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 23, 2017
LEBANON. latest Byblos Bank/AUB Consumer Confidence Index shows recovery in sentiment in the first three months of the year remains tentative at best.
Posted: April 19, 2017
SAUDI ARABIA. Private sector is having more impact at the primary level - with stronger growth levels seen against a decline in public sector enrolment. Pressure on provision creates an opportunity for greater collaboration between the public and private sectors.
Posted: April 18, 2017
UAE. The UAE in particular continued the trend of performing markedly better than other countries in the Middle East, with the survey indicating an increase in confidence, government spending and employment.
Posted: April 17, 2017
INTERNATIONAL. As consumption triples to US$4 trillion over next decade, wealthy householders will represent biggest share of spending; Urbanization and more nuclear and digital households will also shape new spending patterns.
Posted: April 13, 2017
INTERNATIONAL. President Trump's unexpected attack on Syria's Shayrat airbase imposed a new responsibility on the US to follow through with a well-thought out strategy that stands a good chance of ending Syria's horrific civil war.
Posted: April 12, 2017
UAE. Booz Allen Hamilton: Smart Grids can help lay the foundations for energy and cost-saving applications and renewable energy development in the MENA region.
Posted: April 6, 2017
UAE. The region's largest derivatives bourse, the Dubai Gold and Commodities Exchange (DGCX), saw latest monthly trading valued at US$33.5 billion.
Posted: March 31, 2017
UAE. In terms of value, rail represents US$190.4 billion or 50% of the total value of projects, followed by road construction (US$121.4 billion).
Posted: March 31, 2017
UAE. Structural shifts towards sustainability, innovation and technology will define the industrial landscape of the future.
Posted: March 30, 2017
UAE. National resilience is the ability to survive crises, seize opportunities, and prevent and manage risks in a changing world.
Posted: March 29, 2017
UAE. A recent study by The Boston Consulting Group found that, in 2016, GCC banks' revenues grew by 5.2%, down about 2 percentage points from 2015; The impact of the decline in oil prices has hit the banking industry; Profits declined by 3.2% for the first time since 2008.
Posted: March 27, 2017
UAE. The strongest growth rate for 2014-2015 in the region was led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, according to a new report from The Boston Consulting Group.
Posted: March 27, 2017
INTERNATIONAL. Leaving the Customs Union is the only logical step for the UK to pursue an independent trade policy and achieve a truly "Global Britain".
Posted: March 24, 2017
UAE. New research by DMCC reveals that just under half (42%) of UK businesses have more appetite for overseas expansion in the post-Brexit and Trump administration era.
Posted: March 22, 2017
UAE. Overall, there was a 17% increase in the number of companies in MEA in 2016 compared to 2015, with Dubai being the leading destination for regional HQs by far.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: April 24, 2017
UAE. Installed generation capacity in the MENA countries analysed will have to rise by almost 150GW, more than 50% on the current available capacity of 290GW, to reach a massive 440GW by 2020.
date:Posted: April 24, 2017
UAE. Number of active hospitality projects reached 1,153 as 62 projects with a combined value of US$2.5 billion were added to the list in the first quarter of 2017, according to BNC Network; GCC hospitality sector constitutes 7% of all active projects in the GCC.
date:Posted: April 23, 2017
LEBANON. latest Byblos Bank/AUB Consumer Confidence Index shows recovery in sentiment in the first three months of the year remains tentative at best.
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