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Qatar has won the Asian Cup by beating four-time winner Japan 3-1 on Friday, and achieving its first victory in a major international tournament. The Maroons landed at Doha’s old airport on Friday, after traveling via Oman as direct flights between Qatar and Asian Cup host UAE remain banned due to a 20-month blockade imposed by several Gulf countries. Upon landing, the players where welcomed by Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani. The players then…

The Qatari team has beaten both Saudi Arabia and the UAE on its way to the final of the Asian Cup football tournament. Qatar has beaten the United Arab Emirates 4-0 to reach the final of the Asian Cup. In a display of unsportsmanlike conduct, the game descended into chaos as UAE fans threw bottles, shoes and sandals at Qatari players during the match. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLdjvNrJDDY What’s more, the Qatar national anthem was booed by home…

South Korea beat Bahrain 2-1 at the end of the overtime while Qatar, the host country of the 2022 World Cup, won 1-0 against Iraq. Both teams will be opposed in the next round. Bassam Al-Rawi, whose father is a former Iraqi international, offered Qatar the qualification for the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup by scoring a stunning free kick (62nd minute) against Iraq (1-0). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtXllRLfzik Iraq, the 2007 champions, gave it all but failed…

The Emir of Qatar’s first-ever visit to Lebanon took place on Sunday where he pledged to help the struggling nation. Qatar has announced that it will support Lebanon by buying US$500 million worth of Lebanese government bonds. According to Bloomberg, Lebanon’s struggling economy needs a cash injection to reassure bond holders over the possibility of debt restructuring. Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil shook bond markets recently when he told a newspaper the country may restructure…

“Right now our economy is doing very well and our financial reserves are doing very well and we are very well positioned and ready for new investments,” Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said. Qatar has signaled that it is ready to increase its international investments and donations to bolster its overseas standing in the face of the continuing embargo by its Gulf neighbours. According to the Financial Times, Qatari officials called for the 18-month…

By becoming the first of the energy-rich Gulf States to withdraw from OPEC, Qatar has signalled its disapproval with an organisation under increasing Saudi interference. Qatar’s decision to leave OPEC is aimed at reinforcing the country’s autonomy from its Arab neighbours, says Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, the author of “The Gulf States in International Political Economy.” Writing for the New York Times, Ulrichsen says that by becoming the first of the energy-rich Gulf States to withdraw…

Saudi Arabia wants to see its tourism revenues surpass US $56.2 billion by year 2018, according to a Saudi News Agency report. According to the report, tourism has grown much faster than the entire Saudi economy in recent years thanks to a series of measures taken by the government to stimulate the sector. Tourism revenues have risen from $15.2 billion in 2004 to more than $51.4 billion in 2017 (SR211 billion), the report says, adding…

After surprising Switzerland last Wednesday (0-1), Qatar has achieved another encouraging performance on Monday by holding Iceland in friendly on Monday (2-2). Hasan Al Haydos (3rd) and Boualem Khoukhi (68th) were instrumental to achieving that feat. On Iceland’s side, Saad Al Sheeb scored against his side (29) while Sigthorsson gave the advantage to his team 25 minutes later (56th). This is a new positive result for Qatar which is getting ready to host the 2022…

Qatar’s national team beat Switzerland 1-0 here as the Swiss were punished for their significant lack of aim, four days ahead of their decisive clash with Belgium to qualify for the next round in the Nations League. Four years to the day the 2022 World Cup launches in Doha, it is the first time Qatar has beaten a European team in their own country. Switzerland is currently ranked eight in FIFA’s ranking. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27WQY2wqujc

A senior figure from the kingdom phoned a Saudi aide and told him “tell your boss” the mission had been accomplished. A member of the Saudi assassination squad behind the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi phoned a senior figure from the kingdom following his death and told him “tell your boss” the mission had been accomplished. Sources claim the “boss” is none other than Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Saudi officials deny any knowledge of…