Seven game-changing inventions unveiled in the new Season 15 of Stars Of Science

After three rounds of casting, the seven remaining participants vying to win season 15’s Stars of Science have advanced to the next stage, also known as the ‘Proof of Concept’. This crucial stage will see them push the boundaries of their scientific knowledge, collaborate with industry experts, and demonstrate their scientific ideas to a panel of judges.Stars of Science, Qatar Foundation’s edutainment TV initiative, offers Arab entrepreneurs and innovators a platform to transform their innovations from ideas to tangible solutions with the support of experienced mentors. This season’s participants are employing artificial intelligence to improve health outcomes in both humans and animals.Mohamed Ishag Hassan Gama from Sudan introduced his invention, a smart bone-fracture cast, equipped with different sensors to monitor the healing process, pain, and other biometric signals, while Aly Magdy Mohamed from Egypt presented a multi-purpose smart marine drone lifeguard that can help rescue lives at sea, with its carbon-free model also supporting the biodiversity of marine life.Utilizing artificial intelligence for healthcare diagnostics, Saeed Zahran from Lebanon is looking to develop an electronic nose that detects and predicts an epileptic seizure episode early and notifies the patient beforehand. ?Abdallah Alhaj Sulaiman from Syria, also a Ph.D. candidate at Hamad Bin Khalifa University, found a novel way to mitigate the environmental harm caused by the disposal of whey by dairy companies while producing ethanol. Through his invention, a milk whey fermentation for efficient ethanol production, he aims to demonstrate that fermenting the lactose in whey produces an ethanol-tolerant yeast, which can act as a viable source of energy.For Mohammed Laouacheria and Amir Mattar Jaber Mattar Alenezi, from Algeria and Bahrain respectively, their passion for animal life lies at the heart of their individual projects.Laouacheria has devised a wearable device utilizing auscultation sensors, a microcontroller, and wireless communication tools to monitor bio-signals from cows, thereby safeguarding veterinarians and healthy cattle against exposure to pathogens from sick animals, whileAlenezi has created a falcon training device to help automate the sport while enhancing the falcon’s stamina during training.Mohammed Abbas Albumijdad, a Saudi mechanical engineer, is seeking to revolutionize safety standards for inspection at construction sites with his wall climbing robot, which he intends to work on vertical surfaces to perform safety checks.Filming for Season 15 is taking place at the Stars of Science studios inside Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) – a member of Qatar Foundation (QF), and part of QF’s wider environment of research, development, and innovation – where the program has created a network of local and international partnerships that contribute to its success.Members of the show’s expanding alumni community continue to return as guest jurors and mentors. Sevag Babikian, who secured the third position in Stars of Science Season 8, has been returning to the program as a mentor in mechatronics. He said: “Stars of Science was, for me, a transformative journey. I’m thrilled to be part of this community, and to lend my support and share my experiences, just as I was once guided by those who came before me.”Long-standing Stars of Science host Khaled Al Jumaily has been a part of the show since its inception. Commenting on his own journey, Al Jumaily said: “Being a part of the show from its very beginning to Season 15 fills me with immense pride, satisfaction and responsibility. Witnessing the dedication of this season’s contestants towards scientific excellence is very inspiring, and I am sure that it will continue to positively impact our region and beyond.”

Harley-Davidson Doha Welcomes Riders to Embrace Freedom with Exclusive Deals!

With the beginning of the Riding season, Harley-Davidson Doha launched a special offer on the full range of 2022 and 2023 models with an attractive benefits package.Valid until 4 October 2023, customers can avail of the new offer to buy a new Harley-Davidson motorcycle and leverage a wide range of benefits including free one-year registration, first year third party insurance, a three-year manufacturer warranty with unlimited mileage, and free first and second service.All new buyers will receive a complimentary gift voucher worth QAR 2,000 for purchases from Harley-Davidson accessories.The offer features special prices on the bikes the 2022 Softail Fatboy FLFBS 114 for QR 106,200 and 2022 Touring FLHTK for QR 128,920.Harley-Davidson Doha special offers reflect the company’s commitment to the local community and the brand's loyal enthusiasts to offer them the best deals and services that exceed their expectations.The full range of Harley-Davidson motorcycles is available at Harley-Davidson Doha Showroom on Salwa Road. For more information, customers can call 44632428/29 or Visit our Harley-Davidson showroom on Salwa Road from Saturday through Thursday, from 10:30 AM until 8 PM.

