Mansour bin Ibrahim Al Mahmoud, chief executive officer of Qatar Development Bank and Wael Sawan, managing director and chairman of Qatar Shell Companies signed into effect a partnership to promote SMEs in Qatar in February.

QDB and Shell sign SME agreement

by  — 7 March 2013

Qatar Shell has partnered with Qatar Development Bank to assist in the development of local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to supply contracts for Shell businesses in Qatar. read more ›

A change in strategy for Enterprise Qatar

by  — 5 February 2013

Enterprise Qatar (EQ), a support organisation for the development of SMEs in Qatar announced recently a new initiative called the Government Procurement Contracting Program (GPCP).  read more ›


Where are all the venture capitalists?

by  — 19 December 2012

As Qatar looks to diversify from its reliance on hydrocarbon energy, a symbiotic culture of entrepreneurship and investment is an ideal means to develop a strong economy.The Edge looks at the challenges in funding the SME sector and asks whether there is scope for private sector venture capitalists or angel investors here. read more ›


Sila, Qatar’s first angel network

by  — 18 November 2012

SILA is a new business angel network that kicked off with a live demonstration this month to a packed audience in Doha. read more ›

26-year old Bashir worked in a nut shop in Sana’a, Yemen, but dreamed of opening a small business of his own. A Youth Fund loan from Silatech partner Al Amal Microfinance Bank allowed him to start and expand his own spice shop. Silatech works with Al Amal Microfinance Bank and other financial institutions throughout the region to design youth-focused financial products and services for young Arabs such as Bashir.

An entrepreneurial Arab generation

by  — 12 November 2012

Silatech's mission is to connect young Arabs, with employment and enterprise opportunities. Its commitment is to mobilise interest, investment, knowledge, resources and action to drive large-scale comprehensive employment and enterprise development programmes. Erika Widen writes about the challenges Silatech faces. read more ›

With international ambitions, Techno Q has recently begun its first external project in Oman, and executive director Abdulla Al Ansari would like to see more Qatari companies develop outside of Qatar’s borders. “It makes you feel really proud. If there is an opportunity for us to participate in the competitive global market, let’s do it,” he says.

Local entrepreneurs talk small business sense

by  — 9 November 2012

There is nobody more passionate about small and medium enterprise (SMEs) and the subject of starting up and growing a company than those who have done it themselves. Techno Q's managing director Zeyad Al Jaidah and executive director Abdulla Al Ansari are two Qatari entrepreneurs who have some strong views on the direction in which entrepreneurship is being steered in the country, the start-up ambitions of their countrymen, and whether SMEs are all that important here. read more ›

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Khalid Al Jaber, a serial entrepreneur

by  — 6 November 2012

TheEDGE managed to speak to serial entrepreneur Al Jaber recently about his many current projects, which include the production of two of Qatar’s and the region’s first horror and science fiction films, and an upcoming feature film in an Innovation partnership with US production company Waterstone.  read more ›

Fadi Malas, CEO of Just Falafel

Just Falafel CEO and founder discuss developing a global food franchise in the Middle East

by  — 28 October 2012

TheEDGE spoke exclusively with Mohamed Bitar, founder and managing director, and Fadi Malas CEO of Arab fast food chain Just Falafel about the global success of a brand that started in the Middle East. read more ›


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Sharq Village and Spa

15-17 Sep Global Refining Technology Forum

Grand Hyatt Doha

14-17 Sep Marine Coastal Engineering Summit

Intercontinental Doha

17-18 Sep Waste Management and Recycling Summit

Intercontinental Doha

21-23 Sep ITS & Road Safety Qatar Forum

The Ritz Carlton Doha

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