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#UAE Says Will Issue New Circular to Ports on #Qatar Boycott - Bloomberg

U.A.E. Says Will Issue New Circular to Ports on Qatar Boycott - Bloomberg:The United Arab Emirates said it will issue a clarifying memo to the country’s ports regarding a boycott of Qatar after an earlier circular eased cargo shipping restrictions between the two nations.There is no change to its ports policy on Qatar, the Federal Transport Authority was cited as saying in state-run WAM news agency. [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bumfrey)]
Tags: Travel, Wam, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Federal Transport Authority, Qatar Boycott Bloomberg


Sainsbury Snag Adds $336 Million to #Qatar's European Problems - Bloomberg

Sainsbury Snag Adds $336 Million to Qatar's European Problems - Bloomberg:The day a major deal hits a snag is never a good one for investors, and Wednesday must have been particularly annoying for the Qatar Investment Authority.QIA is J Sainsbury Plc’s largest shareholder, controlling more than a fifth of the British grocery chain. The value of that holding fell by about 257 million pounds ($336 million) Wednesday, data compiled by Bloomberg show, on news that the grocer’s planned tie-up with As...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Qatar, Bloomberg, Sainsbury, Asda, Brexit, Qatar Investment Authority QIA, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Sainsbury Plc, European Problems Bloomberg


MIDEAST STOCKS- #Qatar rises as blue-chips climb, top lender weighs in Egypt | Reuters

MIDEAST STOCKS-Qatar rises as blue-chips climb, top lender weighs in Egypt | Reuters:Qatar's stock market rose sharply on Thursday as its blue-chip shares gained after a spate of selling, while Egypt's index was driven lower partly by its top lender.The Qatari index rose 1.1 percent, with 15 out of 20 stocks advancing. Heavyweights Qatar National Bank and Industries Qatar gained 2 percent and 1.9 percent respectively.Qatar was the best performing Gulf market in 2018 after a limit on foreign owne...
Tags: Travel, Qatar, Egypt, Reuters, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Industries Qatar, Heavyweights Qatar National Bank


#UAE Says #Qatar Embargo Stands After Trade Ban Seemed Eased - Bloomberg

U.A.E. Says Qatar Embargo Stands After Trade Ban Seemed Eased - Bloomberg:The United Arab Emirates said a port circular signaling an easing of the almost two-year Saudi-led embargo of Qatar was “misinterpreted” and that a clarification will be issued to ports.The clarification will address a directive by Abu Dhabi Ports that removed any mention of banning cargo shipments to Qatar, allowing a resumption of trade by third-party shippers. A previous order that barred goods originating from either Q...
Tags: Travel, Wam, Qatar, Bloomberg, United Arab Emirates, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Federal Transport Authority, Abu Dhabi Ports


#Qatar leads Mena 2018 IPO activity in value - The Peninsula Qatar

:Qatar witnessed the highest valued IPO in 2018 in the Mena region with the listing of Qatar Aluminum Manufacturing Company (Qamco) on the Qatar Stock Exchange (QSE), raising $745.6m in Q4.FTSE Russell announced the entry of Qamco to the FTSE Index within the first week of trading, owing to the positive response generated by the IPO (it was 2.5 times oversubscribed). The Qatar exchange has performed well in 2018 with prospects of inflows from investors tracking emerging-market indexes after the ...
Tags: Travel, Ipo, Qatar, Ey, Mena, Russell, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Peninsula Qatar, Phil Gandier, Qatar Stock Exchange QSE, Qamco, Qatar Aluminum Manufacturing Company Qamco


#Qatar posts 42% jump in Q4 trade surplus to QR50.86bn

Qatar posts 42% jump in Q4 trade surplus to QR50.86bn:Faster expansion in exports, especially to Asia, and weakened imports helped Qatar register a 42% year-on-year growth in trade surplus to QR50.86bn during the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2018, according to official estimates.For the full year 2018, trade surplus swelled about 40% to QR191.44bn, according to figures released by the Planning and Statistics Authority.In Q4, Qatar’s total exports (of domestic goods and re-exports) were QR79.7bn, which...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Qatar, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Statistics Authority


Morgan Stanley U-Turns on #UAE Equity Call, Cuts #Qatar - Bloomberg

Morgan Stanley U-Turns on U.A.E. Equity Call, Cuts Qatar - Bloomberg:It’s time to double-upgrade United Arab Emirates stocks amid early signs of a bottoming out in the property sector, Morgan Stanley analysts say, adding that investors should cut their exposure to Qatar.U.A.E. shares are the most oversold of any markets in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa, “led particularly by real estate,” according to analysts Marina Zavolock, Regiane Yamanari and Katherine Carpenter. After 17 months...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Africa, Qatar, Middle East, United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Morgan Stanley, Eastern Europe, Mena, Emaar Properties, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, MSCI Inc, Morgan Stanley U Turns, UAE Equity Call Cuts Qatar Bloomberg, Marina Zavolock Regiane Yamanari


