- Al Ansari Exchange and IBMC offer overseas Indians in UAE facility to pay NPS contributions
- Network International strengthens presence in customer reward and loyalty management
- Established tech firms now banking sector’s biggest disruptors
- DFSA and ASIC sign fintech agreement
- GCC SMEs expected to grow 156 per cent to $920 billion in next five years
- RAKBANK customers can remit money to India using blockchain
- Investcorp hosts second Annual Credit Symposium in New York City
- UAE entrepreneurs have the highest fear of failure rate for the MENA region
- CI: Ratings of Banque Nationale Agricole affirmed with a ‘Stable’ outlook
- Moody's: Sub-Saharan African countries face rising risk of financing stress
Like a Bosch
Volker Bischoff, General Manager, Robert Bosch Middle East
The future of SME finance is now
Sam Quawasmi, Co-CEO and Co-Founder of equity crowdfunding service Eureeka, looks at how the platform provides an alternative to traditional financing…
Chalk talk with Eventra Events
The Founder and Managing Director of Eventra Events discusses fashion, fairy tales and a dollhouse.
David Thomas, Dean of the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, discusses introducing real world context in to business education.
Voluntary benefits key to unlocking employee productivity and corporate competitiveness
Employees across the UAE are looking to employers for additional employment benefits, following the successful introduction of mandatory health insurance, which has created a new benefits…
How blockchain technology is changing the security landscape in the banking sector
Blockchain, the technology that is used in the popular cryptocurrency bitcoin, is revolutionary in many ways–it addresses multiple challenges associated with digital transactions, such as double…
VAT in the GCC–accelerating compliance with the right ERP platform
The benefits of tax aside, being prepared for VAT compliance can be a daunting prospect writes Monzer Tohme, Regional Vice President, Middle East & Africa, Epicor Software.
Public cloud not the only strategy for Middle East organisations
For consumers and businesses alike, digital technology has proven disruptive, but a reluctance to embrace digital technologies can leave organisations falling behind competitors, according…
Safe in the clouds
Hadya Fathalla, Executive Director, C5 Capital discusses the role SMEs can play in tackling cyberthreats head on.
Businesses are set to lose $8 trillion to cybercrime over…
Oreo you ready?
Mohamed Shalaby discusses how the right public-private partnerships have allowed Mondalēz to expand its presence in the country and meet the growing market demand in the GCC.
FXTM: What to watch for
Hussein Sayed, Chief Market Strategist at FXTM Key discusses the key events to watch in the week ahead.
The US dollar and stocks made a fantastic run towards the end of last week…
Two SME owners share what entrepreneurs need to know when going before investors, having successfully raised funds themselves.
The first six months of 2017 saw 88 closed deals…
Business risks exist everywhere but early implementation of a proper management system can mitigate them once they occur, or even catch them early.
SMEs are becoming increasingly…
The Bahraini Government has taken a number of steps to develop different areas of the SME sector to make the Kingdom more competitive in the GCC region and internationally.
Bahrain is on track…
SMEs, Bahrain, and the law
Brian Howard, Partner, Trowers and Hamlins, discusses the reality of setting up a business in Bahrain.
It is incredibly easy to establish a company in Bahrain–even an onshore…
FinanceME and Female Fusion talk VAT
Accounting and legal experts address certain issues to help business owners prepare for VAT’s implementation on 1 January 2018.
Currently the mandatory threshold for VAT registration is…
Digital transformation spurs the rise of the GCC’s millennial manager movement
As generational monikers go, the term ‘Millennial’ often rouses mixed opinions, writes Hazel Jackson, CEO of Biz Group.
For a start, its very definition is clouded.…
Palo Alto Networks research highlights a disconnect between cloud ambitions and security
UAE organisations face a major disconnect between cloud aspirations and secure cloud infrastructure, with 64 per cent of CIOs in the region ranking cloud security as important, but 34 per cent admitting…
Benefits of voluntary VAT registration, especially for SMEs
With the UAE and Saudi Arabia implementing VAT on 1 January 2018, Aaron White, Regional Director for Sage Middle East, looks at the advantages of voluntary registration.
Women entrepreneurs–go for it!
Women can have it all–a fulfilling career with flexible time allowing them to dedicate themselves to their families, which can even include working with their spouses, according…
Can employee debt sabotage your bottom line?
How much do you know about your employees’ finances? This is a question Nausheen Popat, Founder & Chief Operating Officer at Lifecare is asking all business…
After BoC hike, will the ECB announce the end of QE?
Currency traders were in action on Wednesday, with a couple of unanticipated events causing some wild swings in FX markets, according to Hussein Sayed, Chief Market Strategist…
VAT in the GCC: what does it mean for your business?
On 1 January 2018, value-added tax (VAT) will come into effect for the first time in United Arab Emirates. Naturally, small businesses are concerned about the financial and operational…
Why a strong incentive programme brings genuine ROI to your company
Incentive or ‘pay for performance’ programmes provide a disciplined way to motivate staff to achieve their best, they add to the overall proposition for attracting and retaining…
Telltale signs you cannot handle your company’s finances
Every entrepreneur needs finance skills. But not every entrepreneur has them, according to Neil Petch, Chairman at Virtugroup.
