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: April 28, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Key sessions include speeches from CEOs of Shell and Saudi Aramco, OPEC and UNFCCC leaders and a welcoming address from the President of Turkey.
Posted: April 27, 2016
SAUDI ARABIA. Although this represents positive news, the key will be the materialization of infrastructure projects and utilizing white lands to reverse the recent slowdown.
Posted: April 27, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. The results show that the majority (84 per cent) of 'Remain' voters believe staying in the EU will be economically better for the UK.
Posted: April 25, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. "The complacent are resigned to the status quo, the indifferent do not care, the delusional keep fantasizing, the politicians are busy manipulating, and the power hungry lie and cheat to cling to their positions."
Posted: April 20, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Stock markets were offered a welcome boost following the sharp appreciation in oil prices that temporarily elevated confidence towards the global economy and heightened investor risk appetite.
Posted: April 20, 2016
UAE. Latest quarterly global survey from ACCA shows businesses less optimistic in Q1 16/17 than at any other time in the past four years; UAE investment intention dipped and expectations of government spending tumbled, but the region is expected to do well in its tourism and logistics sectors.
Posted: April 18, 2016
UAE. The disagreement is mainly due to Tehran's resistance to the idea of an output freeze; Saudi Arabia is not willing to do a deal without Iran's participation as this could ignite a market share war.
Posted: April 16, 2016
SAUDI ARABIA. There have been misconceptions on the ability of women to work in the Kingdom and it is important to note that the amended labour law has a number of provisions which are expected to encourage women working.
Posted: April 14, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Sterling was flung onto a fierce rollercoaster; Heightened expectations of a potential rate cut mixed with ongoing Brexit woes should continue to weigh heavily on the currency.
Posted: April 14, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Despite the impact of low oil prices and civil unrest on many countries in the Middle East, a number of economies have a favourable long-term growth outlook, including the UAE, Iran, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia.
Posted: April 13, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. The downward revision of Fitch's oil price assumptions for 2016 and 2017 to US$35/b and US$45/b, respectively, has major negative implications for Saudi Arabia's fiscal and external balances.
Posted: April 13, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Open Europe sets out recommendations it believes are required in the event of Brexit in order to offset the costs and maximise economic benefits.
Posted: April 13, 2016
UAE. Findings From Eighth Annual ASDA'A Burson-Marsteller Arab Youth Survey Released; Lack of jobs and opportunities seen as the number-one recruitment driver for ISIS; Five years after fighting for political freedom during the Arab Spring, today most young Arabs prioritise stability over democracy.
Posted: April 12, 2016
UAE. Findings from 8th Annual ASDA'A Burson-Marsteller Arab Youth Survey released; Safety, security and economic opportunity cited as main reasons; UAE also seen as best place in which to start a business.
Posted: April 12, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Paranoia appears to be on the upswing in China once again as President Xi Jinping attempts to force painful structural reforms past resentful provincial and local governments.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: April 29, 2016
SAUDI ARABIA. SAGIA announced in early 2016 their plan to focus on priority sectors identified as having a direct impact on economic and human development, including healthcare.
date:Posted: April 29, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. The investment community is significantly more likely than CEOs to consider misaligned performance incentives as a barrier to change: almost half (49%) of investors surveyed in the report flagged this as a major concern compared to only 17% of chief executives.
date:Posted: April 28, 2016
UAE. 51% of all Dubai hotels in mid-market segment versus 89% in New York; PwC research released at ATM 2016 touts construction figure of US$80k per room as incentive for developers looking for solid returns in high demand segment.
INTERNATIONAL. "It's going to come to a point where there is just going to be no real economical benefit to any kind of production staying at any kind of level in those countries. And once they come off, that's going to obviously support oil prices."
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