News: UN makes COP 18 related climate change news available in Arabic

Beirut, November 23 (United Nations Information Centre)—The Humanitarian News and Analysis Service of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (IRIN) has launched a new page on its website containing all climate change-related articles and stories in Arabic. The Arabic Climate change stories are available at the following link at which will be updated with [...]

News: Doha traffic chaos predicted for COP 18 event, residents urged to be aware and plan ahead

Doha, November 20 - Drivers should try to plan ahead and allow more time for their journey than they would normally during the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference in Doha, according to organisers. Traffic in the Qatar is expected to increase noticeably during COP18/CMP8. To help residents and participants, as well as to cut emissions, [...]

News: New passivhaus experiment to demonstrate low-energy living for Qatar’s communities

Doha, 18 November: Today Kahramaa, Qatar Green Building Council and Barwa Real Estate announced an experiment that intends to revolutionise Qatar’s green building industry. The three parties signed a memorandum of understanding to develop the Qatar case study passivhaus project called Baytna, which will create a building standard for Qatar that is truly energy efficient, comfortable, [...]

News: Qatar University President highlights region’s challenges on food security

Doha, November 14 - Five hundred (500) delegates from around the world were welcomed by Qatar University (QU) President Prof Sheikha Abdulla Al Misnad to the international Food Security in Dry Lands (FSDL) conference which was hosted by QU on November 14-15. Delegates included ambassadors, ministers, government officials, policy-makers, development experts, scholars, researchers and representatives from [...]

Qatar’s banks challenge to compete globally

Qatar’s banking sector continues to maintain its progression due to the banking’s government dependence-related business and its domestic economy. However, Simon Watkins writes that Qatar arguably has a long way to go before it can compete globally. According to a report issued by the Qatar National Bank (QNB) at the end of September, pretty much [...]

An entrepreneurial Arab generation

How Qatar’s Silatech is helping an entrepreneurial generation of young Arabs achieve their business dreams across the Middle East and North Africa 26-year old Bashir worked in a nut shop in Sana’a, Yemen, but dreamed of opening a small business of his own. A Youth Fund loan from Silatech partner Al Amal Microfinance Bank allowed [...]

Local entrepreneurs talk small business sense

Entrepreneurs Al Ansari and Al Jaidah offer a dose of realism regarding Qatar’s often-hyped small and medium enterprise sector. With international ambitions, Techno Q has recently begun its first external project in Oman, and executive director Abdulla Al Ansari would like to see more Qatari companies develop outside of Qatar’s borders. “It makes you feel [...]

NEWS: Sports business congress and exhibition kicks off in Qatar

Doha, 12 November: ASPIRE4SPORT 2012, the Middle East’s leading sports business congress and exhibition, kicks off at Aspire Dome, Doha, with an inauguration led by senior officials, following the first of many all-star panels. The Congress and Expo will kick off with ASPIRE MED, the first of the three conferences including ASPIRE TECH AND ASPIRE [...]

RecentArticles: Cyber security

Kaspersky survey reveals virtual machines in GCC are underprotected

Dubai, July 3 – Only 19 percent of GCC companies are using dedicated agent-less security solutions to protect their virtual infrastructure – meaning many are throwing away one of the key advantages of virtualization by failing to make the most effective use of hardware resources. This is one of the findings of a survey conducted by [...]

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Opinion: Combating cyber crime in the Gulf

Opinion: Combating cyber crime in the Gulf

As Qatar’s economy and aligned infrastructure progress rapidly, cyber crime knocks harder at the doors of emerging nations – affecting businesses and individuals more than they may know. Richard Gayle unpicks the hotly discussed topic and provides tips on how to avoid being susceptible to cyber crime. E-crime costs companies globally US$1.7 trillion (QR6.1 trillion) every [...]

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YAHOO! expert discusses personal data protection

Earlier this year United States Internet service provider Yahoo! and Qatari information technology regulatory authority ictQatar announced a partnership aimed at the promotion of Arabic digital content in the country. At the Doha IT event Qitcom in March,TheEDGE spoke exclusively to Yahoo!’s Justin Weiss, who was at the event as part of a FOSI (Family Online [...]

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Cyber Hacker Alert

Businesses and private individuals face a growing threat from cyber criminals, and their secret weapon in the fight to crack computer users’ security may well be the users themselves, reports Mark Van Dijk In March this year, a small group of employees at the American computer security firm RSA received an e-mail with a Microsoft [...]

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The Global Threat of Cyberwar

Governments and companies across the world are facing a new kind of warfare. The enemy is unseen, the damage is immense, and the usual rules of war simply do not apply. Welcome to the era of cyber warfare. By Mark van Dijk Imagine a world in which your business can be crippled by computer operators [...]

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