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DOHA METRO has suspended paper tickets and urges customers to purchase reusable travel cards instead. This step is part of Doha Metro’s efforts to promote environmental sustainability. Customers can buy travel cards from licensed retailers or the ticket vending machines at stations.


HAMAD MEDICAL CORPORATION’S (HMC) Dr Hanadi Al Hamad, Qatar’s National Health Strategy 2018-2022 lead for Healthy Ageing and medical director of Rumailah Hospital and Qatar Rehabilitation Institute, urges citizens and residents over 50-years-old to get the seasonal influenza vaccine. Dr Al Hamad says that it is especially vital for people in that age group to get the vaccine as getting older weakens the immune system and can increase the risk of serious complications caused by the flu.


LEARN AUTISM, an online platform supporting children with autism, has been launched in the MENA region with Arabic subtitles. This platform provides parents, caregivers, and kids with interactive, step-by-step video tutorials on various aspects of life on the autism spectrum. The topics covered include everything from early diagnosis to realistic outlooks on adulthood for children on the spectrum. Dr Stephen Shore, an academic who also has autism, founded Learn Autism with the help of therapy professionals and parents. Subscription to the platform costs USD 24.99/year (around QR 100) but members can try three days for free.

NAJLA ALKUWARI AND NOOF ALMAHMOUD, two Qatari women, have created a soon-to-launch counselling app called Therappy. Therappy, a Qatar Foundation (QF) backed initiative, aims to provide a secure platform for users to seek affordable psychological counselling through video and audio calls, messages, and live-chat sessions. The founders came up with the app after finding themselves facing the challenges of new motherhood and without mental health services to suit their needs.


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Al MEERA has partnered up with Rafeeq App to provide delivery services across Doha as part of a wider delivery plan set to be launched soon, according to the hypermarket chain’s Twitter account. At the time of writing, Al Meera’s online deliveries are currently being serviced by its Muaither store. almeera.com.qa

HAMAD MEDICAL CORPORATION has launched a mental health support service to help people dealing with stress and anxiety because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The helpline is run by a team of mental health professionals and is available every day between 7 am and 10 pm. You can access the service by calling 16000 toll-free. hmc.org.qa

FITNESS FIRST MIDDLE EAST uploads weekly guided meditation sessions on its YouTube channel to encourage people across the region to focus on their wellbeing. The meditation sessions run between 15 and 30 minutes and are uploaded every Tuesday at 8 pm. fitnessfirstme.com  

QATAR GENERAL ELECTRICITY AND WATER CORPORATION (KAHRAMAA) announced plans to install 60,000 smart water and electricity metres across the country by the end of 2020. Once completed, customers will be able to monitor their consumption of these utilities and make prepayments through the smart metres. km.qa