Ashghal

New TV intersection

Motorists, take note: the busy TV Roundabout will be closed to all traffic until 4pm this afternoon, Ashghal has announced.

This is so the public works authority can complete phase 1 of the roundabout’s transformation into a signal-controlled intersection.

The junction closed yesterday afternoon for the completion works. But starting tonight, three lanes will be open for traffic in all directions.

Ashghal will then get started on the second and last phase, which entails completing additional turn lanes, as well as widening the roads to four lanes in all directions.

This is expected to be completed by Eid Al Adha in early September, the authority said.

Bye bye roundabouts

TV Roundabout, which is so named because it sits at the corner of Al Jazeera Media Network’s headquarters, is one of the last and most congested junctions to be tackled by Ashghal.

Over the past few years, the public works authority has already converted the roundabouts near it, including Oryx, Burger King, Lejbailat and Dahl Al Hammam, into signalized intersections.

Umer Shabib

Demolition of Sports Roundabout

Sports Roundabout in Al Sadd is also currently being razed to make way for another signalized intersection.

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QNA

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Close Al Jazeera and all of its affiliates, shut down Turkey’s new military base in Qatar, reduce diplomatic ties with Iran and submit to regular compliance audits for the next 10 years.

Those are just some of the demands that Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt are making of Qatar nearly three weeks after imposing a blockade on the country, according to the Associated Press.

A list of 13 points was given to Qatar through mediator Kuwait this week, the newswire reports.

Authorities have not yet commented on the demands, but Qatari officials have previously already said that they would not allow other nations to dictate their foreign policy.

Other demands

Many of the points on the list have already been discussed in some capacity by various Arab media outlets.

They include demanding that Qatar sever all ties with the Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah, Al-Qaeda and ISIS, among other groups.

Perhaps more surprisingly, the four countries want Qatar to stop naturalizing their citizens.

Additionally, they have ordered authorities to expel their citizens currently within Qatar to keep the nation “from meddling in their internal affairs,” AP reports.

This point goes back to the 2014 Gulf dispute. At the time, Bahrain accused Qatar of harming its national security by naturalizing some of its Sunni citizens.

This apparently upset Bahrain’s Sunni/Shia demographic balance.

Compensation sought

Another demand is that Qatar hand over anyone wanted by the four nations on terrorism-related charges. For Egypt, this would mean Sheikh Yusuf Al Qaradawi, an Egyptian-born Qatari cleric.

However, officials have already previously said they will not extradite Qatari citizens to other countries for purported crimes.

Omar Chatriwala / Doha News

Sheikh Yusuf Al Qaradawi

According to Al Jazeera, the four nations are also seeking compensation from Qatar for any harm their foreign policy has done over the past several years.

The country has 10 days to comply with this list of demands.

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CBQ

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Banks, financial institutions and other groups operating under Qatar Central Bank will be closed next week, the Central Bank has said.

They will reopen on Sunday, July 2.

Meanwhile, the Emiri Diwan announced yesterday that the public sector will have an 11-day holiday (counting weekends) for Eid.

Omar Chatriwala / Doha News

The Emiri Diwan

This means most government offices will be closed from Sunday, June 25 to Monday, July 3. Expect operations to return back to normal on Tuesday, July 4.

So if you are in need of critical banking or government services, best to get them out of the way today.

Stay tuned for our Eid guide to find out more about what’s on during the holiday, and what’s open too.

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