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Qatar, best 2011 Business Destination Qatar National Convention Centre explains the reasons. Starting a business in Qatar? Don’t go it alone! Steve Mackie, Managing Director of Business Start Up Qatar, gives 10 Essential Qatar Business Tips Why is UK a great Investment Option? Leader in the innovation and creativity fields, generous tax allowances, high quality of live and much more Plus Best up and coming Events Business Opportunities and Tenders

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Published by Qatar Tourism Organization Editor Celia Vidal celia.vidal@qtourism.com Editorial Contributors Ann Hughes Janice Menezes Steve Mackie Trevor McCartney Art Director Mohammed Shine Print Evoprint general Manager Mohammed Qaseem qaseem@qtourism.com In collaboration with

Kind Regards, Mahdi Rashid Abdullah Al-Dosari Saif Ali Al Muhannadi Directors of Connecting Qatar.

Directors of Qatar Tourism Organization

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magine a world where you can be free. A place where no border can stop you achieving your dreams. A world made of skilled people prepared to understand not just themselves but also others. A world where East and West are connected by admiration and success. A world where everything is possible. Connecting Qatar is born out of this dream. Our aspiration is to become a bridge between different countries, to promote a symbiotic relationship with the aim of improving the quality of life in both countries and we couldn’t find a better option than to start with connecting Qatar and UK, but why? These two have always boasted about having a special relationship which now proves stronger than ever. Qatar is not just the major supplier of energy to the UK but also has a diverse range of investments in the UK. Being a recognized leader in the field of creativity and innovation, education and health, the United Kingdom is for Qatar not just a good friend but also a guide and constant font of inspiration. On the other hand, Oil and gas have made the Arabian Gulf State one of the fastestgrowing economies in the world. Qatar, one of the top ten wealthiest countries in the world, now is the time to invest in the future. The time to invest in technology, education, and culture. The time to create our own Universities, our own Hospitals and our own businesses. Combining experience and ambition is for us, a winning option. That is why we strongly believe that the UK and Qatar have a lot to learn and to discover from each other, and we WANT to be part of this adventure.

Mahdi Rashid Abdullah Al-Dosari

Saif Ali Al Muhannadi

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oha Golf Club, located in the exclusive West Bay area of Doha, boasts two immaculate golf courses; one of which is home to the annual European Tour Commercialbank Qatar Masters and the other is a fully floodlit 9 hole course. Designed by Peter Harradine, one of the world’s leading golf course architects, and unveiled in 1997, the 7,374-yard 18-hole Championship Course and floodlit 9-hole Academy Course provide a variety of challenges that will appeal to both the novice golfer and the seasoned professional. As soon as you enter the Arabian-style clubhouse, with its marble interiors and outdoor terraces, one can feel the luxurious comfort of home. It features handmade gypsum, traditional

artifacts and solid teak doors imported from Thailand and handengraved in Doha. Beautifully crafted marble, internal waterfalls and a central fountain create a cool and welcoming atmosphere.

Let us…serve you The clubhouse of Doha Golf Club is home to some of the town’s most popular dining venues. The unique atmosphere makes Doha Golf Club an absolute must for residents, business people and tourists visiting Qatar. Each restaurant reflects an ambience of its own which is quite evident in the thoughtfully designed decor, the specially prepared menus and the friendly and attentive staff. The food & beverage team prides itself on culinary excellence and the highest standard of service to compliment the worldclass Championship Course and facilities available at the Club. The clubhouse’s first floor houses the Oasis Lounge, where members and their golfing guests can relax after their game and enjoy a snack or light meal in a friendly and comfortable surrounding, overlooking the stunning views of


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the 18-hole Championship Course. Spikes Lounge is legendary for its upbeat yet relaxing atmosphere. Idyllically located on the Clubhouse’s ground floor, this fusion between bar and club portrays modern as well as chic interiors and an outdoor terrace overlooking the magnificent vista of the 9th and 18th greens, creating a perfect setting to grab a bite to eat or socialize with friends.

Let us…teach you The award winning Golf Academy offers professional coaching, a simulator lounge, coaching studio and a SAM putting lab. The Academy brings together a team of dedicated PGA teaching professionals with a wealth of golfing knowledge and experience from some of the world’s most exclusive golf clubs. The Academy aims to help golfers by using this professional knowledge, hi-tech equipment, good communication skills and the simplest and most effective teaching methods making it easy and fun to learn the game. The lush turf of the Driving Range covers a large area of 375 yards long and is over 200 yards wide. The teaching area is reserved for private lessons with our PGA Professionals and the range is open to visitors and members alike.

The other facilities include: •  1 Chipping Green with Greenside Bunker •  1 Pitching Green with 2 Greenside Bunkers and various slopes •  Fully automated range ball dispenser •  Golf Academy Building comprising Shop, Custom Fit and Repair Centre, Lounge Area with TV viewing and

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Food and Beverage outlet •  High Definition Golf Simulator •  Swing Analysis Studio with GASP Systems software •  SAM Putting Lab •  The Club’s Golf Academy also features a well-equipped gymnasium boasting a range of equipment and professional instructors to offer oneto-one personal training, if required.