#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


#Qatar to acquire up to 60 new LNG vessels - The Peninsula Qatar

Qatar to acquire up to 60 new LNG vessels - The Peninsula Qatar:Minister of State for Energy Affairs and the President and CEO of Qatar Petroleum, H E Saad bin Sherida Al Kaabi, said yesterday that Qatar will be acquiring a substantial number of LNG vessels to transport the increased output of gas (the post-moratorium volumes). It may require up to 60 additional ships which will be depending on various factors.H E Al Kaabi also said that it is still very fluid, and the exact number will become c...
Tags: Travel, Qatar, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Al Kaabi, Peninsula Qatar, State for Energy Affairs, Qatar Petroleum H E Saad bin Sherida Al Kaabi


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


An Appreciation for the A380, an Airplane That Never Should Have Been Built

Less than 20 years after the aircraft program was launched, Airbus announced last week that it would begin winding down production on the A380. I’ve always thought this was an airplane that never should have been built. If Airbus breaks even on this program, then that would be the best possible outcome. If that doesn’t scream “not successful,” I don’t know what does. But that doesn’t mean it was all bad. In fact, as a passenger, the airplane was — and is — a delight to fly. So, consider th...
Tags: Travel, China, Singapore, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Qatar, Chicago, Frankfurt, Malaysia, Paris, Emirates, Dubai, Qantas, Miami, Airbus


German firms in talks with QP for sourcing future LNG supply

German firms in talks with QP for sourcing future LNG supply:Germany is looking to source some of its liquefied natural gas (LNG) needs from Qatar as part of the Western European country’s energy supply diversification plans, German ambassador Hans-Udo Muzel said.“Germany is also actively looking at diversifying its energy supply and considering options to set up an LNG terminal. In this context, German companies are, of course, talking to Qatar Petroleum concerning the supply of LNG to Germany ...
Tags: Travel, Germany, Berlin, Qatar, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Qatar Petroleum, Hans Udo Muzel, Muzel


Air Italy’s Strangely Fickle Network Strategy

Since it’s a holiday here in the US, I thought I’d post something from abroad since I have a backlog of posts. And what market is more fun than the Italian market? So, let’s talk about Air Italy. When Qatar poured money into Meridiana, rebranded it as Air Italy, and decided to completely shake up the network, you would have thought it would have been striving for stability for awhile to help build its customer base. If so, then you thought wrong. Air Italy has been all over the map, adding...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Milan, India, US, Toronto, San Francisco, Qatar, Earth, Chicago, Italy, Miami, Mumbai, Bangkok, Naples, Catania


#Qatar Petroleum signs initial deals to boost local energy industry | Reuters

Qatar Petroleum signs initial deals to boost local energy industry | Reuters:Qatar Petroleum signed preliminary deals worth more than 9 billion Qatari riyals ($2.47 billion) on Monday with oil services firms Schlumberger and Baker Hughes to boost the local energy industry.Qatar, the world’s top liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporter which is facing a trade boycott by some Arab states, wants to reduce reliance on imports and lift domestic production.“As part of our national duty to develop the indu...
Tags: Travel, Qatar, Reuters, Schlumberger, Baker Hughes, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Qatar Petroleum, Saad al Kaabi


Qatari equities set for positive 2019 - The Peninsula #Qatar

Qatari equities set for positive 2019 - The Peninsula Qatar:After an outstanding 2018 performance, Qatari equities are set for a positive 2019.  QNBFS forecasts the Qatari stocks within its  coverage universe to increase by 4.0 percent in aggregate earngings as of 2019.“After an expected 10.0 percent rise in DPS for 2018 (only 1 percent excluding IQCD’s DPS growth), we anticipate a 3.9 percent DPS increase for 2019 and a 5.9 Percent growth for 2020”, QNB Financial Services  noted in its ‘Qatar e...
Tags: Travel, Qatar, DPS, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, QNB Financial Services, Peninsula Qatar, IQCD


#Qatar aims to build $20 billion sports sector ahead of World Cup | Reuters

Qatar aims to build $20 billion sports sector ahead of World Cup | Reuters:Qatar wants to attract more sports companies to the Gulf state, aiming to develop a $20 billion sports sector ahead of the 2022 World Cup, a senior official said on Sunday.Qatar Financial Center (QFC) - which licenses foreign companies, mostly in the finance sector, to exempt them from local ownership laws - aims to license about 150 sports companies by 2022, including around 25 this year, QFC’s CEO Yousuf Al-Jaida said a...
Tags: Travel, Qatar, World Cup, Gulf, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, QFC, Yousuf al Jaida, Sunday Qatar Financial Center QFC


#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


MIDEAST STOCKS- #Dubai gains, led by Emaar; #Qatar slips to four-month low | Reuters

MIDEAST STOCKS-Dubai gains, led by Emaar; Qatar slips to four-month low | Reuters:Dubai stocks rose on Thursday as earnings at Emaar-linked companies lifted its battered real estate shares, while Qatar's market was pulled down to a four-month low by a sell-off in its blue-chip firms.In Dubai, the index rose 1.7 percent, helped by gains in the emirate's largest listed developer, Emaar Properties and its units, Emaar Development and Emaar Malls.Emaar Properties, Dubai's biggest listed property com...
Tags: Travel, Qatar, Dubai, Reuters, Emaar Properties, Emaar, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Emaar Development, Emaar Malls Emaar Properties Dubai


