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: SMEs

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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Ahmed Al-Hammadi of CarSemsar Website speaks to TheEDGE

What is the nature of the business? is an online portal for autos. We list cars for agents as well as individuals. Where did the idea derive from? The founders all had extensive exposure to the United States where such website have greatly proliferated the market and provide a great service for both buyers [...]

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Exclusive Interview with Aysha Fakhroo and Maha Al Essa of +974 Design

What is the nature of the business? We’re a Design Agency Located in Qatar. Passionate about encouraging creativity by offering a wide range of design services such as Ad Campaigns, Corporate identities, brochures, Website designs and many more. As designers we believe in flexibility, we enjoy working in an inspirational environment that triggers our creativity. [...]

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Exclusive Interview with Stefan Lindberg-Jones of Think Big Qatar

What is the nature of the business? We are primarily a video / photography / animation production company registered as Ginger Camel. Under Ginger Camel we have set-up a business website called which helps businesses of all sizes promote their products / services / company to other companies and clients using video advertising/promotion on [...]

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TheEDGE speaks with Mohammed Farid of The Youth Company

What is the nature of the business? The Youth Company (TYC) is the first Youth Social Enterprise in Qatar. The Youth Company strives to promote, establish, and operate sustainable services and facilities, which integrate environmental, social and economic factors. Moreover, TYC aims to provide a worldwide platform for youth development and to supply the community [...]

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Interview with Aziz Sharif of

What is the nature of the business? is a property search engine specialising on Qatar. Where did the idea derive from? The idea arose through the difficulty we experienced when searching for properties in Qatar for ourselves. There were limited online resources and the popular classified sites provided little to no usability and information. [...]

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Interview with Executive Director of Injaz Qatar, Aysha Al Mudehki

Aysha Al Mudehki: Injaz Qatar is a member of junior achievement worldwide and we also are an affiliate of Junior Achievement Worldwide. Junior achievement has existed since 1912 and we are in 123 countries, we are also in 14 Arab countries so Injaz Al Arab is in 14 Arab countries and Qatar is the member [...]

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TheEDGE speaks with Roudha

What is the nature of the business? Shareefa Fadhel: The centre has different categories that it supports woman in so it’s either workshops or trainings so they learn more about the businesses or it is coaching and mentoring. What we have found is that a lot of women do have the ideas and are trying [...]

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News: ictQATAR’s Al Khulaifi on QITCOM’s SME Ambition

Among the key sectors popular in entrepreneurship in Qatar, information and communications technology (ICT) is prominent. This, says Ali Al Khulaifi, ictQatar’s ICT market development manager, is a reflection of Qatar’s aspirations to be a ‘hub’ in this sector as well as in ICT Qatar’s entrepreneurial programmes. ictQatar is currently hosting its second annual ICT [...]

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Qatar SME Online Exclusive: Khalid Al Jaber

In the March edition of TheEDGE our cover story Small Roots, Big Dreams: Discovering Qatar’s ‘Entrepreneurial Ecosystem’, we look at the SME sector in the country, and profile a number of young start-ups in the country. Unfortunately we did not have room in the magazine for all the interviews of whom we spoke to in [...]

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