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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 8, 2015
UAE. Agreements were reached in recent days by members of the GCC on certain design aspects of the VAT systems that are expected to be implemented around the region; The big question now is "when" not "if" VAT will be implemented, and, importantly, by which country (or countries) first.
Posted: December 1, 2015
KUWAIT. "Only a few companies have taken advantage of bond and sukuk markets to extend their liability profiles and diversify their investor base."
Posted: November 30, 2015
KUWAIT. Kuwait is promoting itself as a go-to destination for foreign investment through streamlining procedures for licensing and granting incentives and guarantees to help boost FDI.
Posted: November 18, 2015
UAE. Despite global economic uncertainties, GCC countries are better-placed than many parts of the world. They can expect continued strong, if slightly slower, growth going into 2016 according to a new ICAEW report.
Posted: November 12, 2015
UAE. Withholding taxes on payments made to foreign companies increased significantly since MENA countries lowered company tax rates to 10%-15%; Considerations for the introduction of VAT in the GCC and Egypt discussed at the EY MENA Tax Conference in Houston.
Posted: November 11, 2015
UAE. Report released ahead of World Diabetes Day calls for a coherent region-wide approach to tackle the growing diabetes burden.
Posted: November 11, 2015
KUWAIT. The rating confirms the confidence in KFH capability to fulfill its obligations yet emphasizes bank's robust financial position, solvency, and the multiple revenue sources.
Posted: October 27, 2015
KUWAIT. Action Digital and Action Global Communications will offer wholly integrated and bespoke on and offline communications strategy.
Posted: October 23, 2015
KUWAIT. At yesterday's second annual IFN Kuwait Forum the elite of the GCC industry gathered together to analyze the exciting opportunities in this unique market.
Posted: October 8, 2015
UAE. Changes are likely to cushion the industry's financial soundness in the long run, but their cost could prove challenging for smaller insurers in the short term; Regulators will need to step up their game in order to take on the more sophisticated supervisory requirements.
Posted: October 3, 2015
KUWAIT. Kuwait Finance House (KFH) participated as a primary dealer for short-term sukuk issued by the International Islamic Liquidity Management (IILM).
Posted: September 30, 2015
UAE. Study reveals insights about the lives of residents in the GCC; Safe place to live and work, possibility of making good friends and having a comfortable lifestyle are main attractions.
Posted: September 23, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The region's modern day projection of a visionary cutting- edge, 21st century urban environment masks however the fact that some things have not changed.
Posted: September 21, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. On September 10th the EIA reported a production decline in the Lower 48 - essentially shale production - of 208,000 BOPD. That is a staggeringly enormous number.
Posted: September 21, 2015
UAE. Debt issuance by corporate and infrastructure companies has fallen by 58% in the past 12 months to about $7 billion. This also reflects S&P's view that the credit cycle has reached a potential tipping point, with higher pricing anticipated going forward.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: May 5, 2016
UAE. There are more negative than positive factors likely to impact oil prices in the short term. With current oil net-long speculative positions at an elevated level, a slight change in traders' outlook would lead to a significant selloff.
date:Posted: May 4, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. The climate has rarely been so favourable to a resolution of the conflict. The chaos that is sweeping the Middle East has been a game-changer in relation to Israel and the Arab countries.
date:Posted: May 4, 2016
SAUDI ARABIA. The manager/directors of any company that is incorporated in Saudi Arabia should start to consider what changes may need to be made to the company's articles of association or bylaws.
UAE. There are more negative than positive factors likely to impact oil prices in the short term. With current oil net-long speculative positions at an elevated level, a slight change in traders' outlook would lead to a significant selloff.
INTERNATIONAL. "It's going to come to a point where there is just going to be no real economical benefit to any kind of production staying at any kind of level in those countries. And once they come off, that's going to obviously support oil prices."
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