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    Ooredoo offers Bank to Wallet Transfer service


    Ooredoo has announced that its Ooredoo Money service has launched a new ‘Bank to Wallet Transfer’ feature in collaboration with QNB.

    With the new service, any Ooredoo Money customer with a bank account in Qatar can conveniently and securely transfer money from their bank account directly to their Ooredoo Money Wallet. A maximum of QR10,000 can be received in a full wallet per day. Once deposited in the wallet, customers can then transfer the money internationally, 24 hours a day using Ooredoo Money partners MoneyGram or Aldar Exchange at one of the best exchange rates in Qatar.

    In addition, customers can make Hala top-ups, buy data recharges, pay their Shahry bill, or purchase an Ooredoo Passport instantly through Ooredoo Money.
    Previously, only QNB customers could receive money from their bank account to their Ooredoo Money Wallet using QNB’s Mobile Pay service.

    With the new feature however, anyone with a bank account in Qatar can quickly and easily send money to their Ooredoo Money Wallet using their Ooredoo Money Wallet IBAN number.

    To begin transferring money, customers can discover their IBAN number by logging into the Ooredoo Money app and opening the ‘My Wallet Info’ tab or by dialling *140*(your mPIN)*6*6#.

    For new transfers, customers must use Qatar National Bank as the recipient bank via their bank’s online banking service, then enter their Ooredoo Money wallet IBAN number and other details.
    For more information about Ooredoo Mobile Money services, visit http://www.ooredoo.qa/en/omm.


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    Now, more steps to protect workers’ rights: Labour Minister

    Now, more steps to protect workers' rights: Labour Minister

    The Qatari government has taken additional measures to guarantee workers’ rights, said Minister of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs HE Dr Issa bin Saad al Jafali al Nuaimi.
    He was commenting on the recent decision of the International Labour Organization (ILO) to close a compliant against Qatar.

    The minister said the new labour reform measures include the formation of a committee to settle labour disputes, which will resolve disputes within three weeks and free of charge,” has said.

    “Another measure is the setting up of a fund to pay workers’ dues in case their companies fail to pay,” he added.
    “A common committee between employer and employees will be formed at companies which have more than 30 workers. The employer will choose half of the members of the committee and the rest will be chosen by the employees. These committees will act as a link between the employer, employees and the Ministry of Labour, in case there are any demands from the workers. It will protect the rights of the workers and their dignity,” the minister said.
    “If the number of workers is between 30 and 200, the committee will have four members and if it is between 200 and 500 the committee will have six members. If the number of workers exceeds 500, there will be eight members in the committee,” he added.

    In addition, there was a cabinet decision to form a national committee to fight human trafficking. Different authorities concerned in the state of Qatar will be represented in this committee which will train the concerned representatives on the legal adaptation of the cases.

    Besides, there was issued a law on domestic workers which defines the rights and obligations of the maids which includes the time of work and rest, indemnity, annual paid vacation, he said.

    Commenting on doubts about the ability of Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup, the minister said,”The ILO decision proved that Qatar is among the top nations to care about the labours rights although of the challenges that faces many states.
    Responding on a question about the campaigns that targets Qatar on the labour rights, he said,”Qatar don’t deal with campaigns. The state of Qatar deals with real achievements and with protection for labours.


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    Qatar Airways Doha flight diverted to Goa as pilot falls ill

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    The Qatar Airways flight to Doha from Thiruvananthapuram was diverted to Goa International Airport in India on Saturday as its pilot had fallen ill, the airline said in a travel alert.
    The “medical diversion” to Goa occurred nearly one hour and forty minutes after departure from the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, Qatar Airways said.

    “As per Qatar Airways procedure in these instances, the aircraft (QR507) was diverted to the nearest airport, Goa International Airport, where our well trained first officer landed the aircraft safely shortly before 7am local time. The safety, comfort and wellbeing of our passengers and crew are our utmost priority, and we have sent a relief aircraft to Goa to accommodate all passengers on a new flight to Doha, which is due to land in Doha at 5-30pm local time.”


