Doha has always had a variety of eateries serving delicious and fresh Iftar snacks, catering to all palates and pockets. The goodies come under steamed, baked or fried categories and ranging from spicy to sweet.
Qatar will be affected by strong wind Saturday, the Meteorology Department said. While the inshore warning adds dusty conditions and poor horizontal visibility, the offshore warning adds high sea.The Met Department also said the weather inshore Friday until 6am on Saturday will be partly cloudy to cloudy at times with chance of scattered rain becomes dusty by late night, warning of strong wind and poor horizontal visibility at places by late Friday night.On Saturday, Northwesterly winds are expected in the 20kt to 30kt range, both inshore and offshore, and could gust to 40kt at times. The temperature Saturday will be in the 17C-27C range. The Met office had earlier forecast fresh to strong wind until the middle of the next week. On Friday, the temperature was in the 15C-32C range, with cloudy sky.
A Qatar study has found that administering Covid-19 mRNA vaccine in the inpatient population in a rehabilitation facility is advantageous for gaining full immunity for them.The study featured on Qscience.com highlights that delaying the vaccine until patients complete their rehabilitation is unjustifiable and recommends to initiate vaccination campaigns in inpatient facilities, while the patients are completing their rehabilitation programme.Research by Zahra Noureddine, Lama Madi, Sami Ullah and Haneen Alrawashdeh from Qatar Rehabilation Institiute (QRI) of Hamad medical Corporation and Lina Naseralallah from the School of Pharmacy, College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK explored the adverse drug reaction (ADR) profile in this population and monitored the progression of these ADRs in a hospital setting.According to the study, the initiation of vaccination campaigns in inpatient rehabilitation would offer the advantage of gaining full immunity and reducing the risk of contracting Covid-19 infection and complications once discharged.It was a prospective observational study, which included adult patients admitted to the rehabilitation facility of QRI who were deemed eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine during their hospital stay. Data was collected by the investigators from June 2021 to May 2022 at 24 hours, 48 hours, and seven days post-vaccination and a piloted data collection tool utilised for this.The aim of this observational study was to explore and quantify the incidence of ADRs following the administration of the mRNA vaccine in the inpatient population at QRI. The rehabilitation facility offers support and rehabilitation to general trauma patients, stroke patients, as well as those suffering from spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries. Due to their prolonged hospital stay, these inpatients were candidates to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, which would enable clinicians to closely monitor any potential reactions to the vaccine.A total of 35 patients, who met the inclusion criteria and agreed to participate in the studywere administered the vaccine. The researchers took up the unique opportunity to closely observe patients to ensure no side effects go undiagnosed. This study explored and quantified the incidence and severity of ADRs in patients who have received the Covid-19 vaccine during their stay in the rehabilitation facility.iediediediedPain at the injection site was the most commonly reported local ADR, while headache was the most frequent systemic ADR. The majority of the reported ADRs were mild to moderate in nature, with only one severe reaction detected. Although no statistical significance was noted among the variables, common patterns were identified, such as a higher occurrence of fever at 24 hours after the second dose as opposed to the first dose. Close monitoring of the included study subjects did not reveal any unanticipated ADRs or an increase in ADRs susceptibility and severity compared to the general population.The majority of patients were male (85.7%), with their age ranging between 30 and 60 years old (91.4%). Around half of the patients had a history of diabetes, hypertension, or stroke. Out of the 35 included patients, the use of blood thinning medication was confirmed in 29 (82.9%) patients. All patients received the Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA vaccine.The results of this study did not show an increased risk of ADRs following vaccination with the Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA vaccine in the inpatient population. The findings from this study closely aligned with the published literature on outpatients, providing support for inpatient vaccination campaigns.
