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Qatar suspends entry of visitors, excluding Hayya Card holders, during FIFA World Cup

The suspension will remain effective from November 1 until December 22

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Tintra secures fintech services licence to operate in Qatar

Tintra is using artificial intelligence and Web3 technologies to build a global, borderless banking infrastructure

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Inaugural match at Qatar’s Lusail Stadium draws thousands of fans, venue to host World Cup Final

The stadium is set in the smart city of Lusail, which is considered Qatar’s largest sustainable real estate development

UAE, world leaders offer tributes to Queen Elizabeth II

Britain’s longest reigning monarch passed away on September 8, at age 96

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Qatar to tap global hydrogen market with $1bn plant

Qatar aims to develop its carbon capture and storage facilities so that it can sequester as much as 11 million tons of carbon dioxide a year by 2035

On an upward trajectory: How the regional aviation industry is charting its recovery

As the aviation sector’s recovery has quickened, IATA recently upgraded its outlook for the industry’s financial performance this year

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FIFA World Cup ticket sales hit 2.45 million with three months to go

The event is set to start on November 20, a day earlier than planned

FIFA is considering a request from the South American Football Confederation for hosts Qatar to play Ecuador a day earlier than previously planned

FIFA World Cup may start one day earlier with Qatar-Ecuador game

If the change is approved, the tournament will start on November 20 and run for 29 days

Qatar Central Bank’s foreign currency reserves rise to QAR211.325bn in July

The official reserves stood at QAR153.890bn by the end of July, a considerable rise over last year’s reserves of QAR4.775bn

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Cash-rich Gulf funds splurge on mega deals as liquidity dries up

The region’s largest sovereign wealth funds have been involved in at least $28.6bn worth of acquisitions outside the Middle East and Africa this year

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Kuwait lender KFH to buy Bahrain’s Ahli United for $11.6bn

The potential combination would create the Gulf’s seventh-largest lender with $115bn in assets

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An industry in motion: Stakeholders across hospitality, tourism space share key insights

Executives share their views on the growth and future prospects of their sectors

Qatar brings global photography app Explorest to the Middle East

Qatar Tourism brings global photography app Explorest to Middle East

Travel photographers wishing to capture images can download the app which will soon feature on Qatar Tourism’s website

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Microsoft deepens investment in Qatar with opening of new office

The office will play a vital role as an innovation hub for technology startups, students, and community organisations from across Qatar

World Cup host Qatar demurs on VAT, will wait for ‘right time’

“We will look to the right time to apply such taxes” – Finance Minister Ali Al Kuwari

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Musk says ‘a few unresolved matters’ on Twitter deal

Musk has said he wanted to put the takeover “on hold” while he investigated how many of Twitter’s users are real people

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UAE Central Bank raises base rate by 75 basis points

Central banks across the GCC have also raised their interest rates

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Julius Baer to expand into Qatar to drive regional expansion

Julius Baer has hired Slim Bouker, Doha Bank’s head of private banking, to oversee the expansion

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Brands For Less’ Toufic Kreidieh on the company’s recent expansion

The co-founder and CEO spoke to Gulf Business about the company’s recent expansion to Qatar and other key retail trends in the region

Qatar exports surge as demand for gas climbs on Ukraine crisis

China was the top destination of Qatar’s exports in April with close to QR6.6bn riyals

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Saudia to operate hundreds of extra flights during FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

From November 21, the airline will operate 60 special daily flights for fans which will run from both Riyadh and Jeddah to Doha

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Qatar world cup shuttle flights set to buoy Gulf tourism

The shuttle service will initially connect Doha with Dubai, Muscat, Riyadh, Jeddah and Kuwait City

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The world offers tributes to Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan passed away on May 13, at age 73

Oil exporters bagging $818bn windfall are cautioned by IMF

The IMF said it expects the bonanza “to improve fiscal and external balances” in a region that includes 13 exporters in total

Qatar brings global photography app Explorest to the Middle East

Mannai surges after plan to sell Inetum at $2bn valuation

The shares jumped 10 per cent in Doha to the highest level since 2016, taking their gains this year to 114 per cent

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Hayya Card mandatory for all visitors to Qatar during the 2022 FIFA World Cup

At the moment, the card is only being issued to those who have a ticket for the tournament

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UAE’s car rental platform Selfdrive launches in Qatar and Bahrain

The company aims to acquire 50-65 per cent of the digital rental market share in these markets

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Oman to allow full foreign ownership in listed companies

Muscat Clearing and Depository finalised measures to open up the market

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Dar Al Arkan teams up with Elie Saab for new residential project in Qatar

Les Vagues will feature 70 one-, two- and three-bedroom sea-front residences

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Qatar updates Covid-19 PCR testing rules for inbound citizens and residents

Vaccinated citizens and residents are not required to conduct a pre-departure PCR test before travelling to Qatar, provided that the country they are departing from is not on the red list