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

2016: The Gulf year in review

We look back at some of the Gulf region’s most important events from the past 12 months

Trump and the GCC: What can we expect?

A look at what the Trump presidency could mean for the Gulf region

Gulf e-commerce begins its next chapter

The $1bn launch of is an indication of the big money now at stake in the Middle East’s booming e-commerce market

Iran will issue visa on arrival to all but 9 countries

Iran is open for business, but what does it mean for GCC companies?

Erika Masako Welch, business development director for the Middle East at Solidiance, examines the opportunities and challenges for business as Iran opens up

VAT in the UAE: Who will feel the biggest pinch?

Value added tax is coming to the UAE. Is the country prepared for it?

Gulf smart city plans adjust to a new economic reality

This year’s Gitex conference was host to giant drones, virtual reality headsets, 3D printed cars and robot police officers, but there were also signs of a more realistic pivot for the future

Bound by business: Saudi, the US and UK

While the US and UK might not share cultural values with Saudi Arabia, their trade links have ensured a solid and prosperous relationship

Reform-ready Saudi accelerates MSCI ambitions

What inclusion in major equity indexes might mean for the kingdom’s economy

Taking cover: Mandatory health insurance in the Gulf explained

The move to roll out mandatory health insurance across the GCC is generally viewed as good news for its citizens but what are the implications for insurance companies, health establishments and businesses?

Thousands of workers abandoned in Saudi won’t leave without pay

King Salman set aside SAR100m of government money to help the stranded workers