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Gulf blockade: UAE violated Qataris’ rights and must reunite families, UN court rules

Gulf blockade: UAE violated Qataris’ rights and must reunite families, UN court rules

Qatar
International Court of Justice finds international law was breached by discriminating on basis of national origin The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has discriminated against Qatari nationals since the Gulf diplomatic spat erupted last year, the United Nations' highest court has ruled. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) said in a provisional order that the UAE must immediately reunite families and allow students previously resident in there, to continue their studies after Qatari nationals were kicked out of the country in June 2017. It also found Qataris should be allowed access to judicial services in the UAE. Along with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt, the UAE abruptly cut off all diplomatic and trade ties with tiny Qatar last year, alleging that the state interfered in th...
Modern radar-equipped patrol vehicle to catch traffic violations launched

Modern radar-equipped patrol vehicle to catch traffic violations launched

Qatar
The General Directorate of Traffic yesterday launched a civil patrol vehicle equipped with a sophisticated radar to catch traffic violations on the roads particularly where there are no or lesser number of cameras installed. “The hidden radar inside the patrol vehicle can catch violations of speed limit during patrolling. Also, the radar-mounted car can be used for other security tasks,” said Captain Shabib Mohammed Al Nuaimi, from the Traffic Patrols yesterday. “The new radar has several modern technical features. It operates in moving vehicle and adopts infrared imaging. It does not use annoying flash lights, the speed sensor fixed in front of the vehicle is invisible and is capable of shooting cars in two directions, in different weather conditions and in six lanes,” Captain Al Nu
Qatar Reportedly Paid ‘Billion Dollar Ransom’ to Terrorists – Largest in History

Qatar Reportedly Paid ‘Billion Dollar Ransom’ to Terrorists – Largest in History

Qatar
BBC reveals voicemails and text messages that purport to verify that the Qataris paid $1bn in order to secure the release of hostages held in Iraq from 2015 to 2017 On December 16th, 2015, 28 members of the Qatari royal hunting party were kidnapped in Iraq. They had gone falcon hunting, despite warnings not to travel to Iraq. On Monday, the BBC reported a government hostile to Qatar leaked a series of texts and voicemails between the ambassador of Qatar to Iraq, Zayed al-Khayareen, and the foreign minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman, which shed new light on the ransom payment. The BBC's new evidence points to the ransom being paid by the Qataris to terrorist organisations - a claim Qatar, which is under scrutiny for funding terrorism, vehemently denies. The Qatari governm...
Emirati prince flees to Qatar, criticises Abu Dhabi: Report

Emirati prince flees to Qatar, criticises Abu Dhabi: Report

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'I am the first in a royal family going out of the UAE and telling everything about them' An Emirati prince is seeking asylum in Qatar after fleeing the UAE saying he feared for his life because of a dispute with the rulers of oil-rich Abu Dhabi, the New York Times reported on Sunday. Sheikh Rashid bin Hamad al-Sharqi, 31, is the second son of the emir of Fujairah, one of the seven monarchies making up the United Arab Emirates. He arrived in Doha on 16 May, the report said. Abu Dhabi is the capital and richest emirate of the UAE. "The prince revealed tensions between UAE rulers that are existing beneath the surface, especially regarding Abu Dhabi’s leadership of the UAE’s military operations in Yemen." First Sheikha Latifa al-Maktoum, and now Sheikh Rashid Flees to Qatar. ht
UAE says Qatari royal leaves after claim of house arrest

UAE says Qatari royal leaves after claim of house arrest

Qatar
UAE says Abdullah left country 'without any obstruction' but provides no details on his destination The United Arab Emirates said on Sunday that an exiled member of Qatar's ruling family who had appeared in a video recording saying that he was being held against his will had left the UAE. Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali al-Thani has emerged as a potential Qatari opposition figure after a row erupted last year between Qatar and some fellow Gulf Arab states, including the UAE and Saudi Arabia, over allegations that Qatar supports terrorism. Qatar denies the accusation. Qatari media, including Al Jazeera television, carried a video on Sunday of the silver-bearded sheikh Abdullah saying that he was being held against his will after coming to Abu Dhabi as a guest. "I am now in Abu Dhabi as ...
You Must Keep Your Passport! Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Uae, Bahrain And Oman

