Qatar needs to better enforce labor regulations amid “widespread and routine abuse” of migrant workers, Amnesty International said, as the country starts $200 billion of building projects to host soccer’s 2022 World Cup.
Wintershall AG, the German energy company owned by chemical maker BASF SE, aims to expand in the Middle East and North Africa after winning deals to develop natural gas in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.
Qatar Petroleum and Just Falafel are leading companies in the Persian Gulf out of a four-year drought in initial public offerings, tapping demand that pushed Dubai’s equity index up the most in 2013 among major markets.
Siam Cement Pcl, Asia’s biggest cement producer by market value, plans to buy as many as five companies in Southeast Asia as rising incomes boost demand for homes and governments increase spending on infrastructure.
Qatar Petroleum, the Gulf country’s state-run energy company, plans to raise about $3 billion from project financing next quarter to develop its Barzan natural-gas facility, two bankers familiar with the transaction said.