2016 Sponsors Main Sponsor Qatar National Bank QNB Qatar National Bank (QNB Group), was established in 1964 as the country’s first Qatari-owned commercial bank, has an ownership structure split between the Qatar Investment Authority (50%) and the private sector (50%). QNB Group has steadily grown to be the biggest bank in Qatar and leading financial institution in the Middle East and North Africa Region with a market share around 45% of banking sector assets. Bloomberg Markets, the leading provider of Business, Financial and Economic news ranked QNB as “One of the World’s Strongest Banks” again in 2014. The Global Finance Magazine ranked QNB as “One of The Top 50 Safest Banks in the World” in 2013. For two consecutive years, 2014 and 2015, the Bank was recognized as “The Best Bank in The Middle East” by Euromoney Magazine. The Group’s presence through its subsidiaries and associate companies extends to more than 27 countries across three continents providing a comprehensive range of advanced products and services. The total number of employees is more than 15,000 operating through more than 635 locations, with an ATM network of more than 1,350 machines. Based on the Group’s continuous strong financial performance and its expanding international presence, QNB is currently ranked as the most valuable bank brand in The Middle East and Africa, with a current world ranking of 79 in 2015 and a brand valuation of $2.6 billion according to Brand Finance Magazine. QNB Group has an active community support program and sponsors various social, educational and sporting events. Visit www.qnb.com for more information. Diamond Sponsor Fincantieri Fincantieri is one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups and number one by diversification and innovation. It is leader in cruise ship design and construction and a reference player in all high-tech shipbuilding industry’s sectors, from naval to offshore vessels, from high-complexity special vessels and ferries to mega-yachts, ship repairs and conversions, systems and components production and after-sales services. Headquartered in Trieste (Italy), the Group has built more than 7,000 vessels in over 230 years of maritime history. With almost 21,000 employees, 21 shipyards in 4 continents, today Fincantieri is the leading Western shipbuilder. It has among its clients the major cruise operators, the Italian and the U.S. Navy, several foreign navies, and it is partner of some of the main European defence companies within supranational programmes. The Group has a proven experience as Prime Contractor with a complete product portfolio, including surface combatant ships like corvettes and frigates, auxiliary and special vessels and submarines. Visit www.fincantieri.com/en for more information. Gold Sponsor MBDA MBDA is a world leader in missiles and missile systems, a multi-national group with 10,000 employees working across France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Spain and the United States. It has three major aeronautical and defence shareholders - Airbus Group (37.5%), BAE Systems (37.5%) and Finmeccanica (25%) - and is the first truly integrated European defence company. In 2014, MBDA achieved a turnover of 2.4 billion euros with an order book of 12.6 billion euros. MBDA works with over 90 armed forces worldwide. Visit www.mbda-systems.com for more information. Silver Sponsor DCNS DCNS is a world leader in naval defence and an innovative player in energy. The Group’s success as an advanced technology company with global reach is built on meeting customer needs by deploying exceptional know-how, unique industrial resources and an ability to develop innovative strategic partnerships. DCNS designs and builds submarines and surface combatants, develops associated systems and infrastructure, and offers a full range of services to naval bases and shipyards. The Group has also expanded its focus into marine renewable energy. Aware of its corporate social responsibilities, DCNS is a member of the United Nations Global Compact. The DCNS Group generates annual revenues of €3.1 billion and employs 13130 people (2014 data). Visit en.dcnsgroup.com for more information. Thales Thales is a global technology leader for the Aerospace, Transport, Defence and Security markets. With 62,000 employees in 56 countries, Thales reported sales of €14 billion in 2015. With over 22,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design and deploy equipment, systems and services to meet the most complex security requirements. Its exceptional international footprint allows it to work closely with its customers all over the world. Visit for more information. Supporting Sponsors Ahli Bank QSC Ahli Bank QSC is a Qatari-owned financial institution that serves individual consumers, small businesses and corporate customers with a range of Corporate Banking, Treasury & Investments, Retail Banking, International Banking, Private Banking and Brokerage Services. Ahli Bank QSC aims to deliver unmatched convenience and personal, simple banking experiences that highlight its tagline, “With You”. Founded in 1983, Ahli Bank QSC has grown its client base rapidly, and boasts an integrated network of 16 branches in Qatar. The Bank has a credit rating of ‘A+’ by Fitch Ratings and ‘A’ by Capital Intelligence and is listed on the Qatar Exchange (ABQK). Visit ahlibank.com.qa for more information. Avantgarde Jewels A combination of quality and design, innovation and tradition, all present of Avantgarde jewels, producing object rarity, quality and craftsmanship is the philosophy of Avantgarde. The designers and the craftsman at Avantgarde are true beauty, creating timeless objects. Visit www.avantgardejewels.com for more information.