What’s driving small business?

A new survey by company setup specialist Virtuzone shows positive prospects for small businesses in the UAE.

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DED launches consumer conference

The Dubai World Conference on Consumer Rights will aim to promote best practices and boost transparency in the retail sector.

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SME100 companies offered services

SHUAA Capital to offer Valuation Advisory Services to a select number of Dubai SME 100 companies.

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The SME financing question

Dubai SME has launched the SME Friendliness Index to provide more clarity for SMEs and banks.

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Kantar Retail Middle East survey ranks Saudi-based dairy manufacturer Al Marai and regional distributor Al Seer in the top five for overall service to retailers.

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DIFC-based companies record substantial financial growth
The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), the financial and business hub connecting the region’s growth markets with the markets of Europe, Asia and the Americas, today issued its Monetary and Financial Report covering the period 2008 to Q1 2012, updating the market on the monetary and financial activity of... Read more

A new Bayt.com/YouGov survey reveals that the majority of MENA residents have either maintained or improved upon their financial status in the past 12 months.

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Early years’ education key to UAE’s ‘Vision 2021’
This year, the United Arab Emirates has pledged nearly a half of its education budget to the under-nines, noted Badr Al-Olama, chairman of Bidayaat, the newly-launched childcare development company. He said that AED 8.2 billion is allocated for education, adding that 45% of the budget in 2012 is specifically... Read more
MasterCard has revealed the results of the latest MasterCard Worldwide Index of Consumer Confidence (MWICC), which found that, with a score of 82.1, consumers in the UAE are very optimistic about the coming months. The MasterCard Worldwide Index of Consumer Confidence is based on a survey conducted between 5th December 2011 and... Read more
Hot Topics Dubai’s 2012 Budget allocates 41% of total value towards the infrastructure, transportation and economic development sectors. Prime office lease rates remained unchanged for the fifth straight quarter, while secondary and tertiary locations experienced drops of up to 9% year-on-year. The first signs of upward lease movement for... Read more