Foreword By Mohammad Al Duaij, CEO Of Alea Global Group

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of The Alea Journal. We are hot on the heels of a fantastic international football competition which commanded so much attention even among those with no interest in football.

The FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar was a triumph of sporting prowess, yes, but it was also a momentous show of hospitality and ambition from the Arab world.

On top of other public-facing developments welcoming international visitors, such as the Red Sea Film Festival in Saudi Arabia and Expo 2020 in Dubai, the Gulf is making quite a show of opening up to the world like never before.

As a Kuwait-based family office, with friends and networks all over the world, we are very aware of the importance of sharing the knowledge and culture of our countries with the rest of the world, and the rewards that come from doing so.

We expect that 2023 will bring even greater trade and collaboration between the Gulf and other regions, with a continued push for international tourism – particularly cultural tourism – to grow in Arab countries.

Included in this issue is a look back at the World Cup and what Qatar was able to do to showcase its culture and history, as well as represent the Arab world, through hosting the competition.

We also look at the rapid progress made by women in Saudi Arabia and how this ties in with the levelling up of the country through its 2030 Vision. Also contained within is a look at China and its closing down and reopening, and what that has meant for the world of business.

There is also a look at 2023’s consumer trends; an interview with celebrated film producer Gaston Pavlovich; developments in groundbreaking environmental projects; a health revolution from the Omere Institute; a dive into nootropics; the tiny-house movement explained; the 20th anniversary of Miami Art Week; and the pros and cons of virtual production.

To share your ideas or news of your own, , please don’t hesitate to get in touch. In the meantime, we hope you see you at one or more of our forthcoming events.

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