Let us…take care of all the details With its picturesque and tranquil landscape and state-of-the-art conference and banqueting facilities, Doha Golf Club is a unique venue for business meetings, product launches, corporate dinners and social functions like weddings and parties. The Al Majlis Suite offers extensive facilities for organizations wishing to host small corporate functions, meetings, product launches and seminars. This stylish meeting room offers comfortable seating for up to 50 people, with an array of audio visual tools to satisfy any groups’ requirements. The Gallery is a multifunctional room which can host from 50 to 350 people for any function requirement. Only here can you experience the possibility of holding an event that offers views of a superbly landscaped golf course and the glistening water of the lake on the 18th hole. During the cooler months Doha Golf Club is equipped for outdoor dining. The Greens, a grass area

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adjacent to the clubhouse, can accommodate up to 1500 people. There is no better way to celebrate or entertain than under the stars. The Chalet is another multifunctional, first floor venue overlooking the majestic lake situated between the 9th and 18th holes of the Championship Course. The Chalet can accommodate up to 180 people for a variety of functions from meetings to small wedding parties. Let our banqueting team provide you with a function to remember in this luxurious ground floor venue overlooking the green of the 18th hole. The VIP Majlis can comfortably host up to 120 people for an array of different gatherings. Fairways offers a superb venue for business meetings, lunches and dinners. The small room allows for privacy and intimacy. Doha Golf Club has the experience and expertise to organise golf events and tournaments on your behalf. We can assist you in the management of every detail of your tournament from pre-event planning and invitations to catering, branding and the award ceremony. Contact Details: West Bay, PO Box 13530, Doha, Qatar Telephone: 00974 44960777 Fax: 00974 44834790 Email: info@dohagolfclub.com Website: www.dohagolfclub.com

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NEWS UK ///

UK is Europe’s top destination for Foreign Direct Inward Investment The World Investment Report, published today by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) shows that the UK is the most favoured destination for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Europe and third worldwide. According to the UNCTAD, the stock of FDI in the UK is $US 1,086 billion of FDI stock, an increase on the previous year. Lord Green said: “This report reinforces the UK’s position as one of the most attractive places to do business in the world. The Coalition Government has put attracting and retaining

investment at the heart of its plans for sustainable economic growth and

Businesses benefit from advice to stay safe and prosperous abroad A new service has been launched to help UK companies learn about the security and business risks in 90 markets when working abroad. The new service, called Overseas Business Risk, replaces OSIB – Overseas Security Information for Business – and is particularly aimed at giving UK SMEs the information they might otherwise miss out on to help them do business abroad safely and successfully.

UK research leads to pharmaceutical breakthrough Innovative UK research has identified a highspeed method of developing drugs which could have a game-changing impact on the worldwide pharmaceutical industry. Scientists at Bradford University have created a process of co-crystallisation, which is a faster alternative to traditional methods of creating targeted soluble drug compounds with greater efficiency. “This information is provided by UK Trade & Investment and used as permitted by the Open Government Licence v1.0”

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today’s figures show that we are on the right path.”

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News Qatar ///

QTA Seminar on Digital Marketing Great success A two-day seminar for Qatar’s key hospitality and tourism industry figures on e-marketing strategies and digital tools to improve sales ended in Doha today. Organized by the Qatar Tourism Authority, the seminar received positive feedback from the more than 100 attendees, who plan to utilize the tips and tools they were introduced to at the event. More than 100 people from Qatar’s travel and hospitality industry gathered attended the Qatar Online Tourism Seminar held Monday and Tuesday at the Doha Exhibition Centre, where they heard from experts about the uses of digital tools and e-marketing techniques. “This information is providedby Qatar Tourism Authority”

Qatar has been ranked 14th among a total of 142 countries covered by this year’s Global Competitiveness Report (GCR) while UK is in the position number 10. The main reasons were “The high growth combined with prudent governmental support to the financial sector contributed to Qatar maintaining a strong macroeconomic and

Qatar: Occupancy rates for all hotels in the country reached 63% in the first six months of 2011 compared to 61% for the same period in 2010, according to the semi-annual report released by the Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA). The report stated that the increase shows the continued growth of the hotel sector despite the opening of a large number of new hotels since the beginning of the year. Meanwhile, QTA reported the number of tourists saw a 12.3% increase during the same period.

financial stability,” World Economic Forum (WEF).With a score of 5.24, it has jumped three notches up from last year’s rank of 17 to finish at the 14th spot among 142 countries on the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Competitiveness Index this year. Other positions were Saudi Arabia at rank 17, United Arab Emirates (UAE) at rank 27, Kuwait at 34 and Bahrain at 37.

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EVENTS QATAR & UK

10 Business Travel Show UK The UK’s largest dedicated event for corporate travel professionals.

11 The 20th World

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Petroleum Congress Qatar Hosted for first time in the Middle East.

12 The Qatar Project 2012 Building the future of Qatar.

FEATURE

14 For a Businaess trip, Qatar is the winning option

INVESTMENT/FINANCE

16 Why to invest in UK? According to the UK Trade& Investment Department.

17 List of Best tenders in Qatar

BANKING

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A Fresh Money Transfer Promotion by Doha Bank RBS is 'most innovative investment bank for structured finance'

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FEATURE

20 Starting a business in Qatar? Don’t go alone!

BUSINESS NEWS

23 Services:

King Cruises celebrate New Years Eve in style

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University College of London and Qatar present their Strategic Plan 2011-2015

Products • Air Handlers • Air Handling Unit (PAH) • Comfort Maker (CM) • Air Handling Unit (PAH) With No Bridge • Chillers

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Petra Engineering Industries Co. is a market leader as a designer and manufacturer of sophisticated, high quality commercial and industrial HVAC equipment. With advent of the new millennium, Petra was designing and manufacturing a large array of quality HVAC equipment to suit all commercial and industrial applications. Their strategic finesse and exceptional products enabled them to enter the US market. Being one of the most competitive and challenging markets, the US symbolized a major milestone of success for Petra. With dedicated drive, Petra continues to export to the US and over 50 countries worldwide.

• Dry Cooler Unit • Exhaust fan • Fan coil unit • Packages • Petra Systems • Split Units

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EVENTS UK ///

Business Travel Show 07-8 February 2012 at Earls Court 2 in London

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he Business Travel Show is the UK’s largest dedicated event for corporate travel professionals. Within excess of 180 exhibitors and 5,000 buyers responsible for a travel purse of more than £10.3billion, the Business Travel Show is the flagship event in the European industry calendar. London is the sister show to business travel events in Dusseldorf and Dubai and runs alongside complementary event Travel Technology Europe.

