It is a great privilege for Doha International Airport to host the 2013 ACI Airport Exchange in the State of Qatar.
Established in 2006, ACI Airport Exchange traditionally alternates between Europe and Asia, but returns to the Middle East with this year's edition being held in our capital city.
The three-day event will take place at the iconic Qatar National Convention Centre between 11th and 13th November, 2013.
Airport Exchange is renowned for delivering a world-class conference, exhibition and social networking programme, and it comes to Doha in a year of the opening of our brand Message from our host new home for Qatar Airways – Hamad International Airport, which promises to set a global benchmark in service and quality.
We at Doha International Airport are extremely excited to host this year's ACI Airport Exchange and we will ensure we deliver the high levels of hospitality for which our country is so renowned, to complement the exciting and ambitious plans ACI have for the exhibition and conferences.
We look forward to welcoming you.
H.E Akbar Al Baker
Chief Executive Officer, Qatar Airways and Doha International Airport
The appeal of Doha as a destination
Doha is the capital city of the State of Qatar, situated on the Persian Gulf. Doha has evolved from a small pearling and fishing city to a multibillion dollar international business, financial and cultural centre, whilst maintaining traditional values and preserving the country's heritage throughout its growth. Doha's culture is dedicated to limitless hospitality, with evident investment in impressive facilities which serve the elite sporting community. The encouragement of a public appreciation for Islamic and Middle Eastern culture, with works spanning three continents and 13 centuries on offer at the Museum of Islamic Art and Souq Waqif showcases the history and vitality of Doha's marketplace. Doha offers a wide range of accommodation, with well-known global hotel brands catering to all levels of comfort and convenience for business and tourists alike. There is an extremely high calibre of restaurants available with established international chefs such as Gordon Ramsay and Guy Savoy on offer.
The global significance of Qatar
As one of the fastest growing economies in the world, Qatar has rapidly become an important destination on the global stage. Categorised as one of the richest nations in resources and culture, Qatar possesses the will and determination to overcome all circumstances and position itself as a unique destination on the global platform.
Qatar is home to the finest cultural landmarks, some dating back thousands of years, demonstrating the nation's rich history and culture. In addition, Qatar is home to the Al Jazeera network and has a series of world-class museums that house some of the world's finest art collections. At its cultural heart, Doha offers art galleries, music concerts, opera and theatre for visitors to enjoy.
Qatar has taken centre stage on the platform of international events and the biggest testimonial to its advancement in this field is its winning bid for the upcoming 2022 World Cup, the event that will alter not only Qatar's but also the region's global position.