Cultural know-how is key to attracting Chinese visitors

  Trade between China and the UAE is booming. Last year, the business done by the two regions exceeded AED 169.67, equivalent to $46 billion, with as many as 4,000 Chinese companies registered in the UAE at the end of 2013. Activity is on the up, as the new Chinese middle class get the taste … Read More

Promoting Abu Dhabi as a global business destination

There is good reason why Abu Dhabi was numbered by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) in its list of the top 100 busiest global destinations for business and meetings. Abu Dhabi is now on a par with magnet convention centres in locations such as Cologne, Germany’s fourth largest city, and Las Vegas, Atlanta, … Read More

3 tips for selecting a translation company

    The decision-making process for purchasing translation services can be problematic at the best of times. Whether you’re an experienced purchaser of translation services or someone who purchases on an ad hoc basis, following this simple, yet effective guide to choosing a translation company will relieve at least one of your business challenges.   … Read More

Celebrating Eid

    Eid al-Fitr will soon be upon us and marks the end of Ramadan; the month of fasting for Muslims the world over and a remarkable achievement. We’re waiting for the sighting of the new moon which will either be 29 or 30 days following the start of Ramadan. Depending on where you are in … Read More

International online shopping estimated at $307 billion!

    An interesting study, named “Modern Spice Routes, The Cultural Impact and Economic Opportunity of Cross-Border Shopping” conducted by Paypal reveals some interesting statistics. The six biggest markets, including the US, UK, Germany, Australia, China and Brazil are expected to triple in online shopping, from $105 billion in 2013 to $307 billion in five … Read More

Ramadan Traditions around the World

  The 1.6 million Muslims living in the world today come from a diverse range of cultures. Stretching from The Middle East to Asia and Europe to Africa, this diversity brings with it some amazing Ramadan traditions. I’ve picked a few of my favourites from around the world… Fasting begins at dawn when the muezzin … Read More

Interacting with Muslims during Ramadan

    The holy month of Ramadan is here and for 30 days Muslims around the world will be fasting from sunrise to sunset. The start of Ramadan depends on the sighting of the new moon, which can be seen on different days depending on where you are in the world. We thought it would … Read More

Doing business during Ramadan

Business in the Muslim world often slows down during Ramadan; this affects a number of countries including the UAE, Pakistan, Malaysia and the countries in North Africa. Companies tend to change their operating hours to make working days shorter and while some individuals may return to work after they have broken their fast at sunset, … Read More

The Arabic Language (Part 2)

The brave and inspired man who dared to challenge the wayward Bedouin Arabs was Muhammad Ibn `Abd Allāh Ibn `Abd al-Muttalib, the Prophet of Islam. Muslims believe that Muhammad was inspired with the Qur’an by God (Allah) and used as a vehicle to challenge the pre-Islamic Arabs regarding their habits and behaviour during those days … Read More