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 4, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. The climate has rarely been so favourable to a resolution of the conflict. The chaos that is sweeping the Middle East has been a game-changer in relation to Israel and the Arab countries.
Posted: May 3, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Highest quarterly attack total since group took Mosul in June 2014; Al-Qaeda affiliates take a back seat five years after Bin Laden, but are still a significant threat.
Posted: May 2, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. In the grand scheme of geopolitics, over time the role of individuals is largely washed out - to be overly simplistic, the individuals rarely matter.
Posted: May 1, 2016
UAE. Unless we see a significant improvement in U.S. labor market data, such as 250K+ added jobs, average hourly earnings increasing by 0.5%, the dollar isn't likely to change course.
Posted: April 28, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Key sessions include speeches from CEOs of Shell and Saudi Aramco, OPEC and UNFCCC leaders and a welcoming address from the President of Turkey.
Posted: April 27, 2016
SAUDI ARABIA. Although this represents positive news, the key will be the materialization of infrastructure projects and utilizing white lands to reverse the recent slowdown.
Posted: April 27, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. The results show that the majority (84 per cent) of 'Remain' voters believe staying in the EU will be economically better for the UK.
Posted: April 25, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. "The complacent are resigned to the status quo, the indifferent do not care, the delusional keep fantasizing, the politicians are busy manipulating, and the power hungry lie and cheat to cling to their positions."
Posted: April 20, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Stock markets were offered a welcome boost following the sharp appreciation in oil prices that temporarily elevated confidence towards the global economy and heightened investor risk appetite.
Posted: April 20, 2016
UAE. Latest quarterly global survey from ACCA shows businesses less optimistic in Q1 16/17 than at any other time in the past four years; UAE investment intention dipped and expectations of government spending tumbled, but the region is expected to do well in its tourism and logistics sectors.
Posted: April 18, 2016
UAE. The disagreement is mainly due to Tehran's resistance to the idea of an output freeze; Saudi Arabia is not willing to do a deal without Iran's participation as this could ignite a market share war.
Posted: April 16, 2016
SAUDI ARABIA. There have been misconceptions on the ability of women to work in the Kingdom and it is important to note that the amended labour law has a number of provisions which are expected to encourage women working.
Posted: April 14, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Sterling was flung onto a fierce rollercoaster; Heightened expectations of a potential rate cut mixed with ongoing Brexit woes should continue to weigh heavily on the currency.
Posted: April 14, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Despite the impact of low oil prices and civil unrest on many countries in the Middle East, a number of economies have a favourable long-term growth outlook, including the UAE, Iran, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia.
Posted: April 13, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. The downward revision of Fitch's oil price assumptions for 2016 and 2017 to US$35/b and US$45/b, respectively, has major negative implications for Saudi Arabia's fiscal and external balances.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: May 26, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Connectivity will allow home care robots to interface with smart home ecosystems.
date:Posted: May 26, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. In-app transactions improve customer experience and drive spending.
date:Posted: May 26, 2016
UAE. The 85% rally since Brent hit a 12-years low in Jan was supported by multiple factors, mainly oil disruption from major exporters and production cut back by U.S. shale.
INTERNATIONAL. "It's going to come to a point where there is just going to be no real economical benefit to any kind of production staying at any kind of level in those countries. And once they come off, that's going to obviously support oil prices."
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