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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: April 19, 2015
QATAR. The first Renminbi Clearance Centre (RCC) in the MENA region, to be located in Doha; The RCC will allow for claims denominated in RMB to be settled in Doha and exchanged for other currencies, including the Qatari Riyal (QAR).
Posted: April 17, 2015
QATAR. Northwestern University study reveals changing views on political speech, social media use, news credibility; places attitudes and behaviors of Arab countries in global context.
Posted: April 16, 2015
UAE. The UAE is a typical example of how the growth of talents and skills is key to improving competitiveness; Algeria, Libya and Yemen rank in the bottom quartile globally, while most of the GCC countries rank among the top quartile globally.
Posted: April 14, 2015
UAE. GCC projects market will continue to grow in 2015 despite lower oil prices ; Value of contracts placed in the region will rise to US$172 billion in 2015.
Posted: April 14, 2015
QATAR. First yuan clearing hub in the Middle East; QNB hopes to play a significant future role in assisting Middle Eastern and African clients with respect to their Chinese currency requirements.
Posted: April 14, 2015
UAE. Middle Eastern investment banking fees reached US$182.0 million in Q1 2015; Equity and equity-related issuance totalled US$2.5 billion; Debt issuance reached US$6.5 billion during the same period.
Posted: April 11, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The US added 126k jobs in March 2015, compared with a monthly average of 281k over the previous six months; Missed market expectations by largest margin since Dec. 2009.
Posted: April 9, 2015
QATAR. The report examines recent developments and the outlook for the Chinese economy as it continues its shift towards a consumer-led economy.
Posted: April 9, 2015
QATAR. QNB Group announced its results for the three months ended 31 March 2015; The bank maintained an efficiency ratio (cost to income ratio) of 21.7%, which is considered one of the best ratios among financial institutions in the region.
Posted: April 8, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Qatari volumes dropped 2.1% from a year earlier in 2014 after at least eight years of gains, the International Group of Liquefied Natural Gas Importers said in its annual report.
Posted: April 7, 2015
UAE. Forbes Middle East reveals top 100 richest Arabs on earth; 49 Arab billionaires, sharing total wealth of $155.1 bn; Top 100 hail from 12 Arab countries with Saudi Arabia in the lead.
Posted: March 29, 2015
QATAR. S&P projects real economic growth to average about 4% annually in 2015-2018, sustained by the government's US$220 billion investment program.
Posted: March 28, 2015
QATAR. Notwithstanding the weak start for the global economy, Asian economies are expected to continue to grow rapidly in 2015. We expect economic growth to average 5.7% in 2015, the same rate as in 2014.
Posted: March 26, 2015
QATAR. Located in the Al Rayyan region, west of Doha, the Al Karaana lagoon covers more than 4 sq.km and is raising serious environmental problems.
Posted: March 26, 2015
UAE. Deloitte Middle East conference addresses recent changes in regulation and tax; Developments such as the refurbished runway at Dubai, the mid-field terminal project at Abu Dhabi, the opening of Hamad international in Doha, showcase the commitment to the aviation sector.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: June 30, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The Greek situation - having perhaps outlived the term "crisis," now that it has taken so long to unfold - appears to have finally reached its terminal point. This is, of course, an illusion: It has been at its terminal point for a long time.
date:Posted: June 30, 2015
UAE. The best thing governments can do to help entrepreneurs in the Middle East is to encourage professional development through education and apprenticeships, rather than through hiring quotas.
date:Posted: June 30, 2015
UAE. CIOs should maintain and promote an objective understanding of the real capabilities of smart machines
UAE. The best thing governments can do to help entrepreneurs in the Middle East is to encourage professional development through education and apprenticeships, rather than through hiring quotas.
UAE. The Middle East has a unique set of challenges and opportunities with regard to creating large, mixed-use developments; In this interview, Louise Adams, Aurecon's former Country Manager UAE, describes the importance of investing in master planning and some of the current opportunities and trends within this region.
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