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20 Dec 2017 – 17:01
Qatar exempts residents of Hamad City in Gaza from 2018 Installments
Doha: In accordance with the directives of Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Chairman of the Qatar National Committee for the Reconstruction of the Gaza Strip Mohamed Al Emadi announced yesterday that the residents of Hamad City in Khan Yunis will be exempted from paying the monthly installments for 2018 in full.
Al Emadi said in a speech during the celebration of the Qatar National Day: “I am Happy to convey good news for the people of Gaza, in light of the difficulties they suffer, Qatar has decided to exempt the residents of Hamad City from the installments of the year 2018.”
The National Committee for the Reconstruction of Gaza organized a central celebration to mark the national day of the state on the land of the residential city of Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip.
The ceremony was held yesterday in the presence of Mohamed Ismail Al Emadi, Chairman of the Central Committee, Khaled Al-Hardan, Ismail Haniyeh, Head of the Political Bureau of Hamas, Minister Maamoun Abu Shahla, Minister of Labor in the National Reconciliation Government and a number of ministers and faction leaders.
Ambassador Mohamed Al Emadi expressed his pride in celebrating the National Day of the State in the Gaza Strip.
In his speech, Al-Emadi stressed that the Qatari leadership is firmly committed to the Palestinian cause and the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, reiterating its support for the Palestinian cause. He said that Qatar confirms its refusal to transfer the US embassy to Jerusalem, and to remain Jerusalem Arab and Islamic and the eternal capital of Palestine.
For his part, Ismail Haniyeh, head of the Political Bureau of Hamas, praised the positions of Qatar and its continued support to the Palestinian people and their cause, stressing pride in Qatar, “decision-maker and position, which protects sovereignty and independence of its decision and the determination of policies in the interest of the supreme state and the nation.”
Haniyeh said that “Qatar has a position and a decision that we stand with towards the Palestinian people and it deals wisely with developments and the ability to absorb the enormous changes that are taking place in the region without losing the compass.
He also called for the revival of the Jerusalem support fund, which was previously proposed by Qatar at a previous Arab summit in Doha, to support the people of the holy city.
Source : The Peninsula Qatar
20 Dec 2017 – 17:06
Doha: MSC Splendida, an elegant mega ship, which can carry 4,363 guests, is the second member of the MSC Cruises family to journey to Doha, and is due to make five more calls throughout the 2017/18 season.
A delegation of senior representatives from Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA), Qatar Ports Management Company, Mwani Qatar, Hamad International Airport (HIA) and the Ministry of Interior’s Immigration Department welcomed MSC Splendida this morning as it made its maiden voyage to Qatar.
“Qatar is fast becoming a more mainstream destination for cruise ships, as evidenced by the growing number of mega ships docking in our ports,” commented Hassan Al Ibrahim, Chief Tourism Development Officer at QTA.
“We are delighted to welcome a new MSC Cruise ship to Doha, and look forward to meeting the growing demand for authentic Qatari experiences through our work with the private sector to provide new and enriching tourism products.”
Al Ibrahim added that the Doha Port Redevelopment Project, which is well underway, sets Qatar on track to grow its capacity for cruise tourists and become a turnaround port. Once complete, the port will be a permanent cruise terminal and tourist hub, with capacity for two mega cruise ships docking simultaneously. Once all development projects are complete, cruise tourism is projected to attract over 500,000 visitors to Qatar and generate QR350m annually by 2026.
Following extensive collaboration between the Ministry of Interior, Mwani and QTA, the guests benefitted from a recently introduced disembarkation procedure – brought into effect last season – that ensures all passengers to leave the ship and begin enjoying their day-trip within an hour.
Once in Doha, MSC Splendida’s guests were able to select from a variety of activities, choosing to enjoy desert safaris and a relaxing day on the beach, cultural tours around Qatar, shopping tours, or traditional dhow boat cruises.
“Growing Qatar’s share of cruise tourists is a significant part of our strategy to diversify source markets,” said Rashed Al Qurese, Chief Marketing and Promotion Officer at QTA.
“Though the season has started recently, our year-to-date figures for 2017 already show a 6% increase in European visitors compared to last year. By sampling various elements of life in Qatar in a short space of time, cruise tourists are also becoming our best ambassadors, helping us to promote Qatar as a destination for authentic experiences in our key source markets.”
Gianni Onorato, MSC Cruises’ CEO commented: “We are delighted about MSC Splendida making her maiden call in Doha as part of her maiden voyage in the region. MSC Cruises is committed to support developing the cruise industry in this region and we are seeing a growing demand from our guests globally as they seek new and exciting winter cruise destinations. “
At 333 metres in length and 66 metres high, MSC Splendida is one of MSC Cruises’ most modern and elegant ships and measures the equivalent of three football fields. The ship was considerably refurbished and upgraded while in dry-dock in early December 2017.
MSC Splendida will this winter season in Doha on 20 December, 04 and 25 January, 15 February, and 8 and 29 March.
20 Dec 2017 – 18:38
Doha: Qatari adventurer Salman Al Khunji has completed his 14-day trip on foot, which took him all around Qatar.
