FEATURES & ANALYSIS

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.

A view of Qatar’s place in the global movement of social design.

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.

The ratio between expatriates and nationals in UAE is one of the highest in the world, with Emiratis accounting for a mere 11% of the population in the country.

State-of-the-art technologies and sustainable practices can save the GCC from thirst.

‘Middle Eastern and North African countries face a critical choice in their quest for higher private sector growth and more jobs: promote competition, equal opportunities for all entrepreneurs and dismantle existing privileges to specific firms or risk perpetuating the current equilibrium of low job creation,’ said recent World Bank report, titled “Jobs or Privileges in the MENA region«.

BQ´s CURRENT ISSUE

Companies reported collective net profits of QR43.9 billion, or 12.05 billion US dollars, in the year; a marginal 3.6 percent less than QR45.6 billion worth of collective profits in 2014.

Crossover technologies provide a middle ground; energy companies need new ideas and adapting innovations from other sectors for oil and gas operations saves considerable time and money.

The hospitality sector in the GCC is forging ahead despite the recent collapse in international oil prices. Forthcoming events in both Qatar and the UAE aim to drive exponentially increased growth in the sector.

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