- ibq reports 14 per cent increase in net income in Q1 2017
- A.M. Best affirms credit ratings of National Life and General Insurance Company SAOC
- Ras Al Khaimah’s Foreign Trade grows 11.8 per cent in 2016
- Fitch assigns 'A+' rating to Saudi Arabia's Sukuk
- IMA rolls out certification for strategy and comparative analysis
- Alpha Star lists $500 million Sukuk on Nasdaq Dubai
- Byblos Bank/AUB CCI: momentum in consumer confidence slows down in Q1 2017
- Dar Al-Arkan lists of $500 million Sukuk on Nasdaq Dubai
- National Bank of Bahrain reports BHD 14.74 million in profits for the first quarter
- OMR 50 million 2013 Sukuk issued by Modern Sukuk S.A.O.C. omBBB+ rating affirmed
The nine pillars of success
Free steps to SME heaven
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…
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…
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…
The customer is always right
In an increasingly competitive business environment, SME owners have to focus on customer retention if they want to see their businesses survive .…
Setting up the board
Setting up a board of directors allows SMEs to put formal structures of corporate governance in place while having access to expert advice.
Three steps to start building your personal brand
In the age of the influencer, organisations are now represented not just through advertising and promotions, but through each of the personalities they employ, according to Shamim Kassibawi,…
The positive impact of cultural events on the art economy
As the UAE’s private and public sector seek innovative ways in which to engage with the art industry to enrich and strengthen communities, it is vital to assess the impact…
Spotlight on Saudi
As Saudi Arabia’s vision 2030 looks to wean the Kingdom off its dependence on hydrocarbons, the focus is now on developing the private sector.
Let it go!
Warsha Joshi at Platinum VA explores the reasons why owners struggle to delegate and how to overcome that fear.
Five tips to survive and thrive
Shamim Kassibawi, Managing Director of Spread Communications, and MENA CEO of The SMC Group, offers tips on how entrepreneurs can make the most of the ups…
The greatest trades are those that take advantage of mispriced assets and illiquidity. As we head into 2017’s second quarter, it increasingly appears as if the European instability narrative…
Five lessons for leaders in turbulent times
London Business School’s Adjunct Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Dominic Houlder and Executive Fellow of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Nandu Nandkishore…
Seven finance predictions for 2017
If 2016 has taught us anything, it’s that making predictions is an inexact science, according to Steve Cox, Vice President, Oracle ERP and EPM Cloud Go-to-Market.
There is much that has…
Out with the old
Steve Currie, Taskgate advises companies holding fast to outdated employment models not to ignore the rising trend of flexible working conditions.
Commodities lower as funds scale out
The Opec/non-Opec summit in Kuwait will doubtlessly see officials attempting some verbal intervention, but crude's fundamentals remain challenging, according toTips to avoid penalty headaches on Dubai's mandatory health coverage
An unintended consequence of mandatory health insurance has been the commoditization of health plans, according to Tarek Bayaa, Chief Commercial Officer at Bayzat.
What was once seen as…From bricks to clicks: ecommerce survival guide
Google reveals E-commerce success mantra at Retail Leaders Circle MENA.
MENA has a population of over 300 million and is one of the most digitally advanced…IMF: OPEC’s rebalancing act
In November 2014, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) decided to maintain output despite a perceived global glut of oil. The result was a steep decline in price.…
Leading with vision
There have been a number of research studies that show that most people do not work to their full potential, and a leader has to push develop and enhance potential by creating conditions where all…
Five benefits social media influencers bring to SMEs
There is a common misconception that to market your brand you need to have a big budget, according to Maurice Hamilton, Global CEO at The SMC Group.
Gone are those days when…
FXTM analysis–Greenback higher, but no incentives for big moves
After a muted trading session on Monday due to the US holiday, writes Hussein Sayed, Chief Market Strategist at FXTM, the dollar is finally showing signs of strength in early Asian trade as investors…
The pros and cons of debt financing
In the early stages of development, firms need cash to sustain and/or build their business and the financing your company needs depends on the requirements you have, according…
FXTM Analysis–dollar Index looks at risk to falling back below 100
The weakness in the Dollar is providing the platform for strength across the majority of its major trading partners with the Euro, Japanese Yen, British Pound and Swiss Franc,…
Technology: does it hinder or help creativity?
Alexander Rauser, Chief Executive Officer, Prototype considers one of the most commonly asked questions–has technology affected our creativity?Personalisation engines
SMEs can use the technology of personalisation engines to leverage their business, according to Profusion’s Guy Marson.
Driving around the…Customise my crib
Dala Farouki Kakos created MISK Nursery in order to offer mothers-to-be beautiful furniture that can become family heirlooms.
