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Qatar to reduce dependency on domestic helps with new rules

Qatar is working to get rid of unwanted workforce to dilute the negative impact of growing influx of foreign workers, due to rapid development, a senior planning official said.

The changing shopping scenario in Doha

Numerous mega shopping malls have come up in and around Doha over the past decade, while several more are on their way.

Qatar Motor Show 2013 unveiled

The Qatar Motor Show 2013 was unveiled at the Doha Exhibition Centre yesterday, under the patronage of HE the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, HH Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor Al-Thani.

25 new public parks to come up within two weeks

About 38 new public parks are under construction in various parts of Qatar, and 25 of these will be ready within the next two weeks.

New visa rule likely in Qatar towards the year end

People with infectious diseases may not be granted visas to enter Qatar, if a new rule comes into effect by the end of this year.

Qatar to award more than 30 highway projects this year

More than 30 highway projects, worth QR100bn, are likely to be awarded in Qatar this year, due to governments major infrastructure upgrade of road network in Qatar.

GCC nations to soon implement unified traffic monitoring system

The general traffic administration is currently co-ordinating with a team for unified traffic monitoring system in GCC nations, its Director revealed.

New ultra-modern International Airport to open to public on 1st April 2013

The ultra-modern Hamad International Airport in Qatar, will receive its first passengers on 1st April, when the new airport opens in Doha, said Akbar al-Baker, the CEO of Qatar Airways Group.

QR20bn worth shopping mall projects in pipeline for Qatar

Qatar will shortly have many more shopping malls and commercial complexes, as nine such facilities, worth QR20bn are being planned over the next three years.

More than 120,000 visitors throng Doha Trade Fair within a week

The Doha Trade Fair is drawing in more visitors every year, and as of yesterday, it witnessed more than 120,000 footfalls, with many more numbers expected, the organizers revealed.

86 percent of employee passports still retained by employers

Majority of employers continue to retain passports of migrant workers, reveals a survey conducted by the Social and Economic Survey Research Institute (SESRI) of Qatar University.

Qatar construction sector is the top performer in the region

The construction sector in Qatar will continue to be the top performer in the region in the long-term, given, the giant projects being taken up in the country, a new report showed.

Major shopping event Doha Trade Fair 2013 unveiled

The Doha Trade Fair 2013 to be unveiled at the Doha Exhibition Centre is likely to attract nearly 40,000 visitor numbers, according to organizers.

New Doha International Airport on track for April 2013 opening

The Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA) has announced that New Doha International Airport (NDIA) is on track for opening in April 2013.

first tram service to get operational by 2014

The first tram in Qatar is likely to get operational by 2014, a top official of Siemens Qatar said.

Visas to Qatar suspended for Filipina housemaids

The Passports and Immigration Department has stopped issuing visas to Filipina housemaids, following the decision by the Philippines government to double the minimum salary requirement for maids from $200 to $400 per month.

Work on first 2022 FIFA World Cup football stadium to begin soon

Qatar will soon begin work on its first new football stadium for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, a top official in Qatar revealed.

Qatar to tender its first solar power project next year

Qatar plans to tender its first solar power project during first quarter of 2013, Dr Mohamed Saleh al-Sada, HE the Minister of Energy and Industry, announced.

Government to build wedding halls for nationals free of charge

In order to reduce the soaring costs of weddings for young unmarried Qataris, the Qatari government has issued directives to build several wedding halls in the country, which will open to Qataris free of charge.

Work on Barwa Commercial Avenue progressing on track

Construction of Barwa Commercial Avenue (BCA), the iconic mixed-use development, stretching more than 8.

More than $250bn worth construction projects underway

The ongoing construction projects in Qatar are worth more than $250bn, with 34percent of total investments being attracted by infrastructure.

Barwa Commercial Street to get operational from next month

The flagship project of Barwa Real Estate Company, namely, Barwa Commercial Street, is likely to begin operations from next month.

New study recommends single GCC entry visa to boost tourism

A recent study submitted by GCC officials suggests that a single GCC entry visa will help boost the tourist numbers into the region, and will reinvigorate tourism sector.

New Qatar National Library ready for official launch by 2014

The Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, has announced the launch of Qatar National Library, to be officially unveiled by 2014.

Qatar to continue bidding for summer Olympics

Qatar will continue to bid for summer Olympics, despite having failed to make the cut in the race to host the 2016 and 2020 Games, the Olympic Committee in Qatar revealed.

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