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QBA explores investment opportunities for medical tourism in Switzerland

His Excellency Edgar Derig, Swiss Ambassador to Qatar, QBA board member Sherida Al Kaabi with other QBA members and the Swiss delegation during a recent meeting in Doha.

Doha: The Qatar Business Association (QBA) hosted a business lunch to celebrate the visit of a delegation of Swiss companies and hospitals specializing in medical tourism and medical services, led by HE Edgar Derig, Ambassador of Switzerland to Qatar.

The meeting was attended by QBA board member Sherida Al Kaabi and QBA members: Omar Al Fardan, Khalid Al Mannai, Maqbul Habib Khalfan, Nabil Abu Issa, Sheikh Khalid bin Nawaf Al Thani, CEO of the holding company Nasser bin Khaled Abdullah Al Qubaisi. , Dhafer Halawa and Rashid Al Mansouri, CEO of Aamal Holding Group, and Sarah Abdullah, Deputy CEO of QBA.

At the beginning of the meeting, Al-Kaabi welcomed the Swiss delegation and spoke about the depth of bilateral relations between the two countries.

Al-Kaabi highlighted important opportunities for tourism and investment in both countries, noting that while Switzerland is a top tourist destination for Qataris and Gulf residents, Qatar is on the verge of hosting an exceptional version of the World Cup where the country welcomes the Swiss. fans and tourists.

For his part, the Swiss Ambassador emphasized that there are promising opportunities for expanding Qatari-Swiss cooperation in various sectors, especially in tourism and medical tourism. Derig also indicated that trade between Qatar and Switzerland has grown by 92% to more than 5 billion QAR in 2021 from 2.6 billion QAR in 2020.

The ambassador added that the qualification of the Swiss national team for the 2022 FIFA World Cup will increase the interest of Swiss tourists in visiting Qatar.

Also speaking at the event, Al Fardan said that since the COVID-19 pandemic, members of the Qatar Business Association have shown a growing interest in the health sector and medical technology; and that relations with Switzerland are developing in many areas, including tourism, especially medical treatment, which opens up prospects for further closer cooperation between the private sector of both countries.

Derig also emphasized that the Qatari market is becoming increasingly important for Switzerland, and Qatar is the third largest market for Switzerland in the Middle East and North Africa. He added that the number of tourists from Switzerland to Qatar is increasing, stressing that there are important investment opportunities and the FIFA World Cup is sending positive signals for the region.

The ambassador added: “We are optimistic as Katara Hospitality has an investment that is an important benchmark for Qatari investment in Switzerland, namely three luxury hotels belonging to the largest luxury hotel group in Switzerland, and this is a very important development. and I expect there will be an increase in investment in the two countries.”

Derig added that…

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