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Qatar Petroleum announces petrol price for October

Doha: Qatar Petroleum (QP) today announced the petrol and diesel prices for October. QP has retained the prices for premium grade petrol and diesel from last month, while super grade will cost 5 dirhams more.

The price list on QP website showed that premium grade petrol will cost QR1.70 per litre, the same as in September.

Super will be available for QR1.85 per litre, five dirhams more than September price of QR 1.80.

iesel will cost QR1.85 per litre, the same as last month.

QP had reduced the price of petrol in September after it had increased it in August.

July had seen a big drop of 25 dirhams.

QP had kept the petrol prices unchanged in June, increased in May by 15 dirhams, in April by 25 dirhams and in March by 5 dirhams, while it was not changed in February. January saw a significant drop in prices as premium and super grade petrol were cheaper by 30 dirhams.

When the first list was announced in June 2016 the premium petrol was QR1.20 per litre, super QR1.30 per litre and diesel QR1.40 per litre.

In April 2016, the Ministry of Energy and Industry had started pegging the fuel prices to the international market and from September 2017, it is Qatar Petroleum who is announcing the monthly price list.

October 1, 2019 / by / in
Investors and real estate owners to get residence permits without sponsors

His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Monday issued Decree Law No. 23 of 2019, amending some provisions of Law No. 21 of 2015, regulating the entry and exit of expatriates and their residence.

According to the amendment, the competent authority in the Ministry of Interior (MoI) may issue entry permits and grant residence permits without a sponsor for investors, subject to the provisions of the law regulating the investment of non-Qatari capital in economic activity, for a period of five years, renewable. 

The amendment also allows the competent authority in MoI to issue entry permits and grant residence permits without a sponsor to owners and beneficiaries of real estate, in accordance with the provisions of the law regulating the non-Qatari ownership and use of real estate, for a period of five years.

According to the amendment, this will be automatically renewed for the duration of their ownership or use of real estate, and any other categories, determined by a decision of the Cabinet.

The decree is effective starting from its date of publication in the official gazette.

HH the Amir also issued Law No (22) of 2019 yesterday, amending some provisions of Law No (15) of 2010 on the prohibition of the accommodation of workers’ complexes within the areas of family housing.

The law is effective and is to be published in the official gazette.

Moreover, HH the Amir ratified several Cabinet decisions on Monday, including:

  • Cabinet Decision No 26 of 2019 to establish a national committee for women, children, older persons and persons with disabilities.
  • Cabinet Decision No 27 of 2019 on the conditions and regulations for the permanent residency cardholders to receive treatment and education in government institutions within the country.
  • Cabinet Decision No 28 of 2019 determining the conditions and regulations for licensing non-Qatari real estate brokerage firms and offices to practice real estate brokerage.
  • Cabinet Decision No 29 of 2019 forming a committee for real estate brokers’ affairs, its work system, and remuneration.
  • Cabinet Decision No 30 of 2019 determining the duration of the licenses of commercial, industrial and similar general shops and street vendors. Under the decision, the license period for similar commercial, industrial and general shops, and street vendors shall be for a period not less than one year. For commercial, industrial and public shops, the license must not exceed five years and two years for the license of street vendors.
September 17, 2019 / by / in
How to Clean Car Seats with Household Products

If you spill juice or coffee on your car seats, it’ll become quite messy and stained. So, to help you keep your car clean and mess-free, here are some useful and easy-to-do tips on how to clean car seats with household products.

Cleaning Cloth Car Seats

Cleaning service can be costly sometimes where an inside and outside car polish in Qatar is around QR 500. You can instead of taking your car in to a cleaning service, there are several ways that you can clean your cloth seats on your own. For instance:

  • Use club soda.  Lightly spray it on the stained area and use a brush to scrub away the stain, then wipe it away with a clean towel.
  • Use a baking soda solution.  Mix ¼ cup of baking soda with a cup of warm water, then use a light layer of the solution and a toothbrush to scrub away the stain.  If the stain is difficult, let the solution sit for around 30 minutes.
  • Use a vinegar mixture.  Mix a cup of vinegar, a few drops of dish soap and about a gallon of hot water in a bucket.  Then dab the mixture into the stain and use a brush to scrub it out of the seat, use clean water to rinse the seat off. Use laundry detergent.  If you don’t have a specific upholstery detergent/cleaner, you mix some laundry detergent with hot water and dampen the stains with it. 
  • Use a towel with cold water to rinse the detergent off the seat and scrub the stain away.

