Go-ahead for forming panel to host sport activities
January 12 2017 01:06 AM

Giving a fillip to Qatar’s vision to become a global sport hub, the Cabinet yesterday approved a draft decision to form an organising committee for hosting regional and international sport activities and events. 
The organising committee shall be formed at the Ministry of Culture and Sports under the presidency of a representative from the ministry and with members from authorities concerned, the official Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported.
The committee shall be tasked with reviewing the sport entities’ proposals in regards to hosting regional and international sport tournaments and events that have been approved, and providing feedback in terms of the feasibility and benefit for the country, considering the planned support from the state to host such events. 
It also shall take measures on liaising with authorities concerned regarding the approved sport tournaments and events, looking into the allocated budget from the state, and providing a view on the matter. 
In addition, the committee is to liaise with the Governmental Committee for Co-ordinating Conferences and Events regarding the timings and schedule of holding the regional and international events and activities. 
The Cabinet’s weekly meeting was chaired by HE the Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani at its Emiri Diwan premises.
Following the meeting, HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid al-Mahmoud said the Cabinet considered the agenda and took a set of decisions and measures.
The Cabinet approved a draft law regulating the practice of the marine business in the waters belonging to the State of Qatar.
The marine vessels included in the draft law include vessels of any kind, including boats of dynamic payment, marine media, boats operating by immersion operation, drilling rigs, service vessels and the like. The draft law does not include warships, public ships, fishing vessels and cruise ships.
The draft law identifies practice of marine business in Qatar’s waters as all the work carried by naval vessels in the internal and territorial waters of the state, and its bed and subsoil, and the exclusive economic zone and continental shelf, over which the State has sovereignty and sovereign rights, in accordance with the provisions of the international law and its domestic laws and regulations, including acts of passenger and goods transport, drilling and digging operations, supply and maintenance services, and the services of lifting debris, laying of submarine cables, and operation of offshore units and others.
Under the draft law, Qatari and non-Qatari naval ships may practice marine business in waters belonging to the State of Qatar after obtaining a license from the competent department at the Ministry of Transport and Communications.
Practising marine business in the areas that are managed or supervised by Qatar Petroleum are not subject to the provisions of this law.
All persons who are engaged in marine business in the Qatari waters before the effective date of the provisions of this law must adjust their situation in accordance with its terms within six months from the date of its enforcement. The period may be extended for another similar period by a decision of the minister. 
The Cabinet also approved a draft decision of the Minister of Interior to issue the executive regulation No. (21) of 2015 regulating the entry and exit of expatriates and their stay.
The draft regulation included provisions concerning the controls of entry and exit of expatriates, work and non-work residence permits, visits, transit pass, return, residence permits and others, QNA reported. 

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