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Qatar Airways has been attracting a lot of attention with Qatar Airways’ Holidays. It is offering attractive tour packages to Russia for FIFA 2018 World Cup, Russia, to be taking place from 14th June to 15th June 2018. Yesterday, it announced its first ‘Global Travel Boutique’ giving out amazing discounts on first class cabins.

‘Global Travel Boutique’ will offer exclusive range of discounts on Economy, Business and First class, with an opportunity to win exclusive prizes including one million Qmiles from Qatar Airways privilege club, discounts from Qatar duty free and prizes from Qatar Airways Holidays. It is further expected to expand its global network during 2018 by adding more flights for more exciting destinations such as, Pattaya, Thailand, Penang, Malaysia, and Canberra to name a few.

The offers introduced by Qatar Airways may be an initiative to boost tourist inflow and outflow that had been hit by the rerouting of flights, given the blockade by Bahrain and UAE. This can also be considered as a promotional step by Qatar to facilitate audience to attend FIFA 2018 in Russia.

The offers may reduce the cost of travel for people of Qatar, but only marginally. As the travel cost to and from Qatar increased due to rerouting of fights that otherwise covered less distance and saved time. But still it will prove to be a relief from the rise in travel cost to an extent.

This is a good opportunity for expats to plan and make booking for their holidays and also a great opportunity for football fans to experience live FIFA 2018 World Cup, Russia. As the packages, even with nominal reduction, will be able to help travellers with getting hotel booking and match tickets to group matches as well as the Semi-Final and Final for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

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Qatar’s foreign ministry has denounced the murder of Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, calling the action “a criminal act” that contradicts religion, human values and diplomatic norms.

Andrei Karlov was shot by a Turkish police officer during the opening of an art exhibition in Ankara yesterday.

The 22-year-old assassin was “neutralized” by authorities, AFP reports. According to film of the incident, he held Russia responsible for deteriorating conditions in Syria.

“Don’t forget about Syria, don’t forget about Aleppo. All those who participate in this tyranny will be held accountable,” he said.

Politics

Russia is a supporter of Syrian president Bashar Al Assad’s government, and has been assisting the embattled leader in fighting for rebel groups in Syria.

Qatar and Turkey meanwhile both strongly favor a regime change, though leaders from the two nations quickly condemned yesterday’s killing as an act of terrorism.

Turkey’s foreign ministry said it would “not allow this attack to cast a shadow on Turkey-Russia relations.”

And both Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin said the attack was an attempt to derail ties between the two countries.

Putin added in a statement, “We must find out who directed the killer’s hand,” and said Turkey would be increasing security in the coming days.

For its part, Qatar extended its condolences to Russia and the family of the victim.

It also expressed “confidence in the Turkish authorities’ ability to detain the assailants and bring them to justice.”

Thoughts?

Qatar and Russia sign military cooperation agreement

Qatar and Russia have signed a military cooperation agreement, according to QNA and Russia’s TASS news agency.

Details of the deal have yet to be revealed but it was made during a meeting in Russia between Khalid bin Mohammed Al Attiyah, Qatar’s Minister of State for Defense, and his Russian counterpart Sergey Shoigu.