A recap of Qatar’s big news stories for the week up to Friday 22nd October. Brought to you in conjunction with Marhaba, the ultimate guide to Qatar.

Starting with last Saturday when the Peninsula headlined that Qatar had been elected onto the United Nations Human Rights Council.

The Deputy Prime Minister said “Qatar’s victory today as a member of the Human Rights Council, with the support of 182 countries, confirms Qatar’s continuous efforts to promote human rights, and culminates in its noble efforts in international issues.”

Meanwhile the Gulf Times covered the story that first aid medical bags are being distributed in public parks.

The public Parks Department of the Ministry of Municipality and Environment in cooperation with the Qatar Red Crescent Society, have organised the first phase of distributing medical bags to be used when administering first aid in public parks.

Onto Sunday now and the Tribune had the story that Qatar, in coordination with FIFA has evacuated almost 100 footballers and their families from Afghanistan. The group was flown from Kabul to Doha on a flight that carried 357 passengers the previous Thursday. Among them many women athletes associated with football in Afghanistan.

And the Peninsula had the story that no criminal case will be brought against those addicted to narcotic drugs and dangerous psychotropic substances if they turn themselves in for treatment.

Monday and the Gulf Times reported that rotten beef found in a restaurant kitchen, has led to the seizure of 6 tonnes of spoiled fish and meat.

Following the discovery of 140kg of rotten beef from a restaurant in the Old Airport Area. Municipal authorities went on to seize a further 5,872 kilogrammes of frozen meat and fish unfit for human consumption, located across 14 warehouses and refrigerators belonging to the same company in the Industrial Area.

Tuesday now and the Tribune published that Qatar Museums has signed a pact to provide Culture Pass members with exclusive benefits at Katara hotels within Qatar. Benefits include complimentary daily breakfast on overnight stays for Culture Pass Plus, and Culture Pass Family members, where as Culture Pass Basic members will receive a 10% discount at food and beverage outlets and spas under Katara Hospitality. Culture Pass Plus and Family members will also enjoy a 25% discount at food and beverage outlets and spas under Katara Hospitality.

Also in the Tribune is that Qatar’s stadium cooling technology is set to provide major legacy benefits. The cooling technology originally intended for use in football stadiums has now been adapted for shopping areas and farms. It works by cooling outside air through air conditioning fans that are powered by solar energy. The cold air then enters the stadium through grills in the stands, and large nozzles on the pitch. Using an air circulation technique cooled air is then drawn back into the system, where it is once again filtered and re-cooled before being recycled back into the stadium.

Onto the Gulf Times and they say that Qatar and the European Union have signed a comprehensive air transport agreement. Among other benefits, the pact will allow Qatar’s national carrier to enter European markets easily without restrictions and expand its network in European Union countries.

Now for yesterday’s news and the Gulf Times headline health insurance to be mandatory for expats and visitors from April 2022.

The Health Ministry has said that the health insurance system will lead to the development of the health sector and the services it provides, by alleviating the challenges facing the healthcare sector as a result of the steady growth in population.

Sportswoman flown out of Kabul. A number of Afghan women athletes, including footballers and basketball players were among the 369 passengers on a plane to Qatar from Kabul on Wednesday. Including more than 55 who were evacuated in coordination with football’s governing body FIFA.

And Qatar Tourism are set to kick off their ‘World Class Chefs’ project.

Qatar Tourism in collaboration with Qatar Airways and Qatar Aircraft Catering Company, along with ‘Kings of Kitchen’ are set to kick off their ‘World Class Chefs’ initiative later this month. The two-year initiative aims to host high profile and award winning international chefs from all over the world. Aimed at further enriching the country’s thriving culinary scene and exploring investment opportunities.

And this morning’s headlines include Qatar and UK to launch annual strategic dialogue. The state of Qatar and the United Kingdom announced yesterday that they intend to launch an annual bilateral strategic dialogue, and agreed to hold the first one in London in the first quarter of 2022.

COVID-19 booster dose by appointment only, no walk-ins allowed.

The primary healthcare corporation is contacting eligible individuals directly to set up an appointment if you currently qualify.

And Al Khor Park’s zoo section has added more animals to attract visitors. The park receives visitors from 8am until 10pm throughout the week, with Tuesday’s dedicated for women and children. Tickets cost 15 riyals for adults, and 10 riyals for children up to 10 years. As well as at the entrance tickets can also be purchased from Al Meera stores.

And finally, The Qatar Tribune say ‘Al Thumama awaits’. Today is the grand finale of the prestigious 49th Amir cup. And Al Thumama Stadium, the sixth world cup stadium, will be unveiled today to decide if Al Sadd (The Wolves) or Al Rayyan (The Lions) will be victorious.

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