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: September 21, 2016
QATAR. QNB Group publishes its Qatar Economic Insight September 2016 report; The report examines the outlook for the Qatari economy as it continues its strong growth based on non-hydrocarbon investment spending.
Posted: September 19, 2016
UAE. Supply chain risk across the MENA region climbed to 4.406 from 4.371 during the second quarter of 2016, according to the CIPS Risk Index report; Global risk climbed to 80.8, a level not seen since 2013.
Posted: September 15, 2016
LONDON. Despite continued counterterrorism operations from the multinational taskforce, Boko Haram's cross-border capabilities remain intact and are evolving, IHS Markit says.
Posted: September 14, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Unless Israel's opposition parties coalesce and create a popular movement for peace, and the Palestinians organize their political affairs and negotiate with Israel in unison, it may well be too late to save them both from their own self-inflicted deadly wounds.
Posted: September 8, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. London beats all other cities in terms of its economic clout, intellectual capital and innovation; Brexit will bring challenges and opportunities but London remains agile and resilient.
Posted: September 8, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. New research from the SWIFT Institute assesses whether the global financial community is accepting Bitcoin as a valid currency.
Posted: September 7, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. The High Negotiations Commission's vision was unveiled in London under the auspices of the British Foreign Minister, Mr. Boris Johnson.
Posted: September 7, 2016
SAUDI ARABIA. The rise in the Emirates NBD Saudi Arabia PMI is encouraging, although the average PMI so far this year is still below 2015, indicating a slower rate of private sector growth.
Posted: September 6, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. The vision represents a comprehensive approach for the negotiating process, transitional phase and general principles for a new political future in Syria.
Posted: September 6, 2016
EGYPT. Figures underscore the urgency to initiate a wide-ranging economic reform program; ongoing need to move to a more flexible exchange rate system to achieve a market-clearing rate for the EGP.
Posted: September 6, 2016
UAE. Change is the new normal for the global health care sector; Rapid health care market growth anticipated in the Middle East ; Gulf countries drive health tourism to diversify their economies.
Posted: September 6, 2016
UAE. Emirates NBD UAE PMI signals robust improvement in business conditions; Marked expansions of output and new orders; Input buying rises at fastest rate since November 2015.
Posted: September 6, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. UK tax payers with offshore holdings could soon be subject to new legal obligations, with heavy penalties if they fail to comply, warns KPMG.
Posted: September 3, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Ratings reflect Qatar's large sovereign assets, its fiscal adjustment efforts, a large hydrocarbon endowment and one of the world's highest ratios of GDP per capita.
Posted: September 2, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. The ongoing horror in Aleppo should awaken every global leader with an ounce of courage to step up and do whatever it takes to end the slaughter and inhuman suffering of the Syrian people.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: September 26, 2016
UAE. According to The Boston Consulting Group, today, 7% of all FinTech companies in the Middle East and Africa are concentrated in the GCC.
date:Posted: September 22, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. The switch to renewable energy has already been flicked. Smart utilities willing to drive change will prosper - but it's going to take the turning off of a lot of old paradigms to do so.
date:Posted: September 21, 2016
QATAR. QNB Group publishes its Qatar Economic Insight September 2016 report; The report examines the outlook for the Qatari economy as it continues its strong growth based on non-hydrocarbon investment spending.
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