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: Legal insight

Where there is a will, there is certainty

Where there is a will, there is certainty

Adrian Bliss writes about the essential element of financing planning and which for most is least relevant on the to do list. It is important to create a will and testament and be aware of the local and international law before drafting it. Not many of us like to dwell on this essential element of [...]

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Qatari Withholding Tax: Do not bury your head in the sand

Qatar Law No. 21 of 2009 (the New Tax Law) has now been in force for just over two years. One of the key concerns of businesses operating in Qatar is the application of withholding tax under the New Tax Law. With failure to deduct withholding tax attracting potential financial penalties of 100 percent of [...]

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SMES in Qatar and Listing on QE Venture Market

The development and support of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) is necessary to bolster economic diversification in the State of Qatar. In recent years this sector has been considered weak, however, legislative initiatives have been put in place to drive it forward. SMEs are material to Qatar’s National Vision 2030, which has set up a [...]

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Legal Insight: Qatar’s Constitution & Governance

The State of Qatar is a hereditary Emirate.  The Al Thani family has ruled in Qatar since the 19th Century. The current Emir, His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, acceded to the throne in June 27, 1995. The Emir’s son, His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, was declared heir apparent in [...]

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Legal Insight: QFC Training and Competency

The Qatar Financial Centre (QFC), in the same way as the majority of international financial centres, has been keen since its inception in 2005 to establish appropriate admission criteria for both entities licensed by the QFC Authority (Licensed Firms) and those licensed entities which will be authorised and regulated by the QFC Regulatory Authority (Authorised [...]

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Legal Insight: Islamic Financial Institutions

In recent years financial transactions carried out under the banner of Islamic Finance have grown considerably in the Middle East, owing to two major factors. The first factor relates to attempts to develop financial products that comply with the dictates of Islamic Law (Shari’ah), which has led to increased awareness among customers of such products. [...]

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Legal Insight: Owning & Operating Hotels in Qatar

Hannah Kennett gives a brief overview of some of the legal issues relating to owning and operating hotels in Qatar. The country intended to spend approximately US$100 billion (QR364 billion) on infrastructure projects as part of its National Vision 2030 programme, but securing the 2022 FIFA World Cup has necessitated accelerating some of these projects [...]

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Legal Insight: Free Zones in Qatar

Qatar has opened its doors to foreign investors seeking to retain 100 percent ownership of their businesses. Nikk Bond and Brenda Hill take a closer look at the country’s Free Zones. The Qatar National Vision 2030 and 2022 World Cup means there is an abundance of opportunity and demand for international companies to assist in [...]

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Legal Insight: The Risks of Proxy Businesses

As Qatari authorities clamp down on ‘proxy businesses’, Fouad El Haddad discusses what expatriates and locals need to consider when entering into partnerships with each other. The Qatari press recently reported that, in a major crackdown on businesses run by non-Qataris in the name of Qatari licence-holders, known as ‘proxy businesses’, the ‘Proxy Business Monitoring [...]

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Legal Insight: Qatar’s Against Money Laundering

Qatar has updated its anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing legislation. David Salt and Emma Higham investigate. Although itself not a full member of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), Qatar, as an individual member country of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) – one of FATF’s two regional members (the other being the European Commission) – [...]

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