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Pearl-Qatar to celebrate Eid with family-oriented events http://doha.biz/2017/06/21/pearl-qatar-celebrate-eid-family-oriented-events/ http://doha.biz/2017/06/21/pearl-qatar-celebrate-eid-family-oriented-events/#respond Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:49:39 +0000 http://doha.biz/?p=59485 The Peninsula United Development Company (UDC), the master developer of The Pearl Qatar, has prepared a line-up of family-oriented activities for Eid Al Fitr, building on the recent success of its Ramadan initiatives to offer a unique entertainment experience for the Island’s residents and visitors. Celebrations will take place over the three days of Eid […]

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United Development Company (UDC), the master developer of The Pearl Qatar, has prepared a line-up of family-oriented activities for Eid Al Fitr, building on the recent success of its Ramadan initiatives to offer a unique entertainment experience for the Island’s residents and visitors.

Celebrations will take place over the three days of Eid from 6 pm to 10 pm.

Activities include arts & crafts stations and a kitchen workshop for children, stilt walkers, jugglers, mascots and human statues in addition to three daily theatrical plays and a photo corner with props and branded photo framing.

Henna drawing, face painting and balloon twisting in addition to distribution of popcorn, cotton candy and water are also among the highlights of the three-day event.

Through such events, Porto Arabia seeks to cement its position as an attractive tourism destination during the Eid festivities.

The activities will take place at an indoor hall at 29 La Croisette, Porto Arabia, in an ambiance of fun and joy that will bring families together in line with Islamic traditions and Qatari culture.

Each year, The Pearl-Qatar welcomes thousands of visitors, residents and tourists from across the world, and continues to host a variety of events, programs and live shows that bring joy and fun.

The Pearl-Qatar has in the past six months, witnessed the inauguration of more than 40 new outlets including cafes, restaurants, and gift shops that have set up shops in Porto Arabia, Medina Centrale and Qanat Quartier, providing new lifestyle offerings to the Island’s visitors.
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Qatar’s new Hamad container port has moved a step further toward completion with the award of around US$500 million in construction contracts, amid a transport ban by Gulf States, according to Doha News.

Qatar’s Ministry of Transport and Communications announced on social media it had selected an unnamed contractor or contractors to undertake the second phase of construction at Hamad Port.

It also announced the start of what it dubbed the Qatar-India Express Service.

Hamad Port’s capacity is 2 million TEU and it will go up to 7 million TEU on completion of all the three phases.

It’s current capacity is close to triple the current capacity of Doha Port in Qatar.

Operations of the port commenced when the first phase wrapped up in December, 2016 when it began handling roll-on-roll-off and general cargo.

Hamad Port will have the draft to accommodate large container ships that travel directly to Qatar.

This avoids the hassle of berthing and feedering in UAE, although even this operation is currently halted due to UAE banning all traffic to and from Qatar.

Qatar’s Minister for Transport and Communications, H E Jassim Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiti said in 2017: “The private sector would take 60 percent of the total value of the project. Hamad Port will be completed in three phases and will be completed by 2020.”
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Qatar Punched Above Its Weight. Now It’s Paying the Price. http://doha.biz/2017/06/19/qatar-punched-weight-now-paying-price/ http://doha.biz/2017/06/19/qatar-punched-weight-now-paying-price/#respond Mon, 19 Jun 2017 07:20:21 +0000 http://doha.biz/?p=59478 Despite shrill rhetoric and a punishing embargo, rising tensions in the Persian Gulf do not threaten to pile another war onto a conflict-ridden Middle East. The dispute between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on one side and Qatar on the other is of long standing and — hyperbolic headlines aside — remains largely […]

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Despite shrill rhetoric and a punishing embargo, rising tensions in the Persian Gulf do not threaten to pile another war onto a conflict-ridden Middle East. The dispute between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on one side and Qatar on the other is of long standing and — hyperbolic headlines aside — remains largely unchanged today.

What has changed is the opportunity the Saudis and Emiratis see, with a new friend in the White House, to remove an obstacle in their path toward tackling two more potent adversaries: Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood. Their threats and intimidation may bring an adjustment in Qatar’s behavior, but the two countries’ inherent weakness and the differences between them militate against further escalation.

Citing Qatar’s support of “terrorists” — a now commonly used label for one’s political opponents, in addition to jihadist groups — Qatar’s two partners in the Gulf Cooperation Council broke off diplomatic relations on June 5 and imposed a land and air blockade that left the small nation with only a single access route for essential supplies.

