View From Here: Seizing the initiative
The state of Qatar has taken a step to challenge its Middle Eastern neighbours by creating a new financial regulatory authority, with the aim of making the country a top international financial centre. Stuart Evans explains its design and function
The 14th floor of the Ministry of Economy and Commerce in Doha, Qatar has been transformed. Gone are the mahogany and leather Edwardian-style furnishings to be succeeded by a series of work stations each under its own futuristic parasol. The dark carpet has been replaced by one in the same pale colour as the sand around the foot of the building.
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