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: May 29, 2015
SAUDI ARABIA. The jihadist group claimed a suicide bombing on a Shiite mosque, the second attack on Shiite worshippers in the kingdom in a week.
Posted: May 28, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The corruption scandal engulfing world soccer's governing body drew warnings from major sponsors and criticism from senior Western politicians.
Posted: May 28, 2015
UAE. The recent close below 1.55 was a critical blow for the Pound/Dollar bulls, and the bears have continued to exploit each opportunity to increase selling pressure with the pair still looking technically vulnerable to further declines.
Posted: May 27, 2015
IRAQ. Iraq's leadership was indignant after US accusations that its forces lack the will to fight but assessments of the army's ability suggest the rank-and-file have reasons to shy from battle.
Posted: May 26, 2015
UAE. Visa free access to Schengen area and unexpected UK Election result set to bolster UAE investment activity.
Posted: May 26, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The Continent's basic geographical split remains in place, and Russia still holds the weaker position. However, its relative strength has increased with the rise of divergent interests within the European Union, and its primary concern regarding the Continent is not Europe but the United States.
Posted: May 25, 2015
UAE. there is potential for investor sentiment towards the Euro to be pulled down even further by the news that anti-austerity parties were declared victorious in several local elections in Spain.
Posted: May 25, 2015
OMAN. Oman's ratings are supported by its strong government net asset position and its external net asset position. They are constrained by a lack of monetary flexibility and still-developing institutions.
Posted: May 25, 2015
JORDAN. Partnerships between public, private, and people sectors can help MENA region reduce world's highest youth unemployment rate.
Posted: May 22, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Islamic State fighters tightened their grip on the historic Syrian city of Palmyra on Thursday and overran Iraqi government defenses east of Ramadi, the provincial capital that they seized five days earlier.
Posted: May 22, 2015
UAE. The report commissioned by Etihad Airways also identifies "fundamental flaws" in the Compass Lexecon Report recently released by the Big Three U.S. carriers.
Posted: May 19, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Expectation of Fed rate rise moves towards 4Q15; Long U.S. dollar remains investment markets' most crowded trade, in fund managers' view. However, the survey's 41% reading on this measure has fallen sharply from last month.
Posted: May 19, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. What we are seeing now are fundamental re-emerging realities: Europe is a highly fragmented collection of nation-states. China contains its centrifugal forces through a powerful and repressive government in Beijing. Russia is neither an equal of the U.S. nor a helpless cripple to be ignored or tutored. And the map of the Middle East, created by the Ottomans and the Europeans, has hidden underlying forces that are rearing their heads.
Posted: May 17, 2015
UAE. The one-day event offers a comprehensive outlook on trade flows around the world and will provide country and sector information to help companies and their advisers to identify the risks and rewards of trading in the UAE and exporting.
Posted: May 16, 2015
EGYPT. A stabilizing political landscape and growth-supporting reforms, as well as continued support from some Gulf states, are helping Egypt's economic recovery. S&P now projects real GDP growth at about 4.3% on average in 2015-2018, outstripping the 2.1% average in 2011-2014; 'B-/B' ratings affirmed.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: May 29, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. SITA survey investigated the connection between passenger's use of technology and their emotions to discover how they feel at every point of the journey; Survey shows that technology is helping put enjoyment back into flying.
date:Posted: May 28, 2015
UAE. The recent close below 1.55 was a critical blow for the Pound/Dollar bulls, and the bears have continued to exploit each opportunity to increase selling pressure with the pair still looking technically vulnerable to further declines.
date:Posted: May 28, 2015
UAE. Low production costs for Middle East companies gives regional players significant competitive advantage in the low price segment of an oil "super cycle", according to the latest paper from global strategy and management consulting firm A.T. Kearney.
INTERNATIONAL. SITA survey investigated the connection between passenger's use of technology and their emotions to discover how they feel at every point of the journey; Survey shows that technology is helping put enjoyment back into flying.
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