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A RAF prayer rug on Doha’s Corniche

A local charity is making it easier for people to pray on time while hanging out on the Corniche.

Muslim visitors will now be able to make use of several new roll-out prayer stations, courtesy of the Sheikh Thani Bin Abdullah Foundation for Humanitarian Services (RAF).

To protect them from the weather, the prayer carpets are kept in metal boxes. They can be wound in and out using a handle on the side.

Eid al-Adha 2015 in Abu Hamour

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Praying five times a day is an important tenet of Islam, and Muslims get extra credit for performing the daily prayers in congregation.

Speaking to the Peninsula this week, a spokesperson said that each prayer rug can accommodate up to 30 people at any one time.

They are also positioned so that worshippers face Makkah.

Social responsibility

According to RAF, a team from the charity’s New Life Center has been tasked with maintaining the carpets, and replacing them as and when necessary.

The unnamed official said that the prayer stations are just one of RAF’s “social responsibility” projects and aim to remind Muslims of the importance of praying on time and in groups.

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In addition to its domestic projects, RAF has recently raised millions of riyals to fund the construction of mosques abroad.

In 2015, it put QR24m of donations to use building some 375 mosques in 23 countries on three continents.

The pullout prayer rugs are also located in some parks around town.

Have you seen and/or used them? Thoughts?

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Entertainment World

A new outdoor carnival-type venue is setting up shop in Qatar and plans to open next month.

The fair, dubbed “Entertainment World,” is located between the heavily-trafficked Pearl-Qatar and Lagoona Mall.

Kiosks are already being set up on the site, and when it launches, it will host rides, shops, food and shows for visitors, according to its Facebook page.

The venue will welcome visitors for the next few months before closing during Ramadan. The plan is to reopen during Eid Al Fitr, I Love Qatar reports.

Offerings

Some of the zones on offer will include Snow World, a mini golf course and go-karting, the website added.

And according to the Qatar Tribune, half of the income generated at the fair will be donated to local cancer institutes.

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The venue is being put together by E-Cloud, which is inviting businesses to sell their wares at a purpose-built pavilion onsite.

When it launches next month, Entertainment World will be open from 3pm to 11pm on weekdays and 2pm to midnight on weekends.

Thoughts?

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After two days of heavy rain around the country, Qatar is expected to start drying out from today, according to local forecasters.

But as the rain abates, a Siberian high pressure system is moving in and will stick around until at least Monday.

In a statement, the Qatar Meteorology Department (MET) said the front will cause winds to pick up and temperatures to fall.

Expect temps to reach around a maximum of 17C (63F) during the day and 10C (50F) at night in Doha.

It will likely be colder and windier outside of the capital, forecasters added.

Flooded roads

While welcomed by many, the rain did cause some disruptions this week, including an uptick in road accidents.

Play was also interrupted repeatedly at the Qatar Total Open women’s tennis tournament. And the weekend MIA Park Bazaar was canceled.

Meanwhile, municipal employees have been frantically working to clear waterlogged roads across the country.

Officials said that over the past few days, more than 30 million gallons of rainwater have been pumped out of streets and intersections in Qatar.

How has the rain been treating you? Thoughts?