Top female leaders express optimism about growth despite ongoing challenges

An overwhelming 77 percent of female executives surveyed in KPMG's Global Female Leaders Outlook (GFLO) anticipate gender equality in the corporate world within the next 15 years or sooner. This encouraging statistic stems from a comprehensive survey of 839 top female managers worldwide, marking the fourth consecutive study since 2018 tracking their perspectives on global business trends. Notably, half of the companies where these female executives are employed report revenues exceeding $500 million.The report indicates that a significant three-quarters of respondents foresee progress in the realms of diversity and inclusion in the coming years. Yet, regional variations are apparent, with female managers in North America displaying higher optimism levels compared to their counterparts in other regions. In Qatar, the enthusiasm towards gender equality initiatives is equally strong, reflecting a growing commitment to fostering inclusive workplaces and supporting women in leadership positions.The importance of gender diversity at the C-level cannot be overstated, as 75 percent of respondents regard it as a pivotal factor for future growth. This aligns with Qatar's commitment to gender equality and its recognition of the vital role women play in driving innovation and success within the business ecosystem.Addressing the gender pay gap, the report reveals that the pay gap for leadership roles currently stands at 38 percent. Encouragingly, 45 percent of participants confirm transparency within their companies regarding equal pay, while 33 percent report a lack of transparency. An additional 22 percent indicate a need for further data collection on the pay gap issue.Positive Outlook Amidst Challenges: Female Leaders Embrace the FutureIn addition to matters of equality, this year's Global Female Leaders Outlook delved into the growth prospects envisioned by female executives for their companies and personal careers. Despite ongoing challenges and uncertainties, the outlook remains overwhelmingly positive. Remarkably, 84 percent of female respondents anticipate growth for their companies over the next three years, even as tasks become more complex (90 percent). Additionally, 72 percent see opportunities for personal career advancement in these dynamic times, showcasing their resilience and adaptability.Barbara Henzen, Partner and Head of Tax at KPMG in Qatar, remarks, "As female executives continue to navigate the evolving business landscape, their resilience and optimism are commendable. In Qatar, we are witnessing a growing recognition of the importance of gender diversity in driving innovation and success. By nurturing an inclusive culture and supporting women in leadership, we can contribute significantly to Qatar's business ecosystem's growth and development."Huda Ibrahim, Clients and Markets Manager at KPMG in Qatar, adds, "Having grown up and built my career in Qatar, I have personally witnessed the evolving business landscape. At KPMG in Qatar, we are dedicated to creating an inclusive workplace that celebrates diversity. We take pride in actively supporting women in leadership roles and believe in paving the way for greater opportunities for all professionals in Qatar."Increasing Emphasis on Personal NetworksRegarding the structural conditions for a successful career, the report highlights a significant increase in the importance of personal networks, with 57 percent of respondents emphasizing their role in career advancement. This aligns with Qatar's business culture, where relationships and alliances are highly valued.Image by CoWomen on Unsplash

Ooredoo Qatar Goes Green with Ericsson's Smart Connected Site Solution

Ooredoo Qatar will be able to monitor and control energy consumption in real-time while optimizing the network’s use of energy sources and reducing reliance on diesel generators.The solution contributes to Ooredoo Qatar's sustainability journey, with plans to further explore the use of renewable energy sources.Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and Ooredoo Qatar deploy the Ericsson Smart Connected Site solution to increase the network’s energy efficiency and reduce the carbon emissions in the network. The Ericsson Smart Connected Site solution, which includes Enclosure 6150, will enable Ooredoo Qatar to hybrid manage multiple energy sources, such as li-ion batteries in addition to the traditional power grid and diesel generators. The hybrid energy management will optimize their use based on the availability of energy. The Ericsson Smart Connected Site solution provides real-time, remote monitoring of all aspects of the site like collecting, aggregating, and communicating radio, power and enclosure, and site material operating data and status. It also aids in hybrid managing and controlling energy consumption by optimizing the network’s use of energy sources, reducing the reliance on diesel generators, and thus reducing Ooredoo Qatar’s carbon emissions.Günther Ottendorfer, Chief Technology and Infrastructure Officer at Ooredoo Qatar says: "Ooredoo Qatar is fully dedicated to reducing the carbon footprint of our network and investing in innovative solutions for sustainable energy management. The implementation of the Ericsson Smart Connected Site solution is a significant milestone in our sustainability journey, allowing us to decrease reliance on diesel generators and achieve substantial carbon emissions reduction. By enhancing energy efficiency in our operations, we aim to support Qatar's ambitious goal - part of Qatar National Vision 2030 - of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2030."Trials where hybrid energy management of power provided by diesel generators and li-ion batteries have already been conducted, resulting in up to 66 percent daily diesel generator runtime reduction with up to 55 percent reduction in fuel consumption. This in turn results in a reduction of approximately 3 tons per month per site of carbon dioxide emissions and a 50 per cent reduction in number of site visits. Kevin Murphy, Vice President and Head of Ericsson Levant Countries and Global Customer Unit Ooredoo Group at Ericsson Middle East and Africa, says: “Ericsson is creating a world of limitless connectivity, where mobile technology opens new possibilities to pioneer a sustainable future. Our innovative solutions reduce the environmental impact of network operations while at the same time enhancing network performance. By leveraging the Ericsson Smart Connected Site solution, and real-time monitoring and control, Ooredoo Qatar will derive significant benefit in its operations. We look forward to working closely with them to deliver a successful deployment in line with Qatar's National Environment and Climate Change Strategy.”

Arab Fintech forum secures major sponsorship partners for upcoming edition

Mastercard, a global technology company in the payments industry, has officially confirmed its role as the Platinum Sponsor of the upcoming Arab Fintech Forum in Qatar. This announcement underscores Mastercard's unwavering dedication to driving innovation within the dynamic fintech space. Erdem Çakar, Country Manager, Qatar and Kuwait, Mastercard, said, "Mastercard is proud to support the Arab Fintech Forum as Platinum Sponsor. Events like these are vital to fostering dialogue, deepening relationships, and driving innovation across our industry. We look forward to two days of stimulating conversations as market leaders join forces to shape the future of fintech.” HyperPay, the region’s leading payment gateway, and eMcREY, a company at the forefront of digital financial transformation, have been secured as Gold Sponsors of the event. Their participation attests the forum’s role as a key assembly point for industry leaders. Additionally, the forum is delighted to welcome R3, a global enterprise software firm specializing in blockchain technology, as the Silver Sponsor of this year’s edition.The second edition of the forum will unfold against the backdrop of Qatar Central Bank's Fintech Strategy implementation. This initiative aims to establish Qatar as a prominent fintech hub with a strong focus on developing a robust digital infrastructure, supporting local start-ups, and fostering partnerships with global fintech firms. The Arab Fintech Forum is aligned with this national strategy and is positioned to facilitate its objectives, further contributing to Qatar’s leadership in fintech innovation.The forum's official media partners include The Fintech Times, the world's first and only monthly newspaper dedicated to fintech.Malik Shishtawi, the President and Founder of the Arab Fintech Forum, commented, "We are extremely pleased to have the support of such esteemed companies for this year's forum. Their participation reinforces the forum’s critical role in the rapidly evolving fintech landscape. With the event set in Doha, we are poised to make a meaningful contribution to the advancement of financial inclusion throughout the MENA region."The Arab Fintech Forum is scheduled to take place in Doha, Qatar, on October 10-11, 2023. The forum will feature a comprehensive lineup of sessions, workshops, and networking opportunities, solidifying its reputation as an essential event for professionals in the fintech sector.

