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
UAE. The seminars which are only for investment professionals will take place from 8:30am - 12:00pm: in Riyadh (a mixed event) on August 31st, Bahrain on Sept 1st, Kuwait Sept 2nd, Abu Dhabi Sept 3rd, Dubai Sept 4th, and Doha on Sept 7th.
UAE. It is said that education is the best investment you can make for yourself and for your children. The affluent population in the Middle East appear to agree. They are also amongst the most digitally plugged-in in the world.
BAHRAIN. Al Salam Bank-Bahrain now owns 100% of BMI Bank after a "business combination" merger: S&P says that Al Salam Bank (unrated) has a visibly lower credit profile than BankMuscat, the previous key shareholder of BMI Bank.
BAHRAIN. Securities & Investment Company (SICO) operating income grew by 87% to BD8.2 million; "All core business areas generated strong revenues, with fee-based income revenue reaching BD 3.9 million."
UAE This article provides an updated summary of the key employment law developments across the GCC;
A new Government body known as the Manpower Authority is being created in Kuwait to take over certain functions of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour.
INTERNATIONAL. The report found there are 15 million middle-class households in 11 of sub-Saharan Africa's top economies this year, up from 4.6 million in 2000 and 2.4 million in 1990, an increase of 230% over 14 years.
INTERNATIONAL. U.S. special operations forces made a failed attempt to rescue journalist James Foley and other Americans held hostage by Islamic extremists in Syria earlier this summer, the White House said in a statement.
INTERNATIONAL. Europe has been mired in an economic crisis for half a decade now. There have been constant predictions that Europe may finally be turning an economic corner, but if Germany's economy is contracting, it is difficult to believe that any corner is being turned.