GCC Illustrated

GCC Illustrated

Doha – Leading pan-Asian restaurant chain wagamama opened its 12th restaurant in the region, in Muscat, Oman as part of its international expansion strategy....

Dubai – Business France, the national agency supporting international development of French economy led a forum in Paris, promoting highly successful and lucrative business...

GCC –The GCC ceramic tiles market is poised for growth. Urbanisation; new construction activities in housing, infrastructure, and hospitality; proliferation of high net worth...

GCC – The combined value of the 22,680 active construction projects in the GCC has exceeded $2.43trn in November 2017, according to latest GCC...

  Doha – Qatar University (QU) Student Affairs Sector organised third edition of student leadership conference ‘Taqadam: Tanmeea, Enjaz, Qiaadah’ under the patronage of Her...

GCC – The construction market showed relative resilience in its performance, depicting a 30% pick-up in 2017-to-date, according to a new study by MENA...

GCC: ICAEW members and guests gathered in Dubai to discuss whether there had ever been a better time for IPOs in the region. Panellists included...

GCC – GCC states must increase their investment in value-added oil and gas processing to support sustainable, long-term economic growth, one of Kuwait’s leading...

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.

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...

Given the popularity and convenience of the Big Mac Index by The Economist, bqdoha.com devised a similar, but more local, solution/version for currency valuation. The Just Falafel index uses (dollar) as the base currency and, of course, a regular Falafel (priced at local currency) as the product of choice.

How is the role of women in the workplace viewed today by the Qatari society? According to the World Values Survey data, which encompasses public opinion in more than 50 countries, Qataris believe men make better business executives than women do, but they also believe that having a job is the best way for a woman to be an independent person.

In a survey conducted by World Values Survey (WVS), which has been measuring global attitudes and opinions for decades, respondents from more than 50 countries were polled to figure out the kinds of individuals they would not want as neighbors. And the answers provided by Qataris make for some interesting reading.

Oil-rich Middle East countries lead the way in terms of emissions per capita. According to the World Bank data (2010), Qatar is one of the largest producers of greenhouse gases, with 40.3 tonnes of carbon dioxide being emitted per person. This startling figure is around 10 times higher than the global average (4.6 tonnes per person).

A recent study "Entertainment Media Use in the Middle East" conducted by Northwestern University in Qatar, (NU-Q), in cooperation with the Doha Film Institute provides detailed findings on how people in the six Arab countries surveyed (Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Qatar, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates), make use of entertainment media in their daily lives, and looks at their opinions.

According to a Gallup survey, the residents of GCC countries are widely satisfied with the access to quality healthcare services, with the people in Qatar expressing the highest rate of satisfaction (90%).

Qatar has been ranked 110th globally and 5th among the GCC countries in the ‘Good Country Index’, a listing based on of the level of contribution 125 of world nations make to the well being of the planet and humanity.

Social media platforms are continuing their expansion in the Arab world, with all the three most popular - Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, recording growths above 50% in comparison to last year.

Traffic accidents in Qatar have been responsible for 204 deaths in 2012. While the number of deaths went down from 230 in 2008, the total number of deceased and injured in road accidents has risen from 4,595 in 2008 to 6,011 in 2012.

In a fierce competition among commercial airlines around the world, “the big three” from the Gulf are determined to conquer the celestial world by providing ever better, above premium, products for their passengers. With recent Etihad’s launch of first class apartment in the sky - The Residence – the pressure on carriers from U.S. and Europe to match the stakes has never been greater.
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