(27 Mar 2017) LEADIN:
Qatar's finance minister has announced an additional 5 billion pounds (6.3 billion US dollars) in investment in the UK.
Ali Shareef Al Emadi is in London attending a forum to promote business between the two countries.
The conference room at the Grosvenor House Hotel is packed for the Qatar-UK Business and Investment Forum.
More than 400 British and Qatari business leaders and senior politicians are attending the event.
The Qatari delegation is led by Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister of Qatar.
It's a sign of just how important business is between these two nations - bilateral trade is valued at 5 billion pounds (6.3 billion US dollars) a year.
Qatar already has 35 billion pounds (44 billion US dollars) of existing investment in the UK.
And the country's finance minister has announced that will increase by an extra 5 billion (6.3 billion US dollars) over the next three to five years.
"We're looking at the UK as one of our top 10 trading partners," says Ali Shareef Al Emadi.
"I think the track record for both countries is extremely positive and well received. If you look at what we've done 10, 15 years in the UK it's been an absolutely great story for us."
And British companies have huge investments in Qatar too.
In 2015, UK exports to the Gulf country totalled 2.6 billion pounds (3.3 billion US dollars).
El Amadi says British companies have done "extremely well" in Qatar's hydrocarbon sector, but believes there are also opportunities in infrastructure, technology, health and sport sectors.
UK trade is likely to undergo massive change as it negotiates its exit from the European Union.
Exports of goods and services currently account for about 27 percent of the British economy, with almost half of exports going to the EU.
While some warn Brexit could harm British business, Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox believes it's a chance to look "beyond the boundaries" of Europe.
"This of course means forging new ties and building new relationships with other nations. But perhaps more importantly, to strengthening our commitment to our oldest friends and allies. Qatar is one of the most valued of these," he tells the forum.
Big brands like Qatar Airways are represented at the forum.
And Qatar is heavily invested in British companies too - high end retailer Harrods, Barclays Bank and the iconic London skyscraper The Shard have all received backing.
Private company Al Sawari Holdings has long had a presence in the UK. It has business in a range of industries including real estate, hospitality, construction and manufacturing.
Its chairman Sheikh Turki Bin Faisal Al Thani explains why Britain is such an attractive place to invest.
"It's a very stable market, it's resistant to change. At the same time, it's a diversified market and for us it's also an international hub," he says.
"Our presence here exposes us to more international companies, allows us to develop a stronger network, to even get opportunities to be a part of business outside the UK, through the UK."
And he's cautiously optimistic about post-Brexit Britain.
"Every country has a period of up and down. But we've been with the UK for many years now and I don't think this will change," he says.
"Our investments are always long term so even though we can expect a bit of a dip in the coming years, that's not our vision, our vision is to look in the next 30 years."
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