Abdulla Mohammed Al Awar talks Dubai, diversification, ethics, and Islamic Finance

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

Abdulla Mohammed Al Awar is the CEO of the Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC), prior to which he was the CEO of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) between 2009 and 2012. He has served as member of several committees and boards in Dubai including the Economic Committee of the Executive Council of Dubai, Dubai Free Zones Council, Bourse …

Russia struggles to re-align foreign policy following Iran Deal

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

It is well documented the role Russia and Iran respectively played in protecting the Syrian regime diplomatically and militarily. Russia used its veto to great effect, contributing to the slow international response to the Syrian crisis. For Russia, the matter was clear; NATO is not welcome on Russian borders and the US must not be allowed to install an ally …

Yes, ‘migrants’ are human- why are media outlets only discussing this now?

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

In April already 1, 700 men, women and children had died crossing the Mediterranean in the hope of starting a better life. The death toll has now reached 2, 500. Why is it then that only the mainstream media outlets are discussing the human angle of being one of those desperate enough to undertake this perilous journey?

President Park’s Pardon Problem

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

The inclusion of Chey Tae-Won has been criticised as a violation of President Park’s promise to root out corruption, a reference to previous administrations believed to have delivered pardons to senior imprisoned figures of corporations as a reward for support during the then-president’s campaign. However to perceive President Park’s pardon of the SK Corporation chief as on par with these previous pardons is unfair.

Toshiba: The false marriage between Japanese and corporate culture

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

Despite the dizzying heights of the skyscrapers and state-of-the-art technology at every turn that suggest a wholehearted embracing of modernity, Japan is a country that keeps traditional values at its core. From a young age children are reminded to always ‘think about how your actions affect others before acting.’ It is for this reason that a person can drop a money laden wallet on the street and have it turn up at a police station within the hour. Yet there are other parts to these ‘traditional values’ that have contributed to the country’s ‘dark side.’

Pray for Bangkok

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

On Monday the 17th of August, a devastating bomb ripped through the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok, killing 20 people. Nine of these were foreigners, from countries including the UK, China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha described the incident as the “worst-ever” attack on Thailand. This is not the sole act of terrorism the country has seen this …