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18 February, 2008

VCUQatar Announces Shell as Tasmeem 2008 Sponsor

VCUQatar in partnership with the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs proudly announced Shell as a sponsor of Tasmeem Doha 2008, its annual design conference. The international design conference will take place at VCUQatar from 3 - 6 March 2008.

"The Ministry works very closely in coordination with VCUQatar annually to organize Tasmeem. It gives us the opportunity to strengthen our partnership with Qatar Foundation and VCUQatar. For five years we have gathered scholars and practitioners in the fields of graphic, interior and fashion design to discuss current issues in design while engaging with our students and community members. We are most grateful to our sponsors for their continuing support in this great endeavor." said Abdul Aziz Al Sulati, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Tasmeem 2008 Committee Chair.

This is the second year Shell is supporting the Tasmeem Design Conference.. Shell opened an office in Qatar on 1 November 2002, in support of the Pearl GTL project and other business development activities.Today Shell is building two of the leading energy projects in the world in Ras Laffan Industrial City (RLIC), has been appointed to manage one of the most significant fleets in the global LNG business on behalf of the Qatar Gas Transport Company Ltd. (Nakilat), and has set up a world class R&D and learning facility at the Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP).

Sponsored by Qatar Petroleum (QP) and Shell, Pearl GTL project comprises the development of upstream gas production facilities as well as an onshore GTL plant that will produce 140,000 barrels per day of GTL products along with 120,000 bpd of condensate, liquefied petroleum gas and ethane. Pearl GTL is not only the world's largest integrated GTL project, but also the largest energy project ever launched within the borders of Qatar. In addition to this, in April 2006, QP and Shell broke ground on the Qatargas 4 LNG project that comprises upstream production of approximately 1.4 billion cubic feet (bcf) per day of natural gas, including an average of approximately 70,000 barrels per day of liquefied petroleum gas and condensate combined. Qatargas 4 also includes the construction a 7.8 million tonne-per-annum LNG train. On the shipping front, in November of last year Shell was appointed by the Qatar Gas Transport Company Ltd. (Nakilat) to manage its fleet of at least 27 new LNG carriers in a 25-year deal. This agreement will involve Shell providing a range of shipping services to Nakilat including ship management as well as the transfer of know how and expertise to allow Nakilat to develop its own LNG Ship Management Company in Qatar. Shell and QP also continue to discuss the development of a world-scale petrochemicals complex in Qatar. Finally, Shell and the Qatar Foundation (QF) signed an agreement for a 10-year lease in QF's Science and Technology Park where Shell will implement a world-class technology programme.

Andrew Brown, is Shell Country Chairman in Qatar and Managing Director of Pearl GTL.

Sheikh Majed Al Sabah was also announced as a speaker at this year's conference. A member of the Kuwaiti royal family, Sheikh Majed has over the last decade become one of the most prominent retailers in fashion.

In spring 2001, Majed al-Sabah opened Villa Moda, a mall-cum-boutique in a glass box on the outskirts of Kuwait City. The $20 million building is nearly as impressive as the swarm of big brands--Fendi, Marni, Ferragamo, Prada, Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent--clustered in mini shops inside, along with a Botox bar and a traditional Middle Eastern restaurant (with nontraditional Cappellini furniture) overlooking Kuwait Bay. As well as Kuwait and Qatar, you can also find Villa Moda in Dubai's luxurious Emirates Tower, and in Bombay.

Tasmeem Doha 2008 open to the public, will include 13 international designers, breakout sessions, design exhibitions and panel discussions. Participants will include practitioners, design professors and students from academic institutions and facilities throughout the world.

The goal of Tasmeem Doha is to engage scholars, students, practitioners and community members in conversations on design. The students, staff and faculty at VCUQatar are looking forward to the fifth year of this annual conference and the international group of designers and professionals who will gather at the university to discuss design and its role in the future.