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What Is the Future of Ecommerce in the Arabian Gulf?

Date : 04/11/2018 Author: Marmore MENA Intelligence

The Arabian Gulf or the GCC region’s retail sector has been going through sweeping changes that are not only disrupting the conventional retail but reshaping its future too. In recent times, the mode of retailing in the GCC has gone through substantial changes that was unimaginable a few years back. There are clear signs of transformation in the retail sector in the region. There is increasing scope for e-commerce in the Middle East, with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates establishing the template for sustainable business models that other countries can look to emulate ( Fitch Solutions-Middle East E-commerce 2018).

Tags:  Ecommerce, GCC, Technology
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Real Estate: The “Traditional” Alternative

Date : 14/10/2018 Author: Bassam N. Al-Othman

In the past, real estate was considered the primary investment of choice. However, over the last few decades, stocks and bonds have become the main constituent of an investment portfolio. Currently, real estate is one of the major asset classes within the alternative investment world.
 

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Mutual Fund Asset gathering in the GCC region – What it takes to click

Date : 13/09/2018 Author: Marmore MENA Intelligence

Mutual fund assets in the GCC are quite small compared to the size of the GCC economy. The total Assets under management (AuM) in the six GCC countries stands just at USD 32.9 billion (Reuters). This is quite low when compared to the combined GDP of GCC countries of USD 1.5 trillion. In percentage terms, the total mutual fund AuM in GCC is just 2.2% of GDP. Considering the global equivalent of AuM to GDP at 15.2%, there is plenty of scope and opportunities for the mutual fund assets to grow in the region.
 

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Turkey Crisis: Impact on GCC

Date : 05/09/2018 Author: Marmore MENA Intelligence

Turkey has been making headlines these past few weeks due to the massive rate at which the Turkish currency, Lira, has been depreciating against the dollar. The economy is under stress with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) downgrading the growth forecasts from 7.1% in 2017 to 4.4% in 2018 and 4.0% in 2019. Inflation levels are reaching record highs to an annual rate of 15.9 percent in July with the Lira depreciating over 40% against the U.S dollar so far in 2018. The events unfolding in Turkey has an impact on the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region through various channels in the form of bank exposures, bilateral investments, trade and tourism among others. It is important to take a closer look at how this event has impacted one of the closest ally and economic partner of Turkey.

Tags:  Crisis, Economy, GCC, Turkey
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The Burgeoning Entertainment Industry in Saudi Arabia

Date : 19/06/2018 Author: Marmore MENA Intelligence

As a part of its broader economic diversification plans, Saudi Arabia took an unprecedented policy move by framing a new entertainment policy. In line with the Kingdom’s Vision of 2030 of creating a vibrant society, General Entertainment Authority (GEA) has been established and an investment of US$ 64 Bn has been planned (BBC News 2018). GEA is part of the subprogram, Quality of Life under the Vision 2030 which aims for improving lifestyle by increasing entertainment and cultural avenues.
Entertainment policy area witnessed sudden jerk in recent times in Saudi Arabia, because a formal institution (GEA) overlooking entertainment industry with broad and clear objectives took shape. It signifies role of entrainment and culture in economic diversification and how it can impact auxiliary sectors such as tourism, construction, entertainment, parks and establishments in the economy.

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