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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) continues to serve as a hub for business innovation with a new study showing that the number of LinkedIn members noting entrepreneurship as their core job function nearly doubled in the past year. Moreover, the UAE is gaining the highest percentage of LinkedIn members identifying entrepreneurship as their job function from other countries within the Middle East.

Saudi Arabia recently issued its ambitious Vision 2030, which revolves around the three pillars of a vibrant society, thriving economy and ambitious nation. While economic diversification and streamlining efficiency are indeed critical for the country’s future, Saudi nationals will ultimately be responsible for implementing these strategic changes and accomplishing the vision’s goals. Therefore, developing human capabilities should be viewed as a required foundation for successful change rather than a desired outcome. In order to maximise the success of the Vision 2030, Oxford Strategic Consulting recommends that Saudi Arabia focus on building human capabilities around leadership, engagement and well-being.

The inaugural HOW TO ROCKET event will feature quality brands showcasing their services, engaging presentations and seminars, hands-on workshops, speed-networking sessions, free parking, free wifi and much MUCH more!  The event will cover the hottest topics in the SME industry: Concept & Set up, Branding & Creativity, Money & Finance, Leadership & Growth, Strategy & Performance, Balance & Wellness.

A high-level delegation composed of representatives from the Ministry of Economy and the Council of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises and Projects (SMEs Council), key businessmen and entrepreneurs, and other government officials, with a number of more than 50 persons, is set to visit Malaysia with the chief aim of exploring potential business and investment opportunities that both countries can benefit from. The trip, which is organized by the Ministry and the SMEs Council, will include key visits to some of Malaysia’s leading innovation centers and business incubators. In addition, the UAE delegation will also be participating at this year’s edition of the Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Annual Showcase (SMIDEX), which will be held from May 16 to 19, 2016 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC). Both the scheduled visits and the coming participation at SMIDEX reflects the delegation’s chief objective of giving local entrepreneurs the advantage of gaining leads, knowledge, and experience as well as establish international business partnerships and networks.

The term ‘team outing’ often prompts eye rolling throughout the office, and even birthday brunches can evoke a yawn...