Tuesday, Mar 28, 2017

Qatar Goes Global

Banking champion sets sights on global expansion

Adel Mustafawi, Group CEO, Masraf Al Rayan

The largest bank in the Middle East and Africa, Qatar National Bank (QNB) has a plan: keep expanding internationally and elevate its status to that of... Mar 23, 2017

Finance | Middle East | Qatar


Renewable Energy

World’s leading gas exporter wants to become champion of renewable energy

Qatar is one of the few countries that can handle the full LNG production chain: upstream, downstream and transport, for which the country has the largest LNG tanker fleet in the world

Big investments such as the $10 billion Barzan Gas Project will help Qatar to secure its leading position in LNG production in the face of growing competition.... Feb 27, 2017

Energy | Middle East | Qatar

Qatar's Economic Edge

Most competitive economy in the region

The government continues to improve the business climate, facilitating the private sector in order to build a diversified and sustainable economy Jan 17, 2017

Finance | Middle East | Qatar

Macroeconomic Challenges

How to ensure economic resiliency in times of dynamic changes?

Sheikh Abdullah bin Saoud Al-Thani, Governor of the Qatar Central Bank

By strengthening macro oversight, implementing risk aversion strategies and ensuring that international standards are met, Qatar has acquired sufficient... Nov 22, 2016

Finance | Middle East | Qatar


Qatar Stock Exchange

Reforms, economic resilience set stock market on path to growth and more listings

Rashid bin Ali Al-Mansoori, CEO, Qatar Stock Exchange

The first listing of a private company in six years in April has generated renewed optimism around the QSE, whose CEO says that there has been an increase... Nov 08, 2016

Finance | Middle East | Qatar

Three-Pronged Strategy

United vision and collaboration pave the way for enhanced regulatory reform

From left to right: Michael Ryan (QFCRA), Nasser Ahmed Al-Shaibi (QFMA), and Sheikh Abdullah bin Saud Al-Thani (QCB) have jointly developed Qatar’s first Strategic Plan for regulation

The combined efforts of the Qatar Central Bank, the Qatar Financial Markets Authority and the Qatar Financial Center Regulatory Authority are creating... Oct 31, 2016

Finance | Middle East | Qatar

Qatar Central Bank

Banking sector remains resilient and optimistic despite analyst warnings

Qatari banks enjoyed asset and profit growth in 2015, despite the challenging global economic conditions and regional volatility. Analysts warn that Qatari... Oct 27, 2016

Finance | Middle East | Qatar

Industry Leaders

High standards transform Qatari champions into international references with best practices

Acquiring new routes and new aircraft, Qatar Airways is the world’s fastest growing airline

Some of Qatar’s top companies lead their sectors internationally in innovation and technology, while fostering economic and community development,... Oct 17, 2016

Industry & Trade | Middle East | Qatar

Qatari Private Sector

An empowered private sector thriving on innovation sustains growth

As the economy diversifies and becomes more sophisticated, businesses such as Ali Bin Ali Group are prime examples of the strategic planning that has been... Oct 14, 2016

Conglomerate | Middle East | Qatar

Qatari Economy

Central Bank maintains economic stability amid regional uncertainty

Sheikh Abdullah bin Saud Al-Thani, Governor of the Central Bank of Qatar

Central Bank Governor Sheikh Abdullah bin Saud Al-Thani remains confident about the prospects for Qatar’s economy, in spite of multiple challenges... Oct 07, 2016

Finance | Middle East | Qatar

Qatar Investment Authority

Qatar to invest $35bn in U.S. over 5 years

The Qatar Investment Authority recently bought a 9.9% stake in Empire State Realty Trust

Moving its focus beyond Europe, the Qatar Investment Authority has already made multi-billion dollar investments in prime New York City and D.C. real estate,... Oct 05, 2016

Finance | Middle East | Qatar

A Bedrock of Stability

Qatari leaders and U.S. partners working to secure the Middle East

President Barack Obama with Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani of Qatar

A strong U.S. partner in the fight against ISIS, Qatar is “a bedrock of stability in a sea of turmoil”, according to Emir Sheikh Tamim bin... Sep 20, 2016

Others | Middle East | Qatar

CSR underpins a pillar of Qatari development

Dr Raghavan Seetharaman
CEO of Doha Bank

Qatar needs to speak up and share its achievements with the rest of the world, states Dr... Dec 19, 2016

Islamic finance to shape Qatar’s economic future

Adel Mustafawi
Group CEO of Masraf Al Rayan

Involved in all sectors of the economy, leading financial services provider Masraf Al Rayan... Aug 05, 2016

Enterprise in synch with national vision

Adel Ali Bin Ali Al Muslimani
Chairman of the Ali Bin Ali Group

One of the largest retail and distribution companies of quality international products and... Aug 04, 2016

Record results highlight Qatari potential

Tamim Hamad Al-Kawari
CEO of QInvest

Despite having proved its resilience, particularly after the 2008 crisis, and being expected... Jul 16, 2016

