• Dubai goes the Monaco way

    Known as the ‘city of the future’, Dubai is a leading center for innovation and future-proofed business models. With its forward-thinking focus, the city has recently astonished the globe with the high-tech gadgetry it has put in place.

    Dubai boasts a thriving community of startup incubators and accelerators, as well as regulatory sandbox schemes for the development and testing of new tech business models. The city tops the list for foreign direct investment (FDI) and technology transfer in startups, AI and robotics sectors. The emirate is constantly working to become the world’s most significant destination for foreign investment and high net worth individuals (HNWIs). TRENDS comes up with a few special reports that suggest that Dubai is another Monaco in the making in more ways than one. CLICK HERE FOR FULL COVERAGE
  • Ramadan

    Ramadan, a time for spiritual reflection, influences not only the daily routine of individuals, particularly 1.8bn Muslims across the world, but also the organisations and businesses. How does it impact economies of the region?

    The pandemic had forced majority of people to observe fast while staying indoor, which had directly and indirectly affected trade and commerce. The markets are now gradually moving back towards normalcy as the COVID-19 restrictions have eased. The Holy Month had been a fertile time for shoppers seeking savings. However, things are not the same due to COVID-19, which has been affecting the regional economies since 2020. TRENDS tries to review the impact of Ramadan on economies and growth of the region amidst the pandemic. Attempts have also been made to delve into how the region is coping with global supply constraints, surging demand, rising prices and trimmed margins for wholesalers and retailers. CLICK HERE FOR FULL COVERAGE
  • Inflation

    Rising global inflation and high energy prices are impacting the region, mainly through higher prices of food, fuel and transportation. How do regional govts plan to handle it?

    The region, according to the GCC Statistical Center, is expected to face inflationary pressures from jumps in costs of imported raw materials and consumables. All Gulf countries are forecast to have inflation rates in the range of 1-3 percent in 2022, with Qatar hitting the highest rate. TRENDS finds out the impact of inflation on the regional economies. CLICK HERE FOR FULL COVERAGE