UAE. Dubai state companies are securing bank financing as the latest tumult in global markets fails to derail the emirate's recovery from the 2009 debt crisis.
Dubai Holding LLC, one of the three main state-owned holding companies, reached an accord with lenders to extend a US$1.16 billion loan to December 2016, according to a company official. Port & Free Zone World FZE, an intermediate holding company for port operator DP World Ltd. (DPW), is raising US$850 million to refinance debt, three bankers familiar with the plan said. Investment Corporation of Dubai said on August 8 it will rep
INTERNATIONAL. Professor Jon Rushman has accused the US authorities of being "hysterical' after seizing the bank account of the world's biggest Bitcoin exchange and called for an "intelligent debate" about the future of virtual currency.
INTERNATIONAL. Paid media stunt to attack Saudi regulators; Financial backers of the report are unknown; "We see this effort as an attempt by one or more international creditors to distort the history of this dispute."
EGYPT. The Egyptian government is facing an increasingly difficult set of economic circumstances that could raise inflationary pressures and lead to further social unrest, says a report by Standard & Poor's Ratings Services
UAE. IMF Regional Economic Outlook Update looks at the implications of the economic roads ahead for the Middle East, North Africa. Afghanistan, and Pakistan (MENAP) region against the backdrop of complex political, social, and economic transitions.
iNTERNATIONAL. Control over Homs will enable al Assad to rapidly move forces from the north to the south to meet emerging rebel threats. It will also provide a key avenue of retreat to the Alawite coast in the event that he needs to flee Damascus.
INTERNATIONAL. A government that slaughters its people and maims a whole generation is not a government with whom to negotiate. It is nothing short of travesty that the Obama administration is still mired in the illusion that a political solution is possible.
UAE. Experts address information security issues at Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference; Kevin Mitnick, hacker turned international cyber security guru, to deliver keynote address on the threat hackers pose to corporate security.
INTERNATIONAL. Nothing new is coming online anytime soon and movement on developing renewable energy resources has been sadly inadequate. The idea that shale reservoirs will lead the US to energy independence will soon enough be recognized as unrealistic hype.