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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: 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.
Posted: April 28, 2015
BAHRAIN. New mall developments entering the market; Residential rental rates remain stable with increasing demand witnessed in popular expatriate areas.
Posted: April 25, 2015
BAHRAIN. Globalization for MENA exchanges is now about putting roots at home as opposed to global mergers; IPOs were the name of the game, ETFs are the new market reality now.
Posted: April 24, 2015
BAHRAIN. The firm's buy-and-build strategy aims to empower mid-market companies to smash the glass ceiling and attain their true potential as regional leaders.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: July 1, 2015
UAE. 53% of employers rank lack of work experience as affecting nationals' employability, with only 30% of GCC students having taken any work experience; According to employers, communication skills (36%) and required skills and qualifications (22%) are further challenges to retention in the private sector.
date:Posted: July 1, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Many Chinese business become successful innovators in the domestic market first and then go global, while others expand globally first and then invest in innovation.
date:Posted: July 1, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The capital controls are having their effect, and this is not a sustainable situation. So either way, it's not looking very good for Syriza and the Greek government at the moment.
UAE. 53% of employers rank lack of work experience as affecting nationals' employability, with only 30% of GCC students having taken any work experience; According to employers, communication skills (36%) and required skills and qualifications (22%) are further challenges to retention in the private sector.
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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