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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 23, 2015
EGYPT. Naguib Sawiris, testified for the defense at the retrial of two Al-Jazeera television journalists, possibly boosting their standing in a case criticized from abroad.
Posted: April 23, 2015
UAE. Research shows new technology an important factor for the construction industry to remain competitive; "This is a particularly crucial time for the UAE and Qatar's construction sector, as they move full speed to meet strict completion deadlines."
Posted: April 22, 2015
UAE. The UAE tops the GCC ranking with access to 72 countries visa free, Qatar follows in 52nd place, whilst Bahrain and Saudi Arabia are both ranked at 57th in the list by passport power.
Posted: April 21, 2015
UAE. 39% of Arab youth agree it will never work, 36% think it could work while the remaining 25% are unsure, according to the 7th Annual ASDA'A Burson-Marsteller Arab Youth Survey.
Posted: April 21, 2015
UAE. Positive market signals for the remainder of the year; Nine Middle East deals worth US$1.8 billion in Q1 2015; Middle Eastern M&A and Private Equity Forum will take place in Dubai on 4th May.
Posted: April 19, 2015
QATAR. The first Renminbi Clearance Centre (RCC) in the MENA region, to be located in Doha; The RCC will allow for claims denominated in RMB to be settled in Doha and exchanged for other currencies, including the Qatari Riyal (QAR).
Posted: April 17, 2015
QATAR. Northwestern University study reveals changing views on political speech, social media use, news credibility; places attitudes and behaviors of Arab countries in global context.
Posted: April 16, 2015
UAE. The UAE is a typical example of how the growth of talents and skills is key to improving competitiveness; Algeria, Libya and Yemen rank in the bottom quartile globally, while most of the GCC countries rank among the top quartile globally.
Posted: April 14, 2015
UAE. GCC projects market will continue to grow in 2015 despite lower oil prices ; Value of contracts placed in the region will rise to US$172 billion in 2015.
Posted: April 14, 2015
QATAR. First yuan clearing hub in the Middle East; QNB hopes to play a significant future role in assisting Middle Eastern and African clients with respect to their Chinese currency requirements.
Posted: April 14, 2015
UAE. Middle Eastern investment banking fees reached US$182.0 million in Q1 2015; Equity and equity-related issuance totalled US$2.5 billion; Debt issuance reached US$6.5 billion during the same period.
Posted: April 11, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The US added 126k jobs in March 2015, compared with a monthly average of 281k over the previous six months; Missed market expectations by largest margin since Dec. 2009.
Posted: April 9, 2015
QATAR. The report examines recent developments and the outlook for the Chinese economy as it continues its shift towards a consumer-led economy.
Posted: April 9, 2015
QATAR. QNB Group announced its results for the three months ended 31 March 2015; The bank 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 8, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Qatari volumes dropped 2.1% from a year earlier in 2014 after at least eight years of gains, the International Group of Liquefied Natural Gas Importers said in its annual report.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: April 25, 2015
JORDAN. Lower oil prices will support growth prospects, ease pressure on public finances, and help contain current account deficits. Bilateral loans and grants will support financing needs.
date:Posted: April 25, 2015
UAE. "Arab cinema industry must get more commercial and international," says Mohamed Hefzy, the award winning Egyptian producer and director; More investment is needed in Arab entertainment sector to enable the players to raise the bar, according to Fortress Capital Investments.
date:Posted: April 24, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The rally in crude oil and related products continues, and during the week it helped offset losses in industrial and precious metals, leaving the BBG Commodity Index flat.
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