Katara set to host Iraqi music evening

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11 Dec 2017 – 11:03

Katara set to host Iraqi music evening

Katara General Manager Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti and Iraq Embassy Charge d’Affaires Dr Abdulsattar H Al Janabi.

The Peninsula

The Cultural Village Foundation – Katara, is set to host an evening of Iraqi music, details of which have been discussed during yesterday’s meeting between Katara General Manager Dr  Khalid bin Ibrahim Al  Sulaiti and Iraq Embassy Charge d’Affaires Dr  Abdulsattar H  Al Janabi.

The musical evening will reflect the rich Iraqi heritage with an aim to revive the masterpieces of the authentic music genre in Iraq.

The meeting was aimed at enhancing joint cultural cooperation through cultural events that contribute to strengthening the brotherly relations between the Qatar and Iraq.

Dr Al Sulaiti welcomed the proposal of hosting activities that enhance the presence of Iraqi culture within the Qatari cultural scene, pointing out that such events stem from Katara’s keenness to build communication bridges between people from all walks of life.

For his part, Dr. Al Janabi expressed his admiration of the Cultural Village with its outstanding facilities and activities. He expressed his appreciation for the unceasing efforts and effective role played by Katara as a renowned cultural platform at regional and international levels.

 Source  :  The Peninsula Qatar

Traffic diversion on Al Khor Road for six months

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11 Dec 2017 – 17:13

Traffic diversion on Al Khor Road for six months


Doha: A traffic diversion will be implemented on a 1km section of Al Khor road for a period of six-months.

The diversion will be after the Woqod Petrol Station for those coming from Doha towards Al Khor and will be in place from Tuesday, December 12, the Public Works Authority (Ashghal) announced.

Traffic on this section of Al Khor Road will be diverted to a newly-constructed temporary road parallel to the closed road, which includes two lanes in each direction.

The diversion aims to allow the construction of the signal-controlled intersection No. 8 on Al Khor Road, which will provide a new route to Al Bayt Stadium.

This traffic diversion is part of a new project to upgrade link roads to Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, which includes the construction of 5.3 kilometers of roads, with three lanes in each direction, all leading to four sides of the stadium. These roads will facilitate access to bus stations and car parking around the stadium.

Ashghal will install road signs advising motorists of the diversion, and urged all road users to abide by the new speed limit and follow the road signs to ensure their safety.


Source  :  The Peninsula Qatar

Doha Metro 70% ready; Minister announces as Transport Educational Centre opens

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11 Dec 2017 – 9:04

Doha Metro 70% ready; Minister announces as Transport Educational Centre opens

FROM LEFT: Minister of Transport and Communications, H E Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti (centre); Abdulla Abdulaziz Turki Al Subaie, CEO and Chairman of Qatar Rail; and Abdullah bin Nasser Turki Al Subaey, Chairman of Civil Aviation Authority, with other officials cutting the ribbon to open Qatar Rail Transport Educational Center in the West Bay area yesterday. Pic: Baher Amin / The Peninsula

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Minister of Transport and Communications, H E Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti, said yesterday that around 70 percent work of Doha Metro project has been completed. Speaking on the sidelines of opening of the Transport Educational Centre at the West Bay area, the Minister said 16 trains have been received so far and the actual trials of the trains are currently going on.

“The job has been achieved by around 70 percent for whole project. We have received so far 16 trains and each train has three cars. In some areas we have started actual trials of these trains,” said the Minister. “These trials are long and may take one or one and a half year. This is to make sure that it is safe and everything is perfect,” he added.

He said the actual opening have of the Metro project has been set 2020 but the work will be finished in advance. The time will be spent on the trials and assessments to ensure the highest level of safety and security in according with the directives of H H the Emir.

“These are the first trains not only in the regions, but also in the world which run without drivers, but we also have another trains which will be run by drivers,” he said. “Electricity has been provided to 13 to 15 metro stations and we are satisfied with this achievement as it is in line with the deadline,” he added.

He went on to say that Qatar Rail’s projects, especially Doha Metro, will form the vital backbone of the integrated public transport system, supported by other rail–based systems like Lusail Tram, to encourage the use of public transport.

“Under the wise leadership of Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thaniand the follow-up and supervision of the Prime Minister and Interior Minister H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, w e saw transportation projects given great attention which led to a clear vision for implementing the best programs in the country to the benefit of our society. This centre is the vehicle by which we will educate present and future generations on utlising these technologies to their full benefit,” he added.

He said that the Transport Educational centre will make people aware about benefits of public transport.

“Education has always been indispensable to our progress. The Transport Educational Centre will be the central hub where the people of Qatar can learn and discover the many benefits of our public transport system. It is a world class educational facility of the highest calibre to match a world class transportation system the nation can look forward to,” said the Minister.

