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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Choosing an Accounting System for your SME

An accounting system is an important part of any business. It may assist you to identify cash flow issues, protect your assets, improve efficiency, keep track of income and expenses, and produce solid reports. Ultimately, a good accounting system produces data and reports can help decision makers make more informed decisions about their company and [...]

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Competitive Advantage of Customer Service for SMEs

A commitment to customer service is more than a statement in your company’s vision or mission statement, it is an integral marketing strategy for the success of your business. Brenda Lockyer explains further how important customers are to any business. A customer is the most important visitor on our premises, he is not dependent on [...]

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Start-Up Growing Pains: When to Hire More Staff…

While it is true that an additional employee can help your business flourish, hiring staff at the wrong time or for the wrong reasons can also be disastrous. Expanding human resources is an essential step in fostering and growing an organisation, says Justin Williams, who offers some insight into a dilemma that most, if not [...]

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Is a Business Plan a Waste of Time?

The traditional view has always been that preparing a business plan is a first step in starting a business and most business schools teach this approach. However, many experts are now challenging the conventional wisdom that a business plan is essential for your start-up. Entrepreneurial mentor Curtis Avery examines the pros and cons of both [...]

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Preparing to Open a Small Business in Qatar

Considering Qatar’s rapidly expanding economy, the country winning the bid to host the 2022 World Cup, and growing support from officialdom, for the SME sector there may be no better time to start a business in the country. Arlin Friesen and TheEDGE take a look at what foreigners wishing to start a new venture in [...]

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