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As a fun week of Eid Al Adha festivities draws to a close, drivers are being reminded to avoid “wrong and random parking” around town.

In a post on its Facebook page, Qatar’s Ministry of Interior (MOI) criticized drivers who park incorrectly near malls and other public spaces.

This leads to cars blocking roads and often causes long traffic jams, the ministry said.

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It also warned drivers that parking in spaces reserved for those with special needs amounts to “ignoring their rights.”

This and several other types of parking violations can result in fines and points on a motorist’s driver’s license, according to Qatar’s traffic law.

Parking fees

The reminder comes a few months after the MOI moved to regulate parking fees in Doha.

Prices are now limited to QR2 an hour for each of the first two hours at locations that charge for parking spaces.

Popular venues such as Souq Waqif, Hotel Park near the Sheraton Grand Hotel and major hospitals now charge a fee to park onsite, and the central post office on the Corniche also introduced paid parking in July.

But motorists still complain about finding a legal parking spot easily in some parts of Doha, including in West Bay, Villaggio Mall and some hospitals.

This is in part due to the rapid growth of Qatar’s population and the launch of several construction projects that have taken over previously vacant spaces.

Do you find it hard to park? Thoughts?

Report: More than 2,000 fingerprints taken daily by Qatar’s Interior Ministry

As Qatar’s foreign workforce continues to grow, the country’s Ministry of Interior has said it is taking between 2,000 and 2,600 fingerprints from expats daily, according to the Peninsula.

The newspaper, citing an MoI publication, said the ministry is on schedule to completely digitize its archive of expat fingerprint records by this summer.

Qatar traffic department extends discount offer on old fines

Motorists who have been putting off paying their old traffic tickets will have a little bit longer to catch a break on their fines.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Interior‘s traffic department told Doha News that motorists will be eligible until July 7 for a 50 percent discount on certain violations incurred prior to Dec. 31, 2015. Officials introduced the offer – which was scheduled to expire today – in January as part of a bid to get more people to pay off long-standing traffic violations.