Al Baker (left) with officials at the ceremony.
DOHA: American Chamber of Commerce in Qatar (AmCham Qatar) presented Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker with its first annual Business Leader of the Year Award in the presence of key business community members and opinion formers.
The annual award, which Al Baker accepted at a ceremony on Thursday night at the Four Seasons in Doha, recognises individuals for outstanding business achievements and contributions to Qatar. With over 25 years of business experience in Doha, Al Baker has been an instrumental figure in spearheading the development of Qatar Airways into one of the fastest growing and most highly acclaimed airlines in the world.
He has assumed local, regional and international prominence, holding key positions at Arab Air Carriers Organisation which is responsible for the development of the airline industry in the Arab world and International Air Transport Association.
Emphasising the robust trade relationship between the US and Qatar, Al Baker said in his acceptance speech: “Together we have collaborated closely on a wide range of regional and global issues of which our partnership has played an influential role in the region through a period of great transformation. I accept this award not as one person but as a representative of 28,000 people in a global network who are dedicated to relationships we have built in countries all over the world – the US especially.”
The Chairman of American Chamber of Commerce in Qatar, Robert A Hager presented the award. The Peninsula