Foreign universities feel the squeeze

Middle Eastern governments’ decisions to make their scholarship programmes more academically selective will be felt across the global higher education sector.

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Published in bq, April 2016

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Solo fighting by cyber knights not enough to protect GCC networks

The world’s leading security experts have set up base in the Middle East to help combat network threats, but local cyber knights say the region continues to be at high risk. Especially since most telecom companies in the region are more focused on imposing morality filters rather than protecting against potential attacks.

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Published in bq, August 27 2014

Shift in strategy required to satisfy GCC skills shortage

Despite dedicating an average of 20% of their national budgets to the education sector, the GCC labour force continues to be ill equipped to meet the economy’s needs, consequently extending their reliance on skilled foreign labour. Two reports have been released in the last six months, which focus on the education sector, and both blame local educational institutions for the calibre of GCC graduates being produced.

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Published on bq, August 11 2014

Chasing dreams of innovation

Many countries are positioning themselves as the preferred destination for innovation as the global emphasis on the knowledge economy gathers momentum. But the UAE’s recent successes suggest the Middle East could be the region to watch as oil rich countries shift their efforts towards creativity and away from a historical reliance on oil.

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Published in bq, August 6 2014

US beauty industry rebuilding itself on the back of Middle East sales

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Her right hand poised at an angle, 33 year old Vaneesha Shroff traces her bottom eyelid with a black eye pencil. She glances in the mirror to confirm that the almond eyed look is complete and makes a mental note to pick up the new liquid liner that has just entered the Dubai market.

Vaneesha is a regular at her local cosmetics store. She typifies the UAE consumer: a person who annually spends Dh 60,000 (USD 16,000) on beauty products, according to a 2013 survey by dmg events Middle East, and who will drive sector sales to USD 1.1 billion in 2014, according to international research group Euromonitor.

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Published in bq, May 14 2014