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Chantelle D'mello / Doha News

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In the coming weeks, hundreds of young expats will graduate from Qatar's universities. Many will grapple with visa and employment questions.

Oma Seddiq at the Daily Q, Northwestern University in Qatar's student publication, has put together some advice to help these seniors with their transition out of school.

It is aimed specifically at those departing Qatar Foundation colleges, but we've added in some information for Qatar University students, too.

If you're graduating in Qatar soon, here's what you need to know:

1) If you're on a student visa, your residency permit will expire soon.

Once you graduate, new alumni of Qatar Foundation usually have about three months to cancel their RPs or transfer their sponsorship to an employer or other entity.


Qatar ID card MOI/Facebook

Notably, for QU students, international students only have five days to cancel their RPs after graduation, according to the university's website.

However, graduating students should contact the school immediately after completing final exams to convey whether they want to cancel or transfer their RPs.

2) If you cancel your RP, you must leave Qatar within seven days.

Canceling will require submitting your Qatar ID and passport to your coordinator.

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Photo for illustrative purposes only. Craig Sunter/Flickr

Remember that if you own a vehicle, you must transfer that ownership registration to another resident and pay all traffic fines before canceling.

Here's a checklist of some other requirements expats must meet before canceling their RPs, including closing out bank accounts, credit cards and loans.

3) Transferring your sponsorship will require an NOC from QF.

You won't be able to get this until you present copies of your QID, passport, employment contract and employer's valid computer card.

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You will also need to clear all outstanding dues with QF's finance department. Once you get the NOC, your employer will complete the process.

4) EC Graduates need to clear out of their dorms by May 11.

Departing seniors can stay in HBKU housing for an extra week after graduation, but need to have emailed Housing and Residence Life already to get that extension.

Chantelle D'mello / Doha News

HBKU residence halls Chantelle D'mello / Doha News

It will cost additional fees to stay longer, including in the summer.

What advice would you add? Thoughts?

(The post Four things graduating university students need to know in Qatar is from Doha News.)

Thu, Apr 27, 2017, Continue reading at the source


Kite festival Aspire

From watching your favorite wrestlers in action to enjoying Qatar's first kite festival to cheering on local football teams or checking out some of the latest fashion trends, there's plenty going on around town this weekend.

Here are our picks:

Kite Festival

Qatar's inaugural International Kite Festival, which kicked off yesterday, will run through Saturday, April 29 from noon to 7pm at Aspire Park.


Kite festival Aspire

Thirteen teams from around the world are competing in the event., including professional kite flyers from Australia, Canada, Colombia, France, Indonesia, Italy, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, the UK, the US and Vietnam.

There are also kite workshops, roaming entertainers, food trucks and F1 simulators, among other offerings.

Additionally, prizes are being offered for three separate competitions inspired by the event. These include a kids' poster competition, a photography competition and a schools competition. More details can be found here.

Qatar Cup Final

Al Sadd will face Al Jaish in the Qatar Cup Final on Saturday, April 29 at 7pm at the Al Sadd stadium.

Al Sadd SC/Facebook

Al Sadd Sports Club Al Sadd SC/Facebook

According to the Qatar Stars League, this is Al Sadd's first appearance at the finals, which are usually between El Jaish and Lekwhiya.

Interestingly, the team's captains, Xavi of Al Sadd and Seydou Keita of El Jaish, are no strangers. They played together on the same side for four seasons with FC Barcelona.

Tickets to the match cost QR10/person and can be bought online or at Gulf or Landmark malls.


Conductor Elias Grandy will lead the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra in performing Brahams' First Symphony on Saturday, April 29.


Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra DFI

The event will take place at the Qatar National Convention Center (Auditorium 3) at 7:30pm. Tickets cost QR125-QR175/person and can be bought online.

The symphony is open to anyone six years and older, and informal attire such as shorts or beachwear are not permitted. More information about the event is on QPO's website.


Celebrity wrestlers from across the world will gather in Doha this weekend for the QPW SuperSlam Championship.


QPW event QPW

The event will be held on Friday, April 28 at the Ali bin Hamad Al Attiya Arena, with doors opening at 6pm and the show starting at 8pm.

For the first time in the Middle East, retired American pro wrestler Sting will make an appearance, organizers said.

Some of the confirmed wrestlers include Cody Rhodes, Booker T, Caprice Coleman, Ali Farhat, and for the first time, Qatari wrestler Ali Al Naima.

Tickets for the family-friendly event are now on sale. They cost QR50, QR150, QR350 and QR500 (VIP) per person and can be bought online.

Heya fashion exhibition

The 11th edition of the Heya Arabian Fashion Exhibition will kick off on Friday, April 28 and run through Tuesday, May 2.


8th Heya Arabian Fashion Show Heya

The event is considered Qatar's most popular exhibition of abayas and traditional Arabic attire. This year, it will host Gulf-based designers as they show off their abayas, kaftans, jalabiyas, veils and gown designs. Accessories, belts, bags and shoes will also be on offer.

Visitors can enjoy daily fashion shows or learn from workshops hosted by industry experts.

