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The blockade of Qatar has made Qataris more supportive of free speech  The Washington Post

In June 2017, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates initiated a blockade against fellow Gulf Cooperation Council member Qatar. The 20-month old ...

The Washington Post
Jelena Ostapenko advances in Qatar after beating Mihaela Buzarnescu  ESPN

Former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko overcame strong winds and a determined Mihaela Buzarnescu to advance to the second round of the Qatar ...

ESPN
Many visitors benefit from Qatar Red Crescent activities  The Peninsula Qatar

In celebration of the National Sport Day, Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) held yesterday diverse sports, recreational, informative, and medical activities for ...

The Peninsula Qatar
Goalkeeper dreams of playing for Qatar in World Cup  CNN

Meshaal Barsham, a young goalkeeper, is ready to represent his country as they host the 2022 World Cup. Barsham heads to one of the new World Cup ...

CNN
Banks drag Qatar to 3-month low, Saudi gains  Nasdaq

15 of 20 stocks on Qatar index slide; Vodafone Qatar climbs after FY results; Saudi's Sipchem gains on higher FY profit; Egypt's Arabia Cotton jumps.

Nasdaq
Qatari stake in Rosneft paves way for global energy deals: Doha envoy  Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Qatari sovereign wealth fund's acquisition of a stake in Russia's Rosneft sets the stage for collaboration between the Russian oil ...

Reuters
Qatar unveils falcon Falah as world championship mascot  Sport24

An "aspirational" falcon called Falah, was officially unveiled as the World Athletics Championships' mascot which will take place in Qatar later this year.

Sport24
Arsene Wenger photographed with Qatar players amidst rumours that he may take over as their coach  FOX Sports Asia

Arsene Wenger was in attendance at the Qatar sports day and was clicked with AFC Asian Cup 2019 winning squad members Almoez Ali and Abdulkarim ...

FOX Sports Asia
No new development in Qatar crisis: Egypt  gulfnews.com

Qatar asks citizens, residents not to engage in social media abuses.

gulfnews.com
Mobile radar to monitor 16 Qatar roads (Wednesday, February 13, 2019)  The Peninsula Qatar

There are two changes and new additions today in the locations of mobile radars. Instead of Al Wakra and F-Ring Road, it is Al Majd Road (Orbital Highway) and ...

The Peninsula Qatar
Merging Qatar banks to cut more than 150 jobs, Barwa boss to be CEO -sources  Reuters

Qatar's Barwa Bank and the International Bank of Qatar (IBQ), which last year agreed to merge, plan to cut more than 150 jobs and to appoint Barwa's boss as ...

Reuters
Tennis: Wozniacki the latest to pull out of injury-hit Qatar Open  ABS-CBN News

World number ten Caroline Wozniacki has become the latest star name to pull out of the Qatar Open, one of three players to withdraw from the injury-hit ...

ABS-CBN News
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: An Invitation to President Pollack on Qatar  Cornell University The Cornell Daily Sun

strong>To the Editor:As student labor organizers involved with Cornell's United Students Against Sweatshops chapter, we heartily welcomed The Sun's Feb.

Cornell University The Cornell Daily Sun
Qatar Football Association marks NSD with a series of activities  The Peninsula Qatar

The Qatar Football Association (QFA) yesterday celebrated the Qatar National Sport Day with incredible participation at its special events organized across the ...

The Peninsula Qatar
France agrees 'strategic' pact with Qatar  Business Recorder

Qatar and France signed a deal Monday to cooperate on security and economic matters, in a boost to the tiny Gulf state still locked in a diplomatic rift with.

Business Recorder
Boost for security firm as it eyes Qatar in 2022  HeraldScotland

THE security software firm behind incident management at last year's Ryder Cup and athletics' European Championships has received a £300000…

HeraldScotland
Doha's most over-the-top hotel suites  CNN

From life-size horse statues to in-room private elevators, here's our roundup of five of the most deluxe hotel suites in Doha, the capital of Qatar.

CNN
QTerminals becomes Qatar Total Open's new sponsor READ MORE  Gulf Times

The Qatar Tennis Federation signed a new partnership contract with QTerminals to sponsor the Qatar Total Open.

Gulf Times
With Israel’s consent, Qatar gave Gaza $1 billion since 2012  Haaretz

Qatar has provided Hamas in the Gaza Strip with over $1.1 billion from 2012 to 2018, with the approval of the Israeli government. The information on the money ...

