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 13, 2015
UAE. New monthly survey, compiled by Markit, is first to exclusively track Dubai's economy; Bi-monthly Emirates NBD Dubai Real Estate Tracker also launched.
Posted: May 12, 2015
SAUDI ARABIA. Analysts and diplomats in the Middle East described King Salman's decision to skip the meeting at Camp David this week as a snub, despite denials from U.S. officials.
Posted: May 11, 2015
UAE. The UAE passport has received a major boost following the easing of visa restrictions on travel into the European Union's Schengen Zone for Emirati passport holders.
Posted: May 9, 2015
EGYPT. Hosni Mubarak and his sons Gamal and Alaa may not have to serve any jail time for those corruption charges because they already spent that amount of time in prison.
Posted: May 7, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The release follows after the seizure of the ship by Iran on April 28 whilst sailing in the Strait of Hormuz on a commercial voyage from Jeddah to Jebel Ali.
Posted: May 7, 2015
UAE. If the British public feels it has not benefited from the strong economy, it will vote for change. If this happens we can expect the markets to be bearish across all asset classes.
Posted: May 6, 2015
UAE. Arab Mars mission will create mankind's first ever holistic model of the Martian atmosphere; Sheikh Mohammed, the Ruler of Dubai, names the Mars probe "Hope".
Posted: May 6, 2015
UAE. The REO provided an analysis of the economic road ahead for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region against the backdrop of complex political, social, and economic changes.
Posted: May 6, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. "It is simply Britain managing its own posture. As Europe weakens, the UK tilts closer to the US. As the US goes through its periodic inwardness, it tilts closer to Europe. It is not a matter of tilting one way or another, but a complex ballet where ideally no one is fully certain what the British [will do next]."
Posted: May 5, 2015
EGYPT. Masood Ahmed, a Director at the IMF said "it is moving in the right direction," predicting growth of about four percent this year, roughly twice the level seen a year ago.
Posted: May 5, 2015
SAUDI ARABIA. Foreigners will be able to own up to 49% of a single stock and institutional foreign investors with a minimum of 18.75 billion riyals (US$5 billion) under management will be allowed to invest directly in the stock market.
Posted: May 4, 2015
QATAR. French President Francois Hollande sought to boost ties in the Gulf as he oversaw the signing of a warplanes deal with Qatar and headed to Saudi Arabia for a summit.
Posted: May 4, 2015
UAE. Continued volatility seems to be the only certainty at the moment. Although it's hard to predict with any degree of certainty which way the charts will swing, the election polls remaining close does point towards investor sentiment weighing on the GBP.
Posted: May 3, 2015
UAE. According to a new The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) study, the world's ocean is worth US$24 trillion - over 15 times the asset size of The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) and the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) combined.
Posted: May 1, 2015
SAUDI ARABIA. Saudi Arabia's government and external balance sheets currently remain strong and provide a buffer to withstand external shocks, including a drop in oil prices; The outlook remains negative, reflecting S&P's view that Saudi Arabia's general government fiscal position is weakening.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date: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.
date:Posted: May 26, 2015
UAE. EIU report commissioned by Waha Capital points out two major challenges for the sector: human resources and varying regulations across the seven emirates.
date:Posted: May 26, 2015
UAE. "Those who stay attuned to market needs and transform their business in anticipation of new entrants and unprecedented trends will reap the greatest rewards."
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