Home care companies in the United Arab Emirates are seeking new ways to position products as environmentally friendly and sustainable. Consequentially, positioning products as environmentally friendly can also mean reducing pack sizes and packaging costs. Unilever led the way for this trend releasing liquid laundry detergent concentrate in smaller pack sizes in the Middle East, and in the next several years concentrated liquids are expected to perform well across all of home care.
Analyst Insight by Nadejda Popova - Senior Travel and Tourism Analyst
New violence across much of Iraq in 2013 has stifled any recovery for the travel and tourism industry. Unrest ignited by the crisis in nearby Syria and political conflict have brought Iraq back into the world news. And yet, despite ongoing violence across much of the country, there are pockets of safety in Iraq, such as the Kurdistan area, which is completely removed from the war zone. Indeed, Erbil was chosen as Arab Tourism Capital 2014 by the Arab Tourism Committee, beating Beirut in Lebanon, Taif in Saudi Arabia and Sharjahn in the UAE. However, although Erbil is attracting a number of GCC and Arab businesses, it will prove very challenging for the country to attract more diverse nationalities long term, due to the lingering negative image of Iraq, but also strong competition from GCC countries, which have already established a good track record in the region.
Although casual dining has been a long-struggling category in consumer foodservice, the niche segment of premium casual dining has performed particularly well in recent years. Premium casual includes chains such as The Cheesecake Factory, Bonefish Grill and BJ’s. The Cheesecake Factory continues to be a highlight with a strong presence in the US and recent expansion to countries including the UAE, Mexico and Brazil. The chain has consistently outperformed its peers in recent years and is expected to continue to grow worldwide over the next five years.
Location: Seminar Theatre, Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre
Presentation : Kinda Chebib, Research Analyst at Euromonitor International, will offer a presentation on the Consumer Trends and Forces Driving Change in the Travel Industry globally and in the Middle East.
The global economy is on the mend and arrivals grew again in 2013 at a rate of 4%, reaching record numbers of over one billion world-wide. The Middle East and Africa demonstrated the highest growth despite continued instability and Asia, especially China, remains a key driver of demand. As smartphones become an indispensable part of modern-day life, travel companies offer consumers an increasing number of services for purchasing, researching and experiencing travel. Online and mobile developments enable consumers to bypass traditional distribution, with the sharing economy going from strength to strength.
Against a backdrop of conflict and unrest in parts of the Middle East, the region’s tourism performance is in a state of stagnation with pockets of growth in the UAE and Saudi Arabia. One of the big success stories is the Big Three airlines and their march to global domination. Dubai pins its hopes on Dubai Expo 2020, whilst Egypt continues to bounce along the bottom affected by ongoing instability.
WTM Vision continues to offer an unlimited learning experience and this year will focus on presenting the latest travel industry research findings from Euromonitor International. The Travel Industry Forecast Review 2014 provides a global analysis of the travel and tourism industry for the year ahead and includes a focus on the Middle East, highlighing the major challenges facing the region and potential areas for growth.
Analyst Insight by Kinda Chebib - Research Analyst
Dubai’s successful bid to host the World Expo 2020, announced in November 2013 in Paris, is expected to attract more than 25 million visitors to Dubai between October 2020 and April 2021. Euromonitor International estimates the economic impact of hosting the event to approach US$24 billion (AED88.2 billion). Around US$7 billion is expected to be spent on tourism-related infrastructure in Dubai.
Expo 2020 to Drive Business Tourism and MICE Beyond United Arab Emirate Borders
Expo 2020 will be a six-month event held at the Dubai Trade Centre in Jebel Ali between October 2020 and April 2021. It is expected to boost the meetings and conference industry in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and wider GCC and generate strong business event opportunities in the region.
Given the strong marketing impact Expo 2010 had on Shanghai, the event in Dubai promises to outperform Chinese tourism results and impact the entire GCC’s meetings infrastructure and industry. As the neighbouring emirates are expected to participate to Expo 2020, governments and private investors are aiming to develop tourism opportunities in the all seven emirates. For example, the InterContinental Hotels Group development pipeline includes Ras al-Khaimah and Fujairah.
