Australia opens embassy in Qatar

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Foreign Minister Julie Bishop unfurls Australia’s national flag outside the Tornado Tower as ambassador Axel Wabenhorst looks on. Photo credit: Jayan Orma / Gulf Times

The formal opening of the Australian embassy in Qatar’s capital city Doha is a major milestone in strengthening bilateral relations with Qatar, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said on Thursday, Gulf Times reported.

“Australia has been keenly looking at Qatar, a fast developing country with a high level of remarkably good infrastructural developments in the recent years,” the foreign minister stated after inaugurating the embassy at Tornado Tower in West Bay. 

Pointing out that the Australian embassy in Qatar is the fourth in the Gulf region, after those in the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, Ms Bishop said the new embassy would not only accelerate travel between the two countries but also contribute steadily to Australia playing a larger role in the development of Qatar.

“We hope Qatar would continue to invest in such areas in Australia as tourism, hospitality, agriculture and commodities,” Bishop said while citing growing co-operation in many areas.
“The figure is expected to shoot up in coming years with the opening of the full-fledged Australian embassy in Qatar,” she hoped while adding that the current joint ventures between Australia and Qatar are expected to grow phenomenally in future.

While replying to a query, Julie Bishop said about 5,500 Australians are currently residing in Qatar and they are contributing enormously to the development of their host nation.

Qatar Foreign Ministry’s protocol director Ibrahim Fakhroo also attended the opening ceremony. Bishop cut a ribbon to mark the embassy opening in the presence of Australia’s ambassador Axel Wabenhorst.

Qatar is believed to have the most number of Australian citizens after the UAE. Kuwait, which has an Australian embassy for about a decade, has about 1,100 Australians. In the UAE, which has a consulate in Dubai besides the region’s first Australian embassy in Abu Dhabi, there are about 20,000 Australians.

See the full story here: http://www.gulf-times.com/story/521462/Australia-opens-embassy-in-Qatar-fourth-in-GCC

News source: www.gulf-times.com

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British Airways launches new direct flighst to Doha and Muscat

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British Airways is to begin direct flights from London Heathrow to Doha, capital city of Qatar, and Muscat, capital of Oman, during its next winter schedule, TTG Media reported.

The national carrier already operates to both cities but its service to Doha, Qatar, stops in Manama in Bahrain and the flight to Muscat currently travels via Abu Dhabi, federal capital of the United Arab Emirates.

BA will serve Doha and Muscat directly from October 30, with the Doha flight operating daily and Muscat services five times per week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Operating direct services will reduce the journey time to each city by around two hours.

British Airways will also continue to fly direct to Abu Dhabi and Bahrain on a daily basis next winter. The airline will operate a new 787 Dreamliner aircraft on its Abu Dhabi route including a new First cabin with eight seats.

British Airways has launched a sale to mark the new flights with return fares to the four cities starting at £349 for economy and £599 in premium economy (World Traveller Plus) until May 17.

Read the full story here: https://www.ttgmedia.com/news/news/british-airways-launches-new-direct-middle-east-flights-4806

News source: www.ttgmedia.com

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Malta will open an embassy in Abu Dhabi

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Malta is planning to open an embassy in Abu Dhabi, federal capital of the United Arab Emirates, Malta’s Foreign Minister George Vella annconced in parliament recently, according to the Times of Malta newspaper.

News source: www.timesofmalta.com

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Det blir fotball-VM i Qatar!

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FIFA-president Gianni Infantino er krystallklar på at det ikke er aktuelt å ta fra Qatar retten til å arrangere fotball-VM i 2022, melder NRK. 

Den nyvalgte presidenten i Det internasjonale fotballforbundet (FIFA) gjorde dette klart da han besøkte Qatars hovedstad Doha fredag.

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Hilton Worldwide Announces Hilton Garden Inn for Doha

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Hilton Worldwide yesterday announced the signing of a management agreement with Universal Management Group to open the mid-market Hilton Garden Inn Doha C Ring Road. Set to open in 2018, the hotel is located in Qatar’s capital, Doha and once open will join Hilton Garden Inn hotels already operating in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, the zawya.com website reported.

“As one of the world’s commercial capitals, Doha is a key market for our growing presence in the Middle East, with its continuously evolving visitor offering and infrastructure. Today’s signing underlines our commitment to providing greater choice in the Middle East through a multi-brand growth strategy underpinned by strong brands and the best management practices,” said Carlos Khneisser, vice president, development, Middle East & North Africa, Hilton Worldwide.

Hilton Garden Inn Doha C Ring Road will feature 138 guest rooms offering signature bedding, a health club and outdoor swimming pool. Dining options include an all-day dining restaurant, a lobby cafe, a bar and 24-hour Pavilion Pantry. Guests will also have access to a business centre, complimentary Wi-Fi and meeting space. The hotel will be located on the city’s prominent C Ring Road, placing it in a prime location with easy access to business and commercial centres, as well as Hamad International Airport.

With the Qatar tourism industry expected to reach $7.2 billion by 2025, based on forecasts of four million visitors by 2020, Doha has built an attractive business and leisure tourism offering, supported by Qatar Airways’ global connectivity to 170 destinations worldwide.
Doha has recently seen a huge investment in its transportation network, with the opening of a new international airport and the development of a new metro rail system.

Hilton Worldwide currently has two hotels operating in Qatar, with a further seven hotels under development, including AlRayyan Hotel Doha, a part of the Curio collection, which is due to open in late 2016.