Haaretz
Ex-Barclays Official Joked He May Be Executed by Qatari Sheikh  Bloomberg

A former Barclays Plc executive joked that Qatar's Prime Minister might execute him if a 2 billion-pound ($2.6 billion) investment in the bank left the Gulf nation ...

Bloomberg
Qatar remains 'committed' to labour reforms after Amnesty report  Al Jazeera English

Football World Cup 2022 hosts vow to tackle ongoing labour abuse after Amnesty report warned it was running out of time.

Al Jazeera English
Qatar stuns Japan to win Asian Cup  CNN

Qatar produced the most famous moment in its sporting history Friday after defeating Japan 3-1 in the final of the Asian Cup.

CNN
Qatar Airways launches group discount offer  Business Traveller

Qatar Airways has announced new offers for two or more passengers travelling together in Business Class and First Class. They include discounts on fares and ...

Business Traveller
Rain and hail reported from North of Qatar; temperature to dip from tonight  The Peninsula Qatar

Heavy rain and hail were reported from northern areas of the country. Qatar Meteorology Department posted videos on their social media handles that showed ...

The Peninsula Qatar
Qatar Allegedly Hacks Egyptian Soccer Players  The Daily Caller

Qatar was responsible for stealing the private email communications of eight Egyptian soccer players and other prominent Egyptians as part of a hacking ...

The Daily Caller
Redskins and embassy of Qatar host Day of Sport celebration  WDVM 25

The Washington Redskins, the Redskins Charitable Foundation and the Embassy of the State of Qatar in Washington, D.C. hosted a Day of Sport Celebration at ...

WDVM 25
Highlights of Qatar Open women's singles 1st round match - Xinhua | English.news.cn  Xinhua

Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia hits a return during the women's singles first round match between Anna Blinkova of Russia and Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia ...

Xinhua
Mannai fetes long-serving staff on Qatar National Sport Day  Gulf Times

Mannai Corp organised various sporting and recreational activities for Mannai Group Associates yesterday at the Doha Marriott Hotel, Beach area.

Gulf Times
WTO complaint lodged: UAE claims Qatar's import ban a breach of international trade law  FoodNavigator-Asia.com

The UAE has filed a complaint against Qatar at the World Trade Organisation (WTO), claiming that the latter's ban against UAE products, including food items, ...

FoodNavigator-Asia.com
Qatar informs UN of airspace violation by Bahrain aircraft  Gulf Times

Qatar has informed the United Nations Security Council and the UN Secretary-General about a violation of Qatari airspace by a Bahrain Air Force aircraft on.

Gulf Times
Briton held in UAE in Qatar football shirt row  BBC News

A Briton has been arrested and detained in the United Arab Emirates after reportedly being assaulted when he wore a Qatar football team shirt to a match.

BBC News
Qatar Airways Qsuite Business Class On Boeing 777 Takes On A380 Offerings  Forbes

Will Qatar Airways luxurious and versatile Qsuite business class pull Persian Gulf-bound travelers away from Emirates and other airlines?

Forbes
Daniel Pipes' pro-Israel think-tank holds anti-Qatar event  Aljazeera.com

Speakers denounce Doha for its support of Palestinian issues at a largely empty conference room in Washington, DC.

Aljazeera.com
Taliban Seeking Recognition of Qatar Office Ahead of Fresh Talks With US  VOA News

The Taliban says it hopes ongoing negotiations with the United States would bring a long-demanded formal recognition for the insurgent group's "political office" ...

VOA News
Luxury Travel and Things to Do and See Qatar  Fodor's Travel

Qatar, the tiny Gulf nation bordered by Saudi Arabia, has one of the highest GDPs in the world--and only about 300000 Qatari citizens, making this an ideal ...

Fodor's Travel
Qatar takes bragging rights in 'blockade derby' at Asian Cup  CNN

For all the talk of a "blockade", it was perhaps ironic that Qatar should pass so serenely into the final of the Asian Cup for the first time in its history.

CNN
Qatar informs UNSC about Bahraini aircraft violation of airspace  The Peninsula Qatar

The State of Qatar informed the United Nations (UN) Security Council and the UN Secretary-General about a violation of Qatari airspace on Thursday, ...

The Peninsula Qatar
Qatar First Bank celebrates National Sport Day  The Peninsula Qatar

Mohammed Al Sahli, COO of Qatar First Bank (QFB), and other employees of the bank posing for a group picture after celebrating the National Sport Day ...

