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Qatar to Invest in Iraqi Oil

By John Lee. Qatar Petroleum (QP) has confirmed that it plans to invest in Iraq’s upstream oil businesses. President and CEO Saad Sherida Al Kaabi (pictured) told reporters: “I have met personally with the Iraq’s Oil Minister (Jabar Al Luaibi) and have conveyed my interest in investing Iraq’s upstream business, and he welcomed that. “Iraq […]

Japanese Company considers Gas Pipeline and Petchem Plant

By John Lee. Iraq has reportedly contracted Japan’s Toyo Engineering to help build a gas pipeline to Kuwait and a petrochemical plant as Baghdad. According to a report from Reuters, the move will help Iraq to reduce flaring and finish paying the reparations owed to Kuwait for the invasion in 1990. The project would allow […]

Asiacell Revenues Boosted by Mosul Liberation

By John Lee. Asiacell Iraq has announced 4 percent growth in revenues from QAR 2.1 billion ($570 million) in H1 2016 to almost QAR 2.2 billion ($600 million) in H1 2017. The customer base increased 13 percent to reach more than 12 million customers in H1 2017. EBITDA decreased by 3 percent and stood at […]

Abadi: Qatari ‘Ransom’ Money with Us, not Armed Groups

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraq’s prime minister has rejected Saudi and UAE media claims that a $500m ransom was paid by Qatar to Shia Muslim armed groups in Iraq to secure the release of 26 kidnapped Qatari […]

Iraq Reinforces its Border with Saudi Arabia

By John Lee. AINA reports that a large convoy of Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) has been seen moving towards the Iraqi-Saudi border. This comes following increasing tensions between Saudi Arabia and Qatar; the Iraqi government has expressed support for Qatar in its conflict with Saudi Arabia. (Source: AINA)

$500m Cash Intercepted at Baghdad Airport

By John Lee. Officials at Baghdad International Airport have reportedly intercepted a shipment of dollars and euros worth a total of $500m (£389m). Writing in The Independent, Patrick Cockburn claims the cash was contained in 23 large bags unloaded from a Qatari plane, and was intended as a ransom for 24 Qataris, several of them […]

Asiacell Revenues Fall 14%

By John Lee. Qatar-based Ooredoo has announced that its Iraqi unit Asiacell has maintained its No.1 revenue market share position, but its revenues have fallen 14 percent: In its FY 2016 Earnings Statement the company said: “Despite economic and political challenges in Iraq, Asiacell maintained its revenue and data market leadership. Asiacell successfully reactivated service […]

IHH Sends 22 Aid Trucks to Northern Iraq

The Turkish-based IHH humanitarian relief organization — in collaboration with Qatar Khairiyah Organization and Munazamah Dawah Islamiyah Qatar office — has sent 22 trucks loaded with emergency aid supplies to Northern Iraq. The trucks carrying 30,000 blankets, 7,500 straw mats, 1,250 flasks, 150 tons of bulgur, 75 tons of pasta, 50 tons of flour, and 6,600 […]

Iran, Iraq asked to Freeze Oil Output at Current Levels

By John Lee. Qatar’s Energy Minister has reportedly said that Iran and Iraq are being asked to freeze oil output at current levels, as part of a wider deal to restrain production. According to ArabianBusiness.com, Mohammed Al Sada told reporters: “We are discussing with both countries on that and we are looking at various ways and […]

“Dysfunctional Banking System” affects Asiacell Business

By John Lee. In its results for the first nine months of the year, Qatar-based Ooredoo said this morning that business at its Iraqi subsidiary Asiacell is still affected by the political and economic situation in the country, a “dysfunctional banking system“, and VAT impact. Despite these challenges, Asiacell maintained its revenue leadership in the […]

Asiacell: Revenue Down, Profit Up

In its results for the first half of 2016, Qatar-based Ooredoo said that its Iraqi mobile phone business Asiacell continued to be impacted by the security situation, the challenging economic environment and a decrease of customer purchasing power in Iraq. Revenue stood at QAR 2.1 billion [$577 million], down 15% compared with QAR 2.5 billion […]

Qatar Donates $10m Urgent Relief Aid to Iraq

Due to the circumstances experienced by the brotherly Iraqi people and the blockade from which many Iraqi cities are suffering, HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani has instructed the provision of with $ 10 million to the brotherly Iraqi people. The Foreign Ministry stressed, in a statement issued on Sunday, that the humanitarian […]