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  • Big Oil Execs Gather in Qatar

    Some of the biggest names in big oil are gathering in Doha, Qatar, this week to discuss everything from oil prices to energy solutions, with CNBC's Steve Sedgwick.

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    All things considered, the best spots to launch a startup have a humming local economy, and attract the most venture capital. 

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    While there are reasons to be bullish now on emerging markets, future opportunities turn to non-BRIC countries.

  •  Qatar Puts Up Cash for Greek Bank Merger

    CNBC's Guy Johnson reports from Greece on the proposed merger between the country's second and third largest banks, Alpha Bank and Eurobank.

  • A detailed view of the prototype design of the new golden Olympic torch during its unveiling at St Pancras Station on June 8, 2011 in London, England. 8,000 torchbearers will carry the Olympic Flame around the UK during the 70-day relay, which starts at Land's End in Cornwall on May 19, 2012.

    The  Olympic Village has been sold to a Qatari-backed consortium for 557 million pounds ($906 million), in a deal that sets out the long-term development of one of the key assets of the Olympic Park.

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    With half the world's known reserves of oil and gas sitting in the fields of Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Qatar and the rest of the region, not many people think of the Middle East as having problems with energy.

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    Despite political uncertainty induced by recent social turmoil, the Arabic Gulf region can remain attractive to Western investors, experts told CNBC on Wednesday.

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    The UAE and Qatar markets are in focus as the highly anticipated MSCI decision on whether or not to upgrade these markets from ‘frontier’ to ‘emerging markets’ status was delayed until December of this year.

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    Some of football’s biggest sponsors are raising the alarm over infighting at Fifa even as Sepp Blatter, its president, dismissed the bribery storm engulfing the sport’s governing body as a few “difficulties” rather than a crisis, reports the FT.

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    Part of the bet of investing in frontier markets is that they will eventually mature into emerging markets. And that may happen for a couple later this summer, analysts told CNBC.

  • Exxon's Natural Gas Play

    A look at the growing demand in natural gas and whether ExxonMobil's acquisition of XTO was too aggressive and too early. Rex Tillerson, ExxonMobil chairman/CEO, responds.

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    In the past decade, the Qataris have built their wealth from oil and gas assets. Sheikh Hamad points out it’s important to “protect our next generation.” As a result, the government has decided to invest in $30 billion outside Qatar this year, diversifying its assets. David Hamod, President & CEO of National US-Arab Chamber of Commerce said “Investing in the future is the essence of the Qatar Model.”

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    The buzz at the “Business and Investment In Qatar Forum” is summed up by a Pegasus private equity investor as, “get in soon, it’s growing fast.” 

  • Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani, Qatar PM (Full)

    Qatar's Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani discusses the nation's natural gas, global investments, and economic strength.

  • Qatar's Foreign Policy

    Sharing his thoughts on the situation in Libya and the work his country is doing in infrastructure,with Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr al-Thani, Qatar prime minister and CNBC's Maria Bartiromo.

  • Investing in Qatar

    An outlook on the global recovery and its impact on the economy of Qatar, with Raghavan Seetharaman, Doha Bank CEO.

  • Behind Qatar's Growth

    Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr al-Thani, prime minister & minister of foreign affairs, state of Qatar, discusses some of his country's economic success stories with CNBC's Maria Bartiromo.

  • Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad

    Qatar hosts its first Business & Investment Forum in New York. The country is planning to invest over $35 billion outside of Qatar this year. Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr Al-Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar sat down with Maria Bartiromo in a CNBC Exclusive.

  • Qatar PM's Investment in the U.S.

    A look at what one big money player in the commercial real estate industry is buying, with Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr al-Thani, Qatar's prime minister, and CNBC's Maria Bartiromo.

  • Qatar, an emirate that is slightly smaller in land size than Connecticut, has leapt onto the global economic scene with its vast natural resources, wealth, and relative stability. Ruled by Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani since 1996, it's one of the fastest growing economies in the world, growing by 19.4% in 2010 alone. Executives from several of Qatar’s major corporations as well as government leaders will convene at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City April 6-7, 2011, for the Business & Invest

    So, what should you know about Qatar, and what are some of its key economic characteristics? Click for an economic tour.