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Expert predicts rise in outsourcing by regional businesses

Dr. Ali Sharab estimates billions of dollars of work are being outsourced across the Middle East

Expert predicts rise in outsourcing by regional businesses
Dr. Ali Sharab, founder of Foursan Al Hayah

Outsourcing of business operations in the region will rise as the economic crisis forces companies to save on costs, Dr. Ali Sharab, founder of Foursan Al Hayah, a high-end management consultancy stated.

Outsourcing does not necessarily mean tapping into international markets as Dr. Sharab estimates that there billions of dollars of work being outsourced to companies in the Middle East itself. He called for more local outsourcing as companies outside region are not very familiar with the market and would not be able to provide specifically tailored solutions.

“Arab businesses are getting 35 per cent of the outsourcing, including companies in Egypt, Lebanon and Jordan. Outsourcing will witness a boom because businesses will need it to save costs. Ideally, it is better to go in for Arab companies in order to keep the money in the region,” said Dr. Ali Sharab.

While outsourcing gives businesses a competitive edge in tough times, Dr. Sharab believes it’s not one that will work in the long run.

“Outsourcing enhances productivity and transfer skills. However, it is still a short-term solution. Laying off employees should stop in the Middle East,” he added.

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Bewildered Chap.. 10 years ago

"Laying off employees should stop in the Middle East,” hahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahaha you think???? Maybe if there were laws here that made companies pay there debts on time then some companies wouldn't have to lay people off.... If the laws here were for everybody and transparent it would also help... The government make it so hard to do business here with all your licenses and visas and costs, they don't help any one but the government to make money...... It just costs more and more here every year, its becoming a joke.....