After last year’s success, we are pleased to invite you to EUROPE DAY 2017

Invite Europe Day

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ASPIRE4SPORT 2016 – Amsterdam 3-4 October

Dear all,

We would like to draw your attention to the below event:

ASPIRE4SPORT 2016 – Amsterdam 3-4 October

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Qatar is pleased to announce that the 7th edition of ASPIRE4SPORT will be hosted in Amsterdam city on the 3rd  & 4th of October 2016. The Embassy is coordinating with Aspire Academy, Dutch Sports Infrastructure,  Amsterdam city, Amsterdam Arena, IFP Qatar and other stakeholders to create an unique opportunity. Selected Dutch and other European companies will be able to meet with Qatari leading buyers, as representatives from the most prestigious Qatari & GCC authorities and companies, in order to take part in Qatar’s commercial and investment opportunities in sports and supporting industries.

ASPIRE4SPORT conference and exhibition is a reverse meeting exhibition and networking session. According to this year’s format, Qatari Business executives will host their own table and pave the way for international suppliers to showcase their solutions and products in a set of pre- arranged meetings. Registration is free of charge, but only a total of only 150 suppliers will be selected. So be sure to register quickly and Click here to register your interest now! or simply reply by “YES” to this e-mail address.

The Ministry of Economy and Commerce in Qatar has identified 83 commercial and investment opportunities in sports for the private sector in Qatar. Market size of the sports sector in the country is expected to reach $19.77bn by 2023. The Ministry has also prepared action plans for 30 investment opportunities, with a market requirement worth QR22bn to QR30bn.

The investment opportunities, that will go directly from the government to the private sector, have been classified into seven sectors: Management and promotion of sporting events; sport development; establishment and construction of sports facilities; merchandise and sports equipment; sports marketing; sport tourism; and operation and maintenance of sports facilitates.

The Ministry, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Sports, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, Qatar Olympic Committee and Aspire Zone Foundation has conducted an in-depth study on available investment opportunities in the sports sector. These developments include plans to host various international sporting events over the next seven years, including the 2018 Gymnastics World Championships, the 2019 World Championships in Athletics and the 2022 FIFA World Cup, in addition to more than 30 local, regional and international sporting events, hosted in Qatar each year. Download Business Opportunities Report Related to the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar  

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Joint Iftar with the Belgian Business Club Qatar

downloadDear members and friends,

The Dutch Business Council Qatar is very pleased to invite you, your business associates and friends for a joint networking event with the Belgian Business Club Qatar.

We kindly invite you on the 15th of June for a Iftar at the Shangri-La hotel, one of the recently opened hotels in Westbay Doha.

This event is free for members
non-members pay 200 QAR
Please confirm your attendance before 11th of June to


  • 18:15 – 18:30 Get together at the lobby of the Shangri-La hotel (Ground floor)
  • 18:30 – 20:00 Seated Iftar and networking opportunity

Shangri-La hotel, Westbay Doha (left of City Center Mall)

Hope to see you all there and Ramadan Kareem!!



Executive board DBCQ

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Pre-ramadan networking event!!

begian-cafe-intercontinentalDear members and friends,

Ramadan is quickly approaching, so we thought it was time to organize a networking event before it starts!!

Therefore the Dutch Business Council Qatar would like to invite you to the Belgian cafe @ The Intercontinental Doha hotel on Thursday the 2nd of June at 19.00 hours.

During the event we will make sure that there are finger foods and the first rounds of drinks are on us!!

We are looking forward to seeing you all!

Kind regards,


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Celebrate Europe day with us!


Dear members and friends,

With great pride and enthusiasm we want to invite you to celebrate Europe Day with us. On May 9th we commemorate the establishment of the European Union and because of this, The Dutch Business Council Qatar has organized an informal networking event together with 11 other EU business councils. During the event we will enjoy drinks and snacks in a private environment with several representatives of the diplomatic missions, many different companies and new friends. 

We have managed to secure the St Regis Rooftop which is open exclusively for our event. As we want to welcome all business council members as well as non-members, feel free to share this invite with your friends and colleagues. On the evening itself we will organize a raffle with several prices so come and try your luck. 

Europe Day Celebration

St Regis Rooftop 

Monday May 9th, 7pm -10pm.

We look forward to seeing you there and celebrate what hopefully is a new yearly tradition in Qatar.

For more information please check the invite or contact us directly.

Kind regards,


Europe day celebration

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Invitation to monthly network event

Dear Members,

During the last AGM held at the residence of HE Ambassador Van Eechoud-Burghgraef we thanked our previous executive committee for their effort and warm contact over the period they were in charge of the Dutch Business Council Qatar. As three members of the Committee will move on, we wish Cees van Amelsfoort, Nino Keijner and Jan Brouwer lots of luck and hope to welcome them regularly during the council’s upcoming events. Again a big thank you from all DBCQ members.