Qatar Tourism announces Olympic champion Mutaz Barshim as brand ambassador

Qatar Tourism has announced Olympic and World champion Mutaz Barshim, as its newest brand ambassador.Barshim, who recently set a world record as the only high jump athlete to win five World Championship medals, will be the new face of Qatar Tourism’s campaigns from now to September 2024.Commenting on the announcement, Sheikha Hessa Al-Thani, Head of Marketing and Planning at Qatar Tourism, said: “Mutaz Barshim’s soaring athletic endeavours mirror the very essence of Qatar's rising ambitions on the world stage. A name that resonates with triumph, dedication, and the pursuit of greatness, this partnership is forged on our shared values and commitment to excellence. We are proud to have Barshim as one of Qatar Tourism’s brand ambassadors, as he is a true embodiment of Qatar's limitless potential.”Olympic and World Champion, Mutaz Barshim, said: "I am truly honoured and proud to be a brand ambassador for Qatar Tourism. My country has been supporting me since day one, and this is an opportunity for me to show my gratitude and give back. This partnership reflects the synergy between my aspirations and the mission of Qatar Tourism to showcase our nation's rich traditions, cultural heritage, and premier global events. I eagerly embrace the responsibility of representing my homeland and I'm excited to introduce the world to the wonders of Qatar."Having just concluded its eventful Summer in Qatar season, which saw the debut of the country’s first-ever Qatar Toy Festival, the smash hit - ‘Disney on Ice,’ - and the return of the ever-popular show, ‘Aghani Al Mosalsalat,’ Qatar Tourism is gearing up for further world-class events in the coming months. Residents and visitors are set to enjoy the upcoming Geneva International Motor Show, Formula 1® Qatar Airways Qatar Grand Prix 2023™ and Expo 2023 Doha, which are scheduled for October 2023 and the 2023 Qatar Airways Grand Prix of Qatar (MotoGP™) which will follow in November.

BeIN SPORTS scores exclusive media rights for Qatar Classic Squash Championship

BeIN SPORTS, one of the world’s leading sports broadcasters, has secured the media rights to the Professional Squash Association (PSA) QTerminals Qatar Classic set to take place at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex in Doha from 9-16 September. For the first time since 2015, the annual squash championship will also feature a women’s draw.beIN SPORTS will broadcast 14 matches live across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) , the USA and Canada, as well as event highlights, news and views from around the week-long tournament. This year’s men’s draw will be headed up by World No.1 Ali Farag, a four-time World Champion and two-time winner in Doha. The Egyptian triumphed in the Qatari capital in 2018 and 2020 but was surprisingly eliminated last year in the third round. He will face compatriots Mohamed Abouelghar, Fares Dessouky, and 2019 World Champion Tarek Momen in his first three matches.In the women’s tournament, World No.1 Nouran Gohar will make her debut at the QTerminals Qatar Classic, headlining the 48-player female draw of what is the second PSA World Tour Platinum event of the 2023-24 season. Gohar, a 25-year-old Egyptian, has received a bye to the second round, where she will face either Wales’ Emily Whitlock or Latvia’s Ineta Mackevica. “The QTerminals Qatar Classic is one of the oldest annual international events on the Qatari sports calendar having been first held in 2001,” said Mohammad Al-Subaie, CEO of beIN – MENA. “We are delighted to be able to showcase this fantastic, fast-paced event once again on beIN SPORTS, especially with the return of the women’s draw following an eight-year absence. Since 2019, our beINSPIRED campaign has been giving a global platform to events and talent that haven’t, historically, been given the exposure they deserve, so to be able to promote squash – and women’s squash – to our audiences is one more important addition to our portfolio.”  In MENA, coverage will be available on beIN SPORTS’ free to air channel starting at midday MECCA on 13 September, with the women’s quarterfinals broadcast live with Arabic and English commentary. The following day’s coverage starts with a 30-minute pre-studio before two of the men’s quarterfinals get underway at 14.30 MECCA. Coverage of the first women’s semifinal starts at 15.45 MECCA followed by studio analysis. The afternoon’s coverage of the two remaining men’s quarterfinals and the other women’s semi-final concludes with a post-studio segment at approximately 19:45 MECCA.On 15 September, coverage of the men’s semifinals will start with a pre-studio at 15.30 MECCA, followed by studio coverage until the end of the women’s final, with a post-studio segment expected to continue until approximately 19.30 MECCA. Finally, on 16 September, the men’s final will have a pre-studio and post-studio, with coverage starting at 17.30 MECCA.

