FEATURED STORY Can the Middle East keep pace with the IT trends of Silicon Valley?

Technology adoption in running a business is no longer an option – it is a necessity and one that has become indispensable for survival. Historically, while most information technology (IT) initiatives start with Silicon Valley, where does the Middle East rank in terms of technology adoption and what is the way forward on data safety in the context of large-scale usage of cloud and big data infrastructure? by Aparajita Mukherjeeread more ›

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Dignitaries at the Euromoney Conference 2013 that saw participation from central bank governors from across several countries.

Euromoney Qatar Conference 2015 to be held in December

by  — 30 June 2015

This year’s Euromoney Qatar Conference will take place from December 9 to 10 at Ritz Carlton Hotel, Doha. read more ›

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Understanding airline loyalty programmes and frequent flyer schemes

by  — 30 June 2015

Jim Davidson, CEO of Farelogix which offers airline distribution technology platform, speaks to The Edge about airline loyalty programmes and latest trends in this industry. The air travel technology company’s customer base includes many of the world’s big airlines, including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Air Canada, Emirates, Qatar Airways and Lufthansa. read more ›

Sanjay Bhatia

Qatar: The fastest-growing food consumption market in the GCC

by  — 17 June 2015

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries are overwhelmingly reliant on food imports to meet their growing requirements. The food demand in the GCC is driven by a growing population base, increasing affluence and rising tourist inflow within the region. However, the region’s food production is restricted due to its arid climate, less arable land, water scarcity, cumulatively making it heavily reliant on imports. Sanjay Bhatia analyses Qatar’s food consumption patterns, and projects a 5.5 percent growth in food consumption patterns between 2014 and 2019. read more ›

Kyle Whitehill, CEO, Vodafone Qatar (1)

How ICT powers businesses and people

by  — 15 June 2015

When it comes to the mobile market, Doha is a melting pot of consumer behaviour. It is unlike any other place in the world, though the level of digitisation in the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) segment is arguably low. This is a dichotomy, as research into digital habits here reveals that residents in Qatar are among the most connected and digitally-savvy in the world. What lies in the middle is a latent, untapped consumer demand for digital services, information, and new experiences which calls for effective public private partnerships, writes Kyle Whitehill. read more ›

In November last year, Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) announced a USD10 billion (QAR36.4 billion) joint venture with China’s state-owned CITIC Group (pictured here is the CITIC Pacific Ltd., at Hong Kong) to invest in the region. (Image Reuters/Arabian Eye)

Qatar diversifying investment exposure eastward

by  — 11 June 2015

Qatar is increasingly looking eastward for investments to diversify its geographic exposure while low levels of inbound and domestic mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are set to remain, writes Ruth McKee Al Ghamdi. read more ›

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