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Slight Earthquake in Doha,Qatar

Earthquake in Doha,Qatar

Slight Earthquake in Doha,Qatar

Today residents from across Qatar felt an slight earthquake around 3 pm local time. Many people have been evacuated buildings and workplaces. Some of the employers ask their employees to leave for the day and ask them to work from home for the day.Some of the towers at pearl qatar has been evacuated.

Speaking to one of the residence at najma area said, feeling of shaking sensation was around up to 30 to 40 seconds.

Ministry of Interior (MOI) said there were no known damages or injuries in doha, Qatar.

Ramadan-2014 will begin on Sunday, June 29

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Ramadan will begin on Sunday, June 29, officials at the Sharjah Planetarium have announced.

The new moon of the month of Shawwal 1435 AH, which marks the end of Ramadan, will appear on Sunday, July 27, at 2.42am. The sun will set on that day at 7.05pm, meaning Monday, July 28, will mark the beginning of Eid Al Fitr and the month of Shawwal.

Astronomers said the crescent moon of the holy month will appear on Friday, June 27, at 12.08am. The sun will set that day at 7.12pm, reported WAM, the state news agency.

The Planetarium added that daylight hours at the beginning of Ramadan will amount to 13 hours and 45 minutes and the fasting period will be approximately 15 hours and 15 minutes. At the end of Ramadan, daylight hours will amount to 13 hours and 25 minutes and the fasting period will be approximately 14 hours and 55 minutes.

Summer officially begins on June 21, marking the beginning of the summer solstice. Average temperatures in the UAE during summer reach an average of 43 degrees Celsius. This drops to 41 degrees at the end of the season.

Muslims in some countries will be bracing for longer days during the summer solstice.

For instance, daylight hours in the UK will last for about 16.5 hours from 4.42am to 9.21pm, whereas in Tokyo sunrise will be around 4.25am and sunset will be at 7pm. However Reykjavik, Iceland, which lies just a few degrees south of the Arctic Circle, will experience 24 hours of daylight.

Experts said Muslims should fast in moderation in such countries.

“If the day is so long, do they require to fast for so long hours?” said Hasan Ahmad Al Hariri, the chief executive of the Dubai Astronomy Group.

“For people in London, they can follow the time of Morocco. About 14-15 hours of fasting, which we do in the UAE, is bearable and easy. Islam is based on moderation. It is never extreme.

“Are we trying to make people go hungry? The idea is to obey God the way he likes. Internal meditation is important and the idea is to complete a month in a simple, straight way.”

The third edition of QITCOM-2014 concludes successfully

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The third edition of of Qatar ICT Conference and Exhibition, “QITCOM 2014”, successfully concluded, at the Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC), on Wednesday.

Organized by the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology and managed by fischerAppelt, Qatar, the three-day event was inaugurated on May 26, by His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior.

QITCOM 2014, has unarguably been the most successful edition, as more than 120 companies, delegates and industry experts converged at the QNCC over the last three days to take part in one of the biggest technological events in the country.

Over the course of three days, QITCOM 2014 provided significant opportunities for the leaders of innovation and policy-makers, technology providers and large enterprises in the field of communications and information technology to discuss the challenges in this area , and to support regional initiatives, and offer ideas and innovative strategies in order to achieve the Qatar National Vision and to build a knowledge-based economy.

The theme for QITCOM 2014 was “Innovating Today For The Future of Qatar” and the event hosted a selection of international speakers, regional and local, to discuss a number of key topics vital that relate to the promotion of innovation and entrepreneurial culture, and social networking and its impact on society, and the impact of satellite and broadband networks to broadcast media and digital content industry.

The first day of QITCOM 2014, was dedicated on analyzing Qatar’s ICT reality including both the opportunities and challenges. It also discussed the role of ICT in boosting Qatar’s ability to fulfill the commitments of Qatar National Vision 2030, and what the country should expect from future initiatives by tackling a number of issues such as broad band internet, cyber security, satellites, communications, policies, as well as legal and regulatory frameworks.

