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Cyprus’ award-winning, accessible beaches are just a quick hop for GCC travellers

Cyprus’ award-winning, accessible beaches are just a quick hop for GCC travellers

With an emphasis on accessibility, the closest European island to the GCC boasts 57 Blue Flag beaches, making it the ideal getaway destination for a long-weekend  GCC residents in search of a quick getaway to cooler climates need look no further than the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, which offers 57 […]

 
 

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 […]

 
 

Taiwan becomes preferred destination for the Middle East traveller in 2017

Taiwan becomes preferred destination for the Middle East traveller in 2017

Participates in its fourth successful year at ATM this year… The Taiwan Tourism Bureau (TTB) along with a special delegation participated in Arabian Travel Mart 2017; and as part of its trade initiatives organized two special MICE evenings in association with Cozmo Travels and ATS Travels apart from travel agent […]

 
 

France to form new powerful tourism office in India, Middle East and China

France to form new powerful tourism office in India, Middle East and China

   New entity expected to have EUR4 million annual budget The Cotentin Peninsula – also known as the Cherbourg Peninsula – in the Normandy region of France, will soon see its many tourism boards undergo a major restructuring in the next few months. By June this year, 11 local tourism […]

 
 

Noon.com to revolutionize ecommerce in the Middle East

E-commerce marketplace set to boom with the launch of Noon.com in Dubai and Riyadh An online shopping platform featuring 20 million products has been launched in Dubai and Riyadh. Emirati billionaire and businessman Mohamed Alabbar will surely be calling the shots of the new and improved face of ecommerce in the region. Ecommerce, […]

 
 

Tackling Obesity in the Middle East – New Report Identifies Major Policy Gaps

Tackling Obesity in the Middle East – New Report Identifies Major Policy Gaps

-The prevalence of obesity in the region is among the highest in the world. -Obesity is a major economic burden on countries in the region. -High levels of obesity are due to a combination of interconnected environmental, cultural and biological causes. -A widespread public misperception is that obesity is a […]

 
 

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. […]

 
 

Startups Disrupting Middle East’s Digital Economy

Startups Disrupting Middle East’s Digital Economy

SAP Launches Talent Search for Innovative Startups Across MENA One of the world’s largest technology companies announced a talent search for entrepreneurs across the Middle East North Africa region to support groundbreaking ideas with a long-term impact for the region and beyond. Startups and entrepreneurs are disrupting the Middle East’s […]

 
 

Fetching Success – Heralding Women’s Day with Joy Ajlouny

Fetching Success – Heralding Women’s Day with Joy Ajlouny

With International Women’s Day around the corner, we interviewed  Joy Ajlouny, Dubai-based professional who co-founded a unique app-based package delivery service. Joy speaks of her inspiring entrepreneurial journey and the role of Arab women in societies today. Joy Ajlouny, co-founder of Fetchr app Joy Ajlouny’s journey in the e-commerce industry is […]

 
 

International and domestic traffic powers Middle East growth

International and domestic traffic powers Middle East growth

Some 2,500 new passenger and freighter aircraft required over the next 20 years Aviation growth in the Middle East has been so impressive; few regions of the world can match it. In the last decade, travel to from and within the region has quadrupled earning the region the title of […]

 
 

Boeing to Establish Middle East Headquarters at Dubai South

Boeing to Establish Middle East Headquarters at Dubai South

The plan is to establish Boeing Middle East’s headquarters, a spare parts warehouse, a distribution facility and a maintenance training facility to service the region Boeing today announced at the Dubai Airshow a Memorandum of Agreement with Dubai South, outlining the company’s intention to establish its Middle East headquarters in the […]

 
 

An online Arabic content revolution in the making?

An online Arabic content revolution in the making?

Middle East’s Top VC predicts Arabic content revolution in the making BECO sees great opportunities in Arabic digital content in the region Arabic: 4th most popular language globally 60% of Arabic speakers prefer browsing internet content in Arabic 97% in Saudi Arabia and Egypt BECO Capital, a regional venture capital firm […]

 
 

Top Challenges Faced by HR in the Middle East

Top Challenges Faced by HR in the Middle East

Middle East organizations facing human capital trends and challenges: Deloitte Deloitte’s 2015 Global Human Capital Trends report emphasize the need for new thinking to navigate the demands of the new world of work. According to the report, to meet these challenges, companies must reinvent their Human Resources (HR) practices, how […]

 
 

MENA, India and Pakistan obsessed with looking young – new survey shows

MENA, India and Pakistan obsessed with looking young – new survey shows

Middle East and North Africa (MENA), India and Pakistan obsessed with looking young – new survey shows Highlights of the survey: – For an overwhelming majority (75%), ‘looking young’ means being active and energetic – Most favor a natural approach to stay young – Aesthetic procedures and cosmetic surgery least […]

 
 

