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Posted: 01-08-2011
UAE. Results from the recently concluded Consumer Confidence Index survey conducted jointly by Bayt.com, the Middle East’s number one job site, and research and consulting organisation YouGov shows that residents in the UAE hold an optimistic view of their personal financial future, as well as of the country’s economy. However, a majority of surveyed employees feel that the current remuneration is not in line with the cost of living, with only 17% believing that now is a good time to buy consumer durables. According to the Bayt.com quarterly MENA Consumer Confidence Index survey, expec
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 16, 2014
UAE. According to a survey from B2B International and Kaspersky Lab, almost 98% of computer users in the UAE enjoy the ease and convenience of shopping and banking on their PCs, Macs, tablets, and smartphone.
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.
Posted: April 16, 2014
MOROCCO. Investment will consolidate Kool Food's market-leading position in Morocco and enhance its international expansion.
Posted: April 16, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. 75% of European investors believe Europe will grow by 1% or more in 2014; The geopolitical environment is their biggest concern (33%), followed by the Fed's exit from quantitative easing (30%); 75% plan to commit additional cash to investing.
Posted: April 16, 2014
UAE. New devices, growing interest and improved internet stability is transforming the world of games according to a new Ericsson ConsumerLab report; Potential for gamification to increase employee performance and personal development.
Posted: April 15, 2014
UAE. Flight to affordability set to continue as budget-conscious Dubai residents relocate; Sharjah boosted by improvement to road links, retail and leisure development.
Posted: April 15, 2014
UAE. Deloitte ME PoV publication also weighs in the challenges facing senior management in the GCC countries and wider MENA region as the countdown to FATCA becomes more imminent.
Posted: April 15, 2014
UAE. A group of renowned international and local biomedical scientists gathered at Al Jalila Foundation's inaugural research symposium, held last week in Dubai.
Posted: April 15, 2014
UAE. MBA students from the University of Cambridge recently completed a month of research and analysis on the opportunity to develop Sharjah as the leading private aviation hub within the MENA Region
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
INTERNATIONAL. IHS examines three economic growth scenarios dependent on P5+1 outcome; 1.5% rise forecast for FY 2014/2015 after prolonged contraction.
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. Airline announces double-digit growth in passenger numbers to 3.2 million between January and March; Etihad Cargo achieves 26% revenue growth and 26% tonnage growth
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.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: April 17, 2014
KUWAIT. According to a newly released report by Kuwait Finance House Research, the global sukuk market saw a modest volume of US$31.14 billion in new sukuk issuances in 1Q2014. This volume represents a drop of 9.82% compared to US$34.53 billion worth of issuances in 1Q13.
date:Posted: April 16, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The WGC pointed out that the Chinese bank savings amount to US$7.5 trillion but only about US$300 billionn is allocated to gold, signifying the potential for gold demand to grow as Chinese wealth climbs.
date:Posted: April 16, 2014
UAE. "A similar drop to 2013 is unlikely. Those who wanted to get out of gold did, and the rest of 2014 will probably be a year of sideways trading."
SAUDI ARABIA. The GCC said in a statement that foreign ministers of the six-member body had met in Riyadh for a comprehensive review of measures used to implement foreign and security policies.
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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