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Eid Al Adha 2012 activities in Qatar

| About Qatar | October 24, 2012

Please refer below link for more information and schedule of Eid 2012 activities by Qatar Tourism Authority



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Things To Do In Qatar

| About Qatar | August 15, 2011

Wondering what to do in Qatar? Here’s a few ideas!

Bars and Clubs

Check out the Sky View Bar at La Cigale for some open air fun, or you could go to the Rugby Club for a more British experience. The Qube is currently Doha’s newest nightclub, located in a stand-alone building at The Ramada Hotel, with a separate area for women and couples upstairs, or there’s our favourite seedy bar, Cloud 9, in Al Sadd Street. See our Qatar Bar Guide & Qatar Bar Listing.

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Rent a Car List in Qatar

| About Qatar | August 11, 2011

Rent a car: Hertz – Avis – Europcar – Budget – Thrifty

Most of car rentals counters are located at the airport in the arrival Hall just after customs clearance. Here is the list:

– Airport car rentals counters

  • Hertz – Phone: +974 4467 7329
  • Europcar – Phone: +974 4462 1188
  • Sixt – Phone: +974 4462 6780
  • Thrifty – Phone: +974 4462 1180
  • Avis – Phone: +974 4432 2180
  • Budget – Phone: +974 4462 2678
  • Prestige – Phone: +974 4453 9102
  • Mustafawi – Phone: +974 4467 1007

– Other hire agencies downtown

  • Europcar: D’Ring Road PO BOX 24166 Phone: +974 4466 0677
  • Sixt: Al Waab Street 8173 – Telephone: +974 4432 4313
  • Avis: Daihatsu Showroom C Ring Road – Telephone: +974 4466 7744
  • Budget: Next to Ramada Plaza Hotel – Salwa Road – Telephone: +974 4431 0411
  • Budget: City Centre Building – Telephone: +974 44933 874
  • Oasis Car Rental: Al Rayyan Road – Phone: +974 44130011
  • National Car Rental: Al Sadd Signal, besides Nissan Show room – Phone: +974 4436 6771
  • Al Sulaiman Rent a Car:  C Ring road – Telephone: +974 4491 1711
  • AL SULAIMAN RENT A CAR info@alsulaimancar.com Musheireb. T:44355477 F:44355466 Wakra T: 44646775 F:44646773 Khor T: 44796677 F:44796633
  • NATIONAL CAR RENTAL info@national-qatar.com
  • THOUSANDS RENT A CAR Bldg No 3, Al Andalus Compound, D-ring Rd..T. 44423560, 44423562 M: 55568840 F: 44423561
  • OASIS RENT A CAR You Rent More Than A Car With Oasis T: 44130011 GSM. 55808763, 55157587 F: 44130033 Em:Rental@OasisCars.com – OasisCars.com
  • WE UNITED CAR RENTAL Cars, 4WD, Pickups, Buses with/without Driver T: 4444-7401 / 7402 F: 4444-7403……………… Em:solutions@weunitedllc.com.qa
  • TGIRENT-A-CAR www.tgi.com.qa Salwa Rd, Near Jarir Bookstore…M: 55523704, 55837120 T: 44428454, 44212462 Em:info@tgi.com.qa
  • GO RENT A CAR Competitive Rates for car Rental & Leasing Doha Jadeed…T: 44325500 F: 44375753 M: 33697075, 66983107 Em: info@gorac.com.qa
  • EURODOLLAR RENT A CAR We Lease-Out Service, Not Just A CarAl Rayyan Street, Doha………………………. T: 44321313 F: 44328822 M: 66080067
  • NATIONAL CAR RENTAL info@national-qatar.com T: Al Saad-44366771, 44366881 Ras Laffan – 44748660 Salwa Rd.44283342 Ind. Area, St.10 – 44505195
  • 4 SEASON RENT A CAR Latest Model Cars & 4×4 with Driver Old Rayyan Road..24 Hrs..T: 44815763 M: 55198145 Em: fourseason.rentacar@gmail.com
  • OVER STEER RENT-A-CARD Ring Road, Al Hilal T: 44583161 F: 44601426 M: 33577399, 55354476 Em:osrentacar@gmail.com
  • AL RAZEEN RENT CAR & TRANSPORTING Cars, 4WD, Pickups, Buses with/without Driver T: 4417 9564 F: 4417 9564 M: 5596 1291 Em:alrazeen@yahoo.com


