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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: June 17, 2014
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.
Posted: June 15, 2014
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.
Posted: June 13, 2014
QATAR. The bank is aiming to create a 'risk-free interest rate' as a benchmark for local companies to issue their own bonds, central bank Governor Abdullah Saud Al Thani said.
Posted: June 11, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Blatter blasted some of the criticism of Qatar's 2022 bid as racist, and attacked those he said were "plotting" to destroy FIFA. Those comments brought derision from some within UEFA.
Posted: June 9, 2014
QATAR. This report highlights the steps taken by the company to be a responsible and accountable corporate citizen that is committed to integrity and transparency.
Posted: June 5, 2014
QATAR. Urban expansion is pushing energy producing governments to divert gas production towards local power plants and downstream petrochemicals thus further limiting available gas volumes.
Posted: June 3, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. A fund focused on the six GCC countries will target sale-and-leaseback deals for shopping centers, warehouses and infrastructure such as schools and hospitals.
Posted: June 1, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Qatar strongly denied a British newspaper report that a former top Qatari football official paid more than US$5 million to win support for the its bid to host the 2022 World Cup.
Posted: May 30, 2014
UAE. Leveraging millions of sensors in everyday objects, smart cities generate petabytes of data delivered via networks, with data analyzed by cloud-based Big Data solutions.
Posted: May 30, 2014
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.
Posted: May 27, 2014
QATAR. The HIA Passenger Terminal Complex will house a total of 138 check-in counters across five islands.
Posted: May 27, 2014
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.
Posted: May 27, 2014
QATAR. Qatar's index has gained 48% in the past 12 months amid bets an upgrade to emerging from frontier markets status would lure investors.
Posted: May 21, 2014
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.
Posted: May 19, 2014
QATAR. Real GDP growth in the GCC registered an estimated 4.1% in 2013 with the highest growth rate in Qatar (6.5%) compared with 2.7% for the rest of the MENA region.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: July 30, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. IMF Executive Board Concludes 2014 Article IV Consultation; Saudi Arabia has supported the global economy through its stabilizing role in the global oil market.
date:Posted: July 30, 2014
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.
date:Posted: July 30, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. S&P opinion "reflects the increasing need for life and health insurance products in those countries as well as some largely underdeveloped personal lines, such as property."
INTERNATIONAL. The future will be decided in a race between global advances in demand for resources, complex technology and biotech innovation, and growing sovereign debt.
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