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E-commerce market value in MENA to top USD 6.7 billion in 2017

E-commerce market value in MENA to top USD 6.7 billion in 2017

Growth attributed to region’s young population with high disposable income & high internet penetration rate 2016 industry value stood at USD 4.8 billion GCC market to hit USD 20-billion mark by 2020 The number of online shoppers in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is growing  exponentially, bringing […]

 
 

ORBI – A One Stop Family Entertainment Destination To Be Launched Today At City Centre Mirdif

ORBI – A One Stop Family Entertainment Destination To Be Launched Today At City Centre Mirdif

Majid Al Futtaim Leisure & Entertainment To Officially Launch Orbi – A Game Changing Family Entertainment Destination Today At City Centre Mirdif Orbi  – a supercharged indoor nature experience and a one stop entertainment destination for the entire family is being officially unveiled at City Centre Mirdif today. Collaboratively developed […]

 
 

What Our World Needs Most: True World Leaders

What Our World Needs Most: True World Leaders

In this Op-Ed, Mohammad S. Moussalli analyses the detrimental aftereffects of indecisiveness and inaction of the international community and world leaders on the world. He argues for change in the criterion through which people select their leaderships We often hear many senior citizens, parents and grandparents talk nostalgically about the good old days of their time. […]

 
 

MENA Eid Travel Trends 2015 – More Travellers Taking Quick Breaks

MENA Eid Travel Trends 2015 – More Travellers Taking Quick Breaks

This year’s MENA Eid Travel Trends report by Wego reveals that the story isn’t about destinations as such – but rather, MENA travellers are taking multiple short breaks, taking advantage of great LCC connections and OTA options.  Middle East travellers are making more last minute, quick break, travel decisions during […]

 
 

Nuclear deal reached with Iran

Nuclear deal reached with Iran

Long-pending Iran nuclear deal seems to be taking shape finally  The Associate Press reports that a landmark nuclear agreement with Iran has been reached. The deal will allow the U.N inspectors to monitor Iranian military sites. However, early reports suggest that Tehran will have the right to challenge request from […]

 
 

MENA financial institutions in war against cyber crimes

MENA financial institutions in war against cyber crimes

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 bigwigs of the U.A.E. financial sector. The questions in the minds […]

 
 

Visa tops demand among MENA shoppers on Ramadan, Eid

Visa tops demand among MENA shoppers on Ramadan, Eid

MENA shoppers prefer VISA cards A 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 occasions of Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr this year. According to a […]

 
 

Top six tourist destinations in the Middle East

Top six tourist destinations in the Middle East

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 in the region, despite tensions and conflict, the Middle East […]

 
 

Defeating the Proliferation of Radicalism

Defeating the Proliferation of Radicalism

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 to tackle the problem of radicalism for the sake of […]

 
 

Humanitarian Intervention: A Pretext to Serve Self Interest

Humanitarian Intervention: A Pretext to Serve Self Interest

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 humanitarian intervention, the most controversial question in international relations. […]

 
 

The Position of Turkey in the War against ISIS

The Position of Turkey in the War against ISIS

The Position of Turkey in the War against ISIS Harun 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 violence and persecution.  The whole world turned their attention towards […]

 
 

Buffer Zone: A Safe Haven for the Syrians

Buffer Zone: A Safe Haven for the Syrians

  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 love – the food of life – only destructive violence […]

 
 

What will change with Abadi?

What will change with Abadi?

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 wake of the elections on April 30th, he was not […]

 
 

Israel’s ‘Protective Edge’: Why Now?

Israel’s ‘Protective Edge’: Why Now?

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 were declared. This time, “Protective Edge” operation comes in a different […]

 
 

The Middle East Needs Love and Unity More Than Ever

The Middle East Needs Love and Unity More Than Ever

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 picture witnessed by all pricks the conscience. Ruthlessness, injustice, anger and […]

 
 

Middle East Mobile Networks Easy Target for DDoS Cyber Attacks

Middle East Mobile Networks Easy Target for DDoS Cyber Attacks

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 proper visibility into malicious activity on their networks. Mobile networks […]

 
 

MENA Professionals Keen to Work for Non-Profit Organizations [Infographic]

MENA Professionals Keen to Work for Non-Profit Organizations [Infographic]

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 to work for NPOs. But, 75% of them find it […]

 
 

Youth Unemployment, Technology, spurs MENA Freelance economy  

Youth Unemployment, Technology, spurs MENA Freelance economy   

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 to 5 working model. Companies like Elance, which offers a […]

 
 

Iran’s economy recovering amid sanctions relief

Iran’s economy recovering amid sanctions relief

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 company report. IHS, the leading global source of critical […]

