November 19, 2013
The next seven years will be decisive as the UAE works towards becoming a key global economic player, His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, said.
Will web TV disrupt existing broadcast models in the the Middle East?
I wonder why foods such as hamburgers are so popular among Arabs, when Arab dishes have not become famous in the West. The same applies to Kim Kardashian, who has become the most loved celebrity in the Arab world, while Haifa Wehbe is not well known in the West.
A joint industrial park is to be established along the Israeli-Jordanian border, giving Israeli companies the ability to tap into Arab markets, as their products will bear the misleading label “Made in Jordan.”
The emphasis on studying abroad is clearly on the rise, and ironically, it comes at a time when the number of Saudi universities is also on the rise.
Many who hear of the project have questioned the decision to develop in a country whose economic prospects have, on numerous occasions, been tarnished by the outbreak of war.
The potential for landing big contracts in the Gulf is amazing, but it is much easier to dream about your big deal than actually close it.
November 18, 2013
What is the link between Ramadan and online engagement? How many youtube videos do MENA users upload per hour? Find out here
Here are five developments from the last three months that are particularly worth noting.
A study in 2012 by Bait Al Anbat concluded that child labour in the tourism sector in Petra is increasing with the growth of the tourism industry in the area.
Ahead of the World Economic Forum Summit on the Global Agenda , leaders are studying the market distortions and impediments to innovation created by energy subsidies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
With new networks, new flows, new players and more customers than ever before telecoms are battling with IT and technology companies to find their niche in a new, increasingly intricate, hyperconnected world.
Spoiled much? Gulf airlines splurge more than their countries' GDP's on new aircrafts at Dubai Airshow
To put things in perspective, the $200 billion figure spent on day one of the Dubai Airshow is higher than the GDP of all Gulf states (except Saudi Arabia), and almost seven times the GDP of Jordan and Yemen.
The Union of Arab Banks (UAB) held its 40th Annual Arab Banking Conference 2013 entitled Economic Implications of Arab Transitions: Reforms and Role of Banks in Beirut - Lebanon on the 14-15 November 2013. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke gave a prerecorded video address to the meeting.
November 17, 2013
The challenge is halal agro-food has not presented its story as an asset class in real estate terms.
OPEC recently released its "World Oil Outlook" report, and says that energy demands in developing countries is likely to equal that of OECD countries by 2019.