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QITCOM 2014 Opened on 26th MAY 2014

HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani

QITCOM 2014 Opened on 26th MAY 2014

HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani opened Monday the third edition of Qatar’s annual ICT conference and exhibition “QITCOM 2014″ at the Qatar National Convention Centre.
Several of Their Excellencies Sheikhs and Ministers, senior specialists in the field of communications, a number of Their Excellencies members of the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the State and guests attended the opening ceremony of the three-day event, held this year under the theme “Innovating Today for the Future of Qatar”.
In his address he delivered before the QITCOM 2014 here on Monday, HE the prime minister and interior minister disclosed a number of national strategies within the framework of principle of frankness and transparency, which makes it incumbent on the government to announce its development plans to enhance the private sector’s sharing in its implementation ,inter-alia the State of Qatar’s e-Government Strategy 2020, the National Strategy for Information Security and the inclusiveness strategy through technology.
He said that the State of Qatar’s e-Government Strategy 2020, aimed to improve the performance of government services , reduce public expenditure and achieve effective coordination and coherence among the various government agencies.
In this context , HE announced the launch of the national strategy for information security that aims to protect the information and biological systems of piracy, stressing that the constantly threats facing the cyberspace makes it incumbent on us to coordinate efforts at the highest state levels to protect its security .
Furthermore , HE the Prime Minister also declared the launch of the inclusiveness strategy through technology which will be carried out by the Qatar Assistive Technology Center, Mada, that strives to empower and enable people with disabilities and take advantage of their energies and potential in the development process .
He further said,” we cannot neglect the role of the people with disabilities in the technology, praising all efforts being exerted to translate these plans into reality reflecting positively on the economy and society in the State of Qatar
HE the Prime Minister reiterated that Qatar’s annual ICT conference and exhibition “QITCOM 2014″ has become an important regional forum showcases the latest trends and the most important developments in the field of information and communication technology .
He said : ” We have made our development in Qatar National Vision 2030 , which focussed on building the homeland and the citizen ” , stressing that the government is making all efforts to build institutions depending on management resources effectively, relying on professional standards and excellence in productivity and efficiency in rendering service of the public interest ” .
The digital technology and knowledge has become undoubtedly strategic tools to achieve goals of development due to its active ability in making radical changes in the rates of economic growth and promoting development, he added .
Over the past years Qatar had given priority to the telecommunications sector and information technology as a key element in the national Development Strategy , he said , adding that Qatar boasts healthy and vital telecommunications sector .
In this regard, under the guidance of HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, Qatar works to strengthen the essential capabilities of the telecommunication development sector by creating a regulatory and adequate legislative environment to support institutions of government and private sectors to take advantage of digital technology to increase its potential productivity , improve its performance and enhance its competitiveness .
In the next stage , HE the Prime Minister said: “We focus on increasing efficiency, effectiveness and productivity of the public and private sectors and we work much on supporting telecommunications and information technology corporates to achieve these goals.” calling meantime on local and international companies to work together through real and tangible participation for the exchange of expertise and resources to enable local cadres , and establish modern technological industries capable of continuity and competition locally and regionally.

Wataniya becomes Ooredoo in Kuwait

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Wataniya becomes Ooredoo in Kuwait

Kuwait’s first privately-owned telecommunications company Wataniya Telecom has adopted the new Ooredoo brand, continuing the momentum of the Qatari telecom giant’s global brand rollout.
The transformation of the brand was announced at a ceremony at the company’s new Kuwait City headquarters by Abdulaziz Fakhroo, general manager and CEO, Ooredoo in Kuwait.
Ooredoo’s operation in Kuwait is the latest to adopt the new brand, joining those in Qatar, Algeria, the Maldives, Myanmar, and Tunisia. Following the global launch at the GSMA Mobile
World Congress in February 2013, Ooredoo has successfully rolled out the new brand across the Middle East, North Africa, and Southeast Asia.
The transformation into Ooredoo has seen these companies do far more than just change their name – each has launched a new wave of services and initiatives designed to promote human growth in their respective countries. For Ooredoo in Kuwait, this will include the launch of a range of life-enhancing consumer and business-to-business services, including Kuwait’s first e-commerce site for purchasing electronics.

