On Sunday 18th December 2016, I had the pleasure of attending the Iraq British Business Council (IBBC) Autumn Conference, hosted for the first time in Dubai. The event was opened by Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, IBBC President and UK Trade Envoy to Iraq, followed by a keynote address from The Minister of Transport, H.E. Kadhim Finjan Al-Hamami, in which he made it clear that Iraq is "open for business" with a wealth of new projects in the pipeline including a metro system in Karbala with potential for 1/2 million users per day, and an extension of the rail network that has already reached Iraqi borders, to link the likes of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Azerbaijan with the sea for the transport of goods, namely the Port of Aqaba in Jordan.
Travelers, whether their trip is undertaken for business or pleasure, demand safe and secure hotel accommodation. How can hoteliers ensure that their property provides as secure an environment as possible?
Hotel security and safety involves protecting not only your guests, but also employees and the physical assets of the property from emergency situations such as criminal activities, natural disasters and terrorism. As Warren Buffet once said: “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.”
Nationalisation programmes continue to dominate MENA workforce planning, driven by Government policy that promotes the employment of local nationals over expats. As such, the upskill of local nationals and competency based training programmes is set to play a huge role in the delivery of such plans. This is especially relevant in the oil and gas sector, where the need to engage and develop locals with a structured nationalisation plan in large international corporations is paramount in supporting regional stability.
I recently attended the Leaders in Logistics Summit 2016 in Dubai. At a panel discussion about Fleet Telematics, the moderator asked how many delegates in the audience had tried and failed at least once to implement a solution to improve efficiency and safety. I was amazed when the majority of delegates in the room raised their hand.