With the release of the Dubai SME100 rankings list back in February, Mike Byrne decided to speak to three companies that were rated within the top-ten, but each from differing sectors, to see what exactly it was that set them apart from the rest. The Dubai SME 100 initiative... Read more
SME Speak Survey: Strategy of SMEs
In order to assess how strategy is developed in the SME sector, SME Advisor Middle East, in conjunction with Tickbox Surveys Middle East, conducted a survey of its readers. The general belief is that all firms regardless of size need to actively plan for their future if they are... Read more
What does 2012 hold for the economies of the Arab World?
What does the New Year hold for the Arab World?  More democracy, political instability, economic slowdown but also a lot of hope, says Hedi Larbi, Director, Middle East Department, World Bank, when he spoke to Aparna Shivpuri Arya. In 2011 the Arab world witnessed a tsunami change. Arab People... Read more
Two reports recently issued by Euromoney Conferences confirm that, despite a troubled global economy, the GCC’s financial sector continues to grow. The Gulf Financial Centres statistical survey carried out by Euromoney Conferences shows an increase in regulated financial institutions in all the region’s main Centres (Bahrain, Qatar Financial Centre... Read more
Middle East and Africa enterprise IT spending across all industry markets is forecast to reach EUR 70 billion in 2012, a 6.3% increase from 2011 spending of EUR 66 billion, according to Gartner. “In 2011, the growth rates across the Middle East and Africa region were in double-digit figures.... Read more
DLA Piper, a global law firm, has revealed the key findings from its survey of business leaders in the Middle East and found that over two thirds, 69%, are confident about their company’s revenue growth for 2012. The results indicate that although the region is not exempt from the... Read more
77% of United Arab Emirates companies report that their productivity has increased as a result of flexible working practices, and 77% link increasing revenues directly to flexi-working, according to new research from global workplace provider Regus. The research surveyed over 16,000 senior business managers around the world and it... Read more
Great Place to Work Institute UAE (GPTW UAE), part of a global research, training and consultancy firm that recognises the best workplaces in over 45 countries worldwide, revealed its second annual list of Top Companies to Work For in the UAE during an awards ceremony at The Monarch Dubai... Read more
The poll Online Education and the Job Market in the Middle East conducted by Bayt.com, the Middle East’s number one job site, revealed that although more people support online education today than five years ago, companies still prefer to hire graduates with traditional degrees. Most respondents state that they... Read more
Over consumption of water in the GCC is a problem that can no longer be ignored, as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates respectively consume 91% and 83% more water per capita than the global average. Governments need to take a variety of steps to reduce the demand... Read more