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.