In the Battle of Gulf Airlines, Qatar Emerges the Winner

January 29, 2019

Employing a mix of common sense, calculated gambles and good business practice to hold the high ground, Qatar has emerged the clear winner in the battle of the airlines. When its Gulf neighbors — Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, joined by Egypt — launched a land, air and...

Iran Air Sets Sights on Etihad and Emirates

February 08, 2016

Market forces and the choices Iran makes will determine whether it emerges as a competitive regional transportation hub. Sports and air transport are likely to serve as indicators of whether Iran has the flexibility to become a major player in a globalized world. At the core of Iranian efforts...

Fan Opposition to Qatar Goes Viral

July 14, 2015

An online petition has been launched, calling on FC Barcelona to ditch Qatar Airways as its shirt sponsor. Qatar is discovering the reputational risk involved in hosting mega sporting events. Qatar Airways’ sponsorship of FC Barcelona is producing exactly the kind of publicity that is a...

Qatar’s Surprising Transfer of Power: How Will Tamim Rule?

July 02, 2013

Will Qatar's peaceful and voluntary change of leadership set a new precedent in the Gulf? The quiet transfer of power in the gas-rich Gulf state of Qatar from its emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, to his son, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, is a significant turning point in the...