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: Country focus

Thailand means business with Qatar

Everyone can relate to Thailand’s exquisite cuisine and popular beaches, however Thailand has way more to offer Qatar when it comes to trade. Erika Widén reports on several official visits held recently and the reasons behind them. Qatar and the Kingdom of Thailand established diplomatic ties in 1980. The first Thai embassy opened in Doha [...]

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News: S&P report expects gulf banks’ capital to remain high

PARIS (Standard & Poor’s) June 27 – Banks in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region have capitalization that generally exceeds their international peers’, says Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services in its report Gulf Banks’ Capital Positions Compare Well With Those Of Global Banks, published this week. S&P’s risk-adjusted capital (RAC) framework, which it uses to [...]

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Sweden: Enhancing bilateral trade with Qatar

The Scandinavian and Arabian Peninsulas have differing but extreme weather, yet they share many similarities in the economic aspect. Erika Widén reports on how both boast among the highest GDPs in the world and their potential opportunity for bilateral trade. The Kingdom of Sweden is a Nordic country in the Scandinavian Peninsula situated in northern [...]

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Qatar’s bilateral relationship with India

Qatar’s ties with India go beyond the discovery of oil. Erika Widén writes about the development of their relationship since the era when the Indian rupee was the official currency in Doha back in the British colonial period. According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) India’s gross domestic product per capita in 2011 was US$3703 [...]

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Country Focus: Australia’s super business delegation visits GCC

Qatar has slipped below Australia’s investment and business radar for some time. But a recent superbusiness delegation from one of Australia’s most populated states and a new diplomatic interest has signalled a new awareness in what Qatar can offer the ‘Lucky Country’. Rachel Morris reports. With its lush rolling hills and farmland, the Australian state of [...]

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Japan: Land of Opportunity for Qatar

2012 will signify 40 years of cooperation between Qatar and Japan. According to officials, the already strong business relationship is set to move into a new phase. Rachel Morris reports. The city of Doha is very much imprinted on the memory of many Japanese people. The so-called ‘Tragedy of Doha’ in 1993, when the Japanese [...]

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Belgian Potential in Qatar

For a small country of just 11 million people, Belgium is one of Qatar’s key trading partners. Rachel Morris meets Belgium’s ambassador to Qatar, Luc Devolder, who explains the genesis of this long and profitable relationship and the opportunities that exist for companies looking for niche investments in the small European nation. In terms of [...]

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Qatar and Pakistan: Building Partnerships

A long history of friendship, mutual respect and ongoing and ever-improving diplomatic and commercial relationships indicate that the fortunes of Qatar and its close neighbour Pakistan will forever be bound together, writes Rachel Morris In early 2012 the office of HH Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifah Al Thani, Emir of Qatar is planning to make a [...]

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Qatar and Malaysia: A Shared Heritage

With a shared Islamic heritage, Malaysia and Qatar have more in common than just their business interests. Rachel Morrismet with new Malaysian Ambassador to Qatar, Ahmed Jazri bin Mohd Johar, who reveals that the two countries have deep economic and cultural ties. For a newly arrived ambassador, Ahmed Jazri bin Mohd Johar has been busy. [...]

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Country Focus: East Meets West in Turkey

It is the country that straddles East and West, Arab and European cultures. Yet as Turkey’s envoy in Qatar, H.Emre Yunt tells Rachel Morris it is this dual personality that has forged a unique relationship between the countries. “Turkey is one of the most active foreign policy partners of Qatar and we need to increase [...]

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