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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: 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.
Posted: August 20, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Germany's development aid minister, Gerd Mueller, accused Qatar of financing the militant group. "A story like this always has a history," he said.
Posted: August 20, 2014
UAE. The seminars which are only for investment professionals will take place from 8:30am - 12:00pm: in Riyadh (a mixed event) on August 31st, Bahrain on Sept 1st, Kuwait Sept 2nd, Abu Dhabi Sept 3rd, Dubai Sept 4th, and Doha on Sept 7th.
Posted: August 20, 2014
QATAR. Rising automobile sales, increasing demand for cost effective Chinese tyres and imposition of ban on balloon tyres are key trends emerging in Qatar tyre market.
Posted: August 19, 2014
UAE. Executives and junior executives are especially in demand amongst MENA employers, according to Bayt.com and YouGov survey.
Posted: August 18, 2014
QATAR. A longer-term perspective is needed to judge the economic merits of hosting a major sporting event. This could provide useful lessons for Qatar, where the 2022 World Cup will take place.
Posted: August 13, 2014
UAE. The initial public offering market in the GCC in the second quarter of 2014 started off and ended on a high, with a total of seven IPOs, compared to two in Q1 2014.
Posted: August 11, 2014
QATAR. The outlook remains uneven and risks are tilted heavily on the downside. The eventual rise in US interest rates and geopolitical risks emanating from Eastern Europe and the Middle East are likely to add to the investment slowdown.
Posted: August 8, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Mr. Hogan will give a keynote address; Mr. Al Baker will take part in a panel discussion on Critical Issues in Air Transport Today whilst Sir Tim Clark will be interviewed one-to-one during the Summit.
Posted: August 6, 2014
UAE. It is said that education is the best investment you can make for yourself and for your children. The affluent population in the Middle East appear to agree. They are also amongst the most digitally plugged-in in the world.
Posted: August 6, 2014
UAE. UAE. Infrastructure project awards across the GCC are forecast to exceed US$ 86 billion in 2014, as rail projects take centre stage.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: August 26, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Is it time to stop thinking about stabilizing Syria and Iraq and start thinking of a new dynamic outside of the artificial states that no longer function? To do this, we need to go back to Lebanon, the first state that disintegrated and the first place where clans took control of their own destiny.
date:Posted: August 25, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Commodities have been generally flat on the week as a rise in industrial metals was offset by losses across other sectors such as metals and grains.
date:Posted: August 25, 2014
UAE. With its oil wealth, population growth and strong demand for industrial and consumer goods, the MENA region is an attractive market. There are, however, potential pitfalls in doing business, particularly when it comes to appointing local agents to distribute products in the region.
SAUDI ARABIA. Strong demand fundamentals combined with increased public and private sector spending pushed up the average sales price; Momentum expected to continue as Riyadh attracts and promotes investment in industrial and supporting logistics facilities.
INTERNATIONAL. I think one of the big fallacies in people's thinking about the Iraqi oil sector has been the focus on who's making money producing the oil. The bigger impact is on consumers.
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