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Top Middle East Tech Conferences for 2022



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CIO Middle East has compiled a list with some of the most important and exciting technology events in the region, curated especially for IT leaders working in private enterprise and public administrations. This list will be updated as more events are confirmed throughout the year.

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January 2022

17-19 January: Future Sustainability Summit, Abu Dhabi. Middle East tech leaders increasingly deal with sustainability initiatives. This conference hosts discussions on how advances in artificial intelligence, big data and IoT (internet of things) can accelerate sustainable development.

19-20 February: 3rd International Conference on IOT, Big Data and Security (IOTBS 2022), Dubai. The event is intended to act as a forum for the presentation of innovative ideas, approaches, developments, and research projects in the areas of IOT, big data and security. It will also serve to facilitate the exchange of information between researchers and industry professionals.

22-24 February: IDC CIO Summit/Middle East, Dubai. The 2022 edition of the IDC Middle East CIO Summit is a hybrid event. The first two days are in-person in Dubai, and the third day will be an online event, focusing on the GCC region. The conference will explore the increasing pace of innovation, examine the region’s evolving technology landscape, and present best-practice strategies that will help organizations transform themselves into digitally resilient future enterprises.

24-27 January: Arab Health, Dubai. Arab Health is a medical equipment exhibition showcasing the latest innovations in healthcare, bringing a range of healthcare industry players together.


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Biden: Federal Reserve Should ‘Recalibrate’ Policy As Prices Rise



WASHINGTON – U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday said it was appropriate for the Federal Reserve to recalibrate the support it provides to the U.S. economy, in light of fast-rising prices and the strength of recovery.

‘Given the strength of our economy and recent price increases, it’s appropriate, as … Fed Chairman [Jerome] Powell has indicated, to recalibrate the support that is now necessary,’ Biden told a


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Fields Holdings Adds Another Retail Center in SoCal



It’s been a big day for retail real estate in Orange County, Calif.

Commercial Observer can first report that Fields Holdings has agreed to pay $28.8 million for Palm Center, a 92,950-square-foot, grocery-anchored shopping center in the city of Orange. This deal follows the $39.5 million sale of Gateway Center in Orange County, which was also announced today. Additionally, it was announced last week that L.A.-based Fields Holdings acquired the Brentwood Shopping Center in Los Angeles for $30 million.

Colliers announced the Palm Center deal and represented the seller, Corning Development. It’s the first change in ownership since it was developed in 1971.

“The seller was Australia-based, and this was their last owned asset in the U.S.,” said Colliers’ El Warner, who brokered the deal with Charley Simpson. “After our team generated 16 offers, the property was purchased by a Los Angeles-based investor who was in a 1031 exchange from the sale of an apartment property. The buyer plans on renovating the shopping center and holding the property long-term.”

Palm Center is located on 8.1 acres at 934–970 North Tustin Street. Albertsons has been the anchor tenant for more than 30 years. Other tenants include The UPS Store, O’Reilly Auto Parts, UFC Gym, Aqua-Tots Swim Schools and America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses. Colliers said the sale represents continued demand for quality retail properties with upside in booming U.S. markets. 

“Eleven billion dollars in retail traded hands across the U.S. in November of 2021, the highest level on record in the last decade,” Warner told CO in a statement. “Demand is robust as both 1031 exchanges increased and institutional capital returned into the retail investment space.” 

He added that the pandemic proved retail’s resiliency with increased buyer demand that significantly outpaced supply, creating cap rate compression and additional competition.

“Accelerated interest and limited supply have created an incredibly bullish market for retail moving into 2022,” he said. “Under the current economic conditions, property owners willing to market an asset will see a tremendous return. Legacy properties remain extremely attractive to buyers looking to capitalize on long-term yield.”

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