What had it done to provoke such ire?

Qatar has sought to parlay the financial muscle it derives from its enormous gas reserves into a diplomatic status otherwise undeserved by its size. The country’s foreign ministry is small, as I have discovered on my visits over the years, but surprisingly assertive. A decade ago, Qatar inserted itself as mediator into a number of conflicts, including the post-2006 rivalry between the Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas, the Yemeni government’s multiple rounds of fighting against Houthi insurgents from 2003 to 2009, and Sudan’s unending internal wars. It seemed like not a week could pass without a set of meetings taking place in one of Doha’s glittering hotels, overtly or in secret, bringing together adversaries from Palestine, Afghanistan or Lebanon, who were happy to have the opportunity for some rest and relaxation far from the battlefield, even if they made little progress in negotiating peace.
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Qatar was punching above its weight, but because it constituted no real threat to anyone, its larger, even richer and far more powerful neighbor to the west, Saudi Arabia, tolerated its upstart behavior, contenting itself with pursuing a dollar-driven foreign policy of its own that involved little diplomacy. The two have had a rocky relationship — a couple of coup attempts in Doha, occasional border skirmishes — but to Saudi Arabia, Qatar has been an irritant at most, a slightly errant G.C.C. ally, an annoying adolescent to be admonished, not flogged.

With the turmoil of the Arab Spring, everything changed. As autocrats fell like dominoes, the Saudi royal family, along with the Arab world’s other monarchies, realized they might be next. The counterrevolution was hatched in Riyadh. Its first and primary target: the elected government of President Mohamed Morsi in Egypt. Mr. Morsi was a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, a movement that proved to be the sole cohesive, organized and disciplined political force capable of replacing the crumbling Arab regimes.

The Muslim Brotherhood received strong backing from Qatar, whose pre-2011 neutral-mediator stance gave way to enthusiastic support of a movement it saw as a winner. The country hosted the leader of Hamas, the movement’s Palestinian branch, who had been ejected from Damascus. Mr. Morsi’s ouster by the Saudi-backed Egyptian military under Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in July 2013 reversed the Brotherhood’s political gains throughout the region.

The second principal beneficiary of the failed Arab uprisings, but one whose fortunes have continued to wax, is Iran. Having gained an important foothold in Iraq after Saddam Hussein’s removal in 2003, Iran further extended its reach as Syria descended into chaos after 2011, coming to President Bashar al-Assad’s rescue.
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Saudi Arabia has watched Iran’s ascendancy with growing alarm, accusing Tehran of nurturing hegemonic ambitions long bottled up by international sanctions, which were lifted after the 2015 nuclear deal. The Saudis now believe Iran is taking advantage of its new international standing and resulting access to business and investments by ramping up its military role and support in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.

The arrival of President Trump in the White House and his appointment of senior officials who, along with many in the House and Senate, despise the nuclear deal and favor continued enmity with Iran now offer the Saudis the chance to confront Iran by proxy — the proxy being the United States military.

But there stands pesky little Qatar, unwilling to move out of the way. Never mind that Qatar has never contradicted Saudi policy on Iran, and indeed has stayed on the Saudis’ side in both Syria and Yemen — directly opposite Iran. Qatar, along with other small Gulf states, has maintained cordial relations with its Iranian neighbor. (Qatar in particular values good relations with Iran because the two countries share a giant offshore gas field in the Gulf.) And even if Doha sees Riyadh as a bully that, by dint of geography, it has no choice but to put up with and, if need be, appease, it still far prefers the Saudis to Iran.

The emir of Qatar need not worry too much that the current kerfuffle will get out of hand. His Gulf allies-turned-adversaries have diverging interests in their pursuit of his absolute compliance with their diktat.

In contrast to Saudi Arabia, the U.A.E. is known much less for its anti-Iran stance than for its animus against the Muslim Brotherhood, which it sees as a domestic rival. It has jailed its members at home and fought them abroad: in Libya, in particular, but also in Yemen, where the U.A.E. has actively opposed the Brotherhood-affiliated Islah party, which is participating in the Emiratis’ and Saudis’ battle against the Houthis in support of the ousted Yemeni government. And in Tunisia, where the Emiratis are trying to break the fragile unity government that includes the moderate Islamist An-Nahda party.

