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Spring 2021

ALIF BOOKSTORE, the largest bookshop in Qatar, has opened its showroom near Qatar Sports Club. The vast 4000 square-metre space houses an impressive selection of products to suit individual and business needs, including a wide variety of books, stationery, and art and engineering supplies. For kids, games and educational toys are also available, in addition to dedicated reading and creativity rooms where they can listen to readings and participate in educational activities.


SAINSBURY’S, the popular UK supermarket chain, is expected to open its first stand-alone Qatari branch at Lusail City early next year. This comes as part of the company’s plan to expand its reach in Qatar, following last year’s launch of the country’s first Sainsbury’s shop-in-shop in Al Meera Hypermarket’s Hyatt Plaza Mall branch.


QATAR AIRWAYS sets out to become the first Middle Eastern airline to trial the International Air Travel Association’s (IATA) Travel Pass, a “digital passport” app that will be used to verify the Covid-19 testing and vaccination status of travellers. The first phase of the trial is expected to start this spring and will be used for flights on the Doha to Istanbul route.


The KARWA TAXI app is now available for download on the Huawei AppGallery following Huawei Consumer Business Group’s partnership with Mowasalat (Karwa). Huawei users will now be able to use the app to book taxi and limousine rides, track their journeys, and make payments.

PRIMARY HEALTH CARE CORPORATION (PHCC) has drawn out plans to open four more primary centres across the country, according to Al Raya newspaper. A PHCC insider recently told the Arabic daily that the health centres are set to open in the Khalifa City, Umm Ghuwailina, Bani Hajer, and Al Hilal areas by 2024. The source also revealed that PHCC plans to implement a new system in these health centres by introducing new services and increasing the number of specialised clinics.

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