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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 14, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Qatar's tight rental market has made it the most expensive country to live in the GCC, according to a comprehensive analysis on the cost of living in the region.
Posted: March 13, 2014
KUWAIT. Qatar, UAE move to MSCI's emerging index in May; This will leave Kuwait by far the biggest frontier market and May attract some US$700 million of additional money.
Posted: March 13, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Saudi Arabia's drive to make Qatar abandon its embrace of the Muslim Brotherhood may founder because of the limited leverage the Saudis and their allies can exercise over the world's richest country.
Posted: March 13, 2014
UAE. Clifford Chance advises Mannai on its acquisition of a further 19% stake in Damas from a fund managed by EFG-Hermes for US$150 million.
Posted: March 12, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Saudi Arabia's fierce campaign against the Muslim Brotherhood, already on the run in its Egyptian birthplace, has divided the Gulf Arab bloc, causing discomfort in some member states where the Islamist group is embedded in daily politics.
Posted: March 12, 2014
KUWAIT. The current construction boom in the GCC has been a key factor driving the demand for cement; Total value of projects planned or underway in the GCC stands at US$2,469 billion.
Posted: March 11, 2014
QATAR. "Qatar is to take decisions, and follow a path, of its own," the official Qatar news agency quoted Foreign Minister Khaled al-Attiyah as saying in a speech in Paris.
Posted: March 11, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. A.M. Best report analysed an extensive portfolio of companies in 19 countries over the past nine years, comparing the GCC markets with developed markets and those of the BRIC countries.
Posted: March 11, 2014
QATAR. "The communications industry must develop bold initiatives that ensure women everywhere can access mobile technology to enhance their job opportunities, education, and healthcare."
Posted: March 11, 2014
QATAR. QNB Group expects short-term interest rates in the Eurozone and the US to stay low for longer than prevailing market expectations.
Posted: March 10, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. Saudi and Emirati pundits have quit major media outlets in Qatar, including the broadcaster of top-flight European football, as tensions soar between Doha and Gulf states.
Posted: March 6, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The rare show of friction among the six members of the Gulf Cooperation Council threatens to undermine efforts to integrate their US$1.6 trillion economies, which supply about a fifth of the world's oil.
Posted: March 5, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. The decision follows a Gulf foreign ministers meeting in Riyadh yesterday, which failed to convince Qatar to implement an accord that stops "support for anyone who threatens the security and stability of GCC countries."
Posted: March 4, 2014
UAE. "The UAE and Saudi Arabia would, despite their large non-oil sectors relative to GCC peers, face reduced fiscal flexibility."
Posted: March 3, 2014
QATAR. Aging population has a direct impact on economic performance, fiscal policy and asset allocation. It is also a critical indicator for long-term financial sector developments.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: April 19, 2014
UAE. Key sectors driving growth in the housing market are the tourism, hospitality, education and healthcare sectors, which is translating into robust population growth and demand.
date:Posted: April 17, 2014
KUWAIT. According to a newly released report by Kuwait Finance House Research, the global sukuk market saw a modest volume of US$31.14 billion in new sukuk issuances in 1Q2014. This volume represents a drop of 9.82% compared to US$34.53 billion worth of issuances in 1Q13.
date:Posted: April 16, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The WGC pointed out that the Chinese bank savings amount to US$7.5 trillion but only about US$300 billionn is allocated to gold, signifying the potential for gold demand to grow as Chinese wealth climbs.
INTERNATIONAL. It's now up to the new government to get real shale development in motion, and for Turkey to face up to its own strategic realities and join forces with Ukraine to harness LNG potential.
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