Cleaning Leather Seats

Leather seats need extra care compared to cloth seats because of the premium quality of the material.  To clean stains and darker colors off the leather, try one of these do-it-yourself ways:

  • Use nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol.  Blotting the stain with a cotton ball that dipped in the alcohol will slowly lift the mess from the leather.  And once the stain is lifted, clean the alcohol off the seat with warm water and dish soap.
  • Use a non-gel toothpaste.  A more unique technique, dab a bit of toothpaste on the stain and then use a clean toothbrush to gently scrub away the stain.
  • Use a lemon juice and cream of tartar paste.  Mix an equal portion of lemon juice and cream of tartar into a paste and apply to the stain.  It should sit for about 30 minutes and then you can wipe it away with a damp sponge.  The paste has a bleaching effect, so it should only be used on light-colored seats.
  • The vinegar mixture works on leather seats as well!
September 16, 2019 / by / in
Newly opened Orbital Highway Phase-I, Qatar

Almost two-third of the ambitious Orbital Highway and Truck Route linking the newly constructed Hamad Port in Mesaieed with the Ras Laffan Industrial City on the northern side is ready now.

While announcing this on Sunday at a meeting in Rayyan, Ashghal authorities said nearly 125 kilometres of the 195 kilometre highway is ready for traffic.

September 15, 2019 / by / in
HMC installs radio over-broadcast warning system in 50 ambulances

The Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Ambulance Service has installed a new Emergency Warning System (EWS) in about 50 ambulances for a pilot phase of three months. The new radio over-broadcast system allows the ambulance crew to alert drivers up to 300 metres ahead.

The trial of the new system began on September 1, said Thomas Reimann, Executive Director of Healthcare Coordination and Support Services at HMC’s Ambulance Service.

“The system will interrupt the radio broadcast and switch over automatically to unused channel enabling drivers to listen to an audio message, “Warning, ambulance approaching. Give way”, in Arabic and English. The system has a technology that can interrupt and switch over even if you are listening to a CD,” said, Reimann speaking to media persons on Thursday. 

“The new system gives drivers more time to move safely and give way to an approaching ambulance. Drivers can hear our ambulance sirens and see their flashing lights up to 50 metres away, but the new warning system will enable us to give warning to drivers much further ahead,” he added.

The new system will compliment the usual lights and sirens on ambulances. At the end of the trial period, the HMC’s Ambulance Service will conduct a final assessment to find the efficiency of the system.

“Not to confuse the road users, EWS will choose the road that has the strongest signal and closer to the traffic signal. However the Ambulance Service will still retain the normal lights and sirens. Because there are pedestrians and motorcyclist on the roads and all vehicles will not be playing the radio,” said Reimann. On a regular day, the Ambulance Service attends nearly 700 emergency cases and deploys about 130 ambulances. 

“The new system is installed in 50 vehicles, which is about half of the total number of ambulances deployed each day. We test the new system in all scenarios in urban and rural areas. At the end of the trial period, we would analyse data, feedback from members of public, those from the ambulance service  and find how efficient is the new system,” said Reimann. 

The new EWS is expected to help manage the traffic flow, reduce risk of accidents and ambulance service to reach the emergency scene faster. At present the Ambulance Service reaches an emergency scene within six minutes in the urban areas and 10 minutes in rural areas.

“In a medical emergency, it is very important that our paramedic teams can get to the scene of the emergency as quickly as possible. The public is very supportive and understands our role as well as need to give way to ambulances on the road,” said Rashid Andaila, Senior Manager of Communication Technologies at HMC’s Ambulance Service.

“The Emergency Warning System will enable us to give warning to drivers 300 meters before the ambulance approaches and it could help to reach the emergency scene faster than before,” he added. 

The Ambulance Service has consistently promoted its ‘Know the 5 to Save a Life’ awareness campaign, which is designed to educate members of the community on the correct action to take when calling an ambulance.  The new warning technology supports one of the campaign’s key messages, asking drivers to ‘give way to ambulances’.