Qatar Tourism launches first of its kind production, Through the Eyes of Falcon

Qatar Tourism has released, "Qatar: Through the Eyes of a Falcon," an innovative production that presents a thrilling perspective of Qatar’s beautiful terrains, as seen from the viewpoint of the country’s esteemed national bird, the falcon.A first-of-its-kind in Qatar, viewers will see sweeping views of Qatar’s diverse landscapes as they embark on a captivating visual journey with this time-honoured bird. “We chose the falcon's point of view to provide a profound and authentic perspective for viewers to explore Qatar,” stated Berthold Trenkel, Chief Operating Officer of Qatar Tourism. “A symbol of endurance and valour, the falcon takes us on an unparalleled adventure through the country’s beautiful natural, historic and modern structures that form Qatar’s unique hospitality offering.”As the falcon effortlessly glides across the skies, viewers are transported through the breath-taking landscapes of Qatar. From the enchanting dunes of the Arabian desert to the gleaming skyscrapers of Doha, viewers will witness the harmonious blend of tradition and modernity that can only be found in this year’s Arab Tourism Capital.Falcons have been owned and bred in the desert for over 5,000 years. Today, the solitary bird is celebrated as the national bird of Qatar and is an important part of the country’s heritage.Known for its astonishing flight capabilities, the falcon can reach altitudes of up to 3,000 feet (approximately 914 meters) and cover vast distances exceeding 300 kilometres in a single day. Its exceptional vantage point over Qatar can be watched on Qatar Tourism’s Visit Qatar’s

QF’s Stars of Science celebrates milestone year with season 15

 Seven science innovators from the Arab world will compete to win the title of top Arab innovator in the latest season of Stars of Science, premiering on 8 September 2023. Commemorating its milestone 15th season this year, the TV show has come a long way in promoting STEM innovation in the Arab world and aspiring a new generation of scientists and entrepreneurs.Hosted at Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP), a member of Qatar Foundation (QF), the show’s continued success is also a testament to QF’s ethos of always being at the forefront in catalyzing social progress and change in the Arab world.Looking back at the 15-year journey of Stars of Science, Yosouf Al Salehi, Executive Director, QSTP, said: “We are proud to have played our part in creating history with SOS. Hosting the program is a testament to our ongoing commitment to advancing science and technology, propelling the region towards a sustainable and prosperous future.“The show has not only created a great impact in the media industry within the region, but its strong record of empowering talented entrepreneurs has resulted in economic value and in the expansion of networks within academia, industry, and governments, which is crucial in supporting the upcoming generations of Arab innovators.”In addition to long-time juror Prof. Fouad Mrad, Season 15 is also proud to welcome Dr. Sara Buhmaid as a new jury member. A practicing Qatari obstetrician and gynecologist at Sidra Medicine, a women’s and children’s hospital, Dr. Buhmaid is thrilled to be a part of the upcoming season: “I have been a keen follower of the show all these years, and it’s an honor for me to be part of the Stars of Science jury. What impresses me the most about Stars of Science is its mission to foster Arab innovators and its ecosystem of ground-breaking technologies and expertise. I strongly believe the next big thing will be Arab-made.”The STEM field has long been prone to a worldwide gender imbalance, and Stars of Science has worked consciously to give equal opportunities to women. Sumaya Al Siyabi, an Omani scientist and a mother of three, was the first female winner of Stars of Science, representing the immense talent and potential of Arab women. Participating in season 14, Al Siyabi presented a floating device for the remediation and disposal of microplastics polluting our oceans and seas.Starting out in 2009, the show first premiered on 17 national channels around the Arab region. It became available online in 2013, and its last season reached a total of over 24M views. With an alumni community of 161 members from 18 Arab countries, the innovators on Stars of Science demonstrate how they are guided by a strong urge to find tangible solutions to the most pressing demands our world faces, be it in food security, environmental protection, healthcare, animal life, and even heritage. In this regard, the program counts many success stories that are worth recounting, as well as many products on the market that emerged from it.Waddah Malaeb, winner of Season 12, is a Lebanese biomedical engineer and a “Forbes under 30” nominee. His breakthrough technology in tissue engineering – organ-on-chip – aims to fully replace animal testing. After filing patents for his innovation in 12 districts, he started selling his lab testing services for clinical trials.Dr. Ahmad Nabeel, a finalist from Season 9, is a Kuwaiti physician and a guest jury on the program. He continues to refine his innovation, Klens, a virtual beam and self-cleaning laparoscope, bringing the innovative medical device closer to widespread use in the healthcare industry.Abdulrahman Saleh Khamis, a finalist from Season 11, innovated a smart educational prayer rug, also known as Sajdah, aimed at helping young and newly converted Muslims perform their daily prayers. The Qatari innovator was recently awarded a gold medal at the 48th Geneva International Exhibition of Inventions and ITEX- Malaysia.Stars of Science will air every Friday and Saturday from 8 September, 2023, to 20 October, 2023, on 5 channels in the region and online.

