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Thu 25 Mar 2010 08:11 AM

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Qatar eyes 24-7 TV weather channel

Senior meteorology official says feasibility study underway, channel set to launch in 2011.

Qatar meteorology chiefs are looking to launch a new TV channel dedicated to the weather, it was reported on Thursday.

Plans to launch a satellite TV channel in Qatar for weather reports and forecasts were revealed in comments made by a senior official of the Meteorology Department in The Peninsula.

Speaking at an event to mark the World Meteorological Day, Ahmed Abdullah, director of the Department said a feasibility study on the project was under way.

The channel is expected to be launched by mid 2011. The 24-hour channel will provide live news, information, analysis and forecasts related to weather, the paper reported.

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Greer 10 years ago

The changeable weather that is now occurring worldwide makes it much more useful and important for people to have weather information at their fingertips whenever they need it. Many who travel regularly could benefit from a little forewarning of weather conditions and related issues in the Gulf Region, and further afield throughout the region.

Gangs of Mumbai 10 years ago

That's a fantastic idea...all those involved in shipping or farming and agricultural businesses will benefit from such a channel. Commodities market traders will also be able to take appropriate positions. The channel shouldn't merely show weather updates and wind and rain trajectories, but can analyse the impact it'll have on crops, movements of ships etc.

Ahmad 10 years ago

Yep, that's the weather forecast for 8 or so months of the year. I do agree there are 4 months that you need the weather forecast for in this region, but the rest of he year?

Greer 10 years ago

@Ahmad - yes you are right - as it stands t present, but the way the worlds weather is going crazy, it will not be long before you get weird weather at other times as well...but dont just think of Qatar as the target, think also of all the places in the region where business people may have to travel - with the technology of satellite TV and internet streaming, there is no reason for such a channel to limit itself specifically to one country, or even only just close neighbours...what about other Arabic speaking nations in the region - its a big bit of real estate out there... :) ...but for now...yes...hot, dusty, humid... quite correct...