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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: August 20, 2014
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.
Posted: August 19, 2014
UAE. Executives and junior executives are especially in demand amongst MENA employers, according to Bayt.com and YouGov survey.
Posted: August 13, 2014
UAE. The initial public offering market in the GCC in the second quarter of 2014 started off and ended on a high, with a total of seven IPOs, compared to two in Q1 2014.
Posted: August 11, 2014
BAHRAIN. Through Investcorp's stewardship, SourceMedia made significant investments and changes to the business that advanced its digital-first strategy.
Posted: August 6, 2014
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.
Posted: August 1, 2014
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.
Posted: July 30, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. S&P opinion "reflects the increasing need for life and health insurance products in those countries as well as some largely underdeveloped personal lines, such as property."
Posted: July 27, 2014
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."
Posted: July 22, 2014
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.
Posted: July 19, 2014
BAHRAIN. The Deloitte Bahrain practice began operations in 1955 and offers a large array of professional services in Audit, Consulting, Financial Advisory and Enterprise Risk services.
Posted: July 15, 2014
UAE. 81% state finding a job is the biggest challenge, with banking and finance being the preferred industry to work in.
Posted: July 15, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. John Kerry voiced deep concern to Bahrain for expelling an American envoy and making "unacceptable demands" that foreign ministry personnel attend his private meetings.
Posted: July 14, 2014
UAE. The industry will see a slowdown in the summer months, however EY report remains positive and predicts strong growth through the rest of 2014.
Posted: July 11, 2014
BAHRAIN. Closing of the transaction, for an enterprise value of 240 million euros is expected following clearance from the relevant competition authorities.
Posted: July 9, 2014
UAE. Deloitte and IRTI workshops on innovation, growth and talent shortages in Islamic Finance; Strengthening risk governance is key to Islamic Finance.

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date:Posted: August 21, 2014
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.
date:Posted: August 21, 2014
UAE. "The establishment of QIFs aimed at sophisticated, high-net worth investors is a welcome development which reflects the fact that a one size fits all approach to regulation is not appropriate."
date:Posted: August 20, 2014
UAE. Rising geopolitical tensions and slowing global growth; GCC markets remain steady in spite of increased global volatility; Commodity prices soft on China bank data.
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. I think one of the big fallacies in people's thinking about the Iraqi oil sector has been the focus on who's making money producing the oil. The bigger impact is on consumers.
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