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OFW remittances from the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar fall

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DUBAI: The repatriation of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) from Middle East countries – where a major portion of remittances originate – contributed to a decline in money sent to the Philippines in August this year, government data said. “The countries that contributed to the decline in August 2018 are the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Qatar,” the Bangko Sentral ... Read More »

Qatar Airways Chief Says Airline Is Now Short Of Aircraft, As Growth Resumes Despite Trade Boycott

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More aircraft orders and more international investments could be on the cards as Qatar Airways tries to put its toughest year behind it. But could further losses be on the way too? Last month, Qatar Airways revealed a $69 million loss in the 12 months to the end of March 2018. That was a radical reversal from the $770 million ... Read More »

Oil market is balanced, says Qatar energy minister

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DUBAI: The oil market is balanced in terms of supply and demand, Qatar’s Energy Minister Mohammed al-Sada said. “Geopolitical changes” are the reason for the recent rise in crude prices, the state-run Qatar News Agency quoted him as saying. “There are developments in the oil market including supply and the increase in global demand, and these considerations will be taken ... Read More »

Qatar Airways upgrades part of A350 order to biggest model

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DUBAI: Qatar Airways said on Monday it was upgrading five of its Airbus (AIR.PA) A350 jets on order to the largest model, in a boost for the European planemaker’s largest twin-engined jet. The Gulf airline was the launch customer for both A350 models and said in February it could switch some of its existing order of A350-900s to the bigger ... Read More »

Baby dies following Qatar Airways flight to India

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Qatar Airways said Wednesday that a baby had died following a flight from Doha to the Indian city of Hyderabad. “We are aware of the very sad news that a young child passed away at Hyderabad International Airport this morning,” the airline said in a statement. “Our heartfelt sympathy and thoughts are with the affected family,” it added. A spokesperson ... Read More »

Rare snakes among 355 illegal items seized by Qatar customs last year

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Bags of snakes and rare reptiles, as well as drugs including hashish (cannabis resin), heroin and marijuana, were among the 355 items reportedly seized by Qatar’s customs officials at Hamad International Airport (HIA) last year. According to the figures reported in The Peninsula, the state’s General Authority of Customs makes on average nearly one seizure a day. While drugs make ... Read More »

Qatar’s customs authority foils several bids to smuggle drugs into the country

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Qatari authorities have always had a firm grip over smuggling attempts of drugs and other illegal substances into the country. As if to underline the fact, inspectors from the General Authority of Customs (GAC) recently foiled a number of attempts to smuggle illicit drugs into the country through Hamad International Airport (HIA) and Hamad Port, according to Gulf Times. The ... Read More »

Customs thwarts smuggling of 2.8 tonnes of tobacco

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Doha: Inspectors of the General Authority of Customs have seized 2,873 kg (2.8 tonnes) of prohibited tobacco materials at Hamad Port under the direction of the Maritime Customs. The seizure was made by the customs officers through the introduction of the shipment on the X-ray machine for accurate examination. The tobacco materials were hidden inside water heaters. Director of the ... Read More »

Customs foils attempts to smuggle narcotics at HIA

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Inspectors from the General Authority of Customs (GAC) have foiled attempts to smuggle a total of 22.7kg of hashish and 5kg of marijuana at Hamad International Airport (HIA). These operations were conducted in co-operation with the department concerned at the Ministry of Interior (MoI). The hashish was found in the possession of three passengers who had arrived at HIA on ... Read More »

Doha-bound passengers arrested in Mozambique for ivory smuggling

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Two individuals planning to travel to Qatar were arrested in Mozambique over the weekend with 230 pounds of elephant tusks, officials in the African country reportedly announced yesterday. Bloomberg cited a police spokesperson as saying the suspects are Chinese nationals and that investigators are now looking into whether an ivory smuggling ring is operating through Doha. The report did not ... Read More »

