Qatar’s International Development Assistance Reaches $1 billion

On May 17, the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) signed a memorandum of understanding to donate $50 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)  to provide immediate support for UNRWA’s education services in Gaza, the West Bank including East Jerusalem, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria. This is only one of many donations that Qatar’s QFFD gave this year. According to the Devex for International Development, “Qatar’s budget for officia...

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Qatar Military Delegation Visits West Virginia

WV Metro News - WV officials celebrate new partnership with Qatar On Monday, May 15th 2018 a senior delegation of Qatari military officials visited the state Capitol in Charleston, WV to meet with Governor Jim Justice and the WV National Guard leadership to commemorate Qatar's new defense partnership with the West Virginia National Guard. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWIU9IYadO8 The high-level delegation included senior members of West Virgini...

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Qatar Strengthens US Shale Industry

Qatar and the United States have further strengthened bilateral trade ties as the US Department of Energy approved Golden Pass, an international energy company, to export Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). Golden Pass, a joint endeavour between US energy giant, ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips (which holds a 30% stake) and Qatar Petroleum (which holds a 70% stake), will invest an estimated $10 billion in improving and modernizing current US infrastructure. T...

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Qatar’s Continued Commitment to Protecting Migrant Rights

At the end of April, Qatar’s Minister of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (MADLSA), Issa Saad Al Jafali, attended the opening of the United Nations’ International Labor Organization (ILO) office in Doha. Minister Al Jafali was joined by ILO Deputy Director for Field Operations Moussa Oumaro, ILO Arab States Regional Director Ruba Jaradat, and the General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation Sharan Burrow. ...

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Boy Scouts Visit Al-Udeid

On April 20th, 2018 Students from the Boy Scouts of America Visited Al-Udeid Airbase in Qatar.               The Department of Moral Guidance at the Ministry of Defense announced that students from the Boy Scouts of America, one of the largest youth organizations in the United States, visited Al-Udeid Airbase. They took a field trip to the base and were hosted by the Air Transport Wi...

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Richard Serra’s “East-West/West-East”

Richard Serra, voted the third greatest living artist in a Vanity Fair poll, recently unveiled his newest sculpture in Qatar. Serra’s “East-West/West-East” uses Qatar’s geographical position and topography to create a stunning sculpture that brings to mind the iconic scenes from Stanley Kubrick’s, “2001: A Space Odyssey”.   The mesmerizing sculpture is located in Qatar’s Brouq nature reserve, in Qatar’s west, and spans a distance of one k...

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Qatar-America Institute Joins Georgetown Pediatrics Gala

The Qatar-America Institute joined the Georgetown Pediatrics Gala, a black-tie charity event supporting children’s healthcare. His Excellency Sheikh Meshal bin Hamad Al Thani, Qatar’s Ambassador to the United States, spoke at the event and praised the partnership between Georgetown University and Qatar, embodied in part in Georgetown’s campus in Education City in Doha.   The Ambassador highlighted healthcare and children’s healthcare in p...

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Radio Host John Fredericks Tours Qatar

Radio host John Fredericks took a weeklong tour of Qatar, discussing the country’s economy, its business relationship with the United States, and the illegal blockade facing the country with senior Qatari leaders.   Fredericks met with Dr. Ali bin Smaikh al Marri, the Chairman of the Qatar National Human Rights Committee, to discuss the human rights implications of the Gulf crisis. In November, 2017 the UN Office of the High Commissioner ...

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Defense Minister Al Attiyah meets with Secretary of Defense Mattis

Overview:   On April 18th, the Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah, met with US Secretary of Defense James Mattis at the Pentagon to discuss US-Qatar military cooperation and ways to enhance and strengthen the bilateral relation. A transcript, recording, and pictures of the meeting are provided below.     Video     [video width="1024" height="576" mp4="https:...

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Tom Brady Joins Best Buddies Qatar

Tom Brady recently visited Qatar as a global ambassador for Best Buddies, an advocacy and outreach organization that seeks to incorporate individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IID) into larger society. Best Buddies was found by former American President John F. Kennedy’s nephew, Anthony Shriver, who is also a friend of Brady’s. The New England Patriots quarterback has been a Global Ambassador for the organization since 2003, ...

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