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Islamic Finance and Christian Finance: A shared heritage

11 May 2016

Islamic finance is today widely accepted as a global USD 2 trillion industry offering banking, insurance and asset management services in over 75 countries around both the Islamic and non-Islamic world. In recent years, it has captured headlines in the Financial Times and Wall Street Journal and some of its leading executives have been interviewed on the BBC, CNN and Bloomberg. Most people today have some knowledge of Islamic finance but how many people have heard of its counterpart, Christian Finance?

Annual global survey finds senior business roles held by women up slightly to 24%

08 Mar 2016

On International Women’s Day, a new report based on the annual Grant Thornton survey of 5,520 businesses in 36 economies reveals a slight uptick of women in senior management positions from 22% to 24%, but a third of businesses still do not have women in leadership positions.

UAE businesses remain cautiously optimistic for the year ahead.

01 Mar 2016

UAE businesses remain cautiously optimistic for the year ahead whilst optimism around the world is slightly down from Q3 2015.

Strategic challenges highlighted for the UAE insurance sector

28 Feb 2016

‘Strategic dilemmas in insurance’ released by Grant Thornton further identifies what insurance companies need to do now to embrace market changes this year.

Hisham Farouk, CEO shares insights from the Economic Outlook report on Dubai Eye Radio

25 Feb 2016

Hisham Farouk, CEO of Grant Thornton speaks to Dubai Eye to share key insights from the Economic outlook report along with sharing his views on the recent VAT announcement.

Islamic finance & oil prices: where to now?

23 Feb 2016

Modern banks started offering Islamic finance in the mid-1970s. During that period, there were major developments in the Muslim world which included the oil boom, coupled with a greater sense of cultural awareness and pride as to the fact that the teachings of Islam encompass all aspects of life including how an individual conducts their financial and business affairs.

Integrated Performance Management: How is it aligned with shareholder value?

11 Feb 2016

In order to enhance shareholder value and align employees’ efforts with this overarching objective, businesses have been introducing and implementing various performance management tools and techniques: strategy implementation dashboards, balanced scorecards, planning and budgeting methodologies, management reporting dashboards, product and service costing methodologies amongst others.

Hisham Farouk, CEO of Grant Thornton, says it would be advisable for companies to start considering ERP implementation prior to the official VAT date

10 Feb 2016

Hisham Farouk, CEO of Grant Thornton shares his insights with Wealth Monitor Magazine on what businesses can do now to prepare for the introduction of VAT. Considering that the UAE and other GCC countries are mulling over imposing VAT in the medium term, how businesses in the UAE can attune their processes to the impending tax and what measures companies must start considering now prior to the introduction of VAT?  

Middle East & Africa offers strong market growth for dynamic businesses, with the UAE leading in the region.

20 Sep 2015

The Middle East & North Africa ranks well above North America, Europe and Latin America in terms of market growth opportunities according to the Grant Thornton Global Dynamism Index (GDI) 2015. However, the region is lagging behind on a number of other indicators including labour market and financing environment.

US$250bn in overseas real estate investment driven by gut feeling rather than data

09 Sep 2015

Soft power and gut instinct is driving an estimated US$250bn per year* in overseas real estate investment, a new report by Grant Thornton reveals, showing that feeling rather than data analysis determines many investment decisions. This comes amid a surge of overseas real estate activity as investors seek new bedrocks of political stability. However Grant Thornton warns that reliance on instinct, while important, can lead investors to miss emerging pockets of opportunity if not complemented by more analysis and using local expertise.