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The summer season is about to end and weather forecasts next week will be rainy with low temperatures. A report from a local weather-forecaster said that the rainy season will start soon. The Qatar Meteorology Department (MET) announced a little downpour in Qatar and will be raining for 52 days. This rain is expected to start on [...]

We cannot deny that there are now many expatriates that are now residing in Qatar due to its innovations and growth. As part of its plan to attract more people to visit the country, a Visa on Arrival system has been on the works. The Qatar Tourism Authority's senior told Gulf Times that they are [...]


Passengers who are are arriving in Qatar for a minimum of five hours can avail of a transit visa for up to four days. In line with the celebration of World Tourism Day last September 27, The Ministry of Interior, Qatar Airways and Qatar Tourism Authority declared this plan to encourage more travellers to come to [...]

The Ministry of Interior announces an amnesty program for illegal residents in Qatar which is valid from 1st September 2016 to 2nd December 2016. This gives pardon to those who don't have valid residence visas in the country and will bear no legal consequence if you file for it. Many expatriates visit Qatar for a [...]


Selected OFWs who are going back to the Philippines for vacation may be exempted from getting an OEC if they have registered at the BM (Balik Manggagawa) online website. This takes effect starting September 15, 2016. This is good news for plenty of Pinoys especially when OEC has always been a requirement whenever we go back [...]

eid al adha qatar

The annual pilgrimage known as Arafat Day will fall on September 11 which is on a Sunday, this is according to reports from Saudi media. They have also declared that  Eid Al Adha's first day would be on September 12. The dates of these official holidays are yet to be set by our government in [...]

alcohol ban eid al adha

Eid al-Adha 2016 is expected to begin on Sunday, September 11. In relation to this holy celebration, Qatar is imposing a 10-day alcohol ban. This means alcohol will not be served for a period of 10 days by Qatar’s hotels as well as the only off-license shop. The QTA (Qatar Tourism Authority) has sent a statement to various hotels warning [...]

Mall of Qatar is getting more inviting each day and the plaza is in business with the Landmark Group after signing an agreement making the country a premier destination for shopping. The Peninsula reported that Landmark Group are preparing for the soft launch on Oct 29, 2016 with their brand store fit-out processes. Landmark Group [...]

moi qatar residence card

The Ministry of Interior-Qatar posted on their official Facebook page a sample of the residence card, and advises residences to always carry it at all time. The residence permit should be carried when entering or exiting the country as this is the sole proof that validates your residency in Qatar. This is also used for identification [...]

filipino hospital in qatar

Qatar will have its first Filipino hospital soon, Philippine Business Council-Qatar or PBC-Q's official said that they are preparing a Filipino hospital basing from a new design. There was a series of conventions held with investors in Qatar last October 2015, the executives of Medical Mission Group & Health Services Co-operative Philippines or MMGHHSCP were [...]

hamad international airport doha

Hamad International Airport has declared the transformation of its programme into a smart airport by incorporating the best technologies that gives passengers more control and independence over their journey. The Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, as well as the Minister of Transport and Communications were present at the HIA for the trial session. Engr. [...]

gulf countries OFW deportees

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said that foreigners as well as Filipinos who were deported by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to work are not given permission to enter another GCC country. These are based on workers who have run away from their sponsors/employers or those workers that have a court ruling due to a violation [...]