Scammers may try to exploit Covid-19 situation, warns CRA

Qatari organisations and companies continued to issue advisories and announce key decisions yesterday in view of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak and the efforts being made around the country to curb its spread.

Following are some of the highlights:

*Warning against scammers

The Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) has warned people against scammers trying to take advantage of the situation arising from the Covid-19 outbreak. “You might receive a call from someone asking you to provide personal data related to Covid-19. Be aware, scammers might be using this situation to get your information,” the CRA said in a post on Twitter yesterday.

Also, in line with the efforts and precautionary measures taken by Qatar to prevent and limit the spread of Covid-19, and in order to ensure the safety of citizens and residents, the CRA has said it “encourages all customers to use the online services provided via the e-Spectrum Services Portal”.

*Free sanitising service with car wash: Woqod

Qatar Fuel (Woqod) has announced that it has introduced, to help prevent the spread of viruses, a ‘super concentrated Quat-based hard-surface sanitiser’ in its vacuum bay areas. “After a car wash, and before you leave the station, door handles, the steering wheel and gear knobs are sprayed with this high-quality, safe material to make sure vehicles are disinfected,” Woqod said in a post on social media yesterday. 

*Six-month rent exemption: Manateq

Manateq has announced that all logistics parks and industrial zones in the country are exempted from rent payments for a period of six months, with effect from March 15. The move comes ?“following the directives of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, and the decisions taken while presiding over the meeting of the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management to combat the novel coronavirus (Covid-19)”, Manateq said in a notification on its website yesterday. For more information, one can contact Manateq over phone (40323333) or use its electronic services (website:; Facebook: @manateq; Instagram: @manateq; and Twitter: @manateq_qa).


*Aspire exemption for retailers

Aspire Zone Foundation has exempted retailers from rent as well as water and electricity fees, with effect from yesterday, until further notice.

*Salons shut at Katara

In line with the efforts made by the State of Qatar to curb the spread of Covid-19, Katara - the Cultural Village Foundation has announced the closure of all beauty salons (both male and female) on its premises from today.

*MoTC training programmes suspended

The Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) has suspended all its training programmes and workshops until further notice. The decision is in accordance with the precautionary measures being taken around the country to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, the MoTC tweeted yesterday.

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