INTERNATIONAL. The war in Libya has been under way for months, without any indication of when it might end. Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s faction has been stronger and more cohesive than imagined and his enemies weaker and more divided.
This is not unusual. There is frequently a perception that dictators are widely hated and that their power will collapse when challenged. That is certainly true at times, but often the power of a dictator is rooted in the broad support of an ideological faction, an ethnic group or simply those who benefit from the regime.
As a result, naive assumptions
Posted: January 6, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The region is emerging from the uncertainty of the past half-decade, and the foundations of its future are taking shape. This process will not be neat or orderly, but changes are clearly taking place.
Posted: December 16, 2014
UAE. 2015 cannot be worse than 2014; Libya and Syria are not likely to resolve their problems in 2015; Fall of oil prices will have a destabilizing impact on most countries in the short term.
Posted: November 14, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The speech, purported to be in Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's name, followed contradictory accounts out of Iraq after U.S. air strikes last Friday about whether he was wounded in a raid.
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 20, 2014
UAE. Up 400,000 barrels per day from August and the highest level since December 2013, led by Libyan output recovery; Higher volumes from Iraq also drove the increase; "It's numbers like this that are contributing to the enormous slide in oil prices."
Posted: September 7, 2014
LIBYA. Armed Islamists are trying to prize Benghazi's civilian and military airport from the control of government troops allied to Gaddafi-era general Khalifa Haftar.
Posted: August 27, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Aircraft from the United Arab Emirates and Egypt attacked militia forces in Libya over the past week, the Pentagon's spokesman said, disapproving of the intervention.
Posted: August 26, 2014
UAE. The UAE had no comment after U.S. officials said warplanes from the Gulf state had secretly bombed Islamist militia targets in Libya flying from bases in Egypt.
Posted: August 25, 2014
UAE. With its oil wealth, population growth and strong demand for industrial and consumer goods, the MENA region is an attractive market. There are, however, potential pitfalls in doing business, particularly when it comes to appointing local agents to distribute products in the region.
Posted: August 14, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Realism counsels caution, because a bias for action can often lead to disaster. But actually Obama is not a realist, yet he understands restraint. He rushes in with drones and advisers rather than with ground troops. But that is only the beginning of realism, not its culmination.
Posted: July 15, 2014
LIBYA. 90% of the planes parked at the airport were destroyed, says spokesman; The government has studied the possibility to bring international forces to enhance security.
Posted: June 30, 2014
UAE. Energy sector hit by selling as Iraqi oil keeps on flowing; Precious metals managed to hold on to the gains from the previous week with silver reaching the highest since March, continuing to outperform gold.
Posted: May 19, 2014
LIBYA. LLIDF is working to generate long-term financial returns and tangible socio-economic benefits by developing Libya's infrastructure.
Posted: May 19, 2014
LIBYA. "Tripoli is unable to solidify its control, not only in the east, but also within Tripoli itself, as opposing forces on multiple levels scramble for power and prestige."
Posted: April 19, 2014
LIBYA. Abdulmagid Breish, the chairman of Libya's US$66 billion sovereign wealth fund, said it plans to hire external companies to manage about US$11 billion of its assets under a restructuring plan.
date:Posted: January 27, 2015
UAE. Alpen Capital study forecasts promising growth for retail sector across GCC; retail structure undergoing significant transformation, driven by the social and economic developments; the outlook for Qatar is most optimistic.
date:Posted: January 26, 2015
UAE. Employers need to create a long-term culture, focusing on professionals looking to establish their careers here rather than expatriates who stop by in the Gulf to avail themselves of tax benefits.