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Posted: 25-02-2008
INTERNATIONAL. In its latest monthly Global Focus, Standard Chartered predicts there will be no sharp upturn in the current US recession and it will have a global impact. The rest of world may be better insulated, but not decoupled, and as risk aversion mounts, countries with current account deficits will see their currencies under pressure.The big story that is set to continue to unfold over coming months, and indeed years, is how the balance of global economic and financial power is shifting, from West to East. But three issues currently stand out. First, how severe will be th
Posted: June 6, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. 59% of entrepreneurs globally expect to increase their workforce in 2016, more than double the proportion of large businesses expecting to do so; Disruptive and innovative entrepreneurs hiring significantly faster than the rest.
Posted: June 3, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. From the "Progressive Thinker" to the "Universalist": Strategy& defines five archetypes of a CDO, as companies move to catch up with the digital future.
Posted: June 2, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Firms that don't respond now simply won't survive in the medium to long term, says new PwC report.
Posted: June 1, 2016
UAE. Tech driving new ways of accessing and delivering healthcare; People are taking more responsibility for their individual health and wellbeing; Traditional providers of healthcare should consider whether this means that they could be replaced by new entrants into the market.
Posted: May 26, 2016
UAE. The 85% rally since Brent hit a 12-years low in Jan was supported by multiple factors, mainly oil disruption from major exporters and production cut back by U.S. shale.
Posted: May 25, 2016
SAUDI ARABIA. Recent resolutions indicate a growing approach by the Ministry of Labour to require the complete Saudisation of certain activities within the retail sector. This article examines the existing requirements and also the proposal for a weighted Nitiqat.
Posted: May 18, 2016
UAE. In 2015, 38% more security incidents were detected in the Middle East than in 2014; Theft of "hard" intellectual property increased to 56% in; Incidents attributed to business partners climbed to 22%, from 18% in 2014.
Posted: May 17, 2016
LEBANON. Byblos Bank/AUB Consumer Confidence Index improved by 5.7% in January, but declined by 1.3% in February and regressed by 10% in March 2016, which constituted the steepest monthly drop since September 2015.
Posted: May 16, 2016
UAE. "The Middle East is on a journey of economic transformation towards knowledge-based economies. An organization having a reputation for diversity, inclusiveness and a gender friendly workplace will have access to a wider qualified talent pool."
Posted: May 12, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Most finance leaders are more concerned about the impact of change from outside their organization than from within; Over half say their existing finance system is unlikely to cope effectively with near future demands.
Posted: May 11, 2016
KUWAIT. Only 27% of customers banking interactions are made on smartphones, mainly due to lack of digital convenience.
Posted: May 10, 2016
UAE. Capital raised through MENA firms in Q1 2016 increased by 141%; 2 IPOs in MENA in Q1 2016; MENA IPO activity expected to remain subdued in 2016, according to EY.
Posted: May 9, 2016
UAE. Saudi Arabia was the only active IPO market in Q1 2016 with one offering in March; the total value raised in Q1 2016 was 2.5 times higher than compared to the same period in the prior year.
Posted: May 4, 2016
SAUDI ARABIA. The manager/directors of any company that is incorporated in Saudi Arabia should start to consider what changes may need to be made to the company's articles of association or bylaws.
Posted: May 3, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Emerging and startup digital banking platform technologies key to success of digital initiatives; incumbent application vendors have been slow to respond to new requirements.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: June 29, 2016
UAE. With the end of the school year imminent, this article explores some of the issues relating to termination of employment in the education sector, both by the education institution and by the employee.
date:Posted: June 28, 2016
UAE. Acknowledged as a generational disruptive force, blockchain can protect and enable Smart City development and digital transaction systems; Plays important role in incubating regional start-ups ecosystem; Provides support for industries such as healthcare, transport, finance.
date:Posted: June 28, 2016
UAE. Private wealth in the UAE is projected to post a compound annual growth rate of 14.1% to reach almost $1 trillion in 2020; over the next five years, private wealth held by ultra-high-net-worth households in the Emirates is also expected to increase by a staggering 20%.
UAE. Speculators are being replaced by end users; Cooling prices are not a concern; Brits are the third largest group of investors outside the Middle East.
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