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Customs officials foil attempts to smuggle 17kg of drugs into Qatar

Airport customs officials have thwarted attempts by three men to smuggle some 17kg (37lb) of drugs, mostly marijuana, into Qatar, authorities announced. The busts of three men, all hailing from Asian countries, are the latest in a long line of drug smuggling attempts that the country has foiled this year as it struggles against becoming an increasingly popular transit point ... Read More »

Qatar: Man Arrested For Smuggling Bacon In His Anal Cavity

Doha, Qatar | Customs officers at the Hamad International Airport, in the Qatari capital, have arrested a Yemeni man attempting to smuggle more than 12 kilograms (27 lbs) of sliced bacon hidden in his anal cavity. 53-year old Abd al Rahman Shamoun was spotted by a specially trained police dog, looking for drugs or pork meat on passengers and in ... Read More »

Qatar: Man arrested for smuggling bacon in his anal cavity

Doha, Qatar | Customs officers at the Hamad International Airport, in the Qatari capital, have arrested a Yemeni man attempting to smuggle more than 12 kilograms (27 lbs) of sliced bacon hidden in his anal cavity. 53-year old Abd al Rahman Shamoun was spotted by a specially trained police dog, looking for drugs or pork meat on passengers and in ... Read More »

Report: Doha-bound passengers arrested in Mozambique for ivory smuggling

Two individuals planning to travel to Qatar were arrested in Mozambique over the weekend with 230 pounds of elephant tusks, officials in the African country reportedly announced yesterday. Bloomberg cited a police spokesperson as saying the suspects are Chinese nationals and that investigators are now looking into whether an ivory smuggling ring is operating through Doha. The report did not ... Read More »

Conference to help Qatar companies with business continuity, resilience steps

Companies in Qatar stand to gain from a one-day conference slated later in the year that would focus on integrating capacity building in the country’s business continuity and resilience (BC&R) sector, it was announced yesterday. The ‘2nd Business Continuity & Resilience Conference’ will kick-off on November 19 in Doha, Qatar Business Continuity Forum chairman and conference president Abdullatif Ali al-Yafei ... Read More »

Qatar, Jordan to Restore Full Diplomatic Relations

The news comes shortly after the deputy Prime Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, visited Amman and offered economic support, as well as ten thousand job opportunities in Doha for young Jordanians. Qatar on Wednesday announced that it would provide 10,000 jobs for Jordanians in the Gulf state, in addition to a package of investments in infrastructure projects in the crisis-hit ... Read More »

NATO rejects Qatar membership ambition

NATO on declined an overture by Qatar to join the Western military defence alliance, saying membership was reserved to the United States and Europe. It was responding to a comment by Qatar’s defence minister on Tuesday that his country’s long-term strategic “ambition” was to join NATO. “According to Article 10 of the Washington Treaty, only European countries can become members ... Read More »

Qatar Airways boss in ‘heartfelt apology’ for sexist remark

The boss of Qatar Airways has issued “heartfelt apologies for any offence caused” for saying that a woman could not do his job. Akbar al-Baker said that the airline had to be led by a man “because it is a very challenging position”. He later defended Qatar Airways’ record on gender diversity, but that failed to quell growing criticism. In ... Read More »

Qatar tells stores to take Saudi products off their shelves

Qatar has ordered retailers to stop selling products from Saudi Arabia and other countries that severed ties with it almost a year ago. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain launched a political and commercial boycott of Qatar last June, accusing it of supporting terrorism. Qatar quickly turned to other countries like Turkey to help replace the supplies ... Read More »

Qatar tops world with 10.5% average growth rate for 20 years

Doha: Qatar has been ranked first in the world index of countries that have achieved record economic growth in 20 years from 1997, according to a report carried by CNBC Arabia. Qatar achieved an average rate of 10.5% compound annual growth to come on top of the world. China ranked second with an economic growth rate of 9.1%, Ethiopia third ... Read More »

