About Mashreq Bank

Mashreq has provided banking and financial services to millions of customers and businesses since 1967. We are one of UAE's leading financial institutions with a growing retail presence in the region including Egypt, Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain. We focus on providing our customers access to a wide range of innovative products and services.


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Real estate: what’s next?

What were the key conclusions from this year’s CityScape Dubai, held in September?

Building for the future

While the mega-project launches got the headlines at the recent CityScape Dubai, there were some important insights for SMEs involved (whether directly or indirectly) in the sector.

The overall conclusion? A note of caution needs to be struck against […]

By |January 31st, 2016|Categories: Trends||0 Comments

Masdar City: time for a rethink?

Is the ‘city of the future’ about to become an option for the SME business of today?

Masdar City: making the dream real

The cranes are – finally – back in action at one of the UAE’s most misunderstood business locations; Masdar City on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi. Some ten years on from the original […]

By |November 8th, 2015|Categories: Trends||0 Comments

Raising the bar

The once-humble barcode is being reinvented by new technologies, with numerous exciting new uses for SMEs now possible…

Cracking the code: how to take advantage of new barcode technologies

A technology that’s 40 years old – is being given a fresh lease of life. A binary ‘fingerprint’ that’s traditionally printed on products (to enable faster […]

By |November 8th, 2015|Categories: Trends||0 Comments

The Internet of Things

What is it, what does it mean for the UAE, and how could your business take advantage?

Switch onto the Internet of Things
While the term ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) has been around for a while, its potential remains a mystery to many – especially those outside the IT and digital sectors.

At heart, the IoT is […]

By |October 4th, 2015|Categories: Trends||0 Comments

Tejar: what’s involved?

A government scheme to incentivise and reward Emirati entrepreneurs, Tejar is going from strength to strength. We sum up what the programme offers, and how to get involved.

Take advantage of Tejar
It’s rarely the strength of a business idea that thwarts an entrepreneur. More often, it’s the practicalities: funding, planning, legalities, financial management… So programmes […]

By |October 4th, 2015|Categories: Trends||0 Comments

Affordable office space

Is high-end office development squeezing out space that might suit SMEs? And if so, what can you do about it?

The space race: are SMEs being squeezed out?
A visit to Dubai’s upcoming CityScape exhibition (8–10 September) will doubtless be another stunning showcase of prestigious developments and grand schemes. Whether residential or retail, commercial or cultural, […]

By |September 7th, 2015|Categories: Trends||0 Comments

Employee Health Insurance

Health Insurance in Dubai is becoming obligatory, what does that mean for SMEs?

Health Insurance for your Employees

Of course the implementation of compulsory health insurance for employees is a fantastic advance. However, it leaves SME owners to foot a very large possibly unexpected bill. The first phase of the Dubai Health Authority’s compulsory health insurance […]

By |July 26th, 2015|Categories: Trends||0 Comments

eCommerce comes of age

Is it time to sell online?

Local eCommerce on the rise

A new report shows that UAE customers now prefer local ecommerce sites to the big global names, with one local site outperforming Amazon – supposedly the pinnacle of online retail – 3 to 1 in this region. Is regional ecommerce on the up, and how […]

By |June 29th, 2015|Categories: Trends||0 Comments

Is your IT safe?

According to experts, the GCC region is a prime target for cyber criminals.
The UAE’s spend on IT security is significantly lower than the global average, should you be worried?

A looming concern for the GCC region is the lack of cyber security, leaving opportunities for criminals to attack businesses, banks and individuals more easily than […]

By |June 29th, 2015|Categories: Trends||0 Comments

Protecting your idea

Why does IP matter to an SME?
Making the most of your intellectual property

What are the benefits of ‘intellectual property’, and why might you need to protect it within your SME?

Intellectual property (IP) is used to protect ideas or businesses, by granting the owners certain exclusive rights to various intangible assets, such as brands, designs, […]

By |May 12th, 2015|Categories: Trends||0 Comments