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Permission is required for Ramadan tents.

All Ramadan tents should get prior permission from the Public Guards Department (PGD) at the Ministry of Interior (MoI).

Further, all celebrations and parties organised in hotels in Qatar should get a prior security approval from the department. To get such approval organising entities should hire a specialised private security company approved by MoI to ensure the safety and security of the given occasions.

PGD makes sure that private security personnel could offer assistance to the personnel of the Civil Defence Department (CDD) in case of emergencies. The place designated for an occasion should not exceed its maximum capacity of visitors and comply with the standards of public safety.

In an interview with local Arabic daily Arrayah, Brigadier Ahmed Jassim al-Jufairi, director of PGD, said that the department's parties and occasions section had discovered a celebration hall on the 14th floor of a hotel with a capacity of 200-300 people. Yet, the surrounding space could be used to expand its capacity to accommodate for 700-800 people with only three lifts leading to it. Consequently, the issue was referred to CDD for review. CDD later decided that the hall requires some modifications to comply with the standards of safety and security.

stressed the role of female personnel at PGD, where they undertake both security and civilian duties.

"They play an important role in securing courthouses. They also work at the Family Consultation Centre and other entities," he said.

He added that women police have a vital role in securing parties and public exhibitions and a variety of different occasions.

The director said that women police patrols conduct regular inspections of private female security guards. Among the violations recorded, some private security firms were found to hire women on a part-time basis without sponsoring them. Some even do not know anything about such persons other than their first names.

PGD were also able to spot some companies that work in organising celebrations exceeding their permitted limits. These used to provide security staff as well, a job which they had not been qualified or authorised to do.

"When we spot such cases, they are immediately referred to competent entities to take the necessary measures," he pointed out.

explained that the duties of PGD included securing key locations in the country such as ministries, embassies, sports facilities, courthouses, and monitoring private security firms.

Gulf Times Newspaper 2012

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Date:Aug 1, 2012
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