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“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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Qatar’s emir will attend an economic summit in Egypt

Qatar’s emir will attend an economic summit due to take place in Egypt in mid-March, sources from both countries said on Monday, in a sign of easing political tension between the Arab countries. Qatar’s support for former Egyptian Islamist President Mohammad Mursi and the Muslim Brotherhood created tensions with Abdul Fattah Al Sissi, who ousted Mursi in 2013 and cracked ...

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Qatar court ruled that the parents should decide whether their daughter’s alleged killer is executed

A Qatari court ruled Sunday that the parents of an American teacher murdered in the Gulf state should decide whether her alleged killer is executed. The Pennsylvania-based family of Jennifer Brown can choose between the death penalty, compensation — “blood money” under Islam law — or a pardon for the Kenyan security guard charged with first degree murder, the judge ...

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Thousands of people have taken part in a student-led solidarity walk in the Qatar

Thousands of people of all ages and nationalities have taken part in a student-led solidarity walk in the Qatari capital Doha in commemoration of the three Chapel Hill victims.   Organised by the students of Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), the branch campuses of Qatar Foundation (QF), and Qatar University, the walk was held in honour of the three American ...

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Workers will die building World Cup-related infrastructure, unable to leave Qatar without employer’s permission

The BBC Newsnight team investigating the 1.5 million migrants employed in Qatar on building World Cup 2022 infrastructure were hustled out of the squalid workers’ accommodation outside Doha by angry security men in the time-honoured fashion in December. But not before they had made some disturbing connections between the dreadful conditions workers had to live in and one big British ...

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