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Education
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A class at an elementary school in Qatar
 

E
ducation in Qatar took its first steps by the end of the 19th century through what used to be known as "Katatib". In 1890, during the reign of Sheikh Qassem bin Mohammed bin Thani there were 10 of such Katatib.

The “Kuttab”, singular for Katatib, was a small pre-school institution in which pupils were taught reading, writing and Qur’an recitation. This system of education continued till the early years of the 20th century.
 

In 1913 the country witnessed the first serious attempt to set up a regular system of education. Opening of the Athariyya religious school was a major step in that direction.

This school, more modernistic than the Kuttab, remained open until 1938 when it closed down as its headmaster Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Al-Manaa moved to Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile, the Katatib continued to operate as usual.

In 1947 the first school, with a defined comprehensive curriculum, was opened on the premises of the "Al Athariyaa School", and was named "Al-Islah Al-Hamadiya School”, after its founder, Sheikh Hamad bin Abdalla Al Thani. The School, whose students  were 154, lasted for two years only.

However, regular education as it is known today, started only in 1950 / 1951 when the “Qatar Elementary School” was opened. This was the first school to be opened at a dedicated premise incorporating four classes with 190 pupils.

Official curricula were introduced in 1952, and books were imported from some Arab countries.

More schools were then opened. In 1952 / 1953 the “Education Commission”, which assumed the role of the Ministry of Education, opened a second school in Al-Khor. 

The following year two more schools were opened at Al-Ruwais village in the North and in Doha. The same year the first girls’ elementary school was opened to replace the then existing four Kuttabs for girls.
 

First Education Department

Kindergarteners receive due
attention
 

In 1955 the Education Department was established to oversee education, and two years later it became the Ministry of Education with Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani as the first  Minister of Education.

By then the number of schools rose to 14 elementary and kindergarten schools, while the number of teachers reached 45 and the number of pupils exceeded 1000.

In 1958 it was decided to offer education to all male and female Qataris and expatriates of school age.

All kindergartens were turned into primary schools, thus raising the total number of elementary schools in the country to 22, two of which were for girls, in addition to a secondary school for boys and one industrial school.

In 1959 / 1960 the educational ladder was modified to incorporate three stages:

  • Elementary (6 years)
  • Preparatory (3 years)
  • Secondary (3 years)

The secondary stage was divided into two streams of specialization: scientific and literary. In 1962 religious and trade education were incorporated in the general education system.

The first Teachers Training Institute was opened in 1967 to help overcome the shortage of qualified teachers.

The number of schools continued to increase, and in 1967 / 1968 the first commercial school was opened, while the first secondary school for girls was opened in 1969 / 1970 alongside a Teacher Training School for girls.

Qatar University and the Language Institute were opened in 1973. 

In 1978 "model schools" were introduced. Three such schools were opened.  In 1989 / 1990 a five-year plan for a nationwide model schooling system for all male pupils was formulated and their number continued to increase thereafter.

Compulsory schooling

 Education is compulsory up to  the secondary stage
 

Education is compulsory up to the preparatory (intermediate) level, and is free for all Qataris all the way to the university. Almost 80% of Qataris below 15 are enrolled in government schools.

In 2002 the total number of students stood at almost 75000 enrolled in 113 elementary schools (60 for boys and 53 for girls) and more than 105 preparatory and secondary schools.

The Ministry of Education worked hard over the years to improve the quality of education through the introduction of technological aids and opening specialized schools such as: Scientific Schools, Developed Schools, Cooperative Schools, Technical Schools, and Centers for gifted children. 

Qatar has a number of establishments catering to children and adults with special needs. In 1976 / 1977 two institutes were set up for those with speech and hearing impairment, and the mentally handicapped, one for boys and the other for girls.
 

Developing students' skills
 

Al Amal Institute for Boys was opened in 1981, and Al Amal Institute for Girls in 1982.

In 1984 the mentally handicapped were separated from those with speech and hearing impairment.

Thus two institutions for boys and two more for girls were established: the Mental Education, and Auditory Education. The specialized “An-Noor” institute for the blind was opened in 1998 / 1999. 


 

 

Unceasing development

  IT illiteracy is being eliminated

As IT literacy has become an addition to the three basic 'R's' of reading, writing and arithmetic, IT courses were integrated in the 1st secondary grade on a trial program in 1990.

