Qatar Airways was honoured to host the 64th Annual Conference of Airline Personnel Directors’ Council (APDC) in the capital city of Doha.

The two-day conference brought together over 40 senior human resource management delegates from airlines around the world to discuss issues and challenges facing HR practices in their respective businesses, as well as those that affect the industry collectively.  

With the airline industry in the State of Qatar young and flourishing at a phenomenal rate, hosting the event gave Qatar Airways the opportunity to share the successful business model that has been built during the 16 years it has been in operation with airlines from around the world. The Doha-based carrier shared its experiences and challenges with some of the legacy carriers that have been around for 60 years or more.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker officially opened the event, hosted by the airline for the second time in six years.

Speaking at the  conference hotel, Oryx Rotana, he welcomed delegates with an inspiring speech in which he talked about the airline’s dramatic growth and the State of Qatar’s dynamism in undertaking scores of infrastructure projects.

With Qatar Airways being an economic vehicle for the country’s growth – a nation that is investing over US$150 billion in numerous infrastructure projects such as a new metro system, new hotels and the 2022 FIFA World Cup – recruitment opportunities are endless, said Al Baker.

“We are not retrenching, but recruiting on an unprecedented scale. It’s not about being the biggest airline or taking market share, it’s about being the best at what we do in all areas to attract customers and employees alike.”

As part of its recruitment drive, Qatar Airways is hiring Qatari nationals to train and develop them as future leaders.

The Qatar Airways Nationalisation Programme has focused on designing development programmes to create distinctive experiences for Qatari students, graduates and professionals to make them proud of Qatar Airways' success story.  

The drive to hire more Qataris – both graduates and scholarship students – to join the organisation, is in line with the country’s 2030 vision for a sustainable future. The solid foundation that has been built by Qatar Airways since 1997 with a workforce drawn from aviation experts from around the world, has well positioned the airline well for further aggressive growth. 

With a global group workforce of over 28,000 employees – 16,000 of which being airline staff – Qatar Airways’ staggering rise has not been unnoticed by industry peers.

Al Baker highlighted some of the HR challenges faced by the Doha-based airline that comes with growth and recruitment.

“Our workforce of over 150 nationalities work in different disciplines within the airline and our subsidiaries,” said Al Baker.

“English is a second or third language for the majority of Qatar Airways’ workforce, so undoubtedly proving a challenge as English is the working language across the industry, Qatar Airways HR department works hard to address these challenges because as a Qatari organisation that proudly preserves its Arabic culture and heritage, Qatar Airways is ultimately a global network airline.

“Our dynamic growth is due to the vision of His Highness The Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani to create an airline of the highest quality and standards flying to all corners of the world, and to be the best in the world. And we are delighted to have reached the industry summit as the best airline in the world for the past two years.”

With a total order of over 250 aircraft woth more than US$50 billion and a staggering route network growing by more than 12 new destinations each year, the job opportunities are enormous, added Al Baker.


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Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

