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: June 12, 2017
INTERNATIONAL. The main danger to the region and indeed to oil prices is that increased tension could lead Qatar to reach out even further to Iran for support which would sour relations even more.
Posted: June 8, 2017
UAE. Investors put major asset allocation decisions on hold amid uncertainty around interest rates and quantitative tightening; Commodity prices, US political change, Brexit and regional geopolitical situation create long-term unknowns.
Posted: June 5, 2017
QATAR. Qatar retained first place among the Arab countries and placed 30th on global level among 163 countries, according to a report issued by the London Institute for Economics and Peace in collaboration with the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney.
Posted: June 2, 2017
UAE. A.M. Best briefing states that as implementation laws have yet to be passed, this has resulted in a debate as to whether the target date is achievable.
Posted: June 1, 2017
UAE. PwC issues first quarterly economic bulletin on the Middle East; Oil prices, new taxes and growing interest in public-private partnerships cited as dominant themes driving most Middle Eastern economies in 2017.
Posted: May 25, 2017
INTERNATIONAL. Cities are the engine rooms for economic advantage on the chessboard of global competition; A radically different paradigm is in order. It will require big picture thinking.
Posted: May 18, 2017
SAUDI ARABIA. The company will initially manufacture products and provide services across: Air Systems; Land Systems; Weapons & Missiles and Defense Electronics.
Posted: May 16, 2017
INTERNATIONAL. Britain's Labour Party has announced that if elected it would introduce a 45% income tax rate on incomes over 80k pounds, and a 50% rate over 123k.
Posted: May 12, 2017
SAUDI ARABIA. Riyadh seeking private investment and partnerships for ambitious development programme outlined in Vision 2030.
Posted: May 10, 2017
INTERNATIONAL. It's a catch-22: democracy has given people a voice who in turn expect service delivery, but want a say. As a consequence, service delivery is severely impacted.
Posted: May 9, 2017
UAE. The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) study shows gender gap still persists when it comes to global talent mobility; 44% of women with children were willing to move abroad. Yet despite this, less than 30% of women who were willing to move had actually done so, compared with 40% of men in similar situations.
Posted: May 9, 2017
The arrangement will serve as a vehicle to deliver innovative solutions that drive sustainable development in the UAE.
Posted: May 4, 2017
LEBANON. Findings from latest ASDA'A Burson-Marsteller survey released: Young Arabs view unemployment and extremism as the biggest problems holding the Middle East back, with the region increasingly divided by access to opportunity; 77% of young Lebanese say Daesh has become weaker over the past year.
Posted: May 3, 2017
LEBANON. Promundo-US and UN Women study reveals that although traditional attitudes about gender equality dominate, at least one quarter of men hold more open and equitable views, supporting women's economic, social, and political equality.
Posted: April 27, 2017
SAUDI ARABIA. Increase in foreign direct investment seen as part of efforts to diversify the economy and boost investment inflows into the kingdom; National Transformation Programme updates to be revealed at Saudi Forum 2017.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: July 20, 2017
LEBANON: "The overall decline in the level of household sentiment in the second quarter of 2017 was due to consumers' widespread disappointment by the misplaced priorities of the government."
date:Posted: July 19, 2017
INTERNATIONAL. "Far from being a sign of intellectual inferiority, the capacity to err is crucial to human cognition." Ironically, if we want to 'get it right' we are going to have to get it wrong.
date:Posted: July 18, 2017
The findings also reveal that, while demand for cyber insurance is increasing, the majority of these losses are not currently insured, leaving an insurance gap of tens of billions of dollars.
UAE. Cisco's security research organization Talos says once this ransomware enters your system, it uses three ways to spread automatically around a network, one of which is the known Eternal Blue vulnerability.
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