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Qatar Ministry announces Ramadan timings for private sector

Qatar’s Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs has announced reduced working hours for the holy month of Ramadan. As part of the Labour Law, all private sector companies and corporations have been asked to abide by the reduced working hours of 6 (six) hours during Ramadan. Ministry to check the implementation In a statement, the Ministry affirmed its supervisory role on the companies regarding the implementation of the reduced working hours throughout Ramadan. Accordingly, the inspectors of the Ministry will conduct field tours to work sites and various companies to check the implementation of the norm. Legal procedures against violators In case of any related violations, all the necessary legal procedures will be taken against the violators. Besides, the Ministry will receive related complaints by workers throughout its various communication channel and the hotline. All such information will be dealt with in strict confidentiality to protect the rights…

Every Ramadan, this Indian chef gets a visa from Qatar

Ramadan is a special occasion for Surendran, as this is the time when he flies down to Doha to offer his culinary services, that too just for one month. During a period when most Indian expats travel to home country for vacation, Surendran travels to Qatar on special duty – to prepare Harees for an Arabic family in Mamoura. The Story of Harees Harees or jarees, as it was called earlier, is a traditional Arabic dish made of wheat and meat and is distributed to neighbours including expatriates during Ramadan. Around 1,400 years old, it originated in Saudi Arabia and represents the agricultural heritage of the Arabic community. Surendran’s Qatar Connection Hailing from Kerala’s Kollam district, Surendran had come to Qatar in 1980. He started his life as a cooking assistant and soon became a professional in Arabic cuisine. One of his specialities was the Harees which he mastered from an Omani chef. After spending eighteen years in Qatar, Surendran returned to India in 1998. Ten years after setting up a…

QTA announces wide range of events to celebrate Eid Al Fitr

The Eid al-Fitr celebration in Qatar this year will showcase daily family entertainment shows expected to attract a huge number of visitors locally and from other GCC countries. Organised by Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) in collaboration with its public and private sector partners, the annual festival aims to increase the number of inbound tourists in the long-term by building sustainable events into Qatar’s calendar. Building on the success of past celebrations, QTA wants to reinforce Qatar’s position as a preferred family tourist destination within the GCC. Family Entertainment Among the entertainment events are mime shows, The Rene Magritte, The Bubble Jo, and the Magic Paper Artist. The traditional Qatari Ardah performances will also be seen throughout the country at malls starting at 4pm and continuing until 10pm. The shows will rotate between Hyatt Plaza, City Center Doha, Ezdan Mall, Lagoona Mall, Al Khor Mall, and Dar Al Salam Mall. Exclusive…

Eid Al Fitr holidays, early salaries announced for government staff

The Ministry of Administrative Development has announced deposit of government employees’ salaries before Eid Al Fitr. It said in a statement yesterday that government staff will receive their salaries on Tuesday, 27th of Ramadan 1436 H corresponding to July 14, to help them prepare for Eid Al Fitr celebrations and meet the needs of their families. Eid Al Fitr holidays for government staff will begin on Wednesday July 15 and end on Saturday July 25. Employees will have to report for duty on Sunday July 26, after 11 day break, Al Sharq reports.

Ramadan is the community time for Indians in Qatar

Ramadan is an occasion for fasting and praying for the Indian expatriates in Qatar. Many socio-cultural organisations and business houses have been holding iftar gatherings for members of the Indian community. Festivities at these gatherings include feasting, and exchanging of gifts and greetings. An opportunity to reflect on our lives Girish Kumar, President of Indian Cultural Center (ICC), an umbrella organisation for the Indian community in Qatar, said:”Ramadan is a time for intense devotion and reflection. People fast during the day and perform Taraweh prayers at night. Reciting or listening to the Holy Quran over the course of the month transmits a positive energy to our body and mind.” “The act of fasting is said to redirect the heart away from worldly activities. It cleanses the soul by freeing it from harmful impurities. Ramadan teaches us how to practise self-discipline, self-control, sacrifice and empathy for the less fortunate,” Kumar added. According to…

