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The “QBC Cares” CSR Program Hosted its Second QBC Blood Donation Campaign in Collaboration with Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC)

(Doha, Qatar) 21 February 2013 – As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) pledge towards the community, Qatar Building Company (QBC) held its second annual Blood Donation Campaign yesterday, in partnership with the Blood Donor Unit of Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC). Over 100 staff members from over 20 QBC offices, workshops and site locations volunteered to donate.

Almost 200 QBC Staff Plant a Garden of Trees and Flowers to Celebrate Qatar National Day 2012

(Doha, December 2012) Qatar Building Company (QBC) teamed up with the National Campaign for Ideal Behavior on Thursday to celebrate Qatar National Day by planting a garden of trees and flowers at the Police Training Headquarters in Dukhail.

The event is in line with QBC’s commitment to the Environment in their Corporate Social Responsibility program, “QBC Cares”.

This was the first time that the National Campaign for Ideal Behavior has worked with a private company in the recently launched The Million Trees Campaign, in the spirit of the recent United Nations Climate Change Conference (Cop18CMP8) held this year in Doha.

Over 40 trees were planted, including the Qatar’s symbolic Sidr Tree, alongside rows of flowers. The garden will be conserved by personnel from the police force, QBC and NCIB.

(Doha, December 2012) Qatar Building Company (QBC) teamed up with the National Campaign for Ideal Behavior on Thursday to celebrate Qatar National Day by planting a garden of trees and flowers at the Police Training Headquarters in Dukhail.

The event is in line with QBC’s commitment to the Environment in their Corporate Social Responsibility program, “QBC Cares”.

This was the first time that the National Campaign for Ideal Behavior has worked with a private company in the recently launched The Million Trees Campaign, in the spirit of the recent United Nations Climate Change Conference (Cop18CMP8) held this year in Doha.

Over 40 trees were planted, including the Qatar’s symbolic Sidr Tree, alongside rows of flowers. The garden will be conserved by personnel from the police force, QBC and NCIB.

Qatar Building Company (QBC) is a Gold Sponsor of 2012 “Engineers Day” Celebration held by the Institution of Engineers (India) Qatar Chapter

Qatar Building Company (QBC) was an official Gold Sponsor as IEI celebrated the 45th Engineers’ Day; the event’s theme revolved around inclusive growth and sustainable development.

(Doha, Qatar) November 2012 – Qatar Building Company (QBC) showed its continued support for sustainable engineering and environmental stewardship by sponsoring the 45th Engineers Day held by the Qatar Chapter of the Institution of Engineers (IEI) India. The grand event, themed “Appropriate Climate,” was held at the Sheraton Doha Hotel, and was attended by more than 300 members.

The celebration hosted a remarkable group of speakers, including high-profile staff of the Indian embassy, a 2007 Nobel Peace Prize recipient who is in the Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change – India, the CEO of Doha Bank, and the Chairman of Qatar Society of Engineers, Mr. Ahmed Jassim Al-Jolo.

(Doha, Qatar) November 2012 – Qatar Building Company (QBC) showed its continued support for sustainable engineering and environmental stewardship by sponsoring the 45th Engineers Day held by the Qatar Chapter of the Institution of Engineers (IEI) India. The grand event, themed “Appropriate Climate,” was held at the Sheraton Doha Hotel, and was attended by more than 300 members.

The celebration hosted a remarkable group of speakers, including high-profile staff of the Indian embassy, a 2007 Nobel Peace Prize recipient who is in the Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change – India, the CEO of Doha Bank, and the Chairman of Qatar Society of Engineers, Mr. Ahmed Jassim Al-Jolo.

Qatar Building Company (QBC) is a Gold Sponsor of 2012 “Seeing is Believing (SiB)” Golf Tournament held by Standard Chartered Bank at the Doha Gulf Club

Qatar Building Company (QBC) is an official Gold Sponsor of the day-long Golf Tournament held by Standard Chartered Bank at the Doha Golf Club to raise money to help to tackle avoidable (preventable or treatable) blindness. It is a collaboration with International Agency for Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and leading international eye-care NGOs, to help provide restorative eye surgeries (e.g. cataract operations), training of eye care doctors, and building of training facilities and vision centres.

Key Facts on Blindness*:

  • There are 45 million blind people in the world.
  • There are 314 million people who are seriously visually impaired.
  • 80% of blindness is avoidable (preventable or treatable).
  • A person goes blind every five seconds.
  • A child goes blind every minute.
  • 60% of children die within one year of going blind.
  • 90% of avoidable blindness occurs in the developing world.
  • Two thirds of the world’s blind are women – with serious implications for childcare.
  • Without effective, major intervention, the number of blind people worldwide has been projected to increase to 76 million by 2020.
  • *SOURCE: Standard Chartered website November 2012.

    HBKU hosts dinner honoring Qatar Building Company (QBC) Scholarship

    Hamad bin Khalifa University held a dinner on Wednesday night honoring the Qatar Building Company (QBC) for its ongoing QBC Scholarship program. The special dinner was held at the Hamad bin Khalifa Student Center with upper management from both sides attending.

