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May 1, 2019
CommsMEA
Distribution market: Pan Arab Strategy& Partner Jad Hajj and Principal Wissam Abdelsamad write that telecom operators need to undergo a major shift in their capabilities and their outward facing identity to revive the fortunes in the vitally important business-to-business (B2B) segment. The challenge they face is that revenues from traditional B2B voice and...
March 1, 2019
Banker Middle East
Distribution market: Pan Arab Strategy& Partner Jorge Camarate writes that the banking sectors in the six GCC countries must prepare for inevitable digital disruption. The region’s financial services industry region differs by country, with some markets saturated, different reporting standards, and a wide variety of products and offerings. While digital...
February 11, 2019
Khaleej Times
Distribution market: United Arab Emirates​  Imad Atwi and Ramzi Khoury, Principals with Strategy&, write that governments around the world are paying close attention to problems associated with modernisation and urbanisation, such as rising crime. This is a particular challenge for the GCC, which has urbanisation rates of over 80 per cent - some of the...
February 10, 2019
Forbes Middle East
Distribution market: Pan Arab  Strategy& Partner Marwan Bejjani and Principal Dr. Yahya Anouti write that cities in the GCC house 85% of the region’s population—in the UAE, Dubai and Abu Dhabi contribute 83% of GDP. As a result, the GCC construction market could grow to a value between $350 billion and $400 billion by 2023, up 60% to 100% from...
February 1, 2019
Telecom Review
Distribution market: Pan Arab  In a brilliant interview, Strategy& Principal Jad El Mir stated that it was imperative for operators to extract value from their core telecom business to invest into new growth industries and hence create multicore businesses. In addition to this, he has called on operators to be focused in relation to which new growth areas...
 
December 16, 2018
Bloomberg Businessweek
Distribution market: Pan Arab  Mahmoud Makki, Partner with Strategy&, writes that the public and private sectors in the UAE have been working hard to encourage the growth of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Yet, most SMEs often fail to grow into large-scale businesses. To help SMEs grow into major enterprises, the UAE public and private...
December 14, 2018
Al Arabiya
Distribution market: Pan Arab  According to Strategy& Partner Haroon Sheikh and Manager Bassem Fayek, every military commander knows that battles are won and lost long before operations actually begin: the force with the highest level of training and readiness often prevails. Yet commanders and planners in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) frequently...
October 28, 2018
Arabian Industry
Distribution market: Pan Arab  Jean Salamat, Principal with Strategy&, writes that digitization within the manufacturing world is advancing. Innovations, such as complex smart sensors, artificial intelligence and robotics, are facilitating integrated factories that use digital technology to produce a fully automated system. However, the transformation...
September 22, 2018
Gulf Business
Distribution market: United Arab Emirates  According to Strategy& Partner Fadi Adra, a consensus is growing among GCC states that they must revamp their systems for educating students with disabilities, so that these students improve their learning experience and live to their full potential. However, there are numerous cultural and institutional...
September 17, 2018
Oil and Gas ME
Distribution market: Pan Arab  Strategy& Partners Georges Chehade and James Thomas, Executive Advisor David Branson, and Manager Devesh Katiyar write that National Oil companies (NOCs) must take a holistic approach to the oil and gas value chain to fuel economic development, according to a recent study by management consultancy Strategy& Middle...
September 3, 2018
Saudi Gazette
Distribution market: Saudi Arabia  Strategy& Partners Dr. Raed Kombargi and Dr. Shihab Elborai and Principal Dr. Yahya Anouti write that in the coming 20 years, non-OECD states are projected to spend more than $57 trillion on infrastructure projects, compared to $34 trillion by OECD countries. In conjunction with this spending, policymakers in...
August 29, 2018
Construction Business News
Distribution market: Pan Arab  According to Strategy& Principals Jean Salamat and Camil Tahan, as the GCC countries diversify their economies to generate sustainable growth, there is an urgent need to digitise the freight transportation and logistics (T&L) industry. T&L is a key driver of economic activity in the region, yet local players are...
November 23, 2017
Gulf News
Distribution market: Gulf News According to Amr Goussous, Partner with Strategy&, Middle East telecom operators need to prepare for a new wave of merger and acquisitions (M&A). In the near future, operators will more actively go after regional or global firms in the expanding information and communications technologies (ICT) sector.