Qatar Airways Introduces The Ascent: Oryx One's Fresh Theme Song by Dana Fardan

The Official Composer of Qatar Airways Group, Dana Al Fardan, brings a new onboard theme song ‘The Ascent’, marking new beginnings and adventurous journeys at a post-World Cup era with the award-winning airline. The new song is now available with Oryx One inflight Entertainment on Qatar Airways flights.Performed by the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra members, the new onboard theme music will relax the senses of the airline travellers, setting the mood for an unforgettable flight experience.In 2016, Qatar Airways Oryx One Inflight Entertainment had partnered with Dana Al Fardan to create the onboard theme music. Fast forward to today, Dana’s work has become synonymous with the airline’s identity, and is perceived as a symbol of travel in style with Qatar Airways.‘The Ascent’ marks the trilogy of two previous onboard theme songs, ‘The Awakening’ and ‘The Dawn’. Composed of musical instruments such as the piano, violin, viola and cello, Dana’s work introduces a fresh blend of Arabic allure masked in classical music. She has achieved this by frequently including the Ney (Arabic wind instrument) and the Rababa (Arabic bowed string instrument), creating legendary musical pieces.Qatar Airways Group CEO, His Excellency, Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “Music is a universal language, and at Qatar Airways we have chosen a theme song that uplifts the passengers and transcends them to a wonderful destination. I am proud of Dana Al Fardan, not only is she showcasing our Qatari culture through sophisticated art, but her onboard music has also become synonymous with Qatar Airways’ brand identity. It is now directly associated with travel, culture, and luxury. It brings me great pleasure to welcome passengers onboard with the rhythms of Dana’s new symphony.”The Official Composer of Qatar Airways Group, Ms. Dana Al Fardan, said: “On the 10th September 2023, we are releasing an EP titled ‘Trilogy of the Ascent’ where my compositions for Qatar Airways will be available in all major streaming platforms. The first track is ‘The Awakening’ followed by ‘The Dawn’ and ‘The Ascent’, the last one is the upcoming boarding music of the Qatar Airways.The trilogy captures the evolution in our shared human experience over the last 6 years. Setting itself within the DNA of Qatar Airways, it reflects the spirit that seeks to take flight and constantly ascend to higher fields of knowledge.”She continued, “As a composer, I really want to capture the sounds from my country and explore the nuances of different Arabic instruments, rhythmic patterns, and flourishes. The idea is to preserve the authenticity of one style of sound and build it into another in a way that fits without one having to accommodate the other by deconstructing itself.”Dana has played at the iconic Theatre Royal Haymarket in London bringing the Qatari composer’s work to a UK audience for the first time. She has also delved into musical theatre, composing the music for “Broken Wings” and “Rumi: The Musical”. “Broken Wings” was the first Middle Eastern musical that arrived in the West End, and it has been performed in various theatres around the globe. “Rumi: The Musical” premiered at London Coliseum to a full house and in Qatar during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. The “Trilogy of the Ascent” by Dana Al Fardan will be available on all streaming platforms from 10 September 2023, in addition to being available on Oryx One Inflight Entertainment. Qatar Airways Oryx One Inflight Entertainment features more than 7,000 entertainment options that allow passengers to watch the latest blockbusters and TV programmes. The award-winning system also features more than 2,000 musical entertainment choices, featuring artists such as The Official Composer of the Qatar Airways Group, Dana Al Fardan.

QFC appoints Aisha Abdulaziz Al-Fuhaid as the new Marketing Manager

Qatar Financial Centre (QFC), a leading onshore financial and business centre in the region, has announced the appointment of Aisha Abdulaziz Al-Fuhaid as the new Marketing Manager. Aisha's extensive experience in marketing and branding was instrumental in her appointment to the new leadership role.Aisha's journey at the QFC began in August 2014 as a Marketing Intern. She officially joined the QFC in March 2016 as a Developee and swiftly transitioned into the role of Branding Executive. In 2020, Aisha was appointed Head of Branding & Advertising. In this role, Aisha demonstrated dedication and acumen in effectively coordinating the development and execution of marketing strategies, ensuring that the QFC's brand identity resonated across diverse platforms.As the Marketing Manager, Aisha will spearhead the implementation and execution of strategic marketing plans and oversee website optimisation, advertising campaigns and branding initiatives in alignment with the QFC's brand identity and overarching strategy.Yousuf Mohamed Al-Jaida, Chief Executive Officer, QFC Authority, said: “We are delighted to see an esteemed member of the QFC family ascend to a higher leadership role. Aisha has been a driving force within the Marketing and Corporate Communications team, infusing her exceptional talent and leadership to ensure that the QFC's voice and values are articulated across all marketing initiatives and relayed strongly to our valued stakeholders.Al-Jaida added: "The appointment of Aisha is a testament to the QFC's drive to nurture competent and accomplished leaders through an effective corporate succession plan and underscores our commitment to fulfilling Qatarisation objectives. I am confident that Aisha will lead the marketing team with the same unwavering dedication she has demonstrated through all the positions she held at the QFC.”Aisha holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from the American University of Kuwait. She is an active member of the local business scene and has been honoured to serve as a member of the permanent committee of the Qatar Economic Forum (QEF) powered by Bloomberg.Currently, Aisha is actively pursuing her professional development through the Rising Leaders Program by the Qatar Leadership Center. This program offers courses through renowned universities such as Harvard, Oxford, Duke and others, providing Aisha with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel as a leader in a rapidly changing world.

