Out to Lunch: Khalid Al Jehani

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  • Published: August 28, 2016
Events Management Coordinator, AL SHAQAB
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What are the primary responsibilities of your role?
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Each year at AL SHAQAB, a member of Qatar Foundation (QF), we host three main equestrian events: the Longines Global Champions Tour, the Champion of Champions – Modern Pentathlon, and CHI AL SHAQAB. All our competitions see the top riders in the world in attendance, so my role during these events is one of organization. When we talk about events management, it’s a huge field. There are a lot of things we have to take care of, starting with event planning, marketing, transportation, catering, public relations, and more. We have to ensure everything is done to the highest standard as we are not only representing AL SHAQAB – we are representing Qatar.

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What are the goals of AL SHAQAB as a member of QF?
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The objectives of AL SHAQAB are directly related to and driven by those of QF and also Qatar National Vision 2030. Its main goal is to be the leading farm globally for the breeding of Arabian horses and to be leaders in equine welfare and equestrian arts. AL SHAQAB was founded in 1992 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, The Father Amir of Qatar, and these objectives are still continuous from that time up until now.

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Tell us about the level of coordination that goes into hosting world-class equestrian events like CHI AL SHAQAB and what it’s like to be a part of the events team.
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I joined AL SHAQAB in 2013 and it was incredibly exciting to be part of the team. I have a background in equestrianism as a rider in show-jumping and endurance, so for me it was like being able to take part in my hobby while doing my work at the same time. I have also competed on behalf of Qatar in international competitions before I went to study in the UK. In 2009 I went to the FEI Young Rider and Junior World Endurance Championships in Budapest, Hungary, where I competed for the AL SHAQAB Endurance Team representing Qatar. Here at AL SHAQAB it’s really exciting to see the top riders coming to Qatar and competing in the place where I work.

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Every job has its unique set of challenges and rewards. How would you describe yours?
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The greatest challenge is to always ensure we meet the highest level of standards when we host an event. As I mentioned earlier, Events Management is a huge field and there are a lot of things you have to focus on. I’m proud that I work with a team who can handle these challenges and, for me, the reward is seeing how satisfied the riders and spectators are. To see them smiling is what motivates me.

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What does being part of the QF community mean to you and how do you see yourself contributing to its larger vision of unlocking human potential?
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To be part of QF is incredibly important, as one of its main objectives is education. The opportunities that come from being a part of this community are there for employees and students to learn more every day. Its universities bring out the best in what we can achieve and it is my goal to go on to study a Masters degree in Resources Management here at QF. I want to develop my career and widen my knowledge. QF is the place where I can reach my goals.

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How does the importance of AL SHAQAB extend beyond its role as a venue for equestrian sportsmanship?
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As a landmark of legacy and heritage, Al SHAQAB is important not only for QF, but for Qatar itself and all Qataris. Its history makes us proud, and to work here is really an honor. The name AL SHAQAB alone is enough to inspire us to come to work every day with positive feelings, because here we are preserving a critical part of our precious heritage.