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#UAE eases #Qatar shipping ban amid continuing dispute | Reuters

UAE eases Qatar shipping ban amid continuing dispute | Reuters:The United Arab Emirates has eased a ban on the shipping of goods between it and Qatar enforced under a political and economic boycott of Doha, according to port circulars and an industry source.The UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain severed diplomatic, trade and transport ties with Qatar in June 2017 over allegations it supports terrorism, a charge Doha denies.An Abu Dhabi Ports circular dated Feb. 12 canceled previous directives ...
Tags: Travel, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Doha, Uae, Reuters, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, UAE Saudi Arabia Egypt


January 2019: Travel Summary and Statistics

This month, I felt particularly on-brand, as I found myself sitting at London Heathrow debating whether to get on my flight or go to the emergency room. With an opening like that, you’re probably expecting me to confess that this month was disastrous, but the opposite is, in fact, true. January has been another wonderful month and I ended it in one of my favourite places in the world. So, let’s start from the beginning. Flying over a very snowy Europe on my way to a much warmer Asia I welcomed...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Europe, Japan, Greece, Southeast Asia, India, Qatar, Rome, Dave, Thailand, Tokyo, Bristol, Bangkok, Doha, Caribbean


#Qatar's Financial Hub to Add Sports, Media to Compete With Dubai - Bloomberg

Qatar's Financial Hub to Add Sports, Media to Compete With Dubai - Bloomberg:Qatar Financial Centre wants to attract companies other than just banks and asset managers to position itself as a multi-faceted business hub with better access than the country’s rival Dubai to markets including Turkey, Pakistan and Kuwait.The new strategy is focused on building out four "clusters" for activities ranging from sports to media, Yousuf Al-Jaida, chief executive officer of the Qatar Financial Centre Author...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, Iran, Egypt, Dubai, Oman, Kuwait, Doha, Gulf, United Arab Emirates Bahrain, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Yousuf al Jaida, Qatar Financial Centre Authority, Iran Qatar


Bankers Are Sick of Choosing Sides Between #Qatar and #SaudiArabia - Bloomberg

Bankers Are Sick of Choosing Sides Between Qatar and Saudi Arabia - Bloomberg:When Saudi Arabia cut ties with Qatar in mid-2017, many international bankers chose to chase a potential fee windfall in Riyadh over doing deals with its rich but isolated neighbor.They’re not willing to pick sides anymore.Executives from HSBC Holdings Plc, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and other global banks are intensifying efforts to repair ties with Qatar’s finance ministry and sovereign wealth fund, according to interv...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bloomberg, Doha, Riyadh, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Saudi Arabia Bloomberg, HSBC Holdings Plc Goldman Sachs Group Inc


#Qatar's real estate market faces reality check ahead of World Cup | Reuters

Qatar's real estate market faces reality check ahead of World Cup | Reuters:Qatar’s Doha Tower, a spike-tipped cylinder that glows orange at night, won an award when finished in 2012 amid a Gulf-wide real estate boom, but today about half of its 46 floors are empty. The office tower, now a familiar part of the capital’s high-rise skyline, has run foul of what real estate brokers, bankers and analysts say is an oversupplied Qatar property market ahead of the 2022 World Cup that mirrors a real est...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Egypt, Doha, Gulf, Reuters, Gulf Arab, United Arab Emirates Bahrain, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Doha Tower


NBA, U.S. Tennis, Sky, urge U.S. action on alleged #Saudi TV piracy | Reuters

NBA, U.S. Tennis, Sky, urge U.S. action on alleged Saudi TV piracy | Reuters:A group of sports bodies and broadcasters including the U.S. National Basketball Association, U.S. Tennis Association and Sky has called for the United States to add Saudi Arabia to its “priority watch list” over alleged TV piracy, filings show.The filings, made this week with the office of the United States Trade Representative, come as a growing number of global sports and television bodies look to shut down beoutQ, a...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United States, Sky, Doha, Gulf, Reuters, Rupert Neil Bumfrey


