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IndiGo to start daily services to two more cities from Doha

IndiGo, which is India’s largest passenger airline in terms of market share, will start operating to two more destinations in India – Thiruvananthapuram and Ahmedabad from Doha in early October. The daily non-stop service between Doha and Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala state, will be from October 1. The daily non-stop service between Doha and Ahmedabad, the largest city in Gujarat state, will be from October 2, IndiGo announced on Wednesday. Flight timings IndiGo’s Thiruvananthapuram flight from Doha will depart daily at 11.35am and reach the Kerala capital at 6.55pm. The flight from Thiruvananthapuram will depart at 11.15pm and reach Doha at 1.40am. The Doha-Ahmedabad flight will depart from Hamad International Airport at 2.40am and reach the Gujarat city at 8.35am. IndiGo’s Ahmedabad-Doha flight will depart at 9.35am and reach Doha at 10.35am. IndiGo already flies to six Indian destinations from Doha; Kochi, Kozhikode (both Kerala), Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai…

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Eligibility for permanent residency in Qatar explained in new law

Qatar Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has officially issued Law No. 10 of the year 2018, pertaining to the issue of permanent residency, QNA reported. The law is now in effect and will soon be published in the official gazette. Here are the conditions to grant permanent residency: Article 1 If a candidate is born outside Qatar, he/she should have completed 20 years of stay in the country on a legal ordinary residency permit. For those who were born in Qatar, this period has been limited to 10 years. The duration of residency should be consecutive and prior to the date of submission of the application for permanent residency permit. The residency of an applicant in the county should not be interrupted by staying outside Qatar for more than 60 days in a year. The duration of stay out of the country will be deducted from the balance…

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Qatar lifts Exit Permit requirement for most expatriates

Most expatriates in Qatar under the labour law will no longer have to obtain exit permits in order to leave the country temporarily or for good within the duration of the work contract. In a widely-welcomed move, Qatar has amended its residency laws to allow expatriates to leave the country without exit permits from their employers. The Amir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani issued on Tuesday the Law No. 13 of 2018, amending certain provisions of the Law No. 21 of 2015 regulating the entry, exit and residency of expatriates, The Peninsula reported. Law No. 13 of 2018, amends provisions of Law No. 21 of 2015 and Law No. 1 of 2017, which regulate the entry and exit of expatriates. Under the new law, most expatriates would be able to leave the country without having to obtain permits from their employers under the law. Who needs exit permit…

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Admission available at some Indian schools in Doha

Offering respite to parents, some Indian schools in Doha have announced that they have few slots available for admission in various grades. Olive International School, which has three campuses in Qatar, has said that they have few slots left in grade 1 to 8, The Peninsula reported. When contacted by the newspaper, the school  confirmed they have a few slots on the three campuses for grades 1 to 8. Scholars International School also said that a few slots are available for KG-2.  The report also said that some slots are also available in Noble International and Doha Modern Indian School. When admissions opened earlier in the year, there was a big rush in most Indian schools and many children were not able to secure an admission in their preferred school. This had led to the Indian Embassy issuing circular asking parents to register with the embassy if they had not…

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Doha-Kochi flights resume as airport opens

Flights to Kochi from Doha started following the Kerala airport resuming operations Wednesday. According to the airport owner CIAL (Cochin International Airport Limited), Indian carrier IndiGo’s Doha service was among the first international flights to land at the Kerala’s largest airport Wednesday evening. CIAL said in a statement that Qatar Airways, Air India Express and Jet Airways have all confirmed to land at Kochi International Airport Thursday. All airlines, both domestic and international, will follow the current schedule for operations, CIAL said. Qatar Airways and Indian carriers – Air India Express, Jet Airways and IndiGo operate direct flights between Doha and Kochi. Following the closure of the Kerala’s largest airport at Nedumbassery near Kochi Qatar Airways rerouted its flights – QR516 and QR517 between Doha and Kochi (Nedumbassery) to Thiruvananthapuram International Airport. Thousands of Qatar residents from central Kerala have been relying on Nedumbassery airport to fly to Doha. Doha,…

