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Qatar cabinet approves new regulation on residency law

DOHA, January 14, 2017

Qatar's cabinet has approved the executive regulation of the residency law, with key provisions including control of entry and exit of expatriates, at its weekly meeting held yesterday, said a report.

The meeting, chaired by Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, approved a draft decision of the Minister of Interior to issue the executive regulation of the law No. (21) of 2015 which included provisions concerning the controls of entry and exit of expatriates, work and non-work residence permits, visits, transit pass and return, reported The Peninsula.

The cabinet also approved a draft law regulating marine business in Qatari waters. Howeverr, it does not include warships, public ships, fishing vessels and cruise ships.

Under the draft law, Qatari and non-Qatari naval ships can do marine business in Qatari waters after obtaining a licence from the competent department at the Ministry of Transport and Communications, stated the report.

However, marine businesses in the areas that are managed or supervised by Qatar Petroleum are not subject to the provisions of the law, it stated.

The session also approved a cabinet draft decision to form an organising committee for hosting regional and international sports activities and events, under the Ministry of Culture and Sports.

The committee shall be tasked with reviewing the proposals from sports entities with regards to hosting regional and international sports tournaments and events that have been approved, it added.

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