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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: March 26, 2015
QATAR. Located in the Al Rayyan region, west of Doha, the Al Karaana lagoon covers more than 4 sq.km and is raising serious environmental problems.
Posted: March 26, 2015
UAE. Deloitte Middle East conference addresses recent changes in regulation and tax; Developments such as the refurbished runway at Dubai, the mid-field terminal project at Abu Dhabi, the opening of Hamad international in Doha, showcase the commitment to the aviation sector.
Posted: March 25, 2015
UAE. UAE remained the top performer in the MENA region in terms of occupancy in 2014; Hotels across Dubai witnessed a decrease in RevPAR by 5.7% in January 2014.
Posted: March 24, 2015
QATAR. We expect growth in 2015 to be broadly in line with the government's target, but slightly lower than 7.0% due to domestic and foreign headwinds.
Posted: March 23, 2015
UAE. Middle East family businesses remain dynamic and resilient, with 79% recording growth in sales last year and 40% looking to achieve aggressive growth in the next five years; Succession is more hazardous than ever, with only 14% claiming to have a robust succession process, below the global average of 16%.
Posted: March 21, 2015
QATAR. The Fed removed the word "patient" from its latest policy statement. Financial markets interpreted this move as implying the Fed will raise interest rates in the second half of 2015, despite the fact that the US economy is falling further into deflation.
Posted: March 21, 2015
QATAR. The move by Fitch Ratings follows their recent report on the positive outlook of The State of Qatar and in particular, the "healthy condition" of the Banking Sector .
Posted: March 19, 2015
QATAR. Strong macroeconomic fundamentals and the lowest breakeven oil prices amongst the GCC; Real GDP projected to slow in 2015 (1.0%) before recovering in 2016 (1.8%).
Posted: March 19, 2015
UAE. Concerns remain about the fuel for continued innovation and competitiveness according to Oliver Wyman / Zogby Research survey; the needs for investment, talent, research, and infrastructure are stubborn obstacles to innovation within Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Kuwait, and especially in the UAE.
Posted: March 17, 2015
UAE. Regardless of age and industry, the urge to learn is considerable in the Middle East and North Africa, according to a recent survey conducted by Bayt.com.
Posted: March 16, 2015
QATAR. New office development available to Doha market; GATH building will improve quality of office stock in central Doha.
Posted: March 12, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. "When you throw in geopolitics, technological advances, and changes in tax policy, one quickly realizes that nobody knows which way oil prices are heading."
Posted: March 7, 2015
QATAR. Overall, the government expects these reforms to result into a higher growth rate of 8.0-8.5% in 2015/16. If the three reform areas outlined in the budget are fully implemented, this growth rate is likely to be achieved.
Posted: March 5, 2015
UAE. Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait all ranked in the top 10, with the three nations performing especially well on the basis of their propensity to spend on imported luxury goods and healthy appetite for premium travel.
Posted: March 4, 2015
QATAR. Qatar is on track to ensure the overwhelming majority of the projects to be used in the 2022 FIFA World Cup will achieve world-class standards of sustainability.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: March 27, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Yemen's close proximity to Saudi Arabia and its strategic location on one side of the fourth busiest shipping lane for crude oil, raise worries about potential disruptions.
date:Posted: March 27, 2015
UAE. Consumption of luxury goods up 11% in the GCC, according to Bain & Company; China luxury market shows a shift in consumer preferences and ties to the GCC; In the UAE, Chinese represent about 2.5% of overall tourists, but account for 7% of the mall footfall and even bigger part of the spend.
date:Posted: March 26, 2015
UAE. Deloitte Middle East conference addresses recent changes in regulation and tax; Developments such as the refurbished runway at Dubai, the mid-field terminal project at Abu Dhabi, the opening of Hamad international in Doha, showcase the commitment to the aviation sector.
UAE. Consumption of luxury goods up 11% in the GCC, according to Bain & Company; China luxury market shows a shift in consumer preferences and ties to the GCC; In the UAE, Chinese represent about 2.5% of overall tourists, but account for 7% of the mall footfall and even bigger part of the spend.
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