On 31 July 2018, Qatar’s Minister of State for Defense Affairs Dr. Khalid Al-Attiyah welcomed senior American elected officials, civilian and military defense leaders, and defense industry executives to the Embassy of the State of Qatar in Washington, D.C. to discuss the bilateral US-Qatar defense relationship, Qatar’s $1.8 billion upgrade of Al-Udeid Air Base, joint US-Qatar military operations, ongoing crises across the Gulf and Middle East regions, and critical security projects in Qatar overseen by US defense contractors.
His Excellency Dr. Khalid Al-Attiyah met with a distinguished group of US defense leaders, including:
- Undersecretary of Defense for Policy John Rood
- Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri
- Senator Lindsey Graham from South Carolina
- Senator Bob Menendez from New Jersey
- Senator Jack Reed from Rhode Island
- Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson
- Deputy Chief of Staff of the US Air Force Stephen Wilson
- Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Satterfield
- President and CEO of Raytheon International Thomas Kennedy
- Lockheed Martin executives
Below are pictures from His Excellency’s meeting at the Embassy of the State of Qatar in Washington, D.C:
Dr. Khalid Al-Attiyah welcomes the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy John Rood to discuss the bilateral relations between the US and Qatar and the ways to strengthen and develop them.
Dr. Khalid Al-Attiyah meets with the US Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri. They discussed topics of mutual interest for both Qatar and the US and ways to strengthen and develop them. They also discussed the latest updates in the Gulf crisis.
Dr. Khalid Al-Attiyah meets with US Senator Lindsey Graham from South Carolina. They discussed topics of mutual interest for both Qatar and the US and ways to strengthen and develop them, and the latest updates in the Gulf crisis and the Syria crisis.
Dr. Khalid Al-Attiyah meets with US Senator Bob Menendez from New Jersey to discussed the US-Qatar relationship, the Gulf crisis and Palestine issue.
Dr. Khalid Al-Attiyah meets with US Senator Jack Reed from Rhode Island to discuss topics of mutual interest for both Qatar and the US and ways to strengthen and develop them. They also discussed the latest updates on the Gulf crisis and the Syria crisis.
Dr. Khalid Al-Attiyah meets with the Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Deputy Chief of Staff of the US Air Force Stephen Wilson to discuss the US-Qatar defense relationship.
Dr. Khalid Al-Attiyah meets with Assistant US Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Satterfield to the US-Qatar relationship and the latest updates on the Gulf crisis, the war in Yemen and the Palestine issue.
Dr. Khalid Al-Attiyah meets with Lockheed Martin executives to discuss ongoing defense projects in Qatar.
Dr. Khalid Al-Attiyah meets with the President and CEO of Raytheon International Thomas Kennedy to discuss ongoing defense projects in Qatar.
In a 31 July 2018 statement, Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) reported that Qatar is attracting and bringing in 69% more international firms from all over the world compared to last year:
The Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) announced a 69% increase in new firms registered under the QFC during H1 (1st January to 30th June 2018) compared to H1 in 2017. The total number of firms on the QFC platform was recorded as 532 firms.
As well as Qatari firms, the majority of new firms joining the QFC platform have come from Europe, India and Pakistan. There has also been a number of firms joining from the USA and MENA regions.
The growth of new companies represents a diverse collection of industries:
The newly registered firms come from a wide variety of sectors including information technology, advisory and consulting, advertising and marketing, legal services and investment clubs.
According to QFC’s Chief Executive Officer, QFC is an attractive platform for international firms and provides many opportunities within the Qatari market:
Yousuf Mohammed Al-Jaida said: “With the recent announcement that Qatar’s GDP has grown 1.4% in the first quarter of 2018, compared to the same period in 2017, and the country’s commitment to open up to foreign investors, Qatar is continuing to prosper and it is no wonder that international businesses are keen to explore the array of opportunities available
QFC’s is committed to promoting Qatar as a lucrative business hub and opening up to foreign investors by providing them with assistance and benefits:
Companies that wish to establish a business in the QFC are guided throughout the process by a dedicated QFC relationship manager.
Firms enjoy competitive benefits, such as operating within a legal environment based on English common law, the right to trade in any currency, 100% foreign ownership, 100% repatriation of profits, 10% corporate tax on locally sourced profits, and an extensive double tax treaty agreement network with 60+ countries.
In June, regional turmoil and IMF-driven austerity measures sparked protests that brought down the Jordanian government. Qatar stepped in and offered a package of $500 million that included the creation of 10,000 jobs. Since this agreement took place, a joint committee between the two countries was formed to secure the jobs.
1,000 jobs were secured, in the past month, that will be provided for Jordanians in the next two months. Jordan’s Minister of Labor, Samir Murad, claims, “the job vacancies will be in various sectors of health, education, construction, agriculture and financial sector.”
The ministerial committee is currently working on the mechanisms for how Jordanians can apply to these jobs.
500 years ago, booza was formed unifying a milk-based frozen treat with sahlab, or ground orchid root, and mastic, or Arabic gum, in the Levant region. This twist to Westernized ice-cream only came in one flavor, qashta, or candied cream. However, 17 new flavors were created when a Qatari, American, Canadian and Australian came together to start the Republic of Booza, an ice-cream shop in New York City.
The four co-owners are Michael Sadler, Tamer Rabbani, Jilbert El-Zmetr and Mohammed Makki.
Sadler describes booza:
a creamy, elastic texture that makes it smoother and denser than more familiar forms of ice cream…Sometimes I say that booza is like gelato on steroids, because you take a spoon through it and you will not see any pockets of air whatsoever, which means it packs more flavor per scoop than any kind of ice cream I’ve ever tried.
