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Crescent moon sighted, Eid Al Adha to be on September 1

The Dhul-Hijjah crescent was sighted today according to a tweet posted by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), which means that Wednesday, August 23, will be the first day of the month of Dhul-Hijjah, and Eid Al Adha will be on September 1. The Supreme Court in Saudi Arabia has announced on Tuesday  that the crescent of the month of Dhul-Hijja was sighted, and Wednesday (today) will be Zul Hijjah 1. “Accordingly, Haj (Standing on Mount Arafat) will be on Thursday, August 31 and Eid al Adha will be on Friday, September 1”, the court added. The sighting was awaited since yesterday when the Supreme Court said that the moon was not sighted on Monday night. The Saudi Supreme Court, which earlier called on the public to view Dhul-Hijjah crescent at Tuesday sunset, announced in a statement in Riyadh that, according to many adult witnesses who made their testimonies to their perspective regional courts, it was…

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Indian Meetup celebrating the free spirit of India on I-Day

India’s 71st Independence Day was a huge celebration not only in India, but wherever Indian diaspora has a presence and Qatar wasn’t an exception. For the second year in a row, the Indian Meetup Family celebrated the special day with an extravagant event while adding a cultural touch to it. A large group of members from different cultural backgrounds and with diverse professions gathered as a family at The Golden Ocean Hotel, Doha for celebrations with patriotic fervor and gaiety.  Amongst those present were several young and enthusiastic men and women from different walks of life. With dreams in their eyes to make it worth living, they turned up in their Independence Day-inspired attires and Indian flag pins to adorn the evening. Celebrations started with speech from Hapreet Dev, Co-Admin of IMF bringing in the true spirit with best lines extracts, followed by singing of the Indian National Anthem. All…

First day of Eid al-Adha to be on September 1

The first day of Hijri month Dhul-Hijja 1438H will be on August 23, while the first day of Eid al-Adha this year will be on September 1, according to astronomical calculations by Qatar Calendar House (QCH). “According to accurate calculations the new crescent of Dhul- Hijja 1438H will born on 29 Dhul-Qa’da (August 21) at 9.31pm,” QCH director Dr Mohamed al-Ansari and astronomer expert Dr Beshir Marzouk said in a statement. The time set of the moon will be before sunset time over Doha sky by 10 minutes on 29 Dhul-Qa’da (August 21), while the time set of the moon will be before sunset time over the sky of two holy mosques (Makkah and Medina) and over all Gulf countries by (8 – 11 minutes). The new crescent will be impossible to view by astronomical telescopes or naked eye over Doha sky and all Arabic countries sky on this night;…

Qatar Emir extends Independence Day greetings to India

A host of foreign leaders, including the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, extended Independence Day greetings to India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to acknowledge the greetings and express gratitude. In response to greetings from Qatar, PM Modi said on Twitter: “Thanked His Highness Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, for his congratulatory phone call this evening on our Independence Day.” Thanked His Highness Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, for his congratulatory phone call this evening on our Independence Day.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 15, 2017 At more than 625,000, the Indian diaspora is the largest community in State of Qatar. A number of other leaders like Canadian and Israeli Prime Ministers also extended their greetings. “India and Canada enjoy a special relationship with so much in common. My best wishes for a happy Independence Day,” Canadian…

Photos: Indians in Qatar celebrate Independence Day

Hundreds of Indians representing the largest expat community in Qatar gathered at ICC premises to pay salute to the nation on its 71st Independence Day. Ambassador P Kumaran led the Independence Day celebrations at the ICC by hoisting the Indian flag at a special ceremony attended by a large number of community members. Officials of the apex bodies under Indian embassy, prominent members of the Indian community as well as office bearers of several Indian organisations were present on the occasion. ICC president Milan Arun welcomed the gathering and general secretary Juttas Paul conducted the meeting. Students of Indian schools presented patriotic songs during the function. A cake was cut to celebrate the occasion by the Indian ambassador and other officials. K S Prasad, Head of consular services of ICC, delivered a vote of thanks. The Indian national flag was raised at various places in Qatar including Indian schools. Published on 15 August…