Deutsche Bank Seeks to Rebuild in Mideast After Cost Cutting - Bloomberg

Deutsche Bank Seeks to Rebuild in Mideast After Cost Cutting - Bloomberg:Deutsche Bank AG aims to rebuild in the Middle East after years of cost cutting and has hired executives to help win debt and advisory deals.“We have pivoted from a pure cost-control focus in 2018 to a controlled, disciplined growth phase in 2019,” Jamal Al Kishi, chief executive officer of the Middle East and Africa for the Frankfurt-based lender, said in an interview. “This year will be a better one in terms of both reven...
Tags: Travel, Africa, Bloomberg, Frankfurt, Pakistan, Middle East, Deutsche Bank, Doha, North Africa, Mideast, United Arab Emirates Oman, Deutsche Bank AG, Standard Chartered Plc, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, QInvest LLC, Jamal Al Kishi


Qatari stake in Rosneft paves way for global energy deals: Doha envoy | Reuters

Qatari stake in Rosneft paves way for global energy deals: Doha envoy | Reuters:The Qatari sovereign wealth fund’s acquisition of a stake in Russia’s Rosneft sets the stage for collaboration between the Russian oil major and Qatar Petroleum, Doha’s ambassador to Moscow said in an interview with Reuters.The Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) became a shareholder in Rosneft following the Russian state-controlled oil giant’s privatization in late 2016, and now holds a 19 percent stake.Though Qatar is...
Tags: Travel, Russia, Qatar, Moscow, Doha, Rosneft, Reuters, Qatar Investment Authority QIA, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Qatar Petroleum, Qatar Petroleum Doha


France agrees strategic pact with #Qatar - The Peninsula Qatar

France agrees strategic pact with Qatar - The Peninsula Qatar:Qatar and France signed a deal Monday to cooperate on security and economic matters.Qatar Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs HE Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani met with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian in Doha to sign the "strategic dialogue" agreement.The deal marked a "new phase" for the two countries, Al-Thani said during a press conference. [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bumfrey)]
Tags: Travel, France, Qatar, Doha, Jean Yves Le Drian, Al Thani, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Qatar The Peninsula Qatar, Mohamed bin Abdulrahman al Thani


#Qatar-French dialogue to address broad regional issues: ministers | Reuters

Qatar-French dialogue to address broad regional issues: ministers | Reuters:Qatar and France have agreed to launch a strategic dialogue initiative to address a broad range of regional issues, their foreign ministers said on Monday.The dialogue will address the wars in Libya and Syria, regional tension with Iran, and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, they told a news conference in Doha.It will also address Qatar’s dispute with other Arab countries. [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bum...
Tags: Travel, France, Qatar, Iran, Syria, Libya, Doha, Reuters, Rupert Neil Bumfrey


#Qatar revamps investment strategy after Kushner building bailout | Reuters

Qatar revamps investment strategy after Kushner building bailout | Reuters:When news emerged that Qatar may have unwittingly helped bail out a New York skyscraper owned by the family of Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law, eyebrows were raised in Doha.Kushner, a senior White House adviser, was a close ally of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman - a key architect of a regional boycott against Qatar, which Riyadh accuses of sponsoring terrorism. Doha denies the charge.Brookfield, a global ...
Tags: Travel, New York, White House, Qatar, Manhattan, Brookfield, Fifth Avenue, Doha, Reuters, Riyadh, Mohammed bin Salman, Kushner, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Kushner Companies, Jared Kushner Donald Trump, Doha Kushner


Top three destinations for Sport in 2019

2019 is looking set to be a memorable year in sport with a number of fantastic competitions taking place. This could mean travelling over for both a holiday and to watch the live sporting action. Here we cover the top three destinations in 2019 and the sport you do not want to miss. JAPAN – Rugby World Cup The ninth edition of the Rugby World Cup is taking place in Japan, starting at the end of November. This will be the first time it has been held in Asia, so you can expect for them to put on a...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Japan, England, Wales, Australia, Qatar, Sport, New Zealand, Athletics, Doha, Travel Blog, Souq Waqif, Qatar Doha, World Japan, Khalifa International