Trump’s personal attorney solicited $1 million from government of Qatar

Michael Cohen, President Trump’s personal attorney, solicited a payment of at least $1 million from the government of Qatar in late 2016, in exchange for access to and advice about the then-incoming administration, according to the recipient of the offer and several others with knowledge of the episode. The offer, which Qatar declined, came on the margins of a Dec. ... Read More »

Qatar crisis will persist for years — analysts

Almost a year on, experts see no end in sight for the Qatar crisis. “The Qatar crisis is a zero-sum game, and as long as Shaikh Hamad rules Qatar from behind the scenes, Doha’s obistancy will continue and there will be no solution in sight to the row,” Dr Ebtisam Al Ketbi, President of the Emirates Policy Centre said yesterday. ... Read More »

QIB, INJAZ Qatar in deal to launch financial literacy programme for students

DOHA: Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB) has signed an exclusive agreement with INJAZ Qatar to sponsor a three-year financial literacy programme for select high schools and universities in Qatar. The agreement was signed by QIB Group CEO Bassel Gamal and his INJAZ Qatar counterpart Emad al Khaja, at the bank’s headquarters at Grand Hamad Street. The QIB-INJAZ collaboration will launch a ... Read More »

Qatargas CEO gets Al Attiyah global energy award

Doha: Qatargas CEO Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa al Thani, on Monday was named the winner of the 2018 Abdullah Bin Hamad Al Attiyah International Energy Award for Lifetime Achievement for the Advancement of the Qatar Energy Industry. Speaking on behalf of former energy minister Abdullah bin Hamad al Attiyah, Dr Ibrahim Ibrahim, Vice Chairman at The Al Attiyah Foundation, said,”Sheikh ... Read More »

Qatar to supply oil products to Vietnam over 15 years

DOHA: The state-owned Qatar Petroleum (QP) has signed an agreement to supply Vietnam with up to two million tonnes of LPG and Naphtha per year for a period of 15 years, the company’s management announced in statement today. The agreement was signed between the Qatar Petroleum for the Sale of Petroleum Products Company Limited (QPSPP) and Long Son Petrochemicals Company ... Read More »

Intellectual property rights protects economy from negative practices

DOHA: Economy and Commerce H E Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani said Qatar’s efforts in the field of promoting intellectual property rights has helped in protecting the national economy from the repercussions of the negative trade practices as the state has worked on developing and modernising the legislations and laws that aim to protect intellectual property rights, ... Read More »

Qatar economy proved resilient to blockade

DOHA:  Qatar’s economy has proven its resiliency and robustness as it swiftly recovered from the effects of this blockade, Qatar First Bank (QFB) Chairman Abdulla bin Fahad bin Ghorab Al Marri has stated. Addressing QFB’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) yesterday, Al Marri said: “2017 was a challenging year for all financial institutions in the country, amid the ongoing illegal blockade ... Read More »

Qatar-Georgia investment protection pact on cards

DOHA: Ambassador of Qatar to Georgia, H E Mubarak bin Nasser Al Khalifa has said that an agreement between Qatar and Georgia to enhance and protect investments will be soon signed. “Soon a joint agreement between two countries aimed at enhancing and protecting bilateral investments will be finalized for which discussions are underway,” he said while talking to a group ... Read More »

Qatar Insurance Group and Qatar Rail sign agreement

DOHA:  Qatar Insurance Group signed a partnership agreement with Qatar Rail yesterday under the patronage and presence of Prime Minister and Interior Minister, H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, and Minister of Transport and Communications, H E Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti, and top rank officials for naming the West Bay station as Qatar Insurance Group ... Read More »

Qatar approves draft law on property ownership by foreigners

DOHA: Qatar announced approval of a draft law on regulating the ownership and use of properties by foreigners, media reports said . The decision was announced during the cabinet meeting chaired by Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser Al Thani. The draft law said that non-Qataris might own and use properties under specific conditions, Xinhua reported. The law applies ... Read More »