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Qatar: Court no-show costs Al-Thani

A company chaired by Sheikh Nawaf Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani – a younger brother of former Qatari premier Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim (HBJ) – has lost a claim for €65m ($74m) made in a British court, in part because the sheikh failed to give oral evidence.The dispute dates to 2008 when Qatar National Hotels Company – which is now owned by Qatar Investment Authority and renamed Katara Hospitality – paid €68m to buy into a business that was part-owned and run by Gerard Guez and his wife Jacqueline Rose.

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