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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: August 26, 2014
UAE. Paperless offices are popular, with 50% of respondents saying that they are encouraged to use email or online resources instead of printing out documents.
Posted: August 20, 2014
UAE. "Bringing in institutional funds is a key part of the board's strategic capital markets plan," Samir Fancy, Topaz's chairman, said in a statement.
Posted: August 19, 2014
UAE. Executives and junior executives are especially in demand amongst MENA employers, according to Bayt.com and YouGov survey.
Posted: August 13, 2014
UAE. The initial public offering market in the GCC in the second quarter of 2014 started off and ended on a high, with a total of seven IPOs, compared to two in Q1 2014.
Posted: July 25, 2014
UAE. Royal Decree amending some of the provisions of the Oman Agencies Law comes into force; Marks a significant departure from the regime under the old law.
Posted: July 22, 2014
UAE This article provides an updated summary of the key employment law developments across the GCC; A new Government body known as the Manpower Authority is being created in Kuwait to take over certain functions of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour.
Posted: July 21, 2014
UAE. The human factor drives the innovative capacity; The GII 2014 surveys 143 economies around the world, using 81 indicators-to gauge both their innovation capabilities and measurable results.
Posted: July 21, 2014
UAE. GCC IPO volume up 67% in H1 2014; H1 2014 saw the most capital raised and highest volume of IPOs since 2008; "The IPO market is very strong across MENA, particularly among the GCC countries."
Posted: July 15, 2014
UAE. 81% state finding a job is the biggest challenge, with banking and finance being the preferred industry to work in.
Posted: July 3, 2014
OMAN. BP has selected Veolia to design, build and operate a raw water treatment plant for its project to develop the Khazzan gas field, located southwest of Muscat in the Sultanate of Oman.
Posted: July 1, 2014
UAE. 55% claim that important decisions and vital meetings are not postponed till the Holy Month is over, according to the latest Bayt.com "Ramadan in the MENA Workplace" poll.
Posted: July 1, 2014
OMAN. The property consultancy's Muscat Spring 2014 Commercial Market Outlook report indicates a shortage of mid-range hotels to cater for Oman's growing tourism market.
Posted: July 1, 2014
OMAN. Organized by OAPGRC in partnership with Dhofar University and the Indian Ocean Rim Association's Regional Centre for Science and Technology Transfer, the Salalah Declaration aims to enhance regional medicinal plant co-operation through high-profile events and annual joint activities.
Posted: June 15, 2014
OMAN. Tenant demand has improved in line with increased job creation, according to Cluttons' Spring 2014 Residential Market Outlook report.
Posted: June 13, 2014
UAE. New UAE debt issuance and Omani power IPOs' bode well for future pipeline; Saudi consumer and petrochemicals equities continue to offer value; Equity and credit markets propped up by easy ECB money.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: August 28, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. The Saudi Arabian index is the region's most diverse capital market due to its size and maturity; Jadwa Investment views the opening up of the Tadawul as an overall positive but believes a cautious and considered path to reform is the best way forward, much like the Chinese example.
date:Posted: August 28, 2014
LEBANON. The results of the Byblos Bank/AUB Consumer Confidence Index show a marginal improvement in January and February, picking up pace in March and April, and regressing in May and June 2014.
date:Posted: August 28, 2014
UAE. The Saudi equity market index hits a 6 year high; Fed Chief Yellen's commentary at Jackson Hole summit seen as constructive; India in a sweet spot for emerging market debt investors.
LEBANON. The results of the Byblos Bank/AUB Consumer Confidence Index show a marginal improvement in January and February, picking up pace in March and April, and regressing in May and June 2014.
INTERNATIONAL. I think one of the big fallacies in people's thinking about the Iraqi oil sector has been the focus on who's making money producing the oil. The bigger impact is on consumers.
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