Qatar Airways is pleased to announce it has signed a codeshare agreement with IndiGo

Qatar Airways is pleased to announce it has signed a codeshare agreement with IndiGo, India’s largest passenger airline. Sales will start from today with the first codeshare flights to operate from 18 December 2019.

This agreement will enable the airline to place its code on IndiGo flights between Doha and Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad and is the first step in strengthening cooperation between the ‘World’s Best Airline’ and the ‘Best Low-Cost Airline in India’.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are extremely proud to secure this strategic partnership with IndiGo, the largest airline in one of the world’s fastest growing aviation markets. We believe this agreement will be just the first step in strengthening our relationship and we very much look forward to working together to harness our complementary strengths and resources to enhance the travel experience for our passengers around the world.”

IndiGo Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Ronojoy Dutta, said: “This is a momentous occasion for us, as we sign this codeshare agreement with one of the finest airlines in the world. This strategic alliance will not only strengthen our international operations, but also boost economic growth in India, by bringing in more traffic and heralding opportunities for trade and tourism through seamless mobility. We are confident of a successful partnership as we extend our signature on-time, courteous and hassle-free service experience to the passengers of Qatar Airways. These are exciting times for the aviation industry and it is our commitment to remain focused in building one of the best air transportation systems in the world.”

Qatar Airways currently operates 102 weekly flights between Doha and 13 destinations in India, including Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Mumbai, Nagpur and Thiruvananthapuram.

The airline’s cargo division, Qatar Airways Cargo, currently operates a total of 28 weekly freighters to seven destinations in India. The top three cargo destinations in India are Mumbai, Chennai and Ahmedabad.

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Airline’ by the 2019 World Airline Awards, managed by the international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’, ‘World’s Best Business Class’, and ‘Best Business Class Seat’, in recognition of its ground-breaking Business Class experience, Qsuite.

Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of more than 250 aircraft via its hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA), to more than 160 destinations worldwide. The world’s fastest-growing airline has added a number of exciting new destinations to its growing network this year, including Rabat, Morocco; Izmir, Turkey; Malta; Davao, Philippines; Lisbon, Portugal; Mogadishu, Somalia; and Langkawi, Malaysia. The airline will add Gaborone, Botswana, in 2019 to its extensive route network along with Luanda, Angola; and Osaka, Japan, in 2020.

IndiGo is India’s largest passenger airline with a domestic market share of 47% as of August 2019 and is amongst the fastest growing carriers in the world. IndiGo has a simple philosophy: offer low fares and an on-time, courteous, hassle-free service. With its fleet of over 240 aircraft, the airline offers almost 1,500 daily flights and connects 60 domestic destinations and 23 international destinations.


Qatar and Turkey ties moving towards successful conclusion.

The Amir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani has expressed his delight over the meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, stressing that the Qatari-Turkish partnership is progressing successfully.
In a tweet, the Amir said, “The Qatari-Turkish partnership is moving towards its objectives successfully… I was delighted to meet my brother President Erdogan in Doha, where we discussed vital bilateral and regional and global issues. We agreed to use the potential in this partnership for optimally serving the interests of the people of the two countries and the people of the whole region.”

The Amir and the Turkish president chaired the 5th session of the Qatar-Turkey Supreme Strategic Committee at the Amiri Diwan on Monday.

The meeting dealt with the strong strategic ties in all fields, particularly political, trade partnerships, economy and investment. It also touched upon energy affairs, manufacturing, industry, education, media, healthcare, tourism, and projects related to the hosting of 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The 5th session saw the signing of a slew of agreements and memoranda of understanding. The agreements are:
● Amending currency-swap agreement signed between Qatar Central Bank and the Central Bank of Turkey.
● An agreement between the government of Qatar and the government of Turkey on cooperation in the manufacturing and the technology fields.
● A Memorandum of Understanding between Qatar Financial Center and the financial office of the presidency in Turkey.
● An MoU between Qatar Investment Promotion Agency and the investment office at the presidency of Turkey.
● An MoU in the field of urban planning between the governments of Qatar and Turkey.
● A declaration of intent between Qatar General Organization for Standards and Metrology (QS) and the Turkish Standards Institution (TSE).
● A Memorandum of Understanding in the field of standards between the Public Works Authority (Ashghal) and the Turkish Standards Institution (TSE).

The two sides reaffirmed their commitment to maintaining and promoting peace, security and stability in the Middle East and neighbouring regions.