Ooredoo Group CEO Dr Nasser Marafih said, “Kuwait is a hub for ICT innovation, and in a highly-competitive market we aim to provide the best technology and customer experience.
Make data access available for all over our leading mobile broadband networks will promote human growth, with initiatives across e-commerce and social development enhancing people’s daily lives.”

Fakhroo said, “We are very proud to become part of a community-focused global brand that has a strong sense of responsibility towards the markets where our customers live and work. In
Kuwait, we will be known not just by the things we do, but how we do them and a unique customer experience that will deliver tangible results.”Supporting the life-enhancing initiatives of Ooredoo in Kuwait are 3G and 4G LTE networks, whose performance has been ranked as one of the best in the world by Omnitele, thanks to a recent $400mn network modernisation programme with Huawei and Ericsson.
In addition, as a community-based company, Ooredoo in Kuwait is supporting the Kuwait Blind Association’s braille publisher Bayt Abdullah and will launch a sports arena with three indoor soccer fields

Qatar considers changes to expatriates Labor Policies

Qatar considers changes to expatriates Labor Policies

Qatar considers changes to expatriates Labor Policies

Ministry of Interior to be the Honorary Sponsor of QITCOM 2014

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The Ministry of Interior (MoI), based on its strategy of cooperation and coordination with ministries and governmental bodies, has become the honorary sponsor of the Qatar ICT Conference and Exhibition (QITCOM 2014), organized by the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (ictQATAR) at the Qatar National Convention Centre on 26 – 28 May, 2014, in cooperation with fischerAppelt qatar.

“The Ministry of Interior’s sponsorship comes within the framework of cooperation and coordination with ictQATAR to highlight the role of the MoI in enhancing the services it offers to the both Qatari nationals and residents and turning these services from paper-based to electronic, which has achieved great success,” said Rinal Chaaban, QITCOM project lead, fischerAppelt qatar, commenting on MoI’s sponsorship of this year’s edition of the exhibition.

She added: “QITCOM 2014 seeks to attract the best institutions, companies, and exhibitors locally, regionally and internationally by offering them the chance to exhibit their products and sponsor this exceptional event which focuses on promoting the visitor experience as well as discussing and introducing cutting-edge ICT innovations from around the world.”

QITCOM is Qatar’s largest ICT event and is a platform for all aspects of ICT development and innovation in Qatar, the region and internationally. It will feature a conference with keynote speeches and panel discussions from international ICT experts, in addition to an exhibition and regional awards program showcasing the growth and aspirations of Qatar’s ICT sector and how these technological developments can play a key role in Qatar. QITCOM features activities such as the Innovation Theatre, Tech Zone and Case Competitions.

MoI’s Information Systems Department will represent the Ministry and will display the latest electronic systems and devices which the department uses to facilitate easy and convenient public interaction with the Ministry through a wide range of e-services recently launched, including Metrash 2.

MoI participated in the previous editions of QITCOM with a pavilion that displayed the Ministry’s latest equipment and some of the systems it launched such as Metrash 2, the Geographical Directory, the Electronic Certification System at the General Directorate of Civil Defense, Self-Service Machines, as well as other advanced services for Qatari nationals and residents such as the smart ID card.

Last year, the Information Systems Department introduced Metrash 2, a simple and time-efficient service allowing members of the public to execute services through their mobile phones, such as issuing Exit Permits for personal sponsorships, issuing Exit Permits for company-sponsored personnel, viewing traffic violations and paying fines, viewing data of official documents registered for individuals, as well as additional services which can be accessed through the MoI’s website.

