0000011971_7 FEATURED STORY Venture capital can unlock the potential of entrepreneurs in Qatar

As it strives to become a knowledge-based economy, Qatar has experienced a remarkable economic and social development over the last 30 years. The country’s economic policy has been traditionally focused on developing its vast oil and gas reserves but has also been pushing recently for more diversification, driven by the Qatar National Vision 2030 . The vision is about moving towards a knowledge-based economy. Two interconnected pillars that will help the country achieve it are entrepreneurship and start-ups, especially in the tech space, writes Dany Farha. read more ›

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The benefits of diversification within an investment portfolio

by  — 18 July 2016

Diversification is a risk-management technique that investors follow by combining different asset classes within a single portfolio in order to minimize losses and maximize the average returns. read more ›

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Business Interview: SAP’s Steve Tzikakis on adapting to local needs

by  — 14 July 2016

In Qatar for the SAP Forum held in Doha recently, Steve Tzikakis, vice president and general manager, South Europe, Middle East, Africa (SEMEA), SAP speaks to The Edge about its key business deals in Qatar and how the company has adapted its business model to suit local needs. read more ›

Oliver Cornock is the managing editor, Middle East, Oxford Business Group.

‘Developed’ market status: Qatar bourse’s next logical step

by  — 21 June 2016

Two years ago, when the Qatar Stock Exchange (QSE) was upgraded from ‘frontier’ to ‘emerging’ market status, many rightly heralded that as a major step forward for the state’s capital markets. The exchange now is on the path to its next evolutionary stage – ‘developed’ market status, the first among the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, writes Oliver Cornock. read more ›

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Balancing energy supply with demand

by  — 29 May 2016

Has the term ‘energy efficiency’ merely become a buzzword in recent years? Has the energy crisis taken its toll on humanity to such an extent that we have become indifferent to its potential risks? No matter what your answers may be, the fact remains: balancing energy supply and energy demand, especially in the midst of climate change, will continue to be a pressing issue that affects humankind as a whole, writes Yasser Salah Al Jaidah. read more ›

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Green interiors: What are the challenges and scope for sustainable fitouts in Qatar?

by  — 2 May 2016

Although Qatar’s focus on sustainable construction has grown over the years with the promotion of green certification systems such as the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS), the drive for green interiors and fitouts has lagged behind due to the lack of awareness and regulations. We speak to some of the architects and artists from Doha to understand the scope of sustainable interiors and challenges they face. read more ›

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Investing in reputation throughout the economic cycle

by  — 20 April 2016

The world over, in times of economic constraint, the temptation may be for business leaders to see reputation as an operating cost to be struck through with a red line, rather than an asset and source of value creation to continue to nurture. Reputation is one of the determinants of short- and long-term business success and therefore a valuable intangible asset, writes Neil Daugherty. read more ›

The government has taken the initiative to build more labour cities in partnership with private companies. Pictured here is the new Labour City that opened last year in Sanaya Industrial Area in Doha. (Image Getty Images)

New land plots to increase labour accommodation supply

by  — 19 April 2016

The Qatari government’s recent move to reallocate 23 plots of land to private companies for developing temporary labour accommodation is not only expected to improve the living conditions of workers, but also reduce the cost of development, writes Nick Witty. read more ›

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18 August International Conference on Science, Health and Medicine (ICSHM)

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5-6 September Future Interiors Qatar

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28-29 September 6th Edition RESCOM Summit - Middle East

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24-25 October Future Landscape Qatar

Doha, Qatar

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