Weather inshore tonight until 6pm on Friday will be partly cloudy to cloudy at times with chance of scattered rain becomes dusty by late night, the Department of Meteorology said in its daily weather report, warning of expected poor horizontal visibility at places by late night.Offshore, it will be scattered cloudy to partly cloudy with scattered rain becomes slight dust later, the report added.Wind inshore will be Southwesterly - Southeasterly 05 - 15 KT gusting to 22 KT by late night.Offshore, it will be mainly Southwesterly - Southeasterly 03 -13 KT reaches 18 KT at north by late night.Visibility will be 04 to 08 Kilometer decreases to 03 kilometre or less at some places at late night.Sea state inshore will be 1 to 2 FT, rises to 3 FT at night. Offshore will be 1 to 3 FT rises to 5 FT at night.
At the beginning of the activities of the 2nd edition of Ramadan Book Fair, which is currently being held at Darb Al-Saai in Umm Salal, a symposium was held on the education process in Qatar and its cultural and enlightening role in society.The symposium was attended by HE Minister of Culture Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Hamad Al-Thani, HE Minister of Justice Masoud bin Mohammed Al Ameri, HE Minister of State and Qatar National Library president Dr. Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kuwari, and HE President of Qatar University Dr Hassan bin Rashid Al Derham.HE Former Minister of Education Dr. Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Turki Al Subaie participated in the symposium, which was moderated by Hassan Al-Saee, a journalist.During his speech, His Excellency discussed the most important historical stages that education in the State of Qatar went through, stressing that the education process in Qatar was linked to the establishment of the first regular school in 1951, which was followed by the expansion of the opening of schools in stages, and then the establishment of the Department of Knowledge to supervise education, and the establishment of the Ministry of Education in early 1957 as the first Ministry of Education in the history of the country. It changed its name more than once to become the Ministry of Education and Youth Welfare, then the Ministry of Education, then the Ministry of Education and Culture, all the way to its current name, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.HE Dr. Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Turki Al Subaie dealt, during his speech, with the next stages in the education renaissance in Qatar, touching on the many achievements of the Ministry of Education, the most important of which is the development of cultural and intellectual awareness in the country, the allocation of cultural seasons, and the invitation of many Arab innovators and thinkers who have made Doha a cultural and intellectual arena in various fields.HE Dr. Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Turki Al Subaie touched on the most prominent achievement which is the establishment of Qatar University, where he explained that the story of the establishment of the university went through several stages, as the final opinion was settled by relying on the people of the country to establish a national university that includes two colleges, one for teachers, and the other for female teachers, to be the nucleus of higher education in Qatar, and its beginning, due to the urgent need of the Ministry of Education for male and female teachers, praising the current status of the university and the great development witnessed by the education sector in the country.
Doha Institute for Graduate Studies (DI) organised the 5th edition of the Cultural Day, which is held annually in Ramadan to celebrate the Institute's cultural, social and linguistic diversity.The event, in which students from many nationalities participated, reflected the cultural heritage of their countries, customs, and heritage in terms of popular foods, traditional costumes, history, languages, and dialects. Various activities were presented, including traditional crafts, shipbuilding, competitions, the Prophet's Praise Band, poetry and folklore performances.In this context, Executive Director of the Administrative and Financial Division at the DI Eman Al Sulaiti said that this event is the best expression of the DI's cultural diversity. It brings together students, professors and staff from all over the world, which provides an opportunity to learn about their traditions, diverse cultures, and rich heritage.She added that the event stems from the centrality of culture as a bridge of communication and understanding among peoples with the aim of enriching the values of diversity and close contact with the cultures, customs and traditions of other countries, through recreational activities that are characterized by fun and positive participation.It is an opportunity for harmony and synergy in this holy month, as students present performances representing their countries, and this is an occasion to know what we do not know about these cultures, Al sulaiti added.For her part, Director of Student Affairs Nasema Abdeen confirmed that the DI hosts more than 40 Arab and foreign nationalities, and it is important to activate community activities within its campus, to increase and enrich cultural values and knowledge.
