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As all those who are registered with the British Embassy are aware the FCO’s LOCATE online consular registration system will be closed down on 14 May 2013.The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) is committed to providing British nationals with a modern and efficient consular service and this decision is part of a programme of work to transform our crisis response.
A few years ago the UK Government in conjunction with Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) announced that they would be introducing a new residence test. The intention was to clarify the status of people both leaving and arriving in the UK and there has been considerable discussion regarding exactly how and when to implement this.
A hotel manager accused of sexually harassing a British tourist who jumped from a hotel balcony to escape has appeared in court in Agra.
A lawyer acting for hotel manager Sachin Chauhan said his client denied the charge and he had been trying to wake the woman up because she had asked for an early morning call.
The 31-year-old British woman was injured after jumping on Tuesday.
She is set to give a statement in court later.
Initial reports suggested the woman told police she asked for a wake-up call at 04:00 local time and was offered a massage by the hotel owner when he knocked on her door.
She said the man would not leave so she locked the door and jumped from her balcony to the level below, injuring her leg, before fleeing the hotel.
”We are delighted so many Qataris are travelling to the UK for tourism, business and other purposes. We issued almost 33,000 visas last year - almost double the number in 2010, with a further increase of almost 30% in the first quarter of this year - and are proud to offer an excellent service. We promise to give 90% of applicants a decision within three weeks, and in the past two years have never broken that promise: the average applicant gets their visa in under 5 working days. We are constantly looking to improve the visa process, for example with a priority visa service and online applications, appointments and payments."
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A topic pasted on the Main forum posted by QL member SMNewport!
I was just wondering what percentage of UK citizens living in Qatar are aware that they will still be liable for UK Inheritance Tax on their worldwide assets IF they maintain any ties to the UK??
I have met a few people who thought that because they were earning tax free and not paying sales tax that they would also not be liable to Inheritance Tax.
Sadly that is not the case; and Inheritance Tax would still be due.
Just wondering who out there did not realise this and thus need to do something about it??
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The British Consul in Doha and his staff are here to look after the interests of British nationals.
Public opening hours for the Consular section are:
0800 to 1100hrs Monday - Thursday and 1100 to 1400hrs on Sundays (although in Ramadan Sunday opening is 1000 to 1300 hrs)
In case of emergencies, such as arrest, serious illness, accident or death outside of working hours please call +974 4496 2000 and you will be transferred to the Foreign Office Global Response Centre.
This weekend thousands of people are gathering for Diamond Jubilee celebrations to mark 60 years of Her Majesty the Queen’s reign. People all over Britain are holding street parties, lighting beacons and attending festivals, treasuring our shared heritage and coming together for community events. Thousands will line the streets of London on Tuesday 5 June to watch the Queen travel to Buckingham Palace, after a service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral.
British missions around the world will mark the Diamond Jubilee with a series of events to celebrate the UK’s rich heritage and modern strengths.
Mr Michael Angus O’Neill has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to the State of Qatar.
He will succeed Mr John Mark Hawkins who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr O’Neill will take up his appointment during May 2012.
Hi, I'm new to Qatar and have come out here on my own so was wondering if there are any evening events or drinks which people go to where we could meet some like minded people?
I have recently moved here with my husband, we are both in our late 20s and teaching in a British Curriculum School here.
Just wondering if there are ever any socials or meet ups that we can come to to try and meet some more people?
Hi folks, how about a meet up in March? Sundowners somewhere in the evening on a Thursday? Any suggestions / ideas on where?
The weather is getting better now, so i thought should start our loong drives to far beaches.
I wont name the beach right now because most of you have been there before and i already discussed with few members about it and am avoiding the bloody uninvited QL guests and stalkers.
Trip will be on 12th Nov you all have to be at the meeting point sharp 9:30am. The drive is long so have to reach early to get a good spot. I know some of you will worry about Friday Prayers, you dont need to the mosque is just close there for Friday Prayers. I will send you meeting point and beach location through email. Now get your swimming suits and crab spears to catch crabs.
who ever is interested to join confirm here on this topic. Make sure i dont want any one confirming now and later stepping back.
Film City trip & Beach Relaxation :) - meet up will be at 12:30 and not 11:30 as showed in the picture
Hi everyone. To explain the picture: I was going to make the meet up somewhere in Doha and then to go on our way but to avoid the traffic and eventual complications I changed the meet up for the trip just outside Doha in Umm al Afaee Petrol Station on Garafat Al Rayyan and Dukhan Hwy. So this is why from 11:30 meet up in Doha I changed to 12:30 outside Doha. Anyway very important: 12:30 meet up and not 11:30 I just want to make really sure everyone understands. :)
Ok now let's go on some basic rules although I am sure everyone knows and understands them I just wana make sure everything goes smooth without any incidents:
The UK winner of Friday's £113m (129m euros) Euromillions jackpot has not yet come forward to claim the money.
Probably crumpled up in someones pocket somewhere!!
David Cameron has said the British aid worker Linda Norgrove may have been accidentally killed by US forces during a rescue mission in Afghanistan.
Just wondering what happened to this group as it seems to be dead? No activities, no meetings, nothing at all... Now that the holiday season is over, are there any plans to 'revive' this group?
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