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Today’s Buzz – June 15, 2014

Football fever takes its toll on cinemas
The ongoing FIFA World Cup may have set the cash registers ringing across retail establishments in Qatar, but it has also taken a toll on cinemas as many people seem more interested in catching the football action live than watching a film, it is learnt.
There has been already a “significant” fall in the number of visitors at several halls since the World Cup kicked off on Thursday, Gulf Times has found out from cinema operators.
[Source: Gulf Times]

Qatar calls corruption reports deliberate attack
Qatar’s 2022 World Cup chiefs said yesterday that reports of corruption were a deliberate bid to undermine a FIFA inquiry into their bid.
A statement released by Qatar’s Supreme Committee for 2022 said the “leaks” were orchestrated.
“The timing of the release of these allegations is no accident,” said the statement, highlighting that the reports coincided with meetings between Qatar officials and FIFA investigation chief Michael Garcia.
[Source: Gulf Times]

Arabs dislike US, but most want to go there: Survey
A new Arab Opinion Index surveying the attitudes of Arabs towards the United States has found that the nation is largely disliked in the region.
Conducted by Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies (ACRPS) based in Doha and revealed at the three-day conference discussing the past, present and future of Arab-US Relations, the survey found that 50 percent of respondents had negative views about the United States, 26 percent saw it in a positive light, while 24 percent had no view.
[Source: The Peninsula]

Sponsorship reforms on track: Qatar
Qatar told a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva yesterday that it is going ahead with preparations to introduce “sweeping reforms” in the country’s sponsorship and exit permit system.
Addressing the 26th session of the Council, Director of the Human Rights Department at the Foreign Ministry Sheikh Khalid bin Jassim Al Thani said the “state is considering a new draft law based on work contracts under the name ‘the law of entry and residence of expatriates in Qatar”.
[Source: The Peninsula]


  1. Qatar is worst country I will stay again. I have living in Qatar for 3 years without achieving anything. The treat human begins like slave. QatarIRS people don’t have foreigners unless the need and important things from there hand. My own opinion for this 2022 world cup is that we should remove it in Qatar and fine a good country and host it because Qatar is very hot and their behavior is very bad. Their law is very bad. Infact I don’t know the reason why the want host 2022 world cup the are not deserved it. The should learn how to value a life of human begins

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