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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: 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.
Posted: January 18, 2016
BAHRAIN. Latest acquisition builds on Arcapita management team's senior living sector experience - completed transactions valuing more than US$1.5 billion
Posted: January 17, 2016
Event to focus on strategic opportunities in regional and global financial services against background of volatile oil prices.
Posted: December 13, 2015
BAHRAIN. Two day workshop conducted by business guru Adi Breuer, encourages current or future business leaders and industrialists to acknowledge and recognise their potential in innovating their businesses.
Posted: December 12, 2015
BAHRAIN. S&P: Bahrain's fiscal performance will improve from its current weak level, due to government measures and potential additional support from Saudi Arabia.
Posted: December 8, 2015
UAE. Agreements were reached in recent days by members of the GCC on certain design aspects of the VAT systems that are expected to be implemented around the region; The big question now is "when" not "if" VAT will be implemented, and, importantly, by which country (or countries) first.
Posted: December 4, 2015
BAHRAIN. Malaysia, Bahrain and UAE leads Islamic Finance in terms of development; Islamic Finance Assets grew by 9.4% to US$1.814 trillion in 2014.
Posted: December 2, 2015
BAHRAIN. IIFM kick-starts three-day WIBC with seminar on Islamic capital markets, to be followed by Thomson Reuters panels led by Deputy Governor of National Bank of Kazakhstan, CEO of Toronto Financial Services Alliances, CEO of Bank of Khartoum and other luminaries.
Posted: December 1, 2015
BAHRAIN. Total transaction value of SAR 1.35 billion; Since its launch in 2010, the fund acquired six key high quality, income-generating assets in the logistics, warehousing and retail sectors.
Posted: November 30, 2015
BAHRAIN. C5 Accelerate, working with Amazon Web Services and the Bahrain Economic Development Board and Tamkeen, to provide boost for entrepreneurs across the region US$100 million allied venture capital fund to support participant businesses.
Posted: November 25, 2015
BAHRAIN. Industrial sector set to benefit from removal of fuel subsidies in the short term; "Cheaper diesel prices could help give the sector a shot in the arm."
Posted: November 18, 2015
UAE. Despite global economic uncertainties, GCC countries are better-placed than many parts of the world. They can expect continued strong, if slightly slower, growth going into 2016 according to a new ICAEW report.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date: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.
date:Posted: February 10, 2016
UAE. Across the Middle East, educational institutions and providers face a myriad of challenges and opportunities; "Educational organizations are increasingly being asked to demonstrate their wider impact and contribution to goals around employability, social mobility and inclusion."
date: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.
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.
INTERNATIONAL. "It's going to come to a point where there is just going to be no real economical benefit to any kind of production staying at any kind of level in those countries. And once they come off, that's going to obviously support oil prices."
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