October 11, 2022
Sila Consumer Sentiment Index – Country Deep-dive September 2022

All major indices were up in September, showing a post-summer bump we saw last year and reflecting the global reality of the UAE’s position during a time of global uncertainty. The question remains – will sentiment dip in the future as global issues start to weigh on the highly internationalised economy? Or has Dubai, in […]

October 11, 2022
Sila GCC Consumer Sentiment Index – September 2022

The Sila GCC Consumer Sentiment Index (CSI) is back with an improvement in conditions in September v. August, with the overall index rising to 57% in net positive territory with an increase of +5 points across the month, primarily driven by improvements in economic outlooks after a summer with inflationary consumer concerns. Readers should note […]

Audience Intelligence: A practical guide
June 8, 2022
Audience Intelligence: Driving Marketing Efficiency

It’s no secret that, in a competitive market, you must market as efficiently and effectively as possible. That’s when Audience Intelligence comes in. When you do it right, you’ll be able to create more awareness about your brand and products, reach a wider audience, sell more products, and generate more revenue. Now the question is: How […]

January 31, 2022
Audience insight: UAE and KSA Mums – a needs & values analysis

For audience insight UAE and KSA mums, marketers are often at odds on how to find true, quick insight into the segment. If you've landed here please check out Part One of this series on Audience insight: UAE and KSA mums. As audience-first marketers, we focus first and foremost on understanding the people our brands need to reach - identifying the key characteristics that make up their personalities and shape their interactions with the world.

January 25, 2022
UAE and Saudi Mums: Understanding the Audience

As audience-first marketers, we focus first and foremost on understanding the people our brands need to reach. Identifying the key characteristics that make up their personalities and shape their interactions with the world.

GCC traveller profiles
January 6, 2022
Travel forecast for 2022 – Part 2: GCC traveller profiles forecast for 2022

You can tell a lot about someone by their personality and preferences – it’s a marketer’s best tool for success. And when it comes to understanding how people make holiday decisions, understanding who they are as a person is key. That’s why we used our Arabic-native AI-enabled Consumer Intelligence platform Sila to monitor key trends from GCC travellers to understand what makes them tick.

The GCC Traveller in 2022
January 4, 2022
How the GCC Traveller is Preparing for 2022 – Part One: Travel Destinations

If 2020 was the year the world stood still, 2021 was set to be the year of the comeback. But, unfortunately, due to a mix of new variants, varying government legislations, and general public unease, COVID didn’t quite allow the GCC traveller to travel the way we wanted. But that didn’t stop people’s wanderlust. And indeed, citizens and residents of the Gulf Cooperative Council (GCC) countries (Oman, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait) have made their intentions for travel quite clear online. And with 2022 looking the most promising year yet, thanks to scientific developments and widespread successful vaccination programmes, travelling is set to be high on most people’s 2022 bucket list.

December 21, 2021
Putting the GCC Audience First: Audience-First Marketing for the Arabic-Speaking World

With a collective GDP of $1.4 trillion and a per capita income that ranks among the highest in the world, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region represents a high-value target for established and emerging brands. Successful entry into this unique market, however, requires a nuanced understanding of consumers that traditional marketing techniques often fail to […]

COVID 19 variants affecting consumer sentiment
December 13, 2021
How the Omicron variant has shifted consumer sentiment in the UAE

A bump, then a boost. That’s what the last week of November and the first week of December looked like for consumer sentiment in the UAE on news of the Omicron variant. On the 26th of November, the WHO declared the COVID-19 variant ‘omicron’ a variant of concern. The same day, oil dropped 10%, while stocks […]

November 22, 2021
The fight for the beauty audience in the GCC: Reels vs Tik Tok

The 2.0 digital and social audience are highly informed. Beauty consumers explore not only brands (fame), product ranges and price; nowadays, with the help of social and digital tutorials, reaction videos, critiques and beauty moguls sharing the inner workings of product development; consumers are demanding a lot more from beauty brands. From ingredients to political […]