Four years later a decision was taken to have IT literacy as an educational means to all schools. By 1998 elementary schools had been included in the program.

The government has paid due attention to Qatarizing the educational sector. At present 76.6  % of teachers and administrators in this sector are Qataris; 92.5 % of the female cadres in the field of education are Qataris as well. 

Educational policy

Qatar was among the first GCC countries to adopt a well defined educational policy: a visionary document drawn up as a blueprint to regulate the turnout of the general education system.

This policy is based on intellectual, cultural, social and national philosophies, and hinges on established Arab and Islamic principles.

The aim is to raise a generation who maintains a balance between national and pan-Arab tenets on the one hand, and embraces other human cultures, and values of social justice, equality, liberty, human rights, and democracy, on the other.

Figures and achievements

    Healthy educational environment  
 

According to the 2004-2005 statistics, the total number of students (males and females) in regular schools (elementary, preparatory and secondary stages) stands at 67,591 students served by more than 7,613 teachers and administrators. 

The total number of schools reached 150, of which 44 are for boys, 78 for girls and 28 for primary education. The number of students in the elementary, preparatory and secondary stages is estimated at 33,126; 17,588 and 16,877 respectively.

The numbers of students who joined the industrial and commercial schools are 296 and 247, respectively.

 

The number of Qatari nationals abroad on scholarships, fellowships, assistantships and studying for PhD's, boards, Master and Bachelor degrees are 318, while 326 students benefited from local scholarships. In the teaching sector, about 700 elementary school teachers (males and females) graduated from the Teacher Training Centre.

The number of private schools reached 12 elementary schools, four preparatory schools, two secondary schools, one school for technical and industrial education, and six schools for the foundation stage.

As to the public sector, 20 new schools were built and 21 existing ones were upgraded. Moreover, the Ministry of Education (MOE) has made substantial achievements over the last two years:

  • Improving the quality of education for people with special needs at the Noor School for the Blind, the Knowledge School and the Listening School;
  • Developing a plan for studying abroad on scholarships, as well as implementing the "Academic Bridge" project in which 150 students were enrolled in collaboration with the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development;
  • Developing curricula and school text books in the light of the unified curricula plan for GCC countries;
  • Building 18 primary schools for girls.

Illiteracy eradication

The Ministry of Education is fully in charge of illiteracy eradication and adult education programs. This dates back to 1954. Since 1966 there has been a steady rise in the number of those studying in evening classes.

A 5-year plan was launched in 1998 to eradicate illiteracy among Qataris aged between 10 and 45.

Students go through 2 levels each lasting one year: the 1st is up to the second primary grade while the 2nd is up to the fourth primary grade.

Special education

The handicapped are well taken care of  at an early age

Education for children with special needs started in 1974 with the opening of a single classroom affiliated to a boy's primary school.

By 1980, the number of classes rose to 3 classes, supervised by 8 teachers. In 1981 Al Amal (hope) Institute for Boys was opened, to be followed by the opening of Al Amal Institute for Girls.

Students attending these schools receive Islamic education lessons to be good citizens and to help them grow physically, mentally, emotionally and socially.

 Such schools provide students with knowledge and necessary experiences suitable for their specific situations.      

Talents nurturing

 Gifted students during an 
extracurricular music class
 

To cater for talented, gifted and creative students, the MOE has set up the Center for the Talented and Gifted in 2001 to provide activities, programs and services which would help such students develop and refine their capabilities.

The Center aims at helping educational institutions in designing educational services and putting them into practice in order to serve gifted students. The Center also aims to carry out researches and academic and experimental studies on the concept of talent, creativity, talented students' needs and means of supporting their special needs.

Private Education

The MOE provides private schools with text books taught at MOE's schools, and supervises their educational activities, offers them free medical care, electricity and water. 

The total number of private educational institutes stood at 215 in 2000, including higher education academies, preschools, and the schools of the Arab and foreign communities.

There are 101 Arab schools, 14 foreign schools, and 44 preschools, besides kindergarten affiliated to foreign schools. Nearly 42,000 students were enrolled in the private educational institutions in 1998.

Qatar Foundation

 

Premesies of Qatar Foundation

Qatar is a key player in the global energy industry, having the largest known unassociated gas field in the world. The country is aiming also to be a hub for education not only in the region, but on Arab and international arena. To translate this vision into reality, Qatar has dedicated substantial resources to the education sector to enable new generations to cope with the imperatives of the  modern age. 

