How will trade war, Iran sanctions and OPEC supply cuts shape Oil markets in 2019?

Jun 13, 2019

Average crude oil prices have trended upwards for four consecutive months in 2019. The perception of oil risk due to factors like increasing geopolitical tensions triggered by the drone attack on Saudi oil vessels, the end of waivers for US sanctions on Iranian crude exports, unrest in Venezuela and sustained production cuts from OPEC may have all contributed to these higher oil prices.

Use of Drones in GCC: Will disrupt logistics, shipping and e-commerce

May 30, 2019

The use of drones or Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for commercial purposes has significantly received attention in the recent years. Adoption of drones is powered mainly by factors such as the increasing need for automation in firms, digitization of internal processes, improving the quality and potential of operational efficiency, and cost optimization requirements.

Automation in SMEs

May 28, 2019

Rise in automation is changing the ways of doing business. Similar to the digital and technological revolution, big business houses have been the first to adopt automation across their activities in the form of driverless cars, robot assistants, and delivery drones etc. For example, the Dubai Metro is already driverless, and the UAE is pioneering the Dubai Autonomous Transportation Strategy aiming to make 25 per cent of all trips autonomous by 2030.

Combining technology with Brick and Mortar stores in the GCC: 6 ideas

May 20, 2019

Euromonitor International projects that the retail sales across Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and UAE will increase by more than USD 24 billion over the next five years. The UAE retail industry currently (worth USD 55 billion) will lead the trend reaching to USD 63.8 billion by 2023, at an estimated growth rate of 16%.

Saudi Aramco $12 billion bond issuance: Another big feather

May 13, 2019

Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) raised USD 12 Billion with the help of its first ever-international bond issuance in the month of April. Aramco marketed a U.S. dollar-denominated debt issue split into five tranches with maturities ranging from three to thirty years.

Kuwait Blue Chip Companies – Banks Outperform on Regulatory Reforms

May 07, 2019

Kuwait Blue Chip Companies – Banks Outperform on Regulatory Reforms. Kuwait’s GDP growth returned to positive territory in 2018, with higher input from its non-oil sectors, increased government investment to boost growth and improvement in the oil prices. Reforms to the capital markets and banking sectors attracted further inflows into the economy.

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