BlackBerry 10 launched in yet another country yesterday - this time in Qatar. The good people of the Middle East got together at a VIP event at the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar for the unveiling of the new operating system and the launch of the BlackBerry Z10.

Along with the Z10, BlackBerry also showcased a selection of local businesses and developers who have created applications for BlackBerry 10. These included Qatar Airways and Al Jazeer which should be a big hit. 

It's great to see BlackBerry 10 getting a warm reception in yet another country. Don't worry Americans. Your day will come soon.

You can catch the full press release from Qatar below.

Doha, Qatar -- 11 February 2013 - BlackBerry® hosted an exclusive VIP event in Doha last night in celebration of the BlackBerry® 10 platform and the recently launched BlackBerry® Z10 smartphone. The new BlackBerry Z10 is the first smartphone based on the re-designed, re-engineered and re-invented BlackBerry 10 platform, giving customers a powerful and unique new mobile computing experience.

By exclusive invitation only, the VIP red carpet event took place at the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, celebrating an evening of lifestyle and technology excellence. The event also showcased local Qatari businesses and developers who have designed apps specifically for the BlackBerry 10 platform, including Qatar Airways, Al Jazeera, music app developer Anghami and gaming app developer Maysalward.

Ahmad Olaywan, Country Director, Qatar, BlackBerry, said: "We are excited to be introducing our customers in Qatar to a new era of mobile computing. The BlackBerry Z10 smartphone delivers a powerful new platform for BlackBerry customers and we are excited to be bringing BlackBerry 10 to the people of Qatar."

"BlackBerry 10 is designed to learn and adapt to each user, thus making every BlackBerry 10 experience unique. Our customers in Qatar appreciate the latest technology innovations and we are confident that the BlackBerry Z10 will keep them connected while on the move."

With BlackBerry 10, very feature, every gesture, and every detail is designed to keep customers moving and includes advancements such as:

  • Peek and Flow into the BlackBerry Hub - A new mobile computing paradigm where what matters to customers is only always one swipe away
  • Keyboard - Understands and adapts to customers, so they can type faster and more accurately 
  • BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) - Allows customers to share things with the people that matter to them in an instant 
  • BlackBerry Balance technology - Protects what is important to customers and the businesses they work for

The BlackBerry Z10 is now available in Qatar in all leading telecoms and retail stores. The unsubsidized pricing of the BlackBerry Z10 is QAR 2,599.