Book an AAdvantage Award on Qatar Airways, Add Incredible First Class Lounge Access for $69

Several weeks ago I wrote that Qatar Airways will sell access to their incredible Al Safwa first class lounge in Doha for just $69. It turns out this is being offered to passengers on awards, too. Continue reading Book an AAdvantage Award on Qatar Airways, Add Incredible First Class Lounge Access for $69...
Tags: Travel, Advice, Doha, Qatar Airways, Al Safwa


Underrated Doha The lesser acknowledged middle eastern sojourn

I visited Doha a year back many of my family and friends were skeptical about the travel because of the mindset we share about the country as being too conservative or unsafe. I did read up everything possible online before making the trip and considered
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The best places to travel in March

March, for many, is the best month of the year. It’s the month when the perpetual freeze of winter moves away, slowly making room for sunshine, flowers, and all that happy stuff you dream about when snow’s literally blocking your front door. It’s also the month that brings us spring break, spring training, and festivals with burning statues, throwing paint, and Aussies jumping in a river. And then there’s that holiday on the 17th where everybody is suddenly Irish and nobody goes back to work ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Florida, Australia, California, Washington, Virginia, India, Angels, America, Qatar, Nepal, Idaho, Arizona, Cambodia, Royals


#UAE accuses #Qatar of banning its products, files WTO complaint | Reuters

UAE accuses Qatar of banning its products, files WTO complaint | Reuters:The United Arab Emirates has filed a complaint against Qatar at the World Trade Organization saying Doha has imposed a ban on Emirati products, UAE state news agency WAM said on Tuesday.The UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Egypt have imposed a diplomatic, trade and transport boycott of Qatar since June 2017 over allegations Doha supports terrorism, a charge Qatar denies.Qatar filed in July 2017 a wide-ranging legal complaint...
Tags: Travel, Wam, Qatar, Egypt, World Trade Organization, United Arab Emirates, WTO, Bahrain, Doha, Uae, Reuters, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, UAE Saudi Arabia, UAE Saudi Arabia Bahrain


#Qatar seeks to muscle its way back on to diplomatic stage | Financial Times

Qatar seeks to muscle its way back on to diplomatic stage | Financial Times:Qatar is seeking to reassert itself on the regional stage by wielding its financial clout and launching a flurry of diplomatic activity 18 months after it was rocked by a Saudi-led blockade intended to isolate the gas-rich state.Exuding renewed confidence underpinned by petrodollars, Doha has this month welcomed two foreign leaders desperate for financial support, offered $500m to embattled Lebanon, and hosted talks betw...
Tags: Travel, US, Qatar, Taliban, Lebanon, Doha, Financial Times, Gulf, Chatham House, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Neil Quilliam


#Qatar energy minister says plans to order 60 new LNG carriers: South Korea | Reuters

Qatar energy minister says plans to order 60 new LNG carriers: South Korea | Reuters:South Korea’s presidential office said on Monday that Qatar’s energy minister outlined plans during a bilateral summit for Doha to order 60 new liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers.The energy minister, Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, who also serves as deputy chairman of Qatar Petroleum, said he expects cooperation with experienced Korean shipbuilders on constructing the LNG carriers, according to a statement issued by S...
Tags: Travel, South Korea, Qatar, Korea, Doha, Reuters, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Qatar Petroleum, Saad Sherida Al Kaabi, Daewoo Shipbuilding Marine Engineering Co


Newcomers pile into race for #Qatar LNG | Reuters

Newcomers pile into race for Qatar LNG | Reuters:Qatar is preparing to issue a tender for energy firms seeking a stake in its gas expansion project, drawing interest from long-standing partners as well as newcomers Chevron, Norway’s Equinor and Italy’s Eni, industry sources said.Plans to expand Qatar’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities, already the world’s largest, by more than a third in the next five years are considered one of the most lucrative investments in the rapidly growing global ...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Egypt, Italy, Doha, Gulf, Reuters, Eni, United Arab Emirates Bahrain, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Iran Qatar, Chevron Norway


