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How Covid-19 compressed years of digital transformation into months: lessons from Microsoft

Sayed Hashish, general manager, Microsoft UAE, tells Gulf Business how technology will continue to play an active role in hybrid working beyond the onset of this decade

Open Banking set to transform finance in the GCC

Gulf Business talks to Wissam Khoury, Head of International at Finastra, on the state of Open Banking in the GCC

How Covid-19 accelerated digital transformation in retail: lessons from Carrefour

Philippe Peguilhan, country manager of Carrefour UAE at Majid Al Futtaim Retail discusses retail with Gulf Business in the age of Covid

A CISOs guide to cybersecurity planning in 2020 and beyond

Fortinet CISOs Renee Tarun, Joe Robertson, and Courtney Radke share their advice on cybersecurity planning for the remainder of 2020 and beyond—including where to start, what to prioritise, and what to expect moving forward

Why blockchain is worth the hype

Ramy AlDamati, founder, TrustyCrypto and CTO at GloryThink Group talks to Gulf Business all things blockchain

How digital transformation enabled Al Salam Bank Bahrain to weather the Covid-19 storm

Rafik Nayed, group CEO, Al Salam Bank Bahrain, discusses the bank’s digital strategy in the Covid era with Gulf Business

Explainer: How can the construction sector ensure the new normal is green?

Sustainable policies and awareness will help build a better future, opines Ali Al Jassim, chairman of Emirates Green Building Council

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LuLu Financial Holdings’ MD Adeeb Ahamed on the Covid crisis, remittances and plans ahead

UAE-based LuLu Exchange contributes to nearly 1.7 per cent of the global remittance inflows, reveals Ahamed

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Why regional companies should focus on improving employee efficiency

UAE businessman Sohan Roy describes how his new efficiency system has helped his Aries group tide through the crisis

What are the global trends that are shaping the investment landscape?

Yves Bonzon, group chief investment officer of Swiss wealth manager Bank Julius Baer, shares his views on the world economy, investor sentiments, and emerging trends for the future

Explainer: Is the booming healthy snacks sector in the region well regulated?

As consumers in the GCC increasingly focus on adopting fitter lifestyles, the regional health food industry has seen massive growth, suggests Mahmoud Adham, founder and CEO, Munchbox

Covid-19 impact on the regional energy sector: Is it set for a rebound?

In light of historic oil price routs and oversupply triggered by the novel coronavirus, how imminent and optimal is recovery for regional energy markets? Gulf Business speaks to Rita Allan, senior Construction and Projects associate at Pinsent Masons Middle East, to find out more

Explainer: Have contactless payments taken off in the GCC?

The Covid-19 pandemic has made contactless payments more relevant than ever before. Khalid Elgibali, MENA division president at Mastercard, discusses whether adoption in the GCC grown significantly

Five minutes with…Eugenie Dronneau, founder and CEO, FoodKarma

The platform, which launched in March, aims to minimise food wastage

Explainer: Understanding cryptocurrency trading in the region

As Abu Dhabi prepares to launch regulated crypto trading later this year, Leon Smith, CEO of crypto firm DEX, explains how the system works

Global market outlook in 2020: Will there be an economic rebound this year?

After a growth shock in the first half of 2020, the economy is expected to gain traction again, driven by specific sectors, says Julius Baer’s Mark Matthews

Explainer: What will the workplace of the future look like?

With digitisation disrupting the workforce, is automation a matter of concern for employees

Explainer: How is the GCC’s ride-sharing industry evolving?

Global ride-sharing app Uber is looking to expand its presence in the region, says Tino Abdellatif Waked, general manager at Uber MENA

The rise of the GCC’s hospitality sector

Executives at the Radisson Hotel Group explain why they remain bullish about growth prospects of the hospitality industry in the GCC region

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UAE-based billionaire businessman Ghassan Aboud on tips for leading from the front

With dynamic market conditions, new business opportunities, and the upcoming Expo 2020, this is an important year for businesses based in the UAE

How to ‘sell like a rockstar’ in Dubai

Sales is an action sport – you need to get out and do it, says expert trainer Mark Dickinson

UAE’s Vox Cinemas on walking the red carpet for two decades and more

Senior executives from Vox Cinemas outline the company’s blockbuster performance in the last 20 years and why they are bullish despite the rise of streaming services

Exclusive: Oracle’s global cloud leader on why he is betting big on the Middle East

The move to the cloud is no longer a matter for debate. But how secure is the cloud and what comes next?

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Explainer: Factors disrupting the GCC’s logistics industry

Technology and economic headwinds are having a major impact on the logistics sector, says Hisham Albahar, group CEO of Posta Plus

Explainer: What is the state of the GCC’s legal industry?

With the region’s regulatory landscape constantly evolving, practitioners have to keep pace, says Paul Jarvis, managing partner at Dentons

Five minutes with… John Martin St. Valery, chairman, British Business Group in Dubai

The BBG is seeing greater interest in face-to-face interaction in Dubai

Explainer: Understanding the GCC’s changing remittance market

Hatem Sleiman, regional vice president – Middle East, Pakistan and Afghanistan at Western Union, reveals the latest trends in the industry

Explainer: GCC’s changing remittance market

From the impact of new technologies to currency volatility, the regional remittance market is facing several changes

Dubai’s property market is ‘performing perfectly’ – Danube Properties director

In an exclusive interview, Atif Rahman shares his strategy in spearheading the growth of Danube Properties, and why remains bullish about Dubai

Ahmad Ashkar’s ambitious plan to change the world

The Palestinian-American businessman is leading the way when it comes to the impact economy on both a global and local scale