Team ONE Strengthens leadership team with two key appointments

Le Royal Méridien Doha, Agora, Doha, Autograph Collection, and Qabila Westbay Hotel the epitome of luxury and world-class hospitality, proudly welcome two accomplished professionals to its esteemed leadership team. Samer Gerges joins as the new Multi-Property Director of Sales & Marketing, while Hiba Qalyoubi takes on the role of Multi-Property Director of Marketing Communications.With an illustrious 21-year career in the hospitality industry, Gerges brings a wealth of expertise and a proven track record to the cluster properties. His journey began in Lebanon, mastering hotel operations in Front Office and Reservations at the Grand Hotel Kadri - Zahle. Transitioning to the Hotel Sales Industry, he swiftly rose from Sales Manager to Cluster Director of Sales and Marketing with Marriott International, overseeing prominent properties like JW Marriott, Courtyard by Marriott, Residence Inn by Marriott, and Arraya Ballroom.Gerges' dedication to Marriott International extended to directing Sales and Marketing for premiere properties across the Gulf Region, including The Sheraton in Downtown Manama, Bahrain, and the renowned JW Marriott Muscat, Oman. His hands-on approach led to remarkable success in revenue generation and establishing robust connections with international and local markets.In November 2021, Gerges joined the prestigious JW Marriott Marquis Doha property, achieving remarkable milestones under his leadership. Driven by his passion for the dynamic nature of the hotel industry and the opportunity to explore the world through travel and diverse interactions, Gerges inspires and empowers his team as the Multi-Property Director of Sales and Marketing, unlocking their full potential and finest abilities.Joining Gerges is Qalyoubi, a seasoned marketing maven with a flair for creative storytelling and brand elevation. Having worked with esteemed hospitality brands for 20 years in marketing within the hospitality sector, Qalyoubi has led marketing teams for esteemed properties across the Gulf region.Her portfolio includes significant marketing projects for renowned hospitality groups like Anantara, Intercontinental Hotels Group, and, notably, Marriott International. During her tenure with Marriott, she spearheaded successful marketing strategies, with a strong emphasis on brand positioning across the Gulf and international markets. Having been part of the pre-opening teams for prominent properties like Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara, Marriott Hotel Al Forsan and others, Hiba played a pivotal role in establishing successful launches, campaigns, and out-of-the-box strategies that set these properties apart upon their inauguration. Furthermore, Hiba's achievements extended to her role as the Area Director of Marketing for Marriott International Middle East & Africa, where she crafted market-based strategic plans and executed various initiatives that positively impacted marketing programs and best practices for Marriott properties across the region"We are thrilled to have Samer Gerges and Hiba Qalyoubi join our team, "Their leadership and industry knowledge align perfectly with our vision of delivering exceptional guest experiences and fostering innovation. We are confident that their contributions will lead us to even greater success “said Gerrit Graef, Multi-Property General Manager of Le Royal Méridien Doha and Agora, Doha, Autograph Collection.The three iconic properties are symbols of elegance and sophistication, poised to reach new heights in delivering memorable experiences and captivating its guests with the addition of Gerges and Qalyoubi to its leadership team.

TOD to live stream The World Athletics Championships

Doha:  The world’s highest-level championship is set to captivate sports enthusiasts globally as the World Athletics Championships returns from August 19-27. Live streamed on TOD, region’s leading sports and entertainment platform, the championship will be accessible to millions of sports fans around the MENA.Among the highlights of this month’s thrilling World Athletics Championships field and track action on TOD, subscribers will get the opportunity to see the legendary Mutaz Barshim as he sets his sights on an unprecedented fourth gold medal in the championship.Over 2,000 athletes from more than 200 countries will be competing for the 49-gold medals up for grabs at Budapest’s National Athletics Centre.The world’s biggest-name athletes are taking part in sporting history, as TOD brings the world’s top athletes including Fred Kerley, Mondo Duplantis, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Faith Kipyegon right to your fingertips. MENA fans will focus on the fiercely competitive Barshim, one of the most decorated athletes ever in the history of the high jump whose sharing of his Olympics Gold medal in Tokyo 2021 with Gianmarco Tamberi fascinated fans worldwide.John-Paul McKerlie, VP Marketing & Sales at TOD said: “The championships are a must for sporting fans being the pinnacle of athletics competition. We will stream every minute of the action and capture the excitement from the arena as Hungary hosts its biggest-ever sporting event.”

WCM-Q discusses legal and ethical issues of generative AI in healthcare

Doha:  The ethical and legal challenges of using generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) in healthcare were discussed during the latest installment of Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar’s (WCM-Q) Intersection of Law & Medicine series.A panel of expert speakers hosted a webinar to explore the generative AI tools available to healthcare professionals, the legal and ethical risks involved, and the limitations of laws regulating their usage. The event, titled “Automated Healthcare: ChatGPT, Bing, Bard & the Law of Generative AI,” was coordinated and delivered by WCM-Q’s Division of Continuing Professional Development in collaboration with the College of Law at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU).Course directors included Dr. Thurayya Arayssi, professor of clinical medicine and vice dean for academic and curricular affairs at WCM-Q, and Dr. Barry Solaiman, assistant professor of law at HBKU College of Law and adjunct assistant professor of medical ethics in clinical medicine at WCM-Q.Other speakers comprised Dr. Faisal Farooq, director of artificial intelligence, LinkedIn, California; Sara Gerke, assistant professor of law, Penn State Dickinson Law, Carlisle; Jessica Roberts, Leonard H. Childs Chair in Law, director of the Health Law & Policy Institute, professor of law at University of Houston; and David A. Simon, lecturer on law, Harvard Law School; research fellow, Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy; Jamie Gray, director of the health sciences library at WCM-Q; Dr. Alaa Abd-alrazaq and Dr. Arfan Ahmed, research associates from WCM-Q’s AI Center for Precision Health.The session was aimed at physicians, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, allied health professionals, students, researchers, and educators.

