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Qatar Today - - FROM THE DESK -

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.

Happy Read­ing!

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