Booming #Qatar- #Turkey trade to hit $2 billion for 2018 as Gulf rift drags on | Reuters

Booming Qatar-Turkey trade to hit $2 billion for 2018 as Gulf rift drags on | Reuters:Trade between Qatar and Turkey is expected to have hit $2 billion in 2018, a Turkish official said, up 54 percent from the previous last year and underscoring Ankara’s solidified role as a top ally to Qatar amid a political rift in the Gulf region.Ankara has emerged as one of Qatar’s top partners since a Saudi Arabia-led bloc launched a trade and diplomatic boycott of the tiny Gulf state in 2017, sending additi...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, Egypt, Doha, Gulf, Ankara, Reuters, Qatar Turkey, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Saudi Arabia United Arab Emirates Bahrain


#Qatar banks’ domestic credit offtake rises about 4% to QR861.15bn in Nov ’18

Qatar banks’ domestic credit offtake rises about 4% to QR861.15bn in Nov ’18:A robust expansion in loans — especially to services, real estate and general trade — helped Doha’s commercial banks’ domestic credit offtake report about 4% year-on-year growth to QR861.15bn in November 2018, according to the Qatar Central Bank.Of the QR861.15bn, the private sector received as much as QR531.9bn with bulk of them going towards real estate and consumption, and the remaining QR329.26bn to the public secto...
Tags: Travel, Qatar, Doha, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Qatar Central Bank


GCC Equities Review: #Qatar the star but can momentum be sustained? | ZAWYA MENA Edition

GCC Equities Review: Qatar the star but can momentum be sustained? | ZAWYA MENA Edition:There were several factors behind Qatar's outperformance of other regional markets last year, but the huge inflow of capital from foreign buyers - around $2.3 billion, according to Dubai's Al Mal Capital, more than twice the amount that flowed into Saudi Arabia - clearly played a key role.Some of these inflows were the result of technical factors, Akber Khan, senior director of asset management at Doha-based ...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Khan, Doha, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Bahrain Egypt Saudi Arabia, Zawya, Al Mal Capital, Al Rayan Investment, Akber Khan, GCC Equities Review


#Qatar Airways CEO: not interested in Jet Airways as backed by 'enemy' state | Reuters

Qatar Airways CEO: not interested in Jet Airways as backed by 'enemy' state | Reuters:Qatar Airways will not buy a stake in Jet Airways (JET.NS) as a substantial portion of the debt-laden Indian carrier is held by Etihad Airways, whose owner Abu Dhabi is an “enemy” of Qatar, its CEO Akbar al-Baker said on Tuesday.Abu Dhabi is part of the United Arab Emirates that cut ties with Qatar in 2017 over accusations of supporting terrorism. Doha denies the charges. The UAE, together with Saudi Arabia, Eg...
Tags: Travel, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, Mumbai, Bahrain, Etihad, Doha, Uae, Jet Airways, Reuters, Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, Saudi Arabia Egypt, Akbar Al Baker, Rupert Neil Bumfrey


U.S. wants #Qatar to challenge Russian gas in Europe -U.S. official | Reuters

U.S. wants Qatar to challenge Russian gas in Europe -U.S. official | Reuters:The United States wants Qatar, the world’s top liquefied natural gas supplier, to challenge Russia’s gas dominance in Europe, a U.S. administration official said on Monday.Deputy U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette told Reuters that the United States is talking with Doha about supplying Europe with LNG as it wants Germany and other countries to import Qatari and U.S. gas rather than from Russia, which now accounts for...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Germany, Russia, Qatar, United States, Baltic Sea, Doha, Reuters, U S Energy, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Nord Stream, Dan Brouillette


