Food Security in Qatar

June 5, 2019 marked two years since regional neighbors severed diplomatic ties with Qatar, as well as imposed a trade embargo. Even though Qatar ranks first among Arab countries and 22nd in the world in the Global Food Security Index (GFSI), Qatar has had to strengthen its food security.   With all food supplies and access to medicine from these four Gulf states cut off, Qatar had to develop new trade routes and expand trade with regional...

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QAI – FIFA WORLD CUP 2022 BRIEF

On 15 May 2019, the Qatar-America Institute hosted a representative of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), a Qatari entity mandated to deliver the infrastructure and legacy programs for the upcoming FIFA World Cup™ in Qatar, who shared relevant information about the mega-event set to take place in November and December 2022. The SC is tasked with delivering the proposed tournament venues and projects for the FIFA World Cup Qatar...

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2022 World Cup: Chance To Build Global Legacy

On May 20th, 2019, Fatma Al Nuaimi, the Communications Director for Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC), held an interview with Goal about the pioneering features of the upcoming 2022 World Cup in Qatar.   [caption id="attachment_9392" align="alignleft" width="336"]                                                                                 Fatima Al-Nuaimi[/caption] To clarify, the SC is an institutional entity mandated...

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Qatar Eliminates All Remnants of the Kafala System

Qatar has been under intense scrutiny as it undergoes preparations of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Amid the preparations, calls for Qatar to update and strengthen its labor conditions and employment laws have been at the forefront. Since the announcement, Qatar has introduced a series of labor reforms since its selection as the 2022 World Cup host, with the event setting in motion a huge construction program that employs thousands of foreign workers. ...

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BU Law School & QU Law School Launch Inaugural Counter Terrorist Financing Course

In October of last year, Qatar University’s College of Law entered into an agreement with Boston University Law School to develop a joint-program that would train students and officials in how to combat the threat of terrorist financing. The program, “Counter Terrorist Financing,” will aim to further develop and refine the institutional capacity of Qatari organizations.   Boston University School of Law Dean Angela Onwuachi-Willig stated ...

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Qatar Completes 6th Session of Municipal Elections

  On April 16th, Qatar held its sixth session of elections for the Central Municipal Council. The most recent round of elections featured a total of 85 candidates, aiming to represent a total of twenty-seven out of twenty-nine districts. Two of the districts had already been decided through acclimation (unanimous consent). It was estimated that the participation rate in this election reached 50%. In order to participate in the elections, vot...

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Qatar Forges Ahead With North Field Expansion Project

- In 2017, Qatar Petroleum (QP) announced plans to raise LNG production capacity from 77 million tonnes to 110 million tonnes per year.   - In April 2017, QP declared a new expansion/development project of the North Field.   - On November 14th, 2018, the IMF released the findings of its visit to Qatar. The IMF stated the following: “The near- to- medium-term outlook for the Qatari economy is benefiting from increased oil pr...

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Umm Al Houl Power Plant: Water & Energy Security in Qatar

Overview - The Umm Al Houl Power Plant is an unprecedented water security and energy project located 10 miles south of Doha, Qatar. Construction on the water desalination and power generation plant began in 2015, and the plant became fully operational in March 2018. [caption id="attachment_9115" align="alignright" width="675"] The plant was built by Qatar Electricity and Water Company, Mitsubishi Corporation- Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPC...

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2022 FIFA World Cup Brief

On March 26th, Qatar-America Institute hosted a representative of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), a Qatari entity mandated to deliver the infrastructure and legacy programs for the upcoming FIFA World Cup™ in Qatar, who shared relevant information about the mega-event set to take place in November 2022.   The SC is tasked with delivering proposed tournament venues and projects for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ – the...

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Qatar’s Minister of Finance meets with the IMF & World Bank

Qatar’s Minister of Finance – Mr. Ali Shareef Al-Emadi – is leading Qatar’s delegation to the Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund from April 12-14. The Qatari delegation’s participation in the Spring Meetings is set against a backdrop of Qatar’s strong 2019 growth forecast of 2.6% and fiscal performance that will see the country post a surplus this year. This is despite the global economy entering “synchronize...

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