The Gulf Organization for Research & Development (Gord) and GV Investment Group signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to cooperate in applying the standards of the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) and promoting sustainable solutions in Egypt. Founding Chairman of Gord Dr Yousef bin Mohammed Alhorr and Chairman of GV Investment Group Sherif Hamouda signed the agreement at the Gord's headquarters in Qatar Science & Technology Park.Under the MoU, the Gord and GV Group will cooperate in several areas aimed at accelerating climate action and promoting a sustainable urban environment in Egyptian society, with a focus on applying the GSAS standards in the city of Tarboul, the largest industrial city in Egypt. Dr Alhorr said the partnership represents a milestone for Gord as it seeks to spread green building concepts and expand the scope of work with the GSAS system in Egypt, pointing out that facing climate challenges in the region requires diligent co-operation and exchange of common experiences between countries, institutions and stakeholders.For his part, Hamouda said that investing in sustainable projects is one of the group's main goals in Egypt, and adopting GSAS standards and applying them in projects is an additional value for the group in particular and for Egypt in general.He added that Gord will become a strategic partner for the industrial city of Tarboul, pointing out that the partnership with the Gord in the field of environmental sustainability will help the GV group achieve climate goals and establish world-class sustainable real estate projects. The Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) was established in 2009 and is a green building certification system developed for GCC countries. Gord is a non-profit organization spearheading MENA region's sustainability milieu. Headquartered in Qatar Science & Technology Park, Gord drives the transformation of societies, industries, and the built environment by influencing corporate ethos, fostering innovation, and developing capacity to enable low-carbon sustainable growth for present and future generations
The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change organised a series of awareness workshops and lectures in several state schools, to educate students about the importance of sustainable development and preserving the environment and its impact on human health, and to introduce them to the basics of recycling and ways to benefit from household waste.The ministry presented a workshop on ways to improve air quality at home for students of Al Shaqab Primary Independent School for Girls. The workshop addressed many axes, most notably of which were causes of indoor air pollution, and proposed environmental solutions to improve its quality through experiments carried out by Nasa for the health of the home environment.The ministry also participated in the scientific research exhibition at Al Khansaa Primary Independent School for Girls, where it introduced students to the best methods of waste recycling and practical use, and the impact of plastic on public health. The ministry presented a lecture at Kamal Naji Elementary School for Boys, which included introducing the most important steps in the work of school projects, defining the concept of creativity and its obstacles, and the characteristics of the creative personality, in addition to another lecture in Umm Maabad Preparatory School for Girls, to introduce students to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and Qatar's steps towards achieving these goals, through large sustainable projects.The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change also organised a lecture on health at home to students of Qatar Technical Secondary School for Girls.The lecture included providing many information on indoor health, and the impact of some materials used on public health, such as pesticides, fresheners, dyes, wallpaper, plastic and wooden floors, and detergents.(QNA)
HE the Minister of Culture Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Hamad al-Thani, inaugurated yesterday evening the 2nd edition of the Ramadan Book Fair organised by the Ministry of Culture, in the presence of a number of other dignitaries. HE the Minister of State and Qatar National Library president Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz al-Kawari, former minister of eduation HE Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Turki al-Subaie and Qatar University president Dr Hassan bin Rashid al-Derham were among those present.The exhibition will continue until April 5 at Darb al-Saai headquarters in Umm Salal, with the participation of 79 publishing houses and bookstores, including 31 from Qatar and 48 from abroad. During a tour inside the exhibition, the minister of culture was briefed on the most important publications and titles offered by publishing houses, the participating Qatari authorities and Arab publishing houses. HE Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Hamad al-Thani said that the Ramadan Book Fair is a rich extension of a cultural year full of activities and events, and contributed to spreading the values of creativity and innovation.The event also opens broader horizons for constructive intellectual dialogue on many issues of concern to intellectuals, creators, and several segments of society. One of the good contributions in terms of cultural growth is that it is a privileged space for supporting publishing houses and an important link between writers and the reading public.HE the Minister of Culture stressed that the Ramadan Book Fair is characterised by the diversity of its activities that includes productive families, and cultural and religious seminars, and that the visitors will find a rich combination of culture and tradition. HE Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Hamad al-Thani said that Darb al-Saai has become a major destination for cultural, heritage and social activities in the country.HE Dr Ghanem bin Mubarak al-Ali al-Maadeed, Assistant Undersecretary for Cultural Affairs at the Ministry of Culture, said in a statement that the exhibition is driving book publishing and expanding the reading circle. He stressed that the Ministry of Culture spares no effort in supporting Qatari publishing houses, through a number of events.He pointed out that the first phase began with the Qatar University exhibition, now the second edition of the Ramadan Book Fair, and noted that the Doha International Book Fair will be held next June. The Ramadan Book Fair also includes a number of activities daily after Tarawih prayers. The Ramadan Council will gather a group of intellectuals for a public discussion. The activities on the main stage includes a number of seminars in co-operation with the Ministry of Endowment (Awqaf) and Islamic Affairs. There are events in co-operation with the Ministry of Social Development and Family in order to support the projects of productive families.Jassim al-Buainain, director of the Ramadan Book Fair, said the cultural activities accompanying the exhibition are held in the main theatre, which hosts daily cultural and religious seminars in co-operation with the Ministry of Endowments (Awqaf) and Religious Affairs, in addition to five art and culture workshops, puppet theatre and Hazawi al-Fareej (traditional story telling) for children.
