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Spanish infrastrucure firm Ferrovial has said its deal to sell 10.62 percent of Heathrow Airport Holdings Ltd, formerly BAA Ltd, to Qatar Holding for £478m ($769m) has been completed after obtaining approval from the European Union’s competition authorities. The deal, announced in August, was pending authorisation by the competition authorities but has now been given [...]

Qatargas has won, for the second consecutive year, the prestigious Qatarization Award, given during the Energy and Industry Sector’s 11th Annual Award Ceremony, for the company’s contribution towards the category of “Support for Training and Development” as a part of the Qatar National Vision 2030. A total of 40 companies competed in three categories of [...]

Continuing development of Volkswagen with the concept of super-efficient model that some time ago reportedly ready to be presented at the Qatar Motor Show, is now a German manufacturer has parted the veil of the model concept. Models of this concept is now named VW XL1 Concept and was developed from model L1 Concept that [...]

Vodafone Qatar CEO Maher Dies

Grahame Maher, the CEO of Vodafone Qatar, has died after a short illness. Maher, who was appointed to his position in May 2008, is understood to have passed away in hospital in Doha on Monday night after suffering a stroke at the end of last week. John Tombleson, chief financial officer of Vodafone Qatar, will [...]

Qatar Airways pilot dies in mid-air

The captain of a Qatar Airways flight from the Philippines to Qatar died as it was in the air on Wednesday, forcing the plane to be diverted to the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur, the carrier said. “Qatar Airways regrets to inform that the captain of Flight QR645, operating from Manila to Doha, passed away on [...]

Qatar was ranked the most peaceful country in the GCC in the fourth edition of the Global Peace Index. The emirate moved up two positions from last year’s report to 15th overall out of 149 countries. It was ranked No 1 out of 18 countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Oman was second [...]

Qtel has launched BlackBerry Storm2 smartphones in Qatar, which are available at its retail shops. Qtel said the smartphone significantly improves the BlackBerry touch-screen platform with new technology and features. Qtel said its support for this advanced smartphone is built upon its position as the leading provider of BlackBerry and mobile services in Qatar. There’s [...]

The observation deck on the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the tallest building in the world, has been closed for repairs only a month after it opened. Emaar Properties, the builder of the tower, said there had been an unexpectedly high number of visitors and problems with the power supply.

A dispute over a Qatari prince’s plan to modernize one of the grandest mansions in Paris with an elevator and an underground car park has ended after he ag­reed to rein in the project to address the concerns of conservationists. The French Culture Ministry said Prince Hamad bin Abdullah al-Thani, brother of Qatar’s emir, had [...]

Qatar property firms to merge

Barwa Real Estate, Qatar’s second-largest developer, agreed to buy Qatar Real Estate Investment Co as the slump in real estate prices in the region quickens the pace of mergers in the industry. ‘This transaction will create a company with significant scale and depth across all real estate segments and which will continue to play a [...]