What does exhibiting at the Business Travel Show offer a supplier? •  The largest high quality audience of corporate buyers in Europe and an unrivalled platform to interact and develop new business – 5,021 (ABC Audited Feb 2011). •  Europe’s largest hosted buyer programme for 1,200 pre-qualified corporate buyers, which will deliver more than 6,000 pre-arranged meetings with exhibitors. •  Pre-arranged meetings with buyers from companies of all shapes and sizes. So whoever your target buyer is, you can meet and do business with them at the show. •  The chance to meet new buyers. 65% of buyers have never attended before so the business development opportunity is huge. •  Meet active buyers – 74% are likely to buy as a result of meeting an exhibitor.

Beta international The world’s leading trade exhibition for the equestrian, pet products and country clothing sectors is built on a rich tradition of innovation, design and invention. It is the place to see and be seen, offering the finest business and networking opportunities over three days at the NEC, Birmingham.

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Event in the European industry calendar. London is the sister show to business travel events in Dusseldorf and Dubai and runs alongsi


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The 20th World Petroleum Congress Doha, Qatar, 4-8 December 2011.

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atar will be the first country to host the 20th World Petroleum Congress in the Middle East. The official theme for the 20th World Petroleum Congress is ‘Energy Solutions for All: Promoting Cooperation, Innovation and Investment’. Qatar Petroleum is the host sponsor of the event. The event (sponsored by Qatar Petroleum) consists of a 5-day congress, the largest of its kind in the world with over 5,000 delegates, 500 media and over 500 presenters. The exhibition accompanying the Congress is expected to cover 35,000 square metres, surpassing the previous WPC event in Madrid in 2008 by 20%, and making it the largest WPC exhibition in history. It features exhibits from

the national committees of the World Petroleum Council, the world’s most prestigious national oil and gas companies, and key suppliers, service companies and manufacturers. It is the only existing global exhibition dedicated to the oil, gas and energy industry. The Congress and exhibition will be held at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC). Opening in 2011, QNCC will boast an iconic design and cutting edge facilities in a green technology venue. It is the first facility of its kind in the Middle East being built to the gold certification of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED).

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BUILDING THE FUTURE OF QATAR

The Qatar Economy

Qatar’s Infrastructure Sector

During the past decade, Qatar has witnessed an incredible economic transformation. A massive increase in oil and gas production has fuelled record economic growth, record government surpluses and record investment in energy, infrastructure and housing. Over the past five years real gross domestic product (GDP) growth has averaged 17 per cent, resulting in the economy almost doubling in size. As a result of this impressive economic performance Qatar is now the world’s richest nation on a per capita basis. This is set to continue and Qatar currently forecasts economic growth of about 16 per cent for 2011 and expects a budget surplus of $6.1 billion this fiscal year.

Qatar is carefully planning a long-term strategy for more gradual and sustainable growth under its National Development Strategy. Qatar’s future vision is focused on developing its non-hydrocarbon industries and infrastructure project activity will be the key driver of Qatar’s economy and real GDP growth going forward. The $114.5bn of current known and announced infrastructure projects underpins Qatar’s commitment to its diversification strategy.

Qatar Energy Sector Historically GDP growth has been fuelled by the huge expansion in the Qatari oil and gas sector. Qatar is today the world’s largest LNG exporter making it the major player in the industry. In tandem with its LNG programme, Doha set its sights on becoming the world’s leading centre for the nascent gas-toliquids (GTL) industry. In 2006 Oryx GTL, was inaugurated at Ras Laffan with a design capacity of 34,000 barrels a day (b/d). It was joined this year with the start-up of the much larger Pearl GTL, which has a capacity of 140,000 b/d. North field gas also underpinned a significant expansion in existing fertiliser, petrochemical and steel capacity as well as the establishment of an aluminium capability. For the future of the oil and gas sector in Qatar, any future hydrocarbons investment decisions will not be made until the expiration of the 2015 moratorium on North Field development.

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Qatar Known and Announced Projects (excluding projects under execution) Industry

Fertiliser Industrial Construction Oil Gas Petrochemical Energy projects total Ports Rail Real Estate Road Utilities Infrastructure projects total Grand Total

No. of projects

Projects value $million

2 4 26 17 49 3 7 90 29 25 154 203

700 2,569 26,730 16,650 46,649 7,375 28,233 52,301 9,499 17,037 114,445 161,094

Source: MEED Projects October 2011

Qatar Rail Railway work forms the largest portion of future projects


in Qatar. Qatar Railway Company is responsible for delivering Qatar’s Railway Network that will comprise four metro lines, high-speed long distance passenger lines and a number of freight lines. Geoff Mee, Deputy CEO at Qatar Railway Company confirmed at MEED’s MENA Rail event that one of the key drivers for the company is the provision of the railway services for the FIFA 2022 World Cup and the Qatar Integrated Rail Project (QIRP) budget is projected to be approximately QAR130bbn. The railway system needed for the World Cup is scheduled to be operational by 2020 and the complete railway system will be in place by 2026.

The World Cup Qatar’s bid was based on a novel approach to hosting the event and dealing with its legacy. It calls for almost all key event facilities and venues to be located in a relatively compact area within a radius of 60km. Previous World Cup finals have involved venues in far more distant locations. Doha is also committed to having a carbon-neutral World Cup. This is a major challenge in a country where summer temperatures can reach 50 degrees centigrade and air-conditioning

Qatar is now the world’s richest nation on a per capita basis. This is set to continue and Qatar currently forecasts economic growth of about 16 per cent for 2011 and expects a budget surplus of $6.1 billion this fiscal year. is necessary in June and July. The World Cup finals plan calls for seven host cities and 12 stadiums. Three of the stadiums already exist and will be renovated, while nine will be constructed from scratch. The stadium construction and renovation budget has been set at about $3bn.

