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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: 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.
Posted: June 12, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The Outlook on the Global Agenda 2014 report, based on a survey of more than 1,500 global experts, aims to map the consequences of the world's challenges in 2014; The Arabic version of the report will be launched at the Tunisia Investment Forum on 13 June 2014.
Posted: May 12, 2014
TUNISIA. African Development Bank analysis confirms that the more developed coastal governorates host a wide variety of economic activities. Conversely the less developed inner and southern governorates present the least diversified industrial structure.
Posted: April 23, 2014
UAE. The Middle East and Africa (MEA) enterprise hardware market, comprising servers and external storage, remains in a passive state according to the latest figures released by International Data Corporation (IDC).

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: September 19, 2014
KUWAIT. The global Islamic finance industry reached approx. US$1.9 trillion in assets as at end 1H2014; The report analyses the role of Islamic finance in supporting economic growth.
date:Posted: September 18, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. We have entered a new chapter in the history of central banking. This paradigm shift changes the policy tools that have traditionally defined the sphere of macroeconomic decision-making; We have built an economy that is now so leveraged that it needs zero percent interest rates just to tread water.
date:Posted: September 18, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. World Bank report spells out the repercussions of the political uncertainty and restrictions on movement and access and recommends remedial actions by all parties.
SAUDI ARABIA. Saudi Arabia will need to keep cutting oil output to sustain prices above US$100 a barrel, according to BNP Paribas and Societe Generale; "We are swimming in crude, and they know that better than anyone because they are the biggest exporter."
INTERNATIONAL. Bitcoin has followed a volatile path to growing acceptance since its creation in 2009; In this interview finance expert Arturo Bris analyses the risks associated with bitcoin.
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