Most entrepreneurs will have bags of acumen…
What does a government shutdown mean for the US markets?
After stocks and the dollar surged on Tuesday, following a Politico report that Trump’s team have taken a significant step on tax reforms, the President’s threats on…
FXTM: Politics and central bankers under investors’ radar
FXTM Chief Market Strategist Hussein Sayed comments on why politics and central bankers are currently under investors’ radar.…
Greenback took a double hit
The US dollar remained on the defensive early Thursday, after yesterday’s declines led by increased uncertainty over another US rate hike in 2017 and President Donald Trump’s…
Mind the (gender) gap
The gender gap in the workplace must be addressed by women driving the change they want to see.
GCC women run SMEs worth AED 1.4 trillion, driving…
Stocks recover as geopolitical tensions ease; safe havens plunging
After suffering the steepest weekly declines since March, S&P 500 futures are indicating a positive opening for US stocks, according to Hussein Sayed, Chief Market Strategist…
With discrepancies becoming more prevalent in employment applications, recruiters need to start running more stringent background checks.
Flight to safety subsides; attention shifts to data
The war of words between Trump and North Korea, has largely dictated the direction of the market for the past 24 hours, according to Hussein Sayed, Chief Market Strategist at FXTM.…
Optimism that the rand could strengthen quickly fades
Any optimism that the South African rand (ZAR) would continue its attempt to strengthen against the USD, appears to have gone out the window following the news that Jacob Zuma survived…
Can OPEC revive oil bulls?
There was little excitement in the oil markets during Tuesday’s trading session; with investors on guard as OPEC and Non-OPEC members discussed compliance levels on their…
Markets in sleep mode, VIX drops below 10
Despite the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average hitting record highs on Monday, the news barely made headlines, which could be explained by the scale of the moves, according…
Interns–diamonds in the rough
Hiring interns versus employees can be a viable financial option for SMEs while a start-up, in turn, can offer valuable work experience and training.
FXTM: Is it time to buy the US dollar?
Six months ago it was hard to believe that the Greenback will be plummeting against all of its major peers; the Fed was the only central bank tightening monetary policy, economic…
DIFC courts enforce United States judgment for the first time
by Peter Smith - email@example.com - Dubai, UAEPeter Smith examines the recent, groundbreaking judgement of Justice Sir Richard Field…
The week ahead: Draghi’s turn to drag the euro?
Last week the greenback was the biggest loser among all major currencies, according to Hussein Sayed, Chief Market Strategist at FXTM.
Count your pennies
SME owners need to review their business costs regularly to ensure they do not escalate unnecessarily.
Small business owners are generally…
Oman, oil, and its outlook
As Oman moves away from relying on oil revenues, the Government is looking towards the private sector and foreign investment, writes Marcus Turner-Jones.…
Divided Fed keeps markets directionless; oil recovers slightly
Minutes from the Federal Reserve’s meeting on 13-14 June showed that monetary policy members were split over the timing of shrinking the balance sheet.…
IFC Invests in leading Palestinian VC fund to support start-ups and drive growth
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, will invest $1 million in Ibtikar Fund, a leading Palestinian venture capital fund with a focus on accelerator-based investments…
BIS experts go on record: Has global economic sentiment swung too far?
On-the-record remarks by Claudio Borio, Head of the Monetary and Economic Department, 21 June 2017 on the latest BIS Annual Report 2017As last year's Annual Report went to print, gloom prevailed, in…
Extraterritorial application of US labour laws in the UAE
This article, by Gordon Barr and Natalie Jones, considers the extraterritorial application of US employment laws in the UAE.
It is well understood that UAE…
Oil seeks support in mid-40s, hawks spook gold
Broad-based weakness saw the Bloomberg Commodity Index challenge the lower end of the range that has persisted for the past 14 months, writes Ole Hansen, Head of Commodity Strategy…
Building intimacy with shoppers both online and in stores
Retail brands are trying to become more than just shops that we visit, instead, they are becoming an ethos that we buy into, or a trusted friend that we can turn…
Top five things recruiters notice on your LinkedIn profile
Justin McGuire, CEO, MCG Group, a digital and creative recruitment agency shares a few insights into what recruiters look for in a LinkedIn profile and what candidates…
The evolution of social infrastructure in the Middle East
Steven Velegrinis, Director of Cities and Sites at global architecture firm, Perkins+Will, talks about the changing face of social infrastructure across…
The inside job
Sergey Ozhegov of SearchInform discusses how employees of any size business may cause more damage than hackers.
For some workers, an employer's business can…
Avoid pitfalls when renewing UAE health insurance
Most people tend to recommit to their old insurer without considering their needs, how their current plan has benefited them, and whether it’s sensible to check if the grass…
Education in the workplace can boost employee engagement and business results, according to Hanny Alshazly, Regional Director, MEA, D2L.
The quest for…
France 'En Marche' but will the markets?
More disruptive characters take to the political stage, according to Gary Dugan, CIO, Emirates NBD.