MISK Nursery, an online store supplying…Inspiration is everywhere
Sara Al Madani has rebuilt her brand from scratch, become the youngest board member of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and is working towards helping start-ups avoid…Cisco 2017 Annual Cybersecurity Report: classic attack vectors re-emerge;
According to the Cisco 2017 Annual Cybersecurity Report (ACR), over one-third of organisations that experienced a breach in 2016 reported substantial customer, opportunity and revenue loss…
Take advantage of technology
Saad Umerani, Chief Operating Officer, ValuStrat, considers how SMEs can utilise technology to stay relevant in the market.
Before discussing how SMEs should leverage technology,…
While GCC countries have had to reduce spending and diversify their revenue streams, SMEs need to stay competitive in the current economic climate, according to Abdulla Al…
A taxing matter
With the implementation of the GCC VAT set to take place on 1 January 2018, experts advise businesses, and SMEs, how to prepare.
In an effort to…
UAE country focus
The UAE is expected to show steady growth in 2017 due to the Government’s continued efforts to develop its non-hydrocarbon economy and support the private sector.…
FXTM Analysis- Great! #Dow20K, shall we jump in?
FXTM Chief Market Strategist, Hussein Sayed, comments on the Dow Jones Industrial average finally broke above 20,000 on Wednesday.
Disrupted by Deliveroo
Deliveroo epitomises how a start-up can identify a market gap, address it, and grow consistently, outpacing its competitors.
Deliveroo, a technology…
Estate planning for non-Muslim SME owners
Sean Hird, Director, DIFC Wills & Probate Registry, discusses how foreign-owned SME business owners in Dubai can secure the future of their businesses.
Abdul Nazeer, CEO, Bebuzzd, asks how brand loyalty can increase consumer engagement in our rapidly-evolving digital world.
Jarmo Kotilaine, Chief Economic Advisor, Bahrain Economic Development Board, discusses the economic potential of supporting SMEs in the GCC.
The exit: a seller's perspective
Selling a business doesn’t have to be difficult, provided the right steps are followed, advises Bobby Rhakit, CEO, Inside Consulting Partners.
Five tips for an organised new year
Shelina Jokhiya, Managing Director, Decluttrme, gives tips on how to kick off a clutter-free 2017.
Figure out what is not working
Six technology trends that SMEs should watch out for in 2017
Sage, a market leader in Cloud accounting software, has predicted that chatbots, collective intelligence and blockchain are some of the big technology trends that will change the way entrepreneurs…How to successfully implement change in your business
Mike Hoff, Certified Gazelles International Coach and Founder & CEO of MHC offers five ways a company can make a smooth transition.
When the nature of a business evolves or the structure needs…SMEs supported by SOHAR
SOHAR Port and Freezone focuses on building Oman’s SME sector, while strengthening ties with Iran and Saudi Arabia, according to CEO, Mark Geilenkirchen.
Do…Flowers by the boxful
When Priya Jelly opened her floral boutique, she wanted to set it apart by lending a touch of Parisienne elegance.
Maison des Fleurs, a home-grown,…
Get to Govinda's
The home-grown restaurant has been catering to vegetarians since 2001, and recently opened its second branch and expanded its menu to cater to vegans as well.
Strategy execution: the holy grail of business
Cedar Chairman, Sanjiv Anand discusses his latest business title Execution Excellence: Making Strategy Work Using the Balanced Scorecard.
Tell us about your latest book, Execution…
Navigating the threat landscape
As cybercriminals develop more sophisticated malware, it is imperative for SMEs to ensure they put proper safety measures in place.
In October this year, cybersecurity…
In spite of investors’ general disinterest in social business, the Charicycles co-founders have continued to focus their business on giving back to the community.…
Outsource your IT
SMEs with limited resources can save costs and tap into up-to-date solutions by outsourcing their IT requirements.
Outsourcing is estimated to be…
PR trends that brands shouldn't ignore in 2017
Time runs fast, and as many other things Public Relations and the overall way of communication have gone through an amazing transformation over the past years, according…
Branding trends businesses should consider in 2017
The year has been dynamic, unforgettable and a remarkable break from past norms: from Brexit, US elections, distrust of mainstream media, Pokémon-mania, and the rise of augmented reality sparking…
As countries within the MENA region are expected to hire new staff, contributing experts give insight into finding the right candidate, first time.
A recent survey…
Keeping up with Qatar
In spite of low oil prices, Qatar’s non-hydrocarbon sector continues to strengthen while the Government places more focus on developing and supporting SMEs.
Bhairav Trivedi, Group CEO, Network International, discusses the evolution of the payment space and how technology is driving change.
Network International was…