Amnesty International finds exploited migrant workers in Qatar still unpaid, years after project ended

Dozens of migrant workers trapped in Qatar without passports, pay or even food have still not seen a penny of back pay more than four years after completing their construction project. Amnesty International researchers say the construction workers brought to Qatar by Krantz Engineering Company to build the Ras Laffan Emergency and Safety College have still not received payment. Read More »

Houston Community College scales back operation in Qatar

Houston Community College (HCC) is massively scaling back operations at its satellite location in Doha, Qatar. HCC is one of a handful of American universities and colleges running in Qatar’s Education City, an undertaking designed by the oil-rich country to bring American higher education to the Middle East. Under a new agreement outlined in the Houston Chronicle, HCC will now work with Qatar on a “consulting basis” focusing on curriculum and staff support. Read More »

E-business leaders in Iran plan for growth

The top e-business minds in Iran are working to spur innovation and curb the unemployment rate. The First Gathering of Iran’s e-Business Leaders was hosted by e-Act. “By having these kind of events in our country, we hope that we can make Iran have a more successful e-business in order to help people have better lives,” Nima Asdaghi of e-Act, told the Gulf News Journal. Read More »

Partnership between hospitals in UAE, U.S. improving patient care

Patient care and medical knowledge has already improved in the United Arab Emirates just two months into a new partnership between VPS Healthcare of Abu Dhabi and the University of Pennsylvania Health System in Philadelphia. The two health systems have been in constant contact since, according to VPS Managing Director Shamsheer Vayalil, who recently spoke to the Gulf News Journal. Read More »

As declining oil prices threaten GCC, IMF suggests growth in other areas

Declining oil prices continue to cause financial hardship and lack of liquidity for Gulf Cooperation Council countries, though data from the International Monetary Fund says there is room for growth in the region. The six GCC countries are facing slowed fiscal growth as well. The IMF's Adnan Mazarei told Gulf News Journal that growth in the private-sector will become key in job creation. Read More »