The impact on travel and tourism will be significant, with the Dubai Expo expecting to attract more than 25 million visitors, 70% of which will be incoming, the largest number of international visitors ever reached through an Expo. In fact, the Dubai authorities are targeting 20 million visitors a year up to 2020, which would be a tremendous economic boost for the UAE. However, in light of the anticipated success of World Expo 2020, Euromonitor International expects this figure to rise to 25 million a year. To meet the demands of tourists, Dubai expects to see its hotel inventory double from over 82,000 to around 164,000 hotel and hotel apartment rooms by 2020. Euromonitor International projects a 67% increase in UAE tourism receipts by 2018, with the MICE industry in prime position to contribute to this increase.
Analyst Insight by Kasparas Adomaitis - Senior City Analyst
As one of the world’s most exciting urban sagas of recent times, Dubai has risen from being a small dessert village in the 1960s to a global city in 2014. The 1990s and 2000s saw particularly intensive periods of construction in Dubai, with foreign immigrants streaming into the area and vastly expanding the city’s size. After nearly defaulting on its debts in 2009, Dubai’s economy is on the up once again, with numerous international companies seeking to profit from the growing consumer base in the city. Potentially, this investor interest should be even more pronounced as the size of Dubai and its consumer base is often underestimated.
The Urbanised Conurbation of the Dubai, Sharjah and Ajman Emirates Forms an Integrated Metropolitan Area
Analyst Insight by Carrie Lennard - Business Environment Manager
A country’s business tax rates and the length of time it takes to pay taxes are key factors for companies when deciding which markets to invest in. If tax rates are too high, this can cream off any potential profits the company might have made, while complex procedures for tax payments can add further costs as businesses must pay for accountants and lawyers to navigate tax legislation for them. The United Arab Emirates has the easiest tax environment globally according to The World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business 2014 (‘Doing Business 2014’) out of 189 countries. It is followed by Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Total Time to Pay Taxes, Total Tax Rate in Selected Countries: 2012
We are proud to announce that Euromonitor has won the ‘BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE PORTAL OF THE YEAR’ for the second consecutive year at the Trade & Exports Middle East Excellence Awards 2014. The award honors and recognizes the best in the field of trade and the region’s top performing companies.
Presentation Topic: Review of the Beverage Industry and Challenges for Growth in 2014 - Growth in iced tea, still drinks, energy drinks, soymilk
Event Description: In its 15th consecutive year, CMT's MEAPET is the platform for engaging presentations from high calibre speakers, expert insights and unrivalled networking opportunities. It has been themed “Growth or Glut for the Middle East PET Sector” & “Will demand in Africa continue to boost Regional PET Trade”.
It also includes a half day workshop which deals with Opportunities & Challenges in developing Inroad to the AFRICAN Markets.
This is a must attend annual event for those involved in the PET packaging industry in the Middle East & Africa.
Analyst Insight by Justinas Liuima - Industry Analyst
The French car industry is heavily reliant on Europe and so was particularly adversely impacted by the economic downturn in Europe. However, French producers are exploring new opportunities in the Iranian market after Iran pledged to freeze its nuclear programme.
New Opportunities in Iran
Following Iran’s pledge to freeze its nuclear programme, trade sanctions were temporarily lifted for six months in November 2013. The sanctions were eased for a list of selected goods, including car parts. However, the easing is only now beginning to take full effect.
Car production in Iran peaked at 1.4 million cars in 2011 (a large share of which was exported to the Middle East), the same year when trade sanctions were imposed. Total car sales in Iran now stand at more than 700,000 units annually, with the market’s potential remaining significant.
Following easing of the sanctions, car sales in Iran could grow by at least 50% to 2020 to reach 1.5 million units, said the CEO of Renault, Carlos Ghosn, at the World Economic Forum in Davos. This could be good news for French producers which once held a dominant share of the Iranian car market.