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THE ECONOMY - BUSINESS

Abu Dhabi voted World's 'Best Business City' by US Travel Magazine

Posted on 05/12/2012

Abu Dhabi, the largest of seven emirates which make up the United Arab Emirates, has been named 'Best Business City - International' by Global Traveller magazine - the USA's leading publication for frequent luxury and business travellers. Having ranked highest in Global Traveller's ninth annual Tested Reader Survey - an eight-month poll generating more than 25,000 reader votes - Abu Dhabi joins previous winners, Bangkok (twice), Barcelona and Istanbul in scooping the prestigious international ...  >>MORE

UAE enjoys world’s easiest tax structure: report

Posted on 26/11/2012

Companies in the UAE enjoy the world's least demanding tax framework, according to a new report compiled by the World Bank, International Financial Corporation, or IFC, and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Qatar and Saudi Arabia are second and third respectively in the ranking of countries with the lightest administrative burden in paying taxes. Bahrain comes 7th, Oman 10th and Kuwait 11th in the ranking. Companies operating in the UAE, which was last year ranked sixth globally for having the ...  >>MORE

Dubai plans to achieve 4.5% growth by 2015

Posted on 19/11/2012

Despite the economic and political situation worldwide, the Dubai government plans to achieve a 4.5- 5 per cent growth by 2015, Sami Al Qamzi, Director General of the Development of Economic Department in Dubai, talked to Gulf News on the sidelines of the Summit on the Global Agenda. He said: "Conserving an average of 4.5 per cent in Dubai Gross Domestic Production is an achievable target by 2015 amid all the existing challenges.” Moreover, Al Qamzi said that the discussions at the summit is ...  >>MORE

UAE capital offers Dh276b commercial opportunities

Posted on 18/11/2012

Huge commercial opportunities in Abu Dhabi valued at over Dh276 billion is expected to boost the UAE capital's economy in 2013. The commercial prospects are related to upcoming projects across the Emirate's infrastructure, transport, healthcare, education, heavy manufacturing, power & water, real estate & construction, banking & finance, and oil & gas sectors. A comprehensive review of projects currently in the pipeline as well as announcements on new projects will be presented at The Abu ...  >>MORE

Dubai Business Women Council President named 'Most Influential Arab Woman in Family Business'

Posted on 07/11/2012

President of Dubai Business Women Council (DBWC) Raja Al Gurg has received the 'Most Influential Arab Woman in Family Business' award during the Forbes Middle East CEOs Forum that was held recently in Dubai, DBWC said in a press release. The forum was held under the patronage of the UAE's Minister of Economy Eng. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri. The awards ceremony was hosted in celebration of the exceptional achievements of outstanding CEOs and distinguished leaders from diverse sectors, ...  >>MORE

UAE enjoys better 'brand' image abroad than US, Europe

Posted on 07/11/2012

A brand's success always depends on its image. And countries are not different anymore. Trust is central to the image of a country abroad… and UAE is well aware of this fact and that's why the Emirate enjoys excellent image abroad and is rated better than most of the developed countries in terms of encouraging business development. The UAE has been rated ninth globally and second in the Arab world, according to IMD's World Competitiveness Centre's 2012 data for ‘Image Abroad'. Encouraging ...  >>MORE

Demand for shops and offices up more in UAE than anywhere else in world

Posted on 07/11/2012

Demand for shops and office space is increasing more in the UAE than anywhere else in the world, according to chartered surveyors. A survey by the British-based Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors said demand for commercial property in the Emirates had risen to its highest level since 2008, ahead of rises in Thailand, Russia and the United States. However, there was still an oversupply in the UAE's commercial property market The organisation found 48 per cent more of its UAE members ...  >>MORE

Dubai businesses buoyant on higher sales and volumes expected during winter 2012

Posted on 05/11/2012

Businesses in Dubai look forward to closing the year 2012 on a high note, according to the latest quarterly business survey conducted by the Department of Economic Development (DED) during July-September 2012. The composite Business Confidence Index in Dubai rose to more than 122 points during the third quarter of the year, an increase of over 15 per cent on the previous quarter and 6.5 per cent on the same quarter of 2011. High levels of activity expected during the fall was a key factor ...  >>MORE

UAE's SWFs assets under management rise to US$811.7 billion

Posted on 04/11/2012

Total assets under management of the UAE's sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) rose to US$811.7 billion in September 2012, registering an increase of US$28.7 billion since March, with Abu Dhabi's Mubadala Development Company assets jumping by a whopping 78 per cent in just six months. Mubadala's assets touched US$48.2bn in September from US$27.10 billion in March, while International Petroleum Investment Company assets grew 12.5 per cent to US$65.3bn from US$58bn during the same period, SWF ...  >>MORE