The department also showed the equipment that displays geographical maps included in MoI’s systems for security patrols to enable a quick response to accidents, in addition to a handheld device that allows traffic patrols to instantly process minor traffic accidents on site. The pavilion included MoI’s Geographical Directory, which is an internet system that shows Qatar’s geospatial data and offers a range of map exploration and search tools. The system is specialized in finding out and displaying the map’s geospatial data, and nationals and residents can familiarize themselves with the locations of MoI’s departments and service centers. MoI also displayed the Self-Service Machine, which enables users to complete their MoI-related transactions without the need to be physically present at the Ministry’s departments.

QITCOM visitors were able to obtain their smart ID cards at the Ministry’s pavilion which also introduced the E-Gate system that facilitates entry and exit procedures through Doha International Airport, and how to subscribe to the services the system offers.

Dubai Crown Prince unveils ambitious govt 2021 vision

Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai

Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, unveiled an ambitious government plan to provide seamless access to government services by 2021 through the use of latest technologies.

Sheikh Hamdan launched emirate’s New 2021 Initiative during in a three-day Government Summit that opened in Dubai, with speeches from delegates including British billionaire Richard Branson.

The initiative was accompanied by a video showing residents of Dubai going about their daily lives seven years from now with many of them wearing a smart wrist band to communicate with the government.

A British expat woman was shown wearing the smart device before flying from London to Dubai. The device tells her that her residency status in Dubai was updated. Upon her arrive, the device tells her: “welcome back to Dubai” before advising her how to get home fast by avoiding heavy traffic.

Following his speech, Sheikh Hamdan elaborated on the 2021 government vision on Twitter.He expressed confidence in the leadership and staff of the Dubai government to meet the 2021 target

“We should all work as one, the strong supporting the weak, as we look towards 2021 when everyone will witness the arrival of Dubai govt,” he wrote.

“Our ambitious & entrepreneurial, innovative ideas will be implemented by Dubai govt. & the world will seek to learn from our experience,” the crown prince tweeted.

QITCOM 2014 is set to attract the world’s leading companies

Rinal Chaaban

Qatar’s largest ICT event QITCOM will be sponsored by leading technology organisations and government departments, further cementing its position as the region’s pre-eminent platform for all aspects of ICT development and innovation in Qatar, the region and internationally, said Rinal Chaaban, QITCOM project lead.

Vodafone Qatar, part of the global mobile communications network, is confirmed as the event’s Pearl sponsor, while Qatar satellite company Es’hailSat will sponsor QITCOM 2014 at platinum level and confirmed silver sponsors include Technoserve. The Ministry of the Interior will be honorary sponsor of the event.

The three-day event, organized by fischerAppelt, qatar in collaboration with the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (ictQATAR), will be held on 26-28 May 2014 at Qatar National Convention Center, and will feature a conference, exhibition and regional awards programme showcasing the growth and aspirations of Qatar’s ICT sector and how global technological advances can support Qatar’s economic diversification, in line with the National Vision 2030.

A mobile and fixed telecoms provider in Qatar since March 2009, Vodafone Qatar is a well-known brand in Qatar, committed to providing world class telecommunications infrastructure to support Qatar National Vision 2030. At QITCOM 2014, Vodafone Qatar will display its latest technological developments in the largest gathering of technology companies under one roof, and give visitors the opportunity to experience its latest developments, as well as review new promotions.

Qatar satellite company Es’hailSat is about to launch its first satellite, which will provide TV, voice, internet, corporate and government services across the Middle East, North Africa and beyond. Over the next decade, it aims to have a global fleet or six or more independent satellites, controlled and managed from Qatar. QITCOM 2014 will provide it with a platform to showcase new developments and forthcoming satellites, which will assist Qatar with its ICT expansion to meet the needs of the FIFA World Cup 2022, as well as increasing the capacity of multimedia communications as required by telecommunications companies and broadcasters.

Silver sponsor Technoserve ensures integrated systems for high-end products, particularly interactive TV and digital sign boards for hotels, hospitals and residential compounds. Its sponsorship of QITCOM reaffirms its commitment to be a market leader in the field, dedicated to providing its customers with high quality systems, installation and services.

