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Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani’s plane landed in Saudi Arabia for the first time since the Gulf crisis broke out two years ago. Late last week, Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani received an invitation from Saudi King Saudi King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to attend two summits in Mecca. The events is due to take place on Thursday in Jeddah. The goal of the summit is to discuss the…

Qatar has confirms that is has received an invitation letter from the king of Saudi Arabia to participate in the emergency Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit on May 30 in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. According to a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, “the message was received by HE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, during a meeting with HE Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council…

Qatar has not received any invitation to two regional summits to discuss last week’s drone strikes on Saudi oil installations and the attack of Saudi and UAE oil tankers. Saudi Arabia has accused Iran of being behind the drone strikes, but Iran has denied any involvement in the attacks. Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Affairs minister Adel al-Jubeir, said that Saudi Arabia had no intention to go to war against Iran but stood ready to defend itself. Al Jubeir also…

Qatar has asked authorities in Saudi Arabia to remove “obstacles and restrictions” for its residents wishing to perform the Hajj pilgrimage, as the two Gulf countries enter a nearly 2-year dispute. In a statement, the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affaires (Awqf) requested that pilgrims from Qatar get access to the same facilities as other pilgrims in the Gulf. Direct flights from Doha to Jeddah are still not allowed for airlines. The land border to…

Bahrain’s prime minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa has called Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani to mark the start of the holy month of Ramadan. The phone conversation, described as a rare contact between Qatar and some of its neighbouring countries, took place amid a boycott of the gas-rich nation led by a Saudi coalition. According to Bahrain News Agency, the conversation was “restricted to exchanging congratulations on the advent of…

Qatari Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said that unilateral sanctions have a negative impact on countries that depend on oil, referring to sanctions imposed by the US on Iran, according to Reuters. In Qatar, we do not believe unilateral sanctions bring positive effects for crises which must be solved through dialogue and dialogue only, said the Foreign Minister during a press conference following a meeting of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue…

The exit visa system required foreign workers to obtain permission from their employers to leave the country. In 2018, Qatar announced that it had abolished the exit visa system for a majority of workers or 95% of the entire foreign workforce. About two million foreign workers work in Qatar. Many of them are involved in projects related to the. 2022 World Cup. Other reforms have been implemented such as the introduction of a minimum wage…

Asian Cup host United Arab Emirates has been fined $150,000 by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Disciplinary and Ethics Committee for “fans’ unruly behaviour” during their AFC Asian Cup semi-final match against Qatar in Abu Dhabi in January 2019. During the game, Qatar players had to dodge shoes thrown by some spectators at Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium. The fans also made “insulting sounds” during Qatar’s national anthem in the politically charged game played amidst a 18-month…

Qatar would not be forced to share games with Bahrain, Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates unless those countries restore diplomatic and travel ties with the country. FIFA has ruled that Gulf countries would have to end the blockade of Qatar to be eligible to co-host the 2022 World Cup. According to an 81-page feasibility study, FIFA’s ruling council is in favor of supporting an expansion of the World Cup to 48 teams despite…

Qatar’s final position on the matter will be decided by its rulers, who may see political advantage in agreeing to include specific neighbouring nations. FIFA is considering plans to extend the 2022 World Cup to other Arab nations to increase the amount of teams taking part in the tournament. According to The New York Times, Qatar will still be the host nation, but in order to allow 48 teams to take part Kuwait and Oman…