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QU College of Law Host Annual Conference on “Law in Keeping Up with Tourist Activities: Specificities and Prospects” | Qatar University

QU College of Law Host Annual Conference on “Law in Keeping Up with Tourist Activities: Specificities and Prospects”

2019-02-06 00:00:00.0
Attendees of the Law in Keeping Up with Tourist Activities conference


The College of Law (LAWC) at Qatar University (QU) organized its annual conference on law and tourism under the title "Law in Keeping Up with Tourist Activities: Specificities and Prospects" in cooperation with the National Tourism Council on the 4th and 5th of February, under the sponsorship of the office of Sheikh Dr. Thani Bin Ali Al-Thani for Law and Legal Consultancy.

The conference consisted of three main themes: Supervising and organizing the tourism sector, the private sector commercial activity in the field of tourism investment and the private sector commercial activity in the field of tourism investment.

Dr. Hassan Al-Derham, President of Qatar University said in his opening speech, “The establishment of The National Tourism Council has recently been announced as an alternative to the Qatar Tourism Authority, which promises a flourishing future in the field of tourism, especially as we are heading towards the world’s most prestigious football tournament and the most widely viewed sporting event, namely the FIFA World Cup 2022. This growth of the tourism sector in the country imposes on us legal, economic and social challenges, and hence the importance of this conference, which is conducted to highlight the legal aspects associated with tourism. The conference also aims to provide solutions and recommendations to the various arising challenges. One of the main objectives of the conference is to address the legal framework of the tourism sector, both nationally and internationally, which will help identify the legal and technical challenges facing the tourism sector at the local, regional and international levels. The conference will be able to achieve these objectives as Qatar University provides excellent legal expertise together with participants from abroad. This conference will allow us to exchange ideas, experiences and research in order to reach conclusions and recommendations that will assist in achieving the desired objectives."

Mr. Hassan Abdel Rahman Al Ibrahim, Assistant Secretary General of the National Council for Tourism, spoke at the event saying, "The national strategy for the tourism sector has been constantly concerned with enhancing the tourists overall experience. This is considered a major goal and can only be achieved through enhancing the performance of the tourism sector and developing tourism products and offers, which includes the development of all other related matters. The tourism industry has witnessed several important developments in the management and leadership of the sector through the establishment of the National Tourism Council. Additionally, in terms of attracting more visitors and diversifying the target markets, this required expanding the industry by conducting new tourism projects and offering more opportunities.”

Promoting tourism is one Qatar’s national priorities, and part of the state’s plan for diversification of economic resources. The College of Law is keen to consider the tourism sector from a legal perspective, and in doing so, consolidates the states presence as a state of the art tourist destination with historical and cultural roots and defining characteristics that make it ready to welcome tourists from around the world. Following the establishment of the National Tourism Council, Qatar has witness an increased interest in tourism activity.

The conference aims to examine the importance of the legal framework regulating the tourism sector at the national and international levels. The conference will also contribute to highlighting the cultural aspect of the State of Qatar and its role at the regional level. In addition, the conference will indicate the available investment opportunities in the tourism sector and the associated legal aspects. The conference will assist in identifying the legal and technical challenges facing the workers in the tourism sector in Qatar and providing the best solutions to ensure the growth and development of this industry to fulfill the vision of Qatar. The conference will also discuss the latest legal developments and best practices related to the legal regulation of the tourism sector at the local, regional and international levels. Participants will benefit from experts and specialists in the field of tourism and be able to produce recommendations that help overcome legal obstacles.

In her speech Assistant Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, Dr. Mona Al-Marzouqi stated, “The Faculty of Law has chosen the subject of tourism from the legal perspective due to its importance in the State of Qatar as a country which occupies a strategic location on the world map and, therefore, regarded as an attractive destination for tourists. The urban rise, the waterfront and the wildlife are very important factors to form a distinguished tourist sector. This is aligned with the state's increased interest in maritime tourism and linking the port of Doha to the ports of friendly neighboring countries to transport goods and passengers by sea, using the largest passenger liners and the establishment of the most modern fully equipped hotels. It is therefore necessary to draw attention to the tourism field and to identify the legislation governing it. The conference will assist in highlighting the latest adopted measures and best practices at the regional and international level, and overcome the legal challenges to provide the best solutions in the form of conclusive recommendations at the end of the conference addressing the concerned authorities in the country.”

His Excellency Sheikh Thani Bin Ali Al Thani, Founder of Thani Bin Ali Al Thani Law Firm and Legal Consultants said, “The State of Qatar has adopted and implemented legislative reforms in relation to the tourism sectors in accordance with its vision to become an international hub and in consistence with Qatar's international role. Promoting the tourism sector is key to diversifying Qatar's economic resources and, therefore, a number of reforms were implemented including the Emiri Decree to establish the National Tourism Council. In addition, as part of the State's efforts to achieve the objectives of the next phase, the State of Qatar has adopted a new organizational structure for the tourism sector, which is responsible for coordinating, consolidating and strengthening the efforts of key sector members and partners and to replace the Qatar Tourism Authority. The council will report to a Board of Directors chaired by His Excellency the Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al Thani.”

The College of Law at QU is committed to holding this annual conference which examines a persistent topic related to the public interest from a legal perspective. The college aims to contribute in shedding more light on the implications of law and the different legal challenges leading to enriching jurisprudence and linking it to real practice. One of the college's main objectives is to enhance development through legislative reform and utilizing the administrative, economic and commercial means to fulfill this objective through the necessary and appropriate rules and regulations.

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  • Dr. Hassan Al-Derham, President of Qatar University, opening speech