Oryx Publishing & Advertising launches inaugural – Qatar Today Women of the Year Awards Celebrating outstanding Qatari women from all spheres

Oryx Publishing & Advertising will host the first ever Qatar Today Women of the Year awards on 30 October, 2017 at The St. Regis Doha, in partnership with Qatari Businesswomen Association (QBWA).

Qatar Today Women of the Year is the first and one of its kind in Qatar. It is a platform for women in Qatar to be recognized for their talent and effort. In support of the Qatar National Vision 2030, the evening will celebrate their achievements by awarding them for their accomplishments and contributions to society.

In its debut year, Qatar Today Women of the Year awards aims to honour 10 Qatari women from different categories who have left their mark in various sectors in 2016-17. The categories are Inspirational Woman of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Humanitarian of the Year, Medical Pioneer of the Year, Sportswoman of the Year, Creative Woman of the Year, Young Talent of the Year, Hospitality Pioneer of the Year, Engineer of the Year and Technocrat of the Year.


IMG_8150 Faisal Fuad, the General Manager of Oryx Publishing & Advertising Company, says:

“You are most welcome as the WOMAN OF THE YEAR in Qatar.”“Welcome to our WOMAN OF THE YEAR festivity, which is small in size but large in worth… It is a small gesture, which we are proud of, by our reputable magazine (Qatar Today), in its Arabic and English versions, with the valuable participation of the Qatari Business Women Association to honor distinguished Qatari women.”

“Women in Qatar have achieved more milestones compared to women in many other countries of the world. She even assumed the portfolio of a cabinet minister, besides working in many ministries, institutions, bodies and establishments, where she has unmistakable fingerprints.This made it imperative for us and you to select and honor the distinguished woman of the year on October 30, 2017 at St. Regis Doha hotel.Today, we have the pleasure to confirm that this festivity will be a beginning of an annual function to honor the distinguished Qatari woman and highlight her successes and achievements every year.”

“Welcome again, and see you soon.”


The Judging Panel is composed of individuals from a wide range of sectors who brought their intimate knowledge of Qatar’s business and social landscape to the table in both nominating and deciding the ultimate winner in a thoroughly impartial and transparent manner. The Judging Panel included Aisha Al Bedeed, Board Member of QBWA, Brand Owner of Darz Design; Amal Al Aathem, Board Member of QBWA, Counselor in Ministry of Culture and Sports, Chairwoman of 7th Heaven Arts; Mishael Al Ansari, Board Member of QBWA, Managing Partner of Oishi Sushi; Aysha Al Romaihi, Business Development Manager at Qatar Business Incubation Centre (QBIC); Reem Al Suwaidi, General Manager of Bedaya Center; and Lolwa Al Marri, President of Qatar Women Sports Committee (QWSC).


Aisha Alfardan, Vice Chairwoman of QBWA, says, “This award is a great way to honor, recognize and celebrate the contribution of women who have excelled in their fields, whilst inspiring future generations of women to achieve their full potential and maximize their contribution to the Qatari economy.”
The nominations, which were made by the judges, were collected on September 28. The first judging panel was held on October 4 at The St. Regis Doha, where the judges made their nominations for each category. After discussing the nominees, the judges gave scores to each nominee based on leadership, impact, creativity, resilience and commitment. The judging panel met again on October 9 for the final meeting to seal the names of the winners as the names will stay confidential.


Ghazala Mohammad, Events Manager at Oryx and organiser of the Qatar Today Women of the Year 2017 awards, says, “Everybody has to contribute to make the world a better place to live for girls and women, which is what we need to do and appreciate. With a sense of added charm and determination, this award will help recognize the hard work of Qatari women who put in great amounts of efforts to make change happen. As they say, ‘if you educate a man you simply educate an individual, but if you educate a woman, you educate a whole nation.’”



For more information, contact:

Ghazala Mohamed, Events Manager

ghazala@oryxpublishing.com, events@oryxpublishing.com

7079 2963



Bloggers Cruise

On Friday, I joined the #BloggersCruise, an initiative by the #NationalCruiseCompany and #NewinDoha.

We met at Marina2 at the Pearl Qatar, where we all had time to mingle a bit, prior to boarding the dhow, the excitement was evident.

Once aboard, the staff provided us with the safety on board information.

We embarked on a 3hour cruise, spending the afternoon on the upper deck, making new friends, getting to know each other, appreciating the panoramic view of Doha and the magnificent sunset over the Doha skyline while sipping on a beverage of our choice, definitely a moment to remember!

The dhow was expansive, the majlis on the upper deck was fully carpeted and provided a well laid out seating arrangement, with comfortable back rests.

Soon enough, the sound of the cameras clicking, the shuffling for more selfies, finding the right angle and the correct lighting for the perfect photo opportunity  🙂 #NajlaNabilPhotography provided us with tips on how best to maximize on our camera and device capabilities for better results.

Once the sun had set, we were invited to the enclosed dinner cabin, and treated to a delicious open buffet inclusive of hot and cold beverages, the tables were well set and dressed in white drapery, china and silver, all catered by #FourSeasonsHotelDoha while we enjoyed the sight of Westbay and its shimmering lights.

After dinner, we gathered at the upper deck to make the most of the evening breeze as we returned to the Pearl.

Before we knew it was time to disembark and say our goodbyes to new and old friends.


A dhow cruise is a must on your next visit or stopover in Doha.

Well worth noting that the National Cruise Company provides:

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  • Dinner Cruises
  • Celebration Cruises (Birthdays, wedding, proposal, henna parties, honeymoon)
  • Diving and Fishing Cruises
  • Educational Cruises
  • Corporate (Meetings and Team Buildings Activities)
  • Water Sport Activities


For Enquiries and Bookings: https://www.nationalcruise.com/


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