Read the whole article at http://www.zawya.com/story/Hilton_Worldwide_announces_Hilton_Garden_Inn_for_Doha-ZAWYA20160406101039/

Read more about Hilton Garden Inn at: www.hiltongardeninn.com or news.hgi.com

Source: www.zawya.com

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QATAR AIRWAYS OPPRETTER VERDENS LENGSTE FLYRUTE – MELLOM DOHA OG AUCKLAND PÅ NEW ZEALAND

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Qatar Airways, som har en daglig rute mellom hovedstaden Doha og Oslo, lanserer nå det som blir verdens lengste flyrute – mellom Doha og Auckland, den største byen på New Zealand, skriver VG.

Med en Boeing 777-LR vil turen ta 18 timer og 34 minutter, ifølge flyselskapets sjef, Akbar Al-Baker.

Nyheten om ruten ble sluppet på Bahrain Air Show nylig, og ruten skal ifølge Bloomberg startes opp i løpet av våren 2016.

Doha-Auckland-ruten blir 800 kilometer lenger enn det som er verdens lengste rute i dag; det australske selskapet Qantas sin rute mellom Sydney og Dallas, Texas – fløyet av verdens største passasjerfly, Airbus A380.

Men, så ser det ut til at det blir kamp om rute-rekorden. Også Singapore Airlines kaster seg nå inn i racet ved å starte opp igjen flyginger mellom Singapore og New York, som en gang i tiden var verdens lengste flyrute. Nå setter selskapet inn en flunkende ny Airbus A350-maskin på denne ruten, konfigurert med bare business class-seter om bord.

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MANAMA “CAPITAL OF GULF TOURISM 2016” TO BE LAUNCHED TODAY

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Under the patronage of Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Bahraini Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism will host an event entitled “The Inauguration of Manama, the Capital of Gulf Tourism 2016” today, reports the Bahrain News Agency.

The event will showcase the history and culture of Bahrain through the Kingdom’s most important features and tourist destinations. A list of events and programmes suited to families and individuals will be announced during the launch of the event.
 
The announcement of the events will initiate the Manama Capital of Gulf Tourism 2016 calendar, which will play a vital role in contributing to the enhancement and development of the tourism sector in Bahrain.

The city of Manama was picked as the “2016 Capital of Gulf Tourism” by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Ministers of Tourism, due to the Kingdom’s cultural history and wide-ranging tourist attractions

See more at www.bna.bh/portal/en/news/704743.

Source: Bahrain News Agency – www.bna.bh

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BAHRAIN STOPPER ALLE FLYVNINGER TIL OG FRA IRAN

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Bahrain stopper alle flyvninger til og fra Iran. Det melder saudiarabiske Arabiya TV. Bahrain følger dermed etter Saudi Arabia som stoppet alle flygninger til Iran mandag, skriver nrk.no 

Bahrain har sjiamuslimsk flertall, men styres av en sunnimuslimsk kongefamilie.

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NEW ROTANA HOTEL IN DOHA OPENED

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Doha, capital of Qatar

Hotel management group Rotana today announced the soft opening of City Centre Rotana Doha, the city?s newest five-star hotel, reports TradeArabia.com.

Developed by Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company (ARTIC) the international hotel investment and hospitality subsidiary of Al Faisal Holding Company, the City Centre Rotana Doha is located in the West Bay area.

This 52-storey tower features 287 luxurious modern rooms and suites and 94 serviced apartments.

See more at www.tradearabia.com/news/TTN_297994.html

Source: www.tradearabia.com

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NEW $100 M DRAGON CITY MALL OPENS IN BAHRAIN

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A massive new $100m Chinese-themed shopping mall has opened in Bahrain’s capital Manama, reports gulfbusiness.com

Managed by the China Middle East Investment and Trade Promotion Centre, the 115,000 square metre Bahrain Dragon City is located in Diyar Al Muharraq. The mall hosts more than 500 Chinese companies showcasing a wide range of products and services.

The Bahrain Dragon City site includes a 50,000 square meter market, a warehouse facility, a leisure complex and restaurants.

China’s East Star Group also announced that it has invested a further $10m to build an 18,000 square meter storage facility at the site.

The new mall is hoped to boost the profile of Chinese companies in the region and strengthen family tourism into Bahrain, especially from across the other Gulf Cooperation Council countries.

Chief executive of the Bahrain Economic Development Board Khalid Al Rumaihi said: “The EDB has made attracting Chinese businesses to the kingdom a top priority. As a regional tourism hub attracting millions of visitors each year, Bahrain, being a gateway to the GCC market, allows GCC visitors ease of entry into the kingdom whether through the King Fahd Causeway or Bahrain International Airport, which provides a large network of flights to and from the GCC Capitals.”

The Dragon City complex also includes six multi-storey residential buildings offering 300 apartments. Work on the Dragon Apartments is complete with the first set of residents due to move in soon, the developers announced last week.

The chairman of Chinamex Hao Feng added: “Bahrain was chosen as the location for our latest Dragon City project due to the kingdom’s liberal business environment, including 100 per cent foreign ownership, low costs and competitive taxes.

“Bahrain’s location at the heart of the Gulf and its position as a regional centre for business, trade and tourism also give our tenants an unrivalled opportunity to sell their products across the region, particularly in Saudi Arabia, the biggest economy in the GCC, which is just a short drive across the King Fahd Causeway.”

See the whole article and see photos at www.gulfbusiness.com/articles/country/bahrain/new-100m-dragon-city-mall-opens-in-Bahrain

Source: www.gulfbusiness.com

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