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Greetings from the team of Marhaba Information Guide! Winter is finally here, which means pleasant weather and enjoying the outdoors. It's also time to say goodbye to 2020 and hello to 2021! This 79th edition of Marhaba has a number of insightful reads. In Special Features, we highlight what a remarkable year it has been in 'Perfect 2020 Vision'. We look into the

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'Architectural Marvels of Qatar', one of the country's favourite winter pastimes in 'It's Camping Season', and how the country is protecting and perserving its heritage and natural sites in 'To Protect and Preserve'. Our other features include Qatar's new 'Minimum Wage Law' in the Discovering Qatar section, winter farmers markets in 'Shop Local' in Shopping, learning more about the holidays in Qatar in 'It's That Time of Year' in Hospitality, Hotels and Dining, cycling in the country in 'Qatar's Cycling Tracks' in Sports, looking into country's 'Record-Breaking Water Security' in Infrastructure, and Qatar's first factory to assemble electric vehicles in 'An Electric Future' in Motoring. For all you need to know about what is happening around town, visit marhaba.qa and follow us on our social media channels and YouTube. The Marhaba Pocket Map is perfect for taking with you while you discover the sights of Doha. As I sign off, I wish Qatar a Happy National Day and its warm and multi-cultural community happy holidays and Happy New Year!

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In this issue

13 Discovering Qatar

Emergency Numbers 8 Cultural Awareness 10 Arabic Phrases 11 Qatar at a Glance 16 Qatar’s Government Structure 20 World’s Safest Country 22 Events in Qatar 25 Main Urban Centres 32 Foreign Embassies in Qatar 46 Digital Qatar 48 Getting Around Qatar 51 Traveller Information 57 Hamad International Airport 63 Sightseeing 71 Leisure Activities 94 Living in Qatar 103 New Minimum Wage Law 118

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Overview 138 Dining Listings 140

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Souq Al Wakra

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Infrastructure

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Katara Cultural Village Overview 130 Dining Listings 132

Overview 146 Dining Listings 149

Qetaifan Island North Infrastructure in Qatar Record Breaking Water Security

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Shopping Where to Shop Shopping in Qatar Shop Local

121 The Pearl-Qatar

Overview 122 Dining Listings 124

Souq Waqif

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Hospitality, Hotels and Dining Tourism in Qatar 197 It’s That Time of the Year 201 Places to Stay 204 Dining in Qatar 223 Dining Guide Listings 224

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331 Health and Beauty

Special Features Perfect 2020 Vision 250 The Architectural Marvels of Qatar 256 It’s Camping Season 260 To Protect and Preserve 262

Banking and Finance 356 Economy 362 Commerce Useful Numbers 363 Investment and Trade 364 The Mark of Qatar Quality 372

265 Sports 266 268 270 278 280

283 Education Useful Numbers Qatar’s First Technical High School for Girls Education in Qatar Education Courses, Tutoring and Lectures Arabic/Islamic Culture Courses

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355 Banking and Commerce

See our additional Features in the sections

Sports in Qatar Sports Events Calendar Sports Activities Qatar’s Cycling Tracks Two Years to Go: Countdown to 2022

Useful Numbers Healthcare in Qatar Health and Wellness Spas and Beauty Centres Smoking Cessation

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375 Motoring Main Car Showrooms Useful Numbers Motoring Essentials Motoring Reviews Service Centres An Electric Future

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391 Oil, Gas and Petrochemicals OGP Update 392 Company Activities 396 World Energy Qatar 404

Maps Qatar 11 Northeast Coast Al Khor Greater Doha

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Doha Bay and Corniche

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Doha Central Area

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Msheireb Downtown Doha

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Al Wakra

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Mesaieed 55 Southeast Coast Lusail City

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The Pearl‑Qatar

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Katara Cultural Village

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Souq Waqif

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Souq Al Wakra

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Infrastructure Projects

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Doha Metro Map

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Souq Area

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Education City

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Hamad bin Khalifa Medical City

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Small Industries Zone/Ind’l Area

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Emergency and Important Numbers Consumer Protection

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Government Call Centre (Hukoomi)

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iParks 4406 9955 Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (MADLSA) 4028 8888 Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MOEHE)

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs 4011 1111

Emergency and Important Numbers

Emergency Services

Ministry of Interior (MOI)

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Ministry of Justice

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Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME)

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Police, Fire and Ambulance

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Worldwide emergency (from mobile phones)

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Emergency Services for the Deaf

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Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC)

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Traffic Patrol Police Department (Madinat Khalifa) 2344 4444

MOI eServices and Metrash2

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Paediatric Emergency Centres (PEC) Airport (Matar Qadeem) 4467 7671 Al Daayen (Al Khor Coastal Road) 4423 3801 Al Rayyan (Al Furousiya Street) 4481 5447 Al Sadd (Suhaim bin Hamad Street) 4439 6020 Al Shamal (Al Ruwais) 4027 3000

National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) 4404 8844 Public Works Authority (Ashghal)

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Qatar Post (QPost) 4446 4000 Report Environmental Violations

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Supreme Judiciary Council

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Telecom and Communications Roadside and Break Down Assistance Directory Assistance 180 Mowasalat Taxi 4458 8888 International Calls Inquiry 150 Qatar Assist 5545 5252 Ooredoo 111

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General Information Qatar Meteorology Department 4448 0444 Local Time

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Airport Hamad International Airport (HIA) 4010 6666 4010 9555

Airport Fire and Medical Emergency 4010 9222 For more on travel and airport information see Traveller Information and Hamad International Airport in this section.

Animals In the event of a pet emergency, see Pets in this section.

Foreign Embassies See Foreign Embassies in this section.

Health Enquiries Nesma'ak (Hamad Medical Corporation) Hayyak (Primary Health Care Corporation)

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Traffic and Minor Accidents General Directorate of Traffic

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Madinat Khalifa Traffic & Investigation 2344 4444 Utilities Kahramaa (electricity and water)

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Airport Security

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Government Entities Baladiya 184 8

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Cultural Awareness

Cultural Awareness

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use greetings and formalities as they are particularly important. It is considered impolite to start any conversation or request without at least saying 'Hello' or 'Excuse me'.

look or stare at people closely especially women. This general courtesy is particularly important in a society where modesty in dress and behaviour is mandatory.

be mindful when talking to or asking local or Arab women for information, if you are a man. Respect the fact some women in this region are private people in public places. They are more than willing to help other women, so if you are in a mixed group, let the women do the talking!

be offended if your handshake is refused by the opposite sex. Handshakes are often refused to members of the opposite sex. It is not meant personally, but simply a religious and cultural prohibition applicable to Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

dress modestly in Qatar, which is a Muslim country with conservative dress codes for both males and females. Avoid shorts and short skirts, strapless and crop tops and other forms of revealing and transparent clothing especially to work, schools, malls, parks and other familyfriendly destinations. Government offices will turn away people for inappropriate clothing.

take photographs or videos without permission of people (including the police or armed forces) or sensitive sites in public or private spaces. Many men and women here are priavte and strongly object to being photographed or videographed.

take the now fully operational Doha Metro for faster and cheaper transportation! Or hail taxis, which are safe, clean and metered. The majority of the drivers speak English. You can order a taxi by using the Karwa, Careem or Uber apps and have a car at your location within minutes.

sit with the soles of your shoes or feet facing towards your hosts; it is considered insulting. Equally, don’t sit with your back to other guests.

bargain with shopkeepers in local souqs. Always counter the original offer with a lower price than you expect to pay and work slowly upwards to what you wish to spend. look out for separate counters and sections for men and women in banks, ministries and other public service centres. enjoy the outdoors as much as you can during winter. In the summer, temperatures reach over 40 C and humidity over 50% so enjoying the outdoors will be challenging. During this season, make the most of doing outdoor activities such as going to beaches, walking in parks or dining al fresco. 10

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be annoyed if your guest/contact is late – schedules are more flexible in Qatar.

drink too much alcohol so that your behaviour is affected in public. Alcohol in Qatar is a strictly regulated concession and there is zero tolerance for drink-driving, drunkenness or rowdy behaviour. go barefoot in the sea where stonefish lie camouflaged along the shoreline. Although rare, the poisonous defence mechanism causes excruciating pain and needs a hospital visit. Also be on the lookout for jellyfish, particularly in the summer months. forget to read about the Public Hygiene Law with violations up to QAR25,000 and jail sentences. Do not throw or leave waste on the streets or public spaces. Spitting in public spaces is also prohibited. m

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Arabic Phrases

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Arabs place great importance on greetings, often greeting each other with a number of phrases and fixed responses enquiring about each other’s health, wellbeing and family. As a courtesy, it is important for visitors to learn the basics of how to say hello and goodbye when in their company. *Indicates if you're speaking as a female or when you're speaking to a female.

Courtesies/Responses

Days of the Week yum yum yum yum yum yum yum

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Time What time is it? a-sa’a kam? One, two, three a-sa’a wahda, o’clock thintain, etc. Late mut’akhar Early badri Tomorrow bukra The day after ba’ad bukra Yesterday ams What time is the appointment? as-sa'a kam al maw'idd? When do you open/close? mata taftahoon/tosakkiroon?

Ramadan blessings

shuff!/*shuffi wain? a'la yameenak a'la shamalak a'la tool aqif/*aqifi imshi ta’al/ta'ali yalla qulli/*qullili mata? or emta? jeeb/*jeebi hatha hathaak mafi mafi mushkila mafi waqt mush mumkin khallas Insh'Allah Wallah/akeed Ramadan kareem

Eid blessings

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Essential Foods

Shopping/Eating Out

Bread Water Tea/Coffee Milk Fish Meat Chicken Cheese Fruit Vegetables

Where is the market? wain al souq? I want to buy... ureed ashtiri... Do you have ...? a'ndak…? Have/Don’t have fi/mafi How much is it? kam qeemtah? Cheap/Expensive rakhees/ghali Newspaper/Book jareeda/kitaab Map of Doha khareeta al doha Bank bank Money Exchange surrafa Restaurant mata'am What kind of food? ay ta'am ladaikum? Toilets al hammam

khubbuz maa, moya chai/gahwa haleeb samak laham dejaj jubna fawakih khudrawat

Travel I want a taxi areed taxi How much is the taxi? kam al ijar? I want to rent a car ureed astaajer sayyara Where is the airline office? wain maktab at tayaran? Take us to the airport khuthna ila al matar

Emergencies Please help me Police station I’m feeling ill I need a doctor I need a hospital Ambulance Pharmacy There's a fire ©

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Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

Look! Where? On your right On your left Straight on Stop! Go! Come! Let's go! Tell me When? Bring me/give This That There isn’t any No problem There is no time Impossible Finished If God is willing For sure

Arabic Phrases

Peace be upon you assalam a'laykum And upon you be peace wa’alaykum salam Good morning sabah al khair May your morning be bright sabah al noor Good afternoon/evening massa al khair May your afternoon/evening be bright massa al noor Welcome marhaba or tafaddal/*tafaddali Goodbye (Go in peace) ma’a salaamah May God protect you Allah yehmik/*Allah yehmiki How are you? kaif halak?/*kaif halik And you? wa ant?/*wa anti Thank God al hamdu lillah Thanks shukran Welcome (in response to 'thank you') a'fwan Please min fadlak/*min fadlik Yes/No na’am or aiwa/la I'm sorry ana mutaassef/*ana mutaasefa Congratulations mabrook

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Discovering Qatar

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Emergency and Important Numbers

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Sightseeing

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Leisure Activities

Map of Qatar Cultural Awarness Arabic Phrases Qatar at a Glance • • • • • • •

Common Courtesies • Geography Demography • Climate Language and Religion The Ruling Family • The Qatari Flag Government • History • Economy International Relations Transport and Communication

Living in Qatar

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Housing

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Utilities and Services

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Pets

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Feature - New Minimum Wage Law

Feature - World’s Safest Country

Main Urban Centres Doha City and other maps Foreign Embassies Digital Qatar Getting Around Qatar • Karwa Taxis • Mowasalat Doha Limousine • Karwa Bus • Other Taxi/Limousine Services • Doha Metro • Greater Doha Metro System

Traveller Information • Visas • eCash Cards • Entry Visas • Airlines • Travel Agencies

Hamad International Airport • Arrivals/Departures • eGate • Parking • Buses, Taxis and Limousines • Lounges • The Airport Hotel • Connectivity • Medical and Fire Emergencies • Travelling with Animals • Duty Free • Food and Beverage • Art Installations

Clubs, societies and activities, from Arts and Crafts to Water Parks and Play Zones

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Qatar’s Government Structure

Events December 2020 – March 2021

Things to see and do in Qatar, from Archaelogical Sites to Organised Tours

• Newspapers • Television and Radio • Places of Worship • Government Online • Hukoomi • Useful Documents/Processing • The Qatar Labour Law • Register at Your Embassy • Residence/Work Permits • Renew a Residence Permit • Exit Permits • Residence Cards • Health Related Services

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To Rent • Letting Agents To Buy • Lawyers and Legal Relocation Services/Removal Firms Other Housing Considerations

Water and Electricity Gas • Telephone and Internet Public Wireless Internet Postal Services and Mail Courier Services Birth, Marriage and Death Liquor Permit

• Ministry Dept for Animal Resources • Import and Export Guidelines • Private Veterinary Clinics and Services

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Use the Metro Discover the many interesting places Doha has to offer by using the Doha Metro. Enjoy a comfortable journey in a state-of-the-art automated rail network.

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HISTORY, HERITAGE & CULTURE

Qatar has its own unique culture, and where better to appreciate this than at the National Museum of Qatar. Designed by the renowned French architect, Jean Nouvel.

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The State Mosque

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Green spaces abound in the city which provides peaceful escapes for all and facilities for active people: running and cycling tracks, human maze, gym and exercise equipment, basketball, volleyball and tennis courts, children’s playgrounds, horse and camel rides, barbecue areas and beautiful natural landscapes perfectly suited to family picnics.

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Education City Golf Club

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Doha Golf Club

Qatar National Library Station

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Doha boasts two of the most modern and well-quipped venues in the world of Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE). Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC) has the largest open space hall available in Qatar. The Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) is an iconic and impressive building proudly rooted in Qatar’s culture. The main conference hall holds up to 4,000 delegates & the Al Mayassa Theater is a glorious venue for 2300 guests.

Whether you are active and athletic or just a spectator, Qatar is constructing an amazing array of eight new stadiums to showcase the FIFA World Cup 2022TM. They beautifully reflect Qatari culture as well as cater for the demands of modern sports tournaments. All, except for Al Bayt and Al Thumama stadiums, are accessible using the Doha Metro network. Have a day trip travelling to see them all!

Ras Abu Aboud Stadium

Khalifa International Stadium

Ras Bu Abboud Station

Sport City Station

Al Rayyan Stadium

Education City Stadium

SHOPPING & FASHION

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Villaggio Mall

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New malls are regularly appearing on the landscape and are especially popular in summer when temperatures climb. They offer various indoor entertainment and leisure activities and have their own mix of branded shops and restaurants. Most venues are open until 11pm.

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Qatar at a Glance

Qatar at a Glance

Qatar is one of the safest countries in the world and both visitors and residents have the opportunity to experience the courteous and hospitable nature of Arab culture. However, bear in mind that Qatar is a conservative Islamic state – by following a few simple rules in public you will more than repay the warm welcome shown to you.

Common Courtesies Please dress modestly when out in public. As a show of respect towards the culture and tradition of Qatar, visitors and expatriates (both men and women) should dress conservatively. Avoid exposing the knees, shoulders, cleavage and stomach. Likewise, avoid tight, revealing clothing. Although there are many people who show disregard for the dress code here, it is in your best interest to avoid any unwelcome attention. Be particularly modest during the holy month of Ramadan. Visitors should also be mindful of the conservative dress code which is often required at the beach and by the pool in public. Topless sunbathing is prohibited. Public displays of affection between men and women are discouraged and behaviour that is considered immoral could result in prosecution.

There are stiff fines for consuming alcohol other than on licensed premises or at home (you must have a liquor permit to buy alcohol for use at home). Driving under the influence of alcohol is a serious offence, and could lead to prosecution and deportation. Alcohol is never sold or served during the month of Ramadan, or on the nine days of Eid al Adha. The country applies a zero-tolerance attitude to drugs. Draft laws have been submitted for a new anti-tobacco law to give public places including shopping centres more power to enforce no smoking on their premises.

Time

Currency

Qatar local time is three hours ahead of GMT, also known as Universal Coordinated Time. It is fixed across the country and throughout the year. There is no summer daylight saving.

The official currency is the Qatari Riyal (QAR), which is divided into 100 Dirhams. The exchange parity has been set at the fixed rate of USD1 = QAR3.64. See Banking and Finance for details of banks and currency exchange houses.

Hours of Business The working week in Qatar is from Sunday to Thursday, with Friday (a sacred day of worship for Muslims) and usually Saturday being days off. Government ministries’ working hours are from 7 am – 2 pm, Sunday to Thursday; the oil, gas and petrochemicals companies follow a similar working week. Some private businesses follow a one shift workday, but many have two: roughly 8 am – 1 pm and 4 pm – 8 pm. Shop times vary but are generally 8:30 am – 12:30 pm and 4 pm – 10 pm; although shopping malls tend to be open all day between the hours of 10 am and 11 pm. Some shops do not open on Fridays, while others open for a couple of hours early in the morning and reopen in the late afternoon. Most malls now open on Fridays at 1:30 pm, with shopping centres opening at 4 pm.

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Public Holidays The dates of religious public holidays (Eid Al Fitr and Eid Al Adha) are fixed according to the Hijri (Islamic) calendar. The commencement of the Holy Month of Ramadan is confirmed the night before by the sighting of the new moon. In 2021, the first day of Ramadan is expected to begin on 13 April, Eid Al Fitr on 13 May, and Eid Al Adha on 20 July. Qatar's National Day is 18 December each year. National Sport Day takes place on the second Tuesday of each February. For those in the banking and finance sector, there are additional one day public holidays in January and March, depending upon the institution they work for.

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Geography • Qatar is a peninsula of 11,521 sq km located halfway down the west coast of the Arabian Gulf. • The territory encompasses several islands including Halul, Sheraouh, Al Beshairiya, Al Safliya (which is a marine protected area) and Al Aaliya.

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Demography • Qatar's population in October 2020 was 2,717,360, according to the Planning and Statistics Authority (PSA). • Males made up 1,960,876; women account for 756,484. • Other population centres, apart from Doha, include Dukhan on the west coast, Mesaieed City and Al Wakra in the south, and Ras Laffan, Lusail City, The Pearl-Qatar, and Al Khor in the north. Ras Laffan Industrial City (RLC) is creating a population expansion in Al Khor and the adjoining areas. Projects are underway to provide new housing and amenities in the area.

Climate

Language and Religion

• The country has a moderate desert climate with mild winters and hot summers. Winter nights can be cool, but temperatures rarely drop below 7°C.

• The official language of the country is Arabic, but English is widely spoken and understood.

• Humidity levels can be very high on the coast during the summer months.

• All official documents (such as visa and resident permit applications) must be completed in Arabic.

• Rainfall is scarce (average 70 mm per year), falling on isolated days mainly between October and March.

• Islam is the official religion of the country, and Shari’a (Islamic Law) is the principal source of legislation.

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His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani Amir of the State of Qatar

• The Amir, HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, assumed power on 25 June 2013. • The ruling Al Thani family was among a tribal group who had settled at the 'Gibrin' oasis in southern Najd, before their arrival in Qatar during the early 18th century. Initially, they settled in Zubara in northern Qatar, moving to Doha in the mid-19th century. The family is a branch of the ancient Arab tribe, the Bani Tameem, whose descent can be traced back to Mudar bin Nizar. • The name Al Thani is derived from that of the family’s ancestor Thani bin Mohamad bin Thani, who was the first sheikh to rule modern Qatar.

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His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani Father Amir

His Excellency Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani Prime Minister and Minister of Interior

• The national flag is maroon with a broad vertical white stripe at the pole, the two colours being separated with a nine-point serrated line which indicates Qatar as the ninth member of the 'reconciled Amirates' of the Gulf, after the 1916 QatarBritish Treaty. • White signifies the internationally recognised symbol of peace. Maroon symbolises the blood shed during the several wars that Qatar has undergone, particularly in the second half of the 19th century.

Government • The Amir is the ruler of Qatar. Rule is hereditary, with power transferred from father to son. If no son is available, power is transferred to the person whom the Amir chooses within the Al Thani family. • The Amir is the head of the constitutional authorities, holding both legislative and executive powers. The Amir appoints the prime minister and ministers. • The Council of Ministers (Cabinet), the supreme executive authority in the country, assists in implementing the general policies of the State. • A 35-member Advisory Council debates economic, political and administrative matters referred to it by the Cabinet. • The first provisional constitution was issued in 1970, and amended in 1972 upon independence. In April 2003, an overwhelming 96.6% of Qatari voters said 'yes' to a draft permanent constitution which became effective 18

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on 8 June 2005, transforming Qatar into a democracy. • In 1999, free elections were held to form a 29-member Central Municipal Council (CMC) for the first time in Qatar’s history. Women were allowed to vote and run as candidates. The constitution was amended in 2003 to allow for the direct election of 30 members of the Advisory Council. Held every four years, the elections for the sixth edition of CMC was held in April 2019. In accordance with the provisions of Decree No 17 of 1998, a candidate is required to be an original Qatari citizen or to acquire citizenship provided that their father is born in Qatar; to be registered in the voters’ lists in the constituency which they wish to represent, and has a permanent residence within its borders; have not previously been convicted of an offence against honour or trust; is at least 30 years of age; is literate and known for their competence and honesty.

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• Archaeological discoveries, inscriptions and artefacts prove that Qatar was populated as early as 10,000 – 8,000 BCE.

• Qatar, with proved gas reserves of nearly 900 tn standard cubic feet in its North Field, and oil reserves of over 25.2 bn barrels, has one of the fastest growing economies and the highest per capita income in the world.

• In the middle of the 1st century CE, Pliny the Elder referred to the nomads of the area as the 'Catharrei' – an apparent reference to their constant search for water. • One of the world’s earliest maps, The Map of Ptolemy in the 2nd century CE, shows the word 'Catara' at the head of the bay.

• During the 16th century, the Qataris aligned with the Turks to drive out the Portuguese. Subsequently, along with the entire Arabian Peninsula, they fell under the nominal rule of the Ottoman Empire for four successive centuries – with the real power and control remaining in the hands of the sheikhs and amirs of Arab tribes.

International Relations • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs strives to establish and develop close direct ties with all peace-loving countries and peoples of the world. It is keen to participate actively in efforts to deal with the concerns and challenges that the Gulf region encounters. • Qatar was actively involved in the discussions leading to the foundation of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and has hosted a number of their Supreme Council Summit Meetings.

• Investment laws allow foreign investment in many sectors including agriculture, industry, leisure, tourism, health, education and the exploitation of natural resources, energy and mining – see Trade and Investment in the Banking and Finance section for details. Qatar is a member of: • The United Nations (UN) and its subsidiary global organisations • The Asian Group of the United Nations Human Rights Council • The Organisation of Arab Oil Exporting Countries (OAPEC) • The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank • The World Trade Organisation (WTO) • The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) • The Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) • The Arab League • The UNESCO World Heritage Committee • European Council (observer member)

Transport and Communication • The country is served by Hamad International Airport (HIA). For more information on airports, see Traveller Information and Hamad International Airport in this section. • Metered taxis and limousines are easy to find and there is a comprehensive public transport system. • Qatar has a modern road system linking it with other GCC countries.

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• Qatar maintains 100 embassies abroad as well as 11 consulates and two other representations. Doha hosts 99 embassies, and one consulate.

• While developing its huge hydrocarbon reserves, Qatar has also diversified its economy, and emphasis is being placed on private-sector industrial development, education, health, sport and tourism.

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• Qatar played an important role in the Islamic civilisation when its inhabitants participated in the formation and provision of the first naval fleet.

• In just decades, Qatar has developed into a major global supplier of energy and is the world's largest exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and a world leader in gas-to-liquids (GTL) production.

• The Doha Metro is now fully operational, including three out of the four lines (Red, Gold and Green) and 37 stations. The future phases involve the introduction of an additional line (Blue) and the expansion of the existing ones, with more than 60 additional stations and the first expansion will be completed by 2026. See more in the Infrastructure section and Getting Around Qatar in this section. • The telecommunications system is currently being upgraded to an entirely fibre-optic network. m ©

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Qatar's Government Structure

Qatar's Government Structure

The General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers acts as a link between the ministries, supreme councils and other government bodies. The Minister of State for the Council of Ministers is the Prime Minister, currently HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, who chairs each session and signs any decisions made. He is also able to advise the Amir on how to form the cabinet. The General Secretary is HE Dr Issa bin Saad Al Jafali Al Nuaimi (Minister of Justice and Acting Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs).

HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani (above) named a new cabinet the day after becoming the Amir of the State of Qatar on 25 June 2013. The last full reshuffle was in November 2018, when ministries were restructured under a new portfolio. However, Amiri Order No 1 of 2020 appointed a new prime minister due to the resignation of the previous incumbent. In the 2018 reshuffle, The Amir combined commerce and industry under one ministry, appointed new ministers to the justice, labour and social affairs, and municipality and environment ministries, and decreed changes to the boards of Qatar Petroleum and Qatar Investment Authority in view of ministerial appointments. The Amir is the Head of State and the Commanderin-Chief of the armed forces. The Advisory Council represents the legislative power, while judicial authority is in the hands of the law courts with judgments announced in the name of the Amir. The Amir is assisted by the Council of Ministers (the cabinet), the Prime Minister and supreme councils. The Prime Minister and other ministers are directly appointed by the Amir; he will also accept their resignations or relieve them of their appointment, by Amiri Decree.

The Advisory Council (Shura Council) was established in 1972. It currently comprises 45 members, 30 directly elected in a secret general ballot, with the remaining 15 appointed by the Amir. The Advisory Council has legislative powers, is responsible for the general budget for public projects, and other matters dealing with economic, administrative and political issues. Each annual session lasts eight months, opened with an address by the Amir, and sessions are generally open to the public. The first Central Municipal Council was established in the early 1950s. Free elections to form the Central Municipal Council were held in 1999, the country's first steps towards democracy and the encouragement of women to run as candidates and be involved in public affairs. The Council has members from each of the 29 constituencies and elections are held every four years. For more information regarding Qatar's political set-up, visit Hukoomi, the Qatar e-Government service, portal.www.gov.qa and the Government Communications Office gco.gov.qa/en

The current list of cabinet of ministers: • Prime Minister and Minister of Interior HE Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani – appointed January 2020 following the resignation of HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani. HE Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani was appointed Chief of the Amiri Diwan in November 2014, and also sits on the board of the Sports and Social Activities Support Fund (Daam). • Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defence Affairs HE Dr Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah – appointed Minister of State for Defence in January 2016 and Deputy Prime Minister in November 2017. He has been a member of the Council of Ministers since 2011 when he was Minister of State for Foreign Affairs; from 2013 to 2016, HE Al Attiyah was Minister of Foreign Affairs. 20

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• Minister of Municipality and Environment HE Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Subaie – appointed November 2018. He has been the Managing Director of Qatar Railways Company from March 2011, additionally becoming CEO in January 2017. He has also held positions with Barwa, Qatari Diar Group, and Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (Kahramaa).

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• Minister of Commerce and Industry HE Ali bin Ahmed Al Kuwari – appointed November 2018 under the renamed ministry (was previously the Ministry of Economy and Commerce).

• Minister of Justice and Minister of State for the Council of Ministers Affairs HE Dr Issa bin Saad Al Jafali Al Nuaimi – appointed November 2018. From June 2013 he was Minister of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs.

Pictured from left: HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani; HE Ali bin Ahmed Al Kuwari; HE Mohammed Abdul Wahed Ali Al Hammadi; HE Dr Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari

• Minister of Education and Higher Education HE Mohammed Abdul Wahed Ali Al Hammadi – appointed June 2013. He is also the President of Qatar National Committee for Education, Culture and Science.

• Minister of Public Health HE Dr Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari – appointed January 2016. She was previously the Managing Director of Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) for nine years. Among various positions on advisory boards, she is also a member of the Sidra Board of Governors and the Board of Directors of Qatar Foundation for Social Work.

• Minister of Endowments (Awqaf) and Islamic Affairs HE Dr Ghaith bin Mubarak Al Kuwari – appointed June 2013.

• Minister of State for Energy Affairs HE Saad Sherida Al Kaabi – appointed November 2018. At the same time he became Deputy Chairman of Qatar Petroleum, in addition to his role as President and CEO of the national petrochemical company.

• Minister of Finance HE Ali Sherif Al Emadi – appointed in June 2013. He is also Chairman of the QNB Group, President of the Executive Board of Qatar Airways, and Deputy Chairman of Qatar National Tourism Council.

• Minister of Transport and Communications HE Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti – appointed January 2016 after the two ministries were merged. He was previously the Minister of Transport, a position he held from 2013. m ©

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• Minister of Culture and Sports HE Salah bin Ghanem Al Ali – appointed January 2016 when the Ministry was formed by merging the Ministries of Youth and Sports, and Culture, Arts and Heritage. He was previously Minister of Youth and Sports from June 2013.

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World’s Safest Country By Ola Diab Qatar is the safest country in the world, according to 2020 mid-year Crime Index by Numbeo, the world’s largest user-contributed database on cities and countries.

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or the second consecutive year, Qatar has been named the safest country in the world by Numbeo in their annual Crime Index. This year, 133 countries have been included in the ranking. This is the third time Qatar has taken the title as the world’s safest country on Numbeo – first in 2017, then again in 2019. Qatar has been the safest Arab country since 2015. According to the Ministry of Interior (MOI), Qatar's outstanding record during the period is considered as an extension of its achievements since 20152019, maintaining the number one position in the Arab world. In as statement, MOI said, ‘It reflects the constant and outstanding level of security and safety enjoyed by the country, and the significant decrease in the rates of crimes.’ According to the classification rules of the report, countries are ranked in reverse order – Qatar ranked 133 in crime rate by registering the lowest crime rate with 11.80 points out of 100. In the Safety Index, Qatar ranked first by scoring 88.20 points

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out of 100. Qatar has been rated low and very low for crimes such as home break-ins and home theft, mugging and robbery, car theft, property crimes such as vandalism and theft, drug use or dealing, violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery, corruption and bribery, and being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin, gender or religion. The Numbeo database has been publishing annual reports since 2009, based on crime rates in the countries of the world. The Crime index is measured according to the laws of the countries, as there are acts that constitute crimes in some countries while they are not deemed crimes in some others, which gives a real measure of the crime rate in countries in accordance with applicable laws. The report also takes into account the different types of crimes and their classification according to the laws on crimes, offences and violations. The indicators also depend on a set of standards related to the rates of crime and violence such as murder, terrorism, the cost of crime and other standards.

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Doha Declaration In July 2020, Qatar confirmed that the global programme to implement the Doha Declaration issued by the Thirteenth United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in 2015, has proven its effectiveness and achieved the highest possible outcome in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This came in a speech of Qatar, delivered by the ambassador of Qatar to the Federal Republic of Austria and the permanent representative of Qatar to the UN and international organisations in Vienna, Sultan bin Salmeen Al Mansouri, via video conference in July 2020 during the meeting of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna on the activities of the global programme under the slogan 'Transforming Policies into Actions'. According to Al Mansouri, the member states of the UN unanimously adopted the Doha Declaration a few months before the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the Doha Declaration had its forward-looking vision in support of this plan and its emphasis on seeking to implement comprehensive policies and programmes that promote socio-economic development and provide support to other member states in their endeavours to this end. The implementation of the UN's sustainable development agenda in 2016 began during the same year of the launch of the Doha Declaration Global Programme which is funded by Qatar, the largest funding programme provided by one country in the history of the UN Office. This synchronisation confirms the foresight of the political leadership of Qatar and its belief in global

solidarity when it decided to transform the Doha Declaration and the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development into action programmes for community prosperity and the promotion of world peace. He reviewed the achievements of the global programme during the past five years, and said that the sustainable development plan pledged to ensure no one will be left behind, and the global programme to implement the Doha Declaration, achieved this goal in a practical way when it reached about 2 mn people from 192 countries, and more than 55,000 people benefitted from more than 500 activities of support and capacity building activities, most of them from developing countries in Latin America, Asia and Africa. The programme still has time to achieve more goals. Al Mansouri added that although the global programme to implement the Doha Declaration achieved many goals contained in Goal 16, which falls within the mandate of the UNODC, the 17 goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 169 goals are integrated and indivisible goals with the aim of achieving a balance between the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, the social and the environmental dimensions. Therefore, the global programme has comprehensively contributed to the implementation of all the goals of the sustainable development plan. Al Mansouri affirmed the commitment of Qatar to continue working with the UNODC to build on the achievements of the global programme to implement the Doha Declaration and to continue to contribute to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at all levels. m Š

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Significant Dates and Public Holidays • 18 December – National Day • 1 January and 3 March – for those in the banking and finance sector • 9 February – National Sport Day See the key at the end of the calendar for contact details of various venues. Events are subject to a change of dates/cancellation due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). See daily updates at marhaba.qa and follow the advice of the Ministry of Public Health.

December 2020 The Year of Culture Qatar – France 2020 Every year, Qatar Museums (QM) runs a cultural exchange programme called ‘Years of Culture’, with exhibitions, festivals and events. This year it features a series of events celebrating the relations between the State of Qatar and the Republic of France through partnerships between French and Qatari organisations and individuals, as well as the Embassy of Qatar in Paris, the Embassy of France in Doha, and The French Institute. In 2021, The Year of Culture is between Qatar and the US. See all the news and updates at yearsofculture.qa and marhaba.qa

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Final concert of the Year of Culture The Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Christophe Rousset closes a year of cultural celebration. +QNCC

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Torba Farmers Market The popular market continues through the winter month. The community can come together to browse local farm fresh produce, garden plants and cut flowers, food and beverages, and artisan goods. The market is dog-friendly as well! Every Saturday 8 am – 6 pm, with COVID-19 precautions in place. Education City

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QNL Heritage Library permanent exhibition More than 400 books, manuscripts, historical photographs, maps, globes and travellers' instruments, depicting the interaction between Arabs and the West over the last few centuries, along with the history of science, literature, writing and travel. Events and workshops are online until further notice. qnl.qa

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Katara Cultural Village A number of in-person and virtual exhibitions, including The International Handicrafts and Traditional Productions Cultural Market (in-person), Fine Arabic Calligraphy, Femmes à la Mode, 'Trace' by Jawaher Al Mannai, 'The Unreachable Mirage by Masoud Al Bulushi, 'Heritage' by Hassan bu Jassum, 'Patches' by Hadi Qasous, and 'Cultures Collision' by Hassan Taleb Alsalat (all virtual). ^Katara

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Project Qatar The Qatari construction sector is the fastest growing in the Gulf region. The expo provides easy market access into this lucrative market, making it essential for everyone wishing to seize a share of these opportunities, whether as a buyer or supplier. projectqatar.com øDECC

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Qatar National Day 2020 An annual public holiday marking the commemoration of Qatar's unification in 1878, deepening solidarity, unity and pride in the State's national identity. The Organising Committee of the Qatar National Day celebrations announced that Darb Al Saai activities will be not be held this year, due to current circumstances; competitions and Photo © Al Jazeera seminars will instead be broadcast online at doha360.qa/en. At the time of writing, it is unclear if celebrations will take place at Doha Corniche and other locations. Read about news as it happens at marhaba.qa ©

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Splendours of the Ancient East: Antiquities From the Al Sabah Collection (right) Celebrating the relationship between Qatar and Kuwait, Qatar Museums presents an exhibition featuring around 170 objects owned by Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah and Sheikha Hussa Sabah Al Salem Al Sabah, showcasing the creativity by artists from the Ancient Near East. The history of art in the region shows certain themes prevail, such as stylised animal motifs, carved hardstones and the influence of the nomadic tribes from central Asia, which remain in Islamic art today.

Starts 17 Dec Mal Lawal 3 (Home Edition) A platform for Gold plaque with enamel collectors living in Qatar to share their personal decoration framing the bust of collections with the public, to be held in conjunction Heracles. Central Asia or Black with the Mal Lawal exhibition. Submissions from the Sea region, Hellenistic period, public are invited – send 1–3 photographs of your c 2nd century BCE. personal collections with a 100-word description of what, how and why you collect to nmoqexhibitions@qm.org.qa Opening times: Saturday – Thursday 9 am – 7 pm, Friday 1:30 pm – 7 pm. Note: The library, playground and Old Palace are currently closed. The permanent galleries, Jiwan Restaurant, Desert Rose Café, and the gift shops have reopened with visiting precautions in place. Opening times are subject to change – check before visiting. Admission: Adults: QAR 50. Children age 16 and under: Free. Students: QAR25 with valid university student card. Groups (25+ people): QAR25, pre-registration required. Residents of Qatar: Free with valid QID. Culture Pass Plus and Family Members, ICOM Card holders: Free with valid membership. Fees apply for temporary exhibitions. Tickets must be purchased online in advance. Visitors are asked to dress modestly in keeping with Qatari culture. 4452 5555, nmoq.org.qa C4

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Doha International Book Fair Organised by the Ministry of Culture and Sports with the participation of hundreds of publishing houses representing more than 30 countries, alongside workshops and seminars. 31.dohabookfair.qa/en øDECC

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International Conference on Economics and Business Research (ICEBR 2021) A platform for academicians, researchers, engineers, industrial participants and students to share their research with global experts. iser.co/Conference2021/Qatar/1/ICEBR Online event

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Qatar Health 2021 Pandemic Mitigation: Best Practice for Disaster Medicine, Mass Gatherings and Trauma Systems A collaboration between Hamad Medical Corporation and the Ministry of Public Health in preparation for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM. This academic event will provide learning for healthcare professionals and students looking to continue their professional education and exchange ideas. hamad.qa/EN/All-Events/Qatar-Health-2021/Pages/default.aspx Online event

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Until A Falcon's Eye – A Tribute to 10 Apr 2021 HE Sheikh Saoud bin Mohamed bin Ali Al Thani (right) Sheikh Saoud’s was instrumental in many of the major collections within Qatar Museums. He amassed thousands of diverse objects reflecting his passion for natural history and antiquities; he also founded Al Wabra farm to preserve and breed endangered species. Parts of his collection can be seen at MIA, but others remain in storage – some of the objects have never been displayed in Qatar before. Among the eclectic collection in this exhibition are antiquities, jewellery, photography and artworks. Opening times Saturday – Thursday 9 am – 7 pm, Friday 1:30 pm – 7 pm. Note: The library and MIA Park are currently closed. IDAM restaurant, the cafe and the gift shop have reopened with visiting precautions in place. Opening times are subject to change – check before visiting. Admission fees Adults: QAR 50. Children age 16 and under: Free. Students: QAR25 with valid university student card. Groups (25+ people): QAR25, pre-registration required. Residents of Qatar: Free with valid QID. Culture Pass Plus and Family Members, ICOM Card holders: Free with valid membership. Museum Pass: QAR100 for admission to all museums and venues, valid for three consecutive days from the date of first admission. Fees apply for temporary exhibitions. Tickets must be purchased online in advance. Apr 2020 Visitors are asked to dress modestly in keeping with Qatari culture. 4422 4444, mia.org.qa C4 21 Jan – 19 Feb

Shop Qatar A multitude of offers and discounts, activities and prize draws at this annual festival. Look out for promotions at many of Qatar's shopping malls.

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THIMUN Qatar Conference The theme for the 2021 Model United Nations conference is SDG 13-Climate Action. Every committee and commission at the event will have an agenda based on Sustainable Development Goal 13 about climate action, one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations in 2015. qatar.thimun.org +QNCC

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Doha Jewellery & Watches Exhibition One of the most glittering events of the year! More than 100 international and local brands display their jewellery, timepieces, precious stones and unique pieces, with an ever-growing participation of young Qatari artists. øDECC ©

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Milipol Qatar 2021 Security is crucial for Qatar, the most secure country in the MENA region (Global Peace Index 2020). Milipol Qatar is held every two years and showcases the latest innovative products and services in the field of public and industrial security. en.milipolqatar.com øDECC

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Build Your House – Ibni Baitak Exhibition The second edition will build on the resounding success of the first, which generated deals worth QAR400 mn. Visitors will be able to meet government representatives, consultants, contractors, suppliers and other industry officials, attend seminars and learn more about new products and services. buildyourhouseqatar.com/en +QNCC

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Agriteq The 8th Qatar International Agricultural Exhibition (AgriteQ 2020) is the country's premier expo for the agricultural sector and is an ideal opportunity for industry specialists to explore a wide range of agricultural technologies, equipment and related products. The concurrent 2nd International Environmental Exhibition (EnviroteQ 2020) will present environmental solutions and is a platform to help environmental technology providers showcase latest products and solutions. agriteq.com øDECC

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ISOCARP World Planning Congress Founded in 1965, the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) holds an annual congress focusing on planning themes of international interest. The 57th World Planning Congress will explore postoil cities as the world aims to reduce pollution and other environmental concerns. It will also cover how to adapt to 'hot places' such as Doha, providing planning practices for other such cities around the world. doha2020.isocarp.org

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Qatar International Exhibition For Travel & Tourism (QTM 2021) The exhibition will bring together government and public sectors, and travel and tourism entities, to promote tourism resources and cultures. qtmqatar.com øDECC

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2022/23 EXPO 2022 Doha, Qatar The International Association of Horticultural Producers Exact dates to approved an application from The State of Qatar to host an A1 International be confirmed Horticultural Exhibition in March 2018 with formal recognition by the BIE (Bureau International des Expositions) on 22 November 2018.

Under the theme 'Green Desert, Better Environment', The International Horticultural Expo will bring together the world asking visitors to unite in the fight against desertification – one third of the world’s land surface is threatened by this global problem, increasing by 12 mn hectares per annum. There are four sub-themes: Modern Agriculture, Technology and Innovation, Environmental Awareness, and Sustainability. This is the first horticultural exhibition to be held in a region with a desert climate and supports the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030. dohaexpo2021.gov.qa Al Bidda Park

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Events December – March

• Museum of Islamic Art Exhibitions, tours, workshops and educational programmes, chamber music, park bazaar. 4422 4444, mia.org.qa D4 • National Museum of Qatar Tours for adults and families, activities for schoolchildren. 4452 5555, nmoq.org.qa C4 • Qatar Foundation Convocations, summits, tours, and lifestyle and business-related workshops. 4454 0000, qf.org.qa C2 • Qatar National Library Workshops, educational and academic programmes, silent book club. qnl.qa C2 • Virginia Commonwealth University of Arts in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar) Gallery lectures, exhibitions, and community classes in art, design and crafts. 4402 0555, qatar.vcu C2

Music, drama and more • Doha Film Institute Regular film screenings and festivals, workshops and educational programmes. dohafilminstitute.com • Doha Jazz Live music around town – jazz, blues, salsa, classical and Arabic Maqam. dohajazz.com • Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra Regular performances of Western and Arabic music. qatarphilharmonicorchestra.org • Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha Pub Quiz at Shehrazad on the last Monday of each month, regular tribute shows in Giwana Ballroom, and Cork & Canvas evenings. 4428 1555, radissonblu.com D3/4 • The Doha Players An amateur dramatic society that presents a range of shows and open mic nights throughout the year. See their Facebook page • The Doha Singers Qatar's largest and oldest amateur choir. dohasingers.com Events are subject to a change of dates/cancellation. The Sports Events Calendar can be found in the Sports section.

Keep up to date with all that is happening in Qatar by connecting with Marhaba: marhaba.qa, marhaba.qa/eguides MarhabaGuideQatar @MarhabaQatar MarhabaGuideQatar marhabainformationguide

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+Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) Qatar Foundation C2 4470 7000, qncc.qa øDoha Exhibition and Convention Centre (DECC) C4 4033 1111, decc.qa • Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) visitqatar.qa ^Katara Lusail Street B4 182, katara.net

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The presitigious World Energy Qatar conference will take place 5 – 7 April 2021 at Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre and is one of the world’s biggest LNG events!

Quick facts about World Energy Qatar: • Visit trade stands and international pavilions • Meet representatives from exploration and production companies and shipping and supply chain providers • Connect with Qatari business partners • Attend the concurrent two-day commercial conference with government officials and industry leaders, and the one-day youth programme • Listen to more than 120 speakers and sign up for technical tours of Qatar’s LNG installations • There will be an expected 1,300 conference delegates and 5,000 trade visitors – this is the ideal platform for business and investment opportunities! Get more details by reading the feature in the Oil, Gas and Petrochemicals section and visiting worldenergyqatar.com

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Doha City The capital city is situated on a calm bay halfway along the east coast of the Qatar peninsula. Its two municipalities of Doha and Al Rayyan house the majority of the population. The seven-kilometre Corniche links the cultural centres of Souq Waqif and the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) with the glittering towers of the Al Dafna business and residential district and The PearlQatar. Doha is the administrative, commercial and cultural centre of Qatar, providing modern amenities while at the same time preserving its past. Lusail City is an extension of Doha to the north across an area of 38 sq km and will include four exclusive islands and 19 multi-purpose residential, mixed use, entertainment and commercial districts. The total estimated number of visitors to Lusail will eventually reach 450,000. The city includes numerous residential units, office and government buildings, and 22 hotels.

Al Khor and Al Wakra – Former Pearl and Fishing Centres Al Khor provides a pleasant weekend break from Doha, and is easily reached on Al Shamal Road (Route 1) and on the newly re-opened Al Khor Coastal Road (Route 6). There are play areas and sun shelters along the Al Corniche, as well as photo opportunities at the old fishing harbour and the nearby mangroves, which are full of bird life. There is a small museum in the old police station, showing early life in this small town, as well as some archaeological discoveries from the Neolithic and Bronze Ages. Large public gardens to the north of Al Khor (signposted from Al Shamal Road) also attract weekend picnickers. Al Farkiya Beach is another development just outside Al Khor: see the Sightseeing section for more information. Al Khor Community is home to a large expatriate population working in Ras Laffan Industrial City.

Al Wakra is notable for its bustling fishing harbour and is just 10 minutes' drive south of the capital on Route 7. It has become a popular commuter suburb and several private schools have relocated there. Numerous mosques, old minarets, forts and wind towers offer some of the finest examples of traditional architecture – see Abu Manaratain Mosque and House of Sheikh Ghanim bin Abdulrahman Al Thani in the Sightseeing section. The new heritage village, Souq Waqif Al Wakra, is partially open, with a few shops and some restaurants along the beach. Just inland from the beach is a fenced and beautifully landscaped park, with a children's play area.

Qatar Petroleum's Industrial Cities Dukhan Industrial City is the oldest settlement founded after the discovery of oil in the surrounding fields during the 1930s. The centre of onshore operations is undergoing a QAR1.6 bn plan to cover all aspects of urban development. Mesaieed Industrial City is in the southeast of the country. Mesaieed itself has a port, and adjacent to the north is the hugely impressive Hamad Port, plus a new naval base. Mesaieed is undergoing a QAR14 bn renovation plan by Qatar Petroleum (QP). The town centre has a striking QP building and, beside it, a group of shops and restaurants, used by visitors to Sealine Beach Resort, Khor Al Adaid and other beaches and dunes before and after their adventures. Ras Laffan Industrial City covers 294 sq km and lies on the east coast 80 km north of Doha. A part of QP's Industrial Cities Directorate, this purposebuilt industrial city has the largest gas exportation seaport and gas liquefaction plants in the Gulf region and is one of the biggest industrial cities in the world. Access is by invitation only. m

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28 Sharg Zone/ Al Khulaifat 29 Ras Bu Abboud 30 Duhail 31 Umm Lekhba 32 Madinat Khalifa (N) 33 Al Markhiya 34 Madinat Khalifa (S) 35 Kulaib 36 Al Messila 37 New Al Hitmi/ Bin Omran Hamad Medical City 38 Al Sadd 39 Al Nasr/Al Sadd Al Mirqab Al Jadeed 40 New Slata 41 Nuaija 42 Al Hilal 43 Al Maamoura, Nuaija 44 Nuaija 45 Old Airport 46 Mesaimeer/ Al Thumama 47 Al Thumama 48 Doha Int'l Airport 49 Hamad Int'l Airport/ Banana Island

51 Al Gharrafa/ Bani Hajer 52 Al Luqta/Lebday Old Al Rayyan/ Al Shaqab 53 New Al Rayyan Muaither, Al Wajba 54 Al Soudan, Mehairja, Muraikh, Luaib, Baaya 55 Al Soudan, Al Waab 56 Bu Hamour, Mesaimeer, Ain Khaled 57 Industrial Area 60 Al Dafna 61 Al Dafna, Al Gassar 62 Lekhwair 63 Onaiza 64 Lejbailat 65 Onaiza 66 Legtaifiya, Onaiza 67 Hazm Al Markhiya 68 Jelaiah, Al Tarfa 69 Al Egla 70 Wadi Al Banat, Al Ebb Rawdat Al Hamama

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Sealine Beach Resort

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Foreign Embassies in Qatar

Foreign Embassies in Qatar Afghanistan B4 4493 2319 doha.embassy.af

Canada C4 4419 9000 canadainternational.gc.ca/qatar

Albania B4 4002 7413 ambasadat.gov.al/qatar

Central African Republic B3 4481 7695 ambrcadoha@gmail.com

Algeria B4 4483 8729 embalgeria.com.qa

China (People's Republic of) B3 4493 4203 qa.china-embassy.org

Argentina B4 4417 3601 eqatr.cancilleria.gov.ar/en

Costa Rica C4 4498 0094 Embassy: embcr-qa@rree.go.cr Consular: concr-qa@rree.go.cr

Armenia B4 4491 9232 mfa.am/en/embassies/qa Australia C4 4007 8500 qatar.embassy.gov.au

Croatia B4 4483 5188 qa.mvep.hr

Austria C4 4033 7300 bmeia.gv.at/en/austrian-embassydoha

Cuba B4 4411 0717 misiones.minrex.gob.cu/qatar

Azerbaijan B4 4493 2450 doha.mfa.gov.az

Cyprus (Republic of) B4 4493 4390 mfa.gov.cy/mfa/embassies/ embassy_doha

Bangladesh D4 4467 1927 bdembassydoha.org

Djibouti B4 4493 4657/8461 ambdji.sec@gmail.com

Belarus (Republic of) B4 4469 0989 qatar.mfa.gov.by/en

Dominican Republic B4 4411 3868 domrepemb-qatar.com

Belgium B4 4493 1499 qatar.diplomatie.belgium.be

Ecuador B4 4016 1800 cancilleria.gob.ec/catar

Benin (Republic of) B4 4493 0128 benin-qa.com

Egypt Closed – refer to the Egypt Interests Section, Embassy of Greece, 4483 2424

Bosnia and Herzegovina B4 4411 3828 en.bhembassyqatar.com Brazil B3 4483 8227/8812 doha.itamaraty.gov.br

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Cote d'Ivoire (Republic of) B4 4038 1695 ambaci.doha@gmail.com

El Salvador B4 4411 0195 embajadaqatar.rree.gob.sv Eritrea D4 4466 7934 eritreanembassyqa.org

Brunei B4 4483 1956

Eswatini (previously Swaziland) B4 4493 3145

Bulgaria B4 4412 0023 mfa.bg/embassies/qatar

Ethiopia B4 4020 7000 ethiopiaembassydoha.org

Burkina Faso B4 4472 8915 See their Facebook page

France B4 4402 1755 ambafrance-qa.org

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Georgia B4 4473 9499 qatar.mfa.gov.ge Germany C3 4408 2300 doha.diplo.de Ghana B4 4436 4486 Greece B4 4412 8150 mfa.gr/doha Hungary B4 4493 2531 doha.mfa.gov.hu India (Republic of) B4 4425 5777 indianembassyqatar.gov.in Indonesia (Republic of) C4 4465 7945 kemlu.go.id/doha Iran (Islamic Republic of) B4 4483 1550 qatar.mfa.gov.ir Iraq (Republic of) C3 4421 6730 mofa.gov.iq/doha Italy B3 4483 1802/28 ambdoha.esteri.it Japan B4 4440 9000 qa.emb-japan.go.jp Jordan B4 4483 2202 jordanembassydoha.gov.jo Kazakhstan B3 4412 8015 See their Facebook page Kenya (Republic of) B4 4493 1870 kenyaembassydoha.com Korea (Republic of) B4 4483 2238/9 qat.mofa.go.kr Kosovo (Republic of) C4 4037 2238/9 qat.mofa.go.kr Kuwait B4 4483 2111 kuwaitembassy@qatar.net.qa Kyrgyz Republic B4 4413 1519 mfa.gov.kg Lebanon B4 4493 3330 doha.mfa.gov.lb

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marhaba.qa Liberia (Republic of) B4 4412 5672 libemg.doha@yahoo.com Libya B4 4483 1231 leinqatar@gmail.com Malaysia B4 4483 6463 kln.gov.my/web/qat_doha

Mauritania (Islamic Republic of) B4 4483 6003 ambarimdoha@gmail.com Mexico B4 4450 8000 embqatar@sre.gob.mx Moldova B4 4442 1303 qatar.mfa.gov.md Morocco B4 4483 1884/85 m.embassydoha@maec.gov.ma Nepal D3 4467 5681 qa.nepalembassy.gov.np Niger B4 4421 9045 ambanigerqatar@hotmail.com Nigeria B4 4448 5000 nigerianembdoha.gov.ng

Tanzania (Republic of) B4 4036 0860 qa.tzembassy.go.tz

Poland (Republic of) B4 4411 3230 doha.mfa.gov.pl

Thailand B4 4493 4426/4432 thaiembassy.org/doha

Portugal B4 4486 4691 doha.embaixadaportugal.mne.pt

The Gambia (Republic of) D4 4465 2002 See their Facebook page

Romania B4 4493 4848 doha.mae.ro

The Netherlands (Kingdom of) B4 4495 4700 netherlandsandyou.nl/your-countryand-the-netherlands/qatar

Russia B4 4483 6231/6821 qatar.mid.ru

Tunisia (Republic of) B4 4016 2225 embassyoftunisia.com.qa

Senegal B4 4483 7644/77 embassysenegal@yahoo.com

Turkey (Republic of) B4 4495 1300 doha.emb.mfa.gov.tr

Serbia (Republic of) B4 4417 5181 doha.mfa.gov.rs

Uganda B4 4427 7339 Ukraine B4 4414 7297/8 qatar.mfa.gov.ua

Singapore B4 4412 8082 mfa.gov.sg/doha

United Kingdom B4 4496 2000 gov.uk/world/qatar

Somalia B4 4483 2771 dohaembassy@mfa.gov.so

Oman B4 4493 1514 office.omanembassy@gmail.com

Spain B4 4483 8986 exteriores.gob.es/embajadas/doha

Pakistan B4 4483 2525 mofa.gov.pk/doha-qatar

Sri Lanka D5 4467 7627 slembassy-qatar.com

Palestine B4 4469 2228 palemb-qa.com

Sudan B4 4483 1474 suemdoha2014@gmail.com

United States of America C3 4496 6000 qa.usembassy.gov Uruguay B4 4411 3833/4493 5739 uruqatar@uruguayembassy.org.qa Venezuela B4 4493 2730 qatar.embajada.gob.ve Vietnam B4 4412 8480 vnembassy-doha.mofa.gov.vn –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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Sweden C4 4444 9500 swedenabroad.com/doha

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South Africa B3 4485 7111 dirco.gov.za/doha

Paraguay B4 4493 5218 See their Facebook page

Tajikistan (Republic of) B3 4412 3906 tajembqatar.tj

Philippines B3 4483 1585 dohape.dfa.gov.ph

North Macedonia (Republic of) B4 4493 1374 mfa.gov.mk6

Panama B4 4483 7740 embpanamaqatar@mire.gob.pa

Syria B4 4020 8222 syrembassy.com

Foreign Embassies in Qatar

Mali B4 4483 6463 ambamali.doha@gmail.com

Peru C3 4491 5944 consulado.pe/es/doha/Paginas/ Inicio.aspx

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Digital Qatar In January 2019 both companies were granted radio spectrum licences to operate 5G commercially from the Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA), with each company initially assigned 100MHz within the 3500 – 3800MHz frequency band. Both companies must roll out the 5G networks before the end of 2020 in all densely populated areas, primary roads and highways, and venues associated with the 2022 FIFA World CupTM.

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The ‎Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) regulates the ICT and postal sectors. The independent authority ensures fair competition while protecting consumer rights. cra.gov.qa The Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC) was established under Amiri Decree No 1 of 2016, superseding the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (ictQATAR) and the Supreme Council of Information and Communication Technology. The ministry has a wide-ranging mandate, overseeing and developing the ICT sector. The ministry also introduces ICT plans, policies, programmes, projects and initiatives; develops e-government programmes; and boosts capacity and digital literacy to foster a technology-friendly environment. The Qatar Digital Government 2020 Strategy is based on four main pillars in line with Qatar National Vision 2030, the National Development Strategy, the National Communications and IT Plan, the National Broadband Plan, and other ICT plans. The aim is to make the government more accessible to individuals and businesses, including through the Hukoomi portal, which had more than 3 mn visitors during 2019. Qatar has some of the world's most developed ICT infrastructure. Monitoring online security threats is a top priority, and the Cyber Security Division aims to protect sensitive information and ensure safety to users. In August 2020, Qatar was ranked fourth in the world for mobile speeds and in the top 40 for fixed broadband speeds (Source: Speedtest Global IndexTM). Ooredoo was the first company in the world to launch 5G services on a commercially-available network in May 2018, rolling out a live 5G network on the 3.5GHz spectrum band. Ooredoo opened mobile access to its 5G network for compatible smartphone users in July 2019 with 100 live 5G base stations. Meanwhile Vodafone Qatar rolled out its 5G network in August 2018 and was the first to commercially launch its 5G network.

Internet use and social media The seventh annual Media Use in the Middle East survey was released by Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) in December 2019, and is the only one of its kind in the region. The survey was conducted among 7,303 respondents across seven countries. Studies began in 2013, examining media behaviour in Qatar, Lebanon, Jordan, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt. Chapters include bias and credibility, digital privacy, free speech, internet use, media use, news, social media, and social media influencers. One section focuses solely on Qatar. In terms of internet behaviour, Qataris are spending less time online (24 hours a week, down from 48 hours in 2017), the least amount of time spent online among the countries. They are also spending less time with family and friends, and fewer are exercising or playing sports. The use of some social media platforms is low with a few on the decline in Qatar. WhatsApp is still the most popular platform, used by seven out of 10 Qataris, but down on 2017. Only one-third use Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, although the latter has had a resurgence and is now used by 30% of Qataris. Instagram is preferred by both nationals and non-nationals to follow social media influencers. Qataris are less likely than other nationals to worry about digital privacy (either the government or companies checking their online behaviour). Only 28% favour tighter internet regulation, and roughly the same percentage for regulation of online political or cultural content. The complete results of the survey are available at mideastmedia.org

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marhaba.qa Personal privacy protection Qatar is the first GCC country to pass a law requiring a minimum level of protection for personal data. ictQATAR first released the draft Personal Information Privacy Protection Law back in 2011. After consultation, Law No 13 of 2016 Concerning Privacy and Protection of Personal Data (the Data Protection Law) was issued in November 2016.

Under the Data Protection Law, provisions are made for the rights of individuals to protect the privacy of personal data. As explained in Article 2, this is data 'that is electronically processed, or obtained, gathered or extracted in preparation for electronic processing, or when a combination of electronic and traditional processing is used'. Individuals must consent to the use of their personal information, and have the right to withdraw this consent at any time. The individual can also at any time ask to view the personal data being held and demand that any incorrect information be amended or deleted. All such requests for data access, corrections or deletions must be logged and made available if required. Processing 'special personal data', such as race, health, religion, and criminal records, require the permission of the relevant department at the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC). Further rules are to be issued regarding this. Organisations have a duty of care to adhere to basic data protection responsibilities. This includes ensuring data handlers are properly trained and that necessary precautions are made to 'protect personal data from loss, damage, modification, disclosure or being illegally accessed.' Again, individuals have to consent to their personal information being used by an organisation.

Violators will face severe penalties, with a maximum fine of QAR5 mn, and a fine of up to QAR1 mn for those who send unsolicited electronic messages.

Cybercrime The law on data protection follows on from Law No 14 of 2014 Promulgating the Cybercrime Prevention Law. With the high level of internet connectivity in the state comes the increased possibility of cybercrime. According to the 2020 Global Economic Crime Survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers, 'As huge numbers of people move to digital platforms for work and social interaction, we are seeing a shift in cybercrime' due to COVID-19.

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This law is the first in Qatar to provide specific national data protection. Previously offenders were subject to provisions in existing laws such as the Penal Code and more recently Law No 14 of 2014 Cybercrime Prevention (see further on).

Any message that is sent electronically must contain the sender's contact details so that individuals are able to withdraw their consent.

The law imposes sanctions and penalties for offences committed via the internet, IT networks, computers and other sources. Some of these provisions include the following: • Under the provisions concerning 'content crimes', it is illegal to publish 'false news' – these terms have not been defined, but there is a duty of care for news agencies, social media users and journalists to verify the source of the news before broadcasting it. • There is a 10 year jail term and a fine of up to QAR200,000 for forging any official e-document, or a three year jail term and QAR100,000 for unofficial documents. • A jail term of up to three years and a fine of up to QAR500,000 for the breach of intellectual property rights by using the internet (eg copyrights, patents, trade secrets, trademarks and trade names).

Under Article 17, any person who owns or operates a website related to children must put up a policy about how it manages the information of minors (the age of minority has not been specified). The website operator must obtain the consent of the child’s parent or guardian when processing personal data, and delete it if so requested. And in what may be good news for some, businesses are banned from sending direct marketing messages electronically without obtaining an individual’s prior consent. Direct marketing is defined as 'sending any advertising or marketing materials via any means to individuals'.

To lodge a complaint contact the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC). Business owners may choose to seek legal advice to ensure they fully comply with these laws. Sources: MOTC, and unofficial translations of the laws. m ©

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VIP Limousines: Available at Hamad International Airport and all major five-star hotels.

Karwa Public Bus and Metro Link Mowasalat (Karwa) services an extensive public bus network with a modern and clean fleet. In addition to the regular routes, the Metro Link buses transport guests from dedicated Metro Link bus stops to the nearest Metro Station. For information about routes, trip planning and electronic ticket purchase, download the Karwa Bus App, or call 800 7433.

The Doha Metro is now opening a new dimension in Doha’s public transport.

Karwa Taxis Karwa Taxi is the exclusive taxi operator in the State of Qatar. On arrival at Hamad International Airport (HIA), just follow the signs for the taxi rank and stressfree transportation. Download the Karwa Taxi App for bookings, call 800 8294, or hail from the side of the road. Taxis can always be found at prominent locations: malls, entertainment areas, hotels, etc. Travellers with special needs can book a minivan via the app, suitable for two or three wheelchairs and accompanying passengers. The same tariff will apply.

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Day: Meter starts at QAR10 (includes the first 5 km), then QAR1.6 per km inside Doha and QAR1.9 outside Doha. Minimum fare is QAR10. Night: Meter starts at QAR10 (includes the first 5 km), then QAR1.9 per km both inside and outside Doha. Minimum fare is QAR10. At HIA: Meter starts at QAR25. Waiting charge: QAR8 for every 15 minutes.

Doha Limousine (Karwa) Doha Limousines provides three categories of limousine – Standard, Luxury and Business. All are available at the HIA limousine rank, by booking through the Karwa Taxi App or by calling 800 5466. They can be booked for specific journeys, by the hour, or rented on a short-term or long-term basis. All limousines are metered and tracked by the operation team. Cost per journey: Prices start from a minimum rate of QAR55 from the airport and QAR40 from within the city. Overall charges depend on the category of vehicle and distance.

Other Taxi/Limousine Services     Al Futtaim Vehicle Rentals Al Sulaiman Rent A Car Oasis Rent A Car Uber and Careem

4035 8000 4491 1711 4413 0011 Download the apps

Doha Metro The Doha Metro Red Line was the first line to open in 2019, extending from Lusail to Al Wakra. The Green Line runs from Al Mansoura district to Al Riffa in the west. The Gold Line runs from Ras Bu Aboud to Al Aziziya. Travel cards and credit can be purchased at self-service Travel Card Vending Machines (TVMs) in all Doha Metro stations. 105, qr.com.qa Single journey: Card costs QAR3 for Standard/ Family Class and QAR15 for Gold Club. Day pass: QAR9 (Standard), QAR 15 (Family Class), QAR45 (Gold Club), unlimited for one day. Standard Travel Card: A reusable plastic card (valid for five years) costing QAR10, with Travel Credit added by ‘Topping Up’ from a TVM. This Travel Card does not permit travel in the Gold Club sections. This card is currently available at licensed retailers like LuLu, Jumbo and Carrefour. Gold Travel Card: A reusable plastic card (valid for five years) costing QAR100 available from the Gold Club offices at Doha Metro stations. This card permits travel in the Gold Club sections. Add Travel Credit by ‘Topping Up’ at a TVM at any Doha Metro and Lusail Tram stations. Purchase a Standard or Gold Travel Card and top up per your journey. Anyone aged five and above needs a Travel Card. Children aged four and below do not need a Travel Card and must be accompanied by a fare-paying adult. A child must be nine years old or above to travel alone on the network. Younger children should be accompanied by someone at least 16 years of age. Operating hours: Saturday to Wednesday 6 am – 11 pm, Thursday 6 am – 11:59 pm, and Friday 2 pm – 11:59 pm. ©

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The most visible taxis and public buses in Qatar are operated by Mowasalat (Karwa). Karwa Taxis and buses are turquoise, comfortable, clean, air-conditioned and safe.

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Ashghal had partially opened the two interchanges recently, and the opening of the rest of the junctions provides an alternative road parallel to Doha Expressway.

Al Waab Interchange and the old Lekhwiya Roundabout have been developed into two multi-level intersections, consisting of eight bridges and two main light signals.

This will help reduce the journey time by 80%, especially between Al Rayyan Interchange and Nasser Bin Salemein Al Suwaidi Interchange, which witnesses major traffic congestion.

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A new landmark in Doha: the suspension bridge over Salwa Road is Qatar's first

Getting Around Qatar Half of the final bridge is now in use; when complete, capacity will double The opening includes the longest bridge in Qatar, which has a length of 2.6 km, and extends over both Al Waab Interchange and Murraikh Interchange to reach Al Mukafaha Interchange. The vital bridge consists of four lanes in each direction to provide free-flowing traffic for those coming from Salwa Road and Al Waab in the direction of Al Rayyan and Al Rayyan Road, and vice-versa.

Ashghal has also opened a new flyover at Al Waab Interchange with a length of 1,140 m to link traffic on Al Waab Street and coming from Muaither in the direction of Al Rayyan, in addition to an overpass that connects traffic on Al Waab Street coming from Al Sadd and Doha Expressway, in the direction of Al Waab and Salwa Road, along a stretch of 740 m.

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Traveling to or from Qatar requires one to take many things into consideration. All visitors to Qatar require a visa, and certain passengers are eligible for visas on arrival. When travelling from Qatar, some expatriate residents and visitors must have exit permits. New less restrictive rules are being implemented. For your own convenience and comfort, it’s best to confirm these requirements before starting your journey.

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Hamad International Airport (HIA) is Qatar’s gateway to the world, and the home and hub of Qatar Airways, Qatar's five-star airline. HIA serves over 360,000 flights and 30 mn passengers every year. Since its opening in May 2014, HIA has welcomed over 120 mn passengers. From April 2019 to March 2020, HIA served a total of 37,953,257 passengers. HIA also recorded 2,197,226 tonnes of cargo operations, 1.97% more than the previous year. It also recorded 228,896 aircraft movements, including take-offs and landings, which marked an increase of 1.75% from the previous year. *Though information is updated every issue, details can change. Check with the airline in advance for up to date information. Visit the HIA website, dohahamadairport.com, to be aware of travel safety measures in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For details on visas, residence permits and entry requirements, see Living in Qatar in this section or visit gov.qa and dohahamadairport.com

Visas Citizens from at least 80 countries (see below) can get a tourist visa on arrival in Qatar. They can also choose to apply for a pre-approved visa using the new online service. Nationals of 243 countries can apply via this online visa service. qatarvisaservice.com Other visas include business visit, an official visit and a work visa. Eligible Qatari companies may apply for these visas in advance of your visit. Visit the Ministry of Interior (MOI) or the Metrash 2 website at moi.gov.qa or the e-Government Hukoomi website at gov.qa for details. Regardless of the Qatar blockade by GCC countries Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain, citizens of the GCC can get a one month visa on arrival. Residents requiring a visa are subject to conditions, one being that the applicant's profession is one of those approved by the MOI. The visa will only be issued if your Residence Permit (RP) is valid for at least six months and if your profession (as mentioned on your RP) appears on the approved list. All expatriates living and working in Qatar must have a residence permit or a visit-to-work visa. Requirements can change, so it is always prudent to check with the Qatari Embassy or airline well in advance of your visit. See Living in Qatar in this section for details on residence permits.

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Things to consider When paying your visa fee, the passport control counters will only accept credit and debit cards. Use the designated bank counter for cash payment. Don’t commence your journey before confirming visa requirements and checking the expiry date on your passport. This will help minimise any inconvenience or delays during travel. If for any reason you’re denied entry into Qatar, then the MOI and your airline will provide assistance. ©

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Tourist entry visa: One month – QAR100 plus QAR50 for each c* (companion registered on the passport). Tourist entry visa (sponsored): One month – QAR100. GCC residents visit visa: One month with an extension period of three months – QAR100 plus QAR50 for each c* per month, subject to conditions. Joint tourist visa for Qatar and Oman: One month costs QAR100 with an extension period of a month. Business entry visa: For one month and a maximum of three months – QAR200 plus QAR50 for each c* Family visit visa: One month to a maximum of six months – QAR200 plus QAR50 for each c* per month. Expatriates with family status can bring parents and siblings on a visit of up to six months (up to three months for other relatives). A Medical Commission check-up is necessary to extend the visa beyond one month (within 72 hours of arrival). Conversion of entry visa to visit/work/residence visas: QAR500 (without leaving the country). Visit gov.qa to ensure you get the latest information and fees as they do change from time to time. When flying with Qatar Airways, a transit visa is free of cost when you add a short transit or stopover between five and 96 hours in Doha to your itinerary without any additional fare charges. Use the multi-city booking option to include the stop when booking your flight on qatarairways.com or through a travel agent.

Priority processing All Al Maha customers, special assistance travellers and unaccompanied minors receive priority processing on arrival at HIA.

Car rental, taxis and limousines See Getting Around Qatar in this section and Useful Numbers in the Motoring section.

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HIA (airport code: DOH) is classified as a five-star airport by Skytrax. HIA was recently ranked 'Third Best Airport in the World', among 550 airports worldwide, by the Skytrax World Airport Awards 2020. HIA was also voted the ‘Best Airport in the Middle East’ for the sixth year in a row and ‘Best Staff Service in the Middle East’ for the fifth year in a row. HIA is also the first airport in the MENA region to be available on Google Street View, with Google launching 360-degree imagery of the airport. The world-class facility has recently been voted as the 'Best Airport in the Middle East' at the Global Traveler’s GT Tested Reader Survey Awards in Los Angeles. The architectural masterpiece combines innovation and beauty, and includes a shopping emporium, five-star hotel and world-class art installations. HIA Call Centre

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Airport Arrivals/Departures Meet and Assist Airport Service: 4465 6672 Al Maha Services offers a personalised Meet and Assist Service for customers arriving, departing or transiting through HIA. Bookings for Al Maha Services can be made at their designated desk in the arrivals and departures terminals 24/7 and online. Al Maha can handle the visit visa arrangements for your guests. al-mahaservices.com eGate: The MOI has activated free eGate service for expatriate passengers at the arrivals and departures terminals of HIA. Expatriates and their children above 18 years of age can avail of the service using their residence cards or passports after registration at the airport. HIA currently has 40 e-gates installed – 21 at the departures terminal and 19 at the arrivals terminal. At least 2 mn people use the e-gates each year. The service comes under the 'smart passengers' project inaugurated in early 2017. Twenty new e-gates with 10 each at the departure and arrivals terminals were installed in 2018.

Self-service kiosks: The self-service kiosks implemented in the terminal by HIA as part of its Smart Airport programme has automated the check-in, bag-drop and pre-immigration security processes, which has allowed departing passengers to be processed even faster. With the use of innovative software solutions that forecast passenger traffic in real-time and measure waiting times, the airport was able to proactively minimise queuing times. HIA recently installed 62 self-checkin and 12 self-bag-drop kiosks, which include biometric technology capability. Parking: The Short Term Car Park (STCP) is located near the passenger terminal. It offers covered spaces and easy access via dedicated walkways. The East STCP is more convenient for passengers flying with Qatar Airways, while the West STCP is better suited for passengers travelling with other airlines. Valet parking is available in both the Long Term (LTCP) and STCP. The STCP is free for the first 10 minutes, thereafter charges QAR6 per hour. A lost ticket will cost QAR35. The LTCP rate is QAR55 per day (or for every completed 24 hours) or QAR2 per hour (or any part thereof). A lost ticket will cost QAR35 in addition to the actual tariff for the duration of parking. HIA’s parking fees remain one of the lowest in the world. HIA is currently working on adding premium parking services with a valet service.

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• Regular Karwa Smartcard QAR30: QAR10 for the card with QAR20 value, available to be topped up for future journeys All buses depart from the Bus Pavilion located to the right of the passenger terminal. Exit the Arrivals hall by following the signs to the Bus Pavilion or ask at an information desk for assistance. Each bus offers a cargo area for stowing your baggage during the journey. The Karwa Bus App is avaliable on iOS and Android. For bus routes, visit dohahamadairport.com Taxis: The bright turquoise Karwa Taxis are a convenient way to get to and from HIA. They are regulated by the government, and are safe and metered. With a base fare of QAR25, taxis accept cash or card payments in Qatari Riyals. Call 4458 8888 or 800 8294. Karwa Taxi App is avaliable on iOS and Android. Booking a PRM taxi: If you need to book special taxis for passengers with reduced mobility (PRM) call Mowasalat directly on 4458 8888, providing as much advance notice as possible. Limousines: Chauffeur-driven limousines are available to take you from HIA to anywhere in Qatar. To pre-book call Mowasalat Limousine on 800 5466. Use Exits 2 or 3 to leave the Arrivals area and you will find your limousine parked there.