  • About Car Hire & Leasing

An Auto Hire agency or company is that provides the transport vehicles on rent for short periods of time and charge particular fee on monthly basis. It is a sophisticated form of rent a shop, typically located near airports and busy area of the city. Generally these agencies serve people who want to own the vehicle temporarily, for instance, travellers or visitors. Auto rental Agencies offer the variety of vehicles on rent such as cars, vans, trucks and other kind of heavy vehicles.

Along with rental of a vehicle, agencies also offer extra products such as insurance, music systems, and other car accessories. Rental companies required by the state law to provide minimal liability coverage and this cover costs to a third party in case of an accident. In many countries it is illegal to drive a vehicle without liability coverage and include in the cost of rental.

Different car rentals offer several types of coverages:

– Loss damage waiver- It include collision damage, cost of damage, and sometimes it covers all costs after an excess fee.

– Supplemental Liability insurance- it covers, in case of accident, injury or property damage to someone rather than the renter or passengers.

– Personal accident insurance- covers medical costs and accidental deaths for renter and passenger.

– Personal effects coverage- covers against risk of loss or damage during rent period.

The above listed companies are very popular and established rent a car agencies in Qatar.

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Setting up Business in Qatar

| About Qatar | August 9, 2011

Setting up Business in Qatar

– 10 key points –


  • Qatar is one of the smaller Gulf states in terms of population and geographical

area, but boasts the third largest natural gas reserves in the world. This
abundance of natural resources coupled with recent legal liberalisation,
economic diversification and a burgeoning economy means that there are
many opportunities for investment in Qatar.
These opportunities have been greatly enhanced by Qatar being chosen to
host the Football World Cup in 2022.
Foreign investors are welcomed and various incentives are available to attract
foreign capital, including tax and customs duty exemptions. Foreign investors
can transfer their investments and profits can be repatriated as can proceeds
of sale and capital on liquidation.
Qatar is very much a market where local knowledge is key. We set out below 10
key points to consider when doing business in Qatar. Please contact Simmons
& Simmons Middle East LLP (“Simmons & Simmons”) if you would like more
detailed information. Contact details for some of our Doha based personnel
can be found at the end of this note.

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Doing Business in Qatar

| About Qatar | August 9, 2011

** Is your company aware of the opportunities in the
world’s most exciting market? **


Qatar may look small, but in commercial terms it is a rising giant. This Persian Gulf
Emirate is just larger than Connecticut and its population is less than 1 million. But its
reform-minded government has ambitious plans to transform this peninsula into an
international hub for tourism, finance, and education. U.S. companies interested in
international opportunities should consider current trends and future projects in Qatar.

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New building planned for police training

| About Qatar | January 4, 2011

A QR377mn deal to build new premises for the Ministry of Interior’s Police Training Institute (PTI) at Salwa Road has been signed.
The ministry’s logistics department director, Brigadier Abdul Azeez Abdullah al-Ansari, and contracting company Hassanco’s general manager Abu Al-Hassan Eissa were the signatories.
“This is one of the largest projects of the ministry as the area of the project land is 500,000sqm while the building area will be 200,000sqm.
The total cost is estimated as QR 377,629,116. The new premises will be ready by January 1, 2013.
The project comprises of administrative block, training yards, institutes for officers, petty officers, police women, and languages, music wing, sports and training pavilion, medical clinic, recruitment department, mosque, barracks for different categories of staff, gymnasium, swimming pools, warehouse, crime scene block, auditorium and all other facilities required for the PTI.
Brigadier al-Ansari explained that the coming months will witness the opening of several new premises for departments of the Ministry of Interior, including information systems department, Criminal Investigation Department, Drug Combating Department, police canine department, headquarters of General Directorate of Civil Defence and Umm Ghuwailina Civil
Defence Centre.
Many new tenders also will be announced soon, he said pointing to the constant follow-up and support of the Minister of State for Interior Affairs to implement the strategy of the ministry in this regard.
Brigadier al-Ansari applauded the vital role played by engineering and maintenance section of the logistics department and added that all the buildings of the ministry have been designed taking into consideration the future requirements to keep pace with the substantial growth the country is witnessing.
Col Badar Ibrahim al-Ghanim (head of technical office at the office of HE the Minister of State for Interior Affairs), Col Saud Rashid al-Shafi (head of procurement section at the logistics department of the ministry) and Hassanco chairman Hassan Diler were also present at the signing

