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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: September 8, 2014
QATAR. The second Ajyal Youth Film Festival, presented by the Doha Film Institute, will host the Middle East premiere of Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet as its Closing Night Gala on December 6, 2014.
Posted: September 8, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. Hydrocarbon revenues in KSA and Kuwait make up to 90% plus of total revenues; Leading GCC economies remain susceptible to fluctuations in global energy prices, according to Alkhabeer Capital latest report.
Posted: September 7, 2014
UAE. Global rapid-growth markets (RGMs) will grow by over 4.5% in 2015, according to EY's latest Markets Forecast. In the UAE and Qatar, growth in the non-oil sector will be a significant driver of GDP.
Posted: September 6, 2014
QATAR. Net EM portfolio flows were US$9.3billion, the lowest reading since January 2014; Net portfolio outflows from Africa and the Middle East were estimated at US$1.5 billion in August; Africa, rather than the Middle East, was responsible for the bulk of the outflows from the region, according to the IIF.
Posted: September 6, 2014
KUWAIT. Islamic microfinance plays a prominent role in supporting the utilisation for financial services; Financial inclusion plays a critically important role in poverty reduction, reducing income disparities and increasing economic growth.
Posted: September 5, 2014
QATAR. The world premiere of the Salma Hayek-Pinault-produced film takes place on Saturday, September 6, at this year's Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
Posted: September 4, 2014
QATAR. This strategic partnership with Ecobank Transnational Inc. is a fundamental step towards QNB's strategy of being a MEA Icon by 2017.
Posted: September 1, 2014
UAE. The Middle East's top brands have grown by an average of 38%, according to The Brand Finance Middle East 50; This brings the total value of the top 50 above US$50 billion for the first time; Emirates holds the top spot and remains far ahead of the rest.
Posted: August 30, 2014
QATAR. Price increases may suggest a potential overheating of the real estate sector. Closer analysis, however, indicates that the increase is still within the fundamentals of Qatar's fast growing economy and rapid population growth.
Posted: August 28, 2014
QATAR. Three Saudi princes, including Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, flew to Qatar Wednesday as part of a diplomatic push to repair a rift in the Gulf Cooperation Council.
Posted: August 27, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The reported initiative by Qatar coincides with an effort by the Gulf state to rebut accusations that it supports the most anti-Western militant armed groups in Iraq and Syria.
Posted: August 26, 2014
UAE. Paperless offices are popular, with 50% of respondents saying that they are encouraged to use email or online resources instead of printing out documents.
Posted: August 26, 2014
QATAR. Qatar, which mediated the release of a US hostage held by Al-Qaeda in Syria, seeks to prove its role in confronting the Islamist radicals it has been accused of supporting, experts say.
Posted: August 25, 2014
UAE. Karim Daoud, MD of Pearson's Middle East Hub says the commendable performance of Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar in the 2014 Index is in part due to the commitment seen in these countries to embedding meaningful education reform.
Posted: August 23, 2014
QATAR. QNB report expects the ECB, the Bank of England and the Federal Reserve to keep to record-low interest rates for an extended period of time. Qatar's policy rates are likely to follow suit.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: October 20, 2014
UAE. The strengthening economic fundamentals, the amelioration in the risk profile of major regional countries, the governmental implementation of key business-friendly reforms are all stimulating factors for deal generation activity, according to a Bureau van Dijk and MENA Research Partners report.
date:Posted: October 16, 2014
UAE. Up 400,000 barrels per day from August and the highest level since December 2013, led by Libyan output recovery; Higher volumes from Iraq also drove the increase; "It's numbers like this that are contributing to the enormous slide in oil prices."
date:Posted: October 15, 2014
UAE. The IMF revises GCC growth higher, but GCC equities head lower; Concerns on global growth spur flight to safety; The USD may have peaked short-term.
UAE. The strengthening economic fundamentals, the amelioration in the risk profile of major regional countries, the governmental implementation of key business-friendly reforms are all stimulating factors for deal generation activity, according to a Bureau van Dijk and MENA Research Partners report.
INTERNATIONAL. Bitcoin has followed a volatile path to growing acceptance since its creation in 2009; In this interview finance expert Arturo Bris analyses the risks associated with bitcoin.
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