For on-arrival booking simply approach the Mowasalat Limousine kiosk located in the Arrivals hall. For more information, visit mowasalat.com HIA Metro Station: The Doha Metro’s Red Line South station at HIA allows easy access to passengers to and from the airport with a Travel Card, costing QAR10 and you can top-up at just QAR3 per ride. Passengers will be allowed to carry two large luggage items in addition to their small bags, which must not exceed 85 cm x 60 cm x 30 cm in size. Passengers will be able to put their luggage in specially allotted areas in the trains. Doha Metro is operational Saturday – Wednesday from 6 am – 11 pm, Thursday 6 am to 11:59 pm and Friday 2 pm – 11:59 pm. For more information, call 105 or visit qr.com.qa

Arrivals Up to 360,000 aircraft per year can be handled at HIA. The eastern runway is 4,850 metres long, making it one of the longest commercial runways in the world. Immigration: Prior to departure from their point of origin, Doha passengers must ensure they have a valid passport, and a Residence Card, before making their way to Immigration. Citizens and residents may also use the provided eGate facilities. After immigration, passengers will proceed to the baggage reclaim area. Check moi.gov.qa and dohahamadairport.com for specific requirements. Customs regulations: After you’ve collected your checked baggage, exit the airport by passing through Customs. There are two Customs channels to choose from, depending on whether you have something to declare or not. Personal items are not usually subject to tax though luggage is inspected upon arrival. Travellers coming into Qatar must have prescriptions for medicines carried. Refer to the IATA website for specific customs regulations. The import of firearms, alcohol, e-cigarettes and pork in any form is strictly forbidden. iata.org

Finding your check-in counter at HIA For Qatar Airways First or Business Class passengers: If you’re flying with Qatar Airways as a First or Business Class passenger, proceed to the Departure hall through Entry Gate 1 and, if required, use the East Short Term Car Park (STCP). For Qatar Airways First Class passengers, proceed to Al Safwa First in Row 1, which offers private seated check-in desks, a concierge, bellhops and other exclusive facilities. If travelling in Qatar Airways Business Class, proceed to Al Mourjan Business in Row 2. For Qatar Airways Privilege Club members: If you are a Qatar Airways Privilege Club member or a oneworld customer, your check-in counter is located in Row 4 and if required, use the West STCP. For Qatar Airways Economy Class passengers: If you’re flying with Qatar Airways as an Economy Class passenger, then enter the Departure hall through Entry Gates 2 and 3. Check-in counters are located in Rows 4 to 6 and all other airline counters are from Rows 7 to 10. If required, use the West STCP. For other airlines: If you’re flying with any airline other than Qatar Airways, then you will find it easiest to enter the Departure hall through Entry Gate 4, and, if required, use the West STCP. 64

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Exit Tax: QAR35, HIA's exit tax, will automatically be added to an individual’s ticket price. The tax also applies to transit passengers. Regulations for hand luggage: When departing from HIA, worldwide regulations apply regarding all liquids, gels, pastes, aerosols, and electronic devices. In February 2018, HIA and Qatar Airways successfully completed the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Electronic Bag Tag (EBT) readability tests, making HIA the first airport in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region confirmed ready to accept EBTs. The programme aims to provide a more seamless travel experience for passengers, including reduced time spent in queues, a simplified baggage drop process and increased relaxation time at the airport, as well as providing greater operating and carbon efficiency. Check-in: Online check-in is available for most airlines, and on Qatar Airways’ website at qatarairways.com, 36 hours to 90 minutes prior to the flight departure time to most countries. Passengers can choose a seat, print a boarding pass or have a bar-coded boarding pass sent to a mobile phone in simple and convenient easy-to-use steps.

Lounges The Oryx Lounge offers a comfortable atmosphere to sit, relax and enjoy the superior hospitality provided by the Oryx Lounge staff. The lounge offers food and beverage services, a smoking room, business centre, lockers, a quiet zone, internet facility and a gaming room for kids. All airlines' premium passengers and select card holders (AMEX, HSBC and Barwa Bank) are eligible for complimentary access to the Oryx Lounge. Economy passengers will be able to gain access to the lounge for a nominal fee of QAR200 for six hours. The resort-like Al Mourjan Business Lounge is open to Qatar Airways and oneworld First Class and Business Class passengers at no additional cost, while Economy Class passengers throughout the network can purchase lounge access at the check-in counters, preferred travel agents, or Qatar Airways' sales offices. The luxurious Al Safwa First Lounge is where you can enjoy delicious à la carte dining, luxury spa and treatment facilities, a full business centre, a cinematic media room and an exclusive family area. In addition to First Class passengers, Privilege Club Platinum members travelling Business Class with Qatar Airways can now access Al Safwa First Class Lounge with up to two guest passes. Al Maha Lounges spread across the terminal and are open to customers of Al Maha Meet and Assist Services. Facilities include unlimited highspeed Wi-Fi, shower facilities, conference rooms, a smoking room, family rooms, a business centre and a nursery. Diner's Club card holders are welcome for free.

Check-in usually opens three hours before your flight’s departure time, and closes 60 minutes before your flight takes off. Carry all the required travel documents with you, including your ticket, passport, exit permit, Residence Card, and destination visas.

The newly opened Shafallah Center Lounge, a special handling lounge by HIA and Shafallah Center for Persons with Disability, is located on concourse C at the airport terminal and is for departing and transferring passengers with special needs, including those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The lounge features educational, rehabilitative and recreational interactive devices and equipment, and provides passengers with special needs with assistive technologies and solutions. Trained airport staff will be available for on-ground support. Those who want to access this facility can approach the airport staff.

Clearing passport control: Present your boarding pass to staff standing just before the passport control area. They will scan it, and fast-track you (through passport control and security check) if your flight

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The amended law, which came into effect on 28 October 2018, allows most migrant workers covered by the Labour Law to leave the country without having to obtain an exit permit. Employers in Qatar can still submit names of workers for whom a No-Objection Certificate (NOC) would be required before granting them permission to leave the country, according to justifications based on the nature of the work.

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Transferring customers are catered for with the very best in convenience, comfort and choice. For convenience, there’s no need to leave the terminal to avail yourself of the hotel's services. The rooms and facilities, including the adjoining wellbeing and fitness centre, provide the ultimate in comfort. And there’s excellent choice, with six room types and a range of packages and rates on offer. hiahotel.com Free wireless internet: Enjoy free wireless internet access throughout the passenger terminal. Just search for 'Free Internet by HIA' on your device. Free internet kiosks and desks: Equipped with screens, keyboards and mice, the internet kiosks and desks offer you free web browsing. The kiosks are located throughout the passenger terminal (including the boarding gate areas). Meanwhile, the desks are available at each of five activity nodes. Just follow the signs, ask at an information desk or use the airport map to find one nearest you. Telephone booths: You can call anywhere in the world by purchasing a prepaid calling card from Qatar Duty Free (QDF). Telephone booths are located throughout the passenger terminal (including the boarding gate areas).

Medical and fire emergencies Fully-equipped and well-staffed medical centres are operational 24/7. There are two medical centres serving the passenger terminal. One is located in Arrivals just before the Passport Control area, while the other is in Departures near the Check-in area. Just follow the signs, ask at an information desk or use an airport map to find your way. In case of an emergency, you can also call 4010 9222 to directly contact the medical team.

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Free wheelchairs are available throughout the passenger terminal, ask at the nearest information desk. If you require assistance with moving around in a wheelchair, inform your airline in advance so that a personal helper can be arranged. Washrooms adapted for passengers with reduced mobility are available at many points across the passenger terminal. Just follow the signs or ask at the nearest information desk.

The earlier you get in touch with your airline when you’re planning your travels, the smoother the journey will be for both you and your animal. Your airline and vet will advise you on the latest rules and regulations and the necessary documentation. This includes medical certificates, vaccination records and test results. Your airline won’t be able to accept your animal for travel if the required documentation and suitable carriers are not available. See Pets in Living in Qatar in this section.

Shopping at duty free Qatar Duty Free (QDF) offers passengers an array of selected designer labels, high street fashions, electronics, gourmet foods and much more. Passengers at HIA can shop at boutiques and stores such as Bally, Bvlgari, Burberry, The Boulevard, Coach, Chanel Watches, Chopard, Esquire, Giorgio Armani, Harrods, Hermès, Hugo Boss, Michael Kors, Mont Blanc, Rolex, Swarovski, Tag Heuer, Tiffany, Virgin Megastore, and WH Smith. 4010 4167, qatardutyfree.com.qa

Dining Across the airport, HIA offers passengers a taste of everything, from gourmet to on-the-go! Enjoy a meal at HIA's signature restaurant, Marché, designed to satisfy the palates and pockets of every passenger, or at any of the airport's other restaurants such as Seafood Bar, Eat Street or Camden Food Co. Try Qatar’s first and only completely plant-based café, Evergreen Organics. Grab a hot drink or a quick bite from the Coffeshop Company, Jamocha Café, Argo Tea Café, Farggi, L'eto Café, Harrods Tea Room and more.

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Art Installations The works of art you can see at HIA are a mix of acquired pieces and others created especially for their spaces. The latter include works by local artists – for example, Qatari artist Faraj Duham was commissioned to create large-scale murals, while Qatari artist Ali Hassan produced the 'Desert Horse' sculpture. The most popular art installation at HIA is 'Lamp Bear' by Swiss artist Urs Fischer, which sits prominently at the heart of the airport. In the Arrivals Hall stand a series of sculptures of the oryx, an antelope native to the Arabian Peninsula, called 'Oryx' created by Dutch artist Tom Claassen, as well as 'Untitled' by Italian artist Rudolf Stingel. Stingel’s work at HIA is one of his famous large-scale interactive pieces. He covered three surfaces of the piece with reflective, aluminium-faced insulation panels, before inviting the construction team at HIA to draw on the soft walls at the time of the airport’s construction. The walls were then cast in copper and electroplated with gold, before a number of pieces were selected for permanent display at HIA.

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'The Flying Man' by Dia Al Azzawi

'The Flying Man' by Dia Al Azzawi

'Other Worlds' by Tom Otterness

'Other Worlds' by American sculptor Tom Otterness is a series of eight large-scale, interactive, bronze sculptures spread throughout the activity nodes in Concourse C at HIA. With slides and seats for limbs and play-pen-like chambers for torsos, these figures invite both children and adults to engage, interact and find recreational enjoyment in the sculptures. Marc Quinn’s mesmerising work 'Arctic Nurseries of El Dorado' graces the airport's expansive check-in hall, and is a representation of an almost mythical world. Comprising a number of bronze sculptures, Quinn creates a series of hybrid plants by taking elements from different vegetation and carefully piecing them together, before casting them in bronze. 'The Flying Man', which are two iconic sculptures designed by renowned Iraqi artist Dia Al Azzawi and have been installed in HIA’s passenger terminal for passengers. The sculptures are based on the story of Abu Firnas, a historical figure from the Islamic world who was an early pioneer in experimenting with flight. 68

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'Mappemondes' by Adel Abdessamed

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'COSMOS' by Jean-Michel Othoniel Checked & Updated October 2020

The latest art piece at HIA is 'COSMOS' by contemporary French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel. It represents a colossal celestial globe echoing the trajectories of travellers from around the world. The striking piece resembles bright calligraphy drawn in space when observed side-on or from below, and appears in the shape of a blooming rose when observed from the front. COSMOS joined the latest artwork ‘Small Lie’, which was unveiled along with Qatar Museums (QM) in March 2018 at Concourse E. The large-scale figure, which is approximately 30 feet tall, was made by American pop artist and designer KAWS in collaboration with QM. More pieces will be installed over time, from international artists including Adel Abdessemed, Maurizio Cattelan, Don Gummer, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer, Anselm Reyle and Bill Viola. m

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See Doha From the Sea! Whether you are visting or living in Qatar, one thing you cannot miss is a dhow cruise on the Doha bay. From pearl diving to fishing to trading with neighbouring countries, Qatar enjoys a unique relationship with the open seas. Experience the country’s seafaring heritage cruising aboard a traditional wooden Qatari dhow. Dhow is the generic name for a number of traditional sailing vessels with one or more masts with lateen sails. Dhows can easily be found at Doha Corniche. A variety of colourful dhows dock along the 7 km long waterfront promenade, waiting to pickup passengers for a dhow cruise lasting anything from 30 minutes to four hours or more. There are various local tour companies that offer dhow cruises. Full-day, halfday and evening sightseeing excursions, including a meal, can be arranged via a hotel or through any of the leading local tour companies. See Sightseeing in the Discovering Qatar section.

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There are more things to do and see in Qatar than you might imagine and so if you only have a short time here, plan your time wisely. Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC), formerly known as Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA), has a comprehensive online portal on Qatar's diverse attractions, visitqatar.qa. Check our website at marhaba.qa for what to do at the weekend as well as news, reviews and more! Pick up the Marhaba Pocket Map to help you get around Qatar as efficiently as possible.

Top Ten Things To Do in Qatar

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1 One of the first things to do in Qatar is visit the 7 km Doha Corniche C4 for a walk and spectacular views of the Doha skyline. Make sure to go on a short dhow cruise around the bay. 2 Also on the Corniche are the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) C4 and Al Riwaq C4 showcasing the best of Qatar's exhibits. The MIA Park C4 boasts expansive landscaping and Richard Serra's vertical steel sculpture, '7'. Take a walk around the newly reopened and lush green Al Bidda Park C4! 3 Across the Corniche is the new National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) D4, which is a physical manifestation of the story of Qatar and its people. Then walk around the NMoQ Park with a Heritage Garden of native Qatari plants, a lagoon, public artworks, playgrounds, cafés, kiosks and more. 4 Visit the old and traditional Souq Waqif D4 for garments, spices, handicrafts, souvenirs, restaurants and shisha lounges. Don't forget to bargain! The nearby Gold Souq D4 is your jewellery stop. Also visit Souq Al Wakra F5, a 'heritage village' with markets, shops and restaurants along the seafront. 5 Spend a few hours at Katara Cultural Village B4. Admire the architecture, visit the galleries or enjoy watersports at the beach. Nearby is The Pearl-Qatar B4, an artificial island, featuring luxury shopping and dining, Mediterranean-style yacht-lined marinas, upmarket residential towers, villas and internationally renowned hotels. The lush Doha Golf Club is worth a visit, too! 6 Go shopping! New malls are opening all the time – try Tawar Mall C3, Doha Festival City B2 or Mall of Qatar C1. For more traditional shopping, visit local souqs. See the Shopping in Qatar section. 7 Keep fit by playing a round of golf at the new Education City Golf Club C2 or walking around 'Sporty City', Aspire Zone D2, which includes Aspire Park D2, Villaggio Mall D2 and KidZania Doha D2. 8 Explore the waters off Qatar's coast. Go scuba diving, snorkelling, paddle boarding, or opt to join a group kayak trip through the mangroves. See the Sports Activities in the Sports section. 9 Transport yourself back in time at the numerous fortresses and ruins throughout Qatar such as Al Zubara Archaeological Site and Zekreet. 10 And finally, refuel after a busy day of sightseeing – Qatar has everything from Michelin‑starred restaurants to cheap and cheerful local treats. Doha Bus: HOP-ON HOP-OFF On your Doha Bus day or night sightseeing tour, you will pick up a complimentary tour guide that includes a full colour route map. The bus is equipped with an audio device that operates according to the global GPS navigation system; available in multiple languages. A variety of tour packages are available, including desert safaries. Tour map and details at dohabus.com Doha Metro: TAP IN, TAP OUT To move around the city easier and faster, use the now fully operational Doha Metro, a rapid transit system across Doha and also outside Doha to suburbs such as Al Wakra, Al Wajba and Lusail City. The Doha Metro currently has three lines – Red, Green and Gold – with an approximate overall length of 76 km and 37 stations. National Cruise: SEE DOHA FROM THE SEA Step aboard one of the most luxurious traditional dhows in Qatar, approved by QNTC. The company offers diverse cruise themes and voyages, providing four safe and pleasant premier touristic experiences including food, sightseeing and day cruises as well as special events and private trips. ©

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Archaeological Sites, Forts and Ruins

If you want an insight into Qatar’s history, culture and heritage, visit one of the archaeological sites or old forts. Some of these heritage sites have been partially restored, while others exist as ruins or excavation sites. The location of forts can be found on the Marhaba map of Qatar. For more information, visit the Qatar Museums (QM) website, qm.org.qa

Al Jumail Village On the northwest coast of Qatar lies the small traditional but ruined village of Al Jumail. It was inhabited by the Al Kubaisi family. It is a favourite weekend destination for local families, since it represents their heritage, history, the roots and origin of their ancestors. The village comprises a set of important traditional buildings, including a small mosque with its minaret still intact. This village dates back to the second half of the 19th century and was inhabited until the beginning of the 20th century.

Al Ghuwair Castle The ruins of this 19th century rectangular fort lie 85 km northwest of Doha. Althought it carries a historical significance in Qatar's architectural stands, Al Ghuwair Castle is now almost in debris.

Al Huwaila Fort Prior to the development of Al Zubara (also written as Al Zubarah) and Doha, Al Huwaila was Qatar’s principal town and is 29 km north of Al Khor. The fort was built during the early Islamic period and was occupied by Al Musallam members of the Bani Khalid family in the 18th century.

Al Khor Tower and Museum The tower can be seen overlooking the corniche at Al Khor. It was built in 1900. Nearby is the museum – learn about the myth of Ghilan and Mae, the region’s first female pirate, and see the displays of marine life.

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Al Koot means both fort and jail. The building is on Jassim bin Mohammed Street. It was built in 1880 as a police station, became a jail in 1906, and is now a museum. It was renovated in the 1970s and many of the original features were lost.

Al Rakayat Fort (pictured)

A one-hour drive northwest of Doha, you'll discover an area of forts, traditional architecture and old villages. Al Rakayat is one of several desert forts dating back to the 19th century. Located on the road between Al Zubara and Madinat Al Shamal, it is one of the few forts that were renovated in the 1980s. The restoration was done carefully so that the fort resembles the original structure. The remains of the original fort can still be seen in the courtyard. Al Rakayat means 'well' in Arabic, therefore it is believed that the fort was built to protect the essential sources of water. The existence of a freshwater well in the fort itself and the scattered remains of a village close to the fort support this assumption. In addition, the fort was a secure place for the nearby population in case of potential conflicts between tribes. Al Rakayat Fort has three rectangular towers and a round one. Around the three sides of the large central courtyard are aligned narrow rooms without windows, but with doors that open to the courtyard. The only entrance to the fort is located in the southern front wall. 72

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marhaba.qa Al Thaqab Fort (pictured) Al Thaqab Fort lies about 10 km from Al Zubara, on the eastern side of the road. With finds such as fragments of pottery and Indian glass bangles, the fort could possibly date back to the 19th century. However the houses that surround it may indicate an earlier date. Thaqab means the 'water in the bottom of the valley after rain'. Al Thaqab fort is one of the forts that was renovated in the 1980s but unfortunately, not authentically and carefully enough. In proximity to the fort, towards the west, there is a deep well that has been in use since 1911. The water is pumped out rather than hauled up in buckets, the latter representing an old and traditional custom still in practice today. Al Thaqab is a desert fort built of rough limestone blocks or flat slabs of beach-rocks (faroush), with three round corner towers and one rectangular tower. The inside of the fort, typically, was used by villagers to store food and water in case they were besieged.

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Al Wajbah Fort C1 One of Qatar’s oldest forts; it was the site of a famous battle in 1893 when Sheikh Qassim bin Mohammed Al Thani defeated the Ottomans.

Al Zubara and Al Zubara Archaeological Site A historic coastal town that is now abandoned, Al Zubara is situated approximately 100 km northwest of Doha. Founded in the mid-18th century, the town developed into a centre for pearling and international trade, and rose to become the country’s largest and most important settlement. The success of Al Zubara attracted the attention of other Gulf powers, and after several attacks the town was eventually burned to the ground in 1811. It never fully recovered and was abandoned by the mid-20th century. Al Zubara Archaeological Site is Qatar’s largest heritage site. It has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is considered to be one of the best-preserved examples of an 18–19th century merchant town in the Gulf region. Al Zubara Archaeological Site covers an area of 60 hectares with remains of houses, mosques, large fortified buildings and a market. With the help of an international and local team of archaeologists and scientists, the site of Al Zubara and the visitor centre in the nearby fort offer a key to understanding Qatar’s cultural identity and a model to explain the history of the pearl trade – a significant factor in the development of the modern Gulf region. Open to the public, daily 9 am – 5 pm.

Abraj Barzan (Barzan Towers) or Umm Slal Mohammed Fort, and Al Sharqi Two towers built in Umm Slal Mohammed. Burj Barzan (burj meaning tower, abraj towers) was built during the late 19th century in a unique 'T' shape, a rectangular construction with three levels and an external staircase. Both towers have been completely restored. 20 km north of Doha and built during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the fort was designed to combine civilian and military functions.

Bir Zekreet and Ras Abrouq The Ras Abrouq area is on the west coast, north of Dukhan, and is fascinating with its unusual landscape of white cliffs sculpted into strange shapes. This formation is known as hofuf, fine‑grained to pebbly coarse‑grained fluvial sandstones of the Late Miocene to Pliocene eras.

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marhaba.qa This area of Qatar never experienced permanent erected housing, however one proof of life is the fort at Bir Zekreet, which is also one of the only forts in the west. It is thought to have been built between 1809 and 1812. Around the remains of the fort is a settlement of small houses and archaeologists have discovered the remains of a building between the fort and the sea, housing three date‑presses. Here you will also find Richard Serra’s public art installation – 'East-West/West-East'.

Jabal Al Jassasiya Petroglyphs Al Jassasiya is one of a dozen rock-carving sites in Qatar. Rock carvings, so called ‘petroglyphs’, can be found around the coasts of Qatar as well as on Bahrain's Al Hawar Island. But the greatest number of carvings can be found at this major petroglyph site, north of Doha, on low limestone hills (jebel).

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First discovered in 1957, the site was systematically studied in 1974 when 874 carved single figures and compositions were catalogued. These rock carvings consist mainly of cup marks in various arrangements, including rows, rosettes and stars, but also of carvings, such as boats, footprints and enigmatic symbols and signs. It is believed that the cup marks are used for playing ancient board games. One of these board games may have been mancala. The game was known in Qatar as Al Haloosa or Al Huwaila. While it has previously been suggested that the earliest might date back to the Neolithic period, new evidence makes it likely that they are not more than a few hundred years old. To get there you will need a four‑wheel‑drive. Arrange a tour with a local tour operator (see Local Tour Companies at the end of this section), or call Qatar Museums, 4452 5555.

Jazirat bin Ghannam Island (Purple Island) (pictured) Excavations at this site 40 km north of Doha in the Al Khor area have brought to light several hearths and rectangular structures. Layers of shells have also been found – the shellfish (thais savigny) lives under rocks and produces a bright dye in contact with an enzyme and light. The site may have been used during the Bronze Age to produce dye. If true, it is the only documented dye production site in the Arabian Gulf, and the only one outside of the Mediterranean, where it was usually produced. The island is also known for the mangrove trees, tolerant tropical trees that survive in salty, inter‑tidal, shallow lagoons where other plants rarely grow. There are almost 50 species of mangroves, but in Qatar there is only one, known as Grey Mangrove. Jazirat bin Ghannam is perfect for birdwatching, as a large number of migratory birds stay in the area during the winter. This is an open site with off‑road access, approximately 5 km from the main road. Find it on the map of Al Khor on page 34.

Murwab archaeological site Murwab is the only sizeable Islamic settlement in Qatar not located on the coast. Dating back to the 9–11th century, Murwab used to be a settlement of some 250 houses, constructed in groups, a residence and two mosques. Excavations have revealed also a group of tombs scattered around the groups of houses. The Murwab palatial residence is known to be the oldest discovered Islamic palace in Qatar. The excavated foundation walls overlaying each other show clearly that the structure was rebuilt in the same place by reducing its size. This is a closed site.

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A day at the beach, sunbathing on the sand and swimming in the sea can be the perfect remedy for the stresses of the city. Luckily, Qatar is a peninsula; the coastline is over 560 km long, so there are plenty of beaches to choose from. Mesaieed is the most popular beach destination because it is the only place in Qatar where the sand dunes meet the water. Some, like the Inland Sea (Khor Al Adaid) can only be reached by a four‑wheel‑drive while others, such as Al Wakra, are only a short drive away and suitable for all cars. Swimming in the Gulf waters is a relaxing experience, but beware of jellyfish in the summer! If you want to go camping, Ras Abrouq (Bir Zekreet) beach is very popular. Many of Qatar's beaches are isolated with no facilities and there may be pollution and litter. Visitors to the busier family beaches should be aware that they need to wear appropriate clothing – nothing too revealing. Bring everything you need with you: food and plenty of water, sunscreen, towels and a first aid kit – and please take away all your rubbish.

Al Ghariya Just 4.5 km beyond Fuwairit (see entry on next page) is Al Ghariya beach. On Al Shamal (North) Road, take the Al Ghariya turnoff, follow the tarred road and keep to the right when the road splits. After the Al Ghariya Beach Resort, drive 1.5 km until you reach an abandoned village. The best spot is further north beyond the old Scout Camp.

Al Jassasiya Near the Jabal Al Jassasiya Petroglyphs is the beautiful turquoise waters and soft sand of Al Jassasiya beach, perfect for a camp or barbecue. The water is shallow and may not be suitable for swimming.

Al Mafjar Located in the historic and abandoned village of Al Mafjar in the northern tip of Qatar is Al Mafjar Beach, which is surrounded by abandoned historic ruins. It is a good beach for watersports, swimming, snorkelling and hiking. Al Mafjar Beach is close to Umm Tais National Park, an important protected habitat for birds and other animals.

Al Maroona Situated on the northern tip of Qatar, just before Fuwairit, Al Maroona is known as '42 km Beach' or 'French Beach'. The sand is soft and golden and the water is crystal clear with fascinating sea life to explore. You may see starfish, turtles, tiny hermit crabs, jellyfish and plenty of other fish.

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At the northern tip of Qatar, at the end of Al Shamal (North) Road and about 110 km from Doha, are some quiet beach areas with coves and inlets, and picnic and shaded spots. The rock formations are very different in this region and wildlife such as dugongs (an aquatic animal) can be seen. Al Shamal Municipality has started implementing a project to provide the beach with shades and solar energy-run lights.

Al Sultan Beach Resort Located on Al Khor beach, Al Sultan Beach Resort is just a short drive from Doha. With its own private beach, sizable swimming pool and Jacuzzi, the resort is wonderful for water activities and just relaxing the day away. Opening times: Open 24/7. Admission: QAR125 adults, QAR75 children. Contact: 4472 2555/2666, alsultanbeachresort.com ©

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Al Thakhira The largest area of mangroves – and the oldest – can be found around Al Thakhira and Al Khor. A great way to explore the mangroves is by kayak, available from several tour operators and specialist companies. All of these can be booked in advance, and many companies offer both morning and afternoon trips. Al Khor is about 35 – 40 km from Doha. Drive through the town and bear left at the northern end of the Corniche, heading towards Al Thakhira. Turn right at the next roundabout; take the first left and pass through the gap between the houses. Heading left away from the village, pass the car park and jetty onto a track across the salt marsh, which eventually leads to a small wadi (desert depression) and then to the beach. At high tide the salt marsh can turn treacherous, so park near the wadi unless in a four‑wheel‑drive vehicle.

Al Wakra The old fishing town of Al Wakra is undergoing continuous redevelopment. The 4 km coastline stretches from the hills to the fishing harbour. The beachfront traditional village called Souq Waqif, Al Wakra is a replica of life 200 years ago. The Al Wakra family beach in the Al Jabal area has volleyball and football areas, shading, showers and toilets. The water is shallow but with lots of rocks, and children should be supervised. Solar power is being utilised to provide lighting.

Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara C5 (pictured) Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara feels a world away from bustling Doha but is only a 25-minute journey by luxury ferry from Al Shyoukh Terminal located in the city’s downtown area or a 10-minute helicopter ride directly from the airport with bird’s eye views of the spectacular coastline. Bask on their private 800 m beach, refresh yourself at the 100 m long lagoon pool, or master the waves in their surf pool and enjoy a wide range of watersports. You can also sign up for snorkelling and scuba diving adventures. Opening times: 10 am – 7 pm. Admission: Weekdays: QAR350 per adult or child (5 years and above), QAR100 (for boat transfers) for children between 2 and 4, children under 2 enter for free. Weekends and public holidays: QAR500 per adult or child 5 years and above, QAR100 (for boat transfers) for children between 2 and 4, children under 2 enter for free. Contact: 4040 5050, doha.anantara.com

Dukhan Dukhan is on the west coast, 90 km from Doha. The most direct route is via Al Luqta Street past Education City, following the signs for Dukhan. At the gates to Dukhan, turn left and follow the coast road for 9 km until you reach Dukhan Water Sports. The tarred road ends here, but to the south there are plenty of places to stop. The beaches are sandy but watch out for sharp rocks under the water.

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A family beach with a 1,350 m seafront just outside Al Khor. To get there, coming through Al Khor, go past Al Khor Mall, and at the next roundabout, turn left – there is a sign saying 'Al Farkeeh beach'. Follow the road for several hundred metres, past the sign for 'Marina Scouts Club', and keep going straight until the next sign for 'Al Farkeeh'. Turn left and the beach can be seen in the distance. There are play areas, wooden sheds, watchtowers, and other facilities. See Al Khor and Al Thakhira map on page 34 Opening times: Sunday to Wednesday 7 am – 10 pm; Thursday/Friday/Saturday is for families only, 7 am – midnight. Admission: Free.

Fuwairit 80 km from Landmark mall on the Al Shamal (North) Road, look out for interchange exit number 79, as the signpost for Fuwairit is just before the bridge. Come off the road, turn right at this sign and follow the 76

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surfaced road leading to a small village. Upon reaching the outskirts of the village, turn left onto a rough track running parallel to the coast. Drive for about a kilometre to get to the beach. From here turn right for the main beach and watch the kitesurfers, or turn left to see the unusual formations of eroded jebel that run down to the water’s edge. Watch out for rocks in the water.

Jazirat bin Ghannam island (Purple Island) Drive through Al Khor and go straight (first exit) over the first roundabout. At the second roundabout, go straight over again (second exit) and immediately take the right turn‑off, at the sign for Dolphin Energy. With the Qatargas/RasGas tower on the right side of the road, go straight for just over 5 km. Turn right at the sign for 'Flower Each Spring' and follow the road round to the right – this is an unmade road but suitable for all vehicles. The car park can be seen ahead – park here as cars cannot go any further. 'Purple' Island gets its name from the dye extracted from the sea snail (shellfish called thais savigny), evidence of which can be found all over this coastal stretch of land. The 'island' is surrounded by mangroves and is accessed via a causeway (broken away in parts). Climb to the top of the jebel for a 360° view of Al Khor. Coordinates for the car park are 25.41.36N/51.33.16E.

Katara Beach B4 Katara Beach is 1.5 km long public beach at Katara Cultural Village. A play area is located by the beach where children can enjoy a variety of activities, games and rides as well as child friendly watersports. The beach also features the luxurious 4,600 sq m Katara Beach Club by LivNordic Spa & Wellness, which features two gender separated floors of Scandinavian-inspired health and wellness principles of health. Opening times: Beach opening and closing timings vary according to season. Call for up to date opening times or visit katara.net Admission: QAR50 for those at the age of 18 and above; QAR25 for those between the ages of seven and 18; children below the age of seven enter for free; separate fees apply for watersports and lessons. Contact: 4408 1017/1985, 7002 9360, katara.net

Mesaieed (Sealine) Mesaieed is the industrial town at the original centre of the petrochemical industry, 40 km south of Doha. There are some good beaches to the south of the town and this is where the barchans (crescent‑shaped) sand dunes begin. Mesaieed is home to Qatar's most popular sand dunes and the luxurious Sealine Beach, a Murwab Resort. Dune buggies and quad bikes can be hired here near the resort. It is busiest at the weekend – cars, buggies and quad bikes will be driving in all directions on the beach, so exercise caution. Four‑wheel‑drive vehicles are necessary if veering away from the main beach area – don’t forget to select your vehicle's lowest gear when approaching the softer sand.

Ras Abrouq or Bir Zekreet (pictured) The bay is at the tip of a peninsula northeast of Dukhan and is a popular spot for weekend campers and watersports enthusiasts. It can be a rough journey, but if you have a four‑wheel‑drive it's fun to explore. Follow the smooth and wide Dukhan Road, but turn off at the new interchange about 5 km before Dukhan. Pass The Cuban Hospital on the left and onto the road that heads up the northeastern side of the Ras Abrouq peninsula. After 2 km, turn left or right at the Qatar Petroleum site and pipeline. Turn left and you will see an abandoned police post on top of a jebel after 9 km. Go round the hill base and over the causeway on your left to get to the tip of the peninsula. Full of interesting coves and bays, you may see flamingos in the half-moon bay. If you turn right, you will go past the Ministry of Muncipality and Environment’s SCENR reserve for gazelles and ostriches. ©

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If travelling up to Bir Zekreet, it's worth taking some time going inland and finding the 'film set' built into the rock faces of the jebels with small, rough stone buildings where a film was produced several years ago. From here drive up the jebel face – if in a suitable vehicle – and in the distance you will see a small fort. This was used as the location for a TV series, and is open to the public.

Sealine Beach, A Murwab Resort (pictured) Rising majestically from the sands, where the blue waves of the Arabian Sea meet the dunes, lies Sealine Beach, A Murwab Resort, a haven of comfort, luxury, and leisure. Qatar’s first leisure destination, Sealine Beach Resort is the perfect place to get away from the thriving urban life. With more than 58 luxurious villas equipped with modern facilities, and opening on to a rear patio, leading directly to the beach, Sealine Beach Resort offers a wide range of fine cuisine as well as recreational activities such as watersports, desert safari,​football, basketball, beach volleyball, etc. Opening times: 8 am – 5 pm. Admission: QAR300 per adult, children five and below enter for free, children above 5 can visit at half price. Contact: 4021 4000, sealinebeachqatar.com

Simaisma Beach Just 27 km north of Doha is the small village of Simaisma. The beach stretches out from a natural jetty, skirts around a small cluster of mangroves and continues around the bend. On the south end is a small hill with a derelict building; a nice silhouette at dusk. Enjoy the mangroves, which play a vital role in land preservation. Try to avoid crushing the mangrove roots. The beach also boasts 121 palm trees, 265 sidra trees and a variety of seasonal plants. The family beach has been developed to include green areas with 18 big shades and 15 smaller ones, along with open areas for barbecues.

Simaisma, A Murwab Resort Simaisma, A Murwab Resort is a luxurious retreat on Simaisma Beach. The property features 52 villas, and facilities include a private beach area and watersports. The resort has a year-round outdoor pool and barbecue. The resort is also home to Six Senses Spa, which is arranged over two floors with dedicated male and female areas. Spa goers can enjoy a selection of signature massages, facials by Subtle Energies, locally-inspired treatments and beauty services. Opening times: 10 am – 7 pm. Admission: QAR250 per adult, QAR125 per child. Contact: 4479 9555, simaisma.com

TaliaMare Beach Club B4 Located in The Pearl-Qatar's Qanat Quartier, TaliaMare Beach Club is a beach club, lounge and restaurant. It offers a seafront dining experience in an exclusive area. The oasis offers privacy as well as a family outing with sunbeds, cabanas, shisha and more on offer. On weekends, the place delivers a vibrant setting with enticing beach games, movie projections and a wide variety of events for all ages. Opening times: 10 am – 10 pm. Admission: QAR300 for Family Day Pass, QAR150 for Adult Day Pass, QAR50 for Child Day Pass. You can get a daily pass from the website. Reservations are required. Call ahead. Contact: 4488 8370/3030 2063, taliamare.com

Umm Bab There’s a small cluster of palm trees beside the breakwater that earned the beach its nickname ‘Palm Tree Beach’. From Doha proceed along Salwa Road for 29 km beyond the Industrial Area, and past the Mukainis satellite earth station. Turn right at the next interchange and follow the road for a further 40 km until you reach the roundabout at the Umm Bab cement works. Go straight across and on cresting a small hill, you will see the coast stretched out below and the distinctive group of trees. The sand is very soft, so proceed with caution. 78

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Mosque etiquette There are numerous mosques in Qatar, some of which are very old, that are still used for daily prayer by local Muslims. There are over 2,000 mosques across Qatar, managed by the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, which was created in 1993.

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Non‑Muslims are able to enter most mosques, except for the Shioukh Mosque next to the Amiri Diwan on the corner of Al Rayyan Road and Jassim Bin Mohammed Street. Entry to all mosques is free of cost. It is best to visit mosques outside of prayer times. Sheikh Abdulla Bin Zaid Al Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center (Fanar) organises tours of its own mosque near Souq Waqif, and those at Katara Cultural Village and Education City. Visitors must remember to dress appropriately: no shorts, short skirts or dresses, sleeveless tops or other revealing garments. Women will be asked to wear an abaya and to cover their hair. In some mosques, abayas and scarves are provided.

Abu Manaratain Mosque Even though manaratain means ‘two minarets’ in Arabic, this mosque only has one tall, slender tower. Restored in 2004, this unusual mosque in Al Wakra lacks the high walls typical of Qatari mosques. The mosque can only be visited externally.

Aspire Mosque D2 With 1,460 sq m, accommodating 700 men and 150 women for prayer, Aspire Mosque incorporates the most appropriate form and architectural finishes, falling into harmony with the adjacent buildings.

Education City Mosque C2 (pictured) The mosque, a large white cavernous structure with Quranic verses embossed into its large ceiling, is dotted with small lights, and has the capacity to hold approximately 1,800 people in its indoor prayer halls and outdoor courtyard. The main (male) prayer room on the first floor features an in-house, as yet unstocked library, and a large gilded mehrab, a semicircular niche in the wall of a mosque that indicates the qibla (the direction of the Kaaba in Mecca and hence the direction that Muslims should face when praying), in a Quran verse-lined alcove. Upstairs, a female gallery room complete with a separate seating area is sectioned off from the main prayer room by a high wall. The mosque rests on five structural pillars and is decorated with verses. Underneath, water flows from four streams originating from a garden that lines the perimeter of the building. Two tall, slim minarets jutt out of one side of the structure, rising some 90 m in the air in the direction of Mecca. Islamic calligraphy forms the heart of the building, inscribed on almost every element of the structure’s surface, from roofs to ceramic tiles to glass windows. Contact: 4454 6600, qf.org.qa/community/education-city-mosque

Hamad International Airport (HIA) mosque D5 The public mosque is located just outside the passenger terminal, within walking distance from the Departures hall. The shape of a water droplet inspires the mosque’s architecture, and it offers spectacular views of the lagoon and Amiri Terminal.

Imam Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab Mosque (The State Mosque) C3 Located on Khalifa Street/Onaiza Street, the renamed State Mosque is the largest in Qatar and can accommodate 10,000 worshippers inside and 30,000 outside. Traditional‑style lighting illuminates the outer courtyard, where there is granite seating. The main prayer hall has 28 large domes and a single ©

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minaret 65 metres high. Structurally inspired by the 'Bo Al Qabib' mosque designed by Sheikh Jasim bin Mohammed Al Thani, the founder of modern Qatar. While it is not open to the public, it is a very impressive yet understated piece of architecture and spectacular at night.

Katara Masjid (Blue Mosque) B4 Located in Katara Cultural Village, the Katara Masjid is one of the most beautiful mosques in the country. Designed by globally-known Turkish mosque designer, Zainab Fadil Oglu, and a team of restoration specialists from Dolma Palace in Istanbul, the interior and exterior architectural designs, together with the minaret, the dome, and the prayer niche (mihrab) are all inspired by several famous mosques found in various cities and capitals of the Islamic world.

Sheikh Abdulla Bin Zaid Al Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center (Fanar) D4 (pictured) The distinctive curled minaret makes Fanar one of Qatar's most iconic buildings. Opposite Souq Waqif on Grand Hamad Street, the centre offers non‑Muslims the opportunity to learn more about Islam through various activities, including attending Friday prayers, taking a tour of the mosque, learning Arabic or downloading publications from the website. Check their Facebok page for events and schedules. Contact: 4444 7444, binzaid.gov.qa

Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Mohamed Al Abdulrahman Al Thani Mosque D2 Also known as Al Rayyan Mosque, the Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Mohamed Al Abdulrahman Al Thani Mosque is located opposite the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club. The mosque is one of the largest mosques in Qatar with sky high minarets of up to 60 m and domes of 39 m, covering an area of over 9,000 sq m. As many as 2,500 worshippers are able to pray in the mosque, with a separate prayer area for women. The mosque also includes small libraries within the walls and pillars of the prayer hall consisting of a large collection of Qurans, and with at least 100 books and religious reading material in various langauges.

Simaisma Mosque North of Doha on Al Khor Coastal Road (Route 6) is Simaisma, a 19th century fishing and pearling town, where the mosque is open from sunrise to late afternoon. Dating back to 1938, it used to house a madrassa (school) teaching the holy Quran to children as well as being a place of prayer. Visitors are advised not to enter the mosque or to take photographs during prayer time. Snacks and refreshments can be bought near the mosque, and if you wander south along the coast when the tide is low, you can see the traditional hadra (inter‑tidal fishing traps).

The Golden Mosque B4 Located in Katara Cultural Village, The Golden Masjid is garnished with extremely small golden chips, and it represents Ottoman style. Katara offers, in masjids, several religious programmes and a series of religious lectures delivered by a group of prominent and esteemed religious scholars. Katara also organises advanced courses in Quran memorisation that are widely attended by a considerable number of children from different age groups. Such courses bear significance because they instil the virtuous values and the good manners of the holy Quran.

The Grand Mosque (Shioukh Mosque) D4 Situated on the Corniche next to the Amiri Diwan, and alongside the clocktower, the Grand Mosque features some striking architecture, with numerous domes and a distinctive green and white colour combination. Although not open to the public, it still presents a photo opportunity. 80

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Museums And Art Galleries

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3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum When open, this museum will demonstrate to the world that sport and Qatar are intrinsically linked. The 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum will be an amazing experience with interactive and unforgettable exhibits, inspiring objects and unique activity areas. It will be constantly updated and designed to educate and entertain, delivering state-of-the-art sport from around the world. Ahead of its opening, the museum is reaching out to residents through temporary shows in venues around Doha. Themes centre around the cultural phenomenon of sport, and include the Olympic Games, as well local and international sports events that occur in Qatar.

Qatar Museums (QM) C4 QM, formerly known as Qatar Museums Authority (QMA), is a government entity that oversees museums across Qatar including National Museum of Qatar, MIA, Mathaf, QM Gallery at Katara, Al Riwaq and more. In addition, it oversees archaeological sites throughout Qatar such as the Al Zubarah World Heritage Site Visitor Centre. For more information, visit qm.org.qa

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al markhiya gallery Building 5, Katara Cultural Village B4 Fire Station Artist in Residence C3 Promotes emerging and established Arab artists. There are two exhibition spaces for al markhiya gallery – Katara Art Center, Building 5 and Fire Station Artist in Residence. Opening times: Exhibition space, daily 10 am – 9 pm. Admission: Free. Contact: 6609 9687, 6600 8750, almarkhiyagallery.com

Anima Gallery and Lounge 30 La Croisette, Porto Arabia, The Pearl‑Qatar B4 The gallery focuses on local, regional and international contemporary art; there is also a restaurant. Opening times: Gallery: Sunday to Thursday 10 am – 7 pm, closed Friday and Saturday. Lounge: Daily 9 am – midnight. Admission: Free. Contact: 4402 7437, 4029 6726 (lounge) animagallerylounge.com

Fire Station Artist in Residence C3 (pictured) The Fire Station is an interactive artistic platform that brings together talent from various disciplines in one creative and open space. The station was built in 1982 as a Civil Defense building, and was occupied by the fire brigade until late 2012 when it was transformed into an artistic hub. Today the Fire Station is a unique entity in the region, allowing artists to come together in one space to produce artwork and allow for collaborations and interactions with the local, regional and international art scene. The Fire Station hosts several art residency programmes including Artists in Residence programme, New York Art and Residency and Paris Art Residency. It is also the home of Cass Art, an art supplies shop, and Café #999. Opening times: Saturday to Thursday 9 am – 7 pm; Friday 1:30 pm – 7 pm. Admission: Free; Fees apply for temporary exhibitions. Contact: 4422 4222, firestation.org.qa ©

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Katara Art Center B4 Located in Katara Cultural Village, the centre is devoted to the support of local and regional art and design. The centre’s mission is reflected in a rich range of workshops, events and temporary projects. Opening times: Saturday to Thursday 10 am – 10 pm, Friday 2 pm – 9 pm. Contact: 4408 0244, dohakac.com

Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art C2 A member of Qatar Foundation (QF), Mathaf is situated in Education City in a renovated former school building. QF is led by HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, while Mathaf is part of QM, led by HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. An initial group of works, gathered by HE Sheikh Hassan bin Mohammed bin Ali Al Thani, was transferred to the public institution. Now holding over 9,000 works collected over the past 30 years, the collection emphasises artistic trends and sites of production of modern art. Mathaf organises major exhibitions, both historical and experimental, and large-scale education programmes, performing an important role as a centre for dialogue, research, and as a resource for fostering creativity. See the Events Calendar in this section for details of exhibitions, and marhaba.qa for up to date information. Opening times: Saturday to Thursday 9 am – 7 pm; Friday 1:30 pm – 7 pm Admission: Free admission for Qatar residents (with Qatar ID); QAR50 for non-residents; QAR25 for students (with student IDs). Fees apply for temporary exhibitions. The library and café are open during museum hours. Contact: 4402 8855, mathaf.org.qa

Msheireb Museums D4 Msheireb Museums celebrate the history of four historic heritage houses in the heart of Msheireb Downtown Doha. Located within the oldest part of the capital, they form an important part of Qatar’s national history. They reveal unique aspects of Qatar’s cultural and social development in inspiring to create trusted environments in which the people of Qatar will engage, converse and exchange thoughts about both their past and their future. Msheireb Museums are an integral aspect of the inner city’s regeneration of the old commercial centre with its traditional community-based lifestyle. The restoration of the four heritage houses, Bin Jelmood House, Company House, Mohammed Bin Jassim House and Radwani House, into world-class museums forms a vital part of the Msheireb Downtown Doha development. Msheireb Museums is open for guided tours by appointment. Opening times: Monday to Thursday 9 am – 5 pm, Friday 3 pm – 9 pm, Saturday 9 am – 9 pm, closed Sunday. Last admission 30 minutes before closing. Contact: 4006 5555; museums@msheireb.com Guided tour: msheirebmuseums.com

Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) and Al Riwaq C4 (pictured) Representing the full scope of Islamic art, the MIA collection includes manuscripts, ceramics, metal, glass, ivory, textiles, wood and precious stones. Collected from three continents, including countries across the Middle East, and reaching as far as Spain and China, the museum’s artworks date from the 7th through to the 20th century. The pieces represent the diversity of the Islamic world, and are of the highest quality. Designed by noted architect I M Pei, the museum building rises from the sea at the end of Doha’s Corniche. Inspired by classic Islamic architecture, the building further glorifies the pieces 82

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contained within it. The MIA is the flagship project of Qatar Museums (QM). There is access to the MIA Park through the museum (see Parks). Adjacent to the MIA is the QM Gallery – Al Riwaq, a spacious, contemporary venue, covering a total area of 5,000 sq m, featuring temporary exhibitions by QM with a rotating schedule of exhibits of art and cultural artefacts. Opening times: Saturday to Thursday 9 am – 7 pm; Friday 1:30 pm – 7 pm. Last admission 30 minutes before closing. Galleries, gift shop and café shut 15 minutes before closing. Admission: Free admission for Qatar residents (with Qatar ID); QAR50 for non-residents. Fees apply for temporary exhibitions. Visitors are asked to dress appropriately. Contact: 4422 4444, mia.org.qa

National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) D4 (pictured) Designed by world-renowned French architect Jean Nouvel, the new 40,000 sq m NMoQ building is forged using an interlocking disc design inspired by the desert rose. The museum is one of the most significant cultural projects and most recognisable landmarks in the country. The NMoQ tells the story of Qatar and its people from more than 700 mn years ago to present day. Serving as a monument to a historic way of life in Qatar, the museum officially opened in March 2019. Seemingly growing organically out of the ground, NMoQ’s structure surrounds the Old Palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani – his family home and seat of the government for 25 years. The museum is organised in three 'chapters' – Beginnings, Life in Qatar, and Building the Nation – presented in 11 galleries. The visitor’s chronological journey, which extends through more than 2.7 km of experiences, starts in the geological period long before the peninsula was inhabited by humans and continues to the present day. Oral histories, archival images, artworks, music and storytelling contextualise the impressive array of archaeological and heritage objects as well as manuscripts, documents, photographs, jewellery and costumes. Opening times: Sunday to Wednesday 9 am to 7 pm; Saturday and Thursday 9 am – 9 pm; Friday 1:30 pm – 7 pm. Admission: Free admission for Qatar residents (with Qatar ID), and children at the age of 16 and below; QAR50 for non-residents; QAR25 for students (with student IDs). Fees apply for temporary exhibitions. Contact: 4452 5555, nmoq.org.qa

Qatar Photographic Society (QPS) Building 18, Katara Cultural Village B4 Photographic courses in English and Arabic, call for current schedule. Also ad hoc exhibitions. Opening times: Daily 8 am – noon and 4 pm – 8 pm. Admission: Free; call for details of course fees. Contact: 4408 1812, qpsphoto.qa, katara.net

QM Gallery Katara Building 10, Katara B4 The gallery is a temporary space allowing the museums in Qatar to present their upcoming collections and host Qatari and international artists. A wide range of exhibitions take place, such as photography, archaeology, art, sports, architecture and sculpture. Opening times: Saturday to Thursday 9 am – 7 pm, Friday 1:30 pm – 7 pm, closed Sunday. Admission: Free. Contact: 4452 5555, qm.org.qa ©

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Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani Museum (FBQ Museum) (pictured) At his farm near Al Sheehaniya, 20 km west of Doha, Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani has built his own private museum of more than 15,000 pieces collected from his travels around the world. The museum has a huge and varied collection of artefacts in its different halls including fossils, manuscripts, textiles, weapons, ceramics, woodwork, contemporary art, pre-Islamic coins and foreign currency, as well as a special section devoted to Qatari and Bedouin heritage, including fishing boats and traditional Qatari houses. There are also vintage cars and motorbikes from around the world, with more than 100 models representing every decade of manufacture. The museum also includes the private Al Samriya Farm, which is home to a herd of more than 1,000 Arabian oryx and gazelles, and visitors will see a number of peacocks wandering around the wooded areas. The sizeable farm includes Al Samriya Riding School, a horse riding school at Al Samariyah Equestrian Academy (ASEA), which is an indoor/outdoor riding arena with horse stables for boarding and riding lessons for children and adults. Opening times: Monday to Thursday 9 am – 4:30 pm; Friday 2 pm – 7 pm; Saturday 10 am – 6 pm; Sunday 9 am – 4 pm. Visitors are advised to contact the museum in advance. Admission: QAR50 for Qatar residents (with Qatar ID); QAR75 for non-residents/tourists; QAR25 for students (ages 6 – 17 with Qatar ID); QAR50 for students (tourists; ages 6 – 17); QAR60 for tourist group (15 and more); QAR15 per person for tour guide. Contact: 4486 1444 (Al Samriya), info@fbqmuseum.org, fbqmuseum.org Getting there: Exit the Dukhan Road at Al Dehailiyat Interchange. If you are coming from Doha, it is the fourth exit on the roundabout; coming from Al Sheehaniya it is the first exit. There is only a small signpost with ‘Museum’ (on brown background, and ‘Al Dehailiyat’ on blue). The next sign has the full name: Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani Museum.

Souq Waqif Art Center Souq Waqif D4 Exhibitions of local and international modern art. Opening times: Daily 8 am – 10 pm. Admission: Free. Contact: 4417 6204, swacqatar.com

The Media Majlis The Media Majlis is located at Northwestern University’s in Qatar, Education City, which is dedicated to the exploration of journalism, communication, and media in the Arab region. The Media Majlis features a multi-screen façade, as well as space where exhibition content and technology converge. The technology elevates a visitor’s experience by inviting them to participate in a global conversation on a continually changing media landscape. Opening times: Sunday to Thursday 9 am – 5 pm. Admission: Free. Contact: 4454 5000, mediamajlis.northwestern.edu

VCUarts Qatar Gallery Qatar Foundation C2 The art gallery at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar), a centre of excellence for education and research in art and design. There are also exhibitions of work by international artists, staff and students. Opening times: Sunday to Thursday 9 am – 5 pm Admission: Free Contact: 4402 0555, qatar.vcu.edu 84

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Natural World and Nature Reserves

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Al Dosari Zoo & Natural Reserve Mohamed Al Dosari's Park and Natural Reserve is a private park located in Al Khuraib, 7 km north of Al Sheehaniya and 40 km from Doha. Owned by Mohamed Al Dosari, a Qatari, the zoo houses various kinds of animals, birds and reptiles, and a heritage centre. The zoo is spread over 100,000 sq m. Every visitor to the park is taken on a guided tour of the animal reserve and offered tea and Arabic coffee. Open-air barbecues are permitted in the park and many families gather here on weekends. There are umbrellas and Arabian huts that reflect on housing in the past, and many available spaces to sit under trees, which make the park one of a kind in Qatar. Entry to the farm, park and all other activities are free. Twelve housing units and 11 cottages have been added to the park for overnight visitors.

Bird Watching Migratory birds are becoming increasingly attracted to Qatar since the introduction of parks, gardens and agriculture. Several species breed in Qatar before escaping the summer heat. Ornithologists have identified over 280 species of which 25 are year‑round residents. On the Al Khor coast there are gulls, cormorants and waders, geese, mallard and teal in the ponds and reeds. At Bir Zekreet you can see flamingos. Other popular places to spot birds are Doha Golf Club, Khor Al Adaid, Al Ruwais and Sealine Beach Resort.

Dahl Al Misfir Cave (pictured) Located off Al Salwa Rd near Rawdat Rashed, Dahl Al Misfir Cave is regarded as one of Qatar’s most well-kept secrets and vividly exciting destinations. The 40 m deep cave can sometimes give off an ethereal faint, moon-like phosphorescent glow. The glow is the result of fibrous gypsum deposits, which are found in the centre of the peninsula and have given rise to the geological phenomena known as ‘desert roses’ (clusters of roughly rose-shaped gypsum crystals).

Desert Safaris A desert safari is a must. Most local tour companies offer package tours, which vary in price depending on the size of the group, with half and full-day trips, overnight camps and sunrise desert safaris available. Go dune-bashing with a professional guide, go for a swim, and recharge with some barbecued food and refreshments. The overnight tour is at a desert camp with traditional Bedouin tents, filled with Persian carpets and plush cushions. Alternatively, set the alarm clock and travel out early to see the sun come out over the desert dunes.

Khor Al Adaid (The Inland Sea) The Inland Sea is one of Qatar’s finest treasures and a tourist hotspot. Best undertaken in a four‑wheel‑drive to reach the country’s southernmost point – it’s also a good idea to go in a convoy and with somebody who has been before. Enjoy the crescent‑shaped sand dunes that rise above the shallow tidal lake. Local tour companies organise day trips and overnight camps and provide drives along the dunes, as well as picnics, barbecues, folkloric entertainment and occasionally, camel riding and sandboarding. If driving yourself, download the Inland Sea app, available for iOS and Android. ©

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Mangroves (pictured) A large area of vegetation attracting varied bird life, including flamingos and herons, Al Thakhira mangroves can be found just north of the seaside city of Al Khor, and present a large expanse of natural greenery in sharp contrast to the surrounding desert landscape. Qatar is home to the Avicennia Marina, also known as the grey or white mangrove tree, communities of which form several forests around Qatar's shores. The largest area of mangroves – and the oldest – can be found around Al Thakhira and Al Khor. A great way to explore the mangroves is by kayak, available from several tour operators and specialist companies. All of these can be booked in advance, and many companies offer both morning and afternoon trips. For further information, contact one of the local tour companies.

Scuba Diving Scuba diving is a popular pastime, given the clear and warm waters surrounding the country, and is the perfect way of getting up close and personal with the local marine life. Qatar is making strenuous efforts to protect the marine ecosystem. Vehicles, tyres and old building materials have been deposited on the sea bed to draw back marine life and over the last 20 years these man‑made reefs have seen a resurgence in sea life. Various species can be seen, including: bottlenose dolphin; dugong (or sea cow); Hawksbill turtle; blue angelfish; long‑spined sea urchin; sea squirt; surgeonfish; blue‑spotted stingray; and ghost crabs.

Singing Sand Dunes

Getting there Stories of strange, low‑pitched sounds in the sand have intrigued When coming from Doha on people for generations in Qatar and it's one of the few places in Salwa Road, turn left at the the world it can be heard. The sound is caused by the friction when Mesaieed Interchange. a thin layer of sand blows down the leeward side of the dune. The eerie resonant humming can be heard from up to 10 km away as See the map of Qatar at the it is amplified by the crescent shape of the barchan (derived from beginning of the guide. Kazakh) dunes. You can find the ‘Singing Sand Dunes’ 40 km southwest of Doha. Although the ‘singing’ occurs naturally, you can trigger it by sliding down the dune or running along its crest; you will be able to hear and feel the vibration. Take a large tray with you for an impromptu slide down the sand. Be warned – the sand is very hot during the summer.

Umm Tais National Park There is a national park on the northeastern tip of Qatar on the uninhabited island of Umm Tais. The mangrove forests, beaches and varied geological structures, changing water levels and sea currents, provide a varied habitat that is teeming with marine and bird life. It also nurtures an important turtle‑nesting beach. For further information, contact one of the local tour companies.

Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation (AWWP) is an associated member of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA), the only member in Qatar. This is a quality stamp acknowledging that AWWP works towards the highest standards in the captive care of wild animals. AWWP is an internationally reputed research and conservation centre collaborating with several government and non-government organisations across the world. Close to the town of Al Sheehaniya, Lubara farm accommodates AWWP. This private breeding and research centre is home to a collection of wild and exotic animal species either rare in captivity or threatened in the wild. The preservation is non-commercial and not open to the public. awwp.alwabra.com 86

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Parks and Recreation Areas

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The Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) Public Parks Department is responsible for the design, development and maintenance of public parks in Qatar. There are at least 92 public parks across Qatar. Doha is home to at least 38 parks, followed by 29 in Al Rayyan, three in Al Sheehaniya and five in Umm Slal. Entrance is generally free. mme.gov.qa

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5/6 Park C4 The 5/6 Park contains open green space of about 107,000 sq m, including about 11,800 sq m of small shrubs and tree fences, in addition to 1,500 trees. In the heart of the park is a plant maze spread across 6,500 sq m shaped as the map of Qatar. Next to the maze is a 3,000 sq m hill about 5 m above ground level. The park includes many facilities, including restaurants, cafes, toilets and prayer areas, garden furniture, lighting poles, shaded areas for families, play areas for children and games suitable for different ages, designated areas for celebrations and spaces to display artwork. The park also includes exercise areas, 1.3 km pedestrian path, 1.3 km jogging path and an 880 m cycle path, in addition to bicycle parking slots. The park hosts a collection of artwork including ‘Al Somoud’ designed by Qatari artists Faisal Al Hajri, and two others from the collection of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art – 'Poem' (1963-65) and 'Poem in Three Verses' (1963–65) by Lebanese sculptor and painter Saloua Raouda Choucair.

Al Abraj Park C4 Al Abraj Park opened in September 2019 at West Bay (Onaiza). The design of Al Abraj Park, which means towers, offers a variety of activities, including a green central events area, an exercise area and a walking track built with recycled rubber and local Qatari materials. The park also includes a cafeteria, toilets, tree-shaded seats and wooden pergolas. The park covers 5,800 sq m and houses 130 different and distinctive types of trees. The bushes cover about 240 sq m while the grass covers about 3,500 sq m of garden area. To date, 76 km of pedestrian and cycle paths have been completed, and other works such as landscaping, tree planting, street furniture, lighting and kiosks are still ongoing.

Al Bayt Stadium Park Adjacent to the upcoming Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor is the new Al Bayt Park, which opened to the public on 11 February 2020, coinciding with National Sport Day. The park, which has a total area of around 1,331,900 sq m, includes a park, a water body, 56,000 sq m of pedestrian walkways, a 4,415 m-long running track, a 3,444 m-long cycling tracks, and a car parking area that can accommodate up to 6,000 vehicles and 300 buses, among other facilities. The park itself occupies a space of 944,000 sq m and has 369,585 sq m of green areas, including playgrounds. The park has 1,050 trees and six restaurants in addition to 10 locations for mobile cafes and fast food joints. It has 54 light columns powered by solar energy and an adequate number of kids' play areas and games besides other facilities such as toilets and playgrounds. Located near the entrance is the barbecue kiosk, where diners will find a delicious selection of grills on the menu. Guests can also purchase raw marinated grills and grill them using one of the three equipped outdoor grill stations. Kiosks open from Tuesday to Saturday 12:30 pm – 10 pm.

Al Bidda Park C4 Bordering Al Corniche Street, Al Bidda Park is Qatar’s first pet-friendly park and the biggest green space in the country. For those more active, there are opportunities galore: running and cycling tracks, a human maze, gymnasiums, outdoor exercise equipment, basketball, volleyball and tennis courts, an open theatre that seats 850 people, as well as playgrounds, barbecue areas and beautiful landscaping. A variety of bike rentals are available at the park's two bike rental shops. There are also buggies to help visitors move around the park comfortably. The park is approximately 1.25 mn sq m and has underground parking spaces for 6,000 cars. Pet owners are free to use the park but should ensure their pet is kept on a lead at all times, and to bring their own bags and pooper-scooper as these are not available in the park. Opening times: Open daily from 4 am. Park closing times are at midnight during the week and at ©

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Al Khor Corniche

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The first and second zones of Al Khor Corniche Development Project opened in March 2018 to the public. The third zone is still underway. The three zones will cover an area of about 28,000 sq m, featuring 6,000 sq m of green spaces, play areas, 116 parking spaces, 256 seats and 46 umbrellas.

Al Khor Family Park (Al Khor Park and Zoo) (pictured) The new and improved Al Khor Family Park reopened in February 2020. The park, which first opened in 1983, closed in November 2019 for maintenance and redevelopment purposes. The 240,000 sq m park features a zoo, battery-operated train, restaurant, mosque, museum, mini golf area, wall mural, skating area, children’s play area, basketball court, food kiosks, drinking fountains, and an amphitheatre. One of the park's main attractions is the mini zoo, which includes seven new sections with a large number of different birds and animals. There are 290 new animals, bringing the total number of animals to 315 (49 different species). There's also an aviary, which contains a waterfall, a lake and is home to different birds. The park is a wonderful destination for those who want to spend some quality time away from the city rush. Opening times: Daily 4 am – 10 pm. Admission: QAR15 for adults; QAR10 for children under the age of 10 and persons with special needs. QAR50 to feed animals. Train ride: QAR5 per person and free for persons with special needs. Contact: 4426 5050

Al Legtaifiya Park B4 Al Legtaifiya Park, Zone 66, is an inclusive playground and the latest breakthrough for Accessible Qatar, a Sasol initiative designed to support inclusion and accessibility for people with disabilities in the local community. Sasol wanted to provide a solution for children with disabilities unable to play on playgrounds to be able to play with their friends. They found the right solution through the inclusive playground equipment. Information about accessibility of venues in Qatar is now available through the Accessible Qatar App.

Al Tawasul Traditional Park The park is a miniature version of Al Khor Family Park. The 28,500 sq m park is home to a number of animals and birds. The mini-zoo is divided into two sections, with 10 glass cages and one giant cage with bridges, trees and nests. The park also boasts a room for vets to treat animals, as well as space to prepare their meals. The park is home to quarantine rooms and a laboratory for observation. This familyonly park has a train, a children’s play area, a basketball court, amphitheatre and skating area, among other offerings. Electronic ticketing gates have been installed to facilitate visitors access to the park. Opening times: Daily 4 am – 10 pm Admission: Free. Contact: 4426 5050

Al Wakra Park (Al Wakra Public Garden) F5 A large landscaped park with different ornamental plants, as well as palm and olive trees, at the end of Al Aurouba Street and near Al Wakra beach. There are plenty of trees providing shaded sitting areas, a children's play zone and a large pool next to the cafeteria.

Aspire Park D2 One of Qatar’s biggest parks is behind Hyatt Plaza with a vast expanse of green lawn and baobab trees, a large lake with ducks and geese, football fields, a multi‑surface 3 km walking/jogging track and fitness equipment. There is plenty of parking and free Wi‑Fi. Aspire Play Park has two sandy areas, fitness stations and paved areas for cycling, roller‑skating and skateboarding, which can still be used at nighttime thanks to solar‑powered lighting. The 'smart park' has introduced the first smart benches, which use renewable energy and advanced technology, providing wireless chargers, USB ports, Wi-Fi access point and an integrated cooling system which keeps seating cool during the hot summer days. 88

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As part of Baladna Farm, located in the Umm Al Hawaya area (North Road, Exit 44), Baladna Park is an outdoor family entertainment park. In addition to the farm and restaurant, activities include a zoo, a lake, a carnival area and outdoor activties and entertainment such as pedal car racing, cow chariot, trampoline, zip lining, bumper boats, obstacle course and more. Opening times: Sunday to Thursday 10 am – 7 pm; Friday noon – 8 pm; Saturday 10 am – 8 pm. Admission: Free. Prices range for the outdoor amusement and theme park activities. Contact: 4424 6000, baladnapark.com

Barzan and Simaisma Olympic Parks The Barzan and Simaisma Olympic Parks feature swimming pools, fountains, football fields, walking tracks and many more activities. Both parks have green areas, restaurants, kids zone, football grounds, tennis courts, basketball court, swimming pool, cycling track, fountains, walking lanes and toilets. The Barzan Park is located in Umm Slal Ali; the Simaisma Park is behind the Simaisma Youth Centre at Simaisma, near Al Khor.

Crescent Park A3 Spreading over an area of 275,000 sq m, the park features a unique design to provide an exceptional experience of Lusail City's sustainable parks with the use of recycled water to irrigate green areas. The park has old waterways, bicycle and pedestrian tracks, and shaded areas, as well as public squares, seating areas, a forest and children’s play areas. Sports facilities include a large football field, two acrylic basketball courts, two beach volleyball courts, three acrylic tennis courts and other facilities. The park has two large restaurants, 530 parking spaces, direct access to Lusail Tram system, and easy access to the park directly from all areas of the city. Opening times: Open 24/7. Admission: Free. Contact: 4497 7770, lusail.com

Dahl Al Hamam Park C3 Close to Landmark mall, on the corner of Arab League and Al Markhiya Streets, this large park has a subtle modern design, calm ambience and more than 50 varieties of trees. The gardens have an extensive children's play area, a bicycle track, a football ground and basketball court. The park also boasts a cave and a newly-constructed maze, representing the streets of old Doha to discover traditional Qatari games. Amenities include cafeterias and toilets. Closed in the morning. For families only.

Doha Corniche C4 A popular destination for strollers and joggers as the path curves along the waterfront from the port to the Hotel Park at the Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel. The Corniche is one of the most beautiful in the Middle East, with its many grassed areas and views across the turquoise water of Doha Bay. There are bicycles available for rent, a children's play area, fitness stations, café and restaurants, and free Wi‑Fi. Traditional dhow boats dock along the 7 km‑long Corniche for visitors to enjoy a ride on the sea during the day or night.

Hotel Park C4 (pictured) Situated adjacent to Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel, Hotel Park provides 80,000 sq m of park space, with over 34,500 sq m of green space to enjoy picnics, play areas and outdoor family gatherings with family-friendly playgrounds with 17 activities and fitness zones with 12 challenges. It's one of Qatar's few pet-friendly parks. Hotel Park has food and beverage outlets offering a diverse palette of authentic cuisine and desserts. To add to an impressive garden and restaurant offering, Hotel Park has four levels of underground parking with access to Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC) through an underground tunnel link. Hotel Park’s comprehensive paid parking has over 2,500 spaces spread over four underground levels with entrances to Al Corniche Street, Al Funduq Street and Al Majlis Street. Opening times: Open 24/7. Admission: Free. Contact: 4456 7665, 5597 8387, hotelparkdoha.com ©

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Set over 361,500 sq m of green spaces, Katara Hills is divided into Northern and Southern Hills with at least 3,300 plants and trees from different continents, featuring gardens and green meadows with manmade rolling hills, valleys, peaks, water features, play areas, exercise and jogging tracks, with bespoke urban art installations, lighting, outdoor furniture, and signages. Within Katara Hills is the colourful Katara Gardens, which is 32,700 sq m of flowers, plants and lawns in geometric shapes and styles with 225 trees from different countries. Opening times: Open 24/7. Admission: Free. Contact: 182, 4408 0000, katara.net

Lusail City, Marina Promenade A3 The promenades along the Marina District and South Qetaifan Islands form the urban waterfront edges. Seating is planned along the water with views out to the sea, in addition to walkways, restaurants and access to marinas. The promenade also features various musical water and light fountains as well as oversized outdoor chess sets. Opening times: Open 24/7. Admission: Free. Contact: 4497 7770, lusail.com

MIA Park C4 The MIA Park can be accessed through the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) or from the Port Road entrance on Al Corniche Street. Designed by PEI Partnership Architects of New York, it features '7', a vertical steel sculpture by internationally acclaimed American artist Richard Serra. Plants indigenous to Qatar have been used and pedestrian pathways are shaded by the use of hills and 'swails' (sail shading). There are playground areas for children, and consideration for those with special needs or requiring wheelchair accessibility. Cafés and kiosks sell snacks and souvenirs. Bicycle rentals are available. Opening times: The park’s cafes are open daily 3 pm – midnight, while the children’s play areas are open 24/7. Admission: Free. Contact: 4422 4444/4402 8634, mia.org.qa

Oxygen Park D2 Located in Education City, Oxygen Park has been inspired by the wind eroded rocks and fluid land formations of the desert. The running tracks are embedded creating an exciting training ground with looping tracks, cooled tunnel sections and steep hills. The park features running tracks, equestrian facilities, underground pitches, recreation areas and soundscape-filled, refreshing folly spheres. Located within Oxygen Park, the Qur’anic Botanic Garden is the first of its kind in the world, home to at least 60 plant species mentioned in the Holy Quran, and those in the Hadith and Sunnah, the sayings and traditions of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). The display gives an explanation of the significance of every plant's mention in the Holy Quran, as well as their scientific explanations. Date palm, olive, fig, citron, senna, ginger, aloe, camphor and other plants have been included. Opening times: 6 am – 10 pm. Admission: Free. Contact: 4454 0284, qf.org.qa, qbg.org.qa

Simaisma Park The park first opened in 1991 with an area of 5,099 sq m and then reopened in 2013, after maintenance and rehabilitation, covering 9,477 sq m. The park includes water coolers, toilets, a shaded children's play area, and pergolas with shaded seating. The park's highlight is its botanical garden, which contains distinctive canary palm trees, date palm trees, Sidr trees, Parkinsonia trees, tecoma shrubs, perennial plants and seasonal flowers.

The Desert Park The family park opened in April 2019 in Al Sheehaniya. The 13,804 sq m park is distinctive as it is designed in the form of a desert tree. It has 62 different types of wild trees and a 400 m walkway. The park also has a mini zoo with a number of different types of animals like oryx and gazelle. There are also 12 designated pergolas for barbecues, a shaded children's play area, sitting areas, two exercise areas, and restrooms for men and women. 90

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Since ancient times, traders and merchants have congregated in traditional markets to both socialise and provide for the daily needs of the local community. These souqs are still very much part of modern life in Qatar. Some specialise in a particular product area such as fish, fruit and vegetables, or spices. Others cover a vast and varied range of different items such as clothing and fabric, gold and jewellery, spices or kitchen wares.

Souq Waqif D4 A cultural hotspot, Souq Waqif includes a covered labyrinth lined with shops and stalls selling spices, dried fruit, nuts, textiles, Arabic oud and incense, pots and pans, and much more. Getting lost and enjoying the atmosphere is a fun way to spend a morning or an evening. Remember to haggle with the shopkeepers! Follow up your shopping by dining at one of Souq Waqif's many restaurants – see the Dining Guide Listings in the Souq Waqif section for inspiration. A map of the souq area and a detailed description of what it has to offer is also in the Souq Waqif section. Opening times: 10 am – noon/4 pm – 10 pm; restaurants generally remain open all day until late.

Gold Souq D4 In Souq Al Najada on Ali Bin Abdulla Street, in front of Al Najada Doha Hotel by Tivoli, is the new Gold Souq, a block of over 40 shops that specialise in quality 18‑ and 22‑carat jewellery. Gold is often beautifully handcrafted by second and third generation skilled craftsmen, many of whom will be happy to make up a piece of jewellery to your own unique design, as well as resize, repair or buy gold from you. To sell gold you need a purchase receipt or authorisation from the police. Traditional 'bridal jewellery' is on display in many of the shops – solid gold belts, headdresses, necklaces and hair ornaments, given to Qatari girls by their future husbands prior to the wedding. Gold is priced according to the weight of the gold on the day’s market, whether it is hand or machine crafted. Prices are significantly lower here than in most other parts of the world, and with skilled bartering you can walk away with a really good bargain. Look out for pearls, which used to be Qatar’s economic backbone. The older, second gold market is located behind Souq Al Faraj D4 near the Karwa bus station, surrounding Ali Bin Abdulla Street and Al Ashat Street.