The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI), in co-operation with Tyco Fire and Security, has announced the recall of Simplex/ Autocall Hazards Audio or Visual Warning Devices: TrueAlert ES, Xenon, LED with the following numbers: (49AV-WRF, 49AV-WRFO, 49VO-APPLWE, 49AV-APPLW, 49AV-APPLW-O, 49AV-WWF) 49AV-WWFO-BA, 59AV-WWF, 49AO-WRF, 49VO-WRF, 49VO-WRFO, 49VOH-APPLC, 49AVH-APPLC, 49VOH-APPLC-O, 49VO-WWF, 49VO-WWFO-BA), manufacturing Year: 2021, due to a possible defect that may not alert visually and/or with an alarm after a period of regular operation of 11 months or more.The MoCI said the recall campaign comes within the framework of its ongoing efforts to protect consumers and ensure that the dealer follow up on the software update as soon as possible. The MoCI will coordinate with the dealer to follow up on the maintenance and repair works and communicate with customers to ensure that the necessary updates are carried out.The MoCI urged all customers to report any violations to its Consumer Protection and Anti-Commercial Fraud Department, which processes complaints, inquires and suggestions through the following channels:Call center: 16001, e-mail: [email protected], Twitter: @MOCIQATAR, Instagram: MOCIQATAR, MoCI mobile app for android and iOS: MOCIQATAR
Qatar Museums (QM) Chairperson HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad al-Thani and HE the Minister of Public Health Dr Hanan Mohamed al-Kuwari inaugurated artworks on display at the Women’s Wellness and Research Centre (WWRC).The artworks, provided by the QM for display in Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) hospitals and facilities, are drawn from the “Outbreak” exhibition held by the Doha Film Institute (DFI) in 2020, inspired by the fight against the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.Following the inauguration ceremony, HE Sheikha Al Mayassa and HE Dr al-Kuwari toured the artworks on display at the WWRC, which have been provided as part of the partnership between the HMC and QM.The artworks on display include: *The Reflection Experiment by Anfal al-Kandari, *Consumer Consumed by Mohamed al-Suwaidi, *Reclaimed by Nature by Roda al-Thani, and a sculpture called *Bahrani Baby, by acclaimed Iraqi born and Qatar-based artist Ahmed Bahrani.HE Dr al-Kuwari said that the partnership between the HMC and QM underscores that art in healthcare facilities has become increasingly essential as more studies highlight the positive impact that art can have in the healing process.“Engaging with art benefits both physical and mental health,” she said.“There is a growing body of evidence that shows art within hospitals and facilities can help to ease anxiety, stress and depression for both patients and healthcare staff,” HE Dr al-Kuwari said. “Art can transform stark clinical environments into compassionate care spaces filled with inspiration and healing.”“We thank HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad al-Thani and the QM for their ongoing collaboration and support in bringing these wonderful and diverse pieces to our hospitals and enabling patients, visitors and our healthcare teams to appreciate them,” HE the Minister of Public Health said.The hospitals of Hamad bin Khalifa Medical City and the Al Maha Centre in Al Wakra now display artwork from some of the 24 local artists, featured in the original “Outbreak” exhibition.Other works displayed around HMC facilities include a collaboration with internationally renowned photographer Anne Geddes and an installation depicting historical Islamic art pieces and sculpture.The dignitaries also visited the Qatar Rehabilitation Institute, where they met patients and were briefed on a range of the facility’s most advanced rehabilitation services, including Easy Street, the Gait Lab and Physiotherapy Unit.
The Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) is celebrating World Oral Health Day by spreading awareness messages about oral and dental health, a statement said Thursday. PHCC’s 154 dental clinics in 31 health centres, provide comprehensive primary health services in both general and specialised dentistry, for all age groups. These services mainly focus on prevention and early detection of dental and gum diseases before reaching advanced stages, in addition to coordinating between specialties and other levels of health care to provide an integrated health plan.Dr Rami Ahmad, director of Dentistry at PHCC, said efforts are being intensified towards providing the best healthcare possible, with the focus on high-quality services with facilitated access. The services provided in the General Dental Clinics include preventive treatments such as fluoride varnish application, cosmetic fillings, glass ionomer fillings, and gum cleaning in case of gum disease, such as scaling (removal of plaque and tartar), or in case of periodic preventive cleaning, in addition to root canal fillings and tooth extraction services for simple cases that do not require referral to secondary or tertiary care.The Specialised Dental Clinics include those for oral surgery, root canal treatment, paediatric dental care and gum disease. The Oral Surgery Clinic provides medical services such as extraction of decayed or damaged teeth and wisdom teeth. Complicated cases requiring a higher level of care are referred to secondary or tertiary care such as Hamad General Hospital. The Root Canal Treatment Clinic provides care for the back teeth. Paediatric Dental Clinics provide services for children and educate parents on the importance of practicing good oral hygiene. The Gum Diseases Clinic deals with advanced periodontal treatments for supporting gum tissues affected by gum disease. Dr Ahmad said the number of visitors to PHCC dental clinics reached 238,171 during 2022, comprising 129,315 pre-booked appointments and 147,027 walk-in."Last year, missed appointments reached nearly 20% of the total appointments booked in advance. This highlights the need to educate community members about the importance of attending their booked appointments or cancelling appointments in case they no longer wish to attend them, thus allowing more patients to receive the necessary care," he said.On how to fight gum and mouth cancer, Dr Ahmad said that the early detection of oral cancer in dental clinics is a vital service. Oral cancer screening seeks to detect diseases that may lead to oral cancer at an early stage and when it is easy and most likely to be treated. Those who are invited for screening are at greater risk of this cancer than others, such as cases of chronic use of tobacco of all kinds, cases of recovery from a previous mouth cancer, cases whose family history contains similar cancers, and cases of excessive sun exposure, which increases the risk of lip cancer.Dr Ahmad noted that the most common type of oral disease in Qatar is tooth decay. In general, oral diseases are among the most common diseases in the world, including tooth decay and gum disease. This is due to many factors, including lack of awareness of the importance of oral health and the practice of good oral hygiene from an early age and the importance of proper nutrition, in addition to unhealthy habits, such as smoking and chewing tobacco.He advised people to practice good oral hygiene on daily basis, brush their teeth twice a day, visit the dentist on periodic basis, undergo preventive treatments, follow a healthy diet that contains vitamins and minerals, and drink plenty of water and fluids with no added sugar.The recent allocation of health centres for Qataris has facilitated appointments with more immediate time slots. Qatari nationals are still eligible for services in all other PHCC health centres, Dr Ahmad added. The health centres with dental clinics allocated for Qataris are: Leabaib, Muaither, Al Thumama, and South Al Wakra. In addition to the recently opened health centers: Al Khor, Al Sadd, Al Mashaf, and Umm Al Seneem.
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani hosted an Iftar banquet in honour of heads of diplomatic missions accredited by the state, and ambassadors of Qatar abroad and senior officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan.The banquet was attended by His Highness the Personal Representative of the Amir Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad al-Thani, HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim al-Thani, and a number of Sheikhs, Ministers, and ranking officials.
