CONTENTS Issue 1 February 2012
Legal 28 RULES OF THE GAME Emma Higham, Senior Associate, Clyde & Co, gives us an overview of the rules and regulations that foreign investors should be familiar with as they prepare to do business in Qatar.
Trade 32 ENSURING FOOD SECURITY
Spring of Hope News
We bring you a snapshot of the latest events and happenings in Qatar that will have an impact on SMEs and large enterprises.
We take a look at new products and software launched to make your work life easier. It’s not like you need an excuse!
Dr. Ashraf Mahate, international trade and business expert, talks to us about how to deal with food supply shortage, which is becoming a serious concern in the Gulf region.
34 KNOW YOUR DESTINATION Before you get ready to export to a particular market, Tasdeer advises on how to ensure if there is a right fit between your product and the market it is meant for.
14 ECONOMIC INSIGHT
24 I THINK, THEREFORE I AM
36 RECRUIT YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS
We take a look at some of the monetary indicators in Qatar based on reports provided by QNB.
Are entrepreneurs born or bred? Ian White, Director, Qatar Skills Academy discusses what really makes an entrepreneur.
We talk to Rabea Ataya, CEO, Bayt. com, to know about the Internet-based recruitment company’s best practices.
36 Expert Opinon
16 SPRING OF HOPE
26 WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND
Hedi Larbi, Director, International Development Institution gives us his viewpoint on what will be the economic impact of the Arab Spring on the region in 2012.
Every successful business or product starts with an idea. Bedaya Center talks about the importance of developing a sound idea and how to go about it.