In fact, the U.A.E. may be blocking Qataris from entering the Emirates under the blockade, but Iranians and their investments remain warmly welcome. Meanwhile, the Saudis are far more concerned about Iran’s growing role in the region, especially in Yemen, and unlike the U.A.E. are willing to work with Islah to defeat the Houthis and thereby push back Iran.

The Saudis and Emiratis each have their reasons for trying to press Qatar back in line, but their clashing priorities and alliances, and their inability to field their own militaries in yet another war, weaken the impact of their threats.

It is now up to the other small Gulf states like Kuwait or Oman to play a mediating role and help find a face-saving formula for both sides. The Saudis and Emiratis could lower their demands and pressure on Qatar, in exchange, for example, for Qatar toning down its public support of the Brotherhood. Incongruous as it may sound, even the Trump administration, in its confusion and contradictory responses, might be able to help diffuse the crisis.

Hopefully, this dispute will soon prove to have been little more than a tempest in a teapot. It’s just that the teapot happens to be the Gulf, an area whose very name (Arabian or Persian) is in dispute and where one false move, one miscommunication, one misread signal could set in motion unstoppable forces that would do a great deal more harm to Saudi-Emirati interests than Qatar could dream of doing on its own — should it even be so inclined.

Joost Hiltermann (@JoostHiltermann) is the Middle East and North Africa program director for International Crisis Group.

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The human cost of the ongoing blockade of Qatar by three of its Arab Gulf neighbours is mounting on a daily basis, according to Qatar’s National Human Rights Committee (NHRC).

Hundreds of Qatari citizens living in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have had their lives abruptly uprooted after those countries cut ties with Qatar on June 5, accusing Qatar of supporting “extremism”.

Qatari authorities have repeatedly denied the allegations.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt severed diplomatic and transport ties with Doha and expelled Qatari expatriates.

Many citizens affected by the ongoing rift have filed complaints with Qatar’s human rights watchdog.

“We have been receiving over 100 complaints a day,” NHRC’s Saad al-Abdulla, told Al Jazeera.

“In the first week we had 700 complaints. In the last four or five days the numbers have risen significantly.”

Most of the complainants have been forced to abandon businesses and careers built across borders.

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“We have lost many customers already,” Abu Mohammed, who has operated businesses in Dubai for the past 25 years, said.

“We had invested heavily in building a huge clientele from all parts of the world. This is going to cost me a lot of money in the end.”

Qatari students studying in universities across the border have also been affected by the blockade, with some petitioning for a refund of their tuition fees.

“I want my money back,” said one third-year student at Dubai’s Jazeera University.

“How can I return to Dubai? What assurance do I have they wont do the same thing again while I am in the middle of my studies?”
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NHRC says it has hired lawyers to take legal measures to restore the rights of aggrieved Qatari nationals.

They have also taken the matter before the UN Human Rights Council.

Migrant workers are also caught in the middle of the dispute.

“Since the blockade started, migrant workers have been cut off from their properties and it also got more complicated when they can not even transfer their salaries” said Abdulla.

“Most of the people we spoke to have expressed fears that rights enjoyed by citizens of Gulf nations during the 35 years since the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) was formed could be lost forever,” said Al Jazeera ‘s Mohammed Adow, reporting from Doha, Qatar.

“They are urging governments in the region to resolve the crisis through dialogue.”
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A ground-breaking ceremony was held on Friday, June 16, 2017 for the 800,000 square-foot Aurora Sky cannabis production facility near the Edmonton International Airport.

A ground-breaking ceremony was held on Friday, June 16, 2017 for the 800,000 square-foot Aurora Sky cannabis production facility near the Edmonton International Airport.
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A groundbreaking ceremony was held south of Edmonton Friday morning on what’s touted to be the largest cannabis production facilities of its kind in the world.

The 800,000 square-foot Aurora Sky cannabis production facility will be capable of producing more than 100,000 kilograms of cannabis every year.

Larger than 16 football fields, the facility is being built on the land at the Edmonton International Airport.

“Beyond that, it’s so technologically advanced,” said Cam Battley, with Aurora Sky. “We’re using technologies that have never been used, in some cases in cannabis production and in other cases, in agriculture.

“There will be robotics involved and we’ll be able to keep a closer watch and greater surveillance on our plants than any other agricultural facility in the world.”

The $100-million project is expected to create at least 200 to 300 jobs.

“We’re talking jobs from highly skilled technical jobs all the way down to basic labour jobs, which is great. This is what we need,” Municipal Affairs Minister Shaye Anderson said.

