The Government Communications Office (GCO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Snap Inc. to open an office for the company in Doha, expanding its footprint in the MENA region.
This move is part of Snap's efforts to support and create opportunities for its highly engaged community in Qatar, as well as work closely with local partners and businesses, ultimately contributing to Qatar's growing and vibrant digital landscape.
The creator's economy in Qatar has witnessed significant growth over the last two years with the discovery of several local creators and Arab expats. Snap is building on this progress and sees a clear opportunity to elevate the voices of Qatar's creator ecosystem, amplify their stories and support their continued innovation.
HE Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz al-Thani met with representatives of Snap Inc prior to the signing of the MoU, GCO said in a tweet.
HE Director of the Government Communications Office Sheikh Jassim bin Mansour bin Jabor al-Thani said Qatar occupies a prominent position in the region and the world on many levels, as it is home to major companies, entrepreneurs and creators, and creative digital content makers are no exception, adding there is no doubt that this is the fruit of the wise vision of the country's leadership, which has always been directed to providing an attractive system.
HE Sheikh Jassim added: "We are pleased to welcome Snap Inc to Qatar," to contribute to the enrichment and diversification of the content industry scene here and join the international companies that have chosen Doha as the headquarters for expanding their business in the region.
General Manager of Snap Inc. in the Middle East Hussein Freijeh, said: "Snapchat has a highly engaged community in Qatar and we are delighted to announce our expanding presence in MENA with the opening of a new office in Doha, which reflects our support to Qatar's growing and vibrant digital landscape. This will also allow us to better serve our local community of Snapchatters, creators and businesses, and invest in developer partnerships to create even more opportunities for digital transformation in Qatar."
Snap Inc's leadership in MENA will be overseeing the office management and is planning to hire a team to run the operations locally.