Perspectives

Entrepreneurs and the next level

2015

The ideas are out, the market has accepted you, customers adore you and you have all your funding in place. The first glimpse of profit is rising above the horizon and you are setting benchmarks for the next wave of imitators who are entering the market. The first level of success has been met and as an entrepreneur you are breathing a sigh of relief. It worked and all that work paid off, so what do we do next? How do we now go from this point to the next summit? Do we really want to grow organically or should we leap with a host of...

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Social Media and Qatar

2015

Across the world social media has changed the way people interact with each other. This powerful medium is connecting people from all walks of life and giving them a chance to reach out into the world. The Middle East opened up to the idea of social media a bit later than the rest of the world but has caught up and developed several platforms that are friendly and relevant to the Arabic speaking population. Traditional and conservative by religion, the region has seen an upsurge in the usage of social media amongst the younger...

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Changing face of Middle East Economies

2015

Traditionally run by oil money, the Middle East is today looking at different avenues to diversify their energies, talents and investments. There is a new type of uprising in the Middle East but of the welcome kind. Entrepreneurs are fuelling the new trend of media, communications and internet based economics. Infrastructure development is fuelling the business side of the country to grow and explore more lines of industry. The Middle East is a mix of rich and poor nations and this disparity is brought from the presence or absence of...

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Cost of living in Qatar

2015

When we are moving to a new country it can be both exciting and terrifying. The excitement of new adventures and discovering new lands always has its appeal. The living conditions and rules of engagement in a new nation are always of utmost importance. But what are the factors we need to really evaluate the cost benefit analysis before accepting any position in a foreign land. Qatar as a country has been in the news for all the development and growth opportunities the nation is creating in various economic sectors. The nation has opened up...

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New businesses in old traditions

2015

If you think you have the perfect business, you won’t keep trying to improve. It is better to act now and strive to find a better way, rather than wait for the perfect way to do things. In the GCC people have tended to gravitate towards government companies, however that is changing. Dubai is showing that the private sector can prosper in the GCC, and by being open to trade and cosmopolitan in nature, the Emirate is attracting entrepreneurs. Across the MENA region, the UAE and Qatar are considered among the most favourable markets...

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Being an Entrepreneur from Home

2015

Women in the Middle East have traditionally never been allowed to step out of their homes to work. A few liberal societies have opened up their doors to women at work places but many still do not have these opportunities. Becoming an entrepreneur from home is the best way for women to pursue their career dreams and also gain financial independence. Setting up a home office and starting an entrepreneurial venture is as difficult as any other traditional business. In order to successfully run an enterprise from home a few basic rules of...

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Food Traditions of the Middle East

2015

When step into the Middle East, the first thing that catches you eye is the dichotomy of old and new cultures. It has influences from its own ancient traditions and has also adopted a few from its European invaders. Across the Middle East you will experience different cultures and cuisine. There are as many similarities as there are differences from country to country in the region. Cuisine in the Middle East is diverse and changes depending on the country. Some dishes are specific to one region, and flavoring...

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Sustainable Green Practices promoted by Qatar

2015

While Qatar races to reach its target of completed development in terms of infrastructure by the year 2020, there is also a conscious side that is emerging which focusses on the impact of the environment from these developments. Qatar Foundation has set its focus on not just creating a developed nation but also a sustainable and green nation. Qatar wants to be viewed as a nation that respects its environment and is aware of the challenges of sustainable development. This year a Qatar Green Building Conference was organised in Doha which was...

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Qatar – A Happy Nation

2015

Qatar is a country that has grown its riches through its oil exports. This has helped the country become one with the highest disposable income in the world and also one of the happiest nations in the world. The 2015 World’s Happiness Report ranks the Gulf country 28th out of 158 nations, a spot that Qatar has more or less maintained for the past few years. Qatar has ranked ahead of other nations in the Middle East such as Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Qatar’s high living standards, life expectancy and a lack of corruption make it...

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Evolution of Doha as a tourist destination

2015

Doha as a city has grown in leaps and bounds over the past decade. They have opened their doors to the biggest companies in the world and also have started a developmental programme that is focussed on wholesome development. This has also made it an attractive destination not just for investments but also for tourism. Tourism forms a large part of the economy for many Middle Eastern nations as their topography gives them little scope and opportunity to expand into many lines of industry and business. Doha is the shining jewel in...

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