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Hotel reservations not compulsory for on arrival visa to Qatar: Ministry

Hotel reservations or other conditions are not compulsory for obtaining different types of on-arrival tourist visas in Qatar, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) has clarified. However, visitors may be asked to provide the address of their place of stay in Qatar, the MoI explained in a post on social media. The general conditions for getting on-arrival tourist visas are six months’ passport validity and a confirmed return or onward ticket. Qatar recently introduced different types of visas, including on-arrival visas, e-authorisation and e-visas. 30 days free tourist visas Visitors from 47 countries (including India) can enter and stay in Qatar for 30 days with this type of visa. The visa is valid for multiple entries and extendable for another 30 days. The passport must be valid for at least 6 months. The visa is free of charge. The visa is stamped on the passports along with entry stamp and date…

Qatar’s rainy season to begin on October 16 and last for 52 days

Qatar’s rainy season, locally known as Al Wasmi, will begin on October 16 and last for 52 days, Qatar Meteorology department has said in a statement. According to latest seasonal forecasts, rainfall is expected to be around the average levels from now until December in Qatar and the Gulf region in general. During this season, the maximum temperature in Doha will decrease gradually to be below 35C, while the minimum will drop to about 20C. Overall, mild temperature is experienced during the day and it becomes relatively cold at night, especially under the influence of dry northwesterly winds. Clouds move from the west to east this time of the year and rainfall at the beginning of this period is usually an indication of a good rainy season, the statement added. On a cautionary note, the Met department has said flu and other diseases are common during this transitional period. Accordingly,…

Doha Bank launches ‘NRI Home Loans’ in Qatar and Kuwait

Doha Bank has announced the launch of its new NRI Home Loans for Indian expatriates to buy a home in India. The new and only mortgage product, available for Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) and Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs), offers attractive rates of interest and a longer tenure. Doha Bank Group CEO Dr R Seetharaman said: “This is another first for Doha Bank in Qatar and Kuwait. All our NRI customers can enjoy best in class service, as they can now get a home loan for India through a seamless approval process while being based in Qatar or Kuwait as a valued Doha Bank customer.” Features of the loan Customers can finance their new and resale flats with the housing loan Maximum tenure of up to 20 years Customers can choose between fixed and floating interest rate options Loan amount up to 50 million Indian rupees (Rs 5 crore) Doorstep service…

Qatar may exclude more job categories from driving licence

Qatar’s Traffic Department may soon declare more job categories as ineligible for light-vehicle licences, The Peninsula has reported citing a senior official. The new restriction will be in addition to existing list of 180+ jobs already banned from having the licence. The measure is being done as part of a national strategy to address traffic congestion, the senior official at General Directorate of Traffic Department told the newspaper. “Currently, the demand of driving licence is very high and there are many categories of jobs which will be banned from getting car driving licence,” the official reportedly said. “The department is waiting for the completion of mega urban projects and once they like roads and bridges are completed, the department can relax the policy,” the official added. Categories of jobs that may be banned According to the official, the categories of jobs which could be banned in near future included jobs…

Qatar keen to protect the rights of expatriate workers: MoI

Qatar’s Ministry of Interior has reiterated its keenness to guarantee and protect the rights of expatriate workers. The ministry also reiterated its commitment to take care of the requirements of expatriates on such issues as refusal on the part of their employers to grant them permission to leave the country. According to Gulf Times, senior officials of the Expatriates’ Exit Grievances Committee of the MoI said this at a meeting at the Officers Club of the General Directorate of the Civil Defence on Tuesday. MoI keen to address the needs of expatriates While addressing the gathering, committee chairman Brigadier Salem Saqr al-Muraikhi said their team was keen to address the needs and requirements of the expatriates through the effective delivery of its services. This is possible only because of the excellent co-ordination between authorities of various ministries, departments and institutions, he said while informing them that the committee has been…

Gulf crisis will be resolved quickly, says Trump

US President Donald Trump said yesterday he thought the dispute between Qatar and some of its Arab neighbours would be resolved quickly. “We are right now in a situation where we’re trying to solve a problem in the Middle East. And I think we’ll get it solved, I have a very strong feeling that it will be solved pretty quickly,” Trump said in New York as he met Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. The Emir met Trump on the sidelines of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly. The Emir said relationship with the US is very strong. Welcoming Sheikh Tamim, the US leader said it was his great honour to be with the Emir of Qatar. “And we’ve been friends a long time; people don’t realise that. We know each other for a long time.” Besides the Gulf crisis, “we’re talking, also, trade and many other…

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Applications for Indian Passport through online only: Indian Embassy

All applications for a new Indian passport in Qatar will have to be filled online starting from September 15, the Indian Embassy in Qatar has said. Informing this, the embassy has issued a communique on its website that explains the steps involved in applying for a new passport. Step by step guidelines to apply online for a new Indian Passport 1. Visit Passport Application website Visit the on-line passport application page by following the url:- Passport on-line registration form will appear on your screen. 2. Major sections There are three major sections in that application. a) Online Registration b) Applicant Information c) Address Details 3. Online Registration Section Follow the steps as described below: – (a) Select the Indian Mission that applies to your jurisdiction from the dropdown menu. (b) Select the desired service from the drop-down menu. These are the options to choose from. (i) Fresh Passport (ii)…

Qatar’s Emiri Diwan announces Eid Al-Adha holiday for public sector

On the occasion of Eid Al Adha, Qatar’s Emiri Diwan has announced the Eid holiday for ministries, government departments and public institutions. According to the announcement, Eid holiday for ministries and other government entities and public institutions will start on Thursday, August 31, 2017 (Dhul Hijja 9, 1438 H) and till Thursday, September 7, 2017 (Dhul Hijja 16, 1438 H). Employees will resume work on Sunday, September 10, 2017 (Dhul Hijja 19, 1438 H). As for Qatar Central Bank (QCB), the banks and financial institutions working under the supervision of QCB and Qatar Financial Markets Authority (QFMA), the QCB governor will announce the start of the holiday. Published on 28 August 2017

Qatar Emir sends message to Prime Minister of India

Qatar Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani sent Saturday a written message to the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, pertaining to the bilateral relations and ways to develop them. The Foreign Minister H E Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani handed the message during a meeting with the Indian Prime Minister today. Earlier Qatari Foreign Minister held talks with Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi on Saturday. The Indian side thanked Qatar for contributing significantly to India’s energy security, being the largest supplier of LNG. The FM assured India of continued Qatari support in this regard through uninterrupted energy supplies. Sheikh Mohammed conveyed appreciation for the contribution of the 630,000 strong Indian community which forms the largest expatriate group in Qatar. The Minister assured India of the continued safety, welfare and well-being of the Indian community and briefed the Indian side about new labour…

Qatar Foreign Minister to arrive in India on two-day visit

Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani will arrive in the Indian capital of New Delhi on Friday evening, India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) announced. During a two-day visit, he will call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and hold talks with his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj, leading Indian daily Hindustan Times reported, quoting the MEA. Qatar is an important trading partner for India in the Gulf region with bilateral trade in 2014-15 standing at USD 15.67 billion. It is also one of India’s largest suppliers of crude oil. On Saturday, HE Sheikh Mohamed will told talks with Swaraj, followed by a call on the Prime Minister, the MEA said. Published on 25 August 2017

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