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New office: view from my desk

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New office: view from my desk, originally uploaded by malyousif.We moved into a new office last Friday, it’s now almost complete, we’re just waiting for the internet to be connected. The paintings on the wall are done by my dad (rest his soul). This is the view from my desk.…

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Precidents work…

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Take for example this year’s F1 season opener in Bahrain which garnered much better television viewer figures than the traditional opener held at Australia, that – business-wise – should be enough to move that fixture permanently to the BIC in Bahrain, and it looks like Bernie is considering it. And why shouldn’t he? The BIC has brought in BD 116 million last year and looks on track to bring in even more this year. All for …

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Island no more…

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Bahrain used to be a collection of islands, each surrounded – obviously – by water. That virtually stopped when the King Fahad Causeway opened, and now it is further strengthened by the signing of the agreements to construct another causeway, this time between Bahrain and Qatar. Apart from this being a huge step for business and travel between the two countries, it will also reduce the time it takes to get to the Emirates, some say …

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Optimism… maybe

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KoOKiE just brought to our attention something to be optimistic about, if true that is. I have not received the email yet, but let me relate what has been posted on the boycottbatelco.com’s guestbook: Someone got this letter from Peter the CEO “Please find attached a detailed response which I have forwarded to the people complaining against the new internet packages by Batelco. When I can get a representative team together from concerned users (hopefully within …

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Quick Business Stats

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In the vein of “note to self”:96% of businesses in Bahrain are SMEs 17,717 registered businesses (paid up at the chamber?) 679 businesses employ more than 50 people 3,475 employ 10 – 49 people 13,563 employ 1 – 9 people 30% of the SME workforce are Bahraini nationals that constitutes 48% of the Bahraini workforceSource: EDB presentation at the Chamber of Commerce launching the increased productivity program in the private sector. …

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Come on now… let’s be professional

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How long does it take to get a committee at the Chamber of Commerce to meet? We’ve had the elections months ago and all committees have been assigned and their chairmen and their members decided. At the Young Businesspersons Committee we’ve already held two constructive meetings, so why is it that the IT & eCommerce Committee has not held a single meeting yet? And why is it that when they do announce a date and time …

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Diplomacy lessons

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I confess that I’m normally not a very good team player. I’ve always liked individual sports and individual pursuits rather than be a part of a team, hell, I couldn’t take the stupid politics while working for Gulf Air so much that I decided to leave and start my own company. So you will excuse me a bit for ranting once in a while about the committee I’m involved in at the Chamber of Commerce now. …

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Bahrainis are somewhat optimistic

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The BCSR has released another of its interesting statistics which they get commissioned to do from time to time; this time they were asked to gauge the optimism of the street in the country and its direction. The results are hardly surprising, in summary, they are:62.9% Optimistic12.1% Pessimistic82.9% Believe Bahrain to be competitive38.9% Don’t and consider it the government’s responsibility for the development of the country11.7% Private sector will play crucial …

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Young businessmen’s committee suggestions

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Some of you know that I am now involved in a committee at the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry which is concerned with young businesspersons in this country. We have had our first meeting and have elected its chairman and his vice and we are about to have our second meeting on May 7th. In between the first and second meeting, we have been asked to provide suggestions on what the committee should be involved …

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Quitting Blogging…

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No, not me, I’ll probably never stop blogging as it has become such an important part of my life and a great creative release, not to mention a good ameliorator to frustration. But if you are considering quitting blogging, please take a few minutes to read the following from the Boston Globe (hat tip to John Chilton posting on the UAE Community Blog) Blogs ‘essential’ to a good career free registration might be required to read …

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