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Arab League Establishes Council Of Ministers For Cybersecurity

Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit stressed the significance of increased cooperation as cyber threat levels intensify.

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Officials at the 160th session of the Council of the Arab League — held in Cairo — have welcomed the decision to establish a Council of Ministers for Cybersecurity.

The council aims to document and develop cooperation between Arab states in all aspects related to cybersecurity, which has become a growing threat to national and regional stability.

Saudi Arabia proposed the decision, and as such, the council’s general secretariat and executive office will be based in Riyadh.

Ahmed Aboul Gheit, secretary-general of the Arab League, stressed the importance of heightened cooperation in cybersecurity, explaining that regional stability and economic growth would be impossible without joint action from all Arab nations.

Assistant secretary-general Hossam Zaki was in agreement with Gheit, stating, “The council aims to develop […] and coordinate efforts between Arab countries in all aspects related to cybersecurity issues. The field of cybersecurity has become a major pillar of any security system, and there cannot be economic development, for example, without the provision of cybersecurity, with all its elements for society and citizens”.

Initially, the council will seek to develop cybersecurity at all economic and legislative levels by proposing policies, standards, and initiatives that will apply to all participating states.

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According to US consulting firm Frost & Sullivan, the Middle Eastern cybersecurity market will be worth over $30 billion by 2030, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of nearly 20% as regional governments increasingly seek to protect their infrastructure and data.

The report revealed that the UAE and Saudi Arabia are expected to take the lead in cybersecurity adoption due to the favorable economic conditions and startup-friendly regulations that have made them popular locations for tech companies and innovators.

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Hamad International Wins 2024 Skytrax World Airport Awards

The Qatar airport also won “World’s Best Airport Shopping” for the 2nd time, and “Best Airport in the Middle East” for the 10th year.

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Hamad International Airport (DOH) in Doha, Qatar, has once again won the “World’s Best Airport” title at the Skytrax World Airport Awards. The award ceremony, held at the Passenger Terminal Expo 2024 in Frankfurt, Germany, also saw Hamad clinch the accolade of “World’s Best Airport Shopping” for the 2nd time in a row and “Best Airport in the Middle East” for an impressive 10th consecutive year.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Officer, Eng. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer, who played a key role in the airport’s development over the past decade, said: “This is a remarkable achievement for Hamad International Airport, as it celebrates its 10th anniversary of operational excellence, connecting passengers seamlessly from all around the world. It is a testament to the dedication of our team and partners, who have contributed to providing passengers with the finest travel experience”.

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Al-Meer emphasized the importance of understanding changing travel trends and the needs of modern air passengers: “At the heart of our growth strategy lies the passengers’ journey, their evolving needs, and our commitment to meeting and exceeding their expectations. We have introduced a diverse range of experiences at the airport, including Souq Al Matar, which brings Qatari hospitality and culture closer to travelers, “Orchard”, the ideal place for relaxation and rejuvenation between flights, and an array of high-end lounges”.

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Hamad International Airport saw a massive 31% surge in passenger traffic during 2023, with the transport hub now serving over 45 million passengers annually. The airport is now home to prestigious airlines, including Vistara, Iberia, Xiamen Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, and Japan Airlines, serving 250+ destinations for passenger and cargo flights.

The uptick in traffic is no doubt due to the completion of the first phase of an extensive expansion project. Hamad’s management intends to radically update the airport’s facilities over the coming years in a bid to create the “airport of the future”. The expansion features a unique and calming environment of lush greenery and several contemporary dining and shopping concepts among the already well-equipped leisure facilities.

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