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Seminar for FIFA Referee Technical & Fitness Instructors that kick started on Monday, will oversee the participation of hundred technical instructors in Doha. The seminar, which is a five day event will conclude this Friday.

The objective of the five day event is to provide a platform for technical instructors around the globe to take part in theoretical and practical sessions to improve their knowledge. It will also prove to be an important event, wherein, the participants will be able to share ideas, experience and expertise in the domain to reach a standardised interpretation and application of the Laws of the Game.

The seminar is aimed at updating the participants with the latest teaching material fitness data and results, for enhancing their knowledge on fitness and technical training and referees’ evaluation.

The opening ceremony at QFA was attended by Pierluigi Collina, FIFA’s Chairman of the Referees’ Committee, Hani Ballan, Vice Chairman of FIFA Referees’ Committee, Massimo Busacca, Director of the FIFA Refereeing Department, and Neji Jouini, Executive Director of the Referees Committee.

Pierluigi Collina, FIFA’s Chairman of the Referees’ Committee, while addressing the participants at the event, stressed on the importance of working towards the creation and upgradation of future referees by setting an example for the new generation of referees. Further, the aim of the event as communicated was to help new referees develop their skills and take part in advanced workshops through the instructors.

The FIFA oriented seminar is one of the four seminars held in Qatar over the last few weeks, including the forum for the referees and video assistants who will feature in the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia this summer.

The training sessions are being made in the direction of upcoming Russia World Cup and for Women’s World Cup in France. The event is designed to understand the issues a referee face on the pitch in, which the technical instructors are to take up their roles for the referee development for future sport events.


Qatar’s Armed Forces, in conjunction with US military officials, are running a chemical-related disaster scenario at the Pearl-Qatar this morning. The emergency preparedness exercise, which involves police, Civil Defense, medical personnel and others, is part of a series of training sessions the groups are holding this week, an American participant has told Doha News.

However, the sites of future simulated disasters have not been disclosed in advance, as those participating in the training must respond to each emergency as if it were a real one.


In a notice distributed to Pearl residents this morning, the management said it is working in conjunction with the Ministry of Interior and other governmental departments to conduct a training exercise, “which could include a presence of smoke and the sounds of explosions.”

The exercise will run until noon, the notice said, adding, “We would like to stress that you should not be alarmed as this is a well-controlled event.”

Qatar has been shoring up its emergency preparedness is recent months, holding fire drills and practicing evacuations of malls and other buildings. 


Just this morning, the Ministry of Interior tweeted:

Did you see the disaster preparedness at the Pearl?


Credit: Top photo by a Pearl resident; other photos by Shabina S. Khatri

City Center Mall evacuated staff and shoppers this morning for an emergency fire drill the day before Eid holidays begin.

Shoppers said the fire alarm went off around 10:30am this morning, starting in Carrefour and then continuing to the rest of the mall. Shops were closed, and customers and mall staff alike were evacuated, although not everyone understood it was just a training exercise.

The mall was reopened – and everyone allowed back in – in just over a half hour.

Here’s how it unfolded online:

Credit: Top photo by Rulen Catalo