As part of this strategic vision, Qatar has established Qatar Foundation for Education, Science & Community Development, which has put Qatar on the international map of Education.

The Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development is a private, non-profit chartered organization, founded in 1995. It aims to develop and utilize human potential through a network of centers and a unique Education City, with branch campuses of some of the world's leading universities.

 

The Learning Center (TLC)

 

 
The Learning Center in Qatar, an international educational community, is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1996 by Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development.  

 

It provides diagnostic consultative, direct instructional and therapeutic services to students with learning differences in order to enable them to reach their full potential. Individualized instruction, small classes and a highly specialized curriculum emphasizing cognitive, social and academic development for full time students. Outreach programs such as professional training, lectures, parent information sessions and community awareness promote public understanding and knowledge of current research in child development, teaching and parenting techniques.

 

It also offers a highly encouraging learning environment that enables students to achieve overall personal excellence, thus ensuring their place in the larger world community as self confident, and self reliant adults.

 

 

The Academic Bridge Program (ABP)

 

 
The Academic Bridge Program (ABP), a post-secondary university preparatory program, which prepares the most able of regional high school graduates for admission to and success in degree programs at the universities in Qatar Foundation's Education City and other world-class universities. In addition, it serves students by easing the transition from area schools into the rigorous, demanding environment of selective educational institutions. 

 

Serving approximately 220 students this year, the Academic Bridge Program utilizes a specially designed American curriculum to ensure that students meet high-level admission standards.


 

In addition to the social and educational preparation it gives to students, the Academic Bridge Program provides state-of-the-art facilities and broad international acceptability. Great opportunities are available for the region's top students to study at selective universities, and the Academic Bridge Program ensures their ability to succeed at those universities by providing them with the confidence, support and skills they need to achieve in the highly competitive atmosphere of world-class institutions

 

Social Development Center (SDC)

The factory of Sheikha Haya bin Naser
Social Development Center (SDC), a non profitable organization was established in 1996 under the patronage of H.H Sheikha Mozha Bint Nasser Al-Misneed, the Consort of H.H the Emir. 


SDC cares for all members and sector of society, Qatari's and non-Qatari's.

SDC gives priority to the development of low-income families and women, and empower them to be self-sufficient. Strengthening the role of the family in society and protecting its social and economic stability. Raising the economic situation of low income families and assisting them to be self sufficient. Empowering women economically and improving their status in society. Monitoring and scientifically studying social problems and proposing solutions for them. Preserving popular heritage and reviving traditional marketable crafts.

Qatar Academy 

 

 
Qatar Academy is a private, non-profit organization offering quality education for boys and girls from pre-school to university entrance.
 

 

The Academy was founded in 1996 under the auspices of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. Comprising of a Primary School and Senior School, it occupies a magnificent campus on the outskirts of Doha.
 

The Academy serves students from age 3 to 18 offering an international curriculum that incorporates Arabic culture, combined with the traditional values and the most modern trends in education. We have a team of highly experienced teachers and administrators joining us from Europe, the United States, Australasia and the Middle East working with over 870 students of 37 nationalities.

 

Since women form an essential link between the family and the medical team, the Women's branch was established in September 1996. It helps in promoting the participation of women freely while maintaining the traditional values.

 

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Qatar Rand institute

For more than 50 years, decisionmakers in the public and private sectors have turned to The RAND Corporation for objective analysis and effective solutions. With interdisciplinary thinking and innovative problemsolving, RAND separates facts from assumptions, lays out options and outcomes, and confronts implementation head-on-helping its clients to think broadly, plan realistically, and executive effectively. RAND has recently made great strides toward fulfilling its goal of becoming the world's most effective and trusted policy research institution.
 

 

RAND and Qatar Foundation have partnered to establish the RAND-Qatar Policy Institute in Doha, to harness the research and analytic skills of hundreds of RAND experts in the United States and Europe to study some of the most important issues facing the Middle East.

 

The Institute is a home for analysis of subjects key to the economic and social development and the stability of the region-education, health care, effective governance, labor markets and human resource development, demographics and population dynamics, information and communications technology, transportation, water resources, physical and institutional infrastructure, environmental protection, economic policy, and regional security, to name a few.

 

The objective of this analysis is to provide public and private decisionmakers with practical information about the options they face and the consequences of pursuing alternative policies.

