Daily Archives: October 25, 2020

Qatar National Library Announces First Winners of Awards for Open Access

Qatar National Library has announced the recipients of its inaugural Open Initiative Awards, rewarding the best contributions to the advancement of open scholarship in Qatar.

His Excellency Dr. Hamad Bin Abdulaziz Al-Kawari, Minister of State, Qatar and President of Qatar National Library, revealed the winners at a virtual ceremony on 25 October. He also delivered a rousing keynote speech outlining the importance of the open access movement to the research community, as well as the vital role open access plays in knowledge acquisition and sharing in Qatar and across the world.

Open access is the practice of sharing knowledge openly and making research outcomes visible and accessible to all. The movement includes open access to research papers, open data, open education resources, open licenses and other applications of openness in scholarly and research environments.

An esteemed panel of judges from the Library deliberated over dozens of applications received after the call went out to Qatar’s research community in August for nominations.

The Best Individual Award went to Dr. Julie Decock, a scientist at Cancer Research Center, QBRI-HBKU, and Assistant Professor at College of Health and Life Sciences, HBKU, for promoting open scholarship in Qatar through student mentorship and open access research at QBRI.

Dr. Decock exhibited strong support of open scholarship and personally promoted open access through research tools, research data, software code and research manuscripts. She has been involved in QBRI’s summer research program for undergraduate students program, offering laboratory-based hands-on experience, and has given several workshops on open scholarship.

The Best Institutional Award went to Bait Al-Mashura Journal. The journal is an open access, semi-annual refereed international scientific journal publishing research in the fields of Islamic economics. The journal is published by Bait Al-Mashura Finance Consultations, established in 2007 as the first Qatari firm to provide Shari’ah finance consultations.

Both award recipients gave presentations at the virtual Open Initiative Awards ceremony, outlining the importance of working with organizations such as the Library to spread research findings as widely as possible.

Dr. Al-Kawari said: The research that comes from Qatar is part of its heritage, and we believe that open scholarship and open access to information helps us preserve and share the nation’s and region’s heritage. By removing barriers to information, we can help the people of Qatar positively influence society by creating an advanced environment for learning and discovery.

With this in mind, today we are delighted to announce the inaugural recipients of our Open Initiative Awards. These awards will become a key annual fixture for the Library as the movement grows in importance to researchers in Qatar and beyond. We are proud to support Qatar’s research through this key initiative at the Library.

The awards ceremony coincided with Open Access Week, a global event now entering its tenth year. The week offers the chance for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of open access, share what they’ve learned with colleagues and help inspire wider participation in helping to make open access the new normal in scholarship and research.


Source: Qatar National Library


According to the announcement issued by H.E. the Prime Minister on the occasion of Prophet Mohammed’s Birth, the Amman Stock Exchange (ASE) will be closed on Thursday the 29the of October, 2020. The ASE will resume its work on Sunday the 1st of November, 2020.


Source: Amman Stock Exchange

QIB Empowers Customers to Update their Personal Information Straight Through The Mobile App

Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB), the largest private bank in Qatar, is pleased to announce the introduction of new features to its award-winning Mobile App, in line with the bank’s ongoing efforts to provide customers with faster and much easier experiences in fulfilling all their banking needs remotely.

With the latest release, QIB Mobile App registered customers are now fully empowered to update all their personal and employer information straight through the App.

Developed with customers’ daily banking requirements in mind, the QIB Mobile App now allows customers to benefit from new and simplified features, including uploading documents, updating QID and passport records, uploading employer information and salary certificates, updating tax declarations, and updating email and national addresses, in addition to setting their preferred communication language.

With the new updates, QIB’s Mobile App now allows customers to upload supporting documents such as the Update Form, Official Authorization Letter and other documents by either selecting the document from the gallery or by capturing it using their mobile cameras, without any need to visit a QIB branch.

QIB customers who have an expired QID or passport in the bank’s records are now able to update their details by instantly uploading their new QID or passport, and can continue enjoying the full suite of QIB services offered on the App, including making transfers and payments or opening additional accounts.

Customers can fill, submit, and update the Common Reporting Standard (CRS), and completing and updating Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) declarations. In compliance with the local regulatory requirements, all banking customers must update their tax information by filling the CRS and FATCA forms. The update takes less than a minute and customers are only requested to enter a one-time password (OTP), received on their registered mobile number, for security purposes.

QIB Mobile App users can also update their email and national addresses linked to their QIB accounts in a simple and fast way via the QIB Mobile App. This feature will allow customers to keep receiving updates related to their accounts activities and transactions, as well as the latest news and offers from QIB instantly.

