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The Welcome Center at Banana Island is the first building to greet guests when they come ashore.

A tiny, crescent-shaped island in the Arabian Gulf has 141 luxury villas and a private, half-mile beach — here’s a look inside the resort

Banana Island, located off the coast of Qatar in the Arabian Gulf, is a private resort where guests enjoy a variety of luxury and wellness amenities.
The Welcome Center at Banana Island is the first building to greet guests when they come ashore.

A tiny, crescent-shaped island in the Arabian Gulf has 141 luxury villas and a private, half-mile beach — here’s a look inside the resort

Banana Island, located off the coast of Qatar in the Arabian Gulf, is a private resort where guests enjoy a variety of luxury and wellness amenities.
Former Barclays executive Richard Boath

A senior Barclays executive was terrified that the bank’s financial crisis-era Qatari deals looked corrupt

Barclays executives worried in 2008 that if people found out about the bank's payments to Qatari investors, they would think the deals were a 'bung.'
Former Barclays CEO John Varley.

Barclays executive got a £25 million bonus during the financial crisis for his role in Qatari funding deal to ‘save our arses’

Barclays executives spent frantic hours negotiating with Qatari investors over funding terms amid fears they'd abandon the deal, a London court heard.
Former Barclays CEO John Varley

Barclays executives were ‘rumbled’ by Qataris during payment negotiations, jury hears on day 3 of trial in London

Then-CEO John Varley and three other executives are facing accusations they misled investors during the bank's crisis-era capital-raising efforts.

Internal Barclays messages said the bank would have been ‘dead’ if not for Qatari investors who had it ‘by the balls,’ prosecu...

"Without 1bn, at the very least, from Q we are basically dead," an internal Barclays email said, according to prosecutors.

I had dinner in the S$5,000 Qatar Airways business class seat that looks like a luxury suite – here’s what it was like

Pay the price of a business class ticket, but enjoy all the luxury of a first class suite.
Emir of Qatar Sheikh bin Hamad al-Thani

Qatar set to leave OPEC in January as Middle East spat worsens

Qatar has announced it will quit the cartel effective January 1, adding additional bite to proceedings ahead of an OPEC meeting in Vienna on Thursday.
Mieido Shrine, Kyoto, Japan, photographed in April 2016. Japan is the 10th safest country in the world.

These are the 20 safest and most crime-free countries

These countries have the lowest rates of homicide, terrorism, and organized crime as well as a reliable police force, according to a new report.
Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud at UN headquarters in New York City, March 27, 2018.

Saudi Arabia’s ambitious new crown prince is reportedly hiding out on his superyacht, ‘fearing for his security’

While Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been heralded as an ambitious reformer, many of his policies have generated frustration inside the kingdom — and he's said to be worried about backlash.