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: December 12, 2016
UAE. A combination of GCC governments healthcare expenditure and participation of private players, leads the industry towards a rapidly growing market sector.
Posted: December 12, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. KPMG/Ipsos Retail Think Tank (RTT) members agree that consumer confidence measures do provide key insight into likely patterns of spending.
Posted: December 10, 2016
UAE. Fintech innovations could add 150 million new Islamic banking customers by 2021, says EY; The GCC region's share of participation banking increased to 72%; Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Malaysia are the three largest participation banking markets, in terms of assets.
Posted: December 9, 2016
UAE. Insurers have been prompted to prepare for the effects that VAT and changes to international financial reporting standards (IFRS) will have on their industry as well as assessing the impact of new insurance regulations that came into effect earlier this year.
Posted: December 8, 2016
UAE. The Global Cross-Border report shows Middle-East as one of the regions with the highest incidence of cross-border online shoppers; UAE consumers continue to increase their online shopping. In 2016, 68% of adults in UAE shopped online in the past 12 months, increasing from 63% in 2015.
Posted: December 7, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Will this be the year when China exceeds growth expectations, Brexit turns into Bremain, the Mexican peso soars and Italian banks turn out to the best performing equity asset class?
Posted: December 6, 2016
UAE. Knowledge Summit 2016: "Over 2 billion jobs will disappear by 2030 and that is the hidden results of our rapid technology growth. But, if we understand all these hidden consequences we can create jobs at a much higher rate".
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 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 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 21, 2016
UAE. Oliver Wyman's new report highlights the opportunities and challenges facing GCC countries trying to privatise state owned enterprises; "While often viewed purely in fiscal terms, privatisation can also provide important economic and social improvements."
date:Posted: March 23, 2017
UAE. New report discusses the growth prospects for private sector players across six focus sectors, including agriculture, the social sector (includes health & education), manufacturing, retail, financial services and connectivity (covering transport & communication).
date:Posted: March 22, 2017
INTERNATIONAL. Aurecon's latest Just Imagine blog post by Continuous Improvement Leader, Darren Tan explains how authenticity will be the key differential in a futuristic and highly competitive market.