VAT: Preparing for the new tax regime

Following the historic decision by GCC member states to adopt value added tax (VAT) on January 1st 2018, regional businesses are scrambling to determine exactly what the tax will mean for them. For regional CFOs, the introduction of VAT within…

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CFOs and the balancing act of tech transformation

Today, an estimated two to five percent of global commerce takes place online. However, for many businesses, embracing the increasingly digital nature of business has been far more easily said than done. Businesses outside of the tech sector are often…

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The rise of Arab women entrepreneurs

For over 20 years, Joy Ajlouny has been an e-commerce industry professional whose business and fashion influence has spanned the globe. Joy is the co-found of Fetchr, a Silicon-Valley backed technology company based in Dubai aimed at solving emerging market…

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Middle Eastern investors spend billions on US tech

The Middle East is a region known for its high liquidity and its concentration of high-net worth individuals – and not for its tech sector. This is mainly due to the fact that the regional tech sector is underdeveloped. Entrepreneurship…

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Chinese entities investing billions across Europe

Chinese investors are becoming increasingly interested in Europe, reports show. In the UK alone, Chinese investment into business and infrastructure has increased by nearly 500 percent over the past six years – from 666 million GBP in 2010 to 3.8…

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Massive investment needed in Europe’s tech sector

Europe will need between 670 and 780 billion USD worth of investments into its digital infrastructure if it hopes to keep pace with the United States and China. The region needs to develop fibre-optic networks and high-speed 5G wireless applications…

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Cyber security emerging as a priority for banks

Fintech has become a familiar entry in the banking lexicon. Gone are the days when “finance technology” was a brand new concept, spoken of only in the pages of niche publications. Fintech is now a full-fledged phenomenon, a darling of…

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Chinese consortium invests 900 million USD into Media.net

As China continues to undergo a focused shift from a manufacturing-based economy to one that relies heavily on service sectors and technology, Chinese investors are sourcing innovative technology through investments into tech companies abroad. Media.net, an advertising technology startup based…

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Brexit fails to stem Chinese appetite for UK property

The post-Brexit fallout has included reports that several investors are planning to withdraw from the UK – but for many Chinese investors, Brexit represents a rare opportunity to enter or expand their presence in the UK property market. Chinese investors…

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Chinese investors show strong interest in German property

According to Deloitte, the long-standing trade and investment partnership between Germany and China has built a solid foundation for Chinese companies to invest in Germany. Germany is China’s largest European trading partner, and Chinese entities have been increasingly involved in…

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