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‘We are new, yet historic’ may seem like an oxymoron to some, but Hamad Abdulla Al Mulla, chief executive officer, Katara Hospitality disagrees. To him, it is the essence of what the company is all about. In an exclusive interview with The Edge, Al Mulla talks through Katara Hospitality’s business philosophy, which integrates cultural diversity with élan and gives his take on the company’s prospects in light of the 2022 World Cup.read more ›

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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 ›

The new e-participation policy will allow citizens and residents in Qatar to voice their opinions on policy in a number of areas, specifically in issues that directly impact the general public, communities or businesses in Qatar as service recipients. (Image Corbis)

New policy will require ministries to involve public in decision making

by  — 14 September 2014

The Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (MICT) recently announced a public consultation on a draft of an e-participation policy, one which would increase citizen access to information from ministries and provide them with the ability to participate in certain areas of decision-making. read more ›

Omran Hamad Al Kuwari, Enterprise Qatar’s CEO (right) with Qatari Prime Minister HE Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, at the launch of Businesspulse.qa at QITCOM 2014. Al Kuwari tells The Edge that the SME community and ecosystem in Qatar is young and is beginning to flourish, “We are taking the lead and helping boost this community by providing consultancy services, education, training and research to help entrepreneurs and SMEs succeed locally and globally.”

Given to fly

by  — 10 September 2014

Qatari outward foreign direct investment (FDI) in 2013, according to UNCTAD’s World Investment Report 2014, exceeded QAR29 billion. This is of course, largely due to the international forays of large state-owned or majority-owned entities such as Qatar National Bank (which now operates in 26 countries outside Qatar); Ooredoo (81.6 percent of whose revenue now comes from outside of the country); or Nakilat (which is looking at increasing its current investment portfolio of QAR54.6 billion). But what of Qatar’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs)? Do they have the ambition or means to expand their operations beyond the country? And if so, what is the government’s role in aiding these entities to move beyond the borders of Qatar? read more ›

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