Saturday, November 28, 2020

General

Cabinet Approves Draft State Budget for Fiscal Year 2021

HE Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, chaired the Cabinet's regular meeting held at the Amiri Diwan yesterday's noon. At the beginning of the meeting, the Cabinet listened to the explanation made by HE Dr. Hanan Mohammed Al Kuwari, Minister of Public Health, on the latest developments to curb the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and the Cabinet affirmed the continuation of the precautionary measures taken to combat this pandemic. Then, the Cabinet has approved the draft State budget for the fiscal year 2021 and a draft law approving the budget. It also approved of referring all the main sections and sectors of the draft budget and the draft law to the Shura Council (Advisory Council). The draft budget has been prepared based on the following principles: - Adopting the principle of medium-term planning for the general budget and setting financial ceilings for the years (2021-2023) after reviewing the projects and programs of all sectors. - All ministries and government agencies are required to set financial ceilings for the medium term (2021-2023), and direct them to arrange their priorities, including programs and projects included in the Second National Development Strategy of (2018-2022), according to the allocated budgets and specific financial ceilings. - Continuing to allocate financial resources to complete the implementation of strategic projects in accordance with Qatar National Vision 2030, particularly those related to hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup and the health and education sectors. - Allocating the necessary financial resources to develop new citizens' land and infrastructure for existing areas. - Supporting business environment development initiatives to enhance the role of the private sector and its participation in various economic activities. - Working on maintaining the credit rating of the State.   Source: Hukoomi Government of Qatar

Human Rights

Airline body IATA develops mobile apps for COVID-era travel

Global aviation body IATA is developing a set of mobile apps to help passengers to navigate COVID-19 travel restrictions and securely share test and vaccine certificates with airlines and governments.   The International Air Transport Association (IATA), which represents many of the world’s major airlines, plans to pilot the Travel Pass platform by year-end and […]

UAE Reaffirms Commitment to Upholding Rights of Children Globally at UN Security Council

The UAE reiterated its continued commitment to upholding the rights of children around the world, particularly those in conflict situations, including by protecting schools and preventing grave violations, as well as protecting the right to education and the need to provide opportunities for fulfillment and growth to the most vulnerable. In a written statement to […]

Entertainment

Monumental Sports & Entertainment, UAE Announce Global Esports Partnership.

Monumental Sports & Entertainment and the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Washington, D.C. have announced a partnership focused on the growth and inclusivity of esports on a global level. Built on a shared passion for gaming, this partnership en…

Hassan Ali Hassan Al Matwi’s RAQEE wins Al Thakhira Cup thriller

Hassan Ali Hassan Al Matwi’s RAQEE (Mared Al Sahra x Cath) was back in the winner’s circle within a year of his previous victory with the 6yo topping the AL THAKHIRA CUP (LOCAL PUREBRED ARABIANS) at the dirt track at Al Rayyan Park on Wednesday. In the…

Education

SPORT SCIENCE PROGRAM AT QU RANKED 151-200 IN THE 2020 SHANGHAI RANKING’S GLOBAL RANKING OF SPORT SCIENCE SCHOOLS AND DEPARTMENTS

The Sport Science Program (SSP) at Qatar University (QU) ranked in the top 151-200 worldwide for Sport Science Schools and Departments in the Shanghai’s Global Ranking 2020. This achievement, once again, puts the SSP in a leading position in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA). The SSP has made significant progress in research […]

QU AND ARYAN PROPERTIES TO COLLABORATE IN THE FIELD OF RESEARCH, CONSULTANCY AND KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER

Qatar University’s College of Engineering (QU-CENG) yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Aryan Properties to establish collaboration in the field of research, consultancy and knowledge transfer. The MoU was signed by CENG Dean Dr Khalid Kamal Naji and Aryan Properties CEO Mr Mohammed Hussein Al Ali, in the presence of officials from both […]

Health Services

UAE Sends Urgent Medical Aid Flight to North Macedonia in Fight against COVID-19

The United Arab Emirates today sent an aid plane containing 10 metric tons of medical supplies, testing kits, and ventilators to North Macedonia. The aid will assist approximately 10.000 medical professionals as they work to contain the virus. His Excellency Omar Obaid Al Shamsi, UAE Ambassador to the Republic of Italy, said: “The UAE is […]

ERC land aid convoy arrives in Damascus to help limit spread of COVID-19

Upon the directives of H.H Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in Al Dhafra Region and Chairman of the Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, a land aid convoy loaded with 22 tonnes of medicines and medical supplies has arrived in Damascus. The aid, which was sent by the ERC, in coordination with the Syrian […]