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: Communications

Telecom is a tough business in the 21st century

Telecommunication companies the world over are cutting costs to protect profits by reducing staff, outsourcing networks and restructuring operations. With declining revenues from traditional income sources such as wire line and wireless voice, the pressure is on to look for new products and services, but many are struggling. Aftab Gumani provides an overview of trends [...]

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Opinion: News can no longer be kept secret

Opinion: News can no longer be kept secret

Talk of reform – especially in the current climate prevailing in the Arab world tends to focus on the impact of change on a country’s constitutions and laws. Dr. Yasser Thabet discusses an overlooked area that is often is the main beneficiary of reform: the media. Barriers to freedom of expression and openness are disappearing [...]

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Qatar: New Hub of Middle East IT?

Information technology in Qatar is evolving as fast if not faster than anywhere in the world, and the country features one of the highest levels of Internet penetration in the world, which will soon be bolstered by the arrival of new undersea cables in the region, boosting bandwidth and connectivity exponentially. Charles Vincent and TheEDGE [...]

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Qatar’s Communication Boom

Organisations in Qatar must prepare for the unified communications boom, says expert Manu Bonanassie. The trend is moving away from premises-based Unified Communications towards technology hosted in the cloud, since it is more affordable, accessible and scalable. Unified Communications With the wide adoption of Unified Communication (UC) in the region, the right infrastructure is critical [...]

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Nokia GM Tom Farrell Talks Middle East Strategy

Nokia, a brand synonymous with the mobile phone market, recently hosted a press conference in Doha. Under discussion was purported criticism of the brand and its products, especially on the blogosphere, as well as insights into the mobile phone producer’s local and regional marketing strategy and new products. Miles Masterson spoke to Nokia’s new general [...]

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An Electronic Shift: Qatar’s Telecoms Industry

The information, communications and telecommunications (ICT) industry has been at the forefront of staving off global recessionary trends and this burgeoning industry has emerged largely unscathed from the global crisis. As Qatar’s ICT sector braces for the next round of growth, the numbers tell Manjeet Chhabra that the country and the Gulf in general are well [...]

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