Franchising in the Middle East

taking advantage of opportunity (carefully)

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Building Brand Qatar
Identifying an “untapped” resource in tourism, Qatar is laying the foundations to diversify from its carbon controlled economy. Support is strong as the largest operators from Hilton to Starwood, vie for prime positioning across the country but with huge increases in supply and a high concentration of corporate guests.... Read more
A record of achievement
The Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) has rapidly become established as one of the leading dedicated trade hubs in the GCC, fulfilling the vision of its Executive Chairman, Ahmed Bin Sulayem – as well as having true ‘landmark’ status with its home in Almas Tower, one of the 10 highest buildings... Read more
Culture is an essential element in doing business and can impact the strategic direction of a company. In many ways it is different in every country and it evolves over time. Culture also affects various aspects of business such as management and decision-making, and other business functions from accounting... Read more

Associate Editor Zenifer Khaleel reviews this important financing strategy

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Rushika Bhatia presents a practical, relevant and hands-on guide with useful social media tips that you can apply into your business

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How Qatar-based dotcoms are a force to be reckoned with

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A surprising proportion of SMEs are in fact branch offices of much larger international businesses, running as independent profit centres and in day-to-day terms facing the same challenges as fully independent companies. The question is, how can they cope effectively with bringing staff across borders and maintaining identity and... Read more
It’s a commercial reality that the majority of businesses will benefit from an injection of capital at some time in their life cycle – whether to seize fresh opportunities, develop new capabilities or reach fresh, rewarding markets. Plus, a company will find it easier to ‘wait out’ a challenging... Read more
This is the powerful and practical mantra of Steven Speter, Managing Director of procurement specialists 36 Strategies. The fact is that effective and streamlined procurement is a powerful tool for supercharging business performance – not to mention saving money and time – and it’s a discipline that can help... Read more