- Government collects over AED 4 billion revenue in e-Dirham services
- SCF community to converge in Dubai for annual global forum
- Saudi ends cinema ban with Black Panther screening
- Godiva chocolate to restructure $6.5 billion of debt
- Tax returns for period ending 31 March to be submitted
- Equities expected to continue outperforming bonds
- startAD grows entrepreneurial talent through start-up showcase
- Dubai Islamic Bank Q1 2018 net profit up 16 per cent
- ALDAR signs MoU with HyperloopTT
- DIFC announces initiatives to boost Dubai’s global status
SMEs and social media
Zeina Abdallah, Managing Director, fishfayce, looks at ways SMEs can create content that is engaging whilst growing their brand.
Chalk Talk Antony Tesar
The CEO of security consultancy, Le Beck, knew nothing about starting a business, but focusing on clients and hiring the right people from around the…
Oman, Oil, and its outlook
As Oman moves away from relying on oil revenues, the Government is looking towards the private sector and foreign investment.
VAT challenges for UAE insurers could hurt 2018 performance
Although the relevant authorities have made it clear over the past few months that all insurance policies—with the exception of life insurance—are subject to the levy,…
10 ways SMEs can prevent cyberattacks
Richard Anning, Head of IT Faculty at ICAEW discusses how the digital age has brought the world closer in trade, innovation and accountability but has opened…
AI, cloud control, and data stewardship are key factors in making most of data in 2018
In the same way that a CFO sets out the strategy and framework for investment and cash flow, CIOs and CTOs need to take control of making dataflow work for their organisations,…
VAT tips for UAE entrepreneurs
Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) UAE, the local chapter of the global network of entrepreneurs, reported that its members experienced a seamless transition to VAT this week.
Dollar stumbles into New Year, Gold extends gains
Asian stocks were mostly higher during early trading on Tuesday, after an unexpectedly upbeat survey of Chinese manufacturing activity in December stimulated risk appetite, according…
NBF–banking options for female Emirati entrepreneurs
National Bank of Fujairah has made moves to accommodate the financing needs of their female Emirati clientele.
According to the 2015 Female Entrepreneurship Index developed…
A sincere form of flattery?
When Stevi Lowmass of The Camel Soap Factory discovered her product was being copied and sold, she took a number of steps to address the situation.
Stevi Lowmass, the CEO and Founder…
Employees who feel appreciated while working in a healthy environment will go above and beyond to ensure the business succeeds.
Recent research revealed that more than 80 per cent of employees…
Adeeb Ahamed, Managing Director, Lulu Exchange Holdings, discusses the considerations made as the company develops its online presence.
What market gap was Lulu Exchange…
Omaira Farooq AlOlama
The Emirati Managing Director of ALF Administration is passionate about developing the skillset of UAE Nationals in an effort to contribute to the development of her country.
Siobhan Crick, from asset manager SANNE, discusses the different approaches taken by GCC families to succession planning.
Collectively, the largest GCC family-owned businesses…
Accounting–better get started
With VAT a few months away, Arshi Kaura at Legends Accounting discusses how small business owners can get their financial reporting in order.
SME owners must maintain good financial…
Five ways to spot a toxic employee
Toxic employees can do damage to your team and spotting them soon is essential, according to Chester Elton, Partner and Founder of employee engagement training and coaching provider,…
2018 IT security predictions–attacks, investment areas and cybersecurity strategies
It’s that time of year again when we look back at what has motivated the market for IT security solutions in the last year, in order to develop our plans for the next year. With…
Digital Trends of 2018
As we near the end of 2017, the surge in all-things-digital is showing no signs of stopping, according to Alexander Rauser, CEO and Founder of Prototype Interactive.
Future proofing organisations with zero-trust approach
Repeated onslaughts of cybersecurity attacks are driving businesses to relook at their security policies end-to-end, and to make them more future-ready for digital environments, explains…
Voluntary benefits key to unlocking employee productivity and corporate competitiveness
Employees across the UAE are looking to employers for additional employment benefits, following the successful introduction of mandatory health insurance, which has created a new benefits…
How blockchain technology is changing the security landscape in the banking sector
Blockchain, the technology that is used in the popular cryptocurrency bitcoin, is revolutionary in many ways–it addresses multiple challenges associated with digital transactions, such as double…
VAT in the GCC–accelerating compliance with the right ERP platform
The benefits of tax aside, being prepared for VAT compliance can be a daunting prospect writes Monzer Tohme, Regional Vice President, Middle East & Africa, Epicor Software.
Public cloud not the only strategy for Middle East organisations
For consumers and businesses alike, digital technology has proven disruptive, but a reluctance to embrace digital technologies can leave organisations falling behind competitors, according…
Safe in the clouds
Hadya Fathalla, Executive Director, C5 Capital discusses the role SMEs can play in tackling cyberthreats head on.
Businesses are set to lose $8 trillion to cybercrime over…
Oreo you ready?
Mohamed Shalaby discusses how the right public-private partnerships have allowed Mondalēz to expand its presence in the country and meet the growing market demand in the GCC.
