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Fly to India for free with Mövenpick Hotel Doha

Mövenpick Hotel Doha has launched a giveaway contest for one return ticket to India in partnership with Jet Airways to make this Ramadan truly memorable. Anyone willing to try their luck has to follow three simple steps in order to participate in the draw: Guess the name of the dish using hashtag #IftaratSeasons (Every day the hotel will post one special dish on their Facebook page) Add a number to your answer in numerical order Tag as many friends as you want to bring with you Participants can double your chances to win by following @MovenpickHotelDoha on Instagram and Facebook. The contest will run until June 21, 2017 and the winner will be chosen by the General Manager of Mövenpick Hotel Doha, the hotel said in a statement. “Mövenpick Hotel Doha encourages everyone to participate in this social media contest, and is pleased to provide a wonderful opportunity for the winner to…

India
India releases official statement about Qatar diplomatic crisis

India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has released an official statement about the recent developments in Gulf region which was initiated by some countries cutting off diplomatic ties with Qatar. “India believes that peace and security in the Gulf are of paramount importance for the continued progress and prosperity of the countries in the region,” the statement said, urging all parties to solve differences through constructive dialogues. MEA reaffirmed that it is closely following the situation in the Gulf region and is in regular contact with regional countries. “Their authorities have assured us continued support for welfare and well-being of the resident Indian communities,” the statement said. MEA has advised Indian expatriates in the region to contact the Indian Embassy or Consulate concerned should they require assistance or advise consequent to the developing situation. Here is the full text of the official statement: India’s official statement following the recent developments…

India
Gulf countries assure India of welfare of diaspora amid Qatar crisis

India on Saturday said it is closely monitoring the situation in the Gulf where several countries led by Saudi Arabia have cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar and that the countries have assured continued support for the welfare and well-being of the large Indian diaspora. India also said that the countries should resolve their differences through dialogue. “We are closely following the emerging situation in the Gulf region in the wake of the recent decision by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and some other countries to break diplomatic relations with the State of Qatar,” the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement. “We are of the view that all parties should resolve their differences through a process of constructive dialogue and peaceful negotiations based on well-established international principles of mutual respect, sovereignty and non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries,” it said. Closely monitoring the situation The statement said…

Qatar Dining
2017 List : Doha Restaurants with Iftar Deals under QR 100

Here is our 2017 roundup of restaurants in Doha offering Ramadan Special Iftar/Suhoor Deals and Buffets under QR 100. This list will be updated throughout this Ramadan. Feel free to suggest any restaurant we have missed out and we shall update it. Special Ramadan Deals @ Indian Restaurants Indian Coffee House Al Doha Al Jadeeda — Near Jaidah Flyover, Fereej Abdul Aziz Street – Tel : 44440902, 44440903 Iftar Combo – QR 16 Iftar Buffet – QR 26 Iftar Combo + Iftar Buffet – QR 38 Biriyani Hut Wakra — Opp. Seef Petrol Station, Pearl R/A, Al Wakra – Tel : 44641401, 33668172 Special Iftar Buffet – QR 25 Special Snack Available from 4 PM – 7 PM Royal Indian The Mall — D Ring Road, Old Airport Area. Tel: 44666876, 66566716 4 course Iftar set menu – QR49 MRA Bakery & Restaurant Al Ghanim — Near New World Centre, Al Ghanim – Tel : 44422072, 44422073 Markhiya — Markhiya Food…

UAE
UAE, Indian officials explore new potential economic partnerships

UAE Minister of Economy Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri and President of the Confederation of Indian Industry, CII, Shobana Kamineni, have discussed prospects for creating new economic and trade partnerships between the two countries. UAE investments in India stand at US$10 billion, making the UAE the biggest Arab source of foreign direct investment, FDI, in the subcontinent, and the tenth biggest globally. Indian investments in the UAE stand at US$6 billion, Al Mansouri noted during the meeting attended by senior officials and businessmen from both countries. Non-oil trade between the UAE and India stood at $36 billion in 2016. More than 4300 Indian registered companies are operating in the UAE, he said. He emphasised that the two countries share an interest in furthering economic relations and exploring new partnerships to increase bilateral trade and investments. Describing the UAE’s relations with India as strong, historic and unique, Al Mansouri noted that…

