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Q&A with IBM’s Bashar Kilani: Need for New Skills Emerging as We Re-Imagine and Transition to the New Normal

Bashar Kilani oversees IBM business in the Gulf countries and the Levant, working with clients and partners across industries. In this Q and A, CFI.co asks Kilani about the effects of coronavirus on business in the region, and more. Tell

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Middle East – Business Trumps Politics

Joint business ventures, and the pragmatism required for success, laid the groundwork for the normalisation of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) which was marked by the touchdown of the first official El Al flight at Abu

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The Red Sea International Airport Takes Off: Contract Award to Nesma & Partners and Almabani

This contract has been awarded to support the creation of a sustainable gateway opening Saudi Arabia to the world Riyadh, 13 July 2020: The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), driver of one of the world’s most ambitious tourism initiatives, has

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Islamic Development Bank Deploys Sukuk to Counter Corona Impact

Respond, Restore, and Restart. That is how the Islamic Development Bank Group (IsDB) aims to tackle the economic fallout of the corona pandemic. The group has set aside $2.3 billion for its Strategic Preparedness and Response Programme. The funds are

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Austerity Arrives in the Kingdom

For the first time in living memory, the Saudi government has embarked on a major austerity drive. Early June, state workers saw their generous cost-of-living allowance abruptly cancelled. Capital expenditure on iconic mega projects has been put on hold as

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Applied Science Private University (ASPU): Bringing Tomorrow’s Tech Specialists to the World’s Attention

Applied Science Private University (ASPU) was established in 1989 to prepare students from Jordan and abroad to become specialists in technological fields. It is the first Jordanian university to achieve a gold level quality assurance certificate from the Accreditation and

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Smart City Prince: A Prince with a Mission, a Vision

For anyone familiar with the dashing Crown Prince of Dubai, it would have come as no surprise to find him on stage, in front of an international audience, delivering his vision of the future… as a hologram. Like an Arabic

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2020 UNCTAD World Investment Forum: More Important Than Ever in an Age of Worrying Trends

In December this year, Abu Dhabi will welcome government leaders, CEOs and investment stakeholders for the seventh biennial UNCTAD World Investment Forum (WIF). The forum’s mission is to promote investment for sustainable development. And there are worrying trends, as well

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Ian Fletcher, Director IBM IBV: The Trust Economy – What’s My Data Worth?

How Do Organisations Ensure We Get a Fair Return? The driving force behind “stakeholder capitalism” – the theme of this year’s World Economic Forum meeting at Davos – is the conviction that businesses should balance the needs of all their

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Tactical Management: Global Goals and Expertise, Specific Focus on Looking After Client Needs

Tactical Management provides — as the name suggests — strategic management support. In today’s competitive landscape, businesses operate in an ever-evolving environment of cross-border challenges. Tactical Management is dedicated to helping enterprises seeking to venture into overseas markets to find

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