September / November 2018
Edition 34


On September the 27th 2018, SBCQ associated Law Firm Essa Al Sulaiti hosted a lecture about Debt Recovery. The event was held at St Regis hotel.

SBCQ Chairman, Mr. Jose Vicente introduced the two speakers:

Mr. Essa Founder and Chairman of Essa Al Sulaiti Firm. Practicing attorney and arbitrator in the State of Qatar and a certified Arbitrator in the G.C.C Commercial Arbitration Centre & Qatar International Center for Consultation and Arbitration. Mr. Essa also specializes in the following sector of law: Arbitration, Corporate and Commercial, Engineering and Construction, Property & Real Estate and Sports.

And on the other hannd Mr. Ricardo Cid Senior Legal Consultant at the firm responsible for all its international client portfolio.

Mr. Ricardo set clearly that debt is part of business all around the globe. He then tried to provide some tools to the companies to place them in a better position. Later Mr. Essa focus on the legal actions, before Qatar Civil Court, Before Qatar Criminal Court and Arbitration option.
Registration close for this event due to full seating capacity.


On October the 11th 2018, took place at Ritz Carlton Hotel the National Day of Spain celebration. It was attended by local authorities among whom we will highlighted HE the Minister of Culture and Sports Salah bin Ghanem bin Nasser al-Ali and Ministry of Foreign Affairs protocol chief Yousuf Ibrahim Fakhro, by diplomatic representatives and by part of the Spanish Community living in Doha.

H.E. Ambassador Ignacio Escobar, enhanced the historical and economical excellent relations between Spain and Qatar. He reviewed his four years of service since the National Day practically coincided with his departure from the country. He stressed that both professionally and personally Qatar had been a great post for him.

It was a very crowded event long-desired by the Spaniards resident in Qatar.


On October the 29th, the international business community got together at W Hotel Ballroom for the Back 2 Business networking event. The event was organized by Italian and German Business Council in association with Spanish Business Councils among others.

From the Spanish Business Council we were glad to count with the presence of the new Ambassador of Spain to Qatar H.E Belen Alfaro.

It was celebration number 15th of the Back 2 Business, fifteen years exploring business opportunities in Qatar. More than 300 persons attended the event. People came together and started building professional and personal bonds. Guests from different sectors were creating synergies and sharing interesting and valuable information on the Market.

Associated companies such as Acciona Services, Seib Insurance, W Hotel, Indra, DECC, St Regis Hotel, Essa al Sulaiti, Luna Design, Encircle Business Solutions among others attended the event.

This 2018 edition introduced three new sectors: the agro-food, Tourism and Legal Services.


On October the 18th, Professor Ramsés Gallego from IE Business Scholl, a security professional with 20+ years of deep expertise in Risk Management and Governance came to share a presentation on Cyber Security and Data Analytics at St Regis Hotel. Speaker was introduced by SBCQ Vice-Chairman Mr. Javier Villahermosa.

Mr. Ramses contends that if there is something constant in the universe, that’s speed of light. Organizations are being pressed with time-to-market issues while, in reality, they should a have time-to-value perspective. In an epoch where technology is pervasive, and you can hardly find businesses that do not depend on technology, we have to face change as one critical variable in the planning of enterprise strategy. Attendees were fully awarded of the importance of time when designing, planning and executing a business strategy.


Thanks to Queen Hospital, SBCQ Members had the chance to attend the lecture given by Doctor and Professor from McGill University Jason Szabo on How to Decrease your stress at Work. The presentation took place at Marriott Marquis City Center Hotel.

Doctor was introduced by SBCQ Vice-Chairman Mr. Javier Villahermosa.

Today stress costs millions to every country affecting all kind of companies, United Nations for instance, have set a self-help tool designed by UN colleagues to help them in coping with stress and managing change in this evolving world.

Doctor started with the explanation of what happened to the brain when the person is exposed to stressful situations. While a certain amount of stress is good, for instance it gets the body to reach the optimal level of alertness and operate in the best way possible on beyond too much stress can lead to serious illness such as depression.