#Qatar Used to Sell a Case of Beer for $105. Now It's a Cool $92 - Bloomberg

Qatar Used to Sell a Case of Beer for $105. Now It's a Cool $92 - Bloomberg:Qatar relented -- ever so little -- after slapping a “sin tax” on alcohol over New Year’s that raised the price of a 24-pack of Heineken from $53 to a whopping $105.After making global headlines and prompting an outcry on social media, the country’s sole liquor store pared its prices on Sunday. Residents in Qatar can now get their brews for just about $92 a case.Like most other countries in the oil-rich Persian Gulf, Qat...
Tags: Travel, Qatar, Bloomberg, Heineken, Doha, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Persian Gulf Qatar


Secretary of State Pompeo urges Gulf states to heal rift | Reuters

Secretary of State Pompeo urges Gulf states to heal rift | Reuters:U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that a rift between Qatar and its Gulf Arab neighbors had gone on for too long and was threatening regional unity needed to counter Iran.Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and non-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member Egypt cut diplomatic, transport and trade ties with Qatar in June 2017, accusing it of supporting terrorism and their regional foe Shi’ite Muslim Iran ...
Tags: Travel, Qatar, Iran, United States, Egypt, Doha, Gulf, Reuters, State, Iran Saudi Arabia, Gulf Cooperation Council GCC, Gulf Arab, United Arab Emirates Bahrain, Pompeo, Mike Pompeo, Rupert Neil Bumfrey


Asian Football Confederation to raise lawsuit in #SaudiArabia over piracy | Reuters

Asian Football Confederation to raise lawsuit in Saudi Arabia over piracy | Reuters:The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) said on Wednesday it was taking legal action in Saudi Arabia against television channel beoutQ for illegally broadcasting its Asian Cup, the region’s biggest football tournament.BeoutQ has been accused by soccer’s governing body FIFA, tennis governing bodies and other sports bodies of illegally airing content whose exclusive Middle East television rights belong to Qatar-base...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Fifa, Doha, Gulf, Reuters, Asian Football Confederation, Asian Football Confederation AFC, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Saudiarabia


Qatar’s cruise to Oman and Kuwait

The first-ever cruise between Qatar, Oman, and Kuwait is about to set sail. Qatar is planning to launch the Grand Ferry this month, and it’s the first cruise ship of its kind to operate in the Persian Gulf. The 475-foot-long ship can carry nearly 870 passengers, 670 cars, and will include over 270 cabins. The cruise liner will also provide facilities like meeting rooms, a salon, cafes, entertainment, a children’s room, a helipad, and a clinic. Kuwait City (Photo: Eyef Dee/Shutterstock) I...
Tags: Cruises, Travel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran, Egypt, Oman, Kuwait, Doha, All, Persian Gulf, Doha Qatar, Kuwait City, Sohar, United Arab Emirates Bahrain, Qatar Oman


Qatar Airways Starts Selling Access to the Amazing Al Safwa Lounge for $69

Qatar Airways operates one of the world's best first class lounges at their home airport in Doha: the Al Safwa lounge. With the continued blockade of Qatar led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE there are far fewer Qatar Airways short haul flights. That means fewer passengers with Al Safwa lounge access. Now, it seems, they're monetizing access to the lounge and it's surprisingly affordable. Continue reading Qatar Airways Starts Selling Access to the Amazing Al Safwa Lounge for $69...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Advice, Qatar, Doha, Uae, Qatar Airways, Safwa Lounge, Al Safwa


#UAE Minister Says He Expects Rift With #Qatar to Continue - Bloomberg

U.A.E. Minister Says He Expects Rift With Qatar to Continue - Bloomberg:A diplomatic rift between Qatar and several Gulf states that’s lasted a year and a half is likely to continue in the new year, said Anwar Gargash, the United Arab Emirate’s minister of state for foreign affairs."In my estimation, the boycott of Qatar will continue in 2019 because it’s linked to necessary changes in Doha’s destructive tendencies," Gargash said in a Twitter post. "Qatar will continue to fail to combat the acti...
Tags: Travel, Qatar, Yemen, Doha, Gulf, United Arab Emirate, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Anwar Gargash, Gargash, Continue Bloomberg



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