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: June 22, 2015
UAE. UAE new orders grow, and job creation hit three-month high in May 15; Saudi Arabia's output and new orders expanded, but the growth rate eased.
Posted: June 20, 2015
KUWAIT. "Kuwait's ratings reflect its exceptionally strong fiscal and external position, balanced against a heavily oil-dependent economy, a degree of geopolitical risk, and weak scores on measures of governance and ease of doing business."
Posted: June 18, 2015
UAE. The Euro continues to ignore all potential Greece risks and has managed to extend to 1.1374 against the Dollar, which is very close to the 1.14 major resistance that had previously encouraged a sell-on rallies opportunity.
Posted: June 18, 2015
UAE. New study highlights the uptrends and downtrends in these emerging markets; The region is anticipated to witness around five per cent growth this year due to the gradual shift in investment to non-oil sectors.
Posted: June 18, 2015
UAE. Dubai and Abu Dhabi listed at 23rd and 33rd places respectively; Economic and political unrest challenge multinationals' planning for international assignments to compete globally.
Posted: June 18, 2015
LEBANON. The consensus growth forecast for 2015 fell to 1.5%, from 2% at the start of the year; Growth will be primarily driven by public spending, banking, ICT, and restaurants; No rise in real estate transactions or prices; 50/50 chance of a President being elected in 2015.
Posted: June 17, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Failure to reach agreement would mark the beginning of a painful course that would lead initially to default and ultimately to exit from the euro and, most likely, from the EU.
Posted: June 17, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. 2015 Global Peace Index Reveals an Increasingly Divided World; The Middle East is spiralling into deepening violence; Peacefulness in Europe reaches an historic high.
Posted: June 17, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Proportion of investors buying protection against equity sell-off reaches survey high; Cash levels rise to 4.9% of portfolios, up from 4.5% in May; proportion of investors overweight equities falls to net 38% from 47%.
Posted: June 16, 2015
EGYPT. Earlier, the court sentenced Mursi to life in prison in an espionage case. Other top Muslim Brotherhood officials, including Khairat el-Shater, were handed death sentences.
Posted: June 15, 2015
EGYPT. The celebrations and global communications campaign will be overseen by the SCA and implemented by a consortium comprising WPP and a number of local Egyptian businesses.
Posted: June 15, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. "The latest UK inflation reading is scheduled for release on Tuesday and I expect the market reaction towards the data to be pivotal in deciding which direction the Pound/Dollar continues to trade throughout the month of June."
Posted: June 15, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. German yields fall as regain safety bid; Spanish yield premium vs Bunds at highest since Aug 2014; Athens says will not give in to demands on pensions, wages
Posted: June 15, 2015
UAE. Governments, employers and academic institutions in the MENA region all have a role to play to address labour market inefficiencies, develop national talent, and ultimately drive long-term sustainability into the 21st century and beyond.
Posted: June 13, 2015
BAHRAIN. Ratings agency expects Bahrain will implement fiscal consolidation measures in 2015 and into 2016; The outlook is still negative, reflecting S&P's view of Bahrain's weakening fiscal profile and ongoing uncertainties around the extent and implementation of a sustainable response from the government

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: July 7, 2015
UAE. The price action of Dubai's real estate market will be greatly influenced by the rate of completion of on-going projects. If the rate falls below 60%, the lopsidedness will cause prices to trend upwards.
date:Posted: July 7, 2015
UAE. PA Consulting Group says failure to grasp how to communicate with this entrepreneurial group of people may threaten the survival of organisations reluctant to change; Three-point strategy to help regional employers avoid shortage of new talent in new era of digital revolution.
date:Posted: July 7, 2015
UAE. Central Bank of Malaysia, one of the largest issuers of sukuk worldwide, stopped issuing earlier this year; The pullback saw total sukuk issuance drop by 42.5% compared with the same period a year earlier.
UAE. PA Consulting Group says failure to grasp how to communicate with this entrepreneurial group of people may threaten the survival of organisations reluctant to change; Three-point strategy to help regional employers avoid shortage of new talent in new era of digital revolution.
UAE. The Middle East has a unique set of challenges and opportunities with regard to creating large, mixed-use developments; In this interview, Louise Adams, Aurecon's former Country Manager UAE, describes the importance of investing in master planning and some of the current opportunities and trends within this region.
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