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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: October 23, 2014
QATAR. A DMA is used where an owner wishes to engage a third party to carry out a development on the owner's behalf, and is suitable where the owner may not have the necessary skills, expertise or capacity to undertake the development.
Posted: October 15, 2014
BAHRAIN. Cluttons' latest Property Market Outlook indicates that increased focus on higher quality developments will begin to put rents under strain at the top end of the market.
Posted: October 14, 2014
BAHRAIN. The projects will involve investment in the industrial, infrastructure, and tourism sectors and will increase Bahrain's competitive advantage.
Posted: October 13, 2014
BAHRAIN. Both bring expertise in financial services and extensive experience in the Middle East; Company expanding in the region; investing in real estate and private equity.
Posted: October 12, 2014
BAHRAIN. Bahrain Economic Development Board report highlights the important contribution of the oil and non-oil sectors to the overall economy; Total GDP growth for 2014 expected to reach about 3.7%.
Posted: October 12, 2014
BAHRAIN. Bahrain's retail market has witnessed significant growth during the first three quarters of 2014, according to the latest report from Cluttons.
Posted: October 10, 2014
BAHRAIN. Following Nemir Kirdar's decision to retire on 30 June 2015, the Board of Directors have accepted his recommendation to appoint Mohammed Al Ardhi as Executive Chairman.
Posted: October 7, 2014
BAHRAIN. Bahrain-based Investcorp is planning to sell the 20% stake in the manufacturer of industrial and specialty gases that it agreed to acquire in 2009, according to people familiar with the matter.
Posted: October 2, 2014
UAE. "If the GCC is to maintain long-term sustainable growth, it will be very important to invest in education, increase productivity, and attract more foreign direct investment into high value industries, and step up more diverse export industries that are not dependent on commodities."
Posted: October 1, 2014
BAHRAIN. Investment in new plant producing six brands including Oreo and Ritz is part of company's supply-chain reinvention plan.
Posted: September 30, 2014
UAE. Bayt.com survey reveals that 78% consider meetings to be great for decision-making; Meetings in MENA workplaces often have agendas distributed in advance, according to 80% of respondents, and tend to start on scheduled time (according to 88%).
Posted: September 29, 2014
BAHRAIN. Bahrain now among the countries with the most flexible visa policies in the region; Nationals from over 100 countries set to benefit.
Posted: September 23, 2014
UAE. "On the whole, the outlook for the region is a good one;" 35% of respondents claim job opportunities will increase; Concerns about rising cost of living.
Posted: September 22, 2014
BAHRAIN. Airline welcomes intake of the final batch of 40 Bahraini nationals of Tamkeen's Aviation Sector Graduates for on-the-job training programme .
Posted: September 22, 2014
QATAR. Based in Qatar, Nick Witty is returning to the region after a brief spell in the UK and will be leading real estate advisory by assisting clients to identify, appraise, value, fund and deliver real estate projects,

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: October 23, 2014
UAE. Deflationary reading of data endangers risky assets; Global cues drive GCC markets; Growth scare unsettles investors; Extreme bearishness on oil may be overdone.
date:Posted: October 23, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. The 2014 study - which outlines the top priorities that concern young Saudis - is key to helping policymakers and business leaders design initiatives targeted at improving the lives of the Kingdom's current and future generations.
date:Posted: October 22, 2014
UAE. 47% of Middle Eastern respondents indicated that they are considering a proactive shareholder engagement policy which can open and sustain a productive dialogue with investors.
INTERNATIONAL. Bitcoin has followed a volatile path to growing acceptance since its creation in 2009; In this interview finance expert Arturo Bris analyses the risks associated with bitcoin.
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