Politics & Economics

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Posted: 19-07-2011
INTERNATIONAL. Something extraordinary, albeit not unexpected, is happening in the Persian Gulf region. The United States, lacking a coherent strategy to deal with Iran and too distracted to develop one, is struggling to navigate Iraq’s fractious political landscape in search of a deal that would allow Washington to keep a meaningful military presence in the country beyond the end-of-2011 deadline stipulated by the current Status of Forces Agreement. At the same time, Saudi Arabia, dubious of U.S. capabilities and intentions toward Iran, appears to be inching reluctantly toward an accommod
Posted: December 20, 2014
EGYPT. The government has embarked on a policy course designed to tackle some of the serious structural weaknesses that have emerged or intensified in recent years.
Posted: December 19, 2014
UAE. As a gateway of opportunity for Asia, Dubai has a key role in driving growth momentum; Between 2010 and 2013, GCC-China trade grew faster than with any other significant trade partner.
Posted: December 19, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The US Federal Bureau of Investigation said North Korea was responsible for the "destructive" cyber attack, warning it would hunt down the perpetrators and make them pay.
Posted: December 19, 2014
IRAQ. US officials said among those killed was Abu Muslim al-Turkmani, who was Baghdadi's deputy in charge of Iraq and would be the most senior IS leader to fall this year.
Posted: December 18, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. Finance Minister Ibrahim al-Assaf announced that the government plans to fund "massive" development projects next year, focusing on health care, education, social services and security.
Posted: December 18, 2014
UAE. The DFM General Index increased 13%; Abu Dhabi's ADX General Index jumped 6.7%, the most since December 2009; Saudi Arabia's TASI surged 8.6%.
Posted: December 18, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Resumption of high-level political discussions focused on renewing formal diplomatic ties between the countries, which have been nonexistent since 1961.
Posted: December 18, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Their dependence on oil is their Achilles' heel, and a knife went through it when the price of oil started to fall. They're also hurt by the sanctions that make it difficult to finance debt.
Posted: December 17, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Russians don't respond to economic pressure as Westerners do. Sanctions reflect European and American thresholds of pain. They are designed to cause pain that the West could not withstand. Applied to others, the effects may vary.
Posted: December 17, 2014
UAE. The emirate's economy is expected to grow 4.5% next year from an estimated 4% in 2014; Real-estate and construction may expand about 6% each.
Posted: December 16, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The stunning 40% drop in the price of oil over the past few months has scrambled global economic forecasts, changed the geopolitical landscape, and has severely pressured many energy sector investments.
Posted: December 16, 2014
OMAN. With oil prices at a five-year low, Oman's budget, in line with that of other major oil producers in the region, looks set to be tipped into the red next year for the first time since 2009.
Posted: December 16, 2014
UAE. 2015 cannot be worse than 2014; Libya and Syria are not likely to resolve their problems in 2015; Fall of oil prices will have a destabilizing impact on most countries in the short term.
Posted: December 15, 2014
UAE. "We are not going to change our minds because the prices went to US$60 or to US$40," the UAE energy minister said. "We're not targeting a price; the market will stabilize itself."
Posted: December 13, 2014
BAHRAIN. A period of lower oil prices will exacerbate existing structural weaknesses in Bahrain's public finances, absent corrective measures, said S&P.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: December 19, 2014
UAE. As a gateway of opportunity for Asia, Dubai has a key role in driving growth momentum; Between 2010 and 2013, GCC-China trade grew faster than with any other significant trade partner.
date:Posted: December 18, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. A new analysis presents the key trends that will transform the global market over the next decade and beyond.
date:Posted: December 18, 2014
UAE. International tourism and a stronger middle class are shaping luxury trends, including luxury experiences and alternative luxury channels, with a focus on the consumer rather than geography.
INTERNATIONAL. In this excerpt from Greenspan's appearance at the New Orleans Investment Conference, The Gold Report delves into the role of gold versus fiat currency, why central banks own so much gold if it is truly "a barbarous relic," and the reason China is buying so much gold today.
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