FEATURED STORY Qatarisation 2.0: Building workplace skills as a critical priority

According to the MENA Labour Market Confidence Index ‘14, a recent study representing the views of more than 1250 human resource leaders, one of the most critical sources of talent for organisations across the region is the quality and availability of entry-level candidates to support their ambitious growth plans. The feedback on the quality of entry-level graduates remains mixed and there is clearly a lot to be done in fostering work readiness and building critical employability skills to prepare the younger generation of Qatar and the greater region for the workplace. David Jones, Radhika Punshi and Namrata Budhraja of The Talent Enterprise explore the subject further exclusively for The Edge.read more ›

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Ooredoo Algeria Reaches 3.5 million 3G customers

by  — 28 December 2014

Ooredoo Algeria today confirmed that it has reached the milestone of 3.5 million 3G customers within the first year of the launch of the service*.More than 3.5 million customers in 25 provinces have chosen Ooredoo’s faster and better 3G network, which has been ranked as the fastest network in North Africa in 2014 by the [...] read more ›

Expanding applications of methanol to be tackled at first-ever Middle East Methanol Forum

by  — 18 November 2014

The rapidly growing importance of methanol for the production of thousands of goods that people use on a daily basis will be among the main focus of discussion by some of the world’s foremost experts during the first-ever Middle East Methanol Forum (MEMF).  The Forum will be held on 26 November 2014 at the Sharq [...] read more ›

A new deal between Qatar and Kazakhstan could mean that the former becomes the top solar energy power producer in the region. (Image Reuters/Arabian Eye).

Qatar at the forefront of the MENA solar energy complex

by  — 26 October 2014

Following the unveiling in June by Qatar Solar Energy (QSE) – a private initiative supported by the Qatar government – of a new, vertically-integrated solar panel manufacturing and research facility located in Doha’s New Industrial Area, the firm has signed a landmark agreement with Kazakhstan-based energy company, Kazatomprom, which will supply QSE with raw materials used in the production of solar panels. read more ›

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 ›

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