WOMEN FOR NATIONAL SERVICE PROGRAMME
Qatar is considering making it optional for women to attend a national service programme, which is mandatory for men.
This was disclosed by the Minister of State for Defence Major-General HE Hamad bin Ali Al Attiyah, at a ceremony held to mark the completion of the first batch of National Service cadets. Some 2,000 young Qatari men comprised the first-ever batch. The second batch, consisting of university and high school students, will begin its training as part of the National Service after Ramadan. For women volunteers, special training programmes will be put in place after careful studies. The first batch of university graduates successfully completed their three-month training in Al Shamal.