    Established during the 2005-2006 academic year, the QBC Scholarship program was designed to allow students to continue with their university studies and provide them with the knowledge and skills needed to compete, succeed and lead in Qatar and the global community.

    Since then, QBC has sponsored 15 students throughout their undergraduate studies. Through the program these students have had the opportunity to attend the branch campuses of some of Education City’s leading universities which include Virginia Commonwealth University, Weill Cornell Medical College, Texas A&M University, Carnegie Mellon University, Georgetown University and Northwestern University.

    “The relationship between educational institutions and the private sector is a critical one,” said Mrs. Romy M. Haddad, Public Relations Manager at QBC, who gave the thank you speech at the event. “The interaction creates a synergy that enhances the development of education, the industry, and the greater community,” she continued.

    The QBC Scholarship program supports students who are chosen based on academic performance, disciplinary record, and financial need. QBC plans to continue the QBC Scholarship Program indefinitely.

    Dr. Khalid Mohammed Al Khanji, Vice President of Student Affairs at Hamad bin Khalifa University thanked QBC for their continued support for the scholarship programs at HBKU and stated that such effort stems of deep understanding of the corporate positive role in society and the commitment of QBC to make a positive impact on education in Qatar.

    On accepting the appreciation certificate and crystal trophy, Mr. Ali M. T. Mustafawi, QBC Managing Director, commented: “These scholarships are a part of our ambitious commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility. We believe that education is the noblest way to empower our youth and improve the community at large. We fully support Hamad bin Khalifa University and its worthy cause.”

    During the ceremony, students were reminded of their internship opportunity and invited to apply for one of the 6-16 week placements available at QBC: “Education does not stop at the classroom,” Haddad said. “Take every opportunity to learn and develop, starting with an internship at QBC.”

    Each year Hamad bin Khalifa University and the branch campuses award a limited number of merit scholarships. The number of scholarships awarded has grown to their present level thanks to generous donations from prominent individuals, private and public institutions such as the Qatar Building Company.

    These donations enables Hamad bin Khalifa University and the branch campuses to award full tuition merit scholarships to undergraduate students with outstanding academic qualifications, further emphasizing its commitment to creativity, learning and education.

    Qatar Building Company (QBC) Shortlisted for the Health and Safety Initiative of the Year in Construction Week Qatar Awards 2012

    Qatar Building Company (QBC) highly commended by panel of judges and named 1st runner up for the 2012 Health and Safety Initiative of the Year, with its newly launched Integrated Management System.

    (Doha, Qatar) 12 September 2012 – Qatar Building Company (QBC) was shortlisted for the Health and Safety Initiative of the Year award in the annual Construction Week Qatar Awards 2012. The ceremony was held Monday night at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Doha and sought to recognize and reward excellence in Qatar’s burgeoning construction industry. A total of thirteen (13) categories were available and over 300 people attended the high-profile event.(Doha, Qatar) 12 September 2012 – Qatar Building Company (QBC) was shortlisted for the Health and Safety Initiative of the Year award in the annual Construction Week Qatar Awards 2012. The ceremony was held Monday night at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Doha and sought to recognize and reward excellence in Qatar’s burgeoning construction industry. A total of thirteen (13) categories were available and over 300 people attended the high-profile event.

    The nomination was focused around QBC’s new Integrated Management System (IMS), launched in August 2011. As the 1st runner up for the award, QBC was “highly commended” by the judges. QHSE Manager Mr. Serkut Akdeniz, comments: “This nomination recognizes the great strides that QBC has made in Health and Safety over the past year. We are committed to our ‘Target: Zero’ more than ever, and it shows in our results.”

    The nomination was focused around QBC’s new Integrated Management System (IMS), launched in August 2011. As the 1st runner up for the award, QBC was “highly commended” by the judges. QHSE Manager Mr. Serkut Akdeniz, comments: “This nomination recognizes the great strides that QBC has made in Health and Safety over the past year. We are committed to our ‘Target: Zero’ more than ever, and it shows in our results.”

    Qatar Building Company (QBC) Earns ISO 9001, 14001, 29001, and OHSAS 18001 Quality Certifications for Civil Contracting Division

    Qatar Building Company (QBC) Civil Contracting Division earns a series of quality certifications on first audit from Quality Austria and IQNet, including ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004, TS ISO 29001:2010, and BS OHSAS 18001:2007.

    (Doha, Qatar) 26 August 2012 – Qatar Building Company (QBC) is granted four certificates of quality management systems by Quality Austria Ltd., attesting to the company’s standard operating procedures and successful performance in Quality, Health, Safety, and Environment (QHSE) endeavors throughout its civil engineering division.(Doha, Qatar) 26 August 2012 – Qatar Building Company (QBC) is granted four certificates of quality management systems by Quality Austria Ltd., attesting to the company’s standard operating procedures and successful performance in Quality, Health, Safety, and Environment (QHSE) endeavors throughout its civil engineering division.

    QBC was certified according to ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004, TS ISO 29001:2010, and BS OHSAS 18001:2007. The company earned all four certifications on the first audit and in record time.

    QBC was certified according to ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004, TS ISO 29001:2010, and BS OHSAS 18001:2007. The company earned all four certifications on the first audit and in record time.