Qatar and Turkey, new business allies
Last week I wasn’t able to write an article as I was attending the Turkish Festival in Doha. Qatar has been on my radar ever since Pozitron (now a part of Monitise) opened an office there.
Ever since Middle Eastern countries began their transformation, Dubai has been the first city that comes to mind, but I was curious to see whether Doha could replace Dubai, and after seeing the city, I can safely say that in the coming years, Doha will present a strong challenge to Dubai in terms of attracting foreign talent and investments.
The Turkish Festival organized by the Katara Cultural Village Foundation and supported by Turkish Ambassador to Doha Ahmet Demirok was held between April 9 and 12 in Doha. Qataris showed great interest in the festival, the biggest Turkish festival organized in the region. The festival is slated to be held every year as an annual event.
Traditional and modern Turkish art pieces were exhibited and special shows were held during the festival, which aims to promote Turkish culture in the region.
Mr. Demirok told journalists that Qatar was very warm to Turkish investors. I can testify to his statement, as I also checked it with Pozitron founder Fırat İşbecer, who noted that Qatar was a better option for operating in the Gulf region. Of the 2 million living and working in Doha, only 300,000 are Qataris.