A Qatari fighter jet flies over skyscrapers during the Gulf emirate's National Day celebrations in Doha on December 18, 2012. AFP PHOTO / KARIM JAAFAR / AL-WATAN DOHA
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Qatar has moved closer to granting permanent residency to foreigners after its senior legislative body approved a draft law, first announced in the wake of the ongoing Gulf crisis.State media reported the Shura Council agreed Monday to back a law that would grant residency to expatriates who provide valuable services as well as to the children of Qatari women married to non-Qataris. The proposal will now be considered by Qatar's Cabinet and Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani before it becomes law.
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