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State of Qatar Ratings Affirmed At 'AA-/A-1+'; Outlook Negative

Ratings: Foreign and Local Currency: AA-/Negative/A-1+ For further details see ratings list. Overview We expect the ongoing boycott of Qatar's economy will lead • to slower economic growth and hamper fiscal and external performance as outflows of external financing are offset by drawing upon government assets. The Qatari authorities are utilizing the country's large fiscal assets to limit the impact. We are affirming our 'AA-/A-1+' ratings on Qatar and removing them from CreditWatch with negative implications. The negative outlook reflects our view of the potential consequences of the boycott on Qatar's economic, fiscal, and external metrics, especially if the boycott is tightened or prolonged. Rating Action On Aug. 25, 2017, S&P Global Ratings affirmed its 'AA-/A-1+' long- ......read more

Announcement from Ministry of Interior on Truck Timing during Ramadan

Qatar, June 6, 2017:  General Directorate of Traffic has decided to restrict the movement of trucks as per the following schedule. Trucks are not allowed during: Morning: 8 am to 9:30 am Noon: 1:30 pm to 3 pm Evening: 5:30 pm to 12 midnight General Directorate of Traffic urges truck drivers to abide by this rule for regulating traffic flow during the holy month of Ramadan, Best wishes for Ramadan Kareem.  

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Tips for a Safe Ramadan 2017 from Ministry of Interior

Our Safety in Ramadan  The Home is the most important place where the family members feel more safety and stability. But, there are several possible hazards that may lead to the occurrence of accidents for many reasons such as ignorance and not taking care of prevention and safety measures in the houses in general, and during the holy month of Ramadan in particular. We provide you some advices and guidelines on home and road safety during this month of holy Ramadan.  Traffic safety in Ramadan Don’t rush to reach the Iftar place It is preferred to start early before the Iftar time as the period before Iftar is considered as the most vulnerable time for traffic accidents during the holy month of Ramadan.  Safety of Children  Don’t let the children play in the internal roads of ......read more

Hamdan bin Mohammed Introduces Dubai Font to the World and directs Dubai Government Entities to Adopt it in their correspondence

Created in collaboration with Microsoft, the Font harmoniously and fully integrates Arabic and Latin texts Hamdan bin Mohammed: Dubai Font combines the authenticity of the past and the aspirations of the future The Dubai Font is the first Microsoft font created by a city and named after it The font can be accessed globally by more than 100 million users across the world through Microsoft Office 365 Dubai Font, designed for 23 languages, enables everyone to express and communicate Latin typeface is a bouquet of fonts which includes multiple languages   Government of Dubai Media Office – May 1, 2017:  Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has launched the Dubai Font– Microsoft’s first font to be ......read more

NU-Q Student Volunteers to Work with Refugees

Doha, Qatar – April 8, 2017 – It was a very different Spring Break for Shakeeb Asrar, who spent his holidays working with displaced refugees in Greece. For 15 days, Asrar, a senior at Northwestern University in Qatar, volunteered to work with Syrian, Afghani, Pakistani, and Iraqi refugees seeking asylum from their war-torn countries. Working with them, Asrar was immersed in a social cause he has long been passionate about.  Selected to participate in the Learners’ Voice Program, which is organized by the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), Asrar was challenged to rethink education through a series of workshops and on-the-ground activities.  As a participant, he volunteered with Khora Community Center, an NGO in Athens, where he worked as an interpreter for Pakistani refugees, translating ......read more

Muslim U.S. Scholar Focuses on Women Empowerment Under Islamic Law

Doha, Qatar – March 26, 2017:  The Westernized definition of feminism, and misconceptions that surround Muslim feminists as being in opposition to Sharia’ law, were challenged in a session at Northwestern University in Qatar. In her session, "How Not to Talk about Muslim Feminism," distinguished scholar and Islamic and U.S. constitutional law expert, Asifa Quraishi-Landes, spoke about the goal of women’s empowerment within Muslim societies. She was introduced by NU-Q Professor Zachary Wright, as well as NU-Q student, Sheikh Thani bin Hamad Al Thani who introduced her on behalf of the student body. She argued that years of Western colonization have skewed Islamic laws and societal behaviors in Muslim countries. This negatively affected the global perception of Islam, and created false divides between ......read more

