100 Most Powerful Arabs Under 40
Khalifa Saleh Al Haroon
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Khalifa Saleh Al Haroon

Industry: Technology

Designation: Entrepreneur

Country: Qatar

One of Qatar’s most well-known and
respected residents, Khalifa Saleh Al Haroon founded perhaps the country’s most
popular digital network of websites which include brands such as
iLoveQatar.net, Qatar Events, Qatar News, and a fast growing YouTube content
network. His content network includes online programs such as QTips, Mr. Q
Visits, Karak Time, Raqami TV, and Top 5 Everything. He remains as chief
executive of the network, and is also the founder and CEO of Haroon United
Group (HUG), a holding company that has interests in brands as diverse as Shake
Shake, King Koil, Carrot Social, and investments in various startups. He has
also recently taken on a new role as executive director for marketing and
communications at Qatar Stars League, the country’s top football league.

As well as running his own companies, Al
Haroon is also known for his role as head of innovation and interactive at
Vodafone Qatar, helping to develop new interactive ways of engaging with
customers. In addition to all of that, he was named Entrepreneur of the Year by
government ministry ictQatar in 2011, Young Achiever of the Year by Arabian
Business in 2014, is an ambassador for Qatar’s National Cancer Programme, a
board member of the Internet Society (ISOC) and vice president of the Entrepreneurs
Organization (Qatar).

His latest endeavour is focused on the
creation of a creative hub that provides the resources and space for talented
people to bring their ideas to life. The project includes a video studio for up
and coming Youtubers, a sound studio for musicians, and a collaboration space
for artists to work together as well as showcase their works. “I would love for Qatar to be considered an admired nation, a
country that the world can be proud of, and that people from all over can call
home,” Al Haroon says.

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