– Message from the Chairman –
Dear DBCQ members
Most of us are returning back to Doha after a well-deserved summer holiday break and I am sure you are as excited as I am with the spotlight of the world on Qatar hosting the FIFA Worldcup, with Oranje, the Dutch Football Team participating…
Since the AGM end of February, where the new board was installed, we have been very active and were able to organize many events.
We kicked off in March with a site visit to the Baladna farm where Piet Hilarides hosted us and presented the impressive development and strategy of the Baladna farm and company.
Just before Ramadan we organized a social gathering (better known as “borrel”), at La Bodega Negra, in a Mexican atmosphere.
In cooperation with the Dutch Speaking Association (DSA) we hosted an Iftar in April during Ramadan in the garden of our corporate member the Ritz Carlton. Very pleased to see many members with their families who enjoyed an Iftar after 2 years of Covid Restrictions.
Also in cooperation with the DSA, we then headed north of Qatar on Saturday May 14 where Edo and Simone Swart and the Plaza Hollandi team hosted us at their Nursery/ Garden Center, a real oasis in Qatar. We learnt about the different plants and flowers Plaza Hollandi is cultivating, and enjoyed the scenery. Very impressive to hear that Plaza Hollandi is operating it’s business in Qatar for 40 + years.
We continued with our “borrels” end of May (Belgian Beer Café at the Interco), June ( Raclette night at Ciel et Miel at the Ritz Carlton) and July (Hudson Tavern at Mondrian), and all were very well attended.
A very active first half year of the DBCQ indeed, and please stay tuned for very exciting events in September and October as we are gearing up for the FIFA Worldcup. We also met with the KNVB (Dutch Football Association) and are planning for a joint event during the Worldcup.
Since March we welcomed many new corporate and individual members, and I am sure you have been able to meet them during our events. For this year our corporate members are:
• Qatar Shell GTL Limited
• GS Health
• Al Maktab al Qatari Al Hollandi (Plaza Hollandi)
• De Boer Tenten
• Ritz Carlton Doha
• Frijns Structural Steel
• BMD Company
Needless to say that we are very pleased with the support of our corporate members.
Our next social gathering will take place on August 24 at Boston Bar at the Rotana City Center hotel, and more information will be shared via the DBCQ Whatsapp group next week. Please do let us know when you are not added yet to the Whatsapp group as this is our main communication channel for upcoming events.
We look forward to see you soon!
On behalf of the DBCQ Board,