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Doha metro project

The progressive Doha Metro Rail Project is a planned rapid transit system in Doha to facilitate smooth commutation to people in Doha. The project was necessitated with the urge to modernize the commutation and at the same time deal with traffic related issues such as jams, accidents, pollution and undue delays.

As per the recent inspection conducted by Prime Minister and Minister of Interior H. E. Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al Thani, on Tuesday at Economic Zone Station, the project has reached 73 percent of completion stage and is expected to approach the end by 2018 and will be complete in 2019, much before being fully operational in 2020.

As planned, Doha Metro is expected to have four lines. These four lines will intersect the country to provide maximum travel coverage.

The Red line will cover the costal part of the country while connecting the towns of Al Khor in the north and Mesaieed in the south via Lusail, West Bay, Msheireb and the New Doha International Airport (NDIA).

The green line would serve as an education line, follow Al Rayyan Road connecting Education City with the Heart of Doha. Furthermore, it would link to Umm Slal and the Industrial Area South.

The Gold line will serve as a historic line from East-West direction and connects the Airport City North via central Msheireb with Al Waab Street, Al Rayyan South and Salwa Road.

The Blue line would serve as City line that will connect the residential and commercial areas of West Bay and Airport City North along the main C-Ring Road.

The project, despite having various infrastructural challenges due to the GCC blockade, has achieved a considerable momentum. Given the success of Metro trains in countries around the globe, the project will mark a solution to a lot of major traffic problems while easing the excess flow of vehicles as the technology is extremely time saving.

However, we hope that the modern technology may not be expensive than the existing transportation structure. In the initial stages of project, Qatar Rail’s, Saal al Mohannadi, assured that the operational cost of the project will be recovered by renting out sites, services and advertisements, along with revenue from ticket sales. He assured that tickets will be affordable for everyone.

Hopefully, the case is still the same as most of the people who will prefer traveling by metros will be the ones looking forward to saving both time and money. Hence, the purpose of the project could only be realised keeping the affordability as a priority.

 

GCC Blockade violation of Human Rights

Qatar has been trying its best to keep people unaffected by the ongoing blockade imposed by Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. It has also been appreciated for the same internationally. But it would be closing eyes to the reality if we deny that it has affected people residing in the country greatly.

The report issued by United National Office of High Commissioner for Human rights (OHCHR), following its November mission testifies the same. The mission held from November 17 to 24 at OHCHR included meetings with some 20 governments, civil societies as well as people affected by the blockade with the objective of understanding the scenario.

A copy of the report issued by OHCHR was sent to the National Human Rights Committee of Qatar (NHCR). As per the declaration made in context to the report by head of NHRC, Ali Bin Smaikh al-Marri yesterday, stated that the report serves as a documented proof that GCC blockade is not just unethical and arbitrary but also illegal as it is clear infringement of the human rights.

He stated that “This report shows without a spec of doubt that these procedures undertaken by blockading countries are not merely diplomatic severing of relations, they are not just an economic boycott,” in fact, “These are unilateral, abusive, arbitrary measures that are impacting citizens and expats in Qatar.”

The disclosures made referring to the OHCHR report clearly suggested the measures taken to impose blockade are much more than a diplomatic tension but a well-planned economic warfare led by Saudi-Arabia. To meet their selfish rivalry they have staked the life of not only Qatari citizens but also expats from various countries residing in Qatar.

People in Doha celebrated the report as a victory of human rights of the people residing in the country as this may prove as an official recognition of injustice that they have experienced for several months, by United Nations institution.

Despite recognition by Amnesty International earlier in June 2017, accusing Gulf States toying with lives of people there have not been paid much heed by the GCC countries. Hopefully this report will bring an end to their arbitrary agendas and the ongoing injustice on the people residing in Qatar.

 

 

 

vertical indoor farming in Qatar

Qatar has realised about its high dependency on its neighbouring countries for essential products such as food items due to blockade. Since then it has been using the opportunity devised by crisis to become self-sufficient with the major focus on food security.

Qatar looks highly motivated to achieve aim of self-sufficiency and its confidence has even been a major factor in attracting a lot of Global firms to join its ambitious Self-sufficiency Exhibition scheduled in April, 2018, which is certainly a great prospect.

Recently, in an exclusive interview with Qatar Tribune, AeroFarms Co-Founder and CEO David Rosenberg, stated that his company has presented their technology of indoor farming to Qatar and local businessmen have expressed interest in associating.

The technology of indoor farming to grow vegetables without sun or soil, in a fully-controlled indoor environment can prove very beneficial to Qatar given its geographical conditions.  The company’s patented aeroponic growing system, he explained, has very fast harvest cycles, predictable results, superior food safety and less environmental impact.

Though such association will ensure self-sufficiency and food security and boost much needed confidence in local producers and manufacturers to contribute in economic growth, it may lead to increase in prices of indoor produced farm products.  The technology as claimed by Rosenberg, ensures that all their produce is available year-round, consistent price, longer shelf life, less shrink, safely grown, wide variety, customizable mixes and no weather issues.

Till now Qatar has met its demand by exports but on a much higher prices and compromised quality, however, such a technology can have immediate effect on achieving food security but only if we do not have to compromise on quality and reasonability of the prices. Hence, we need to move up on lines of ‘produce in Qatar’ and this may prove to be a good addition, without compromising on the basics, as we are not looking for a short-term solution but a long term plan.