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Qatar National Tourism Council

To achieve the Next Chapter’s targets, Qatar’s leadership approved a governance structure for the tourism sector in order to coordinate, consolidate and focus the efforts of its key members and stakeholders. 

The council report to a board chaired by the Prime Minister, HE Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdul Aziz Al Thani.

Enabling development of the sector through new structures and policies

Because the tourism sector is unique in its reliance on many ancillary sectors to succeed, the government approved restructuring of the tourism sector helped consolidate and focus the efforts of all concerned parties, and facilitating:

  • Empowerment in decision-making and implementation
  • Clarity in structure and roles
  • Opportunity for professionals in the tourism industry

Overall governance structure

The Chairman of the Council’s Board, HE Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdul Aziz Al Thani, the Prime Minister, with HE Ali Sharif Al Emadi, Minister of Finance as Vice Chairman.

The Council’s Board will include high-level representation from relevant ministries and stakeholders. The board consists of:

  • HE Akbar Al Baker, Secretary-General of Qatar National Tourism Council
  • HE Salah bin Ghanem Al Ali, Minister of Culture and Sports.
  • HE Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti, Minister of Transport and Communications.
  • HE Ali bin Ahmed Al Kuwari, Minister of Commerce and Industry.
  • HE Sheikh Saif bin Ahmed Al Thani, Director of Qatar's Government Communications Office.
  • HE Sheikh Nawaf bin Jassim bin Jabor Al Thani, Chairman of Katara Hospitality.
  • HE Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy.
  • Sheikh Fahad bin Khalifa Al Thani, representative of Qatar Museums

The National Tourism Council carries out the following core functions

  • Strategic industry planning and policy development
  • The development and implementation of a comprehensive plan to promote investment opportunities in the tourism sector
  • Destination marketing and promotion for both leisure and business events
  • The enhancement of visitor experience in collaboration with tourist-facing entities
  • The management of regulatory affairs, including the swift and efficient execution of all tourism licenses and similar services