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: Transport & Aviation

Ready for take off, New Doha International Airport

The New Doha International Airport, with construction investment of more than QR64 billion, is set to open its doors by the second half of 2013. Martin Rivers examines Doha’s vision to become the busiest transit hub in the world once the airport is completed in 2015 - and the country’s high demand for the deluxe [...]

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Gulf shipping in 2012: Piracy, Protection, Iran and the UN

A secure exporting shipping industry is vital to trade and commerce in the Arabian Gulf, but with piracy and nuclear geopolitics on the very shores of the Gulf Cooperation Council states, this year will be anything but plain sailing, as Edward Jameson finds out. On Saturday 21 May 2011, five small motorboats each carrying five [...]

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Qatar, the GCC and the Future of Biofuels

While crude oil is its main feedstock, it makes the aviation industry expensive. Countries around the world including the United Arab Emirates and Qatar are trying other alternatives to reduce the industry’s addiction to oil. Martin Rivers explains. Talk to an airline executive anywhere in the world today, and you are virtually guaranteed to hear [...]

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Qatar Airways Expands to Uganda, the ‘Pearl of Africa’

Behind the Arabian Oryx logo lays the youngest fleet worldwide. Qatar Airways, in just 14 years, has been lauded as an airline with the highest standards of service and excellence and is embarking on a continuing growth strategy. Erika Widén looks at the airline’s achievements and its recent expansion to the Uganda, also known as [...]

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Qatar’s Accelerating Automotive Sector

Qatar is evidently becoming a platform for the auto industry in the Gulf region with the hosting of Motor Show and the announcement of Baraha Motor City. Manjeet Chhabra takes a closer look at the Qatari auto industry and highlights the challenges facing this sector in Doha. The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) as a whole [...]

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Shipping: A Lifeblood for Qatar

With the nation built on pearl diving origins, the ocean has played a defining role throughout the history of Qatar. And in 2011, the emirate’s primary industries must continue to set sail in order to fuel the state’s growth plans, writes Jamie Stewart In the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan [...]

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Goodbye Gridlock: Imagine a Doha with Improved Mobility

Imagine a Doha with far less traffic and a foolproof guide to finding that empty parking space, all accomplished in a manner that benefits the environment. Entirely possible, says Martin a Porta, who espouses a concept known as the art of mobility.Urban Evolution Cities are evolving. They are growing substantially enough to form, through population [...]

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