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 [...]

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News: IMF – Qatar growth to exceed MENA average

The International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) latest report on Qatar forecasts robust economic performance over the medium term (2013-16). Qatar’s real gross domestic product (GDP) growth is expected to average 5.3 percent for that period, exceeding the regional and world levels. The IMF expects the non-hydrocarbon sector to be the main driver of growth, increasing by [...]

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Qatar’s Robust Domestic Economy

Qatar’s per capita income is one the highest in the world, ensuring strong economic growth. However, the current political unrest in the region and the eurozone’s predicament has placed a lid on the country’s economical gains, explains Manjeet Chhabra, who looks at market activity in H2 2011. Robust domestic but weak external factors The Qatari [...]

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Qatar Exchange to Pay Electronic Dividends (2011)

Investors in Qatar are now be able to have their dividends directly deposited in their bank accounts rather than the existing practice, where they have to go to their banks to deposit these cheques.This was announced by the chief executive officer (CEO) of Qatar Exchange (QE), Andre Went, at a press conference in late October. [...]

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The 2011 Global Economic Slowdown

After witnessing relatively strong growth during the end of last year and beginning of 2011, the global economy seems to have entered a soft territory as downside risks to recovery have increased in recent past, writes financial analyst Dheeraj Shahdadpuri, who, despite many caveats, nevertheless remains optimistic for future global growth. Greek Gravitas While there [...]

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The Middle East in 2011: A Divergent Outlook

At a time when the global economic outlook is generally improving, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is facing a period of unprecedented changes that will impact the political and subsequently the financial dynamics of the region. As a result, the region’s nations will experience largely divergent economic futures, split to a large degree [...]

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