FIFA Women's World Cup matches stream live on TOD in MENA

Doha: All FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 matches stream live on TOD for the MENA region with users able to access on-the-go viewing, match highlights, and interactive timelines. For more information on streaming the matches please visit www.tod.tvThe FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 is set to make history as Morocco, the first Arab team to compete in the prestigious tournament, takes on formidable Germany in a Group H showdown. The match will kick-off on 24 July at 11:30 Doha time, at Melbourne’s iconic Rectangular Stadium.Germany, the FIFA Women's World Cup champions in 2003 and 2007, are strong favorites in Group H. Despite its heartbreaking loss in the UEFA Euro 2019 final, Germany remains a powerhouse in women's football with an exceptionally talented and experienced squad.The Atlas Lionesses’ remarkable journey to the Women's World Cup has captured the hearts of football enthusiasts in the Arab world marking a historic moment for women's football in the region. The team’s recent achievement of reaching last year’s finals of the Women's AFCON though narrowly missing out on the title against South Africa, highlights its determination and rising international potential.Under the leadership of Captain Ghizlane Chebbak, and the talented Rosella Ayane, Morocco has been meticulously preparing to face the world's best. Ranked 72nd in the FIFA world rankings, the second lowest of any team in the tournament, Morocco is coached by the accomplished Reynald Pedros, a two-time UEFA Women's Champions League winner with Lyon.“With the spotlight firmly fixed on the German and Moroccan national teams, football enthusiasts from the region eagerly look forward to this historic face-off, as it symbolizes the rising prominence of women's football in the Arab world,” said John Paul Mckerlie, VP Marketing and Sales at TOD.

Qatar Tourism reveals exciting line up of events for Eid Al-Adha

Doha: Qatar Tourism has announced a vibrant and diverse schedule of events set to take place across the country in celebration of the joyous occasion, Eid Al-Adha (June 29 – July 5).Visitors from the region are sure to find something to complement their Eid Al-Adha celebrations in the line-up of initiatives organised by Qatar Tourism, which include a special live performance by the country’s most prestigious children’s choir, a concert by one of the region’s megastars, fun-filled children’s shows, cultural workshops and a hospitality gesture welcoming all international visitors this Eid.In keeping with the spirit of Qatar’s famously warm Arabian hospitality, all regional visitors arriving via Hamad International Airport and the Abu-Samra border during this year’s celebrations will be welcomed with a special ‘Eidya’ gift package. Among other festive items, the packages will contain a complementary voucher booklet with special discounts to some of the country’s most sought-after attractions, including Desert Falls Water & Adventure Park, Doha Quest, Angry Birds, Kidzania, Megapolis and Kidzmondo, as well as stays, spa treatments and dining offers by some of Qatar’s leading hotels including Katara Hills, Maysan Doha, Banyan Tree and Al Rayyan Hotel. Offers can be found on Qatar Tourism’s page on the curated festivities, Sheikha Hessa Al-Thani, Head of Marketing and Planning at Qatar Tourism said: “We invite our beloved regional neighbours to visit and feel the true joyful spirit of Eid in Qatar this year. Following the resounding success of our ‘Feel Winter in Qatar’ campaign and the country’s re vitalised hospitality and leisure offering, we are delighted to keep this sense of positive momentum going during Eid Al-Adha celebrations. With an array of entertainment options for all ages, Qatar’s Eid Al-Adha 2023 festivities promises to be a truly unforgettable experience.”Enjoy Daily Cultural Workshops from Local Eco-FarmJune 29 – July 1, Place Vendôme Mall, 4:00pm to 9:00pmEach day throughout Eid Al-Adha, representatives from famed local sustainable farm, Heenat Salma, will hold a series of bespoke artisanal workshops for shoppers at Place Vendôme mall from 4:00pm to 9:00pm. Focusing on arts, culture and food, the workshops will bring a slice of the farm’s unique ethos to the city.The Magic of Baream TV Comes Alive for ShoppersJune 29 – July 1, Place Vendôme Mall, 5:00pm and 7:00pmAlso at Place Vendôme, some of the best-loved characters from Qatari children’s TV channel Baream TV will be making a very special appearance for residents and visitors twice a day at 5:00pm and 7:00pm.Special Performances from Beloved Children’s ChoirJuly 2 - 3, Place Vendôme Mall, 5:00pm and 7:00pmA cornerstone of arts for children in Qatar, the prestigious Siwar Choir will make a very special appearance at Place Vendôme, with two live performances a day, one at 5:00pm and the other at 7:00pm.Qatar Live Program Continues with Performance from, Wael KfouryJuly 5, Mall of Qatar, 9:00pmPopular Lebanese superstar, Wael Kfoury, will perform a free live set at Mall of Qatar’s central Oasis stage on July 5 at 9:00pm. The performance marks a continuation of Qatar Tourism’s successful flagship live music program, ‘Qatar Live,’ which has brought mega stars throughout the year, including the likes of John Legend and Asala.For more inspiration on what to do and where to go during Eid Al-Adha, Qatar Tourism has launched a special Eid edition of its monthly ‘Qatar Calendar’ guide – the official tourism round-up of events taking place across the country. Eid Al-Adha Edition, a special edition of its monthly Qatar Calendar featuring a curated round-up of the most exciting offers and festivities taking place throughout the country during this exceptional time of year.Qatar Calendar HighlightsArts and culture lovers will find plenty to suit their tastes in Qatar this Eid Al-Adha, starting with an exquisite ode to haute couture at the Zwara: Focus on Forever Valentino Exhibition (M7, every day until September 10). Exhibitions will be available for art lovers across the country, including the fascinating The Curious Desert by Olafur Eliasson (National Museum of Qatar & Al Thakira Mangrove Nature Preserve, until August 15), and the dramatic collection of paintings in Eduardo Navarro’s Free Spirits of the Wild Horses exhibition (Fire Station, until July 10).Those in search of a little drama will not be disappointed, as a thrilling production of the famed The Black Magic Play (Abdul Aziz Nasser Theatre, June 28 – July 7) will be staged in the heart of the city. And the country’s most prestigious children’s choir, Siwar Choir (Place Vendôme, July 2-3), will enchant local audiences with two very special public performances. Finally, a vibrantly colourful Eid Al-Adha Festival will be hosted at the Al Shaqab Longines Indoor Area over the weekend (June 29 – July 1).For adventure seekers, there will be plenty of ways to get active during the Eid, including an exclusive Mangrove Kayaking Adventure (until August 31) in the crystal-clear waters of Purple Island and a PSG We Run Doha 5km run taking place on June 30 at the Katara Cultural Village.The Eid Al Adha edition of the Qatar Calendar also features an array of not-to-be-missed offers at Qatar’s industry-leading hotels, including ‘Stay 3 nights pay for 2’ at the beautiful Four Seasons Hotel Doha (until August 31) and 30% off a three-night stay at the JW Marriott Marquis (until December 30).The magic continues in Doha post-Eid, starting with very special performances of Disney on Ice presents 100 Years of Wonder (Lusail Multipurpose Hall, July 4-9). Miguel aspires to be a musician and journeys through the Land of the Dead to uncover family history, Moana and Maui bravely restore the stolen heart of Te Fiti, Anna and Elsa save their kingdom, and the Disney Princesses inspire with stories of strength, determination, and kindness. Share every magical moment filled with breathtaking ice skating and beloved Disney songs and stories that give everyone a reason to believe.With the recent re-launch of the Hayya platform, visitors who require a visa can easily travel to Qatar by applying at, or through the application on their smartphones. For GCC nationals, Hayya provides an option to apply for an entry permit for companions. For those entering Qatar via land at the Abu Samra border, Hayya will provide a pre-registration option for faster entry for vehicles, making the stay in Qatar even smoother and more enjoyable. Hayya also provides further services that help round out a visitor’s stay, including maps, transportation options, offers and current events.