US Scholar to Address Feminism Under Islamic Law

Doha, Qatar – March 19, 2017 – Distinguished scholar and Islamic and US constitutional law expert Asifa Quraishi-Landes will host a special session on women’s empowerment and rights under Sharia law, at Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q), on Wednesday, March 22.  Quraishi-Landes currently serves as assistant professor of law at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she teaches courses in Islamic law and U.S. constitutional law. Her session, "How not to talk about Muslim Feminism," is the first of a series of interdisciplinary lectures, that are part of NU-Q’s newly introduced Middle East Studies minor.  The minor at NU-Q provides students with a critical understanding of the region’s cultures, histories, societies, politics, intellectual contributions, and mediated ......read more

NAMA participates in the celebration the 2016 Qatar National Day at Darb Al Saai

Doha, Qatar – December 13, 2016:  In the context of bolstering values of loyalty, pride and patriotism and emphasizing the Center’s support of the country’s past achievements and its future aspirations, NAMA Center, a member of Qatar Foundation for Social Work, is participating at the 2016 Qatar National Day celebrations at Darb Al Saai with a number of festive events and activities that supports SMEs during their effective participation at the celebrations at Darb Al Saai. Commenting on the special occasion Ms. Mariam bint Abdullatif Al Mannai – Director of the Community Services Department, and the Director in charge of running NAMA’s affairs, said: “As we stand together to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of our beloved country, starting with the old-time glory of Sheikh Jassim ......read more

Journey to End Hunger by Fatafeat and beIN encouraging the masses to take Action against Hunger – Inspiring Campaign Continues to Exceed Expectations

Dubai, UAE, November 19, 2016:  #Against_hunger, the enduring campaign by Fatafeat and beIN, is receiving overwhelming appreciation and participation from the masses to help thousands of unprivileged people in the Arab world. The inspiring ongoing campaign #against_hunger aims to create awareness in the Arab world regarding the alarming situation of people suffering from hunger and poverty. Fatafeat and beIN donated meals among needy families in Sudan, Egypt, Lebanon and Syrian refugees and set to reach other penurious areas.  During this journey, Fatafeat had the opportunity to meet with unprivileged and poor families in Egypt and Lebanon, to share their messages and stories of grief with the world. These stories will be shared through Fatafeat platforms and will help the world connect with the deprived people in the Arab ......read more

UK Political Press Expert Discusses Communication Challenges

Doha, Qatar – November 16, 2016 – Drawing from his experience with former UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s election campaign and the recent Brexit referendum, Giles Kenningham, spoke to Northwestern University in Qatar’s (NU-Q) students, faculty, and staff in an interactive session discussing key political communications challenges and opportunities.   Kenningham’s career as a journalist started as a producer for ITV News. From 2012 to 2015, he served as director of communications for the UK’s Conservative Party. His interest in local media and local government was notable when he was a special advisor to the UK’s Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles. He has also worked closely with the famed political communication expert Sir Lynton ......read more

Qatar Ministry of Culture and Sports Appoints ELAN Group and Live Nation Joint Venture as Operator for Two World-class Arenas in Qatar

Doha, September 8, 2016 – The Qatar Ministry of Culture and Sports has awarded the operation of two world-class arenas to ELAN Live Nation, a joint venture (JV) between ELAN Group, a diversified and fully integrated media and entertainment group in the Middle East, and Live Nation, the global leader in live entertainment.  The JV will operate Lusail Multipurpose Arena in Lusail, and Ali Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah Multipurpose Arena in Al Sadd, which have already hosted the successful 2015 World Handball Championships in Doha. The JV will provide arena management, promotional, managerial, and facility maintenance support services for both venues. The arenas are set to host an array of family entertainment, sports, music, and other live events, bringing new entertainment experiences to the population of Qatar. Abdul Rahman ......read more

