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12 May 2015

Talent, potential and opportunity – the Gulf’s forgotten market?

This month, I have great pleasure in posting a ‘guest blog’. The below has kindly been written for these pages by HMA Matthew Lodge, the UK Ambassador to Kuwait, who has some unique insights into the opportunities and challenges of this particular Gulf market. The Kuwait Times on 5 April...

28 January 2015

Trust trumps talent

By Matthew Alabaster During my four years in the Gulf, I worked with many international companies looking to enter or grow in the region. Some had been very successful, and wanted to expand into new countries. But others had found it more difficult, and had not achieved expectations. The more...

02 December 2014

Happy birthday UAE!

By Matthew Alabaster Today is the 43rd anniversary of the founding of the UAE. Driven by the energy and vision of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the charismatic leader of Abu Dhabi, the seven Emirates united as a single country for the first time on 2nd December 1971. Today...

14 November 2014

What on earth was I thinking?

By Matthew Alabaster It started as a mild itch, but after 12 years working in London, my desire for an overseas posting had turned into an all-out rash. So I scratched it by volunteering for a four-year secondment to Abu Dhabi, to work with international companies looking to invest and...