MoI opens new services centre at The Pearl-Qatar
March 29 2017 09:51 PM
Brig Mohamed Ahmad al-Ateeq, along with other officials, cuts a ribbon to inaugurate the new services centre at The Pearl-Qatar yesterday. PICTURES: Shaji Kayamkulam.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) opened a new government services complex and services centre at The Pearl-Qatar on Wednesday. 
The complex was inaugurated by Brig Mohamed Ahmad al-Ateeq, director general of the General Directorate of Passports. The event was also attended by directors of departments at MoI and representatives of several ministries, government bodies and United Development Company (UDC), the master developer of The Pearl-Qatar. 
The new centre will provide services of seven ministries including the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs, Ministry of Municipality and Environment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Economy and Commerce, Ministry of Education and Higher Education and Kahramaa. 

The entrance to the new services centre.

Speaking to Gulf Times, Brig al-Ateeq said, “This is an effort to diversify the services of different ministries to various parts of the country. It is the 23rd centre of the ministry with an aim to provide all the services for the citizens and residents near to their place of residence and convenience.”
“To begin with, the service centre will work only in one shift from 8am to 1pm. After assessing the situation for the next six months, we will decide whether to expand the timing of the services. All passport services will be available at the centre and all staff in the new centre are trained well to present the best services for clients,” continued Brig al-Ateeq. 
Ambassador Mohamed Abdullah al-Sobaie, director of consular affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the Pearl Services Centre was 11th of its kind in the country. The centre will provide several services of the Ministry for the citizens and residents such as documents attestation and notarial certification. 
“The opening of the Pearl Services Centre is part of the commitment of UDC as the master developer of The Pearl-Qatar to provide integrated services with high quality, reliability and efficiency to the people of the island and its institutions in an easy and convenient manner at the required level and excellence in business services within the island”, said Ibrahim Jassim al-Othman, CEO of UDC. 
The new services centre will be operated on two floors. The ground floor is for the services of other ministries and the first floor for the services of the MoI. The centre has a spacious hall and special areas for people with special needs. 
There are six counters. Special offices will provide services of Nationality Department for men and women separately.

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