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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: March 24, 2015
QATAR. We expect growth in 2015 to be broadly in line with the government's target, but slightly lower than 7.0% due to domestic and foreign headwinds.
Posted: March 23, 2015
UAE. Middle East family businesses remain dynamic and resilient, with 79% recording growth in sales last year and 40% looking to achieve aggressive growth in the next five years; Succession is more hazardous than ever, with only 14% claiming to have a robust succession process, below the global average of 16%.
Posted: March 21, 2015
QATAR. The Fed removed the word "patient" from its latest policy statement. Financial markets interpreted this move as implying the Fed will raise interest rates in the second half of 2015, despite the fact that the US economy is falling further into deflation.
Posted: March 21, 2015
QATAR. The move by Fitch Ratings follows their recent report on the positive outlook of The State of Qatar and in particular, the "healthy condition" of the Banking Sector .
Posted: March 19, 2015
QATAR. Strong macroeconomic fundamentals and the lowest breakeven oil prices amongst the GCC; Real GDP projected to slow in 2015 (1.0%) before recovering in 2016 (1.8%).
Posted: March 19, 2015
UAE. Concerns remain about the fuel for continued innovation and competitiveness according to Oliver Wyman / Zogby Research survey; the needs for investment, talent, research, and infrastructure are stubborn obstacles to innovation within Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Kuwait, and especially in the UAE.
Posted: March 17, 2015
UAE. Regardless of age and industry, the urge to learn is considerable in the Middle East and North Africa, according to a recent survey conducted by Bayt.com.
Posted: March 16, 2015
QATAR. New office development available to Doha market; GATH building will improve quality of office stock in central Doha.
Posted: March 12, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. "When you throw in geopolitics, technological advances, and changes in tax policy, one quickly realizes that nobody knows which way oil prices are heading."
Posted: March 7, 2015
QATAR. Overall, the government expects these reforms to result into a higher growth rate of 8.0-8.5% in 2015/16. If the three reform areas outlined in the budget are fully implemented, this growth rate is likely to be achieved.
Posted: March 5, 2015
UAE. Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait all ranked in the top 10, with the three nations performing especially well on the basis of their propensity to spend on imported luxury goods and healthy appetite for premium travel.
Posted: March 4, 2015
QATAR. Qatar is on track to ensure the overwhelming majority of the projects to be used in the 2022 FIFA World Cup will achieve world-class standards of sustainability.
Posted: March 4, 2015
UAE. The strong fiscal positions of most GCC sovereigns curb the need for debt or sukuk issuance to meet financing needs for infrastructure projects or deficits.
Posted: March 3, 2015
UAE. Doha Bank Group CEO says the fall in oil price will impact economic growth and impact liquidity in GCC economies. Liquidity in both the Government sector and private sector will be affected.
Posted: March 3, 2015
QATAR. QNB Group report examines recent developments and the outlook for the Qatari economy as it continues its strong growth based on large investment spending.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: May 22, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The minutes basically unofficially confirmed that there are only the slimmest of chances for a US interest rate increase next month.
date:Posted: May 21, 2015
UAE. New study conducted by YouGov and commissioned by the social enterprise C3 reveals the impact of CSR programs on UAE residents; Around three-quarters of residents are more likely to purchase from companies that actively contribute to the community.
date:Posted: May 20, 2015
UAE. According to a new report by The Boston Consulting Group, 33% of consumers would rather accept a 20% reduction in salary than give up their mobile phone; SME mobile leaders in emerging markets are leapfrogging older generations of technology still widely used in developed markets.
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