FinTech trends in GCC banking

The key aspects of FinTech that the region’s banks must consider in the coming months

Is Saudi Arabia ready for the MSCI Emerging Markets Index?

What Saudi Arabia needs to do to prepare for the shift

How the Gulf can lead in digital banking within the next two years

Managing director of financial services for MENA at Accenture, Amr El Saadani, explains how GCC countries can leapfrog their way to the top of the digital banking tree

Revealed: The highest temperatures ever witnessed in the GCC

Kuwait sets the record for the highest temperature ever recorded in the eastern hemisphere

FinTech comes to the fore in the GCC

With advances in financial technology developing at pace, we look at how the GCC fits into the global picture

The mysterious (and continuing) fall in Saudi foreign reserves

The kingdom’s net foreign assets shrank by $36bn in the first four months of 2017

RAK’s bid to become a global tourism destination

Once a sleepy weekend getaway for UAE residents, Ras Al Khaimah is rapidly transforming into an international destination in its own right

GCC hotels seek return to growth after a tough 2016

After a tough year, hoteliers are hoping to see the Gulf hotel market return to form in 2017

GCC rift: What kind of an impact are regional airlines facing?

Qatar Airways faces the biggest impact among regional carriers

GCC rift could have ramifications – analysts

Saudi Arabia and the UAE are incensed by Qatar’s conciliatory line on Iran

Meeting the challenges of public financial management in the GCC

Why GCC governments should look to professional accountants to strengthen their public finances

The secrets of strategy execution

Executing a strategy is rarely a straightforward process

The Middle East’s start-up scene: Is funding still the biggest challenge?

The start-up ecosystem has boomed in the region over the last few years, with the recent Amazon deal also signalling the entry of international players

Three lessons learnt from the financial crisis

A decade after the start of the global financial crisis, Lucy O’Carroll reveals the lessons she learned from the dark days of 2007

A wakeup call for GCC retail

Amid shifting consumer habits and the imminent arrival of Amazon, Gulf retailers are warned to adapt or face a similar fate to their global peers

Strengthening the chain: The impact of technology on logistics in the Gulf

As technology continues to develop at pace, we examine the impact on logistics, and how the industry is moving into a new era

Disrupting personal finance in the GCC

Amid tougher economic conditions, technology is bringing change to the Gulf’s personal finance market

Top tips for background checks when hiring in the Middle East

The basic steps you should take to ensure you’re making the right hire for your company

Reversing the Gulf’s smartphone slump

Amid slowing global growth and even declining sales last year in the Gulf region, mobile manufacturers are hoping to regain momentum in 2017

Five ways corporate competitions can boost your business

Corporate games can lead to a lot of long-term benefits

The outlook for GCC trade with East Africa

The next 12 months may define relations and trade between the UAE and East Africa for years to come, says Ahmed Salim

Cybersecurity in the Middle East – the legal perspective

Abdullah Mutawi breaks down the legal aspects businesses in the region should consider when it comes to cybersecurity

Seeking joy: The world’s happiest countries

Nordic countries have consistently topped lists of the world’s happiness countries. We find out why, and how Gulf countries are working to rise up the rankings

Sustainability and happiness

Sustainability could be a key link in improving happiness

Revealed: Top 10 best and worst passports for travel in 2017

Gulf countries held their positions in this year’s ranking by Henley & Partners

Is 3D printing the future of healthcare?

The 2017 edition of Arab Health put 3D printing centre-stage as the healthcare industry looks to capitalise on the UAE’s ambitious innovation drive

Alternative financing options for the GCC

The team at research group Marmore MENA Intelligence explain what emerging financing options are available to the region’s chief financial officers

A mixed forecast for Middle East business aviation

New airport infrastructure is creating optimism among the Middle East’s business jet operators but for manufacturers stagnation concerns remain

Why Saudi Arabia must modernise its social contract

Saudi’s social contract places demands on the kingdom’s infrastructure and impacts its job market

Why a second citizenship can boost opportunities for GCC entrepreneurs

There are several benefits to holding a second passport, especially from a European country