FXTM: What to watch for
Hussein Sayed, Chief Market Strategist at FXTM Key discusses the key events to watch in the week ahead.
The US dollar and stocks made a fantastic run towards the end of last week…
Two SME owners share what entrepreneurs need to know when going before investors, having successfully raised funds themselves.
The first six months of 2017 saw 88 closed deals…
Business risks exist everywhere but early implementation of a proper management system can mitigate them once they occur, or even catch them early.
SMEs are becoming increasingly…
The Bahraini Government has taken a number of steps to develop different areas of the SME sector to make the Kingdom more competitive in the GCC region and internationally.
Bahrain is on track…
SMEs, Bahrain, and the law
Brian Howard, Partner, Trowers and Hamlins, discusses the reality of setting up a business in Bahrain.
It is incredibly easy to establish a company in Bahrain–even an onshore…
FinanceME and Female Fusion talk VAT
Accounting and legal experts address certain issues to help business owners prepare for VAT’s implementation on 1 January 2018.
Currently the mandatory threshold for VAT registration is…
Digital transformation spurs the rise of the GCC’s millennial manager movement
As generational monikers go, the term ‘Millennial’ often rouses mixed opinions, writes Hazel Jackson, CEO of Biz Group.
For a start, its very definition is clouded.…
Palo Alto Networks research highlights a disconnect between cloud ambitions and security
UAE organisations face a major disconnect between cloud aspirations and secure cloud infrastructure, with 64 per cent of CIOs in the region ranking cloud security as important, but 34 per cent admitting…
Benefits of voluntary VAT registration, especially for SMEs
With the UAE and Saudi Arabia implementing VAT on 1 January 2018, Aaron White, Regional Director for Sage Middle East, looks at the advantages of voluntary registration.
Women entrepreneurs–go for it!
Women can have it all–a fulfilling career with flexible time allowing them to dedicate themselves to their families, which can even include working with their spouses, according…
Can employee debt sabotage your bottom line?
How much do you know about your employees’ finances? This is a question Nausheen Popat, Founder & Chief Operating Officer at Lifecare is asking all business…
After BoC hike, will the ECB announce the end of QE?
Currency traders were in action on Wednesday, with a couple of unanticipated events causing some wild swings in FX markets, according to Hussein Sayed, Chief Market Strategist…
VAT in the GCC: what does it mean for your business?
On 1 January 2018, value-added tax (VAT) will come into effect for the first time in United Arab Emirates. Naturally, small businesses are concerned about the financial and operational…
Why a strong incentive programme brings genuine ROI to your company
Incentive or ‘pay for performance’ programmes provide a disciplined way to motivate staff to achieve their best, they add to the overall proposition for attracting and retaining…
Telltale signs you cannot handle your company’s finances
Every entrepreneur needs finance skills. But not every entrepreneur has them, according to Neil Petch, Chairman at Virtugroup.
Most entrepreneurs will have bags of acumen…
What does a government shutdown mean for the US markets?
After stocks and the dollar surged on Tuesday, following a Politico report that Trump’s team have taken a significant step on tax reforms, the President’s threats on…
FXTM: Politics and central bankers under investors’ radar
FXTM Chief Market Strategist Hussein Sayed comments on why politics and central bankers are currently under investors’ radar.…
Greenback took a double hit
The US dollar remained on the defensive early Thursday, after yesterday’s declines led by increased uncertainty over another US rate hike in 2017 and President Donald Trump’s…
Mind the (gender) gap
The gender gap in the workplace must be addressed by women driving the change they want to see.
GCC women run SMEs worth AED 1.4 trillion, driving…
Stocks recover as geopolitical tensions ease; safe havens plunging
After suffering the steepest weekly declines since March, S&P 500 futures are indicating a positive opening for US stocks, according to Hussein Sayed, Chief Market Strategist…
With discrepancies becoming more prevalent in employment applications, recruiters need to start running more stringent background checks.
Flight to safety subsides; attention shifts to data
The war of words between Trump and North Korea, has largely dictated the direction of the market for the past 24 hours, according to Hussein Sayed, Chief Market Strategist at FXTM.…
Optimism that the rand could strengthen quickly fades
Any optimism that the South African rand (ZAR) would continue its attempt to strengthen against the USD, appears to have gone out the window following the news that Jacob Zuma survived…
Can OPEC revive oil bulls?
There was little excitement in the oil markets during Tuesday’s trading session; with investors on guard as OPEC and Non-OPEC members discussed compliance levels on their…
Markets in sleep mode, VIX drops below 10
Despite the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average hitting record highs on Monday, the news barely made headlines, which could be explained by the scale of the moves, according…
Interns–diamonds in the rough
Hiring interns versus employees can be a viable financial option for SMEs while a start-up, in turn, can offer valuable work experience and training.
FXTM: Is it time to buy the US dollar?
Six months ago it was hard to believe that the Greenback will be plummeting against all of its major peers; the Fed was the only central bank tightening monetary policy, economic…