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Qatar: Khalid Bin Hamad US lawsuit allegations

Sheikh Khalid Bin Hamad Al-Thani, a half-brother of Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad, has been accused of some disturbing crimes in a lawsuit filed in mid-June by six former employees in Massachusetts. The allegations include that the sheikh beat to death...

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Qatar: Boycott passes third anniversary, gas exports set to rise

Boycott anniversary: Qatar passed the third anniversary of the boycott imposed by Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE on 5 June. While there remains a significant amount of diplomatic activity to end the dispute – much of it focused around...

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‘Terrorist funding’ allegations against Qatar’s Hamad Bin Nasser

Qatar Charity chairman Hamad Bin Nasser Al-Thani was named in a lawsuit filed in the District Court for the Eastern District of New York on 10 June against Qatar Charity and two Doha-based banks, Qatar National Bank and Masraf Al-Rayan. The civil...

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Qatar boycott stumbles towards its third anniversary amid rumours and denials

Diplomatic efforts to resolve the schism within the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) appear to have stepped up ahead of the Qatar boycott’s third anniversary on 5 June. At the same time, however, a flurry of leaked recordings and unsubstantiated...

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Cost of Qatar’s US lobbying campaign

Doha spent at least $18m with 33 different lobbying firms in the United States to shore up relations with Washington in the wake of the boycott led by Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, which began in June 2017, according to a Center for...

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Qatar: Emir’s brother-in-law buys Ritz

Abdulhadi Mana Al-Hajri, a brother-in-law of Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, has been identified as the buyer of the Ritz hotel in London by The Financial Times, citing filings with the UK’s Companies House. Al-Hajri’s sister is Sheikha...

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Qatar: Revival of international diplomacy amid Gulf rift

Politics: Al-Thanis have ruled since the mid-19th century, reinforced by British recognition of their right to govern. 25 years after independence in 1971, the peninsula gained hugely in power, confidence and wealth with ‘Father Emir’ Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani’s drive to develop gas reserves. The population has boomed, from around 111,000 in 1970 to 2.2m-plus today (85%-90% expatriate), almost exclusively concentrated ...

Issue 1076 - 7 March 2019

Qatar battles its image problem – and creates a windfall for PR companies

Qatar’s substantial lobbying clout has been in evidence again, with a flow of contracts for public relations firms and reports of the ruling Al-Thani’s celebrity friends using their influence to promote Doha’s interests.Recent media reports have dragged up the old news that Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, then US secretary of state, was lobbied by former ...

Issue 998 - 30 July 2015

Risk Management Report: Qatar

POLITICS: The Al-Thani family has ruled Qatar since the mid-19th century, its power entrenched at the end of the Ottoman Empire with British recognition of its right to govern. Independence was declared in 1971. In recent decades, the tiny state has gained hugely in power, confidence and wealth; the population has boomed, from around 111,000 in 1970 to 2.2m today (around 85% expatriate). ...

Issue 996 - 2 July 2015

From the archive: “Democracy in Doha”

Qatar’s Municipal elections came and went in mid-March attracting a lot of international attention, generating some excitement within the country and laying down an important, if undramatic, landmark in the progress of political reform in the Gulf. The participation of women as voters and candidates was the critical issue.As one might expect, bearing in mind the small numbers ...

Issue 993 - 21 May 2015

Qatar looking to invest more in China

Qatar cemented its growing relationship with Beijing with a two-day visit to China by Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani on 3-4 November, during which numerous agreements were signed (see Royals). While there, Sheikh Tamim met at least four of the seven members of the Communist Party’s Politburo standing committee, the centre of power in China, including the president, ...

Issue 981 - 13 November 2014

Qatar: QNB takes African stake

Qatar National Bank (QNB) has entered sub-Saharan Africa with the acquisition of a 23.5% stake in Togo-based Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI). QNB took a 12.5% stake through the purchase of ordinary and convertible preference shares from Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (Amcon) on the Nigerian Stock Exchange. Amcon is a Nigerian state ‘bad bank’, which took over the asset following Ecobank’s ...

Issue 977 - 18 September 2014

Qatar: Stiff penalties for dodging conscription

Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani on 11 March signed into law the National Service Act, which will require Qatari males between the ages of 18 and 35 to spend three or four months training with the armed forces. Law number 5 of 2014 outlined harsh penalties for anyone seeking to avoid national service. According to The Peninsula newspaper, citizens dodging conscription will not be ...

