Pandemic boosts GCC e-commerce 50% to reach $50B in 2025 forecasts Kearney

The GCC e-commerce sector is forecasted to reach a value of $50 billion by 2025, according to a new report by Kearney Middle East. The report titled GCC e-commerce unleashed: a path to retail revival or a fleet...


Covid restrictions threatening and burdening viability of SMBs finds Salesforce

Salesforce published the fourth edition of its Small and Medium Business Trends Report. This research was conducted in two parts, with a study in March 2020 and a follow-up study in August 2020, providing insig...


IATA forecasts Middle East full year 2020 passenger traffic to be 30% of 2019

The International Air Transport Association, IATA, downgraded its traffic forecast for the Middle East for 2020, This reflects a weaker-than-expected recovery. Full-year 2020 passenger numbers in the Middle Eas...


Marriott reimagines spaces and meetings to meet post pandemic hygiene requirements

Following the announcement of Marriott International’s Commitment to Clean campaign and Global Cleanliness Council, Marriott has introduced digital content about redefined processes and reimagined spaces guided...


Coronavirus and schools: Access to handwashing facilities key for safe reopening

“Access to water, sanitation and hygiene services is essential for effective infection prevention and control in all settings, including schools”, said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO Director-General...


WHO chief points to ‘green shoots of hope’ in COVID-19 pandemic

“I know many of you are grieving and that this is a difficult moment for the world”, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday, in his latest briefing to journalists. “But I want to be clear, there ar...


Global cooperation is our only choice against COVID-19, says WHO chief

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) was addressing the Aspen Security Forum, which brings together top-level present and former government officials from the Unit...


UN chief outlines ‘bold steps’ for education in the face of COVID-19 disruption

Describing education as “the key to personal development and the future of societies”, António Guterres issued recommendations to get children back in the classroom in a policy brief launched alongside a new gl...


No end in sight to COVID crisis, and its impact will last for ‘decades to come’

The committee convened by Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR), held its fourth meeting on 31 July. Sustained ef...


Young people ‘not invincible’ in COVID-19 pandemic: WHO chief

Evidence suggests that the spike in cases in some countries is partly due to younger people “letting down their guard during the northern hemisphere summer”, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Thursda...