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  • Doha Bank to purchase HSBC Bank Oman business in India 19-04-2014 11:39 AM

    Qatar-based Doha Bank has entered into an agreement with HSBC Bank Oman to purchase the latter's banking business in India. HSBC Bank Oman is an indirect 51 per cent owned subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc. Chairman of Board of Directors of Doha Bank, Sheikh Fahad Bin Mohamed Bin Jabor Al...
  • No comment on Qatar 2022 payment claims: Blatter 22-03-2014 09:11 AM

    Zurich: FIFA president Sepp Blatter refused to comment on allegations linking Qatar's winning World Cup bid to payments received by voters. Blatter said at a news conference on Friday "I have not even the right" to discuss claims published this week by the Daily Telegraph. The British newspaper said it...
  • Qatar 2022 World Cup committee denies wrongdoing 18-03-2014 05:35 PM

    Dubai: Qatar's 2022 World Cup organising committee has denied being aware of any alleged payments by the disgraced former head of the country's soccer association to an ex-vice president of FIFA. Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper reported on Tuesday that a company under the control of Mohamed Bin Hammam paid $1.2...
  • This is what first-class seats on Qatar Airways' new A380 jet look like 14-03-2014 01:45 PM

    Qatar Airways' new A380 jet, the world's largest passenger aircraft, is one of thirteen on order by Qatar Airways. The aircraft is fitted in a tri-class configuration with seats in First Class, Business Class and Economy Class. This is what first-class seats on Qatar Airways' new A380 jet look like....
  • Saudi Arabia designates Muslim Brotherhood as terrorist group 08-03-2014 01:02 PM

    Saudi Arabia has formally designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organisation, in a move that could increase pressure on Qatar whose backing for the group has sparked a row with fellow Gulf monarchies. The US-allied kingdom has also designated as terrorist the Nusra Front and the Islamic State in...
  • 5 Indians among 11 foreigners killed in blast in Qatar 02-03-2014 07:08 PM

    Five Indians were among 11 expatriates killed in a deadly blast at a Turkish restaurant in Qatar's capital. The blast tore through the Turkish restaurant, which isattached to a mall in Doha and next to a petrol station on Thursday, killing 11 people, five of them Indians. Qatar government has...
  • Halep wins first title of year at Doha 16-02-2014 11:26 PM

    Doha: Seventh-seeded Simona Halep of Romania won her first title of the year with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over sixth-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany in the Qatar Open final on Sunday. It's the seventh career title for Halep, with the other six all won last year. Kerber dropped serve twice...
  • Top seed Li ousted in Qatar Open third round 13-02-2014 10:23 PM

    Doha: Australian Open champion Li Na was upset by Czech qualifier Petra Cetkovska 7-6 (2), 2-6, 6-4 in the Qatar Open third round on Thursday. The top-seeded Li, playing her first tournament since the Australian Open, had a 3-1 lead in the third set. Li played tentative tennis throughout the...
  • Ivanovic advances to 2nd round in Qatar Open 12-02-2014 09:04 AM

    Doha, Qatar: Ninth-seeded Ana Ivanovic of Serbia advanced to the second round of the Qatar Open on Tuesday after Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova retired from their match with a right knee injury. Ivanovic was leading 7-5, 1-0 when Hantuchova withdrew after falling 0-40 behind in the second game. The match started...
  • Venus Williams wins opener in Doha 11-02-2014 10:13 AM

    Doha: Venus Williams eased past Croatian qualifier Petra Martic 6-2, 6-2 to line up a second-round match with former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the Qatar Open on Monday. Williams was broken only once, when she led Martic 4-0. She has an up and down record so far this season,...
  • Serena Williams pulls out of Indian Wells and Qatar Open 08-02-2014 07:26 AM

    Top-ranked Serena Williams withdrew Friday from the Qatar Open and the Indian Wells event because of a back injury sustained last month in the Australian Open. The Qatar Open begins Monday in Doha, and the BNP Paribas Open is March 3-16 in Indian Wells, Calif. In a statement released by...
  • Bhullar finishes 22nd as Garcia wins Qatar Masters 25-01-2014 09:02 PM

    Doha: Gaganjeet Bhullar rounded off the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters with a creditable three-under 69 and finished tied 22nd in the second leg of three-event Middle East swing. Bhullar, who was in top-10 after the first day, ended at nine-under 279, even as Spaniard Sergio Garcia beat Finland's Mikko Illonen...
  • Cabrera-Bello, Webster tie for first-shot Qatar lead 24-01-2014 11:28 PM

    Doha: Rafa Cabrera-Bello of Spain squandered a two-shot lead in finishing tied with Steve Webster of England on top of the leaderboard heading to the final round of the Qatar Masters on Friday. Cabrera-Bello shot a 1-over-par 73 and was caught by Webster, who carded 70 at Doha Golf Club...
  • Gaganjeet Bhullar drops to tied 16th; Kapur, Jeev also make cut 23-01-2014 08:58 PM

    Doha: Gaganjeet Bhullar recovered from a poor front nine with an eagle and a birdie on the return journey to card two-under 70 and move to seven-under for 36 holes at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters on Thursday. Despite that Bhullar slipped from overnight tied eighth to tied 16th. Also...
  • Bhullar fires five-under 67 in Doha Masters golf 22-01-2014 08:31 PM