Shurooq-led delegation delivers flawless presentation at Global Entrepolis Singapore 2012

Posted on 29/10/2012

A number of booming sectors where demand is outpacing supply; a key geographical centre between Africa, Asia and Europe; an increased requirement for specialised services due to a rising middle class; and a friendly and supportive business and investment environment - these are the key factors that were addressed during a Hot Sectors in Emerging Markets' discussion on the second day of the 2012 Global Entrepolis Singapore (GES). The session, which was sponsored by the Sharjah Investment and ...  >>MORE

UAE firms ‘most targeted’ for M&A deals in October

Posted on 29/10/2012

Companies based in the UAE were collectively "the most important and most frequently targeted” in the Middle East in October for mergers and acquisitions, or M&As, with US$1.473 billion across eight deals compared with seven transactions worth a combined US$22 million in the preceding month, according to the latest M&A report from Zephyr. In October, M&A activity targeting companies based in the Middle East had mixed fortunes in October as value surged while volume weakened. The total value ...  >>MORE

UAE ranked first in the Arab World in ease of starting business

Posted on 24/10/2012

The UAE was also ranked 22 globally, compared to 46 in 2012, and first in the Arab world in ease of starting a business in 2013. Moving higher up in the rankings mark the successful outcome of the exemplary procedures being put in place by the UAE to facilitate doing business and enhance competitiveness. The World Bank has also adopted the business registration and licensing procedures in Dubai as the standard for the ease of starting a business in the UAE and the Department of Economic ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi hailed as one of world's 'Cities of Opportunity'

Posted on 16/10/2012

Abu Dhabi was chosen as one of 27 "cities of opportunity" in an annual ranking conducted by one of the world's leading accounting firms. The capital, the only Middle East city included in the survey, was ranked the "most productive", based on the amount of GDP produced by each worker in the city. PricewaterhouseCoopers puts the UAE capital ahead of New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago for productivity. The ranking, which rates cities according to 10 criteria, one of which is ...  >>MORE

UAE leads as ME M&A activity doubles to US$15.7bn

Posted on 10/10/2012

Middle Eastern M&A activity recorded deals worth US$15.7 billion during the first nine months of 2012, more than double the activity seen during the same period in 2011 (US$7.5 billion), and the strongest first nine months since 2008. According to Thomson Reuters' investment banking analysis for the Middle East region for the first nine months of 2012, the UAE has emerged as the most active country in the region with US$4 billion of deals. "In respect to M&A activity during the first nine ...  >>MORE

Dubai remains an attractive destination for investors

Posted on 03/10/2012

Dubai continues to remain an attractive destination for investors due to its safe haven status, but mechanisms are needed to make it difficult for investors to flip properties as the realty market shows signs of recovery, a panel of experts said. "Long-term investors generally look at yields, finance, demand and supply, cash flow against short-term investors who borrow money for quick profit. Developers not just need to study the profile of buyers and must put financial conditions that make it ...  >>MORE

Growth back on fast track

Posted on 03/10/2012

Sending a clear message to the international business community that sunny days are here again, a slew of data emerging from different sectors confirmed the UAE's turnaround story is more compelling than ever. The National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) revised its economic growth forecast for the UAE to 3.3 per cent from the 2.6 per cent it projected at the beginning of the year as the nation produced more oil, which yielded better prices. Speaking to reporters after issuing the first Economic ...  >>MORE

‘Jeda Al Jiouin’ initiative for Emirati businesswomen launched

Posted on 11/09/2012

Invest A.D. and the UAE Chambers of Commerce and Industry are launching an initiative to create a platform for Emirati businesswomen to network, collaborate and exchange ideas in the area of finance and investment. The initiative, named ‘Jeda Al Jiouin' has been agreed in a memorandum of understanding signed by Abdullah Sultan Abdullah, Secretary General of the UAE Chambers of Commerce and Industry, and Nazem Fawwaz Al Kudsi, CEO of Invest A.D. It will be carried out through the Emirates ...  >>MORE

Dubai offers Dh72m fee exemption to SMEs

Posted on 03/09/2012

Dubai SME, the agency of the Department of Economic Development (DED) in Dubai, yesterday announced that it is offering its members a fee exemption of more than Dh72 million. Small and medium entrepreneurs (SMEs) will not be charged more than a Dh1000 annually during the first three years of business in Dubai,” Abdul Baset Al Janahi, CEO of Dubai SME, said. This move seeks to encourage SMEs to focus on growing their enterprises without cost concerns. "With the discounted fee, we are offering ...  >>MORE