Education City Education City will continue to provide considerable opportunities for contractors. As of mid-2011, a further $1.2bn-worth of contract work was either at the contractor prequalification or tendering stage. In addition, there were a handful of other planned projects at the design stage that are scheduled to be

completed by 2014/15. These include a national data centre, an extension to the convention centre and a people mover. To learn more about this event visit www.qatarprojectsconference.com

More about Qatar Project opportunities More than 50 key industry speakers and 500 attendees will convene on 5-8 February 2012 in Doha for MEED’s 9th annual Qatar Projects conference. The 2012 event will showcase the recent developments in Qatar’s energy sector and outline opportunities in the country’s significant infrastructure requirements to meet the 2022 deadline. Key speakers already confirmed include H.E. Abdulla Bin Saoud al-Thani, Governor, Qatar Central Bank, George Nasra, Managing Director, IBQ, Mohammad Siddiqui, Director of Treasury & Planning, Nakilat, Engineer Saad Ahmed Ibrahim Al Mohanadi, Chief Executive Officer, Qatar Railways Company and Abdulsattar Al Rashid, Chief Executive Officer, Qatar Electricity & Water Company.

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FEATURE ///

For a Business trip, Qatar is the winning option Qatar was pointed out as a Great Business destination in the last Middle East World Travel Show held in Dubai, after winning the prestigious Middle East's Leading Business Destination 2011 award.

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lso Qatar Airways was proud of receiving the 2011 Middle East's Leading Airline Business Class award in the prestigious show, which is the travel industry’s equivalent to the Oscars. Both awards have confirmed the efforts of the government of Qatar in increasing the number of various tourist activities as well as sporting and cultural events held in the country. Although Qatar Tourism Authority is not looking for Qatar to be a location for mass tourism, rather QTA are focused on presenting the country as a world class destination, with high-quality services. Qatar Tourism Authority does not seek to attract visitors just for the sake of getting more people. “We want to attract them and make them discover and catch our independent spirit and our progressive orientation, as Qatar is a destination that changes the way people see things. Qatar’s goal is to offer business oriented tourism, combined with unique leisure attractions.” As said on QTA website. But why is Qatar ranked as a high quality conference and exhibition destination? Trevor McCartney, Director of Business Development of the Qatar National Convention Centre, explains to Connecting Qatar UK all the reasons:

Explains to Connecting Qatar UK all the reasons: •  Safe and stable – Despite the global financial crisis, Qatar has managed to maintain its economic growth for the

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last several years. Its consistent high ranking in the Global Peace Index shows that Qatar is one of the safest countries in the world. We have seen a host of high-profile conferences, exhibitions and events such as 15th Doha Asian Games and the latest winning bid, FIFA World Cup 2022. Planners and buyers are seeking safe and stable destinations and Qatar certainly fits the bill. •  Easy access – Qatar acts as the bridge between East and West welcoming visitors from all around the world. Doha International Airport is

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served by major international airlines which operate regular flights from Europe, US and Asia Pacific. Qatar is only seven hours away from the capital cities of Europe and Asia, and 13 hours from major destinations in North America. The award-winning national carrier; Qatar Airways, and other international carriers fly to the capital city of Doha from 102 destinations. The New Doha International Airport is currently being built to accommodate 50 million travellers each year. People and language – Qataris are friendly and extremely hospitable. Qatar is a progressive and modern Arab state where English is widely spoken. Sun-kissed country – Qatar enjoys sunshine and blue skies all year round. World-class accommodation – Doha has a host of luxury hotels offering the traditional Arab hospitality that Qatar is famous for. The luxury hotel chains are well represented as well as a range of three and four star properties. Great food everywhere – In addition to fresh seafood from the Arabian Gulf and traditional Arabian delicacies, Qatar offers a wide range of international cuisine ranging from Asian, Italian, French and Mediterranean. Heritage and culture – Intriguing growth and opportunities in the country and well-thought-out development provides an interesting background for delegates to explore. Unlike other cities in the region, Doha preserves its heritage and culture to complement the modernity of the developing city resulting in a truly authentic Arabian experience. Modern facilities and international service standards blend well with cultural and traditional values. According to the Qatar Tourism Authority, Qatar is already a hub for business and the MICE industry, with over 120 international conferences and exhibitions organized in 2010.

QTA plans to grow the tourism industry by 20% in the next five years.

What to do when the business time is over: “Qatar offers unique Middle Eastern experiences for visitors. These include exciting desert safaris which showcase the remarkable landscapes of the sand dunes, opportunities to catch the graceful oryx in their natural surroundings, marvel at the beauty of pure-bred Arab race horses and sunset cruises on a traditional dhow in Doha Bay.” Trevor says. The Museum of Islamic Art is a must-see for those art enthusiastic as it is one of its kind in the world devoted exclusively to Islamic art. There is also the Arab Museum of Modern Arts where you can witness the expressions of Arab culture and creativity. “A personal favourite of mine is the Souq Waqif, an authentic Arabian market which is home to local cuisines, local souvenirs, multi-coloured spices and is a hub of activities for locals and expats alike. “ Trevor says and adds: “There is also a cultural village called Katara which features an opera house, an open-air amphitheatre, boutique shopping, amazing restaurants and a beach.” CQ

Qatar National Convention Centre Opening in 2011, the Qatar National Convention Centre will be an unparalleled convention facility, boasting iconic design and cutting edge facilities in a world-first green-technology venue. QNCC is the first of its kind being built to the gold certification of U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED). On completion, the QNCC will provide a venue of choice for regional and international conventions, exhibitions, gala events, concerts and banquets. “This information is provided by The Qatar National Convention Centre”

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INVESTMENT & FINANCE ///

Why to invest in UK? Oil and gas have made the Arabian Gulf State one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. But Qatar has still a long way to go in transforming into the desired economic, commercial and technical powerhouse. member states of the European Union, the world’s largest single market. It offers world-class transport links - with Heathrow’s new Terminal 5 , and more expansion planned for international airports, sea containers and the rail network. “London is an energy capital, an unequalled business and financial centre, and a global transportation hub” Ma Weihua, President, China Merchant Bank

