but also work tensions: It doesn’t matter if your suit cost QR 300 or QR 5000. A bathing suit is always more comfortable and lets the waves carry you and your tensions away at a wave pool in the water park.
  3. Your problems aren’t that big: It’s natural to feel too busy visiting a water park. “I have a lot of work to do and how can I waste my time on such childish things. Water Park is just for kids and not for me”. Please ignore those voices. You have so much fun that you realize just how unimportant most of your problems are. Just grab a tube, and allow the currents drift you around while you enjoy an amazing and special relaxation therapy at Jacuzzi
  4. You let go of your inhibitions: You are never more real than when you’re hurtling down an Aquatic version of Formula 1 racing. You cannot be yourself. It feels great. On the scariest slides, you probably feel like screaming. Nobody will think you’re weird.
  5. Undisturbed fun and time to laugh hard: A water park isn’t real life. This is 100% pure fantasy. So, nothing can get in the way of you having fun. No phone calls. No emails. You get to spend the entire time with your family undisturbed. If you visit a water park with your family and not laugh then there is something wrong with you. Water Park is a place with a ton of fun along the way. 
  6. You come home exhausted – really exhausted: After a trip to a water park, all you can do is to have a sound sleep. The next day you feel completely refreshed.

It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do. Everyone can benefit from a day at a water park. If you’re looking for an Aqua Adventure or just an awesome day out, then look no further than Aqua Park Qatar. Check out Aqua Park’s limited time offers during Ramadan. Book your tickets online and beat the summer!

Ramadan is the time of togetherness. Aqua Park in Qatar is one of the coolest places to hang out during the summer in Qatar and it’s only a short drive away from Doha.  Enjoy with your family at Aqua Park Qatar which features a wave pool, lazy river, surfing machine & a range of waterslides.


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Visa free entry to Qatar during the ‘Summer in Qatar’ festival – June 4 to August 16

Visa free entry to Qatar during the ‘Summer in Qatar’ festival – June 4 to August 16

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.

During a press conference held at Sharq Village and Spa on Saturday, Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) secretary-general and Qatar Airways GCEO HE Akbar al-Baker said: “Families, relatives, and friends of Qatar residents will have the opportunity to visit the country visa-free during the ‘Summer in Qatar’ festival,” reported Gulf Times

Besides a wide range of exciting indoor activities and thrilling outdoor experiences along with a lot of entertainment programs, Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) made this announcement on visa free entry to Qatar offer as an exciting summer experience. This will be one of Qatar’s biggest summer program organized by QNTC in collaboration with more than 35 public and private partners.

Summer in Qatar’ program will feature a lot of activities and entertainment programs by local, regional and international artists to perform in Qatar among other activities focused on edutainment, summer, and sports, travel promotions, and hospitality and shopping discounts.

Qatar Airways offers a discount of 25% on all flights to Doha from 160 destinations across the globe. This offers starts from 15th of May onwards for booking tickets between 30th of May to the 16th of August 2019.

We will even attract families and friends of people living in Qatar and make for them visa-free arrival at the Hamad International Airport,” Al Baker told reporters at the press conference. Also, he added “Aviation and tourism go hand in hand, and this year, we are leveraging the collaboration between these two sectors to offer travelers airfare discounts, promotional travel packages, and exceptional airport experiences throughout the summer,

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