The Oil Crash Is Over, But Debt Is Still Piling Up in the Gulf - Bloomberg

The Oil Crash Is Over, But Debt Is Still Piling Up in the Gulf - Bloomberg:The oil crash came and went but the debt pile it left across the Gulf is still growing, leaving the region’s energy-dependent economies more vulnerable next time a crisis strikes. All but debt-free before crude prices nosedived in 2014, many Gulf governments tried to borrow their way through while making only cautious and halting efforts to cut spending and diversify their economies. Meanwhile, a Saudi-led blockade of Qat...
Tags: Travel, Qatar, Bloomberg, Gulf, Gulf Cooperation Council, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Gulf Bloomberg, Ziad Daoud


Mideast Stocks: #Dubai's real estate stocks rally; #Qatar shares fall | ZAWYA MENA Edition

:Dubai stocks rose on Thursday as strong earnings lifted its battered real estate shares, while Qatar's market was pulled down by drilling rig provider Gulf International Services.In Dubai, the indexrose 1.7 percent as the emirate's largest listed developer, Emaar Properties, gained 6 percent before reporting full-year results later on Thursday.Emaar Development rose 7.4 percent after posting a full-year profit of 3.90 billion dirhams ($1.06 billion), up from 2.74 billion dirhams a year earlier....
Tags: Travel, Qatar, Dubai, Emaar Properties, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Gulf International Services, Emaar Development, MENA Edition


Merging #Qatar banks to cut more than 150 jobs, Barwa boss to be CEO -sources | Reuters

Merging Qatar banks to cut more than 150 jobs, Barwa boss to be CEO -sources | Reuters:Qatar’s Barwa Bank and the International Bank of Qatar (IBQ), which last year agreed to merge, plan to cut more than 150 jobs and to appoint Barwa’s boss as chief executive of the combined lender, two sources familiar with the matter said. The banks reached a final merger agreement late last year to create a lender with total assets of 80 billion riyals ($22 billion).The combined lender will be rebranded as Lu...
Tags: Travel, Qatar, Reuters, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Barwa, Barwa Bank, International Bank of Qatar IBQ, Lusail Bank


Mideast Stocks: Banks drag #Qatar to 3-month low, #Saudi gains | ZAWYA MENA Edition

Mideast Stocks: Banks drag Qatar to 3-month low, Saudi gains | ZAWYA MENA Edition:The Qatar stock market slid to a near three-month low on Wednesday, dragged down by its blue-chip banking shares, while Saudi Arabia crept higher, aided by petrochemicals.Qatar's index fell for a sixth straight day, declining 1.2 percent, and lenders Masraf Al Rayan and Qatar Islamic Bank dropped by 2.8 percent and 2.6 percent respectively.Major Middle East petrochemical maker Industries Qatar shed 2.2 percent desp...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Qatar Islamic Bank, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Masraf Al Rayan


Mideast Stocks: Telecom operator Vodafone lifts #Qatar, banks propel #Saudi | ZAWYA MENA Edition

Mideast Stocks: Telecom operator Vodafone lifts Qatar, banks propel Saudi | ZAWYA MENA Edition:Saudi Arabia's stock market rose in early trading on Wednesday with bank and petrochemical shares gaining on recovering oil prices, while Qatar was lifted mainly by Vodafone Qatar's strong results.Saudi Arabia's index rose 0.6 percent with Al Rajhi Bank gaining 0.8 percent and petrochemical firm Saudi Basic Industries adding 1.2 percent.Saudi International Petrochemical (Sipchem) climbed 2 percent afte...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Vodafone, Telecom, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Saudi Basic Industries, Al Rajhi Bank, Vodafone Qatar, Saudi International Petrochemical Sipchem


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 PMI points to sharp rise in employment after blockade

Qatar PMI points to sharp rise in employment after blockade:The operationalisation of 40 new Qatari-owned manufacturing units, especially after the blockade, substantially enhanced employment, particularly within the non-energy private sector, thus helping Qatar’s PMI (Purchasing Managers Index) touch a six-month high in January, according to the Qatar Financial Center (QFC).“Businesses remained strongly confident regarding expected activity at the start of 2019,” the QFC said, adding that drivi...
Tags: Travel, Qatar, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, QFC, Qatar Financial Center QFC


MIDEAST STOCKS-Oil prices weigh on most Gulf markets; #Dubai, #Qatar lead losses | Reuters

MIDEAST STOCKS-Oil prices weigh on most Gulf markets; Dubai, Qatar lead losses | Reuters:Weak oil prices led to falls in most Gulf stock markets on Monday, while Qatar and Dubai were dragged lower by their blue-chip bank stocks.Qatar's index fell 1.3 percent as the Middle East's largest lender Qatar National Bank slid 5.2 percent, its biggest intraday loss since June 2017. The stock gained more than 65 percent last year after QNB announced plans to lift its foreign ownership ceiling to 49 percen...
Tags: Travel, Qatar, Middle East, Dubai, Gulf, Reuters, Qatar National Bank, QNB, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Dubai Qatar



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