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First day of Eid al-Adha to be on September 1

The first day of Hijri month Dhul-Hijja 1438H will be on August 23, while the first day of Eid al-Adha this year will be on September 1, according to astronomical calculations by Qatar Calendar House (QCH). “According to accurate calculations the new crescent of Dhul- Hijja 1438H will born on 29 Dhul-Qa’da (August 21) at 9.31pm,” QCH director Dr Mohamed al-Ansari and astronomer expert Dr Beshir Marzouk said in a statement. The time set of the moon will be before sunset time over Doha sky by 10 minutes on 29 Dhul-Qa’da (August 21), while the time set of the moon will be before sunset time over the sky of two holy mosques (Makkah and Medina) and over all Gulf countries by (8 – 11 minutes). The new crescent will be impossible to view by astronomical telescopes or naked eye over Doha sky and all Arabic countries sky on this night;…

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Photos: Indians in Qatar celebrate Independence Day

Hundreds of Indians representing the largest expat community in Qatar gathered at ICC premises to pay salute to the nation on its 71st Independence Day. Ambassador P Kumaran led the Independence Day celebrations at the ICC by hoisting the Indian flag at a special ceremony attended by a large number of community members. Officials of the apex bodies under Indian embassy, prominent members of the Indian community as well as office bearers of several Indian organisations were present on the occasion. ICC president Milan Arun welcomed the gathering and general secretary Juttas Paul conducted the meeting. Students of Indian schools presented patriotic songs during the function. A cake was cut to celebrate the occasion by the Indian ambassador and other officials. K S Prasad, Head of consular services of ICC, delivered a vote of thanks. The Indian national flag was raised at various places in Qatar including Indian schools. Published on 15 August…

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Show your support to Qatar and win prizes

A non profit organisation in Qatar has come up with an innovative online platform where Qatar residents can show their support to Qatar and the Emir HH Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani by sharing their photos about Qatar. The organisation – ISupportQatar – is organising a contest where all you have to do is click and upload on their website a photo which shows your support and love for Qatar. The rules are simple: 1. Signup at www.isupportqatar.qa and upload your photo. 2. Share in your social platforms with the hashtags #ISupportQatar and #QatarIsGreat. 3. Get maximum smiles on your photos by hitting the smiley face button. (You can pass your photo among your friends to get maximum smiles) 4. Photos can be clicked using any gadgets. 5. Participants may be asked to send their original photos for review. 6. Any irrelevant or vulgar photos will be removed. The…

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Qatar now offers visa-free entry for 80 nationalities including Indians

In a landmark decision to encourage tourism and revive hospitality sector, Qatar has announced that it will allow visa-free entry for citizens of 80 countries, with immediate effect. The countries include the UK, the USA, Canada, India, South Africa, Seychelles, Australia and New Zealand, the officials announced on Wednesday. No need to apply for visa Citizens of those countries wishing to visit Qatar will not need to apply or pay for a visa; instead, a multi-entry waiver will be issued free-of-charge at the port of entry, upon presentation of a valid passport with a minimum validity of six months and a confirmed onward or return ticket. “Citizens of these 80 countries wishing to visit Qatar will not need to apply or pay for a visa,” Qatari officials announced in a press release. Multiple-entry waiver free of charge “A multi-entry waiver will be issued free-of-charge at the port of entry, upon presentation…

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Indian community event shows solidarity with Qatar

Members of the Indian community expressed solidarity with Qatar and its leadership through an ‘India-Qatar fusion show’ that was held in Doha recently. The event, ‘Qatar – Our Second Home – A celebration of Solidarity’, took place at Qatar National Theatre and was opened by HE the Minister of Culture and Sports Salah bin Ghanim al-Ali. “This event and the support that the Indian community has been providing to this country is a demonstration that the relation between India and Qatar is not just that of trade but of honour, dignity and love,” al-Ali said in his opening speech. The minister also expressed the government’s gratitude for the event and appreciated the participating artistes for their dedication and hard work. The event, organised by Bridge Qatar in association with Qatar National Theatre, lasted more than two a and half hours and featured cultural performances by more than 120 Indian artistes.…

