Qatar National Museum Unveiled

Located in Qatar’s capital of Doha, the National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) is an institution that celebrates the culture and heritage of Qatar and embodies the pride and traditions of its people while offering international visitors a dialogue about Qatar’s rapid change and modernization. The National Museum of Qatar generates a national spirit of participation and promote a cultural legacy. The museum honors the traditions of th...

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QAI Attends International Forum of the America’s

  The Qatar-America Institute was represented at the International Forum of the America's, appearing on the panel Envisioning the Cities of the Future. A Summary of QAI's Remarks Qatar experienced an energy-driven economic boom that at one point made it the world’s fastest-growing country in the world, and made available the infrastructure that today makes it the largest exporter of liquified natural gas in the world – with 30% of global m...

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Qatar and California: Partners in Advancement

  The Qatar-America Institute (QAI) has launched a new initiative, the Expert Voices Series. The initiative is envisioned as a medium for encouraging broader and more diverse conversations between Qatari experts and/or experts on Qatar with U.S.-based leaders in business, academia and politics. In an effort to diversify outreach beyond the traditional East Coast hubs of Washington, D.C. and New York, QAI sought to initiate new channels of...

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The Origins of Qatar’s National Sports Day

In an unusual move, the Emir of Qatar issued an Emiri decree in December of 2011 announcing the creation of a National Sports Day. Presently, Qatar’s National Sports Day acts as an important annual occasion (on the second Tuesday of every February) with the goal of engaging the local community in Qatar with sports activities and fostering the adoption of a healthy lifestyle.   The impetus behind the declaration of a National Sports Da...

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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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