MENA Divided over Future Advancement of Women’s Rights

MENA Divided over Future Advancement of Women’s Rights

75% of the survey respondents say women’s rights have increased in their country of residence in recent years, while only 40% feel feel things are going in the right direction. Three quarters (75%) of residents in MENA believe women’s rights have increased in their country of residence in recent years. […]

 
 

Content Marketing gaining momentum in the Middle East

Content Marketing gaining momentum in the Middle East

Results from the Middle East’s Content Marketing survey announced  Research by Zeentee.com shows that 60% of marketers in the region plan to increase content marketing budgets over the next year. Zeentree.com has released findings from its first survey on the importance of content marketing in the Middle East.  The survey […]

 
 

Middle East IT spending hit by low oil prices & economic factors

Middle East IT spending hit by low oil prices & economic factors

Gartner Says Middle East and Africa IT Infrastructure Spending Will Reach $3.4 Billion in 2015 Analysts Will Examine Key Trends in Infrastructure and Operations at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2015 May 19-21, Dubai  IT infrastructure spending in the Middle East and Africa is forecast to reach $3.48 billion, a 0.9 percent increase […]

 
 

Why does the world ignore the Syrians’ ordeal?

Why does the world ignore the Syrians’ ordeal?

  No one could have foreseen that the war in Syria would last this long or that it would have caused so much pain to so many people. 200,000 people have lost their lives, 9.5 million were forced to leave their homes, and 10.8 million are in need of humanitarian […]

 
 

UN: A World Forum of Bystanders

UN: A World Forum of Bystanders

In his Op-Ed, Mohammad S. Moussalli analyzes the chronic impotency of UN and failure of the Security Council to maintain world order, resolve conflicts and enforce peace. On January 1920, fourteen month after the end of the First World War, the League of Nations (LN) was founded to maintain world […]

 
 

Syrian refugees in the fourth year of the crisis

Syrian refugees in the fourth year of the crisis

With the war in Syria completing fourth year, Harun Yahya in this opinion piece expresses his hope that the war will end soon,  and the entire region will attain peace and there will be an amazing civilization built on good morality, compassion and love for everyone including Muslims, Christians, Jews […]

 
 

ISIS: Another Resurgence of Radical Islamists

ISIS: Another Resurgence of Radical Islamists

In his Op-Ed, Mohammad S. Moussalli analyzes the current security situations and political dilemma in the Middle East in view of ISIS savagery. Last June, a major offensive launched by the so-called Islamic State of Iraq & Greater Syria (ISIS), also known as “The Islamic State” (IS), succeeded in no […]

 
 

MENA M&A Market Expanding Quantitatively and Qualitatively

The MENA M&A market depicted strong activity during 4Q 2014, prolonging its steady performance of the last 2 years. The sustainable economic growth profile, driven by the large fiscal safety net, by the ongoing diversification away from hydrocarbons and by the progressive resurgence of key Arab Spring countries, is increasingly […]

 
 

Palestine & Israel: Who really wants Peace?

Palestine & Israel: Who really wants Peace?

Palestine & Israel: Who really wants peace? In both theory and political experience, the credibility of Netanyahu’s government has been utterly depleting- opines Fadi ElHusseini A long-awaited peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis has been again grinded into halt. This peace was aimed to usher an end for a […]

 
 

GCC Petrochemical revenues at US$89.4bn in 2013

GCC Petrochemical revenues at US$89.4bn in 2013

Petrochemicals grew by US$6bn from 2012- 2013, growing at the rate of 7.3%  Petrochemicals revenues reached an all-time high in 2013 hitting the US$89.4 billion mark, the latest industry report by the Gulf Petrochemicals & Chemicals Association (GPCA) revealed. According to the GCC Petrochemicals & Chemicals Facts and Figures 2013, released […]

 
 

Middle East SWFs viewing West with caution, shift investment strategies

Middle East SWFs viewing West with caution, shift investment strategies

2015 will prove to be an active year for SWFs (Sovereign Wealth Funds) in the Middle East, says KPMG Report – UAE is home to one of the largest SWFs in the world – Low interest rates, evolving investment strategies and a growing appetite for alternative asset classes causing shift […]

 
 

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 […]

 
 

Middle East’s First LEGOLAND Park to open in Dubai in 2016

Middle East’s First LEGOLAND Park to open in Dubai in 2016

Middle East’s First LEGOLAND Park to open in #Dubai in 2016 Merlin Entertainments plc, Europe’s number one visitor attractions operator, today announced plans for LEGOLAND Dubai, the seventh LEGOLAND Park to open worldwide. The Park, which will be operated by Merlin, is being developed in conjunction with Dubai Parks & […]

 
 

The Syrian Tunnel and the Hijacked Spring

The Syrian Tunnel and the Hijacked Spring

The Syrian tunnel and the Spring When the first spontaneous explosions of the Arab democratic revolutions erupted in Tunisia in December 2010, many were hoping that this revolt might usher in a new beginning for the whole region. When Egypt joined Tunisia a few weeks later, hopes mounted and everyone […]

