In the last two weeks, investments from some of the biggest technology companies have raised an important question: Have they gone crazy? The short answer is: Probably not. The reasons show just how big their ambitions have become. First, Qualcomm, which makes semiconductors for smartphones, invested with Richard Branson’s Virgin Group on a constellation of…

The planned rail network connecting the GCC – a potentially transformative project pegged to give a massive boost to intra-GCC trade – needs $200 billion in investments. Speaking at the GCC Rail and Metro Conference 2015, currently underway in Muscat, His Excellency Dr. Ahmed Bin Mohammed Bin Salim Al Futaisi announced: “More than $200 billion…

While macro-economic conditions are improving in GCC countries, investors still remain cautious regarding new real estate projects. Development opportunities will have to be carefully selected, taking into account a developer’s experience and capabilities. “Successfully dealing with increasingly demanding clients, reacting to stronger competitive pressure from skilled international players and getting access to land banks will…