The Ministry of Interior’s sponsorship of QITCOM 2014 comes within a framework of cooperation and coordination with ictQATAR, to highlight the numerous successful e-services and devices it has recently launched, for improved customer use and flexibility and to facilitate greater public interaction with the Ministry.

Rinal Chaaban, QITCOM project lead, fischerAppelt, qatar, said: “QITCOM 2014 is set to attract the world’s leading technology companies and experts who will have the opportunity to showcase their latest developments. Through their participation, QITCOM will become a showcase not just for Qatar’s ICT revolution, but for also that of the wider Gulf region.

“We are grateful to our sponsors for their continued support, and we look forward to developing more strategic partners, which will further strengthen QITCOM’s position as one of the region’s leading ICT events. The technological developments displayed at QITCOM will transform the lives of users around the world, while underpinning the Qatar National Vision 2030 and significantly advancing the economic and social diversification of Qatar towards a knowledge based economy.”

QITCOM 2014 launches to capitalize on Qatar’s ICT revolution

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Qatar’s largest ICT event QITCOM returns on 26th May 2014 at Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC), focusing on innovation and entrepreneurship and showing how global ICT developments can help drive Qatar’s economic diversification towards a knowledge-based economy, in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030.

The three-day event is organised by fischerAppelt Qatar in collaboration with the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (ictQATAR). QITCOM 2014 will be a platform for all aspects of ICT development and innovation in Qatar, the region and internationally. It will feature a conference, exhibition and regional awards program showcasing the growth and aspirations of Qatar’s ICT sector and how these technological developments can play a key role in Qatar. It will attract progressive businesses, innovators and industry leaders as well as ICT professionals, consumers, entrepreneurs, students and enthusiasts.

The third edition of QITCOM, which runs from 26th to 28th May, is expected to attract 11,000 delegates and visitors and will feature 45 speakers and panelists, 200 exhibitors representing 15 countries and 30 international and local partners.

The conference will raise key issues for the ICT sector in Qatar and the region. Panel discussions and keynote addresses will cover topics including global ICT developments, emerging technologies and opportunities for the regional market. The QITCOM exhibition allows the world’s leading companies to showcase their latest products and technologies to an industry undergoing rapid growth, while learning first-hand about new projects.

In addition to the conference and exhibition, the QITCOM Awards will recognize and reward excellence in ICT development, adoption and implementation across the GCC and celebrate the many regional success stories.

QITCOM 2014 will feature a number of new initiatives including a Corporate Treasure Hunt – an interactive three-day team event using a custom-made online interface, where team members can solve puzzles related to the industry and to the event, and a mobile interview team which will collect real-time feedback from event delegates and participants and post their views on social media and on the web.

Other signature events for 2014 will be an innovation theatre – an open platform for entrepreneurs to present their business ideas; a Tech Zone, which will serve as a launch pad for innovative products and services and where exhibitors can show how their technologies work in the real world.

B To B Matchmaking offers an invaluable and focused networking opportunity, linking entrepreneurs with business professionals to build connections.

QITCOM Case Competitions present real-world scenarios to university students who work collaboratively to propose ICT-based solutions to the challenges. The final presentations are made 24 hours after the initial case is shared with the students.

QITCOM tours is a comprehensive “guided tour” of all the products and technologies which are relevant to our daily lives, but which may not get the media attention.

QITCOM 2014 launches as the people of Qatar become more connected than ever before. As the average household in Qatar has three mobile phones, two computers and one smartphone, people are using technology to access the internet more than ever. Qatar currently ranks 9th globally on the e-participation index of the United Nations 2012 E-Government Survey, while is ranks 23rd globally in the World Economic Forum’s Network Readiness Index. As such, Qatar is leading the Gulf region for ICT development and it is committed to ensuring widespread public inclusion and participation.

