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
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.
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.
UAE. Euler Hermes global economic outlook identifies hot, bright and soft spots; GCC GDP growth of 3.6% in 2014 and 4.2% in 2015; World GDP growth set to recover (+2.9% in 2014) but the pace of the recovery remains slow (below 3%) and downside risks prevail.
UAE. With the competitive gap between GCC companies and competitors in Europe, North America, and the Far East remaining stubbornly present, corporate leaders in the region need a more holistic approach to business success - one that places strong emphasis on organizational culture.
QATAR. A huge leap forward has been made by researchers at WCMC-Q who have produced a comprehensive atlas identifying the genes that influence how the body keeps our blood levels of sugars, fats and amino acids in balance.
INTERNATIONAL. One aspect of this war is that both sides apparently found it necessary, despite knowing it would have no definitive military outcome. The question therefore is not what the point of all this is but where all this ends.
INTERNATIONAL. In a presidential statement, the 15-member body expressed strong support for a ceasefire, and urged all parties to accept and fully implement it into the Eid period marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan and beyond.