Qatar University (QU) will take some of its best research to the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, which will be held on June 2 to 5 under the patronage of the President of the Russian Federation, as part of Qatar’s participation as a guest country at the event.

The education, research and innovation institution will join over 50 leading Qatari public and private sectors entities as part of the State of Qatar delegation as a Guest Country.

QU will exhibit its research-based prototypes such as a portable device that can test air quality, a cooling technology prototype for open areas and early genetic diagnostic testing for athletes. The prototypes, with already existing patents, are unique business propositions to issues facing the world today, with an aim to develop partnership opportunities with Russian stakeholders.

With over 16 fully-fledged interdisciplinary research centres on topics ranging from biomedicine to sustainable development, Qatar University continues to transform to promote and achieve distinctive excellence in education, research, institution, and engagement.

“Qatar University has always been at the forefront of innovation in Qatar, while playing an increasing role in supporting Qatar’s economic and social growth and development as an instigator of innovation fostering networks of knowledge. We are thrilled to be sharing some of Qatar University’s best designs and research projects at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum,” said Dr. Hassan Rashid Al-Derhman, President of Qatar University.

Briefing note

The State of Qatar is located on the Qatar Peninsula in the in the northeastern part of the Arabian Peninsula. Its boundaries are washed by the Persian Gulf on the three sides. The population is 2,8 million people, total area is 11,6 thousand square km. Qatar is one of the most dynamic world economies, GDP per capita leader and is among top investors in Russian economy. As partner, it supports Russian projects in diverse sectors of the economy, cultural events, forums and exhibitions. In 2018, for 30th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations, Russia and Qatar organized cross Year of culture. The country with ancient culture and unique flair counts on preservation of cultural heritage, organically combining it with advanced technologies. Unique museums, including UNESCO World Heritage Sites, are located in the country. Tourism is one of the core sectors of the Qatar economy future. As in previous years, Qatar actively participates in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF). At the invitation of President Vladimir Putin, Qatar became a guest country at the SPIEF 2021.

The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) is a unique event in the world of business and economics. SPIEF has been held since 1997, and since 2006, it has been held under the auspices of the President of the Russian Federation, who has also attended each event. Over the last years, the Forum has become a leading global platform for members of the business community to meet and discuss the key economic issues facing Russia, emerging markets, and the world as a whole. The 24th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum is set to take place on 2–5 June 2021. As in previous years, the business program will focus on the global and Russian economies, social issues, and technological development.


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