Here’s a recap of this week’s top news stories in Qatar, brought to you by Marhaba, the ultimate guide to Qatar.
Starting with last Saturday, when the Gulf Times front page featured Garangao celebrations bringing cheer to children.
Garangao celebrations brought happiness and joy across Qatar on Friday, the 14th day of the holy month of Ramadan. Katara – the cultural village saw a grand turnout of families with children who enjoyed the traditional festival at Al Hekma Hall. Garangao is a celebration by Qatari and Gulf families on the night of the midway point of Ramadan in honour of children, to reward them for completing the fasting up to this point, and to encourage them to continue and persevere in fasting.
On to Sunday and Qatar Tourism announces the first-ever Eid festival from May the 3rd until May the 5th. This is the regions first ever giant balloon parade, and it will take place on Doha’s Corniche. With marching bands, daily firework displays, carnival games, and food stalls among the highlights of the festival.
Monday now, and Qatar Tourism plans to double the number of job openings in the tourism sector. There’s been a seven-fold increase in number of visitors in Q1 2022. And Qatar Tourism aims to increase the travel & tourism sector’s contribution to GDP from 7% to 12%.
Tuesday and The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change has announced that the winter camping season for the year 2021-2022 will end on May 2.
And in this morning’s newspapers there’s been a crackdown on workers housing in family areas. An inspection campaign in Al Rayyan Municipality has resulted in the detection of 130 violations of the law prohibiting workers housing in family residential areas.