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: July 16, 2014
A UAE Space Agency will be set up to supervise the mission and develop a space technology industry in the country, a government statement said.
Posted: July 16, 2014
SYRIA. The presidential election, dismissed as a sham by Assad's opponents, was held last month in areas of central and northern Syria that remain under state control.
Posted: July 16, 2014
IRAQ. Washington has made clear that setting up a more inclusive government in Baghdad is a requirement for its military support.
Posted: July 15, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "Israeli forces are attacking again," a military spokeswoman said, six hours after Israel unilaterally entered an Egyptian-proposed truce that was never accepted by Hamas.
Posted: July 15, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. A net 61% of global asset allocators are now overweight equities; Inflation expectations reach record levels; Exposure to commodities has risen to its strongest in more than a year.
Posted: July 15, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Hamas's armed wing vowed its attacks would "increase in ferocity and intensity" but Palestinian rocket salvoes waned ahead of the mooted start of mutual de-escalation at 0600 GMT.
Posted: July 15, 2014
LIBYA. 90% of the planes parked at the airport were destroyed, says spokesman; The government has studied the possibility to bring international forces to enhance security.
Posted: July 15, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. John Kerry voiced deep concern to Bahrain for expelling an American envoy and making "unacceptable demands" that foreign ministry personnel attend his private meetings.
Posted: July 15, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Agreement, signed at the Pentagon by U.S. Defense Secretary and Qatar's defense minister, includes Apache attack helicopters and Patriot and Javelin air-defense systems.
Posted: July 15, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. At this moment, we know for certain that Israel has amassed a force sufficient to initiate ground operations but has not done so. Hamas has not fired a saturation attack, assuming it could, but has forced Israel to assume that such an attack is possible.
Posted: July 14, 2014
UAE. Dubai and Abu Dhabi ranked 67th and 68th most expensive cities to live, according to Mercer's 2014 Cost of Living Survey; Dubai's ranking soared 23 places from last year's position.
Posted: July 12, 2014
IRAQ. The moves escalated a feud between the Shi'ite-led central government and the autonomous Kurdish region driven by a Sunni insurgency which threatens to fragment Iraq on sectarian lines.
Posted: July 11, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Gold has outperformed the Dow this year; The US economy is not recovering and will relapse into recession, perhaps beginning in the second half of 2014.
Posted: July 11, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Gaza death toll climbs to 100; As the conflict between Israel and Hamas escalated on its fourth day, diplomatic efforts to end the hostilities gathered pace.
Posted: July 10, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Across the Gaza Strip, smoke and rubble marked the aftermath of Israeli attacks in the most serious hostilities between Palestinian militants and Israel in two years.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: July 22, 2014
UAE. The escalation of turmoil in the world is yet to play a role for the market, but be warned: everything economic has a delayed reaction of nine to twelve month. If the present state of alertness continues through the summer you can bet on higher energy prices having a serious impact.
date:Posted: July 21, 2014
UAE. The human factor drives the innovative capacity; The GII 2014 surveys 143 economies around the world, using 81 indicators-to gauge both their innovation capabilities and measurable results.
date:Posted: July 21, 2014
UAE. GCC IPO volume up 67% in H1 2014; H1 2014 saw the most capital raised and highest volume of IPOs since 2008; "The IPO market is very strong across MENA, particularly among the GCC countries."
UAE. The escalation of turmoil in the world is yet to play a role for the market, but be warned: everything economic has a delayed reaction of nine to twelve month. If the present state of alertness continues through the summer you can bet on higher energy prices having a serious impact.
INTERNATIONAL. The future will be decided in a race between global advances in demand for resources, complex technology and biotech innovation, and growing sovereign debt.
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