BeIN SPORTS and USTA extend US Open broadcast partnership for five more years

DOHA: beIN SPORTS, the leading sports broadcaster in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), has confirmed it will remain the home of the US Open Tennis Championships until 2027 after renewing exclusive media rights to the tournament for a further five years. The extension means beIN will continue to be the only platform in the MENA region where viewers can watch all four Grand Slams.beIN has held the exclusive rights to the US Open for more than a decade, demonstrating the broadcaster’s long-standing commitment to helping grow both men’s and women’s tennis across the region. The new deal, which runs from 2023 to 2027 and includes Arabic and English language coverage, is a continuation of that and comes at a time when local interest in tennis has arguably never been higher.“beIN and the US Open have enjoyed a highly successful partnership over the past decade, bringing to the Middle East and North Africa some of the most memorable tennis matches of recent years,” said Mohammad Al-Subaie, CEO of beIN MENA. “Interest in tennis is at an all-time high in this region and we are delighted to have the broadcast rights for five more years. Continuing to be the home of Grand Slam tennis gives us the chance to share more special sporting moments with our subscribers and we look forward to another exciting tournament later this month.”“The US Open and beIN have together delivered spectacular tennis to fans in the Middle East and North Africa for many years, and we are so very pleased to continue our partnership” said Kirsten Corio, Chief Commercial Officer, USTA. “As the world’s best tennis players, including Ons Jabeur, compete on our Grand Slam stage, we look forward to continuing to expand the US Open audience throughout the region for many years to come”.This year’s tournament is scheduled to take place from 28 August to 10 September when the eyes of the region will be on beIN SPORTS to see if Tunisian Ons Jabeur can emulate her Wimbledon feat and reach successive finals at Flushing Meadows as she continues to hunt a maiden Grand Slam title. Among those standing in her way will be World No1 Iga Swiatek, American duo Jessica Pegula and Coco Gauff, and this year’s Wimbledon winner Marketa Vondrousova.In the men’s tournament, World No1 Carlos Alcaraz is looking to become the first male tennis player since Roger Federer in 2008 to win back-to-back US Open titles. Novak Djokovic, a three-time winner at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre will have other plans however as he searches for an unprecedented 24th Grand Slam title. World No3 Daniel Medvedev won in New York in 2021, while Andrey Rublev, Casper Ruud and a host of other contenders will be intent on making their own history. The exclusive coverage on beIN SPORTS will run from 18:00 MECCA to early morning every match day, available with Arabic commentary on beIN SPORTS 5 (Arthur Ashe Court) and beIN SPORTS 6 (Louis Armstrong Court) and English commentary on beIN SPORTS 7 (Grandstand Court), with the best matches from each days play airing in English on beIN SPORTS 2 ENGLISH.This will be complemented by dedicated studios where beIN’s best-in-class tennis experts will be on hand to offer unmatched analysis and commentary, assess the top results and top players’ performance, and share behind the scenes highlights. Viewers will hear from Adel Al Shatti, Karim Alami, Selima Sfar, Anass Lamrani, and more incredible tennis athletes, sharing their expert commentary and analysis, alongside beIN’s presenter, Areej Sleem. beIN will also be catering to its viewers and subscribers with exclusive daily highlights shows covering all the best matches, tournament reviews, and documentaries with the biggest names in world tennis.