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    Strong windy conditions expected

    Strong windy conditions expected tomorrow

    Weather charts show strong northwesterly windy conditions on Monday November 13, and wave height is expected to range between 5-8ft to 12 Ft and wind speed offshore between 18-25 kt gusting to 32 kt.
    However, wind speed inshore is expected to range between 12 kt to 22 kt gusting to 27 kt and this could cause blowing dust and a visibility drop below 2km during daytime in some areas.

    Temperatures is expected to drop substantially, especially at night, where minimum temperatures is likely to range between 15°C to 20°C in central and southern areas. Qatar Meteorology Department urged all residents to

    be cautious and to avoid any marine activities during this period.

    Marine warnings are forecasted to be cancelled by early Tuesday.


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    People Who Lost Their Lives In The Helicopter Crash Along With Prince Mansour

    The helicopter crash that carried a Saudi Prince and his accompanying delegation came as a major shock to the royal family. Along with Prince Mansour, other delegates lost their lives in an unfortunate incident.

    Asir government undersecretary: Suleiman bin Mohammed bin Suleiman Al-Jarish, who was appointed as the Asir Government agent in 2013 dies in the accident.

    He studied BA Islamic Studies from King Abdul Aziz University and completed his Masters in Criminal Law from Naif Arab University for Security Sciences. He then joined the Institute of Public Administration for doing Diploma in Public Administration.

    He earlier worked in the Ministry of Civil Service and the ministry of the Interior, before moving to Investigation and Public Prosecution Commission. He even served for the Higher Authority of Mecca and Medina as Medina Government Agent.

    Municipal Director of Asir Region: Saleh al-Qadi was the municipal director of Asir. He was appointed in April 2015 and he had even worked as the municipal director of Medina.

    He graduated from King Faisal University with a degree in Agriculture Engineering. He had an experience of 30 years in management and development.

    He was the member of the boards of several government charitable and social institutions, including the Asir Region Council, the Asir Tourism Development Council and the Board of the Director of the Saudi Environment Society.

    Governor of Mahayel, Asir: Asir Mohammed bin Saud bin Abdul Aziz Abu al-Mutahni was appointed as the governor in May 2015. He has a degree in Media and Public Relations from King Abdul Aziz University Jeddah.

    He was one of the famous governorates of the kingdom and worked for the development and economic prosperity of Mahayel.

    Asir region’s Director General of Agriculture: Fahed bin Saeed Al Farish was one among the unfortunate people who died in the crash, he started working as the Director General of Asir Region from 28 August 2011.

    The pilot and other escorts: Captain Naif Waslallah Al Rubaie who was a native of Taif worked in several sectors and even served at the rank of first lieutenant.

    Assistant of Prince Mansour: Saud Al Sahli, the assistant of the Prince also lost his life in the accident.

    Captain Abdullah Al Shehri and Khalid bin Humaid head of protocol in Asir region were also the victims of the crash.

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    Bus Accident In Dubai Injures 22 People

    A bus carrying construction workers met with an accident in the Dubai Investments Park (DIP)2 area on Thursday, injuring 22 people. The accident took place at the Gulf News Roundabout in Dubai Investment Park.

    “Twenty-two people were injured in the accident that was reported to the operations room at 6pm,” Khalifa Bin Darri, executive director of Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services (DCAS) told Gulf News. “Five of them sustained serious injuries.”

    The workers, who were from the Indian subcontinent, were staffers at a Sharjah based construction company.

    One worker who was injured heavily was taken to Rashid Hospial, while the remaining were admitted to private hospitals, which included NMC Hospital Jebel Ali, Saudi-German Hospital, and Al Zahra Hospital.

    Meanwhile, a person was killed and eight others were injured in three different accidents in the last two days in Dubai. Brigadier Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, director of the Traffic Department, said a motorist died and another suffered serious injuries after two vehicles collided in the Al Aweer area.

    The second accident involving six vehicles occurred on Cairo Road injuring five persons.

    Two persons were injured in the third accident that involved four vehicles on Dubai-Al Ain.

