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: November 19, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. Prince Miteb, minister of the National Guard and a son of King Abdullah, arrived in the US this week for talks on Mideast conflicts with President Obama and senior officials.
Posted: November 19, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. Saudi Arabia is the single-largest food market in the Gulf, accounting for more than 60% of the region's total food consumption.
Posted: November 18, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. Saudi Arabia will see 1.2 million barrels per day of new refining capacity come online by 2020; New export-orientated Saudi refineries will be competing in a very tight international market.
Posted: November 17, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. Fawaz Alhokair Group plans to raise US$2 billion from the initial public offering of its Arabian Centres malls unit, surpassing a similar sale by rival Dubai operator Emaar Properties.
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 14, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The speech, purported to be in Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's name, followed contradictory accounts out of Iraq after U.S. air strikes last Friday about whether he was wounded in a raid.
Posted: November 14, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. Saudi Arabia's oil minister dismissed talk of a price war as having "no basis in reality" in his first public comments since crude plunged into a bear market last month.
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 12, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. The IPO was the second-biggest this year globally after Chinese e-commerce business Alibaba Group Holdings' US$25 billion offering, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
Posted: November 12, 2014
UAE. Regional study to be launched this month will reveal findings on FTTH market.
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
SAUDI ARABIA. "I believe we are here for the long run, we are here to stay, we are revolutionizing the E-Business payment concept not Only the Ecommerce"
Posted: November 10, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. SME financing challenges present an opportunity for PE players; understanding the business culture is critical; Favorable demographics and non-oil government support are key drivers for PE funds into KSA, reveals Alkhabeer Capital research report.
Posted: November 6, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. A three-day slump in Etihad Etisalat Co. has wiped 16.5 billion riyals from shares of the largest Saudi telecom company after auditing errors led to a drop in quarterly results.
Posted: November 5, 2014
UAE. Total of US$8.9 billion in GCC deals during Q1-Q3 2014; Real Estate deals account for 54.1% of GCC's total deal value during first three quarters; Saudi Arabia M&A and IPO Forum on 12th November will focus on prospects for foreign investors in the region.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: November 26, 2014
UAE. "In the final months of 2014, we expect further increases in occupancy rates, with the pleasant weather attracting more tourists, alongside the seasonal increase in events and conferences."
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."
UAE. An advisory body to the UAE government has suggested that the central bank review the country's currency peg to the U.S. dollar, but local bankers said any change to the peg remained very unlikely for the foreseeable future.
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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