The Department of Hajj and Umrah Affairs rounded off the electronic screening of Hajj candidates for the year 1444 AH according to specific requirements, the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs said on Wednesday. The deadline for registration was March 12, 2023. In a statement, the Department of Hajj and Umrah Affairs said the priority was given to Qataris and residents who had not previously performed Hajj, the elderly and those whose applications were not approved in the past. The selection process focused on the primary pilgrim, the statement read.The statement added that SMSs were sent to approved applicants to communicate and register with the approved Hajj campaign offices, and to complete the required procedures. The approvals are given for a period of one week only, during which it is necessary to register with one of the approved campaigns, and sign a contract with them, the statement read. There are 19 authorized campaigns.In February, HE the Minister of Endowments and Islamic Affairs, Ghanem bin Shaheen bin Ghanem Al Ghanim met with a number of licensed Qatari Hajj campaign owners, with the aim of providing full support for them and the countrys pilgrims, and facilitating registration and approval procedures and other related administrative procedures, to ensure the readiness and safety of pilgrims.
Alfardan Automobiles, the official importer of BMW Group in Qatar, has launched Ramadan offers on selected BMW X and MINI models. Under the campaign ‘Let All Roads Lead to Joy’, customers can choose from a range of deals during the holy month on the brand-new BMW X5 starting from QR319,000 and the BMW X6 from QR370,000, a statement said.Added benefits that come with every purchase include a 10-year/100,000km BMW Service Inclusive Package running in conjunction with a 4-year/200,000km BMW Warranty Package – whichever comes first. Customers will also benefit from 1-year complimentary comprehensive car insurance and complimentary window tinting on both BMW X5 and BMW X6 models.The special Ramadan offers across the MINI 3-Door range starts from QR125,000 and the MINI Countryman S from QR159,000. Both MINI models also come with benefits, including a 5-year/200,000 km MINI Warranty Package running in conjunction with a 5-year/60,000 km MINI Service Inclusive Package – whichever comes first. New MINI customers of either model during Ramadan will also receive a QR5,000 pre-loaded Alfardan Exchange MasterCard Cash Passport Platinum that can be used at millions of ATMs and merchants around the world.The promotions for both selected BMW and MINI vehicles are valid until April 25, 2023. Customers looking to purchase a brand-new BMW as part of the Ramadan offer can book their vehicle by visiting Alfardan Automobiles BMW showrooms at Suhaim Bin Hamad St. and Alfardan Towers in West Bay. To learn more, customers can contact +974 4447 7577 or e-mail: [email protected] customers an book their vehicle or learn more by calling +974 4208 686 or visit the Alfardan Automobiles MINI showroom in West Bay.
The Qatar University Health (QU Health) Basic Research office organised the seventh QU Health Annual Research Symposium centered on the theme of ‘Breaking Grounds in Translational Research.’By showcasing the groundbreaking translational research trends at QU Health, the symposium promoted the collaboration among participants who were eager to share their insights and expertise.There were about 150 attendees, including Prof Dr Asmaa al-Thani, Vice President for Health and Medical Sciences, faculty members, students, and staff members from QU Health colleges, at the event, which provided a unique platform for exchanging ideas on the latest research topics, both on a national and international level.Dr Mohamed Elrayess, director of Basic Research at QU Health, welcomed the attendees to the first in person event after two years. Nouf al-Kuwari, a lecturer at the College of Nursing, delivered an introductory presentation highlighting the various programmes. The college is the first and only national programme in Qatar to offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.Dr Laith Abu Raddad, Professor of Population Health Sciences at Weill Cornell Medicine- Qatar (WCM-Q), the first keynote speaker, delivered a presentation on the groundbreaking research findings related to Covid-19.He pointed out that the groundbreaking Covid-19 research in Qatar over the last three years is a natural outcome of Qatar’s investment in building a thriving scientific community and modernising health care."These accomplishments show also the potential for Qatar to extend them to other areas of translational research and to produce groundbreaking findings that improve health in Qatar and globally.”Dr. Hamdi Mbarek, director of Research Partnerships at the Qatar Genome Programme, spoke about research landscaping and path toward precision medicine grants.He said the next few years will be an exciting era for genomics, precision medicine, and precision health overall. "Qatar has made remarkable progress in the field of genomics with world-class research-based evidence. We are committed to continuing our efforts to translate these findings from bench to bedside and to spearhead the Arab representation in the global human genomics map.”Dr Nahla Afifi, director of Qatar Biobank (QBB), the final keynote speaker, highlighted the QBB’s added value in the realm of medical research in Qatar. “Biobanking is not just the storage of biological samples, but rather the preservation of potential breakthroughs in medical research, providing a critical resource for translating scientific discoveries into life-saving treatments and cures.”Additionally, various researchers shared a summary of their experiences in diverse research fields. There was also a new competition named ‘Mic Drop,’ for graduate students at QU Health. The competition offered them a platform to showcase their presentation skills, receive constructive feedback from peers and experts, and enhance their research defence skills.