Souq Al Wakra F5 Built to look old and traditional, Souq Al Wakra (Heritage Village) gives one a feeling of having stepped into the past. The small shops in the complex resemble conventional Qatari buildings featuring walls with a mud coating and classic big wooden doors and lanterns. The ceilings of the roofs are made of palm leaves. The souq also houses a mosque with gates and a walkway made of wood and a well symbolising the old lifestyle in Qatar. Its ample parking space and fresh sea air make a welcome difference. Souq Al Wakra welcomes visitors to swim or just relax on its beach from 10 am – 6 pm under the supervision of lifeguards. While travelling from Doha to Mesaieed, it’s located to the left. For more information, see the Souq Al Wakra section.

Other souqs There are dozens of souqs across Qatar. It depends on what you're looking for. For affordable ready made clothing, fabric, tailoring, electronics, carpets and more, visit Souq Al Ali D4, Souq Al Asiery D4, Souq Al Dira D4, Souq Al Jabor D4 or Souq Najada D4. For more information on souqs in Qatar, see Shopping in Qatar in the Shopping section. ©

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Qatar Museums (QM) has been actively restoring many of the old buildings in Qatar. So far these include: Al Wajba Castle, dating back to the famous battle when the Qataris defeated the Ottomans in 1893 under Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammad Al Thani; the Al Nejada Houses in one of old Doha's streets date back more than 60 years and were built of traditional materials; and the houses at Al Mufair Village in Al Shamal were restored in 1988 to be used as a set for a Qatari television series. QM has a number of ongoing projects – visit qm.org.qa for details.

House of Nasser bin Abdullah Al Missned Located in Al Khor and currently under restoration. The Father Amir, HH Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani’s consort, HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser was born and raised in this house. Designed to look like a traditional Qatari private residence it was built in the second half of the 20th century by her father, the late Nasser bin Abdullah Al Missned. Qatari authorities are developing a master plan that will best preserve this site as a remembrance of Her Highness for future generations.

House of Sheikh Ghanim bin Abdulrahman Al Thani F5 Built by pearl merchant Majid bin Saed Al Saed at the beginning of the 20th century on the beach at Al Wakra, Sheikh Ghanim bin Abdulrahman Al Thani bought the house in 1960. Debis, a traditional date‑based food, was once produced, stored and later sold from the ground floor of the house. It was restored in 2004.

Sheikh Abdulla bin Jassim Al Thani Palace (The Old Palace) D4 The Old Palace was originally built in the early 20th century by Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani, the father of modern Qatar. For approximately 25 years the palace was at the centre of Qatar’s political leadership, serving as residence of the Royal Family and seat of government. In 1975, the palace was converted into the Qatar National Museum, which included a Museum of the State, a lagoon and a very popular marine aquarium. In 1980, the building won the Agha Khan award for restoration and rehabilitation of Islamic architecture. The Old Palace is now fully restored and is at the heart of the new National Museum of Qatar. The latter has been designed by renowned French architect Jean Nouvel.

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last remaining building of its kind in Doha, the Wind Tower House, just off Grand Hamad Street in the former Najada Shopping Plaza, used to be an ethnographic museum. Built in the early 20th century and first restored in 1982, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Agriculture took the building over and made it a Gulf Architectural Heritage Centre. Although closed to the public, the Wind Tower House provides a unique photo opportunity.

Katara Cultural Village B4 Katara is Qatar's focal point for multi‑cultural activities, with concerts, festivals, and art and photography exhibitions throughout the year. Katara also hosts educational and religious events, and bazaars. Katara is a beautiful collection of Arabian-style buildings, with alleyways protected from the sun with 'swails' (sail shading). There is a stunning mosaic‑covered mosques and bird‑feeders, and plenty of outlets offering snacks and al fresco dining. The Katara Opera House is home to the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra and concerts are regularly held in the theatre and amphitheatre. There is also a beach (see Beaches) and art galleries (see Museums and Art Galleries). For more information, see the Katara Cultural Village section. Opening times: Daily 24 hours – visitors should check first with individual restaurant, society or gallery. Admission: Free (except for beach activities). Contact: Call Centre 182, katara.net

Sports AL SHAQAB C2 AL SHAQAB was established in 1992 to build on Qatar’s Arabian horse heritage and be a leading equine centre of excellence while providing an engaging experience for the community. Originally started as a stud farm, it has now developed into a multi-dimensional equestrian centre that not only breeds pure Arabian horses but also educates children on the art of horsemanship and equestrianism, as well as train riders and horses for long-distance endurance races. An equine veterinary medical centre has also opened. In 2004, AL SHAQAB became a member of Qatar Foundation. AL SHAQAB’s impressive facilities, which are distinctively designed in the shape of a horseshoe, cover 980,000 sq m. With a stateof-the-art main arena comprising both an indoor and outdoor venue capable of holding over 5,000 spectators, AL SHAQAB is part of Qatar’s growing reputation on the world stage that showcases its ability to host major international sports events at the highest level.

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Camels have been synonymous with this region since the Bedouin started using them for transportation, as well as for food and milk. The camel is still a prized animal – now this includes for entertainment purposes! A 30-minute drive west of Doha on the Dukhan road will take you to the camel racetrack in Al Shaihaniya, where you can see camels in one of the Middle East’s most popular sports. The racing season is from October to May, with several prestigious events held in March and April. Behind the racetrack is a ‘camel city’, where thousands of men and

The Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club (QREC) has been the centre of equestrian activity for generations. Horse racing is a popular sport in Qatar, with around 40 race meetings a year. See purebred Arabian and Thoroughbred horses in action when they take part in prestigious events such as the Amir’s Sword and the Qatar International Trophy races. Opening times: Races are usually on Wednesday and Thursday 4 pm – 7:30 pm, October to April. Admission: Free. Contact: 4419 7704, qrec.gov.qa

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Opening times: Sunday to Thursday 9 am – 3:30 pm. Al Shaqab also organises tours of its facilities for institutions and the general public to raise awareness on equestrian culture. Visit the website to register for tours which take place Sunday to Thursday at 7:30 am and 3:30 pm. Contact: 4454 7361, alshaqab.com

Tours If you want to explore off-road, it is often easier and safer to go as part of an organised tour. Tour companies offer half and full days, including overnight camping trips to the Inland Sea. Heritage sites are popular destinations. Other ideas include: • Activities, such as diving trips, deep‑sea fishing, sandboarding, and more. • A boat cruise along Doha’s Corniche or out to Al Safliya Island. • Local knowledge: an experienced guide will provide commentary while touring around the camel market, Doha’s Corniche, the dhow‑building yard, the falconry market, malls, parks, souqs and mosques (appropriate clothing required). Checked & Updated October 2020

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Marhaba updates this information for every issue, however, details may change after going to press. Please check with the organisation concerned. If your organisation is listed in these pages, email any changes to us at marhaba@qatar.net.qa. Many of the locations for the following listings can be found using the map pages in this guide. Marhaba pocket maps can be purchased at bookshops and stores around town. ✔ Indicates either an activity for children or an activity in which children can participate.

Arts and Crafts 7th Heaven Arts Center D3 A visual art centre in Al Waab, offering workshops in printmaking, ceramics, drawing, painting, graphic design, photography, Arabic calligraphy and more. 7thheavenarts.com ✔ Art Laboratory B4 Offers art programmes, training and workshops for different ages at Building 18 at Katara. 5011 1751/52, info@kataraartlab.com ✔ Arts and Crafts Center B3 A vibrant centre in Al Duhail South, offering art classes and workshops for all ages. Caters to events, birthdays, schools and universities. 4486 5201, artsandcrafts.qa ✔ Café Céramique D4 A café at The Mall on D Ring Road where you can paint and design your own ceramics. 4467 1100 ✔ IAID Performing Arts (IAID) D4 and Al Wakra Offers progressive courses from beginner to advanced covering colour theory, art styles, drawing and painting techniques, shapes and figures, visual art perception and portraits. 4432 0974, 4441 1234, 4427 1166 (Al Wakra), iaidonline.org ✔ International Artists of Doha (IAD) Group for professional artists living in Qatar who get together and exhibit on a regular basis. 6699 0122, see their Facebook page for more details. Katara Art Center (KAC) B4 Courses and workshops in photography, printmaking, design, drawing, painting, ceramics and more at Building 5 at Katara. 4408 0244, dohakac.com ✔ Qatar Art Center (QAC) C3 Art residency and art hub, founded in 1993 by HE Sheikh Hassan bin Mohammed bin Ali Al Thani. 4487 7488, qatar-art-center.business.site

Qatar Fine Arts Association B4 Located at KAC, the association aims to raise the level of scientific and technical artists, and maintain their production. 4408 1469, dohakac.com VCUarts Qatar Community Education C2 Courses in jewellery design, fashion design, dressmaking, drawing, Photoshop, Illustrator, watercolours and more. 4402 0555, qatar.vcu.edu

Boat and Fishing Trips, and Watersports Many tour companies offer half- and full-day dhow trips and fishing trips which often include lunch. Trips to Safliya Island are popular and watersports are available at an extra cost. See Sightseeing in this section for contact details of tour companies and Sports Activities in the Sports section for Watersports. AquaSports (Previously Paddle Qatar) B4/C4 Runs a range of tours, camping activities, school, educational and team building trips, beach barbecue and kayaking tours at The Pearl-Qatar and the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA). 6696 3494, aquasportsq.com ✔ Blue Pearl Experience Multiple locations Organises outdoor adventure, camps and watersports activities at The Pearl-Qatar, Doha Golf Club, Fuwairit, Zekreet and Sealine. 6660 2830, bluepearlexperience.com ✔ Fishing and parasailing trips Call Bassel on 5551 8100 National Cruise Organises cruises and tours on the sea including dinner cruises, city tours, corporate cruises, birthdays and other special occasions as well as fishing and beach trips. 6600 0926, 7799 9666, nationalcruise.com ✔ ©

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marhaba.qa • Novo Cinema, The Pearl-Qatar B4 10 screens including IMAX and VIP. VOX Cinemas, Doha Festival City B2 A 19-screen cinema multiplex including one 4DX. 4435 4444

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Qatar Sea Angling Association Founded in 1987 to encourage anglers to meet up regularly to share knowledge, bait and tackle tips, and a little adventure fishing around Qatar as well as support local research. qsaa.net Regatta Sailing Academy B4 Windsurfing instruction offered for all ages at Katara Beach. 5550 3484, regattasailingacademy.com Ronautica Middle East B4 Yacht charters, day boat charters and fishing trips. Contact the Harbour Master at The Pearl-Qatar. 4409 5279, ronauticame.com

Cinemas Asian Town Cinema F3 Grand Mall near the Industrial Area. 4499 9013 Cineco 3, Al Khor Mall 3-screen cineplex. 4029 6503/4453 3445 Cineco, Gulf Mall C3 A 13-screen multiplex. 4031 0600 Cineco, Villaggio Mall D2 Offers 13 cinemas including one IMAX 3D. 4451 7001 Cinema Land, Landmark Mall C3 Offers three screens. 4487 5222

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Doha Writers' Workshop A community of teachers, students, and professionals interested in writing, reading, and the art of sharing experiences through words. Join their Facebook group for more details. Elvis Presley Fan Club Officially recognised by Graceland and Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. Join events, activities and outings. qatarelvisfans.qa Friends of the Environment Centre (FEC) C3 Raising environmental awareness and conservation. 4487 4125/7301, fec.qa (Arabic) ✔ Friends of Nature (FON) C3 Located in Ezdan Mall, Al Gharrafa, FON is a non-profit organisation, which organises environmental awareness programmes and activities. 7002 0543 (Arabic) ✔ HOG Qatar Chapter (Harley Owners Group®) Aims to increase the level of enthusiasm toward Harley Davidson motorcycles. harley-davidsondoha.com Motor and motorcycling rallies Organised through Qatar Motor & Motorcycle Federation (QMMF). The federation accepts volunteers interested in marshalling at the rallies. 4437 9884, qmmf.com Qatar Astronomy Club For anyone who loves astronomy, stargazing, or is generally interested in the beauty of Qatar's night sky. See their Facebook page for more details. ✔ Qatar Billiards & Snooker Federation (QBSF) D4 Founded in 1991 to establish a base of players who are able to lead the sport of billiards, pool and snooker. qbsf@qbsf.qa, qbsf.qa

Flik Cinemas, Lagoona Mall B4 Platinum and Gold Class multiplex offering four screens. 4443 2757

Qatar Chess Association D4 Chess training and tournaments for children. 4494 4292/91/90, 4469 4349 (girls), 4465 9791 (boys), qatarchess.com ✔

Flik Cinemas, Mirqab Mall D3 Offers eight screens. 4434 0737

Qatar Duners Connect with other bikers, and take on the dunes. Join their Facebook group for details.

Mall Cinema, The Mall D4 Offers three cinemas. 4467 8666

Qatar Flying Club Earn a private pilot’s licence. 4457 1491, qatarflyingclub.net

Novo Cinema Call Centre 4031 5803, novocinemas.com/qatar • Novo Cinema, 01 Mall E3 Five-screen cinema. • Novo Cinema, Mall of Qatar C1 19-screen cinema, IMAX, and MX4D. • Novo Cinema, Souq Waqif D4 Four standard theatres and a VIP 7-star screen.

Qatar Natural History Group (QNHG) Share a broad range of interests including archaeology, geology, botany, marine life, conservation and the natural world. qnhg.org ✔

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Qatar Quilt Guild A guild of ladies meet for sewing and technique workshops and contests. See their Facebook page for details.

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Qatar Scientific Club E3 Over 4,000 members attend classes and seminars including scuba diving, remote-control aero modelling, astronomy and electronics. Children aged 9 – 12 can join the Children’s Club. 4469 6200, qsc.org.qa (Arabic) ✔ SustainableQatar An independent, volunteerbased organisation addressing environmental issues relevant to Qatar. sustainqatar@gmail.com, sustainableqatar.com Youth Hobbies Center D4 Photography programmes for teens at Katara. Basic skills required. 4408 1812, katara.net ✔

Clubs – Recreational A few of the social clubs in and outside of Doha provide a wide range of facilities for sport and leisure activities. Many membership options are available and cater for singles, couples and families. • Al Khor Community For information on social clubs in Al Khor call 4473 3666/35 or visit akcommunity.org (the three clubs mentioned below are for Qatargas and Al Khor International School employees only) Al Thakira (Dhakira) Club Al Nakheel Club Al Waha Club • Dukhan Water Sports 4014 1894 (for employees only) • Indian Cultural Centre D3 4468 6607 • Qatar Fertiliser Company (QAFCO) Clubs Al Banush Club 4409 1777 (for employees only) See Sports Activities in the Sports section for a comprehensive list of sports clubs.

Comedy Stand Up Comedy Qatar (SUCQ) A coalition of comedians living in Qatar, hosting stand up comedy shows regularly. See their Facebook page for details.

Culinary Deema Community Center Offers cooking and baking workshops for children. 5593 1053, see their Facebook page for details. ✔ Qatar Culinary Professionals (QCP) D3 An association representing professional chefs in the food service industry in Qatar. 4418 0654, qatarcp.org The Cooking Academy C3 A local culinary start-up providing cooking classes for professionals and food lovers. 4039 0497, cookingacademy.qa

Cultural and Language Courses See Education Courses, Tutoring and Lectures and Arabic/Islamic Culture Courses in the Education section.

Dance B/Attitude Spa B4 At Beverly Hills Tower, offers zumba, salsa, latino fitness and more. 4412 2046, battitudespadoha.com ✔ Bailamos Salsa School Multiple locations Teaches salsa, bachata, tango, and more at all levels at Millennium Plaza Hotel. Bailamos Latino Night on Tuesdays and Urban Latino Night on Saturdays at The Club at The St. Regis Doha. 7040 4143, bailamossalsa.com Cabana Club D4 At the Radisson Blu Hotel, holds ballet, hip hop, salsa, bachata and more for adults and children – various levels. 4428 1621 ✔ IAID Performing Arts (IAID) D4 and Al Wakra Classical and contemporary dances of India, jazz, classical ballet; contemporary, dance and hip hop for teens and kids. 4432 0974, 4441 1234, 4427 1166 (Al Wakra), iaidonline.org ✔ ©

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Qatar Reads C2 Previously known as the National Reading Campaign (NRC), Qatar Reads is a programme by Qatar Foundation (QF) that aims to communicate the importance of reading and create interest in reading among all residents. Qatar Reads hosts a variety of outreach initiatives. To attend or volunteer, visit qatarreads.qa ✔

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1st Doha Scout Group, British Scouting Overseas (BSO) Delivers an active programme of indoor and outdoor activities for English-speaking children aged 6 – 18 years from all backgrounds. 1st-doha-scout-group.org ✔

Jazz, zumba and hip hop B4 At The Ritz-Carlton, Doha. 4484 8000, ritzcarlton.com ✔ Pre ballet and ballet for kids D4 Classes for all levels held at International Centre for Music. 4467 1354, icmqatar.com ✔ Salsa n Candela C3 Founded by Candela Entertainment, Salsa n Candela provides salsa, Cha-Cha, bachata, Brazilian Zouk, kizomba, tango and other latin dance classes, as well as organises events and provides entertainment services. candelaentertainment.com Salsation and Zumba B4 At InterContinental Doha Hotel & Residences. 4484 4444, doha.intercontinental.com Yama Yoga Studios C4 At Asas Twin Towers, Al Dafna, offers ballet, broadway jazz, pop and hip hop dance classes. 5572 1728, yamayogastudios.com ✔

Debating and Public Speaking Al Khor Toastmasters Affiliated with Toastmasters International. 7000 8644, alkhortoastmasters.org Birla Gavel Club D4 At Birla Public School. Fee: first year QAR225 and annual QAR100. 7727 9583 ✔ Doha Toastmasters Club D4 Meet on first and third Saturday at Holiday Villa Hotel from 7 pm – 9:30 pm. 5575 1693, dohatoastmasters.org Doha Gavels Club D4 Toastmaster club for children. Part of Doha Toastmasters Club. 5572 0680 ✔

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American Women's Association Active women's group for all nationalities. awaqatar.com British Guides in Foreign Countries (BGIFC) For girls only, aged 5 – 14 years. To register your daughter visit bgifc.org.uk, dess.org ✔ Canadians in Qatar All are welcome. Join their Facebook group for details. Croatians in Qatar For more information and details about events, visit hrvatiukataru.com Doha Mums Group of over 1,000 mums from 90 countries, offering more than 80 events a month, including New Arrivals Coffees; playgroups and holiday parties; support groups; children with special needs; children's library. dohamums.com ✔ Dutch Speaking Association of Qatar (DSA) Welcomes those who speak Dutch. dsaqatar.org ExpatWoman Qatar Join the forum and get to know other expatriate women, organise activities, meetups and gatherings. expatwoman.com/qatar French in Qatar Website in French with lots of news and events. vivreauqatar.com German Ladies Coffee Morning A time for chatting, making friends and sharing information. doha.diplo.de How Women Work (HWW) A community group empowering women to succeed through workshops, conferences, and professional events. hwwglobal.com Indian Women's Association, Qatar (IWA Qatar) Exchange expertise in various cultural social fields. iwaqatar.com

QatarDebate Centre C2 A member of Qatar Foundation (QF) and the national debating organisation for Qatar. qatardebate.org

Lebanese Community in Qatar (LCIQ) A community group for Lebanese in Qatar with more than 4,000 members to get to know each other, and organise events. Join their Facebook group for details.

Qatar Toastmasters Club D4 Meet on the first and third Sunday every month at 6:45 pm at Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha. 3311 5520, qatartoastmasters.net

Qatar Expat Women Helps women with the transition from their homeland to Qatar. See their Facebook page for more details.

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Sudanese Professional Association and Sudanese Women's Association (SWA) in Qatar A formal association of Sudanese professionals that organises professional, business, social and cultural events throughout the year for the Sudanese community in Qatar. See their Facebook page for more details. Swedish Association of Qatar (SAQ) Regular gatherings and social events for children and adults. saq.nu ✔ The Cambridge Society of Qatar Cambridge University alumni in Qatar who meet regularly to socialise, listen to eminent speakers and to discuss ways of promoting links between Qatar and Cambridge University. alumni.cam.ac.uk Tuesday Ladies Group (TLG) D4 Support group for expatriate women. Meets at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha for tea, coffee and cakes every other Tuesday. tlgdoha.com

Groups Seeking Volunteers There are many non-profit, non-governmental organisations that one can volunteer at in Qatar including charity organisations as well as animal shelters.

Cat Assistance Team of Qatar (CAT) Volunteer-based cat rescue group that fundraises to support cat rescue in Qatar. All proceeds go to TNR (trap-neuter-return), cat care and rescue. See their Facebook page for more details. Doha Environmental Actions Project (Deap) A team of volunteers seeking to restore the natural beauty of the beach and sand dunes in Qatar and raise awareness on the importance of preserving the environment. See their Facebook or Instagram pages for more details. ✔ Paws Rescue Qatar A group of individuals who rescue and rehome dogs and cats. pawsrescueqatar.org Qatar Animal Welfare Society (QAWS) A non-profit organisation dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of animals in Qatar. Funded purely by public donations along with offers of support from volunteers, it is home to over 200 animals. 5539 6074, qaws.org ✔ Qatar Red Crescent (QRCS) Qatar's first volunteering charitable organisation, QRCS works to help and empower vulnerable individuals and communities in Qatar and across the MENA region. QRCS is an active member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. qrcs.org.qa

2nd Chance Rescue – Qatar A branch of Park View Pet Centre provides fostering, adoption and dog walking services. 5540 6254, see their Facebook page for details.

Qatar Volunteers A volunteer group that participates in fundraising events, blood donation, beach cleanups, and national and international disaster response. See their Facebook page for details.

Animal Resources Department D4 The government vet has a trap-neuter-return (TNR) team and offers free treatments, neutering, spaying, vaccinating and microchipping. 184/4426 1656

Reach Out To Asia (ROTA) Volunteer Club ROTA supports neighbouring countries as they overcome developmental difficulties. To volunteer, call 4454 1603, reachouttoasia.org

BarkinQ – Volunteers for Dogs Run by a dog-loving couple, rescuing stray or abandoned dogs to rehome abroad – not a shelter. 5573 2144, see their Facebook page for details.

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Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zaid Al Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center (previously known as Fanar) D4 Hosts numerous events for people of all nationalities and beliefs. 4444 7444, binzaid.gov.qa

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British Council Qatar D3 Information Centre has books, magazines, videos, DVDs and internet access. 800 5501, britishcouncil.qa ✔ Institut Français du Qatar B3 Provides information about different aspects of French and Frenchspeaking culture and civilisation: literary, artistic, social, scientific and technical. 4493 0862, institutfrancais-qatar.com ✔ Qatar National Library (QNL) C2 Gives residents access to nearly one million books, periodicals, and special collections. The Heritage Collection, located in the centre of the QNL building, includes rare and valuable texts and manuscripts related to Arabic and Islamic civilisation. Also featured is a dedicated Children’s Library containing more than 150,000 books in varioes languages, educational toys, arts and crafts materials, and innovative learning software. The Teen Collection is aimed at visitors aged 13 – 18, and includes more than 30,000 books and magazines, computer labs, graphic novels, interactive learning tools, and a specially-designed events space. QNL members can pick up a membership card, while those not yet registered can do so by presenting their Qatar ID. Register at library.qnl.qa/selfreg. For more information, visit qnl.qa or call 4454 0100 ✔ VCUQatar Library C2 The public may join the library for a small deposit and borrow art, design, architecture and innovative media books, ebooks, research, articles, images, videos and more. qatar.vcu.edu/library ✔ Qatar Concert Choir

Music Groups and Choirs Doha Chamber Choir A cappella choir has vacancies for all voice parts, especially tenor. Rehearses weekly from September to June. Varied repertoire. Performs for booked events only (weddings, parties, etc). 7011 8887, qatarconcertchoir.com Doha Community Music Ensembles A full size symphony orchestra and wind symphony for amateur musicians. Open to new members of all ages and nationalities. 3385 7784, dcmeqatar.com ✔ Doha Jazz A leader and provider of Jazz bands, Doha Jazz performs several genres of jazz and other styles such as blues, Arabic and classical music. 5571 0746, dohajazz.com Doha Singers A choral group that presents several concerts every year. dohasingers.com Drumming Circles Teaching African djembe drumming and rhythm. Open to all. Bring your own drum or use one provided. Contact Patrick Dilley on 3384 2330, drummingqatar.com ✔ IAID Performing Arts (IAID) D4 and Al Wakra Music courses include piano, keyboard, guitar and vocals in Western notations, following the London College of Music (LCM) syllabus. Examinations are held every six months by LCM examiners. 4432 0974, 4441 1234, 4427 1166 (Al Wakra), iaidonline.org ✔ International Centre for Music D4 Offers classes in piano, keyboard, violin, guitar and music theory, as well as voice lessons. 4467 1354, icmqatar.com ✔ Qatar Concert Choir A not-for-profit audition choir performing a wide range of classical and contemporary choral music. qatarconcertchoir.com Qatar Little Voices Led by the director of Qatar Youth and Junior Choirs, Little Voices is a lively once-weekly music appreciation programme and a pre-choir entry class for young children. Class size is limited. 4036 3139, hub@sisq.qa ✔ Qatar Youth and Junior Choir Qatar Youth Choir, for singers aged 14 – 18, is an ambitious youth choir, singing from the great classical and contemporary choral repertoires. Qatar Junior Choir is for younger boys and girls aged 8 – 13 years and is the feeder choir to the more senior Qatar Youth Choir. qyj-choir.com ✔ Siwar Qatar's leading Arabic youth choir established by Al Jazeera Children's Channel, bringing together Arabic traditions with fresh and exciting music. jeemtv.net/en/shows/siwar ✔

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Fun Ville A play area for kids between 1 – 12 years of age. 4479 6754 ✔

Gulf Mall C3 GOFUN Qatar An indoor facility, providing a variety of play areas and game machines. 4031 0651, gulfmalldoha.com ✔

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Water Parks and Play Zones Farah Multiple Locations A full indoor theme park that combines the typical Family Entertainment Center (FEC) environment with Various Activity Rooms (VAR) designed to encourage imaginative play, social and pretend play opportunities, skill development and other open-ended play opportunities. 4427 2807/4017 8934, farahqatar.com ✔ KidZania Doha D2 In Aspire Zone, children can freely explore a 5,500 sq m child-sized city, and perform real-life tasks with more than 60 hands-on activities designed for children aged 1 – 14. 4482 6222, doha.kidzania.com ✔ Megapolis Entertainment Center B4 An indoor entertainment destination in Medina Centrale at The Pearl-Qatar, offering an array of games and activities such as escape rooms, virtual reality simulators, bowling, darts, billiards, karaoke and more. 4437 8444/84, megapolisqatar.com ✔

City Center-Doha C4 Fun City Rides, activities and video games for the whole family. 4483 9502, citycenterdoha.com ✔

Doha Festival City B2 Angry Birds World The world's first Angry Birds World, featuring over 20 rides and attractions for all ages. 4042 0444, angrybirdsworld.qa ✔

Landmark Mall C3 Circusland Has rides, games, trampolines and a large activity zone suitable for the whole family. 4487 6111/333, landmarkdoha.com ✔

Mall of Qatar C1 KidzMondo More than 70 scaled-down businesses including a central plaza, fire station, clock tower, police station and hospital theatre. 4028 5888, kidzmondodoha.com ✔ Xtremeland A multi-entertainment centre with 7D Theater, Drop & Twist Tower, Giant Slide and Clip N Climb activity and more for children of all ages! 4486 5473, mallofqatar.com.qa ✔

Mirqab Mall D3 Funderdome (Hangout and Jump) An indoor family entertainment centre which focuses on fun, healthy exercise and creative activities. 4443 9740, funderdomedoha.com ✔

Royal Plaza D3 Ray's Reef A play area for children between the ages of six months and 14 years, offering arts and crafts, mini movie theatre, water play zone and more. 4413 1122, royalplazadoha.com ✔

Tawar Mall C3 BOUNCEinc Qatar An indoor trampoline park with more than 100 interconnected trampolines. 4408 6500, bounce.qa ✔

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Snow Dunes A snow park at -4˚C all year round, themed around a fantastical Arabian town, complete with its very own Arabian-style castle. 4035 4444, snowdunes.qa ✔

Fun Day An indoor children's theme park. 4465 7969, themalldoha.com ✔

Virtuocity A digital gaming hub equipped with full motion racing simulators, escape rooms and a multipurpose eSports arena. 4042 0499, virtuocity.qa ✔

Gondolania Theme Park and Ice Arena The indoor theme park includes a 4D cinema, bowling, laser wars, go-karting, ice arena and more. 4403 9800, gondolania.com ✔ m

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Jungle Zone This indoor jungle themed playground has rides for different age groups and a video arcade area. 4499 9699, hyattplaza.com ✔

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Whether you are a resident or a visitor to Qatar, there are many things to know about your stay in Qatar from day to day activities to government tasks.

Visas For details of how to apply and types of visas available, see Traveller Information in this section.

Accidents and Medical Emergencies The number for emergencies – fire, police or ambulance – is 999.

Newspapers

The Arabic dailies published in Qatar include Al Arab, Al Sharq, Arrayah and Al Watan. Most newsagents deliver newspapers if asked. Dailies are also available online.

Television and Radio Al Jazeera: The most watched Arabic news channel in the Arab world is broadcast from Doha in English and Arabic. The radio service broadcasts 24/7 news and current affairs in English on 101.7 FM. Oryx FM: A French service, transmits 24/7 on 94.0 FM. oryxradio.qa Qabayan Radio: First and only Filipino radio channel in Qatar, operating on 94.3 FM. qabayanfm.com Qatar Television (QTV): Operates Channel 1 in Arabic. qtv.qa QBS Radio: Operates daily on 97.5 FM in English. qbsradio.qa Quran Radio Qatar: Operates 24/7 in Arabic with more than 10 talk shows on 103.4 FM. quranradio.qa Radio Olive: A Hindi FM station, broadcasts 24/7 with information, music and entertainment to the diaspora fom the Indian Sub-Continent on 106.3 FM. olive.qa Sout Al Khaleej (Voice of the Gulf): An Arabic live radio station, broadcasts Arab music and entertainment on 99.0 – 100.8 FM. soutalkhaleej.fm

Places of Worship Islam is the official religion of Qatar but many expatriate communities hold church services. All religious associations need to register with Qatar International Christian Ministry (QICM) to be considered legitimate. 7 am – 2 pm

Catholic Church of Our Lady of the Rosary E4 Daily Mass: early morning and evening in English and other languages. 4416 5400/5550, ourladyofrosarychurch.org Immanuel Mar Thoma Church – Doha, Qatar E4 Member of Inter Denominational Christian Church. 4416 5701, imtcdoha.com Rehoboth Assembly Church (RCCG) E4 A parish of the redeemed Christian Church of God. Teenage Church and Children's Club available. 5046 8941, rccgrehobothqatar.org Sheikh Abdulla Bin Zaid Al Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center (Fanar) D4 Al Juma’a Khutba and prayer in English for male and female Englishspeaking Muslims on Fridays. Open Sunday to Thursday 8 am – 1 pm and 5 pm – 8 pm. 4444 7444, binzaid.gov.qa

Government Online Whether you are a resident or a visitor to Qatar, dealing with one or more of the country's government offices is going to be a necessity at some point in your stay. You can do it the oldfashioned way, visiting the offices and transacting your business directly with government officials, or do it the more convenient way – online.

Hukoomi This is the awardwinning government website, gov.qa. Available in English and Arabic, it is the first place to look when you have government-related queries. It serves as an access point to the many services provided by the government and allows everyone, visitors and residents alike, to make transactions online. ©

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There are three local English daily newspapers published in Qatar: Gulf Times, The Peninsula and Qatar Tribune – plus the international New York Times. Other international titles arrive a little later.

Church of the Epiphany E4 Anglican/Episcopal Church. 4416 5726, social.epiphany-qatar.com

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Hukoomi can be accessed via apps for Android and iOS. Registration: Some services, such as driving licences, require online registration with a Qatari ID card for residents and nationals or a passport number for users outside Qatar.

Ministry of Interior (MOI) Services MOI is committed to keeping both citizens and residents continuously informed and updated about their services and ease of access to them. They can be found at moi.gov.qa, on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook. Some services are available in Arabic, English, Hindi and Urdu to meet the diverse language needs of its users.

Metrash2 The MOI constantly improves and simplifies its services delivery channels and procedures. In light of this, MOI introduced its unique service Metrash2 that enables Qatari nationals and residents to apply for and obtain more than 150 services that save their time, effort and money, while enjoying the convenience of using their smartphones. For support and enquiries: 234 2000

Metrash2 includes: Visa services • Personal and corporate traffic services • RP services • Exit permit issue • General MOI enquiries MOI's Emergency Service for the Deaf 992 uses advanced technological equipment to enable users to contact the emergency centre by: • Dialling 992 using a 3G camera from their computer or mobile phone. • Sending an SMS to 992 mentioning clearly the type of the problem and service needed – such as Ambulance, Civil Defense or Police – and the name of the user and the address, and the injuries or deaths if any, and then contacting the police.

eCASH Card The MOI will only accept credit, debit and eCASH cards as payment for many services including visas, residence permit applications and renewals, payment of fines. The eCASH Card is a non-personalised prepaid card, obtainable from Qatar National Bank (QNB), which can be used to pay for such fees at ministries and government departments displaying the eCASH symbol. To purchase the card you need to show your ID card, or if you are a nonresident, your passport. Features: Valid for two years • No bank account needed • Reloading facility • Refundable credit in case of card loss or cancellation • Available to visitors and residents • Check balances and reload at any QNB ATM. Cost: One-off issuance fee of QAR20 • Reload with a minimum of QAR50. Issuing counters at: Traffic Department branches: Madinat Khalifa (HQ) C3, Al Maamoura D4/E4, E Ring Road/Matar Qadeem D4. Immigration Department branches: Al Gharrafa C2, the Industrial Area, Hamad International Airport (HIA) D5, Al Wakra and Al Khor. eCASH cards are not personalised so it is essential to report your lost or stolen card as soon as possible. To report any suspicious transaction not initiated by yourself, call your bank, some of which have dedicated fraud lines.

Useful Documents/Processing You need to prove your identity in Qatar for all government and commercial transactions, so have plenty of: • Passport-size photos and several copies of the passport of each family member. • Copies of your marriage (attested) and birth certificates. • Original educational qualifications (copies are not accepted), which will need to be authenticated in your country of origin, along with a Bonafide Certificate.

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marhaba.qa Translating a document: The official language in Qatar is Arabic. Each page of each document must bear the translation firm’s official stamp for it to be considered valid. Asia Translation and Services Centre 4444 0943 Qatar Translation Centre 4443 5354 Translations Studio provides professional translation, proofreading and editing in all languages. Contact Yvonne Ikram (appointed translator by EU Law), translations-studio.com

Government Services Complex: There are government service complexes across the country – Al Wakra, Al Daayen, Al Sheehaniya, Mesaimeer, Onaiza, Al Zubara, Al Hilal (C Ring Road), Al Rayyan, Umm Salal and The Pearl-Qatar. Sun to Thu 7:30 am – 1 pm/3 pm – 7 pm, Fri and Sat closed. Call the Government Contact Center at 109 for more information. The complex provides services of six ministries and government entities, namely: Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs; Justice; Commerce and Industry; Foreign Affairs; Education and Higher Education; and Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa).

The Qatar Labour Law – Kafala The relationship between an employer and employee is regulated by the Qatar Labour Law. A copy of this can be downloaded via Hukoomi or read on qatarlaborlaw.com/qatar-labor-law, qatarlaborlaw.com/amendments In October 2019, the then Prime Minister and Minister of Interior HE Abdullah bin Nasir bin Khalifa Al Thani announced Qatar’s move to abolish the system, which entered into force in 2020, marking the end of an employee sponsorship system. Sponsorship: All expatriate workers in Qatar require sponsorship to work in the country. Minimum Wage: According to Law No 17 of 2020 on Setting the Minimum Wage for Workers and Domestic Workers, the minimum wage for all private sector workers, including domestic workers, is set at QAR1,000 per month as a basic wage, as well as QAR500 per month allocated by the employer for accommodation expenses and QAR300 per month for food, unless the employer already provides adequate food or accommodation for the employee or domestic worker. The new law will come info effect in March 2021.

Working hours: A 48-hour week is the maximum allowed under Qatar Labour Law without overtime pay. Government offices and many private companies have a two-day weekend on Friday and Saturday, although a one-day holiday on Friday is still common in the private sector. Hours of business: Government offices tend to work a single shift 7 am – 2 pm; private companies may work a single shift or split morning/late afternoon shifts with longer hours. Contract: Three copies of the employment contract should be signed by both parties. The employer and employee each retain a copy, the third copy is kept at the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs C4 after verifying it. It is illegal for sponsors to keep their employees' passport and travel documents after the visa formalities are over. Sponsor fine: not less than QAR10,000. End of service benefits: Employees completing a period of continuous service for more than one year are entitled to an end of service benefit on the termination or expiry of the contract of employment. This is mandatory in the current labour law, effective from January 2005. Migrant workers can now change jobs before the end of their contract subject to a notice period. The adoption of Law No 19 of 2020 provides greater clarity regarding termination of employment. To terminate an employment contract and change jobs, workers must provide at least one month’s written notice if they have worked with the employer for two years or less, or two months’ notice if they have worked with the employer for over two years. Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs C Ring Road D4 including a Women's Section. There is also an office on Street 13/ Al Kasarat St in the Industrial Area (see map in the Motoring section). 4028 8888

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Mandoub: Most organisations offer help to their employees on arrival and have a government liaison officer (mandoub) who is responsible for completing much of the official documentation.

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responsibility to deal with all the paperwork and to pay the annual fee at the Immigration Department in Al Gharrafa C2, the Industrial Area E2 or Mesaimeer E3. Families residing in Al Wakra F5 and Al Khor should apply locally.

Workplace Disputes The Amir, HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani issued Law No 13 of 2017 amending some provisions of the Labour Law, and forming the Labour Dispute Resolution Committee. All labour disputes are received through the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs to resolve disputes. The maximum period for reviewing the disputes before the committee is one month, including the time for any potential appeal. Labour Relations Department: File your complaint within one year of the event with the section for workers’ rights and grievances. 4028 8888 Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs: Has its own dedicated 24-hour confidential hotline number for its own employees who have employment grievances. National Human Rights Committee in Qatar: Protects and consolidates human rights of all, subject to the jurisdiction of Qatar. 4404 8844, hotline 6662 6663, nhrc-qa.org

Register at your Embassy All nationals working or residing in Qatar are advised to contact their country’s embassy to register or subscribe to its services. See Foreign Embassies in this section for contact details.

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Register as a working woman: (On husband’s sponsorship) QAR500 per year. Women on family sponsorship can work in Qatar without a separate residence work permit by obtaining a licence from the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs, Women’s Section. When you have been offered a job, the company must obtain an application form from the Labour Department and submit it with the following: • Three original copies of your employment contract (QAR60 for authentication).

• A no objection letter (NOC) signed by the family sponsor giving his consent for you to work. • Originals and photocopies of passports and ID for you and your family sponsor. • Originals and photocopies of all your relevant academic and professional qualifications. • A certificate of good conduct from the MOI. • Copy of your resignation letter from your previous employment (if applicable).

• A photograph and fees. Payment: Via credit card or eCash card from Qatar National Bank (QNB) sold on or near the premises. Family residence permit: Spouse and child over 18 – QAR500 per year, child under 18 – QAR400. Every member of the family residing in Qatar, including babies, must have an individual family residence permit. Holders of residence work permits can sponsor their immediate family (spouse and children) if they earn over QAR10,000 a month. Workers are allowed to sponsor their sons under 25 years of age who have not completed university studies and unmarried daughters of any age. The sponsorship law allows women in independent jobs to sponsor their husband and children (conditions apply). The General Directorate of Passports is in the process of introducing new procedures that will enable people to submit their family residency applications electronically and online via the Hukoomi website, Metrash 2 and the internal services system. Documents required: Salary certificate from employer; copies of passports of family members; attested marriage, birth and degree certificates (as required); copy of electricity bill; six months worth of bank statements; stamped and registered

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marhaba.qa accomodation lease. Final approval of the residence permit depends on the decision of the recruitment committee. Check gov.qa in case of changes. Domestic staff residence permit: QAR300 per year (on personal sponsorship). Employees must have a minimum salary and be married with a resident working spouse in Qatar (proof of which is required). Fill in the application form at your local Immigration Department. There are sometimes restrictions on the nationality you can employ so check before you start the process.

Recruiting privately: Obtain the visa yourself for domestic staff (or use the office mandoub), register a contract with the Qatari Labour Department and complete any paperwork with the national’s embassy in Qatar. You must then go through an official recruitment agency to complete the entry process. Domestic workers in Qatar earn an average of QAR1,500 a month. Requirements and regulations are subject to change so please check when applying. Recruitment agencies: These have a list of staff for you to choose from and will complete all the formalities for you.

Medical Procedures For Residence Permits Qatar makes it mandatory for workers from several Asian, African and Middle Eastern countries to submit a health certificate before their entry into the country. You must complete these procedures before you can get a residence work permit or family residency: Blood-type certificate: This can be obtained from any clinic for both adults and children. You must have this certificate before going for your medical test. Medical test: This includes a blood test (not to be confused with blood type) and a chest X-ray, for adults only, carried out by the Medical Commission in Abu Hamour E3, 4467 9111. Cost QAR100. Alternatively the service can be provided at Al Ahli Hospital, Doha Clinic, Al Emadi Hospital or American Hospital Doha. moph.gov.qa Fingerprinting: A few days after completing the medical test, only adults need to go for electronic fingerprinting. Headquarters are at Salwa Road (by the Industrial Area Interchange) F2, open Sunday

to Thursday 6:30 am – 5:30 pm, 234 6666. Other service centres are located in Al Khor, Al Shamal, Duhail, the Industrial Area E2 and Mesaimeer E3. Large organisations can ask the MOI’s mobile unit to fingerprints on site. Collecting Residence Card: Usually ready after three days to one week; collect from the issuing office, Immigration Department, Al Gharrafa C2, 4489 0333. The Residence Permit sticker in the passport has been abolished and replaced by an all-encompassing Residence Card, also held by children.

Residence Cards Identity cards are compulsory for all residents of Qatar, including children, with a work or family residence permit. It is issued after the formalities for residence permits are completed and can be used instead of your passport for all transactions in Qatar. Carry your card with you at all times. Also known as a Residency Pemit (RP), the card bears your name, nationality, date of birth, occupation, an ID number and its validity. Containing personal data of the holder, the card also bears your passport number, passport expiry date, residency type, sponsor's name, signature and more. The cards also have electronic chips for storing personal and biometric data. You will be required to present your card every time you enter and exit the country. It will also be accepted at airlines/airports around the world as the official document to prove residence in Qatar.

Renew a Residence Card Your sponsor must renew your residence work permit, but you can renew your family’s residence permits. Qatar Post’s e-Resident online service: You can renew your Residence Permit and passport with an optional home delivery service via Metrash 2 and Qatar Post. To apply at Qatar Post, get ID Card application forms at the General Post Office in Al Dafna C3; the form must be completed and ©

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In August 2017, HH the Amir ratified Law No 15 on service workers in the home (Domestic Workers Law). The cabinet adopted the law in February 2018. The law guarantees workers a maximum 10-hour workday, a weekly rest day, three weeks of annual leave, and an end-of-service payment of at least three weeks per year.

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signed by both applicant and sponsor. Submit with a valid passport, ID, one photo and the relevant fee, either to the Post Office or Immigration Department. Cost: Spouse or child over 18 years – QAR500; child under 18 years – QAR300; domestic staff – QAR300. Additional charges apply for the renewal of the ID card and processing fees – QAR20. Call Centre 104, qatarpost.qa Renew online: Fill out the required information via the online application form. Select renewal period (from one to three years). Select delivery option and pay the appropriate fees. gov.qa The MOI currently has Self-service Machines (SSMs) at 15 locations including the main post office, Landmark Mall, Villaggio Mall, Royal Plaza, Hamad International Airport, Lulu Hypermarket – D Ring Road, Ministry of Interior headquarters, MOI Services building at Mesaimeer, MOI Traffic Department, Police Training Institute, Education City Health Club, and MOI administrative building. Visit hukoomi.qa for details of all locations. Users, both individuals and licensed company representatives, can renew certain residence cards, collect exit permits, pay traffic violations, check expiry dates of passports, visas, driving licences and more. The MOI has added two new services to its website and mobile app Metrash 2. New services include issuing and reactivating the Residency Permit (RP). The issuing and reactivation of an RP requires the completion of a medical test. To issue a new RP, fingerprinting is necessary.

Exit Permits The Amir, HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani signed Law No 13 of 2018 (Amending Law) in September 2018, amending certain provisions of Law No 21 of 2015 that required all migrant workers getting permission from their employers before leaving Qatar. The amended law, which came into effect on 28 October 2018, allows most migrant workers covered by the Labour Law to leave the country without having to obtain an exit permit. 108

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However, this amended law did not originally cover all workers, such as those working in the military or government institutions, until January 2020. Decision No 95 of 2019 was issued to allow expatriates in the following categories to have the freedom to temporarily or permanently leave the country during the period of validity of their employment contract: staff in ministries and other government agencies; employees in public bodies and institutions; employees in the oil and gas sector and affiliated companies; employees working on marine vessels; workers engaged in agriculture and grazing; and workers in private offices. As per Decision No 95 of 2019, domestic workers should notify employers should be notified at least 72 hours prior to the departure. In September 2018, the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (MADLSA) announced that employers may submit names of up to 5% of its employees who will continue to require exit permits. Companies need to upload the list of such employees on the MADLSA website. MADLSA will then move those lists to the Ministry of Interior. Employers are not required to seek an employee’s consent prior to including a name on the list. Wives and dependent children under the sponsorship of their husbands or fathers do not require an exit permit. The Expat Exit Grievance Committee remains in place to accept complaints from workers prevented from leaving the country for any reason. Until advised otherwise, the following fees remain in place for those who still require an exit permit: Multiple use exit permits for expatriates: Valid for one year – QAR500. Exit permit for those sponsored by companies or organisations: Valid for one week – No charge. Exit permit for those on personal sponsorship: Valid for one week – No charge. Electronic exit permits: Government agencies and private companies can now issue exit permits electronically through an authorised signatory within seconds using the eGovernment website, gov.qa. Sponsors can issue the permit via the internet and their mobile phones worldwide. Manually processed exit permits: Many smaller organisations still process exit permits by hand. The mandoub is licensed as a company representative to obtain this on your behalf. Paperwork must be signed by your sponsor and bear the company stamp. Permits must be presented, along with your passport, at the Immigration counter at Departures.

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marhaba.qa Overstay fines: Check gov.qa for current fees. Online visa/permit information Detailed information about all types of visas and visa applications in English can be found online at Hukoomi, gov.qa, or at the MOI website, moi.gov.qa

eGate The MOI has activated free eGate service

Health Related Services Health Cards To access the government healthcare system and facilities, it is essential to apply for a health card. This can be issued only after you obtain a residence permit. Babies under one year receive free vaccinations and medical treatment under the state healthcare system. Cash is not accepted for payment at Primary Health Care Centres (PHCC) – only a valid debit or credit card or payment card obtainable from QNB (see eCASH cards, earlier in this section).

Application Qatar guarantees health services to all citizens and residents in government medical institutions through a health card system. The system provides the cardholder with a medical record file containing all his/her medical data saved in the nearest health care centre. You can renew your health card online, or replace a lost or damaged card. Process Citizens and residents of Qatar may apply for a health card to access services at any of the Hamad Medical Corporation’s healthcare facilities or hospitals. It contains your ID number, nationality, photo and date of issue. To obtain a health card, visit PHCC nearest to where you live. There you need to fill out the appropriate forms. You will be issued a PHCC health file number. The health centre will either issue you with your card immediately or ask you to return within a few days to collect it. Health cards are issued during morning working hours only. Call 107 or 16067 for more information. phcc.qa, hamad.qa Cost Qatari and other GCC adult residents and children QAR50; non-Qatari adult residents and children QAR100. If you lose your health card but

it is still valid, Qatari nationals will need to pay QAR50 for a replacement, non-Qataris QAR100. If you lose your health card and it has expired Qatari nationals will need to pay QAR100 for a replacement, non-Qataris QAR200. You must pay using a credit or debit card. No cash is accepted. Renew or replace your Health Card through Hukoomi via these simple steps, gov.qa – Load the online application. – Enter your ID number. Choose to renew, or 'Reprint' if you wish to replace your lost or damaged Health Card.

– Choose your preferred delivery option. – Pay appropriate fees online.

Private Medical Insurance Some companies provide their employees with free health insurance (but this may be tied to using a local private hospital) or you can arrange your own. Many of the larger private clinics have various options, including family packages. The government is currently working towards making private health insurance mandatory. Medical, Home and Life insurance Arabia Insurance

4442 2682

AXA Insurance

4483 2995

Insure Direct

4040 9414

Libano-Suisse

4466 4406

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Qatar Insurance Company (QIC)

800 9711 800 0742

Vaccination Vaccinations for overseas travel, for visitors to Qatar, and childhood immunisation are all available from the Vaccination Unit at Mesaimeer Health Centre E3, 4406 4222. The Communicable Disease Centre in Hamad Bin Khalifa Medical City C3/D3 operates the Travel Clinic where people can go for vaccinations and health advice before travelling. Vaccinations are by appointment only, 4025 4003. Some Primary Health Care Centers offer travel immunisation as well, 107 ©

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for expatriate passengers at the arrivals and departures terminal of Hamad International Airport (HIA). Expatriates and their children above 18 years of age can avail of the service using their residence cards or passports after registration at the airport. HIA currently has 40 e-gates installed – 21 at the departures terminal and 19 at the arrivals terminal. The service comes under the 'smart passengers' project launched in early 2017.

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Many employers provide accommodation or a housing allowance for their employees as part of their contract. You are strongly advised to ensure that it is sufficient, especially with the continuing trend of fluctuating rent prices in Qatar. You may rent a stand-alone villa or a villa located in a compound with a pool and leisure facilities from around QAR12,000 monthly, with studio/one bedroom apartments starting at about QAR5,000. Alternatively, an unfurnished onebedroom apartment leases for somewhere around QAR8,000 per month at The Pearl-Qatar and Lusail City.

If you are looking to buy a property you may wish to contact one of the following legal companies for advice: Al Kaabi Law Firm 4443 6222 Al Tamimi & Company 4457 2777 Clyde & Co LLP 4496 7434 Dr Ghada M Darwish Karbon Law Firm 4488 9050 Hassan Al Khater Law Office 4443 7770 Law Offices of Gebran Majdalany 4442 8899 Patton Boggs 4453 2500 Simmons & Simmons 4409 6700 Sultan Al Abdulla & Partners 4442 0660

The Rent Dispute Resolution Committee is responsible for settling rent disputes between landlords and tenants. The party that files the complaint before the committee must pay a fee of QAR100, in most cases giving tenants a six‑month eviction period. All contracts, whether new or old, must be registered by the landlord at the Office of Registration of Rental Contracts within 30 days of signing the contract. The lease you sign must be written in English and Arabic. Check exactly what is included as necessities, such as air conditioners are expensive to purchase and maintain. Serviced flats: Furnished flats with cleaning and laundry services provide another option for long or short-term stays.

Letting Agents These agents have a wide variety of property on their lists as well as experience in the local market. Al Emadi Enterprises Alfardan Properties

4466 6625

Al Jazi Real Estate

4440 8488 4483 8786

Coreo Real Estate & Relocation

4016 7000

Cushman & Wakefield

4483 7388

Just Real Estate

4491 3311

Mirage Int'l Property Consultants

4444 4431

To Buy Expatriates can purchase property in several developments in Qatar and local banks provide long-term mortgages to suitable applicants. For more information see the Banking and Commerce section.

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Relocation Services/Removal Firms There are several moving companies in Doha and many international employers will pay for your relocation. You can move locally by doing the packing yourself and hiring a truck from the Najma Souq area D4, but you will not be insured! CEVA Logistics 4436 9439 GAC International Moving & Relocation Services 4420 5600 Gulf Warehousing Company (GWC) 4402 3555 Professional Real Estate & Relocations 4409 9806 Qatar Logistics 4407 6262

Other Housing Considerations Furnishing: See the Shopping section for details of furniture outlets. There is always plenty of second-hand furniture around. Look on display boards at supermarkets and in schools, try websites such as qatarliving.com or Buy it, Sell it, Swap it, Qatar on Facebook. Najma has locally produced furniture and a second-hand market D4. Air conditioning: This is essential in summer and requires regular maintenance and servicing. Home Cleaning/Pest Control Services: Home cleaning services are available which can be flexible to meet your requirements. Major pest control is usually carried out once or twice a year to coincide with the start and end of summer. Cleaning Specialists and Pest Control: Al Mutwassit Cleaning & Pest Control 4436 7555 Boecker Public Health 4444 3744 Hegy International 7759 8405 Qatar Home Services 3060 3076/4427 1197 Qatar Pest Control Company (QPC) 4422 2888

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Utilities and Services Water and Electricity Kahramaa, Qatar’s Water and Electricity Department, provides both electricity and water. The mains electricity is usually 220 – 240 volt with three square pin sockets. If you are visiting from a country that has 110V supply, please check the suitability of your electrical appliances before plugging them in. Many appliances have two pin plugs but adaptors are available in local shops.

Some areas still rely on water tankers to deliver. Always use a government licensed tanker as they are cheaper than private ones. Caution The amended clauses of Law No 26 of 2008 under Law No 20 of 2015 on rational consumption of water and electricity states that Qatar is taking all measures to stop extravagance of the country’s vital resources of electricity and water and ensures resources are protected for future generations. Severe penalties for wasting water through a hose or pressure pipe can reach up to QAR20,000 for first-time offenders, while wasting electricity can incur a fine of QAR10,000. Kahramaa runs a campaign known as Tarsheed to help Qatar reduce its consumption of electricity and water by 20% and 35% respectively. Connecting to electricity and water: To activate the supply, download an application form from hukoomi.qa, and include the reference number of the property for both electricity and water. These are supplied by the owner or found above the door to the property. Kahramaa has announced it has stopped receiving paper applications. • Sign the application form using the same signature as that on your tenancy agreement and ID (a copy of both are required). • The owner of your rental property will have to give you a completed transfer form to put the utilities in your name, in addition to the owner's ID (if privately owned) or a copy of the building's commercial registration (CR) commonly referred to as the company's computer card.

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• Take these and a refundable deposit of QAR1,200 for electricity and QAR800 for water to any of the Kahramaa offices. Paying water and electricity bills: Amounts for both utilities are sent out monthly on one bill, sign up to receive an email. The monthly estimate is adjusted from time to time with a meter reading by Kahramaa. There is an online ready reckoner to help you estimate your household consumption. Watering a small garden raises the cost considerably. Payment for services can be made: • At all major banks, via banking apps, and at QNB ATM's • Online through Hukoomi at gov.qa or Kahramaa at km.com.qa • Via Ooredoo Self Service Machines • By the Visaphone service – call 991, select 3, give your Visa card number to the customer service operator • Via an application available on iOS and Android 24-hour hotline (all branches): 991 Customers can report complaints or make enquiries. Main Office: Al Dafna C4, 4484 5555. The Customer Service Department is open Sunday to Thursday 6:30 am – 2:30 pm. Call centre: 991. Service centres: Al Hilal • Al Khor • Al Wakra • City Centre Commercial Centre • Madinat Khalifa • Musheireb • Salwa Centre • D Ring Road Home delivery of mineral water: Al Manhal & Nestlé Pure Life Rayyan Natural Water

4433 5777 4443 6999

Water tank cleaning: Al Mutwassit Cleaning & Pest Control 4436 7555

Gas Shafaf containers are lightweight LPG cylinders made from a fiberglass and plastic composite, and are available in all WOQOD service stations, various supermarkets and other retail outlets. Cylinders are available for consumers in two refill sizes, 12 kg and 6 kg, to fit various domestic household needs, or to be used outdoors during trips and camping. The cylinders are fireproof and do not explode, even in the case of fire. Additionally, you can monitor gas levels for prompt replacement. Each empty cylinder weighs only 5 kg, that is half the weight of regular steel cylinders, making these cylinders easy to carry and use. woqod.com.qa ©

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Water: Buildings in Qatar usually have tanks to store water as mains water is not pumped continuously and often has low pressure. It is safe to drink the water in Qatar at source but the supply network and domestic storage tanks require regular cleaning and replacement. Tap filters of various kinds are readily available. Many people prefer to drink bottled water and you can arrange to have one of the water companies deliver five gallon flagons to your home.

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marhaba.qa Telephone and Internet To obtain a local telephone number, you can only do so with a Residence Permit. Local mobile numbers can be obtained at any of Qatar's two sevrice providers, Ooredoo or Vodafone Qatar. A new mobile sim card costs QAR50.

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The international dialling code for Qatar is +974. Local calls from private houses and businesses are free, but hotels charge a nominal fee for local calls made from the room. For international calls inquiry, call 150. Ooredoo (formerly Qtel) and Vodafone Qatar provide International Direct Dialling (IDD) to most countries. Dial 00 (or +) to call out. Mobile Number Portability (MNP): Users are able to keep their existing mobile number when switching to another service provider. For important numbers see Emergency and Important Numbers in this section.

Ooredoo Qatar Public Telecommunications Corporation (Qtel) was the first and sole telecom provider in Qatar for 20 years. In 2013, Qtel rebranded to become Ooredoo. It offers a comprehensive package of services ranging from landline to mobile phones, fixed and mobile internet, broadband and entertainment services. ooredoo.qa 4G LTE wireless technology is available. Customers can access the network only through 4G-enabled devices such as the Ooredoo My-Fi device and the Ooredoo 4G USB modem. Ooredoo 5G is ready now, and Ooredoo is the first-in-the-world to launch it on a commercially available network. Ooredoo is able to use 5G through the apps they are developing. Ooredoo's app is available for download at ooredoo.qa/app for iOS and Android, to aid customers in managing their accounts and services.

Mobile phone • Hala is a pay as you talk, no contract option. Credit can be topped up by a variety of recharge methods, from top-up cards available at many retail outlets to credit transfer from other Ooredoo mobile users, eVouchers, eTopUp, online or direct top up from their Self Service Machines (SSMs). • Shahry is a pay monthly service with a choice of price plans and packs. • Other mobile services include mobile money with MoneyGram and HD Voice. • 5G service is now available 112

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Landline Telephone Rates: Local landline to landline calls are free. Off-peak rates apply to mobile and international calls from 11 pm – 6 am. Residential Packages: This three-in-one service includes the core pay-monthly mobile phone plan, high-speed internet connection (ADSL), and landline subscriptions with three options. Residents over 18 years old can apply at Ooredoo shops or their authorised dealers. Visit an Ooredoo Shop with your Qatari ID and home electricity number (Kahramaa) to book your installation time and finalise your Internet service. eShop: Buy services and hardware online. Broadband Internet Services: Offers customers a range of packages to suit individual needs, in and outside the home. There is an online service which allows you to view bills, make payments and add, modify, or suspend a service. Alternatively, visit an Ooredoo shop, a bank, SSM or one of their authorised dealers. Nojoom is the customer reward programme. Subscribers can earn points to spend on all their services (mobile, landline, internet and TV) and redeem them with the company or with a number of their partners. Call 111 from an Ooredoo phone, visit the website or register via the app. Ooredoo Passport Travel without worrying about roaming charges with Ooredoo's Passport Partners in more than 60 countries (including GCC). Weekly: QAR100, get 100 roaming minutes for calls and 1GB of roaming mobile data (2GB in the GCC). Monthly: QAR350, get 300 roaming minutes and 4GB of roaming mobile data (8GB in the GCC). Check availability in the country you're traveling to.

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Vodafone Qatar Vodafone Qatar is part of an international telecom company, Vodafone Group, and is owned by Qatar Foundation. Vodafone Qatar offers a choice of flexible mobile phone, internet and broadband services. Visit vodafone.qa, one of their stores or a partner outlet. Mobile phone • There is a wide choice of prepaid and postpaid plans to suit different requirements, plus welcome packs. Recharge is available online or at Vodafone stores and their partner outlets. • Vodafone Passport Pack is a roaming pack, which gives you the freedom when travelling to receive 100 minutes of incoming calls, calling to Vodafone Qatar numbers and 1GB of data for QAR100/week (1GB extra in GCC countries).

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and smartphones. Hotspots include many cafés, coffee shops, libraries, the airport and other public places.

Vodafone Qatar also offers a choice of pre- and postpaid internet services. Details of its Superfast Broadband Home Phone Service, including an update of its fibre coverage in Qatar, are available on the website.

iParks: The following are some public parks with free wireless internet: Al Khor, Al Khor Corniche, Al Maamoura Family Park D4, Al Wakra F5, Dahl Al Hamam C3, Dukhan, Hotel Park C4, Al Sheehaniya, Umm Slal, Aspire Park D2, MIA Park D4, and Simaisma. More iParks will follow in due course. Hotline (24/7): 4406 9955

Call Vodafone Qatar on 800 7111 from your Vodafone mobile, visit vodafone.qa or one of their outlets. There is an ever-increasing number of options for receiving satellite or cable television, installed through any of the local cable companies. Through Ooredoo Ooredoo tv has replaced the existing Mozaic TV, and offers over 400 live channels, 4K picture quality and advance control through phone or tablet computers. Ooredoo has become the first operator in the region to offer a commercial 4K service, which allows viewers to enjoy a high definition experience even on the largest screens. In addition to watching channels on tablets, the service has been designed as an evolution in home entertainment services, combining apps, on-demand and live television in one easy-to-use box. Ooredoo tv offers four feature-filled packages called ‘Extras’ – Arabia Extra, Asian Extra, International Extra and Super Extra. To subscribe call 111 or visit any Ooredoo or Starlink shop. ooredoo.qa

Installing a satellite dish Orbit Showtime Network (OSN), home to over 100 channels of entertainment, can be contacted on 4031 0090 (new customers), 4447 7177, by visiting osn.com or by contacting a local authorised dealer. Satellite/Cable Providers • Almuftah Cable Vision

4442 5810

• Qatar Multitech Trdg & Contg

4435 3565

• Rukun Al Qala Trdg & Contg

4442 0200

Public Wireless Internet Internet connections: All hotels as well as some restaurants, cafes, parks and other public venues in Qatar offer free internet connectivity. Hotspot Broadband Wi-Fi Services: Ooredoo and Vodafone offer high-speed internet access at selected locations within Qatar, connecting Wi-Fi enabled devices such as laptops, tablets,

Postal Services and Mail Mail delivery in Qatar is the responsibility of Qatar Postal Services Company (Qatar Post). The General Post Office: The main post office is located in the Al Dafna area of Doha C4, near the Corniche. Postal services offered include regular letter and parcel postage/delivery, bill payment, ID renewal, and money transfers/orders. Qatar Post recently opened a new branch in Madinat Khalifa. Paid parking is applicable at the main post office. In 2017, Qatar Post had a revamp with a host of initiatives, including rebranding of its logo and prioritisation of modern services such as e-commerce and Express Delivery, and is also positioned to open 28 new branches and 10 new smart lockers. Visit qatarpost.qa or download their app available on iOS and Android, call 104 Open: Sunday to Thursday 7 am – 9 pm; Saturday 8 am – 11 am/5 pm – 8 pm; Friday closed Options to receive mail locally and globally • PO Box Personal • PO Box Zero • Home delivery • Smart lockers Options to send mail locally and globally • 24 retail stores • 201 street post boxes • Standard, Express, Priority, Premium services For Business Solutions, contact business@qatarpost.com

Post Office Boxes To apply: Download and complete the application form or obtain one from any post office. Return it with the original, plus one photocopy of your ID ©

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How to connect Using a computer: Connect to the iParks WiFi, enter your mobile number and click the ‘submit’ button on the web page. You will receive an SMS notification with a PIN. Enter this PIN into the authentication field and click the ‘connect’ button. Using a smartphone: Enable your Wi-Fi and simply SMS 'iParks' to the toll free number 92194. Click on the link received to gain access.

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Cost: Personal electronic boxes at the General Post Office cost QAR500 per year including one key. Company electronic boxes start at QAR1,500 per year including one key. At other branches, personal standard boxes cost QAR200 per year, plus QAR60 for three keys. Company standard boxes cost QAR500 per year plus QAR60 for three keys. Call 104 or visit qatarpost.qa

Qatar Post e-Resident An online service in partnership with the Ministry of Interior and Immigration Department, which allows residents to renew their dependents residence card. Connected Qatar Post’s e-commerce service allows shoppers to buy items online and get them delivered directly to their homes or to a 'smart locker'. Shoppers can sign up online, and avail of hasslefree shopping and delivery from the US, the UK, and Asian online stores. They can then buy items online that can be sent to these locations. Packages will be forwarded on to them in Qatar – either directly to their homes, to one of 30 post office branches in the country or to a smart locker. These smart lockers are in locations across the country, open 24/7, making it a convenient option for registered users to pick up their packages. With lifetime membership, shoppers can buy goods online using the overseas address as a shipping location. The items are stored in a warehouse for up to 21 days, allowing shoppers to bundle together a number of parcels to minimise shipping costs. Qatar Post aims to get parcels delivered within five to eight working days, and has an online tracking system. Parcels can be up to 1.5 m in length and the maximum length plus girth cannot be more than 3 m. Delivery charges will be based on the weight of the package. connected.qa

Courier Services Arabian Shipping and Logistics Co

4462 2262

Aramex

4420 0111

DHL Express

4458 7888

FedEx

4484 1111

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Birth, Marriage and Death Birth Under Qatari law, a woman must be married to give birth in Qatar. Birth certificate: The authorities in Qatar issue a birth certificate to every child born in the country (including expatriates) but children born to non-Qatari parents are not entitled to Qatari nationality by reason of their birth here. The registration department now registers all births electronically and issues electronic certificates within 60 minutes. The hospital will advise you on the process. Cost for expatriates: QAR20, moph.gov.qa New births in Qatar have to be reported to the relevant authorities within 15 days. The Amir, HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani issued Law No 3 of 2016 on regulating the registration of births and deaths in Qatar. The law makes it mandatory to report all births that take place within the country to the offices concerned at the Ministry of Public Health. Persons who can report such births include the father of the newborn, if present; male adult relatives of the child, or female relatives, if males are not available; the physician or any authorised person who helped in the delivery of the baby; directors of public hospitals or penal institutes or officials of the place where the delivery took place; and the captain of a ship or an aircraft or any other means of transport where the birth took place. The information to be provided include the date of birth according to the Hijri and Gregorian calendars, time and place, and the gender of the baby along with his/her name. The name should not be shared by a sibling or be a compound name, and it also cannot be against public norms. Other mandatory information includes the names of both parents, the person who helped in the delivery and the person who reported the birth. The hospital provides two letters after the birth, one of which will bear a government number. In private hospitals go to the hospital administrator who will allocate a number. Take these two letters plus both parents’ passports, parents’ birth certificates, marriage certificate, residence permits, visas, vaccination card and copies of all documents to an approved hospital. Complete a form and pay QAR20 for each copy of the certificate, which may be issued the same day.

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marhaba.qa Expatriates can then register their child’s birth at their embassy and obtain a passport (not all embassies provide this service, check with yours). A newborn can accompany its parents until it is two years old, but an application for a residence permit (RP) for a newborn must be submitted within 60 days of the birth, or the parents face a fine of QAR10 a day.

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Death Notifying the police is mandatory and in some cases they may require a post-mortem. Get help from the relevant embassy, which will be able to advise you at this sad time. Newborn deaths and stillbirths have to be reported within seven days. A person's account will be frozen as soon as notification of his or her death reaches the bank, until such time as the deceased's beneficiaries produce an official inheritance certificate duly authenticated by all relevant authorities. The exact format of this will be dependent upon the jurisdiction of the deceased's home country. If a will is in place a court order or other approved and authenticated document will be required. The bank may then forward payment to the relevant benficiary/beneficiaries. For joint accounts, Article 351 of The Commercial Code states that joint account holders will be considered to have equal shares unless otherwise agreed in the contract. When one of the account holders dies, the remaining holder must inform the bank of their intention to either continue with the account or to close it within 10 days of the date of death. Further details can be obtained from the relevant bank. Humanitarian Services Office This office has been set up in coordination between Ministry of Interior (MOI), Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hamad Medical Corporation, General Authority of Customs, Qatar Airways, Public Prosecution and other relevant authorities. The office is managed by the Unified Services Department of the MOI, and will provide services for repatriating the deceased abroad via a single window system. The new unified service office is located behind Hamad Hospital mortuary, close to the HR Department of Hamad Medical Corporation, next to the Retaj Residence Al Sadd. The office is open daily from 7 am – 9 pm.

Making a Will If you want to make a will here in Qatar, there are a number of firms well-versed in local law who could assist and advise you (see Lawyers and Legal earlier in this section).

Liquor Permit The purchase and transportation of alcohol by individuals in Qatar is strictly regulated and liquor for home consumption only is available in Doha from the Qatar Distribution Company (QDC) E3 which issues a permit. Call their Permit Department on 4429 9777. QDC is open Saturday to Thursday 9 am – 9 pm, Friday 3 pm – 9 pm. New memberships can be made by emailing customerservice@qdc.com.qa. You will need a letter from your employer addressed to QDC detailing your position, salary and benefits, accommodation, together with a copy of your passport or ID. On approval of an application the applicant will be required to pay an annual license fee, paid on a pro-rata basis, based on Residence Card validity. Renewals can be made by emailing permit@qdc.com.qa. Entry into the shop and purchases can only be made by those holding a valid membership card. The permit holder's spouse can also hold a card for the same account. In addition, the shop at QDC has a range of pork products. You need a liquor permit to enter QDC, but pork products will not be deducted from your monthly alcohol allowance. The shop is closed during the month of Ramadan, and 10–14 days before Eid Al Adha. Rules issued should be strictly adhered to. Alcohol is for personal consumption only and must be taken home directly from QDC.

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There is no civil marriage in Qatar for non‑Muslims. Certain embassies and churches will perform marriages for expatriates. See Places of Worship earlier in this section.

Reporting false or incorrect information in the case of both births and deaths or using illegal and fraudulent methods is punishable with a maximum jail term of three years and a fine of up to QAR100,000, or either. Those who are legally required to report a case of birth or death but fail to do so within the stipulated period face a maximum jail term of six months and a fine of up to QAR10,000, or either.

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• Have a health certificate issued by a competent authority from the country of import.

Airlines require a health certificate, obtainable from the Animal Resources Department. You will need to take your pet for an examination and show current vaccination records. The export document is valid for seven days. Present it at the QNT Office in the Cargo Section at Hamad International Airport at least five days before you wish your pet to travel and book a flight there. You will need to pay the full fare plus handling charges at this stage. Your pet needs a travel kennel that complies with the airline’s regulations.

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You are strongly advised to check all health requirements and regulations with relevant government authorities and the relevant country well ahead of time, up to six months. Contact your local vet, animal support organisation and pet relocator specialist in Qatar and refer to the relevant countries' government website.

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Short-nosed cats and dogs (eg Persians and pugs) are embargoed on many airlines, including Qatar Airways. Your pet's travel kennel must comply with the IATA regulations, iata.org. Some dog breeds are banned in Qatar – check with a pet relocator specialist or visit gov.qa

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As you cannot obtain an import permit from outside the country, it is recommended that you use one of Qatar’s pet relocation specialists to handle the importation.

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The Ministry of Municipality and Environment's Department of Animal Resources is in charge of animal control and veterinary supervision of animal diseases. The department issues import permits, and oversees the exportation, transfer and transit of pets across borders. There are strict controls on the movements of endangered species. The Municipality's Department for Animal Resources operates a large veterinary clinic in Al Rayyan D2. For the Main Veterinary Clinic call 4426 1656, or apply online to request an appointment via the Ministry of Municipality and Environment: 184, hukoomi.qa

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s part of Qatar’s ongoing efforts to introduce legislative reforms, the state introduced a basic monthly minimum wage of QAR1,000 for migrant workers, including domestic workers, and abolished the No Objection Certificate (NOC) requirement to change jobs. The new minimum wage law in Qatar was published in the Official Gazette in August 2020, and will come into effect in March 2021. Qatar is the first country in the region to adopt a non-discriminatory minimum wage.

According to Law No 17 of 2020 on Setting the Minimum Wage for Workers and Domestic Workers, the minimum wage for all private sector workers, including domestic workers, is set at QAR1,000 per month as a basic wage, as well as QAR500 per month allocated by the employer for accommodation expenses and QAR300 per month for food, unless the employer already provides adequate food or accommodation for the employee or domestic worker. The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (MADLSA) will be working with employers to update all employment contracts where workers earn less than the amount established by the new law.

labour market. A Minimum Wage Committee will be formed and tasked with studying and reviewing the minimum wage of workers in Qatar. The government also introduced Decree Law No 18 of 2020 amending some provisions of Labour Law No 14 of 2004, and Decree Law No 19 of 2020 amending some provisions of 2004 Law No 21 of 2015 regulating the entry and exit of expatriates and their residence, which protects the rights of both employers and employees, and facilitates the employer change process. According to MADLSA, this will drive greater competition in Qatar’s labour market by allowing employees to change employers and allowing employers to attract the best talent from the local market. As part of MADLSA's efforts to boost the effectiveness of the Wage Protection System, the new amendments to the Labour Law prescribe stricter penalties for employers who fail to pay their workers’ wages and introduce penalties for employers who fail to provide adequate accommodation for their workers, in line with the standards established by the ministry.

