FDI into the Egyptian capital of Cairo has never fully recovered from the knock it took in the Arab Spring of 2011. However, the city's tech scene is thriving.
The region's two main finance hubs are moving quickly to adopt global best practice on sustainable finance. They recognise policy certainty in this area is necessary to drive investment into companies, particularly given Asia's distinct characteristics.
Tel Aviv’s thriving tech scene has continued to attract foreign investment throughout the pandemic, but labour shortages remain a big challenge.
Qatar hopes the lifting of the economic blockage imposed by its GCC neighbours and the forthcoming Fifa World Cup can boost FDI into Doha.
Beirut's enduring ability to attract foreign direct investors has been badly hampered by several fatal blows in 2020.
A healthy innovation ecosystem is an increasingly vital element in attracting overseas investment. Creating an innovation-friendly economy is something that Abu Dhabi has placed at the heart of its future development strategy.
Kuwait City may not aspire to emulate the glitz of regional rivals such as Dubai, but through the Vision 2035 plan it is hoping to compete when it comes to FDI attractiveness.
Little of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 focuses on investment into Jeddah, but if the plan is to come to fruition the country will require more than just one economic centre.
A strategic partnership between Abu Dhabi Investment Office and Microsoft for Startups promises to attract, support and empower B2B tech entrepreneurs from across the region.
While FDI has declined sharply across the world, the number of projects in Dubai rose in 2020 as the city continued to welcome business travel despite the pandemic.
Abu Dhabi’s measures to increase FDI levels go beyond wanting to diversify its economy, with plans to become one of the most desirable cities in the world to live and work in.
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