The outgoing Year 2014 presented a major threat of cyber crimes including hacktivism and spread of western cyber issues to the financial institutions operating in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and future challenges keep haunting the...
MENA shoppers prefer VISA cardsA visible surge has been recorded in the demand for Visa debit, credit, and prepaid cards off-late as shoppers across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region opted for electronic payment method on the...
The Middle East is fast emerging as a global travel destination. According to the United Nation World Travel Organization (UNWTO), the number of travellers to the region doubled from 24 million to 60 million between 2000-2010.Despite the political instability...
We need international cooperation against any kind of extremism, and in order to eradicate radicalism and its effects globally, education is the most important step -- says Harun Yahya in this opinion piece.It is apparent there is an urgent need...
Harun Yahya in this thought-provoking article analyze scenarios where powerful states use humanitarian interventions as a pretext to protect their own interests. Events in Syria and Iraq due to the terror organization ISIL have once more raised the question of...
The Position of Turkey in the War against ISISHarun Yahya in this opinion piece advocates that Turkey should always be on the side of diplomacy, soft-power, and effectively administer an intellectual struggle to defeat the opponents that resort to...
 Wars are not solely military phenomena; they involve civilians, women, children and the elderly, raze cities and destroy the infrastructure of countries. The worst evil is that people treat one another with love-lessness and hatred. In the absence of...
With a new Prime Minister for the country, Iraq needs embracing and uniting policies, says Harun Yahya.Efforts to establish a government in Iraq are still continuing. Although former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki declared victory and his re-election in the...
A new Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip, not the first and won’t be the last if the political equation in that region does not change. Throughout the previous aggressions Israel launched on the Gaza strip, several military goals...
Nothing can remain hidden any more. By means of rapid advances in technology, countries and people are closer to one another than ever before. Political developments, disasters, wars and people's suffering immediately appear before the global public. This terrible...
Mobile Networks in the Middle East are an Easy Target for DDoS Cyber Attacks, says Arbor Networks.Debilitating Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks will be increasingly targeted towards mobile networks in the region as Mobile Network Operators struggle with...
Middle East and Africa (MENA) professionals would ‘love’ to work for a non-profit organization (NPO), despite less pay and demand for more personal sacrifices.The Bayt.com ‘Working for Non-profit Organizations in the MENA” poll has revealed that 47.5% are ready...
High unemployment rates in MENA and technology-based solutions have spurred increase in the region’s growth of freelance professionals.Freelancers form a dominant part of the workforce in today’s professional market because it offers independence and professionalism beyond the traditional 9...
Iran’s economy to grow between 6% and 8% Iran’s economy will show signs of recovery in 2014 as the West provide conditional sanction relief.Iran’s economy could grow between 6% and 8% in an optimistic scenario, according to a global information...
Although MENA IPO market is off to a slower start in the first quarter compared to the same period last year, experts deem Q1 2014 has been one of the best performing quarters.The largest IPO value was Mesaieed Petrochemical...
 -Eight MENA countries included in the Social Progress Index ranking for 2014 -Social Progress Index enables better understanding of worldwide progress and growthEconomic growth does not always result in social progress, according to a major new global index, the Social...
African economy is gearing up for unprecedented boosts thanks to boosts in the form of vital FDI, PEs and SWFs.The National Bureau of Statistics quite recently published the report on the Nigerian economic rebasing endeavour which put the West...
Recruitment process and HR practice in the Middle East still has a lot to improve, as is evident from the below examples.  Just like any other professional in the region, I have had my fair share of interviews and encounters...
Rising populations mean Middle East must grow to sustain living standards With population growth in the Middle East outpacing the rest of the world, local economies must grow just to maintain living standards, according to a new report by ICAEW....
-Deloitte: Saudi Arabia spends 4.3% of GDP on health care -Deloitte: Health care delivery in the Middle East is dominated by the public sector"The fastest-growing region in the coming years could be the Middle East and Africa, where spending is...
Technological penetration in MENA has been quite extensive and all encompassing accounting for very positive trendsThere’s a lot that the world knows about MENA (Middle-East and North Africa) just as there’s so much more that the world doesn't know...