The Peninsula Qatar
Qatar Airways rolls out 35pc discount for joint bookings  Business Daily

Qatar Airways customers can now enjoy 35 percent discounts when booking seats for two or more passengers travelling together starting this month.

Business Daily
Traffic death rate in Qatar falls below global average  The Peninsula Qatar

The number of deaths in traffic accidents in 2018 declined to 168 in Qatar, figuring 4.9 per every 100000 persons, while in 2017 a total of 177 deaths occurred at ...

The Peninsula Qatar
Kahramaa holds several sport events at Katara  The Peninsula Qatar

H E Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada, President of Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa), Eng Essa bin Hilal Al Kuwari, and other ...

The Peninsula Qatar
Qatar Cuts Through Tension and Defenders to Beat Saudi Arabia  The New York Times

Qatar and Saudi Arabia, locked in a political dispute, collided on a soccer field on Thursday in the Asian Cup. Qatar won, 2-0.

The New York Times
Motor racing - Qatar's beIN says it is not renewing F1 deal  Reuters UK

LONDON (Reuters) - Qatar-based beIN Sports said on Friday it had decided not to renew a contract for the rights to broadcast Formula One in the Middle East ...

Reuters UK
Qatar must change behaviour before normalisation can occur: Egypt's FM Shoukry - Politics - Egypt  Ahram Online

Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry says that Egypt has not normalised relations with Qatar, and that a return to normal relations necessitates a change in ...

Ahram Online
Things to do this weekend in Qatar (February 7-9, 2019)  The Peninsula Qatar

An amazing weekend awaits Qatar, as there is something for everyone. Residents can indulge in chocolate, tea & coffee at Al Bidda or head for a musical nite at ...

The Peninsula Qatar
Qatar Muscles in on Saudi Arabia With Lebanon Investment  The Wall Street Journal

Qatar pledged to shore up Lebanon's ailing economy by buying $500 million's worth of governments bonds, in a move that muscles in on rival Saudi Arabia's ...

The Wall Street Journal
Brit in the UAE for wearing a Qatar shirt is being held in ‘deplorable’ conditions jail  Daily Mail

A British man arrested in the United Arab Emirates for wearing a Qatar football shirt is being held in 'inhumane' and 'deplorable' conditions in an overcrowded ...

Daily Mail
Amir participates in National Sport Day's activities  The Peninsula Qatar

Amir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani participated in the activities of Qatar National Sport Day today, as he visited Aspire Zone Foundation's Football ...

The Peninsula Qatar
Ashghal, QCF organise cycling event on NSD  The Peninsula Qatar

The Public Works Authority 'Ashghal' took part in the National Sport Day celebrations yesterday in the presence of Dr. Eng. Saad bin Ahmed Al-Muhannadi, ...

The Peninsula Qatar
Time running out on Qatar labour reform, warns Amnesty  gulfnews.com

Doha- Qatar is running out of time to stamp out widespread serious labour abuse for tens of thousands of migrant workers before hosting the 2022 World Cup, ...

gulfnews.com
One match at a time for star Halep  The Peninsula Qatar

Top seed and former champion Simona Halep will be adopting a step-by-step approach in an attempt to nail her second Qatar Total Open trophy this week.

The Peninsula Qatar
Al-Majd Road: The longest road in Qatar officially opened  The Peninsula Qatar

The Al-Majd Road, which links highways throughout the country, was opened to the public in a ceremony held today. The orbital road, as it was known earlier, ...

The Peninsula Qatar
India to play Asian champions Qatar ahead of AFC U-23 Championship  FOX Sports Asia

The India national under-23 side is set to lock horns with the under-23 side of the recently crowned AFC Asian Cup 2019 Champions Qatar as a part of their ...

FOX Sports Asia
Qatar-Turkey trade surges to $2bn amid Gulf tensions  Aljazeera.com

Ankara has emerged as one of Doha's most important trade partners since Saudi-led blockade was imposed in June 2017.

Aljazeera.com
Football: FIFA, Qatar set up joint venture to deliver 2022 World Cup  The Star Online

ZURICH (Reuters) - Global soccer body FIFA has set up a joint venture with 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar as part of its effort to streamline organisation of the ...

The Star Online
Barclays bosses pressured by Qatar to mask Gulf state PM’s holding, court told  The Guardian

Barclays bosses were put under pressure by Qatari officials to mask the Gulf state prime minister's holding in the UK bank as it rushed to close a ...

The Guardian
Brexit: May tells parliament she needs 'more time'  The Peninsula Qatar

British Prime Minister Theresa May asked for more time from lawmakers to carry on talks with EU leaders to convince them for changes into her withdrawal ...

