Arab Business Intelligence Review 2008: The voice of Arab CEOs

The Arab Business Intelligence Review represents a response by the most prominent business leaders in the region to these very words. One year ago, a $10 billion fund aimed at enhancing knowledge and education throughout the region coincided with the establishment of the Mohammed bin Rashid Foundation (MBRF). HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s call to action saw the MBRF intensely engaged thereafter with Arab business leaders in collecting countless, often provocative, insights on how to best make improvements.

Economic confidence in the Arab world is at a record high. However, a shortage of skilled talent poses the biggest threat to sustainable business growth in the region—greater than political instability or terrorism. These are the views of prominent Arab CEOs reported in the 2008 Arab Business Intelligence Review produced by the Mohammed Bin Rashid al Maktoum Foundation (MBRF) in association with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The Arab Business Intelligence Review clearly demonstrates that without concrete changes today, future regional growth and development could be severely hindered. Encouragingly, many of the Arab business leaders interviewed expressed a strong desire to build public-private cooperation to enhance the quality of education in the Arab World.The Review sets out a clear action plan for governments, business leaders and academics and provides three unique indices as benchmarks to track change:

  • The Economic Confidence Index
  • The Education Capability Index
  • The Education Involvement Index

The report represents the opinions of 587 prominent business leaders in 12 sectors from 18 countries across the Arab World.

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