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Political climate makes World Cup in Qatar ‘more necessary than ever’

Political climate makes World Cup in Qatar ‘more necessary than ever’

Alluding to the rise of extremist group ISIS and growing anti-Islamic sentiment in some parts of the world, the head of Qatar’s 2022 World Cup organizing committee has said it is “now more necessary than ever” to hold the tournament in the Middle East. The Supreme Committee of Delivery and Legacy’s (SCDL) Secretary General Hassan Al [...]

Qatar nurseries cancel holiday events in response to ministry memo

Qatar nurseries cancel holiday events in response to ministry memo

With reporting from Heba Fahmy Several nurseries in Qatar have canceled children’s festive concerts at the last minute this week following a directive from Qatar authorities reminding them not to hold “non-Islamic rituals.” The Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (MOLSA), which licenses and regulates nursery schools in Qatar, sent a [...]

Runway overruns ‘happen quite often’: Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker

Runway overruns ‘happen quite often’: Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker

Akbar Al Baker, the chief executive of Qatar Airways, which is doubling its flights to and from Australia next year, has claimed runway overrun incidents like one that damaged one of his airline's Boeing 777s upon take-off from Miami in September "happen quite often". A preliminary report into the Miami incident by the Qatar Civil Aviation [...]

Qatar and Xavi find new ‘Clasico’

Qatar and Xavi find new ‘Clasico’

Xavi Hernandez played in 42 "El Clasicos" during his legendary career with Barcelona and on Thursday thousands of miles away from the Camp Nou, he took part in his "43rd". The former world player of the year's new team, Al-Sadd, took on Al-Rayyan in Doha in a league fixture which Qatar has re-branded the "Classico", as the World Cup 2022 hosts [...]

Opinion: What Qatar should do with all of its rainwater

Opinion: What Qatar should do with all of its rainwater

Wednesday’s rainstorm brought several areas of Qatar to a standstill, flooding some streets and rendering many roads impassable. As life returns to normal, three public policy experts at the Social and Economic Survey Research Institute (SESRI) at Qatar University suggest that the country stop treating rain as an enemy and instead make use of [...]

Global challenges highlighted at interactive Energy World Qatar (photos)

Global challenges highlighted at interactive Energy World Qatar (photos)

A Qatar exhibition that aims to get kids interested in science, technology, engineering and math is entering its final days at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC) in West Bay. Energy World, which is being supported by Shell, Qatar Petroleum and the Qatar Tourism Authority, is a maze-like exhibit that highlights the challenges we [...]

Qatar donations could be ‘difference between life & death’ for refugees

Qatar donations could be ‘difference between life & death’ for refugees

As the number of refugees in the region swells to record figures and cold weather begins to set in at camps across the Middle East, several Qatar charities have launched fundraising campaigns to help less-fortunate individuals endure the winter. In a recent statement, Qatar Charity CEO Yusuf Bin Ahmed Al Kuwari said the contributions of Qatar [...]

Qatar and Ukraine come to deliver Pechora-2D to ISIS

Qatar and Ukraine come to deliver Pechora-2D to ISIS

The fact that the ISIS infrastructure in Syria and Iraq is absolutely vulnerable to the airstrikes of the international coalition is undoubtful. During the last week only the Russian Air Force and Navy hit around 826 ISIS targets (training camps, munition and explosives plants, depots, oil refinery and transport objects) causing critical damage to [...]

Appeal against acquittal in deadly Qatar nursery case

Appeal against acquittal in deadly Qatar nursery case

Last month, the Court of Appeal overturned convictions of involuntary manslaughter over the 2012 fire in a shopping mall nursery in Doha. Among those acquitted was Sheikh Ali bin Jassim al-Thani, Qatar's ambassador to Belgium, who co-owned the nursery. A 2013 investigation had found that a series of safety laws had been broken. The fire [...]

Qatar slavery museum aims to address modern exploitation

Qatar slavery museum aims to address modern exploitation

Amid thatched ceilings and arched doorways in a traditional Qatari house in Doha, a projector beams a quote by Abraham Lincoln onto a wall: "If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong." The Bin Jelmood house in Doha is the first museum to focus on slavery in the Arab world, and it opens as the gas-rich Gulf monarchy faces accusations by rights [...]

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