'The State of Qatar is committed to creating a modern and dynamic labour market. In line with Qatar National Vision 2030, these new laws mark a major milestone in this journey and will benefit workers, employers, and the nation alike,' said HE Yousuf Mohamed Al Othman Fakhroo, Minister of MADLSA. The new minimum wage was decided on following extensive consultations with a specialised national committee composed of relevant authorities in Qatar, such as the Ministry of Interior and MADLSA, as well as the International Labour Organization (ILO). The law is the first of its kind in the Middle East and will provide additional stability to Qatar’s 118

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The new amendments also include increasing the number of labour dispute resolution committees in an effort to tackle the number of labour disputes, facilitate workers’ access to their rights, and expedite legal proceedings. Under Qatar's Kafala or sponsorship system, migrant workers needed to obtain their employer's permission – a No Objection Certificate (NOC) – before changing jobs. With the announcement, migrant workers can now change jobs before the end of their contract subject to a notice period. In addition to removing the need to obtain an NOC, the adoption of Law No 19 of 2020 provides greater clarity regarding termination of employment. To terminate an employment contract and change jobs, workers must provide at least one month’s written notice if they have worked with the employer for two years or less, or two months’ notice if they have worked with the employer for over two years. To ensure compliance with the changes, MADLSA is working with competent authorities to upgrade the Wage Protection System, strengthen the capacity of inspectors, and apply stricter penalties to companies that violate the law. According to ILO, this new law, coupled with the removal of exit permit requirements in 2019, effectively dismantles the Kafala sponsorship system.

Improving Qatar's labour laws The new labour reforms are the latest in a series of ongoing labour reforms by Qatar to improve the country's labour and legislative laws. Many human rights and labour organisations have been working with Qatar to improve the country's labour laws. The International Labour Organization (ILO) has been working with the Qatari authorities since November 2017 through a three-year technical cooperation programme. An ILO Project Office in Doha, established in April 2018, has been supporting the labour reform agenda.

– Law No 10 of 2018 (PRP Law) – in Qatar as well as travel in and out of the country without an exit permit – Law No 13 of 2018 (Amending Law). The new laws were welcomed by the International Organization for Labour (ILO), referring to them as a ‘huge step’. Attracting the desired combination of migrant workers, protecting their rights, and ensuring their safety is part of the human development goals of Qatar’s National Vision 2030. m

'By introducing these significant changes, Qatar has delivered on a commitment. One that will give workers more freedom and protection, and employers more choice. We are witnessing what can be achieved when governments, workers and employers work together with the ILO to promote decent work for all', said Guy Ryder, ILO DirectorGeneral. In 2018, the Ministry of Interior and MADLSA, under the patronage of The Amir, HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, signed new laws to allow the majority of expatriates and migrant workers to apply for a permanent residency permit ©

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The Pearl-Qatar The Pearl-Qatar is an innovative urban development in Qatar. With Mediterranean-style yacht-lined marinas, state-of-the-art residential towers, luxury villas, 5-star hotels and residences, chic shopping at top brand name boutiques, a host of world-renowned restaurants, and leisure and entertainment facilities, The Pearl-Qatar is the perfect destination for tourists and residents alike.

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Abraj Quartier Abraj Quartier consists of seven towers, five of 36 storeys and two of 42 storeys, the latter straddling the access road to the mainland and forming the 'gateway' to The Pearl-Qatar. Also known as the ‘The Pearl Gateway Towers’, the Abraj Quartier is considered the ideal location of choice for many businesses, with the two highly prestigious 42 storey towers standing at around 201 metres, each housing a panoramic floor of breathtaking views towards the mainland across the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf.

Beach Villas Comprising discreet island residence style homes, with private beaches, Bahri Villas and Fanar Fayrouz Villas offer some of the finest private accommodation available at The Pearl-Qatar.

Costa Malaz The exclusive marine bay area known as Costa Malaz is an oasis of calm and quiet luxury. Both architecture and landscaping evoke the atmosphere of a tropical island in this area of outstanding beauty. Overlooking an extensive harbour entirely bordered by a 'natural' beach, privacy and spaciousness were design imperatives for the resulting villas. Fusing many styles of island-inspired architecture, these villas exist in a haven set within tropical paradise. Marsa Malaz Kempinski – the exclusive hotel island in the centre of Costa Malaz – is fringed by pristine sand, and provides an elegant retreat with delightful views.

Floresta Gardens Located east of Viva Bahriya is one of the most prized locations on the island. Home to an estimated 1,400 residents, consisting of 285 apartments and 100 townhouses, this precinct’s master concept revolves around a concentric

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introvert, colosseum style layout. The core living centre and soul of the Floresta Gardens community will be the ‘Club House’ and the promenade that circles it.

Giardino Village Carefully positioned amid lush, landscaped parkland and picturesque lakes, Giardino Villas is a highly prized residential district. Ranging in plot sizes from 558 to 1,168 sq m and ideally situated in one of the most secluded and unassuming neighbourhoods of The Pearl-Qatar, on completion the Giardino Villas precinct promises to be one of the finest and most luxurious residential dwellings.

Isola Dana The jewels in The Pearl-Qatar’s crown, Isola Dana comprises nine independent islands and the most private residential precinct in the development. Named after the world’s most rare, valuable and perfect pearls, Isola Dana is set apart from the main body of The Pearl-Qatar to afford privacy and discreet independence. Palatial homes will adorn these exquisite 18,000 sq m islands, the likes of which cannot be seen anywhere else in the Middle East, and rarely anywhere in the world.

La Plage South One of the premier locations within The PearlQatar, La Plage South is located at the southern tip of the island, overlooking widespread beaches toward the skyline of Doha in the distance. Taking advantage of the configuration of the shoreline, the La Plage South plot has been developed in a series of semicircular apartment groupings. The five sea facing blocks progressively step down from a maximum height of seven storeys to one storey and encapsulate outdoor recreational facilities, extensive leisure pools and landscaping opening out onto the beaches.

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of The Pearl-Qatar, offering a unique blend of residential, shopping and leisure experiences with the charming ambience of the Mediterranean. Within Medina Centrale, one can find a full range of retail and community services, a wide selection of food and beverage outlets, and parking for 3,500 cars. Supporting the broader community at The Pearl-Qatar, Medina Centrale also serves as a prime residential area in its own right. It's home to the indoor Megapolis Entertainment Center, a popular entertainment centre for high-end arcade games, from car racing simulators, to bowling, billiards, and karaoke, and also Novo Cinemas.

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Perlita Gardens A mixed villa and townhouse development in a secluded environment that is embedded in lush landscaping that spectacularly emulates a feeling of living in the heart of a natural environment. Immediately to the south of Medina Centrale lies the Perlita Villas precinct, characterised by lush greenery while saltwater lakes provide beautiful aspects and the opportunity to pursue numerous water sports. As you would expect in a precinct of this scale, there is plenty of space to move around in this gated 'garden' community of villas and townhouses.

Porto Arabia The thriving cosmopolitan heart of The Pearl-Qatar, Porto Arabia captures the sophisticated essence of the French Riviera. Conducive to the highest standards of living, it is reminiscent of a continental harbour, yet positively alive with Arabian warmth and charm. The epitome of Riviera Arabia living, and home to The Pearl-Qatar's main harbour, Porto Arabia combines elegant towers and townhouses in a spectacular location. Inspired by French, Italian and Spanish architecture, the Island's first phase is set around a colourful waterfront – La Croisette – a

With its colourful Venetian character, Qanat Quartier is carefully planned around intricate canals and pedestrian-friendly squares and plazas. Each waterway is spanned by stylish bridges which further evoke the soul of Italian romantic living. Edged by sandy bays embracing the Arabian Gulf, Qanat Quartier is an intriguingly complex area in which a true Riviera lifestyle can be enjoyed. The first public beach club and lounge in Qatar, which is not located inside a hotel or resort, has opened at Taliamare Beach Club at Lido Venezia Beach in Qanat Quartier. The district is extremely popular with its residents as well as visitors as it has evolved into a unique retail village. Don't miss stepping on the Music Steps, linking QQ7 boardwalk with the mezzanine level.

Viva Bahriya

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Medina Centrale The popular Medina Centrale is the Town Centre

Featuring true beachfront condominium living, Viva Bahriya is perfect for families and all who seek a more relaxed lifestyle. Complete with its own stretch of pristine beach, it is a haven for water sports enthusiasts. Architecturally themed to echo the very best of the Maghreb – with Moroccanstyled townhouses and apartments exuding Moorish elegance – complete with its own stretch of pristine white sand gently lapped by a warm, inviting sea, Viva Bahriya is perfect for families and those seeking a more relaxed locale.

In a nutshell... The Pearl-Qatar is a relaxed waterfront project of residential apartments, villas, cafés and restaurants, and luxury retail outlets. There is an unlimited superb selection of restaurants, and some of the top luxury brands in the world – offering everything from couture fashion, to exquisite jewellery and fabulous home décor. m

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Al Majles Diyafa Arabic (A) 4441 1888

Alison Nelson’s Chocolate Bar (A/C) 4409 5236

Applebee’s American, Tex-Mex (L/D) 4444 5343

Burj Al Hamam Lebanese (A) 4409 5238

Baladna Arabic (A) 5000 8872

Gold Gourmet (C) 4479 1644

Biella Italian (L/D) 4421 0025

Le Relais de L’Entrecote French (L/D) 4442 8118

Build It Burger American (L/D) 4437 8411

The French Olive French/Italian (A) 4488 8328

Debs W Remman Lebanese (A) 5000 1644

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Eggspectation All-day breakfast (A) 5040 9900 Fatburger American (L/D) 4029 9999 France Delice European (A) 5047 0189 German Doner Kebab German (L/D) 4464 1179

Anime Cafe Asian (A) 3303 8088 Elevation Burger American (A) 4002 7256 Isla Mexican (L/D) 4409 5285

Hasan Kolcuoglu Turkish (L/D) 4039 4531

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La Casa Twenty Eight International (A) 4412 7342

Megu Japanese (L/D) 4409 5237

Le Vendome Pearl Oriental (A) 5521 8844

The Atelier Art Cafe (A/C) 4038 4023

Lord of the Wings American (L/D) 4417 4366

The Village Grill Arabic (L/D) 4463 3336

Miftah w Finjan Qatari (A) 3100 0565

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Nando’s Afro‑Portuguese (L/D) 4466 4545 Sammach Seafood Arabic (L/D) 4427 4568

The Noodle House Asian (L/D) 4442 9321

Sawani Al Aker Oriental (L/D) 4411 1183

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Shater Abbas Arabic (L/D) 4411 1390

Shakespeare and Co International (A) 6629 3821

Subway Healthy sandwiches (A) 4444 4043

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Triangle American/Italian (L/D) 4444 0656

Dean and David Healthy food (L/D) 4444 0601

Which Wich Healthy Food (L/D) 4444 5560

Junko Sushi Japanese (L/D) 4002 8294

Zaatar W Zeit Lebanese (A) 4482 0213 Ziryab Arabic, Indian (L/D) 5000 9876

Cafés Chocolate Coffee Lounge (A/C) 4444 2504 Dip N Dip Desserts (C) 4444 0539 Gahwetna Desserts (A/C) 3329 0600 Il Gelato di Bruno (C) 4444 9317

15 La Croisette Stick House Desserts (A/C) 5585 7849

16 La Croisette PAUL French (A/C) 4451 3065 Sabah W Masa Lebanese (A) 4436 6519 The Yellow Chilli Indian (L/D) 4029 8463

Karaki Snacks (C) 4437 8477 Maia Desserts (C) 4480 0982 Menchies Frozen Yogurt Desserts (C) 4444 0310 Mokarabia (A/C) 3333 5516 Turquoise Café and Gallery (A) 4483 7497 Violette Chocolatier Desserts (A/C) 4444 5565 124

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Miky’s Deli & Minimart American (C) 4441 0990

Arabesque Arabic (A) 4409 5271

Torte Delizia (C) 3032 8288

Carluccio’s Italian (A) 6690 1777 Emirgan Sutis Turkish (A) 4441 3626

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31 La Croisette Tea Club (D/C) 5080 0233 Yasmine Palace Arabic (A) 4411 1502

Mado Turkish (A) 4436 4622

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Al-Qudsi Restaurant Oriental (L/D) 4002 8272 Aryaas Express Indian (A) 4477 1596

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Aspro Cafe European (A) 6669 5669

Karak Mqanes (A/C) 3394 9898 Royal Tandoor Indian (L/D) 4002 0777

Baskin Robbins Ice cream shop (L/D) 4020 8000 Burger Street American (A) 3383 8263

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Cue Whimsical Cafe Coffee shop (C) 4444 2031

Crabtonite American (L/D) 5029 9660

Evergreen Organics Vegan (A) 4472 0437

Chocolataria Equador Qatar (A/C) 4444 2811

Ginger Club Asian (L/D) 5078 8666

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Mssamen & Atai Moroccan (D) 4490 7060

La Maison Du Pain French (A/C) 4468 9879

Nova Venezia European (L/D) 5029 9063 The Breakfast Club International (A) 4437 4320

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Viva Mexico by Mr Taco Mexican (A) 4444 9920

Basta 23 Arabic (A) 5000 2755

Volume Cafe Coffee shop (A) 4476 0914

30 La Croisette Al Aker Cuisine Arabic (A) 6677 7077

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Katara Cultural Village

Katara Cultural Village is one of Doha's premier attractions, with something to entertain both residents and visitors alike. Take a stroll with us as we explore the unique experience of Katara. Katara sits on the waterfront along Lusail Street, just a few kilometres north of Al Dafna. The project began some years ago under the direction of the Father Amir​, HH Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. Its aim is to position Qatar on the international, regional and local stage for art, music, theatre, photography and much more.

Another landmark you cannot miss is the amphitheatre! Situated prominently in the middle of Katara, the building is an architectural masterpiece based on the classical Greek theatre and Islamic features with seating for 5,000 spectators, who over the years have been treated to many open-air concerts and film screenings.

Some form of the name 'Katara' has long been used to represent Qatar. The country was first known as 'Catara', due to the map drawn by the geographer Claudius Ptolemaeus in 150 CE, published in 882 CE – 1477 CE and afterwards the Historical Atlas of Islam. It also gave the geographical location of the Qatar peninsula under the name of Catara, North West of Gerra or near it, and to the west of the town of Cadara.

Just outside the ampitheatre stands Lorenzo Quinn's The Force of Nature II. The bronze, stainless steel and aluminium sculpture by contemporary Italian artist Quinn also appears in London and New York and is a piece created in the wake of the 2009 tsunami in the Pacific Ocean.

'Catara' became 'Katara' after it appeared on the geographical and historical maps of the early 18th century, first depicted in a French map of the Arabian peninsula coastline, sea and gulf. It was decided to revive Qatar's old name to maintain the connection to the country's heritage. Today, the multidimensional project brings together all the cultures of the world, with theatres, concert halls, exhibition and art galleries and facilities. The project also adheres to the goals laid out in Qatar National Vision 2030, to preserve the heritage and traditions of the country while also embracing those of other nations. When in Katara, you cannot miss the Pigeon Towers. Three are located near the Katara Masjid and the others are near Al Jazeera Media Café. Pigeons and other birds can rest within the holes of the towers, which can house up to 14,000 birds. Katara also provides water and food to the pigeons. Constructed of unfired mud brick, lime plaster and gypsum, the towers range from 10 to 22 metres in diameter and stand at least 18 metres high.

Look out for another visual masterpiece: Gandhi’s Three Monkeys by Subodh Gupta. Three sculptures show heads wearing military gear: one wears a gas mask, one with a soldier’s helmet, and the third with a terrorist’s hood. Each piece is made up of cooking appliances, buckets, and glass bowl, and are based on Gandhi’s famous visual metaphor – the three wise monkeys that ‘see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil’. For music fans, the Opera House is home to the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, a member of Qatar Foundation (QF), as well as hosting other concerts. The orchestra performs and promotes Western and Arabic music with approximately 40 performances a year at the opulent Opera House, which blends modern architecture with traditional Islamic design. Details of concerts can be found in our Events Calendar in the Discovering Qatar section, and by visiting qatarphilharmonicorchestra.org and marhaba.qa

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marhaba.qa Katara also has an excellent drama theatre, with traditional Arabic architecture bringing a sense of being out in the open air to the stage. It is used for plays and film screenings, with separate space for receptions and functions before and after performances. There are also a number of halls and galleries available to use for conferences, seminars and exhibitions.

Visitors are welcome to walk in and see for themselves the architectural wonder of these mosques. Both offer religious programmes and lectures delivered by prominent religious scholars, as well as courses in Quran memorisation for children of all ages. The Katara Publishing House promotes culture, knowledge and literature in Qatar. Every year a Qatari personality who has made important contributions in culture, literature or thought will be honoured as part of its 'Litterateur Trophy.' To date, Katara Publishing House has published over 100 books, including 60 novels in Arabic, English and French. Katara Publishing House can be found next to Building No 15, near the Amphitheatre Boulevard. The 1.5 km Katara Beach is perfect for relaxing and to partake in one of the many beach activities, such as parasailing or kneeboarding. Admission: QAR50 for those at the age of 18 and above; QAR25 for those between the ages of seven and

In addition, Katara Beach Club by LivNordic Spa & Wellness is gender separated over two floors with treatment rooms including their signature snow room, saunas and salt rooms. The relaxation areas are inspired by the Aurora Borealis and even have a fireplace. Those using the gym and fitness studios will be treated to views of the private beach with cabanas and beach bags. A recent addition to Katara is the much-anticipated 21 High Street (Katara Plaza), a 38,000 sq m outdoor luxury shopping complex, which is home to Galeries Lafayette Doha, the first Evian Spa in the Middle East, and the first dedicated children’s mall, which is set to open soon. kataraplaza.com Set over 361,500 sq m of green spaces, Katara Hills is divided into Northern and Southern Hills with at least 3,300 plants and trees from different continents, featuring gardens and green meadows with manmade rolling hills, valleys, peaks, water features, play areas, exercise and jogging tracks, with bespoke urban art installations, lighting, outdoor furniture, and signages. Katara continues to grow in both size and the amenities offered to the public. Phase IV, also known as the Southern Expansion Project and which began in 2016, has been completed. The iconic and unique mixed-use development consists of a wide range of facilities to complement those already offered, with 12 buildings and further parking spaces. The buildings house a chain of restaurants and cafes, libraries, exhibition hall, cinema and other cultural centres such as the first planetarium and astronomical observatory in Qatar, Al Thuraya Planetarium, and the Marina District with a maritime restaurant and eight marine chalets. For more information, visit katara.net, or call 182 or 4408 0000 m

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Designed by globally-known Turkish mosque designer, Zeynep Fadillioglu, the Katara Masjid, which is also known as the Blue Mosque, is one of the most beautiful in Qatar. The decorations of the Masjid (which means 'mosque') were designed by a team of restoration specialists from Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul. The outer surface is lavishly adorned with turquoise and purple mosaic. The interior and exterior architecture, together with the minaret, the dome, and the prayer niche (mihrab) are inspired by famous mosques in cities of the Muslim world. Meanwhile the Golden Masjid is inlaid with tiny golden chips, representing the Ottoman style.

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Albisana Restaurant

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Al Jazeera Media Cafe

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Ard Canaan Restaurant

4408 0811

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Cafe Pouchkine Qatar

4447 3566

Russian, European

Chac'Late

4408 0733

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Chapati and Karak

4408 1408

Indian street food

Croft Alley

5061 4666

Healthy food, cafe

Joe's Cafe

4428 6556

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Khan Farouk Tarab Cafe

4408 0840

Egyptian

La Gelateria Fina

4488 0777

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Le Vesuvio

4408 1500

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L'wzaar Seafood Market Restaurant

4408 0710

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Mamig Armenian Restaurant

4408 0800

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Marsa Katara

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Poffertjes

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Red Velvet Cupcakery

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Saffron Lounge

4408 1234

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Sukar Pasha Ottoman Lounge

4408 2000

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Katara: Your Ultimate Culinary Destination

Street food is on offer at Katara Cultural Village's Tasty Street! Tasty Street is located along the courtyard opposite Al Jazeera Media Café, and occupies an area of ​​6,300 metres. It can accommodate hundreds of cars, and the stalls are organised in an orderly manner to ensure comfort for visitors. Orders will be delivered to cars, following the highest safety standards to ensure the safety of everyone. Tasty Street has nearly 40 stalls featuring restaurants and cafes offering a variety of gastronomic options. Tasty Street is open daily, from 3 pm to 2 am, until 31 March 2021.

Katara Cultural Village brings some of the world's best and most loved cuisines. There's a variety of restaurants to choose from! Flavourful and rich Indian cuisine is available at Saffron Lounge, indulge in Asian cuisine in Novikov Restaurant and Lounge, the best of Armenian and Lebanese cuisine can be found at Mamig, enjoy pasta, pizza and more at the Italian Le Vesuivo, visit Turkey at the lavish Sukar Pasha Ottoman Lounge and explore Greek cuisine at the new Hellas Restaurant. More details are avaliable in the following Dining Listings, or visit katara.net ©

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Souq Waqif is Doha's lively traditional market. Take a stroll down the bustling alleys of Souq Waqif to explore the authentic taste of traditional commerce, architecture and culture.

Souq Waqif, the oldest souq in Doha, is situated in the heart of the city and is probably the most iconic spot in Qatar. It was originally a weekend market used by the Bedouins when they came to town to trade their meat, wool, weaving materials and milk for staple goods. Souq Waqif is named 'the standing souq' because it is believed that water from the sea would rise, swamping the souq. However, shop owners would continue selling their products while standing in the midst of the water. It still is a bustling business area, popular among both locals and tourists. The souq underwent a complete restoration in 2006–2008 and provides the perfect setting to shop, or dine at one of its wide range of cafés and restaurants or boutique hotels.

Inside the souq The maze of narrow alleyways is lined with small shops, displaying their wares piled high and spilling out onto the walkway. This maze of small shops offer an array of Middle Eastern merchandise from spices and seasonal delicacies such as fresh dates and nuts, to perfumes, ornate jewellery, clothing, handicrafts and a treasure trove of souvenir bargains. Each morning, the heritage police ride through on horses or camels. The souq is also home to art galleries and hotels. Traditional music, art and cultural shows add to the ambience of the souq which also houses a comprehensive visitor centre. Fitting all price brackets, Souq Waqif is also home to many restaurants and coffee shops, offering traditional Qatari food as well as dishes and treats from Asia and North Africa – Indian, Syrian, 138

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Perfumes, garments and textiles The perfume vendors sell everything, from well known international brands to blends of essential oils as well as oud, the aromatic agarwood burnt as a sign of hospitality. Traditional clothing includes richly decorated items or the plain and practical. Shayla and abaya are ladies' embroidered headscarves and black cloaks worn in public. The shayla make pretty evening scarves. Sirwal are baggy trousers with highly embroidered, tight ankle cuffs and are great casual wear around the home. Menswear includes bisht, embroidered cloaks worn at ceremonial occasions. You may get the opportunity to watch the embroiderers working freehand on old treadle machines, or beating the gold edging once it has been stitched. Thobes are the long white cotton robes worn by men. Traditional robes, swords, blown-glass and brass lanterns that are made in Qatar can be found in the handicrafts area. This part of the souq gives a glimpse of Qatari tradition, with stalls that show how these hand-crafted items are carefully assembled by artisans working in the shops.Souq Waqif is home to an excellent source of great value jewellery, precious metals and stones.

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Falcon souq Falconry is prevalent in Qatar and the region. Today, falcons can be worth up to millions of Qatari riyals. One way of knowing the value is through their feathers. It takes a lot of risks to catch a falcon and to tame one. Qatar is the only country to have a hospital for falcons.

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aroma, with displays of whole and ground spices and coffee. Both are purchased by weight, and if you want a jar of mixed spices as a unique gift take an empty glass container and the vendor will fill it with layers of colourful ground spices. You can also purchase sweets, rice, nuts, dried fruits and honey.

What better way to get immersed in this 'mysterious' place than to stay in one of the hotels inside Souq Waqif. Each room at Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels is decorated Arabian style, a chance for guests to experience the full pleasure of being in Doha's most iconic place. Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels offers a variety of local experiences tailored to your tastes. Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels include: • Al Bidda Boutique Hotel • Al Najada Boutique Hotel • Al Jomrok Boutique Hotel • Al Jasra Boutique Hotel • Al Mirqab Boutique Hotel • Arumaila Boutique Hotel • Bismillah Boutique Hotel • Musheireb Boutique Hotel • Najd Boutique Hotel. For more information, visit tivolihotels.com m

Horse stud Next to the falcon souq is the horse stud that showcases the beauty of Arabian horses. Equipped with all the facilities to ensure the wellness of these animals, it also has a majlis for caretakers.

Souq Waqif Art Centre Souq Waqif Art Centre is a hub for artists in Qatar and a venue for art exhibitions, workshops and for finding art materials. The traditionally decorated centre enhances the mood, encouraging visitors to not only appreciate the artwork but also the interior.

Novo Cinemas New to the souq is Novo Cinemas, which opened in June 2018, offering five screens in 2D and 7-star luxury cinema. The cinema is in parallel with the style of Souq Waqif, decorated in traditional Qatari style. The 7-star luxury cinema or VIP theatre contains 43 seats (a normal hall has 120 seats) where you can watch a movie in fullyreclining, automated seats. The food is brought to you by a personal butler service. At the private VIP lounge or majlis select from the fine-dining menu.

Souvenirs This is the go-to section for those wanting to collect memories of Qatar from fridge magnets,

There is ample parking in Souq Waqif with three separate air-conditioned underground parking spaces: • Underground under the Souq Waqif park. Entry can be found along the Corniche. • Inside Souq Waqif near Al Koot Fort. • Adjacent to Shioukh Mosque and the Amiri Diwan, off Al Rayyan Road, with an underground walkway connecting to Souq Waqif. See the map for precise locations. Access to cash is available at the Doha Bank ATM, a branch of QNB, and Doha Exchange. Opening times: Most shops operate 10 am – noon and reopen 4 pm – 10 pm. On Fridays, stores will close for the afternoon prayers. Most restaurants open all day from 8 am – midnight. Some may be open 24 hours. ©

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Abo Shariha

4480 7427

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Al Adhamiyah Iraqi Restaurant

6611 1145

Iraqi, Arabic

Al Aker Sweets

3390 0084

Arabic desserts

Al Bandar Fish Market

4431 1818

Seafood, Arabic

Al Baraha Restaurant Al Najada Hotel

4470 4444

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Al Ghaarayah Coffee Shop

5553 1050

Cafe

Al Jasra Traditional Food

5529 8871

Arabic

Al Koot Cafe

4437 6626

Cafe

Al Mandarin

3129 3741

Healthy foods

Al Matbakh Rooftop Grill Al Arumaila, SWBH

4433 6666

Grilled meats, Indian

Al Mourjan

4436 5539

Lebanese

Al Shurfa Al Jomrok, SWBH

4433 6666

Mezzeh, cafe

Al Terrace Al Mirqab, SWBH

4433 6666

Lebanese

Argan Al Jasra, SWBH

4433 6666

Moroccan

Bandar Aden

4437 5503

Arabic

Bosphorus

3348 5614

Turkish

Café-Tasse

6607 1335

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Coffee Beanery

4431 3739

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E'easair Cafe

4488 5199

Cafe, Arabic

Italia Mia Ristorante Pizzeria

4029 2282

Italian

Jasmine Thai Restaurant

5586 0011

Thai

Khariss Cafe

4437 5660

Lebanese

La Boca Argentinian Restaurant

6664 7059

Argentinian, South American

La Patisserie Al Bidda, SWBH

4433 6666

Italian

La Piazza Al Bidda, SWBH

4433 6666

Italian, international

Layali Al Qahira

4443 2999

Egyptian

Le Gourmet

4436 1789

Lebanese

Little Sailor

4466 6103

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Parisa

4441 1494

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Royal Tandoor

4432 3255

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Saida

4432 8008

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Tea Time

4412 2267

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The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

4431 1966

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4415 5185

Asian, sushi

The Village

4411 1243

Turkish, Indian

Zaatar W Zeit

4431 5224

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Goldorigin Souq In the very and centre of Doha, the souq, or market, has an atmosphere redolent of the East with the smell of spices, coffee and exotic local delicacies. Wander around and you will see falcons, Arab dress and artefacts, gifts, spices, local sweets, nuts, honey and coffee. Souq Waqif is a great place to enjoy with family and friends in its many restaurants and coffee shops with great international cuisine.

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A Abdul Aziz Nasser / Al Rayyan Theatre B Al Koot Fort C Sheikh Abdulla Bin Zaid Al Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Centre D Camel Area E Clock Tower F Embrace Doha G Falcon Souq H Gold Souq I Horse Area/Stable J Le Pouce by César Baldaccini K Novo Cinema L Police Post M Souq Waqif Art Center N Tourist Information Centre O Traditional Majlis P Msheireb Museums

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Al Ghaarayah Coffee Shop Al Jasra Traditional Food Al Koot Cafe Al Mandarin Al Matbakh Rooftop Grill Al Mourjan Al Shurfa Al Terrace Argan Asherg Coffee Bandar Aden Bosphorus Cafe Tasse Coffee Beanery Coffeeshop Company Corner Cafe Damasca One E'easair Cafe Shujaa Restaurant Saida Italia Mia Jasmine Thai Restaurant Khariss Cafe La Boca Argentinian La Piazza Layali Al Qahira Le Gourmet Little Sailor Missan Restaurant Parisa Royal Tandoor Second Cup Shawarma Station Tajeen Tea Time The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf The Rice and The Noodle The Village Zaatar W Zeit

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Top 5 Things to See in Al Wakra Al Wakra is notable for its bustling fishing harbour and is just 10 minutes' drive south of the capital city Doha on Route 7. Following Doha, Al Wakra is the second largest city in the country. Located in eastern Qatar, the city is believed to have a history of its own, independent from that of the capital. It has become a popular commuter suburb and several private schools have relocated there. Numerous mosques, old minarets, forts and wind towers offer some of the finest examples of traditional architecture – see Abu Manaratain Mosque and House of Sheikh Ghanim bin Abdulrahman Al Thani in the Sightseeing section. There's much to see and do! Here are the top must-see destinations in Al Wakra:

Al Wakra Park (Al Wakra Public Garden)

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Qatar's second Souq Waqif stands in Al Wakra and is becoming a top destination for residents and tourists alike.

Souq Al Wakra, also known as Souq Waqif, Al Wakra or Heritage Village, officially opened on Al Wakra seafront in late 2014. Following Doha, Al Wakra is the second largest city in Qatar. Located in eastern Qatar, just south of Doha, the city is believed to have a history of its own, independent from that of the capital. In the charming, ancient city of Al Wakra is an enchanting, thriving souq that is well worth a visit for anyone interested in Qatari heritage and culture, and seeing Qatar outside of the bright lights of its capital city. Al Wakra's own thriving market – Souq Al Wakra – is full of popular restaurants and coffee shops. The souq stretches for approximately 3 km along the town’s coast, with a corniche for people to walk along. The souq is divided into 10 zones of markets, restaurants, shops, stables, and a kids playground, as well as parking and the Souq Al Wakra Hotel Qatar. Setting off southward from Doha, stop for a visit at Souq Al Wakra with its maze of courtyards and alleyways, leading to a promenade of traditional shops and authentic restaurants. The souq's beach is its charm. There is much to see and do here.

Inside the souq The souq or Heritage Village is designed to resemble old Qatari homes and villages. The alleyways take you to individual 'homes' that are developing into designated markets: • Women's Accessories and Perfumes • Men's Accessories • Perfumes • Nuts

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• Flowers and Sweets • Gold • Honey • Cheese • Fish • Birds • Swords • Souvenirs • Carpets • Handicrafts • Hawks/Falcons • Wood and more. Relax and soak up the vitality and atmosphere at one of its eclectic mix of great restaurants and cafés which offer traditional Qatari food. The souq is known to be home to many new local restaurants and coffee shops with modern twists such as Arnag, E'asair Cafe, Al Baranda, Nineties Cafe, Al Noukhaza Restaurant and more. Restaurants serving dishes from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and Asia are also on offer. Popular dining options are Al Aker Sweets (Arabic), Royal Tandoor (Indian) and Bennigan's (American) to name a few. For a lighter choice, there are also cafés serving only sweets or snacks or just plain coffee. Try Gharissa for local ice cream or dessert.

Souq Al Wakra Beach Souq Al Wakra stands out with its promenade, allowing visitors easy access to the beach. When it first opened in mid-2017, the beach was open and free to all for use. Now, the beach charges for certain water activities on the beach. The beach is a 'family beach' so keep in mind the conservative culture of Qatar. Swimsuits are required to access the water, and changing rooms are available for both men and women.

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Souq Al Wakra Hotel Qatar Souq Al Wakra Hotel Qatar has an idyllic setting, woven into the fabric of the souq on the shores of the Arabian Gulf. The hotel comprises two buildings with a total of 101 guest rooms. Both buildings are former heritage houses, which have been preserved with the architecture mirroring a traditional Qatari house. In keeping with local heritage, each of the guest rooms and suites features classic thatched roofs, reflecting traditional basket weaving elements. The guest rooms have been designed with colourful motifs reflecting the jubilant blues of the sea and the sandy tones of the desert, inspired by Al Wakra’s history as a pearl diving and fishing village. Open walkways and maze-like paths lead to courtyards where multiple guest rooms can be blocked off to create private areas for groups. Large groups will be able to stay together in guest rooms grouped around shaded majlis, perfect for celebrations or family gatherings.

Tivoli Spa offers separate treatment rooms for men and women as well as a hydro pool, steam room, Vichy Shower and Jacuzzi. A multi-functional gym in each building is also available for guests. The hotel is only a 15-minute drive to Hamad International Airport (HIA). It also has direct access to the adjacent Al Wakra Family Beach. For more information, visit tivolihotels.com Parking at Souq Al Wakra is ample, right off Al Wakra Main Street as you access the souq. The extensive parking is still free at the moment. Convenient golf carts are available in the evenings to take you from the parking lot to your destination. Access to cash is available at the Doha Bank ATM. Opening times: Most shops operate 10 am – noon and reopen 4 pm – 10 pm. On Fridays, stores will close for the afternoon prayers. However, only a few shops and restaurants are open during the day so it's best to plan your visit to the souq after 4 pm. m

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travelling but nice to have for a souvenir. Other souvenirs include traditional Arab dallah (coffee pots) as well as brass-studded wooden chests in many sizes. Woven items include bedouin weaving, traditional floor cushions, kilims and carpets as well as colourful baskets. Silver jewellery, misbah (prayer beads) and traditional gypsum carvings make attractive mementoes.

Souq Al Wakra Hotel Qatar has five restaurants and lounges. Jarnen offers Mediterranean all-day dining with fresh seafood sourced daily from the Al Wakra Market and barbeque grilled to order at live cooking stations. Markhan, an Arabic fusion lounge, offers the ideal place to enjoy the sunset from the terrace overlooking the gulf. Emshoot invites guests to discover the culinary delights of Asia’s diverse flavours with dishes ranging from sushi to tandoori kebabs. Serving a selection of light international dishes, guests can dine upstairs and embrace the sights and sounds of the nearby souq at Mahaadeg’s terrace. Guests can grab a quick bite for breakfast or an afternoon snack at the Lobby Lounge. In addition, majlis are situated across the property offering an authentic Bedouinstyle evening of live barbecue and other social gatherings.

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The Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME), represented by Al Wakra Municipality, inaugurated the Al Wakra Walkway on 3 November 2020 during Qatar Sustainablity Week. The landscaped square and walkway have been built with the use of sustainable, eco-friendly materials, such as solar lighting and recycled materials, to create the walkways, benches and more. The square is 350 m while the walkway is 700 m in length. Al Wakra Municipality, represented by the Parks Department has also been keen to use solar lighting in many of its facilities such as Al Wakra Family Beach, as well as the public beach.

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Souq Al Wakra Only a few minutes from Hamad International Airport, you can revisit the life that Qataris used to lead. Souq Al Wakra is calm and has great old world charm. Today’s visitors require modern standards and the restroom facilities are first class and well maintained. The many cafes and restaurants serve delicious fare – choose your favourite cuisine from around the world. The family-friendly beach and beachfront promenade are especially attractive in the cool evenings when walkers and joggers benefit from the clean air and the absence of big-city bustle.

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Souq Al Wakra Hotel Qatar The ultimate relaxation may be found in the souq’s five-star Souq Al Wakra Hotel Qatar which combines an undisturbed village ambience with world class catering and spa health facilities. 1 Emshoot - Asian food inspired by the Silk Road 3 Mahaadeg - International 2 Jarnen - Mediterranean 4 Markhan - Arabic

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HE Sheikh Nasser Bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani commented 'We have launched a new real estate product for the first time in the Middle East, which is 10 villa plots with access to a five-star operated beach, at competitive prices, and financing facilities for either owners or investors.'

The sales launch of the first phase of mixed use and residential plots began in late 2019, while the second phase was launched in November 2020. HE Sheikh Nasser bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani, Managing Director of Qetaifan Projects, said at the launch that there was high demand of Qetaifan Island North’s Phase 1 villa plots, launched last year during the Cityscape exhibition. After studying the market and by offering competitive prices and payment facilities to owners and investors, and in continuation of the company's success, the sales launch of Phase 2 villa plots was announced, consisting of 51 plots including beach access villas, waterfront villas, and garden villas.

HE Sheikh Nawaf bin Jassim bin Jabor Al Thani, Chairman of Katara Hospitality and Qetaifan Projects, stated that the demand for investment in phase 1 of Qetaifan Island North is a clear reflection of the position the company has in the local real estate development market, and that the project represents a starting point for Qetaifan Projects towards developing more projects and serving various state sectors. Investors will be able to benefit from the returns of the Qetaifan Island North project via the safe environment achieved by the state to encourage and attract foreign investment and create new opportunities. This will positively affect the local market, encouraging competition and boosting many sectors.

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According to HE Sheikh Nawaf bin Jassim bin Jabor Al Thani, Qetaifan Island North is an important part of the plans to host the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM. The project has the capacity to accommodate a large number of hotels, retail outlets, restaurants, and unique recreational facilities such as the waterpark and the vast green spaces. Not only this, it represents a commitment to investing in the development of the tourism industry and strengthening the hospitality sector in Qatar. Katara Hospitality aims to change the world of hospitality through investment and innovation, leaving a prominent legacy for future generations in line with Qatar National Vision 2030.

About Qetaifan Island North Project The island is the first and main project of developer Qetaifan Projects, a limited liability real estate development company founded in October 2017 and fully owned by Katara Hospitality, a leading global hotel owner, developer and operator based in Qatar. Qetaifan Projects aims to support the country's long-term economic vision by building cities with sustainable and intelligent infrastructure.

Qetaifan Island North is a unique project spanning approximately 1.3 mn sq m with 830,000 sq m of vibrant attractions and entertainment facilities. It will feature six beaches, making the island an important part of Lusail City's distinct waterfront.

Luxury hotels on the island, with all the usual high-end facilities, will allow visitors to fully appreciate and immerse themselves in the view and comfort on offer. For the residential community, waterfront villas, beach access villas, garden villas, and well-appointed apartments will be available, and amenities will include a school, medical centre and mosque. Hotel guests, residents and visitors will be able to enjoy a number of retail services, including a retail plaza and souq. The latter will overlook Linear Park, the main artery of the island and which will link all the various zones together. Running through the park will be an artificial Salt Canal, linked to the sea, for activities such as fishing and boating. Watersports can be also found at the family-friendly Beach Club, which is the proposed first element to be completed on the island. Visitors will have access to a clubhouse, a beach and infinity pool, and a restaurant, gym and spa. Activities are not restricted to the water though, as the island will have ample boardwalks and lush gardens and lawns to stroll along, as well as tennis courts.

One of the main attractions is a state-ofthe-art waterpark, with rides inspired by Qatari culture and telling the remarkable story of the oil and gas industry. The Icon Tower is the highest of its kind, reaching 80 m, and is on a smaller, adjacent island, linked by a bridge and approached by a train. A contract has been signed with Sarner International to implement the edutainment ride at the water park, while Severn Lamb will manufacture the trains to connect the water park to the Icon Tower island.

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Other new partnerships include Just Real Estate as the sales agent, and Al Boraq Automobiles Co WLL for the supply and construction of electric charging stations for electric cars, as well as a showroom highlighting the benefits of using electric cars and their impact on the environment, located in the beach club. For more information about Qetaifan Island North, visit qetaifanprojects.com m Š

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Qatar National Vision As arguably the world’s fastest‑growing economy, Qatar recognises the importance of diversification and sustainability. It also acknowledges the inherent challenges of a rapidly‑increasing population, further industrialisation, and the resultant need for an ever-expanding infrastructure. To confront and manage those challenges in an effective manner, an ambitious and far‑sighted policy document, Qatar National Vision (QNV) 2030, was first published in 2008. Based on the guiding principles of the Permanent Constitution, it defined the nation’s medium‑to‑long-term objectives and created a framework for sustainable national strategies. QNV 2030 rests on four pillars – Human, Social, Economic and Environmental Development – each with clearly defined individual long‑term outcomes yet important inter‑relationships. Qatar’s human capital is recognised as its greatest asset. QNV 2030 stresses the important roles of education, health and sport in expanding the opportunities and capabilities of all the people of Qatar, enabling them to develop and sustain a prosperous knowledge‑driven society. Under QNV 2030, all new projects should provide a high standard of living for future generations, with investments in education and research, healthcare, transport and industry. This will enable Qatar to sustain its own development by 2030. There are plans for a bold new future with the construction of an integrated transport system, a major overhaul of roads and highways, drainage and sewage, and the renovation of downtown Doha. The first wave of specific actions and targets in the next chapter of Qatar’s transformation were defined in the Qatar National Development Strategy (NDS) 2011–2016. NDS 2017–2022 was released in December 2017 by HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser

bin Khalifa Al Thani, the previous Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, and has been prepared by the Planning and Statistics Authority and other entities. The strategy includes aspects related to 2022, continued implementation of QNV 2030, economical performance and future prospects. The strategy also includes institutional development, providing services and financial management, strengthening human development, proper social development, sustainable development that preserves the environment, and managing strategic performance.

Economic Strategy Qatar’s Economic Development plans aim to create and sustain a competitive and diversified economy capable of meeting the needs of, and securing a high standard of living for, its population now and in the future. According to the International Monetary Fund in their Regional Economic Outlook Update: Middle East and Central Asia in April 2020, 'Countries with fiscal buffers such as Qatar are better placed to accommodate rising deficits than those with limited space'. Two new laws introduced in 2018, regarding tenders and public finance, are part of a plan to monitor public expenditures, improving efficiency and enforcing better management of investment spending. Infrastructural spending is being further boosted in advance of Qatar hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup QatarTM, an event expected to attract tens of thousands of visitors and to increase tourism both before and after the event. The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs indicates that the demand for workers has been rising ever since Qatar’s bid victory in 2010. The state budget for 2020 shows a total expenditure of QAR210.5 bn, with major projects again being allocated 43% (QAR90 bn), in key sectors such as healthcare, education and transport. New projects worth QAR11.5 bn will ©

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be awarded in 2020, mainly towards major infrastructure projects such as roads and sewage networks undertaken by the Public Works Authority (Ashghal). Qatar’s economy has historically been significantly boosted by growth in the oil, gas and petrochemicals industries. However the government is taking steps to diversify economic development elsewhere, especially in view of lower oil prices. Education, sports, medical and cultural tourism are being developed and Qatar is emerging as a major player in the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) market.

Conferences and Exhibitions An influential player in the region’s MICE market, Qatar opened its first major facility in 2011. The Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC), a member of Qatar Foundation (QF) and located in Education City, is an iconic venue in terms of design and green technology. QNCC is one of the largest, most technologically advanced venues in the Middle East, employing environmental and sustainability best practices including LEED gold certification. Designed by Arata Isozaki, the award-winning venue features a 3D representation of the Sidra tree, symbol of QF. The 200,000 sq m venue has a 40,000 sq m exhibition space, a conference hall for 3,800 delegates, a 2,300‑seat theatre, multipurpose halls, auditoriums, meeting rooms, lounges and suites. qncc.qa The Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC) opened its doors in 2015. The building sits on a 47,700 sq m site, and includes a state-of-the-art exhibition hall, modular wall system, high-tech meeting and conference rooms, a VIP hosting suite and a vast underground parking system. Located in Al Dafna, Qatar’s commercial district, the venue has five exhibition halls, which can be used as one exhibition hall totaling 29,000 sq m, thanks to a unique wall partition system. The 18-metre high ceiling is the highest in the Middle East and is supported by a revolutionary cantilever roof meaning the whole space is pillar-free and more versatile than many other exhibition halls. decc.qa Annual business conferences and exhibitions include: Project Qatar, the trade construction, building, environmental technology and materials exhibition; QITCOM, the ICT‑industry expo; Cityscape Qatar, one of the region's largest real estate events; and MEED Qatar Projects. Qatar has also hosted the Arab Future Cities Summit, the Green Building Expo, and the World Stadium Congress, as well as trade summits and conferences.

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Spectacular Buildings Dramatic changes to Doha’s skyline seem to occur in the blink of an eye. Exotically sculpted glass and concrete towers, built with materials imported from all over the world, reach skywards in many areas of the city. A forest of skyscrapers has created a mini‑Manhattan skyline on the capital’s northern shore, each new design complementing and contrasting with its neighbour. The population has increased from nearly 1.7 mn people in 2010 to just under 2.8 mn in June 2020, mainly living in and around Doha. Just 50 years ago the 20,000 population of Doha lived and worked in single or two‑storey structures bordering the narrow streets of what was just a small town on the southern shore of Doha Bay. In the 1970s, as the country changed from fishing and pearl diving to oil production and export, the decision was taken to reshape Doha Bay, extend the waterfront and expand the town area by reclaiming land. The area now known as Al Dafna (or ‘West Bay’) was dredged from the sea and the first building was the pyramidal Sheraton hotel – an iconic structure at the time and one which is now dwarfed by the plethora of other hotels, office towers and apartment blocks nearby. As the demand for prime town centre real estate has grown, and the population seeks ever‑more luxurious living and working environments, the city has been forced upwards. Old Doha’s traditional inward‑looking, small‑windowed, courtyard dwellings have been replaced by multi‑storey office, residential, and mixed‑use blocks as building technology has developed. The old stone houses of the 19th century – cooled naturally or with the help of a wind tower and vented walls – reflected the limitations of building materials and affordable or available technology at the time. The huge glass walls on many of the new edifices reflect global developments in glass technology and energy‑efficient, eco‑friendly air conditioning as Qatar dedicates itself to ‘green’ building.

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marhaba.qa Developments to Infrastructure The State Budget for 2020 has again been based on an oil price of USD55 a barrel, and is forecast to achieve a QAR500 mn surplus. Revenue is again estimated at QAR211 bn, and spending at QAR210.5 bn. Expenditure is the highest in the past five fiscal years, as the country is committed to completing numerous development projects across multiple sectors, including those related to National Development Strategy 2018–2022.

The allocation for the healthcare sector is QAR22.6 bn, 11% of total expenditure in 2020, for major projects to improve healthcare services including expansion of Hamad Medical Corporation facilities and the establishment of new healthcare centres. The education sector is allocated QAR22.1 bn (10.5%), for expansion of schools and other educational facilities. The budget again provides for the five-year, QAR12.0 bn land development scheme for Qataris, to include water and electricity networks, sewerage, roads and other infrastructure. The new public-private partnership (PPP) law, approved by the Cabinet in April 2019, is anticipated to be used to support projects connected to Qatar National Vision 2030 and the FIFA 2022 World Cup QatarTM. The PPPs will be used for a variety of sectors, including healthcare, education, sports, real estate and public infrastructure.

Public Works Authority ashghal.gov.qa The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) was established in 2004 for the planning, design, procurement, construction, delivery, and asset management of all infrastructure projects and public buildings in Qatar. Various departments oversee roads and highways, drainage networks, and public buildings such as hospitals and schools. Key projects include the Expressway Programme, roads and drainage under the Local Areas Infrastructure Programme, and the Inner Doha Re-sewerage Implementation Strategy (IDRIS). Ashghal launched its Corporate Strategy 2018– 2022 under the authority's new vision ‘Excellence in delivering and managing efficient sustainable

The 'Qualification of Small-Scale Contractors' initiative was launched in December 2018 to support Qatari companies and encourage them to participate in road projects, providing training and assistance with project implementation. The third phase was implemented in late 2019, and to date Ashghal has contributed to the development and support of local companies through 12 projects to improve roads. Projects are also being implemented under the Supervisory Committee of Beautification of Roads and Public Places. This is for the development of several major roads, pedestrian and cycle paths, and landscaping, to include parks. More than 15,000 trees and shrubs have already been planted under the G Ring Road Development Project, and 30,000 on Al Khor Road. Numerous expressway projects have brought great benefits to navigating around the country. The New Orbital Highway and Truck Route has been renamed as Al Majd Road: Road 2 links Mesaieed Industrial City with Lusail City, while Road 4 links Mall of Qatar with Ras Laffan. The superhighway Dukhan Road is nearing completion, while the B Ring Road development project is well underway. Overall, Ashghal aims to complete 1,543 km of road works, 2,000 km of footpaths and 1,028 km of bicycle tracks between 2018 and 2022. Much of this is under the second phase of the National Strategy for Traffic Safety (2018–2022). Under the first phase (2013–2017), the road network tripled. Under the Citizens Residences Development, 33 infrastructure projects are being implemented at a cost of QAR13.7 bn, to provide 30,000 residential plots in a number of areas: Al Wukair North, Al Mashaf, west of Abu Hamour/Ain Khaled, south of Al Shaihaniya, west of Umm Slal Ali, Rawdat Egdaim and Izghawa, west of Al Khor/Al Egda, west and south of Simaisma, Al Wukair South and Rawdat Al Jihaniya. In July 2020, Ashghal signed nine new contracts with Qatari companies, worth QAR3.6 bn, with work to commence in Q3 2020. The Refurbishment and Upgrading Works for Four Sewage Pumping Stations Project aims to provide sustainable solutions for improving the country’s sewage networks, with pumping stations in four vital areas within Doha. Ashghal is using 'Made in Qatar' materials for this project to support local manufacturers. ©

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The biggest expenditure, to infrastructure, is for development of highways and internal roads, expansion of the existing road system, water and electricity networks, sewerage networks, and other public utilities. The main infrastructure projects under construction include the relaunch of the previously-shelved Sharq Crossing Project, linking Ras Bu Abboud and West Bay, which is expected to be completed within four years.

infrastructure’. Under the strategy, Ashghal aims to be more self-reliant, and has set 10 objectives to accomplish its mission of ‘continuously enhancing customer satisfaction through leading project and asset management services and solutions’.

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marhaba.qa The Mesaimeer Pump Station and Outfall Tunnel projects began in May 2018 and will include a pumping station operating at 19.7 cu m per second, pumping water from Mesaimeer Tunnel to the new outfall tunnel. The project will provide a sustainable solution to discharge surface and storm water and cost around QAR920 mn. It is scheduled to be completed in Q4 2021 and is the second phase of the Mesaimeer Surface and Ground Water Drainage Tunnel Project. As at June 2020, 50% of excavation works on the 10 km long outfall tunnel has been completed.

and is part of the Tarsheed initiative to rationalise consumption of water and electricity.

In January 2020, Ministerial Resolution No 211 of 2019 on Setting the Fees for the Services Provided by the Public Works Authority was issued. The services provided are under three categories: connecting to networks, usage of the networks, and providing permits for services related to the operation and maintenance of both drainage and roads networks. A full list of charges can be found on their website.

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Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation km.com.qa The corporation, known as Kahramaa, was established in 2000 under the Ministry of Energy and Industry to regulate and maintain the supply of electricity and water to its customers. Kahramaa transferred ownership of its stations to Qatar Electricity and Water Company (QEWC) in 2002. In November 2018 HE the Minister of State for Energy Affairs, Saad Sherida Al Kaabi, assumed responsibility for Kahramaa as part of his remit to oversee the regular and sustainable supply of energy, power and water for domestic purposes. An ambitious strategic plan for projects began in 2014. The first 'transformation' phase ended in 2018; the second phase started in 2019 and will end in 2023. Overall, Kahramaa plans to invest QAR38 bn in projects to meet the increasing demands made to the electricity and water supply, with a further QAR6 bn after 2022. The commissioning of five mega water reservoirs to be online by 2026 will provide storage for 2,300 mn gallons a day of water. One, the Umm Al Houl Power Plant, currently pumps 136 mn gallons of water a day. The power generation phase will produce 2,520 megawatts of electricity. The plant will add around 30% water and 25% electricity of local demand once fully completed. All Kahramaa meters will be smart by the end of 2020 with old ones being replaced. These meters digitally send readings to the energy supplier to ensure more accurate energy bills. They also help the customer better understand their energy usage

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The use of about 1,000 smart digital devices to detect leakages in 10 places on the water distribution network has enabled savings of QAR6.42 mn, or 1.4 mn cubic feet of water. The first remotely-operated smart power substation opened at Barwa Village in September 2018. It is connected to the main control room enabling it to be monitored and shut down quickly in the case of an emergency without human intervention.

Qatar is undertaking a number of megaprojects to satisfy QNV 2030, as well as the much talked about football event. All this construction is good news for both local and international businesses. These include projects with Qatar Rail, Qatar Free Zones Authority, the North Field Expansion project under Qatar Petroleum, and the proposed expansion of Hamad International Airport. Construction projects both planned and underway include upgrades to infrastructure, as well as projects in all of the country's main sectors, from health to oil and gas and education. Here are just a few of the biggest projects currently underway:

The 2022 FIFA World Cup QatarTM qatar2022.qa No list would be complete without mentioning the enormity of the proposed sporting event coming to Qatar. With the ongoing scrutiny over the State being awarded the rights to host the competition, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) continues to issue assurances that the country's preparations are on track. Previously known as the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee, SC has signed stakeholder agreements with Qatar Rail, Ashghal, Kahramaa, Aspire Zone Federation and Qatari Diar, for projects to deliver the infrastructure for the event. The Workers’ Welfare regularly interacts with SC workers and a dedicated hotline was established in 2017 to deal with grievances. SC's Workers Welfare Standards exceed Qatar’s laws in an attempt to ensure fair recruitment policies, payment terms, overtime provisions and accommodation standards. All contracted workers are registered with an integrated electronic medical records system and undergo medical screening by Qatar Red Crescent funded by SC. The Official Emblem was unveiled in Doha on 2 September 2019 at 20:22 local time, with the synchronised projection of the emblem onto a number of prominent buildings.

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marhaba.qa Many of the eight proposed host venues are completed or nearing completion. The new stadiums have been designed by the world's leading architects and reflect a different aspect of Qatari culture, and take into consideration three priorities: access and comfort, sustainability, and post-tournament legacy. Fans can potentially see more than one match a day, as the longest distance between venues is just 55 km. • Khalifa International Stadium: originally built in 1976, the stadium was reopened in May 2017 following its renovation.

• Education City Stadium: the 40,000-seat venue will host fixtures up to the quarter-finals, and in legacy mode the stadium will become a sports, leisure and social hub for students and local sports clubs. Half the seats will be donated to stadiums around the world. The stadium was officially completed on 15 June 2020. • Al Bayt Stadium: a 60,000 seater-stadium which will be home to Al Khor Sports Club. The design of the proposed host venue up to the semi-final matches is based on a Bedouin tent, and will have a retractable roof. After the tournament the stadium's modular seating will reduce to 32,000 with the surplus seats donated to global football development projects. • Al Rayyan Stadium: features an undulating façade and sand dune-shaped structures, using environmentally friendly building materials and practices, with a renewable energy generation system on site. The proposed venue up to the quarter-finals will be the new home of Qatar Stars League football team Al Rayyan Club, and nearly half of the 40,000 modular seats will be donated overseas. • Al Thumama Stadium: capacity for 40,000 fans and will host matches up to the quarter-finals. The stadium, designed by Qatari architect Ibrahim M Jaidah, represents the traditional gahfiya, and won the MIPIM/The Architectural Review Future Project Award in May 2018. In legacy mode, seating will be reduced to 20,000. • Ras Abu Aboud Stadium: constructed from shipping containers, removable seats and other

• Lusail Stadium: seating 80,000, the stadium in Lusail City will host the opening and closing ceremonies, matches throughout the tournament, and the final, to be held on Qatar National Day, 18 December. Its design is inspired by the fanar lantern, as well as the motifs on bowls and other vessels seen throughout history in the Arab world. After the tournament, the stadium will be changed into a community space with schools, shops, cafés, sporting facilities and clinics.

Qatar Integrated Rail Project corp.qr.com.qa Following its establishment in 2011, Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail) is leading one of the largest rail projects in the world to meet the demands of Qatar’s dynamic and growing population. The company is responsible for the design, construction, commissioning, operation and maintenance of the entire network and systems. The state-of-the-art railway network currently consists of Doha Metro, a rapid transit system connecting communities within Doha and its suburbs, and Lusail Tram, a service for convenient travel within the new city of Lusail. The Doha Metro: Three lines covering the Greater Doha area with connections to commercial and residential areas throughout the city. In central Doha, the Metro network is mainly underground, while at the outskirts it Is at ground level or elevated. The project has been conducted over multiple phases, phase one includes three lines (Red, Gold, and Green) which are now open to the public. • The Red Line is about 40 km running from Al Wakra in the south to Lusail in the north, with a connection to Hamad International Airport. There are 18 stations, and passengers can transfer to the Lusail Tram at Legtaifiya and Lusail stations. • The Green Line runs east from Al Riffa to Al Mansoura, in the west. • The Gold Line runs from Ras Bu Abboud to Al Aziziya with 11 stations. Lusail Tram: An integrated transportation system to serve Lusail City. The state-of-the art network is a tram based system that will connect all the major points of interest in the city. The tram is designed to travel on streets, sharing roadspace with other traffic and pedestrians. The project consists of 28 km along four lines and ©

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• Al Janoub Stadium: the Al Wakra stadium opened in May 2019 for the final of the Amir's Cup. Designed by the late Zaha Hadid and inspired by traditional dhow boats, the 40,000‑seater venue will host matches up to the quarter-finals. After the competition it will become the home of Al Wakra Sports Club with 20,000 seats, with the remainder donated to football development projects overseas.

modular building blocks, the 40,000-seater stadium is the first fully reusable FIFA stadium. It will host matches up to the quarter-finals.

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One of the largest projects in Qatar, costing an estimated QAR163.8 bn (USD45 bn), Lusail City is developed by Lusail Real Estate Development Company (LREDC), a subsidiary of the Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company, itself a subsidiary of Qatar Investment Authority. Spanning 38 sq km north of Doha, Lusail City is master planned to accommodate more than 450,000 residents and visitors. The project was launched in 2004. Features of Lusail City include: • Energy City: Will be the country’s centre for government ministries, and public and private company headquarters. • Fox Hills district: Covers 1.6 mn sq m with housing for 40,000 residents, a 200‑bed hospital, 36 schools and 35 mosques. • Place Vendôme: Inspired by Paris' Rue de la Paix and is a mixed-use project with a mall and luxury retail wing, two five-star hotels (Le Royal Meridien and Palais Vendôme), a luxury collection hotel (Le Royal Meridien Residences), a cinema and other entertainment areas. • Qetaifan Island North: A mixed-use project with a beach club, a linear park and a floating hotel. Qetaifan Projects is owned by Katara Hospitality. With residents now moving to the city, work continues on services such as petrol stations, health centres and schools, as well as developing roads, malls and other facilities. Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company and Kahramaa started

operation of the main power transmission and power distribution stations in May 2019, which has 14 main power transmission stations and 135 power distribution stations.

Msheireb Downtown Doha msheireb.com Msheireb Properties is a real estate development company and a subsidiary of Qatar Foundation. Their flagship project, Msheireb Downtown Doha (MDD), is the world’s first sustainable downtown regeneration project, the QAR20 bn restoration of a 31 hectare site. Msheireb means ‘a place to drink water’ in Arabic, and is the historical name of downtown Doha. The entire development is aiming for Gold or Platinum Certification for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED). MDD is divided into five broad quarters: • Diwan Amiri Quarter: Adjacent to the Amiri Diwan and Al Koot Fort, the Quarter is a group of three stone-clad public buildings comprising the Diwan Annexe, the administrative headquarters building for the Amiri Diwan, the Amiri Guard Building and the Qatar National Archive. • Heritage Quarter: Includes the heritage houses which form Msheireb Museums – Bin Jelmood House, Company House, Mohammed Bin Jassim House and Radwani House. • Retail Quarter: The largest of all five quarters, with the Galleria Mall. Sikkat Wadi Msheireb is a pedestrian-only street with cafés, small boutiques and the Park Hyatt Hotel. In August 2019 the first residences were released at the Wadi 1 building, featuring the latest smart home technologies. Barahat Msheireb is the largest covered public square in the region and houses the Mandarin Oriental Doha hotel, cinemas, exhibition halls, galleries, and Alwadi Hotel Doha MGallery Hotel Collection.

• Business Gateway: Premium business amenities will be on offer in the low- and mid-rise buildings. A number of hotel options are available for convenient meeting and conference use. Cars and other methods of transportation will be underground in several basement levels for a pedestrian‑friendly atmosphere. The project is served by a dedicated tramway and is the central interchange for the Doha Metro lines.

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atar General Electricity and Water Corporation, more familiarly known as Kahramaa, has been entered into the Guinness World Records for the Largest Drinking Water Storage Tank in the World – another new world record for Qatar! According to the ratified certificate bestowed upon Kahramaa by the Guinness World Records, the volume of the water tank, the largest of its kind in the world, is more than 436,000 cubic metres – 96 mn imperial gallons or 115 mn US gallons – and which qualifies Kahramaa for the new world record. This world-record holding drinking water storage tank is part of Kahramaa's major water tanks project, and reflects the efficiency of Kahramaa's strategy to enhance water security in Qatar. It is also in line with Qatar National Vision 2030, which has as one of its goals achieving water security in a number of regions around the country. It supports Kahramaa's goals in assisting and boosting the country's comprehensive development process, and is also part of Kahramaa's commitment to meeting the country's water needs, providing sustainable and high-quality services in accordance with international and local standards. Kahramaa launched the Water Security Mega Reservoirs Project in December 2018, 18 months after the blockade was imposed on Qatar. The project is in line with the vision of The Amir, HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani who has tasked the utility company with achieving water security for the state, which has witnessed an increasing population and a slew of development projects over the last few years. It also alleviates the need for relying on other, external means of achieving water security. It has been touted as the largest water storage development ever constructed in the country, with a total capacity of about 1,500 mn gallons and which

could guarantee water stock needs until 2026. The project includes 15 reservoirs, thought to be the largest in the world, with a capacity of about 100 mn gallons per reservoir, in five strategic locations: Umm Birka, Umm Slal, Rawdat Rashid, Abu Nakhlah and Al Thumama. Kahramaa plans to expand the project in the future, bringing the number of tanks to 40 with a capacity of nearly 4,000 mn gallons, to meet Qatar's water requirements until 2036. The award is yet another successful milestone by the national utility company and reflects the importance given to the project, as it forms the backbone of water security in the State of Qatar. The world record achievement adds to Kahramaa's already impressive year, having won two awards at the Global Good Governance (3G) Awards in London for the National Program for Conservation and Energy Efficiency (Tarsheed). Meanwhile the inauguration of the Umm Al Houl power plant has increased the water production capacity in Qatar by about 40%. Kahramaa has worked on maintaining water quality, with the drinking water quality exceeding standards set out by the World Health Organization. The Water Quality Laboratory successfully renewed its ISO 17025: 2005 certification from the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation, one of the first laboratories to obtain this accreditation in the region. m ©

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Affordable and Budget Al Rawnaq* (Bin Omran) C3 Ansar Gallery* (Barwa Village) E5 Daiso* (Doha Festival City) B2 Dollar Plus (City Center-Doha) C4 Dragon Mart (Industrial Area) F3 Ramez Shopping Complex* (Salwa Rd) D3

4488 4448 4469 7478 4006 4443

5808 6000 6883 5161 1188 1373

Audio Visual/Computers/Electronics Almana & Partners (Old Rayyan) C3 Almuftah Group (Al Sadd) D3 Domasco (Asian Town, Industrial Area) F3 Darwish Trading (Old Airport) D4 Emax* (Al Asmakh Mall) D3 Mannai Trading Co (Salwa Rd) D3 Salam Store (The Gate Mall) C4 Starlink* (Call Centre)

4431 4444 4435 4456 4428 4455 4448 4428

1072 6867 8168 6426 9245 8888 5639 3888

Bookshops, Stationery and Art Supplies Abu Karbal Bookshop (Bin Mahmoud) B4 7030 3588 Bait Al Maarifa (Abu Hamour) 5557 7981 Colour Note Company (Al Nasr St) D3 4441 8548 Gulf Greetings* (City Center-Doha) C4 4483 8117 Jarir Bookstore* (Call Centre) 4444 0212 Naaz Store (Old Airport) D4 4432 4235

Cakes and Sweets Batteel Bakery & Café* (Salwa Rd) D3 4472 Edible Arrangements* (Doha Festival City) B2 4491 Caramel Sweet Arts* (Al Waab) D3 3382 FAUCHON* (Salwa Rd) D3 4432

9089 1112 7259 4888

Magnolia Bakery* (Dar Al Salam Mall) E3 4450 9407 Opera Café* (The Mall) D4 4467 8888 Sugar and Spice* (Aspire Park) D2 4038 9668

Chocolates, Sweets and Flowers Chopin (City Center-Doha) C4 Dulce Chocolate* (Muraikh) D2 Gardenia* (Al Nasr St) D3 Interflora (C Ring Rd) D4 Larissa Chocolates & Flowers* (Al Sadd) D3 Luxury Flowers & Chocolates* (Duhail) B3 Patchi* (Salwa Rd) D3 Patisserie Suisse* (Al Nasr St) D3

4483 4443 4444 4432

Plaza Hollandi* (Villaggio Mall) D2 Tasmeem Flowers & Chocolates* (Al Rayyan) D2

4450 7262

4747 3080 0789 2717

4444 1824 4444 5432 4469 3350 4432 1213

4417 9993

Furnishing Articles (Royal Plaza) D3 Artifacts of Arabia (Villaggio Mall) D2 City Lifestyle* (Al Asmakh Mall) D3 CREU Concept (Al Wukair) F4 Home Centre* (Al Asmakh Mall) D3 Homes R Us* (Hyatt Plaza) D2 IKEA (Doha Festival City) B2 Pottery Barn* (Mall of Qatar) C1 Simex Trading (DaVinci, Kids House) D4 Spazio Interni (Salwa Rd) D3

4413 1188 7449 7970 4428 9256 4038 9965 4413 1940 4469 8999 800 4532 4452 9529 4441 4447 4468 2618

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7449 7000 4468 4467

7970 0480 7373 8383

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Jewellery and Watches Al Jaber Watches (The Mall) D4 Al Muftah Jewellery (Al Sadd) D3 Awal Jewellery (Gold Souq) D4 Damas* (Al Mana Center, Al Sadd) D3 Domasco* (City Center-Doha) C4 Marhaba Jewellery (Gold Souq) D4 Pearl Gallery* (Wathnan Mall) D2 Tribal Gems (Gold Souq) D4

4017 2845

Kitchenware Articles (Royal Plaza) D3 Lakeland* (Villaggio Mall) D2 Table Arts* (Mall of Qatar) C1 Tavola* (City Center-Doha) C4 Villeroy & Boch (Salwa Rd) D3

4413 3372 4411 4493 4436

1188 7783 6338 0102 3561

Musical Equipment 51 East* (Call Centre) 4436 1111 Badie Studio & Stores (Al Souq Area) D4 4442 3554 Virgin Megastore* (Villaggio Mall) D2 4495 9060

Opticians 4436 3461 4442 7152 4412 4380

Oriental Crafts and Carpets Bradran Carpets (The Mall) D4 Oriental Carpets (Al Sadd) D3 Reshi (Landmark Mall) C3 Shahrzad Iranian Carpets (Gold Souq) D4

4467 8886 4447 9794 4486 4795 4442 3210

4455 9000 4441 2728

Party Decorations and Costumes Events (Royal Plaza) D3 176

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Pets & More (City Center-Doha) C4 5569 4222 For more information on pets and vets, see Pets in Living in Qatar in the Discovering Qatar section.

Photographic Studios/Photographers Benny Antoun (also tunes pianos) Boom Art Studio (Al Markhiya) C3 Gulf Colours* (Najma) D4 Qat Shoot (Landmark Mall) C3

5551 4411 4431 4486

4501 1070 1181 6044

4495 4496 4413 4463 4036

9080 0750 5315 1644 2211

Sports Equipment Decathlon (Villaggio Mall) D2 Doha Golf Club B3 Foot Locker* (Villaggio Mall) D2 Go Sport* (City Center-Doha) C4 Sports Corner* (Call Centre)

Tailoring, Textiles and Haberdashery Al Misk Tailors (Al Ghanim) D4 Century Textiles & Tailors (Al Khaleej St) D4 Lexus (Gents/Al Sadd) D3 New Remedy International*

4432 1141

(prev. Al Rawnaq, Souq Al Dira) D4 Sara's Secrets (Ladies/Al Sadd) D3 Singer (New Salata) D4

4441 4420 4432 1030 4443 5731

4442 1283 4432 2761

Toys and Children's Items Babyshop* (Gulf Mall) C3 Early Learning Centre* (Hyatt Plaza) D2 Kiddy Zone* (Landmark Mall) C3 Sensory Souk (Royal Plaza) D3 Toys 'R' Us (Al Sadd) D3

4430 4469 4421 4411 4443

8307 7964 7215 0147 5904

Water Storage Tanks Qatar Rotomould F2

4460 2315

WOQOD Petrol Stations

Paint Shops Hempel Paints* (Industrial Area) F3 Jotun Paints* (Call Centre)

Personal Care/Pharmacies Boots* (Villaggio Mall) D2 Khulood Pharmacy* (Al Markhiya) C3

4413 1155

WOQOD Call Centre Toll Free Number

4021 7777 800 3835

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Al Dar Optics* (Al Nasr St) D3 Al Jabor Vision Technology (C Ring Rd) D4 Yateem Optician* (Lagoona Mall) B4

4435 3501 4441 881

Pet Shops 4467 8484 4444 1313 4443 4551 4442 5428 4483 9327 4431 8055 4480 0124 5539 7578

Key Cutting/Shoe and Watch Repair Mr Quality* (City Center-Doha) C4

Party Kingdom* (Bin Mahmoud) D4 Party Mania (The Centre) D4

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Going to shopping malls, souqs or other shopping destinations is the most popular pastime in Qatar. People enjoy going to shopping destinations to shop, eat, watch movies or just walk. No VAT or Sales Tax in Qatar ensures prices are competitive with other shopping destinations. However, the General Tax Authority (GTA) implemented the Excise Tax Law (No 25 of 2018) on 1 January 2019 on 'health-damaging' goods, with a 100% tax on tobacco and alcohol products, energy drinks and special purpose goods, and a 50% tax on carbonated drinks.

Malls Qatar continously witnesses the opening of new malls. Most recently, in 2019, Qatar saw the opening of Mirqab Mall, Doha Souq and Galeries Lafayette. The first shopping and entertainment mall to open in Qatar was The Mall, which opened in 1997. Prior to The Mall, residents shopped at The Centre since the 1970s. Malls vary in size, but all provide an opportunity for shopping, entertainment and dining. Many banks in the malls are open outside normal banking hours. Shopping festivals occur throughout the year offering great discounts, special offers and prizes.

Hypermarkets/Supermarkets There are many local and international hypermarkets and supermarkets in Qatar both in and outside malls. Popular international hypermarkets include Carrefour carrefourqatar.com, Family Food Centre (FFC) family.com.qa, Lulu Hypermarket and Lulu Express qatar.luluhypermarket.com, Mega Mart, Monoprix monoprix.qa, Spar Hypermarket spar-qa.com and more. Other hypermarkets and supermarkets include Quality Hypermarket qatar.qualityretailgroup.com, Safari Hypermarket safargroup.net and Shoprite. Al Meera is a popular local companies and one of Qatar’s leading companies, operating at least 43 supermarkets and convenience stores. almeera.com.qa Retailers link up with partners to give shoppers the opportunity to earn points and rewards: • Air Miles shopping rewards scheme. airmilesme.com • Family Club is a free-of-charge FFC loyalty card, which allows its cardholder to earn points and redeem them at all FFC outlets. familyclub.qa • Meera Rewards is Al Meera's loyalty programme and mobile application.

