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A recap of Qatar’s big news stories for the week up to Friday 19th November. Brought to you in conjunction with Marhaba, the ultimate guide to Qatar.

Starting with last Sunday when on the front page of the Qatar Tribune was the story that Mutaz Essa Barshim’s high jump bronze medal for Qatar at the 2012 London Olympics has been upgraded to silver after the International Olympic Committee last Friday, approved re allocating some results from those games due to doping cases.

On to Monday and the public are eligible for a COVID-19 booster dose six months after their second jab says the Ministry of Public Health.

Vehicle queue detection system to be deployed ahead of Cornish closure. Qatar deploys advanced vehicle queuing detection to optimise waiting time at the traffic signals and roads that will be affected by the closure of the Corniche Street later this month.

And the first charging bus transit station has been opened. Al Sudan Bus Station near Al Mazouah Street in Doha’s Fareej Al Soudan is the first of eight such stations Qatar plans to open before the end of next year.

Tuesday and a man seen in a video beating a delivery worker has been arrested.

A young man who was seen assaulting a delivery service worker in a video that went viral online has been arrested, the Ministry of Interior said in a tweet on Monday.

In the video of the assault being circulated online, the youth in a white thobe is seen repeatedly beating the worker with what appeared to be a bucket.

Wednesday saw the Traffic Awareness Department of the General Directorate of Traffic, honouring two security guards for their efforts in regulating traffic and raising traffic awareness. The two men were honoured for their efforts in regulating traffic at the area around Lycee Bonaparte School in Dafna.

Recently, a video of a security guard delightfully greeting people crossing a road in Qatar has gone viral.

Yesterday now and Qatar Airways will start receiving the first of the 60 latest Boeing 777-9 aircraft from 2023, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker has said.

And in this morning’s Gulf Times Qatar Museums breaks ground for Dadu Garden.

Led by His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, Qatar Museums yesterday hosted a ground-breaking ceremony for the Dadu Garden, which will be a signature feature of the Dadu Children’s Museum of Qatar.

Marriott Marquis

The Marriott Marquis is located at one end of City Centre Mall. With easy parking and a Metro station by its side getting here is easy. And right here in the heart of West Bay, guests can enjoy this oasis of quiet, calm and tranquillity. And the pool area is not only for residents, day passes are also available for just 100 riyals, with half price for ladies.

The Aqua Lounge is also available for non-residents, if you’re in the West Bay area, why not drop in for a spot of refreshment? And with the Aqua Lounge Cabanas, it doesn’t matter if the weather is too hot or too cold, because you have your own cosy space complete with doors and AC.

And something I am very excited to tell you about is the New York Steakhouse Business Lunch. This is a quality menu which works out costing less than shall we say errr… lesser steakhouses. At just 95 riyals for two courses and 125 for three, I simply don’t know how they do it. I went for the steak tartar to start, a steak for main, which by the way was cooked to perfection, and honestly the best Crème Brulee I have ever had because it was wider rather than deeper, so I got more of that delicious, caramelised sugar to crack on top.

And you get to enjoy your meal in an absolute luxurious setting.

Talking of luxury, I popped into the Saray Spa. And if you fancy a bit of unadulterated self-indulgence, you need to pop in here as well. Because they’ll get you renewed for the journey ahead. With a comprehensive menu of treatments, you’ll ready to take on the world again in no time.

Now back to the Aqua Lounge. Offering food and drinks both soft and otherwise, along with a certain regional smoking pass time, which can be enjoyed with great views of the city.

And yes down there is the Doha Exhibition and Conference Center. And even if you don’t stay in the Marriott Marquis while attending an event there, you still have these excellent facilities right next to the DECC ready for you to enjoy.

Now let me introduce you to Chef Claudio Trovato

He’s transformed this restaurant into his family restaurant. I forgot where I was as he gave me a tour. It felt like I really could be in his family home restaurant. Everything here is prepared the traditional way. That pizza dough has taken 72 hours to prepare for you.

If you like Italian, and you haven’t already done so, you have got to come and visit Cucina. Tell Chef Claudio Trovato I sent you.

This quick tour only covers a fraction of the delights within the Marriott Marquis, you’ll have to come and discover the rest yourself.

A recap of Qatar’s big news stories for the week up to Friday 12th November. Brought to you in conjunction with Marhaba, the ultimate guide to Qatar.

Starting with last Sunday when Health Insurance should be valid for the entire duration of an RP was the headline of the Qatar Tribune.

Health insurance, which will become mandatory for expatriates and visitors in Qatar in a few months, will have to be valid for the entire duration of their residence permit or their entry visa.

Once the law comes into force in around 6 months, expatriates will not be able to get visas, renew their residency permits or get appointed in a job without having health insurance.

Onto Monday now and in the Qatar Tribune is the story that Qatar has no plans to impose income tax says the General Tax Authority president.

And he also says that the value added tax or VAT, which is set to be introduced in the future, is still under legislation, but Qatar has no reservations in rolling out the regime.

The Tribune also has; Schools and universities to operate as usual during FIFA Arab Cup. This ends speculation that schools and universities would be closed for the entirety of the tournament. The rumours were put to rest on Sunday when the education minister tweeted that the schedules for schools and universities will remain unchanged during the Arab cup.