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o achieve this ambitious goal the whole country is channelling its wealth into funding the advancement of culture, science and education. Qatar has already done a great job doubling its economy 10 times within 12 to 14 years, according to QTA official figures, and it is now starting to increase its influence both regionally and globally by investing in those countries with a Powerful and Consolidate business background, like the United Kingdom. Being a recognised leader in the fields of creativity, services sector, innovation and Education, the UK is not just a good friend but a constant reference for Qatar. Both, Prime Minister David Cameron and Qatari Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani’ are very aware about the benefits of that union, that is why they have recently compromised to double the bilateral trade from £2.2 billion to £4.4 billion by 2015. The UK is glad to welcome Qatari investors as, using As Prime Minister David Cameron words: “It sends a strong signal to the Qataris that the UK is open for business. We welcome their investment, which can be a driver of growth at home in Britain.” But what will the companies in Qatar

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find when coming to the UK? The UK Trade and Investment department explain to us why connecting business

Setting up in the UK The UK is the easiest place to set up and run a business in Europe (World Bank: ‘Doing Business 2011). It ranks first in Europe and fourth in the world for ease of doing business.

UK Tax and regulatory environment The UK is an internationally competitive location for tax. Advantages include one of the lowest main corporate tax rates in the EU, generous tax allowances and competitive personal rates, the most extensive network of double taxation treaties in the world and low social welfare contributions. The UK is joint first with the USA in the world for Product Market Regulation (PMR). It has the least barriers to entrepreneurship in the world and has the third fewest barriers to trade and investment in the world.

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UK labour market The UK’s labour market is one of the worlds’ most flexible. This factor combined with its strong skills base in the UK is reflected in its excellent record of attracting major foreign investors from all over the world.

Innovation, research and creativity in the UK The UK is one of the world’s leading locations for commercial and academic R&D and creative industries such as film and TV production and computer gaming. With world-class universities and research institutes involved in undertaking leading-edge R&D in all business sectors, many leading companies have already made considerable investments in R&D activities across the UK.

Quality of life in the UK UK residents enjoy a high standard of living, education and recreation. Publicly funded health care is free to all and there is a rich cultural heritage and abundance of leisure facilities. CQ “This information is provided by UK Trade & Investment and used as permitted by the Open Government Licence v1.0”


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Manufacture of a suite of twentythree(23) single storey kiosk buildings providing a variety of service types comprising kitchen, juice bar, cafeteria, sitting, storage, restroom, multiuse, service valet hut. Design follows a common theme of high quality glazed structures up to 7.2mx 4.8m size. Scope of works includes the construction of foundations, fabrication and erection of the Kiosk buildings, connections to utilities, provision of internal finishes.

ECS for extension to DSSA

QR 48,000

Supply of standard stationery items- frame agremeent

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Professional consultancy services for: Environment protection by improved management of construction dewatering stage1 QS/11-12/01/S

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Lusail City

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Construction of Al Nassriya Area sewerage-phase 3-CP 745/3 iA/11-12/C/05/G

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Supply installation and operation of equipment and machinery for the engineering and workshops

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IT staff augmentation information systems department

Supply of fresh juice-milk and dairy products for (2) years

QR 9,000

Supply Installation and operation of FM 200 system

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Supply of fresh bread for (2) years

Ministry of Interior

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25/10/2011 at 12:00hrs

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ITT-DC-QOP-551

Hamad medical corporation

Qatar navigation

Aspire Zone

Qatar Navigation

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prevent the situation from deteriorating further.

Supply of food stuff group (A) meat items for 2 years contract

Supply of drugs

Sic of minor dental equipment

5% of the bid

5% of the bid

5% of the bid

QR 35,000

QR 80,000

Engineering consultancy services for New distribution centre & Extension this tender is intended to provide consultancy services for construction of new distribution centre and extension project Provision of soft and hard landscaping for QAPCO compley in Mesaieed

QR 22,000

Two years price agreement for supply of tires (with &without tubes)

QR 30,000

QR 15,000

Supply and install of kitchen equipment Supply of transition units, MDPE reducers & tees, elbows, end caps coupling (male and female) lockable brass valves and thread tapes

QR 15,000

QR 60,000

stocking and supply of hydrochloric acid (HCL) on call-off basis for a period of three (3) years

QR 8,000

QR 70,000

Stocking and supply of dry chlorine on call-off basis for a period of three (3) years

Supply of telephone cables

QR 50,000

Supply of breating apparatus and escape sets

Stocking and supply of Monosodium phosphate (MSP) on call-off basis for a period of three (3) years

USD 10,000

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QR 200,000

QR 136,875

QR 15,000

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TENDER BOND

Offshore crane Maintenance

Supply of consumable items such as:--steel materials, electrical iteams, welding materials, bolier suits and safety items..etc

Supply, delivery and install of office furniture for Anti-doping lab at Aspire zone

General civil infrastructre maintenance services at ORXY GTL premises

Suppyl and installation of E-mail archiving solution and renewal of Mcafee anti-virus licences

Call off agreement for the period of 5 years for pre printed forms and tag

Supply of Tyres with tubes for the vehicle and heavy Equipment

SUBJECT

withstand the global financial crisis.

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27/10/2011 12:00 noon

18/12/2011 12:00 noon

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BANKING ///

A Fresh Money Transfer Promotion by Doha Bank- Transfer & Win Fabulous Prizes

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oha Bank has announced the launch of its new electronic money transfer campaign with incredible prizes to be given away to 34 lucky Doha Bank customers. Customer who use their Doha Bank Online Banking System, their Doha Bank Mobile Banking Application, or visit any of Doha Bank’s strategically located Branches to transfer money between October 2011 and January 2012, stand a chance to win in the monthly recurring raffle draws to get one of 30 Nokia mobile phones and a blackberry, laptop, home theater or iPad 2 at the end of campaign bumper draw. Pleasingly, customers can also increase their chances of winning with every additional money transfer they make throughout the same period Speaking on the occasion, Mr. R. Seetharaman Doha Bank Group CEO said: “Doha Bank administers relationship and tie up for the electronic money

transfers with banks in various countries judiciously selected to benefit the diverse desires of the residents of Qatar. Customers can transfer funds electronically to 13 countries such as India, Philippines, Lebanon, Turkey and even more countries in the very near future.” During the launching, Mr. Nabil Tabbara, Executive Manager of Retail Banking supposed and said: “Do you send money overseas? Are you tired of waiting in queues? Searching for the best rates? Want to have a secure and fast money transfer?