• MyClub app from Carrefour Qatar on iOS and Android. Qatar Post has signed a delivery service agreement, Valet Trolley, with Carrefour to provide free home-delivery to MyClub cardholders for purchases QAR250+. • Nojoom from Ooredoo. ooredoo.qa • Shukran loyalty programme from Landmark Retail Ltd which includes Centrepoint. shukranrewards.com Banks have also teamed up with retailers to make similar offers. Doha Bank and LuLu Hypermarket entice customers with the LuLu-Doha Bank shopping credit card providing customers with 5% savings on purchases at their stores throughout Qatar. QNB LIFE Rewards loyalty programme offers its debit and credit customers rewards at three levels of membership, dependent upon salary. QIC Advantage Club and QGrabs offer a different shopping concept – members can take advantage of great deals when shopping, dining, or using health and beauty facilities: qicadvantageclub.com and qgrabs.com

Walk in malls Malls are especially popular in the summer as more people tend to be indoors with the high summer temperatures. Promoting an active lifestyle, larger malls offer various indoor leisure activities. Doha Festival City includes a 3 km outdoor leisure trail for bikers, skateboarders, runners and walkers. Malls such as Hyatt Plaza, Al Khor, Villaggio, City Centre-Doha, Lagoona and Landmark have partnered with Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF) to encourage people to walk and exercise within their malls under AZF's 'Step Into Health, Walk in Mall' programme. It encourages individuals to walk 10,000 steps or more per day, or 30 minutes or more at least five days a week. stepintohealth.qa ©

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Al Sulaiman Jewellery & Watches, Mega Mart Startech Middle East, I AM, California ✘ ✘ ✘ Tortilla, Maison de Sushi 8 am – 10:45 pm

Daily 8 am – 2 am

O3 Mall 4029 3974

D4 Sat – Thu 7:30 am – midnight Caribou Coffee, Wellcare Pharmacy,

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B4

Al Hazm 4411 1444 alhazm.com

C3

Al Khor Mall 4453 3445 alkhormall.com B. Square Mall

E4

4041 0000 bsquaremall.com

Al Asmakh Mall (Centrepoint) 4428 9141

D3

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Spar

✔ ✔

Fri closed 11 am – noon

Startech Middle East, Toys Valley

Sun – Wed 10 am – 10 pm Thu – Sat 10 am – 1 am

Galeries Lafayette – Katara Plaza, 100% Capri, Alberta Ferretti, Ermanno ✘ Scervino, Philipp Plein

Daily 9 am – midnight

Mercato Style De Vie, Hadarah Perfumes, Al Jazeera Perfumes, Il Bernardo, Sole ✘ ✘ ✘ 1 pm – 11 pm Avenue, Little Ones

Sat – Thu 8 am – midnight Fri closed 11 am – noon

LuLu City Lifestyle, Daiso, Payless, ✔ ✔ ✔ Mothercare, Splash, Foot Care Centre 8 am – midnight

Daily 10 am – 11 pm

Spar Outlet 63, 300 Bowling Centre, Java U, ✔ ✔ ✔ The Chemist Café, Kidsland, 8 am – midnight Eli France Café, Al Aker Sweets

Sat – Thu 10 am – 10 pm Fri 1 pm – 11 pm

Centrepoint, City Lifestyle, Emax, Homecentre, Splash, Shoemart, babyshop

Sat – Wed 10 am – 10 pm

City Center-Doha 4493 3355 citycenterdoha.com

C4 Thu 10 am – midnight

Dar Al Salam 4016 3573 facebook.com

E3

Fri 1 pm -- midnight Paid parking Sat -- Thu 10 am – 10 pm Fri 2 pm -- 11 pm

7:30 am – midnight

Aldo, Homecentre, MaxFashion, Carrefour Promod, Splash, Inglot, Nayomi, Pierre ✔ ✔ ✔ Cardin, Pets & More, Accessorize 8 am – 10 pm Zohoor Alreef, Payless, Mothercare, The Body Shop, Giordano, Nayomi, MaxFashion

Carrefour

✔ ✔

8 am – midnight

Supermarkets and shops close for prayers on Friday. Please see Hypermarkets and Supermarkets later in this section or call the mall to verify timing.

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A neighbourhood mall located in Ain Khaled.

VODAFONE

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EXCHANGE

ATM

BANK

IN BRIEF

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UTILITIES

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Novo Cinemas

A two-storey mall with skylight roof in New Salata.

A high-end luxury outdoor shopping mall in Katara Cultural Village.

Farah Play Area

✘ ✘ ✘ Kids Area

DHL Desk ✘ ✘ ✘

✔ ✔

Over 60 stores open over two levels.

Two levels of family entertainment with 300 parking spaces.

Two levels with underground parking.

DHL Desk ✔ ✔ ✔

Thunderdome ✘ ✘ ✘

✘ ✘ ✘ Concierge

FunVille

✔ ✔

Cineco Three Velocity

Roxy Cinema Fun City

Fun City/X-treme World

Cineco

Exclusive luxury brands in a fashionable setting.

✔ ✔ ✘ ✘ Key Cutting

Over 200 shops on four floors.

Neighbourhood mall over two floors.

Kiddyzone

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ENTERTAINMENT

RKETS

Most malls have ample parking and offer car wash and/or valet services at a reasonable price. Facilities at malls are subject to change. Call ahead.

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Doha Festival City 4035 4444 festivalcitydoha.com

B2

Sun – Wed 10 am – 10 pm Thu – Sat 10 am – midnight

D3 Sat – Thu 7:30 am – midnight

Doha Mall *Opening soon

E3

Ezdan Mall 4433 4141 ezdanmall.qa

C3

Ezdan Mall, Al Wakra

F5

Fri 7:30 am – 11 am/ 12:30 pm – 11 pm

Daily 7:30 am – midnight

Daily 7:30 am – midnight

C3

Hyatt Plaza 4499 9666 hyattplaza.com

D2 Sat – Wed 9 am – 10 pm

Sun – Thu 9 am – 10 pm Fri and Sat 9 am – 11 pm

Thu 9 am – 11 pm Fri 2 pm – 11 pm

Fri 2 pm – midnight

C3 Sat – Wed 9 am – 10 pm

Mall of Qatar 4034 6000 mallofqatar.com.qa

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Jumbo Electronics, Saving Square, Wooden Bakery, Jollibee

Aldo, New Yorker, Riva, Neal's Yard Remedies, Tim Hortons, The Toy Store

H&M, LC Waikiki, R&B, Voile, Footlocker, Vision Express, Tim Hortons

Matalan, Victoria's Secret, Bath & Body Works, Morgan Jewelers

HomesRUs, Rasasi, Aldo, Morgan Jewelers, Charles & Keith, Nine West, Daiso, LC Waikiki

Thu 9 am – 11 pm Fri 1:30 pm – 11 pm

Sat – Wed 10 am – 11 pm Thu & Fri 10 am – midnight

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Monoprix

Kipling, Naturalizer, Victoria's Secret, Dorothy Perkins, Ted Baker, Marks & Spencer, Harvey Nichols, Debenhams

B4 Thu -- Sun 10 am – 10 pm 51 East, Table Arts, Ted Baker,

Landmark Mall 4487 5222 landmarkdoha.com

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10 am – 2 am

Family Mart

✔ ✔

7:30 am – midnight

Gulf Mall 4031 0600 gulfmalldoha.com

Lagoona Mall (Zig Zag Towers) 4433 5555 lagoonamall.com

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Carrefour

✔ ✔

Mall timings

Carrefour

Mall timings

Al Meera

✔ ✔

7 am – midnight

Al Meera

✔ ✔

8 am – midnight

Carrefour

Rituals, Armani Exchange, Bang & Olufsen, Bridal Lounge

Migato, Mac, BHS, Lush, Sephora, Zara, Zara Home, H&M, Marks & Spencer, Boots

By Malene Birger, Call It Spring, Victoria's Secret, Pottery Barn, Phase Eight, Charming Charlie, Loriblu

8 am – 10 pm

Carrefour

8 am – midnight

Carrefour

✔ ✔

9 am – 11 pm

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VODAFONE

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ATM

UTILITIES

TRAVEL AGENT

BANK

EXCHANGE

RESTAURANT

MONEY & TRAVEL

FOOD AREA

FOOD

GYM

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CINEMA

BOWLING ALLEY

PLAY ZONE

AMUSEMENTS

ENTERTAINMENT

RKETS

✘ ✔

Over 500 outlets, ranging from day-to-day shopping to high-end fashion.

Seven entertainment areas

VOX Cinema

Opening soon ✘ ✘ ✘

✘ ✔

✔ ✘

Four-storey neighbourhood mall in Al Mirqab Al Jadeed St.

Opening soon ✘ ✘ ✘

✘ ✘

Super-regional mall in Bu Hamour.

✔ ✔

✔ ✔

Three levels with over 170 stores.

The first and only mall in Al Wakra; two floors with parking for more than 1,500 cars.

Three levels with shaded parking.

✔ ✔

✘ ✔

Mostly one level with over 100 outlets and kiosks.

Flik Cinemas

FunVille ✘ ✘ ✘

FunVille, KiddyZone

Go Fun

Cineco

Jungle Zone

✔ ✔

Boutique mall over three levels. Over 140 outlets.

DHL Desk ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

58,000 sq m single-storey mall.

✘ ✔ ✔

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

✘ ✘

Flik Cinemas

Circus Land

✔ ✔

Cinema Land

XtremeLand/KidzMondo

✔ ✔

Novo Cinemas

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Thu & Sat 10 am – 11 pm Fri 10 am – 11:30 am/ 1 pm – 11 pm

Q Mall 4033 9994

C3 9 am – 10 pm

Royal Plaza 4413 0000 royalplazadoha.com

D3

Tawar Mall 4437 9333 tawarmall.qa

C3 Sat – Wed 10 am – 10 pm

The Centre 4444 0202

D4 Sat – Thu 10 am – 10 pm

The Gate Mall 4407 7201 thegatemall.com

C4 Sat – Thu 10 am – 10 pm

The Mall 4467 8888 themalldoha.com

D4

Villaggio 4422 7400 villaggioqatar.com

D2 Sun – Wed 9 am – 10 pm

Wathnan Mall 4487 6691 wathnanmall.com

D2 Daily 5 am – 1 am

Friday 11 am – 11 pm

Sat – Thu 9 am – 10 pm Fri 3:30 pm – 10 pm

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Damas Jewellery, Armani Jeans, BHS, Mango, illy, Lush, Aljazeera Perfumes

QIB, United Tours and Travels, Duke, Panache London

Aida, Al Muftah Jewellery, Ali Bin Ali, Articles, Mont Blanc, Pari Gallery, Sensory Souk, Sizy

Sports Corner, Karisma, Momento, Thu & Fri 10 am – midnight Anotah, Caracole, Techno Blue, Merch, The Face Shop

Fri 4 pm -- 10 pm

Brands, Pandora, Redtag

TAKE AWAY

SUPERMARKETS

BAKERY

UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED, PARKING IS FREE

Carrefour

✔ ✔

8 am – midnight Mega Mart

✔ ✔

Mall timings

✔ ✔

Spar 8 am – midnight Mega Mart

✔ ✔

7 am – midnight

Fri 4 pm – 10 pm Paid parking

Sat – Thu 10 am – 10 pm Fri 4 pm – 10 pm

Thu & Sat 9 am – 11 pm Fri 9 am – 11 pm

Mega Mart

Salam Stores, Paul & Shark, Ermenegildo Zegna, JustKidding

Highland, Boots, Mothercare, Mango, Oasis, Al Motahajiba, La Senza, Next, Aldo, Milano

Marks & Spencer, Bath & Body Works, Virgin Megastore, Desigual, Ed Hardy, Mango, Zara, H&M

Zarabi Department Store, Ivory, Families only 3 pm – 1 am Cendrala Fashions, Party Lady, Santorini Perfumes

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8 am – 10 pm Al Meera

✔ ✔

8 am – midnight Carrefour

✔ ✔

8 am – midnight Maskkar Hypermarket

✔ ✔

5 am – 1 am

Tawar Mall

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A total space of 26,000 sq m and 250 car parking spaces.

Two levels of local shops and restaurants.

EXCHANGE

Funderdome/Hangout/Jump

Flik Cinemas

✔ ✔

✘ ✔ ✔

✔ ✔

✔ ✘ ✔ Concierge

✔ ✔

Features a musical water fountain, a traditional souq and a boutique hotel.

One level with beauty, jewellery and clothing kiosks.

Aramex ✔ ✘

✘ ✘

Boutique mall with three floors of high-end outlets and luxury brands.

Fun Day ✘ ✘ ✔ ✘ ✘ Three-screen Cinema

Two levels with a range of high- and middle-range shops.

Gondolania ✔ ✔ ✔ Cineco 13

DHL Desk ✔ ✔ ✔

Italian-themed mall with luxury brand area Via Domo.

✘ ✘

First mall with dedicated opening hours for families only.

Bounce Qatar/Kiddy Zone

✔ ✔

Novo Cinemas

✔ ✔

Over 100 shops across three levels with high-end outlets.

✔ ✔

CanDo ✘ ✘ ✘

Wathnan Fun City

✔ ✔

The Gate Mall

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ENTERTAINMENT

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Al Furjan Markets

Al Sailiya Central Market

In addition to malls, there are plenty of other shopping destinations in Qatar from the luxurious mixed-use urban development project, The PearlQatar, to wholesale markets and traditional souqs.

Al Furjan Markets Al Furjan (neighbourhood) markets have house provision stores, bakeries, butcheries, pharmacies, ATM kiosks, laundries, barber shops, fruits and vegetables, and vending areas and eateries, among other facilities. Al Furjan Markets are not widespread but can be found in areas such as Al Qutaifiya, Rawdat Al Hamama, Rawdat Aqdim, Al Thumama, Al Mearad, Umm Al Seneem, Al Aab and Jarayan Nujaimah. The Al Furjan project aims to have 44 markets in designated areas with a total of 645 shops covering 28 basic commercial activities, providing for the main needs of inhabitants of the neighbourhood.

Al Sailiya Central Market E1 Aswaq for Food Facilities Management relocated the previous Wholesale Market in Mesaimeer to the new Al Sailiya Central Market in January 2020. Spanning over 78,000 sq m, the new central market is the largest in Qatar, located in Al Sailiya, approximately 25 minutes away from Doha. The market is divided into several connected and air-conditioned sections for fish, poultry, fruits and vegetables, and a slaughterhouse for camels, cows and sheep. The market has nine air-cooled storages (2,600 sq m). It includes a traditional market with 52 shops, in addition to the existing 102 shops in the retail market and the 50 shops in the wholesale market. Moreover, there are imported products at the auction hall, which spans over 8,000 sq m. Upon completion of the auction, the products are loaded either out of the market, or to the wholesale market or air-cooled storage.

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The Omani Souq E1 has relocated to the new Al Sailiya Central Market. Tangy, salty aromas of dried fish compete with the sweet smell of ripe dates. It offers a large variety of goods, including desert truffles, spices, nuts, perfumes, gardenware, plants, camel sticks and incense burners. Contact: 6672 0259

Al Wakra Central Market F5 Aswaq for Food Facilities Management, a subsidiary of Hassad Foods, opened Al Wakra Central Market in January 2020. The facility includes a livestock central market with an automated slaughterhouse, cattle barns, shops, hypermarket, traditional and vegetable markets, shops and administrative buildings. Spread over an area of approximately 230,000 sq m, the market is located in the midpoint of central road networks. The 14,000 sq m automated slaughterhouse has the capacity to handle 9,000 livestock a day. There are more than 600 livestock barns. The public can buy animals from the barns and transfer them to the slaughterhouse. The retail, wholesale and hypermarket sections are air-conditioned. The market includes 102 shops to support the market’s main activity such as fodder, grain, and veterinary supplies. The market also includes fodder storage space of more than 5,200 sq m. Additionally, the retail section includes 76 shops and a traditional market that sells vegetables and fruits, dried fruit, honey and dates. There are several seasonal farmers markets across Qatar. Local farmers sell produce directly to customers. Fresh fruit, vegetables and plants can be bought in bulk. Open Thursday to Saturday from 7 am – 7 pm, between October and June.

Barwa Village E5 Barwa Village, just off Al Wakra Road, is a residential and commercial complex that has much to offer. In the centre of Barwa Village is The Plaza – home to Megamart and Centrepoint

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The Pearl-Qatar B4 A relaxed waterfront project of residential apartments, villas, cafés and restaurants, and luxury retail outlets, where you can browse in style amid a Mediterranean atmosphere while admiring the views across the lagoon. There are a superb selection of restaurants, from wonderful Turkish cuisine at Hasan Kolcuoglu; Qatar's first 100% vegan café, Evergreen Organics; French-Italian at The French Olive; Subzero, the first ice lounge in Qatar; Sammach for a Qatari seafood dining experience; Mexican at ISLA; or try Caffe Vergnano 1882. 800 6222, thepearlqatar.com For more information, see The Pearl-Qatar section.

Souqs In addition to the popular Souq Waqif and Souq Al Wakra (see Souq Waqif and Souq Al Wakra sections), there are various souq or market complexes scattered around town. When people in Qatar talk of the 'souqs', they usually refer to the city’s oldest market area, in the heart of the city near the old Amiri Diwan. Souqs range from the traditional-style Souq Waqif, which still retains the atmosphere and spirit of the old bazaar, to the more modern air-conditioned, marble-clad complexes. When shopping in the souqs, you have the opportunity to bargain. At souqs, you have cheaper imports, high-end designer items and just about everything else, including clothing to home accessories to kitchenware to souvenirs and unique gifts. Kitchenware shops stock everything from huge cooking pots to dainty glasses, cutlery and table

ornaments. Luggage, tools, general hardware, DIY and gardening equipment, are also available. Clothing includes a wide range of inexpensive clothes, casual wear and shoes. Shopping hours at the souqs are usually 10 am – 1 pm and 4 pm – 7 pm (Souq Waqif has longer opening hours). A map of the central souqs is in the Souq Waqif section. Parking is limited at the most of the souqs. The earlier you arrive, the better. You may consider parking in the underground car park at the Souq Waqif park. Entry can be found along the Corniche. There is now an underground car park in Souq Waqif near Al Koot Fort, as well as an air-conditioned underground car park adjacent to Shioukh Mosque and the Amiri Diwan, off Al Rayyan Road, with an underground walkway connecting to Souq Waqif. See the map of Souq Waqif for precise locations. Access to cash is limited at most of the souqs. ATMs are avaliable but it's best you carry cash with you at all times as most shops take payment in cash only. First in the downtown souq area is the busy Souq Faleh D4 shopping centre, which houses several abaya, clothing and body accessories stores. Adjacent to Souq Faleh is Souq Al Asiery D4, which is known as the 'Escalator Souq' – as it was the first and only one in Doha to have an escalator. It has a massive selection of fabrics available at prices to suit all. Other outlets include clothing, shoes, perfume and accessories. Connected to Souq Al Asiery is Souq Al Dira D4, your one-stop shop for upmarket textiles. The building has huge arches, lantern-style lights and stained-glass windows and, can be found right behind Souq Al Asiery. High-quality beaded fabrics, heavy lace and 'designer' fabrics are all on sale. The souq also has shoes, perfume and accessory stores, and cloakroom facilities. Many Indian and Filipino eateries can be found there. ©

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– and also a health club, an international school, a nursery and a medical clinic. An abundance of restaurants awaits, including Spicy Route, Dakshin and Smaisma Café for Indian fare, Beijing House offering a taste of China, Shater Abbas for Persian delicacies, and Tofu & Cake Restaurant for Indonesian cusine.

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One of the oldest markets in the country, Souq Al Haraj D4 is the best destination for second-hand goods especially used furniture and household appliances.

In addition to souqs, there are many low-budget shopping centres in Qatar with branches across the country where you can buy clothing, home accessories and kitchen appliances at affordable prices such as Al Rawnaq, Ansar Gallery, Dragon Mart and Ramez. See Where to Shop in this section for numbers.

Souq Al Ali C3 is a neighbourhood souq in Al Gharrafa right across from Immigration Department. It houses textile, tailoring and abaya stores, and a few pet shops. It's a popular destination for shoe repair and carpentry stores. There's a KFC, Yellow Cab and other eateries in the souq as well. The old yet urban Thursday and Friday Souq E3 is located on the Wholesale Market Street in the Bu Hamour and Mesaimeer district. The shopping centre is a well-known destination for abayas, jalabiyas, affordable clothes and other garments as well as toys. There are also a few spice, date and honey shops.

The Gold Souq There are several jewellery shops in the gold souq area, surrounding Grand Hamad Street and Ali Bin Abdullah Street. In addition to buying and/or selling gold, most jewellers will repair and replace jewellery, providing a receipt. Designs cater for Western and Eastern tastes and are of local and international manufacture.

Buying gold is safe as all gold sold in Qatar is tested and hallmarked in the country, so quality is guaranteed. Most of the gold is 18 and 22 carat. Some modern and traditional jewellery items have artificial stones and this is reflected in the price. You are welcome to try anything on, and the salesmen are willing to bring pieces from a nearby shop if they don’t have what you are looking for. You will need the purchase receipt when selling

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Selling gold The Ministry of Interior lists procedures for obtaining the mandatory no-objection certificate (NOC) from the police to sell gold. A fee of QAR10 has to be paid through a debit/credit card to get the NOC. Other requirements are necessary such as bringing the gold for inspection, producing bills for the gold, and bringing the ID and passport of the owner or seller. The gold should belong to first or second degree relatives. The service is provided by the Gold Sales Office in Souq Waqif and security departments across the country. Invoice Many jewellery shops issue invoices based on the format prescribed by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI). The MOCIapproved format, introduced in 2016 to protect consumers' interests, offers customers a detailed sales invoice. It shows particulars such as unit price without processors, price of workmanship, purity degree, and trademark. Other details include information about the piece of jewellery like the total price, carat, gram, number, description, item code, the shop’s stamp, seller’s name and signature, shop data, invoice number, customer name and customer’s Qatar ID number. m

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Traditional bridal jewellery is an interesting sight and comprises solid gold belts, gub (small gold caps), hair ornaments, mirtash (chest-length decorated chains) and bracelets. Personalised name pendants can be made at short notice with your name written in Arabic calligraphy, as a keepsake or gift. Coins, ingots and gems of various weights are available at most jewellers. High-quality second-hand watches on sale at specialist shops include brands such as Rolex and Cartier.

your jewellery, and you will only receive the value of the weight of the metal or precious stones excluding the workmanship.

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Shop Local By Ola Diab The local produce yards have opened across Qatar for the new season 2020–21, selling fresh vegetables, fruits, fish, poultry, plants and more!

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reduced the retail prices by 20% compared to other outlets. More farmers and/or farms are expected to join the new season, increasing as the season continues.

Qatar hosts many farmers’ markets throughout the year, but usually between October and late April/ beginning of May. These markets promote the development of local produce and encourage local farming.

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Fresh vegetables and fruits from local farms are available for sale at all five local produce yards, which are Al Mazrouah, Al Wakra, Al Khor and Al Thakhira, Al Shamal, and Al Sheehaniya. The yards operate from 7 am to 4 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Cash is necessary as there are no credit card facilities available. Prices are clearly placed in both English and Arabic on large white cards. Bargaining is acceptable. The rustic, open-air yards sell more than 21 different types of locally produced vegetables and fruits including cucumbers, courgettes, watermelons, melons, aubergines, peppers, tomatoes, lettuce, carrots and other leafy vegetables at cheaper prices, and encourage the production and regulation of homegrown produce as markets are fully overseen by MME. Honey, poultry, fish, and plants and flowers are also sold at these yards. More variety of products will be added as the harvest time of each plant approaches. Prices of products are expected to go down as more vegetables and larger quantities of products will be on sale at the yards. At least 150 local farms are taking part in the new season, supplying their fresh products for sale. These yards are an opportunity for local farmers to sell their produce without having to pay any fees, and there is any mediator between them. These measures have 190

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According to MME, the necessary preparations have been made at the five yards before resuming operations for the new season. The yards have been cleaned, sanitised and disinfected as a measure against COVID-19 as well as sprayed to deter rodents and insects. Furthermore, the yards have been refurbished with shades and umbrellas, pavements, and other internal developments to better improve the shopping experience.

Local farming and agriculture Situated in the Arabian Gulf the country is a dry, subtropical desert with rough, sandy terrain and just 1% of arable land. It is a marvel how Qatar has managed to overcome this obstacle and contribute a good volume of local agricultural produce to its people. As well as fishing and pearling, Qatar has always been involved in agriculture, particularly in Al Rayyan and Al Khor, the latter of which has the highest number of farms in the country. However, since the blockade in 2017, the country has made a concerted effort to grow its agricultural sector, with production increasing by more than 100%. To date, there are 1,400 agriculture farms in the north and over 400 greenhouses. According to MME, selfsufficiency in vegetable production is at 24% and is expected to exceed 70% in the next five years. Qatar has also achieved 100% self-sufficiency in live poultry, meat and dairy products.

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Self-sufficiency in vegetable production has reached 24% and is expected to reach 90% by 2023. Special agricultural facilities have also opened up to promote pisciculture, with the capacity to house over 2.4 mn fish larvae. Shrimp production is 79% self-sufficient with a current production of six tonnes a year. Dairy production too has flourished incredibly, making Qatar totally self-sufficient in dairy and dairy products. Overall food production has shown tremendous growth – by a whopping 400% – and an estimated QAR10 bn has been achieved in annual fresh food trade volume. Advancement in technology and further research in agricultural production alternatives has helped improve and develop the farming scenario in the country.

Facilities have also adopted hydroponics in farming where a water solvent with the required nutrients is used as a base for plant growth instead of the traditional use of soil. The nutrient enriched water comes from the waste produced by farmed fish or other aquatic creatures housing in an aquaponic facility.

To ensure the availability of farm fresh products all year, farmers are increasingly turning to technological solutions, incorporating LED or dark room technology which eliminates the threat of pests and diseases. LED lighting is considered far better than traditional light sources and is more energy efficient, as the farmers can adjust the light according to the stages of plant growth.

Many indoor farms, whether hydroponic or traditional, have installed sensors that help detect inconsistencies in manufacture. Primarily, the detection of air temperature and humidity, soil temperature and moisture, soil pH, light, wind, concentration of carbon dioxide, and the content of oxygen is conducted along with 200 other parameters. This can also be linked to internet agriculture, where Internet of Things is used in agricultural procedures.

The lights can also be changed according to the stage of the seed’s germination – blue for the sprouting of the seed, red for photosynthesis, sprouting, flowering and fruiting. This technology enables farmers to grow their crops indoors at regulated temperatures and not worry about pests and diseases.

Farms such as Qatari Agricultural Development Company (AGRICO) and Al Sulaiteen Agricultural & Industrial Complex (SAIC) have embraced the concept of hydroponics in their farming methodology, wherein a water solvent with nutrients is used as a base for plant growth rather than soil. Qatar now has five purely organic farms. m ©

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See Qatar From Around The World Qatar residents, as well as online viewers from around the world, now have the opportunity to visit the country’s historical and heritage sites virtually. Qatar Museums (QM) has launched virtual tours of Qatar's historical heritage sites where you can discover the hidden gems of Al Ruwais Police Station, Barzan Towers and more – and all right from the comfort of your own home.

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marhaba.qa In 2019, Qatar welcomed 2.136 mn visitors, representing an increase of 17% compared to 2018. Visitation from nationals of all regions of the world grew signicantly.

A range of visa measures announced by the Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC), formerly known as Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA), have been widely welcomed by tourism industry professionals, as well as the country’s hospitality and retail operators. The introduction of the free, 96-hour transit visa and +Qatar (an initiative to promote Qatar as a stopover destination by QNTC and Qatar Airways) has resulted in bringing close to 200,000 visitors to Qatar. In August 2017, Qatar introduced visa waivers for citizens of more than 80 countries. Since inception, at least 275,000 visitors have entered Qatar visa-free. In September 2018, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) ranked Qatar as the 8th most open in the world in terms of visa facilitation in its '10 Most Open Visa Countries in the World'. In addition, Qatar was ranked number one in the Middle East and number eight globally in business environment by the World's Economic Forum's Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2019. In January 2020, Qatar ranked as the second safest country in the world by Numbeo, the world's largest database of user contributed data. Qatar offers a wide range of authentic tourism experiences, in addition to hosting close to 80 sporting events annually, and will be the first Middle Eastern country to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup QatarTM and the 2023 FINA World Swimming Championships.

Tourist arrivals As with the rest of the world, Qatar's tourism industry was heavily impacted by the COVID–19 pandemic in 2020. In March, Qatar restricted travel to and from Qatar, and imposed a ban on inbound tourists causing the volume of tourists to plunge. However, the year began with increasing visitor arrivals, and until February there were 498,528 arrivals, up 32% compared to the same period in 2019.

The country is concentrating on attracting Chinese, Russian and Indian tourists. QNTC has representation offices in three of the largest cities in China, as well as in Russia and India.

Hotel and hotel apartment performance In March 2020, with the advent of the pandemic, Qatar imposed a ban on inbound tourists causing the volume of tourists to plunge. Moreover, all recreation facilities and F&B outlets in hotel properties were also mandated to close. Despite the pandemic, at least 1,000 keys were added during 2020 with the opening of Pullman Hotel in Al Dafna, Imperium Residences in Najma, Dusit D2 Salwa Doha in Muraikh, Al Liwan Suites in Rawdat Al Khail, Diyafa Hotel Suites in Al Sadd, Water Front Qatar Hotel and Apartments in Lusail City, Aleph Doha Residences, Curio Collection by Hilton in West Bay, and Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas on Salwa Road. Since March, hotels have had to rely on local residents for turnover. Hotel apartments were reported to fare well compared to the hotel room segment as they relied on long term leasing to tenants. The room supply across the hospitality business events sector in Qatar increased by 6% in 2019 compared to 2018. Despite the increased supply, room demand grew substantially (up 15%), resulting in a 9% increase in occupancy. While Average Room Rate (ARR) was down by 2% across all hotels and hotel apartments, Revenue Per Available Room (RevPAR) was up 7% in 2019 compared to 2018. The average length of stay (ALOS) for visitors in Qatar in 2019 was 3.54 nights per trip in the hotel segment (with the highest in four-star hotels at 4.93 nights per trip on average) and 6.56 ©

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In 2018, Qatar witnessed a decline in visitors as a result of the blockade imposed on Qatar since 5 June 2017. According to QNTC, despite this overall decline, a breakdown of arrivals by region shows positive growth in all nonGCC and other Arab regions throughout the first quarter of 2018. In addition, monthly arrivals have been slowly increasing since the blockade, with the highest monthly arrivals since the blockade being observed in January 2018.

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Cruise industry Qatar saw a record number of cruise tourists in the 2019–20 season, which began in October 2019 and concluded in April 2020. It was the busiest season so far with over 186,000 passengers and 61,000 crew arriving on 74 ships, showing a growth of 121% and 66% respectively over the previous season. In 2019, QNTC and Doha Port inaugurated a new 6,000 sq m temporary passenger terminal, further streamlining passenger experiences (+17%) and offering premium services similar to those at Hamad International Airport. As a result of various initiatives by and close cooperation between Mwani Qatar, QNTC and other stakeholders, Qatar's cruise industry has witnessed significant growth in the last few years. The 2018–19 season achieved 121% growth in the number of cruise passengers and 100% increase in the number of cruise ships, with more than 140,000 passengers, arriving aboard 44 ships. Over the past few years, QNTC has established a number of strong relationships with international cruise operators as well as with other specialists involved in the industry. This has proved to be of great importance as Qatar will be benefitting from cruise ships during the 2022 FIFA World Cup QatarTM, as a means of providing additional accommodation for fans and visitors over the period. A minimum of 6,000 rooms on cruise ships will be contracted for the 2022 tournament.

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On World Tourism Day 2017, held annually on 27 September, Qatar launched the Next Chapter of its National Tourism Sector Strategy 2030, which charts the next five years of the tourism sector’s growth in Qatar. The next chapter aims to attract 5.6 mn visitors to Qatar annually by 2023, double the number which the country welcomed in 2016. It also aims to achieve a 72% occupancy rate across all hotel establishments, through a combination of increasing demand and diversifying the country’s tourist accommodation offering. According to travel solution provider TravelSupermarket, visitor arrivals in Doha are projected to grow by 104% by 2025, making it the fastest-growing tourist destination among major cities worldwide. The city is expected to see more than 4.51 mn visitors in 2025. Tourism is expected to play a greater role in Qatar’s economy as the sector’s share of the country’s GDP will be nearly QAR133.5 bn in 2028, reports the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). Travel and tourism investment in Qatar may exceed QAR14.5 bn, or 4.2% of total investments in the country, in 2028. m

Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) In November 2018, The Amir, HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani issued Decision No 74 of 2018 establishing QNTC, cancelling QTA and the government committee to coordinate conferences and events. QNTC promotes Qatar as a destination around the world, through its destination branding, international representation and participation at trade shows, and by developing a rich calendar of festivals and events. Growing international presence, QNTC is growing internationally with representative offices in London, Paris, Berlin, Milan, Singapore and more cities. In 2014, Qatar launched the Qatar National Tourism Sector Strategy (QNTSS), which seeks to diversify the country’s tourism offering and increase the sector’s contribution to Qatar’s economy by 2030. Chaired by Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, HE Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani, QNTC works in partnership with public and private stakeholders to achieve this mission by planning, regulating and promoting a sustainable and diverse tourism industry while perpetuating Qatar’s culture.

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Cruise passengers can also avail of the new transit visa. As part of the new operating procedure –­ which includes the use of enhanced technology and close collaboration between cruise operators and security officials – a passenger manifest containing the passport details of passengers and crew will be shared with immigration officials 48 hours prior to a ship’s arrival in Qatar. This will allow the authorities to process all relevant information and clear passengers for entry before the ship's berth, enabling travellers to disembark within minutes and begin on-shore excursions.

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It's That Time of the Year! By Ola Diab December is the most festive month of the year with Christmas and New Year. In Qatar, it is as festive, adding Qatar National Day to the mix. This year, however, COVID-19 has brought about change to how we celebrate the most important time of the year.

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he festive month in Qatar begins with Qatar National Day on 18 December, followed by Christmas then New Year celebrations. This time of the year is special for all, but this year, COVID-19 health and safety measures are in effect. The contact details for the hotels can be found in Places to Stay in this section. Also make sure you keep up to date with the latest events at marhaba.qa

Qatar National Day Qatar National Day is celebrated on 18 December to commemorate Qatar’s unification in 1878. This is a highly anticipated day in Qatar as key landmarks in Doha like the Corniche, Souq Waqif, Katara Cultural Village and The Pearl-Qatar, as well as homes, businesses and hotels flourish with decorations in the colours of the Qatari flag. Decorated with flags, lights and flower bouquets, the Doha Corniche is the most popular venue for the National Day celebrations, which begin at 6 am with a ceremonial parade in the presence of The Amir, HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and other members of the royal family. The spectacular fireworks come out on National Day – not on New Year's Eve. The annual National Day fireworks begin at 8 pm and last for 10 minutes. Fireworks also take place at Katara Cultural Village. At the time of writing, it's unclear whether Qatar National Day celebrations at Doha Corniche and Katara Cultural Village will take place due to COVID19. Visit marhaba.qa for up to date information. Another popular destination on National Day is Darb Al Saai village, which means the ‘Route of the Messenger’. Located in Al Sadd, Darb Al Saai is a massive temporary installation created specifically

Qatar National Day fireworks at Katara Cultural Village © Aspire Katara Hospitality

for National Day, designed as an old Qatari village. Open annually for just 10 days, the installation features tents with cultural activities including musical shows, henna, horse riding and falconry. In addition, visitors can walk through several stalls for food, drinks and shopping. Many of Qatar's leading companies and organisations set up large tents with interactive presentations and activities for visitors at Darb Al Saai. Due to the pandemic, it will not take place this year.

And then comes Christmas There are many reasons to feel festive with the majority of the hotels and restaurants getting into gear to ensure you have the best Christmas season. Hotels, restaurants, cafés and malls are decorated with Christmas decorations – lights, trees and more. If you're staying in Qatar through the festive season, take advantage of the many sumptuous dining options available. The range of choices on Christmas Eve and the day itself are boundless. There will be plenty of opportunities to get your fill of traditional dishes like turkey and all the trimmings. In addition, you will be able to enjoy everything from Middle Eastern specialities to Mediterranean, Indian, steaks and buffets all with COVID-19 restrictions in place. Various price options are available. Restaurants will be booked up fast so call ahead. For those wishing to celebrate at home, turkeys and the trimmings are available to order from most hotels, as well as other specialities such as gingerbread houses, Yule logs and festive flower arrangements. You can also procure the services of an outside catering team – events can be held at your own home or you can hire a private entertainment space at a hotel. ©

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Goodbye 2020! Hello 2021! Celebrate the arrival of 2021 at any one of the hotels or restaurants around town that offer something special dining packages for the occasion. There is something to suit everyone's taste and budget. Early booking is a must, especially for New Year’s Eve at hotels. If you really want to go all out, try one of the hotels' VIP packages – for a fantastic New Year's Eve, this will often include an extravagant dinner and overnight stay in a suite.

The day after the night before If you need to recharge, or simply fancy another day out with friends and family to enjoy the first day of the year, unwind with a brunch (with or without bubbly). Remember, celebrating the New Year is not about just one night, but a whole year of 365 new pages for you to fill. There are still plenty of things to do and see through the winter months. To know what's happening around town, see the Events Calendar in the Discovering Qatar section. Visit marhaba.qa for our online, up to date calendar of events. Don't forget to get your Marhaba Calendar 2021 to help you get better organised in the new year! Happy 2021!

Christmas, New Year and the Islamic Calendar The Christian holiday, Christmas, celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Muslims do not celebrate it as it's considered haram or forbidden for Muslims to celebrate non-Muslim holidays including Christmas and New Year. Significantly, the story of the birth of Christ is actually related in the Quran, in Sura 19:16-35. Some of the facts are the same, but what is most important, the story is given a very different slant. The virgin Mary is told by an angel that she will give birth to a 'pure' son, 'as a sign unto men and a mercy from Us'. She withdraws to a desert to give birth, alone, under a palm-tree, then returns with the infant to her people. When they chide her, supposing she has been unchaste, Jesus speaks up from the cradle in her defense, announcing himself to be a prophet. The passage concludes by denouncing the Christian doctrine of the Incarnation. Although Muslims acknowledge Jesus' miraculous birth of a virgin, they do not celebrate Christmas because the Quran debunks the idea of incarnation and resurrection. The Quran respects both Jesus and the Virgin Mary – who are known as Prophet Issa and Maryam the Virgin in Islam – by sharing the story of Jesus’ miraculous birth, his special gift of speaking from the cradle, and his ability to perform miracles with the help of God. Muslims believe that Maryam is one of the greatest women to ever live, and a chapter of the Quran is devoted to her. Muslims believe Jesus was sent as a beloved Prophet of God to deliver the word to the people of his time. A similar holiday to Christmas in Islam is Mawlid Al Nabi Al Sharfi, the birthday of Prophet Muhammad, which is commerated on the 12th day of Rabi' Al Awwal, the third month of the lunar Islamic calendar. In 2020, it fell on 28 October. In 2021, it should fall on 18 October. Many Muslim countries observe Mawlid and it is recognised as a national holiday. However, many Islamic scholars have denounced the holiday, and Muslim countries such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar do not recognise Mawlid as a holiday. Many Muslims observe the arrival of the New Year although Islamic scholars have denounced celebrating the holiday as it is also considered haram. In fact, Muslims have their own new year based on their lunar Islamic calendar. The Islamic calendar, which has been in constant use for at least 1,400 years, is a lunar calendar consisting of 12 lunar months in a year of 354 or 355 days. In 2021, the Islamic New Year or Hijri New Year will fall on 10 August, welcoming 1443 CE, on the first day of the first month of the Islamic calendar, Muharram. In some Muslim countries, the Hijri New Year is a national holiday and is celebrated differently by each Muslim country. In Qatar, it's not a national holiday; however, Muslims will wish each other 'Happy New Year' on the day. m 202

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Al Messila, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Doha

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Al Najada Doha Hotel

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AlRayyan Hotel Doha, Curio Collection by Hilton

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Alwadi Hotel Doha – MGallery Hotel Collection

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Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara

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Centara West Bay Hotel & Residences Doha

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City Centre Rotana Doha

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Concorde Hotel Doha

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Crowne Plaza Doha – The Business Park

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Crowne Plaza Doha West Bay

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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Doha – Al Sadd

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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Doha – Old Town

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Dusit Doha Hotel

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Ezdan Palace Hotel

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Four Seasons Hotel Doha

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Golden Tulip Doha

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Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel & Villas

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Hilton Doha

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Hyatt Regency Oryx Doha

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InterContinental Doha Hotel & Residences

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InterContinental Doha The City

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JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha

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Kempinski Residences & Suites, Doha

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La Cigale Hotel, Managed by Accor

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Mandarin Oriental, Doha

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Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel

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Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl – Doha

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Millennium Hotel Doha

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Millennium Plaza Doha

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Blending newly reimagined Suites and Spa with legendary services and amenities, The Ritz-Carlton, Doha delivers a lifestyle that is second to none and creates a legacy filled with lasting memories for you and your family. For reservations, visit ritzcarlton.com/doha or call +974 4484 8000 \ +974 4425 6663. DOHA

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A RETREAT OF COMFORT, LUXURY AND DIVERSITY

Rising majestically from the sands, where the waves meet the dunes, lies Sealine Beach Resort, a haven of comfort, luxury, and diversity. The resort’s unique location offers the widest variety of activities available anywhere in the State of Qatar.

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At Sealine Beach, a Murwab Resort, we look after your wellbeing and your pleasure. We employ the highest level of safety standards from the moment you walk through our doors to every step of your visit. Plan your stay and leave the rest to us. PHONE: 4021 4000 | WHATSAPP: 3393 8151 RESERVATIONS: 4476 5200 EMAIL: INFO@SEALINEBEACHQATAR.COM @sealinebeachqat www.sealinebeachqatar.com

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Centro Capital Doha

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Four Points by Sheraton Doha

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Grand Regal Hotel

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Holiday Inn Doha – The Business Park

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Holiday Villa Hotel & Residence City Centre

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Horizon Manor Hotel

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K108 Hotel

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Mathema Premium Aparthotel

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Mercure Grand Hotel Doha City Centre

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Millenium Central Doha

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Mövenpick Hotel Doha

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Plaza Inn Doha

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Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha

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Ramada Encore Hotel Doha

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Retaj Al Rayyan Hotel

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Safir Hotel Doha

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Sapphire Plaza Hotel

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Strato Hotel by Warwick

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Swiss-Belhotel Doha

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Swiss-Belinn Doha

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The Curve Hotel

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The Royal Riviera Hotel

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Time Rako Hotel

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Victoria Hotel Doha

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bestwesternplusdoha.com

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rotana.com/centrocapitaldoha

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four-points.marriott.com

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Al Muntazah Plaza Hotel

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Asherij Hotel

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Century Hotel Doha

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Chairmen Hotel Doha

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Diamond 1 Hotel

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Doha Dynasty Hotel

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Golden Ocean Hotel

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Grand Qatar Palace Hotel

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Green Garden Hotel

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Gulf Horizon Hotel

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Hotel Crystal Palace

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Kingsgate Hotel Doha

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Le Castle Hotel

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Le Park Hotel

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Musherib Hotel

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Premier Inn Doha Airport

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Premier Inn Doha Education City

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Rawda Hotel

D4

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Rawdat Al Khail Hotel

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The Town Hotel

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Tourist Hotel, Doha

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Zubarah Boutique Hotel Doha

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Swim closer to the clouds. The highest pool.

For more details and inquiries, contact us via +974 400 47 060 / 000 or e-mail: Nadia.Jaffel@Hilton.com

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hilton.com

4 254

4497 1234

doharesidences.hyatt.com

4 80

4405 2222

imperialsuites.com.qa

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4419 0044

lemirage.qa

4 186

4445 1555

magnumdoha.com

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126 270 4495 5000

rabbansuites.com

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70 42

4444 0111

N/A

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4044 1888

rotana.com

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staybridge.com

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4431 8800

almadinasuites.com

4 105

4031 2000

almansourparkinn.website

3 48

4444 4199

N/A

4 12

4443 6221

N/A

4 88

4437 6613

N/A

4 40

4441 1212

liberty-suites.com

4 23

4402 5000

N/A

4

12 80

4410 0300

retaj-hotels.com

49

4463 3737

wakrainn.com

Mandarin Oriental, Doha

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Golden Tulip Doha

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JOURNEY OF FLAVOURS AT IZU Chef Izu Ani continues his gastronomic explorations to delight guests at IZU. Dishes are ideal for sharing with flavours inspired by the vibrant Mediterranean Coast. Your culinary journey starts with a visit to the South of Italy with a Burrata Salad. Continue your explorations to Greece with a flavourful Goat Cheese and Zaatar Salad or Watermelon Salad with Feta Cheese and Mint. The French Riviera brings us the classic pâtisserie combing surprising layers of flavours. These include a Brioche French Toast, warm Apple Tart and other treats.

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Reflecting its multicultural society, Qatar has a huge range of cuisines to choose from. Venues range from local cafeterias to gourmet restaurants in the finest locations. Many international franchises have branches countrywide for those addicted to certain brands. There is, of course, a focus on Middle Eastern dishes with a plethora of dining options for patrons wishing to 'eat like a local'. If you love food and want to keep up to date with all the latest news and dining promotions, especially for Qatar National Day, Christmas and New Year, visit marhaba.qa and our social media.

Grabbing a bite around town Qatar residents are spoiled for choice when it comes to dining out in and around Qatar. There are numerous local and international dining outlets and cafés, many with a drive-through or takeaway service, to catch a quick bite. Juice stalls are everywhere selling fresh juices, wraps and sandwiches, while the more discerning palate can find mid-range, casual dining restaurants in malls and around town. Throughout the year, hotel restaurants offer great choice and value-for-money promotions that include happy hours, early dinner offers and more. And now, with the cooler weather this season, we can enjoy the outdoors with an al fresco meal. Looking for weekday dining options? Great deals are on offer across town. Business lunches usually run from noon until 3 pm, and include a two or three course menu for a set price. Early dinner menus are usually between 5 pm and 7 pm, and offer a set price for two or three courses. Thursday evenings, and Friday and Saturday brunches have become very popular with both locals and expatriates, and widely available in hotels and outlets around town. Prices vary with alcohol and non-alcohol packages. Brunches are moving from all-you-can-eat buffets to a three or four course à la carte option. Friday brunches are popular in Qatar with many hotels offering buffets in a family-friendly environment. Buffet food and à la carte offerings abound with tiered pricing, making it a great option for friends

or family. The following pages list some of the places to eat and drink in Qatar.

Dining at home and outside catering A large number of restaurants offer a takeaway service; this will often include home delivery with a nominal delivery fee. Many restaurants and hotels provide a full outside catering service for special occasions, including chefs, wait staff and table settings. And they will clear up afterward!

Helpful hints Many restaurants have a family section and there are some with closed-off rooms should you require extra privacy. Restaurants are generally no smoking zones, though some licensed restaurants in hotels may have both a smoking and a non-smoking section. According to Law No 10 of 2016 on the control of tobacco and its derivatives, smoking is prohibited in closed public spaces. The legal age for drinking alcohol in Qatar is 21. Your ID may be requested if dining at a licensed restaurant, as well as at bars and clubs, so don't forget to take your passport or Residence Card. Some clubs and bars will ask you to pay a joining fee, and issue a membership card to use on return visits. On 1 January 2019, Law No 25 of 2018 on Selective Tax (Excise Tax Law) came into effect to regulate the consumption of 'health-damaging' goods, with a 100% tax on tobacco and alcohol products, energy drinks and special purpose goods, and a 50% tax on carbonated drinks. m ©

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Outdoor dining

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Primavera

Italian

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AL’AMMA Arabic lobby lounge

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Deli Kitchen International, healthy food

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SNøULL Scandinavian, healthy food

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Verita's

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Al Aziziyah Boutique Hotel

CUISINE

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Victoria Tea, desserts Al Messila, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Doha

4445 0000

Italian, pasta

WA’HA Gourmet, outdoor pool lounge Al Najada Doha Hotel

4470 4444

Al Baraha Restaurant

International, Arabic

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Canela Cafe

Cafe

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Missan Restaurant Arabic

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Pool Bar Juices, sandwiches

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Ronnefeldt teas, lounge

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AtTEAtude

Lobby lounge

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Le Colonial Breakfast Room

International

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O'Glacee

Mediterranean

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Sofra

Levantine

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Tivoli Tea Lounge Alwadi Hotel Doha – MGallery Hotel Collection

Al Odaid, Sealine Beach, a Murwab Resort

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B-Lounge, The Ritz-Carlton, Doha

Di Capri, La Cigale Hotel, Doha

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All-day dining, Arabic

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Q Lounge & Restaurant

International, Indian

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Q One

Al fresco, shisha lounge

✘ ✘ ✔

Riva

Italian

✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

Ted’s American

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Zest

Cafe and bakery

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Thai, international

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Dalchini

Indian

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The Mezze House

Lebanese bar and restaurant

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Aramede

International

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Arguelina

Arabic, shisha

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Executive Lounge

Lobby lounge

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CUISINE

4040 5050

Centara West Bay Hotel & Residences Doha

4009 5555

Caprice

Crowne Plaza Doha – The Business Park

4408 7777

Liquidity

Pool side drinks and snacks

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Meesh Cafe

Cafe, light bites

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Misturado Tex-Mex, international

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Rodizio

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Brazilian Churrascaria

Savor International DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Doha – Al Sadd

4004 7400

Blu Terrace Pool Cafe

Pool side bar and cafe

Espressolab Coffee Cafe

Coffee lounge

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Indo-Chin Restaurant Asian

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All-day dining, international OPEN

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Benjarong Thai

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Rooftop Lounge Lounge

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Taste All-day dining

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The House Steak and seafood

StrEAT Culture Urban Bar Dusit Doha Hotel

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Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara

TELEPHONE

DINNER

BRUNCH

Al Nahham Arabic

HOTELS

LUNCH

BREAKFAST

Dining Guide Listings

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Street food, market style

4004 4444 ✘

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Golden Tulip Doha 4419 8888 Symphony

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DINNER

CUISINE

LUNCH

TELEPHONE

BRUNCH

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BREAKFAST

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Grand Hyatt Doha 4448 1234 Biscotti Lobby lounge Isaan Authentic Thai Majlis Arabic Rocca Italian Santa Monica Breakfast Club International

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Holiday Inn Doha – The Business Park 4031 3333 Sirocco Italian Stock Burger Co. Speciality burgers, The Pool Lounge Poolside food

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InterContinental Doha Hotel & Residences 4484 4444 Belgian Cafe European ✘ Coral All Day Dining International ✔ La Mar by Gaston Acurio Peruvian ✘ La Vue Urban style lounge ✘ Mykonos Mediterranean/Greek ✘ Paloma Tex‑Mex ✘ Tea Lounge Lobby lounge ✔ The Living Room Juices, hot beverages ✘

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InterContinental Doha The City 4015 8888 Al Jalsa Garden Lounge Shisha lounge Hive Sports bar La Parisienne French La Vista 55 Cuban Prime Meat lovers haven The Square International

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JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha 4429 5000 Fuego Argentinian Santorini Greek Shanghai Club Chinese Sridan Arabic, international

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La Cigale Hotel Managed by Accor 4428 8888 Di Capri Le Central Le Cigalon Pizzeria Shisha Garden Yen Sushi Bar

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Italian International, Mediterranean International Fresh pizza Barbecue, mezza, shisha Sushi, Japanese

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LUNCH

4008 8888

Baraha Lounge

Afternoon tea, pastries

Gelato

Dessert

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IZU French, Mediterranean

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Liang

Chinese

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Mandarin Lounge

Afternoon tea

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Mosaic International Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel

4419 5000

Aqua Lounge

Lounge and shisha bar, Arabic snacks

Crossroads Kitchen

International

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Cucina Italian

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Ipanema

Brazilian Churrascaria

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New York Steakhouse

American steakhouse

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Quick Bites

Sandwiches, snacks

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

West End Cafe

Snacks, afternoon tea

✘ ✔ ✔

Amwage Beach Grill

Barbecue and seafood

✘ ✔ ✔ ✔

Al Sufra

Arabic

✘ ✔ ✔ ✔

Bohemia

Lounge

✘ ✔ ✔

Cafe Murano

Afternoon tea

✘ ✔ ✔

El Faro

Spanish tapas

✘ ✔ ✔ ✔

N'awlins Jazz House

Cajun

✘ ✘ ✔ ✔

Nozomi

Japanese

✘ ✔ ✔ ✔

Pearl Social

Mediterranean

✔ ✘ ✔ ✔

Sawa

International

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

Toro Toro

Pan Latin

Circle

International

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

Slice

Deli

✘ ✔ ✔ ✔

Toshi

Asian

✘ ✔ ✔ ✔

Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl – Doha

Millennium Plaza Doha

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CUISINE

DINNER

Mandarin Oriental, Doha

TELEPHONE

BRUNCH

HOTELS

BREAKFAST

Dining Guide Listings

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4041 6999

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Experience a Mediterranean pearl in the Pearl of Doha - Qatar. Offering a menu full of traditions from the regions of the Mediterranean Sea revisited with a contemporary twist.

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DINNER

CUISINE

LUNCH

TELEPHONE

BRUNCH

HOTELS

BREAKFAST

Dining Guide Listings

Mondrian Doha 4045 5999 CUT by Wolfgang Puck EllaMia Hudson Tavern Morimoto Walima

American Cafe, lobby lounge Craft burgers Fine Japanese Middle Eastern and shisha

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Park Hyatt Doha 4009 1234 Anis Opus Sora

Organic beverages, local food Local flavours Japanese

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Premier Inn Doha Education City 4007 8333 Omnia

All-day dining

✘ ✔ ✔

Premier Inn Doha Airport 4009 5222 Omnia

All-day dining

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4428 1428 Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha Bentley’s Grill Premium steaks Indian – curries and fresh naan Bombay Balti Chingari Indian – Tandoori International Hyde Park Inginuity Contemporary bites Ruby Wu’s Authentic Chinese Japanese masterpieces Sakura The Frying Scotsman British, comfort food The Italian Job Italian food with singing waiters

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Sealine Beach, A Murwab Resort 4021 4000 Al Odaid International, Arabic ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✘ Italian ✘ ✘ ✔ ✔ ✘ La Merenda Reef & Burger Burgers, seafood ✘ ✘ ✔ ✔ ✔ The Edge Beverages, shisha bar ✘ ✘ ✔ ✔ ✔ Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel 4485 4444 Al Hubara Restaurant All-day dining, seafood Atrium Lounge Em Sherif Arabic Irish Harp Pub, Irish La Veranda Italian Nusr-et Steakhouse Meat lovers Pool Cafe Poolside dining

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CHINGARI Dine in the splendor of the Maharaja as you feast on our irresistible dishes, marinated to perfection and cooked in traditional clay ovens. A truly unforgettable experience. Open daily from 6pm – 11pm

THE ITALIAN JOB Traditional Italian Cuisine in a fun atmosphere! Based on the 1969 movie ‘The Italian Job’ offering rustic, authentic Italian cuisine. Be entertained by our talented singing waiters and waitresses whilst indulging in our fresh pizza and pasta cooked and flavoured to perfection. Open daily from 6pm – 11pm

INGINUITY Treat your taste buds, as our chefs bring to you an eclectic array of contemporary bites paired with flair and panache that is reflected in this elegant restaurant’s chic interiors. Open daily from 2pm – 11pm

QUBE Qatar’s Ultimate Best Entertainment, QUBE offers an exciting new music and relaxed vibe. Special prices on beverages all night! Open daily from 5pm to 12midnight

Advance reservation is mandatory, please call +974 4428 1555 or email fbreservations.doha@radissonblu.com Government regulations apply on our new dining guidelines Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha Salwa Road, PO Box 1768, Doha, Qatar radissonblu.com/hotel-doha ©

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Al Matbakh Rooftop Grill, Arumaila Boutique Hotel

Indian

✘ ✘ ✔ ✘

Al Shurfa Arabic Lounge, Al Jomrok Boutique Hotel

Arabic

✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

Al Terrace, Al Mirqab Boutique Hotel

Lebanese

✔ ✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

La Patisserie, Al Bidda Boutique Hotel

French, sweet treats and beverages

✔ ✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

La Piazza, Al Bidda Boutique Hotel

International

✔ ✘ ✘ ✔ ✘

B-Lounge Doha

Asian fusion

Flamingos

Poolside dining

✘ ✔ ✘

Sel & Miel

French brasserie

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

STK Doha

American

✔ ✘ ✔ ✔

The Lagoon

International, Arabic

✘ ✘ ✔ ✔

The Flying Carpet

International, all-day dining

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

Three Sixty

Fine dining

✘ ✔ ✔

Torch Tea Garden

Tea lounge

✘ ✘ ✔

Dining Guide Listings

The Ritz–Carlton, Doha

The Torch–Doha

4433 6666

4484 8000 ✘ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

4446 5600

The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa

4492 1555

Hunter’s Room & Grill

Signature grills, steak, seafood ✘

✘ ✔ ✔ ✔

Mix Bar Lounge & Terrace

International

✘ ✘ ✔ ✔

Sabai Thai

Signature Thai dishes

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

Seasonal Tastes

All-day dining, international

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

Waves Pool Cafe

Snacks, light bites

✘ ✔ ✔ ✔

La Spiga by Paper Moon

Italian

✘ ✔ ✔ ✔

Market by Jean–Georges

International

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

Spice Market

Southeast Asian

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

COYA

Peruvian

✘ ✔ ✔ ✔

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Moroccan

Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels

TELEPHONE

DINNER

BRUNCH

Argan, Al Jasra Boutique Hotel

HOTELS

LUNCH

BREAKFAST

Dining Guide Listings

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LICENCED

AL FRESCO

CUISINE / ENTERTAINMENT

FOOD

TELEPHONE

ENTERTAIN

CLUBS AND BARS

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Dining Guide Listings

Al Najada Doha Hotel 4470 4444 Pool Bar

Mocktails, juices, sandwiches ✔ ✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

AlRayyan Hotel Doha, 4489 9000 Curio Collection by Hilton Pool Bar

Refreshing juices, light bites

✘ ✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

Alwadi Hotel Doha – 4009 9999 MGallery Hotel Collection Infinity Rooftop Lounge International drinks, cocktails ✔ ✔ ✘ ✔ ✔ O'Glacee Pool Bar Mediterranean flavours, shisha ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

Best Western Plus Doha Krossroads

4424 0000

Live music

✔ ✔ ✔ ✘ ✔

Centara West Bay Hotel & Residences Doha Pool Bar

4009 5555

Light meals

✔ ✘ ✔ ✘ ✔

Crowne Plaza Doha – The Business Park 4408 7777 Liquidity Misturado

Poolside cafe Tex-Mex, international

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Crowne Plaza Doha West Bay The Vogue Club

Live DJ

✔ ✔ ✘

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Doha – Al Sadd 4004 7400 ST.R EAT Culture Urban Bar

Sports bar

✔ ✔ ✔ ✘ ✔

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel 4034 3333 Doha – Old Town Pure

Light snacks, DJ

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel & Villas Dunes Monkey Tale

International Beach bar, DJ

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

4019 9999

4448 1234

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Holiday Inn Doha – The Business Park 4031 3333 Stock Burger Co. Sports bar, speciality burgers, salads ✔ ✔ ✔ ✘ ✔ InterContinental Doha Hotel & Residences 4484 4444 Belgian Cafe Lava La Vue Manko 236

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Belgian beer, food Fusion drinks Cigar lounge Parisian lounge bar

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LICENCED

4015 8888

AL FRESCO

InterContinental Doha The City

ENTERTAIN

TELEPHONE

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Hive

Sports bar

✔ ✔ ✔ ✘ ✔

La Vista 55

Cuban lounge with tapas

✔ ✔ ✔ ✘ ✔

JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha

Al Jalsa Garden

4429 5000

The Den Kempinski Residences & Suites

FOOD

Arabic, shisha

ALWAYS TAKE YOUR PASSPORT/ID WHEN VISITING HOTELS

Lounge bar, finger food

✔ ✔ ✔ ✘ ✔

Lounge bar, international

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

4405 3333

Z Lounge La Cigale Hotel, Doha

4428 8888

Oxygene

Club

✔ ✔ ✔ ✘ ✔

Sky View

Cocktails, snacks, sushi

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

Magnum Hotel & Suites West Bay

4445 1555

Aviary

Night club, live music

Shamrock Tavern

Pub

✔ ✔ ✔ ✘ ✔

Ambar

Stylish cocktail bar

✔ ✔ ✔ ✘ ✔

Aqua

Rooftop lounge, bar

✔ ✘ ✔ ✔ ✔

Mandarin Oriental, Doha

Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel Champions

4008 8888

4419 5000

Sports bar, international, live music ✔ ✔ ✔ ✘ ✔

Glo Cocktail Bar

International, live DJ, tapas

✔ ✔ ✔ ✘ ✔

Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl – Doha

4035 5555

Illusion – The Secret Garden

Live entertainment, DJ

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

Mercure Grand Hotel Doha City Centre

4446 2222

The Old Manor

Bar, steakhouse

✔ ✘ ✔ ✘ ✔

Mondrian Doha

4045 5555

Black Orchid

Night club

✔ ✔ ✘

✘ ✔

Rise

Cocktail lounge

✔ ✔ ✘

✘ ✔

Smoke & Mirrors

Cigar lounge

✔ ✘ ✘

✘ ✔

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Steaks, cocktails

✔ ✔ ✔ ✘ ✔

4402 3333

Jazz Club

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Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha

4428 1428

Manhattan

Lounge bar

✔ ✘ ✘ ✘ ✔

Orion

Cocktails and snacks

✔ ✔ ✔ ✘ ✔

Qube

Snacks, nightclub

✔ ✔ ✔ ✘ ✔

Shehrazad

Sports bar, pub quiz nights

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

The Library

Saray Corniche Hotel, Doha

✔ ✘ ✔ ✘ ✔

Sports bar

✔ ✔ ✔ ✘ ✔

Shisha lounge, cocktails

✔ ✘ ✔ ✔ ✔

7741 6999

Aquaview Sports Lounge Sealine Beach, A Murwab Resort

Soft music, panoramic views, international food

4021 4000

The Edge Sharq Village & Spa, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Doha

4425 6666

El Cedro Tasting Room

IRIS

Cigar lounge

✔ ✘ ✔ ✘ ✔

Outdoor lounge, cocktails

✔ ✘ ✔ ✔ ✔

Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel

4485 4444

Irish Harp

Irish pub, fast food

✔ ✔ ✔ ✘ ✔

The Backyard

Live bands, bar snacks

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

The Ritz-Carlton, Doha

4484 8000

Habanos

Cigars, vintage wines

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

The St. Regis Doha

4446 0000

Oyster Bay & Bar

Light bites with live reggae music ✘ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

The Club at the St. Regis

Live music, international

✔ ✔ ✔ ✘ ✔

The Rooftop

Outdoor, DJ

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

Vintage Lounge

Cocktails and snacks

✔ ✔ ✔ ✘ ✔

Bar, lounge and terrace

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

Live DJ

✔ ✔ ✘

Shisha lounge

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa

4492 1555

Mix

VIP Hotel

4426 1111

Senario Club

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4431 5999

North Indian, Turkish, Chinese

Al Mourjan *Al Corniche, Souq Waqif

Dining Guide Listings

5593 6470 Lebanese, international

Aloosh Restaurant *Salwa Road, Souq Waqif

4451 4444

Arabic

Al Sayyad The Diplomatic Club

4484 7420

Lebanese, seafood

✔ ✔

Amara Al Muthanna Complex, Salwa Road

4416 0707

Indian

Asha's *Villaggio, two other locations

4451 7868

Indian

Assaha Lebanese Village Salah Al Deen St

4443 0983 Lebanese

Barrio Fiesta Al Muthanna Complex, Salwa Road

4490 4886

Filipino

✘ ✔ ✔

Biella *The Mall, City Center–Doha, Landmark Mall, TPQ

4467 7732

Italian

Carluccio's *DFC, Mall of Qatar, The Pearl-Qatar

5084 8259

Italian, gluten-free menu

Casper & Gambini *Landmark Mall, Mirqab Mall

4417 8406

International

Chili’s *City Center–Doha, six other locations

4466 0663

American, Tex-Mex

Debs W Remman *Mall of Qatar, The Pearl-Qatar

3333 4663

Lebanese

Eataly *Doha Festival City, Mall of Qatar

4028 5055

Italian

Eatopia The Gate Mall

4020 6400

International, bakery

Emirgan Sutis *Al Emadi Financial Square, TPQ

4037 5287

Turkish

Garvey’s European Family Club Traditional British Off Salwa Road 5560 2779 and European

Gerry’s Grill *Al Nasr St, Barwa City

4443 8323

Filipino

Green Education City Golf Club

7773 7973

French, Mediterranean

Huda Restaurant Hotel Park Doha, Tawar Mall

4447 5086 Lebanese

IDAM Museum of Islamic Art 4422 4488 French Mediterranean with Arabic twist

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TELEPHONE

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BRUNCH

AROUND TOWN *

BREAKFAST

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4483 3855 Indian grill

Jamie's Italian Doha Festival City

4455 4812 Italian

Jones the Grocer The Gate Mall

4407 7175

Australian

Layali *Salwa Road, Lagoona Mall

4431 0005

Lebanese

Lenôtre Villaggio

4455 2333 French, international

MRA *Al Ghanim, six other locations

4442 2070

Bakery, Indian, sweets

Mado *The Pearl-Qatar, Ezdan Mall Al Wakra

4436 4622

Turkish

Maison de Sushi *01 Mall, Tornado Tower, DFC

7050 1386

Japanese, sushi

Max's Restaurant *Al Sadd, Al Muntazah

4444 6297

Filipino

Afro-Portuguese Nando’s *Salwa Road, six other locations 4444 2345 flame-grilled chicken

Nassayem Qatar Diplomatic Club

4484 7470

Qatari

Neo *Salwa Road, Mall of Qatar

4432 2539

Chinese, Japanese

4490 2944

Fish and chips, seafood

Orient Pearl Restaurant Al Corniche

4410 6666

International

Outback Steakhouse *Lagoona Mall, City Center–Doha

4414 9028 Steakhouse

P.F. Chang’s *Villaggio, Mall of Qatar, DFC, Gulf Mall

4452 8494

Paper Moon Doha Jaidah Square

4016 6000 Italian

PAUL *Villaggio, six other locations

4495 9815

Roger’s Diner C Ring Road

4455 2666 American

Romano’s Macaroni Grill Villaggio

4451 7585 Italian

Royal Indian The Mall

4444 2343 Indian

Royal Tandoor *Al Sadd St, five other locations

4036 0716

North Indian

Roti & Boti Ras Bu Abboud

3355 5777

Indian

Sabah W Masa *Salwa Road, The Pearl-Qatar

4466 6001

Lebanese

Ocean Basket Mall of Qatar

Asian bistro

Patisserie, light meals, French

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Shiraz Garden Salwa Road

Dining Guide Listings

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DINNER

Shakespeare and Co *Dar Al Salam, four other locations

CUISINE

LUNCH

TELEPHONE

Multiple locations, respective number listed

BRUNCH

AROUND TOWN *

BREAKFAST

Dining Guide Listings

4466 6213 Persian

Spikes Doha Golf Club

4496 0716

International

Sushi Minto *Salwa Road, City Center–Doha

4467 5577

Japanese, Asian, international

Tandoor Express *Old Airport, five other locations

4462 0100

Indian

The Butcher Shop & Grill Villaggio

4495 9847

South African, steak

The Cheesecake Factory *Mall of Qatar, DFC, Villaggio

4452 9995

American, international

The French Olive Barwa Complex, The Pearl-Qatar

4444 4777

French, Italian

The Locker Room Doha Sports Park

4469 0444

Pub food

The Manhattan Fish Market *Bin Mahmoud, two other locations

4444 2353

Seafood

The Noodle House *City Center-Doha, two other locations

4411 5063

Southeast Asian

The Village *Salwa Road, Souq Waqif

4444 6601

Indian, Iranian

Tofu House *Al Jazeera St, Al Mansoura

4435 8678

Korean

Vapiano *The Gate Mall, Al Mana Tower

4407 7188

Italian

Wagamama *Lagoona Mall, Doha Festival City, Mall of Qatar

4463 3876

Japanese, Pan Asian

Wok of Fame Villaggio

4413 4772

Asian

Yee Hwa *Al Kinana St, Al Jazeera St

4441 9898

Korean, Japanese

Yugo The Gate Mall

4407 7118

Asian

Zahr El Laymoun Shoumoukh Towers

4444 9197

Lebanese

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Coffee, tea, sweet treats

✔ ✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

Al Jalsa Garden Lounge InterContinental Doha The City

4015 8888

Shisha lounge, Arabic dishes

Al Kut Cafe Wyndham Grand Regency Doha

4434 3333

Sweet and savoury

✔ ✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

Al Mandarin *Salwa Road (multiple locations)

4442 5588

Juices, snacks, sandwiches

✔ ✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

LICENCED

Arabic sweets, shisha

4425 6666

DINNER

4424 3787

Al Jalsa Cafe Sharq Village & Spa

LUNCH

Al Amaken Fraser Suites Doha

CUISINE

BRUNCH

TELEPHONE

Multiple locations, respective number listed

BREAKFAST

CAFES/ LOBBY LOUNGES *

✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

4004 4444

French

✔ ✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

4426 1111

A la carte cafe

✔ ✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

Atrium Lounge Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Conv. Hotel

4485 3000

Afternoon tea, snacks

✔ ✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

Aqua Lounge Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel

4419 5000

Shisha, poolside cafe

✔ ✘ ✔ ✔ ✔

Baraha Lounge Mandarin Oriental, Doha 4008 8888

Tea, coffee, iced drinks, light bites

Cafe #999 Fire Station Artist in Residence

4458 2556

Contemporary international

✔ ✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

Cafe Céramique The Mall

4467 1100

Italian, paint and eat!

✔ ✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

Coffee Time *Palm Tower B (multiple locations)

4411 3361

Light bites, cakes

✔ ✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

Columbus Cafe *Landmark Mall, Villaggio

4456 5325

Light bites, cakes

✔ ✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

Espression LavAzza The Gate Mall

4407 7199

Italian

✔ ✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

Farggi *Hamad International Airport, Al Ghanim

4492 9826

Spanish coffee shop

Fauchon *Lagoona Mall, Royal Plaza, DFC

4493 6365

French

✔ ✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

Figaro Ghanem Business Centre, Bin Mahmoud

4462 0878

Italian

✔ ✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

Fy Cafe *Suhaim bin Hamad Street, Aspire Zone

4444 4656

Arabic, casual dining

✔ ✘ ✔

Gelato Mandarin Oriental, Doha

4008 8888

Desserts, gelato

Gelato Mondo City Center-Doha (multiple locations)

4411 5281

Ice cream, cakes

✔ ✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

Gourmet House Kempinski Residence & Suites

4405 3333

European fine foods, bakery

✔ ✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

Hyde Park Coffee Shop Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha

4428 1555

International

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

Java U *Salwa Road, Al Nasr, B Square Mall, TPQ

6647 9173

Hot and cold beverages, snacks

✔ ✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

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✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

✔ ✘

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BRUNCH

CAFES/ LOBBY LOUNGES *

BREAKFAST

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Jazz Cafe *WOQOD Al Hilal, Barwa Village, Qatar Foundation

4411 1969

Bakery

✔ ✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

Kufic Lounge The Torch Doha

4446 5600

Light bites, pastry, live piano

✔ ✘ ✘

La Parisienne Intercontinental Doha The City

4015 8888

Fresh baked items, patisserie ✔ ✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

La Cigale Traiteur La Cigale Hotel, Doha

4428 8803 International

✔ ✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

La Vida Lounge The Torch Doha

4446 5600

Galler Belgian chocolates

✔ ✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

Lobby Lounge InterContinental Doha The City

4015 8888

Light bites, afternoon tea

✔ ✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

Lobby Lounge JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha

4429 5000

Desserts and pastries

Lobby Lounge La Cigale, Doha

4428 8698

Fresh juice, desserts

✔ ✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

Luxe Lounge The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa

4492 1658

Afternoon tea

✔ ✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

Magnolia Bakery *Dar Al Salam, MoQ, Ezdan Mall

4450 9407

Cupcakes, cakes

✔ ✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

Meesh Cafe Crowne Plaza Doha – The Business Park

4408 7744

Snacks, sandwiches, raw juices ✔ ✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

✘ ✘

✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

MIA Cafe Museum of Islamic Art 4422 4168

Healthy French-Arabic fusion

✔ ✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

Moda Lounge AlRayyan Hotel Doha, Curio Collection by Hilton

5513 3472

Chic, high tea

✔ ✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

Orangery Cafe Traittoir La Cigale, Doha

4428 8819

International

✔ ✘ ✔

Palm Garden Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha

4428 1555

International

✔ ✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

Quick Bites Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel

4419 5000

Healthy all-day dining

✔ ✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

Ristretto Cafe Golden Tulip Doha

4419 8807

Light snacks

✔ ✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

Riqqa Lounge Crowne Plaza West Bay

4019 8875

Gourmet coffee, tea, desserts ✔ ✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

Savor Crowne Plaza Doha – The Business Park

4408 7777

Snacks

Sugar & Spice *Aspire Park, Lagoona Mall

4038 9668

Light bites, desserts, pastries ✔ ✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

The Dromedary Club C Ring Road

7470 5000

American, coffee

✔ ✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

The Lobby Lounge The Ritz-Carlton, Doha

4484 8000

Afternoon tea, desserts

✔ ✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

✔ ✘

✔ ✘ ✔ ✔ ✔

W Cafe W Doha Hotel & Residences

4453 5385

International

✔ ✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

West End Cafe Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel

4419 5000

Quick bites, meals

✔ ✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

Zest Chocolate Cafe Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara

4040 5116

Savouries, cakes, pastries

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Burgeri Aspire Park

4449 3958

American

✘ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

CinnZeo *City Center-Doha, Hyatt Plaza, The Mall 4469 7316

Cinnamon rolls, beverages, desserts

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

ChowKing *Dar Al Salam, Mirqab Mall, Hawdar Al Khail St

4486 6077

Asian fusion, Chinese, Filipino

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

Fuddruckers *Khalifa Tennis Stadium, Ezdan Mall

4483 3983

American

✘ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✘

Hot Chicken *Al Najma St, seven other locations

3058 3386

International, fast food

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

Hustoh Royal Plaza Mall

4441 6761

Burgers

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

Johnny Rockets *Ramada Signal, three other locations

4455 2792 American

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

Jollibee *Old Airport, eight other locations

4444 9492

Asian, Filipino

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

Mooyah *Al Sadd Sports Club, Al Jamiaa St

4444 4048

American, burgers

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

My Sandwich WOQOD Al Hilal

4444 0313

International fast food

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

Sandwich Factory The Gate Mall

4020 6500

Arabic, Lebanese

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

Shake Shack *Villaggio, Gulf Mall, Mall of Qatar, DFC

4452 9668

American burgers, milk shakes

✘ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

Shater Abbas *City Centre Mall, 10 other locations

4401 5656

Persian, Arabic barbecues

✘ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

Subway *Salwa Road, 26 other locations

4444 4043

Subs, salads

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

Take Away *Al Sadd St, seven other locations

4442 7778

Arabic, sandwiches, sweets

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

Thai Smile *Umm Ghuwailina, Barwa City

4441 5222

Traditional Thai

✘ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

The Chippy Bin Omran

5022 0126

British, multi-cuisine, quick bites

✘ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

Turkey Central *Al Nasr, Al Mirqab Al Jadeed Street, Najma

4442 3423

Turkish

✘ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

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Indian fast food, chaats

TAKEAWAY

4462 2100

DINNER

Bombay Chowpatty *Old Airport, five other locations

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LUNCH

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CUISINE

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LUNCH

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BREAKFAST

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Al Mosak Al Jazeera Petrol Station

4412 3666

Healthy bites

Carbon Wheels 14 Qanat Quartier, The Pearl-Qatar

4441 9048

Healthy food, quick bites

Chef’s Garden Education City

4409 5040

Organic meals, salads

Croft Alley Katara Cultural Village

5061 4666

Healthy food, coffee

Dean and David Ezdan Hotel, two other locations

4444 0609

Salad bar

Diet Delights Nuaija

4031 5411

International healthy food

Diet House Bin Omran, six other locations

4444 4911

International healthy food

Evergreen Organics Hamad International Airport, The Pearl-Qatar

4464 4176

Organic, vegan

Freshii Al Muntazah

6658 8815

Healthy meals

Healthylicious Barzan Souq, Umm Salal Mohammed

6687 1239

Healthy food

Ideal Diet Ali Bin Ali St

4488 7745

Healthy food

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The Amir, HH Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, at HH The Amir Sword 2020 in February.

