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20August2017

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Qatar RailFirst Doha Metro train arrives at Hamad Port Qatar RailThe first four trains that will run on the Doha Metro arrived in Qatar yesterday, in what is a landmark moment for the infrastructure project. After a three-week journey by sea from Kobe in Japan, the new carriages were welcomed by officials into Hamad Port last night, Qatar Rail said. This is the first batch of some 75 trains that will run on the new driverless rail network, which opens to the public in early 2020. According to Qatar Rail, the trains will be transported to its Al Wakrah depot, reassembled and then...
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Saudi Press AgencySheikh Abdullah bin Ali Al Thani with King Salman Saudi Press AgencyThe rising popularity in Saudi Arabia of an unfamiliar member of Qatar’s ruling family has sparked concerns among many following the Gulf dispute. Amid ongoing tensions, Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali Al Thani held two visits with Saudi’s king this week, both of which were widely publicized in Gulf media. The first resulted in the temporary reopening of KSA’s land border with Qatar so that pilgrims could travel to perform Hajj. Laststubborn/FlickrPhoto for illustrative purposes only. Laststubborn/Flickr The second involved a meeting at the King’s residence in Morocco. In both instances, the Saudi...
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Omar Chatriwala / Doha NewsEid prayers Omar Chatriwala / Doha NewsThe upcoming Eid Al Adha holiday is forecast to begin on Friday, Sept. 1, according to the Qatar Calendar House (QCH). Eid starts on the 10th day of the month of Dhul Hijjah, which is expected to begin on Wednesday, Aug. 23. Government holidays have yet to be announced, but usually last for around nine or 10 days, including weekends. Jameel Riaz/FlickrEid Fireworks show at Katara Jameel Riaz/Flickr Most schools meanwhile are expected to start their official calendar year after the holiday. QDC closed About 10 days ahead of Eid Al Adha, Qatar’s hotels and the...
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Georgetown University in QatarThe GU-Q designed App Georgetown University in QatarIf you’ve ever wanted to learn to speak like a local, a new app designed in Qatar could help. The Qatari Phrasebook aims to teach non-Arabic speakers more than 1,500 common Arabic words and phrases, all in the Qatari dialect. The brainchild of Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) Arabic instructor Hany Fazza, the app provides pronunciation of handy phrases. It also has the actual Arabic text and their phonetic spellings. Shenghung Lin/FlickrPhoto for illustrative purposes only. Shenghung Lin/Flickr The app is divided into sections such as Travel, Shopping, Food & Drink, Emergency and Weather. It also...
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Omar Chatriwala / Doha NewsPhoto for illustrative purposes only. Omar Chatriwala / Doha NewsQatar’s blasphemy laws are among the five worst in the world when it comes to violating human rights, a new US report has said. The Gulf state was ranked fifth in the newly released Respecting Rights? Measuring the World’s Blasphemy Laws. It came just behind Iran, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, and narrowly ahead of Egypt, Italy and Algeria. U.S. Commission on International Religious FreedomRespecting Rights? Measuring the World’s Blasphemy Laws. U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom The report was authored by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). It found that 71...
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Reem Saad / Doha NewsPhoto for illustrative purposes only. Reem Saad / Doha NewsEmployees in Qatar should soon have an easier and quicker way to pursue grievances against their bosses, after the Emir approved a new law this week. The legislation, Labor Law No. 13 of 2017, establishes a Labor Dispute Resolution Committee that allows employees to circumvent the court system. It also amends some provisions of previous iterations of the labor law from 2004 and 1990. Business2community.comPhoto for illustrative purposes only. Business2community.com Examples of complaints heard by the committee will include breach of contract or failure to provide a valid RP. Notably however, the committee won’t...
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Policia Nacional/TwitterSolidarity with Barcelona Policia Nacional/TwitterOfficials in Qatar have strongly denounced a deadly attack in Spain yesterday that killed 13 people and injured more than 100 others. The incident took place in Barcelona, when a van drove into a crowd full of pedestrians. Barcelona is the latest city in Europe to experience a vehicle attack on pedestrians. GrahamV/FlickrPhoto for illustrative purposes only. GrahamV/Flickr According to CNN, more than 100 people have died in similar attacks in Berlin, London and Nice. Spain’s Prime Minister called the attack an act of “jihadi terrorism” and police said five suspects have been killed in an ensuing raid. Qatar condemnation Responding to...
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AshghalNew Hamad Port Road AshghalIt should now be easier to drive between Doha, Hamad Port and Al Wakrah following the launch of two new main roads to the south of the capital. This week, an 11km southern extension to the existing Doha Expressway was connected to the recently-opened G-Ring Road with Mesaieed Road. The new route means traffic in the area no longer needs to travel through the main road in Al Wakrah. This should improve congestion in the town and cut in half the journey time between the increasingly popular area and Doha, Ashghal said. AshghalBenefits of Hamad Port Road and Doha Expressway southern...
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Al Jazeera EnglishPhoto for illustrative purposes only. Al Jazeera EnglishIn a possible sign of thawing relations, Saudi Arabia is reopening its land border with Qatar so that pilgrims can cross over to perform Hajj. The decision comes by order of King Salman, after his son Crown Prince Mohammed met with an envoy from Doha yesterday, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said. The meeting, in which officials expressed “brotherly feelings,” marked one of the first times Saudi and Qatari authorities have spoken since the dispute began in June. arwcheek / FlickrPhoto for illustrative purposes only. arwcheek / Flickr That’s when Saudi, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain...
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PixabayPhoto for illustrative purposes only. PixabayDon’t let the sticky summer weather discourage you from going out this weekend. There’s lots to do around town, including checking out an exhibition by photographers from the Philippines, playing or watching basketball and volleyball tournaments and testing your wits against Mindsports opponents. Here are our picks: Mindsports challenge If you are a chess champion, a Go gamer or are brutal at backgammon, then the 4th Mindsports World Championships could be for you. Mamooli/FlickrFor illustrative purposes only. Mamooli/Flickr Starting Aug. 19 until Aug. 27, the event at the Doha Exhibition and Conference Center (DECC) in Dafna/West Bay will feature competitions for...
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