Tag: SMEs

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Please, No More Stop-Gap Governments

If we are about to get another government sworn in, let’s at least have it filled with genuinely reform-minded experts who can tackle the long-ignored challenges facing our economy. By Khalid W. Wazani By the time this article sees the…

How to Set Up Shop in Dubai

Setting Up Shop in Dubai

Gaining a foothold in the economic powerhouse of Dubai is an ambition held by many Jordanian SMEs. But to succeed in doing so, preparation is key. By Rebecca Irvine The benefits of setting up a business in Dubai are easy…

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AIM 2016 Showcasing Innovative SME Solutions

Annual Investment Meeting (AIM) 2016 to showcase innovative solutions for SMEs in emerging markets. HE Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansoori: “We target to increase the contribution of SMEs to UAE’s GDP to 70%” Dawood Al Shezawi: “AIM is an ideal…

refugee crisis

Spotting Opportunities

Everyone agrees the coming year will be a tough one for the region’s economies. But some countries will fare much better than others because their decision makers were bold enough to seek out new opportunities and act upon them. By…

Taking the Rough with the Smooth

Volatility will likely loom over the region’s economy in 2016, but so will opportunity. By Nader Museitif Next year seems to be set for a rough start as several chronic drivers of volatility and slowdown start to bite. Chief among…

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Fintech and the Future of Banking

Fast growing fintech firms are forcing traditional brick-and-mortar lenders to adapt to new realities in the banking sector. By Zeid Nasser The term Fintech, which is short for financial technology, has emerged over the past few years to describe Internet-driven…

Liwwa: Looking to Lend More

After securing a crucial round of funding from investors, CEO of peer-to-peer lender liwwa says he’s ready to further expand the platform’s reach across the region. By Jane Hosking The region’s SMEs have long had a hard time securing finance,…

EBRD Loans $21 million to Al Jazeera Agricultural Company

In an effort to foster economic development in rural areas of Jordan, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has loaned $21 million to the Al Jazeera Agricultural Company to help expand and upgrade its facilities. The investment will…