MissionTo provide a forum for discussion of key economic, commercial and other issues of interest to Spanish companies doing or planning to do business in Qatar.
The Council also provides information and sponsors events and programs which provide insight into Qatar and its international and business environment.
- To support the activity of member companies as well as new Spanish companies arriving in Qatar.
- To promote Spanish commercial and business interests in Qatar and encourage economic and commercial activities, investments and other initiatives between Spain and Qatar
- To offer SBC’s members a platform to exchange information and experiences and to communicate and interact with Public and Private entities and persons in Qatar by means of meetings, gatherings, seminars, conferences, receptions, etc
- To encourage mutual awareness, exchange of information and cultural cooperation between the Qatar and Spain
- To contribute to the development of dual and mutual commercial, economic, technical, sport and cultural relationships between Spain and Qatar
- To promote events to reinforce and improve the image of Spain in Qatar. In general, any other lawful activity related to the promotion of business and/ or cultural ties between Qatar and Spain
Mr. Adel Al Mannai
Mr. José Vicente
Mr. Javier Villahermosa
Networking & Events - Deputy Vice Chairman
Mr. David Quintanilla
Treasury and administration
Ms. Cristina Gómez Manzano
Ms. Irene Vidal
Education and Communication
Mr. Thami Alj
Member and Events support
Mr. Stephen Box
Company Secretary & Legal Advisor
Mr. Lee Keane
Mr. Miguel Angel Fajado
Ms. Elvira Pradas
Message from the Ambassador of Spain in QatarThe SBC has been at the heart of the Spanish business community for many years and is a model of how to do things right to succeed in a market as competitive as Qatar is. The hard and constant work of the Spanish companies has borne fruit, as they are reputed in the Qatari market as cost effective, reliable and efficient. The above, as well as the dynamism of the Qatari economy, has called other Spanish companies to explore this market. We have reached a point where it has been necessary to print a proper directory that I am confident will grow year after year.
The admirable performance of Spanish companies in Qatar is a reflection of the excellent bilateral relations between both monarchies, both in the personal and the political aspects. This special relation will hopefully intensify with a predictable increase in the number of high ranking visits to take place in a near future.
For Spain it is a satisfaction to contribute through the experience and capacity of its companies to the expansion of Qatar and reaching the goals set forth in the National Vision 2030 and in particular the 2022 Football World Cup. Qatar will find in the Spanish Companies and the SBC a loyal and committed partner.
I would like to thank the Chairman of the SBC as well as the rest of the Board and his team for the continued efforts in making this association what it is today and wish them all the success they deserve.
H.E. Mr. Ignacio Escobar
Ambassador of Spain in Qatar
Spanish Embassy in Doha, Qatar
Lusail Street (Al- Isteqlal Avenue) West Bay
P.O. BOX 24616 Doha, Qatar
T: +974 4483 5886
OFFICE HOURS Sun-Thu: 08.30-13.00
Message from the President of the Spanish Business CouncilDear Members and friends,
As President of the Spanish Business Council in Qatar –SBCQ– let me welcome you. In 2009, a group of companies, mostly Spanish, partnered with the purpose of establishing a business and professional community in Qatar. Today, we are 60 companies and international professionals working in Qatar, one of the most important emerging countries worldwide. Together, we generate wealth and contribute with talent and experience in different areas: from engineering to construction to hotel industry, design, education or air transportation, among others.
The Board I am pleased to head works as a generator of unity amongst all partners with the commitment to inform, train, advise and optimize your presence in Qatar. An original commitment and passion that are kept firm and unchanged, not only in theory, but mostly in our everyday activities. Together, we conform a rich fabric that includes several activities.
SBCQ has consolidated as an unequivocal role model for the business community in Qatar. Our organization is a high profile player as we contribute, along with other economic and social agents, to local development. We participate in tenders and forums in which the business community makes for added value to the Qatar market.
From the board of directors we work, on a daily basis, to accomplish all proposed goals and set new ones that allow us to grow further. Ultimately, SBCQ wishes to enhance our business and professional environment and, thus, consolidate a competitive space that favours a coherent development in Qatar.
Bringing our best to each and every one of you. Welcome to SBCQ.
Spanish Business Council Chairman