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US speeds up visa procedures for Qataris

The US embassy said yesterday that it has taken measures to speed up the procedures for issuing entry visas to the US for Qatari citizens.

Expat remittances from Qatar may have hit $13.8bn in 2013

In a clear sign of swelling expatriate numbers, remittances from Qatar may have hit $13.8bn in 2013, up 221% on 2008, Samba Financial Group said citing an IMF estimate.

Ooredoo and Twitter Enhance User Security

New Features EnableTwo-Step Authentification Log-in and Tweets via SMS

Ooredoo today announced that it has enabled an online security feature for Twitter users, to enhance the safety and security of customers’ data.

Payment row hits Al Million taxi service

Many Al Million taxis have been off the roads since Saturday with cabbies saying they didn’t report for work because of disputes over payment terms.

Rules too strict, lament small firms

Small businesses are facing big problems in Qatar. Burdened by regulations, procedural wrangles and much-delayed payments from main contracting companies, they are being pushed back by a tide of restrictions from various quarters.

More citizens applying for IPO

The turnout of Qataris to apply for Mesaieed Petrochemical Holding Company’s IPO has risen remarkably after the company announced it will pay out four months’ extra dividend to the successful subscribers in March or April, banking industry sources say.


Qatar Airways to buy Heathrow slot for $20m

Qatar Airways is in the final stages of a $20m deal to acquire an additional landing slot at London’s Heathrow Airport as part of an agreement with Cyprus Airways.

Car rentals fear parking directive

Car rental agencies fear that their business would be hit if authorities went ahead with directives similar to those the Ministry of Interior (MoI) issued last week banning the parking of heavy vehicles and vehicular equipment in Doha city and other areas
bordering Doha.

Hong Kong hotelier says targeting Gulf for growth

Hong Kong-based luxury hotel operator Shangri-La is targeting the Gulf region for growth with new properties planned in Qatar, Dubai and Saudi Arabia.

Mall of Qatar targets new luxury brands for Middle East

Attracting luxury brands to Qatar will be key to making the country a shopping hotspot in the GCC, according to an industry professional.


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