Stanton Chase & Pi Slice Collaborate to Increase Funding for MENA’s Micro Finance Institutions Partnership to help build a sustainable for MENA micro-EntrepreneursStanton Chase Middle East is proud to announce its partnership with Pi Slice, as part of the company’s...
Social Media usage in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is growing at a fast pace. Majority of the Arab Internet users are less than 40 years old, and almost all of them are on at least one...
Marrakech the Ocher City of light will finally have a Grand Museum of Islamic Art worthy of the name Founded in 1062 by Youssef Ibn Tachfin, first ruler of the Almoravid dynasty, Marrakech is at once imperial city, city of light,...
The power vacuum in the Arab World is expanding, giving the opportunity for World Powers to pounce in. Yet, Europe's chances are on the rise, given the depleting popularity of the United States in the region. When revolts sneaked in...
World's Largest Family Dining Chain Denny’s Poised to Enter Middle EastDenny’s, the world’s largest full-service family dining chain, based on the number of restaurants, announced today that it has signed a franchise agreement with Advance Investment LLC, an affiliated...
The MENA region has vast reserves of petroleum and natural gas that make it a vital source of global economic stability. According to Oil and Gas Journal estimates, the MENA region has 60% of the world's oil reserves and...
Oil and Gas is the preferred industry for 14% of the UAE workforce according to Bayt.com. Oil and Gas salaries not keeping pace with the rising cost of living, says Bayt.com. Employees of Oil and Gas companies set too little of...
Global Water Distress: Water is a basic requirement for humanity, yet for 783 million people, water is a somewhat unattainable luxury. Eleven percent of the global population doesn't have access to clean drinking water, according to the African Wildlife Foundation...
Middle East & North Africa need $1 trillion energy boost by 2030Six Gulf Cooperation Council countries will make up 50% of MENA GDP by 2015, says IHS in their latest reportMore than USD1 trillion of investments are needed by...
Entrepreneurship in Middle East and North Africa: New Evidence on Motivational Factors for Females(This is a guest post by Beschir Hussain, WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management, and Ammar Rizvi, University of Oxford)The Arab Spring has brought to the fore a rise...
With the rise of Qatar and the UAE as new Emerging Markets, several investment opportunities are attracting foreign investors to the region.With India and China losing some steam in terms of their emerging market glitter, the Middle East is...
Global Economic Indicator Reveals Mid-East Professionals Believe in Flexible Working. Half of us work remotely – when will the rest catch up? Remote working is here to stay, building productivity, reducing operating costs and increasing staff retention.While the chief executive of...
One of MENA’s most successful online startups will soon be launching the region’s first women-only investment round to attract female investors. Mompreneur website in MENA Mumzworld.com, MENA’s premier online shop selling merchandise related to mothers and children, is seeking to expand...
95% of MENA employees consider corporate CSR is important, according to Bayt.com survey. 95% want to engage in more community service work, with almost 90% considering CSR to be a moral responsibility for corporations. The Corporate Social Responsibility: Is Your Company Making...
A new survey shows MENA companies are optimistic about their economic prospects and continue to remain positive about the hiring outlook for the next quarter. The survey by Bayt.com, a leading jobsite in the Middle East, and YouGov, a research...
Arab Knowledge Economies Require More Effective Skills Formation Systems to Generate High Skill, High Wage Employment.As Arab countries pursue knowledge-based economic development, national skill formation policies require significant rethinking, says a new report from Tahseen Consulting in collaboration with...
Airports in the region must rely on their operational resilience to effectively prevent, manage, and recover, from disruptions, says Booz and Company in its latest report on MENA airports.With recent events – such as weather conditions, geopolitical conflicts and...
A new report by Pearson; Alive in the Swamp, advises educators how to make informed, evidence-based decisions to select learning technology.According to the Pearson report, the future belongs not to those who focus on the technology alone, but to...
A new study has revealed that a university education in the UAE is among the most expensive of all the Emerging economies.The report by HSBC shows that the cost of studying in UAE equals about 51 percent of GDP...