Qatar Airways sponsors Forbes CEO forum

Qatar Airways is proud to be a major sponsor of the first ever Forbes CEO Middle East Forum, the airline and conference planners announced. The Forum, entitled Driving Growth - Risk & Reward in the Middle East, will be held February 26 - 28, 2007 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Doha. His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of Qatar, has generously pledged his official Patronage for the Forum.

“When Qatar Airways was given the opportunity to be a sponsor of this prestigious event, we did not hesitate. Forbes is among the most prestigious business publications in the world, and this conference is a marker of leadership for Qatar,” said Akbar Al Baker, CEO Qatar Airways. “The timing, as well as choosing Doha for the inaugural location, is quite significant. Qatar and the surrounding region are enjoying rapid growth and development, presenting an abundance of business opportunities across many sectors. Qatar Airways happens to service the major business centers in the region, making us an ideal partner.”

Qatar Airways will be providing business and first-class travel to and from the conference for delegates from around the world to Doha, Qatar. In addition to its emergence as a booming economic centre, Qatar is also well respected for its progressive cultural and political initiatives, its peacemaking role in the region and its friendly relations with countries around the globe.

The Forbes CEO Middle East Forum is drawing corporate CEOs, politicians, world leaders, royals, dignitaries and other distinguished guests. The 3-day conference will explore investment opportunities and wealth distribution, and it will provide networking opportunities and practical information for doing business in the Middle East across a variety of industries.

“We believe the inaugural Forbes CEO Middle East Forum will be seen as the Business Conference of the Decade, and providing such a dynamic and interactive platform for business leaders from the Middle East region and those from around the globe is very exciting. This is true peer-to-peer interaction and delegates - Chairmen, Presidents and CEOs - are here for heavy networking and creating connections for major business,”


said Nicola Pero, Executive Director of the event organizers, Qatar Expo.

The Forum’s agenda topics address critical topics across a range of industries. A selection of agenda topics featured in the three day conference program include: Hooked on Oil?; The New Silk Road - Opportunities for Asia and the Middle East; Mega Realty: Here To Stay?; Financial Services on the Fast Track; The Growing Power of Middle East Luxury; The Business of Sport; The Telecom Boom - A Little Healthy Competition; and The Dynamics of Family Business.

Qatar Airways is one of only four airlines in the world with a Five Star ranking for service and excellence awarded by Skytrax, the independent aviation industry monitoring agency. Skytrax also named Qatar Airways’ cabin crew as Best in the Middle East for the fourth year running in 2006 and second best worldwide following a survey of more than 12 million passengers worldwide.

The airline’s fleet will more than double in size over the next 10 years to 110 aircraft. Qatar Airways plans to acquire 60 Airbus A350s and 22 Boeing 777s with deliveries of the latter beginning in November 2007.

The airline is a launch customer of the twin-deck Airbus A380 ‘super jumbos’ with four aircraft on order and scheduled for delivery from 2009 to coincide with the opening of the New Doha International Airport. For more information, visit .

Qatar Airways flies to 71 destinations from Doha to Europe, Middle East, Africa, Far East and Indian subcontinent. The airline sees 2007 as a year of huge expansion with non-stop services planned to key destinations around the world—Bali, New York, Lagos, Ho Chi Minh City, Chennai, Ahmedabad and two, as yet to be announced, cities in northern and eastern Europe. January 2007 saw the airline’s first route launch of 2007 with scheduled non-stop flights to Dar es Salaam.

For the financial year that ended in March, Qatar Airways carried more than 6.3 million passengers worldwide.