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National Dialogue: Strengthening Economic Competitiveness

I’ll be involved in the Economic Competitiveness stream this afternoon as part of the National Dialogue, I would love to hear your thoughts on this: best way to do this is to (1) Present your case, (2) describe the problem, and (3) offer a solution. Please think globally in terms of the country rather than you as an individual or group. The points I have marked to raise this afternoon is related to the difficulty in …

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Bahrain’s, conducive to doing business?

The Bahrain Investors Centre in Seef Mall, the out-dated model for doing business. Got to get this off my chest. I want to start a new company specialising in offering web solutions. No big deal, I hear you say, and you’re right and am in total agreement with you, as this particular activity is prevalent and school kids of all ages are very capable of offering such service and some have even made a goodly amount …

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Entrepreneurship & Exits

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I attended another excellent seminar yesterday organised by the Entrepreneurs Organisation’s Bahrain Chapter in which I am a current member, this time by Cambridge Emmanuel College’s Professor Jack Lang, a successful angel investor and serial entrepreneur, who talked about one of the entrepreneur’s dilemmas: how to exit a company. I couldn’t give the presentation any justice by attempting to recall the wealth information imparted, but let me leave you with this excellent podcast of an interview …

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Entrepreneurship

I’ve been to a nice seminar this afternoon at the Entrepreneurs Organisation, of which I’m a member, exploring ways to grow one’s business. The EO’s education, or “learning” program is quite good and is the one most important reason (so far) which attracted me to the group. They organise excellent seminars and workshops led by experienced entrepreneurs or someone of international import to share his or her experience with us. As my business is experiencing growth, …

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Bahrain climbs the expensive rankings ladder

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Nine places to be exact, according to the International Cost of Living Rankings released in April 2010 which using New York as the benchmark and the ranking is for expatriate living. Bahrain, according to the report, is the most expensive country in the world for clothes, 66th most expensive in the world with only Dubai from the Gulf being more expensive at 26 than Bahrain and Qatar at 41. Dubai is the most expensive for eating …

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Amsterdam reflections

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After a very hectic but immensely satisfying week, I am back home again. It’s good to be with your family and good to sleep in your own bed again.In the week we’ve been away, we produced two news reports which were aired on the same day they were shot, while another 3 are in progress, I visited a Tattoo Convention and of course enjoyed what Amsterdam had to offer…

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It’s all about SEX.

In separate events, a Saudi cleric encourages adult breast-feeding as a legitimate way for gender integration, and a supposition that a Bahraini businesswoman is banned from importing erotic material on religious grounds could be converging trends. A far stretch of the imagination it might be, but these do ring bells of alarm.

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Battle of the Telcos has started!

Here’s the VIVA ad this morning thanking the people of Bahrain for their welcome and for the unmitigated success of their number launch campaign: VIVA\’s Ad and a couple of pages later we find Bateclo has taken the top half of the page with this: Batelco\’s Ad Which is a deep poke in VIVA’s eye! The background of this story is that when VIVA launched their number booking campaign, their servers crashed horribly for a few …

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Jaleel Sharaf – Planning for Success

The company you work for suddenly closes but customers still call you wanting their promised projects to be completed. What would you do? Well Sayed Jaleel Sharaf took on the responsibility to deliver what his erstwhile employer promised, and in the process established one of the most successful ICT groups in Bahrain turning over close to BD4 million a year through a conglomerate of 9 companies catering to the business community from programming through to feasibility …

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Ammar Al-Aradi

After graduating from the States in Business & Finance and spending 6 years working for one of the top banks in Bahrain going through to managerial level, Ammar felt that he had more to offer and was concerned that his creativity was not being utilised. This drove Ammar to take a courageous decision to leave a secure job and follow his passions: writing, photography and music. Ammar established a website through which he filled with information …

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