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: Luxury travel

TheEDGE Down time: The Four Seasons Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt

This place is an enduring favourite, and it is not hard to work out why. Located in Egypt’s holiday playground of Sharm el-Sheikh, it offers every luxury that visitors think to ask for (and even those they do not). The hotel’s four swimming pools are gorgeous, but do not stay away from the beach, and [...]

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10 ways to see London like a local

10 ways to see London like a local

As the United Kingdom’s capital revs up for the Olympics, TheEDGE’s resident Londoner Victoria Scott offers some insider tips for Qatar’s Olympic tourists. Invest in an Oyster Cars London’s public transport system is comprehensive and efficient, but also rather pricey. Oyster cards are prepaid plastic smartcards, which are the cheapest way to pay for single [...]

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TheEDGE Getaway: Shangri – La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang, Malaysia

Exotic and luxurious, the Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa is an ideal retreat for those seeking a tropical break surrounded by Malaysia’s culture and beautiful scenery. The resort is situated on the popular Batu Ferringi beach on the island of Penang, and is just 20 minutes from the island’s capital, George Town, which is a [...]

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Qatar Airways’ new luxury lounge at London Heathrow

Qatar Airways has just opened its first premium lounge outside of Doha. TheEDGE finds out what it has to offer the airline’s VIP customers. Those who have travelled in business or first class on Qatar Airways will be familiar with the airline’s premium terminal in Doha. Setting a new standard for luxury travellers, we know [...]

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Luxury Travel: Bandos, Maldives

Lounging on a pristine white beach, listening to the gentle breeze blowing through the palm trees, snorkelling in a turquoise sea; the sort of holiday I have said (a painful) goodbye to now that I am a parent. Or so I thought, until I discovered Bandos. The salvation of hard-working, exhausted Mums and Dads everywhere, [...]

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Luxury Travel: Grayshott Spa, Surrey, UK

Peace on arrival, health on departure – so goes the translation of the Grayshott Spa’s Latin motto. An ideal destination, located just an hour’s train journey from London in leafy Surrey, it is also very easy to get to from Heathrow airport, making the journey from Doha an achievable one for a short break. Winner [...]

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Luxury Travel: Malabar Escapes, Kerala, India

Kerala, on India’s south west coast, is loved by many for its calm backwaters and lakes, lush greenery, and relaxing retreats. The Malabar Escapes, a collection of five elegant boutique hotels and one luxurious house boat, have a well-earned reputation for delivering the best the area has to offer. Boutique is something of an overused [...]

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Luxury Travel: Ayurveda Resort, Sri Lanka

If the rat race is getting you down, and yoga classes and the odd lie-in just aren’t cutting it, it might be time to try something a little more radical. Look no further than the Barberyn Reef Ayurveda Resort in Sri Lanka. Set right on the beach, it’s a traditional exotic getaway with a medicinal [...]

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Luxury Travel: Amari Vogue Krabi, Thailand

This Thai gem has a picture-postcard view that’s so stunning it doesn’t feel quite real. Perched above an unspoilt white beach, the Amari Vogue in Krabi looks out on the Andaman Sea and its myriad limestone karsts and islands. Although the resort is on Thailand’s mainland, and only 40 minutes from Krabi airport (with its [...]

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