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: Investment

How to keep your finances fit?

Wherever you are in the world, most British think budget. While the changes to the United Kingdom tax system or levies on goods and fuel back home may not immediately affect you during your time working in Qatar, Adrian Bliss explains how keeping an eye on the financial lie of the land in the country [...]

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Qatar’s banks considering the bond market

Qatar’s banks are turning to the international bond market to bolster their cash reserves. With the government rolling out a series of big-budget infrastructure projects and the preparations for staging the World Cup 2022 underway, Qatari banks are anticipating a sharp and profitable rise in loan demand, prompting a wave of bond issuances. The most [...]

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Financing Your Property Dream

For expatriates carving out careers in Qatar, investing in one of the spectacular luxury developments on offer is a tempting option. But in the current economic climate, careful thought should be given as to how best to finance your venture, explains David Russell Investing in the Qatar property market has been an option since 2004, [...]

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Keeping Personal Finances on Track

With no immediate end in sight of global economic conditions improving, saving up for school fees, wedding plans or getting children on the property ladder can be a tough slog. However, regular savings plans could offer Qatar-based expatriates the discipline they need to ensure that these all-important financial objectives remain on track. David Russell explains [...]

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Global Expert Shares Investment Trends for 2012

As the global chief investment officer of asset management and private banking for Credit Suisse, Stefan Keitel is highly attuned to investment trends worldwide. Constantly travelling, Keitel is in charge of various global investment committees, as well as his company’s asset allocation committee, deals with 52 separate asset classes and also runs the portfolio management [...]

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Qatar: To Bond or Not to Bond

Recently, investors sold treasury bonds of troubled sovereigns and directed their resources into safer treasuries such as Germany and France. Howard Kitson, country head of Mashreq, explains how bonds are positive for diversification in Qatar. As the eurozone is working hard on agreeing towards a concrete mandate as part of deeper restructuring of Greece’s debt [...]

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Financial Capital: The Rise of Mena Investment in 2011

As the financial world seems to lurch between a new crisis and recovery, all eyes are trained on the Middle East. The region is proving that it can offer emerging market returns with the safety and surety of a more mature environment. Ahead of the MENA Investment Management Forum 2011, to be held in Doha [...]

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Qatar’s Growing Offshore Wealth

Qatari investors are choosing to keep more of their assets within the region as economic prospects, and potential returns, look increasingly attractive. At the same time, investors are looking to diversify their investment portfolios into other asset classes and away from real estate, which generally suffered in the region during the global financial crisis, writes [...]

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