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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: November 25, 2014
QATAR. Global management consultancy opens new office in response to growing Qatari economy and increased demand from local clients.
Posted: November 20, 2014
QATAR. "We've been created to avoid the volatility in oil price," Ahmed Al-Sayed, CEO of the Qatar Investment Authority, said. "We are already adjusted and ready for such a scenario."
Posted: November 17, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. "The rapprochement reflects the countries' shared concerns of strategic threats in the region," according to Theodore Karasik. "There's been a lot of pressure on Qatar and a lot of behind-the-scenes negotiating, specifically with Kuwait acting as a broker."
Posted: November 15, 2014
QATAR. Sub-Saharan Africa presents a new frontier for the global investor, but political and economic risks abound. Differentiating between rough diamonds and plain stones across the region is essential. This article highlights six countries that have had strong performance over the last five years and the most promising outlook.
Posted: November 14, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. FIFA appeared to be in limbo as a long-awaited report on the turbulent bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups was criticized by its own investigator.
Posted: November 14, 2014
QATAR. 6th Annual Middle East District Cooling Summit in concludes in Qatar with a number of recommendations.
Posted: November 13, 2014
UAE. Investors need to diversify out of concentrated positions in GCC equities; Our key calls on US and Japan equities remain intact; Gold prices will remain subdued.
Posted: November 11, 2014
UAE. Now that oil prices have fallen to below US$80 per barrel from around US$100 in the past few months, the economies of the oil-exporting nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council will be tested.
Posted: November 10, 2014
QATAR. QNB assessment is based on fiscal breakeven prices (the oil prices at which the government budget would be in balance), which is estimated to be well below current oil prices.
Posted: November 6, 2014
QATAR. Directors' and Officers' liability insurance has been around for several decades now but has not always attracted the interest of local buyers in the Middle East in comparison with other parts of the world. We are however seeing a shift in the previous trend
Posted: November 4, 2014
QATAR. "The sports sector has witnessed substantial growth in the region, and is progressively becoming a major driver for economic development and investment in infrastructure in the GCC, as well as being leveraged for branding of nations."
Posted: November 4, 2014
QATAR. Qatar's sovereign-wealth fund plans to set up a US$10 billion investment venture with China's Citic Group as part of a push into Asia.
Posted: November 1, 2014
QATAR. The GCC was relatively immune from the EM turmoil which followed tapering. The IMF has estimated that the cumulative portfolio outflows since May 2013 were less than 0.1% of GDP in the GCC - much lower than the rest of EMs, which have been estimated at 0.35%.
Posted: October 29, 2014
QATAR. Qatar to establish itself as a strong tourism hub in the Middle East, according to Deloitte's latest "Middle East Hotel Market Intelligence Report."
Posted: October 29, 2014
UAE. Total wealth in the GCC stood at US$ 1.7 tillion in 2014, up 4.75% from 2013; Total wealth in Saudi Arabia and UAE grew by 5%; Global household wealth up 8.3% to US$263 trillion, driven by the US and Europe, according to Credit Suisse Research Institute.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: November 25, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. In the end, it is unlikely that the territorial Islamic State can survive. The truth is that Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia are all waiting for the U.S. to solve the problem with air power and a few ground forces. These actions will not destroy IS, but they will break the group's territorial coherence.
date:Posted: November 25, 2014
BAHRAIN. The "increasingly deregulated and competitive economic environment is facilitating rapid growth in business development within the private sector."
date:Posted: November 25, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Participants in the global oil market are eagerly awaiting the Opec meeting on November 27, which could potentially set the tone and the direction of oil prices.
INTERNATIONAL. In the end, it is unlikely that the territorial Islamic State can survive. The truth is that Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia are all waiting for the U.S. to solve the problem with air power and a few ground forces. These actions will not destroy IS, but they will break the group's territorial coherence.
INTERNATIONAL. In this excerpt from Greenspan's appearance at the New Orleans Investment Conference, The Gold Report delves into the role of gold versus fiat currency, why central banks own so much gold if it is truly "a barbarous relic," and the reason China is buying so much gold today.
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