Authors Posts by E. SHAHID



Signs of the Gulf region bracing for life without oil windfall are evident in the stuttering IPO activities.
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The story of IPOs in the Gulf region is increasingly getting torn between market sentiment and prospects of oil price recovery

The oil price plunge is certain to hasten the process of Gulf governments investing in developing people and skills.

The large proportion of small medium enterprises is tying their progress with the health of local economies.

Banks in the region may occasionally drool over big ticket project finance but not necessarily at the cost of retail.

WIEF was not just a blitz to establish Dubai’s credentials as the capital of...

Cityscape may not have delivered a clear verdict on Dubai’s property market, but there was no dearth of action around the mega event.

With growing demand bringing in the big bucks, education is becoming increasingly inseparable from run-of-the-mill businesses.
Heavy machines

Heavy machines may appear tied to the construction industry’s boom and bust cycle but there is more to it than just earth shattering capacity.

As the summer sets in, the hunt begins for the right destination within budget amid a flurry of choices for the privileged lot.

From USD 20 per transaction to a dime a dozen, Gulf’s remittance industry has evolved on the back of technology and guest workers consistently pouring money back home.

While it is well known that the construction and real estate sectors are undergoing a boom phase in the Gulf region, healthcare is another area which is showing heavy growth. As a result, expertise from countries like Germany is being sought to shore up the sector.

Free zones have provided a unique platform for businesses across the Gulf and are on course for their next phase of development.

The arrival of the world’s richest cricket league in the UAE not only means business, it also opens a window to the future.
Health synergy

Germany’s expertise in medical products and services is increasingly finding resonance with the Gulf region’s growing needs.

The Government Summit was an occasion for stakeholders to grapple with issues of the future and find innovative solutions.

Record 2013 sales performance has reinforced automobile industry’s position as one of the most profitable business in the Gulf region

A region so heavily reliant on energy must also watch depleting water levels for a sustainable future.

Abu Dhabi’s Masdar Institute is not just partnering with renowned institutions for path-breaking scientific research; it is also making them count.

With recovery well and truly on, the litmus test for Dubai’s real estate market will be to avoid the overheating that hits where it hurts most.


Qatar is home to many different nationalities, with Qataris themselves only representing a minority. This extreme demographic shift has been taking place for the last several decades, but has skyrocketed in the last 10 years.

According to the QSA Labour Force Survey for the third quarter of 2014, average monthly wage in Qatar was QR 10,761, up 10 percent from 2013.

Similarly to its neighbors in the GCC, Kuwait relies heavily on its imported workforce. While the percentage of expatriates is not as high as in Qatar...

From GDP per capita,life expectancy, diabetes prevalence to the number of Keralites in the Gulf, we bring you a set of 40 maps explaining the Gulf.

Bahrain a small island country situated near the western shores of the Persian Gulf. is home to over 1.3 million people. Most of whom are expats and just like its neighbors in the GCC, the high volume of expats compared to the local population presents some interesting problems.
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