SinoGulf Investments uses Yardi Voyager for property management operations

SinoGulf Investments integrated Yardi Voyager® into its real estate asset and property management operations. Yardi Voyager provides its clients with a real estate platform to upgrade business processes. SinoGulf currently oversees $500 million in assets throughout the Middle East, North Africa. Neal Gemassmer, Yardi International VP, said his company enjoyed servicing the region. Read More »

Bahrain to start phase 2 of LED traffic project

Bahrain’s Ministry of Works will kick off phase 2 of its plan to convert the Gulf nation’s traffic lights to modern LED traffic signals in November. Kadhim Abdul Latif, acting roads assistant undersecretary at the Ministry of Works, said phase two of Bahrain’s LED Traffic Signals Project will replace traffic lights at 115 interchanges and pedestrian signals with newer LED lights. Read More »

Qatari small business leaders learn tips from South Korea

The Qatar Leadership Centre’s (QLC) Rising Leaders Program participants recently traveled to South Korea to learn from the nation's success with small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The visit was the latest of Qatar Leadership Centre educational trips where Rising Leaders Program participants travel to learn from the experience of established business leaders. Read More »

Inaugural Arab Microfinance Investment Symposium to take place in Dubai on Nov. 30

The First Arab Microfinance Investment Symposium will take place in Dubai on Nov. 30. The event will be under the patronage of Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum's wife, vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and the Ruler of Dubai. More than 100 investors, financial experts and representatives are expected to attend. Read More »

Zain Kuwait partners with Huawei to build network capabilities

Kuwait’s largest mobile telecommunications company, Zain Kuwait, struck a new deal with the China-based ICT giant Huawei Monday to build up Zain’s virtualized network capabilities. Virtualized network technologies combine traditional network infrastructure with groundbreaking cloud-based IT capabilities. The result is a more powerful, flexible and efficient mobile network. Read More »

Simon Longley joins Hill International as senior vice president

Construction risk management firm Hill International named Simon Longley senior vice president of Hill's Construction Claims Group Wednesday. Longley will work from Hill's Dubai, United Arab Emirates, office and brings with him more than three decades of experience in construction consulting. He has worked as regional managing director with Project Advisors International. Read More »

Carlson Rezidor adds Muscat's Hormuz Grand to portfolio

Carlson Rezidor recently added the Hormuz Grand Hotel in Muscat, Oman, to the company’s luxury Quorvus Collection line of hotels. The Hormuz Grand boasts 231 guest rooms with iconic architecture and elegant amenities. Carlson Rezidor’s Quorvus Collection is the company’s new generation of “curated” luxury hotels, which must be opulent and inspired by the modern sensibilities. Read More » launches virtual store service in Dubai metro stations

Dubai-based online grocery store recently established a virtual store service at Dubai Metro stations. Through the virtual store, commuters can grocery shop while waiting for their transportation. This is done with a small 3D touch screen in which shoppers select items from virtual shelves, check out and choose the time and location for their items to be delivered.  Read More »

Ooredoo Kuwait makes connections at Mobile 360 conference in Dubai

A high-level delegation from Ooredoo Kuwait was on hand for the GSM Association’s Mobile 360 Middle East conference in Dubai last week, where the group networked with major global players in the telecom sector. Ooredoo Kuwait is part of the Ooredoo Group, which is one of the Middle East’s largest mobile telecommunication and ICT providers as well as a sponsor of the conference. Read More »

Yale raises eyebrows with new Sharia center funded by gift from Saudi banker

Yale University Law School is the subject of recent criticism after founding a Sharia center focused on the Islamic law system using funds received from a Saudi Arabian billionaire with ties to Al Qeada. The Abdallah S. Kamel Center for the Study of Islamic Law and Civilization is being founded using a $10 million donation made by Saudi Arabian banker Abdullah S. Kamel. Read More »

Ooredoo takes grand prize at International Business Awards

The Qatar-based mobile telecommunication company Ooredoo took home a whopping 29 trophies from the 2015 International Business Awards – also known as "the Stevies." Ooredoo’s 29 awards added up to make it the most recognized brand at the International Business Awards, earning the company the Grand Stevie Award. The Grand Stevie goes to the company that racks up the most wins. Read More »

MARACAD to bring maritime experts together in November

The inaugural Maritime Academic Conference & Expo (MARACAD) is set to open November 9 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. MARACAD's purpose is to highlight the growing importance and international profile of the growing maritime sector in the United Arab Emirates. The two-day event will gather international maritime industry leaders to hear from top experts in the field. Read More »

Qatar Stock Exchange hosts 55th WFE General Assembly and Annual Meeting

The World Federation of Exchanges' (WFE) 55th General Assembly and Annual Meeting took place Oct. 21 in Doha, Qatar. Representatives from more than 60 countries attended the three-day gathering, which was hosted by the Qatar Stock Exchange (QSE). WFE Chairman and CEO Juan Pablo Cordoba closed the meeting and invited Qatar to attend the 56th General Assembly and Annual Meeting. Read More »

Al Tayer receives delegation of Kuwait’s Public Authority of Roads and Land Transport

Mattar Al Tayer, Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) director general and chairman, received a Kuwaiti delegation headed by Abdulatif Al-Dikhail, chairman of Public Authority of Roads and Land Transport Kuwait, Oct. 20. The meeting discussed boosting cooperation, with Khaled Al Farhoud and Mohammed Al Hadaba, board members of the Kuwaiti Authority, also present. Read More »

M.H. Alshaya brings seven iconic American restaurants to Kuwait

Kuwait residents now have a unique dining destination that brings together seven well-loved American restaurant brands at one location. The international retail franchise operator M.H. Alshaya Co. opened Sidra Restaurants in Kuwait Oct. 25. Visitors can eat at American restaurants The Cheesecake Factory, P.F. Chang’s, Texas Roadhouse, Shake Shack, IHOP, Pinkberry and Starbucks.   Read More »

Macedonian PM courts investors from the United Arab Emirates

Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski is courting Emirati businesses to invest in his nation following high level trade talks with the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Gruevski pointed to Macedonia’s investment-friendly climate and low cost of starting a business in order to woo potential Emirati investors. Macedonia hopes to see greater investment from the Emirates. Read More »