• Economic News Updates

    Economic News Updates

    For each market we cover, OBG produces regular economic research available on our website, by email subscription and via RSS feed. Free to access, our Economic Updates are targeted at those looking for regular comment on key sector developments.

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Economic Update | Dubai’s learning curve gets smoother

15 Jul 2015
Dubai education

Rising student numbers and a broader range of academic choice are driving expansion in Dubai’s private university system; however, institutions are being forced to tackle issues such as affordable student accommodation to drive further growth. 

Economic Update | Dubai set for leaner tourism season

17 Jun 2015
dubai tourism

A tapering of demand will lower earnings in Dubai’s tourism and hospitality industry this year, though an expected rise in arrivals from emerging markets, in particular Asia, may offset weaker traffic from more established sources of visitors.

Economic Update | Dubai considers electric car solutions

15 May 2015
Dubai electric car

Electric vehicles may be set to become a more familiar sight on the streets of Dubai. The emirate has one of the world’s highest car ownership ratios and the authorities are expanding the infrastructure for battery-run cars and introducing new incentives to encourage people to switch to more environmentally-friendly options.

Economic Update | Dubai extends IT push

7 Apr 2015
Dubai ICT

Demand for IT services in Dubai is set to soar over the coming decade, underpinned by strong demand for both software and hardware products. 

Economic Update | Sales continue to surge at Dubai’s mega-malls

13 Mar 2015
Dubai retail

Dubai’s famous mega-malls are doing brisk trade, with the companies behind the emirate’s two biggest shopping centres reporting double-digit revenue growth in 2014. Additionally, plans for further expansion are also in the works. 

Economic Update | Medical tourism to boost Dubai's revenues

4 Feb 2015
Dubai medical tourism

Looking to capitalise on its reputation for healthcare, Dubai has set its sights on expanding the medical tourism sector with a target of half a million health and wellness visitors by 2020, boosting the economy with a fourfold increase in revenues from this segment.