He added that the Ministry is trying to include the topic of public transport in the curriculum of the schools in cooperation with Ministry of Education to educate students about safe and environment friendly transport system.

He added that factories have been shifted from Jabel Ali in Emirates to Doha. “I am so glad that all operations have been shifted from Jabel Ali in Emirates to Doha. Three factories specialising in transportation manufacturing and railways and parts have been fully transferred to Doha and have started operations,” he added.


Source  :  The Peninsula Qatar

QNL to host Marasi Ensemble featuring traditional Arabic music

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10 Dec 2017 – 9:42

QNL to host Marasi Ensemble featuring traditional Arabic music

The Peninsula

As part of National Day celebrations, Qatar National Library (QNL) will host a concert by the Marasi Ensemble in the library’s auditorium on December 13, between 7pm and 8pm. Open to the public the hour-long performance will feature several traditional Qatari songs.

QNL, a member of Qatar Foundation (QF), during the concert will demonstrate its dedication to preserving and promoting the culture and heritage of Qatar and the Arabian Gulf region. QNL has hosted several cultural events since its opening last month, including an Arabic creative writing workshop and Arabic Language Day celebrations. The Marasi Ensemble was established by Qatar Music Academy (QMA), a member of QF, in 2011 to focus on authentic interpretations of traditional maqam music, a style used in traditional Arabic music. Its compositional and improvisational techniques are unique to non-Western musical cultures. “We are pleased to welcome the Marasi Ensemble to QNL to share their unique musical style that is such an important part of Qatar’s culture. This concert is an excellent opportunity for locals and expats to experience a key component of Arabic heritage, one which underscores the richness of our history,” said Dr Nouf Khashman, Outreach and Community Engagement Manager, QNL.

The ensemble is made up of faculty members of QMA’s Arab music department and performs on traditional instruments such as the oud, nay, qanun, violin (kaman), and a variety of Middle Eastern instruments. They will play ten songs, including the Qatar national anthem. “Qatar Music Academy’s participation in QNL’s National Day celebrations is an integral part of showing our solidarity with Qatar as a unified collective. It’s also one of the many facets on QMA’s journey towards championing Qatar’s musical heritage and to building musical awareness in the country, as well as furthering Qatar Foundation’s mission to promoting a progressive and diverse cultural landscape. The Marasi Ensemble is excited to provide the audience with a glimpse into Qatar’s rich musical history,” said Dr Abdul Ghafour Al Heeti, Director, QMA.

Visitors inspired by the concert can take advantage of QNL’s musical instruments and recording studio, one of the ‘Innovation Stations’ designed to foster creativity in the community, particularly among young people.


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Qatar rejects recognition of Jerusalem as Israel capital

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10 Dec 2017 – 9:43

Qatar rejects recognition of Jerusalem as Israel capital

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New York: Qatar has expressed its total rejection of any measures calling for the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, stressing the special importance of Jerusalem to all Arab and Muslim peoples. It added that the legal and historical situation in Jerusalem must be respected and any repercussions that cannot be contained must be avoided.

Qatar has also warned of the serious consequences for security and stability in the Middle East for such actions, which are totally contrary to international law and international legitimacy resolutions and against any serious efforts to achieve peace on the basis of the two-state solution.

This came in a statement delivered by the Permanent Representative of Qatar to the United Nations Ambassador H E Sheikha Alia Ahmed bin Saif Al Thani at a meeting held by the United Nations General Assembly today on “a Culture of Peace”.

“Since we are discussing today the culture of peace item and we are in the midst of developments in the Middle East, achieving peace requires us to emphasise the importance of avoiding any actions that contradict this lofty goal, namely the sustainable peace that the world needs today more than ever before.. With regard to the Middle East and without resolving the Palestinian issue, peace in the Middle East will remain an elusive goal,” she said.

International efforts to promote a culture of peace, dialogue, understanding and cooperation between religions and cultures reflect the resolve and determination of the international community to confront all difficulties and obstacles to the achievement of international peace and security, especially in light of the increasing conflicts and crises in the world.

“Accordingly, finding a conducive environment and enabling factors to building and consolidating peace is one of the most important pillars that we, as an international community, must give due attention to by respecting and realising the legitimate rights of peoples, safeguarding their dignity and providing the requirements for sustainable development. Based on our policy derived from our communal, religious and civilisational heritage, Qatar has adopted a policy of moderation, tolerance and acceptance of cultural, civilisational and religious differences among peoples. My country also plays an active and responsible role in the international community that contributes to the establishment and strengthening of international peace and security.”

