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Volkswagen: exploiting comparative advantage

New emissions standards to be introduced in Europe in the next few years could see numerous energy intensive manufacturing tasks transferred to cheaper production locations. Volkswagen [VOW.F] is to study the possibility of moving some parts manufacturing to the Gulf, which would prove unpopular in Germany but nevertheless cost-effective in the long term.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Jun 2004
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CommentWire

Dubai Logistics City: a global vision

Dubai is creating the world's first integrated logistics and multi-modal transport platform, consisting of a mixture of new and expanded facilities. With major freight forwarding players such as DHL showing an increased interest in the region, the success of the project is vital in alleviating the pressure on the area's existing logistics infrastructure.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Apr 2005
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New food review: watermelons shaping up to provide a refreshing alternative

Some unusual fruit products have been noted by Productscan this month, such as carbon dioxide injected fresh fruit, square watermelons and sausages filled with goji berries, a so-called super-fruit. The release of these products highlights the growing consumer interest in healthier food options, with manufacturers seeking innovative ways to present their offerings to appeal to this growing trend.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Oct 2006
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CommentWire

MAF-Carrefour: considering new projects in Saudi Arabia

The MAF Group, in conjunction with anchor partner Carrefour, primarily develops and manages shopping malls and hypermarkets across Egypt and the Middle East. MAF is considering new development projects in Saudi Arabia following 15-20% falls in urban land values; expansion would improve MAF's positioning in Saudi, a market dominated by early-mover MAF competitors.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Feb 2009
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CommentWire

Syrian economy: liberalization offers new retail opportunities

Until last year, the Syrian retail sector lacked big malls and associated hypermarket chains because the importation of foreign consumer goods and electronic items was banned. However, the Syrian government has gradually liberalized import restrictions and many foreign goods have been removed from the list of banned items, leading a number of Gulf retail groups to consider entering the country.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Mar 2009
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GCC healthcare: in pursuit of western standards

The healthcare sector in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries is currently undergoing a wave of reforms intended to achieve and sustain international standards of healthcare delivery. Datamonitor believes that the region has the potential to achieve these aims if it reforms healthcare insurance, develops a workforce of healthcare professionals, and accepts the use of generic pharmaceuticals.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Apr 2009
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Abu Dhabi moves towards generic prescribing

Earlier this year, the Health Authority of Abu Dhabi made an unprecedented move towards encouraging the use of generic drugs by forcing doctors throughout the emirate of Abu Dhabi to prescribe by molecular name. However, while intended to boost generic uptake, the law may simply see the decision to prescribe expensive branded drugs taken from doctors and given to pharmacists.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Apr 2009
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Antiviral sales boosted as UAE prepares for influenza A (H1N1)

The recent outbreak of influenza A (H1N1) infection, previously referred to as swine flu, has thrown the spotlight on governments around the world and their ability to manage a pandemic. In the UAE, customers are currently finding it difficult to source antivirals but, with Dubai seen as a hub for international travel, the government has stockpiles ready for distribution should an outbreak occur.

Published By Datamonitor
06 May 2009
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UAE stepping into the 'green zone'

The global drive to improve the environmental profile of energy production continues, and the UAE has the potential to be a leader in this area, partly due to its natural geographical advantages. While no immediate changes can be expected, it is likely that nuclear and renewable power will play a significantly greater role in the federation's energy production activities over the longer term.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jun 2010
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CommentWire

UAE: the International Renewable Energy Agency's statute comes into force

Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, which is set to become home to Masdar, the world's first zero-carbon city, the International Renewable Energy Agency has expanded at a rapid pace, nearly doubling the number of signatory countries from 75 to 148 since its inception. The association has the potential to become a leading voice in deciding green energy policy worldwide.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Jul 2010

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