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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: March 31, 2014
INTERNATIONAL.The Gulf States' rising trade and investment links with emerging Asian markets increase their economic dependence on global growth and exposure to foreign shocks, say Standard & Poor's economists in a report published today.
Posted: March 27, 2014
QATAR. R. Seetharaman, Group CEO Doha Bank, speaks at the ninth World Exchange Congress 2014 in Doha.
Posted: March 26, 2014
KUWAIT. Kuwait urged fellow Arab leaders to resolve disputes complicating crises such as Syria's war and unrest in Egypt, but diplomats said tensions bubbled behind the scenes.
Posted: March 25, 2014
QATAR. The Sukuk was Ooredoo's first ever Islamic bond and used an innovative airtime structure; In 2013, QInvest advised on 20 percent of global US$ sukuk transactions.
Posted: March 24, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "In recent weeks, several high-profile appointments have been made. Yet, whilst progress is being made, women in the GCC represent one if its greatest untapped talent pools."
Posted: March 23, 2014
QATAR. A new IMF study sheds light on why some countries are particularly vulnerable; In Egypt, low levels of foreign debt ownership mean that capital flight has been lower, making it easier for the authorities to support the currency.
Posted: March 22, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "We are insisting that the responsibilities lie first with the state of Qatar and secondly with the companies employing the workers," Sepp Blatter said.
Posted: March 21, 2014
Qatar. The tender, which could go over 8 billion riyals (US$2.2 billion) according to one source, would be the final one for phase one of the metro.
Posted: March 20, 2014
QATAR. Qatar's backing for Syrian rebels widely regarded as jihadi militants might appear a diplomatic liability at a time when global alarm about al Qaeda is on the rebound.
Posted: March 20, 2014
QATAR. Qatar's projects market grew 26% last year with awards worth as much US$20 billion.
Posted: March 18, 2014
QATAR. This is likely to lead to higher natural gas prices, including for LNG. Qatar is the world's largest exporter of LNG.
Posted: March 18, 2014
QATAR. "We must not only educate and graduate students, we must also create the next generation of researchers, entrepreneurs, leaders and problem solvers."
Posted: March 17, 2014
UAE. UAE maintains position as region's most popular destination for expatriates; Across GCC, more companies expect to hire staff; Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE lead job creation.
Posted: March 17, 2014
UAE. Growth in issue volumes in the Gulf's capital markets in 2014 will likely be steady versus the 2013 rate, although low yields could ultimately push up issuance
Posted: March 14, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Qatar's tight rental market has made it the most expensive country to live in the GCC, according to a comprehensive analysis on the cost of living in the region.

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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