- Moody's assigns Bank of China Johannesburg Aa1.za/P-1.za national scale ratings
- World's largest concentrated solar plant opened in Morocco
- InvestBank profits down 30 per cent for 2015
- MARC affirms AAAIS rating on TNB Western Energy BHD’s MYR 4 billion Islamic securities
- Gulf Bank introduces VISA Signature Credit Card to its Premium Credit Cards
- Egyptian Government and Visa sign agreement to help bring electronic payments to Government Subsidie
- KHCB reports 109.8 per cent increase in net profits over 2014
- S&P: Ratings on Emirate of Sharjah affirmed At 'A/A-1'; outlook stable - February 2016
- S&P: Emirate of Abu Dhabi 'AA/A-1+' ratings affirmed; outlook stable – February 2016
- S&P: Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah ratings affirmed At 'A/A-1'; outlook stable - February 2016
Ready for take-off: The Veeceepreneur
The five classic start-up mistakes
Self-made millionaire entrepreneur Felix Dennis outlines the five biggest and most common mistakes made by start-up owners.
Free zone freedom
The Gulf region's favourable geographic location provides a strong opportunity for foreign firms wanting to set up shop in the Middle East. That's…
Which UAE banks lend to SMEs
financeME surveys the UAE banking sector to find out who is willing to lend to SMEs and what their lending criteria are.
The pursuit of happiness
The Happy Box founder Jumana Al Darwish talks about teaming up with UK brand Luckydip Club to create their first Happy Box for grown ups.
The Happy Box is an initiative where children receive…
Why businesses fail
Manhal Naser, CEO and Cofounder, AWJ Investments, looks at contributing factors as to why so many start-ups fail.Starting a business is no easy feat. With so many factors to consider, it’s no…
Jon Richards, CEO, Compareit4me.com talks about growing his website from a part-time endeavour to going live across the MENA region and beyond.
Jon Richards, CEO of Compareit4me.com, the website…
Wake up and smell the coffee
Sufyan Muhaissen, COO and Co-Founder, Cafe Barbera Franchise discusses the franchise's eighth outlet in the UAE, quality products and franchisee support.For over 140 years the tradition of the Café…
Heading into hospitality
HE Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani, Chairman of Al Sawari Holding and the Qatari Business Association, and Amruda Nair, Joint Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Aiana Hotels and Resorts…
Boosting Bahrain's biscuits
Alan Smith, Managing Director, Gulf and Pakistan, Mondelez International discusses the company's $90 million investment in a Bahraini biscuit plant.Mondelēz International, one of the world's leading…
NBF Elham—brings female entrepreneurship to the fore
National Bank of Fujairah’s (NBF) drive toward understanding customer needs across multiple business segments has resulted in ‘NBF Elham’, a specialised business service for the banking…
Building art into a business
Deepa Bhatia and Rachael Brown commission bespoke art pieces for the commercial and hospitality sector across the region.
What is Capsule Arts?
Deepa Bhatia: Capsule…
The changing digital landscape will help SMEs in the Middle East region to unlock the potential of internet of everything, according to Rabih Dabboussi, General Manager, Cisco UAE.
Breathing new life into luxury
Hamad Abdulla Al-Mulla, CEO, Katara Hospitality discusses the reasons behind the success of Qatar’s home-grown hospitality brand.Can you tell me a little about Katara Hospitality’s…
The cherry on top
Patrice Gouty, Managing Director, Utopia explains the running of the Pacha Ibiza Dubai Franchise and how he has strengthened the brand's presence in the country.Opened in November 2014, Pacha Ibiza…
Liquidity is key to the Dubai property market
Damac Group CFO, Adil Taqi discusses the outlook for residential property sales and the cyclicality of the Emirate's property market.
The Dubai property market, particularly the residential…
Abdul Baset Al Janahi, CEO, Dubai SME explains the organisation's new SME Hub Passport and its plans to support SMEs going forward.
Can you please give me an overview of how the SME Hub Passport…
Intercoil's plans to expand
Hassan A. Al-Hazeem, Managing Director, Intercoil International discusses the company’s move to licensing and franchising models to take the company global.
Intercoil International has…
How slipping on oil could mean jumping to success
Francesca Cornelli, Professor of Finance, London Business School looks at the benefits behind the oil price drop.
Falling oil prices have led to wide speculation about the possible implications…
NBAD targets commercial clients
Abdulla Al Otaiba, Senior Managing Director and Group Head of Global Retail and Commercial at National Bank of Abu Dhabi, discusses the Bank’s strategy for capturing growth in the internationally…
Restoring humanity to leadership
There is no value in asking yourself “Am I a leader?” Instead, ask “Who am I leading? And where am I going?”With recovery underway in many advanced economies, money is surging…
Empowering UAE women
Nadine Halabi, Manager, Business Development at Dubai Business Women Council and Natasha Jamal, VP – Communications, Middle East and North Africa, MasterCard discuss their Ro’Ya programme.What…
Taking local global
Nick Peel, CEO of Marka and chairman of the joint venture between Marka and Icons discusses the rapid growth of the business and plans for the future of Marka.Tell me about…
A pan-GCC stock market is a must, not a mere necessity
Karim A. Souaid, Founder and Managing Partner of Growthgate Equity Partner looks at the possibilities of a broader stock market in the region.Capital formation in developed and emerging markets alike…
Saudisation: the war for talent
Richard Foulkes, Client Partner at Pedersen & Partners discusses the impact of the Saudisation programme on the Saudi expat and Saudi national workforce.The war for talent in Saudi Arabia is heating…
Gulf Capital bridges the financing gap
Walid Cherif, Managing Director Gulf Credit Partners, Gulf Capital says that there is a huge need for mid-level financing in the MENA region.Alternative investment management company, Gulf Capital,…
Zaina and Rania Kanaan have combined recycling with CSR to bring a new concept of cycling in the region.What is your business?
Chari Cycles is our new venture focused on up-cycling…
An expert guide to the UK property market
Select Property Group talks about the benefits and nuances of investing in the UK property market.Everyone in the UAE, the Middle East and around the world is familiar with the UK property market.…
Saudi Hollandi understands SME solutions
Hussam Al-Khayal, General Manager - Corporate Banking, Saudi Hollandi bank discusses the bank's propositions for 2015 and beyond and the future of the Saudi Arabian economy.What…