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The upcoming Qatar World Cup has economic benefits for the GCC which is struggling to overcome damages inflicted by the coronavirus pandemic, writes Sabena Siddiqui.

New survey by consulting company listed the trends and possibilities for the sports market in the Middle East.

Oman heir joins youthful <em>Gulf</em> royals

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Oman heir joins youthful Gulf royals

Oman's Dhi Yazan bin Haitham was announced as the heir apparent, following Sultan Qaboos' death at the age of 79.

Qatar to host FIFA <em>Arab</em> <em>Cup</em> in 2021

The New Arab Staff

Qatar to host FIFA Arab Cup in 2021

Qatar, host of World Cup 2022, will be the venue of a special 22-team Arab Cup next year.

Saudi Arabia to remove key restrictions on migrant laborers

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Saudi Arabia to remove key restrictions on migrant laborers

Human rights groups have cautioned the move does not appear to be a full abolition of the 'kafala' system.

The New Arab Staff

US, Qatar announce partnerships following third strategic dialogue

The third US-Qatar strategic dialogue resulted in a number of partnerships, including health cooperation, law enforcement and counterterrorism, energy and aviation, a statement said.

The New Arab Staff

Qatar 'dismantles' controversial kafala system in major labour reforms

Qatar become the first country in the Middle East on Sunday to set a basic 'non-discriminatory' minimum wage for workers in the Gulf ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Qatar says committed to workers rights after HRW report

Human Rights Watch on Monday published a report accusing Qatar of failing to pay migrant workers, prompting Doha to strongly reject the ...

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

Taking stock of the anti-Qatar blockade three years later

As the Gulf crisis enters its fourth year, fake news and hostile narratives run rife in the region hindering attempts to salvage the ...

Qatar targets companies following unpaid salaries protest

The New Arab

Qatar targets companies following unpaid salaries protest

Doha has confirmed it has taken legal action against companies in the country after migrant labourers launched a rare but peaceful protest ...

The New Arab & agencies

Qatar flies to the rescue as coronavirus halts aviation

Qatar is drawing on the logistics baptism of fire it endured in 2017, when regional allies abruptly sealed borders to Qatari travellers, to ...

<em>Gulf</em> hubs asphyxiated by coronavirus

Sebastian Castelier

Gulf hubs asphyxiated by coronavirus

Comment: The key role airlines play in Gulf development strategies implies a potentially profound knock-on effect, writes Sebastian ...

Qatar emir names new prime minister

The New Arab & agencies

Qatar emir names new prime minister

Qatar's Emir has appointed a new prime minister following the resignation of veteran prime minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa ...

Qatar abolishes exit visa system in 'milestone' labour reform

The New Arab & agencies

Qatar abolishes exit visa system in 'milestone' labour reform

Qatar scrapped mandatory exit permits for migrant domestic staff and other groups on Thursday, as part of efforts to boost rights for guest ...

Top three plant milks to veganise your karak

Diana Alghoul

Top three plant milks to veganise your karak

No one deserves to be deprived of karak tea, especially not vegans. Here's a guide for plant milks that suit a warm, creamy, cosy cup ...

Anthony Harwood

Dakar Rally opens dark new chapter in Saudi sportswashing

Comment: An 'open' Saudi Arabia has nothing to do with hosting sporting events, and everything to do with transparency and accountability, writes Anthony Harwood.

The New Arab

Ten things to look out for in 2020

From Iran to Lebanon, Trump to Netanyahu, 2020 is looking jam-packed. Here's The New Arab's list of top ten things to look out for as we enter a ...

The New Arab & agencies

Qatar FM says talks with Saudi Arabia break 'stalemate'

'There (is) some progress... We have broken the stalemate of non-communication to starting communication with the Saudis.'

The New Arab

Bahrain to 'unnecessarily' fly fans to Qatar via Kuwait

Thousands of Bahraini fans will be flown in to watch Gulf Cup final in Doha, though the flight will take longer than usual ...

Challenges to resolving the GCC crisis

Khalil E. Jahshan

Challenges to resolving the GCC crisis

Comment: The trust deficit caused by the blockade won't be restored automatically just because a political decision was reached by the ...

The New Arab

Bangladesh shuts recruitment agencies after rampant Saudi abuse claims

A government spokesman said that the agencies that were shut down had failed to provide safeguards to the migrant workers and in some cases sent ...

GCC summit move to Saudi Arabia made official

The New Arab & agencies

GCC summit move to Saudi Arabia made official

It remains unclear why the Gulf Cooperation Council decided to move the location for next week's meeting from the UAE to Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia is open for business, not political activism

Courtney Freer

Saudi Arabia is open for business, not political activism

Comment: More arrests in Saudi Arabia signal that the crown prince only has eyes for an economic agenda, as political space continues to ...

<em>Gulf</em> <em>Cup</em> kicks-off in Qatar with 'football diplomacy' key

The New Arab

Gulf Cup kicks-off in Qatar with 'football diplomacy' key

The tournament is being viewed as a way of helping mend ties between the Gulf nations but the Saudi-led blockade of Qatar continues.

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