July saw a positive shift in recruitment as two global companies announced its plans to hire within the region. The first was business apps powerhouse Oracle who revealed it was looking to hire 1,000 sales people in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Under the ‘Change Happens Here' banner the vendor was hunting for the next generation ambitious, driven, digitally savvy sales representatives to support the growth of Oracle's cloud computing business.
Tech titan Apple was also in a recruitment phase for its UAE stores, requiring skills for customer service and communication skills, and strong interest in technology, particularly in Apple products. Earlier in the year Apple expanded its market presence in the region by opening a store in the Dubai Mall.
After acquiring a 51% stake in Namshi, Emaar Properties chairman Mohamed Alabbar, founder of Noon, appointed Faraz Khalid as chief executive officer who was formerly the co-founder and managing director of Namshi. Khalid is responsible for driving the operations of Noon, as well as forming long-term partnerships, enhancing Noon's infrastructure capabilities, in particular in Saudi Arabia, and build a technology platform with a customer experience focus.
Sticking to retail news, Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) extended the services of the Nol card to over 1,000 retail stores in the emirate. Initially the Nol card was the only payment method for the metro, tram and buses, but the move was aimed at making the lives of residents hassle-free.
2017 was the year of drones, from banning the devices to using them to deliver Costa Coffee to beach goers. Adding to the popularity a report released by Strategy& projected that the drone market will reach $1.5bn by 2022. However taking safety into account, the UAE announced it would stop importing drones that failed to match the new specifications for unmanned aerial vehicles.
Extravagant and expensive findings are the norm in Dubai, so it came as no surprise when a Swiss-based computer manufacturer released a limited edition 18-carat gold PC in the region, priced at $1m (AED4m). The case, which was produced entirely in Switzerland, contains almost 7-kilogrammes of 18-carat gold.