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Qatar celebrates National Sport Day with line-up of events and activities
9/2/2016

Today, the 9th of February is an official holiday in Qatar, to mark the National Sport Day.

Qatar to award $22bn worth fresh project contracts this year
9/2/2016

Qatar is all set to award more than $22billion worth fresh contracts this year, as it maintains its spending spree prior to FIFA 2022 World Cup, said a report by MEED projects, the regional projects tracker.

QBIC Tourism launched to develop tourism start-ups
26/1/2016

Together with Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA), the Qatar Business Incubation Centre (QBIC) has officially launched QBIC Tourism, the country’s first specialized incubator for tourism start-ups, following soft-launch which witnessed incubation of nine start-ups in the field of tourism.

Ministry offers online return visa for expats through Metrash 2 service
26/1/2016

Expatriates seeking return visa for people under personal sponsorship who have stayed out of the country for more than six months, can now apply online through Metrash2, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) announced.

License rules eased for Nurses, Pharmacist, and health care professionals
19/1/2016
The Supreme Council of Health (SCH) has relaxed the licensing rules for certain sections of healthcare professionals graduated abroad, if they are children or spouses of Qataris or expatriates.
New website to be launched for government procurement tenders
19/1/2016
The Finance Ministry is likely to launch a new website for announcement of all government procurement tenders.
Qatar to house 60 new public parks by 2017
19/1/2016
By the end of the year 2017, Qatar will be home to 60 new public parks, says the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning (MMUP).
2022 FIFA World Cup Stadium study contract awarded
19/1/2016
The Arab Centre for Engineering Studies (ACES) has been awarded the geotechnical investigation contract for one of the host venues of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Second edition of Covertech expo to see more than 90 deals
15/1/2016
More than 90 deals are likely to be signed during the second edition of the forthcoming International Exhibition for Wall and Floor Covering Technologies and Materials, namely Covertech 2016, which would be 35 percent higher in comparison to the deals signed during the first edition of the event.
Education, house rents now costlier in Qatar
15/1/2016
Education has become more expensive this year, and limited-income families with school-going children are bearing the brunt.
Qatar - best expat destination in Middle East, says survey
15/1/2016

Qatar is one of the best destination in the Middle East for expatriates who wish to boost their standard of living, says the latest Expatriate Explorer survey by HSBC.

Qatar government signs major deals for labour accommodation project
8/12/2015

Qatar government has signed major deals with three private companies for construction of the first phase of a major labour accommodation project that is eventually likely to house 179,000 workers, a report said.

Qatar sees spike in visitor numbers for regional cruise tourism
24/11/2015

Several hundreds of tourists exploring the Arabian Gulf on board regional cruises visited Qatar last week.

Hamad International Airport wins Best Airport Award this year
24/11/2015

Hamad International Airport has been awarded Best Airport Award during the first Future Travel Experience (FTE) Asia Awards ceremony, held in Singapore on 18th November 2015.

Qatar Airways to double its Australian services in 2016
24/11/2015

Qatar Airways will double its services to Australia next year, by including more flights to Sydney in March and Adelaide in May, as it tries to narrow down the advantage now enjoyed by some of the flag-carries in the UAE, on connecting flights between Australia and Europe.

Stadium construction sites make rapid progress
18/11/2015

Most important stadium construction sites are evolving rapidly and will rapidly take shape on the ground.

Doha construction work progressing in full zoom
18/11/2015

Construction work on Doha Metro is currently in full zoom and the first phase of the project will be ready by end of 2019.

New law transforms Kafala system into employment contract
4/11/2015

The new law regulating entry, exit and residency of expats in Qatar, has transformed the Kafala (sponsorship) system in Qatar into one controlled by employment contracts, the Interior ministry announced.

Qatar to get 59 new public parks
4/11/2015

The Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning plans to build 59 new public parks worth total of QR1.

$825mn Labour City officially launched
4/11/2015

The official launch of $825mn Labour City, the largest workers accommodation facility, which can house about 70,000 workers has been announced.

Onwani Address System adopted throughout Qatar
28/10/2015More than 120,000 building number plates have been installed across the country as part of Onwani (My Address) system, a senior official at the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning said.
Lusail Real Estate showcases eco-friendly designs at Expo Milano 2015
28/10/2015

Lusail Real Estate Development Company showcased its latest environment-friendly and sustainable architectural designs to hundreds of visitors who toured the Qatar Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015.

National Health insurance for expats from next year
28/10/2015The implementation of National Health Insurance Scheme (Seha) for expatriates including domestic workers, will commence next year, through private insurance providers, the Minister of Public Health, H E Abdullah bin Khalid Al Qahtani, announced.
Hospitality Qatar 2015 concludes successfully with huge visitor number
20/10/2015

Hospitality Qatar 2015 has drawn about 7,346 trade visitors, with about 120 exhibitors from over 12 countries, during the event held from October 13th to 15th at Doha Exhibition Centre.

Tourist arrivals in Qatar exceeds three million in 2015
20/10/2015

The tourism promotion agency in Qatar expects tourist arrival in the country to surpass three million mark towards the year-end.

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