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With the stepping down of the 2015 committee, we also welcome a new executive committee which is very excited to take on the role coming year and support Dutch business in Qatar and to expand our current network. The new executive committee for 2016 is made up out of;

-Henk Jan Hoogendoorn (Chair);

-Matthijs Westra (Treasurer);                                                    

-Iulia Dobrea (Events);                                                                 

-Stephanie Bol (Events);                                                                

-Yoeri van Rumund (Marketing and communications);       

-Taco Engelaar (Marketing and communications);             

As mentioned we are excited about the year to come and although market conditions are challenging, the role of the DBCQ is all the more relevant and we look forward to supporting Dutch companies and individuals working in Qatar.

For our first event we invite all of you to the monthly “Borrel” this time held at Trader Vic’s at the Hilton Hotel Doha. Not only are we looking forward to introduce ourselves as executive committee but more importantly we want to hear from you what we should focus on and what you look forward to seeing from the DBCQ. We will have a reserved spot outside while we still can enjoy the great weather so come and join us for a drink.

Please feel free to bring colleagues or friends that you would think enjoy being part of the DBCQ (Dutch or non-Dutch) as it would be the right time to become a member at the beginning of the new term. Please find below location and details for the next event:


Wednesday March 16th, 19:00pm

Trader Vic’s – Outside terrace

Hilton Hotel Doha

Diplomatic Street - West Bay - Doha, Qatar

Phone: +974 4423 3333

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Business innovation Muscat

Dear all,

We would like to share with this event which will be held 7-8th of March in Oman.  The event is organized in Oman by the different Dutch embassies in the region!

For more information see the flyer or the website:

Kind regards,


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Orange Sports Committee Qatar

Dear all,

We would like to draw your attention to the great initiative below;

The ‘Orange Sports Committee Qatar’ aims to contribute to the promotion of sports-oriented activities within the Dutch community in Qatar.

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself briefly. My name is Remy Rooijackers, I’m working as head coach for Division 1 groups at H2O swim club and have been live in Doha for five months. Besides my work, I also have the ambition to set up a platform where sports, health and business come together. Qatar is a country that catches the eyes worldwide of the many sport events and the spirit of ‘healthy wellbeing’. And has a strong Dutch network, where people know about each other pursuits, which our joint contribution strengthens.

My initiative ‘Orange Sports Committee Qatar’ has the support of the Dutch Embassy and therefore I would like to start with identifying the people that operate within the sector Sports & Health or have an affinity.

Do you also want to make a contribution and/or have ideas or suggestions, do not hesitate to approach me. I’m looking forward to meet you all soon at the first meeting of the ‘Orange Sports Committee Qatar’.


  • Creating a network for professionals and companies in Sports & Health.
  • Achieve applications for elite and recreation sports.
  • Reinforce the Dutch Sports & Health infrastructure in Doha, Qatar.

Remy Rooijackers
Orange Sports Committee Qatar

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New Years Dinner!



Dear members and friends,

This Monday night was our annual New years Dinner, which was held at the residency of We had an amazing night with great music and food!!

A special thanks to Michiel Borstlap! who gave a private mini concert, which added to the nights great atmosphere.

Next to that, some of the guest were lucky enough to win one of the prizes that were provided by KLM and the Shangri La Doha.

Our chairman spoke about the past year and upcoming AGM. In this AGM the new executive board for the business council will elected. Therefore we would like to ask all our members to inform us if they would be interested in being part of this team for the coming year! If so, please sent an email to

Kind regards,



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Invitation to New Years event!!

Dear Members and friends,
The members of the executive board would first of all like to wish you a very special New years eve!
To celebrate the new year we have organized our annual New Years “borrel” on the 6th of January. This year we have chose a very special location, which is the brand new Shangri La hotel!! The hotel entrance is located at the second entrance ramp after the City Center Mall main entrance.
From 19:00 onwards you are welcome to join us in Fuego. Fuego delivers the culinary fire and passion of the Argentine pampas for diners who wish to channel their inner gauchos and paisanas. Lively, fun and engaging, it offers the finest selection of prime beef prepared in the time-honoured traditions of the Argentine grill. The unique dining experience is complemented by Doha’s largest selection of South American wines and the finest Latin-style service.
The convivial atmosphere is heightened by a lovely repertoire of Argentine folk music from a professional duo.
During the evening we will serve a variety of amazing finger foods combined with a selection of drinks!
Afterwards there is also the opportunity to visit The Den, for those who can’t get enough of the festivities! The Den is a classic European-themed lounge that complements the other hotel restaurants. The resident piano entertainer blends an array of nostalgic tunes, including songs from classic groups like The Beatles and The Beach Boys, Broadway hits and television theme songs.
The live entertainment, bespoke service, extensive selection of classic and signature cocktails, premium spirits and wines by the glass make The Den the ideal venue for after-work drinks, post-dinner cocktails and nightcaps.
We hope to see you all during the event, so we can personally wish everybody the best wishes for 2016!
Kind regards,
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