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Young Omani entrepreneurs inspired by Germany’s economic model

Due to decreasing oil reserves and the increasing population, Oman focuses on small and medium-sized enterprises

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) play a key role in reducing the economic dependence on oil and can pave the way for the integration of young Omanis into the labour market. Thus the question is: How can young Omanis find their way into freelance self-employment and which are the best methods to encourage these enterprises? Economic expert Guido Zakrzewski spoke about this topic during the sixth SME-Conference in Muscat and showcased the promotion of SMEs in Germany. more…

Dr. Gidon Windecker, Sebastian Pfülb | Event Reports | February 26, 2014

Qatar between Marketing and Realpolitik

A Smart Business Model for a Micro-State?

Qatar remains a vulnerable micro-state wedged between its large neighbours, Saudi Arabia and Iran. In the long-term this cannot be gilded by its smart advertising strategy. Long-term success can only be achieved with a labour market that is not dependent on gas revenues and a qualified local workforce that will remain in the country even in the event of a crisis. more…

Dr. Gidon Windecker, Peter Sendrowicz | International Reports | January 17, 2014

Europe, the Levant and the Gulf States – Chances for Triangular Cooperation

Reconsidering Strategic Interests in the Middle East

Shortly before Christmas, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung invited academics, experts and decision-makers from the three regions to discuss the current priority issues of the Middle East during a multiday symposium, held at the Dead Sea, Jordan. more…

Peter Sendrowicz, Simone Hüser, Dr. Gidon Windecker | Event Reports | December 18, 2013

EU-GCC Regional Security Cooperation

Lively discussions, informative presentations and brilliant thoughts

While the European Union (EU) and the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are seeking to broaden their cooperation to various sectors ranging from economic cooperation to energy, environment and scientific research, the scope for cooperation in the field of security still remains particularly large. This becomes highly salient in light of the many common challenges that the EU and the GCC face, such as energy and food security, the conflict in Syria and the fragile transition in Yemen. more…

Rahma Janetzke | Event Reports | November 17, 2013

Young Women in the Gulf Region in Need of Career Opportunities

About 70% of students in the Gulf region are female. Only a small fraction, however, makes the successful transition from the classroom to the executive floor. The situation in Germany is similar, as most of the leading positions within corporations are occupied by men. Yet, what is the reason for this discrepancy and how can women overcome the almost insurmountable obstacles? more…

Rahma Janetzke | Event Reports | October 14, 2013