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January 30, 2007 12:51 ET

Qatari Diar, the Smart Growth Leader, Joins Forces With Forbes Magazine for First-Ever Middle East CEO Forum

Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment & Development Company (QDREIDC) to Host Business and Political Icons in Doha, Qatar on February 26-28, 2007

DOHA, QATAR--(CCNMatthews - January 30, 2007) - Qatari Diar, the region's leader in sustainable development, will serve as the exclusive host sponsor of the inaugural Forbes CEO Middle East Forum, the company and conference planners today announced. Forbes selected Doha, Qatar as the host city for the invitation-only event, which is attracting the world's most talked-about business, political and industry figures.

The Forum, entitled Driving Growth - Risk & Reward in the Middle East, will be held at the Four Seasons Doha, and will explore the transformations and investment opportunities developing in the Middle East.

"Qatari Diar, like all of Qatar, is dedicated to quality, tradition, and long-term vision. Forbes' decision to host this historic conference in Qatar is a powerful endorsement of these principles and of our promise as a market leader. We are proud to be the host sponsor for this event," said Nasser Al Ansari, Chief Executive Officer of QDREIDC. "We hope that the Forbes CEO Middle East Forum will deepen awareness of Doha, Qatar and highlight it as a leading economic center in the Middle East, with an attractive business environment and bright future."

Fully owned by the Qatar Investment Authority, Host Sponsor Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment & Development Company invests in infrastructure and new towns' development supporting Qatar's phenomenal economic growth. Internationally, Qatari Diar co-ordinates investment opportunities that span the globe with a portfolio of more than 15 projects worldwide.

The Forum's agenda topics address critical issues across a range of industries. A selection of agenda topics featured in the three day conference program include: Hooked on Oil?; The New Silk Road - Opportunities for Asia and the Middle East; Mega Realty: Here To Stay?; Financial Services on the Fast Track; The Growing Power of Middle East Luxury; The Business of Sport; The Telecom Boom - A Little Healthy Competition; and The Dynamics of Family Business.

The Forbes CEO Middle East Forum is held under the patronage of the Emir of Qatar, H.H. Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. The three day event will take place at the Four Seasons Doha on February 26th - 28th, 2007.

About Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment & Development Company

Wholly owned by the Qatar Investment Authority, QDREIDC was established in December 2004 to support Qatar's growing economy and to co-ordinate the country's real estate development priorities. Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment & Development Company creates distinguished property developments with local culture and lifestyle experience to attract tourism and residents generating sustainable and tangible socio-economic benefits. QDREIDC's vision is to become the most trusted and effective real estate investment company by focusing its value proposition on the creation of quality, well-planned and desirable sustained developments. QDREIDC also provides local and foreign property developers with further opportunities to invest in numerous projects across the globe, including but not limited to Qatar, Morocco, Egypt, Mauritania, Cuba, and Europe.

For more information on Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment & Development Company, please contact Mike Holtzman at Brown Lloyd James in New York: mikeh@brownlloydjames.com.

About the Forbes CEO Middle East Forum

The Forbes CEO Middle East Forum is Forbes' first conference in the region in history. The Forbes Conferences Group has experienced unparalleled success worldwide in its offering of world class conferences featuring stellar line-ups of the most talked about business and industry leaders. The invitation-only, peer-to-peer Forbes CEO Middle East Forum will engage all participants in Forbes' trademark: straight talk, and delves into how the pace of economic growth and diversification can be accelerated for the Middle East, within an engaging, unique format of dialogue, debate, round table sessions and one to one interviews. The Forbes CEO Middle East Forum hosted by Qatari Diar promises to deliver relevant, top-quality intelligence in a three-day event that will be covered by the world's key business and financial media. To view the full agenda and current list of speakers, please visit www.ceomiddleeast.com

For media kit and further information on the Forbes CEO Middle East Forum Official Networking Guide, please visit www.ug4projects.com/forbes.

For delegate enquiries, please visit www.ceomiddleeast.com.

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