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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…

“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…

Four Qataris were “forcibly disappeared” in Saudi Arabia in separate cases extending back to May 2017 A human rights group has demanded that Saudi Arabia reveal the whereabouts of four missing Qatari citizens. According to Al Jazeera, the four Qataris were “forcibly disappeared” in the neighbouring kingdom in separate cases extending back to May 2017. Among the four citizens in question, Talal Nawaf al-Rashid and Mohsen Saleh al-Korbi were taken. The men entered Saudi Arabia…

The Saudi-led siege has forced Qatar to focus its efforts on self sufficiency and has boosted the state’s food production. The air, sea and land blockade imposed on Qatar by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt in June, 2017 has done little to dampen the mood. Since then Qatar has pumped billions into creating a self-sufficient economy, one that is less reliant on its neighbours. The country has restructured its import routes and agricultural sector. New…

The new financial hub will attract multi-national companies to Qatar which is likely to develop Doha into the finance capital of the GCC. Qatar has allocated US$2 billion to building a new financial centre to rival Dubai’s financial district. According to Bloomberg, the move is set to attract multi-national companies to Qatar which is likely to develop Doha into the finance capital of the region. Free offices and tax incentives Yousuf Al Jaida, chief executive…

As US is pushing for an anti-Iran alliance, Qatar says that before the security operation can be considered a credible move the Saudi-led siege must come to an end. The United States of America is hoping to include Qatar in an anti-Iran alliance which could also involve other Gulf States, Egypt, Jordan and Israel. According to Al Jazeera, Qatar has said that before the security operation can be considered a credible move, the Saudi-led siege…

One of the main findings of the Country Reports on Terrorism was that the Saudi-led siege had a negative impact on regional counterterrorism co-operation. Qatar has welcomed the United States’ appreciation for its contributions to the global fight against terror in a revealing new intelligence report. In the 2017 “Country Reports on Terrorism” prepared by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism, the significant cooperation between Qatar and the United…

As the Gulf diplomatic crisis enters 11th month, the US president welcomes the Emir of Qatar to the White House and praises the ties between US and Qatar. Addressing to the Press, Trump said on Tuesday that the US and Qatar “have been great friends in so many ways”. “We are working on unity in that part of the Middle East and I think it’s working out very well; there are lot of good things…