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eTicketing Industry grows in Qatar, Q-Tickets take leadership role

2017

E-Ticket History: The majority of air passengers buy e-tickets today, it has taken a long time to reach this point. Southwest Airlines is credited with offering the first e-tickets for passengers in 1994, although some other sources say the Atlanta-based bargain carrier ValueJet was first in 1993. By the summer of 1999, the industry reported half of all tickets sold were "paperless" or e-tickets, mirroring the public's growing comfort with the Internet. An e-ticket offers many advantages for both travelers and airlines,...

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eTicketing Industry grows in Qatar, Q-Tickets take leadership role

2017

E-Ticket History:   The majority of air passengers buy e-tickets today, it has taken a long time to reach this point. Southwest Airlines is credited with offering the first e-tickets for passengers in 1994, although some other sources say the Atlanta-based bargain carrier ValueJet was first in 1993. By the summer of 1999, the industry reported half of all tickets sold were "paperless" or e-tickets, mirroring the public's growing comfort with the Internet. An e-ticket offers many advantages for both travelers and...

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How startups are growth engines for Middle East?

2016

The progress that start-ups have managed to achieve highlights their potential to spearhead innovation and generate economic growth. It should thus serve as a powerful incentive for MENA governments and businesses to change their approach with governments leveraging their spending to support new, innovative businesses, while established companies opening up their operations and cooperating with start-ups to scale up innovative activities that can inject dynamism into markets.   The successes of the region’s start-ups...

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Demonitization: Brave move with pros and cons

2016

The world hasnt seen such a move in past and surely its unprecented in Indian History. Narendra Modi has took the fight against black money to the next level with his move to demonitize the 500 and 1000 INR notes. As much as there has been euphoria about the good and bad because of this act, SMEs have their share of impact. Thought of penning what i feel are the pros and cons of the move Loads of cash is being submitted in bank accounts which has already resulted into lowering of rate of interest for loans With less cash...

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History and Transformation of Qatar

2016

Before Qatar turned into an oil economy in 1940, Qatar consisted of little more than a few villages on the shoreline that were economically dependent on pearl fishing and nomadic cattle-breeding tribes. Under British “protection” status, the first political institutions and infrastructure were developed and literally fueled by hydrocarbon revenues. After the withdrawal of British forces in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the British “protected state” Qatar began negotiations with what is now the United Arab Emirates...

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Market Trends on ELearning

2016

With advent of technology and increasing cost of human capital, elearning has been growing at massive pace across regions. Had an opportunity to attend a seminar on the market trends on eLearning and so thought of sharing some key data points  The system of Training management -- often referred to as a learning management system (LMS) -- is a key element of an effective professional development plan The worldwide market for Self-Paced E-Learning reached $35.6 billion in 2011. The five-year compound annual...

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Social issues on being big or small!

2016

 Social marketing is the latest buzz word and whether you are a startup or a big wig you want to get social. And though many intellectual souls have already written, spoken and thought about how social marketing varies for big and small enterprises i thought i will also put in my 2 paisa on 2 key points.   Focus & Direction - The problem with startups and SMEs is that social marketing lacks a clear direction and there's no fault of small enterprises in this. The reason is that most of the action a...

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WHAT’S SO DIFFICULT ABOUT BUILDING A SUCCESSFUL STARTUP?

2016

I have been involved in building multiple startups, including starting my career with companies which were in very early stage of business. There have been many people around who have given extremely philosophical reasons for a failure of a startup, reasons starting from the concept to the intent. But I have seen and realized that success or failure of a startup depends only on the effort, passion, desire and intent of the founder (& his team). There have been innumerable instances of startups which are exactly similar to so many...

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ICT Hardware Challenges

2016

 Depending on various reports I have been reading thought of sharing the top five technology challenges faced by the developing countries 1.     Electricity - The presence of low- power hardware with long battery life is a major reason in an erratic power supply structure coupled with electrical spikes, swings, dips, blackouts, and brownouts. 2.     Cost - Striking a balance between lowest cost and most reliable technology is essential but difficult to manage...

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Engagement Vs Awareness

2016

Was reading an article on what all you should not do while engaging in social networking sites and one of the points that was covered in it is how people have continued to advertise on social media or digital world in the same way as they used to do it on print media. However the important thing is that there's a huge difference between internet marketing and the conventional print media marketing. Digital or internet marketing is more and more about engaging people - getting people to discuss, talk about things, converse amongst...

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