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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: December 18, 2014
QATAR. The seminar also explored practical issues faced by tax payers in Qatar, recent updates to the tax regime in the Qatar Financial Center, and international tax highlights.
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 14, 2014
Qatar Petroleum International Sponsors The International Petroleum Technology Conference (IPTC) in Malaysia.
Posted: December 13, 2014
QATAR. Qatar's National Vision 2030 sets out the Qatari government's goal of improving the health of Qatar's population by developing a world class and integrated health care system.
Posted: December 13, 2014
QATAR. Oil prices are widely expected to recover gradually; Qatar has ample resources to continue implementing its infrastructure investment programme. The sizeable programme should therefore continue to drive non-hydrocarbon growth and lead to further economic diversification going forward.
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 9, 2014
UAE. Dubai Parks & Resorts is building three theme parks - Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai and Legoland Dubai - and a 500-room hotel halfway between Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
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 2, 2014
UAE. Islamic banking assets in six core markets - Qatar, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, UAE and Turkey - on course to hit US$1.8 rilliont by 2019; Analysis of sentiment on social media shows that customer satisfaction with Islamic banks is mediocre.
Posted: December 2, 2014
KUWAIT. IPO fund raised USD9.6bn in 2014 vs. USD12.4bn in 2008, after averaging USD1.8bn during 2009-13; Decline in oil prices may hinder the growth in IPO market.
Posted: December 1, 2014
UAE. Region's future growth hinges on success of US$2.7 trillion worth of projects.
Posted: November 29, 2014
UAE. At this juncture, the most exposed countries are Russia and Ukraine, followed by other commodity producers like Brazil and South Africa, according to QNB report.
Posted: November 27, 2014
QATAR. Public and private infrastructure investment to soar as economy continue to grow.
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."

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

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.
date:Posted: December 18, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. No matter what your position, location, size of your operation, the following 15 trends starts to collide and open up amazing and instant opportunities.
date:Posted: December 18, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Their dependence on oil is their Achilles' heel, and a knife went through it when the price of oil started to fall. They're also hurt by the sanctions that make it difficult to finance debt.
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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