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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: February 20, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The main method used by the Falcons to deliver the malicious payload is spear phishing via e-mails, social networking posts and chat messages.
Posted: February 19, 2015
IRAQ. According to a newly completed KRG - World Bank report, economic growth contracted 5% in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), and poverty rate more than double increasing from 3.5% to 8.1%.
Posted: February 18, 2015
UAE. The 12th Edition of the Forthcoming 2015 IDEX Exhibition takes place from 22-26 February 2015 at The Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC).
Posted: February 17, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Perhaps the most important change will be that where for the past 500 years bankers and financiers have held the upper hand, in a labor-scarce society having pools of labor to broker will be the key.
Posted: February 17, 2015
UAE. The prominent Algerian diplomat and Special Adviser to the Secretary-General of the United Nations (2004-2005) will address the opening session of day two of the upcoming International Government Communication Forum.
Posted: February 17, 2015
EGYPT. "There is no other choice, taking into account the agreement of the Libyan people and government and that they call on us to act."
Posted: February 16, 2015
EGYPT. First time Egypt confirms launching air strikes against the group in Libya; Shows President al-Sisi is ready to expand his fight against Islamist militancy.
Posted: February 15, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Danish police shot dead a gunman in Copenhagen they believe was responsible for killing two civilians and wounding five police in separate attacks.
Posted: February 15, 2015
UAE. Conglomerate has 100% approval for US$14.6 billion restructuring plan; Dubai World likely to avoid need for court action; 2015 payment to be early, 2018 extended to 2022 with benefits.
Posted: February 14, 2015
KUWAIT. Kuwait has built up large fiscal and external net asset positions over many years, which will help it weather the current fall in the oil price; Outlook stable.
Posted: February 14, 2015
QATAR. We do not expect oil prices to recover much further in 2015, averaging around USD56/b for the full year. Falling investment spending by oil companies should begin to have an impact on production by 2016-17.
Posted: February 13, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Iran's nuclear program has always been the realm of the Khamenei-Revolutionary Guard alliance and presidents and diplomats have little or no power to divert from its aims.
Posted: February 12, 2015
UAE. S&P considers Abu Dhabi's fiscal and external buffers to be sufficiently strong to withstand lower oil-price at current rating level; Structural and institutional weaknesses to remain.
Posted: February 12, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The major oil exporting countries are likely to experience the biggest effects because of the large role oil typically plays in their economies, external trade, and fiscal position
Posted: February 12, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The deal reached after all-night negotiations in Minsk included a ceasefire that would come into effect on Feb. 15, followed by the withdrawal of heavy weapons.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: February 27, 2015
UAE. In S&P's view, the sharp drop in oil prices since mid-2014 is likely to lead to weakening economic, external, and fiscal profiles for the region, particularly for the GCC.
date:Posted: February 26, 2015
UAE. Collinson Latitude report calls for travel brands to reinvent loyalty schemes as they unveil a new breed of traveller who demand more choice and flexibility.
date:Posted: February 26, 2015
UAE. New report's findings are based on Deloitte Global's review of data from a Facebook-commissioned global survey of 10,500 people who use social media.
BAHRAIN. During an interview with Euromoney Conferences, John Sfakianakis the GCC Regional Director at Ashmore Group, said the milestone decision to liberalise the Saudi Tadawul Index is extremely significant as investors will be able to gain exposure to a formidable oil economy by investing in its market.
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