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How Qatar spends its billions

When it was announced that Qatar would host the 2022 World Cup, many in the international community were taken aback. To them, Qatar and its capital Doha still represented an economically backward desert area incapable of keeping up with booming growth centers like Rio de Janeiro or Shanghai.

Qatar seeks $5BN investment in Chinese markets

Energy and Industry Minister Mohammed Bin Saleh al-Sada said Qatar plans to draw on some of its income earned from selling about 5 million tons of liquefied gas to Beijing annually, and invest it in the Chinese markets via securities and initial public offerings.

Qatar fire kills 19 foreigners, including 13 children

A fire in a shopping mall in Qatar killed 19 foreigners, including 13 children.

World Cup 2022: Qatar considers not serving alcohol

Qatar is debating whether or not it will serve alcohol at the 2022 World Cup, said a senior official in charge of the football championship.

Qatar wealth fund becomes major shareholder in French oil company

Qatar's sovereign wealth fund recently accumulated a 2 per cent stake in France's major oil company Total SA.

Has France become a charity case?

Paris — The Persian Gulf state’s generosity irks some. “It’s an attack on state sovereignty,” says a local official.

Six cities, including Baku, bid to host 2020 Olympics

The United States, South Africa and Dubai had also considered bidding for the 2020 Olympics. 

Qatar pulls out of Syria after attacks over Al Jazeera coverage

Qatar has withdrawn its ambassador from Syria after its embassy was attacked by pro-Assad mobs protesting Al Jazeera’s coverage of the uprising
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Relations between Syria and Qatar have soured so much that Qatar's Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani has closed his embassy in Damascus (LOUAI BESHARA/Staff/AFP/Getty Images)

Beloved of all Syrians when covering Israeli aggression against Arabs, such as the famous live broadcasts of the onslaught on Gaza , Al Jazeera and its financial backer the Emir of Qatar have run afoul of regime supporters in Damascus.

Infuriated by what they see as Al Jazeera’s exaggerated coverage of the regime’s crackdown on protestors, pro-Assad mobs have twice attacked the Qatari embassy in Damascus in the past week, hurling tomatoes and rocks, just as they did at the US and French embassies a few days earlier.

Qatar and Syria had long enjoyed cordial relations, but recently Al Jazeera, the Doha-based satellite news channel with both Arabic and English versions, has come under strong criticism by the Syrian regime for its coverage of the popular revolt against President Bashar al-Assad's dictatorship.

Qatar’s emir, a Sunni Muslim, is believed to have turned decisively against the Assad regime in part when the majority Sunni Muslim protestors in Syria continued to be killed by Assad's security forces, which mainly, like the president, belong to the minority Allawite sect, an offshoot of Shia Islam.


World Cup 2022: Can Qatar handle a drunken invasion?

DOHA — Last December, Qatar triumphed over heavily favored contenders Great Britain and the United States when it landed the 2022 World Cup, but now the real challenge begins.

Qatar begins preparing for World Cup 2020

Preparations for World Cup 2020 will likely include a change in mentality.
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