Busted: Anti-piracy raids on Qatar resellers

by Shijaz Abdulla on 27.12.2010 at 16:44

Anti-piracy authorities in Doha, Qatar recently collaborated with the Qatar Ministry of Justice and Microsoft Gulf, a member of the Business Software Alliance (BSA), the world’s foremost advocate for the software industry, to conduct raids on three Doha-based IT resellers. The raids resulted in the confiscation of CDs and PCs loaded with suspected counterfeit Microsoft software, including Windows and Office.

“The Ministry of Justice is keen on ensuring that the steady economic growth being witnessed in Qatar at present is not compromised by acts of piracy that adversely affect the country’s IT sector. The anti-piracy raids being conducted in Qatar send a strong message that intellectual property rights violation of any kind will not be tolerated in the country. The Ministry of Justice will continue to extend all possible support to the concerned authorities to curb software piracy in Qatar,” said Abdullah Ahmad Qayed, Director of Intellectual Property Center, Qatar’s Ministry of Justice.

“Over the years, we have been receiving strong support from the Qatar Ministry of Justice and concerned anti-piracy authorities, which has been instrumental in the sustained success of our anti-piracy initiatives in Qatar. The latest raid on three resellers in Doha will go a long way in sending a clear message to counterfeiters and IT resellers that any form of piracy will be firmly dealt with,” said Jawad Al Redha, BSA Chair in the Gulf region.

Qatar Partner Academy 2010-2011

by Shijaz Abdulla on 23.10.2010 at 22:08

I’m glad to announce the Qatar Partner Academy for FY11. Partner Academy is a set of classroom learning activities that we execute each year for Microsoft partners in the country.

If you are a Microsoft partner and you would like to enroll your organization in this training program, please contact me or leave a comment on this post. Prior registration is mandatory, and seats are filling up very fast. Priority will be given to partners based in Qatar.

The following are the courses that we will be running this year.


  • Venue: InfoCenter Doha, Near Sana Roundabout.
  • Lunch & 2 coffee breaks will be provided for all technical trainings.
  •  Timing: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM




SQL Server 2008 R2 Airlift

Sept 19-20


Forefront Threat Management Gateway

January 19-20


Forefront Unified Access Gateway

Feb 8-10


Unified Communications – Lync IGNITE

December 12-16


Introduction to Identity Lifecycle Management with Forefront Identity Manager (FIM)

Feb 22-24


Windows 7 Desktop Deployment

January 11-13


Exchange Server 2010

Jan 25-27


SharePoint Server 2010

Dec 19-21


Dynamic Datacenter with SCVMM + Hyper-V



System Center Service Manager

7-9 December


Data Protection Manager

Nov 22-24


System Center Operations Manager

Nov 2-4




Venue: Microsoft Qatar office, QSTP

Server Products Licensing

November 11, 2010

2pm to 5pm


Selling Microsoft Productivity

· Unified Communications

· Portals & Collaboration

· Messaging

November 30, 2010

2pm to 6pm


Selling Dynamic Datacenter

· The Private Cloud Concept

· Virtualization & Advanced management

· Competitive Selling

November 3, 2010

11am to 2pm


Infrastructure Optimization Assessment training

· Core Infra

· Business Productivity

December 23, 2010

2pm to 5pm


Selling Forefront Security Suite

· Endpoint Security

· Edge Security

· Server Security

January 2, 2011

2pm to 5pm


Private Cloud event by HP, Microsoft & Mannai

by Shijaz Abdulla on 10.06.2010 at 17:35

HP Middle East, Microsoft Qatar and Mannai Corporation are jointly conducting an event at the Intercontinental Hotel on 16th June 2010 focusing on Private Cloud Computing solutions. Below is the agenda:


Doha’s Hotel IT Managers get-together

by Shijaz Abdulla on 16.05.2010 at 13:51

Last evening, my colleague Mamoun and I were invited to a get-together of Doha’s Hotel IT Managers at the Intercontinental Hotel, Doha.

