Qatar

June 8, 2014

Soccer's governing body FIFA is conducting an internal investigation into the decisions to hold the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the 2022 Cup in Qatar.
13:19 GMT

Sony has become the first World Cup sponsor to call for a probe into accusations that bribes were paid to secure the 2022 tournament for Qatar.

June 7, 2014

Xavi Hernandez
15:33 GMT

The Qatari club have refuted claims they have made a lucrative offer to prize the Barcelona midfielder away from Camp Nou

June 2, 2014

The insurance sector saw its trading volume more than triple to 0.4mn stocks and value more than quadruple to QR26.94mn on more-than-doubled deals to 204.
03:55 GMT

“A memorable day for Qatar, the QSE and all market participants, and also the beginning of a new era for our marketplace,” said the bourse’s CEO Rashid Ali al-Mansoori.

June 1, 2014

The outlook for finance and insurance firms was stronger than for real estate and business services firms on volumes, new orders and profits
12:27 GMT

Qatar construction industry's business optimism in the second quarter of 2014 is at its highest for three years, according to a survey by a private index.

May 27, 2014

Qatar's emir has instructed all companies listed on the country's stock exchange to raise their limit for foreign ownership to 49 percent in a move that could attract more liquidity to the buoyant bourse.
23:26 GMT

The order announced in a bourse filing on Tuesday comes days before index compiler MSCI upgrades Qatar to emerging market status.

Ahlam and Abdo performing at the Qatari wedding ceremony. (Image: Facebook)
11:08 GMT

Mohammad Abdo and Ahlam entertained guests with their greatest hits at a Royal wedding ceremony in Qatar this week.

May 26, 2014

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the UAE recalled their ambassadors from Qatar in April. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Bahrain's foreign minister said the ambassador to Qatar will not be reinstated anytime soon.

May 25, 2014

Major sovereign wealth funds in the Middle East and Asia have invested in Russian businesses and backed its state-funded private equity fund.
11:08 GMT

Sovereign wealth funds in China and Qatar signaled their increased commitment to Russia, boosting Moscow’s hopes of strengthening ties with Asia and the Middle East as relations with the West deteriorate.

May 24, 2014

Chelsea agree David Luiz deal with PSG
01:26 GMT

The Brazilian will move to the French champions subject to agreeing personal terms and completing a medical with Laurent Blanc's side

May 21, 2014

Marcel Khalife and Oumeima El Khalil performing live in Doha (Image: Facebook).
12:41 GMT

Marcel Khalifé, beautiful Arabic poetry, Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, and a full house at Katara Opera Theatre. What more could Doha ask for?

May 19, 2014

It is another frustration for the carrier, which has already lost $650 million per year through the airport’s delayed opening.
17:36 GMT

Qatar Airways’ first and business class lounges will not be ready when the airline switches to Hamad International Airport on May 27.

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.

May 14, 2014

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