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: October 15, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Kurdish and Iraqi forces fought to hold back advancing jihadists on the Syria-Turkey border and near Baghdad as Washington pushed to rally its allies against the Islamic State group.
Posted: October 14, 2014
BAHRAIN. The projects will involve investment in the industrial, infrastructure, and tourism sectors and will increase Bahrain's competitive advantage.
Posted: October 14, 2014
QATAR. Agreement to provide Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) systems to the Qatar Emiri Air Force.
Posted: October 13, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "This has nothing to do with freedom of expression, but criminal and monstrous conduct. We have to be able to shut that down and prevent it opening again under an Icelandic domain."
Posted: October 13, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. It wasn't immediately clear which bases would be involved, or whether final details had been agreed; The U.S. said Turkey will also help train Syrian rebels.
Posted: October 13, 2014
UAE. EY launches the "Growth drivers" report which identifies the four biggest drivers of policy; Governments are increasingly viewing entrepreneurship and SME development as a solution to youth unemployment and sustainable economic growth
Posted: October 12, 2014
BAHRAIN. Bahrain Economic Development Board report highlights the important contribution of the oil and non-oil sectors to the overall economy; Total GDP growth for 2014 expected to reach about 3.7%.
Posted: October 12, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Governments can make significant strides in job creation by reforming policies used to protect politically connected companies, which would in turn promote competition, and ensure equal opportunities for all firms.
Posted: October 11, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Staffan de Mistura warned that civilians in the border town are facing an imminent threat posed by the terrorist group.
Posted: October 11, 2014
QATAR. A recent McKinsey report projected that GDP could triple to US$1.6 trillion by 2030, supported by rapid infrastructure expansion through investment of up to US$1.5 trillion.
Posted: October 11, 2014
LEBANON. Deposit flows into Lebanon's banking system remain resilient and continue to facilitate the government's debt servicing capacity. Notwithstanding this, public finances are under pressure and the already-high government debt stock will continue to rise; The outlook is stable.
Posted: October 10, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. In addition to enrichment, the speed of lifting sanctions is another sticking point, one on which Iranian and Western delegations have sharp differences.
Posted: October 9, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde warned Thursday that the eurozone could fall back into recession if action is not taken to prevent it.
Posted: October 9, 2014
MOROCCO. To sustainably advance human development and political stability, Arab Spring countries should decentralize to sub-national levels the resources necessary to catalyze and implement community development.
Posted: October 9, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. General John Allen is due in Turkey in an effort to resolve tensions; Turkey considers the Obama administration "overly cautious in this region."

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: October 25, 2014
QATAR. Real GDP growth slowed to 7.3% in Q3 2014; However, the days of voracious Chinese demand driving up global commodity prices are probably over.
date:Posted: October 25, 2014
UAE. "When the system collapses, it is not the end of the world. It simply means that the major trading and financial powers in the world come together in a conference to write new rules of the game." ICA Conference in Dubai to address lessons from global economic crisis.
date:Posted: October 23, 2014
UAE. Deflationary reading of data endangers risky assets; Global cues drive GCC markets; Growth scare unsettles investors; Extreme bearishness on oil may be overdone.
UAE. "When the system collapses, it is not the end of the world. It simply means that the major trading and financial powers in the world come together in a conference to write new rules of the game." ICA Conference in Dubai to address lessons from global economic crisis.
INTERNATIONAL. Bitcoin has followed a volatile path to growing acceptance since its creation in 2009; In this interview finance expert Arturo Bris analyses the risks associated with bitcoin.
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