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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: April 18, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. The GCC said in a statement that foreign ministers of the six-member body had met in Riyadh for a comprehensive review of measures used to implement foreign and security policies.
Posted: April 9, 2014
UAE. Leapfrogging the traditional expansion models, airports in emerging markets are setting a benchmark in the world for airport infrastructure by offering a complete package.
Posted: April 8, 2014
UAE. A recent study by The Boston Consulting Group shows that Middle East banking revenues increased by 10.7% in 2013, whilst profits were up by 10.3%; At an aggregate level, provisions for bad loans grew slightly again, by 2.5%.
Posted: April 4, 2014
BAHRAIN. Specialized European event-driven and distressed credit manager receives acceleration capital from Investcorp.
Posted: March 25, 2014
BAHRAIN. An engineer by education, Al Shirawi joined the Bank in 1997, and has held various posts before being appointed Chief Operating Officer in 2006.
Posted: March 25, 2014
BAHRAIN. PineBridge brings growth capital and access to new markets to Romatem; Romatem to expand in growing physical therapy and rehabilitation sector.
Posted: March 24, 2014
BAHRAIN. The interactive discussion was led by Bahraini female entrepreneur and family business partner, Amal Y. Almoayyed.
Posted: March 24, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "In recent weeks, several high-profile appointments have been made. Yet, whilst progress is being made, women in the GCC represent one if its greatest untapped talent pools."
Posted: March 19, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. According to an EY study presented at the Jeddah Economic Forum (JEF) 2014, GCC employers do not believe that the local education system prepares young people with the requisite skills, training and attitudes for the workplace.
Posted: March 17, 2014
UAE. UAE maintains position as region's most popular destination for expatriates; Across GCC, more companies expect to hire staff; Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE lead job creation.
Posted: March 17, 2014
UAE. Growth in issue volumes in the Gulf's capital markets in 2014 will likely be steady versus the 2013 rate, although low yields could ultimately push up issuance
Posted: March 14, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Qatar's tight rental market has made it the most expensive country to live in the GCC, according to a comprehensive analysis on the cost of living in the region.
Posted: March 13, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Saudi Arabia's drive to make Qatar abandon its embrace of the Muslim Brotherhood may founder because of the limited leverage the Saudis and their allies can exercise over the world's richest country.
Posted: March 12, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Saudi Arabia's fierce campaign against the Muslim Brotherhood, already on the run in its Egyptian birthplace, has divided the Gulf Arab bloc, causing discomfort in some member states where the Islamist group is embedded in daily politics.
Posted: March 12, 2014
UAE. Founded in 1984 by Eddie Moutran in Bahrain, Memac Ogilvy has been associated with Ogilvy & Mather since 1986.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: April 19, 2014
UAE. Key sectors driving growth in the housing market are the tourism, hospitality, education and healthcare sectors, which is translating into robust population growth and demand.
date:Posted: April 17, 2014
KUWAIT. According to a newly released report by Kuwait Finance House Research, the global sukuk market saw a modest volume of US$31.14 billion in new sukuk issuances in 1Q2014. This volume represents a drop of 9.82% compared to US$34.53 billion worth of issuances in 1Q13.
date:Posted: April 16, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The WGC pointed out that the Chinese bank savings amount to US$7.5 trillion but only about US$300 billionn is allocated to gold, signifying the potential for gold demand to grow as Chinese wealth climbs.
INTERNATIONAL. It's now up to the new government to get real shale development in motion, and for Turkey to face up to its own strategic realities and join forces with Ukraine to harness LNG potential.
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