SME World

British Orchard Nursery stood out among the winners of the Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Awards (SKEA), 2015, as the only educational institution to have received the prestigious award in the Award’s 14-year history. The nursery won the award in the Gold category, which was presented by His Highness Sheikh Hamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi at a ceremony held at Emirates Palace. With this award, the SKEA also breaks into education sector category for the first time. This is yet another feather in the cap of UAE’s largest nursery chain which has won several awards earlier, both on local and international platform.

Orient Planet, one of the fastest growing marketing and communications consultancies in the Middle East, was listed at the 2015 edition of ‘Top 100 Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Dubai’ during the Dubai SME 100 Announcement Ceremony recently held on November 15, 2015 at Madinat Jumeirah Arena, Dubai. Orient Planet was ranked 31st among top 100 SME companies in Dubai. The company was chosen from over 4,000 companies nominated within the emirate after a screening process by a distinguished panel of judges. H.H. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum extended his congratulations to this year’s list of winners in front of an audience composed of key influencers in the SME sector.

Impact Plus, a leading Dubai-based ‘Business Knowledge’ facilitator offering accredited training programs in the Middle East and Africa, has launched three interactive and practical entrepreneurial development initiatives with an aim to reduce leadership deficit. The new US-accredited development programs -- Ana Montejah™, Certified Professional Graduate (CPG™), and Certified Professional Manager (CPM™) -- are specially designed to address the long-term strategic needs in the region’s labour market, ensuring significant and meaningful employee engagement. They have been particularly developed for the region’s growing pool of top executives, decision makers, and fresh graduates to help them build up their leadership skills to improve performance, enhance creativity and innovation, and increase business productivity.

Small and medium enterprises are the thriving force for any economy and are considered one of the main drivers for innovation and employment generation, and in the UAE, the vast majority of residents (66%) would like to be entrepreneurs. In fact, a new survey conducted by, the number one career site in the Middle East, and YouGov, a pioneer in online market research, entitled ‘Entrepreneurship in the MENA 2015’ has revealed that 84% of UAE respondents personally know at least one entrepreneur in their country of residence; 96% of whom are believed to have been successful in their endeavor.

The Abu Dhabi School of Management (ADSM), a business school focusing on developing entrepreneurial leadership, has emphasized the importance of entrepreneurship and innovation in achieving organizational excellence within the UAE, for both the government and private sectors. A subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Chamber, ADSM highlights how top-level executives around the world count innovation among the most important growth factors and adds that some of the biggest and most successful enterprises in Abu Dhabi and the UAE are explicitly committed to innovation.