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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: October 15, 2014
UAE. New ventures report shows spending will double this year across the region, with a focus on five areas: rail, roads, airports, ports and free trade zones.
Posted: October 14, 2014
QATAR. Agreement to provide Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) systems to the Qatar Emiri Air Force.
Posted: October 13, 2014
UAE. Bourses in the region posted their biggest losses in years on Sunday as global markets' decline at the end of last week served as a trigger for aggressive profit-taking.
Posted: October 13, 2014
UAE. Market share will likely keep increasing within a supportive operating environment; S&P estimates market share is nearing 25% of overall GCC banking system assets and that it could edge closer to 30% over the next 5-6 years; Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE offer the brightest growth opportunities.
Posted: October 13, 2014
UAE. EY launches the "Growth drivers" report which identifies the four biggest drivers of policy; Governments are increasingly viewing entrepreneurship and SME development as a solution to youth unemployment and sustainable economic growth
Posted: October 7, 2014
UAE. The exit will enable NBK to strengthen its capital position and pursue its regional expansion strategy of owning and managing controlling stakes in entities in the MENA region, with a greater focus on the GCC.
Posted: October 6, 2014
UAE. Ventures ME report reveals the huge investment being made across the region in the school, college and university building sector.
Posted: October 5, 2014
QATAR. Rapid growth in the non-hydrocarbon sector (11.3%) was spurred by large investments in major infrastructure projects and by the fast growing population; The hydrocarbon sector declined 2.2% as a result of lower crude oil production and temporary gas production shutdowns.
Posted: October 3, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Sharp cuts in Saudi Arabia's oil sale price to Asian customers came as the clearest sign yet that the world's largest exporter is trying to compete for crude market share.
Posted: October 2, 2014
UAE. "If the GCC is to maintain long-term sustainable growth, it will be very important to invest in education, increase productivity, and attract more foreign direct investment into high value industries, and step up more diverse export industries that are not dependent on commodities."
Posted: September 30, 2014
QATAR. Speakers from U.S. Federal Reserve, Qatar National Bank and other major institutions to address challenges of the global economy.
Posted: September 30, 2014
UAE. Bayt.com survey reveals that 78% consider meetings to be great for decision-making; Meetings in MENA workplaces often have agendas distributed in advance, according to 80% of respondents, and tend to start on scheduled time (according to 88%).
Posted: September 27, 2014
QATAR. QNB Group expect Indonesia's real GDP growth to slow further in 2014-15. Nonetheless, the country's long-term potential remains large if challenges can be overcome.
Posted: September 27, 2014
QATAR. Qatar's strong net external and fiscal asset positions balance the concentration risk related to the economy's reliance on the oil and gas sector, says S&P; The outlook is stable.
Posted: September 26, 2014
UAE. Regional private wealth will reach US$7.2 trillion by end of 2018, approx. 3.6% of total global wealth; "Some clients are under the mistaken belief that their wealth may be very high to use the services of wealth management experts."

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: November 26, 2014
UAE. "In the final months of 2014, we expect further increases in occupancy rates, with the pleasant weather attracting more tourists, alongside the seasonal increase in events and conferences."
date:Posted: November 25, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. In the end, it is unlikely that the territorial Islamic State can survive. The truth is that Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia are all waiting for the U.S. to solve the problem with air power and a few ground forces. These actions will not destroy IS, but they will break the group's territorial coherence.
date:Posted: November 25, 2014
BAHRAIN. The "increasingly deregulated and competitive economic environment is facilitating rapid growth in business development within the private sector."
INTERNATIONAL. In this excerpt from Greenspan's appearance at the New Orleans Investment Conference, The Gold Report delves into the role of gold versus fiat currency, why central banks own so much gold if it is truly "a barbarous relic," and the reason China is buying so much gold today.
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