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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: July 29, 2015
UAE. Investment values in Egypt increased in 2014; UAE, Lebanon, Jordan and Morocco continue to be active in venture capital investments, according to the latest "MENA Private Equity & Venture Capital" report.
Posted: July 14, 2015
BAHRAIN. No significant change in office sector rental rates across all grades, with new supply in the pipeline; Residential rental rates remain stable quarter on quarter.
Posted: July 3, 2015
UAE. The Middle East real estate market is one of the fastest growing sectors in the world, with foreign developers injecting billions of dollars in residential, office/commercial, retail and hospitality segments.
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.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: July 29, 2015
UAE. "The proposed introduction of an Insolvency Law can only be a good thing, as it has the potential to strengthen business confidence and boost inward investment into the region."
date:Posted: July 29, 2015
UAE. Investment values in Egypt increased in 2014; UAE, Lebanon, Jordan and Morocco continue to be active in venture capital investments, according to the latest "MENA Private Equity & Venture Capital" report.
date:Posted: July 28, 2015
SAUDI ARABIA. Study by Glowork highlights women's perceptions before graduation, shows regional differences within the Kingdom, and the need to develop part time jobs and internship programs.
UAE. Investment values in Egypt increased in 2014; UAE, Lebanon, Jordan and Morocco continue to be active in venture capital investments, according to the latest "MENA Private Equity & Venture Capital" report.
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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