Qatari Coast Guard concludes maritime exercise titled ‘Dibel 2’

Members of the Qatari Coast Guard took part in a maritime exercise, called ‘Dibel 2,’ which tested their readiness to help a vessel in distress and save its passengers from death.

Alcohol to cost double in Qatar from today, following implementation of ‘excise tax’ 

Starting today, Qatar has introduced a new ‘sin tax’ on alcoholic beverages. The new duty, which has been set at a flat 100%, will see the prices of all alcoholic drinks in the country double.

Happy New Year everyone, fuel prices massively slashed to January 2017 levels!

Keeping up with the trend of lowering fuel prices in the country, Qatar Petroleum has announced massive slashes to take petrol prices to a new two-year low.

Al Muntazah Park set to undergo extensive renovation soon

The Al Muntazah Park, which was shut down almost two decades ago, is finally set to undergo extensive renovation and refurbishment, says an official.

With the price of cigarettes set to go up tomorrow, hoarding creates artificial shortage

The Ministry of Finance’s decision to increase cigarette prices by 100% from January 1 has led to many shopkeepers hoarding their stock, leading to a spike in artificial demand for the goods.

Qatar’s Labour Ministry unveils a new website, offering a window to its functioning

The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs has launched a brand new website, making it easier for people to access 102 electronic services and also give feedback and suggestions.

Qatar Red Crescent Society provides relief to more than 47,000 Syrian IDPS

Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has provided relief and winterisation aid for more than 47,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) and host communities in northern Syria.

5 malls and 7 new hotels set to open in Qatar next year

As many as five malls and seven hotels are set to open in Qatar in 2019, as well as an estimated 10,000 residential units.

Qatari Armed Forces deliver a consignment of 24 armoured vehicles to Mali

The Qatari Armed Forces have airlifted and delivered a consignment of 24 armed vehicles to their counterparts in Mali to counter insurgents and bring peace to the region.

Security forces foil an attempt by two men to smuggle 28kg of hashish into the country

Qatar’s alert security forces, acting swiftly on a tip-off, foiled an attempt by two Asian nationals to smuggle 28kg of hashish into the country.

Qatar takes some active steps towards workers’ welfare, says top SC official

With just four years to go for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Qatar is taking substantial steps towards improving the welfare of its 30,000-strong workforce engaged in building stadiums and other infrastructure for the competition.

Pakistan opens first Qatar Visa Centre in Islamabad; Karachi branch to open Saturday

Pakistan becomes the third country to open a Qatar Visa Centre — after Sri Lanka and Bangladesh — in Islamabad, while a second centre is set to be open in Karachi on Saturday.

Qatar launches the second phase of development of Al Ruwais Port

The second developmental phase of the Al Ruwais Port was launched yesterday in the presence of Qatar’s Prime Minister and Interior Minister HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani.

Qatar to fly the world’s biggest kite on Saturday in Guinness World record attempt

Qatar is set to fly a 2,673SqM kite on Saturday in an attempt to officially add yet another entry to its name in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Third Mahaseel Festival set to kick off at the Katara Cultural Village on December 31

The Mahaseel Festival, which brings local Qatari produce directly to consumers at very affordable prices, is set to feature 22 local farms, six dairies and meat farms.

Qatari police officers arrest a man for stealing two vehicles and setting them on fire

Qatar’s Ministry of Interior has confirmed the arrest of a man for stealing two vehicles and setting them on fire in a secluded area.

Qatar cabinet gives the nod to a draft law to check money laundering and terror funding

Qatar’s Cabinet has approved a draft law that will help counter money laundering and financing of terror from the country.

Extensive work is being undertaken to enhance road safety around schools in Qatar

Ashghal is undertaking extensive work to make schools in Qatar safe for parents and students as they enter and exit the facilities during peak traffic hours.

Aspire Zone and Wega sign pact for hosting multi-game eSports World Cup

Aspire Zone has joined hands with Wega to launch a four-year eSports World Cup, which will see players from around the world competing to get a place in the final in Doha in 2022.

Famous Shell sculpture in Al Wakra roundabout to be relocated to new location soon

The iconic shell sculpture at the centre of Al Wakra town will soon be shifted to a new location as the roundabout gets converted to a signalled intersection as part of road development works.

Qatar-Oman-Kuwait maritime route opened, first cruise ship to set sail in two weeks

While the Qatar-Oman-Kuwait maritime route was launched yesterday, the MV Grand Ferry will start making its maiden voyage between these destinations within two weeks.

What is the ‘QGate’ sign posted on the February 22 road? The mystery deepens!

The QGate sign, which is posted on both directions of the February 22 Road, piques the interest of social media enthusiasts, leading to heated discussions about it. However, no official announcements have been forthcoming about it.

A nation-wide campaign sees 100,000 people getting free flu vaccinations

The number of people vaccinated under the nation-wide campaign to fight the influenza virus, launched by the Ministry of Public Health, has breached the 100,000 mark and is set to continue in the coming days.

Barwa Bank’s Extraordinary General Meeting approves its merger with IBQ

An Extraordinary General Meeting of Barwa Bank has approved its proposed merger with the International Bank of Qatar, making it one of the more prominent financial institutions in the country.

Qatar will begin exporting food items from 2019 onwards, says top official

Qatar has overcome heavy odds against it to become self-sufficient in food and will soon begin exporting food to other parts of the world.

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