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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: June 11, 2014
UAE. Executive Education programmes with Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) and National Bank of Oman (NBO) will significantly enhance Oman's talent pipeline.
Posted: June 11, 2014
UAE. Fundamental shifts in defence policies around the world are occurring; Other Middle East countries included among the top 50 spenders include the UAE, Oman, Iraq, Kuwait, and Egypt.
Posted: June 7, 2014
OMAN. Oman's strong net external and net government asset positions mitigate the risks to the economy from its high dependence on hydrocarbons; The outlook is stable.
Posted: June 3, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. A fund focused on the six GCC countries will target sale-and-leaseback deals for shopping centers, warehouses and infrastructure such as schools and hospitals.
Posted: May 22, 2014
OMAN. The joint investor roadshow held in Muscat was well attended by a wide cross-section of investor groups; The IPOs will close on 9 June 2014.
Posted: May 12, 2014
UAE."They will sharply lift the growth rate in the region and create hundreds of thousands of new GCC jobs, but more needs to be done to co-ordinate these projects at a regional level and to share the knowledge the GCC will acquire in megaproject delivery."
Posted: May 4, 2014
OMAN. Premier venue for culture and the arts, showcasing the diverse artistic creations of Omani artists; ROHM announces participitation in ATM.
Posted: April 26, 2014
OMAN. 2014 GITR report shows countries with a strong vision to develop their Information and Communications Technology (ICT) capacity have a dominant economic presence.
Posted: April 23, 2014
UAE. The Middle East and Africa (MEA) enterprise hardware market, comprising servers and external storage, remains in a passive state according to the latest figures released by International Data Corporation (IDC).
Posted: April 23, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Oman's plan to build a US$1 billion natural-gas pipeline from Iran is the latest sign that Saudi Arabia is failing to bind its smaller Gulf neighbours into a tighter bloc united in hostility to the Islamic Republic.
Posted: April 18, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. The GCC said in a statement that foreign ministers of the six-member body had met in Riyadh for a comprehensive review of measures used to implement foreign and security policies.
Posted: April 16, 2014
UAE. January 2014 was another positive month for the hospitality industry in the Middle East, with several GCC cities, including Dubai, Doha, and Muscat, witnessing robust increases in their hospitality KPIs.
Posted: April 8, 2014
UAE. A recent study by The Boston Consulting Group shows that Middle East banking revenues increased by 10.7% in 2013, whilst profits were up by 10.3%; At an aggregate level, provisions for bad loans grew slightly again, by 2.5%.
Posted: April 7, 2014
OMAN. The inaugural edition of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Advisory Summit 2014 discussed the depth and breadth of how the Sultanate can maximize the potential of the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre, scheduled for completion in 2016.
Posted: March 19, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. According to an EY study presented at the Jeddah Economic Forum (JEF) 2014, GCC employers do not believe that the local education system prepares young people with the requisite skills, training and attitudes for the workplace.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: August 26, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Is it time to stop thinking about stabilizing Syria and Iraq and start thinking of a new dynamic outside of the artificial states that no longer function? To do this, we need to go back to Lebanon, the first state that disintegrated and the first place where clans took control of their own destiny.
date:Posted: August 25, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Commodities have been generally flat on the week as a rise in industrial metals was offset by losses across other sectors such as metals and grains.
date: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.
SAUDI ARABIA. Strong demand fundamentals combined with increased public and private sector spending pushed up the average sales price; Momentum expected to continue as Riyadh attracts and promotes investment in industrial and supporting logistics facilities.
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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