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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 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.
Posted: June 17, 2014
UAE. Markets calmer than during past bouts of geopolitical instability; CDS stay low, no sign of pressure on currency pegs; Governments have shown they can spend to maintain social peace; Higher oil prices due to Iraq could even benefit Gulf.
Posted: June 15, 2014
QATAR. The most headline-grabbing measure was the lowering of the interest rate corridor leading to a negative deposit rate. The ECB is hoping that, by charging banks for depositing their excess reserves at the ECB, they would have a strong incentive to lend more money to the real economy.
Posted: June 13, 2014
QATAR. The bank is aiming to create a 'risk-free interest rate' as a benchmark for local companies to issue their own bonds, central bank Governor Abdullah Saud Al Thani said.
Posted: June 11, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Blatter blasted some of the criticism of Qatar's 2022 bid as racist, and attacked those he said were "plotting" to destroy FIFA. Those comments brought derision from some within UEFA.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: August 22, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. By 2040, Africa will experience faster economic growth than any other region and is expected to have the biggest labour force in the world; By 2030 Dar es Salaam and Luanda could have bigger populations than London has now.
date:Posted: August 21, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The report found there are 15 million middle-class households in 11 of sub-Saharan Africa's top economies this year, up from 4.6 million in 2000 and 2.4 million in 1990, an increase of 230% over 14 years.
date:Posted: August 21, 2014
UAE. "The establishment of QIFs aimed at sophisticated, high-net worth investors is a welcome development which reflects the fact that a one size fits all approach to regulation is not appropriate."
SAUDI ARABIA. Saudi Arabia set out draft proposals on foreign-shareholder limits as one of the world's most restricted stock markets prepares to open its doors for the first time to investors outside the region.
INTERNATIONAL. I think one of the big fallacies in people's thinking about the Iraqi oil sector has been the focus on who's making money producing the oil. The bigger impact is on consumers.
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