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he start of a new decade saw Qatar staying on track with its ambitious plans to diversify the economy in line with Qatar National Vision 2030.

of which have now returned to normal operations. This has all contributed to reducing the number of deaths – Qatar continues to maintain one of the lowest COVID-19 mortality rates in the world.

However, as was the case with the rest of the world, the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted many aspects of people's lives.

In the midst of the coronavirus, the healthcare system adapted equally well to the way the population accessed its services. In order to meet the needs of its patients while protecting the health and wellbeing of everyone, PHCC now offers home visits by health professionals, virtual consultations, and the delivery of medical consumables and medications. Members of the public can also undergo prebooked drive-through testing at designated facilities.

Immediately from the onset of the pandemic, Qatar's healthcare sector has worked tirelessly to handle the crisis and safeguard the community. Nationals, expatriates, individuals and familities have all been able to access high-quality healthcare. Much of Qatar's successful strategy in dealing with the pandemic has been due to the efforts of the COVID-19 Health Tactical Command Team, a joint operation between the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), Public Health Care Corporation (PHCC), and Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC). The strategy employed by the team has led to the extensive testing of people, an emphasis on tracking and tracing cases, and ensuring those affected have been isolated and treated, to curb the spread of the virus to the community. The early detection of cases has enabled prompt treatment and quarantine measures. The MoPH set up a number of field hospitals at the start of the pandemic for COVID-19 patients, many 250

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Meanwhile, HMC continue to open state-of-theart facilities and offer new services as part of their expansion plans. Rumailah Hospital's new daycare unit under the Department of Geriatrics at Hamad Medical Corporation has benefitted more than 1,000 elderly patients since April. The new physician-led service at Al Wakra Hospital aims to improve acute pain management in surgical patients and patients with burn injuries, and its success means it will be soon be offered to more patients and at other HMC hospitals. Read more about Qatar's healthcare system in the Health and Beauty section.

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HH the Amir in 2020 The Amir, HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, participated in the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly and High-Level Meeting to Commemorate its 75th Anniversary in September. Speaking at the opening session, HH The Amir stated that the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic remind everyone that the Earth and its peoples are only one family, and that the establishment of the United Nations represents great hope for humanity after the horrors of World War II. 'We are on the threshold of the third decade of the current century, and despite the estimated efforts, the world is facing unprecedented challenges, foremost of which is the exacerbation of regional and international trouble spots and problems of disarmament, terrorism, the environment and sustainable development.' HH the Amir added, 'We affirm the firm position of the State of Qatar in support of the principles, charter and goals of the United Nations, and stress the need to implement the political declaration adopted today and to enhance pluralism and diplomacy. Respecting the sovereignty of states and activating the role of women and youth in all fields.' HH the Amir acknowledged the country's commitment and ability to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in his speech during the 49th ordinary session of the Shura Council in November. The speech praised the country’s health system reliably dealing with the pandemic, making Qatar one of the world’s least affected countries. The address went on to emphasise the continuous investment in developing the health system and medical staff, including prevention, daycare centres, and hospitals. HH the Amir also lauded the success of measures taken to reduce the economic and social impact of the pandemic. HH the Amir announced during the meeting that elections for the Shura Council will be held in October 2021, a move welcomed by the Cabinet. The United Nations will also establish the Office of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism for Parliamentarians headquarters in Doha.

Read more about the royal family and the political system in the Discovering Qatar section.

Business and Infrastructure The country has gradually reopened businesses and international travel under clear, phased guidelines, but has kept the number of new cases in check, thanks to continued testing and quarantine rules for incoming passengers. Oil, gas and petrochemicals remain an important part of Qatar’s economy, representing two-thirds of its GDP and almost 80% of export earnings.

In June, HE Saad Sherida Al Kaabi, Minister of State for Energy Affairs and the President and CEO of Qatar Petroleum, signed the largest LNG shipbuilding agreements in history. This was to secure 100+ ships costing over QAR70 bn, accounting for around 60% of the global LNG shipbuilding capacity through to 2027.

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signed before the end of the year. The expected commissioning of Barzan natural gas facility could support domestic gas production and contribute positively to Qatar’s growth. Read more about developments at home and overseas in the Oil, Gas and Petrochemicals section. The emphasis on economic diversification away from the oil and gas industry has somewhat countered the volatility of oil prices seen in 2020, with Qatar's performance better than its neighbours due to successful economic diversification via large-scale projects. According to the revised IMF forecasts in its World Economic Outlook of April 2020, GDP growth is expected to fall to -4.3% in 2020 and pick up to 5% in 2021, due to the outbreak of the Covid-19, and assuming a post-pandemic global economic recovery, as well as the end of an expected boom in the services sector ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM. The IMF estimated inflation to decrease to -1.2% in 2020 and increase to 2.4% in 2021. Plans to introduce a value added tax (VAT) have been postponed to 2021 at the earliest. The private sector is playing a greater role in the economic development of the country, with new laws to support the increase in foreign investment. The recently ratified Law No 12 of 2020 on Public-Private Partnership (PPP Law) is a key move for the development of Qatar's infrastructure, allowing the private sector to play a bigger role in the delivery and operation of major public sector projects. Meanwhile, the amendment of the law allowing foreign investors to hold full ownership in Qatar’s residential and commercial sectors is expected to give a massive boost to the country’s real estate sector. More freehold zones sees the government diversifying away from oil revenue. A number of financial initiatives have been implemented by the government throughout 2020:

• The emerging logistics zones and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) were exempted from rents for six months. • Expired licenses and commercial registrations have been automatically renewed, with fees to be paid at a later date. With the controlled, phased reopening of malls and shops, there has been a surge in consumers buying homegrown produce such as fruits and vegetables, and consumables such as paper products and beverages. At Al Wakra Central Market, Hassad Food, a subsidiary of Qatar Investment Authority, exempted stores and barns from paying rent for six months, and has now cut rents by 50% for the next two years. Environmental awareness was a theme for Qatar Airways in 2020, which launched a new carbon offset scheme for passengers during Sustainability Week in November. The scheme allows passengers to voluntarily offset their carbon emissions from their flight journeys when booking tickets. Travellers can make a donation to a wind turbine farm which supplies clean electricity to the Indian National Grid, to reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. The project consists of 54 wind turbines which generate 108 MW and avoids 210,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year. The airline's latest sustainability efforts come as part of its partnership with IATA and profit-forpurpose company ClimateCare, joining several other airlines globally to reduce their impact on the environment. Qatar Airways currently operates more than 700 weekly flights to just over 100 destinations, and plans to increase the network to more than 125 destinations by the end of the IATA Winter Season, according to HE Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive. Read more about the economy and investment opportunities in the Banking and Commerce section.

• The private sector has been given a QAR75 bn support package, and QAR10 bn injected to boost the country’s capital market. • Food and medical goods were exempted from customs duties for six months, with this reflected in the sales price to the consumer. • Certain sectors (hospitality, tourism, retail), commercial complexes and logistic areas were exempted from electricity and water fees for six months. 252

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The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM Qatar was awarded the rights to host the FIFA World CupTM in December 2010, with sustainability as one of the main aspects – this desire started at the bid stage and it will continue through to the end of the tournament. The State aims to use the power of football to open up a world of amazing experiences and build a lasting legacy that fits in with both FIFA's vision and Qatar's national development goals.

Even The Amir was working remotely during 2020! HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani is seen here presiding over the first meeting of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy in 2020 via video conference.

FIFA and the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) began to develop and implement the event’s first joint Sustainability Strategy in 2015. It was formally unveiled in January 2020, with five sustainability commitments: • Human Pillar: To develop human capital and safeguard workers’ rights. • Social Pillar: To provide an inclusive tournament experience.

Qatar has a slew of mega-projects underway, many of which will be completed in time for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM, an event that provides a unique showcase for the country’s economic achievements and plans for the future.

• Economic Pillar: To catalyse economic development.

Main roads and highways continue to be developed, with new junctions and intersections offering commuters easier access around the country. Al Khor Coastal Road is now one of the biggest, widest in the country with accompanying 32 km of cycle paths, and Al Shamal Road is undergoing a mammoth restructure, connecting it with the Doha Expressway and Mesaieed Road.

• Governance Pillar: To set an example of good governance and ethical business practices.

Work also continues on the stadiums for the World Cup. The Gulf Organisation for Research & Development (GORD) has accredited staff for sustainable operation and maintenance, and the stadiums are achieving major sustainability ratings from GORD's Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS). Read more about how the country is gathering momentum in the build-up to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM in the Infrastructure section.

• Environment Pillar: To deliver innovative environmental solutions.

Supporting this, 22 objectives have been described in detail, together with more than 70 initiatives and programmes to deliver the strategy and achieve the objectives set. These were identified with the help of more than 100 national and international governmental, non-governmental and private-sector organisations, via surveys, workshops meetings and the circulation of drafts. The development process for the strategy also included a full human rights salience assessment, a first for a mega-sporting event. The FIFA World Cup 2022™ First Sustainability Progress Report, published in October, gave an update on the progress made by FIFA, SC and the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC in 2019 regarding the five sustainability commitments. Key achievements included: • The opening of Al Janoub Stadium, after exceeding its targeted sustainable construction management certification. • The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ headquarters in Doha becoming the first office tower in the country to receive sustainable building certification for operations. • The continued implementation of SC's programme monitoring compliance with its Workers’ Welfare Standards, and the expansion of SC’s recruitment fees reimbursement scheme benefitting 16,500 workers on related projects and 18,000 workers on other sites. ©

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The world finally got to know more about the World Cup matches when the schedule was released in July. Hosts Qatar will kick off the tournament on Monday 21 November 2022 at Al Bayt Stadium (pictured right), a 60,000-capacity arena taking its name and design from the traditional tents used by nomadic peoples in the Gulf region. The local kick-off times for group matches have been set for 1 pm, 4 pm, 7 pm and 10 pm. The simultaneous kick-offs for the last round of group games and knockoutstage timings are 6 pm and 10 pm. Khalifa International Stadium will host the play-off for third place on 17 December, with the final one day later (National Day) at 6 pm at Lusail Stadium in front of an 80,000 crowd. Read more about this and other events in the Sports section. For details about the Sustainability Strategy and the schedule for the 2022 FIFA World Cup QatarTM, visit FIFA.com/sustainability, sc.qa, and marhaba.qa

Labour Reform Not only businesses have benefitted despite this somewhat difficult year. August ushered in a new era for the labour market, ending the requirement for migrant workers to obtain their employer’s permission to change jobs, and becoming the first country in the region to adopt a non-discriminatory minimum wage. Law No 17 of 2020 sets a minimum wage of QAR1,000 and will apply to all workers, including domestic workers. In addition to the basic minimum wage, employers must ensure that workers have decent accommodation and food. If these are not provided, employers must pay allowances of at least QAR300 and QAR500 to cover the costs of food and housing.

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The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (MADLSA) will be working with employers to update all employment contracts where workers earn less than the amount established by the new law, and a Minimum Wage Committee will be formed, tasked with studying and reviewing the minimum wage of workers and domestic workers. Under Law No 19 of 2020, migrant workers can now change jobs before the end of their contract without having to obtain a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from their employer. This new law, along with the removal of exit permit requirements earlier in the year, ends the 'kafala' sponsorship system.

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The new amendments also include increasing the number of labour dispute resolution committees in an effort to tackle the number of labour disputes, facilitate workers’ access to the rights, and expedite legal proceedings. It is envisaged that these changes will not only protect employee rights, but enforce stricter penalties for employers who fail to pay wages, and introduce penalties for employers who fail to provide adequate accommodation for their workers.

These new labour laws have been well received by international observers the International Trade Union Confederation, the International Organisation of Employers, and the International Labour Organization – the latter worked closely with the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs and with employers’ and workers’ organisations over labour market mobility and the new minimum wage in Qatar. Read more about living and working in Qatar in the Discovering Qatar section.

Marhaba has also had a successful year! Joining the ever-popular printed guide are our new, comprehensive e-Guides. 'This year has been one of adaptation, as we now have a 'new normal' for how we live our lives. Our focus has never wavered though – we are still passionate about being the premier resource to life in Qatar, by delivering high quality news stories and being a one-stop-shop for everything you need to know about the country. Now we have e-Guides to complement our printed books, so it has never been quicker or easier to get all the information you could ever want about Qatar. 'We would like to thank our clients and readers for continuing to support us in 2020, and we look forward to seeing you all in 2021!'

Hilary Bainbridge Founder and Managing Editor of Marhaba Information Guide To view our e-guides, simply visit marhaba.qa/marhaba-eguides and start reading! While you're there, why not take a look at our hospitality listings, food and motoring reviews, events calendar, and the most up to date news? You can also stay connected by following us |on social media and by signing up for our weekly newsletter. m

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The Architectural Marvels of Qatar

By Ola Diab

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atar is home to some of the most beautiful architectural marvels in the region and the world with museums, offices, stadiums and more, designed by some of the world’s most renowned architects such as I M Pei, Jean Nouvel, Zaha Hadid and more.

Prior to the country’s recent development and preparatons for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, there were a few noticeable buildings such as the 40-year-old pyramid-like Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel, and nearly no skyscrapers. Today, the Doha skyline is one of the most stunning skylines in the world, lined with futuristic skyscrapers and incredible structures. As you tour around the country, make sure to take in the stunning architectural buildings. Burj Doha (Doha Tower) Located on the Doha Corniche, Burj Doha or Doha Tower is one of the most iconic landmarks of Doha, prominently yet subtly adding to the Doha cityscape. It’s one of the highest buldings in the country at about 238.1 m (781 ft) with 46 floors above ground. Designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, the tower was commissioned by Sheikh Saud bin Mohammed Al Thani specifically to address the need for an outstanding example of contemporary architecture for Doha, that also reflected Qatar’s Islamic heritage. Overlooking the Gulf, the award-winning tower provides floors of offices, a restaurant with panoramic views, and a private residence at the penthouse level. The tower is topped by a full-span dome and a spire, and clad entirely in an intricately patterned stainless steel screen. 256

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The cladding system is a reference to the traditional Islamic mashrabiya, or artistic screen, used for shading or room dividing. The design for the system involved using a single geometric motif at several scales, overlaid at different densities along the façade. The overlays occur in response to the solar conditions: 25% opacity was placed on the north elevation, 40% on the south, and 60% on the east and west. From afar, the screen appears as a uniform density, but the intricacy of the layering and scaling of the screens becomes apparent at a closer viewpoint, lending the building multiple textural experiences. The overall façade system is estimated to reduce cooling loads by 20%. At night, an integrated lighting system enhances the delicate screen with programmable light shows.

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The base of the tower has a 25-m-wide pergola to provide a shaded entry, as well as a lushly planted garden. Landscaping covers 40% of the site, adding to the pedestrian experience. Below, three levels of parking accommodate a total of 870 cars solely for the office tenants. A large interior atrium houses eight glass lifts; the atrium reaches a height of 112 m, up to level 27, which offers a transfer lobby between low- and high-zones. The transparent lifts offer views of the surrounding city. The structure of the tower is a non-traditional concrete diagrid with canted columns forming an X-shaped framing system. This system creates a unique effect in the office spaces in conjunction with the façade screen. In contrast to more typical office towers, the spatial quality of the interior is one of ever-changing patterns of light and texture, breaking the standard of monotony. A grand private residence is located within the dome of the tower at 182 m above ground level. The luxury residence has its own private entrance into the building and elevator service, along with private access to the restaurant below. The breathtaking effect of the culmination of the dome structure and screen creates a truly singular space. Included in the residence are a sauna and pool along with typical residential amenities and 360 degree views of the surrounding city.

Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect I M Pei, MIA became an architectural icon and feature of the Doha skyline when it first opened in 2008. Standing alone on reclaimed land on the Doha Corniche, the building draws much influence from

ancient Islamic architecture, notably the Ibn Tulun Mosque in Cairo. The building is made from limestone, which captures hourly changes in light and shade. The geometric patterns of the Islamic world adorn the inside space, making for a grand interior. The centrepiece of the atrium is a curved double staircase leading up to the first floor. Above it floats an ornate circular metal chandelier echoing the curve of the staircase. An oculus, at the top of the atrium, captures and reflects patterned light within the faceted dome. The five-storey 45-metre tall window on the north side gives spectacular panoramic views across the bay. A variety of textures and materials, including wood and stone, have created a unique environment for the museum’s stunning collections. With incredible views across the bay, it’s the foundation for Doha’s burgeoning cultural scene. MIA comprises a main building with an adjacent education wing connected by a large central courtyard. The main building rises five-storeys, topped by a high domed atrium within a central tower. MIA is also home to Alain Ducasse’s first restaurant in the Middle East. 'Idam' means 'generosity', and each dish is a celebration of local tastes, spices and ingredients. Philippe Starck’s unique décor creates a sophisticated atmosphere, overlooking Doha’s skyline from the top floor of the museum. MIA is also a cultural and social destination with the adjacent MIA park hosting year-round activities, including bazaars, film screenings, sports events, ©

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art workshops and extra exhibition features. Walk the promenade to view Richard Serra's iconic work, '7', enjoy the café, gift shop, and striking views over the city.

National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) (pictured above)

Designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, the National Museum of Qatar officially opened in March 2019, making a dramatic addition to the Doha landscape, with its curved discs, intersections, and cantilevered angles — all inspired by the complex form of the local desert rose, found in Qatar’s arid desert regions. Designed to be both immersive and experiential, visitors can expect to encounter a rich environment to explore. Organised in three 'chapters' — Beginnings, Life in Qatar, and The Modern History of Qatar — each theme is presented across 11 highly individual galleries. The story of Qatar unfolds across the galleries, all employing innovative approaches to storytelling. Each gallery provides a unique perspective across time and connects visitors to lives lived between land and sea. All the senses are triggered through a creative combination of sounds including music and oral histories, visually through film and archival images. Built on the grounds of the original Qatar National Museum, this unique building embraces the

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newly restored Old Palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani — his family home and seat of the government for 25 years — which itself represents the heart of Qatari national identity. This nationally significant building has been carefully restored and conserved, so that it can be enjoyed by visitors and future generations to come. Spread over 1.5 km, the museum features a 220-seat auditorium, and a rolling programme of events ensures each visit offers a new perspective. For students and researchers, the dedicated research centre and laboratories provide new study opportunities. There are also venues to eat, including a stunning rooftop restaurant, and a newly landscaped park that offers familyfriendly interactive learning environments and also celebrates Qatar’s indigenous plants.

Qatar National Library (QNL) (pictured below) Designed by Rem Koolhaas, the Qatar National Library (QNL) features tiers of marble bookcases set within a single open-plan space. The OMA-designed building, which opened in Education City in 2017, houses several collections of Qatar's most important texts and manuscripts on Arab-Islamic civilisation. The library’s angular concrete exterior is unique. Each side of the building lifts at the edges, creating

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a diamond-shaped exterior profile and an internal space organised around three aisles of books enclosing a central triangular space. Inside, display shelves stretch out across terraces in every corner of the 138-m-long library, and platforms jut out over the archives sunk into the centre of the structure. A column-free bridge connects each of the main aisles and doubles as a platform for study spaces, reading rooms, exhibition areas and a multipurpose auditorium that can be defined by a retractable screen. The shelves are central to the design and function of the library. Each one is made from the same white marble as the floors and infrastructure, and incorporate the lighting, ventilation and even the book return system. Sunk 6 m deep into the centre of the space are the bookshelves housing the heritage collection, with shelves clad in beige travertine to give the space an 'excavated' feel. Directly accessible from the outside, this section can function independently of the main library. A façade of corrugated glass and a reflective aluminium ceiling are designed to filter and diffuse the bright sunlight to create the optimum light level for reading. Outside, a sunken patio allows light to filter to the basement levels.

Located in Al Wakra, the stadium is designed by the late iconic Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, who passed away in 2016, meaning that Al Janoub Stadium was one of her final projects. It was inaugurated on 16 May 2019 during the Amir Cup 2019 final with a match between Al Duhail and Al Sadd. It’s the second tournament-ready venue for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. The capacity of the stadium is 40,000, which is expected to reduce in half to 20,000 after the World Cup – the seats will be donated to football development projects overseas. Its design was inspired by the hulls of the traditional dhow pearl fishing boats, further reflected by the use of timber and traditional materials. The symmetrical roof composed of three shells is the standout feature. As football fans approach the stadium, they will be greeted by beautiful parkland and the arena's elegant architecture. A school; wedding hall; cycling, horse riding and running tracks; restaurants; marketplaces; gyms; and parkland are some of the amenities that will enhance Al Janoub Stadium. Zaha Hadid Architects is developing various projects in Qatar especially in the country’s futuristic smart city, Lusail City, designing hotels, office and residential buildings, and more.

Other architectural marvels:

Overall the building encompasses 42,000 sq m of space for books and readers, housing Qatar's National Library, the Public Library, the University Library, and the Heritage Collection. The public library houses over a million books and space for thousands of readers.

• Abdullah Bin Zaid Al Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center (Fanar)

Al Janoub Stadium (Al Wakra Stadium)

• Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel – William L. Pereira & Associates

(pictured above)

The stadiums for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ – from Al Bayt and Lusail to Al Rayyan and Education City — are all archiectural masterpieces. However, Al Janoub Stadium, formerly known as Al Wakra Stadium, is one of the most noteworthy football stadiums of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.

• Al Mansour Gate – E Square Architects • Cubes Tower – E Square Architects • Marina Twin Towers – E Square Architects

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It’s Camping Season By Ola Diab

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amping season is here! As cooler weather approaches, camping trips are an ideal getaway especially as most people are staying in the country with travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020–21 winter camping season began in October 2020 and will continue until March 2021. The registration for the five-month-long winter camping season opened on 14 October and continues until 31 December. Registrations can be done electronically through the Municipality and Environment (MME) website mme.gov.qa and its mobile app, Aoun, as well as through government service centres operating across the country According to MME, at least 2,400 camps were booked in the 2020–21 winter camping season. A total of 17 areas are included, such as Sealine, Al Shamal, Zubara, Dukhan, Zekreet, Al Khor, Khor Al Adaid, Al Waab, Fuwairit, Al Mazrooah, Al Ghariya and more. Registration for the 2020–21 winter camping season opened in phases. Registration for camp sites in Al Shamal, Al Ghashamiyah, Sealine, Ras Matbakh, Arida, Zekreet, Al Naqiyan, Al Kharara, Ashiraj, Al Sariyah, and Umm Al Maa opened during Phase 1. Applicants pay QAR10,000 as security, which will be refunded after the camping season. The regular charges in Al Shamal, Al Ghashamiyah, and Al Naqiyan are QAR3,000. Campers interested in Ras Matbakh, Arida, Zekreet, Sealine, Ashiraj, and Umm Al Maa will have to pay QAR10,000. The camping period in these areas for Phase 1 will run from 13 October 2020 to 28 March 2021. Registration for camp sites in Al Reem Reserve, Al Marona, Al Mazrooah, Umm Al Aafa’i, Al Hasham, Abu Zahlof, Al Zubara, Al Udaid, Al Khuraij South,

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and Bu Samra opened during Phase 2. Applicants will have to pay QAR3,000 for camping in Al Mazrooah, Umm Al Aafa’i, and Al Hasham. However, those who want to camp in Al Reem Reserve, Al Marona, Abu Zahlof, Al Zubara, Al Udaid, Al Khuraij South, and Bu Samra pay QAR10,000 as charges in addition to QAR10,000 refundable security money. Camping season for Phase 2 will run from 16 October 2020 to 4 April 2021. Registration for Phase 3 camping began on 18 October for camping in Rawdat Rashed, Rawdat Aisha, Al Khor, Al Waab, Imgaitna, Al Ghariya, Al Mufair, Ras Al Nouf, Al Otouriyah, Al Sane’ah, and Al Rees West. Phase 3 applicants will be charged QAR3,000 for camping in Rawdat Rashed, Rawdat Aisha, Al Khor, Al Waab, Imgaitna, Otouryah, Al Sane’ah, and Al Rees West. Campers who register for Al Ghariya, Al Mufair and Ras Al Nouf will have to pay QAR10,000 as charges in addition to the refundable security money. Camping season for Phase 3 began on 20 October and will conclude on 8 April 2021. Applicants should be Qatari citizens aged 25 or above, and should adhere strictly to camping terms and conditions, and follow environmental protection laws. All these areas are still open to the public with beaches and entertainment for all. In addition to the imposed restrictions of COVID-19, MME has introduced measures against violators to protect and clean the environment in cooperation with working observers. In addition, MME has launched the Best Camp Award as an incentive aimed at pushing the camps to preserve the environment.

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Sealine or Mesaieed Beach Home to the Sealine Beach Resort, a Murwab Resort and Qatar’s popular sand dunes, Sealine or Mesaieed is the most popular desert and beach destination in winter and throughout the year. It’s also the most popular destination for camping with most tourist or adventure companies setting up camp there. This is where people can spend a day, or a night or more to enjoy the outdoors by swimming, sand duning or bashing, bonfires, barbecues and more. Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) opened its medical clinic at Sealine on 31 October 2020 in time for the 2020-21 winter camping season. Operating for the 10th year, the easily-accessible Sealine Medical Clinic is located on a main road adjacent to the busy beach, resort, mosque, shopping area, and other services and amenities in the area. The fleet is ready to respond to all emergency calls from campers in the Sealine resort and surrounding areas during the camping season. The new 4x4 ambulances have been modified to cope with the special terrain in the Sealine and surrounding areas, to enable them to reach patients safely and swiftly. The clinic will operate from 3 pm on Thursday until 5 pm on Saturday throughout the camping season and will remain open until at least the end of March 2021.

Camping during COVID-19 It is mandatory for all campers to download and activate Ehteraz mobile app and not allow anyone without the app or ‘green’ status to be in the camp. The Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) has issued COVID-19 precautionary measures for winter camping season 2020-21, banning the entry of infected or suspected cases of coronavirus in camps. Dos • Campers should follow the guidelines and policies related to the prevention and preventive measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, including maintaining social distancing, and wearing face masks. • Campers should take suspected people with COVID-19 symptoms to health centres designated for that category as soon as symptoms appear. • Campers have also been directed to follow rules regarding the size of the gathering determined according to the area and the nature of the place and in line with COVID-19 restrictions.

• As per the rules and regulations, camps should have numbers, which are issued by MME. The numbers should be displayed prominently in at least A4 size. Campers are required to show their licenses to the inspectors whenever needed and allow them to inspect the premises to ensure compliance with rules and regulations. • Campers should also strictly adhere to provisions of laws and ministerial decisions, especially those related to protecting the environment. • Campers should maintain necessary hygiene and preserve marine and coastal environment. • Campers should cooperate with patrolling units. The licensee of the camp bears full responsibility for the camp, and the safety and security of people and properties inside the camp. In addition, there should be security guards at large camps. Donts • Campers should also not rent their camps to other individuals. • People infected with COVID-19, those coming in direct contact with coronavirus patients or showing symptoms, and those awaiting the results of their screening tests are not allowed to camp, as per the safety procedures issued by the health authorities. • It is prohibited to use camps to quarantine or isolate infected people or those coming in contact with infected persons or suspected cases. The license issued to a camper is for personal use and it is not allowed to rent the location of camp or give it to someone else. It is also prohibited to use the camp for other activities or using materials which are harmful to the environment. MME has the right to carry out inspections to ensure compliance with prescribed precautionary measures. m ©

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To Protect and Preserve

By Ola Diab

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atar Museums (QM) holds a strong belief on the importance of protecting the country’s history, and heritage and natural sites. In 2020, QM and the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) laid out new initiates to protect and preserve the country’s heritage and archeological sites, and natural reserves.

Cleanup drive QM has signed a cooperation agreement with MME, represented by Al Shamal Municipality, and the Seashore Contracting and Engineering Group, to clean the coastlines of cultural villages across the country. Based on the agreement, the three parties will cooperate over a one-year period to roll out a programme aimed at cleaning the coastlines of cultural villages, starting with the ancient city of Al Zubara. The parties will provide support for volunteers and participants in the initiative. Experts from QM will introduce volunteers to cultural sites and the importance of cleaning the coastline, in addition to developing an online application that identifies cultural sites and provides a historical overview of the region.

The new agreement falls within the context of QM’s partnership with relevant state agencies, community members and volunteers to preserve Qatar’s archeological sites. QM connects the museums, cultural institutions and heritage sites in Qatar and creates the conditions for them to thrive and flourish. It centralises resources and provides a comprehensive organisation for the development of museums and cultural projects, with a long-term ambition of creating a strong and sustainable cultural infrastructure for Qatar. Under the patronage of HH the Amir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, and led by its Chairperson, HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, QM is consolidating Qatar’s efforts to become a vibrant centre for the arts, culture and education in the Middle East and beyond. As part of the cleanup initiative, the MME’s General Cleanliness Department and Natural Reserves Department, in cooperation with Seashore Group,

‘Beaches represent an attraction for tourists, which makes such sites prone to pollution. Our cooperation with MME and Seashore Group falls in line with QM’s keenness to raise awareness of the importance of archaeological sites and villages, and the need to preserve them as a living example for future generations. Thus, we are pleased to join efforts with various state institutions, the private sector and community members to accomplish this noble mission, and to protect our rich heritage that dates back thousands of years,’ said the CEO of QM, Ahmed Musa Al Namla. 262

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is targeting the public about the importance of keeping the beaches clean, and disposing of trash in designated containers. The innovative campaign involves the use of signage in the shape of fish, containing awareness messages, as well as garbage containers that resemble huge fish. The use of the fish-shaped elements highlights the importance of marine life and the damage caused by plastic on the marine environment.

Protecting public art In September 2020, QM launched a campaign to protect and preserve public art and installations across the country, encouraging the wider community to share in the responsibility of #OurPublicArt. As part of the campaign, the museum has installed anti-vandalism signage at Zekreet, where Richard Serra’s desert sculpture East-West/West-East, a set of four standing steel plates, has been vandalised by amateur graffiti, drawings and scratches. ‘Qatar boasts a vibrant public art scene that not only brings to life urban areas but also sparks debate on topical issues of global relevance. It is unfortunate that some public art pieces, such as Richard Serra’s installation, have been defaced with scrawling and tags by visitors to Zekreet,’ said Al Namla. ‘Vandalism of public artworks damages a national asset that is meant for the enrichment of the entire community and is forbidden by law. As public art belongs to us all, it is our collective responsibility to respect, preserve and protect it. Qatar Museums strongly encourages the community to take pride in these incredible works, which have been created to be enjoyed by us all,’ he added. The signage, installed in collaboration with Ashghal, serves to educate the community on what constitutes vandalism of public art: drawing, marking, spray painting, scratching or any other

act that damages or defaces an installation. In the coming months, QM will also undertake a cleanup drive to restore Serra’s installation. Serra’s breathtaking installation, located in the Brouq nature reserve, spans over a kilometre and comprises four steel plates, each over 14 m in height, standing in stark contrast to the topography of the land and the desolate space in the heart of the desert. East-West/West-East is one of many awe-inspiring public artworks by renowned artists, including Damien Hirst, El Seed, Louise Bourgeois and Subodh Gupta, which can be found dotted across the country, taking art beyond four walls and breathing life into shared spaces. QM is committed to nurturing a thriving public art scene through #OurPublicArt that reflects the artistic expression of the wider community. Throughout the year, the museum leads a number of public art initiatives, including the 6/5 Open Call, Public Art Student Competition and Mural Open Call, that invite the community to unleash their creativity and actively contribute to Qatar’s vibrant cultural dialogue through pieces that represent Qatar’s past, celebrate its modernity and contemplate the country’s future. m ©

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• Air Sports • Athletics • Basketball • Billiards and Snooker • Bowling • Boxing and Wrestling • Chess • Cricket • Cycling and Triathlon • Equestrian • Fencing and Weightlifting • Football • Golf • Gymnastics • Handball

• Karate, Judo and Taekwondo • Motor and Motorcycle • Paralympic • Rugby, Cricket and Hockey • Sailing and Marine Sport • Shooting and Archery • Sports for All • Women's Sports • Swimming • Table Tennis • Tennis, Squash and Badminton • Volleyball

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Qatar Olympic Committee Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) was established in 1979 to oversee sports events and subsequently became members of the International Olympic Committee, the Olympic Council of Asia, and the Arab Sports Games Federation. QOC merged some national federations in December 2016, and in January 2017 Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani was re-elected President of the QOC for 2017–2020. QOC marked its 40th anniversary in March 2019 with a gala dinner celebrating its achievements and successes. QOC runs several campaigns to engage residents in keeping fit and healthy, including National Sport Day on the second Tuesday of February each year – one of only a few countries to hold such a public holiday – as well as events for schoolchildren and the promotion of women in sport. olympic.qa

Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF) D3 Activities, sports medicine, research and education. Facilities include Aspire Dome, Aspire Park, Hamad Aquatic Centre, Khalifa Stadium, the Ladies Sports Hall and Ladies Club, tracks and playing fields. AZF runs the community sports initiatives Aspire Active, Step Into Health and Namat. 4413 8188, aspirezone.qa Aspire Academy Applied sports science support to student‑athletes; hosts international sports stars using the facilities. 4413 6570, aspire.qa Aspetar The first specialised orthopaedic and sports medicine hospital in the Gulf region, offering treatment for injuries. 4413 2000, aspetar.com Other sports faciities include: • Asian Town Cricket Stadium • Doha Golf Club • Doha Sports Park • Education City Golf Club • Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex • Losail International Racing Circuit • Lusail Olympic Shooting Range • Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club Checked & Updated October 2020

Previous international sporting events include • Tour of Qatar (men's and women's cycling) • 15th Asian Games (2006) • AFC Asian Cup (2010) • 12th Pan Arab Games (2011) • FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) (2014) • Men’s Handball World Championship (2015) • AIBA World Boxing Championships (2015) • UCI Road World Championships (2016) • FIG Artistic World Gymnastics Championships (October 2018) • 2019 IAAF World Championships (28 September) Annual international events • Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar (MotoGP) • Commercial Bank Qatar Masters (golf) • IAAF Diamond League (athletics) • Longines Global Champions Tour (equestrian) • Qatar Classic Squash Tournament • Qatar ExxonMobil Open (ATP tennis) • Qatar Ladies Open (WTA tennis) • Qatar Table Tennis Open Coming up: • 2022 FIFA World CupTM • 2023 FINA World Aquatics Championships

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Sports Events Calendar This is just a selection of sports events – to have yours listed, email marhaba@qatar.net.qa Events are subject to a change of dates/cancellation due to COVID-19. See daily updates at marhaba.qa and follow the advice of the Ministry of Public Health.

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2020 Doha ASTC Triathlon Asian Cup Hosted by the Qatar Cycling and Triathlon Federation and taking place at Lusail City and Katara Cultural Village.

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Qatar T10 League and ACC T20 Tournament– Cricket Organised by Qatar Committee for Rugby, Hockey and Cricket and approved by the International Cricket Council (ICC). At the cricket stadium in Asian Industrial City.

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Motor Sport: Qatar Baja 2020 Round 5 At Losail International Circuit. qmmf.com

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Qatar Foundation Golf Championship The QF community is invited to join together for this fun and social tournament. Teams must comprise one beginner golfer to encourage the growth of the game in Qatar. ecgolf.com

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Equestrian sport: Race meetings at Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club. Every Wednesday and Thursday afternoon at Al Rayyan Park and Al Uqda Racing Complex in Al Khor, until the end of April. qrec.gov.qa

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Qatar Football Association (QFA) Action from the 2020–21 domestic football season with the country's top teams in the QNB Stars League. qfa.qa, qsl.qa

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2020 AFC Champions League (East) The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) awarded Doha the rights to host the competition based on the successful staging of the AFC Champions League (West) matches in September. The final will be held on 19 December between Iran's Persepolis, winner of the West Asian tournament, and the East Asian winner. the-afc.com/competitions

January 2021 To be conf Qatar ExxonMobil Open Part of the ATP World Tour 250 series, featuring some of the world's top male tennis players. At the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex. qatartennis.org

February To be conf Qatar Total Open (WTA) A Premier level event on the WTA Tour at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex. qatartennis.org 1 – 11

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FIFA Club World Cup 2021™ The tournament features the winners of the six continental confederations, as well as the league champions from the host nation, Qatar. The impact of the coronavirus pandemic has led to the rescheduling of matches, meaning that the competition had to be postponed from December 2020. For up to date details, visit fifa.com and marhaba.qa

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A public holiday celebrated annually on the second Tuesday in February, encouraging everyone to participate in a sport or activity with colleagues, friends and family. Keep up to date with announcements at marhaba.qa

Equestrian sport: The Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club will be holding the annual HH The Amir Sword Racing Festival, a three-day event of prestigious racing. There are two USD1 mn races on the third day, one each for Pure Arabians and Thoroughbreds. qrec.gov.qa

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Qatar Open Amateur Golf Championship 2021 Three days of 54-hole stroke play; 60 plus ties after 36 holes will advance to Round 3. Handicap limit is 12. In the event of oversubscription, priority will go to the 120 players with lowest handicap. Deadline for entry is 18 February 2021. dohagolfclub.com

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FEI AL SHAQAB The International Federation for Equestrian Sport (FEI) returns to Doha with one of their most prestigious, worldclass competitions. For venue details and ticket information, visit fei.org

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March To be conf 2021 Grand Prix of Qatar One of the most spectacular events on the MotoGPTM calendar! The first race of the new season starts in elaborate fashion under the floodlights at Losail International Circuit. motogp.com, circuitlosail.com 10 – 13

Upcoming Events 23 – 28 Marriott Marquis Qatar Pro-Am Registration is open for this CPG sanctioned event at Mar 2021 Education City Golf Club. Pro-am format: Stableford best 2 from 4; Professionals: Individual strokeplay, with a minimum prize fund of €10,000. ecgolf.com 1 – 18 FIFA Pan-Arab Tournament An invitational Dec 2021 competition for men’s national teams from Africa and Asia, with home-based players only and be played outside the International Match Calendar. It will allow organisers to use the same facilities as those proposed for the World Cup in 2022. fifa.com m ©

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FIG Apparatus World Cup 2020/21 A qualifying event for the Olympic Games that were postponed from summer 2020. Men's and Women's Artistic Gymnastics, where athletes perform short routines on different apparatuses, but with less emphasis on vaulting. This hugely popular spectator sport is organised by FIG (Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique), one of the oldest established international federations of an Olympic sport. Venue to be advised but most likely Aspire Dome. fig-gymnastics.com

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Children's pool at Radisson Blu, Doha

Marhaba updates this section every issue, but as information may change, check with the organisation concerned for up to date details. If your organisation is listed on these pages and you need to amend your entry, or if you would like to be included in future issues, let us know by emailing marhaba@qatar.net.qa. Locations can be found on the map of Doha at the front of the guide. Also see: • Leisure Activities in Discovering Qatar section for dance classes, fishing, and motor sports clubs • Hospitality in Qatar for a complete list of hotels and their fitness facilities • Health and Wellness in the Health and Beauty section for wellness, Pilates and yoga 3 An activity for children or one that children can participate in – check first for any age restrictions

Archery Evolution Sports Qatar Multiple locations For adults and children aged 3+. 4407 6772, evosportsqatar.com 3

Aviation Qatar Flying Club Al Khor. For newcomers or for those who already hold a licence, also sightseeing tours. 4457 1491, qatarflyingclub.net

Badminton Dynamic Sports Multiple locations For adults and children. 7744 3124, dynamicsportsqa.com 3 Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha D3/4 Floodlit court. 4428 1621, radissonblu.com/en/hotel-doha 3

Basketball Evolution Sports Qatar Multiple locations For children aged 3+. 4407 6772, evosportsqatar.com 3 Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha D3/4 Floodlit court. 4428 1621, radissonblu.com/en/hotel-doha 3 270

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SFQ Sports Academy Multiple locations For children aged 3+. 6622 2962, sfqsportsacademy.com.qa 3

Bowling Banana Island Resort Doha By Anantara C5 8-lane bowling alley with authentic American diner. 4040 5050, doha.anantara.com 3 Gondolania Bowling Center Villaggio D2 12‑lane bowling alley. Open Saturday to Wednesday 9 am – 11 pm, Thursday/Friday 9 am – midnight. 4403 9800, gondolania.com 3 Qatar Bowling Center D4 32-lane bowling alley. Open Sunday/Monday/Wednesday/Saturday 9 am – midnight, Tuesday 9 am – 3 pm ladies only/3 pm – midnight open to all, Thursday 9 am – 2 am, Friday 8 am – 6 pm leagues/6 pm – 1 am open to all. 4432 9178, qatarbowlingcenter.net 3 Strike Bowling Alley Winter Wonderland at City Center-Doha C4 8-lane bowling alley. Open Saturday to Wednesday 10 am – 9 pm, Thursday 10 am – 11 pm, Friday 1 pm – midnight. 4493 3355, citycenterdoha.com 3

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marhaba.qa Clay Shooting Lusail (Al Ramii) Shooting Club Near Losail International Circuit Target ranges are open Saturday to Wednesday 4 pm – 8 pm. 4495 3114, qsaa.qa

Cricket MS Dhoni Cricket Academy Asian Town Cricket Stadium F3 Modern coaching and development programmes. 5527 1909/5501 7739, absolutesportsqatar.com 3

Stallions Cricket Academy Multiple locations Coaching programmes and events for adults and children. 3140 8994, stallionsqatar.com 3

Cycling Banana Island Resort Doha By Anantara C5 Explore the island by hiring a bike or Segway. 4040 5050, doha.anantara.com 3 Qatar Chain Reaction (QCR) Multiple locations A volunteer branch of the Qatar Cycling and Triathlon Federation open to all road and mountain bike riders. Friday morning rides, weekday track nights at Losail International Circuit (when available), and more. qatarchainreaction.com Qatar Cycling and Triathlon Federation Near College of the North Atlantic‑Qatar B3 Events and development of both sports. 4447 5522, qatarcycling.org, qatartriathlon.org Qatar Cyclists The only official club in Qatar. See their Facebook page for details

Darts Doha Darts League Shamrock Tavern, Magnum Hotel B4 The league runs from October to March. Join the Facebook group for details

Fencing Clement Fencing Academy Lycee Voltaire Al Waab D3 and Al Dafna B4 Training for ages 4 to adults, also after school activities and French language sessions (French is the official language of fencing). Classes are available for those in wheelchairs using specially adapted chairs, under the Definitely Able initiative run by Sasol. 7751 2469, clementfencing.com 3 Evolution Sports Qatar Multiple locations For adults and children aged 3+. 4407 6772, evosportsqatar.com 3

For dance and zumba see Leisure Activities, (Discovering Qatar); for Pilates and yoga see Health and Wellness (Health and Beauty) Altitude Elite Marina 50, Lusail City A4 Flexible personalised training for peak performance. 5085 5825‬, altitude.qa Alwadi Hotel Doha, MGallery by Hotel Collection D4 Personal training and TechnoShape body slimming sessions at M|Fit gym. 4009 9999, alwadihoteldoha.com Anytime Fitness Multiple locations Daily fitness and yoga classes. 4414 4999 (Al Muftah Plaza), 4469 7215 (Al Wakra, ladies), 4411 1999 (Al Wakra, men), 4411 4999 (Mall of Qatar), anytimefitness.qa 3 Aspire Active Aspire Zone D2 Hundreds of classes for men, women, and children aged 6 months+. Registration form and schedule are available online. aspireactiveqa.com 3 B/Attitude Spa Doha at Beverly Hills Towers C4 Fitness classes, yoga and pilates, and spinning. See the online monthly schedule. 4412 2046, battitudespadoha.com 3 Banana Island Resort Doha By Anantara C5 TRX and personal trainer on request. Call first for availability. 4040 5050, doha.anantara.com Bounce Fitness Multiple locations Bootcamp, martial arts, yoga and gymnastics for adults and children. 5061 1266, bouncefitness.com.qa 3 Centara West Bay Hotel & Residences Doha B4 Fitness centre, yoga/aerobics studio, kids club and two swimming pools. 4009 5555, centarahotelsresorts.com/centara/cwq 3 Contours Express Near the Indonesian Embassy D3 Women's and kids gym, daily fitness and dance classes. 4464 1540, mygym-qatar.com 3 CrossFit Oryx Doha College D3 Classes and open gym. 5080 5705, crossfitoryx.com Curves for Women Multiple locations Fitness in 30 minutes! 4469 9955 (Al Waab), 4421 7755 (Duhail), 4455 2477 (Nuaija), curvesme.com Dana Club C4 Aquarobics, aerobics and HIIT including ladies only classes and Jump Gym for kids. 4496 0600, danaclub.com.qa 3 Dynamik QA Porto Arabia, The Pearl-Qatar B4 Mansoura D4 Fitness, yoga/pilates and martial arts classes, male and female gyms, juice bar, spa and salon. See their Facebook page for details ©

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Qatar Cricket Association QOC Building, Al Dafna C4 Training, development, facilities and practice nets. 4494 4941, qatarcricketassociation.org 3

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marhaba.qa Evolution Sports Qatar Multiple locations Daily EvoFit classes: boxercise, bootcamp, teenfit, Metafit/HIIT and more. Must be aged 16+. 7783 9559, evosportsqatar.com 3 Evolve Multiple locations Fitness classes and swimming at several hotels and spas, personal training and nutritional advice. See the online schedule. 5040 3234, evolvemindbodysoul.com 3

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Fit20 West Bay Al Bidda Street (previously Majlis Al Taawon Street) C4 One 20-minute training session per week. 5057 0350, fit20.qa First Fit Training Multiple locations Martial arts, tennis, gymnastics, football and more for adults and children aged 3+. 3300 0779, fftsports.com 3 Fitness First City‑Center Doha C4 Fitness classes and separate male/female gyms. 4411 5999, qatar.fitnessfirstme.com Four Seasons Hotel Doha C4 Calisthenics and circuit training. Schedule changes monthly, call first. 4485 8888, fourseasons.com/doha Grand Hyatt Doha B4 CrossFit, aqua gym, Tae Bo and core training. Booking essential. 4448 1060, doha.grand.hyatt.com 3 InterContinental Doha Hotel & Residences B4 Daily bodypump, bootcamp, CrossFit and Burn. See the online schedule. 4484 4828, doha.intercontinental.com InterContinental Doha – The City B4 Bodypump, Latino Cardio and EMS (Electro Muscular Stimulation). Schedule changes weekly, call first. 4015 8888, intercontinental.com/dohathecity Mandarin Oriental, Doha D4 TRX and Queenax studios, personal training. 4008 8888, mandarinoriental.com/doha Marsa Malaz Kempinski The Pearl–Qatar A4 Daily boot camp and abs classes. 4035 5152, kempinski.com/marsamalaz OxFitness Lab The Gate Mall C4 Comprehensive health checks, bespoke training and nutritional programmes for members. 4020 6430, oxfitnesslab.com

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Sharq Village & Spa D4 Fitness classes, spinning, yoga and holistic health. Call ahead for schedule. 4425 6185, ritzcarlton.com/sharqvillage The Diplomatic Club B4 Unisex and ladies only gyms, fitness classes and recreation facilities. 4484 7450, thediplomaticclub.com 3 The Ritz-Carlton, Doha A4 Boot camp, bodypump, abs/core, circuits, teen fit and more. See the online calendar; booking essential. 4484 8173, ritzcarlton.com/doha 3 The St. Regis Doha B4 Classes and personal training for guests and members. 4446 0304, stregisdoha.com 3 Strongbox Qatar Doha Sports Club B4 CrossFit, conditioning and personal training. 5050 2954, strongboxqatar.com The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa D4 WestinWORKOUT classes include circuit training, stretching, abs, HIIT and personal training. 4492 1682, westindoha.com W Doha Hotel & Residences B4 Fully equipped gym with punchbags and boxing gloves. 4453 5555, blissdoha.com

Football Aspire Zone Foundation D2 Five-a-side pitch with FIFA quality artificial turf and foam shock pad underlay. Open daily 4 pm – 11 pm. Book online at booking.aspirelogistics.qa, lifeinaspire.qa 3

Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha D3/4 Personal training and aquacise. Free daily stretching classes for club members and hotel guests. 4428 1621, radissonblu.com/en/hotel-doha 3

Ability Friendly/Inclusive Sports Qatar Foundation Multaqa C2 Sunday – Thursday, small group sessions available for anybody with a disability or special need, ages 5+. 4454 0772, abilityfriendly@qf.org.qa 3

SFQ Sports Academy Multiple locations Mixed, ladies only and children's classes. See the online calendar for up to date schedule. 6622 2962, sfqsportsacademy.com.qa 3

Doha Pearl Academy Doha Sports Park B4 Qatar’s first QFA-approved private football academy for children aged 3+, with league games for adults. dohapearlacademy.com 3

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marhaba.qa Evolution Sports Qatar Multiple locations Coaching programmes for children aged 3+. 4407 6772, evosportsqatar.com 3 Garvey's European Family Club Off Salwa Road E3 Grass 5‑a‑side football pitch, Monday 5‑a‑side leagues. 5583 0475 SFQ Sports Academy Multiple locations For children aged 3+. 6622 2962, sfqsportsacademy.com.qa 3

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Gaelic Football Qatar GAA Multiple locations Male, female and children's teams, playing 9-a-side games with 12 players. Games are seven minutes long, with 10 minute finals, as per the Middle East GAA County Board Rules. There are also hurling teams. qatargaa.qa 3

Golf Banana Island Resort Doha By Anantara C5 Nine‑hole putting course. SNAG (Starting New At Golf) is suitable for all ages. 4040 5050, doha.anantara.com 3 Doha Golf Club B3 18-hole championship course, a nine-hole floodlit academy course, putting and chipping greens and world-class practice facilities. Individual and group coaching available by PGA professionals from the Qatar Golf Academy. The New Golfer Membership offers everything needed to get started, including equipment. Open daily 6 am – 9 pm. 4496 0715, dohagolfclub.com 3 Education City Golf Club C2 33 holes of golf: The 18 hole Championship course, the 6 hole Championship course and the 9 hole par 3 course. Designed by Jose Maria Olazabal, the course is open to members and guests. It features a clubhouse and a Centre of Excellence golf development facility along with a driving range installed with Power Tee automated teeing system and TrackMan technology. Learn golf with PGA professionals; bespoke golf packages for children, women and groups. The 9 hole par 3 course is floodlit for night golf. Open daily 6 am – 8 pm. info@ecgolf.com, membership@ecgolf.com, ecgolf.com 3

Bounce Inc Tawar Mall C3 Indoor trampoline park, plus training classes, free jumping, dodgeball and more, for adults and children aged 3+. 4408 6500, bounce.qa 3 SFQ Sports Academy Multiple locations Gymnastics classes for children aged 2+. 6622 2962, sfqsportsacademy.com.qa 3 The Gymnastics Academy Multiple locations For gymnasts of different abilities, aged 3+. Follows the British Gymnastics floor and vault syllabus but also trains on bars, beams and trampolines. gymacademydoha.com 3

Hockey Doha Hockey Club Multiple locations Welcomes players of all levels keen to play social hockey. Join the Facebook group for details Wanderers Hockey Qatar Field hockey in Qatar since the 1970s. bosco_menezes@hotmail.com

Horse Riding Lessons and Camel Rides Al Samriya Riding School Al Samriya Estate, next to Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani's farm near Al Sheehaniya. Lessons for adults and children, pony club, trails and events. Visit the café and shop with equestrian items. 5070 9521, alsamriyariding.com 3 Sealine Beach, A Murwab Resort Enjoy a leisurely horse or camel ride along the beach. 4476 5299, sealinebeachqatar.com 3

Ice Hockey and Ice-Skating Gondolania Ice Arena Villaggio D2 Olympic size rink. Figure skating and ice hockey classes, also tots skating and bumper tubes. See the online schedule for public sessions. 4450 7873, gondolaniaicearena.com 3 Qatar International Ice Hockey League Villaggio D2 A fun, recreational league with organised games. qhockey.com Winter Wonderland City Center-Doha C4 Full-size ice rink. Open Saturday to Thursday 10 am – 10 pm, Friday 1 pm – 10 pm. 4493 3355, citycenterdoha.com 3

Kids Clubs Banana Island Resort Doha By Anantara C5 Kids and Teens' Clubs offering a safe environment with fun and games, movies and books. 4040 5050, doha.anantara.com 3 ©

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Qatar Ultimate Frisbee Games Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Check first for confirmation of meet-ups. sites.google.com/site/qatarulti, see their Facebook page for details 3

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marhaba.qa Evolution Sports Qatar Multiple locations Training camps offering football, swimming, rugby and basketball. For ages 2+. 4407 6772, evosportsqatar.com 3

daily 8 am – 9 pm. Football fields and basketball and volleyball courts are free to use on a first come, first serve basis. Also paddle boats, cycling tent and mini pitches. lifeinaspire.qa 3

InterContinental Doha Hotel & Residences B4 Tennis competitions, sports days and much more – an extensive range of activities and seasonal events. 4484 4828, doha.intercontinental.com 3

Dana Club C4 Basketball, mini‑football, table tennis and volleyball facilities for members and their guests. 4496 0600, danaclub.com.qa 3

SFQ Sports Academy Multiple locations Gymnastics, robotics, football, basketball, Zumba, and martial arts classes. For ages 3+. 6622 2962, sfqsportsacademy.com.qa 3

Martial Arts and Boxing B/Attitude Spa Doha at Beverly Hills Towers C4 Daily Muay Thai for all levels and ages. 4412 2046, battitudespadoha.com 3 City Centre Rotana Doha C4 Kickboxing classes, booking required. 4445 8686, rotana.com Evolve Multiple locations Boxing and Muay Thai workouts. 4407 6772, evolvemindbodysoul.com 3 InterContinental Doha The City C4 Kickboxing, boxing, taekwondo, karate for kids. Schedule changes weekly, call first. 4015 8888, intercontinental.com/dohathecity 3 Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha D3/4 Karate classes Thursday/Saturday at 3:30 pm for adults and children aged 6+. 4428 1621, radissonblu.com/en/hotel-doha 3 SFQ Sports Academy Multiple locations Kickboxing, karate and taekwondo for adults and children. 6622 2962, sfqsportsacademy.com.qa 3 Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel C4 Shotokan karate and aikido for adults and children. See the online monthly schedule. 4485 4600, fitness.sheratongranddoha.com 3

Doha College Al Waab D3 and West Bay C3 Facilities for hire include multipurpose sports halls, 3G pitches, external basketball court and swimming pools. 4407 6777, dohacollege.com 3 Garvey's European Family Club Off Salwa Road E3 Gym/fitness rooms, squash court, swimming pool, and more. 4450 5176 3

Netball Evolution Sports Qatar Multiple locations For ladies and girls aged 8+. 4407 6772, evosportsqatar.com 3

Rock Climbing EsQalar Sports Aspire Zone D2 Climbing wall with programmes for adults and children aged 4+. 3388 2179, esqalar.qa 3

Rugby Doha Rugby Football Centre Near American School of Doha D3 Teams for men, women and children. Training takes place Saturday to Wednesday, for first and second teams, veterans, ladies and kids. doharfc.com 3

Running, Athletics and Triathlon Al Messila, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Doha C3 Jogging/fitness trail and nature trail. 4445 0000, marriott.com

Sharq Village & Spa C4 Tai chi. Call ahead for schedule. 4425 6185, ritzcarlton.com/sharqvillage The Korea Taekwondo Centre Al Muthana Complex, Salwa Rd D3 Daily from 3 pm (except Friday). For adults and children aged 5+. 4465 9066, see the Facebook group for details 3 The Ritz-Carlton, Doha A4 Thai kickboxing and body boxing. Booking essential. 4484 8173, ritzcarlton.com/doha Yama Yoga Studios Asas Twin Towers, Al Dafna C4 Tai chi classes and workshops. 5572 1728, yamayogastudios.com

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Doha Athletic Club Multiple Locations Founded by Liz McColgan Nuttall, former middle- and longdistance track champion. The Adult Run Club holds indoor circuits and outdoor running sessions. The Junior Group is for ages 9 – 18, the Mini Group for ages 6 – 9. 6605 1263, dohaathleticclub.com 3 Doha Bay Running Club Multiple locations Informal group, meeting weekend mornings and weekday evenings. Open to beginners and experienced runners alike. Join the Facebook group for details

Sailing Regatta Sailing Academy Katara Beach B4 Royal Yachting Association and International Award training centre. Sailing and powerboating certification courses for adults and juniors. School programmes, corporate activities and yacht charters upon request. 5550 3484, regattasailingacademy.com 3

Scuba Diving and Snorkelling Banana Island Resort Doha By Anantara C5 Scuba diving and diving courses for everyone from beginners to experts; also RAID certification and snorkelling. 4040 5050, doha.anantara.com 3 Doha Sub Aqua Club (DSAC) Between Doha Marriott and Sharq Village & Spa hotels D4 Qatar's British Sub Aqua Club. Diving trips, training and social events. Meets every Tuesday at 7 pm. See their Facebook page for details Pearl Divers–Qatar Al Mirqab Al Jadeed Street D3 PADI training, tuition, equipment rental and tank filling. 4444 9553, pearl-divers.com Poseidon Dive Center Hilton Doha C4 A full range of recreational PADI courses, professional and technical dive training, and Rebreather courses and programmes. 6608 4040, pdcqatar.com 3 Qatar Marine Go Sport, City Center‑Doha B3 Courses, diving excursions and specialist services. 5531 9507, qatarmarine.net

Spinning Fitness First City Center‑Doha C4 Separate daily classes for men and women. 4411 5106, qatar.fitnessfirstme.com

Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel C4 Daily classes (except Monday/ Thursday). See the online monthly calendar. 4485 4600, fitness.sheratongranddoha.com The Ritz-Carlton, Doha A4 Daily classes (except Thursday). See the online calendar; booking essential. 4484 8173, ritzcarlton.com/doha

Swimming Aspire Active Aspire Zone D2 Classes for men, women and children. Registration form and schedule are available online. 4413 6219, aspireactiveqa.com 3 Ability Friendly/Inclusive Sports Qatar Foundation Recreation Center C2 and Al Khor Recreation Center. Sunday – Thursday, 1:1 classes for all levels, from beginner to advanced. Available for anybody with a disability or special need ages 4+. 4454 0772, abilityfriendly@qf.org.qa 3 Banana Island Resort Doha By Anantara C5 100m long pool, water slides, and a surf pool with lessons available from professional instructors. 4040 5050, doha.anantara.com 3 Dana Club C4 SwimSafe academy for adults and children. 4496 0600, danaclub.com.qa 3 Doha Dolphins Multiple locations Learn‑To‑Swim for adults and children; technical development for ages 6 – 12. 6617 0911, qmotion.com.qa 3 Evolution Sports Qatar Multiple locations Extensive coaching programmes for children. 4407 6772, evosportsqatar.com 3 Four Seasons Hotel Doha C4 Three grotto pools and two family-friendly pools with water slides. 4485 8888, fourseasons.com/doha 3 Freestyle Aquatics at Aspire Aspire Dome Swimming Pool D2 Swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving for people with special needs and disabilities. For more information and to register, contact programme founder Kathleen Bates at tryfreestyle@gmail.com, tryfreestyle@aspirelogistics.qa, facebook.com/freestyleaquatics2012 3 Grand Hyatt Doha B4 Three outdoor pools, two children's pools, one indoor pool for adults. 4448 1060, doha.grand.hyatt.com 3

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TriClub Doha Multiple Locations Training, events and socialising for local triathletes of all levels and ages. The season begins each September. triclubdoha.com 3

InterContinental Doha Hotel & Residences B4 Classes Sunday/Wednesday/Friday/Saturday. 4484 4828, doha.intercontinental.com

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InterContinental Doha Hotel & Residences B4 Tennis and squash lessons for adults and children, also tennis socials every Sunday and Friday 6 pm. 4484 4828, doha.intercontinental.com 3

H2O Swim Club Multiple locations Competitive and leisure programmes, for adults and children aged 8 months+. 5564 1475, h2oswimclub.com 3 InterContinental Doha Hotel & Residences B4 Adults’ and children’s individual and group swimming lessons. 4484 4828, doha.intercontinental.com 3 Mövenpick Hotel West Bay Doha C4 Classes in a chlorine free indoor pool; booking required. 4496 6410, movenpick.com/west-bay-doha 3 Oryx Rotana Hotel D4 Courses and lessons for children of all levels and abilities. 4402 3485, rotana.com/oryxrotana 3 Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha D3/4 Aquacise Sunday and Thursday at 8:30 am. Private swimming lessons available. 4428 1621, radissonblu.com/en/hotel-doha 3 Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel C4 Lessons for children. 4485 4600, fitness.sheratongranddoha.com 3 The Diplomatic Club B4 Classes for adults and children. 4484 7450, thediplomaticclub.com 3 The Ritz-Carlton, Doha A4 Indoor Junior Olympic pool, outdoor freeform pool. Classes for all ages. Call first for availability of instructors. 4484 8173, ritzcarlton.com/middleeast 3 The St. Regis Doha B4 Olympic-sized pool and children's pool for use by guests and members only. 4446 0304, stregisdoha.com 3 The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa D4 Indoor and outdoor swimming pools, outdoor wave pool and outdoor children’s pool. Lessons for adults and children. 4492 1682, westindoha.com 3

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Khalifa Tennis & Squash Complex C4 Tennis courts available for hire by the hour; advance booking required. The tennis school offers training for children aged 5 – 15 years, while players aged 15+ can join private groups. 4440 9666, qatartennis.org 3 Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha D3/4 Tennis classes daily except Sunday from 2 pm. Tennis and squash courts available for general use. 4428 1621, radissonblu.com/en/hotel-doha 3 Sealine Beach, A Murwab Resort Floodlit tennis court. 4476 5299, sealinebeachqatar.com 3 SFQ Sports Academy Multiple locations Tennis classes for adults and children aged 2+. 6622 2962, sfqsportsacademy.com.qa 3 Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel C4 Tennis and squash courts, lessons, mixed and ladies tennis socials. 4485 4600, fitness.sheratongranddoha.com 3 The Ritz-Carlton, Doha A4 Tennis and squash courts, lessons available. 4484 8173, ritzcarlton.com/middleeast 3 The St. Regis Doha B4 Lessons and court hire for adults and children aged 12+. 4446 0304, stregisdoha.com 3 The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa D4 Two squash courts for hire. 4492 1682, westindoha.com 3

Volleyball Banana Island Resort Doha By Anantara C5 Beach volleyball. 4040 5050, doha.anantara.com 3 Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha D3/4 Floodlit court. 4428 1621, radissonblu.com/en/hotel-doha 3

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marhaba.qa AquaSports Qatar Multiple locations Kayaking in Al Thakira mangroves and other locations, stand up paddle boarding and kiteboarding. Events and private parties. See their Facebook page for details 3 Banana Island Resort Doha By Anantara C5 Stand up paddle boarding, banana boat rides, surf pool, donut rides, water bicycles, kayaking, and the HamacLand Floating Lounge. 4040 5050, doha.anantara.com 3

Discover Qatar The destination management division of Qatar Airways and partner of Qatar National Tourism Council offers tours and excursions with sun, sea and sand. 4423 7999, discoverqatar.qa 3 Doha Dragons Qatar Katara Beach B4 Doha's first dragon boat team. Paddling session dates and times change with the time of year and weather. Equipment is provided and new members are always welcome. See their Facebook page for details

Katara Beach B4 Waterskiing, kneeboarding, parasailing, jetskis, boat and gondola rides, sailing and kayaking. Entrance is free, however to use the inflatable games all visitors over the age of 6 need to purchase a Day Pass from the cashier points at Beach Number 3, Gates 1 and 5. Beach opens at 9:30 am, last entry at the weekend is 9:30 pm; swimming is not permitted after sunset. Please observe the dress code when visiting. 4408 1985, katara.net 3

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Discover Arabia Adventure tours at Al Thakira nature reserve, educational programmes for schools, mangrove planting and environmental clean-ups. Also kayaking, snorkelling and overnight camps. 3023 3207, discoverarabia.today 3

InterContinental Doha Hotel & Residences B4 Jetskis, tubes, wakeboarding, kitesurfing and stand up paddle boarding. 4484 4828, doha.intercontinental.com 3

Marsa Malaz Kempinski The Pearl–Qatar A4 Knee boarding, kayaking, pedal boat and paddle boarding. 4035 5152, kempinski.com/doha 3 Q-Explorer Multiple locations Mangrove kayaking, jet ski tours of Doha's Corniche, scuba diving and more. Events for schools and corporates, also private parties. 4472 5146, q-explorer.com 3 Regatta Sailing Academy Katara Beach B4 A Royal Yachting Association training centre offering numerous activities, available for corporate events and parties. 5550 3484, regattasailingacademy.com 3

Flokiteschool Multiple locations Kitesurfing lessons for adults and schoolchildren. 3315 5628, flokiteschool.com 3

Sealine Beach, A Murwab Resort Day visitors can use the pool areas and beach; activities include jet skis and banana boat rides. 4476 5299, sealinebeachqatar.com 3

Grand Hyatt Doha B4 Banana boat rides, jet skis, kayaking, pedal boats and stand up paddle boarding. 4448 1060, doha.grand.hyatt.com

The St. Regis Doha B4 Jet skis, speed boats, sunset boat rides, banana boat and donuts, and waterskiing. 4446 0304, stregisdoha.com 3 m

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Qatar's Cycling Tracks By Sarah Palmer It has never been easier to get on your bike and cycle around Qatar!

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ne of the objectives of the Ministry of Culture and Sports is to create an active sport movement in the country.

To obtain this objective, the ministry's strategy focusses on creating an environment whereby all members of society are able to practise sports and physical activity, making available to the public the necessary facilities and working towards making exercising more attractive. The ministry oversees the hosting of numerous regional and international sports events, and wants the public to enjoy both competitive and recreational sports all year round. The authorities in Qatar have been busy beautifying public spaces for everyone's enjoyment, including the ongoing construction of walking and cycle paths, in conjunction with the Public Works Authority (Ashghal). There are several paths dotted around the country, for example along Lusail Street and between Doha Corniche and Hamad International Airport. Further afield, and for longer rides, try the route close to Al Sheehaniya camel race track and the Al Dossari Zoo and Game Reserve, approximately 30 km of cycling. Not all of the paths are fully connected as yet, however they are landscaped and have streetlamps for use after dark. New cycle paths continue to appear all over Qatar! There is now a 'superpath' available for cyclists to enjoy even longer rides in safety. In fact, Qatar is now the proud owner of more Guinness World Records, being home to the world’s longest continuous cycle path, and the longest piece of asphalt concrete laid continuously. Both of these records were achieved within the Al Khor Road project and the Olympic Cycling Track. Danny Hickson, the Official Adjudicator at the

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Guinness World Records, confirmed the final figure for the longest piece of asphalt concrete laid continuously to be 25.275 km and the longest continuous cycle path to be 32.869 km, setting new world records for Qatar. The Olympic Cycling Track connects Doha to Al Bayt stadium and is 7 m wide, with 29 underpasses and 5 bridges to enable non-stop riding, and is situated well away from the main road. It has been designed to allow speeds of up to 50 km an hour, making it a perfect destination for upcoming international competitions, and opened on 11 February this year, National Sport Day. There are also 80 bicycle stands, 100 benches and 20 rest areas along the route for use by the cyclists. On the opposite side of the road are shared paths for pedestrians and bicycles, 34 km long and 6 m wide, with 18 underpasses. There are five car parking areas along the path – near Qatar University, Lusail metro station, Losail International Circuit, Semaisma Interchange, and Al Bayt Stadium – and 1,450 streetlamps to encourage cycling at night. HE Jassim Rashid Al Buenain, Secretary General of the Qatar Olympic Committee, said, 'The Olympic Track is suitable for all segments of all ages, whether professionals, amateurs or people with special needs, which contributes to encouraging the practice of sport and increasing awareness of its importance in the life of the individual and society.' Abdulrahman Musallam Al Dossari, adviser to HE the Minister of Culture and Sports and President of Qatar Sports Federation for All, has highlighted the importance of implementing an infrastructure that serves sports activities, praising the safety and security of the Olympic Cycling Track in being away from traffic. Qatar Sports Federation for All will be using the track to encourage walking and cycling by holding activities and competitions in the future.

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Eng Abdulla Ahin, Designs Department Manager at Ashghal, holds the Guiness World Record for the Olympic Cycling Track. The Supervisory Committee for Beautification of Roads and Public Places in Qatar (part of Ashghal) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Qatar Cyclists Centre at the Ministry of Culture and Sports to provide services for the Olympic Cycling Track. These services include electric bike parking spaces, first aid, and the use of motorcycles to provide emergency assistance, among others. The MoU's scope also includes organising events in cooperation with Ashghal, safety campaigns, first aid training for emergencies, and awareness sessions to educate riders on safe riding methods along cycle tracks. At the signing ceremony, Yousef Al Emadi, director of Projects Affairs at Ashghal, said the MoU signed with the Qatar Cyclists Centre is aimed at educating the community and spreading the culture of cycling, in addition to using cycling as a safe and healthy means of transportation. He stated that Ashghal is creating infrastructure that contributes to enhancing a culture of sports among all segments of society through the provision of facilities, and that the authority will construct a network of cycling and pedestrian paths across 2,650 km by 2022.

At the signing of the MoU, Abdel Fattah Al Saadi, member of the board of directors at Qatar Cyclists Centre said 'We hope this agreement will contribute to encouraging all segments of the society to practise sport on a regular basis.' The Supervisory Committee of Beautification of Roads and Public Places in Qatar works in coordination with ministries and other entities, such as the Ministry of Transport and Communications, Ministry of Culture and Sports, Qatar Museums, Qatar Rail and the Private Engineering Office. It is responsible for five major tasks: construction of central public parks; provision of dedicated tracks for pedestrians and bicycles; development of Doha Corniche; development of Central Doha; and increasing afforestation and green areas. m Want to join up with likeminded cyclists? See Sports Activities in this section for listings of groups and clubs. Qatar Cycling Federation is the national governing body and has a lot of useful information about taking up the sport, as well as events and support for elite athletes. qatarcycling.org

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Two Years To Go: Countdown To 2022 By Sarah Palmer

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he two-year countdown to one of the world's biggest sporting events and being held in Qatar, the FIFA World Cup, was marked on 21 November. The event, being hosted by a Middle Eastern country for the first time, guarantees a unique experience for audiences from around the world in 2022. One of the most distinctive aspects of this edition of the event is that travelling fans will have the opportunity to attend more than one match a day during the group stage, due to the compact nature of the country and the ease of commuting between stadiums, thanks to the impressive Doha Metro. In fact, Qatar will host the most compact version of the FIFA World Cup ever seen in modern times. The stadiums are all in close proximity to one another, as well as amenities such as hotels and malls. The country's link by an ultra-modern transport system allows for short travel times for fans, players and media. Visitors will be able to stay in one location throughout the tournament with no need for any internal flights, as seen in previous tournaments. The longest distance between stadiums is 75 km (Al Bayt to Al Janoub), while the shortest is just 5 km (Education City to Al Rayyan). Infrastructure is continuing at a fast pace, having reached 90% completion. Three completed stadiums – Khalifa International, Al Janoub and Education City – have safely hosted more than 100 matches in 2020 despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Three more tournament venues are in the final stages of construction: Al Rayyan, Al Bayt and Al Thumama. The main works at the final two stadiums – Ras Abu Aboud and Lusail – are both set to be completed in 2021.

of-the-art Doha Metro was successfully utilised by fans during the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019, while fans were also able to travel using the super new roads and highways. Meanwhile, the expansion of Hamad International Airport will be able to cater to more than 50 mn visitors a year by 2022. According to FIFA President Gianni Infantino, '2020 has surely been a challenging year for the entire world, and football was no exception. Despite the difficulties, steady progress was made in the last few months, showing yet again Qatar’s strong and continued commitment – under the leadership of the Amir, whom I personally thank – to hosting an unforgettable FIFA World Cup in two years’ time, which will no doubt build a legacy long beyond 2022. Al Janoub Stadium

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HE Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, stated that 'We are immensely proud of the progress we have made over the last 10 years. Both tournament and national infrastructure projects are well advanced, with everything on track to be completed well ahead of the big kick-off. Our legacy projects, meanwhile, are already having an impact on people’s lives in areas such as workers’ rights, education and entrepreneurship.' According to HE Al Thawadi, this is an incredibly important FIFA World Cup – for Qatar, the region, and the world. Qatar 2022 will introduce billions of people to the Middle East and to the Arab world, help foster greater understanding and break down stereotypes that people may have of the country and the region. 'We’re very excited to welcome the world in 2022.'

'Besides the very important labour reforms recently announced by the government, progress has also been made on stadium construction, along with the implementation of strict measures to protect workers’ health.'

