arab gulf states

Qatar Enacts Law to Protect Foreign Domestic Workers

DOHA, Aug 24 – Qatar’s ruler has introduced a law giving broad protection to tens of thousands of foreigners working as maids, cooks, cleaners and nannies, addressing some concerns long highlighted by human rights groups. The new rules on foreign domestic staff mandate a maximum of 10 hours per working day with breaks for prayer,

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Qatar Approves Law Allowing Some Foreigners Permanent Residency

DUBAI, Aug 3 – Qatar plans to allow some expatriates to obtain permanent residency, state news agency QNA reported, in the first move of its kind among Gulf Arab states that rely heavily on foreign labour. A draft law approved at a cabinet meeting will allow permanent residence to the children of Qatari women married

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S&P Global Ratings: Gulf Sovereigns Will Find It Hard To Diversify

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Abu Dhabi (a member of the United Arab Emirates–UAE) currently benefit from sizable hydrocarbon resources, at close to 30% of global oil reserves and 20% of global gas reserves (source: BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2017) relative to their population

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Turkey’s Erdogan Ends Tour With No SIgn of Qatar Progress

DOHA, July 25 – Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan left Qatar on Monday after two days in the Gulf trying to mediate in the worst row among Arab states for years but there was no sign he had made any progress. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed diplomatic and travel ties with

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Top U.S. Diplomat Faces Tough Gulf Talks on Ending Qatar Row

By Sylvia Westall DUBAI, July 12 – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson faces an uphill task in persuading four Arab states to end a boycott of Qatar in talks on Wednesday after the four labelled a U.S.-Qatar terrorism financing accord an inadequate response to their concerns. Any resolution of the dispute has to address

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Arab States Seek to Step Up Pressure on Qatar Over 2013 Accord

DUBAI, July 11 – Four Arab states sought on Monday to pile pressure on Qatar over charges it backs terrorism, saying the publication of a previously secret accord between Riyadh and Doha showed Qatar broke a promise not to meddle in the affairs of Gulf countries. The text of the 2013 accord, whose existence was

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A Nuclear Affair

BY Muhammad Riaz Pasha No one should be a nuclear supplier or a member of a nuclear supplier group  On June 15, more than 130 nations reconvened at the United Nations for the final session of negotiations on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. While the U.S. and other nuclear-armed and nuclear-allied nations boycotted this process,

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