Gulf region hotels investing in new technologies for tomorrow's traveler

Some tech leaders are pointing to bold new initiatives by hotel chains in the Middle East region as a kind of renaissance for advanced products and services. Avaya, for one, cited 40 percent growth within a six month period. In a June 19 press release, experts attributed the rise in Avaya’s business to investments that hoteliers are hoping will reap dividends. Read More »

Study finds low online banking adoption in GCC countries

As tech journalists, finance professionals and others try to read the tea leaves on the advancing technology and practices of the banking industry, researchers are getting mixed signals from some consumer markets. One example is a recent study of smartphone users in the Gulf Coast region which uncovered trends among banking customers in countries such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE. Read More »

DLA Piper appoints sixth partner for Middle East legal team

Ramsey Jurdi becomes the sixth partner of the Middle East litigation, arbitration and investigation team at global law firm DLA Piper. "The Middle East is fast becoming a major hub for international trade ... we are seeing an increasing amount of ... regulation in the region, on which our clients require guidance," Henry Quinlan, head of the DLA Piper Middle East team, said. Read More »

Saudi Eastern Province chamber signs memorandum to boost transparency in real estate sectors

A memorandum of understanding between professional services and investment management firm JLL and the Saudi Eastern Province Chamber of Commerce and Industry aims to make the residential, retail, office and hospitality real estate industries in the region more transparent. JLL will work with the chamber to improve the accuracy of information gathered within the market. Read More »

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