Qatar Welcomes Scrutiny from Amnesty International

  Qatar reiterated its commitment to institutionalizing effective labor reform following the latest report released by Amnesty International. The report, titled “Reality Check,” concludes that the 2022 World Cup host needs to do more to combat labor abuse.   The Government Communications Office (GCO) of Qatar responded in a statement saying that:   “From the outset, we have said that we understood labor reform would be a ...

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How Qatar Claimed the Asian Cup

2022 World Cup host Qatar has won its first ever regional tournament, the Asian Cup. Qatar defeated the four-time previous winner of the Asia Cup, Japan, with a final score of 3 (Qatar) - 1 (Japan). Qatar controlled the dynamic of the match from the onset with a twelfth minute bicycle kick goal by Almoiz Ali - his ninth goal of the tournament. 15 minutes later, Abdulaziz Hatem, scored again for Qatar doubling their lead. In the 69th minute, Japanese...

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Moody’s Issues Government of Qatar Credit Opinion

Introduction: Moody’s is one of three major international credit rating agencies (CRAs) – the other two being S&P and Fitch – that evaluate the Sate of Qatar’s (SoQ) sovereign creditworthiness. These ratings are important for any government’s debt management exercises as they affect the country’s ability to access financing – for fiscal deficits and other external funding needs – through debt capital markets (DCM). Government-related entities...

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Facilitating Foreign Investors’ Access to the Qatari market

  Legislation to Ease Non-Qatari Capital Access On 8 January 2018, Qatar issued a new law to facilitate foreign investors’ access to the Qatari market. Known as Law Number 1 of 2019, the new measure is the government’s latest step to open up the economy to foreign capital flows and promote private sector-led growth. The law aims to lower or remove barriers to entry that have previously hindered access to the Qatari market. Using the block...

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Qatar Establishes General Tax Authority

On 6 January 2019, Qatar launched the General Tax Authority (GTA) as a separate legal entity under the supervision of the Ministry of Finance (MoF). The GTA supersedes the Tax Department of the Ministry of Finance as the central tax collection and compliance function of the government. Remaining under the MoF’s umbrella, the GTA will retain the institutional memory of its parent entity, but will expand and streamline many of the tax activities of th...

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Kristian Ulrichsen: Leaving OPEC Reinforces Qatar’s Autonomy

  Kristian Ulrichsen, a Baker Institute fellow and author of "The Gulf States in International Political Economy," published an op-ed in The New York Times this week on the logic behind Qatar's decision to leave the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, commonly known as OPEC. According to Ulrichsen, OPEC has become mired in geopolitical disputes like the Saudi-Iranian rivalry, to the detriment of its member states and its centra...

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Four Years Until the World Cup in Qatar

  In four short years, the 2022 World Cup will open in Qatar! Qatar's plans for its World Cup tournament to be family-friendly, groundbreaking, forward-thinking, and unique. Here are four quick facts about Qatar's World Cup:   1. The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is projected to generate $10 billion in investment in U.S. companies. 2. Qatar is the first Middle Eastern country to host a World Cup. Qatar is working hard to ensure every d...

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Five Cool Facts About Qatar ❄️

  You probably already knew that Qatar is a hot country, located in the heart of the Middle East with summers often breaking 100 degrees Fahrenheit, but did you know Qatar is also a cool country? Here are five quick, cool facts about Qatar: 1. - QCOOL is an innovative new air conditioning technology developed by the Qatar-based Gulf Organization for Research & Development Institute. QCOOL dehumidifies and cools air in open or closed spa...

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Qatar’s Commitment to Science & Education

  Qatar continues to be committed to advancing science and technology research. Several decades ago, Qatar’s economy was heavily reliant on fishing and pearl diving. This has dramatically changed due to the discovery of one of the world’s largest natural gas reserves.  Yet, the leaders of Qatar have recognized the dangers of relying on a single commodity. As a result, the nation is working to build a knowledge-based economy. One such exam...

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Qatar Leads Gulf Region in Economic Reforms

Qatar has developed innovative policies in the face of an illegal economic blockade that resulted in immense economic feats from “the largest bovine airlift” to an accelerated diversification of the small Gulf state’s LNG-reliant economy. Qatar has excelled in the face of the illegal blockade by using high state revenues from its natural gas exports. Qatar considers domestic economic policy inextricably linked to national defense. At the start of...

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