Thailand, Qatar want to ‘bridge cultural divide’

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Around 500 Thais are working for Qatar Airways

The Thai ambassador to Qatar at a cultural event on Thailand recently held in Doha said that both countries will seek “more cultural cooperation” as he believes that “bridging different cultures is the best way to lay a firm foundation on which both countries could further build up closer relations,” the Gulf Times reported on July 2.

Ambassador Panyarak Poolthup said that the establishment of an Asean Economic Community (AEC) planned for end-2015 will further enhance both the Qatar-Thailand and Qatar-ASEAN cultural cooperation. Furthermore, ASEAN countries had signed an agreement expected to come into effect on December 31, 2015, allowing businesses to expand easier inside the Gulf region.

Qatar and the Kingdom of Thailand established diplomatic ties in 1980. The first Thai embassy opened in Doha in 2003 and in 2005 Qatar opened its embassy in Bangkok. Currently there are approximately 2000 Thais in Qatar, and around 90 per cent of them are labourers in the construction industry, both skilled and unskilled. In addition there are 500 Thai aircrew staff working for Qatar Airways.

Qatar imports automobiles, spare parts, electrical appliances such as air conditioners, refrigerators, food and agricultural products from Thailand, while Thailand imports liquefied natural gas, oil and fertilising chemical products from Qatar.

Around 20,000 Qataris are visiting Thailand per year, most of them as medical tourists. Bilteral trade between Qatar and Thailand is around $2.5 billion, with a trade deficit on the Thai side of around $2 billion due to high LNG imports.

 

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Around 500 Thais are working for Qatar Airways

The Thai ambassador to Qatar at a cultural event on Thailand recently held in Doha said that both countries will seek “more cultural cooperation” as he believes that “bridging different cultures is the best way to lay a firm foundation on which both countries could further build up closer relations,” the Gulf Times reported on July 2.

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Qatar Airways Thailand b777
Around 500 Thais are working for Qatar Airways

The Thai ambassador to Qatar at a cultural event on Thailand recently held in Doha said that both countries will seek “more cultural cooperation” as he believes that “bridging different cultures is the best way to lay a firm foundation on which both countries could further build up closer relations,” the Gulf Times reported on July 2.

Ambassador Panyarak Poolthup said that the establishment of an Asean Economic Community (AEC) planned for end-2015 will further enhance both the Qatar-Thailand and Qatar-ASEAN cultural cooperation. Furthermore, ASEAN countries had signed an agreement expected to come into effect on December 31, 2015, allowing businesses to expand easier inside the Gulf region.

Qatar and the Kingdom of Thailand established diplomatic ties in 1980. The first Thai embassy opened in Doha in 2003 and in 2005 Qatar opened its embassy in Bangkok. Currently there are approximately 2000 Thais in Qatar, and around 90 per cent of them are labourers in the construction industry, both skilled and unskilled. In addition there are 500 Thai aircrew staff working for Qatar Airways.

Qatar imports automobiles, spare parts, electrical appliances such as air conditioners, refrigerators, food and agricultural products from Thailand, while Thailand imports liquefied natural gas, oil and fertilising chemical products from Qatar.

Around 20,000 Qataris are visiting Thailand per year, most of them as medical tourists. Bilteral trade between Qatar and Thailand is around $2.5 billion, with a trade deficit on the Thai side of around $2 billion due to high LNG imports.

 

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