The talk revolved then on how the companies could try to reduce stress among their employees.


On October the 31st, Extravaganza Tour opened in Doha. From November the 1st to the 4th, the W Hotel hosted a festival for the public to celebrate the best from Spanish gastronomy. On the inauguration day, Ambassador of Spain to Qatar, H.E Belen Alfaro introduced the two star Michelin awarded chef Fernando Arellano, chefs Alvaro Fuentes, Daniel Lopez, and Javier de Dios in charge of the event.

She noted that Spain is famous worldwide because of its food and beverage sector, “thanks to the highest benchmark reached by our most prestigious chefs, such as Ferran Adria, Martín Berasategui, Subijana or Arzak, among others”

SBCQ has collaborated with the organization and entertained the nights with Flamenco show.


Get Together of these months have been a real success. On September the 12th, the event took place at Wham Lounge, at W Hotel. The event gave the chance to many people to meet after the long summer break. October’s event was held together with The Belgian Business Club at the Aqua Lounge at Marriott Marquis City Center hotel on October the 3rd, applications of My Book and Belgian chocolates were raffled. November’s took place on the 7th at St Regis, at their Rooftop it was also jointly held with the Dutch and Swiss Business Council. To attend SBCQ networking events means to attend an event with full of opportunities. It is a great way to boost awareness of your business, you may benefit from new ideas and it is the place to be social with your business and with yourself.


On Tuesday, November the 13th at DECC, Mr. Jose Manuel Duran Delegate of the CDTI for North Africa and Middle East come to introduce how the CDTI Funds work.

Created in 1977, the CDTI is a Spanish Public Agency of Innovation (Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities) financing the Spanish private companies R&D.

The main CDTI goal is to increase the competitiveness of the Spanish companies by raising its technological profile based on technological excellence and by easing them to provide innovative solutions to the market. At the international level the Institution wants to promote and to fund R+D+I cooperation between Spanish Companies and its partners. Mr. Jose Manuel explained the framework for Qatar since there is no yet bilateral agreement with any Qatari Public Administration to launch a joint call.

The Delegate informed then about all the characteristics of the Funding and highlighted that if is needed the CDTI can also help the Qatari Entity to find a Spanish Partner.

After the presentation Mr. Jose Manuel Duran had a small chat with the different companies that attended the event.


SBCQ has approved to become the official chamber of commerce of spain in qatar

On November the 21st 2018 a SBCQ Extraordinary Assembly was convened at DECC to vote the approval of the changes in its articles of association to be established as the official Chamber of Commerce of Spain in Qatar.

The Assembly was chaired by Mr. Jose Vicente Chairman of the SBCQ and H.E Ambassador of Spain to Qatar Belen Alfaro Hernandez (Honorary Member)

The SBCQ was founded in 2009 with 7 Members. On the edge of its 10th birthday the association has 56 members representing a wide spectrum of sectors including engineering Water Treatment companies, Construction companies, Naval Construction, Geotechnical works, Facilities Management and Maintenance, Management Consultancy Services, Trading and Contracting, Law Firms, Education among others. It is now registered under the QFC umbrella.

Although The SBCQ has already been making incredible progress over years in promoting its Business Members and stretching ties between Spain and Qatar a most powerful platform to keep on doing it was needed. On this regard H.E Belen Alfaro pointed that “the SBCQ was now in position to be recognized as a Chamber of Commerce”.

The support of the Spanish Embassy to the SBCQ on this new stage was also mentioned. H.E explained that he Embassy of Spain to Qatar will go on collaborating with the Chamber of Commerce same way they have been doing with the SBCQ, facilitating the internationalization of the Spanish firms, supporting the SBCQ members, promoting Spanish business interests in Qatar and giving to Spanish firms the institutional support they deserve.