     

Qatar Foundation's Science & Technology Park

 

An international hub for research and commercialisation is emerging in the Middle East: Qatar Foundation's Science & Technology Park (STP). By providing an attractive home for technology-based companies from around the world, STP is accelerating Qatar's move toward a knowledge-based economy.

 

STP offers the ideal environment in which to develop technology and deliver it to the marketplace. Tenants are provided with office space, laboratory facilities and business-support services on a non-profit basis. They also enjoy the benefits of Qatar's first free-trade zone, which does away with taxes and import duties and makes it easy to set up a wholly-owned local entity.

 

A key feature of STP is its co-location with top international universities at Education City, a 1000 hectare campus of schools, colleges and national facilities in Doha, the capital of Qatar. Those universities not only teach degrees identical to their "home" campuses but are building world-class research programs, giving STP tenants the opportunity to undertake collaborative research and recruit highly-educated graduates. The universities' programs cover engineering (four streams), medicine, computer science, business and design.

 

On the services side, STP takes care of operational matters such as meeting rooms, facilities management and security. Importantly, it will also provide higher-value business services such as intellectual-property advice, recruitment, legal and marketing support.

On a national level, Qatar is rapidly upgrading its entire infrastructure for technology and innovation. STP itself will deliver several initiatives to promote research and commercialisation - in particular helping to create start-up technology companies - and a national research fund is also planned. To illustrate the scale of investment, an $8 billion endowment was recently announced for the coming teaching and research hospital.

 
Qatar Leadership Academy

The logo of the new academy

Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development in conjunction with Qatar Armed Forces, St John's Northwest Military Academy in Wisconsin, USA Aspire Academy and the International Baccalaureate, has spawned a new and unique concept of secondary education. Qatar Leadership Academy (QLA). 

 

 Qatar Leadership Academy is another achievement of Qatar Foundation, presided by the Consort of H.H the Emir, Her Highness Sheikha Mouzah Bint Nasser Al-Misnad. It has as its cornerstones four values that are related to Islamic and Qatari Culture: Islamic, Arabic Culture and Values Programmes. Internationally recognised Academic Programmes Leadership Programmes for shaping the Qatari nation's future leaders Rigorous Athletic Programmes.


Qatar Leadership Academy will provide the highest possible standards of education, and strives to achieve academic and moral excellence for each cadet that enters the academy. It will develop independent, critical thinkers, lifelong learners and responsible Qatari citizens who will be the future leaders of society.


 

The Academy provides internationally accepted, comprehensive, challenging, English medium programmes, Arabic and Islamic Studies and a unique Leadership Programme to graduation at age 18, in order to develop future leaders who will prepare our young men for further, higher education study either locally or overseas.

 

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Health

Modern Lab. Equipment
 

Besides being distinguished by its comprehensiveness, diversity and efficiency in terms of both equipment and human resources, health care in the State of Qatar is based on the sober philosophy that medical care should be available for all residents of Qatar, citizens and expatriates alike.
 
Health care establishments, cadres, curative and preventive medical services, and equipment have undergone substantial upgrading and improvements. Health services are offered through an integrated link chain starting from the primary health care to the services extended by the major hospitals. 
 
Historical background
 
Until 1945, there was only one public hospital in Qatar, and patients had to travel abroad even for minor surgeries. The Medical Services Department was opened in 1951, and when the population doubled in the next ten years to reach 24,000, a Department for Preventive Medicine was created. It was equipped with an X-Ray machine to help diagnose and treat tuberculosis.
 
With the establishment of Al-Rumailah Hospital in 1957, maternity and child care services were introduced, outpatient clinics were founded, and medical examination was offered to school children. By 1993, diseases such as diphtheria, tetanus, polio, and whooping cough had been largely eradicated through immunization programmes.
 
Health centres went computerized in 1981 with the aim of organizing and allocating them geographically, so that there would be one doctor for every 2,500 patients. Hamad General Hospital (HGH) was inaugurated in 1982 with a capacity of 660 beds.  
 

 Nursing students get hands-on training at hospitals
 
 

To meet the country’s needs of highly skilled paramedical and nursing personnel, a nursing school was established in 1969, but the Higher Nursing Institute did not materialise until 1999. The first batch of students to join the institute consisted of 130 girls. The institute is a national academic department, under the supervision of the National Health Authority, assigned to teach nursing. It delivers a nursing diploma (ADN) after the completion of a two year and a half course. Studies are carried out in English.
 
