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FIFA: ‘We have not lied about Qatar emissions’

FIFA has rejected a report that claims Qatar 2022 will rely on “flimsy” offsets to meet its pledge to host the first carbon-neutral World Cup. The report, compiled by climate advocacy group Carbon Market Watch, alleges that Qatar, the world’s largest producer of natural gas, is omitting some greenhouse gas emissions from its calculations and […]

Qatar Airways is suing Airbus for $1 billion in damages for idled planes

Qatar Airways and Airbus set for $1bn court battle in London

Airbus and Qatar Airways are heading towards a three-month summer trial next year after a UK judge granted the airline a relatively quick timetable while dismissing its procedural claims in a bitter safety and contractual dispute. The judge told a division of London’s High Court there was “public interest” in the outcome of the dispute, […]

Flydubai will operate up to 60 daily flights from Dubai, the region's tourism hub, carrying up to 2,500 fans

Gulf airlines to operate over 180 daily Doha flights for World Cup

Qatar Airways said today fellow Gulf Arab airlines would operate more than 180 daily shuttle flights to Qatar during this year’s soccer World Cup, allowing fans to fly in from nearby cities and easing accommodation pressure in Doha. Akbar al-Baker, Qatar Airways CEO, told a news conference that United Arab Emirates airline flydubai, Oman Air, […]

Qatar already has a rich portfolio in the UK, including London's iconic department store, Harrods
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Qatar promise may trigger deluge of Gulf investments in UK

More Gulf sovereign wealth funds could make huge investments in the United Kingdom following a £10 billion commitment from Qatar. On Tuesday the UK and Qatar signed a new Strategic Investment Partnership which will see the emir state invest billions over the next five years in key sectors of the UK economy including  fintech, zero […]

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson welcomes the Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani at Downing Street in London

Qatar pledges £10bn investment in key UK sectors

The UK and Qatar have signed a new Strategic Investment Partnership which will see Qatar invest up to £10 billion over the next five years in key sectors of the UK economy including fintech, zero emissions vehicles, life sciences and cyber security.  Boris Johnson, the UK prime minister, welcomed the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim […]

Qatar sovereign wealth fund can’t exit Russia

The Qatar Investment Authority cannot exit the Russian market and is waiting to assess its position there because of the Ukraine crisis, one of the sovereign wealth fund’s chief investment officers said yesterday. Moscow placed restrictions on foreign investors trading Russian assets in March, saying it wanted to ensure decisions to exit were considered and […]

Emir Tamim Bin Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani

Some still can’t accept Qatar hosting World Cup, says emir

Qatar’s ruler, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, has told Davos the Middle East has suffered discrimination for decades, in a speech addressing critics of the emirate hosting the World Cup. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, the emir said there were still those who were unable to “accept the idea that an […]

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Qatar to invest $5bn in Spanish projects, Emir says

Qatar’s $300 billion sovereign wealth fund plans to invest $5 billion in Spanish projects, the Gulf state’s ruler said late on Tuesday at a dinner held in his honour in Madrid. Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Tuesday that Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani told an audience at a dinner held in King […]

Qatar, Turkey won’t replace cancelled Russian Grand Prix

Formula One’s 2022 season will be reduced to 22 races after the sport said on Wednesday it would not be replacing the cancelled Russian Grand Prix on Sept. 25 despite interest from other countries. Formula One had scheduled a record 23 rounds this year but the race in Sochi was called off in February and […]

Japan edges ahead of Saudi and Qatar to host Asian Cup

The Japan Football Association (JFA) has been informally approached about the possibility of replacing China as hosts of next year’s Asian Cup, Chairman Kozo Tashima told Nikkan Sports. The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) announced last Saturday that China had pulled out of hosting the 24-team continental championship, citing the COVID-19 situation in the country. “We […]

Qatar, the reigning champions, would have the infrastructure to host the Asian Cup thanks to this year's World Cup

Qatar may tackle Asian Cup as replacement host for China

The 2023 Asian Cup could be shifting west to the Gulf, where new infrastructure has made the region a magnet for international tournaments, after China withdrew as host. China had planned to hold the Asian Cup across 10 cities in June-July next year, but has dropped the 24-team tournament because of “exceptional circumstances caused by […]

Qatar looks to Iran for World Cup support

Qatar’s emir is planning to use his visit to Tehran tomorrow to discuss ways Iran can help with the staging of the FIFA World Cup, including increasing flights between the two countries. “Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani will travel to Iran tomorrow to follow up on recent agreements and expand bilateral ties, notably cooperation […]

A Qatargas LNG carrier

Germany and Qatar ‘at odds over LNG deals’

Germany and Qatar’s talks over liquefied natural gas supply deals have run into difficulties, according to three sources familiar with the negotiations. Berlin needs to secure large volumes of LNG to reduce its dependence on Russian gas, but sources said the Germans were reluctant to accept Qatar’s condition that they sign deals lasting at least […]

UK-Gulf deal will be ‘tough nut to crack,’ says top Johnson ally

The co-chairman of the UAE-UK Business Council and former chief strategic adviser to Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the upcoming UK-Gulf trade agreements could be delayed but bilateral opportunities remain immense Lord Udny-Lister, co-chairman of the UAE-UK Business Council and one of Boris Johnson’s closest political allies, cuts a distinguished figure amid the sumptuous surroundings […]

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani last visited Iran in January 2020 to reduce tensions between Tehran and Washington

Qatar’s emir to visit Iran and Europe to aid Iran nuclear pact

Qatar’s emir will visit Iran, Germany, Britain and other European states starting this week on a trip expected to discuss efforts to revive Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal and energy security in Europe, a source briefed on the visit said on Sunday. Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, ruler of one of the world’s top natural […]

Gulf’s top airlines take different paths to soar post-Covid

The air travel industry was among the worst hit globally by the coronavirus pandemic and its ensuing lockdowns and border closures — and the Middle East’s industry was no exception.  According to a report by McKinsey & Company, the pandemic caused global aviation revenues to drop by 60 percent in 2020, and airlines lost a […]

Revealed: top co-working spaces in the Gulf

Demand for co-working spaces is on the rise in the Gulf as business communities evolve to support the shift towards knowledge-based economies and nurture a new generation of startups driving a different way of working. Spaces are opening up across the region to accommodate a different breed of worker that prioritises flexibility, low rates and […]

Qatar scores as World Cup host but may not net long-term goals

Tucked behind Doha’s $300-million Lusail Boulevard, where construction workers are toiling to transform desert into a Champs-Elysees-inspired commercial thoroughfare before the 2022 soccer World Cup, sits a sole convenience store. With the main stadium, four skyscrapers and apartments designed for some 200,000 people all in Lusail, its manager Younes waits somewhat anxiously behind his till, […]