The schedule was announced earlier this year and features four daily fixtures for fans to enjoy. It was confirmed that the opening match will take place at the stunning Al Bayt Stadium, a 60,000-capacity venue designed to resemble a traditional tent used in the Arab world. The final game will be staged at the 80,000-capacity Lusail Stadium on 18 December 2022 – Qatar National Day, a public holiday and a fitting close to what promises to be a most spectacular event. m

First Bespoke FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 AircraftTM In November, Qatar Airways, an official partner and the official airline of FIFA, unveiled a speciallybranded Boeing 777-300ER painted in FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM livery to mark the two years until the start of the tournament. The bespoke aircraft features distinctive hand-painted FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM branding to commemorate the airline’s partnership with FIFA. The inaugural route of the bespoke aircraft on 21 November was a further example of the airline’s commitment to the partnership by flying to the home of FIFA in Switzerland. Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, HE Akbar Al Baker, said 'We are tremendously excited to celebrate our partnership with FIFA and Qatar’s status as host of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM by introducing this unique aircraft to our fleet. As Official Partner and Official Airline of FIFA, we can feel the excitement building with two years to go until we will welcome the world to our beautiful country.' More aircraft in the Qatar Airways fleet will feature the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM livery, visiting more destinations in the airline's network. In partnership with Qatar Airways Holidays, bespoke travel packages to visit Qatar for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM will soon be launched. For updates and more information about FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM, visit fifa.com and marhaba.qa ©

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Ministry of Education and Higher Education C4 4404 4044, 4404 4444 edu.gov.qa Al Jazeera Academy E3 British EYFS/National Curriculum/ IGCSE 4469 3777 aja.edu.qa

Acorn Nursery English Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum Ain Khaled E3 4038 7684 Al Khor 4471 3597 acornqatar.com Calgary Int'l Pre-School (CIPS) D2 Alberta Early Childhood Curriculum 4416 1760, 5582 3005 cips-qatar.com CESK Pre-school D3 British Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) 4413 5675 ceskonline.com Elder Tree Nursery and KG British Curriculum Ain Khaled (KG) E3 4498 4984 Al Luqta C3 4435 5223 Nuaija (Nursery) D4 4455 1020 elder-tree.com The English Kindergarten E3 British Curriculum 4491 9318, 5511 6312 tek.com.qa Fun First Nursery B4 British EYFS Curriculum 4411 0953 funfirstnursery.com Giggles Nursery C2 Approach Curriculum 4488 0017, 3318 8331 my-giggles.com Gulf English Nursery C2 British EYFS Curriculum 4436 4756 gulfenglishnursery.com Kanga's Pouch Nursery C3 British EYFS Curriculum 4416 8931, 7788 6171 kangaspouch.com

Little Academy Nursery American Curriculum Al Maamoura D3 4460 2713 Al Markhiya C3 4411 0027 littleacademy.qa

American School of Doha (ASD) D3 American, Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) 4459 1500 asd.edu.qa

Little Genius Nursery B3 British Curriculum 4483 3591 littlegeniusnursery.com

Arab Int'l Academy D3 International Baccalaureate 4041 4999 aia.qa

Montezine Nursery of Doha D4 British Curriculum 4466 1250 montezinenursery.com

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Al Khor Int'l School UK and Indian Curriculums 4473 3688 akis.sch.qa

Blyth Academy Qatar D3 Province of Alberta Curriculum 4421 7553/4 blythacademyqatar.com

Noor International Kindergarten C2 Kindergarten 4427 9739 facebook.com/ NoorInternationalKindergarten

Compass Int'l School International Primary Curriculum/ IB/British Curriculum/ International GCSE Al Gharrafa C2 4034 9666 Al Rayyan C3 4034 9777 Al Themaid B1 4034 6801 Madinat Khalifa C3 4034 9888 nordangliaeducation.com

Perles d’Avenir Nursery B4 French Curriculum 4481 7611 perlesdavenirqatar.com

Doha British School (DBS) National Curriculum (UK), IB Ain Khaled E3 4019 8000 Al Wakra F5 4019 8080 dohabritishschool.com dbswakra.com

Summit Academy Kindergarten American Curriculum Al Manaseer (main) D2 4468 8590 Duhail (KG) B3 4466 3802 office.summitacademy@gmail.com Steady Steps Nursery C3 American Curriculum 4447 9687, 5562 5375 facebook.com/SteadyStepsNursery

Doha College C2 National Curriculum (UK) Al Wajba 4407 6777 dohacollege.com

Treehouse Nursery C4 British Curriculum 4493 3936, 6600 0486 facebook.com/treehouseqatar

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Doha English Speaking School (DESS) C3 National Curriculum (UK) 4459 2750 dess.org

ACS Int'l School C3 American Curriculum, IB 4474 9000/1 acs-schools.com

DPS Modern Indian School F5 CBSE India 4449 9100 dpsmisdoha.com

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Edison Int'l Academy British Curriculum Al Markhiya C3 4488 7135 Dahl Al Hamam C3 4037 0653 Muaither D2 4427 5927 edisonqatar.com English Modern School International Curriculum Al Khor 4450 2172 emskhor.net Al Messila C3 4488 3806/7 emsdoha.net Al Wakra F5 4417 3494, 4411 1911 emswakra.net GEMS American Academy F5 American, Creative Curriculum for Preschool 4032 9000 gemsamericanacademy-qatar.com GEMS Wellington School F4 British Curriculum 4041 7444/5 gemswellingtonschool-qatar.com German Int'l School Doha D4 IB Programmes 4451 6836 ds-doha.de Gulf English School C2 IGCSE, International Baccalaureate 4457 8777 gulfenglishschool.com Hamilton International School E4 International Curriculum 4492 4343, 3329 6569 hamiltoninternationalschool.qa Ideal Indian School E3 CBSE India 4468 4849 idealschoolqatar.com The Int’l School of Choueifat - Doha B4 British/American Curriculums 4495 9595 iscdoha.sabis.net The Int'l School of London (ISL) Qatar A2/A3 International Baccalaureate 4433 8600 islqatar.org King’s College, Doha E4 British Curriculum 4496 5888 kingscollegedoha.com

The Lebanese School C4 Lebanese Curriculum 4493 4545 lsq.sch.qa Lycée Bonaparte C4 French Curriculum/IB 4496 0300 lycee-bonaparte.fr Lycée Franco-Qatarien Voltaire French Curriculum/IB Al Aziziya D3 4035 4025 Al Dafna B3 4035 4060 Al Waab D3 4035 4065 lyceevoltaire.org MES Indian School E3 CBSE India 4457 2888 mesqatar.org Michael E. DeBakey High School – Qatar D3 American Curriculum (focus on Science and Mathematics) 4499 9851 debakeyatqatar.org Newton British Academy National Curriculum (UK) Al Dafna B3 4493 5507 Barwa City E4 4006 1501 Ezdan Oasis F4 4434 0144 newtonschools.sch.qa Newton British School National Curriculum (UK) Al Waab D3 4447 2427 Muraikh D2 6647 7410 newtonschools.sch.qa Newton Int'l Academy National Curriculum (UK) Barwa City F3 4001 6401 newtonschools.sch.qa Newton Int'l School National Curriculum (UK) D Ring Road D4 4466 6246 Legtaifiya (Lagoon) B4 4412 2254 West Bay B4 4493 5507 newtonschools.sch.qa Nord Anglia Int'l School British Curriculum Al Khor 4437 9600 nordangliaeducation.com/our-schools/al-khor

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Doha Institute for Graduate Studies B3 4035 6810 dohainstitute.edu.qa Georgetown University in Qatar C2 4457 8100 qatar.sfs.georgetown.edu

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Swiss Int'l School Qatar C3 International Baccalaureate 4036 3131, 7070 6963 sisq.qa Vision Int'l School F5 American Curriculum 4487 0995 vis.qa

Global Studies Institute D3 3007 6005 gis-qatar.org Hamad Bin Khalifa University C2 4454 0272 hbku.edu.qa HEC Paris in Qatar C2 4454 0161 qatar.exed.hec.edu

Specialised Schools Awsaj Academy C2 Specialised Curriculum for children needing an Alternative Education Plan 4454 2111, tlc.edu.qa Aspire Academy for Sports Excellence D3 Modified Qatari Curriculum/ Sports Development 4413 6570 aspire.qa Qatar Leadership Academy American Curriculum, IB and Leadership Training 4043 9298 qla.edu.qa

Special Needs Education Mind Institute E3 3337 7648, 4418 1968 mindinstitutes.com Shafallah Center A4 Adapted Curriculums in Arabic for children with special needs 4495 6666 shafallah.org.qa

Universities/Colleges Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar C2 4454 8400 qatar.cmu.edu College of the North Atlantic-Qatar B3 4495 2222 cna-qatar.com

Qatar Aeronautical College C5 4440 8888 qac.edu.qa

Academic Bridge Program C2 4454 2120/1 abp.edu.qa Al Seraj Training Centre C3 7700 1379 serajlc.net Belgravia High School D3 4016 5151, 3323 9669 belgraviadoha.com Berlitz Language Centre E4 4455 0506/7 berlitz-qatar.com British Council D3 800 5501 britishcouncil.qa Geometric Learning Centre D3 English, Maths, Science, Arabic and French 4427 9295, 3333 2468 geometric-centre.com

Qatar University B3 4403 3333 qu.edu.qa

IAID D4 Performing arts 4444 1234, 4432 0974 iaid.qa

Stenden University Qatar D3 4488 8116 stenden.edu.qa

Institut Français du Qatar B4 4493 0862 institutfrancais-qatar.com

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Qatar Foundation C2 4454 0000 qf.org.qa

University of Calgary-Qatar C2 4406 5200 ucalgary.edu.qa

Qatar Science and Technology Park C2 4454 7070 qstp.org.qa

University College London Qatar C2 4000 2600 ucl.ac.uk/qatar University Foundation College C3 Pre Foundation, NCUK, IELTS 4444 1291 ufc.edu.qa Ulster University, City University College D4 4019 8198 ulsteruniversity.edu.qa cityuniversitycollege.edu.qa VCUarts Qatar C2 4402 0555 qatar.vcu.edu Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar C2 4492 8000 qatar-weill.cornell.edu

Qatar Skills Academy E3 Vocational Training 4416 1622 qatarskillsacademy.com StudyPlus Academic Tutoring D3 IGCSE/A Level/IB/AP/Skill Booster 4442 4294 thestudyplus.com ScorePlus Test Preparation D3 SAT/SATII/ACT/IELTS/GMAT/GRE 4436 8580 princetonreviewme.com Qatar Int'l Beauty Academy (Tajmeel) C2 4436 3057 qiba.com.qa Translation and Interpreting Institute (TII) C2 4454 2578 tii.qa

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Step by Step Centre for Special Needs D3 A range of programmes for students with learning challenges 4475 7625 stepbystepqatar.com

Northwestern University in Qatar C2 4454 5000 qatar.northwestern.edu

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Qatar's First Technical High School for Girls By Ola Diab The Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MOEHE) opens the first technical high school for girls in Qatar for the academic year 2020–21.

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he academic year 2020-21 began on a high note with the opening of the first technical high school for girls in Qatar in September 2020.

Qatar Technical Secondary School for Girls had an inaugural class of 90 students, who have completed grade 9 successfully. Students who meet the admissions requirements were eligible to attend grade 10 in the 2020–21 academic year. According to the ministry, admissions opened for Qatari nationals, children of Qatari mothers or children born in Qatar. Online registration opened from 16 August to 3 September 2020. The number of students applying to the school exceeded the 90-student capacity specified for the first academic year.

The technical subjects, however, will be taught based on the students' discipline of choice, which include laboratory technicians, electronics and communications, and Information Technology (IT). Upon graduation, girls specialising as laboratory technicians will earn Australia's International TAFE Certificate II in laboratory sampling and measurement. They can pursue their careers as laboratory technicians in a variety of sectors, including health, environment, and industry. Additionally, they can continue their graduate studies in chemical engineering.

The new school will play a major role in enhancing the technical and vocational education system in Qatar, and expand the contribution of Qatari women in the country's development.

Girls specialising in electronics and communications will be awarded Australia's International TAFE Certificate II in electronics. They can seek jobs in a variety of relevant sectors and organisations. Also, they can continue their university studies in electronics, power, or communications engineering either locally or internationally.

The school's educational plan consists of academic and technical subjects to prepare students for postsecondary education and successful careers such as Arabic, Islamic studies, English, mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology, science, social science and physical education.

Girls specialising in Information Technology (IT) will earn the Microsoft Office Applications Specialist certification and the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification, which is intended for IT students who wish to pursue a career in network infrastructure and management.

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Furthermore, they can continue their graduate studies in information technology and computer engineering. IT specialists can be involved in various roles relating to installing and configuring desktops, laptops, and core networks. Also, they can professionally use Microsoft Office applications after earning the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification. Other areas of specialisation include Windows application installation, upgrade, and management, as well as computer network connection. They can also be involved in installing servers' protocols services and network security. IT graduates can also pursue their careers as network administrators, network developers, IT solutions engineers or systems engineers. STEM schools in Qatar There are a few Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) schools in Qatar. The Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MOEHE) allows students who meet admission criteria to register in vocational schools. The first STEM to open in Qatar was the Qatar Science & Technical Secondary School for Boys (QSTSSB), which is a public school for vocational training and education that aims to equips students with various technical skills preparing them to work in various fields such as General Mechanics, Welding, Information Technology, Electricity, Electronics, Instrumentation technology, Industrial Operations, as well as working as Lab Technicians and in the field of safety and security. The school admits Qatari students, children of Qatari mothers, children of GCC Residents, and children born in Qatar. qstssboys.qa Most recently, in 2018, Qatar Foundation (QF) launched Qatar Academy for Science and Technology (QAST), under the umbrella of its Pre-University Education (PUE). It is Qatar's only STEM school offering both a US Diploma through Advanced Placement Courses and UK A Level certification. Starting from Grade 8, the 292

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programme offers three course curriculums in Engineering, Computer Science, and Biomedical Sciences. Admission is open to both boys and girls as well as non-Qataris. qast.qa STEM and higher education Students who attend STEM schools in Qatar have various higher education and career prospects in the country. STEM students may choose to continue their higher education by attending Qatar University or Texas A&M University in Qatar. Qatar University has several STEM programmes including the Future Scientists Academy – STEM, which is an educational orientation that prepares school students to engage in careers related to STEM. It also contributes to empowering students’ skills in survey, logical thinking, problem solving, and 21st century skills through scientific activities and integrated applications to ultimately prepare learners to succeed in their university life and their career prospects. qu.edu.qa/education/centers/ nced/programs/stem Since 2008, Texas A&M University in Qatar has been running several STEM outreach programmes and activities with more than 20,000 students from grades 9 to 12. stem.qa m

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Qatar’s expatriate population continues to grow, putting considerable pressure on many international, private and community schools, which as a result have been operating at capacity. Class size is limited by law to approximately 30 students, forcing a number of schools to close admission lists due to lack of available space or staff. New schools are opening but demand continues to grow, rendering early registration essential. Students may be required to sit an entrance exam; reports and test results from previous schools may also be required. With the diversity of the population, schools in the private sector offer up to 23 curriculums, including Qatari, British, American, Indian, French, Egyptian, Lebanese, Canadian, German, Finnish, Filipino, Swiss and Syrian. There are more than 840 schools in Qatar with approximately 300,000 students.

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10 March 2020. Final exams were either taken online or postponed until students return to school. In May 2020, the ministry published the calendar for the academic year 2020–21. School employees returned to duty on 19 August 2020, and classes began on 1 September 2020. Blended or virtual learning continues through the academic year 2020–21 as precautionary measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, as per the decision of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education to adopt blended learning – combining classroom teaching with distance learning – which requires only 30% attendance of the total capacity of schools. There are 283 public schools and preschools and 334 private schools and kindergartens with over 340,000 students enrolled for the academic year 2020–21. Staff members of all private and public schools in Qatar had to undergo medical examinations before the start of the academic year 2020–21 to ensure they are free of COVID-19. The ministry also announced the calendar for the academic year 2021–22. School employees will return to duty from 22 August 2021. Classes will begin from 24 August 2021.

In a move aimed at providing quality education that would lead to the all-round development of Qatar's children, The Amir, HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani issued Law No 9 of 2017, regulating government or public schools, which are mainly attended by Qataris and Arabic-speaking students.

For more detailed information on education in Qatar, visit the Ministry of Education and Higher Education website at edu.gov.qa.

The academic year 2019–20 was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. All schools, universities and other educational institutions closed on

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Qatar places education at the heart of its national development strategy as it seeks to move from a hydrocarbon-based to a knowledge-based economy. Its vision is for all citizens to have equal access to education and training consistent with their abilities and interests – and which will prepare them for participation in the workforce where possible. So great is its belief in the global importance of education, Qatar also funds a number of educational initiatives overseas.

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The ministry invites students, parents and all relevant educational entities to use its mobile app to learn about the many services that it offers so as to enhance communication among schools, families and all stakeholders. The app is available on Google Play, the App Store and Windows Phone Store. School fees: Most expatriate students in Qatar attend private schools, where fees are met by parents or occasionally an employer. Fees increase with the level of education, particularly towards the end of secondary school, and are usually payable in advance per term or half year. Most schools require a one-off non-refundable registration fee on initial admission and charge for entrance assessments. An additional non-refundable registration fee may be required from current students to secure a place for the following year. Fees vary: International schools – approximately QAR22,000 a year at primary and QAR35,000 a year at secondary level with fees at international schools often considerably higher (in some cases QAR50,000 to QAR60,000+ at secondary level). Schools may not increase fees without prior approval from the Ministry of Education and Higher Education. Parents are strongly advised to negotiate the inclusion of school fees and incidentals (for all children) in their employment contracts. Hidden ‘extras’ may include: books and stationery; capital charges, refundable deposit, ‘other resources’; exam entrance or invigilation fees; uniforms; and transport. Many schools offer transportation for a fee; alternatives are to hire private drivers, or share ‘school runs’ with other parents. Few live near enough to their schools to walk. Academic calendar: Qatar has implemented a compulsory ‘unified school year’ calendar for private and public schools. The academic year usually begins in August/September and ends in

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May/June. All public schools and most private schools in Qatar follow the unified school year calendar; however, a few private schools are exempted from following the unified school year calendar and follow the academic calendar followed by their respective countries. Timings and holidays: State and private sector schools operate a single shift, generally starting between 7 am and 8 am and finishing between noon and 2:30 pm, according to age and the time of year. Normally, timings for KG, primary and secondary levels vary within the same school. In May 2018, the ministry issued a circular to reduce school hours for students of all grades in public schools, from 7 am – noon. To be more accommodating to students, in January 2019 the ministry announced that some private schools, especially community schools, will be allowed to run two shifts from the 2019–20 academic year, effective from April 2019 onwards. The weekend is Friday and Saturday. In 2018, the ministry issued a circular modifying the number of classes to be taught per week, starting from the 2018–19 academic year. According to the circular, for grades one to six, the school day will start from 7 am and end at 12:30 pm from Sunday to Thursday. The number of classes per day will be seven except on Wednesdays and Thursdays, which will be reduced to six. For grades seven to 12, the school day will start at 7 am and end at 1:30 pm with seven classes per day from Sunday to Tuesday. Classes will conclude at 12:30 pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays with six classes per day. The number of classes per week is a maximum of 18 for each teacher at all educational institutes from primary to secondary. In addition to Qatari public holidays (see Day to Day Qatar in the Discovering Qatar section), there is a winter break of two weeks, a one two-week break in spring, and two months or more in the summer.

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Primary and Secondary Education

Primary education is compulsory for all Qatari children from age six. Mandatory kindergarten (KG) attendance for Qatari children from the age of four

and their compulsory secondary education are also envisaged. The Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MOEHE) supports, regulates and oversees education in Qatar. A robust, diversified, and everexpanding K-12 system provides a broad set of schooling opportunities to meet the individual needs of students and their families.

Education in Qatar

State schools are gender-segregated after preschool and divided into primary, preparatory, secondary and specialised secondary categories. A range of educational facilities at all levels in both sectors, from nursery to postgraduate level, offer parents, guardians and students – both citizens and residents – a wide choice. The majority of Qatari students are enrolled in the public sector, but the number attending (private) international schools has surged in the past decade.

Schools in Qatar are heavily regulated by the ministry. In recent years, nurseries and kindergartens specifically have been heavily scrutinised for licensing and to ensure healthy and safe educational environments.

Nurseries and Kindergartens In January 2014, details of Qatar’s long-awaited new nursery law were released after the legislation received final approval from The Amir, HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. Law No 1 of 2014 – which passed through the Cabinet in October 2015 – had been in the works for years. • The law defines nursery schools as a place designated for the care of children below four years of age. These include the nurseries run by public or private schools. According to Law No 1 of 2014, employees at nurseries are strictly limited to women. Nurseries should be managed by a qualified female director, who will be responsible for all work at the place. She will be aided by a female general supervisor, a female assistant supervisor, a dietician, a nurse, and a female physician, who can be a visiting specialist in paediatrics or general medicine. • In addition, there should be an adequate number of guards, cleaners, drivers, and other necessary staff. Visiting doctors, as well as other employees who do not come into direct contact with the children, may be men. • All nursery staff should be physically fit, free of any communicable disease, enjoy a good reputation with no criminal history, and possess adequate qualifications and expertise. • Nurseries should also keep regular and updated records. According to the law, a prior licence has to be obtained from the department concerned at the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (MADLSA) to establish, manage or modify an existing nursery. • MADLSA will classify nurseries based on the qualifications of its staff and the fees. Nurseries are expected to provide comprehensive care to children and ensure the appropriate conditions to develop their skills in all fields. • With the implementation of this law, nurseries have become more regulated and safer for children. So when you decide to enrol your child in a nursery ensure the school meets all the criteria outlined. ©

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The Public Sector

Qatar continues to invest heavily in all aspects of public education, regularly assessing progress. Literature, the arts and sport are regarded as important parts of the curriculum, as are religion, culture and tradition, but emphasis is placed on mathematics, the sciences, Arabic and English. Its state schools are known as independent schools.

Ministry of Education and Higher Education The Supreme Education Council (SEC) was disbanded and its role taken over by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education according to Amiri Order No 1 of 2016. The ministry directs the nation's education policy. Membership is drawn from Qatar’s top leaders in government, business and academia. The strategy is to develop the public sector while simultaneously promoting the private, to offer families a wider choice. The Ministry of Education and Higher Education receives and handles all enquiries and complaints from students, their parents or guardians. You can visit the ministry in person at Al Dafna C3. Hotline: 155, edu.gov.qa

The Evaluation Institute develops and conducts the testing of students, monitors student learning and evaluates school performance. It also offers a service for certificate attestation/equivalency. Comprehensive individual School Report Cards (SRCs) for independent, private Arabic and international schools in Qatar are available online to the general public. They include data on academic achievement, teaching methods, parental involvement, facilities and resources. To evaluate students in Qatar against those in other countries, the institute participates in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), and Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS). The Evaluation Institute consists of five offices:

At present the three institutes of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education are:

* The Student Assessment Office

The Education Institute oversees and supports public schools, developing curriculum standards in key areas and providing professional development opportunities for staff members. It also monitors their financial management.

* The Data Collection and Management Office (DCM)

The Institute’s Private Schools Office is responsible for licensing Arab, international and expatriate private (including community) schools, nurseries and kindergartens operating in Qatar and monitoring their compliance, including fee structure. It is also responsible for the Educational Voucher Programme. The Institute’s Office of Additional Educational Support provides guidance and assistance in establishing confidential files for students with Additional Educational Support Needs (AESN). It also develops procedures for transferring students 304

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* The School Evaluation Office * The Qatar Office of Registration, Licensing and Accreditation (QORLA) * Qatar Senior Schooling Certificate Office The Higher Education Institute (HEI) supports the development of Higher, Technical and Vocational Education (HTVE) so that individuals can develop their critical thinking and problem-solving skills, prepare for future leadership roles and meet the nation’s workforce needs. It advises individuals on career options and study opportunities that match their abilities and interests, and meets the needs of the labour market. It supervises scholarships and grants for undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Qatar, the Arab world, Australia, the UK, Europe, the US and Canada.

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The Institute assists students with online college admission procedures and the Ministry is promoting the mission of Qatar’s cultural attachés in scholarship countries, reopening some which had previously closed.

Public schools Autonomous government-funded public schools reflect Qatar’s ‘Education for a New Era’ values through internationally benchmarked curriculum standards in Arabic, English, mathematics and science. Schools must meet the Qatar Comprehensive Educational Assessment and other evaluation tools to measure student learning and school performance, and must comply with periodic financial audits. School curriculums must follow the standards set forth by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education. Mandatory subjects include Arabic, English, mathematics, science and Islamic studies, while preserving the values and traditions of Qatari society. Public schools are free for Qatari citizens. Non-Qatari enrolments are subject to individual school policy.

eEducation and eLiteracy The Ministry, in collaboration with the Ministry of Transport and Communication (previously ictQatar), has created a technology-based framework in public schools that enhances, supports and accelerates the reform initiative. The eLearning portal project enables teachers to prepare their lessons electronically, uploading them for students to access any time, anywhere. Teachers and students are provided with personalised email addresses, and ultimately, every public school

Increasing educational opportunities Many students who are eligible for public education in Qatari schools have experienced a wider choice and variety of educational opportunities since the introduction of the Ministry’s Educational Voucher programme (certain restrictions apply) which covers tuition fees, books and transportation costs up to a maximum value of QAR28,000 per year. Costs in excess of that remain the responsibility of the parents. The establishment of public schools in Qatar The Amir, HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani issued Law No 9 of 2017, regulating government schools. The Ministry of Education and Higher Education shall regulate the public schools and appoint their administrative and academic staff. The law abolishes Law No 11 of 2006 governing local Independent schools and Law No 12 of 1996 regarding the collection of transportation and other fees from non-Qatari students. The process of converting Independent Schools into Public Schools has been completed in accordance with Law No 9 of 2017. Vacancies of staff in the schools have been filled and seven new schools for different educational levels have been opened and fully equipped to admit students. Teachers have been hired internally from the country through individual interviews as well as through teacher training programmes such as Teach for Qatar. The ministry recruited some teachers from the graduates of the College of Education at Qatar University and hired 201 teachers from Oman, Jordan, Tunisia and Sudan. ©

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The Hamad bin Khalifa and Tamim bin Hamad Grants Programmes offer suitably qualified Qatari students scholarships to 30 select universities. HEI has an Advising Career Development Centre and a Scholarship Office as well as a Standards Office, which licenses and accredits higher education institutes and programmes in Qatar.

Additionally, the eLearning portal provides access to online courses covering topics in information technology and business, offering more than 2,500 different courses and allows for flexible learning. Individual enrolment is currently on ‘indefinite hold’, but organisational enrolment is open. elearning.ictqatar.qa

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marhaba.qa that licences and regulates nurseries. Illegal nurseries are liable to be fined up to QAR100,000 and their owners can face a jail term of up to two years, or both. The law puts the maximum age of children that can be left in the care of nurseries at four years and stipulates strict licensing criteria.

There are more than 200 private schools and kindergartens in Qatar with more than 190,000 students. The 2020–21 academic year opened with the first Qatar Technical Secondary School for Girls and the opening of the private national Lusail University. Community schools aim to serve specific expatriate groups and are run, sponsored or overseen, by their diplomatic missions. Some international schools modify their curriculums to accommodate non-native speakers of the language of instruction. Parents and guardians are advised to consider the future adaptability of the curriculum offered by the school of their choice should the child return home or move to another country.

Nurseries and kindergartens (KGs) Nurseries and kindergartens must be licensed and headed by a female director over the age of 21. The facility is required to have a nutritionist, nurse and a resident or visiting physician in addition to an adequate number of hygiene workers, guards and drivers (who may be male). Some accept babies from two months upwards; several take toddlers from 18 months, others from the age of three, finishing at four. The range of activities and facilities varies, but several offer more than one language. Licensing is stringent, with all facing strict regulation. It is important that parents/guardians check the facilities are licensed as nurseries or kindergartens rather than 'supervised play areas’. In 2014, Qatar enacted Law No 1 of 2014 that mandates childcare facilities, also known as crèches and nurseries, to be licensed by the Ministry of Administration Development, Labour and Social Affairs. The Social Affairs Department of the ministry has an administrative unit

Children under five at school (as opposed to kindergarten/nursery) can currently, by law, only attend for four hours per day, so for some working parents the longer hours provided by private KGs are more convenient. Nurseries and independent KGs often close for holidays so check if you are a fulltime working parent with youngsters who need yearround care. Fees are usually paid monthly and many establishments ask for a one-off registration fee.

Preschools attached to schools Places are in great demand, since admission almost ensures a later main-school place. To avoid wait-listing for admission, register well in advance. Some private schools insist that a newly admitted child starting Year 1 should have received a fulltime preschool education.

Primary and secondary schools Private sector schools operate as commercial establishments or non-profit-making community schools. A number are run on a coeducational basis through to graduation, others segregate the sexes during, or after, primary level. Newer schools, or those serving small communities, often begin operations at primary level, expanding into secondary schooling as and when required. Many schools teaching in the English medium base their curriculums on those of the UK and the US, working towards IGCSE and A Level examinations or the American High School Diploma. Others meet the home-nation requirements. The International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) is now offered by an increasing number of secondary schools. Due to its almost universal availability, these qualifications are often the choice of geographically mobile families. Most schools have excellent websites, which are a good source of information for families moving to Qatar. ©

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Qatar’s private-sector Arabic, international and community schools serve over 250,000 students.

Nurseries should not be confused with kindergartens (lower and upper KGs) which, being education institutions, are licensed and monitored by the education sector regulator, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.

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The Outstanding Schools Initiative This initiative aims to open additional private international schools in Qatar over the coming years. ‘Outstanding schools' are invited to participate in the Ministry’s Educational Vouchers programme and are selected from a pool of applicants in the UK, the US and Europe. Established examples are: • The Michael E DeBakey High School for Health Professions at Qatar offers a college preparatory programme in science, mathematics, medical science, literacy, engineering and technology, to help prepare students for post-secondary healthsector careers. The school’s campus in Doha serves students in grades 7 – 12 and offers a broad-based US curriculum including extensive Advanced Placement offerings. debakeyatqatar.org C3 • The International School of London (ISL) Qatar offers exceptional international education to students aged 3 – 18. In addition to the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Programmes, ISL Qatar is known for its mother tongue language programmes integrated into the curriculum as it currently offers 12 mother tongue languages. islqatar.org A3 • Sherborne Qatar opened in 2009 and offers a British Curriculum based on an enhanced version of the National Curriculum. In the Senior School, pupils are prepared for IGCSE examinations (in up to 10 subjects per pupil) in Year 11, and AS and A Levels in the Sixth Form, using the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and Edexcel specifications. sherborneqatar.org C2 • SEK International School Qatar opened in 2013 as part of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education’s Outstanding Schools Programme and joining the SEK Education Group of nine International schools across Spain, France and Ireland. SEK Qatar is an IB World School authorised to offer the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programmed (DP). The school is accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). More than 60 nationalities are represented in the school; while the main language of instruction is English, their 308

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students have the opportunity to develop their fluency and mastery of both Spanish and Arabic. SEK Qatar students benefit from a continuum education from pre-school through to Grade 12. sek.qa C3 • As an inspirational learning community from grade 0 to high school, grounded in Finnish education excellence, Qatar-Finland International School (QFI School) strives toward building the best possible future for their international student body. QFI School follows the highly acclaimed Finnish National Core Curriculum, with local adaptations and additional content in accordance with Qatari standards. The main language of teaching is English, but because the school values languages as a richness, QFI School offers an extensive language programme to all of their students. qatarfinlandschool.com A3 • King’s College, Doha offers the very best of a British education adapted to the international setting of Qatar, in partnership with King’s College UK. King’s College, Doha has an excellent array of facilities that support the school’s unique approach to specialist teaching with all subjects taught by specialist teachers from Year 5 onwards, and an enriching and fulfilling extended School day. A science lab, an art and design studio, music and drama classrooms including dedicated practice rooms, a sports hall, and an Early Years centre are all provided. The curriculum is based on the King’s UK curriculum and is underpinned by a strong emphasis on pastoral care and wellbeing to support the learning and development of all children. King’s College, Doha recently announced the extension of its first class education offer to the full age range at its new state of the art campus at Mesaimeer. Opening in September 2022, award winning architects have designed world class facilities which will allow King’s children to complete their school education in an inspiring environment. kingscollegedoha.com E4 • Royal Grammar School, Guildford in Qatar (RGS) is an independent, British-curriculum school for boys and girls aged 3 to 13. The bespoke British curriculum has been developed at the RGS Guildford in Qatar in conjunction with the RGS Guildford, extending the British National Curriculum to include traditional, values-based teaching. The language of instruction is English, with an introduction to French. Arabic and Islamic Studies are taught by highly qualified specialist teaching staff to Arabic and Muslim children. rgs-guildford.co.uk/645/qatar A3

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to teach the Arabic language and Islamic studies to Qatari students and Qatari history to all students according to the national standards, as per an academic follow-up policy published by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.

Law regulating private schools In November 2015, HH The Amir approved Law No 23 of 2015, the New Private Schools Law, which regulates all privately run schools in the State; the New Private Schools Law aims to update the previous legislation which dates back 35 years. Some of the key points from the New Private Schools Law are: • Schools cannot operate without a licence or make any changes to their existing licence without the pre-approval of the Education Regulator. • Any materials, tools and/or curriculum that do not meet the standards of the Education Regulator may be withdrawn or ordered to be changed. • Schools are prohibited from receiving funding or donations without approval from the Education Regulator and face fines for violation of this rule. The Private Schools Office has set up a special portal for private schools, with necessary information for parents and students to choose a suitable school, including their location, curriculum, academic calendar, annual performance report, and general information. It can be accessed at edu.gov.qa A periodic evaluation of private schools is made mandatory starting from the academic year 2017–18, according to the Ministry of Education and Higher Education. The move represents a new condition for private schools to get national accreditation which qualifies them to take advantage of the Educational Voucher System which allows Qatari students to seek education in private schools through government support. Schools that implement accredited international curriculum standards should allocate weekly hours

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All private schools must make use of the student database system to add, transfer or delete registered names and certifications. Expatriate students in the country can now be enrolled directly in private schools without the need for an equivalency certificate. Parents can hereafter transfer their children between private schools without the Ministry’s permission if there are vacancies at the appropriate level in the receiving school. The move to allow parents to place a child at a class with older or younger children will help them substantially.

Electronic pre-registration The Ministry of Education and Higher Education launched an electronic pre-registration system in private schools for the academic year 2018– 19 in order to ease the enrolment process. The online portal will allow parents to know the number of students on the waiting list and the number of seats available in the required grade in all schools. Available vacant seats will be distributed by the school according to classes. The system also does not require an acceptance exam or an interview. The online registration will show the student's educational background and his/her progress in the last two years, which will help the school to know the student, the school, curriculum and class. Parents will be able to follow admission of their child through the reference number received by text messages sent to their mobile phone. Schools and KGs must enter the applications in the system, decide the date and time of the interview and inform the parents by sending a text message. Schools and KGs must verify telephone numbers to facilitate communication with parents. Once the seat is booked and fees have been paid, the student's name will be removed from all the waiting lists. All students must be registered in the National Student Information System (NSIS) system at the beginning of the academic year.

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It is Qatar’s national policy that every child should be provided with education to help it reach its full potential, and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education is committed to inclusive integration in education where possible. Some 80% of independent schools have introduced additional educational needs facilities and staff. An early intervention programme provided by Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) provides services and support to families who may need assistance with extraordinary care for a child with special needs. The programme includes child development (for preschool children) and therapy for behavioural changes. It also supplies required equipment and does a home assessment. Older individuals with special needs are not neglected and a number of programmes and facilities are available to young adults. The Ministry of Education and Higher Education established the first database for students with special needs in local schools in January 2018, in line with the government's directives towards digital transformation, and to achieve the vision and mission of the ministry in the implementation of a system of integrated educational services for students in accordance with Qatar National Vision 2030. Al Noor Institute for the Visually Impaired offers help to those who are sightless or visually impaired. 4422 2777 A4 The Autism Program by HMC is an outpatient programme providing diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation services to children with autism or under ASD. The programme started in 2012 at the Child Development Center (CDC). The programme accepts referrals only from HMC's or CDC’s physicians to make best use of the programme and resources for the right group of children. Qatar’s state sector has specialised programmes for the hearing and visually impaired; there is a programme for Arabic speaking children with learning difficulties and programmes (in Arabic) for gifted children. Some expatriate schools provide special needs support without a fully modified curriculum. All families in the country with disabled/special needs members are encouraged to take advantage of the available facilities. hamad.qa C3/D3 Awsaj Academy, a member of Qatar Foundation (QF), tutors Grade KG – 12 students with learning challenges in classes of 10 students and one teacher. Teaching is in English, and the curriculum includes maths, English, Science, Arabic, Islamic Studies, Qatar National History, art, IT and physical education. It also has an outreach centre that provides evaluation and professional development services to the community (see Qatar Foundation in this section). 4454 2111, 4454 2115, awsaj.qa C2 312

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Child Development Center (CDC) is a special needs centre in West Bay. Established in 2013, CDC provides a network of internationally qualified and licensed professionals who offer childcentered and evidence-based early detection and intervention for children with developmental delays. Services include: applied behaviour analysis (ABA), speech therapy, occupational therapy, diagnostics and assessments, as well as professional development training and workshops. The Early Intervention Program is the only one in Doha firmly grounded in the principles of ABA. 6692 0199, 4414 7283, cdcenterqatar.com B4 Family Hope Center is for children, adolescents and adults with social, mental and physical challenges. The centre was established to provide the necessary resources to support both individuals with special needs and their families. 4435 0951, familyhope.qa C3 HOPE Qatar Centre for Special Needs is a pioneer in the field of Special Needs Education in Qatar, established in 2005, providing Help, Opportunity, Participation, and Education for children and young people aged 3 – 25. HOPE Qatar is approved by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and offers individualised programmes meeting academic as well as therapeutic needs of its students in a near school environment that enables achieving their full potential and holistic development. hope-qatar.org D4 Mind Institute works with children from birth to 18 years with communication difficulties, fine and gross motor challenges, language delays,

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The Qatar Society for Rehabilitation of Special Needs attends to the social, mental, academic and healthy rehabilitation of people with special needs in society, in keeping with the Islamic principles, traditions and customs of Qatari society. qsrn.org D4 Renad Academy, a member of QF, is a centre for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The centre provides education and specialised services to students, and training and support to parents. It provides education to Qatari students, aged 3 – 21, experiencing mild-moderate ASD. The centre provides all aspects of education for its students, using evidence-based practices such as ABA, discreet trial training, pivotal response training, and structured TEACCH in one-to-one and

Shafallah-Integration for the Disabled, established in 1999, offers state-of-the-art technologies, including an on-site Genetic Research Centre, cutting-edge therapies, and a first-class faculty and counsellors. The centre is a non-profit, private institution, serving as a model for the provision of special education, therapeutic, and healthcare support services for children with disabilities from birth to adulthood. 4495 6666, shafallah.org.qa A4 Step by Step Centre for Special Needs offers a caring and stimulating environment to enable children, aged 3 – 16, with learning challenges to achieve their full academic and personal potential through specialised teaching in a school setting and individual therapy sessions. It also has a Summer School Programme. 4475 7625, stepbystepqatar.com D3 The Learning Center (TLC), a member of QF, is a centralised student support services team comprised of special educators and school-based specialists. They collaborate with QF schools to develop an inclusive approach that provides a tiered system of support to students from early childhood through secondary education. The tiered system focuses on ensuring ageappropriate development, supporting students with developmental and learning challenges, and helping students who need more attention to bolster their academic performance. 4454 2106, qf.org.qa/education/the-learning-center C2

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Qatar Assistive Technology Centre (Mada) enables those with learning, visual, hearing, and physical disabilities (including dyslexia) to access information and communications technology without barriers offering assessments, advice and training. 4459 4050, mada.org.qa C4

small group settings (see Qatar Foundation in this section). qaa.openapply.com C2

Register for School The registration of new students with Additional Educational Support Needs (AESN) in kindergartens (KGs) is only for Qataris, while registration in the first grade is allowed for both Qatari as well as expatriate students with special needs, according to the Ministry of Education and Higher Education. In a circular issued to independent schools, the ministry said students who suffer from speech and language problems like hearing, hyperactivity disorder and physical disabilities not associated with mental disabilities can register directly through independent schools. Hearing impaired students of all levels of ability can register at the Audio Education Complex. Blind students who suffer from severe visual impairment can register at Al Noor Institute for the Visually Impaired. Children who suffer from conditions like cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities, autism and others can apply through Roua Centre for Assessment, Support and Counseling under the Special Education Office to determine the right school for the student. Meanwhile, the Ministry has issued a circular to public schools, asking them to admit children of employees working in the private sector in areas which do not have private schools like Al Shamal, Dukhan, Rawdat Rashed, Al Karaana, Al Sheehaniya, Al Ghuwariyah, Al Zubara, Al Kharsaah, Al Kaaban, Al Ghashamia and Al Jamiliyah. According to the circular, all admission and registration requirements should be met and the parents should provide documents proving their residence in the area. Students cannot be transferred to public schools in areas which have private schools. ©

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Qatar has a number of specialised state facilities at the secondary education level and beyond. These schools specialise in certain areas of the curriculum to boost the achievement of students in a particular discipline. Aspire Academy was established in 2004 to provide sports training and high quality education to students with sporting potential. The original intake of students in 2003–4 included 31 football players, aged 12 – 18. Aspire typically works with 6,000+ children aged 6 – 12 through sport and football skill development and talent identification programmes throughout the country as a preliminary step towards future Academy scholarships. The Academy also runs Multi-Sport Skills Development Centers across Qatar. aspire.qa C2 Josoor Institute is the education and training arm of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, the organisation leading preparations for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. It was launched in December 2013 as a legacy project with the aim to create a talent pool within the region capable of delivering FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ and other major events, develop the skills of current and future professionals, act as a catalyst for the growth of the sustainable sports and events industries in Qatar and across the region, and help everyone with the right talent and skill pursue a career in these industries, from new entrants to entrepreneurs seeking guidance on developing their business. Through a powerful programme of diplomas and bespoke courses blending theory and practice, Josoor has provided education and training solutions for over 4,000 participants, equipping them with skills and expertise to manage projects and organisations in the sports industry, and to deliver world-class, high-profile sporting and leisure events. josoorinstitute.qa C2 Qatar Leadership Academy (QLA) is a member of Qatar Foundation (QF). Located in Al Mazroua close to Meqdam Military Camp and founded in

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2005 as an innovative partnership between QF and the Qatar Armed Forces, QLA offers a US Diploma programme (MSA). It accepts male Arabic speaking cadets aged 11 – 16 (Grades 7–12), regardless of nationality. Cadets are admitted only after entrance exams in Arabic, English and mathematics, followed by an interview and, finally, a fitness assessment (see Qatar Foundation in this section). 4043 9298, qla.edu.qa Qatar Leadership Centre (QLC) launched its first Current and Future Leaders Programme for those aged 25 – 35 in 2011 and has added additional programmes since. It is open to both male and female Qatari nationals. QLC’s National Leadership Program mandate is to provide leadership training to selected Qataris with proven abilities, who gain admission to the Programme in a competitive, merit-based process. Through the National Leadership Programme, those highly-qualified Qataris selected to participate receive significant benefits, such as customised leadership education taught by global leaders, and professional and personal skills development. 4019 4444, qlc.org.qa See Marhaba's Map of Al Khor for locations of QLA and QLC.

Education Service Law No 18 of 2015 Governs any individual or entity which provides education services and/or training in the fields of languages, computing, secretarial, accounting and/or business administration; such services and/or training to be provided in centres. • Educational centres cannot advertise/ announce that they are opening or accept any students until a licence is approved. • Educational centres should have separate premises in which they operate; the licence will be issued for those premises. Penalties for violation of the above laws include imprisonment of up to six months and/or a penalty of QAR100,000 and/or cancellation of the licence. For more information on education laws, see Law regulating private schools in this section.

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Tertiary Education and Bridge Programmes – A level, and higher national diplomas which can in turn qualify the holder to apply to various universities and colleges. qiba.com.qa C2

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There are private tertiary education institutions in Doha (full-time, part-time and through distance learning). A year’s full-time study at a branch campus of a foreign university in Qatar generally costs in excess of QAR100,000. Some scholarships may be available. Qatar Finance and Business Academy (QFBA) was established in 2009 under the auspices of Qatar Financial Centre Authority (QFCA) to raise the financial services industry standards and help organisations and professionals achieve their learning and business objectives, thus aligned with Qatar National Vision 2030. It was set up with the intention to create a Qatar-based learning and development organisation for delivering pragmatic and innovative financial services education. Their programmes benefit entry-level to senior level executives within the sectors of banking, asset management, capital markets and insurance. QFBA has a mandate to enhance the training and competency standards in Qatar’s financial sector. qfba.edu.qa B4 Qatar International Beauty Academy (Tajmeel) is Qatar’s first and only beauty and hair training academy. Tajmeel was founded by Nama (prev. Social Development Center) in 2009, offering a wide range of full and part-time courses and workshops for personal and professional interest, obtainable in the fields of make-up, hairdressing, beauty, body, and holistic massage. The International Certificate and Diplomas of CIDESCO, ITEC, CIBTAC, City and Guilds and VTCT offered at Tajmeel are Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4 qualifications which are equivalent to IGCSE

Qatar Skills Academy is an internationally recognised vocational training provider. It offers qualifications for occupations in a range of sectors, working directly with employers to improve quality and productivity through the careful analysis, design and implementation of skills development and training. The Academy is an approved Centre of Edexcel, the UK’s largest awarding body, an approved Microsoft Academy, an authorised centre for IATA and associated with many health and safety certified associations in the UK. A wide range of courses are offered. qatarskillsacademy.com D3 Embassies and cultural centres generally have details of distance-learning courses, and often have an educational adviser, provide assistance with overseas university applications, and/or act as examination centres for overseas exams (see Foreign Embassies in the Discovering Qatar section). Technical colleges and training programmes While encouraging graduate and post-graduate studies, Qatar acknowledges that many students – boys in particular – are often attracted to jobs for school leavers in the army, police, the civil service or the hydrocarbons industry. Consequently, the Minister for Education and Higher Education and Secretary General of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education authorised the development of a strategic plan with three objectives: • To establish national vocational and technical competency standards for Qatar. • To work in conjunction with the Higher Education Institute to integrate vocational and technical qualifications into a National Qualifications Framework. • To establish specially designed vocational technical training facilities capable of providing internationally accredited competency standards that suit the needs of the Qatari labour market. ©

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Post-secondary facilities in Qatar are expanding to ensure the development of a well-educated, dedicated and innovative workforce, while acknowledging not all students wish to pursue a degree course. A variety of university scholarships are also available for nationals, expatriates and those residing outside Qatar.

Established by QF in 2014, the Qatar Nanny Training Academy (QNTA) aims to educate Muslim Arabic-speaking nannies that have the capacity to teach Islamic values. Students on the 10-month programme are drawn from Arab countries; the training includes specialised courses in all aspects of childcare, including first aid, nutrition, hygiene, education, and Arabic, Islamic and cultural studies. 4454 7351, qnta.qa B3

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Academic Bridge Program (ABP) The Academic Bridge Program (ABP), a QF center, is a premier pre-university programme established for high school graduates from Qatar and other countries in the region. Since its establishment in 2001, more than 2,500 students (mostly Qatari high school graduates, but also students from over 30 other countries) have graduated from their programme. Many have enrolled at one of the universities in Education City, Qatar University, or abroad at universities in the US or the UK. Over 90% of their graduates are admitted to university each year. abp.edu.qa C2

AFG College with the University of Aberdeen in Doha The University of Aberdeen is the first UK University to operate on a dedicated campus in Qatar, offering a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. The undergraduate subjects on offer are include Business Management, Accountancy and Finance, Business Management and Information Systems, and Business Management and International Relations. The postgraduate programmes are LLM International Commercial Law, Master of Business Administration (MBA), MSc International Business Management, International Postgraduate Diploma in Education (iPGCE) (MEd), and MSc International Human Resource Management. abdn.ac.uk D3

College of the North Atlantic Qatar (CNA-Q) College of the North Atlantic – Qatar (CNA-Q) is a national technical college offering over 30 programmes through student-centred learning and state-of-the-art training facilities. Since opening in 2002, CNA-Q has graduated more than 5,400 students to enter the workforce and contribute to Qatar National Vision 2030. Today, there are more than 3,000 full-time students enrolled in over 30 internationally-accredited diploma and certificate programmes in the disciplines of Business Management and Information Technology, Engineering Technology and Industrial Trades, and Health Sciences. CNA-Q is regarded as a Centre for Excellence in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Qatar, delivering CNA's Canadian curriculum specifically aligned to Qatar's labour market needs. Currently, there are more than 650 faculty and staff working at CNA-Q. cna‑qatar.com B3

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of Qatar (CCQ) is an open admissions institution that offers a number of associate and bachelor degree programmes that meet the needs of the labour force in Qatar. Among them are two-year Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degree programmes for students wishing to transfer to four-year universities, high demand 2+2 Associates and Bachelor degree programmes, and two-year Associate of Applied Arts and Applied Science degree programmes. CCQ also offers short-term continuing education and marketable skills certificates for those that wish to upgrade their knowledge and skills to help them become more marketable in the job market. In addition, CCQ has partnered with a number of local and international four-year universities in order to provide students with the opportunity to seamlessly transfer to a university to obtain a bachelor degree without losing any of their coursework. ccq.edu.qa (CCQ Boys) C3 (CCQ Girls) D4

Doha Institute for Graduate Studies (DI) ​​​Founded in 2014 by the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies. The Doha Institute for Graduate Studies (DI) is an independent institute for learning and research in the fields of Social Sciences, Humanities, Public Administration and Development Economics. Programmes of study are offered at the master’s degree level in three schools: the School of​Social Sciences and Humanities, the School of Public Administration and Development Economics,​and the School of Psychology and Social Work.​In addition, the Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies​at the DI offers a master's in Conflict Management and Humanitarian Action. dohainstitute.edu.qa D3

Lusail University The new Lusail University welcomed its first batch in the autumn of 2020 with over 800 students accepted to join the College of Managerial, Financial and Economic Sciences, College of Law, and the College of Education and Arts. lu.edu.qa A4

Police College (Qatar) Established by Amiri Decree in 2013, the Police College (Qatar) offers a four-year bachelor’s degree in law and police science in Arabic. However, the college’s Supreme Council (chaired by the Minister of Interior) has the right to allow one or more subjects in a foreign language. Non-Qatari students who obtain scholarships from their own countries can also apply. moi.gov.qa F1

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Qatar Aeronautical College (QAC) Qatar Aeronautical College (QAC) was founded in 1975 as the Civil Aviation College of the Gulf States, with assistance from the United Nations Development Program. It changed its name in 1996 to Qatar Aeronautical College, and its programmes have now expanded to include training not just for airline pilots but also for aircraft maintenance engineers, air traffic controllers, meteorologists, airport operations management personnel and flight dispatchers. Qatari high school graduates between the ages of 17 and 24 are eligible to apply for trainee positions sponsored by Qatar Airways, Qatar Civil Aviation Authority, etc. Qataris and other nationals may also apply to join on a fee-paying basis. qac.edu.qa D4

The college also houses SI-UK Qatar; SI-UK is the leading provider of independent advice and support to international students applying to study in the UK. SI-UK Qatar is part of a global network of 23 offices, which have helped tens of thousands of international students join UK universities. As an official UCAS centre, SI-UK Qatar are the first and the only to be licensed by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education to help guide students through every step of the university application process. universityfoundationcollege.com C3

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Ulster University (UU) operates its branch campus in Qatar in partnership with City University College. Through its business expertise, quality teaching and innovation, UU aims to deliver the future business leaders of Qatar and beyond. Their entrepreneurial and dynamic programmes provide students with the skills and knowledge to fuel public and private sector organisations, and drive the regional economy.

Stenden University of Applied Sciences – Qatar is an international university which was established in 2000 under the Chairmanship of HE Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani. Stenden Qatar offers three internationally accredited four-year signature bachelor programmes in International Business and Management Studies, International Hospitality Management and Tourism Management.

Ulster University Business School is one of the largest providers of university accredited business education in the UK and their 60,000 alumni work across 120 countries to drive economic growth and make a difference. Students can now obtain a UK business degree from UU whilst studying in Qatar. They will have access to Ulster’s online resources, faculty and the option to spend a semester abroad at one of their campuses in Northern Ireland. Introductory undergraduate programmes for September 2020 are the International Foundation Programme and BSc Honours Business Studies. However, UU Qatar will be augmenting their offering by introducing an exciting portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, as well as short courses, that respond to the corporate sector’s needs and challenges, supporting leaders and managers to reimagine their business in times of change. ulsteruniversity.edu.qa, cityuniversitycollege.edu.qa E3

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Stenden Qatar also offers internationally accredited master’s degrees in International Hospitality and Service Management, and in International Leisure, Tourism and Events Management. The main campus in the Netherlands designs all study programmes and issues degrees fully recognised by the local Ministry of Education and Higher Education. Scholarships are available from the Ministry of Education and Higher Education for students wishing to study at Stenden Qatar. More than 40 nationalities study at their campus in Doha. Having campuses in Leeuwarden (The Netherlands), Bali (Indonesia), Rangsit (Thailand) and Port Alfred (South Africa), students can go abroad to study. stenden.edu.qa D2

University of Calgary – Qatar (UCQ) Established in 2007, the University of Calgary in Qatar (UCQ) offers university training in all aspects of professional nursing in compliance with the same rigorous international standards applied at the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary in Canada. In addition to a Bachelor of Nursing degree programme, UCQ offers a foundations programme that assists students with the language, mathematic and science skills they need to thrive in the nursing profession. ucalgary.edu.qa D2

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QF’s work encompasses education, science and research, and community development. World-class universities are brought to Qatar to help create an education sector in which young people can develop the attitudes and skills required for the nation’s future. QF also works to foster a progressive society while enhancing cultural life, protecting Qatar’s heritage and addressing immediate social needs in the community. qf.org.qa C2

Education At QF, a world-class system has been built that caters to students from when they are six months old through to postgraduate study, creating a multidisciplinary environment that produces a highly competent and diverse workforce to serve the needs of the country and thrive in a global environment. Key to this has been the development of QF’s unique partnership model with leading universities from around the world, comprising: Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, Weill Cornell MedicineQatar, Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Northwestern University in Qatar, Georgetown University in Qatar and HEC Paris in Qatar. Through its homegrown research university, Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU), QF produces students that can address national grand challenges and critical questions that are locally relevant and have global impact.

Pre-University Education Pre-University Education (PUE) is the beginning of QF's education cycle and fortifies the organisation's commitment to lifelong learning. It delivers unique learning opportunities, and strives to meet the individual needs of each student in its diverse community.

marhaba.qa PUE has expanded to comprise a total of nine schools. These include Qatar Academy, which has five branches in different geographical locations throughout Qatar; Qatar Leadership Academy, which promotes personal growth in young men by engaging them in an environment that promotes excellence in academics, leadership, athletics and character; Renad Academy, dedicated to helping children with mild to moderate autism spectrum disorder (ASD); Awsaj Academy, dedicated to working with children with learning difficulties; Academic Bridge Program (ABP), a premier preuniversity initiative; and the Qatar Academy for Science and Technology (QAST), an advanced academic programme for accomplished students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects.

Research, Development and Innovation Research and innovation efforts across QF are designed to enable Qatar to develop homegrown solutions that tackle the nation’s challenges while also having the potential to benefit the world. Through its institutes, initiatives, programmes and discoveries in this sphere, QF helps to: • Develop the capabilities of Qatar’s people and institutions. • Build and maintain a competitive and diversified economy. • Improve the health and social wellbeing of Qatar’s population. • Support Qatar’s distinctive culture and the security of its people. • Preserve and improve the natural and built environment. Key to QF’s philosophy of excellence is Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) – see Investment and Trade in the Banking and Commerce section. qstp.org.qa Another unique educational partnership is Sidra Medicine, an academic medical centre. See Healthcare in Qatar in the Health and Beauty section.

Community Development Community development is the long-term dividend of education and scientific innovation, and is at the heart of everything that QF does. QF’s various initiatives are designed to address the needs of the society, embody Qatari culture, promote lifelong learning and foster social engagement. Community development initiatives at QF encourage an active, healthy lifestyle as well as social cohesion and cross-cultural understanding. ©

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Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) is a private, non-profit organisation that supports Qatar on its journey to becoming a diversified and sustainable economy, providing homegrown solutions for the benefit of not only Qatar, but the world. QF was founded in 1995 by the Father Amir, HH Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of QF. HE Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani is Vice Chairperson and CEO of QF.

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For more than a century, Carnegie Mellon University has challenged the curious and passionate to imagine and deliver work that matters. A private, top-ranked and global university, Carnegie Mellon sets its own course with programmes that inspire creativity and collaboration. In 2004, Carnegie Mellon and QF began a partnership to deliver select programmes that will contribute to the long-term development of Qatar. Today, Carnegie Mellon University Qatar (CMU-Q) offers undergraduate programmes in biological sciences, business administration, computational biology, computer science, and information systems. More than 400 students from 52 countries call CMU-Q home. Graduates from CMU-Q are pursuing their careers in top organisations within Qatar and around the world, and many have started their own entrepreneurial ventures. With 13 graduating classes, the total number of alumni is more than 900. qatar.cmu.edu

Georgetown University in Qatar Established in 1789, Georgetown University is one of the world’s leading academic and research institutions, offering a unique educational experience that prepares the next generation of global citizens to lead and make a difference in the world. Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) continues this tradition with its campus in Education City. GU-Q offers the same internationally respected Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service degree as the campus in Washington, DC, allowing students to major in fields such as culture and politics, international economics, international history, or international politics. The university also delivers a range of custom-designed professional education programmes and community classes for members of the public in Qatar. qatar.georgetown.edu

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for transformative change in Qatar and the region while having global impact. Located in Education City, HBKU is committed to building and cultivating human capacity through an enriching academic experience, innovative ecosystem, and unique partnerships. HBKU delivers multidisciplinary undergraduate and graduate programmes through its colleges, and provides opportunities for research and scholarship through its institutes and centers. hbku.edu.qa

HEC Paris in Qatar Founded in 1881 by the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry, HEC Paris, a founding member of the Université Paris-Saclay, brings together 140 permanent professors, more than 4,500 students and 8,000 executives and directors in education each year. In 2010, HEC Paris joined QF and brought worldclass Executive Education programmes and research activity to Doha and the region. By 2011, HEC Paris had launched Qatar’s first international Executive MBA (EMBA), which has been ranked number 1 worldwide by the Financial Times in 2019. The HEC Paris international EMBA is a part-time programme that provides executives with a set of fundamental skills to expand their knowledge and leadership capabilities. In addition to the EMBA, HEC Paris in Qatar provides a Specialised Master’s Degree in Strategic Business Unit Management. The institution also offers non-degree management programmes for executives, in the form of executive short programmes and certificates as well as custom-designed programmes for individual companies. qatar.exed.hec.edu

Northwestern University in Qatar Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) offers bachelor’s degrees from Northwestern’s School of Communication and the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications. Most recently, NU-Q rolled out an all-new graduate programme, offering a Master’s in Sport Administration, as well as a variety of executive education programmes for professionals in Qatar. NU-Q is the 12th school of Northwestern University, which is ranked among the top

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universities in the world. Northwestern ranked 9th best by US News & World Report, and 22nd best worldwide, according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Students interested in news reporting, multimedia storytelling, and strategic communication enrol in NU-Q’s programme in journalism and strategic communication. If their interest is more aligned with creative media – scriptwriting, cinematography, film production and animation – the programme in communication offers the academic rigour, alongside the training in the technical components of those careers. In addition to their majors, all Northwestern students benefit from a well-rounded education, which includes a variety of disciplines in the liberal arts from history and political science to literature and economics. qatar.northwestern.edu

Texas A&M University at Qatar Texas A&M University, recognised as having one of the premier engineering programmes in the world, has offered bachelor’s degrees in chemical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering and petroleum engineering at QF’s Education City campus since 2003, and master’s degrees in chemical engineering since autumn 2011. Texas A&M at Qatar has awarded more than 1,161 degrees since 2007. In addition to engineering courses, Texas A&M at Qatar provides classes in science, mathematics, liberal arts and the humanities. All four of the undergraduate engineering programmes offered are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. The curricula offered at Texas A&M at Qatar are materially the same as those offered at the main campus in College Station, Texas, and the courses in Doha are taught in English in a coeducational setting. The reputation for excellence is the same, as is the commitment to equip engineers to lead the next generation of engineering advancement. Faculty from around the world are attracted to Texas A&M at Qatar to provide this educational experience and to participate in research activities now valued at more than USD263.9 mn, and that address issues important to the State of Qatar. qatar.tamu.edu

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Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar Established in 1998 through a partnership with QF, VCUarts Qatar is the international branch campus of Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) School of the Arts, a top-ranked art and design programme in the US. VCUarts Qatar is celebrating more than 20 years of a fruitful alliance between VCU and QF that underscores the commitment of each institution to excellence, inquiry, discovery and innovation in a global setting. It offers students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in fashion design, graphic design, interior design, and painting and printmaking, a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in design. A vibrant community with a global reach, the university promises to instill in students a lifelong passion for education and the arts. VCUarts Qatar offers valuable opportunities for crosscultural exchange and connects VCUarts to the influential art and design world of the Middle East and beyond. The campus attracts renowned contributors to contemporary visual culture for speaking and teaching engagements, and hosts two major international events: Tasmeem Doha, a biennial art and design conference; and the Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art. qatar.vcu.edu

Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar (WCM-Q) is at the forefront of medical education, clinical care, and biomedical research in the Middle East. Established in 2001 as a partnership between Cornell University in the US and QF, WCM-Q is part of Cornell University and was the first US university to offer its MD degree overseas. From their very first year, medical students gain clinical experience with the country’s finest healthcare providers, and go on to residencies in some of the best teaching hospitals in the world. WCM-Q’s Division of Continuing Professional Development is accredited to provide continuing medical education for physicians and in doing so disseminates information about clinical best practice, augmenting local healthcare delivery.

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WCM-Q’s affiliation with Cornell University and Weill Cornell Medicine in New York, as well as with the Ministry of Public Health, Hamad Medical Corporation, Sidra Medicine, Aspetar, the Feto Maternal Center and the Primary Health Care Corporation, has created powerful partnerships that are dedicated to delivering excellence in education, patient care and biomedical research. qatar–weill.cornell.edu

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In line with their commitment to focus on diseases prevalent in Qatar, WCM-Q established a world-class biomedical research programme, the first of its kind in the Middle East, that will help inform more efficient Education City healthcare delivery by ushering in the era of precision medicine. The biomedical research programme also provides robust training programmes, helping to build local research capacity and contributing to Qatar’s knowledge economy.

QF Heritage Centers AL SHAQAB became a member of QF in 2004 with the mission to promote the highest standards in the breeding and showing of Arabian horses and provide innovative, educational and competitive opportunities in all of the equestrian arts. AL SHAQAB began a visionary expansion in 2006 with the development of a world-class equestrian centre. alshaqab.com Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art was founded in 2010 in Education City in a renovated former school building. Mathaf Collection, co-owned by Qatar Museums and QF, is now holding over 9,000 works, making it the world’s largest specialised collection of its kind. An initial group of works was gathered by HE Sheikh Hassan bin Mohammed bin Ali Al Thani. mathaf.org.qa Oxygen Park is a 130,000 sq m green space in Education City, inviting students and visitors to exercise and explore the symbiotic relationships between oxygen, plants, and healthy purified living. Within Oxygen Park is the Qur'anic Botanic Garden (QBG), which was inaugurated by HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser in 2008. It has plant species mentioned in the Quran, and those in the hadith and sunnah (sayings and traditions of Prophet Muhammad PBUH). Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) provides a venue of choice for regional and international conventions, exhibitions, gala events, concerts, theatrical productions and banquets. qncc.qa Qatar National Library (QNL) is a non-profit organisation under the umbrella of QF. It gives residents access to more than one million books, periodicals and special collections. It also provides printed and digital library materials for students and researchers, and delivers library services and information for everyone. qnl.qa Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra (QPO) was founded in 2007 by HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser. The orchestra performs both Western and Middle Eastern works by the people of Qatar and the region. QPO comprises 101 professional musicians chosen in international auditions from 30 countries. qatarphilharmonicorchestra.org *Other QF entities and initiatives: World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), Qatar Foundation Annual Research Conference (QF-ARC), Qatar Foundation Research and Development (QF R&D), Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI), Doha International Family Institute (DIFI), Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC), and more. ©

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THE NEXT BREAKTHROUGH CURE COULD COME FROM YOU At Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar, we know that the talented people of this region have the potential to make a great impact in the medical field – when given the right tools. That’s why we provide our researchers with world-class training programs and state-of-the-art laboratories to find cures and treatments for the most formidable health challenges facing the region. To discover how you can join a research program making Qatar a global centre for medical innovation, please visit our website.

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Since Qatar University (QU) was established in the late 1970s, the university has been striving to be a platform and a minaret of knowledge and enlightenment for Qatar, and one of the leading institutions of higher education in the country. Today, it offers quality education to more than 20,000 multinational students at the undergraduate and graduate level. QU meets international standards and maintains the fastest growing research profile in the region. It has always been the moving force of the society as well as its centre of enlightenment. QU has contributed in fulfilling the needs of the society for qualified personnel, scholars, consultants and researchers in various specialisations. It has been actively interacting and contributing to the development of society through its academic and research expertise. QU develops as society’s needs increase, and accordingly, it expands its colleges, departments and academic programmes to fulfil the necessary needs required to achieve Qatar National Vision 2030. It also employs its expertise in planning and setting up strategies to enhance stability in the social, economic, academic and human development domains.

QU offers various academic programmes and research projects based on international standards taking into account aspects and issues related to Arab-Islamic culture and identity. QU has appointed more than 130 Qatari academic staff. Currently, more than 100 male and female Qataris have been carefully selected to complete their higher education abroad in the best internationally recognised universities so that they may return to share their experience and knowledge. QU has transformed from being an institution of learning to a platform of research, a process that took much effort and time to be achieved. 326

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QU has emphasised international ranking during the last few years, and has strived to get the academic accreditations for several colleges and programmes to achieve quality assurance. International ranking and academic accreditation enables QU to observe performance and quality, and investigate strategies and applied plans in order to achieve university objectives. Times Higher Education (THE) World University Ranking continues to rank QU as the most improved international university, an honour it has held since 2015 indicating QU as a truly global university, one that attracts students and scholars from around the world and collaborates with others globally. QU is also named 52nd in Asia University Rankings, 79 in Young University Rankings and among the top 500 universities in the world by THE. As part of Qatar's policy, which aims to improve health services, QU announced in 2017 the establishment of a health cluster, aptly titled QU Health, to fulfil the market's needs for qualified national specialised cadre in all fields related to the health, safety and pharmaceutical industries. QU’s diverse and lively student body is a testament to the potential of Qatar’s greatest future leaders, respected scholars and inspired artisans. Students at QU enjoy the convenience and beauty of state-of-the-art facilities and technology, paired with traditional values, in a harmony and ease-of-access which fully supports their education and life experiences. QU is also the host for one of the rail stations constructed as part of the preparations for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, connecting the QU community to more destinations. qu.edu.qa B3 m

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QU has 10 colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business & Economics, Education, Engineering, Law, Pharmacy, Sharia & Islamic Studies, Health Sciences and Medicine. The College of Dental Medicine opened its doors in 2019 and is the first dentistry college in Qatar, offering a wide range of academic programmes to meet the requirements and increasing needs of Qatar’s society.

Research is an integral part of the academic environment at QU and is bolstered by an ambitious five-year roadmap addressing national priorities and listing four priority research areas -- Energy, Environment and Resource Sustainability; Social Change and Identity; Population, Health and Wellness; and Information, Communication and Technologies (ICT) -- with a state-of-the-art Research Complex, and 14 research centres of excellence. It is further enhanced by over 400 collaborative projects in over 130 countries.

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Art, Education and Sports

Qatar Foundation (QF) has installed murals, painted by local artists, outside the Education City Stadium to highlight the vibrancy of Education City. The idea for the murals came about when the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) was finishing preparations to inaugurate the Education City Stadium in 2020. They wanted to create a lively and engaging space outside the stadium that captures the essence of its unique location – in the midst of the vibrant QF environment that hosts universities, schools, research centres, and year-round community activities. The SC put out a call for local artists, particularly from the nearby Virginia Commonwealth School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar), a partner university of QF, inviting them to paint the walls outside the stadium with artworks that capture life in Education City, Qatari culture, the spirit of football, and more.

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Education Courses, Tutoring and Lectures Language courses and tuition Berlitz Language Center Offers tuition in more than 10 languages. Test preparation for IELTS and TOEFL. 4455 0506/7, berlitz-qatar.com E4 British Council A wide range of English language courses as well as access to a library and computers. It is also an IELTS centre. 800 5501, britishcouncil.qa D3

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Geometric Learning Centre Personalised English and maths learning programmes in the British curriculum. 4427 9295, 3333 2468, geometric-centre.com D3 Inlingua Qatar – ScorePlus General English/ Business English/French/German/Spanish/Arabic and more, for groups and individuals. 4413 1260, inlinguaqatar.com D3 Institut Français du Qatar A range of French courses for adults and children, certifications in French language. Tests for immigration to Canada or Quebec. 4493 0862, institutfrancais-qatar.com B3 Score Plus Qatar – The Princeton Review Language courses, test preparation and early edge courses in SAT/SAT subjects/AP/ACT/ GMAT/GRE/IELTS/TOEFL. 4436 8580, princetonreviewme.com D3

Enertech Qatar Health, Safety, and Environmental (HSE) Training Provider. 4401 0888, enertechqatar.com D3 Qatar Financial & Business Academy (QFBA) Offers various courses in finance and investment. 4496 8333, qfba.edu.qa C4 Qatar Skills Academy Offers vocational training, education and professional development. 4416 1622, qatarskillsacademy.com E3 VCUarts Qatar Offers a selection of art, design and craft courses in English or Arabic. Holds workshops and lectures including an annual fashion show each spring. 4402 0555, qatar.vcu.edu C2

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Seraj Training Centre Test preparation for IELTS, TOEFL and SAT. 4029 5665/7700 1379, serajlc.net C3

Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar Dean’s Lecture Series. 4454 8400, qatar.cmu.edu C2

Stenden Qatar IELTS preparation and professional training programmes. 4488 8116, stenden.edu.qa D3

Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art Holds lectures, workshops and artist encounters. 4402 8855, 4402 8830, mathaf.org.qa C2

StudyPlus Education Center Personalised academic tutoring in Edexcel, Cambridge and IB Curriculum. Core Maths/Further Pure Maths/ Physics/Chemistry/Biology/Business Studies/ Accounting/Economics/ESL/EFL/Statistics/ Mechanics/ICT. 4442 4294, thestudyplus.com D3

Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) Education Centre offers talks, art workshops, programmes and training courses for children and adults. 4422 4444, 4452 5555, mia.org.qa D4

Center of Community Service and Continuing Education (CCE) at Qatar University meets training needs through specialised training programmes for professional and international certification. 4403 3925, qu.edu.qa/cce B3 College of the North Atlantic Qatar (CNA-Q) Foundation English, Mathematics and Science courses. IELTS test centre. Corporate Training Division offers a variety of part-time courses. 4495 2222, cna-qatar.com B3

Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) Technovate, networking seminars and open discussions. 4454 7070, qstp.org.qa C2 The Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS) at Georgetown University in Qatar holds CIRS Faculty Lectures, Dialogue Series and Distinguished Lectures to deliver a variety of public lectures by leading experts in international affairs. 4457 8400, cirs.georgetown.edu C2 Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar Grand Rounds where healthcare experts speak on related issues. 4492 8000, qatar-weill.cornell.edu C2 m

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Qatar Foundation Research, Development, and Innovation (QF RDI) Research Dialogue series. 4454 0000, qfrdi.org C2

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Arabic/Islamic Culture Courses Arabic, the official language of Qatar, ranks sixth among the world’s major languages and is the native tongue of nearly 250 mn people around the world, as well as the language of the Holy Quran and thus, Islam. It is one of the United Nations' six official languages.

The Arabic Language

Classical Arabic and MSA are, to a large extent, learned languages and must be taught in schools, since nearly all Arabs grow up learning a colloquial form of the language. Local dialects vary with more than 30 different regional variations. Arabic is written from right to left. There are 18 distinct letter shapes, which vary slightly depending on whether they are connected to another letter before or after them. There are no 'capital' letters. The full alphabet of 28 letters is created by placing various combinations of dots above or below some of these shapes. Other languages – such as Persian, Urdu and Malay – use adaptations of the Arabic script. Taking a course in Arabic is an interesting way to learn more about the region's culture and to meet new people. Arabic language courses in Qatar offer a choice of colloquial Qatari Arabic or MSA. Islam is the official religion in Qatar. Courses offer a chance to learn about the faith as well.