Issue 966 - 25 March 2014

Qatar: Sheikh Saud Bin Mohammed payment ordered

It emerged in September that Qatari art dealer Sheikh Saud Bin Mohammed must pay London-based SJ Berwin £261,279 in unpaid fees for advice given when his assets were frozen following a 2012 court case. Sheikh Saud was sued in the UK High Court in November 2012 by a group of dealers who said he had dishonoured a pledge to pay $19.7m for a ...

Issue 957 - 1 November 2013

Qatar gas swap deal with Egypt collapses


Back in April, with relations between Qatar and then Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi looking strong, Qatar agreed to supply between 18 and 24 LNG cargoes to Egypt, which desperately needed gas to fulfill supply contracts and meet summer domestic demand. But disagreements over pricing saw the number of cargoes fall to 13 and, by mid to late August, reports started to surface that ...

Issue 954 - 19 September 2013

Masraf Al Rayan, Qatar’s largest Islamic lender

Islamic bank Masraf Al Rayan (MAR) was incorporated as a Qatari shareholding company on 4 January 2006, and licensed by Qatar Central Bank (QCB). It grew rapidly after its launch that October to become the largest Islamic lender and fourth largest bank by market value. It continued to grow in 2011, when it picked up business as a result of the central ...

Issue 951 - 18 July 2013

Is Qatar poised for a leadership change?

Expectations that Qatar is poised for a leadership overhaul continue to rise. For months, GSN has been hearing rumours the Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani is planning to abdicate in favour of his son, heir apparent Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani (GSN 946/1); in recent weeks, these have been augmented by suggestions of a top-to-bottom reshuffle of the cabinet, that ...

Issue 949 - 10 June 2013

Qatar: Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Hamad’s court case


Former police chief and minister of economy and industry Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Hamad is being sued by his ex-wife Meshkah Tawfik for £100m ($153m) in maintenance for their children Sultan and Sheikha. Tawfik told the Sunday Times: “I am suing him not for me but to get maintenance for the children. As members of the royal family they ...

Issue 944 - 11 April 2013

Ten years after the Iraq invasion, the GSN 2003 archive opens to general readership

To mark the tenth anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq, and to give wider public access to some of our reporting and analysis, GSN has unlocked the archive of its newsletters published in 2003 (accessible at www.gsn-online.com). The invasion was hardly a surprise; US determination to depose Saddam Hussein had been clear for months, but too little thought ...

Issue 942 - 5 March 2013

Loves me, loves me not: Ten years of the Qatar/Bahrain causeway

This week’s story on Qatar and Bahrain notes that plans for a causeway linking the two countries remain dead in the water, despite hopes they might be revived before the 2022 soccer World Cup.

Issue 933 - 11 October 2012

Critics attack ‘regressive’ Saudi press law

Amendments criticised for undoing all the gains in freedom of expression made under King Abdullah. The Kingdom has amended its Press and Publications Law of November 2000.

Issue 902 - 10 June 2011

HBJ Lebanon talks; , Sheikh Tamim Singapore meetings

Foreign minister and premier Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani travelled to Lebanon on 22 November. Heir apparent Sheikh Tamim has been in Singapore for high-level meetings.

Issue 890 - 26 November 2010

QP seeks increased role

Qatar will start supplying Dubai with liquefied natural gas in 2011, once the Qatargas 4 project is completed, Qatar Petroleum (QP) gas development manager Khalid Mohammed Al-Hitmi told GSN. Qatargas 4 is a joint venture between

Issue 888 - 29 October 2010

Qatar throws Benghazi a lifeline

Doha’s offer to buy crude from the interim council puts it at the forefront of initiatives to end the Qadhafi regime

Issue 898 - 8 April 2011

Ambitious Crescent ties up with the Russians

Sharjah-based company’s oil and gas exploration deal with Rosneft will focus on the Mena region

Issue 878 - 4 June 2010

Border issues pose potential for conflict

Public tensions have died down following reports of a skirmish between Emirati and Saudi vessels that was blamed on a dispute over the route of the Dolphin pipeline which brings Qatari gas to the UAE

Issue 875 - 23 April 2010

Gamble pays off for Qatar’s LNG masterplan

Qatar ‘bet the farm’ on LNG but, more than a decade later, its determination has paid off

Issue 870 - 29 January 2010

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A mysterious death in Romania points to rivalry for top jobs in Iran

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Overhaul of Oman’s economic structure accelerates, so does crisis

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