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Qatar Ministry of Interior announces Ramadan working hours

Working hours at the service-oriented departments of the Ministry of Interior (MoI) during the holy month of Ramadan have been announced. The General Directorate of Passports and General Directorate of Traffic and their departments, along with the Nationality and Travel Documents Department and Criminal Evidence and Information Department, will be open from 8am to 5.30pm in two shifts, the MoI has said. While the morning shift is from 8am to 1pm, the evening hours are from 1pm to 5.30pm. For the Nationality and Travels Documents Department, the evening shift is for the headquarters only. Published on 18 May 2018

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UAE, India discuss bilateral cooperation

Dr. Ahmed Abdul Rahman Al-Banna, UAE Ambassador to India, has met with Shri M. J. Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs of India, and discussed bilateral cooperation to ensure and provide an enabling environment to support the development of both countries. During the meeting, Dr. Al-Banna and Akbar emphasised their commitment to further strengthening bilateral cooperation across various sectors and deepen the close and friendly relationship between the two countries. The two sides also discussed preparations for the upcoming visit of H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, to India. Dr. Al-Banna said that India enjoys close and multifaceted bilateral relations with the UAE, which is supported by regular high-level visits and strong contacts. He also noted that the recent high-level visits have contributed to raising the level of relationship to a comprehensive strategic partnership. The UAE Ambassador also expressed appreciation for…

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Abu Dhabi’s Adnoc considers investment in Indian refinery

Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. is looking into acquiring a stake in an Indian refinery as it plans to invest $45 billion at home to expand its Ruwais refining and petrochemicals complex. The government energy producer known as Adnoc is considering, among other business opportunities, joining Saudi Aramco in a potential investment in the Ratnagiri refinery project in India, Chief Executive Officer Sultan Al Jaber said in an interview with Bloomberg Television in Abu Dhabi. Adnoc also plans to invest $45 billion over five years to expand the Ruwais complex’s refining capacity by more than 65 percent, or 600,000 barrels a day, by 2025, Al Jaber said earlier in Abu Dhabi. BP Plc is considering an investment in Ruwais, Chief Executive Officer Bob Dudley said in an interview. The expansion would create a total capacity of 1.5 million barrels a day for Ruwais, he said. “We are extending an invitation…

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Qatar fuel prices touch QR 2 per litre for the first time

Qatar Petroleum Company (QP) announced on Monday the diesel and gasoline prices for the month of May 2018, rising by 5.2 and 8%. The company set the price for one litre of Diesel at QR 2 in May compared to QR1.85 in April, an increase of 8.1%. The price for one litre of Super Gasoline 95 is set at QR2 in May compared to QR1.9 in the previous month, an increase of 5.2%, it said, adding that Premium Gasoline 91 is set at QR1.9 per litre in May compared to QR1.8 in April, an increase of 5.5%. Published on 30 April 2018 Illustration courtesy: Gulf Times

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Meet Shah Rukh Khan in Qatar on 26th April

Bollywood fans have an exciting time ahead as superstar Shah Rukh Khan will be coming to Doha, Qatar on Thursday, 26th April for a jewellery showroom inauguration. Shah Rukh Khan will be opening the new Kalyan Jewellers showroom at Lulu Hypermarket on D Ring Road at 9 pm on 26th April. Lulu Hypermarket on its Facebook page is hosting a contest whereby five lucky winners will get a chance to win 8gms of gold and take a selfie with the star. Kalyan Jewellers has already 7 branches across Qatar. Referred to in the media as the “King of Bollywood”, Shah Rukh Khan has appeared in more than 80 Bollywood films, and earned numerous accolades, including 14 Filmfare Awards. Khan has a significant following in Asia and the Indian diaspora worldwide. In terms of audience size and income, he has been described as one of the most successful film stars in…

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UAE Cabinet approves day visas for transit passengers

The UAE Cabinet has given the green light for preparations to begin on a general policy to grant entry visas to transit passengers – across all UAE airports – who wish to visit the country’s landmarks and tourist attractions. The new policy aims to enhance transit visa procedures to enable stopover passengers to enjoy a day out in the country, thus boosting the tourism industry. The cabinet formed a working group, led by the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, to prepare the new policy considering the possible positive effects it will have on the tourism sector and the economy in general. 70 per cent of the total passengers who passed through the UAE’s airports in 2017 were transit passengers. The new policy will list visa fees, mechanisms for increasing the number of stop-over visitors, as well as ways to promote the country’s tourism attractions. Published on 15 April 2018

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Leaked papers: No re-examination for NRI students, confirms CBSE

India’s Ministry of Human Resources and Development has announced that there is no evidence of any leakage of examination papers outside India and as a result there will not be any re-examination for NRI students pursuing studies at CBSE-affiliated schools outside India. “Our information is that there is no leak outside India, so there will be no re-exams outside India,” Education Secretary Anil Swarup IAS said. As per to the latest information, Class 10 Maths re-test is expected to be held in July while Class 12 Economics exam will be conducted on April 25. The exams were cancelled after reports question paper leak emerged from Delhi. No evidence of paper leakage outside India The official said that there were no pan-India leakage nor there was any evidence of paper leakage outside India. “Regarding Class 10th re examination, as leak was restricted to Delhi and Haryana, if at all a re-exam…

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No plan to shift airbase from Qatar, US confirms

Two leading US defence entities have refuted the reports that the Americans are planning to leave the Al Udeid Airbase in Qatar. The unfounded story also said the US is leaving the Incirlik Air Base in Turkey. The US Central Command said that the reports by some media outlets in the blockading countries are “false” and without any “merit” “The US is not leaving Incirlik Air Base in Turkey, nor is the US leaving Al Udeid AB, Qatar. These reports are false and without merit,” The US Central Command said on its official twitter handle. The US is not leaving Incirlik Air Base in Turkey, nor is the US leaving Al Udeid AB, Qatar. These reports are false and without merit.— U.S. Central Command (@CENTCOM) March 25, 2018 Further rebutting the fake news, US Air Force Central Command said: “There is zero credibility to news reports asserting the US is…

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Dubai ranked as the best city for expats in MENA

Dubai has ranked the best city for expats in the Middle East and Africa, according to Mercer’s 20th Quality of Living Survey. Dubai ranks 74th globally in overall quality of living, making it the number one city in the Middle East and Africa region for the sixth year in a row. Dubai was closely followed by Abu Dhabi, which claimed 77th place. Only four other cities in this region make the top 100, including Muscat (70), Tel Aviv (87), Manama (93), and Kuwait City (99).  Vienna tops the global ranking for the ninth year running and is followed by Zurich, with Auckland and Munich in joint third place. The survey, said to be one of the world’s most comprehensive, is conducted annually to enable multinational companies and other organisations to compensate employees fairly when placing them on international assignments. Published on 21 March 2018

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Qatar to reimburse recruitment fees to 30,000 workers

International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) welcomed the State of Qatar’s steps on reimbursing the fees of bringing in 30,000 migrant workers in the construction of World Cup facilities. The confederation said that, by the end of March, more than 5,500 people from across South Asia (one-third of the workforce) will recover the money they have paid to intermediaries who hired them to work in Qatar. ITUC added that Doha is negotiating with a number of mediators to recover fees for the rest of the construction workers, which are expected to reach 30,000 by 2019. The amount may total up to 3.6 million pounds. The employment fees have become a thorny issue for Qatar and that dealing with them is part of the efforts of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy to improve the human rights file, pointing out in this context that workers pay money to mediators in their…

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