The committee also stressed the importance of the unity of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), especially in light of the challenges surrounding the region. It stressed the need to adhere to the principles of mutual respect and full sovereignty of states and non-interference in their internal affairs and good-neighbourliness. It said constructive dialogue is the only way to end the Gulf crisis.

The two sides reaffirmed their commitment to maintaining maritime safety in the Gulf region. They stressed the importance of avoiding any rhetoric or action that would increase tensions in the region and urged all parties to exercise maximum restraint and refrain from escalation.

The two sides also stressed on their commitment to enhancing the legal framework of their bilateral ties. They also expressed their satisfaction with the increase in bilateral trade volume in a way that reflects the strength of political ties.

The committee welcomed the Qatari companies’ increasing interest in investing in Turkey, and reviewed the commitment made by Qatar to invest $15 billion in Turkey, which was announced by the Amir during the visit to Turkey in August of 2018. The two sides pledged to continue their coordination in the financial field.

The committee also expressed its satisfaction with enhancing cooperation in projects related to hosting the World Cup finals in 2022. The Qatari side welcomed the participation of Turkish companies in infrastructure projects related to the World Cup and to the Qatar National Vision 2030. The two sides agreed to raise the level of their participation in each other’s infrastructure projects.

The committee stressed on the importance of the role played by trade chambers in enhancing investment opportunities. The two sides agreed to encourage the regular participation in trade exhibitions that they both organise, in order to promote bilateral trade.

The committee welcomed cooperation in the tourism field, including health tourism. In that regard, the Qatari side suggested that Turkish delegations pay field visits to health facilities in Qatar to get to know the healthcare sector better and offer suggestions that could benefit both sides in different fields.

The committee expressed its appreciation to the increase in the number of flights between the two countries, and the strong cooperation in the field of civil aviation. In that context, the committee called for holding a bilateral meeting between aviation authorities in either Doha or Ankara.

The two sides also recommended the exchange of expertise, information, and visits in the field of developing land transport systems.

The Qatari side for its part suggested the enhancement of cooperation in the field of standards and metrology.
The private sectors committee called for examining and evaluating investment opportunities in free zones and industrial areas located in the two countries.

The two sides also expressed their willingness to enhance cooperation in defence industries over the long-term.
The committee also discussed the importance of enhancing cooperation in the field of food security. The two sides also called for enhancing their ties by establishing a twinning agreement between their respective cities.
The two sides stressed the need for a political settlement of the Cyprus issue through constructive dialogue based on existing facts.

Both sides expressed concern over the recent developments in Palestine which have undermined the possibility of a two-state solution. They reaffirmed their commitment to the just Palestinian cause and their strong support for the establishment of an independent, sovereign State of Palestine within the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital.
Both sides condemned Israel’s continued use of excessive and disproportionate force against Palestinian civilians, its successive attempts to undermine the legal status of Jerusalem.

The two sides reaffirmed their mutual interest and solidarity in the fight against terrorism and reaffirmed their determination to cooperate to counter the threat posed by terrorist organisations, including ISIS, the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, the Gulen terrorist organisation and other affiliated organisations.

The two sides affirmed their continued commitment to support the political process to end the Syrian crisis in a way that guarantees Syria’s sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity. They expressed their desire to see a stable, peaceful, prosperous and democratic future for Syria in line with the legitimate aspirations of its people.
The two sides stressed that there can be no military solution to the ongoing Syrian crisis, especially since the conflict can only be resolved through a negotiated political process, in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 2254. They called on the international community to support efforts to stabilise the situation and contribute to a lasting and credible political solution to the crisis.

The two sides rejected all attempts to find new facts based on the grounds of combating terrorism, and expressed their determination to stand against separatist programmes aimed at undermining the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria as well as the national security of neighboring countries. In this regard, the Turkish side expressed its gratitude to the State of Qatar for its support to Operation “Peace Spring”.

Both sides expressed their appreciation for their cooperation in providing support to Syrians under temporary protection in Turkey. The Turkish side welcomed the assistance provided by Qatar through Qatar Charity Foundation and Qatar Red Crescent Society which helped improve the living conditions of Syrians. The Turkish side expressed its appreciation for Qatar’s commitment to continue its contributions in the future.
Both sides reaffirmed their commitment to support international efforts to facilitate the safe and voluntary return of displaced Syrians to Syria.

The two sides welcomed the contribution of Qatar Fund For Development (QFFD) to the initiative to accelerate the impact of the Sustainable Development Goals, launched by Turkey and UNDP to support innovative solutions to the needs of refugees.