Alstom and HEC Paris collaborate for mid-management programme in Qatar

Qatar, September 6, 2016 - Alstom and HEC Paris in Qatar have signed an agreement to train a group of leaders from Alstom’s Middle East & Africa Region, under a specially designed MEA mid-management (M3) programme. The agreement was signed on the 5th of September during a ceremony in Doha in the presence of HE Matthias Fekl, French Minister of State for Foreign Trade, Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad and HE Eric Chevallier, Ambassador of France to Qatar. The M3 Programme is a yearly programme co-designed by Alstom and HEC Paris in Qatar to give the selected participants access to HEC Paris’ faculty and learning methods. 25 candidates from South Africa, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kazakhstan, and Qatar were chosen for this international programme, which will take ......read more

GI Industry Survey: 75% say Qatar's Must Improve Water Security Strategy

75% of respondents to a Gulf Intelligence (GI) Industry Survey of 150 professionals in Qatar say the country’s Industry-Academia-Government’s water security strategy is not adequately aligned to withstand a disaster Doha, May. 1 2016 (Gulf Intelligence) – Qatar’s Industry-Academia-Government are not adequately aligned on the country’s water security strategy to sufficiently withstand a large scale disaster if there was an earthquake or an oil spill, 75% of respondents to a Gulf Intelligence (GI) Industry Survey said.   The Middle East is located at the junction of major tectonic plates – namely the African, Arabian and Eurasian plates – which causes significant tectonic activity in the region. Plus, the Arabian Gulf hosts the world’s biggest concentration of oil tankers. Yet, only ......read more

Tribecog unveil intelligent food waste platform

Tribecog announced today the launch of their compact food collection units in answer to the growing problem of food waste in hotels and restaurants. It is an area of concern that is very topical as food waste is just an important issue as food security and according to a study by the United Nations 32.7% of food produced globally is wasted each year. Even in the best-run kitchens there will be some food waste and although the priority is to reduce how much food is wasted in the property considering how best to dispose of unavoidable waste has always been a problem. The Tribecog platform allows for an installation of an intelligent food collection unit that reduces the volume of the food waste by up to a factor of ten and at the same time de-odourises, de-vermins and de-noises the waste process. The container is then emptied ......read more

Doha International Family Institute hosts panel discussion at United Nations Session

54th Commission For Social Development Session Inspired Debate On Policies Doha, Qatar, March 3, 2016:  In partnership with the Permanent Mission of the State of Qatar to the United Nations (UN), Doha International Family Institute (DIFI), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), organised a panel discussion during the 54th session of the UN Commission for Social Development (CSocD 54).  The panel, which took place on 9th February 2016, was held under the wider theme of ‘Work-Family Balance, Social Development and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals: Implementation of Culturally Specific Policies’. DIFI’s participation in the event showcased QF’s on-going mission of fostering a progressive society that prioritises family and social ......read more

Links Group: New Qatari Government tender website set to improve market transparency

Qatar, February 10, 2016:  The Qatari Ministry of Finance’s decision to launch a new website to announce all future government tenders is set to improve market transparency in the public procurement process, according to Links Group, one of Qatar’s leading providers of commercial facilitation and advisory services.  The website will be officially launched in June 2016 and will provide information on all public procurement and auction-related announcements to interested parties, including bidders, traders, suppliers and firms. Commenting on the Ministry of Finance’s plans John Martin St. Valery, founding partner of Links Group said: “The new website will provide further market transparency and stability for businesses that are partaking in the public procurement process as the government will ......read more

Ministry of Interior Qatar Highlights of Security & Services Statistics Report-2015

