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Major Consumer Foodservice Trends in MEA

by , , , , and February 6th, 2016
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The consumer foodservice industry in the Middle East & Africa region is changing at a fast pace, witnessing a movement towards chained players from traditional independent ones, as well as increasingly adopting health and wellness trends. Moreover, delivery service expansion is also becoming more popular, with consumers looking for convenience as a growing workforce means […]

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Soaring Tensions Between Iran and Saudi Arabia Divide the Middle East

by January 10th, 2016
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The Middle East has been one more time the scene of a diplomatic fiasco with ambassadors from multiple countries returning home as a result of the tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia, following the attack on the Saudi Embassy in Teheran on Sunday 3rd of January – aftermath of a raid by Saudi forces on […]

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Dubai’s Tourism Vision 2020 a Win for other Industries

by December 16th, 2015
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  Dubai’s Tourism Vision 2020 is getting a lot of attention from analysts and industries alike. The plan’s goal is to double the total number of inbound tourists from 2012 to 20 million by 2020. This vision not only has the ability to impact the travel and tourism industry, but other industries such as foodservice […]

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Chinese Economic Crisis an Incentive for GCC to Diversify

by November 21st, 2015
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  Worries about the Chinese economic crisis have panicked markets around the world, and the Middle East is no exception. Fears emerged that China, with its dollar currency peg, would curb investment in key Gulf economic sectors such as real estate and tourism. The UAE is now the largest Middle East market for Chinese products, and […]

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Smart Cities in the UAE

by October 19th, 2015
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Cities in the United Arab Emirates are advancing in technology and connectivity, and as a result are being labelled as “smart cities”. For example, mobile payment technology is increasing across the country, and the UAE is set to become the first country with a unified health database. These, along with other advancements, are helping the […]

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Analysing the Suez Canal Construction using the Multiplier Effect

by October 13th, 2015
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The Suez Canal in Egypt was recently revamped, adding a 35 kilometer lane and creating a freer environment for ships to move in both directions. By analysing this project using the multiplier effect, not only can the canal handle more ships, but construction companies involved hired more staff, annual disposable is rising, and real GDP […]

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Japan Catering to Halal Tourism

by October 7th, 2015
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Japan is catering more to Muslim consumers as tourists come to the country from Indonesia and Malaysia. Halal tourism is important in travel, tourism, retailing and foodservice and many Japanese establishments are Halal certified. Even popular Japanese karaoke establishments offer a Halal menu and prayer rooms. With Tokyo hosting the 2020 Olympics, its expected that […]

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Key Trends for GCC Markets

by September 18th, 2015
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Countries belonging to the Gulf Cooperation Council are shifting away from oil for their income, looking instead to trade, financial services and tourism. Medical tourism is a highly popular activity in the GCC region, with countries investing in state of the art medical facilities. Companies in the area that will perform the best in the […]

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Deception of Expanding Urban Populations

by August 30th, 2015
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Over the next 15 years, the world’s urban population growth will be fed by the two principal regions – Middle East and Africa (MEA) and Asia Pacific – which together will account for 84% (or 986 million people) of the global urban population increase. While the process of urbanisation is good news for many consumer […]