September 15, 2019 / by / in
Woqod opens petrol station in Umm Garn

As part of Woqod’s ongoing expansion plans to be able to serve every area in Qatar, Qatar Fuel ‘Woqod’ opened Umm Garn Petrol Station yesterday and by this raised its network of various petrol stations to 87.

Woqod’s Managing Director & CEO, Saad Rashid Al Muhannadi, said: “We are pleased to open new fixed petrol station in Umm Garn.

Woqod aspires to expand its petrol station network in the country to meet the rising demand for petroleum products and achieve the goal of providing customers with access to best-in-class products and services at their convenience and comfort.

Woqod has recently accelerated the process for the construction of new petrol stations to meet the fuel and energy needs of the country. Woqod team would like to extend their gratitude to all concerned governmental and private entities that contributed to the completion of this project.”

Umm Garn Petrol Station is spread over an area of 9600 square meters and has 3 lanes with 9 dispensers. The new Petrol Stations offer round-the-clock services to residents, and include Sidra convenience store, Manual Car Wash, Oil Change and Tire Repair, and sale of LPG cylinders, in addition to sale of gasoline and diesel products for light vehicles.

Al Muhannadi added: The Woqod is currently overseeing the implementation of 24 new petrol stations, which most of them will be operational in the current year. As part of its strategic expansion plan, Woqod is targeting the achievement of a total of 114 fuel stations by the end of 2020”. 

September 12, 2019 / by / in
Qatar’s ‘cool pavement’ project aims to reduce road temperatures

Doha, Qatar  The Public Works Authority in Qatar (Ashghal) has implemented a pilot “cool pavement” project in the capital, Doha, which involves the use of a cryogenic material to reduce the temperature of the asphalt on roads.

The material is being tested on a 200-metre stretch of road near Souq Waqif, a popular tourist destination.

Unlike conventional asphalt, which contributes to increased temperatures by absorbing up to 95 percent of sunlight, the so-called “cool pavement” reflects UV rays and absorbs solar radiation to a lesser extent, thereby contributing to overall temperature reduction.

“I think it’s great that the government is open-minded about using technological innovation to deal with the challenges of living in the desert. The degree of cooling could have a real impact on our electricity consumption since air conditioning makes up almost 70% of household electricity usage,” said Hossam Almeer, a 30-year-old data scientist working for Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI). 

The material is being tested on a 200-metre stretch of road near Souq Waqif and on 200 metres of pedestrian and bicycle paths in front of the Katara cultural village, both popular tourist destinations in the Qatari capital.

The road has opened to traffic to start testing the effectiveness of the material and to measure the success of this experiment and its possible formal application on the road network throughout the country.

Ashghal says the project will last for 18 months and based on the outcome of the pilot, it will determine its wider applicability.

A similar experiment has been implemented by the local authorities and the Bureau of Street Services in Los Angeles on an area spanning 15 residential blocks, in an effort to cool the city as it is hit by climate change.

September 9, 2019 / by / in
Qatar affirms making legislative reforms for protection of human rights

The State of Qatar affirmed making significant legislative reforms in recent years, pointing to widespread developments at the legislative, institutional, policy and strategy levels towards strengthening and promoting human rights infrastructure.

This came in the statement of the State of Qatar delivered by Minister of State for Foreign Affairs H E Sultan bin Saad Al Muraikhi before the 73rd session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), for the dialogue on the second periodic report of the State of Qatar, submitted under article (18) of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

H E the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs said that the discussion of the second periodic report of the State of Qatar before the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women coincides with the passage of 10 years of the accession of the State of Qatar to the Convention in April 2009, referring in this regard to a forum entitled “From ratification to implementation: 10 years since the State of Qatar acceded to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women”, organized by the Human Rights Department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with Doha International Family Institute.

He noted that the forum discussed and analyzed the developments made by the State of Qatar since its accession to the Convention and the priorities in the next phase. The forum resulted in several recommendations, including work to strengthen national mechanisms dealing with women’s issues and the continuation of the State’s efforts to review and amend laws and legislations in order to conform with the provisions of the Convention.