Moreover, Customers can now update their preferred communication language, English or Arabic, for SMS, letters and emails instantly through the Mobile App without the need to contact QIB’s call center.

Commenting on the new Mobile App updates, Mr. D. Anand, QIB’s General Manager – Personal Banking Group, said: “The QIB Mobile App has become our customers’ preferred banking channel. It is a digital one-stop-shop answering to all the banking needs of our valued customers from any location across the globe, and at any time with 24/7 accessibility. With these new updates, our customers will have the ultimate time-saving options to bank with us remotely, and they will enjoy the fastest ways to keep their information updated, accurate, and keep receiving our latest news and offers instantly and in their preferred language at all times.”

QIB has introduced major updates on its Mobile App, rated 4.7+ on Play Store and App Store, making it the most voted and top-rated application in the banking sector in Qatar. With more than 100 features, QIB Mobile App is now the most comprehensive, convenient and secure banking channel for QIB retail customers to fulfill their banking needs remotely.

QIB Mobile App can be downloaded from Apple Store, Google Play, and Huwaei AppGallery. Customers can easily self-register using their active ATM/Debit Card number and PIN. QIB Mobile App offers a seamless banking experience, and allows customers to access all their accounts, check their finance status, perform many activities on their cards, transfer money locally and internationally, pay their bills and more.

Source: Qatar Islamic Bank


The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for health professionals program at QU-HEALTH has organized an interactive webinar entitled: How are you coping with the ‘New Normal’? On Monday, October 19.
The seminar aimed to identify the major pressures and emotions associated with facing these unprecedented times in light of a global pandemic. Perhaps nothing more than healthcare professionals who continue to dedicate themselves to caring for their communities during COVID-19. And its prevailing discussion in local health professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic; And to explore evidence-based strategies that can aid in energy management.
Clinicians are facing important emotional stressors during the COVID-19 pandemic, including grief from seeing so many patients suffer, fears of contracting the virus and infecting their family members, and anger over systems failures. For some, these stressors have caused or exacerbated burnout, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder. Therefore, there is a strong consensus that immediate and continued action is needed to strengthen the emotional health of clinicians.
To contribute to these efforts, QU-HEALTH provided this free interactive CPD webinar that aimed to recognize and discuss the significant stressors and associated emotions prevalent in local health professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic; and explore evidence based strategies that can help in managing energy.
Dr. Suhad Daher-Nashif Assistant professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences in the College of Medicine, QU Health, Qatar University, co-presenter in the session explained that, “During these times, many people have been offered flexible working arrangements, however, medical workers still had to do their jobs and it takes a toll on a person to be there and face this pandemic and then still go home and figure out what their new normal is and take care of their own family”. She said that, “being able to manage the significant stressors by being aware to them enables developing coping strategies that are essential in maintaining a healthy mental well-being.”
Ms Taysier El-Gaili Health Counselling Psychologist at Qatar University, commented that “As the reports of COVID-19 cases begin to ebb, what’s left is emotional trauma and stress. Recovering from the mental toll of the pandemic is going to take time and a collective effort, and it should start by helping those who have been on the frontlines: medical workers.”
Dr Zachariah Nazar, QU-H CPD coordinator explained that, “as a community we need to work together by sharing our experiences and skills; and come to our healing. I think we are all just adjusting and trying to manage the best we can; its efforts such as these CPD opportunities that can equip individuals with valuable tools to help ease some of the emotional burden.”
This QU-Health CPD event was specifically designed in response to the challenges identified in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event is one of numerous efforts that are being offered to healthcare professionals to support the development and well-being of healthcare workers and the subsequent care they provide to their patients.



MOTC Holds “Navigation Risks that Threaten Maritime Security” Workshop

The Ministry of Transport and Communications concluded a workshop on the “Navigation Risks that Threaten Maritime Security” that was attended by several maritime specialists from the Ministry of Defense, Ministry of the Interior and Qatar Petroleum.

Specialized trainers from the United States Fifth Fleet delivered the workshop in such an unprecedented kind of collaboration with a civilian ministry, thus enhancing the efforts of maritime transport affairs at MOTC that aim at upscaling the expertise of maritime specialists across all relevant government entities.

The expert trainers delivered full explanation on navigation risks that floating objects can cause and which threaten the maritime navigation. The workshop was held from Oct. 20 to Oct. 22 at MOTC offices.

At the end of the workshop, Ministry’s Assistant Undersecretary of Maritime Transport Affairs Dr. Saleh bin Fetais Al Marri handed over workshop attendance certificates to the participants and thanked the US Fifth Fleet trainers for the cooperation that would significantly contribute to sharpening maritime specialists’ skills and expertise in the area of navigation risks.


Source: Ministry of Transport & Communications