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Qatar health system ranked 13th best in the world and first in Middle East

Qatar’s health system has been ranked 13th best in the world and first in the Middle East by the 2017 Legatum Prosperity Index. The annual index measures and ranks the health of people living in 149 countries. A comprehensive review process assessed three key measures of the quality of each country’s healthcare system, including basic mental and physical health, health infrastructure, and the availability of preventive care. Qatar’s health ranking within the Legatum Prosperity Index has risen in the past ten years, advancing from 27th in the world in 2008 to 13th place at present. “To be ranked 13th in the world is a wonderful endorsement of the quality of care we deliver every day to patients across our health system,” said Minister of Public Health H E Dr Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari. “The transformation of Qatar’s health system in recent decades has been remarkable. We have made enormous progress…

India
India has third highest no of billionaires at 121, Mukesh Ambani stays richest: Forbes

India has 121 billionaires — 19 more than last year — making them the third largest group of the ultra-rich after those from the US and China, according to Forbes, the business magazine that produces an annual list. Mukesh Ambani, the energy and petrochemicals magnate, who keeps his standing as the richest Indian, is richer by $16.9 billion in 2018 with assets of $40.1 billion, according to the magazine’s list released online on Tuesday. He moved up to the 19th global rank on the list of 2,208 billionaires worldwide compiled by Forbes. In 2017, he ranked 33rd with $23.2 billion. The US has 585 billionaires and China 373 this year on the Forbes tally, which it calls “The Three Comma Club” for the punctuation used in writing out fully the billion in numbers. In 2017, there were 102 Indians on the list. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is the world’s richest…

UAE
Impact of blockade on Qatar fading, says IMF

The economic and financial impact on Qatar of a nine-month Saudi-led blockade is fading, but some risks for the Gulf emirate remain, the International Monetary Fund has said. In a report released this week, the IMF said the effect of the blockade on economic activity in Qatar had been “transitory” as new trade routes were quickly established and growth remained positive. Foreign financing and resident private sector deposits had fallen by $40bn but that had been offset by cash injections by the central bank and the Qatar Investment Authority – the emirate’s sovereign wealth fund, it said. Although Qatar’s economy and banking and financial systems remain sound, there are still some risks, the IMF said. “The main risks relate to the possibility of lower hydrocarbon prices, the implementation of planned fiscal measures and uncertainty associated with the lingering impact of the diplomatic rift.” Like other Gulf energy producers, Qatar has…

Qatar
Biriyani lovers in Doha can now enjoy 2 biriyani for the price of 1

Doha’s popular restaurant chain Savy Group has began a limited period offer where customers can buy any biriyani and get another one absolutely free. The offer which runs till 17th March 2018 is available at the following outlets: Biriyani Hut :  Opposite Nissan Service Center, Pearl Roundabout, Al Wakra Royal Indian :  The Mall, D Ring Road, Old Airport Area, Doha Tamarind Indian : Open Piazza, Lagoona Mall, Westbay, Doha Biriyani Hut in Wakra offers a wide range of authentic Biriyanis like Hyderabadi Dum Biriyani, Chettinadu Biriyani, Murg Tikka Biriyani, Mutton Boti Kebab Biriyani, Thalasseri Biriyani, Thalapkettu Biriyani, Persian Biriyani, Tawa Prawn Biriyani, Avadhi Saffron Biriyani etc. For vegetarians there are options like Mughalai Vegetable Biriyani, Vegetable Kashmiri Pulao and Shahi Navaratna Biriyani. Royal Indian in The Mall offers authentic Biriyanis like Mughalai Chicken Biriyani, Hyderabadi Lamb Biriyani, Tawa Prawn Biriyani, Kashmiri Veg Biriyani and Lucknowi Fish Tikka Biriyani. Tamarind Indian…

India
NRIs who had PPF account can continue to hold it

Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) who had invested in Public Provident Fund (PPF) can continue their accounts for now, a new official announcement says. According to the new office memorandum released by the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) on Feb. 23, the earlier notification about the closure of PPF accounts has been provisionally removed. “It has presently been decided to keep the related notification in abeyance till the additional order in this regard,” the office memorandum declared. The earlier notification was issued on Oct. 3, 2017, by the Department of Economic Affairs(DEA). The amendment to the Public Provident Fund Scheme, 1968, declared in the official gazette, “If a resident who opened an account under this scheme subsequently becomes a non-resident during the currency of the maturity period, the account shall be deemed to be closed with effect from the day he becomes a non-resident.” Interest will be compensated at the rate applicable…

