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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: January 12, 2016
QATAR. Ooredoo's liquidity has improved, in S&P's view, as the company has further increased its significant cash balances and maintained a balanced debt maturity profile; Telco's competitive position revised upward as more stable profitability seen in coming years.
Posted: January 7, 2016
QATAR. S&P: "Given the transaction's size and our view that Turkey has higher economic risk than Qatar, if the transaction goes through, we expect a significant deterioration of QNB's risk-adjusted capital ratio."
Posted: January 7, 2016
QATAR. Chairman of Al Faisal Holding and the Qatari Businessmen Association interviewed by Oxford Business Group.
Posted: January 6, 2016
UAE. GCC markets benefit from access to low-cost labor and energy, according to the Arcadis International Construction Cost Index.
Posted: December 17, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. If fully implemented, the move could have far-reaching consequences for FIFA's future selection of World Cup hosts and current tournament hosts Russia and Qatar.
Posted: December 14, 2015
UAE. With the least demanding tax framework, well below the world average, the UAE has a total tax rate of 15.9%, four average number of payments and an average time to comply of 12 hours.
Posted: December 12, 2015
OMAN. David Bloom, Global Head of Foreign Exchange Strategy, and Simon Williams, Chief Economist, CEEMEA, discussed the most important trends shaping the Middle East's economies.
Posted: December 9, 2015
QATAR. The Euromoney Qatar Conference runs until 10 December; "Qatar's strategy of diversification and investment will ensure that non-oil sector growth will continue" - Prime Minister.
Posted: December 8, 2015
UAE. Agreements were reached in recent days by members of the GCC on certain design aspects of the VAT systems that are expected to be implemented around the region; The big question now is "when" not "if" VAT will be implemented, and, importantly, by which country (or countries) first.
Posted: December 7, 2015
UAE. Pinsent Masons survey reveals sharp drop in optimism, longer payment periods, less favourable contract conditions and rising disputes as market conditions harden.
Posted: December 6, 2015
QATAR. Expats in the Middle East enjoy the greatest standard of living globally; Oman, the United States, China and Switzerland also perform strongly for expat personal finances.
Posted: December 2, 2015
QATAR. Solutions will manage roaming tariff plans for customers across Ooredoo's regional footprint.
Posted: December 1, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Qatar's failure to enact wide-ranging reforms heightens the risk of its hosting rights being called into question against a backdrop of legal investigations into the integrity of its bid.
Posted: November 28, 2015
QATAR. SNC-Lavalin is providing engineering, procurement, supply, construction and commissioning services for the Recycling Facility to handle treated industrial water from the Laffan Refineries.
Posted: November 28, 2015
UAE. Total passengers set to double to 7 billion by 2034; The UAE, Qatar and Saudi Arabia will all enjoy strong growth of 5.6%, 4.8%, and 4.6% respectively. The total regional market size will be 383 million passengers.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: February 12, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. A Syria in which the regime and IS, rather than other rebel groups, are the only real domestic players turns Bashar al-Assad into a pivotal cog in the fight against jihadism. That is something Saudi Arabia cannot allow to happen. To turn the tide, it needs a United States that is engaged and willing to do its bit.
date:Posted: February 11, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. "Although we anticipate some strain on Gulf banks' funding and liquidity this year, good asset quality and strong capitalization remain positive factors."
date:Posted: February 10, 2016
UAE. Low oil prices will constrain the amount of funding available to Gulf sovereigns and banks to support the region's substantial infrastructure bill in coming years; S&P projects a gap as large as $270 billion through 2019 between capital spending for projects and project contracts awarded.
INTERNATIONAL. A Syria in which the regime and IS, rather than other rebel groups, are the only real domestic players turns Bashar al-Assad into a pivotal cog in the fight against jihadism. That is something Saudi Arabia cannot allow to happen. To turn the tide, it needs a United States that is engaged and willing to do its bit.
INTERNATIONAL. "It's going to come to a point where there is just going to be no real economical benefit to any kind of production staying at any kind of level in those countries. And once they come off, that's going to obviously support oil prices."
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