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: December 13, 2014
QATAR. Oil prices are widely expected to recover gradually; Qatar has ample resources to continue implementing its infrastructure investment programme. The sizeable programme should therefore continue to drive non-hydrocarbon growth and lead to further economic diversification going forward.
Posted: December 12, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "Iran and the United States have denied cooperation at any level, but the fact is that we know Iran is taking military action in Iraq, and so is the United States."
Posted: December 11, 2014
UAE. The Global status report on violence prevention 2014 reveals that 475 000 people were murdered in 2012, and homicide is the third leading cause of death globally for males aged 15-44 years.
Posted: December 11, 2014
UAE. Dubai stocks dropped the most since October 2008 and equity markets across the oil-producing Gulf Cooperation Council tumbled after OPEC reduced its estimate for crude demand in 2015.
Posted: December 10, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. From a Russian default to a UK housing shock and a market-decimating volcano eruption to an online-shopping hijack. Saxo Bank has mixed the brilliant with the outlandish to, at the very least, offer food for thought and perhaps to flavour your trading portfolios in 2015.
Posted: December 10, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "If you think in context and you harken back to those days you can certainly see how certain decisions were made under those kinds of atmospherics that would not be made today."
Posted: December 10, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. It was a marriage of convenience of five political parties led by leaders with an insatiable hunger for power, different political agendas, and personal ambition, which is the only thing they all have in common.
Posted: December 9, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The decision not to cut production led many observers to conclude that OPEC has largely lost the ability to upwardly influence prices. But this determination ignores the wider geopolitical considerations that may be convincing Saudi Arabia to be perfectly content, for now, with lower prices.
Posted: December 8, 2014
SYRIA. Syrian state television said that Israeli jets had bombed areas near Damascus international airport and in the town of Dimas, near the border with Lebanon.
Posted: December 8, 2014
BAHRAIN. Bahrain capital ranked 6th overall, 3rd for human capital and lifestyle, 4th for cost effectiveness, and 7th for connectivity in the small and mid-sized cities category.
Posted: December 6, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The ratings agency affirmed the strong "AA-/A-1+" credit ratings for Riyadh over the "strong external and fiscal positions" it has built up in the past decade when oil prices were too high.
Posted: December 5, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. Research on the business and investment landscape in Saudi Arabia features over 250 interviews with major policy makers and business leaders as well as in-depth analysis on the majors sectors of the economy.
Posted: December 3, 2014
IRAN. "In the past 10 years of talks we haven't been this close to resolving the nuclear issue," Zarif said, addressing the nuclear talks publicly for the first time since returning from Vienna.
Posted: December 3, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. Supporters of Islamic State released a video purporting to show the shooting of a Danish citizen who was wounded in Riyadh last month.
Posted: December 2, 2014
SYRIA. "We have documented the killing of 202,354 people since March 2011," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director said, adding that more than 130,000 of them were combatants.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: December 19, 2014
UAE. As a gateway of opportunity for Asia, Dubai has a key role in driving growth momentum; Between 2010 and 2013, GCC-China trade grew faster than with any other significant trade partner.
date:Posted: December 18, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. A new analysis presents the key trends that will transform the global market over the next decade and beyond.
date:Posted: December 18, 2014
UAE. International tourism and a stronger middle class are shaping luxury trends, including luxury experiences and alternative luxury channels, with a focus on the consumer rather than geography.
INTERNATIONAL. In this excerpt from Greenspan's appearance at the New Orleans Investment Conference, The Gold Report delves into the role of gold versus fiat currency, why central banks own so much gold if it is truly "a barbarous relic," and the reason China is buying so much gold today.
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