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: May 15, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. "So long as extremist factions within the Islamic republic hold key policy making positions, no meaningful reforms are possible within this regime," says Dr. Behrooz Behbudi.
Posted: May 14, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The Alpine Eternity, a 29,130 gross tonnes oil products tanker, has safely reached the UAE port of Jebel Ali after coming under attack in the Gulf, its manager said
Posted: May 14, 2015
QATAR. Qataris have for the first time voted two women onto the Gulf emirate's only directly elected body, the Central Municipal Council, officials announced on Thursday.
Posted: May 14, 2015
UAE. A new survey from Emirates NBD highlights that April was a positive month overall for the Dubai private sector economy, with output and new business volumes continuing to expand at robust rates.
Posted: May 13, 2015
UAE. New monthly survey, compiled by Markit, is first to exclusively track Dubai's economy; Bi-monthly Emirates NBD Dubai Real Estate Tracker also launched.
Posted: May 12, 2015
SAUDI ARABIA. Analysts and diplomats in the Middle East described King Salman's decision to skip the meeting at Camp David this week as a snub, despite denials from U.S. officials.
Posted: May 11, 2015
UAE. The UAE passport has received a major boost following the easing of visa restrictions on travel into the European Union's Schengen Zone for Emirati passport holders.
Posted: May 9, 2015
EGYPT. Hosni Mubarak and his sons Gamal and Alaa may not have to serve any jail time for those corruption charges because they already spent that amount of time in prison.
Posted: May 7, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The release follows after the seizure of the ship by Iran on April 28 whilst sailing in the Strait of Hormuz on a commercial voyage from Jeddah to Jebel Ali.
Posted: May 7, 2015
UAE. If the British public feels it has not benefited from the strong economy, it will vote for change. If this happens we can expect the markets to be bearish across all asset classes.
Posted: May 6, 2015
UAE. Arab Mars mission will create mankind's first ever holistic model of the Martian atmosphere; Sheikh Mohammed, the Ruler of Dubai, names the Mars probe "Hope".
Posted: May 6, 2015
UAE. The REO provided an analysis of the economic road ahead for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region against the backdrop of complex political, social, and economic changes.
Posted: May 6, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. "It is simply Britain managing its own posture. As Europe weakens, the UK tilts closer to the US. As the US goes through its periodic inwardness, it tilts closer to Europe. It is not a matter of tilting one way or another, but a complex ballet where ideally no one is fully certain what the British [will do next]."
Posted: May 5, 2015
EGYPT. Masood Ahmed, a Director at the IMF said "it is moving in the right direction," predicting growth of about four percent this year, roughly twice the level seen a year ago.
Posted: May 5, 2015
SAUDI ARABIA. Foreigners will be able to own up to 49% of a single stock and institutional foreign investors with a minimum of 18.75 billion riyals (US$5 billion) under management will be allowed to invest directly in the stock market.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: May 29, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. SITA survey investigated the connection between passenger's use of technology and their emotions to discover how they feel at every point of the journey; Survey shows that technology is helping put enjoyment back into flying.
date:Posted: May 28, 2015
UAE. The recent close below 1.55 was a critical blow for the Pound/Dollar bulls, and the bears have continued to exploit each opportunity to increase selling pressure with the pair still looking technically vulnerable to further declines.
date:Posted: May 28, 2015
UAE. Low production costs for Middle East companies gives regional players significant competitive advantage in the low price segment of an oil "super cycle", according to the latest paper from global strategy and management consulting firm A.T. Kearney.
INTERNATIONAL. SITA survey investigated the connection between passenger's use of technology and their emotions to discover how they feel at every point of the journey; Survey shows that technology is helping put enjoyment back into flying.
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