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News that you need to know! Selected news stories from Qatar, India, Middle East and around the world, with focus on news that matters to Indians in Qatar.

Qatar
Sushma Swaraj interacts with Indian community in Qatar

India’s External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj interacted with the Indian diaspora on Monday and put forth the initiatives which have been taken by the government for the Indian community’s welfare in Qatar. “I always look forward to meeting members of the Indian diaspora on my foreign visits, and always request Ambassadors to schedule such events irrespective of its size,” Swaraj said while welcoming the attendees. She further conveyed that immense progress has happened in India ever since the Qatari-Indian community left their native land. “India is one of the fastest growing economies, it is capable of shaping global; agenda. The Indian PM is counted amongst the eminent leaders of the nation. The welfare of the Indian community in foreign lands is an integral part of our foreign policy, and that is one of the biggest initiatives taken during this government’s tenure,” she said. Swaraj further said, “You must have…

Qatar
Hamad International Airport completes ‘Smart Airport’ Phase-1

Qatar’s Hamad International Airport (HIA) has successfully completed the first major phase of its ‘Smart Airport’ program, which will enable home carrier Qatar Airways to process more than 25% of its passengers using self-service check-in and bag-drop facilities. In partnership with SITA and CCM, HIA has successfully commissioned 62 next-generation self-service check-in kiosks and 12 self-service bag drops including future biometric technology capability. The kiosks are spread across the departures check-in hall and enable passengers to check-in, print boarding passes and bag tags; tag their bags; and drop them at the bag drop before proceeding to border control. Automated Visa Document Check A mobile ‘Automated Visa Document Check’, which is the first of its kind in any major airport worldwide has also been implemented which enables ground services agents to check a passenger’s visa documentation before continuing their journey. Although the self-service kiosks and bag drop facilities are currently exclusive…

Qatar
India, Qatar to establish joint commission to strengthen relations

India and Qatar on Monday decided to establish a joint commission to strengthen their relations in various fields with a view to furthering the common interest of the people of the two countries. The joint commission being set up in pursuance of the decision taken by Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar and Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of the Republic of India during the visit of the latter to Doha on 4-5 June 2016. Building synergies btwn India & Qatar.EAM @SushmaSwaraj & Qatari DyPM & FM Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani held comprehensive discussions on bilateral relations, regional & international issues.A joint declaration to establish a JCM was signed. https://t.co/OBTFMnIN0A pic.twitter.com/VyiByecm7A— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) October 29, 2018 The joint declaration signed by External Affairs Minister of India Sushma Swaraj and Foreign Minister of Qatar Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani in Doha today highlights…

Qatar
Sushma Swaraj meets Emir of Qatar, discusses bilateral ties

India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday met Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani and discussed ways to move forward on the roadmap set by the top leaders of the two countries. Swaraj arrived here on Sunday on the first leg of her four-day visit to Qatar and Kuwait. “EAM @SushmaSwaraj called on Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani. Recalled with fondness the visit of Emir to India in March 2015 that was reciprocated by PM Modi in June 2016 & discussed ways to move forward on the roadmap set by the leaders,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted. Taking the agenda forward. EAM @SushmaSwaraj called on Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani.Recalled with fondness the visit of Emir to India in March 2015 that was reciprocated by PM Modi in June 2016 & discussed ways to move forward on…

Qatar
Over 5,000 trees to be planted for 2022 FIFA World Cup

2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar will help further plant more than 5,000 trees, and create more than 850,000 square metre of new green spaces and parks. This was revealed during fifth edition of Sustainability Summit 2018 which was held last week. In the same conference, the Gulf Organisation for Research and Development (GORD) signed a new memorandum of understanding to test and demonstrate the BlueStorage System at GORD’s research facility at Al Thumama Stadium Precinct in Qatar. According to a press release issued by GORD yesterday, in “Sustainable Building Design & Construction of Qatar’s Legacy Projects” session which was held on the second day of the conference, Jose Retana, Sustainability Senior Manager at Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup Local Organising Committee, reaffirmed Qatar’s commitment to delivering a sustainable and inclusive 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament and football experience, as evident in the various 2022 FIFA World Cup stadium projects. For…

