oxford business group appoints bébhinn kelly as country director for the northern emirates
Oxford Business Group (OBG), the UK based publishing, research and consultancy services company has appointed Bébhinn Kelly as Director for the Northern Emirates.
Ms Kelly, who was previously OBG’s Director for Oman, and has worked for them in Qatar, has on the ground knowledge of the progress of the Abu Dhabi and Dubai economies, and brings a wealth of regional experience to her new role, in which she will collaborate with OBG’s official research partners in the publication of authoritative, world class business intelligence annuals on all of the Northern Emirates.
“The UAE economy is booming, and nowhere is this more obvious than in Ras al-Khaimah,” she said. “Our latest research shows that RAK has benefited from both the overall growth of the UAE, and its own proactive approach to diversification and investment generation. The emirate has seen its GDP grow from just Dh 6.3bn ($1.72bn) in 2001 to Dh9.2bn ($2.51bn) in 2005 with mining, manufacturing and real estate all showing strong growth.
“Other Northern Emirates have also been achieving unprecedented and rapid growth. Sharjah’s own growth has also been substantial in recent years, with the number of companies operating in the emirate rising from just 17,000 in 1999 to 40,000 by 2005.”
With the imminent launch of the inaugural annuals for RAK and Sharjah, followed by the research results for the other emirates including Fujairah, Umm al Quwain and Ajman expected to be published later this year, OBG’s work will chronicle developments in the sectors that are shaping the emirates, as well as highlighting the opportunities for growth and investment through interviews with industry leaders.
“With her in depth knowledge of the emirates, Bebhinn has the requisite experience and skills to bring a dynamic and well rounded approach to her new role as Director,” said Elizabeth Boissevain, OBG’s Director of Field Operations.
During Ms. Kelly’s tenure at OBG, she has secured high profile interviews with personalities such as: Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said of Oman, Lord Hurd, former UK Foreign Secretary, Ambassador Susan Schwab, US Trade Representative, and Maqbool Ali Sultan, Minister of Commerce and Industry for Oman.
Ms Kelly, who has also directed media projects in the UAE, Kuwait and Egypt, graduated with honours from Dublin City University in Ireland, where she specialised in Intercultural business economies.
About Oxford Business Group
Oxford Business Group (OBG) is a UK-based publishing, research and consultancy services organisation. OBG publishes economic and political intelligence on the markets of The Middle East, Eastern Europe, North and South Africa, and Asia. Through its range of print and online products, OBG offers comprehensive and accurate analysis of political, macroeconomic and sectoral developments, including banking, capital markets, energy, infrastructure, industry and insurance.
Written by a team of seasoned analysts, based on the ground for six months, the critically acclaimed series of economic, political and business reports have become the leading source of intelligence on the rapidly developing countries in the regions they cover. OBG’s online economic briefings provide up-to-date in-depth analysis on the issues that matter for thousands of subscribers worldwide. OBG’s consultancy arm offers tailor-made market intelligence and advice to firms currently operating in these markets and those looking to enter them.