All about Garangao – The children’s festival

Garangao is a traditional children’s festival celebrated after the breaking of the fast on the 14th night of Ramadan, when half of the fasting month is over. The festival is celebrated in the Gulf region and is known by different names in each region: Garangao or Garangaou in Qatar and Bahrain, Karkee’aan or Qariqaan in Saudi Arabia, Gargee’aan in Kuwait, Al-Majeena Karkiaan in Iraq, Garangashoch, At-Tablah or Qarnakosh in Oman, and Hag Al Leylah in UAE. During the festival, children get dressed up in festival robes, carry a bag around their neck, and go around in groups in the neighbourhood, singing special songs, knocking the doors of neighbours, and receiving nuts and candy from them. Nowadays the simple cotton bags have paved way for colourful and trendy bags with popular cartoon characters and other designs. Supermarkets and department stores also sell ready-made bags filled with candies and nuts. Prices range from QR 5 to QR…

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Healthy Ramadan : Fasting and your health

The holy month of Ramadan is here and are you looking for a great way to end your fast this Ramadan? The delicious meals at iftar is what all of us have our eyes on! Traditionally, there is an emphasis on providing bountiful meals to celebrate this special month. The women of the house toil for hours preparing scrumptious meals for family and friends. Ramadan isn’t always thought of as being an opportunity to lose weight because the spiritual aspect is emphasized more generally than the health aspect. However, it’s a great chance to get the physical benefits as well. When the body is starved of food, it starts to burn fat so that it can make energy. This can lead to weight loss. However, if you fast for too long your body will eventually start breaking down muscle protein for energy, which is unhealthy. So, all you have to do is…

Iftar at restaurant is the new trend for Doha residents

Despite an increase in the number of free Iftar meals provided by charities across the country, hotels and restaurants have reported strong demand for Iftar and Suhoor meals since the beginning of Ramadan from families, corporate customers and single expatriates, reports The Peninsula. Most eateries have increased the prices of the meals compared to last year, cashing on the demand and citing higher costs. After fasting for long hours in harsh weather, a number of families and single workers prefer to have their Iftar or Suhoor in a restaurant instead of cooking at home. This has almost become a trend among working couples. “I mostly go for a takeaway Iftar meal because I am dead tired by the time I return home from work. Besides that, we get more variety when we buy food from outside rather than cooking one or two items at home,” a working Sri Lankan woman…

Supermarket offers free food to the poor

In the true spirit of Ramadan, this supermarket has kept a shelf stuffed with food item that can be picked up and eaten for free by those who can’t afford them. The food shelf at the entrance of Ansar Gallery Supermarket at Abu Hamour has this message written in bold English letters that the ‘free food is only for those who have no money to buy food or are unemployed’. The shelf has the same words printed in Arabic, Hindi, Nepali, Urdu and Filipino. A variety of foodstuffs are to be found on the shelf, including quboos, juices, yoghurt, water and other products. The stock gets replenished three to four times a day. On Fridays and Saturdays, it is done many times. Sometimes, customers who wish to donate keep foodstuff on the shelf. Ansar Gallery Supermarket in Al Khor is also offering free foods. Regi Varghese, Assistant General Manager of Ansar Gallery, told…

Katara Ramadan Festival begins today

The annual Ramadan Festival of Katara – the Cultural Village Foundation will begin on June 19 under the theme “Miracle and Achievement”. Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim al-Sulaiti, general manager of Katara, said this year’s festival would focus on the “scientific and miraculous achievements of the Holy Qur’an”. Besides, it will shed light on the achievements of Muslim scientists in different Islamic eras, which have greatly influenced human civilisation and are considered as the foundation of many modern innovations, according to a statement. The festival will feature a number of exhibitions, workshops and religious lectures by renowned Muslim scholars. The lectures will be delivered at the Opera House and Katara Mosque. In addition, Katara will launch the fourth edition of the Qur’an memorisation course for youngsters. Meanwhile, the exhibitions will include an interactive e-books expo, where works by Muslim scholars and intellectuals will be on display. There will be also an…

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