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Qatar: Buying Britain by the pound

It’s hard to walk round London and admire the sights without admiring something paid for by Qatar. From some of the most famous hotels and landmarks to the cranes arcing over the South Bank, Qatar has a substantial finger in a huge number of pies. The UK is Qatar’s single largest investment destination, with £35bn in place and another £5bn ...

Crisis in the Gulf: Qatar faces a stress test

Three decades ago, the modern brutalism of the Sheraton hotel defined the vista of Doha’s West Bay. Now the angular concrete structure nestles in the shadows of dozens of skyscrapers — a testament to the tiny peninsula’s rapid growth since the current emir’s father, Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, modernised Qatar’s economy by borrowing big to become the world’s largest natural ...

Qatar worlds: Swinkels wins junior women’s TT; U.S. in top-five

Dutchwoman Karlijn Swinkels rode to her first world championship title Monday in the junior women’s individual time trial in Doha, Qatar. The 17-year-old beat Italian Lisa Morzenti by seven seconds on the 13.7km course. France’s Juliette Labous was third, 21 seconds behind. Top-10 results 1. Karlijn SWINKELS, (NED), in 18:21.77 2. Lisa MORZENTI, (ITA), at :7.35 3. Juliette LABOUS, (FRA), ...

Qatar’s New Boeing Jetliner Orders Cap An Incredible Aviation Shopping Spree

Anyone who hangs out on Rodeo Drive or Sloane Square knows that Arab Gulf citizens love to shop in Western luxury retail chains. Apparently, Qataris also like to shop at Boeing.  Friday’s Boeing jetliner orders give the company clear dominance in this dollar-rich aerospace market.   Qatar Airways placed firm orders for 30 787-9s and ten 777-300ERs.  In addition, Qatar signed ...

Qatar is Weathering the Global Oil Market Storm

Standard & Poor’s released its latest update on a number of oil- and gas-producing nations yesterday, slashing credit ratings left right and center. But one energy giant stood out with a glowing report and no action taken: Qatar. Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Oman were all cut, while Russia’s rating was maintained, but with a negative outlook. Even with much ...

Coral reef in danger and mass deaths over 20 types of fish off the coast of Qatar

Doha-based marine researchers said on Monday that high sea temperatures off the coast of Qatar caused precious coral reef in danger and mass deaths over 20 types of fish. Experts from Qatar University carried out a study and the environment ministry has revealed that water temperatures during the fierce Gulf summer have passed 36°C (97 °F). Researchers are concerned about the potential long-term ...

Qatar to decide how many stadiums it will use in hosting the 2022 World Cup

Qatar hope to decide how many stadiums it will use in hosting the 2022 World Cup by the end of this year, a spokesman for the organising committee said on Tuesday. Corruption allegations at soccer’s governing body Fifa have put renewed media focus on Qatar, although Qatari officials remain confident the tournament will go ahead as planned and development of ...

Egyptians reject Qatar offer to mediate with Muslim Brotherhood

Egyptians “People & Government” have rejected an offer by Qatar to mediate with the banned Muslim Brotherhood group, focus of a government crackdown since the ouster of Egypt’s Islamist president in 2013. Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ahmed Abu-Zeid said on Sunday that Egypt does not accept any external interference in its internal affairs, underlining that authorities have declared the Brotherhood a ...

Qatar Developer Turns to Big Data to Track Workers Ahead of World Cup

Earlier this month, Palo Alto-based big data software company Sysorex announced a $2.5 million contract with Daruna Development for its AirPatrol mobile device to be used as the “worker locationing and asset management platform” in a turn-key community for migrant workers who are working on Qatar infrastructure ahead of the 2022 World Cup. The development will include living quarters, recreation, ...

Qatar spurs glorious future for Goodwood

As quintessentially an English sporting event as tennis at Wimbledon or cricket at Lords, the Glorious Goodwood horse racing festival starts tomorrow with a distinctly Middle East flavour. The course’s lush setting on the Sussex Downs of southern England has known the thunder of hooves for more than 200 years. But with the 2015 meeting offering Arabian pure-bred runners from ...

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