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. The disagreement is mainly due to Tehran's resistance to the idea of an output freeze; Saudi Arabia is not willing to do a deal without Iran's participation as this could ignite a market share war.
INTERNATIONAL. Despite the impact of low oil prices and civil unrest on many countries in the Middle East, a number of economies have a favourable long-term growth outlook, including the UAE, Iran, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia.
QATAR. Qatar's hydrocarbon dependence is a key rating weakness, with oil and gas extraction averaging more than 50% of GDP over the past five years and hydrocarbon-backed government spending accounting for a further 30% of GDP.
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