The aquarium at The Dubai Mall. Sales in Dubai got a boost last month as many firms surveyed reported that price discounting was bolstering demand as consumer confidence starts to recover. Marwan Naamani / AFP
The aquarium at The Dubai Mall. Sales in Dubai got a boost last month as many firms surveyed reported that price discounting was bolstering demand as consumer confidence starts to recover. Marwan NaamShow more

Dubai business activity picks up pace in the third quarter on tourism growth



Private-sector activity in Dubai dipped slightly last month, but the emirate’s overall non-oil economic growth in the third quarter advanced at the fastest rate since the first quarter as tourism and travel bookings grew.

The UAE purchasing managers’ index (PMI) declined in September compared to August, falling to 55.1 from 55.7, Emirates NBD said.

The Dubai bank sponsors the monthly survey of business conditions in the UAE’s non-oil private sector by Markit, a financial information services company. A reading above 50 indicates that the non-oil economy is growing, while a reading below 50 suggests that it is contracting.

“The decline in the Dubai Economy Tracker index in September was only marginal, and overall the third quarter average indicates a faster pace of expansion compared to the first quarter and the second quarter,” said Khatija Haque, the head of Middle East and North Africa research at Emirates NBD

“Output and new order growth remains strong although company margins remain under pressure as firms reduced prices to secure new work. The rebound in the travel and tourism sector in September is encouraging, although it probably partly reflects the impact of the Eid holidays.”

The bank noted in the report that the rate of employment growth in September remained “marginal and weaker” than the survey’s long term average. Sales, however, got a boost last month as many firms surveyed reported that price discounting was bolstering demand as consumer confidence starts to recover.

Since the end of 2014, the UAE economy has suffered from an oil price freefall, prompting cuts in public spending and falling consumer demand. The price of oil has dropped by as much as 70 per cent since June 2014 as slowing global growth reduced demand for energy and production increased in the US as unconventional oil and gas extraction, known as fracking, boomed.

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Gender pay parity on track in the UAE

The UAE has a good record on gender pay parity, according to Mercer's Total Remuneration Study.

"In some of the lower levels of jobs women tend to be paid more than men, primarily because men are employed in blue collar jobs and women tend to be employed in white collar jobs which pay better," said Ted Raffoul, career products leader, Mena at Mercer. "I am yet to see a company in the UAE – particularly when you are looking at a blue chip multinationals or some of the bigger local companies – that actively discriminates when it comes to gender on pay."

Mr Raffoul said most gender issues are actually due to the cultural class, as the population is dominated by Asian and Arab cultures where men are generally expected to work and earn whereas women are meant to start a family.

"For that reason, we see a different gender gap. There are less women in senior roles because women tend to focus less on this but that’s not due to any companies having a policy penalising women for any reasons – it’s a cultural thing," he said.

As a result, Mr Raffoul said many companies in the UAE are coming up with benefit package programmes to help working mothers and the career development of women in general. 

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Rating: 3/5

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Company name: Klipit

Started: 2022

Founders: Venkat Reddy, Mohammed Al Bulooki, Bilal Merchant, Asif Ahmed, Ovais Merchant

Based: Dubai, UAE

Industry: Digital receipts, finance, blockchain

Funding: $4 million

Investors: Privately/self-funded

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Runners up: Bahrain

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Runners up: Dubai Hurricanes

UAE Division 1
Champions: Dubai Sharks
Runners up: Abu Dhabi Harlequins II

UAE Division 2
Champions: Dubai Tigers III
Runners up: Dubai Sharks II

Dubai Sevens
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Runners up: Dubai Hurricanes

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Number of staff: 120
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Funding: $200,000 plus undisclosed grant
Investors: Venture capital and government

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Placing the tape on the graphite and peeling it, they managed to rip off thin flakes of carbon. In the beginning they got flakes consisting of many layers of graphene. But when they repeated the process many times, the flakes got thinner.

By separating the graphite fragments repeatedly, they managed to create flakes that were just one atom thick. Their experiment led to graphene being isolated for the very first time.

In 2010, Geim and Novoselov were awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics. 

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Started: Sept 2017
Based: UAE with a subsidiary in the UK
Industry: FinTech
Funding: Undisclosed
Investors: Elaine Jones
Number of employees: 8

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Date started: January 2022
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Number of staff: 30
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The two finalists advance to the Asia qualifier in Malaysia in August

 

Group A

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Group B

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Name: Xpanceo

Started: 2018

Founders: Roman Axelrod, Valentyn Volkov

Based: Dubai, UAE

Industry: Smart contact lenses, augmented/virtual reality

Funding: $40 million

Investor: Opportunity Venture (Asia)

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Starring: Brian Tyree Henry, Rebecca Hall, Dan Stevens

Rating: 4/5

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  • 6.30pm, UAE Premiership: Dubai Exiles v Abu Dhabi Harlequins

 

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  2. Abu Dhabi Harlequins
  3. Jebel Ali Dragons
  4. Dubai Hurricanes
  5. Dubai Sports City Eagles
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Our rating: 4/5 

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Price, base / as tested Dh52,900 / Dh59,200

Engine 1.6L in-line four-cylinder

Transmission Continuously variable transmission

Power 115hp @ 5,500rpm

Torque 156Nm @ 4,000rpm

Fuel economy, combined 6.6L / 100km

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Founders: Mohamed Al Fayed and Mohammed Hammedi

Launched: October 2019

Employees: 50

Financing stage: Seed round (raised $2 million)

 

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