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: Business leaders

Interview: Ibrahim Jaidah, Qatar’s Leading Architect

Ibrahim Jaidah’s resume as one of Qatar’s foremost construction industry professionals, if not the leader in his field in the country, is impressive. Graduating in 1988, Jaidah worked in Qatar’s municipal ministry before he acquired Arab Engineering Bureau (AEB) in 1990. Now practising for more than two decades, Jaidah has been designing iconic buildings in [...]

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Interview: Ashraf Abu Issa, CEO Abu Issa Holding

Interview: Ashraf Abu Issa, CEO Abu Issa Holding

Ashraf Abu Issa was thrust to the helm of Abu Issa Holding in his late teens, and in the 25 years since, the company’s chairman and chief executive officer has steered the firm to much success, this being in turn recognised by his peers when Abu Issa was chosen for the Ernst & Young Qatar [...]

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Abdul Hakeem Mostafawi, CEO HSBC Qatar

As the first Qatari head of an international banking institution in Qatar, Abdul Hakeem Mostafawi has become one of the most high profile bankers in Doha since his appointment as the CEO of HSBC more than three years ago. TheEDGE sat down with Mostafawi recently to discuss what motivated his rise to the top echelons [...]

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Exclusive: Aamal VC Sheikh Mohamed Al Thani

Aamal Company is a leader in Qatar’s private sector. This Qatar Exchange-listed company is a highly diversified entity with interests in retail, trading, property, services, manufacturing, and beyond. With family business roots planted nearly half a century ago by chairman Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani, Aamal Company, created in 2001, is one of Doha’s [...]

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Exclusive Insights: MEEZA CEO Rashid Al Naimi

Qatar’s ambitions to become a regional hub of information technology (IT), cloud computing and related innovation were given a boost in late 2011, when MEEZA was awarded, for the second consecutive year the ‘Best Cloud Services’ accolade at the Data Centres Strategies Awards in Dubai, above a host of leading IT companies in the region. [...]

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GE CEO MENA & Turkey Nabil Habayeb

As president and CEO of GE in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey, Nabil Habayeb has more than 30 years of involvement across the company’s operations in the region, as well as specifically in Qatar, which is one of the energy multinational’s key markets in the Arab world. In Doha as a guest for [...]

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Lulu Supermarkets Regional Director Mohamed Althaf on ‘Cautionary Retail’

If you have read a newspaper in Doha at any time during the past 10 years, you have probably seen Mohamed Althaf. He is usually photographed with a group of people, handing one of them a giant cheque, or the keys to a car. As regional director of LuLu, the hypermarket and department store, Althaf [...]

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Maersk Oil Qatar Managing Director Lewis Affleck

In an exclusive interview with TheEDGE, Maersk Oil Qatar Managing Director, Lewis Affleck, discusses his company’s success in the Al Shaheen Oil Field and their future plans in Qatar.Just 80 kilometres off the coast of Qatar lies one of the most complex and challenging oil and gas projects ever undertaken in the history of the [...]

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