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Posted: 03-08-2011
QATAR. Despite the grim global economic landscape of the past few years, the number of construction sites in Qatar has increased steadily.  As the construction sector continues its seemingly unabated growth, companies are increasingly cognisant of the importance of implementing effective health and safety policies, particularly in respect of site safety.  Construction sites by their very nature tend to expose employees to heightened risks of accidental injury or even death, and the implementation and observation of effective policies are an integral part of mitigating those risks
Posted: October 22, 2014
UAE. Saudi Arabia had the largest rail project pipeline in the region with over US$100bn, including the Riyadh Dammam High-Speed Rail, which is currently under study, along with the Eastern Province Municipality - Dammam Metro.
Posted: October 22, 2014
UAE. The total number of IPOs in Q3 2014 was lower than the previous quarter where we saw seven offerings. However, the total value in Q3 2014 was US$ 1.6 billion, which is a 78% increase in total value compared to Q2 2014.
Posted: October 22, 2014
UAE. Middle East investment banking fees reached US$138.2 million during Q3 2014; debt issuance reached US$6.3 billion; The UAE was the most active nation accounting for 45% of the debt issuance activity.
Posted: October 21, 2014
QATAR. Euromoney Qatar Conference set to examine funding opportunities of Qatar's US$250 billion investment budget.
Posted: October 21, 2014
QATAR. QInvest witnessing marked growth of interest in the GCC real estate sector; Craig Cowie recently discussed investment opportunities at SuperReturn Middle East.
Posted: October 20, 2014
QATAR. Deflation is defined as a generalized decline in prices; The risk of such a scenario occurring is rising as crude oil prices tumble and major equity markets witness a significant correction.
Posted: October 15, 2014
QATAR. QInvest has advised on 7 Sukuk transactions in 2014 with a total value of US$3.5bn; International medium-term Sukuk issuance has risen significantly vs. 2013 YTD, from US$12.7bn to US$18.1bn.
Posted: October 15, 2014
UAE. New ventures report shows spending will double this year across the region, with a focus on five areas: rail, roads, airports, ports and free trade zones.
Posted: October 14, 2014
QATAR. Agreement to provide Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) systems to the Qatar Emiri Air Force.
Posted: October 13, 2014
UAE. Bourses in the region posted their biggest losses in years on Sunday as global markets' decline at the end of last week served as a trigger for aggressive profit-taking.
Posted: October 13, 2014
UAE. Market share will likely keep increasing within a supportive operating environment; S&P estimates market share is nearing 25% of overall GCC banking system assets and that it could edge closer to 30% over the next 5-6 years; Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE offer the brightest growth opportunities.
Posted: October 13, 2014
UAE. EY launches the "Growth drivers" report which identifies the four biggest drivers of policy; Governments are increasingly viewing entrepreneurship and SME development as a solution to youth unemployment and sustainable economic growth
Posted: October 7, 2014
UAE. The exit will enable NBK to strengthen its capital position and pursue its regional expansion strategy of owning and managing controlling stakes in entities in the MENA region, with a greater focus on the GCC.
Posted: October 6, 2014
UAE. Ventures ME report reveals the huge investment being made across the region in the school, college and university building sector.
Posted: October 5, 2014
QATAR. Rapid growth in the non-hydrocarbon sector (11.3%) was spurred by large investments in major infrastructure projects and by the fast growing population; The hydrocarbon sector declined 2.2% as a result of lower crude oil production and temporary gas production shutdowns.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: October 22, 2014
UAE. 47% of Middle Eastern respondents indicated that they are considering a proactive shareholder engagement policy which can open and sustain a productive dialogue with investors.
date:Posted: October 22, 2014
UAE. HSBC global expat survey highlights job prospects, better salaries, higher personal security as primary factors attracting expats to the country.
date:Posted: October 22, 2014
UAE. The total number of IPOs in Q3 2014 was lower than the previous quarter where we saw seven offerings. However, the total value in Q3 2014 was US$ 1.6 billion, which is a 78% increase in total value compared to Q2 2014.
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