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Tina Nika Snoj


Visa Inc. recently announced the launch of Visa Developer, transforming the world’s largest retail payments network to an open platform and making the industry’s leading payments technology, products and services accessible to software application developers

According to Qatar Investment Fund’s Investment Report, strong growth is to continue in 2016 and 2017.
Renewable Tech

Fully automated and remotely controlled, able to function on and off-grid, with low energy consumption and no need of buildings or special approvals, a pilot project and first of its kind in Qatar, this new desalination plant presents itself as one solution in the age of rising energy demand coupled with diminishing fossil fuel reserves.
Grand prix

Memac Ogilvy Qatar discuss the importance of seven winning Lynx awards, including the Grand Prix, for Qatar’s creative milieux.

Dubai has established itself as one of the cultural and artistic centres of the Middle East and the city's contemporary art scene is one of the most exciting in the world.

UAE solar power energy pricing is now on par with fossil fuels and could be – together with wind power - the cheapest source of energy supply in the UAE now. But how ready is the market?

More and more internet technology is all about personalization. The trend of deploying the Internet in a personal way is only growing in strength and it seems the future belongs to a phenomenon, aptly named “The Internet of Me”.

UAE became the first country in the oil-rich Arabian Gulf to remove transport fuel...

Residual oil in in mature oil fields constitutes up to 67 percent of the total petroleum reserves in the world. One promising tertiary oil recovery method is microbial enhanced oil recovery, which employs microorganisms to pull out remaining oil from reservoirs.

Private education is inaccessible and unaffordable for many in Qatar and the UAE. Are students better off attending public schools then? – A report.

As infrastructure and real estate investments surge in the Gulf, the facilities management (FM) industry is growing with them. Although end users typically see the cost of FM as a necessary evil, awareness of its contribution to lasting property value and a healthy living environment is rising and the industry’s contract values are expected to rise to USD 66 bn by 2020.
Public service

World Bank report titled ‘Trust, Voice and Incentives’, released in April, found the delivery of essential public services in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) “is failing to meet the needs of citizens and continues to be a source of widespread dissatisfaction.” But not so in the GCC.

Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a global business consulting firm, recently published a study titled...

Cats, dogs and fish, but also monkeys, cheetahs and tigers. In Qatar, like all over the GCC, the interest in pets of all kinds and species has been steadily growing. Animals are increasingly considered members of the family and this humanisation trend is driving the pet food market which has seen a double digit growth in past years and is expected to grow at CAGR of 5.6 percent.

With Tadawul - Saudi Arabia’s USD 500 billion-plus bourse - opening its doors to foreigners on 15 June, one of the most important and eagerly awaited reforms in the region will take place. Although substantial flows are expected to take at least a quarter and sizable impact to come only after the upgrade to the MSCI EM index, the investors are eager to get access to a market that rivals Brazil and Russia’s.

The GCC has been facing major youth unemployment with average unemployment level for under 25 year olds averaging over 25 percent over the past few years. And while the issue is not that acute for Qatar due to its small population, it is nevertheless a growing problem, and one that will have to be addressed with a complex set of policy changes and improvements. One place to start being educational system, blamed by majority of employers for not producing up to the mark workforce.

After Nabucco and South Stream, here comes Turkish Stream. What are its implications for eastern producers?

Why the region’s leading airlines – Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways – should contest the claims made by the ‘big three’ US airlines on the Open Skies agreements.

The massive amount of construction projects in Qatar and the GCC have created a demand for quality forensic planning. bq speaks to a specialist on what this entails

The Gulf states face social and economic crises without oil revenues.


Qatar is home to many different nationalities, with Qataris themselves only representing a minority. This extreme demographic shift has been taking place for the last several decades, but has skyrocketed in the last 10 years.

According to the QSA Labour Force Survey for the third quarter of 2014, average monthly wage in Qatar was QR 10,761, up 10 percent from 2013.

Similarly to its neighbors in the GCC, Kuwait relies heavily on its imported workforce. While the percentage of expatriates is not as high as in Qatar...

From GDP per capita,life expectancy, diabetes prevalence to the number of Keralites in the Gulf, we bring you a set of 40 maps explaining the Gulf.

Bahrain a small island country situated near the western shores of the Persian Gulf. is home to over 1.3 million people. Most of whom are expats and just like its neighbors in the GCC, the high volume of expats compared to the local population presents some interesting problems.
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