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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: December 17, 2014
UAE. MoU underlines the strong cooperation between both markets; aims to achieve the ultimate objective of integrating GCC markets and improve the quality of services provided to investors and companies.
Posted: December 16, 2014
UAE. 49% believe women and men are treated equally in the workplace, according to "Status of Working Women in the Middle East" survey by Bayt.com and YouGov.
Posted: December 15, 2014
BAHRAIN. Bahrain International Airport is set for a major overhaul during the next five years as it moves to upgrade its facilities and expand passenger capacity.
Posted: December 13, 2014
BAHRAIN. A period of lower oil prices will exacerbate existing structural weaknesses in Bahrain's public finances, absent corrective measures, said S&P.
Posted: December 11, 2014
BAHRAIN. The workshop, held in partnership with Investcorp, was focused on foundations of directorship, highlighting the growing importance of corporate governance for family and corporate businesses alike.
Posted: December 8, 2014
BAHRAIN. Bahrain capital ranked 6th overall, 3rd for human capital and lifestyle, 4th for cost effectiveness, and 7th for connectivity in the small and mid-sized cities category.
Posted: December 4, 2014
BAHRAIN. Unique new conference to gather major international players at the forefront of transforming the global financial services landscape.
Posted: December 4, 2014
BAHRAIN. Thomson Reuters announces 2015 findings of Annual Sukuk Perceptions and Forecast Report at WIBC 2014; Survey of 44 lead arrangers and 106 investors reveal most expect a boost in sukuk issuance in 2015, to be between US$150 billion and US$174.9 billion.
Posted: December 4, 2014
BAHRAIN. Governor of the Central Bank of Bahrain, inaugurates the 21st annual edition of the World Islamic Banking Conference (WIBC 2014); Baroness Sayeeda Warsi of the House of Lords delivers a special keynote address on the UK story of Islamic finance.
Posted: December 2, 2014
UAE. Falling oil prices will pose significant challenges to GCC markets, according to a new report by ICAEW. The latest Economic Insight report warns the impact of continued oil price weakness could put considerable pressure on GCC economies and affect real GDP growth, unless they step up diversification efforts.
Posted: December 2, 2014
KUWAIT. IPO fund raised USD9.6bn in 2014 vs. USD12.4bn in 2008, after averaging USD1.8bn during 2009-13; Decline in oil prices may hinder the growth in IPO market.
Posted: December 1, 2014
UAE. Region's future growth hinges on success of US$2.7 trillion worth of projects.
Posted: November 26, 2014
BAHRAIN. "Startup Weekend" took place at Rukn ICT Incubator in Manama; The event was a showcase of over 60 aspiring entrepreneurs in Bahrain.
Posted: November 26, 2014
UAE. "In the final months of 2014, we expect further increases in occupancy rates, with the pleasant weather attracting more tourists, alongside the seasonal increase in events and conferences."
Posted: November 25, 2014
BAHRAIN. The "increasingly deregulated and competitive economic environment is facilitating rapid growth in business development within the private sector."

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: December 18, 2014
UAE. As a gateway of opportunity for Asia, Dubai has a key role in driving growth momentum; Between 2010 and 2013, GCC-China trade grew faster than with any other significant trade partner.
date:Posted: December 18, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. A new analysis presents the key trends that will transform the global market over the next decade and beyond.
date:Posted: December 18, 2014
UAE. International tourism and a stronger middle class are shaping luxury trends, including luxury experiences and alternative luxury channels, with a focus on the consumer rather than geography.
INTERNATIONAL. In this excerpt from Greenspan's appearance at the New Orleans Investment Conference, The Gold Report delves into the role of gold versus fiat currency, why central banks own so much gold if it is truly "a barbarous relic," and the reason China is buying so much gold today.
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