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Indian naval ship to arrive at Doha’s Hamad Port on Tuesday

The Indian Naval Ship (INS) Mumbai, a guided missile destroyer, is arriving at Hamad Port early Tuesday, on a three-day visit of Qatar. In the framework of the deep-rooted friendly ties, multi-faceted and growing co-operation between India and Qatar, this is the second time in the last six months that an Indian Naval Ship is visiting the country, according to a statement from the Indian embassy. Earlier in March, Indian Naval Ship Kolkata was in Doha to participate in the Dimdex 2018, an exhibition where a large number of shipyards and navies from across the globe showcased their capabilities. The INS Mumbai, the 10th warship of the same lineage, has been built to an indigenous design at Mumbai’s Mazagon Dock Limited. It bristles with a formidable array of weapons backed by state-of-the-art sensors and equipment. The vessel is the third of the Delhi class of guided missile destroyers and represents…

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Aishwarya Rai to walk the ramp in Doha for Manish Malhotra

Bollywood star and former Miss World Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will be walking the ramp in Qatar for celebrity fashion designer Manish Malhotra as part of Fashion Weekend International (FWI2018), The Peninsula reported. FWI2018 is a series of fashion-focused events which will throw a spotlight exclusively on Manish Malhotra’s designs, that will be showcased by India’s top models and celebrity showstopper Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. The event organised by Fab Entertainment Qatar will be held at Mondrian Doha Hotel, the official hospitality partner, on October 5 at 7 pm. The tickets, priced in the range of QR 1,000 to QR 3,500, are available at The Mondrian Doha Hotel. All those who purchase the QR 3,500 ticket will get a front row seat along with other benefits such as red carpet entry, pre-show cocktail party and post-show supper. The Designer Manish Malhotra is synonymous with opulent designs, craftsmanship and styling international celebrities showcasing…

India
Indian passport holders to get Schengen priority visas soon

Travelling to Europe may soon get easier for Indian passport holders. As per media reports, the Schengen states which include 26 European countries, are considering to offer priority visas to those holding Indian passport. The decision will surely benefit Indian passport holders. The Schengen states comprise 26 European countries – Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland and Sweden, along with Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. What is priority visa? Priority visa is a premium service under which the visa application is processed in a very short time, for an additional fee. Right now, UK offers ‘super priority’ visas to Indian citizens where the visa process takes one day only. With ‘priority’ category of visas to the UK the visa decision takes less than a week. The UK started the super priority visa category keeping…

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QP signs 3-year naphtha deal with Indian company

Qatar Petroleum has signed a three-year sale agreement to supply India’s Haldia Petrochemicals Limited (HPL) in the West Bengal state, with a total of 600,000 tonnes of light naphtha. The deal signed for and on behalf of Qatar Petroleum for the Sale of Petroleum Products Company (QPSPP), will start this year, QP said on Wednesday. This long-term supply agreement is the first QPSPP naphtha feedstock sale to an end-user in India, highlighting QPSPP push for more direct sales with established end-users. Marking this important milestone, QP president and CEO Saad Sherida al-Kaabi said, “India is a very important country and energy partner for Qatar and we are proud of our longstanding excellent partnership. Qatar Petroleum Group of Companies continue to explore new opportunities with Indian counterparts to further enhance our co-operation on all fronts, and to effectively contribute to satisfying India’s growing demand for energy. “Qatar supplies Indian end-users with…

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IndiGo to start daily services to two more cities from Doha

IndiGo, which is India’s largest passenger airline in terms of market share, will start operating to two more destinations in India – Thiruvananthapuram and Ahmedabad from Doha in early October. The daily non-stop service between Doha and Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala state, will be from October 1. The daily non-stop service between Doha and Ahmedabad, the largest city in Gujarat state, will be from October 2, IndiGo announced on Wednesday. Flight timings IndiGo’s Thiruvananthapuram flight from Doha will depart daily at 11.35am and reach the Kerala capital at 6.55pm. The flight from Thiruvananthapuram will depart at 11.15pm and reach Doha at 1.40am. The Doha-Ahmedabad flight will depart from Hamad International Airport at 2.40am and reach the Gujarat city at 8.35am. IndiGo’s Ahmedabad-Doha flight will depart at 9.35am and reach Doha at 10.35am. IndiGo already flies to six Indian destinations from Doha; Kochi, Kozhikode (both Kerala), Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai…