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    ‘GCC crisis unveiled plot against Qatar’s modern state model’

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    HE the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sultan bin Saad al-Muraikhi yesterday said that the GCC crisis showed there was a conspiracy against the modern state model Qatar is following and worked for since the 1990s. He stressed that Qatari diplomacy is dealing with an unprecedented crisis in the history of the GCC and the region.
    He stressed that Qatar wisely insisted that it will not forego its principles nor its rational sovereignty but will welcome dialogue and negotiations.

    HE Sultan bin Saad al-Muraikhi was speaking at a discussion on ‘Qatar’s perspective of the GCC crisis’, organised by the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) in co-operation with the Qatari embassy in Rome on Tuesday.

    He stressed that dialogue is the shortest way to resolving conflicts and crises, adding that Qatar’s position was clear from the beginning in resolving the crisis through mediations led by Kuwait Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah. “Qatar has expressed its appreciation of the ongoing mediation effort that aims to maintain the greater interests of the GCC and its people.”

    He praised the calm and wisdom of Qatari political leadership in dealing with the siege countries’ provocations and media escalations, all while maintaining the right to respond to their claims and clarifying the facts behind the false accusations.

    The minister stressed that the siege countries put themselves in a conflict with international laws and with the hopes of the GCC people for unity, as well of that of the Arab and Islamic world for co-operation. “They are also facing condemnation from the international public opinion for their actions.”

    He said that Qatar was exerting extraordinary efforts in countering terrorism and is an active member of the international coalition for countering terrorism. “In fact, Qatar is a founding member in it. Qatar cannot be accused of financing terrorism or supporting it.”

    He noted that the principles of Qatari foreign policy focus on committing to the UN Charter led by respecting the sovereignty of countries and avoiding interference in internal affairs. “The principles also focus on resolving crises peacefully and working on maintaining international peace and stability and encouraging dialogue between civilisations and peoples.

    He stressed that countering terrorism is a top priority for Qatar and considers it the biggest threat to the world today. “This requires a joint international effort to face terrorist organisations and their extremist beliefs, in order to maintain security and stability in the world.”
    He added that there was no choice for governments but to co-operate in terms of security to counter terrorism effectively.

    He also pointed out to Qatar’s active role in the international coalition that saw it take all the measures issued by the Security Council in that regard, in addition to ties regionally and bilaterally with the US and others around the world. He stressed that Qatar will continue its role in that regard.

    The minister said Qatar has been actively engaged with the international community to promote the global efforts to fight extremism and terrorism and to build world peace. “Qatar has done this through hosting and organising many international forums and conferences on civilisations dialogue, strengthening the idea of religious tolerance, renouncing sectarian or ethnic discrimination, in addition to adopting the developmental policies in different countries that are in need in order so solve poverty and unemployment,” he added.

    Al-Muraikhi said Qatar is working in compliance with the strategic plans to update local legislations and adopting open policy and media freedom. “Qatar is also working on consolidating the concept of accepting others, respecting cultural diversity and religious variety, providing modern education based on human principles and building a knowledge-based society,” he added.

    The minister added that the excuses the siege countries used are void and are an effort to justify the unjust siege. “The real purpose behind the siege is an attempt to impose guardianship, interfere in Qatar’s foreign policy, undermine its leadership and interfere in its internal affairs. Qatar and for that matter any other country that is independent and sovereign would not accept this.”

    He said the Gulf crisis started with void accusations on Qatar’s role in fighting terrorism and building world peace, where the siege countries fabricated a media campaign based on fake statements from His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani after the hacking of Qatar News Agency (QNA).

    “Despite the fact that the Qatari authorities revealed the nature of QNA’s website, which is considered an illegal and unethical crime, the media campaign managed by the siege countries continued,” he said.
    Regarding the Qatari-Italian relations, the minister said they are strategic and Qatar cherishes this relation which has a history of friendship and mutual interests. “The common commitment to this relation is to develop it in various fields.”

