FEATURED STORY What’s the impact of wasta in the workplace?

'Wasta' is one of the most cohesive traditions in Arab society, forging social bonds that extend deep into the workplace. But is there a place for it in the modern, international labour market? Radhika Punshi and David Jones, co-founders of the first human capital ‘think tank’ in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), The Talent Enterprise, examine wasta’s impact on the region’s workforce. The Edge also canvassed some local business people to find out their take on the concept of this phenomenon in Qatari business circles.read more ›

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Fahad Zainal is the chief administrative officer of Qatar Financial Centre Authority.

Why CSR is important for Qatar

by  — 1 September 2015

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is the voluntary commitment an organisation undertakes which is above and beyond legislative requirements. It is important for organisations to position themselves as leaders in society, writes Fahad Zainal, who recommends that organisations implement CSR initiatives by making them inalienable from its structural framework. read more ›

Beschir Hussain, the co-founder and CEO of Hellofood Middle East.

Hellofood: One single application for ordering all types of food

by  — 1 September 2015

Beschir Hussain is the co-founder of Hellofood Middle East. In an exclusive conversation with The Edge, he explains why he set up the venture, their expansion to 40 countries, and their plans for the year in the region. Hussain’s passion is to build companies. Commenting on his role at Hellofood Middle East, he says, “I am the co-founder and currently the chief executive officer at Hellofood in the Middle East, the leading food online ordering marketplace in the region. My educational background is in philosophy and economics.” read more ›

Richard Banks has hosted the Euromoney Qatar Conference since 2012 and is confident the country’s economy will continue to grow. “The financial resources and the political will of the administration in Qatar is to continue on the course on which they are set,” he says.

Market insights with Richard Banks of RMBanks and Co

by  — 30 August 2015

Richard Banks is the founder and principal of RMBanks and Company – a global investment communications consultancy. Banks is also consulting editor to Euromoney Conferences in the Middle East, as well as a lead advisor to the Saudi Stock Exchange as they open up their market. Banks travels the Gulf region frequently and recently sat down with The Edge editors, Miles Masterson and Aparajita Mukherjee, to offer his informed analysis of the effect the changes in Saudi might have on the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) markets, energy prices and the economic outlook for 2015 into 2016, as well as Qatar’s fortunes in the short term. read more ›

Qatar’s new solar power station, with a generation capacity of 10 megawatts (MW) to 15MW, will go ahead on a 100,000 sqm site at Duhail, and will ultimately be able to generate 200MW of solar power by 2020. (Image Arabian Eye/Corbis)

Kahramaa announces first solar power facility to open next year

by  — 25 August 2015

In line with Qatar’s target of generating 20 percent of its domestic energy needs from renewable energy sources by 2030, the state-run Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) recently announced that its first solar power facility will be operational by 2016. read more ›

“We always say if we enter a certain destination with an intention to only take market share away from our competitor carriers, then we are not doing a good job,” Alex Reyes, general manager, long haul division, Cebu Pacific Air told The Edge.

We want to see the market double or triple in size

by  — 24 August 2015

In June Cebu Pacific Air launched twice-a-week direct flights between Manila and Doha, making it the first Filipino and the only low-cost carrier (LCC) to serve Qatar on this route. The same route is already being served eight times a week by Qatar Airways – something that puts Cebu Pacific in direct competition with the Gulf carrier, although the airline caters to different price segments. But can Cebu Pacific make this route profitable while remaining low cost? The Edge’s Syed Ameen Kader spoke to Alex Reyes, general manager, long haul division, Cebu Pacific Air, to understand how the airline is going to make it work. read more ›

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