Qatar
Travel without exit permit comes into force from today

Qatar’s Ministry of Interior has started implementing the amendment of Article No. 7 concerning the cancellation of the travel (exit) permit notice of Law No. 21 of 2015 regarding the entry and exit of expatriates and their residence. Director of Airport Passports Department Col Mohammed Rashid Al Mazroui confirmed that the Ministry of Interior, in the framework of facilitating procedures and travel through the country’s ports, started implementing Article No. 7 regarding the cancellation of the travel (exit) permit notice from early morning today (Sunday). He said that these measures are part of the recent amendments to Law No. 21 of 2015, stipulating that the expatriates working under labour law shall have the right to temporarily exit or depart the country permanently during the validity of the employment contract, and that the employer has the right to apply in advance to the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs…

UAE
Abu Dhabi Corniche Park named the best public park in the world

The Abu Dhabi Corniche Park has been named the best public park in the world, based on views and reviews of the public about its services, facilities, and serene environment, as well as the public health, safety and security standards in place. The result was announced following the poll conducted by the UK-based Green Flag Organisation. Around 12 countries from three continents and more than 100 qualified sites with stylish quality parks outside the UK competed for the award. The park raised the Green Flag last March, while Abu Dhabi emirate raised the Freen Flag in Dalma, Umm Al Amarat, Khalifa Park and Rahba Park. The Abu Dhabi City Municipality says that the recent award is a clear manifestation of the sound planning and the unlimited support of the leaders to provide better recreational facilities and bring parks on par with international standards. The municipality is among the leading municipalities…

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Qatar World Cup 2022 will be carbon-free: Minister

Qatar’s football World Cup 2022 will be a “carbon-neutral” tournament with zero harmful emissions, Environment Minister told a sustainability conference on Wednesday. Minister of Municipality and Environment H E Mohamed bin Abdullah Al Rumaihi said strict standards in design and construction would offset the tournament’s carbon footprint, despite the huge number of infrastructure projects underway in the Gulf emirate. “The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy has been working on planning and organising a carbon-neutral 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament,” he said. Carbon neutrality is achieved by offsetting the amount of harmful carbon dioxide released to the atmosphere. Hydrocarbon-rich Qatar, which is spending $500 million a week on capital projects for the World Cup, is undergoing a huge transformation for football’s biggest tournament. Among major projects, Doha is building or refurbishing eight stadiums, overseeing massive roadworks and the country’s first Metro system. Qatar is also building the $45 billion Lusail…

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Sushma Swaraj to visit Qatar and Kuwait during October 28-31

India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will be on a four-day visit to Qatar and Kuwait from Sunday. The ministry said in a statement that, on 28th and 29th October Mrs Swaraj will have engagements in Qatar while on 30th and 31st of October she will be in Kuwait. During her visit to Qatar, the External Affairs Minister will interact with her counterpart Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani and also call on Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani. She will also interact with the Indian community in Doha. India and Qatar share millennia old historic multi-dimensional, relations. About seven lakh Indians form the largest expatriate community in Qatar. It is a reliable energy partner, supplying more than 50 per cent of India’s natural gas imports. India’s bilateral trade with Qatar stood at 9.9 billion US dollars in 2017-18. During her visit to Kuwait, Mrs Swaraj will hold…

UAE
Everything you need to know about UAE’s new visa policy

UAE has launched some major changes to its visa policy that will not just benefit expatriates, but boost the local economy as well. The new visa rules that allows visitors and tourists to apply for new UAE entry visas without leaving the country, and also grant one-year residency extensions to widows and divorced women, has come into effect this Sunday, October 21. Here are the major changes to the visa rules: 1) 60 days renewal for visit visas Visit visa holders will be able to apply for 30-day extensions twice without having to leave the country. A Dh600 fee is applicable for each extension. Previously, visitors had to leave the UAE after the expiry of their three-month visit visas or one-month tourist visas. Those found violating or delaying in applying under the new rules will be granted a 10-day grace period, after which they will be fined AED 100 per…

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