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Qatar to offer permanent residency for certain expatriates

Qatar’s Cabinet on Wednesday has approved a bill to grant permanent residency status to certain expatriates, Qatar News Agency has reported. Under the provisions of the bill, the Minister of Interior may grant permanent residence card to non-Qatari nationals if the conditions specified by the law are met. Conditions for permanent residency A decision of the Minister of Interior may grant the permanent residency status to a non-Qatari if he/she meets any of the following conditions: Qataris married to non-Qataris Those who performed great services to the State People with the “special competencies” needed by the State Advantages of permanent residency The permanent resident card grants its holders a number of privileges, which include state benefits in education and health care in government institutions. They would also be given priority to recruitment after Qatari nationals in military and civilian public posts. The holder of this card also has the right…

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Qatar Emir congratulates new Indian President

Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani sent a cable of congratulations to President Ram Nath Kovind on his election and swearing in as President of the Republic of India, Qatar News Agency reported. Deputy Emir Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al Thani also sent a cable of congratulations to the President Ram Nath Kovind on his election and swearing in as President of India. Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani also sent a similar cable of congratulations to President Ram Nath Kovind, the report said. India-Qatar cooperation in diverse sectors has been steadily growing in an excellent framework provided by historically close ties and regular and substantive engagement, including at the highest levels of the two Governments. During a visit to India by Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani in March 2015, five MoUs entailing co-operation in several fields were signed. Former…

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QNB Group commences operations in India

QNB Group, the largest financial institution in the Middle East and Africa, has recently commenced operations in the city of Mumbai, the economic capital of India. The start of the Group’s operations in India comes in support of its vision to become a leading bank in the Middle East, Africa, and Southeast Asia by 2020, in addition to establishing a foothold in highly competitive markets. Through its new branch in India, the Group offers a full spectrum of banking products and services. The Group also offers its rich experience in wealth management, investment portfolios, project finance, and the provision of smart banking solutions and a range of innovative products and services designed to suit the requirements of the Indian market. The Indian economy is the seventh largest in the world with an annual GDP of USD2.3tn in 2016. It is the world’s second most populated country and the fastest growing…

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Highlights from Qatar Emir’s address to the nation

Qatar’s ruler said Friday that the Gulf emirate is ready for talks to resolve a diplomatic crisis with a Saudi-led bloc so long as his country’s sovereignty is respected. “We are open to dialogue to resolve the outstanding problems,” so long as Qatar’s “sovereignty is respected,” Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani said in his first public comments since Saudi Arabia and its allies severed ties with the gas-rich emirate. “Any settlement of the crisis must be based on two principles,” he said in a televised speech. Here are the key points from the speech: The spirit of solidarity, harmony and defiance that had prevailed in the people of Qatar frustrated the hopes of those who banked on the opposite side. All those who live in this country have become spokespersons for Qatar. The people have seen through the heavy curtain of concoctions and incitement, to impose capitulation on this…

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Qatar crisis: RasGas postpones employee layoffs

Majority state-owned Qatari gas producer RasGas has postponed a round of job cuts after the diplomatic crisis which erupted between Qatar and its neighbors in early June, people familiar with the matter have told Reuters. Staff at RasGas were told earlier this year that they would be laid off in June, with the job cuts following last year’s decision to merge RasGas with QatarGas, the two liquefied natural gas divisions of Qatar Petroleum. But in a company email last month staff were informed that the job cuts had been delayed, two RasGas employees said. It was not immediately clear whether the delay meant the entire merger had been postponed. The move comes as Qatar works to cope with sanctions imposed by Saudi Arabia and other Arab states, striking trade deals and cancelling the leave of foreign expatriate workers in “essential government sectors” to help cope with the crisis. “The layoffs…

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