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Night Market Qatar Winter Edition is now open

Night Market Qatar in the parking area of Duhail Sports Club has opened its doors for visitors this season. Within weeks of its opening, the place has already become a popular destination among residents. The market, that had last opened in May for a month, offers a variety of cafes and shops in one place for the coming six months. The place will be open daily from 4pm to 3am. The fully furnished venue offers a wide array of products including apparels, accessories, health and beauty products and perfumes Night Market visitors will also be able to enjoy a variety of meals in the dedicated food court area. The venue also offers a spacious play area with bouncy castles and entertainment activities. Published on 20 November 2018 Photos: Baher Amin / The Peninsula

Indian expat wins $1 million at Dubai Duty Free raffle

Dubai-based Indian expat, Nowshad Subir, has become the latest $1 million winner in the Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire promotion with ticket number 0520 in Series 286. Subir bought his lucky ticket online and shared the ticket cost with his nine other colleagues – seven Indians, one Syrian and one Filipina. Each of the expatriates will be bringing home approximately Dh360,000. Commenting on his win, Subir said, “Buying a ticket to win $1 million has become a habit for us in the company. We are delighted to have finally won and can call ourselves lucky people. Our win makes us feel more secure so thank you so much Dubai Duty Free!” 137th Indian national to win A resident of Dubai for 20 years, Subir is the 137th Indian national to win in the promotion since its inception in 1999. Meanwhile, three more Dubai expats have reason to celebrate as they…

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Online registration to be compulsory for Indians flying on employment visa

India Government has made online registration mandatory for all ECNR passport holders going for overseas employment to 18 countries (including Gulf countries) from 2019. The rule will be valid for travellers to the following countries: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, Thailand, UAE and Yemen. Starting January 1, 2019, All Indians travelling to these countries for employment have to register online at the government’s e-Migrate portal, or else will be offloaded, the Ministry of External Affairs has announced. New rule valid for Non-ECR (ECNR) passport holders The rule will be valid for Indian passport holders who do not require Emmigration Clearance. Earlier only ECR passport holders were required to get prior approval before travelling. As per the new rule: Non-ECR passport holders have to register online 24 hours before travel. They will receive immediate approval by SMS/Email. ECR passport holders…

Jet Airways to discontinue 3 non-stop services from Doha

Indian carrier Jet Airways will discontinue its direct flight service from Doha to three destinations in south Indian state of Kerala. Starting from 3 December 2018, the airline will stop its direct flight service to Kochi, Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram, The Peninsula newspaper reported citing an official at the Jet Airways office in Doha. Instead of direct flights, there will only be one-stop flights to these cities, making Mumbai and Delhi as hubs. Increase in flights to Mumbai and Delhi Meanwhile, the airline will increase its frequency to Mumbai and Delhi from Doha starting December 5. The increased frequencies will be for Doha-Mumbai at 2255 hours, Mumbai-Doha at 2030 hours, Doha-Delhi at 0250 hours and Delhi-Doha at 2355 hours. According to the newspaper, the changes come after Jet Airways posted its September quarter earnings, where the company declared a loss of Rs12.61 billion and has announced a turnaround plan with focus…

Indians can now use debit or credit card for Qatar visa-free entry

Indian citizens can now carry a credit or debit card to avail of Qatar’s visa-free entry facility, according to information available on the Ministry of Interior (MoI) website. With effect from November 11, the MoI had introduced a set of new conditions for Indian nationals who wanted to obtain an on-arrival tourist visa. One of the conditions was that the applicant must possess a valid credit card. Now, as mentioned on the ministry website, people also have the option of carrying a debit card. “Applicant must be in possession of a valid credit or debit card. (Mandatory to present a valid credit or debit card in the name of the traveller; in case of travelling with family, the family head should have a card in his name),” the MoI website states. The updated rules also include non-extension of the visa beyond 30 days and confirmed hotel reservation. Besides, the visitor…

