Drug prices set to drop in Qatar

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Qatar residents will start paying less for more than 350 types of drugs sold in pharmacies later this month when new, government-mandated prices come into effect.

This summer, the Supreme Council of Health issued a memo to pharmacies that included a 27-page price schedule with new wholesale and retail rates for various drugs.

Pharmacists say the government already sets the prices for drugs in…

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Summer’s end prompts population spike in Qatar

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Signalling the start of the traditional autumn influx of new and returning residents, Qatar’s population has again climbed above the 2 million mark following its usual summertime dip.

Official figures released Tuesday by the Ministry of Development, Planning and Statistics record a total of 2,077,357 people in the country during August. This includes residents as well as visitors.

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FIFA to open talks for winter World Cup dates

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FIFA will begin talks with world football officials on Monday to explore dates for Qatar to host the World Cup in winter, according to news reports.

Football’s world governing body will open its first consultation meeting at its Geneva headquarters on Sept. 8 with representatives from the six continental confederations, clubs, leagues and players’ unions, Associated Press said.

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Residents share Twitter tips about life in Qatar for newcomers

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Invest in a pair of good sunglasses, be patient and try to live near work and/or school to avoid traffic hassles – those are among the top pieces of advice residents have offered to fresh arrivals to the country, under the Twitter hashtag #WelcometoQatar.

Typically, following a summer lull, hundreds of thousands of Qatar residents return to or move to the country in September, which marks the…

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Dolphin washes ashore in Al Wakrah

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Government clean-up crews say they’ve removed a dead dolphin from al Wakrah port, the latest creature found washed up on Qatar’s shores.

Officials from the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning did not say what they believed killed the sea creature, which was shown being lifted by a crane into the back of a garbage truck in a photo released by the government.

MMUP workers remove dead dolphin

Earlier this year, the Kuwa…

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Unemployed Qataris cite lack of job opportunities

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A lack of career opportunities is the most common reason given by unemployed Qataris for being unable to find work, according to figures released in an official survey.

The latest edition of the Quarterly Labor Force Survey, compiled by Ministry of Development, Planning and Statistics, found that there were 1,522 unemployed Qataris in the second quarter (April to June) of 2014.

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Khalifa stadium World Cup refurbishment underway

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Khalifa International Stadium

Local organizers of the 2022 World Cup say a contract has been awarded to refurbish Khalifa International Stadium, narrowing the final list of venues that will be used for the international football tournament.

Khalifa stadium, located in the Aspire Zone, is the fourth facility confirmed by the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, which is overseeing Qatar’s…

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Box Appeal charity drive to restart this month

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A regional initiative to support blue-collar workers by encouraging people to fill boxes with toiletries and other daily necessities is about to restart in Qatar.

The month-long Box Appeal campaign, which operates in several Middle-Eastern countries, will kick-off on September 15.

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Running until October 15, the appeal is led by Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson hotels and urges people to…

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GCC relations thaw under looming Islamic State threat

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Kuwait’s foreign minister has suggested that Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members are prepared to put a spat surrounding Qatar’s foreign policy in the past as the bloc focuses on responding to the threat posed by terrorist groups fighting in Syria and Iraq.

In a statementreleased following a meeting of GCC foreign ministers in Jeddah on Saturday, Kuwaiti minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled…

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