Tuesday 08, May 2012    |   Empowering the GCC business vision

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  • 16    All Hands To The Pumps!

    Setting up an SME in the oil and gas sector in Qatar and the UAE: providing services to the oil and gas sector in the GCC can be a highly profitable…

  • 38    It's getting a bit drafty...

    Part Two in our guide to getting your headround the draft UAE bankruptcy law… the new proposals are based on existing French and German…

  • 50    Keep taking the tablets

    Thin king Sony - the ICD-TX50 claims to be the slimmest ever voice recorder at just 6.4mm thin and weighing a mere 50g. And new to the laptop…

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  • Overly organic

    Ghanim Al Sulaiti, Founder, Evergreen Organics, talks about the challenges starting a vegan café in Qatar, while trying to find the right suppliers.

    The…

  • Love me tender

    With both Dubai Expo 2020 and 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar fast approaching with both events calling on SMEs to apply for tender opportunities, certain requirements have to be…

  • The art of being social

    Ashwin Gedam, Vice President, Global Marketing and Communications, Xpress Money  and Maan Dalghan, PR Director, Quill Communications, look at how SMEs can use social…

  • Body beautiful

    Jenny Whitehorn, Marketing Director EMEA, The Body Shop, talks about building business partnerships, valuing people, and not compromising business values.

    The…

  • Cowabunga!

    Nickelodeon and Viacom Consumer Products are looking at developing localised content for its TV channels and its products in conjunction with its expansion in the Middle East region.

  • Show me the money!

    It is important for a business owner to consider when and how to raise capital, and with the final draft of the bankruptcy law finalised, their options will potentially increase.

  • Public domain

    Steven Drake, PwC Middle East Partner and Capital Markets Leader and Mazen Boustany, Partner at Baker & McKenzie Habib Al Mulla, discuss what a business owner should consider when weighing…

  • Relief as Commercial Companies Law deadline extended

    Saad Maniar, Managing Partner, Crowe Horwath UAE, advises businesses to take advantage of the extension period to…

  • Improving the bank-SME relationship

    Philippe Fanjere, VP Europe, Middle East and Africa, Maestrano, looks at how innovations in ICT could allow the region’s banks to become trusted advisors to its…

  • Family-owned businesses called on to back SMEs

    Abdul Baset Al Janahi, CEO, Dubai SME, discusses how the private sector can play a role in building smaller businesses.

    SMEs are still subject to substantial financial,…

  • Viva, LINKVIVA

    Niousha Ehsan, CEO, LINKVIVA, talks about the value of a business coach, nurturing her team, and winning the Most Improved Company category at the FinanceME

  • Flexibly organised

    Leon Machenaud, Brand Manager at interior design company Ethan Allen UAE, discusses Moonrise Kingdom, teleportation, and adapting his leadership style to each individual.

    What…

  • Big, fat, Greek restaurant

    Andres Gonzalez, General Manager of Fast Casual division at Foodmark talks about bringing the US-based Greek brand, GRK Fresh Greek, to the GCC, adapting the menu and dining…

  • Filling the skills gap

    Omaira Al Olama, Managing Director, ALF Administration, discusses the skills gap experienced by UAE nationals and how the quota system does not work.

    Emirati's…

  • Driving sales

    Saygin Yalcin, CEO and Founder of SellAnyCar.com discusses creating one of the largest online platforms to streamline the process of buying and selling vehicles.

  • Everything e-commerce

    Studies show that retailers are moving towards having both digital and physical stores, giving SMEs an opportunity to compete by setting up their own online platforms.

  • Preserving henna’s heritage

    Fathia Ahmed, Chairman of Heritage for Henna, discusses the necessity of building a business to provide for her family, while giving the traditional art of henna a global flair.

  • Pokémon GO–more than just a game

    With the number of global players who ‘gotta catch ‘em all’ and users selling their high-level accounts for hefty sums, has this app opened the door for more…

  • Make your website mobile friendly

    Alexander Rauser, CEO, Prototype, provides tips on what a business owner has to consider to ensure a user’s experience on…

  • All about people

    Khaled Fathi, Managing Director of HR consultancy, Inspativity, talks about juggling time, working with people, and racing Elon Musk to Mars.

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  • Transforming the customer experience

    As the number of fintech start-ups increase, Mamoun Alamouri, Regional Director for Customer Engagement Solutions Sales, Avaya MEA, discusses how leaders in the financial services industry need to…

  • Sourcing suppliers with SILLISS

    SILLISS, an online sourcing platform for events, was established in June 2014, and went live in April this year. Co-founders Farah Hindiyeh and Ghida Idriss, each have an events management background.…

  • Running round the region

    ASICS Middle East LLC, a subsidiary that will operate a franchise model for ASICS brand stores alongside retail partners, opened a fully-owned sales and marketing organisation for the brand in Dubai…

  • Fighting to the front

    Slowing global demand for smartphones has made a larger-than-expected dent in Sony Corp’s annual profit growth, according to a statement by analyst firm Bloomberg. Operating income was…

