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21October2017

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Doha NewsDN Doha NewsIt has been about a year since Qatar decided to censor Doha News. Since then, we have worked hard to remain online and continue producing independent journalism, despite the blocking of our site. But this has been financially difficult. Faced with the prospect of shutting down Doha News, we have instead decided to bring a new owner on board who has the resources to carry on the legacy we’ve built over the last eight years. Doha News will now be operated by Star Reputation Consulting Ltd., an online media company from India that said its goal is to promote “free...
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Letincelle / FlickrPhoto for illustrative purposes only Letincelle / FlickrEarlier this year, Filipina journalist Ana P. Santos visited Qatar to report on how laws that criminalize sexual activity affect the country’s workforce. Here, she examines how expat men are using dating apps to approach women for casual sex, and the price many women pay for accepting their advances. It was a hot Friday evening in Doha when I downloaded the MeetMe app and created a profile. One of the men I had interviewed in a labor camp told me that this is where “his colleagues” met women. On MeetMe, I pretended to be...
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US Air Force/FlickrPhoto for illustrative purposes only. US Air Force/FlickrIn a rebuke to the countries boycotting Qatar, the US has suspended military exercises with its Gulf allies. According to the Associated Press, US Central Command said the aim is to show that the military wants its allies in the region to work together. “We are opting out of some military exercises out of respect for the concept of inclusiveness and shared regional interests,” the newswire cited Col. John Thomas, a Centcom spokesman, as saying. Qatar is home to the largest US air base in the Middle East. President Donald Trump initially supported the...
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Sheikh JoaanMutaz Barshim Sheikh JoaanSilver Olympic medalist Mutaz Barshim has been shortlisted as one of the world’s top male athletes. The high-jumping hero is among 10 men nominated for the 2017 World Athletes of the Year. The award is given out annually by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). IAAFIAAF award nominees IAAF Other people up for the honor include British distance runner Mo Farah and American pole vaulter Sam Kendricks. Barshim has had a blockbuster winning streak in 2017, clinching a gold medal for Qatar at the World Athletics Championships in August. #IAAFWorlds Champ@Diamond_League ChampUnbeaten in 11 finals Twice 2.40@mutazbarshim is among the nominees...
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Katara HospitalityRendering of new aqua park for Qetaifan Island North Katara HospitalityA new luxury resort with a water park and four-star hotel will be built on an island off the coast of Lusail, Katara Hospitality announced this week. The triangular Qetaifan Island North is expected to attract both tourists and residents. The first phase of the project – the aqua park and 400-room hotel – should be completed by spring 2022, the state-funded hospitality group said. Katara HospitalityRendering of development on Qetaifa Island North Katara Hospitality Renderings of the resort show multiple pools with water slides, all set in landscaped grounds and adjacent to...
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Khadija Dawn Carryl/FlickrFor illustrative purposes only Khadija Dawn Carryl/FlickrAfter losing her cousin to cancer last year, Qatar resident Nazma Mazhar wanted to find a way to help people battling the illness. So the self-taught henna designer is now offering a free service to decorate the heads of women who have lost their hair to chemotherapy. Mazhar has been free-hand painting intricate Indian and Arabic designs on women’s bodies for the last decade. But this was only usually to mark moments of celebration such as Eids or weddings. April-Mo/FlickrPhoto for illustrative purposes only. April-Mo/Flickr However, her cousin’s death inspired her to want to do more for...
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PixabayPhoto for illustrative purposes only. PixabayPopular video and voice calling service Skype has confirmed that it is now blocked in Qatar. In a post on its FAQ pages, the company said that usage of the app was being stopped by ISPs (internet service providers) in Qatar. Stating that there was “very little Skype can do about this situation,” it added: “The best course of action would be for you to speak to your ISP and ask why they are blocking Skype and request that they unblock our site and services.” Skype’s statement follows a message from Viber to its users last month stating that the...
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Norvil & JosephineSwallowing needle act Norvil & JosephineFrom a magic show to the reopening of the MIA Park Bazaar to an exhibition of German design and a pro-swimming competition, there’s lots going on around town this weekend. Here are our picks: Illusions and shadow dancing Magic, illusions, acrobatics, singing and shadows will all feature in performances with variety act Norvil & Josephine and World of Shadows at the QNCC on Oct. 6 and 7. Katara/FacebookPhoto for illustrative purposes only. Katara/Facebook Highlights of the Norbert & Josephine performance include a flying table scene and contortions. Then, dancers will tell stories through shadows as their bodies become...
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SCDLThe new pillars being installed SCDLQatar’s upcoming Al Wakrah stadium came a major step closer to completion this week with the installation of two enormous pillars to support the venue’s retracting roof. The pillars – which look like huge hockey sticks – weigh 540 tonnes each and were installed using two 600-tonne cranes. SCDLImages released by the SCDL show the progress on the site SCDL Construction on the 40,000-seater stadium is expected to be completed next year. When done, it will have a retractable steel roof that takes about a half hour to close with the help of steel wires. SCDLWakrah Stadium rendering SCDL The roof, which...
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Ray TohPhoto for illustrative purposes only. Ray TohAfter falling for three months over the summer, Qatar’s population reached 2,634,234 at the end of September, according to new government figures. That’s up almost 190,000 people from August, and an increase of 3 percent from the previous September. Population numbers usually rebound after summer and Eid holidays. Reem Saad / Doha NewsPhoto for illustrative purposes only. Reem Saad / Doha News They then tend to peak in November before people go out of town again for winter break. September’s figures show that Qatar is inching back up toward its higher-ever population of 2.7 million, which was recorded...
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