"Einstein of our time" to attend QITCOM
The Qatari Government is planning that the ICT sector’s contribution to national GDP – currently at $3 billion – will double by 2015. One of its strategies is to showcase the sector to the region in a large-scale event, QITCOM, where they invite the private sector to engage with entrepreneurs and government entities. QITCOM returns to Doha a little earlier this year, but due to its burgeoning...
By Oliver Cornock In the 1100’s, massive trading ships called junks, larger than any seen in the world, first reached the Gulf from Imperial China, beginning the long history of maritime trade between West and East Asia. Nine-hundred years later, in the place of these junks, LNG and cargo tankers are crisscrossing the Indian Ocean as economic ties between Asia and the Gulf continues to grow....
Sotheby’s noticing Islamic art interest
Islamic Art sales have risen once again since the economic downturn a couple of years back, as many institutions have sought to expand their collections. The opening of new museums and the arrival of new private collectors has helped to drive the market. Sotheby’s has been at the fore-front setting an auction record for an Islamic work of art with the sale of the Shahnameh, which sold for QR42...
The birth of a city
By Peter Larson The road north (and forward) The desert sand floods the landscape north of Doha, and on a blustery Saturday afternoon whips against the side of the car. My driver is nervous. He’s starting to blink a lot, the way he does whenever he’s lost. Good God, man! Keep your eyes on the road. “Here, sir?” “No. Go right at the fork. I want to see the construction.” “Sir is not...
Qatar’s warming up to winter
By Rory Coen The temperatures might drop to the uncomfortable teens – or worse still, single figures – during the Qatari “winter”, but on the flip side, the climate becomes favourable for our cold-blooded global sports stars to showcase their talents on our shores. While the FIFA World Cup 2022 winning bid was a remarkable achievement, let’s not forget the iconic sporting events which helped...
Regulations stem price rise/ How full is your...
By Sindhu Nair When we started working on the story of cost of living, we had heard some murmurs and tweets of assent, but as the month passed the verdict was loud and clear. The cost of living in Qatar has certainly gone up and there are statistics to prove it. But in a country that shows such high growth rates, isn’t it imperative that there is inflation? Who controls the costs and what are the...
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