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Most UAE-based CEOs see 'significant changes' over next 3 years

The vast majority of UAE-based CEOs are confident about prospects for their organisations over the next three years, according to the KPMG 2016 CEO Outlook report. 

The survey findings revealed that 76 percent of polled UAE-based CEOs – compared to 41 percent of global CEOs – believe that their business will change significantly over the next three years.

The survey also found that UAE bosses believe that growth over the next three years is mainly going to be organic and driven by new products. 

Vijay Malhotra, the CEO of KPMG in the UAE and Oman, said: “Change is a constant theme in the UAE. While some of the UAE findings reinforce global trends and leading practices, we find UAE CEOs are generally more optimistic about the next three years than their global counterparts.

“This is indicative of the UAE’s shift towards a knowledge-based economy that aims to foster growth and development across non-oil sectors.”

The survey also found that most UAE chief executives have identified a strong client focus as a key strategic priority.

They stated that regulatory, talent and reputation were their top three areas to look out for the next three years while CEOs also believed that there was likely to be a significant gap for workers with a range of strategic skills in the short-term, including cyber security, digital, innovation and data and analytics. 

While financial incentives were seen as the most effective way of attracting and retaining staff, non-financial methods of securing talent including fostering a collaborative environment and offering new career paths were found to be more effective in the long term.

Vikas Papriwal, head of markets, KPMG Lower Gulf said: “It is very encouraging that UAE CEOs across key sectors remain confident of their ability to successfully transform their business despite a challenging economic backdrop. The time for change is ‘now or never’ and UAE CEOs know what they need to do to stay successful in the short term and emerge as winners.”

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