May 17th, 2016
Digital technology and the Internet of Things (IOT) are transforming businesses and governments in the Middle East & North Africa, becoming increasingly crucial for competitiveness and economic expansion. This white paper examines how capitalising on smart technology can add trillions to the GDP of MENA economies and revenues of companies operating in the region. Download […]
May 9th, 2016
New opportunities have emerged for foreign investors, following the lifting of sanctions against Iran in early 2016. Motor vehicles, the largest manufacturing industry in Iran, is particularly tempting for foreign companies.
April 30th, 2016
With the lifting of sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran in January 2016, the country may finally be opening up its markets to the outside world, with several opportunities for both domestic and multinational manufacturers within the food and beverage industry.
April 14th, 2016
The restoration of the Cuba-US relationship in 2015 and the removal of some western economic sanctions on Iran in early 2016 will boost investment, trade and consumption in the two countries.
April 1st, 2016
With the loosening of economic sanctions, and recent elections in which pro-Western reformists won big, Iran has suddenly become a much more attractive market for foreign firms, long scared away by the numerous difficulties of doing business in the Islamic Republic.
April 1st, 2016
Following rapid global urbanisation and the growing role of knowledge-intensive economic activities, most of the world’s economic and employment growth is concentrated in major cities.
March 25th, 2016
The Middle East, and the UAE especially, has been identified as the next big hot spot for personal accessories growth, especially luxury personal accessories. Luxury store openings in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai have been cemented by the establishment of luxury malls in the cities. This new target area is especially welcome after the decline […]
March 15th, 2016
Despite the future unknowns, Iran appears to be making real progress when it comes to international reform. Early in 2016 it began to roll back its nuclear program enough to begin the process of lifting its harsh economic sanctions.
March 2nd, 2016
Saudi Arabia–Lebanon relations already tense have reached a breaking point when on Friday 19th of February Saudi Arabia halted $3 billion military aid to Lebanon – accusing the prominent role played by the Hezbollah group in national affairs backed by Iran, Saudi rival. Political tensions have and are expected to have in the forecast negative […]
February 10th, 2016
In 2015, we highlighted in our Global Trends Report the growing popularity of Iran by identifying this market as the “next big tourism destination” in the Middle East. A recent announcement for an order of 118 aircrafts for its biggest flag carrier Iran Air signed by the Iranian president Hassan Rouhani with the airline manufacturer […]