FEATURED STORY Qatar announces long anticipated labour reforms but much remains unclear

The much anticipated changes to Qatar's labour laws to were announced in the form of proposed changes at a press conference. Qatari authorities calling the changes to the labour law as a “project” that will govern the entry, residency and exit of expatriates into and from the country, announced that the Council of Ministers of the State of Qatar had "in principle" accepted the proposal for reforms. Though no fixed timelines have been given as to when the reforms would be enacted, it has been indicated that the proposals have been referred to the Shura Council and Qatar Chamber. Details will be announced once they come back to the Council of Ministers with their views. read more ›

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Stéphanie Méry, director of financial services, S&P, said that the company expected moderate acceleration in lending growth after the slowdown in 2013.

Stable, low-risk rating from S&P

by  — 22 July 2014

Standard & Poor’s (S&P) has classified the banking sector of Qatar (AA/Stable/A-1+) in group ‘4’ (the fourth-lowest risk category on a 1-10 scale) under its Banking Industry Country Risk Assessment (BICRA) criteria. read more ›

One of the key challenges for Emerging Markets on the road to becoming developed ones is sustaining superior growth rates over the decades it would take for income levels to converge with those of developed markets.

Can Qatar ever reach Developed Market status?

by  — 15 July 2014

As Qatar is formally included in the MSCI Emerging Markets Index with a 0.45 percent weighting, analysts debate if this will be a precursor for the market to become a developed one, not if global market history is a relevant guide, writes Simon Watkins. read more ›


Lessons from Hamad International Airport

by  — 11 July 2014

Years after its original deadline, Doha’s new Hamad International Airport (HIA) has finally begun its operations starting with a soft launch in May. Farwa Zahra explores the lessons this new facility has left for stakeholders of other infrastructure projects underway in Qatar. read more ›


A resurgence in the GCC construction industry?

by  — 2 June 2014

Over the last year the optimism within the GCC construction market has risen considerably as USD70 billion (QAR254.8 billion) worth of construction projects were completed in 2013, with this number predicted to rise in 2014. Residential developments accounted for just over 43 percent of total completed projects, which is expected due to the region’s rapid population growth and thus the governments’ increased social infrastructure spends. The UAE and Saudi Arabia ranked in the top two positions for all sectors apart from education and healthcare where Qatar held the top spot in both. read more ›

Project Qatar opens to visitors on May 12 starting at 4 pm. The event is the largest construction related exhibition held in Qatar.

Qatar’s largest construction event opens to visitors today

by  — 12 May 2014

Project Qatar 2014, one of the region’s largest construction based exhibitions will open its doors today for the 11th International Construction Technology & Building Materials Exhibition. read more ›

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