RBS is ‘most innovative investment bank for structured finance’

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he Banker magazine has presented RBS with the global award of ‘Most Innovative Investment Bank for Structured Finance’. The Banker magazine has presented RBS with the global award of ‘Most Innovative Investment Bank for Structured Finance’ in its Investment Banking Awards 2011. The Banker said that RBS had “reopened the market for a number of structures and found investors for wholly new structures”, citing a number of recent transactions: •  Northern Rock - RBS reintroduced residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) in the first deal for the client since its rescue in 2007. The Banker said the deal demonstrated

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the strength of RBS’s investor education and interaction process. •  BAA - RBS’s long-term, capital-raising relationship resulted in the first noninvestment grade issue by a European utility holding company. The Banker said RBS’s leadership in corporate secured debt demonstrated the close integration between structured finance and the wider debt franchise. •  Federal Deposit Insurance Company (FDIC) - RBS worked with FDIC for five months to structure a wrapped RMBS deal to dispose of assets from 17 failed institutions in order to replenish client funds without selling collateral at a loss. The Banker attributed RBS’s ability to compete

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Doha Bank’s electronic overseas money transfer is the first and best online overseas fund transfer system which gives you the flexibility to transfer money anytime by using your Doha Bank Online Banking System. What makes it even more practical, is Doha Bank’s Mobile Banking Application, with which you can also now transfer money from the convenience of your home or from any corner of the globe that business or leisure may take you. Whether you have a Blackberry, Android, iPhone 4 or even a web enabled phone you can now transfer money and use the smart banking solutions suited for your finest service.” To benefit from this exciting offer, just use Doha Bank’s online or mobile banking service or even visit any Doha Bank branch. For more information log on to www.dohabank.com.qa.

with US competitors to its “stable, experienced structuring team”. •  Macquarie - RBS successfully placed the first-ever Australian asset-backed securities in the US, acting on behalf of Macquarie. The deal provided much-needed diversification for the client and paved the way for other Austalian issuers into the US markets. The Banker said investor education by the bank was vital to securing 30 investors who were unfamiliar with Macquarie’s auto lease structure. Richard Bartlett, Head of Corporate DCM & Risk Solutions, EMEA, said: “This is an excellent endorsement of our ability to innovate and collaborate in order to achieve results for our clients globally. Congratulations to all those involved in this high profile industry award win.”


business opportunities ///

Register to UK Trade & Investment to find the best business opportunities in UK

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atar - is the UK's third largest export partner in the Gulf region at around ÂŁ1.3 billion (2009 goods and services) and is designated as one of UK Trade & Investment's High Growth Markets. The World Economic Forum identified Qatar as one of the fastest growing economies in the world (2010) and the most competitive country in the Middle East & North Africa (2011). The country is currently undergoing major reform and funding an enormous diversification programme of investment in infrastructure, health, education and tourism. More than US$140 billion will be spent on transport (rail, roads and ports), sports, accommodation water and power infrastructure, partly in preparation for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. For details of the latest opportunities in Qatar and

to register to receive alerts for future opportunities, visit the UK Trade & Investment website: www.ukti.gov.uk/ qatar UKTI in London is also working actively with Infrastructure-UK in the Treasury, to help assist Qatari investment in the UK by providing helpful guidance on the inward investment landscape and highlighting the plentiful opportunities for financial investment in the infrastructure and regeneration asset classes. Qatari investment in the UK is warmly welcomed and can provide access to assets and skills that mirror the domestic infrastructure needs in Doha and in Qatar more widely.

maccorp

In today’s fast-moving sophisticated world, people have realized the vital need of complying with the safety norms in the workplace, commercial centers, hotels, leisure venues as well as in homes. Ever since its inception back in 1993 by a group of ambitious entrepreneurs enjoying international expertise, Mac-Corp broke through the clutter and set new standards in firefighting and low current systems, providing state-of-the-art technology.

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FEATURE ///

STARTING A BUSINESS IN QATAR?

DON’T GO IT ALONE! Whether you’re starting a new business in Qatar or simply looking to expand your offering to the Middle East, having a team of experienced professionals on hand to guide you through the process will make life so much easier. Qatar is a country rich in prospects, with a wonderful climate and an equally wonderful lifestyle; it’s the perfect international stage for your business - but to enjoy success to the fullest, you need to get it right.

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s one of the wealthiest world nations, unhindered by the economic catastrophes facing many other countries, Qatar offers an attractive proposition for international industry. While many companies acknowledge the huge potential benefits of conducting business in Qatar, the legal procedure and the need for sponsors and licenses can seem like a minefield to those will little experience. That’s where Business Start Up Qatar come in – for over a decade, we’ve been using our extensive knowledge to help companies just like yours to start up, operate and succeed in this incredible land of opportunity. Of course, life should never be all work and no play, and Qatar also offers almost non-stop sunshine, incredible restaurants and real, genuine warmth from its residents. From sunrise to sunset, you’ll never tire of its magic.

