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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: July 9, 2014
UAE. Commercial aerospace may be reaching its peak as the "war on costs" continues in defence and new players and technologies enter the industry; Sector driven by continued expansion of Middle East-based carriers which are increasing their scale and scope through massive fleet orders.
Posted: July 7, 2014
QATAR. Qatar real GDP growth accelerated to 6.2% in the year to Q1 2014 with the non-hydrocarbon sector expanding by 11.5% owing to rapid progress with the implementation of major projects.
Posted: July 7, 2014
UAE. The ripple effects of the North American energy boom from major importer to soon-to-be exporter are being felt across the Middle East, Russia and China. This trend will reshape the global geopolitical landscape according to a Deloitte report.
Posted: July 4, 2014
QATAR. S&P: "We view QIC as an increasingly diversified insurance group with relatively mature operations in the still-growing GCC region, and with rapidly expanding reinsurance operations in Europe;" The outlook is stable.
Posted: July 4, 2014
UAE. UAE travelers have spent US$1.145 million, Saudi travelers US$607,000 and visitors from the 2022 host nation Qatar have spent over US$317,000.
Posted: July 1, 2014
UAE. Dubai Expo 2020 and the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar will see employers in the region demanding particular skill sets, according to Experts speaking at London Business School event.
Posted: July 1, 2014
UAE. 55% claim that important decisions and vital meetings are not postponed till the Holy Month is over, according to the latest Bayt.com "Ramadan in the MENA Workplace" poll.
Posted: June 30, 2014
QATAR. Known as Simlead, the Thales Leadership Simulator is an innovative training environment developed on the basis of the Thales helicopter flight simulator.
Posted: June 29, 2014
UAE. 75% expect an increase in spending over the next 12 months; UAE is top target for investing in capital projects and infrastructure, followed by Qatar and KSA; 54% of owners, and 43% of contractors consider the availability of skilled people as a top challenge.
Posted: June 25, 2014
UAE. Increase in new funding encourages Middle East sovereigns (and others) to allocate assets strategically rather than tactically; Sovereign investor risk appetite and time horizons increasing, while home market bias decreasing .
Posted: June 25, 2014
UAE. Consumers report high confidence in government, yet concerned about eroding privacy; 87% value the benefit of "easier access to information and knowledge", yet only 32% say they are willing to trade some privacy to receive benefits offered by the Internet.
Posted: June 24, 2014
QATAR. World merchandise export volumes declined by 1.0% in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to the previous quarter on a seasonally-adjusted basis; Unless world export growth picks up again, the global recovery is likely to falter in 2014.
Posted: June 23, 2014
UAE. High inflows mainly from passive funds to be realised a year after the upgrade, says Fortress Investments.
Posted: June 23, 2014
QATAR. Global LNG deliveries were an estimated 240m tons- broadly flat compared with 2012. Qatar continued to be the largest LNG exporter, with about one third of global supply.
Posted: June 23, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. US$1.6 trillion offshore wealth from MEA in Switzerland; 111,000 HNWIs with up to US$5 million private wealth each in Saudi Arabia, UAE & Kuwait; Asset managers sees surge in flight of capital for secure returns.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: August 1, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The Israelis and Palestinians have been trapped for decades between delusions and denial and both have resorted to ideological and religious dogmas that dismiss with conviction any factual evidence to the contrary.
date:Posted: August 1, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Long-term infrastructure debt poses a significant pricing challenge with no market prices, private cash flow data scattered amongst originators, and covenant structures creating "embedded options" that are not taken into account in standard valuation models.
date:Posted: July 31, 2014
UAE. Rotate into high-yield bonds which offer better value; Large IPOs could drain money out of stock markets and raise volatility ahead, says Emirates NBD investment chief.
INTERNATIONAL. The Israelis and Palestinians have been trapped for decades between delusions and denial and both have resorted to ideological and religious dogmas that dismiss with conviction any factual evidence to the contrary.
INTERNATIONAL. The future will be decided in a race between global advances in demand for resources, complex technology and biotech innovation, and growing sovereign debt.
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