Qatar emir expected to hand over reins to fourth son

Qatar's emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani. Photo: Reuters

The emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, is believed to be preparing to hand control of the gas-rich Gulf state to a son. A cabinet reshuffle is also expected in which powerful Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jasim al-Thani, a cousin of the emir, may lose his post, or at least the foreign affairs portfolio.

Monday, 17 June, 2013, 5:32am

Qatari emir buys six Greek islands for €8.5m

Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani. Photo: Reuters

The suitor is one of the world's wealthiest men; the location happens to be the euro zone's poorest country. But in an unlikely coming together of economic circumstances, the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, has spent €8.5 million (HK$85.8 million) to buy six Greek isles in the Ionian sea.

6 Mar 2013 - 3:06am

Climate talks underachieve, again

Delegates attend the UN climate talks in Doha. Photo: AFP

They made some progress at the international talks on controlling climate change, held this year in Qatar. They agreed that the countries that cause the warming should compensate the ones that suffer the most from it. The principle, known as the "Loss and Damage mechanism", has no numbers attached to it, but it's a step forward. The only step forward, unfortunately.

11 Dec 2012 - 2:55am

Business Digest, November 27, 2012

The Aston Martin DB5 driven by Scottish actor Sean Connery in the James Bond movies 'Goldfinger' and 'Thunderball'.

Beijing probes alleged dumping from abroad

27 Nov 2012 - 3:14am

Developing nations push rich on climate targets

China, the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases, along with Brazil, India and South Africa, wants developed nations to  promise bigger cuts in  carbon emissions. Photo: EPA

Talks on a new climate change treaty in Qatar next week will not advance unless rich countries promise more ambitious cuts to greenhouse gas emissions, four major developing nations said.

21 Nov 2012 - 4:20pm

Qatar should be more peace maker, less power broker

The Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani speaks during his visit to the Islamic University in Gaza City. Photo: Reuters

Hamas is seen by some nations, Israel and the US among them, as a terrorist group. Arab countries do not, though, which is why the emir of Qatar this week became the first head of state to visit the Gaza Strip, the territory the militants seized in a dispute with Palestinian rivals Fatah in 2007.

26 Oct 2012 - 2:10am

Violence surges on Gaza frontier

A damaged house in Netiv Haasara, Israel, after a rocket attack from the neighbouring Gaza Strip yesterday. Photo: AFP

Palestinians fired dozens of rockets into Israel from Gaza yesterday and an Israeli air strike killed a militant in a surge of violence after the emir of Qatar embraced the enclave's Hamas leadership with a visit.

25 Oct 2012 - 4:45am

Briefs, October 24, 2012

Qatari ruler Sheikh Hamad (left) and Gaza's prime minister. Photo: EPA

Troops bring calm to Beirut streets

24 Oct 2012 - 4:31am

World in motion

Asking for directions in Doha, the gleaming capital of Qatar, is a hit or miss business. It's not that you need to speak Arabic - few passers-by would understand you, anyway. The problem is that nearly everyone you meet has been in town for only slightly longer than you have.

4 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

No smoke, no fire - just hot air about Qatari bid

Put up or shut up.

That must be the message to anyone, including Football Federation Australia (FFA) chairman Frank Lowy, who casts aspersions on how Qatar won the right to host the 2022 Fifa World Cup.

Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of soccer's governing body awarding of the 22nd edition of the global showcase to the Gulf nation.

3 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Doha, Qatar

When Scandar Copti agreed to take up the position of the head of education for the Doha Film Institute in 2009, he had neither been to Qatar before, nor been involved in teaching in a full-time capacity. capacity. Back then, he was better known as a young Palestinian filmmaker whose first film, Ajami, was nominated for the best foreign-language film prize at the Academy Awards.

6 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Airline highlights Kenyan charms

With the Royal Wedding just around the corner, all eyes are on Kenya where Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton at a secluded wildlife reserve.

13 Apr 2011 - 12:00am


A few eyebrows did a bicycle kick towards the ceiling when Qatar won its bid to host soccer's Fifa 2022 World Cup. But the MICE game is on for the Gulf emirate.

6 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Trio power HK to Qatar victory

A superb display of power-hitting from Munir Dar and Najeeb Amar, plus the cool head of Ilyas Gull lifted Hong Kong to a whopping 176-run victory over Qatar in the ACC Trophy in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. Hong Kong were struggling at 79 for seven in the 23rd over, before Gull (56) and Najeeb (45) got together in a superb rescue effort.

29 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Qatar courts Asian business as economic links expand

The emergence of Islamic finance and closer economic ties between China and countries in the Middle East will encourage more of the region's companies to go to Qatar in coming years, according to Stuart Pearce, chief executive and director general of the Qatar Financial Centre Authority.

21 Apr 2008 - 12:00am