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Coupled with investment Aurora Cannabis is making in a Leduc County company called Hempco and Edmonton’s Radient Technologies, Battley said the employment could actually be “significantly beyond” a couple hundred jobs.

“If you add all these things up…I think what we see is the beginning of the development of an industrial cluster or a centre of excellence with respect to both medical and consumer cannabis right here in Edmonton,” Battley said.

“We’re leading the world right here from Edmonton.”

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Anderson said this type of development proves the region is an economy driver. He’s excited for what the facility means for the area and the economy.

“It’s exponentially going to grow with all kinds of other businesses, too,” Anderson said. “We’re talking millions of dollars in investment, hundreds of millions of dollars in investment in this area.

“This is kind of an anchor for what’s happening here and I think other businesses and other ventures see this and realize this is a great place to invest.”

This is what’s been done on the Aurora facility so far. What you see is about 20% of what’s to come. #yeg pic.twitter.com/j5cX2Tynsq

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Aurora Cannabis said the location near the airport will make it easier to import the supplies and equipment it needs. It will also make it easier to export pot to its customers in Canada and eventually to other countries where marijuana is legal.

Marijuana will be legal in Canada by July 1, 2018.

READ MORE: Federal legislation on legalizing marijuana unveiled

While Battley and Anderson say stigma remains around marijuana use, they both believe attitudes are changing.

“I think what you’ll find is that the social attitudes will continue to change very, very rapidly,” Battley said. “The world is watching us. So I think Canadians are starting to become proud of the fact that the world trusts Canada to get this right and that we are the world leaders. And that’s helping the stigma go away.”

READ MORE: Weed around the world: what legal marijuana looks like in other countries

Battley believes the cannabis industry is “going to be a lucrative one.”

“As long as the industry develops according to rules that people can respect, we believe that this industry could be as big as brewing or distilling.”

The company plans to have construction complete by mid-2018 but begin medical marijuana production by the end of 2017.

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WATCH ABOVE: A semi-truck driver died on scene Friday morning after the truck rolled on Highway 43 west of Edmonton.
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Police said the driver of a semi-truck died Friday morning after the truck rolled over west of Edmonton.

The single-vehicle crash happened on Highway 43 just north of Highway 16.

The truck was carrying a load of metal pipe when it rolled into the ditch.

The northbound lanes of Highway 43 were closed and traffic was rerouted for a period Friday morning.

The cause of the collision hasn’t been released.

Highway 43 and Highway 16 is about 55 kilometres west of Edmonton.

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WATCH ABOVE: Helmut Kohl who served as Chancellor of Germany for 16 years has passed away at the age of 87.
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BERLIN – Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, the architect of German reunification, died on Friday, the mass-selling newspaper Bild reported. He was 87.

Bild reported in its online edition that Kohl died in the morning in his home in Ludwigshafen, in western Germany.

“We mourn,” Kohl‘s Christian Democratic Union party (CDU) tweeted with a picture of the former chancellor.

Germany’s longest serving post-war chancellor from 1982 to 1998, Kohl was a driving force behind the introduction of the euro currency, convincing skeptical Germans to give up their cherished deutschemark.

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An imposing figure who formed a close relationship with French President Francois Mitterrand in pushing for closer European integration, Kohl had been frail and wheelchair-bound since suffering a bad fall in 2008.

At home, he is celebrated above all as the father of German reunification, which he achieved after the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall despite resistance from partners such as British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
In this March 5, 1984 file photo, West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, right, meets with Edgar Bronfman, president of the World Jewish Congress, in Washington.

In this March 5, 1984 file photo, West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, right, meets with Edgar Bronfman, president of the World Jewish Congress, in Washington.
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He won voters in communist East Germany by promising them “flourishing landscapes.”

Shortly after leaving office, Kohl‘s reputation was tarnished by a financing scandal in his center-right party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), now led by Chancellor Angela Merkel. Kohlmentored Merkel early in her career, appointing her to her first ministerial post.

Until his death, Kohl refused to identify the donors, saying he had given them his word.

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TORONTO – Ontario will receive $435 million over three years from the federal government to be invested in child care, in the first such bilateral deal Ottawa has signed with the provinces.

The federal government signed a multilateral agreement earlier this week with the provinces and territories except Quebec and British Columbia, and federal and Ontario ministers unveiled the details of Ontario’s deal on Friday.