Show your support to Qatar and win prizes

A non profit organisation in Qatar has come up with an innovative online platform where Qatar residents can show their support to Qatar and the Emir HH Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani by sharing their photos about Qatar. The organisation – ISupportQatar – is organising a contest where all you have to do is click and upload on their website a photo which shows your support and love for Qatar. The rules are simple: 1. Signup at and upload your photo. 2. Share in your social platforms with the hashtags #ISupportQatar and #QatarIsGreat. 3. Get maximum smiles on your photos by hitting the smiley face button. (You can pass your photo among your friends to get maximum smiles) 4. Photos can be clicked using any gadgets. 5. Participants may be asked to send their original photos for review. 6. Any irrelevant or vulgar photos will be removed. The…

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List of professions not eligible to apply for driving licence in Qatar

The following is the unofficial translation of the list of professions not eligible to apply for the Qatari driving licence (in alphabetical order), as announced by the Traffic Department : AC Technician Agricultural Worker Air Cargo Worker Animal Caretaker Assistant Builder Bakery Worker Baking Mixer Bar Keeper Barber Beautician Beauty Saloon Worker Blacksmith Boat Carpenter Bricks Builder Builder Butcher Calligraphy Technician Carrier Ceramic Worker Civil Technician Concrete Blacksmith Connections Technician Construction Carpenter Construction Technician Cook Cook’s Assistant Cosmetologist Crusher Machine Operator Curtain Installer Curtain Upholstery Worker Décor Carpenter Decoration Technician Designing Technician Digger Electric Welder Embroider Falafel Maker Farmer Financial Services Worker Fisherman Fodder Worker Furniture Upholstery Worker Gardener Gate Guard General Carpenter General Electrician General Equipment Mechanic General Manufacturing Worker General Typing Glass Installer Glass Technician Goldsmith Grave Digger Grocery Worker Gypsum Worker Henna Maker Herdsman Horse Hostler Horse Trainer Hotel Service Worker Ice Maker Industrial Service Worker Installation Electrician Installation Technician Irrigation Worker Jeweller Juice Maker Kebab Maker Key Technician Labourer Land Shipment Worker Lathing Worker Laundry Worker Lift Electrician Lift Worker Machine Operator Maintenance Technician Manufacturing Worker Marble Technician Massage Worker Meat Mechanic Mechanical Technician Metal-Casting Technician Milkman Mining Technician Mixer Operator Nanny Newspaper Vendor Nutrition Worker Oxygen Welder Packing And Grinding Worker Painter Pastry Maker Pipes Welder Plaster Technician Plaster Worker Plumber Plumber Assistant Porter Prayer Caller (Moazin) Rescue Worker Sailor Sea Shipment Worker Security Guard Servant Service Worker Shawarma And Sandwich Griller Shepherd…

Qatar to offer permanent residency for certain expatriates

Qatar’s Cabinet on Wednesday has approved a bill to grant permanent residency status to certain expatriates, Qatar News Agency has reported. Under the provisions of the bill, the Minister of Interior may grant permanent residence card to non-Qatari nationals if the conditions specified by the law are met. Conditions for permanent residency A decision of the Minister of Interior may grant the permanent residency status to a non-Qatari if he/she meets any of the following conditions: Qataris married to non-Qataris Those who performed great services to the State People with the “special competencies” needed by the State Advantages of permanent residency The permanent resident card grants its holders a number of privileges, which include state benefits in education and health care in government institutions. They would also be given priority to recruitment after Qatari nationals in military and civilian public posts. The holder of this card also has the right…

Paid parking to start in Al Ain from August

The Integrated Transport Centre announced today that it would implement Mawaqif parking services in Al Ain from August. The move is part of the centre’s commitment to provide world-class solutions to effectively manage parking requirements in the Abu Dhabi, and to resolve the parking problem in Al Ain due to the growing population and significant increase in the number of registered vehicles. Mohammed Hamad Al Muhairi, Deputy General Manager of the Integrated Transport Centre and head of the Traffic and Parking Team, said that the Mawaqif paid parking scheme would help ease the shortage of parking spaces in some of Al Ain’s congested areas. It would also help stop the misuse of limited parking spots and improve the overall aesthetic appearance of Al Ain city, he said. Work on painting the Mawaqif spaces and installing payment machines has already begun in preparation for the implementation of the system next month.…

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Ram Nath Govind elected as new President of India

Ram Nath Kovind, 71, has been elected as India’s new president, the Election Commission said Thursday.  Kovind, a lawyer, was born into a humble farmer’s family in Uttar Pradesh, a state in northern India. He has been a member of the Rajya Sabha, or parliament’s house of elders, held various posts within the BJP and was governor of eastern Bihar state.

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