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Posted: 01-08-2011
UAE. Nada al Qassimi was the head of media and marketing at the Dubai Health Authority when the company hired to run the campaign on diabetes botched the job. Having seen too many companies, especially foreign ones, run bad campaigns because of the lack of understanding of the local culture, she decided to open her own company, Two 12, in the midst of the recession in March 2008, to provide better marketing and advertising services to organisations in the UAE. Over in Abu Dhabi, Ziad al Khaja and Abboud al Braiki of Visual Advertising created the city’s first roadside recycling bins that g
Posted: December 5, 2016
UAE. Succession planning is the biggest challenge in the next five years; Middle East family businesses need to grow in double digits every year to sustain the family's intergenerational wealth; Slow or no progress on strategic planning could impact growth.
Posted: December 4, 2016
SAUDI ARABIA. Despite experiencing 30% growth in the last five years, e-commerce upside potential in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia remains huge according to a BCG report.
Posted: December 2, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. But implementation risks remain, including OPEC's adherence to the agreement and the willingness of other participants, notably Russia, to co-operate fully.
Posted: December 1, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Sector convergence and advances in technology and digitalization are altering the telecommunications landscape, according to EY's 15th biannual Telecommunications Global Capital Confidence Barometer (CCB).
Posted: December 1, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. More consumers are now purchasing products and services online than in store, according to the latest Deloitte Consumer Review; As customer journeys are getting more complex, customer experience is fast becoming an important tool for differentiation.
Posted: November 30, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. The science has demonstrated that autonomous vehicles are better drivers than you or me. The statistics are in and show that they will cause substantially fewer road fatalities. However, despite all the facts, our psychological grip on the steering wheel is as firm as ever.
Posted: November 29, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. "Despite the slower growth across the region, there is still a great opportunity for the EM12 compared to developed markets, since there is more room for expansion and business models remain more profitable."
Posted: November 28, 2016
UAE. An analysis of the 'ready' and 'off-plan' transactional activity in Dubai real estate market reveals that both markets account for equal weightages in the number of overall transactions.
Posted: November 27, 2016
UAE. To achieve a sustainable advantage companies in the region must focus on strengthening their operational, commercial and innovation prowess.
Posted: November 25, 2016
KUWAIT. Speaking at the Public Speakers Series by the Kuwait Public Policy Center, Erik R. Peterson encouraged GCC countries to actively pursue their transformation programs taking into consideration the new political situation in the U.S.
Posted: November 24, 2016
UAE. Management consultancy firm highlights macro trends that are causing a ripple effect on the global political, economic and technological landscape; There are several implications that are highly relevant for decision-makers in the MENA region.
Posted: November 23, 2016
UAE. Qatar and the UAE currently share equal first place globally as the easiest countries to pay taxes; For the first time this year, report also looks at post-filing processes for value-added tax (VAT) and corporate income tax (CIT) returns.
Posted: November 23, 2016
UAE. According to EY's GCC Wealth and Asset Management Report 2016, the larger local banks in the GCC are approaching saturation in their home market and are starting to venture out; Dubai in particular has emerged as an attractive hub for Africa, as Europe did for the GCC region some years ago.
Posted: November 22, 2016
UAE. MENA recorded 74 deals amounting to US$5b; GCC witnessed 57 deals in Q3 with a total value of US$4.6b; 16 SWF/PE deals were announced in Q3; 21% of MENA executives expect their company to pursue a merger or acquisition in the next year, according to EY's Capital Confidence Barometer.
Posted: November 22, 2016
UAE. A closer examination of price trends reveals that from its apartment peak, prices are still down 13%, whereas city-wide villas are down 11%. However, if you measure price change from its lows, we can witness an uptick in apartment price action by 1.3% and villas by 1.6%.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: December 5, 2016
UAE. Succession planning is the biggest challenge in the next five years; Middle East family businesses need to grow in double digits every year to sustain the family's intergenerational wealth; Slow or no progress on strategic planning could impact growth.
date:Posted: December 4, 2016
SAUDI ARABIA. Despite experiencing 30% growth in the last five years, e-commerce upside potential in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia remains huge according to a BCG report.
date:Posted: December 2, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Next-generation CFOs need greater focus on leadership and team-building skills to succeed.
INTERNATIONAL. This is part two of a recent conversation I had with students, faculty, and alumni at New York University, where I had the opportunity to answer some questions concerning the turmoil in the Middle East and America's role in the world.
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