A Guiding Hand Starting a business in any country means lots of organisation; you need to navigate your way through your legal responsibilities, find premises and personal accommodation, organise and implement your marketing strategy, and learn about the traditions and culture of your new associates. Here at Business Start Up Qatar, we’ve made this journey ourselves - and we also have extensive experience of helping many other companies to do the same. We totally understand your fears and concerns, and

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BSUQ can help your business to find its place in the Qatar limelight – with a comprehensive range of online and offline marketing solutions to help portray your company in the best possible light.

we have the means to inform, assist and reassure you at each stage. With BSUQ on hand to simplify the business start up process, you can focus on what you do best, your business, while we help to alleviate the stress and move your company forward; we’re here to guide you every step of the way. From finding a suitable Qatari sponsor, acquiring the appropriate licenses and setting up a bank account, to organising your company registration, you don’t have to go it alone – we specialise in helping businesses to do business, in line with regulations and with sensitivity to local customs. Take Your Place In The Qatar Limelight Qatar is possibly the most forwardthinking and progressive of the Arab states, and the government and people are incredibly welcoming and encouraging of foreign business. With such a low indigenous population, this small but perfectly formed country needs business like yours to help them continue to build on their current, incredible rate of growth. With the World Cup being hosted in Qatar in 2022, there is a definitive need for overseas companies to fulfil infrastructure and industry requirements – and even beyond football, Qatar is set to keep on developing. BSUQ can help your business to find its place in the Qatar limelight – with a comprehensive range of online and offline marketing solutions to help


portray your company in the best possible light. Our support doesn’t stop when your business starts, getting you there and helping you to become established is all part of the service. Isn’t it time that you took the next step and gave your business its best chance to shine? If so, then Qatar could well be the answer.

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10 Essential Qatar Business Tips •  Never be afraid to introduce yourself, your hand of friendship breaks all language barriers •  Choose your business sponsor wisely; always consider what’s important to you and your business •  Always take legal advice if you unsure this will be seen as good business practice •  With face to face meetings keep

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things brief and to the point, but always have the information at hand to go into more depth. Always leave people with a prospectus of what you have done, what you have planned, and your facts and figures The lines between business dealings and personal associations are much less distinct in Qatar - honesty, trust and friendship are the underpinnings of a strong business relationships, so keep this in mind at all times Familiarise yourself with the local holidays, this will help you to plan Respecting one another’s culture and traditions will go such a long way in building relationships Enjoy the refreshing approach with which your new associates manage business meetings and dealings – relax and take pleasure in the less formal structure

•  Don’t be afraid to negotiate! It’s a huge part of Middle Eastern culture •  Enjoy the experience, starting a new business abroad can be a little daunting in the beginning, but Qatar and its people make it more than worth it. To learn more visit www.businessstartupqatar.com or contact steve@businessstartupqatar.com

about the company Business Start Up Qatar has been helping companies from all over the world across a wide range of industry sectors successfully set up and trade in Qatar. We have been helping people start up businesses in Qatar for 10 years and have an in-depth knowledge of all the issues any company setting up in Qatar has to deal with by law.

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ATCCO

Advanced Technical Construction Co.

Services: Our Company Advanced Technical Construction Co. (ATCCO) offers professional Electro mechanical construction services to a wide range of industries in the Gulf region.

management. The project can be both planned and managed to create an A to Z service experience.

• Engineering Activities

Our contracting arm ensures project assessment, design, engineering and execution. Systems are installed, tested, commissioned and inspected before a system is completely integrated. Our services also cover certifying the system ourselves or via a third party. To guarantee continuous satisfaction, a project can be additionally be give life safety and security training.

Our engineering services are well equipped and diverse in such a way to cater to all imaginable needs whether it is tools, materials, equipment, safety personnel, skilled manpower, and QA/ QC Personnel export management or lead estimator. Any ATCCO project is fully covered from an engineering design perspective, procurement, field engineering and export

• Contracting Services

Find our more at www.atcco-me.com

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BUSINESS SERVIcES ///

Celebrate your Christmas Eve with style! King Cruises supplies not just stunning London scenery but offers a fantastic night of sumptuous food. New Year’s Eve on the Thames offers some of the best fireworks in the world and a night on the river Thames will get your New Year off to a bang. Choose from a selection of vessels and departure points and times. Cruises cater for individuals and large groups from 21 years of age.

£120 per head which includes: •  •  •  • 

5 Hour cruise All drinks Party Buffet Disco

A sole proprietorship established on 2006, currently it has Eleven Co Companies from different business sectors which associated to Man Power Supply, Marketing Research, Real Estate Services, Media, Transport and Trading, Fire fighting & Engineering, Electro –Mechanical Construction Services, MEP Contracting, Information Technology and others. Business Zone’s main objective is to support all its group of companies with constant business intelligence and to provide quality services in a long standing tradition of excellence and customer satisfaction.

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BUSINESS EDUCATION ///

UCL Qatar Strategic Plan 2011-2015 UCL Qatar represents a unique threeway partnership between University College London (UCL), Qatar Foundation and Qatar Museums Authority, positioning Qatar as the centre of excellence in museum practice in the region and furthering the understanding of Arab and Islamic archaeology. The arrival of UCL further establishes Qatar as an international centre of excellence in research in archaeology, conservation, cultural heritage and museology.

Vision To establish UCL Qatar as a worldclass research-led higher education institution at the centre of the Arab and Islamic Worlds.

Towards this, UCL Qatar will: •  promote innovative and responsible research, expanding the boundaries of knowledge and understanding, in line with the ethos of UCL and Qatar’s vision for its future; •  offer postgraduate education, professional training and outreach of the highest quality; •  establish and maintain internationally recognised teaching and research

facilities; •  work in collaboration with partner organisations in Qatar and internationally.

Through this, UCL Qatar will: •  recruit world-class faculty to develop sustainable embedded research capacity; •  provide training and research directly relevant for Qatar’s needs and interests; •  enhance the recognition and reputation of Qatar both regionally and

globally..

The founding focus of UCL Qatar is on: •  the archaeology and cultural heritage of the Arab World, including Western Asia, the Arab core lands, and northern Africa. •  the archaeology and heritage of the Islamic cultures of the World and their immediate predecessors. for more information go to www.ucl.ac.uk/qatar/ “This information is provided by UCL Qatar”

Our Mission: We are the # 1 hr Solutions Company here in

Qatar

Our Vision: We inspire individuals and organisations to work

more effectively and efficiently, and create greater choice in the domain of work, for the benefit of all concerned. As the world‘s leading provider of HR solutions – a business that has a positive impact on millions of people every year – we are conscious of our global role.

