Qatar

December 3, 2013

Qatar had originally given Egypt $7.5 billion when former president Mohammed Morsi was in office, but since his oust, relations between Qatar and Egypt have deteriorated dramatically (Reuters)
13:18 GMT

Egypt returned $500 million to Qatar December 2 after the Gulf peninsula "refused" to renew a former deposit it had made in Egypt's central bank. The December 2 transfer represents the second deposit return to Doha in the last month.

Qatar clinched the award among other top contenders comprising Abu Dhabi, Auckland, Beijing, Dubai, Durban, London, Melbourne, New Orleans, Rio de Janerio, Seoul, Tokyo and Vancouver.
03:55 GMT

QTA representatives receiving the Qatar’s World’s Leading Sports Tourism Destination award at the WTA 2013

December 2, 2013

 A lawsuit, with details still vague, by a Qatari company against the Social Security Investment Fund (SSIF) alleging it bought the fund’s stake in The Housing Bank for Trade and Finance was a hot topic of speculation in Jordan Sunday.
13:55 GMT

Describing the issue as “strange and shocking”, Odwan insisted that the alleged deal is a fraud.

Belounis said he had been unable to obtain an exit visa which has to be applied for by his employers under the kafala, or sponsorship, system.
13:43 GMT

Qatar has been told by the world players’ union FIFPro to abolish the kafala system for footballers and respect international standards for their contracts.

December 1, 2013

Qatar ‘top destination for sports tourism’ (Picture courtesy of Gulf-times.com)
15:15 GMT

QTA representatives receiving the Qatar’s World’s Leading Sports Tourism Destination award at the WTA 2013 yesterday.

Maersk Oil is looking to hire more locals as part of its new Qatarization Strategy (Courtesy of Vimeo)
08:33 GMT

Maersk Oil Qatar is looking to hire new employees and has launched a "Find Your Place" recruitment campaign to attract new hires accordingly.

The US oil shale boom will not impact Qatar's LNG leadership. (Image credit: Shutterstock)
07:44 GMT

Despite the US shale gas revolution, Qatar is unlikely to lose its leading role in the global energy market for many more years due to strong Asian demand, a new report has shown.

The minister said Qatar had been witnessing “a number of developments” in its transport and infrastructure sectors and they would contribute significantly to the country’s growth in the next decade.
03:55 GMT

Some flights will be operated from the new airport on a “trial” basis after the soft opening,

November 28, 2013

Qatar's tourism experienced 7 percent growth in the third quarter of 2013 (Shutterstock)
11:40 GMT

Qatar's tourism is on the rise with the average hotel occupancy rate rose up to 7 percent in third quarter of 2013 alone.

Many of the main services, such as Gaza's water filtration and sewage system, are in dire need of funding to continue operations in the upcoming months (Marco Longari/AFP)
10:06 GMT

Qatar granted the Palestinian Authority (PA) $150 million to help its economy Wednesday according to reports from Thursday.

If it's Rihanna, Justin Bieber, or Pink you want to see, it's those sweet songsters you get on NRJ HITS TV!
05:00 GMT

NRJ HITS is sure to make Beliebers out of Lebanese viewers with hot jams from the likes of Rihanna, Justin Bieber, and Pink!

November 27, 2013

Ooredoo will use the proceeds from the sukuk's sale for the firm's refinancing (Courtesy of Arabian Business)
09:46 GMT

Qatar's telecommunications firm, Ooredoo launched its first sukuk Tuesday. The Islamic bond is worth $1.25 billion and will have a profit rate of 3.039 percent.

November 26, 2013

She reaffirmed Qatar’s pledge to support Arab expatriate scientists and to provide the necessary resources to reputable centres across the world so as to advance research expertise locally, regionally and internationally.
03:55 GMT

Research in Qatar will focus immediately on three priority challenges of energy, water and cyber security, HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, chairperson of Qatar Foundation, announced yesterday.

November 25, 2013

IRAN, Tehran : A handout picture released by the Iranian presidency shows the Islamic Republic's President Hassan Rouhani speaking during a press conference on November 24, 2013 in Tehran a day after world powers forged a deal with Iran in Geneva. (AFP)
10:42 GMT

Qatar has praised Sunday's deal between Iran and the world powers, calling it a positive step towards greater stability in the region as France said some of the sanctions on Iran would be lifted in December.

November 24, 2013

Qatar National Bank has given the government of Tunisia $500 million to tighten its budget deficit (Courtesy of Bloomberg)
07:28 GMT

Qatar National Bank has given the government of Tunisia $500 million to support its foreign currency reserves as the north African country faces growing pressure from the World Bank and the IMF to cut its budget deficit.