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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: April 17, 2014
UAE. Increase in market share for Jaguar Land Rover across GCC, Levant and Morocco; MENA now 5th largest market for Jaguar and Land Rover globally.
Posted: April 16, 2014
UAE. MEED's latest forecast is that new contract awards in the GCC will approach US$150 billion in the year ending 2014 compared with about US$135 billion in the previous 12 months.
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 14, 2014
UAE. The largest IPO value was Mesaieed Petrochemical Holding Company in Qatar raising US$905 million; Oil and gas sector leads with two IPOs.
Posted: April 12, 2014
QATAR. Overall, the global growth picture remains mixed, with only the GCC (particularly Qatar) and Sub-Saharan Africa registering strong growth and a positive outlook.
Posted: April 10, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. OPEC foresees gradual increases from Iraq and Iran, while Libya is capable of boosting output by as much as 1 million barrels within a month, Secretary-General Abdalla El-Badri said.
Posted: April 10, 2014
QATAR. The Group maintained an efficiency ratio (cost to income ratio) of 21.7%, which is considered one of the best ratios among financial institutions in the region.
Posted: April 9, 2014
UAE. Liquidity in MENA markets is on an upward trend, with 2014 YTD average daily trading volume for UAE at US$700 million+, a 10-year high, and Qatar at US$185 million, near its 2008 peak. Companies have also begun to look favorably at foreign ownership.
Posted: April 9, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. But despite an expected drop in their current account surpluses, most Gulf Cooperation Council economies continue to have "substantial buffers" to cope with short-lived price shocks, the IMF said in its World Economic Outlook
Posted: April 9, 2014
UAE. Leapfrogging the traditional expansion models, airports in emerging markets are setting a benchmark in the world for airport infrastructure by offering a complete package.
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 8, 2014
QATAR. Fahmi Alghussein who was most recently at Dubai-based financial boutique HK Advisory Services, joined Qatar asset management company Amwal on March 31.
Posted: April 7, 2014
QATAR. Implementation of large infrastructure projects and higher population continue to drive double-digit growth in the non-hydrocarbon sector; For 2013 as a whole, real GDP grew 6.5%, according QNB Group.
Posted: April 4, 2014
QATAR. The stable outlook balances S&P's view of Qatar's high economic wealth and strong external and fiscal positions against its institutional shortcomings and limited monetary flexibility.
Posted: April 2, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The greatest threat to Qatar's enormous wealth is competition as other nations are challenging its LNG dominance; Qatar faces diminished market share and the possibility of lower prices just as the country embarks on US$200 billion of infrastructure spending.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: April 17, 2014
KUWAIT. According to a newly released report by Kuwait Finance House Research, the global sukuk market saw a modest volume of US$31.14 billion in new sukuk issuances in 1Q2014. This volume represents a drop of 9.82% compared to US$34.53 billion worth of issuances in 1Q13.
date:Posted: April 16, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The WGC pointed out that the Chinese bank savings amount to US$7.5 trillion but only about US$300 billionn is allocated to gold, signifying the potential for gold demand to grow as Chinese wealth climbs.
date:Posted: April 16, 2014
UAE. "A similar drop to 2013 is unlikely. Those who wanted to get out of gold did, and the rest of 2014 will probably be a year of sideways trading."
INTERNATIONAL. It's now up to the new government to get real shale development in motion, and for Turkey to face up to its own strategic realities and join forces with Ukraine to harness LNG potential.
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