I was surprised just how much of Doha, the location for this year’s CIPS Middle East Conference, is still under construction.
I mistakenly thought the Qatari city would have suffered from the financial crisis like other nations in the region, but there was no sign that this was the case as workers toiled in the roasting sun. And, with the announcement last week of plans to build an underwater hotel in Dubai, it seems the rest of the region continues its recovery. Last year the economy of Qatar grew by 15 per cent, and expansion is likely to continue, boosted by hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2022 (and – potentially – the Olympic Games in 2020). (more…)