Sandstorm with lightning and thunder lashes different parts of the country

A fierce sandstorm, accompanied by thunder and lightning, lashed across different parts of the country. But thankfully, there has not been any major accidents reported anywhere so far.

USS Essex, the American Navy’s biggest-ever ship to visit Qatar, is at the Doha Port

The USS Essex, the largest American Naval vessel to have ever visited Qatar, is at the Doha Port now as part of a joint military co-operation between the two countries to combat terrorism and extremism.

Qatar seeks release of four citizens who are being illegally held in Saudi Arabia

Qatar’s National Human Rights Committee Chairman Dr Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri has called international bodies to help with the immediate release of four Qatari citizens held illegally by Saudi Arabia.

Leading Qatari actor and playwright Abdulaziz Jassim passes away after illness

Famous Qatari actor and playwright Abdulaziz Jassim, who was easily one of the country’s most recognisable figures in the art world, passed away in Bangkok following an illness.

Qataris among the most digitally connected citizens in Arab region, says new study

A new survey has stated that Qataris are among the most connected people in the Arab region, but do not use the Internet for playing video games or using Facebook.

Hamad International Airport in running for World’s Best Airport at Skytrax Awards

The Hamad International Airport, which was voted as the fifth best airport in the world last year by Skytrax, is once again in the running for the prestigious award.

Qatar Press Centre says it is concerned over fate of missing Saudi journalist

Doha-based Qatar Press Centre says it was deeply concerned with the recent disappearance of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi and hoped the case would soon be solved.

Siege countries continuing with their attempts to hack NHRC website, says Al Marri

Qatar’s National Human Rights Committee Chairman Dr Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri has said that siege nations were still continuing with their attempts to track human rights activists as well as hack his organisation’s website.

Qatar slams unnecessary Israeli aggression against protestors at the Gaza border

Qatar has hit out strongly against Israel for their mindless violence and shooting against protestors at the Gaza Strip which left six people dead and more than 250 injured.

Qatari skydivers have a miraculous escape after their parachutes get tangled mid-air

Two Qatari skydivers, who are members of the national team, had a brush with death after their parachutes got tangled mid-air. The footage of the incident, which was caught on camera, show them escaping unharmed.

The first branch of the Qatar Visa Centre opens amid great fanfare in Colombo

The first-ever Qatar Visa Centre opened to great fanfare in the Sri Lankan capital city of Colombo. Several top officials from both nations attended the grand opening ceremony.

Sidra Medicine successfully conducts Qatar’s first conjoined twin separation surgery

Sidra Medicine added another feather to its cap by successfully separating two babies who were conjoined at the liver and lower sternum in a mammoth, nine-hour-long operation.

The first overseas Qatar Visa Centre to open in Colombo, Sri Lanka, today

The country is set to open its first Qatar Visa Centre — aimed at simplifying the recruitment procedure for both companies and individual workers — in the Sri Lankan capital city of Colombo today.

Education Ministry mulls review of fees charged by private schools and universities

Qatar’s Education ministry is set to undertake a detailed study on fees charged by schools and colleges in Qatar and compare them to the quality of service provided. It could then lead to reduction of fees when and where necessary.

MEC shuts down phone shop for two weeks for selling counterfeit batteries

The Ministry of Economy and Commerce fined and shut down a mobile shop for two weeks after they were caught selling counterfeit mobile phone batteries as genuine ones.

Doha Metro to reduce traffic congestion and give affordable transportation to all

The Doha metro, once completed, will significantly reduce traffic congestion and carbon emissions while also giving people a very affordable mode of transportation.

HH The Amir has been re-elected as a member of International Olympic Committee

HH The Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani was re-elected as a member of the International Olympic Committee during its session in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He also met with and held a meeting with IOC President Dr Thomas Bach.

Qatar all set to launch its first Special Economic Zone in the first quarter of 2019

The Umm Al Houl Free Zone, the first of two proposed Special Economic Zones in the country, will open and be ready for business near the Hamad Port by the first quarter of 2019.

Katara launches third edition of the wildly successful Cultural Diversity Festival

Katara has announced the launch of the third edition of the rich and vibrant Cultural Diversity Festival, which will begin on October 18 and run until March 9, 2019.

Qatar’s upcoming budget to see surplus for first time in two years, says Fin Minister

Qatar’s Finance Minister HE Ali Sherif Al Emadi has said that strong performance of global oil prices has helped the country’s upcoming budget show a surplus for the first time in two years.

Qatar allocates $2bn fund in a bid to rival the Dubai financial hub

In a bid to rival Dubai, Qatar has set aside a $2bn fund to provide attractive incentives to multinational companies willing to set up shop in the country.

Qatar exit permit reform to be enforced by ‘end of the month,’ says ITUC top official

The end of Qatar’s exit permit system is nigh as the reform is set to be formally implemented by the end of the October, says a top official from the International Trade Union Confederation.

Screen For Life programme launches month-long Breast Cancer Awareness campaign

Screen For Life programme has launched an intensive month-long campaign to encourage women in Qatar, between the ages of 45 and 69, to get screened early for breast cancer.

Ministry of Economy and Commerce registers 51 violations against businesses

Qatar’s Ministry of Economy and Commerce cracks the whip on errant businesses and has registered 51 violations against them in the month of August.

Katara to open brand new library exclusively for fans of Arabic fiction

The Katara Cultural Village is set to launch a brand new initiative — a library exclusively for Arabic novels — on the opening day of the 4th Katara Festival of Arabic Novels.

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