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Posted: 03-08-2011
BAHRAIN. Bahrain's creditworthiness escaped a possible downgrade at Fitch Ratings because of reduced near-term political and economic risks in the island-kingdom that contended with anti-government protests earlier this year. Fitch said it removed the Gulf kingdom from its Credit Watch Negative list for borrowers facing a possible downgrade. Bahrain’s long-term foreign-currency issuer default rating was affirmed at BBB, the second-lowest investment grade, and its local-currency issuer default rating at BBB+. “The resolution of the Rating Watch Negative and affirmation of the rating r
Posted: June 30, 2015
BAHRAIN. Standard & Poor's believes that Bahrain Telecommunications Co. now has a clearer acquisition strategy, however, it also takes into account the weakening fiscal profile of Bahrain, Batelco's controlling shareholder.
Posted: June 24, 2015
UAE. The findings serve as a performance indicator on the pace and pattern of regional economic growth and seek to benchmark MEA against developed countries.
Posted: June 18, 2015
UAE. Dubai and Abu Dhabi listed at 23rd and 33rd places respectively; Economic and political unrest challenge multinationals' planning for international assignments to compete globally.
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 10, 2015
BAHRAIN. Global investment management announces the sale of a real estate portfolio of senior care communities with over 16 facilities and approximately 4,000 residential units located across the United States to NorthStar Healthcare Income, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT).
Posted: June 9, 2015
UAE. After several years of stabilizing asset quality, declining credit losses, and improving returns, banks in the Gulf are navigating rougher waters, Standard & Poor's said in a report published today.
Posted: June 6, 2015
BAHRAIN. Lower oil prices have added to the strain on Bahrain's fiscal position; The deficit is forecast to reach double digits, estimated at -10.9% of GDP in 2015 from -5.5% of GDP in 2014.
Posted: May 14, 2015
BAHRAIN. Cluttons report highlights that, unlike the residential lettings market, outlook for the sales market is stable as a result of a recent series of policy announcements.
Posted: May 13, 2015
UAE. eDiscovery technology allows the electronic discovery of data to help companies and legal counsel find critical electronic evidence.
Posted: May 11, 2015
UAE. 66% say their salary is lower than other companies in their industry, according to the latest Bayt.com and YouGov Salary Survey; A staggering 87% of UAE respondents have seen the cost of living rise in 2014, with 34% saying that it grew by more than 20%.
Posted: May 4, 2015
BAHRAIN. 45 dynamic start-ups will pitch to more than 200 angel investors to obtain funding to fuel their business growth; Participating start-ups last year raised nearly US$2 million in funding from angel investors.
Posted: May 1, 2015
BAHRAIN. In a brief statement, the central bank did not elaborate on why it took the action or give any information about Future Bank and Iran Insurance Co.
Posted: April 28, 2015
BAHRAIN. New mall developments entering the market; Residential rental rates remain stable with increasing demand witnessed in popular expatriate areas.
Posted: April 25, 2015
BAHRAIN. Globalization for MENA exchanges is now about putting roots at home as opposed to global mergers; IPOs were the name of the game, ETFs are the new market reality now.
Posted: April 24, 2015
BAHRAIN. The firm's buy-and-build strategy aims to empower mid-market companies to smash the glass ceiling and attain their true potential as regional leaders.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: July 2, 2015
UAE. AQR Asset Management Institute hosts inaugural debate on monetary policy impact on global markets; 64% of delegates felt that Quantitative Easing is highly likely to create an asset price bubble - where prices become disconnected from reality.
date:Posted: July 1, 2015
UAE. 53% of employers rank lack of work experience as affecting nationals' employability, with only 30% of GCC students having taken any work experience; According to employers, communication skills (36%) and required skills and qualifications (22%) are further challenges to retention in the private sector.
date:Posted: July 1, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Many Chinese business become successful innovators in the domestic market first and then go global, while others expand globally first and then invest in innovation.
UAE. AQR Asset Management Institute hosts inaugural debate on monetary policy impact on global markets; 64% of delegates felt that Quantitative Easing is highly likely to create an asset price bubble - where prices become disconnected from reality.
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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