Qatar
Qatar International Food Festival 2018: Everything you need to know

Qatar’s longest-running food festival, Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF), is set to open on March 15 and continue for 11 days at Hotel Park. The ninth edition will feature 177 stalls, six food trucks and trolleys, extending over the full 80,000 square metres of the park grounds. 16 hotels will bring the best of culinary experiences with prices ranging from QR 5 to QR 40, Dates: March 15 – March 25, 2018 Location: Hotel Park (in front of Doha Sheraton, Corniche Road) Underground parking facility is available for Hotel Park. Timing: Weekdays: 4 pm-11 pm Weekends: 4 pm-1 am In celebration of the unique mix of cultures that Qatar is home to, 9 embassies based in Doha will be inviting festival-goers to savour the flavours of East and West. The participating countries are the USA, South Africa, Vietnam, the Philippines, Turkey, Lebanon, Mexico, India and Ethiopia. International celebrity chefs Festival…

UAE
Indians bought Dubai properties worth AED 83 billion in 5 years

Indian nationals, who form the largest foreign investor group in Dubai’s real estate market, have bought properties worth more than AED83 billion ($22.6 billion) in the last five years, according to new statistics. The spending power – from 2013 to 2017 – has been revealed in figures compiled by Dubai Land Department ahead of the Dubai Property Festival taking place in April. Indians invested AED15.6 billion in Dubai’s real estate in 2017, AED12 billion in 2016 and AED20 billion in 2015 – the highest in a year, DLD said. Indian nationals form the largest expatriate population in the UAE and they are also the largest foreign owners of business establishments in the country. Most of Dubai’s residential stock of 490,000 homes is occupied by the Indian expatriate population. Indian expatriates mostly rent homes although tens of thousands of freehold homes are also owned by Indian nationals. Dubai Land Department recorded…

Qatar
Qatar’s Tawar Mall to be officially open on March 29

Qatar’s Tawar Mall officially opens on March 29 with “a promise to set new standards in Doha’s retail scene with vibrant shopping, and enthralling entertainment,” the management announced in a statement. Tawar Mall has been built around the idea of being unique and different, according to a statement which explains the key features. There is a beautiful ‘Old Souq’ which is inspired by the old market of Qatar, transporting visitors back in time. Bounce, ‘the free jumping revolution play area for all ages,’ is the largest in the Gulf region. There are three different types of food courts, including restaurants that will feature for the first time in Qatar. Another first for the region, are rooftop cafes and lounges on the top floor and under the sky. “Tawar Mall is set to offer a variety of lifestyle options in retail, grooming, wellness and F&B sectors which comprises many leading international…

UAE
India to be ‘Country of Honour’ at prestigious Abu Dhabi Festival 2018

In a significant honour, India has been declared as the ‘Guest of Honour’ country for the prestigious 15th Abu Dhabi Festival (ADF), a month-long festival celebrating art and culture, to be held this month in Abu Dhabi. It will see performances by ‘The Merchants of Bollywood an Indian theatrical extravaganza, ‘We The Living, a classical Indian dance inspired by Rumis ‘The Human Being by the Tanusree Shankar Dance Academy and sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan. The Festival will be held under the patronage of Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, UAE Minister of Tolerance. The selection of India as Guest of Honour country is significant as 2018 is being celebrated as the ‘Year of Zayed’, to mark the birth centenary of Sheikh Zayed, the founding father of the UAE and the country’s first President. ADF 2018 will see the participation of more than 500 international artistes and 40 composers from…

UAE
Bollywood icon Sridevi found dead in Dubai hotel

Sridevi Kapoor, Bollywood’s leading lady of the 1980s and ’90s who redefined stardom for actresses in India, has died at age 54. The actress was described as the first female superstar in India’s male-dominated film industry. She used one name on-screen, like many leading ladies of her generation, and was known for her comic timing and her dancing skills, a great asset in the song-and-dance melodramas that are a staple of mainstream Indian cinema. Sridevi drowned Saturday in a Dubai hotel bathtub following a “loss of consciousness,” according to the Dubai Media Office. She had been in Dubai to attend a wedding in her extended family. Indian political leaders and entertainers posted condolences and recollections of her work, with many colleagues and fans expressing shock at the sudden news. “Woken up to this tragic news. Absolute shock. Sad,” tweeted Rishi Kapoor, her costar in the 1989 film “Chandni,” or “Moonlight,”…

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