India
Indian Rupee hits fresh low at 72.73 to a dollar

The rupee hit a fresh low against the dollar for the second day as it touched ₹72.73 in the afternoon trade as compared to the previous close of ₹72.45 a dollar, which was an all-time low. The previous intra-day low was on Monday when the currency hit ₹72.67 to a dollar. A combination of domestic and international factors like worsening balance of payments situation and trade wars have impacted emerging market currencies and the rupee is no exception. Besides, unabated foreign fund outflows, sharp plunge in domestic equities with the benchmark Sensex crashing by over 500 points, too, weighed on the domestic unit, dealers said. The rupee Tuesday opened on a positive note by inching 20 paise higher at 72.25 against the US dollar amid increased selling by banks and exporters. The currency, however, failed to sustain strength and weakened to hit a fresh lifetime low of 72.73, down by…

Around The Region
Exchange Rates: GCC Currencies vs Indian Rupees

Here are today’s Exchange Rates for all GCC currencies (UAE Dirhams, Qatar Riyal, Saudi Riyal, Oman Riyal, Bahrain Dinar and Kuwait Dinar) against Indian Rupees: 1 UAE Dirham = Rs 19.80 1 Qatar Riyal = Rs 19.98 1 Saudi Riyal = Rs 19:39 1 Oman Riyal = Rs 188.92 1 Bahrain Dinar = Rs 192.86 1 Kuwait Dinar = Rs 240.08 Please note these are currency trading rates and not remittance rates. Remittance rates from banks / exchange houses will be slightly lower than these rates. The rates can also change from time to time. Kindly check with your bank / exchange for the best rate for remittance. Exchange rates are determined in the foreign exchange market, which is open to a wide range of different types of buyers and sellers, and where currency trading is continuous: 24 hours a day except weekend. Updated: 11 September 2018

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Eligibility for permanent residency in Qatar explained in new law

Qatar Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has officially issued Law No. 10 of the year 2018, pertaining to the issue of permanent residency, QNA reported. The law is now in effect and will soon be published in the official gazette. Here are the conditions to grant permanent residency: Article 1 If a candidate is born outside Qatar, he/she should have completed 20 years of stay in the country on a legal ordinary residency permit. For those who were born in Qatar, this period has been limited to 10 years. The duration of residency should be consecutive and prior to the date of submission of the application for permanent residency permit. The residency of an applicant in the county should not be interrupted by staying outside Qatar for more than 60 days in a year. The duration of stay out of the country will be deducted from the balance…

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Qatar lifts Exit Permit requirement for most expatriates

Most expatriates in Qatar under the labour law will no longer have to obtain exit permits in order to leave the country temporarily or for good within the duration of the work contract. In a widely-welcomed move, Qatar has amended its residency laws to allow expatriates to leave the country without exit permits from their employers. The Amir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani issued on Tuesday the Law No. 13 of 2018, amending certain provisions of the Law No. 21 of 2015 regulating the entry, exit and residency of expatriates, The Peninsula reported. Law No. 13 of 2018, amends provisions of Law No. 21 of 2015 and Law No. 1 of 2017, which regulate the entry and exit of expatriates. Under the new law, most expatriates would be able to leave the country without having to obtain permits from their employers under the law. Who needs exit permit…

UAE
Indian expat in UAE wins Rs 23 crore jackpot

An Indian expatriate became the new multi-millionaire of Big Ticket raffles after winning AED 12 million (Rs 23 crore), the biggest jackpot of Big Ticket raffle in Abu Dhabi. George Mathew, who purchased ticket number 175342 at Big Ticket Abu Dhabi, was announced as the winner of the bumper prize on Monday.  “It has been last 6 months since I started purchasing Big Ticket along with my 6 friends and finally it is our lucky day today. I am really happy and surprised as well by the call from Big Ticket. God blessed me after with 12 Million Dirhams and thank you Big Ticket Team for such wonderful news,” he said. George Mathew, who lives in Ajman with his family since last 9 years, works for Gulf News. The Dream 12 Million Raffle Draw Series 195 was announced Monday morning at the Abu Dhabi International Airport’s arrivals hall at 10am. Interestingly,…

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