Results for Tag: Doha

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Muhammad ibn al-Dheeb al-Ajami, Qatar’s Persecuted Poet

The Qatari poet Muhammad ibn al-Dheeb al-Ajami, a third-year literature student at Cairo University, was arrested on 16 November 2011 in Doha on charges of insulting the Qatari Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, and for inciting to overthrow the ruling regime. The latter carries a maximum sentence of death. Al-Ajami was originally jailed for life, but the sentence was reduced to 15 years on appeal. However, he was released after receiving a royal pardon from the Emir himself on 15 March 2016.

Qatar’s Massive Strides in Women’s Sports

In 2000, Sheikha Moza bint Nasser al-Missnad established Qatar Women’s Sport Committee (QWSC). The QWSC’s objective is to improve women’s performance in sports, enhance their participation in various sporting events, sessions and conferences at home and abroad, and improve their administrative and technical capacities.

The Declining Popularity of Al-Jazeera News Network and Other Channels

Once considered the most prominent and influential TV news channel in the Middle East, Qatar-funded Al-Jazeera is now losing its glamour, a change that media experts attribute to problems with its credibility rather than the revolution in digital media.

Low Oil Prices in the Gulf: A Blessing in Disguise?

The low oil prices are no longer seen as only temporary. And the way things look—with continuing low demand and OPEC not fundamentally changing its position—this will not change anytime soon. “It may actually be a blessing in disguise,” says a Bahraini businessman working in Al Khobar (Saudia Arabia). “In the past, when you saw a project with a budget of 100 million, you could be sure that it could be done for half the price,” he says. “Now, costs are cut on all sides, which is a good thing.”


Political instability prevailed in Sudan throughout the sixty years of national independence that began in 1956. The country has witnessed three military coups that set up authoritarian regimes that ruled for 48 years. The democratic periods lasted for a total of only fifteen years.

Civil Wars

Sudanese internal conflicts can be attributed to the deeply rooted regional, political, and economic inequalities that have persisted throughout Sudan’s colonial and post-colonial history. An Arabic-speaking elite who have held power at the centre systematically marginalized the inhabitants of many rural parts of the country.

Movies in the Arab Gulf: What’s On?

Currently, there are national debates in the Arab Gulf on how to invest in local cinema production. The challenge lies in producing long films that are consistent with Arab Gulf values and heritage and are narrated, directed, and acted by Arab Gulf artists. Until then, only television dramas fulfil the expectations of the local audience, who will continue to rely on foreign movies.

The Plight of Migrant Workers in the Gulf States

Despite attempts at reform, with the restrictive sponsorship system still in place and inadequate enforcement of the law, migrant workers in the Gulf are still vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. This, in turn, damages the modern and progressive image of the region, an image that these states are eager to maintain.

A New Stage in the War in Yemen: The Ground Assault

According to reports, the coalition is preparing for a ground assault in northern Yemen with a three-pronged attack from the provinces of Saada in the north, Marib in the east, and Jawf in the northeast. Several thousand UAE and Saudi forces, along with battle tanks and other armoured vehicles, have been positioned for the assault.

Is Rapidly-Growing Turkish Airlines the New Rival to Be Feared by Middle East’s Big Three––Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways, and Qatar Airways?

Will Horton, a senior analyst at the Centre of Aviation (CAPA), told Fanack that Turkish Airlines is similar in some ways but also different to the Gulf network carriers. Turkish has a domestic market and large point-to-point traffic to and from Europe.