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Amid concerns, including Qatar’s hot climate, a high percentage of private cars per household and a legacy of urban environment not conducive to an intra-city rail network, questions have been raised about the efficacy of the Doha Metro project. In an exclusive interview with The Edge, Qatar Rail Company’s (Qatar Rail) managing director and chairman of the executive committee, Engineer Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Turki Al Subaie, shares the company’s strategies to ensure successful delivery and effectiveness of the Doha Metro.read more ›

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Expanding applications of methanol to be tackled at first-ever Middle East Methanol Forum

by  — 18 November 2014

The rapidly growing importance of methanol for the production of thousands of goods that people use on a daily basis will be among the main focus of discussion by some of the world’s foremost experts during the first-ever Middle East Methanol Forum (MEMF).  The Forum will be held on 26 November 2014 at the Sharq [...] read more ›

A new deal between Qatar and Kazakhstan could mean that the former becomes the top solar energy power producer in the region. (Image Reuters/Arabian Eye).

Qatar at the forefront of the MENA solar energy complex

by  — 26 October 2014

Following the unveiling in June by Qatar Solar Energy (QSE) – a private initiative supported by the Qatar government – of a new, vertically-integrated solar panel manufacturing and research facility located in Doha’s New Industrial Area, the firm has signed a landmark agreement with Kazakhstan-based energy company, Kazatomprom, which will supply QSE with raw materials used in the production of solar panels. read more ›

Massive construction plans in Doha have led to aggressive competition, a factor that has also emerged as the most challenging aspect of Qatar’s construction sector, according to Dun & Bradstreet’s report Business Optimism Index. (Image Corbis)

Competition emerges as the biggest challenge in Qatar’s construction industry

by  — 23 September 2014

The Q2 2014 report on levels of business optimism in various sectors of Qatar shows construction as the most promising non-hydrocarbon industry, but with opportunities also come challenges. read more ›

A Qatargas LNG carrier transfers the first load of LNG to China recently, marking the beginning of what many hope will be a growing relationship between the Chinese and Qataris. (Image Qatargas).

Qatargas makes first LNG delivery to China’s Hainan terminal

by  — 23 September 2014

Given that Qatar is among just 30 countries currently able to conduct cross-border payments for settlement of trade transactions in Chinese renminbi (RMB), and to place remunerative term deposits in the currency, and the only country with such vast gas wealth, it was only a matter of time before Qatargas delivered its first cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to China National Oil Corporation (CNOOC) read more ›

As costs increase and revenue from traditional services such as voice and SMS decrease over time in developed markets, managing hardware that handles IP-networks will help telcos such as Vodafone Qatar which recently launched its 4G LTE network, stay competitive and profitable.

How virtualisation is transforming mobile operators

by  — 14 September 2014

Both telecom operators in the country, Oooredoo and Vodafone Qatar, have introduced 4G LTE capabilities to their networks. Nathan Pearce, product manager for Europe Middle East and Asia at F5 Networks, looks at how mobile operators are changing IT structures to meet future demands and remain profitable. read more ›

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