November 20, 2017
Forbes Middle East
Distribution market: Pan Arab According to Strategy& Principal Bruno Wehbe, land owners in the Middle East need a new approach to manage their holdings. Whether governments or private owners, they need to reap value rather than holding onto land as long as possible. This is an unfamiliar strategy for many owners, which they will need to implement systematically...
November 19, 2017
Gulf Business
Distribution market: United Arab Emirates​ Strategy& Partner Karl Nader writes that the retail landscape in the GCC is changing thanks to growing online activity, characterised by the entrance of new online players. For example, Amazon recently acquired the Middle East online retailer Souq.com and Mohamed Alabbar’s multi-category retailer noon.com is scheduled...
November 1, 2017
Saudi Gazette
Distribution market: Saudi Arabia  According to Strategy& Partner Samer Bohsali, Principal Sevag Papazian, and fellow at the Ideation Center Melissa Rizk, the GCC can truly benefit from sharing economy platforms by tapping into underexploited human resources and assets. GCC consumers spent $10.7 billion on sharing economy platforms in 2016, generating an...
October 30, 2017
Forbes Middle East
Distribution market: Pan Arab According to Jad Hajj, Partner with Strategy&, the technology industry seems to have plenty of growth opportunities. More Middle East organizations are adopting cloud computing, while the Internet of Things (IoT, the network of connected devices) is altering the face of business. Yesterday’s science fiction is becoming...
October 2, 2017
The National
Distribution market: United Arab Emirates According to Samer Bohsali, Partner with Strategy&, GCC governments need to continuously reskill their workforce to embrace the latest technologies. The digital sector tends to change rapidly because of continuously emerging new technologies that redefine the way business is done, which is less often the case in...
September 28, 2017
Arabian Business
Distribution market: Pan Arab According to Strategy& Partner Samer Bohsali, the GCC countries have ambitious targets to move away from their dependence on oil. National plans like Saudi Vision 2030 and Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 require leaps of efficiency across their whole economies. Digitisation, driven by a local, skilled, and adaptable workforce, is one of...
September 21, 2017
The National
Distribution market: United Arab Emirates Strategy& Partner Samer Bohsali and Principal Sevag Papazian write that more and more GCC consumers are using mobile applications to book taxi rides and accommodation at a touch of their screen. These applications are part of the sharing economy, the latest digital evolution, which allows people to buy or rent goods and...
May 1, 2019
CommsMEA
Distribution market: Pan Arab Strategy& Partner Jad Hajj and Principal Wissam Abdelsamad write that telecom operators need to undergo a major shift in their capabilities and their outward facing identity to revive the fortunes in the vitally important business-to-business (B2B) segment. The challenge they face is that revenues from traditional B2B voice and...
March 1, 2019
Banker Middle East
Distribution market: Pan Arab Strategy& Partner Jorge Camarate writes that the banking sectors in the six GCC countries must prepare for inevitable digital disruption. The region’s financial services industry region differs by country, with some markets saturated, different reporting standards, and a wide variety of products and offerings. While digital...
February 11, 2019
Khaleej Times
Distribution market: United Arab Emirates​  Imad Atwi and Ramzi Khoury, Principals with Strategy&, write that governments around the world are paying close attention to problems associated with modernisation and urbanisation, such as rising crime. This is a particular challenge for the GCC, which has urbanisation rates of over 80 per cent - some of the...
February 10, 2019
Forbes Middle East
Distribution market: Pan Arab  Strategy& Partner Marwan Bejjani and Principal Dr. Yahya Anouti write that cities in the GCC house 85% of the region’s population—in the UAE, Dubai and Abu Dhabi contribute 83% of GDP. As a result, the GCC construction market could grow to a value between $350 billion and $400 billion by 2023, up 60% to 100% from...
February 1, 2019
Telecom Review
Distribution market: Pan Arab  In a brilliant interview, Strategy& Principal Jad El Mir stated that it was imperative for operators to extract value from their core telecom business to invest into new growth industries and hence create multicore businesses. In addition to this, he has called on operators to be focused in relation to which new growth areas...