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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Special Report: Strong Performance in Qatar Retail

Qatar is an appealing market for retailers and mall operators, in particular, the relatively underdeveloped food-retailing segment. The retail sector generated QR32.2 billion (US$8.84 billion) in 2010, the last year for which figures were available, up 8.3 percent from 2009, according to international press reports. Qatar currently has the highest consumer confidence in the Middle [...]

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Property Projections for Qatar’s 2012 Real Estate

For Qatar’s 2012 real estate sector, the situation is expected to be much the same as the preceding 12 months, with most forecasts projecting a year of steady progress, though there are concerns that oversupply in some segments could keep prices down in the short term, as the flow of new developments more than matches [...]

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Special Report: Qatar’s Petrochemical Production

  Undertaking a large-scale expansion of its chemicals industry, Qatar is aiming to increase the value of hydrocarbon related exports. Production of chemicals and petrochemicals will more than double by 2020, reaching 23 million tonnes per year (tpy), up from 9.3 million tonnes at present, the nation’s minister of energy and industry, Mohamed bin Saleh [...]

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Special Report: Qatar Tourism Beyond 2022

Qatar’s tourism sector will be one of the big winners of the 2022 World Cup, with an accelerated building programme of hotels, hospitality facilities and entertainment centres aimed at making sure fans will enjoy their stay, though care has to be taken to ensure that once the World Cup is over, visitors keep coming through [...]

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Special Report: Qatar Geared for Growth

Qatar’s economy is set to post near record growth again in 2011, after leading the world in 2010, though there are some concerns that this rapid expansion could lead to overheating. Meanwhile, Doha will be keeping a wary eye on the economic health of its major trading partners. By Matt Ghazarian The Qatari economy expanded [...]

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Special Report: Qatar’s Processing Power

Having established itself as the world’s leading supplier of liquefied natural gas (LNG), Qatar is now looking to bring a new processing facility online to support a projected jump in the local industrial activity. By Matt Ghazarian Over the past decade, Qatar has invested heavily in increasing its gas extraction and processing capacity, with output [...]

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Special Report: Qatar, the World’s Fastest Economy

While many economies worldwide are still sluggish or face another recession, Qatar is expected to see 21 percent real growth in 2011, with the country’s core sectors performing strongly.Qatar was the world’s fastest-growing economy between 2006 and 2010, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.7 percent, according to a recent report by Doha-based [...]

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Special Report: Qatar’s Industrial Intent

Qatar was recently named the wealthiest nation in the world in terms of gross domestic product (GDP) per capita. However, with many of the oil and gas related projects nearing fruition, focus is turning to manufacturing and other non-hydrocarbons businesses and the role they will play in the local economy. By Matt Ghazarian In mid-June [...]

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Special Report: Qatar Medical Research

On April 3, 2011, Qatar officially launched the National Health Strategy (NHS) 2011-16, the government’s plan to upgrade and improve the country’s healthcare sector. Based on principles originally outlined in National Vision 2030, Qatar’s long-term development programme, the NHS has the potential to bring about substantial changes to the sector. By Gregg Harris In addition [...]

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Special Report: Qatar Tourism Beyond 2022

Qatar’s tourism sector will be one of the big winners of the 2022 World Cup, with an accelerated building programme of hotels, hospitality facilities and entertainment centres aimed at making sure fans will enjoy their stay, though care has to be taken to ensure that once the World Cups is over, visitors keep coming through [...]

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