Qatar
The Benefits of a Second Passport for High-Net-Worth Qatari Individuals

Are you a high-net-worth Qatari national? Are you frustrated by the lack of travel freedom available from your passport? You could own a second passport that gives you the ability to travel, visa-free, through a wider variety of international destinations than your current Qatari passport. Over 15% of the Qatari population are Dollar millionaires or richer. Don’t let yourself be confined to the destinations of your Qatari passport, open up a new world of travel opportunities with a CBI program application for your second passport. The Pro’s of a Second Passport for Qatari Nationals The benefits of a second passport can revolutionize your travel and the way you conduct your business. Some of the advantages you can expect from dual nationality are; Unrestricted access to live and work in the 26 countries included in the Schengen area. Access to the United States and its territories. Visa free travel to both…

UAE
Expat remittances from UAE hit $10billion in Q1 2017

Money outflows from the UAE remain on a positive growth track with total remittances hitting AED 37.1 billion in the Q1 2017, a growth of 1.1 percent from the same period last year, UAE Central Bank stated on Sunday. Indian expats top the list sending a total cash of AED 12.95 billion, accounting for 34.9 percent of total remittances, followed by Pakistani nationals accounting for 9.4 percent, then Filipinos at 7.3 percent during the first three months of the year. Americans account for 5.4 percent, followed by Egyptians at 4.95 percent and Britons at 4.4 percent. Up to 75 percent of total remittances, amounting to AED 27.8 billion, were conducted through money exchange companies during the first quarter of the year, a growth of 2.7 percent from the same period last year, while 25 percent thereof was done through banks. The Central Bank attributed the hike in remittances to 2.2…

Around The World
Hinduja brothers top UK’s 2017 list of the richest people

The Hinduja brothers have topped the 2017 list of the richest people in the UK with an estimated fortune of £16.2 billion, a massive £3.2 billion hike in their fortunes over the previous year. Besides the Hinduja brothers, there are over 40 Indian-origin super-rich in this year’s list of the UK’s 1,000 wealthiest people, who seem to be reaping a so-called “Brexit bonanza”, PTI reported. ‘The Sunday Times Rich List’ says that uncertainties triggered by Britain’s vote to leave the European Union (EU) last June have not impacted the country’s billionaires’ ability to make money, as they grew in numbers with a 14% rise in their fortunes since last year to earn a record £658 billion collectively. Srichand and Gopichand Hinduja, aged 81 and 77, lead an elite group of 134 UK-based billionaires in the list and have made their fortune from investments in industries such as oil and gas,…

Qatar
Qatar Airways named official FIFA partner until 2022

Qatar Airways has been announced as the Official Partner and Official Airline of FIFA as part of a sponsorship package lasting until 2022. Upcoming events sponsored by Qatar Airways will include the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017, 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, FIFA Club World Cup, FIFA Women’s World Cup and the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, the airline said in a press statement on Sunday. As an Official Partner of FIFA, Qatar Airways will have extensive marketing and branding rights at the next two FIFA World Cups, with an expected audience reach of more than 2bn people per tournament. The airline will also have visibility at competitions such as the FIFA U-20 World Cup, FIFA Futsal World Cup and FIFA Interactive World Cup, the world’s largest online gaming tournament. Qatar Airways Group chief executive Akbar al-Baker said, “Qatar Airways understands the power of sport in bringing people together…

Qatar
Qatar Airways offers up to 40% off on tickets

Qatar Airways travellers can now avail offer of up to 40% off on all-inclusive fares to more than 150 destinations across the globe. In addition, Mastercard cardholders receive an additional discount of up to 10% when they purchase their Qatar Airways tickets using their Mastercard debit or credit cards during the duration of this offer. The Global Sales Campaign which started on April 26 and lasts through May 3 and is valid for travel until June 21, 2017. To take advantage of this offer, travellers should visit their travel agent, any Qatar Airways sales office or online at Qatar Airways website here. Sales validity : 26 Apr – 03 May 2017 Travel validity: 26 Apr – 21 Jun 2017 (all travel must be completed by 21Jun 2017) Valid on Qatar Airways flights from Doha to Qatar airways destinations. Promotion applies to Economy and Business Class return tickets. For flights where Business Class is…

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