Rinal Chaaban, QITCOM project lead, fischerAppelt, qatar said: “Qatar is on the threshold of an ICT revolution, as more and more of its citizens are connected to the internet and use it across multiple devices and to organize all aspects of their lives. QITCOM 2014 provides a platform for technology pioneers from around the world to come together with leaders of ICT and to learn about the latest developments in technology.

“As Qatar continues to diversify and strengthen its economy, so these technological advances will play a crucial role in the coming years. Through close collaboration, we can create strategic partnerships which will build upon the successes enjoyed by Qatar so far –particularly in e-government – and which will contribute to future achievements in line with the Qatar National Development Strategy 2011-16 and the National Vision 2030.”

More details on QITCOM 2014 can be found at www.qitcom.qa

Qatar National Health Insurance Company records 30,780 women treatment in six months

Dr. Faleh Mohamed Hussain Ali

An ever increasing number of Qatari women are benefiting from the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) as the system marks six month since its launch. A total of 30,780 women have been treated under the scheme as of 17th January, which under Stage 1 is open to Qatari women aged 12 and above for maternity, obstetrics, gynaecology and related women’s healthcare needs.
These included 5,672 inpatients and 25,118 outpatients at participating hospitals and clinics, while the call center received over 2,269 enquiries during its first six months of operations.

“The launch of the National Health Insurance Scheme represents a major milestone in the modernization of Qatar’s health sector. The first six months since the introduction of the scheme have gone very smoothly despite the magnitude of the changes the NHIS heralds for large portions of the health sector,” explained Dr. Faleh Mohamed Hussain Ali, acting CEO of the National Health Insurance Company (NHIC) which manages the NHIS.

Among the NHIS’ successes during its first six months is the maternity management programme, a dedicated service that provides expecting mothers with information, counsel and practical advice on a range of pregnancy, child-birth, and post-partum related issues. Response to the programme has been overwhelmingly positive with a total of 328 women having benefited from the programme to date. Programme participants are supported by a team of trained nurses who counsel the expecting mothers on an individual basis throughout their pregnancy and delivery.
The NHIS forms a key milestone in the realization of the National Health Strategy and Qatar’s long-term development objectives. Stage 2 of the scheme will see coverage expanded to all Qatari nationals for the full range of basic health services during 2014 while subsequent stages will gradually incorporate non-national residents and visitors.

Users of the scheme will be able to select from a wide range of public and private healthcare providers for their medical needs. The NHIS network currently includes eight providers – HMC Women’s Hospital, Al Emadi Hospital, Al Ahli Hospital, Doha Clinic Hospital, Al Wakra Hospital, Al Khor Hospital, the Cuban Hospital, and since the beginning of February, Al Hayat Medical Center, a private healthcare facility located in Doha’s Al Waab district and the first private polyclinic to open its doors to Stage 1 beneficiaries of the Scheme. More hospitals and clinics are expected to be added as the scheme expands.
Information and updates on the scheme are available at the NHIC website www.nhic.qa. Members can also call the NHIC call centre on telephone 4020 8444 or visit one of the NHIC information booths at participating hospitals and at the Supreme Council of Health’s headquarters in Doha

Microsoft Board names Satya Nadella as CEO

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Microsoft Corporation announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Satya Nadella as Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors effective immediately. Nadella previously held the position of Executive Vice President of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group.

“During this time of transformation, there is no better person to lead Microsoft than Satya Nadella,” said Bill Gates, Microsoft’s Founder and Member of the Board of Directors. “Satya is a proven leader with hard-core engineering skills, business vision and the ability to bring people together. His vision for how technology will be used and experienced around the world is exactly what Microsoft needs as the company enters its next chapter of expanded product innovation and growth.”

Since joining the company in 1992, Nadella has spearheaded major strategy and technical shifts across the company’s portfolio of products and services, most notably the company’s move to the cloud and the development of one of the largest cloud infrastructures in the world supporting Bing, Xbox, Office and other services. During his tenure overseeing Microsoft’s Server and Tools Business, the division outperformed the market and took share from competitors.