Qatar, February 8, 2016:  Criminal Statistics -2015 Decline of 49.2% in major crime rate than 2014 and 90.7% - 99.1% less than global rate). Decline of 3.5 % in the number of complaints received by state security agencies in 2015 Security agencies arrest 590 suspects (including male and female) during their campaign against begging. Limited increase in number of crimes wherein the victims had role in their occurrence like Cybercrimes due to the spread of technology.  Drugs: New accomplishments in regional and international cooperation with different agencies and world countries to prevent drugs.  Public Safety: Civil Defence: accomplishes best response time in reaching the fire scenes in the state. Traffic: Decline in number of traffic violations and death rates due to road ......read more

Mazola restores faith in humanity by supporting refugees in the Middle East

Mazola’s helping hand has reached more than 5,000 Syrian refugee families. The refugee and displacement problem is one of the most complex humanitarian issues facing the Middle East today. With more than four million Syrians fleeing their home country and seeking refuge in neighbouring Middle Eastern countries it is obvious that this is one of the largest refugee evacuations in recent history.  In response to the growing refugee humanitarian crisis, Mazola has stepped up their response to support the Syrian refugees. Joining efforts with the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization (JHCO) which operates under Royal guidance and George and Sami Khoury & Co (GSK) their distributors in Jordan, Mazola has donated Mazola food products and blankets amongst the needy, throughout sites in Jordan. The food and blanket supply has ......read more

Largest waste management organisation in GCC partners with Kingdom of Bahrain

Averda consolidates leading regional positon with 5 year agreement  Dubai, 15 December 2015: Leading waste management provider, averda, has added the Kingdom of Bahrain to their growing list of partners in the GCC following an international tender which averda won on technical and financial merit. In a 5 year contract signed in Bahrain on the 8th of December with the Ministry of Works, Municipalities and Urban Planning, averda will deliver a range of waste management and sustainable solutions using proven systems and technology tailored to the kingdom’s specific needs.   The partnership is timely as environmental issues in the GCC are becoming ever more important, with member states now seeking sustainable solutions using proven methods and technology to safeguard the environment for future generations. The ......read more

6th Annual Waste Management & Recycling Summit 2016 - Doha,Qatar

A multi-faceted strategy required to contain the levels of waste generated in Qatar Qatar is counted among the world’s fastest growing economies. Municipal solid waste management is one of the most serious challenges faced by this Gulf nation on account of high population growth rate, urbanization, industrial growth and economic expansion. The country has one of the highest per capita waste generation rates worldwide which is as high as 1.8 kg per day. Qatar produces more than 2.5 million tons of municipal solid waste each year. Solid waste stream is mainly comprised of organic materials (around 60 percent) while the rest of the waste steam is made up of recyclables like glass, paper, metals and plastics. Qatar has already committed to enforcing international standards for environmental protection when designing and ......read more

H.E Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Inaugurates 5th Civil Defence Exhibition and Conference

Doha - Qatar, November 3, 2015:  H.E the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior  Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani inaugurated the 5th edition of the Civil Defence Exhibition and Conference today, Monday, 2/11/2015 morning at Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre.  Minister of state for defence affairs H.E. Staff Maj. General Hamad bin Ali Athiyya, Minister of municipality H.E Sheikh Abdul Rahman bin Khalifa, Minister of business and trade H.E Ahmed bin Jassim bin Muhammed Al Thani, Minister of environment H.E Ahmed bin Aaamir Al Humaidi, Minister of transport H.E Jassim Saif Al Sulaiti, Chief of Emiri Guard H.E Hazza bin Khalil Al Shahwani, ambassadors of some sisterly and friendly countries, delegations of Arab countries, guests of the State and directors of several departments of the Ministry of ......read more

Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim opens 2015 edition of Critical Communications Middle East in Dubai

Region's most important communications event to showcase new advancements in TETRA technologies, simplifying the move to LTE  Exciting two-day show complements UAE's celebration of 2015 as the 'Year of Innovation' Dubai, October 6, 2015- H.E. Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chairman of Dubai Police and General Security, led the opening ceremony of the third edition of the annual Critical Communications Middle, the region’s most essential East Conference and Expo in critical communications, which will run from today (October 6, 2015) to October 7, 2015 at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai. The event is expected to be attended by more than a thousand communication experts, thought leaders and professionals and will serve as a strategic platform to showcase the latest communication ......read more

