Qatar public sector to get 11 days off for Eid al-Fitr 2014 holidays

State mosque

Ministries, government institutions and public entities in Qatar will be closed for the Eid al-Fitr holidays starting Sunday, July 27 and ending Monday, Aug. 4, QNA reports.

Employees are expected to return to work on Tuesday, Aug. 5, making the holiday 11 days, counting this coming weekend. Last year, the public sector had a similar 12-day break.

Meanwhile, banks are expected to take a…

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Four things to do in Qatar this weekend (July 24-26)

Henna/Mehndi

Many residents will likely spend the last weekend of Ramadan shopping, or traveling out of the country, but there are still a few things to do inside Qatar over the next few days. Here are our picks:

International mangrove action day

Local educational group Entalek is hosting a beach clean-up and night kayaking trip on Saturday, July 26. Interested participants should be at the Al Thakira Bay…

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Souq Waqif scales back Eid festivities in show of Gaza solidarity

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Souq Waqif has announced that it is canceling many of its planned Eid activities next week out of respect for the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Gaza, where more than 600 people have been killed after an intense Israeli bombing campaign.

In a statement sent to QNA, the souq’s Eid Al Fitr festival organizing committee said:

(We have) announced cancellation of the Eid al-Fitr musical,…

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Doha court sentences Vietnamese expat to 15 years in jail for murder

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A Vietnamese expat was sentenced to 15 years in jail by a Doha court yesterday for murdering a Syrian man who was trying to stop him from stealing a safe.

Ho Boo Trung, now 28, was found guilty of murder after stabbing Marwan Hakam al-Dirawi once in the stomach in July 2008 after the victim saw him walking down a road with a stolen safe and asked about it.

Five accomplices, also Vietnamese,…

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Fundraising campaign launched for film set in Qatar & the Philippines

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A Qatar-based director has recently launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund his latest film Remembering Ada, a love story that spans two continents and half a century.

The film is the brainchild of Jan Xavier Pacle, a 26-year-old Filipino expat who is both the project’s director and screenwriter.

By day, Pacle, who moved to Doha as a child in 1994, is a video production manager at JumpZone…

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Sources: Qatar’s delayed Sidra hospital sacks construction contractor

Sidra hospital

With reporting from Chantelle D’mello and Elysia Windrum

Hundreds of laborers, engineers, designers and others working at the under-construction Sidra Medical and Research Center were told to leave the site this morning after the project’s main contractors were sacked, multiple sources have told Doha News.

A designer working as a subcontractor there said that he and his colleagues had been…

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To mark the deaths of the 298 people killed after their Malaysia Airline flight was shot down while flying over Ukraine last week, a condolence book has been opened at the Malaysian embassy in Doha.

The book, which was signed mostly by the diplomatic community, was only on display until this afternoon, ambassador Dato’ Ahmad Jazri bin Mohamed Johar told Doha News.

The embassy has also lowered its flag to half mast, but plans to raise it again tomorrow, he said, adding:

“It’s the most tragic things that’s happened to Malaysia and it has also made civilian air travel very scary. Things like this shouldn’t be allowed to happen and all the prevention measures should be put in place to make sure it never happens again – and of course, I want to see the people responsible face justice.

I won’t comment on the fact that no explanation has been found yet. Our whole team is there now. Let them do their work.”

MH17 had been traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, and was thought to have been hit by a missile from pro-Russian separatists in the area, though Moscow has denied any involvement.

As the exact cause of the plane crash continued to be investigated, Qatar Airways and several other major carriers have said they will cease flying over Ukrainian airspace for now.

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PHOTOS: Flight MH17 deaths marked at Malaysian embassy in Doha To mark the deaths of the 298 people killed after their Malaysia Airline flight was shot down while flying over Ukraine last week, a condolence book has been opened at the Malaysian embassy in Doha.
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FIFA probe into Qatar 2022 bid delayed; details may not be made public

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An ethics committee tasked with investigating Qatar and Russia’s World Cup bids will not forward its findings until September – some two months behind schedule – FIFA has confirmed.

For the past 18 months, the investigatory chamber of FIFA’s ethics committee, led by US attorney Michael Garcia, has been looking into corruption claims regarding the 2018 and 2022 tournament bids.

Among the most…

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Fundraising campaign #AID4GAZA launched in Qatar

Gaza relief

As Israel’s latest bombing campaign of the Gaza Strip comes close to entering its second week and the number of civilians killed climbs, international relief groups have been working to bring aid to Palestinians who have lost or fled their homes during the conflict.

While the government of Qatar has been working to solve the crisis diplomatically, others here are working to mitigate the damage…

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