Doha Bank honours employees

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DOHA: Doha Bank recognised its staff’s contributions and achievements for the month of June 2018, at the ‘Monthly Recognition Award’ ceremony. Mutasim Elsayed Ahmed and Ali Abbas were honoured with the ‘Most Committed Staff’ awards at the ceremony, for their exceptional hard work and dedication. Raja Zulfiqar and Hasanali Panjwani won the ‘Staff with Best Idea’ award, while Donna Mayekar ... Read More »

Emirates airline launches biggest ever sale on fares

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Emirates airline has launched one of its biggest sales yet, with reduced fares to over 70 destinations worldwide. The Dubai carrier said the sale, which lasts until August 20, applies to bookings for travel between September 1 2018 and March 31 2019. The discounts apply to destinations in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and the Far East. Passengers booking flights ... Read More »

Customs busts smuggling of 4 tonnes of tobacco, 46 kg marijuana

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Inspectors of the General Authority of Customs (GAC) have seized 46 kilograms of marijuana and four tonnes of banned tobacco through eleven inspections at the Customs Departments at the Hamad International Airport (HIA) and Hamad Port. Chairman of General Authority of Customs Ahmed bin Abdullah al Gammal honoured 10 employees from the customs administrations for their efforts in the seizures, ... Read More »

Customs officials foil attempts to smuggle 17kg of drugs into Qatar

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Airport customs officials have thwarted attempts by three men to smuggle some 17kg (37lb) of drugs, mostly marijuana, into Qatar, authorities announced. The busts of three men, all hailing from Asian countries, are the latest in a long line of drug smuggling attempts that the country has foiled this year as it struggles against becoming an increasingly popular transit point ... Read More »

Qatar: Man Arrested For Smuggling Bacon In His Anal Cavity

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Doha, Qatar | Customs officers at the Hamad International Airport, in the Qatari capital, have arrested a Yemeni man attempting to smuggle more than 12 kilograms (27 lbs) of sliced bacon hidden in his anal cavity. 53-year old Abd al Rahman Shamoun was spotted by a specially trained police dog, looking for drugs or pork meat on passengers and in ... Read More »

Qatar: Man arrested for smuggling bacon in his anal cavity

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Doha, Qatar | Customs officers at the Hamad International Airport, in the Qatari capital, have arrested a Yemeni man attempting to smuggle more than 12 kilograms (27 lbs) of sliced bacon hidden in his anal cavity. 53-year old Abd al Rahman Shamoun was spotted by a specially trained police dog, looking for drugs or pork meat on passengers and in ... Read More »

Report: Doha-bound passengers arrested in Mozambique for ivory smuggling

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Two individuals planning to travel to Qatar were arrested in Mozambique over the weekend with 230 pounds of elephant tusks, officials in the African country reportedly announced yesterday. Bloomberg cited a police spokesperson as saying the suspects are Chinese nationals and that investigators are now looking into whether an ivory smuggling ring is operating through Doha. The report did not ... Read More »

Conference to help Qatar companies with business continuity, resilience steps

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Companies in Qatar stand to gain from a one-day conference slated later in the year that would focus on integrating capacity building in the country’s business continuity and resilience (BC&R) sector, it was announced yesterday. The ‘2nd Business Continuity & Resilience Conference’ will kick-off on November 19 in Doha, Qatar Business Continuity Forum chairman and conference president Abdullatif Ali al-Yafei ... Read More »

Qatar, Jordan to Restore Full Diplomatic Relations

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The news comes shortly after the deputy Prime Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, visited Amman and offered economic support, as well as ten thousand job opportunities in Doha for young Jordanians. Qatar on Wednesday announced that it would provide 10,000 jobs for Jordanians in the Gulf state, in addition to a package of investments in infrastructure projects in the crisis-hit ... Read More »

NATO rejects Qatar membership ambition

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NATO on declined an overture by Qatar to join the Western military defence alliance, saying membership was reserved to the United States and Europe. It was responding to a comment by Qatar’s defence minister on Tuesday that his country’s long-term strategic “ambition” was to join NATO. “According to Article 10 of the Washington Treaty, only European countries can become members ... Read More »