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Posted: 16-06-2011
INTERNATIONAL. Ever since Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi's death from self-immolation in January, the world's attention has been drawn to the spreading unrest in the Middle East. Bouazizi's dramatic suicide and the ensuing turmoil served as a wake-up call to policymakers, who didn't foresee such an abrupt end to the status quo. In hindsight, it's clear that many Middle Eastern societies were resting atop massive fault lines. While the unrest in these countries stemmed partly from political repression, unsustainable economic issues, such as high youth unemployment, were also sim
Posted: November 5, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The Tunisian exception, analysts say, results from a less meddlesome army, more flexible politicians, and an absence of the external interference that countries deemed more important were subjected to.
Posted: September 30, 2014
UAE. Bayt.com survey reveals that 78% consider meetings to be great for decision-making; Meetings in MENA workplaces often have agendas distributed in advance, according to 80% of respondents, and tend to start on scheduled time (according to 88%).
Posted: September 23, 2014
TUNISIA. Removing the economic obstacles would double employment creation to 100,000 new jobs per year, according to a new report from the World bank.
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 19, 2014
UAE. Executives and junior executives are especially in demand amongst MENA employers, according to Bayt.com and YouGov survey.
Posted: August 12, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "Sovereign creditworthiness will likely remain the main driver behind bank ratings changes. But we note that many other risk metrics for the banks have remained fairly resilient, from profitability to funding and asset quality."
Posted: July 30, 2014
TUNISIA. The program aims to empower municipalities to make decisions, raise their capacity to deliver services and make them more accountable to their citizens.
Posted: July 30, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. S&P opinion "reflects the increasing need for life and health insurance products in those countries as well as some largely underdeveloped personal lines, such as property."
Posted: July 21, 2014
UAE. The human factor drives the innovative capacity; The GII 2014 surveys 143 economies around the world, using 81 indicators-to gauge both their innovation capabilities and measurable results.
Posted: July 21, 2014
UAE. GCC IPO volume up 67% in H1 2014; H1 2014 saw the most capital raised and highest volume of IPOs since 2008; "The IPO market is very strong across MENA, particularly among the GCC countries."
Posted: July 15, 2014
UAE. 81% state finding a job is the biggest challenge, with banking and finance being the preferred industry to work in.
Posted: July 14, 2014
TUNISIA. Abraaj brings significant pan-regional healthcare experience and a growing investment track record in Tunisia; Investment will increase patient capacity and add new services.
Posted: July 12, 2014
QATAR. Global spending on energy subsidies totaled US$492 billion in 2011. Middle East and North Africa countries alone accounted for nearly half of that amount, making the burden of subsidies on public resources quite substantial.
Posted: July 1, 2014
UAE. 55% claim that important decisions and vital meetings are not postponed till the Holy Month is over, according to the latest Bayt.com "Ramadan in the MENA Workplace" poll.
Posted: June 15, 2014
TUNISIA. University governance is particularly relevant in the MENA region where youth unemployment rates are higher than in any other region in the world - 21% in the Middle East and 25% in North Africa.

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. Hosting political expert and author of "End of History", Francis Fukuyama, who will talk about the political state of the world and the most prominent powers in the geopolitical landscape at present, in addition to highlighting major political trends for 2015.
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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