Leading minds examined key issues shaping business in the Middle East, including macroeconomic issues from Brexit to the China/EU trade agreements; China’s ’Belt and Road Initiative’; top tech trends and the latest legal changes.Top of mind at this year’s event was the regional and global macroeconomic outlook, China’s ’Belt and Road Initiative’, the latest technology trends and the ever-changing legal landscape. 

In an increasingly volatile world, the NBF Knowledge series, now in its fourth year, seeks to equip business with the insights it needs to succeed. Themed “Thinking Ahead”, over 700 UAE business leaders and analysts attended the series of one-day networking sessions across Fujairah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

This year’s line-up of speakers from Refinitiv, Linklaters and Gartner provided expert coverage of the key issues weighing on the minds of business owners and shaping their businesses today, namely:

  • Regional and Global Macro Insights: Macroeconomic factors topped the agenda with discussions on how Brexit, the US FED policy, the European slowdown and China/EU trade agreements could potentially affect the Middle East.

  • China’s One Belt, One Road Initiative: With China’s ambitious plans to connect Asia with Africa and Europe via new land and maritime networks, a panel of experts delved into the vast business opportunities that this brings to the region.

  • Top Technology Trends: From Blockchain to Artificial Intelligence, a leading digital expert spoke about the top tech trends that are impacting business today. 

  • Legal Outlook: A leading thinker in Middle Eastern law highlighted the key legal and regulatory developments to look out for in 2019.

Watch videos of some of the key presentations:

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