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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 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$200 billion of infrastructure spending.
Posted: March 31, 2014
INTERNATIONAL.The Gulf States' rising trade and investment links with emerging Asian markets increase their economic dependence on global growth and exposure to foreign shocks, say Standard & Poor's economists in a report published today.
Posted: March 27, 2014
QATAR. R. Seetharaman, Group CEO Doha Bank, speaks at the ninth World Exchange Congress 2014 in Doha.
Posted: March 26, 2014
KUWAIT. Kuwait urged fellow Arab leaders to resolve disputes complicating crises such as Syria's war and unrest in Egypt, but diplomats said tensions bubbled behind the scenes.
Posted: March 25, 2014
QATAR. The Sukuk was Ooredoo's first ever Islamic bond and used an innovative airtime structure; In 2013, QInvest advised on 20 percent of global US$ 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."

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: April 24, 2014
UAE. As of March 2014, and including the recent issuance, we estimate the government debt stood at US$54.8 billion (55.9% of GDP), compared to US$50.5 billion (55.5% of GDP) in the same period of last year.
date:Posted: April 23, 2014
UAE. Managing an internationally mobile workforce can be challenging, particularly as home country and host country laws can be vastly different; Legal compliance with local laws may mean that it is not possible to impose global policies on the workforce.
date:Posted: April 22, 2014
UAE. "Adapt to Survive", a global study by PwC, commissioned by LinkedIn, reveals the economic impact of not having the right people in the right jobs.
UAE. As of March 2014, and including the recent issuance, we estimate the government debt stood at US$54.8 billion (55.9% of GDP), compared to US$50.5 billion (55.5% of GDP) in the same period of last year.
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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