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Welcoming speech by His Excellency Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassem Bin Jabr Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs
 
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Welcome to the website of the Doha Forum, the established world-class event that celebrates its 12th edition this year in presence of His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, who will preside over the opening ceremony on May 20th that will kick off with a welcoming speech delivered by His Excellency Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassem Bin Jabr Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs.

True to its original full title, the Forum will offer a sweeping overview of issues regarding Democracy, Development and Free Trade in the Middle-East, the Arab countries and the world. More broadly, this international meeting will discuss critical political, economic, social, financial, strategic and human matters of pressing concern for a region witnessing some of the most substantial changes in its very long History.

The international guests of honor this year will be the President of the Republic of Sri-Lanka HE Mahinda Rajapaksa, and former President of Senegal and current Secretary General of the International Organization of La Francophonie, H.E. Abdou Diouf. The forum will also be featuring some very high-profile personalities, eminent political leaders, decision-makers and members of parliament, renowned businessmen, academics, media figures and experts, as well as representatives of the civil society and regional and international organizations, who will contribute to a free, learned and stimulating debate on each of the many topics on the forumís agenda, with a focus on the Arab Spring and the global financial and economic crisis.

The Doha Forum will be held at the Doha Sheraton Hotel in the State of Qatar from 20-22 May, 2012. It will be attended by more than 610 participants representing over 84 countries and organizations.
 
Closing Remarks by Prof. Steven L. Spiegel, Director of the UCLA Center for Middle East Development(CMED),University of California, USA Closing Remarks by HE Sheikh / Ahmed Bin Mohammed Bin Jabr Al-Thani, Assistant Minister for International Cooperation, Chair of the Permanent Committee for Organizing Conferences Closing Remarks by Sean Cleary, Founder and Executive Vice Chair of The Future World Foundation, Strategy Adviser to the World Economic Forum, South Africa
 
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Learn from Arab Spring, Israel told
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HH the Emir Opens Doha Forum and Enriching the Future Conference
HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani opened the 12th Doha Forum and Enriching the Middle East's Economic Future Conference at the Doha Sheraton Hotel on Sunday morning.more...
Sri Lanka President vows to turn country into an economic and commercial hub of the region
The President of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa today vowed to turn his country, which is recovering from three-decade long terrorism, into an economic and commercial hub of the region.more...
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