How will the Qatar Investment Authority economic strategy affect the Western world?

As reported in Bloomberg news and other venues, Qatar’s government is looking to get involved in the U.S. in a big way. The country's sovereign wealth fund, the Qatar Investment Authority, has opened a New York office and is aggressively looking to acquire U.S. assets with $35 billion. At the same time, Qatar and its related investors are also spending money elsewhere around the world. Read More »

Venture capital industry helping MENA tech entrepreneur sector achieve tenfold growth

BECO Capital, a venture capital firm that provides early-stage growth capital and hands-on operational support for technology companies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, recently reported that the tech entrepreneur sector in the area has achieved tenfold growth lately. The company said the technology ecosystem has been growing with the help of major players including angel investors, incubators, accelerators, venture capital firms and government initiatives. Read More »

Spring of Culture festival underway in Bahrain

The 11th edition of the Spring of Culture festival, organized by the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (BACA), Economic Development Board (EDB), the Shaikh Ebrahim Centre for Culture and Research and numerous art galleries, is running through April. The festival is comprised of cultural events and activities including exhibitions, concerts and theatrical productions. Read More »

Panel discussion focuses on Bahrain as special purpose vehicles hub

A recent panel discussion titled "Special Purpose Vehicles (SPV) and Corporate Entities Component in Investment Banking & Asset Management" highlighted the importance of promoting Bahrain as a hub for SPVs. The discussion was hosted by the Bahrain Asset Managers Association (BAMA) in partnership with the Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) and the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB). Read More »

GFH Financial Group highlights a successful year at annual meeting

Bahrain-based regional financial services group GFH Financial Group (GFH) completed the annual general meeting (AGM) for the year ending Dec. 31. “2015 was a positive year for GFH, despite challenging market conditions,” GFH Chairman Ahmed Al-Mutawa said. During the meeting, Al-Mutawa summarized the group’s business transactions and revealed the financial results for 2015. Read More »

Six new Al Meera stores to open in Qatar

Al Meera Consumer Goods Company recently signed deals with two contractors to build six new stores in Qatar. The retailer has chosen Al Muftah Contracting Company to construct four of the shopping centers while Al Khayarin Group Contracting and Trading will create the other two. The shopping centers will located in Al Khor, Azghawa, Leabaib, Rawdat Aba El Heran, Saileya and Umm Qarn. Read More »

Dubai welcomes World Retail Congress 2016

The prestigious three-day 10th World Retail Congress, being co-sponsored by Majid Al Futtaim and the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, got underway Tuesday in Madinat Jumeirah, marking the first time Dubai has served as the host nation for the event. The gathering is expected to draw over 1,000 industry leaders and retailers while highlighting the region’s opportunities. Read More »

What You Can Buy

This tastefully updated villa is located in Dubai's sought-after The Springs residential development. The villa boasts a bright and inviting floor plan with 1,793 square feet of living space and includes a gorgeous reception room and dining area, a handsome home study, a sizable laundry area and an upgraded modern kitchen with all the conveniences. Read More »

Ooredoo expands its 4G services footprint to Tunisia

Ooredoo Group has increased its 4G service offerings to five markets with the launch of 4G services from Ooredoo Tunesia. Ooredoo now provides super-fast 4G digital services to Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Indonesia and Tunisia, expanding the group’s footprint to one of the largest in the region. Ooredoo customers can now take advantage of the faster, more efficient 4G services. Read More »

Vodafone Qatar named a premium roaming operator

The GSMA Association rated Vodafone Qatar as a premium operator for its roaming services. The association, which represents the interests of mobile operators, rates operators every year based on compliance with the most current roaming standards. "We are delighted by GSMA's recognition of our premier roaming standard," Vodafone Qatar Chief Operating Officer Mohamed Al Sadah said. Read More »

Third edition of Global PR Summit coming to Bahrain

The third edition of the Global PR Summit Middle East on June 1 and 2 in Bahrain is expected to draw public relations and communications experts from such businesses as Google, MasterCard, Nissan, STC, P&G and Cruises Lines International. The summit will deal with various topics including trends and challenges regarding regional communications and crisis communications. Read More »

Emerging market slowdown is focus of Abu Dhabi chamber seminar

Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry Director General Mohammed Helal Al-Muhairi recently spoke before an audience gathered to assess oil prices, the economic climate and their effects on the nation’s private industry. Al-Muhairi summarized Abu Dhabi’s current economic stance during a seminar titled “The Emerging Market Slowdown, Low Oil Prices and the Abu Dhabi Private Sector.” Read More »

Content specialist MEC Wavemaker comes to the Middle East

Global content specialist MEC Wavemaker combined content strategy, social, partnerships, SEO and creative services to recently launch in 10 markets, including the Middle East. MEC Wavemaker, which aims to create content that improves a brand's performance, driving insights and offering recommendations to optimize performance, plans to launch in 20 more markets later this year. Read More »