The institute is also expected to start a bridging programme for a bachelor of science in nursing in cooperation with the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Qatar. The aim is to form qualified nursing specialists, with focus on the national potential.
 
 
The National Health Authority
 
 
 

The National Health Authority (NHA) was created in 2005 and is monitoring public health services in the country as well as the medication of Qatari nationals abroad. It also deals with regulating drugs commerce and production, as well as ensuring medicines are meeting international quality standards. In addition, NHA provides preventive and treatment services.
NHA also supervises the Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), the Specialist & Educational Hospital, private clinics, laboratories, pharmacies, medicine and nursery councils, as well as primary hospitals and health care centres. The Authority also regulates the private medical sector and oversees the coordination with the health insurance system in Qatar.
 

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC)

  One of HMC's facilities
 

 

The Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) was founded in 1982, following the fusion of the three biggest hospitals in the country (Hamad General Hospital, Al-Rumailah General Hospital and Women’s Specialist Hospital). HMC was also entrusted with running the Primary Health Care Clinics throughout the country.

Now, all major operations such as kidney transplants, plastic, open heart and cardiovascular surgeries are carried out locally. Among the internationally reputed hospitals HMC is affiliated with, for consultations and exchange of expertise, are Mayo Clinic, Cornell Medical School, and Thorax Centre in the Netherlands.

HMC has sponsored 60 young Qatari girls and boys who will become the first cohort of students in the Canadian College of the North Atlantic – Qatar. Following their course, they will join the corporation’s hospitals and medical centres, and will specialise in radiology, respiratory system, emergency services, medical computing and engineering.

Hamad General Hospital

 One of  HMC sections
 

Hamad General Hospital (HGH) extends a highly specialised care to all the people of Qatar through a modern and well-equipped facility. The hospital opened in 1982 and has a total of 621 beds for inpatient care, a large outpatient department providing 65 specialty clinics, an Accident and Emergency Department, five intensive care units, eight operating theatres and a pharmacy.

HGH also boasts modern diagnostic facilities consisting of the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology and a Department of Radiology support all therapeutic services. By the end of 2004, HGH employed 1,566 doctors, while nurses reached 4,086 (male and female).

Emergency medical services

Accident and emergency services have become now available nationwide, and average response time to emergency calls doesn’t exceed 7 minutes after 35 new vehicles were put in service by 2002. The number of paramedics was increased and equipment was technologically advanced. Ambulances were also linked with Hamad Hospital via satellites to improve the services provided.

Emergency services also benefited from a revolutionary technology that allows ambulances to reach patients in a record time, with the help of a new computer-assisted system that will be used in 2006, just before the Doha Asian Games start. The new system will significantly increase the speed of defining the location of emergency calls. The performance of ambulances will be enhanced thanks to this system, which will connect them directly with the information centre and the emergency management centre.

 

Women's Hospital

Women's  Hospital
 

The Women's Hospital was inaugurated in 1988. It has 332 beds, a Fertility Clinic and an intensive care unit for premature newborns.

The Hospital is following an integrated immunisation programme according to which newborns and mothers are vaccinated before leaving the Hospital after delivery.

Pregnant women are examined using state-of-the-art equipment operated by adequately experienced staff. Advanced technology is used to treat cases of sterility in women and men. The total number of patients treated by the outpatient clinics during 2004 was 101,577. 

Rumailah General Hospital

 

This 290-bed hospital was inaugurated in 1957 and renovated in 1997. It has three operating theatres, a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) unit and intensive care units. Five additional operating theatres for minor surgeries are under construction.

The hospital provides geriatric medical care for men and women, rehabilitation and physical therapy for victims of accidents and curative services for disabled children.

It has a specialised school for children with special needs, a unit for the treatment of burns, a unit for the treatment of tuberculosis and chest diseases and a unit for plastic surgery, as well as dermatology and venereal diseases clinic.

There is also a dental clinic with 45 rooms. There is a direct computerised link between Rumailah General Hospital and HGH. The total number of cases received by the outpatient clinics during 2004 was 358,502. 

Psychiatric services

The Psychiatric Hospital comprises 59 beds and employs 14 psychiatrists.