Al-Khunji started this 600-km walk to introduce and promote domestic tourism through his visit to archaeological and tourism sites.
The journey, sponsored and supported by Qatar Youth Hostels, was also aimed at promoting youth tourism.
Qatar Youth Hostels said in a statement today that Al Khunji chose to walk around the country, linking the north of Qatar to the south, a distance of more than 600km, to explore the country deeply and make youth interested in exploring the country. During his walk, he toured Qatar’s historic, environmental and heritage landmarks, museums, gardens and natural reserves.
He started from Abu Samra and went on to Al Mashabiya, Ariq reserve, Mashash, Bin Shafi, Al-Qallayel, Al Amriya, Al Kharara, Al Wukair, Al Wakrah, Doha, Al Thumama, Al Markhiya, Al Luqta, Education City, Old Al Rayyan, Celebrations Street, Umm Salal, Barzan Towers and from there to Al Khor, Al Zubara fort, Al Jumailiya, Al khuzan, Al Shehaniya, Rawdat Rashed, Umm Tagah, Dahl Al Misfir, Mukaynis, Al lal Valley, Turayna up to Khor Al Odeid.
Salman Al-Khunji, 26, said that through his journey, he sought to encourage young people to travel in Qatar, to visit historical areas, to learn more about the country, have experiences and adventures different from daily routine and city lifestyle. “Everyone has to discover the abilities in his body and challenge himself to discover new skills.”
He expressed happiness with his experience, saying that “there are many areas in the country which are known by the name and history of the place. But during this trip I had meetings with many residents of these areas and they explained the reasons for the name of these areas”.
The Qatari adventurer praised the support of the Qatar Youth Hostels for his journey.
Source : The Peninsula Qatar
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) — On 20 December, Minister of Defense of Uzbekistan Abdusalom Azizov received a member of the State Council, Minister of Defense of China, Chiang Wanquan.
The delegation of the Ministry of Defense of China arrived in Uzbekistan on an official visit on 19 December 2017.
According to the Ministry of Defense of Uzbekistan, the parties discussed the current state of affairs and prospects for development of bilateral relations in the military, military-technical field and military education.
The ministers discussed security issues in the Central Asian region. Since the first days of independence, Uzbekistan attaches special importance to the development of friendly relations with China, highly appreciates and values traditionally friendly relations between the states.
At the end of the meeting, an agreement was signed on cooperation in the field of military education between the Academy of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the National Defense University of the People’s Liberation Army of China.
Members of the Chinese delegation visited military units and institutions, in particular, the Academy of the Armed Forces of Uzbekistan in order to familiarize themselves with their activities, and also got acquainted with the historical sights of Samarkand city.
Source : UzDaily
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) — Insurance companies of Uzbekistan collected insurance premiums for 622.347 billion soums in nine months of 2017, which is 24% higher compared to the same period of 2016.
At the same time, the volume of premiums for voluntary insurance totaled 454.28 billion soums in the reporting period (+ 32%) and compulsory insurance – 168.06 billion soums (+ 8%).
Insurance payments of companies in January-September 2017 increased by 109% – up to 197.71 billion soums. Payments for voluntary insurance exceeded 148.24 billion soums (+ 138%) and compulsory insurance – 49.47 billion soums (+ 52%).
The total authorized capital of insurance companies in Uzbekistan for the first 9 months of 2017 amounted to 297.7 billion soums, which is 30% lower compared to the same period in 2016.
The volume of investment of insurance companies increased by 75% in January-September 2017 and exceeded 1.449 trillion soums.
About 651.50 billion soums were directed to deposits (+ 67%) and 623.97 billion soums – to securities (+ 87%). The companies invested 99.87 billion soums (+ 132%) in real estate and 61.29 billion soums in the authorized capitals of companies (+ 20%). The volume of loans made up 8.16 billion soums (+ 18%) and other investments – 4.81 billion soums (+ 270%).
Source : UzDaily
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) — Kyrgyzstan started supplying electricity to Uzbekistan starting from 15 December 2017, UzA news agency reported.
Deliveries of electricity to Uzbekistan began in accordance with an agreement signed in Tashkent on 5 October 2017 during the visit of the then President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev.
According to the agreement, Kyrgyzstan will supply 550 million kW / h of electricity to Uzbekistan from December 2017 to March 2018.
To date, 3.7 million kW / h have been delivered to Uzbekistan, and the daily volume of supply is increasing.
The power system of Uzbekistan works in interrelation with the energy systems of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Russia and other CIS countries. Energy systems of Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan are also connected.
In the future, to increase the supply of energy to Afghanistan, it is planned to build a 500-kilovolt line in Surkhandarya region. In addition, Uzbekenergo plans to establish cooperation with Tajikistan’s energy system. By now, Uzbekistan has prepared 220 and 500 kV lines.
The power system of Tajikistan is implementing projects aimed at using emergency control and relay protection. After the completion of these projects in 2018, it is planned to establish parallel operation of power systems.
Cooperation with the energy system of Turkmenistan is also planned, which will make it possible to use the energy system of Uzbekistan for the transit of Turkmen electricity to other regions.
Source : UzDaily