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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