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Registered users can receive the daily BI-ME eNewsletter with links to all the major news of the day and information about our new market reports and services. You can register with us by clicking on the eNewsletter registration form and following the instructions.

Does BI-ME have data protection and a Privacy Policy?

BI-ME takes the privacy of its users seriously. We are committed to safeguarding the privacy of our users while providing a personalised and valuable service. This Privacy Policy statement explains the data processing practices of group. If you have any requests concerning your personal information or any queries with regard to these practices please contact us at info@strategygarden.com

We use SSL (secure socket layer) technology to protect your data. Our site contains links to third party sites which are not subject to this privacy policy. We recommend that you read the privacy policy of any such sites that you visit.

We collect personally identifiable information about you (your "data") through:

  • the use of enquiry and registration forms
  • when you purchase any of our products or services
  • the provision of your details to us either online or offline

If you are an BI-ME subscriber we may also collect information regarding your use of the service including traffic and viewing data that we use only in aggregated format. We also collect information automatically about your visit to our sites, by the use of cookies (for more information see below). This is to identify you and produce your personalised welcome message on the home page.

We use your data for purposes which may include:

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  • conducting market research surveys
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We also use information in aggregate form (so that no individual user is identified):

  •  to build up marketing profiles
  • to aid strategic development
  • to manage our relationship with advertisers
  • to audit usage of the site.

What is NONAV?

Subscribers have access to a deeper level of market reports accessible through our knowledge-based navigation or NONAV system combined with other premium reports. The NONAV reports cover several market parameters - consumers, market access, market environment, market size and market potential, each accessible by our featured countries and featured markets.

The NONAV menu works by selecting the required country, then the required market sector (for example Food & FMCG), then the required market parameter (for example Consumers or Market Environment), to go straight to the specific report.

Who are BusinessIntelligence-Middle East (BI-ME) readers?

BI-ME is read by professionals in the automotive sector, the retail and consumer goods, luxury goods, IT and telecoms, hotel, travel and services, industrials, the education, medical and public sector, oil, gas and utilities industries, the major banks, government departments and universities, as well as by many analysts, consultants and other experts, in a wide range of countries with an interest in the Middle East.

What is the sector and regional coverage of BI-ME?.

Essentially, the BI-ME news and reports incorporate these markets:

  • Luxury Goods & Duty Free
  • Education & Healthcare 
  • FMCG Retail & Distribution
  • Oil Gas & Utilities
  • Auto & Transport
  • Travel Tourism & Hospitality
  • Real Estate & Construction
  • Industrials
  • Ports & Shipping 
  • Finance & Banking 
  • Media, IT & Telecoms
  • Politics & Economics 
  • Business Life

Our featured countries currently include:

  • Algeria
  • Bahrain
  • Egypt
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Oman
  • Palestinian Territories 
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Syria
  • Tunisia
  • UAE
  • Yemen

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If you are subscribed to the BI-ME eNewsletter but are no longer receiving it (or maybe have never received it at all), the newsletter is probably being blocked by your company or Internet provider's filters. Unfortunately, this is something we have no control over, but there are a few solutions:

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How to submit news releases and company notices ?

We welcome company announcements, tender and business opportunity notices, news stories and features from anyone involved in Middle East business or who is treading the path to professional journalism. Our aim is be a fully interactive open-door media and we welcome affiliiations with other information providers but please note: you must be the copyright holder of any material you send in.

PR professionals and writers should register on the site and send submissions by email to: editor@strategygarden.com

Does the site use cookies and how to log in and out of BI-ME?

Like most websites we use cookies to help to recognise you and your preferences. A cookie is a small piece of information which is sent to your computer's hard drive by the web server so that the website can remember who you are. This information may include information relating to your use of our sites, information about your computer such as the computer's IP address and browser type, demographic data and, if you arrived at our site via a link from third party site, the URL of the linking page. If you are a registered user this may include your name and email address for verification purposes.

We use information from cookies for purposes which may include:

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     building up a demographic profile

From the log-in box at the top right of the home page you have two options. If you login to BI-ME with the 'remember me' box unchecked, you are logged in without the use of cookies and the 'Logout' link is shown. If you then choose to log-out your computer, the log-in box will be shown again as if you were a new user.
 
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Here are some instructions on how to check and change your settings to "accept cookies" or "turn cookies on" with different browsers.

To accept cookies if you are using a PC running Windows...

