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Would an Israeli embassy ever open in Doha?

by Giorgio Cafiero and Claire Fuchs On August 13, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel formalised bilateral relations. Although historic, the US-brokered deal was not surprising given the extent to which Abu Dhabi and...

How psychological stress can weaken your immune system

by Dr. Sara Belouidiane Study after study has shown that being stressed can severely compromise your immune system and, in a time of global pandemic, it’s important to understand the link between your mental and...

Social media influencers: Between censorship and regulation

by Asmahan Qarjouli The MENA region has witnessed a surge of social media influencers in recent years, working on Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram. But controversies surrounding their wealth and impact have recently risen. Whether it is...

It’s time the government gets tough with businesses that break the law

Last week the ministry of labour announced it was penalising 33 companies for violating laws regarding working hours in open spaces during the summer months. A few weeks earlier, authorities said they were punishing...

When will we be able to travel? The confusion isn’t helping.

by Mariam Versyani Living in Qatar has many positives and after 6 years here, I am so grateful for everything we have, but as we all know the biggest cost associated with the expat life...

If love is blind, why is it so difficult for those with visual impairment to get married?

By Sara Al-Ansari How Qataris with visual impairment fall foul of misinformation, as they look for true love and partnership. It was past midnight. The moon had cast a faint silvery glow through the clouds onto...

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Qatar housing market – supply much bigger than demand

Research company witnesses high supply of housing units and a slight drop in rent since 2019. There are now some 300,550 residential units in Qatar....

US official claims Qatar blockade to end ‘in weeks’

The United States has expressed hopes for the end of the Saudi-led illegal blockade on Qatar during an event in Washington on Wednesday.  A US...

‘Just an application number’: Frustrated residents left stranded over new Exceptional Entry Permit

Qatar residents have been left stranded abroad and unable to return home to their families and jobs, as complaints over the new Exceptional Entry...

‘Historic’ Afghanistan peace talks commence in Doha

Afghan officials continue negotiating with the Taliban and other factions as Qatar continues its mediation. Afghan government representatives and Taliban members have convened in Doha...