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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: February 1, 2015
QATAR. Value of QNB brand increased to US$2.603 billion; 44% increase on 2014 levels; Bank rose to 79th place globally in the rankings of the World's Top 500 Banking Brands.
Posted: January 31, 2015
QATAR. In the end, monetary policy can be powerful in the short-term but is unlikely to change the long-term predicament of the Euro Area. The ECB may succeed in preventing prolonged deflation from taking hold, but this is a not a sufficient condition for sustainable growth.
Posted: January 28, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. With no rival bid forthcoming and holders of 86% of the shares backing the deal, Songbird said minority investors should accept.
Posted: January 26, 2015
QATAR. The IMF expects the slowdown to continue; This will add to the deflationary pressures that are threatening the global economic recovery
Posted: January 26, 2015
UAE. Broadcast rights deals push entire Premier League into world's 40 highest earning clubs; Middle Eastern commercial partnerships contribute to significant commercial increases at both Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.
Posted: January 24, 2015
QATAR. Deflation is starting to spread into lower global consumer prices, depressed wages and, to a lesser extent, softer asset prices. Unless an appropriate fiscal response is found, this disinflationary dynamics is likely to continue in 2015 and possibly beyond.
Posted: January 21, 2015
UAE. Strong growth momentum in GCC countries continues, economic recovery in oil importers is on track; Oil exporters diversified their economies, but still heavily dependent on hydrocarbon sector in terms of budget and export revenues; Oil importers face higher risks of geopolitical tensions.
Posted: January 20, 2015
UAE. Second Global Talent Competitiveness Index ranks leading economies on their ability to attract and retain talent; UAE, Qatar and Saudi Arabia ranked in top 35 for ability to grow, attract and retain talent; Switzerland and Singapore top global rankings
Posted: January 20, 2015
UAE. 61% feel they deserve to work in a higher level position, and 50% state that a key reason for seeking employment is to be financially independent.
Posted: January 20, 2015
UAE. Middle Eastern investment banking fees reached US$147 million during Q4 2014; Value of announced M&A transactions with Middle Eastern involvement reached US$22.7 billion during Q4 2014.
Posted: January 19, 2015
QATAR. CPI inflation remained stable at 3.0% from 3.1% in 2013; Higher rents offset lower food prices; QNB expects domestic inflation to accelerate, pushing the rate higher to 3.5% in 2015.
Posted: January 15, 2015
UAE. In the GCC, the UAE, Qatar and Oman saw increases in ranking from 2013 to 2014. The UAE (77) increased from 56th to 55th position, Qatar (75) increased from 57th to 56th position, and Oman (66) increased from 65th to 64th position.
Posted: January 14, 2015
UAE. Regional commitment to spending on oil and gas projects is unlikely to change, even in light of the significant drop in oil prices, according to PwC's latest industry snapshot.
Posted: January 13, 2015
QATAR. Efficiency ratio (cost to income ratio) of 20.8% - considered one of the best ratios among financial institutions in the region; The bank increased customer funding by 7.4% to QAR360 billion (US$99.0 billion).
Posted: January 13, 2015
UAE. Overweight on Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE; Neutral on Qatar; Sell-off in MENA markets should abate as investors de-leverage; Lower oil prices should support global growth.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: February 27, 2015
UAE. In S&P's view, the sharp drop in oil prices since mid-2014 is likely to lead to weakening economic, external, and fiscal profiles for the region, particularly for the GCC.
date:Posted: February 26, 2015
UAE. Collinson Latitude report calls for travel brands to reinvent loyalty schemes as they unveil a new breed of traveller who demand more choice and flexibility.
date:Posted: February 26, 2015
UAE. New report's findings are based on Deloitte Global's review of data from a Facebook-commissioned global survey of 10,500 people who use social media.
BAHRAIN. During an interview with Euromoney Conferences, John Sfakianakis the GCC Regional Director at Ashmore Group, said the milestone decision to liberalise the Saudi Tadawul Index is extremely significant as investors will be able to gain exposure to a formidable oil economy by investing in its market.
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