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Qatar’s Hamad Port posts strong performance


  DOHA: Hamad Port continues to post strong performance, despite the ongoing illegal siege imposed on Qatar. The port, the largest port in the Middle East, saw a huge 44 percent year-on-year rise in cargo movement in September this year, while 120 percent rise was seen in tonnage in the same month. The port harboured 150 vessels in September this ... Read More »

Qatar Customs seizes marijuana, captagon and guns


  DOHA: Ahmed Abdullah Al Jamal, Chairman of Qatar Customs, honoured ten inspectors who played a crucial role in confiscating and seizing 46-kg of marijuana, 200,000  tablets of captagon drug and two guns with 2500 bullets. The Customs will witness significant developments strengthening its manpower as part of its efforts to protect the security of the Qatari society and to ... Read More »

Bahrain suggests freezing Qatar’s GCC membership


  DOHA: Bahrain’s foreign minister on Monday suggested suspending Qatar’s Gulf Cooperation Council membership until it accepts the demands of its Arab adversaries in the region’s worst crisis in years. “The correct step to preserve the GCC would be to freeze Qatar’s membership until it sees reason and accepts the demands of our countries. If not, we will be fine ... Read More »

Qatar’s Sept trade surplus jumps 41.5% to QR12.48bn


DOHA: Higher exports of crude and non-crude led Qatar’s trade surplus to surge 41.5% year-on-year to QR12.48bn in September this year, according to official statistics. The trade surplus, however, saw a 1.7% decline on a monthly basis, said the figures released by the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics. In absolute terms, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, India and China were ... Read More »

Qatari businesses urged to invest in Uganda


  DOHA: Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has urged Qatari businessmen to take advantage of investment opportunities in the country. A business delegation led by Mohamed bin Ahmed bin Towar, Qatar Chamber (QC) vice chairman recently visited Uganda aimed at enhancing trade and economic relations between Qatar and Uganda and exploring investment opportunities in food security and tourism. The delegation ... Read More »

Qatar Airways joins Usaid routes partnership to combat wildlife trafficking


DOHA: Qatar Airways has joined a select group of private sector, non-government organisations and government agencies in a concerted response to combat wildlife crime across transportation networks. As a partner in the USAID Reducing Opportunities for Unlawful Transport of Endangered Species (ROUTES) Partnership, Qatar Airways has increased its commitment as a signatory to the United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce Buckingham ... Read More »

Singapore, Qatar strengthen bilateral ties


SINGAPORE: Singapore and Qatar have shown that size does not determine a country’s success, President Halimah Yacob said last night. At a state banquet she hosted for visiting Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani, Madam Halimah spoke of the long friendship between the two small states and the similarities that bind them. “The trajectories of growth and development of ... Read More »

M’sia-Qatar trade relations date back 43 years

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PUTRAJAYA: Bilateral relations between Malaysia and Qatar, especially in the trade sector has not been affected despite the Middle Eastern nation facing a crisis with other Gulf Countries, as relations between the two countries had been well established for the past 43 years, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak. He said Malaysia was known as a country which ... Read More »

Qatar, Norway puts on the brakes but oil cash splurge is hard to kick


  DOHA: Putting on the brakes is a relative term in Scandinavia’s richest economy.  The Norwegian government yesterday proposed spending 231.1bn kroner ($29bn) of its oil income and wealth to plug a deficit equal to 7.7% of gross domestic product, roughly unchanged from this year. To do this, it will withdraw 72bn kroner from its massive wealth fund, up from ... Read More »

Mexico looks to expand into Qatari market


  DOHA: Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) has announced the licensing of Dunn Lightweight Architecture LLC; a subsidiary of the Mexican company Dunn Arquitectura Ligera SA de CV, which specialises in fabric and tensile structures under its umbrella. They will take part in the construction of stadiums for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. The agreement came through ProMexico, a trust ... Read More »

Qatar to join World ATA Carnet Council in December 2017


  DOHA: The State of Qatar will officially join the World ATA Carnet Council (Watac) in “early December” this year, private sector leader Qatar Chamber has announced in a statement. This development was raised during a meeting of the International Certificate of Origin Council, which was held on the sidelines of 10th World Chambers Congress in Sydney where Qatar Chamber ... Read More »

GCC, Qatar cooking oil market advanced technologies in global industry


  DOHA: The cooking oil market in the GCC has been witnessing a major shift in investment patterns in recent years. Over the past decade, the investment in this market has doubled owing to players realizing the scope this market presents. The increasing population and a higher propensity of consumers to spend on edible oils are the primary factors driving ... Read More »

Qatar Airways Cargo adds Helsinki to pharma network


  DOHA: Doha-based Qatar Airways Cargo has added Helsinki to its expanding pharma network, effective September 18. This is the cargo carrier’s 74th pharma destination introduced within a span of three months since Dublin was added to the pharma network in June this year. Qatar Airways launched flights to the Finnish capital, Helsinki in October last year. The daily direct ... Read More »

Qatar’s furniture imports from Turkey stands at $27.2m last year


DOHA: Qatar has imported $27.2mn worth of furniture from Turkey in 2016, which accounts for 5.8% of the Gulf state’s total furniture imports, according to a senior official of the Kayseri Furniture Industrialists Association (Kaymos). Figures presented by Kaymos chairman Yakup Deveci during the Doha leg of the ‘Qatar-Kuwait Trade Delegation Visit’, which will run until October 6, showed that ... Read More »

Qatari finance finds its new normal


  DOHA: Banks in Qatar have been hit hard by its powerful neighbours’ unexpected blockade, but finance, just like other sectors of the Qatari economy, is finding ways to cope with this sudden realignment of regional alliances. Order A stylized image of a young Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has become a symbol of Qatari resistance to the blockade All ... Read More »

Qatar Airways cargo business jumps 160% since June


  DOHA: Qatar Airways has seen a 160% increase in its cargo business since June this year compared to the same period in 2016, said group chief executive Akbar al-Baker, who stressed that the “blockade has had quite the opposite impact on Qatar Airways business to the one intended.” “In early June this year, following the illegal blockade on my ... Read More »

Qatar imports rebound in August, suggesting sanctions impact fading


DUBAI: The value of Qatar’s imports rebounded sharply in August from July, government data showed on Wednesday, suggesting the economic impact of sanctions imposed by other Arab states is fading. Imports plunged by over a third after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic and transport ties with Doha on June 5. The sanctions – over ... Read More »

Commercial Bank of Qatar looks to Asian funding amid Arab boycott


DOHA: Qatar’s third-largest lender, Commercial Bank of Qatar (CBQ), is considering borrowing money on the Taiwanese bond market, its group chief executive told Reuters, as a crisis in the region makes it harder to raise funds. The plan to tap Asian markets is because Qatari banks have been locked out of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and ... Read More »

Qatar gas exports to keep economy afloat


NEW YORK: Qatar’s revenues from gas exports helped the country withstand the blockade imposed, Qatari Minister of Economy Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani said. While the country has incurred additional costs in certain areas as a result of the siege, these costs remain insignificant because of the natural and financial resources owned by the state, he said, ... Read More »

IMF: Qatar postpons new taxes on junk food, alcohol


  DOHA: The introduction of new “selective taxes” on fast food, soda, tobacco, alcohol and certain luxury items in Qatar has been pushed back several months. \According to a new report from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), these taxes will now be rolled out sometime before the middle of next year. It said: “(Qatar’s) 2018 budget is expected to continue ... Read More »