And Qatar orderes six LNG ships from Korean shipyards. QatarEnergy on Sunday announced that it has placed the first batch of LNG shipbuilding orders with Korean shipyards consisting of four vessels from Daewoo and two vessels from Samsung as part of QatarEnergie’s historic shipbuilding programme, to meet its future LNG carrier requirements.

On Tuesday the Gulf Times announced that the Qatar International Boat show will be held from November the 16th to the 20th.

The 8th annual Qatar International Boat Show will take place in Marina 20 to 22 La Croisette, Porto Arabia in the Pearl.

Wednesday and the Gulf Times say that the Economic and Cyber Crimes Combating Department of the General Directorate of Criminal Investigation has detained a government employee for posting an official document on social media.

Yesterday and Qatar Tribune say that the cabinet has decided to continue existing COVID-19 measures for the present.

And in this morning’s news the Hamad International Airport expansion is to be completed by September 2022 the Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar al-Baker said “we are going to increase the annual capacity of the airport by 20 million passengers to cater to over 58 million passengers”.

A minimum salary of 5,000 Qatar riyals is needed to apply for a visit visa for a spouse or children. This rises to 10,000 for other family members including relatives such as parents’, siblings, and a spouse’s relatives.

And finally, the sale of local vegetables has started at four yards. The yards will be open every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 7am until 3pm. I may well pop down their myself today.

GOLDEN TULIP HOTEL

The Golden Tulip Doha hotel is part of a global group that has a reputation for delivering a high-quality experience at reasonable prices. Enabling you to book your reservation with confidence. I found the rooms to be large and airy with plenty of space to settle in. And just look at that bed.

Why not treat yourself and the one you love to a bit of room service. Start your day with a touch of luxury and indulge in a tasty breakfast right here in your room.

And of course, the table wouldn’t be set without their symbol of excellence, a golden tulip.

If you’re staying a bit longer, or need that extra bit of room, why not consider a one-bedroom apartment.

For work or for pleasure you get a large en suite bedroom with a massive luxury bed.

And a living area with a fully fitted kitchen, complete with dining area.

And for extra guests that’s a sofa bed that’s so comfortable to sleep on you’ll forget it’s a convertible.

Hamad International Airport is only 11km away, and the location is one of the best if you’re into culture. In just a short walk you can be in The National Museum of Qatar, The Museum of Islamic Art or Souq Waqif along with parks and many more of Qatar’s must-see attractions.

There’s a fully equipped gym complete with trainer, a spa and a roof top pool. A modern conference room, and the sumptuous Symphony restaurant.

The Golden Tulip is a fun and friendly hotel that will have you coming back time and time again.

A recap of Qatar’s big news stories for the week up to Friday 5th November. Brought to you in conjunction with Marhaba, the ultimate guide to Qatar.

Starting with Saturday when it was revealed that traffic cameras can now spot drivers using mobile phones at the wheel. Traffic cameras on Qatar’s roads especially those at signals have been activated to spot motorists who use their mobile phones while driving. And this makes me very happy indeed.

Sunday now and Qatar’s population shrinks by 80,000. over the span of one year Qatar saw its population shrink by 80,000 according to the planning and statistics authority. The population has reduced from 2.72 million in September 2020 to 2.64 million in September 2021.

Monday and the price of fuel increased to 2 riyals for Premium, 2.1 riyals for super, and diesel has risen to 2.05 riyals per litre.

Tuesday and Al Jazeera marked its 25th anniversary. The Al Jazeera media network celebrated its silver jubilee in its headquarters in Doha on Monday under the theme ‘Al Jazeera, 25 years a unique path’. The celebration was attended by the Father Amir His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.

Wednesday and ‘Qatar Creates’ launches two weeks of aesthetic events. The worlds creative leaders in art, architecture, fashion, and design have converged in Doha.

Yesterday the Qatar Tribune said that nights are to get cooler, and we can expect intermittent scattered rain, and low visibility due to prevailing foggy conditions during this weekend and the week ahead. They also said that it’s jazz time at Katara. The katara European Jazz Festival has returned to Qatar’s cultural village for its 7th edition, featuring an impressive line-up of bands from France, Austria, and Portugal. The music festival which began on Wednesday will take place until tomorrow.

And in today’s papers, the Cornish is to stay closed for the FIFA Arab Cup. From November the 26th until December the 4th, the Corniche will remain closed to traffic in both directions.

And finally, Qatar Airways receives ‘Maritime Oscar’s’ for ‘Investment in People’.

Qatar Airways has won the ‘Investment in People’ accolade from the Seatrade Awards 2021, in recognition of its contribution to the welfare of thousands of seafarers. The airline not only played a leading role in the repatriation of mariners stranded by the pandemic, but also continued to facilitate essential crew changes to support the global supply chain.

The Shisha Terrace in the Four Seasons has its very own entrance, so you can easily park right outside and enter next to the Spa entrance.

Once inside you will quickly notice that anywhere you sit you have amazing views.

Every seat in the house will have you staring out of the window at one of the most beautiful locations in Qatar.

