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Posted: 14-03-2009
KUWAIT.Kuwait will cooperate with France in the field of nuclear power, the deputy prime minister of the Gulf nation said on Friday, hinting it could take a stake in French nuclear group Areva. Speaking after a meeting with President Nicolas Sarkozy, Sheikh Jaber Moubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah said the two leaders had discussed the possible purchase of French military material and the issue of energy and nuclear reactors. Asked if Kuwait would cooperate with France in the domain of nuclear energy for civilian use, he said: "Yes." In response to a question on whether Kuwait was among the Gulf co
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 11, 2014
UAE. Dubai stocks dropped the most since October 2008 and equity markets across the oil-producing Gulf Cooperation Council tumbled after OPEC reduced its estimate for crude demand in 2015.
Posted: December 9, 2014
KUWAIT. I think oil prices will stay around the current level until OPEC changes its production policy, or recovery in world economic growth become more clear, or a geopolitical tension arises.
Posted: December 9, 2014
UAE. Dubai Parks & Resorts is building three theme parks - Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai and Legoland Dubai - and a 500-room hotel halfway between Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Posted: December 2, 2014
UAE. Falling oil prices will pose significant challenges to GCC markets, according to a new report by ICAEW. The latest Economic Insight report warns the impact of continued oil price weakness could put considerable pressure on GCC economies and affect real GDP growth, unless they step up diversification efforts.
Posted: December 2, 2014
KUWAIT. IPO fund raised USD9.6bn in 2014 vs. USD12.4bn in 2008, after averaging USD1.8bn during 2009-13; Decline in oil prices may hinder the growth in IPO market.
Posted: November 24, 2014
UAE. Andrew Liveris, speaking on the sidelines of a conference in Dubai, said his company was "moving from doing commodities just for commodities sake, moving more downstream and Kuwait is more about commodities..."
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 17, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. "The rapprochement reflects the countries' shared concerns of strategic threats in the region," according to Theodore Karasik. "There's been a lot of pressure on Qatar and a lot of behind-the-scenes negotiating, specifically with Kuwait acting as a broker."
Posted: November 11, 2014
UAE. Now that oil prices have fallen to below US$80 per barrel from around US$100 in the past few months, the economies of the oil-exporting nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council will be tested.
Posted: October 29, 2014
UAE. Total wealth in the GCC stood at US$ 1.7 tillion in 2014, up 4.75% from 2013; Total wealth in Saudi Arabia and UAE grew by 5%; Global household wealth up 8.3% to US$263 trillion, driven by the US and Europe, according to Credit Suisse Research Institute.
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 27, 2014
UAE. Major road, bridge and railway projects are already underway, or in the planning phase, in Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain.
Posted: October 23, 2014
KUWAIT. The KIA will sell its Kuwait Investment Co. holding in an IPO in the first half of next year; Kuwait Finance House and Mobile Telecommunications Co. shares will also be sold.
Posted: October 22, 2014
UAE. Saudi Arabia had the largest rail project pipeline in the region with over US$100bn, including the Riyadh Dammam High-Speed Rail, which is currently under study, along with the Eastern Province Municipality - Dammam Metro.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: December 22, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Looking at the long term charts, we find trend line support from lows back in December 1998 and this currently gives WTI crude oil a target of US$4/b and Brent a target of US$52.40/b.
date:Posted: December 19, 2014
UAE. As a gateway of opportunity for Asia, Dubai has a key role in driving growth momentum; Between 2010 and 2013, GCC-China trade grew faster than with any other significant trade partner.
date:Posted: December 18, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. A new analysis presents the key trends that will transform the global market over the next decade and beyond.
UAE. Colliers International Dubai House Price Index, compiled using actual mortgage transaction data from a consortium of financial institutions, registers no change over Q3 2014, for the first time since Q2 2012.
INTERNATIONAL. In this excerpt from Greenspan's appearance at the New Orleans Investment Conference, The Gold Report delves into the role of gold versus fiat currency, why central banks own so much gold if it is truly "a barbarous relic," and the reason China is buying so much gold today.
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