DIC sells stake in US$300m Infrastructure Fund

Posted on 28/08/2012

Dubai International Capital (DIC), the private equity arm of Dubai Holding, has sold its stake in the US$300 million MENA Infrastructure Fund to international Islamic investment firm Fajr Capital, the latter said yesterday in a press statement. While announcing its acquisition of DIC's stake in the fund, Fajr Capital said it will take its place alongside the two other general partners and co-sponsors of the fund, HSBC Bank Middle East and Abu Dhabi-based Waha Capital, and will also be a ...  >>MORE

SMEs contribute 60 per cent to the UAE GDP

Posted on 23/08/2012

Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) have become a vital cog to the growth of the UAE economy, contributing 60 per cent of the national GDP in 2011, according to the UAE Ministry of Economy. This figure represents a 100 per cent increase from 2010, when the Ministry of Foreign Trade economic bulletin reported that the SME sector in the UAE contributed 30 per cent of the GDP. Recognising the invaluable economic input of businesses in the SME sector, the Gulf Capital SME info Awards seek to ...  >>MORE

Better business climate seen in UAE

Posted on 22/08/2012

The latest Middle East and North Africa Consumer Confidence Index Survey, conducted by Bayt.com and YouGov, shows that expectations for the year to come are high across the Mena region. In the UAE, respondents forecast a better financial climate and economy, with improved business conditions and more jobs available. Across the Mena region in general, the feelings for respondents' personal situations at the present time are neutral. Only 28 per cent claim that their financial situation is ...  >>MORE

Jumeirah Restaurants' flagship brand drives global expansion

Posted on 20/08/2012

Jumeirah Restaurants is looking to feed the world, however, its aggressive expansion will not leave Dubai and the UAE hungry. A division of Jumeirah Group and member of Dubai Holding, Jumeirah Restaurants will launch a new outlet of one of its flagship brands – The Noodle House – at the Dubai Mall. There is more to noodles in this plan of the group, expansion at a time of global economic uncertainty. Phil Broad, Managing Director of Jumeirah Restaurants, says: "We are committed to ...  >>MORE

UAE No.1 regionally, 4th overall for starting business

Posted on 15/08/2012

The UAE has been ranked first regionally and fourth globally in the World Competitiveness Yearbook 2012's report in the indicator of procedures to start a business, up by 12 ranks compared to the past year. The UAE — as a result of this report released by the International Institute for Management Development — outshone the United States, the United Kingdom, France and China. The feat denotes how important the UAE is as a pivotal hub to running businesses in the world on one hand, and how it ...  >>MORE

Dubai Holding enhances board structure at Jumeirah Group

Posted on 15/08/2012

Dubai Holding, the global investment holding company, has announced an enhanced board of directors at Jumeirah Group (Jumeirah), its global luxury hospitality arm, aimed at strengthening its corporate governance. Jumeirah's board structure now comprises an independent non-executive chairman, two non-executive directors and two executive directors. These appointments become effective from September 1, 2012. Stephen Murphy, former Group CEO, Virgin Group, has been appointed Non-Executive ...  >>MORE

Business confidence in UAE tops globally

Posted on 09/08/2012

The UAE leads the world in business confidence and stands alone in positive territory in the global economic survey index, leaving behind the US, UK, Hong Kong, Singapore and others on negative side of the index. This was revealed in the Global Economic Conditions Survey, or GECS, in the second quarter of 2012, undertaken by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, or Acca, and the Institute of Management Accountants, or IMA. Global economic recovery has again slowed down in early ...  >>MORE

UAE business activity edges up slightly in July

Posted on 06/08/2012

Business activity in the UAE's non-oil private sector edged up slightly in July from the previous month, but the growth of export orders fell sharply, a purchasing managers' survey showed on Sunday. The HSBC UAE Purchasing Managers' Index, which measures the performance of the manufacturing and services sectors, rose to 53.4 points last month from 53.2 in June. The adjusted index remains above the 50-point mark which separates growth from contraction, the survey of 400 private sector firms ...  >>MORE

Dubai Investments PJSC reports profit of Dh171 million for in H1 of 2012

Posted on 06/08/2012

Dubai Investments PJSC ("DI"), the largest investment company listed on the Dubai Financial Market, yesterday announced its financial results for the six month period ended 30 June 2012. DI reported another quarter of strong results with profits of Dh171 million for the period and total income at Dh1.26 billion. Total assets as on 30 June 2012 amount to Dh13.6 billion while total liabilities amount to Dh4.6 billion. Net worth of the company stands at Dh9.0 billion and the annualised return on ...  >>MORE

