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Evangelical Alliance Churches Qatar breaks ground on new building

Actual construction of the three-story building will begin in about a year, after the design and tendering stage is completed. The entire structure is slated for completion in three years, ECAQ’s chairman told Doha News. Continue Reading →

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Extra security measures at Qatar malls to remain in place throughout week

Meanwhile, security has continued to increase at Qatar’s religious complex, as new road blocks, X-ray machines, Lekwhiya police and other measures have been added in recent days. Continue Reading →

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Security tightened at Qatar churches after government directive (updated)

The reason for the new metal detectors, an increased police presence and shortened opening hours remains unclear, though one church official said the government ministry’s mandate came days after an attack on a mosque in Kuwait last month. Continue Reading →

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A rendering of the new Evangelical Churches Alliance Qatar.

Government gives nod to Evangelical Churches Alliance Qatar construction

The new place of worship will be several kilometers outside of central Doha in Mesaimeer’s religious complex, next to the Catholic Church Of Our Lady Of Rosary. Continue Reading →

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New light, alt road lead to Church as Mesaimeer construction picks up

UPDATE | 7pm 
Apologies – The map above, provided by Ashghal, contains some inaccuracies. The “Wholesale Market St” marker on the map actually points to the Industrial Area road. —
Ashghal, Qatar’s Public Works Authority, has closed the road leading to the Church complex from Mesaimeer Roundabout in Abu Hamour as part of planned construction. 
A flyover bridge is being built at Mesaimeer Roundabout, although it isn’t due to be completed until early 2015. A new traffic signal about 200 meters south of the roundabout is now operational to control traffic to and from the complex – and Al Wakra beyond – via an alternative road. Ashghal says this will “ensure safety and smooth traffic flow to Mesaimeer roundabout area.”
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Researcher pushes for interfaith inclusion in Qatar

By Ardinny Razania
While Qatar has made great strides in becoming a more inclusive place to live for some non-Muslims, more needs to be done to integrate the nation’s diverse population, a researcher who is studying interfaith issues here has said. According to a 2011 Gallup poll, only 26 percent of Qataris surveyed would not object to a non-Muslim neighbor, while in Egypt and Lebanon, the majority of people surveyed would welcome the diversity. But since the establishment of Qatar’s first church since pre-Islamic times in 2008, the relationship between Christians and the government has continued to improve. Still, residents of non-Abrahamic faiths, including Buddhists and Hindus, would also appreciate recognition, said Asim Koldzo. The Oxford graduate student is exploring interfaith issues here with a grant from the Qatar National Research Fund. Continue Reading →

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Inside the Catholic Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, Doha, Qatar. Continue Reading →

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Qatar’s ‘Church City’ grows as Christianity loses taboo status

It has been more than three years since Qatar opened its first church on the outskirts of town, giving the country’s growing Christian community a place of their own to worship after years in rented spaces. There are more than 100,000 Christians living in Qatar, according to a 2010 US State Department report. More, especially from the Philippines and South Asia, have been flocking to Qatar as the country pours billions into infrastructure projects ahead of the 2022 World Cup. But the community, not wanting to cause waves in this conservative Muslim country, has been historically tight-lipped about how it functions and what its plans are for the future. Rev. Bill Schwartz, an Anglican priest and an Episcopal Church missionary, granted a rare interview to the Episcopal News Service about the Christian community in Qatar, which published an article last week. Continue Reading →

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