Most Powerful Arab Women 2015: Laying the foundations for future generations

• Forbes Middle East has unveiled 3 new lists celebrating the successes of Arab women – The 100 Most Powerful Arab Business Women; The World’s 10 Most Powerful Arab Women and The 10 Most Powerful Arab Women in Government • Lubna Al Olayan leads the 100 Most Powerful Businesswomen list • Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi ranks first in the government sector • The Kuwaiti women prove their effectiveness by occupying 12 places, and Saudi Arabia leads with 6 positions • Nemat Shafik leads the Arab women globally • Egypt has the most number of entries in total at 22, followed by the UAE and Lebanon at 17 • Top 40  women leaders are from the Investment and Financial Services and Diversified sectors • 15 women are working in the banking sector and 6 ......read more

UAE saddened by the loss of Sheikh Rashid, son of Dubai's ruler

UAE - Dubai, 19 September 2015: Today, UAE mourns the death of Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the eldest son of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE. Sheikh Rashid died of a heart attack on Saturday, September 19, 2015. Sheikh Rashid, will leave a special place in people’s hearts. He was a known football fan and owner of Zabeel Racing International. He was a very prominent sports enthusiast who had joined several international and local competitions; has wowed many of his followers and made the country proud by winning 2 Gold medals in the 2006 Doha Asian Olympics and many other sporting contests. Everyone was saddened by this loss and has been offering prayers and condolences. The Dubai ruler’s court has declared a three-day ......read more

Zenith lent its support to the Eric Abidal Foundation over the weekend

Tennis showed its most charitable side during the classic tennis tour at the Barcelona Royal Polo Club Zenith was situated in a marquee on the central tennis court at the Barcelona Royal Polo Club, where they wholeheartedly lent their support to the Foundation established by former French footballer, Eric Abidal. The Swiss watch brand helped raise funds for the Eric Abidal Foundation and its projects that are aimed at improving the lives of children and teenagers fighting cancer on a daily basis. Zenith’s presence did not just last throughout the weekend during the matches and tournament, but it also extended its support and involvement in the gala dinner held at the Fairmont hotel. For the event, the brand donated two watches for the fundraising tombola that was drawn during the dinner on Sunday evening in the gardens of ......read more

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Expedition to scale live volcanic mountain in Tanzania to raise ‘epilepsy awareness'…

Team from UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait are taking part in this initiative to help the cause of 65 million people suffering from this challenge around the globe, it is the 4th most common neurological condition Dubai, UAE, May 9th, 2017: Epilepsy warrior and adventure enthusiast, Medina Ilyassova, will lead a group of 12 people to Tanzania on a ‘Wild Lion Expedition’. In ......read more

TRL and Qatar's Ministry of Municipalities and Environment launches new innovative building block ...…

February 12, 2017: TRL, the global centre for innovation in transport and mobility and Qatar's Ministry of Municipalities and Environment (MME) has announced the launch of ‘VegeBlock’, a new innovative building block designed to help increase sustainability across the country's construction segment, in a special seminar held at the Ministry of Municipality & Environment ......read more

Road accidents a major source of medical evacuations of business travellers in region…

New road safety training from International SOS for business travellers aims to increase awareness Dubai – 5 July 2015 – Road accidents are a major hazard for UAE-based business travellers in the region, according to the world’s leading medical and travel security risk services company International SOS,  and one of the top five causes of medical evacuations led by ......read more

Roche Middle East employees unite to raise funds for children in need…

Proceeds from the activity donated to Bait-Al-Khair in UAE towards their Orphan Fund Project and to be used to support vulnerable children in Malawi as well as around the world, in alignment with the company’s global efforts. Roche Children’s Walk 2015 received combined support from the company’s employees in UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran ......read more