Primary health care

Primary health care centres have been established in various parts of the country to achieve the best possible level of continuous health care.

In addition to having a full medical team consisting of a number of general practitioners, specialists and nurses, each centre has a laboratory and pharmacy.

By the end of 2004 the total number of health care centres in the country was 92. Nevertheless, HMC is planning to increase the number of primary health centres to cover all areas of the country.

In coordination with the complimentary services, such as the ambulatory and emergency, HMC will create emergency ambulance services on highways linking Doha to Al-Shamal, Duhkan, Abu Samrah and Mesaieed.

Preventive health care

A hospital lab
 

The Preventive Health Department is responsible for combating contagious diseases, carrying out vaccination, immunisation, food control, quarantine, and providing health education in the field of maternity and child care and insuring environmental health and safety.

Immunisation against hepatitis B was carried out in the context of the nationwide immunisation campaigns against contagious diseases.

A pre-school immunisation programme was adopted as a regular practice. Efforts continue to eradicate tetanus, polio, measles and diphtheria. 

Qatar was one of the first countries to have added anti-influenza vaccine B to their newborn’s comprehensive immunisation programmes. Central laboratories have been upgraded, and eight highly sophisticated laboratory devices were added to ensure accurate analytical and testing results. Laboratories' monitoring role has been augmented and medical control staff was given the authority to investigate and seize foodstuffs and file law suits.

The outcome of such efforts has been reflected in the average of life expectancy which is around 73 years. Infant mortality dropped to less than 21 per thousand.  

Health Commission services

The Health Commission has for duty the examination of all expatriates who enter the country for visit or work purposes. It also issues medical certificates for some categories in the society, i.e. pre-marriage medical tests, candidates to public and private jobs and university studies, applicants for social housing programmes.

 

Al-Amal Hospital (for tumour treatment)

Al-Amal Hospital is an integral hospital, the first of its kind to secure a first class medical treatment for cancer patients in Qatar. It comprises all necessary medical services including radiotherapy, early diagnosis of cancer, therapy, counselling, rehabilitation, awareness-raising for patients and their families.

The hospital provides high international standards and safe medical care along with top-level standards of quality. Its secure, comprehensive and high quality medical services dispense cancer patients of seeking medical treatment abroad and ensure the best possible results.

Al-Amal Hospital comprises 82 beds for women, children and men, three radiotherapy devices, radiology, pharmacology and nuclear examination services. The cost of the project totalled RQ 45 million.

Al-Shamal Hospital

 

Al-Shamal hospital, the total cost of which has amounted to RQ 85 million, was inaugurated in May 2005. The hospital aims at providing quality and integrated medical, health and diagnostic services that cover all medical specialisations. The hospital dedicates its services to the people of the northern areas of Qatar. It has special wings for the in-patients provided with 119 beds for the different medical specialisations. 13 beds are allocated to the intensive care units for adults and children. 4 other beds are dedicated to the newly born infants.

Al-Shamal hospital also has 8 state-of-the art wings for surgical operations, ready to receive and deal with different cases. The hospital is further supported by a 24-hour sophisticated auxiliary service. There is, for example, the X-ray department which boasts ultra-modern medical equipment like those used in Computed Axial Tomography (CAT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). There is also the department of medical laboratories which carries out various tests, such as blood and immunity tests. The hospital also has a blood bank, an emergency unit and a children emergency unit.

The hospital envisages increasing the number of beds from 119 to 200 as part of a plan aimed to expand the hospital’s capacity. The plan includes building lodgings for nurses, clubs for the staff and a laundry as well as other service facilities. The main departments of the hospital had already started rendering their services to patients three months ago. During which period the number of those patients amounted to 4,000

Hamad Medical City

The complex comprises several specialised hospitals, Support Services, nurses’ and personnel accommodation, as well as leisure and entertainment clubs. It is expected to be the first complete medical institution of its kind in the Middle East, given the equipment, space and services provided.

The construction, which will cost about QR 2.2 billion, will be upgraded as part of HMC. The 450,000 square metres project, will include different specialised hospitals with a total capacity of 1,100 beds. These comprise a 338-bed hospital for children, a 200-bed hospital for emergency and bone diseases and a 230-bed hospital for medical rehabilitation and kinesitherapy, in addition to a dialysis unit, a 40-bed minor surgery unit and 288-bed nursing house for the aged.