CBQ looks to ‘wake up’ private sector with specialist SME services

Abdulla Saleh Al Raisi
CEO of the Commercial Bank of Qatar

The entrepreneurial beginnings of one of the largest banks in the country, as well as its... Jul 15, 2016

Universities critical partners in Qatar’s sustainable progress

Dr Hassan Al-Derham
President of Qatar University

President of Qatar University Dr Hassan Al-Derham shares his evaluation of Qatar’s... Jul 14, 2016

Qatar’s ‘infrastructure rush’ to continue apace in years ahead

Ali Al-Khalifa
CEO of Astad Project Management

Astad Project Management has been involved in the development of the most iconic projects... Jul 13, 2016

Ambitious projects bolster Qatar’s tourism sector

Hamad Abdulla Al-Mulla
CEO of Katara Hospitality

Building up a portfolio of iconic landmark developments has made Qatar-based Katara Hospitality... Jul 12, 2016

QNB targets strategic, opportunistic growth

Ali Ahmed Al-Kuwari
Group CEO of Qatar National Bank (QNB)

Group CEO of Qatar’s largest bank, Qatar National Bank (QNB), Ali Ahmed Al-Kuwari... Jul 04, 2016

“SMEs are the cornerstone for achieving a sustainable and diversified economy in Qatar”

Abdulaziz Bin Nasser Al-Khalifa
CEO of Qatar Development Bank

Jun 26, 2016

A helping hand

Yusuf Bin Ahmed Al Kuwari
CEO Qatar Charity

In a world where times of crisis are set to become more frequent and more serious, Qatar... Jun 20, 2016

Qatar’s ‘Best Bank’ leads Islamic finance sector

Bassel Gamal
Group CEO of Qatar Islamic Bank

The country’s leading Sharia-compliant lender, Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB) now controls... Jun 19, 2016

QBIC sparks new energy into startups & SMEs

Aysha Al Mudahka
CEO of Qatar Business Incubator Center

Significant support is on hand from all sides for Qatar’s potential startups and SMEs... Jun 17, 2016

Edutainment at Katara Cultural Village uses the past to unite the future

Dr Khalid Bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti
General Manager of the Cultural Village Foundation-Katara

A long-held vision to position Qatar as a cultural beacon of art, theater, literature, music,... Jun 17, 2016

Education & commerce boost US-Qatar understanding and relations

Robert A. Hager
Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce Qatar

Six major prestigious US universities have full campuses in Qatar and US involvement is... Jun 16, 2016

Bourse bolsters Qatar’s investment appeal

Rashid bin Ali Al-Mansoori
CEO of Qatar Stock Exchange

CEO of one of the world’s most highly respected bourses in the world, Rashid bin Ali... Jun 08, 2016

Unique fuel distributor expands its reach

Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani
Chairman of Woqod (Qatar Fuel)

Despite low oil prices, profits rose 11% at Woqod (Qatar Fuel) and its solid performance... May 15, 2016

QCB assures confidence in Qatar with a solid financial framework

Sheikh Abdulla Bin Saoud Al-Thani
Governor of Qatar Central Bank

Governor of Qatar Central Bank Sheikh Abdulla Bin Saoud Al-Thani explains the dynamic changes,... May 11, 2016

“Starting any business in Qatar is a great opportunity”

Ghazi Al Mannai
founder and CEO of Cellini Tailors the flagship brand of Al Shoura Trading and Services Company

Upper Reach talks to Ghazi Al Mannai, founder of Al Shoura Trading and Services Company... Apr 25, 2016

Qatar focuses on quality in horseracing

Nasser Sherida Al Kaabi
General Manager of the Qatar Equestrian and Racing Club (QREC)

Nasser Sherida Al Kaabi, General Manager of the Qatar Equestrian and Racing Club (QREC),... Mar 28, 2016

Nakilat’s strategy supports “strong and solid” marine industry

Abdullah Al Sulaiti
Managing Director, Nakilat

In an exclusive interview with Upper Reach, Abdullah Al Sulaiti, the managing director of ... Mar 17, 2016


Middle East, peninsula bordering the Persian Gulf and Saudi Arabia




AREA - comparative:

slightly smaller than Connecticut


848,016 update paises set descripcion = July 2011 est.)

GDP - composition by sector:

agriculture: 0.1%

industry: 69.8%

services: 30.1% update paises set descripcion = 2010 est.)

AGRICULTURE - products:

fruits, vegetables; poultry, dairy products, beef; fish


liquefied natural gas, crude oil production and refining, ammonia, fertilizers, petrochemicals, steel reinforcing bars, cement, commercial ship repair


$54.93 billion update paises set descripcion = 2010 est.)

country comparison to the world: 51

$43.96 billion update paises set descripcion = 2009 est.)

EXPORTS - commodities:

liquefied natural gas update paises set descripcion = LNG; petroleum products, fertilizers, steel

EXPORTS - partners:

Japan 31.3%, South Korea 16.5%, Singapore 9.1%, India 8.1% update paises set descripcion = 2009)



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