“Microsoft is one of those rare companies to have truly revolutionized the world through technology, and I couldn’t be more honored to have been chosen to lead the company,” Nadella said. “The opportunity ahead for Microsoft is vast, but to seize it, we must focus clearly, move faster and continue to transform. A big part of my job is to accelerate our ability to bring innovative products to our customers more quickly.”

“Having worked with him for more than 20 years, I know that Satya is the right leader at the right time for Microsoft,” said Steve Ballmer, who announced on Aug. 23, 2013 that he would retire once a successor was named. “I’ve had the distinct privilege of working with the most talented employees and senior leadership team in the industry, and I know their passion and hunger for greatness will only grow stronger under Satya’s leadership.”

Microsoft also announced that Bill Gates, previously Chairman of the Board of Directors, will assume a new role on the Board as Founder and Technology Advisor, and will devote more time to the company, supporting Nadella in shaping technology and product direction. John Thompson, lead independent director for the Board of Directors, will assume the role of Chairman of the Board of Directors and remain an independent director on the Board.

“Satya is clearly the best person to lead Microsoft, and he has the unanimous support of our Board,” Thompson said. “The Board took the thoughtful approach that our shareholders, customers, partners and employees expected and deserved.”

With the addition of Nadella, Microsoft’s Board of Directors consists of Ballmer; Dina Dublon, former Chief Financial Officer of JPMorgan Chase; Gates; Maria M. Klawe, President of Harvey Mudd College; Stephen J. Luczo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Seagate Technology PLC; David F. Marquardt, General Partner at August Capital; Nadella; Charles H. Noski, former Vice Chairman of Bank of America Corp.; Dr. Helmut Panke, former Chairman of the Board of Management at BMW Bayerische Motoren Werke AG; and Thompson, Chief Executive Officer of Virtual Instruments. Seven of the 10 board members are independent of Microsoft, which is consistent with the requirement in the company’s governance guidelines that a substantial majority be independent.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

Ooredoo’s 4G Network Now Free

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Ooredoo Qatar’s Chief Operating announced today that the Ooredoo 4G network would become permanently free to all Ooredoo customers, during a press conference held in the company’s headquarters. Waleed Al-Sayed said that the 4G Key, which usually costs Ooredoo customers QR 60 per month for Shahry and QR15 per week for Hala, would be free for all Shahry pack customers and Hala Mobile Internet or Broadband Pack customers as part of Ooredoo’s 2014 ‘Year of Digital’ campaign. The campaign will include major updates for Shahry and Hala customers, including revamped mobile data packs, as Ooredoo continues to cater for the number of growing smartphone users in Qatar with their upcoming #OoredooSmart campaign. Al-Sayed said: “Last year we launched Qatar’s fastest-ever 4G network, connected more than 100,000 customers to Ooredoo Fibre to homes, launched Business Fibre and drove innovation with our Ooredoo App. So this year, in celebration of our customers who helped us achieve all of this, we’re making 4G free to say thank you for your support and to kick off #OoredooSmart” Customers have rapidly adopted 4G, as the network provides connection speeds that are three-to-six times faster than the existing 3G network. On 4G, customers can enjoy the smoothest Internet browsing experience – easily transfer big files, stream HD video from Ooredoo’s Mozaic GO app, and quickly update social media. Ooredoo recently completed their countrywide rollout of 4G, meaning that customers can now experience 4G – Qatar’s fastest-ever Mobile Broadband network – in all inhabited areas of Qatar. The 4G network is available now for prepaid Hala Mobile Internet or Broadband Pack customers and all postpaid Shahry customers. To access the 4G key on mobile and smartphone devices, Hala customers should SMS the keyword ‘4G’ for free to 121. Shahry customers can send ‘4G’ to 114. Ooredoo asks customers to ensure their phones are 4G enabled before activating the 4G key. Customers can find out if they have a 4G ready phone by going to www.ooredoo.qa/en/4G-devices. The Year of Digital campaign will also include a push toward a more independent and self-sufficient customer service, including updates to the Ooredoo app, self-service machines, social media and the Ooredoo 111 Customer Care line. Ooredoo’s Mobile Money service will also see improvements, as the company invests in ensuring the benefits of Mobile Money – including low rate international money transfers and the ability to pay staff directly – are as accessible as they can be. Ooredoo’s Mobile Money service has had tens of thousands of financial transfers since its launch and Ooredoo plan to continue to explore and update this amazing resource in 2014 for the people of Qatar. The Year of Digital will also see Ooredoo improve its business security services. Ooredoo, who are currently the only company in Qatar to offer a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) service, plan to invest in researching the threat of cyber attacks to protect businesses. In the coming weeks, Ooredoo will continue to enhance and update their services to suit their growing customers’ needs. The company has confirmed it will be actively participating in the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on 24-27 February, during which it will be announcing another major milestone for the company. For complete details about Ooredoo’s 4G services, customers can visit the 4G page on the Ooredoo website at www.ooredoo.qa.

