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Qatari tourists consider alternative destinations – Al-Shorfa

Qatari tourists on holiday are opting for different destinations these days, as the recent political events across the Arab world forced travellers to reconsider their traditional vacation hotspots. Egypt, Syria and Lebanon once topped the list of preferred travel destinations for Qataris, but with the arrival of the Arab Spring many tourists are now visiting countries in Asia and Europe. Samer al-Asha, director of a travel agency in Qatar, said Turkey, Malaysia and Thailand are taking the lead in holiday reservations made by Qataris. [...]

Qatar Holding reaches deal with Spain’s Ferrovial for 20 percent of UK airport … – Washington Post

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A Qatari government investment fund on Friday said it had reached a deal with Spanish company Ferrovial to buy 20 percent of the company that operates London’s Heathrow, Stansted and other British airports. Qatar Holding LLC said it had agreed to buy the stake in BAA from Spanish infrastructure group Ferrovial S.A. and two other existing investors in the airport company. [...]