  • Bang on budget

    A major concern for many small businesses is raising capital to continue or grow the business. Good financial management is important for any business, but more so for an SME when an unpaid invoice…

  • In the zone

    Saad Maniar, Managing Partner, Crowe Horwath UAE, Neil Petch, Chairman, Virtugroup, Murtaza Khan, Partner, Fragomen look at what business owners need to consider before registering…

  • Highlighting hospitality

    When developing a new hotel regionally and setting up the supply chain, it is essential that there are structures in place with key responsibilities highlighted so all parties involved, whether…

  • Feathers takes flight

    Feathers UAE, an Emirati fashion brand, was established in 2009 by Khalid Basaeed, CEO, along with his brother and nephew.The purpose of the brand is to develop and carry a full range of products…

  • Business after Brexit

    As the shockwaves from the Brexit vote continue to reverberate globally, the question Hamish Walton, Head of Corporate Middle East at law firm King & Wood Mallesons,…

  • Back to banking basics

    The blooming of the UAE over the last 50 years –in terms of economic growth and diversification, infrastructure development, and demographics, amongst many others –has…

  • Higher learning

    Most small businesses are started as entrepreneurial ventures by people who have a vision and turn out to be right about the market, but often at the start of that venture they lack some of the requisite…

  • The bye-bye benefits

    End of service benefits (EoSB) laid out under the UAE Labour Law, are designed to compensate employees for their services to the company, and are calculated according to the employee’s…

  • Like a Bosch

    Robert Bosch Middle East showed 12 per cent growth across the region in 2015, equating to AED 1.8 billion in consolidated sales across the region’s 14 countries. The strong growth is the result…

  • Safeguard your firmâ��s interests

    In February 2016, the Personal Status Court of the Dubai Courts issued an order stating that should an individual shareholder of a Dubai-based firm pass away unexpectedly, the company's bank accounts…

  • Prevent going broke

    When a company is growing at a rapid rate, an owner needs to ensure that they have sufficient sources of cash to fuel that growth, and many business owners underestimate how important it is to keep…

  • The future of SME finance is now

    Securing a bank loan is a long shot for MENA SMEs, which form a meagre eight per cent of MENA bank loan portfolios–a figure that dips to two per cent in the GCC, according to Sam Quawasmi, Co-CEO…

  • Branding, business and banks

    JPd, a branding and communications agency, was launched in early 2013 by Managing Director and Creative Principal, James Pass, after a career of working for large, corporate branding agencies.

  • VAT in the GCC

    Lower oil prices are expected to slow down the GCC economies. However, rather than purely being an obstacle, this should be seen as an opportunity for the region to restructure and broaden…

  • Un-clouding the issue

    The cloud has evolved from an emerging technology that enterprises can leverage to gain a competitive advantage, to a critical business enabler that enterprises need to leverage if they want to stay…

  • Avaya gets SmartDXaaS

    Avaya introduced its concept of Digital Transformation-as-a-Service–SmartDXaaS–to emerging markets, with the company highlighting its range of cloud-based solutions, designed to help organisations…

  • Mobile payment solution for SMEs

    SMEs contribute around 40 per cent to the UAE GPD and the 300,000 SMEs in the country employ approximately 42 per cent of the UAE’s workforce.  As per the Muhammed Bin Rashed Establishment…

  • Crunching the numbers

    An audit, a deliberate and systematic attempt to independently verify and confirm the financial records of an organisation, is generally associated with larger companies.  However, attention is…

  • Corporate tax: evil or opportunity?

    The introduction of a federal corporate tax has been in the offing since as early as 2005. Although the draft legislation has not yet been published and is yet to go through the legislative process,…

  • Observing Oman

    Sovereign ratings group Standard & Poor’s lowered the ratings on Oman twice in 2015–from ‘A’ to ‘A-‘ in February, to ‘BBB’ in November–as the…

  • Pick your battles

    No one ever enters into a court dispute intending to lose. However, it seems that individuals and companies lose cases they have initiated primarily because of improper preparation coupled with…

  • The SME conundrum

    In an economy where the SME sector’s contribution to GDP is sizeable in terms of fiscal growth, job creation, and economic activity, monitoring the health of SMEs is an important tool for judging…

  • Closing the gender gap

    While economic participation of women in the Middle East and Northern African countries are below the global average, a new generation of Arab women business leaders among Young Presidents’ Organization,…

  • Building business on a data foundation

    We are living in a new Age of Enlightenment driven by data. Everybody and everything has the capacity to collect and transmit data. On paper, this should mean we know more about each other and the…

  • Dubai’s real estate cools down

    The year 2015 showed the maturity of the real estate sector in Dubai. There were several new project launches and many ongoing projects were completed. The purchase price levels however were lower…

  • Risky business

    The term ‘risk assessment’ in the corporate world is precarious, whether relating to a start-up, an SME or even a large corporation. Many experts try to predict risks, develop risk mitigation…

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