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Posted: 09-06-2011
INTERNATIONAL. On June 7, we were able to obtain some pictures of the outside of the mosque and the inside of the mosque where the attack happened. And as we’ve looked at these pictures very closely, it’s enabled us to ascertain that it was indeed and improvised explosive device (IED) used in the attack not some sort of military munition like a mortar round or a tank-guided missile. What I want to do now is walk through some of the photos that we have obtained, and I want to describe the types of things you look for as a post-blast investigator when you’re looking at the photos. Of
Posted: October 15, 2014
UAE. Expedia/Egencia study examines how mobile devices impact travel; Second only to India, UAE travelers are the most dependent on mobile devices - with 86% saying their smartphone is "very important/critical" versus 76% globally.
Posted: October 12, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Governments can make significant strides in job creation by reforming policies used to protect politically connected companies, which would in turn promote competition, and ensure equal opportunities for all firms.
Posted: October 9, 2014
UAE. Deloitte mergers and acquisitions specialists delivers their insights on what is driving activity in the oil and gas industry; Middle East unrest keeps oil and gas commodity prices relatively high for the first half of the year.
Posted: September 17, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. In an unprecedented joint statement, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) urged their "brothers" in Iraq and Syria to "stop killing each other and unite against the American campaign."
Posted: August 25, 2014
UAE. With its oil wealth, population growth and strong demand for industrial and consumer goods, the MENA region is an attractive market. There are, however, potential pitfalls in doing business, particularly when it comes to appointing local agents to distribute products in the region.
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 7, 2014
YEMEN. The Norwegian oil and gas operator announced resumption of oil production from Block 32 Howarime and Block 43 South Howarime in the Republic of Yemen.
Posted: April 13, 2014
UAE. Eight MENA countries included in the Social Progress Index ranking 2014:UAE ranks 37th followed by Kuwait 40th, Saudi Arabia 65th, Jordan 75th, Lebanon 83rd, Egypt 84th, Iraq 118th and Yemen 125th; Social Progress Index enables better understanding of worldwide progress and growth.
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: November 16, 2013
YEMEN. High level visit aimed at laying the foundations for support beyond the transition period.
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: September 27, 2013
INTERNATIONAL. As the National Dialogue nears completion, Yemen secures international backing for reform program.
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.
Posted: September 20, 2013
YEMEN. Officials believe members of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) were behind the bomb attack, a local security source said.
Posted: August 12, 2013
INTERNATIONAL. According to the US Administration, the embassy closings were prompted by an NSA-intercepted conference call. Many remain skeptical about this dramatic claim, which was made just as some in Congress were urging greater scrutiny of NSA domestic spying programs.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: October 20, 2014
UAE. The strengthening economic fundamentals, the amelioration in the risk profile of major regional countries, the governmental implementation of key business-friendly reforms are all stimulating factors for deal generation activity, according to a Bureau van Dijk and MENA Research Partners report.
date:Posted: October 16, 2014
UAE. Up 400,000 barrels per day from August and the highest level since December 2013, led by Libyan output recovery; Higher volumes from Iraq also drove the increase; "It's numbers like this that are contributing to the enormous slide in oil prices."
date:Posted: October 15, 2014
UAE. The IMF revises GCC growth higher, but GCC equities head lower; Concerns on global growth spur flight to safety; The USD may have peaked short-term.
UAE. The strengthening economic fundamentals, the amelioration in the risk profile of major regional countries, the governmental implementation of key business-friendly reforms are all stimulating factors for deal generation activity, according to a Bureau van Dijk and MENA Research Partners report.
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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