The Peninsula Qatar
FIFA and Qatar announce joint venture to deliver 2022 FIFA World Cup™  FIFA.com

FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC will be responsible for the planning and delivery of operations and services for the tournament; LLC combines FIFA's extensive ...

FIFA.com
Qatar emir to attend Beirut's Arab economic summit  Reuters

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Qatar's emir will visit Beirut on Sunday for an Arab economic summit which has been marred by regional rifts and internal Lebanese disputes ...

Reuters
Redskins & Qatar Embassy host Day of Sports Celebration Tuesday  NBCSports.com

The Redskins & the Embassy of the State of Qatar hosted a Day of Sports Celebration at FedEx Field Tuesday.

NBCSports.com
WTA Tour Updated 2019 Qatar Total Open Odds During Round of 16  SportsBettingDime.com

The WTA Doha, Qatar Open Round of 16 continues early Wednesday morning (Feb 13). Simona Halep remains the favorite. See the odds for all remaining ...

SportsBettingDime.com
Gaza residents receive Qatari cash  Aljazeera.com

Thousands in impoverished and besieged territory received payments, which Doha says are aimed at helping the poorest.

Aljazeera.com
Qatar's Bassam certain he will get a final chance to shine in UAE  Al Jazeera English

Born in Iraq, Bassam as a young boy moved to Qatar, where he is now one of the stars of the country's successful squad.

Al Jazeera English
Banana Island: Luxury paradise off Doha coast  CNN

Qatar's aptly named, crescent-shaped Banana Island is a luxury resort on an island off the coast of Doha. It's quickly become a top destination for well-heeled ...

CNN
British man in Qatar football shirt claim charged in UAE for 'false statements'  Stuff.co.nz

​A British-Sudanese man who activists say was detained for wearing a Qatari football jersey in the United Arab Emirates during the recent Asian Cup ...

Stuff.co.nz
Qatar public parks to host family entertainment activities  The Peninsula Qatar

The Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) represented by the Public Parks Department (PPD), Sasol, and Oryx GTL announced the launch of 'Fun ...

The Peninsula Qatar
Examining Qatar’s Influence  Breaking Israel News

Now that the Saudi, UAE, Egyptian, and other Arab governments have woken to the threat posed by Qatar, is it not time for Westerners to do so too?

Breaking Israel News
UAE 'used spying tool' to target Qatar's emir, other rivals  Aljazeera.com

Sheikh Tamim, senior Turkish official and activists among hundreds whose iPhones were hacked, Reuters reports.

Aljazeera.com
Barclays executive had sleepless nights over Qatar, court told  The Guardian

Richard Boath 'told lawyer at bank he would start to tremble when rereading documents relating to deal'

The Guardian
Blockade Derby: Qatar to play UAE in Asian Cup semi-finals  Al Jazeera English

The Maroons will play host nation the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, their first meeting since the 2017 Gulf crisis.

Al Jazeera English
U.S. Peace Envoy In Kabul After 'Significant Progress' Made In Qatar  RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad is consulting with Afghan government officials following six days of talks with the Afghan Taliban in Qatar aimed at ending ...

RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
Asian Cup: Felix Sanchez thanks lucky charm Xavi as Qatar triumph  Goal.com

Felix Sanchez wants midfield great Xavi to predict all of Qatar's results after the former Barcelona maestro successfully foretold their Asian Cup triumph.

Goal.com
Barcelona legend Xavi reveals his role in Qatar’s AFC Asian Cup 2019 victory  FOX Sports Asia

Barcelona legend Xavi stunned the footballing world when he predicted that Qatar would win the AFC Asian Cup 2019 tournament - before it even kicked off.

FOX Sports Asia
Qatar sovereign wealth fund to boost US portfolio to $61b  The Straits Times

DOHA • Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) aims to raise its US investments to US$45 billion (S$61 billion) in the next two years as it rebalances its asset portfolio ...

The Straits Times
Benatia: Why I chose Qatar...  Football Italia

Former Juventus defender Medhi Benatia claims he moved to Qatar because of his children. “I want them to grow up in an Islamic environment.” Milan, Arsenal ...

Football Italia
Players face career or conscience dilemma over Qatar World Cup  Channel NewsAsia

A tour to World Cup 2022 host Qatar by the Nordic football associations has forced players to confront both their consciences and their career ...