Kawader Manpower www.kawadermanpower.com call us now +974- 44340834

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Core Values •  Integrity & Professionalism •  Energy •  Target & Action-Oriented

•  Service Quality & Customer-Oriented •  Proactive to Change •  Passion for Excellence


BUSINESS Property ///

Harrods Estates Heads To Hong Kong For MIPIM Asia Harrods Estates, the luxury real estate arm of the Harrods targeting the Asian Market. Despite the current global economic forecast, Harrods Estates has been witnessing renewed interest and record sales of its prime central London residential property to the South East Asian market over the last six months – a seminal factor in its decision to attend this pre-eminent real estate event, for the first time. The weak pound and soaring domestic prices have made the London property market extremely attractive to South East Asian buyers. Whilst in mainland China, the authorities have restricted property speculators to dampen the market, in Hong Kong, prices have risen by 70 per cent in under two years. Data from real estate service provider Savills, has shown that currently buyers from southeast Asia - and those from the mainland and Hong Kong in particular - account for 35 percent of new development sales in London, making the Chinese the most active overseas buyers in the city. Shirley Humphrey, Sales and Marketing Director for Harrods Estates, commented: ‘This is a particularly interesting time in the Central London property market. Whilst traditional

buyers and renters from North America and Europe are finding their domestic economic situations constricting their property investment decisions, it is precisely the domestic environment in South East Asia that has shown a 15%

increase in sales to the region by Harrods Estates over the last 6 months. In 2010, 40% of our sales came from Asia. ‘The time is now right for us to visit Hong Kong and we look forward to attending MIPIM Asia.’

About Harrods Estates Specialises in the sale, let, acquisition and management of some of the most exclusive properties in central London. Established in 1994, the Harrods Estates team is divided between two offices. The flagship Knightsbridge office is opposite the main Harrods store on Brompton Road and covers the areas

of Knightsbridge, Chelsea, Belgravia and South Kensington, whilst the Mayfair office on Park Lane focuses on Regent’s Park, St John’s Wood, Mayfair, Marylebone and St James. For further information please call Harrods Estates on 0207 225 6506 or visit www.harrodsestates.com

BOJAMHOOR is a leading general contractor based in the State of Qatar. Established in 1976. With professional organization providing high-end quality construction, engineering and trade activities in various areas and in vast . Bojamhoor,a class A Government classified contracting company has in its employ a permanent Task Force of highly skilled and unskilled categories, well guided and supervised by a selected team of well qualified and well experienced Engineers and Technical professionals, totally devoted to achieving the optimum output. Our commitment to execute projects with highest quality, on schedule and within budget while adhering to excellent standards of health, safety and environmental positioned BOJAMHOOR to be recognized as an icon in the construction community in Qatar.

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BUSINESS Construction ///

Lusail City Prepares for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Hotels, Restaurants, Stadiums and Hospitals to be at the Service of the Championship

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usail City will ensure that all of its services are dedicated to hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup, with hotels, stadiums, parks and all other facilities designed and operated to ensure a successful championship.The total area of the Lusail City project is 38 square kilometers, including 28 kilometers of waterfront. It will comprise marinas ith berthing for yachts and motorboats and several canals, and will feature 5 islands and 19 commercial and residential areas. Lusail City has been planned as a fully integrated community with entertainment and residential areas and public venues – a city designed to be atractive to all. The Lusail City master plan specifies accommodation for 200,000 residents, a workforce of 170,000, and a capacity to welcome 80,000 visitors in the highest standards. The city will have the facilities to provide its population with everything it needs to live in comfort. The city’s target population number is 450,000 people. Lusail City will be home to a wide range of residential and commercial units. It will also contain 22 luxury hotels. As a place both to live in and invest in, the city offers an extremely a¬ractive prospect. Lusail City has also invested a great deal of its resources in sports facilities. There will be five

outstanding sports fields for training at Al-Wadi, Aqua Park and Education City, and also the 86,000-seater Lusail National Stadium for major sporting events. The stadium will represent a quantum leap in terms of football stadium design. Work in the Lusail City development first started with the Marina district, which will eventually have 80,000 residents. The centerpiece is a marina with space for 90 boats, and entertainment options that will give residents access to all the amenities of modern living. The Marina district will be the largest of its kind in the Gulf region in terms of size and population. Because the city is surrounded by water on all sides, there was an obvious demand for a water taxi service that would be both a practical and fun means of ge¬ing around. There will also be a light-rail network with stations linking the different parts

For more information contact info@tesconqatar.com www.tesconqatar.com

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of Lusail City. The company also recently begun work on the Fox Hills area of development, and has already a¬racted a significant number of investors. Fox Hills covers a total of 1,6 million square meters, and will include a general hospital with 200 beds, 36 schools and 35 mosques. There will also be a fullyserviced media city and six large open areas for recreation. The Lusail Marina district will be home to 102 towers ranging from 15 to 40 storeys in height. The city will also include cafes, restaurants, cinemas and golf courses. Several international competitions were held in order to choose the best design for landscaping, street lighting, ornamental stonework and benches used in the city. Also, 36 private and public schools will be built in various parts of the city, in addition to a 200-bed general hospital and several private clinics. This information is provided by www.lusail.com

Tescon began as “Technology for Electrical Services” company late in the 90s primarily carrying out electrical contracting work on small residential and commercial projects. At the time when substantial infrastructure work was taking place in Qatar, the company had its role and made contribution to the economic progress of the country by serving in the construction sector. Presently, Tescon provides quality contracting services in the field of: • Electrical • Plumbing & Drainage ��� IT Networking and Infrastructure


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More than 50 key industry speakers and 500 attendees will convene in Doha for MEED’s 9th annual Qatar Projects conference. The 2012 event will showcase the recent developments in Qatar’s dynamic energy sector and outline opportunities in the country’s significant infrastructure market to meet the 2022 deadline.

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