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Most Qatar hotels postpone Christmas activities until after National Day

Many Christmas tree lighting ceremonies and festive family events at hotels across Doha have been pushed back until after Qatar National Day this year.

The move comes on the heels of a memo from the Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA), reminding hotels that they must “focus” on celebrations for National Day on Dec. 18.

This is not a new requirement. But in past years, many hotels marked both QND and Christmas. And popular tree lighting ceremonies usually kicked off the festive season in early December.

Qatar’s Al Khor World Cup stadium starts to rise from the ground

Two huge arches that will serve as the gateway to Doha’s West Bay business district have become the talk of the town as their structure starts to take shape.

The Al Wahda Arches are located at the southern end of the under-construction Lusail Expressway, on the site of the old Rainbow (Arch) roundabout.

They’re being built for Ashghal by Eversendai Qatar as an “artscape” project on the multi-billion riyal highway.

Qatar’s Al Khor World Cup stadium starts to rise from the ground

A year after construction first began on the Al Bayt Al Khor stadium, the structure is now taking shape.

The venue will host matches up to the semifinals of the 2022 World Cup, and is being designed to resemble an Arabian tent.

The foundation of the stadium in northern Qatar is now 95 percent complete, and support columns are being put into place.

Two mobile fuel stations to open in Doha this week

Amid a shortage of petrol stations, Qatar Fuel (Woqod) has installed two new cash-only mobile fueling stations in central Doha this week, Qatar Tribune reports.

They are near the Jaidah Flyover in Rawdat Al Khail and in the Al Saad area. Both are expected to be operational by the end of the week, officials said. They will provide super and premium petrol, but no diesel fuel.

New HR law boosts pay for Qataris in public sector jobs

Updated with more on the new law’s leave benefits

Qatar’s Emir has approved new legislation that codifies salary increases for nationals working in government jobs.

Law No. 14 of 2016 on Human Resources Management, which was published in full by Al Sharq yesterday, outlines policies on the hiring, firing, annual leave, benefits and retirement of those in government jobs.

The legislation reiterates the state’s preferential hiring system, as outlined in the previous HR Law No. 8 of 2009. It puts Qatari citizens first, followed by these categories, in order of priority:

Children of Qatari women married to non-Qataris;
Non-Qatari spouses of Qatari citizens;
Nationals of other GCC countries;
Arab expats; and
Other nationalities.
Once again, several public-sector jobs are exempt from the HR law, including judges, assistant judges, prosecutors, assistant prosecutors; Emiri Diwan employees and those in the diplomatic and consular sectors.

Teaching university faculty and employees working for Qatar Petroleum, the Qatar Investment Authority and the State Audit Bureau are also exempt.

FIFA to announce Qatar World Cup venues decision next year

With reporting from Riham Sheble

Whether Qatar will stick to the eight stadiums it has already planned for the 2022 World Cup or add one more will be determined by the middle of next year.

During a visit to Qatar yesterday, FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura said:

“Discussions are ongoing about the number of stadiums and training sites. We will be able to come up with a common agreement by the end of Q2 2017.”

Qatar construction witnessed fastest expansion in October

Qatar witnessed 63% increase month-on-month in building permits issued by various municipalities in October; with Al Da’ayen, Umm Slal, Wakrah and Doha recording the fastest expansion, according to official figures.

The Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics (MDPS) data suggest that villa construction has seen increased interests, against apartments, in the capital city and other municipalities.

A total of 589 new building permits were issued in October compared to 361 in September. This increase has been rather due to return of normalcy as the previous month witnessed Eid Al Adha holidays break, lasting for ten days when all building permits services rendered by official agencies came to a halt, MDPS said, releasing the report.

The new building permits (residential and non-residential) constitute 62% (363 permits) of the total building permits issued in the country in October 2016, while the additions constituted 36% (210 permits) and fencing permits 3% (16 permits).

The monthly data comes under the joint co-operation between the MDPS and the Ministry of Municipality and Environment to make use of the existing electronic link between the two ministries.

Al Da’ayen witnessed the maximum monthly expansion of 155%, followed by Umm Slal (100%), Wakrah (78%), Doha (72%), Al Khor (58%), Al Shamal (22%) and Rayyan (14%).

Qatar World Cup worker who died last month was struck by a truck

The first person to die while working onsite one of Qatar’s under-construction World Cup stadiums was a 29-year-old Nepali man named Anil Kumar Pasman, the main contractor on the project has confirmed.

Pasman died after being struck by a water tanker on the building site on Oct. 22, according to statements issued last night by Qatar’s tournament organizers and the joint venture responsible for building Al Wakrah stadium.

The JV comprises MIDMAC Construction Company, PORR Qatar and Six Construct Qatar. It said in a statement that Pasman was mistakenly struck by a heavy goods vehicle.

Cabinet approves draft law banning shared taxi rides in Qatar

Qatar’s Cabinet has signed off on new draft legislation that prohibits taxi drivers from charging passengers more than the amount reflected on their meters.

The law also bans taxis from picking up a new customer if they already have a passenger, even if their destinations are similar.

According to QNA, the legislation will only apply to those who work for state-owned transport company Mowasalat.

New sign-making factory to come up in Qatar’s Industrial Area

A new factory that creates road traffic signs will be coming up in the Industrial Area soon.

Speaking at the Made in Qatar Expo in Riyadh this week, the Elan Group announced its plans to commission the complex by early next year.

The factory will be a joint venture between Qatar-based media group and VIS Mobility, an Italian company that specializes in road and rail sign manufacturing.

In a statement, Ibrahim Al-Malki, COO of Enterprise for the Elan Group, said: