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Posted: 25-07-2011
UAE. The Islamic finance industry is pegged to grow at 15%-20% per year. 63% of Islamic finance institutions are in the Middle East, controlling more than 50% of Islamic banking assets. These statistics were discussed at the recently concluded first ever Oman Islamic Banking Conference. “Oman’s move to Islamic finance comes at just the right time as ethical finance gains a foothold around the world. The speakers illuminated a number of key aspects of the industry and question time after each presentation was lively as delegates delved deeper into the topic. We are proud to be supporting
Posted: December 16, 2014
OMAN. With oil prices at a five-year low, Oman's budget, in line with that of other major oil producers in the region, looks set to be tipped into the red next year for the first time since 2009.
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 10, 2014
UAE. 'BBB+/A-2' ratings affirmed; The rating action follows the revision of S&P's outlook on the Sultanate of Oman to negative on Dec. 5, 2014.
Posted: December 8, 2014
UAE. Opportunities in Saudi Arabia starting to align with improving sentiment around ease of doing business; Increasing confidence in the Omani market; Transport remains strongest sector for construction opportunities.
Posted: December 6, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The ratings agency affirmed the strong "AA-/A-1+" credit ratings for Riyadh over the "strong external and fiscal positions" it has built up in the past decade when oil prices were too high.
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: 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 1, 2014
UAE. Region's future growth hinges on success of US$2.7 trillion worth of projects.
Posted: November 25, 2014
UAE. Ericsson's 2014 Networked Society City Index ranks cities by ICT maturity; Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Muscat are amongst nine cities that have been added to the 2014 edition.
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 22, 2014
OMAN. One of the world's most advanced fuel efficient LNG carriers; The 162,000 cubic metres capacity vessel was built by Hyundai Heavy Industries in South Korea.
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 14, 2014
OMAN. A key element in food security, agrobiodiversity has become an issue of increasing international concern in recent years, as a rapidly growing world population has already begun to impact on food demand.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

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.
date:Posted: December 18, 2014
UAE. International tourism and a stronger middle class are shaping luxury trends, including luxury experiences and alternative luxury channels, with a focus on the consumer rather than geography.
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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