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Rupee decline continues, May touch Rs 70 against USD

Indian rupee today edged higher to 68.34 against the US dollar, but is not very far from its all-time low of 68.87, recorded in November 2016. On Wednesday, the rupee had closed at an 18-month low 68.42 against the US dollar amid capital outflows and concerns over macro-economic conditions. A rising dollar and a surge in global crude prices have also weighed on the rupee. The rupee is down over 6 per cent against the US dollar so far this year. Forex advisory firm IFA Global says that the possibility of rupee heading towards 70 per dollar is increasing. There is a still room for further depreciation from current levels, it adds. The relentless slide of the rupee caused jitters among businesses and investors in India. However, it is good news for non-resident money remitters across the Gulf as they gain more in exchange rate. Rupee vs Gulf currencies Below…

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Qatar Met predicts chances of rain on Saturday

The chances of rain in the country are expected to improve on Saturday, the Qatar Met department has said, while also forecasting strong winds and high seas in some offshore areas on Friday. While parts of the country experienced scattered rain on Thursday, the weather office said in a report that partly cloudy skies are likely in the country on Saturday and there is again a possibility of scattered rain, which may be thundery at times, in most inshore and offshore areas – particularly during the evening. Meanwhile, Friday’s forecast says the wind speed may go up to 25 knots in some offshore areas at times, with the sea level rising to 7ft. Slight dust and some clouds are also likely. Inshore, it will be relatively hot and slightly dusty conditions are expected in some places along with scattered clouds. The temperature in Doha is expected to range from 28-37C…

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Qatar Ministry of Interior announces Ramadan working hours

Working hours at the service-oriented departments of the Ministry of Interior (MoI) during the holy month of Ramadan have been announced. The General Directorate of Passports and General Directorate of Traffic and their departments, along with the Nationality and Travel Documents Department and Criminal Evidence and Information Department, will be open from 8am to 5.30pm in two shifts, the MoI has said. While the morning shift is from 8am to 1pm, the evening hours are from 1pm to 5.30pm. For the Nationality and Travels Documents Department, the evening shift is for the headquarters only. Published on 18 May 2018

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Doha Festival City announces family events for Ramadan

Doha Festival City, celebrating its second Ramadan with the community this year, has announced that it has planned over six special in-mall family events, happening throughout the holy month. These include Garangao, live cooking stations, craft workshops and traditional games. The destination is also taking the initiative to distribute 2,000 Iftar boxes to taxi drivers on May 23 with the aim of helping those who are fasting break their fast as they are still working during the Maghrib prayer, Doha Festival City has said in a statement. The mall has promised “entertainment and surprises each weekend to help its visitors celebrate Ramadan”, the statement adds. These are as follows: * CSR activation: distribution of 2,000 Iftar boxes for taxi drivers, May 23, starting from Iftar timing, West Court 1 Entrance – ground floor taxi pick-up and drop-off. * The joy of craft making: May 24 to 26, registration timing -…

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HIA voted as Best Airport for Layovers at Global Traveler Awards

Hamad International Airport (HIA) has been voted as the Best Airport for Layovers at the Global Traveler’s (GT) Leisure Lifestyle Awards in Los Angeles on May 10th. Now in its 6th year, the annual GT Leisure Lifestyle Awards celebrates the best in leisure travel and recognises the greatest airports, islands, cities, hotels, and cruise lines, as voted by its readers. The award comes as another great accomplishment for the young and ambitious airport which, last year was voted as the “Best Airport in the Middle East” at the Global Traveler’s GT Tested Reader Survey Awards in Los Angeles, which recognised outstanding performance and customer service displayed by airports across the world. HIA took the lead among a list of 10 top international airports including Singapore’s Changi Airport and Germany’s Munich Airport ranking second and third respectively in the category for the “Best Airport for Layovers.” Competing airports were ranked according…

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Ooredoo becomes world’s first operator to launch live 5G network

