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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: September 30, 2014
UAE. Bayt.com survey reveals that 78% consider meetings to be great for decision-making; Meetings in MENA workplaces often have agendas distributed in advance, according to 80% of respondents, and tend to start on scheduled time (according to 88%).
Posted: September 24, 2014
OMAN. High street retail space in Muscat approaches 100% occupancy; Monthly warehouse rents between OMR2-OMR4 per sqm; Monthly office rents between OMR4-OMR8.
Posted: September 23, 2014
UAE. "On the whole, the outlook for the region is a good one;" 35% of respondents claim job opportunities will increase; Concerns about rising cost of living.
Posted: September 22, 2014
OMAN. The Oman Animal & Plant Genetic Resources Center (OAPGRC) will host its monthly Science Café on 24th September 2014.
Posted: September 21, 2014
OMAN. Orascom Development Holding unit had a loss of OMR19.8 million in the comparable period; Positive performance will allow for further investment in the development of Muriya's two destinations of Jebel Sifah and Salalah Beach.
Posted: September 9, 2014
UAE. Takaful industry globally expected to reach US$20 billion by 2017; Saudi Arabia accounts for 77% of GCC takaful contribution and almost half of global takaful contribution.
Posted: September 9, 2014
EGYPT. US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Arab foreign ministers in Saudi Arabia Wednesday as he bids for a broad coalition against the Islamic State.
Posted: September 8, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. Hydrocarbon revenues in KSA and Kuwait make up to 90% plus of total revenues; Leading GCC economies remain susceptible to fluctuations in global energy prices, according to Alkhabeer Capital latest report.
Posted: September 5, 2014
OMAN. Announces Phase 2 of the mall's ongoing redevelopment; More than 10,000sqm -60 new shopping and dining concepts including debut flagship stores; Development to begin late-2014 for a 2015 completion date.
Posted: September 3, 2014
OMAN. Although still classified as one of 24 economies in transition from Efficiency-driven to Innovation driven, Oman witnessed an overall improvement in key competitiveness indices.
Posted: August 30, 2014
OMAN. End of August 2014 deadline to move majority of commercial activities will result in win-win situation for Muscat and Sohar.
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.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: November 26, 2014
UAE. "In the final months of 2014, we expect further increases in occupancy rates, with the pleasant weather attracting more tourists, alongside the seasonal increase in events and conferences."
date:Posted: November 25, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. In the end, it is unlikely that the territorial Islamic State can survive. The truth is that Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia are all waiting for the U.S. to solve the problem with air power and a few ground forces. These actions will not destroy IS, but they will break the group's territorial coherence.
date:Posted: November 25, 2014
BAHRAIN. The "increasingly deregulated and competitive economic environment is facilitating rapid growth in business development within the private sector."
INTERNATIONAL. In the end, it is unlikely that the territorial Islamic State can survive. The truth is that Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia are all waiting for the U.S. to solve the problem with air power and a few ground forces. These actions will not destroy IS, but they will break the group's territorial coherence.
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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