H E the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs said that the report presented to the Committee was the result of a consultative dialogue and cooperation in the field of monitoring and implementation of the Convention among all women’s stakeholders in the State. 

Source: QNA

September 9, 2019 / by / in
Petrol and diesel to cost less in September

There is good news for motorists in Qatar, the price of petrol and diesel will go down by 5 to 10 dirhams in September. Qatar Petroleum (QP) has published the new price list on their website today.

The price list on QP website showed that premium grade petrol will cost QR1.70 in September, 10 dirhams less than August.

Super will be available for QR1.80, as against QR 1.90 in August. 

Diesel will cost QR1.85 in September, 5 dirhams less than August

QP had increased the price of petrol in August after it saw a big drop of 25 dirhams in July.

QP had kept the petrol prices unchanged in June, increased in May by 15 dirhams, in April by 25 dirhams and in March by 5 dirhams, while it was not changed in February. January saw a significant drop in prices as premium and super grade petrol were cheaper by 30 dirhams.

When the first list was announced in June 2016 the premium petrol was QR1.20 per litre, super QR1.30 per litre and diesel QR1.40 per litre.

In April 2016, the Ministry of Energy and Industry had started pegging the fuel prices to the international market and from September 2017, it is Qatar Petroleum who is announcing the monthly price list.

Source: Peninsula Qatar

September 4, 2019 / by / in
Katara opens 3rd edition of International Hunting and Falcons Exhibition!

The exhibition, considered the largest of its kind and class in Middle East and the world, has attracted more than 140 exhibitors of specialized international companies and manufacturers excelling in the field of hunting and falcons accessories from more than 20 different countries around the world.

Hunting enthusiasts and heritage lovers went around the vast expanse of the varied exhibition and sales began immediately at various sections displaying different hunting tools and guns, in addition to handicrafts and falcon accessories.

General Manager of Katara and the Chairman of the Organizing Committee for S’hail Dr. Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti expressed his satisfaction on the progress of the exhibition on its first day saying that S’hail exhibition has emerged as an international hub for hunting and falcon enthusiasts with a reputable growth over the years since its opening in 2017.

“The numerous international participations reflect the success of the previous editions of the exhibition which attracted more and more of hunting-specialised companies and manufacturers, including falcon breeders from 20 different countries,” Dr. Sulaiti said.

Dr. Sulaiti thanked all the sponsors, and in particular the Sports and Social Activities Support Fund, Ooredoo, QIC and Qatar Airways for their support for S’hail.

He also welcomed the people to visit the exhibition which is a great opportunity for all to see the cultural interest in falcon and the hunting wares and guns that are on display at S’hail which is spread over a vast area.

The falcon auctions, which is one of the unique features of S’hail, this time has a distinct addition by way of digitized auctioning.

The five days-long event is expected to receive several thousands of visitors over the next four days. This year, the exhibition also has a specialized restaurant catering to the visitors inside the grand pavilion premises offering fresh hunt food and barbecue.

The first of its kind in terms of size, exclusivity and diverse range of products from falcons to hunting tools to guns to customized vehicles to various hunting and camping accessories is a delight for both the connoisseur and commoner alike. The exhibition runs from 9 am to 10 pm daily. On Friday, from 3 pm till 11 pm. It ends on Saturday, September 7.

The current session is also marked by the distinguished participation of ministries, institutions and governmental and official bodies such as the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Municipality and Environment represented by the Department of Environmental Protection, Natural Reserves, and Wildlife, the General Authority of Customs, the Qatari Society of al-Gannas (Sniper Association) and the Al-Galayel Championship, in addition to the participation of the Qatar Shooting Federation and Souq Waqif Falcon Hospital.

It is noteworthy that the exhibition features a wide local, regional and international participation of companies from Qatar, Kuwait, Pakistan, Kenya, Italy, Russia, Britain, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Romania, South Africa, Spain, Lebanon, the United States, Sweden, the Netherlands, Turkey, Iran, and Portugal.

Qatar, Kuwait, Britain, and Spain lead the participating countries with a large number of pavilions, providing options and exhibitions that contribute significantly to meet the aspirations and needs of visitors and enable them to discover the latest equipment, weapons, products and services offered in fishing.

Source: QNA

September 4, 2019 / by / in