Op-eds

MENA’s economic landscape: Positive outlook amid persistent challenges

Analysts forecast a tepid year-on-year GDP increase this 2024, ranging from 2.4 to 2.7 percent

The rise of the digital economy: Banks as architects of GCC’s financial future

Open banking and digital payments among technologies that drive transformation in the finance industry

What’s behind the U.S. dollar’s dominance, and what can end it?

Dollar accounts for over 60 percent of global central bank reserves, making it the world’s most widely held currency

Key factors influencing gold, crude oil performance in H1 2024

From economic signals to policies and developments in the Fed

Enabling stablecoin growth in the MENA region: Key factors for success

Crypto assets are available 24/7, have near-zero costs and are fully programmable

How the UAE is upholding financing with robust laws

UAE Central Bank Law and Commercial Transactions Law are key legislative instruments

How China’s economic rise is strengthening the logistics transformation of the Middle East

Saudi Arabia and UAE are the Asian giant’s valuable trading partners

Consumer brands see a massive increase in CTR by personalizing website experiences

Behavior-based insights and purposeful personalization boost conversion rates, yielding higher brand revenues

Navigating climate-related data in the investment process

Such data are vital for assessing risks, valuing assets, and engaging shareholders

Digital technology: A catalyst for sustainable energy practices in the GCC region

How AI, process optimization and digital grid solutions are changing the game

Navigating the UAE’s updated pension regulations

2023 Law increases monthly pensionable cap from AED 50,000 to AED 70,000

Building a greener future: How FMCG companies can drive sustainability

Implementing green practices such as tapping solar energy and reducing food loss can help companies meet sustainability goals

Building a purpose-led and values-driven culture to retain talent

In a hyper-competitive employment market, purpose and values have rapidly emerged as a key differentiator in attracting and retaining talent

Future-ready CEOs in Saudi Arabia lead with optimism, innovation and climate action, PwC survey shows

Saudi CEOs anticipate that GenAI will significantly change the creation, delivery and capture of value in the next three years

The case for inclusion in quantum computing

Why solutions to our biggest challenges can only come from a diverse workforce

All-new Sunseeker 120 Yacht redefines superyacht luxury and elegance

From its expansive decks to its luxurious staterooms, seafaring marvel sets a new standard for excellence

Pagani’s utopian hypercar

Only 99 units will be produced, each with a price tag of AED 8 million

Dubai’s real estate: Thriving in the digital era

How social media further boosts an already booming sector

Iraq’s first solar power plant moves forward

To provide clean electricity enough to power 350,000 homes

UAE is on the path to becoming the AI capital of the world

As Sam Altman once said, the country has been ‘talking about AI since before it was cool’

Driving economic growth through technology

Harnessing Artificial Intelligence (AI) to combat global economic disruptions and achieve sustainable progress

Retail tourism: How shopping drives economic activity

Dubai and Riyadh are notable global shopping destinations

Time for an upgrade: Revitalizing customer loyalty with innovative rewards programs

Earning and redeeming points just not enough in an ever-increasingly competitive market

The Middle East: Rise of a tourism powerhouse

Middle Eastern destinations, including Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and emerging hotspots like Riyadh and Ras Al Khaimah, saw significant tourist inflows in 2023