DAVID ROBERTS: The Qatari Government is to be applauded for linking civil servants’ bonuses to performance. Let the battle with ‘wasta’ begin.
STEVE ROYSTON: Creating an entrepreneurial culture in a country, as Professor Daniel Isenberg pointed out, requires determination, and a lot of money
DAVID WESTLEY: The new labour laws have come out in a drip feed, enough to get you interested, guaranteed to leave you wanting more detail.
DAVID WESTLEY: Over the years Dubai has started a host of cities acting as hubs. What it has failed to do is start something as simple as “Incubation City”.
STEVE ROYSTON: Could it be that the next wave of migration will come from the very class of people that Saudi Arabia sees as its future?
STEVE ROYSTON: Difficulties facing women who wish to enter the workforce are only part of what the Saudi leadership recognizes is a slow burn of discontent.
DAVID ROBERTS: Clearly, to build the stadiums and the infrastructure for the competition, Qatar will need yet more workers from abroad.
STEVE ROYSTON: The parents of many in the GCC instill in their sons and daughters (particularly sons) the idea that the only respectable career is management.
HISHAM WYNE: What makes a successful entrepreneur? At the ‘Celebration of Entrepreneurship’ conference which was recently held in Dubai, there was consensus among some of the region’s most celebrated businesspeople.
SULTAN AL QASSEMI: Arab governments need to understand that without pan-Arab initiatives, true prosperity will not be achieved. We must capitalise on our strengths as a region with a population larger than the United States…
My analysis of the fatwa is that the conservatives of Saudi society are not ready to see women as cashiers. The majority of grocery store cashiers in Saudi Arabia are foreign nationals from Pakistan and India.
I have written on unemployment before. The situation is desperate. It’s bad for men and much worse for women… According to Mr. Al Dosari 12000 Saudis apply when only 45 positions are announced…
Gulf News deserves to be held to a higher standard than Gulf Today, though. And in this, it has failed. Its silence is nothing less than shameful – and its shame is clearly exposed by The National.
It’s expensive stuff, this taking a taxi. And yet the drivers seem to be worse off than ever – although I don’t see the large numbers of middlemen at the taxi companies and regulators suffering.
SULTAN AL QASSEMI: The sponsorship system does more harm than good, and the authorities should take the brave, but unpopular (amongst locals) step of ending it.
The current financial climate needs to instigate deeper thinking within the Muslim community about the purpose of work. Do we need constant ‘growth’? Is it all about more money and more wealth?