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 include some current Heads of State and Government. The Forum will also feature other distinguished opinion leaders, eminent political thinkers, decision – makers and members of parliament, renowned businessmen, academics, media figures and international organizations. These participants will contribute to a free, learned and stimulating debate on each of the many topics on the Forum's agenda, with a focus on the Arab Spring, the global financial and economic crisis, International Cooperation, Global Economy, Development, Human Rights and Digital Media.


The 13th Doha Forum will be held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in the State of Qatar from 20-22 May, 2013. It will be attended by more than 600 participants representing over 80 countries and organizations.

Doha "Enriching the Middle East's Economic Future" Conference Concludes

Doha, May 14, 2014 (QNA)



The Doha 'Enriching the Middle East's Economic Future' conference concluded today at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, in the presence of a number of Their Excellencies the heads of delegations and senior officials.

Assistant Foreign Minister for Foreign Affairs, HE Mohamed Bin Abdullah Al-Rumaihi, said this year's conference discussed a number of important topics related to the current international and regional issues, including the current problems facing humanity and political conflicts, referring in this regard to the Syrian crisis and the crisis in Ukraine.

He stressed that there is a sense of absence of understanding between the great powers in the world, which ultimately led the international community to fail in playing its role in the settlement of the worsening conflicts in the world.

He pointed out that the conference agreed that foreign interference in the states, particularly through military intervention, will not necessarily lead to stability or development and evolution, citing the consequences of foreign intervention in Iraq.

On the Syrian crisis, HE Al-Rumaihi said a political settlement by mutual consent between the Syrian parties is key to Syrian crisis, referring to the recent settlement between rebels and the regime's army to relinquish the besieged Syrian city of Homs.

The conference affirmed support for the Arab world's ongoing aspiration towards reform, development and liberation, which was met counter trends in the shadow of reluctance, for many reasons, by some elites to participate in determining the destiny of their nations.

Addressing the closing session, Chris Doyle, President of the Arab-British Friendship Association, praised Qatar's initiative to hold this forum annually thus enabling participants from around the world to debate the challenges facing humanity.

He said in this regard that Qatar has provided us with the opportunity to participate in this conference and obtain support of experts and professionals, intellectuals, politicians and businessmen, through discussion and dialogue on the important topics addressed by the Conference. "We came to hear and talk with each other, and this what has already happened". he said.

Doyle praised the successes achieved by the Doha Forum over the past years, saying that the Forum will never fail to address the important problems in the contemporary world. He described the discussions as frank and aimed at finding solutions to crises not only in the region but for the most important challenges facing the world.