The Business Year

Firms across the country are picking up the slack, establishing new partnerships, and diving headfirst into new industries in order to keep the country on pace with the latest developments in industry, health, education, and construction.

Mohamed Taleb Al Khauri

Managing Director, Taleb Group of Companies

The Turkish Hospital is a project that I am really proud of because it is showing that we can be diversified and that we can be successful in the way we run. Volkan, its CEO, is the one with the know-how to manage a hospital from A-Z, including selecting the doctors, departments, and equipment. Moving forward, we hope to establish partnerships with Qatar Foundation and Qatar Airways to service their employees. The hospital offers the latest equipment and with efficient services guaranteed to satisfy all types of customers. Additionally, Turkish Hospital will soon include a beauty center, mainly for plastic surgery and skin treatment. It will also provide services to do hair transplants in Doha by experienced Turkish surgeons. The next phase is to open a dental facility focused on bringing the latest technology to Qatar. That said, we also have business lines that help advance industrial production of Qatar and assist other industries in having the necessary input for their processes. We produce blocks for the construction industry, in addition to industrial gases.

Sheikh Abdullah Bin Ahmed Bin Abdulla Al Thani

Chairman, Sharaka Holdings

Sharaka means partnership in English, and we are a diversified platform of companies whose core business is real estate, but whose related supporting businesses support it in manufacturing, retail, and services. We are a player in the national economy. As a service provider and real estate developer in Qatar, we try to support the government’s efforts to diversify the economy and bring quality into the market. For us to be sustained in this competitive market, it is all about quality and catering to the needs of clients. We do not only work on a niche market to serve an upmarket but are working between the middle to the upper-middle class and exclusive markets. That said, the government has always been supportive of plans to enhance and upgrade blue-collar workers, residents, and activities. When it comes to related businesses within Sharaka, there is a kind of synergy created amongst the companies. We are also happy to have become a small player in the education sector by bringing the Sherborne School to the country.

Sultan Omair M F Alnaimi

Chairman, Sultan Omair M F Alnaimi

I established my company, Sultan International, SITNA, in 1992, which has now evolved into a diversified group with segments ranging from maritime solutions, industrial services, and bulk transportation to construction and infrastructure development and restaurants. SITNA is now one of the fastest growing and most diverse groups in the country. We are extremely proud to play a major role in meeting our country’s challenging economic development demands over the past three decades. This has made Qatar one of the fastest-growing economies in the world and prepared it not only to implement its National Vision 2030, but also host FIFA World Cup 2022. In today’s business world, economies need to be diversified. They must be strategically self-sufficient and able to cater to the needs of an autonomous nation. With the same philosophy, we entered into the plastic, precast, and carpentry industry. Industrial activity is highly promising in Qatar and still has many opportunities.

Mohamed bin Ahmed bin Twar

Chairman, Bin Twar & Partners

The Qatar Chamber of Commerce is promoting entrepreneurship and innovation with a focus on SMEs by providing specific training courses and holding regular events such as the ‘Made in Qatar’ exhibition, to create and establish Qatari brands. The chamber also works in collaboration with Qatar University and Qatar Development Bank. Together we launched the joint MA’AN initiative to support and promote entrepreneurship through new and innovative mechanisms. As for the blockade, it has pointed Qatar’s economy toward new opportunities for growth and diversity, as Qatari businessmen and the private sector broaden their horizons by establishing new trading routes to Qatar via other countries. It has also accelerated food security projects, which have already started yielding impressive results. Geostrategically, Qatar is strengthening its relations with countries on the basis of mutual interests. In 2017, the chamber hosted over 52 foreign trade delegations to discuss bilateral trade relations and investment opportunities.

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