Saudi Arabia

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Posted: 03-08-2011
SAUDI ARABIA. CB Richard Ellis released today the latest MarketView for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. OVERVIEWKing Abdullah’s recent pledge to spend 30% of the Kingdom’s annual economic output (approximately US$130 billion) on mass housing, job creation and training, unemployment benefits and a raft of other social and economic measures has been welcomed with great enthusiasm. However, as the supply and demand gap continues to widen in the housing sector, affordability remains the key deterrent for home ownership amongst Saudi nationals. Saudi Arabia has the largest re
Posted: April 16, 2014
UAE. MEED's latest forecast is that new contract awards in the GCC will approach US$150 billion in the year ending 2014 compared with about US$135 billion in the previous 12 months.
Posted: April 16, 2014
UAE. January 2014 was another positive month for the hospitality industry in the Middle East, with several GCC cities, including Dubai, Doha, and Muscat, witnessing robust increases in their hospitality KPIs.
Posted: April 15, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. The US$200,000 challenge will be awarded to four winners at a prize of US$50,000 each, and further investments towards commercialization of the best ideas amongst all submissions will be considered.
Posted: April 15, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. SMEs to the fore as economic engines; Saudi's most successful SMEs will actively change business models, go-to-market strategies and use technology to level playing field.
Posted: April 15, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. International issuances represented only 16% of total issuances in 2013, of which few originated outside Malaysia and the GCC; When entities domiciled outside these countries have issued sukuk, around 60% of the investors have been from the Middle East and Asia.
Posted: April 15, 2014
UAE. Monthly Arabic business magazine, Saneou Al Hadath, uses mathematical approach to analyse companies listed on the Saudi stock market Tadawul
Posted: April 15, 2014
UAE. 45 Arab billionaires share total wealth of US$147.7 billion; The top 100 hail from 13 Arab countries with Saudi Arabia in the lead; 21 Arab tycoons have made their fortunes in banking.
Posted: April 14, 2014
UAE. The largest IPO value was Mesaieed Petrochemical Holding Company in Qatar raising US$905 million; Oil and gas sector leads with two IPOs.
Posted: April 14, 2014
UAE. Arab countries are in the mode of two-speed economies again, with Q1 2014 ending on a bright note in the UAE and Saudi Arabia, and on a sour one in Egypt and Lebanon, according to the latest Macro report from Crédit Agricole Private Banking.
Posted: April 14, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Sale of several hundred battle tanks likely to be cancelled because of opposition from Social Democrat Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, a German newspaper reported.
Posted: April 13, 2014
UAE. Eight MENA countries included in the Social Progress Index ranking 2014:UAE ranks 37th followed by Kuwait 40th, Saudi Arabia 65th, Jordan 75th, Lebanon 83rd, Egypt 84th, Iraq 118th and Yemen 125th; Social Progress Index enables better understanding of worldwide progress and growth.
Posted: April 11, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Down 550,000 barrels per day from February on Saudi, Iraqi and Libyan cuts, according to the latest Platts survey of OPEC and oil industry officials and analysts.
Posted: April 11, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. One-third of the debt is owed to Saudi banks including Al-Rajhi Bank and National Commercial Bank, a third to other Middle Eastern lenders and the rest to global banks.
Posted: April 10, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. "A Step Ahead" is a program designed to expose Saudi woment to new job opportunities. It targets especially postgraduate students or fresh graduates by encouraging them to become active members of the Saudi workforce.
Posted: April 9, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. Public offering of National Commercial Bank, the kingdom's largest lender, is expected imminently; Largest share sale in Saudi Arabia in at least 12 years.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: April 16, 2014
UAE. Apartments sector witnessed increase of 29% whilst villa rentals have grown by 15% year on year; Over the next four years roughly 65,000 new residential units penned for completion.
date:Posted: April 16, 2014
UAE. January 2014 was another positive month for the hospitality industry in the Middle East, with several GCC cities, including Dubai, Doha, and Muscat, witnessing robust increases in their hospitality KPIs.
date:Posted: April 16, 2014
UAE. Good macro trends and IPO revival support GCC markets; Kuwait may have upside on MSCI rebalancing; No deep corrections due to Central Bank verbal interventions; Pressure builds on ECB to loosen policy.
INTERNATIONAL. It's now up to the new government to get real shale development in motion, and for Turkey to face up to its own strategic realities and join forces with Ukraine to harness LNG potential.
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