    Doha: Gaganjeet Bhullar did not allow the final round collapse from last week affect him as he got off to a great start with five-under 67 in the first round of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters on Wednesday. Bhullar, who slipped to tenth after being tied second at the start...
  • 2022 Qatar World Cup will not be in summer, says FIFA secretary general 08-01-2014 05:23 PM

    Paris: The 2022 football World Cup in Qatar will not be played in the summer months, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said on Wednesday. "The dates of the World Cup will not be in June or July. I think it will be played between November 15 and January 15 the...
  • Rafael Nadal beats Gael Monfils to win Qatar title 05-01-2014 01:54 PM

    Doha: Rafael Nadal opened his 2014 campaign by winning his first title of the year in defeating Gael Monfils 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-2 at the Qatar Open on Saturday. Nadal showed why he's the top player in the world all week long. Although he wasn't in top form in this...
  • Rafael Nadal sets up Gael Monfils clash in Qatar Open final 04-01-2014 11:09 AM

    World number one Rafa Nadal will face Frenchman Gael Monfils in the final of the Qatar Open after surviving a tough test against German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk in Doha on Friday. The Spaniard, warming up for this month's Australian Open which he missed last year because of illness, dropped the...
  • Nadal beats Gojowczyk to reach Qatar Open final 04-01-2014 02:30 AM

    Doha: Rafael Nadal reached the final of the Qatar Open on Friday by coming from behind to beat German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. Nadal lost the first three games against the 162nd ranked Gojowczyk but came back to level the first set before losing serve again in the...
  • Rafael Nadal reaches Qatar Open semis against qualifier 03-01-2014 09:36 AM

    Qatar: Top-seeded Rafael Nadal was the only seed remaining at the Qatar Open after he beat seventh-seeded Ernests Gulbis 7-5, 6-4 in the quarter-finals on Thursday. Nadal is often tested by the 24th-ranked Gulbis but has yet to lose a match to the Latvian in seven played. This match, which...
  • Andy Murray beaten by Mayer at Qatar Open 01-01-2014 10:30 PM

    Doha: Third-seeded Andy Murray, playing in his first tournament since back surgery in late September, was upset by Florian Mayer of Germany 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 at the Qatar Open on Wednesday. Murray was leading 6-3, 3-0 when the 40th-ranked Mayer started to play more aggressively, going for winners on nearly...
  • Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray open seasons with wins at Qatar Open 01-01-2014 02:57 PM

    Doha: Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray opened their new seasons with first-round wins at the Qatar Open on the last day of 2013. Third-seeded Murray had the easiest path to victory on New Year's Eve, barely breaking a sweat during his 6-0, 6-0 win over 2,129th-ranked Qatari wildcard recipient Mousa...
  • Karlovic beats Berdych in first round at Qatar Open 31-12-2013 09:27 AM

    Doha: Fourth-seeded Tomas Berdych lost his first match of the season Monday, falling to Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (6), 7-6 (4) at the Qatar Open. Karlovic served 25 aces and had 49 winners, while Berdych had eight aces and 28 winners. Neither player managed to break serve. "It's really hard to...
  • Does Qatar's 2022 football World Cup stadium look like a vagina? 19-11-2013 06:45 PM

    The designers call it "truly the start of something amazing." But the amazement of fans looking at the design soon turns into amusement when they realise that the proposed Al Wakrah Stadium actually looks more like a part of the female anatomy than traditional dhow boat that officials say was...
  • Sepp Blatter rules out January World Cup in Qatar 09-11-2013 09:02 AM

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter ruled out a January World Cup in Qatar in 2022 and said on Friday November/December was the only alternative to a summer tournament. "The FIFA World Cup can only be played in November/December 2022, no way it's going to take place in January/February," he said. We...
  • Qatar has 'problems to solve' ahead of World Cup: Platini 21-10-2013 11:01 AM

    Paris: UEFA president Michel Platini has urged Qatar to solve its "problems" ahead of the 2022 World Cup which will be played in the Gulf state. "It's a gift that was made to the Qataris," the Frenchman told Canal Plus in an interview aired on Sunday. "But there are problems...
  • Players' union refuses to play 2022 World Cup in summer 15-10-2013 10:42 PM

    Paris: The world soccer players' union, FIFPro, will urge its members to boycott the 2022 World Cup if it is played in Qatar's summer, vice-president Philippe Piat said on Tuesday. "We will not play in the summer in Qatar," Frenchman Philippe Piat, the only candidate in next week's FIFPro presidential...
  • 2022 World Cup will not be staged in Qatar summer: FA chairman 09-10-2013 06:17 PM

    London: Less than a week after FIFA set up a task force to look into when the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar can be held, English FA chairman Greg Dyke said it will never take place in the searing heat of the Middle East summer. Dyke has no jurisdiction...
  • No decision on Qatar World Cup before next year: Blatter 04-10-2013 07:13 PM

    Zurich: FIFA has launched a consultation process to decide whether to stage the 2022 World Cup in Qatar outside the traditional June-July slot and will not make a decision until next year, president Sepp Blatter said on Friday. "The executive committee decided to launch a consultation process among main stakeholders...
  • FIFA meets to debate winter 2022 World Cup 03-10-2013 05:31 PM

    Zurich: FIFA has begun a two-day board meeting that will discuss whether to move the dates of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from the summer to winter. FIFA President Sepp Blatter has been pushing for a switch but will likely meet opposition from Europe and the United States. They...