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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: February 10, 2016
UAE. Low oil prices will constrain the amount of funding available to Gulf sovereigns and banks to support the region's substantial infrastructure bill in coming years; S&P projects a gap as large as $270 billion through 2019 between capital spending for projects and project contracts awarded.
Posted: February 9, 2016
UAE. The YPO Global Pulse Confidence Index for the Middle East and North Africa declined for the fifth consecutive quarter, falling nearly one point to 56.4, below the global confidence level of 58.0; Economic confidence in the UAE fell 7.2 points to 50.3, its lowest score in the six-year history of the index.
Posted: February 8, 2016
QATAR. Qatar is set to award more than $22bn worth of new contracts in 2016 as it maintains its spending spree in advance of the FIFA 2022 World Cup
Posted: February 4, 2016
QATAR. Masini, who taught at the London Business School before joining HEC in September 2010, and has also taught in Executive Education programs in HEC Paris in Qatar, was appointed to his new post by Peter Todd, Dean of HEC Paris.
Posted: February 2, 2016
UAE. As in 2015, lower energy prices will continue to translate into markedly weaker deposit growth and contracting liquidity; S&P anticipates slowdowns in lending, and in revenue and earnings growth; Banks will retain a higher portion of their profits by limiting dividends to meet regulatory capital requirements.
Posted: February 1, 2016
UAE. Real Madrid tops the list for the 11th year in a row, with Barcelona climbing to second, Manchester United falling one place to third and Paris Saint-Germain climbing one place to fourth; Nine Premier League clubs in the top 20, with revenues totalling US$3.6 billion.
Posted: January 30, 2016
QATAR. QNB's Group Corporate Banking received the Best SME Customer Service award, while its Treasury and Investment Banking Department received the Best Managed Advisory Service award.
Posted: January 30, 2016
QATAR. The risk-benefit analysis of China's devaluation suggests that a small, controlled devaluation could benefit Chinese exports and growth. But this needs to be done without triggering a large devaluation or a currency crisis in China with unpredictable repercussions.
Posted: January 27, 2016
UAE. Attraction and international mobility are key to national success and prosperity; UAE ranks number one in sustainability of retaining talent and night-safety of employees; Among global top 10 in use of social and virtual networks for career growth; Social mobility rankings within global top 10.
Posted: January 24, 2016
QATAR. This article sets out some of the provisions introduced or amended by the new Law which may be of interest to expatriate currently working in Qatar and those individuals considering working in Qatar in the future.
Posted: January 24, 2016
QATAR. The 15 recommendations that the OECD made in its Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) reports last year are expected to change the taxation landscape in the region; "This will affect future information reporting in Qatar, if not the way that taxable income is determined."
Posted: January 20, 2016
QATAR. This article addresses some of the questions which are often raised in relation to the employment provisions of the Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) in the context of those of the Labour Law.
Posted: January 19, 2016
UAE. Nine of the 13 MENA sovereigns are investment grade; Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon are speculative grade; Oman and Saudi Arabia ratings lowered on the sharp deterioration in their fiscal deficits; GCC members to maintain their exchange rate pegs to the US dollar over the medium term.
Posted: January 15, 2016
QATAR. The LNG cargo was delivered to Dahej LNG Terminal in India on January 13, 2016 marking the begining of the new one million ton per annum (MTA) SPA.
Posted: January 14, 2016
QATAR. The Group was able to maintain the ratio of non-performing loans to gross loans at 1.4%, a level considered one of the lowest amongst banks in the Middle East and Africa.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: May 2, 2016
QATAR. The government intends to support the private sector in a comprehensive manner by allowing private sector insurance companies to provide healthcare insurance cover for everyone.
date:Posted: May 2, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. In the grand scheme of geopolitics, over time the role of individuals is largely washed out - to be overly simplistic, the individuals rarely matter.
date:Posted: May 2, 2016
UAE. Average villa yields of 4.7% and apartments at 7.5% put affordable units at top of investor and tenant wish list; villa and apartment sales remain flat with prices down just 1.1% and 0.7% respectively, according to Chestertons MENA latest report.
INTERNATIONAL. "It's going to come to a point where there is just going to be no real economical benefit to any kind of production staying at any kind of level in those countries. And once they come off, that's going to obviously support oil prices."
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