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Over 307,000 students return to school on Wednesday

More than 307,000 students will return to school on Wednesday, after the Ministry of Education and Higher Education completed its preparation for the new academic year 2018-2019. The preparations involved ensuring the schools will take up the new number of students, that transportation is available, and that the food products offered in the school cafeterias are in line with regulations. The ministry also signed a total of 711 teachers, bringing the total in public schools to 13,440, compared to 13,591 in private schools. The ministry added a total of 5,065 seats, by opening new schools in preparation for the new academic year. It also assigned a total of 2,117 buses to different schools, each according to its location. The ministry also co-ordinated with the Traffic Department to ensure the safety of the buses, transportation, and schools in general. The ministry will continue implementing its 2017-2022 strategy, which aims to transform…

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Qatar to establish new “Tamim Air Base”

Qatar will establish a new airbase called “Tamim Airbase”, The Peninsula reported citing a senior Qatari Amiri Air Force official. According to the report, Al Udeid Air Base will be expanded and the Doha Air Base will be developed to welcome new aircraft and systems that have been introduced to the air force service. This includes the French Rafale fighters, American F-15 fighters, Eurofighter Typhoon and other advanced aircraft. This was disclosed by Maj Gen Ahmed Ibrahim Al-Malki, Deputy Commander of the Qatari Amiri Air Force, during an interview with “Al Talai” magazine published on Sunday by the Directorate of Moral Guidance in the Ministry of Defense. In addition, command and control systems will be developed by introducing the latest radar systems and communications, Al Malki added. The development of the Air Force has taken a quantum leap under the Amir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, as equipment…

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India adds Qatar to list of e-visa eligible countries

India has added Qatar to the list of countries eligible for e-visa facility, currently availed by passport holders of 167 countries/territories. This facility is in addition to the existing Visa services provided by the Embassy of India, Doha. e-Visas are issued on the basis of an online application and do not require the application to be submitted physically at the Embassy or a visa-sticker to be affixed on the passport by the Embassy. The approval for the visa, called the Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA), is sent to the applicant by email. The applicant should carry a copy of this ETA along with him/her at the time of travel. Applicants can track the status of their application online at https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html. On the basis of a valid ETA, a “visa” will be stamped on the visitor’s passport at the Immigration Counter at the airport of arrival. Biometric details of the applicant will…

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Doha Bank and Jet Airways offer discount on flight tickets

Reinforcing its commitment to introducing unique and diverse banking products and services, Doha Bank yesterday announced the launch of a new campaign to offer up to 12 percent discount on airfare on flights booked on Jet Airways, India’s premier international airline. During the campaign period running between August 15, 2018 and July 31, 2019, customers can avail 12% off on any First/Business class and 9% off on any Economy class when booking flight ticket online through www.jetairways.com using Doha Bank Credit Card. JetPrivilege members holding valid Doha Bank credit cards can convert their Doha Miles to JPMiles, receiving 1 JPMile against 1 Doha Mile for a minimum transfer of 2,000 Doha Miles. JetPrivilege members can redeem their JPMiles, the reward currency of JetPrivilege, for Free Award flights on Jet Airways or any of the programme’s 20+ airline partners. “Building on our longstanding relationship with Jet Airways, we have launched a…

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Qatar Airways offers free transport of aid materials to Kerala

Qatar Airways Cargo has announced its relief efforts to deliver urgent aid to Kerala following the devastating floods in the southern Indian state. The cargo carrier has expeditiously organised an operation to deliver relief goods to the flood-stricken districts via the airline’s passenger service from Doha to Trivandrum. Qatar Airways Chief Officer Cargo, Guillaume Halleux, said: “We have received earnest requests from the Indian community residing in Qatar seeking support to transport relief aid to Kerala, where many of their families and relatives are affected by the worst flood in a century. “Given the devastating situation, we have rapidly activated a humanitarian operation to offer free transportation of relief goods from Doha to Trivandrum on our daily passenger flight. We are expecting to airlift more than 50 tonnes of much-needed relief goods from the operation, which will commence from August 21 – 29 . Our prayers and thoughts are with…

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