Qatar News Weekly Update Edition. A recap of this week’s top stories in Qatar brought to you in conjunction with Marhaba, the number one guide to Qatar.

Last Saturday’s Peninsula ran a story on the seven Doha Film Institute supported films selected for the Toronto International Film Festival.

Among the films screening in Contemporary World Cinema is ‘Whether the Weather is Fine’ by Carlo Francisco Manatad. The film follows Miguel after he wakes up in the chaos of Typhoon Haiyan, which destroyed Tacloban, a coastal city in the Philippines, in November 2013.

Sunday and almost 90% of the eligible population are now fully vaccinated says the Ministry of Public Health

On to Monday now, and 517 people were referred to prosecution for breaking Covid safety rules. 412 for not wearing masks, 98 for not adhering to safe distancing, 3 for not complying with the conditions of quarantine, and 4 for not installing the Ehteraz app on their phone. it’s not over yet people, please continue to abide by these rules for everybody’s safety.

Tuesday and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry has reminded everyone who carry out commercial activities in the country, like retail outlets, virtual platforms and home businesses, to clearly and predominantly display their list of prices for goods and services in Arabic. And if you don’t, you could face a fine of no less than 3,000 riyals and no more than 1,000,000 so it really is advisable not to forget to list your prices in Arabic.

On Wednesday the Ministry of Public Health said that they were going to start giving booster doses of COVID vaccines from that day. With priority for those aged 65 and above, those with chronic conditions, and frontline healthcare workers.

Yesterday it was announced that restrictions on outdoor work during summertime has come to an end. The ban on working outdoors came into effect on June the 1st and ended last Wednesday. During the ban it was prohibited to work under direct sunlight or in open workplaces from 10 in the morning until 3:30 in the afternoon. Oooo… winter is coming.

Now on to today’s news, and Al Ruwais port customs have seized a further 81.1 kilogrammes of hashish. This time it was hidden within the actual wooden framework of pallets being used to ship vegetables.

There were 648 new cases of COVID recorded locally, and 303 cases arriving into the country. Giving a total of 951 new cases in the last 7 days. And I’m very happy to report that there have been no COVID related deaths for the last 9 days straight.

There were 1,279 recoveries in the last 7 days, which means we have a new current total of 1,766 active cases. A drop of 328 since last week.

Centara West Bay has not just one, but three fabulous dining experiences for you enjoy. Starting with ‘Thai Kitchen’ which specialises in…. yes you guessed it Thai dishes. But tasty Arabic and international menus are available as well. I tried the Thai menu and trust me I will be coming back for more of that. Thai Kitchen also acts as a social hub including a happy hour and live sport broadcasts.

Next up is ‘Dalchini’. Drawing on the diversity of India’s regional cuisines, the team at Dalchini Restaurant & Bar serves a selection of progressive Indian dishes developed by Michelin starred chef, Alfred Prasad. Bring friends and share the joy of one of the best Indian restaurants I’ve tried in Qatar.

‘The Mezze House’, a stylistic trendy Lebanese Resto-Lounge, offering a flavourful modern mezze selections, can shake you up something delicious to drink as well.

This however is not a restaurant; this is just one of the bright and absolutely luxurious rooms within the Sabai Seaview Penthouse located on Centara’s 41st floor. Even the kitchen is large, as are its four airy, en-suite bedrooms. Just look at that view. Capable of sleeping 9 adults and 2 children there’s enough room for everyone.

Centara West Bay, a pleasure you’ll want to share.


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