FEATURED STORY Architect Ibrahim Mohamed Jaidah makes a global impression

From designing some of the iconic Qatar Embassy buildings in foreign countries to winning the 2022 World Cup stadium project, Ibrahim Mohamed Jaidah has come a long way since acquiring the Arab Engineering Bureau (AEB) in 1991. Today, with close to 700 employees of 35 different nationalities, AEB has grown into a truly global architectural firm of Qatari origin with five international offices in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. In an exclusive interview with Syed Ameen Kader, AEB’s chief architect and chief executive officer Jaidah shares his journey from local to global, and what it takes to become a respected name in the industry. read more ›

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Green interiors: What are the challenges and scope for sustainable fitouts in Qatar?

by  — 2 May 2016

Although Qatar’s focus on sustainable construction has grown over the years with the promotion of green certification systems such as the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS), the drive for green interiors and fitouts has lagged behind due to the lack of awareness and regulations. We speak to some of the architects and artists from Doha to understand the scope of sustainable interiors and challenges they face. read more ›

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Investing in reputation throughout the economic cycle

by  — 20 April 2016

The world over, in times of economic constraint, the temptation may be for business leaders to see reputation as an operating cost to be struck through with a red line, rather than an asset and source of value creation to continue to nurture. Reputation is one of the determinants of short- and long-term business success and therefore a valuable intangible asset, writes Neil Daugherty. read more ›

The government has taken the initiative to build more labour cities in partnership with private companies. Pictured here is the new Labour City that opened last year in Sanaya Industrial Area in Doha. (Image Getty Images)

New land plots to increase labour accommodation supply

by  — 19 April 2016

The Qatari government’s recent move to reallocate 23 plots of land to private companies for developing temporary labour accommodation is not only expected to improve the living conditions of workers, but also reduce the cost of development, writes Nick Witty. read more ›

“It is very important to have clear strategies on how to connect with a new generation, and nowadays we see that generations are keen on online and social media presence,” says Milvin George, managing director, Officine Panerai, Richemont Group, Middle East. (Image FotoArabia)

Panerai consolidates its retail network by focusing more on boutiques

by  — 19 April 2016

In an interview with The Edge, Milvin George, managing director, Officine Panerai, Richemont Group, Middle East, shares the company’s expansion strategy and growth potential of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) market. read more ›

A hybrid approach that combines a best-in-class financial management solution with line-of-business applications has been shown to generate very positive results for mid-market finance and insurance companies.

The advantage of using a hybrid financial management system

by  — 17 April 2016

In the face of continuous changes in the global economy, regulations and compliance, traditional enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems have proven inflexible, time consuming, and costly to change. As a result, more and more mid-market finance and insurance companies are deciding that a hybrid approach is the optimum way forward, writes Monzer Tohme. read more ›

“Family businesses are arguably the fastest-growing investment vehicles in the world today, as families with substantial wealth are increasingly seeing advantages in the creation of a customised platform focused on their family ensuring that the right client outcome is achieved,” Joanne Luce, managing director, Aqua Group, told The Edge.

Helping high-net worth families mitigate risk, maximise returns

by  — 13 April 2016

Borne out of a partnership with leading families, Aqua Group provides commercial structuring, strategic acquisitions and estate planning. Speaking exclusively with The Edge, Joanne Luce, managing director of Aqua Group, shares what it takes to make resources work and achieve long-term value and growth. read more ›

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The African frontier: Defining the paradigm from food security to FDI

by  — 13 April 2016

Given its size and diversity, Africa has long been an investment destination and an attractive one for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), with Qatar and Saudi Arabia buying farmland across the continent. A 2015 research by Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), entitled Beyond Commodities: Gulf investors and the new Africa, commissioned by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has pointed out that the current trend is more towards foreign direct investment (FDI), moving away only from agro-businesses. The Edge’s Aparajita Mukherjee analyses the investment trends and opportunities for the GCC in Africa. read more ›

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