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Qatar Airways voted as World’s Best Airline in 2017

Qatar Airways has again been named as ‘Airline of the Year’ by the prestigious 2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards, held at the Paris Air Show on Tuesday, the fourth time that the national carrier has been given this global recognition as the world’s best airline. In addition to being voted ‘Best Airline’ by travellers from around the world, Qatar’s national carrier also won a raft of other major awards at the ceremony, including ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’, ‘World’s Best Business Class’ and ‘World’s Best First Class Airline’ lounge. Qatar Airways’ home and hub, Hamad International Airport, was this year also rated five-star by Skytrax, one of the fewest in the world to be given this recognition. Singapore Airlines, a perennial favourite in the awards was ranked No. 2 in the world, also receiving awards as the Best Airline in Asia, the World’s Best Business Class seat and for…

Prominent NRI businessman Abdul Hameed passes away

Long-time Doha resident and prominent Indian entrepreneur K P Abdul Hameed (76) passed away at a hospital in Bengaluru on Monday. He was a managing director of Al Muftah Rent A Car, set up in 1970 as the first vehicle rental firm in Qatar. Hameed had suffered a stroke more than a month ago in Doha and was taken to India for treatment, Gulf Times reported. Hameed, who arrived in Qatar in 1965, was a regular presence at a number of community events over the last four decades. The veteran businessman was among the founders of MES Indian School. Established in 1974 MES Indian School was the first Indian expatriate institution of the country. Hameed was also one of the founding members and chief patrons of the Indian Cultural and Arts Society (Incas Qatar). Indian Community Benevolent Forum (ICBF) and expatriate forums Incas Qatar and Indian Medical Association (Qatar chapter)…

No limitations on foreign airlines to Qatar: Gulf nations clarify

UAE, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Egypt have affirmed that no limitations were imposed on international airways, except carriers owned or registered in Qatar. Officials representing the four countries visited the headquarters of International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), in Montreal, Canada after Qatar asked the agency to intervene. The ICAO, which regulates international air travel under the Chicago Convention, brought together transport ministers and aviation officials from the Gulf states and Egypt at its headquarters to help resolve the dispute, Bahrain News Agency reported. The delegation affirmed full respect for the Convention on International Civil Aviation (also known as Chicago Convention-1944) and all related annexes. UAE had clarified that air ban does not extend to private companies and chartered flights, and can continue to use the country’s airports or transiting through its airspace to and from Qatar. Jet Airways, Indigo resume using UAE airspace Airlines from India, such as Jet Airways…

UAE announces Eid-Al-Fitr holiday for public sector

UAE’s Federal Authority for government human resources has announced that Eid Al Fitr holiday for federal ministries and authorities in the UAE will begin on Saturday, 29th Ramadan (corresponding to June 24), official news agency WAM has reported. If Eid falls on Sunday, June 25, work will resume on Wednesday, June 28. If Eid falls on Monday, June 26, the holiday will still begin on Saturday, Ramadan 29, with work resuming on Sunday, July 2. The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources conveyed greetings to The President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and Their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates. The authority…

24×7 toll-free helpline for tourists visiting India

India’s Ministry of Tourism has launched the 24×7 Toll Free Multi-Lingual Tourist Help line in 12 International languages including Hindi & English. This service is available on the toll free number 1800111363 or on a short code 1363 and operational 24×7 (365 days in a year) offering a “Multi-lingual helpdesk”. The languages handled by the Tourist Helpline include ten International languages namely Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. The objective of this multi-lingual helpline is to provide information relating to travel and tourism in India to the domestic and international tourists. The helpline also advises callers during the times of distress, if any, while travelling in India and alerts the concerned authorities, if required. This is a unique endeavour by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India which gives the foreign tourists a sense of safety and security during their travel in India. Source: Ministry of…

Two Indians win Million Dollar each in Dubai Duty Free promotion

Two more Indians have won $1 million (Rs 6.4 crores) each in Dubai Duty Free’s (DDF) Millennium Millionaire promotion last week. Arjun Harish Nayaka from Sharjah (ticket 4625) was announced the winner in the Millennium Millionaire Series No 244. Nayaka, who works for WSP Engineering Consultancy in Dubai, was thrilled. “It’s a truly memorable day for me and my family. I can’t wait to share the news with my wife and son who are coming back to Dubai after a short holiday in India. We will be delighted to meet the Dubai Duty Free team who made this happen,” he said. The second dollar millionaire was Vijayaram P.K, a 46-year-old engineer at Al Futtaim Carillion, who won in Series No 245 with ticket 2294. He is a regular participant in the promotion. Meanwhile, Emirati Saadi Al Rais will be claiming his third prize from Dubai Duty Free after winning in…

Qatar’s first Aster Hospital opens doors to patients

The first hospital of Aster DM Healthcare in Qatar has started receiving patients since Thursday. The 50-bed Aster Hospital, with advanced facilities and emergency services, is situated near the Old Airport intersection facing D-Ring Road (behind Family Food Centre). The hospital has Operation Theatres, Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU), Gastroenterology Unit and Day Surgery. Aster Hospital will have 16 outpatient clinics with different specialties like orthopedics, gastroenterology, urology, obstetrics and gynecology, dental and maxillofacial, general surgery along with general medicine, ENT, paediatrics and neonatology. It has spacious private rooms, consultation rooms, and 24-hour lab and pharmacy. The obstetrics and gynecology department includes two delivery rooms, a Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) and Well baby nursery. The diagnostic services includes an advanced MRI unit, CT scan and digital X ray, including pathology services including an advanced laboratory and a 24 hour pharmacy. The hospital structure was completed…

Dubai government employees to get June salary early

Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-Presiddent and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has ordered an early salary deposit for Dubai government employees in June. The gesture is aimed at helping families meet their needs and requirements during Eid Al Fitr. Government employees will receive their salaries on June 15, ten days ahead of Eid. The Dubai Government has started taking the necessary steps to implement Shaikh Mohammad’s directives. Abdul Rahman Saleh Al Saleh, Director of Dubai’s Department of Finance, expressed his heartfelt thanks to Shaikh Mohammad for the gesture, which he said reflects the Ruler’s keenness to support government employees in meeting their families’ requirements and help them spend quality time with them during the upcoming holiday. Published on 10 June 2017

After Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain close down Qatar Airways offices

UAE General Civil Aviation Authority has announced it will shut down all Qatar Airways offices in the country. In a statement released on Wednesday, the authority said, “The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority has taken the decision to close all offices of Qatar Airways in the United Arab Emirates with immediate effect.” Fellow GCC state Bahrain also revoked Qatar Airways’ licence on Tuesday, and ordered its offices to be shut within 48 hours. The move comes a day after Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) revoked the license of Qatar Airways and ordered its offices to to be closed within 48 hours. Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt had announced the suspension of all flights to and from Qatar as of Tuesday morning. Published on 7 June 2017

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Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Egypt cut diplomatic ties with Qatar

In a shocking turn of events, four major countries of the MENA region – Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt – have called off their diplomatic relations with the State of Qatar. The suprising announcement came on Monday as tensions escalate in the region over accusations of Qatar supporting terrorist organisations. The Saudi Arabian government announced that it was severing ties with Qatar and thereby pulled all Qatari troops from the ongoing war in Yemen. The announcement was made early on Monday via the Saudi News Agency, which also stated that the kingdom was taking the action for protection of national security. Saudi also closed the border and halted air and sea traffic with Qatar, urging “all brotherly countries and companies to do the same”, Al Jazeera reported. Saudi Arabia is the only country to have land access to Qatar and the border closure can seriously impact trade…

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