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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: November 25, 2014
QATAR. Global management consultancy opens new office in response to growing Qatari economy and increased demand from local clients.
Posted: November 24, 2014
UAE. Qatar and UAE share equal first place globally, with Saudi Arabia in third position; Overall tax cost and compliance burden lower for businesses around the world.
Posted: November 24, 2014
UAE. Low interest rates, evolving investment strategies and a growing appetite for alternative asset classes causing shift in SWF investment strategies; Regional SWFs are viewing the West with caution and have redirected a portion of their funds back into the Middle East.
Posted: November 24, 2014
UAE. The gap between low market expectations and actual investment potential in the resources sector has reached very attractive levels; Resource equity returns are now increasingly driven by improved capital allocation and restructuring within companies, making stock selection ever more key.
Posted: November 24, 2014
UAE. Q3 MENA M&A deal activity up by 17% while deal value dips 47%; More than half of the MENA respondents expect their company to pursue an acquisition over the next 12 months, according to the latest EY Capital Confidence Barometer.
Posted: November 24, 2014
UAE. Channel survey shows complexity and bandwidth to be the top customer challenges, with virtualisation the top customer trend.
Posted: November 24, 2014
UAE. Chad Floe appointed as Operating Partner and Managing Director Corporate Finance.
Posted: November 24, 2014
UAE. Arab Health exhibition to showcase increased participation from UAE healthcare entities.
Posted: November 24, 2014
QATAR. Oil and gas-producing nations likely to come under pressure from falling asset prices; Global economy requires concerted effort to resist stagnation and resolve debt issues.
Posted: November 24, 2014
UAE. International Autumn Trade Fair, now branded as "Smart Living"; UAE's retail sales crossed US$66 billion in 2013, according to A.T. Kearney Global Retail Development Index.
Posted: November 24, 2014
UAE. Lewis Hamilton joined the elite ranks of double Formula One world champions on Sunday after a nerve-racking drive to victory in the floodlit season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Posted: November 24, 2014
UAE. Andrew Liveris, speaking on the sidelines of a conference in Dubai, said his company was "moving from doing commodities just for commodities sake, moving more downstream and Kuwait is more about commodities..."
Posted: November 22, 2014
UAE. ICT spending in the Middle East would top US$96 billion by the end of the year, with education being one of the top three sectors driving the industry's growth.
Posted: November 22, 2014
UAE. During event keynotes, Samsung shows upcoming line of FreeSync-enabled Ultra-High Definition Displays and Capcom announces evaluation of AMD Mantle API.
Posted: November 22, 2014
UAE. DuBiotech has conducted a high level event focused on the challenges of stimulating the biotechnology industry in the UAE.

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."
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.
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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