Another important issue is that as the Official Chamber of Commerce of Spain in Qatar a new relationship would be created with the Chamber of Commerce of Spain. Mr. Jose Vicente explained that the Entity would be integrated in the Spanish Chamber of Commerce global network. This net has 38 chambers abroad in 35 countries. Commercial Attaché at the Spanish Embassy Mr. Miguel Angel Fajardo pointed that this net is a very valuable resource of information and consulting for the Spanish Firms.

During the Assembly Official Chamber of Commerce’s benefits were also mentioned. On this regard Mr Jose Vicente pointed out benefits such as being part of an Institution with much more relevance and visibility, an Institution that could be provide much more services, benefits such as having access to more information or to more networking opportunities.

Finally, Mr. Miguel Angel Fajardo’s intervention focused on the resources of the Chambers of Commerce and on an explanation of all the services that they provide. It was clear set that every Chamber provides the services that they have considered. There is a wide range of activities that Chambers of Commerce abroad are allow to provide.

After the voting it was clearly set that SBCQ’s Members intention was to take this step forward.
As the Official Chamber of Commerce of Spain in Qatar the SBCQ will keep its main goals: to promote their Member’s Business, to keep the Members updated on key events organizing a wide range of events, to keep connected its Members with Qatari Institutions, Local Authorities and private Entities and to keep playing an important role in the relations between Spain and Qatar.
The Official Chamber of Commerce of Spain in Qatar will be keeping on working on it but from a platform with greater reach.
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More than 20 families got together at St Regis Hotel pool and beach area to celebrate Spanish Family day on November the 23rd.

The day-long event included Breakfast and lunch next to the incredible pool and the chance to take advantage of St Regis facilities. The Spanish Business Council is proud to offer to its community this king of events where they can enjoy and celebrate all together.

Just before lunch, Mr. Jose Vicente Chairman of the Association thanked the presence of new Ambassador to Spain in Qatar H.E Belen Alfaro and welcomed all the attendees on behalf of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce.

Her Excellency took then the floor to welcome the community as well. She mentioned that she has been for very little time in the country and that it is with great illusion that she is posted in Qatar. She highlighted that she was there to meet everybody and that she will always be supportive with Spaniards and Spanish Companies in Qatar. She mentioned the important role that Spanish professionals are doing to improve the image of Spain in Qatar. She introduced the Spanish Embassy team that was attended the event: Mr. Fernando de Castro, Deputy Head of Mission, Mr. Vidal Gallardo, Administrative Attaché and Mr. Miguel Angel Fajardo Commercial Attaché reiterating that the Embassy was for everyone and that Community would always find its doors open.

The community enjoyed form a fantastic outdoor event.

SBCQ Awarded by the Qatar Financial Center as the best non-profit organization of its platform.

The Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) has hosted its inaugural ‘Qatar Business Awards’ at Four Seasons Hotel on November the 28th 2018. The event brought together hundreds of QFC companies. Qatar Business Awards ‘celebrated and recognized QFC licensed firms for their achievement across five distinct categories: New Business of the Year, Customer Excellence, Most Innovative award, Best Performing Company and Best Non-Profit Award.

The Spanish Business Council was awarded as the best non-profit organization, the award recognizes the organization that adds value, through active networking, to promote the Qatari economy and its business opportunities. It also recognizes the contribution they make to the business environment through their initiatives and activities that demonstrate positive and proactive efforts to foster knowledge-sharing, and community and business development.

This award fills us with pride.
Congratulations to all our partners.
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Churro Mia will be participating in Darb al Sai (starting 12 December) - the event related to the Qatar national day.

We are having the soft opening our second branch at Albida Park on December the 14th 2018

We are bringing to Qatar chocolates “Sven” that is a Spanish company producing Belgian chocolate - they are creating a special chocolate edition that is Exclusively for Qatar and will be launched during the CTC (coffe, tea and chocolate) event for what Churro Mia is a Golden sponsor and it’s going to be held in Sheraton park at the end of January.

Also we solid like to offer 15% discount to all Spanish community and 25 % discount to the members of SBC during December at our Main Branch at Tawar Mall. (To redeem the discount they need to present any identification).


