Qatar Current Affairs - 2020

Government appoints Ranjan Mathai as new Indian High Commissioner to UK

The External Affairs Ministry appointed former Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai as India’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. Mr. Mathai (61) is a 1974-batch IFS officer who retired as Foreign Secretary this year. He will succeed Jaimini Bhagwati. Apart from serving as India’s Ambassador to France, he also had postings in Israel and Qatar among other Read More…

Sheikh Abdullah named new PM of Qatar

The former PM of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem al-Thani has been excluded from the government and has been replaced with the former minister of state for internal affairs Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani as announced by country’s new Emir who recently ascended to the throne after the previous Emir transferred the power Read More…

UNESCO allows 19 new additions to World Heritage List

The World Heritage Committee of UNESCO has recognized 19 sites to be added into the World Heritage List.  The new additions have brought the grand total of World Heritage Sites to 981 in 160 nations. Of those, 759 sites are cultural, 193 natural and 29 mixed properties. The new additions are: Natural sites: Xinjiang Tianshan (China) Mount Etna Read More…

Saudi Arabia switches weekend to Friday-Saturday

As per a royal decree, Saudi Arabia will switch its weekend to Friday-Saturday to better serve its economy and “international commitments”. This move will make Saudi Arabia the last of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)– which includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and United Arab Emirates – to abandon the Thursday-Friday weekend to be closer to the world’s Saturday-Sunday weekend. Saudi Read More…

Qatar ruler transfers power to son

Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the ruler of Qatar has transferred the reign of the nation to the 33-year-old crown prince Sheik Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani putting a new generation in charge of the Gulf nation’s vast energy wealth and its rising political influence. The new ruler is likely begin the process of putting together a Read More…