STEVE ROYSTON: It’s by no means scientific or representative but here are the people and special moments that resonated with me this year
ALEXANDER MCNABB: Qatar’s authorities are under pressure to act and the arrest of two major public figures is an interesting development
SUSIE OF ARABIA: One of the largest retail conglomerates has just introduced a ‘no returns’ policy in Saudi Arabia. Cue mass rage
DAVID WESTLEY, BUSINESS BREAKFAST: Thursday’s announcement of a ‘loss’ of $2 bn (Dh7.35 billion) in “unauthorised trading” at UBS’ Delta One desk was spectacularly timed…
THE VIEW FROM FEZ: The big boys from Europe are moving aggressively into the Moroccan retail space and they’re squeezing the profit margins of souk operators.
Quite properly, the UAE insists that products sold to consumers here are labelled in Arabic – the national language. However, once again, there is trouble in paradise.