Security around residential areas, shopping malls and other places of interest has been beefed up in Qatar ahead of Eid Al Fitr, the Ministry of Interior announced.
In a statement to QNA, Brigadier Jamal Mohammed Al Kaabi, director of CID stated that by increasing the police presence and frequent patrols the department seeks to deter crimes such as robbery, burglary and acts of sabotage.
Brigadier Jamal did not identify the areas where the presence of security personnel has been increased neither did he reveal the methods that have been arranged. In the coming days security is expected to be reinforced in a similar fashion as it was in the previous year as Eid neared. Metal detectors and proper frisking of cars is to be expected at some venues ahead of Eid.
Although, there has been no security threat to Qatar this year, the MoI issued this precautionary statement following the announcement by authorities in Kuwait that Eid prayers would not be held in open areas this year due to security threats as reported by Kuwait’s state-run news agency KUNA
The day of Eid is expected to fall either on Tuesday or Wednesday of the coming week, subject to the sighting of the new crescent.
MoI in order to stress the importance of safety has issued a list of dos and don’ts for people to adhere to during the holiday for their personal safety and for the safety of those around them. People traveling overseas have been particularly advised to not carry any prohibited objects in their luggage or help complete strangers with their baggage.
The Director of Passport Authority, Colonel Mohammed Rashid Al Mazroui said, “Stringent measure have been put in place to avoid the happening of any untoward incident and for the safety of travellers at the Hamad International Airport”.