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How to spend New Year’s Eve in Qatar and welcome 2015

There are a number of ways to bring in the New Year around town, whether it be dining, attending performances or partying. Here are some of the highlights.

Katara to ban shisha smoking in public on Jan. 1, 2015

Once the ban takes effect, it appears that at least three restaurants at Katara will need to severely restrict their shisha services: Sukar Pasha Ottoman Lounge, Mamig and Khan Farouk Tarab Cafe.

Qatar’s Hamad Int’l airport increases scrutiny of electronic devices

Passengers traveling with electronic or battery-run devices like mobile phones and tablets are being warned to charge these items before going through security. Those who can't turn them on if asked risk having the devices confiscated.

FIFA votes to release World Cup probe, pressures Qatar on labor rights

FIFA President Sepp Blatter said this week, however, that it would take an "earthquake" to "go back on this World Cup in Qatar."

Moe Al Thani celebrates National Day by planting Qatari flag at South Pole

Representing his country while making national history, the Qatari outdoors enthusiast spent his National Day planting the country's flag at the South Pole.

Six things to look forward to at Qatar’s Ajyal Film Fest

Celebrating its second annual film festival, DFI has a number of fun things in store including a pop-up cinema, movie star appearances, a family weekend, regional and world debuts and more.

Toyota Qatar ekes out new Guinness World Record for largest SUV convoy

The previous record belonged to the UAE, with 153 cars. Toyota Qatar apparently beat that record by one vehicle during yesterday's convoy ride.

PHOTOS: Qatari fashion designers showcase Khaliji clothing at Heya

Hundreds of stalls selling Arabic abayas, kaftans and evening garments designed by Qatari and GCC female fashion designers are on display at the Doha Exhibition Center through Saturday.
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