 
 

Turkey’s Executive Decision

Turkey’s Executive Decision

A review of the new executive decision in the Turkish parliament and what impact it will make. Turkey has been on the agenda since Obama announced a coalition to defeat the biggest threat in the Levant: ISIS. The top US officials paid visits to several countries in the Middle East […]

 
 

The PKK is a greater threat than ISIL to Turkey and the Middle East

The PKK is a greater threat than ISIL to Turkey and the Middle East

The UN Assembly in New York considered the U.S. strikes against ISIL targets in Syria. Following various meetings, speeches in the General Assembly and various statements by the Turkish delegation, reports to the effect that ‘Turkey has promised to play a greater role in the campaign against ISIL’ immediately began […]

 
 

The Salvation of the Kurds Lies in a Strong and Unitary Turkey

The Salvation of the Kurds Lies in a Strong and Unitary Turkey

After ISIS started advancing towards Kobane last week, Kurds became headlines all over the world again. First of all, no matter who does it for what purpose, and targeting whatever faiths or ideologies, violence in all its forms, is evil and can never be acceptable. Violence can never be a […]

 
 

Social Business – The New Trend in the Middle East

Social Business – The New Trend in the Middle East

Deloitte: Is social business the new trend in the Middle East? 2014 Research report lately released by Deloitte and MIT Sloan Management Review reveals that nearly two thirds of surveyed companies globally find social business initiatives —including social media, social software and social networks—are positively impacting their business outcomes. Based […]

 
 

Middle East’s Largest and Most Influential International Real Estate Show Opens

Middle East’s Largest and Most Influential International Real Estate Show Opens

The 13th edition of Cityscape Global, the Middle East’s largest and most influential international real estate event, was today inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority. Taking place until 23 September at the Dubai World Trade Centre, Cityscape Global is co-located with […]

 
 

MENA Visa Cardholders spend nearly $4 Billion during Ramadan and Eid

MENA Visa Cardholders spend nearly $4 Billion during Ramadan and Eid

Cardholders across Middle East and North Africa spent nearly US$4 billion on their Visa debit, prepaid and credit cards during the Holy month of Ramadan and Eid – says VISA in their latest report. Supermarkets, Financial institutions, Jewellery, Clothing Stores and Government Services emerge as top 5 categories for Visa […]

 
 

Mobile Subscriber Data Usage Trends in the Middle East

Mobile Subscriber Data Usage Trends in the Middle East

Latest Citrix Mobile Analytics Report Reveals Subscriber Preferences and the Impact of Video on Mobile Networks in the Middle East Today, Citrix released the Citrix Mobile Analytics Report for the second half of 2014 providing insight into subscriber behavior and related factors that determine quality of experience (QoE) for mobile […]

 
 

GCC Still Reliant on Oil Revenues despite Efforts to Diversify

GCC Still Reliant on Oil Revenues despite Efforts to Diversify

Hydrocarbon revenues in KSA and Kuwait make up to 90% plus of total Revenues Leading GCC economies remain susceptible to fluctuations in global energy prices Alkhabeer Capital, an asset management and investment firm based in Saudi Arabia, has published its latest report on GCC budget analysis and government spending behaviors […]

 
 

How Ramadan impact MENA Workplace [Infographic]

How Ramadan impact MENA Workplace [Infographic]

Business is slower in Ramadan, reveals survey 94.5% of professionals say that Ramadan lifts their morale at work as it is a peaceful, spiritual, and very special month. 44.5% of respondents say that employee efficiency does not drop during Ramadan; 85% claim higher levels of socialisation between colleagues The Bayt.com […]

 
 

Middle East to Drive Global Energy Security for the Next 30 Years

Middle East to Drive Global Energy Security for the Next 30 Years

As Global Energy Consumption is Set to Rise 41 Percent by 2035, ADIPEC 2014’s Theme is “Challenges and Opportunities for the Next 30 Years” The 17th edition of the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference (ADIPEC 2014) will kick off from 10 to 13 of November. RELATED: UAE-World’s Renewable Energy […]

 
 

Cybercrime in the Middle East: A Peep Into Future

Cybercrime in the Middle East: A Peep Into Future

Cybercrime appears to be the second most common form of economic crime in the Middle East; Read on to find out how the cyber-security services and laws help you brace against cybercrimes. A study by Cisco’s Middle East ICT Security Study 2014 noted strong adoption of smart devices in the […]

 
 

Why We Need New Humanized Mobilization Groups

Why We Need New Humanized Mobilization Groups

The unprecedented technological advancements in mass media and telecommunications have broadened the options of knowing what is going on in this turbulent world. Nowadays, people see how terror attacks, kidnapping, bloody armed conflicts and civil wars roam all around the globe. Thereon they wonder why the concerned authorities did not […]