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: 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
Posted: June 11, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. "There are major differences between us in most key areas. There has been no progress in narrowing these differences recently, and thus we are well away from an agreement."
Posted: June 11, 2015
UAE. Unique 2016 UAE Ministry of Economy/ United Nations Industrial Development Organization summit for public and private sectors; Summit to facilitate global debate and vision setting for future of manufacturing.
Posted: June 10, 2015
UAE. Of the three key sub-sectors monitored by the latest Emirates NBD Dubai Economy Tracker report, construction was the best performing in terms of output and employment growth, largely reflecting a sharp and accelerated increase in new development projects.
Posted: June 10, 2015
UAE. Middle East sovereigns placed the highest importance on investment objectives - with the highest average target returns and the longest average time horizons; Increasing demand for emerging market infrastructure investment opportunities - proving to be a catalyst for sovereign collaboration.
Posted: June 10, 2015
UAE. With oil prices not expected to rebound anytime soon, and GCC population growth outpacing the rest of the world, stepping up diversification efforts is now crucial in order to achieve fiscal, environmental and resource sustainability, according to a new ICAEW report.
Posted: June 9, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. "What has been submitted is not sufficient to move the process forward," said one EU official. Another said it was "not sufficient and not acceptable to member states".
Posted: June 9, 2015
UAE. According to a new BCG study, the difference between countries with large digital economies and those with low online activity stands at about 2.5% of GDP; bridging the e-friction gap, however, could help speed growth in developed economies and deliver social and economic benefits to emerging markets.
Posted: June 9, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Secularism in the Muslim world appears to be in terminal retreat. The two levels of struggle within that world are, at the top, Sunni versus Shiite, and at the base, complex and interacting factions.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: June 29, 2015
UAE. The best thing governments can do to help entrepreneurs in the Middle East is to encourage professional development through education and apprenticeships, rather than through hiring quotas.
date:Posted: June 29, 2015
UAE. Risk management must respond to "the new normal", an environment of continual regulatory change and ever more demanding expectations, according to the latest Deloitte Global risk management survey.
date:Posted: June 28, 2015
UAE. According to a new study from The Boston Consulting Group, a "monster" of complexity and inefficiency has devoured a significant portion of the value created by the region's E&P industry in the past decade.
UAE. Risk management must respond to "the new normal", an environment of continual regulatory change and ever more demanding expectations, according to the latest Deloitte Global risk management survey.
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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