Qatar Tender and Business News

Qatar Grants Visa-Free Entries to 80 Countries

Citizens of 80 countries who wish to visit Qatar will no longer need to apply or pay for a visa, according to Qatar’s Ministry of Interior (MoI), Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) and Qatar Airways.

Sustainable Human Development Requires Far More Inclusion

Human development is progressing and has recently made major strides in many areas, but many are still left behind, with systemic and often unmeasured barriers to catching up. A new UN report urges a stronger focus on those excluded and on actions to dismantle these barriers to ensure sustainable human development for all.

Qatar Airways Debuts World's Longest Commercial Flight

Qatar Airways, the state-owned flag carrier of Qatar, has launched its new daily Doha to Auckland, New Zealand flights – the world’s longest commercial flight at 17 hours and 30 minutes and covers a distance of 14,535 kilometers.

The Qatar Foundation's Annual WISE Awards in Education Announced

The WISE Awards, an annual initiative of the Qatar Foundation designed to celebrate the most creative education projects around the world, has announced this year's winners. These creative groups come from India, Lebanon, France, Brazil, the U.S. and Canada this year.

Dire Warnings But Also Hope as IUCN Environmental Congress Opens

A congress billed as the world’s largest ever to focus on the environment has opened to warnings that our planet is at a “tipping point” but also with expressions of hope that governments, civil society and big business are learning to work together.

Boston Market Restaurants to Expand into 7 Middle Eastern Countries

Boston Market IP Company Ltd., an affiliate of Boston Market Corporation, a fresh food alternative to fast food franchises headquartered in Colorado, just signed a development agreement to open between 25 to 30 restaurants across the Middle East over the next few years.

Worldwide Cost of Lead Exposure in Developing Countries Almost $1B Annually

The problem of children around the world being exposed to lead -- and the many medical consequences of that -- is still significant even in the 21st century. A study just published by New York University shows the annual economic cost of lead exposure at $977 billion worldwide, with ~$700 billion of that happening just within Asia.

Climate Change II: No Water in the Kingdom of the Two Seas -- Nor Elsewhere

There is an oil producing country situated in the Gulf region, made of a cluster of islands. It is small, surface and population wise. But it holds the dubious privilege of ranking top of the list out of the 33 countries most likely to be water-stressed in the year 2040. This country is the “Mamlakat Al Bahrain” (the Kingdom of the Two Seas) or simply Bahrain.

Climate Change: Will the Middle East Become Uninhabitable? -- Part I

This is the first of a two-part series of reports focusing on the impact of climate change on the Middle East & North of Africa region, ahead of the signing ceremony of the Paris climate agreement, on 22 April 2016 in New York. Part II will address the dramatic issue of water scarcity in the region.

RMB Reaches Nearly 40% Adoption Across Financial Institutions Worldwide

SWIFT data shows a double digit growth of RMB adoption by financial institutions established in all regions. In February 2016, 1,131 banks were using the RMB for payments with mainland China and Hong Kong, representing 37% of all institutions exchanging payments with mainland China and Hong Kong across all currencies.

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