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As career guidance is still a relatively new concept in most of the Arab world, Silatech recently launched Tamheed, an online assessment programme destined to play an important role in the career development of young Qataris.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 ›

Culture of late payments arguably starts with appointed representatives

by  — 4 September 2014

Many fast-growing markets face challenges affecting their growth rate, which if unsolved, could lead to unfortunate future consequences. An example of such a challenge is the apparent culture of late payment in Qatar’s construction industry. Qatari entrepreneur and contractor Zeyad Al Jaidah discusses the consequences and possible solutions to this dilemma.  read more ›

Adrian McDonald, president of EMC for Europe, Middle East and Africa tells The Edge that acquisitions are an important growth strategy for EMC.

The scale of IT is growing immensely and for firms it is about harnessing that immense power

by  — 5 August 2014

Adrian McDonald, president of EMC Corporation for Europe, Middle East and Africa spoke exclusively with The Edge about how the IT company has evolved over the years, how technology is impacting business strategy and the challenges in securing employees to fill the increasingly high-skilled positions the IT sector is demanding. read more ›

Jim McKelvey, co-founder of Square, tells The Edge that to in order be a successful entrepreneur, one has to be willing to proceed with imperfect information. (Image Flickr ictQATAR)

Do not look at start-ups as pursuing ideas, instead focus on a problem to solve

by  — 25 July 2014

Jim McKelvey, co-founder of Square, was in Doha recently to talk about entrepreneurship. Speaking with The Edge, he discussed the challenges he faced as an entrepreneur, and how he views it as problem solving more than anything else. McKelvey has launched numerous businesses throughout his varied career in the United States including arguably his most succesful projects yet, Square. McKelvey started Square with Twitter’s co-founder Jack Dorsey, who also worked at one of his previous companies. Square is a free credit card reader that plugs into mobile devices allowing businesses to accept credit card payments. It is especially popular among smaller businesses, paying a fixed rate per transaction with no other fees. read more ›


Increasing support for SMEs in Qatar

by  — 19 March 2014

A drive aimed at encouraging Qatar’s citizens to set up in business is gaining pace, as the government moves to increase the private sector’s contribution to the national economy through regulatory changes and stronger support for entrepreneurs, writes Oliver Cornock, regional editor for the Middle East at Oxford Business Group.  read more ›


Qatar opens the Middle East’s largest business incubator facility

by  — 10 March 2014

The 20,000 square meter Qatar Business Incubation Center (QBIC) – the largest business incubator facility in the Middle East – was launched recently in Doha’s industrial area.  read more ›

Entrepreneurship stakeholders assess their role in economic development

by  — 7 March 2014

In a two-day forum organised by Qatar University in collaboration with Interactive Business Network, stakeholders and entrepreneurs discussed the role played by self-driven individuals in fostering economic development. read more ›

Banks and financial institutions will also be part of the discussion panels says, IBN CEO Raed Chehaib, and that both traditional and non-traditional means of finance will be looked at.

Entrepreneurship forum will empower Qatar’s private sector

by  — 12 January 2014

Entrepreneurship is generally recognised as a vital element in economic development and provides stimulation for private sector growth and diversity. It is against this background that Qatar University (QU), in cooperation with Interactive Business Network (IBN), is organising the Entrepreneurship in Economic Development Forum to be held in Doha in February 2014.  read more ›

Wayne Merrick, general manager, The Links Group Qatar says that government e-services are certainly helping to make setting up a business in Qatar more efficient.

Despite challenges, setting up a firm in Qatar is becoming easier

by  — 1 July 2013

Wayne Merrick general manager, The Links Group Qatar, tells The Edge in an exclusive interview that some company formation experts tend to mislead prospective companies from entering Qatar, which explains why many companies are put off by the process altogether. read more ›

Energy players are increasingly turning toward SMEs enabling them to participate in their value chain, says Saleh Al Khulaifi, Bedaya Center Manager.

Sasol and Shell collaborate with Qatar’s SMEs

by  — 3 June 2013

In two recent events, Qatar Shell and Sasol welcomed small and medium enterprises (SMEs) into their supply chain business opportunities for local companies. read more ›

Nebil Ben Aissa (third from right) with his team at the award ceremony.

Al Fikra and MIT Enterprise Forum 2013 announce winners

by  — 2 May 2013

In partnership with MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF) Pan Arab Region, Enterprise Qatar (EQ) and Silatech announced the successful completion and announcement of winners in 2013’s Al Fikra Qatar National Business Plan Competition at the end of April. read more ›

Qatar: A hub for technology ventures?

by  — 11 April 2013

Enterprise Qatar has announced a new strategic partnership with TechWadi, a non-profit organisation trying to increase collaboration between Silicon Valley and the Arab region, to launch a new technology incubator in Qatar.  read more ›


Digital youth empowerment

by  — 6 April 2013

As career guidance is still a relatively new concept in most of the Arab world, Silatech recently launched Tamheed, an online assessment programme destined to play an important role in the career development of young Qataris. read more ›

Kirby Kearns, managing director of Resolution Productions

The trials and tribulations of expatriate start-ups in Qatar

by  — 28 March 2013

The EDGE spoke with Kirby Kearns, managing director of Resolution Productions about the opportunities and challenges of starting a business in Qatar as an expatriate. read more ›

Keynote speaker at the recent Arab Youth and Entrepreneurship in Doha, and founder and vice chairman of Aramex, Fadi Ghandour commented in his speech “It is of utmost importance to offer young people the needed backing and right environment that will encourage them to build their future with their own hands and support their projects.” (Image Reuters/Corbis)

Doha hosts Arab youth and entrepreneurship conference

by  — 7 March 2013

A three day conference organised by Silatech and the Arab Urban Development Institute (AUDI) concluded recently in Doha, with more than 350 attendees from throughout the region sharing strategies and lessons in promoting youth entrepreneurship. read more ›


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