The two sides stressed the importance of preserving Iraq’s unity and territorial integrity in order to achieve regional stability. In the light of the ongoing demonstrations in Iraq, the two sides expressed their concern over the loss of life and the accompanying casualties. They stressed the need to meet the legitimate aspirations of the Iraqi people. They also reaffirmed their readiness to assist reconstruction efforts in Iraq.

The two sides stressed the importance of the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Yemen, and the need to end the war in Yemen through national reconciliation and constructive dialogue.

Both sides expressed their concern over the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Libya, and stressed the importance of ensuring a full and lasting ceasefire to start a comprehensive political process. They called for a non-military solution to the conflict in Libya and reaffirmed their commitments to the Libyan-led and UN-sponsored political process to find a lasting solution.

The two sides reiterated their commitment to contribute to the development of the African continent and promote possible joint cooperation projects to this end.

The two sides affirmed their support for peace, stability and development in Somalia and Sudan.
The two sides reaffirmed their determination to strengthen their cooperation and solidarity in international and regional organisations, including the United Nations and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.
The Turkish side congratulated Qatar on its successful hosting of the 16th Ministerial Meeting of Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) and the positive results of the meeting.

The Qatari side expressed its readiness to cooperate with Turkey during its current chairmanship of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue, and to work jointly during the State of Qatar’s hosting of the third summit of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue to be held in 2020.

The two sides agreed to continue to closely monitor the implementation of the recommendations and decisions of the Supreme Strategic Committee.

The two sides also agreed to hold the sixth session of Qatar-Turkey Supreme Strategic Committee meetings in Turkey in 2020 at a date to be determined through diplomatic channels.

The two sides praised the spirit of sincere brotherhood and the common will witnessed in the deliberations, which reflects the depth and strength of the distinguished relations between the two countries and brotherly people.

The Turkish president expressed his deep appreciation to the Amir for the warm welcome and hospitality extended to him and his delegation during their stay in their second country, Qatar. Amir, Erdogan preside over Qatar-Turkey Supreme Strategic Committee meet
• Two countries reaffirm commitment to maintaining maritime safety in the Gulf
• Committee stresses importance of the unity of GCC

11 Qatari graduates to join HSBC

HSBC Qatar has selected 11 young Qatari graduates who will join its business teams to start their new careers in international banking.

The HSBC Graduates Programme in Qatar offers excellent opportunities for young ambitious students who are eager to start a career in a dynamic international institution.

“This year we have been very impressed by the highly talented applicants who wanted to join the bank. It is a priority for the bank to invest in the development of a strong talent pool and the bank’s human capital,” Shamsa al-Fahd, Country Head of Human Resources at HSBC in Qatar said.

The graduate programme is designed to develop new joiners by giving them experience in multiple levels of domestic and international banking and finance over a period of two years.

The candidates will go through four rotations, each lasting for six months and are designed to give graduates a broad experience of HSBC business streams as well as international exposure.

Shaikha al-Thani, Khalid Marafi, Meera al-Suwaidi, Noora al-Sidiky, Khalid al-Mannai, Aisha al-Majed, Lolwa al-Marwani, Ahmad al-Khuzaei, Faryal A Dad, Samar M Abusar and Hosni Abunada will take their initial assignments in several different business lines within the bank.

“They have been successful after a rigorous selection process that defined them as top candidates and exceptional talent. They can look forward to a very exciting career with HSBC,” said Hussain Ali al-Sharshani, Head of Nationalisation and Local Talent at HSBC Qatar.


MENA millennials have a real opportunity to fill regional skills gap in cybersecurity, Booz Allen Hamilton says

Millennials in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have the potential to resolve major cyber talent shortages in the region if the industry recognizes and leverages their potential, a recent Viewpoint by Booz Allen Hamilton has revealed.

Globally, there is a shortage of 2.9 million cybersecurity professionals, according to the 2018 Cybersecurity Workforce Study. This gap is also pronounced in the MENA where organizations sometimes lack understanding of cybersecurity requirements; businesses find it difficult to support new staff with necessary training; and qualified talent can be hard to find. But given that the region has one of the world’s youngest populations and highest youth unemployment rates, there is tremendous opportunity to better engage millennials in the cyber workforce.

Souheil Moukaddem, Executive Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton, said: “Data from the World Bank shows that the millennial generation in the MENA comprises approximately one-third of the total population and more than 50 percent of the labor force. Therefore, there is a huge opportunity to harness their untapped potential. Furthermore, as digital natives, many are tech-savvy enough to quickly acclimate and evolve into a cybersecurity occupation with the appropriate formal and on-the-job training.”

