Al Qaradawi debunks rumors that he is being deported from Qatar

Al Qaradawi debunks rumors that he is being deported from Qatar

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Days after Qatar and its fellow Gulf Cooperation Council members agreed to a security pact to smooth over simmering regional tensions, rumors persist about what exactly Doha has pledged to do to calm its neighbors.

One rumor – that Qatar promised to deport Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters – was debunked last night by prominent Islamic scholar Sheikh Yusuf Al Qaradawi, who called the…

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Short film ‘Bader’ makes public debut in Qatar

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Amid criticism from the local community, three young women in Qatar have decided to publicly release a 10-minute film they produced in 2012 called “Bader.”

The documentary is about the life of a young Qatari boy attending an independent elementary school here. Bader, a fourth-grader, is often in trouble at school, for example locking his teacher out of her classroom, and getting suspended for…

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All photos courtesy of Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy

With reporting from Ankita Menon

It was a rough weekend for several teams competing in the second annual Workers’ Cup, as the playing field was narrowed from eight to four teams.

Gulf Contracting Co. and Out Look will face off in the semi-finals on Friday, as will Amana and Tanzifco Co WLL. The matches will most likely take place at the Al Wakra Sports Club, and are free and open to the public.

So far, thousands of people have turned out to support the teams, which are comprised of workers from several companies around Qatar. The finals, which will be held on Friday, May 2, may be played at a stadium, organizers told Doha News.

A spokesman for the QSports League, which is overseeing the tournament, said the motivation for holding such an event is to help the nation (host of the 2022 World Cup) become a “sports hub.”

“We are building the momentum for Fifa 2022 by engaging the working communities in sports activities,” he said.

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According to a different QSL organizer who spoke to Doha News during the inaugural season last year, the goal is also to integrate a large segment of Qatar’s population with the rest of the community.

The tournament also addresses a common complaint among Qatar’s hundreds of thousands of working class residents about a lack of recreational options here. These men, who are usually here without their families, are often turned away from malls and other public areas on Fridays, their one day off a week.

Holding sports tournaments for this demographic are a relatively novel concept, According to James Dorsey, who writes for MidEast Soccer. Last year, he said the idea of such a tournament could be seen as a “small but not insignificant” step forward in terms of improving human rights for this vulnerable group.

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PHOTOS: Workers’ Cup 2014 speeds to the finals http://dohane.ws/1r6HfFT All photos courtesy of Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy With reporting from Ankita Menon It was a rough weekend for several teams competing in the second annual…
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Report: Qatar revisiting the idea of a new, stricter anti-smoking law

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Qatar may finally adopt a stricter anti-smoking law after years of discussion about cracking down on tobacco usage in the country.

The Qatar Tribune reports a senior Hamad Medical Corp. official as saying the new law is expected to meet Advisory (Shura) Council approval “soon.”

The legislation apparently contains much steeper fines than the previous law, according to Dr. Ahmed al Mulla,…

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Qatar seeks to host world’s third largest sports tournament

The 110m hurdles semi-final at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics in Berlin.

The 110m hurdles semi-final at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics in Berlin.

Doha has announced its intention to bid for hosting rights to the 2019 World Championships in Athletics, a tournament managed by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

The Gulf state will compete against Barcelona and US city Eugene (in Oregon) for the honor, according to the IAAF. In a sta…

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VIDEO: Souq Waqif as Doha’s center of culture and style

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Doha-based filmmaker Charlotte Buchen recently…

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Ministry sets deadline to name and shame eateries flouting the law

Ministry sets deadline to name and shame eateries that flout the law

Vapiano restaurant at the Gate Mall was temporarily closed without explanation in April 2013 by health authorities.

Vapiano restaurant at the Gate Mall was temporarily closed without explanation in April 2013 by health authorities.

Effective Friday, April 25, Qatar will begin publicizing the names of eateries closed for violating food safety laws, the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning has said.

On its English-language Twitter account this week, the MMUP said:

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Customers told to inform local banks before traveling this summer

Customers told to inform local banks when traveling this summer

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With reporting from Ankita Menon

Qatar residents who plan to travel between May and August and plan to use their credit or debit cards during this time should inform their banks beforehand.

Otherwise, their transactions could be declined, according to a new directive from Qatar Central Bank (QCB).

Speaking to Doha News, several local financial institutions have confirmed receiving a circular…

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Report: Qatar looks to Portugal to boost poultry supply

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As demand for chicken rises with Qatar’s ever-expanding population, the nation has been looking to diversify its poultry product imports. According to the Qatar Tribune, the Gulf state has most recently entered talks with Portugal about filling this need.

A Qatar Chamberboard member told the newspaper about the potential deal, which was being discussed with a delegation of Portuguese officials…

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