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: Banking

Islamic and conventional banking juxtaposed

A Tale Of Two Systems - Is Islamic Finance ascending over the decline of Western Banking?   Compounded by recent LIBOR and money laundering sccandals, the tawdry financial scandals and ‘casino’ style of trading that have characterised conventional banking in the West in recent years are well-publicised and are widely blamed as being the cause of [...]

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Doha’s appealing loans and financial schemes

TheEDGE spoke with several banks around Doha to gain insight into the popular finance schemes and loans available for Qataris and expatriates. The subject of credit in Qatar is often controversial, as loans are not always obtained out of necessity, but also to support a lavish lifestyle. Erika Widén reports. Despite the worldwide financial crisis, [...]

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Qatar: Banking on Rapid Growth

A well-performing financial environment and burgeoning public expenditure are directly beneficial to the banking system of a domestic economy. With nearly US$100 billion (QR364 billion) worth of investments being planned between 2010 and 2015 in Qatar, public spending is going to be a primary force driving credit growth over the next five years, writes Manjeet [...]

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The Rise of Islamic Finance

As world markets struggle to rebalance following the rupture that was the global financial crisis, one financial industry survivor emerged largely unscathed. Indeed, Islamic or Shariíah compliant finance and finance products proved to be quite resilient to the downturn, and many commentators and investors are turning to this once-niche market for solid returns. Rachel Morris [...]

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Standard Chartered Reaches out to Female Entrepreneurs

Standard Chartered introduces the Resource Centre, a valuable source of education, information and inspiration for female entrepreneurs in the Middle East and Asia. Miles Masterson spoke to head of corporate affairs, Haya Mashood, about the challenges facing female entrepreneurs, and how the Resource Centre will help pave the way for them to achieve professional success. [...]

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