And now the weather’s cooling down you could also sit outside and get even closer to that picture postcard setting.

The Shisha Terrace will help you to unwind in no time, my state of mind switched to vacation mode almost instantly.

While I was here, I also popped down to take a look at the beach and pools. There are so many pools I didn’t even discover them all, yet alone film them. I think I will be investigating a Pool and Beach Membership here very soon. If you’re going to spend some time at the pool, you may as well do it in style.

And oh my goodness just look at that beach. If you’ve never been to the Four Seasons Doha before, I hope you’re beginning to realise why you should.

Now back to my breakfast, and the Shisha Terrace prepared us some Lebanese delights. Now you have to believe me when I say this was the best Lebanese meal I have ever had. The rest of the Marhaba team know I am brutally honest when it comes to food. And I was full of compliment while I was tucking into this.

And behind this delicious spread is the team responsible for it. Give us a wave guys.

One of the best times to experience the Shisha Terrace is in the evening. Why not drop in and experience for yourself how amazing this place really is.

A recap of Qatar’s big news stories for the week up to Friday 29th October 2021. Brought to you in conjunction with Marhaba, the ultimate guide to Qatar.Starting with last Sunday when the Tribune said that

Souk Waqif boutique hotels have been ranked third best in the Middle East and 13th among the ‘Top Best Hotels in the World’ according to a reader’s choice awards.

The Peninsula has Over 25 entities have joined the Ministry of Public Health campaign on mental health. The ‘Are you OK?’ campaign encourages people to talk more openly about their emotional wellbeing.

And the Gulf Times reported that organisers of the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup hope to attract 1.2 million tourists to the country.

Now on to Monday and the Gulf Times say that children are to be taught Qatari culture and values. Private schools and kindergartens are to carry out various activities in the implementation of the Education Ministries ‘My values draw my identity’ project.

Vaccines for children between 5 and 11 years old are likely to begin in November.

And the first truck enters Qatar under the TIR global transit system. TIR is the only global transit system that allows goods to be shipped from one country to another in sealed containers. The application of the TIR system in Qatar will help in reducing the cost of imports and eventually bringing down retail prices in the country. It can also reduce the arrival time of imports by 92%.

The Peninsula’s front-page talks about the new Kahramaa smart metres that can be read with a high level of accuracy and be cut off and reconnect remotely. Kahramaa is installing 600,000 smart metres across Qatar by the end of 2023.

The Tribune say that a permit is going to be required to import fruits and vegetables into the country from December the first. Each months imports will require a separate permit specifying the items and quantities to be shipped.

Tuesday now and the Gulf Times have Amir to open Shura Councils ordinary session. This is the 50th annual session of the Shura Council but this is the first time that elected members have sat. The council is now made up of 30 elected members and 15 appointed by the Amir.

Qatar Travel Mart set for launch at DECC in November.

And according to the organisers Qatar will receive an additional 0.9 billion U.S. dollars in visitor expenditure, and 290,000 visitor arrivals on average per year from, 2022 to 2025.

The front page of the Tribune has; Municipal authorities in Qatar have seized 250 tonnes of near expired frozen meat with tampered expiry dates indicating they had a shelf life of up to one year, when in fact they were nearing their expiry date.

The Peninsula had Qatar Foundations Qatar Science and Technology Park or QSTP has attracted some new occupants to the free zone recently. Include the leader of the Russian oil industry Rosneft Oil Company setting up its first ever international research and development centre there. And it has also become home to the first Microsoft Azure data centre in Qatar.

Now on to today’s news and the Qatar Tribune leads with the Amir performing the Rain-Seeking prayer along with crowds of worshippers at the Al Wajba prayer ground yesterday. And I’m just checking the Met website and there’s a warning to expect thundery rain associated with sudden strong winds today. Interesting.

And finally the world famous board game ‘Monopoly’ is set to release an exclusive Doha edition. Mr. Monopoly is here in town touring Doha to discover the city, and handpick features for the all new custom built Doha board game experience.

That’s all for the news this week, I’m going to go and have some breakfast, and you can have a look around the Mandarin Oriental.

Mandarin Oriental, Doha is located in the centre of Msheireb Downtown, the new lifestyle and cultural heart of the city.

And if I had to think of a single word to describe the Mandarin Oriental, that word would be ‘exclusive’. When you stay in any of their club rooms you get benefits reserved exclusively for members, including access to the ‘M.O. Club’. Which I will introduce you to in a moment.

This ‘Club Studio Suite’ has a warm cosy and stately feel to it. You are quite simply wrapped in luxury.

And after jolly good night’s sleep it’s down to the M.O. Club for breakfast. The M.O. Club has a shall we say, modern gentlemen’s club feel to it.  And we are back to that word ‘Exclusive’ again.

This isn’t just any food, this is Mandarin Oriental food.

My breakfast was quite simply amazing, with delights I had never experienced before. One of the finest breakfasts I have ever tried.

And this lot will make sure you enjoy your visit as much as I did.

Mandarin Oriental, an inviting ambiance where Middle Eastern Charm meets Mandarin Oriental’s legendary hospitality.