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Posted: 19-07-2011
INTERNATIONAL. Something extraordinary, albeit not unexpected, is happening in the Persian Gulf region. The United States, lacking a coherent strategy to deal with Iran and too distracted to develop one, is struggling to navigate Iraq’s fractious political landscape in search of a deal that would allow Washington to keep a meaningful military presence in the country beyond the end-of-2011 deadline stipulated by the current Status of Forces Agreement. At the same time, Saudi Arabia, dubious of U.S. capabilities and intentions toward Iran, appears to be inching reluctantly toward an accommod
Posted: June 10, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. President Hassan Rouhani said Iran would try to secure a deal in negotiations with world powers on its long-running nuclear dispute.
Posted: May 13, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. "We will talk with them in the hope that if there are any differences, they will be settled to the satisfaction of both countries," Prince Saud al-Faisal said.
Posted: May 13, 2014
UAE. The IPC is expected to be formally inaugurated in London by the end of 2014; It has been introduced in the wake of the limited easing of sanctions on Iran which came into effect in January.
Posted: May 1, 2014
UAE. The event will take place in Dubai on 28 of May 2014; expert speakers from the US, Iran and the GCC will share the latest updates; Over 150 executives from across the GCC have already confirmed their participation.
Posted: April 23, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Oman's plan to build a US$1 billion natural-gas pipeline from Iran is the latest sign that Saudi Arabia is failing to bind its smaller Gulf neighbours into a tighter bloc united in hostility to the Islamic Republic.
Posted: April 15, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. IHS examines three economic growth scenarios dependent on P5+1 outcome; 1.5% rise forecast for FY 2014/2015 after prolonged contraction.
Posted: April 12, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. U.S. cites the envoy's links to the 1979-1981 hostage crisis; The dispute may disrupt delicate negotiations over Iran's nuclear program.
Posted: April 10, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. OPEC foresees gradual increases from Iraq and Iran, while Libya is capable of boosting output by as much as 1 million barrels within a month, Secretary-General Abdalla El-Badri said.
Posted: March 29, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. During a meeting at the king's desert compound Obama and Abdullah discussed steps to help opponents of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad while isolating extremists.
Posted: March 27, 2014
UAE. Companies are eager to find out what the temporary relaxation, and the future expected lifting of sanctions, means for accessing the Iranian market.
Posted: March 26, 2014
UAE. Discussions to be held at Iran Oil & Gas 2014 Summit, taking place in Dubai on 23-25 June; Platform to gauge the latest developments and new business opportunities during this pivotal time for Iran's oil and gas industry.
Posted: March 10, 2014
UAE. Dubai's non-oil trade expanded 7.6% last year, slowing from 13% growth in 2012, but the emirate's trade with Iran stabilised despite US economic sanctions.
Posted: February 26, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Saudi Arabia is likely to be the first country to seek nuclear weapons of its own without necessarily going through the process of developing a nuclear program, because the Saudis would need to acquire nuclear deterrence capabilities within a very short period of time once Iran becomes a nuclear power.
Posted: February 24, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Iran will offer foreign partners incentives to find and pump more oil & gas and will pay some fees in barrels as it seeks to boost income once international sanctions are lifted.
Posted: February 16, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. A short term focus on political and security concerns has stood in the way of the structural reforms needed for growth and stability.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: August 30, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "I believe that in the wake of the Gaza war and the basis on which the ceasefire was established, a new momentum for peace negotiations might have been created."
date:Posted: August 30, 2014
QATAR. Price increases may suggest a potential overheating of the real estate sector. Closer analysis, however, indicates that the increase is still within the fundamentals of Qatar's fast growing economy and rapid population growth.
date:Posted: August 29, 2014
KUEAIT. There is plenty of potential in the Kuwaiti market, should investor interest remain and the government carries out its proposed spending plans. The government's 2014/15 budget is expansionary, with expenditure growth of 3.2% to US$77.3 billion.
QATAR. Price increases may suggest a potential overheating of the real estate sector. Closer analysis, however, indicates that the increase is still within the fundamentals of Qatar's fast growing economy and rapid population growth.
INTERNATIONAL. I think one of the big fallacies in people's thinking about the Iraqi oil sector has been the focus on who's making money producing the oil. The bigger impact is on consumers.
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