Bollywood singer Neha Kakkar Live in Qatar on Thursday

Popular Indian singer Neha Kakkar will headline the first edition of One FM Live, an initiative of One FM 89.6 (Qatar ki dhadkan), in Doha Thursday (15th November 2018) evening. The concert takes place at Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiyah Arena at 7pm. One FM Live will be a regular affair with One FM promising to bring to the audience the “best in live music to Doha”, the organisers have said. The organisers held a press conference to give details of the show. Present at the meet were Naveed Abdulla, CEO of One FM 89.6; Jassim Mohamed, CEO of Red Apple Events and Media (event manager); and Assad Khan, head of marketing, Qatar Cinema and Film Distribution Company. About Neha Kakkar Neha needs no introduction, from being a participant who got eliminated in the second round of ‘Indian Idol’ Season 2 to being a judge today of the same show. All…

Qatar’s first Street Food Festival to begin tomorrow

Here is some good news for the foodies in Doha as they can enjoy Qatar’s first Street Food Festival starting from tomorrow. The ten-day event will take place at Sheraton Hotel Park from 14 to 24 November 2018 and the entrance will be free for all. According to the organisers, Street Food Festival aims to encourage restaurants and small and medium enterprises to be unique and creative in their projects, especially that the Qatari market is a good market for a restaurant to start and reach the international market. Street Food Festival, the first of its kind in Qatar, will have many restaurants, food trucks and home-based projects. The festival offers a unique opportunity for visitors to taste a wide range of restaurants, from local and oriental to Asian, American and European, Mediterranean and other cuisines, as well as the opportunity for restaurants and home-based projects to introduce their products…

AI Express to launch Doha flights from Kannur next month

Air India Express will start four-times-a-week flights between Kannur in the southern Indian state of Kerala and Doha on December 10, according to an airline statement shared by local travel agents. The new Kannur International Airport in northern Kerala will be inaugurated on December 9, it is learnt. According to the Air India Express communique, the inaugural flight to Doha (IX0773) will leave Kannur at 8.20pm (India) on December 10 and reach Doha at 10pm (Qatar). The AI Express Kannur-Doha service will be operated on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. The return flight (IX0774) to Kannur will leave Doha at 11pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, and reach Kannur at 5.45am (India) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Kannur is the fourth international airport in Kerala. AI Express Flights also operates flights from Doha to Mumbai, Kochi, Kozhikode, Thiruvananthapuram and Mangalore. Published on 13 November 2018

Qatar changes visa on arrival rules for Indian nationals

Qatar’s Ministry of Interior has updated the conditions to get free visa on arrival for Indian nationals. According to MoI website, the visa-free entry for Indians will not be extendable beyond 30 days starting 11 November 2018. Previously Indians could extend the visa after 30 days and stay in Qatar for a total of 60 days. Also it is now mandatory that the applicant must be in possession of a valid credit or debit card in the name of the traveller. If travelling as a family, the credit or debit card should be in name of the male head of the family. Other conditions are passport validity of six months, a confirmed return ticket, and a confirmed hotel reservation for the passenger. Here is the updated description on MoI website: Visa free entry for Indians Nationals of India can obtain on-arrival tourist visa facility spend up to 30 days in…

Qatar Amir issues law establishing workers’ support and insurance fund

Qatar Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani has issued Law No 17 of 2018 establishing the Workers’ Support and Insurance Fund. The Amir also issued Tuesday Law No 16 of 2018 regulating the non-Qatari ownership and use of properties, the official Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported. According to the provisions of Law No 17 of 2018, a fund under the name “Workers’ Support and Insurance Fund” shall be established with a legal entity. The fund aims to support, ensure and provide care for workers, guarantee their rights and provide a healthy and safe working environment for them. The purpose of the new fund is to pay the workers ‘benefits, which are settled by the labor dispute settlement committees, in order to avoid actions that may take time and affect workers’ ability to fulfill their obligations towards their families or third parties. The fund ensures the rapid payment of financial benefits…

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