Qatar

June 26, 2013

Hamad’s autocratic government was a major backer of the Arab Spring uprisings of 2011, which is a far cry from his own accession to the throne in June 1995; he overthrew his father, Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad al-Thani, in a palace coup.
06:50 GMT

The reins of power in Qatar have been transferred from father to son. Unlike the last transition, this was a peaceful shift in the region. Now, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani has taken over from his father. It has been reported that he’s suffering from a health condition.

June 25, 2013

Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani arriving at the Elysee Palace for a lunch with French President Nicolas Sarkozy (AFP)
11:32 GMT

The reins of power in Qatar have been transferred from father to son. In a rare demonstration of a peaceful power transition in the region, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani takes over from his father, who's thought to be suffering from a health condition.

Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani awaits for France's President Francois Hollande prior to a welcoming ceremony at the Diwan Emiri as part of a two-day official visit in Doha on June 23, 2013 (BERTRAND LANGLOIS/AFP/Getty Images)
11:08 GMT

Qatar's emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani said on Tuesday he was transferring power to his son, Crown Prince Sheikh Tamim, taking the rare step for a Gulf Arab ruler of voluntarily ceding power to try to ensure a smooth succesion.

Former Qatari Crown Prince Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani smiling as he arrives in the Bahraini capital of Manama, to attend the annual Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit (Mohammed Al-Shaikh / AFP)
09:44 GMT

Sheikh Tamim Bin Al Thani has inherited the Qatari leadership

Qatar’s Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, who announced early this morning on state television that he would transfer his power to his son Sheikh Tamim. (Screen grab of Qatar state television, courtesy of Al Arabiya)
07:11 GMT

Qatari residents have been invited to pledge their allegiance on Tuesday and Wednesday to the new emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim, the son of the current emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani.

Stack of 50 euros bills
06:00 GMT

France and Qatar launched a mixed Franco Qatari fund on Sunday to invest €300 million in small and medium sized French companies, in a bid to quash concerns raised by a previous Qatari plan to invest specifically in French suburbs.

June 24, 2013

atar's Emir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani attending the opening of the Arab League summit in the Qatari capital Doha, and his son, Qatari Crown Prince Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani smiling as he arrives in the Bahraini capital of Manama (Karim Sahib/Mohammed Al-Shaikh / AFP)
15:51 GMT

Power transition expected in gas-rich Qatar

Khalid al-Attiyah LL, Qatari acting minister of business and trade, and Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber al-Thani, listen as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at the Friends of Syria conference (Source AFP/JACQUELYN MARTIN-POOL)
11:30 GMT

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian criticizes Western and Gulf nations who pledge support to opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani awaits for France's President Francois Hollande (Bertrand Langlois / AFP)
09:17 GMT

Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani will meet with members of the ruling family on Monday

June 23, 2013

Blanc to begin talks with PSG on Monday
22:14 GMT

The former France coach will be in Paris at the beginning of the week to negotiate with the Ligue 1 champions regarding taking over as the club's head coach

Villas-Boas: I'm friends with Paris Saint-Germain's president but I'm staying at Tottenham
01:43 GMT

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas admits he regularly speaks with Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi but insists he will remain at White Hart Lane this summer.

June 20, 2013

A Qatari man and woman look out at the Doha skyline. (Albawaba/ J. Zach Hollo)
13:59 GMT

In May 2012, a fire broke out in Qatar's Villaggio shopping mall, killing 13 children, four nursery employees, and two firefighters, most of whom were trapped in an upstairs nursery. Today, a court in Qatar sentence five of the seven defendants to prison terms.

Qatar foreign trade saw rise according to figures
11:00 GMT

In April 2013 Qatar’s trade balance of goods showed a surplus of QAR 35.2 billion, i.e. an increase of QAR 0.8 billion, (2.2 per cent) compared to the same period of 2012, accordint to the QSA.

June 19, 2013

Central Bank of Qatar
11:14 GMT

Qatar Exchange has announced the introduction of government bonds issued by the Qatar Central Bank for trading on the exchange, which will commence on 20 June 2013.

June 17, 2013

PSG offering to buy Gareth Bale in 85mln pounds deal to lure Villas-Boas
15:11 GMT

Paris-Saint-Germain (PSG) has offered to buy Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale in a bid to lure Andre Villas-Boas to the French capital.