GCC 2013 Round-Up: Energy

Abhay Bhargava writes about how the GCC’s energy industry is going through a critical phase.

How Did UAE Real Estate Fare In 2013?

Recovery of UAE’s key real estate markets remains uneven with robust growth in sales and rental prices in Dubai and slower improvements in Abu Dhabi, says Dr. Tobias Plate, senior partner at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants Middle East.

Will The Islamic Finance Industry Witness A Scandal In 2014?

Poor risk-management could dramatically hit the new-born Islamic economy, writes Laurent Marliere, a professor and expert in Islamic finance.

Banking Highlights In 2013: Mashreq

Digitalisation and regulation took centre stage in GCC banking in 2013, according to Farhad Irani, EVP and head of retail banking at Mashreq.

Where To Put Your Money In 2014

Matein Khalid, a global equities investor and advisor to regional family offices analyses value and risk in global stock markets.

Will Your Work Prevent You From A Nice Holiday?

Nicolai Tillisch reflects on how the different perceptions of time and action prevailing in the region surprise project managers and ruin holidays.

If You Want Fast And Cheap, Forget Good

It takes time to create a quality product, writes Anthony Ryman, managing partner of grow, a brand consultancy in Qatar.

Tommy Weir: Nationalising The Private Sector

All companies must take responsibility for Emirati careers, writes the author of ’10 Tips For Leadership In The Middle East’.

Is Your Business Properly Backed Up?

Should disaster strike, many businesses in the Middle East do not have sufficient backup and recovery plans in place says Fady Richmany, senior regional director, backup and recovery systems for Turkey, Eastern Europe, Africa, and Middle East at EMC.

Dubai’s Healing Property Market

The emirate still offers higher rental yields than many global cities.

Putting The Intelligence Into Airports

Technology is key to supporting air passenger growth in the region, says Hani El-Assaad, president, SITA, Middle East, India and North Africa.

How To Invest In Corporate Change?

Companies have to look beyond just financial investments during change scenarios, writes management expert Debbie Nicol.

Why Nokia Is Heading In The Right Direction

The firm’s new smartphones span a wide range, writes Adriana Rangel, research director, Systems & Infrastructure Solutions at IDC Middle East, Africa, & Turkey.

Are Our Business Leaders Fit For Purpose?

Middle East employers do not have a robust and rigorous selection process, says Richard Ingram, owner and managing director at Ingram & Partners.

Abu Dhabi’s Sky-High Ambitions

The capital emirate has grandiose plans to lead the world in aviation and aerospace, writes John Swift, director of NATS, Middle East.

The Symbolic Value Of Hosting The Dubai Expo 2020

Dubai’s win signifies a re-wired global economic climate, writes Andrew Scott, professor of economics and deputy dean, London Business School.

Where Were You When Dubai Won The Expo 2020?

Congratulations to Dubai on clinching its first mega event.

The Dubai Expo 2020 Is Confirmed! What Next?

27.11.2013 will be a date to remember in history, writes John Bailey, financial Planner at Acuma Independent Financial Advice.

Dubai Expo 2020: Lessons From South Africa

Dubai is up against a 500-pound gorilla called São Paulo tonight. And as South Africa’s failed 2006 FIFA World Cup bid proved, never count your chickens until they’re hatched.

What Should Sales Managers Avoid After Being Promoted?

Nicolai Tillisch points out four traps to avoid if you are fortunate and talented enough to achieve such a promotion.

A New Type Of Industrial Revolution

Abu Dhabi is leveraging its aerospace sector to diversify the economy, says Badr S Al Olama, the CEO od Strata.

10 Tips For Managing Your Online Brand

Suhail Al Masri, VP of Sales at Bayt.com suggests the do’s and don’ts to protect your online reputation.

Only 6 Days To Go Until Dubai Expo Announcement

With only six days to go, Dubai is on tenterhooks ahead of the bid for what could be the largest event ever staged, writes Gulf Business editor, Alicia Buller.

Why CEOs Should Watch Ashton Kutcher’s Speech To Teens

The Hollywood actor gave a perfect presentation during a recent teen awards function, writes Jonty Summers, general manager of Bladonmore Middle East.

We Need More Emirati Women In Financial Services

The private sector needs to follow the UAE government’s example and push for female board members, writes Peter Benyon, regional director Middle East for ICAEW.

How To Close A Big Deal In The Gulf

Nicolai Tillisch reflects on what separates success from failure when doing business in the region.

Growing The Gulf As An Aviation Hub

The region’s aviation future looks bright, but attention must be paid to capacity and safety challenges, says Hussein Dabbas, MENA regional vice president for the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

What’s A Manager’s Role During A Change In The Workplace?

The manager needs to play a five-way role to ensure a smooth transition, writes management expert Debbie Nicol.

Why Are Online Post Graduate Courses Gaining Popularity In The UAE?

‘Ambitious’ senior level executives are fuelling the growth of online courses, writes Dr Alan Southern, director of e-learning at the University of Liverpool.

The 99 Founder: The Rise Of Violence In Kuwait

Either ban smoking or make smoking legal. Either ban Niqab driving or make Niqab driving legal. Do not make it illegal and then not enforce the law. That causes a violent society.