Ferrovial and Q.mobility established (20-May-2010) Ferrovial Qatar to offer services in the fields of civil engineering, facility management, and infrastructure maintenance in Qatar and the Middle East region. The new company, which will be based in Doha, offers new business opportunities for Ferrovial Services and is a part of its internationalisation strategy. [more]
Ferrovial and Q.Mobility launch Qatar subsidiary to develop services business
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In all cases disrespectful startups, usually applying relatively simple but sophisticated IT solutions, have taken on legacy operations. The legacy industries under attack typically involve extensive capital investment, and are often characterised by significant, unhelpful, and highly intrusive government regulation that restricts competition.
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In terms of other industries, this is no more than fiddling around the margins. And time is running out.
Airport investment, politics, airline relations: CAPA Airport Leaders Forum, Dubai, 16/17 May
Airport investment, the global geopolitical environment, airline inflight retailing and how it will affect airport retail, what do airlines want from airports, designing an aerotropolis, all of these are in the mix as the airline world rapidly changes.
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These issues will come under the spotlight at the CAPA Global Airport Leaders Forum, to be held on 16/17- May-2017 in Dubai, as an adjunct to the Dubai Airport Show 2017 (http://www.theairportshow.com/). The Airport Show is the leading B2B platform for companies to showcase airport and aviation related products and services, and is expected to attract over 300 companies and 7,500 professionals this year.