Business News Qatar Forum 2011

  • The Palm Tower, Al Bidda Tower, and The Burj Qatar in Doha, Qatar.

    Finding Qatar on a map may be as difficult as learning how to pronounce the country's name.  But analysts say that shouldn't stop investors from targeting the small desert nation—as long as they understand the business culture .

  • Souk Waqif at dusk Doha, Qatar.
    By: By Shelly K. Schwartz, Special to

    While the rest of the world wallows in economic turmoil and crippling deficits, the Persian Gulf nation of Qatar can’t spend money fast enough — literally.

  • Souk Waqif at dusk Doha, Qatar.
    By: Jennifer Leigh Parker|Special to

    On Day Two of the Invest-In-Qatar Forum in New York, the focus moved from Qatar — petrochemical powerhouse, to Qatar — thriving infrastructure.

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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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    By: By Jennifer Leigh Parker,|Special to

    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.” 

  • Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad
    By: Lulu Chiang|Senior Producer, CNBC

    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, 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.

  • Unrest in the Middle East has put investors on high alert as crude oil prices move seemingly with every development in the region. In order to understand the effect of those events on both US and global oil markets, a key figure to watch is the amount of crude oil produced daily in each country. With data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), a division of the Department of Energy, took a look at the countries that produce the most crude oil on a daily basis. Production is d

    With data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), a division of the Department of Energy, took a look at the countries that produce the most crude oil on a daily basis.

  • Heat rises from stacks at the Chevron refinery in Richmond, California.

    With the most recent data from the Energy Information Administration and the CIA World Factbook, here are the countries with the biggest proven oil reserves.

  • Commodities are something many investors can relate to. What's not to like about corn, crude oil, or copper? Some commodities have been on a tear in recent months. In fact, the Reuters/Jefferies CRB Index, a global commodity benchmark tracking 19 commodities that are mostly U.S. traded, is near a two-and-a-half year high. In 2010 the CRB index rose by 17% compared to a 13% gain for the S&P 500. Several individual commodities continue to greatly outperform the broader market year-to-date, affecti

    CNBC’s analytics team compiled a list of the 10 best-performing commodities in the CRB index so far this year, based on the closing prices on March 29, 2011.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 Investment Fund Strategy

    â??What we are doing is investing in local stock markets,â? David von Simson, Chairman of the Qatar Investment Fund told CNBC. â?? We like the banks because by international standards they are extraordinarily well capitalized,â? Simson said.

  • Markets to Benefit From Mideast Unrest

    Marios Maratheftis, head of research west at Standard Chartered, says Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar will emerge as winners of the social unrest in the Middle East.

  • World's Fastest-Growing Economy?

    Qatar is predicted to be the fastest growing economy in the world in 2011, David Von Simson, chairman, Epicure Qatar Equity Opportunities, told CNBC. (Please note the protests shown in this clip did not take place in Qatar).

  • Qatar to Profit from Asia's Rising LNG Demand

    Vandana Hari, Asia news director for oil and gas at Platts, says Qatar is emerging as the biggest LNG producer in the world. She tells CNBC's Oriel Morrison that the country is looking to export the bulk of its natural gas to India and China.

  • Qatar Soccer World Cup Bid 2022

    FIFA dealt a blow to Qatar, which is hoping to host the first Middle East-based soccer world cup in 2022, saying there could be a health risk because of mid-summer heat. CNBC reports on Qatar’s bid.

  • Qatar: Middle East's Next Financial Hub?

    Shashank Srivastava, CEO of Qatar Financial Centre Authority, makes a case for why Qatar is well-suited to be the region's financial hub, with CNBC's Christine Tan, Maithreyi Seetharaman and Yousef Gamal El-Din.

  • The Emir of Qatar in London

    CNBC’s Guy Johnson explains why one of the world’s richest men, the Emir of Qatar, is one of the most welcome guests in countries affected by the recession.

  • Banking on Qatar

    Shares of Doha Bank, the third largest retail bank in Qatar, are up 15% year-to-date. Raghavan Seetharaman, the bank's CEO, tells CNBC what the future holds for the company.

  • Qatar: The Road Ahead

    Qatar's Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani discusses where he sees opportunity around the globe, with CNBC's Maria Bartiromo.

  • Upbeat on Qatar Banks

    Angus Blair, head of research at Beltone Financial, explains why he is bullish on Qatar banks. He shares his investment strategy, with CNBC's Yousef Gamal El-Din, Chloe Cho and Maithreyi Seetharaman.