We had some great conversations around Microsoft solutions for the hospitality industry and I had a chance to discuss Microsoft Surface, Unified Communications and Windows 7 adoption issues. What was more captivating was the community that the IT Managers have formed as a platform to foster the informal exchange of information and ideas and to collectively discuss technology and challenges.

Below are the videos that I played during my presentation:







I would like to thank Mr. Hussein Yaghmour, IT Manager of the Intercontinental Doha, for hosting this get-together, for inviting us to be a part of this great community event, and for the fantastic dinner!

Visual Studio 2010 launch in Qatar

by Shijaz Abdulla on 09.05.2010 at 12:39


Join Microsoft and the local developer community at the Villaggio Cinemas for exclusive presentations on Visual Studio 2010, fun giveaways, and a exclusive viewing of Robin Hood!





Villaggio Cinemas, Qatar


01:00 PM – 01:30 PM | Registrations

May 11th 2010


01:30 PM – 04:45 PM | Presentations


04:45 PM – 05:00 PM | Break


05:00 PM – 07:20 PM | Robin Hood Movie


Craig Mundie at Doha, Qatar

by Shijaz Abdulla on 22.04.2010 at 14:12

Craig Mundie, Chief Research & Strategy Officer at Microsoft was in Qatar yesterday and spoke to customers at a TechTalk jointly organized by Microsoft QSTP and the Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) at the Four Seasons Hotel yesterday evening.

Craig Mundie provided great insight into the current research being done at Microsoft, the “client+cloud” strategy, and the trends in modern computing. He discussed how these trends will create a startling transformation in how humans and computers interact, and how computers will increasingly work on our behalf, rather than at our command.

Earlier in the day, he spoke on similar lines to students and faculty at Qatar University.

Afkar’s SharePoint 2010 Seminar

by Shijaz Abdulla on 18.04.2010 at 15:48

image Afkar, one of Microsoft’s leading Gold Certified Partners specialized in Information worker Solutions in the region, has an exciting SharePoint 2010 Seminar lined up this week at Doha, Qatar.

Here’s the agenda:

08:30 – 09:00 Registration  
09:00 – 09:10 Keynote Abdul Khan/ Microsoft
09:10 – 09:40
  • Event overview
  • The SharePoint local impact & Afkar story
Mamoun Alereigat / Afkar
09:40 – 10:10 SharePoint 2010: The Business Productivity Platform. high level walkthrough – demo 01 Hamed Shihadeh / Afkar
10:10 – 10:30 Coffee Break All
10:30 – 11:40 ECM in SharePoint 2010 (Document Management, Record Management, Web Content Management & Workflow) Hisham Qaddomi/ Afkar
11:40 – 12:10 Fast Search for SharePoint 2010 Tameem Shaltoni/ Afkar
12:10 – 12:20 Open Discussion (Q&A) All
12:20 – 12:40 Coffee Break All
12:40 – 01:10 Business Intelligence in SharePoint 2010 Tameem Shaltoni/ Afkar
01:10 – 02:00 SharePoint 2010 – Developer Perspective
(SharePoint Foundation 2010, SharePoint Designer 2010, InfoPath 2010, Visual Studio 2010, etc)
Hisham Qaddomi/ Afkar+Mohammed Ali/ Afkar
02:00 – 02:30 AvePoint (Infrastructure Management for SharePoint) Suki Bahth / AvePoint
02:30 – 02:45 Open Discussion (Q&A) All
02:45 Lunch All

For more information and to register for the event, visit Afkar’s website.

Citrix VDI event at Doha, April 7

by Shijaz Abdulla on 18.04.2010 at 13:41


Mannai Trading, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner on Server Virtualization and many other competencies, held an event jointly with Citrix and HP on 7th April at the Intercontinental Hotel, Doha, Qatar. The event mainly focused on Desktop Virtualization.

Nabil Khalil, Deputy General Manager at Mannai, Alex Filocca and Raja Slaiman Haidar from Citrix, Rajat Rallan and Bechara from HP were some of the speakers at the event.

The event was well attended and gave us the opportunity to keep the Qatar customer community to be informed of the strategic alliance between Microsoft and Citrix in the VDI space.

For more information on the Citrix Microsoft partnership, visit www.microsoftandcitrix.com

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