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Qatar: High demand for Blackberry Torch

| About Qatar | January 4, 2011

DOHA: In response to huge customer demand, Vodafone QatarVodafone QatarLoading… has put in more stocks at its retail stores here for the revolutionary BlackBerry® Torch™ 9800 smartphone. And because new and existing users prefer BlackBerry Torch, VodafoneVodafoneLoading… is continuing its special introductory offer of just QR2499 which includes a BlackBerry Torch handset, Freedom 55 plan and one month free Blackberry service.

“Our customers love our smartphone range and the highly anticipated BlackBerry Torch featuring a new touch screen user interface, new browser and new handset design, and BlackBerry 6 deliver integrated and uncompromising capabilities for consumers and business professionals while adding exciting new dimensions,” said Vodafone QatarVodafone QatarLoading… Commercial Director Daniel Horan.

The BlackBerry Torch is packed with advanced multimedia features and is the first BlackBerry smartphone to launch with BlackBerry 6, a new operating system that retains the familiar and trusted features that distinguish the BlackBerry brand while delivering a fresh, approachable and engaging experience that’s powerful and easy to use.

© The Peninsula 2011

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Businesses in Qatar in 2011

| About Qatar | December 24, 2010

Qatar: Businesses in Qatar are readying themselves for a strong and competitive start to the New Year, a new survey from the global HR firm Mercer has found.

Mercer’s 2010 total remuneration survey for Qatar shows more than two-thirds of companies are planning to hire more people in 2011.

And importantly, according to Bassam Gazal who heads Mercer’s survey practice across the Gulf, the period of reducing staff appears to be at an end.

“While a third of those surveyed said their headcount numbers would not change for the coming year, not one firm we spoke to was planning to cut numbers. This is a big shift in mood and in planning and we expect this optimism to deepen as the New Year comes around,” he said.

“Also, this survey closed before the news of Qatar’s successful 2022 World Cup bid, which is likely to only add to this momentum.”

Every company surveyed reported that 2010 salaries had risen in some or all areas. And the prospect of a 2011 salary increase across Qatar is also looking firm, with the average increase forecast to be around 6.7%, up from the 5.4% for 2010, and no firm reporting they were considering a freeze.

The Qatar survey project manager, Ms Oxana Nagy, noted that there is a strong shift in Qatar – and elsewhere in the region – around the payment of variable bonuses to employees based not just on individual performance but on corporate performance as well.

Ms Nagy said the trend was stronger the higher up the management level, and executives in particular had felt the impact of weakened results with bonus payouts for this level reportedly down 36% on the year before.

The survey covered a range of sectors including energy, high-tech and consumer goods and highlighted compensation trends ranging from top executives to the administrative level. Mercer conducts the same survey across more than one hundred countries and covers over 450 benchmark positions.

Housing remains the dominant cash allowance in Qatar. Compared to the previous year firms reported they had increased this allowance by around 15% during 2010.

The survey also disclosed that on average local companies pay 18% higher base salaries across all employee levels, while the average guaranteed cash difference between local and multinational companies is as high as 31%.

“Although the salary increases we are seeing for 2010 and the forecast for 2011 are not as high as the increases prior to the crisis, those increases are higher than inflation, which means that the purchasing power of the individual is increasing,” said Mr Gazal.

“This is something we haven’t witnessed for quite some time in the region”

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