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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 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.
Posted: February 18, 2015
BAHRAIN. Mr. Sen is responsible for managing the firm's global equities business with US $21.2 billion in assets under management as of December 31, 2014.
Posted: February 17, 2015
UAE. In 2015 the majority of businesses expect to increase salaries by a maximum of 5%; Working professionals believe their monthly salaries will jump by over 10% this year, according to the Hays GCC 2015 Salary & Employment report, just published.
Posted: February 11, 2015
BAHRAIN. Given expenditure constraints, S&P now expect that Bahrain's fiscal deficit will deteriorate markedly, averaging 5.5% of GDP over 2015-2017, versus 3.8% of GDP in its December 2014 review; Outlook negative.
Posted: February 10, 2015
UAE. Rapidly growing populations and per capita incomes, rising life expectancies, a high incidence of lifestyle-related diseases, and ambitious medical infrastructure projects are driving health care industry growth in the Gulf Cooperation Council states, says new Deloitte healthcare report.
Posted: February 3, 2015
BAHRAIN. Leading provider of portable storage and moving solutions for residential and business customers in North America sold to the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan.
Posted: February 3, 2015
BAHRAIN. Keynote speakers include James Rickards, Chief Global Strategist, West Shore Funds and acclaimed author, Mahmood Al Kooheji, CEO, Mumtalakat; Open "Town Hall" discussion with the Governor of the Central Bank of Bahrain.
Posted: February 2, 2015
BAHRAIN. the MENA region's latest 24-hour news channel, began transmission at 13.00 GMT on 1st February from its headquarters in Bahrain to viewers all over the world.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: March 3, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Unexpected developments can catch the herd wrong-footed and spark major movements when the masses scatter at the same time. When that occurs, those who resisted the herd may find themselves rewarded. We believe that we are approaching such a point.
date:Posted: March 3, 2015
QATAR. QNB Group report examines recent developments and the outlook for the Qatari economy as it continues its strong growth based on large investment spending.
date:Posted: March 3, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. This isn't about Netanyahu and Obama, and both know it. It is about the reconfiguration of a region the US cannot subdue and cannot leave. It is the essence of great power strategy: creating a balance of power in which the balancers are trapped into playing a role they don't want.
INTERNATIONAL. This isn't about Netanyahu and Obama, and both know it. It is about the reconfiguration of a region the US cannot subdue and cannot leave. It is the essence of great power strategy: creating a balance of power in which the balancers are trapped into playing a role they don't want.
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