Research has also shown that the cybersecurity profession aligns with MENA millennial career motivators, including the ability to continuously learn and have a successful career. It is also often known for prioritizing continued professional development for valued industry certifications, offering engaging work that evolves to keep pace with an ever-changing threat landscape, career progression opportunities, and highly commanded salaries.

The opportunities and career motivators exist, however better preparation and engagement will go a long way in attracting MENA millennials to join the future cybersecurity workforce. A concerted effort is needed to design targeted cyber-awareness campaigns to improve the cybersecurity employee value proposition and engage millennials through government, employer, and academia collaboration.

Booz Allen recommends strategic initiatives to attract and develop millennials for the cybersecurity profession. This includes developing a holistic program with multiple stakeholders, including government, employers, and academia and supporting it with a professionalized career model, motivation-based recruitment and workforce capacity building.

Ziad Nasrallah, Principal at Booz Allen Hamilton MENA, said: “Looking ahead, employers must identify risk-based and adaptive workforce needs, tailor the employee value proposition, and adopt a ‘hire-and-train’ strategy to drive cybersecurity capability development. Academia can also design interdisciplinary cybersecurity curriculums, foster connections between students and employers and offer experiential cybersecurity training. These measures will go a long way in ensuring that cyber careers are top of mind among professionals in the GCC.”

Everyone has a shared responsibility to reach out to millennials in the cybersecurity profession to close critical workforce gaps. While cybersecurity jobs are available and the cybersecurity profession largely aligns with MENA millennial career motivators, the next stage is to prepare them for the job responsibilities required for the cybersecurity profession.


Qatar’s new investment laws among most competitive in the region

Eudald Franquesa Ortiz, Country Editor, The Business Year Qatar. Pic: Qassim Rahmatullah / The Peninsula
By Lani Rose R Dizon I The Peninsula

Qatar has taken the right steps when it comes to adapting its legislation to make it more appealing for foreign investors. In fact, the incentives currently offered in the country are among the most competitive in the region which makes Qatar a free economy, Eudald Franquesa Ortiz, Country Editor of global media group The Business Year (TBY) Qatar has said.

The Business Year (TBY), the globally reputed interview-based publication, conducts hundreds of interviews each week with top decision makers in the Middle East, Latin America, Central and Southeast Asia, Africa, and Europe. TBY Qatar is giving final touches to its 2020 edition.

In an interview with The Peninsula ahead of releasing the latest edition of TBY Qatar, its Editor highlighted Qatar’s recently announced reforms in the country’s investments laws, including Freehold Property Law and Non-Qatari Capital Investment Law. He said the reformed laws will help increase the pace of foreign capital inflow to the country. Ortiz added that the recent changes have already attracted the attention of international investors that have seen Qatar an incredibly good opportunity to invest and grow their business in the region.

“The legislations are really well thought out, but the authorities need to make sure that the laws are duly enforced. That means that a strong executive body should be appointed in the upcoming months in order to make sure that the international investors coming to Qatar have the guarantees that they will be able to operate under the new legislations,” he added.

Ortiz, who has been investigating the projects and developments in Qatar’s business sector, also emphasised the general commitment and strong ambition of the country’s business leaders. “Qatar is in the best hands possible. The country is well on its way to an advanced level of development. In terms of real estate, we find state-of-the-art buildings incorporating the latest technologies. Parts of the country, like Lusail City and West Bay, are among the most developed smart cities on the planet, and Qatar is leading the globe in the rollout of 5G,” he added.

On Qatar’s readiness to host the upcoming Fifa World Cup 2022, Ortiz said the country wasted no time in developing the necessary infrastructure, including stadiums and transport links. “In terms of hospitality, a big number of hotels and tourist attractions, like malls and museums, have also been inaugurated recently. Qatar is ready to host the World Cup, but it is also ready to develop a proper and sustainable tourism sector, which will have a long-lasting impact on the country’s economy,” he added.

Ortiz went on to highlight programmes like The Single Window System by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI) which aims to increase the ease of doing business in Qatar. “We have also been following closely the creation of the Free Zones, which will be without a doubt a truly appealing incentive for international companies to settle in Qatar,” he added.

According to Ortiz, the blockade, which unleashed Qatar’s maximum potential, has also led not only to the expansion of the country’s food sector, but to a renaissance in the industrial sector as well. He added: “Qatar is experiencing a vibrant industrial renaissance. That is easy to tell with just a quick visit to the Industrial Area, where it is easy to spot the large number of new factories that are being established. We need to be grateful to the amazing job carried out by the Qatar Development Bank, which is giving powerful incentives to new investors to set up industrial operations”.

