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Al Meezan is the official legislation portal of Qatar. It provides timely updates of passed legislation in HTML and word format. The website uses a CC-BY licence. However, data cannot be downloaded in bulk.
The Central Tender Committee of Qatar publishes information about the tenders for government projects and the awards for these tenders. The tender data appears to be up to date and includes the tender number, type, subject matter of the tender, client, closing date, expected value, tendering format, and tender fees. The tender award data includes the tender name, type, subject matter of the tender, client, closing date, winning company name, and accepted value. However, it is difficult to verify if the award data is up to date because the awards are not ordered chronologically.
The Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics publishes a variety of statistics on its website including population, GDP, and unemployment. However, this data is scattered over many different pages, For example, the latest key indicators for all statistics can be viewed on this page ( http://www.gsdp.gov.qa/portal/page/portal/gsdp_en/statistics_en/key_indicators_en ), while the archival monthly and annual reports are available on separate pages and much more difficult to find. Some data appears to be very up to date, such as population ( http://www.mdps.gov.qa/portal/page/portal/gsdp_en/statistics_en/monthly_preliminary_figures_on_population_en ), but for other topics they appear to be published many months ago ( such as those in they key indicators page ).
Qatar also has a data portal ( http://www.qalm.gov.qa/ ), but it appears to be extremely out of date and very buggy.
Qatar has an official geospatial data portal ( http://geoportal.gisqatar.org.qa/qmape/index.html ) that provides an interactive map with a variety of data layers. However, it is not possible to download the data from the website and the website is built using Flash and can only be accessed through direct human input. It is not clear from the website the date of the last update of the data of this map.
Qatar Information Exchange publishes some data about gas emissions, but this data is very old (2007).
It is worth noting that Qatar is a very small country and it is unlikely that a city level breakdown could be provided for such data.
add by yaron one city is engeh for Enough for Qatar Because Qatar is a very small country -all air pollution is Monitor except VOCs
from the news Amid ongoing concern about air pollution in Qatar, a new environmental report shows harmful airborne particles exceeded recommended levels for 159 days of the year in 2012. The Environment Statistics Annual Report 2013, recently issued by the Ministry of Development, Planning and Statistics, breaks down Qatar’s air quality levels from 2008 until its latest figures in 2012. It follows data released by the World Health Organization earlier this year, which suggested Doha’s air is among the most polluted in the world.
The WHO’s ambient (outdoor) air pollution in cities database 2014 examined air pollution levels in 1,600 cities in 91 countries.
It measures particulate matter, which are small and large droplets in the air. It concluded that Doha had the 12th highest average levels of small and fine particles, known as PM2.5, which can penetrate the respiratory tract and increase the risk of respiratory infections, lung cancer, heart disease and stroke.
According to the US Environment Protection Agency, these particles – which often cannot be seen with the naked eye – are made up of heavy metals and toxic organic compounds, and originate from vehicle exhaust, smelting plants and the burning of organic materials.
Larger particles – PM10 – are mostly caused by dust and smoke. In this category, Doha ranked just outside the top 30.
While the ministry’s recent report didn’t benchmark Qatar against other countries, it showed that local air pollution levels frequently exceed the WHO’s recommendations as well as Qatar’s own targets, which are more lax than the international standards.
For example, Qatar’s national air quality standards for PM10 are 150 ug/m3 for 24 hours average concentration and 50 ug/m3 for the annual average concentration.
By comparison, the WHO’s standards for PM10 are 50 ug/m3 for the 24-hour average – one third of Qatar’s target – and 20 ug/m3 for the annual average concentration, which is less than half of the national figure.
The MDPS report uses statistics from the Ministry of Environment, which measures air quality at three monitoring stations in Doha – at Qatar University, Aspire Zone and the Mövenpick Hotel on the Corniche.
Levels highest at QU
All three monitoring stations recorded pollution levels above the recommended national and global levels. However, concentration levels of the larger particulates (PM10) were highest at QU station in the north of Doha. That location also recorded the most days when air quality levels did not meet international standards.
Air Quality study - fig14In 2012, the national quality standards were breached on 159 days, or 44 percent of the year
The Civil Aviation Authority has a dedicated website for the weather in Qatar. The website is up to date, but it only publishes to the public 3 days of data, therefore the question on availability to the public has been answered as "No" in accordance with the dataset requirements for this category.
Qatar has an internal audit report according to IBP's Open Budget Survey which indicates that the data exists.
The government of Qatar issues the budget through an Emiri decree ( http://www.alarabiya.net/ar/aswaq/economy/2014/03/31/%D9%82%D8%B7%D8%B1-%D8%AA%D8%B9%D8%AA%D9%85%D8%AF-%D8%A3%D8%B6%D8%AE%D9%85-%D9%85%D9%8A%D8%B2%D8%A7%D9%86%D9%8A%D8%A9-%D9%81%D9%8A-%D8%AA%D8%A7%D8%B1%D9%8A%D8%AE%D9%87%D8%A7-%D8%A8%D9%8062-%D9%85%D9%84%D9%8A%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D8%AF%D9%88%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%B1.html ) , however, the actual content of this Emiri decree is not published.
Qatar has a Ministry of Environment ( https://twitter.com/qatar_moe - official website does not work ), but it could not be verified if it collects or publishes any data on water quality.
Qatar does not use a postcode/zip code system. It is unknown if there is a dataset of administrative borders with the required descriptions is available.
All real property is registered in Qatar in the Real Estate Register at the Ministry of Justice ( http://www.moj.gov.qa/d-4.php ). The register issues monthly reports on sales (such as this one http://www.moj.gov.qa/realissus/2015-08-27-2015-08-23.pdf ), but the the majority of information needed for the index dataset category (such as land borders and owner's name) is not available in these reports.
Reviewer's comment: Since the basic data such as owner's name and land border are not available, I will change this dataset into unavailable
Members of the parliament as well as heads of the executive branch of the government are appointed by the Emir of Qatar - there are currently no elections for such posts.
The Ministry of Economy and Commerce (http://www.mec.gov.qa/en) is responsible for the registration of companies in Qatar, but there is no evidence of any data on its website or elsewhere.
However, the Qatar Chamber of Commerce (a non-government organisation) has a searchable companies directory: http://qatarchamber.com/2311 as does the Qatar Financial Centre Authority: http://www.qfc.qa/company-register/Pages/cro-search.aspx The QFC register includes information on date of registration and licence status, and has the ability to search by company director. It does not contain address information, but the Chamber of Commerce directory does.
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