Qatar

May 18, 2014

“We want to provide more protection to expat community and workers in this country, to provide more protection and safeguard their rights,” said Salih Saeed Al-Sahwi from the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, as quoted by Doha News.
11:48 GMT

Reacting to international backlash about the treatment of expatriate workers and labor laws of the country, the government of Qatar has announced several changes to its labor system.

“It is the largest concrete raft in the world. In places, the thickness is five metres,” said Hammoud.
03:55 GMT

The over one kilometre tall Kingdom Tower will replace Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, 828 metres tall, as the highest in the world.

May 15, 2014

Preparations for the 2022 World Cup have highlighted restrictive employment conditions for foreign workers in the Gulf state. (AFP/File)
10:56 GMT

Preparations for the 2022 World Cup have highlighted restrictive employment conditions which mean for example a worker cannot change jobs without his employer’s permission.

The reforms will also end the long-standing requirement that foreign workers obtain their employer’s consent before leaving the country.
00:04 GMT

“The relationship will be redefined as between employee and employer instead of sponsor and sponsored,” the interior ministry said on Facebook

May 14, 2014

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks during the opening session of the Gulf Cooperation Council on May 14, 2014 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (AFP PHOTO/POOL/MANDEL NGAN)
19:00 GMT

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel urged Gulf Arab states to unite against common security threats, despite a splintering of unity over Qatar's support of the Muslim Brotherhood.

May 13, 2014

“These rosy conditions are expected to continue, with lending growing by about 10-15 per cent per year for the next few years.
01:00 GMT

The profitability of Qatari banks will likely remain strong over the next 12 months,

May 12, 2014

The airport features 138 check-in counters across five islands, comprising of 108 counters for Qatar Airways’ economy passengers and all other airlines;.
07:44 GMT

“We have been planning for this day for a long time and May 27 will be a momentous day for both the State of Qatar and Qatar Airways."

May 9, 2014

Dana Al Fardan has been playing and writing music for as long as she can remember. (Image: Arab News)
06:00 GMT

Qatar has a new singing sensation whose melodious voice is keeping the cultural harmony of this Arab country alive and intact as people get fascinated by what unique she has to offer.

May 8, 2014

Qatar has come under fire for its treatment of migrant construction workers. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

The U.N. is urging Qatar to change the way they deal with migrant workers in their country. The suggestions come after many human rights abuse allegations.

May 6, 2014

Qatar Airways, along with Dubai’s Emirates and Abu Dhabi’s Etihad, have snatched a sizeable share of the long-haul travel sector, turning their home cities into major hub on the routes to Asia and Australasia.
03:55 GMT

Al Baker said the acquisition took place last year, shortly after a political shake-up in which Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassem was removed from the post of prime minister.

May 5, 2014

89 Indian workers died in first four months of 2014, official figures reveal
15:07 GMT

Official figures from the Indian embassy have revealed that a total of 89 Indian workers have died in Qatar while preparing the venues for 2022 World cup, in the first four months of 2014.

On April 23, the Fatah-led PLO and Hamas announced a national unity deal to end seven years of political division between the parties. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Qatar has donated $5 million to the Gaza government to support Palestinian reconciliation, an official said Sunday.

May 1, 2014

From May 15 onwards, Qatar Airways will operate a total of 79 flights per week to the Kingdom (File/AFP)
15:44 GMT

Qatar Airways announced doubling flights to Gassim and added a new destination route to Al Hofuf.

April 30, 2014

Hamad International Airport (HIA) receives its first passengers today, thereby closing one chapter on Qatar aviation and opening another.
13:39 GMT

Ten airlines are now operating out of the $17 billion facility and all others will switch by May 27

Cavani seeking Man U move after 'fall-out' with PSG boss
13:11 GMT

Paris St Germain striker Edinson Cavani reportedly wants to move to Manchester United after falling out with French boss Laurent Blanc.