24 Hours in Qatar



Qatar Essential Information
Located halfway along the western coast of the gulf, the State of Qatar benefits from its key global location, midway between Europe and Asia.
With gas reserves in excess of 900 trillion standard cubic feet in its North Field, and oil reserves of over 15 billion barrels, Qatar has one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. Its population also enjoys the world's highest per capita income.
Qatar's official religion is Islam. Accordingly, male and female visitors should dress modestly as a courtesy to the country's citizens. Arabic is the official and main language, but English is widely spoken. Qatar has a relatively liberal attitude to the consumption of alcohol by non-Muslims (within hotels and other licensed premises), but it is strictly forbidden to bring alcohol into the country.
VISA REQUIREMENTS: Nationals of the following countries can apply for a simple 30-day entry visa(costing QR 100), covering both business and leisure travel, upon arrival at Qatar, or at their local embassy: Andorra; Australia; Austria; Belgium; Brunei; Canada; denmark; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Hong Kong; Iceland; Ireland; Italy; Japan; Liechteinstein; Luxembourg; Malaysia; Monaco; Netherlands; New Zealand; Norway ; Portugal; San Marino; Singapore; South Korea; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; UK (with the right of abode), USA; Vatican city.
Many visas can now be processed online at the Ministry of Interior's websites (mol,gov,qa) but the Ministry accepts only credit cards as payment.
Qatar's weekend is Friday and Saturday. Banks are usually open 7.30am-1pm though an increasing number are open longer and at weekends. ATMs are found throughout the city, in hotels and all the shopping malls.
Transport: Karwa is the national taxi and limousine service, which also operates the local bus services.You can use your international driving licence for seven consecutive days, then apply for a temporary licence at the Traffic Department.
Climate: Qatar benefits from year-round sunshine, with temperatures ranging from 25°C(74°F) to 45°C(113°F) in summer.The best months to enjoy Qatar's pleasant weather are October to May.
Health: As with undertaking any form of travel, adequate insurance is strongly advised. Qatar has excellent medical facilities, both government and private. For all emergencies-fire, police, or ambulance-call 999.
CURRENCY CHECK: The Qatari riyal (QAR) is the curency of the State of Qatar. It is divided into 100 dirhams. Aproximate rates only, always check before buying.
24 Hours in Doha
The small peninsula of Qatar is the only true desert country in the world, with no natural surface water but featuring a 563 km-long coastline with fine sandy beaches and majestic rolling dunes in the south.
Before oil production began 60 years ago, the population was around 25,000 now it nudges 1.9 million, and continues to grow as the country expands into areas of business, education, sport, and leisure. For centuries, nomadic Bedouin wandered the gravelled plains of the interior with their sheep and camels, while coastal people fished for pearls-the main source of Qatar's pre-oil wealth. Nominally part of the Ottoman Empire for 400 years, the foundations of the modern Qatar state were laid by Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani, ancestor of the present ruler. The fast-growing capital, Doha, encircles a wide bay and  features buildings designed by some of the world's best architects, as well as lovingly preserved traditional architecture.
Getting around:
Taxi: Distinctive turquoise metered taxis with various coloured roofs are found outside hotels and malls, or hail one on the street.
Bus: Karwa public buses are comfortable, clean, and cheap. Bus stops display timetables, buses run approximately every 15 minutes.
Limousine: Book a Karwa limousine at the airport or 5-star hotels, or by calling 4458 8888. or 44626858 for an airport limousine.
Car: All major rental companies have stands at Doha International Airport. Cars can be pre-booked at a hotel.
1.00 Australian Dollar  3.79
1.00 Brazilian  Real  1.84
1.00 British    Pound  5.58
1.00 Chinese    Yuan  0.59
1.00 Euro  4.76
1.00 Hong Kong  Dollar  0.47
1.00 Japanese   Yen   0.037
1.00 Jordanian  Dinar  5.12
1.00 Kuwaiti Dinar  12.77
1.00 Omani Rial  9.42
1.00 Russian Rouble   0.117
1.00 Saudi Arabian Riyal  0.968
1.00 Singapore Dollar  2.93
1.00 Swiss Franc  3.91
1.00 Thai Baht  0.12
1.00 US Dollar (fixed)  3.64

24 Hours in Doha

23.00 For a nightcap on arrival head to the Jazz Club at the Oryx Rotana, serving Asian fusion dishes, or the Crystal Lounge at the WHotel, open until 2am, Visitors and residents are required to present passport.
 08.00 All the 5-star hotels lay on a lavish breakfast buffet offering a delicious array of Arabic and international cuisine. Try the conveniently central Mövenpick Hotel (tel:4429 1111) on the Doha Corniche.
09.30 Suffering from jet lag? Then head to the Ritz Carlton Hotel's luxury spa and treat yourself to a 75-minute relaxing session of their Orange Blossom Body Therapy. Details can be found at ritzcarlton.com/Doha
11.00 A must for every visitor, the jewel i Doha's crown is the Museum of Islamic Art on its own island off the Corniche. Persian carpets, Moghul jewels, ceramics, and glassware treasures galore. Opening times: www.mia.org.qa
12.30 For lunch, head to the unmissable Opal by Gordon Ramsay at the St.Regis for a hip, á la mode dining experience, featuring live gourmet pizza stations and overlooking the shimmering Arabian Gulf.
14.00 Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, located in a former school near Doha's Education City, it houses a unique collection of works by Arab artists from every Arab country. Admission is free.
17.00 head to Lagoona Mall in West Bay, adjoining the unmistakeable Zig Zag towers, for 5-star shopping including high-end department store 51 East, and restaurants around the European-style piazza.
19.00 Wander along the Corniche and step aboard one of the small dhows, festooned with lights, for a tour of the bay with views of the city's glittering towers reflected in the calm waters of the Gulf.
 20.00 Check out Tangia Restaurant, at the Wyndham Grand Regency, for Doha's take on authentic Moroccan cuisine. Entertainment complements the menu with traditional drums and melodies.
22.00 If you're not ready for bed just yet then Asian-Polynesian fusion dishes, signature drinks, and a live Cuban band can all be found at Trader Vic's at the Hilton Doha. Bar open until 12.30am. Bring your passport!


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