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88 percent of Qataris said they see media in their country as credible, and 99 percent said they think their country is headed in the right direction. Despite the blockade imposed upon Qatar by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain, the country continues to prosper not only in the GCC region but globally. The World Bank has predicted that Qatar’s economy will grow by 3 percent in both 2019 and 2020, and…

Mohammed bin Salman told a top aide that he would use “a bullet” on Khashoggi. Despite managing to so far dodge the proverbial bullet over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is facing fresh claims that he was behind the assassination of the Saudi journalist. According to the New York Times, an intelligence report reveals that Prince Mohammed told a top aide in 2017 that he would use “a bullet” on Khashoggi.…

President Salih said that to his knowledge American forces are only in Iraq to assist in the fight against terrorism. President Trump’s plan to maintain a military presence in Iraq to “watch” over neighboring Iran has been rejected by Iraqi President Barham Salih. According to The Washington Post, President Salih declined the request stating that the United States should not burden Iraq with its own “policy priorities.” During an interview on CBS, President Trump said that…

Qatar’s new international assertiveness has led it into areas where Riyadh has for years been the dominant Gulf party and comes amid a succession of scandals to hit Saudi Arabia in recent months. Qatar continues to gain international recognition the world over, this time from the renowned Financial Times newspaper in the United Kingdom which highlights the country’s success since the Saudi-led siege took hold 18 months ago. According to the newspaper, Qatar is seeking…

The Emir pledged support which is aimed at helping the struggling nation, and follows a US$4 billion pledge to develop the Suakin port last year. Qatar’s Emir has offered support for Sudan’s “unity and stability” during a meeting with President Omar al-Bashir on Wednesday. According to Reuters, the support is aimed at helping the struggling nation and in part for access to the Red Sea. Last year, Qatar agreed a US$4 billion deal to jointly…

The Qatari team beat the Saudis comfortably, securing a 2-0 win in a match which extended far beyond the football stadium Qatar has beaten Saudi Arabia in the Asian Cup football tournament held in the UAE. The Qatari team beat the Saudis with an impressive performance, securing a 2-0 win in a match which extended far beyond the realms of the football stadium. The meeting was the first soccer match between Saudi Arabia and Qatar…

Concerns surround what affect the UAE’s flight ban could have on other major sporting events, mainly the 2022 World Cup. A report has uncovered a worrying issue involving the blockade against Qatar and major sporting events affected by its no-fly zone. According to the Associated Press, Qatar’s soccer players were recently involved in a circuitous flight route to the UAE via Kuwait, lasting more than five hours to attend the Asian Cup. Such a flight…

Egypt has requested TV network CBS not to air an interview with Abdel Fattah e-Sisi in which the President of Egypt denies holding any political prisoners and admits that cooperation with Israel has never been stronger. “The 60 Minutes team was contacted by the Egyptian ambassador shortly after and told the interview could not be aired,” said a representative of CBS. But instead of bowing to Egypt’s demand, CBS decided to go ahead and titled…

Saudi Arabia struggles as both locals and foreign investors pull out of the kingdom following a succession of shocking events. The murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has led to more money flooding out of Saudi Arabia than ever before. Once seen as the powerhouse of the MENA region, Saudi Arabia has struggled over recent years to maintain its oil rich economy and to assert its dominance in the region. To this day the troubled…

Several UAE-based banks have been asked by the UAE government to refrain from doing business with Qatari backed companies. As a result, several Qatar-backed banks have seen their balance sheet shrink. Since June 2017, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt have been imposing a blockade on Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism, which Qatar has always denied. The quartet of countries have enforced a land, see and air blockade on Qatar and prevented Qatari citizens…