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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: 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.
Posted: August 12, 2013
YEMEN. Aden's Governor, PEC and Altaaqa Global inaugurate 54 MW power plant will supply up to 150,000 customers in Yemen which will benefit more than half a million people in the province of Aden.
Posted: August 11, 2013
YEMEN. The attack follows an escalating campaign of drone strikes by the United States over the past two weeks after a worldwide travel warning.
Posted: August 9, 2013
YEMEN. At least 12 Al-Qaeda members were killed in drone attacks in one day in Yemen as the United States stepped up strikes against suspected militants behind a global security alert.
Posted: August 8, 2013
YEMEN. Yemen's economy has stabilized, but recovery remains fragile. In this interview, IMF mission chief Khaled Sakr discussed the challenges Yemen faces in cultivating this nascent recovery in fighting unemployment and poverty.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: August 29, 2014
KUEAIT. There is plenty of potential in the Kuwaiti market, should investor interest remain and the government carries out its proposed spending plans. The government's 2014/15 budget is expansionary, with expenditure growth of 3.2% to US$77.3 billion.
date:Posted: August 28, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. The Saudi Arabian index is the region's most diverse capital market due to its size and maturity; Jadwa Investment views the opening up of the Tadawul as an overall positive but believes a cautious and considered path to reform is the best way forward, much like the Chinese example.
date:Posted: August 28, 2014
LEBANON. The results of the Byblos Bank/AUB Consumer Confidence Index show a marginal improvement in January and February, picking up pace in March and April, and regressing in May and June 2014.
KUEAIT. There is plenty of potential in the Kuwaiti market, should investor interest remain and the government carries out its proposed spending plans. The government's 2014/15 budget is expansionary, with expenditure growth of 3.2% to US$77.3 billion.
INTERNATIONAL. I think one of the big fallacies in people's thinking about the Iraqi oil sector has been the focus on who's making money producing the oil. The bigger impact is on consumers.
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