In 2022, Doha News sat with influential figures and officials from all over the world for its exclusive coverage.
The year 2022 was packed with exciting events, at the peak of which was the historic FIFA World Cup. It was also the year Doha News, Qatar’s top English media outlet, celebrated its second anniversary since its relaunch.
This year we delivered all things politics, culture, sports and beyond – both locally and internationally, keeping you updated with all the top stories and events in and around Doha.
Our exclusive coverage featured the voices of many officials, policy makers, and influential figures from industries all over the globe.
At a glance, here are some of the exclusive interviews Doha News delivered to you throughout the year.
Ukraine’s ambassador to Qatar
The whole world woke up on 24 February to a full-scale Russian military invasion of Ukraine following months of simmering tensions. To further understand the situation in Kyiv, Doha News spoke to Ukraine’s Ambassador to Qatar Andrii Kuzmenko.
Türkiye’s ambassador to Qatar
As the situation in Ukraine developed, Türkiye played a key role in mediating between Moscow and Kyiv. Doha News got to further learn about their efforts through Ankara’s Ambassador to Doha, Dr. Mustafa Göksu.
DIMDEX – Commander of the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet
Doha News had the rare opportunity to interview the Commander of the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet at this year’s International Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX 2022) in Doha.
The first in-person Doha Forum version since the Covid-19 outbreak took place this year under the ‘Transforming For A New Era”. Doha News spoke to experts and influential figures from various global sectors as they attended the major event in Qatar.
Malala Yousafzai – youngest-ever Nobel laureate
Farid Senzai —Assistant Professor of Political Science at Santa Clara University
Dr. Omar Suleiman — Founder and President of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research
Dr. Dalia Fahmy — Associate Professor of Political Science at Long Island University
Fatima Gailani, Afghan women’s rights activist and former senior Afghan negotiator
Fadi Quran — Campaign Director at Avaaz
Diana Buttu — Palestinian-Canadian lawyer and former spokesperson for the Palestine Liberation Organisation
Burak Daglioglu — President of the Investment Office of the Presidency of Turkey
Hamid Reza Dehghani — Iran’s Ambassador to Qatar
Amir Tamim’s visit to the United Kingdom
In May, Qatar’s Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani visited the UK as part of a tour in the region. The visit came amid developing discussions over securing Europe’s gas supply in light of the ongoing Russian war on Ukraine.
Doha News travelled to London at the time of the visit and spoke to key officials about Qatar and the UK’s strategic ties.
Fahad bin Mohammed Al-Attiyah – Qatar’s Ambassador to the UK
Jon Wilks — UK Ambassador to Qatar
Qatar Economic Forum
World leaders and entrepreneurs from around the world flocked to the Qatari capital in June for the second Qatar Economic Forum (QEF). Doha News sat down with officials from all over the world along with key members of numerous industries, from sports to oil and gas.
Steven Mnuchin — Former United States Secretary of Treasury
Mohamed Maait — Egypt’s Finance Minister
Thomas Noroxe — Joe & the Juice CEO
Nasser Al Khater — 2022 FIFA World Cup CEO
Chad Peace Talks
This year saw Qatar succeed at bringing more than 50 Chadian sides in one place to end a long period of political turmoil. Qatar’s mediation led to the signing of the historic Doha Peace Agreement in August after five months of negotiations.
Doha News spoke to officials of some of the parties that took part in the talks in Doha.
Oudda Maouloud — Diplomatic and international representative Union of Resistance Forces
Mahamat Halata — Vice President of the Union of Forces for Democracy and Development
United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) — New York
Doha News went beyond Qatar and straight to New York in September to cover the UNGA, where Sheikh Tamim gave yet another powerful speech on issues concerning the world, from the energy crisis to the ongoing Israeli occupation of Palestine.
We spoke to key officials on the sidelines of the major international conference.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani — Qatar’s Foreign Minister
Doha News caught up with Sheikh Mohammed in New York, where we discussed the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan and the ongoing investigation into the killing of veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.
Dr. Majed Al-Ansari, spokesperson for Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Lolwah Al Khater — Qatar’s Assistant Foreign Minister
Kenza Fourati — Co-Founder of Osay
We met with Kenza Fourati, Tunisian-French model and co-founder of Osay in October, to explore her brand’s ability to represent her homeland’s culture.
Wessam Qutob — Content creator and FIFA World Cup 2022 Doha Ambassador
As the World Cup kicked off in November, Doha News spoke to prominent content creator and rapper Wessam Qutob to learn about his role as an ambassador for the major tournament.
Fatma Al-Nuaimi — Communications Executive Director at Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy
For the first time in the history of the FIFA World Cup, 32 teams of fans competed for the Fans’ Cup at the same time as the mega sporting event. We spoke to Al-Nuaimi to further learn about Qatar’s efforts in ensuring a World Cup for all.
Muna El-Kurd — Palestinian activist and journalist
The World Cup saw a collective show of solidarity with the Palestinian cause, a central issue to the region. Many clearly displayed their stance with Palestine in front of the whole world.
We spoke to El-Kurd to further understand the significance of the united stance regarding Palestine at the region’s first ever World Cup.