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Nov 19, 2014

Saudi Arabia leans on Gulf states to close ranks as region boils

DUBAI/DOHA (Reuters) – Gulf Arab states have shelved a bitter row among themselves, hoping to repair an alliance that has been sorely tested by chaos in the Middle East and the prospect of an Iranian nuclear deal that could tilt the regional balance of power toward their old foe Tehran.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain agreed at a meeting on Sunday to return their ambassadors to Qatar, signaling an end to an eight-month dispute over Doha’s backing of Islamist militants in Syria and elsewhere and its promotion of Arab Spring revolts.

Nov 11, 2014

Qatar emir issues summit invite amid strains over Islamists

DOHA (Reuters) – Qatar’s emir on Tuesday publicly invited fellow Gulf rulers to a Doha summit, apparently seeking to forestall what diplomats say is an attempt by some peers to move it elsewhere in protest at what they see as an Islamist tilt in his foreign policy.

Diplomats say preparations for the annual gathering of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have become indicative of an unprecedented rift between Gulf Arab states over Doha’s backing of Islamists during Arab Spring revolts.

Nov 3, 2014

Vodafone Qatar to turn profitable in 2015 -CFO

DOHA/DUBAI, Nov 3 (Reuters) – Vodafone Qatar
expects to turn profitable next year, its chief financial
officer said on Monday after it reported a narrower loss for the
second quarter.

Vodafone Qatar, an affiliate of British mobile phone
operator Vodafone Group, ended state-controlled
Ooredoo’s domestic monopoly in 2009 and has been
steadily reducing its quarterly losses as it attracts more
subscribers and lifts revenue.

Nov 2, 2014

Insight – Qatar pares support for Islamists but careful to preserve ties

DOHA (Reuters) – Qatar has joined the American-led coalition to fight Islamic State, yet the emirate is a haven for anti-Western groups and foreign diplomats have reported seeing cars with Islamic State logos in an affluent bay district.

Such ambiguity runs through Qatari policy.

When the United States sought allies against Islamic State in Sept, Qatar was among the Gulf Arab states that sent its warplanes into action. But while Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates welcomed media coverage, Qatar was silent.

Nov 2, 2014

Qatar pares support for Islamists but careful to preserve ties

DOHA (Reuters) – Qatar has joined the American-led coalition to fight Islamic State, yet the emirate is a haven for anti-Western groups and foreign diplomats have reported seeing cars with Islamic State logos in an affluent bay district.

Such ambiguity runs through Qatari policy.

When the United States sought allies against Islamic State in Sept, Qatar was among the Gulf Arab states that sent its warplanes into action. But while Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates welcomed media coverage, Qatar was silent.

Oct 23, 2014

Qatar’s QAFCO to seek profit in niche fertilizer products: CEO

DOHA (Reuters) – Qatar Fertiliser Co (QAFCO) plans to launch niche production of environmentally friendly fertilisers to meet rising demand in Western markets, the firm’s chief executive said on Thursday.

The plan underlines a trend in several of the oil- and gas-rich economies of the Gulf: they are using their ample supplies of energy to widen their industrial bases and boost exports of non-energy goods such as chemicals.

Oct 6, 2014

Saudi Arabia relieved as well-protected haj nears close

MENA Saudi Arabia (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia breathed a sign of relief on Monday as the haj pilgrimage neared its close without the militant attacks or deadly epidemics that threatened to upset the huge annual Muslim journey of faith.

The kingdom said this year’s tighter security and sanitary precautions had paid off, allowing 2.085 million pilgrims to visit Mecca and other holy sites in safety this year, just slightly higher than the 1.98 million pilgrims last year.

Oct 4, 2014

At haj, Saudi Arabia clerics step up anti-Islamic State drive

MINA Saudi Arabia (Reuters) – Taking aim at Islamic State, Saudi Arabia has mounted a battle for hearts and minds at this year’s haj, warning pilgrims that the hardline group is “evil” and seeking to recruit their children to fight in Iraq and Syria.

As millions of pilgrims visited the holiest sites in Islam on the second day of the annual pilgrimage on Saturday, global leaders condemned the fourth beheading of a Westerner by Islamic State insurgents.

Oct 3, 2014

Sentiment divided at haj pilgrimage over role of Islamist militants

ARAFAT Saudi Arabia (Reuters) – Former Egyptian army officer Suliman Ouda minced no words as he climbed Mount Arafat, denouncing Islamist militants in Syria and Iraq as terrorists.

But Syrian engineer Ahmed Orabi, standing nearby on the hill where Muslims on their haj pilgrimage beg God’s forgiveness, disagreed.

Oct 2, 2014

Saudi authorities on Ebola watch as millions gather for haj

MECCA, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Anxious to safeguard Islam’s haj
pilgrimage from the threat of Ebola, Saudi authorities are
screening pilgrims arriving from West Africa and have deployed
mobile laboratories to test any suspected cases quickly.

The kingdom expects nearly 3 million pilgrims in Mecca this
year, including 1.4 million from abroad. The health ministry
said on Thursday it has been working with the World Health
Organisation and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
to contain the threat of Ebola, which has killed 3,300 people in
West Africa this year.