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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: March 26, 2015
UAE. Deloitte Middle East conference addresses recent changes in regulation and tax; Developments such as the refurbished runway at Dubai, the mid-field terminal project at Abu Dhabi, the opening of Hamad international in Doha, showcase the commitment to the aviation sector.
Posted: March 24, 2015
UAE. Luxury family travel on the rise in the region; 25% of MENA residents opt for luxury accommodation; ATM 2015 seminar to evaluate impact and value of the local and global family travel market.
Posted: March 19, 2015
BAHRAIN. New research highlights drivers of demand and impact of global economics on property markets.
Posted: March 18, 2015
BAHRAIN. Opportunities to diversify property portfolio; Citizenship by investment available; Leisure and lifestyle destinations; A range of properties from US$200,00 to US$20 million.
Posted: March 17, 2015
UAE. Regardless of age and industry, the urge to learn is considerable in the Middle East and North Africa, according to a recent survey conducted by Bayt.com.
Posted: March 5, 2015
BAHRAIN. Malaysia, Indonesia, and UAE lead the inaugural 2015 Islamic Growth Markets Investment Index which ranks countries' investment potential relatively within the OIC member country grouping.
Posted: March 4, 2015
UAE. The strong fiscal positions of most GCC sovereigns curb the need for debt or sukuk issuance to meet financing needs for infrastructure projects or deficits.
Posted: March 3, 2015
BAHRAIN. CBD office rentals remains stable in Q4 2014; Residential market has seen little change in the last quarter with marginal increase of 2% in prime locations.
Posted: March 2, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Banks in Bahrain and Oman are vulnerable indirectly through the potential drop in investments and economic growth, and Nigeria is vulnerable directly through its banking system's significant overall exposure to the oil sector.
Posted: March 1, 2015
UAE. Residential (US$28bn), Commercial (US$11.46bn) and Education (US$7.13bn) were the leading sectors; Initial market indicators suggest sustained growth in 2015 with an estimated 21% increase in construction projects awarded across the GCC.
Posted: March 1, 2015
BAHRAIN. In February, the government began enforcing the registration of tenancy agreements; For the first time the rights of tenants and landlords have been formalised in writing.
Posted: February 28, 2015
UAE. In S&P's view, the sharp drop in oil prices since mid-2014 is likely to lead to weakening economic, external, and fiscal profiles for the region, particularly for the GCC.
Posted: February 26, 2015
BAHRAIN. Rating decision reflects S&P's opinion that there is an almost certain likelihood that the company would receive timely and sufficient extraordinary support from the Bahraini government if needed.
Posted: February 26, 2015
BAHRAIN. During an interview with Euromoney Conferences, John Sfakianakis the GCC Regional Director at Ashmore Group, said the milestone decision to liberalise the Saudi Tadawul Index is extremely significant as investors will be able to gain exposure to a formidable oil economy by investing in its market.
Posted: February 19, 2015
UAE. Sherpa Kids International - a company that runs before and after school clubs and holidays activities for primary school-aged children - is launching its wide-ranging programme of activities in the Middle East.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: March 28, 2015
QATAR. S&P projects real economic growth to average about 4% annually in 2015-2018, sustained by the government's US$220 billion investment program.
date:Posted: March 28, 2015
QATAR. Notwithstanding the weak start for the global economy, Asian economies are expected to continue to grow rapidly in 2015. We expect economic growth to average 5.7% in 2015, the same rate as in 2014.
date:Posted: March 27, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Yemen's close proximity to Saudi Arabia and its strategic location on one side of the fourth busiest shipping lane for crude oil, raise worries about potential disruptions.
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