Es’hailSat, the Qatar Satellite Company, is a communications satellite operator headquartered in Doha, Qatar. Es’hailSat was established in 2010 with the goal of managing and developing Qatar’s presence in space.  The company provides independent, high-quality, advanced satellite services to broadcasters, businesses and governments in the MENA region and beyond.

With the aim to be a truly global satellite operator and services provider, Es’hailSat started the operation of its first satellite Es’hail-1 at 25.5° East in 2013 supporting key broadcasters in the region, beIN SPORTS and Al Jazeera Media Network.  Es’hail-2, the company’s second satellite is expected to be launched in 2018 at the 26° East orbital position.

Having both Ku-band and Ka-band capacity at 25.5° East and 26° East hotspot positions enable Es’hailSat to provide the region with the most advanced and sophisticated services including broadcast, telecommunications and broadband.

Es’hailSat’s expansion plan will continue with more new satellites in prime hotspot locations, offering our customers the most flexible and reliable service.  Es’hailSat is also adopting the concept of “world-wide footprints” through partnerships with leading regional and international satellite operators around the globe.

 

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Es’hailSat, The Qatar Satellite Company was established in 2010 as an independent company to manage and develop Qatar’s presence in space.  Since the launch of Es’hail-1 - Qatar’s first satellite - in August 2013, Es’hailSat has grown to become a highly professional, key player for satellite communications in the MENA region.   And the company is currently on target to fulfill the requirements of our key national stakeholders by boosting broadband delivery, broadcasting and global connectivity.

Es’hail-1 is successfully supporting the strong demand for broadcasting services, internet services and critical data distribution in the region.  Having started service on Qatar National Day, 18th December 2013, with Al Jazeera Media Network and beIN SPORTS, we have gone from strength to strength with coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the launch of new Arabic channels such as Al Araby HD, Al Rayyan2 and Meklamleen.

Looking to the future, Es’hailSat is also expanding the network to drive growth in the years ahead. We have started the manufacture of Es’hail-2, which is scheduled for launch in 2018.  Our second high-powered, advanced satellite will provide high quality, premium DTH content and critical communications services across the Middle East and North Africa from the 26° East TV hotspot.  And we are currently consulting with our stakeholders for their expansion requirements for an additional satellite, Es’hail-3.

At Es’hailSat, we aim to bring a new dimension to Qatar’s diversifying economy by building a world-class company and center of excellence in the region.  As well as developing our satellite system in space, we are also investing in local infrastructure and talent, ensuring that we nurture and grow satellite technology for Qatar and key to providing a secure, independent communications network to meet the needs of our stakeholders, customers and citizens now and in the future.

Thank you for visiting our website. We appreciate your support and interest in Es’hailSat, The Qatar Satellite Company.

Sincerely,

Dr Hessa Sultan Al Jaber

Vision

Es’hailSat aims to be a world class operator who effectively contributes to the success of Qatar's National Vision 2030  by adding a new dimension to the diversifying economy.

 

Mission

Es'hailSat will provide advanced satellite services to strategic stakeholders and commercial customers, who value broadcasting and communications independence, quality service and wide geographical coverage.

 

Building A Satellite Industry For Qatar, the story of Es’hailSat and our journey into the satellite industry.

 

TIMELINE

 

2016

  • Es’hailSat enters into Memorandum of Understanding with Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for satellite services
  • beIN has chosen Es’hailSat to transmit live coverage of EUFA Euro 2016 in 4K on Es’hail-1
  • New HD channels from beIN launch on Es’hail-1
  • Zadd TV and Bawadi added new channels on Es’hail-1
  • New channels Al Rayyan2, Al Bawadi and Mekamleen launch on Es’hail-1.

 

2015

  • New channel Al Araby TV, launch on Es’hail-1.
  • Es’hailSat develops new Ka-band hub for data communications services.
  • New state-of-the-art teleport facility in development at a site in Doha providing TT&C support, up-linking and reception facilities.
  • Es’hailSat and Ooredoo sign agreement to develop a range of new VSAT services
  • Es’hail-2 Completes Critical Design Review.  On schedule for 2017 launch
  • Es’hailSat launches Satellite And Space Educational Outreach Program for Schools in Qatar

 

2014

  • Es’hailSat selects MELCO (Mitsubishi Electric Company) to build company’s second satellite – Es’hail-2 – scheduled for launch in 2017.
  • Es’hailSat Wins Newcomer Satellite Operator of the Year Award at the Euroconsult World Satellite Business Week 2014.
  • Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) selected to launch Es’hail-2 from Cape Canaveral in 2017
  • Es’hailSat Wins ASBU/Broadcast Pro Middle East’s Satellite Operator of the Year 2014 award.
  • iSat Networks delivers VSAT terminals to begin commercializing Ka-band payload on Es’hail-1.

 

2013

  • Es’hailSat Engineers Graduate from SSL Internship program to become the country’s first satellite operator engineers.
  • Es’hailSat opens Capacity Management Centre in Doha to monitor TV channels, business and data services.  The Centre provides 24/7 optimized services to customers, especially interference and protection of customer signals.
  • Es’hailSat and Arabsat sign a strategic agreement to expand opportunities at 26° East TV hotspot neighborhood for TV broadcasting.
  • Es’hail-1 satellite is launched successfully from French Guiana on 29th August, 2013.
  • ictQATAR grants a Public Satellite Telecommunications Networks and Services License to Es’hailSat
  • Es’hail-1 enters service on Qatar National Day, 18th December 2013, broadcasting beIN SPORTS and Al Jazeera programming.

 

2012

  • Arianespace is selected to launch Es’hail-1 from the French Guiana Spaceport in South America.
  • Es’hailSat enters into a strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Al Jazeera Networks regarding the provision of strategic satellite infrastructure.


