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Ahmad Nasser Sraiya Al Kaabi is the managing director and CEO of Widam Food, a Qatari company recognised at the 16th International Star for Quality in Leadership Convention in France in June 2012.

Reversing a failing company: Interview with the CEO of Widam Food

by  — 14 May 2013

Ahmad Nasser Sraiya Al Kaabi, managing director and CEO of Widam Food speaks about the company’s inside operations that reversed the failure of previously-known Mawashi. Just bypassing a government buyout, the company now offers one of the highest stock prices for its 27,000 shareholders.  read more ›

A cropped image of the Icons of the Nile by Chant Avedissian which sold for QAR5.7 million. (Image from Sothebys)

Sotheby’s Doha auction generates QAR55 million in total sales

by  — 23 April 2013

Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Doha auction achieved the strong total of QAR55 million solidly between the pre-sale expectations of QAR40.4 million and QAR58.6 million establishing it as the highest price for an auction of Contemporary Art in the Middle East region. read more ›


The price of Qatar’s high road accidents

by  — 17 April 2013

Qatar now has the dubious distinction of the highest global rate of road accident fatalities.  read more ›

Despite the recent worldwide grounding of Boeing 787 Dreamliners, of which Qatar Airways recently purchased 10, the airline continues to dominate the regional and international aviation industry, though maintaining this position may become more challenging in coming years as regional and international competition increases. (Image Corbis)

Middle East: A competitive aviation zone

by  — 31 March 2013

The Middle East is extremely well-placed to act as a central hub for air traffic around the globe, located as it is within five and a half flying hours of a large part of the world’s population. The question now is if the major carriers can survive and prosper individually, or will consolidation or even a failure of one occur – and where will Qatar’s aviation industry figure in all of this? read more ›

Many of Qatar’s business groups have diversified into the retail segement in the hopes of high returns.

Is Qatar’s retail sector outstripping demand?

by  — 27 March 2013

Qatar’s retail sector in the country is experiencing unprecedented expansion, with a plethora of new malls recently opened or on their way. But how long is this growth sustainable for and will there be enough customers for all these new stores? In this special feature, The Edge investigates. read more ›

The Sahara Forest project in collaboration with Norwegian firm Yara International and QAFCO realises its first pilot facility in Doha. An agreement for the site was signed in February 2012 in Oslo, with US$5.4 million (QR20 million) in funding. (Image courtesy The Sahara Project)

Moving Qatar towards agricultural self-sufficiency

by  — 25 February 2013

Qatar outlined ambitious plans to achieve national food security in the wake of 2008’s food crisis. The aim of the Qatar National Food Security Programme (QNFSP) is to bring the country as close as possible to food self-sufficiency by 2023. read more ›


Restauranteur discusses challenges facing the industry in Qatar

by  — 8 February 2013

The award winning Cantonese restaurant recently opened at the St. Regis. Henk Bruggeman, director of operations Middle East and China of Hakkasan spoke with Erika Widén about the main challenge the restaurant industry faces in Doha.  read more ›

Traffic safety survey reveals major causes of accidents in Qatar

by  — 13 January 2013

A public survey on traffic safety, conducted by the Qatar Ministry of Interior in coordination with the Statistics Authority and the National Committee for Traffic Safety showed the main reasons for traffic accidents in Qatar were due to negligent driving followed by the lack of awareness when it comes to traffic laws, and the use of mobiles while driving. read more ›


Bringing Qatar’s petrochemical sector under a single organisation

by  — 8 January 2013

Muntajat, a newly formed company in Qatar, will have the sole rights to market and distribute Qatar’s chemicals and petrochemicals, which produces 10 million tonnes of chemicals, polymers and fertilisers a year. read more ›


The story of Salam as told by CEO, Issa Abdul Salam Abu Issa

by  — 30 December 2012

From humble beginnings, Qatar's largest and most successful diversified private sector family firm, Salam International, has grown to become a leading force in the Qatari economy. 2012 is also momentous for the company, as it celebrates its 60th year of trading in the region and finished its most ambitious project to date, The Gate in Doha's West Bay. read more ›


Mawashi management heads list of top executive management in the Arab world

by  — 11 December 2012

Forbes Middle East named Mawashi management on the list of Top Executive Management in the Arab world in the service sector of listed companies. read more ›

The Emir inaugurates QAPCO’s third LDPE plant

by  — 7 December 2012

HH the Emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Kalifa Al Thani recently launched Qatar Petrochemical Company’s (QAPCO) third low density polyethylene plant, LDPE 3, at a high profile ceremony in Mesaieed Industrial City. read more ›

Qatar University President highlights region’s challenges on food security

by  — 14 November 2012

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. read more ›


The gifts of commerce from a forgotten civilisation

by  — 8 November 2012

The Muslim civilisation encompassed an area of land that stretched from Spain to China, one of the largest empires in history. Into this they integrated a network of trade that made them heirs to a vast scientific lore that they cultivated to create an era of technical and scientific development that had never been seen before. read more ›


International law firm assists Qatar’s public-private projects

by  — 7 November 2012

International Law Firm Pinsent Masons has been operating in the Gulf region for more than three decades, and in Doha their lawyers have been working on major infrastructure projects, energy projects and in the financial services sector. Erika Widén spoke to James Elwen, partner and head of Pinsent Masons office in Doha about how the firm has worked closely with the Qatari public and private sector, and why Qatar should enact laws to protect health data. read more ›


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