In the belief of the State of Qatar that it is important to achieve the sixteenth goal of the Sustainable Development Plan and to support the efforts of the UN in this regard, it has played a leading role in cooperation with Member States and United Nations bodies in establishing the Global Alliance for Reporting SDG 16, which seeks to promote justice, peaceful and inclusive societies, Her Excellency said, pointing out that in the light of the role played by the United Nations Alliance of Civilisations to promote a culture of peace, dialogue and understanding between cultures and religions, the State of Qatar has been at the forefront of countries that have supported the Alliance and continue to support it in all its forms.

In the context of the commitment to realising the Qatar National Vision 2030, which seeks to promote cultural exchange with the peoples, Qatar has worked to establish institutions to spread the culture of peace, dialogue between cultures, acceptance of differences, and to fight extremism and violence, she said, adding that this includes Arab Cultural House, which was inaugurated by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister H E Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani and German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel in Berlin in November 2017. The House aims to deepen cooperation between the Arab and German cultures, she said.

Sheikha Alia said that Qatar views peace in a more holistic manner, adding peace in the eyes of Qatari diplomacy is not just the absence of violence but permanent peace is based on compromise and justice. The State has therefore given great importance to participating in international efforts to support the role of mediation and preventive diplomacy, which is a fundamental pillar of the Secretary-General’s plan, she said, adding Qatar will host regional consultations on the sustainability of peace for the Middle East and some Islamic countries from 18-19 January 2018 in preparation for the high-level meeting of the General Assembly next April on the sustainability of peace.


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Windy conditions likely to continue until mid-week

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10 Dec 2017 – 16:41

Windy conditions likely to continue until mid-week

Strong wind over Doha. December 8, 2017. Baher Amin © The Peninsula

By The Peninsula

Strong north westerly wind is expected to continue for a few more days. According to latest weather chart updates by the Qatar Meteorology Department, fresh to strong north westerly wind will continue around the country until Tuesday, December 12, 2017.
Wind speed is expected to range between 15-25 knots gusting to 30 kt in some areas with high waves offshore ranging between 7-10 ft reaching 14 ft in some areas as marine warnings continue until the beginning of Wednesday, December 13, 2017.

The visibility is expected to drop below 2km in some areas due to blowing dust.

Cold weather conditions will continue at night with temperatures around their average as minimums expected to range between 11 °C to 18 °C and maximums between 19 °C to 24°C across the country. However, the felt temperatures will be less than that due to the wind chill effect.

Qatar Meteorology Department urged all to be cautious and to avoid going to sea during this period.


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Events lined up to mark Human Rights Day in Qatar

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 09 Dec 2017 – 8:39

Events lined up to mark Human Rights Day in Qatar

A family takes part in ‘Stand Up for Your Rights’ campaign to raise awareness on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as part of the series of activities at Katara. Pic: Salim Matramkot / The Peninsula

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Qatar joins the whole world in the observance of Human Rights Day tomorrow and the ‘Stand Up for Human Rights’ campaign in the run-up to the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) with the launch of a series of activities aimed at promoting awareness of UDHR at Katara yesterday.
To be launched worldwide tomorrow, which is Human Rights Day, the year-long campaign aims to engage a broad audience around the world, help promote understanding of how the UDHR empowers everyone, and encourage further reflection on the ways that each one can stand up for rights every day. It will culminate on the 70th anniversary of UDHR next year.

“This year is a special year not only for Doha but around the world. Specifically, we want to focus on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We want to increase public awareness on the articles under this Declaration,” Abdulla Ali Al Mahmoud (pictured), Head of the Department of Public Relations and Media, NHRC, told local media yesterday.

“It is NHRC’s mission to promote and encourage human rights, as well as activate partnerships with other entities like Katara and UN Human Rights center. In general, we have organized activities for children and adults to celebrate the 70th anniversary of UDHR,” added Al Mahmoud. A highlight of the three-day event organised by Katara and the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) along with United Nations Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is ‘Add your voice’, a UN Human Rights project to raise awareness on UDHR using technology to enable a person to record one of the 30 articles in his own language which can be shared through social media.

A wall expressing human rights perspectives, games and workshops for children including painting, colouring, drawing and handicraft are other activities being held during the three-day event.

Katara visitors also enjoyed watching 20 Qatari and expatriate artists create artworks with Human Rights theme at the fine art symposium organized in line with the celebration.  Traditional cultural performers from China, Algeria, and Macedonia also staged vibrant folkdances which enthralled the audience at Katara Amphitheatre later in the night. The performances were part of the ongoing Cultural Diversity Festival presented by Katara and the Unesco Office in Doha.

Activities will continue today and conclude tomorrow, Human Rights Day, with a concert of the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra featuring Unesco Artist for Peace Marcel Khalife’s “From Symphony of Return: Fourth Movement and the world premiere of ‘Four Seasons’ by Naser Sahim. Under the baton of James Shearman, Qatar Philharmonic will also play compositions by Wael Binali and Dana Al Fardan.


Source  :  The Peninsula Qatar