The Educational Specialised Hospital

The Educational Specialised Hospital, an initiative of HH Sheikha Mouzah, wife of HH the Emir of Qatar, was established to provide cutting-edge and high-standard training techniques in the field of medical and health care. It is part of the ambitious project of Qatar Foundation’s Education City, and will operate as an educational hospital for the Weill Medical College of the Cornell University.

The 350-bed project will cost US$ 900 million, in addition to an US$ 8 billion grant – the largest funding a hospital and research centre in the world has obtained.

The hospital will operate in 2010, and will be the first in a series of new medical centres that will cover all specialisations to meet the local needs of health care

The Private Health Sector

With private hospitals playing a vital role, the private health sector in the state of Qatar has developed considerably. In 2004, the number of private medical compounds and clinics reached 348. The first private hospital in Qatar opened in 2000 and was soon followed by several medical centres, which were set up thanks to local contributions. They comprise a kinesitherapy centre, Sheikh Aid bin Mohammad centre for blood rising and the National Specialised Hospital which comprises 250 beds spread at a surface of 43,000 square metres. Outpatient clinics started operating in 28 November 2004 in paediatrics, internal diseases and dental care, in addition to laboratory, radiology and pharmacology.

Qatar Diabetes Association (QDA)

QDA is a charitable organisation established in 1995 and had for a goal the medical care of diabetes and their families in order to ensure a normal and healthy life for them. QDA aims to pioneer a leading role in improving the standards of diabetes prevention and care. By coordinating efforts to improve the environment for diabetes patients and their families, QDA will be at the vanguard of prevention and care of diabetics and be a model of excellence, through organising training programmes and workshops, dissemination of information about the disease, research initiatives and encouraging voluntary work in the association’s activities.

 

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26 Qatar International Boat Show Al Mannai Events ( Snowcomms ) 2014 / 11 / 11 2014 / 11 / 15
27 Aspire for Sport Aspire 2014 / 11 / 12 2014 / 11 / 15
28 Fourth festival Gulf of Social Work Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs 2014 / 11 / 12 2014 / 11 / 23
29 Global Champions Tour Final 2014 - Equestrian Al Shaqab 2014 / 11 / 13 2014 / 11 / 15
30 World Championship for Powerboat Formula 1 Union Qatar Marine Sports 2014 / 11 / 13 2014 / 11 / 15
31 Qatar PSA World Open 2014 Qatar Squash Federation 2014 / 11 / 14 2014 / 11 / 21
32 ASPIRE4SPORT Congress and Expo. Aspire Zone 2014 / 11 / 16 2014 / 11 / 19
33 Gcc Under 10,12 and 16 year forTennis Qatar Tennis Federation 2014 / 11 / 17 2014 / 11 / 23
34 International Conference of the Association of Academic Advising World - NKADA - in the Middle East Qatar University 2014 / 11 / 19 2014 / 11 / 20
35 Powerboat World Championship Unlimited Hyderoblin Qatar Marine Sports 2014 / 11 / 20 2014 / 11 / 22
36 47th World Military Sailing Championship Military Sports Federation 2014 / 11 / 21 2014 / 11 / 30
37 Expo Conference and Exhibition Middle East Al Ahmad Group 2014 / 11 / 22 2014 / 11 / 24
38 QF Annual Research Forum Qatar Foundation 2014 / 11 / 23 2014 / 11 / 23
39 Qatar/Asian Junior Tennis Championship Qatar Tennis Federation 2014 / 11 / 24 2014 / 11 / 29
40 Joint conference between Qatar Central Bank and Euromoney Qatar Central Bank 2014 / 11 / 24 2014 / 11 / 25
41 The First Qatari Business Exhibition and Conference Gulf Marketing & Exhibitions 2014 / 11 / 25 2014 / 11 / 27
42 Money and Investment Exhibition Maraya Public Relations 2014 / 11 / 26 2014 / 11 / 29
43 14th Qatar Open Bowling Qatar Bowling Federation 2014 / 11 / 26 2014 / 12 / 02
44 Cosmoprof Gallery Art and Art Co. 2014 / 11 / 27 2014 / 11 / 30
45 Al Jazeera's Innovation Development Event Al Jazeera Network 2014 / 11 / 27 2014 / 11 / 29
46 3rd FINA World Aquatics Convention Qatar Swimming Association 2014 / 11 / 29 2014 / 12 / 01