The oil gas industry in seeing major changes ahead as demand for fossil fuels could reduce over the coming years. Consolidation will be key across the industry to save costs and provide more capabilities. Diversification into renewable energy sources will also be very important as the millennial are becoming more selective in favour of more friendly products and services. Energy producers around the world must diversify to take advantage of this opportunity.
ABU DHABI: His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, has issued a resolution to merge International Petroleum Investment Company (Ipic) and Mubadala Development Company (Mubadala).
The resolution stipulated that a joint committee be created and assigned with the responsibility of merging the businesses of the two companies.
The joint committee will be chaired by Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, with Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak serving as Vice Chairman and the membership of Suhail Mohamed Faraj Al Mazrouei, Hamad Al Hurr Al Suwaidi, and the Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Finance
Integrating the two entities would create greater benefits and enhanced economic value to the Government of Abu Dhabi and to the oil gas industry in the region.
The combined entity will realise synergies and growth in multiple sectors including the energy and utilities sector, technology, aerospace, industry, health care, real estate and financial investments.
It will also have the ability to contribute more significantly to the diversification of the economy, in line with the Abu Dhabi Plan and the country’s long-term vision. It would also build on the creation of quality, long-term employment and development of human capital in critical sectors for the emirate.
The two companies will continue to operate independently until the joint committee concludes its assignment.
As the world increasingly relies on online business transactions, the Arab e-commerce world is lagging behind. Steps are requried to encourage Arab businesses to boost their investment in this critical business area.
Arab e-commerce is poised for huge growth and companies in this region must take advantage of this opportunity. The technologies that underline these systems provide unprecedented information and insights into customer behavior.
ABU DHABI // The Arab world is lagging behind the rest of the world in the digital revolution, a business leader has said, despite its high number of internet users.
Mohamed Alabbar, chairman of Emaar, on Monday night told the Ramadan Majlis of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed that the UAE should be more involved in e-commerce.
“In the Arab world, there will be 300 million internet users by 2020,” Mr Alabbar said. “Our lives have become entirely dependent on the internet. We spend four hours a day connected on our mobile phones of which three hours are spent on social media.” Last year, the total amount spent on e-commerce in the country was Dh7 billion.
“The overall commercial value of trade in the country was Dh600bn and only a small portion of this is traded online,” Mr Alabbar said. “Those numbers are really low and we need to get into the opportunities that the digital revolution is providing.
“Huge global companies collect and aggregate data about our purchase patterns, eating habits, beliefs, friends and financials. They mine that data for insights and over time do a significantly better job than us at targeting our own consumers.”
“The profit pool then begins to shift away from asset owners and towards tech companies leaving us all behind.”
Companies that control the information on consumers control the market, he said.
He cited international online retailers including Amazon, which has a net worth seven times that of the biggest traditional retailers, and Priceline Group, owners of the Booking.com, which is worth more than the five biggest major hotel groups combined.
Saudi Arabia is a country attempting to change as it moves away from being so reliant on oil revenues. The country has traditionally been very conservative in its outlook but a new generation of leaders is looking to transform the country.
The tensions unsettling the Saudi royal family became clear in September, when Joseph Westphal, the U.S. ambassador to Riyadh, flew to Jiddah to meet Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, nominally the heir to the throne. But when he arrived, he was told that the deputy crown prince, a brash 30-year-old named Mohammed bin Salman, wanted to see him urgently.
The ambassador was redirected. The United States and the crown prince swallowed the embarrassment.
Palace intrigue is a staple of monarchies, but it is impossible to overstate how out of character such a generational power play was for the desert kingdom. Robert Lacey, in his classic 1981 book, “The Kingdom,” described the tradition of deference that has held the Saudi royal family together through feast and famine: “Deference to elders is one of the Al-Saud’s inviolable ground rules, the best corset they know to discipline the outward thrust of so many assembled appetites.”
Not anymore: Starting in January 2015 with the accession of King Salman, Saudi Arabia has been shaken by the bold reform campaign of his son, known at home and abroad by his initials, MBS. By outmaneuvering and sometimes defying his elders, the young deputy crown prince has turned the politics of this conservative, sometimes sclerotic monarchy upside down.
MBS is the kind of prince that Machiavelli might conjure. He’s a big, fast-talking young man who dominates a room with the raw, instinctive energy of a natural leader. But his hardball tactics have offended some Saudis — especially his rebuffs of Mohammed bin Nayef, his elder at 56 and his nominal superior. In addition to detouring the U.S. ambassador, MBS is said to have engineered the firing of the crown prince’s closest aide in September.