The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MoECC) will be setting up with ExxonMobil Qatar a joint training and technical support programme for its employees in the field of analysis and monitoring during 2023. The partnership was announced during a visit by a delegation from the Environmental Monitoring and Inspection Department at the MoECC to ExxonMobil Research Qatar (EMRQ) at the Qatar Science and Technology Park, a statement said.Engineer Hassan al-Qasimi, director of the Environmental Monitoring and Inspection Department, and a number of specialists from the MoECC's Environmental Laboratory Department, were received by Dr Ismail al-Sheikh, technical research supervisor at EMRQ. The co-operation comes within the framework of supporting the MoECC's efforts to preserve the environment and wildlife in Qatar, the statement added.
The first Qatari company specialising in expertise work took the legal oath at the headquarters of the Ministry of Justice, and it is the first legal entity to be registered in the lists of accredited experts before the judicial authorities in the country in accordance with the controls contained in Law No 16 of 2017 regulating expert work.The company was handed a certificate of registration to carry out its duties to provide computational expertise before the courts and competent authorities.This came after the company's experts were registered among the list of the experts department at the Ministry of Justice. As part of its efforts to enhance the expertise sector in the country, and to activate the provisions of law no 16 of 2017 regulating expertise work.The Department of Experts at the Ministry of Justice announced earlier that it would open the door to receiving applications for registration of the legal person in the expert registration lists with the department. The Department of Experts at the Ministry of Justice clarified the conditions for registration, which require that the registered company be in accordance with the provisions of the law, and that the shareholding of the Qatari partner or partners in it not own less than 51 % of its capital.The tax card of the company should also be attached in the event of a foreign partner and in cases that require the a tax declaration from the owner of the company, and that he has not been declared bankrupt by a final ruling, and that the employees of the legal person in the field of expertise meet the conditions required for a natural person in accordance with paragraph (a).from article 7 of law no.(16) of 2017 regulating expertise work.
The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) has announced a closure on D Ring Road from 3am to 10am on Friday for the works of a new pedestrian bridge that will be built next to Fereej Al Al Interchange to link New Slata and Fereej Al Ali. Closure will be for traffic from Fereej Al Ali Interchange towards Al Amir Street and Salwa Road. Motorists on Al Amir Street, 22 February Street or Salwa Road can use C Ring Road or E Ring Road to reach their destinations.Ashghal will install road signs advising motorists of the temporary closure and requested all to follow them and abide by the speed limit to ensure safety.
Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC)'s emergency departments witnessed a noticeable rise in the number of cases over the first few days of Ramadan as compared to the days preceding the holy month, a medical source told local Arabic daily Arrayah.The rise in numbers is usual during this period and the cases include stomach problems, sudden hikes and drops in sugar levels among diabetics, and other health issues due to the change in food patterns, it was explained.The source said before Ramadan the total number of the cases reviewed by the emergency departments would be around 800 a day. However, with the start of Ramadan, the numbers rise by almost 25%, hitting around 1,000 a day, especially during the first week of the month. Most of these cases are classified as mild or medium in nature, the source added.