Qatar British Business Forum (QBBF) recently celebrated its 30th year in Qatar with a glamorous evening event hosted at the Dusit Doha Hotel.

Around 200 QBBF members and spouses witnessed the award ceremony honouring the long-term members. The awarding was led by QBBF Chairman Emad Turkman MBE and given to members holding QBBF membership cards for the past 15 to 28 years:

  • Mike Lawton (Regatta Sailing Academy)
  • Paul Kennedy (David Adamson)
  • Gwen Newnham (Trinity Talent)
  • Emma Higham (Clyde & Co)
  • Rukhsana Khan (Westway Law)
  • Ian Shaw (Dayim Rentals)
  • Carly-Jane Figgis (BBR)
  • Neil Hamilton (Quantex)
  • Andrew Wingfield (Simmons & Simmons)

Marhaba Founder and Managing Editor Hilary Bainbridge also received the ‘Longest Serving Member’ award.

The QBBF Chairman also awarded Amanda Shaw and Kat Milano for their contribution to QBBF – taking care of membership, finding sponsors and organising all QBBF events successfully. He said that QBBF’s membership is going from strength to strength with around 350 members, despite two years of COVID-19. It is the biggest business council in Qatar and the only one to organise so many functions.

This year we held our first Business Golf Tournament with a second one to follow in November, we also had our first clay pigeon shooting competition. October saw the most events with a total of four in four weeks.

Emad Turkman MBE has been a member of QBBF since 1995. He was also given an award by QBBF Vice-Chair Carly-Jane Figgis just before the awardees’ group photo. The celebration also featured the band, Caravan Dream.

To find out more about QBBF and how to apply for membership, send an email to [email protected]. Visit to learn more. 

QBBF would like to mention a special thank you to our Pearl Sponsors of 2022 who supported the event, Lulu Hypermarket and Northview International School.

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