- Brexit causes difficulty for businesses to make long-term plans
- FinTech Hive at DIFC commences inaugural accelerator programme
- Essel Group ME expands into new technologies with acquisition of boo.lab
- UAE-China economic cooperation to drive success of Belt & Road Initiative
- Waseela announces project milestone as smart networks transform GCC
- Moody's: Islamic Development Bank benefits from strong capital, prudent risk management
- Mashreq partners with Emax stores for cash back offers
- Smart personalisation engines can increase profits by up to 15 per cent for digital businesses
- PayTabs raises $20 million investment for global expansion
- Regional currency pegs across the GCC remain resilient, says Indosuez
FME December DC/55
Bhairav Trivedi, Group CEO, Network International, discusses the evolution of the payment space and how technology is driving change.
Keeping up with Qatar
In spite of low oil prices, Qatar's non-hydrocarbon sector continues to strengthen while the Government places more focus on developing and supporting…
As countries within the MENA region are expected to hire new stuff, contributing experts give insight into finding the right candidate, first time.
In spite of investors' general disinterest in social business, the Charicycles co-founders have continued to focus their business on giving back to…
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.
Beauty by botany
Rahul Agarwal left his career as an accountant to enter the personal care industry with a reasonably priced product, despite warnings of stiff competition from…
Upskill rather than downsize in a challenging economic climate
In today’s challenging global economic climate, businesses around the world, and here in the UAE, are having to make some tough decisions, where downsizing…
How to boost sales during low periods
With Ramadan and summer approaching and a seasonal commercial lull expected for many organisations, Spencer Lodge, founder of makeithappen, explains how organisations…
UK economy to face uncertainty for at least two years
The cloud of uncertainty hanging over the British economy will not lift until March 2019 at the earliest, according to Linda Yueh, Adjunct Professor of Economics at…
The value of education
Despite the business landscape allowing young entrepreneurs to pursue their ideas and passions with little-to-no higher education, ICON Founder, Salma Sakhnini…
Pay people properly
As companies try to manage their budgets in the current economic climate, underpaying their staff could cost them in the long run.
In a survey conducted…
How Ramadan will affect business operations in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia
A recent statement by Saudi Arabian business support service provider, Proven SA, laid out the do’s and don’ts of working in Saudi Arabia during Ramadan.
Time for a holiday!
With the rapidly growing travel sector in the Middle East, HolidayME was developed to allow customers to create tailor-made holiday packages at competitive rates.…
The customer is always right
In an increasingly competitive business environment, SME owners have to focus on customer retention if they want to see their businesses survive .…
Setting up the board
Setting up a board of directors allows SMEs to put formal structures of corporate governance in place while having access to expert advice.
Three steps to start building your personal brand
In the age of the influencer, organisations are now represented not just through advertising and promotions, but through each of the personalities they employ, according to Shamim Kassibawi,…
The positive impact of cultural events on the art economy
As the UAE’s private and public sector seek innovative ways in which to engage with the art industry to enrich and strengthen communities, it is vital to assess the impact…
Spotlight on Saudi
As Saudi Arabia’s vision 2030 looks to wean the Kingdom off its dependence on hydrocarbons, the focus is now on developing the private sector.
Let it go!
Warsha Joshi at Platinum VA explores the reasons why owners struggle to delegate and how to overcome that fear.
Five tips to survive and thrive
Shamim Kassibawi, Managing Director of Spread Communications, and MENA CEO of The SMC Group, offers tips on how entrepreneurs can make the most of the ups…
The greatest trades are those that take advantage of mispriced assets and illiquidity. As we head into 2017’s second quarter, it increasingly appears as if the European instability narrative…
Five lessons for leaders in turbulent times
London Business School’s Adjunct Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Dominic Houlder and Executive Fellow of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Nandu Nandkishore…
Seven finance predictions for 2017
If 2016 has taught us anything, it’s that making predictions is an inexact science, according to Steve Cox, Vice President, Oracle ERP and EPM Cloud Go-to-Market.
There is much that has…
Out with the old
Steve Currie, Taskgate advises companies holding fast to outdated employment models not to ignore the rising trend of flexible working conditions.
Commodities lower as funds scale out
The Opec/non-Opec summit in Kuwait will doubtlessly see officials attempting some verbal intervention, but crude's fundamentals remain challenging, according toTips to avoid penalty headaches on Dubai's mandatory health coverage
An unintended consequence of mandatory health insurance has been the commoditization of health plans, according to Tarek Bayaa, Chief Commercial Officer at Bayzat.
What was once seen as…From bricks to clicks: ecommerce survival guide
Google reveals E-commerce success mantra at Retail Leaders Circle MENA.
MENA has a population of over 300 million and is one of the most digitally advanced…IMF: OPEC’s rebalancing act
In November 2014, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) decided to maintain output despite a perceived global glut of oil. The result was a steep decline in price.…