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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 ...

Qatar Airways ordered 10 Boeing 777-8X jetliners at the Paris air show

Qatar Airways ordered 10 Boeing 777-8X jetliners at the Paris air show on Monday, bringing its total orders for the 777X family of revamped long-range jets to 60. The airline also said it was ordering four 777 freighters. The orders, which are all firm contracts, are worth a total of $4.8 billion at list prices. Announcing the deal at the ...

Qatar Airways CEO: No reason to propose any changes in response to U.S. airlines

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said on Monday he saw no reason for Middle Eastern governments to propose any changes to transportation policy in response to U.S. airlines that allege unfair competition from Gulf carriers. “Why should my government make any concession?” he said in an interview at the International Air Transport Association (IATA) annual meeting in Miami. ...

Nepal urged Qatar to scrap a migrant sponsorship scheme

Nepal’s labor minister urged Qatar Monday to scrap a sponsorship scheme which prevents the free movement of migrant workers, calling it a violation of the rights of thousands of its nationals who are working in the Gulf state. The kafala sponsorship system is used to monitor the number of foreigners working in Gulf Arab states, which rely heavily on cheap foreign labor ...

“Reflect Respect” campaign had urged in Qatar

After leaving many expats in Qatar “in shock” last year, a controversial dress code campaign has now been rebranded by organizers. The “Reflect Respect” campaign had urged visitors or residents in Qatar last summer to wear “decent clothes” and show respect for the country’s traditions. It has now been renamed to a softer: “You matter in Qatar.” A poster accompanying ...

Qatar Airways accused Delta Air Lines of flying “crap” older planes

The chief of Qatar Airways on Monday denied his company receives subsidies and accused rivals Delta Air Lines of flying “crap” older planes, escalating hostilities between Gulf and American carriers. Speaking at an arts conference in Doha, Akbar Al-Baker said any money his airline receives from the state is in the form of “legitimate” equity and added his company’s fleet ...

The deaths of Qatar migrant workers enlisted in the construction

Controversy surrounds the questionable award of the 2022 soccer World Cup to Qatar. FIFA, the sport’s governing body, still faces scrutiny over how the tiny Gulf state managed to triumph over what seemed to many to be far more realistic bids; allegations of corruption are rife. But beyond reports of sordid backroom dealings, Qatar’s World Cup bid is tainted by a darker reality: the ...

UPDATED: Qatar joins Gulf monarchies in supporting Egypt’s Sisi

Qatar joined its neighbours at a summit Tuesday in supporting Egypt under President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. In their final statement, leaders of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states announced their “full support to Egypt” and the “political programme of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi”. The ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi strained ties with Qatar, which had been a key ...

Qatar Shell, QDB sign agreements with SMEs for new contracts

Qatar Shell,  in collaboration with Qatar Development Bank (QDB), yesterday signed agreements with five new local SMEs for awarding contracts. At the signing ceremony, these Qatari SMEs were awarded with contracts to become the supplier of choice for Pearl GTL, the world’s largest gas to liquids plant delivered by Qatar Petroleum and Qatar Shell. Wael Sawan, Chairman and Managing Director ...

Venezuela Woos Qatar as Oil Rout Exacerbates Cash Crunch

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is seeking several billion dollars from Qatari lenders to help plug a budget gap after oil lost more than half its value. “We’re finalizing a financial alliance with important banks from Qatar that will give us sufficient oxygen to help cover the fall in oil prices and give us the resources we need for the national ...