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Qatar Exchange closes NYSE trading day

High-profile US showing for Qatari officials at NYSE, Gulf state owns 20% stake in exchange

Qatar Exchange closes NYSE trading day
BELL RINGING: The bell-ringing is a symbolic, high-profile honour traditionally reserved for politicians, sports heroes, and other noteworthy figures (Bloomberg Images)

Marking one of its first high-profile appearances since Qatar landed the 2022 World Cup, Qatar Exchange officials rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange in Manhattan.

The bell-ringing is a symbolic, high-profile honour traditionally reserved for politicians, sports heroes, and other noteworthy figures.

The invitation was issued by Qatar Exchange’s partner, NYSE Euronext, which owns 20 percent of the former. The partnership was formed in 2009.

The physical ringing of the bell was left to Ali Bin Fahad Al Hajri, Qatar’s US ambassador to the US.

The ceremony was also attended by HE Nassir Abdul Aziz Al Nasser, its ambassador to the United Nations, Tariq Al Ansari, Counselor  to the Permanent Mission of the State of Qatar to the United Nations,  Saif Al Mansoori, Deputy CEO of Qatar Exchange and Hussain Al Abdulla, QE’s marketing and sales director. Euronext CEO Duncan Niederauer played host.

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