Twelve years in the pub­lish­ing in­dus­try is not mon­u­men­tal, but twelve years in the pub­lish­ing his­tory of Qatar is sub­stan­tial.

Qatar Today - - FROM THE DESK - Au Revoir!

You have then seen the coun­try on the cusp of devel­op­men­tal tran­si­tion, from a cozy, safe, al­most sleepy town with a few ve­hi­cles com­pris­ing mostly of run-down yel­low taxis and the manda­tory four-wheel­ers owned by lo­cals ply­ing through not-so-busy round­abouts, to a cos­mopoli­tan city teem­ing with bright blue-green taxis from Karwa and other pri­vate com­pa­nies, long Mowasalat buses, and busy in­ter­sec­tions with fly­ways trans­port­ing you through con­fus­ing labyrinths that ul­ti­mately take you to your des­ti­na­tion that could well be sit­u­ated among swanky glass build­ings. You be­come one of the se­lect few who had the op­por­tu­nity to drive one of Mowasalat's MAN buses in 2008 when the coun­try's first pub­lic trans­porta­tion sys­tem was in­tro­duced; walk the Souq Waqif with the vi­sion­ary Mo­hammed Ali who gave the Souq its look and feel; ex­pe­ri­ence the ex­hil­a­rat­ing mo­ment when the young prince HE Sheikh Mo­hammed bin Ha­mad Al Thani climbed a 26-de­gree ramp on a stal­lion to light the caul­dron for the open­ing cer­e­mony of the Asian Games in 2006; at­tend the open­ing of the Mu­seum of Is­lamic Arts with its ar­chi­tect, the great I M Pei, in 2008; be a part of most of the open­ing cer­e­monies of gas trains, the largest GTL project, the first Science and Tech­nol­ogy Park in the re­gion; ac­tively par­tic­i­pate in the COP meet­ing held in Doha; and then, fi­nally, also walk around the brand-new Ha­mad In­ter­na­tional Air­port be­fore it opened to the pub­lic and peek through the tun­nels which would one day ac­com­mo­date the coun­try's first rail sys­tem. Look­ing back at the coun­try's outstanding past over the last 12 years of my ca­reer at Oryx Pub­lish­ing and Ad­ver­tis­ing, I re­live the best mo­ments of my life as a jour­nal­ist in Qatar. The op­por­tu­nity to be part of this fast-paced progress is not one that comes to many in a life­time, and I feel hon­oured to have played a small, if sig­nif­i­cant, role in pre­sent­ing the sto­ries as best I could and in­fus­ing my team with a pas­sion for re­count­ing sto­ries about the coun­try. It has been a jour­ney I have loved with all my heart. Now, as Qatar stands on the thresh­old of chal­lenges – low oil prices, con­sol­i­da­tion of busi­nesses and un­cer­tain me­dia free­dom and hu­man rights ad­vo­cacy – I pass my jour­nal­is­tic ba­ton to my team in the firm be­lief that our com­mit­ment to au­then­tic­ity will con­tinue...

With HE Ab­dul­lah bin Ha­mad Al At­tiyah

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