Fleming Gulf’s 3rd Annual HR Oman Summit was inaugurated

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Fleming Gulf’s 3rd Annual HR Oman Summit was officially inaugurated on 27th Jan at Intercontinental Muscat, Oman by ‘His Excellency AL Sayed Salim Musalam Ali Al-Busaidi, Under-Secretary Of Administrative Development Ministry Of Civil Service, Oman. Aptly themed ‘Time For Change- Next Generation HR- Evolution 2.0′, the summit hosted over 70 distinguished HR professionals from Oman and other Middle East countries who discussed crucial issues on how to seize new opportunities with value-added HR strategies in today’s economic climate.

Kanupriya Singh; Sr.Producer at Fleming Gulf,  said “The summit will see presentations, debates and discussions on developments with regards to Nationalization and various other HR related challenges Omani companies face everyday. The HR Oman Summit reflects our true intention to be a partner to the industry and help realize the vision of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said.”

Day 1 of the summit saw orations from Saif Al Nabhani, Advisor and Director General of Directorate General of Private Health from Ministry Of Health – Oman, Mohammed Al Riyami, Senior Manager, Career Planning from Oman Telecommunications Company, David Al Ashhab, Head of HR – Northern Gulf, Levant and Oman from Standard Chartered Bank and other leading companies who have successfully implemented breakthrough HR strategies. Day 1 also showcased a special case study presented by Ian Alexander Fotheringham – Regional HR Manager & HR Consultant from Worley Parsons Oman Engineering LLC on retention strategies used locally and globally. HR solution company and Silver sponsor of the summit; Competence HR also presented their unique approaches to HR challenges currently faced by the professionals in the region.

Day 2 of the summit continued to see high level panel discussions, break out sessions and presentations from senior HR leaders from Shell International, Oman Shipping Company, Saudi Aramco, The Research Council, Oman, Jindal Shadeed Iron & Steel, Schneider Electric and Al Ghubrah Power & Desalination Company. A post-conference workshop on 29 January will reveal new technologies for HR Professionals that will be lead by Patrick Luby of Pat Luby Consulting FZ-LLC followed by a workshop on Innovative learning – A different perspective, which will be lead by Tonia Gray and Mark Pudwell from Competence HR LLC.

Qatar Flag on Guinness world record

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Qatar National Day celebrations are in full swing, residents are started showcasing their joyness on the streets. Qatar inaugurated the largest flag in the world, a red-and-white zigzag creation known as the “Flag of Gratitude and Loyalty,” which also captured a Guinness world record. At a length spanning nearly 19 football pitches and a total size of 101,000 sq m, the flag broke the previous record held by Romania at 79,000 sq m.

The Qatari flag weighs 10 metric tons and was unfurled on the ground in the outskirts of Doha where the inauguration ceremony took place in the presence of Quatari armed forces and a representative of Guinness World Records.

More than 2,000 workers contributed to making the flag, which is being hailed as a masterpiece of engineering.

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