Tactics on the sidelines

Tactics on the sidelines

Football. The beautiful game of football, where millions of people all over the world unite to watch the final match. There is a large European football fan base in the Middle East, with very high influence and investment; however, the regional fan base and interest in local clubs is fairly low in comparison to the … Continue reading

Cor Unum, Via Una

Cor Unum, Via Una

Family controlled businesses today represent the private sector. Over the past few decades, a great deal has been written about family business and succession planning. While most authors focus on corporate reengineering and financial growth, only a handful focus on the people behind the money: the family. The family is an institution founded on mutual … Continue reading

Lawyers… a necessary evil?

Lawyers… a necessary evil?

“The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers” – William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part II, Act IV, Scene II. Taken out of context for decades, this often misinterpreted Shakespearean quote somehow summarizes societies’ views on the legal profession: a necessary evil. Well, maybe not “necessary” but evil for sure! Lawyers are typically feared, … Continue reading

How construction impacts our economy

How construction impacts our economy

HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai and Vice President of the UAE, issued a note on 20 June 2015 on the “State of the UAE’s Economy”, outlining the performance of key economic indicators. He said “2014 has been the strongest year for the UAE’s economy since its foundation where GDP grew … Continue reading

Efficient airport capital spend

Efficient airport capital spend

The region’s advantageous geographical location has supported the rapid expansion of the region’s airlines demanding investment into its airports in an attempt to stay ahead of the continuing growth. Increasingly, these major capital projects are being funded by third parties, both through joint venturing, debt raising and PPP structures. This is increasing expectations around transparence, … Continue reading

Mapping the path forward

Mapping the path forward

The signs were obvious: the widening eyes and slight quiver of the lips; my mother was flustered and at a loss for words. The culprit? A simple question: “What is your child studying at university?” I was pursuing my M.Phil in Moden Middle Eastern Studies at the time and my mother, an ardent believer in … Continue reading

Digital Islamic Services: set for take off

Digital Islamic Services: set for take off

In 2015, Digital Islamic Services should reach an inflection point in its maturity cycle and start to take off across the Middle East region, a major development highlighted in Deloitte’s latest technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) predictions report for the Middle East. If global and regional online benchmarks are used, Deloitte estimates that within the … Continue reading

Television’s business model – Fit for a digital world

Television’s business model – Fit for a digital world

Deloitte’s 2015 Technology, Media and Telecommunications report assesses television’s current performance and outlook from the perspective of four developments: Subscription video-on-demand (SVOD), sports, video clips and innovation. The assessment of each of these areas suggests that television remains in fine health, and its near-term outlook remains positive. SVOD is growing fast, but is currently less … Continue reading