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Doha bid to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games has received complete support from the leaders of Bahrain, Kuwait, UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. This was confirmed during the 32nd session of the Supreme Council for GCC. During a communiqué issued following the 32nd session of the GCC Supreme Council, the leaders of […]

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 […]

Gulf banks are expected to ease a tight lending noose they formed in late 2008 and through 2009 as they appear to be treading into a better year in terms of economic growth and domestic demand, according to analysts.

Qatar and India sign trade agreements

Qatar and India signed a slew of bilateral trade agreements at the second meeting of Qatari-Indian Ministerial Committee held here yesterday. The Minister of State for International Cooperation and Acting Minister of Business and Trade, H E Dr Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah led the discussions on behalf of Qatar. The Indian delegation was led […]

Qatar on Thursday expressed a regret to some Iranian officials’ “infringement” against Bahrain’s sovereignty and independence, reported the Qatar News Agency. “Such negative statements constitute an infringement on the sovereignty” of a member state of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), an official source at the Qatari Foreign Ministry was quoted as saying. A number of […]

The recently-released 2008 Article IV review of Qatar by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is full of praise for the country’s economic management. The IMF is positive on the outlook for Qatar’s economy in 2009 on the back of successes achieved in the gas industry. Qatar boasts of an oil production capacity of nearly 800,000 […]

The Sidra Medical and Research Centre, under the Qatar Foundation, is the biggest healthcare project in the Gulf region, according to a research published recently. Countries in the region are spending almost $14bn in the healthcare sector according to the Proleads, which maintains the most comprehensive database of the projects in the region. The spending […]