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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Our utmost priority is the health and safety of our employees, students, and all community members. In light of the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we uphold the standards of accountability and transparency when informing our community and the public of QF’s measures and response. This page includes all statements issued by QF with regard to COVID-19.

Latest Statements

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FAQs

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  • Q:Has QF now resumed office working?
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    Our remote working processes were activated in March and our dedicated and adaptable staff have since been working from home until further notice to ensure QF’s business continuity.

    In line with government guidance, some QF staff have now returned to their workplace where doing so is deemed essential to their role. The majority of QF staff are continuing to work remotely, with a return to office working taking place in a phased manner over the coming weeks and months, and with measures being put in place to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our employees and all members of our community within the physical workspace.

    QF is also committed to using the experiences of the past months to identify how what we have learned can potentially improve the way we work in the long-term.

  • Q:Are students able to physically attend schools and universities at QF at the start of the new academic year?
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    QF schools have remained in online learning mode at the start of the 2020/21 academic year, and will do so until further notice.

    For the latest updates about the arrangements and plans of Hamad Bin Khalifa University and QF partner universities, we advise checking the relevant universities’ websites.

  • Q:Which parts of Education City are currently open?
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    From September 1, community facilities and activities at Education City, as well as the Education City Tram, have reopened to the public at the maximum capacity allowable under government guidelines, and as determined by QF’s own precautionary assessments.

    However, as the COVID-19 situation remains ongoing, QF urges users of these facilities to adhere to public health guidelines at all times. Users will be required to present a green Ehteraz code to security personnel on entry, and respect physical distancing measures and all precautionary guidelines as outlined by the State of Qatar.

    For details of facilities and activities at Education City, and for any queries regarding their operation, please visit www.educationcity.qa

    Please note that national guidance continues to state that people should stay at home unless absolutely necessary.

  • Q:What is happening about events at Qatar National Convention Centre?
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    QNCC is closed until further notice.

  • Q:Are facilities and activities at Al Shaqab reopening to the public?
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    Please refer to www.alshaqab.com and Al Shaqab’s social media channels for updates.

  • Q:What solutions is QF providing to local citizens and residents in the face of a global emergency such as COVID-19?
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    QF believes its first responsibility is to take any necessary steps to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our community and contribute to public health in this situation. We also feel strongly that we can set an example for others in resilience, helping our community adapt while facing this unprecedented challenge by using the innovative solutions we’ve adopted over the years.

    Over the long term, we also feel that the contributions we make in developing solutions on global challenges, especially in health, are helping to make Qatar more able to cope with unexpected challenges like the current situation.

  • Q:Can we schedule a QF tour (i.e. a QF Headquarters balcony tour)? If not, what are the alternative solutions?
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    At this time, no tours of QF facilities will be available. We will provide updates once tours become available again and would ask you to continue checking our website for details.

  • Q:What has happened to third party workers at QF during this period with many facilities closed?
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    Third-party contractors are an important part of the QF community and we know many may be anxious at this time. We have been working closely with the relevant parties to ensure that they are well looked after and we can continue to assure them that QF will continue to pay for their services while we are working remotely.

  • Q:How has QF supported its external SME retail tenants who may be affected by the measures it has taken in light of COVID-19?
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    QF has always been committed to supporting the economic development of Qatar, and this commitment is being further evidenced by the actions we are taking with regard to helping our valued external SME retail tenants amid the challenges that the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak has created.

    We understood that the measures QF has taken to safeguard public health and wellbeing, while necessary given the ongoing COVID-19 situation, would have an adverse impact on our external SME retail tenants.

    With this in mind, we waived rental payments for these retail tenants for a six-month period from March 2020 to the end of August 2020 inclusive.

    We have also looked at solutions to support our other commercial partners who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 situation.