A recap of Qatar’s big news stories for the week up to Friday 15th October. Brought to you in conjunction with Marhaba, the ultimate guide to Qatar.

Starting with last Saturday when the Gulf Times said that flu shots are available for free at 27 Primary Healthcare Centres and more than 45 private clinics.

And demand for caravans hots up as winter camping looms. The winter camping season is set to begin on October the 18th and is scheduled to continue for six months.

The Peninsula had a story that motorists are being urged to use apps to avoid congested roads. The General Directorate of Traffic has urged motorists to take advantage of mobile phone apps to avoid congested roads and take alternate routes.

On to Sunday now and the Peninsula lead with environment to be the focus of this year’s Qatar National Day celebrations. This year’s celebrations will be marked under the slogan ‘Ancestrial Meadows: A Matter of Trust’.

And the Gulf Times herald’s the great news that the active COVID cases in Qatar has dropped below 1,000.

Now on to Monday and the Tribune lead with don’t delay COVID vaccine booster. The Ministry of Public Health say that booster shots will provide a high level of protection. Those eligible include people over the age of 50 years, those who are immunocompromised, and those with chronic conditions with increased risk of severe COVID regardless of their age.

And Qatar Airways goes pink in support of breast cancer awareness month.

The peninsula’s front page carries the story that Qatar Media Corporation are to launch an English-speaking TV channel by the third quarter of next year.

Tuesday now and the Gulf Times announce that Qatar Petroleum is now Qatar Energy. QP gets a new logo and brand identity as QP becomes QE.

Wednesday and the Peninsula say that the third local dates festival of the season is to begin on Thursday the 14th of October (which was yesterday). The third local dates festival for 2021 is located in a marquee in the western square of Souk Waqif for 10 days, opening in the afternoons from 3pm until 9pm weekdays and until 10pm on the weekends.

And the Qatar Tribune said the Ministry of Public Health are relaxing the COVID-19 thermal screening rule. Thermal screening is no longer required in public places except in Metro stations, airports, sea ports and the land border.

Yesterday the Peninsula led with Qatar’s total population has risen by 67.5% in the ten years between 2010 and 2020. In 2020 Qatar’s population stood at 2,846,000 according to the census 28.5% of the population are female and 71.5% are male.

And now for this morning’s news. The Tribune headline ‘Job well done!’. As Qatar retires its COVID-19 vaccination centre in Asian town. More than 1.6 million doses were administered through the centre.

Metrolink starts service on three new routes. And expect some clouds but there’s no respite from the heat this weekend. We can expect some cloud cover on Friday and Saturday. But it will still be relatively hot at around 37 degrees.

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