Ooredoo today announced the launch of a live 5G network on the 3.5GHz spectrum band, becoming the first operator in the world to do so. The breakthrough announcement was made in an event attended by Ooredoo senior management at the Ooredoo Tower in West Bay. Attendees were also briefed on the first Ooredoo 5G site which was accomplished just days after Ooredoo’s new 5G Commercial Core Network was activated. Ooredoo’s 5G network is the first commercially available 5G network in the world and is an important technological breakthrough for the telecommunications industry worldwide. The first stage of Ooredoo’s 5G Supernet deployment will cover an area from The Pearl Qatar to Hamad International Airport, with Lagoona, Katara Cultural Village, West Bay, the Corniche and Souq Waqif also included in the initial commercial launch coverage area. The Ooredoo 5G service offers the latest network technology (5G NR) meaning much higher speed, capacity,…

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Foundation stone laid for second campus of DPS-MIS

The foundation stone for the second campus of DPS-MIS, one of the leading Indian schools in Qatar, was laid in Al Wukair area on Saturday. Indian ambassador P Kumaran, school’s chief patron Mohamed bin Hammam al-Abdulla, patron Aisha bint Mohamed bin Hammam, managing committee president Hassan Chougule, vice president Yassir Nainar, other members and many other dignitaries were present at the ceremony. DPS-MIS Wukair campus is spread over 32,000sq m and out of which over 21,000sq m is dedicated as built-up area for teaching- learning facilitation. The proposed building will be equipped with all essential and modern facilities to provide holistic development to around 3,600 students and is expected to be ready by September next year. While addressing the gathering, Chougule said DPS-MIS ‘has carved a niche for itself and is the first choice school of the country’s Indian expatriate community.’ “The school’s spectacular growth is mainly owing to its…

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Indian Embassy in Qatar revises consular timings

The office timings of the consular section of the Indian embassy in Doha have been revised with effect from Tuesday, 15 May 2018. As per new timings, applications can be submitted from 8:15 am to 11:30 am. Documents should be collected, after rendering of consular services, between 3:00 pm and 4:15pm. Embassy statement According to a press release, the office timings of the Consular Section of Embassy of India, Doha, will be as follows: 8:15 am to 11:30 am: Submission of applications 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm: Collection of documents after rendering of consular services New Address In 2016, the Embassy had moved to its new premises in West Bay. Here is the new address : Villa No 86 & 90, Street No. 941, Al Eithra Street, Zone 63,Onaiza, PO Box No. 2788,Doha – Qatar. Location Map GPS coordinates : 25°19’47.5″N 51°31’02.4″E Click here for Indian Embassy contact details Published on 13 May…

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HMC announces hospitals’ operating hours during Ramadan

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) has announced its operating hours for the Holy Month of Ramadan. All emergency and inpatient services across HMC’s network of hospitals will operate as usual, 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Dr. Yousef Al Maslamani, Medical Director of Hamad General Hospital, is also reminding patients who have appointments at HMC clinics during Ramadan about the importance of attending their appointment as scheduled. “If you feel you are unable to attend your appointment, please call Nesma’ak on 16060 to reschedule. Missing an appointment with one of our specialists can have a serious impact on your health and the health of other patients,” Dr. Al Maslamani said. “If we know you are unable to attend your appointment, we can rearrange your appointment for the next available and clinically appropriate time and give your previously scheduled time to someone who needs to be seen urgently.” Hamad General Hospital…

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Second campus of DPS-MIS to open in September 2019

The second campus of the DPS-MIS, one of the leading Indian schools in Qatar, is expected to be ready by September 2019, managing committee president Hassan Chougule told Gulf Times on Thursday. The foundation stone for the state-of-the-art school complex is to be laid on Saturday in a 32,000sqm plot in the Wukair area. The school president said the new campus would be located very close to the major bridge across the Wakrah-Wukair-Industrial Area Road (which is part of the Wakrah bypass). The proposed building, comprising 124 classrooms, would spread over nearly 21,000sqm, with a maximum capacity of 3,600 students. “There has been enormous demand from the country’s residents for admissions at the DPS-MIS and this is one of the reasons why the school has decided to start the construction of its second campus in less than five years since the purpose-built main campus was set up near Immigration office…

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