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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: 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).
Posted: March 29, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Regulations were manipulated to such an extent that by the end of 2010 this group of privileged insiders was capturing over 21 percent of all private sector profits in the country, according to a new study from researchers at the World Bank Group.
Posted: February 24, 2014
UAE. 90% of jobseekers in the Middle East and North Africa, say companies should position themselves as great places to work, according to Bayt.com survey.
Posted: February 18, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Large current account deficits and declining conventional financing sources have prompted governments from Arab spring countries to look at Islamic finance.
Posted: February 16, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. A short term focus on political and security concerns has stood in the way of the structural reforms needed for growth and stability.
Posted: December 5, 2013
INTERNATIONAL. A new research report by Jones Lang LaSalle on Africa, reveals that, as the world's most rapidly urbanising continent, the Sub-Saharan African commercial real estate market is primed for a "once in a lifetime" positive growth opportunity.
Posted: December 3, 2013
UAE. Respondents in the MENA region want better work/life balance and more challenging work to be more engaged and less distracted, according to new Bayt.com survey.
Posted: November 1, 2013
TUNISIA. Deal marks first realization in Tunisia for The Abraaj Group; Opalia sales increased 2.5x following Abraaj investment.
Posted: October 28, 2013
UAE. The Institute of International Finance (IIF) released its updated forecast for the MENA region, noting that the divergence in economic prospects between oil exporting and oil importing countries has grown since the beginning of the Arab Spring uprisings.
Posted: October 14, 2013
INTERNATIONAL. Fostering social cohesion and avoiding a downward spiral of economic and political malaise calls for urgent implementation of economic reforms and coordinated support from the international community.
Posted: October 8, 2013
UAE. Of those who choose to be employees, 54% would prefer to work in the private sector, finds survey, recently conducted by Bayt.com and YouGov.
Posted: October 7, 2013
LIBYA. Post-revolution chaos has made the vast North African country, with a weak government and army, a haven for Islamist militants with transnational ambitions.
Posted: September 29, 2013
UAE. Social networking activities have changed employers' opinions of candidates, making a professional online presence more important than ever, according to Bayt.com survey.
Posted: September 26, 2013
INTERNATIONAL. In part, the lack of progress is due to serious political and security challenges in these countries, yet bureaucratic delays, insufficient funding, and inadequate political will in Brussels and Washington also hampered success.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: October 2, 2014
UAE. "If the GCC is to maintain long-term sustainable growth, it will be very important to invest in education, increase productivity, and attract more foreign direct investment into high value industries, and step up more diverse export industries that are not dependent on commodities."
date:Posted: October 1, 2014
UAE. The UAE took part last week in U.S.-led airstrikes against Islamic State; Gulf Arabs regard Islamist groups as an existential challenge to their thriving economies and monarchies.
date:Posted: October 1, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The Constitutional Court will keep challenging EU attempts at federalization and the Bundesbank will keep criticizing every measure that would reduce German sovereignty.
UAE. "If the GCC is to maintain long-term sustainable growth, it will be very important to invest in education, increase productivity, and attract more foreign direct investment into high value industries, and step up more diverse export industries that are not dependent on commodities."
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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