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July 16, 2019

Dubai launches e-statistics system for better data to clients and decision makers

Dubai Customs launched its new e-statistics system which has been developed in-house to keep abreast with the technological advancements in the UAE towards embracing the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), in line with the directives and vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director General of Dubai Customs, kicked off the e-statistics system, in a launch ceremony held at DC headquarters in the presence of Arif Al Muhairi, Executive Director of Dubai Statistics Center, alongside senior executives and directors from Dubai Customs.

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July 13, 2019

New ‘Africa Gateway’ Portal Provides Key Business Insights into Promising African Markets

Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Dubai Chamber) has announced the launch of a new website that delivers key insights into the burgeoning markets of Africa. Titled ‘Africa Gateway,’ the online portal acts as a rich knowledge resource designed to equip users with essential information on the most promising countries in the continent to do business, with statistics, strengths and weaknesses, challenges and opportunities the main elements.

Accessed via Dubai Chamber’s website at  , Africa Gateway currently provides an extensive business overview of 10 African countries; Angola, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, [...]

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July 11, 2019

UAE PMI points to strongest quarterly growth since Q4 2014

The Emirates NBD Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for the UAE declined from the recent high posted in May (59.4) to 57.7 in June.  However, the average reading for Q2 2019 was 58.2, the highest since Q4 2014.  This suggests that non-oil sector growth accelerated at the fastest rate in more than four years last quarter. 

The recovery in the PMI this year has been underpinned by faster expansion of output and new work, although this has come at a cost for many firms as selling prices continued to decline on average in June.  External demand has also contributed to the strong growth in new work in June, with new export orders rising at a record rate for [...]

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July 11, 2019

Dubai Economy Tracker: Stable in June

The headline Dubai Economy Tracker (DET) Index was fractionally lower in June at 58.4 but remains near the four-year high recorded in May (58.5).  Output and new work rose sharply again last month, and while the selling price index remained in contraction territory, the rate of price discounting in June was slight.  The survey data suggests that Dubai’s non-oil economy grew at the fastest rate since early 2015 in Q2 2019.

However, the employment index dipped to 49.9 in June, the lowest reading since February, despite the strong growth in the volume of activity recorded last month, as firms remain reluctant to boost headcount. Nevertheless, panellists remained [...]

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July 8, 2019

Smart Dubai Upgrades ‘Dubai Now’ App with New Donations Feature to Commemorate ‘Year of Tolerance’

Smart Dubai has introduced a new upgrade to its flagship “Dubai Now” application – designed to be the city’s one-stop shop for smart services – allowing users to make donations to four segments of beneficiaries during the Year of Tolerance.

Launched in collaboration with the Dubai Department of Finance (DoF), the new feature offers a platform where donations can be made to People of Determination, Cancer Patients, the Elderly, and Families Needing Financial Aid. The joint project bringing together Smart Dubai and the DoF is part of the social responsibility efforts of both organisations; it reflects their dedication to charity and volunteer work during the Year of [...]

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July 2, 2019

SANS Institute to Enhance Critical and Strategic Cybersecurity Skills in Saudi Arabia

Geopolitical tensions and aggressive external cybersecurity environment are driving the need for highly skilled professionals inside the Kingdom.

SANS Institute, the global leader in cyber security training, announced SANS Riyadh 2019, a training event for cyber security professionals in Saudi Arabia. The event, which will be held at Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski, Riyadh from July 28 to August 1, 2019, will focus on developing skills in critical security and strategic security planning.

SANS Riyadh 2019 will include two courses – Implementing and Auditing the Critical Security Controls; and Security Strategic Planning, Policy, and Leadership, conducted by [...]

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July 1, 2019

Dubai set to reinforce its status as a hub for SME growth

Dubai’s flourishing economy has traditionally provided a fertile environment for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to establish and grow their business. Its dynamic and diversified economic base, with robust real estate, construction, tourism, hospitality, logistics, finance and technology sectors, have made it a magnet for small and medium business entrepreneurs.

With the emirate’s economy entering a new phase of development, powered by mega projects, and the government launching a spate of initiatives to simplify and reduce the cost of doing business, Dubai is set to become an even more productive base for SMEs.

At the forefront of providing new [...]

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June 23, 2019

BIOS Middle East Honored with Cisco award

BIOS Middle East, the leading Managed Cloud Provider in the UAE, announced that it has won the Cloud and Managed Services Partner of the Year Award for the Gulf East region by Cisco at theirCommercial Partner Summit 2019, which took place in Dubai.

This award is designed to recognize the company, who used best-in-class practices, and serves as a model to the rest of the industry. Areas of consideration include innovative practices and process, architecture-led approach successes, strategic business outcome-focus that result in customer success.

“It gives me great pleasure to recognise  BIOS Middle East, a Cisco powered cloud in the UAE, who continue to [...]

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