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October 19, 2017

Meeting planners for international associations met with local industry representatives in a session hosted by Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) to introduce event planners to potential hosts.
The planners represented international associations looking to host their upcoming congresses and conventions to be held from 2019 to 2024. The associations include the Global Association of International Sports Federations,"...


CentCom Still Planning Joint Exercises in Mideast Despite Qatar Dispute
October 19, 2017
U.S. Central Command plans to continue training with Middle Eastern partners despite recently backing out of an exercise. The command this month passed up participating in Exercise Iron Falcon at the Air Force’s Central Command Air Warfare Center because of the ongoing diplomatic crisis targeting Qatar, said Maj. Earl Brown, CentCom spokesman. The three-week-long multilateral training event was the first such exercise to get the boot from the command’s calendar due to political uncertainties in the region. “Leadership here decided to make it consistent,” Brown told on Wednesday. “If one country is not invited to participate, we’re going to pull out, out of respect......
Qatar's leader urges end to trade embargo, calls for talks
October 19, 2017

Qatar's emir urged neighboring states to lift an 'unfair' 4-month-old trade embargo and said Wednesday that he's ready to open talks to end the diplomatic crisis.

Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, who arrived in Indonesia late Tuesday from a state visit in neighboring Malaysia, said at a joint news conference with"...

Saudi Arabia seeking ‘regime change’ in Qatar: Foreign minister
October 19, 2017

The Qatari foreign minister says Riyadh has been pursuing “regime change” in Doha, stressing that a siege laid by Saudi Arabia and its allies on the Persian Gulf nation is meant to “bully” the nation.

In an interview with the American CNBC network on Monday, Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani accused Saudi officials"...

October 19, 2017

Stock exchanges represent a mirror of the economy, in that it accurately reflects the state of businesses and the environment they operate in. In the case of Gulf markets, the time is not in favour of Qatar.

Cosmetics may hide many facial imperfections but cannot remove them. Similarly, dollars generated from gas may hide a lot of the economic difficulties in Qatar but cannot resolve them. Some may say that we are exaggerating the complexity of economic"...

October 19, 2017

The US Department of the Treasury on Wednesday announced that treasury bills owned by Qatar declined by 57.1% month-on-month.

The value of Qatari-owned US treasuries reached $203 million in August as compared to $473 million in July, all of them are long-term treasuries, according to Department of the Treasury statement.

This decline does not conform with the declared approach"...