Political stability key as Dubai renews efforts to tap investment



Dubai’s bid to bounce back from the global economic crisis will be mapped out in a wide-ranging report to be published by the global publishing, research and consultancy firm Oxford Business Group (OBG).

The Report: Dubai 2013 will explore the Emirate’s move to regain the ground it lost during the downturn, including its efforts to attract new investors which have been strengthened by a politically stable climate. It will also contain a detailed, sector-by-sector guide for foreign investors, alongside a wide range of interviews with the most prominent political, economic and business leaders.

Research for OBG’s new publication on Dubai’s economic activity and investment opportunities will be led by Country Director Nihan Alan and Editorial Manager Josh Franken.

Regional Editor Oliver Cornock said that Dubai’s success in diversifying its economy ahead of some of its neighbours would help it regain momentum as the expected global recovery edges nearer.

“Dubai’s political stability combined with a rise in real estate affordability is proving to be an attractive mix in the post-global financial crisis for investors concerned about regional unrest,” he said. “Our team will be charting Dubai’s progress as it looks to drive growth across key sectors of the economy, particularly in tourism and industry.”

Alan agreed that Dubai’s ability to maintain its ‘seven-star’ brand image during the global financial crisis was proving to be a key component in the Emirate’s bid to drive growth. “Massive regional construction projects such as the GCC Railway should also give the Emirate’s aluminium industry a huge boost,” she said.

Alan added that she looked forward to overseeing OBG’s forthcoming report, which she said would provide business leaders with key analysis and the latest data on Dubai’s economic development and investment climate.

Alan moves to Dubai from Oman where she spearheaded OBG’s most recent publication on the country’s economy. During her time with OBG she has made key contributions to a number of the Group’s publications across Asia and the Gulf.

Franken has built up a wealth of experience with OBG, leading the Group’s editorial and research teams in the Philippines, Indonesia and Kuwait. He has secured contributions for OBG’s reports from a number of high-profile heads of state, national representatives and business leaders, including the Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed Al Sabah and the President of Turkey Abdullah Gul.

The Report: Dubai 2013 will mark the culmination of up to a year of on-the-ground research by a team of analysts from OBG. The report will provide information on opportunities for foreign direct investment into Dubai’s economy and will be a guide to the many facets of the Emirate, including its macroeconomics, infrastructure, banking and sectoral developments. The Report: Dubai 2013 will be available in print form or online.


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