This ice-cream treat comes in flavors including red miso, horchata de chufa, mint tahini chip, Sichuan white chocolate, and even cantaloupe-feta sorbet.
Check out how the Republic of Booza makes booza here:
The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a global management group that decodes global talent, ranked Qatar #1 in sustainability across the MENA region. This ranking is based on the Sustainable Economic Development Assessment (SEDA) showing each country’s ability to convert economic growth to well-being for their citizens. Well-being is assessed based on 10 factors in the economics, investments, and sustainability categories.
SEDA assessed 152 countries to determine that Qatar has progressed the most in sustainability over the past decade. This ranking works against the pattern that oil-rich countries perform worse than the average.
With infrastructure improvements, developing transnational alliances, the World Cup, and innovate at an all-time high, Qatar is standing out in the international community.
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With the 2020 Summer Olympics approaching, Yashuhara Inoue, CEO of the Yasu Project, brought a Qatari invention to Tokyo in hopes of making it more welcoming to Muslim visitors. The Yasu Project, is a sports and cultural events company, that was alarmed by the limited number of mosques accessible to Muslim tourists.
However, four years ago on his trip to Qatar, Inoue learned about the mobile mosque that Qatar charities utilized to reach people everywhere. He believes that:
As an open and hospitable country, we want to share the idea of ‘omotenashi’ (Japanese hospitality) with Muslim people.
These fully functioning mobile mosques, with a washing area, will travel throughout the Olympic venues to reach as many Muslims as possible.
With an estimated 100,000 to 200,000 Muslims living in Japan, Inoue hopes that this mobile mosque will spark educational conversations about the religion:
Going forward, I would be so happy if people from Indonesia, Malaysia, Africa, the Middle East and, for example, refugees who are coming from Syria are able to use the mosque as a tool to promote world peace.
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On 24-26 September 2018 Qatar will launch the inaugural Big 5 Qatar conference and exhibition. The Big 5 international brands will be incorporated as they inspired the event title. This event will showcase Qatar’s business infrastructure and hospitality to allow companies from 20 countries to network, conduct business, find new products and get certified education.
Andy White, Senior Vice-President at dmg events, claims:
Having achieved self-sufficiency, and thanks to its strategic location in the Gulf, Qatar is now ready to begin export of its homegrown construction materials and products. As the country moves forward developing visionary and ambitious projects, The Big 5 Qatar will also bring a wealth of knowledge to the local construction community through 40 CPD (continuing professional development)-certified and free-to-attend workshops.
Qatar Tourism Authority Director Ahmed al-Obaidli is pleased with Qatar’s increase in manufacturing allowing it to enter the export market for construction materials. This event will also be used as an educational space where the world can experience Qatar’s advancements and attend CPD-accredited workshops.
Qatar is executing a major upgrade and expansion of the United States’ largest overseas air base, Al-Udeid Air Base:
Qatar will spend $1.8 billion upgrading the major air base used by the United States for its ongoing military and counterterrorism operations in the Middle East and Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf kingdom said Monday.
According to Defense Minister Khaled Mohammed al-Attiyah, expansion of the base, which houses about 10,000 U.S. military personnel, will include new housing and expanded operational capabilities:
New family housing facilities for more than 200 officers and other infrastructure enlargements, along with “operational” improvements, Defense Minister Khaled Mohammed al-Attiyah said in an interview.
The improvements, to be formally announced at a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday, were previewed this year in meetings between Attiyah and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.
The base is key to U.S. military efforts in the Middle East and has played a central role in the Pentagon’s air campaign against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq:
In addition to the large U.S. troop presence, it is also the headquarters of Air Forces Central Command, headed by a three-star U.S. general, and a combined air operations center from which the Pentagon tracks the maneuvers of aircraft throughout the region.
Qatar’s willingness to let the United States fly bombers from Al Udeid is seen as particularly significant:
Other nations in the region do not allow bombers, but the Pentagon has had a steady rotation of bomber squadrons through the base. A unit of B-1B bombers arrived this spring, replacing B-52s that carried out airstrikes in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria over the previous two years.
Qatar and the United States have spent billions of dollars together to improve and expand key U.S. combat capabilities in the region:
The U.S. military has spent about $450 million in construction at Al Udeid since 2003, expanding the facility from an expeditionary airfield in which many U.S. troops lived in tents to the more permanent structures there today. Qatar calculates it has spent $8 billion there to support U.S. operations.
In addition, Qatar is a key purchaser of U.S. defense equipment and aircraft, enabling operational cohesion and mission support between the allied militaries:
Qatar is a major customer for the U.S. defense industry, including last year’s purchase of $12 billion worth of F-15s. “We have bought a lot of military equipment from the U.S. so we can fly hand in hand with our partners,” Attiya said.
According to Qatar, a contract for 36 F-15 fighter jets “supports 50,000 total jobs and more than 550 suppliers in 42 states.” Other recent purchases include $20 million worth of Javelin guided missiles, $700 million in logistics support services and equipment, and an estimated $200 million in weapons systems “which support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States.”
Robotics Business Review, a market leading publication in the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence, published a story covering robotics research and development in Qatar. From remote-controlled camel jockeys to airport security robots, Qatar has been a regional hub of robotics development for over a decade.
The English Football Authority is in talks with the Qatari Football Authority to hold a friendly tournament in Qatar in March 2020 to prepare England’s players for the unique environment of Qatar. The tournament is expected to feature England, Qatar, and another European country.
Due to climate concerns, Qatar and FIFA have agreed to hold the 2022 World Cup in November and December, when temperatures and climate will be approximately the same as they were for the FIFA World Cup 2018, held this year in Russia. Qatar’s World Cup stadiums will also all be air conditioned with sophisticated and sustainable cooling technology.