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News related to Qatar continues to be the determining factor, not only at the regional level but also in the global arena. During his visit to Brussels, Qatar’s Emir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani met with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel as well as King Philippe. And it was also in Brussels that Sheikh Tamim and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg witnessed the signing of a strategic agreement, to “foster world peace”, between the Government of Qatar, represented by the Qatari Armed Forces, and NATO.
In addition, the Emir was in Germany earlier in the year at the Munich Security Conference where he called the blockade on Qatar ‘‘futile''. In recent news, Sheikh Tamim also met with US envoys in Qatar, and exchanged messages with the Emir of Kuwait HH Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah.
Back home, the 15th edition of the Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition witnessed more than 21,000 visits. Held under the patronage of the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, the exhibition saw more than 490 international brands representing a wide variety of luxury watches and jewellery.
Our Cover Story reviews the 2018 budget, which will help Qatar continue with its infrastructure projects irrespective of the stabilising oil prices. We also analyse the dangers associated with unmanned aerial vehicles should they get into the wrong hands.
In a couple of exclusive interviews, QatarToday talks to Sir Mo Farah, Britain's most successful distance runner, and Qatari weightlifting sensation Fares Ibrahim. And we also present features on the IT industry, and the problem of obesity for Qatar and the other GCC countries. Check out the latest edition of QatarToday to find out more.