Commerce minister accompanies delegation on tour of Al Thumama Stadium
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani will patronise today the opening of the Qatar Economic Forum, Powered by Bloomberg, with the participation of a number of heads of state and government, ministers, senior political and economic officials, experts and heads of companies from Qatar and the world.
His Highness the Amir will deliver a speech at the opening session of the forum, which will be held at The Ritz-Carlton, Doha.
Being held under the theme ‘Equalising the Global Recovery’, the forum is expected to draw more than 75 main-stage Qatari, regional and international speakers, and more than 500 global attendees, from chief executive officers to influential entrepreneurs and leaders of disruptive businesses.
The forum will also discuss the economic strategies adopted to diversify sources of income in a way that contributes to reducing climate change, eliminating poverty, reducing inflation, protecting the environment, providing investment opportunities in the sports sector, preparing to host the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, future technology prospects, and ways to support the renaissance of the African continent in the 21st century.
Meanwhile, as part of the Qatar Economic Forum programme, HE Sheikh Mohamed bin Hamad bin Qassim al-Thani, Minister of Commerce and Industry, accompanied a delegation of senior officials on a tour of Al Thumama Stadium, during their visit to learn about Qatar’s preparations to host the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
The delegation included Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé, President of Togo, and a number of other dignitaries such as Scott Havens, CEO of Bloomberg Media, members of the supreme organising committee of QEF 2022, representatives of diplomatic missions in Qatar, and CEOs of a
number of banks and major local and international companies. The delegation was briefed on the various facilities of Al Thumama Stadium and its readiness to host World Cup matches.
Located 12km south of the heart of Doha, Al Thumama Stadium will host the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 matches from the group stage matches up to the quarter-finals. The design of the stadium was inspired by the ‘gahfiya’, the traditional woven head cap worn by men and boys across the Arab world.
Considering that the football extravaganza is happening for the first time in the Middle East region, the attendees of QEF, whose key sessions and themes will start today, were given a glimpse of the prospects and pace with which the country is executing several infrastructure projects in a time bound manner for the smooth conduct of the sporting event.
Doha, which has had its name etched in the international economic and financial circles through its World Trade Organisation (WTO) Round in 2001, has always been a sought-after platform to bring together policy makers, thought leaders and different members of the global business community.
Last year’s version had 11 presidents, as well as ranking government officials, international organisations, corporations and experts from as many as 120 countries.
Sheikh Ali bin Abdullah bin Khalifa al-Thani, chief executive of Media City and also chairman of the supreme committee organising the second Qatar Economic Forum 2022, has said the participation of world leaders and ranking officials reflects Qatar’s status as a regional and international hub for business, investment, sports, and education.
The forum is hosting leading Qatari personalities from the public and private sector, in addition to international speakers and experts in different fields. Participants will share their expertise on wide-ranging topics in the field of management and will discuss the topics on the agenda such as women’s leadership in business, the future of energy, sustainable development, digital transformation, as well as the trends in the global financial system.
Havens said the forum is an opportunity for world leaders to discuss ways to drive global economic recovery in a sustainable and comprehensive manner.
HE Sheikh Mohamed bin Hamad bin Qassim al-Thani accompanied a delegation of senior officials on a tour of Al Thumama Stadium.