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January 30, 2017

Expo 2020 Dubai announces 47 construction contracts worth AED 11bn for 2017

Expo 2020 Dubai will award 47 construction contracts worth AED 11 billion (3.0 billion USD) in 2017 as preparations for the first World Expo in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia continue to gather pace.

A further 98 non-construction contracts totalling more than AED 360 million (98 million USD) will also be distributed before the end of the year. These will range from legal advisory services to event management and merchandising.

The construction contracts for 2017, which are open to local, regional and international businesses, include the third and final infrastructure package for the event’s support areas, including car parking.

Other key awards for the [...]

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January 25, 2017

Recognizing the Value of Data Monetization in Business

‘Customer is king’ has always been the mantra of service oriented companies. To provide improved customer service and an enhanced experience, organizations are looking at ways to capitalize on the power of big data. The true value of data to boost decision making was undervalued till some years back. Data as an asset has now been transformed into a monetized product. Simply put, the monetization of data is the procedure of converting the data into something valuable and useful one that helps to make a smart decision based on multiple insight sources.

With more than one method of directly engaging with consumers, organizations are coping with the sheer pace as well as the [...]

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December 26, 2016

UAE Forecast for the Next Three Years – The Business Leaders’ Point of View

Written by Emanuela Lertora 

Over the last three months, KPMG has surveyed some of the UAE’s key decision makers, CEOs and leaders from top organizations and emerging businesses, across economic sectors, to better understand their views and strategies regarding current and future market opportunities and challenges. All CEOs involved in the study were confident that their organizations would grow over the next three years, with 60% of the CEOs confident that organic growth—such as expanding their customer base or entering into new business lines or geographies—would most effectively drive stakeholder value over the next three years.


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December 7, 2016

DATA SCIENCE; The most in-demand skill of the 21st Century

The art and science of making sense of data is a highly sought-after skill in today’s data-driven world.

Data Science Middle East Foundation in partnership with EVERATI is excited to announce the launch of the Data Science and Machine learning workshop which will take place in Dubai on 13th-15th December 2016 – to help business and technology professionals learn the most demanding skills of the 21st century. The workshop will introduce participants to the data science and machine learning journey, as they learn how to use data and science to deliver insights, value and innovation.

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December 7, 2016

Why you should care about Big Data

Big Data is a trendy word used quite often in business conversations across industries.But what does Big Data mean exactly? And, more importantly, why we should care about it?

In today’s life, everything that we do, from shopping to travelling, from banking to healthcare and listening to music, leaves a digital trace of data behind. The type of data that we create with our daily activities is often unstructured like photos, videos, posts on social media and voice recording, those types of data can’t fit in our ordinary spreadsheet or database, but hey need more advance and structure analytical tools. Big Data is the [...]

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November 20, 2016

Why Are Businesses Shifting to Managed Services for Their IT Needs?

By Yasser Zeineldin, CEO, eHosting DataFort








Look around any industry today and we see a huge change in the way they run their business. From large enterprises, to governments, to small and medium businesses, organizations are moving deeper into the digital era where technology is making an impact on the way they are changing their processes and systems for growth and expansion.

While a number of companies are making large investments in IT infrastructure and upgrades, most of them are faced with the challenges of evolving technology, the need for highly skilled [...]

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November 17, 2016

The Rise of Medical Tourism in the Middle East

Written by Emanuela Lertora

The rise of healthcare costs in western countries and the lack of insurance coverage for certain procedures are currently boosting the global medical tourism sector. People are finding themselves willing to travel to other countries to seek medical, dental, and surgical care they can’t find or afford at home.

While Asian countries like Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia have been popular medical tourism destinations for decades, a number of Middle Eastern nations are now becoming the go-to spots for quality, affordable healthcare. Medical tourism is said to [...]

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October 29, 2016

A close look at the luxury market in the GCC

Written by Emanuela Lertora

The luxury market in the Gulf has enjoyed three decades of rapid growth, and is currently transitioning toward a more mature phase, characterized by a moderate growth. The industry is now dealing with more sophisticated consumers which demand diverse shopping destinations away from large-scale malls, a customer-centric approach and a greater availability of online shopping tools such as e-commerce websites and social media platforms to get inspiration and to buy products.

Luxury in the Gulf has been a fast-paced journey, which has fuelled the evolution of [...]

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