Archive for December, 2012

Online service of the week: Summaries of market research and studies at Tamkeen in Bahrain

December 19th, 2012 No comments

The Bahrain Tamkeen website contains a section detailing summaries of market research and studies commissioned by the entity.

Tamkeen’s stated mission is to act as a driver in economic development in the country.

There are several summaries of reports prepared by companies such as Ipsos  and Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) in PDF format.

Only the summaries exist for most reports; however, the listings are a very important pointer to work being conducted in making Bahrain a business-friendly destination.

For example, we were able to find the full contents of the a report called the LF Occupational Survey within Tamkeen’s website. This appears to be a complement to the one described in the summaries page.

We hope that this list is kept up to date and that Tamkeen are able to offer links to the full reports in the future. Optionally, you may contact them via e-mail in the link provided at the end of the list.

To access the list, visit the Tamkeen website and then select the ‘Strategy & Studies’ menu option followed by ‘Research & Studies’.

Business Market Research reports in Bahrain



Online service of the week: Al Jazeera English audio stream at

December 10th, 2012 No comments

It was not long before setting up an Internet Radio player in  my smartphone that I imagined that an audio stream of the well-liked Al Jazeera Television station would be a wonderful idea.

I managed to find an easy enough provider,  They provide Al Jazeera Audio by rebroadcasting a 32kbps audio stream.  It is much superior than video as the bandwidth consumption is mimimal and I do not have to deal with the requirements of the full video version.

Al Jazeeera is not offered at all by my local satellite provider so IslamiCity is providing a much needed alternative source of news.

IslamiCity also rebroadcasts Al Jazeera audio in Arabic among others.

To access it, visit IslamiCity and click the ‘icRadio’ button on the website’s main menu. menu item to access Al Jazeera audio

The link to Al Jazeera English is in a table called ‘listen now’.

The only drawback I have found so far is that all investigative reporting includes narration by non-English speakers and this is not being dubbed.  This is bound to change one day as Al Jazeera realizes that they have more listeners than viewers.

Additional details about the IslamiCity audio stream:

Channels: Mono

Sample Rate: 44100 Hz

Bitrate: 32kb/s