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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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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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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The Emerging Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

The in-demand careers of the future will be very different from those of the not-so-recent past. Recent research shows the must-have career paths of the future and how forward-thinking companies can take advantage of these trends. Beyond those that are always of value, these three broad career paths will be of value over the coming [...]

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Knowledge is SME Power: Zawya’s Mohannad El Khairy

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and their development have been identified as a key component in Qatar’s drive to establish a vibrant, diversified and self-sufficient economy. But many SMEs struggle to survive in the market. Rachel Morris talked to Mohannad El Khairy, the head of communication strategy at UAE-based business information provider, Zawya, on a [...]

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News: Qatar Exchange’s New SME Venture Market

In late January 2011 Qatar Exchange (QE) announced the formation of a new SME market called the QE Venture Market, and also unveiled the new website ( where market professionals can be briefed on the market’s key features. The formation of this market is an important part of QE’s ongoing development offering capital, raising opportunities [...]

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