Four (non-Eid related) things to do in Qatar this weekend (Oct. 1-4)

Four (non-Eid related) things to do in Qatar this weekend (Oct. 1-4) http://dohane.ws/1vtIOBf

For many Qatar residents, Eid Al Adha celebrations will take center stage this weekend. The holiday commences on Saturday, and we will be posting a special Eid guide tomorrow to give you the rundown on how to make the most of it.

In the meantime, there are several other things happening in Qatar over the next few days, including film screenings, fine art exhibitions and a chance to learn more…

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Qatar holds world’s second largest ecological footprint per person

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Photo of Sealine beach for illustrative purposes only.

Qatar’s environmental record has been improving over the past several years, but it is still among the top consumers of productive land and water, states a new report from the World Wildlife Fund.

The Gulf country is now ranked as having the second-highest ecological footprint globally, down from holding the top spot in 2012, according to the…

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Qatar announces one week government holiday for Eid Al Adha 2014

Qatar announces one week government holiday for Eid Al Adha 2014 http://dohane.ws/1vtF56J

Eid al-Adha is traditionally celebrated with the slaughtering of livestock

Eid al-Adha is traditionally celebrated with the slaughtering of livestock

The public sector in Qatar will be given a week off for Eid Al Adha, the Emiri Diwan has announced.

Taking into account that Saudi Arabia has declared Eid on Saturday, Oct. 4, Qatar News Agency reports that the holiday will run from Sunday, Oct. 5 to Thursday, Oct. 9.

Regular hours for ministries, authorities and other…

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Qatar to raze and rebuild Al Rayyan stadium ahead of 2022 World Cup

In a change of plans, Qatar’s Al Rayyan Stadium will be deconstructed before it is rebuilt and ready for the 2022 World Cup, local organizers have announced.

The news signals a shift in the country’s original bid plan to refurbish the stadium to increase its capacity from 22,000 to more than 40,000 fans.

Previously, a modular top tier was expected to be added that would be disassembled after…

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Msheireb prayer grounds to open for Eid Al Adha

Qatar residents will get their first opportunity to visit the multibillion-riyal Msheireb redevelopment on Saturday, when the prayer grounds there open for Eid Al Adha.

Muslims typically begin the holiday, which Saudi Arabia said starts on Oct. 4, by observing early morning prayers.

The Msheirebprayer grounds run alongside Jassim Bin Mohammed Street for a full city block, and are located…

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Foreign minister: Qatar does not pay ransoms

Qatar’s foreign minister has said his country’s ability to be a global mediator and negotiate with armed groups in conflict zones such as Syria is being overshadowed by a negative, politically motivated public relations campaign.

Following a speech at Princeton University, Dr. Khalid bin Mohammed Al Attiyah fielded a question from Reutersconcerning Qatar’s recent role in freeing hostages from…

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Ministry instructs nurseries to curb tuition hikes, build lunch rooms

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Months after Qatar introduced a stricter law governing nurseries, the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (MOLSA) has warned daycare managers about fee increases during the coming school year.

The instructions came in a letter sent to all nurseries earlier this month. However, some managers told Doha News that they are going ahead with planned fee increases…

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Qatar’s National Organ Donor Registry doubles to 43,000 people

Qatar’s National Organ Donor Registry doubles to 43,000

More than 20,000 Qatar residents responded to call a sign up to be organ donors this summer, following a big registration push at a dozen malls around the country.

For the first time, residents who signed up over Ramadan could receive their organ donor card on the spot. According to Hamad Medical Corp., most of the newly signed up donors hailed from South Asian countries, including:

  • India…

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Next Qatar council member elections to be held in May 2015

Voter registration drive to be held for Qatar council member elections

Qatar will hold its fifth Central Municipal Council (CMC) elections in May 2015, officials have announced.

The CMC is the country’s only directly elected body, and comprises of 29 members who represent various constituencies around the country.

According to Hukoomi, the council has no legislative powers, and instead serves the following roles:

  • Monitors the implementation of laws, decrees and…

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