Business is booming at Abu Dhabi's Etihad Towers

Posted on 17/07/2012

Etihad Towers, the new retail, residential and commercial development on Abu Dhabi's Corniche, is proving a success for people looking for that special apartment The five-tower development has a 62 per cent lease rate, with a range of one to seven-bedroom apartments, said Richard Foulds, the property manager for Etihad Towers, as the media were given a first glimpse of the entire project. Rents start at Dh98,000 per year and the towers are currently home to more than 60 nationalities. "We ...  >>MORE

High net worth Dubai benefits local businesses

Posted on 05/07/2012

Dubai's status as a high-end destination is set to attract a growing number high net-worth individuals over the next five years, and local businesses are set to reap the financial benefits of their presence. According to The Wealth Report, produced annually by Knight Frank in conjunction with Citi Private Bank, the distribution of the world's super-rich is shifting. The report, which was released earlier this year, says the UAE will see a 25 per cent increase in the number of ...  >>MORE

UAE business activity growth eases in June

Posted on 04/07/2012

The growth of private sector business activity in the UAE eased to a three-month low in June, a purchasing managers' survey showed on Tuesday. The HSBC UAE Purchasing Managers' Index dropped to 53.2 points in June from an 11-month high of 53.8 in May, but was still indicative of a solid improvement in operating conditions. The index measures the performance of the manufacturing and services sectors. The survey was conducted on 400 companies in the private sector. "I'm not troubled by the ...  >>MORE

UAE corporates' net profits surge

Posted on 26/06/2012

The net profit of UAE corporates surged 11.5 per cent to $3.01 billion in the first quarter as the total net income of GCC companies for the same period rose 12.9 per cent to $14.5 billion, a research by Global Investment House shows. In Abu Dhabi Stock Exchange, a total of 59 companies, covered in this study, reported an aggregate net profit of $2.25 billion for the first quarter compared to $1.87 billion in the same 2011 period, a growth of 20.5 per cent. On the other side, a total of 34 ...  >>MORE

New local fashion brand launched

Posted on 10/06/2012

Nazek Al Sabbagh, the Emirati engineer and businesswoman, has launched "Zari O' Breesam”, a new fashion brand that represents an addition to UAE brands eyeing a global footprint, driven by quality, innovative designs and aggressive marketing. Zari O' Breesam aims to attain a market share in the UAE of over 20 per cent within three years, said Al Sabbagh, who is confident that the brand will emerge as a key Emirati player in the Gulf fashion industry, which is growing at 15 per cent annually, ...  >>MORE

Sky's the limit for Emirati women

Posted on 03/06/2012

The face of the Emirati workforce is undergoing a sea change with women stepping up to the plate and holding senior positions. This is not only due to governmental, parental and domestic support, but also because private companies are becoming more inclined to hiring women graduates as opposed to men. Dr Maitha Al Shamsi, Minister of State and Chairwoman of the Marriage Fund, was recently quoted by UAE's official news agency, WAM, as saying that Emirati women have become a significant ...  >>MORE

First Sharjah-French roundtable on May 30

Posted on 29/05/2012

Sharjah Investment and Development Authority, (Shurooq) in collaboration with the French Business Council of Dubai and Northern Emirates (FBC) will be hosting the first Sharjah-French Round-Table this Wednesday 30th May, to highlight and explore the economic, investment, tourism and cultural opportunities that exist between Sharjah and France. Representatives of more than twenty major French companies and twenty representatives from the Sharjah government and various leading Sharjah based ...  >>MORE

Al Gergawi: SME sector is a major factor of economic growth in the region

Posted on 24/05/2012

Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the chairman of the organising committee of Middle East SME, a forum for SMEs, emphasised that the forum, which is the largest in the region, reflects the UAE Leadership's support to the youth in view of the importance of this sector in the future economic growth in the region. He said the Middle East SME will represent a major international forum aiming at sustainable development in the sector through developing government ...  >>MORE

Dh500m fund set up for Emirati entrepreneurs

Posted on 21/05/2012

A newly created Dh500 million SME fund will be launched to provide equity funding for Emirati entrepreneurs and possibly third party investors in various sectors. The Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development (KFED) and the National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) plan to launch the Imtiyaz SME Development Fund, they announced on Sunday. The fund will have an initial equity size of Dh80 million, with matching commitments from KFED and NBAD. The size of the Fund is expected to reach Dh500 ...  >>MORE

Businesses in Dubai remain upbeat: DED

Posted on 13/05/2012

Businesses across Dubai confident of improved sales and activity and remain upbeat on growth and revenues with expectations riding high especially in the manufacturing sector. It is reflected in the quarterly business survey conducted by the Department of Economic Development (DED) during the first three months of 2012. The composite Business Confidence Index (BCI) for Dubai according to the survey stood at 120.5 points in Q1 2012, indicating an optimistic outlook for the next quarter. BCI ...  >>MORE