2011

  • ictQATAR and SES explore joint satellite projects

 

2010

  • ictQATAR and Eutelsat enter into a strategic partnership to invest in and operate a high capacity satellite at 25.5° East, providing the State of Qatar with independent satellite coverage and connectivity for the Middle East, North Africa.
  • Satellite is named “Es’hail-1” - the name of a star announcing clement weather and a joyful season in the Middle East region.
  • SSL is selected to build the high performance satellite based on the company’s 1300 satellite bus, a decades-proven, modular platform with high power capability and flexibility for a broad range of applications.
  • SSL provides Es’hailSat with an intensive two-year satellite engineering internship program to help train four engineers to become the country’s first satellite operations engineers. Under SSL’s guidance, they followed Es’hail-1 through design, manufacture, test and launch.

Chairperson

HE Dr. Hessa Sultan Al Jaber

Vice Chairperson

Brigadier Abdulaziz FalahAl Dosari

Board Member

Brigadier Ali Salem Al Henzab

Board Member

Mr Khalid Bin Hamad Al Hajri

Board Member

Mr Ahmed Marzouq Al Fahad

Board Member

Mr. Fahad Ali Al-Hajri
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Ali Ahmed Al-Kuwari is President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Es’hailSat. Prior to this appointment Mr. Al-Kuwari was Assistant Secretary General at ict Qatar. He also held the position of Finance Director at ict Qatar and was a member of the organization’s management team overseeing the strategic investment in the satellite initiative which became Es’hailSat. Mr. Al Kuwari has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Master’s degree in Financial Analysis. He joined ict Qatar in 2004 following senior financial positions with Ras Gas and the Ministry of Finance.

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Saif started his career as a maintenance engineer in Maersk Oil Qatar in 2000, responsible for electrical and telecom systems located in Al Shaheen oil field in North of Qatar. After spending 7 years in Maersk he moved to Kahramaa as Project Manager responsible for building the first 400 KV substation for the State of Qatar, and then moved to Qatari Diar as Senior Manager of cost and planning of all international projects. In 2010 Saif joined Es'hailSat team as Project Director where he led Es'hail-1 program and led the development of Es'hail-2 program. He has Electrical Engineering degree from King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and Executive Master in Business Administration (EMBA-2016) from HEC Paris.

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Zoubair Kachri is responsible for managing Es’hailSat’s space segment operations including overseeing the delivery and launch of the Es’hail-1 satellite and the development of the company’s satellite control centers. Zoubair has a wealth of experience in the satellite industry in disciplines including satellite design and procurement, launch and ground operations management and customer delivery. Prior to joining Es’hailSat, Zoubair was Managing Director at LSE Space GmbH which provided consultancy services to a number of international satellite operators including Arabsat, Yahsat and Eutelsat. Zoubair holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and a Master’s in Business Administration specializing in Finance.

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Hamad began his career as GSM Networks Engineer and served later as Head of Operations and Maintenance Networks in Qtel. He then moved as a Head of wired and wireless networks in the military field until he was appointed Director of Communications. He was a member of the Integrated System Committee, which later turned into a National Security Shield project, and a member of the establishment of the National Command Center Committee. He holds a BS degree in General Electrical Engineering specialized in Communication.

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Tarek is the Director heading the Internal Audit Department for Es’hailSat. He has 15 years of experience in the field of Internal Audit, Risk Assurance and Consulting services. Prior to joining Es’hailSat, Tarek had 11 years of professional international experience with Pricewaterhouse Coopers and was the Senior Manager leading Internal Audit Services of Pricewaterhouse Coopers , Qatar. Mr. El Gaby holds Bachelor of Commerce and qualified as Certified Public Accountant (CPA) from Colorado State Board of Accountancy, Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and hold certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) from Institute of Internal Auditors in Florida, USA. He is also Certified Management Accountant CMA and Certified Financial Manager (CFM) from Institute of Management Accountants, New Jersey, USA.

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Khalid is Es’hailSat’s General Counsel with extensive experience in corporate, commercial technology and communication law matters. Khalid’s experience ranges from structuring and setting up business, joint ventures, acquisitions, liquidations and bankruptcy and re-structuring. Khalid also has been involved in the formulation of strategic, business, corporate, regulatory, risk management and business plans, as well as developing and leading an effective legal function to support the implementation of business plans and milestones in accordance with the law. Before joining Es’hailSat, Khalid worked as legal counsel for Etisalat and corporate and commercial lawyer for Dentons, an international law firm in the United Arab Emirates.   

Since its inception, Es’hailSat has placed strong emphasis on capacity building and the development of our staff.  In 2013, four engineers from Es’hailSat completed a 26-month intensive training satellite training program with Space Systems/Loral (SSL), manufacturer of our first satellite – Es’hail-1.

And we are continuing our knowledge-building and skills development with a similar training program for Qatari engineers who are following the design and manufacture of our second satellite, Es’hail-2.  Currently under construction in Japan by the Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Es’hail-2 will be launched in 2018 by SpaceX from Cape Canaveral in the USA.

Additionally, we have sponsored a number of Qatari school leavers who have enrolled in engineering degrees specializing in satellite communications.  These steps are part of our program to develop a core expertise in satellite technology and develop our future leaders.  Having satellite knowledge and operational experience plays a vital role to greater self-reliance and therefore sustainability.

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Our social responsibility focus is on educational projects that contribute to the development of a knowledge-based economy and a communications-based society.

Our aim is to raise general awareness in the field of space and satellite communications and also to promote and foster space technology development in Qatar.   

Our current community educational outreach program is taking Es’hailSat Ambassadors out to a series of schools in Doha to tell the story of Qatar’s First Satellite.

Students can hear about what it takes to design, build and put a satellite into space and how important satellite networks are for everyday life.

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