Posted on December 09, 2010

Boeing has opened its first office in Qatar, primarily to support the Gulf state’s military forces.

The US manufacturing giant said that the location will also provide a base for its civil aircraft arm, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

"This new office is an important commitment that Boeing is making to Doha, the Qatari government and our customers in the immediate region," said Dennis Muilenburg, president of Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS).

"It will enable Boeing to maintain the in-person contact necessary to further develop our close working relationship with Qatar, as part of our overall strategy to build partnerships with our customers."

Muilenberg also told Dow Jones that some nine percent of BDS’s worldwide revenues stemmed will stem from the Middle East this year.

Last year, Boeing delivered two C-17 Globemaster III airlifters to the Qatari air force, and will seek to sell more equipment, including maritime strike attack aircraft, reconnaissance rotorcraft and tactical aircraft to the country.