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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Based in the United States, The Deloitte Center for Collective Leadership (DCCL) is an organisation dedicated to supporting leaders and studying leadership issues around the world. In recent years they have been instrumental in setting up the As One project, which has essentially studied all forms of human collaborative endeavours and especially the leader and [...]

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READ IT: Our Iceberg Is Melting

At first glance between the covers, this book, with its cartoony drawings of penguins on the cover and large type, written in simplistic language, is out of place in the serious business book section of Virgin Megastore.But as Spencer Johnson, author of Who Moved My Cheese? writes in his foreword, “that is just the tip [...]

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READ IT: Crisis Economics

Coined in reference to economics by Lebanese American pundit Nassim Taleb, a Black Swan is an unpredictable event, such as – it has been said – the most recent global financial crisis, that has a devastating impact. However, American economist and author Nouriel Roubini disagrees, and in this fascinating book puts forward his case along [...]

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Read It: The 3rd Alternative

Subtitled ‘Solving Life’s Little Problems’, this best-selling book by United States author Dr. Stephen Covey is all about finding solutions to conundrums and conflicts outside of the conventional two methods of confrontation and/or compromise. Covey feels that neither produces the ideal outcome, which is the clichéd ‘win-win’ finale. In this easy-to-read and enlightening offering, Covey [...]

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Read It: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

This authorised biography covers Apple founder Steve Jobs’ family and personal life, Jobs the creative genius, businessman and CEO, and the history of Apple, the brand he created, was ousted from and returned to much success. What TheEDGE did not anticipate was what a prickly character he was. Job’s outbursts and paranoia were legendary, but [...]

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Read It: Great By Choice by Collins and Hansen

In Great By Choice: Uncertainty Chaos and Luck—Why some thrive despite them all, we ask: why do some companies thrive in uncertainty, even chaos, and others do not? Based on nine years of research, buttressed by rigorous analysis and infused with engaging stories, Collins and coauthor Morten Hansen enumerate the principles for building a truly [...]

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Read it: Think Big by Donald Trump

This is a collaborative work between billionaire Donald Trump and Bill Zanker, founder of The Learning Annex. Bill Zanker was already successful, having grown The Learning Annex into a US$5 million (QR18 million) a year company from an initial US$5,000 (QR18,200) investment. However, after meeting Donald Trump and learning to Think Big, his business grew [...]

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Read it: Net Profit by David Soskin

“The types of people who work well in the internet are those who share a passion for the product and delighting the user, who have a spirit of creativity accompanied by a strong commercial drive as well, of course, as possessing a will to win and the self confidence not to be cowed by sometimes [...]

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Read It: Creative Strategies by Mario Pricken

This is one of those books that you see so rarely in Doha, it’s almost immediately sold out. Indeed, when we popped by Virgin Megastore, we were given the last copy but assured that a new shipment is on its way. It is easy to see why Creative Strategies is so popular. Showcasing 230 amazing [...]

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Read It: Enchantment by Guy Kawasaki

Guy Kawasaki, keynote speaker at Doha’s QITCOM and author of The Art of the Start, releases Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds and Actions. Considered the entrepreneur’s entrepreneur, Kawasaki turns his attention to the mystery of influence, offering a compelling take on how it drives any successful interaction. The message of Enchantment is that [...]

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