Courses in Qatar

Berlitz Language Center Group and private conversational and written Arabic courses at levels 1 – 10. Evening classes are available twice a week at each level. Fees vary. 4455 0506/7, berlitzqatar@qatar.net.qa, berlitz‑qatar.com E4

Institut Français du Qatar The successor to the French Cultural Centre (CCF), the official French Institute provides courses in MSA for French and non-French speakers. Private tuition and corporate courses also available. Fees vary. 4493 0862, institutfrancais-qatar.com B3 Islamic Online University Courses online in English. Free programmes available. 4486 8458, islamiconlineuniversity.com Loghati Language Centre Private and group Arabic courses at various levels. Separate classes for men and women. 4488 8846, loghaticentre.com D4 ScorePlus – Inlingua International School of Languages in Qatar General English/Business English/French/German/Spanish/Arabic and more, for groups and individuals. 4413 1260, inlinguaqatar.com D3 Sheikh Abdulla Bin Zaid Al Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center (previously known as Fanar) Lessons in MSA with separate classes for men and women. Courses at levels 1 – 5 are intensive and last two and a half months, with classes twice a week. Classes in Islamic studies and culture in English, with assistance in Tagalog (Philippines), Sinhalese (Sri Lanka) and Nepali. 4444 7444, binzaid@islam.gov.qa, binzaid.gov.qa D4 Stenden Qatar Conversational Arabic classes. Three hours a week at QAR3,000. 4488 8116, stenden.edu.qa D3 TII Arabic Language Program At HBKU, offers courses in MSA or the Qatari (Khaleeji) dialect with an emphasis on communication. Also available are courses in medical Arabic to help healthcare professionals communicate with patients. 4454 2578/993, tii.qa C2 m

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Arabic for Non-Native Speakers (ANNS) Center is a specialised language centre at Qatar University that offers certificates of completion to international students whose mother tongue is not Arabic. A one academic year programme provides students with communicative skills of comprehension, speaking, reading, writing and pragmatics. 4403 4584/91, qu.edu.qa/students/ international-students/arabic-program B3

Arabic/Islamic Culture Courses

Classical Arabic has preserved the language of the Quran for over 1,400 years. Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) is an adapted form of the classical language used in books, newspapers, on TV and radio, and at times, in conversation.

All courses and fees are subject to change. Start learning Arabic with the simple words and greetings in Arabic Phrases in the Discovering Qatar section.

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Useful Numbers • Primary Health Care Centres • HMC Hospitals and Services • Ministry of Public Health • Private Medical Centres • 24‑hour Pharmacies • Dental and Optical Centres • Support Groups

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Useful Numbers EMERGENCIES – AMBULANCE, FIRE OR POLICE – 999 The use of medical facilities in Qatar is available to citizens, residents and visitors. Visitors need to pay for treatment at government hospitals and Primary Healthcare Centres; residents holding a valid Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) Health Card pay nominal fees for medical assistance. For more information visit: HMC hamad.qa; Ministry of Public Health moph.gov.qa; Primary Health Care Corporation phcc.qa

Public Healthcare For all healthcare centres call Hayyak 107 Visit phcc.qa for catchment area maps

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Primary Healthcare Centres

North Region: • Al Daayen • Al Kaaban • Al Khor • Al Ruwais • Gharrafat Al Rayyan • Leabaib • Leghwairiya • Madinat Khalifa C3 • Qatar University • Umm Slal Central Region: • Airport D4 • Al Thumama • Al Wakra F5 • Omar Ibn Al Khattab C3 • Rawdat Al Khail C4 • Umm Ghuwailina D4 • West Bay B3 Western Region: • Abu Bakr Al Siddiq D2 • Abu Nakhla • Al Jemailiya • Al Karaana • Al Rayyan • Al Sheehaniya • Al Waab • Al Wajba • Mesaimeer D3 • Muaither

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For all hospitals call Nesma'ak 16060 first Enaya Specialized Care Center C4

4439 8120

Al Maha Children's Unit (Rumailah H) C4 4439 6666

Heart Hospital C4

4439 5838

Al Wakra Hospital F5

4011 4444

The Cuban Hospital

4015 7777

Dental Clinic (Rumailah H) C4

4439 3085

Tobacco Control Center C4

4025 4981

Al Khor Hospital

4474 5555

Ministry of Public Health Medical Commission D4

For all services call 4407 0000 first

4467 9111

Vaccinations (Mesaimeer HC) D3

4406 4222

Private Healthcare Private Medical Centres

Dental and Optical Centres

Al Ahli Hospital C3/4

4489 8888

Al Dar Optics

Al Emadi Hospital D4

4466 6009

Al Jaber Opticians (Lagoona mall) A4

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American Hospital D4

4442 1999 Al Jabor Vision Technology D4 Aspetar (Orthopaedic & Sports 4413 2000 British International Dental Centre Medicine Hospital) D3 (Salam Tower) C4 Doha Clinic Hospital C4 4438 4333 British International Dental Centre (Salwa Road) D3 Elite Medical Center C4 4496 0960

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Qatar Optics (City Center‑Doha) B4

Qatar Medical Center D4

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Queen Dental Clinic (City Center‑Doha) B4 4493 2888

Turkish Hospital D4

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Royal Dental Centre D4

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Yateem Opticians (Mall of Qatar) B1

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Pharmacies (24 hour) Al Bateel (Salwa Road) D4

4436 6610

Family (Al Muaither Street) C3

4441 6419

Ibn Al Haytham (Doha Clinic H) C4

4438 0114

Kulud (Industrial Area) E3

4458 0945

Kulud (Markhiya) C3

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Meeqat (near Al Wakra HC) F5

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Mina Al Nayef p/stn (Al Rayyan) C3

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Alcoholics Anonymous males 3094 9661 aaqatar.org females 6692 6745 ACA (Adult Children of Alcoholics) 5505 9124 Doha Mums (breastfeeding, depression, fertility, food allergies and special needs) dohamums.com Overeaters Anonymous Qatar Cancer Society qcs.qa D4

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Many changes and improvements have been introduced since the country opened its first hospital over 60 years ago. Billions of dollars are being spent on improving and expanding Qatar's healthcare system to cope with the rise in population. According to the World Health Organization, Qatar is spending more money per capita on healthcare than any other country in the Gulf. The healthcare system is available to all – nationals, expatriates and visitors. The public healthcare service provides free or extremely subsidised healthcare; the exception to this may be treatment for highly specialised services. Expatriates or visitors may have to pay towards some medical costs – check with your employer to see what health insurance you are eligible for, or contact one of the insurance companies to take extra personal cover.

Healthcare News MoPH launches mental health campaign The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) launched

The mental health helpline has received more than 12,500 calls since its launch in April. The free and completely confidential helpline is available Sunday to Thursday 8 am – 7 pm; simply dial 16000, select the language, 3 for HMC, and 1 for HMC Urgent Consultation. The helpline is staffed by mental health professionals who can offer support and assessment.

HMC opens new laser vision correction unit The Ophthalmology Department of HMC has opened a Laser Vision Correction Unit at the

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a mental health awareness campaign on World Mental Health Day (10 October) in collaboration with Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC), Sidra Medicine, and Naufar. With the theme ‘Are you OK?’, the campaign is aimed at encouraging people to talk more openly about their emotional wellbeing and to reduce stigma. MoPH states that this year has been a challenging time for many due to the impact of COVID-19.

Ambulatory Care Center (ACC). The new unit is part of HMC’s plan to establish a number of specialised diagnostic and treatment units that can cover all specialties and subspecialties of ophthalmology. Cutting-edge new laser eye surgery technology includes Femto-Lasik technology and Femto-Smile technology, which is being used at HMC for the first time. The unit will initially operate one day every two weeks and will offer vision correction treatment using laser technology for patients aged over 20, as well as provide treatments for younger patients with rare eye diseases and conditions that require intervention. PHCC's new campaign is promoting its many services and health centres across the country. The campaign solidifies its objective of transforming the health and wellness of the Qatari population by providing individual healthcare, focusing on health and disease prevention, and encouraging healthy lifestyles for the health and wellbeing of all. According to PHCC, the number of registrants in its health centres is more than 1,500,000, with centres receiving over 300,000 patients every month.

HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser attends inauguration of WHO Collaborating Center in WCM-Q HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), was present at the official designation of a research group at Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q) as a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre, responsible for combating COVID-19 and other infectious diseases in the region. The Infectious Disease Epidemiology Group (IDEG) at WCM-Q will support WHO’s regional and global efforts to promote health and wellbeing, by providing scientific research for policy decisions and public health programmes in the EMR. The centre is led by Dr Laith Abu Raddad, WCM-Q professor of infectious disease epidemiology. IDEG has a special focus on viral hepatitis, prevalent in EMR countries and one of the leading causes of deaths globally. (L-R) Dr Javaid Sheikh, Dean Of WCM-Q with ‘Pepper’ the robot, HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of QF, HE Dr Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari, Minister Of Public Health.

The group has contributed to efforts in combatting the spread of HIV/AIDS and reproductive tract infections. More recently, IDEG has been at the forefront of WCM-Q’s efforts to work with MoPH and HMC on the spread of COVID-19, working with healthcare and policy experts on scientific technical analyses supporting Qatar's response to this infectious disease. ©

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In January 2016 the Amir, HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani disbanded the Supreme Council of Health and reverted their responsibilities to the Ministry of Public Health. The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) will continue to oversee the nation’s health services, with policies, goals and objectives to achieve that vision, and monitoring and evaluation of its progress and the quality and effectiveness of health service providers. The ‘Caring for the Future’ programme encourages healthy lifestyles, provides community‑based primary care, and ensures that the world’s most advanced, highest quality care is available locally in secondary and tertiary medical facilities. One of the pillars of Qatar National Vision 2030, 'Human Development', represents Qatar's ambition to develop a physically and mentally healthy population. The first phase was the National Development Strategy (NDS) 2011–2016, and the National Health Strategy (NHS) 2011– 2016. These developments will be built on under NDS 2017–2022 and NHS 2018–2022. All private hospitals in Qatar must be accredited by an internationally‑recognised body. A list of licensed practitioners and pharmacies is on the Ministry website. Facilities must also have surveillance cameras and a security system. MoPH is responsible for the issuance of birth and death certificates. See Living in Qatar in the Discovering Qatar section for full requirements.

Departments and Services • Medical Commission: Examines all travellers to the country and residents; issues medical certificates to: º Prospective and current employees. º Non-Qataris arriving to work, reside or visit family in the country, or to change sponsorship. º Applicants for Qatari citizenship. º Non-Qatari men who wish to marry Qatari women. º Students for university enrolment. º Citizens travelling overseas. º Applicants for special categories (eg pilgrimage contractors, citizens marrying outside Qatar).

Most medical check-up procedures are conducted at the Medical Commission (MC) on Industrial Area Road near Abu Hamour, although the service is also available at Al Ahli Hospital, Al Emadi Hospital and Doha Clinic Hospital. The main MC unit handles 1,500 new arrivals in Qatar each day. There are four sections: one for expatriates taking up jobs in senior positions; one 336

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for families; one for domestic workers; and one for labourers. There is an electronic registration service for companies and corporations with over 15 employees; they must register their workers’ data online for tests and make electronic payments through Hukoomi, gov.qa. For more information about medical procedures, see Living in Qatar in the Discovering Qatar section. • Health Protection and Communicable Disease Control: Monitors and controls communicable diseases, oversees the national vaccination programme. • Health Promotion: Develops and implements health promotion policies and action plans, such as occupational health, tobacco law and mental health. • Health Information Center: Collects health data and information, conducts statistical surveys, liaises with international health institutions, and oversees birth and death registrations. • Food Safety: Implements health policies in all food safety-related matters, as per Law No 8 of 1990 regarding regulating human food control. • Emergency Health: Responsible for plans and projects related to health emergency preparedness and response, in cooperation with partners in the health sector such as Hamad Medical Corporation, Primary Health Care Corporation, and the private sector. • Health Financing and Insurance: Develops health financing and insurance systems that support the wider goals of the healthcare landscape and the National Health Strategy. • Healthcare Professions: Draws up the specifications and conditions of accrediting hospitals, health centres and clinics, and training and rehabilitation centres for health practitioners. Issues licences for practicing health and medical professions and revokes where necessary. • Health Facilities Licensing and Accreditation: Oversees the licensing and accreditation standards for health facilities, and conducts inspections. • Pharmacy and Drug Control: Responsible for regulating the dispensing, import, and circulation of medicines, including the registration of pharmaceutical companies and supervising drug prices. E-services available at moph.gov.qa include: • birth and death certificates • medical commission requests • finding a health practitioner or pharmacy • clinical guidelines

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Hamad Medical Corporation Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is the main provider of specialist healthcare in Qatar and one of the leading hospital providers in the Middle East. HMC’s network is made up of 12 hospitals as well as the national Ambulance Service, home and residential care, and mental health service.

The clinical teams at HMC deliver a wide range of specialist healthcare services to patients. These services differ to those provided at primary health centres as they diagnose and treat complex cases that cannot be treated in a primary care setting. How can you get an appointment at a Hamad Medical Corporation hospital? Getting an appointment is simple and convenient, just follow the steps below: > Visit your primary healthcare provider (Primary Health Care Corporation or private clinic). Your primary care doctor will refer you to HMC if specialist care is required. • Referrals from private clinics need to be taken in person to the relevant HMC hospital. • Referrals from PHCC health centres are made automatically. > Once your referral has been received by HMC, you will be sent an SMS acknowledging receipt. > When an appointment becomes available you will be contacted with the date, time and

> You will receive an appointment reminder SMS five days before your appointment and another SMS one day before. Do you have to pay for services at HMC? Qatar residents with a valid Qatar ID and health card are entitled to heavily subsidised consultations and prescriptions. Without these documents patients will be charged a higher fee for services. Emergency medical services are provided free of charge. How can you contact HMC? HMC’s dedicated customer service team, Nesmaak, can help with questions and inquiries. Nesmaak teams are on hand in all HMC hospitals to assist patients and visitors, via 16060 or by emailing nesmaak@hamad.qa. Nesmaak staff speak many languages to make your experience as smooth as possible. Operating hours: Sunday – Thursday 7 am – 10 pm, Friday 2 pm – 10 pm, Saturday 10 am – 6 pm.

HMC Hospitals Hamad General Hospital One of the leading tertiary hospitals in the region, offering highly specialised care. The 600-bed facility offers a wide range of medical care and clinical services, including trauma, emergency medicine, paediatrics, critical care, specialised and sub-specialised surgery, specialised medicine, laboratory medicine, diagnostic imaging, and adult rehabilitation services. A state-of-the-art Trauma and Emergency Center was officially opened in September 2019 by HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. The facility includes a Hyperbaric

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Since Rumailah Hospital first opened in 1957, HMC has significantly expanded its portfolio of hospitals. As Qatar has grown and developed over the recent decades, so too has HMC. This long history of caring for the residents of Qatar ensures HMC is uniquely positioned to understand the specific cultural and healthcare needs of the population, and provide the best possible care.

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National Center for Cancer Care and Research The 60-bed hospital specialises in the delivery of diagnosis, treatment and management for the care of people with cancer and blood disease. Advanced technology combined with teams of specialists and highly trained staff work together to offer highquality healthcare tailored to patients’ individual needs. Ambulatory Care Center The centre offers patients an exciting new approach to surgical and clinical care in Qatar, providing day care surgery, some inpatient surgical care and clinical care in a single dedicated location. This means that within 23 hours of receiving surgery or a medical procedure, patients will be able to leave hospital and recover in the comfort of their own home. ​ omen’s Wellness and Research Center W Women’s Wellness and Research Center is the region’s largest tertiary hospital dedicated to providing women in Qatar with specialised care through all stages of their lives. The hospital offers a range of surgical and clinical services from preconception to childbirth, post-natal care and beyond, provided by a passionate multidisciplinary team of highly trained clinicians specialising in gynaecology, obstetrics, and newborn care. Heart Hospital The modern, state-of-the-art centre is committed to delivering high-quality care and treatment for adults with heart conditions. The specialist hospital integrates all cardiothoracic medical and surgical facilities in one centre, providing 116 beds. Heart Hospital is committed to academic health as well as medical education with an active cardiology fellowship programme, and a strong commitment to the education of residents, fellows and specialists. Communicable Disease Center The Communicable Disease Center is a specialist tertiary centre that aims to support and treat patients with a spectrum of communicable diseases. It has been purpose built with the mission to detect, treat and prevent infectious diseases in Qatar, particularly those of public health importance. Its highly specialised team of doctors, nurses and allied health professionals provide consultations and treatments for patients who have infections that are often beyond the scope of primary and other secondary care services. 338

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Al Khor Hospital A 110-bed facility providing healthcare services to the growing population in the northern region of Qatar. Opened in 2006, Al Khor was the first Hamad hospital outside of Doha. The hospital offers patients treatment in a pleasant and modern environment, with the wide range of clinical departments ensuring advanced care. Al Wakra Hospital Al Wakra Hospital provides healthcare services for the rapidly growing towns of Al Wakra and Mesaieed to the south of Qatar. Al Wakra Hospital provides patients with safe, high-quality care in an efficient way. The opening of the hospital has meant that people from the Al Wakra community no longer need to travel to Doha as the care is readily available here at home. The Cuban Hospital Located in Dukhan in the west of Qatar, this hospital is a joint venture project and partnership between the State of Qatar and the Cuban Government. Providing 65 beds and approximately 400 highly qualified Cuban healthcare professionals, the hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art technology serving Dukhan and its surrounding communities. It is a representation of how international partnerships can result in a world-class standard of healthcare service. Hazm Mebaireek General Hospital Located in the Industrial Area of Doha, the hospital provides inpatient and outpatient care, surgical services, and emergency care services. With a 14-bed Emergency Department and 118 inpatient and intensive care unit beds, the hospital can treat hundreds of patients each day, providing the best possible care to patients. The hospital welcomes all adult male patients, providing them with access to the highest quality treatment and care within their community. Qatar Rehabilitation Institute The Institute is the region’s largest tertiary rehabilitation hospital, providing world-class integrated rehabilitation services and the most technologically advanced patient-centred care. At the heart of this care is a passionate multidisciplinary team of clinicians working together to coordinate and deliver a personalised package of advanced rehabilitation services tailored to every one of their patient’s individual circumstances. Rumailah Hospital Rumailah Hospital is Hamad’s longest-serving hospital and provides healthcare services for both acute and long-term rehabilitation patients. It is

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In 2014, the Ambulance Service took delivery of three new AgustaWestland AW139 LifeFlight helicopters. Two of the helicopters are in operation 24/7 and their addition to the fleet ensures air ambulance coverage even in the most remote areas of the country. The pilots of the helicopters are from the Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF). The Ambulance Service’s Medical Communication Center was named the Middle East’s first Accredited Center of Excellence by the International Academy of Emergency Dispatch for its high level of commitment towards delivering safe and efficient healthcare in Qatar and the region. The service itself has been accredited three times by the Joint Commission International for quality and safety, and the LifeFlight service has also been accredited by the European Aeromedical Institute for both adult and paediatric critical care. The Mobile Healthcare Service (MHS) was launched in 2015, providing senior physician support and nursing care to patients outside the hospital setting. The service works in collaboration with the Home Healthcare Service, responding to urgent calls and supporting clinical teams in delivering care to patients in their homes. MHS doctors support early discharge by working with the hospital's medical teams to identify patients who are able to go home but might still need support. The programme reduces the length of stay of many patients by providing extra support following discharge from the hospital. 'Know the 5 to save a life' campaign In order for the Ambulance Service to provide the best possible support as quickly as possible, it is vital that members of the public follow the ‘Know

Residential and home care Caring for partially or long-term dependent patients outside a hospital setting is of great importance. The Enaya Specialized Care Center and Residential Care Compounds and the Home Healthcare Service all provide services for patients with specialist care needs. Mental health services HMC plays a leading role in the delivery of care for people with a mental health illness. Guided by Qatar’s National Mental Health Strategy, HMC is working with partners in Qatar to develop a high-quality mental health system and transform the way mental illness is perceived and treated. The new strategy will drive important structural changes which allow HMC to be more focused in its delivery of community-based care, providing the people who need it with the right care, at the right time and in the most beneficial environments. HMC has partnered with the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) and Qatar’s healthcare providers on a public awareness campaign to educate the public about mental health and to remove the stigma associated with mental health conditions. Qatar's first Guide to Mental Health was launched in December 2019, developed by MoPH, HMC, Primary Health Care Corporation, Sidra Medicine, and Naufar, a mental health facility that focuses on wellbeing and help for those with addiction and substance abuse. For more information about mental health services, visit hamad.qa, call Nesma'ak on 16060, or the mental health helpline on 16000. For immediate assistance, go to an HMC hospital emergency department (see list below). Qatar Metabolic Institute Under HMC's Academic Health System, several educational, research and clinical institutions in Qatar have united to drive forward significant improvements in the health and disease outcomes of the Qatar population affected by diabetes, obesity and metabolic disorders. Partners include HMC, Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC), Sidra Medicine, Qatar Biomedical Research Institute, Qatar University, Weill Cornell Medicine in Qatar; College of North Atlantic in Qatar, and University of Calgary in Qatar.

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Ambulance Service Each year HMC’s Ambulance Service receives more than 250,000 calls and many of these are requesting emergency support for life-threatening incidents. The Ambulance Service teams are quickly dispatched to assist the injured patient using the most appropriate fleet vehicle for their needs. The Ambulance Service fleet includes air ambulances (helicopters), advanced road ambulances and rapid response vehicles, 4x4s for the desert, and bicycle units for Qatar’s parks.

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• National Center for Cancer Care and Research (for emergency cases related to cancer only) • Women’s Wellness and Research Center (for women with emergency gynaecological and obstetrics conditions only)

As Qatar is witnessing rapid growth in all fields, especially in the health sector, the Blood Donor Center’s main target is to attract voluntary blood donors in order to meet the needs of both public and private hospitals in Qatar. Recruiting between 80 – 150 donors a day, the centre has recorded 100% blood sufficiency within the last five years. The procedure for donating blood at the centere, including donor registration, a medical interview, physical examination and assessment as well as blood collection and post donor care, lasts for about one hour. Work Hours: Sunday – Thursday 7 am – 9 pm; Saturday 8 am – 7 pm); on Friday the Blood Donor Center is normally closed but may open for special events and at times of shortage. Mobile blood donation buses also often operate for urgent donation. Call 4439 1081/2 for confirmation of working hours before visiting the centre.

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What type of conditions should I go to an emergency department with? Emergency departments are designed to care for the patients with urgent medical conditions. Patients presenting at an emergency department in Qatar are triaged on arrival to determine the severity of their condition. This allows the emergency teams to prioritise those patients with the most serious conditions and treat them first. Pediatric Emergency Centers (PEC) The main Pediatric Emergency Center is located in Doha at the intersection of Al Sadd Street and Suhaim bin Hamad Street. The centre provides timely and appropriate urgent care 24/7 for all patients up to 14 years of age. Trauma and other emergency cases should go directly to a main emergency department. HMC also operates four satellite Pediatric Emergency Centers throughout Qatar: • PEC Al Rayyan • PEC Al Shamal • PEC Airport M79 WINTER 2020/21 ©

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The ‘Doha Model’ Organ Donation and Transplant Center is an internationally acclaimed centre that practices high professional and ethical standards. The Doha Donation Accord, prepared by HMC and endorsed by world-leading international experts in the field of organ donation and transplantation, ensures ethical, equitable, safe and legal processes for organ donation. The national organ donation and transplantation programme supports the vision of HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of ‘Healthcare for all’. As a result of ongoing awareness campaigns, the number of registered donors has grown significantly to reach around 190,000. The Donor Registry is unique in its design and includes 108 nationalities. Deceased organ donations and living organ donations have increased to make the number of transplant surgeries recently completed the highest since the start of the programme. To register as a donor or to make enquiries about donations, contact the Qatar Organ Donation Center: 4439 8557, organdonation.hamad.qa

Meeting international standards of care Hamad Medical Corporation has sought and achieved accreditation from leading organisations in recent years across many areas. Accreditation demonstrates Hamad’s ability to deliver high standards of care to our patients. In May 2019, HMC achieved its greatest international accreditation success to date with 13 of its facilities and services accredited by US-based Joint Commission International (JCI). This included accreditation for the first time for three new

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Hamad Injury Prevention Program The Hamad Injury Prevention Program (HIPP) was established as a research initiative to improve public health and safety. The programme is an integral part of the trauma service and a result of the research carried out by the trauma leadership at Hamad General Hospital, looking at the most common and high-risk incidents. Data is then translated and used to prioritise cases for interventions. HIPP collaborates with many partners to organise and participate in efforts related to injury prevention, including construction workers and pedestrians. Recently, HIPP activities have also engaged those in other high-risk groups for injury, such as children and young drivers. HIPP has been awarded two National Priorities Research Program Grants from Qatar Foundation regarding improving the use of child restraints in children aged under five, and on creating a unified registry for all occupational injuries in Qatar.

A number of public awareness campaigns have been run in recent years for such things as stroke, diabetes, organ donation, psoriasis, smoking cessation. Major campaigns are run in October each year as part of breast cancer awareness, and also has dedicated information to ensure a safe and healthy Ramadan. This all provides patients with the tools and knowledge to take responsibility for their own health, leading to a healthier society.

Medical reports and consumables can now be delivered to your door Patients of Hamad General Hospital, Heart Hospital, Rumailah Hospital, National Center for Cancer Care and Research, Al Wakra Hospital, The Cuban Hospital and Hazm Mebaireek General Hospital can have HMC medical reports delivered to them directly by Qatar Post. When requesting reports, patients need to provide their Qatar ID details, mobile number, a preferred delivery time, and a delivery address. The day before, Qatar Post will call to confirm the time of the delivery. Under HMC's Home Healthcare Service, patients can also have medical consumables such as gloves, bandages, and dressings delivered to their home, by signing up with their Home Healthcare nurse. The service is a convenience for those that regularly require these items, as they will no longer have to visit their hospital multiple times. The fee is currently QAR30 in addition to the cost of the items, payable by credit/debit card only (no cash) to the Qatar Post representative at the time of delivery. To order medication call the Community Call Centre 16000; for general information contact HMC's Nesma’ak on 16060 or PHCC's Hayyak on 107.

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Improving the health of the people of Qatar is a priority for HMC. Hamad works closely with its local healthcare partners, including the Ministry of Public Health and the Primary Health Care Corporation, to raise awareness of important health and injury prevention issues.

Public awareness campaigns Educating the public about the signs, symptoms and care options of important health issues has been an area of focus for HMC.

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PHCC and Sidra Medicine About Primary Health Care Corporation

Sidra Medicine

Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) operates 27 health centres across Qatar, delivering community-based primary care services to Qatar’s population in all parts of the country. These primary health centres provide a wide range of preventative, diagnostic and treatment healthcare services, including dental, antenatal care, immunisation, pharmacy, ophthalmology, audiology, radiology and wellness.

Sidra Medicine is an ultramodern, academic medical centre providing specialised healthcare to women, children and young persons in Qatar. It is a private hospital for public benefit. Established by Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, Sidra Medicine embraces best practice medical education, innovative biomedical and clinical research and discovery, and exceptional patient and family focused care.

Primary health centres should be the first point of contact for patients with non-emergency conditions (patients with emergency conditions should visit an HMC emergency department or call 999 for an ambulance). If your primary care doctor determines that more specialist care is required they will refer you to an HMC hospital. How can you get an appointment at a primary health centre? All expatriate residents of Qatar can register at their local health centre when obtaining a health card. Qatari nationals can make an appointment at any primary health centre. To get an appointment at the health centre you are registered at, follow either of the steps below: • Visit your registered health centre in person to arrange an appointment. • Call the PHCC customer services team, Hayyak, on 107 and they will schedule an appointment for you. How can you contact Primary Health Care Corporation? PHCC has dedicated customer service teams available to assist you with any enquiries 24/7 by telephone. Call Hayyak on 107 or the Community Call Centre on 16000 Do you have to pay for services at primary health centres? Qatar residents with valid health cards are entitled to subsidised consultations and prescriptions.

How can you get an appointment at Sidra Medicine? Sidra Medicine accepts referrals from all healthcare providers in Doha, including Hamad Medical Corporation, Primary Health Care Corporation and private healthcare institutions. In addition, its Women’s Services also accepts self-referrals. Self-referrals to Sidra Medicine for Women’s Services: • If you would like to refer yourself for an Obstetrics, Gynaecology or Maternal Fetal Medicine appointment, call Women’s Services on 4003 7113, email wcct@sidra.org or visit sidra.org/women for more information. • Sidra Medicine also has a Women’s Obstetrics Triage and an Urgent Care Clinic, which treats moderate to serious health issues for women relating to pregnancy and the female reproductive system. • If you want to refer for Sidra Medicine’s Perinatal Mental Healthcare service, ask for the Women’s Wellbeing Clinic by calling the Sidra Medicine Hotline 4003 3333 and requesting an appointment. Do you have to pay for services at Sidra Medicine? Patients accessing Women’s Services such as maternity, gynaecology and fetal-maternal care will be charged for the care they receive at Sidra Medicine. For details on payment rates for specific services, contact Sidra Medicine directly. How can you contact Sidra Medicine? For general inquiries about Sidra Medicine, call their contact centre on 4003 3333 Sidra Medicine also has a dedicated Women’s Care Coordination Team (WCCT) who can be contacted on 4003 7113 or wcct@sidra.org for information related to self-referrals, tours of the maternity wards or ante-natal classes for patients. Operating hours for WCCT: Sunday – Thursday 7 am – 3 pm.

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How the Health System Works Together Qatar’s various healthcare providers work closely together to deliver the very best healthcare services to Qatar’s population.

Sharing of patient information Over the last 10 years many initiatives have significantly improved the ability of clinical teams to share patient information between teams across the health system. Many patient records, including laboratory results, x-rays images and medical reports, can now be accessed electronically by clinical teams in HMC, PHCC and Sidra facilities. This enhances the quality of care delivered to patients by providing clinicians with a complete patient record regardless of where they are treated. MyHealth Patient Portal The MyHealth Patient Portal enables patients to access their electronic personal health record online and through an app. Features of the portal include the ability to access lab reports, to view and reschedule upcoming appointments, and to review discharge summaries. The portal also allows patients to send a non-urgent message to their healthcare provider in a confidential manner.

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Referrals between providers Primary care centres are usually the first point of contact for patients with non-emergency conditions in Qatar. If the primary care doctor feels that more specialist care is needed at one of HMC’s hospitals, they will refer the patient to HMC for an appointment. A similar referral process also operates between HMC, Sidra Medicine and the private sector provider. Patients can also be referred back to a primary health centre for follow up after receiving treatment at an HMC hospital.

Health System FAQs I have just arrived in Qatar and need to get a health card, what do I do? To get a health card, residents must visit the Primary Health Center nearest to where you live – call 107 if you are unsure where your local centre is. I need a sick note for work, where can I get one from? You should visit your local health centre for a sick note. If you are visiting an emergency department due to your condition being a serious medical emergency, you can request a sick note at the emergency department. I want to see a doctor at a HMC hospital, how can I get an appointment? Unless you have a medical emergency, in which case you should go to your nearest HMC emergency department or call 999 for an ambulance, you will need a referral from a primary health centre or private clinic in order to make an appointment at an HMC facility.

MyHealth empowers patients by allowing them to play a more active role in controlling their health information and making more informed decisions about their wellbeing. It helps patients stay on track by providing up to date information about lab results and active medications and provides reminders about appointments.

I want to see a doctor at a primary health centre, how can I get an appointment? You can call Primary Health Care Corporation’s customer helpline, Hayyak, on 107 to arrange an appointment at the health centre which you are registered at. Alternatively, you can visit your health centre in person to arrange an appointment.

Patients can enroll for the MyHealth Portal online at myhealth.qa or at any HMC or PHCC facility. Patients can also seek more information about MyHealth by calling Nesma’ak at HMC on 16060 or Hayyak at PHCC on 107.

Do I need to prepare for an appointment? If you are visiting the hospital or primary health centre for the first time, please come at least 30 minutes before your appointment time in order to complete some paperwork. ©

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Does it matter if I miss a scheduled doctor’s appointment? If you are unable to attend a scheduled appointment, call your primary health centre via Hayyak 107, or hospital clinic via Nesma’ak 16060 in advance to cancel, so that the timeslot can be used for another patient who may need it more urgently.

Why can’t I just turn up at a HMC hospital and be seen by a doctor? HMC provides specialist secondary and tertiary care services. These services are for patients whose needs are too complex to be treated at a primary care centre. A large number of conditions can be successfully treated in primary care and do not require treatment at HMC.

How do I know which is my local health centre? Your utility bill (phone, water/electricity) includes a code related to your location and this determines where your designated health centre is located. Call Hayyak 107 for more information or take your utility bill in person to the nearest health centre.

Will I be seen by the same doctor at my health centre? Every effort will be made to enable you to see the same doctor for your visit, but the doctor’s availability on the day you wish to come cannot be guaranteed.

Do I have to pay for care at HMC and primary care centres? These facilities do charge a small fee for services but residents with a valid health card are entitled to greatly subsidised consultations and prescriptions at Hamad Medical Corporation and Primary Health Care Corporation facilities.

I would like to access help for a mental health condition, where can I go for this? If you are concerned about depression, anxiety or any similar mental health issue that affects your general health, visit your doctor in a primary health clinic for care or referral to one of HMC’s clinics. For urgent care involving suicidal or selfharm thoughts, visit one of HMC’s emergency departments.

I have an aching back and need to see a doctor; can I go to an emergency department and be seen? For all non-urgent conditions, such as backache, small cut or mild eye discomfort, you should make an appointment at your local health centre. Emergency departments should be used for only serious emergency medical conditions.

I need to see a dentist, should I go to my health center or to an HMC hospital? Unless your condition is a medical emergency, in which case you should go to your nearest emergency department, you should visit your local health centre for a dental consultation. If specialist dental treatment is required, your primary care doctor may refer you to HMC. I have moved house and want to change my health centre, how can I do this? To change your health centre you must obtain a utility bill from your new address and visit the nearest health centre to apply for a change.

Is there public parking available when I visit a HMC clinic or primary health centre? All hospitals and health centres have public parking facilities. However, some of HMC’s busy hospitals have limited free parking and visitors are recommended to either come by taxi or public transport or they can use the valet parking service offered in many locations. m

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I/my wife is pregnant and needs to register with an obstetrician, where should I go to for antenatal care? Your first appointment should be at your local health centre. Your primary care doctor can then advise on the best plan for your antenatal care.

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Marhaba updates this section every issue, but as information may change after going to press, check with the organisation concerned for up to date details. If your organisation is listed on these pages and you need to amend your entry, or if you would like to be included in future issues, let us know: email marhaba@qatar.net.qa. Locations can be found on the map of Doha at the front of the guide. Also see: • Leisure Activities in the Discovering Qatar section for dance/other classes and clubs • Hospitality in Qatar for a complete list of hotels and their fitness facilities • Sports Activities for fitness classes, gyms, clubs and associations 3 An activity for children or one that children can participate in – check first for any age restrictions

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Banana Island Resort Doha By Anantara C5 Holistic advice, alternative therapies and life coaching. 4040 5050, doha.anantara.com Four Seasons Hotel Doha B4 The hotel offers 'Thrive' in conjunction with Evolve, a customised wellness programme with one-to-one consultations. 4494 8801, fourseasons.com/doha The Ritz-Carlton, Doha A4 The country's first cryosauna; sessions last 90 seconds to 3 minutes, with temperatures dropping to –180˚ C. 4484 8183, ritzcarlton.com/doha Yama Yoga Studios Asas Twin Towers, Al Dafna C4 Myofascial release, sound therapy, mindfulness and meditation. 5572 1728, yamayogastudios.com

Pilates Encore Pilates The Pearl-Qatar B4 The Gate Mall C4 Qatar's first dedicated studio for Reformer pilates. 4488 9861 (The Pearl-Qatar), 4020 6430 (The Gate Mall), encorepilates.qa

Banana Island Resort Doha By Anantara C5 Ashtanga, Hatha, yoga stretch and meditation. Booking essential, call first for up to date schedule. 4040 5050, doha.anantara.com Four Seasons Hotel Doha C4 Vinyasa yoga. Call first for monthly schedule. 4485 8888, fourseasons.com/doha InterContinental Doha Hotel & Residences B4 Saturday 6 pm, Monday/Wednesday 9 am, Tuesday 7:15 pm. 4484 4828, doha.intercontinental.com InterContinental Doha The City C4 Swasthi and body balance. Schedule changes weekly, call first. 4015 8888, intercontinental.com/dohathecity Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha D3/4 Sunday/ Wednesday 7:30 pm, also monthly full moon. 4428 1621, radissonblu.com/hotel‑doha Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel C4 Daily classes including Hatha, power, Vinyasa, yin and detox. See the online monthly schedule. 4485 4600, fitness.sheratongranddoha.com The Ritz-Carlton, Doha A4 Sunday 10:15 am, Monday 9:30 am, Wednesday 10:30 am, Saturday 4 pm. Booking essential. 4484 8183, ritzcarlton.com/doha

Four Seasons Hotel Doha C4 Call first for monthly schedule. 4485 8888, fourseasons.com/doha

The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa C4 Saturday 9 am with breakfast and access to the gym included. 4492 1682, westindoha.com

InterContinental Doha The City B4 Schedule changes weekly, call first. 4015 8888, intercontinental.com/dohathecity

W Doha Hotel & Residences B4 Yoga/pilates – call first for availability. 4453 5555, blissdoha.com

The Ritz-Carlton, Doha A4 Booking essential. 4484 8183, ritzcarlton.com/middleeast Yama Yoga Studios Asas Twin Towers, Al Dafna C4 Daily classes: intro to Pilates, mixed levels, core, dynamic and advanced classes and workshops. See the online monthly schedule. 5572 1728, yamayogastudios.com 3

Yama Yoga Studios Asas Twin Towers, Al Dafna C4 Daily classes for all levels: Beginners; Ashtanga, Iyengar and Vinyasa; prenatal; kids and teens; aerial and rocket yoga; back care; yin. Also teacher training and retreats. See the online monthly schedule. 5572 1728, yamayogastudios.com 3 m ©

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Al Messila, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Doha E4 Ladies-only wellness retreat with hydrothermal facilities and 'The Worlds' hydro-wellness areas (Oriental, Mystic, Mineral and Floral); yoga and Pilates available. 4445 0000, marriott.com

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Health spas and beauty salons abound in Qatar, with an abundance of choice. Choose from a number of award-winning spas, in both traditional Qatari style and ultra-modern environments.

Beauty treatments are wide and varied and available for both men and women, although some will have 'ladies only' days, or are single-sex establishments. Separate facilities are available for men and women at most of the spas, as are couples treatment rooms.

Many beauty salons not only provide hair and nail services, but also have separate rooms for treatments. Similarly hotels will generally have a spa and/or a beauty centre on site, as well as some of the larger apartment block towers.

For looking good from top to toe, generally available are hair and nail services, make-up and wedding preparations, hair removal (waxing and threading), and tanning.

Visiting a spa can be a five-star experience, with luxurious treatment rooms, providing massage and facials, alongside oxygen therapy, sauna and steam rooms, slimming treatments, aromatherapy, hot stone treatments, and pre‑ and postnatal massages.

To further enhance the luxurious experience, spas and salons are increasingly focusing on healthy refreshments and menus, and relaxation spaces with mood music and comfortable sofas to ensure you feel your very best, both inside and out. Visit the spa or salon's website to learn more about the packages available, and their before and aftercare.

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Heavenly Spa, The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa

4492 1682

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Jaula Spa & Club, Grand Hyatt Doha

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Katara Beach Club by LivNordic Spa & Wellness

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Radiance Spa, Saraya Corniche

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Spa treatments often derive their inspiration from the ancient sciences and practices of the East, with accents from the Middle East and Asia. The Ottomans introduced the world to the hammam, which quickly became an important social meeting place for both men and women. Several of the major hotels offer ritual packages to enjoy, with hammam, massage and facial treatments.

The practice of some forms of alternative treatment was officially approved by the Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners in 2016. The list includes homeopathy, Ayurveda, acupuncture, chiropractic and hijama (wet cupping). Regulatory framework will ensure only licensed, qualified practitioners will be allowed to offer these services – the Ministry of Public Health has defined the requirements and specifications for opening complementary medicine centres in the country.

Also popular are hydrotherapy treatments and natural healing methods, such as chakra wellbeing and Ayurveda aromatherapy facials. Choose anything from a 20-minute scalp massage or up to three minutes of cryotherapy, to a multiday body and mind rejuvenating retreat – you are guaranteed to feel your absolute best afterwards.

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Desert Princess, Ain Khaled

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Smoking Cessation By Sarah Palmer With the new year comes the promise of new beginnings and resolutions to quit one or two bad habits. Many people decide to stop smoking for the sake of their health, and of those around them, but may find it difficult to do so without support.

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esearch has proven that regular tobacco use commonly leads to diseases affecting the heart and lungs, with smoking being a major risk factor for heart attacks, strokes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and cancer (particularly lung cancer, cancers of the larynx and mouth, and pancreatic cancer).

The HMC Tobacco Control Center is seeing an increase in patients wanting to stop smoking, with more than 2,600 consultations and support sessions with tobacco-dependent patients recorded between March and July 2020. Of those seeking treatment, 40% are considered heavy smokers, smoking more than 30 cigarettes a day.

Smoking is a significant public health issue in Qatar, not only for tobacco users, but also for nonsmokers exposed to second-hand smoke. Regular exposure to tobacco use, whether first hand or second hand, is directly associated with the development of ill health including cancer, heart disease, stroke and respiratory issues.

The Smoking Cessation Clinic at Hamad General Hospital was established in 1999 as an integral part of the national healthcare system, before moving to Hamad Bin Khalifa Medical City as the Tobacco Control Center. The clinic helps smokers to quit with a combined programme including pharmacotherapy with advice and behavioural support. Services are free and available to all.

According to Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), the percentage of smokers in Qatar is estimated to be around 37% of the population aged 15 and above, with studies showing that more young people are taking up the habit. The Ministry of Public Health estimates that 31.9% of men in Qatar smoke, 1.2% of women, and worryingly, 15.7% of children aged 13 to 15.

Advice for stopping smoking 3 Commit 100% to quitting, otherwise you may not succeed. 3 If you find going 'cold turkey' difficult, think about short and long term solutions. 3 Dispose of tobacco items to avoid temptation. 3 Try to avoid negative thoughts – you can do it! 3 Write a list of reasons why you want to quit smoking – for yourself, your family, your wallet... 3 Ask for support from those around you, as well as HMC and PHCC. 3 Exercise regularly, drink more water and eat healthily. Get quality sleep and reduce stress.​ 3 Reward yourself for each day, week and month that you have quit. 352

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The Tobacco Control Center celebrated its third anniversary of being a WHO Collaborating Centre this year and is the first such facility in Qatar and the region. WHO Collaborating Centres carry out activities in support of the WHO's mandated international health agenda and includes research institutes and parts of universities and academies. HMC has recently opened a new Smoking Cessation Clinic at Al Wakra Hospital, the first outside of Doha. Further clinics are planned at other HMC hospitals. Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, staff have continued to offer support and treatment services over the telephone, including providing patients with treatment, medication and psychological support. While social distancing precautions remain in place, HMC will continue to offer telephone-based services, following its mission to provide health and medical advice to the public regarding the dangers of tobacco use, including secondhand smoke, as well as behavioural support and counselling for those wishing to stop smoking. Meanwhile, the Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) has also recorded an increased number of patients quitting smoking.

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Smoking Cessation Clinics are available at several health centres, with the first clinic opening in 2011 at Gharrafat Al Rayyan, and provide similar support and treatment for those wanting to stop smoking as the Tobacco Control Center at HMC. Services are available to patients of all nationalities and offered by trained physicians and nurses who provide a tailored approach to behavioural change, including counselling and prescribing medications. Who can utilise the smoking cessation services All centres receive both men and women; up to 5% of people trying to stop are women. Most people seeking support and treatment at the clinics are between the ages of 25 and 40, however the clinics have patients of all ages. Anyone wishing to use the available services can call direct for an appointment or can be referred from any HMC doctor or government health centre. Patients receive one-on-one counselling alongside appropriate nicotine replacement or pharmaceutical support. They will undergo a full assessment, which will include their medical history and related evaluations such as lung function tests. Clinicians will talk to patients about suitable treatment options and effective solutions to quit smoking. These can include nicotine replacement therapies (such as gum or patches), and medications such as varenicline and bupropion. A number of innovative methods are now available. Laser treatment, a complementary alternative medicine, stimulates specific points in the body such as the ears and hands, releasing endorphins and helping the smoker reduce the crave to smoke. The spirometer helps in understanding the age of the lung as well as its capacity, allowing patients to

know the condition of their lungs and take adequate measures to stop smoking. The centres also educate the public about the risks of smoking. Many of the community outreach programmes target young people as statistics show that over 10% of smokers in Qatar are under 20. Young people also use chewing tobacco and midwakh/dokha, a tobacco product mixed with aromatic leaf and bark herbs, as these can be cheaper than cigarettes. However, they are also more dangerous, as a higher dose of nicotine is ingested.

Campaigns and public awareness Law No 10 of 2016 on the control of tobacco and its derivatives determines the usage and control of tobacco in Qatar, with articles covering possession, packaging, sales, and the violations and penalties for infringement of the law. Tobacco control is part of the Ministry of Public Health's Qatar National Health Strategy 2018– 2022. Goals include: Establishing a system for monitoring tobacco consumption; implementing the tobacco law in line with the policies and decisions of the WHO Convention on Tobacco Control; establishing quality services to stop smoking, and providing suitable methods for treating nicotine addiction with support through primary healthcare services; and establishing a practical and comprehensive tax model on tobacco products, including customs duties and taxes on tobacco production and sale. According to Sheikh Mohammed Al Thani, Director of Public Health, 'Smoking is a significant public health concern in Qatar, therefore it is vital that we increase our efforts to combat tobacco use. The National Health Strategy 2018–2022 sets a target of reducing the prevalence of smoking, and achieving this includes enforcement of our law on tobacco control; which is not only designed to reduce tobacco consumption in Qatar but also to protect non-smokers – such as children – who are exposed to harmful secondhand smoke.' m Smoking Cessation Clinics are available at these health centres – to book an appointment call HMC Nesma'ak Customer Service 16060 or PHCC's Hayyak 107 • Abu Bakr Al Siddiq • Al Daayen • Al Shamal • Al Wajba • Al Wakra • Gharrafat Al Rayyan • Leabaib • Mesaimeer • Muaither • Qatar University • Rawdat Al Khail • Al Wakra Hospital Tobacco Control Center: Building 311 in Hamad Bin Khalifa Medical City 4025 4981/5080 0959 Tobacco law violations: Report to the Tobacco Inspection Team 5030 2001 ©

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Regional Banks Ahlibank

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Commercial Bank of Qatar

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Doha Bank

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Qatar Development Bank

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Qatar National Bank

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Arab Bank Qatar

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Bank Saderat Iran

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Mashreq Bank

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Islamic Banks Dukhan Bank*

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*Previously Barwa Bank; merged with International Bank of Qatar in April 2019

Currency and Exchange Alfardan Exchange 4453 7777 alfardanexchange.com.qa Al Jazeera Exchange 4436 3822 aljazeeraexchangeqatar.com Al Mana Exchange 4442 4226 almanaexchange.com Al Sadd Exchange 4432 3334 Al Amir Street Arabian Exchange 4443 8300 arabianex.com Gulf Exchange 4438 3222 gulfexchange.com.qa/en Travelex Qatar 4443 4252 travelex.qa Unimoni Exchange 4436 5252 unimoni.com/qat Western Union Send money online and via the app, or find a branch at westernunion.com/qa/en

The Banking Network There are over 250 bank branches and 850 ATMs across the country, with most in Doha but also further afield. They are located in nearly all of the malls, hotels, souqs and petrol stations. Visitors can usually access funds in their home accounts by using their ATM cards here, and some allow the withdrawal of USD and Euro – check with the relevant bank(s) for commission or exchange rate fees. Major credit cards are widely accepted. Exchange houses provide remittance services and foreign exchange and are licensed by Qatar Central Bank. There are no exchange control regulations, but movement of money in and out of local accounts is monitored. Account holders may need to provide a declaration of origin for large cash deposits. The GCCNET system, established by the GCC countries, acts as a single ATM network linking all the GCC point of sale switches – in Qatar this is NAPS (National ATM & POS Switch). Opening hours: Generally Sunday – Thursday 7:30 am – 1 pm, however many banks have extended branch operations. Check the respective bank's website for up to date timings and locations of branches and ATMs. All day/extended hours: Ahlibank, City Center-Doha: Saturday – Thursday 10 am – 3 pm, Friday 4 pm – 10 pm CBQ, mall branches: Saturday – Thursday 9 am – 2:30 pm/3:30 pm – 9 pm, Friday 3:30 pm – 9 pm Qatar Islamic Bank, Medina Centrale, The Pearl‑Qatar: Sunday – Thursday 11 am – 6 pm Friday: Al Khalij Commercial Bank (al khaliji), City Center-Doha: 4 pm – 9 pm QNB, City Center-Doha, Lagoona Mall and Medina Centrale, The Pearl-Qatar: 3:30 pm – 9 pm Saturday: HSBC, City Center-Doha: 8:30 am – noon QNB, City Center-Doha and Lagoona Mall: 9 am – 2:30 pm/3:30 pm – 9 pm

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marhaba.qa Currency The unit of currency is the Qatari Riyal (QAR), divided into 100 Dirhams (Dh), issued by Qatar Central Bank (QCB). It is pegged to the US dollar at a fixed exchange rate of USD1 = QAR3.64. Notes in circulation are QAR1, QAR5, QAR10, QAR50, QAR100 and QAR500; coins are Dh5, Dh10, Dh25 and Dh50. Banknotes incorporate security threads, as well as special features for recognition by the blind and visually impaired.

The Banking Sector Overseen by Qatar Central Bank (QCB), the sector comprises a number of regional, foreign and Islamic banks. State-owned Qatar Development Bank provides financing to small and medium enterprises, while QInvest focuses on investment banking, asset management and investing its own capital. Barwa Bank and International Bank of Qatar (IBQ) signed a final agreement in August 2018 to merge the two banks, the first in Qatar's banking history, to create a Sharia-compliant financial institution with more than USD22 bn in assets. The legal merger was completed in April 2019, trading as Barwa Bank, and with IBQ products converted to Sharia-compliant equivalents. Barwa changed its name to Dukhan Bank in October 2020. June 2020 saw negotiations open for another potential merger between Masraf Al Rayan and Al Khalij Commercial Bank (al khaliji). Masraf Al Rayan is Qatar's fourth largest bank and was previously involved as a third bank in the merger between Barwa Bank and IBQ. This new merged entity would operate as an Islamic bank with assets making it the third largest in Qatar after Qatar National Bank and Qatar Islamic Bank. A new loan-to-deposit requirement of 100% came into effect in 2018. The adoption of International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS) 9 by QCB has strengthened the provision coverage at Qatar’s commercial banks – under the IFRS standard, banks and financial entities have to set aside a certain proportion of profit against losses for unseen reasons. QCB capital adequacy data shows the non-performing loans ratio was 2.2% in 2019. QCB set up the Supreme Emergency Committee in 2018 to monitor the day-to-day activities of

financial institutions in the country, addressing emergency matters and easing the flow of work. The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) stated in October 2020 that 'in the short term, policy will continue to focus on addressing the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic and weak international oil prices. Qatar's large stock of public debt weighs on the outlook, but a sound financial system is supportive.' The EUI added that the banking sector has a 'robust' regulatory framework and 'solid' capital and liquidity indicators, supported by foreign reserves and Qatar Investment Authority's assets, the country's sovereign wealth fund.

Qatar Central Bank Under Law No 13 of 2012 Qatar Central Bank and the Regulation of Financial Services, QCB is deemed an autonomous corporate body, with a capital of QAR50 bn (USD14.28 bn) and under the direct control of The Amir. It is headed by a governor appointed by The Amir, and primary goals include financial stability, supporting developmental activities and strengthening the national economy. The law is not just for banks, but includes insurance companies, exchange houses, Qatar Exchange and QFC‑registered entities. Decree No 27 of 2018 renewed the term of the Governor of QCB, HE Sheikh Abdulla bin Saoud Al Thani, for five years from June 2018. Under Law No 13 of 2012, the Financial Stability and Risk Monitoring Committee shall study existing and future risks related to all banking, financial, insurance and stock market activities. The panel works closely with the Ministry of Finance to frame general policies. The law provides strict penalties for anyone accepting deposits from the public without a valid ©

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Four GCC countries support the creation of a Gulf Monetary Union (GMU) – Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain; the UAE and Oman have withdrawn entry. The GCC Supreme Council in 2008 approved the Monetary Union Agreement and the Statute of the Monetary Council. The headquarters of the Gulf Monetary Council opened in Riyadh in October 2013. Monetary union between the GCC countries was proposed in December 2013; subsequently Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia agreed to establish a unified central bank with a currency pegged to the US dollar. However, there has been no further action since 2013, and this looks unlikely given the blockade which started in June 2017.

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marhaba.qa licence from the banking regulator – violators can face a jail term of up to five years and/or a fine of up to QAR5 mn. For those refusing to accept the legal tender of Qatar, there is a jail term of three years and/or a fine of up to QAR5 mn. Issuing forged currency means 10 years in jail and/or a fine of QAR10 mn. Manipulating accounts incurs a prison term of up to three years and/or a fine of up to QAR200,000.

Strategic Plan 2017–2022 for the future of financial sector regulation in Qatar, an extension of the First Strategic Plan 2013–2016. The new plan comprises five main goals:

Regulations in 2013 curbed local banks’ investment options. Equities and bonds can account for up to 25% of a bank’s capital and reserves (previously 30%); debt issued by the government and national banks are exempt. The regulations also limit the amount banks can place with individual companies and unlisted securities: a maximum of 5% of capital and reserves for foreign investments and 10% domestically. The cap for total foreign equities is set at 15%.

• Maintaining integrity of and confidence in the financial system.

The Qatar Renminbi Centre (QRC), which opened in 2015, is the first clearing centre in the region to offer Renminbi (RMB) clearing and settlement, increasing financial connectivity between China, Southwest Asia and the MENA region. The centre provides access to China’s onshore RMB and foreign exchange markets to local financial institutions – Chinese companies have become active partners in the Qatar market, and the RMB centre will facilitate trade via their agreement with QCB. qatarrmbcentre.com Law No 20 of 2019 on combating money laundering and terrorism financing was issued in September 2019, replacing Law No 4 of 2010, with implementing regulations following in December. The new law is in accordance with the latest international standards adopted by major international organisations including Financial Action Task Force, and highlights Qatar's regional role in setting standards in its legal and regulatory framework for combating money laundering and terrorism financing. Fintech regulations Noting the increasing growth and popularity of fintech, QCB established the Fintech Regulatory Sandbox and launched Qatar FinTech Hub (QFTH) as a means of boosting financial innovation, one of the objectives of its strategic plan (see below). The regulatory sandbox, co-founded by Qatar Development Bank, invites entities to safely livetrial their services in the digital payment services space. fintech.qa The Second Strategic Plan for Financial Sector Regulation 2017–2022 QCB, the QFC Regulatory Authority (QFCRA) and the Qatar Financial Markets Authority (QFMA) jointly launched in December 2017 the Second

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• Enhancing financial sector regulation and promoting regulatory cooperation. • Developing financial markets and fostering financial innovation.

• Promoting financial inclusion and financial literacy. • Developing human capital.

The plan aims to create a regulatory framework allowing growth, is 'inclusive and sustainable', promotes innovation and financial technology (fintech), and successfully tackles cyber-security threats. qcb.gov.qa

Qatar Credit Bureau Bad loans have been reduced since the Bureau started operations in 2011. The centre is not involved in the granting of credit facilities to individuals nor imposing any restrictions on banks. Access to customers' creditworthiness is available only to institutions operating under QCB. Qatar Credit Bureau provides analytical data and supports banks’ use of advanced techniques in risk management, as well as support sustainable growth of credit in Qatar. It provides banks with information on customers' total exposure in the market and the loans they hold, enabling banks to choose prospective customers. cb.gov.qa

Loans, Bank Charges and Interest Rates Loans: Under QCB rules, a doubtful loan is one in which no monthly instalments have been paid for 180 days; a bad loan is one that has not been serviced for a year. Banks in Qatar have to closely monitor loan disbursement and forward reports on customer creditworthiness to QCB. There is also a duty to track and follow defaulting customers and seek resolution – if this fails, they will take legal action. Non‑payment of loans could lead to a travel ban for Qatar and possibly the GCC. QCB has imposed ceilings on the amounts a bank can lend as a personal loan both to citizens and expatriates. Banks cannot lend more than QAR400,000 as a personal loan to an expatriate, with a maximum repayment period of 48 months, against a maximum 50% of total monthly salary, and at a maximum 6.5% interest rate. Qatari citizens can have a maximum loan of QAR2 mn over a maximum 72 months. Banks cannot use post‑dated cheques for the loan value.

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marhaba.qa Mortgages: Generally available – check with each bank for their individual requirements. Documents usually required: Valuation Report from an approved real estate agent; salary assignment letter if the home loan is the first facility with the bank; ID for Qataris or passport and valid residence card for expatriates; copy of the Title Deed and map; and building insurance cover. Discuss provision for life assurance against any loan amount taken and consider updating your will.

Credit cards: A maximum 12% annual interest rate can be charged. Cards can usually only be issued when customers transfer their salary or have an adequate deposit at the bank. Interest rates: Announced by QCB on overnight deposit and loan transactions between QCB and local banks through the Qatar Money Market Rate Standing Facility (QMR), a monetary instrument through which local banks can request access to loan and deposit facilities with QCB at daily interest rates. As there is fixed parity between the Qatari riyal and the US dollar, QCB short term interest rates policies are subordinated to the fixed exchange rate policy, making QCB overnight interest rates closely related to its USD counterpart, the Fed Funds Rate. In March 2020 QCB decreased the overnight lending rate from 3.5% to 2.5%, and the deposit rate and the repo rate to 1%. QCB and Bloomberg jointly launched the first Qatar interbank offer rate (QIBOR) fixing in 2012. This is the interest rate charged by banks in Qatar for interbank transactions.

Accounts Standard bank facilities: Debit/credit cards, standing orders, money transfers, personal loans, vehicle loans, and mortgages on current and savings accounts (including joint accounts). Some accounts offer longer terms, higher interest and the option to save in USD, GBP and Euros. 24/7 telephone and Internet banking services offer additional options. Most banks have an app, allowing for bill payments and account enquiries, while some services such as ordering a cheque book can be accessed via the bank's ATM network. With mobile banking services a customer relations officer can visit you at home or work to assist with banking requirements. Most banks also offer premium banking services. International bank account number (IBAN): Adopted in January 2014 as a standard for

The system applies to all accounts in banks operating in the country, found on bank statements or online in account details. The existing account number is not replaced; additional characters appear in front of the account number to form a 29‑character IBAN. All incoming and outgoing transfers to and from banks and financial institutions must use IBAN. Opening an Account: Documents usually required: • A valid residence card or work visa. A worker’s dependants (eg spouse and family) can open an account but may require his permission as he is their sponsor (check with the individual bank). • Valid passport. • For current accounts, a letter from the employer/ sponsor confirming the monthly salary in Qatari Riyals, with the company’s official stamp. You may have to transfer your salary to the new account but check with the individual bank. • Some banks may ask to see your tenancy agreement to establish your residential address. • Take copies of these documents, along with identity photographs. Ask for photocopies of any documents signed. The Wage Protection Scheme (WPS) is an electronic salary transfer system that ensures workers are paid as per their employment agreement, initiated by the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs and QCB. Employees therefore need a local bank account in order to receive their wages from the employer.

Cheques: A chequebook can be issued with a current account. They are not widely accepted for instant payment – these are made with cash or cards. Post‑dated cheques are commonly used for house rental payments. The onus of responsibility is on the banks not to encash cheques before the designated date. Issuing a cheque without the necessary funds in your account is a serious criminal offence and the bank or creditor may notify the police, leading to possible prosecution. Punishment for causing a cheque to bounce due to insufficient funds can be severe: jail terms of between three months and three years, and/ or fines of between QAR3,000 and QAR10,000. Cases being filed are on the rise in the country, mostly for cheques for large amounts, and the Capital Security Department is now recording all cases electronically to speed up the process. Credit cards: Widely available with all the usual associated privileges, with the credit limit determined by the cardholder's salary or savings balance. Family members may also be eligible for ©

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Bank charges: Banks must prominently display all interest rates on personal loans and credit cards, as well as publish them in local newspapers.

identifying and numbering all bank accounts in Qatar, and effective from May 2014.

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Customers should contact their bank when travelling overseas and wishing to use their credit or debit cards. Since May 2014 all banks’ credit and debit card transactions made using the magnetic stripe inside and outside of Qatar will be declined. However, as certain countries (eg the US, India and the Philippines) still use the magstripe for transactions, customers should activate their card before travelling. Complaints: Unresolved consumer complaints can be made online to QCB's Consumer Protection Department. qcb.gov.qa

Offshore Banking Offshore banking can be a secure anchor for an expat's finances while out of their home country. Offshore banking is in a jurisdiction other than the one in which you live as a way to enjoy tax breaks and invest in foreign currencies. Check with local banks for availability of international bank accounts in US dollars, pounds sterling, or Euros

insurance market as per international standards, in line with the Second Strategic Plan for Financial Sector Regulation 2017–2022. Decision No 7 of 2019 sets out further instructions for licensing, organising and supervising the services of supporting insurance providers. It sets out the competencies and expertise for each supporting insurance provider, the nature of the work, areas of responsibility and functions, and the establishment of professional and ethical codes of conduct.

Islamic Finance There are now six Islamic institutions: Barwa Bank and International Bank of Qatar (trading as Barwa Bank), International Islamic, Masraf Al Rayan and Qatar Islamic Bank. Qatar First Bank – regulated by the QFC Regulatory Authority – is the first independent, Sharia compliant investment bank.

Financial services are provided by entities registered with the Qatar Financial Centre (QFC). Insurance products are widely available from local and international companies (see Living in Qatar in the Discovering Qatar section).

Law No 13 of 2012 requires that Islamic banks must have a Sharia board with at least three qualified members approved by the shareholders. Neither they nor members of their family may be employed or hold shares in the entity.

Under Law No 13 of 2012 QCB and the Regulation of Financial Services, only local insurance providers are permitted to underwrite any kind of risk against properties in Qatar. Decision No 1 of 2016 issued by the Governor of QCB provides instructions related to licencing, regulation and controls, risk management, accounting, and other requirements. Listed companies must have capital in excess of QAR100 mn or a risk-based capital, while unlisted companies must have capital higher than that set by QCB or their risk-based capital.

Institutions and services must abide by regulations set out in the Holy Quran and Sharia (Islamic Law). Charging riba (interest) is haram (forbidden). Islamic banks charge fees for services and engage in profit sharing, enabling them to offer comparable facilities to those of conventional banks. Under a mudharabah (profit sharing) contract, the rabbul maal (owner of the money) authorises the bank to invest funds as per Sharia to make justifiable returns. Other concepts of Islamic banking include wadiah (safekeeping), musharakah (joint venture), and ijarah (leasing). Bai (saving) is halal (allowed). m

QCB continues to regulate and develop the

The Governer of Qatar Central Bank, HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Saoud Al Thani, stated in September that 'digitalisation, financial innovation and their rapid developments that we are witnessing nowadays may reshape the banking scene in the world and this requires keeping pace with these developments with more regulatory frameworks and continuous development of legislation, which is what Qatar Central Bank is keen on as part of its strategic plan.' He added that preparations are underway to launch the Financial Technology Strategy, and closer coordination is required between institutions in the sector to support research and expand knowledge.

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In February 2011, QCB asked banks to separate their Islamic and conventional lending operations by 31 December 2011. Islamic banking by other conventional banks are now barred from Qatar's market. QCB took this action due to certain supervisory and monetary issues, namely that holding both Islamic and non‑Islamic deposits incurs different risks and reporting methods.

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Economy Economic growth and gross domestic product (GDP) One of the main aims of Qatar National Vision 2030 is to diversify the economy and reduce dependence on the hydrocarbon industries.

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The economy has weathered the impact of the blockade imposed 5 June 2017. Hydrocarbon exports have not been affected. According to Moody's, 'Qatar's exceptionally high per-capita income and proved hydrocarbon reserves' are credit strengths that underpin resilience to large economic and fiscal shocks. In the Planning and Statistics Authority's Qatar Economic Outlook for 2020–2022, real GDP grew by 1.5% in 2018, and was –0.2% in 2019. The impact of the pandemic in the first half of 2020 'has been more severe on the oil and gas exporting countries as it coincides with the drop in global oil prices', however this may diminish in the second half of 2020. The PSA expects growth to decline by 2.6%, with the worst case scenario being the IMF's projection of –4.3%. However, 'Qatar has issued a package of economic measures and policies to contain the virus and its negative repercussions on public health and the economy'.

Export, Import and Trade surplus In August 2020, the total exports of goods was QAR14 bn, a decrease of 33.8% y-o-y, and an increase of 3.3% month on month (m-o-m). Imports amounted to QAR7.1 bn, a decrease of 21.6% y-o-y and a decrease of 3.0% m‑o‑m. Qatar's trade surplus was QAR6.9 bn, a 42.9% decrease y-o-y, and an increase of 10.7% m-o-m.

The budget The State Budget for 2020, announced in December 2019, has again been based on an oil price of USD55 a barrel, and is forecast to achieve a QAR500 mn surplus. Revenue is again estimated at QAR211 bn, and spending at QAR210.5 bn, up 1.9%. Expenditure is the highest in the past five fiscal years, as the country is committed to completing numerous development projects across multiple sectors, including those related to National Development Strategy 2018–2022. 362

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The infrastructure sector has been allocated the biggest expenditure for highway and internal roads development, expansion of the existing roads system, water and electricity networks, sewerage networks, and other public utilities. The main infrastructure projects under construction include the launch of the previously-shelved Sharq Crossing Project, linking Ras Abu Aboud and West Bay, and which is expected to be completed within four years. The allocation for the healthcare sector is QAR22.6 bn, 11% of total expenditure in 2020, for major projects to improve healthcare services including expansion of Hamad Medical Corporation facilities and the establishment of new healthcare centres. The education sector is allocated QAR22.1 bn, (10.5%), for expansion of schools and other educational facilities. The budget again provides for the five-year, QAR12.0 bn land development scheme for Qataris, to include water and electricity networks, sewerage, roads and other infrastructure. For more information about major projects, see the Infrastructure section.

Inflation and cost of living The PSA issues the monthly Consumer Price Index (CPI), used to calculate inflation rates in Qatar. The CPI in August 2020 was 96.2, an increase of 0.48% m-o-m and a decrease of 4.1% y-o-y. This reflected a reduction in demand for clothing, utilities and transport. The IMF predicts projected consumer prices to change by –1.2% in 2020.

Population and the labour force Total population in September 2020 was 2,723,624: males 1,969,032; females 754,592. In the Labour Force report for Q1 2020, the economically active increased by 2.0% to 88.4%, compared to Q4 2019, while the unemployment rate was 0.1%. m

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The y-o-y decrease in total exports was mainly due to lower exports of petroleum gases/ other gaseous hydrocarbons. China was the top destination for exports (18.2%), followed by Japan and India, while the US was the leading importer (22.5%), followed by China and India.

Major projects have been earmarked QAR90 bn (43%), the largest proportion and up 0.6% on 2019, in key sectors such as health, education and transport, and the hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup QatarTM. Projects worth QAR11.5 bn are expected to be awarded, of which QAR8.5 bn is expected to go to the Public Works Authority (Ashghal). Salaries and Wages have increased to QAR59 bn, up 3.3%, to take account of recently completed projects, such as the opening of the Doha Metro.

Sources of information: International Monetary Fund (IMF); Planning and Statistics Authority (PSA); Qatar Central Bank (QCB); Ministry of Finance

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Commerce Qatar is a member of the World Trade Organisation and its trade policies create a competitive international trading market. The government supports the growth and success of businesses in a bid to diversify the economy. Qatar is a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which also includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The blockade by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt has led to a number of restraints and made travel between these countries difficult. However, Qatar has strengthened relations with a number of other countries and increased trade routes to mitigate exports and imports.

Organisation

Telephone

Online Map

4020 6038

amchamqatar.org

C4

Communications Regulatory Authority

103/4406 9938

cra.gov.qa

C4

Department for International Trade (UK)

+44 (0)20 7215 5000

gov.uk

General Authority of Customs

4445 7457

customs.gov.qa

C4

German Business Council Qatar

4431 1152

gbcqatar.com

C4

Hukoomi (Qatar e-Government)

109/4406 9999

gov.qa

C4

Mada Assistive Technology Center

4459 4050

mada.org.qa

C4

Ministry of Commerce and Industry

16001

moci.gov.qa

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155

edu.gov.qa

C4

16020/4446 1444

mof.gov.qa

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Ministry of Education and Higher Education Ministry of Finance Ministry of Justice

137/4021 5555 moj.gov.qa

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Ministry of Municipality and Environment

184/4434 8888

mme.gov.qa

C4

4407 0000

moph.gov.qa

C3

16016/4045 1111

motc.gov.qa

C4

4495 8888

psa.gov.qa

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Ministry of Public Health Ministry of Transport and Communications Planning and Statistics Authority Public Works Authority (Ashghal) Qatar Australia & New Zealand Bus Assoc

Commerce

American Chamber of Commerce in Qatar

188/4495 1111 ashghal.gov.qa C4 officemanager@qanzba.org qanzba.org

4496 2080

Qatari Businessmen Association

4435 3120

qataribusinessmen.org C4

Qatari Business Women Association

4420 9109

See their Facebook page

Qatar Chamber

4455 9111

qatarchamber.com

D4

Qatar Development Bank

4430 0000

qdb.qa

D4

Qatar Exchange

4433 3666

qe.com.qa

C4

Qatar Financial Centre (QFC)

4496 7777

qfc.qa

C4

Qatar Intl Court & Dispute Resolution Centre

4496 8225

qicdrc.com.qa

C4

Qatar Investment Authority

4499 5919

qia.qa

A4

Qatar National Tourism Council

4406 9921

visitqatar.qa

A4

qbbf.com

Qatar Professional Women's Network

C4

qpwn.org

Qatar Science & Technology Park

4454 7070

qstp.org.qa

C2

QFC Regulatory Authority

4495 6888

qfcra.com

C4

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Qatar British Business Forum

Embassies can provide valuable information on commercial activities and can connect you with their business council/chamber of commerce – see the Discovering Qatar section for contact details. Translation services can be found in Living in Qatar, also in Discovering Qatar. Š

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Investment and Trade Qatar has one of the fastest growing global economies thanks to the third largest concentration of natural gas reserves in the world. This along with recent legal liberalisation, economic diversification and an expanding economy provides many investment opportunities for non‑Qataris. Profits can be repatriated as can proceeds of sale and capital on liquidation. Major investment sectors are construction, oil and gas, education, and financial and legal services, with opportunities in ICT, sport, leisure and healthcare.

Incentives The government welcomes foreign participation in joint ventures, with incentives for investment:

Investment and Trade

• A developed infrastructure and ICT network. • Easy access to world markets with good sea and air connections, continuously being upgraded. • Natural gas, electricity, water and petroleum at subsidised rates. • Land for industrial development in the Industrial Area near Doha for a nominal rent of QAR1 per square metre per year. • Loans available from Qatar Development Bank. • Fixed parity between the Qatari riyal and US dollar (USD1 = QAR3.64). • No customs duty on the import of plant machinery; exemption from export duty. • Five-year renewable tax holidays (based on government approval). • No income tax on the salaries of expatriates. • Tax on the profits of foreign-owned stakes in Qatari companies is applied at a flat rate of 10%. • Employment and immigration rules enable the import of skilled and unskilled labour.

Investment Regulations There are primarily two regulatory jurisdictions for foreign investors seeking to conduct commercial business in Qatar: the regulations of the State of Qatar, and the rules and regulations of the Qatar Financial Centre (discussed in more detail below). Qatar also recently introduced new free zones designed to encourage certain bespoke investment vehicles to bring their businesses to the region. Non-Qatari investors may only invest in Qatar in accordance with Foreign Investment Law No 1 of 2019: • In January 2019 the Amir promulgated the new foreign investment law of 2019. According to the new law, foreign investors are permitted to hold more than 49% in commercial companies with special permission from the Minister of Commerce and Industry (MOCI) (subject to some prohibitions set out below). Under the former law such increased ownership was limited to those businesses operating in a specific set of sectors.

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• Non-Qatari investors are prohibited from being appointed as commercial agents under Commercial Agencies Law No 8 of 2002, but the former prohibition preventing foreigners from investing in real estate businesses has been removed under the new Foreign Investment Law. Approval from the Council of Ministers is required for foreign investment in banking and insurance. • Foreign capital is protected against expropriation (although the State may acquire assets for public benefit on a non-discriminatory basis, provided the full economic value is paid for the asset). • Subject to Ministerial approval, a foreign company performing a specific contract in Qatar may set up a branch office if the project facilitates the performance of a public service or utility. • A non-Qatari company operating in Qatar under a Qatari government concession to extract, exploit or manage the State's national resources is exempt from the Foreign Investment Law. In practice this covers all large oil and gas companies. • A company formed by a non-Qatari entity with the government or a government entity ('Article 207 Company') may be subject to special rules and exemptions from the Commercial Companies Law No 11 of 2015. • All international companies securing mega infrastructure development work must share at least 30% of the contract with local entities. • Law No 7 of 1987 governs the practice of commercial activity by GCC citizens in Qatar, and was amended in April 2017 under Law No 6 of 2017. GCC citizens as individuals or legal personalities can practice retail and wholesale trade in Qatar. However, the GCC citizen engaging in the activity must be directly responsible for it. Those undertaking retail business must do so via direct sale to customers in a shop, and those in wholesale trading are required to import and export the goods. NB: the blockade against Qatar means that some aspects of this commercial activity is subject to change, and legal advice is recommended. • Law No 12 of 2020 regulating the partnership between the public and the private sector became law in July 2020, as per one of the following regulations: Allocation of land through a rental or usage licence, for development by the private sector; build-operate-transfer (BOT); build-transfer-

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marhaba.qa operate (BTO); build-own-operate-transfer (BOOT); operations and maintenance (OM); or any other form adopted by the Prime Minister, upon the proposal of the relevant minister. The Government or other administration may, on its own initiative or at the suggestion of the private sector, identify a project for its implementation through partnership.

Choosing A Business Structure

• Incorporating as a company under the Commercial Companies Law which allows full access to Qatar's market and to work on an unlimited number of projects. A Qatari partner is required to own 51% of the capital of the company, except in the circumstances mentioned above. Various exemptions are available to attract foreign capital. • Obtaining a licence for a branch office or trade