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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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. ...

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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 ...

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