You Must Keep Your Passport! Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Uae, Bahrain And Oman

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For Filipinos and many countries abroad, the passport serves as one of the main requirement to travel across countries. Once you have it, this should remain in your possession without further explanation. There are already a lot of issues, especially to OFW’s, involving the employer and employee as to who will hold their employees passport. But actually, there’s no question to that. A passport should be in the possession of the person whose name and image is attached to it. Sadly, this rule is not practiced by all employers especially with OFWs working in Middle East countries. QATAR Qatar Labor Law – #4 of 2009 Regulating The Entry And Exit Of Expatriates In Qatar And Their Residence And Sponsorship Article 9: The sponsor shall deliver the passport or travel document to the
Saudi, Bahrain, Egypt, Uae Study Plans To Relax Qatar Restrictions – Report

Saudi, Bahrain, Egypt, Uae Study Plans To Relax Qatar Restrictions – Report

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Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the UAE are reportedly studying plans to relax some restrictions on Qatar as the first step towards a wider deal. UK publication The Guardian said the four countries were considering a proposal to lift restrictions on civilian travel to Qatar as a goodwill gesture after closing land, air and sea links as part of a boycott that began last June. This would require the reopening of air routes that have forced regional travellers to extend their journeys with changes in Kuwait or Oman to reach Qatar. The report comes as Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman prepares to visit the UK for talks on Wednesday before heading to the US on March 19. The US and UK have been seeking an end to the regional divide, which is centred on Qatar’s alleged support o
Four Arab States Condemn UN Report on Qatar Crisis as Misleading

Four Arab States Condemn UN Report on Qatar Crisis as Misleading

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The quartet denounced the continuing Qatari policies as lacking credibility and faith in dealing with the UN. The UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt have vehemently condemned the report developed by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights whose members visited Qatar in November 2017 as misleading, inaccurate and based on incomplete understanding of the political crisis between the four countries and Doha and its historical context. The quartet in a statement on the report issued by the commission based on their visit to Qatar on November 24, 2017, affirmed that the crisis is attributed to Qatar's support of individuals and entities globally involved in funding terrorism and promoting of terror ideologies and hate rhetoric in the Arab region via media outlets belonging directl...
Skype, WhatsApp, Viber, FaceTime VoIP Disabled in UAE & Qatar

Skype, WhatsApp, Viber, FaceTime VoIP Disabled in UAE & Qatar

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In case you’re wondering if you cannot make calls through Skype, WhatsApp, Viber, FaceTime in countries in the Middle East like the UAE and Qatar, it is because the calling features of these apps are blocked or disabled by the telecom providers in the country. You can still use these apps in order to ‘chat’, but the VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) service, which includes video calling and voice calling, is banned. Although it is not unusual for a country to regulate the usage of internet for their citizens, The United Arab Emirates and Qatar now officially joins China, Egypt, Jordan, and Belize (to name a few) to have blocked Skype services in their regions. Skype, the Microsoft acquired company in 2011, has just been added to the list of banned VoIPs in the UAE and Qatar. The tw
Arab Nations Blockading Qatar Expand Blacklist

Arab Nations Blockading Qatar Expand Blacklist

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Two Islamic organisations and 11 individuals have been added to an existing "terror list" drawn up by four Arab nations that are blockading Qatar, claiming the entities and individuals are supported by Doha. State-run Saudi Press Agency issued a joint statement by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Thursday, saying the quartet's move was taken "in light of their commitment to fighting terrorism, drying up their sources of funding, combating extremist ideology…and its promotion". Saudi Arabia and its allies, which have imposed a land, sea, and air blockade on Qatar since June, accuse Doha of supporting terrorism. Qatar has denied this. The two organisations that were added to the blacklist were the International Union of Muslim Scholars, headed by Yu
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