In order to sustain the momentum, Ortiz highlighted the importance of easing the process for foreign companies setting up in the country, as well as the need to financially assist investors willing to start new factories, farms, and other companies in Qatar.

Speaking about the government’s efforts towards national digital transformation, Ortiz highlighted TASMU Smart Qatar programme by the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC), and added that fintech was another sector that Qatar is investing heavily in.

However, Ortiz believes that while Qatar is making the right steps towards economic diversification, gas, especially with the estimated LNG capacity expansion by Qatar Petroleum, will remain the spine of the Qatari economy for the upcoming years.

“We have identified, though, an increasing interest from Qatar to produce value-added products using its natural resources, with a big emphasis on petrochemicals. Local companies are already feeling the impact of the TAWTEEN project, which will create a strong local supply chain for the oil and gas sector,” he added.

Looking ahead, Ortiz forecasts a positive growth for the country’s real estate sector. He added: “Qatar has the largest GDP per capita in the world, and that reflects in the purchasing power of its population, which is a good indicator for real estate growth. I believe Lusail City is an area which offers the perfect conditions for real estate to flourish. It will also de facto become the centre of Doha in the upcoming years”.

Ortiz added that the large number of expatriates who will be attracted by the new LNG expansion programme and by the new companies being established in the country will also boost Qatar’s real estate sector. He added: “Qatar will host some of the most coveted sport events in the world. And this has already created strong incentives for a large amount of investments to be placed in new residencies and hotels. Regarding oversupply in the market, I believe that dropping the housing prices will increase the appetite for real estate and bring dynamism to these areas. But I understand that as a result of bullish market forecasts Qatar’s real estate market for the upcoming years, some sellers prefer not to drop their current prices,” Ortiz added.

Source: By Lani Rose R Dizon  –

Vodafone Qatar Premieres the Region’s First 5G MiFi® Mobile Hotspot from Inseego

5G MiFi(R) by Inseego – The FIRST 5G Mobile Hotspot in Qatar, available only through Vodafone Qatar. (Graphic: Business Wire)

November 25, 2019 04:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

SAN DIEGO & DOHA, Qatar–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Vodafone Qatar, together with Inseego Corp., a pioneer in 5G and IoT device-to-cloud solutions, today introduced the 5G MiFi M1100, the first commercially available 5G mobile hotspot in Qatar and the region. With this new 5G MiFi hotspot, Vodafone Qatar customers can enjoy the power of 5G on their existing phones and other devices even if they are not 5G-enabled. Priced at QR 1,999 the 5G MiFi M1100 is available now at all Vodafone Qatar stores.

We’re bringing #5G to life all over the world with our secure MiFi mobile hotspots. We congratulate Vodafone Qatar as they introduce our new 5G MiFi M1100 to their customers.

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The MiFi M1100 delivers lightning-fast video streaming, lag-free videoconferencing, cloud gaming, VR experiences and more on Vodafone’s world-class 5G GigaNet network. Coupled with Vodafone Qatar’s Unlimited 5G Plans, this hotspot enables users to take full advantage of 5G, with powerful connectivity for all their mobile devices, be it at home, in the city or camping in the desert.

The 5G MiFi M1100 can connect up to 16 devices simultaneously (15 by Wi-Fi plus one by USB or ethernet), from laptops, tablets and smartphones to TVs and security cameras. Built on Inseego’s trusted MiFi® iQ platform, it optimizes signal performance with proprietary 5G antenna technology and protects connections with enterprise-grade security. Its power optimization features, QuickCharge™ technology and high-capacity battery also ensure around-the-clock uptime.

“We’re pleased to be one of the world’s first operators to bring the power of 5G MiFi mobile hotspots to our customers,” said Vodafone Qatar Chief Executive Officer Sheikh Hamad Abdulla Al-Thani. “This is an important step forward in delivering new 5G services that enhance our lives through new digital experiences, smart cities and other exciting areas.”

“We’re proud to deliver our 5G MiFi hotspots to Vodafone Qatar, enabling their customers to experience incredibly fast, seamless connections wherever they go,” said Inseego Chairman and CEO Dan Mondor. “We’re continuing to support the industry’s first wave of 5G NR network launches around the globe with our leading-edge 5G solutions. This commercial deployment, which takes our 5G products into another new geography, is an important milestone for Inseego.”

Vodafone Qatar is playing a leading role in the deployment and commercial availability of 5G. The Company’s extensive 5G network covers key locations across the country, offers the only 5G plans and recently announced the launch of 5G roaming services, starting with the United Kingdom.

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