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Posted: 19-07-2011
JORDAN. Price stability continues across the Jordanian property sector, which is showing positive activity in both apartment and villa sales and leasing, according to Asteco Property Management’s Q2 2011 report. “Despite regional political conflict, Jordan has remained consistent economically. Government statistics indicate the property sector has played a substantial role in this ongoing stability, indicating a 42% increase in all property and land transactions over the quarter. Rental prices for two-bedroom apartments ranged from JOD3,000 and  JOD13,000 per annum, with three-bedro
Posted: January 21, 2015
UAE. Strong growth momentum in GCC countries continues, economic recovery in oil importers is on track; Oil exporters diversified their economies, but still heavily dependent on hydrocarbon sector in terms of budget and export revenues; Oil importers face higher risks of geopolitical tensions.
Posted: January 20, 2015
UAE. 61% feel they deserve to work in a higher level position, and 50% state that a key reason for seeking employment is to be financially independent.
Posted: December 16, 2014
UAE. 49% believe women and men are treated equally in the workplace, according to "Status of Working Women in the Middle East" survey by Bayt.com and YouGov.
Posted: December 5, 2014
JORDAN. Global property portal releases new research on emerging markets real estate, examining the habits of online property-seekers, while offering insights into the future of the sector.
Posted: December 4, 2014
BAHRAIN. Thomson Reuters announces 2015 findings of Annual Sukuk Perceptions and Forecast Report at WIBC 2014; Survey of 44 lead arrangers and 106 investors reveal most expect a boost in sukuk issuance in 2015, to be between US$150 billion and US$174.9 billion.
Posted: November 25, 2014
OMAN. The report showed that Oman has improved its "access to sound money" while also recording an increase in the "regulation of business, credit and labor".
Posted: November 20, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Both countries posted freedom scores of 8.1, according to the annual Economic Freedom of the Arab World report published by the Fraser Institute. Bahrain dropped from first place last year to third place and a score of 8.0 in this year's report, which is based on 2012 data, the most recent available.
Posted: November 14, 2014
JORDAN. S&P expects Jordan's fiscal and external balances to moderately improve over the medium term; Ratings affirmed.
Posted: November 1, 2014
JORDAN. The fiscal and external balances will moderately improve over the medium term; energy-sector reform is likely to ease spending and import pressures, according to S&P.
Posted: October 28, 2014
UAE. PwC commissioned a survey of more than 500 retail banking customers in the GCC, to find out what customers really want.
Posted: October 26, 2014
UAE. Standard Chartered Bank hosts second Annual Global Research Briefing sessions for its clients in the UAE; Briefings also held in Jordan, Bahrain and Qatar.
Posted: October 14, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Yahoo will continue to support its websites in the Middle East from Dubai and other regional offices; CEO Marissa Mayer is also eliminating about 400 positions in Bangalore.
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 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 9, 2014
EGYPT. US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Arab foreign ministers in Saudi Arabia Wednesday as he bids for a broad coalition against the Islamic State.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: January 24, 2015
QATAR. Deflation is starting to spread into lower global consumer prices, depressed wages and, to a lesser extent, softer asset prices. Unless an appropriate fiscal response is found, this disinflationary dynamics is likely to continue in 2015 and possibly beyond.
date:Posted: January 23, 2015
KUWAIT. Strong growth in American supply boost non-OPEC output by 3.65% in 2014; OPEC not opting for output cut to halt drop in price; Downside risks prevail as world supply increases.
date:Posted: January 23, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. New Oliver Wyman report says financial services returns now hover around the 7% average of utilities.
QATAR. Deflation is starting to spread into lower global consumer prices, depressed wages and, to a lesser extent, softer asset prices. Unless an appropriate fiscal response is found, this disinflationary dynamics is likely to continue in 2015 and possibly beyond.
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