Each year about $100 million will support access to high-quality, licensed child-care programs, about $40 million will go to child and family programming at centres across the province, and about $5 million will go to early childhood educator training, said Ontario’s minister responsible for early years and child care.

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“The majority of the federal funding will help to make licensed child care more affordable, and more affordable for low- and middle-income families in Ontario,” said Indira Naidoo-Harris.

It will give an estimated 11,200 more children access to licensed child care spaces and is on top of Ontario’s existing commitment to create 100,000 spaces over five years, she said.

The $100 million per year will include subsidies for low- and middle-income families – just who is eligible will be determined by municipalities – and capital costs for building spaces or renovating them, Naidoo-Harris said.

The federal money will also go toward 100 new early years child and family centres, which offer various programming.

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“These centres will essentially deliver high-quality early years programming to families, to kids,” said Naidoo-Harris. “There will be resource centres, they’ll be able to get information. In addition to that families will be able to drop in and take workshops, drop-in programs – they’re really wonderful support services for families.”

Ottawa’s framework will allocate a total of $1.2 billion to the provinces over the next three years.

“Child care is more than a parking lot for children,” said Jean-Yves Duclos, the federal minister of families, children and social development.

“Child care is about quality early learning for our children so they get the best possible start in life, and child care gives more parents, especially mothers, an opportunity to work, to train for their next job, or to go back to school. In fact, taking gender equality seriously means taking child care seriously.”

According to research from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, several Greater Toronto Area cities have the highest child-care fees in the country, with Toronto topping the list with a median fee of $1,649 a month for infants.

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The Olympics and McDonald’s used to go together like a hamburger and fries.

They are no longer a combo.

In a surprise move, the International Olympic Committee announced Friday it was ending its Olympic sponsorship deal with the fast-food giant three years before it was supposed to expire — severing a relationship that dated to 1976.

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No financial details were released, though as part of the IOC’s top-tier program, McDonald’s signed a contract extension in 2012 that was reportedly worth about $200 million.

Much of that will be replaced by new sponsors in new categories. The IOC has new deals with Bridgestone, Toyota and Alibaba. The Sports Business Journal reported that Intel is set to announce a deal with the IOC next week , and a person familiar with the negotiation confirmed that to The Associated Press. That person was not authorized to speak publicly because the deal has not been announced.

IOC marketing director Timo Lumme says “we understand that McDonald’s is looking to focus on different business priorities.”

McDonald’s will, however, remain a national sponsor of the 2018 Olympics with domestic marketing rights in South Korea, and will operate restaurants in the Olympic park and village.

Some of the chain’s decisions may have been hastened by an increasingly tense relationship between the parties over the last two Olympics.

McDonald’s was among the many sponsors who had supply issues at the Sochi Games. In Rio, McDonald’s got little co-operation from the IOC or local organizers and barely had a presence inside the Olympic gates. One of the few McDonald’s operating on Olympic turf was in the Athlete’s Village, and it typically had lines running out the door, up to 100 athletes deep.

Among the chain’s biggest fans: Usain Bolt, who claimed Chicken McNuggets were his main staple during his record-setting runs through the 2008 Games in Beijing.

Simon Chadwick, professor of sports enterprise at University of Salford in Manchester, England, said McDonald’s could be ending the deal for a number of reasons: geopolitical concerns, the doping problems in Olympic sports, the growing influence of companies in China and throughout Asia, who have been willing to pay more for these deals.

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“This is such a fragmented and rapidly changing environment, that for a sponsor trying to understand how best to activate a deal with the IOC, it requires a huge amount of resources and some smart strategic thinking about where to place your bets,” Chadwick said. “It’s an incredibly complex market. In many ways, that could mean this type of deal is no longer economically viable for a corporation like McDonald’s.”

The IOC’s top-tier sponsorship program gives companies exclusive worldwide marketing rights and permission to use the Olympic rings in advertising. Those sponsors contribute about 40 per cent of the IOC’s total revenues.

The IOC said there were no immediate plans to replace McDonald’s in the fast-food category and that it would review that sponsorship segment going forward. Activating an Olympic marketing plan could become easier beginning in 2020, with Tokyo, Beijing and either Paris or Los Angeles hosting the three upcoming Games.

With the end of the deal, the corresponding relationship between McDonald’s and the U.S. Olympic Committee also ends, though most of the company’s American activation focused on the Olympic rings and not a specific Team USA angle.

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