Channel NewsAsia
Copa America: Qatar to face Argentina in Brazil  BBC Sport

World Cup 2022 hosts Qatar will face Argentina in this summer's Copa America. Qatar - who along with Japan are guests at the tournament in Brazil - will be ...

BBC Sport
Deputy Secretary Brouillette Attends Second Qatar-U.S. Strategic Dialogue  Energy.gov

DOHA, QATAR – Today, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette attended the second Qatar-U.S. Strategic Dialogue in Doha, Qatar. The Dialogue, led ...

Energy.gov
Imran Khan to address Pakistani community in Qatar  The Peninsula Qatar

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, who will be visiting the country today on a two-day visit, will be addressing the community in Al Wakra tomorrow.

The Peninsula Qatar
Palestinians mock Qatar's conditional handouts to buy Gaza's silence  The National

Residents of the enclave are criticising Doha's 'humiliating' donations in return for quiet on Israel's border.

The National
Qatar looking for codeshare with IndiGo, GoAir  Economic Times

While GoAir has not partnered with any full *service* international airline yet, IndiGo has recently got into a codeshare partnership with Turkish Airlines.

Economic Times
Qatar’s beIN Group Calls on Hollywood to Help Fight Pirate Broadcaster Allegedly Backed by Saudi Arabia (EXCLUSIVE)  Variety

Qatar's beIN Group is calling on Hollywood to join it in fighting a pirate broadcaster that has allegedly stolen *content* worth billions.

Variety
Deutsche Bank Gets Qatari Commitment for More Funds  Bloomberg

Deutsche Bank AG won a commitment for new investment from Qatar as the troubled German lender moves toward a potential merger with Commerzbank AG.

Bloomberg
Costa Mediterrenea makes its maiden voyage to Qatar  The Peninsula Qatar

Luxurious Italian cruise ship Costa Mediterrenea has arrived in Qatar, marking its maiden voyage to the country.

The Peninsula Qatar
Qatar vs Saudi Arabia: Asia's equivalent of the Old Firm and a crucial tool in their nations' PR war  Telegraph.co.uk

No tournament throws up as many intriguing geopolitical derbies as the Asian Cup.

Telegraph.co.uk
Sudan's embattled president travels to Qatar amid unrest  Minneapolis Star Tribune

Sudan's embattled president flew Tuesday to Qatar, the tiny but wealthy Gulf state that has offered him help as he faces protests initially sparked by the country's ...

Minneapolis Star Tribune
Voices from the Arab press: Qatar's exit from OPEC  The Jerusalem Post - Israel News

Also: U.S.-India relations on the rise, Saudi Arabia introduces philosophy to university curriculum, and a view of Trump's middle east policies.

The Jerusalem Post - Israel News
 

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Qatar (, (listen), or (listen); Arabic: قطر‎ Qatar [ˈqɑtˤɑr]; local vernacular pronunciation: [ˈɡɪtˤɑr]), officially the State of Qatar (Arabic: دولة قطر‎ Dawlat Qatar), is a country located in Western Asia, occupying the small Qatar Peninsula on the northeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. Whether the sovereign state should be regarded as a constitutional or an absolute monarchy is disputed. Its sole land border is with neighbouring Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) monarchy Saudi Arabia to the south, with the rest of its territory surrounded by the Persian Gulf. An arm of the Persian Gulf separates Qatar from the nearby Bahrain.In early 2017, Qatar's total population was 2.6 million: 313,000 Qatari citizens and 2.3 million expatriates. Islam is the official religion of Qatar. The country has the highest per capita income in the world. Qatar is classified by the UN as a country of very high human development and is widely regarded as the most advanced Arab state for human development. Qatar is a high-income economy, backed by the world's third-largest natural gas reserves and oil reserves.Qatar has been ruled by the House of Thani since Mohammed bin Thani signed a treaty with the British in 1868 that recognised its separate status. Following Ottoman rule, Qatar became a British protectorate in the early 20th century until gaining independence in 1971. In 2003, the constitution was overwhelmingly approved in a referendum, with almost 98% in favour. In the 21st century, Qatar emerged as a significant power in the Arab world both through its globally expanding media group, Al Jazeera Media Network, and reportedly supporting several rebel groups financially during the Arab Spring. For its size, Qatar wields disproportionate influence in the world, and has been identified as a middle power. Qatar is currently the subject of a diplomatic and economic embargo by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, and Egypt, which began in June 2017. Saudi Arabia has also proposed the construction of the Salwa Canal, which would run along the Saudi-Qatar border, effectively turning Qatar into an island.