Qatar police out in force to ensure smooth Eid holidays

September 8, 2010

Qatar’s interior ministry said that it would be out in force around major public places this weekend to ensure that the Eid holidays go smoothly.

All departments will be on high alert to control the traffic rush and more security staff will be deployed at locations that witness large crowds.

The Traffic Department will intensify patrolling in all areas to prevent road accidents, especially in residential areas where children and families will be moving around celebrating Eid with relatives, neighbours and friends.

Patrols will also be present near the Eid prayer sites and the roads leading to these venues to ease traffic movement before and after the prayers.

The roads that lead to shopping complexes, public parks and other recreational sites will be under the control of the patrolling teams during the holidays, the ministry said in a statement, carried by the local media.

“We have already organised a coordination meeting between the Traffic department, Internal Security Force and Al Fazaa police to control traffic movement on the roads during the holidays,” Lt Abdullah Hawal, media officer at the Traffic department,  said. “On this occasion, we urge all motorists to comply with the traffic rules and regulations and drive carefully especially in residential areas.”

The emergency number 999, available round-the-clock, will receive complaints and calls from the public and operations room staff, who can speak Arabic, English, Hindi, Filipino, Farsi, French and Chinese, will be working in four shifts to deal with emergency calls.

The time for answering a call is 20 seconds at the maximum, said Captain Hassan Mohammed Al Kuwari, Operations Room officer, quoted by Qatari daily The Peninsula.

Brigadier Hamad Al Duhaimi, director of Operations Department at the General Directorate of Civil Defense, said the department would deploy more civil defence personnel in the Sealine district, expected to attract huge crowds during the holidays.




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