Politics & Economics

FEATURED REPORT...
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 8, 2016
UAE. Knowledge Summit 2016 panellists agree media is changing rapidly, and not always for the best; "Change is so fast, adapting won't easy, and won't be enough."
Posted: December 7, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Will this be the year when China exceeds growth expectations, Brexit turns into Bremain, the Mexican peso soars and Italian banks turn out to the best performing equity asset class?
Posted: December 7, 2016
UAE. Symposium bringing together senior stakeholders to discuss "what works" when creating effective policies and programmes that promote entrepreneurship for inclusive growth and decent jobs.
Posted: December 7, 2016
UAE. Smart Grids can help lay the foundations for energy and cost-saving applications and renewable energy development in the MENA region.
Posted: December 6, 2016
UAE. Knowledge Summit 2016: "Over 2 billion jobs will disappear by 2030 and that is the hidden results of our rapid technology growth. But, if we understand all these hidden consequences we can create jobs at a much higher rate".
Posted: December 4, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. With three of the 12 MENA sovereigns (more than 20%) on a Negative Outlook, the overall Outlook is deemed Negative. None are on a Positive Outlook.
Posted: December 4, 2016
SAUDI ARABIA. Despite experiencing 30% growth in the last five years, e-commerce upside potential in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia remains huge according to a BCG report.
Posted: December 2, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. But implementation risks remain, including OPEC's adherence to the agreement and the willingness of other participants, notably Russia, to co-operate fully.
Posted: November 30, 2016
SAUDI ARABIA. Andrew Liveris delivers remarks reconfirming Dow's commitment to the region.
Posted: November 29, 2016
OMAN. Ministry of Tourism, Oman fully committed towards enhancing MICE sector - a major pillar in the Tourism Strategy for 2040.
Posted: November 25, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Independent Afghan TV news station TOLO has won the 2016 AFP Kate Webb Prize for its consistently fearless work reporting in one of the world's most dangerous countries.
Posted: November 25, 2016
KUWAIT. Speaking at the Public Speakers Series by the Kuwait Public Policy Center, Erik R. Peterson encouraged GCC countries to actively pursue their transformation programs taking into consideration the new political situation in the U.S.
Posted: November 24, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. This is part two of a recent conversation I had with students, faculty, and alumni at New York University, where I had the opportunity to answer some questions concerning the turmoil in the Middle East and America's role in the world.
Posted: November 24, 2016
UAE. Management consultancy firm highlights macro trends that are causing a ripple effect on the global political, economic and technological landscape; There are several implications that are highly relevant for decision-makers in the MENA region.
Posted: November 23, 2016
UAE. Qatar and the UAE currently share equal first place globally as the easiest countries to pay taxes; For the first time this year, report also looks at post-filing processes for value-added tax (VAT) and corporate income tax (CIT) returns.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: December 10, 2016
UAE. Fintech innovations could add 150 million new Islamic banking customers by 2021, says EY; The GCC region's share of participation banking increased to 72%; Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Malaysia are the three largest participation banking markets, in terms of assets.
date:Posted: December 9, 2016
UAE. New research from Bain & Company and Red Hat indicates that many traditional companies are at an early stage in their digital journey; leaders stand out based on their use of advanced technologies, such as cloud computing, advanced analytics and modern app development.
date:Posted: December 9, 2016
UAE. Insurers have been prompted to prepare for the effects that VAT and changes to international financial reporting standards (IFRS) will have on their industry as well as assessing the impact of new insurance regulations that came into effect earlier this year.
UAE. Fintech innovations could add 150 million new Islamic banking customers by 2021, says EY; The GCC region's share of participation banking increased to 72%; Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Malaysia are the three largest participation banking markets, in terms of assets.
INTERNATIONAL. This is part two of a recent conversation I had with students, faculty, and alumni at New York University, where I had the opportunity to answer some questions concerning the turmoil in the Middle East and America's role in the world.
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