 
 

Five IPOs in MENA raise US$1.3 bn in Q1 2014: EY

Five IPOs in MENA raise US$1.3 bn in Q1 2014: EY

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 Holding Company in Qatar raising US$905 million Oil and gas […]

 
 

MENA economic growth “does not automatically” lead to social advancement

MENA economic growth “does not automatically” lead to social advancement

  -Eight MENA countries included in the Social Progress Index ranking for 2014 -Social Progress Index enables better understanding of worldwide progress and growth Economic growth does not always result in social progress, according to a major new global index, the Social Progress Index, published by the nonprofit Social Progress […]

 
 

The African Economic Safari: Booming Onwards

The African Economic Safari: Booming Onwards

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 African country’s GDP ahead of South Africa, making it the […]

 
 

10 Recruiting Horrors Still Practiced in the Middle East

10 Recruiting Horrors Still Practiced in the Middle East

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 with recruiters and HR managers. I have been blessed […]

 
 

MidEast Trends: Proactive Economic Growth Needed to Sustain Rising Population

MidEast Trends: Proactive Economic Growth Needed to Sustain Rising Population

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. In its latest quarterly Economic Insight report, the accountancy […]

 
 

Middle East and Africa Health Care costs set to rise

Middle East and Africa Health Care costs set to rise

-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 expected to rise by an average of 10 percent […]

 
 

Shedding Preconceived Notions: The Influence of Technology in MENA

Shedding Preconceived Notions: The Influence of Technology in MENA

Technological penetration in MENA has been quite extensive and all encompassing accounting for very positive trends There’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 about the region. Suffice to say that what the world […]

 
 

Stanton Chase & Pi Slice Collaborate to Increase micro-lending in MENA

Stanton Chase & Pi Slice Collaborate to Increase micro-lending in MENA

Stanton Chase & Pi Slice Collaborate to Increase Funding for MENA’s Micro Finance Institutions  Partnership to help build a sustainable for MENA micro-Entrepreneurs Stanton Chase Middle East is proud to announce its partnership with Pi Slice, as part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities and its continuous commitment […]

 
 

Social Media in the MENA region [Infographic]

social media. Photo-Gavin Llewllyne

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 or more social media networks — for several hours a day.  […]

 
 

Grand Museum of Marrakech to add more ‘Light’ to the city

Grand Museum Marrakech

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, ocher city, town red or pearl of the south, the […]

 
 

The Spring Effect: Europe’s Clout in the Arab World

The Spring Effect: Europe’s Clout in the Arab World

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 the Arab World, a number of regimes were toppled while […]

 
 

US-based Denny’s to open 30 Restaurants in the Middle East

US-based Denny’s to open 30 Restaurants in the Middle East

World’s Largest Family Dining Chain Denny’s Poised to Enter Middle East Denny’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 entity of Food Quest Restaurant Management LLC, for the development […]

 
 

MENA Employment Stats and Trends [Infographic]

MENA Employment Stats and Trends [Infographic]

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 45% of the world’s natural gas reserves. Despite this enormous natural […]

 
 

Bayt.com Top Reasons Oil & Gas Employees Quit

Bayt.com Top Reasons Oil & Gas Employees Quit

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 their income aside. While oil and gas emerges as […]

 
 

Global Water Distress: Middle East & Africa

Global Water Distress: Middle East & Africa

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 (AWF), and 2.5 billion people don’t have basic sanitation. Water […]

 
 

Middle East Pivot to Asia for Big Trade & Energy Growth

Middle East Pivot to Asia for Big Trade & Energy Growth

Middle East & North Africa need $1 trillion energy boost by 2030 Six Gulf Cooperation Council countries will make up 50% of MENA GDP by 2015, says IHS in their latest report More than USD1 trillion of investments are needed by 2030 to meet demand for gas and electricity in […]

 
 

What Motivates Women Entrepreneurs in the MENA region

What Motivates Women Entrepreneurs in the MENA region

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 in unemployment as a major challenge facing the Middle […]

 
 

Qatar and UAE capitalise on investment upgrade

Qatar and UAE capitalise on investment upgrade

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 emerging as a more sustainable and viable investment opportunity. With […]

 
 

Mid-East Professionals Prefer Flexible Working

Mid-East Professionals Prefer Flexible Working

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 a global internet company may recently have banned […]

 
 

Mompreneur seeks to attract female investors

Mompreneur seeks to attract female investors

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 its operations after achieving tremendous success over the past […]

 
 

MENA employees say CSR is important [Infographic]

MENA employees say CSR is important [Infographic]

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 an Impact? poll, recently conducted by Bayt.com, the Middle […]