The exhibition will run from 10am to 10pm at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center, although Friday's opening ceremony will commence at 3:30pm. For more information, visit Heya's website.

Free DFI screening

As part of the Museum of Islamic Art's Imperial Threads: Motifs and Artisans from Turkey, Iran and India exhibition, the Doha Film Institute (DFI) will screen Gabbeh this weekend.

The Iranian romantic-fantasy by director and screenwriter Mohsen Makhmalbaf tells the story of an elderly married couple.

While washing their gabbeh, a traditional Persian carpet, the figure in the design (that of a young woman) comes to life and spins a story about her history, her family and the man she loved but was forbidden to marry.

Doha Film Institute

Gabbeh Doha Film Institute

The screening will be held twice at the Museum of Islamic Art Auditorium on Thursday and Friday, April 27 and 28. Both screenings will commence at 7:30pm.

The screening is free and open to all, but those who wish to attend should reserve seats in advance here. For more information, visit DFI's website.

Al Khor book fair

The Ministry of Culture and Sports is currently holding its first book fair in Al Khor Park.


Photo for illustrative purposes only. QNL

Some of the participating publishers include Al Sharq, Promo Art and Katara, among others. There will also be various workshops at the Al Khor Public Library to encourage reading among students in schools. Students from Abdullah Bin Ali Al Misnad Junior High school will be also be performing a play.

The fair will run until Saturday, April 29.

Bonus: Pearl-Qatar festival: UDC is hosting an outdoor festival in Porto Arabia (La Croisette 2 to 6) from Thursday through Saturday. There will be performances, carnival games, coloring and an animal petting area. The event goes from 4pm to 9pm each day. More information is here.

What are your plans for the weekend? Thoughts?

(The post Seven things to do in Qatar this weekend (April 26-29) is from Doha News.)

Wed, Apr 26, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Construction workers eat at the Khalifa Stadium

Peter Kovessy / Doha News

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World Cup organizers are teaming up with medical experts in Qatar to examine and better understand the health of their workers.

Some 1,000 employees are being studied as part of a new pilot program launched in February by Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q).

The goal is to identify common health challenges such as high blood pressure, blood sugar issues and dehydration, and see if better nutrition can help, WCM-Q said in a statement.

Peter Kovessy / Doha News

Khalifa Stadium mess hall Peter Kovessy / Doha News

After conducting health checks, the college will launch awareness campaigns to highlight the importance of balanced diets.

Working with contractors

It will also work with catering companies and contractors to recommend revised food options that take into account the health of the employees.

A detailed report will be sent to the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SCDL).

Reem Saad / Doha News

Photo for illustrative purposes only. Reem Saad / Doha News

But they only employ a fraction of workers in Qatar, and the hope is that other companies in the country will also take the findings to heart, researchers said.

In a statement, Dr. Javaid I. Sheikh, Dean of WCM-Q, added:

“This initiative represents an exciting opportunity to tackle a global problem, that of nutritional deficiencies amongst migrant workers.

Through this initiative, we therefore not only hope to better understand the specific nutritional needs of workers in Qatar, but also to educate them about diet so they can pass this knowledge on to their families when they return home.”

Migrant health

According to the United Nations, health is a human right.


Photo for illustrative purposes only. SCDL

And expat workers particularly from developing countries face greater health risks than non-migrants.

This is for a variety of reasons, including that:

They may come from nations with poor health systems; They work in industries that have higher occupational risks; Health regulations are not strictly applied on the job; and They may lack access to local health systems.

Developing preventative programs, such as the one WCM-Q is launching, is a good step toward ensuring worker well-being, the UN added.

Worker deaths

Such programs may also help Qatar officials address another problem that's been on the rise – the so-called mysterious deaths of young construction workers.

In December, Al Jazeera reported that a rising number of Nepali expats around the world have been dying in their sleep or of heart attacks.

Reem Saad / Doha News

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Many of the dead were young men who headed overseas to do physically demanding jobs in hot climates.

According to a former Nepal ambassador to Qatar, 55 percent of Nepali migrant workers deaths in Qatar are the result of “sudden” cardiac arrest.

Meanwhile, some 20 percent are from work-related accidents, 15 percent from traffic accidents and 10 percent from suicide, Suryanath Mishra said.

Speaking in 2015, he urged officials to “properly and urgently” investigate Nepali deaths in Doha. He added:

“In general, it is due to tension led by exploitation, adverse climate, poor working and living conditions and alcoholic intoxication.”

Numbers up for debate

Though nearly 90 percent of its population is comprised of foreigners, Qatar's government does not publish annual breakdowns of migrant deaths.

However, according to figures that it shared with the UN earlier this year, only 35 expats were killed while on the job in 2016.


Al Wakrah stadium site SCDL

That includes one Nepali man who was struck by a water tanker while working on the Al Wakrah Stadium site.

Meanwhile, some 547 people were seriously injured in falls, from mishaps with heavy equipment and “accidents involving a crush.”

The numbers do not take into account, however, the types of possibly health-related deaths that Mishra highlighted.


(The post Qatar to study health and diet of its World Cup workers is from Doha News.)

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