The nerve center of Qatar 2022

Head of the Aspire Command and Control Centre, Hamad Ahmed al-Mohannadi speaks with Efe in an interview in Doha, Qatar, November 15, 2022. EFE/ Alberto Estévez

By Jose Miguel Pascual Labrador Doha, Nov 15 (EFE).- Security has become a top priority in Qatar as the tiny Gulf nation prepares to welcome some 1.5 million visitors for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Home to nearly 3 million inhabitants, Qatar has already installed nearly 15,000 cameras and artificial intelligence tech to simultaneously monitor … Read more

Qatar 2022: A cutting-edge World Cup

A view of the installations at beIN Sports, Doha, Qatar. EFE/ Alberto Estevez

By Javier Picazo Feliu Doha, Nov 11 (EFE).- Qatar is a leader in technology and communications, hosting some of the world’s most influential media outlets Al Jazeera and beIN Sports as well as the multinational telecommunications firm Ooredoo, which has surged to success in the Middle East region and beyond. The company has been named … Read more

Tapas, spices, sweets: the traditional cuisine conquering Qatar 2022

Chef Noor al Mazroei, well known expert of Qatari cuisine, in an interview with Efe in Doha, Qatar ahead of the 2022 World Cup, 4 November 2022. EFE/ Alberto Estévez

By Javier Picazo FeliuDoha, Nov 4 (EFE).- From madrouba rice to the national dish machboos to local regag crepes and marguga stew, tradition, ancient recipes and spices collide in Qatar’s contemporary cuisine. Qatar’s gastronomy is a journey through the desert and sea and the legacy of a community that is receptive to novel influences. “Qatari … Read more

Qatar, a global nation

A view of the buildings of West Bay from the Corniche fishing pier. Doha, Qatar, 8 November 2022. EFE/ Alberto Estévez.

By Javier Picazo Feliu Doha, Nov 8 (EFE).- Conservative, multicultural, welcoming and safe. This is Qatar, a small country with a population of just under 3 million, 80% of whom are foreigners, and which is gearing up to host the World Cup to showcase to the world its remarkable social, cultural and economic evolution. The … Read more

Qatar 2022, the greenest World Cup

A view of Stadium 974, designed by the firm Fenwick Iribarren with a capacity for 40,000 spectators. EFE/ Alberto Estévez

By Javier Picazo Feliú Doha, Oct 28 (EFE).- In a country surrounded by desert and bound by efficient resource management, sustainability has become a necessity at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, a reality manifested in the design of the tournament’s stadiums and which makes it the greenest sporting event in history.  Waste management, the … Read more

Efe president calls for united front in news verification

President of Spain's Efe news agency at the 78th general assembly of the Inter American Press Association in Madrid, Spain on October 27, 2022.EFE/ Rodrigo Jiménez

Madrid, Oct 27 (EFE).- The president of Spain’s Efe news agency, Gabriela Cañas, on Thursday called for a united effort in news verification, which she said was “essential” in preserving the truth.  The head of the news agency also advocated for a more effective “solidarity” to be shown to media outlets that suffer attacks on … Read more

Qatar 2022: 9 places you must see

Traditional markets, beaches, the desert, museums, the city’s skyline. Qatar is a world full of sensations that you can discover through our list of 9 must-see places if you are planning to go to the 2022 FIFA World Cup. EFE/Alberto Estévez

By Javier Picazo Feliu Doha, Oct 21 (EFE).- Traditional markets, beaches, the desert, museums, the city’s skyline. Qatar is a world full of sensations that you can discover through our list of 9 must-see places if you are planning to go to the 2022 FIFA World Cup.  1. SOUQ WAQIF If there is a place … Read more

Russell Crowe on success, taxing the rich

New Zealand actor and filmmaker Russell Crowe arrives at the 17th annual Roma International Film Festival in Rome, Italy, 15 October 2022. EFE/EPA/CLAUDIO PERI

By Gonzalo Sánchez Rome, Oct 18 (EFE).- He may be one of the most famous actors in the world but Russell Crowe is crystal clear in his belief that success is not measured by the opinions of others. “I think measurement of success is an individual judgment, you don’t require somebody else’s list of achievements … Read more

Qatar 2022’s millennial falcon: tourism, luxury, tradition

Two men register their falcons at the healthcare center in Doha, Qatar. EFE/Alberto Estévez

Doha, Oct 11 (EFE).- Falconry has been a practice in Qatar for over 5,000 years. Considered an essential part of its culture, falcons hold a special status in the Gulf nation and drive a million-dollar industry that reflects a national fascination with this age-old tradition. These birds of prey are not only sold for high … Read more

In the heart of the Qatar World Cup

A man with a falcon at the Souq Waqif in Doha, Qatar. EFE/ Alberto Estévez

By Javier Picazo Feliú Doha, Oct 4 (EFE).- Doha, the main venue for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, is a modern and futuristic capital where skyscrapers, contemporary buildings and streets, as well as promenades that have been completely remodeled for the event, contrast with the traditions and history encapsulated by Souq Waqif market, its … Read more

Heading to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar? Here’s all you need to know

A view of the Lusail stadium in Doha ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. EFE/Alberto Estévez

Doha, Sep 30 (EFE).- With less than two months to go before the ball starts rolling in Qatar’s Lusail as the 2022 World Cup gets underway, Efe has compiled a list of top tips to make your experience as enjoyable and comfortable as possible.   First off, in order to enter the country you must secure … Read more

Kim Kardashian settles $1.26M in crypto ad fine

Kim Kardashian arrives for the 2019 People's Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, USA, 10 November 2019. EFE/EPA/FILE/NINA PROMMER

Washington, Oct 3 (EFE).- Kim Kardashian has agreed to settle charges totalling $1.26 million for an unlawful cryptocurrency advert she published on social media, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission said Monday.  The SEC ordered the celebrity to pay the charges after it found she had not disclosed that she had been paid $250,000 … Read more