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Kuwait needs to make a move on economic reforms (Dr Mohammad Al Asoomi - Gulf News - 01/03/2017)

Two groundbreaking announcements were recently made in Kuwait — the first being the government’s launch of the “Kuwait Vision 2035”, which involves approaches that would, if implemented, bring about diversification of the economy, new job opportunities...

Why have shareholding companies sustained losses? (Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi - Saudi Gazette - 01/02/2017)

Okaz daily recently carried a report by Abdulrahman Al-Sabahi discussing the reasons why several shareholding companies have sustained losses. Al-Sabahi interviewed a number of economic analysts and people who trade in the Saudi Stock Exchange. Different...

GCC budgets to resume spending and plug gaps with bond sales (Mohammed Al Hashemi - The National - 01/02/2017)

Following two years of relative belt-tightening, Arabian Gulf governments have announced increased budgets for 2017 that are likely to boost spending in health care, education and infrastructure and create investment opportunities in these sectors....

How landmark projects impact Dubai real estate value (Shalini Seth - Gulf News - 01/02/2017)

The influence that an iconic project can have on its locale is often quite dramatic. Apart from becoming a magnet for activity and development, trophy properties or iconic projects have the ability to change the value of nearby real estate. In Dubai,...

Delinquent unit owners, a property manager’s pet peeve (Majdel Musa - Gulf News - 01/02/2017)

The owners’ association (OA) is the heart of a jointly owned property (strata). In addition to enforcing the rules and regulations, its main function is to manage, operate and maintain the common areas of the property. The primary means to accomplish...

Mena retail sector in 2017: What’s in store? (Danny Karam - Trade Arabia - 01/02/2017)

An unstable global economy, fraught with geopolitical uncertainty, left many wondering if retailers in the Mena region would struggle to turn a profit in 2016. Yet, just as challenges have come to characterize the region’s business landscape, so too have...

Islamic finance sees big growth in Europe (LULWA SHALHOUB - Arab News - 31/01/2017)

In today’s connected world of business, Islamic finance is a concept that people working in the banking and finance industries are likely to come across in their careers. Islamic finance, despite its label, is not limited to Muslim countries. It has...

Digital banking: What to expect in 2017 (Charles Habak - Trade Arabia - 30/01/2017)

The banking sector in the Mena is entering into a period of mass digital transformation positively impacting financial institutions, says an industry expert, listing five key trends expected in 2017. The banking sector in the Mena is entering into a...

Bureaucracy measurement tool boosts transparency (Trade Arabia - 30/01/2017)

GCC companies can use the new Bureaucracy Measurement Index (BMI), recently launched by management consultancy Strategy&, (formerly Booz & Company), to assess the level of bureaucracy within an organisation, compare it to competitors and highlight...

Top 10 challenges for investment banks in 2017 (Trade Arabia - 30/01/2017)

An unsustainable cost base, continued evolution of regulatory demands and evolving promises and challenges of digital technologies are among the top10 challenges for investment banks in 2017, according to Accenture, a global professional services...

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