News: Qatar National Convention Centre set to host one of the largest conferences in the world

Doha, 8 November: With less than three weeks to go, the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) has intensified its preparations to take centre stage and host Qatar’s largest conference to date – the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change 2012 (COP18/CMP8). The event which will take place from 26 November to 7 December is expected [...]

News: Entrepreneurs Organisation Qatar, appoints new president

Doha, 7 November: The Entrepreneurs Organisation (EO) Qatar chapter has announced the appointment of Mohamed Jaidah as President to EO Qatar for the 2012-2013 year, under the international Entrepreneurs Organisation. The organisation brings together some of the most influential and socially aware entrepreneurs in Qatar, in an attempt to help their members learn and grow [...]

Interview: Khalid Al Jaber, A serial entrepreneur

As CEO of Innovation Group, Khalid Al Jaber is a 35-year-old Qatari who is involved in all four of his company’s divisions, in the information technology sector and filmmaking, as well model building for the construction, real estate and oil and gas industries, through the German-based Innovation GmbH. Al Jaber is also executive director of [...]

Virtualising Qatar’s Businesses

The virtualisation of business organisations and the challenges in the networking and data management industry TheEDGE spoke exclusively with Nimer Ghazal, country manager for Brocade Qatar about the virtualisation of business functions, the move to cloud based applications and the challenges for companies in managing their data in a time of information explosion. What is [...]

Qatar’s atomic future

Nuclear energy analyst provides evidence of Qatar’s atomic power ambitions by Jamie Stewart Evidence has emerged that the Qatar Ministry of Energy and Industry is moving forwards with its programme to develop nuclear power in the country. State-owned energy giant Qatar Petroleum is seeking to employ a senior nuclear energy analyst, with responsibilities including playing [...]

Is Management Ideology the last bastion of American hegemony?

Here is a tricky question: How many living management gurus did not learn their trade in North America? The London Business Schoolís Julian Birkinshaw, who has presented this condundrum to many of his esteemed international colleagues, writes that it is not easy to come up with a list of top experts who are not American, [...]

News: New NGO launched to enhance research and sustainability in Qatar

Doha, 25 October: As part of Qatar’s investment and long-term commitment to the environment, the Qatar Sustainability Network (QSN) was officially launched in Doha yesterday. At the launch, Nadia Aboul Hosn interim board member at QSN outlined the mandate as a network to cultivate a culture of research, science, and sustainability through active engagement of civil [...]

Vol 4 Issue 10 Oct 2012

This month’s cover story in about one of Qatar’s more contentious investments, The Shard, a skyscraper that sits on the bank of the river Thames in central London. We take a look at the differing sentiments it has generated from Londoners and Qatar’s role in the project. In this issue we also look at the [...]

RecentArticles: Oil & Gas

A positive future awaits Doha’s natural gas market

According to the International Energy Agency, a positive future awaits the natural gas market over the next five years. With Qatar preparing its export plans, Doha’s two major suppliers reveal which regions they will target ­– and why. Jamie Stewart reports. Qatar’s giant state-owned natural gas companies are preparing for a global push to secure [...]

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Feature: Qatar’s lucrative hydrocarbon game

Qatar’s exposure to global oil and gas prices is immense, with volatile international events able to influence Doha’s spending power. So how is the market bearing up in light of the peninsula’s huge budgetary needs? Edward Jameson reports. The world of oil and gas trade is a volatile, unpredictable and potentially lucrative one, in which [...]

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News: RasGas sees huge demand growth for LNG in Asia

Doha, Qatar – 06 June, 2012: Strong demand growth for liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Asia and the anticipated start-up of new import terminals in southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent will drive the demand for LNG to new heights in the next phase of development, said RasGas Company Limited’s (RasGas) Managing Director, Hamad Rashid [...]

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Can Doha learn from Spain’s clean energy journey?

In recent years Qatar has benefitted from its ability to forge friendships with a host of other countries. And through its latest relationship-building exercise, this time with Spain, Doha stands to gain in the field of renewable energy. Jamie Stewart reports. At the national scale, the energy sectors of Qatar and Spain, in southwestern Europe, [...]

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News: Tempting Asia – Qatar’s LNG Pricing Strategy

Qatar currently enjoys a dominant position as the globe’s largest LNG supplier. But as rival exporters ramp up production capacity and emerging economies become the drivers of Asian demand growth, Doha may be forced to rethink its strategy. Jamie Stewart reports. On 12 February 2012, Qatari energy giant RasGas formally finalised a mega liquefied natural [...]

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QPI Signs Deal with UK’s Centrica

  Qatar’s recent memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the United Kingdom is to extend into the international gas market, explains Jamie Stewart Qatar Petroleum International (QPI) signed a major deal early in December with United Kingdom (UK) based energy utility Centrica to “explore and cooperate on energy related investments”. Potential investment targets include new or [...]

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Qatar and Scotland: Shared Energy Values

Qatar and Scotland are two countries separated by 6000 kilometres, social, cultural and linguistic distinctions and roughly 30 degrees Celsius average temperatures. Yet, as Jamie Stewart reveals, an unlikely relationship is emerging between the two nations. Twenty minutes drive from the centre of Glasgow, Scotland, spread across an exposed, grassy, Northern European moor, is the [...]

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LPG: Is There Much of a Good Thing?

Natural gas is a boom industry in the United States (US) and Canada, and the number of new gas wells is increasing steadily. Combine that with the growth in production of so-called ‘unconventionals’, such as shale gas, then factor in a coming wave in synthetic fuel production, and all the ingredients are in place to [...]

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GTL: Qatar Keeping the Options Open

When it comes to making the most of hydrocarbon resources, diversify and prosper is the best policy, argues Andrew Jamieson. Qatar is blessed with huge hydrocarbon resources. After Russia and Iran, its gas resources are the third most abundant in the world. And even better, much of the gas is concentrated just off Qatar’s northeast [...]

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LNG: Qatar’s Long-term Export Plans

The rise of Asian economies has had a dramatic impact on Qatar’s long-term gas export plans. Does the recent Qatargas deal with European energy giant Centrica indicate that 2014 could be the year when Asia truly rises to the forefront from Doha’s perspective? Edward Jameson investigates On the 23rd of February 2011, Doha-headquartered gas industry [...]

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