CAREEM launches regional 'Be CAREEM' Ramadan CSR campaign supporting six initiatives…

Digital campaign goes viral in aid to raise awareness on initiatives local communities can support to make a difference Dubai, UAE, 30 June 2015 – CAREEM, MENA’s leading app for booking private, chauffeur-driven cars has launched a regional Ramadan CSR campaign across the 18 cities it operates in, actively involving all its employees and avid consumers to support their local ......read more

HTC gives the Middle East region an opportunity to share, win and donate with #HTCramadan…

Give back this Ramadan by sharing your unique view on the Holy Month Dubai, UAE, 30 June 2015: HTC announced its Ramadan campaign, #HTCramadan, which will give winners the opportunity to benefit Habitat for Humanity, an international charity organisation, and win an HTC One M9 just by participating. From the start of Ramadan on June 18 until Eid, HTC invites social media users throughout the ......read more

UAE Ministry of Environment and Water calls for participation in the GCC Award for the Environment ...…

June 23, 2015 - The UAE Ministry of Environment and Water has called upon all individuals, institutions and companies working in the environment and wildlife sector to participate in the Gulf Cooperation Council Award for the Environment and Wildlife. The award aims to encourage individual and collective initiatives undertaken to preserve the environment and wildlife, inspiring innovation and ......read more

FoCP launch “I deserve a life” Zakat Campaign to help cancer patients in the UAE…

Ramadan campaign approved by Scholarly Fatwa Committee Sharjah, June 22, 2015: Celebrating the month of giving this Ramadan, Friends of Cancer Patients (FoCP) has launched the third edition of its "I deserve a life” Zakat Campaign in order to provide treatment and care for cancer patients who cannot afford it themselves. FoCP, the region’s leading cancer specific charity, will ......read more

Jawaher Al Qasimi calls for united effort to help the 51 million refugees worldwide…

Big Heart Foundation mark World Refugee Day with $500,000 for vulnerable female refugees “With nearly 51 million refugees the situation is reaching humanitarian crisis levels,” Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Sharjah, 20 June 2015: Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, UNHCR Eminent Advocate for Refugee Children, has called ......read more

Davidoff Cool Water Presents 'Love the Ocean' …

UK announces world's largest single marine reserve Following 2012 National Geographic Prisitne Seas Expedition Davidoff Cool Water is proud to share that following the 2012 National Geographic Pristine Seas expedition funded with their support, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced the creation of the world’s largest contiguous ocean reserve, setting aside 322,000 ......read more

Bin Fahad heads UAE delegation to global conference entitled ‘International Decade for Action-Water ...…

June 10, 2015 - H.E. Dr. Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, headed the UAE delegation to a milestone global conference tackling the implementation of the International Decade for Action-‘Water for Life 2005-2015,’ held on June 9 to 10, 2015 in Dushanbe, Republic of Tajikistan. The participation of the UAE in the conference reflects the country’s strong ......read more

Qatar Abolishes Residence Permit Sticker in the Passport of Expatriates…

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6th Green Economy Annual Conference recommends forming of Operations & Communications Group…

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Sheikh Mohammed's tweets released as book “Glimpses of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Tweets”…

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Gartner Says Governments in Middle East and North Africa to Spend US $11.97 Billion on IT in 2015…

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13th UN Crime Congress Concludes in Doha…

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National optimism rises across the Middle East, while support for free speech falls…

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13th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Opens in Doha…

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'Doha Youth Forum' opens in Doha…

Prior to 13th UN Crime Congress from 12 April Doha: Qatar’s Minister for Youth and Sports H.E Salah bin Ghanim Al Ali inaugurated the 'Doha Youth Forum on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice', which is being organized by Qatar Foundation in collaboration with the Preparatory Committee of the 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice today, Tuesday 7, ......read more

Prime Minster Inaugurates Police College in Qatar…

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Qatar Foundation Reviews Multimillion-Dollar Global PR Brief…

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