Internet Explorer 6 (IE 6.0)
1. Click Tools, and then click Internet Options.
2. Click the Privacy tab.
3. Click the Advanced button.
4. Put a check mark in the Box for "Override Automatic Cookie Handling"
5. At the bottom, put another check mark in the "Always accept session cookies"
6. Click on OK.

Internet Explorer 5
1. Click Tools, and then click Internet Options.
2. Click the Security tab.
3. Click the Internet zone.
4.Select a security level other than High.
 
-or-
 
Click Custom Level, scroll to the Cookies section, and then click Enable for both cookie options.
5. Click on Apply.
6. Click on OK.

Internet Explorer 4
1. Click View, and then click Internet Options.
2. Click the Advanced tab.
3. Scroll to the Security section.
4. Under Cookies, click Always accept cookies.
5. Click on Apply.
6. Click on OK.
 
Internet Explorer 3
1. You cannot disable cookies in this version of Internet Explorer, but you can turn the cookies warning on and off. Here is how you can turn the warning off so that cookies will be accepted automatically.
2. Click View, and then click Options.
3. Click the Advanced tab.
4. Under Warnings, click to "de-select" Warn before accepting cookies.
5. Click on Apply.
6.Click on OK.

Netscape Communicator 4
1. Click Edit, and then click Preferences.
2. Click Advanced in the menu on the left-hand (white background) side of the screen.
3.  Under Cookies on the right-hand part of the screen (grey background), click Accept all cookies.

Netscape Navigator 3
1. You cannot disable cookies in this version of Netscape, but you can turn the cookies warning on and off. Here is how you can turn the warning off so that cookies will be accepted automatically.
2. Click Options, and then choose Network Preferences.
3. Click Protocols tab.
4. Under Show an Alert Before, click to "de-select" Accepting a Cookie.

America Online versions 4 and 5
Follow the instructions below only if you are using the browser that came with AOL. If you opened another browser outside of AOL, follow the directions for that browser as described above.
1. Click on Start from your Windows 95/98 taskbar.
2.  Point at Settings.
3. Click on Control Panels.
4. Click on the Internet icon. The Internet Properties window will appear.
5. Click on the Advanced tab from within the Internet properties window.
6. Scroll down until you see the Cookies icon.
7. Click Always accept cookies.
8. Click on Apply.
9. Click on OK.

America Online version 5 (alternate instructions)
1. In the AOL top menu bar, click on My AOL. 
2. Select Preferences from the drop down menu. 
3. In the Preferences window, click on WWW. The AOL Internet Properties window will appear.
4. Click on the Security tab
5. Click on the Internet zone, then click on the Custom button on the bottom of the window. The Security Settings window will appear.
6. Scroll down until you see Cookies. 
7. Click Enable.
8. Click on OK.

America Online version 4 (alternate instructions) and version 3
1. Click on MY AOL on your AOL Toolbar. 
2. Select Preferences. 
3. Click on the WWW icon. The AOL Internet Properties window will appear.
4. Click on the Advanced tab from within the AOL Internet Properties window.
5. Click to "de-select" Warn before accepting cookies.


To accept cookies if you are using a Macintosh computer...

Internet Explorer 4 and 3
1. Click Edit, and then click Preferences.
2. Click the Receiving Files arrow.
3. Click the Cookies button.
4. Under When receiving cookies, select never ask.
5. Click OK.

Netscape Communicator 4
1. Click Edit, and then click Preferences.
2. Click Advanced in the menu on the left-hand (white background) side of the screen.
3. Under Cookies on the right-hand part of the screen (gray background), click Accept all cookies.
4. Click OK. 

Netscape Navigator 3
1. You cannot disable cookies in this version of Netscape, but you can turn the cookies warning on and off. Here is how you can turn the warning off so that cookies will be accepted automatically.
2. Click Options, and then choose Network Preferences.
3. Click the Protocols tab.
4. Under Show an Alert Before, click to "de-select" Accepting a Cookie.
5. Click OK.

America Online versions 4
1. Click on MY AOL on your AOL Toolbar.
2. Select Preferences.
3. Click on the WWW icon. The AOL Web Preferences window will appear.
4. Click on the Advanced settings button from within the AOL Web Preferences window.
5. Click the Receiving Files arrow so that the Cookies button appears beneath it.
6. Click on the Cookies button. The Cookie Settings window will appear to the right.
7. Under When receiving cookies, select never ask.
8. Click OK.

 
SAUDI ARABIA. The GCC said in a statement that foreign ministers of the six-member body had met in Riyadh for a comprehensive review of measures used to implement foreign and security policies.
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