UAE buying challenge

26 April 2007
Dubai is an interesting and unusual place. In some ways it seems quite unreal – manmade islands off the coast, an indoor ski slope in a shopping centre, a hotel full of gold. But when it comes to procurement the challenges are very real and not just in Dubai, but in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as a whole.Among them are agency laws, which means most purchases are made through third parties, demand and supply difficulties with items such as food and construction materials and a shortage of experienced senior buyers. The issue of Supply Management out today explores various aspects of procurement in the UAE, including some of these complexities – what do you think are the answers?
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