Dubai is at the start of a new cycle of boom : Dubai SME

Posted on 12/05/2012

Dubai is at the start of a new cycle of boom, powered largely by a dynamic private sector, said Farid Karmostaji, Director of Entrepreneur Development Division of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Establishment for SME Development (Dubai SME). Speaking at the inauguration of Franchise UAE 2012, the third edition of the national franchise and trade Show, Karmostaji said that an increasing number of companies were looking at Dubai as a base, and a good number of franchisors were keen to set up outlets ...  >>MORE

Dubai firms upbeat on Q2

Posted on 09/05/2012

Businesses across Dubai remain upbeat on growth and revenues in the second quarter, with a majority of employers intending to retain their employees, according to a latest survey conducted by the Dubai Department of Economic Development, or DED. The manufacturing sector was the most optimistic, followed by the services and trading industries, the survey revealed. The composite Business Confidence Index, or BCI, for Dubai stood at 120.5 points, indicating an optimistic outlook for the second ...  >>MORE

The 6th Abu Dhabi Singapore Joint Forum held in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 08/05/2012

The 6th Abu Dhabi-Singapore Joint Forum (ADSJF) was held in Abu Dhabi yesterday under the co-chairmanship of Khaldoon Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Executive Affairs Authority of Abu Dhabi and Lee Yi Shyan, Singapore's Minister of State for Trade and Industry and National Development. The Forum was jointly organised by the Executive Affairs Authority (EAA), and International Enterprise (IE) Singapore, the government agency driving Singapore's external economy. The Forum convened approximately ...  >>MORE

Jersey Minister arrives in Abu Dhabi for talks on Jersey's business links with UAE

Posted on 24/04/2012

Senator Philip Ozouf, Treasury Minister of the British Channel Island of Jersey, arrived in the UAE capital yesterday at the start of a three-day visit to the United Arab Emirates. During his visit, Ozouf is expected to meet with government officials and representatives of the local finance industry in Abu Dhabi and Dubai to discuss the further promotion of Jersey's business links with the UAE and the rest of the Gulf region. Jersey, a self-governing dependency of the British Crown, is a ...  >>MORE

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Abu Dhabi voted World's 'Best Business City' by US Travel Magazine


UAE enjoys world’s easiest tax structure: report


Dubai plans to achieve 4.5% growth by 2015


UAE capital offers Dh276b commercial opportunities


Dubai Business Women Council President named 'Most Influential Arab Woman in Family Business'


UAE enjoys better 'brand' image abroad than US, Europe


Demand for shops and offices up more in UAE than anywhere else in world


Dubai businesses buoyant on higher sales and volumes expected during winter 2012


UAE's SWFs assets under management rise to US$811.7 billion


Shurooq-led delegation delivers flawless presentation at Global Entrepolis Singapore 2012


UAE firms ‘most targeted’ for M&A deals in October


UAE ranked first in the Arab World in ease of starting business


Abu Dhabi hailed as one of world's 'Cities of Opportunity'


UAE leads as ME M&A activity doubles to US$15.7bn


Dubai remains an attractive destination for investors


Growth back on fast track


‘Jeda Al Jiouin’ initiative for Emirati businesswomen launched


Dubai offers Dh72m fee exemption to SMEs


DIC sells stake in US$300m Infrastructure Fund


SMEs contribute 60 per cent to the UAE GDP


Better business climate seen in UAE


Jumeirah Restaurants' flagship brand drives global expansion


UAE No.1 regionally, 4th overall for starting business


Dubai Holding enhances board structure at Jumeirah Group


Business confidence in UAE tops globally


UAE business activity edges up slightly in July


Dubai Investments PJSC reports profit of Dh171 million for in H1 of 2012


Business is booming at Abu Dhabi's Etihad Towers


High net worth Dubai benefits local businesses


UAE business activity growth eases in June


UAE corporates' net profits surge


New local fashion brand launched


Sky's the limit for Emirati women


First Sharjah-French roundtable on May 30


Al Gergawi: SME sector is a major factor of economic growth in the region


Dh500m fund set up for Emirati entrepreneurs


Businesses in Dubai remain upbeat: DED


Dubai is at the start of a new cycle of boom : Dubai SME


Dubai firms upbeat on Q2


The 6th Abu Dhabi Singapore Joint Forum held in Abu Dhabi


Jersey Minister arrives in Abu Dhabi for talks on Jersey's business links with UAE