    The minister praised Italy’s stance regarding the Gulf crisis, saying it stood with what’s right from the start and has a clear vision to settle the crisis based on a peaceful solution and the need to hold negotiation talks under the proposed mediation efforts and the good offices of Kuwait Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah.
    He said Qatar welcomes and values the support to the Kuwaiti mediation by the European Union, African Union, the US, Italy, Germany, Asian countries, other countries and international organisations.


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    Chance of rain towards month-end

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    There is a chance of rain towards the end of this month, especially in the northern parts of the country, the Qatar Met department has said citing the long-range climate outlook.

    In a detailed report, the weather office said the prediction for the next four weeks (November 10 to December 7) is based on forecast models available as on November 8.

    However, it also clarified that “this forecast is changeable”. “Given that we update these outlooks every Thursday, the forecasts for the later part of the month may vary. So, we encourage users to check our updated outlook every week,” the Met department said in a report available on its website (http://qweather.gov.qa/ClimateOutlookMonthly.aspx).

    According to the outlook, it appears that there is chance of rainfall activity in the third week of the above-mentioned period (November 24-30), mainly in the northern parts of Qatar.

    Also, wind patterns suggest that there is a possibility of shamals in the first, second and fourth weeks during this period.
    The daytime (maximum) temperature is expected to be slightly above normal in the first week (November 10-16), while the weekly mean maximum temperature is expected to be in the range of 24-35C. Generally, higher temperatures will prevail in the southern parts, the outlook states.

    The night (minimum) temperature, on the other hand, is likely to be near the normal levels in the first three weeks (November 10-30) of this period, according to the Met department. In the fourth week (December 1-7), though, it will be slightly below normal in the southern parts of Qatar.

    In general, the temperature is expected to be below normal in most parts of the GCC region from the second week until the end of the period (November 17-December 7), with the weekly mean minimum temperature likely to be in the range of 15-30C.

    Marine warning

    Strong winds and high waves have been forecast in offshore areas from tomorrow until Tuesday, November 14, the Qatar Met department has said.
    Issuing a marine warning in this regard, the weather office urged people to avoid venturing into the sea during this period due to the expected conditions.

    The warning for fresh to strong northwesterly winds is expected to come into effect tomorrow and continue until Tuesday, with the wind speed likely to range from 18-25 knots and reach a high of 30 knots in some areas.
    High waves measuring 4-7ft are also expected, and this may go up to 10ft at times, according to the Met department.
    Also, a drop in temperature is expected early next week due to fresh northwesterly winds.

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    Two wanted men arrested in Qatif

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    Two wanted men, namely Mohammed Saeed Salman Al-Abdulaal and Mustapha Ali Saleh Al-Sbeiti, were arrested in Tarout, Qatif Governorate, a security spokesman of the Ministry of Interior said in a statement.

    The two were taken to a hospital for treatment as they sustained injuries while resisting arrest, the spokesman said. — SPA


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    10-year jail, Dh2m fine for bosses who discriminate

    Some of the residents feel they’ve been turned away due to their nationality.
    A Dubai lawyer has warned employers against discriminating during the hiring process as they can be fined up to Dh2 million.

    Shiraz Sethi, Senior Associate at Stephenson Harwood Middle East, highlights that the penalties for breaking the UAE’s Anti-Discriminatory Law passed in 2015 include jail terms of between six months and 10 years, and fines ranging between Dh50,000 and Dh2 million.

    Sethi’s comments follow complaints of discrimination by some residents seeking temporary roles in the promotions industry. Some of the residents feel they’ve been turned away due to their nationality or, in one case, where a girl wore a headscarf (hijab).

    They allege that certain marketing firms post adverts on Facebook with brutally honest requests, like only certain nationalities need apply, while others offer different emoluments for the same job to different nationalities.

    “The law is drafted broadly and attempts to encompass all discriminatory conduct and practice irrespective of how it has been expressed – through speech, writing, drawing, photography, singing, acting or miming – and irrespective of the means by which it has been expressed – online, by phone or video, and whether written or oral,” said Sethi.

    “Whilst it appears that the law is primarily aimed at preventing and criminalising hate crimes and the incitement of hatred, particularly in light of recent global events, the law also seeks to prevent discrimination more broadly and may have knock-on consequences in an employment context.

