What Qatar has done to ease the burden of COVID-19

Here are some amazing measures undertaken

What Qatar has done to ease the burden of COVID-19

There’s no denying this past week has been one of the most dramatic times the country has seen. But the country has come together with the government, local business and the citizens all supporting each other with some incredible initiatives all across Qatar.

Here are a few of the positives that will make you love and appreciate this great country all the more.

Rent exemptions

In an unprecedented move, several large corporations in Qatar have exempted their tenants from rents and other fees, varying from three to six months.

Logistical areas and small and medium industries are exempted from rent for six months.

Qatar Foundation has waived off rental payments for its external SME retail tenants for six months.

Katara announced that all investors, owners of restaurants and cafes will be exempted from paying rent and other fees such as electricity and water until further notice.

All commercial units under Barwa Real Estate will be exempt from paying rent for three months, effective April 2020.

Qatari Diar Real Estate Company has waived off rent for three months for all tenants in its Lusail Marina including restaurants and cafes, and the shops that operate in Barwa Commercial Avenue.

Water and electricity exemption

Several sectors such as hospitality, tourism, retail, small and medium industries, commercial complexes and logistical areas are exempted from water and electricity fees for six months.

Car inspections have been exempted

You were probably worried about renewing your car registration and the regular FAHES inspection during these times. The good news is that you can skip the physical inspection and get it done online via the Woqod app. Starting March 22, all vehicles due for renewal will be exempt from visiting the centres. You can renew the registration via Metrash2, too.

Free fuel tags at Woqod

To reduce the interactions between customers and fuel attendants, Woqod is giving out free RFID fuel tags (otherwise priced at QR220) to all QID holders with valid car registrations in Qatar. There’s also a free sanitising service after all car washes. Read all about it here.

Maximum retail price for sanitisers

To ensure retailers don’t overcharge for items like sanitiser, the Ministry has released a price list that details the maximum selling price for all brands of sanitiser and disinfectants in Qatar.

Students get full marks for pending exams

Due to the temporary shutdown of schools and universities, three exams were not conducted and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education announced that all students would be granted full marks in all those exams.

Additionally, the students would not need to retake the exam once the schools open again.

Ooredoo campaign to encourage time in

Ooredoo Qatar has upped its offerings on internet speed and data as part of the #StayHomeWithOoredoo campaign.

Customers with prepaid, postpaid and broadband are now getting additional free data and faster internet speeds at no extra costs.

Mobile Money customers can send remittances home for free.

All the offers are valid until April 15.

Vodafone is delivering all its services

If you’re a Vodafone Qatar customer, you don’t have to step out for any service. All you need to do is leave your details on the website and the Vodafone Qatar team will tend to you at your doorstep.

Remote working

As per the Crisis Management Committee’s statement, employees over the age of 55, pregnant women and those suffering from chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart and kidney disease must be allowed to work remotely.

Several organisations have activated remote working mechanisms and procedures for their employees.

80 percent of government agencies will be working remotely except for the military, health and security sectors.

Financial support to private sector

Among several measures undertaken in Qatar, support worth QR75 billion in financial and economic incentives will be provided to the private sector.

The Central Bank of Qatar will put an appropriate mechanism in place to allow banks to postpone loan instalments and other financial obligations of the private sector by six months. The Central Bank will also provide additional liquidity to all banks operating in the country.

Government funds will pump in an additional QR10 billion into the Qatar Stock Exchange.

Qatar Development Bank will postpone instalments of all borrowers by six months.

Exemptions from customs duties will be provided for six months to food and medical goods. This needs to be reflected in the selling price of the product to the customer.

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