Our first edition of 2022 focuses on Healthcare and Life Sciences. It is a sector that will once again have the spotlight on it this year as we continue to tackle COVID-19 and its subsequent variants. While the pandemic continues to challenge the sector, governments across the region forge ahead with their plans to expand and upgrade healthcare systems and develop robust world-class healthcare infrastructure.
For the region, healthcare is a vital pillar in diversifying its economies, both locally and as medical tourism hubs. To underpin this, healthcare authorities across the region continue to implement frameworks and regulations that provide structure and accountability.
In this edition, you have unique access to great insights and expert commentary on a number of pertinent healthcare regulatory developments. You will find a topical mix of articles; for example, our lawyers discuss vaccines and returning to work during the pandemic. They take you through several other areas, including stem cell research in Bahrain, clinical research laws in Egypt, and Saudi medical device and pharmaceutical laws.Take a read of the edition
This month’s focus is on Real Estate, Hotels & Leisure. Across the region, our teams analyse changes to legislation and provide detailed insights into the most recent trends and developments. The use of technology in the real estate sector is gaining momentum generally and discussions regarding the use of blockchain continue apace. Across the Middle East, real estate development tends to go hand-in-hand with hotel and leisure facilities. As a result, real estate investors have been able to extend their portfolios to hotel rooms and branded residence assets, with investment in holiday homes, in particular, showing a marked increase. The holiday homes sector is rapidly becoming a key market in its own right, particularly in Dubai, where the introduction of new legislation has fostered and encouraged growth. Despite current pressures on hotel occupancy and room rates in some countries, the hotel industry across the Middle East region continues to grow and mature, which is testament to the increasing appeal of the region for tourists. We expect this trend to continue with the implementation of exciting new mega-projects, particularly in Saudi Arabia.