FEATURED STORY Food for thought: Why do we waste so much food?

About one-third of the food produced around the world goes to waste every year – and Qatar is among the biggest culprits. Given that the country has to import about 90 percent of its food, why are we throwing so much of it away? asks Sybrandus Adema.read more ›

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PayPal and Aramex launch first cross-border marketplace

by  — 2 February 2016

The new portal will help companies export to over sixty cities worldwide and allow consumers to checkout from merchants spread across 15 countries. read more ›

An advocate of environmental issues for many years, Hanan Al Taweel says her goal is to help Qatar achieve its 2030 vision of becoming an ecological oasis and environmental success story in the gulf region.

Start-up Watch: EcoStar

by  — 18 January 2016

Founded by Hanan Al Taweel, EcoStar is a privately held and 100 percent Qatari owned company, which was started to look into the possibility of starting Qatari environmental, and ecological, business in 2012. Now it is readying to produce Qatar’s first locally developed biodiesel, by recycling used cooking oil, later this year. read more ›

Ooredoo’s engineers are now working in hundreds of locations across Doha to optimise the VoLTE service for the planned commercial launch in 2016. (Image Ooredoo)

Mobile operators preparing to introduce VoLTE in Qatar

by  — 18 January 2016

Voice over LTE (VoLTE), the latest technological advancement to enter the mobile segment in Qatar, promises significantly better voice quality, writes M. Iqbal. read more ›

“As part of our Qatar presence, we have partnered in a very meaningful way with the Qatar Foundation and as we do that, we are trying to build a portfolio of presence around degree programmes, executive education, custom programmes and open enrolment programmes,” Peter Todd, dean of HEC Paris, told The Edge.

Our strategy internationally is to build profound partnership: HEC Paris Dean

by  — 18 January 2016

In conversation with The Edge, Peter Todd, dean of HEC Paris, spoke about the current paradigm of executive education and the plans that the institution has in Qatar and the region. read more ›

Oliver Cornock, regional editor, Middle East, Oxford Business Group

Sukuks to be the preferred mode of deficit financing

by  — 17 January 2016

December’s news that oil and gas prices were descending below their recent historic low inched up the pressure on the government budget. With many major new infrastructure projects rolling out or in the pipeline, too, alongside the ordinary demands of state, the hunt for alternative sources of financing is on in earnest, writes Oliver Cornock. read more ›

Visitors look at an oil purification unit at the Qatar Petroleum Company booth during an energy sector event at the Bahrain International Exhibition Centre. Qatar is not dependent on oil for crucial domestic power usage, but rather for higher value petrochemicals production. (Image Arabian Eye/Reuters)

Al Shaheen oilfield tender attracts significant international interest

by  — 17 January 2016

Eight international oil companies (IOCs) are reportedly in discussions with the state-owned Qatar Petroleum about taking over the field’s development, writes The Edge’s global energy editor Simon Watkins. read more ›

A rate of tax between three percent and five percent is being mulled by the member states of the GCC is unsurprising, as too is its recent announcement that suggests that exceptions to the general rule of taxation would be limited to healthcare, education, certain foodstuffs and, potentially, certain financial services will be agreed under a multilateral framework agreement. (Image Arabian Eye/Corbis).

VAT: A new tax potential for Qatar?

by  — 17 January 2016

For well over a decade now, rumours of an impending value added tax (VAT) implementation have been circulating across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). More often than not those rumours fluctuate with the price of a barrel of oil, and it would be wrong to assume that it has been this one factor alone that enabled the VAT implementation debate to absorb so much newsprint over the years, writes Stuart Halstead. read more ›

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