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During the humid summer months it’s easy to lock yourself up in the A/C and get lost in cyberspace so we took to the internet to find the greatest apps, services and websites available in the country. We also pay homage to Qatar’s vibrant blogging community. On your marks, get set… surf!

Need to know sites
Hukoomi is Qatar government’s e-portal which tells you absolutely everything you need to know about living, working and staying short-term in the country. In terms of online government services it’s brilliant: residents can renew their health cards or pay utility bills, businesses can issue residence permits and apply for work visas, tourists can check the status of their visa or even find out the weather in real-time, while students can apply to Qatar University and access the digital Islamic library. Families, too, pay their zakat (charitable practice and a pillar of Islam) and can calculate their pensions. Suffice to say it is a definite go-to site!
Qatar National Library is practically uploaded online at this website. The upcoming project, which comes under Qatar Foundation, is exciting because it aims to be a fully functional and very impressive house of tomes. This website offers plenty of resources and suggested reading for download, gives access to all of the library’s collections and has an application form that allows you to request a public tour of their recently launched Heritage Collection, which offers loads of insight into Qatar’s fascinating history.
Not only does the overarching Qatar Museums Authority site give you the lowdown on every one of their current and upcoming museums, it also fills you in on all the events they have going on. On top of all that, it has an ‘opportunities’ tab which isn’t just for people looking for jobs but for those of you who have something significant to contribute to their exhibitions.
This may have started out to be all about Dubai but now Dubizzle has a very handy Qatar section too. We recommend this unbiased site when it comes to property listings, rooms for rent, items for sale and also job vacancies. You have to be a little careful as sometimes you’ll find spam and fake listings but the rule of thumb to go by is that if it’s too good to be true, it most definitely is!
Of course! Not to blow our own horns or anything but our website is pretty useful when it comes to finding out where to eat out, party, shop, play with your kids, exercise, travel, pamper yourself and much more. You can buy certain tickets, the website is updated constantly with the week’s best events and houses everything you’ve ever seen in the mag. Plus, we bring you the latest movie reviews from Time Out’s panel of worldwide experts. And if that’s not enough, we also give easy access to the other regional titles so you know what’s on all over the Gulf.

Oh so nifty services
The lazy lump inside of us loves this site because it means not even having to go through the hassle of calling for food! Talabat is a regional site with a Qatar portal which lets you see all of their partner restaurants’ menus and allows you to place an order for delivery there and then. It breaks it down into cuisine type, location and even shows you the most selling dishes. They’ll call you once to confirm you’re a real person and then, when your details are stored with them, they’ll never bother you again.

Buy It, Sell It, Swap It Qatar (Facebook)
This is a Facebook group where people in Qatar gather to sell their unwanted wares and you know what they say... One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Get fantastic bargains and meet some new people on the way as you buy, sell and swap whatever you may have. Just make sure you follow the rules set by the founders which can be found on the page.
This is a first for Qatar – an online retail marketplace! On Doha Sooq you can find bundle bargains, compare prices on products in the country and shop it all from home. Popular categories include electronics, fashion, beauty, jewellery, health, mobile phones and accessories. There is also a gifts section where you can order a present online and get it delivered to the recipient’s front door anywhere in Qatar. It’s powered by Doha Bank so the site itself is safe and secure.
Get amazing new discounts every week on a wide range of products all throughout Qatar at the Vouchers Club. It costs QR190 a year to join but then you’ll have access to discounts on dining, beaches, spa and beauty treatments and children’s entertainment. Plus, they give one percent of their revenue to charities so you’re helping while saving.
There’s a new deal every day for Qatar that is ripe for the snatching on Qgrabs. What you do is head to the site and see what’s on (you can also sign up to receive email alerts for the deals). If you like it, click ‘buy’ and share it with your friends. There’s a minimum amount of people that need to be interested in each bargain so once it hits its target you got it! They’ll email you the voucher and then all you need to do is print. What’s on offer varies wildly from jewellery to health and beauty products, from travel offers to discounted dining and much more.

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By Time Out Doha staff
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Posted by: Vani Saraswathi on 04 Aug ' 13 at 08:39

oh, wow! Thanks for adding my personal blog, and @weareqatar (an initiative launched along with 2 others). May I suggest JustHere.Qa, which is a community news portal, launched recently.

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