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According to Strategy& Partner Jad Hajj, the technology industry is performing well, with major players reporting strong financial performances. The major US companies are thriving, some of the large Chinese firms are growing internationally, and startups are receiving funding. The future looks bright thanks to the prospects for growth in such technologies as the Internet of Things (IoT, the networking of connected devices), cloud computing, advanced data analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, autonomous vehicles, advanced supply chains, e-commerce, and robotic manufacturing.

 

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According to Strategy& Partner Dr. Ulrich Koegler, Principal Jean Salamat, and Principal Camil Tahan, as the GCC countries pursue economic diversification and sustainable growth plans, the need to digitize the freight transportation and logistics industry (T&L) is becoming increasingly important. At present, the T&L industry in the GCC, which is one of the key drivers of economic activity in the region, faces a combined threat of declining business revenue and outdated infrastructure.

 

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Strategy& Principal Hani Zein writes that telecom operators understand that it is no longer enough to offer high-speed data and good quality of service. Their customers regard these as standard services. Operators continue to lose customers to digital players and are being forced to venture into digital services, in which operators have little experience and meagre advantage over any other investors. There is now intense competition from service providers whose business models are founded on a differentiated customer experience and frictionless services.

 

Distribution market: Saudi Arabia

Strategy& Partner Sevag Papazian writes that the GCC countries are undergoing a major socioeconomic transformation. Digitization will be essential in this process, reinventing business models, permitting a seamless customer experience, and exploiting the potential of data.

 

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According to Strategy& Partner Dr. Raed Kombargi, Partner Dr. Shihab Elborai, and Principal Dr. Yahya Anouti, renewable energy sources hold great promise in the Gulf countries, but the region is at risk of falling behind as investment in the sector rises globally. Globally, Strategy& expects annual investments into renewable energy to grow by $130 billion, compared to 2016 figures, reaching around $370 billion in 2020. It estimates that the cumulative investment total between 2016 and 2020 will reach $1.5 trillion globally

 

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Strategy& Director Adrian Del Maestro writes that the upstream oil and gas sector lags behind most other industries when it comes to digitising operations. This is largely attributable to a deeply ingrained aversion to risk.Given the sensitive nature of offshore operations in terms of health, safety, and the environment, operators have been reluctant to deploy relatively untested digital technologies.

 

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According to Strategy& Partner Ramy Sfeir, Partner Marc-Albert Hamalian, and Principal Bilal Mikati, the GCC’s population is projected to reach 65 million by 2030 and a third of it will be under the age of 25, spurring new investment opportunities in the region’s education sector. A large number of players are entering into the region’s private education market. 

 

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Tarek El Zein, Partner with Strategy&, writes that this year, the Middle East telecom industry will press ahead with digital transformation like never before. Although the Middle East telecom market has reached its peak, and is even contracting in some countries, regional operators are positioned to reverse this trend in 2018 with four key strategies. They must accelerate the building of digital capabilities, scale-up their adjacency ventures through acquisition, push forward efficiency programs, and advance in building partnerships with their regulators.

 

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Strategy& Partner Haroon Sheikh writes that GCC countries need to prepare for the next wave of change in military technology. Armed forces across the world are increasingly integrating digital technology, artificial intelligence, and robotics into defence platforms and military operations. In the foreseeable future the armies of developed countries will deploy robotic vehicles, whether for transport or combat, providing them with a significant combat and intelligence advantage

 

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According to Strategy& Partners Fadi Adra and Yahya Anouti, GCC states are engaged in ambitious national transformation programmes that depend to a considerable extent upon people making different choices. Improving national health levels, to use just one example, involves people adopting healthier eating habits and leading more active lifestyles — an area where traditional policymaking methods like applying fines, incentives, or taxes are not always effective as standalone tools.

 

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