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: May 3, 2016
BAHRAIN. "An understandable question we often receive is what steps should be undertaken now, when the legislation is yet to be issued?"
Posted: April 26, 2016
UAE. Sector moved a long way from days of excess capital and liquidity; no longer growing at double-digit rates; consultancy services seen as way to improve profitability.
Posted: April 19, 2016
BAHRAIN. The investment will capitalize on Dubai's growing logistics market and will offer premium warehousing facilities to tenants in one of Dubai's most established and sought after industrial areas.
Posted: March 23, 2016
UAE. GCC integration could boost the economy by US$36 billion; strongest gains in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Oman; Three key areas of change needed: remove barriers to trade, increase foreign investment, develop GCC institutions.
Posted: March 11, 2016
UAE. With economic commentators predicting a difficult 2016 employers across the region may be forced to look at staffing levels; this article examines the issues involved when an employer reduces headcount together with the various regulations applicable across the GCC.
Posted: February 24, 2016
BAHRAIN. More than 500 delegates from 24 countries converge to discuss regional and global financial impact of sustained fall in oil prices
Posted: February 24, 2016
UAE. With the exception of Manama, Cairo and Makkah, all the MENA hotel markets witnessed a decrease in RevPAR in January 2016, according to latest EY hotel survey.
Posted: February 23, 2016
BAHRAIN. The fund, which invests in the debt of Emerging Market economies has managed another year of strong returns in a market beset by macro worries.
Posted: February 22, 2016
BAHRAIN. Alex Jones, Director in the firm's US/UK High Net Worth group will discuss US tax issues for US expats and others holding US citizenship or green cards (as well as those holding significant US assets).
Posted: February 19, 2016
BAHRAIN. Since 2014, when oil prices started to slide, pressure on revenues has become particularly acute in Bahrain; S&P think the impact of this lasting trend will exacerbate existing structural frailty in Bahrain's public finances, despite an active response from authorities.
Posted: February 15, 2016
BAHRAIN. In light of the sustained fall in oil prices, the event will be an important platform for delegates to hear from experts and policy makers; BBK are a Lead Sponsor. for the forum
Posted: February 10, 2016
UAE. Low oil prices will constrain the amount of funding available to Gulf sovereigns and banks to support the region's substantial infrastructure bill in coming years; S&P projects a gap as large as $270 billion through 2019 between capital spending for projects and project contracts awarded.
Posted: February 9, 2016
UAE. The YPO Global Pulse Confidence Index for the Middle East and North Africa declined for the fifth consecutive quarter, falling nearly one point to 56.4, below the global confidence level of 58.0; Economic confidence in the UAE fell 7.2 points to 50.3, its lowest score in the six-year history of the index.
Posted: February 5, 2016
BAHRAIN. Leaders from Milliman, Solidarity Group, Medgulf Takaful, Crescent Global lead discussions on industry outlook.
Posted: January 19, 2016
UAE. Nine of the 13 MENA sovereigns are investment grade; Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon are speculative grade; Oman and Saudi Arabia ratings lowered on the sharp deterioration in their fiscal deficits; GCC members to maintain their exchange rate pegs to the US dollar over the medium term.