    “In light of Article 17 of the law, my advice to clients is simple: if you are operating within the UAE, then it is imperative for companies to ensure that their internal policies and procedures are implemented correctly and regularly updated so as to forewarn employees of the potential pitfalls that they may be subject to under the law.”

    Colour of your passport

    Some women in Dubai looking for temporary promotions jobs said certain job advertisers hire based on nationality and “good looks”.

    Promotional jobs in Dubai are popular among students already on a residence visa, and they can legally work on a temporary labour card.

    Pakistani expat Heba Qadeer, 23, said, she got paid Dh4,900 for 40 days – the same job where other candidates (Europeans and Russians)received a much higher payment.

    Qadeer said: “Despite being born and brought up in Dubai, my Pakistani passport affects certain job opportunities. Promotion jobs are more commonly taken up by students to make ‘quick money’ but the amount differs depending on the colour of your passport.”

    However, it was a different story for Italian expat Yasmin Di Mario. “When I was studying, I would work during the weekend from 9am until midnight and I would make around Dh5,000 by just working twice a week.”

    Mario, however, acknowledged that her counterparts from other nationalities were being paid less.

    What the Law Says
    The UAE Anti Discriminatory Law Federal Law No. 2 of 2015, Article 17, states: “The representative, director or agent of a legal entity, in case any of the crimes set forth in the present Decree Law is committed, with his knowledge, by any employee of said entity acting in its name or to its interest, shall be sentenced to the same penalties prescribed for the committed crime. The legal entity shall be held jointly liable to settle any pecuniary penalties or compensation as ruled thereof.”

    Article 13 under the law states: “Any person, who establishes, sets up, organises or manages an association, centre, entity, organisation, league or group or any branch thereof or uses any other means aiming to offend religions, or provoke discrimination or hate speech or any act involving encouragement or promotion of the same shall be sentenced to imprisonment for a period not less than ten years.”

    It’s not about nationality, but ‘good looks,’ says promoter
    A promoter who works for a marketing firm and hires people for promotional jobs insisted that they hire based on ‘good looks’ and not nationality.

    He said: “All nationalities get paid the same. They get chosen depending on their good looks. They have to look good and be presentable.”

    Another promoter, working for a different marketing company, however admitted that certain nationalities may be getting paid more than others.


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    Visa-free entry for Filipinos to South Korean city

    For a limited time only, Filipinos can enjoy visa-free travel to one of the most popular destinations in Asia.

    According to Yonhap news agency, Filipinos will be able to travel to South Korea without a visa until April 2018. The privilege also extends to other nationalities such as Indonesians and Vietnamese travellers. However, there is one catch – it’s only limited to one city in South Korea.

    The new visa rules were made in light of the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. It is the first Winter Games hosted by the country.

    Yonhap news said: ‘As part of a broader effort to boost the tourism industry, the government said Friday it will temporarily allow tourists from three Southeast Asian countries — Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines — to enter the country without a visa.

    Under this plan, tourists in groups from the three countries will be allowed to come to the host city of Pyeongchang until April 2018 if they enter through the regional Yangyang airport.’

    Currently, there are no direct flights from Dubai to Yangyang International Airport.


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    Gulf States Want Their Nationals Out Of Lebanon

    Saudi Arabia has urged its citizens in Lebanon to leave the country immediately in a travel warning issued on Thursday, November 9. The travel warning also asked the nationals not to travel to Lebanon.

    Meanwhile, other Gulf States like Kuwait, the UAE and Bahrain also asked their national to leave Lebanon as soon as possible.

    The resignation of Prime Minster Saad Hariri and uncertain situation in Lebanon has forced these Gulf nations to call their citizens.

    The United Arab Emirates also renewed its travel warning to Lebanon that has been in place since February 2016.

    The Bahraini foreign ministry said in a statement received by AFP that its call was “in the interest of its citizens’ safety and to avoid any risks they may be exposed due to the conditions and developments” that Lebanon is going through.

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