- IMF meets with Mozambican officials over risky public debt
- Mashreq to commence construction of new HQ in Downtown Dubai
- Bank Nizwa CEO to depart
- Dubai Islamic Bank rights issue massively oversubscribed to reach nearly AED 9 billion
- Policy remix needed to tackle pent-up risks, BIS says
- Ooredoo closes latest bond issue
- Islamic Finance in the Post Oil Economic Scenario theme for AAOIFI-World Bank Annual Conference
- Links Group: Qatar’s burgeoning retail market set to attract further foreign investment
- LNG market: over-supplied up to 2020 but under-supplied beyond
- Doha Bank launches revamped mobile banking app
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Small country, big ambitions
Qatar is boosting its SME economy; even setting up a bourse for SMEs and has more than a dozen banks supporting it's Al Dhameen SME investment programme.
AED 1 million reality TV show for entrepreneurs
The winner will walk away with AED 1 million plyus professional services and support for their business. The competition is open to UAE residents and…
The draft UAE bankruptcy law
First of a two-part feature explaining the provisions of the new draft UAE federal bankruptcy law and their potential practical impact on doing business…
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,…
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…
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…
Preparations for Expo 2020 are expected to generate many business opportunities across the economy and SMEs are firmly placed to be the biggest beneficiaries of upcoming developments, according to…
The Saudi Arabian government has placed an increasing emphasis on the need for economic diversification, because oil accounts for 80 per cent of the country’s economy, according to Masood Ahmed,…
All that glitters
Malabar Gold & Diamonds, a family jewellery business headquartered in Kerala, India, was established in 1993 and produces jewellery made of gold, diamond, silver and platinum. Since then, the small…
Setting up a business in UAE
One of the hottest topics still being discussed is setting up a business in UAE. Given the wealth of material available from the Department of Economic Development (DED), free zone authorities and…
Enhancing your business
In recent months, a number of organisations across the region have started to witness a phenomenon that we refer to as an ‘engagement recession’. Faced with economic uncertainty, fears…
Performance management is beneficial to all enterprises of all sizes and to all employees because at its core, it is a way of linking the overall business strategy to individual employee performance.…
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…