January 2019:
- Shop Qatar
- Expo Turkey
- Maraya Souq

February 2019:
- Doha Jewellery & Watches Exhibition

March 2019: -
- Heya Autumn - AgriteQ

3 years of success

With 100+ exhibitions & special events, 200+ meeting and 1.5+ million visitors DECC has celebrated a 3rd year of success. The venue has witnessed the growth of exhibitions in different sectors including: building & construction, food, agriculture, fashion, homeland security and business services.
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Licuas T & C enters the pipe rehabilitation market in Qatar

Licuas T & C has been awarded with a contract from Ashghal, which consists in performing non-intrusive rehabilitation of the sewer pipelines. This rehabilitation will be done using two methods, lining and patching, being the first Spanish company to offer this kind of service in Qatar.

All these operations will be carried out with own equipment, in which is included:
  • UV lining equipment.
  • CCTV and a pole camera.
  • Patching equipment.
  • Jetting and suction vehicles.
Patching is a rehabilitation method for small and localized defects on the pipes, that consists in installing a small piece of fiber glass on the affected area of the pipe and attach it.

Lining on the other hand is used for the rehabilitation of partly or totally deteriorated pipes, consists in introducing a liner on the pipe by pull-in and after that, to cure it with UV radiation.

A combination of short time installment, an upgrade of the characteristics of the pipe, a longer duration (up to 50 years) and a low environmental impact makes lining a very good alternative for the rehabilitation of pipes.

Licuas T & C as a company committed to the future and development, is bringing the Spanish knowledge at the service of Ashghal and Qatar.
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Centara West Bay Residences & Suites

We are glad to showcase one of our latest design and build project!
The Mirabello design team aspired in exposing three key objectives in this project: Brilliance, Spirit, and Cultural Heritage.

A residential project with multiple F&B outlets. Centara West Bay Residences & Suites is a serviced apartment building with a five-star finishing. The interior design of all lobbies, guest amenities, lounges, offices, apartments and penthouses were planned, managed and designed by Mirabello.

This was a full scale sweeping project involving the full breadth, research and creativity from all of our experienced designers. From layout to furniture; color schemes to lighting style & quality; room design to each of their fixtures; and of
course, the grandeur chic style ㅡ all displaying the client’s vision of simplicity, style, focus and flair.

We have worked together with our client in enhancing the living experience for residents and their guests. We have accomplished this by creating an inviting, relaxing, modern and serene environment.

Quantum speakers present to Seopan audience in Madrid

In support of Spanish construction contractors, leading construction support consultancy, Quantum Global Solutions is proud to announce Quantum’s technical team, Andrew Woodward, Regional Director Qatar and Technical Director and Creative Director, Rob Valenta will present to Seopan members at an upcoming meeting in Madrid.

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The Spanish P.R. and Events Company La Différence P.R., consolidated in the Qatari market for more than five years and member of the Madaeen Al Doha Group; had organized a series of events in Katara during the month of October in order to present the GIBBS amphibian technology for the first time in the region.

The objective was to invite guests to enjoy live demonstrations with professional drivers in order to promote the brand before their participation in the Milipol fair; at the end of October. The successful series of events counted with the support of the media and the local influencers as well as professionals, ambassadors and VIPs.

La Différence P.R. concluded the month with a press conference where Mr. Alan Gibbs and Mr. Neil Jenkins, founder and chairman of the GIBBS Company respectively, announced their future plans in Qatar.

With over twenty years of continual development and improvement, GIBBS Amphibians is the first company in history to successfully create fully homologated vehicles that can exceed 30 mph on water as well as achieve typical speeds on land, transitioning between land and water in under 5 seconds, at the push of a button. This unique combination of innovations from several engineering disciplines and user friendly technology has given Gibbs the lead as the world authority on High Speed Amphibians.

Contact: / Samar Abou-Farah 33 974 506
Al Jaber Engineering is a leading Contractor in Qatar; we have been awarded a project in Al rayyan to carry out jobs for al Rayan stadium support services.
Singapore Engineering & Contracting Company is a well established Contractor in Qatar.
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